Missouri Minute: New China tariffs; FAA rejects Edgemoor’s KCI funding plan

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

New tariffs imposed, larger round looms after US-China talks

The U.S. and China each imposed tariffs on about $16 billion of imports Thursday, and trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies appear ready to escalate after two days of talks failed to produce progress. The duties imposed Thursday include automobiles and metal scrap from the U.S. and factory machinery and electronic components from China. Read more

KC airport developer faces setback over community funding plan

The developer behind the overhaul of Kansas City International Airport can’t use $14 million of future revenue from the planned facility to fund initiatives for disadvantaged communities throughout the city, the Federal Aviation Administration has ruled. Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate had said it would use future airport revenues to finance $28.2 million of contributions to benefit low-income workers and minority-owned firms. Read more

Maryland Heights officials eye development of land near new Blues practice venue

Officials in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights view the $78 million Community Ice Center being constructed there — which will serve as the new practice facility for the St. Louis Blues — as part of a larger transformation that would involve hundreds of millions of dollars and develop some 200 acres of farmland. City administrators say the swath of land could feature a hotel, restaurants, a movie theater and other recreation and entertainment venues. Read more

Developer wants to bring aquarium to Branson

A 46,000-square-foot aquarium featuring a coral reef, a touch pool and more “may be coming” to Branson in 2020, according to a website teasing the venue. Los Angeles-based Kuvera Partners, which bought the site of the proposed aquarium for $2.7 million in 2014, is behind the project, which would redevelop Branson’s long-vacant Grand Palace Theater. Read more

Scooter startup Bird asked to leave after arrival on MU campus

Add the University of Missouri to the list of places in the state that have resisted the initial arrival of electric scooters. Bird, the Santa Monica, California-based scooter-sharing startup, popped up in Columbia this week, but on Thursday MU asked the company to take its scooters off campus. Read more

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