Missouri Minute: Bayer, Monsanto move closer to deal; KC considers local hiring agreements

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

Bayer, Monsanto said to move closer to deal as talks advance

Negotiations between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. are advancing toward a deal after the companies made progress on issues including the purchase price and termination fee, people familiar with the matter said. Read more

KC considers local hiring agreements for public-supported developments

Two members of the Kansas City Council are leading a push this week to create community benefits agreements, vehicles allowing the city to negotiate with private developers who seek public incentives such as tax abatement or tax increment financing. An agreement to provide jobs or other benefits would be reached before a developer could obtain incentives through any of the city’s economic development agencies. Read more

MU enrollment down from 2015, but slightly higher than projected

A projected decrease for overall enrollment at the University of Missouri this fall came true Monday, the first day of classes. Read more

Democrat Koster wins traditional GOP backing, but will that move voters?

Chris Koster has spent the weeks since winning the Missouri Democratic nomination for governor racking up support from traditionally Republican groups. Read more

LaunchKC announces 20 startups that will vie for $50,000 grants

LaunchKC on Monday announced the 20 tech startups that have advanced to the final round in a competition for 10 grants worth $50,000 apiece. Read more

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