Missouri Minute: Judge upholds Roundup verdict, reduces damages; Stadia Ventures startup sold to Ticketmaster

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Judge upholds verdict, reduces damages in Roundup cancer case

A California judge upheld a jury’s verdict that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a groundskeeper’s cancer, but she reduced damages in the case to $78.6 million from $289 million, the Associated Press reports. Judge Suzanne Bolanos on Monday gave DeWayne Johnson, the California groundskeeper at the center of the case, until Dec. 7 to accept the reduced damages or seek a new trial. Read more

St. Louis County Council votes to end apprenticeship requirement on construction bids

The St. Louis County Council voted Tuesday to eliminate a measure requiring contractors bidding for construction work to have apprenticeship programs. Labor unions have strongly opposed the measure. The council voted 5-2 to override a veto by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, who supported the requirement. Read more

Stadia scores another sale with Ticketmaster deal for ticketing startup

Stadia Ventures, a St. Louis-based accelerator and investment fund focused on sports startups, recently celebrated another acquisition. Upgraded, a ticketing technology startup that participated in Stadia’s fall 2017 class, was acquired last week by Ticketmaster. Read more

MU headed for ‘stronger position’ financially, chancellor says

University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said in an interview that the university’s financial situation for the next year will be challenging but manageable. “From there, we’ll be in a much stronger position and be able to do all the things that we want to do,” Cartwright said. Read more

CenterPointe cuts ribbon on Columbia behavioral health center

The CenterPointe Behavioral Health System is just about ready for its new 72-bed facility in Columbia to begin operating. The hospital will bring 150 jobs to the Columbia area, according to CenterPointe. The $21 million facility is expected to officially open within the next few weeks. Read more

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