Missouri Minute: St. Louis merger meets more dissent; women’s groups to get $20 million

Welcome to the re-envisioned Morning Minutes. We’re doubling down on our commitment to bringing you a holistic view of Missouri business news every day.

Let’s get this thing rolling. As you sip on your cup o’ joe this morning, learn more about the increasing opposition to the Better Together campaign to merge St. Louis City and County, a nonprofit pledging $20 million to fund women businesses and more.

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Another attempt to build bridges 
The Missouri Senate leader wants a $350 million bill to repair bridges, despite public opposition last November. (Missourinet)

Wish you were beer: MillerCoors exits industry campaign 
Upset over an ad criticizing its use of corn syrup, MillerCoors has severed ties with Anheuser-Busch and other beer makers, who had formed an industry alliance to boost shrinking sales. (Chicago Tribune)

‘Better Together’ draws dissenters
Local councils in University City and Florissant joined in the fight agains a city-county merger in St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UMKC says professor defrauded university, stole student’s research
The university alleges a professor sold a student’s research to a pharmaceutical company. (Kansas City Star)

Attorneys experience many incompletions with the NFL 
St. Louis attorneys allege the NFL isn’t cooperating with requests for information in a lawsuit about the Rams’ departure to Los Angeles. (Post-Dispatch)

Planes, buses and trains: New service to transport passengersMidAmerica St. Louis Airport will be connected to St. Louis’ MetroLink transit system through a new round-trip bus line. (Post-Dispatch)

Quick pitch

Since last summer, Ryan and MacKenzie Kennedy have served up coffee and cat cuddles at their Columbia cafe. Learn more about the business in today’s elevator pitch.

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Today’s graphic looks at Missouri’s top industries for job postings over the second half of 2018. Hospitals led the way, according to a statewide labor market analysis from the Missouri Economic & Research Information Center. 

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“We’ve had a food desert in this area for far too long.”

The Merc Co-Op and the municipal government in Kansas City, Kansas, are teaming up to build a new $6 million grocery store. Katherine Carttar, director of economic development for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, says the project is long overdue in an area where grocery options are sparse, KCUR reports.

Go figure

$3 million

That’s how much Missouri has already collected in application fees from aspiring medical marijuana growers and sellers, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. As of last Wednesday, the state had received 434 applications, including 237 dispensaries, 131 cultivation facilities and 66 manufacturing facilities.

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Today’s tweet looks at the “Corn Syrup War,” which has led to divisions in the beer industry.  

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That’s the name of a St. Louis-based nonprofit that aims to bolster the financial stability and independence of women. The group, founded by Ali Kindle Hogan in 2010, will start with a $20 million redevelopment in the Fox Park area of St. Louis. Rung has purchased 3.5 acres of land in the neighborhood for a new campus that includes office spaces for nonprofits and vegetable gardens. Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of this year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


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