Missouri Minute: Puzder withdraws from labor secretary consideration; Greitens appoints three members to UM System Board of Curators

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

Puzder withdraws from consideration to be labor secretary amid cheers from low-wage workers

On Wednesday, Andy Puzder, former St. Louis lawyer and current chief executive of the fast food chain CKE Restaurants, withdrew his name for consideration to become the Trump administration’s next labor secretary. Read more

Google Fiber touts Kansas City presence amid speculation about sale

Google Fiber has a new boss, fewer headquarters employees and a future that’s becoming harder to predict. The company aimed to reassure Kansas City customers Wednesday in its first market that the TV subscriptions and internet connections it sells won’t be going away. Read more

Greitens appoints three members to UM System Board of Curators

Gov. Eric Greitens has filled three vacancies on the UM System Board of Curators. Darryl Chatman, Jeff Layman and Jamie Farmer are the three new curators, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Two seats remain vacant. Read more

Greitens addresses prescription drug monitoring push in live chat

Gov. Eric Greitens pledged Wednesday to bring Missouri in line with the rest of the nation when it comes to creating a database designed to combat prescription drug abuse. Read more

Washington University to collaborate with Pfizer on drug discovery

Washington University is collaborating with biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. on research to speed up the development of new drugs targeting certain diseases. The university joins a program that brings together Pfizer scientists and patient foundations, and academic and National Institutes of Health researchers, to work together on drug discovery in broad areas of interest to the company. Read more

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