Missouri Minute: ‘Clean Missouri’ bill faces legal challenge; Branson duck boat company sued by Missouri AG

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

‘Clean Missouri’ ballot initiative faces legal challenges

A ruling is expected “quickly” after Tuesday in the case over a proposed amendment to Missouri’s constitution that would shake up how legislative districts are drawn and institute new laws for political fundraising. Republican-aligned attorneys have sued to block the so-called Clean Missouri initiative from appearing on the state’s November ballot. Read more

Branson duck boat company sued by Missouri attorney general

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley sued Branson Duck Vehicles LLC and Ripley Entertainment Inc. on Friday, alleging they violated state law designed to protect consumers from fraudulent business practices. The lawsuit says the duck boat company and its Florida-based parent company “have been on notice for decades” about safety hazards presented by the vessels. Read more

After defeat of ‘right-to-work’ law, labor groups and Democrats eye minimum wage

After notching a victory when Missouri voters rejected the state’s “right-to-work” law last month, some labor leaders and social activists are eyeing another ballot measure core to their cause: the state’s minimum wage vote in November. Proposition B on the state’s November ballot would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2023. Read more

Washington University raises more than $3.3 billion in multiyear campaign

Washington University in St. Louis exceeded its goal by raising about $3.38 billion in gifts and commitments through its six-year “Leading Together” campaign that ended June 30, the university announced Friday. The campaign, which was officially announced in October 2012, sought to raise $2.2 billion. Read more

KCP&L offers customers reprieve after monthly bills surge

Kansas City Power & Light is offering customers assistance after changes to the utility’s Budget Billing program resulted in spikes in some customers’ monthly bills. The company said Friday it would temporarily expand payment options and delay residential disconnections for customers who still owe money on their bills. The announcement followed hundreds of KCP&L customers getting bills as much as $100 more than their usual monthly tab. Read more

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