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Missouri Minute: Centene to buy Fidelis Care; veto session may fizzle

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

Health insurer Centene to buy Fidelis Care for $3.75 billion

Centene Corp. is buying New York-focused, privately held Fidelis Care for $3.75 billion, the Clayton-based insurer announced Tuesday. With Fidelis, Centene now has a significant footprint in the four states with the largest managed care membership: California, Florida, New York and Texas. Read more

Missouri veto session may be much ado about nothing

There’s little to no consensus among Missouri lawmakers on whether they’ll attempt to override any of first-year Gov. Eric Greitens’ six vetoes during Wednesday’s session. GOP leaders have been weighing options for holding one or more special sessions, including in the case of embattled Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, but there are no guarantees. Member’s of the House’s Democratic minority have said they don’t think their chamber will call a special session or make any serious push to override any of Greitens’ vetoes. Read more

USDA raises estimates for already-large corn, soybean harvest

The U.S. Agriculture Department unexpectedly raised its U.S. corn and soybean harvest forecasts on Tuesday, adding further bearish pressure to a market already struggling with massive global supplies. The harvest outlooks, issued in the government’s closely watched Crop Production report, topped market forecasts for the second straight month. Read more

Missouri utility workers, state employees travel to help with Irma relief

About 125 Missouri linemen representing 20 electric cooperatives planned to travel to Florida and Georgia on Tuesday afternoon to assist communities affected by Hurricane Irma. Additionally, about 50 workers from the Missouri Department of Transportation and 18 employees from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources were expected to head to Florida to assist in relief efforts after the storm. Read more

Springfield GOP Rep. Elijah Haahr to be House speaker in 2019

Missouri House Republicans chose Rep. Elijah Haahr on Tuesday to succeed Todd Richardson as speaker, assuming the GOP keeps its majority in the lower chamber. Richardson is barred from serving beyond 2018 because of term limits. Haahr, 35, will take over in January 2019. Read more

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