Missouri Minute: Campaign reports show record spending in state races; Washington state sues Monsanto

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

Campaign reports show record spending in races for Senate, governor

Spending in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. Roy Blunt and Jason Kander came to just a few dollars under $75 million, figures released Thursday show, making it by far the most expensive Senate race in state history. Read more

St. Louis seeks $40 million in state tax credits for proposed soccer stadium

The Missouri Development Finance Board is considering whether to award $40 million in tax credits to St. Louis for a potential Major League Soccer stadium. Read more

Trump to nominate former St. Louis lawyer Puzder as labor secretary

President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he would nominate St. Louis lawyer Andrew “Andy” Puzder, the current CEO of the fast-food chain CKE Restaurants, to be the next labor secretary. Read more

Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs

Washington on Thursday became the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto says the case “lacks merit.” Read more

Missouri set tourism records in Fiscal 2016, new report shows

Missouri set new records for tourism in the fiscal year that ended in June, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office announced Thursday, citing a report from research firm Tourism Economics. Read more

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