Missouri Minute: Sprint talks with T-Mobile on hold; transportation task force to meet this week

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

Sprint puts T-Mobile talks on hold to negotiate with cable duo, report says

Sprint has put merger talks with T-Mobile US on hold to pursue two months of exclusive talks with cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications, according to a published report. Read more

Transportation task force to address state’s roads and bridges

A task force created to study Missouri’s transportation system will begin holding public meetings this week, a task long discussed by lawmakers. The task force’s mission is to come up with ideas to repair the state’s network of roads and bridges and figure out how to pay for it. It won’t be easy, as the Republican majority in the legislature has balked at any solution that includes allowing toll roads or raising the state’s fuel tax of 17.3 cents per gallon. Read more

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs. By a 7-2 vote, the justices sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, which had sought a grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. The church was denied any money even though its application was ranked fifth out of 44 submissions to a state grant program. Read more

In blow to Monsanto, California to list Roundup ingredient as a carcinogen

Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s popular Roundup weedkiller, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective next mont the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment said on Monday. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation and called the decision “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.” The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate. Read more

Greitens courts wealthy donors to Koch network at Colorado event

Gov. Eric Greitens left Missouri last weekend to speak to a roomful of well-heeled conservative donors in Colorado, raising questions about whether he’ll grant a request for what could be a third special session of the 2017 summer. USA Today reported Sunday that Greitens, a Republican, spoke to 400 contributors at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs as part of a three-day private retreat assembled by Charles Koch, a billionaire who has spent considerable sums influencing politics in Missouri and around the country. Read more

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