Missouri Minute: Shareholders approve Westar sale; USDA projects big yields

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

Shareholders approve sale of Westar Energy to Great Plains Energy

Shareholders overwhelmingly approved the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka, Kan.-based electric company Westar Energy to Kansas City, Mo.-based Great Plains Energy, the two firms announced Monday. Read more

USDA projects big corn, soybean yields in Missouri

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year’s corn crop in Missouri is on track to be the second-highest yield on record. Read more

Ameren files infrastructure update plan, pushes for new regulatory process

Ameren Missouri filed a $1 billion infrastructure plan with the Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday, proposing a way to replace aging infrastructure. Read more

Missouri State Auditor Galloway plans to seek re-election

Nicole Galloway, Missouri’s state auditor since 2015, says she will seek re-election in 2018. Read more

White House taps KCMO, KCK as key players in smart city initiatives

The White House announced Monday that it’s investing more than $80 million in smart city initiatives, and Kansas City is among the leading players. Read more

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