Missouri Minute: Bayer, Monsanto reach deal; EyeVerify acquired by Ant Financial

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

Bayer reaches deal to buy Monsanto for $66 billion

Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. announced Wednesday that they have signed an agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $66 billion in an all-cash transaction. Read more

EyeVerify acquired by payments arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba

EyeVerify, a Kansas City-based company that makes mobile authentication technology, has been acquired by Ant Financial, the payments affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Read more

Republicans confident of veto session overrides on gun bill, other measures

Wednesday will mark the final showdown between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican legislators, as lawmakers return to the Missouri Capitol to consider overriding the governor’s vetoes. Read more

Amdocs acquires three companies for $260 million

Amdocs has acquired three privately held technology companies for a total of about $260 million in cash. Read more

UM System leaders plan to spend $1.6 million to double minority faculty

The four current leaders of the University of Missouri System have announced new efforts to boost diversity on the system’s flagship campus in Columbia. Read more

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