Missouri Minute: Parson backs statewide prescription monitoring program; Springfield airport eyes separation from city

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Parson backs statewide prescription monitoring program

Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday he hopes Missouri lawmakers will pass legislation to create a statewide database for monitoring prescription drugs. The Republican governor met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, doctors and health officials to announce his support for a statewide monitoring program, giving new life to an effort that has sputtered in the legislature in years past. Read more

Springfield task force seeks shift in airport governance to fuel growth

A task force said Tuesday that the Springfield-Branson National Airport should move away from city control and instead be presided over by a regional airport authority. The shift would free the airport from city rules and regulations, giving airport leadership the freedom to more aggressively pursue growth opportunities, officials say. Read more

Rams to pay $24 million to settle suit over St. Louis seat licenses

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to pay $24 million to personal seat license-holders in St. Louis who had unused portions of their licenses remaining when the football team moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016. Attorneys representing thousands of fans who brought the class-action suit against the team filed a motion for preliminary approval on Wednesday. Read more

Dozens of Missouri Arby’s restaurants sold to new franchise operator

More than 70 Arby’s restaurants in Missouri will change hands as part of the sale of 368 restaurants across the country to a subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group. San Francisco-based Flynn announced Wednesday that its RB American Group is buying the Arby’s stores from United States Beef Corp., a restaurant group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Read more

Schlafly CEO Pendegraft leaving brewery

James Pendegraft is leaving his role as chief executive of The St. Louis Brewery, the maker of Schlafly Beer. Pendegraft has been CEO of the St. Louis area’s largest craft brewery since 2015. Read more

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