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        Friday, November 15, 2019
       
KC Star:  Trump will nominate KC Library's Crosby Kemper III to lead Institute of Museum and Library Sciences X
          JCNT:  Former Trump advisor John Bolton speaks at Lincoln University X
          The Missouri Times:  Clay invites local pro-choice activists to testify before House committee
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local activists want Trump to flip-flop on Paris climate-change accord
          KWMU:  Sweep of violent fugitives nets 160 criminals in St. Louis
          Missourinet:  69 gang members in St. Louis area arrested;  16 arrests on murder-related warrants
          P-D:  Lacy Clay enters Lambert Airport fray, demands binding vote on privatization X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  GOP fundraising letter is wrong - Hillary Clinton will not run for president
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola) announces bid for Mike Cunningham's open state Senate seat
          SNL:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) speak at Drury University on women and campaigning X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson announces nearly $8 million for hundreds of workforce development programs across the state
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson speaks at Callaway bridge X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control series:  In Missouri, gun sellers abound
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood denied Medicaid money for second year in a row X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS confirms second vaping-related death in state
          KCUR:  Liberal arts students, professors increasingly defensive about their degrees' value;  Missouri state legislators are to blame
          KC Star:  Flotron & McIntosh in the running for KC lobbying contract X
          P-D:  Gov. Parson appoints new judge to St. Louis County circuit court X
          Washington Post:  Gannett, GateHouse shareholders approve merger, creaing nation's largest newspaper publisher X
          KCUR:  Kansas City Star gives up on Saturday print edition, will publish six days a week next year;  KC Star Editor Mike Fannin does not respond to inquiries
          JCNT:  Missouri DNR endorses proposal to build new well, pump station X
          SNL:  Deer firearms season opens Saturday in Missouri X
          AP:  Activist sues to get St. Louis City personnel data;  "Grassroots Accountability Movement" wants to publish names of officers who have pulled over black drivers
          KC Star letter:  Grain Valley man suggests that Cleaver remove his own name from street and give that honor to MLK X
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man wants sex education to be required in Missouri schools +
          Washington Missourian letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian doesn't want CAFOs in Franklin County X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man mocks Post-Dispatch's marketing pitch of "trusted journalism" X
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        Thursday, November 14, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  House in 'chaos' as Democrats fixate on impeachment +
          Joplin Globe:  Local professors weigh in on political theater of impeachment hearings X
          The Missouri Times:  DACA before U.S. Supreme Court:  What it means for young illegals in Missouri
          KC Star:  Lacy Clay, House Dems to host "National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda," St. Louis Planned Parenthood's chief abortion officer, others at hearing X
          AP:  National Transportation Safety Board:  Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals
          KC Star:  New safety recommendations for duck boats same as 2002, years before Missouri tragedy
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson attends Moniteau County Cattlemen's Association dinner
          SNL:  Democrats find woman to fill ballot slot against Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield);  Betsy Fogle thinks focusing on Medicaid expansion, LGBTQIA* issues will make her a winner X
          The Missouri Times:  Homelessness in Missouri down, says Missouri Housing Development Commission study
          Missourinet:  Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) to file slot machine legislation for 2020
          Columbia Missourian:  Family wins lawsuit against DESE for right to take online classes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC greenlights Evergy, Nucor rate contract for Sedalia steel mill
          KWMU:  Anti-CAFO activists rally in Franklin County
          JCNT:  Firearms deer hunting opens this weekend X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Hunting has huge impact on northeast Missouri economy X
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants AG Eric Schmitt to spend time looking into 'dangerous' urban apartment conditions X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman saddened by Cleaver's "racism" allegation against preservationists X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Retired director of Carpenters Regional Council training program:  State of Missouri is commited to building on apprenticeship program X
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        Wednesday, November 13, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says trade dispute has hurt China's economy, believes Pelosi is using USMCA vote as impeachment leverage against some Dems
          SE Missourian:  SEMO political science professor expects "political theater" from House Dems' impeachment hearings +
          AP:  Missouri awarded $35 million in federal grants for road projects
          JCNT:  Medicaid-expansion advocates hold rally at library X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson creates new office tasked with increasing apprenticeship opportunities
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson creates office to increase number of apprentices X
          KCUR:  In Missouri, mental health parity is being enforced by state laws
          KC Star:  Activists use lung cancer statistics to continue push for higher state tobacco taxes X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Join Gov. Mike Parson, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, and Peter Kinder at Stars and Stripes National Museum fundraiser this Saturday night +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg):  State, federal governments must look at infrastructure improvements to mitigate disasters before they happen
           KC Star's Michael Ryan:  New film shows campus assaults on free speech. How do Missouri colleges fare? X
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        Tuesday, November 12, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to visit KC on Friday;  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves talks benefits of USDA relocation
          AP:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver appears on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show to criticize historic preservationists, compares "Save the Paseo" group to KKK
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics episode recap
          KBIA:  "Intersection" podcast:  Serving in a superminority:  Dem Reps. Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens talk Medicaid expansion, coping strategies for 2020 session, more
          KWMU:  Missouri House superminority member Rep. LaDonna Applebaum (D-St. Louis County) wants Medicaid expansion, PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sarah Jones, assistant attorney general - special litigation
          KWMU:  Thousands in Missouri already have medical marijuana cards with nowhere to legally buy it
          Missourinet:  Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development hosting Apprenticeship Missouri Summit today in Columbia;  Comments from Zora Mulligan
          Columbia Missourian:  State reps appear on "food insecurity" panel, discuss playing Empower Missouri's "#MOSNAPChallenge" sympathy game
          P-D:  Missouri fines Doe Run $1.2 million for lead emissions, other infractions X
          KC Star editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver stomps and shouts when asked about comparing MLK Boulevard opponents to KKK X
          P-D editorial:  Sunshine Law won't work unless more Missourians demand that officials comply X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri deer hunters can stop spread of CWD by following state rules X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  Liability lawsuits create unnecessary hurdles for businesses
          KBIA op-ed:  Graduate student Kelly Kenoyer:  Missouri's lack of higher ed funding forces some Mizzou students to have jobs, miss parties
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Hyperloop has economic benefits, but doesn't alleviate immediate need to fix I-70 X
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        Monday, November 11, 2019   Veterans Day
       
Missourinet:  Marine Corps League says new members are crucial for lobbying on Capitol Hill
          AP:  Thousands in Missouri, other states face life-threatening floods from aging dams
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Deepening river proposed to alleviate future flooding X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep.-elect Trish Gunby (D) talks to Scott Faughn about campaign and plans upon joining House superminority;  Panel of Reps. Jim Murphy and Tommie Pierson Jr., Thom Robbins and Braxton Payne talk special election, Gov. Parson vs. Nicole Galloway, gaming-machine controversy, more
          P-D:  Retired Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner among applicants for multiple marijuana businesses X
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group leader says more kids should be in mental health system, not foster care
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Data shows Missouri American Water supplies clean water to local communities;  D.C.-based Environmental Working Group complains about federal safety standards X
          KC Star editorial:  Sen. Josh Hawley is right - drugs flooding across U.S.-Mexico border kill Missourians X
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        Sunday, November 10, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visits Catapult Creative House to learn about young entrepreneurs +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 4, 2019
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Southern President Alan Marble praises Gov. Parson:  "(He) has done the best job in a long time in understanding higher education ... he's put the money behind his talk" X
          SNL:  Here's what Springfield lawmakers said about top education issues for 2020 X
          SNL:  Scientific data from Missouri Department of Natural Resources underscores safety of drinking water;  Amateur epidemiologist disagrees with science, imagines that chemical caused relative's non-Hodgkins lymphoma X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Credit Gov. Parson and state lawmakers for turning the corner on higher education funding X
          KC Star op-ed:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville):  Common sense violence fix:  Hold dangerous felons accountable for their actions X
          Messenger:  Missouri legislators should spend more taxpayer money on public defender system X
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        Saturday, November 9, 2019
       
Fox News:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) on impeachment, President Trump's success in lowering black unemployment rate
          Columbia Missourian:  Millennial woman running in Dem primary to challenge Hartzler suggests beating incumbent will be easy:  "I'll just take her job"
          CDT:  Democrat vows strong fight against Hartzler;  Lindsey Simmons compares heroics as high school track competitor to running for U.S. Congress X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking weekly news roundup:  Jason Rosenbaum, others discuss legalized sports betting, Democrats' early 2020 salvos against Eric Schmitt, special elections, more
          The Missouri Times:  As Missouri continues to debate sports gambling, NFL Players Association raises security concerns
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau Republicans Kathy Swan, Wayne Wallingford promote shared-parenting legislation +
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative committee hearing raises concerns on child diversion data, foster care shortages
          AP:  Missouri proposes ban on pot companies paying taxes in cash
          Missourinet:  Missouri's vaping-related illness cases continue to climb
          SNL:  New state law helps tighten up local schools' winter break X
          SNL:  Greene County Commission won't oppose CAFO law X
          P-D editorial:  Ward Franz's resignation shows value of whistleblowers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri jobs are paid by trade
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  In new book, David Limbaugh makes the case for conservatism +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  GOP state rep candidate Will Perry:  Angela Davis was a poor choice for SEMO's MLK event +
          P-D letter:  Catholic deacon says abortionist's claim to "value life" is hypocritical X
          JCNT letter:  CAFO opponent responds to CAFO supporter responding to CAFO event responding to CAFO legislation X
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        Friday, November 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler, Luetkemeyer weigh in on House Dems' upcoming impeachment hearings
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt, others call on EPA to fix proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rule
          Missourinet:  Federal operation targets dangerous sex offenders in the Ozarks
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines former Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) for misuse of campaign funds
          P-D:  Bruce Franks spent campaign money at casino, pet hospital, jukebox app, wrote checks to himself and "cash";  Former state rep resigned in July citing "mental health" X
          P-D:  Petition to place Medicaid expansion on ballot is quarter of way there, activists say X
          The Missouri Times:  Renewable energy initiative petition ballot language faces legal battle
          AP:  Report:  No evidence St. Louis City prosecutor was threatened by Greitens' attorneys
          P-D:  No charges in Gardner's threat claim against Eric Greitens' attorneys X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson calls bridge program key to strong economy X
          Missourinet:  Major League Baseball says Missourians expected to wager $5.5 billion on sports, if it's legal
          KWMU:  Pro sports leagues pitch gambling to Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri Police Chiefs Association's Sean Fagan talks "Ferguson effect" and struggle to attract talent
          JCNT:  MoDOT readies for winter storms, already treating some roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Evergy to appeal PSC decision in Sibley case, estimating annual impact of $9 million
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's suburban voters are smarter and better informed than rural counterparts - and that spells trouble for Ann Wagner X
          P-D editorial:  Don't allow proliferation of machines that may constitute illegal gambling X
          KC Star editorial:  Three more murders in Kansas City show how urgently Missouri lawmakers must pass gun control X
          CDT op-ed:  GateHouse Media regional editor Allen Fennewald:  We need targeted rural broadband expansion everywhere X
          Messenger:  Poor people in Missouri are paying for extra retirement benefits for sheriffs X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says Gov. Parson's pro-life position is "shameful" X
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        Thursday, November 7, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley concerned about Chinese social media company's data collection X
          P-D:  Blunt praises nominees for federal judgeships X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House special election results
          AP:  Victory in St. Louis County signals hope for 2020, Democrats think
          Columbia Missourian:  Wait list long for state mental health programs
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson credits investment in workforce development, infrastructure for October revenue results
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson announces $5 million broadband grant program
          P-D:  St. Louis City has approved roughly 50 gaming machines in restaurants, gas stations X
          Columbia Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick seeks help in returning unclaimed military medals
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick hopes to renunite military medals with those who earned them X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC sides with Evergy over handling of renewable energy credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Emerald ash borer made its way to 16 new Missouri counties this year, Dept. of Conservation says
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian scolds state legislators for incontinence diaper taxes, abortion legislation, other transgressions X
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        Wednesday, November 6, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Former White House speechwriter:  "Josh Hawley reminds me of those early years of Ronald Reagan"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn, others to join U.S. trade delegation to Mexico
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency talks future "openness" initiatives
          Scott Faughn:  Post-Dispatch's "Wildwood Woke" approach attacks black legislators for abiding by Clean Missouri regulations;  Kansas City Star's hypocrisy on tax subsidies;  Post-Dispatch's early campaign salvos against Eric Schmitt;  Special elections;  More
          KC Star:  2020 campaign preview:  Gov. Parson's election to four-year term X
          KWMU:  Gunby captures Democrat-leaning House seat
          P-D:  Democrats win local House races X
          SNL:  Missouri may not let legal weed companies pay taxes in cash. That could be a problem. X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri launches broadband grant program
          The Missouri Times:  Inside Missouri's $5 million rural broadband grant program
          KWMU:  From competition to cooperation:  St. Louis Public Schools and charter schools are working together
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol:  Deer-vehicle collisions peak in November in Missouri
          Missourinet:  At Senate hearing, Springfield trial lawyer complains about gun laws
          P-D editorial:  Cozy relationship with state attorney general helps Paul McKee escape a costly lawsuit X
          Messenger:  Some still unhappy about surcharge for Sheriff's Retirement Fund X
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway:  CAFO event was disappointingly one-sided X
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        Tuesday, November 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Hartzler encouraged about a USMCA vote
          KWMU:  A federal tax law could put rural electric co-ops in Missouri at risk
          P-D:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick seeks full, four-year term X
          Missourinet:  Six Missouri House seats to be filled in special elections today
          Missourinet:  Most Missouri state employees will be off on both Thanksgiving and the following day
          P-D:  Missouri tourism chief Ward Franz out amid whistleblower probe into hotel stays, Yankees and Red Sox tickets X
          The Missouri Times:  Hyperloop won't take funds away from other infrastructure needs, Kehoe says
          The Missouri Times:  Senators sit through marathon hearing on urban gun violence
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) wants state to give her $500k for "gang intervention"
          Missourinet:  KC police chief says his city is on pace for nearly 150 homicides this year
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators sit through seven hours of testimony on urban violence
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee holds hearing on urban gun violence
          P-D:  Marijuana business hopefuls in Missouri competing with country's largest pot retailers X
          SNL:  Two Springfield city councilmen seek to pass resolution complaining about state CAFO law X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City octogenarian skeptical of Hyperloop costs X
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        Monday, November 4, 2019
       
KWMU:  USDA data shows Missouri has improved hunger levels throughout the state
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks with Scott Faughn about Hyperloop, transportation funding, legislators' mandate from voters on abortion, veterans' issues;  Panel of Rep. Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City), Brett Dinkins, Jim Lembke, Anne Schweitzer talk pro-choice social media outrage, Hyperloop, Gunby-Pitman, more
          SNL:  Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick to announce run for full term in Cassville today X
          P-D:  Democratic attorney general candidate requests documents from Schmitt's office regarding internal ethics audits X
          SNL:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to speak at Drury panel on politics next week X
          P-D's "The Bottom Line" video series:  Business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher talk online sales taxes X
          Missourinet:  Higher Ed and Workforce Development Director Zora Mulligan says Missouri's colleges and universities face maintenance crisis
          KWMU:  A look at legal issues surrounding Illinois residents smuggling their recreational marijuana into Missouri
          CDT:  Ag groups dropped from lawsuit over state CAFO law X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Chronic wasting disease is still around in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  A look inside Columbia's debate over urban violence;  19-year-old who shot 13-year-old:  "He dead. I know he dead and I'm going to jail."
          P-D editorial:  Legalized marijuana industry sees cause for concern with cannabis vaping products X
          Messenger:  AG Eric Schmitt is investigating former Missouri National Guard general in connection with tax credits X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman says KC-area urban violence targets "black transgender women and gender-nonconforming people" X
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        Sunday, November 3, 2019
       
SNL:  What to know about Obamacare in 2020:  Advice from Cover Missouri's Nancy Kelley X
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt introduces McCaskill at State Historical Society event
          CDT:  McCaskill speaks at State Historical Society event X
          P-D:  2019 special House election preview:  Trish Gunby (D) vs. Lee Ann Pitman (R) X
          P-D:  2020 attorney general election preview:  Democrats, media to highlight developers' donations to Eric Schmitt X
          P-D:  Federal appeals court says Missouri lobbying rules don't apply to activist Ron Calzone X
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 28, 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Emissions tests may end in Franklin County, if EPA accepts state plan X
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood, lady Dems vent emotions over state abortion lawsuit X
          JCNT:  Missouri Hospital Association tracking programs aimed at reversing opioid epidemic X
          JCNT:  Missouri Budget Project's Tom Kruckemeyer says tobacco companies are buying state legislators X
          Missourinet:  Senate committee to hear testimony tomorrow on urban gun violence
          P-D editorial:  Sports and video gambling are here to stay. Taxpayers should reap the benefits. X
          CDT op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Most Obamacare plans in Missouri not rated X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri rural broadband still elusive 50 years after Internet's birth
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to start opposing Trump agenda X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County liberal disagrees with AG Eric Schmitt on Obamacare, pro-life policies, CAFOs X
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        Saturday, November 2, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley want to track law enforcement suicides
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt tours new facilities at air base X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler talks impeachment, China tariffs, support for Christian groups
          CDT:  Hartzler's office helped Christian group book meeting room in Cannon House Office Building;  Liberals outraged X
          SE Missourian:  Pro-life memorial gone from South Mount Auburn site;  VA health care center incoming +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking news roundup:  Jason Rosenbaum, others discuss Pitman-Gunby special House election, Hyperloop, more
          KWMU:  Local NAACP names new president:  John Bowman, Sr.
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe congratulates LU School of Nursing for 50th anniversary X
          KC Star:  NARAL social media campaign targets DHSS' Randall Williams with "a rallying cry for women, trans, and non-binary folks" X
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson says Planned Parenthood's "spreadsheet" meme is misleading X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 30, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's greeting to USDA newcomers in KC:  Hello, swamp creatures! X
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        Friday, November 1, 2019
       
November 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2013 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  USDA's Kansas City decision praised by top Missouri Democrats and Republicans
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn:  ERS, NIFA move to Missouri will benefit state's farmers
          The Missouri Times:  USDA steps closer to Kansas City move with downtown lease
          AP:  USDA picks Missouri office building as its Kansas City site
          KC Star:  USDA finds rent value in Kansas City move X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's congressional delegation votes along party lines on Trump impeachment rules
          Joplin Globe:  Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler react to impeachment vote X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley wants to add federal resources to opioid fight X
          SNL:  Mother of Springfield homicide victim works to change 'sanctuary city' rules;  New Jersey county let Mexican illegal off scot-free X
          KWMU:  EPA says workers are done cleaning up Carter Carburetor Superfund site in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talks vaping regulations, vehicle license-tag scofflaws, gun control, city-county mergers, more
          P-D:  STL League of Women Voters celebrating 100 years with banquet X
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood director punctuates testimony with tears X
          P-D:  Abortion hearing photo gallery:  Women who choose to be obese protest over "healthcare";  Abortion clinic director turns on the waterworks;  More X
          KWMU:  In weepy testimony, abortion clinic administrator talks about state inspections and standards
          KC Star:  Abortion clinic administrator cries, says state inspectors had "accusatory demeanor" X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Reps. Karla May (D-St. Louis City), Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) talk online sales taxes
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri's latest economic numbers provide good news X
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        Thursday, October 31, 2019   Happy Halloween!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt, Hartzler urge USMCA vote and passage
          Newsweek:  Blunt blocks Democratic bill that would strip power from states
          SNL:  Hawley says fentanyl is behind overdose crisis X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS says KC Star piece on tracking Planned Parenthood's botched abortions was misleading
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood's chief doctor claims abortions at St. Louis clinic are safe
          P-D:  Top Planned Parenthood doctor:  "Physicians make mistakes. Unfortunately, complications do occur." X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Gov. Parson statement on small-business wage growth rated "Mostly True"
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Reps. Karla May (D-St. Louis City), Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) talk online sales taxes
          KCUR:  State of Missouri's college economics:  Students want cheaper tuition, universities want more state funding, GOP state legislator says there's "not a pot of gold at the end of any rainbow"
          JCNT:  Missouri Public Transit Association says state needs to spend more money on public transit X
          The Missouri Times:  Cannabis trade group urges Missouri to strictly regulate marijuana vaping products
          AP:  AG Eric Schmitt sues Florida company over calls
          JCNT:  It's deer season on Missouri roads;  Dept. of Conservation warns of danger created by wild animals X
          The Missouri Times:  New Senate committee to tackle gun violence, public safety
          KWMU:  New series "Children Under Fire" will focus on victims of urban street culture
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's spreadsheet on women's menstrual cycles is totally normal. In dystopia. X
          P-D editorial:  Tracking menstrual cycles to attack abortion rights merits investigation X
          SE Missourian editorial:  State should legislate online sales tax collection +
          P-D editorial:  Emissions tests work. That's cause to continue them here, not roll them back. X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri House should comply with Sunshine Law X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  MoDOT correct to educate about seat belt use, texting while driving X
          Messenger:  Planned Parenthood hearing reveals Gov. Parson's Halloween Week House of Horrors X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Don't let state legislators dry out Missouri's budget reserves X
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Could school choice end poverty? This KC advocate wants a revolution in education X
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        Wednesday, October 30, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Army Corps of Engineers to release more Missouri River water late into fall
          Columbia Missourian:  New speaker series from State Historical Society of Missouri to feature retirees Claire McCaskill, Jack Danforth
          SE Missourian:  Liberal activist Angela Davis to speak at SEMO's MLK Dinner in January +
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft, state Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County) seek to fight online misinformation
          SNL:  Officials urge Missourians to get REAL IDs to fly X
          KC Star:  Using patient data helped state identify Planned Parenthood's botched abortions X
          P-D:  Cannabis industry group wants Missouri health officials to issue vaping regulations X
          Missourinet:  Nicole Galloway audit:  Urban charter school exec exaggerated attendance to get extra $1.4 million in state aid
          KWMU:  Urban charter school's founder fudged attendance worth extra $1.4 million in state aid
          Columbia Missourian:  Panelists from MoDOT, other groups propose distracted-driving solutions
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) to host DNR public meeting Nov. 7 on TCE pollution X
          KC Star editorial:  KC mayor wants to take guns away from abusers. Why hasn't Missouri done this yet? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Brad Hudson (R-Cape Fair):  Illegal slot machines gamble on the state's future, but Missourians can still win the day
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City woman promotes anti-Trump group's Medicaid-expansion rally X
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        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
       
KC Star:  Substantial incentives in play for the new USDA jobs in Kansas City X
          AP:  Prolonged Missouri River flooding could last all winter
          SE Missourian:  Cape district accepts federal grant for school safety +
          KWMU:  West St. Louis County House race could be a political barometer
          KWMU:  State lawyers say Planned Parenthood puts patients at risk
          KC Star:  State has "grave concerns" about patient care at St. Louis abortion clinic X
          AP:  Hearing begins on fate of St. Louis abortion clinic
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood says state's move to shutter abortion clinic is overblown X
          KWMU:  Missouri officials eye test track for super-fast hyperloop transit system
          The Missouri Times:  Hyperloop could have significant impact in Missouri - if it's the first
          Missourinet:  Task force:  Hyperloop could fuel Missouri economy by billions, make 17k jobs
          Missourinet:  Haahr, Rowden say Hyperloop should happen
          AP:  Officials pitch Missouri for high-speed Hyperloop test track
          JCNT:  Missouri's Hyperloop panel issues final report X
          CDT:  Panel recommends Missouri build Hyperloop test track X
          Columbia Missourian's Judy Lucas:  Missouri looking to build Hyperloop test track;  Comments from "State Treasurer Scott Fitzgerald [sic]"
          KC Star:  Missouri races ahead to land first Hyperloop test track X
          P-D:  Hyperloop study calls for test track to be built in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Rural schools face funding cuts as timber sales agreement lapses
          P-D:  State looks to exempt Franklin and Jefferson counties from auto emissions test X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT sponsors third annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day X
          KC Star editorial:  Wait - why is Missouri offering public incentives to bring USDA jobs to KC? X
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        Monday, October 28, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Area Dems hear from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, Hollywood TV crew boss at Eleanor Roosevelt Day;  Democrats changed event name from "Jackson Days West" after complaints about racism X
          KWMU:  President of health clinic for immigrants quits, says Trump administration "has literally tried to strike fear in the heart of immigrants"
          This Week of Missouri Politics:  Guest Deb Lavender talks to guest host Brittany Robbins about her gun control agenda, state Senate campaign, more;  Panel of MOGOP's Pat Thomas, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy (D), consultant Cassie Grewing talk tax credits, gaming machines compromise, Medicaid expansion, Gunby vs. Pitman, more
          KWMU:  Hearing on Planned Parenthood abortion clinic's license begins in St. Louis
          P-D:  Abortion license is on the line this week as state and Planned Parenthood lock horns X
          Missourinet:  AG Eric Schmitt close to finishing referrals in Missouri clergy abuse investigation
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  On data portability, Hawley and Big Tech may not be as close as they seem X
          P-D Nicklaus and Gallagher:  "The Bottom Line" video series:  Business columnists discuss Missouri's tax incentives for startups vs. big companies X
          KC Star letter:  Nixa sexagenarian says Gov. Mike Parson does not demonstrate Christian values X
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        Sunday, October 27, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri UAW workers vote in favor of GM proposal with Wentzville investment on table
          Columbia Missourian:  Experts call for more research into medical marijuana at health policy summit;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Jane Drummond, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri State Highway Patrol looking into rolling 'Cannabus' pot peddlers;  Woman given weed in exchange for "donation";  Man gets "medical" certification, calls process "pretty easygoing"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts tapped for position in Jay Ashcroft's secretary of state office X
          P-D:  Trial set for private investigator charged with lying in Greitens probe;  William Tisaby blames racism after getting caught perjuring himself
          JCNT:  Federal grant bringing improvements to JeffTran X
          Washington Missourian:  City of Union asks to be sole applicant for East-West Gateway grants, crucial for Highway 47 funding X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State legislators should get behind Holly Rehder's PDMP proposal X
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood board of directors septuagenarian expresses anger at Blunt for support of Trump X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man calls U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer a "coward" for position on Syria X
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        Saturday, October 26, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. House passes Ann Wagner bill to help fund rape kit testing
          KC Star:  Signs point toward a downtown KC location for USDA research agencies X
          JCNT:  Corps of Engineers:  Expect spring flooding in mid-Missouri X
          P-D:  Wentzville's GM workers step off the picket line following nationwide vote to end 40-day strike X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Weekly news-roundup series:  Jason Rosenbaum, others discuss Sen. Brian Williams' (D-University City) campaign spending and effects of Clean Missouri on transparency
          SNL:  St. Louis attorney Mark Pedroli criticizes Republicans for constituent-privacy protections X
          CDT:  In speech to local Dems, Michela Skelton promises to raise taxes, stick it to "corporations and the ultra-wealthy" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Michela Skelton speaks to Muleskinners;  Two-time Missouri House runner-up will take on veteran Judy Baker in Democratic state Senate primary
          SE Missourian:  At event arranged by former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Honorable Young Men club impresses state legislators +
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 21, 2019
          Missourinet:  Gaming industry predicts sports betting will generate millions of dollars in Missouri
          SNL:  Haahr, Hough honored for boosting MSU funding X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Missouri bull shark story is 'baloney'
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        Friday, October 25, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley wants to move 10 federal agencies out of D.C., including one to Missouri
          SNL:  Hawley wants federal agencies in Missouri, other states X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley question Democrats' impeachment processes X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler weighs in on House Dems' impeachment efforts
          CDT:  Woman running in 4th Congressional Democratic primary distributes "news release" about Hartzler and impeachment X
          P-D:  Wentzville GM workers strongly approve contract proposal;  Hazelwood woman laments inability to pay household bills after three (3) light paychecks;  Husband relaxes at home in recliner, on "medical leave" with depression X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ashcroft rallies poll workers ahead of election X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House special elections 2019:  What to know about the races
          Columbia Missourian:  Lt. Gov Mike Kehoe, Ag Director Chris Chinn, Dept. of Higher Ed's Zora Mulligan speak at MU session on rural broadband
          P-D:  As Missouri lawmakers consider sports gambling, revenue estimates jump X
          SE Missourian:  Schmitt warns of scams, discusses Facebook inquiry +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association confident Missouri's meat-labeling law will prevail
          JCNT:  It's deer season on Missouri roads X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  For better school comparisons, bring consistency to state assessments X
          P-D op-ed:  Lacy Clay:  Seeking solutions to student loan crisis X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Hartzler wrong to join mostly-male group of impeachment objectors X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman thanks Blunt for support of bone marrow program X
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        Thursday, October 24, 2019
       
KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Republicans storm impeachment inquiry;  Rep. Vicky Hartzler - re-elected in 2018 by 32 percentage points - faces "competitive race" X
          KC Star:  Sen. Josh Hawley calls for moving 10 federal agencies into heartland X
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner praises House reauthorizing rape kit legislation, slames 'politicization'
          SNL:  Mexican alien nabbed in Marshfield likely to be deported;  Jose Vargas-Leon, five other illegals were captured by ICE at Mexican restaurant last year X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Local union boss' quote in The Missouri Times regarding General Motors' profits rated "Half True"
          P-D:  University City man seeking Democratic nomination for attorney general defends Obamacare X
          The Missouri Times:  Education initiative petitions OK'd to gather signatures
          JCNT:  Missouri House sued over response to open records request X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) to prefile Missouri PDMP legislation in December
          JCNT:  AG Eric Schmitt talks to local seniors about avoiding scams X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt warns seniors of increasing number of scam calls
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri roadway project earns national recognition
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 23, 2019
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri government should stop use of "burner" apps X
          JCNT editorial:  No place in government for self-deleting apps X
          P-D op-ed:  BJC CEO Rich Liekweg and Wash U. Chancellor Andrew Martin:  Missouri needs more gun-control laws X
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        Wednesday, October 23, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri flood recovery gets attention at Capitol Hill hearing X
          KC Star:  Cleaver to Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook cryptocurrency plan:  'This stuff scares me' X
          JCNT:  U.S. Dept. of Justice gives $1 million to Missouri state agency for school safety X
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway chooses out-of-state consultant Chris Sloan to manage gov campaign
          P-D:  Court rejects lawsuit filed by Democratic attorney general primary candidate X
          The Missouri Times:  Rich Finneran enters attorney general race, sets up Democratic primary
          P-D:  Second candidate enters Democratic attorney general primary X
          Joplin Globe:  Local political groups to hold fundraising events:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long to speak at annual Newton County GOP Bean Feed;  Missouri House Superminority Leader "Crystal Quad [sic]" to speak at Dems' Eleanor Roosevelt banquet X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's unemployment rate remains near 3 percent, shows stronger growth than U.S. in some sectors
          The Missouri Times:  'Small yet mighty' tax credit program lauded before Senate committee
          Columbia Missourian:  AG Eric Schmitt visits senior center, warns elderly about financial scams
          CDT:  Attorney general puts focus on senior scams X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri joins 47 states in investigation into Facebook
          Missourinet:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) wants to fast-track foster parent training
          SE Missourian:  Former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) helps promote mentorship program for black youth;  Legislative Black Caucus among groups making stop in Cape Girardeau to learn more +
          KWMU:  State education board wants more counselors in public schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Children's Division continues to grapple with 80% turnover rate
          Missourinet:  Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) says gaming machine controversy "is going to be the next feral hog issue in the state"
          Missourinet:  DHSS' Williams:  Despite cooler temps, continue to protect against mosquitoes
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Department of Agriculture taking hemp rule comments in November
          P-D:  Gov. Parson names attorney Joseph Blanner to regional "Board of Freeholders" X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri agency screwed up when it erased 'Trump 2020' from 13-year-old boy's photo X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou's Marshall Stewart:  It's time to step up and improve broadband access in Missouri
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        Tuesday, October 22, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Feds give Missouri $2 million to bolster school security measures
          KWMU:  Federal grant funds Mizzou internships to treat addiction in underserved areas
          AP:  Proposal to change Missouri voting rules goes to court
          KSDK:  MoDOT apologizes for editing photo that showed boy wearing 'Trump 2020' shirt, hat
          P-D:  Citing new Clean Missouri restrictions, Sen. Brian Williams (D-University City) spends $10,975 on "outings";  Vague descriptions en vogue after Amendment 1 passage X
          SE Missourian:  Gov. Parson talks workforce development, Internet sales tax during Cape visit +
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson emphasizes importance of protecting crime witnesses
          Columbia Missourian:  Nicole Galloway urges ban on self-deleting messaging apps
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) talks with Rosenbaum about criminal justice legislation, special election for Jean Evans' open House seat, more
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson in KC to discuss violent crime crisis. But talk isn't enough X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jim Talent:  Trump used the options he had in Syria
          Washington Post's Greg Sargent:  Josh Hawley criticized my opinion on Twitter, so let me tell you my whole life story X
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        Monday, October 21, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jim Talent talks with Scott Faughn about Syria, Hong Kong, more;  Panel of Brittany Robbins, Joe Lakin, Gregg Keller, John Gaskin talk NBA and Hong Kong, Gov. Parson vs. Nicole Galloway, U.S. House Dems' impeachment effort, more
          KWMU:  Dept. of Defense funds new search-and-rescue tech review at Fort Leonard Wood
          P-D:  Gov. Parson's administration blocks at least $2 million in payments to Medicaid scammers X
          Missourinet:  Asians students continue to dominate whites, others in Missouri school testing
          P-D:  St. Louis-based Parents as Teachers, created by Gov. Kit Bond, celebrates 35 years;  CEO wants more money from state X
          KC Star:  Missouri sued over law protecting authenticity of Indian-made goods;  California paleface claims she is member of "Patawomeck," a "tribe" not recognized by federal government X
          P-D editorial:  It's up to consumers and investors to halt Ameren's corporate greed, save the planet X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Newspaper celebrates 115 years and 41 awards +
          Messenger:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) has Sunshine Law question for AG Eric Schmitt:  What are you afraid of? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man wants police to seize all gaming machines X
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        Sunday, October 20, 2019
       
P-D:  After Missouri corrections officers win millions from state, prison nurses seek their own jackpot X
          SNL:  On Missouri school exams, Asians dominate whites in English proficiency 64% to 55%;  Black students outpace special education students 25% to 18% in English, 18% to 14% in math X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  As vaping rises, tobacco tax receipts plummet X
          P-D:  State still working out details of marijuana production, sales;  Local pot paraphenalia peddler offers advice for scoring and storing dope X
          Washington Missourian:  City to seek MoDOT approval for Highway 47 expressway X
          P-D:  Ameren invites schools, businesses and nonprofits to host solar projects X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri elk hunting rules in place
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation seeks public help for plan addressing declining number of birds X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State should rethink delivery of school data X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Confusion and mixed messages on vaping laws X
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Missouri Medicaid expansion is fiscally responsible X
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman thanks Clay, Wagner for adding their name to House women-and-children hunger resolution X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man thanks Luetkemeyer for adding his name to House women-and-children hunger resolution X
          P-D letter:  University City man triggered by Gov. Parson's declaration of "Pork Month," says Missourians should swear off bacon, ham and pork chops X
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        Saturday, October 19, 2019
       
JCNT:  Flood advisory panel learns more about what flood recovery will cost X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  New weekly news-roundup series:  St. Louis Blues visit with President Donald Trump;  Hawley and Hong Kong; Planned Parenthood targets Gov. Parson's campaign manager;  more
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Singapore native explains the hardships faced by "pansexual transmasculine queers" in St. Louis
          P-D:  Anticipating uncivilized behavior, Missouri officials ask St. Louis City police for help at upcoming abortion hearing X
          SE Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick says Nicole Galloway's attacks on Gov. Parson over state's reserve fund are "dishonest" +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 14, 2019
          SNL:  Missouri violent crime:  Gov. Parson holds meeting with mayors of state's four largest cities X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson names former state Rep. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis City) associate judge in St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  How Missouri contributes to Walgreens' massive drug collection program;  Gov. Parson joins Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City), Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) at drop-off site
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson's Fast Track grant program aims to contribute to Missouri workforce X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) lays out legislative priorities X
          KCUR:  McClatchy, parent company of Kansas City Star, faces NYSE delisting;  VP of operations walks away;  KC Star Publisher Tony Berg moves to Wichita Eagle:  Mike Fannin will attempt to oversee news operations at Star and six other newspapers
          KC Star:  Editor Mike Fannin named president of The Kansas City Star X
          Washington Missourian:  The Missourian Publishing Company sells Warren County Record to former editor X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  With new format for school report cards, state earns an 'A' in confusion X
          P-D letter:  Bourbon sexagenarian expresses anger at state lawmakers over various transgressions X
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        Friday, October 18, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Reps. Graves, Hartzler, Wagner disagree with President Trump on Syrian troop withdrawal
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA tells lawmakers that agencies will thrive in Kansas City
          KWMU's Kae Petrin:  Area transgender spooked by upcoming Supreme Court ruling;  "Genderqueer" says "they/them" is "terrified" by potential effects on LGBTQIA* humanoids;  Comments from MO AG "Schmid [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson garners Missouri Chamber PAC endorsement
          P-D:  GOP ads in Missouri House special election focus on Democrat Trish Gunby's early support of St. Louis City-County merger;  Gunby labels ads "falsehoods and lies" X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Louis City Alderwoman Sarah Martin talks with Rosenbaum and crew about Missouri House special election, urban crime, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson meets with Mayor Treece, talks violent crime
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to meet with St. Louis City, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield mayors today to discuss urban criminal behavior
          P-D:  St. Louis City alderman wants St. Louis City parks to be covered by state ban on guns at child care facilities;  Comments from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's unemployment rate continued inching down in September
          AP:  Survey of bankers in Missouri, other states shows improved rural economy in October
          JCNT:  Prayer, worship event set up on Capitol grounds X
          Missourinet:  MO ABLE aims to help disabled Missourians save without fear of losing federal benefits;  Comments from State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick
          SNL:  Missouri removes scores from state's school report cards X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri farmers harvest hemp for first time in 82 years;  Missouri Dept. of Ag to release its permit system in coming months
          SNL:  MO AG Eric Schmitt:  Dallas County dog breeder 'inhumane' X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission backs repealing prohibition on cost recovery during construction
          KWMU:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission wants legislators to scrap nuclear plant-funding law
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC approves liability fund despite Evergy's protestations
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 17, 2019
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Josh Hawley refuses to kowtow on Hong Kong X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Millions of dollars spent to reduce Missouri River flooding have not done much good X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  St. Louis City is awash in street savagery, but its professional sports teams give the city a positive spin X
          P-D letter:  Anti-Ameren activist says Ameren should pay for decades of pollution X
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        Thursday, October 17, 2019
       
KWMU:  Local UAW workers react to possible end of strike;  Millennial man recounts calamity of not eating out at restaurants for nearly five (5) weeks, says key is "not to show no [sic] emotion"
          P-D:  Ann Wagner hauls in $478,000, waits for opponent;  Missouri Dems say they're holding out hope for a "top notch candidate" to fill ballot slot X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Jamie Burger switches parties, will run in GOP primary for Holly Rehder's open House seat;  Former Scott County presiding commissioner served 18 years as a Democrat +
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says Missouri's pork industry is helping to keep young people on the farm
          KWMU:  Through state tax program, Missouri farmers adopting practices that help improve soil and reduce water pollution;  Missouri Coalition for the Environment still unhappy
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dakotas blizzard runoff could impact Missouri
          KCUR:  Missouri parents just got more school data, but they may need a textbook to figure it out
          P-D:  Students in Clayton, Francis Howell, Brentwood districts perform well on state tests;  Students in Riverview Gardens and Normandy disappoint, perform even worse than last year X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC case could hurt U.S. energy stocks, lead to less investment in Missouri, Evergy warns
          JCNT:  Dept. of Insurance reminds Missourians to consider earthquake insurance X
          Missourinet:  Home security company report:  FBI data shows Missouri murder rate climbed 61% in five years
          Joplin Globe:  Andy Ostmeyer appointed editor of Joplin Globe X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri releases baffling school performance scores. Does anyone know what they mean? X
          P-D letter:  Anti-Ameren activist responds to Ameren's response to Post-Dispatch editorial responding to Ameren's response to judge's decision X
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        Wednesday, October 16, 2019
       
AP:  Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues visit President Donald Trump at White House - as a full team
          P-D:  President Trump keeps it light during Blues' White House visit:  Jordan Binnington:  "He's funny. He did a great job. And he's a really nice guy." X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congress back to full agenda, but impeachment campaign burns time;  Hawley talks Hong Kong X
          AP:  Mexican alien sentenced for illegal re-entry, ID theft
          P-D:  Feds may want millions back when Loop Trolley goes under, official says X
          The Missouri Times:  October 2019 quarterly filings:  What we learned
          The Missouri Times:  October 2019 quarterly filings:  Committees
          The Missouri Times:  October 2019 quarterly filings:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  October 2019 quarterly filings:  Missouri House
          Columbia Missourian:  Dem gov candidate Nicole Galloway criticizes Gov. Parson's economic leadership
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  "Missouri among the least prepared in the nation to weather a recession"
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway blasts Budget Reserve Fund as inadequate
          JCNT:  Galloway:  Under Gov. Parson, Missouri is abusing its Budget Reserve Fund X
          AP:  Galloway:  Missouri not saving enough for impending recession
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis City Alderman Megan Green joins crowded SD 5 race
          KWMU:  To discourage vaping among youth, Gov. Parson mandates education campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson's executive order sets in motion campaign on 'youth vaping epidemic'
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson calls youth vaping an 'epidemic'; orders campaign about dangers
          JCNT:  Governor calls for departments to create anti-vaping campaign X
          AP:  Missouri leaders to raise awareness about vaping risks
          Columbia Missourian's Sophia Michelle Gonzalez:  Legislative forum focuses on charter school expansion, teacher retirement;  Comments from "Rep. Chuck Bayse [sic]"
          P-D:  Still finalizing funding, Hazelwood sports campus gets cool reception from state board X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri officials believe interstate bypass will be good for businesses, communities X
          Missourinet:  DHSS' Randall Williams:  Missouri's flu season could be a rough one this year
          KWMU:  After years of collecting dust, Missouri's rape kits are being sorted out
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri, Ameren Services heads to switch roles
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization - Missouri chapter's Linda Reutzel:  Missouri shown the way to improve family courts X
          Waters:  Michael Barrett did the best he could for Missouri's public defender system X
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        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley on Hong Kong protesters:  "Fifty years ago, it was Berlin. Today, it's Hong Kong"
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Area teacher says she has Indian blood, wants people to take "Indigenous Peoples' Day" seriously
          The Missouri Times:  Steele Shippy talks 2020 gubernatorial race
          P-D:  Galloway OK with contributions from UAW in the run-up to her bid for governor X
          P-D:  Libertarian Rik Combs, seeking to fill Libertarian ballot slot in gov race, wants to eliminate Missouri's personal property tax X
          SE Missourian:  Scott City businessman Will Perry to run in GOP primary for Holly Rehder's open seat +
          The Missouri Times:  Yvonne Wilson, longtime Democratic state lawmaker, dies at 90
          KCUR:  Former Missouri state lawmaker Yvonne Wilson dies at 90
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Rebuilding collapsed railroad bridge in north Missouri is critical
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's jail reimbursement program 'one of a kind':  A look at the backlog
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Buy Missouri campaign continues gaining traction X
          KC Star:  Hundreds in KC area vie for marijuana licenses. Here's where they are hoping to open X
          Brownfield Ag News:  MO Ag Director Chris Chinn says recent Asian Swine Flu preparedness training all about communication
          KWMU:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report:  More than 1 in 10 Missouri kids is fat
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  House Democrats' un-American impeachment process +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  State Rep. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City):  Majority of Missourians support background checks
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood Democrat receives GOP mail piece, is befuddled by fundraising industry's decades-old "survey" gimmick X
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        Monday, October 14, 2019   Columbus Day
       
Missourinet:  Most government offices are closed today;  President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, created Columbus Day to honor the man whose discovery helped civilize North America
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Meth production sees massive decline in Missouri;  Comments from Sen. Josh Hawley X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Steele Shippy talks to Scott Faughn about Gov. Parson's election campaign, Missourians' support for President Trump, more;  Panel of Reps. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), David Gregory (R-St. Louis County), David Barklage talk Gov. Parson vs. Galloway, U.S. House Dems' impeachment push, more;  MO AG Eric Schmitt talks baseball
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood takes aim at Steele Shippy;  Abortion provider wants to force Gov. Parson's campaign manager to testify over state's denial of abortion-clinic license X
          P-D:  Ahead of 2020 gubernatorial election, Planned Parenthood takes aim at Gov. Parson's campaign manager X
          KWMU:  Divide emerges over whether Gov. Parson should restart low-income housing tax credit
          Missourinet:  Hundreds apply for Missouri's new Fast Track grant program
          Missourinet:  Millions of dollars in Missouri state fairground improvements about to begin in Sedalia
          KC Star:  Obscure Missouri tax is meant to help kids, but whistleblower says Lafayette County Children's Services Fund is mismanaging money X
          P-D:  New effort enlists support of Missouri gun dealers in reducing number of suicides X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association's Richard Telthorst talks rural broadband expansion X
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        Sunday, October 13, 2019
       
P-D:  GM workers' strike lasts nearly one month;  Millennial union member laments hardship of "not barbecuing every day like I would like to" X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Pork Board EVP Don Nikodim says China deal tremendous opportunity for Missouri producers
          Washington Post:  Hospitals forced to deal with bad debt from people who accept medical care, then refuse to pay their bills;  Comments from St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare X
          JCNT:  Buy Missouri looks to get more buy-in X
          Columbia Missourian:  State owes Missouri counties over $35 million for holding, transporting state prisoners
          CDT:  Missouri's school reports to have new look X
          CDT:  Departing public defender Michael Barrett makes final argument for poor defendants X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  More federal resources coming for rural roads X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court should uphold partial reversal of the state's voter ID law X
          P-D editorial:  Why don't purveyors of unregulated gaming machines testify about their legality? X
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        Saturday, October 12, 2019
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jo Mannies, Jason Rosenbaum and others discuss Blunt and impeachment, Missouri gaming machines, KC Star's ongoing Greitens series, 2016 presidential debate at Wash U., more
          SNL:  Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks faith, Trump and liberal media bias at College of Ozarks X
          KWMU:  Missouri Medicare patients could save money this enrollment season by switching plans
          CDT:  Democrat Dave Raithel quits 19th Senate district primary X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 7, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson makes appointments to charter school, emergency response commissions
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look back at 4-H experience as members, parents, leaders
          P-D:  Video gaming company named in federal probe made contributions to Missouri Democrats, Republicans X
          Missourinet:  Dept. of Public Safety awards:  Trooper receives Missouri medal for capturing suspect in violent foot chase
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American Water Co. wades into property acquisition for reservoir X
          P-D:  Days after being carjacked, St. Louis City woman buys a gun to protect herself and her son X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' confide use cost Missouri dearly. Government should ban secret messaging apps. X
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        Friday, October 11, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler says withdrawing from Syria is a mistake
          KC Star:  KC attorney for illegal aliens sues ICE agents after taking a dive at immigration facility last year X
          KCUR:  Local attorney, featured in Netflix series on illegals, sues ICE;  Andrea Martinez seeks payday for "negligent infliction of emotional distress," other trauma
          KC Star:  Pro-Gov. Parson PAC Uniting Missouri rakes in $1.5 million during quarter X
          P-D:  Gov. Parson holds wide fundraising lead over Democrat Nicole Galloway X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri could shell out up to $2.45 billion under Missouri NEA initiative petitions
          The Missouri Times:  Judy Baker enters SD 19 Democratic primary, will take on Michela Skelton and David Raithel for right to battle GOP Sen. Caleb Rowden
          CDT:  Three's company, too:  Judy Baker joins the growing Democratic primary field against Rowden X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers warily eye pre-trial bail rules after Kansas City mass shooting
          Missourinet:  Illegal gambling complaints in Missouri have nearly quadrupled in one year
          P-D:  Missouri House holds hearing on gaming machines X
          SNL:  Local license offices working through REAL ID confusion X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Department of Corrections teams with Hannibal-LaGrange to offer ministry degrees to inmates
          CDT:  Moberly Correctional Center records four deaths in two days X
          Columbia Missourian:  Robert Wood Johnson report ranks Missouri youth obesity by race;  Asians the least porky, while Hispanics and blacks bring up the rear
          CDT:  Robert Wood Johnson report:  Missouri ranks low on child obesity X
          P-D:  Apology from St. Charles County prosecutor to ex-girlfriend, a judge, ends state probe X
          P-D op-ed:  SLU Law adjunct professor Joseph C. Welling:  Legislature fixed bad law that unduly punished juvenile offenders. Honor it. X
          P-D letter:  Ameren Chairman Michael Moehn responds to paper's latest anti-Ameren editorial X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills woman annoyed by Post-Dispatch's anti-police bias X
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        Thursday, October 10, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Sen. Josh Hawley's statement about Missouri meth use rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Yinka Faleti, former leader of Ferguson group, to run for secretary of state
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Theresa Baumann considering bid for Rep. Elaine Gannon's open House seat
          Missourinet:  Missouri House hearing on alleged illegal slots expected to draw crowd today
          P-D:  Missouri Lottery warns retailers against potentially illegal slot machines X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Department of Agriculture amends hemp regulations following changes to state law
          CDT:  Columbia takes steps to keep subsidized housing free of medical marijuana X
          KWMU:  School districts sue Juul, saying student vaping drains resources
          P-D:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna to head national transportation group X
          P-D:  In Jefferson City, Amtrak riders wait under tents while train station is inspected X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of October 9, 2019
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation outlines plans for first elk hunt X
          KC Star editorial:  Sam Graves should ignore impeachment stunts and focus on facts X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The world of legalized marijuana is not an easygoing hippie paradise X
          P-D letter:  Former Ameren employee says newspaper's anti-corporate screed ignores the utility's customers X
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        Wednesday, October 9, 2019
       
KCUR:  Missouri farmers are sticking with President Trump as China imposes retaliatory tariffs
          SNL:  Blunt disagrees with President Trump on withdrawing troops from Syria, hopes he'll "reconsider" X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congressional delegation weighs in on NBA comments on China X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pledges to work with states on flooding factors
          P-D:  Flooding and detours reduce number of users on Missouri's Katy Trail X
          Missourinet:  Fatality rate on rural American roads is double that of urban roads, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tells St. Louis audience
          KWMU:  Federal-state partnership between U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen and MO AG Eric Schmitt is getting violent criminals off St. Louis City streets faster
          Missourinet:  Federal-state prosecutor team announces long list of violent crime charges in St. Louis
          AP:  58 indictments brought under federal-state effort
          Columbia Missourian:  Local transgenders hope for favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling;  Stephens College woman explains fury at people "misgendering" her as a woman
          The Missouri Times:  Cost takes center stage at House hearing on Medicaid expansion
          JCNT:  Appeals court:  DOC still owes employees $118 million X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri court sides with Corrections officers over $114M payment dispute
          P-D:  Prison guards win latest round in $125 million Missouri overtime case X
          KC Star:  Jackson County jury awards woman $200k from Dept. of Corrections for sexual harassment, doesn't buy bonus tales of "race and disability discrimination";  Ana Barrios says emotional trauma caused her tummyaches X
          The Missouri Times:  At House hearing, Jackson County assessment director concedes process is "deeply flawed"
          JCNT:  Missouri releases demographics on vaping illnesses X
          CDT:  Local schools, colleges won't allow Missouri's medical marijuana X
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau applies for state aid to finish Veterans Memorial Drive +
          Missourinet:  Dept. of Public Safety awards:  Missouri students recognized for saving neighbor from man with axe
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  SE Missourian to allow pseudonyms on online comments again +
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        Tuesday, October 8, 2019
       
SNL:  Hawley:  NBA shouldn't "kowtow" to China over Hong Kong X
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt, Hartzler oppose U.S. decision to pull out of Syria
          JCNT:  Cole County resident Rik Combs seeks to fill Libertarian ballot slot for Gov. Parson's re-election X
          St. Louis Business Journal:  Dave Drebes' Missouri Scout reports that Yinka Faleti, former leader of Ferguson group, seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Jay Ashcroft's re-election X
          P-D:  Former "Forward Through Ferguson" leader forms campaign committee X
          P-D:  Gun charges against St. Louis Democratic fundraiser Matt Lieberman dismissed on eve of trial, then refiled X
          The Missouri Times:  Fiscal year off to very different start from last
          Missourinet:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  a user tax for Missouri transportation is still a conservative position
          KWMU:  How spraying saltwater on roads could save Missouri money and reduce runoff
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers question Jackson County official Gail McCann Beatty over assessments X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House subcommittee to hear testimony on Medicaid expansion today
          KWMU:  Health officials urge Missourians to get flu shots ahead of potentially severe season
          JCNT:  First responders, citizens honored with awards from governor X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Public Safety honors first responders and civilians for acts of heroism
          Missourinet:  Missouri officers honored for ending 2018 prison riot
          St. Joseph News-Press:  7 first responders from area honored for heroism X
          P-D:  Francis Howell School District sues Juul e-cigarette company, citing harm to students X
          KC Star:  Fewer than 1% of teachers in Missouri or Kansas are black men X
          JCNT editorial:  State government honors show Missouri's improvement X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Eddy Justice:  When elected to the Missouri Senate, I'll be a member of the Conservative Caucus - and here's why
          Waters:  Missouri's death penalty is state-sanctioned murder X
          P-D letter:  Perryville mother of child born deaf thanks Gov. Parson for hearing aid distribution program X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian responds to liberal op-ed on voter registration, reminds author that voters must meet state requirements X
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        Monday, October 7, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt encouraged about a USMCA vote
          Missourinet:  On CBS's "Face the Nation," Blunt talks impeachment process, his role and President Trump's approach
          CBS News:  Video:  Sen. Roy Blunt on "Face the Nation"
          CBS News:  Transcript:  Sen. Roy Blunt on "Face the Nation"
          Missourinet:  62 Missouri hospitals penalized by Medicare for having high rates of readmissions
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  AG Eric Schmitt, Scott Faughn talk Cardinal baseball;  Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans, longtime Dem consultant Jane Dueker talk impeachment and urban violence
          Missourinet:  Denial takes effect for day care that wanted to open next to rural Missouri nursing home with sex offenders
          P-D:  Advocates call for Missouri to join other states in lifting time limits on sex abuse lawsuits X
          JCNT:  Former maintenance worker brings personal touch to Missouri State Penitentiary tours as guide X
          KTTN:  Missouri Department of Conservation says black vultures causing damage to vehicles at Bagnell Dam area
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Missouri's open-carry law to blame for urbanites' violent behavior
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Renewable fuels proposal brings region tangible benefits that are hard to ignore X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must end the unfair free ride internet retailers get on sales taxes X
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        Sunday, October 6, 2019
       
SNL:  Less than a year after failed Amendment 3 bid, attorney Brad Bradshaw faces $701,000 IRS tax lien X
          SNL:  CL PAC making contributions to conservative state legislative candidates;  Comments from Jim Lembke X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 30, 2019
          JCNT:  Advocacy group KIDS COUNT says number of Missouri children living in "concentrated poverty" decreases X
          KC Star:  Greitens' use of Confide app still costing Missouri taxpayers X
          SNL:  Greene County Commission approves paying contract attorneys amid state public defender shortage X
          SNL:  Students take to Senate floor during Missouri Catholic Conference X
          P-D editorial:  In Jefferson City, Ameren fights to pollute the air and endanger groundwater X
          JCNT Editor Gary Castor:  An online subcription to the News Tribune is cheap - and no other mid-Missouri news source compares to us X
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        Saturday, October 5, 2019
       
KC Star:  KC Star's eEdition has changed;  Most articles still accessible by opening "Incognito" window in Chrome browser, Googling headline, then reading for free X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri voter ID law before state Supreme Court:  What to know
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court ponders voter ID law
          The Missouri Times:  Firefighters, police split endorsements in race for Jean Evans' state rep seat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  New weekly news-roundup series:  Rosenbaum, others discuss how Missouri abortion law is affecting Planned Parenthood's business model
          P-D:  Judge declines to block Missouri's 'fake meat' labeling law X
          Missourinet:  Pine Lawn day care won't appeal state's decision to strip license;  Video captured behemoth throwing three-year-old against cabinet, splitting girl's head open
          P-D editorial:  Short takes:  Missouri to allow welfare recipients to use marijuana X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Press:  Women for Trump co-chair, in town for Holly Rehder event, talks Trump agenda and how it benefits women +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina):  Missouri NEA may place significant changes for school policy on 2020 ballot
          P-D letter:  Veteran GOP leader Tom Wilsdon says Rep. Ann Wagner is looking out for small investors X
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        Friday, October 4, 2019
       
AP:  Blunt believes House 'ready to move' on impeachment
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson, Sen. Blunt tout Rocheport Bridge project, highlight further infrastructure needs
          The Missouri Times:  Rocheport Bridge, bonding 'just beginning' of finding transportation funding solutions
          CDT:  Funding set for Rocheport Bridge project X
          CDT:  Gov. Parson, Sen. Blunt visit Zenith Aircraft in tour of region X
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if voters without proper ID must sign affidavit
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs voter ID law
          P-D:  Missouri's voter ID law in front of state's highest court X
          The Missouri Times:  Heads of Missouri Bar, state's public defender system stepping down
          KCUR:  Head of Missouri's embattled public defender system resigns
          KCUR:  Missouri looking to fix pay system for developmentally disabled care
          Columbia Missourian:  Hyperloop pod makes its first stop at MU
          CDT:  Virgin Hyperloop One pod visits MU X
        SE Missourian:  Ameren Missouri announces statewide solar project +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 2, 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Washington artist commissioned to paint Governor's Mansion dining room piece X
          Columbia Missourian:  Douglass Park shootings help bring up Columbia's homicide tally;  Some area residents blame police
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Unlimited contributions to candidate PACs deepen cynicism X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's random attack on National Anthem protests is an obvious political ploy X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri deaths increase, but many could have been prevented X
          JCNT editorial:  Capitol contractor's safety violations are troubling X
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        Thursday, October 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt:  House Democrats 'ready to move on the impeachment question'
          Missourinet:  MU law prof promotes new book on Trump impeachment campaigns
          JCNT:  State Tech receives federal grant for new building X
          Missourinet:  Video:  Sen. Blunt, Gov. Parson talk Rocheport bridge funding
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt, Gov. Parson talk bipartisan approach to infrastructure funding
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks transportation funding
          The Missouri Times:  AG Eric Schmitt appeals decision allowing abortions based on Down syndrome diagnosis
          KC Star:  With pro-life legislation in Missouri threatening its business model, Planned Parenthood announces plans for new Illinois facility X
          AP:  Planned Parenthood building new abortion clinic in Illinois, near St. Louis
          SNL:  Former Democratic state legislators Craig Hosmer, Mike Schilling want current state legislators to expand Medicaid X
          The Missouri Times:  Ken Zeller promoted to Department of Revenue director
          P-D:  Gov. Parson names new revenue director X
          The Missouri Times:  Who serves in Missouri's executive branch? A look at the 22 positions
          P-D:  Missouri investigators launch probe into dozens of gas station gaming terminals X
          CDT:  Local state lawmakers sit through youth legislative forum, listen to high schoolers talk about vaping culture, other teen topics X
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren opens applications for solar generation facilities at 'community hubs'
          KWMU:  Ameren, Missouri Botanical Garden are making solar power more affordable for homes, schools and nonprofits
          SE Missourian editorial:  New Cape VA health care center is good for patients, economy +
          JCNT editorial:  State, feds drag feet on CBD X
          Priddy:  President Donald Trump headed for the same fate as Richard Nixon and Eric Greitens
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        Wednesday, October 2, 2019
       
SNL:  Biden leads Democrats in Missouri;  Mike Kelley's Show Me Victories surveyed 400 likely Democratic primary voters X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Blunt, Gov. Parson to announce funding for Rocheport bridge
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Graves' statement on Missouri's aging bridges rated "Mostly True"
          Missourinet:  FEMA aid approved for 82 counties and St. Louis City after this year's flooding
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson tours flood-damaged areas X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri pork producers extremely pleased with Japan deal
          KC Star:  Justice Department following Missouri lawsuit over Realtor fees in home sales X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  New York woman peddles how-to book for liberals, says Missouri Democrats should follow lead of gals' gun-control group to win elections here
          CDT:  32-year old attorney seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          Columbia Missourian:  Two millennial Democrats will battle to get their name on a congressional ballot next November
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) launches Senate bid with 5-county tour
          The Missouri Times:  Duncan Kincheloe plans 2020 retirement from Missouri Public Utility Alliance
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft holds virtual town hall on election security, voter registration
          Missourinet:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna, Associated General Contractors' Len Toenjes talk surge in construction jobs, shortage of Missouri workers
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  The business of Missouri cannabis +
          The Missouri Times:  National energy-efficiency group praises Ameren's efforts
          JCNT:  Missouri Capitol stone restoration company cited for workplace health violations X
          JCNT:  Modified Missouri State Penitentiary tours return for fall X
          AP:  Rapist/murderer Russell Bucklew assumes room temperature
          Misssourinet:  Execution of Russell Bucklew goes off without a hitch
          KWMU:  Russell Bucklew executed without complications;  Defense attorneys predicted 'grotesque' effects
          SE Missourian:  Former prosecutor says Russell Bucklew's death was a 'stark contrast' to that of his victim +
          The Missouri Times:  A look at Missouri's death penalty laws, history
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri Medicaid deserves an honest debate, not another wildly-expansive ballot initiative X
          JCNT editorial:  Accountability portal helpful, despite need for tune-up X
          KC Star editorial:  New gaming stations popping up at Missouri gas stations. Aren't they illegal? X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Laura Ungar:  Unlike Missouri, Illinois offers residents a bountiful harvest of Medicaid goodies
          KC Star letter:  KCK man says Helling and other liberals dislike American heritage, which is why they attack Josh Hawley X
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        Tuesday, October 1, 2019
       
October 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri politics recap:  Cierpiot:  Biden is best bet for Democrats in 2020 but likely won't get the chance
          Missourinet:  Hawley weighs in on Missouri life expectancy data
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner fights for reauthorization of rape kit legislation:  What this means for Missouri
          Missourinet:  USDA's critical staffing shortages from KC move triggers the stalling of several reports
          Missourinet:  2004 presidential runner-up John Kerry to make appearance at Maryville University, complain about climate change
          KWMU:  Event promo:  "Why Progressives Must Fight for the States" book signing at Left Bank Books:  New York woman hopes to instruct Missouri Democrats on how to win elections
          KC Star:  Second candidate seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Vicky Hartzler's 2020 re-election;  32-year-old Lindsey Simmons filed ethics complaint against Hartzler in August over tractor tweet X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks with Rosenbaum and others about Conservative Caucus' 2020 priorities, Medicaid expansion ballot proposal, 2nd Amendment, more
          P-D:  Uniting Missouri PAC rakes in major cash over weekend X
          P-D:  Handouts and high times:  Missouri welfare recipients free to smoke weed with "prescription" X
          The Missouri Times:  Audit recommends improvements to Missouri Accountability Portal
          JCNT:  Audit:  Improvements needed to Missouri's financial accountability database X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT puts Salt Creek bridge up for grabs
          P-D:  Judge orders Ameren to outfit Jefferson County coal plant with "scrubber" to reduce air pollution X
          KWMU:  Federal judge orders Ameren to install air pollution controls at two power plants
          KC Star:  Massive fraud case involving Missouri hospital brings criminal charges to ex-CEO X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley trying to cash in on Trump impeachment inquiry X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  It's a shame state law doesn't allow for more gun control X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man expresses anger at Hawley for "blind support" of Trump X
          P-D letter:  Villa Ridge septuagenarian says Post-Dispatch's far-left editorial bias has infested front page X
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        Monday, September 30, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) on U.S. House Dems' impeachment effort, Parson vs. Galloway, special session, more;  Panel of Mike Hafner and Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talk impeachment, urban violence, Parson vs. Galloway, black voters' frustrations with Democratic party, Missouri Dems' litmus tests for candidates, more
          SE Missourian:  House Democrats' bus tour makes stop in Bootheel;  Comments from Missouri House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) +
          KWMU:  Ohio report blames Bootheel's suicide rate on gun freedoms, lack of health insurance
          Missourinet:  Enforcement credited for decrease in fatalities at Missouri rail crossings
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis lost when Washington U. took a pass on hosting 2020 debate X
          P-D editorial:  Another report confirms the obvious:  Missouri's infrastructure is still a mess X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley could learn a lot about spike in suicide from KC widow who knows too well X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson should commute sentence of Russell Bucklew X
          KC Star editorial:  This KC-area school district has crossed the line between church and state X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man says Blunt and Hawley support electronic voting as part of nationwide Republican conspiracy to steal elections X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian wants state legislators to pass gun control measures X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters octogenerian responds to letter from Ballwin septuagenarian responding to University City septuagenarian's letter about pro-life laws X
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        Sunday, September 29, 2019
       
KC Star:  Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel supports Sen. Josh Hawley, President Donald Trump, others X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's levees and pumps dealing with consistent flooding X
          P-D:  The floodwater is gone, but problems persist in river towns like Clarksville X
          KCUR:  Judge blocks Missouri from enforcing its ban on Down syndrome-based abortions
          P-D:  Parson appoints special victims prosecutor Brittney Smith as judge in St. Charles County X
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Time for Missouri to regulate vaping like smoking X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville woman says state must ban hunting feral hogs to solve problem X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian opposes execution of rapist/murderer Russell Bucklew X
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        Saturday, September 28, 2019
       
AP:  Blunt predicts House Democrats will move forward on Trump impeachment regardless of facts
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley react to House Dems' impeachment campaign X
          AP:  Graves announces federal funding for moveable flood wall in Clarksville
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA's "top up" payments won't make farmers whole, Missouri Corn Growers Association's Mark Scott says
          SNL:  Cybersecurity expert applauds Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller's efforts to secure elections X
          The Missouri Times:  New batch of automatic voter registration initiative petitions approved to circulate
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Institutional racism oppresses black voters in Missouri:  Staircases at polling places, slow-moving poll workers among hurdles suppressing black vote
          CDT:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) kicks off re-election as Dems weigh options X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 23, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Federal judge reverses previous ruling preventing abortions based on Down syndrome diagnosis
          AP:  Federal judge blocks Missouri ban on Down syndrome-based abortions
          JCNT:  State panel finalizing details for Hyperloop report X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri won't track opioids or restrict guns. Death rates surge accordingly. X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's adult high schools seeing positive results X
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        Friday, September 27, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn react to U.S. and Japan reaching initial trade deal
          Brownfield Ag News:  Japan deal puts Missouri farmers on level playing field, Missouri Corn Growers Association's Mark Scott says
          Columbia Missourian:  UM President Mun Choi stands by China's Confucius Institute despite Sen. Josh Hawley's opposition
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson receives endorsement of Missouri Right to Life
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) says he'll run against Gov. Parson in GOP primary X
          SNL:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe makes campaign stop in Springfield, talks 2020 election bid X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tommie Pierson, Jr. (D-St. Louis) launches Senate campaign for North St. Louis County district
          KWMU:  State hopes local courts agree to electronic monitoring to cut costs
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears complex rural Missouri CAFO and Clean Water Commission case
          P-D:  Hearing next month to focus on gaming machines X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on efforts to curb urban homicides, modify criminal mentality
          Missourinet:  Death penalty opponents want Gov. Parson to block Missouri inmate's execution
          AP:  Anti-death-penalty protest draws 20 to Capitol
          KWMU:  Russell Bucklew scheduled to be executed Tuesday
          P-D editorial:  On urban violence, St. Louis County man wonders why "Black Lives Matters" activists save agitation for officer-involved shootings and not daily street behavior X
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        Thursday, September 26, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Mike Kelley's Show Me Victories says Biden has commanding lead over other 2020 Democrats in Missouri
          KWMU:  As impeachment talk intensifies, Missouri lawmakers split along party lines
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Reaction to impeachment probe falls across party lines X
          SNL:  Hawley, Long weigh in on Dems' impeachment efforts X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Event promo for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's "Justice Speaks" fundraiser;  NPR's Nina Totenberg complains about Trump's success in appointing conservative judges
          KWMU:  Local UAW members continue GM strike;  Woman in her 50s laments not having saved enough money to pay two (2) months of household bills
          Detroit Metro News:  UAW workers demand to regain concessions;  Union capo Vance Pearson, a St. Charles resident, spent member dues on "personal luxuries"
          The Missouri Times:  Flotron & McIntosh adds John Gaskin III to lobbying team
          Missourinet:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr says Medicaid expansion would have negative impact on Missouri education
          The Missouri Times:  Who has applied for Missouri's new, "nonpartisan" state demographer position?
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-Richmond Heights) on Dem presidential primary, gun control, more
          SE Missourian:  Heidi Hall, former Southeast Missourian managing editor, dies at 49 +
          AP:  Parson signs bill to save car tax break
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments over Clean Water Commission appointments X
          Columbia Missourian's Kira Lovell:  Missouri attorney general warns of new phone scam targeting the elderly;  No mention of AG's name (Eric Schmitt) or political party (Republican)
          JCNT:  Some activists unhappy with attorney general's clergy abuse report X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 24, 2019
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation to host free program on bats X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Empower Missouri promotes "#MOSNAPChallenge" sympathy game
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The Army Corps' rewriting of history on floods X
          KC Star editorial:  Rep. Sam Graves, put down your burger and straw and look at the realities of climate change X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri farmland prices steady despite tough economy
          Priddy:  Should the state of Missouri take over Jefferson City?
          KWMU's Rachel Lippmann:  Despite a violent summer for St. Louis children, Missouri lawmakers continue to loosen gun restrictions
          P-D op-ed:  Anti-death-penalty activist Elyse Max:  Spare Russell Bucklew - he was addicted to opioids X
          P-D letter:  Glendale sexagenarian outraged by Ann Wagner's position on guns, threatens to run against her X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters sexagenarian says Schatz's action on urban gun violence is "horse hockey" X
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        Wednesday, September 25, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson says China trade war is for the greater good
          Joplin Globe:  FEMA officials tour safe rooms in Joplin, Webb City X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says historic flooding a tragedy
          SE Missourian:  Cape Pride founder Amber Moyers seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Kathy Swan's safe Republican seat +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission slaps former Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) with more than $77k in fines
          P-D:  Former Rep. Courtney Curtis nabbed for spending campaign cash on himself X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson visits aging southwest Missouri bridge to tout bridge bonding
          The Missouri Times:  Metrc, the company tracking Missouri marijuana from seed to sale, sues state to charge industry for tags
          P-D:  With big bucks at stake, Missouri officials sued over medical pot contract
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air promo:  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) to discuss her experience playing Empower Missouri's "#MOSNAPChallenge" sympathy game
          SNL:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) not giving up fight to allow judges to suspend scofflaws' drivers' licenses X
          Missourinet:  Missouri teachers using new standards in two subjects
          KC Star:  National "Freedom From Religion Foundation" threatens action against Kansas City area district for allowing prayer;  At teacher-administrator barbecue, one attendee said grace before meal was served, and other microaggressions X
          KC Star:  Discrimination case against Missouri Department of Corrections gets underway in Jackson County;  Ana Barrios says second-hand telling of hot dog joke caused her an upset tummy and other psychosomatic trauma X
          P-D:  Missouri rapist/murderer set to assume room temperature next week deserves mercy, attorneys say X
          AP:  Attorneys for Russell Bucklew claim client faces "grotesque" execution
          P-D editorial:  Legalization of medical marijuana could open the door to prescription abuse X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Great River Habitat Alliance's David Stokes:  Recurring floods show it's time for a different approach +
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Farm sector holds down second-quarter income growth in Missouri X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2 percent of Missouri economy X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says state legislators should support online sales tax X
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        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
       
P-D:  Biden at Richmond Heights fundraiser:  Democrats must defeat Trump to restore "soul of the country" X
          The Missouri Times:  With primary more than 10 months away, Missouri Dems' exec director promises racially-diverse, majority-female statewide ticket
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe announces candidacy for same position in 2020 election X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe launches campaign for full term as lieutenant governor
          Missourinet:  Kehoe focuses on Missouri transportation and agriculture in 2020 race
          Columbia Missourian:  Kehoe announces 2020 campaign bid for lieutenant governor
          KC Star:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe seeks full four-year term X
          P-D:  Kehoe to seek full, four-year term X
          The Missouri Times:  Bishop Davidson enters HD 130 race, setting up primary for Jeff Messenger's open seat
          AP:  Special legislative session cost less than $72,000
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson to appoint one person to 19-member Board of Freeholders
          P-D:  Missouri cultivates 'don't ask, don't tell' tax policy for flood of CBD sales X
          CDT:  Grow-your-own conference offers tips for medical marijuana cultivators X
          P-D:  Not counting:  Missouri doesn't track how many medical pot certifications doctors write X
          KCUR:  Missourians on Medicare use more opioids than the national average
          Columbia Missourian:  Federal opioid response money in Missouri:  What is it doing in Columbia and across the state?
          P-D:  DHSS report shows Missouri life expectancy drops X
          SE Missourian:  Saint Francis Healthcare System wins $3 million grant to study maternal, infant health +
          SNL:  Report from Lending Tree corporation claims Missouri has eighth-worst roads in the nation X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver now ready to impeach Trump:  "I want history to know where I stood" X
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian wants Missouri lawmakers to allow payments to college athletes X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man notes that unlike urbanites, Missouri's rural residents manage to handle firearms in a civilized manner X
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        Monday, September 23, 2019
       
KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Trip to Arizona shows local organization why border wall, enforcing immigration laws is wrong
          SNL:  Activists hold "climate strike" event on Springfield square;  Overfed Indian woman warns of consuming too many resources;  Signs express desire to "End capitalism," other fantasies X
          JCNT:  Jefferson City Veterans Council thanks veterans, remembers those who did not return from war X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Carl Bearden, Missouri Dems' Lauren Gepford, Jake Silverman, Rep. Gretchen Bangert (D-Florissant) talk Trump's popularity, Dems' inability to find opponent for Ann Wagner, Gov. Parson's re-election, much more;  Gepford says Dems will fill majority of statewide slots with women candidates
          P-D:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe set to kick off campaign today
          Missourinet:  DESE proposes $6.3 billion budget for next fiscal year
          Missourinet:  October hearing on illegal slot machines expected to draw crowd to Missouri Capitol
          P-D:  Local officials weigh what they can - and cannot - regulate in medical marijuana business X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn says Asian Swine Flu training crucial across states
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian says Hawley must stop supporting President Trump, says she feels "frustrated and trapped" X
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        Sunday, September 22, 2019
       
SNL:  Independent PACs help candidates take their message to Missouri voters;  Nicole Galloway, Gov. Parson, Speaker Elijah Haahr, Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) among those following the law X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 16, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS working on reviewing medical marijuana facility applications
          JCNT:  Missouri First Ladies gather for preservation fundraiser X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT still using contractor associated with tar incidents X
          JCNT:  MoDOT:  U.S. 54 safety updates considered X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Managing Missouri's CWD threat X
          SNL op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Harry Truman's statehouse legacy X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Gov. Parson should halt execution of Russell Bucklew;  Lethal injection could cause rapist/murder discomfort
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says Missouri's "medical" marijuana farce essentially legalizes recreational use X
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        Saturday, September 21, 2019
       
KWMU:  Activists congregate downtown to complain about climate change;  Student who skipped school to wave sign demands leaders act "before it's to [sic] late"
          P-D:  Climate activists march downtown;  Overfed blue-haired humanoid holds sign advocating "Eat the Rich" X
          KC Star:  Kansas City youths join global "Climate Strike";  Self-identified socialist urges proletariat to "Yeet the Rich" X
          CDT:  Activists gather at MU for climate strike;  Mizzou coed uses pet bird as prop during speech;  Local sexagenarian predicts humans will be extinct in 10 years X
          Joplin Globe:  Local residents rally against climate change;  Teenager says skipping school will teach "CEOs and politicians" what's what X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local food bank hosts congressional staffers, state legislators X
          SE Missourian:  VA set to construct new health center in Cape, completion set for 2022 +
          JCNT:  Army Corps of Engineers:  Flood control has been our focus X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson creates task forces, dedicates $2M for victims to combat violent crime in St. Louis
          P-D:  Senior officials in former AG Chris Koster's office failed to disclose evidence in policeman's self-defense shooting, report claims X
          SNL op-ed:  SLU research center director:  How Missouri's new school calendar will affect students X
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        Friday, September 20, 2019
       
KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver endorses Joe Biden in 2020 Democratic presidential race X
          KC Star:  Hawley presses Facebook's Zuckerberg to sell Instagram in name of privacy X
          Missourinet:  Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks in Fulton, criticizes Trump
          Fulton Sun:  Albright bashes Trump at Fulton appearance X
          CDT:  Albright:  Trump too cozy with dictators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Albright visits Fulton, slams "isolationism"
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Galloway's watchdog-bragging claim "Mostly True," but omits important context
          P-D:  No baloney:  Gov. Parson cuts taxpayers' food bill in half X
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson pledges state troopers, victim support in plan to curb violent crime in St. Louis region
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson lays out plan for state to help St. Louis region fight crime
          P-D:  Gov. Parson says state will put 'boots on the ground' Oct. 1 to help St. Louis police deal with criminals X
          KC Star:  Steps toward border war ceasefire continue with KC plan to cap some local incentives X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri abortion law blocked by federal judge again
          KCUR:  Federal judge denies Missouri's request to let abortion ban take effect
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri school safety task force presents findings;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol, others X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State representatives honor St. Joseph School District coordinator of counseling X
          KWMU:  Missouri opioid prescribing rate went up 10% in 2018, county program finds
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri officials confirm first vaping-related death in state
          AP:  Missouri health officials say the state has recorded its first vaping-related death
          Missourinet:  Members of House Democratic superminority to make appearance at GM picket line in Kansas this morning
          Joplin Globe:  Oklahoma newspaperman Dale Brendel named new publisher of Joplin Globe X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson makes third trip to St. Louis to tackle urban violence. Has he heard of Kansas City? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri cases show the dangers of vaping X
          Priddy:  Missouri casinos are making too much money
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman suggests shooting of white suburban children might get state lawmakers' attention X
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        Thursday, September 19, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt resists House Democrats' effort to spend taxpayer money on gun-control studies, says National Institutes of Health already has ability to fund research X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley continues to apply heat to Big Tech companies X
          SNL:  Missouri Farm Bureau cheers WOTUS repeal;  Environmental activists outraged X
          P-D:  St. Louis UAW official embezzled funds, feds say;  Vance Pearson used member dues to buy champagne, steak dinners, new outfits, spa treatments X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NEA files six proposed ballot measurers with secretary of state's office
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission takes no further action on late campaign finance reports from Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri sees slight job growth in August as unemployment remains lower than federal rate
          KWMU:  Thousands of Missourians are still waiting for tax refunds
          AP:  Judge denies Missouri request to allow 20-week abortion ban
          KC Star:  Federal judge denies Missouri request to unblock 20-week abortion ban X
          AP:  Gov. Parson to unveil plan aimed at reducing St. Louis homicidal behavior
          Washington Missourian:  Four proposed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington apply for state permits X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of September 18, 2019
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Department of Conservation plans first Monarch Festival to increase awareness of butterfly in Joplin X
          SE Missourian:  Catholic bishops ask Gov. Parson to halt execution, spare murderer's life +
          KC Star editorial:  Why won't Missouri lawmakers allow a weapons ban at KC's Plaza Art Fair? X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Missouri's new child care safety law should be changed next year
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman wants Blunt, Hawley, Parson to support gun control X
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        Wednesday, September 18, 2019
       
KC Star:  Former Kansas City Mayor Sly James endorses Pete Buttigieg for president X
          KWMU:  Audio:  Sen. John Rizzo (D-Independence) talks Medicaid expansion, gun control, more
          SNL:  Missouri NEA preps ballot initiative petitions;  Comments from MNEA's Mark Jones, Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady X
          The Missouri Times:  Dave Gragg seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in safe Republican House District 130
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis City Election Board quietly changes requirements for deputy Democratic director, drops college-degree requirement
          AP:  Missouri law governing CAFOs now in effect
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit shows new western Missouri fire station is still a ghost town
          KRCG:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation offers free CWD testing as deer hunting season begins
          Missourinet:  Rep. Richard Brown (D-Kansas City) talks urban homicides
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's stilted probe of clergy abuse must not be the last word on the issue X
          KC Star editorial:  Predator priests:  When will Missouri scrap statute of limitation for sex crimes? X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man says Missouri's A+ scholarship program should maintain high standards and not become another entitlement program X
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        Tuesday, September 17, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Blunt's statement about USMCA benefits rated "True" X
          The Missouri Times:  GM workers strike:  What it means for Missouri, Wentzville plant
          P-D:  Sen. Josh Hawley's open-records lawsuit against Steve Stenger appears headed toward resolution X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft praises farmers at bureau's meeting X
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Vicki Englund (D) to run for state treasurer
          P-D:  Vicki Englund poised to announce bid for Missouri treasurer X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson warns about police officer shortage;  'Back the Blue' plates unveiled
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson explores ag tech and more in California
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson goes to California to find more business for Missouri
          CDT:  David Steelman among those applying for medical marijuana permits X
          KWMU:  Missouri CAFO law goes into effect
          SNL:  Record number of Missouri school districts adopt 4-day weeks X
          JCNT:  Local journalist Bob Watson recognized by Jefferson City X
          JCNT editorial:  'Back the Blue' not just another specialty license plate X
          Helling:  Sen. Josh Hawley's attack on Facebook is just one part of his radical agenda X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  "Big Ag," MU conspire on CAFOs X
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        Monday, September 16, 2019
       
JCNT:  Residents pray to end abortion as part of national event X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer wants vote on USMCA
          Missourinet:  Largest U.S. nail manufacturer hires 120 workers at Missouri plant
          KC Star:  Some state tax-incentive deals, in the works before Missouri-Kansas 'ceasefire,' still to be announced;  Waddell & Reed headed to Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local labor unions insistent upon their relevance, prep for election year
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage and Patrick Lynn talk Gov. Parson-Nicole Galloway matchup;  Panel of St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White and Reps. Donna Baringer, Jim Murphy and Rasheen Aldridge
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Meeting with local leaders on urban violence was about 'boots on the ground'
          Washington Missourian:  Local state reps react to Dems' calls for gun control X
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Missouri giving college aid to affluent families - and not the neediest students? X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian calls GOP state legislators bigots X
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        Sunday, September 15, 2019
       
Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri rural health care limited by tech, doctor shortage;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, Missouri Farm Bureau's Spencer Tuma
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood takes a new approach to suicide prevention
          SNL:  Here's who's putting big money behind Missouri Medicaid expansion X
          P-D:  Gov candidate Nicole Galloway (D) makes appearance at gun-control march X
          SNL:  Speaker Haahr says Republicans are considering legislative approach to urban violence X
          Washington Missourian:  Pot businesses apply for permits - to sell, grow, infuse medical marijuana X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  City sees intense interest for marijuana licenses X
          KWMU:  DHSS confirms two cases of illness related to vaping
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's House Democrats have a grandiose view of controlling street savagery - just look at how well gun control worked for Chicago X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  No solution in sight for urban homicides X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian says Missouri Republicans are to blame for shortage of rural hospitals X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian says Gov. Parson and lawmakers would care more about homicides if the violence took place in Jefferson City X
          SNL letters:  Springfield sexangenarian woman wants Gov. Parson to flip-flop on gun control;  Springfield sexagenarian man says Jesus Christ disagrees with Gov. Parson's fiscal policies X
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        Saturday, September 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Farm Bureau says Waters of the U.S. was one of the worst laws to come from D.C.;  Environmental activists unhappy with repeal
          Headline update:  Rep. Mike McGirl (R-Potosi) endorses Parson for governor, but Post-Dispatch fails to update piece X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 9, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Beverly Cain, longtime Capitol employee, retires after 30 years of service
          KWMU:  Car sales tax passes, Gov. Parson to sign
          P-D:  Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) convenes working group to discuss potential efficacy of an urban violence committee X
          SE Missourian:  High Street and more:  State releases locations of medical marijuana applications +
          Missourinet:  Schmitt seeks prosecution for 12 former Catholic clergy after statewide investigation
          KWMU:  Schmitt to refer 12 clergy sex-abuse cases to prosecutors
          AP:  12 ex-clergy could face prosecution
          P-D:  Missouri AG to refer 12 cases of Catholic clergy sex abuse to local prosecutors X
          KC Star:  The Hyperloop pod arrives in Kansas City:  'When people see this, it's believing' X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 11, 2019
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Frivolous lawsuit over CAFO bill won't silence farmers
          KC Star letter:  NetChoice CEO disagrees with Josh Hawley on technology regulations X
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        Friday, September 13, 2019
       
P-D:  Mexican illegal sentenced in St. Louis for transporting aliens;  Rene Flores-Calderon caught after packing 13 aliens into SUV X
          Reuters:  Senior union official from St. Charles charged in federal corruption probe;  Prosecutors say UAW capo Vance Pearson and pals embezzled money to purchase lavish vacations, Cristal champagne
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson pleased Waters of the U.S. rule repealed
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau, ag groups endorse Gov. Parson's 2020 gubernatorial bid
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri commodity groups turn out for Gov. Parson
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Only 13 GOP state representatives yet to formally endorse Gov. Parson;  List includes "Rep. Mike McGirl" X
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate committee advances sales tax proposal X
          Missourinet:  AG Eric Schmitt to release report today about clergy abuse in Missouri's Roman Catholic church
          AP:  Schmitt to release report on Roman Catholic sex crimes
          P-D:  Area activist criticizes Schmitt's report on Roman Catholic sex crimes - before report is released X
          Columbia Missourian:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) talks improved economy and Medicaid enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Nearly 70 apply to open medical marijuana businesses in Boone County
          P-D:  DHSS reports nine suspected vaping-related illnesses in Missouri, two hospitalized at St. Louis Children's Hospital X
          KWMU:  Missouri colleges are trying to convince future students that teaching is a good job
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Ag says number of complaints about misuse of dicamba herbicide down sharply this year
          Joplin Globe editorial:  New software - and recipient notifications that look like junk mail - to blame for drop in Medicaid recipients X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Family physician Dr. Charles Bentlage:  Missourians should vote to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man suggests Ann Wagner seeks to hurt clients of financial services industry X
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        Thursday, September 12, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  President Donald Trump endorses Gov. Mike Parson
          SNL:  President Donald Trump endorses Missouri Gov. Mike Parson X
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway blasts Eric Greitens' spending, takes aim at "ambiguous and contradictory" expense laws for governor
          AP:  Galloway issues audit on former Gov. Eric Greitens
          SNL:  Galloway lambastes Greitens' spending X
          P-D:  Greitens repeated predecessors' spending habits, audit finds X
          KC Star:  Galloway audit takes aim at Greitens and Confide app X
          P-D:  Galloway's office begins accepting applications for "nonpartisan" demographer X
          The Missouri Times:  Herzog Contracting donates $250k to Parson PAC
          Missourinet:  Federal data shows Missouri's uninsured rate slightly increases
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections inmates earn nearly $12,000 for flood preparation work
          Missourinet:  20 House Democrats vote for vehicle sales tax bill pushed by Gov. Mike Parson
          Columbia Missourian:  Vehicle sales tax bill passes with bipartisan support
          SNL:  Missouri House approves fix for sales tax issue X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers advance measure on sales tax break for vehicle trade-ins
          KWMU:  Car tax legislation passes House, heads to Senate
          JCNT:  Missouri House passes bill rectifying sales tax uncertainty X
          The Missouri Times:  House sends vehicle sales bill to Senate
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly declines to override 2019 vetoes
          Missourinet:  No overrides at Missouri legislative veto session
          P-D:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) hopes to have gun violence proposal ready for debate by January X
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic Sens. Jamilah Nasheed, Shalonn "Kiki" Curls lament urban violence as "public health crisis" during veto session
          CDT:  Boone County sees 61 medical marijuana license applications X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mystery medical costs, high drug prices targeted by state lawmakers;  Committee hears from James Harris, Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael
          JCNT:  Court order lifted, CAFO law takes effect X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri hepatitis A outbreak winding down thanks to vaccines +
          KC Star editorial:  President Donald Trump's endorsement of Gov. Mike Parson shouldn't matter to Missouri voters X
          P-D editorial:  A rural Missouri company reflects the burden caused by Trump's folly X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missourians might vote on Medicaid expansion X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislative fix needed for new child care law X
          Messenger:  The governor comes to St. Louis City to talk crime and leaves the black prosecutors behind X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian says President Donald Trump is an illiterate racist, and Missouri's GOP congressional delegation should stop supporting him X
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        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
       
JCNT:  Local first responders, veterans, legislators remain committed to remember 9/11 X
          AP:  Missouri asking federal government to add counties to disaster declaration
          KWMU:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) talks with Rosenbaum about appropriations, EcoDevo, Medicaid, more
          P-D:  Gov. Parson travels to St. Louis City to meet with local leaders, law enforcement about urban violence X
          P-D:  Video:  Gov. Parson travels to St. Louis City to address urban violence X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Parson at urban-violence meeting X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson meets with St. Louis-area leaders
          AP:  Gov. Parson travels to St. Louis to address homicides
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson, St. Louis-area leaders meet to discuss containing, minimizing urban violence
          SNL:  Special session gets going in earnest X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill restoring tax break for vehicle trade-ins moves to Missouri House
          JCNT:  Tax-credit bill works through Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) expects no overrides in veto session
          JCNT:  Missouri's 'Back the Blue' license plate unveiled X
          SNL:  Who wants to own a marijuana dispensary in Springfield? New state records show locations X
          Joplin Globe:  Dozens of applications filed in southwest Missouri for medical marijuana operations X
          P-D:  State records on marijuana dispensary applications show nearly 400 would-be pot shops in St. Louis area X
          P-D editorial:  Candidates for Missouri governor should forego the bogeyman, stick to real issues X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian urges Missourians to sign Medicaid-expansion petition X
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        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Event promo:  Wash U. Med School to host anti-Trump speaker;  Jane Elliott regurgitates Charlottesville hoax, other "racism" tropes
          KWMU:  Eric Schmitt joins state attorneys general investigating Google
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) launches campaign for SD 27:  "We need to to be helping people become self-sufficient"
          The Missouri Times:  Show Me Districts series:  Rep. Mike Stephens' (R-Bolivar) House District 128
          The Missouri Times:  Special session kicks off with Wallingford introducing vehicle sales tax bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers take up sales tax break for car trade-ins
          P-D:  House Democratic superminority to hold press conference today to complain about special session, bemoan urban criminals' homicidal behavior X
          KWMU:  It sounds like science fiction, but hyperloop in Missouri could be reality in just 7 years
          KWMU:  CAFO issue still a hot topic among some in rural Missouri
          KC Star:  Legal Aid of Western Missouri unhappy with its success rate in Medicaid disability benefits cases X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours in Jefferson City to resume, following May tornado
          Fox News op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a deal Congress should support
          P-D op-ed:  Local environmental activist wants Ann Wagner to support carbon fees X
          Messenger:  New report highlights failure of Missouri to fund public defenders X
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Missouri's unfair college aid system discriminates against urban students X
          P-D letter:  Clayton coed wants Blunt and Hawley to support bill on education "gender gap" X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman says Missouri pro-choice activists are a militant minority X
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        Monday, September 9, 2019
       
Sedalia Democrat:  Illegal alien Alejandro Alcala-Avala charged with statutory rape, statutory sodomy and sexual molestation in Pettis County
          Columbia Missourian:  Task Force 1 returns home after aiding with relief in wake of Hurricane Dorian
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson goes home to Bolivar for gubernatorial campaign announcement:  'Now is the time to get to work'
          SNL:  Gov. Parson announces run for full term for governor X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Parson on stage with family;  Supporters say Pledge of Allegiance;  Former Gov. John Ashcroft speaks;  Protester who chooses to be obese holds sign about health care;  More X
          KSMU:  From his hometown, Gov. Parson announces bid for second term
          AP:  Gov. Parson announces 2020 bid to keep his job
          P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson, a cattle-raising former sheriff, announces bid for 4-year term X
          Missourinet:  Preview:  This week's special legislative session
          KWMU:  House Democratic superminority plans to take symbolic actions during special session, suggest legislation unrelated to task at hand
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  State's low cigarette tax promotes death from smoking X
          SNL letter:  Former Ozarks Greenways leader disagrees with U.S. Rep. Billy Long on climate change X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian alarmed by HRCC's Casey Wheat's statement on campaign spending X
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        Sunday, September 8, 2019
       
AP:  Gov. Mike Parson to launch re-election bid today
          AP:  A look at recent pro-life laws across the country;  Comments from Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee
          JCNT:  Local lawmakers:  Special session won't be taxing X
          JCNT:  Missouri National Guard leadership transfers during Saturday ceremony X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Statewide Medicaid-expansion proposal X
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson should heed legal opinion on Sunshine Law X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson wants to reduce gun violence without actually doing anything about guns X
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should lead, not follow, in response to St. Louis City's gun-violence crisis X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Higher tariffs put a squeeze on Missouri cap company X
          Waters:  Since state lawmakers won't do the right thing, it's up to Missouri voters to expand Medicaid X
          CDT op-ed:  Owner of "Namaste Health Clinic":  Rural Missouri needs Medicaid expansion X
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-St. Louis County):  Federal judge's action on Missouri's eight-week abortion ban a cause for celebration X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Crystal Thomas:  As Gov. Parson kicks off re-election, voters should examine his campaign contributions from Steve Tilley X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Missing moments with dear friend Carol Stark X
          P-D letter:  Santa Cruz, Calif. septuagenarian disagrees with Blunt on climate change X
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        Saturday, September 7, 2019
       
KWMU:  Sen. Blunt calls for more job training, increased trade outside China
          KWMU:  Former right-hand-man to St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) gets 15 months in prison for role in pay-to-play scheme
          AP:  Former Stenger chief of staff sentenced to 15 months
          P-D:  Stenger's former chief of staff sentenced to 15 months in federal prison X
          The Missouri Times:  Kirkwood Democrat Kim Linhares to run for Deb Lavender's House seat:  "Because we are such a superminority, this is when we need people to step up"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 2, 2019
          P-D:  Preview:  Next week's special legislative session X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lottery Commission faults unregulated machines as detrimental to education funding
          Brownfield Ag News:  Judge overturns restraining order on CAFO law
          Missourinet:  Missouri is giving away nine bridges for free - with a catch
          JCNT:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours to resume in October X
          SNL:  DHSS offering free mass vaccination event in Ava;  Restaurant employee had hepatitis A X
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch building developer seeks tax credits, subsidies to cover half of $70 million project X
          SNL:  Former News-Leader Editor David Stoeffler honored for leaving 'lasting legacy for our children' X
          P-D:  Man gets 30 days in jail, probation for throwing bricks and tire iron at officers in Ferguson protest X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Fog of inaction:  Missouri lawmakers - now stuck with unelected 'nonpartisan' demographer - can avoid further bad luck by taking stand on marijuana X
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson, black lawmakers working together on urban violence X
          Messenger:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr helps constituents navigate Medicaid bureaucracy;  After Springfield family failed to provide state with basic paperwork, Haahr stepped in to help X
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        Friday, September 6, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Federal government announces $1.8 billion grant to combat opioids:  What this means for Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway accepting applications for 'nonpartisan' state demographer
          KC Star:  Conservative Leadership PAC raking in big bucks;  Jim Lembke says group will help elect more conservatives to state Senate X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Alderman Megan Green raising funds to run in Democratic primary for Jamilah Nasheed's state Senate seat X
          SNL:  Preview:  Next week's special legislative session X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson's financial aid program gives education opportunities to Missouri adults
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law aims to shrink the number of offenders locked up
          Missourinet:  Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon:  I-44 corridor highlights problem with illegal slot machines
          P-D:  Missouri Lottery says gas station gaming machines taking toll on ticket sales
          SNL:  New rules from Missouri Department of Conservation would broaden use of night-vision, thermal scopes to control wild animal populations X
          KWMU:  Missouri clergy leaders believe Gov. Parson will work to reduce gun violence
          AP:  Gov. Parson, St. Louis City leaders meet to discuss urban violence
          P-D:  Gov. Parson pledges even more state resources to help reduce urban violence X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 4, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers don't have sense enough to expand Medicaid. Let voters decide. X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  With both fairness and revenue at stake, Missouri lags in collecting online sales tax X
          P-D op-ed:  Former DPS Director Gregg Favre:  Gov. Parson and state departments can help stop urban violence X
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        Thursday, September 5, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Graves question FEMA's handling of flood aid
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn says state's levee system, trade remain top priorities
          Columbia Missourian:  USDA data shows 'food insecurity' down in Missouri
          P-D:  University of Missouri gets $5 million in federal funds to address primary care doctor shortage X
          KWMU:  Medicaid-expansion advocates seek signatures for ballot initiative
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid-expansion advocates seek to get issue on 2020 ballot
          SNL:  Advocates for Medicaid expansion launch 2020 campaign X
          AP:  Advocates push to get Medicaid expansion on 2020 ballot
          KC Star:  Group launches petition campaign to put Medicaid expansion on 2020 ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Ryan Myers launches bid for Kiki Curls' Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Alex Riley looks to replace term-limited Speaker Elijah Haahr
          The Missouri Times:  United for Missouri sues Office of Administration over public records request
          SNL:  Medical pot:  'Exceptionally large number' of applicants want a Missouri dispensary license X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Board of Pharmacy opens applications for new drug take-back program to combat opioid crisis
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville) joins parent group advocating for Boy Scouts
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri proposes solar energy farms for three rural cities
          Columbia Missourian:  Search begins for Governor's Mansion Christmas tree
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture reports significant drop in number of herbicide-drift complaints
          Daily Journal:  Feral hog trap demo;  Experts from MO Dept. of Conservation, USDA discuss managing population of destructive animals
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum, staff journalists, "Sharing America" racism reporter discuss St. Louis City's impressive homicide tally
          P-D editorial:  Video gamers claim it isn't gambling. That's for Missouri regulators to decide. X
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        Wednesday, September 4, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley vows to be 'bulldog' about new veterans' clinic opening delay
          JCNT:  Callaway County awaits FEMA assistance X
          P-D:  Stenger's chief of staff says Rochelle Walton Gray had been bribed on mall redevelopment, document reveals;  Former state rep would be given "shops or something," and Democratic campaign consultant Elbert Walton handed a "consulting" contract X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) fined for campaign finance bookkeeping errors
          KWMU:  St. Louis County voters to mostly use paper ballots
          Missourinet:  Nestle Purina investing $115 million in southeast Missouri plant;  30 new jobs coming
          P-D:  After complaints, Missouri accepts 119 marijuana applications after deadline, rejects 20 X
          Missourinet:  First Family moves out of Governor's Mansion for a major remodel
          Missourinet:  Parson and Missouri Legislative Black Caucus discuss urban gun violence, agree to future meetings
          KWMU:  Black Caucus leaders get meeting with governor, complain to reporters afterward
          AP:  Black Caucus gets meeting with Parson on urban gun violence
          P-D:  After Nasheed asks, Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) says he'll consider panel on gun violence X
          P-D:  Ameren seeks to add three 'solar-plus-storage' facilities in Missouri X
          CDT:  Gatehouse hires new state editor;  Jim Van Nostrand was previously editor of paper in Astoria, Oregon X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson is ignoring the AG and withholding government records X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man uses sarcasm to express anger at Parson over special session and urban gun violence X
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        Tuesday, September 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri secures another $21 million in federal funding to replace rural bridges
          Missourinet:  Missouri Task Force One, Red Cross volunteers deployed to help with Hurricane Dorian response
          P-D:  Missouri first responders head to Florida in preparation for Hurricane Dorian X
          KWMU:  Dept. of Homeland Security to test 'smart cities' emergency system with St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Parson predicts improved economic results for Missouri following state government reorganization
          KWMU:  New abortion restrictions take effect in Missouri, minus 8-week ban
          KC Star:  Overview:  Issues that led to next week's special session on vehicle taxes X
          KWMU:  State program will subsidize hearing aids
          KWMU:  DHSS issues advisory for possible e-cigarette health issues
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Heed MDC's warnings and prepare for black bear safety X
          P-D op-ed:  BroadbandNow's Kendra Chamberlain:  Missouri's battleground for community broadband X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man disagrees with Parson on gun control X
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        Monday, September 2, 2019   Labor Day
       
Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Task Force One, utility crews head to Florida in advance of Hurricane Dorian
        Washington Post Magazine:  Conservative Josh Hawley's crusade against Big Tech
        The Arrow (SEMO):  Sen. Roy Blunt visits Southeast's drone program
        Marshall Democrat News:  Blunt's Hannah Cleeton addresses Saline County InterAgency Council
        Columbia Missourian:  Labor Day 2019 finds historic local workforce, jobless rates
        St. Joseph News-Press:  GOP state Sens. Tony Luetkemeyer, Dan Hegeman place wagers on upcoming local college football games X
        P-D book review:  Ben Westhoff's 'Fentanyl, Inc.' is an urgent crash course on drug epidemic X
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        Sunday, September 1, 2019
       
September 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt discusses broadband access in rural areas X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 26
          The Missouri Times:  Show-Me Institute sues Office of Administration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New state law to result in early release of prisoners X
          Columbia Missourian:  Some local day care providers complain about new state standards
          JCNT:  State researchers look to find out more about chronic wasting disease X
          JCNT editorial:  Should the state own Missouri State Penitentiary? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Donna Lichtenegger:  Government benchmarking betrays free market
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says NRA controls Blunt, suggests senator's family might get caught in crossfire X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Post-Dispatch's anti-police bias fans racial flames X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Post-Dispatch's blatant bias puts it in the category of National Enquirer X
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        Saturday, August 31, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Managing the Missouri River:  Elected officials call for more local control
          P-D:  FEC notes bookkeeping errors in Ann Wagner report;  Campaign to file amended report next week X
          Missourinet:  CDC recommends hepatitis A vaccine for Missourians 19 years and younger
          P-D:  Right-hand man to former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) should get prison, not probation, prosecutors say;  Lawyer for Bill Miller said he was simply executing Stenger's orders on Bardgett lobbying contract X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna
          The Missouri Times:  AG office recommends against using First Amendment to redact public records
          SNL:  Schmitt's office weighs in on First Amendment debate X
          KC Star:  Parson's office says Sunshine requests will be handled on case-by-case basis X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers to hear more testimony about county jail reimbursement
          Brownfield Ag News:  University of Missouri to invest in ag research centers;  Comments from MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright
          P-D:  Ameren announces plan to cover coal ash ponds;  Move would help avoid transporting waste through communities X
          P-D:  Amid renovations to Missouri Governor's Mansion, workers discover major damage X
          SNL:  Trout permits, daily tags will get a little more expensive in 2020 X
          KWMU:  Urban activists want Parson to donate $2 million of taxpayer money for "Cure Violence" program
          SNL op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Businesses unfairly rewarded for punctual tax pay X
          Messenger:  Missouri Medicaid horror story:  Ferguson octogenarian gets her Medicaid restored, but must wait an additional week or two for discounted cataract surgery X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wishes Post-Dispatch would add some balance to its far-left reporting and editorial bent X
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        Friday, August 30, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Blunt urges trade, hopes for China deal +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rural Missouri bridges get boost from federal funds X
          SNL:  Sarah Huckabee Sanders to speak at College of the Ozarks in October X
          JCNT:  FEMA offers advice to tornado, flood victims X
          KWMU:  St. Louis author Ben Westhoff tackles 'Fentanyl, Inc.'
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers to be visible on the road and water through Labor Day weekend
          SNL:  Missouri marijuana industry group announces doctor training program X
          The Missouri Times:  Major restructuring of four state agencies now complete
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri legislators scrutinize abundance of public assistance programs
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri abortion ban blocked, but some HB 126 provisions implemented
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law aims to help victims with potential lease problems
          KC Star:  AG's office weighs in on First Amendment and public records X
          KWMU:  Missouri Governor's Mansion renovations to be complete by October
          JCNT:  Costs rise for Missouri Governor's Mansion work X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  August 28, 2019
          CDT:  Want a bridge?  MoDOT offers Highway 40 span over Salt Creek X
          P-D editorial:  Bullets are mowing down St. Louis kids. Why won't Parson take bold action? X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis City social worker says NRA to blame for urban street savagery X
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        Thursday, August 29, 2019
       
KWMU:  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tours Melvin Price Locks and Dam, talks investment in river infrastructure
          Missourinet:  Deadline nears for victims in 6 Missouri counties to apply for disaster unemployment benefits
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Author Ben Westhoff explores the industry driving 'The Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic'
          KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis City):  We've reached a 'tipping point' on street savagery
          P-D:  Clay says urban areas deserve special gun restrictions
          Missourinet:  Clay on gun restrictions:  "We're not talking about ... Pemiscot County. I don't care what you do out there."
          P-D:  Mayor of St. Louis City wants Parson to call special session;  Krewson (D), St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Green (D) bicker over "Cure Violence" program X
          KWMU:  Parson says urban gun violence deserves coordinated effort, not rushed special session
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Lawmakers should address gun violence in regular, not special, session
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) says he'll file for governor
          JCNT:  Parson's reorganization of state departments takes effect X
          JCNT:  Show-Me Institute sues Office of Administration over records request X
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid fraud convictions top last year, Schmitt says
          KWMU:  Missouri's Medicaid success:  State improves eligibility checks, but not everyone is happy
          Missourinet:  Another temporary extension delays Missouri CAFO bill from becoming law
          The Missouri Times:  Overview:  Special session on vehicle sales
          The Missouri Times:  2020 state legislative preview:  CaseNet records changes
          AP:  New laws in effect on vehicles, sentences
          SNL:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's unclaimed property auction coming to Springfield;  Items include Bob Gibson autographed card, much more X
          P-D:  Kinloch fire protection struggles to improve after $100,000 is misspent, state auditor says X
          P-D editorial:  Federal judge's pithy ruling underscores case for affirming abortion rights X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-South St. Louis County):  Urban violence is caused by thugs, not gun laws
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Missouri Senate Democratic primary runner-up opposes state CAFO law
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        Wednesday, August 28, 2019
       
AP:  Midwest states seek to fix Missouri River flood bottlenecks
          JCNT:  Parson's flood recovery group meets for first time, updates damage estimates X
          P-D:  Blunt sponsors bipartisan legislation to enhance U.S. as destination for international travelers X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) talks with Rosenbaum about pro-life legislation, CAFOs, feral hogs, more
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid enrollment, special session highlighted in all-Democrat 'This Week in Missouri Politics' episode
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft says pro-choice groups' emotional response to referendum handling 'unfounded'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's abortion law, explained
          AP:  Federal judge blocks Missouri's new abortion law
          KCUR:  Federal judge blocks Missouri's abortion law from taking effect
          Missourinet:  A snapshot of the top Missouri bills becoming law today
          P-D:  Higher license fees, fewer car inspections among slew of new laws taking effect in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Former Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) tapped for Missouri Gaming Commission X
          Missourinet:  More than 2,300 applicants aim for 250 positions at rural Missouri steel plant;  MO DED's Rob Dixon on Nucor expansion
          JCNT:  Hyperloop panel preparing report on bringing high-speed transportation to Missouri X
          CDT:  Judge halts enforcement of Cooper County CAFO rules X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County health board to let CAFO law 'run its course' X
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Commission approves fee increases for trout, nonresident permits
          P-D:  With hepatitis A spiking, Missouri launches operation to boost vaccination rates X
          P-D:  Medicaid-expansion advocates wave signs at urban intersection X
          Joplin Globe:  Medicaid-expansion rally draws nearly fifteen (15) people X
          P-D:  Parson says addressing urban homicides will take coordinated effort, not a rushed special session X
          KC Star editorial:  Judge blocks Missouri's 8-week abortion ban, but uncertainty remains for patients X
          KC Star editorial:  Is marijuana legal or illegal? As KC considers loosening pot laws, confusion reigns X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Tiny houses, big plans:  Jason Kander launches his most ambitious campaign X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau small business owner says national Dems' "Corporate Transparency Act" would hurt Missouri companies +
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        Tuesday, August 27, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley sees drug abuse and economic decline as biggest problems during rural tour
          Missourinet:  Hawley does not forsee tariff standoff with China ending anytime soon
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Communities are the answer to preventing mass shootings
          KC Star:  Missouri attorney general defends "sex" discrimination as based on biological status X
          JCNT:  AG Eric Schmitt signs on to U.S. Supreme Court briefs defending sex-discrimination definition X
          P-D:  After Eric Greitens' return to the Navy, top brass launch changes in misconduct reviews X
          P-D:  Despite asking for money, Missouri's 'Liberty Alliance' nonprofit hasn't registered with state X
          CDT:  Michela Skelton's suit over Sara Walsh campaign ad survives dismissal hearing;  Judge expresses frustration with plantiff lawyer's bumbling X
          AP:  Judge expected to rule today on injunction of abortion law
          KWMU:  New national center promotes mental health in rural schools
          Missourinet:  Moniteau County delays vote about CAFO bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservation Department announces higher permit prices, new rules
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says euthanized black bear had been prowling Joplin area for two weeks X
          AP:  Kansas City, St. Louis City on pace to top last year's homicide tallies
          The Missouri Times:  Black Caucus wants special session to address gun violence
          P-D:  Black Caucus calls urban homicides "an emergency that demands the attention of the entire General Assembly" X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's rural and suburban lawmakers to blame for St. Louis City's violence X
          KC Star editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt justifies LGBT discrimination with legalese. He's on the wrong side of history. X
          CDT op-ed:  Chariton Valley CEO Kirby Underberg:  A plan to get more Missourians online X
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        Monday, August 26, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Fair edition:  Gov. Mike Parson, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst talk with Scott Faughn about Missouri's success in Medicaid enrollment, workforce development, CAFO legislation, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) talks with Scott Faughn about leading Democratic superminority;  Panel of Dem Reps. Judy Morgan, Alan Green, Ashley Bland Manlove, Keri Ingle list complaints about Medicaid enrollment drop, special session, etc.
          Columbia Missourian:  Michela Skelton to launch third bid for state legislature, this time challenging Caleb Rowden
          SNL:  To fill high-need jobs, Missouri launches financial aid program for adults X
          KC Star:  Shortage forces KC-area districts to put more unqualified teachers in classrooms;  Comments from DESE's Paul Katnik, MNEA's Ann Jarrett X
          CDT:  Dyslexia screening in schools ramps up as a result of 2016 law X
          P-D:  From murderers to ministers, new Missouri program will make preachers behind bars X
          P-D:  Two Ameren wind projects set to move forward, despite recent hiccup for a third X
          KWMU:  20 years ago, Route 66 State Park rose from the ashes of Times Beach
          KC Star editorial:  Parson ignores actual issues, calls special session to help used car dealers X
          P-D editorial:  Whatever happens with Missouri's abortion law, proponent lawmakers should pay X
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        Sunday, August 25, 2019
       
KC Star:  Liberal groups congregate at Plaza, call for Trump impeachment X
          JCNT:  U.S. Census participation has political impact X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Federal Reserve economist predicts slower growth for the region in 2020
          SNL:  The politics of dependency:  how Missouri's success in getting thousands off Medicaid rolls has led to partisan attacks X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  State Emergency Management Agency's Ron Walker's career of unpredictable service
          JCNT editorial:  Special session for a not-so-special cause X
          Joplin Globe's Emily Younker:  Remembering Carol Stark through the eyes of her community X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  MoDOT's road construction can be aggravating - but it's better than the alternative X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood septuagenarian attempts to make sense of urbanites' "no snitching" street code X
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        Saturday, August 24, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  On 7th District ag tour, U.S. Reps. Billy Long and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) talk China's retaliatory tariffs
        Missourinet:  Billy Long:  "It's time to bring this tariff thing to a conclusion"
        Missourinet:  Hartzler disappointed with Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to oil companies
        CDT:  Feds drop charge against man who made threats to Hartzler's staff;  Mentally ill man not fit to stand trial X
        SNL:  EPA plans public meeting on local Superfund site;  Federal, state data shows contaminant levels below concern threshold X
        The Missouri Times:  Michela Skelton to run for Caleb Rowden's state Senate seat
        P-D:  Democratic committees choose Mike Person, Rasheen Aldridge to fill vacant House seats in Democratic superminority X
        P-D:  With unification effort in limbo, Better Together temporarily drops its lobbying team X
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 19
        The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Adminstrative Rules fails to block new Historic Preservation Tax Credits;  Lawmakers suggest revisiting policy next year
        The Missouri Times:  House committee dives into Missouri gambling
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State lawmakers should pass online sales tax X
        P-D letter:  St. Peters liberal says Post-Dispatch should press Ann Wagner on government's treatment of young illegals X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman claims treatment of young aliens makes her weep, says Lacy Clay and Republicans want to "line their (own) pockets" X
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        Friday, August 23, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats see 2020 elections as the start of their road back from ruin
        CDT:  Michela Skelton (D) to run for state Senate;  Two-time state House runner-up seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Caleb Rowden X
        KWMU:  Blunt says Missouri can do better for military veterans and spouses of service members
        Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Mississippi River a model for flood control
        KWMU:  Pro-choice groups give up on referendum attempt, sue Ashcroft
        SNL:  ACLU quits petition effort, starts legal tussle with Ashcroft X
        P-D:  Pro-choice groups sues Ashcroft after failed initiative petition X
        Missourinet:  Pro-choice groups throw in the towel on referendum effort
        The Missouri Times:  Pro-choice groups sue Ashcroft, say collecting signatures "an impossible task"
        KWMU:  Parson visits North St. Louis City;  Lawmakers, community leaders share ideas to make neighborhood inhabitable
        The Missouri Times:  Nasheed to host expungement clinic for 'second chances' for nonviolent offenders
        The Missouri Times:  Galloway recommends ending sales tax remittance discount, implementing Internet sales tax
        The Missouri Times:  Pierson, Ingle selected as assistant floor leader, whip for House Democrats
        SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  School safety a 2020 legislative session issue +
        KC Star:  Despite the dangers, Missouri doctors can OK medical marijuana for pregnant women X
        JCNT:  Ag groups sued over Missouri CAFO law respond X
        P-D:  Missouri lawmakers signal plan to take on spread of illegal slot machines X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Gaming Commission:  illegal slot machines are negatively affecting funding for education
        The Missouri Times:  Mike Leara takes over as chair of Missouri Gaming Commission
        SNL:  Hepatitis A outbreak:  State officials urge at-risk populations to get vaccinated X
        SNL:  Missouri tracks reports of algae that's deadly to pets, livestock X
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri highways receive high marks from national think tank
        AP:  Court rules for Missouri trooper in Iowa man's drowning
        SNL:  Liberty-Empire seeks rate increase from Missouri customers X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri women could face felony charges for having abortions X
        P-D editorial:  Parson should let mega-hog-farm law die. It's the conservative thing to do. X
        Joplin Globe op-ed:  Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller (R) and Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon (D):  Election integrity in Missouri requires investment X
        SNL op-ed:  On CAFO issue, conservative state lawmakers are hypocrites X
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        Thursday, August 22, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Flood recovery cost estimated to be $1 billion, likely to grow X
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Area woman, angered over USDA assistance to farms owned by "Vicki [sic] Hartzler," says she regrets letting congresswoman tell daughter's opioid-overdose story X
          Missourinet:  Nicole Galloway wants "big businesses" to pay for armed school officers
          The Missouri Times:  Kaitlin Cavey (D) launches bid for Gina Mitten's House seat, sets realistic expectations for toiling in superminority
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson applauds USDA and Bunge moves to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls special session on issue dealing with vehicle sales
          KWMU:  Parson calls special legislative session for car sales tax
          Missourinet:  Parson calls special session on tax issue
          P-D:  Rural car sales issue prompts Parson to call special session X
          P-D:  Pot applications bring millions to Missouri, but some missed deadline because of website errors X
          The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Administrative Rules postpones full decision on new DED Historic Preservation Tax Credit rules
          The Missouri Times:  Judge temporarily halts CAFO law as counties look to pass rules ahead of implementation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) says landing World Cup would put Kansas City and Missouri on national stage
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 21, 2019
          JCNT:  Missouri Capitol restoration 65 percent complete X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT lands on plan for Center Junction +
          P-D:  Health officials fear hepatitis A could get worse in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri trooper in drowning case should be fired X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  Congress should follow Josh Hawley's lead and act now on Internet data privacy rules
          Waters:  Listen to the campus police chief:  guns on campus will cause problems X
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        Wednesday, August 21, 2019
       
KC Star:  2018 U.S. Senate campaign silver medalist Beto O'Rourke makes stop in Kansas City;  With Jason Kander at the helm, veterans community a must-stop photo op X
          Columbia Missourian:  Migrant worker series, part 1 of 2:  Advocacy group details atrocities faced by legal migrant workers;  Some who chose to work on Missouri farms faced 80-degree temperatures, other unfathomable hardships
          Brownfield Ag News:  Cattlement tell Hartzler their price concerns after fire
          The Missouri Times:  Early campaign salvo from Galloway asks Parson to call special session on armed school safety officers
          P-D:  'Liberty Alliance USA' group, tied to old Greitens allies, seeks "grassroots" mantle X
          SE Missourian:  Scott City lawsuit causes dust-up over First Amendment and discovery, attracts statewide attention +
          AP:  Schmitt withdraws First Amendment argument in lawsuit
          The Missouri Times:  Show Me Districts series:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr's District 134
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials confident about GM Wentzville plant expansion
          AP:  Strong economy, improved eligibility checks help Missouri achieve Medicaid enrollment decline
          JCNT:  Trucks rumble to Capitol so drivers can be heard;  Group opposes use of autonomous trucks X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Judge blocks Missouri's CAFO law;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's B.J. Tanksley
          SNL:  Judge halts new Missouri law on CAFOs X
          P-D:  Parson vows 'aggressive legal defense' of CAFO law X
          Columbia Missourian:  Cole County judge delays enforcement of law affecting local CAFO regulation
          SNL:  Missouri will award 348 marijuana business licenses - selected from 2,100 applicants X
          The Missouri Times:  More than 2,000 vie for limited medical marijuana facility licenses in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Schmitt:  Number of Missouri opioid overdose deaths should have urgency in U.S. and Missouri
          Missourinet:  Fulton State Hospital up and running new high-security building
          KWMU:  U.S. District Court orders Missouri Parole Board to change parole process for juveniles
          KC Star editorial:  Trump 'gag rule' a threat to women in Missouri - not just Planned Parenthood X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  State Senate candidate Eddy Justice:  State government should be looking for more ways to back the blue
          P-D letter:  St. Charles conservative scoffs at Post-Dispatch's suggestion that paper doesn't editorialize news coverage X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian urges Post-Dispatch to temper its liberal slant and attempt a semblance of objectivity in reporting X
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        Tuesday, August 20, 2019
       
KC Star:  National conservative group runs ads urging Blunt to support push for vote on election security X
          AP:  Liberal groups argue in court against Missouri's voter ID law
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  AG Eric Schmitt files brief in Rehder case, says turning over docs would violate constituents' right to privacy;  Comments from Missouri Press Association's "Jean Manake [sic]" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers could return to Jefferson City for special session on vehicle sales
          Missourinet:  Parson weighs in on activists' gun-control demands, emphasizes commitment to Second Amendment
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Elijah Haahr receives briefing on decline in state health insurance rolls
          KWMU:  Haahr says improved scrutiny of Medicaid recipients' incomes helped achieve enrollment drop
          JCNT:  Dems, Republicans divided over MO HealthNet issue X
          KWMU:  Applications for medical marijuana facilities pour in at deadline
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets thousands of medical marijuana license requests, but few will be approved
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections employees deliver school supplies X
          KC Star:  After neighbors sued, Missouri cattle feedlot near Powell Gardens says it is closing X
          AP:  Feedlot closes after controvery over expansion plans
          Missourinet:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) says St. Louis MLS team will spur economic growth in Missouri
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Encryption, self-destruct apps incompatible with open government X
          P-D op-ed:  Local pro-choice activist:  Ashcroft's delay tactics defy Missourians' right to challenge abortion law X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian blames climate-change deniers, not Army Corps of Engineers, for river mismanagement X
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        Monday, August 19, 2019
       
KWMU:  Kirsten Gillibrand brings presidential campaign to St. Louis City
          P-D:  Gillibrand stumps agasint "misogynist" Trump in St. Louis City:  "We need a woman at the head of the table" X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long and House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) to tour Ozarks
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Marijuana advocates form Northwest Missouri NORML chapter X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt says abandoned buildings boost crime
          SNL:  Princeton Review names College of the Ozarks most conservative college in the country X
          JCNT editorial:  Can Nicole Galloway make a respectable showing in gov race? X
          JCNT editorial:  Arm Missouri teachers with knowledge, not guns X
          KC Star editorial:  Exoneree Ricky Kidd lost 22 years behind bars. How can Missouri say he's owed nothing? X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Walking around Walmart with a rifle is legal - and shows insanity of Missouri gun laws X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says Democrats to blame for violence in St. Louis City, other urban war zones X
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        Sunday, August 18, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats rally behind Galloway's gubernatorial bid at Truman Dinner
          P-D:  Galloway attends urban gun-control rally X
          Joplin Globe:  Moms Demand Action group holds rally in Joplin;  Area sexagenarian says Blunt, Hawley must flip-flop on gun control to win re-election X
          SNL:  Census workers to verify addresses in door-to-door visits X
          Joplin Globe:  Advocacy groups seek to put Medicaid expansion on ballot;  Comments from Jobs With Justice, GOP lawmakers, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys blasts abortion referendum ballot language as 'dishonest'
          The Missouri Times:  Federal court rules against Toalson Reisch for blocking constituent on Twitter
          P-D:  Nevada company wins Missouri contract to score pot business applications X
          SNL:  Hickory County to consider CAFO ordinance X
          P-D:  Veterinarians in short supply, leaving Missouri farms, clinics scrambling for care X
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  Yes on 2020 Medicaid expansion ballot measures X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers take cover after shooting of 8-year-old in KC:  'Gun laws don't work' X
          KC Star op-ed:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D):  Together, Gov. Mike Parson and I will end the border war X
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian pleads for Parson to improve service at state vehicle license offices X
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        Saturday, August 17, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Billy Long and House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) teaming up on ag issues
          Brownfield Ag News:  Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says market facilitation payments on track
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says he is considering special session
          P-D:  Democrats say they'll "make hay" of Parson's call for special session, seize opportunity to criticize governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri officially launches scholarship for adult learners
          SNL:  State extends deadline for dispensary license applications X
          The Missouri Times:  State extends deadline for medical marijuana facility applications
          P-D:  Sponsors of pro-life legislation dismiss claims that women would be prosecuted for abortions X
          AP:  Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar debunks agitation over abortion law, says no prosecutor "in their right mind" would prosecute a woman who sought an abortion
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) loses lawsuit over Twitter blocking X
          JCNT:  DNR taking a deeper look into Rock Island Trail funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  Adult care workers want more money
          CDT:  Cooper County health board passes last-minute CAFO restrictions X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nicole Galloway's uphill battle