Missouri Minute: Limited progress between Monsanto and Bayer, Daily fantasy sports must pay to operate in Missouri

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

Limited progress on possible Monsanto, Bayer deal

Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, has still not opened its books more than two weeks after it rejected Bayer AG’s $62 billion acquisition offer but left the door open to a possible deal, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more

Daily fantasy sports industry will have to pay to operate in Missouri

In his January State of the State address, Gov. Jay Nixon called for laws regulating the daily fantasy sports industry, which is growing in popularity. Friday, Nixon signed HB 1941 into law, making that call a reality. Read more

Shook Hardy & Bacon partners elect new chairwoman to lead law firm

Madeleine McDonough, a top partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon, will become the law firm’s chairwoman Jan. 1 after partners there elected her to the job Friday. Read more

Nixon wants new curators to get to work in finding new UM System president

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expects the three new members of the University of Missouri System Board of Curator to hit the ground running on an important task: choosing a new president. Read more

College grads’ job prospects improving, but still not great

With the rate of unemployment for recent college graduates sitting at less than 5 percent and an increase in jobs, it may be the best time to graduate since the Great Recession. But many grads are finding it difficult to find jobs at their education level and continue to face stagnant wages and the highest student debt loads of all time. Read more

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