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Missouri Minute: Canada won’t buy Boeing Super Hornets; Tesla wins legal battle over Missouri licenses to sell cars



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

Canada scraps plan to buy St. Louis-made F/A-18 Super Hornets

Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 St. Louis-made Super Hornet fighters amid a deepening dispute with Boeing Co., three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The move underlines Ottawa’s anger at a decision by Boeing to launch a trade challenge against Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc., which the U.S. giant accuses of dumping airliners on the domestic American market. It also casts into question the future of Boeing’s military sales in Canada. Read more

Tesla wins legal battle over Missouri licenses to sell cars

An industry group that sued to block the issuance of dealer licenses to electric car maker Tesla in Missouri lost its legal battle on appeal Tuesday. The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, reversed a lower court’s decision that held the California-based electric car maker’s direct-to-consumer business model did not comply with state law because Tesla is not a franchisee. Read more

Two mid-Missouri shuttle lines to merge

Travelers from Columbia seeking shuttle service to airports in St. Louis and Kansas City now have one less option. MO-X Doc & Norm Direct announced Tuesday that it has acquired its primary competitor, EZGO Bus. The two companies provide shuttles from Columbia to St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Kansas City International Airport. The purchase was agreed upon last week, according to a news release. Read more

Siteman Cancer Center to open first Illinois location

The Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis is planning to open its first facility in Illinois, hospital officials said Tuesday. Officials from the center, which is operated by Washington University physicians in partnership with BJC HealthCare, are seeking approval from state health regulators to build a $38.3 million facility in Shiloh on the new 94-acre campus of Memorial Hospital East. Read more

Vandeven: Greitens never shared his vision for education, commissioner role

Four days after being fired as Missouri’s education commissioner, Margie Vandeven isn’t losing sleep over her future. She is worried, however, about what the firing means for the political independence of the state Board of Education and the job of the commissioner, who leads the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and oversees an annual budget of nearly $6 billion. Read more

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