Missouri Minute: Big Tobacco spends big on cigarette tax increase question; Ameren charging station project on hold

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

Big Tobacco spending big money on Missouri cigarette tax increase question

Tobacco companies have funneled more than $18 million into dueling campaigns to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax, which is currently the lowest in the nation. And most of the money pouring into the state isn’t being spent to kill the proposed tax increases. Read more

Ameren project on hold as PSC decides whether it should regulate charging stations

The Missouri Public Service Commission has suspended a ruling on prices that Ameren Missouri could charge at proposed charging stations between St. Louis and Jefferson City. The commission may first ned to explore the broader question of whether it even has jurisdiction to regulate the new technological frontier. Read more

Missouri insurance regulator calls public hearing on Anthem-Cigna merger

Missouri’s top insurance regulator has scheduled a public hearing to review another mega-insurance tie-up, this time between Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. Read more

Municipal League endorses city-county merger in St. Louis

The membership of the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis voted Thursday in favor of supporting a merger between St. Louis city and St. Louis County. Read more

No Royals World Series this year, but impact on KC economy is hard to measure

The Kansas City Royals fell short of making a third straight postseason run this year. But how, if at all, the lack of another World Series is affecting the local economy can be difficult to gauge. Read more

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