Missouri Minute: St. Louis finalizes NGA land transfer; Missouri dicamba decision draws criticism

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

St. Louis finalizes transfer of land for $1.7 billion NGA development

St. Louis officials announced Friday that the city has finalized the transfer to the federal government of 97 acres of land north of downtown that will become the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new $1.7 billion western headquarters. The move punctuates about four years of work on what has been one of the city’s largest economic development efforts in decades — and, as recently as this summer, was in some doubt. Read more

Missouri decision on dicamba regulation draws criticism

Some in Missouri’s agriculture sector are taking issue with the decision announced by the state agriculture department last month not to adopt stricter regulations of the controversial weedkiller dicamba than what the Environmental Protection Agency announced weeks before. Critics have raised concerns about both Missouri’s decision to forgo oversight of the chemical, and about the process by which that decision was made. Read more

UM System announces buyouts for some tenured faculty

In an effort to alleviate financial pressure, the University of Missouri System will offer lump-sum buyouts to certain tenured faculty who are approaching retirement. The statewide system hasn’t specified a target for the number of faculty members who will accept the buyout, a spokesman said. He declined to say whether more layoffs were likely if too few employees take buyouts. Read more

Springfield to lay out vision for future with new comprehensive plan

The city of Springfield is about to embark on the creation of a new comprehensive plan establishing guidelines for how it uses land, funds capital improvements and handles a variety of other development concerns. The new plan will help determine the city’s direction for the next 20 years, officials say, and Springfield is facing important questions about its identity. Read more

Ferrellgas replaces top executives, suspends dividends

Ferrellgas, a propane supplier based in Overland Park, Kansas, has replaced two top executives and announced it’s suspending quarterly dividends as its looks to shore up its cash position. The company reached agreements to terminate the employment of Doran Schwartz, its chief financial officer, and Trenton Hampton, its chief operating officer, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more

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