Missouri Minute: KC, St. Louis mayors to establish pilot reparations programs; Supreme Court rules against NCAA

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A group of 11 U.S. mayors, including Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, is pledging to establish pilot reparations programs aimed at addressing the racial wealth gap. The group, Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE), was announced Friday. The mayors have outlined commitments to establish pilot reparations programs and create an advisory committee. In Missouri’s ongoing fight over Medicaid expansion, attorneys representing three plaintiffs argued Monday that it is unconstitutional to not provide funding for expansion, which voters approved last year. The state legislature approved its budget but did not include enough funding for expanded access to the public health care program. Elsewhere in court, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the NCAA can no longer limit education-related benefits, like computers and paid internships, that colleges can offer athletes. Some expect the move to precipitate further easing of restrictions around athlete compensation.


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“If you look at the ways that Kansas City, as a metro, can grow and the synergy between influx of new residents and influx of job growth, adding more residential inventory to downtown Kansas City that’s high quality is going to grow the Kansas City population.”

Developers continue to capitalize on growth potential in the heart of Kansas City, and the Cordish Cos. is one of them. Nick Benjamin, the head of local operations for the Baltimore-based developer, said he sees an overall positive trajectory for the city’s Power & Light District, which Cordish developed. Benjamin also said the developer is days away from breaking ground on Three Light, a 26-story, 288-apartment downtown tower, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.


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70.6%

That’s the percentage sales in food services were up in May compared to the same month last year. As vaccinations increase and restrictions loosen, demand for gatherings — and therefore businesses like restaurants, coffee shops and bars — has increased. “Those places where customers are wanting to gather again, have that experience of meeting with their friends and family, that’s where we are seeing this pent-up demand and spending,” said Katie Essing, a marketing professor at the University of Missouri. However, retail and food services sales were down 1.3% overall in May compared to last month, but up 28.1% compared to May 2020.


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Jim Sterk, director of athletics at the University of Missouri, was among the administrators to issue a statement Monday in response to a court ruling that could have major ramifications for the business model underlying college sports. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of college athletes in a court case dealing with the NCAA and compensation, the Associated Press reports. The governing body for college athletics can no longer limit education-related benefits, like computers and paid internships, that colleges can offer Division I athletes. The case could open the door to further easing of NCAA limitations on athlete compensation.


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Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity

This is the name of a new group consisting of 11 U.S. mayors, including Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, pledging to establish pilot reparations programs aimed at the racial wealth gap, KCUR reports. The group was announced Friday. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday the group members have made three commitments: to back a bill in Congress to establish a commission to study and develop reparation proposals, to create an advisory committee of “Black-led organizations and leaders” and to establish pilot reparations programs.


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