Missouri Minute: Hospitals launch Civica Rx; Ford issues recalls on F-150s

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Hospitals launch Civica Rx venture to produce generic drugs

A group of American hospital systems including St. Louis-based SSM Health on Thursday announced the official launch of Civica Rx, a nonprofit drug company that will produce generic prescriptions in an effort to lower drug costs and eliminate shortages. First announced in January, Civica Rx will initially focus on price transparency and supply stability for 14 generic drugs commonly used in hospitals.Read more

Ford issues recall over fire risk in KC-made F-150 trucks

Ford on Thursday issued a recall for F-150 pickup trucks produced at the automaker’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, saying seat belts in some of the vehicles can ignite fires. The recall covers about 2 million trucks produced between 2015 and 2018 at the Claycomo plant and Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan. Read more

Kansas City Zoo officials planning $75 million aquarium

Kansas City Zoo officials are in the early stages of planning a new $75 million aquarium, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. Randy Wisthoff, the zoo’s chief executive, said the goal is to draw visitors from across a wide region with an aquarium that rivals that of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Read more

The Rams are another season removed from St. Louis, but lawsuits linger

The third NFL season since the Rams departed St. Louis for Los Angeles officially kicked off Thursday night, but multiple lawsuits linger in the city that the football team has long since abandoned. At least four suits involving St. Louis and its former football team are currently pending. The biggest of the four pits plaintiffs including the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority against the Rams, the NFL and the 31 other NFL teams and owners. Read more

Hackathon pairs MU engineering students, Hyperloop One officials

More than 100 University of Missouri engineering students gathered Thursday night to meet with representatives from Virgin Hyperloop One to discuss ideas for constructing the company’s high-speed transit system. MU is the first university in the U.S. at which representatives from Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One have collaborated with students, according to school officials. Read more

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