Morning Minutes: Anthem sues Express Scripts, Legislature’s first half ‘unproductive’

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

Anthem sues Express Scripts, alleging excessive drug prices

Health insurer Anthem on Monday filed a lawsuit against Express Scripts, the St. Louis-based pharmacy benefits manager, to recoup billions of dollars lost to what Anthem says were excessive drug payments. Read more

Missouri Senate calls first half of session ‘unproductive,’ hopeful for final two months

As Missouri legislators head home for spring break this week at the mid-point of the 2016 legislative session, some lawmakers are calling the first half “unproductive.” Read more

Adarza BioSystems raises $5 million in round with St. Louis backers

Adarza BioSystems, a St. Peters-based life science startup, has raised $5 million from investors including Cultivation Capital, Lewis & Clark Ventures and the venture capital arm of Siemens. Read more

Nixon, GOP agree on state worker raises

Before leaving on a week-long spring break from legislative duties, members of the House approved a $27.1 billion budget proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon containing $54.1 million to finance 2 percent raises for state employees. Read more

McCaskill embarks on statewide college affordability tour

As college tuition rates continue to rise and graduation rates become stagnant, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is venturing out across Missouri to gather input and garner public support about making college less expensive. Read more

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