Missouri Minute: House gives initial ‘right-to-work’ approval; Mallinckrodt agrees to $100M settlement

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

Missouri House gives initial approval of ‘right-to-work’ bill

Members of the Missouri House have taken a big step toward delivering a “right-to-work” law to Missouri. On Wednesday, the House initially passed a so-called right-to-work bill sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston. The legislation, which passed 101-58, would bar unions and employers from requiring workers to pay dues. It also paves the way for criminal penalties for anybody that violates the proposal. Read more

Mallinckrodt to pay $100 million to settle FTC probe

Mallinckrodt and a subsidiary have agreed to pay $100 million to settle allegations that they illegally maintained a monopoly after buying a rival drug to eliminate competition. The complaint centers on the drug Acthar, which is used to treat infantile spasms and as a “last resort treatment” for other illnesses, the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement released Wednesday. Read more

St. Charles area firms head to farm country to recruit employees

Frustrated with the tight labor market in St. Charles, local businesses are sending recruiters to rural Illinois for a job fair, planned by the city of St. Charles Economic Development office, on March 28. Read more

Study: KC could gain thousands of jobs from 5G network investment

The Kansas City area could see more than 5,000 jobs from deploying new telecommunications infrastructure, according to a new study commissioned by CTIA-The Wireless Association, an industry trade group. Read more

eFactory names 5 startups for second class of accelerator program

The eFactory, Missouri State University’s entrepreneurship center and business incubator, has named the companies that will go through the second round of its business accelerator program. Read more

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