Missouri Minute: Parson calls special legislative session; Boeing wins $805 million contract

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Parson calls special legislative session to address STEM education, treatment courts

Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday he will call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly from Sept. 10-14 to address STEM education and access to treatment courts. Parson vetoed bills related to both issues earlier this year. The special session will allow lawmakers to pass legislation more narrowly focused on the two issues, Parson said. It will run concurrently with the veto session already scheduled for Sept. 12. Read more

Boeing wins $805 million contract for refueling drones

Boeing beat out two other bidders for an $805 million U.S. Navy contract to design, deliver and support four carrier-based fueling drones, the Navy announced Thursday. The aircraft, known as the MQ-25A Stringray, will enable missions that would otherwise be impossible, the Navy said. Read more

SEC filing: Cigna expects to give regulatory update on Express Scripts deal soon

Health insurer Cigna has received approvals from 14 states and needs approvals from 15 more states as it navigates its $54 billion acquisition of Express Scripts, the St. Louis County-based pharmacy benefits manager, Cigna said Wednesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cigna executives expect to “provide an update related to federal and state regulatory approvals” of the deal in meetings with investors and analysts over the next several weeks, the filing said.Read more

Missouri gives meat substitutes reprieve on labeling law

The state of Missouri is giving companies that sell meat substitutes until the start of 2019 to comply with a new law regulating how they can label their products. The controversial measure took effect Tuesday. The Missouri Department of Agriculture said Thursday it will not refer complaints to prosecutors if meat substitutes are clearly labeled with terms like “plant-based,” or “lab-grown” in close proximity to the product name. Read more

After boom in downtown hotels, KC banks on booking events

When Kansas City was eliminated from contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, some chalked it up to a lack of hotel rooms in the city. Partially motivated by that Republican rebuff, Kansas City officials have pushed hotel construction efforts in recent years — highlighted by the Loews Kansas City, a $325 million downtown convention hotel that broke ground in February. But as Kansas City builds up its hotel inventory, the question remains: will the conventions and events come? Read more

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