Morning Minutes: Another UM System curator resigns, ChemChina nears Syngenta deal

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

Second University of Missouri curator resigns in less than a week

For the second time in a week, a University of Missouri System curator has resigned. The departure of David Steward, who was the lone remaining African-American and non-lawyer on the board, leaves three of nine seats vacant on the board. Read more

ChemChina nearing deal to acquire Syngenta for $43 billion

State-owned China National Chemical Corp. is nearing an agreement to buy Swiss pesticide-and-seeds-maker Syngenta AG for about a record $42.8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more

Stifel Financial buying London bank ISM

Stifel Financial announced Monday that it has agreed to buy London investment bank ISM Capital LLP to boost its debt capital markets origination business and sales and research capabilities in Europe. Read more

St. Louis payroll tax challenged in court

The St. Louis city payroll tax paid by employers is unconstitutional and should be thrown out, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. Read more

Traffic rises to nearly 10.5 million passengers at KCI, final 2015 numbers show

In 2015, established KCI carriers such as American, Southwest, Spirit and Alaska added routes or increased flights on existing routes. Allegiant also joined the list of airlines serving KCI. Read more

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