Missouri Minute: EU delays glyphosate license decision; Parson pushes Missourians to buy local

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

EU delays decision on license for weedkiller glyphosate

European Union countries failed on Wednesday to vote on a license extension for the chemical glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s top-selling weedkiller, Roundup. The move again delays a decision on the widely used herbicide that critics say could cause cancer. Read more

Lieutenant governor kicks off campaign to ‘Buy Missouri’

A new Missouri initiative is encouraging consumers to buy local. Lt. Gov. Mike Parson’s office held multiple events across the state on Tuesday, and more are scheduled for Wednesday, to promote “Buy Missouri,” an effort to increase awareness of products made in the Show-Me State. Parson and others spoke of the efforts to impress upon Missouri shoppers the availability of local goods. Read more

Express Scripts names new CFO, reports higher third-quarter earnings

Express Scripts Holding Co. has named James Havel as its chief financial officer, the company said Tuesday. Havel, previously an executive vice president with the company, is replacing Eric Slusser, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, the company said. Also on Tuesday, the St. Louis County-based pharmacy benefit manager said net profit for the third quarter rose to $841.7 million, or $1.46 per share, from $722.9 million, or $1.15 per share, a year earlier. Read more

Lathrop Gage introduces new managing partner

Lathrop Gage LLP partners elected a new managing partner, who will take over Jan. 1. Cameron Garrison will succeed Mark Bluhm as managing partner of the law firm. Bluhm will become chairman and return to his mergers-and-acquisitions law practice. Since joining the firm in 2002, Garrison has helped build up a nationwide intellectual property litigation practice out of the Kansas City office. Read more

St. Louis Community College to revamp Forest Park campus

A planned face-lift for the St. Louis Community College campus at Forest Park that’s expected to cost about $40 million is as much about function as it is about form. School leaders say it’s about modernizing the campus and about increasing the school’s capacity to produce more graduates in health sciences programs — an industry that’s starved for more qualified employees. Read more

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