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        Sunday, July 5, 2020
       
Columbia Missourian:  "Back the Flag, Back the Blue" rally shows support for veterans, law enforcement;  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) introduces "Back the Blue" license plate
          KWMU:  Woman filling Democratic ballot slot for Jason Smith's November re-election aims to build network of remaining Missouri rural Democrats
          KC Star:  Jean Peters Baker quits as chair of Missouri Democratic Party
          SNL:  Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is back this weekend in Springfield
          SNL:  Veterans help assemble Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall
          JCNT:  Democratic AG candidates describe civil rights views
          P-D:  'Fast and loose':  Fake medical marijuana patient certifications spotlight gaps in Missouri rules
          KC Star:  Daily China virus case update
          KCUR:  San Francisco group claims 36% of Missouri students can't learn from home due to slow Internet, wants $4 billion in federal spending
          Washington Missourian:  Due to species-specific virus, no show for rabbits at 2020 State Fair
          P-D:  Spate of shootings result in at least seven deaths over 2 days in St. Louis City, County
          P-D:  Daily protest update
          KC Star:  Protesters burn American flag in march following "Freedom Rally"
          Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update
          Washington Missourian editorial:  As Gov. Parson noted, Ted and Pat Jones helped make the Katy Trail possible
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  On Missouri unemployment payments and why advocacy groups' "handout challenge" gimmicks are worthless
          P-D editorial:  As Missouri rejects gun sanity, blacks die at highest rate in America
          SNL op-ed:  Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri's Susan Schmalzbauer:  Public officials must enforce mask requirement, despite "loud and unruly voices"
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis Public Defender's Office's Erika Wurst:  Central West End couple should face indignity of being arrested, jailed and convicted of felonies
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian wants Ann Wagner to stop "kowtowing to the president and her rich benefactors"
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        Saturday, July 4, 2020   Independence Day
       
P-D:  Gallery:  Drive-in naturalization ceremony for new Americans;  55 men and women from around the world take oath of allegiance, become legal
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau says USMCA is a win but could have some hiccups
          CDT:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler releases details about PPP loans to family business;  Woman seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot for Hartzler's November re-election criticizes incumbent
          Missourinet:  DHSS' Randall Williams urges Missourians to practice good hygiene, social distancing this weekend
          P-D:  Missouri inks contract with Washington University to assist with virus tracking
          P-D:  St. Louis area health experts urge residents to not get complacent about China virus
          Missourinet:  MoDOT response to pandemic is praised by Missouri lawmakers
          KC Star:  Daily update on new China virus cases
          KC Star:  Two counties in Kansas City metro area buck trend to mandate masks
          Joplin Globe:  State report assesses Missouri higher education's rapid shift online
          The Missouri Times:  Liberty Alliance launches ad campaign in support of crime bill
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren begins upgrading electric meters
          The Missouri Times:  Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wants Gov. Parson to call special session on violent crime
          KC Star:  With 101 homicides, KC is on pace for deadliest year ever
          KC Star:  KCPD officer hospitalized after shooting is 'on the right path'
          AP:  Man who shot police officer identified as Ky Johnson, 31
          KC Star:  ACLU says 'failure to obey' arrests in KC protests were unconstitutional
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Anti-Israel march, Black Lives Matter disturbances
          AP:  Protesters return to St. Louis City area where couple defended home
          SNL:  Dixie Outfitters takes down Confederate flags above store
          KC Star editorial:  After 2 KCPD officers shot, Gov. Parson's prayers are not enough
          P-D letter:  University City man supports Obamacare, says Blunt, Hawley, Gov. Parson and Eric Schmitt "callous" and "morally bankrupt"
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says Post-Dispatch is hypocritical on privacy expectations
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man wonders why "politically correct statue tearer-downers" aren't making a stink over Chuck Berry statue
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        Friday, July 3, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley says news reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties to kill U.S. troops 'don't square very well'
          AP:  In Kansas City, Veterans Affairs says agency is improving its culture
          KC Star:  VA secretary visits KC after "discrimination" complaints at hospital
          KWMU:  Jean Peters Baker quits as Missouri Democratic Party chairwoman
          KC Star:  Missouri next up among states voting on Medicaid expansion
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Q&A with District 27 Republican state Senate candidate Holly Rehder
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Q&A with District 27 Republican state Senate candidate Kathy Swan
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Q&A with District 27 Democrat state Senate candidate Donnie Owens
          JCNT:  $50 million available to address Missouri's broadband needs
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson announces $50 million for broadband expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri announces $50 million program for broadband expansion, including telehealth
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri allocates $50 million from CARES Act to improve broadband
          Missourinet:  Eight Missouri jobs centers reopen to in-person help
          Missourinet:  Those receiving unemployment benefits must begin showing effort to find work next week
          SE Missourian:  Hospitalizations decrease, new cases increase in Cape County
          CDT:  Boone County reports 39 new COVID cases
          KC Star:  KC metro adds 112 new China virus cases
          AP:  Missouri jurisdictions divided on requiring face coverings
          P-D:  CoxHealth CEO campaigns for more mask restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  Where are face masks required in Missouri?
          KC Star:  Despite recent China virus cases, southwest Missouri to see surge in holiday tourists
          The Missouri Times:  PSC orders refunds for utility replacements
          KC Star:  After three people killed in one day, Kansas City nears its 100th homicide this year
          KC Star:  Criminal dead, Kansas City police officer in emergency surgery following attack
          AP:  KC police officer shot, criminal dead after shooting
          KC Star:  A second KCPD officer is shot Thursday
          AP:  Three shot, including police officer, after robbery
          KC Star:  Lucas condemns violence in KC as two police officers are shot
          SE Missourian:  Black leader calls mayor's comments about Confederate monument 'insensitive'
          P-D:  Video:  Black Lives Matter protesters hold "noise party" outside mayor's home
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In the face of complaints about King Louis IX and "microaggressions," the Fourth of July is a great day to voice support of our country
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  USMCA raises the bar for ag trade
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman is offended by Cleaner Missouri
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        Thursday, July 2, 2020
       
AP:  Census door-knockers starting in Kansas City later this month
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic primary opponent of Rep. Mark Sharp (D-Kansas City) critical of "homophobia and misogyny" in 2011 Facebook posts;  Union groups defend Dem rep from "cancel culture"
          SE Missourian:  Help on the way to sort out voting options at polls, county clerk says
          AP:  Midwest business leaders say area's economy improving with reopening
          P-D:  Jobless rate for St. Louis stays at 11.6%, historically high but below national average
          Reuters:  St. Louis Fed's James Bullard warns of a financial crisis amid pandemic
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to sign bipartisan broadband legislation on Thursday in Tipton
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson signs punitive damages bill
          AP:  Gov. Parson signs bill to help rein in lawsuits
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson says punitive damages bill will "stop the unfair and unreasonable litigation" again Missouri businesses
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) to propose amendment preventing state-funded abortion clinics
          SE Missourian:  DHSS report:  Most pregnancy-related deaths in Missouri are avoidable
          JCNT:  DSS most affected by state cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  State funding for UM NextGen facility unlikely, budget director says
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri brings back unemployment requirements
          SNL:  CDC report:  Number of Missourians who already had coronavirus by late April may have been much greater than the number confirmed by testing
          Missourinet:  Free online classes available to Missourians unemployed by coronavirus outbreak
          Missourinet:  St. Louis metro area joins Kansas City in requiring masks;  DHSS' Randall Williams advises mask-wearing
          KWMU:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann won't mandate masks, says county residents "will do the right thing without government coercion"
          AP:  St. Louis City, St. Louis County to require face coverings
          P-D:  Face masks to be required in St. Louis City, St. Louis County
          AP:  Audit finds more than $115K fraud in Parma;  Tyus Byrd allegedly burned documents after losing election to Rufus Williamson
          KWMU:  Event promo:  ACLU and Wash U. Libraries' "Anniversaries of Independence" self-celebration
          P-D:  'I'd do it all again,' says armed lawyer who defended home from mob
          P-D editorial:  Why is someone altering coronavirus data on Missouri's official website?
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Despite progressive hysteria, no redeeming value in pulling armed resource officers out of schools
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Vote 'Yes' on Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Former Higginsville City Administrator Lee Barker:  COVID-19 is plaguing Missouri's economy;  development will boost it
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  Black-on-black shootings a more significant scourge than what Black Lives Matter is protesting;  Confederate statue vandalism;  more
          KC Star's Kaitlin Washburn:  Report for America self-profile:  I'll explore Missouri's loose gun laws and the gun lobby's powerful hand
          KC Star's Jelani Gibson:  Report for America self-profile:  I grew up angry about urban news coverage, and I'll expose systemic causes of gun violence, like "racial inequality"
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian applauds Portland Place couple for defending themselves against "a gang of reckless lawbreakers"
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        Wednesday, July 1, 2020
       
July 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          SE Missourian:  Status update:  VA's $47 million Cape Girardeau hospital on schedule
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's press briefing and Q&A:  Budget approval, withholds, layoffs, China virus update, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick on federal funds
          Missourinet:  About 300 state workers to be laid off
          JCNT:  Missouri announces $448 million in state budget restrictions
          SNL:  With no federal aid in sight, Gov. Parson cuts $459M from FY2021 budget
          AP:  Gov. Parson cuts $450 million from state budget
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson withholds $448 million due to China virus
          P-D:  Gov. Parson signs Missouri budget
          P-D:  Missouri surpasses 1,000 China virus deaths
          KC Star:  No new COVID deaths reported in KC metro Tuesday
          SE Missourian:  10 new coronavirus cases reported in Cape Girardeau Tuesday
          KWMU:  St. Louis hospitals allow visitors after months of coronavirus restrictions
          JCNT:  Medicaid expansion campaign holds rally in Jefferson City in advance of House Budget Committee hearing
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Candidate Q&A:  Kathy Swan, Holly Rehder, Wayne Wallingford, others
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court rules Legislature unconstitutionally stripped Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood
          AP:  Missouri high court says state must pay Planned Parenthood
          KWMU:  Missouri must pay Planned Parenthood for treating Medicaid patients, court says
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air promo:  Celebrating 100 years of the ACLU and its noble war against St. Louis' racism, sexism, etc.
          SE Missourian:  Online petitions seek to remove, defend Jackson 'Indian' mascot
          Faughn:  Cities with clout:  A look at the legislators and lobbyists that make Springfield, KC, Independence, Columbia, and St. Charles County powerhouses
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles):  Proud to be an American:  A defense of our national heritage
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        Tuesday, June 30, 2020
       
KWMU:  Missouri has more flood-prone properties than FEMA estimates, study finds;  Thoughts from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, others
          P-D:  USDA hands out $150,000 in 'Farm to School' grants to schools in St. Louis City, Ferguson
          JCNT:  Tax credits, loans available through Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap:  President Trump's margin of victory in Missouri, riots, China virus, MONA, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kevin Windham (D-Hillsdale) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about absentee and mail-in voting, Medicaid expansion, protests, more
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) joins lawsuit against New York officials over religious gatherings
          KCUR:  U.S. Supreme Court decision spells end of hotly debated abortion requirements in Missouri
          KFVS:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Kathy Swan for state Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers to hear testimony today on two issues:  Medicaid expansion and tax credits
          Kaiser Health News:  Miami executive Jorge Perez charged in $1.4 billion billing scheme that included Missouri hospitals
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to begin major I-70 project at east-central Missouri's Mineola Hill next week
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) proposes police bill to convict for "abuse of force"
          KC Star:  With 95 homicides, Kansas City on pace for its deadliest year ever
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox opposes removal of CSA monument from downtown Cape
          KMOV:  Central West End couple explains why they pointed guns at trespassers who broke gates, stormed private neighborhood
          P-D:  St. Louis couple who pointed guns at trespassers saw threat by 'bad actors'
          KC Star editorial:  WNBA legend fought to prove man's innocence. Why is Missouri blocking his release?
          P-D letter:  St. Louis octogenarian supports police, asks what alternative tactics officers should use to defend themselves from savage attacks
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        Monday, June 29, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Brian Williams (D-University City) talks with Scott Faughn about China virus, race protests, more;  Panel of Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl, St. Louis Police Officers Association's Jeff Roorda, Liberty Alliance Executive Director Chris Vas on "defund police" push, China virus, Gov. Parson's margin of victory in November, MONA, more
          P-D:  Some local scientists say President Trump's order limiting foreign workers will hurt their labs
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Violent crime measure awaits governor's approval
          P-D:  Gov. Parson won't appeal ruling favoring abortion provider
          AP:  Courts in Missouri, other states straining to balance public health with public access
          KC Star:  Missourians collecting unemployment checks will have to start looking for work next week - and are some are unhappy about it
          Missourinet:  Doctor's credentials reportedly stolen, used to help 600 Missouri patients get medical marijuana cards
          P-D:  Hundreds of protesters march to St. Louis mayor's home, demand she resign
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters remove barricade, swarm Mayor Lyda Krewson's front lawn and porch;  Neighbor couple prepared to defend their home with guns;  more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rioting, looting lead to massive increase in gun sales nationwide;  Local shop sees recent increase in foot traffic and sales
          AP:  Catholic officials defend statue of St. Louis' namesake
          KWMU:  Catholic Church opposes activists' call to remove iconic statue
          SNL:  Dueling demonstrations supporting, opposing police meet on Central Park Square
          Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update
          SE Missourian:  "Black Trans Lives Matter" rally draws 30
          SE Missourian editorial:  Want to vote absentee because of COVID? Here are your options.
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must stop trying to kill Obamacare during pandemic
          P-D editorial:  The virus and unemployment make Obamacare crucial. Hawley and the GOP still want it dead.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  When it comes to video of Trump-supporting cop, a video isn't worth a thousand words
          KC Star editorial:  Take down Andrew Jackson statues. But don't let vandals decide which KC monuments must go.
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wonders how Black Lives Matter protesters feel about having babies "vacuumed to death" by abortion
          P-D letter:  Man who chooses to live in Illinois wants Charles Lindbergh's name gone from Missouri
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        Sunday, June 28, 2020
       
CDT:  Rising COVID counts challenge Missouri
          P-D:  St. Louis hospitalizations continue slow decline
          SNL:  Tyson says 371 test positive for COVID at Noel facility
          AP:  Tyson Foods:  371 test positive for China virus at Missouri plant
          KC Star:  Branson sees one-day spike in China virus cases
          AP:  In Missouri and other states, virus visitor bans renew interest in nursing home cameras
          Missourinet:  Historic rural municipal band recognized by Missouri lawmakers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Police debate enters the schools;  ACLU-Missouri wants school resource officers out
          CDT:  Columbia move on school resource officers aids activists' aims
          JCNT:  Law enforcement standards commission looks to listening sessions
          P-D:  At least 11 people wounded, one killed in multiple shootings in St. Louis City;  No protests or riots planned in response
          P-D:  Christians assaulted at King Louis IX statue in Forest Park
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Christians pray peacefully at King Louis IX statue;  Black Lives Matter protesters assault white males with punches, paint
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Florissant
          P-D:  In-depth:  White flight and the decline of Florissant
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter protest at Dixie Outfitters
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter holds "Freedom Walk"
          KC Star President and Editor Mike Fannin:  KCUR, Star to team up on "The Next Normal" co-branded China virus coverage
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        Saturday, June 27, 2020
       
Brownfield Ag News:  U.S.-China Heartland Association Chair Bob Holden says lack of trust and respect exists on both sides
          KWMU:  New commander is no stranger to Fort Leonard Wood
          CDT:  Telethon Man:  Former Missouri Democratic campaign strategist Sean Spence turns pandemic into fundraising business for non-profits
          SE Missourian:  County's jobless claims dip;  3 times higher than 2019
          SE Missourian:  Overdoses, drug deaths spike in southeast Missouri
          KC Star:  Data shows decreasing hospitalizations in Missouri for China virus
          KWMU:  Missouri's China virus death tally reaches 1,000
          P-D:  St. Louis regional task force ramps up China virus briefings
          KC Star:  You are required to wear a mask to go out in Kansas City. Here's what the mayor's order says.
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol makeover expected to finish later this year
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri "clean energy" companies face high unemployment rates
          JCNT:  Utilities reinstituting shutoff policies
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau Confederate monument defaced, repaired Friday;  "BALCK [sic] LIVES MATTER" removed
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Krewson shares names, addresses of those calling for police defunding;  Chesterfield demonstration draws 35
          KWMU:  During regular COVID-19 update, Mayor Lyda Krewson shares public information regarding calls to defund police;  ACLU-Missouri calls action "shocking and misguided"
          SNL:  Protest promo:  Black Lives Matter demonstration today at Dixie Outfitters
          KC Star editorial:  As of Monday, masks mandatory in KC. As of this minute, we all need to wear one.
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        Friday, June 26, 2020
       
Washington Free Beacon:  Nicole Galloway silent after top adviser Patrick Lynn calls Gov. Mike Parson "illiterate hillbilly"
          KC Star:  Federal agency furloughs will likely have a significant impact in Kansas City
          JCNT:  Progress being made on Missouri River levee repairs
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, other lawmakers seek way forward on police legislation
          JCNT:  Blunt shares outlook on pandemic, emergency aid
          The Missouri Times:  CDC begins testing in Missouri after coronavirus outbreak
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Hospital Association to replace daily report with weekly report
          SE Missourian:  Eight new coronavirus cases reported in region Thursday
          KC Star:  KC metro tops 200 new China virus cases Thursday
          CDT:  University of Missouri hospital sees largest caseload:  14 patients
          P-D:  Spike in China virus cases reported Thursday due to delay in release of testing results
          Missourinet:  MoDOT Director Pat McKenna pleased with progress of Missouri's $350 million bridge bonding plan
          Missourinet:  Pandemic has had nearly $100 million impact on MoDOT
          JCNT:  Missouri to lessen link between school attendance, finances
          Missourinet:  Missouri schools get to decide whether to require masks, shift class size
          KWMU:  Missouri DED, AG Eric Schmitt encourage those buying masks to vet sellers and report price-gouging
          KWMU:  Medical marijuana won't be available in Missouri until late summer at the earliest
          AP:  St. Louis City abortion clinic gets license
          KWMU:  St. Louis Planned Parenthood regains abortion license after year-long battle
          The Missouri Times:  SB 600, Missouri's newest crime bill:  What supporters and detractors say
          The Missouri Times:  "Next Steps" legislative preview series:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) lobbies for foster care resources for her district
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Creve Coeur demonstration draws 30
          Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update:  March to Stephens Lake Park draws 60
          Joplin Globe editorial:  "Hip, Hip, Hooray!" to Sen. Blunt for securing vital parks and trails funding
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity-Missouri's Jeremy Cady and American Conservative Union:  New mandatory minimums will not cure Missouri's gang problems
          Joplin Globe letter:  American Cancer Society local employee Michelle Zimmerman:  Vote yes on Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Former St. Peters Police Chief Ronald Neubauer questions ACLU-Missouri goals after call to remove officers from schools
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        Thursday, June 25, 2020
       
KC Star:  U.S. House Democrats unveil bill meant to encourage Missouri to expand Medicaid
          KC Star:  Ex-KC area Planned Parenthood CEO exits after complaints of abusive behavior, racism
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri health centers receive federal funding for telehealth services during COVID-19
          P-D:  Virus figures in St. Louis region trend upward, but officials say overall trend promising
          KC Star:  As testing expands, KC sees new high in positive China virus cases
          CDT:  Missouri Hospital Association to move away from daily COVID-19 reports;  Comments from MHA's Dave Dillon, DHSS' Randall Williams
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          AP:  Missouri Democratic Party calls on Gov. Parson to apologize, says comments on China virus are "callous" and "deeply offensive"
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic longshots form "To Empower All Missourians" rural campaign;  Candidates filling November ballot slots versus Hartzler, Luetkemeyer, Long, Eric Schmitt say they'll "flip Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Raychel Proudie is on a mission to clean up Kinloch - and she's just getting started
          KWMU:   Missouri DSS promotes P-EBT handouts across multiple channels
          AP:  Violent crime bill draws praise, criticism
          P-D:  As state workers go remote, Missouri officials look to save on office leases
          Missourinet:  MoDOT:  110 pedestrians were killed in Missouri in 2019
          JCNT:  DOR seeks to cut customers' wait in lines
          P-D:  Motorists face mega lines at St. Louis area DMVs
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Kids Count report says child well-being ranking declines in Missouri
          P-D:  In reversal, Missouri Gaming Commission allows one landlord for area casinos
          The Missouri Times:  PSC tackles utility losses stemming from coronavirus
          JCNT:  DHSS, Missouri Department of Conservation educate residents about ticks and mosquitos
          P-D:  Census estimates show St. Louis City population decline led by loss of black residents, while white population remains largely unchanged
          SNL:  Dept. of Conservation encourages Missourians to report black bear sightings
          KSDK:  St. Louis woman drives into police officer directing traffic;  When captured, Akista Merrit hit another officer with brick
          KWMU:  Two Florissant police officers won't be charged after riding in car that hit fleeing fugitive
          P-D:  Daily protest update
          Joplin Globe editorial:  COVID-19 tests free for Missouri residents
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson must stop throwing caution to the wind and start wearing a mask
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson passes the buck again as COVID-19 cases surge
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State Fair update deemed good news by many Missourians
          SNL's Larry Campbell:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-Richmond Heights) wrong about kindergarten start age
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says that by supporting President Trump, Sens. Blunt and Hawley are responsible for China virus deaths
          Columbia Missourian letter:  William Woods English prof unhappy with Vicky Hartzler's praise for law enforcement
          P-D letter:  Dittmer septuagenarian criticizes Gov. Parson, wonders why Nicole Galloway is silent
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        Wednesday, June 24, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson press briefing and Q&A:  This is not a surge of COVID-19, and we will not slow testing
          The Missouri Times:  'No intention of closing Missouri,' Gov. Parson says
          JCNT:  COVID spike not a surge, governor says
          AP:  Gov. Parson says rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases is due to increased testing
          P-D:  Missouri forges ahead with more coronavirus testing
          SE Missourian:  Several counties report zero new coronavirus cases Tuesday
          CDT:  DHSS Director Randall Williams:  Missouri remains in good shape with adequate hospital beds and low rate of spread
          Missourinet:  $2 billion in unemployment claims paid in Missouri during pandemic;  work search requirement to resume July 5
          Missourinet:  Missouri nursing homes to get $90 million in promised relief
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Positive coronavirus cases among Missouri prisoners, staff
          KWMU:  Blunt, Hawley, Clay praise federal jobs moving from North St. Louis City to downtown
          AP:  1,000 government workers moving to downtown St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sending absentee voting case back to Cole County Circuit Court
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jason Rosenbaum talks with Elad Gross, candidate to fill Democratic ballot slot for AG Eric Schmitt's November election
          SE Missourian:  Southeast's budget realities - less state money, fewer students
          KWMU:  Coronavirus led to an uptick in hunting, but the increase may not last
          P-D:  Blacks in Missouri die at higher homicide rate than any other state, study finds;  No protests or riots scheduled in response
          Poynter:  Post-Dispatch's Gilbert Bailon says paper will stop posting monthly mugshot gallery
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Protesters block traffic, vandalize street;  Protester shoots himself in the foot
          KWMU:  Daily protest update
          KC Star:  Activists attend Branson city meeting, complain about Dixie Outfitters
          SNL:  Dixie Outfitters expresses gratitude to supporters:  "We especially appreciate the group prayer for our country."
          SE Missourian:  Panel votes to recommend immediate removal of Cape's Confederate marker
          KWMU:  BeenVerified report says Missouri is removing Confederate statues at fifth-highest rate in the country
          KC Star editorial:  KC Star and FOX4 TV teaming up for new '4Star Politics' digital program
          JCNT editorial:  ACLU of Missouri wrong to push schools to remove resource officers
          KC Star's Matthew Kelly:  Gov. Parson rejects his personal responsibility for COVID-19 increase in Missouri
          SNL's Katie Kull:  People in southwest Missouri are fired up and ready to demonstrate:  7 local events planned for this weekend
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Holly Rehder:  Antifa wants to defund police;  we cannot let that happen
          Priddy:  On renaming KC's J.C. Nichols Parkway and Mizzou's refusal to bow on Thomas Jefferson
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County octogenarian says obesity is deadlier threat than coronavirus, points to paper's weekly promotion of artery-clogging food
          P-D letter:  Washington sexagenarian criticizes Missouri Farm Bureau for standing with pig farmers
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        Tuesday, June 23, 2020
       
SE Missourian:  Lloyd Smith salutes Bill Emerson at his SEMO Regents swearing-in
          KC Star:  Off-duty St. Joe police officer, caught wearing Trump 2020 hat and cross necklace, used swear words moments after his truck was damaged in car accident
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video involving St. Joe officer goes viral;  Reddit headline takes aim at "Trump supporting police officer"
          KWMU:  New hospital being built at Fort Leonard Wood to better serve soldiers and families
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap:  Trump's margin in Missouri, Gov. Parson's election, coronavirus, much more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jason Rosenbaum talks with Rich Finneran, candidate to fill Democratic ballot slot for AG Eric Schmitt's November election
          Columbia Missourian:  Democrats and Republicans follow state law, receive campaign support from PACs
          SE Missourian:  Missouri's motor fuel tax receipts drop significantly
          P-D:  No hugs, but plenty of smiles and laughter at nursing home curbside visits
          JCNT:  MO DHSS, Missouri National Guard bring free COVID-19 testing to Cole County
          SNL:  Spike in southwest Missouri COVID-19 cases follows 'large-scale' testing at Tyson plant
          P-D:  Missouri's disease-tracking system EpiTrax cost $36,000 - including four to six weeks of installation work
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri historical preservation group takes on 'places in peril'
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Event promo:  Crime Victim Center Trivia Night
          P-D:  Black lawmakers want Gov. Parson to call special session on police restrictions
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Supreme Court ruling extends LGBTQIA* rights to Missouri
          Phill Brooks:  Remembering Harriett Woods, a pioneering woman legislator
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        Monday, June 22, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks with Scott Faughn about President Trump's re-election, Gov. Parson's election, media double standards on China virus spread, more;  Dem Reps. Tracy McCreery and Rasheed Aldridge, St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway, Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker talk China virus, "defund the police" demands, SCOTUS LGBTQIA* ruling, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri partnership provides telemedicine at no cost to some Medicaid users
          Missourinet:  Lake of the Ozarks company gets big sales boost since state reopened, crowded pool parties in the news
          AP:  Missouri reports increase in China virus numbers
          KWMU:  Courthouse doors in Missouri slowly swing open as China virus restrictions ease
          P-D:  School's in for the summer at a few outlying districts in the St. Louis region
          KC Star:  District's China virus plan shows how KC will go back to school
          KWMU:  Minority businesses deal with devastation of pandemic, then looting
          SE Missourian:  Black Lives Matter protest participation plummets;  Organizer says dwindling crowd has led to more aggressive pushback
          P-D:  Daily protest update
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Police protect protesters, drivers from vandals on Lindbergh Boulevard
          KWMU:  Daily protest update
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Black Lives Matter, counter-protesters rally outside Dixie Outfitters
          KC Star:  Black Lives Matter protests outside Branson business
          SNL:  Some area black veterans complain about military base names
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Blunt, Hawley wrong about honors for Confederate military leaders
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian wonders where politically correct crowd will end their renaming demands
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        Sunday, June 21, 2020   Happy Father's Day!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wants beef to be part of any trade agreement with U.K.
          Washington Missourian:  State Fair to go on;  Livestock shows get green light, other activities pending
          Mexico Ledger:  Testing finds 14 China virus cases in state women's prison in Vandalia
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Changes to Missouri duck hunting season proposed
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  St. Louis City
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Florissant
          KWMU:  Daily protest update
          SNL:  Profiles:  Four local race activists air grievances with United States:  Millennial and three seasoned citizens complain about Cleaner Missouri, "microaggressions," other insurmountable injustices
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Utopian "defund police" fantasy would come with a cost
          SNL's "The Answer Man" column:  Austin Huguelet pinch-hits for Steve Pokin:  What's going on with the waits at local license offices?
          McClellan:  Thoughts on whitewashing history and renaming statues
          SNL letters:  Bois D'Arc woman opposes killing black bears;  Willard septuagenarian wants state to do away with "silly notarization requirement," urges readers to contact their "state senator and their state delegate"
          P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian criticizes Missouri Republicans for ballot security, says voters should be able to cast ballots via "smartphone or something"
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man wonders where statue-removing brigade will draw the line
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        Saturday, June 20, 2020
       
SE Misssourian:  Missouri military facilities, named after heroes, unlikely to be targeted amid race hysteria
          Missourinet:  U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper tells re-enlisting Fort Leonard Wood soldiers they are heroes
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson names 2 to Peace Officer Standards and Training board:  A look at what it is
          SNL:  DHSS:  600 medical marijuana patient cards were signed off by someone pretending to be a doctor
          The Missouri Times:  600 medical marijuana licenses invalid following doctor 'impersonation'
          P-D:  Federal report:  Missouri's nursing home deaths due to China virus top 300
          Missourinet:  Three Missouri prisons to reopen to visitors next week - with some restrictions
          Missourinet:  State prison in Bonne Terre reports 21 COVID-19 cases
          SE Missourian:  29 new coronavirus cases reported in region Friday
          KC Star:  Kansas City metro sees nearly 200 new China virus cases reported Friday
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among prison inmates, staff
          KWMU:  St. Louis metro region passes 1,000-death milestone from China virus
          SE Missourian:  SEMO Regents meet Monday, expect painful cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri colleges point to need for reliable Internet access across the state during pandemic
          Joplin Globe:  Ticks remain a problem as people hit outdoors;  Missouri Department of Conservation offers tips to repel blood-sucking parasites
          KWMU:  Daily protest update:  Group paints on road, posts handbills regarding demands:  "Defund the police," "Decriminalize sex work," "Hold transphobic reporting accountable," etc.
          P-D:  Daily protest update
          KC Star:  Daily protest update
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter protest Sunday in Branson to start at Dixie Outfitters
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's leaders have long refused to expand Medicaid. Voters should mandate it.
          P-D editorial:  Missouri, as usual, stands alone as the only state refusing to address opioids
          P-D editorial:  A national ban on chokeholds is needed, but Missouri should start now
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  Governor's report highlights COVID risk in southeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau study finds broad COVID-19 impacts
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultant:  My harrowing experience applying for the Missouri unemployment benefits I deserve:  Waiting on hold, hearing pre-recorded messages, other injustices
          KC Star op-ed:  William Jewell College Psychological Science Chair Keli Braitman:  Gov. Parson, don't repeal Missouri's motorcycle helmet law
          SNL Editor-in-Chief Amos Bridges:  Response to Springfield Police Officers Association union over News-Leader's headline choice
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        Friday, June 19, 2020   Juneteenth
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley introduces measure for tech company accountability
          Missourinet:  Blunt repeats calls for U.S. Justice Department to restore federal police reviews
          SNL:  Blunt, Hawley share thoughts on Dems' statue and base-renaming pushes;  Hawley says military should not bend knee to "woke mob"
          SNL:  Young illegals breathe sigh of relief over DACA ruling;  Comments from Hawley, Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford
          KWMU:  Illegal alien marks 1,000 days holed up in Maplewood:  "It sucks."
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood to get a new commander
          Seeking Alpha:  Lee Enterprises CEO Kevin Mowbray earnings call transcript:  Overall revenue decrease, subscription revenue decrease, advertising revenue decrease (registration required)
          P-D:  Video:  Post-Dispatch Publisher Ian Caso announces launch of new subscription-plea campaign:  "Truth is, we need more subscribers."
          AP:  Opponents of Cleaner Missouri say plan would allow gerrymandering
          SE Missourian:  Holly Rehder, Kathy Swan tout accomplishments, plans before SEMO Pachyderm Club
          AP:  Missouri's jobless rate down slightly in May but still high
          Missourinet:  Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn:  2020 Missouri State Fair to continue with everything but concerts
          JCNT:  Missouri State Fair won't feature concerts in 2020
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri will hold state fair despite China virus pandemic
          P-D:  As other states cancel fairs, new China virus numbers aren't derailing Missouri plans
          Missourinet:  Low-income Missourians struggling with cooling bills during pandemic now have more options
          Missourinet:  Missouri Development Finance Board helping some struggling Convention and Visitors Bureaus
          SE Missourian:  Cape nursing homes begin allowing limited visits
          Missourinet:  Visitors and campers flock to Missouri State Parks during COVID-19
          SE Missourian:  DHSS data shows southeast Missouri perhaps most at-risk for new coronavirus spread
          Joplin Globe:  Health department interpreters get China virus message out to residents who choose to not learn English
          P-D:  SEIU rally draws a dozen;  Union demands hazard pay for China virus, etc.
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers to hear detailed report about tax credits, which now total $551 million
          Joplin Globe:  MSSU to wait for governor's cuts before setting budget
          SNL:  Podcast lets listeners experience Missouri's great outdoors
          KWMU:  ACLU wants police officers out of Missouri's schools
          KC Star:  KC won't prosecute some demonstrators from George Floyd protests
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur resident wonders why protesters who jammed streets claim to be "terrified" of voting-booth safety
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        Thursday, June 18, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Gov. Parson requests federal disaster declaration for 19 Missouri counties damaged by May storms
          SNL:  Two local China virus victims attended George Floyd "candlelight vigil" on June 7
          SNL, 6/8:  Candlelight vigil's packed protest crowd shouts catchphrases, bellows Broadway show tune
          P-D:  Families can start outdoor visits with loved ones at some Missouri nursing homes, state officials say
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among Missouri prisoners, staff
          P-D:  While other states grapple with outbreaks, most of Missouri's correctional facilities have not seen large numbers of cases
          CDT:  Testing finds 11 COVID-19 cases in state women's prison in Vandalia
          KC Star:  Missouri's China virus death rate is more than double Kansas', and doctors aren't sure why
          P-D:  After serving 28 patients, Missouri's emergency overflow hospital is empty
          P-D:  St. Louis charter schools under scrutiny for federal coronavirus relief funds and state audit
          JCNT:  Struggling private bus company employees feel left behind by federal aid
          KC Star:  KC offers millions to combat Kansas' offer to poach company
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds CAFO permit
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of large swine farm
          The Missouri Times:  2 medical marijuana companies approved to open in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Cape County greenhouse growing legal marijuana
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators to talk merging president, chancellor roles
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC considers budget, approves remote meetings
          SNL:  Galloway to investigate 'missing money' in the city of Forsyth
          Washington Missourian:  'We should have a lot of pride in our state';  New book features timeline of events in Missouri's 200 years
          AP:  3 killings in 6-hour period in St. Louis City;  No protests planned or riots reported in response
          P-D:  Protesters celebrate dismissal of rioting charges
          KC Star:  KC activist group doesn't want 'miniscule' J.C. Nichols Parkway renamed for MLK
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri Chamber's endorsement of Medicaid expansion is welcome
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Despite nationwide agitation over race issues, Missouri GOP Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer's crime bill still merits support
          P-D editorial:  With environmental ruling, the GOP's sellout of rural Missouri is complete.
          KC Star editorial:  After months of red tape, Missouri veterans still can't get their unemployment benefits
          KC Star editorial:  Undercutting UMKC:  Elevating Mun Choi to both president and MU chancellor could do real damage
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  Racism and prejudice may not be systemic, but it's there at the fringes
          SE Missourian op-ed:   Sen. Josh Hawley:  Protecting Americans and the American way
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Eric Greitens getting back into politics, will probably run for governor
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wants Gov. Parson to apologize for slavery
          P-D letter:  Olivette septuagenarian thinks signing a petition will change police and judicial systems
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        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
       
KCUR's Up to Date with Steve Kraske:  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Esther George says the road to economic recovery is a long one
          Politico:  Hawley on LGBTQIA* ruling:  "This body is terrified of being held accountable for anything on subject"
          KCUR's Up to Date with Steve Kraske:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), PROMO's Stephen Eisele talk Supreme Court ruling and Missouri laws
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson:  'Numerous projects' still in the works following last year's international trade mission
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  250 new jobs coming to small town near Bolivar
          KC Star:  Nearly a year after border truce, Kansas City firm wants millions to hop state line
          JCNT:  Missouri state departments to continue precautions for workers, public
          P-D:  With Missouri government departments taking safety precautions, Gov. Parson says state 'fully open'
          The Missouri Times:  CARES Act funding to organizations made easier by Missouri Housing Development Commission
          The Missouri Times:  Home energy assistance, SNAP changes coming
          Missourinet:  Missouri set to restart food stamp recertification checks on July 1
          JCNT:  Stop-gap jobless benefits expiring
          Missourinet:  Effort requirement returns next month for those collecting unemployment checks
          P-D:  Plan to help cash-strapped small Missouri cities postponed as some question whether it's generous enough
          Missourinet:  Vote delayed on proposed loan program for Missouri cities struggling during coronavirus
          KWMU:  DHSS issues guidelines on nursing home visits
          KCUR:  Longer days, shorter semesters:  How China virus will change campus life at Missouri colleges
          Scott Faughn:  When it comes to COVID-19, choose science or political science;  Plus additional thoughts on Missouri's Medicaid expansion campaign
          KCUR:  NAACP, League of Women voters appeal to Missouri Supreme Court after lawsuit against Republicans was dismissed
          P-D:  Daily protest update
          P-D:  Columbus statue taken down in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City
          KMOX:  Shouting erupts over removal of Christopher Columbus statue in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Christopher Columbus statue quietly, officially removed from Tower Grove Park
          KWMU:  How-to guide:  Attending protests in the age of China virus
          P-D editorial:  Lack of transparency with pandemic relief funds is unacceptable.
          KC Star editorial:  'We're in a second wave' of COVID-19 in Kansas City. To save lives, masks are a must.
          P-D editorial:  Missouri government takes time out from multiple crises to target the majestic black bear
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills sexagenarian says Josh Hawley wrong on Civil War references
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        Tuesday, June 16, 2020
       
Politico:  Josh Hawley readying broadside against big tech's ad business, legal shield
          SNL:  U.S. Attorney:  12 indicted for running area heroin and fentanyl ring:  Rufus H. "Shorty" Jones, Darryl "D" Turner, Elmer "Duck" Freeman, Tia Melton, others
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri is prepared and ready to open for business today
          The Missouri Times:  From prisons to nursing homes, here are new visitation guidelines as Missouri reopens
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among prison inmates, staff
          Missourinet:  DHSS offers new guidance for nursing home visits
          P-D:  St. Charles County lifting virus restrictions today, following governor's statewide plan
          P-D:  Task force:  Blacks four times more likely to test positive for China virus in St. Louis region
          P-D:  Missouri's coronavirus caseload becoming more rural
          SNL:  10 new China virus cases in Taney, Christian counties
          SNL:  Starting next month, Missouri's unemployed will again be required to show job-search effort
          P-D:  Missourians collecting unemployment check must begin putting in effort to find jobs next month
          Missourinet:  Two casinos to cut nearly 800 St. Louis area jobs
          SNL:  St. Louis-area marijuana business says its growing operation, first in Missouri, is open
          Missourinet:  State Supreme Court hears lawsuit about expanded absentee voting this year
          KWMU:  ACLU chapter calls Supreme Court ruling a victory for gays and transgenders
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court ruling reaction:  Statements from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), Nicole Galloway, Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis City)
          SNL:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) reacts to Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQIA* protections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri updates wild turkey management plan
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Protesters travel to St. Charles County, yell outside office of St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar
          KWMU:  Area Muslims organizing "Black Lives Matter" march for Saturday
          KC Star editorial:  Supreme Court's Neil Gorsuch pulled Missouri into this century on LGBTQIA* rights
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Wash U. School of Social Work professor Michal Grinstein-Weiss:  Missouri Medicaid expansion is a 'no-brainer' during China virus pandemic
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sarah Oerther:  Police rely on partners to stop human trafficking in Missouri and around the country
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Protester profiles:  Three area activists critique white people, "systemic racism," etc.
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City sexagenarian says honor awared to Blunt for championing patient access is "phony"
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        Monday, June 15, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Audio:  Nicole Galloway's speech to Missouri Democratic Party state convention
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jackson County Executive Frank White talks George Floyd, coronavirus, more;  Panel of Sen. John Rizzo (D-Independence), Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) on infeasibility of "defund the police," status of coronavirus and impact of high-density protests, election outlook for President Trump and Gov. Parson, more
          SNL:  Springfield health officials watch for China virus infections, encourage testing following protests
          Missourinet:  Missouri could launch a loan program to help some small cities struggling from coronavirus
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph) set to retire from the Missouri House
          JCNT:  Former state fire marshal Bill Farr received inspiration for public service in U.S. Army
          SNL:  Daily protest update
          Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Peaceful protests drawing dwindling numbers
          P-D:  Daily protest update
          KWMU:  Weekend protest update
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Ferguson Mayor James Knowles reflects on legacy, race conflicts, unfairness of other municipalities being let "off the hook," more
          P-D editorial:  Sen. Blunt correct about consent decrees, but not as a substitute for needed legislation
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Positive change won't be fueled by defunding the police
          Messenger:  'Defund the Police' is about reimagining public safety, not dystopian lawlessness
          P-D letter:  Wentzville septuagenarian upset tax dollars used to send Missouri National Guard to D.C. for riot duty
          P-D letter:  Affton man responds to Tony Messenger column, says Michael Brown was a criminal and not a victim
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man begs Post-Dispatch to stop printing mugshots, which "advertise the inherent biases in our system"
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        Sunday, June 14, 2020   Flag Day
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Census count helped by Internet responses
          SNL:  Here are the social distancing rules taking effect Tuesday:  State, city, county
          KC Star:  KC area confirms 98 new China virus cases
          P-D:  Coronavirus cases tick up locally
          SE Missourian:  Cape County reports four new coronavirus cases
          KC Star:  Missouri's new plan to attack rising COVID numbers in nursing homes:  test everyone, test often
          P-D:  China virus deaths draw focus on nursing home industry's campaign donations to candidates of both parties
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T researchers study how energy customers decide to use solar;  Renew Missouri's James Owens says report will have minimal impact
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  City of Moberly encourages residents to check out Missouri DNR's annual drinking water report
          P-D:  Fires started at old Jamestown Mall in North St. Louis County;  Firefighters investigating "large piles of furniture" set ablaze
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Traffic disruptions in Ferguson, elsewhere
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  Heavily-tattooed Caucasoid woman confronts man stuck in protest traffic;  More
          CDT:  Daily protest update:  Traffic disruption on streets, busy intersection
          JCNT editorial:  On Flag Day, let's celebrate our unity as Americans
          P-D editorial:  Blunt right, Hawley wrong regarding Confederate names on military bases
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Lots of grants announcements make for a good week in Joplin;  MO DNR, Missouri American Water and others help some of the most vulnerable area residents
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou College Republican Dalton Archer says GOP needs to start championing clean energy
          P-D letter:  Clayton man says notary requirement for mail-in ballot is too onerous for Missouri voters
          KC Star letter:  Raytown octogenarian says Missouri Legislature "dropped the ball" by not approving sports betting
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        Saturday, June 13, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Stacey Abrams speaks to Missouri Dems, takes aim at Gov. Parson and Jay Ashcroft
          SE Missourian:  Mail-in voting surge expected in Cape Girardeau County;  Thoughts from County Clerk Kara Clark Summers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber backs Medicaid expansion effort
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber backs Medicaid expansion
          SE Missourian:  State Senate candidates Holly Rehder, Kathy Swan to speak at Thursday's SEMO Pachyderm meeting
          Washington Missourian:  Gov. Parson announces he will completely reopen state beginning Tuesday
          KWMU:  St. Louis region, Missouri see uptick in Wuhan virus cases as restrictions begin to ease
          P-D:  More restrictions to be lifted in region
          KC Star:  New China virus cases rise by more than 100 in KC metro for third consecutive day
          P-D:  No Whiteman airmen at Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19, base says
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Traffic disruptions, yelling in University City and along Lindbergh Blvd.
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  "All cops are bastards," "Defund the police," other efficacious messages
          CDT:  Daily protest update
          Columbia Missourian:  MU defends presence of Thomas Jefferson statue
          CDT:  University of Missouri won't bow to pressure over Founding Father's statue
          SNL:  Petition:  Remove Confederate monument in Springfield National Cemetery
          SE Missourian editorial:  Flag Day and a reminder of why we stand
          P-D editorial:  Sharp state budget cuts are on the way. Missouri Republicans should have raised taxes.
          Washington Missourian Interim Publisher Tricia Miller:  In light of hurt feelings over editorial cartoon, we are forming a racially-diverse Community Engagement Board
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        Friday, June 12, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley opposes proposal from Elizabeth Warren to erase Confederate names from military bases
          SNL:  Hawley opposes measure to whitewash Confederate names from bases
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's Thursday press briefing and Q&A:  Missouri is fully open, and State Fair will go on
          The Missouri Times:  'Open for business':  Missouri moves to reopen while COVID-19 is 'still out there'
          SNL:  Gov. Parson lifts statewide COVID-19 restrictions, leaving rules to local officials
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson to drop all of state's coronavirus restrictions next week
          P-D:  Gov. Parson to lift China virus restrictions, but Missouri will remain under state of emergency
          Missourinet:  Missouri sees record PPE shipment, including 77,000 surgical masks
          The Missouri Times:  A look at the 10 executive orders on coronavirus Gov. Parson has signed
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's response to coronavirus:  A timeline
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Fair 'will go on' - at least some version of the annual event
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri State Fair will happen in August, likely without concerts
          Missourinet:  Kansas woman becomes second Lake of the Ozarks partier to test positive for coronavirus
          P-D:  Kansas reports coronavirus case potentially linked to Lake of the Ozarks party
          KC Star:  Kansas health officials report China virus case from woman who attended Lake of the Ozarks parties
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County reports 10 new positive cases of China virus
          SE Missourian:  Sewer water could help track coronavirus in Cape Girardeau
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medicaid expansion campaign makes stop at Mosaic Life Care
          KCUR:  Missouri State Board of Education pressures MU to step up oversight of struggling charter schools
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau public schools earn Missouri School Boards' Association's 2020 Governance Team Award
          FOX 2 St. Louis:  Missouri Department of Conservation's 36-year-old turtle "Peanut" undergoes successful surgery to fix life-threatening condition
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  "Black Trans Lives Matter" march in Tower Grove demands decriminalization of prostitution, holds "vogue dance competition"
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Black Lives Matter march draws twenty (20) in Arnold
          KC Star:  KC officers stopped at spot to eat before protest - and told they were not welcome in their uniforms
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  Facebook fraud leads to attacks on local United Way, innocent woman;  Keyboard warriors threaten to "f-ck and burn" woman in defense of George Floyd
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  San Francisco dicamba ruling ignores impact on Missouri's farm economy
          P-D letter:  New Haven octogenarian wants mail-in option for all elections, calls Gov. Parson, Jay Ashcroft and Eric Schmitt "Trump's minions"
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarians "appalled" by Gov. Parson's position on coronavirus safeguards at polls
          P-D letter:  Troy man criticizes "progressive buzzwords" in article about minority health caterwauling, says reporter should have used "overweight and out of shape"
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        Thursday, June 11, 2020
       
SNL:  Stacey Abrams to speak at virtual Missouri Dems convention;  National heavyweight to kick off weekend event
          SNL:  NRA announces annual meeting will be held in Springfield in September
          Missourinet:  Group wants feds to consider innovative anti-flooding projects, including in Missouri
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Yinka Faleti talks with Jason Rosenbaum about filling the Democratic ballot slot for Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's re-election
          SNL:  Eric Greitens files routine paperwork to maintain campaign committee's "active" status
          Missourinet:  Missouri motorcycle helmet legislation is still under review
          P-D:  Missouri's 'safety net' hospitals to receive $240 million in federal relief funds
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Transportation cutting employee pay
          Missourinet:  Missouri Enterprise's directory showcases state's protective equipment makers
          KWMU:  St. Louis area residents can now get coronavirus tests for free, even if they don't feel sick
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Missouri says 102 mental health workers and 51 patients - out of 9,000 total - have tested positive for coronavirus
          SNL:  For security, one Springfield store takes "no masks allowed" stance
          The Missouri Times:  From attendance focus to special session, DESE prepares for continued COVID-19 fallout
          The Missouri Times:  DESE extends charter school sponsorships at 2 schools after evaluations
          Missourinet:  Missouri jury trials will look a little different during pandemic
          P-D:  Franklin County newspaper publisher steps down after apologizing for cartoon;  Syndicated columnist Tom Siglich says commentary on defund-police movement "was based solely on violent crime numbers here in the U.S."
          KWMU:  Daily protest update:  Protesters again gather outside the home of Florissant Mayor Tim Lowery to yell, block traffic
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Disruptions continue in Florissant
          AP:  Officer fired after hurting suspect's ankle;  Suspects were in possession of drugs, were resisting arrest
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri NAACP hopes George Floyd momentum will resuscitate case of Tennessee man who died in Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Dicamba ruling marks another Trump Administration letdown for farmers
          KC Star editorial:  J.C. Nichols was a racist. Kansas City shouldn't honor him with a fountain or a parkway.
          P-D op-ed:  William Cooper:  Trump's Hawley-inspired executive order
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Eddy Justice:  Support our police, even as we attempt to improve policing
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  I apologize for running nationally-syndicated cartoon that hurt people's feelings
          P-D letter:  Consumers Council of Missouri's John Coffman wants Gov. Parson to veto utility legislation
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        Wednesday, June 10, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's Tuesday press briefing and Q&A:  dramatic increase in coronavirus testing in Missouri, reaction to anti-police rhetoric, more
          KC Star:  Key metrics show new cases, positive rate declining in Missouri
          P-D:  Gov. Parson appears poised to lift coronavirus restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Columbia Missourian:  State health director applauds Boone County's COVID-19 response
          KMIZ:  New coronavirus cases reported in Callaway County
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt says lessons learned from Ferguson in 2014 could be useful in changing police department policies
          P-D:  Gov. Parson, AG Eric Schmitt attend visitation for retired police captain killed during St. Louis City rioting;  Career criminal Stephan Cannon, 24, was on probation when he shot David Dorn
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson on 'defund the police' calls:  "Doing away with officers is not an answer"
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson orders flag to fly at half-staff in DeKalb County today to honor sheriff
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects attempt to have Medicaid expansion court case transferred to high court
          AP:  Federal appeals court axes Satanic Temple abortion lawsuit
          JCNT:  State Capitol renovation about 90 percent done
          AP:  Across state legislatures, masks reveal partisan split among lawmakers on coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Missouri works to avoid a K-12 funding decline from coronavirus-inflicted attendance drop
          JCNT:  DESE creates task force to recover learning loss
          AP:  Feds seek $225 million fine for pair who made a billion robocalls across Missouri and other states
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation webcast to educate about wildlife-friendly backyards
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) proposes ban on police "chokeholds"
          KC Star:  Plan moves ahead to block charges against protesters
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  Crowd yells, blocks traffic at busy Florissant intersection
          Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update
          P-D editorial:  Springfield's Great Clips case shows masks really help contain China virus contagion
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should stop police officers fired for misconduct from job-hopping
          Priddy:  Gov. Parson is fighting the good fight, and is our version of Teddy Roosevelt's "The Man in the Arena"
          Phill Brooks:  President Trump, Gov. Parson have similar approach on COVID-19
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Sunshine Coalition's Dennis Ellsworth:  Public has a right to COVID-19 data for long-term care facilities
          KWMU's Chad Davis:  Local freedom fighters risk contracting coronavirus to join protests
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian says expanded mail-in voting "a sham"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman demands Post-Dispatch reduce percentage of comic strips featuring white characters
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        Tuesday, June 9, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer says Missouri could get federal help with depleting unemployment fund
          Missourinet:  Tropical Depression Cristobal expected to bring heavy rain and possible flash flooding to parts of Missouri
          AP:  Cristobal to merge with new storm system after lashing South
          P-D:  Missouri puts brakes on more road construction projects amid pandemic
          SE Missourian:  Local medical marijuana dispensaries anticipate opening this year despite coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          SNL:  Three new local China virus cases reported
          KC Star:  Kansas City metro surpasses 5,000 coronavirus cases, records 200th death
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's motorcoach industry remains parked throughout health crisis
          SNL:  No new COVID-19 cases after Great Clips concerns
          AP:  Greene County Health Department:  No China virus cases from Great Clips
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) talks with Scott Faughn about Gov. Parson expanding absentee voting, more;  St. Louis County Elections Director Rick Stream (R) on absentee voting;  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page gives coronavirus virus updates
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid expansion ballot measure allowed to continue after appeals court ruling
          AP:  Missouri appeals court upholds Medicaid ballot initiative
          Missourinet:  Riot reality:  Luetkemeyer address "defund police" protest theme, says Minnesota governor is "crazy nutjob" and "extreme left-wing liberal"
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Clay weigh in on Democrats' police proposals
          KWMU:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson lifts riot-induced curfew, dismisses calls to defund police department
          KMOV:  Looters sought after stealing 3 cars from St. Louis City dealership
          P-D:  Public defenders perform "die-in" stunt outside federal courthouse
          P-D:  Daily protest update:  St. Louis City, Florissant
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  Protesters gather outside Florissant mayor's home to scream, block traffic;  Signs include "F-ck these racist -ss police," other inspirational messages
          Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update:  Evening march draws 70
          Columbia Missourian:  Vandals steal rims, other items from cars up for veteran's donation
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City should let "peaceful" protesters off the hook and prohibit prosecution
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  My 4 unpopular perspectives as a black woman amid protests:  White people should stop apologizing, worthlessness of "Black Lives Matter" catchphrase, more
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Former state Sen. Marvin Singleton (R-Joplin):  Vote "no" on Cleaner Missouri
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors man wonders why those who chastised Lake of the Ozarks partiers are not howling about protesters
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        Monday, June 8, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Federal grant to make way for 30 temp jobs, train another 70 Missourians
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) talks economic recovery, defense spending, supporting police in face of riot behavior, takes calls live on air
        KC Star:  Health officials report no new deaths, an additional 58 coronavirus cases in KC metro
        SNL:  Analysis:  Missouri's new vote-by-mail law
        P-D:  Fur flies over Missouri proposal to allow hunting of wild black bears
        AP:  St. Louis City police investigate 4 shooting deaths on Sunday;  No rioting or looting in response reported
        P-D:  Charges filed in murder of black retired police captain shot during looting;  Stephan Cannon recently completed five-year probation for felony assault and felony robbery
        P-D:  Daily protest update:  St. Louis City, Florissant, Webster Groves
        KWMU:  Daily protest update
        KC Star:  Daily protest update
        Columbia Missourian:  Daily protest update
        SE Missourian:  Black Lives Matter protest in Perryville
        SNL:  Hate crime alert:  Black woman goes jogging, claims to return to feces on her car and one (1) deflated tire:  "I'm pretty sure (it was a hate crime), with all that's going on."
        SNL's Steve Pokin:  Protesters instigate driver stuck in traffic, get a glimpse of his gun
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        Sunday, June 7, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Major flooding threat remains low;  levee concerns still high
          Washington Missourian:  State aid withholdings to affect East Central College
          JCNT:  Lincoln University, State Tech take another financial hit
          Washington Missourian:  Mercy reverses course on PDMP, will ask for renewal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  As Missouri casinos recover, rogue slots continue to thrive
          Missourinet:  DNR:  Missouri's soil and conservation tax has improved more than five million acres
          KC Star:  While some failed applicants complain, Missouri Medicaid Cannabis Trade Association's Jack Cardetti says state department "has gone out of their way to be open and accessible to all stakeholders"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Department of Agriculture says proceed with dicamba, for now
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation's Free Fishing Days begin
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia protest speakers complain about President Trump, police
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Men without masks congregate around bullhorn;  Androgynous adult without mask gets piggyback ride from man without mask;  more
          P-D:  Arrest data provides demographic information on rioters
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters at Delmar march display "This is AmeriKKKA" sign, defaced American flag, etc.
          KWMU:  Police in riot gear succeed in keeping protesters off I-70 in St. Charles
          P-D:  "Kirkwood Teachers of Color" execute demonstration in Kirkwood
          KC Star:  City Hall protest calls for defunding of police
          KC Star:  "White Coats for Black Lives":  UMKC health care workers and students gather to weep, complain
          SNL:  No violence against police or vandalism reported at Springfield protest
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Photos of crowd members shouting, screaming without China virus masks
          Washington Missourian:  Planned protests will forces city to temporarily close roads
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        Saturday, June 6, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri's general revenue report shows drastic decreases in 1 year span
          SNL:  Missouri health officials tout medical marijuana program's first year in annual report
          SE Missourian:  500 sign up for virus testing in Cape;  DHSS had waiting list for test
          Columbia Missourian:  State extends community COVID-19 testing to 21 counties
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  More than 250 Missouri nursing home residents have died from China virus
          P-D:  More than 300 nursing home residents in St. Louis County have died of China virus, county says
          SE Missourian:  One local COVID-19 case connected to Lake of the Ozarks party
          KC Star:  Attorney:  Missouri teen's video was 'innocent horseplay,' not mockery of George Floyd:  MU suspended incoming freshman after online mob howled
          SE Missourian:  Missouri winning 'war' on feral hogs, officials say
          KFVS:  Black bear spotted in Carter County;  Missouri Department of Conservation asks citizens to report sightings of wild animals
          KWMU:  Friday traffic disruptions:  Black Transgender Lives Matter, "a Soul Train-style dance line," etc.
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  West St. Louis County traffic disruptions:  Police check on obese woman, exhausted by slow march, resting roadside on hindquarters;  More
          KC Star:  Kansas City police block traffic as demonstrators stomp around Country Club Plaza
          KC Star:  Hundreds march to KCPD's East Patrol station as protests continue
          SNL:  Businesses brace for weekend's protest activities, hope for civilized behavior
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NAACP hopes George Floyd hysteria will bring attention to 2017 Missouri case
          KC Star editorial:  Is KC 'better than this'?  Protests must inspire local action to combat racial injustice
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Sen. Josh Hawley, AG Eric Schmitt standing up for Missouri's meat producers and consumers
          SNL op-ed:  Area doctor prescribes absentee voting in Missouri
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri NEA's Andy Slaughter:  In China virus era, Missouri's schools, nurses and first responders face a funding crisis
          Messenger:  WNBA "star" Maya Moore upset AG Eric Schmitt won't support letting Missouri burglar/assailant Jonathan Irons out of prison
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        Friday, June 5, 2020
       
KWMU:  Jill Biden and Hillary Clinton campaign virtually in Missouri for Joe Biden
          SNL:  300 Missouri National Guard members headed to D.C. amid riots
          P-D:  Family, police officers gather to remember black retired police captain killed in St. Louis City looting
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters disrupt traffic on major area roads:  Large woman rides atop small moving car whilst holding upside-down American flag, more
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters scream at National Guard, police officers
          KWMU:  Protesters block traffic in Richmond Heights
          KC Star:  Protest scheduled for today in Kansas City
          KC Star:  As protests continue, Kansas City mayor unveils new police oversight measures
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Clay and Cleaver push for U.S. Attorney William Barr to allow review of local police practices
          P-D:  Missouri sees nearly 300 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump since early May
          P-D:  Federal data:  At least 253 Missouri nursing home residents dead from China virus
          Missourinet:  White House to announce COVID-19 vaccine developers this week, Blunt says
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson signs bill expanding voting methods during coronavirus into law
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson signs plan expanding absentee voting during coronavirus outbreak
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson signs bill making voting easier in pandemic
          AP:  New Missouri law expands absentee voting during pandemic
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson outlines Missouri's economic priorities going forward
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson's economic recovery goals hinge on public safety
          P-D:  Missouri jobless claims top 20,000 last week, but dip again
          Missourinet:  Missouri triggers extended unemployment benefits
          Missourinet:  Sen. Hawley on Small Business Administration:  "I think it's time to consider some new leadership"
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T will close $32 million deficit with layoffs and furloughs
          Missourinet:  Census field operations underway in rural Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Corps of Engineers sees little Missouri River flood threat
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Governor's panel releases flood recovery report
          KWMU:  Advisory group appointed by Gov. Parson releases report calling for strengthening levees, other structures that control floods
          Missourinet:  Ameren announces a COVID-19 clean slate program for utility balances
          P-D editorial:  Kim Gardner's actions earn a well-deserved rebuke from AG Eric Schmitt
          P-D op-ed:  Blake Ashby:  First-hand account of 77-year-old white woman punched by Ferguson rioter
          P-D letter:  Retired FBI agent says Tony Messenger's portrayal of police assailant Michael Brown paints distorted picture
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        Thursday, June 4, 2020
       
KWMU:  Blunt wants to step up Justice Department oversight of police departments
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson clarifies role of National Guard in responding to civil unrest
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri to send National Guard troops to D.C.
          Missourinet:  Missouri National Guard soliders responding to riots in D.C.
          AP:  Missouri National Guard headed to D.C.
          P-D:  AG Eric Schmitt criticizes St Louis City prosecutor after looters and rioters released from jail
          P-D:  St. Louis police union says it has lost faith in chief, asks governor to intervene
          AP:  Black leaders in Kansas City seek police chief's resignation
          P-D:  Feds follow Facebook trail to make arrest in Affton pawn shop gun theft;  Davonte Coffie, 19, planned heist on social media, then posted pics of stolen guns and cash
          AP:  19-year-old who stole guns from pawn shop attempted to sell them on Facebook
          P-D:  Police identify rioter killed during looting of FedEx truck:  Barry Perkins, 29, of North St. Louis County's Glasgow Village
          AP:  Family of rioter blames FedEx for death during truck looting
          KWMU:  St. Charles officials allow for protest on Highway 94
          P-D:  Multiple rallies held across St. Louis area on Wednesday;  Zero cops shot or businesses looted
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Protest outside Greene County jail and courthouse draws 50:  Zero officers attacked or buildings vandalized
          Columbia Missourian:  Local activists plan weekend action, including late-night event Saturday
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson doesn't plan to move up Missouri's reopening phases
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson touts benefits of increased China virus testing
          Missourinet:  DHSS:  No additional coronavirus cases popped up from Lake of the Ozarks holiday partying
          P-D:  No new China virus cases from Lake of the Ozarks crowds, Missouri health director says
          KWMU:  Charts:  Missouri's Wuhan virus numbers:  Urban vs. rural areas, Missouri vs. Illinois
          JCNT:  Person who was in Truman Building tests positive for COVID-19
          Joplin Globe:  Number rises for area virus cases, quarantines
          The Missouri Times:  State does not require restaurants to report positive COVID-19 cases
          Missourinet:  Missouri's 'last responders' facing major challenges during coronavirus outbreak
          AP:  Ex-UAW president pleads guilty to living high life on member dues;  Gary Jones falsified expenses from 2012-2017 when he was St. Louis regional UAW boss
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid expansion lawsuits fail - but at least one appeal coming
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson pulls more than $1.2 million out of St. Joseph School District funding
          P-D editorial:  GOP in Missouri and across the country want to tamp down the vote
          Faughn:  The politically correct's war on common sense;  Thoughts on coronavirus and civil forfeiture laws
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian "disgusted" by Gov. Parson and annoyed that polling location was moved
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian lists grievances with Missouri's elected officials:  taxes too low, "income inequality," etc.
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        Wednesday, June 3, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson vows Missouri will be state to make violence amid riots come to an end
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson on rioting:  "We're going to put an end to it."
          AP:  Gov. Parson on violent rioters:  "No, they're not protesters ... they're criminals and they're thugs and they need to be held accountable, and hopefully they'll get hunted down."
          SNL:  Gov. Parson says he'll call up more than 1,000 troops to 'stop the violence'
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to boost Missouri National Guard response to riots
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson calls in more National Guard after violent night in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) says National Guard "is gonna bring back a lot of the trauma we are still dealing with" since 2014 Ferguson riots
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) promotes five-point anti-crime plan:  Defunding police departments, disarming officers, paying reparations, other realistic proposals
          KWMU:  Retired St. Louis police captain killed protecting business from looting
          AP:  Police:  Retired St. Louis police captain killed during store looting
          P-D:  Black police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live
          KC Star:  University of Missouri suspends Lee's Summit teen for Snapchat video;  MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi says activists "felt hurt and dehumanized" by 14-second clip
          P-D:  St. Louis businesses despair, reopen, after more than 70 hit by looters
          P-D:  Live updates:  Minimal disturbances Tuesday night near riot hotspots
          KWMU:  During break from riots, Ferguson elects first black mayor
          KWMU:  St. Louis-area voters cast first ballots during pandemic
          AP:  Missouri Medicaid expansion proposal survives lawsuits
          AP:  China virus outbreak at KC paper plant infects 200-plus
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among Missouri prisoners, staff
          KWMU:  New Missouri law allows families to place cameras inside nursing homes
          The Missouri Times:  Coalition of organizations oppose omnibus crime bill
          Missourinet:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) hopeful that Missouri will get cattle slaughter facility
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court rules that KC Chiefs don't owe $1M in back taxes
          AP:  Missouri Sheriffs' Association pokes holes in traffic-stops report, says officers cannot identify race of drivers before pulling them over
          Missourinet:  Missouri ACLU weighs in on traffic stops report
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson right to deploy National Guard to protests
          P-D editorial:  Violence in protests is morally wrong and strategically counterproductive
          P-D op-ed:  Freedom Center of Missouri's Dave Roland:  Gov. Parson should call special session for victims of constitutional violations
          KC Star's Katie Bernard:  Tips for KC street protests:  what to bring, what to wear
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        Tuesday, June 2, 2020
       
P-D:  4 police officers shot during long night of rioting in St. Louis City
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Looting, shootings, arson in St. Louis City
        KWMU:  Four St. Louis police shot during riots
        P-D:  Police order looters to exit a store they were ransacking
        P-D:  Protesters march in St. Charles County;  Zero cops shot or businesses looted
        P-D:  Some Ferguson leaders hope protestors find another host for mayhem
        AP:  Riots, attacks on police continue in St. Louis City and Kansas City;  AG Eric Schmitt gives details on arrests for explosive devices, riot organizing
        KMBC:  KCPD arrests more than 20 people after riots escalate Monday night;  Cops confiscate rioters' bags of rocks, urine
        KC Star:  'Heartbreaking':  Kansas City's Plaza shops reel from China virus, and now looters
        KMBC:  Four looters charged with theft:  Donzell Davis, Damien Smith, Raven Moses, Richard Black
        JCNT:  Jefferson City protest crowd disperses after fight breaks out
        Missourinet:  Jefferson City protest marchers break two storefront windows, throw bottles at police, engage in "continual verbal taunting of police"
        SNL:  Protests continue as city officials say they 'must be conducted lawfully'
        Columbia Missourian:  Protesters use bricks, rocks to disrupt traffic in Columbia
        Missourinet:  Blunt issues statement on protests
        SNL:  Gov. Parson orders $209 more in budget cuts, attributes freeze to coronavirus
        Missourinet:  Gov. Parson announces $210 million in additional budget restrictions
        AP:  Gov. Parson cuts $209M from budget because of coronavirus
        KWMU:  Gov. Parson cuts $209 million in planned spending, addresses riots
        P-D letter:  Ladue doctor notes story's inaccuracy regarding absentee ballot notary requirement
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian wonders why protesters don't seem to care about daily black-on-black violence
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        Monday, June 1, 2020
       
June 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          SNL:  Gov. Parson declares state of emergency, citing 'civil unrest' in KC, STL riots
          P-D:  Live riot updates:  Mobs in Richmond Heights, Ferguson attack police officers;  Ferguson rioters vandalize local brewery;  More
          P-D:  Riot photo gallery:  Mob launches fireworks, taunts police officers
          KWMU:  Protesters ignore curfew in Ferguson, launch fireworks and other projectiles at police officers
          KMBC:  Live riot updates:  Mob throws rocks at female reporter, sets fire to news vehicle;  Police fend off crowd's bottles, rocks;  More
          KSHB:  News vehicles vandalized, set on fire during rioting;  Mob throws rocks, bricks at reporters
          KC Star:  'Disappointed:'  Mayor Lucas says he's frustrated as rioters attack police officers, destroy property
          P-D:  Ferguson's minority small business owners spend Sunday morning picking up the pieces after riots
          SNL:  Springfield march features no vandalism or attacks on police officers
          SE Missourian:  Local demonstrators express solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement;  Open-mic event highlights lamentations on 'white privilege,' other travesties;  No businesses destroyed or officers attacked
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia march draws fewer than 60;  Small crowd remains civilized
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Protest at police headquarters draws fewer than 30;  No news reporters or police officers attacked
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay wants investigation into Minneapolis Police Department
          P-D:  Area counties begin coronavirus relief programs;  Comments from Gov. Parson
          KWMU:  Federal coronavirus money could help St. Louis County cities with public safety costs
          SNL:  70 soldiers and trainees at Fort Leonard Wood test positive for COVID-19
          P-D editorial:  Virus fears fail to sway President Trump, Gov. Parson, SOS Jay Ashcroft from in-person voting mandate
          KC Star editorial:  KC police's use of tear gas, pepper spray to blame for violence
          SNL letter:  Fair Grove sexagenarian wants Medicaid expansion
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        Sunday, May 31, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Gov. Parson activates National Guard to protect Missourians from rioters
          AP:  Gov. Parson activates National Guard to respond to riots
          P-D:  Ferguson rioters shoot guns and fireworks at police headquarters, loot area businesses
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Rioters launch fireworks at police officers;  Looters haul stolen goods from area businesses;  More
          KWMU:  Riot updates:  Protesters smash Ferguson Police station windows, loot area businesses
          KSDK:  Ferguson protests turn violent with shots fired at police;  More details on vandalism, Molotov cocktails, etc.
          P-D:  Amid nationwide riots, Target temporarily closes four at-risk stores:  St. Louis City, Florissant, Bridgeton, and Brentwood (near MetroLink)
          SNL:  Springfield Target temporarily closed after nationwide riots
          SNL:  Protesters march through Springfield, chant ditties;  No businesses destroyed or looted
          KMBC:  At least 50 arrested as Plaza protests turn violent, destructive
          KC Star:  Rioters, looters break into Plaza businesses
          AP:  Homicides spike in Kansas City, send city on record pace;  Most victims and suspects are black men
          JCNT:  Report:  China virus cost Missouri tourism $2.16 billion
          Columbia Missourian:  How China virus is impacting voting
          JCNT:  Cole County clerk:  Precautions in place for voting
          KC Star:  Tuesday's election will test voter safety precautions in pandemic
          AP:  Missouri reports 33 new China virus deaths, making total 771
          Joplin Globe:  State reports detail how pandemic affected school fundraising
          P-D:  Pork packing saved Milan, Mo. Now plant deals with coronavirus.
          KC Star:  Despite media shaming, party-goers still flock to Lake of the Ozarks
          JCNT:  Profile:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) taking on new task in Children's Division
          P-D:  Profile:  Carden Group's Chad Carden;  Dept. of Corrections says employees find productivity training "awesome"
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        Saturday, May 30, 2020
       
P-D:  Black Lives Matter protesters block I-70 in St. Louis for three hours, start fire, break into delivery trucks
          KWMU:  Protesters block highway, start fire;  Groups to target Clayton, Ferguson today
          KC Star:  Mob, wielding a traffic barricade, successfully subdued by pepper spray;  Protesters throw traffic cones at police, bang on commuter's truck, break Westport business window; more
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter protesters congregate, interfere with traffic flow during workday in Springfield
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Protesters hold signs declaring "F-ck 12 (police)," "Black Lives F-cking Matter," "Riot for Respect," other persusasive messages
          P-D:  Twitter user threatens to shoot Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-St. Charles County) after lawmaker shares views on defending property during riots
          SNL:  GOP state rep generates buzz after tweeting about looters;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says Lovasco "unfit to hold public office"
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson defends decision to give local government more power on coronavirus restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  Interview series:  DHSS Director Randall Williams talks with Kaitlyn Schallhorn about reopening process and what's next
          Missourinet:  Missourian who partied at Lake of the Ozarks tests positive for coronavirus
          SNL:  Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid expansion group violated ethics laws, complaint alleges
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's lone abortion clinic granted victory in license renewal fight
          Missourinet:  Missouri panel grants abortion license renewal request for St. Louis Planned Parenthood
          KWMU:  State ruling means Planned Parenthood can continue to offer abortions
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC expands Ameren solar project
          JCNT:  AG office report highlights disparities:  Men pulled over more than women;  Cole County "disparity index" 1.02 for both blacks and whites
          KWMU:  AG's office releases annual vehicle stops report
          P-D editorial briefs:  Gov. Parson should sign legislation cracking down on fake "service animals"
          Rust:  While still low, Cape Girardeau numbers bump back up. Here's why.
          Joplin Globe letter:  Joplin sexagenarian outlines disdain for President Trump and Gov. Parson, urges vote for Nicole Galloway
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says high-speed scooters should be regulated as motorcycles
          P-D letter:  Wildwood sexagenarian opposes hunting season for black bears
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        Friday, May 29, 2020
       
Fox News:  AG Eric Schmitt, 2 other GOP attorneys general:  Time for Congress to take action against China's communist government
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's 'Phase 1' of reopening extended through mid-June
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson extends Missouri public health order 15 days
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson extends Missouri's reopening order through June 15
          SNL:  Gov. Parson extends 'Phase 1' social distancing order to June 15
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson's social distancing order extends through June 15
          Missourinet:  Missouri Gaming Commission to allow casinos to reopen Monday
          SNL:  Another 27k in Missouri file for unemployment amid continued uncertainty
          Joplin Globe:  Forecast:  Unemployment could affect 1 in 3 Joplin workers at peak, and 31% of Missouri workers
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson announces U.S. tooling provider to expand eastern Missouri location
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's response to coronavirus:  A timeline
          KWMU:  Missouri's first coronavirus election could foreshadow shift toward absentee voting
          CDT:  Thousands use absentee ballot to avoid polls in Boone County
          The Missouri Times:  We Ask America poll of 500 Missourians, predominantly in urban areas, finds most Missourians support Gov. Parson's handling of coronavirus
          P-D:  Medicaid waiver waitlist not going away for Missourians with developmental disabilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri public defenders unhappy with workload
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers hope to see a cattle slaughter facility in the Show-Me State
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation seeks comment on black bear hunting proposal
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Black Lives Matter protestors shut down traffic in St. Louis, cause car crash on I-44
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's comments on health safety and elections undermine democracy
          P-D op-ed:  Cato Institute's Simon Lester:  Hawley is wrong about a WTO withdrawal
          Washington Examiner op-ed:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan):  How Missouri protected the vote while also protecting the voter
          P-D letter:  Former Democratic state rep candidate Ed Shew:  Gov. Parson and Republican lawmakers wrong to oppose Medicaid expansion
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        Thursday, May 28, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley:  It's time for the Coast Guard to act on duck boats
          AP:  Second lawsuit filed against Missouri Medicaid expansion - this time by United for Missouri
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Medicaid expansion campaign makes stop in Joplin
          Joplin Globe:  Video:  Healthcare for Missouri's Jack Cardetti stumps for Medicaid expansion
          Scott Faughn:  Legislative session winners 2020
          JCNT:  Missouri bill improves situations for children
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson to announce plans for soon-expiring health order
          The Missouri Times:  How is Missouri testing for coronavirus? A look at 3 methods.
          Missourinet:  Coronavirus testing underway among Missouri prison workers and inmates
          Columbia Missourian:  China virus testing begins in nursing homes around the state
          P-D:  Despite media pressure to name nursing homes with coronavirus cases, Missouri following law regarding privacy
          SNL:  Who should be tasked with breaking up rogue pool parties? State and county officials disagree.
          AP:  Amid backlash, Lake of the Ozarks business owner defends actions
          Scott Faughn:  Finger-wagging is no way to lead;  Urban liberal media narrative on breaking up pool parties is predictable
          SNL:  Online purchase scams continue, a consequence of COVID-19;  Area seasoned citizens fall for gift-card payment swindle
          Columbia Missourian's Anna Peterson:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler exaggerates China's influence on prescription drug supply chain
          KC Star op-ed:  "Progress Women" Executive Director Stacey Newman:  Missouri Legislature is out of control and failing Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman hopes Lake of the Ozarks party attendees spend afterlife "swimming in fire and brimstone"
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        Wednesday, May 27, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Ann Wagner's plan seeks "justice and compensation" from China
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local Census 2020 response in line with nation
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson moves Medicaid expansion effort to August ballot;  Comments from House Budget Chair Cody Smith (R-Carthage), House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says moving Medicaid expansion to August ballot will help state better plan budget
          AP:  Gov. Parson moves up vote on Missouri Medicaid expansion
          KWMU:  Expanding Medicaid in Missouri to go on August ballot
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid expansion will be on August ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri begins testing all inmates, staff at Dept. of Corrections facilities
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          P-D:  Gov. Parson says he has no plans to use National Guard to break up pool parties
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson says he trusts local law enforcement to monitor, act upon safety issues
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson addresses Lake of the Ozarks buzz, China virus testing data
          P-D:  St. Charles, downtown St. Louis casinos could be only two operating in region next week
          KWMU:  With traffic down during pandemic, Missouri road crews speed up projects
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation seeking comments on bear hunting proposal
          AP:  Missouri open records lawsuit sent back to lower court
          Missourinet:  Inmate who stomped an elderly woman to death during a 1982 robbery dies in Missouri prison
          P-D:  AG Eric Schmitt files consumer fraud charges against serial scammer
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson, afraid of voters, plays politics with Medicaid expansion
          JCNT editorial:  Expanding remote work could benefit Missouri state government
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Lake of the Ozarks fiasco an embarrassment for Missouri
          P-D editorial:  History has lessons for Missourians who thumb noses at social distancing
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  State rep candidate Karan Pujji:  More tariffs on China would bring Missouri to its breaking point
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian proposes helmet law compromise involving full-face helmets for newly-licensed motorcycle riders, and freedom to choose for experienced operators
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        Tuesday, May 26, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Missouri offers free community sampling COVID-19 tests for 6 more counties
          AP:  Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks packed amid China virus pandemic
          P-D:  St. Louis area and state officials issue stern warnings after Lake of the Ozarks parties
          KC Star:  St. Louis County, KC health director urge Lake of the Ozark partiers to self-quarantine
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among Missouri prisoners, staff
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lacks COVID-19 tests, contact tracers. If this is a war, there's no cavalry.
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Listen to former Sen. Jack Danforth and vote 'no' on Cleaner Missouri
          Platte County Landmark's Guy Speckman:  Why Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) is this year's MVP of the Missouri Senate
          Columbia Missourian's Claire Colby:  Missouri's CAFO industry benefits from low fines, infrequent inspections
          P-D letter:  St. Albans septuagenarian disagrees with GOP lawmakers on notarized absentee ballots and helmet law repeal, calls lawmakers "lamebrains"
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian says Missouri GOP lawmakers are to blame for urban gun violence
          P-D letter:  St. Louis nonagenarian "horrified, angered and saddened" by execution of rapist-murderer Walter Barton
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        Monday, May 25, 2020   Memorial Day
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Local legislation advances to governor's desk
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) talks about quiet session for education
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Lawmakers consider options for Medicaid reimbursements;  Comments from "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]", others
          P-D editorial:  It's outrageous that quarantined nursing home workers are denied sick leave
          Phill Brooks:  Legislative successes, losses and missed opportunities
          Messenger:  Brief in Flynn case puts Missouri AG Eric Schmitt on both sides of prosecutorial discretion issue
          P-D letter:  St. Louis pediatrician unhappy with level of state guidance on testing expectations
          KC Star letter:  Lake Waukomis man says long hold time on state unemployment phone line shows Gov. Parson doesn't care
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian calls motorcycle helmet repeal "amazingly stupid"
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        Sunday, May 24, 2020
       
Columbia Missourian:  State officials make recommendations for CARES Act federal aid
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Hospital Association says rural hospitals see big hit from China virus
          JCNT:  State considers expanding remote work for staff
          P-D:  DHSS, Missouri National Guard provide free drive-thru testing in St. Charles and Jefferson counties
          KMBC:  Missouri improves reporting of coronavirus testing results, segregating different testing data types
          P-D:  Missouri updates approach to reporting China virus data
          KC Star:  Missouri follows CDC in updating Wuhan virus testing reports, separating antibody and viral tests
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to hear update on Missouri slaughter facilities and economic impact from China virus
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Black bear hunting season proposed in Missouri
          SE Missourian editorial:  On Memorial Day we remember those who gave their life for this country
          JCNT editorial:  Pandemic won't stop honors for our war dead
          McClellan:  Lawsuits targeting Stan Kroenke, China a waste of time
          SNL op-ed:  Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller:  Legislature struck right balance with voting bill;  Gov. Parson should sign it
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) wrong on payday loans
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man lists reasons why lawmakers should oppose Wayfair tax
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        Saturday, May 23, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley:  Volunteers who showed up after Jefferson City tornado "showed the very best of who we are"
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certifies Medicaid expansion ballot measure through 'expedited' method
          KWMU:  Medicaid expansion to appear on ballot
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft approves Medicaid expansion ballot measure
          KC Star:  Ashcroft approves Medicaid expansion petition
          Missourinet:  Term-limited Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) to take over Missouri DSS' Children's Division;  Comments from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), Kids Win Missouri's Craig Stevenson
          AP:  Missouri jobless rate more than doubles to 9.7% due to China virus
          SNL:  Gov. Parson:  Without federal aid, $500M-$700M more in budget withholdings coming in July
          SE Missourian:  Most counties in region report new coronavirus cases
          Columbia Missourian:  DHSS to hold China virus testing event at Hickman High School
          KCUR:  Virginia Tech professor theorizes that some states, including Missouri, are undercounting Wuhan virus deaths
          Missourinet:  Update on Mark Twain National Forest recreational openings
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County leaves regional PDMP
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Highway Patrol sees increase in traffic fatalities
          SNL op-ed:  Springfield pediatrician wants Blunt, Hawley, Long to support extension of SNAP handouts
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Gov. Parson's leadership during pandemic has been solid, though stance on masks could improve
          KC Star letter:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler responds to Star editorial on PPP loan, says newspaper left out important context
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        Friday, May 22, 2020
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves:  Some flood victims in danger of being victimized twice if Congress doesn't act
          Missourinet:  CARES Act spending team hears the up-to-date needs of Missouri agencies, businesses
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  3 strategies to drive increased COVID testing
          AP:  Missouri's increased virus testing to focus on nursing homes
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson outlines plan for statewide comprehensive COVID-19 testing
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's Thursday press briefing and Q&A:  Strategies to focus testing;  CARES Act spending team update
          St. Joseph News-Press:  COVID-19 testing to expand locally and statewide
          P-D:  Missouri's health director says spike in China virus deaths due to reporting delays
          SNL:  27,000 more file for unemployment in Missouri as 'reopened' economy inches forward
          P-D:  As unemployment claims dip, some Missouri businesses struggle to lure back workers
          AP:  Gov. Parson not only allows graduation, but keynotes
          JCNT:  Jay Ashcroft delivers pandemic supplies to local election officials
          SE Missourian:  Coronavirus 'dashboard' up in Missouri;  Charleston prison still only lockup with outbreak
          The Missouri Times:  House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) donates PPE throughout Missouri
          Missourinet:  GOP Reps. Adam Schnelting and John Wiemann:  major PPE donation highlights importance of Missouri State Defense Force
          Missourinet:  Every available Missouri state trooper is on the road and water this Memorial Day weekend
          The Missouri Times:  PSC tackles tariff disputes, extensions
          KC Star editorial:  Many Missouri House Democrats didn't bother with masks - wearing one is just "too tough";  Two House Democrat sources complain to newspaper about caucus colleagues' dinner gatherings, maskless behavior
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Pat Rowe Kerr:  Missouri should back common-sense approach to address flooding
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider:  GOP state lawmakers wrong on Wayfair tax, Cleaner Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  League of Women Voter sexagenarians:  Republican lawmakers wrong on Clean Missouri
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau woman says Medicaid expansion will keep rural hospitals open
          P-D letter:  Sullivan sexagenarian dismayed by Missouri's lack of PDMP
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        Thursday, May 21, 2020
       
Columbia Missourian:  Blunt announces $17 million in COVID-19 aid for Missouri clinics
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri National Guard to assist with China virus testing
          AP:  Gov. Parson's Wednesday press briefing:  Expanded testing, protecting businesses from coronavirus lawsuits, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce calls on governor to deal with 'opportunistic' coronavirus lawsuits
          P-D:  Gov. Parson pushes for expanded China virus testing
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Legislature OKs adding cameras in nursing homes
          Missourinet:  Missouri motorcycle helmet law repeal has governor's support, but it's part of a larger bill
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          CDT:  Former Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia) dead at 55;  Comments from former Rep. Ted Farnen (D-Mexico), Caleb Rowden
          Missourinet:  Former Missouri lawmaker who championed jobs for the disabled dies
          JCNT:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours to resume June 1, CVB says
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Penitentiary ghost and history tours to resume in June
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri considering possible black bear hunting season
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Sen. Josh Hawley correct to identify meatpacking and food supply as priority for change
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri colleges could be coronavirus factories in the fall
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove):  Medicaid expansion would be a disaster for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Washington University School of Social Work student opposes Cleaner Missouri, vows to vote against Republican lawmakers
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        Wednesday, May 20, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Republican state legislators oppose federal bailouts;  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) organizes effort
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO pick Jake Hummel as next president
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  LaunchCode Executive Director Jeff Mazur, Sen. Brian Williams (D-Ferguson) discuss training Missouri's workforce for the post-pandemic era
          Washington Missourian:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft predicts safe elections in visit to Union
          AP:  Missouri lawsuit for absentee voting amid virus appealed
          P-D:  Absentee ballot applications for June 2 election soar amid coronavirus worries
          SNL:  Opponents of Cleaner Missouri say ballot summary language "unfair"
          Missourinet:  House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) talks session's successes, special session;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) offers criticism
          SE Missourian:  Clock runs out on PDMP bill
          Missourinet:  DOR Director Ken Zellers says no tax return backlog this year
          P-D:  Gov. Parson sets goal of 7,500 coronavirus tests a day
          Missourinet:  Coronavirus hits workers at Audrain County hog farm
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  Tough budget decisions ahead
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson:  More cuts needed to balance state budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri households eligible for free or reduced school meals can get pandemic handout
          KWMU:  Rare illness linked to Wuhan virus affects children in St. Louis region
          CDT:  University of Missouri worst-case budget plan sees cuts up to 25 percent
          Columbia Missourian:  Tuition increase, more cuts and layoffs expected as UM grapples with China virus
          Missourinet:  Missouri becomes first state to execute prisoner during coronavirus outbreak
          KC Star:  Missouri executs convicted rapist-murderer Walter Barton
          AP:  Missouri first in the nation to return to execution normalcy
          KWMU:  Missouri leads other states in resuming executions during pandemic
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's elected officials should not shun face masks
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Skepticism reigns on Missouri cannabis licenses
          Columbia Missourian's Jack Kosowski:  Tweet analysis:  Gov. Parson said Missouri businesses could open May 4 if local regulations allowed it - but some local regulations did not allow it
          KC Star op-ed:  Qiana Thomason:  Coronavirus makes it clearer than ever Missouri needs Medicaid expansion
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        Tuesday, May 19, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  TWMP recap:  Ann Wagner says House response to coronavirus goes from collaborative effort to 'partisan charade';  GOP consultant David Barklage, Carpenters' Union's Mark Dalton talk Trump, Cleaner Missouri, PDMP
          KWMU:  Environmental groups sue U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claim river barriers worsen flooding
          JCNT:  State 'kicking up' COVID-19 testing
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says 163 long-term care sites have had coronavirus cases
          AP:  Gov. Parson:  Virus testing focus on long-term facilities
          P-D:  Gov. Parson says state targeting long-term care facilities for widespread coronavirus testing
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says expanded mail-in voting "not the most secure way to hold an election"
          AP:  Lawsuits claim Cleaner Missouri redistricting measure is unfair
          KC Star:  Cleaner Missouri opponents sue to change ballot question
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joe Runions (D-Grandview) receives standing ovation after battling China virus
          P-D:  PDMP legislation dies;  85% of state's residents covered by St. Louis County's own program as other counties have joined in
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence "very hopeful" about state's progress on rape kits, "survivors' rights" legislation
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says execution of rapist/murderer Walter Barton "will move forward as scheduled"
          P-D:  WalletHub report:  Missouri better than many states for military retirees
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation seeks comment on black bear hunting season in 2021
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should oppose corrupt old system and stand against Cleaner Missouri bill
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  COVID-19 in Southeast Missouri:  The good news in the numbers
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Lockdowns in Missouri probably not legal
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff:  Gov. Parson should delay execution of Walter Barton
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        Monday, May 18, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner talks with Scott Faughn about federal response to coronavirus;  Panel of David Barklage, Carpenters Union's Mark Dalton talk Cleaner Missouri, PDMP, Trump's job performance
          KWMU:  How the coronavirus upended Missouri's 2020 legislative session
          P-D:  Upended by pandemic, Missouri lawmakers limited in answering Gov. Parson's agenda
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers approve bill to prevent taxation of stimulus checks
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature adopts medical marijuana changes
          Columbia Missourian:  Video gaming machines stir debate:  Perspectives from Missouri, Illinois
          JCNT:  Utilities weigh how to collect past-due payments
          KC Star:  Court clears way for Missouri to execute rapist/murderer Walter Barton tomorrow
          KC Star:  Some U.S. cities see less crime in pandemic, but KC starts May with rash of shootings
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Funny doglegs and elongated strips:  Missouri voters get another crack at redistricting
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri prisoner sentenced to 20 years as a teen seeks freedom. Gov. Parson should act.
          KC Star op-ed:  Mark Woodworth:  Gov. Parson, don't let Walter Barton be a victim of Missouri AG's prosecutors like I was
          Joplin Globe letters:  Webb City man asks media outlets to report demographic context of coronavirus deaths, including location and age;  Webb City septuagenarian says Gov. Parson and GOP lawmakers will worsen coronavirus pandemic
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian says "Missouri Leigslature [sic]" protects puppy mills
          P-D letter:  Pro-life SLU student responds to pro-choice SLU student's op-ed
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        Sunday, May 17, 2020
       
SNL:  Roundup:  Here's what Missouri lawmakers passed - and didn't pass - this session
          Missourinet:  Summary:  Key bills passed by the Missouri Legislature this session
          JCNT:  Local legislators reflect on wins, losses in pandemic-dominated session
          Columbia Missourian:  Wayfair tax dead for another year
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Time is of the essence for levee repairs
          JCNT:  Public forums for Missouri State Penitentiary proposals on tap Monday
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture's "Missouri Grown" Director Christi Miller also Missouri-grown
          P-D editorial:  China gets the meat that risks U.S. workers' lives. Missouri helped it happen.
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian not attending economic reopening "party" supported by "President Trump and his friends like Gov. Parson"
          SNL letters:  Springfield septuagenarian opposes Cleaner Missouri, says Republicans in "state Congress [sic]" can only win elections by cheating;  Springfield woman opposes closed primaries
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        Saturday, May 16, 2020
       
KWMU:  Truncated Missouri Legislature ends but extra time may be coming
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Senate:  Friday activity
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the House:  Friday activity
          AP:  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) coordinates effort to oppose U.S. House Dems' 'unacceptable solution to the financial woes of individual states'
          JCNT:  Leaders tout successes of shortened legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP legislation dies
          Columbia Missourian:  New pandemic voting changes approved by Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri elections bill would give secretary of state subpoena power in investigations
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK mail-in voting on final day of work
          P-D:  On final day, Missouri lawmakers approve new vote-by-mail options
          P-D:  End-of-session recap
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  "Missouri ends first legislatve [sic] session during COVID-19"
          The Missouri Times: Omnibus health care bill, with coronavirus testing provisions, passes through Legislature
          Columbia Missourian:  Crime bill passes, expands definition of 'dangerous felon'
          Columbia Missourian:  End-of-session briefs:  Cleaner Missouri, medical marijuana, PDMP, crime, budget, gambling, schools, MONA, Wayfair
          AP:  End-of-session briefs:  Pseudoephedrine, edibles, Hyperloop, motorcycle helmets, more
          KC Star:  End-of-session recap
          Missourinet:  Missouri vaping bill heading to Gov. Parson's desk
          JCNT:  Heartland Port bill sent to governor
          Moberly Monitor-Index:  Missouri prisons facing coronavirus challenges
          AP:  Federal court grants Missouri murderer 30-day execution stay
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Newly-passed Missouri bill helps sexual assault survivors
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Gov. Parson:  'We made decisions based on facts'
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Why Missourians should wear a mask:  Faith, fear, responsibility and freedom
          KC Star's Caitlyn Rosen:  Missouri retains dubious status as only state without PDMP program
          KC Star letter:  Sugar Creek sexagenarian opposes Cleaner Missouri
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        Friday, May 15, 2020
       
SNL:  As Missouri unemployment claims slow, two southwest Missouri companies report furloughs
          JCNT:  Governor:  More Missouri budget withholdings expected
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians receiving SNAP handouts can order freebies online - and the option is 'permanent'
          Missourinet:  SNAP handouts can now be used for online grocery shopping in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Interview series:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst talks with Scott Faughn about China virus impact on corn growers, dairy farmers and cattle ranchers
          P-D:  St. Louis area China virus hospitalizations continue to fall as region prepares to reopen
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Senate:  Activity from Thursday
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the House:  Activity from Thursday
          The Missouri Times:  Amid claims of dishonesty, Senate unanimously reconsiders omnibus bill after finding 'hidden' language from House
          SNL:  Missouri House OKs plan to let everyone vote by mail this year, revive voter ID
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers seek new mail-in ballot system
          Columbia Missourian:  Mail-in voting option included in wide-sweeping elections bill
          SNL:  Sen. John Rizzo (D-Independence) pushes for free COVID testing for uninsured
          P-D:  Democratic plan would pay for Wuhan virus testing using federal funds
          SNL:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) says he's not behind robocalls supporting education bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass bill against boycotting Israel
          P-D:  Legislative session winding down
          SNL:  Campgrounds at Missouri state parks reopening in phases
          SE Missourian:  SEMO revises reopening plan;  former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder weighs in on debate
          KC Star editorial:  Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) wrong to take PPP loan, then balk at further Wuhan virus spending
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian:  Cleaner Missouri is outrageous
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Former Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter):  The conservative case for Missouri Medicaid expansion
          SNL op-ed:  Former Rep. Ray Weter (R-Nixa):  Medicaid expansion better for health care, economy
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian praises Jack Danforth for opposing Cleaner Missouri, says current GOP lawmakers are infected with partisan "disease"
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights septuagenarian asks for and receives clarity from St. Louis County election board on absentee voting rules for seasoned citizens
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        Thursday, May 14, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley, Hartzler, Graves focus on food supply and Missouri's meat producers
          JCNT:  Missouri has plan to develop flood-monitoring system
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's Wednesday press briefing and Q&A
          JCNT:  DHSS' Williams:  8,800 COVID-19 tests can be done daily
          KC Star:  Missouri on FEMA list of states with growing coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Senate:  Activity from Wednesday
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the House:  Activity from Wednesday
          AP:  Lawmakers move to expand Missouri absentee voting amid virus
          The Missouri Times:  Voters will get to decide on Cleaner Missouri
          KWMU:  Cleaner Missouri proposal will go to voters
          SNL:  House approves redistricting plan, sending it to November ballot
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature wants voters to decide fate of Cleaner Missouri
          KC Star:  Houses passes bill to give voters a voice on redistricting plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers send restricting proposal to voters
          Missourinet:  PDMP expected to hit Missouri Senate floor today;  House floor debate gets heated
          P-D:  Plan to track opioids gets House approval
          Columbia Missourian:  House approves amended PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri extends ability for restaurants, bars to sell mixed drinks to go
          KWMU:  Budget bill allows for feral hog meat to be donated to Missouri food pantries
          Missourinet:  Missouri's casinos to remain closed through May 31
          P-D:  Missouri casinos set to open June 1
          KWMU:  Sunshine Law loss leaves Mizzou with $175k bill
          AP:  Missouri moving ahead with execution plans;  Walter Barton pushed 81-year-old woman to the ground, beat her, sexually assaulted her, then stabbed her more than 50 times
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis had nearly twice as many China virus cases, but the KC area is spiking now
          P-D op-ed:  Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller (R):  Legislature is running out of time to approve absentee balloting
          Columbia Missourian's Sara Dingmann:  Three weeks ago, Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) got a statistic wrong regarding percentage of counties with China virus cases
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        Wednesday, May 13, 2020
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith emphasizes importance of rural hospitals and telehealth, talks 8th District economy reopening
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Tuesday press briefing and Q&A
          P-D:  Gov. Parson focuses on Missouri's economic recovery, as DED's Rob Dixon warns 'it's going to take years'
          SNL:  Missouri getting 4,000 doses of key COVID drug
          AP:  China virus cases reach 10,000 in Missouri, with deaths topping 500
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Senate:  Activity from Tuesday
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the House:  Activity from Tuesday
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor could have say in Cleaner Missouri ballot language
          KWMU:  House votes to raise standards for punitive damages;  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) says measure "brings back some common sense" to court system
          Missourinet:  Missouri K-12 districts can request to start school earlier this fall
          P-D:  Missouri schools prepare for online learning in the fall, while cases of mystery inflammatory syndrome pop up in St. Louis
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers discuss Grain Belt Express, rape kit testing
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Legislature OKs measure streamlining rape kit testing process
          AP:  Missouri passes bill requiring hospitals to offer rape kits
          KC Star editorial:  Forcing in-person voting could cost Missouri lives
          Columbia Missourian's Ashlyn O'Hara and Galen Bacharier:  Missouri lawmakers push to overturn Clean Missouri even though their constituents supported it
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  With no public scrutiny, GOP lawmakers push through a bill to trap borrowers in a cycle of debt
          Columbia Missourian's Sara Dingmann:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft got statistic wrong in anecdote on Milwaukee polling places
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone nonagenarian wants newspaper print edition to list full summaries of every legislative proposal discussed in editorials, along with lawmakers' votes
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        Tuesday, May 12, 2020
       
KWMU:  Hawley charts out big shift in how America handles unemployment amid coronavirus
          P-D:  Missouri to receive almost $18 million from HUD to combat coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's Monday press briefing and Q&A
          AP:  Gov. Parson calls it 'encouraging' to see some return to normalcy
          P-D:  Missouri set to receive remdisivir for coronavirus treatment
          SE Missourinet:  GOP state Senate opponents Holly Rehder, Kathy Swan differ on use tax
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Missouri Senate:  Activity from Monday
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Missouri House:  Activity from Monday
          AP:  Few days left for Missouri opioid tracking bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri PDMP personal for Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City):  Don't judge "unless you've walked a mile in their moccasins"
          SNL:  Missouri voters could expand Medicaid, then let lawmakers block it on the same ballot
          SNL:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) on Cleaner Missouri:  "This will go down in flames"
          Missourinet:  Departing GOP lawmaker predicts Cleaner Missouri will lose at polls
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Coronavirus hits eastern Missouri jail
          KC Star:  Death toll in Missouri from China virus could be undercounted, depending upon interpretation of CDC data
          JCNT:  Missouri road fatalities increase despite less traffic
          Columbia Missourian:  Calls to Missouri DSS child abuse hotline plummet as pandemic isolation grows
          The Missouri Times:  'What do you do with these pigs?' Inside Missouri hog farmers' struggles with coronavirus
          SNL:  HSUS report says Missouri leads the nation in dog breeders
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Arming school teachers should not be part of the solution for school shootings
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Brass knuckles not worthy of legislative discussion
          SE Missourian's Lucas Press:  Blunt's 'Shark Tank' initiative unleashes private sector ingenuity on pandemic
          CDT op-ed:  Ashland septuagenarian wants Rowden to flip-flop on Cleaner Missouri
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Harold Selby:  Don't let opponents of Grain Belt Express block progress for rural Missouri
          P-D letter:  Santa Maria, Calif. man objects to Hawley's objection to Missouri subsidizing bailouts of fiscally irresponsible states
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Gov. Parson's choice to not wear a mask was a calculated "dog whistle" to fringe voters
          P-D letter:  University City man opposes state lawmakers' proposals to expand right-to-carry freedoms
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        Monday, May 11, 2020
       
SE Missourian's B Magazine:  Missouri counts:  An overview of the 2020 Census
          SE Missourian's B Magazine:  20% of Missourians - more than a million people - without high-speed Internet;  A look at Missouri Department of Economic Development efforts
          SNL:  National group targets Springfield for "cancel rent" campaign;  People's Action touts its success convincing seven (7) Springfield households to sign online petition
          P-D:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and wife contribute $500 to two local county commissioner candidates
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  KC Mayor Quinton Lucas talks with Scott Faughn about city's coronavirus response;  Panel of Charlie Shields and Victor Callahan talk testing efforts, local government response, Missouri Senate's last week of session
          P-D:  Missouri's testing rate trails Illinois, but reflects different strategy, reality
          SNL:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) says tax break for makers of medical supplies will bring jobs to Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) works with DHSS, Affinia Healthcare to hold second COVID-19 testing event in his district
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Measure to overhaul foster care could pass Legislature
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Gov. Parson should flip-flop on execution of convicted murderer Walter Barton
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian Clean Missouri supporter criticizes octogenarian Clean Missouri supporter for failing to mention party ID of Cleaner Missouri supporters
          P-D letter:  Crystal Lake Park septuagenarian wants state to collect sales taxes directly from credit card processors and car dealers
          P-D letter:  SLU priest and theology professor responds to SLU student's pro-choice op-ed
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        Sunday, May 10, 2020   Happy Mother's Day!
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley prioritize virus testing, jobs
          AP:  Gov. Parson, other U.S. governors aim to boost production of medical supplies
          P-D:  The St. Louis area has seen more China virus cases than Kansas City;  theories abound
          P-D:  State, local health officials ponder utilizing more contact tracers
          P-D:  Gunfire causes more damage in city on Saturday than coronavirus, police reports show
          KWMU:  Last week of Missouri legislative session could be unusually quiet
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho):  Limit on medical marijuana licenses, other rules unfair
          P-D editorial:  The pandemic should figure into this year's flood preparation
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Virus fuels urgency in online sales tax debate
          KC Star op-ed:  KC NAACP's Rodney Williams;  Politicians' attack on Clean Missouri is outrageous even by Jefferson City standards
          P-D op-ed:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri's Brian Murphy:  Missouri Legislature, DESE should support virtual education
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        Saturday, May 9, 2020
       
P-D:  St. Louis-area hospitals to receive $82 million from HHS
          AP:  County election officials, religious groups share thoughts on absentee voting
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Legislature passes FY21 budget:  What to know
          The Missouri Times:  Tax relief bill from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) goes to governor
          SNL:  Lawmakers pass bill to keep stimulus checks tax-free
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final approval to budget;  feral hog debate gets heated
          AP:  Schools, colleges spared in stripped-down Missouri budget
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers pass $35.2 billion state budget
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Senate advances sexual assault law
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Cattlemen's Association disappointed in eminent domain filibuster
          KC Star:  Missouri medical marijuana officials will comply with lawmakers' demands for records
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Televangelist Jim Bakker is not a coronavirus villain, says his attorney Jay Nixon
          P-D:  St. Louis-area China virus hospitalizations continue to fall
          AP:  St. Louis County, Kansas City plan restricted openings
          KWMU:  Most St. Louis County businesses can reopen with limits on May 18
          P-D:  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson explain the gradual reopening of region to begin May 18
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission grants CCNs to utility companies
          AP:  Missouri House panel dismisses sexual harassment complaint
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Medicaid expansion
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri lawmakers must pass Internet sales tax
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Lawmakers' discussion of brass knuckles a waste of time
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  CARES Act funds to local counties should be scrutinized
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas wants Gov. Parson to wear a mask
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County Democratic committeewoman wants SOS Jay Ashcroft to ask senior citizens to vote absentee
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        Friday, May 8, 2020
       
KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith part of delegation seeking aid for rural hospitals
          FOX 2 (St. Louis):  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner addresses the problems people are having reviewing unemployment benefits
          FOX 2 (St. Louis):  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves says more people will be flying soon, with masks
          The Missouri Times:  State auditor's office launches 'transparency portal' for federal coronavirus funds;  State treasurer's office launched website last month
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Thursday press briefing and Q&A
          JCNT:  Governor, first lady explore how merchants adapt to pandemic
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson emphasizes safety and expanded COVID-19 testing during stops at two mid-Missouri businesses
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson says he'll review coronavirus data before giving recommendation on State Fair
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  500k Missourians file for unemployment since mid-March
          AP:  Over 50,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Labor handling massive influx of unemployment applications
          P-D:  China virus slashes Missouri tax revenues in half of April
          AP:  Missouri budget director:  Economy 'turned off like a faucet'
          P-D:  Your federal stimulus check would be exempt from Missouri income tax under House plan
          The Missouri Times:  Breaking down the omnibus discussions in the Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Compromise eliminates state higher ed cuts, restores UM project - with a catch
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) says banking bill won't prevent cities from imposing burdens on payday lenders
          KC Star:  Legislative probe into medical marijuana rollout continues
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson was for a coronavirus shutdown before he was against it
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Gov. Parson must start wearing a mask in public
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers fight crisis with hyperloop fantasies, restoring debtors' prisons
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Health care and safety groups oppose Missouri motorcycle helmet repeal
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian opposes Cleaner Missouri, predicts voters will kick GOP supermajority out of office in November
          P-D letter:  St. Peters octogenarian says Post-Dispatch is a reputable newspaper
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        Thursday, May 7, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley:  "The meatpacking industry has become too consolidated"
          AP:  Judge dismisses lawsuit over meat worker safety
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson says workers' choice whether to return to Triumph Foods
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Wednesday press briefing and Q&A
          JCNT:  Federal funding available for child care needs
          KWMU:  Missouri receives $66 million in federal aid for coronavirus child care needs
          SNL:  Greene County, local agencies to receive millions in relief from the federal government
          The Missouri Times:  SNAP handouts could be used online in Missouri by next week
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among prison inmates, staff
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) organizes COVID-19 testing center in North St. Louis City
          AP:  St. Louis City, county to begin reopening May 18
          KWMU:  St. Louis businesses can start to reopen May 18, but many aren't ready
          SE Missourian:  WalletHub report:  Amid pandemic, Missouri among least freedom-restricting states
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Fair board of directors meets today to discuss plans for this year's event
          P-D:  Coronavirus could cancel or shorten the Missouri State Fair
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri budget:  5 differences between Senate, House plans
          SNL:  Missouri Senate budget proposes gambling expansion
          SE Missourian:  Local government, business leaders hope for Wayfair legislation this year
          JCNT:  Late-moving proposal could keep local health departments from making health rules
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Supeminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) on "frustrating" legislative session
          SNL:  Liberal Christian group says TV network tied to Oral Roberts University drops Jim Bakker show
          P-D:  How coronavirus could change Missouri schools when they reopen
          SNL:  New cases of chronic wasting disease found in Polk, Stone, Taney counties
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Lawmakers should not change Clean Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Allowing brass knuckles and feral hog hunting? Missouri lawmakers have gone off the rails
          P-D editorial:  Workers deserve minimal protections before nursing homes receive liability shield
          Rust:  Where do we start when opening up the economy?
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Missouri should enact commonsense coronavirus legal reforms
          Daily American Republic letter:  Eddy Justice:  The unwavering strength of southeast Missouri is inspirational
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian "disgusted" by Gov. Parson's decision to not wear mask
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        Wednesday, May 6, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt takes part in first socially-distanced Senate hearing
          AP:  Gov. Parson urges Missourians to support state-based businesses
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  Recovery hinges on shopping locally
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe praises Missouri's economic recovery plan, emphasizes importance of expanding testing capabilities
          SNL:  COVID-19 vaccine under trial being produced in Missouri
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann on reopening amid pandemic
          KC Star:  'We need to get back to work.' Missouri restaurants, stores begin to reopen
          P-D:  Mayor Lyda Krewson claims state shortchanged St. Louis City, counties on federal coronavirus aid
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Joplin Globe:  Pandemic forces political campaigns to adapt
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide bench tipsheet:  Scott Sifton, Tracy McCreery, John Rizzo, Crystal Quade, Brian Williams, Peter Merideth, others
          The Missouri Times:  AG Eric Schmitt urges federal government to investigate meatpacking industry
          AP:  Schmitt among 11 attorneys general seeking probe into meatpacking industry
          AP:  Missouri Senate tries to spare colleges from budget cuts
          SNL:  GOP budget chief eyes work requirement for Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers consider work requirement for Medicaid
          P-D:  Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) says bill would shield front-line caregivers, first responders from predatory lawsuits
          The Missouri Times:  House approves medical manufacturing incentive
          P-D:  Senate OKs expansion of gambling at Missouri truck stops
          Columbia Missourian:  Debate on public safety omnibus bill involves firearms, brass knuckles
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Legislature advancing omnibus bills during pandemic 'tarnishes' institution, bipartisan coalition says
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Highway Patrol phasing back in written driver exams
          Missourinet:  Missouri's 2020 Katy Trail Ride cancelled
          P-D editorial:  Daughters, husbands, grandparents not worth sacrificing for Gov. Parson's hasty reopening
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri wrong to want to be the first to allow concerts, live events during Wuhan virus pandemic
          Priddy:  This reopening better work
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp:  Pandemic focuses our mission on saving lives. That's why abortion is relevant.
          P-D op-ed:  SLU co-ed studying "women's and gender studies":  Abortion services are more essential during pandemic - not less
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        Tuesday, May 5, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Monday press briefing and Q&A
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson extends executive orders, funds being disbursed to counties
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  St. Louis City to receive federal funds this week;  SBA to provide loans to ag businesses;  more
          Columbia Missourian:  Local governments to receive CARES funds tomorrow
          SNL:  Gov. Parson kicks off economic reopening at Bass Pro, Cox South
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Parson visits Springfield as it begins to reopen
          AP:  Gov. Parson on freedom and personal responsibility in pandemic:  "I don't think it's government's role to mandate who wears a mask and who doesn't."
          P-D:  Businesses reopen in some areas of Missouri
          AP:  Like much of Missouri, St. Charles gently begins to reopen
          SE Missourian:  The Reopening:  Local business, health, government leaders weigh in
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers seek to make coronavirus funds available for short-term shortfall;  Comments from State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick
          Brownfield Ag News:  373 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases at Triump Foods
          Missourinet:  About 15 percent of workers so far have China virus at pork plant in NW Missouri
          P-D:  Mass testing at meat processing plant boosts Missouri's China virus numbers
          KWMU:  Coronavirus effects on Missouri agriculture are severe but inconsistent
          P-D:  Federal lawsuit seeks to block city, county stay-at-home orders
          The Missouri Times:  Timeline:  Gov. Parson's executive orders on coronavirus
          SNL:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt sued televangelist Jim Bakker over coronavirus elixir claims. Jay Nixon says Bakker was right.
          KWMU:  SEIU demands hazard pay boost for all nursing home workers
          P-D:  SEIU rally features demands for more money, claims that nursing home operator killed woman by denying extra sick leave
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide bench tipsheet:  Elijah Haahr, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Bob Onder, Caleb Rowden, David Gregory, Bill Eigel, Rob Vescovo, Lincoln Hough, Tony Luetkemeyer, Jon Patterson
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers appeal to Gov. Parson for clemency for convicted murderer Patty Prewitt
          P-D:  State audit says St. Louis comptroller has inadequate procedures to track city property
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City PPP loan information should not be secret
          JCNT editorial:  State employees never stopped providing services
          SE Missourian editorial:  As Missouri reopens, continue to follow health guidance
          P-D editorial:  Moratorium on evictions, utility cutoffs needed to prevent homeless surge
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth:  Let's stick with Clean Missouri
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants Missouri lawmakers to raise state income tax
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        Monday, May 4, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson talks with Scott Faughn about Wuhan virus, reopening, testing, more;  Panel of Gregg Keller and Democrat consultant Lou Hamilton on President Trump vs. Biden, reopening state's economy, Clean Missouri fix, Schmitt's lawsuit against ChiComs, more
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Nicole Galloway can't win from her basement;  KC Mayor Quinton Lucas:  "She's missing the moment."
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers set to make big cuts to budget
          Missourinet:  Bipartisan Missouri legislative effort seeks to restore cuts to Mizzou's NextGen Precision Health Initiative
          P-D:  Exuberance and caution as Missouri opens for business
          SNL:  Risk, input and necessities:  How local officials decided what to open up on Monday
          P-D:  How rural counties prepared for reopening
          KWMU:  DHSS:  State law does not allow department to name nursing home facilities with coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  How Missouri students are learning about the virus that has them stuck at home
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Responsibility for making Missouri's economic reopening work falls on each of us
          Messenger:  Missouri's medical marijuana licensing program 'defies logic,' new lawsuit asserts
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man challenges nurse practitioners' campaign, says government officials should focus on PPE and testing
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        Sunday, May 3, 2020
       
SNL:  In Paycheck Protection loans for small businesses, Missouri punches above its weight
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ethanol industry reaps downside of fuel prices;  Comments from Missouri Corn's Gary Marshall
          P-D:  Rural hospitals, without coronavirus patients, see empty beds and dark hallways instead
          CDT:  On the curve:  Experts say it is bending but caution against rapid reopening
          Columbia Missourian:  Extent of domestic violence during lockdown might never be known
          Missourinet:  DHSS:  359 workers at Triumph Foods in northwest Missouri have tested positive for coronavirus
          AP:  Coronavirus strikes nearly 80 Missouri nursing homes
          P-D editorial:  As state focuses on virus, GOP quietly tries to kill Clean Missouri reforms
          KC Star op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  Show Me Strong Recovery is a blueprint to move Missouri past coronavirus
          SNL op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield):  Missouri GOP using China virus to push bills through
          Columbia Missourian letter:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler responds to anti-Hartzler piece, asks newspaper to uphold standard of fairness and accuracy in reporting
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman unhappy with Blunt and Hawley over USPS funding
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon septuagenarian wants AG Eric Schmitt to sue Donald Trump over coronavirus
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian wants no-excuse absentee voting
          P-D letter:  Wash U. social work grad student wants Missouri voters to expand Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Jobs With Justice organizer opposes Cleaner Missouri
          P-D letter:  Manchester man disappointed by Post-Dispatch's lack of original content, extreme liberal bias
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        Saturday, May 2, 2020
       
KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Blunt announces more federal funding for hospitals;  Employees who voluntarily quit jobs not eligible for Missouri unemployment checks;  more
          CDT:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler shares first-hand perspective of challenges facing small-business owners, says Paycheck Protection Program is helping family business maintain employment of team members
          Columbia Missourian:  Some state office buildings reopening Monday
         
Missourinet:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Localized meat shortages, higher prices for some items possible in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Nearly 300 Missouri meat processing plant workers test positive for COVID-19
          AP:  Missouri senators set aside $20 million in federal funding for meat packing plants
          KC Star:  Nearly 300 workers at Missouri pork plant test positive for coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among prison inmates, staff
          SE Missourian:  State disburses $9.2 million to Cape Girardeau County for virus costs
          P-D:  At least 70 Missouri nursing homes in St. Louis area report COVID-19 outbreaks
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid expansion campaign stages petition dropoff at secretary of state's office
          SNL:  Medicaid expansion campaign files signatures for 2020 ballot
          Joplin Globe:  Medicaid expansion campaign says it secured more than twice the number of required signatures
          AP:  Petition expected to put Medicaid expansion on Missouri ballot
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol dome and law enforcement memorial lit blue this weekend
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation flooded with applications for Missouri's first elk hunt in the fall
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  Former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson tests COVID-free in D.C.
          Columbia Missourian's Jack Kosowski:  Statement from Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) about unprecedented freedom restrictions overlooks Spanish flu
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man wants legislators to focus on China virus, not Cleaner Missouri
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        Friday, May 1, 2020
       
May 2019 Missouri political news headlines
        May 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        May 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        May 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        May 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        May 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's Thursday press briefing and Q&A
        SNL:  Around 54k more file for unemployment in Missouri as state prepares to ease orders
        Missourinet:  Missouri pays out more than $500 million in unemployment benefits since mid-March
        P-D:  Massive surge of unemployment claims leads to backlog of applicants
        P-D:  Missouri hits 7,500 China virus cases Thursday
        Missourinet:  Pneumonia and flu have now killed more than 1,500 this season in Missouri;  DHSS battling multiple health threats
        KC Star:  92 new coronavirus cases found among workers at Missouri pork plant
        KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Missouri Republican Party to hold congressional district conventions by mail;  Missouri extends federal unemployment benefits;  more
        SNL:  From Cleaner Missouri to abandoned planes:  Here's what's going on in Jefferson City
        The Missouri Times:  House committee advances Cleaner Missouri
        Missourinet:  Democrats on House committee oppose Cleaner Missouri on party-line vote
        KC Star:  Missouri Republicans pass Cleaner Missouri over Democratic opposition
        SNL:  MDC, Missouri State Parks begin plans for reopening some areas
        CDT:  Protesters rally at Capitol for right to skip out on rent;  Woman holds "#CancelRent" sign next to new car
        KWMU:  SEIU complains about nursing homes' handling of China virus
        P-D:  SEIU capo, other union reps complain about state government policies
        KC Star:  Star hires 3 reporters - Jelani Gibson, Humera Lodhi and Kaitlin Washburn - through "Report for America" advocacy program;  Recent college grads to expose how guns hurt "vulnerable communities"
        P-D editorial:  Trump's order, supported by Gov. Parson, protects meatpacking plant owners at workers' expense
        KC Star editorial:  St. Louis gets $32 million in coronavirus aid;  KC gets nothing
        SNL op-ed:  AG Eric Schmitt wrong to sue China and Communist Party of China
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael and Foundation for Government Accountability's Gregg Pfister:  What Missouri can do right now to help in the battle against COVID-19
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  State rep candidate Karan Pujji (R):  Absentee voting the right path forward for Missouri
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County's Michelle Chen applauds AG Eric Schmitt for holding China accountable for wrongdoing
        P-D letter:  Kirkwood male nurse wants Blunt to expand absentee voting, quotes musical "Hamilton"
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        Thursday, April 30, 2020
       
KWMU:  Hawley charts out big shift in how America handles unemployment amid coronavirus
          SNL:  Video:  Gov. Parson gives updates on plan to reopen Missouri economy
          KC Star:  Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal assisting Gov. Parson's COVID-19 response
          SNL:  Springfield unemployment is already worse than the Great Depression;  National and coastal media go through "holy-crap moment" after STL Fed Chief James Bullard's note
          P-D:  In move to reopen, counties in St. Louis area take varying paths
          The Missouri Times:  Updated:  County-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Missouri State Parks announces its first reopening phase;  more
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves $34.9 billion budget
          CDT:  State revenues continue slide as House approves pared-back budget
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass pared-down state budget
          KWMU:  Missouri House approves budget that's $146 million less than last year due to coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Coalition seeks Internet sales tax legislation to establish emergency fund, more
          KWMU:  Missouri inmates clean hospital laundry
          Columbia Missourian:  Woman seeking to fill :Democratic ballot slot for Vicky Hartzler's re-election weighs in on Paycheck Protection Program loans
          KC Star editorial:  With China virus still a threat, can Kansas City and Missouri open the economy safely?
          KC Star editorial:  Lawsuit says Missouri meatpacking plant contributes to China virus spread. Where's the AG?
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Maisah Khan wants Missouri's congressional delegation to support flood prep funding
          The Missouri Times letter:  Clayton sexagenarian opposes Cleaner Missouri
          P-D letter:  Missouri Budget Project's Ruth Ehresman pens wish list to Gov. Parson on collective bargaining, paid sick leave, etc.
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        Wednesday, April 29, 2020
       
The Hill:  Lacy Clay knocks failed Georgia gov candidate Stacey Abrams for lobbying for VP slot:  "You cannot show up at the winner's window with loser's tickets"
          AP:  Battered by floods, U.S. river communities try new remedies
          CDT:  Vicky Hartzler's family business applies for, and receives, federal Paycheck Protection Program loans
          KWMU:  Feds give boost to cooperative efforts against drugs, crime in St. Louis region
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's bipartisan CARES Act team OK's direct relief money to counties next week
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) leads bipartisan effort to protect Missourians' federal stimulus checks from state tax
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Tuesday press briefing and Q&A
          CDT:  Missouri's COVID-19 case count lowest in three weeks
          AP:  Gov. Parson:  Hospitalizations down sharply in most areas of state
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson says state hospitalizations are down as he prepares to open economy
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson reports sharp decline in China virus hospitalizations in Missouri
          P-D:  Gov. Parson:  Hospitalizations for coronavirus drop everywhere in Missouri but St. Louis region
          P-D:  Missouri's China virus deaths increase by 26 on Tuesday
          Missourinet:  Missouri House to vote on final approval of state operating budget today
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jeff Shawan (R-Poplar Bluff) offers resolution to 'hold China responsible' for Wuhan virus outbreak
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators discuss seclusion room legislation, student curator position
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Missouri Democratic Party to hold summer convention online;  SNAP handouts expanded, again;  Eureka to defy St. Louis County stay-at-home order;  more
          KC Star:  Eric Greitens donates 150 faulty N95 masks to Missouri fire department
          The Missouri Times:  Update:  Missouri counties' stay-at-home orders
          SNL:  Coronavirus may limit recreation on area rivers
          Missourinet:  Federal investigators cite communication, design problems in duck boat sinking
          SNL:  NTSB casts blame on Coast Guard, Ripley in report on Branson duck boat tragedy
          AP:  Coast Guard, Ripley Entertainment criticized in boat crash
          P-D editorial:  In Parson versus Galloway, the Defender of Darkness meets his match
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri should allow no-excuses absentee voting
          P-D op-ed:  Moms Demand Action member:  Pandemic an opportune time to pass gun-control measures
          P-D's Beth O'Malley:  Post-Dispatch comment section policing:  All references to "Trump Derangement Syndrome," "libtard" or other hurtful words is strictly forbidden
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        Tuesday, April 28, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri begins to reopen, but will 'look very different for a while'
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson explains first steps of "Show Me Strong Recovery" plan, takes questions from reporters
          SNL:  Gov. Parson says businesses can reopen and gatherings can resume May 4
          KWMU:  Missouri to reopen businesses next week, local rules still apply
          AP:  Missouri will reopen businesses Monday, with guidelines
          KC Star:  Missouri will ease China virus restrictions May 4, including ban on large gatherings
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson says businesses can reopen May 4 with some restrictions
          P-D:  Back in business for retail, restaurants and churches across Missouri next week, with rules, governor says
          The Missouri Times:  Interview series:  DED Director Rob Dixon talks with Scott Faughn about impact of coronavirus on Missouri's bottom line
          AP:  House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith (R-Carthage) pitches $700 million in state budget cuts
          SNL:  Here are 3 big things to know about the state budget right now
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers move efficiently through budget discussions
          P-D:  Facing budget realities, Missouri lawmakers piece together revamped spending plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Strict penalties for fentanyl trafficking advance in Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Amid coronavirus and budget talks, Senate advances bill to help sexual assault victims
          P-D:  Missouri's China virus cases pass 7,000
          The Missouri Times:  Updated numbers:  Coronavirus cases among Missouri prison inmates, staff
          KWMU:  Testing aims to better understand coronavirus spread across Missouri
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri expands testing related to meat plants
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Education discusses classes this fall, students dodging school work
          SE Missourian:  Area county clerks prepare for June elections amid coronavirus concerns
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects request from convicted murderer, clearing way for May execution
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri could pay a steep price for Gov. Mike Parson's rush to reopen businesses
          Joplin Globe editorial:  DHSS' 'secret' plan shafts Missourians
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri youths aging out of foster care face destitution during the shutdown
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Gov. Parson's response to Post-Dispatch's editorial on simple-minded rural Missourians
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        Monday, April 27, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri could tax federal stimulus checks;  Gov. Parson, Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) working to fix loophole
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  AG Eric Schmitt talks with Scott Faughn about lawsuit against China and CCP, price gouging, more;  Panel of Gov. Parson campaign manager Steele Shippy and veteran St. Louis County Democratic campaign consultant Jane Dueker talks state government's response to coronavirus, expanded testing, state budget, more
        Missourinet:  Approving budget is top priority for Gov. Parson, Schatz and Haahr
        Missourinet:  House to tackle state budget today;  Lawmakers encouraged to wear masks
        KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City;  State budget is top priority
        Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers face grueling deadline to pass state budget
        KC Star:  Missouri reports 171 new China virus cases Sunday
        P-D:  St. Louis region reaches possible peak for hospitalizations
        P-D:  Some businesses in partially-reopened Franklin County cite state coronavirus rules in staying closed
        KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson should do more to help renters avoid being evicted for skipping out on rent
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Local "social justice and peace group" wants Gov. Parson to let loose as many prisoners "as can be done safely and promptly"
        P-D letter:  Cherry-picking coronavirus stats another example of editorial board's bias against rural Missourians
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man thanks Gov. Parson for granting clemency to Dimetrious Woods
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        Sunday, April 26, 2020
       
P-D:  Pandemic stands to compound St. Louis region's risk through flood season;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, FEMA, others
          SNL:  About 150 protest stay-at-home order near Battlefield Mall
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers discuss expectations for return to Capitol
          CDT:  Missouri budget plan shows almost $500 million in cuts
          JCNT:  MoDOT could face deep construction cuts
          SE Missourian:  No new COVID-19 cases reported in area Saturday
          P-D:  Rate of China virus infections should slowly begin to drop, local task force chief says
          AP:  Missouri working to quickly test workers at packing plants
          SNL:  Even as Springfield opens up, businesses brace for uncertain economic return
          KC Star:  Area activists want Gov. Parson to suspend landlords' ability to collect rent
          JCNT:  2020 Missouri KIDS COUNT report could help assess COVID-19 health outcomes in Missouri
          SNL:  DSS Director Jennifer Tidball does double-duty as foster mom, opens her home to 2-year-old twins in need;  Biological mother, out of most recent drug rehab, wants Tidball to abandon rights as foster mom
          KC Star:  Profile:  From North Carolina to Missouri, environmental and pro-choice activists have taken aim at Dr. Randall Williams
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D):  USPS a lifeline for rural Missourians. Don't let politics kill it.
          SNL op-ed:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian:  Refusing to expand absentee ballot permissions is "the new poll tax"
          P-D op-ed:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice octogenarian:  Journalists must be recognized as essential employees
          SE Missourian op-ed:  National Parents Organization's Linda Reutzel:  Legislature should resume shared parenting progress
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        Saturday, April 25, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Blunt among lawmakers calling for media advertising boost during coronavirus threat
          P-D:  Blunt pens letter to federal budget office for local media relief during coronavirus pandemic
          KC Star:  Newspaper launches charity drive to benefit itself;  Paper says $200k will help "ensur(e) sustainability for the Star" (note:  fundraising plea protected behind paywall)
          Columbia Missourian:  Federal stimulus gives mixed relief for local small business owners
          P-D:  Analysis:  Feds handing out billions - but not enough to North St. Louis City businesses
          P-D:  Washington University lecturer on Chinese business networks criticizes Schmitt's lawsuit against China government, Chicoms;  Missouri Farm Bureau praises attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson extends emergency declaration as COVID-19 deaths climb
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  Plan for reopening coming next week
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson extends state of emergency to June 15
          AP:  Gov. Parson's plan to include guidance for church services, sports
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson extends Missouri emergency declaration;  says gyms, barber shops can reopen May 4
          P-D:  Gov. Parson extends state of emergency order, says restaurants and barber shops can reopen May 4
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Mental Health says 49 workers, 34 patients test positive for coronavirus in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi County reports 20 inmates at Southeast Correctional Center test positive for COVID-19
          Missourinet:  Missouri meat-packing plant confirms 16 COVID-19 cases;  mass testing of employees
          SNL:  House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) backs part of clerks' plan to expand absentee ballot options
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau Republicans Wayne Wallingford, Barry Hovis preview upcoming General Assembly budget session
          P-D:  Open roads during pandemic lead to dangerous speeds by some Missouri drivers
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri and the city of Joplin should reopen with care
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Waiting until June to pass budget would bring greater certainty for Missouri
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  CEAM's Laura Slay and Joe Ojilie:  New federal funding for COVID-19 fight should not discriminate against children in private schools
          SNL letter:  Woman who left Missouri to live in Washington, D.C. says Gov. Parson's decision to reopen economy will kill people
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters sexagenarians criticize Ashcroft over absentee ballots
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        Friday, April 24, 2020
       
KWMU:  Blunt successfully pushes proposal to speed up coronavirus testing
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long talks China virus topics:  Effects on economy, hospitals' preparations, vote on bipartisan spending bill, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area law professors weigh in on AG Eric Schmitt's lawsuit against Chinese government, Chicoms
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick launches website for Missourians to track how state spends federal coronavirus money
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talks safety precautions at polling locations
          KWMU:  Some Missouri election officials and voters want more absentee ballots during coronavirus crisis
          KWMU:  We asked four Missouri voters:  Do you feel safe going to the polls in the time of coronavirus?
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about Legislature's return to Capitol, safety precautions, legislation to lower standards for absentee ballot requests, more
          AP:  Some state lawmakers see China virus pitting health concerns versus their public duty
          CDT:  State budget to be cut $700 million to make up for coronavirus shortfall
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Gov. Parson's Thursday press briefing
          Columbia Missourian:  State addresses antibody testing, child care as stay-at-home order set to expire
          KWMU:  Franklin County readies to open for (some) business
          Joplin Globe:  Businesses in counties with no COVID-19 cases frustrated by inability to reopen;  BBQ owner:  "I could be ready at 5 p.m. tonight."
          AP:  Exurb counties break from urban areas on reopening plans
          P-D:  Missouri, Illinois governors differ on reopening details
          SNL:  59,000 more file for unemployment in Missouri
          JCNT:  Almost 60,000 more Missourians file for unemployment
          Missourinet:  398,000 Missourians have filed for unemployment since mid-March
          P-D:  Missouri tops 6,300 coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  22 inmates within Missouri prison test positive for coronavirus
          P-D:  22 inmates test positive for coronavirus at southeast Missouri prison
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus cases among Missouri inmates, prison staff:  A look at the numbers
          P-D:  Amid coronavirus, Missouri nurse practitioners want more autonomy
          The Missouri Times:  PSC continues to extend waivers for utilities amid COVID-19
          The Missouri Times:  With Gov. Parson's signature, Dimetrious Woods' story outside prison continues
          P-D editorial:  The day two top Missouri Republicans brought China to its knees
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Lawsuit against China and Communist Party a misfire
          JCNT editorial:  State budget cuts painful but necessary
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity - Missouri's Jeremy Cady and ACLU of Missouri's Sara Baker:  Opening state government now raises First Amendment Constitutional concerns
          Dana Loesch:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  We didn't mean to suggest simple-minded rural folk are simple-minded;  Why the "Amelia Bedelia tactic" doesn't hold water
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        Thursday, April 23, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Blunt:  Missouri hospitals will get more of CARES Act funds this week
          P-D:  Hawley criticizes major universities for accepting federal relief
          AP:  China takes aim at Missouri AG Eric Schmitt, calls lawsuit "very absurd"
          KWMU:  Dept. of Defense lifts suspension of new recruits heading to Fort Leonard Wood
          Missourinet:  Two Democrats added to governor's coronavirus funding work group
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Highlights from Gov. Parson's Wednesday press briefing
          P-D:  Back in business:  Gov. Parson says most businesses can reopen from virus shutdown on May 4
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson says Missouri businesses can reopen May 4, but local orders stay in place
          P-D:  Franklin County leader to enable relaunch of commerce
          JCNT:  Missouri doctor:  When non-pandemic health care returns, it won't be the same
          CDT:  Rural county cases climb as state testing lags far behind goal
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Gov. Parson on reopening economy, expanding criteria for who can be tested;  Two more prison inmates test positive;  more
          Missourinet:  Missouri National Guard helps get food to K-12 students
          KWMU:  Financial pain of pandemic shutdown could stall gains in early childhood education
          SNL:  Gov. Parson responds to Post-Dispatch editorial on rural Missourians, criticizes elitist tone;  Editorial page editor Tod Robberson "flummoxed"
          SNL:  Stuck at home?  New Missouri Dept. of Conservation podcast about the outdoors might help
          KWMU:  SEIU Healthcare organizes protest against nursing homes
          P-D:  Unionized nursing home workers, in middle of contract negotiations, hold protest;  Some workers stage counterprotest, say owners already providing adequate PPE and financial support
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  ACLU of Missouri's Tony Rothert talks absentee ballot lawsuit
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation could bring charter schools to Missouri
          AP:  Judge rules against DHSS in open records case
          KC Star:  Judge fines DHSS $12k for violating public records law
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson's working group for aid disbursement is eerily white, male, Republican
          JCNT editorial:  Ignore the 'reopen now' protesters
          Messenger:  For first act of clemency, Gov. Parson chooses St. Louis City native who faced return to prison
          P-D letter:  SLU law student and associate prof want lawmakers to pass Wayfair tax
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        Wednesday, April 22, 2020
       
KWMU:  Missouri sues China, Communist Party over coronavirus pandemic
          Missourinet:  Missouri becomes first state to sue China over communist coverup
          SNL:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt sues China over coronavirus coverup
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Tuesday press briefing
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson orders flags to fly at half-staff at fire stations today, says Kansas City EMT who died of China virus "died heroically and selflessly in service to others"
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson signs off on military spouses licensing reciprocity bills
          KWMU:  Missouri allows professional license reciprocity for military spouses
          The Missouri Times:  Hundreds of protesters rally against stay-at-home order at Missouri's Capitol
          CDT:  Protesters take to Jefferson City streets to oppose stay-at-home orders
          JCNT:  Protesters call for immediate opening of economy
          KWMU:  Hundreds gather at Capitol, St. Louis County for 'Reopen Missouri' effort
          SNL:  Dozens protest lockdowns in Springfield, mirroring protests statewide
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Protestors urge officials to end stay-at-home effort
          P-D:  Protesters gather at Missouri Capitol, downtown Clayton to demand reopening economy
          KC Star:  Some conservatives promote protests of 'stay-at-home' orders
          SNL:  Springfield, Greene County extend stay-at-home orders
          P-D:  Franklin County will allow some businesses to re-open Friday
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's response to coronavirus:  A timeline
          KWMU:  St. Louis area now seeing fewer coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Missouri prison inmate tests positive for coronavirus
          P-D:  First Missouri Department of Corrections prisoner tests positive for China virus
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus cases among Missouri inmates, prison staff:  A look at the numbers
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Franklin County begins to reopen;  USDA allows SNAP recipients to buy food online;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood endorses Democrat in 2nd Congressional District race
          Missourinet:  High-profile corrections officer overtime case heads to Missouri Supreme Court today
          KWMU:  Activists explore new angle against Ameren, tie coronavirus to emissions
          P-D editorial:  Simple-minded rural Missourians vulnerable to "seductive voices of uninformed pundits"
          KC Star editorial:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) wrong to want to end China virus state of emergency
          JCNT editorial:  Capitol press corps deserves new Q&A process during Gov. Parson's briefings
          Messenger:  Area salon owner feels entitled to unemployment check, complains about application process
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Some stay-at-home protesters made sense, others did not
          KC Star op-ed:  Dem gov candidate Nicole Galloway:  Coronavirus pandemic a good time for Gov. Parson to expand Medicaid
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        Tuesday, April 21, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  2020 statewide campaign tip sheet:  Gov. Parson vs. Galloway;  Fitzpatrick vs. Englund;  Kehoe, Schmitt and Ashcroft vs. others
          Missourinet:  Cleaver says Congress working to get more money to small businesses affected by China virus
          P-D:  Amid rising coronavirus death toll, feds tell nursing homes to improve reporting
          Jon Rust:  Former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson faces coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Video and summary:  Gov. Parson's Monday press briefing
          JCNT:  Missouri plans further $47 million in state spending restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  Video series:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) on the work that remains for senators;  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann (R) on his "philosophical problem" with government shutdown mandates
          SNL:  Self-employed and gig workers can now get unemployment in Missouri. Here's how.
          The Missouri Times:  Walmart, Amazon part of Missouri's waiver request for SNAP handouts to cover online grocery purchases
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Federal waiver request for SNAP handouts and online grocery shopping;  faulty Chinese masks;  staff member at Vandalia women's prison tests positive;  more
          CDT:  St. Louis LLC created by "politically connected St. Louis law firm" refunds $9 million to Missouri for rejected Chinese masks
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson announces new budget cuts, state reaches agreement on KN95 masks
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri receives refund for faulty made-in-China masks
          P-D:  Gov. Parson directs economic stimulus working group to meet in public
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson optimistic on Missouri's May 4 goal
          SNL:  Locals plan protests of stay-at-home orders, mirroring plans at Capitol
          AP:  Protesters against stay-at-home orders held in Kansas City
          KC Star:  Protesters in KC say it's time to ease stay-at-home orders
          KC Star:  Activists protest along I-70, want Gov. Parson to keep landlords from collecting rent;  Area grownups explain why they should not pay for living space
          JCNT:  Callabyte receives state broadband grant
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Those protesting stay-at-home orders should leave their guns at home
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri CAFOs seek only to feed agribusiness profits
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        Monday, April 20, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov. Mike Parson talks with Scott Faughn about COVID-19, plans to reopen state's economy, state budget pain, what the "new normal" will look like for Missourians, much more
          AP:  Missouri coronavirus death toll grows to 198;  5,991 infected
          P-D:  Missouri crests 5,600 China virus cases
          KC Star:  Coronavirus death toll rises to 89 in KC metro
          Missourinet:  Missouri's veteran homes take strict measures against coronavirus
          KWMU:  Local pandemic task force leader opposes lifting stay-at-home orders "too soon"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Budget cuts loom with state lawmakers set to return
          SNL:  With patient counts dropping drastically, Ozarks urgent cares turn to telemedicine
          SNL:  AT&T tells DirecTV channels to 'carefully review' whether they should keep Jim Bakker show;  Trump Administration, AG Eric Schmitt have taken action after televangelist peddled coronavirus cure
          P-D:  Police and domestic violence advocates report uptick in calls for help since stay-at-home orders
          Missourinet:  Court:  Fredericktown's "The Offsets" must remain closed;  AG Eric Schmitt praises ruling, says nine people have died at "old flooded lead mine" since '80s
          KC Star editorial:  On masks and more, what Gov. Parson says about China virus is just not true
          SNL letters:  Greene County Democratic Party official Gene Davison criticizes Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) for securing masks for legislators;  Springfield octogenarian wants Gov. Parson to be more like Teddy Roosevelt;  Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit) praises Gov. Parson's approach to personal responsibility;  Faith Voices United activist wants Billy Long to sponsor interest-rate legislation
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        Sunday, April 19, 2020
       
Joplin Globe:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long favors gradual reopening of economy on May 4
          JCNT:  State measures gaps in process to reopen Missouri
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Missouri Humanities looking to give away federal money;  Number of seriously ill in STL area continues downward trend;  More
          CDT:  University of Washington model suggests Missouri deaths may have already peaked
          Joplin Globe:  Forecast sees Missouri past China virus peaks
          Missourinet:  Florissant hotel is Missouri's first alternate care site for COVID-19;  three patients there now
          AP:  Nurses' program shortened as Missouri coronavirus cases rise
          SNL:  ACLU sues Missouri to lower absentee ballot standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Firearm sales spike in Missouri, as in much of U.S.
          KC Star:  China virus leads to disagreements over nursing home information;  Comments from Dr. Sanmi Areola, activist Mitzi McFatrich
          Missourinet:  Floyd Warmann dies;  served as top aide to Gov. Warren Hearnes (D) for eight years
          P-D:  Spanish Lake's Floyd Warmann, former St. Louis County police commissioner and businessman, dies at 87
          P-D editorial:  Hawley plan would keep workers employed even as they shelter. It makes sense.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Keep coronavirus response local, and don't give in to groupthink
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian expresses anger at KMOX, says hearing Rush Limbaugh's voice makes him "choke back tears"
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        Saturday, April 18, 2020
       
KWMU:  Campaign finance reporting:  Jill Schupp edges Ann Wagner for quarter, but incumbent has nearly $2 million cash-on-hand advantage;  Gov. Parson outraises Nicole Galloway;  More
          The Missouri Times:  April 2020 quarterly filings:  Statewide offices
          The Missouri Times:  April 2020 quarterly filings:  PACs
          The Missouri Times:  April 2020 quarterly filings:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2020 quarterly filings:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Liberty Alliance files MEC complaint against Rep. Ian Mackey, says Richmond Heights Democrat sent fundraising appeal via Facebook from Capitol office while House was in session
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  Reopening will not be like flipping a switch
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson says if his plan is followed some businesses will reopen by May 4
          SNL:  Capitol protests of 'stay-at-home' orders planned
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          KC Star:  Veterans Affairs Medical Center in KC accounts for dozens of city's coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Latest business loan figures;  Gov. Parson expands testing;  Unemployment benefits update;  ACLU sues Ashcroft to lower absentee standards;  More
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) calls for temporary staff increase at Labor amid unemployment surge
          SNL:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri was cheated on faulty masks
          Columbia Missourian:  State in multimillion dollar dispute over faulty masks
          Columbia Missourian:  Empower Missouri, others want Gov. Parson to lower standards on absentee ballots
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Q&A with new UMSL Chancellor Kristin Sobolik
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Hawley's proposal would help businesses rehire workers
          Jon Rust:  Paper confirms outbreak of COVID-19 at Sikeston convalescent center;  Missouri should institute "strike teams" to deploy assistance to overwhelmed retirement home staffs
          SNL's Chris Dixon:  Gov. Parson deserves praise for not politicizing coronavirus response
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  District 122 (Lynch) GOP state rep candidate Bill Hardwick:  Freedom is our chief advantage in the fight against COVID-19
          P-D letter:  Ladue septuagenarian says having epidemiologist son makes him an expert on disease transmission, wants Gov. Parson to lower absentee standards
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        Friday, April 17, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Blunt hopes President Trump doesn't pull funding to World Health Organization
          KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Local governments should decide on coronavirus reopening
          SNL:  Gov. Parson extends statewide social distancing order through May 3
          CDT:  Gov. Parson extends stay-at-home order to early May
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson extends stay-at-home order through May 3
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson extends Missouri stay-at-home order through May 3 with reopening planned in phases
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson extends Missouri's statewide stay-at-home order, expects some businesses to open May 4
          AP:  Gov. Parson extends stay-at-home order to May 3, then 'back to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri efforts to let SNAP handouts cover online grocery purchases important, Gov. Parson says
          Missourinet:  Another 101,000 Missourians file for unemployment
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Unemployment insurance fund cannot help all Missourians seeking benefits
          P-D:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page extend stay-at-home orders
          SNL:  Springfield, Greene County leaders likely to issue new emergency orders next week
          SE Missourian:  Scott County's COVID-19 cases continue rise
          Missourinet:  Rep. Alan Green (D-Florissant) talks about China virus' racism against African-Americans
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update thread:  Lincoln County prisoner tests positive for China virus;  Trump's task force on re-opening the economy;  More
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller (R) and Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon (D) talk with Rosenbaum about path for Missouri elections amid coronavirus
          KWMU:  Campaign to place recreational marijuana on ballot says China virus killed effort
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Outlook remains steady for moderate chance of floods
          P-D:  Missouri casino regulator calls for audit of state gaming commission
          KC Star:  Kansas City Public Schools accused of discrimination in second attendance fraud lawsuit
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds life sentences for older teens
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Media deserve to be at Gov. Parson's press briefings
          P-D editorial:  When tough times call for bold answers, Gov. Parson dodges and evades
          KC Star op-ed:  Winnetonka High School Principal Eric Johnson:  Sen. Blunt has the power, expertise to help homeless Missouri students during pandemic
          Phill Brooks:  Remembering bipartisanship and Jack Buechner
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        Thursday, April 16, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's Wednesday press briefing, Q&A
          JCNT:  Governor weighs how to reopen Missouri
          AP:  Gov. Parson to decide soon on reopening Missouri businesses
          KC Star:  Kansas City mayor makes it official:  stay-at-home order extended until May 15
          Missourinet:  St. Louis County stay-at-home order expected to be extended
          AP:  Missouri unemployment hits 4.5% amid pandemic
          P-D:  Missouri says unemployment benefits will soon flow to gig workers, self-employed
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of positive coronavirus cases
          KC Star:  China virus kills 14 more in Missouri as new cases jump by more than 200
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leaders interview series:  Scott Faughn talks with Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe (R) about stay-at-home orders, PPE, and more;  Faughn and University of Missouri System President Mun Choi discuss layoffs, plans for fall
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Missouri unemployment, stay-at-home orders, recreation marijuana campaign, Galloway salvo, more
          SNL:  Gov. Parson calls absentee-voting push 'a Democrat-Republican' thing;  Thoughts from Dem gov candidate Nicole Galloway, others
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway sends Dept. of Public Safety list of questions about masks
          AP:  Effort to put recreational marijuana on fall ballot falters
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly's Republican leadership confirms return to Capitol
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers to return to Jefferson City on April 27, will practice social distancing
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) working to allow some food-stamp recipients to get handouts delivered directly to their home
          P-D:  Restaurants in Missouri get a temporary green light to sell to-go cocktails
          Missourinet:  Missouri State University leaders take pay cuts
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS, two medical marijuana facilities settle after appeals
          KWMU:  St. Charles to raise levees to cut flood insurance costs and attract development;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Executive Director David Stokes
          AP:  D.C. group labels lower Missouri River and upper Mississippi River "most endangered waterways"
          KC Star editorial:  Whatever 'reopening' date Kansas City and Missouri choose, the coronavirus danger won't be over
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers want to reconvene during pandemic for all the wrong reasons
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Former Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider (D):  Gov. Parson once again demonstrates leadership and pragmatism - this time, on Internet sales tax
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit):  'Immunity certificates' will be key to reopening Missouri's economy safely
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        Wednesday, April 15, 2020   Tax Day
       
KWMU:  What you need to know about coronavirus stimulus checks
          SNL:  As Springfield small businesses wait on federal stimulus funding, leaders offer tips and advice
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Away from Washington, Blunt and Hawley stay involved in fighting virus
          Missourinet:  FAA awards Missouri $152 million to help 75 airports deal with COVID-19
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri airports to get federal assistance during pandemic
          JCNT:  Federal aid coming for Mid-Missouri transit providers
          Missourinet:  Auditor Nicole Galloway's office creating online tool to track federal money coming to Missouri
          JCNT:  State receiving N95 masks to replace recalled shipments
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Federal aid for airports;  UM System cuts;  Mixed drinks to go;  More
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson:  State begins to issue unemployment benefits, evaluate reopening
          Columbia Missourian:  State not near capacity on ICU beds, ventilators
          SNL:  Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) eyes return to Capitol April 27;  Democrats complain
          P-D:  Missouri House superminority unhappy with GOP plan to return to work
          SNL:  Missouri coronavirus cases surge by nearly 300
          P-D:  Eight new deaths reported in St. Louis County on Monday
          KWMU:  Tracking cases by zip code shows China virus' racism
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP hosts coronavirus virtual town hall:  Wuhan virus' racism, victimhood, etc.
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri bars, restaurants can sell mixed drinks to go after DPS changes rule
          KWMU:  Missouri prisoners make masks and sanitizer
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association's Herb Kuhn says member hospitals are losing $32 million daily during coronavirus outbreak
          P-D:  Popular scenic counties in rural Missouri are asking most visitors to stay away
          KC Star:  Wuhan virus toll on Missouri colleges will be significant
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri leadership to take 10 percent pay cut, starting in May
          Missourinet:  AG Eric Schmitt opposes effort by St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) to give convicted murderer new trial
          P-D editorial:  Universal vote-by-mail option a necessary step in the wake of the pandemic.
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson, Kansas Gov. Kelly should team up to reopen the economy
          KC Star editorial:  Feeding KC-area schoolchildren puts cafeteria workers at risk for coronavirus
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  United for Missouri's Carl Bearden:  It's time to reopen Missouri and get back to work
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon):  Stop pitting nurses against hospitals during the pandemic
          P-D op-ed:  Washington University sociology profs:  From slavery to Pruitt-Igoe to Wuhan:  China virus the latest attack in conspiracy against St. Louis blacks
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian wants Blunt to turn on President Trump, "reflect the shame that we Missourians feel"
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        Tuesday, April 14, 2020
       
KOMU:  Blunt announces $208 million in federal funding for Missouri schools
          P-D:  U.S. agriculture faces $20 billion loss from coronavirus, says new University of Missouri report
          JCNT:  Cautious optimism about Missouri River flooding forecast