Missouri Minute: Anthem may cut ACA participation; UM System president calls for high standards

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

Anthem says it may trim ACA participation in 2018

Anthem Inc., the nation’s No. 2 health insurer, said Wednesday that it may curtail its participation in the government-run health exchanges in 2018, saying its decision will hinge on whether it loses money on Affordable Care Act plans next year. Read more

New UM System president Choi calls for high standards, inclusive environment

Nearly one full year after the resignation of Tim Wolfe, the University of Missouri System officially introduced his permanent replacement on Wednesday. University of Connecticut provost Mun Choi will take over as system president effective March 1, 2017. He said he’s committed to setting high standards throughout the UM system. Read more

With Missouri’s US Senate race a toss-up, both sides claim edge

Recent polling shows the Missouri U.S. Senate race couldn’t be any tighter. An Emerson University survey out Wednesday has Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander tied at 45 percent. An average of polls by the analytical firm Real Clear Politics gives Blunt a razor-thin lead of 0.6 percent. Polling research site FiveThirtyEight gives Kander a 56 percent chance of winning. Read more

Rockaway Beach casino proposal ‘looks very unlikely,’ mayor says

The latest effort to bring a casino to the struggling southwest Missouri resort town of Rockaway Beach is “not looking good,” the city’s mayor said Tuesday, just weeks after speaking optimistically of the proposal’s chances. Read more

As 9 states vote on marijuana measures, Missouri takes wait-and-see approach

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri failed to pass the state legislature last session or qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot, but nine marijuana-related measures are up for votes in other states on Election Day. As laws and public opinion toward cannabis continue to shift nationwide, the Show-Me State is taking a wait-and-see approach. Read more

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