Missouri Minute: Boone Hospital, BJC to part ways after 2020; LouFest organizers announce cancellation

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Boone Hospital Center, BJC HealthCare to part ways after 2020

BJC Healthcare and the trustees of Columbia’s Boone Hospital Center have agreed to a split when the lease between the two expires at the end of 2020. St. Louis-based BJC has operated the county-owned hospital for almost three decades. Read more

LouFest organizers announce cancellation of music festival

LouFest has been cancelled just three days before the St. Louis music festival was scheduled to begin. Organizers announced the cancellation in a tweet and note posted at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, saying they were “saddened” by the development. The two-day concert was set to take place Saturday and Sunday in Forest Park, featuring a variety of musical acts, including headliners like Robert Plant, Modest Mouse and T-Pain. Read more

UMKC abandons downtown conservatory plans, will look closer to main campus

After seven years of efforts to move the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s conservatory of music and dance to a new downtown campus, school officials are pulling the plug on that plan in favor of a larger facility closer to UMKC’s midtown campus. New plans call for a 250,000-square-foot facility within 2.5 miles of the current conservatory at a price of $100 million. Read more

Judge throws out lawsuit against proposed Missouri gas tax increase

Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals has thrown out a lawsuit that aimed to keep a proposed increase to the state’s gas tax off the November ballot, the Associated Press reports. The ballot measure proposes an increase of 10 cents per gallon to Missouri’s fuel tax, which is currently one of the lowest in the nation. Proceeds from the tax would pay for state infrastructure repairs and help fund the Missouri Highway Patrol. Read more

Missouri dairy producers ‘very disappointed’ by USDA tariff relief

The Missouri Dairy Association has issued a statement saying it is “very disappointed” with the dairy-specific tariff relief programs announced last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the price decline in dairy farm prices,” MDA President Ted Sheppard, a dairy producer from Cabool, said in the statement. Tariff hardships for Missouri farmers are compounded by the drought the state is experiencing, Sheppard said. Read more

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