Morning Minutes: Construction optimism, Sprint downloads, student debt study

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

‘Cautious optimism’ giving way to solid confidence in local construction industry

While the term “cautious optimism” has been tagged to the construction industry too many times to count in the years since 2008, the sentiment still applies to building contractors in Mid-Missouri as residential and commercial construction continue to bounce back. Read more

Sprint network lags in OpenSignal tests nationally and in Kansas City

Sprint’s 4G LTE network continues to lag rival networks nationally and in Kansas City, according to testing by OpenSignal. OpenSignal hailed the progress that T-Mobile USA has made in the last three years, naming its network as fastest among the four national carriers based on average download speeds. Read more

Redevelopment of former chemical facility near Soulard moves forward

The developer behind a plan to finish cleaning up a former Monsanto chemical factory and turn it into a warehouse and industrial park says the project could bring more than 1,000 jobs to the riverfront just south of downtown St. Louis. Read more

Kansas City market to test new physician payment model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to test its new compensation model — called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus — in the Kansas City area. Read more

MU Study: Students who get personal help do better with education loans

Students who develop relationships with financial advisers make better decisions about education loans, according to a new University of Missouri study. Read more

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