Morning Minutes: Monsanto-BASF talks, Medicaid verification bill

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

Monsanto revives talks with BASF over Bayer alternative

Monsanto Co. has revived talks with BASF SE about a possible combination of their agrochemicals businesses, according to people familiar with the matter, after it rejected a $62 billion takeover offer from Bayer AG. Read more

Medicaid eligibility verification bill awaits Nixon’s decision

Gov. Jay Nixon has until Friday to take action on bills the legislature passed this year, or they will automatically become law next month. One of those is a bill that would hire a company to verify if those on Medicaid are actually eligible to receive benefits. Read more

AD Mack Rhoades ditches Missouri for strife-torn Baylor

After fewer than 15 months as athletic director, Mack Rhoades is leaving the University of Missouri to take the same position at Baylor University, which has been rocked by a sexual assault scandal that recently cost the Big 12 Conference school its football coach, athletic director and president. Read more

KCP&L opens solar power plant in Greenwood

Kansas City Power & Light on Tuesday opened its first commercial-scale solar power facility. It’s expected to generate 4,700 megawatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power 440 homes. Read more

A-B InBev projects high growth in sales of low-alcohol beer

Anheuser-Busch InBev is forecasting that low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers will grow from their current small base to make up 20 percent of the company’s sales by 2025. Read more

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