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Happy Thursday morning. As you grab breakfast and head off to work, read about a troubled bridge plan, startups founded by women and an upcoming attraction from the National Enquirer.

From our newsroom

Missouri unemployment ticks up, stays below national average

The state’s January unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, marking the 46th consecutive month Missouri’s rate has been at or below the national level.

ScaleUP! KC picks new entrepreneurs for growth-focused program

Fifteen Kansas City entrepreneurs running businesses across a variety of industries will make up the new cohort of ScaleUP! KC, which aims to help founders scale their businesses.

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Bridge plan faces challenge

Gov. Mike Parson’s $350 million plan to repair 200-plus bridges hit a roadblock Wednesday when the House Budget Committee chairman said he wouldn’t support the bond plan. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Kansas tech company plants new headquarters in Missouri

iModules Software is bringing about 100 employees across the state line in the Kansas City area. (Kansas City Business Journal)

St. Louis startup support organizations get part of $1 million in grants

BioSTL and the Helix Center Biotech Incubator were awarded funding by the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Kansas City Star building on the block for $31 million 

The paper would still pay property taxes, insurance and maintenance on the building. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Vroom! Vroom! Kansas City Auto Show revved into gear Wednesday 

More than 450 new vehicles will be on display. (Kansas City Star)

Your future prescription could be written electronically 

Missouri Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, wants nearly all prescriptions made electronically by 2021. (Columbia Missourian)

National Enquirer to open attraction in Branson

The tabloid’s 30,000-square-foot location will open this summer. (Springfield News-Leader)

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Today’s graphic looks at educational attainment and student debt in Missouri. The percentage of Missourians earning bachelor’s degrees or higher has risen steadily in recent years, but so has the average amount of student debt for college graduates in the state.

Say that again

“It makes sense why the venture capitalist doesn’t invest in women or, like they say, people of color. On one side, the investors might not be looking for women (founders) or people of color (to invest in), but I think the other side is that we don’t know when we’re talking to them, what their expectations are.”

Rebecca Dove is the founder of education technology startup Pennez. She shared her experiences of growing a company as an African-American female founder with Startland News. The story is one part of a three-piece package on the struggle for equity faced by female-founded startups.

Go figure


That’s the amount of money one Kirkwood business lost to an email scam, according to an investigation by KSDK. The scammers sent email invoices masquerading as suppliers for the company. The company then sent wire transfers to the scammers, thinking it was paying regular bills.

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Rep. Dan Shaul

Shaul, a Republican from Imperial, is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit cities and counties from restricting local business’ use of plastic goods, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The bill would expand a Shaul-sponsored 2015 law that forced legislators to override a veto from then-Gov. Jay Nixon. Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment testified against the legislation.

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