Missouri Minute: Cape Girardeau considers solar farm; SEC lifts alcohol ban

Good morning, MBA readers,

Welcome to a new workweek. We’re here to help keep you informed as you start your Monday. Farms of different sorts are in the news this morning, as Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill limiting local rules on large farms that raise livestock and Cape Girardeau is considering a $200 million solar energy farm.

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Record flooding overtops two Missouri levees
High waters topped a levee along the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri and another along the Missouri River near Howard County, where officials issued a mandatory evacuation. (Associated Press)

Amazon said to be interested in buying Sprint prepaid brand
Amazon is considering purchasing Boost Mobile from Sprint and T-Mobile, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The wireless carriers have said they would sell Boost to win approval of their planned merger. (Reuters)

Parson signs limits on local livestock regulations
The Republican governor heralded the bill as a “big win” for Missouri farmers and ranchers, but critics say the bill could hurt the quality of life for neighbors worried about air and water pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations. (Associated Press)

Cape Girardeau considers $200 million solar farm
The 1,400-acre facility proposed by Florida-based NextEra Energy would produce up to 200 megawatts of solar energy, according to the company. (Southeast Missourian)

Garmin, Saint Luke’s, TeraCrunch partner on cancer study using wearable devices
Beginning in mid-June, GPS and device maker Garmin will equip between 50 to 75 stage 4 cancer patients with a wearable device that tracks vital health information such as heart rate variability and sleep patterns. TeraCrunch will use the data collected to predict potential adverse reactions and alert Saint Luke’s clinicians. (Kansas City Business Journal)

SEC lifts alcohol ban at college sporting events
The University of Missouri, a member of the Southeastern Conference, is beginning the process of deciding how to implement the new policy. (Columbia Missourian)

Overland Park startup sends drivers to aid tornado survivors
Bungii, an app for on-demand hauling services, dispatched at least 10 truck drivers to Linwood, Kansas, where more than a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent storm. (Startland News)

Say that again

“I’ve had people come to my office and need immediate mental health leave, some considering self-harm. We come here with a goal to help people no one else is helping. When we can’t do it, it’s crushing.”

Kansas City’s public defenders are overworked with unmanageable caseloads, according to Ruth Petsch, head of the state public defender’s office in the city, KCUR reports. In Jackson County Circuit Court last week, Petsch described her attorneys as “ticking time bombs” and said nearly 1,000 defendants eligible for state representation are on a “postponement list.” Petsch proposed a maximum caseload for the Kansas City office to offset the caseload.

Go figure

That’s the number of people who moved to Wentzville last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Thanks in part to the General Motors plant there, the once-quaint town at the crossroads of Interstates 64 and 70 has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the region. St. Charles County, where Wentzville is located, also grew more in one year than any other county in the St. Louis area.

Hello, my name is

Like its name suggests, this St. Louis startup’s online marketplace emphasizes generosity. Founded in February, Generopolis allows users to list items for sale on its platform and choose a nonprofit to fund. Generopolis keeps 30 cents plus 10 percent of each sale and the charity of the user’s choosing gets the rest. Founder Meghan Winegrad hopes her platform will transform the way companies partner with nonprofits, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


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