Missouri Minute: Lawsuit over multimillion-dollar loan scheme settles for $1; St. Charles to vote on alternative smoking ban

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Lawsuit over Kansas City multimillion-dollar loan scheme settles for $1

A Kansas City businessman behind an illegal $227 million payday loan scheme will pay $1 in a settlement reached Friday with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Read more

St. Charles to vote on alternative smoking ban referendum Monday

A push to create an alternative — and less strict — smoking ban referendum in St. Louis County is underway and could be voted on by St. Charles City Council as early as Monday. The proposal would offer voters an indoor smoking ban with exemptions for many bars and Ameristar Casino. Read more

St. Louis officials eye new tax abatement guidelines

St. Louis economic development officials are finalizing a map to guide where property tax abatement will be offered in the city as part of a larger push to set consistent parameters and ensure the popular incentive is being used correctly. Read more

Jury orders Monsanto to pay $289 million to cancer patient

A San Francisco jury ordered St. Louis-based Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a man who says he got terminal cancer by using the company’s popular herbicide Roundup. Read more

In dispute over steel tariffs, Trump backs boycott of Harley Davidson

President Donald Trump supported boycotting Harley Davidson Inc. Sunday in the latest installment of his dispute with the company over steel tariffs. The company, once a Missouri staple, has also announced multiple cutbacks to its presence in the state this year due to market conditions. Read more

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