Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:
Gov. Mike Parson has approved a plan to change Missouri’s prevailing wage law, which dictates how wages are calculated on public construction projects. Under the current law, local governments must pay a set wage that’s above the state minimum for certain maintenance and construction jobs. That wage varies by county. Read more
TrialCard, a North Carolina-based company that provides a range of services on behalf of companies in the pharmaceutical industry, is opening a Kansas City contact center and plans to add 225 jobs. TrialCard will handle incoming patient calls and outreach to outpatient care providers from a 23,000-square-foot space. Read more
The Missouri Department of Agriculture faces a shortage of inspectors to investigate reports of crop damage stemming from the herbicide dicamba. That comes as the state contends with more reports of damage from the herbicide than it did at this point last year. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican and a farmer himself, acknowledged the situation last week and said he would “take a look” at the state’s need for inspectors. Read more
Members of the Springfield City Council are mulling changes to the rules for payday lenders operating in the city, and they’re looking to St. Louis as a potential example. A city council committee met last week to address the issue of payday lending, and it heard testimony from Cara Spencer, a member of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, which last year enacted new laws dealing with payday lending. Read more
Friday marked one decade since the 2008 announcement that Belgian beer giant InBev was buying Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis-based brewery. And, 10 years on, some of the statistics are sobering. The St. Louis brewery still makes lots of beer, and its parent company, A-B InBev, has continued to grow into a more dominant force in the global beer market. But in some ways, St. Louis has been left behind. Read more
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