Missouri Minute: Missouri Supreme Court weighs workplace arbitration cases; Galera Therapeutics raises $150 million

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Missouri Supreme Court weighing workplace arbitration cases

The Missouri Supreme Court heard three cases Tuesday involving fired workers looking to settle disputes with their former employers through the courts rather than arbitration. Those cases come at a time of heightened focus on mandatory arbitration clauses. More businesses are requiring new hires to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, and a growing number of fired workers are responding with litigation. Read more

St. Louis-founded biotech startup Galera Therapeutics raises $150 million

Biotech startup Galera Therapeutics, which was founded in St. Louis and still has its research and development arm in the area, announced Wednesday that it has secured $150 million in new funding. The company raised $70 million in a venture capital round and $80 million through a royalty purchase agreement. Read more

St. Louis grocer Dierbergs plans to hire 220 across region

St. Louis-based grocery chain Dierbergs Markets plans to hire about 220 full- and part-time workers for its 24 stores in the area. The supermarket chain is holding a hiring event Friday in Chesterfield, and it plans to offer hiring bonuses for select positions. The hiring push comes at a busy time for the St. Louis grocery sector after Schnuck Markets Inc. announced it’s acquiring 19 stores owned by Shop ‘n Save.Read more

Washington University acquires eight acres for offices

The medical school at Washington University in St. Louis is buying about 8 acres of land that house the former Universal Printing Co. office and warehouse buildings in the city’s Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. It’s the second recent land purchase by a Washington University affiliate, following a June acquisition of 1.7 acres. Read more

Medical marijuana on ballot raises questions of physician training

Missouri voters will decide in November whether to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but voter approval doesn’t necessarily ensure preparedness by the state’s medical professionals. Just 9 percent of medical schools in the U.S. teach about medical marijuana, and 90 percent of medical school graduates say they’re unprepared to help patients use it, according to a Washington University study published last year. Read more

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