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Business Briefing: Uber still drives through St. Louis

Will Buss can be reached at wbuss@bnd.com.
Will Buss can be reached at wbuss@bnd.com.

The folks from app-based Uber said they are still providing rides in the St. Louis area, although they have not been cleared to do so.

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the ride-finding service has reported providing more than 5,000 trips during the past weekend. The San Fancisco-based business has not been able to obtain clearance from the local regular, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.

Uber and the taxicab commission have been negotiating for more than a year about Uber’s rights to operate in the St. Louis market. The debate centers around Uber’s vehicle-for-hire code, such as driver background checks.

On Friday, Uber filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the commission.

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Starbucks’ mobile app now allows customers to order and pay in advance so your latte and breakfast sandwich is served as you arrive. This new service is anticipated to catch on with other fast-food chains. Taco Bell already has a mobile app that lets people order and pay in advance. Wendy’s is also testing a similar app. Read more here.

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Executives at Volkswagen AG have admitted they augmented their U.S. emissions tests to appear that its diesel-powered cars were emitting fewer nitrogen oxides. Such pollutants contribute to increased ozone and lead to respiratory illness. The German automaker has also revealed that 11 million of its diesel vehicles were equipped with this software. Find out more here.

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The makers of Coca-Cola claims the company has spent more than $118 million on health research and partnerships during the past five years. One of those partnerships was a group that was criticized for not directly attributing sodas to obesity. Learn more here.

-Will Buss, BND business writer

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