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Missouri Minute: Judge allows key witnesses in Monsanto weed killer case; Caleres adds another brand to shoe portfolio

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Federal judge will allow key witnesses in case over Monsanto weed killer

Monsanto Co. lost a court ruling that will allow key witnesses to testify in a trial over whether the Creve Coeur-based company’s weed killer causes cancer. It’s a boost for the plaintiffs, who need expert witnesses to help their case. Although no jury trial is scheduled, Tuesday’s decision could add pressure for Monsanto to settle the case. Read more

Caleres adds another brand to shoe portfolio with deal for Blowfish Malibu

Caleres, a St. Louis-based footwear company, announced Tuesday that it has acquired a controlling stake in Blowfish Malibu, a California-based footwear brand with products that cater primarily to young women. It marks the the second acquisition in just more than 18 months for Caleres, which acquired mens’s footwear retailer Allen Edmonds for $255 million in December 2016. Read more

Digital Sandbox lands $950,000 in new grants to work with KC startups

Digital Sandbox KC has received a combined $950,000 in grants from two local organizations to continue its work developing startups in the Kansas City area. The proof-of-concept program received $450,000 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to go with $500,000 it recently received from the Missouri Technology Corporation. Read more

Parson hails Jostens expansion, teacher externship bill at Sedalia event

By Annika Merrilees
Gov. Mike Parson traveled to Sedalia Tuesday to announce an expansion by Jostens, a yearbook manufacturer, and sign a bill that aims to improve workforce development. Minneapolis-based Jostens will invest $1.85 million in a new facility in Sedalia and create 20 new jobs, according to a release from Parson’s office. Read more

4 Schlitterbahn rides remain closed amid heightened scrutiny of park

Despite Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, opening on May 25, four rides remain closed at the troubled park. A total of 11 rides were inspected by regulators from Kansas Department of Labor during a two-day audit prior to the park’s opening. All 11 were closed on opening day. Read more

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