Missouri Minute: St. Louis considers 0.5 percent sales tax hike; Missouri labor union leader seeks to ban right-to-work laws

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

St. Louis considers 0.5 percent sales tax hike for MetroLink, soccer stadium

The city of St. Louis is considering a 0.5 percent retail sales tax hike to pay for a host of projects, including a starter fund for a north-south MetroLink expansion and a Major League Soccer stadium. Read more

Missouri labor union leader seeks to ban right-to-work laws

With Missouri poised to adopt so-called right-to-work legislation in 2017, a labor union leader is proposing to ban the laws with an initiative petition on the 2018 ballot. Read more

New $110M CVS facility, 360 jobs announced in KC

The Kansas City Area Development Council confirmed Wednesday that retail pharmacy chain CVS Pharmacy will build a distribution center near Kansas City International Airport. Read more

Schlafly Beer co-founder Kopman leaving brewery

Twenty-five years after co-founding St. Louis’ largest craft brewery, Dan Kopman is leaving the company. Kopman helped launch The St. Louis Brewery, Schlafly Beer’s parent company, in 1991 with attorney Tom Schlafly. Read more

Peabody Energy renews lease in downtown St. Louis

Peabody Energy announced on Wednesday that it has extended its current lease at its world headquarters in downtown St. Louis at least through 2023. Peabody’s lease renewal coincides with broader questions about the company’s future, as it prepares to file a plan of reorganization charting its course out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Read more

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