Morning Minutes: SEC awards $22M to whistleblower; Audit finds Missouri campuses raise fees instead of tuition

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

SEC awards $22 million to Monsanto whistleblower

A former Monsanto Co. financial executive who blew the whistle on accounting practices at the Creve Coeur-based seed and agrochemical company has been awarded a $22.4 million share of the government’s settlement with the company, according to his lawyer. Read more

Audit finds Missouri campuses raise fees when they can’t raise tuition

Public campuses and universities in Missouri, hampered by a legal limit on tuition increases and dwindling state support, are resorting to increasing fees to raise money, a state audit found. Read more

Governor’s summit underlines increased need for cybersecurity

Gov. Jay Nixon stressed the importance of cybersecurity, calling it a service to the people of Missouri, during an address Tuesday at the inaugural Missouri Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit. Read more

H&R Block begins fiscal year in the hole, promises changes

H&R Block typically posts a loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year, but this year’s was higher than last year and more than analysts expected, putting the tax preparation company in a bigger hole than normal. Read more

Tech training program LaunchCode names new executive director

LaunchCode has promoted Mark Bauer, who had been working as vice president of operations for the past year, as successor to current executive director Brendan Lind, who is leaving the organization to focus on new opportunities. Read more

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