Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:
The Missouri House Majority Floor Leader says budget discussions will take center stage when House members return to Jefferson City next week. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, held a briefing just before lawmakers left for spring break, noting the state budget was of top priority upon return. Cierpiot also cited REAL ID compliance, the prevailing wage and a prescription drug database as major issues to be addressed during the legislative session’s second half. Read more
Some teachers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who are trying to form a union sued the state’s university system Thursday, alleging that the rules the board of curators set forth for organizing are too restrictive. They contend there are gender and minority wage gaps, and that the best way to close them is to unionize. The effort started last summer on the heels of successful union votes at other colleges in the region. Read more
New lawsuits against the herbicide Roundup also target another Missouri-based defendant: St. Louis advertising firm Osborn Barr, which marketed the product for years. The 231 cases filed last week in the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis are among the latest to emerge against Monsanto, the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness company that developed the weedkiller and is listed as a co-defendant with Osborn Barr. Read more
As the Department of Veterans Affairs mulls the possibility of switching from its legacy electronic medical record system, Cerner Corp. might see an opportunity. Earlier this month, new VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said the agency would consider switching to an off-the-shelf system for electronic health records. The reversal came less than a year after the VA ended a $624 million contract with Epic Systems, Cerner’s chief rival, and Lockheed Martin. Read more
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