Missouri Minute: Lawmakers to address STEM education; Springfield wants landfill-powered greenhouse

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Lawmakers to address STEM education as Parson convenes special session

During his first three months in office, Gov. Mike Parson has consistently emphasized workforce development as a top priority. This week, lawmakers will return to Jefferson City in part to address a bill aimed at equipping the state’s future workers with skills in the STEM fields. The Republican governor called the special session, which starts Monday, specifically to address two bills. One would require the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create an online program to educate students about STEM careers. The other would expand treatment courts in the state. Read more

Springfield seeks proposals for landfill-powered greenhouse project

After failing in a 2016 attempt to create a landfill-powered greenhouse that would provide local produce and jobs for the Springfield community, the city is trying again. Springfield has issued a more open-ended request for proposals for a project similar to the one that faltered two years ago. The request seeks plans to use heat from the Noble Hill Renewable Energy Center, which converts methane gas from the city landfill into electricity, to power a greenhouse. Read more

Lawsuit could undermine $1.7 billion St. Louis development, attorney argues

A lawyer for a St. Louis economic development agency argued that a lawsuit by a lender for developer Paul McKee could threaten a $1.7 billion project to build a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in north St. Louis. The city is seeking to clear claims from the Bank of Washington to 97 acres in north St. Louis that it has spent $119 million preparing to hand off to the federal government for the new western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA. Read more

Parson, Krewson, James seek to strengthen governor-mayor relations

As Gov. Mike Parson toured St. Louis on Friday with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and Kansas City Mayor Sly James, the trio frequently reiterated a common goal: strengthening the relationship between state officials and the leaders of its two largest cities. The leaders admitted that Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, and Krewson and James, the leaders of predominantly Democratic urban centers, often disagree on policy. But they are touring the two cities and taking a third trip to rural Missouri in hopes of forging understanding and finding common ground on some issues. Read more

As KC’s Roasterie turns 25, founder O’Neill reflects on roots, future

The Roasterie hosted a 25th anniversary event on Saturday, providing the Kansas City coffee company a chance to celebrate a quarter century in business. The Roasterie now has nine locations and has built a popular local brand. That’s a far cry from the beginning, when Danny O’Neill, the Roasterie’s founder and “Bean Baron,” took a leave of absence from a corporate job in 1993 to start roasting coffee in his basement. Read more

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