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Happy International Women’s Day. Shouts out to all the women powering Missouri businesses. As you celebrate, read about KCI’s groundbreaking date, SXSW and gaps in child care.

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KCI groundbreaking slated for March 25

The $1.5 billion single-terminal project will take off on the site of Terminal A’s parking area. (Kansas City Star)

Republican lawmakers want charter school expansion in Missouri

House legislators delayed discussions of the plan until next week. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Three Kansas City-area Charlotte Russe stores to close 

The women’s clothing retailer filed for bankruptcy last month. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Closed I-70 Community Hospital might not reopen

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cut off the 15-bed hospital’s Medicare program Thursday. (KCUR)

St. Louis startup to participate in SXSW Startup of the Year competition 

GiftAMeal has raised an investment round and won an Arch Grant in the past year. (EQSTL)

Ashland’s local newspaper needed a new owner…

So the mayor, a businessman, bought the Boone County Journal. (Columbia Missourian)

Contractless Kingdom Telephone workers receive support 

Communication Workers of America members picketed the telephone company in Auxvasse on Wednesday. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Say that again

“I’m undecided. I think on the one hand it’s good. On the other hand it’s not. How is my lot in life going to improve once someone else is controlling the purse strings?”

Mary Brock, a 68-year-old resident of Jennings, had this to say about Better Together’s planned merger of the city and county governments in St. Louis. About 110 citizens attended the first town hall meeting to hear and comment on the merger plan Wednesday night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Go figure

$57 billion 

That’s how much gaps in child care cost businesses nationwide every year, according to researchers from the bipartisan business-leader group ReadyNation. Build-A-Bear Founder Maxine Clark penned a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch urging business leaders to address what she calls a “child care crisis.”

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Antonio DeRose is the COO of Green House Healthy, a Colorado-based health and fitness company. DeRose will join other industry professionals at the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association’s MoCannBizCon + Expo, which takes place Monday and Tuesday in St. Louis. The event is an educational opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in joining the medical marijuana industry in Missouri.

Hello, my name is

Olshan Properties

That’s the name of the former owners of Kansas City’s Zona Rosa Town Center that are being sued by a past employee for wrongful termination. Former Zona Rosa GM Rosemary Salerno says the company fired her after she refused to follow Olshan’s directive to use parking meter fees earmarked for charities to help cover the district’s operating costs. Olshan claims Salerno was fired for using company fees for personal expenses, The Kansas City Star reports.


Read: “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou

After being tipped by a blog post written by a mid-Missouri pathologist, the Wall Street Journal reporter investigated the fraudulent practices behind Theranos, the failed medical device startup that was once a Silicon Valley darling.

Watch: “Black Monday” on Showtime

Don Cheadle and Regina Hall take you back to October 1987, to one of the worst stock market crashes in history.

Listen: “Recode Decode” episode on Big Tech on Spotify

In this episode, Kara Swisher talks about the future of Big Tech with the CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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