Missouri Minute: Legislative focus turns to Nixon, KC pushing youth sports plan for Kemper Arena

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

Focus turns to Nixon after lawmakers wrap up legislative session

With Missouri lawmakers concluding their 2016 session Friday, the focus now turns to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who faces decisions on what bills to sign and veto for his final time in the state’s highest elected office. Read more

KC prefers youth sports plan to restore life to Kemper Arena

Kansas City officials are set to announce Monday a redevelopment plan by Foutch Brothers LLC for Kemper Arena that would use the currently vacant space as a venue for amateur youth and adult sports. Read more

Columbia City Council to discuss mayor’s call for halt of new student housing permits

The influx of student apartment complexes in Columbia, particularly downtown, has prompted a discussion by the Columbia City Council about whether it should step in and call for a temporary halt on the projects. Read more

Trade policy issues are blurring old lines, turning politics in 2016 inside out

As national and state election candidates and their supporters feud over protections for American workers versus free trade agreements, the traditional partisan positions on the matter are becoming scrambled. Read more

St. Louis Fed identifies pattern in gas prices in city’s metro area

In a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, economists confirmed that the volatile gas pricing patterns in St. Louis are typical in markets in which a handful of retailers are dominant, leading some to deem the phenomenon the “QuikTrip effect.” Read more

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