Missouri Minute: St. Louis airport privatization consultants seek feedback; KC Little Caesars stores shutter

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

St. Louis airport privatization consultants seek feedback, urge patience

Advisers hired by St. Louis to help the city explore privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport have started seeking public feedback on the idea. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen received an update on privatization efforts Tuesday. Alderman Marlene Davis, who leads the board’s transportation committee, urged patience.Read more

KC Little Caesars stores shutter as franchisees fight corporation

Little Caesars restaurants in the Kansas City area have once again closed as the couple that owns the stores engages in a protracted legal fight with the corporation behind the pizza chain. The local franchisees, Alan and Beverly Knox of Utah, have been in litigation with the corporation since June over various issues, including their insistence on charging $5.99 instead of the advertised $5 for Little Caesars’ signature Hot-N-Ready pizzas. Read more

Missouri’s young parents face challenges with education and finances, report says

Young parents in Missouri and across the U.S. are grappling with challenges including financial insecurity, difficulty finishing school, lack of opportunities for career advancement and inadequate access to child care, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Such problems affect a relatively large portion of Missouri’s population, as 13 percent of Missourians between the ages of 18 and 24 are parents, compared with 10 percent of that same population nationally, the report says. Read more

Kansas City considers changes to program for minority- and women-owned firms

The Kansas City Council is mulling changes to a program created to boost smaller minority- and women-owned businesses after a consultant found the city’s race- and gender-based contracting programs could be vulnerable to lawsuits because they’re too broad. The 20-year-old program was created to help address decades of discrimination. Last year, eligible firms received an estimated $295 million worth of business from city contractors. Read more

Amazon brings Prime Now grocery delivery service to St. Louis

Amazon is expanding its Prime Now delivery service to eight more cities, including St. Louis, meaning subscribers to the internet retailer’s Prime program can get groceries delivered to their homes in as little as one hour. The move comes as services for pickup and delivery of groceries ordered online proliferate across St. Louis and other markets. Read more

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