Missouri Minute: Enterprise owners kick off new bid to bring MLS to St. Louis; Ford to idle KC Transit production

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Enterprise owners kick off new bid to bring MLS to St. Louis

Another effort is afoot to bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis. Members of the Taylor family, which owns rental car giant Enterprise Holdings, and the family of Jim Kavanaugh, the World Wide Technology co-founder, announced Tuesday that they are bidding for an MLS expansion team. Read more

Ford to idle KC Transit production amid slump in orders

Ford will temporarily stop production of the Transit van, idling about 2,000 workers at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo later this month, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. The temporary layoff comes as Ford tries to ensure its supply doesn’t significantly outpace demand amid a slump in commercial orders.Read more

Unions rally against proposed postal service privatization

A group of about 80 workers in downtown St. Louis joined mail carriers across the country Monday in protesting a plan proposed by the Trump administration to privatize the United States Postal Service. In June, the administration floated the idea of selling the postal service, but officials have yet to release a task force report with details of a privatization plan. Read more

Judge lets St. Louis condemn land for $1.7 billion federal facility

A St. Louis judge ruled Tuesday that the city is able to condemn 97 acres north of downtown owned by its development arm. The ruling eliminates a potential obstacle to construction of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new $1.7 billion western headquarters. Read more

State transportation director wants bonds to finance new I-70 bridge

The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to issue bonds to finance construction of a new Interstate 70 bridge to cross the Missouri River near Rocheport. He said Tuesday that the plan would reduce major traffic delays along Missouri’s largest cross-state thoroughfare. Read more

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