Missouri Minute: Scottrade exploring sale; DST pairs with VC firm

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

Scottrade said to be exploring possible sale

Scottrade Financial Services, one of St. Louis’ largest private companies, is said to be working with an adviser to explore a possible sale of the company and has drawn interest from one of its largest rivals. Read more

DST Systems to seed health care startups with California group

Kansas City-based DST Systems Inc. has teamed with a California venture capital firm on a plan to create or back new businesses with a focus on big data and innovation to improve health care. Read more

Buyout firm Onex said to be in the lead to acquire Save-A-Lot

Private equity firm Onex Corp. has made the best acquisition offer in an auction for Earth City-based Save-A-Lot, the discount grocery retail chain that Supervalu Inc. has been considering divesting, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more

Leaders seek improved freight connection between St. Louis and New Orleans

The newly formed St. Louis Regional Freightway, a business enterprise launched by Bi-State Development to capitalize on the region’s freight transportation network, is looking to better link the St. Louis region to the Port of New Orleans. Read more

Competition heats up for fast, gourmet pizza shops in KC

Locally owned Spin Neapolitan Pizza helped launch the trend more than a decade ago, and now Kansas City is seeing the rise of the fast artisan pizza movement. Read more

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