Missouri Minute: Monsanto ready to make deal on utility legislation, GOP gubernatorial candidates spar over ‘religious freedom’ bill

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

Monsanto ready to make deal on Ameren-backed legislation

Opposition to utility-backed legislation in Jefferson City that would make it easier for electric utilities like Ameren to regularly raise customer rates appears to be softening after one of the bill’s main opponents, Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, offered to cut a deal with electric utilities last week in exchange for what appears to be a special electric rate for large power users, according to emails obtained by the Post-Dispatch. Read more

Missouri gubernatorial candidates spar over ‘religious freedom’ bill at GOP debate

America’s continuing debate over gay rights versus religious freedom took center stage in Missouri’s race for governor Sunday, with three of the four Republican candidates lauding a proposed referendum to protect businesspeople who refuse to cater to same-sex marriage ceremonies. Read more

Earthquakes cause GM to idle Fairfax plant

General Motors Co. announced that recent earthquakes in Japan will force them to idle the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan. Read more

USA800 continues KC growth with fourth call center, 200 hires

USA800 Inc. said it plans to open a fourth call center in the Kansas City area by June 1 and hire 200 people for the facility. Read more

Big issues face Missouri legislators in final three weeks

With the job of crafting a state budget complete, Missouri lawmakers are entering the final three weeks of the annual session with more than a dozen major issues still in legislative limbo. Read more

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