Missouri Minute: Commerce Bank partners with SixThirty; H&R Block plans pricing changes

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Commerce Bank to partner with SixThirty fintech accelerator

Commerce Bank has announced a new partnership with SixThirty, the St. Louis-based venture fund and accelerator program for startups in the fintech sector. The Kansas City-based bank will offer training and mentorship to companies in SixThirty’s accelerator program, and Commerce will have the opportunity to make direct investments in those startups. Read more

H&R Block plans pricing changes for next tax season

Facing potential threats to its business due to federal tax reform, H&R Block is bringing more transparency to how it charges customers and says it’s lowering prices. The Kansas City-based tax services provider plans to post prices just inside the door of its stores for the upcoming tax season, allowing customers to calculate their potential bills. H&R Block CEO Jeff Jones also said franchisees will be allowed to set their own prices. Read more

Perficient acquires marketing software consultancy Elixiter

Perficient, an IT consulting firm based in Town & Country, has acquired Elixiter, a marketing software consultancy based in Bozeman, Montana. The acquisition adds about 40 employees and $6 million in annual revenue for Perficient, the company said. Read more

Medicaid costs, rural health care among top issues facing Richardson

With Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson set to resign his seat in the legislature and become the new director of MO HealthNet on Thursday, another state health official says Richardson will need to address the sustainability of Missouri’s Medicaid program and the condition of rural health care in the state. Read more

As Election Day approaches, party leaders descend on Missouri

With the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Claire McCaskill and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley expected to be one of a handful of tight contests that will determine control of the Senate, Missouri will be a popular destination for high-profile political rallies in the final week before Election Day. Read more

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