Missouri Minute: New life emerges for St. Louis MLS stadium; ‘Right-to-work’ measure passes Missouri Senate

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

New life emerges for St. Louis soccer stadium

About 60 minutes — and millions of dollars in projected new city revenue — made the difference between the death of St. Louis’ Major League Soccer bid at 10 a.m. Thursday and its surprising resuscitation an hour later in the Aldermanic Ways and Means Committee at City Hall. Read more

Aurora Organic Dairy, poised to bring jobs to Columbia, has faced scrutiny

Aurora Organic Dairy is negotiating with the city and state on plans for an 80,000-square-foot dairy processing plant in northeast Columbia that would create between 145 and 160 full-time jobs paying above minimum wage. Many of the details about the facility, however, remain undisclosed. Read more

‘Right-to-work’ measure passes Missouri Senate, awaits another House vote

The Missouri Senate has approved a bill to make Missouri a “right-to-work” state, but a fight could still loom with the House over what union contracts would be affected. The Senate voted 21-12 on Thursday to pass a bill that would apply the labor restrictions to future contracts.  The House approved a similar bill last week, but it would expand the restrictions to current contracts as well. Read more

Missouri House approves regulations for Uber, Lyft

Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are one step closer to being able to operate statewide in Missouri. In a 140-16 vote Thursday, the House passed a bill that would outline statewide regulations, such as a $5,000 fee, background checks and vehicle inspections. It will now go to the Senate for approval. Read more

Survey shows KC streetcar is downtown small-business booster

Kansas City’s downtown stores and other small retail establishments say the streetcar that started operating in the area last year has been good for business. Among downtown’s small businesses that responded to a survey last fall, 97 percent said the streetcar has had a positive impact on their business, and 80 percent said they had seen an uptick in revenue and foot traffic. Read more

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