Morning Minutes: Limited differences emerge at GOP debate, Chamber opposes ‘religious freedom’ measure

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Sparks fly, but limited policy differences emerge, at GOP governor debate

Despite several instances of heated accusations centered around campaign donations, the four candidates vying for Missouri’s Republican nomination for governor agreed on one thing: Better business practices lie at the heart of improving Missouri. Read more

Missouri chamber speaks out against ‘religious freedom’ measure

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday voiced its opposition to “religious freedom” legislation approved by the state Senate earlier this month despite fierce opposition from Democrats. Read more

Kansas City pegged to assist Google parent in developing smart transportation platform

Sidewalk Labs and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday they will work with Kansas City and a half-dozen other cities to build a new smart transportation tool. Read more

Ex-Im Bank fight not over yet

Last fall, Congress reauthorized the Export-Import Bank, much to the relief of small-business owners who lost a key financing tool when the bank was sent to the sidelines. But the fight for Ex-Im Bank isn’t over. Read more

Part-time professors struggle to balance duties, expectations

Adjunct instructors, part-time professors who are not eligible for tenure, make up about 40 percent of faculty in American higher education, according to a 2014 report by the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. They are the answer for universities facing tighter budgets, but are often the “working poor” of a university due to lack of benefits, job security, or livable wages. Read more

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