Missouri Minute: St. Louis Loop Trolley to begin service; Lime recalls scooter model

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

St. Louis Loop Trolley to begin service Thursday

After a series of delays, St. Louis’ Loop Trolley will start to transport paying customers on Thursday. The launch of the $51 million line follows months of testing and training. Construction on the project started in 2015. The trolley was initially expected to be operational in late 2016. Read more

Lime recalls scooter model amid reports of malfunction

Lime, the California-based scooter-sharing company operating in the Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis areas, is pulling some of its electric scooters off the streets amid reports that they can break while in operation. The company acknowledged the recall on Monday, but it wouldn’t say how many scooters were affected. Read more

Lawmakers mull transportation funding after gas tax failure

After Missouri voters rejected a ballot measure that would have boosted funding for state transportation needs through a gradual 10-cent increase in the fuel tax, top lawmakers are vowing to make transportation funding a priority in the legislative session that starts in January. Read more

Education ventures finish LEANLAB accelerator, collect funding

Six education entrepreneurs completed their stint as fellows in the accelerator program run by Kansas City’s LEANLAB, and four walked away with funding to help them keep building their projects. The fifth cohort of the education-focused Kansas City accelerator program wrapped up with demonstrations and awards at Launch[ED] Day. Read more

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