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Missouri Minute: State audit planned for St. Louis County; Geospatial company plans expansion



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Happy Thursday. Let’s get straight to business with news about a state audit planned for St. Louis County, a merger of University of Missouri health facilities and expansion plans for a geospatial company in St. Louis.


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State audit planned for St. Louis County after corruption scandal
Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office will also examine the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Lawmakers approve $70 million for Enterprise Center renovations
The subsidies, spread over two decades, would fund improvements to the home of the St. Louis Blues. (Associated Press)

Geospatial company plans expansion in St. Louis
Esri, a California-based geospatial information company, expects to grow from 70 to 110 employees in St. Louis. The new hires will be part of the professional services group. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Kansas City Star closes on sale of press building
The $30.1 million sale-leaseback deal transfers ownership of the downtown structure to Ambassador Hospitality. (Kansas City Star)

MU Health Care urgent care facilities to merge
Pediatric Urgent Care and Mizzou Urgent Care facilities will merge and open as one new location starting June 1. (Columbia Missourian)

St. Louis improving for people starting careers
Soon-to-be graduates are in luck: St. Louis was ranked No. 14 on a national list of best places to start a career, according to the finance website WalletHub. Kansas City was 65th, and Springfield was 74th. (WalletHub)


Say that again

“Everyday farmers, it’s out of your hands a little bit. But you have to have confidence it’s just going to pay off in the end, and I think this will.”

Gov. Mike Parson, a farmer himself, discussed the ongoing trade war between the United States and China during an interview with NPR. The escalating tariffs have had significant effects for agriculture in the Show-Me State. Parson called federal farm aid aimed at alleviating the effects of tariffs a “short-term fix,” but he said he remains hopeful that negotiations will yield a good outcome for the agriculture sector.


Go figure

5,982

That’s the number of degrees the University of Missouri will award this weekend during commencement ceremonies, the Columbia Missourian reports. Most of the credentials, about 4,400, will be for undergraduates.


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ShotTracker, a sports analytics and wearable technology startup based in the Kansas City area, struck a deal with the Mountain West Conference to deploy its tracking technology during the conference’s basketball games. The partnership aims to help the league measure ball and player movements to provide in-game statistics.


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Sesame

The Brooklyn-based startup wants to let consumers shop for medical care the same way they might book hotels or flights, and it’s launching that effort in Kansas City. The website offers upfront pricing for medical procedures, often at steep discounts, The Kansas City Star reports. Sesame, which targets consumers who don’t want to use health insurance, has grown “faster than we expected” in Kansas City, CEO David Goldhill said.