Morning Minutes: Utilities push for rate law overhaul, Environmental group sues EPA

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

Utilities push for overhaul of Missouri rate regulation

Missouri utilities are pushing for sweeping changes to state law that would limit the discretion regulators have over electric rates and allow for annual adjustments, which the companies say will encourage more investment in the electric grid. Read more

Missouri environmental advocates sue EPA over clean water rules

A Missouri environmental group is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to try to force the state to set stricter water pollution standards. Read more

Express Scripts launches share repurchase

Express Scripts Holding Co. has launched a $2.8 billion accelerated share repurchase agreement with Morgan Stanley & Co. Read more

Kansas City chamber leadership changing hands

Monday, Jim Heeter will step down from his position as the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, turning the position over to incoming CEO Joe Reardon. Read more

Monsanto part of wave of ag deals, corporate VC investment

As managing director of Monsanto Growth Ventures, John Hamer is responsible for identifying the disruptors. He seeks out — and occasionally leads Monsanto to invest in — companies capable of shaking up the agriculture industry. Read more

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