Missouri Minute: KC Council alters rules for hiring women- and minority-owned businesses; Ameren wins approval for wind farm

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Kansas City Council alters rules for hiring women- and minority-owned businesses

The Kansas City Council agreed Thursday to change the rules for its program requiring companies that work for the city to hire women- and minority-owned firms as subcontractors. The changes follow a 2016 study that showed the city’s race-and gender-based contracting programs might be vulnerable to lawsuits. Read more

Ameren wins regulatory approval for northeast Missouri wind farm

A wind farm that Ameren has said would be the largest in Missouri won key regulatory approval Wednesday from the Missouri Public Service Commission. The PSC approved an agreement to build the High Prairie Wind Farm, which would involve 175 turbines in Adair and Schuyler counties. Read more

Hawley, McCaskill face off for final debate before Election Day

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley debated Thursday for the final time before Election Day. The debate between McCaskill, Missouri’s Democratic incumbent, and Hawley, the Republican challenger, opened with a question about current political rhetoric, and it went on to cover issues including immigration and loyalty to President Donald Trump. But the faceoff between the Senate candidates also veered in directions more closely linked to the economy and fiscal policy. Read more

A-B InBev reduces dividend, falls short of earnings estimates

Anheuser-Busch InBev cut its proposed dividend by half on Thursday as beer sales slowed in the brewer’s biggest markets, Brazil and the U.S. The company’s earnings also underperformed forecasts. That sent shares sliding more than 10 percent, to 64.85 euros, for the Belgian parent company of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch.Read more

Lime bikes vanish from St. Louis streets, pile up in alleyway to await repairs

Rental bikes have disappeared from the St. Louis streets almost as quickly as they appeared there. Bike-sharing services debuted in St. Louis in April, and there were 1,500 dockless bikes on the streets in both June and July. However, those bikes numbered just 200 by September. Hundreds of the bikes that once cruised St. Louis streets are now stacked five high in an alleyway in the Dogtown neighborhood. Read more

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