Daily business briefing: Barnes-Jewish Hospital ranks among the best

July 16, 2013 

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the 15th best hospital in the nation, according to an annual U.S. News & World Reports list. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that the hospital also ranks No. 1 in Missouri and the St. Louis metro area. This is the 21st consecutive year that Barnes-Jewish, along with its Washington University Physician partners, have been listed on U.S. News & World Reports "honor roll." Learn more at http:/www.bizjournals.com/st.louis. ...

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Wal-Mart Corp. has taken a stand against a new minimum wage in Washington, D.C., that would force the world's largest retailer and others to pay employees at least $12.50 an hour -- 50 percent higher than the city's current $8.25 an hour minimum wage. Read more about it at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The University of Missouri spent $15.2 million on its football program in 2011. That is up 2 percent from the $14.9 million the university spent in 2010, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. Fellow Southeastern Conference universities Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the University of Florida were the biggest spenders. Find out more at http:/www.bizjournals.com/st.louis. ...

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The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the consumer price index increased 0.5 percent in June from May. Two-thirds of the increase came from a 6.3 percent jump in gas prices, the largest since February.

Excluding volatile food and energy costs, so-called core prices rose just 0.2 percent. Consumer prices have been stable this year, allowing the Federal Reserve room to continue efforts to stimulate the economy, such as holding interest rates low.

-- Will Buss,

BND business writer

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