Missouri Minute: Westar-Great Plains deal faces public hearing; St. Louis city and county team up

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

Westar-Great Plains deal faces public hearing Monday

Monday will be the public’s only chance to comment in person on the proposed $12.2 billion acquisition of Westar by Great Plains Energy, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light. Read more

St. Louis city and county team up on economic development plan

Three years after St. Louis and St. Louis County agreed to a partial merger of their economic development operations, they’ve produced their first joint plan. Read more

Boeing CEO says US must lead on trade or risk losing

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg called on President-elect Donald Trump and Congress to ensure that U.S. companies have the tools necessary to compete in a global economy, from a reformed tax code to financial support from the moribund U.S. Export-Import Bank. Read more

Seeking change, Missouri Democrats pick Webber as state party chairman

After their party took a beating in last month’s elections, top Missouri Democrats have picked new leaders charged with bringing the party out of the political wilderness. Read more

Peabody wants to repay term loan early thanks to improving coal prices

Peabody Energy Corp. said Friday it would seek court approval to repay a $500 million term loan ahead of schedule because it has enough cash to operate in bankruptcy thanks to a rise in coal prices. Read more

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