Missouri Minute: House Speaker to lead Missouri Medicaid program; Missouri groups express interest in housing USDA facilities

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

House Speaker Richardson to lead Missouri Medicaid program

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson will become the new director of MO HealthNet, the state-run health insurance program for low-income Missourians, Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday. MO HealthNet provides health insurance for about 940,000 low-income people annually. It controls about $10 billion dollars, or roughly one-third of Missouri’s budget. Read more

Missouri groups express interest in housing USDA facilities

Seven Missouri entities are among 136 from across the U.S. that have expressed interest in housing two facilities that will bring 700 U.S. Department of Agriculture jobs, the department announced Monday. The USDA first revealed in August that it plans to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington. Read more

Ameren to pursue another northern Missouri wind project

For the second time in five months, Ameren Missouri has announced plans to acquire power from a new wind farm in the state. Ameren will get up to 157 megawatts from a wind farm being constructed in Atchison County in northwest Missouri, the St. Louis-based utility said Monday. Read more

Missouri State University giving raises to all 2,200 employees

Missouri State University is increasing pay for its 2,200 employees. The MSU Board of Governors voted in favor of a plan to give all its employees a 1 percent cost-of-living increase, plus a $600 raise. That comes at a cost of about $3.3 million. Read more

With record digital ad spend, political campaigns target cord-cutters

The same technology that allows consumers to stream shows and video from any device also allows campaigns to target those viewers with political ads. Narrow targeting technology is especially appealing to advertisers in areas like Kansas City that straddle a state line, thereby diluting the impact of state-specific advertisements that air on traditional broadcast television. Read more

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