Missouri Minute: Greitens signs bill to create adult high schools; Power & Light discrimination lawsuit reinstated

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

Greitens signs bills to create adult high schools, limit business lawsuits

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed four new laws and defended his recent veto of a bill to create an arts campus in Kansas City during a visit to the Northland on Wednesday. Greitens signed a bill to establish four new adult high schools and signed three pieces of legislation meant to tighten restrictions on lawsuits against businesses. Read more

Appeals court reinstates racial discrimination claim against Kansas City Power & Light operator

A federal appeals court has reinstated part of a lawsuit alleging that the operator of Kansas City’s Power & Light Entertainment District engaged in a “pattern and practice” of racial discrimination. The lawsuit against The Cordish Companies was dismissed two years ago by a judge who ruled that the claims in the case were not supported by the evidence. Read more

Krewson won’t sue over state GOP wiping out St. Louis’ minimum wage hike

Gov. Eric Greitens announced last week he would let a bill go into effect that would bar any city or county from having a different minimum wage than the state. It isn’t yet clear whether there will be a lawsuit over the bill in St. Louis, where a $10 minimum wage recently took effect. But if so, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson won’t be the one behind it. Krewson said in a statement that while she strongly supports the city law, the legislature has the right to overturn it. Read more

Idaho engineering firm adds second KC-area office with acquisition

Power Engineers Inc. will now have two offices in the Kansas City area. The Idaho-based engineering consulting firm finalized its acquisition of Overland Park, Kansas-based Sega Inc., a consulting engineering firm that focuses primarily on power plant and electrical distribution engineering services. Power Engineers, which also has an office in Lenexa, Kansas, adds 130 employees through the deal. Read more

Proposed Medicaid cuts raise concerns about Missouri’s nursing homes, elderly

The U.S. Senate bill targeting health care reform has sparked fear among some Missouri nursing home providers and patients about what will happen if proposed Medicaid cuts become a reality. About 89,000 Missourians 65 and older rely on Medicaid to help pay for their long-term care in nursing homes. Medicaid, the government-run health insurance program for the poor, pays for 63 percent of all nursing home care in the state, according to data from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Read more

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