Morning Minutes: Student housing booms, entrepreneur program expands

The University of Central Missouri will undergo $60 million of improvements that include a $41 million dorm with retail space. | Courtesy of the University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri is undergoing $60 million of improvements that include a $41 million dorm with retail space. | Courtesy of the University of Central Missouri

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

HOK to acquire 360, re-enter sports and entertainment arena

HOK is jumping back into the sports architecture game with the acquisition of a prominent player from across the state. The St. Louis-based architecture and engineering firm will acquire 360 Architecture, a Kansas City-based sports and entertainment design firm.

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State funding concerns don’t slow college housing boom in Missouri

Despite complaints of less state funding for capital improvements, a housing boom continues to play out on the campuses of Missouri schools, with some of the state’s largest universities opening, building or planning new residence halls.

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Revamped Cortex entrepreneur training includes IT, manufacturing

St. Louis’ Cortex is rebranding its Bio Entrepreneur Development program to include more entrepreneurs from the information technology and manufacturing sectors. Veteran entrepreneur Mary Louise Helbig will manage the revamped program, now called Square One.

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Audit finds faults in state education department’s CEE-Trust contract

The state education department made several missteps in hiring CEE-Trust last year to consult on changes to Kansas City Public Schools, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office.

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Health Care Checkup: New cancer breakthrough, new Mercy chairman

New hope for cancer patients could soon be born in Kansas City, Charles Thoele resigns as chairman of Mercy Health System’s board and Kansas City’s top private-sector employer is one step closer to getting even bigger.

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