Missouri Minute: St. Joseph scrambles to reinforce levee; Western expands services in KC

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Perhaps it’s still early in the day, but you can certainly dream of cracking open a cold one as you read about St. Louis craft beers, new support for Missouri’s Hyperloop hopes, and a sobering statistic for MU football.


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St. Joseph scrambles to reinforce Missouri River levee
Volunteers hoped to fill 150,000 sandbags in an industrial area of the city by Tuesday as the Missouri River hit record-high levels in some places. (Associated Press)

Western Specialty Contractors expands services in Kansas City

Western, one of the largest private firms in St. Louis, expects to add up to $15 million in annual revenue with its purchase of Great Plains Roofing for an undisclosed sum. (St. Louis Business Journal)

St. Louis brewer partners with Carnival Cruise

Brew Hub will produce three private label beers to be served on 26 Carnival ships and destinations. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Metro KC Climate Action Coalition plans September summit

The group hopes to draw up to 1,000 people to the Climate Action Summit. (Kansas City Star)

Missouri posts new medical marijuana draft rules

The regulations, which cover cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities and dispensaries, are subject to change between now and the finalization of rules in early June. (Springfield News-Leader)

Lincoln County fire official fined after awarding contracts to himself

The fire district reportedly awarded $12,000 in no-bid contracts to Assistant Fire Chief Arron Lee’s welding company while he oversaw department purchasing decisions. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Columbia film festival canceled

The Citizen Jane Film Festival started at Stephens College in 2008 and grew into a four-day festival featuring work by female filmmakers. (Columbia Missourian)


Say that again

“We’re essentially funding half the needs of the state’s transportation system. That will have an impact negatively on the economy of the state and our ability to compete with our neighbors in the 21st century.”

Patrick McKenna, Missouri Department of Transportation director, continues to call for a plan to fund the state’s roads and bridges as his department faces $8.5 billion in deferred maintenance. One of the latest funding plans to gain traction, proposed by Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, would raise the state’s gas tax by 6 cents over three years, the Springfield News-Leader reports.


Go figure

47 percent

That’s the percentage of announced attendance that actually attended University of Missouri football home games last season. The actual average attendance over the seven home games was 24,377 per game, the Columbia Missourian reports.


Hello, my name is

Andrew Smith

The St. Louis Regional Chamber executive has stepped down to join a group backed by billionaire Rex Sinquefield to push for the implementation of a Hyperloop connection between St. Louis and Kansas City, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

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