Missouri Minute: H&R Block co-founder dies at 96; St. Louis to host U.S. Olympics gymnastics trials

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As Kansas City mourned the loss of H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch, Wall Street rejoiced in an S&P 500 record Tuesday. After reflecting on the life of the innovator and philanthropist, read about Olympic trials coming to St. Louis, Jones Bar-B-Q’s post-“Queer Eye” life and further hindrances to the proposed city-county merger in St. Louis.

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H&R Block co-founder dies at 96
The Kansas City tax preparation pioneer and entrepreneur Henry Bloch died surrounded by family. (MBA)

St. Louis to host 2020 U.S. Olympics gymnastics trials
The city will also host USA Gymnastics’ national congress and trade show next June, which will be the first time the combined trials will be held in the Midwest. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis city-county merger hits another roadblock
A group of 30-plus black elected officials rejected the Better Together proposal and asked the county NAACP president to resign. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Columbia developer has contributed $1 million to fund lawmakers
Jeffrey Smith has funneled money from four of his companies through 10 political action committees to fund political races at the city and state levels. (Columbia Missourian)

Centene reports 40% quarterly revenue increase
The company said its first-quarter jump is due to program extensions across the country and because of its acquisition of Fidelis Care last year. (St. Louis Business Journal)

New college grads like St. Louis
The city hit No. 10 on financial website SmartAsset’s annual list of top cities for recent graduates, its third consecutive year in the rankings. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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Today’s graphic looks at change in population by Missouri county between July 2017 and July 2018. Sixty-two counties gained population, and 52 counties and St. Louis city lost population, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released this month.

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Condolences, remembrances and tributes poured onto social media from all corners of the Kansas City community Tuesday following news of Henry Bloch’s death. Zach Anderson Pettet, managing director of the Fountain City Fintech accelerator, was among those to pay respects to the Kansas City business legend.

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“Not only will this new development provide a location for us to expand our employee-owned hospitality group, it will also generate more revenue for all the surrounding businesses adjacent to the site while also encouraging new startups or existing business to locate in St. Louis.”

Paul Hamilton, who co-runs Hamilton Hospitality, is a partner in the $160 million redevelopment of St. Louis’ Lafayette Square. The first portion of the 12-acre project is set to break ground by June, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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That’s how many bottles of barbecue sauce that Kansas City food establishment Jones Bar-B-Q sold per minute in the weekend after Netflix hit “Queer Eye” released its episode about the local eatery. The Jones sisters, Deborah “Little” and Mary “Shorty,” have sold thousands of bottles to fans from across the world, The Kansas City Star reports.

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Rogue Games

The 2-year-old game publisher credits its early success — a $1.25 million seed round — to its Kansas City roots. Founded by Sprint alumni, the Los Angeles-based startup is in the middle of planning a grand expansion, Startland News reports.

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