Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:
German drugs and crop chemicals group Bayer has offered to buy Monsanto, the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness giant, for $62 billion in cash, defying criticism from some of its own shareholders in a bid to grab the top spot in a fast-consolidating farm supplies industry. Read more
A ruling by a Cole County judge has put the fate of a proposed ballot measure raising Missouri’s tobacco tax to fund early childhood education in jeopardy. Read more
A push to create statewide ride-hailing regulations died in the Missouri Legislature this month — a cue the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is taking as a signal to begin ticketing UberX drivers. Read more
Less than a month after most Missouri Republican leaders favored anyone but Donald Trump, those same officials told hundreds of party activists that they now had no other choice. Read more
As part of its ongoing effort to attract top tech talent to the Kansas City area, KCnext is changing its name and breaking away from its parent organization. Read more
Correction: May 23 at 1:15 p.m.
This story’s headline was updated to accurately reflect the amount of Bayer’s bid for Monsanto. A previous version of the headline misstated the bid amount as $64 billion.