Missouri Minute: St. Louis reps attempt to modernize flood insurance program; another EmpowerHMS hospital closes

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Maybe it’s just that our morning oatmeal is wearing off, but we have food on the mind. That’s why we’re serving up information on an app-less food delivery service being developed in Kansas City. Scroll down to learn about that service, called Skip. Along with Skip, we have a five-course meal full of hospitals, higher education and agtech startups.

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St. Louis-area representatives attempt to modernize flood insurance program
The three lawmakers, all senior members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, are leading efforts to reauthorize the program amid a heavy spring flooding season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Expect cancellation of Southwest Max 8 flights servicing KC, St. Louis
The airline flies the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. President Donald Trump immediately grounded all Max 8 flights for an undetermined length Wednesday afternoon. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Women in cannabis business feel industry’s draw, downsides
At a medical marijuana conference in St. Louis, panelists discussed everything from the unglamorous early days of their businesses to the diverse skill sets that benefit entrepreneurs in the space. (MBA)

Another EmpowerHMS hospital closes
The 15-bed Horton Community Hospital was one of the remnants of the North Kansas City-based hospital system. (Kansas City Star)

Central Bible College campus bought after nearly six years
The vacant Springfield campus will be the future site of Good News Mission, which trains Christian missionaries. The sale closed for $2.5 million. (Springfield News-Leader)

Geospatial intelligence entrepreneurs to get boost from Missouri Technology Corp.
The group’s new partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is expected to drive licensing and commercialization of NGA’s intellectual property. (Kansas City Business Journal)

BioSTL to bring together agtech startups and local farmers
The new initiative is supported by a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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Today’s graphic digs into recently released 2018 jobs data, looking at the employment-population ratio, which measures the proportion of the adult civilian population that is employed. Missouri ranked 22nd nationally by this measure, at 61.6 percent. The West North Central region, which includes Missouri and six other states, had the highest rate nationally, at 65.9 percent.

Say that again

“We can’t wait until May to tell an academic that they don’t have a position in the fall. The rhythm of the academic hiring process doesn’t allow it.”
Clark Peters, Faculty Council chair at the University of Missouri, believes it is only fair for MU to notify research and non-tenured faculty well in advance that they won’t be re-hired. His comments come after MU revised its university policy to give more notice to these faculty members, the Columbia Missourian reports.

Go figure

$50 million
That’s the value of a winning Mega Millions ticket purchased by an anonymous Missouri resident before Tuesday night’s drawing. Missouri Lottery Officials will release the name and location of the retailer sometime in the next 72 hours, the Associated Press reports.


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Bram Sable-Smith, son of Nobel Laureate George Smith, juxtaposed his father’s announcement Tuesday night that he’d donate his prize money to the University of Missouri with the nationwide college admissions scandal.


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That’s the name of a new app-less digital delivery platform from Kansas City-based Digital Baron that looks to compete with the likes of Postmates and Uber Eats. Skip allows users to order items for delivery via text, ditching the typical app experience entirely, Startland News reports.

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