Missouri Minute: America’s Center close to receiving $240 million; officials advocate for I-70 bridge

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As you recover from St. Patrick’s Day weekend and prepare for the week ahead, read about affordable housing woes in Missouri, inclusive greeting cards and a leadership change for Missouri’s Department of Revenue.

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America’s Center close to receiving $240 million in support
The St. Louis County Council is likely to contribute four decades of funding for upgrades and an expansion to America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Officials join forces to advocate for $238 million I-70 bridge
State, local, and University of Missouri officials have formed a task force to find funding for a new bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport. (Columbia Missourian)

Missouri’s affordable housing waitlist includes more than 100,000 people
It can take anywhere from six months to three years to get off affordable housing waitlists in Missouri. (Columbia Missourian)

Decision on Boone Hospital Center lease could come as soon as June
The hospital, which lost $13.4 million last year, aims to choose a new operator by June. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Express Scripts ‘stolen clients’ suit dismissed by federal judge
The St. Louis County company was accused of misusing customers’ information to make them switch from their pharmacies to its own mail order pharmacy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Kansas City hospitals subject to costly Medicare penalty
Truman Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Belton Regional Medical Center all face the penalty, which reduces Medicare payments by 1 percent. (Kansas City Star)

Springfield’s $168 million school bond issue to address school needs
The bond, if approved April 2 by voters, would increase property taxes over two years. (Springfield News-Leader)

Say that again

“I was just thinking, if I could change one word in this card it would be a lot easier. I also realized how limited the options are for anyone who has any skin color other than white — or anyone who’s gay, who maybe speaks a different language.”
Paloma Post co-founder Julie Korona said her startup, which makes customizable greeting cards, has tapped into a previously marginalized market by promoting more inclusive representation in how people express themselves through cards, Startland News reports.

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Today’s graphic looks at an annual index that summarizes entrepreneurial activity by state. The Kauffman Early-Stage Entrepreneurship Index gives equal weight to four indicators — rate of new entrepreneurs, opportunity share of new entrepreneurs, startup early job creation and startup early survival rate — that measure early-stage business activity by state. Missouri fared favorably in the latest report, with an index score of 1.86. That trailed only California, which had an index score of 2.86.

Go figure

That’s the number of new apartment units that will be built at the historic Centennial building in St. Louis, which once housed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Clayton-based Prime Building & Construction hopes to begin the $15 million renovation project in June or July and have units ready for tenants 18 months later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hello, my name is

Ken Zellers
The current chief operating officer of the Missouri Department of Revenue will take over as acting director effective Friday, the Columbia Tribune reports. Zeller, whose appointment follows Joel Waters’ sudden resignation as director last week, has been with the department since August 2017. He was previously global quality director for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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