Missouri Minute: State faces ‘dire’ budget hole; Threat of ice storm triggers response across Missouri

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

Missouri faces ‘dire’ budget hole, may need $456 million in cuts

A new analysis of state finances shows Missouri lawmakers and Gov. Eric Greitens face a “dire” budget situation, with the state on track to spend $456 million more than it receives in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Read more

Threat of ice storm triggers response across Missouri

Missouri is bracing for an expected winter storm that is predicted to leave up to an inch of ice in some parts of the state Friday and into the weekend. Gov. Eric Greitens, state transportation officials, schools and retailers are among those taking extra precautions. Read more

Fast food workers protest Trump labor secretary nominee Puzder

Kansas City and St. Louis fast-food cooks, cashiers and labor supporters rallied Thursday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. secretary of labor. Trump’s pick, who faces Senate confirmation hearings, is St. Louis native Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. and Green Burrito. Read more

Monsanto inks deal with Israeli firm that set up shop in St. Louis

An Israeli startup that opened a St. Louis office last year has agreed a licensing deal with Monsanto, giving the Creve Coeur-based seed company access to its algorithms for gene and trait research. Read more

Hundreds of top skaters, thousands of fans descend on KC for championships

More than 400 top U.S. figure skaters will arrive this weekend in Kansas City to compete in the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which begin Saturday and run through Jan 22. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend the competitions, which are being held in Kansas City for the first time since 1985. Read more

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