Morning Minutes: KC hospital sale closes, St. Louis opts to ‘ban the box’

Carondelet Health has agreed to sell St. Joseph Medical Center (above) and St. Mary's Medical Center. | Courtesy of St. Joseph Medical Center
Prime Healthcare Services will take over St. Joseph Medical Center (above) and St. Mary’s Medical Center. | Courtesy of St. Joseph Medical Center

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

KC-area Catholic diocese settles another sexual abuse lawsuit

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph agreed to pay $10 million to settle 30 lawsuits that alleged sexual abuse by priests. That action came on the eve of jury deliberations after an 11-day trial in a case filed by a former altar boy, and it brings to about $17 million the amount the diocese has paid to plaintiffs in civil cases in the past 15 months.

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St. Louis health care chain sells two Kansas City-area hospitals

Carondelet Health, a part of the Ascension hospital chain, signed an agreement to sell its two Kansas City-area hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services. St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs will become part of the for-profit Prime hospital chain.

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City of St. Louis stops asking job applicants about felony convictions

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the city will no longer ask certain job applicants whether they’ve been convicted of a felony, although certain jobs will still require a criminal background check. St. Louis joins a growing number of cities and states that have adopted the so-called “ban the box” policy of not requiring job applicants to disclose felony convictions.

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Historic downtown KC building soon to be Hampton Inn

Work has begun on the $6 million conversion of the historic Gumbel Building in downtown Kansas City into a 70-room boutique hotel. Developer Mark Patel, who bought the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building in November 2012, said he was able to start the project after lining up financing from New Orleans-based Liberty Bank.

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St. Louis accelerator SixThirty chooses four new startups

St. Louis financial tech startup accelerator SixThirty has selected four new companies. DAVO Technologies, MyMoneyButler, New Constructs and PFITR (Public Funds Investment Tracking and Reporting) will all get $100,000 investments.

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