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President Joe Biden has directed states to make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccination by May 1, and Missouri is entering a new tier of its vaccine rollout process on Monday, making an additional 550,000 people eligible for doses. Still, the state continues to grapple with inconsistencies in distribution. Some rural counties have received an oversupply of doses as urban areas face shortages, which has forced city residents to travel long distances to get their shots. In Kansas City, Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the Crossroads Community Association’s founding. The nonprofit was established in 2001 in hopes of revamping a dormant area south of downtown. In the years since, the Crossroads district has seen a flood of investment. It’s now home to a thriving arts and nightlife district featuring galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants and residential properties.
Biden asks states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1
The president said enough Americans in priority groups will have access to the vaccine by the end of April to lift restrictions. (Missouri Independent)
MU settles lawsuit over ‘BioJoint’ surgeries
The University of Missouri, veterinarian James Cook and orthopedic surgeon James Stannard settled for $16.2 million with more than 20 plaintiffs, who alleged they were not advised of the “experimental” nature of “biological joint restoration” surgery created by Cook and Stannard. (Columbia Missourians)
Federal agency to restore jobs in Kansas City
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service is set to restore 500 jobs after mass layoffs last year. (Kansas City Star)
HALO Foundation plans village for homeless youth
The nonprofit is planning to build a second learning center and homes in southeast Kansas City. (Kansas City Business Journal)
Former Kansas City Art Institute building to become boutique hotel
A local couple bought the building, located near the Country Club Plaza district, and plans to open the hotel in June. (Kansas City Business Journal)
CSI Leasing subsidiary expands to Peru
EPC Inc., which is a subsidiary of Creve Coeur-based technology leasing company CSI, will add a facility in Peru, joining several others around Latin America. (St. Louis Business Journal)
Remains of Wood River Power Station demolished
Most of the St. Louis-area coal plant was demolished in February, but the smokestacks remained standing while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studied how their demolition may affect nearby levees. (St. Louis Public Radio)
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“The advantage, as it turns out, was because the Crossroads was so empty and so undefined, we could define it for ourselves.”
That’s Suzie Aron, secretary of the Crossroads Community Association, describing how the association helped revitalize vacant buildings into a sprawling, vibrant arts district, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. The nonprofit organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary Monday. The group consists of people from different sectors of the local economy, including developers, entrepreneurs, artists and residents. The Crossroads district, located just south of downtown Kansas City, was “deader than dead” in the late 1990s, local developer Dan Clothier said. But following a $250 million restoration of Union Station and the addition of new art galleries in the area, restaurants, hotels other businesses began to spring up. Two decades after the association was created in 2001, it continues to oversee development projects with a unified vision for the district.
Missouri sent Harrison County 135 COVID-19 vaccine doses per 100 residents, according to vaccine distribution data from the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services. Still, only 16% of residents in the northwest Missouri county of 8,500 people had received one vaccine dose as of Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Harrison County served as a distribution hub, so half its doses went elsewhere. But even after redistribution, the county had nearly triple the 24 doses per 100 people that counties across the state averaged. Meanwhile, redistribution left the city of St. Louis with nine doses per 100 residents. Those figures illustrate the state’s problems with equitable distribution: Many rural areas have received large volumes of vaccine doses while city residents have had to travel long distances to be vaccinated.
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Founded in 2017 by Alex Quinn, who was in high school at the time, Disruptel is a St. Louis-based startup creating interactive television and voice-assistant technology. The startup raised $1.15 million in a seed funding round, and it plans to channel the funds into product development, the the St. Louis Business Journal reports. Two venture capital firms and multiple big-name angel investors, including the co-founder of Siri Inc., participated in the deal.