Missouri Minute: Schnucks converting Shop ‘n Save stores; McCaskill sees boost as banks back Senate Democrats

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Schnucks converting Shop ‘n Save stores across St. Louis area

St. Louis-based supermarket chain Schnuck Markets has started the process of closing and re-opening nine of the stores it acquired last month from Kirkwood-based grocer Shop ‘n Save. Starting Sunday with three stores, Schnucks is closing nine locations for 2 ½ days to change the stores’ point-of-sale systems, switch out signs and restock merchandise. Read more

McCaskill sees boost as banks back Senate Democrats

Banks are supporting moderate Senate Democrats as part of an effort to build the sort of bipartisan backing they enjoyed before the financial crisis, and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is among the biggest beneficiaries. Commercial banks have donated $2.5 million to Senate Democrats so far during the 2018 election, the largest total since 2008. Fifteen of the 20 Senate candidates receiving the most money from banks during the current election cycle are Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Read more

T-Mobile execs visit Sprint as merger awaits approval

T-Mobile CEO John Legere and President Mike Sievert led a contingent of T-Mobile executives who visited Sprint on Friday and talked with employees about the wireless companies’ planned $26.5 billion merger, which is still awaiting regulatory approval. A Sprint spokesman said Legere compared Sprint’s Overland Park, Kansas, campus to the second headquarters Amazon is looking to build, suggesting the facility would give the combined wireless carrier room to grow. Read more

Springfield considers reviving program to reverse homeownership trend

As Springfield sees a decline in the percentage of residents who own the homes they live in, the Springfield City Council is considering reviving a pilot program aimed at curbing that trend. The city’s Down Payment Assistance Program would provide first-time homeowners a loan that they would not have to pay off if they lived in their home for at least 10 years. Read more


KC charter schools to seek new sponsors as UMKC shifts focus

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will end its sponsorship of charter schools after the current school year, affecting eight schools that serve more than 5,000 students in the Kansas City area. UMKC said the move was driven by a desire to focus more on education research. The university said it would work with all its charter schools to find new sponsors. Read more

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