Missouri Minute: Holiday travel expected to increase in Missouri; Columbia agrees to terms with scooter startups

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Busy airports, roads expected amid uptick in Thanksgiving travel

Missouri roads and airports are expected to see more travelers than usual this Thanksgiving, according to various estimates, as a strong economy and low gas prices fuel a flurry of holiday travel. Read more

Columbia agrees to terms with scooter startups Bird, Pony

The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 in favor of an agreement with electric scooter companies Bird and Pony, despite residents voicing concerns about safety issues posed by the dockless scooters. Under the agreement, the companies will pay $1 per day for every scooter they operate in the city. That matches the contours of agreements the scooter startups have reached with other cities, including Kansas City. Read more

Mercy Hospital Springfield debuts first phase of $80 million heart facility

Mercy Hospital Springfield on Monday unveiled the first part of a three-phase, $80 million heart hospital, celebrating the new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony after more than two years of renovations. The new facility helps meet a growing need in the market, Mercy officials said. Read more

Express Scripts teams with Petco on delivery of pet medicine

Express Scripts, the St. Louis County-based pharmacy benefits manager, is partnering with Petco to enable customers to order and receive pet prescriptions from home. Petco estimates pet owners spend more than $8 billion annually on medications for their animals. Read more

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