Missouri Minute: Sprint Accelerator announces 2019 class; Missouri veterans sue over opioid marketing

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Happy Election Day. As voters head to the polls for municipal elections across the state, read about Centene’s bet on the Affordable Care Act, the Sprint Accelerator’s newest class of startups and media consumption habits in Missouri.


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Federal relief doesn’t cover stored crops hit by floods
A senior U.S. agriculture official said the USDA has no mechanism for helping farmers with crops damaged while in storage. (Reuters)

Missouri veterans sue Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing
The new lawsuit alleges the maker of Oxycontin targeted and misled veterans about the dangers of opioid use. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Sprint Accelerator announces 2019 class
Nine startups, including two companies working with 5G technology, will join the annual accelerator program by Sprint and Dairy Farmers of America. (Startland News)

Spher3 Consulting sells to Florida health care company 
The Kansas City-based medical analytics firm tracks and correlates patients’ perceptions and behaviors based on their nurse call activity. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Curate raises $450,000 from Cultivation Capital, Twain Financial Services
The funding round, a first for the St. Louis startup, will allow Curate to expand its team. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Amid municipal opposition, Better Together needs new donors

St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield may pull his support for Better Together if no other funder backs the city-county merger campaign. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

White River Brewing owner dies
John “Buz” Hosfield, who was 75 when he died last week, founded the Springfield craft brewery in 2012. (Springfield News-Leader)


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Today’s graphic looks at the results of a new Pew Research Center survey focused on local news. In response to a survey question about the source they rely on for local news, 21 percent of St. Louis respondents identified KTVI, the local Fox affiliate. In Kansas City, 17 percent of respondents said WDAF, the local Fox affiliate.


Say that again

“You make decisions based on the facts as they are today. (The Affordable Care Act) is in place today, and I have to plan on it being here.”
The U.S. Justice Department last week asked an appeals court to strike down the health care law, which expanded Medicaid coverage in dozens of states. The following day, Clayton-based Centene, a leading Medicaid insurer, announced its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, a rival in the Medicaid markets. Centene CEO Michael Neidorff said he expects the courts to uphold the law, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


Go figure

160
That’s the number of Missouri roads that have been closed due to the flooding that has ravaged the Midwest in recent weeks. St. Louis closed its flood gates as it expects the Mississippi River to crest on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.


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Cortex Restaurant Week 
Cortex, the St. Louis district best known as a hub for technology and bioscience businesses, is looking to elevate its culinary community. The inaugural Cortex Restaurant Week kicked off Monday and runs through Sunday, EQ reports. The week will feature a smorgasbord of special menu items and pop-up locations, according to organizers.

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