Missouri Minute: Lawsuit targets new Missouri meat law; rural broadband providers awarded $254M in FCC subsidies

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Lawsuit targets new Missouri law handling meat substitutes

A coalition of companies that make meat substitutes and groups that support them have filed a lawsuit challenging a new Missouri law that they say favors the state’s meat producers and discriminates against out-of-state manufacturers. The law, which took effect Tuesday, prohibits products that aren’t derived from actual animals from being marketed as meat. Read more

Missouri rural broadband providers awarded $254 million in FCC subsidies

Rural broadband internet service in Missouri is getting a boost thanks to new subsidies from the Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday. Eleven companies in Missouri will share about $254.7 million in federal money to expand their networks in underserved parts of the state. That’s expected to help bring broadband to more than 95,000 households and businesses, according to the FCC. Read more

Sinquefields giving record $50 million to support SLU research

Saint Louis University on Tuesday announced the largest gift in its 200-year history, a $50 million donation from St. Louis philanthropists Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield. The contribution to SLU will fund three major projects. The bulk will support the creation Saint Louis University Research Institute and the Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research. A smaller piece will finance the school’s chess program. Read more

J. Rieger distillery expanding facility to boost production, draw visitors

The Kansas City-based J. Reiger & Co. Distillery announced Tuesday that it’s undertaking a “multimillion dollar” expansion in the city’s historic West Bottoms neighborhood. The expansion will help the distillery quintuple production to meet increasing demand. J. Reiger expects to grow from its current team of a half dozen employees to a headcount of more than 40 by next spring. The new space will include multiple bars and tasting areas, an interactive historic exhibit, a gift shop and more. Read more

MU bans all forms of tobacco from campus

The University of Missouri has gone completely tobacco-free as of the start of the fall semester, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright announced Tuesday. The campus banned smoking cigarettes and using electronic nicotine devices in 2013, but now the use of all tobacco-based products — most notably, chewing tobacco — is prohibited. Read more

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