Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:
The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday allowing states to require online retailers to pay sales tax is being welcomed by some local and state lawmakers in Missouri as an opportunity to generate additional tax revenue, and many brick-and-mortar businesses are hailing the decision as a lifeline for their operations. However, some small online retailers in the state worry about how the decision will affect their ability to compete with larger e-commerce companies. Read more
The University of Missouri’s graduate student workers are employees under the Missouri Constitution, and the UM System Board of Curators must recognize their union. Those mandates are according to a judge’s final decision Thursday in the case of the Coalition of Graduate Workers v. the Curators of the University of Missouri. The decision expands the definition of employee rights under the Missouri Constitution and bookends a nearly three-year battle between MU’s graduate workers and the UM System’s curators. Read more
The Ameren Accelerator has selected six startups for the second round of its program. The early-stage companies are working on projects ranging from ransomware mitigation to construction software integration. They will receive investment of up to $100,000, along with 12 weeks of mentoring, technical assistance and other perks. Read more
The developer behind the renovation of Kansas City International Airport expects the facility’s facelift to be completed by October 2022, at a price of $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion. Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, the Maryland-based firm overseeing KCI’s new single terminal, announced the new timeline and budget to the Kansas City Council on Thursday. Read more
St. Louis will seek help from outside consultants to determine its economic development strategy for the future. The St. Louis Development Corp., the city’s economic development body, voted Thursday to issue a request for proposals for such a plan. City leaders have been calling for a more cohesive approach to economic development since at least 2016, when a report scrutinized the city’s use of tax abatements — and resulting loss of revenue. Read more
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