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        Monday, February 19
       
KWMU:  Missouri could struggle to draw federal funds with new infrastructure plan;  Comments from Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson
          P-D:  Tight clamp on immigration hits Marshall, Mo.;  El Salvadorans are in the United States legally, for now
          P-D:  Jesse Jackson, 76, makes appearance in St. Louis City
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) talks audit of Dept. of Revenue;  Panel of Reps. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) and Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), David Barklage, Jane Dueker talk corruption investigation, budget, more
           Drebes:  Annette Read's America First MO, formerly Show-Me Trump, to open office early next month
           KC Star:  Date set for special election for Silvey's state Senate seat X
           Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Equifax seeks regional director for state government relations
           KWMU:  Former St. Louis judge has joined governor's legal team
           Columbia Missourian:  MU communications prof, PR pros offer analysis on how Greitens has handled scandal
           KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks Greitens' higher ed cuts
           Columbia Missourian:  Legislators debate prevailing wage
           Missourinet:  Springfield mayor pushes for Missouri primary seat belt law
           P-D:  MoDOT to hold session on plans for I-270 in North St. Louis County
           AP:  Missouri works to secure national bicycle route
           SNL:  Lawyers call case against Springfield massage parlors weak. Just wait, Hawley's office says. X
           KC Star editorial:  No more swanky dinners or free booze? Missouri lawmakers should ban lobbyist gifts X
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's rural way of life threatened by more than wind power
           Messenger:  Hallmark, Hawley and the #MeToo movement;  forced arbitration falls flat
           CDT Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Democratic state auditor gives lesson in fiscal discipline X
           KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian dislikes Hawley's support for military parade X
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        Sunday, February 18
       
P-D:  Big military budget refuels St. Louis-built Super Hornet
          JCNT:  Pressure to legalize marijuana in Missouri is high X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) talks $36M in potential savings on This Week in Missouri Politics
          SNL:  Bill to empower auditor, backed by local officials, stalls in Missouri Senate X
          Missourinet:  The number of Missouri students enrolled at University of Arkansas has doubled in ten years;  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) points out Razorbacks' recruiting success
          SNL:  MSU, Drury researchers to study opinions on poverty;  Residents of five counties - or those claiming to be - can take online survey regarding poor people's work ethic, other topics X
          KC Star:  Neosho gun shop owner helps son's baseball team by donating rifle for raffle;  Facebook post triggers gun-control proponents, elicits emotional responses X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says retirement bill has earned bipartisan support
          P-D:  Real estate series:  St. Louis City couple complains about redlining, says US Bank lender suggested they consider a safer neighborhood - and other outrages
          P-D:  Real estate series:  Red-hot O'Fallon, Mo. keeps growing and growing;  Low crime rate, safe schools draw high-earning homeowners
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Nate Tate (R-St. Clair) would ban synthetic human urine X
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau NAACP holds dinner;  Speakers say every vote counts, tout power of "community," etc. +
          Clayton Times:  St. Louis NAACP to honor Rosa Parks at annual event
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt should compromise on immigration X
          P-D editorial:  Auditor Nicole Galloway suggests common-sense budgeting. What a concept.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Utility rates due a reset X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Child marriages a bad idea X
          Waters:  Senate Bill 612 is a sneaky tax credit X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Bipartisan energy legislation is good for Missouri electric customers
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian wants Blunt to add special section to Senate website so she can complain about his Second Amendment stance
          SNL letter:  Local union communications director disagrees with Eric Burlison on 'right to work' X
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        Saturday, February 17
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          AP:  Blunt:  Trump to nominate Timothy Garrison as U.S. attorney
          SNL:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen says AR-15 raffle involved 'a lot of due diligence' X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition for medical marijuana raises $250k
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of February 12, 2018
          Drebes:  Mark Ausmus, former chief of staff to Speaker Bob Griffin (D), files age-discrimination suit against Missouri Department of Revenue
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes 17 bills, kills one, while the Senate focuses on utility bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers fear looming infrastructure crisis
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Historic Preservation Tax Bill could see work next week X
          The Missouri Times:  'Raise the Age' legislation back again
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler accuses Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) of nepotism;  Basye says allegations are bovine excrement
          KC Star:  GOP legislators hope to get rid of mandatory vehicle inspections X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington):  Gun control is not the answer to mass shootings
          AP:  Missouri Department of Mental Health notifying 1,000 people about mailing error
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation would open doors for Missouri farmers to grow hemp
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 15, 2018
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Doug Beck (D-St. Louis County) would designate a Blake Snyder Memorial Highway
          P-D editorial briefs:  In support of sex-education additions from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston)
          CDT op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  It's time to align Missouri's family courts with research X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Trump's EPA budget shows disregard for St. Louisans' health
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        Friday, February 16
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate finds no path on immigration;  Comments from Blunt X
          KCUR:  Mexican alien could be deported as soon as today;  Crecensio Mendez-Ramirez claims he must stay in Missouri because he's wanted by Mexican drug cartels
          P-D:  Blunt says Russian election influence was marginal;  Intelligence Committee report coming soon
          SE Missourian:  Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Show Me Center +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party looking for paid volunteers to gather signatures for pro-'right to work' petition
          Drebes:  New Approach says it's nearing signature target for cannabis initiative
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana gaining steam in Missouri;  Comments from New Approach Missouri's Jack Cardetti X
          Missourinet:  Investigators dispatched by office of St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) talk with Speaker Todd Richardson, Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty about Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill passes the Senate, heads to House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes contentious utility bill after intense debate
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz advocates for gas tax
          KWMU:  The jobless could enjoy 13 weeks of benefits under bill passed by Missouri House
          KCUR:  Senate committee favors taxing out-of-state entertainers to bring in millions for arts
          P-D:  Lawmakers target Anthem's controversial emergency room policy
          KWMU:  St. Louis City schools look at residency program to encourage new teachers to stick it out;  Half of teachers throw in the towel within 5 years
          P-D:  Missouri teacher preparation program ratings aim to help keep teachers on the job
          Columbia Missourian:  Total ban on texting and driving heard by Senate committee
          SNL:  Comments solicited by Missouri State Parks oppose selling closed state parks X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri plans to close all coal ash ponds but will leave the waste in place
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture makes budget plea to cover cost of dicamba investigations;  Some pesticide applicators choose to use approved herbicide irresponsibly
          Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action trying to stop state campus carry bill
          KC Star:  Lawmakers discuss domestic abusers and gun restrictions X
          SNL:  Fewer gun-free zones or fewer guns:  Missouri lawmakers split on what's safer X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) talks Florida shooting, gun control
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) promotes resolution to make youth violence a health epidemic
          KC Star editorial:  Where is the Republican who will take on the NRA?  Blunt should flip-flop on gun control X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Historic tax credits work X
          KC Star op-ed:  Georgetown University coed wants McCaskill and Blunt to support path to citizenship for illegals X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Fiscal notes matter
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves School Board's Jean Dugan says state legislators spend too much time talking about charter schools
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        Thursday, February 15
       
Fortune:  Blunt warns Trump against starting reciprocal battle on tariffs
          Missourinet:  McCaskill report questions $9 million drug maker/pain management group relationships
          The Missouri Times:  Elijah Haahr returns from Washington, D.C. after attending President Trump's infrastructure rollout
          Missourinet:  Libertarian group launches ad blitz today critical of McCaskill's vote against tax cuts
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Monthly profile of independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear
          SNL:  Spence Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund honors memory of former Ashcroft/Bond/Blunt/Schweich communicator;  Thoughts from Jeff Layman, Joe Passanise, Scott Faughn, others
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri high court upholds former Sen. Robin Wright-Jones' (D-St. Louis City) ethics violation fees
          The Missouri Times:  Investigators from the office of St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) expand Greitens probe, begin interviewing lawmakers
          Missourinet:  Investigators from St. Louis City visit Capitol as part of Greitens probe
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens promotes tax plan in St. Joseph
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Municipal League welcomes Ashcroft, legislators at annual conference
          Missourinet:  Transportation is a top priority for Missouri Municipal League
          SE Missourian:  Election officials give reasons why local systems are protected from hacking;  Thoughts from Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, others
          The Missouri Times:  Senate utility bill filibuster returns, compromise apparently no longer standing
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants teacher voice on State Board of Education, proposes bill
          The Missouri Times:  Marriage age bill encounters resistance during perfection
          The Missouri Times:  Moon's bill seeks to refund sales tax from assessments, Budget Committee passes two bills out of committee
          JCNT:  Bill seeks changes for state workers;  Measure would modify job classifications, offer managers more flexibility
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would honor officers killed in the line of duty
          P-D:  Student journalists would be shielded from censorship under proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers want to get rid of residency rule used to attack Hawley
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate panel revives password protection efforts
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee looks at two swatting bills after Wichita tragedy
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers consider doing away with vehicle safety inspections
          Missourinet:  Missouri mayors want a primary seat belt law
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tax cuts spur KCP&L rate update case
          P-D:  In "#metoo" complaint era, Hawley and legislative Republicans split on private handling of employment disputes
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers take Gov. Eric Greitens to school on Board of Education
          KC Star editorial:  2018 elections in Missouri could be hacked
          P-D op-ed:  Institute for Justice attorney:  Missouri Legislature should not repeal Ferguson-inspired laws
          JCNT letter:  Saint Elizabeth septuagenarian questions how McCaskill reconciles Catholic faith with support for abortion
          P-D letter:  Arnold sexagenarian says disgruntled Americans must rise up, form alternative political parties, realize every vote matters, etc.
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian man dislikes Missouri legislators' approach to gun laws;  Kansas septuagenarian woman says Star prints too many letters from men
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        Wednesday, February 14
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill pushes for opioid makers' disclosures X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Conservation Federation of Missouri roles
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens in favor of revoking citizenship for Columbia man who aided terrorists
          KCUR's Up to Date:  Jason Rosenbaum, UMSL's Dave Robertson talk with Steve Kraske about redistricting, gerrymandering, and what lies ahead
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri School Boards' Association hosts legislative day in Jefferson City;  Thoughts from MSBA's Melissa Randol, others
          SNL:  Attorneys spar for hours as judge weighs whether to void Vandeven firing X
          Columbia Missourian:  Consent may soon be required as part of statewide sexual education curriculum
          The Missouri Times:  Senate tax plan moves forward, Greitens' version stalled
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Senate panel passes bill to cut income taxes, raise gas tax +
          The Missouri Times:  Audit of Dept. of Revenue from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) highlights $36 million in cost savings
          AP:  Missouri House votes to trim length of unemployment benefits
          KC Star:  KC restaurant owner's plea to lawmakers:  Let me put more felons to work X
          The Missouri Times:  Syringe access bill gets bipartisan support in House
          AP:  House advances needle-exchange bill
          KC Star:  Proposal would raise fee to file initiative petition X
          CDT:  Report:  Russia used fake KKK news to instigate more fear during University of Missouri's 2015 race agitation X
          JCNT:  House approves Adrian's Island bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Critics say Clean Water Law revisions would allow for more pollution
          The Missouri Times:  Police pensions predicament in St. Louis City heads to Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Proposal from Rep. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe) would honor home of sliced bread X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sean Spence seeks to build on KOPN's 45-year history;  Former Dem campaign manager/consultant serves as general manager for public radio station
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) right to want to keep tabs on Missouri's plethora of special taxing districts
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  AT&T's John Sondag on impact of Trump tax cuts on workers;  Jason Smith on rural broadband +
          Jensen:  Yes, I'm a senior citizen - I earned it;  Response to KC Star letter from sexagenarian complaining about use of term "seniors" +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield):  You won't believe what's going on at the Capitol - principled public service
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City):  Forced arbitration keeps Missouri's employees in the dark X
          P-D letter:  Self-described political independent frustrated by Post-Dispatch's chronic bias
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        Tuesday, February 13
       
Missourinet:  In response to GOP tax cuts, Tyson Foods to give bonuses to 5,000 Missouri workers
          TIME:  Americans for Prosperity to run ads critical of McCaskill for opposing tax cuts
          USA Today:  McCaskill says advocacy groups became 'cheerleaders for opioids'
          P-D:  McCaskill says top opioid manufacturers gave millions to pain groups
          SNL:  Josh Hawley says Missouri 'would love to' host military parade desired by President Trump X
          KC Star:  Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who gave Hawley $300k for 2016 AG campaign, gave $5,400 in November for U.S. Senate campaign;  Peter Thiel has been longtime critic of Google X
          SE Missourian:  Rebuilding roads, bridges, ports requires funding partnership +
          KWMU:  What's next for the West Lake Landfill
          KC Star:  Unions renew 'Fight for $15' minimum wage increase +
          The Missouri Times:  Jim Murphy running for Rep. Cloria Brown's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Bill Otto to run against GOP Rep. Tom Hannegan
          The Missouri Times:  Rodney Boyd, Kate Casas, Brian Grace, Kelvin Simmons leave Dentons, start Nexus group
          Missourinet:  Galloway presents her budget to House committee
          SNL:  Missouri GOP leaders agree (sort of) about tax cuts, but the devil remains in the details X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU medical program, other higher ed initiatives could lose all state funding
          The Missouri Times:  House votes down gubernatorial priority police dog bill, advances labor and liquor legislation
          P-D:  Boosting penalties for those who assault police dogs fizzles
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill on public union dues
          SNL:  Bill that could delay state enforcement of water pollution heard by Missouri lawmakers X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill aims to keep opioids out of the wrong hands X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) wants sex education to include curriculum about sexual harassment, violence and consent
          Missourinet:  Legislature considers updating sex offender registry
          The Missouri Times:  Chez Monet opens at the Capitol
          KC Star editorial:  'The bridge to Kansas':  Why hasn't Missouri learned from Brownback's tax cut mistakes? X
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Don't gift medical marijuana to McCaskill
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Liquor bill will hurt Missouri, help Total Wine
          SE Missourian letter:  Sexagenarian Democrat says Greitens' effectiveness has ben hampered +
          P-D letter:  Easterseals Midwest CEO says legislators should support fair play for nonprofit workers
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        Monday, February 12   Missouri State Holiday - Lincoln Day
       
Missourinet:  Bi-state group supporting illegal aliens wants looser immigration policy;  Mexican pobrecita says she lives in fear thanks to President Trump
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver weighs in on alien - living illegally in Kansas - arrested by ICE;  Congressman suggests letter he sent to Trump might make a difference X
          CDT:  Nonprofits discuss impact of increase in federal tax code's standard deduction X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep.-elect Mike Revis (D-Fenton) talks special election win, labor issue;  Panel of Reps. Beck Ruth (R-Festus) and Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Jeff Roorda, ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman talks utility legislation, Revis' win, "raise the age" legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Mike Revis (D-Fenton) talks his win on This Week in Missouri Politics
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Craig Razer (D-Kansas City) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about impact of tax cuts, MoDOT's budget needs, MONA, Mike Revis' win, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri state and county government offices closed for Lincoln Day
          Columbia Missourian:  SOS Jay Ashcroft pushing for more money to support broadband in libraries
          P-D:  Judge:  Missouri taxpayers must pay for transgender prisoners' hormone therapy
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens doesn't support proposed gas tax increase suggested by 21st Century Committee X
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill would empower trained campus faculty as protection officers
          P-D:  Decision on St. Louis school board and charter school renewals among delays from state board standoff
          Columbia Missourian:  What is Native American art? Missouri lawmakers trying to define it
          Columbia Missourian:  Bills address postpartum care
          AP:  Missouri bill would mark official day for sliced bread
          P-D:  Advocacy group gives Missouri poor score for traffic safety laws
          Messenger:  Will old Rock Island rail line get new life as a trail? Missouri waits.
          KC Star letter:  Area sexagenarian says use of term "seniors" is demeaning to olds X
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        Sunday, February 11
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Profile:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander and campaign mastermind Abe Rakov
          P-D:  DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison joins Lacy Clay to push for minimum wage;  Comments from "Raise the Wage" leader "Betty [sic] Douglas"
          KSDK (St. Louis):  "Raise the Wage" group rallies in Ferguson;  Bettie Douglas, age 60, explains travails of managing a household budget
          SNL:  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr to attend transportation roundtable with Trump and Pence tomorrow X
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens deflects questions about affair X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf opposes Greitens' tax plan
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers make it easier for monopolies to raise electricity and gas rates
          SNL op-ed:  Eric Burlison:  'Right to work' gives workers a choice X
          KC Star op-ed:  Nursing home CEO:  Missouri legislators should spend more money on nursing home reimbursement;  Also, greeting card industry must stop pushing ageist retirement cards X
          JCNT op-ed:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler:  Legislation aims to rob Missourians of conservation resources X
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors conservative mocks Post-Dispatch's liberal bent, stock market ignorance and glee over one (1) Democratic state legislative win
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        Saturday, February 10
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith votes against budget deal that boosts federal spending, debt +
          Drebes:  Kit Bond alum Judy Dungan appointed by President Trump to GSA post
          KC Star:  McCaskill blames state legislators for women's incarceration rates X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Man who stabbed bar employee to death had a green card;  Social media reports suggested Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian was an illegal alien X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler bill would rename Columbia post office after fallen soldier
          AP:  Study:  Failure of Mississippi River locks would cost millions
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense in blackmail investigation not pro bono
          KC Star:  Galloway warns state budget 'starting to walk towards the bridge to Kansas' X
          JCNT:  Legislators:  Broadband, higher state pay are priorities X
          KWMU:  Growing discontent with state testing among school superintendents
          CDT:  At forum, state reps say higher education funding a priority X
          KC Star:  New UMKC chancellor promises 'something spectacular' for Kansas City X
          AP:  Missouri National Guard to partner with Israeli Home Front Command
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Quail Forever sponsors youth hunt next Saturday;  Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) donates cash to cover cost of hunter caps and vests kids will receive
          KC Star:  NAACP's Nimrod Chapel to represent former corrections officer seeking cash from Missouri Dept. of Corrections;  Latino man claims he was discriminated against due to race, "adult attention deficit disorder" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators, not their interns, are the problem in Jefferson City;  State lawmakers, staff should sit through longer versions of anti-harassment training X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Legislature should pass LGBT protections, but Republicans stand in the way X
          SNL letter:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson):  McCaskill failed constituents on late-term abortion vote X
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        Friday, February 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt talk budget deal
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long talks Nunes memo, Mueller probe X
          AP:  Feds seek to revoke citizenship of man who illegally funneled money to Iraq;  Mubarek Hamed's "Islamic-American Relief Agency" was based in Columbia, Mo.
          P-D:  Gateway Arch National Park just needs Trump's signature to become official name
          The Missouri Times:  Senate finds compromise during 24-hour filibuster, perfect's Emery's utility bill
          P-D:  After 24-hour filibuster, Missouri Senate endorses electricity rate deal sought by Ameren
          AP:  Senators filibuster utility rates
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to utility legislation
          Missourinet:  Governor faces media at Missouri Press Association event
          CDT:  Greitens takes question from Post-Dispatch's Christopher Ave over photo of woman, says topic has already been covered X
          KWMU:  As Greitens touts tax-cut proposal, he declines to get behind fuel-tax increase
          KWMU:  Reactions to Greitens' proposal to trim higher ed
          CDT:  Galloway warns of dire budget possibilities in 'stress test' X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  We cannot grow our way out of a budget hole
          Missourinet:  Galloway says state budget unstable, vulnerable to economic downturn
          SNL:  Jeff Notes briefs:  'X-ray' of Missouri workforce shows low morale;  utility bill sparks filibuster X
          JCNT:  Administration looks to improve state employee culture X
          KWMU:  Proposal would reduce time for seeking personal-injury payout in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) says bill would prevent 'double-dipping' from those seeking asbestos jackpots
          The Missouri Times:  Anne Precythe touts numerous changes at Dept. of Corrections
          Drebes:  St. Louis Business Journal endorses Wiemann proposal to put municipal financial information on a public website
          KC Star op-ed:  Mizzou Professor Emeritus Art Jago:  Missouri has too many public universities. It must close campuses. X
          SNL op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Petition process plays vital role X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian praises McCaskill for holding town halls, wants GOP officials to do the same X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County feminist angry at Danforth over Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings from 1991
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        Thursday, February 8
       
WDAF (Kansas City):  "National Day of Action" for supporters of illegal aliens draws crowd of six (6) outside McCaskill's office
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Prosecutor says murderer's potential illegal-alien status "isn't relevant ... not appropriate" X
          KWMU:  Hawley's allies believe views on human trafficking will boost support from base;  McCaskill calls comments "stupid and ignorant"
          KWMU:  Rural ambulances make do while waiting for Congress to renew funding
          CDT: Saundra McDowell enters GOP race for state auditor X
          Rosenbaum:  Democrats rejoice after capturing Jefferson County-based state House seat
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  A Democrat flips a Missouri House seat, and infighting ensues;  Comments from veteran GOP brain Scott Dieckhaus, "Rep. Peter Meridith [sic]"
          P-D:  Hand-wringing for Republicans, rejoicing for Democrats in Missouri House special election
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Attorney representing man at center of Greitens allegations being asked to stop seeking publicity
          AP:  Report suggests improvements for Missouri veterans homes
          Drebes:  Chappelle-Nadal, mad at Wallingford for signing West Lake Landfill letter, gives Cape senator a receipt
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf, Libla lead filibuster against Emery's 'utility tax' bill
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears Romine's gubernatorial appointment reform bill, supporters say 'the process is broken'
          KWMU:  Senate bill targets Greitens' appointments to state boards and commissions
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate bill would restrict when governor can make appointments
          P-D:  Critics pan how Greitens' cabinet member is paid
          JCNT:  Lawmakers again asked to require paper ballots X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) on minors' abortion notification given preliminary approval
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider higher penalties for Missouri protesters blocking highways
          The Missouri Times:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce supports easing work-related barriers for convicted felons
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) seeks to expand Safe at Home confidentiality program
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would shrink window to seek personal-injury payday
          The Missouri Times:  Eggleston's bill gives more towns option to be non-election towns
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 7, 2018
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation updating black bear research page;  Department uses ID tags to track movements of young animals X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice promote "Juvenile Injustice" campaign to tackle schools' discipline of poorly-behaved black children
          JCNT editorial:  Proposal to scuttle House internship program misguided X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. undergrads Anirudh Prahu and Ishaan Shah:  Republicans in Missouri won't expand Medicaid, so state should make it easier for physicians to monitor care of pregnant women
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        Wednesday, February 7
       
Washington Examiner:  Blunt:  Republicans, Democrats "pretty close" to budget deal
          Missourinet:  Hartzler for budget bill, Cleaver against it
          SNL:  Jeff Notes briefs:  Aaron Willard joins pro-Hawley PAC;  Conservative Christian writer Jake Meador pushes back against intentional misrepresentation of Hawley's human-trafficking remarks X
          KC Star:  Jack Danforth, Jim Talent reiterate support for Josh Hawley X
          KWMU:  EPA seeking public feedback on West Lake plan
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans handed first special election defeat in over a decade amid Greitens scandal
          P-D:  Democrats snag Missouri House seat, Republicans win 3 others in special election
          SNL:  Blind ambition:  Visually-impaired man sees himself running in GOP primary against Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield);  Deshon Porter failed to gather enough signatures to run for city council in 2017, says Helms is doing a good job X
          Drebes:  Initiative petitions filed for fuel tax
          The Missouri Times:  A look at grand jury's role in Greitens case
          The Missouri Times:  Senate, Greitens offer competing tax-overhaul plans
          The Missouri Times:  Steve Corsi drawing salary from two state agencies
          The Missouri Times:  Americans for Farmers & Families talks impact of NAFTA on Missouri;  Comments from Casey Guernsey, Missouri Corn Growers' Shane Kinne, Missouri Dairy Association's Dave Drennan, others
          AP:  Missouri schools get discounted price on tests after company's 2017 slip-up
          KWMU:  Latest attempt at charter-school expansion would target failing schools, not districts
          Missourinet:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) wants chiropractic services offered to Medicaid recipients
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears emotion-packed testimony on Neely's medical marijuana bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Medical marijuana proposal limited to those with terminal conditions
          The Missouri Times:  Report suggests improvements for Missouri veterans homes
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) would address lack of coroner training
          KWMU:  Senators propose limiting gifts from lobbyists to $40 a day
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri House looking at abandoned aircraft bill
          The Missouri Times:  Credit unions converge on Capitol
          SNL:  After Greene County sheriff sued over jail, Rep. Ken Wilson (R-Smithville) wants law changed X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) would recognize Grammy Award winner Rhonda Vincent, who grew up in Missouri
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri State Penitentiary makes progress X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott and Chuck Raasch:  Hawley now facing whispers of buyers' remorse within party;  Recap of Roll Call, Politico, USA Today's original reporting
          CDT op-ed:  UM President Mun Choi:  Universities offer solutions to revive rural Missouri X
          KC Star op-ed:  D.C.-based think tank:  Missouri should keep juvenile offenders from a life of crime
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Local leader of "Persisterhood" feminist group, a retired college English professor, wants Greitens impeached X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian dislikes Missouri-American's request to Public Service Commission
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        Tuesday, February 6   MoDOT Travel Conditions Map
       
Roll Call:  In Missouri's U.S. Senate race, Democrats hope for GOP primary;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, John Hancock, Gregg Keller, others
          USA Today:  Kit Bond hopes Josh Hawley picks up campaign pace, wants to see AG "gear up and get with it"
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner rakes in $2 million in re-election campaign
          Drebes:  McCaskill comes out in favor of medical marijuana
          The Missouri Times:  Four House seats up for grab in 2018 special elections;  Republicans 'cautiously optimistic'
          Missourinet:  Poor People's Campaign holds rally at Capitol;  Attendees include Missouri Faith Voices and pro-illegal-immigrant group, with Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) making late appearance
          SNL:  Ex-husband of Gov. Greitens' former mistress subpoenaed by St. Louis grand jury, attorney says X
          P-D:  Man who released Greitens audio says he was subpoenaed to appear before grand jury
          AP:  Attorney says grand jury is investigating Greitens' affair
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens looks to continue state job cuts while bringing in jobs in other sectors
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) talks about Greitens' "tough sell" of tax cuts and budget cuts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal to cut historic tax credits moves forward in Missouri Senate X
          Missourinet:  SOS Jay Ashcroft emphasizes the importance of libraries during budget testimony
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft supports legislative proposal to limit skyrocketing number of initiative petitions
          P-D:  Missouri taxpayers hit with $23 million in legal payouts last year;  Harris-Stowe State University issued $5.5 million judgment for discriminating against white woman
          KWMU:  Proposal from Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) would crack down on protesters who block interstate highways
          JCNT:  Senate Judicary Committee hears 13 bills, takes no action;  Riddle seeks to protect drivers from humanoid speed bumps X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers question whether foster system should speed search for biological parents
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee could soon vote on whether to restore whistleblower protections
          AP:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wants House intern program suspended
          Brownfield Ag News:  Democratic bill would limit global diversity of Missouri farmland ownership
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Missouri Department of Conservation eliminates 6,500 feral hogs from Missouri in 2017
          KWMU:  New team leads regional fight against violent crime;  Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Stephen Ferrier, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen join urban leaders in attempt to decrease homicides
          SE Missourian:  NAACP President Nimrod Chapel speaks to Cape Rotary Club, talks SB 43 and efforts to discourage travel and economic activity in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) waxes silly with bid to delegitimize weddings outside religious institutions
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Missouri's congressional districts are drawn in a relatively clean pattern X
          Priddy:  Lawmakers should support Ron Richard-Dan Hegeman plan to restore Capitol building
          P-D letter:  Green Park liberal applauds reporter Kevin McDermott for "enlightening" anti-Hawley piece
          P-D letter:  Oakville sexagenarian, a product of Mizzou's journalism school, dissects Kevin McDermott's anti-Hawley piece
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        Monday, February 5
       
CNN:  Senate seats most likely to flip in November:  McCaskill ranked #3
          P-D:  Illegal alien evades immigration authorities by camping out in basement of Mapelwood church
          KWMU:  Activists react to EPA plan for West Lake Landfill
          AP:  'Right-to-work' holdouts face new efforts to change labor laws;  Missourians to vote on referendum in November
          P-D:  Democrats dream of beating back their superminority status;  A look at four local state rep races
          Drebes:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt joins adjunct faculty of SLU
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks tax cut for Missourians;  Panel of Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville), Kate Casas, Sam Gladney and Jim Gwinner talk tax proposals, Hawley and sex trafficking, more
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel talks tax cuts on This Week in Missouri Politics
          KWMU:  Missouri's taxing districts facing increased scrutiny
          JCNT:  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) focused on cutting boards and cutting government
          Missourinet:  Missouri legal expense fund legislation to be heard in House committee Tuesday
          CDT:  Bill to allow students to use city transit headed to vote
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce to host transportation conference later this month
          Columbia Missourian:  State looks at increasing penalties for assaulting or killing law enforcement animals;  Greitens announces support for proposal via Facebook without advising bill sponsor Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Charles)
          AP:  Missouri National Guard brings training program to Joplin
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol cafeteria to reopen Friday
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) targets conversion therapy
          SNL:  National library group promotes list of books challenged in Missouri since 2014
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  McCaskill stands with far left on abortion vote
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  A day-by-day look at January and early February in Missouri politics
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg woman dislikes Hawley's comments on sex trafficking, urges AG to "get off his high horse"
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur parent responds to piece on districts' teacher diversity, says paper should be ashamed of reporter Kristen Taketa's shoddy journalism and race agitation
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        Sunday, February 4
       
KWMU:  Lincoln Days report:  Missouri Republicans believe tax cuts are turning the tide
          P-D:  GOP unity on display at Lincoln Days
          KC Star:  Lincoln Day notes:  Rasmussen speech, media speculation on U.S. Senate primary, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP quarterly meeting reveals tensions;  "Race Matters, Friends" activist gets lippy with Executive Board Member Gov. Bob Holden
          SNL:  Former Springfield Councilman Craig Fishel (R) to run for Kevin Austin's open state rep seat X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local state legislative fundraising totals and their major donors:  Tony Luetkemeyer, Harry Roberts, Martin Rucker, Austin Montee, others X
          JCNT:  Missouri sets initiative petitions record - again X
          SNL:  Ashcroft wants U.S. Supreme Court to block other states' gerrymandering rulings X
          SNL:  Missouri thinks a popular tax deduction has been eliminated. Analysts aren't so sure. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature considers work requirement for able-bodied Missourians on food stamps
          JCNT:  Greitens' budget proposes more cuts in state workforce X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks about retirement benefit legislation aimed at helping soil and water conservation district employees
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation updating black bear research page X
          AP:  House harassment investigations have cost taxpayers $22,000;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) accused Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) of calling her "boo," other abominations
          Washington Missourian editorial:  While not necessary in Missouri, it's still a smart move for gun owners to obtain a permit
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Drug courts make sense X
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  Tax reform is paying off for Missouri families X
          P-D's Kevin Horrigan:  Mocking Greitens via imaginary "Eric Greitens Organization (EGO)" booster club;  68-year-old columnist pokes at 23-year-old Parker Briden
          SNL letter:  Caucasoid coed says Greitens is "just another white politician who successfully uses his powers to abuse others" X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man interprets Hawley's statement as suggesting sex trafficking began 50 years ago
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman accuses Missouri-American Water of "weaponization of water," thinks legislators should be "fired" for not opposing company
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian attempts topical humor on Missouri law and property taxes, with punchline involving lobbyists and "asses" X
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        Saturday, February 3
       
Roll Call:  "Take Five" Q&A feature:  Roy Blunt on mental health funding, lessons learned as House Majority Whip, more
          KC Star:  Blunt weighs in on House Intelligence Committee memo;  Junior senator says he doesn't plan to weigh in on every McCaskill-Hawley campaign volley X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Ed Smith on EPA's West Lake Landfill decision
          KWMU:  Former New York Times reporter speaks at Planned Parenthood fundraiser, says liberal views never affected her reporting
          The Missouri Times:  Saundra McDowell announces bid for state auditor
          SNL:  Attorney with local ties running for state auditor X
          SNL:  Local state legislative races start shaping up:  Senators-to-be Eric Burlison and Lincoln Hough, more X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 29, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers:  Greitens' budget needs modification to protect universities' funding +
          Missourinet:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna weighs options under President Trump's infrastructure plan
          Drebes:  New House subcommittees
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American seeks to grow low-income payment model X
          Columbia Missourian:  Environmental advocates support utility-rate legislation from Riddle, Emery
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) meet with social service agencies to discuss funding X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Airbnb starts paying taxes in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill easing restrictions on bingo moving through Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri flu cases climb by 1,300 from previous week
          AP:  Lawsuits over herbicide dicamba to be heard in St. Louis
          P-D editorial briefs:  Short takes on GOP statewide officials' Twitter bot followers, Parson and budget request, state parks
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Josh Hawley uses human trafficking to aid "religious right's idiotic culture wars" X
          SNL op-ed:  Manhattan Institute for Policy Research:  Keep reforming Missouri lawsuit abuse X
          KC Star letter:  Gallatin septuagenarian reads Sam Graves' online poll, deduces that congressional "surveys" might potentially contain loaded questions X
          P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian expresses anger at Josh Hawley and "Judeo-Christian culture" over sexism
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur sexagenarian attempts sarcasm regarding Greitens' higher-ed cuts
          P-D letter:  Kentucky-based Consumer Energy Alliance:  Improve Missouri's electrical grid and limit rate increases
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        Friday, February 2
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says funding local health services could become incentive to pass federal budget
          Drebes:  Washington Post notes Missouri native Johnny DeStefano's role as confidant to Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump "resistance" group hears from two congressional candidates;  Henry Martin, Jacques Chery will compete for chance to finish runner-up to Sam Graves in November X
          The Missouri Times:  Pollster Scott Rasmussen to speak tomorrow at Lincoln Days
          The Missouri Times:  EPA opts for partial excavation of West Lake Landfill
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R-Maryland Heights) pleased with EPA decision
          KWMU:  EPA proposes partial removal of West Lake Landfill nuclear waste
          P-D:  EPA wants to do partial excavation of contaminants at West Lake Landfill site
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay's communications staff pens statement on West Lake Landfill and EPA decision
          KWMU:  Greitens holds all the cards in embargo of state low-income housing tax credit
          SNL:  Senate showdown over Greitens' appointees sets stage for Board of Education battle X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate does not confirm MHDC appointees, but questions still remain
          Missourinet:  Senate declines to take action on Greitens appointees
          KWMU:  Greitens seeks funding boost for college scholarships while cutting higher ed budget
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says rising tuition costs could become a crisis
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Malden mayor says news of college campus closings devastates small town +
          SNL:  Under Greitens' budget, deep cuts to school busing remain X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators express doubt about governor's tax plan
          KWMU:  Lawmakers send human trafficking bill to Greitens
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes human trafficking bill
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers inch closer to getting more bills ready to be voted on
          SNL:  'Cliff effect' bill from Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) receives support despite witness' 15-minute anti-capitalist screed X
          P-D:  Romine's proposal would give arbitrators more power in employment disputes
          SE Missourian:  Juvenile officer says juvenile-justice bill would burden counties with costs +
          The Missouri Times:  Ag committee approves of bill ensuring right to use working animals
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of January 31, 2018
          P-D:  At public hearings, PSC receives feedback on water rates;  Comments from Missouri-American Water's Brian Russell, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Using shackles on incarcerated women in labor addressed in Nasheed's bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Sexual assault care inconsistent throughout state, so nurse examiners lead the way
          P-D editorial:  EPA's solution to West Lake will leave region exposed to nuclear dangers
          KC Star editorial:  How many billions of dollars does it take to keep Missouri prisoners healthy? X
          P-D editorial:  Hawley ignores centuries of human trafficking in his spin on morality
          KC Star op-ed:  Association of American Railroads' CEO Ed Hamberger:  McCaskill and Blunt are right - Missouri's economy needs a modernized NAFTA X
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  Eric Greitens, defender of freedom and phone app installation dates
          KC Star op-ed:  College student government leaders oppose cuts to higher ed X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Greitens' social media should be subject to open-records law X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville man expresses outrage over Parson's request for "chauffeur"
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        Thursday, February 1
       
February 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch parent Lee Enterprises announces Q1 earnings, says company benefits from Trump tax package
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local employees reaping benefits of Trump tax cuts
          AP:  Trump's plan calls for states to pay for most of infrastructure
          SNL:  Springfield-area Republicans in Congress are safe after train crashes en route to GOP retreat
          Missourinet:  Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner both unharmed after train crash in Virginia
          KWMU:  Hawley's campaign money for U.S. Senate lags well behind McCaskill's total
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT faces poor employee morale, strained resources
          The Missouri Times:  Parson corrects Post-Dispatch's mischaracterization of budget request for 'personal driver'
          AP:  Greitens' tax cuts will shift burden to businesses
          Missourinet:  State budget proposal includes using consultants to find efficiencies
          The Missouri Times:  Senate filibusters the withdrawing of Greitens' appointees
          Missourinet:  Senate holds lengthy debate on whether to ditch Greitens' appointees
          P-D:  Greitens appointees subject of Senate debate in Wednesday night marathon
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) praises Greitens' appointees, talks legislation to protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits
          KC Star:  Greitens' attorneys say ban on using text-erasing app would violate free-speech rights
          P-D:  University presidents sound alarm to lawmakers over governor's proposed budget cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  Finding additional cuts a daunting task for state universities
          CDT:  Bill would revise tuition caps at Missouri's public universities
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate bill would raise tuition cap at public universities statewide
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation study highlights benefits of historic tax credits
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) hopeful about human trafficking legislation:  "This is a human rights issue and this is a civil rights issue"
          KC Star:  In December speech to pastors, Hawley attributed sex-trafficking epidemic to decline in moral values
          Drebes:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) pounds Anthem for "unconscionable policy of denying ER claims," more
          The Missouri Times:  Charter school bill from Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) packs hearing room
          Missourinet:  House to consider 'paycheck protection' bill
          Fulton Sun:  Compromise bill addresses prevailing wage concerns
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate bill would permit video lottery games
          Columbia Missourian:  Pair of proposed bills seek to stop flow of opioids
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Marceline students win DESE contest for anti-opioid video
          Columbia Missourian:  New legislation would cut special state fund for the blind
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers are asked to ban state contracts for supporters of Israeli boycott
          Missourinet:  Missourians will not be voting on daylight savings time proposal in November
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) puts regulation of seeds, chemical fertilizers in hands of agriculture agencies
          KWMU:  Galloway to review St. Louis City spending policies
          KC Star editorial:  Who should take the blame for Harley-Davidson closing its Kansas City plant? Eric Greitens.
          SNL op-ed:  CEO of old folks' home:  Missouri should spend more money on Medicaid
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  Legislators who oppose action on West Lake Landfill perpetuate "genocide"
          P-D letter:  St. Albans septuagenarian opposes new 529 rule, says it will help Missouri kids attend private schools
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian expresses anger over Greitens' salary, opposes use of consultants to find efficiencies
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian says Greitens' budget shows Republicans only care about the rich
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur sexagenarian mocks Greitens for Harley-Davidson leaving Missouri
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        Wednesday, January 31
       
Missourinet:  Missouri delegation's communications staffers pen reactions to Trump's State of the Union address
          Missourinet:  SOTU reactions:  Interview with Jason Smith, statement written by Lacy Clay's staff
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill explains opposition to GOP tax cuts +
          CDT:  Grad student to run for Congress;  Hallie Thompson seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          SNL:  Greitens comes to Springfield to promote plan to reduce taxes for '97 percent' X
          P-D:  Analysis shows Greitens' tax package would cut $374 million, but aides say it's $800 million
          KWMU:  Some Missouri Republicans want tax cuts, but many lawmakers fear impact on state's bottom line
          CDT:  University leader:  Higher ed warned not to seek tuition hike waivers X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley updates Budget Committee on state's legal expense fund, up to $415 million in potential claims
          AP:  Parson requests budget for driver;  Lt. gov has smallest staff of all statewide officials
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers set sights on repealing, overhauling prevailing wage law +
          Drebes:  Neely's medical marijuana bill garners more than token support, likely to roll on
          KC Star:  Hyperloop One says KC to St. Louis is a top 5 route, begins closer study +
          Missourinet:  Missouri coalition launches study about hyperloop
          AP:  Feasibility study to examine Missouri hyperloop system
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee hears testimony on 20-week abortion ban
          Columbia Missourian:  Hummel, Nasheed push to roll back changes in law governing anti-discrimination lawsuits
          KWMU:  Profile:  Charles Robinson, St. Louis Public Schools truancy officer
          Missourinet:  Greene County sheriff still wants Galloway to hand over whistleblower complaints
          P-D editorial:  The good ideas are buried deep in Greitens' tax reform plan
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Jason Smith details the pro-business, anti-red-tape provisions he's helped turn into law;  Greitens' higher ed cuts could cripple Missouri's prospects +
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Greitens wants more charter schools, which may choke the life out of KC district schools X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Addiction doctor:  Rolling back Medicaid will worsen Missouri's opioid crisis
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Marriage bill from Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) is unnecessary
          KWMU's Kae Petrin:  "Income inequality," unfair expenses conspire to keep local African-Americans down;  Area man explains trauma of cell-phone data plan, costly wi-fi, other atrocities
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian thinks print media - especially the unbiased New York Times and Washington Post - is more truthful than Trump X
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        Tuesday, January 30
       
Politico:  Blunt, other Republicans seek to tame Trump on trade
          Washington Times:  Blunt says memo on FISA warrants needs to be released
          KWMU:  The EPA could propose a cleanup plan for West Lake Landfill. Here's what to expect.
          P-D:  Liberal mega-donor George Soros bigfoots into "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter bots follow Greitens by the thousands, mostly avoid other lawmakers
          Drebes:  James Murphy, father of Wieland's Jamie Murphy, to run for state rep
          The Missouri Times:  Chez Monet to open in the Capitol Cafeteria next week
          Missourinet:  Hawley says he can help if Gardner requests aid in Greitens investigation
          Missourinet:  Hawley presents budget to House committee and faces questions from Democrats
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens' tax cut plan gains fans in rural Macon
          SE Missourian:  Greitens proposes tax cut for most Missourians
          KWMU:  Greitens reveals more details of tax proposal as lawmakers mull their options
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about opposition to tax cuts, support for more spending, Republicans' heartless budgetary policy, etc.
          KWMU:  Ryan Silvey talks about why he left the Missouri Senate for the Public Service Commission
          AP:  Missouri not considering selling 4 closed state parks
          P-D:  Missouri not considering selling any of four mothballed state parks, official says
          The Missouri Times:  Walmart, GM and more ask lawmakers to consider Missouri Energy Freedom Act
          Columbia Missourian:  House debates series of bills overhauling foster care
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to discontinue classes at Malden site
          Daily American Republic:  Missouri Highway Patrol receives overdose medications
          Missourinet:  MADD wants lawmakers to restore state funding for DUI checkpoints
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Conservation's netting operation puts Creve Coeur Lake carp in the crosshairs
          AP:  Hawley defends AG office over failure to timely produce documents in "police brutality" case
          KWMU:  Arch City Defenders' new executive director complains about perceived injustices, expresses anger over St. Louis City's new public safety director suggesting that black people are responsible for black-on-black crime
          P-D editorial:  EPA chief's only true option is to remove West Lake's radioactive hazards;  The most expensive option is definitely the best
          KC Star editorial:  Is Greitens trying to recreate the Kansas tax cut disaster?
          P-D editorial:  Does Missouri owe sick prisoners a super-expensive cure?
          P-D's Raasch:  Blunt a "lead cheerleader" for Trump's good economic news
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian says former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders willfully broke the law
          P-D letter:  Ellisville woman wants PSC to reject Missouri American Water's request for rate increase
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        Monday, January 29
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guests U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler, Jason Smith talk Trump's first year in office, government shutdown, much more
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Department of Social Services seeks Missouri Medicaid Director
          KCUR:  Q&A on Satanic Temple's challenge of Missouri abortion laws
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens to vist Moberly today;  Comments from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello)
          SNL:  Greitens wants to change state worker rules. Lawmakers say they don't know what he means. X
          P-D:  Hiring, firing and rewarding state employees should be easier, Greitens says, but offers no details
          SE Missourian:  Vargas:  Southeast faces 'bad' funding cuts under governor's budget plan +
          SNL:  Greitens wants to expand A+ scholarship program to private school students X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Ag Director Chris Chinn talks department priorities, collaboration between state agencies
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger talks about progress of his industrial hemp legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Local hair braider defends cosmetology requirements over deregulation bill
          AP:  Missouri Highway Patrol ends field tests for drugs over concerns about powerful fentanyl
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri sees widespread influenza activity on par with other states
          KCUR/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri faces costly conundrum:  How to treat inmates carrying Hepatitis C
          KCUR:  Rep. Barbara Anne Washington (D-Kansas City) talks about serving in Democratic superminority, Greitens' affair, juvenile criminals, more
          P-D editorial:  GOP lawmakers, led by Reps. Robert Cornejo and Scott Fitzpatrick, continue their war on the poor
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Lawmakers should strengthen protections for student journalists X
          P-D op-ed:  Concerned Women for America's Stephanie Rubach Marshall:  McCaskill should support bill to limit number of low-skilled immigrants
          Messenger:  Death of Terry Schlemeier is reminder of simpler times in Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Lift the ban on felons selling alcohol and lottery tickets
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Swamped in scandals, Greitens faces conflict with his own party X
          Columbia Missourian's new "Conversations" feature:  Comments, pulled from social media, on Greitens' higher ed budget
          P-D letter:  Missouri Sierra Club's John Hickey on impact of shutdown on EPA
          P-D letter:  Arnold sexagenarian says she wants Greitens to stop acting like such a Navy SEAL
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        Sunday, January 28
       
KWMU:  At first St. Louis area town hall, McCaskill opines on government shutdown, weighs in on state Legislature
          Missourinet:  McCaskill does not expect February shutdown, predicts border security deal
          KC Star:  Missouri man calls Hartzler's Columbia office, makes second threat in recent weeks against government X
          JCNT:  March for Life attendees say the tide is turning X
          Drebes:  St. Louis Community Colleges seek government and community relations liason
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) expects more funding will be added to higher ed
          JCNT:  Area college administrators, lawmakers unhappy with governor's budget proposals X
          JCNT:  Greitens cites disparity between teacher and administrator pay X
          P-D:  School districts struggle to find qualified black teachers
          P-D:  Graph:  Medicaid's budget burden, 2013-2017
          P-D:  Chart:  Five most expensive services and programs in 2017 Medicaid budget
          P-D:  Graph:  Handicapped population had largest increase in Medicaid spend per person
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens' package of higher-ed cuts are a dumb idea X
          JCNT editorial:  Proposal would put needed teeth into Sunshine Law X
          CDT op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Missouri heading for a looming budget cliff X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian lists legislative wishes:  Tax online purchases (except medicine for olds), punish trucking industry for road usage, more X
          KC Star letter:  MEDA's Trey Davis responds to Libla letter on Ameren and electric rates X
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        Saturday, January 27
       
KMIZ:  In afternoon speech to Columbia Chamber of Commerce, McCaskill talks bipartisanship, opioid legislation, more
        CDT:  In nighttime speech to Columbia Democrats, McCaskill takes aim at Hawley, makes jokes about Greitens' sex scandal X
        Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill says she will execute "the most aggressive grassroots plan that has ever been devised"
        Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill speaks at Mizzou College Democrats event;  DACA protesters interrupt (in English)
        KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders pleads guilty to wire fraud charge X
        Drebes:  Bits:  Dana Loesch profiled by NY Times Style section;  Jonas Hughes to Chappelle-Nadal's office;  Lucas Dieckhaus drops out of state rep race
        Columbia Missourian:  Nicole Galloway speaks to local Democratic group
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 22, 2018
        Missourinet:  Lawmakers seek ways to implement Greitens' proposed permanent pay raise for state workers
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks higher ed funding, transportation funding
        KWMU:  Next week's legislative action:  SNAP handouts, lobbyist gifts, budget
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) says marriage-age bill protects children from those who would do them harm
        Washington Missourian:  Sharp decrease in gun permits issued due to change in state law
        CDT:  Centralia seeks change to state law regarding sales tax increases X
        SNL:  Missouri Foundation for Health study:  Death rates for white Missourians increasing at higher rates than that of minorities;  Opioid abuse one factor X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Chillicothe seeks state status as creator of sliced bread X
        Missourinet:  Advocacy group gives Missouri poor marks on highway safety and auto safety
        The Missouri Times:  State of Missouri settles lawsuit regarding West Lake Landfill while Pruitt mulls decision on site
        P-D:  St. Louis City selection committee votes unanimously to give Rex Sinquefield's Grow Missouri role in airport privatization
        KC Star editorial:  With a guilty plea, Mike Sanders' downfall is complete X
        SNL editorial:  Courtland Sykes is a sexist X
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens bears responsibility for the latest blow to UMKC downtown conservatory X
        CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Rik Hafer:  Education and its economic impact in Missouri X
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        Friday, January 26
       
Newsweek:  In Facebook post, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Courtland Sykes speaks out against feminists, encourages young women to develop homemaker skills
          KWMU:  Area solar panel importer opposes higher tariff on solar panels
          KMBZ:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders to plead guilty in federal court
          KC Star:  'Clean Missouri' takes $250,000 in pass-through cash from George Soros;  Liberal billionaire's group gave $300k to "MOVE Ballot Fund," which kept $50k vigorish X
          Rosenbaum:  Lawmakers want to place firewall between candidates and PACs
          Drebes:  New committee formed to support initiative petition to raise taxes on long-term capital gains and dividends
          Missourinet:  Parson to represent state in historic USS Missouri ceremony at Pearl Harbor
          The Missouri Times:  State workers could see a raise in the next fiscal year
          SNL:  Top Republican lawmakers speak out against Greitens' higher education cuts, refund loan idea X
          Columbia Missourian:  At Boone County legislative forum, legislators talk higher ed funding
          KWMU:  GOP leaders balking at Greitens' plan to establish line of credit
          AP:  GOP not behind all of Greitens' proposed budget
          Missourinet:  Greitens touts increase in K-12 budget, but proposal falls short of key benchmark;  Comments from AlignEd's Linda Rallo, MSBA's Brent Ghan
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Putnam County superintendent discusses funding expectations for Foundation Formula and transportation
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Missouri pension system is strong, despite some poor returns
          The Missouri Times:  Senators discuss impeachment on chamber floor;  Ron Richard says Senate 'won't get in the middle of an ongoing investigation'
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature unsure of role in investigating Greitens
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) wants to legalize medical marijuana +
          The Missouri Times:  'First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act' from Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) heard in committee
          The Missouri Times:  House passes bill on degrees at public institutions, three others
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Residents ask Missouri PSC to ease water rate hike X
          P-D:  Missouri weighs use of Volkswagen settlement for school bus upgrades, other emission-reduction projects
          CDT:  Bill seeks 'crash course' in police training for those with military background X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal would require warrant for gathering information from cell phones
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) would standardize probation drug, alcohol testing
          Missourinet:  Sen. Shalonn 'Kiki' Curls (D-Kansas City) wants Missouri Dept. of Agriculture to apply for federal seniors farmers' market nutrition program
          Missourinet:  DHSS says Missouri flu cases increase by about 200 from previous week
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Gaming Commission donates to kids, challenges others to do the same
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens should step aside, let Mike Parson take the reins
          JCNT editorial:  Human trafficking bill well-intended, but flawed X
          P-D letter:  Bissinger's CEO thanks McCaskill for helping lower the price of sugar
          KC Star letter:  Raytown septuagenarian applauds McCaskill for working with Republicans on budget X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian says Greitens is arrogant
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        Thursday, January 25
       
Washington Post:  Blunt disapproves of Trump's tariff stance
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  NAFTA faces 'bumpy' road in coming months +
          Missourinet:  Congress reauthorizes CHIP
          Washington Examiner:  Blunt looking for opioid-research funds, says grant programs to state hold promise
          KC Star:  McCaskill votes against Brownback nomination X
          USA Today:  McCaskill teams with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for anti-"pork" eating stunt;  Senior senator promotes Arthur Bryant BBQ sauce
          Washington Post:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to rule soon on West Lake landfill
          CDT:  Obituary:  Veteran lobbyist Terry Schlemeier;  Memorial celebration to be held tomorrow in Columbia X
          AP:  Democrats:  Greitens should sign affidavit about affair
          P-D:  Missouri Democratic Party wants Greitens to sign affidavit certifying his denials
          The Missouri Times:  In State of the Judiciary speech, Fischer calls treatment courts the 'front lines' of opioid battle
          JCNT:  State of the Judiciary focuses on opioid treatment funding X
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court chief justice says 15 Missouri counties have no access to treatment court
          KWMU:  Missouri chief judge calls for drug court expansion in State of Judiciary message
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Social Services ends annual reports X
          SNL:  Springfield wins protest of Missouri welfare contract award X
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick shoots down Greitens' budget proposal for tax anticipation loans
          Missourinet:  Prevailing-wage bills make return
          The Missouri Times:  Johnson's broadband bill aims to get rural Missouri connected
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Ag Director Chris Chinn talks rural broadband access
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed broadband grant system may provide relief for rural areas
          Brownfield Ag News:  Munzlinger sponsors industrial hemp bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal from Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) would remove state-school students' mandatory health fees
          JCNT:  Fitzwater advocates for computer science in schools X
          P-D's Kristen Taketa:  Area liberals angry over school board candidate's social media posts;  Comment from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (SLU's Ken Warren)
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers to consider free needle exchange legislation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate committee hears utility-rate bills
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources teams with cops to help Special Olympics +
          SE Missourian:  State, city, county governments deny responsibility for Common Pleas Courthouse basement stairs +
          Columbia Missourian:  Riddle's bill would change Missouri's statute of limitations for product liability
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle previews legislation:  foster care, addressing child abuse and neglect, MoDOT utility corridor, keeping protesters from blocking interstates
          The Missouri Times:  Reiboldt aims to clarify animal trespass bill
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers must step up and do what Gov. Greitens cannot - lead X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens' state pay raise proposal a start X
          SNL editorial:  Missouri can't thrive by cutting higher education X
          P-D editorial:  This year, Ameren seeks just a little bit of regulatory relief. The case isn't strong.
          Messenger:  Judges send message to Missouri AG Josh Hawley:  Do your job.
          KC Star op-ed:  Walmart Director of Military Programs:  Missouri veterans deserve a better pharmacy system X
          P-D op-ed:  University of Central Missouri's Chuck Ambrose:  State should spend more money on higher ed
          Columbia Missourian's Tyler Wornell:  Performance-contingent funding makes matters worse for state schools
          CDT op-ed:  Craig Van Matre:  Remembering Terry Schlemeier X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man responds to editorial mocking Trump's intelligence, suggests editorial board and columnists take cognitive test and publish results
          SNL letter:  Branson septuagenarian wants Greitens to do more to attract businesses to Missouri X
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        Wednesday, January 24
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt find optimism in shutdown's aftermath X
          KWMU:  Profile:  Area illegal alien, facing deportation, evades immigration authorities
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  How you can help local alien breaking the law and evading immigration authorities
          Drebes:  Candidates with the most cash on hand:  January quarter
          KC Star:  "Rep. Donna Fautsch [sic]" announces plans to seek re-election to Missouri House in 2018 X
          Faughn:  What I learned when I got knocked off my horse:  On owning up to mistakes, Greitens, and dark-money attacks on state's journalists
          P-D:  St. Louis City circuit attorney has broad power over Greitens probe but little to go on, experts say
          AP:  Satanic Temple member fights Missouri abortion restrictions
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs Satanist's challenge to state's informed consent law
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears Satanist's challenge to abortion laws
          Missourinet:  Hawley wants subpoena power in open records cases, penalties for violators
          CDT:  Cartwright:  State cuts would compromise University of Missouri goals X
          Missourinet:  Rowden calls Greitens' higher ed cuts 'lazy and shortsighted'
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers raise concerns about school busing cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Ways and Means committee debate heats up over income tax
          The Missouri Times:  Prevailing wage dominates House Economic Development Committee
          The Missouri Times:  No support for Hegeman's bill on historic tax credits in Local Government and Elections
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate weighing tax credit cuts and banning lobbyist gifts
          SNL:  Jeff Notes briefs:  Senate debates 'circuit breaker' tax credit X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) seeing improvement from Department of Corrections
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) would criminalize 'revenge porn'
          Missourinet:  Rally against human trafficking has a bipartisan tone
          AP:  Missouri bill pushes expungement for trafficking victims
          JCNT:  Missouri a battleground for human trafficking X
          Missourinet:  Consumers Council of Missouri wants utility companies to lower rates
          JCNT:  Joe Maxwell's Organization for Competitive Markets wants legislators to prohibit foreign interests from buying Missouri farmland X
          KC Star editorial:  Cuts to colleges and Medicaid:  Greitens' budget speeds up Missouri's slide to mediocrity
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' new budget is just like the old one, only worse
          KC Star editorial:  A good week for transparency:  What Josh Hawley is doing right X
          KC Star editorial:  Electric rate bill tries to evade Missouri Public Service Commission X
          Messenger:  Don't let Greitens swipe left on Missouri college funding
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  On Greitens and being a gentleman +
          P-D op-ed:  University City woman:  Questions Greitens should be asking himself
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  After Greitens affair, do we have the capacity to forgive?
          P-D letter:  Maplewood man wants Greitens to resign
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        Tuesday, January 23
       
KC Star:  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) praises McCaskill for role in shutdown negotiations
          Missourinet:  Hartzler critical of Senate Democrats for shutdown
          SNL:  In Facebook post, GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate Courtland Sykes compares liberals to Disney villains;  McCaskill compared to Ursula in "The Little Mermaid"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republicans raising big money to fill Schaaf's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Jordan Presnell drops out of Democratic primary for Gary Cross' state rep seat
          KWMU:  Hawley wants lawmakers to beef up Sunshine Law
          AP:  Hawley wants penalties for officials violating records laws
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' budget adds more money for elementary and secondary education, roads and bridges
          JCNT:  Greitens' proposal for state budget includes pay raises for some state workers
          KWMU:  Greitens unveils next year's state budget, but media focus remains on his personal life
          P-D:  At budget press conference, media press Greitens about photographing semi-nude woman
          Missourinet:  Key points in Greitens' 2019 budget proposal
          CDT:  Central Missouri legislators oppose Greitens' higher ed cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  Elementary and secondary education to see increases with Greitens' budget
          P-D:  Greitens' budget increases funding for roads and bridges, trims higher ed
          AP:  Greitens' budget boosts funds for K-12 schools
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about calling for Greitens' resignation, impact of tax cuts, more
          The Missouri Times:  House committee signs off on arbitration agreements, takes up venue bill
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee hears legislation on false liens, expungement for prostitution, and raising the age for juvenile criminals
          The Missouri Times:  Munzlinger's hemp bill heard in committee
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger proposes industrial hemp program
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers considering plan to allow 17-year-olds to be tried in juvenile court
          Missourinet:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) hopes Amber Alert bill gets quick action in 2018
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) to hold sex-trafficking awareness rally at Capitol today
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed bill would allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees
          CDT:  Echoes of fall 2015 race agitation apparent at University of Missouri provost forum
          P-D editorial:  Hawley's pursuit of Sunshine Law violators serves notice to both parties
          Waters:  On the death of Terry Schlemeier
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Greitens is morally bankrupt
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian says Greitens needs a dose of morality
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves feminist angry over Women's March article placement
          P-D letter:  Maryville man responds to ArchCity Defenders promotional profile piece, says poor people can avoid jail by following the law
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        Monday, January 22
       
Fox Business:  Blunt on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures":  Government shutdown hurting military and nation's defense
          Missourinet:  Blunt, McCaskill prepare for vote on funding resolution
          KWMU:  Montreal meetings on NAFTA could impact thousands of Missouri workers
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Courtland Sykes talks about resume, primary campaign against Josh Hawley, says candidates with "secret lifestyles" should not run for office;  Panel of Reps. Phil Christofanelli (R), Peter Meredith (D), Gina Mitten (D), Nate Walker (R) talk Greitens and subsequent investigatations, lobbyist-gift ban, more
          The Missouri Times:  Courtland Sykes discusses his U.S. Senate campaign on This Week in Missouri Politics
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Video:  Greitens talks about affair, family and political fallout
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear Satanic Temple's challenge to state's abortion regulations
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) would keep deadbeat dads from receiving SNAP handouts
          P-D:  Two-time killer, not state leaders, changes smoking policy in Missouri prisons
          JCNT:  Bill would double width of utility corridors X
          P-D:  New executive director of ArchCity Defenders complains about Sen. Bob Dixon's pushback against municipal-overhaul overreach, other injustices
          Columbia Missourian:  Area liberals to hold panel on perceived racial discrimination, LGBTQIA* issues, marijuana, etc.;  Panelists include NAACP's Nimrod Chapel, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia), Rudi Keller
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Human trafficking in Missouri makes for modern-day slavery X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Savings on state car fleet set a good example X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's scuzzy green lakes are likely to stay that way
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Options for Women helps save young lives by providing alternatives to abortion;  Wallingford named to top Senate committee +
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  Corizon Health has $2 billion contracts with Missouri and Kansas, but there's little accountability X
          Waters:  In dispute with Galloway, Greitens is not to be believed X
          Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  Missouri must stay a step ahead and pass a 'revenge porn' law
          P-D letter:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Ameren promotes bill that would raise electric rates
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        Sunday, January 21
       
Columbia Missourian:  At GOP rally, attendees praise Trump and slam McCaskill
          JCNT:  Supporters of the president say he has America on the right track again X
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump march makes it way through St. Louis;  Comments from Clay primary challenger Cori Bush, Missouri legislative staffer smuggled into the United States as a child, others
          P-D:  Anti-Trump crowd marches through St. Louis City
          P-D:  Photo:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) leads anti-Trump march
          CDT's Claire Colby:  Organizers claim anti-Trump march drew 1,650;  Speakers include Michela Skelton, seeking rematch against "Sarah [sic] Walsh" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump march numbers down;  Last year's protest drew 3,600
          JCNT:  Marchers at Columbia rally complain about Trump X
          AP:  Greitens:  'No blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Teaser:  Greitens to talk about blackmail allegations on Fox 2 tonight
          P-D:  Schaaf says he has spoken to FBI about Greitens
          SNL:  Sunshine request update:  Greitens and team met with charter school advocate Ken Zeff in July X
          Missourinet:  Hearing on Munzlinger's industrial hemp bill Monday
          P-D: St. Charles County officials at odds over whether Legislature must OK river bluff subdivision
          P-D editorial:  Payday lenders find friends at the Consumer Financial Destruction Bureau;  Luetkemeyer has received $36,900 (or 1.4% of his campaign cash) from payday lenders
          P-D letter:  Area "future health care provider" unhappy with GOP approach to Medicaid
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        Saturday, January 20
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Missourinet:  Anti-Trump march expected to draw at least 8,000 in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Two anti-Trump marches are happening in Kansas, but none in KC X
          P-D:  Missouri's March for Life attendees feel like Washington is moving their way;  Group hears from Blunt, Hartzler, Long, Luetkemeyer, Smith, Wagner
          Missourinet:  Thousands of St. Louis area pro-life advocates attend DC march
          JCNT:  Area students energized by pro-life march's message X
          P-D:  Former VA shop foreman gets 20 months for kickback scheme
          Drebes:  Public Policy Polling (D) says Democrats are gaining momentum in Missouri
          P-D:  Greitens' campaign operation sharing office building with his non-profit
          The Missouri Times:  Charlie Davis pulls out of SD 32 race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 15, 2018
          CNN:  FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens
          KC Star:  Greitens' attorney calls on CNN to retract report on FBI probe X
          SNL:  As Jefferson City rumor mill cranks out Greitens resignation reports, GOP lawmakers focus on their work X
          KWMU:  Jo Mannies, politics editor Fred Ehrlich weigh in on how Greitens scandal has affected his efficacy as governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Dim prospects for Greitens, Columbia College prof tells "silver-haired Muleskinners;"  Terry Smith gives advice on beating Trump to elderly Democrats
          AP:  Failed bid to land Amazon HQ had $2.5B in incentives
          JCNT:  DNR cutting 86 vehicles from fleet X
          JCNT:  MOSERS replaces Watson as director, names replacement X
          KWMU:  Legislature prepares for state budget, more bills, keeps an eye on Greitens scandal
          The Missouri Times:  REALTORS tout legislative agenda in annual Capitol Conference
          KC Star:  After K-9 death, sheriff supports bill from Rep. Robert Cornejo that could increase penalty of assaulting law enforcement animals X
          KRCG (Jefferson City):  'Swatting' death leads to bill from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) for tougher penalties
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  University of Missouri might see 10 percent state cut X
          Columbia Missourian:  New elementary school name suggestions accepted starting in February;  "Lee" to be erased due to connection to Civil War history
          The Missouri Times:  Spire lays to bed old claims of increased rates with proven savings in latest rate case
          Daily Journal:  MO Dept. of Conservation to accept applications Feb. 1 for turkey hunts
          P-D:  St. Louis City man gets 12 years for robbery of Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City);  Tavion Bell also carjacked two women as they left Christmas Mass
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens embarrasses state, but resignation calls premature X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens should not seek to cut corporate tax rate X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri is aiming to stop opioid addiction, and St. Joseph groups should compete for funding X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  In Shutdown City, the blame game is never-ending
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian responds to letter responding to Messenger column responding to Greitens' response to blackmail allegations
          KC Star letter:  Independence octogenarian says user fee, based on odometer readings, is the best way to pay for Missouri roads X
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        Friday, January 19
       
KC Star:  McCaskill plays key role in sending surveillance bill to Trump's desk X
          Newsweek:  Profile:  Craig O'Dear, KC attorney who claims he'll run for U.S. Senate as an independent
          P-D:  Ed Martin terminated from CNN 'for cause,' he says
          KWMU:  Racial divide splits "Women's March" crowd;  Some sects offended by last year's labia-shaped hats because "bright pink tone marginalized women of color" and excluded self-identified "women" with male genitalia
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump march to be held tomorrow;  Speakers include MU astronomy professor, state rep runner-up Michela Skelton
          KWMU:  As ballot measures loom, some Republicans want Legislature to take lead on medical marijuana
          CDT:  Union carpenter steps into contest to challenge Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) X
          Drebes:  Mary Scruggs, who worked legislative affairs for Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives, retires
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers postponing judgment in Greitens' affair scandal +
          KC Star:  Greitens counsel Lucinda Luetkemeyer attends weekend event at Mar-a-Lago X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) talks Greitens, in-home care cuts, budget, higher taxes, more
          SNL:  Jeff Notes:  Greitens issues statemens on tax plan, deregulation progress;  Democrats complain about 2015 welfare changes X
          KWMU:  Greitens unveils highlights of his tax plan, but holds off on full details
          CDT:  Greitens outlines tax cut goals, but offers no details X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls on Legislature to pass tax-cut plan
          Missourinet:  Greitens releases overview of tax plan
          P-D:  Greitens avoids spotlight, releases tax-cut plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate leaders say Greitens controversy won't slow down chamber's business
          The Missouri Times:  Amazon passes over Missouri for second headquarters
          Missourinet:  Missouri does not make the cut for Amazon's second headquarters
          Missourinet:  How much did Missouri offer to Amazon in tax incentives? Billions.
          The Missouri Times:  Senate confirms three interim-appointed directors
          The Missouri Times:  Collective bargaining and 'paycheck protection' get a hearing in Senate Committee on General Laws
          Missourinet:  House committee hears bill on worker claims against employers
          P-D:  If Missouri gets hit by big snowfall, MoDOT says worker shortage will mean tough sledding
          The Missouri Times:  Kelly withdraws earned paid family leave bill
          P-D:  Bill would lift Missouri's tuition cap
          Missourinet:  State Department of Mental Health says survey involving LGBTQ questions is not school requirement
          SNL:  Greitens' staff met with board members before education officials' firing, appointee says X
          KWMU:  State-appointed board endorses returning power over St. Louis schools to elected board
          P-D:  Appointees tell state school leaders:  Bring back elected board in St. Louis City
          P-D:  Sprawling backlog of DNR permits is winnowing - maybe too quickly, critics say
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  January 20, 2018
          Missourinet:  Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) donated kidney
          KWMU:  Hawley accuses Stenger of violating state's open records law
          KWMU:   Arch City Defenders outraged after black Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards suggests black people are responsible for black-on-black crime
          P-D editorial:  State budget picture is more dire than usual. Where's that tax-cut boom?
          P-D editorial:  Hawley's lawsuit shines light where Stenger prefers darkness
          Kraske:  Greitens survives first full week after blackmail allegations X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Anonymous letter-writer dislikes Greitens X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian cares little about Greitens affair and more about state campaign-finance laws
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man says Democrats should support 'right to work'
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        Thursday, January 18
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  "Blaine Lutekemeyer [sic]" has almost $2.6 million in campaign coffers   Update:  Fixed at 7:15 a.m.
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Immigration advocates say Trump policies helped limit the number of refugees landing in St. Louis last year
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri joins national voter registration accuracy, access initiative
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  What we learned
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  Statewide officials
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  Missouri House
          AP:  Lawmakers say Greitens scandal distracts from tax-overhaul effort
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide startup investment fund may become reality
          AP:  Amended lawsuit seeks to overturn firing of state Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven
          KWMU:  Task force recommends St. Louis public schools return to local control ... eventually
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban on to the Senate
          AP:  House approves lobbyist gift ban
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends three bills to Senate, including a ban on lobbyist gifts
          The Missouri Times:  Human trafficking bill flies through Missouri House
          AP:  House targets child trafficking with measure
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill passes committee with 9-1 vote
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association:  Missouri had 921 opioid overdose deaths in 2016
          The Missouri Times:  Out of their hair:  House passes braiding bill
          SNL:  Sheriff called state lawmakers on whistleblower bill. It wasn't about Galloway, he said. X
          P-D:  Hawley alleges open-records violations by Stenger's staff
          KC Star:  Missouri is epicenter of national flu outbreak, according to 'smart thermometer' app X
          SE Missourian:  Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer;  whether disease transferable to humans unknown +
          P-D editorial:  For Greitens, prolonged silence can be politically deadly
          P-D editorial:  Semi-good news on kids' health care program in Missouri. Why not share it?
          JCNT editorial:  Adult high schools a good investment for future X
          Waters:  Greitens' plight offers a lesson to voters X
          SNL op-ed:  MU prof Aaron Hedlund:  Greitens has delivered substantial results for Missouri, and citizens should give him a break X
          P-D op-ed:  CEO of senior-citizens health care group:  Lawmakers must find money fix for Medicaid
          CDT op-ed:  Why Mike Parson's 'Buy Missouri' misses the mark X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman disappointed by Messenger's hatred for Greitens
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        Wednesday, January 17
       
KWMU:  Illegal aliens, other DACA supporters to rally outside Blunt's office today
          KWMU:  Change of management at St. Louis Veterans Home pleases relatives
          KWMU:  Greitens among the state's top money-raisers
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  State Senate
          Drebes:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) announces new staff
          KWMU:  Republican lawmakers ramp up pressure for Greitens to step aside
          CDT:  Greitens posts apology as GOP lawmakers' calls for resignation begin X
          Missourinet:  Five GOP lawmakers call for Greitens' resignation
          AP:  Greitens:  Scandal won't deter work
          SNL:  As pressure mounts, Greitens issues new apology X
          SNL:  More details emerge on Democrats' knowlege of Greitens affair during gov race X
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans debate whether Greitens should stay or go
          P-D:  Lawyer for scorned ex-husband distributes more recordings of secretly-recorded conversations
          KC Star:  Five GOP lawmakers call on Greitens to resign X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on Greitens affair scandal
          The Missouri Times:  On his new radio show, Ed Martin calls for resignation of Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  New state position created to coordinate broadband efforts, Greitens announces
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel, Koenig tag-team tax overhaul in Senate Ways and Means Committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) says most of his constituents are not convinced Missouri needs to boost fuel tax for transportation;  Survey also revealed district thoughts on nonviolent offenders, religious freedom for business owners
          Missourinet:  Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) says funding fix for disabled Missourians is still urgent
          The Missouri Times:  Asbestos case, arbitration agreements lead to lively debate in Special Committee on Litigation Reform
          Dunklin Democrat:  Medicinal marijuana may not be legal in Missouri, but local woman says CBD oil has benefits
          SNL:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-LaMonte):  No college degree in Missouri without passing citizenship test X
          P-D:  Missouri's plan to improve worst-performing schools gets federal seal of approval
          Missourinet:  Dogan:  It takes more training in Missouri to braid hair than it does to be a police officer
          Missourinet:  Missouri's deer hunting season totals spike
          Missourinet:  Deer hunting businesses, Conservation Department do battle in Missouri Supreme Court
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens can't stay in hiding if he wants to do his job X
          KC Star Editorial Page Editor Colleen Nelson:  Editorial board adds diversity with addition of Toriano Porter;  Board now consists of 3 white men, 2 white women, 1 Hispanic woman, 1 black man X
          P-D editorial:  Three weeks ago:  Post-Dispatch editorial board profiles its writers:  3 white males (ages 68, 61, 61), 1 white woman (64), 1 Hispanic man (58)
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says she is disappointed that Greitens has given Illinois residents something to laugh at
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        Tuesday, January 16
       
The Hill:  Blunt would "be pleased" to see Romney run for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Jeff Notes:  MU's Aaron Hedlund not challenging Josh Hawley in U.S. Senate primary X
          Missourinet:  Cori Bush, challenging Lacy Clay in 1st Congressional District Democratic primary, speaks to new liberal group in Springfield
          The Missouri Times:  Deadline to register for statewide Lincoln Days coming up
          The Missouri Times:  How we got here:  An anthology of controversies and conflict between Greitens and the General Assembly - and a look at the quickness with which John Diehl, Paul LeVota, and Don Gosen chose to resign
          The Missouri Times:  GOP megadonor David Humphreys mum on Greitens
          P-D:  Lawyer for scorned husband releases audio of phone conversation with Greitens counsel Lucina Luetkemeyer, recorded prior to KMOV report;  Luetkemeyer declined lawyer's suggestion to call back from state landline
          KWMU:  With political future in peril, Greitens holds off on tax plan tour
          Missourinet:  Greitens reschedules tax cut tour
          AP:  Greitens delays tax policy tour after admitting to affair
          P-D:  Greitens postpones statewide tour on tax overhaul
          KC Star:  Remington Research poll shows Greitens' approval rating takes 10-point hit in wake of scandal X
          Missourinet:  UCM political science prof Robynn Kuhlmann says history shows Greitens will survive sex scandal
          The Missouri Times:  Town ordinance takes center stage in HD 39 Democratic nomination of city officer
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' COO tells cabinet to prepare for $300 million in reductions
          KWMU:  Missouri's spending on early childhood education could increase, but not by much, school leaders say
          Missourinet:  Legislative panel continues work to overhaul climate within Missouri's prisons
          Missourinet:  Missouri Municipal League outlines 2018 priorities
          KWMU:  State and federal wildlife officials launch assault on Asian carp
          P-D:  Blacks killing blacks is a problem African-Americans have to address, St. Louis public safety director says;  McCaskill among politicians making appearance at MLK event
          P-D editorial:  Greitens evades responsibility with social media pseudo-apology
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Three decades ago, Kit Bond made Missouri a leader in early childhood education X
          P-D op-ed:  National Safety Council's Deborah Hersman:  Missouri can lead with practical roadway safety improvements
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Funding for Missouri kids' insurance program will run out soon, and the handicapped will pay the price
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson sexagenarian says she frequently writes to Blunt's office with criticism, but appreciates his response to Trump's expletive about lesser countries +
          KC Star letter:  Orrick man says Fodor's anti-Missouri mention shows publisher's East Coast agenda X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wants Greitens to leave Missouri
          P-D letter:  Manchester feminist attempts to tie Greitens' alleged S&M activities to political ideology and state legislation
          P-D letter:  Arnold sexagenarian looks forward to reading more "grime and slime" from Greitens' scandal
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury liberal recommends Greitens reinvent himself by flip-flopping on state issues and embracing progressive policies
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        Monday, January 15  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King State Holiday
       
P-D:  Under Trump, EPA Superfund delistings spike - including Wildwood
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri financial planner expects federal tax cut to spur "huge" boost in construction
          Drebes:  Missouri Chamber spins off GovWatch
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Reps. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles), Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Democratic lawyer Jane Dueker discuss Greitens affair and political implications
          KC Star:  Greitens' political future in doubt;  Comments from Florida pollster X
          Missourinet:  Hawley provides update on human trafficking, Confide app and the former Mississippi County sheriff
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Fodor's "no-visit" label for Missouri based on oversimplification of SB 43, NAACP publicity gimmick X
          Messenger:  Greitens finds himself on a deserted island surrounded by snakes
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Briefs:  On nudity and invasion of privacy laws, freedom for ex-cons to work at convenience stores, hair braiding, Greitens appointees
          KC Star letter:  KC liberal wants Blunt to criticize Trump X
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        Sunday, January 14
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Vicky Hartzler talks infrastructure spending, Trump's plan for public-private partnerships
          Sedalia Democrat:  Area woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler X
          SNL:  Could foreign hackers mess with Missouri elections?  Jay Ashcroft doesn't think so. X
          JCNT:  Profile:  Kelli Jones;  Lt. Gov's communications director goes from teaching to practicing her skill X
          CDT:  Greitens in political peril X
          Washington Missourian:  Local legislators take wait-and-see approach with Greitens X
          AP:  Recap of various Greitens controversies
          JCNT:  Transportation task force recommends changes in public policy, funding methods X
          JCNT:  State cutting 30 vehicles from Office of Administration fleet X
          AP:  Lawsuit over drugs for Missouri's foster kids proceeds
          KC Star:  Jackson County officials want Hawley to look at County Executive Frank White's taxes, finances X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hoodwinked:  Eric Greitens should resign - not for extramarital affair, but because he's a political poser X
          CDT editorial:  Allegations against Greitens follow pattern of deceptive behavior X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens and Trump are the Thelma and Louise of American politics
          SNL editorial:  On Greitens, Galloway, and predictable partisanship X
          SNL op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Evaluating success of legislators requires more than a metric X
          SNL letter:  Neosho sexagenarian expresses anger at Blunt, Long for supporting tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Olivette sexagenarian notes Post-Dispatch's consistent sloppiness, inability to properly punctuate headlines
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Nasheed to focus on alleged misdeeds of Steve Roberts as intently as she focuses on those of Eric Greitens
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        Saturday, January 13
       
Missourinet:  Democratic poll shows McCaskill-Hawley race within margin of error
          Drebes:  Alex Curchin joins Speaker Todd Richardson's staff as senior counsel to the Speaker
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 8, 2018
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens railed against 'career politicians,' now few are coming to his rescue
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Mannies and Rosenbaum talk about week's happenings, with comments from David Barklage, John Hancock, state legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' attorney calls story 'a political hit piece,' and Roy Temple responds
          CDT:  Roy Temple denies being source of Greitens allegations X
          AP:  Greitens seeks path forward after affair admission
          P-D:  Greitens strategizing for survival;  Comments from Hancock, national GOP pollster Frank Luntz, 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (SLU's Ken Warren)
          SNL:  Woman at center of Greitens affair breaks silence via written statement, asks for privacy;  Ex-husband responds via statement X
          P-D:  Woman at center of Greitens story asks for privacy;  Greitens asks lawmakers for forgiveness
          SNL:  Greitens picks a new judge from St. Louis City prosecutor's office;  Democrat Kim Gardner's office says appointee was not involved in Thursday's investigation announcement X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  KMOV reporter Lauren Trager, KWMU executive editor Shula Neuman talk about journalism ethics and Greitens case
          P-D:  Audio:  Politics editor Christopher Ave, reporters Kevin McDermott and Jack Suntrup talk about ethics of reporting Greitens story
          SNL's Stephen Herzog:  Why KMOV shouldn't have run woman's story without her consent X
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) holds key chairmanship in tax reform effort +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri health officials say it's too early to tell if flu shot was less effective
          SE Missourian:  City of Oran rates violate state law, auditors find;  report details financial-management problems +
          West Plains Daily Quill:  15 new cases of chronic wasting disease out of nearly 18,400 deer tested
          P-D:  Black activist Frankie Freeman dies at 101
          P-D editorial briefs:  Blunt family lobbying empire expands;  Dogan's hair-braiding bill a sensible step to cut regulation
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens avoids tough issues and focuses on the easy stuff in State of the State +
          Messenger:  With presidential campaign aspirations gone, Greitens must focus on Missouri
          CDT op-ed:  Sen. Claire McCaskill:  What's so scary about holding town halls? X
          P-D op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Taxpayer-funded nondisclosure agreements can hide big problems
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian disagrees with GOP agenda, accepts reality that Luetkemeyer will keep getting re-elected X
          SNL letter:  Willow Springs sexagenarian wants Greitens to resign X
          KC Star letter:  Belton man says Chappelle-Nadal's comments were more serious than Love's;  KC sexagenarian says Fox News and "talk radio" brainwashed Missourians into voting for Greitens X
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        Friday, January 12
       
P-D:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen raises about $93,000 in fourth quarter of 2017
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air audio:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin discuss how Greitens sex story overshadowed State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  As gubernatorial sex scandal unfolding, Republican leaders call for accountability
          The Missouri Times:  Libla, Romine lead the Senate in call for Hawley to investigate allegations against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Romine says if allegations against Greitens are true, the governor should resign or face impeachment
          Missourinet:  Libla wants investigation into sexual allegations against Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local legislators condemn Greitens, shy away from impeachment X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) launches criminal investigation of Greitens
          Talking Points Memo:  Veteran Democratic consultant Roy Temple talks about reaching out to scorned ex-husband in 2016, visiting man's house twice to get details, more
          P-D:  Missouri statutes clearly outlaw non-consensual photos;  'blackmail' issue is less clear
          P-D:  Audio:  Excerpts of woman, recorded by husband without her knowledge or consent, describing sexual encounters with Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  How the impeachment process works in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  After news of affair and alleged blackmail, gubernatorial tour spot in Poplar Bluff cancels
          Clayton Times:  STL County Executive candidate/Greitens campaign donor shuns governor after scandal
          AP:  States addressing shortcomings in sex misconduct policies
          KWMU:  Untangling the legal issues in the wake of governor's admission
          KWMU:  By the numbers:  What's behind Missouri's tardy tax refunds
          The Missouri Times:  COO's Task Force on Fleet Management finds more than $2 million in potential savings
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill returns with new provisions, opposition remains the same
          Missourinet:  Legislative update:  Dems skeptical of Greitens' upcoming tax plan;  Basye's bill to provide insurance to the disabled
          SE Missourian:  Official:  Steel mill 'still looking to operate' and New Madrid 'still very much in the running' +
          KWMU:  Substance abuse and poor mental health drive up deaths among Missouri's rural whites
          P-D editorial:  Hypocrisy, thy name is Eric Greitens;  Governor should expect no sympathy
          P-D editorial:  Greitens falls victim to his own relentless ego
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' affair wasn't criminal, but extortion and coercion would be X
          Riverfront Times' Sarah Fenske:  Eric Greitens is in the hot seat. But we're wrong to let a scorned ex drive this story.
          KWMU Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  We had the Greitens story too, and chose not to run it
          Kraske:  An affair and blackmail allegations:  How well did Missourians really know Eric Greitens? X
          Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  Greitens' personal life becomes political tragedy
          P-D letter:  Public transit group supports gas tax hike
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        Thursday, January 11
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Congressional delegation's committee roles reflect lawmakers' expertise, state needs X
          Kansas City Business Journal:  Former Roy Blunt aide Tom Salisbury becomes SBA's new regional director
          The Missouri Times:  Withdrawing from NAFTA could be a 'catastrophe' for Missouri;  Comments from Blunt, MO Ag Director Chris Chinn
          AP:  McCaskill introduces bill to end Postal Service quirk for northern Missouri residents
          KWMU:  Greitens admits he engaged in affair before he entered politics;  Sheena Greitens:  "I want ... those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children"
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Blackmail alleged as Greitens admits to extramarital affair
          SNL:  Greitens admits to extramarital affair X
          P-D:  Greitens admits affair and denies blackmail allegations
          KWMU:  Greitens calls for more cuts in taxes, more trims in state government
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin to analyze State of the State at noon today
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State 2018:  Governor outlines priorities, leaves out the budget
          CDT:  Greitens calls for more tax cuts in State of the State address X
          SNL:  'Many Missourians still struggle,' Greitens says while pledging to work hard X
          JCNT:  Governor extols state government, doesn't mention state pay X
          AP:  Greitens pledges bold tax overhaul
          P-D:  Greitens promotes possible tax cuts in State of the State address
          Drebes:  On taxes, Ron Richard doesn't want "a Brownback thing"
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Gov. Eric Greitens' State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers react to Greitens' State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Dem response by House Democratic Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Comparing Greitens' first State of the State to last night's
          SNL's Will Schmitt's "Jeff Notes" blog:  Hawley reports state made $30 million in legal payouts last year X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS confirms PDMP is up and running
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill on gifts from lobbyists
          CDT:  Choi, Cartwright pitch plans for University of Missouri to state lawmakers X
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill would require high school students to complete computer science course
          P-D:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) seeks to help cities deal with overreach of 2015 court-fines legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) kicks off tanning bill with coalition of support
          JCNT:  Coalition pushes for more restriction on tanning bed use X
          P-D:  State approves Ameren transmission line for northeast Missouri
          KWMU:  Federal appeals court weighs future of lawsuit over Michael Brown's death
          SE Missourian editorial:  New Missouri law should help adoptees with family medical history +
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens, MO Dept. of Revenue let Missourians down on tax refunds X
          P-D editorial:  A blueprint for overhauling Missouri's broken corrections system
          KC Star editorial:  Warren Love should not get off scot-free X
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        Wednesday, January 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers may debate the return of earmarks;  Comments from McCaskill X
          KC Star:  Donald Trump-Steve Bannon split spells trouble for U.S. Senate hopeful Josh Hawley;  Comments from GOP primary challengers, conservative radio host Jamie Allman X
          Messenger:  KC lawyer claims he'll run for U.S. Senate as independent;  Man says people are tired of partisan politics, it's time for a new approach, etc.
          KC Star:  KC lawyer claims he'll run for U.S. Senate as independent X
          Columbia Missourian:  Opioid crisis drives decline in Missouri life expectancy
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Democratic Reps. Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens talks Dems' rural efforts, dark money, more
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State, one year later:  How did Greitens fare on delivering his promises?
          Missourinet:  Missourinet to have live coverage of State of the State and Democratic response
          AP:  Greitens touts Missouri's own plan to keep lakes clean
          Missourinet:  Missouri veterans leader wants embattled St. Louis Veterans Home chief gone
          AP:  Leader recommends head of St. Louis Veterans Home be fired
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Galloway:  Missouri not paying tax refunds on time, pays more than $400,000 in interest X
          AP:  Missouri revenue growth lags behind expectations
          SNL:  Citing federal tax bill, Missouri cuts state revenue growth projection in half X
          Missourinet:  Steep drop in revenue projections could mean fewer cuts to services
          The Missouri Times:  Is the third time the charm? Fitzpatrick reintroduces bill limiting unemployment benefits
          The Missouri Times:  Kelly introduces paid family leave legislation
          SE Missourian:  Southeast to cut workforce to meet budget needs caused by state cuts +
          P-D:  Layoffs, buyouts affect SEMO amid budget uncertainty
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-trafficking bill passes House committees
          Missourinet:  Proposed restrictions to lobbyist gifts heads to Missouri House floor
          Missourinet:  Democrats file multiple ethics bills, criticize Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  House's Special Committee on Litigation Reform hears DeGroot's interpleading bill
          SNL:  Sierra Club argues against selling 3 closed state parks X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Cattlemen Association calls for protection of those found not guilty of animal abuse +
          AP:  University of Missouri officials speak at Missouri House Special Committee on Urban Issues
          KC Star editorial:  Should Missouri raise taxes for road and bridge repairs?  Let the voter decide +
          P-D editorial:  Governor's meddling on education creates giant mess;  Actions prompt lawsuit from appointee "who Greitens' [sic] dumped"
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Legislative preview:  State revenue, transportation, PDMP, marijuana and hemp, ethics
          P-D letter:  Glendale conservative dislikes McCaskill-Blunt plan to remove Jefferson's name from Arch grounds
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        Tuesday, January 9
       
AP:  McCaskill raises $2.9M for re-election bid
          P-D:  McCaskill raises $2.9 million in last quarter of 2017, record $11.8 million for year
          P-D:  City Dems to host fundraiser for McCaskill
          SNL's Will Schmitt's new "Jeff Notes" blog:  Catherine Hanaway, Gregg Hartley, Andy Blunt form new firm to lobby federal and state lawmakers X
          P-D:  Jesse Jackson to speak at St. Louis Public Library Black History Month event
          Drebes:  Cara Hoover leaves KCP&L to start her own contract lobbying firm
          Missourinet:  Preview:  Tomorrow night's State of the State
          JCNT:  State pay tops 2 area lawmakers' wish list for State of the State message X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri lawmakers may consider gas-tax hike X
          CDT:  Galloway blasts Greitens for slow refunds, interfering with work X
          The Missouri Times:  New audit shows more and more Missourians receiving late tax refunds
          KWMU:  Galloway says money shortfall and Greitens are to blame for late income tax refunds
          AP:  Audit:  Missouri increasingly late on tax refunds
          Missourinet:  Galloway slams Greitens administration for jump in late tax refunds
          P-D:  Greitens administration obstructed audit of Missouri tax refund process, Galloway says
          KWMU:  Lack of quorum is delaying search for next Missouri education commissioner
          Missourinet:  Ten applicants, thousands of comments on Missouri education chief post
          P-D:  Amid controversy, scant interest shown in top school post
          JCNT:  State Board of Education hears testimony on desired commissioner traits X
          JCNT:  Judge keeps state education 'Sunshine' lawsuit going X
          Rosenbaum:  5 loose ends from first week in Jefferson City:  Silvey, LIHTC, transportation tax, more
          The Missouri Times:  House looks to push ethics bill to floor quickly
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) calls ethics bill "pretty strict"
          KC Star:  Lobbyist-gift totals continue downward trend;  lawmakers discuss gift ban X
          Missourinet:  Contentious 2017 utility bill is back in Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Five certificates of need approved, one denied
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's ag groups praise Greitens for comments against EPA's proposed rule
          Missourinet:  New Missouri coalition:  Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed in America
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear regulation case as state reports increase in deadly deer disease
          P-D editorial:  Fuel tax increase is the fastest, most direct way to meet state transportation needs
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' use of Confide app violates his transparency pledge
          P-D letter:  Illinois sexagenarian disagrees with Ann Wagner on financial regulations
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian wants intelligence test to prohibit "dummies" from voting, claims to be "registered Democrat" despite no party registration in Missouri X
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        Monday, January 8
       
P-D:  Under GOP tax law, parents in Missouri can now claim tax deductions for private school tuition
          Wall Street Journal:  Trump nominee to lead Indian Health Services faces claims of misrepresentation;  Former workers at Missouri hospital question leadership roles of Robert Weaver
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Democrats line up to fill ballot slot for Ann Wagner's November re-election;  Comments from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson chats with Rosenbaum about veterans homes, low-income housing tax credits, transportation, more
          Missourinet:  Seat belts and texting-while-driving highlighted in Missouri transportation task force report
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's Brian Haefner says Missourians are willing to spend more on roads to improve quality
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee expected to vote on ethics bill today
          SNL:  Greitens' sidelined Missouri school board appointees to meet with senators X
          KWMU:  Parents still wary of Normandy schools
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Briefs:  Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging lay out legislative agendas X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Broadband access helps farmers stay competitive
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation plans Missouri Master Naturalist training in Camdenton X
          Missourinet:  California company bashes Missouri as travel destination, draws heavily from NAACP "travel advisory" promotional campaign
          JCNT editorial:  Let voters decide fuel tax X
          The Missouri Times columnist Jennifer Bukowsky:  Tell state legislators to stop treading upon our right to self-defense
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        Sunday, January 7
       
P-D:  Blunt, Clay speak at annual MLK event
          CDT:  VA Secretary acted to end dispute between MU, Truman Memorial X
          KC Star's Max Londberg:  Iowa-based gimmick t-shirt company peddles anti-Greitens t-shirt X
          August 2015:  KC Star:  Iowa-based gimmick t-shirt company peddles anti-Missouri Legislature shirt
          AP:  Greitens calls for new veterans hiring law
          SNL:  Missouri revamps HR policy for state workers after research project by COO's former firm X
          SNL:  Bridge tolls, pay-by-the-mile, DMV fees suggested as future Missouri highway funding X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf opposes Greitens' move on education board X
          Columbia Missourian's:  Rural broadband features:  Greitens brings in over $40 million for broadband in rural schools, but it's not enough
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Little legislative progress on improving Missouri broadband
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  In rural schools, teachers prepare for the unexpected
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Broadband allow students to get creative with technology
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Telehealth gives rural Missouri greater access to health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Many Missourians are forced to live off the grid
          JCNT:  LED lighting at the Capitol expected to pay off in the long run X
          P-D editorial:  Trump's Justice Department wants to undo Obama's work in Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  No matter the federal designation, the Arch is still the Arch X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri faces a choice:  Cut taxes or invest in the state's future X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should give Missourians the chance to vote on transportation tax X
          SNL editorial:  After ranch allegations, state should reconsider religious exemptions X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Transportation funding, broadband should top list of legislative priorities
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens' first year:  Ethical clouds, unforced errors X
          P-D letter:  Local trial attorney:  Bring Missouri in line with other states on juvenile sentencing
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian disagrees with NRA on state gun laws
          SNL letter:  Septuagenarian Mountain View couple wants Senate to reject Greitens appointee "Eddie [sic] Justice," others X
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        Saturday, January 6
       
Agri-Pulse:  McCaskill, Blunt seek 2019 funding for Mississippi River waterways
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce lays out top federal, state legislative priorities X
          The Missouri Time:  Hickory County Democrat seeks to fill ballot slot for Warren Love's re-election
          Drebes:  Senate Dems still not putting Chappelle-Nadal back on committees
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman senators Rowden, Hoskins step up to committee chairmanship
          The Missouri Times:  State Board of Education rendered ineffective with Greitens' re-appointments, so what now?
          SNL:  Video:  Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) on transportation task force X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Proposed Missouri law would add oversight to animal abuse training
          KC Star:  Fired Missouri trooper in Lake of the Ozarks drowning case wants his job back X
          KMIZ (Columbia):  Trooper fired for actions that led to drowning sues Highway Patrol to get his job back
          Missourinet:  MoDOT warns of slick Missouri roads tomorrow
          CDT:  Terri Leifeste named new Tribune publisher;  Gatehouse Media tasks 57-year-old with serving advertisers and engaging with readers X
          Columbia Missourian:  Tribune gets new publisher
          P-D editorial:  Eigel's proposal to make first day of deer season a holiday will irritate "the 94 percent of us" who aren't hunters
          Helling:  After a year of conflict, Greitens just might be learning how to work with Missouri lawmakers X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants legislators to legalize marijuana
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian expresses anger over Ryan Silvey's PSC salary, attempts analogy comparing appointment to "It's a Wonderful Life" X
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        Friday, January 5
       
SNL:  Citing GOP tax overhaul, Springfield bank to pay bonuses to all employees X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Cruz chief joins Axiom's PR arm as new president
          SNL:  Missouri GOP to celebrate Trump's first year with event Jan. 20 X
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 Tip Sheet:  Statewides and State Senate races
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County GOP to interview potential candidates to ensure they are actually Republicans X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Todd Richardson chats with Rosenbaum about gas tax hike, Amendment 2 consequences, "dark money," Greitens, and future plans
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers attend Governor's Prayer Breakfast
          JCNT:  Prayer Breakfast speaker urges courage in politics X
          The Missouri Times:  Official portrait of Nixon unveiled
          Missourinet:  Nixon's portrait presented in Jefferson City
          SNL's Will Schmitt:  New "Jeff Notes" blog:  Briefs on Nixon's portrait, state tax brackets X
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson:  No reason to decouple Missouri's tax code
          The Missouri Times:  Senate confirms appointments of Kraus, Silvey to Tax Commission and Public Service Commission
          KWMU:  Silvey resigns from Missouri Senate to join Public Service Commission
          Missourinet:  Silvey confirmed to PSC
          The Missouri Times:  Crowell appointment to Missouri Housing Development Commission withdrawn
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Callaway County) aims to revamp Missouri's boards and commissions
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce urges legislators to stabilize UM System funding in 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) renegs on oath to abide by Ethics Committee decision, citing confusion
          SNL:  Love says hanging comment has been blown out of proportion X
          SNL:  Video:  Rep. Warren Love takes questions from Democrats X
          KWMU:  House Ethics Committee considers sanctions against Love
          Missourinet:  No discipline for legislator who said that monument vandals should be hanged
          P-D:  Love evades punishment over Facebook comment, for now
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  January 3, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Missouri DNR meeting in Cape to focus on Mississippi River flood management +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt champions tax credits X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and lawmakers must reach a truce in the battle over Missouri Board of Education X
          CDT editorial:  Greitens' actions drawing too much controversy for him to be effective X
          JCNT editorial:  Celebrating fewer deaths on Missouri roads in 2017 X
          P-D letter:  Greenway Network's Greg Poleski wants Greitens to re-open four state parks
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        Thursday, January 4
       
AP:  White House, lawmakers hopeful after 'positive' budget talks;  Comments from Blunt
          AP:  AG Jeff Sessions names Timothy Garrison interim U.S. attorney for western Missouri
          KWMU:  Senate approves bill to change city's landmark to Gateway Arch National Park
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Sue Meredith (D-St. Louis County) will not seek re-election
          Clayton Times:  Clayton Township Democrats to hold monthly meeting tonight;  Guest speakers include Adam Kustra, who managed Bernie Sanders' 2016 Missouri campaign, and Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell, who represents the ward where police officer Darren Wilson was attacked
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe defining his legacy through infrastructure policy, patient dealmaking;  Jefferson City lawmaker named 2017 Missouri Statesman of the Year
          Missourinet:  ACLU to appeal judge's dismissal of Missouri voter ID lawsuit
          KWMU:  Missouri foster children top agenda for First Lady Sheena Greitens
          Drebes:  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr lists legislative priorities
          KWMU:  Ethics and appointments highlight first day of Missouri 2018 legislative session
          AP:  Missouri Legislature begins 2018 with focus on ethics, tax changes
          SNL:  Missouri House appears ready to go, but Senate starts with griping at Greitens X
          SNL:  Videos:  Missouri House Republicans, Democrats lay out session priorities while posing in fig-leaf positions X
          Missourinet:  House GOP, Dems outline 2018 priorities
          The Missouri Times:  With session underway, questions about Board of Education appointments arise
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens withdraws, reappoints five members to State Board of Education
          CDT:  Greitens, Senate wrestle over Board of Education nominees X
          SNL:  Greitens' appointee do-over paralyzes Missouri school board X
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard undecided about holding hearings for school board appointees
          AP:  Work stalls on finding Missouri education leader
          P-D:  On first day of legislative session, Greitens tries to buy time for school picks
          Columbia Missouri:  Education board drama dominates first day of legislative session
          KC Star:  Procedural move gives Greitens' appointees more time for Senate confirmation X
          The Missouri Times:  21st Century Transportation System Task Force releases report, calls for 10-cent fuel tax increase
          KWMU:  Airbnb to collect state tax in Missouri after reaching agreement with state
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) modifies veterans homes bonding bill to ameliorate colleagues' concerns
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers file 32 bills
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) tries again to ban texting while driving
          P-D:  'We won, you know?' Nasheed wants to put Confederate monuments in a museum
          SE Missourian:  Cape autism institute hopes for restoration of state funding this year to prevent closing +
          CDT:  Tax cuts prompts PSC to look at electric, gas rates X
          Missourinet:  Visiting bird continues to capture interest of Missourians;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation's Sarah Kendrick
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation offering handgun workshop for women
          P-D:  St. Louis City's new police chief thinks he'll handle protesters well
          AP:  At start of legislative session, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag
          SNL editorial:  2018 state legislative wish list:  Increase fuel tax, restore in-home care, fund community colleges, trim the tax-credit fat, more X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens, legislators must be more transparent regarding dark money and Confide app X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri prisons must prepare for mass nicotine withdrawal when smoking ban takes effect X
          P-D editorial:  Bobby Bostic - who as a teen was into robbing, shooting, carjacking and fondling his victims - deserves a state parole hearing to show how he's changed
          P-D op-ed:  University of Missouri should not sell land for private development
          P-D letter:  Crestwood man dislikes Greitens' "fast-track" approach to inevitable presidential bid
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man mocks P-D editorial board's self-glorifying profile piece, says notion of separate editorial and news functions is "institutionally arrogant"
          KC Star letter:  Area sexagenarian recommends brushing up on road rules by reading Missouri and Kansas drivers manuals every year X
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        Wednesday, January 3
       
CNN:  The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018:  Missouri at #3
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt talks 2018 agendas X
          Rosenbaum:  2018 listicle:  Ten (10!) political questions to be answered this year:  McCaskill-Hawley, Greitens, dark money, Galloway, unions, St. Louis City race-riot aftermath, more
          Drebes:  Pat Thomas files "Missouri Values" initiative petitions for conservative causes
          KC Star:  Ethics complaint against David Humphreys is dismissed X
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin preview 2018 legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey appointed to PSC, waiting until confirmation to leave Senate
          AP:  Silvey appointed to PSC
          P-D:  Greitens appoints KC lawmaker to Public Service Commission
          KC Star:  Greitens appoints Silvey to PSC X
          The Missouri Times:  Sunshine Project files lawsuit against Greitens over alleged use of Confide app
          AP:  Organization files lawsuit against Greitens over use of app
          KC Star:  Lawsuit filed over Greitens' use of Confide app X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri AAA spokesman talks seat belt law, texting-while-driving ban
          CDT:  Task force proposes fuel tax hike, new fees on electric cars X
          KWMU:  Transportation task force wants Missouri lawmakers and voters to raise fuel tax
          Missourinet:  Corlew:  Missouri's transportation system "intersects with every part of life"
          Columbia Missourian:  Task force recommends bringing gas tax hike to voters - again
          JCNT:  State task force proposes fuel tax increase X
          AP:  Panel recommends 10-cent gas tax increase
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim education commissioner talks Missouri transportation funding and impact on rural districts, says he doesn't expect situation to improve anytime soon
          Missourinet:  Greitens' moves with education board to be early hot topic in Missouri Legislature
          KC Star:  Only one person so far wants Missouri's big education job X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill targets law that St. Joseph School District was sued over X
          P-D:  State board approves college budget recommendation, tying dollars to performance
          P-D:  Profile:  New Mizzou Chancellor Alexander Cartwright
          CDT:  House Democratic superminority jabs at Greitens with ethics proposals X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democrats push for ethics legislation
          CDT:  House Dems propose 10-bill ethics package X
          P-D:  Missouri weighs proposal on domestic abusers and guns
          KC Star:  Legislative preview:  Taxes, appointments, campaign finance, open records, health care X
          SNL:  Greene County sheriff sues state auditor X
          Missourinet:  Greene County sheriff sues Galloway for not releasing whistleblower complaints
          Missourinet:  Some Missouri New Year's crash figures improve, others go downhill
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' meddling has scared off applicants for Missouri education commissioner X
          P-D editorial:  When it comes to corporate welfare, Wisconsin leaves Missouri in the dust
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should protect domestic violence victims from guns
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City just took 842 guns off the streets. Why doesn't Kansas City do the same? X
          Messenger:  Mission Impossible?  Attorneys sue Greitens over disappearing texts
          KC Star letter:  Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford dislikes Eigel's tax-overhaul proposal X
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian liberal blames ALEC for Missouri Republicans' tax-cutting agenda
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian conservative says Post-Dispatch has turned into print version of MSNBC
          P-D letter:  St. Ann sexagenarian says she doesn't doesn't use text messaging, wants law to punish those who text while driving
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        Tuesday, January 2
       
KWMU:  Both parties banking on tax bill as a 2018 campaign issue
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer preparing cybersecurity bill
          Drebes:  Another Amendment 2 update from the Missouri Ethics Commission
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin to discuss 2018 legislative session on air today, seek listener questions
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  transportation, tax credits on legislative agenda +
          Missourinet:  Former Gov. Jay Nixon's portrait to be presented Thursday
          AP:  Missouri to ban smoking in prisons this year
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After Missouri cut funding for test-taking, ACT organization still offering fee waivers to poor students X
          Missourinet:  House Dems talks agenda;  Comments from Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), others
          P-D editorial:  Mini-profiles of Post-Dispatch editorial writers:  Kevin Horrigan (68), Deb Peterson (64), Ray Farris (61), Tod Robberson (61), Gilbert Bailon (58)
          Dallas Morning News' Carl Leubsdorf:  Tongue-in-cheek predictions for 2018:  Jason Kander to announce presidential bid in September
          P-D op-ed:  Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Joel Ferber:  Medicaid's advances fight deadly diseases
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian appreciates Star's newfound interest in investigative journalism X
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        P-D's Chuck Raasch:  "<X> things" journomeme:  Five (5!) keys to 2018 politics in Missouri
        Washington Missourian:  Blunt touts tax credits during visit X
        Drebes:  MOScout End-of-Year Readers' Poll:  Legislators:  Who does their homework, best on floor, most sincere, most likely to be governor, more
        Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) previews 2018 legislative agenda
        Missourinet:  AAA Missouri gives a thumbs-up to efforts of transportation task force
        Washington Missourian:  Pacific Chamber of Commerce loses bid to retain management of Pacific license office
        St. Joseph News-Press:  State relies on hotline to help smokers quit
        KMZU:  Trenton resident named to National Dairy Board
        JCNT editorial:  End antiquated residency requirement for Missouri's attorney general X
        KC Star editorial:  A 2018 agenda for Missouri lawmakers:  Republicans should expand Medicaid, flip-flop on SB 43, raise taxes, etc. X
        KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian wants Missouri legislators to start raising taxes X
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        Sunday, December 31   New Year's Eve
       
KWMU:  Top photos of 2017:  Black Lives Matter trooper with desecrated American flag;  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) posing;  protester attempting to instigate police;  more
          JCNT:  Lawmakers back in session Wednesday X
          Columbia Missourian:  2018 state legislative preview:  Taxes, education, lobbyist gifts
          Columbia Missourian:  A look at Boone County lawmakers' legislative records
          Columbia Missourian:  Analysis:  Legislators' effectiveness in passing bills coincides with power
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Randolph County official says state's 'unfunded mandates' are causing headaches for counties
          Missourinet:  On New Year's Eve, Missouri troopers to focus on areas with history of alcohol-related accidents
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  New Year's Eve safety advice from the Missouri State Highway Patrol
          CDT:  Options available to Missourians seeking to expunge criminal records X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Too early to make predictions for 2018 races, including McCaskill's X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Private firm wins state license office over Washington Chamber of Commerce X
          SNL op-ed:  Man seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot in 7th Congressional District:  Billy Long to blame for locals' decision to eat ramen noodles X
          The Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  Health and education in Missouri's Bootheel:  Region's obesity, poor health due to state legislators' refusal to expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  Former congressional and state rep candidate Glenn Koenen (D):  Missouri Republicans' goal is to keep poor kids from eating
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        Saturday, December 30
       
Sedalia Democrat:  Hartzler talks tax overhaul, McCaskill, more
          Missourinet:  Columbia College polisci prof Terry Smith says Hawley has a good shot at unseating McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics complaint against Humphreys dismissed, commission finds no grounds of violation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) launching 'The Big Risk Podcast' to share stories of risk and success in the business world
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  St. Louis City seeks Democratic director of elections
          AP:  Minimum wage to rise yet again in Missouri
          KWMU:  "<X> things" journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about population growth in Missouri, the country and the world
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) pushes for constitutional amendment to bar state board members from voting before Senate confirmation +
          SE Missourian:  Thanks to new state law, adoptees will have access to birth certificates Jan. 1 +
          Missourinet:  Hawley warns Missourians against insurance billing practice
          SE Missourian:  Two Bootheel farmers file lawsuit against Monsanto over dicamba herbicide crop damage;  Southeast Missouri State University rep says Monsanto offered proper warnings to farmers who chose to break state law +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) presents House Resolution to veteran radio man
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read online stories of 2017:  Japanese beetles (#1), REAL ID (#5), Sheena Greitens profile (#6), MU budget cuts and layoffs (#7)
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch names Lisa Brown as business editor
          KC Star:  Kansas City posts largest homicide total in 24 years X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri must stop trying 17-year-olds as adults X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  A thank-you note to those who read the Missourian in 2017 +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian wants Greitens to pardon Patty Prewitt
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        Friday, December 29
       
AP:  Dems hope to use tax overhaul as a club against GOP;  Hawley campaign begins "Claire McTaxall" blitz
          Drebes:  Speaker's office news:  Kenny Ross and Ryan Nonnemaker
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Monticello) talks fuel tax, other revenue possibilities
          Missourinet:  Missouri commission's decision likely to dissolve Kansas City, Branson housing plans
          Missourinet:  Rowden wants to let school districts lease city buses
          Missourinet:  Missouri highway safety advocates warn about holiday drinking and driving
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans want to repeat Kansas' tax-cutting mistakes X
          The American Spectator op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  Five (5) government-shrinking steps Missouri legislators should take in 2018
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel:  Former prosecutor Jennifer Joyce contributed to the Reggie Clemons ordeal
          P-D letter:  Farmington septuagenarian suggests each section of the Post-Dispatch has a quota for mopey liberal headlines
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        Thursday, December 28
       
KWMU:  Blunt expects Congress to leave entitlements alone in 2018
          KMOV:  Video:  Blunt tours Washington, Mo., touts tax plan
          KC Star:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment numbers virtually unchanged from last year X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon shares thoughts on individual mandate, Medicare spending
          KC Star:  Hawley campaign maintains focus on McCaskill;  Comments from James Harris, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Dates set for 2018 Lincoln Days
          Drebes:  Twitter ads against Galloway
          The Missouri Times:  Rachel Hassani joins Hahn O'Daniel
          KWMU:  State legislative preview:  Greitens vs. Senate, 'right to work' ballot initiative, taxes, health care, campaign finance regulations, more
          AP:  Greitens proposes foster care changes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) says bill would strengthen Missouri's competitiveness in sports event industry
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Briefs on bills
          P-D:  Missouri officials fail to report effects of 2015 welfare cuts, Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) says
          KRES/KWIX:  MoDOT graded well by Missourians for 2017
          JCNT:  Governor's Prayer Breakfast next week X
          P-D editorial:  After divisive 2017, Missourians need less pizzazz, more progress from Greitens
          SNL op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Tax cuts will bring meaningful change, help Missourians X
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        Wednesday, December 27
       
KTVI (St. Louis):   Video:  Blunt talks tax cuts, government shutdown, DACA, Russia, more
          P-D:  Overview:  McCaskill's 2018 re-election campaign;  Thoughts from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL), plus one-time appearance from MSU polisci prof Jeremy Walling
          Poynter.org:  As editorial pages shrink, the Kansas City Star chooses to to big instead;  Steve Kraske, Dave Helling, others lead surge in paper's editorial substance and sway
          AP:  Associate Press ranks top news stories of 2017:  St. Louis race riots (#1), GOP domination of statewide offices and Legislature (#2), Chappelle-Nadal and Love online agitation (#4), PDMP (#7)
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Victory Enterprises seeks digital account strategist
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks impact of federal tax bill, Missouri Senate's relationship with Greitens, campaign finance, more
          CDT:  MU economist:  Federal tax plan to cost $58 million loss to Missouri revenue X
          KC Star:  Schmitt, Eigel, Fitzwater promote tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals rules governor did not overstep by withholding funds from public defenders
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects Planned Parenthood's challenge to 72-hour law
          Missourinet:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) files bill aimed at helping disabled have increased insurance coverage
          Missourinet:  Missouri expected to spend $17 million in correctional officer overtime costs this year
          CDT:  Legislators again sponsor school bus bill X
          Missourinet:  St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt says state uses charter schools to "keep its foot on the necks ... of black children"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) writes Grinch poem, accuses Dept. of Revenue of 'stealing'
          Missourinet:  Five Missourians died in Christmas holiday traffic crashes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leads national effort to remove X-LITE guard rails
          P-D:  Fishing around the Christmas tree:  MO Dept. of Conservation needs Christmas trees for Spanish Lake Park and St. Charles County's Busch Wildlife Lake #33
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must stop prosecuting 17-year-olds as adults X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette):  Greitens should grant clemency to Patty Prewitt
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says he enjoyed paper's "Best of" photos feature, except for glut of photos of street mobs
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man responds to piece about urban homicide total, says fathers should start taking responsibility for the children they create
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        Tuesday, December 26   First Day of Kwanzaa
       
Politico:  Top 10 U.S. Senate races:  McCaskill-Hawley rated #2
          Drebes:  New committee former to oppose "Clean Missouri" and anti-"right to work" ballot initiatives
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt continues advocacy to lower taxes
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Greitens spokesman Parker Briden's statement on education funding rated "Mostly False"
          P-D:  Charter-school advocates, critics debate value of annual performance report score
          Missourinet:  A snapshot of some pre-filed bills for upcoming Missouri legislative session
          KWMU:  Advocates for Missouri's young criminals eye two major changes in 2018
          KWMU:  Child psychologist:  Spending more money on child psychologists would keep black students from misbehaving
          AP:  Urban killings rise in clusters;  St. Louis City murderers have banner year
          KC Star editorial:  Remembering Neal Patterson, James Nutter III and Steve Glorioso X
          SNL op-ed:  The battle against opioid abuse requires more than just PDMP and more federal funding X
          Waters:  To fund transportation, state legislators should push for tax increases over and over again X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's R.W. Hafer:  Are Missouri businesses taxed too much? Yes.
          P-D op-ed:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle:  Missouri should lead on parental leave for state employees
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        Monday, December 25   Merry Christmas!
       
NY Times:  After a chaotic start, Congress has made a conservative mark;  Blunt says Trump has gained appreciation for process, and Blunt values Trump's "fresh set of eyes"
          Drebes:  Missouri State Medical Association shuffle
          Missourinet:  New administrator announced for troubled St. Louis Veterans Home
          CDT:  After LIHTC cuts, city leaders revisiting ways to support affordable housing X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) says tort overhaul has salvaged Missouri from its past as a "haven" for litigious types
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Revised model could give Missouri colleges extra funding X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley praises area state reps and senators - "without exception" - for support of higher ed
          CDT:  Boone County pushes for state rental regulations X
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        Sunday, December 24   Christmas Eve
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Local officials relieved tax bill didn't eliminate tax-exempt municipal bonds
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Statement from Jason Smith on tax cuts and job creation rated "Mostly False"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  CDC puts Missouri on 'widespread' levels of influenza activity X
          SNL:  Greitens uses Facebook to maneuver around Missouri's mainstream news media X
          Drebes:  Supporter of Tim Meadows (D-Imperial) says former state rep is being recruited to run for state Senate
          CDT:  Housing tax credit cuts stymie Columbia Housing Authority plans X
          CDT:  Stores sell cannabis extract despite state regulations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) available to constituents at diner every weekday morning he's in town;  Greitens name-checked Katie's Diner in his first State of the State
          P-D:  St. Louis City's homicide tally hits 21-year-high with Friday shootings;  Three black women shot dead
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Statement from Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) on black life expectancy rated "Mostly True"
          P-D:  St. Louis City gun buyback program attracts peaceful morning crowd;  St. Charles participant:  "The wrong people are turning them in. The gangbangers and criminals ... are still sleeping."
          P-D editorial:  Senior Republicans in Missouri pushing back against Greitens
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian shares her thoughts on hens, pecks at Hawley over need for more regulations
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        Saturday, December 23
       
KC Business Journal:  KC craft brewing scene cheers Blunt-sponsored provision in tax overhaul bill
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  Truman Veterans' Hospital employees outscore their peers in national surveys
          P-D:  New interim director named for St. Louis Veterans Home
          Drebes:  Joe Adams kicks off bid for Chappelle-Nadal's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals rules governor did not overstep by withholding funds from Public Defenders
          SNL:  Local school leaders meet with Greitens, talk about ways to move forward X
          CDT:  Unions back GOP bills to protect mental health of police officers X
          KC Star:  White Missouri prison worker wins $1.4 million lawsuit against MO Dept. of Corrections over racial discrimination complaint X
          Missourinet:  More than 1,500 Missouri children adopted this year
          KC Star editorial:  Clay, Cleaver voting against disaster-relief funding is shameful and hypocritical X
          The Hill op-ed:  Indian financial-group leader:  McCaskill, drug companies plotted to infringe upon sovereignty of St. Regis Mohawks
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian upset he got voice mail when calling Roy Blunt's office
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian praises Missouri for making smoking-cessation programs a relatively low priority X
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        Friday, December 22
       
Kraske:  Missouri pols' notable quotables of 2017 X
          KWMU:  Outside groups ramp up presence in Missouri's crucial U.S. Senate contest
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  McCaskill's statement on fentanyl deaths rated "Half True"
          KC Star:  Local hospital VP wants CHIP extension X
          Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare enrollment in Missouri nearly doubles in final days
          The Missouri Times:  DESE seeking input from public in search for next commissioner
          SNL:  Survey seeks input on qualities of Missouri's next education commissioner X
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Mental Health to rule on proposed location for methadone clinic
          Drebes:  Cierpiot files roofing bill
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association encouraged by state tax commission vote
          The Missouri Times:  How should Missouri assess state utility regulation?
          Missourinet:  Additional state troopers will be on the road for Christmas travel
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT planning major projects for 2018 X
          Missourinet:  MO DHSS:  Missouri's flu cases continue to take significant climb
          Missourinet:  Missouri 'safety net' hospital happy a tax credit will support its joint clinic in KC with YMCA
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Predator is a pedophile "with a history of molesting female children"
          KWMU:  News Director Bill Raack to serve last day today;  Maria Altman to assume his duties
          KC Star letter:  Seattle, Wa. feminist takes umbrage with Cleaver's comments on sexual harassment "paranoia" X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian wants defenders of homicidal rapist Reginald Clemons to apologize for prolonging pain of Kerry sisters' family
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        Thursday, December 21   First Day of Winter
       
P-D:  On the tax cuts, the information wars have only begun;  Thoughts from McCaskill, Blunt
          Missourinet:  Missouri delegation, communications staffers weigh in on tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Impact of federal tax reform on Missouri
          KWMU:  EPA's plan to clean up Missouri's lakes may not be strong enough to prevent pollution
          Faughn:  Build that wall - to keep East Coast bureaucrats from infesting our state;  Thoughts on Greitens following Parson and Messenger's lead, Hawley and Sunshine, much more
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley's office launches investigation into Greitens' and staff's use of Confide app
          KWMU:  Greitens' use of texting application is under investigation for breaching open records laws
          AP:  Greitens under review over messaging app
          Missourinet:  Hawley to investigate alleged covert messaging
          Missourinet:  Sifton taking a wait-and-see approach to Hawley's investigation of Greitens
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would relieve firefighters from proving they got cancer on the job
          Missourinet:  Greitens supports bill to boost workers' compensation for fire fighters
          AP:  Greitens backs workers' compensation boost for firefighters
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) introduces bill to control tax credits;  seeks to reinstate film tax credit +
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force to recommend primary seat belt law
          P-D:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City):  Missouri officials fail to report effects of 2015 welfare cuts
          Drebes:  On HB 1273, MOHELA, and millennials' habit of borrowing more money than they can pay back
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of December 20, 2017
          SE Missourian:  State software glitches affecting revenue distribution to cities, counties +
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs order releasing Judy Henderson from prison
          AP:  Greitens commutes life sentence in 1981 crime
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants new investigation into 2013 shooting;  Criminal led police on chase, pointed Glock at police officers before being put down
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' secret text messages will get needed scrutiny in attorney general's investigation X
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        Wednesday, December 20
       
Washington Post:  Democrats unlikely to force DACA vote this week, probably averting shutdown;  McCaskill says she's "not drawing a line in the sand" on timing
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment falls
          AP:  McCaskill announces that Dept. of Homeland Security approves St. Louis Cardinals' Safety Act proposal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area man seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Graves' re-election X
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin recap top stories of 2017:  Greitens' first year as gov, St. Louis race riots, more
          Drebes:  Rep. Bill White contributes $100,000 of his own money into his campaign for state Senate
          AP:  Missouri revenue chief expects minor federal tax effect
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops lower
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schmitt defend rural Missouri with 'no' votes on ending low-income housing tax credits
          KWMU:  Greitens succeeds in push to halt low-income housing tax credits
          Missourinet:  Missouri ditches low-income housing tax credit
          The Missouri Times:  21st Century Transportation System Task Force holds final meeting, report expected within next week
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force to recommend gasoline and diesel tax increase
          Columbia Missourian:  State approves new performance-based funding measures for higher ed
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would set age restriction for tanning beds
          AP:  Missouri House Democrats pitch bill on opioid abuse
          Columbia Missourian:  Lack of maternal health care puts pregnant women at risk in rural Missouri
          AP:  Missouri sees high mortality rates for pregnant women
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers differ on fixing St. Louis area landfill before EPA head decides
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sides with Bayer against 85 out-of-state plaintiffs
          KC Star editorial:  Children in foster care in Missouri deserve better X
          P-D editorial:  More victims of Reggie Clemons:  defendants who might actually be innocent
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  Mortality rate for pregnant Missouri women is high. Why? Because legislators won't expand Medicaid X
          KC Star letter:  Gravois Mills sexagenarian wants full-time Water Patrol;  KC sexagenarian unmoved by Graves' pro-tax-cut constituent newsletter X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman thanks Messenger, Rick Stream for advocacy on behalf of Missouri veterans
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        Tuesday, December 19
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          KC Star:  Conservative group says Galloway is violating Sunshine Law, wants AG to investigate
          KC Star:  Greitens adviser Nick Ayers linked to nonprofit that funded attacks against GOP rivals
          The Missouri Times:  Halfway through FY2018, over $165 million currently restricted
          Drebes:  Under Trump, Missouri has more freedom to change food stamp laws;  Hoskins and Sater have pre-filed legislation
          P-D:  Correction:  Paper corrects name of Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) without acknowledgement
          P-D:  Hearing cancelled for lawmaker who hoped on Facebook for hanging of vandals
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats call for rescheduled ethics hearing for Love
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) outraged that Legislature isn't prioritizing hearing on lawmaker's Facebook post
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) would help protect U.S. companies from rulings under foreign law
          SE Missourian:  Former Scott City mayor files defamation suit against Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), two others
          KWMU:  Casino deal involves thousands of St. Louis area workers and millions in taxes
          P-D:  $2.8 billion deal will change ownership of several St. Louis area casinos
          P-D:  Murderer pleads guilty - a second time - to Chain of Rocks murders;  Reginald Clemons and pals befriended two sisters at gathering, robbed them, gang-raped them, then pushed them off bridge to their death
          KWMU:  Reginald Clemons pleads guilty to Chain of Rocks murders
          AP:  Ex-Missouri death-row inmate re-sentenced to life in prison
          P-D editorial:  Protect Missouri's employees and make government accountable with whistleblower protections
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian dislikes Trump, says he will not be voting for Ann Wagner when she's re-elected
          KC Star letter:  Independence septuagenarian mocks Greitens' incessant chestpuffery, offers sarcastic suggestions for other macho-man stunts
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        Monday, December 18
       
The Standard (Missouri State):  Sen. Roy Blunt speaks at fall commencement
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri officials aim to cut regulations;  Thoughts from Gov. Eric Greitens, farmer/Ag Director Chris Chinn, rancher/Lt. Gov. Mike Parson
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Missouri Democratic Party promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights";  Chairman Stephen Webber takes aim at Munzlinger Chief of Staff Pat Thomas
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country) to run for Town and Country City Council, replacing Linda Rallo
          JCNT:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), local brewery owner hold ring-off for Salvation Army X
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force prepares to make recommendations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers to discuss texting-and-driving ban ... again X
          P-D:  Some I-44 bridge work is nearly done, but there's a lot more to come
          Missourinet:  Kansas City charter school loses sponsorship, two others get probation
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri still grappling with shortage of prison guards;  Comments from St. Charles GOP "Rep. Kathy [sic] Conway"
          SE Missourian:  Forum on juvenile-justice system draws sparse crowd;  Fewer than 12 show up to complain about discrimination, education system, other perceived injustices +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri announces first wave of dicamba penalties
          P-D:  Penn National to buy Pinnacle Entertainment in $2.8 billion deal;  Missouri Gaming Commission will have to approve transfer of control
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators should stand up to Greitens in 2018 X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Ending low-income housing tax credits would hurt Joplin's seniors, poor X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should spend tobacco settlement money on helping smokers kick the habit X
          Messenger:  Secret texts a metaphor for all that has gone wrong in Greitens' first year
          KC Star letters:  KC liberal thinks calling Blunt's office will affect support of tax cuts;  Local septuagenarian takes pride in paper's news/editorial campaign against Greitens X
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        Sunday, December 17
       
P-D:  Ed Martin, CNN's controversial Trump surrogate, keeps smiling
        KWMU:  McCaskill opines on federal tax bill and net neutrality at town hall
        CDT:  Financial stakes drive battle over tax credits X
        CDT:  Mini-profiles:  Low-income housing residents X
        AP:  Analysis:  Board picks help Missouri governors promote policy change
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  MOHELA seeks Chief Information Officer
        SE Missourian:  Jay Knudson resigns as president of Board of Regents at Southeast +
        KC Star:  Missouri trooper in handcuffed drowning case slapped with final discipline protocol X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) to introduce more gun legislation this session X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Schatz's willingness to propose gas-tax increase sets him apart from "me-first" legislators X
        P-D editorial:  Children's deaths should trouble everyone about lax home-school regulation
        Washington Missourian editorial:  MU's 2015 race agitation has not significantly hurt its fundraising X
        SNL editorial:  Sending good thoughts to Springfield Chamber's Matt Morrow X
        Columbia Missourian's Lucille Sherman:  Responses to "NoMORedTape" not what Greitens was hoping for
        P-D letter:  Jefferson County woman would prefer having urban diner owner as governor instead of Greitens
        KC Star letter:  Kansas man attempts punchline involving traffic tickets and Confide app X
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        Saturday, December 16
       
The Hill:  White House still eyeing gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure plan;  Sam Graves says it could be a nonstarter in the House
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley unveils 'Claire McTaxAll' website in first shots at Democratic incumbent
          P-D:  Top 10 most-read stories of 2017:  Chappelle-Nadal assassination wish (#10), Ferguson rioter/Twitter celebrity Edward "@eyeFLOODpanties" Crawford kills himself (#6), Stockley riots (#1)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 11, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  A look at the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
          AP:  Change in Missouri health-insurance plan would affect fewer than 100 AIDS carriers
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ethics Committee schedules hearing to discuss August Facebook post from Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola)
          SNL:  Galloway offers to investigate Greene County for 'free' X
          P-D editorial brief:  Legislation from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) will help protect against food-prep sabotage
          SNL's Cheryl Whitsitt:  Upcoming editorials on Greene County audit issue will not include participation of editorial board member married to county spokeswoman X
          Waters:  Democrats' Alabama fantasy must meet reality:  Liberals who pray for Trump's demise should recognize that Missouri is no longer a bellwether
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Chairman of Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations applauds Greitens for shaking up veterans commission X
          SNL letter:  MSU English prof calls Greitens a phony, says he is wrong on every issue X
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        Friday, December 15
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Dems hope Alabama race bodes well for Missouri;  Comments from U.S. Senate candidates, 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          Kraske:  Democrats waltz into 2018 with optimism in their eyes X
          P-D:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen accepting Bitcoin donations
          Missourinet:  Blunt praises GOP tax plan
          AP:  Blunt pleased with FCC vote on net neutrality
          Joplin Globe:  McCaskill, Blunt:  Joplin granted extension for tornado-recovery funds X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Trump statement on Missouri unemployment rated "False"
          KWMU:  Illegal alien living in St. Louis gets the boot from immigration authorities, heads back to Mexico
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Beat reporters for arts/culture/protests/LGBTQIA* topics recap favorite stories of 2017:  Local feminists coping with pain of Hillary Clinton's November 2016 loss, area boy dressing up as girl, movie celebrating St. Louis riots, more
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders takes leave from law practice in wake of FBI probe
          SNL:  Missouri Democratic Party makes rural stops, promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights" X
          P-D:  Missouri Democratic Party takes aim at Hawley over appeal of money for blind Missourians
          Missourinet:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom runs ads targeting Nicole Galloway
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House Democrats look to expand superminority
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater joins Eigel in push for tax overhaul in Missouri
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz files 10-cent fuel tax hike proposal, files 22 bills for 2018 session X
          Missourinet:  Boone County Presiding Commissioner:  I-70 must be highest priority for Missouri transportation task force
          Missourinet:  Speedy search underway for new Missouri Education Commissioner
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Board of Education to open search to applicants starting Friday
          KWMU:  Greitens' picks for State Board of Education accelerate commissioner search process
          KC Star:  After ousting education commissioner, state board haggles over hiring new leader X
          Reuters:  Missouri issues first fines over dicamba in 2016;  Minority of farmers chose to break law by misapplying herbicide
          AP:  Greitens praises help for CAFOs
          The Missouri Times:  Spire rate case could signal change in precedent at PSC
          P-D editorial:  Greitens wrong to appoint farmers to Clean Water Commission
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Obsessed with tough-guy photo ops, Greitens doesn't follow through on campaign promises and runs a secretive operation X
          Messenger:  E-mails, secret texts and your right to know. A Missouri Sunshine Law tale
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says paper's anti-Greitens series demonstrates its brand of yellow journalism
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants a Democratic governor, as well as a Missouri Nondiscrimination Act
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        Thursday, December 14
       
The Hill:  After Moore's loss, Blunt says slim majorities can be easier to manage
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner demonstrate partisan double-standards on sexual harassment allegations
          KWMU:  Locals weigh in on net neutrality debate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) talks with journduo about Vandeven ouster, Greitens' lack of communication with Senate, running for Senate president pro tem, more
          Missourinet:  Romine files bill in response to education commissioner turmoil
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly school board bashes Greitens' education moves;  Superintendent says governor's approach is short-sighted
          Missourinet:  Missouri veterans leader resigns, another put on leave
          P-D:  Missouri veterans chief resigns under pressure from governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens targets Schupp with accusations regarding issues in veterans homes
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri legislators eyeing their own tax reform X
          KWMU:  Republican lawmakers seeking more tax relief
          Missourinet:  Tax overhaul plan gains support among GOP legislators
          Drebes:  GOP Rep. Elaine Gannon's education bill
          AP:  University of Missouri endowment tops $1B for the first time
          KC Star:  UMKC new building project funded with millions in gifts and state money X
          Missourinet:  Speeding, seat belts and funding dominate discussion at Missouri transportation meeting
          Columbia Missourian:  Task force hasn't given up on Missouri Hyperloop
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  McKenna's statement on Hyperloop rated "Half True"
          Missourinet:  Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens stresses need to improve foster care before legislative panel
          Missourinet:  Missouri task force to consider improvements in behavioral health network
          Columbia Missourian:  Task force recommends mental health support for released prisoners
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri steel mill series:  New Madrid leader is optimistic about steel mill, and prepared if it doesn't happen
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of December 13, 2017
          SE Missourian:  Forum on juvenile justice set for Saturday +
          AP:  Bourbon virus not found in ticks at Meramec State Park
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Ethics Commission should do more to find kickback schemes like those of former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Community college sociology prof promotes anti-gun postcard sent to Blunt
          P-D op-ed:  Housing developer:  Greitens takes the money, but not the politics, out of tax credit program
          P-D letter:  Fenton septuagenarian thanks Post-Dispatch for its anti-Greitens series
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian wishes Greitens was more like Gov. Sam Brownback
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        Wednesday, December 13
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill fears bill's language will hinder inspector general probes X
          P-D:  Wagner's sex-trafficking bill advances, but it's garnered fresh opposition
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Hartzler statement on Missouri's FEMA cases rated "Mostly True"
          SNL:  Former Ashcroft aide and current Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow battling cancer X
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic lawyer extraordinaire Chuck Hatfield says Hawley could choose to investigate or sue Greitens over texting app
          Springfield Business Journal:  Mini-profile:  Elijah Haahr set to become youngest Speaker of the House in history
          The Missouri Times:  Employees seek compensation for lost wages in lawsuit against Dept. of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration
          Columbia Missourian:  House subcommittee continues discussion on potential work-study program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Columbia schools involved in public transportation bill;  Comments from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport)
          KWMU:  Utilities and environmentalists call for Missouri to spend VW funds on electric vehicles
          AP:  Missouri commission OKs two CAFOs
          KWMU:  State appeals court blocks Darren Wilson grand juror from speaking about the case
          P-D editorial:  A governor devoted to transparency should have no use for Confide app
          KC Star editorial:  Officials' text messages are public records, and we should be allowed to see them X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Greitens should embrace transparency X
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit woman expresses anger that Luetkemeyer has not responded to her letters, threatens to plop down in district office X
          CDT letter:  Columbia man disagrees with "Vickie [sic] Hartzler" on tax cuts X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man attempts analogy involving Confide app and Revolutionary War muskets X
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        Tuesday, December 12
       
P-D:  U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says allegations against Roy Moore are "very serious"
          Clayton Times:  Former candidate for U.S. House District 2 blasts Democratic primary opponents
          Drebes:  Saundra McDowell could join GOP primary for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Danny Busick will seek Nate Walker's state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans lining up to fill Paul Curtman's shoes in 109th District
          KWMU:  Greitens wants state veterans administrators fired after problems at St. Louis Veterans Home
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens replaces five Missouri Veterans Commissioners, calls for removal of Carter and Kay
          Missourinet:  Veterans home investigation prompts Greitens to demand new leadership
          AP:  Greitens calls for investigations into veterans homes, leadership change at St. Louis facility
          P-D:  Problems at St. Louis Veterans Home prompt governor to call for administrator's firing
          Missourinet:  Schupp says Greitens may be stacking veterans commission panel to fire top leaders
          The Missouri Times:  The search for a new commissioner:  What will they be looking for?
          AP's Summer Ballentine and Margaret Stafford:  Analysis/evaluation:  Why is Eric Greitens obsessed with showing off his physical fitness?
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal gals take pride in being blocked by Greitens' social media
          AP:  Hawley to form program to help with legal problems
          Missourinet:  Greitens downplays KC Star piece on messaging app, says "liberal media outlet" is desperate to attack his agenda
          AP:  Hawley weighs in on Confide messaging app
          P-D:  Hawley says text messages are public records
          Columbia Missourian:  Governor, state agencies largely exempt from Hawley's scrutiny
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) previews budget talks, education and social services funding
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville):  'We pay for personal property or real property taxes forever'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Committee looks for waiver from Obamacare while Congress makes moves
          Missourinet:  Far-reaching foster care study announced by First Lady Sheena Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. TJ Berry (R-Kearney) files bill to cap electric rates and modernize Missouri's energy grid
          SNL:  Avoiding state audit lets county sidestep Sunshine Law X
          KWMU:  Missouri's Department of Agriculture places restrictions on Monsanto and DuPont's dicamba products
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri is making it easier to get away with sexual harassment in the workplace X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens acts, finally, to address veterans home issues
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens should have helped veterans sooner, but he was too busy staging chest-puffing photo-ops X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jennifer Bukowsky:  If women want to be taken seriously in Missouri politics, they should avoid sexual misbehavior
          Messenger:  Greitens finally seeks change at veterans home. Good. Lives are at stake.
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Greitens travels too much
          Waters:  UM President Mun Choi is making a difference X
          SE Missourian letter:  Poplar Bluff man opposes term-limit extension, supports ban on lobbyist gifts +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian opposes Greitens' appointments to Clean Water Commission, recounts what water was like in the old-timey days
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        Monday, December 11
       
The Hill:  Spending bill mathletics:  House Republicans could jam bill with defense-first package and dare vulnerable McCaskill to vote against it
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on federal tax overhaul, McCaskill vs. Hawley, retooling Missouri pensions, more
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt on federal tax reform, Trump's support in Missouri, Greitens, McCaskill vs. Hawley, more;  Panel of Ray Hartmann, Sarah Wood Martin, Jon Prouty, and Jennifer Bukowsky on Greitens and Vandeven, federal tax cuts
        KWMU:  Area Muslims march against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
        Drebes:  Missouri House Committee shuffling
        KWMU:  Group seeking to prevent infant deaths is raising cash through private donations;  Group finds path forward after $20k state contract was reallocated
        P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Greitens' first year in office:  Assessments of legislative accomplishments, relationships with legislators, rock-climbing/rappelling machismo, more
        Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) files seat-belt legislation
        Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. TJ Berry (R-Kearney) to reintroduce marriage legislation
        Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Richard Brown (D-Kansas City) proposes gun legislation
        KC Star editorial:  McCaskill is correct:  More men should jump on harassment wave
        P-D editorial:  Correction to anti-Greitens series editorial
        KC Star editorial:  Who else was involved in former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' kickback scheme?
        The Hill op-ed:  Brain & Behavioral Research Foundation's Scientific Council President Herbert Pardes:  Heartening to see Roy Blunt, others lead the way on mental health funding
        Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin:  Distinguished pols of the week:  McCaskill, other Dem gals show coordinate their disposal of Franken
        SNL op-ed:  Greitens did right thing on Board of Education
        P-D letter:  Fenton man says P-D anti-gun editorial was hypocritical
        P-D letter:  Manchester feminist alarmed by provisions in Senate Bill 5 six (6) months after passage
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        Sunday, December 10
       
KBIA (Columbia):  Area alien shares feelings on DACA;  Mexican coed tells harrowing tale of paperwork required for Europe jaunt
          Drebes:  Kate Whiting joins St. Louis Realtors as new Assistant of Government Affairs
          CDT:  As costs increase, state funding for school busing goes down X
          P-D:  Starved, beaten and forgotten:  Child deaths in Missouri and Illinois expose how predators exploit home-school system
          Joplin Globe:  Prefiled bills tackle bump stocks, prevailing wage, abortion
          JCNT:  Rep. Karla May (D-St. Louis) files land-grant funding bill for Lincoln University X
          SNL:  In critical statement, Galloway again calls for Greene County to request investigation X
          P-D:  Best of photographer Christian Gooden's 2017 shots:  Black Lives Matter crowd burning American flag, protesters attacking police officers, protesters attacking motorists, more
          P-D editorial:  Anti-Greitens series promo, Part II:  Centerpiece quote from "state Rep. [sic] Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff)"
          McClellan:  For 2020 presidential hopes, Claire McCaskill offers Dems a much better chance than fake Indian Elizabeth Warren
          P-D letter:  Local Democratic campaign consultant Mark Travers:  Ann Wagner, Jason Smith wrong on guns
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Equity Fund's John Kennedy wants state to continue low-income housing tax credits
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        Saturday, December 9
       
P-D:  Ann Wagner's bill on online sex trafficking gets key test in House next week
          KY3:  McCaskill, Blunt say they support CHIP funding
          Sedalia Democrat:  Local Presbyterian pastor thanks Hartzler for opportunity to give opening prayer for U.S. House of Representatives
          The Missouri Times:  Activist group claims congressional delegation supports their position on West Lake Landfill
          Drebes:  Former Missouri politico Gina Loudon pens Breitbart piece in support of Alabama's Roy Moore
          Washington Missourian:  Despite internecine GOP battles, Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) anticipates ethics bill passing the House
          SEMO Times:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Ste. Genevieve) talks with Scott Faughn about discrimination bill, Greitens' team not sharing information, praise for Democratic Sens. Scott Sifton and Gina Walsh, transportation funding, more
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Greitens' onetime vows of transparency now lost behind a veil of dark money
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Lack of sunshine under Greitens leads to information underload
          P-D:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) calls for investigation after report of Greitens' use of text-deleting app
          KC Star:  Greitens' self-destructing texts inspire call for AG investigation;  Letter to AG sent by "Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis [sic])" X
          P-D correction:  Editor Gilbert Bailon acknowledges error in yesterday's kickoff editorial for anti-Greitens series
          P-D:  Change in law could end residency questions for Missouri AG Josh Hawley;  Bill sponsored by "Republican state Rep. Lindall [sic] Shumake"
          KWMU:  Pre-filed bill would strike down requirement for Missouri attorney general
          Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights" in rural areas +
          P-D:  Greitens' long-awaited prescription drug monitoring program is up and running
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area independent living center hopes for funding this legislative session X
          P-D:  Agencies weigh options to fight Big River erosion and lead contamination
          P-D:  David Steelman elected to be next chairman of University of Missouri Board of Curators
          CDT:  Board of Curators elects David Steelman as chairman X
          Missourinet:  UMSL-sponsored urban charter school to close;  Students produced disappointing test scores
          SNL:  Advocates for raising Missouri's criminal prosecution age make their case X
          P-D:  St. Louis City could break 200-homicide mark in 2017;  Mayor blames guns
          KWMU:  Mayor's Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards talks gun buyback:  "I don't expect the criminals and crooks to come in here and bring me a gun."
          KC Star editorial:  Cleaver was right to vote 'no' on Trump impeachment X
          P-D editorial brief:  Mocking Chillicothe GOP Rep. Rusty Black for seeking to honor his hometown
          The Weekly Standard's Tony Mecia:  McCaskill and other Dems' phony, vapid case against tax cuts
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  McCaskill's stance on tax overhaul is politics as usual
          P-D letter:  Man who lives in Wildwood claims to make only $25,000/yr., disagrees with Blunt on tax cuts
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Chris Koster lost votes for governor because he sided with Missouri egg producers over animal-rights activists
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        Friday, December 8
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt push for fair rewriting of NAFTA X
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Hartzler take to Senate and House floors, respectively, to promote GOP tax cuts
          Missourinet:  Missouri's liberal advocacy groups oppose GOP tax cuts
          JCNT:  Protest at Luetkemeyer's office draws fewer than 20 to complain about tax cuts X
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer hosting annual constituent days X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill defends Obama-era Internet regulations
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Immigration law expert Jim Hacking, area Muslim activist promote town hall on Trump terrorist ban
          Missourinet:  EPA to roll out plan in January for West Lake Landfill
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Blunt's pro-accuser statement regarding sexual harassment rated "Half True"
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders used quadriplegic friend to run illegal kickback scheme X
          The Missouri Times:  Seasoned feminist Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) endorses Joe Adams over Sharon Pace for Chappelle-Nadal's seat
          Drebes:  John Simmons to run for Paul Curtman's House seat
          The Missouri Times:  A 30-year retrospective on the career of Jay Nixon:  Part IV
          The Missouri Times:  A 30-year retrospective on the career of Jay Nixon:  Part V
          P-D:  Preview:  "Mission accomplished?" weekend series to focus on Greitens' dark money, lack of transparency, frequent travel, and inattentiveness to Post-Dispatch reporters' demands
          The Missouri Times:  Some Greitens staffers use Confide app on their personal phones
          P-D:  Missouri owes $19 million in refunds for federal child care subsidies, audit says
          The Missouri Times:  Looking to 2018:  Prefiled bills that could play a major role in the upcoming session
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger's plan would increase size of Missouri Conservation Commission
          P-D:  Hundreds of homes planned on University of Missouri-owned land around Missouri Bluffs Golf Club
          SNL:  In sign of the times, homeschool group from southwest Missouri calls it quits X
          P-D:  The secret world of investigating prison deaths in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission approves plan to show EPA that Jefferson County air is cleaner
          P-D:  State says Jefferson County meets sulphur dioxide standards
          KWMU:  Area transgenders hope online telethon raises cash;  Facebook-streamed show to feature makeup-for-men tutorials, burlesque from "The Derriere Beyond Compare"
          P-D editorial:  "Mission accomplished?" weekend series kickoff:  Greitens attacks Nicole Galloway with dark money, as she's "the only Democrat on the 2018 statewide ballot [sic]"
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is making Hillary Clinton look like a secrecy amateur X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri wrong to embrace "the more guns, the better" philosophy
          P-D op-ed:  The trucking industry should foot the bill for Missouri road improvements
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        Thursday, December 7  
Pearl Harbor Day
       
P-D:  McCaskill, other Senate women call for Al Franken to resign
          KCUR:  McCaskill, other Democratic women call for Franken to resign
          SNL:  McCaskill:  Male senators need to lead on sexual harassment X
          Missourinet:  Blunt holds hearing to explore options for fighting opioids
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer talks tax cuts and repeal of individual mandate, says his barbershop crew would rather pay fines than be forced into Obamacare
          Brownfield Ag News:  House Agriculture Committee's ranking Democrat, Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), talks 2018 Farm Bill at Missouri Farm Bureau forum
          SeekingAlpha.com:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Q4 earnings call transcript:  Revenue down, with more price increases for subscribers on the horizon (free registration required)
          Columbia Missourian:  Sean Spence named KOPN general manager;  Former Democratic campaign consultant previously served as director of Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau
          Washington Missourian:  Lucas Dieckhaus to seek state representative seat
          AP:  Greitens praises Trump's decision on Israel
          KWMU:  Dueling philosophies between Greitens and Democrats on Missouri's agriculture industry
          P-D:  Chesterfield trial lawyer unhappy with Greitens' pro-agriculture appointments to Clean Water Commission
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly superintendent opposes Greitens' charter-school agenda, wants to hear governor's vision for education
          Columbia Missourian:  Eddy Justice says he wasn't pressured by Greitens to fire education commissioner
          JCNT:  House committee questions safety on LU, MU campuses
          KWMU:  National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse St. Louis Chapter leader Howard Weissman wants Jefferson City to "get its act together" on PDMP
          SNL:  Galloway:  Whistleblowers need protection X
          Missourinet:  Galloway, Democratic superminority wish to change SB 43
          SNL:  Galloway urges investigation of Greene County after potential misuse of public resources X
          SNL:  Why Galloway is asking permission to investigate Greene County X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 6, 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if self-defense was improperly left out of murder case
          Missourinet:  Rep. Alan Green (D-Florissant) wants legislators to sit through "Unconscious Racial Bias Training;"  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) questions efficacy
          SE Missourian editorial:  Pearl Harbor Day is time to reflect and thank World War II vets +
          SNL editorial:  Teacher pay report shows need for collaboration X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' platitudes don't match the numbers on education
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley's egg lawsuit unnecessary
          KC Star editorial:  To catch more rapists, Missouri must test more rape kits
          CDT op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Three ways the Senate tax plan helps Missourians X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Charter Public School Association:  Charter schools play a major role in educating Kansas City
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens' penchant for secrecy goes digital with messaging app that leaves no trace
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disputes claims from low-income housing tax credit critics, including Post-Dispatch
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        Wednesday, December 6
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on potential victory of Alabama's Judge Roy Moore
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of Post-Dispatch, reports fourth quarter 2017 results:  Lower total revenue, with 0.6% rise in subscription revenue from charging customers more
          The Missouri Times:  A retrospective on the 30-year career of Jay Nixon:  Part III
          Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County Democratic Women host holiday party;  Comments from MDP Chairman Stephen Webber, woman seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot against Jason Smith, others +
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign raises more than $1 million
          SNL:  Eigel's big tax overhaul proposal involves slowly doing away with personal income taxes X
          KWMU:  Galloway report finds school superintendents' pay increases outpacing teachers
          SNL:  Vandeven:  Greitens never shared vision for education X
          KWMU:  Board of Education Member Eddy Justice defends Vandeven ouster
          Columbia Missourian:  Educators unsettled, state board divided after Vandeven's ousting
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) weighs in on Vandeven brouhaha, campaign contribution restrictions, and Dem dreams of picking up GOP legislative seats in 2018
          CDT:  Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia) proposes needle exchange to prevent disease X
          Missourinet:  Missouri prisons struggle with critical correctional officer shortage
          KWMU:  State appeals court sides with Tesla in dispute over dealerships
          KWMU:  Environmental activists demand tougher laws to address runoff in Missouri's large lakes
          Missourinet:  Hawley releases investigation on Stockley civil lawsuit wrongdoing
          P-D:  'Clear discovery violation' during negotiations with Anthony Lamar Smith family, Missouri AG says
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley takes another crack at the great Missouri egg case
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  No time to waste in addressing opioid crisis X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  List of Missouri GOP transgressions, with attempted punchline involving climate change and "hot air"
          P-D op-ed:  George Washington University coed dislikes Missouri's new laws for abortion providers and their customers
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian opposes GOP tax cuts, thinks writing letters to Congress will make a difference X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian says Greitens was too soft on urban rioters and too ham-handed with Vandeven
          P-D letter:  Manchester woman responds to letter responding to poverty coverage, says men should take responsibility for the children they create
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Hoosier Ag Today (Indiana):  McCaskill opposes GOP estate tax break, says it does not benefit Missouri farmers