Missouri Minute: Great Plains, Westar merger suffers setback; Appellate court hears HCA appeal

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

$12.2B merger between Great Plains, Westar suffers a major setback

Kansas regulators sharply criticized Great Plains Energy’s planned acquisition of Westar Energy, calling it potentially bad for the companies and the state. Staffers for the Kansas Corporation Commission recommended that its board reject the $12.2 billion deal between Topeka-based Westar and Great Plains, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light. Read more

Appellate court hears HCA appeal of $433.7 million judgment

A three-judge appeals court panel on Tuesday heard arguments connected to a lawsuit filed in 2009 by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Read more

After Greitens opposition, soccer stadium backers hold off on state tax credits

Proponents of a soccer stadium in St. Louis are postponing their request for state tax credits, a development that makes Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ opposition to the project much more significant. Read more

MU Health Care CEO leaving for Oregon

MU Health Care’s CEO, Mitch Wasden, is leaving to become executive vice president and CEO of Oregon Health & Science. Read more

Ford shutting Kansas City plant for a week

Ford Motor will close its Kansas City pickup truck and van plant for a week in early January to help production meet demand, the automaker said on Tuesday. Read more

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