Missouri Minute: St. Louis files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers; Missouri GOP maintains legislative supermajorities

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

St. Louis files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

St. Louis has joined a growing number of local governments across the state and country to file lawsuits against drug companies involved in the production of opioids. The St. Louis suit alleges pharmaceutical makers knew about the addictive potential of their products, and knew that the products would be illegally diverted and sold. Read more

Missouri Republicans maintain legislative supermajorities, pick new leadership

Republicans will continue to control the passage of laws in Jefferson City following Tuesday’s midterm elections, in which the GOP protected its veto-proof majorities in the Missouri House and Senate. For the legislative session that starts in January, the Missouri house will have 116 Republicans and 47 Democrats. The Senate will feature 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Read more

Many Columbia small businesses welcome minimum wage increase

Representatives of several small businesses in downtown Columbia reacted positively Wednesday to the passage of measure that will increase Missouri’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2023. The change will affect more than 670,000 workers in the state, according to the Economic Policy Institute, and increase consumer buying power in the state by more than $1 billion. Read more

Washington University lands $11.5 million cancer research grant

Washington University in St. Louis has secured an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the university’s research of leukemia and other blood cancers. The university is one of three academic centers in the U.S. to receive the grant. Read more

Imo serves up plans for another barbecue restaurant

A name most commonly associated with St. Louis-style pizza will soon be attached to a second barbecue restaurant in the area. Frank Imo, the son of the founders of St. Louis-based pizza chain Imo’s Pizza, is building a 3,000-square-foot barbecue joint in west St. Louis County. Read more

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