Morning Minutes: Ascension expands, Officials call for federal agency to stay in St. Louis

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Acsension, Creative Commons, and Creative Commons
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Ascension, Creative Commons, and Creative Commons

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

Ascension expands with purchase of Wisconsin health system

Ascension announced Thursday that it will acquire all of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s operations in southeast Wisconsin. St. Louis-based Ascension, which is the nation’s largest nonprofit and Catholic health care system, will grow to 137 hospitals across the country, including 27 in Wisconsin, with the deal. Read more

Elected officials unite in call for federal agency to stay in St. Louis

A crowd of current and former elected officials joined forces Thursday in St. Louis in an effort to convince the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to build its new $1.6 billion facility inside the city limits. Read more

Express Scripts cuts off pharmacy connected to Valeant

Express Scripts is among three pharmacy benefit managers that on Thursday said they would cut ties with Philidor RX Services, a pharmacy with which Valeant Phamaceuticals has partnered. Read more

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation gets national attention

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation grabbed the top “rising star” ranking in an annual report published Thursday on America’s 400 largest public charities. Read more

KC companies launch Internet of Things community to spur innovation

Several big companies are teaming up to launch an Internet of Things community in the metro, geared toward making the area a “global hub for innovation” and fostering Kansas City’s IoT economy. Read more

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