Missouri Minute: KC eyes Airbnb regulation; farmers worry for trade future

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

KC eyes home-sharing regulations; Airbnb pushes back

People renting out their property in Kansas City through online services like Airbnb and Homeaway are likely to face a new batch of regulations soon. Based on more than a year of public input, the city has drafted a proposal on how to regulate the home-sharing services, which currently are technically illegal in the city. Read more

Without big trade deals, Missouri farmers worry about future

U.S. farmers fear they will miss out on some of the $135 billion in sales they made last year to foreign countries following President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to pull the U.S. out of big international trade deals. Among Missouri farmers who viewed the Trans-Pacific Partnership as an effective way to lower the cost of reaching international markets, the deal’s demise is a concerning development. Read more

Greitens, GOP senator clash over special session plan for Bootheel

The disagreement at the heart of the Missouri Legislature’s special session that started Monday pits Republican Gov. Eric Greitens against a Republican lawmaker from the southeast Missouri district on which the session is focused. Greitens and his allied nonprofit group, A New Missouri, have targeted Sen. Doug Libla, whose southeast Missouri district includes the now-closed aluminum smelting plant that Greitens hopes to reopen, along with a possible steel mill. Read more

KC nonprofit takes investor-backed approach to world water crisis

Gary White has spent 30 years working to bring clean water and rudimentary toilets to parts of the world that lack them. The work has led White to the view that charity can’t solve the world’s water crisis, but investors can. White’s nonprofit, Water.org, recently announced an investment fund with the goal of raising $50 million this year to deal with the water crisis. Read more

Rural Missouri sees rise of telepsychiatry for mental health services

Rural Missouri populations that don’t have proper access to mental health services are turning to video conference sessions with psychiatrists and therapists to help meet their needs. This so-called “telepsychiatry” has taken off in Missouri, where nearly all rural communities lack adequate access to professional who can properly diagnose and medicate mental disorders. Read more

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