Missouri Minute: Duck boat lawsuits filed; KC considers rental inspections

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Branson duck boat companies face two lawsuits, criminal investigation

By Rashi Shrivastava
In the aftermath of the accident that drowned 17 passengers riding a duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson, families of victims have filed two separate lawsuits against the companies involved. The Missouri Attorney General’s office also confirmed Monday that it had opened a criminal investigation into the incident. Read more

Centene, Ascension Health sign deal for joint Medicare Advantage plan

Centene and Ascension Health announced Monday that they are planning to operate a Medicare Advantage plan together. The two St. Louis-area health care companies signed a letter of intent for the joint venture, which would offer coverage to low-income seniors in select markets in 2020. Read more

Ballot measure would beef up Kansas City rental inspections

Kansas City health officials and housing advocates are campaigning for a ballot measure they say would help reduce substandard rental conditions in the city. The Healthy Homes initiative, or Question One on the Aug. 7 ballot, would expand the Health Department’s powers to inspect the city’s estimated 109,000 rental units for serious threats, including black mold and cockroaches. Read more

KC names six startups of new Innovation Partnership cohort

The City of Kansas City has announced six startups that will participate in the fourth cohort of its Innovation Partnership Program, an annual program that aims to let entrepreneurs “develop, test, and demonstrate innovative solutions” using city data and infrastructure. Read more

Rawlings considering second baseball plant after ownership changes

St. Louis-based Rawlings is considering building a second plant to produce official baseballs for Major League Baseball, citing concerns from its new owners that an unforeseen event could disable the only functioning plant in Costa Rica. Read more

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