Missouri Minute: Union strikes deal with U.S. Steel; Sears to shutter three more Missouri stores

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Union strikes tentative deal with U.S. Steel

The United Steelworkers Union has reached a tentative agreement with U.S. Steel that covers 16,000 workers across the country, the group announced Monday. That includes about 1,200 employees at the U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois. Read more

Sears to shutter three Missouri stores as part of bankruptcy plan

Sears Holdings filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and shuttering 142 stores across the U.S. will bring the closure of three stores in Missouri and another in Kansas City, Kansas, USA Today reports. The struggling retailer, which owns Sears and Kmart, outlined those plans in a court filing Monday, the same day it was due to make a $134 million debt payment. Read more

Parson vouches for fuel tax increase, workforce investment

Gov. Mike Parson on Monday voiced his support for a proposal to increase Missouri’s fuel tax, calling it a long-overdue step that would move the state forward. “It’s the first time I’ve ever openly supported any kind of fee, any kind of tax in my career,” said Parson, a Republican, during an address at the annual Missouri Community Betterment conference. Read more

Wow Air to end European flights from St. Louis

Wow Air, the only airline to offer nonstop service to Europe from St. Louis Lambert International Airport, is ending those flights in January. The news was made public Monday, just five months after the budget carrier from Iceland started offering service from St. Louis. Read more

State conservation officials eye threat to $1 billion deer hunting economy

So far, Missouri has been relatively unscathed by chronic wasting disease, an ailment that’s 100 percent fatal to deer and elk and renders their meat inedible. But the spread of the disease in nearby states is enough to stoke concern among officials in Missouri, where a serious threat to the deer population could harm an industry that’s worth an estimated $1 billion to the state economy each year. Read more

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