Morning minutes: July 22

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Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

New medical isotope producer to help address short supply

The United States is about to run extremely low on Molybdenum-99, a vital element in nuclear medicine used to diagnose cancer and other life-threatening disease. Northwest Medical Isotopes intends to create a reliable supply of the radioactive material by building a $50 million radioisotope production facility in Columbia near the Missouri University Research Reactor. Read more 

Kansas City school district asks state for provisional accreditation 

Kansas City Public Schools wants the state of Missouri to grant the district provisional accreditation now — on a temporary basis — rather than wait on a process for reaccreditation that will probably play out this fall. The Missouri State Board of Education has added the district’s request to its agenda for its meeting today in Jefferson City.

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Bryan Cave names head of Kansas City law office 

Perry Brandt, the current president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, has been chosen to lead Bryan Cave LLP’s Kansas City office and will take over as the office managing partner.

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Florida-based college system plans layoffs for Missouri campuses 

Anthem Education, a for-profit college with 34 campuses across the U.S., could close its campuses in Fenton, Maryland Heights and Kansas City due to its “rapidly deteriorating financial condition,” according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state.

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Missouri’s lack of prescription drug database draws scrutiny 

Missouri is now the sole state in the U.S. that does not keep a prescription drug database — a key tool used to help identify those acquiring fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers. Not having this database has hindered Missouri’s ability to combat prescription drug abuse and has also attracted people from neighboring states who are looking to stockpile the addictive painkillers and tranquilizers.

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