Missouri Minute: Equal pay debate, Hammons Hotels, LaunchCode

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

Teen’s wage disparity at pizza shop fires up equal-pay debate

Seventeen-year-old Jensen Walcott of Bonner Springs is making a national splash over equal pay after being let go from her job at a pizza place an hour after she was hired. Read more


Hammons Hotels CEO calls bankruptcy a strategic response to litigation

The CEO of Springfield-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts said Monday that the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to better deal with ongoing legal difficulties and that she does not anticipate its business operations being disrupted. Read more


Sponsors of gun bill expect override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto

The lawmakers who carried a sweeping gun rights expansion proposal say Gov. Jay Nixon is missing an important detail in his rationale for vetoing it. Read more


Yield Lab sees competition in agtech space

The Yield Lab, the St. Louis-based agtech accelerator that launched in 2014, is seeing more competition from some of the world’s largest companies. Read more


LaunchCode to expand in Seattle, Portland after $8 million in federal grants

LaunchCode, the St. Louis-based organization that matches up and coming computer programmers with jobs at established companies, is poised to expand in Seattle and Portland, Ore., following a pair of U.S. Department of Labor grants totaling $8.4 million awarded to partner organizations. Read more


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