Missouri Minute: Grocery co-ops to combine, KC leaders seek incentive reform

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

Associated Wholesale Grocers and Affiliated Foods Midwest to combine

Associated Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest grocery cooperatives in the United States and one of the Kansas City area’s largest companies, has reached an agreement to combine distribution businesses with Affiliated Foods Midwest cooperative. Read more

KC education, political leaders seek incentive reform

A coalition of activist organizations that believe the Kansas City Council has not moved far or fast enough on reforming economic development incentives wants to take the cause into its own hands. Read more

Municipal court problems spread throughout Missouri, auditor says

Nearly two years ago, Michael Brown’s death brought to light abusive municipal court practices in the St. Louis area. A new report released by auditor Nicole Galloway this week shows the problems exist statewide. Read more

Developers defend incentive request for Centene headquarters expansion

The developers of Centene’s proposed expansion defended their request for public assistance Thursday, arguing the project meets the area’s long-term development goals by adding residents and retail near public transit and drawing an estimated 5,000 high-paying jobs to the region’s central corridor. Read more

State rolls out emergency rules for new daily fantasy sports law

The Missouri Gaming Commission is preparing to oversee daily fantasy sports websites under a new law passed this year. Read more

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