Missouri Minute: Missouri counters in war over NGA, Monsanto sale could threaten area economy

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

Missouri delegation counters in border war over NGA site

Missouri’s congressional delegation struck back in the border war over a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility, inserting into a military construction spending bill an additional $801,000 for “land and transfer acquisition activities” for the north St. Louis site preferred by NGA Administrator Robert Cardillo. Read more

Monsanto sale could threaten area’s plant science hub, farm economy

More than a few hurdles face German chemicals and pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG before its unsolicited offer to buy Monsanto becomes reality. But assuming antitrust concerns, financing challenges, skeptical shareholders and hesitant Monsanto leadership don’t derail the offer, how worried should St. Louis be? Read more

Burns & McDonnell unveils its updated world headquarters building

Burns & McDonnell on Thursday celebrated the opening of an expansion of its world headquarters, a project the lead architect calls “the world’s biggest calling card.” Read more

USDOT secretary visits KC to talk $50M smart city grant

On Friday, Kansas City will get a visit from the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who previously named the city one of seven finalists for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Read more

On eve of tornado anniversary, Joplin shows healing, scars

At 5:34 p.m. on the evening of May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado tore through Joplin, cutting a path of destruction that left 161 people dead and destroyed some 7,500 homes. Five years later, challenges remain, with many psychological and emotional wounds still unhealed. Read more

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