Missouri Minute: KC makes Smart City case, KCK fulfillment center to hire 1,500

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

Kansas City makes case for Smart City grant

In a presentation before Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ pitch for why his city deserved tens of millions of dollars in federal transportation funds was simple: “We’ve been there, done that.” Read more

KCK fulfillment center to hire 1,500 initially, 3,500 eventually

Kansas City, Kan., is in line to land a massive online fulfillment facility that would at first employ 1,500 and 3,500 in the future. Read more

Feds tout health insurance exchange successes as some question viability

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday held a conference in Washington that gave health insurance industry executives who have found success selling health plans to individuals via the online exchange to outline their strategies and challenges at a time when some major insurers are questioning the viability of plans sold on HealthCare.gov and the state-run exchanges. Read more

Missouri regulators want looser rules on meeting with utilities

Missouri utility regulators want to loosen up ethics rules they call “cumbersome” by easing requirements to disclose meetings with utilities when they don’t directly relate to rate cases and other contested issues. Read more

Citing losses, Blues request public funding for Scottrade Center renovation

A representative of the St. Louis Blues ownership group on Thursday made an initial pitch for a publicly financed renovation of Scottrade Center. Read more

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