Missouri Minute: Health department security breach affects data of 10,400 Missourians; swimwear startup raises $6.1M

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

State health department security breach affects data of 10,400 Missourians

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services sent out more than 10,400 letters to individuals alerting them of the recent discovery of a security breach involving their personal information, the department announced Friday. The breach arose sometime before Sept. 30, 2016, as a result of a department information technology contractor improperly retaining DHSS information and storing it in a file that was not protected by a password, according to the department. Read more

Swimwear startup Summersalt raises $6.1 million round led by Peter Thiel’s firm

Summersalt, a St. Louis-based swimwear startup, has raised a $6.1 million round of funding from investors led by Founders Fund, the venture capital firm run by PayPal founder Peter Thiel. The company plans to use the capital to make new hires and develop product lines beyond swimwear. Read more

Lutheran Senior Services starts $70 million expansion

Lutheran Senior Services is spending $70 million to expand the Mason Pointe complex in Town & Country. The expansion will add a 390,000-square-foot structure featuring 156 independent living apartments, parking and a wellness center. Read more

St. Louis engineering firm Roeslein acquires Polish company MCS Technology

Roeslein & Associates, a St. Louis-based engineering and construction firm, has acquired MCS Technology, a fabrication and construction company based in Poland, Roeslein announced Friday. It’s the firm’s second acquisition of 2018, following the January purchase of California-based Pride Conveyance Systems, and it marks another step in what the company calls an “ongoing regional expansion.” Read more

Columbia introduces ‘Open Checkbook’ to increase financial transparency

Columbia’s financial dealings are now more accessible to citizens thanks to the Citizen Transparency Portal launched Friday. The online portal offers access to city expenditures, revenue, vendor payments and payroll data. All of that information was already public record, but the new website is designed to make it more readily available. Read more

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