Missouri Minute: Great Plains-Westar deal moves forward; Boeing opens new facility

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

Great Plains Energy reaches deal with regulators on $8.6 billion Westar buyout

Great Plains Energy Inc. has reached an agreement with the staff of Missouri’s utility regulators over its $8.6 billion takeover of rival Westar Energy Inc., a move that may bring the companies closer to completing their merger. Read more

Boeing opens new facility to build commercial airplane parts

Boeing held a ribbon cutting for a new facility in Berkeley on Thursday. It’s the first commercial aircraft facility in the St. Louis area for the company, which has its defense unit headquarters in the area. Read more

Missouri sees most TV ad spending of any US gubernatorial race

The Missouri governor’s race is heating up and leading the nation in TV advertising spending among governor races. Read more

Missouri transportation McKenna to make case for more funds

The head of the state agency over roads says his department needs a large infusion of cash to address mounting needs. Read more

Perficient acquires Atlanta digital consultancy Bluetube

Perficient, an information technology and management consulting firm based in Town and Country, has acquired Bluetube, a digital consultancy agency based in Atlanta. Read more

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