Missouri Minute: Former St. Louis County economic development chief pleads guilty; Ameren reaches deal on wind farm

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As you embark on another busy week, read about a St. Louis-based designer whose clients include Beyoncé, the latest from the Steve Stenger scandal and progress for the $30 billion state budget.

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Former St. Louis County economic development chief pleads guilty
Sheila Sweeney admitted to knowing former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger had traded favors for bribes, and to helping cover his tracks. Businessman John Rallo, another Stenger associate, pleaded not guilty to three federal bribery charges. (Associated Press)

Ameren reaches deal on another wind farm
The 300-megawatt facility in Atchison County will start operation in 2020. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Source of income might be added to St. Louis County’s fair housing codes
Council members are considering the move to protect people who get federal subsidies, Social Security or veterans benefits. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Missourians have chance to offer input on proposed medical marijuana rules
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is seeking feedback on its draft rules and regulations for the medical marijuana industry. The rules will be finalized in the coming weeks. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Springfield’s proposed budget includes employee raises, police and fire funds
City Manager Jason Gage has a $381 million proposal on the table. (Springfield News-Leader)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch parent company posts quarterly loss
Iowa-based Lee Enterprises Inc. reported a second-quarter loss of $2.7 million, down from a profit of $2.2 million a year prior. (Associated Press)

Say that again

“We speak so much about KC, but people forget whole groups of people — I’m talking Troost to Main, East Kansas City, South Kansas City. We want to empower our community without using people from the outside. We’re saying, ‘This is our community. It’s up to us to be the leaders who will change things.'”

The Distrikc, a group advocating for Kansas City entrepreneurs of color, debuted its first educational event on Saturday, Startland News reports. Entrepreneur Wesley Hamilton, one of the event’s organizers, said The Distrikc aims to reach young entrepreneurs of color who feel unseen in the community.

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Today’s graphic provides another snapshot from the Census of Agriculture released last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There are fewer dots on this map than there were on the same map 20 years ago. There were about 2.04 million farms in the U.S. in 2017, down nearly 8 percent from more than 2.2 million two decades earlier.

Go figure

$30 billion

That is the price tag of the state budget passed by lawmakers early Friday, the Columbia Missourian reports. The budget, which heads to Gov. Mike Parson for approval, includes funding for bridge repairs and a boost in higher education funding.

Hello, my name is

Brandin Vaughn

The St. Louis-based clothing designer counts Beyoncé and Vivica A. Fox among his celebrity clientele, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Vaughn’s ready-made designs range from $49 to $798, while custom designs are priced at $2,000 to $3,000 apiece.

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