Missouri Minute: Supervalu agrees to sale; Trump talks tariffs in Granite City

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Shop ‘n Save parent Supervalu selling for $2.9 billion

Supervalu, the parent company of Kirkwood-based grocery chain Shop ‘n Save, has agreed to be acquired by grocery wholesaler United Natural Foods, Inc. for about $2.9 billion, the companies announced Thursday. The deal comes less than three months after Supervalu announced that it plans to sell off Shop ‘n Save. Read more

Trump promotes tariffs in Granite City steel plant appearance

President Donald Trump on Thursday visited a U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, where a second blast furnaced is being restarted and employment numbers are expected to rebound. U.S. Steel said Trump’s tariffs were a major factor in the decision to resume production of raw steel. By October, with the second blast furnace back in operation, the plant is expected to have around 1,500 workers on the payroll. Read more

Creve Coeur files lawsuit seeking fees from Netflix, Hulu

The city of Creve Coeur in St. Louis County is suing online video streaming services Netflix and Hulu for not paying the same fees as cable providers. City ordinances require video service providers to pay a 5 percent tax on gross revenues each month. The city is seeking class-action status for at least 40 Missouri municipalities.Read more

Bike-sharing company Lime rolling out electric scooter rentals in St. Louis

Lime, the California-based bike-sharing company, announced that it will roll out a fleet of electric scooters in St. Louis on Friday, the latest development in a busy stretch for mobility startups in the city. Lime’s scooter service, called Lime-S, arrives the week after another scooter startup, Bird, debuted in St. Louis before suspending its service over permitting issues. Read more

Jackson County sues pharmaceutical companies over opioids

Jackson County has filed a lawsuit against companies connected to the opioid industry, naming major drug makers, distributors and pharmacy chains. At least 308 people died in Jackson County due to opioid overdoses between 2013 and 2017, according to documents filed in the suit. The documents add that opioid-related deaths are likely underreported. Read more

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