Missouri Minute: Hawley-McCaskill race draws flood of funding; MU increases in-state enrollment edge over Missouri State

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Hawley-McCaskill Senate race draws flood of outside funds

Missouri’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her Republican challenger, has drawn a deluge of donations from outside the state, with independent spending on the race surpassing $41 million so far. That makes Missouri the national leader for outside contributions in a Senate race. Read more

MU increases in-state enrollment edge over Missouri State

In 2017, the University of Missouri narrowly surpassed Missouri State University in enrollment of freshmen from Missouri, drawing five more first-year students from inside the state. This year, MU’s margin in that category has ballooned to 600 students. Representatives from both schools attribute the swing to MU’s efforts to boost recruiting and reduce costs. Read more

State looks to cultivate urban agriculture through grant program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is looking to encourage innovation and create jobs in the state’s agriculture sector through its Urban and Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant Program. The program, which offers matching grants of up to $7,500, has funded projects as diverse as shrimp farming, winemaking and beekeeping. Read more

Southeast Missouri hospital joins list of state’s shuttered medical centers

Ripley County Memorial Hospital in Doniphan is set to cease operations on Monday. It will be the fourth hospital in the state to close its doors in the last five years and the second in southeast Missouri to shutter this year. The costs of 24-hour hospital operation became unsustainable for the facility, which saw an average of two patients per day, according to a representative of SoutheastHEALTH, the hospital’s operator. Read more

AgVoice takes top prize as LaunchKC awards $500,000 to nine startups

Nine tech startups joined the ranks of LaunchKC grant recipients on Friday, as the annual competition awarded a total of $500,000 in cash prizes. Startup AgVoice won the $100,000 grand prize. Eight other companies claimed prizes of $50,000 apiece.Read more

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