Missouri Minute: Plexpod expanding in KC; Buckingham Strategic Wealth to merge with Silicon Valley firm

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

KC coworking space operator Plexpod expanding with River Market facility

Plexpod, the company that operates three coworking facilities across the Kansas City area, will soon open a fourth. The company plans to debut an 8,000-square-foot space in the city’s River Market neighborhood in December. Gerald Smith, Plexpod’s founder and CEO, cited Kansas City’s streetcar line and recent development in the River Market as factors in opening the new facility. Read more

Clayton’s Buckingham Strategic Wealth to merge with Silicon Valley firm

Clayton-based Buckingham Strategic Wealth plans to merge with San Jose, California-based Loring Ward in a $235 million deal that brings together two of the country’s larger networks of independent financial advisers, Wealth Management reports. Read more

KCP&L, customers adjust to new ‘budget billing’ system

Under a new budget billing program offered by Kansas City Power & Light, 37 percent of the utility’s customers saw an increase in their monthly payments in August. About 150,000 consumers are part of the plan, which is designed to help spread out the burden of high monthly bills. But the new program has raised the ire of some customers, who say the program results in higher bills when they’re not ready for such fluctuations. Read more

Columbia’s Roots N Blues festival draws estimated record crowds

Columbia’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which wrapped up Sunday, drew estimated daily crowds of more than 10,000 people, organizers said. That marks a record for the annual music festival, now in its 12th year. Less than a month after the cancellation of LouFest, another annual Missouri music festival, Tracy Lane, director of Roots N Blues, said this year’s Roots N Blues was “the smoothest festival across the board” that she has seen. Read more

Democrats, Republicans zero in on Jefferson County

With just more than a month until Election Day on Nov. 6, the attention of political strategists and campaign workers in Missouri is fixed on Jefferson County. On the southern edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area, the county is a mix of suburban dwellers, farmers and blue-collar workers. And for the last two decades, the candidate who has won Jefferson County and its 150,000 voters has been a likely bet to carry the state. Read more

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