Missouri Minute: St. Louis soccer stadium plan wins initial approval; University of Wisconsin ordered to pay Washington University $31M

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

St. Louis soccer stadium plan wins initial approval from aldermen

A committee of St. Louis aldermen on Wednesday signaled strong support for a plan to build a soccer stadium near downtown by unanimously approving a non-binding committee resolution laying out terms of the plan. The group behind the stadium consists of World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh and members of the Taylor family, which owns Enterprise Holdings. Read more

University of Wisconsin ordered to pay Washington University $31M over soured patent deal

The University of Wisconsin’s technology transfer organization has to pay Washington University in St. Louis $31.6 million for breach of a royalties contract tied to a pharmaceutical sold by AbbVie Inc. The judgment, issued Monday, comes in a rare fight between two universities involved in a patent-licensing deal with a private company. Read more

Columbia Chamber to prioritize affordable housing, airport terminal in 2019

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has established affordable housing, workforce development and a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport as among its top priorities for the coming year. Chamber officials discussed its 2019 priorities on Wednesday at the organization’s annual Civic Appreciation Breakfast. Read more

Fenton Logistics Park inks new tenants expected to create 150 jobs

A skincare and IT company have both announced plans to move to the Fenton Logistics Park in St. Louis County, and they are expected to bring 150 jobs to the park when they move in early next year. Read more

Report: St. Louis to get franchise when XFL relaunches

St. Louis will get a professional football team when the XFL relaunches in 2020, St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK reports, citing unnamed sources. The league, owned by wrestling executive Vince McMahon, played one season in its first iteration back in 2001. It plans to restart in 2020 with teams in eight markets. Read more

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