Missouri Minute: Ford F-150s fall short, Varsity Tutors expands

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

Ford F-150s fall short on emission, fuel-economy standards

Ford Motor Co. executives spared no expense in overhauling the F-150, all with an eye to appease U.S. regulators demanding cleaner vehicles. But now, about 40 percent of the versions of the truck still don’t meet the government’s 2016 emission and fuel-economy mandates. Read more

Varsity Tutors eyes expansion as it moves to a bigger office

Fueled by $57 million in venture capital investment, Varsity Tutors has moved into expanded office space in Clayton and is planning to add 150 jobs over the next two years. Read more

Nixon approves $454M in state upgrades

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has signed into law two budget bills outlining more than $454 million in state upgrades, including $262 million in upgrades to higher education and $192 million in improvements to state facilities. Read more

Labor unions spending big on Koster’s campaign for governor

Attorney General Chris Koster has taken in more than $320,000 in donations this week from labor unions, bringing the total donated by unions to Koster to more than $2 million in the past six months. Read more

Payday loan mogul can’t pay for his own defense attorneys

Scott Tucker, a Leawood businessman accused of running a $2 billion payday loan operation that preyed on 4.5 million consumers, is now unable to pay for attorneys in a federal criminal case against him. Read more

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