Missouri Minute: Lawmakers to address utility rates; Uber expands in Missouri

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

Special session to address utility rates, aim for Bootheel steel mill

Gov. Eric Greitens spent part of the weekend at rallies in southeast Missouri, drumming up support for a measure he says would bring hundreds of jobs to that part of the state. Missouri lawmakers will meet for a special session Monday afternoon in Jefferson City to address a bill that would alter utilities regulation in an effort to attract a steel mill to the state’s Bootheel region. Read more

Uber expands service in southern Missouri

Uber is now available across a large swath of southern Missouri. The ride-hailing company has extended its services to the southern third of the state, including Branson, Joplin and Poplar Bluff. The expansion comes after Gov. Eric Greitens signed a law establishing statewide regulations for “transportation network companies” like Uber and its competitor Lyft. Read more

Organizations in KC’s ‘Hospital Hill’ district form new partnership

An agreement between the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital and other local partners seeks to unite Kansas City’s Hospital Hill area into the “UMKC Health Sciences District.” Heads of the respective institutions say this agreement signals increased cooperation in the areas of research, recruiting and security and isn’t simply a rebranding of the area. Read more

Assessed values spike in some St. Louis neighborhoods, but north side still declining

Stories of property-tax sticker shock are buzzing around St. Louis, with this month’s biennial reassessment of all real estate within the city limits. The preliminary numbers released by the St. Louis assessor’s office show that city real estate values have finally regained the ground lost in the recession. Read more

Floods stoke worry about coal ash sites along state’s rivers

Though recent flooding caused significant damage in parts of Missouri, some residents are concerned about less noticeable effects — such as the risk posed to reserves of toxic coal ash at power plants along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Flood plains in parts of the state are home to major power generating stations, along with the disposal sites where coal ash — waste left over from burning coal — is kept. Read more

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