Morning Minutes: UberX in St. Louis, Cortex challenges, sales tax holiday

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

Cab companies accuse St. Louis airport of turning a ‘blind eye’ to UberX

Six cab companies and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay are calling for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport officials to crack down on UberX drivers, who have been working in violation of local vehicle-for-hire laws for nearly a year by picking up passengers at the airport. Read more

Challenges loom as Cortex continues to grow

Cortex, the 200-acre innovation district in St. Louis, has attracted more than half a billion dollars in development and lured companies such as Square, Boeing and the Cambridge Innovation Center to set up shop. Read more

Stereotaxis stock plummets as former biotech darling facesdelisting

Stereotaxis’ share price tumbled Wednesday after the St. Louis-based company announced that it would be delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market, effective when the market opens Thursday. Read more

Missouri retailers readying for sales tax holiday weekend

Missouri’s three-day sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers is this weekend, and retailers are readying for a rush of shoppers. The sales tax holiday temporarily exempts the state’s portion of the tax rate — 4.225 percent — from Aug. 5-7 on certain back-to-school items. Read more

Citing budget cuts, Missouri state public defender appoints Gov. Jay Nixon to a case

In protest of declining funding, the director of Missouri’s public defender system says he has appointed Gov. Jay Nixon as a defense attorney to represent a client who can’t afford one of his own. Read more

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