Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:
SSM Health is eyeing an expansion in Wisconsin. The Creve Coeur-based health care system signed a letter of intent with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes to gain ownership of two health care operations that include four hospitals, multiple nursing homes, a rehabilitation facility and pharmacies. Read more
As part of an effort to “cut government red tape,” Gov. Eric Greitens has launched a new website designed to enable Missouri residents to help his team identify unnecessary regulations in the state. Greitens has formed a team to look at the state’s regulatory requirements and “aggressively cut red tape,” according to a statement. To help with the effort, the governor has launched the website NoMORedTape.com. Read more
Pan American Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group LP, has acquired 34 Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe locations in Kansas and Missouri from Wichita, Kansas-based Original Bread Inc. The locations include stores in the Kansas City metro area, and Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. Pan American Group will now be the second-largest Panera Bread franchisee, increasing its unit count from 96 locations to 130. Read more
Vice President Mike Pence reached out to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley about the possibility of challenging U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2018, Hawley’s spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Hawley has been a top pick to run against McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, by several prominent Missouri Republicans. Read more
The Lean Lab, a Kansas City-based education technology accelerator, is returning for its fourth year with a new approach that aims to be more community-focused and sophisticated. During a Tuesday event, the Lean Lab announced the five startups in its 2017 cohort, including two from Kansas City and one from St. Louis. Read more
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