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Sunken steamboat found in Malta Bend after 175 years

A group of excavators has found the 175-year-old sunken steamboat Malta, the namesake of the rural city of Malta Bend. A white outline, 140 feet long and 22 feet wide, marks the area where the steamboat Malta is buried.

Sen. Brown drops out of race for state treasurer

Republican Missouri state Sen. Dan Brown is dropping out of the race for state treasurer.

Missouri speaker doubts religious-objections measure revival

The leader of Missouri's House says he doesn't expect there will be an effort to revive a contested measure to protect some businesses opposed to same-sex marriage.

Voter ID measure stalled in Missouri Senate

A proposal to require Missouri voters to show photo ID at polling places is stalled in the state Senate.

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Ban the box: Would dropping criminal history from job applications reduce recidivism?

From #jcmo Inside Business

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order April 11 prohibiting state agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history on an initial job application. But statewide legislation to ban the box for the state's public-sector businesses has stalled over the past two years.

Kelley wants sex offenders to know when they must register

State Rep. Mike Kelley wants to make sure people expected to be listed on the sex offender registry know they must register.

Missouri Legislature passes bill to add expert witness rules

Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation to tighten the courtroom guidelines for expert testimony, an effort supporters say is aimed at ensuring experts who testify in court are truly experts.

Airlines want new single terminal at Kansas City airport

Airlines serving Kansas City International Airport want the facility to replace its three existing terminals with a single terminal airport that’s expected to cost about $964 million.

Kansas City diocese holds service for sexual abuse healing

About 100 Kansas City-area worshippers have participated in a Catholic prayer service to seek spiritual healing over past sexual abuse within the local archdiocese.

Missouri governor approves higher education funding boost

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a higher education budget that will result in a tuition freeze at public universities.

Missouri religious objections proposal suffers setback

A Missouri religious objections proposal failed on Wednesday to get the approval of a key legislative committee in a setback for conservatives who hoped to add protections for those who cite their faith in denying services such as flowers or cakes for same-sex weddings.

Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon

Missouri lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday to change how medical expenses are handled in court, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri House passes bill to expand access to birth control

Missouri's Republican-controlled House has voted to increase women's access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives.

Missouri Senate passes farm exemptions to open records laws

The state Senate has approved exempting some types of farm data from Missouri's open-records laws.

Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri high court - again

The Missouri Supreme Court is wrestling with whether to invalidate a law cutting jobless benefits because of the way it was enacted.

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Business concerns add issues for Missouri 'religious liberty' amendment

From #jcmo Inside Business

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups worried about similar troubles if Missouri voters later this year adopt a proposed “religious liberty” amendment to the state Constitution.

Missouri House advances bill to expand castle doctrine law

Missouri lawmakers are advancing a measure that would limit fees to carry a concealed firearm and expand the state's castle doctrine law.

Missouri Senate passes tax incentives for small businesses

The Missouri Senate has passed a five-year extension to a package of tax incentives for small businesses.

Missouri House passes tax break for restaurants, grocers

Restaurants wouldn't have to pay sales and use taxes on electricity and other utilities used to prepare food under a measure headed to the Missouri Senate.

Teacher residency program comes to KC-area

A group of nearly 40 men and women will join Kansas City area students in the classroom this fall as part of a new program designed to prepare aspiring teachers be effective urban educators.