Missouri Minute: Aldermen approve St. Louis convention center expansion; discount retailer Here Today to close all stores

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

St. Louis convention center expansion wins initial approval from aldermen

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday granted initial approval to a plan to issue bonds for a $175 million upgrade of the city’s downtown convention venue, America’s Center. The project would add 92,000 square feet of convention space, a new ballroom, green space and 26 loading docks. Read more

Discount retailer Here Today to close all stores, review ‘ownership structure’

Here Today, a St. Louis-based discount retailer, will be shuttering all its stores in January. The stores may open again later in 2019. Read more

Parson announces task force to tackle Medicaid fraud

Gov. Mike Parson on Friday announced the creation of a task force aimed at addressing Medicaid fraud and abuse. Parson was joined by incoming Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Todd Richardson, the former Missouri House speaker who in October was announced as the state’s new Medicaid director. Read more

Schlichter secures $24 million settlement in 401(k) fees case

St. Louis law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton has agreed to a $24 million settlement with BB&T Bank, a North Carolina bank accused of charging excessive fees on its 401(k) plan. If the settlement is approved by federal court, the money will go to employees and retirees of the bank. Read more

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