Morning Minutes: KCP&L purchases wind farms, Missouri Senate passes $27 billion budget

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

KCP&L purchases two Missouri wind farms

Kansas City Power & Light Co. has purchased two new Missouri wind farms. Between the two farms, the company said it has added 500 megawatts of power to its wind energy program, enough to power 170,000 homes. Read more

Missouri Senate passes $27.2 billion budget

The Missouri Senate passed the major pieces of a $27.2 billion state budget Thursday, which is much earlier in the legislative year than normal. Read more

DST Systems said to be exploring sale of communications division

Kansas City-based DST Systems has been shopping its customer communications division, according to a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter. Read more

Senate OKs putting gas tax increase to voters

The Missouri Senate passed a plan to ask voters in November whether they want to increase the state’s 17-cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax by 5.9 cents. Read more

Anheuser-Busch betting bigger on aluminum bottles

After seeing a 30 percent spike in sales of resealable aluminum bottles last year, Anheuser-Busch is pouring more resources into aluminum. The brewer just completed construction of a $160 million expansion to a facility in Arnold that will double the plant’s production of the bottles. Read more

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