Missouri Minute: Parson vetoes computer science education bill; Uber examining policies

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Parson vetoes bill aimed at boosting computer science education

Gov. Mike Parson has vetoed a bill aimed at boosting student involvement in computer science. The measure — which was backed by area tech organizations, such as the KC Tech Council, and global tech companies including Apple and Amazon — would have encouraged high school students to take computer science courses by allowing those classes to be counted as a math, science or practical arts credit rather than as an elective. Read more

Uber examining policies after St. Louis driver live-streams unwitting riders

Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft have deactivated the St. Louis driver who live-streamed hundreds of his passengers without their knowledge, and now Uber said it’s looking to clarify its policies after the controversy over the situation. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report published Friday revealed that Jason Gargac, a driver for Uber and Lyft since March, had given more than 700 rides — and broadcast nearly all of them on Twitch, the video-streaming website. Read more

Missouri Medicaid expansion advocates wait, watch as other red states vote

Heartened by the success of campaigns to put Medicaid expansion on ballots in other states controlled by Republican lawmakers, some advocates in Missouri have fresh optimism about Medicaid expansion in the state. The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature has repeatedly refused to expand Medicaid, but advocates say they have discussed non-legislative routes to expansion. Read more

Columbia braces for leaner budget, decreased sales tax revenue

Despite Columbia being among Missouri’s fastest-growing cities, Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes expects the city to lose an additional $931,000 in sales tax revenue in fiscal 2019, due in large part to increased online retail driving a loss in sales tax revenue. However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that states can decide whether to charge tax on internet sales, which Matthes has said would help Columbia. Read more

Build-A-Bear rebuilds ‘pay your age’ promotion after initial botched attempt

After high interest in Build-A-Bear Workshop’s “Pay Your Age Day” promotion led to long lines, upset customers and logistical headaches for the company, the Overland-based stuffed bear retailer is trying to retool the promotion into a birthday deal called “Count Your Candles.” Read more

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