Missouri Minute: Greitens adds to legislative team; Great Plains-Westar merger could cost 150-200 KC jobs

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

Greitens adds lobbyist, GOP lawyer to his team

Missouri’s new governor is adding some familiar statehouse faces to his growing team, including a lobbyist and a lawyer who both previously worked in the state Senate. Read more

Great Plains, Westar merger may cost 150-200 jobs in KC

Great Plains Energy’s $12.2 billion acquisition of Westar Energy could cost about 150-200 corporate jobs in Kansas City, according to a Great Plains representative. Read more

KC transport authority to unveil ambitious office development plan

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and Briarcliff Development Co. are working with the city manager of Kansas City on an agreement to move forward with an ambitious office development proposal for the River Market. Read more

St. Louis area factories say they face shortage of skilled workers

Manufacturing employment is down just 1.3 percent in metro St. Louis in the year ending in November. But that disguises a serious shortage of workers in highly skilled factory trades. Read more

Community support revives Columbia’s Cafe Berlin after break-in, vandalism

An outpouring of support from residents and local businesses has helped Columbia’s Cafe Berlin rebound after a break-in over the weekend resulted in severe damage to the restaurant and music venue. Read more

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