Missouri Minute: More entities intervene in Westar-Great Plains merger; Edward Jones to keep commissions

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

Additional entities to intervene in Westar-Great Plains merger

The Kansas Corporation Commission has granted several requests to intervene in the proposed $12.2 billion merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy. Read more

Edward Jones to keep commissions under ‘fiduciary rule’

The government’s new “fiduciary rule” for retirement investments won’t kill off commission-based accounts, at least not at Edward Jones, which on Wednesday became one of the first big brokerages to detail how it will deal with the new rule. Read more

Longtime Boulevard finance chief named Duvel Moortgat USA president

The owners of Boulevard Brewing Co. have promoted Jeff Krum, the Kansas City-based brewery’s longtime chief financial officer, to the post of president over three U.S. operations. Read more

Monsanto to expand digital farming services

Climate Corp., the technology unit of seed giant Monsanto Co., plans to create what it says will be the first network of in-field sensors to relay data on crop conditions back to farmers. Read more

Clayton’s Crushed Red signs franchise deal to add 20 restaurants

Crushed Red Urban Bake and Chop Shop, a Clayton-based fast casual salad and pizza chain, has signed a franchise development agreement for 20 new restaurants in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. Read more

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