Missouri Minute: KC officials to unveil affordable housing plan; court upholds ruling against ban on PAC contributions

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Kansas City officials to unveil affordable housing plan

Kansas City officials are expected to release the city’s first long-range housing plan Wednesday in an effort to expand ownership opportunities for low-income residents and create a greater mix of economic groups in the city. The plan, commissioned by the Kansas City Council last year, comes amid rising concern about affordable housing in the city. Read more

Court upholds ruling against Missouri’s ban on PAC contributions

Missouri law can’t prohibit one political action campaign from donating to another, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals could increase the difficulty of tracking the true sources of contributions to political action committees. Read more

St. Louis engineering firm 8670 sells to Louisiana firm Bernhard

8760 Engineering, a St. Louis-based engineering firm, has been acquired by Bernhard Energy Solutions, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based design and engineering firm. 8670 was founded in 2009 and has grown to 20 employees in St. Louis and Detroit. The firm, which specializes in energy efficiency for building systems, counts Ascension Health, Washington University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University among its clients. Read more

Scooter startup Lime launches in Kansas City

Another scooter-sharing service wedged its way into the Kansas City mobility market Tuesday, as the California-based startup Lime released 250 of its electric scooters in the city. The company follows two months after rival Bird, which arrived in Kansas City in July. Their arrival in Missouri and cities across the country has been greeted by some resistance from local officials, who are grappling with regulatory considerations in the face of the companies’ aggressive pursuit of growth. Read more

St. Louis Hispanic chamber wins national award

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis has been named the 2018 large chamber of the year by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the St. Louis organization announced Tuesday. The award recognizes a chamber for achievements in areas including economic development, access to capital and service to the Hispanic business community. Read more

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