Morning Minutes: Supreme Court deadlocks on union fees, James delivers State of the City

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Mandatory union fees survive as U.S. Supreme Court deadlocks

The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked in one of its highest profile cases, issuing a 4-4 ruling that lets more than 20 states continue to require public-sector workers to help fund the unions that represent them. Read more

KC mayor James touts progress, promotes e-tax in annual address

In delivering the first State of the City address of his second term on Tuesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James highlighted a number of business and economic successes his city has enjoyed, including the arrival of Google Fiber, the construction of a streetcar line and a boom in downtown development.

He also stressed the importance of the city’s 1 percent earnings tax to helping maintain that momentum. Read more

Regulators zap Ameren rate hike plan

A top Missouri energy regulator gave a scathing review Tuesday of a plan to change how electric rates are set in Missouri. Read more

Animal health company expanding, adding 144 jobs

Virbac, a manufacturer and distributor of animal health products, plans to invest $37.9 million to expand its Bridgeton facility and create 144 jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said Tuesday. Read more

Bats Global Markets will acquire

Lenexa-based Bats Global Markets announced it has agreed to buy, an online news and data source focused on investment funds that trade on exchanges as stocks do. Read more

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