Missouri Minute: Airlines approve KCI plan; new $140 million railway project

As you start your Thursday, check out the latest on the Kansas City airport redevelopment, a new $140 million railway project and more.

From our newsroom

Mayor says KC ‘did get something’ when it didn’t get Amazon’s HQ2
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the city learned lessons about its workforce and other assets from the Amazon bidding process.

Entrepreneurship is a community effort, Kauffman Foundation says
The success of entrepreneurs and the communities they call home depends on support from the vast majority of people who aren’t entrepreneurs, Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation leaders said during the foundation’s 10th annual State of Entrepreneurship Address.

MU Extension explores growing impact of local food
A recent statewide event shed light on rural and urban food systems and their impact on producers, consumers and regional economies.

Stay alert

Airlines approve KCI plan
With an ordinance before the Kansas City Council later today, all that’s left is to figure out a funding mechanism for the new terminal. (Kansas City Business Journal)
Canadian trucking company acquires Missouri firm

Fenton-based Schilli Corp. and its 22 facilities will operate as a standalone business unit within Canada’s TFI International. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Schnucks adds alcohol to its delivery service

The Maryland Heights-based grocery chain says it will deliver beer, wine and spirits to customers in Missouri and Illinois within one hour. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Gamlin Restaurant Group admits cash flow issues

The brothers who run the St. Louis restaurant group said some of their 210 employees did not get their paychecks on time or had their checks bounce. (KSDK)
MU gets $10 million to support mental health of rural students

Researchers at the new University of Missouri center will conduct student surveys and mental health training for K-12 teachers. (Columbia Missourian)
BNSF plans Missouri investment

The railway company said it will pump about $140 million into Missouri in 2019 to replace and upgrade rail, rail ties and ballast. (Associated Press)
Budget discussions include funds for UM research facility

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi said the extra $2 million from the state could be used to leverage donations from alumni and corporate sponsors. (Columbia Missourian)

Say that again

“I have been concerned for a number of years that we are falling behind the competition, dramatically, because of our fractured government here.”

The St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council has backed the proposed Better Together merger of St. Louis City and County. Al Bond, executive secretary-treasurer of the council, said the group unanimously voted to back the merger, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports

Show me

Today’s graphic compares different parts of Missouri by average wages and annual job growth between 2012 and 2017. Kansas City and St. Louis were the only regions to have both wages and job growth above the state average for that period, according to the Missouri Economic Research & Information Center.

Go figure

3.75 percent 

That is how much housing prices rose in the St. Louis metro area in the fourth quarter, marking the slowest growth since 2011. Between 2011 and 2017, the rate fluctuated between 3.95 percent and 5.91 percent, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports


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