Missouri Minute: Missouri Legislature plans for second half of session; Union organizers sue UM system

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

State lawmakers eye budget, prevailing wage, REAL ID for session’s second half

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 UMSL faculty members sue UM System over unionization rules

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

Latest Roundup lawsuits rope in a new defendant

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

Cerner may benefit from VA’s health record overhaul

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

Springfield mayoral candidates talk lobbying, economy at forum

Springfield mayoral candidates Ken McClure and Kristi Fulnecky went head-to-head Thursday night on issues ranging from whether Springfield should have a lobbyist in Jefferson City to how City Council should have responded to an ACLU lawsuit over panhandling restrictions. This election, essentially all candidates have focused on public safety and economic development as their top priorities. Many agree that Springfield needs more police officers on the streets and more, higher-paying jobs, even if they have different views on that should be achieved. Read more

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