Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:
Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company worth $64 billion, recently explored a takeover of $34 billion Swiss rival Syngenta AG in a transaction that would have allowed the U.S. firm to move its tax location from St. Louis to Switzerland. It’s another sign of how U.S. firms in many sectors are trying to avoid corporate taxes by moving their headquarters overseas.
Despite challenges to the coal industry from natural gas and environmental regulators, Foresight Energy LP completed an initial public offering of 17.5 million units that raised $350 million for the St. Louis coal producer.
Residents have been calling City Hall for help in prodding Google Fiber’s many contractors for fixes since the work began, registering gripes such as rutted lawns and busted gas lines that have grown with the network’s speeding rollout this spring and summer. City officials give Google high marks for pressuring its contractors to make right when things go wrong.
A Washington University-based research center seeking better ways to collect and use solar energy has received $14.4 million in federal funding. The Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center, which is led by Washington University professor Bob Blankenship, has received a second round of funding from the Department of Energy in the form of a $3.6 million annual award for four years.
Missouri next month will join Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas by allowing motorcycle sales on Sundays. However, car sales are still banned.
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