Missouri Minute: Legislature reaches final two weeks; Missouri sees historic flooding

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

What Missouri lawmakers are likely to accomplish in final 2 weeks

The only thing Missouri lawmakers must do in the final two weeks of 2017 legislative session is pass the state budget for the coming fiscal year. But there are a whole lot of things they could do — some of which Gov. Eric Greitens wants them to do — such as raising the standard for workplace discrimination and creating a prescription drug monitoring program. Read more

Greitens activates Missouri National Guard as state responds to flooding

With parts of Missouri facing historic flooding, Gov. Eric Greitens has activated Missouri National Guard troops to help with flood relief. Two deaths have been reported from this weekend’s flooding in Missouri. Fallen tree limbs, downed power lines and swift water have been reported in several parts of the state. Some bridges and structures have been washed out, and more than 700 state roads have been closed. Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has activated a disaster relief program for small businesses and farms impacted by the flooding. Read more

Without Anthem, many Missouri consumers would have no options on insurance exchange

Anthem, a long-standing participant in selling health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in Missouri, suggested in calls with analysts last week that its participation beyond this year is uncertain. If Anthem decides to walk, a huge swath of the state would be left without any insurance carrier on the exchange, also known as HealthCare.gov, in 2018. Read more

Sprint, Kansas City again sit at the center of merger speculation

Thursday at 5 p.m. marked an end to a federally imposed quiet period that had been mandated during a $19.6 billion government auction of wireless airwaves licenses. For more than a year, the country’s giant telecom companies couldn’t talk to one another about deals. Now, the merger teams at Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Comcast and others are unleashed. And Kansas City stands to witness a whirlwind of wheeling and dealing over the fate of Sprint, one of the area’s biggest employers. Read more

Missouri unions assess standing on International Workers’ Day

International Workers’ Day, often marked by protests, marches and celebrations by organized labor, may be muted in Missouri this year due to restrictions passed by the state legislature. There is a bright spot for workers in St. Louis this year, at least, as the minimum wage will rise to $10 in the coming days and to $11 by 2018. But Republican lawmakers and Gov. Eric Greitens accomplished their goal of instituting a “right-to-work” law earlier this year. Read more

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