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        Monday, July 15, 2019
       
P-D:  FEMA offers aid door to door in flood-affected St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike counties X
          Washington Missourian:  County exec says Parson's office indicates "no chance" of new veterans homes being built anywhere in the state X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson signs legislation sponsored by local lawmakers:  certified teacher externships, legal discovery process X
          JCNT:  Bondsmen object to new pre-trial release rules, procedures creating them X
          Missourinet:  Outdoor cremation bill vetoed by Parson
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New low-flow shower system could save state prisons $62 million;  Inmates currently manipulate showers to run all day X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jobs bill could have positive impact, needs keen oversight X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State lawmakers should ban use of Confide, other message-destroying apps X
          Messenger:  Missouri judge declares open season on the destruction of public documents X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman wants Sam Graves to push for more spending on "green infrastructure" X
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        Sunday, July 14, 2019
       
JCNT:  Deadline for most federal disaster assistance programs is Sept. 9 X
          SNL:  Marshfield woman stopped working for federal disaster relief agency, but kept collecting checks X
          KC Star:  Should duck boats return to Branson? A year after 17 died, a divided community grieves X
          CDT:  A half-century later, Vietnam protestors and student leaders return to campus;  Septuagenarians swap tales of hippies as human speed bumps, other counterculture antics X
          SNL:  Helmet law repeal nixed by Parson's veto X
          JCNT:  Missouri's Insurance Department concerned about earthquake coverage X
          JCNT:  Earthquake insurance questions remind Missourians to prepare X
          CDT:  University of Missouri Sunshine Law practices go on trial X
          P-D:  Missouri American Water makes headway in replacing lead service lines;  Comments from spokesman Brian Russell, others X
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary series:  Five years after Michael Brown attacked Officer Darren Wilson, challenges remain X
          CDT:  Agriculture community rallies around feral hog eradication X
          CDT:  Missouri Chamber hosts Women in Leadership conference;  Gals gather in Jefferson City to hear speeches on "pay equity," more X
          JCNT editorial:  Criminal justice overhaul benefits state X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Ahead of ICE raids, many illegals in Kansas City go into hiding X
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        Saturday, July 13, 2019
       
Salon:  Lacy Clay says Ocasio-Cortez should stop playing 'race card' against Pelosi
          AP:  Lacy Clay wants feds to grant citizen status to Honduran illegal
          P-D:  Clay files bill to free illegal immigrant;  Department of Homeland Security wants alien deported X
          Columbia Missourian's Galen Bacharier:  Liberal groups organize protest against alien-detention camps;  Speakers urge calls to offices of Blunt, Hawley, "Vickey [sic] Hartzler"
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court may have dealt big blow to bid to overturn 8-week abortion ban
          AP:  ACLU:  Timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court denies ACLU request to rush approval of abortion ban referendum X
          SE Missourian:  Saint Francis to forbid physicians from medical marijuana certification;  SoutheastHEALTH 'exploring' subject +
          Missourinet:  Missouri motorcycle helmet repeal bill vetoed
          KWMU:  Effort to repeal Missouri's mandatory bicycle helmet law fails after Parson's veto
          AP:  Parson blocks repeal of motorcycle helmet law
          P-D:  Parson vetoes motorcycle helmet law bill X
          Missourinet:  Red light given to bill that would let drivers turn left on red;  Parson objects to piece involving fines and license revocations
          Missourinet:  New law to strip licenses of drivers for striking a road worker in construction zones
          SNL:  Parson signs 'Hailey's Law' to bolster Amber Alert system X
          KWMU:  Parson signs law to improve missing children alert system
          Missourinet:  Missouri's in-home day cares will have new capacity restrictions
          KC Star:  Missouri's 'Jedi Disposal Act' goes up in flames with Parson's veto X
          P-D:  'Viking funerals' idea buried by Parson X
          KC Star:  Before property assessments soared in Jackson County, state declared them too low X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT changes course on center junction closure +
          SNL:  Three counties so far oppose ban on hog hunting in Mark Twain Forest X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley bill to prevent police suicides will support those who protect and serve us X
          KC Star op-ed:  Michael Ryan:  Pro-life activists should embrace a public referendum on Missouri abortion law X
          P-D letters:  Breckenridge Hills man wants to pay higher taxes, urges voters to turn Missouri into "a progressive state" X
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        Friday, July 12, 2019
       
The Hill:  Lacy Clay unloads on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'using the race card'
          Politico:  Lacy Clay blasts Ocasio-Cortez caterwauling:  "What a weak argument"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley scrutinizes Silicon Valley for 'child exploitation' X
          KC Star:  Hawley bill to prevent police suicides heads to Trump's desk after House passage X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  U.S. House panel hears Missouri perspectives on flood control X
          SE Missourian:  FEMA awards funds to county for food, shelter after flooding +
          SNL:  Nearly a year after duck boat tragedy, healing continues X
          AP:  Investigation involving St. Louis City prosecutor is ongoing
          KWMU:  Kim Gardner defends conduct in case against Greitens
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) talks with Rosenbaum about bridge bonding plan, autism legislation, school start date, mid-Missouri's GOP shift, more
          JCNT:  ACLU asks Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments in abortion referendum case X
          KCUR:  Lobbyist-spending limits hamper lawmaker education;  Missouri Biotechnology Association's Kelly Gillespie explains negative effects
          AP:  Parson signs bill pushing back school start date
          P-D:  In bid for more tourism, Missouri schools set to start later in the summer in 2020 X
          KC Star:  State auditor criticizes Parson's signing of contracting bill;  Comments from Galloway spokesman Scott Hogste X
          P-D:  With new law, Parson declares not just any bourbon can be called 'Missouri bourbon' X
          Washington Missourian:  Capping coal ash ponds safest option for Franklin County;  Activists prefer 35-year/$3 billion plan to dig up waste and transport it across Missouri roads X
          SNL:  As black bears return to Missouri, Dept. of Conservation offers info X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  League of Women Voters seasoned citizens discuss women's suffrage, etc.
          KC Star editorial:  If lawsuit destroys Obamacare, Missourians who lose coverage have Josh Hawley to thank X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  On Missouri hunting and fishing fees, poaching restitution X
          KC Star op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Gov. Mike Parson fails to root out dark money in Jefferson City X
          Messenger:  Amid turbulent political times, criminal justice overhaul forges common ground X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman claims Blunt/Hawley/Wagner position on illegal aliens is forcing her to lose sleep, spend witching hours "seething" X
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        Thursday, July 11, 2019
       
AP:  Missouri officials say flood damage to roads more than $29 million
          P-D:  Residents in 20 Missouri counties eligible for flood assistance programs X
          JCNT:  Callaway County may gets second chance at FEMA assistance X
          Missourinet:  Insured losses from Missouri's May tornadoes expected to reach at least $139 million
          SE Missourian:  State data shows local medical marijuana applications +
          Missourinet:  Parson signs GM bill in hopes of clinching major Missouri expansion
          AP:  Parson signs GM tax break bill
          Missourinet:  Parson signs bill to create veterans treatment courts in Missouri
          JCNT:  Parson signs several lawsuit, court overhaul, and business-related bills X
          AP:  Fewer vehicles will need inspections under new Missouri law
          P-D:  More than one million Missouri cars soon to be exempt from inspections X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs bill helping Missouri victims with potential lease problems
          Washington Missourian:  Governor signs "Lyndon's Law," inspired by New Haven resident
          P-D:  Missouri's second big bike trail gets boost, but not with tax dollars X
          P-D:  After 22-year run, end is near for one Missouri prison X
          SNL:  Ripley agrees to settle most duck boat lawsuits X
          KC Star:  Duck boat owner reaches settlements over Branson disaster that killed 17 last summer X
          SNL:  Missouri landowner backs feral hog eradication plan X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hawley, Arizona governor right to condemn Nike and Colin Kaepernick;  Malcontent has-been "should move to another country" X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State shouldn't mandate school-start dates X
          P-D editorial:  Jailing defendants for poverty will soon be illegal in Missouri. It's far past time. X
          KC Star sports columnist Pete Grathoff:  Legislature's resolution praising Chiefs a silly idea X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Local Missouri Right to Life member applauds pro-life legislation X
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        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri farmer Adam Jones, Illinois mayor/pro wrestling promoter Herb Simmons offer updates, perspectives on flooding
          KWMU:  President Donald Trump approves disaster aid for Missouri residents hit by flooding and tornadoes
          Missourinet:  Federal disaster declaration granted for 20 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Emergency work to begin soon on two heavily-damaged Missouri levees
          Missourinet:  Hawley to YouTube:  "Stop recommending videos of kids to pedophiles"
          KC Star:  KC homicide detective investigating why veteran died after VA police confrontation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area man hopes to fill Dem ballot slot against Graves for second time;  Henry Martin calls district "winnable" after 30-point drubbing X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Event promo for "racial equity" discussion:  FOCUS St. Louis' Wally Siewert, others
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, DSS announce system to divert deadbeats' unclaimed property toward child support payments
          KC Star:  Woman at DMV in Kansas City began shooting because line was too slow, police say X
          AP:  Missouri report warns of earthquake insurance collapse
          JCNT:  Parson signs numerous bills X
          AP:  Missouri law could spring hundreds from jail
          Missourinet:  Parson signs 'debtor's prisons' bill
          P-D:  Missouri outlaws jail debt turning into jail time, following action by Gov. Mike Parson X
          AP:  Parson signs law to excuse people age 75 and older from jury duty
          SNL:  Retired patrolman warns Missouri educators about medical marijuana X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County group divided over CAFO issue X
          SNL:  Springfield NAACP takes aim at Springfield Public Schools, solicits stories of perceived racism for August complaint session X
          P-D editorial:  A court sees through Missouri abortion 'emergency.' Now it's up to the voters. X
          KC Star editorial:  A Missouri judge just gave the OK for more secrecy, corruption in state government X
          KC Star editorial:  From beyond the political grave, Eric Greitens is still hurting Missouri X
          Messenger:  Amid investigation into 'electronic devices,' Missouri general seeks quick exit X
          P-D op-ed:  East Coast law prof:  Hawley's approach the wrong way to fix social media X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man wants Hawley to apologize to Nike, stop defending racist United States X
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        Tuesday, July 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Damage inspections underway in flood-affected areas around St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Emergency work to begin soon on two heavily-damaged Missouri levees
          SE Missourian:  River falls below 40 feet;  Illinois highways still weeks away from reopening +
          KCUR/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Michelle Tyrene Johnson:  Kansas City LGBTQIA* activist touts transition from "uppity gay white boy" to "very sexy Latina woman"
          KWMU:  Referendum aimed at overturning 8-week abortion ban can move forward
          Missourinet:  Missouri court sides with ACLU in abortion-referendum suit
          AP:  ACLU effort to put abortion ban to vote can proceed
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Dem AG candidate's lawsuit against Parson, says stunt exemplifies "threadbare, speculative and conjectural allegations of conspiracy" X
          KC Star:  Former Gov. Greitens' use of Confide didn't violate Sunshine Law, judge says X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana licenses sought for nearly 20 southwest Missouri locations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters):  Online map highlights Missouri's high number of taxing districts
          KCUR:  Promising better service to residents, Missouri's government fast-tracks manager training
          Missourinet:  Hundreds on waiting list to get into a Missouri veterans home
          CDT:  CAFO lawsuit on hold while Missouri Supreme Court hears similar case X
          SNL:  House committee discusses civil asset forfeiture, "racial profiling" X
          KWMU:  Missouri hunters could apply for elk hunting permits next year
          P-D:  Urban group handed $400k for "gun violence prevention" spending;  St. Louis City on pace to match last year's homicide tally X
          KWMU:  Better Family Life CEO warns of 'major skid' in region, rakes in another $200k for urban "de-escalation" campaign
          SNL:  Nature Center open house to focus on black bears;  Dept. of Conservation officials to teach tactics for managing conflicts with wild animals X
          KC Star editorial:  Act now to put repeal of Missouri abortion ban on the ballot X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri legislators passed pro-life legislation due to payouts from Missouri Right to Life
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        Monday, July 8, 2019
       
SNL:  Sen. Josh Hawley is taking on tech giants like Facebook and Google;  What you need to know X
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer praises Trump on foreign relations, says president is a "master at keeping the dialogue moving"
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets federal grant to retain nursing assistants at veterans homes
          SNL:  Republic hoping feds will fund pedestrian bridge over U.S. 60 X
          Washington Missourian:  EPA to host Sporlan Valve plant meeting X
          KC Star:  Future of Missouri low-income tax credit still in flux X
          P-D food reporter Daniel Neman:  ACLU begins fight against Missouri's abortion ban X
          KOAM (Joplin):  Multiple black bear sightings in area has residents worried;  Missouri Department of Conservation offers tips to stymie thieving animals and stay safe
          P-D:  Deadly turn:  UMSL study show violent crime growing deadlier in St. Louis City X
          P-D op-ed:  University City man with philosophy degree:  Missouri pro-life legislation is wrong - a heartbeat does not make a human X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Local environmental activists:  Lawmakers who support CAFO legislation are hypocrites X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says lawmakers sided with "bankers and agri-business lobbyist" on CAFO legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman recounts story of son's head injury, urges Parson to veto helmet legislation X
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        Sunday, July 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith defends Betsy Ross's legacy in response to attacks from former NFL quarterback
          SNL:  Two area teachers selected for White House tour, training X
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T part of federal government's research effort on roads
          Joplin Globe:  Anti-trafficking group says Missouri is active in prosecuting, convicting trafficking crimes X
          CDT:  Applications show strong competition for medical pot licenses X
          JCNT:  After tornado, Capitol Avenue National Register of Historic Places designation at risk X
          P-D:  Ameren considering options for coal ash ponds;  Removal method demanded by activists could cost ratepayers up to $5 billion X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man dismayed by Post-Dispatch's "increasingly radically partisan" bias X
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian says state's pro-life policies make her "ashamed to be a Missourian" X
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        Saturday, July 6, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  D.C.-based Environmental Working Group unhappy with USDA support for area farmers +
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Local race activists bring slavery-reminder campaign into urban schools, hope anger leads to action on reparations
          Washington Missourian:  'I wanted to pay back the veterans';  Cadets from JROTC programs serve as guardians for veterans on Franklin County Honor Flight Trips, express gratitute and love of country X
          KWMU:  Dispute between USDA and Iron County Medical Center could lead hospital to close
          P-D:  Republican Mitchell Kohlberg, a former campus police officer, says he's running for Scott Sifton's open Senate seat X
          JCNT:  Handful of local medical marijuana applications filed X
          AP:  Ameren says Missouri customers should see slight rate cut
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Hollywood doesn't want to film in pro-life states. More reason to refuse their handouts. +
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        Friday, July 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Soybean CEO Gary Wheeler:  China trade talks a work in progress
          Joplin Globe:  Profile:  Jake Heisten:  Experience working for U.S. Rep. Billy Long, Sen. Gary Nodler prepared new Grow Neosho CEO X
          The Missouri Times:  Fewer initiative petitions filed this year than last;  Ashcroft says it's 'expected'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's legal expense fund report highlights May payments, including multi-million dollar settlement
          Missourinet:  State sues roofing company for fraud
          SNL:  Missouri school safety forum explores medical marijuana, suicide, active shooter issues X
          SNL:  Online petition urges federal, state lawmakers to help free dope producer from jail;  Charles White grew more than 1,000 marjuana plants on Polk County farm X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With the number of homicides in Lacy Clay's district, it's a surprise there's not more demand for gun-control laws X
          KC Star editorial:  As the body count continues to rise, why can't Kansas City write its own gun laws? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT should consider Highway 47 as a relief measure for I-270 X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  After proposing 3 gold bugs, Trump selects a Fed insider from St. Louis X
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        Thursday, July 4, 2019   Happy Independence Day!
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith to present medals to late veteran's family on Fourth of July
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Fair St. Louis and the VP Parade may seem like fun, but they're actually racist
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants Swan's House seat after reaching term limits in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  What are Missouri's fireworks laws?  A look at regulations across the state
          AP:  Missouri closes budget year with most money in a decade
          AP:  More than 500 applicants vie to sell legal pot in Missouri
          SNL:  Rural Ozarks sees 70 weed license applications X
          SNL:  Which Springfield businesses want marijuana licenses? X
          Columbia Missourian:  Businesses seek entry into medical marijuana industry in Missouri
          KC Star:  A look at KC-area marijuana license applicants X
          P-D:  Former beer industry executive Bradford Goette among those seeking marijuana business licenses;  "Relax PAC" gave contributions to 2018 ballot campaigns, candidates X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri releases first prevailing wage rates following 2018 overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  2020 state legislative preview:  Clean Missouri
          P-D:  Democrat Chuck Hatfield, Republican Todd Graves awarded rightful compensation for lawsuit over campaign contribution limits X
          AP:  Settlement negotiations on Missouri meat law falter
          Missourinet:  "The Offsets" destination near Fredericktown remains closed;  owner appeals ruling
          P-D op-ed:  Brain Injury Association of Missouri's Maureen Cunningham:  Motorcycle helmets save lives and prevent brain injuries X
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        Wednesday, July 3, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley takes on Nike after company abandons patriotic shoe design
          Columbia Missourian:  Area liberals rally outside Hartzler's office to complain about illegal-immigrant detention centers;  CoMo for Progress turns out nearly twenty (20) protesters
          KWMU:  Flooding affects Fair St. Louis events
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton declines bid for governor, endorses Nicole Galloway instead
          P-D:  Geri-Rothman Serot dies;  Former wife of Lt. Gov. Ken Rothman (D) lost 1992 U.S. Senate election to Kit Bond X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to conduct DWI enforcement during Fourth of July holiday
          KC Star:  Hearing on Missouri Planned Parenthood's abortion license pushed to October X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood promotes Colleen McNicholas to "chief medical officer," will focuse on "inclusive and specialized care for LGBTQ people"
          SNL:  How to home grow marijuana under Amendment 2 X
          SNL:  What legal weed in Illinois means in Missouri X
          P-D:  Missouri releases names of marijuana-license applicants X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT likely to shut down U.S. 61 for 7 months for overpass project;  Jackson leaders object +
          KSMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation proposes framework for elk-hunting season
          JCNT:  Missouri approved women's right to vote 100 years ago today X
          P-D editorial:  Lacy Clay's bill would restore local power when states strip ability to go after felons with guns X
          JCNT editorial:  To control spending, feds should look to Show-Me State X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  As Missouri implements medical marijuana laws, there should be no rush to legalize recreational use +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley:  Missouri highway funding priorities should include making roads and bridges disaster-ready
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        Tuesday, July 2, 2019
       
Politico:  Josh Hawley:  The Republican lawmaker rattling Silicon Valley
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  20 veterans a day are commiting suicide
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Economy may yet benefit from USDA office move X
          SE Missourian:  A new water mark:  Flood of 2019 to 'easily' set a record for duration +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with Rosenbaum about Parson, avoiding PQs, and Missouri's 2020 elections
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway's soft launch for governor continues with endorsement from Scott Sifton X
          AP:  Creighton survey suggests Midwest economic growth will continue
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Revenue offers online sales tax-finding tool X
          KC Star:  Dad's reaction to state trooper's second appeal in handcuffed drowning:  'Pretty disgusting' X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Medical marijuana issue for doctor, patient X
          P-D op-ed:  Illinois Policy Institute's Brad Weisenstein:  Illinoisans can exercise freedom to choose lower taxes - in Missouri X
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        Monday, July 1, 2019
       
July 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  Army Corps of Engineers pegs costs to restore levee sytem at $1B, for now
          Missourinet:  Missouri enters a new budget year
          Missourinet:  Nucor steel plant will be anchor tenant for Sedalia's new industrial park
          SNL:  A look at what's next for Ozark Mountain State Park X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Kehoe signs executive order creating food and beverage task force
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Feral hogs menacing southern Missouri +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian says state GOP lawmakers to blame for rural hospital closures X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman suggests that "racial profiling" data should explore why scofflaws are pulled over X
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        Sunday, June 30, 2019
       
KC Star:  'Queen of cover-ups':  Head of Kansas City VA hospital has history of withholding info X
          JCNT:  Current flooding similar to 1993, meaning long road ahead X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for the pallid sturgeon fret over national, state flood management policies
          P-D:  Profile:  Show-Me Victories' Mike Kelley X
          Missourinet:  Flags will be at half-staff tomorrow to honor fallen officer;  Michael Langsdorf was shot and killed in Wellston by career criminal Bonette Weeks
          Washington Missourian:  State data shows 22 businesses in Franklin County seek marijuana permits X
          SNL:  On Parson's desk:  pushing back the first day of school X
          CDT:  New bail rules take effect Monday X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The myth of marijuana incarceration;  Popular pothead policy point inaccurate X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri suicide rate is higher than the national average +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  To improve Missouri's overall status, leaders should examine what other states are doing X
          KC Star's Sam Mellinger:  The challenges and potential of legalized sports betting in Missouri X
          Waters:  CAFOs:  Wallowing toward resolution X
          SNL letters:  Alzheimer's-care advocate thanks Billy Long and Blaine Luetkemeyer for funding support;  Springfield septuagenarian mocks Missouri's marijuana "medical" clinics X
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        Saturday, June 29, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Flood, sweat and tears:  Combination of weather, trade disputes have farmers reeling +
          AP:  Lacy Clay introduces gun-control bill
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay says state lawmakers are "being held hostage by the NRA"
          P-D:  Lacy Clay pushes gun-control bill X
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action, others cheer Clay's gun-control proposal
          AP:  After U.S. Supreme Court ruling, states poised to take up fight over partisan gerrymandering
          The Missouri Times:  Dem primary for Greg Razer's seat:  Attorney Drew Rogers enters race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 24, 2019
          JCNT:  Kehoe signs 4 bills into law while acting as governor X
          JCNT:  Kehoe establishes food manufacturing task force X
          AP:  Judge George Draper set to be next Missouri Supreme Court chief justice
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood allowed to continue providing abortions for now, state panel rules
          P-D:  Order allows abortions at Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis until at least August 1 X
          AP:  Order:  Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood clinic
          KWMU:  Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood until at least August
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood in St. Louis granted stay to provide abortions during licensing case X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Matt Sain (D-Kansas City) looks to serve as assistant superminority floor leader
          SNL:  Missouri Conservation Commission tentatively OKs first elk hunts X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Elitist and entitled USDA employees show disdain for heartland X
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        Friday, June 28, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cost from river flooding already tops $1 billion. And that's just for levee damage. X
          JCNT:  Levee breaks in north Jefferson City X
          AP:  Levee breaks near Jefferson City as Missouri River swells
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rosecrans project included in national defense bill X
          KWMU:  Supreme Court redistricting ruling is mixed bag for Missouri critics of gerrymandering
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberals discuss Missouri's new pretrial rules
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio hires Riverfront Times Editor Sarah Fenske as new host of St. Louis on the Air;  Executive Producer Alex Heuer emphasizes that station pushed "diverse" candidates, but ultimately chose competency over race
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway's soft launch for governor begins with demand that Parson combat "dark money" X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Karla May on the push to overhaul Missouri's criminal justice system;  St. Louis City Dem weighs in on abortion legislation, "racial profiling," more
          The Missouri Times:  Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole launches Senate campaign for District 29;  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) is term-limited
          CDT:  Democrat plans to challenge Sara Walsh in 50th District;  Kari Chesney describes herself as "very liberal," supports "Medicare for All" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices will be closed on July 4-5
          KWMU:  With St. Louis abortion clinic's license set to expire, Planned Parenthood seeks extension
          P-D:  Profile:  DHSS Director Randall Williams X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri roughly $3.9 billion under Hancock Amendment limit in 2018
          Missourinet:  Kansas City business leaders hopeful about end to "border war" between Missouri and Kansas
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway urges veto to state's contracting process
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association sues state over access
          SE Missourian:  24 medical marijuana applications filed in 8th Congressional District +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri to start allowing people to apply for medical cannabis X
          SNL:  Mercy 'not recommending' medical marijuana X
          SNL:  Cox 'will not be certifying' for medical pot X
          P-D letter:  Wash U. Med School prof wants St. Louis abortion clinic to stay open X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants GOP state legislators to raise taxes +
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        Thursday, June 27, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri native Seth Appleton confirmed as HUD Assistant Secretary
          KC Star:  Union underboss predicts "catastrophic attrition" from USDA move to Kansas City X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on Capitol Hill to testify against union bill;  U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) gets emotional
          KWMU's Nancy Fowler:  PrideFest promo:  President Donald Trump, state of Missouri still oppressing LGBTQIA* community
          Columbia Missourian:  PrideFest promo:  Drag pageant adds "regent" title to "king" and "queen" for those who identify as "gender-fluid";  "Gayest Pet" competition among highlights
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway gears up for gubernatorial race
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) makes 2020 re-election bid following serious car accident
          JCNT:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association suing state X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS rolls out interactive medical marijuana map
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leans on federal law, not state, for medical marijuana advertising
          P-D:  St. Louis County has second-most marijuana business applications in Missouri X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County health board weighs CAFO regulation X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at Missouri's death penalty laws, history
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reduces number of counties in disease management zone X
          Priddy:  Event promo:  State Historical Society building dedication (889 words)
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        Wednesday, June 26, 2019
       
KC Star:  U.S. House passes budget with no money for USDA move to Kansas City X
          Morning Consult's Eli Yokley:  Gun-control activist Becky Morgan seeks to fill Dem ballot slot for Ann Wagner's 2020 re-election
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Gun control activists promote priorities;  Wash U. prof thanks KWMU for promoting agenda (27:30)
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberal bookstore Left Bank Books' 50-year anniversary:  Reflections on 1969 anti-war movement, LGBTQIA* community, current social justice warrior spirit, more
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for 40th Anniversary of St. Louis PrideFest:  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, others share thoughts on press conference with "Mayor Lyda Krewsom [sic]"
          AP:  Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns
          SNL:  Army Corps of Engineers to open all 10 spillway gates at Table Rock Lake as more water coming from Beaver Lake X
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway set to launch campaign for governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Patty Lewis launches 2020 bid for Greg Razer's open House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Details of second annual Missouri vs. Illinois Bi-State Softball Showdown next month
          The Missouri Times:  Erica Engelby, aide to Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, launches clothing line geared toward conservative women
          The Missouri Times:  Changes to Missouri's fledgling hemp program signed into law
          SNL:  Missouri reveals a bit more about where dispensaries and other marijuana companies will locate X
          P-D:  Missouri, other states adopt "don't ask, don't tell" policy on obtaining seeds for marijuana cultivation X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe signs bill expanding timeframe for museum, cultural district creation
          Joplin Globe:  Arts district amendment signed into law X
          Missourinet:  Schatz talks Rocheport bridge funding, PDMP
          P-D:  License dispute over Missouri's last abortion clinic heads to state commission X
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for 'Wayfair' Internet sales tax
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Giffords Law Center unhappy with Missouri gun regulations X
          SE Missourian:  Russell Bucklew scheduled for execution again;  U.S. Supreme Court denied appeal in April +
          KCUR:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for rapist/murderer Russell Bucklew
          Missourinet:  Missouri murderer scheduled to be executed in October
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's traffic-stop racial disparities suggest much work remains to be done X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Why is Kansas City's ego so fragile? Don't take USDA employees' reaction so personally X
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        Tuesday, June 25, 2019
       
CNN:  Lacy Clay endorses Kamala Harris for president
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture follows EPA, allows for sale of E15 during summer months
          Missourinet:  Kehoe makes state's second request for federal disaster declaration
          AP:  Missouri requests second federal disaster declaration
          KWMU:  St. Louis On the Air preview:  Local gun-control advocates to promote their policies
          The Missouri Times:  In Missouri, jobs continue to grow while wages increase
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe takes over as governor while Parson is on vacation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to leave chamber this summer, will be sworn in as Kansas City councilman August 1
          CDT:  Former GOP legislative aide Carter Ballman sentenced for child porn X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge kicks Planned Parenthood case to Administrative Hearing Commission
          SNL:  Battle over Missouri's lone abortion clinic is heading to a new court this week X
          P-D:  Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep license through Friday as it appeals to state commission X
          KWMU:  Judge sends abortion dispute to state commission
          AP:  Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh says pro-life bill is 'pretty scary'
          Missourinet:  Hyperloop study group considers potential effect of flooding on system
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation scientists fight to save a fish with teeth like an alligator
          JCNT:  7 counties removed from Missouri Department of Conservation's chronic wasting disease management zone X
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Arch City Defenders' "Racial Justice Film Series" highlights how white people and "corporate intenties [sic]" conspire to oppress blacks
          JCNT editorial:  Parson has served Missouri well in his first year X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission makes the right call on wind farm X
          P-D editor's desk:  An apology to our readers for sharing video of dying officer's last minutes X
          Nicklaus:  A rural Missouri hospital has a plan to stay alive, but the federal government is objecting X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury) says Republicans should expand Medicaid X
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        Monday, June 24, 2019
       
CDT:  Missouri River rising again as flooding continues X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with Scott Faughn about working with Parson and Schatz, transportation legislation, next year's gov race, more;  Panel of David Barklage, Angela Bingaman, Willis Jones, and Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talk Galloway/Sifton vs. Parson, Kim Gardner/William Tisaby and Greitens, Dem presidential campaigns' impact on Missouri, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer reflects on first legislative session X
          SNL:  Why Missouri medical marijuana ads won't be on TV X
          KWMU:  Four charter schools opening in August;  One closing
          P-D:  A lawsuit by Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd could help slow spread of video gambling terminals in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Hyperloop study group to have recommendations ready in September
          P-D editorial:  Hawley offers a dangerous solution to a non-existent problem of social-media bias X
          New York Daily News editorial:  Social-media poison pill:  Hawley's foolish attempt to police Internet speech
          SE Missourian editorial:  Flood of 2019 leaves its mark +
          Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Former U.S. Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.):  Hawley's bad idea to protect speech
          KC Star letters:  Wisconsin feminist outraged by Missouri's pro-life legislation, says she won't visit state; Archie septuagenarian unhappy with quality of responses from Blunt and Hartzler offices X
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        Sunday, June 23, 2019
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill defends Biden by comparing Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz to segregationists:  "Stinky, creepy people"
          KC Star:  USDA employees share thoughts on move to Kansas City X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats avoid Senate District 15 primary as Mark Osmack waves white flag to Deb Lavender
          Washington Missourian:  MoDOT says flooding has pushed back Highway 47 bridge removal by two months X
          P-D:  Missouri prison tours on hold after May tornado damages historic structures X
          KC Star op-ed:  Government employee union leader at USDA:  I'm from Missouri and don't want to move back X
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian sociology professor:  City should put pressure on state legislators to restrict payday lenders X
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        Saturday, June 22, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Sam Graves wants Army Corps of Engineers funding change in wake of catastrophic flooding
          JCNT:  Blunt holds community roundtables, talks cancer-research funding X
          P-D:  Lacy Clay files articles of impeachment against President Trump X
          AP:  Lacy Clay co-sponors resolution to impeach Trump
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 17, 2019
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Dept. of Public Safety's Sandy Karsten speak to Missouri Highway Patrol graduating class X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri denies St. Louis Planned Parenthood license
          KWMU:  Missouri denies Planned Parenthood abortion license, but clinic remains open for now
          P-D:  Fate of Planned Parenthood's lone termination facility in hands of judge after state denies license X
          AP:  Missouri rejects license renewal for lone abortion clinic
          Missourinet:  Missouri denies renewal of Planned Parenthood abortion clinic
          KC Star:  Missouri relaxes pelvic-exam requirement;  Planned Parenthood official calls for Parson to remove Randall Williams from DHSS post X
          P-D:  State investigating five cases of E. coli illness potentially linked to Grant's Farm X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri PSC gives Liberty-Empire go-ahead for wind project X
          P-D:  Judge says Missouri should open some medical marijuana records X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment scams show state employees need a return to merit system X
          SE Missourian letter:  Male Planned Parenthood organizer says verbal misstep by Rep. Barry Horvis (R-Cape Girardeau) gave activist a "gaping wound" +
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        Friday, June 21, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt's U.S. Senate committee approves emergency border funding bill
          KC Star:  A look at how Trump's transportation priorities have affected Kansas City area projects X
          Missourinet:  Missouri farmer Ronnie Russell testifies in Washington, D.C. about impact of trade war
          Missourinet:  Gov. Bob Holden honored for global efforts, asks Congress to preserve State Department funding
          KCUR:  Georgetown University report shows Missouri succeeds in getting children off Medicaid and CHIP at second-highest rate in the nation
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions related to abortion, prison sentences filed with Ashcroft's office
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood won't follow state law, corporate officials say
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood flouts state law as license renewal looms
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with state law X
          SNL:  Two more Ripley employees indicted on federal charges after duck boat tragedy X
          Missourinet:  Two more workers of Missouri duck boat company indicted in deadly duck boat sinking
          P-D:  Eapen Thampy terminates state lobbyist registration X
          GoFundMe:  Eapen Thampy's legal defense fund;  Online contributions accepted, attributed or anonymous
          Columbia Missourian:  Pot clinic's gimmick:  Free "medical examinations" for military veterans
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's last abortion clinic right to defy order on 'dehumanizing' pelvic exams X
          JCNT editorial:  Outdoor cremation bill shouldn't offend X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says state and federal officials should give Missouri River a wide berth X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin couple displeased by Post-Dispatch's derisive treatment of pro-life activists X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann:  Missouri's drug bust policy needed to combat epidemic X
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        Thursday, June 20, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  How 2019 flood levels compare to 1993
          Missourinet:  Missouri River reopened to traffic;  Mississippi River restrictions continue
          Missourinet:  Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright to deliver lecture at Westminster College in September
          The Missouri Times:  Bill on wind farm taxes awaits governor's signature
          Brownfield Ag News:  Moniteau County ag teacher and farmer says local anti-CAFO regulations would harm next generation
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley assaults free speech with misguided bill aimed at political bias in big tech X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  On state corrections workers and pay:  Watching prisoners, watching the budget X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Blunt/Hawley/Cleaver/Graves/Hartzler:  A warm welcome for federal ag research agencies in K.C.
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Farmers are grateful for federal aid after disaster but need more help
          Priddy:  Briefs:  Eric Schmitt vs. Fatty Perkins
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Prepare yourself:  Compliant ID will soon be required in Missouri
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        Wednesday, June 19, 2019   Juneteenth
       
The Missouri Times:  Republican National Committee touts re-election efforts for Trump:  A look at Missouri's numbers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley weigh in on Iran and military tech readiness X
          KC Star:  Hawley's bill requires audits for Facebook, other sites to prove no political bias X
          KWMU:  FEMA data shows Missouri gets buyouts for flood-prone homes more than any other state
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Event promo:  Rally for paid family leave legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Stan Herzog moves $150,000 into conservative nonprofit American Democracy Alliance
          AP:  Some black activists blame racism for perjury charges against William Tisaby and criticism of Kim Gardner;  Police union leader Jeff Roorda says allegations of racism are "absurd"
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for civil asset forfeiture proposals
          CDT:  Moniteau County debates CAFO rules before state law kicks in X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Counties looks for new office after tornado decimated downtown building
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt says 'impressive progress' made in tackling untested rape kits
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The risk of going to paperless ballots X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Municipalities grappling with how to handle state's medical marijuana law +
          KC Star op-ed:  Anthropocene Alliance's Harriet Festing:  St. Louis Mills mall flooding, closure products of TIF policy X
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        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
       
JCNT:  Gov. Bob Holden gets national award for supporting diplomacy X
          SNL:  Libertarian presidential candidates talk abortion, smaller government in Springfield;  State convention draws crowd of two dozen X
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick talks 2020 plans, "proactive" approach to unclaimed property
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt files Sunshine Law violation suit against Garden City
          KC Star:  Schmitt sues Cass County town for disbanding police force 'behind closed doors' X
          The Missouri Times:  Joe Driskill elected Association of Defense Communities president
          KWMU:  St. Louis prosecutor's investigator in Greitens case charged with perjury, evidence tampering
          AP:  William Tisaby indicted on 7 counts for lying under oath about Greitens investigation
          P-D:  Former FBI agent who investigated Greitens indicted in St. Louis as part of perjury investigation X
          KC Star:  Investigator on Greitens case indicted on perjury charges X
          KC Star:  Court filing reveals details of botched abortions at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis facility X
          KCUR:  St. Louis judge says Missouri lawmakers unlawfully cut off Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding
          AP:  Planned Parenthood wins in suit over Missouri funding
          P-D:  St. Louis judge sides with Planned Parenthood X
          AP:  Parson appoints conservative ex-judge to Administrative Hearing Commission
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri corrections officers may see 3-13% salary increase X
          JCNT:  Former Lincoln University employee sues over job loss, says she was discriminated against for being white X
          P-D:  Dorian Johnson loses round as court rules his lawsuit should be tossed;  Man who concocted "hands up" tale sought payday from City of Ferguson and assault victim Darren Wilson X
          KC Star editorial:  The border war is back:  It's Kansas vs. Missouri in a pointless battle for USDA jobs X
          P-D editorial:  New report from Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Missouri's GOP legislators are not 'pro-life' X
          KWMU's Evie Hemphill:  Join the Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), and others to advocate for paid family leave legislation
          P-D op-ed:  Septuagenarian animal-rights activist wants more state regulations X
          Columbia Missourian's Ruby Bailey:  A new way to support the Missourian:  Create an account with Seattle's "XeePay," give the company access to your bank account information, and send us money after reading stories you like
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        Monday, June 17, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau praises USDA's Kansas City relocation proposal
          KWMU:  Flooding slows business and barges along the river
          KC Star:  More rain this week in KC area could worsen Missouri River flooding X
          Washington Missourian:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft proposes eliminating Missouri's presidential primaries, wants Parson to call special session this summer X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans talks with Jason Rosenbaum about state party's role, Ann Wagner's upcoming re-election, pro-life legislation, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Scott Faughn about state revenue, MO ABLE, and more;  Panel of Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Victory Enterprises' Brett Dinkins, and former Dem Reps. Jeff Roorda and Bruce Franks on abortion battles, state budget, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) making a name for herself in the Missouri House X
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana patients in Missouri can apply for the drug earlier than planned
          P-D:  Area clinics set market prices for marijuana access;  Brentwood "alternative medicine clinic" to charge $99 for dope prescription X
          P-D's "The Bottom Line" video series:  Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus say Missouri is mired in economic slump, recommend state legislators raise taxes X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Former Missouri PSC Commissioner Terry Jarrett:  There is still a need for coal in America's power grid;  73% of Missouri energy comes from coal +
          Columbia Missourian's Morgan Keith and Janice Zhou:  Train hits 9-year-old girl walking on tracks;  Railroad, lobbyists, and Sam Graves are to blame
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        Sunday, June 16, 2019   Father's Day
       
KC Star:  On which side of Missouri-Kansas border will USDA offices be located?  Feds yet to decide. X
          Washington Missourian:  Ashcroft talks abortion petition, raising approval threshold for all referendums during county visit X
          JCNT:  Gov. Mike Parson looks back on first year as governor X
          JCNT:  Parson reflects on future, life in Capital City X
          P-D:  Voters said no to gas take hike, so Missouri will start limited bridge replacement program X
          Joplin Globe:  Medicaid advocates unhappy with decline in enrollment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill to repeal motorcycle helmet law is on Parson's desk
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Millions for infrastructure shows Parson is in line with most Missourians X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's health chief asserts 'safety' to justify GOP's dirty work X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue:  Moving USDA jobs to Kansas City:  All wisdom does not reside in Washington X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Now that Better Together's plan is dead, let's create something that's truly better X
          McClellan:  Area nonagenarian attempts to attain a REAL ID-compliant drivers license - and wacky government bureaucracy ensues X
          SNL letter:  Missouri Health Care for All displeased by drop in Medicaid recipients X
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        Saturday, June 15, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Disaster payments to Missouri farmers limited by appropriations
        Missourinet:  Graves optimistic about USDA moving to Kansas City region
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 10, 2019
        The Missouri Times:  Parson takes off for first overseas trade mission to Europe
        The Missouri Times:  Who serves in Missouri's executive branch? A look at the 22 positions
        KC Star:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly plans action to end Kansas-Missouri border war, after Parson signed truce bill X
        The Missouri Times:  Cole County judge dismisses second referendum lawsuit
        AP:  Push to overturn pro-life law hits roadblock
        SNL:  Missouri will take online applications for marijuana ID cards a week early X
        The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana patient, caregiver applications to be accepted early by DHSS
        CDT:  State moves up date for medical pot applications X
        Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association's Jack Cardetti explains licensing process
        SNL:  How City of Springfield's legislative priorities fared in Jefferson City X
        SE Missourian:  Like Vikings and Jedi:  Missouri to allow outdoor cremations +
        SNL:  Now Missourians can renew hunting, fishing, trapping permits online automatically X
        Washington Missourian letter:  Union man pleased with Ameren's transparency on coal ash science X
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        Friday, June 14, 2019   Flag Day
       
The Missouri Times:  Kansas City selected as new home for two USDA labs:  What that means for Missouri
          Missourinet:  Kansas City wins future sites of USDA research headquarters - and hundreds of jobs
          Brownfield Ag News:  Cleaver says funding needed to secure ERS/NIFA move
          Missourinet:  Cleaver says USDA move to Kansas City region isn't a done deal
          Brownfield Ag News:  Chinn pleased with USDA's relocation choice
          KC Star:  Hundreds of USDA jobs headed to Kansas City after 'united effort' by Missouri and Kansas X
          KC Star:  Some federal employees unhappy with USDA relocation;  Small group tantrums during employee meeting, turn their backs to USDA chief X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley says U.S. should be wary of China's nefarious intentions X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden to receive national award for diplomacy, state economic development programs
          KC Star:  Truman Library and Museum to undergo massive renovation X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Jason Rosenbaum about state budget picture, low-income housing tax credits, MO ABLE, unclaimed property
          P-D:  Better Together taps new chief:  Dave Leipholtz X
          P-D:  Parson to hand off power to Kehoe while on overseas trip later this month X
          The Missouri Times:  Cole County judge dismisses one lawsuit seeking to put abortion bill on ballot
          P-D:  Abortion vote lawsuit dismissed X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS asks judge to reconsider in Planned Parenthood case, cites 'deficiencies' with clinic
          P-D:  State asks St. Louis judge to rescind order in abortion clinic's license fight X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Moniteau County to consider CAFO ordinance before state law kicks in
          KC Star:  Missouri set to legalize outdoor funerals X
          CDT:  PSC holds meeting on Ameren rate hike X
          KWMU:  Advocacy group claims flooding may have polluted more than 140,000 residential wells in Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  USDA move makes sense X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Blunt's adoption legislation deserves support X
          Nicklaus:  Missouri taxing districts may be 'special,' but they're certainly not transparent X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis woman says pro-life legislation is devastating to women X
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        Thursday, June 13, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley confident his skepticism of tech companies will gain congressional momentum
          KC Star:  Michigan attorney withdraws name from federal bench consideration, blames Hawley and others
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) launches campaign for state Senate;  Former teacher seeks Jeanie Riddle's open seat
          KWMU:  Legal Roundtable:  Show-Me Institute's Brenda Talent, others discuss abortion law
          Missourinet:  Parson says Missouri and Kansas have both spent more than $100 million on border war
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 12, 2019
          SNL:  What's new about Missouri black bears? Missouri Department of Conservation plans open house meetings X
          SNL:  Liberal group issues annual health care rankings, says Missouri should expand Medicaid X
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization:  Lawmakers should pass shared-parenting legislation X
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-CAFO activists:  Missouri Clean Water Commission is a tool of agriculture interests X
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        Wednesday, June 12, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt:  Trump's Mexico deal is a message to China
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft rejects third referendum petition seeking to put abortion bill to vote
          P-D:  Secretary of state rejects third abortion petition X
          The Missouri Times:  Abortion referendum lawsuits back in court next week with amended petitions
          KWMU:  Abortion clinic employees, Georgetown University feminist angry over state's approach to Planned Parenthood and safety
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs 'border wars' bill restricting tax incentives for certain businesses moving across state lines
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Medical marijuana advocates promote industry, talk prescription process
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Hemp Association to host conference covering cultivation to marketing;  Executive Director Dale Ludwig talks "Seed to Sale" event
          KWMU:  State school board denies Riverview Gardens' appeal for full accreditation
          Missourinet:  Parson offers Massachusetts governor a friendly wager on NHL's Stanley Cup Game 7
          P-D:  Former St. Louis County jail inmate dies shortly after arriving at state prison X
          P-D:  Missouri Press Association, others want movement on public-records ruling request X
          P-D:  State-ranking survey of the day:  WalletHub says Missouri not a good state to live in X
          Priddy:  I woke up with a brilliant, original idea:  Politicians should incorporate NASCAR-like sponsorships to show who is paying them;  868 words on corporate influence of Ameren, Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto [sic], others
          Reddit archives, 2014:  When was the first use of the tired, overdone cliche that politicians should incorporate NASCAR-like sponsorships to show who is paying them?
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on the Star's campaign against Title IX changes and the all-out war on young men X
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        Tuesday, June 11, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  FCC announces additional funding for rural broadband:  what that means for Missouri
          CDT:  FCC grants $24.1 million for broadband expansion X
          KWMU:  Mississippi River crested, but the waters remain high for now
          SE Missourian:  The work begins after floodwaters recede +
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley calls for overhaul of U.S. asylum process
          P-D:  New Missouri GOP leadership tightens belt after $200k flows to Todd Graves' group X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about legislative session, Nathan's Law, pro-life legislation, Clean Missouri, and hopes for a Dem comeback in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Abortion referendum lawsuit hearings set for today
          KC Star:  Pro-choice activists say regulations will worsen infant mortality rate X
          KC Star:  Missouri lab records show evidence of failed abortion at clinic with 're-aspiration' X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis judge gives state deadline to make decision on Planned Parenthood's license
          AP:  Judge says abortion clinic can remain open
          KWMU:  Judge temporarily allows abortions at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic
          P-D:  St. Louis abortion clinic can stay open, for now X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs $29.7 billion state budget, giving pay boost to state workers
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Medical marijuana advocates to promote industry
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) praises passage of criminal justice bills
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation to increase shooting range prices by $1 X
          SE Missourian:  AG report shows whites more likely to be stopped in Charleston than blacks +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Sheriffs' Association responds to traffic-stops report, wants valid benchmarks
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ygrene Energy Fund's Byron DeLear:  Lawmakers must help Missourians prepare for future tornados and floods
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Disasters and decisions weigh heavily in farm country
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting:  The health care crisis in rural Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman expresses outrage over pro-life legislation, demands six months paid maternity leave X
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        Monday, June 10, 2019
       
CBS "Face the Nation":  Video and transcript:  Sen. Roy Blunt talks trade tariffs, immigration
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner talks to Scott Faughn about immigration crisis and national pro-life legislation;  Panel of Scott Dieckhaus and Reps. Gretchen Bangert (D), Jim Murphy (R), Steven Roberts (D) talk pro-life legislation, Galloway's gubernatorial primary bid, Roberts' state Senate bid, special election for Jean Evans' seat, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Levees 'overwhelmed' as river levels stay high X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nearly 700 witness ceremonial signing of CAFO legislation in Sedalia
          SNL:  Meetings set about future of new state parks X
          KWMU:  Rock Island Trail gets option to raise money, but no state funds;  Comments from Missouri State Parks Deputy Director Mike Sutherland
          P-D:  In the Missouri Capitol, a shoeshine stand could return X
          P-D editorial:  State site for school-performance assessments is incomplete, inaccessible X
          KC Star editorial:  Medical marijuana dispensaries are arriving soon. Will Kansas City be ready? X
          Waters:  Nicole Galloway claimed she wanted to serve four years as auditor, but senses the lure of higher office X
          Messenger:  Patch of dry ground adjacent to Mississippi River is monument to bad flood policy X
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        Sunday, June 9, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party refocusing structure on grassroots, voter contact
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long backs state PDMP in Springfield visit X
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River crest forecast for Monday;  weekend rain could alter river levels +
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Hodgepodge of liberal groups hold protest to complain about abortion laws, perceived racism, gun control, etc. X
          Washington Post:  MSNBC's Rachel Maddow calls pelvic exams "state-sanctioned sexual assault" X
          SE Missourian:  Jobs to juries:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) discusses bills passed by Missouri lawmakers +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State owes county more than $500,000 in jail costs X
          SNL:  Cedar County activists unhappy about CAFO legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's Republicans are afraid of voters on abortion - and everything else X
          P-D editorial:  GOP radicals are muzzling public opposition to Missouri's new abortion law X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Trump's tariffs mean a positive turnaround for steel pipe manufacturer in St. Charles X
          KC Star's Ed McKinley and Jason Hancock:  How the Star helped overcome lobbyists and dark money forces to defeat Title IX legislation X
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        Saturday, June 8, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Overcrowded detention centers, overwhelmed agents on the southern border +
          Missourinet:  Missouri requests joint damage assessments for flooding, tornados
          AP:  Central U.S. flooding hits tourism in Missouri, other states
          JCNT:  Pro-life activists celebrate Missouri law X
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys contributes $1 million to committee seeking to put abortion ban to vote
          KC Star:  Humphreys gives $1 million to overturn abortion law, sues Ashcroft X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Planned Parenthood-contracted lab briefly loses accreditation as state, federal officials investigate botched abortions
          AP:  Missouri abortion clinic's lab re-accredited after review
          KWMU:  Women who received abortion services at Planned Parenthood's clinic remained pregnant
          P-D:  Missouri investigating 'multiple' botched abortions at St. Louis Planned Parenthood X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 3, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians should be outraged over traffic-stop data X
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian says Navy would never tolerate Greitens' behavior X
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        Friday, June 7, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  What the federal aid package means for Missouri as devastating flooding continues
          KC Star:  Missouri requests FEMA's help with flood, tornado damage assessments across the state X
          CDT:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler talks federal aid and flood control X
          KWMU:  As floodwaters remain high, some in St. Louis wonder if they'll reach Flood of '93 levels
          KWMU:  Hawley seeks to bar YouTube from recommending videos featuring minors
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long describes opioids as "scourge," supports PDMP
          KWMU:  Referendums to overturn new abortion ban rejected by Missouri secretary of state
          The Missouri Times:  Two abortion bill referendum petitions rejected, third still under review
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU files legal challenge to rejection of abortion bill referendum
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft rejects two referendum petitions against abortion bill
          JCNT:  Ashcroft:  2 petitions seeking abortion bill referendum don't meet Constitution requirements X
          AP:  Effort to repeal abortion rules hits roadblock
          KC Star:  ACLU of Missouri sues "John [sic] Ashcroft" for rejecting abortion bill referendum X
          The Missouri Times:  State agriculture agency selects new state veterinarian
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 5, 2019
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        Thursday, June 6, 2019   D-Day
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt:  Mexican tariffs would not help U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
          KWMU:  Rivers expected to crest at St. Louis tomorrow
          KC Star:  Nicole Galloway taking aim at Parson in op-ed, stump speeches X
          KWMU:  Mark Osmack, Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) angling to take on Koenig in Missouri Senate contest
          The Missouri Times:  Lavender flip-flops on re-election stance;  Kirkwood rep says her state Senate agenda would focus on abortion laws, climate change, and gun control
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans nominate Scott Cupps to fill Fitzpatrick's vacant House seat
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to speak at First Friday coffee tomorrow +
          The Missouri Times:  Jackson County Democrats honor Victor Callahan
          P-D:  Cannabis lobbyist Eapen Thampy pleads not guilty to drug charges X
          The Missouri Times:  Revenue collections up 2.1 percent so far from 2018
          P-D:  Missouri budget numbers on plus side heading toward final weeks of fiscal year X
          AP:  DHSS's Randall Williams stresses safety over access
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood lawyers:  Missouri officials are not following licensing procedures
          The Missouri Times:  Renew Missouri seeks to change PSC solar rules
          The Missouri Times:  Invenergy acquisition of Grain Belt project gets approval from state regulatory committee
          AP:  Missouri OKs Invenergy's acquisition of wind power project
          Missourinet:  Energy line project clears major Missouri regulatory hurdle
          KC Star editorial:  How Missouri harasses women seeking abortions X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Flood aid finally provides a boost X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman angry at Parson, says pelvic exams are "state-sponsored rape" X
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        Wednesday, June 5, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  What the federal disaster aid package means for Missouri as devastating flooding continues
          The Missouri Times:  Judge quells subpoenas of abortion clinic doctors, sets hearing for whether lone facility can remain operational
          AP:  Judge:  Doctor testimony not needed in Missouri abortion case
          KWMU:  Court rules doctors don't have to testify in Planned Parenthood license case
          P-D:  St. Louis judge calls Planned Parenthood hearing for this morning X
          Missourinet:  Galloway says Missourians are calling her office to complain about late state tax refunds
          SNL:  Missouri posts medical marijuana applications for patients, businesses X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri rolls out medical marijuana applications
          P-D:  Cannabis advocate Eapen Thampy faces charges in marijuana case X
          CDT:  Rocheport bridge rehab could be 'poison pill';  Comments from Blunt, MoDOT's Patrick McKenna, Parson's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Teresa Parson to give commencement address as inmates complete entrepreneurship program
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for criminal justice legislation
          P-D op-ed:  Conservative author Rachel Bovard:  Hawley's due diligence draws unfair criticism X
          P-D op-ed:  BJC CEO Richard Liekweg and Wash U. Med School's David Perlmutter:  Pro-life legislation intrudes into doctor-patient relationship X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves "nonbinary lesbian" student expresses disdain for state of Missouri, says she only applied to Mizzou as a "safety school" X
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        Tuesday, June 4, 2019
       
P-D:  Officials voice both confidence and caution as rivers continue near-historic rise X
          Missourinet:  Missouri River closed to shipping from St. Louis to Kansas City
          KC Star:  Federal aid headed to Missouri as disaster bill passes X
          P-D:  Schmitt settles state tax credit fraud lawsuit against McKee's Northside Regeneration X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) announces bid for floor leader
          The Missouri Times:  MEC advisory opinions clarify Clean Missouri amendment
          KWMU:  Abortion ban opponents could face referendum snag
          SNL:  Springfield police investigating abortion-rights rally violence;  Lateya King, others charged after assaulting police officers and resisting arrest X
          SNL:  Video:  Protestor holding "Hoes Before Embryos" sign captures Lateya King punching, kicking police officer X
          KWMU:  Democratic state Senator from Illinois says Missouri lawmakers should "reconsider" pro-life policies
          Missourinet:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) praises bipartisan oversight committee for DOR investigation
          SNL:  State to post medical marijuana application forms for would-be patients today X
          P-D:  Today is the first day to apply to use, grow or sell medical marijuana in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Seventeen Missouri nursing homes on national list for poor care
          KWMU:  Missouri DNR pulls plan to regulate coal ash ponds and landfills
          KMBC:  Missouri Department of Conservation provides guidelines to stay safe in black bear country
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers, activists issue statements regarding AG traffic-stops report
          P-D op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  By signing pro-life bill, Gov. Parson delivers another dose of Todd Akin X
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        Monday, June 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  Advocacy groups prepare for 2020 Census
          P-D:  Wentzville shows greatest growth of all cities in St. Louis region;  Residents flock to St. Charles County town for safety, prosperity X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov. Mike Parson talks with Scott Faughn about pro-life legislation and reflects on first year in office;  Panel of Jane Dueker and Reps. Dottie Bailey (R), Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) and Wiley Price IV (D) talk pro-life legislation, Parson's first year
          P-D:  One year later:  Whereabouts of Eric Greitens and former staffers X
          KC Star editorial:  The state of Missouri owes Jackson County almost $2 million. When will it pay up? X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Parson's supporters are mostly men, and state lawmakers are "Neanderthals"
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas and Bryan Lowry:  Gov. Parson should not have appeared on This Week in Missouri Politics;  Photo of Scott "Faun [sic]", via "Missouri House of Republicans [sic]" X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian expresses anger over GOP opposition to Clean Missouri, attempts punchline involving 1967 Aretha Franklin song X
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        Sunday, June 2, 2019
       
KC Star:  In Independence, son of late Sen. John McCain accepts Truman award on behalf of his father X
          Columbia Missourian:  2020 census ramps up;  Democrats fret over potential question on citizenship
          SNL:  Overview:  State of Missouri's abortion debate:  Facility safety, pro-life legislation, and national context X
          P-D:  Parson wraps up first year facing outrage from pro-choice activists X
          KC Star:  Abortion business may pick up in Illinois;  a look inside one termination facility X
          SNL:  Some Springfield-area doctors eager to provide medical marijuana certification notices;  Clinic fees begin at $100 for diagnosis X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Advocates say bill delaying first day of school would help Missouri tourism X
          JCNT:  Medicaid-expansion advocates promote favorable national study X
          KC Star op-ed:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to support proposals to ban "big money" in politics, mandate same-day voter registration, other nonstarters X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Missouri should regulate short-term lenders X
          P-D letter:  American Tort Reform Association wants continued tort-overhaul legislative success next year X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian displeased by pro-life legislation X
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        Saturday, June 1, 2019
       
June 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  Stenger chief of staff Bill Miller pleads guilty to felony charge in pay-to-play scheme X
          KWMU:  Bill Miller pleads guilty in pay-to-play scheme over lobbying contract
          KC Star:  Greitens case triggers Navy review of how to handle misconduct allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats pick their candidate to flip Fitzpatrick's vacant House seat:  Lisa Kalp, a vegetarian from Boston
          P-D:  David Humphreys endorses effort to overturn Missouri abortion law X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 27, 2019
          P-D:  St. Louis unemployment rises slightly, but Missouri shows uptick in job openings X
          SE Missourian:  State of Missouri owes Cape County more than $500k;  state is $35M behind paying local governments X
          SNL:  Doping while destitute:  laws invovling medical marijuana and welfare unclear;  Drug could violate policy for those who choose to accept taxpayer-funded handouts X
          SNL:  Five arrested, law enforcement assaulted at abortion-rights protest X
          SNL:  Pro-choice protest photo gallery:  Organizer declares Missouri a "filth-wallowed uncultured backwoods state";  Puns involving intercoursing male elected officials;  other persuasive messaging X
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood allowed to continue abortion services in Missouri, judge rules
          KWMU:  Judge's order keeps Missouri's sole abortion clinic open - for now
          P-D:  Missouri's only abortion clinic keeps its license for now, judge rules X
          AP:  Judge says Missouri clinic can keep performing abortions
          KC Star:  Missouri's new law is sending more rape kits to lab X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs protections for livestock operations into law
          AP:  Parson to sign livestock bill June 8 at Missouri Cattlemen's annual steak fry
          JCNT:  Missouri Conservation Commission proposes hunting, fishing rules changes X
          The Missouri Times:  AG's office releases annual report on traffic stops
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Jobs With Justice wants University of Missouri to capitulate on "living wage," unions for graduate students, etc. X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City sexagenarian says Gov. Parson makes her "blood boil" X
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        Friday, May 31, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri National Guard fans out across state in wake of natural disasters
          Joplin Globe:  Blunt visits Briarbrook area in wake of tornado damage X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Josh Hurlbert launches 2020 bid to represent Smithville in Missouri House;  District currently represented by term-limited Ken Wilson
          P-D:  Bill Miller, chief of staff to Steve Stenger, pleading guilty to bribery scheme;  Former policy director for Jay Nixon at center of John Bardgett & Associates lobbying controversy X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition walking back pro-life policies seeks approval to circulate
          SE Missourian:  Optimist Club honors area law enforcement officers;  Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) praises good law enforcement +
          KWMU:  Tensions high as activists await decision on Missouri's sole abortion clinic
          KWMU:  Q&A on abortion facilities safety dispute and pro-life policies
          SNL:  How abortion law in Missouri compares to those in bordering states X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood asks St. Louis judge to keep abortion clinic open X
          P-D:  St. Louis City alderwoman, others arrested as part of protest X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rollout of medical marijuana has been spotty in other states
          Missourinet:  Tornado damage forces popular Missouri penitentiary tours to get sidelined
          Columbia Missourian:  Ameren holds public meetings on coal ash management;  Environmental activists explain their theories on physics and chemistry to actual scientists
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Republican Party responds to Tony Messenger's "suburban moms" column
          P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian expresses outrage over pro-life legislation in Missouri and other states, threatens to never visit Alabama X
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        Thursday, May 30, 2019
       
SNL:  Blunt talks economy in Springfield visit, answers reporter questions regarding state abortion legislation X
          Missourinet:  Parson urges Corps to give states a seat at the table
          Joplin Globe:  Tornado recovery efforts progressing in Carl Junction, but still no word from FEMA X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says Planned Parenthood must comply with safety standards, shouldn't get 'special treatment'
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson press conference on Planned Parenthood lawsuit
          SNL:  Parson responds to Planned Parenthood lawsuit X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood asks court to keep Missouri from closing abortion clinic
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson urges Planned Parenthood to comply with law ahead of hearing
          P-D:  Hearing on fate of St. Louis City abortion clinic to take place today X
          Joplin Globe:  Residents claim $13,000 in lost property through Treasurer Fitzpatrick's visit X
          P-D:  Governor's Mansion in line for long-awaited repairs X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Conservation Commission preliminarily approves fees for trout, nonresident permits
          P-D editorial:  Pro-life policy success is a reminder:  Elections have consequences X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt correct to fix elderly/disabled abuse hotline X
          P-D letter:  Springfield septuagenarian admires House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, says GOP has "unfair" majorities in Legislature X
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        Wednesday, May 29, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missourians recall 1993 as they prepare for more 'historic' flooding
          JCNT:  U.S. Corps increasing Missouri River releases as flooding persists X
          JCNT:  Blunt surveys Jefferson City storm damage X
          JCNT:  State commission releases $104k to help find housing for tornado victims X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) to run for Jamilah Nasheed's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  From lawmaker to lobbyist, Joe Ortwerth retiring from public life in Missouri
          CDT:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick:  Housing tax credits need retooling
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) talks with Rosenbaum about abortion legislation and legal challenges, GM incentives, upcoming re-election, more
          NPR:  Missouri could become first state without abortion clinic
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri has opportunity to become first state without abortion provider
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood sues Missouri, says state is 'illegally weaponizing licensing process'
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood could stop performing abortions as early as this week X
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU seeks to get abortion referendum on 2020 ballot
          SNL:  ACLU pushes for public vote on new abortion law X
          The Missouri Times:  Rules for Missouri's medical marijuana program finalized
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri finalizes medical marijuana rules
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for Grain Belt Express legislation
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's attempt to close state's last abortion clinic and a shameful attack on women X
          P-D editorial:  It makes no sense to suspend driver's licenses to force payment of court fines X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Closing state's last abortion clinic is bad for Missouri women
          Priddy:  Gov. Parson and ag community should change their talking point - agriculture is not really the backbone of Missouri's economy
          KC Star letters:  Minnesota woman claims she and pals were going to attend Chiefs game this fall, but are cancelling trip due to abortion legislation;  Kansas City man angry over possible helmet-law repeal X
          P-D letter:  Overland octogenarian applauds Bruce Franks for "mental health" departure X
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        Tuesday, May 28, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley, state lawmakers praise volunteer response after Jefferson City tornado
          Missourinet:  Video:  Hawley walks through tornado-damaged streets
          Missourinet:  Parson activates National Guard in storm recovery and preparation
          KC Star:  Cleaver, other Midwest Dems tread cautiously on Trump, impeachment X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) on Better Together, abortion legislation, more
          KC Star editorial:  Parson could make a deadly mistake with repeal of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law X
          Columbia Missourian's Danielle Pycior and Jamie Hobbs:  Ameren and its lobbyists are the villains in coal ash dispute
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disagrees with pro-life legislation, wants lawmakers to spend more taxpayer money on entitlements +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman wonders why Post-Dispatch ignores pro-life activists X
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        Monday, May 27, 2019   Memorial Day
       
Missourinet:  Hawley wants Congress to approve disaster aid
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long describes Carl Junction as 'total devastation'
          Joplin Globe:  Man-on-the-street interviews regarding Mueller Report:  Sexagenarian liberal playing guitar on college campus, "freelance photographer" at coffee shop with no opinions, etc. X
          KWMU:  Missouri steps up seat belt enforcement
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri farmers are in the voodoo with this trade impasse X
          JCNT editorial:  DHSS failing with hotline X
          P-D editorial:  Promoting Christianity in public schools isn't just unconstitutional. It's un-American. X
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        Sunday, May 26, 2019
       
KC Star:  "I want to be a majority party." Ann Wagner's plan to save the suburbs for the GOP X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst on stalled disaster relief bill
          SNL:  Pro-life leaders expect challenges to legislation X
          P-D:  Feminists march in downtown St. Louis to protest pro-life legislation X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Woman with blue/green hair holds sign proclaiming that her vagina is disgruntled;  Man wears model vagina atop head;  Obese speaker says she believes in women's health;  etc. X
          P-D editorial:  David Humphreys should lead the charge to take GOP back from its extremists X
          SNL letters:  Battlefield sexagenarian expresses disdain for white males;  Springfield sexagenarian threatens to leave Missouri over abortion laws X
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        Saturday, May 25, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  MO Ag Director Chris Chinn joins Trump at announcement of trade aid package for farmers
          Missourinet:  Parson's update on storm recovery, damage assessments:  Missouri is making strong progress
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 20, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs sweeping pro-life bill into law during private ceremony
          KWMU:  Parson signs abortion bill into law
          Missourinet:  Parson signs abortion legislation
          KC Star:  Parson signs pro-life bill X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt says judge has ordered popular swimming hole closed
          KC Star editorial:  The Navy doesn't need Eric Greitens. Former governor's return sends disturbing message. X
          Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  Let's stop talking about abortion
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian unhappy with legislators over pro-life legislation X
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        Friday, May 24, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Area farmers stand with Trump on China trade issue X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley measures would affect Missouri River management X
          Missourinet:  Hawley to tour tornado-damaged Carl Junction today
          Missourinet:  Video:  Parson, law enforcement discuss tornado recovery in Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Navy confirms Greitens' return X
          KWMU:  David Humphreys wants Parson to veto abortion legislation
          P-D:  GOP donor David Humphreys wants Parson to veto pro-life legislation X
          KCUR:  Missouri Department of Corrections to counties:  the check's in the mail for housing inmates, eventually
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers set later start date for schools
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers debate repeal of motorcycle helmet law X
          JCNT:  National advocacy group says Missouri roads are in poor shape X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Parson should veto motorcycle-helmet repeal X
          P-D editorial:  Navy should tell Greitens thanks for your offer of service. But no thanks. X
          Priddy:  Thoughts on tornadoes, in-state tuition for young illegals, state lawmakers as cattle, steamboat museum legislation, the joy of napping, more (1,369 words)
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says pro-life legislation has turned Missouri into Iran, also dislikes "Todd Aiken [sic]" X
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        Thursday, May 23, 2019
       
KWMU:  Liberal groups oppose Hawley's efforts on flood management, want senator to prioritize pallid sturgeon
          The Missouri Times:  Mark Osmack says he's running in 15th Senate District primary;  Democrat garnered 25% in congressional primary last year
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Major tornado hit Jefferson City;  Rescue efforts continue this morning
          Missourinet:  New mental health hospital to bear Jay Nixon's name;  Former governor was tireless advocate for better facilities
          KC Star:  Greitens says he will deploy with Navy X
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt launches investigation into state's elder abuse hotline
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana seed-to-sale bid protest rejected by state
          P-D:  Pro-choice, pro-life advocates disagree on legal implications of abortion legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at some of the low-profile measures passed this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Understaffing takes a toll on Missouri's corrections officers
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 22, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Advocacy group says Missouri's transportation system ranks among lower half of states
          AP:  Judge reverses Missouri trooper's loss of officer's license after man's drowning
          P-D editorial:  Parson should leave Missouri's motorcycle helmet law firmly strapped in place X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Wind, not government, in your hair:  Adult motorcycle riders should have the freedom to go helmetless X
          P-D letter:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  Trade agreement vital for Missouri agriculture X
          P-D letter:  Overland woman says pro-life bill is misogynist, racist, and classist X
          P-D letter:  St. Ann sexagenarian compares pro-life legislators to slave owners X
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        Wednesday, May 22, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley bill would allow people to opt out of data tracking
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  KCUR's Brian Ellison joins Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to recap the ups and downs of the 2019 Missouri Legislature
          P-D:  Abortion rally photo gallery:  Morbidly obese woman rolls onto hindquarters, claims she is withholding intercourse from all male suitors due to abortion legislation;  other efficacious messaging X
          JCNT:  Pro-choice rally draws 30 in Jefferson City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-choice rally draws 50 in Columbia
          SNL:  Abortion rally draws 50 in Springfield;  Planned Parenthood rep tells crowd that calling Parson's office will make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's elderly population a target for scammers;  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) aims to help victims
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators say budget boost could help adult abuse hotline
          P-D:  Insurance group says motorcycle helmet law change will mean more deaths
          Messenger:  Sarcastic take on 2019 legislative session X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man expresses disdain for white male Republicans X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wants Parson to flip-flop on pro-life principles X
          P-D letter:  Self-described "women's studies scholar" opposes pro-life legislation X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist claims she and cohorts will kick Republicans' "sorry butts to the curb" next year X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman makes pro-life argument devoid of rage, hatred or threats X
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        Tuesday, May 21, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley wants to institute an Internet 'do-not-track' list for personal data
          Missourinet:  Major disaster declaration approved for 13 Missouri counties
          KC Star:  Trump approves disaster declaration for 13 Missouri counties, bringing funds for repair X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association's Mark Scott:  A trade win for corn industry
          Missourinet:  Schmitt's office joins FBI efforts to fight human trafficking
          SNL:  GOP says efforts to improve "Clean Missouri" will be back next year X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers celebrate passage of pro-life legislation +
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats, in political exile, hope pro-life legislation will help them generate cash, interest X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at criminal justice measures passed this session
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers green-light partial motorcycle helmet repeal, vehicle fee increase, inspection triggers
          P-D:  In Missouri, some officials want to curtail feel-good Capitol color show X
          Joplin Globe:  Editor Carol Stark to be inducted into Missouri Press Hall of Fame X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislative session was about more than abortion X
          P-D editorial:  Abortion bill notwithstanding, Missouri dodged some big bullets this session X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R):  The right to exist:  In support of Israel +
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Missouri should join 49 other states in passing PDMP
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri lawmakers are usually wrong, which is why their constituents end up re-electing them
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        Monday, May 20, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Memorial honoring Vietnam veterans holds grand opening in Perryville +
          Rosenbaum:  6 observations as Gov. Parson finds success in first legislative session
          P-D:  In his first session as governor, Parson scores big wins X
          Missourinet:  Post-session analysis:  Thoughts from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) and House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Ray Hartmann, David Barklage, Jay Kanzler, and St. Louis County Council Democratic candidate Kelli Dunaway talk GM incentives, pro-life legislation, Bruce Frank's departure, more
           KC Star:  Feminists gather at Plaza to protest pro-life bill;  Organizer celebrates her success gathering the "pissed off" after legislation is already passed X
           KWMU:  Cities prepare for legalized medical marijuana in Missouri
           Missourinet:  'Nathan's Law' to restrict capacity at in-home day cares goes to Parson's desk
           Missourinet:  Drones are one signature away from being banned near Missouri prisons, mental hospitals
           Missourinet:  The helmets could soon come off for many motorcyclists in Missouri
           KC Star:  Washington University law prof, allies continue campaign against Title IX due process legislation X
           Columbia Missourian:  Northwest Missouri wind-power projects a boon to some, a bane to others
           P-D:  Despite attacks, coal stands strong as power source for Missouri X
           Joplin Globe editorial:  State lawmakers did the right thing and prioritized education funding X
           P-D op-ed:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon):  The General Motors deal is a Great Deal - but only for GM X
           P-D's Nicklaus:  Yes, GM subsidy is corporate welfare, but it's necessary in a competitive world X
           P-D's David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher:  "The Bottom Line" video:  Is GM subsidy corporate welfare or necessary investment? X
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        Sunday, May 19, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Obamacare, Title IX, judges X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith supports Trump trade policy, says China responsible for farm woes +
          JCNT:  Child poverty declines in Missouri;  Advocacy group complains about "living wage," Medicaid expansion, etc. X
          AP:  Investigation into Greitens' staff's social media use ends
          AP:  Analysis:  Parson achieves most of his 2019 legislative agenda
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers reflect on 'successful year' in Jefferson City X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers look back at 2019 session X
          Joplin Globe:  MSSU, Crowder poised for more state funding for nursing, health sciences programs X
          SNL:  Waynesville, Kennett are both seeking direct deals with marijuana companies X
          P-D editorial:  Lessons for future leaders from the sad downfall of Bruce Franks, Jr.:  "Mental health" tearjerker a flimsy alibi for federal investigation X
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians subsidize Kansas City stadiums to the tune of $3 million per year. When will Kansas chip in? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural Missouri celebrates successful legislative session
          Waters:  Hammerschmidt - an unholy blend of tax credits X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Legislation needed to stop excessive robocalls X
          CDT op-ed:  Gatehouse Media Regional Editor Allen Fennewald:  CAFO debate divides rural ideals X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian opposes Dohrman proposal for "In God We Trust" in public schools, says students are oblivious to all signage X
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        Saturday, May 18, 2019
       
KC Star:  Missouri farmers, federal lawmakers weigh in on continued trade tensions X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Actress Glenn Close bolsters message for Blunt-backed bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  FCC approves funds to fill gaps in broadband access around area X
          KWMU:  Debate continues on Missouri medical marijuana supply and demand
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House live blog
          KWMU:  Live blog:  The last day of the Missouri Legislature
          KWMU:  Last day of session:  Abortion, bridge bonding bill, term limits, and missed opportunities
          Missourinet:  2019 legislative session:  What passed, what failed
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative session ends;  A look at what passed, what failed
          P-D:  How key legislation fared in 2019 Missouri legislative session X
          The Missouri Times:  Sweeping pro-life bill given final legislative approval
          SNL:  House passes pro-life legislation;  Parson to sign X
          Missourinet:  Abortion bill heading to Parson's desk
          AP:  House passes abortion bill
          P-D:  Abortion legislation approved by Missouri House, heads to governor X
          KC Star:  Parson says he'll sign abortion legislation soon X
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-life legislation set to become law in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Pro-choice activists, media allies seize upon verbal slip from Rep. Steve Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          P-D:  Urban municipal officials unhappy with Missouri Legislature's pro-life legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Bonding compromise sent to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK $301M in bonds for bridge repairs
          P-D:  Legislative briefs:  School start date, bridge funding, motorcycle helmet law, motor vehicle inspections X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly sends constitutional amendment on term limits to ballot
          AP:  Missouri voters to decide on term limits for state officials
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers vote to have insurance plans cover kids with disabilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Therapy options for disabled children to be expanded with bill's passage
          AP:  Bill delaying school start date passes Missouri Legislature
          JCNT:  Bill requiring treatment courts passes Missouri Legislature X
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to stop Grain Belt Express' use of eminent domain fails
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  To my pro-life friends:  This brutal Missouri abortion ban is where we part ways X
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        Friday, May 17, 2019
       
KC Star:  U.S. Senate passes Hawley bill to fund suicide prevention programs for police officers X
          KWMU:  Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to hold college "climate summit" at Wash U. next year
          P-D:  Bloomberg teams with Wash U. to expand climate-change activism X
          JCNT:  Missouri School Safety Task Force holds last public hearing before report to governor X
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) resigns, cites mental health
          The Missouri Times:  Franks resigns, cites stress
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks to resign
          P-D:  Bruce Franks quits Missouri House X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers enter final day with major unfinished business
          SE Missourian:  Rehder rips Republican colleagues for avoiding PDMP bill +
          Faughn:  One more day, one day more:  Explaining Senate actions and motivations;  Greitens meeting with supporters, feeling out 2020 and 2022;  More
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House live blog
          CDT:  Lawmakers make final push as session nears end X
          Missourinet:  House expected to debate abortion bill today
          SNL:  Abortion measure back in Missouri House X
          P-D:  Vote on abortion bill expected today X
          KC Star:  Abortion bill headed for passage X
          KC Star:  Q&A on abortion legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  'Border War' bill advances through Senate
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly moves to make redistricting process more transparent
          SNL:  Bill inspired by Hailey Owens clears Missouri Senate, heads to Parson X
          The Missouri Times:  Omnibus 'child protection' bill receives final legislative approval
          P-D:  'Nathan's Law,' designed to crack down on dangerous day cares, headed to Missouri governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate again approves added protections for domestic, sexual violence victims
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate approves bill that helps trafficking victims expunge their records
          The Missouri Times:  Senate green-lights partial motorcycle helmet law repeal despite minor roadblocks on the floor
          AP:  Senate votes to relax helmet law, vehicle inspections
          AP:  State proceedings on hold for duck boats
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's extreme abortion bill rivals Alabama in cruelty and doing harm to women X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislature's CAFO bill is a bad odor rising X
          P-D letter:  University City woman who works for abortion provider opposes pro-life legislation X
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        Thursday, May 16, 2019
       
St. Louis Business Journal:  St. Louis attorney takes prominent Trump re-election role:  Q&A with Jack Oliver
          KC Star:  Hawley delivers first major Senate floor speech, focuses on hardworking middle-class Americans X
          Missourinet:  Video:  Blunt calls for quick passage of federal disaster aid bill
          SE Missourian:  Soybean farmers brace for 'train wreck' of China tariffs and bad weather +
          P-D:  Parson's Uniting Missouri PAC attracts top talent;  Michael Hafner on board X
          KWMU:  Galloway to investigate St. Louis County contracts in wake of Stenger plea;  Port Authority, Economic Development to be included in audit
          Columbia Missourian:  AG Eric Schmitt intervenes in public defender agreement, says criminals could walk free
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House live blog
          Missourinet:  House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) outlines priorities for session's final two days
          KWMU:  Senate votes to substantially curtail abortion in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate passes abortion legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes abortion ban bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate passes abortion bill;  Back to House for final vote
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate abortion debate timeline
          AP:  Missouri Senate joins national pro-life wave with 8-week ban
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats filibuster pro-life bill before it's even brought to the floor
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly approves changes to Missouri's fledgling hemp program
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature votes to continue funding convention, sports centers
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers approve state aid for Enterprise Center
          AP:  Lawmakers OK state aid for St. Louis Blues arena
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams aims to reverse trend of teachers getting "older and whiter";  Percentage of experienced Caucasoids simply unacceptable
          P-D editorial:  Real-life 'Handmaid's Tale' looms larger as lawmakers push draconian abortion laws X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson gets the facts wrong with happy talk about tariffs that hurt Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt wants to punish the poor by overworking and underfunding public defenders X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Missourians deserve a Senate vote on PDMP
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian wants Blunt to stop supporting Trump policies X
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        Wednesday, May 15, 2019
       
P-D:  Hawley to deliver his first Senate floor speech today X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump toilet paper sent to McCaskill at local NBC affiliate;  'Suspicious package' causes scare X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, GOP leaders urge flood relief vote X
          AP:  FCC authorizes $22 million for broadband in rural Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Jennifer Tidball to serve as acting director of DSS
          JCNT:  Jennifer Tidball to head Department of Social Services again X
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Senate:  Live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the House:  Live blog
          KWMU:  GM incentives approved as Senate turns attention to abortion
          The Missouri Times:  GM workforce development bill survives Senate conservatives' marathon filibuster
          Missourinet:  First Missouri Senate deadlock of final week is over with deal reached on GM bill
          Missourinet:  Parson, DED's Rob Dixon:  This plan benefits all Missouri, not just GM
          P-D:  Senators end 27-hour filibuster on GM incentives X
          KC Star:  After 27-hour filibuster, GM incentive package passes X
          Columbia Missourian:  With filibuster behind them, Senate prepares to debate abortion
          P-D:  Time running out for GOP to make changes to 'Clean Missouri' this session X
          KC Star:  GOP effort on Clean Missouri stalls in Senate X
          P-D:  Missouri is on the verge of making hearing aids more accessible to the poor X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly moves changes to expungements to governor
          JCNT:  House sends Bernskoetter's CAFO bill to governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Protections for large livestock operations sent to governor's desk
          AP:  Lawmakers OK bill on livestock rules
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) uses CAFO debate to question colleagues' integrity:  "Not everyone in here has the right intentions"
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Grain Belt Express power lines would not be taller than the Statue of Liberty
          P-D:  Missouri extends special oversight of Riverview Gardens School District through 2022 X
          KWMU:  Education briefs:  DESE teacher survey results;  Riverview Gardens still needs state oversight;  Computer science no longer an elective
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to change Clean Water Commission membership X
          SE Missourian:  What's up with flashing yellow arrows?  MoDOT explains +
          P-D:  Ferguson, nearing fifth anniversary of attack on police officer and subsequent riots, searches for a new brand identity X
          P-D editorial:  In-state tuition for Dreamers just makes good business sense X
          P-D op-ed:  Regional Chamber's Tom Chulick:  GM and Gov. Parson want to keep Wentzville plant open. Why play games? X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Washington Post publisher Donald Graham:  I set up scholarships in my home town, and then I set up a nationwide scholarship program, and Missouri lawmakers should be as generous and compassionate and selfless as me X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian thinks state economy would improve if lawmakers raised taxes X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian angered by Eigel's proposal for Bangert Island X
          KC Star letters:  Raytown sexagenarian upset over drop in Medicaid enrollment numbers;  Warrensburg sexagenarian thinks writing to legislators about LGBTQ legislation will make a difference X
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        Tuesday, May 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  Mayors of river towns talk flooding, solutions
          KWMU:  Maxine Waters returns to St. Louis, speaks at Vashon High School
          Show Me Missourah:  Cooper County:  Scott Faughn talks with leaders about county's history, political composition and evolution, landmarks and tourist destinations, more
          KCUR:  Missouri joins multi-state lawsuit against generic drug companies
          KC Star:  Editorial board names new member:  Caucasoid male Michael Ryan
          The Missouri Times:  Bills to watch in the final days of session
          The Missouri Times:  Senate live blog for Monday
          The Missouri Times:  House live blog for Monday
          The Missouri Times:  GM workforce, incentive 'vehicle' causes strife in General Assembly
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves second Wentzville GM bill;  overnight Senate filibuster continues
          AP:  Missouri Senate in stalemate over GM incentive package
          KWMU:  General Assembly actions:  GM incentives, criminal sentencing, Clean Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate stuck on Fast Track, GM incentive legislation
          P-D:  Disagreement over General Motors incentives brings work in Missouri Senate to a halt X
          JCNT:  Despite filibuster, mid-Missouri lawmakers still hoping for some legislative success X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly sends criminal justice overhaul measure to governor
          AP:  Lawmakers vote to ease prison and jail sentences
          P-D:  'Debtors' prison' legislation sent to Parson's desk X
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to address Clean Missouri face hurdles in final week of session
          Columbia Missourian:  'Debtor prison,' Simon's Law sent to governor
          The Missouri Times:  Simon's Law given unanimous approval, sent to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri passes parental rights in do-not-resuscitate cases
          KWMU:  ACLU and state reach agreement on public defender workloads
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri can't afford to risk losing GM plant. Tax incentives are a small price to pay X
          KC Star editorial:  After lawmakers fail to pass drug-monitoring bill, Missouri remains in a class by itself X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators head home this week, leaving LGBT discrimination legal in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural broadband closer to becoming reality
          Columbia Missourian's Sky Chadde and Yue Yu:  Business lobbyists get sympathy from powerful legislators in Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian's Sky Chadde:  New Columbia Missourian database exposes which lobbyists testified before committees since 2013
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man dislikes tax incentives for film companies and GM +
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        Monday, May 13, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt weighs in on China tariffs, Army Corps' river management
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Cleaver correct on student loan approval data
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Joe Lakin, Brittany Robbins, Gregg Keller, Sam Gladney talk GM incentives, Better Together, in-state tuition for aliens, pro-life bills
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Ald. Jack Coatar:  St. Louis City wunderkind talks with Rosenbaum about Better Together's collapse, medical marijuana, more
          P-D:  State of Missouri accuses Stenger crony of bilking investors out of $1.2 million;  Five area residents duped by John Rallo scam involving Oriental "coconut water slurry" X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) continues to recover from March car crash
          Missourinet:  End-of-session preview:  GM incentives, Grain Belt Express, redistricting
          Missourinet:  National spelling bee whiz kids prepare to take the stage;  Missouri's delegation dominated by minority females
          CDT:  Mamtek case takes new twist with objections to settlement X
          P-D editorial:  Revival of Missouri's low-income housing tax credit is urgent, but so is overhaul X
          Rudi Keller:  Unwelcome mat remains out for young illegals X
          Waters:  Sunshine Law:  Galloway vs. Parson X
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        Sunday, May 12, 2019   Mother's Day
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Import-Export bank, funding for young illegals, more X
          KC Star:  Veteran's group leader says KC VA's yearlong silence on Missouri vet's death could be a coverup X
          JCNT:  Income tax collections jumped in April;  state revenues continue ascent X
          SE Missourian:  Parson to graduating SEMO students:  "We can all work together to ensure the future is bright" +
          KC Star:  Senate's Conservative Caucus remains steadfast in opposition to Parson's workforce-training bill X
          Joplin Globe:  End-of-session preview:  Pro-life bills, workforce development, bridge bonding, cultural districts, more X
          P-D:  End-of-session preview:  GM subsidies, pro-life legislation, redistricting, charter schools X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Crystal Thomas:  End-of-session preview:  Comments from "Sen. Jeannie [sic] Riddle" X
          SNL:  MSU notches win in state budget, could cut tuition hikes X
          JCNT:  Dept. of Revenue urges employees to review their withholding instructions X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Restore low-income housing tax credits X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The 'better' in Better Together was never clearly explained X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  GM incentives and low-income housing tax credits are pure cronyism X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Pacific man disagrees with sale of Eleven Point River State Park X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis food-stamp recipient disagrees with Missouri Republicans on Medicaid eligibility X
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        Saturday, May 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Sam Graves breaks with GOP to support disaster aid bill critical for Missouri X
          AP:  Missouri River causes new problems in areas levees broke
          KWMU:  Key figures in Stenger case facing their own federal charges
          P-D:  St. Louis economic development chief Sheila Sweeney pleads guilty in pay-to-play scheme;  Stenger donor John Rallo indicted
          AP:  Sheila Sweeney pleads guilty to federal felony for role in pay-to-play scam
          SNL:  Missouri may license many more marijuana testing facilities than required by Amendment 2 X
          P-D:  Missouri could license 10 marijuana testing facilities;  Wednesday is deadline to suggest marijuana rules X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 6, 2019
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass $30 billion budget proposal
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate passes Rock Island Trail funding bill X
          SE Missourian:  Drug-monitoring bill faces Senate opposition as end of session looms +
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers support effort to give voters a voice on redistricting X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 9, 2019
          KWMU:  Pallid sturgeon released into Missouri River in effort to save the endangered species
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Gatehouse Media unloads Courier-Post to Quincy Media, which operates Quincy Herald-Whig X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP scrambles to do the wrong thing and bar Dreamers from in-state tuition X
          P-D's Raasch:  Farewell column series, Part V:  Earmarks:  Thoughts from Blunt, former Talent Chief of Staff Mark Strand X
          CDT op-ed:  Lindenwood prof R.W. Hafer:  Missouri is overdue to revise its tax structure X
          Phill Brooks:  Remembering Ken Rothman X
          Messenger:  Rural Missouri judges are still holding on to debtors prison scheme X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man angered by Alzheimer's nonprofit's ad thanking Blunt for support X
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        Friday, May 10, 2019
       
Vanity Fair:  Jack Oliver organizes unofficial kick-off to Trump's 2020 campaign
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley bill helping law enforcement heads to full Senate X
          Missourinet:  Graves talks impact of flood on farmers
          KWMU:  EPA to conduct more testing at West Lake Landfill
          P-D:  Federal charges against Sheila Sweeney and John Rallo in Stenger's pay-to-play scam;  Port Authority's sham "marketing consultant" contracts in focus X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican lawmakers welcome author Michael Knowles to Capitol after UMKC incident
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) announces bid for floor leader, says he "wants to give back"
          The Missouri Times:  FY 2020 budget finalized, sent to governor's desk
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers approve $29 billion budget;  tuition for alien students was key issue
          The Missouri Times:  DACA language in budget sent back to conference committee
          Missourinet:  House rejects conference committee report on alien tuition
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans reverse move to grant in-state tuition to illegals X
          Columbia Missourian:  Illegal aliens unlikely to be offered same tuition rate as legal Missourians
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to re-start low-income housing
          The Missouri Times:  House approves incentive package aimed to attract GM Wentzville expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri House hits the gas on incentives plan for GM expansion
          P-D:  Missouri House approves incentives for Wentzville GM plant X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Republicans, House Rules chairs trade volleys over stalled bills
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee advances bill from Rep. Chris Dinkins (R-Annapolis) to aid domestic violence victims
          JCNT:  Missouri River port bill still alive as session winds down X
          Columbia Missourian:  Statement from Rep. Patricia Pike (R-Adrian) on powdered alcohol rated "True"
          Columbia Missourian:  Feral hogs are destroying Missouri farmland, and stakeholders seek consensus on fighting them
          SNL:  Anti-discrimination bill gets hearing X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's new marijuana industry already seeding state politics with cash;  Donors gave a whopping $15k to Parson's PAC X
          KC Star editorial:  'We have a God-given right to discriminate.' Is this the state Missouri wants to be? X
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Missouri GOP was pressured by the right to break Dreamers' hearts X
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        Thursday, May 9, 2019
       
KWMU:  Don Marsh whistleblower/anti-lookism advocate Evie Hemphill:  Democratic congressional primary losers promote Netflix special;  2018 Silver Medalist Cori Bush brags about her hips, complains about hordes of men flocking to hug her
          P-D:  Parson surveys St. Louis area flooding, as waters recede but another crest looms X
          KWMU:  Amid floods, St. Louis area governments work to update regional disaster plans
          P-D:  EPA to do additional testing at West Lake Landfill;  Activists hope potential payday not in danger X
          The Missouri Times:  General Motors incentive bill targets entire automotive industry
          KWMU:  Parson seeks Wentzville GM plant expansion with tax incentive proposal
          Missourinet:  Missouri unveils incentives plan to attract major GM expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Hoskins on PDMP bill:  Bring it on
          CDT:  Lawmakers poised to pass state budget X
          SNL:  MSU poised to receive $10 million boost in state funding X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill funding higher education in FY2020 scheduled for another conference committee meeting
          JCNT:  Missouri House briefly considers gas tax to help repair infrastructure X
          JCNT:  Abortion takes center stage at Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate stalls on 'comprehensive' abortion bill - but supporters say it'll be back soon
          Columbia Missourian's Caitlyn Rosen:  Final confrontation over abortion legislation postponed in Senate;  Comments from "Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Couer [sic])"
          Columbia Missourian:  Campus carry legislation unlikely to pass this session
          P-D:  Emissions testing in the St. Louis region could be dropped next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature passes bill from Rep. Greg Sharpe (R-Ewing) providing more funding for utility training programs
          SNL:  House sends poaching bill to Parson X
          KOMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation begins effort to increase pallid sturgeon population
          Missourinet:  Both sides on sexual orientation bill testify before House committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Committee hears testimony on MONA
          P-D:  Lawmakers consider sexual orientation legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is hiding behind the First Amendment to keep public records secret X
          P-D editorial:  Parson tries to evade Sunshine Law compliance by invoking First Amendment X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Eminent domain bill would undermine local city councils X
          SNL op-ed:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt:  Fighting the opioid crisis and how people can help X
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        Wednesday, May 8, 2019
       
NY Times:  Trump embraces the traditional fundraising he once shunned:  Jack Oliver says campaign has been "strategic, focused and on point" with new approach
        Rosenbaum:  5 takeaways from a St. Louis City-County merger plan that never got to voters
        KWMU:  Despite suspension, St. Louis County NAACP backs John Gaskin III
        The Missouri Times:  Republicans nominate Lee Ann Pitman for Jean Evans' vacant seat
        The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Spring)
        KWMU:  St. Louis County Council heeds Sam Page's call for state audit
        The Missouri Times:  Galloway requests legal opinion on Sunshine Law exceptions
        KC Star:  Galloway:  Schmitt must decide if 1st Amendment can be used to redact public records X
        SNL:  Audit:  Former Miller chief steals, loses money X
        KC Star:  Galloway:  Ex-police chief, lieutenant brother stole thousands from taxpayers X
        Missourinet:  Parson heading to Wentzville to discuss GM legislation
        P-D:  In pursuit of an expansion of GM's Wentzville plant, Missouri offering up to $50 million in subsidies X
        P-D:  Senate leaders in Missouri pledge to get redistricting question on 2020 ballot X
        The Missouri Times:  Senate conservatives continue 'defense' filibuster against House bills, avoid PDMP
        Columbia Missourian:  With session winding down, lawmakers discuss PDMP and other topics
        The Missouri Times:  Does 'Fast Track' have a path forward? Not without education overhaul, conservatives say
        The Missouri Times:  Finishing touches:  Conference committee hashes out budget differences
        JCNT:  Bridge bonding plan still in Missouri budget bills X
        AP:  Lawmakers may end high tuition rate for aliens in Missouri
        KC Star:  Missouri budgeters lift in-state college tuition ban for aliens X
        Columbia Missourian:  Budget compromise includes funding plan for Rocheport Bridge, MU medical complex, consensus on alien tuition
        The Missouri Times:  Senate considers changes to parole option for elderly inmates
        KC Star:  Texting-app legislation not a priority at end of session X
        Missourinet:  Four months remain for Missouri to gather number of untested rape kits or lose $2 million in federal funding
        P-D editorial:  Suspending Better Together was smart, but the effort needs to continue X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Clean Missouri opponents X
        P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian expresses anger over GOP efforts on animal breeding in 2011, recent action on Clean Missouri, etc. X
        SNL letter:  Area liberal disagrees with "House Majority Leader [sic] Elijah Haahr" on Clean Missouri X
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        Tuesday, May 7, 2019
       
Wall Street Journal:  Trump campaign woos GOP donors who sat out 2016;  Trump team's cash pipeline built upon advice and guidance from Missouri's Jack Oliver
          P-D:  Hawley says Silicon Valley offers little good while monetizing social media addictions X
          AP:  Midwest rivers recede, but flooding danger lingers
          Missourinet:  U.S. House to debate disaster aid to help states, including flood-stricken Missouri
          KC Star:  Trump's pick to head ICE attended UMKC Law, served as deputy sheriff in Platte County X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) on Better Together and the damage that Clean Missouri would do to African-American voters
          KWMU:  Better Together pulls St. Louis City-County merger plan, will aim for local vote if revived
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers keep focus on local vote in wake of Better Together withdrawal
          AP:  Plan for St. Louis City-County merger pulled back
          P-D:  Better Together pulls St. Louis City-County merger proposal X
          P-D:  Medical marijuana advocates contribute to campaigns, including Parson's PAC X
          Missourinet:  End-of-session preview:  'tough path' for charter schools;  sports betting not dead;  GM package to be fast-tracked
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservative Caucus filibuster stops Senate action
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers trying to finalize language on GM Wentzville legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Differences between Senate, House budgets heading into conference committee
          CDT:  Tax credits bill moves toward House vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Eminent domain bill, targeting Grain Belt project, survives Senate committee vote
          JCNT:  Bernskoetter's Rock Island Trail bill goes back to Senate X
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears 'religious liberty' lawsuits bill X
          SNL:  Lawmakers, city leaders seek tax option for possible convention center X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Fischer visits Joplin, solicits feedback on rule changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Certificate of Need approved for psychiatric care facility in Maryland Heights
          SE Missourian:  Isle Casino Cape Girardeau one of several casinos named in class-action lawsuit over wages +
          P-D editorial:  State should spend more money on student services, which would improve behavior X
          P-D op-ed:  Farmers to blame for flooding X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cameron City Councilwoman Julie Ausmus:  Expanding gambling with new slot machines won't help veterans, and it shouldn't be done without voter approval
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Blunt too obedient to Trump X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Lacy Clay to support impeachment X
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        Monday, May 6, 2019
       
KWMU:  Floodwaters inundate Missouri river towns
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dem Reps. Tracy McCreery and LaKeySha Bosley, along with David Barklage and Jared Brown, talk with Scott Faughn about Stenger corruption, CAFOs, "Clean Missouri," more
           P-D:  Efforts underway to tighten requirement that candidates pay their taxes X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers negotiate education funding, broadband expansion ahead of budget deadline X
           P-D:  Missouri moving closer to restarting low-income housing tax credit program X
           Columbia Missourian:  Liberal institutions oppose Medicaid work requirements
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph) taks aim at eminent domain X
           KWMU:  Local academics study the toll that prisoners put on jail officers' mental health
           Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) wants Legislature to pass sexual orientation bill
           Washington Missourian editorial:  Family farming is thriving in Missouri X
           KC Star editorial:  Missouri taxpayers should provide more higher-quality feminine products to female prisoners X
           P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian disagrees with Post-Dispatch and Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) on robocall legislation, says citizens should simply ignore spam calls X
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        Sunday, May 5, 2019   Cinco de Mayo
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  House Dems' environmental bills;  Senate war-powers bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt visits region, talks improvements to rural health care X
          AP:  4 killed in Midwest flooding;  roads closed, levees strained
          AP:  Missouri loses appeal over large North Dakota water project
          P-D:  Investigation into Greitens case shows St. Louis City prosecutor's office lied about testimony, evidence X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition to expand Medicaid approved to gather signatures
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 29, 2019
          JCNT:  Safety, quality lead concerns of Parson's Child Care Working Group X
          JCNT:  Legislature moves forward on tort overhaul X
          CDT:  Senate passes bill on CAFO rules X
          Joplin Globe:  Gambling bills in Legislature appear to have minimal impact on region X
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) would honor state's agreement with Nixa on childhood education center lease X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 1, 2019
          P-D op-ed:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann:  Background on state oversight of St. Louis Public Schools:  history of irresponsible spending, patronage jobs, deseg nightmare, and more X
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        Saturday, May 4, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Mississippi River expected to reach major flood stage by Tuesday +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Flooding getting worse
          KWMU:  River town mayors nervously watch rising water, want more funding for flood prevention
          Brownfield Ag News:  Agencies converge to meet with northwest Missouri farmers regarding flood recovery
          Missourinet:  Inmates sandbagging again in northeast Missouri's Clarksville;  Mississippi River to crest there Sunday
          Missourinet:  St. Louis, Kansas City among narrowed list for future USDA research sites;  Comments from Blunt
          KC Star:  U.S. Dept. of Transportation sends $2 million to Missouri for flood-damaged roads
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA narrows relocation sites for ERS/NIFA
          KWMU:  Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) pleads guilty;  Sentencing in August
          P-D:  Stenger pleads guilty to pay-to-play charges;  Sham Port Authority contract scam, lobbying contract among criminal schemes X
          P-D:  Stenger timeline:  Elections, payoff to Lacy Clay capo John Cross, more X
          P-D:  Off-the-books bake sale leads to ethics fine for urban Democrat candidate;  Kimberly-Ann Collins says she'll challenge Steve Roberts again in 2020 X
          The Missouri Times:  Revenue collections bounce back in April
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would increase visitation rights for grandparents
          The Missouri Times:  Senate adopts resolution pertaining to elective Bible classes in public high schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center unhappy with CAFO bill
          The Missouri Times:  Judge who sentenced man to 241 years meets with lawmakers seeking his clemency
          KC Star editorial:  In Barr hearing, Josh Hawley stirs the same partisan contempt he ran against X
          KC Star editorial:  After Title IX brouhaha, wife of Richard McIntosh must resign X
          SNL op-ed:  New Approach Missouri's John Payne:  Missouri's medical marijuana law one of the best X
          SNL's Claudette Riley:  Putting guns in the hands of teachers is an extreme measure X
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        Friday, May 3, 2019
       
AP:  Flood approaches, tops 1993 levels in some locations
          CDT:  Democratic activist Nate Irvin arrested for child pornography;  Former campaign manager for Renee Hoagensen's bid against Vicky Hartzler used file-sharing site to swap videos of toddlers being sexually abused
          KWMU:  Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) to plead guilty today;  Prosecutors do not rule out future indictments of others in pay-to-play contracts scheme
          P-D:  Stenger to plead guilty today X
          Brownfield Ag New:  Dave Drennan retires from Missouri Dairy Association
          The Missouri Times:  100-year-old World War II veteran joins Missouri's Day of Prayer event
          JCNT:  Day of Prayer at Capitol acknowledges need for prayer, sacrifices of service members
          The Missouri Times:  Audit rates Missouri State Treasurer's Office performance as 'excellent'
          The Missouri Times:  Officials looking at potential incentive package to win $1B GM expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri competing for billion-dollar GM plant expansion
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr optimistic about GM legislation
          AP:  GM discusses expansion plan with state leaders
          The Missouri Times:  Senate reaches 'genuine compromise' on tort overhaul bill during another late-night debate
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) would put national motto in schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate adopts resolution on elective Bible classes, OKs CAFO bill
          Brownfield Ag New:  CAFO bill advances to Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances contentious CAFO bill after overnight filibuster
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Pork Association's Don Nikodim says science won the CAFO debate
          KWMU:  Missouri House backs requiring local approval for St. Louis City-County merger
          The Missouri Times:  House passes resolution requiring local vote for St. Louis City-County merger
          SNL:  Senate passes tough poaching bill, with minor change X
          AP:  Title IX legislative strategy included highlighting false reports from jilted "victims"
          Columbia Missouria's Laura Murgatroyd:  Fact-check:  Statement on vehicle inspections from GOP Rep. Dave Muntzel from "Booneville [sic]"
          KC Star editorial:  Parson has opportunity - and experience - to show leadership on "NAACP travel advisory" X
          Messenger:  Bangert Island proposal recalls floodplain boondoggles of the past X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian says thoughts and prayers are unhelpful, wants more gun control X
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        Thursday, May 2, 2019
       
Fox News:  Hawley calls ex-FBI agent's 'open disdain' for Trump the 'real crisis' during Barr testimony
          P-D:  The $30,000 mystery:  Lacy Clay capo John Cross given no-show job for support of Stenger's 2014 campaign;  Operative's resume includes work for SEIU, ACORN, et al. X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt talks with Rosenbaum about crime crackdown, municipal courts, pro-life "heartbeat" bills, more
          KWMU:  St. Louis Community College employee stole $5.4 million in state money
          P-D:  St. Louis Community College employee stole $5.4 million;  Cash orginated from DED's job-training fund X
          SE Missourian:  Parson to speak at SEMO commencement +
          JCNT:  Parson recognizes veterans with Silver Star Service banners X
          KWMU:  Parson attends event to congratulate high-school graduates joining the armed forces
          JCNT:  Stakeholders provide input through Parson's Child Care Working Group X
          P-D:  General Motors in talks with state over expansion at Wentzville plant X
          KWMU:  Clean Missouri debate zeros in on impact on minority representation
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support effort to give voters a say in redistricting +
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee starts vetting bonding compromise for bridge repairs
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) on bridge funding plan:  "We've maxed out the MoDOT credit card"
          Columbia Missourian:  Borrow money to build bridges?  Senate says yes, but House isn't so sure
          The Missouri Times:  Joinder and venue alterations headed to governor's desk
          Columbia Missourian:  Joinder and venue legislation headed to Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Fast Track workforce bill stalls in Senate over charter school impasse
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) requires companies to prove they aren't boycotting Israel
          Missourinet:  Rowden legislation would authorize independent audit of Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway
          P-D:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) says sale of state-owned property in Ozarks will likely be litigated X
          CDT:  Lawmakers take on Grain Belt quarrel X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) would require Amber Alert oversight committee to meet at least annually
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statements from Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on PDMP and other states rated "Half True"
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators wrong to change Clean Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man "disgusted" by efforts to give voters a voice in redistricting X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman unhappy with GOP efforts on Clean Missouri, says she has spoken to "thousands" of people who support measure X
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        Wednesday, May 1, 2019
       
May 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          Politico:  Meet the woman behind the Pete Buttigieg media frenzy:  Koster/McCaskill alum Lis Smith
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congress returns to discord, hint of cooperation X
          P-D:  Federal investigation finds people exposed to North St. Louis County's Coldwater Creek radiation had risks "small and unlikely to affect overall cancer rates," don't need additional health screenings;  Activists still plan to seek payday from feds X
          KWMU:  New St. Louis County Executive Sam Page questions statewide vote on city-county merger
          AP:  House plan hinges St. Louis City-County merger on local voter approval
          P-D:  St. Louis Democratic Central Committee opposes Better Together plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats nominate Trish Gunby for Jean Evans' state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Senate doorkeeper Bill Wyrick retires after 25 years
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate allocates $8 million in flood aid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation expected to escape proposed funding changes
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers consider whether conservation tax should be renewable
          Columbia Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick wants more changes before reviving low-income housing tax credits
          KC Star:  Conservative Caucus hopes for charter-schools compromise in exchange for Fast Track scholarships support X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fast Track workforce grant program slowed by GOP filibuster
          Columbia Missourian:  NEA study shows Missouri teachers raking in more cash than last year
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would put U.S. motto on display at public schools
          P-D:  'In God We Trust' could be a part of all Missouri public schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators consider plan to allow high school students to take city transit to and from school
          JCNT:  House bill seeks to expand protections against sexual abuse by school staff X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) to expand child abuse protections in schools passes House
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) focuses on unlicensed day cares
          JCNT:  Senate committee hears liability lawsuit limits bill X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects CAFO legislation following 12-hour filibuster
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to proposed local restrictions for large livestock operations
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center says there is "huge outpouring" of opposition to CAFO bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances bill on industrial farm rules
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Kent Haden (R-Mexico) says CAFO legislation would clarify who has inspection power
          JCNT:  Lawmakers:  Keep marijuana away from industrial hemp X
          JCNT:  State publishes draft rules for medical marijuana facilities X
          KC Star:  Title IX due process bills likely on hold until next session X
          SNL:  Fake post claims mushroom hunting banned on Missouri public lands X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Winfield Police Chief Betty Taylor:  Closing civil forfeiture loophole would enable law enforcement to build public trust X
          Priddy:  Steamboat museum campaign series:  Legislators must stand up against casino interests (only 711 words)
          Messenger:  An obituary for Better Together, smothered by the shadow of Steve Stenger X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) slips $2 million economic development provision into state's $30 billion budget X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Onder to bring drug syringe service program bill up in committee X
          JCNT letter:  Centertown septuagenarian shares thoughts on campus free speech bill, toll roads X
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        Tuesday, April 30, 2019
       
Daily American Republic:  Mid-Continent Nail thanks Blunt for tariff work:  "Welcome to our family. You worked hard for us." +
          KCUR:  Belton School District deals with flood of Mexicans;  Nearly one-fifth of students require ESL training
          SNL:  Local seed company cancels appearance from Cliven Bundy;  Planned speech on growing watermelon seeds triggered area liberals, who began threatening sponsors X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) resigns, pleads not guilty in federal pay-to-play charge
          KWMU:  Former state Rep. Sam Page (D) picked to succeed Stenger as St. Louis County Exec;  Sreenu Dandamudi performs swearing-in
          P-D:  Pay-to-play case sinks St. Louis County Exec Steve Stenger;  Comments from John Bardgett & Associates X
          P-D:  Key players in the Stenger corruption sting:  SEIU's John Cross, Sorkis Webbe Jr., Corey Christanell, Jeff Wagener, Bill Miller X
          Messenger:  Feds heed age-old advice in Stenger probe and follow the money X
          KC Star:  Rep. Daron McGee (D-Kansas City) resigns following investigation of sexual harassment complaint X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) on GOP's "Clean Missouri" fix:  "I'm actually going to vote for this because I care about black districts"
          KCUR:  House votes to give voters voice on redistricting changes
          JCNT:  House endorses constitutional amendment to give voters a say on redistricting X
          P-D:  Missouri House approves plan to take redistricting changes to voters X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects federal reimbursement authorization (FRA) following lengthy debates
          The Missouri Times:  Newest perfected tort overhaul bill:  punitive damages
          AP:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) says punitive-damages bill is "pro-worker," "pro-business" and "pro-Missouri economy"
          Columbia Missourian:  DeGroot says punitive-damages bill is good for Missouri economy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances expanded child protection, anti-trafficking legislation
          KC Star:  Senate Republican caucus boasts diverse opinions on PDMP X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers advance bills allowing Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustments for care facilities
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) advocates for mandatory suicide prevention training for primary care physicians
          KWMU:  Liberal and conservative students weigh in on campus concealed-carry proposal
          Missourinet:  Missouri seat belt legislation debate involves safety and freedom
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate TIF overhaul moves to House committee
          CDT:  Trail fund bill heard by Senate committee X
          JCNT:  Anti-CAFO Lobby Day argues for more local control X
          CDT:  CAFO foes fight bill X
          P-D:  Senate debates ag regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would remove death penalty option for mentally ill
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS finalizes number of medical marijuana facilities to be licensed
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) statement on area unemployment is consistent with Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American files document in reservoir pursuit X
          KCUR:  Lawyers and coders team up to help ex-offenders clear their records in Kansas City
          AP:  Social media post saying Dept. of Conservation is banning mushroom hunting is a hoax
          The Missouri Times:  Womens' groups hold roundtable at Capitol
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans should stop trying to take local control of school calendar away from local districts X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis County government for sale - contact Steve Stenger X
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        Monday, April 29, 2019   4/29/92
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Significant progress with Corps on flooding
          P-D:  Earth Day festival:  "Impeach Trump" stickers, theories on the dangers of safe herbicides and plastic straws, etc. X
          Columbia Missourian:  At Earth Day festival, environmentalists share lifestyle recommendations:  Households should use "family cloth" after toilet use instead of tissue paper, other totally sane and sanitary ideas
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) on Internet sales tax, charter schools, relationship with Parson;  Panel of Reps. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), Rep. Don Mayhew (R-Crocker), Angela Bingaman, Gregg Keller talk Title IX and due process, "Clean Missouri," anti-trafficking, charter schools, more
          Missourinet:  PDMP could go to Missouri Senate floor for debate this week
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's humorous highway signs include, "Get your head out of your apps," more;  MoDOT seeks punny suggestions from public
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Farewell column series, Part III:  I'm one of only two independent journalists covering D.C. for Missouri, and that's a real shame X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Wash U. Med School's Dr. Rupa Patel:  To improve Missouri's health, we must decriminalize HIV
          KC Star op-ed:  Urban health center's LaTrischa Miles:  Bills from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) and Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) help bring Missouri's HIV policies into the 21st century X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City mother recounts savagery her daughter faced in St. Louis Public Schools, thanks Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) for work on Empowerment Scholarship Accounts X
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman dislikes coal and Ameren X
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        Sunday, April 28, 2019
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Sam Graves' forum focuses on rural broadband;  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) talks potential effects on Medicaid costs, transportation, and slowing the demographic rural brain drain
          SNL:  Voters could get chance to make voices heard on redistricting X
          Joplin Globe's Joe Hadsall "ICYMI" podcast:  Mark Pedroli promotes his Sunshine Law lawsuits X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri moves step closer to restoring film tax credits;  Rep. Kathy Swan's bill faces final action in House +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State may seek to prop up pot prices to discourage black-market arbitrage
          Missourinet:  Big turnout expected tomorrow at Capitol for conservation tax hearing
          JCNT:  Governor's Mansion to undergo renovations, repairs X
          P-D:  Legislation would pay for female inmates' feminine products X
          Messenger:  NAACP suspends county branch president after contradictory positions on Title IX due process and Better Together X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man jabs KWMU for hypsensitivity over Don Marsh's friendly greeting X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles feminist triggered by Blunt office's response to her e-mail, condemns him for "misogyny" X
          SNL letter:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Ed Smith opposes Lincoln Hough's bill on infrastructure vandalism X
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        Saturday, April 27, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS declines to take up case on Missouri's campaign finance restrictions
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  President Donald Trump's racism inspires local theatre troupe's immigration play
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT working to assure access for farmers after flood
          Missourinet:  Another victim of the flood:  Tax revenue for rural Northwest Missouri counties
          P-D:  Former House Speaker and lieutenant governor Kenneth Rothman dies X
          AP:  Greitens' Austin Chambers to lead Republican State Leadership Committee
          SE Missourian:  Primary battles begin as third-party attack ads target Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Matt Sain (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers fear hidden college costs, want to wrap fees into tuition
          SNL:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Springfield) plans to bring vaccine bill back next year X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Burlison's anti-spoofing bill would help hang up the robocallers X
          P-D op-ed:  D.C.-based civil liberties group:  Additional penalties keep former Missouri prisoners long after release X
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        Friday, April 26, 2019
       
P-D:  Cori Bush denies responsibility for erroneous FEC report, blames campaign staff for "clerical error" X
          P-D:  Entire Missouri congressional delegation requests federal flood disaster declaration X
          Missourinet:  Parson, Hegeman urging Corps to focus on flood control
          JCNT:  Federal transportation representative offers local officials advice X
          KMOV:  Director of St. Louis City "workforce training" department quits abruptly amid federal investigation;  KMOV was first to report allegedly-falsified timesheets from Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City)
          P-D:  Feds, state auditor's office investigating St. Louis City no-show job scheme X
          The Missouri Times:  State leaders commemorate 50th anniversary of Vietnam war
          JCNT:  Vietnam War veterans remember and are remembered at Capitol X
          Columbia Missourian:  Vietnam veterans honored at the Capitol
          Missourinet:  Video:  Vietnam veterans talk about Capitol ceremony
          KC Star:  Parson's office protects Missourians' personal information from media inquiries;  Governor's team invoked confidentiality in fewer than 10% of requests X
          KCUR:  Higher ed, transportation still on the table in state budget discussions
          Missourinet:  Highlights of $30 billion state budget passed by Senate
          JCNT:  Senate endorses 'Capitol Complex tax credit' X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances expanded child protection, anti-trafficking legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) optimistic legislators will give school districts freedom to offer elective classes on the Bible
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) says legislation would provide low-cost, short-term insurance
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives nod to bill adding certain nonviolent offenses to potential expungement list
          The Missouri Times:  Advisory committee approves medical marijuana officer background application questions
          KC Star:  Legislation would ban anyone under 18 from using commercial tanning beds X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  CAFO bill should be defeated X
          KC Star op-ed:  Eagle Forum's Anne Schlafly Cori:  The Equal Rights Amendment is an outdated relic. Women don't need it. X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Empower Missouri's Tracy Morrow:  Wallingford wrong to propose Medicaid work requirement +
          Columbia Missourian's Gaelle Fournier:  Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) wrong about exact number of veterans courts in Texas
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        Thursday, April 25, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson asks for federal disaster declaration
          KC Star:  DSCC, allies still advancing complaints about Hawley's 2017 office e-mails X
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick promotes savings accounts for Missourians with disabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes budget as revenues start trending up
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher ed funding stable, K-12 funding up under Senate budget
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot's 'border war' bill passes through House
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to issue final report about Department of Revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look to force insurance companies to cover therapies for disabled kids
          Washington Missourian:  'Lyndon's Law' clears Senate committee, with full vote scheduled next week
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects federal reimbursement allowance reauthorization after lengthy debate
          P-D:  Movie-makers might be tempted to return to Missouri if lawmakers revive tax-credit program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers debate film tax credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) says free-speech bill would help ensure campus guests are treated with respect
          P-D:  Legislators weigh in on Title IX due process legislation X
          KC Star:  Timeline for passage of due-process protections unclear X
          The Missouri Times:  Former major league hurler Chris Young visits legislators to advocate for sports betting
          Daily American Republic:  Law enforcement, bail bond agents and the public brace for changes to bail policies
          P-D:  Liberals unhappy with Medicaid renewal system process;  Comments from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, SLU law prof, others X
          KBIA:  Missouri Department of Conservation launches "Be Bear Aware" campaign as black bears begin prowling for food;  Missourians advised to avoid infested areas
          P-D:  Caucasoids hold "Black Lives Matter" signs outside Ladue Schnucks;  Female thieves, male accomplice stole from grocery store X
          KC Star:  Petty fights in Congress could delay disaster relief for Missouri flood victims X
          P-D editorial:  Captain awaits justice from Missouri National Guard after sexual assault X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lobbyist tried to gut Title IX protections to help his son. He almost got away with it. X
          P-D op-ed:  Congressional candidate Cort VanOstran (D):  Pass "Equality Act" for LGBTQIA* rights X
          Columbia Missourian's Sidney Steele:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) is a liar - female babies are not "women"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Gaming Association's Mike Winter:  Proposed gambling expansion would bypass Missouri voters and casino regulations X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian says Rex Sinquefield purchases politicians, "strives to wreak havoc and destroy the state" X
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        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay challenger Cori Bush touts fundraising on Twitter, but reports raising no money to FEC X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Matt Blunt talks to Rosenbaum about American auto industry, Missouri Medicaid, and his legacy
          St. Joseph News-Press:  River roundtable, hosted by Rep. Sam Graves, finds Corps policies wanting
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee admonishes Army Corps of Engineers regarding flood control
          JCNT:  Hegeman asks Senate committee to endorse flood control resolution
          SNL:  Parson calls election for Ozarks House seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Robert Sauls (D-Independence)
          Columbia Missourian:  State revenue figures up from last year, letting legislators breathe easier
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Republicans in House seek to give Missouri voters a voice on redistricting;  Comments from "Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Mayfield [sic])" X
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans say legislation improves "Clean Missouri"
          Missourinet:  GOP legislation seeks to give voters a voice on redistricting changes
          Columbia Missourian:  House moves to give voters a say on redistricting process
          The Missouri Times:  House passes changes to initiative petition process
          SNL:  Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Republic) says he'll bring back retiree-recruitment legislation next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Massive criminal justice overhaul bill clears another hurdle
          KC Star:  Son's battle against Washington University inquisitions helped inspire Democrat's legislative efforts;  Richard McIntosh seeks justice for Title IX victims X
          JCNT:  Legislators ride Katy Trail to drum up support for Rock Island Trail X
          The Missouri Times:  Inside the Senate's federal reimbursement allowance program battle
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers advance bills allowing Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustments for care facilities
          P-D editorial:  State should change position on confidentiality and turn over marijuana application information to Post-Dispatch X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri NAACP Environmental Justice Committee Chair Bruce Morrison:  Trump's move on Waters of the U.S. rule discriminates against blacks X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Eddy Justice:  "Red Flag" laws are a giant red flag - and have no place in Missouri
          Messenger:  Battle against mass incarceration is making a dent in Missouri's prison population X
          Priddy:  Missouri casinos are bad corporate citizens and are cheating everyone (957 words)
          P-D letter:  Fenton woman with dementia thanks Hawley for supporting Alzheimer's research X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson sexagenarian opposes efforts to expand charter schools X
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        Tuesday, April 23, 2019
       
Politico:  Trump wins over big donors who snubbed him in 2016;  Missouri's Jack Oliver plays a key role
          KCUR:  Flooded farmers in Missouri want federal disaster assistance like Nebraska and Iowa
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for November 5 special election for vacant House seats
          The Missouri Times:  'Women in Policy' roundtable event to be held at Capitol next week;  Panel to include Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, Kate Casas, Rowden Chief of Staff Alex Cypert
          KWMU:  Group of black leaders call for St. Louis County NAACP leader John Gaskin III to resign after Better Together endorsement;  Gaskin supporters point to "Clean Missouri," say payola-for-endorsement setup is common
          P-D:  Area black leaders denounce merger plan and call for NAACP president to resign X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with Rosenbaum about opposition to Better Together, support for Clean Missouri, more
          Missourinet:  Senate could debate CAFO bill today
          Joplin Globe:  Senate bill focuses on CAFO regulations X
          SNL:  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) would curb judges' death penalty power X
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana facility application questions revised for economic impact and competitiveness
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana seed-to-sale tracking contract under protest
          The Missouri Times:  In expedited ballot, Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approves MRI replacement
          KWMU:  A look at MoDOT's roadkill-pickup process
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers introduce flood of prisoner-tampon bills
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans' effort to change Clean Missouri is infuriating X
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans will do anything - even tricking black Democrats - to overturn Clean Missouri X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Everything Phyllis Schlafly warned the Equal Rights Amendment would do happened anyway X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Biotechnology Association's Kelly Gillespie:  Life sciences respect essential to Missouri patients and economy X
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        Monday, April 22, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional Democrats target energy companies, including Ameren, over industry's lobbying efforts X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) talks with Scott Faughn about Senate Conservative Caucus, charter schools, transportation funding, attack on UMKC campus;  Panel of Jeremy LaFaver, John Mayfield, Reps. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City), Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) discuss UMKC attack, Title IX due process, transportation bonding
          KC Star:  Some black Democrats join Republicans in fighting Clean Missouri gerrymandering X
          Daily American Republic:  Local officials, bail bond agents react to coming changes in criminal justice
          SNL:  House Republicans seek sale of Eleven Point State Park X
          P-D:  Awarding of medical marijuana administration contract draws lawsuit over process X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Work requirements for Medicaid make sense +
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian questions Ann Wagner's motives for family-leave bill X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to letter supporting charter schools X
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        Sunday, April 21, 2019   Happy Easter!
       
P-D:  Boeing getting its North St. Louis County site ready to build F-15s X
          AP:  Census:  52 Missouri counties lost population in 2018
          KC Star:  Profile:  Septuagenarian feminist Carolyn McGowan spins yarns of male microaggressions, dreams of ERA passage to settle the score X
          JCNT:  'Clean Missouri' group upset over proposed amendment X
          Missourinet:  Fathers of Springfield murderer and victim urge Missouri lawmakers to pass "Hailey's Law"
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative fix to fire services confusion not certain this year
          JCNT:  Bernskoetter confident CAFO bill will pass X
          CDT:  Medical marijuana facilities:  How close is too close to schools, day cares and churches? X
          CDT:  Tribune managing editor to depart;  Charles Westmoreland lasted nearly two years at paper X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With Clean Missouri legislation, Republicans move to keep it partisan X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  For-profit coding boot camp hopes VA approval will lead to growth X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Populist politics is the perfect breeding ground for anti-vaccination nonsense X
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        Saturday, April 20, 2019   4/20
       
P-D:  Beyond exonerating Trump, Mueller Report mentions Russian Twitter bot with Missouri handle
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service declares local disaster in five counties
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt joins 17-state coalition seeking new Waters of the U.S. rule
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions on ranked voting, renewable energy approved to circulate
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) defends blocking Twitter accounts that annoy her X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 15, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee hears pair of bills modifying death penalty guidelines
          The Missouri Times:  Senate hears proposal changing minimum wage requirements for private schools
          AP:  Missouri measures could affect local rules regarding large farms
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 17, 2019
          Columbia Missourian:  MU study suggests smaller market for medical marijuana
          AP:  Speaker:  Discipline done for Missouri lawmaker over gossip
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Transportation proposal is, at least, a start X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Flood protection must come first on Missouri River
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman complains about "wage gap" and state's minimum wage X
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