Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:
U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri were among a bipartisan group of 88 senators Wednesday who voted to express disapproval of recent trade actions by the Trump administration. In an 88-11 vote, the Senate passed a non-binding resolution to give Congress more say in tariffs imposed in the name of national security. The symbolic motion followed Tuesday’s announcement that the administration is considering a new round of tariffs targeting $200 billion of Chinese goods. Read more
Gov. Mike Parson is scheduled to sign a bill Thursday that will lower Missouri’s individual income tax rate. The rate will be reduced from 5.9 percent to 5.5 percent beginning Jan. 1. Under the bill, if the state meets particular revenue targets, the rate would be further reduced, in increments, to 5.1 percent. In exchange for the expected revenue loss, a federal income tax deduction will be phased out. Read more
The University of Missouri is more than 80 percent of the way to a $1.3 billion fundraising goal after receiving a record-breaking $147 million in cash gifts this year. MU has received about $1.06 billion in donations since launching the fundraising campaign in October 2015, the university announced Wednesday. The campaign runs through 2020. Read more
KCRise has announced investment in two more Kansas City startups. PayIt and Main Street Data are the newest of the 14 technology companies included in the co-investment fund’s portfolio. Read more
Citing growing patient demand, Kansas City’s Truman Medical Center is planning to add a new $70 million medical building to the city’s Hospital Hill corridor. Truman’s main hospital is frequently at capacity, the hospital’s president and CEO said, which is increasingly typical of academic medical centers in urban areas across the U.S. Read more
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