Missouri Minute: St. Louis looks to showcase geospatial technology sector; Wash U renews NASA contract

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With Medicaid expansion underway, Missouri stands to gain almost $1 billion in federal funding to assist with the implementation of the public health care program. The state has received more than 17,000 applications since August, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said this week. Elsewhere, the ongoing fight over the spread of unlicensed video gaming machines across the state will take a destructive turn Thursday in Platte City. A court has ordered five of the machines to be publicly destroyed, in accordance with a law that has been on the books since the 1950s. The judge’s order said, in part: “They shall be forfeited to the State, and shall be publicly destroyed.” And, in St. Louis, the area’s geospatial technology sector is getting extended exposure this week. The city is hosting one of the industry’s biggest conferences, the GEOINT Symposium, which officials hope will elevate the local industry’s profile.

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St. Louis looks to showcase geospatial technology sector 
The industry’s biggest conference kicked off Tuesday in St. Louis and is expected to draw more than 2,000 people at a time when the city is attempting to elevate its profile in the field. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Lumine Group buys KC-area technology company
Kansys, a system integrator founded in 1997, sold for an undisclosed amount to Lumine, which invests in software businesses. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Clayton company’s fire retardant could help fight wildfires
On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service approved the retardant made by Perimeter Solutions. It works as a preventative measure that lasts for months, reducing the number of wildfires. (Associated Press)

Washington University renews NASA deal to continue Mars research
The contract included $11.8 million in funds to help manage the Geosciences Node of NASA’s Planetary Data System. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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“They shall be forfeited to the State, and shall be publicly destroyed”

That’s an excerpt from a judgment handed down by Circuit Judge W. Ann Hansbrough regarding video gaming machines deemed to be illegal gambling devices. The case is the only successful felony prosecution of a vendor of these so-called gray-market machines in Missouri. The public destruction of the machines, ordered under a state law dating back to the 1950s, will be carried out Thursday in Platte City. This comes amid an ongoing fight over the legality of these video gaming machines, which have proliferated in convenience stores across the state.

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That is the compliance rate with a COVID-19 vaccination mandate among employees of University Health in Kansas City, the Beacon reports. The health system, formerly known as Truman Medical Centers, saw 39 of its roughly 5,000 employees resign rather than get a COVID-19 vaccine. Although the health system announced its mandate in July and required vaccinations by Sept. 20, many large employers in the area remain unsure how to navigate the issue and are awaiting further federal guidance before taking action.

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Medicaid expansion is officially underway in Missouri, with the state beginning to process applications from newly eligible individuals as of Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated the state stands to receive $968 million in federal funding over the next two years due to the expansion. Health care organizations and advocacy groups across the state celebrated this step toward increased access to health care for an estimated 275,000 Missourians.

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Dwight Scott

This Missouri native will serve as the new president and CEO of the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Scott currently serves as executive director of the San Diego Zoo, but he will start his new post on Jan. 3. Jeffrey Bonner, the St. Louis Zoo’s current chief executive, will retire but continue to serve in an advisory role.

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