Missouri Minute: Adult scholarship plan advances; Yield Lab announces class

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As the week wraps up, grab a cup o’ joe this morning as you read about full-ride scholarships for Missourians over 25, Yield Lab’s new cohort and more.

From our newsroom

Student ad agency decodes marketing to young adults

Young consumers are more likely to disconnect from social media in favor of physical and social activities, according to a new report.

Columbia flower shop showcases potpourri of local plants, businesses

Since opening last year, Ophelia’s Flower Shop has embedded itself in the Columbia community. Several nights a month, the store blossoms into a pop-up shop, a music venue or a yoga studio.

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Tensions rise over Medicaid bill in Missouri Senate

Missouri lawmakers debated a bill that would add work requirements for Medicaid recipients. (Columbia Missourian)

Adult scholarship plan advances

The Missouri House passed Gov. Mike Parson’s program to educate people in high-demand fields. (Associated Press)

A Missouri-Kansas truce? 

Senate lawmakers want to re-open a two-year window with Kansas to end tax incentives for businesses that move across state lines. (KCUR)

Anheuser-Busch InBev predicts strong 2019 

Despite a struggling beer market, the world’s largest brewer hopes to extend a good end to 2018. (Reuters)

J.C. Penney is in a pinch but has a plan

The company will close more stores following a dismal holiday season, but the retailer’s stock saw its largest intraday gain in decades on Thursday. (Bloomberg)

NGA headquarters in St. Louis still a go

President Donald Trump’s border wall declaration may delay some military projects, but it won’t cause the cancellation of the $1.7 billion St. Louis facility. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Yield Lab announces spring class 

Six new startups, including two from St. Louis, will join the spring 2019 class and each score a $100,000 investment. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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Today’s graphic compares states’ use of coal for generating electricity. Missouri was among the nation’s biggest consumers of coal for that purpose in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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Fling Craft Cocktails

After 30 years of brewing craft beer, Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City is mixing things up with a new product. These canned cocktails will come in packs of four and sell for $12.99 at retail locations in the area, The Kansas City Star reports.

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“He sat in jail for about two months, and he sat in jail because he was poor — too poor to pay these court costs.”

Missouri lawmakers advanced a bill on Wednesday that would end the incarceration of debtors who are unable to pay. Missouri public defender Matthew Mueller, who has argued against debtors prisons before the Missouri Supreme Court, said his client was jailed a second time when he could not pay the entirety of a “board bill” stemming from his first debt-related incarceration in 2015, the Columbia Missourian reports.

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If your household earns under that amount, you might owe the state more money this year. On average, tax refunds are down $78 while the amount of tax owed is up $65, the Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday. A family with two kids, no allowances and an income of $60,000 would have received a refund of $219 in 2017 and owe the state $224 this April, the Columbia Missourian reports.

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