Missouri Minute: Minimum wage, medical cannabis bound for ballot; Cigna confident despite Icahn

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Minimum wage, medical cannabis measures approved for Missouri ballot

By Annika Merrilees
When Missourians go to the polls in November, they will vote on medical cannabis legalization, a proposed minimum wage increase and ethics reform for elected officials. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft approved five initiative petitions Thursday, certifying that they had received the signatures necessary to appear on the ballot. Read more

Cigna signals confidence in Express Scripts vote despite Icahn concerns

Shares of Express Scripts rebounded about 5 percent Thursday after health insurer Cigna said it remained confident in winning shareholder approval of its $54 billion acquisition of Express Scripts, the St. Louis County-based pharmacy benefits manager. That assertion comes after reports that Carl Icahn, the famed activist investor, had taken a significant stake in Cigna and planned to oppose the deal. Read more

Mediware acquires St. Louis startup BlueStrata in health software deal

By Lily O’Neill
Mediware Information Systems, a Lenexa, Kansas-based company that makes a range of software products for the health care industry, has acquired BlueStrata EHR, a St. Louis-based startup that specializes in electronic medical records software for long-term care. It’s the third deal Mediware has announced this year, following the purchases of MEDTranDirect in January and Fazzi Associates in July. Read more

Johnny Morris, family to convert Ozark mill for latest tourism property

Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris and his daughter, Megan Morris, are leading the conversion of a historic mill in Ozark into a tourist destination. The Ozark Mill will be the cornerstone of a 55-acre property that will also include retail space, restaurants and workshop space. This marks the latest in a string of tourism-related business plays for Johnny Morris, the billionaire founder of the Bass Pro retail empire. Read more

Missouri sales tax holiday begins Friday, lasts through weekend

Missouri’s annual sales tax holiday runs from Friday through Sunday. The event comes as school swings back into gear. For the weekend, purchases of clothing, school supplies, computers and other miscellaneous items will be exempt from the state’s sales tax. Read more

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