Missouri Minute: Parson announces drought measures; universities report enrollment

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Parson announces plan to provide farmers relief from drought

With more than 97 percent of Missouri facing some level of drought, Gov. Mike Parson on Monday announced new measures designed to help farmers across the state. Farmers will be allowed to pump water from certain state reservoirs. The state will also create a lottery to let some farmers to harvest hay from state parks. As of Aug. 14, every county in Missouri was facing some level of drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update. Read more

T-Mobile asks smaller carriers to publicly support Sprint purchase

T-Mobile has asked smaller wireless carriers that use its network to publicly express support for the company’s planned $26 billion acquisition of Sprint. T-Mobile announced the purchase in late April, following years of on-again, off-again talk of a tie-up with Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint. But the companies still must assuage regulators’ concerns. That’s where the publicity campaign comes into play.Read more

Enrollment falls at Mizzou, stalls at Missouri State as new school year starts

The University of Missouri reported a record retention rate for last year’s freshman class as the fall semester began Monday in Columbia. Still, total enrollment at the university fell about 3.7 percent. Meanwhile, at Missouri State University, the state’s second largest university, total enrollment was basically flat after six straight years of increases and enrollment records. Read more

Springfield mulls home-sharing regulation with permit lottery provision

Springfield city officials are considering the latest in a growing number of proposals to regulate short-term rentals in the city, and the new plan includes a provision that would require a specific subset of properties to enter a lottery determining whether they get a permit to operate. The Springfield City Council has considered multiple iterations of a proposal for regulating home-rental services like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner, but it has not voted on any of the plans. Read more

Peabody touts oil play as chance to tap new market

Peabody Energy raised eyebrows with its July announcement that it was partnering with oil trader Vitol and startup Arq in an effort to convert coal waste into oil products. But officials from the companies involved say the deal suggests a willingness from the coal industry to consider unconventional revenue sources. Read more

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