Missouri Minute: Hyperloop study suggests feasibility in Missouri; KC among metros hit hardest by counter-tariffs

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Study suggests KC-St. Louis hyperloop route feasible at $10 billion or less

A high-speed tube that could transport passengers between Kansas City and St. Louis in less than 30 minutes is feasible, the project’s backers said Wednesday, citing the results of a new study. Black & Veatch, an Overland Park, Kansas-based engineering firm, conducted the study of the proposed hyperloop route, which would carry passengers in pods through low-friction tubes. Officials said the Missouri project would cost $30 to $40 million per mile. Read more

KC among big metro areas hit hardest by counter-tariffs, Brookings says

Kansas City ranks among the large metropolitan areas with the most exposure to retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trading partners, according to a report by the Brookings Institution. More than $810 million, or roughly 7.8 percent, of exports from the Kansas City area face retaliatory measures by U.S. trading partners, according to the study. That percentage ranks ninth among the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. Read more

Jurors urge judge not to overturn $289 million Monsanto verdict

Jurors who found that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a groundskeeper’s cancer are urging the judge in the case not to throw out most of their $289 million award for the plaintiff. Monsanto, the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness company now owned by German conglomerate Bayer, has asked the judge to override the jury’s verdict and either rule in the company’s favor or order a new trial. Read more

St. Louis earns high marks in ‘Best Cities for Jobs’ ranking

St. Louis ranks second in the annual Best Cities for Jobs report published by job-comparison website Glassdoor. The city has more than 75,000 job openings and a median base salary of $48,000, according to the report, and users of the site give St. Louis jobs a 3.5 rating on a 5-point scale for job satisfaction. Read more

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