Missouri Minute: Great Plains-Westar appeal denied; chancellors, they are a-changin’

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

Regulators won’t reconsider Great Plains-Westar deal

The Kansas Corporation Commission won’t reconsider its previous decision to reject Great Plains Energy’s bid to acquire Westar Energy, the regulatory agency ruled Tuesday. Great Plains, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light, and Westar, the largest utility in Kansas, had requested a May 31 deadline to hammer out a plan to assuage concerns that caused the commission to deny a deal worth $12.2 billion. Read more

Chancellor changes: UMKC’s Morton to retire; MU said to pick SUNY provost

Leo Morton, who has served as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City since December 2008, plans to retire in the spring of 2018, he announced Tuesday. In his time as chancellor, Morton oversaw significant enrollment growth, UMKC’s most successful capital campaign and the creation of a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. Read more

After more than 18 months under the watch of interim chancellors, the University of Missouri-Columbia is getting a new leader on a permanent basis. Alexander Cartwright, provost and executive vice chancellor at the State University of New York, will take over as chancellor of the Columbia campus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing multiple sources. Read more

House poised to OK plan for Bootheel aluminum plant in special session

The Missouri House expects to send the Senate a bill Wednesday that would reopen a shuttered aluminum plant in the Bootheel region and build a new steel plant next door. The bill would give the state’s Public Service Commission power to negotiate with Ameren Missouri, the St. Louis-based utility, for lower electrical rates for both plants.. Read more

Opinions divided at hearing over new KCI renovation plan

Business owners, civic and union leaders, and some ordinary citizens praised Burns & McDonnell on Tuesday for its proposal to build and privately finance a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, but plenty of skeptics weren’t convinced this is the best airport modernization approach. Read more

St. Luke’s, Wash U to partner on cancer trials

Cancer patients will have increased access to clinical trials under an agreement signed Tuesday between St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City and Washington University in St. Louis. The agreement will allow St. Luke’s patients access to around 175 trials of investigational treatments and 35 other health studies run by the university’s Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. Read more

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