Missouri Minute: USDA announces $4.7 billion in tariff relief; labor groups sue to block new law restricting unions

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Missouri farmers’ responses mixed as USDA announces $4.7 billion in tariff relief

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that its previously announced farm aid package will include $4.7 billion in direct payments to farmers experiencing losses due to retaliatory tariffs. Of that, $3.6 billion will go to growers of soybeans, Missouri’s most valuable crop. Read more

Labor groups sue to block new law restricting Missouri unions

Unions representing public-sector employees sued Monday to block a new Missouri law they say “effectively eviscerates” their ability to bargain for employees. The so-called “paycheck protection law” requires unions in the state hold regular recertification votes, limit the topics about which they bargain and receive annual permission to deduct dues from members’ paychecks. Read more

Cultivation Capital raises $25.5 million toward new tech fund

Cultivation Capital is more than halfway toward raising a new $50 million technology fund, and the fund could grow to as large as $100 million. The St. Louis-based venture capital firm has raised $25.5 million from 14 investors for the fund, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. It has reserved the right to offer up to $100 million, according to the filing. Read more

Union cites 28,000 job losses as top concern in Sprint, T-Mobile deal

A top telecom union on Monday officially voiced its concerns about the proposed $26.5 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, saying the deal would lead to the elimination of 28,000 jobs, including 4,500 at the companies’ headquarters. Job losses were the most prominent issue in a complaint filed by the Communications Workers of America to the Federal Communications Commission. Read more

State to fund emergency pipelines for drought relief in northwest Missouri

State officials have announced a plan to fund emergency water pipelines in two parts of northwest Missouri, the Associated Press reports. Gov. Mike Parson met with local officials on Friday to discuss $77,000 in state funds to help address the impact of drought on Cameron and Caldwell County. Cameron will build three miles of above-ground piping to deliver more than 1 million gallons of water per day from a nearby lake. Read more

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