Missouri Minute: Hospitals face reduced payments; Sprint HQ sale set

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We hope your week is off to a good start. We have updates on Missouri hospital ratings, Sprint’s campus and a $300 million Washington University initiative.

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Sprint to sell headquarters campus to Occidental Management  

The wireless company’s CEO said the deal should close in the coming months. (Kansas City Star)

Eight St. Louis-area hospitals penalized over safety concerns

The hospitals are among 800 nationwide that will get less funding from Medicare because of infection and injury rates. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

MU Health Care drops to one-star rating 

The health system’s CEO attributed the dip to a change in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rating system. (Columbia Missourian)

State sales tax map encounters challenges

About one-third of local governments and taxing bodies have not cooperated with the effort. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

400 apps pre-filed to grow marijuana in Missouri

The potential growers and sellers applied months before licenses are to be awarded. (Associated Press)

Kansas City restaurateurs make James Beard semifinalsChefs, restaurants, a baker and a bar made the “Oscars of the food industry” list. (Kansas City Star)

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$300 Million

That’s how much Washington University plans to spend on a neuroscience building and parking garage in the Cortex business district of St. Louis. The planned development will be the most expensive in school history, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports

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Around 50 entrepreneurs and startup advocates attended a public hearing Saturday focused on Kansas City’s budget for the next fiscal year. The group wants the Kansas City Council to devote more funds to support small businesses and startups, Startland News reports

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Arch Apparel

That’s the name of a clothing shop that sells St. Louis-themed T-shirts, hats and other merchandise. After the cancelled LouFest left the vendor with nearly $20,000 in unsold apparel, Arch’s owners rallied their social media followers and sold the merch at a party dubbed “ArchFest.” Now, Arch is gearing up to launch its first store in late March, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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“Basically it’s just going to create an endless path for them to be able to swim.”

The Neosho National Fish Hatchery in southwest Missouri installed new circular tanks that mimic the current of a river. Bruce Hallman, an environmental education specialist with the hatchery, hopes the tanks will provide a better breeding environment for the endangered pallid sturgeon, the Associated Press reports.


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