Missouri Minute: State supreme court upholds ticket revenue decision; H&R Block’s Cobb retiring

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

Missouri Supreme Court tosses out parts of 2015 law for traffic fines, fees in St. Louis County

The Missouri Supreme Court capped the amount of money cities can take in from traffic fines and fees at 20 percent statewide in a ruling issued Tuesday. The decision also throws out parts of a law that was the Missouri Legislature’s main attempt to deal with the aftermath of Michael Brown’s 2014 death in Ferguson. Investigations following Brown’s shooting by a police officer revealed the extent to which small cities in St. Louis County relied on their municipal courts to fund city services. Read more

H&R Block CEO Bill Cobb is retiring, and an interim will take over

H&R Block Inc., after struggling to recover from tax customer losses a year ago, said it is replacing its chief executive officer. The Kansas City-based tax preparation company said Bill Cobb will retire at the end of July and that the company’s general counsel, Tom Gerke, will succeed him in an interim role. The announcement came six years to the day after Cobb assumed the CEO title on May 16, 2011. Read more

Missouri targets doctor shortage, expands first-in-nation law

Numerous additional doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri’s underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing a pervasive doctor shortage. The legislation, passed by the Missouri Legislature and awaiting a decision from Gov. Eric Greitens, would broaden the reach of a 2014 law that sought to bridge the gap between communities in need of doctors and physicians in need of jobs. Read more

KC chamber names Alpha Energy and Electric its top 2017 small business

Alpha Energy and Electric Inc. received the Mr. K Award as Kansas City’s small business of the year on Tuesday at the annual Small Business Celebration hosted by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Ike Nwabuonwu, Alpha’s chairman and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of his company, an engineering and construction firm that started with two people in a two-room office in 2005. Read more

Missouri’s workers stand to lose discrimination protections, minimum wage increases

Missouri’s workers will bear the brunt of sweeping policy changes that were approved during the state legislature’s 2017 session. With Republicans firmly in control of the governor’s office and both chambers of the legislature, they took the opportunity to back long-awaited policy proposals, including making it harder for employees to sue for discrimination and blunting the power of labor unions. The impact could be dramatic for workers and businesses. Read more

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