Missouri Minute: Learfield Communications sold; Sprint to address ‘homework gap’

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

Missouri sports marketer Learfield sold to investment firm Atairos

Learfield Communications Inc., a Jefferson City-based college sports marketing agency, has been acquired by Atairos Group Inc., a New York-based private investment firm. Read more

Sprint to give internet access to 1 million students to close ‘homework gap’

Sprint Corp. plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students, including some in the Kansas City area, who don’t have internet access at home. Read more

Payday lender from KC area to appeal multimillion-dollar penalty

Attorneys for Mission Hills, Kan., businessman James Carnes plan to appeal a judge’s recommendation that he and his company pay $38.1 million in restitution for a payday lending business that a federal agency said promoted illegal loans. Read more

Federal grant to help fund St. Louis MetroLink expansion plan

Bi-State Development, the agency that oversees Metro Transit, will get about $375,000 in federal money to help plan the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink route in St. Louis. Read more

Infinite Energy Construction wins big federal contracts

Kansas City-based Infinite Energy Construction has won two large, multiyear federal contracts for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. The electrical and general contractor was awarded a $48 million, five-year contract for maintenance and construction work at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina. Read more

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