Morning Minutes: Metro jobs jump, iconic KC barbecue joint rebrands

Oklahoma Joe's, which has earned national acclaim for dishes like its Z-Man sandwich, will change its name to Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que. | Courtesy of Dishfunctional/Flickr
Oklahoma Joe’s, which has earned national acclaim for dishes like its Z-Man sandwich, will change its name to Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. | Courtesy of Dishfunctional/Flickr

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Missouri metro areas report significant job growth

Employers in the St. Louis metropolitan area added 11,500 jobs in July, the highest seasonally adjusted total for any month since at least 1990, while employers in metro Kansas City added 4,100 jobs. The gain means St. Louis employment has risen by 25,500 jobs, or nearly 2 percent, in the past 12 months, a year-over-year gain that is the metro area’s largest since January 2000.

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Famous KC barbecue restaurant rebrands

By the end of the year, reflecting its now totally local ties, Oklahoma Joe’s restaurant will be called Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. Oklahoma Joe’s, which has three locations in the Kansas City area, has made several best-of lists in recent years, joining a handful of other Kansas City barbecue joints that have gained national recognition.

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New state laws go into effect

About 130 bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by Gov. Jay Nixon this year officially become law today. Owners of surface mines will have to notify more property owners before starting operations. Insurers must cover oral anti-cancer medications if they cover intravenous ones. Casinos can offer lines of credit to gamblers.

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Nixon chooses new public safety director

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon named former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom to join his cabinet as director of public safety. Isom replaced Jerry Lee, who had led the Missouri Department of Public Safety since 2011. With the appointment, Isom becomes the only black member of the governor’s Cabinet.

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Monsanto looms large in effort to protect monarch butterfly

A coalition of environmental and food-safety groups is asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to grant endangered species protection to the monarch butterfly because of its population decline. In a petition asking for the designation, which would allow the federal government to more aggressively protect the butterfly and its habitat, the petitioners blamed Creve Coeur-based Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and Roundup Ready crops for much of the decline.

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