Missouri Minute: St. Louis cabs revamp rules; UM System layoffs start

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

St. Louis cab commission revamps rules to compete with ride-hailing services

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted on Wednesday to move forward with several changes it hopes will make St. Louis taxi drivers more competitive with Uber and Lyft drivers in the area. Changes include reductions to minimum liability insurance, license fees and inspection requirements. Read more

University of Missouri System starts layoffs at headquarters

The University of Missouri System began a round of layoffs Wednesday at its Columbia headquarters that appears to target lobbying and public relations personnel. Several sources confirmed numerous layoffs in the 18-person university relations department, which houses lobbyists, the custodian of records and communications employees. Read more

Utilities, energy companies react to possible US withdrawal from climate deal

Reports that President Donald Trump is leaning toward backing out of the Paris climate agreement were met Wednesday with mixed reactions in the St. Louis area. Some key stakeholders deferred comment until the president’s position becomes official. Read more

Comcast rolls out gigabit internet service in KC area

Comcast Corp. on Wednesday flipped the switch on its gigabit internet service in the Kansas City area. All homes in the company’s service area will be able to receive internet at speeds of 1 gigabit per second using existing wiring, Comcast said. Read more

Kansas City mulling fee-based inspections to find dangerous rental homes

In an effort to guard against health hazards in rental homes, Kansas City’s Health Department wants to mandate regular inspections of rental properties — funded by fees on landlords. The city is working on a draft ordinance that could put the question before voters in November. The ordinance proposes a fee starting at $90 for a single-family home that would be good for three years. Read more

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