Morning Minutes: Senate to debate school transfer laws, Olathe mall closing doors

Photos courtesy of (from left) Ryan Collins/Missouri Business Alert and Creative Commons
Photos courtesy of (from left) Ryan Collins/Missouri Business Alert and Creative Commons

Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

After Ferguson zaps emergency funds, lawmakers mull approving more

Missouri lawmakers must decide whether to replenish the pool of money earmarked for emergencies, which was nearly exhausted when the state spent $11.5 million last year in response to unrest in Ferguson.

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Olathe’s Great Mall to join growing list of shuttered shopping centers

The Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, Kan., plans to close its doors this fall, joining a growing group of shopping centers that once were bustling but now are out of business.

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Missouri Senate to take up debate over school transfers

The Missouri Senate is expected to debate proposed changes to the state’s school transfer laws this week, taking aim at a statute that lets students in underperforming school districts transfer to better ones at the cost of their home districts.

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Columbia approves rules governing ride-sharing services

Against Uber’s objections, the Columbia City Council passed bills Monday night adding ride-sharing services to the types of vehicles-for-hire governed under city ordinance and loosening some regulations overseeing taxis.

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Jazz series founder Poses helps put Columbia on the musical map

Jon Poses founded the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series in 1995 and has overseen its growth into a series of about 30 events each year, including concerts, educational programs, film screenings and community forums.

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