Missouri Minute: Paycheck bill dies in Senate, Ameren prepares for final Westar offer

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

Paycheck bill dies as Senate falls short of veto override

After a lengthy Democratic filibuster, and as the Missouri Legislature’s 2016 session crept into its final day early Friday morning, the Senate fell one vote short of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill to more closely regulate the collection of union dues by public employees. Read more

Ameren said be be preparing to make final offer for utility Westar

Ameren Corp. is preparing to make a final offer for Westar Energy Inc., the Topeka, Kansas-based utility exploring options including a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said. Read more

Monsanto becomes takeover target of Bayer, BASF

A year after Monsanto Co. sparked a massive consolidation race in the agrochemical industry by bidding for rival Syngenta, the world’s largest seed company now finds itself in the uncomfortable role of takeover target. Read more

Kansas City Council approves two downtown hotel projects despite criticism

Despite protests from a citizens watchdog group, the Kansas City Council on Thursday unanimously gave the green light to public financing plans for two downtown area hotel projects. Read more

American Royal jumps state line for BBQ competition

The American Royal Association’s 2016 World Series of Barbecue will be held at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 26-30, the association announced Thursday. Read more

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