Missouri Minute: Farmers will hoard soybeans to weather trade war; KC residents consider risks, benefits of ‘smart city’

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Farmers will hoard soybeans to weather trade war, Bunge CEO says

As soybean producers begin harvesting what is expected to be a bumper crop, many will look to stash their beans in hopes of riding out the trade conflict between the U.S. and China, according to the chief executive of Chesterfield-based agribusiness giant Bunge. However, he questioned the wisdom of stockpiling crops, because of uncertainty over how long the trade dispute will last. Read more

On KC’s east side, residents consider benefits, risks of ‘smart city’

Within the next few months, Kansas City officials are expected to award a contract aimed at transforming the city into a “smart city.” The project is expected to employ a cohort of tech companies to make the city “smart” — that is, full of infrastructure equipped with technology to collect data and help the city operate more efficiently. That would give the companies an unprecedented role in the delivery of city services, and it would provide them access to troves of data about the city and its residents.Read more

Missouri State regains arena naming rights under settlement

Springfield’s JQH Arena may soon have a new name — and the millions of dollars that the name of a prominent arena can fetch. Missouri State University will receive $10.2 million — and regain naming rights for the arena — under a settlement it reached with JD Holdings, LLC. Read more

Unregulated gambling machines on rise in Columbia

Gaming machines that simulate slot machines have popped up at a handful of convenience stores in the Columbia area, allowing users to gamble as other patrons fill up on gas or grab drinks or snacks. The machines aren’t regulated by the state, and law enforcement officials say it’s unclear who has jurisdiction over them. Read more


Wisper Internet eyes aggressive expansion with FCC subsidies

Armed with $220 million in federal subsidies, an internet service provider from the St. Louis area is ramping up its efforts to address the lack of internet access in rural areas. Wisper Internet, based in Mascoutah, Illinois, is the largest recipient of $1.5 billion of subsidies doled out by the Federal Communications Commission in an August auction. Read more

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