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        Wednesday, January 22, 2020
       
P-D:  Hundreds of citizen soldiers from Missouri gear up for Afghanistan X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley praises trade deal, keeps wary eye on China X
          SNL:  How Rep. Billy Long broke his shoulder X
          SNL:  HUD awards $1 million to local agencies X
          AP:  Corps trim water flowing into lower Missouri River
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) on budget revenue estimate, low-income housing tax credits, redistricting, Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan
          AP:  Lawmakers debate approaches to curbing urban criminal behavior
          JCNT:  GOP bills stiffen penalties for violent criminals
          P-D:  Republicans propose tougher sentences for gun criminals X
          KWMU:  House Democrats propose gun control measures to tame urban violence
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers take various approaches to urban gun violence
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of lawmakers band together to push for parole changes for minors
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers ask Gov. Parson to grant clemency to Bobby Bostic
          KOMU:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would update criminal sentencing for minors
          P-D:  Major League Soccer group "full steam ahead" despite tax credit setback X
          P-D:  More money for busing school kids could be on fast track in Missouri Senate X
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles) would tighten up standards around "emotional support animals"
          P-D:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) sponsors legislation to lower sales tax on tampons X
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP legislation would reduce tax on feminine hygiene products
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider tampon legislation
          Missourinet:  Drag queens to hold Capitol protest in March to oppose proposed library standards
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express:  What to know about the transmission line project
          Waters:  Proposed gerrymandering fix sets up the political fight of the season X
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        Tuesday, January 21, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guests David Barklage and Jane Dueker talk with Scott Faughn about Dem presidential primary, Gov. Parson's re-election, Medicaid, infrastructure;  Panel of Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Missouri Strategies' Earl Simms, NAACP's John Bowman, Planned Parenthood's Jesse Lawder on Gov. Parson's State of the State, Medicaid expansion, Clean Missouri and gerrymandering, more
          AP:  Police:  Armed guard 'saved lives' at urban KC nightclub shooting;  Shooter Jahron Swift, 29, put down after injuring 15 partygoers
          Missourinet:  Deadly KC shooting not believed to be gang related
          The Missouri Times:  Victory Enterprises launches new digital media company;  Joe Lakin will serve as CEO of Objective Media
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch promotes campaign-contribution database;  App will provide no data on PACs, "dark money," or local elected officials X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) says Gov. Parson is defying Trump by continuing to accept refugees
          Missourinet:  St. Louis City police chief, AG Eric Schmitt support bill to emancipate city police officers from urban subjugation;  Comments from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie)
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS refutes claims of 'scoring irregularities' with medical marijuana licenses
          KC Star:  Missouri judge to consider if Independence medical marijuana rules are too restrictive X
          P-D:  Amid consumer gripes, Missouri again seeking to hang up on robocalls X
          P-D editorial:  Oath of impartiality is serious. Blunt and Hawley must honor it. X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson forgets what he told KC mayor about gun laws. How convenient. X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State law should say if games are slots or not X
          KC Star op-ed:  Pain management specialist Shavonne Danner:  Scare tactics skew the conversation about monitoring prescription drugs in Missouri X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man upset over Blunt and Hawley support for Trump X
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        Monday, January 20, 2020  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day - a state holiday, by order of Gov. John Ashcroft
       
KC Star:  2 dead, at least 15 wounded at urban KC nightclub;  Armed security guard puts down shooter X
          P-D:  Missouri identifies 110,000 previously uncounted addresses ahead of 2020 Census count X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Republicans outraise Democrats ahead of 2020 election X
          Missourinet:  Dem gov candidate Nicole Galloway blames late 2018 tax refunds on 'dysfunction' of Gov. Parson administration
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's proposed K-12 schools budget boosts spending by $10 million
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri's workforce development benefits rural communities, too;  Comments from Gov. Mike Parson
          P-D:  Gov. Parson calls for more consolidation of prison space X
          Missourinet:  Schatz:  The Stanley Cup is coming to the Missouri Capitol this month
          KC Star editorial:  Child sex abuse victims in Missouri should have more than 10 years to file civil lawsuits X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Tom Kruckemeyer:  State lawmakers should raise tobacco taxes X
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        Sunday, January 19, 2020
       
KC Star:  Hawley 2024:  Missouri Republican could be 'Donald Trump 2.0,' say conservative supporters;  Comments from James Harris, Gregg Keller, others X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Women's March:  Caucasoid male wearing yarn-labia hat beats African drum;  Obese cosplayer portrays Marie Antoinette;  Signs include "Ban Viagra," "No Women's Liberation Without Socialist Revolution," "Down With the Patriarchy," other efficacious and realistic messages X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump activists congregate downtown
          CDT:  Anti-Trump rally organizers seek to rebrand event, say event is not about Trump X
          SNL:  Voter ID law gutted by Missouri Supreme Court X
          SNL:  Here's how Missouri Democrats responded to Gov. Parson's State of the State:  Thoughts from gov candidate Nicole Galloway, Senate leader Gina Walsh, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade X
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson supports improving teacher pay X
          SNL:  Teacher pay starts below $32k in half of southwest Missouri districts;  Gov. Parson seeks to increase salaries X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri proposals would boost teacher pay, strengthen recruitment and retention X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill targets use of seclusion rooms in public schools X
          P-D:  Pot business license denials spur appeals alleging scoring flaws X
          SNL:  Missouri court orders delay in one medical marijuana dispensary license decision X
          JCNT:  Democrats:  Gov. Parson doesn't do enough to support gun control X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Sheriffs Association calls for changes to DOC policy X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State of the State recap X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Questions surround the future of medical pot in Missouri X
          McClellan:  Taking the high road on pot X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  With no online options, Missouri limits choices for gamblers
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman criticizes Blunt and Hawley on impeachment, attempts "Show Me" punchline X  
          KC Star letter:  Clean Missouri volunteer expresses anger over legislators' gerrymandering fix X
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        Saturday, January 18, 2020
       
CDT:  Boonville hospital closes;  Woman who seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler blames incumbent's opposition to Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff, Sedalia, Bloomfield, Columbia, and Wentzville highlighted in Missouri State of the State
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum, others talk Gov. Parson's State of the State, medical marijuana campaign's donors, more
          KWMU:  Missouri succeeds in getting residents off Medicaid rolls;  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood):  "We are setting the pace in the nation at how many children have dropped off"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill aimed at limiting "drag queen story hour" campaigns angers local librarian X
          Washington Missourian:  City preps for first medical pot business X
          KWMU:  More school closures coming for consistently shrinking St. Louis Public Schools
          SE Missourian:  Solar farm project in Cape County stalls +
          SNL:  Excessive algae bloom puts Lake Springfield on impaired waters list X
          KC Star editorial:  China infiltrated University of Missouri with propaganda - with our permission X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt's online tracking of rape kits keeps victims aware, fosters transparency X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri needs to improve maternal health X
          CDT op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Gov. Parson proposes a historic change in Missouri's highway funding X
          P-D op-ed:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice/Empower Missouri joint op-ed:  Gov. Parson should pardon murderer Eric Clemmons X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian wants AG Eric Schmitt to flip-flop on Obamacare X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man wants Blunt and Hawley to take a harder line on President Trump X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman disagrees with Gov. Parson's pro-life stance X
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        Friday, January 17, 2020
       
KOMU:  Blunt:  President Trump deserves to make his case
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft:  Battle not over on voter ID
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats fail to keep pace with Republicans in fundraising X
          P-D:  Groups to begin collecting ballot signatures to legalize recreational marijuana X
          P-D:  Push for Medicaid expansion could conflict with GOP work requirements X
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson reiterates commitment to Second Amendment;  Reaction from House superminority leader
          KWMU:  St. Louis faith leaders discuss value of churchgoers protecting themselves and others with firearms
          KC Star:  Bill from Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) would restrict taxpayer-funded "Drag Queen Story Hour" sessions X
          SNL:  Baker bill would put limits around drag queen campaigns X
          JCNT:  Veterans hosting suicide-prevention program;  Former WCW star Marc Mero/Johnny B. Badd among key speakers X
          KC Star editorial:  Sen. Roy Blunt blasted Democrats for impeachment secrecy, but now wants to limit access X
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson speaks forcefully on tackling urban gun violence X
         P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should be leading on Medicaid expansion X

          KC Star op-ed:  Take off the red and blue jerseys, Missouri should lead in fixing health care X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to support impeachment X
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        Thursday, January 16, 2020
       
AP:  KC Democrat apologizes to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver for Bill Cosby-related tweet;  "Gender fluid" humanoid plans to appear on Dem primary ballot versus incumbent
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson, lawmakers come together to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. X
          JCNT:  Local lawmakers praise Gov. Parson's vision, passion X
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson's budget includes 2% state worker pay hike X
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State 2020:  Parson continues fight for workforce development, education opportunities
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson calls for more funding to schools, public safety in State of the State
          SNL:  Four big things from the State of the State X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson prioritizes education, workforce development in budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson asks lawmakers to work together
          AP:  Gov. Parson talks budget, pitches plan to tame urban crime
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson warns of "massive tax increase" that Medicaid expansion would bring X
          KC Star:  In State of the State, Gov. Parson promises to build new Buck O'Neil Bridge X
          P-D:  Gov. Parson delivers State of the State address against 2020 election backdrop X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Ray Hartmann, KWMU's Rachel Lippmann on changes to St. Louis City police residency requirement
          Columbia Missourian:  MU cuts ties with Confucius Institute following federal guideline changes
          KWMU:  Missouri has more than 350 blighted lakes and rivers - some might be in your backyard
          P-D editorial:  Missouri voter ID court ruling is message for GOP to stop impeding democracy X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri schools' use of isolation rooms and restraints is inhumane X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers must fix unconstitutional public defender system X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina):  Nicole Galloway must take a stand on impeachment
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        Wednesday, January 15, 2020
       
KC Star:  Blunt explains concept of Senate's closed session for impeachment trial;  Reporters unhappy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Iranian civil rights attorney complains about life in America, blames President Trump for "other-izing all of us"
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters meeting focuses on changing Electoral College process
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft says court ruling "eviscerates" state voter ID law
          KC Star:  Ashcroft:  Missouri Supreme Court ruling "eviscerates" state's voter ID law X
          AP:  Missouri court permanently blocks key part of voter ID
          P-D:  Missouri's voter ID rules dealt blow by court ruling X
          The Missouri Times:  KC Democrats Jason Holsman, Shalonn "Kiki" Curls depart state Senate for new roles
          AP:  Gov. Parson appoints two Democratic senators to new jobs
          AP:  Missouri Republicans offer gerrymandering fix
          P-D:  Missouri Republican bundles gerrymandering fix with other ethics changes X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Budget Chairman Cody Smith (R-Carthage) talks consensus revenue estimate, DOC lawsuit, Medicaid expansion, more
          Missourinet:  Cody Smith:  Missouri revenue has been strong enough to avoid withholds
          P-D:  Senate launches crackdown on gaming machines X
          P-D:  Lawmakers, advocates push legislation to remove time limits from child sex abuse lawsuits X
          SNL:  UM System chief wants more money for schools X
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe interim president wants more money from lawmakers, says staff is entitled to "a living wage"
          KWMU:  Lawmakers likely to end residency requirement for St. Louis City police
          P-D:  Plan to lift residency requirements for St. Louis cops gets warm reception X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections, Missouri Association of Sheriffs on different pages about release of convicted felons
          AP:  Dept. of Corrections officer says he smuggled dope into prison
          AP:  Lawsuit charges St. Louis City prosecutor Kim Gardner with Sunshine Law violation
          KWMU:  Gardner receives support from black prosecutors after filing federal lawsuit;  Union leader calls conspiracy allegations "the last act of a desperate woman"
          AP:  Black prosecutors back Gardner, complain about racism
          P-D editorial:  Gardner's frivolous lawsuit accuses detractors of vast, racist conspiracy X
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        Tuesday, January 14, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe picks up several Missouri ag endorsements
          SNL:  Sinquefields were among donors to failed medical marijuana campaign X
          Missourinet:  Two KC Democrats to leave Missouri Senate this week:  Jason Holsman headed to PSC, Shalonn "Kiki" Curls to Labor Commission
          JCNT:  Multiple ways to watch tomorrow's State of the State X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri higher education institutions state their case for more funding
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers seek to crack down on seclusion rooms, restraint in school
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers show bipartisan support for bills restricting seclusion, restraint in schools
          JCNT:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) calls Hyperloop an opportunity for state X
          P-D:  Push for Hyperloop begins in Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau wants state's newly-created broadband program to be permanent
          Columbia Missourian:  Grain Belt Express debate renews, transportation questions rise in committee hearing
          P-D:  After misfire last year, Missouri lawmakers again trying to stop Grain Belt Express X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) wants to tax vaping products like tobacco merchandise
          P-D:  No spending plan yet for millions in Missouri medical marijuana money slated for vets X
          P-D:  Proposal would give attorney general power to prosecute some criminal gang cases X
          P-D:  Local deaths:  St. Patrick Center founder and former St. Louis County Councilwoman Edith Cunnane (R) X
          The Missouri Times:  Joint op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity, ACLU, Empower Missouri:  Legislators should be bold and continue push for change in criminal justice laws this session
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian urges Blunt to vote to convict President Trump X
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        Monday, January 13, 2020
       
KWMU:  Young liberals from Clayton High School head to Iowa to volunteer for Democratic presidential campaigns
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) talks with Scott Faughn about transportation, MONA, Dem priorities;  Former Reps. Jeremy LaFaver and Kevin Corlew join Missouri GOP Chairwoman Kay Hoflander to talk Clean Missouri and gerrymandering, online sales tax, Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  James Buford remembered as longtime Urban League leader 'respected by all' X
          P-D:  Residency repeal for St. Louis City police among first items on lawmakers' agenda X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) places odds on legal sports betting X
          JCNT:  Missouri Nondiscrimination Act introduced again X
          KWMU:  Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talks legislative priorities for House Committee on Urban Issues
          Joplin Globe:  One manufacturing license awarded in southwest Missouri for medical marijuana
          CDT:  Boone County businesses lose bids for medical pot licenses X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American Water continues to gather data for reservoir phases X
          Joplin Globe:  Scientists watch deer disease for species jump X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri law enforcement, clinics see increase in heroin users X
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson's welcome note to refugees refreshingly bucks the conservative trend X
          Messenger:  Missouri Ethics Commission finding brings Missouri's marijuana industry out of its smoky haze X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Missouri Dept. of Social Services Director Steve Roling:  Good work is being done in the foster system, but we must devote more resources X
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        Sunday, January 12, 2020
       
Columbia Missourian:  Members of GOP congressional delegation sign amicus brief calling for Roe reconsideration
        Columbia Missourian:  Ashcroft, area legislators talk presidential primary, fuel tax, online sales tax, more
        JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  More work needed to improve Dept. of Corrections, law enforcement standards X
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association's Mike Deering talks legislative priorities
        SNL:  Jay Wasson says Post-Dispatch piece on road fund program was misleading X
        KCUR:  Planned Parenthood again challenges Missouri's cutoff of Medicaid payments
        JCNT:  86 medical marijuana manufacturing facilities approved X
        KC Star:  Public defenders in St. Joseph complain about workload X
        Columbia Missourian:  Get the flu vaccine this year, DHSS recommends
        CDT:  Tribune staffers hope move into new office will improve performance, say newspaper will try to do better X
        P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian expresses anger over Gov. Parson's health care insurance, GM incentives X
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        Saturday, January 11, 2020
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Lacy Clay blasts President Trump, won't pick a candidate in Dem primary
          P-D:  Bloomberg presidential campaign rents 28 Missouri staffers X
          KWMU:  EPA gives Jefferson County $227k to educate residents about lead
          The Missouri Times:  AG Eric Schmitt himself prosecutes violent crime, secures guilty verdict
          P-D:  Sinquefields among dark-money donors to group that backed medical marijuana question X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana manufacturing facilities approved +
          SNL:  Weed licenses:  Missouri announces manufacturing wins X
          Missourinet:  Missouri issues licenses for medical marijuana-infused product manufacturers
          KWMU:  Area sisters, both physicians, have divergent views on patients' medical marijuana "needs"
          SNL:  Clif Smart pitches lawmakers on more money for MSU X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT is prepared for weekend weather
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) on urban violence, Ferguson, serving in superminority, etc.
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Paying college athletes:  no perfect answers to big-money corruption X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural broadband getting state, federal push
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wants Blunt and Hawley to push for rigorous impeachment trial X
          KC Star letter:  Raytown woman upset at Hawley over impeachment resolution X
          P-D letter:  University City man says building higher levees for development is a bad idea X
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        Friday, January 10, 2020
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Congressman Lacy Clay on impeachment, Iran, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia's resident impeachment expert weighs in on process, Hawley proposal
          JCNT:  HUD's Ben Carson, Gov. Parson discuss visions of leadership through faith X
          Missourinet:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson says proposed changes will not roll back fair housing regulations
          CDT:  Corps trying to make more space for Missouri River runoff X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Corps updates local entities on levee improvements X
          AP:  Gov. Parson outraises Galloway
          The Missouri Times:  Catalyst names Jasmine Wells and Ethan Wilson to team
          KSDK:  AG Eric Schmitt secures murder conviction in killing of refugee
          KTVI:  Schmitt obtains guilty verdict in St. Louis murder case
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  St. Louis City police chief says Post-Dispatch mischaracterized crime crackdown
          SNL:  Taming criminals through gun control:  Thoughts from Missouri lawmakers, professors X
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson honors employee teams for quality, productivity X
          The Missouri Times:  Mary Fox named Missouri State Public Defender System director
          P-D:  St. Louis district supervisor picked to run Missouri's public defender office X
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate leaders make redistricting change prime priority in 2020 session
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate leadership urges civility, lays out session goals
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) files legislation on transparency in local government
          CDT:  Anti-CAFO activists oppose bill on inspections X
          KWMU:  Recruitment and salary increases part of effort to retain teachers in Missouri
          JCNT:  State medical marijuana staff field concerns about vaping X
          The Missouri Times:  MoCannTrade questions DHSS over 'possible systemic problems' with scoring system
          P-D:  Hemp launch opens new era in Missouri agriculture X
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson made good choice to accept refugees X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's pal talks about 'scorned' opponent Nicole Galloway like it's 1697 X
          KC Star editorial:  If two KC state senators resign, city will get short shrift in Legislature X
          Messenger:  Hawley needs refresher course on what happens in 'normal courtroom' X
          P-D op-ed:  UMSL associate research professor Rachel Winograd:  Missouri can't afford to go backward in effort to combat overdose deaths X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian wants Blunt to stop supporting Trump, says president's actions on Iran are part of re-election scheme X
          P-D letter:  Illinois sexagenarian cheers Trump impeachment, fantasizes about Hawley-Durbin fight X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville man demonstrates ability to read other people's minds, says Josh Hawley is scared about impeachment X
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        Thursday, January 9, 2020
       
Missourinet:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson to keynote Governor's Prayer Breakfast this morning
          St. Joseph News-Press:  SNAP restrictions won't affect Missouri;  State legislators already passed standards for handouts years ago X
          SNL:  Kellyanne Conway will headline 2020 Missouri Lincoln Days in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson rakes in $540k in Q4 fundraising
          KC Star:  Former Speaker Steve Tilley defends himself after Galloway campaign attacks, says state auditor is "scorned" after he rejected her pleas for cash
          Faughn:  Spring of senior year in Jeff City:  Thoughts on commission appointments for senators, GOP intraparty budget battles, congressional redistricting, Galloway and impeachment, much more
          CDT:  Gov. Parson cites 2019 high points, cooperation in Chamber talk X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson speaks at Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting
          P-D:  In talk to senators, Rowden preaches cooperation X
          AP:  Redistricting, urban violence top agenda for Missouri lawmakers
          KWMU:  Missouri Legislature reconvenes with redistricting, urban crime on the agenda
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Taming urban violence, legalizing sports wagering
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republicans seek gerrymandering fix X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gerrymandering, fuel tax increases among top issues this session
          P-D:  No consensus yet on state transportation funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County lawmakers discuss priorities for new legislative session
          JCNT:  2020 Missouri General Assembly session opens X
          Missourinet:  Missouri voters could decide if they want riverboat gambling along Osage River
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Senate doorkeeper Jim Bauer
          SNL:  Jay Wasson, two others appointed to MSU board X
          JCNT:  Highways and Transportation Commission approves cost-share funding X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT to address 'poor' condition of I-55 Exit 93 interchange at public meeting +
          JCNT:  Missouri Highway Patrol to open shooting range training facility X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man disagrees with anti-Hawley editorial X
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        Wednesday, January 8, 2020
       
KWMU:  With more flooding possible this year, FEMA urges residents to get flood insurance
          SNL:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson coming to Jefferson City this week for Governor's Prayer Breakfast X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson outlines priorities for Missouri's 2020 legislative session
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature gets down to business today
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans hold diverse views on budget issues X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House or Senate coffee?  The longtime discussion brews again
          KC Star:  Down to the wire, Kansas City hires The Giddens Group to lobby in Jefferson City X
          P-D:  Town and Country Mayor Jon Dalton shuts down campaign committee, says state law on lobbying restrictions is "contradictory and conflicting" X
          KWMU:  NEXT Missouri works to bring more focus on Missouri startups
          KWMU:  Missouri's new medical marijuana industry puts banks in a tough spot
          JCNT:  Amtrak, MoDOT to offer free companion travel X
          P-D:  Former state senator appointed to Missouri State University board of governors;  Jay Wasson's real estate company also completes competitive process to receive transportation matching funds X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republican lawmakers wrong on wide range of 2020 session issues X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Hope springs eternal for Legislature X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  The sound of silence should give lawmakers their cue on Clean Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Lying to Missouri lawmakers is a crime? Politicians should play by the same rules X
          KC Star editorial:  Does KC need an army of lobbyists in Jefferson City? And how much does this cost us? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission's Ron Boyer:  Initiative petitions would outdo California with radical Renewable Energy Standard
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        Tuesday, January 7, 2020
       
Fox News:  Hawley to introduce measure to dismiss impeachment, says Pelosi "disrespecting the Constitution"
          KC Star:  10 Republicans back Hawley's proposal to dismiss Trump impeachment X
          SNL:  Blunt, Hawley, Long applaud Iran strike X
          Joplin Globe:  Deadlines to register for first round in presidential election fast approaching X
          P-D:  New charges against Vance Pearson signals likely guilty plea;  UAW capo, who once led Hazelwood-based region, charged with embezzlement conspiracy X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Department of Agriculture awards "food desert" matching grant
          AP:  Missouri revenue collections up 5.2%
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  2020 legislative session preview
          KC Star:  2020 legislative session preview X
          P-D:  2020 legislative session preview X
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean Missouri gerrymandering to be discussed by legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Republican leaders vow to protect gun rights for Missourians
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment unhappy with Gov. Parson's advisory group recommendations
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  STL Business Journal's Jacob Kirn talks state incentives for MLS stadium
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau president wants legislative fix for Rock Island Railroad corridor deal
          Missourinet:  Bipartisan backers of changing state's HIV law say it's a matter of life and death
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) wants riverboat gambling along Lake of the Ozarks
          SNL:  Resolution could allow casinos on Lake of the Ozarks
          JCNT:  Capitol workers prepare for session X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State begins taking industrial hemp applications X
          KWMU:  A St. Louis guide to legal marijuana in Missouri and Illinois
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau considering agreement with DOJ to house federal inmates +
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley's 'loony' plan to dismiss impeachment unfair to everyone - even Trump X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri State Public Defender Interim Director Greg Mermelstein responds to critical op-ed from former prosecutor X
          P-D letter:  Crystal City man says Blunt sold his soul to support Trump X
          SNL letter:  Area women recognize woman who led Kit Bond's Parents as Teachers program in Springfield X
          P-D letter:  Oakville septuagenarian appalled by St. Louis City's early 2020 homicide numbers, says thugs have no values X
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        Monday, January 6, 2019
       
KC Star:  Democratic women filling ballot slots against Ann Wagner and Vicky Hartzler won't commit to supporting Medicare for All X
        P-D:  Soldiers Memorial vandalized with "No War", hammer-and-sickle graffiti X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Schatz talks upcoming gerrymandering fix, tort overhaul, transportation funding, urban crime, more;  Panel of Jean Evans, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, Jack Coatar talk Dem presidential primary, Clean Missouri, Nicole Galloway's position on impeachment, more
        KWMU:  Missouri farmers see challenges in 2020 around trade, weather, commodity prices
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) anticipates session's charter school debates
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri making progress toward higher ed degree goal X
        Missourinet:  Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) proposes stolen-firearm legislation
        JCNT:  Legislative Library Administrator Nathan Elwood's services extend past legislators and into the public X
        P-D editorial:  Trump administration wrong to move USDA jobs to Kansas City X
        P-D "The Bottom Line" video series:  Business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher say Missouri's special taxing districts lack transparency X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants Blunt to support impeachment X
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        Sunday, January 5, 2020
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer talks airstrike that killed Iranian military leader
          CDT:  Refugees who opened restaurant welcome Gov. Parson's decision X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Gov. Parson makes four stops in northeast Missouri, discusses grants
          JCNT:  2020 legislative session preview:  Gaming machines, tort overhaul, more X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Impact of Missouri's minimum wage hike is unclear X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Work remains for new marijuana business X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Gov. Parson's decision on refugees makes sense X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Answers needed for medical marijuana growers X
          CDT op-ed:  Bob Roper:  Missouri fails to act on school choice X
          McClellan:  The conundrum of the prison guards in Missouri X
          KC Star's Dave Helling:  In Kansas City and St. Louis City, momentum still moves forward X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington septuagenarian praises MoDOT for design of new bridge X
          P-D letter:  Ladue septuagenarian wishes for a less liberal and more objective Post-Dispatch editorial board X
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        Saturday, January 4, 2019
       
SNL:  Hawley to introduce motion to dismiss Dems' impeachment charges X
          P-D:  Mayor wants Legislature to repeal residency rule for all city employees, not just police X
          P-D:  Missouri prison guard wins $85,000 settlement over wrongful firing X
          P-D:  Ex-chief investigator for St. Louis City circuit attorney ordered to sit for deposition in perjury case;  Special grand jury indicted William Tisaby for perjury in Greitens case X
          Washington Missourian:  Pauline Masson retires as editor of newspaper's Pacific edition X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Gov. Parson made the right call on refugees X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson says yes, we'll welcome refugees in Missouri. It's the least we can do. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Report on Missouri utility costs is flawed, but raises some interesting points X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Farm Bureau legislative priorities include property rights, broadband
          Messenger:  Two murderers want clemency from Gov. Parson X
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        Friday, January 3, 2019
       
KC Star:  Sen. Josh Hawley floats measure to dismiss 'bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution' X
          SE Missourian:  Social Security cost-of-living adjustment to affect nearly 1.3 million Missourians +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Coordination, new thinking key for flood group X
          SNL:  County mulls approving local immigration program X
          SNL:  Gov. Parson defends decision to accept legal refugees X
          KWMU:  Missouri minimum wage hikes continue, hit $9.45/hour
          KWMU:  2020 legislative preview:  Budget, Medicaid, Clean Missouri
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County) on redistricting, gun control, media literacy, circumventing soft-on-crime prosecutors, more
          Columbia Missourian's Emily Wolf:  2020 legislative preview:  Transportation funding bills from Democrat [sic] Doug Libla, others
          P-D:  Gov. Parson's stance on gaming machines at odds with highway patrol X
          Columbia Missourian:  Efforts to pass Missouri Nondiscrimination Act resume
          Missourinet:  MoDOT replacing 91-year-old bridge in southeast Missouri;  first project in "focus on bridges" plan
          Joplin Globe:  Judge denies Sarcoxie Nursery owner's request for restraining order against state X
          Columbia Missourian:  Judge denies restraining order in rejected marijuana grower's lawsuit
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Worst of flu season still to come in Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports new CWD cases in Perry County X
          KC Star's Allison Kite:  State gun legislation could help Mayor Quinton Lucas decrease urban criminal behavior X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says anti-Trump/anti-Wagner protesters are hypocrites X
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        Thursday, January 2, 2020
       
KC Star:  In 2019, Kansas City achieves its all-time record for homicides X
          P-D:  2019 homicide total is second-highest of decade for St. Louis City X
          P-D:  Five homicides in first morning of 2020 in St. Louis City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia's minority students lag behind same subgroups in other districts
          P-D:  Gov. Parson-appointed flood group issues list of policy recommendations X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission opens investigation into Spire's record-keeping, customer service practices
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT to study region's sinkholes X
          Joplin Globe:  MoDOT finishing internal review of Bella Vista Bypass plan X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Backed by Blunt and Hawley, new law restricting robocalls is a good first step X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Big Marijuana have cultivated an easygoing and carefree image, but the reality is quite different in Missouri X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  The future of newspapers:  the Southeast Missourian will eventually reduce number of daily paper editions, and the transition to digital-only subscribers is growing
          KCUR's Aviva Okeson-Haberman:  Missouri should tax e-cigarettes at the same rate as tobacco
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        Wednesday, January 1, 2020   Happy New Year!
       
January 2019 Missouri political news headlines
        January 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        January 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        January 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        January 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        January 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Roy Blunt visits Columbia food bank
        KWMU:  Gov. Parson-appointed advisory group calls for more flood protection for rural areas
        The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson to Trump administration:  Missouri will continue to resettle "lawfully admitted" refugees
        P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri will continue accepting refugees X
        KWMU:  2019:  The year in photos:  Caucasoid women at Planned Parenthood rally;  Multiple shots of urban women enduring hardships involving free college and free transportation;  Father of man who assaulted police officer Darren Wilson wears hat indoors;  Other inspirational images
        P-D:  Familiar faces take new roles advocating for Missouri employers:  Justin Alferman with nonprofit SSM Health, Alex Curchin with Centene X
        The Missouri Times:  Ethan Todd joining Capitol City Research as vice president, senior partner
        Missourinet:  Missouri's mimimum wage rate increases again
        Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) files Missouri Korean War Memorial legislation
        Joplin Globe:  Sarcoxie Nursery lawsuit gets support from provider of medical marijuana X
        SNL:  Missouri medical clinic shuts down, blaming 'other providers';  Woman rages at DHSS for "running all the good businesses ... out" and licensing a competitor X
        KC Star:  Area public defenders unhappy about monetary bond for criminals;  Jackson County lawyer wants murderer to be supervised by mother, not jail X
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        Tuesday, December 31, 2019
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  The 10 biggest stories of the decade:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann talk rise of Republicans and decline of Democrats;  Plus Stenger, Greitens, McCaskill, Akin, Schweich, Ferguson riots, more
          SNL:  Billy Long's campaign will host fundraiser at Springfield's KISS concert X
          SE Missourian:  Local reaction mixed to federal increase in age to buy tobacco products +
          The Missouri Times:  Michela Skelton gives up on state Senate bid
          JCNT:  Michela Skelton quits race for state Senate X
          AP:  New law makes Missouri corporate tax one of lowest in U.S.
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture gives grants to projects in "food deserts" around the state
          JCNT:  Galloway audit:  Missouri's financial, human resources management system is vulnerable X
          Columbia Missourian:  Judge takes 'Right to Farm' claim for denied marijuana grower under advisement
          AP:  Legal marijuana sales may spark Midwest interstate tension
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks community college funding
          P-D:  Illinois push to make daylight savings time permanent rankles some on Missouri border X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jerome Barnes (D-Raytown) wants local sports referees protected from being threatened or attacked
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Study ranks Missouri 15th in utility costs X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators have better things to do than overturn Clean Missouri X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County):  It's time for Missouri to educate our children on how to navigate this plugged-in world
          P-D op-ed:  Central States Water Resources CEO Josiah Cox on clean water and Missouri X
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri's drug task forces avoid accountability
          SE Missourian letter:  Area doctor agrees with op-ed on "surprise billing" +
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        Monday, December 30, 2019
       
SNL:  Here's what Blunt, Hawley are saying about impeachment X
          Columbia Missourian:  2019 set a record for flooding in Missouri. How bad was the damage?
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) predicts a conservative budget X
          Missourinet:  Toll roads "dead on arrival," says Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff)
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Fear of the unknown looms with Grain Belt Express X
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. John Black (R-Marshfield) could boost investment in nuclear power facilities X
          P-D editorial/endorsement:  From abortion to guns to opioids, Missouri was wrong in 2019;  Democrat Nicole Galloway can change the course set by Gov. Mike Parson X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Former Rep. Phil Tate (D-Gallatin) had the right emphasis for rural Missouri X
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri lawmakers should change civil asset seizure laws
          P-D letter:  Ferguson sexagenarian says Blunt has sold his soul to Trump X
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        Sunday, December 29, 2019
       
The Hill:  Hawley on impeachment:  "I'm ready to vote now. I think the articles are a joke."
          CDT:  Michela Skelton (D) gives up on bid for Caleb Rowden's seat X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says Conservative Caucus agenda is consistent with Missouri Republican Party platform
          Washington Missourian:  2020 legislative preview:  Nearly 1,000 bills prefiled X
          CDT:  For now, state prison workers won't have union dues subtracted from paychecks X
          JCNT:  State Board of Education:  Raise teacher pay to stay competitive X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty) aims to make promoting suicide a felony
          JCNT:  All systems 'go' on medical marijuana in Missouri X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Medical marijuana cultivation license goes to Caruthersville +
          Joplin Globe:  Southwest Missouri family sues state over denial of cultivation license X
          P-D:  Rejected applicant for marijuana cultivation facility cites 'right to farm' law in suit, challenges Missouri's scoring system X
          Washington Missourian:  State rejects medicinal pot growing sites X
          Washington Missourian:  No bills to legalize recreational marijuana filed in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medical marijuana raises questions for law enforcement officers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Data from Sen. Blunt shows how Missouri benefits from defense spending X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Don't let up on flood prevention X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri should allocate more funds to smoking cessation X
          KC Star op-ed:  Support House Bill 567 from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) to allow medical marijuana users to adopt X
          Waters:  The injustice of marijuana distribution X
          SNL letter:  Democrat duo say Billy Long ignores voters X
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        Saturday, December 28, 2019
       
KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders used campaign funds to illegally pay phone bills X
          Columbia Missourian:  Michela Skelton quits bid for Caleb Rowden's seat;  Democrat throws in the towel to focus on "queer, pansexual" issues of LGBTQIA* community
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri's minimum wage to rise yet again next week X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana cultivation facilities in southeast Missouri among those approved by state +
          SNL:  Springfield won't get marijuana cultivation facility X
          Joplin Globe:  Sarcoxie Nursery among those whose medical marijuana applications were denied X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) prefiles school discipline bill to address seclusion, restraint X
          P-D:  Missouri on track to match inmate overdose death tally from 2018 X
          JCNT:  Amtrak ridership down in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Legislators should ban school district employees from coaching if criminal charges are pending X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri program succeeds at finding work for vets X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Like President Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley defines a new conservative approach to governing +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Survey gives insight into Missouri farmers' priorities, concerns
          Joplin Globe letter:  Neosho's Kevin Wilson responds to SNAP column, says Missourians have a different view of handouts and work ethic than do Chicago liberals X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian says Hawley is taking impeachment too lightly X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman says Ann Wagner puts party above faith X
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        Friday, December 27, 2019
       
Rosenbaum:  2020 preview:  Ann Wagner vs. Jill Schupp;  Gov. Parson vs. Nicole Galloway;  Medicaid expansion;  Clean Missouri fix;  more
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  AG Eric Schmitt's statement on daily opioid death tally rated "Mostly True"
          KWMU:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) says Clean Missouri fix will be a Senate priority
          P-D:  With vigorish no longer subtracted, Missouri's prison guards seeing fatter paychecks;  Union, state still negotiating contract X
          Missourinet:  Double-digit jump in Missourians getting college certificate or degree
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS approves medical marijuana cultivation, transportation facilities
          Missourinet:  Missouri chooses 60 medical marijuana growing operations
          JCNT:  60 medical marijuana cultivation facilities chosen X
          CDT:  Few area medical pot growers to be licensed X
          KC Star:  Missouri licenses medical marijuana growers, transporters, including 8 in KC area X
          SNL:  Missouri to grant medical marijuana cultivation licenses by the end of the week X
          P-D:  More than a dozen awarded licenses to grow medical marijuana in St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Funeral services set for former state Rep. Phil Tate (D-Gallatin)
          P-D:  Gaming machines spreading across Missouri present new addiction concerns X
          AP:  DOJ oversight of St. Louis County Family Court ends
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson is sitting on a backlog of 3,500 clemency cases. Why won't he act? X
          JCNT editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt puts needed focus on Medicaid fraud X
          KC Star op-ed:  Jonah Golberg:  Senators like Josh Hawley rail against 'elites' to play outsider X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Response to Americans for Prosperity-AARP joint op-ed on doctor shortage and expanding the role of nurses
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        Thursday, December 26, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  2020 flood outlook:  More problems possible X
        SE Missourian:  State OKs permits for medical pot transport +
        Missourinet:  MoDOT, University of Missouri launch new center to expand transportation R&D
        KWMU:  Mark Twain National Forest looking to goats to continue forest improvement
        St. Joseph News-Press:  USDA survey to assess state's cattle numbers X
        JCNT editorial:  MoDOT's silly road signs convey important information X
        SNL op-ed:  Retired Missouri State prof:  Hawley's bills on tech, spying are hypocritical grandstanding X
        P-D letter:  Fenton man wants state to chip in for MLS stadium, says Missouri already helps KC stadiums X
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        Wednesday, December 25, 2019   Merry Christmas!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau pleased by USMCA
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt praises increased federal health funding
          KC Star:  GOP leaders vow to move quickly to give voters a voice on gerrymandering
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis County sales tax distribution system
          P-D:  Chesterfield must share its sales tax revenues with other cities, Missouri Supreme Court says
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State gets $33.5 million grant for early learning
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri saw higher education graduation rate increase by 15%
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag economist:  Missouri farmers should lock in hemp contracts before investing in crop
          Missourinet:  Missouri Court of Appeals sides with Clean Water Commission's decision about Valley Oaks CAFO
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri rightly touts progress on veterans' employment data
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        Tuesday, December 24, 2019   Christmas Eve
       
SE Missourian:  Brazil's minister of agriculture meets with local farmers +
          P-D:  David Humphreys withdraws effort to thwart pro-life policy, calls ballot referendum effort "no longer viable" X
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Jones jumps into GOP state rep primary for Elaine Gannon's seat
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices to close at 1 p.m. today
          KWMU:  Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) on gaming machines, sports betting, gun control
          St. Joseph News-Press:  DHSS certifies 21 medical marijuana transportation facilities X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri continues implementation of medical marijuana regulations X
          KWMU:  Legal recreational marijuana in Illinois may cause headaches for Missouri employers
          Missourinet:  Missouri to transition WIC handouts from checks to debit cards
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets $33.5 million grant to boost early learning efforts for kids
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers will be visible today and Christmas Day
          Missourinet:  Missouri flu cases spike by 43% from previous week
          P-D editorial:  Blunt's defense of President Trump is disturbing X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man thanks Hawley, Wagner, Clay for maternal/child nutrition funding X
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        Monday, December 23, 2019
       
CNN "State of the Union" transcript:  Sen. Roy Blunt on impeachment, Christianity Today attack on Trump, more
          SE Missourian:  AG Eric Schmitt reflects on first year in office, looks to 2020 +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) predicts gas tax increase plan would raise $144 million annually for Missouri transportation
          P-D:  Doe Run series:  Gov. Parson first statewide official to publicly support Peruvian courts handling Peruvian pollution cases X
          SNL:  Tiny Ozark chub fish found in Missouri won't be listed as endangered species
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State made the right call pulling MLS tax credits;  St. Louis City residents haven't support a soccer stadium, and the St. Louis region already received the gift of GM tax breaks X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City should follow St. Louis City's lead to skirt state gun laws, declare parks "child care facilities" X
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Rep. Chris Carter (D-St. Louis City) to return St. Louis City police to state control should stay in the holster X
          CNN's Allison Gordon:  Blunt dodges questions on Ukraine
          KWMU's Sara Fentem:  Missouri Medicaid expansion on track for victory, will improve health care in urban and rural areas
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian wants Blunt, Hawley to support impeachment X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man declares "blue uprising" in central Missouri, led by woman taking 2020 loss to Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves octogenarian upset at Gov. Parson for siding with the "dark side" via Doe Run X
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        Sunday, December 22, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Missouri on track to hit lowest number of people unemployed in nine years
          Columbia Missourian:  MU to build new bio lab with $24.8 million federal dollars
          AP:  Monthly survey of bankers in Missouri, other Midwest/Plains/Western states shows waning rural economy
          JCNT:  MO HealthNet Director Todd Richardson reflects on agency challenges;  Medicaid's trajectory not sustainable for state budget X
          JCNT:  AG Eric Schmitt's office recovers $25 million in Medicaid fraud cases X
          Joplin Globe:  Legislative preview:  A look at area lawmakers' pre-filed bills X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) on 2020 priorities X
          Missourinet:  Former Tarko College in northwest Missouri to re-open as Tarkio Technology Institute
          SNL op-ed:  Area doctor:  Congress' fix for "surprise medical billing" could make Missouri's doctor shortage worse X
          SNL op-ed:  AG Eric Schmitt:  SAFE Kits initiative will ensure backlog of sex-assault kits never happens again X
          KC Star letter:  "Citizens' Climate Lobby-Kansas City" congratulates itself on city council resolution praising congressional carbon tax X
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        Saturday, December 21, 2019
       
KC Star:  Gov. Parson calls impeachment "a scam." Galloway declines to take a position. X
          P-D:  House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) says he'll continue to defend Second Amendment against legislative encroachment X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana testing facilities approved;  none in SEMO +
          KC Star:  Missouri licenses one marijuana testing lab within 30 miles of Kansas City X
          KWMU:  Missouri awards 10 licenses to test state's medical marijuana
          SNL:  New cases of CWD found in Stone, Taney counties X
          Missourinet:  24 cases of a deadly deer disease have popped up in Missouri
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Bill Owen:  Video lottery terminals mean bad news for our communities
          Priddy:  In praise of Mike Moon's outspoken opposition to Ceres (1,380 words)
          KC Star joint op-ed:  Reporters:  Our advocacy series on foster care bureaucracy was great journalism;  here's a list of people who praised us X
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        Friday, December 20, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Ann Wagner gives shout out to St. Louis region's 'Silicon Valley' for ag tech work
          Missourinet:  Cleaver joins delegation's Republicans in supporting USMCA
          JCNT:  President Trump signs bill that will benefit Lincoln University X
          SNL:  'Pretty easy to trigger the liberals':  Billy Long trolls the left with $45 Trump bills X
          Joplin Globe:  Impeachment:  Thoughts from Missouri Republican State Committee Vice Chairman Nick Myers, Southwest Missouri Democrats' Krista Stark X
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Award-winning journalist Christine Byers leaves Post-Dispatch to write weekly column for TV station website
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, announces quarterly results:  Revenue down 11.5%, subscription revenue down 4.6%, compensation down 9.7% X
          AP:  AG candidate Elad Gross (D) to have Sunshine lawsuit heard by appellate court
          KWMU:  Georgetown study highlights Missouri's success in removing unqualified recipients from Medicaid rolls
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri foster kids to see increased protections after legal settlement
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) champions rape kit overhaul bill
          SNL:  Medical marijuana:  Missouri notifies winners of testing lab licenses X
          Missourinet:  See which medical marijuana testing sites have been certified by Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen's praise of Eastern Missouri's probation office rated "Half True"
          KWMU:  Like predecessors Bob Holden and Jay Nixon, Gov. Mike Parson declines to act on clemency requests during first year in office
          KC Star op-ed:  Former public defender Dwight Scroggins:  Newspaper's heartstring-tugging advocacy series wrong on key objective - system won't be fixed by spending more taxpayer money X
          P-D sports columnist Ben Frederickson:  Gov. Mike Parson did not stick to the soccer plan for St. Louis X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants state to mandate "comprehensive sex education" for all schools X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian demands Gov. Parson grant clemency to murderer Patty Prewitt, other criminals X
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        Thursday, December 19, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Congressman Jason Smith:  'Absolutely no' on impeachment +
          KWMU:  Clay, Cleaver vote to impeach President Trump
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation and communications staffers issue statements on impeachment
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley urges federal help in fighting opioids X
          Missourinet:  Congress passes Hawley, Wagner efforts to clean up untested rape kit piles
          P-D:  Judge:  St. Charles County man who threatened to kill Sen. Josh Hawley competent to stand trial X
          Missourinet:  Federal operation helps Kansas City crack down on violent crime
          P-D:  Rep. Chris Carter (D-St. Louis City) wants state to once again take control of city police department X
          KC Star:  Uniting Missouri covering cost of Gov. Parson's flight to D.C. last week;  Plane is owned by McCaskill pal Rick DeStefane X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment rate remains unchanged in November
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Activists discuss effort by Reps. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) to modernize state's HIV transmission laws X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Missouri foster kids to see increased protections after legal settlement
          P-D:  With no jaw-dropping jackpots, Missouri lottery revenues lagging X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT getting roads back to near-normal conditions after winter storms
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) want to halt playful highway messages
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves order related to Evergy, Nucor steel mill
          SNL:  Effort by two anti-CAFO councilmen to chastise state legislators fails X
          Columbia Missourian:  Early stages of industrial hemp leave room for growth in Missouri, experts say
          KC Star editorial:  New Missouri bill would let college athletes be paid. The NCAA and Congress should act. X
          KC Star editorial:  State legislators must help stop Clay County's corrupt commissioners X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  AG candidate Elad Gross (D):  I am bringing corruption to light and fighting to take back Missouri X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission's Ron Boyer:  'Missouri Nuclear Clean Power Act' needed for competitive and fair energy marketplace X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit sexagenarian expresses anger over Blunt's support of Trump X
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        Wednesday, December 18, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  MoveOn impeachment rally draws handful of liberal activists +
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 50 outside Luetkemeyer's office X
          KCUR:  Missouri farmers keep close eye on trade negotiations
          JCNT:  Ceres statue returns to top of the state Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  State Tax Commission votes against raising taxes on agricultural land
          KWMU:  State tax credits for St. Louis soccer stadium are in limbo
          P-D:  Missouri officials say $30 million in public money for soccer stadium too much X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Hospital Association offers policy recommendations to address rural health care challenges;  Comments from MHA's Dave Dillon, others
          The Missouri Times:  20 Missouri transportation projects chosen for new cost-share program
          SNL:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) wants MoDOT messages to stick to road conditions X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT, University of Missouri launch Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control series:  Missouri gun-control advocates unhappy with NRA's influence;  Comments from Moms Demand Action, League of Women Voters, et al.
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Missouri activists, lawmakers seek to modernize HIV transmission laws
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee's Summit) on House superminority legislative priorities: abortion, gun control, LGBTQIA* issues, etc.
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court sides with Missouri PSC over Grain Belt decision
          Missourinet:  Grain Belt Express Transmission line wins in appeals challenge against landowners, Missouri Farm Bureau
          AP:  Appeals court approves Grain Belt power line
          SNL:  SPS coach takes DESE job leading health, PE programs X
          AP:  State, Ameren reach preliminary deal on 144-mile bike trail
          KWMU:  Rock Island Trail takes a step forward but still needs millions
          JCNT:  Missouri DNR to preserve Rock Island Line Corridor X
          CDT:  Moberly prison records another inmate death X
          P-D:  Newspapers, other activists unhappy over fees for public records X
          SNL:  Cheryl Whitsitt departs as News-Leader editor;  Amos Bridges to take over X
          P-D editorial:  Both parties agree that ending surprise medical billing is crucial. Get it done. X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt right to take on Doe Run over Current River pollution X
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        Tuesday, December 17, 2019   MoDOT traveler information map
       
KWMU:  Snowstorm closes schools, businesses;  4 dead on Missouri highways
          Missourinet:  Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City declares end to 2019 flood event
          SNL:  Feds grant 36-hour extension to sign up for Obamacare X
          P-D:  New federal data shows St. Louis County is Missouri's economic giant X
          JCNT:  State offices to close afternoon of Christmas Eve X
          Missourinet:  State creates plan aimed at boosting Missouri teacher pay and keeping them around
          KWMU:  Plan to boost Missouri teacher pay would cost $400 million
          Missourinet:  Twenty local transportation projects chosen to get Missouri cost share funding
          P-D:  After voters rejected a gas tax hike, Missouri taps into general checkbook for road projects X
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Wes Rogers (D-Kansas City) team up with National College Players Association to push for college athlete compensation
          SNL:  Marshfield officials dispute AG Eric Schmitt's ticket-quota lawsuit X
          JCNT:  Some Capitol Complex buildings switch from well-water to American Water X
          P-D editorial:  Whose lives does Gov. Parson value? Peru lead-smelter case forces the question. X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jeff Shawan (R-Poplar Bluff):  The stakes have never been higher in the war on Christmas
          Columbia Missourian's Xander Negozio:  Missouri should provide more reimbursement money for disabled children's therapy
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Blunt, Hawley wrong to support Sarah Pitlyk for federal judgeship X
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        Monday, December 16, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt talks with Scott Faughn about rape kit backlog, traffic-ticket quotas, urban crime, voluntary school prayer;  Panel of Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Mike Jones, GOP Reps. Robert Ross and Mary Elizabeth Coleman talk school choice, illegal aliens voting, Medicaid expansion
           KWMU:  Missouri farmers can begin to grow industrial hemp in 2020
           Missourinet:  DHSS says Missour flu cases double over previous week's total
           SNL:  Springfield Public Schools lays out what it wants from Legislature in 2020 X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Bill Falkner (R-St. Joseph) would have LLCs file every five years X
           SE Missourian editorial:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's office helps residents with unclaimed property +
           KC Star editorial:  Driving while black in Missouri is perilous. Will these changes reduce racial profiling? X
           Messenger:  Christmas fantasy:  Gov. Parson reads children a book about Medicaid X
           Joplin Globe letters:  Webb City sexagenarian supports Clean Missouri;  Joplin Globe sexagenarian disagrees with Billy Long on Russia X
           P-D letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian opposes Clean Missouri fix X
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        Sunday, December 15, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley reflects on first year in U.S. Senate:  China, Facebook, Army Corps of Engineers, more X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Ag Director Chris Chinn on China deal, USMCA
          SNL:  Fact check:  Missouri Democratic Party statement about state's "uninsured young children" is false X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) wants clear ban on illegal-alien voting X
          P-D:  St. Louis City circumvents state gun law, classifies parks as "child-care facilities" X
          KMOX:  St. Louis City surpasses 2018 totals for homicides, shootings
          CDT:  GOP lawmakers sponsor legislation to hire more police X
          Washington Missourian:  DHSS data shows flu cases ramping up across the state X
          KC Star editorial:  To improve foster-parenting system, Missouri should use Quality Parenting Initiative standards, and schools should report foster kids' graduation rates X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Please mind the cannabis gap:  Marijuana on demand, as long as you find a friendly doctor X
          P-D editorial brief:  Mocking Mike Moon X
          P-D letter:  Glendale woman says she is "angry" at Blunt, Hawley and Wagner, demands they "resign immediately" X
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        Saturday, December 14, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt talks mechanics of House impeachment vote, Senate trial
          Missourinet:  Graves applauds move to seal Mexico-Canada trade deal
          P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson, GM President Mark Reuss announce company will invest $1.4 billion in Wentzville, keep 4,000 employees X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  GM President Mark Reuss, Gov. Mike Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe X
          AP:  GM to invest $1.5 billion in Missouri truck plant
          KWMU:  Wentzville GM plant locks in $1.5B investment, securing 4,000 jobs
          KWMU:  6 applicants eligible for new state "nonpartisan" demographer job
          JCNT:  Missouri departments pitch service improvements in Show Me Challenge X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) wants to eliminate vehicle property tax
          KC Star:  Legislative proposals would give homeowners more rights, protections in assessment process X
          KWMU:  State reports school district spending by individual school
          Missourinet:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) wants to ease stress on foster kids
          P-D:  Missouri-based Doe Run wants Peru pollution lawsuit settled in Peru;  Gov. Parson shared thoughts with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC greenlights Evergy's plans for its energy efficiency programs
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Expanding school choice is critical to Missouri's future
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman expresses anger at Blunt and Hawley for support of Trump X
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        Friday, December 13, 2019
       
KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Elizabeth Warren making a serious play to win Missouri in 2020 by opening KC campaign office X
          SNL:  Moms Demand Action holding gun-control rally tomorrow X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Mike Parson, GM president to give update on Wentzville expansion
          AP:  GM president to appear with Gov. Parson today to talk Wentzville expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt reflects on first year as attorney general:  'We're just getting started'
          Missourinet:  Galloway's office uncovers Medicaid fraud, sends information to Schmitt's office for criminal charges
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) seeks to change Missouri constitution to ensure only U.S. citizens can vote in state elections
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau legislative policy focuses on dairy producers, feral hogs
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider radiologic technologist licensure
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools system deals with increasing black, Hispanic populations:  "We do have a number of children who come to us literally not knowing a word of English" X
          SNL:  Dallas County drops drug charge against man with Missouri medical marijuana card X
          Washington Missourian:  Plans for Busch Creek Greenway awaiting MoDOT approval X
          AP:  Five years after first Ferguson riots, feds' public meeting draws just 22 attendees
          Washington Missourian editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt correct to defend voluntary school prayer - and most Missourians agree with him X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Dr. Joel Ray:  'Surprise billing' needs independent dispute resolution +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Blaine Luetkemeyer is "anti-American" for supporting Trump, believes incumbent - re-elected by 32-point margin in 2018 - is vulnerable X
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        Thursday, December 12, 2019
       
KWMU:  Cities buying empty lots in flood-prone areas could save taxpayers money, study claims;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, others
          Missourinet:  Graves says Missouri congressional delegation is pressing feds to be more responsive to northwest Missouri flood victims
          AP:  Flooded farmers face growing dilemma from temperature changes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer predicts impeachment could hurt Democrats in election
          Missourinet:  SEMO poli sci prof says impeachment might have impact on 2020 elections, or not
          KC Star:  Anti-ICE activists protest at UMB bank in downtown KC over company's involvement in illegal-alien detention suit X
          Columbia Missourian:  USDA data:  Food security in Missouri is improving
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Nicole Galloway makes pitch for governor, says Gov. Parson is an "insider," represents "old way" (begins at 22:00)
          P-D:  Economic partnership chooses new lobbyist after Stenger scandal:  Bardgett out, Polsinelli in X
          KC Star:  Galloway audit finds evidence of Medicaid fraud, refers allegations to AG Schmitt's office for criminal charges X
          P-D:  Georgetown study highlights Missouri's success in purging the ineligible from Medicaid rolls X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) hopeful for PDMP passage in 2020
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) opposes PDMP, says St. Louis County results show databases don't help reduce opioid deaths
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Legislative preview:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) opposes PDMP, talks school transportation money and teacher salaries
          The Missouri Times:  O'Laughlin's tax credit committee will continue through legislative session
          P-D:  Gun proposal sputters amid dissent among Missouri Republicans X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers in both chambers push for HIV decriminalization ahead of session
          KWMU:  Missouri legislators seek to change HIV laws
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) seeks to change what records are publicly available on CaseNet
          KC Star editorial:  Mike Moon wrong to oppose Ceres statue X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Mike Moon's religious opposition to false idols deserves to be mocked X
          CDT op-ed:  Air ambulance company VP Joe Grygiel:  On "surprise medical billing" and air ambulances X
          P-D op-ed:  Reps. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette):  This Christmas season, Gov. Parson should give the gift of clemency to murderer Patty Prewitt and other criminals X
          Priddy:  Ode to Ceres
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        Wednesday, December 11, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, AG Eric Schmitt request end to 'standoff' over federal rape kit legislation reauthorization
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri flood recovery group prepares for potential flooding in 2020 X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Nicole Galloway to make her pitch for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Robert Ross officially jumps into state Senate race
          KC Star:  Star to quit publishing Saturday print edition X
          SeekingAlpha:  McClatchy Company, owner of KC Star, headed toward restructuring;  Unfunded pension liability and weak balance sheet too much to overcome
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if Planned Parenthood will receive Medicaid money
          KWMU:  Funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics in hands of state Supreme Court
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs whether Planned Parenthood can receive Medicaid funds X
          P-D:  Office of Administration seeks to modernize call centers, provide "chatbots" to answer inquiries more efficiently X
          Missourinet:  Kansas City Public Schools owes $192,000 for fake attendace records scheme
          KC Star:  Getting Kansas City schools accredited could take four years, superintendent says X
          The Missouri Times:  Ceres returning to Missouri Capitol
          SE Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's office to host unclaimed property event next week in Cape Girardeau +
          KC Star:  A year later, MoDOT worker's slaying still unsolved X
          JCNT:  Senate staffer pleads guilty in bar fight charges X
          Banner Press:  School hosts coon hunt despite protests;  FFA group receives vulgar e-mails from animal-rights activists outside Missouri +
          P-D:  Organization for Black Struggle, others want Schmitt to give convicted murderer Lamar Johnson a new trial X
          KWMU:  "Color of Change" activists demand Schmitt give murderer a new trial
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  USMCA comes as a relief to Missouri farmers X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Gov. Parson deserves praise for anti-vaping campaign X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri man approved for medical marijuana should not be in jail for pot possession X
          P-D op-d:  California septuagenarian says Missourians should reject pro-gun legislators X
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  State lawmakers don't give enough money to Harris-Stowe, Lincoln
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit sexagenarian wants state legislators to expand Medicaid X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man supports legislation to end "surprise medical billing" X
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        Tuesday, December 10, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith calls impeachment hearings "a sham," says Dem senators running for president are not impartial jurors
          Missourinet:  Smith honors southern Missouri solider seriously injured in Afghanistan
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity criticizes Billy Long over Export-Import Bank vote X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis union leader meets with Trump, administration officials about urban crime:  "Trump is the one actually stepping up"
          KC Star:  Port Authority votes on USDA incentives, but not happy with where the money goes X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics highlights:  Rowden on Medicaid expansion;  Panel on Wagner-Schupp
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun control series:  NRA supports high school trapshooting teams, MU extension;  Poplar Bluff coach:  "We couldn't have done it without them"
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden pre-files bills aimed at funding police officers for some Missouri cities
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) pushing fuel tax to back bond issue
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  AG Eric Schmitt recuses himself in Sunshine case;  In March, "Rep. Peter Meridith [sic]" asked Schmitt for a legal opinion X
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles) could put collar on fake service animals X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway audit:  Special taxing district 'unlawfully' used $300k for private business projects and debts
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Former sales tax district board members used $100k to upgrade their gas station
          P-D:  New report rips use of special taxing districts as 'personal piggy banks' X
          SNL:  Schmitt:  Marshfield has ticket quotas
          AP:  Schmitt sues Marshfield over ticket quotas
          P-D:  DHSS requests more money to defend against deadly Legionnaires' disease X
          SE Missourian:  DHSS:  Three flu-related deaths already reported in Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Three people in Missouri die from flu
          KC Star:  Flu season peaking early in Missouri X
          AP:  Missouri settles lawsuit on foster kids on psychotropic meds
          Missourinet:  Ceres expected to return to Missouri Capitol next week;  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) calls metal statue a "false god"
          SNL:  U.S. Forest Service decision on feral hog hunting prompts major change in MDC policy X
          KWMU:  U.S. Forest Service puts an end to open season on feral hogs in Mark Twain National Forest
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should set basic standards of care for local jail inmates X
          The Missouri Times joint op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady and AARP's Craig Eichelman:  Expand access to health care by expanding the role of nurses
          P-D letter:  Oakville septuagenarian expresses anger over KMOX's conservative talk radio lineup of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Reardon X
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        Monday, December 9, 2019
       
P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Josh Hawley takes on Big Tech X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Scott Faughn about cost of Medicaid expansion, fixing Clean Missouri, congressional redistricting, more;  Panel of Dan Kleinsorge, Jane Dueker, St. Louis City Alderman Tom Oldenburg, Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville) talk Ann Wagner's re-election, Clean Missouri fix, Medicaid expansion, more
           Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments Tuesday in key Planned Parenthood case
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri continues battling opioid epidemic despite programs meant to help X
           KC Star:  Kansas City government to choose lobbyist around Christmastime X
           JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation asks for help counting birds X
           P-D:  Vendor mix-up delays some supplies to Scott County Jail;  Inmate's mother calls to complain about lack of shampoo X
           St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A bully always backs down;  AG Eric Schmitt stands tall against bullies that try to stop voluntary prayer X
           Joplin Globe op-ed:  Liberal activist Sherry Buchanan:  Missouri Legislature should raise taxes, not cut them X
           Messenger:  On Sunshine Law, Clean Missouri, constituent privacy, and airport privatization X
           P-D letter:  St. Louis City sexagenarian unhappy with Medicaid enrollment efficiencies X
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        Sunday, December 8, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association President Mike Moreland says Japan agreement is "great deal" for Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Small group of MU law profs jumps on Trump, again:  Five claim president engaged in "impeachable conduct," while six opposed confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
          JCNT:  Quarterly fundraising recap:  Blaine Luetkemeyer, statewide candidates X
          KC Star:  Marijuana enthusiasts giddy about new freedom to toke up;  Suburban mom, who doesn't work for a living, says smoking a bowl every morning helps alleviate "stress and weight of the day" X
          SNL:  2020 legislative preview:  Clean Missouri fix, urban gun violence, infrastructure, PDMP, charter schools X
          SNL:  2020 legislative preview:  7 bills to watch X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  2020 legislative preview:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) to focus on violent crime X
          P-D:  St. Louis City aldermen find workaround to usurp state gun freedoms:  label parks "child care facilities" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Critics unhappy with state's approach to provide accountability, avoid isolation in juvenile facilities X
          SNL:  Insurance company ranks Missouri 12th best state for driving X
          P-D editorial:  Pro-life judge from St. Louis area fits a Trump pattern threatening lasting damage X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  County commissioners should disregard Missouri Legislature and state law when making CAFO decisions X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man backs 'bipartisan' Clean Missouri X
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        Saturday, December 7, 2019   Pearl Harbor Day
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum and others break the walls down on Ann Wagner vs. Jill Schupp, Medicaid waivers, KC Star's advocacy series on criminals and public defenders, candidates' theme music, more
          P-D:  UAW abolishes its corruption-plagued regional office in Hazelwood X
          AP:  Missouri's minimum wage to increase yet again on January 1
          The Missouri Times:  Ceres returns to Missouri Capitol on cold December day:  'A part of history here'
          JCNT:  Ceres statue returns to Capitol grounds X
          KWMU:  Ceres statue returns to grace the Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  First Lady Teresa Parson invites Missourians to candlelight tours of Mansion today
          The Missouri Times:  Zim Schwartze named new Missouri Missouri Capitol Police chief, will start in January
          AP:  AG Eric Schmitt backs high school football coach who led players in voluntary prayer
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) files bill to streamline rape kit testing process following AG report
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medical marijuana rollout causes dispute about legal protections X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Dept. of Ag offers indispensable opportunity for youths interested in industry X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Peter Kinder:  Remembering Pearl Harbor and a Cape Girardeau son 78 years later +
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        Friday, December 6, 2019
       
KC Star:  Hawley grills top Pentagon official about plans to send more troops to Middle East X
          Columbia Missourian:  Dams to release more water under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan
          AP:  Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced
          AP:  6 apply for Missouri's 'nonpartisan' redistricting post
          The Missouri Times:  Rex Sinquefield contributes $185,000 to Curtis Trent;  Springfield Republican competing with Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) for floor leader
          SNL:  Springfield Chamber of Commerce PAC to refund contribution from Springfield News-Leader;  Newspaper calls contribution "clerical error" X
          The Missouri Times:  Marijuana legalization initiative petition approved to circulate
          SNL:  Missouri will award marijuana dispensary licenses in January, most others more quickly X
          P-D:  Missouri will license all marijuana businesses by Feb. 1, officials say X
          KC Star:  22,000 in Missouri with "need" for marijuana can purchase stash soon X
          Columbia Missourian:  Three steps to becoming a Missouri hemp producer, department announces
          Missourinet:  Missouri's commercial hemp program underway
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  Seeing restored Ceres at Missouri Capitol this weekend is 'once in a lifetime gift'
          Missourinet:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) to chair House education committee
          KWMU:  Leader of anti-drug group wants Missouri legislators to expand Medicaid
          JCNT editorial:  For practical purposes, 2020 legislative session has already started X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Laura Ungar:  Multiracial LGBTQIA* hero Laurie Punch campaigns for gun control
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        Thursday, December 5, 2019
       
KWMU:  After ruling out congressional bid, Jill Schupp changes mind to challenge Ann Wagner;  NRCC mocks Dems' "sacrificial lamb"
          P-D:  U.S. Senate confirms St. Louis County lawyer Sarah Pitlyk's appointment as federal judge X
          KWMU:  Reports of perceived 'hate crimes' plummet almost 40% in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Medicare open enrollment ends this Saturday for Missouri olds
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's new, nonpartisan state demographer:  Who has applied?
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) would thwart boys' schemes to compete against girls in high school sports
          KMIZ:  State Board of Education ironing out legislative plans
          The Missouri Times:  Ag groups, utilities ask Missouri State Tax Commission not to raise taxes on agricultural land
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State's focus on industrial hemp continues X
          P-D:  No smoking weed in state parks for Missouri medical marijuana patients
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Evans (R-West Plains) tackles changes to bond, parole rules in pair of bills
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Gaming Commission approves casino license transfer +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Insurance company ranks Missouri in middle of the pack for distracted driving X
          P-D editorial:  Scuttling Clean Missouri would be a GOP step away from ethics and transparency X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislature should give Gov. Parson's gun proposal a chance X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Nonsupport toll extends beyond attorneys;  Missouri's cowardly deadbeat dads create a critical economic challenge X
          P-D op-ed:  National Council of Jewish Women opposes Sarah Pitlyk's confirmation as federal judge, citing abortion stance X
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        Wednesday, December 4, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Jill Schupp volunteers to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          SE Missourian:  EPA:  Jackson company in compliance with emission guidelines +
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment sues EPA, seeking to stop pollution runoff in lakes
          SNL:  Missouri environmental group sues EPA over lake protection rules X
          AP:  Activists sue EPA over water quality in Missouri lakes
          KCUR:  Duck boat owner can't use 19th century maritime law to limit claims in Missouri disaster, judge rules
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson promotes Jeff Earl as new legislative director
          KWMU:  St. Louis City asks for $15 million in state tax credits for soccer stadium project
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Trish Gunby (D-St. Louis County) talks with Jo Mannies about special election win, expectations for serving in House superminority
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers float plan to let college athletes get paid X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley talks legislative funding goals, says Gov. Parson understands value of community colleges
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Higher Education and Workforce Development hopes program will get Missourians back to college to finish degrees
          KC Star:  Conservative group says University of Central Missouri does poor job supporting free speech X
          KCUR:  Kansas City Public Schools misses full accreditation, faces fallout from fake attendance numbers
          KC Star:  Falsifying attendance records will cost Kansas City Public Schools nearly $200,000 X
          CDT:  Bill aims to set rules on student restraint X
          Missourinet:  Death certificate legislation is personal for Rep. Donna Pfautsch (R-Harrisonville)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Cold Weather Rule underway to keep heat on for payment derelicts
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves changes to Missouri American Water billing for St. Louis County customers
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson, looking for safety, seeks refuge under a loosely tethered Trump tent X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should allow sports gambling, rein in video terminals in 2020 X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Narrow focus works best on Missouri gun debate X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Gregg Keller's tweets are offensive X
          P-D letter:  St. John man says Post-Dispatch editorial board is hypocritical to oppose death penalty while supporting infanticide X
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        Tuesday, December 3, 2019
       
AP:  UAW says it will bolster controls after embezzlement scandal;  St. Louis-area underbosses spent union dues on cigars, golf green fees, swanky villas and more
          SNL:  Judge says 1851 law does not apply in duck boat cases X
          The Missouri Times:  Kaitlyn Schallhorn named new executive editor of The Missouri Times
          SNL:  News-Leader to experiment with new method of customer feedback - removing reader comments X
          AP:  Moody's Analytics report:  Many states in good shape to weather recession
          AP:  Monthly survey suggests economy slowing in 9 Midwest, Plains states
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview:  A look at what's ahead for 2020 session
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks with Scott Faughn about legislative priorities:  Clean Missouri fix, opioids, much more
          JCNT:  Lawmakers flood Capitol with bills on first day of early filing X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on Clean Missouri fix
          Missourinet:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) hopes stand-alone gas-tax measure makes it to ballot in 2020
          CDT:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) seeks to ease vehicle licensing X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bipartisan bill from Reps. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) and Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis) would address schools' "seclusion and restraint" policies
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview series:  Missouri farm bill rooted in history
          Missourinet:  Sports betting and gaming machines addressed in Missouri House committee report
          JCNT:  New watchlist presented of public retirement plans X
          P-D:  With construction looming, state financing on tap for St. Louis soccer stadium X
          P-D:  More Missourians approved for medical marijuana use than predicted X
          KWMU:  'Report for America' advocacy journalism series:  Businesses see profit opportunities in Missouri's cannabis space
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson says he'll listen to Missouri voters on Medicaid expansion. It's about time. X
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should be leading the campaign for a Missouri vaping tax, not ruling it out X
          The Missouri Times' Kaitlyn Schallhorn:  Gov. Parson's special session fixing vehicle sales issue is one we can all be thankful for this holiday season
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Habilitation Center Parents Association's Mary Vitale:  Disabled Missourians need more habilitation access X
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        Monday, December 2, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri farmers still backing President Trump, says Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          KC Star:  Hawley, others push FEMA on flood-payout process X
          KWMU:  Missouri Foundation for Health says cost for Obamacare is rising
          SNL:  Cover Missouri, other advocacy groups to offer in-person help for Obamacare signups X
          KC Star:  'Report for America' to sponsor KC Star's new gun-control series X
          Report for America:  Seeking "gutsy" journalists "to hold powerful institutions accountable"
          Missourinet:  Kansas City mayor looks forward to working with Gov. Parson, says bipartisanship is critical in battling crime
          P-D:  National effort to track police shootings slow to catch on among Missouri departments X
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans considering options for 'Clean Missouri' fix X
          JCNT:  More outreach and promotion for state arts council, including to veterans homes X
          KWMU:  Mental health care dominates Missouri telemedicine field
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) says expanding Medicaid will hurt education
          P-D:  Liberal solution for vaping illnesses:  higher taxes X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri to launch application process this month for hemp production
          P-D:  Earthquake simulator to make Missourians shake X
          CDT:  Boonville police chief defends record on rape kits X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri should capture revenue from online sales taxes X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Prioritize rape victims and end the backlog of untested rape kits X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian says Ukraine issue will give Democrats control of Missouri in 2020 X
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        Sunday, December 1, 2019
       
December 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  NEW FEATURE:  Post-Dispatch publishing home addresses, telephone numbers of letter to the editor authors X
          KC Star:  College conservatives say their number are growing;  Comments from Missouri Federation of College Republicans Chairman Jeffrey Metzler X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area hospitals prepare for 'tsunami' of expanded Medicare X
          SNL:  2020 politics could force another delay of REAL ID X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) says "surprise billing" legislation is critical
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sen. Blunt had a key role in keeping NGA in St. Louis X
          KC Star letter:  American Bar Association applauds the Star's advocacy journalism series on public defenders X
          CDT letter:  Columbia octogenarian baffled by REAL ID requirements X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian says her fellow senior citizens believe in respecting voters' decisions, and voting straight Republican undermines democracy X
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        Saturday, November 30, 2019
       
P-D:  Black Friday:  Small group of anti-police protesters destroys property, attempts to incite police at St. Louis Galleria X
          P-D:  Black Friday photo gallery:  Woman shouts unnecessarily into voice-amplifying megaphone;  Obese man attacks AT&T display;  Man wearing headphones delivers monologue to police officer;  Other winsome and efficacious acts X
          P-D:  Black Friday video:  Pack of protesters meanders around mall, chants ditty about "killer cops" X
          P-D:  James Buford dies at 75;  Former president of Urban League, son of a policeman, was highly regarded for dignity and civilized deportment X
          AP:  River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding
          KWMU:  Missouri Foundation for Health trying to drive up census participation, says suboptimal numbers could mean fewer government handouts
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Dirk Deaton (R-Noel)
          JCNT editorial:  State lawmakers correct to focus on curbing gun violence X
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        Friday, November 29, 2019
       
JCNT:  Presidential candidates file for Missouri primary X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn visits Mexico, says country's leaders are enthused about USMCA
          SNL:  Ripley reaches settlement in all but one duck boat lawsuit X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton)
          The Missouri Times:  Chez Monet serves up a slice of family in the Capitol
          P-D:  Gov. Parson, Galloway differ on Medicaid expansion X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview series:   Writing the law:  How Capitol staff provides a foundation for legislation
          KC Star:  Lawsuit claims Missouri therapist sexually assaulted prisoners at Chillicothe Correctional Center X
          P-D:  Missouri nonprofit settles $75,000 loan for under $10k X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT area engineer discusses how certain roads are prioritized for snow removal
          KWMU (10/1/19):  Kaiser Health News' Laura Unger:  University of Michigan study found Medicaid expansion substantially reduced mortality rates
          P-D letter:  Former Democratic state rep candidate Ed Shew plagiarizes Kaiser Health News story (above) on Medicaid expansion in other states, signs his own name X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man mocks Post-Dispatch editorial's high-minded posturing regarding quality journalism X
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        Thursday, November 28, 2019   Happy Thanksgiving!
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt works to ease the path to adoptions X
          KWMU:  Coming back for more:  Kathy Ellis (D), who got twenty-five percent (25%) of vote in 2018 against U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, says 2020 result will be totally different
          KC Star:  Galloway didn't investigate Greitens transparency issues, baffling advocates X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Kirk Mathews, head of the Medicaid Office of Transformation
          SE Missourian:  Medicaid marijuana patient permit applications outpace estimates +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri medical marijuana enrollment growing quickly
          The Missouri Times:  Ceres statue returning to Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers critical of NCAA's sanctions against Mizzou
          P-D:  Spire pushes back at court ruling that gas company overcharged customers X
          The Examiner (Independence):  Independence mayor denies link between donations and votes X
          KC Star:  PAC donations to Independence mayor draw FBI interest X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's deer firearm season comes to a close with lower numbers X
          Washington Missourian's Joe Barker:  In the fight against corporate cost-cutting, journalists are united and support each other;  Also, St. Louis' big-market journalists only storm into town to cover Franklin County's big crimes X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Shavonne Danner:  Response to Carl Bearden's piece opposing Missouri Medicaid expansion
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        Wednesday, November 27, 2019
       
P-D:  Gov. Parson files paperwork to put President Trump on March 10 presidential preference ballot X
          Missourinet:  At groundbreaking celebration, Clay thanks Blunt for leadership on NGA
          P-D:  In groundbreaking, NGA says it will build St. Louis businesses, too X
          P-D:  NGA photo gallery:  Blunt, Clay, Gov. Parson, Adam Schiff, protesters with "Reparations Now" sign, more X
          Missourinet:  Fort Leonard Wood leaders aim to make Thanksgiving special for thousands of Missouri soldiers
          P-D:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) may agree to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election X
          SNL:  Democratic Governors Association poll shows Gov. Parson leading Galloway X
          The Missouri Times:  In new ads, Senate Conservative Caucus highlights mission
          SNL:  Greene County Democratic Party leader quits, takes job with Teamsters X
          The Missouri Times:  State hemp associations seek to operate under state, not federal, guidelines for 2020
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), Part II:  Q&A
          Missourinet:  New DHSS report details health challenges facing rural Missourians
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) wants MoDOT to examine other states' best practices for snow, ice
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview series:  How House Research, others contribute to the drafting of legislation
          KWMU:  Legislative preview:  Lawmakers to discuss rise of gaming machines
          JCNT:  Restoration continues at Missouri State Capitol, Governor's Mansion X
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt concludes inquiry into elder abuse hotline
          KC Star:  Kansas City leads Missouri cities in untested sexual-assault kits X
          P-D:  Supreme Court rejects appeal from Ferguson figure;  Dorian Johnson gained attention with fabricated "Hands up, don't shoot" tale X
          P-D editorial:  Gun-safety effort between mayors and Parson is a sliver of what's necessary X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  With Drury Award, Gary Rust shows that hard work matters +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Chuck Drury's comments about Gary Rust +
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman thanks Hawley for supporting nutrition bill X
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        Tuesday, November 26, 2019
       
P-D:  NGA prepares to break ground on $1.7 billion north St. Louis City campus X
          Brownfield Ag News:  National Weather Service warns of possible spring 2020 floods in Missouri, other states
          KC Star:  A video chronicle:  Months of relentless flooding push Missouri River dwellers to the brink X
          KC Star:  VA Secretary Robert Wilkie visits KC, gives update on various legal issues X
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic Governors Association hopes to convince donors that Galloway will be competitive
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Lane Roberts (R-Joplin) announces re-election campaign to Missouri House X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City)
          AP:  Gov. Parson, urban mayors want to keep guns from minors, abusers
          CDT:  Gov. Parson, mayors outline gun violence bills X
          P-D:  Missouri mayors push for limiting youth access to guns - with Gov. Parson's blessing X
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson says limiting youth access to handguns is important
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri Highway Patrol's surge on St. Louis City interstates has led to 300 arrests
          P-D:  AG Eric Schmitt hosts roundtable to hear from opioid-treatment experts X
          SNL:  After two investigations, MO DHSS adds online form for adult abuse reports X
          KWMU:  Missouri adds more ways to report elder abuse
          P-D:  Missouri starts online tool for reporting adult abuse X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri broadband grant programs starting soon
          SE Missourian:  Schmitt:  Almost 100 boxes of rape-kit evidence in Cape County remain untested +
          The Missouri Times:  Invenergy acquires Atchison County wind farm project, a future Ameren facility
          KWMU:  Five years after Ferguson riots, Dellwood tries to bounce back from destruction;  Packs of rioters stole from businesses, set buildings on fire
          KC Star editorial:  'Common sense':  KC mayor agrees with Gov. Parson that minors, abusers shouldn't have guns X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  University of Missouri's gun ban is justified X
          P-D op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson and NGA Director Robert Sharp:  Building a workforce for the future for NGA and St. Louis region X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman annoyed by family columnist/beauty-product-reviewer Aisha Sultan inserting anti-Trump vitriol into fluff features X
          P-D letter:  Manchester woman says Missouri lags behind other states in anti-opioid programs X
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        Monday, November 25, 2019
       
AP:  UAW capo Vance Pearson resigns;  Missouri-based leader one of 13 charged with embezzling member dues for luxury vacations, booze and partying
          AP:  Home buyouts split apart flood-prone Mosby, Mo.
          KWMU:  Federal grant helps Missouri S&T researchers look for contaminants left behind by spring floods
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson aims to make Missouri a national leader in apprenticeships
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri officials tout 'Clear the Air' anti-vaping campaign X
          P-D:  With $26 million at stake, Missouri takes another swing at curbing license plate scofflaws X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County's Ritenour School District aims to reduce percentage of white students in gifted program
          Washington Missourian:  Future of coal ash for traction control uncertain;  Local environmentalists compare use on roads to "secondhand smoke" X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's congressional delegation correct to press FEMA on befuddling flood policy X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Even women who claim to be pro-life know Missouri's abortion policies hurt women X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville man says Sen. Josh Hawley, a professor of constitutional law, is ignorant of U.S. Constitution X
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        Sunday, November 24, 2019
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler says House Dems' impeachment efforts a waste of time, will backfire
          Brownfield Ag News:  South Korea's new import policy good news for Missouri rice growers, says Ag Director Chris Chinn
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Hawley tours apartment complex where residents complain of substandard conditions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer, Brenda Shields post impressive fundraising numbers X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT urges drivers to stay safe on the roads Thanksgiving week
          SNL:  Ozarks woman sues MoDOT board over fatal crash involving guardrail X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri State Parks asks for help testing new trail app
          Joplin Globe:  Severe storms that hit Superfund sites could provide environmental activists more opportunities to complain X
          SNL op-ed:  Tech trade association attorney:  Josh Hawley's legislation would take power away from parents X
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        Saturday, November 23, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley backs bill aimed at creating programs to help pay for high-cost health claims
          Missourinet:  Blunt wants State Department to boost measures for international adoptions
          SNL:  Burmese students showcasing culture at Pershing Middle School;  Legal immigrants seek to assimilate, express gratitude for opportunities that America provides X
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Department of Transportation awards $10M to 3 Missouri airports
          JCNT:  Flood recovery group's recommendations to span local, state, federal levels X
          KC Star:  Hawley urges federal investigation of KC public housing projects X
          SNL:  Leader of national LGBTQIA* group makes stop in Springfield, says priorities involve minorities and transgenders X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Rosenbaum, others discuss Gov. Parson's anti-vaping campaign, GM's tax incentives, St. Louis City police officers' potential emancipation, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Michael Williams, appointed by Gov. Parson to University of Missouri Board of Curators
          KC Star:  KC schools waiting to learn what the fake attendance data scandal will cost them X
          P-D:  Medicaid waiver waitlist:  How adult care workers' demand for higher wages has affected state budget decisions X
          Washington Missourian:  State lawmakers discuss support for sustainable agriculture, debunk myths about CAFOs X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC, Spire resolve issues from 2018 natural gas fire incident
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  United for Missouri's Carl Bearden:  Medicaid expansion:  Selling snake oil to the masses
          SNL op-ed:  Democratic state rep candidate Dave Gragg:  If Republican lawmakers cared about Missouri, they would raise taxes for Medicaid expansion, and education, and also roads X
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        Friday, November 22, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley split on vote to keep federal government open
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley continues criticism of China X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Democrat altered absentee ballots, forged documents
          P-D:  Special Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D) documents vote fraud in St. Louis County:  Former Rep. Ted Hoskins (D) forged absentee applications, changed votes on ballots X
          AP:  Vote fraud documented in St. Louis County;  Democrat Jean Peters Baker charges Hoskins with five counts
          AP:  Missouri Department of Revenue will make it even easier for those changing address to update voter info
          St. Joseph News-Press:  ATF says Missouri's young criminals steal firearms from cars outside of establishments that forbid guns X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans' comments on This Week in Missouri Politics regarding crime rated "Half True"
          KCUR:  Advocates for Medicaid expansion say too many KC-area immigrants are uninsured
          SE Missourian:  Veteran newspaper publisher Gary Rust honored by Cape Chamber +
          AP:  Monthly survey of Midwest bankers shows rural economy growing in November
          Missourinet:  Deer hunting season means increased sales for many Missouri businesses
          KWMU:  Galloway audit criticizes oversight of special taxing districts in St. Louis City
          P-D:  Galloway documents sales tax rates as high as 11.679 percent in St. Louis City X
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe honors dozens of law enforcement officials in Medal of Valor ceremony
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick's office places $2.5M in natural disaster loan program
          The Missouri Times:  20 questions with Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan)
          The Missouri Times:  Senate pre-filing:  What to know about the legislative process
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers ask if property taxes should change statewide because of Jackson County X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's timid approach to vaping X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's Republican supermajority not spending enough money to subsidize black families X
          KC Star editorial:  Despite their wishes, Kansas City police officers should be forced to live within city limits X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jeff Shawan (R-Poplar Bluff):  Liberal silence on illegal immigration is deafening
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian says Missouri tax on Internet purchases is inevitable +
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        Thursday, November 21, 2019
       
JCNT:  FEMA grants total $912,000 to local tornado-damaged households X
          Missourinet:  USDA grant helps to expand virtual health care in rural Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Graves secures federal funds for Kirksville Regional Airport
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen on short- and long-term solutions for taming urban criminals
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt calls for law and order session, hopes to free St. Louis City police officers from residency requirement
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Michael Davis to run for Jack Bondon's open state rep seat
          KWMU:  EPA data shows areas near major highways have higher air pollution levels than areas further away from traffic;  Activists decry "environmental racism," demand Gov. Parson appoint urbanite to Missouri Clean Air Commission
          SE Missourian:  2020 legislative preview:  Local lawmakers sponsor bills on shared parenting, texting while driving, more +
          Missourinet:  State lawmakers from both parties have beef with rising property taxes for senior citizens
          KC Star:  KC Public Schools falsified records to gain state accreditation X
          Missourinet:  Former KC schools superintendent claims he was unaware district was falsifying attendance records
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt's audit finds more than 6,000 untested rape kits in Missouri
          CDT:  Schmitt audit finds 7,000 untested rape kits in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Missouri discovers about 7,000 untested and partially-tested rape kits since 1980
          KWMU:  Court rules against Spire in pipe-repair billing case
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Gov. Mike Parson launches unserious, half-hearted anti-vaping campaign X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Arkansas public-private partnership might be a compromise model for Missouri CAFO disputes X
          P-D letter:  Hillsboro septuagenarian attempts logical leap involving Missouri legislators, abortion and gun control X
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        Wednesday, November 20, 2019
       
Detroit News:  Embattled UAW capo Vance Pearson meets in secret with feds in St. Louis;  Fellow St. Louis-based union leader Nick Robinson also embezzled member dues
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, other lawmakers continue to work on stalled defense bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Army Corps of Engineers to reduce water releases into Missouri River
          Missourinet:  Federal grant addresses severe water shortage, some road issues in northeast Missouri
          KWMU:  In-depth:  Gov. Parson talks with Jason Rosenbaum about workforce development, transportation, Medicaid, abortion, upcoming election
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Drew Dampf, chief of staff for Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby)
          KWMU:  AG Eric Schmitt endorses 'law and order' agenda for Missouri legislators;  Schatz-Grier bill would emancipate STL police officers from living within city limits
          P-D:  Ending residency requirement for St. Louis City cops gets support from Schmitt;  Mayor, police chief seek to give officers freedom to live in safe communities X
          AP:  Schmitt, lawmakers lay out plan to help control violent urban crime
          SE Missourian:  Higher Education Commissioner Zora Mulligan stresses education to create strong workforce +
          Columbia Missourian:  Former House Minority Leader Jeff Harris (D-Columbia), now a judge, sides with UM on gun ban
          CDT:  Jeff Harris sides with University of Missouri in 2nd Amendment case X
          AP:  Gov. Parson names Ron Richard to Missouri Southern board
          Missourinet:  House committee studying local taxation to hold final hearing Wednesday
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State's tax breaks for GM appear to be a bad bet X
          P-D editorial:  Still awaiting an end to Missouri's 'tampon tax' X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City Public Schools could pay dearly for falsifying attendance records X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must fund and fix its broken public defender system X
          KC Star public defender advocacy feature preamble:  Dave Helling:  How Missouri justice system cheats poor defendants X
          KC Star public defender advocacy feature:  Public defenders ordered to violate ethics to keep defendants moving through court X
          KC Star public defender advocacy feature:  Missouri prosecutors hold all the cards. Public defenders and vulnerable clients fold. X
          KC Star public defender advocacy feature:  Missouri judge pressures poor to plead guilty X
          KC Star public defender advocacy feature:  With overloaded public defenders, you only get 'a sliver of an attorney' X
          KC Star public defender advocacy feature:  Before their day in court, poor people forced to spend years in jail X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Tribute to reporter Mark Bliss, who's shared his life with our community +
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        Tuesday, November 19, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis activists use "voter suppression" storytelling to motivate voters, say Missouri's voting rules are too confusing for urbanites to understand
          SNL:  In wake of Springfield's overdose spike, feds charge 20 in heroin cases:  Devonte Smith, Marquis Martin, Roderick Stewart, Delante Worsham, Danjouna [sic?] Wiggns [sic?], etc. X
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer hopes to avoid government shutdown
          SNL:  Missouri Republicans use Dems' impeachment push in fundraising appeal X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about Jefferson County's partisan evolution, Missouri transportation funding, and Hyperloop
          KC Star:  National pro-choice group endorses Nicole Galloway for governor X
          P-D:  Washington University contributes $250,000 to Medicaid-expansion campaign X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri launches 'time-sensitive' youth vaping awareness campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson announces campaign to educate public about dangers of vaping
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson launches 'Clear the Air' anti-vaping campaign X
          Missourinet:  Missouri hopes to put out fire in popularity of e-cigarettes among youth
          KWMU:  Missouri begins youth vaping campaign
          P-D:  Gov. Parson rolls out anti-vaping campaign X
          The Missouri Times:  Greg Mermelstein named interim director of Missouri public defender system
          SNL:  Missouri State Parks Director Bill Ellis retires with little fanfare X
          SNL:  Fewer deer, one hunter killed on opening weekend X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  Stubborness on school choice comes at a price X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  MATA's Brett Emison:  Response to Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt op-ed
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        Monday, November 18, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Nationwide rally for Texas serial rapist/murderer Rodney Reed draws eight (8) in Columbia;  Organizer expresses disdain for "very conservative, very backwards" Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local law enforcement focusing on human trafficking X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) talks with Scott Faughn about workforce development, state revenue, consequences of Medicaid expansion, Trump impeachment;  Panel of Rep. Bob Burns (D-St. Louis County), Sam Gladney, Ken Waller, Nicole Jenkins talk Trump and impeachment, Gov. Parson vs. Galloway
          P-D:  Gov. Parson to attend Republican Governors Association event in Florida this week X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says Casey's General Stores expansion in Joplin will bring quality jobs
          KWMU:  As Gov. Parson drives Missouri workforce development, St. Louis Community College looks to specialize in health care
          P-D editorial:  Nicole Galloway, other Dem gov candidates should make Obamacare and Medicaid expansion the cornerstones of their campaigns X
          KC Star editorial:  KC police department should not be governed by governor-appointed panel X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri high school football players can pray, but coaches shouldn't be leading X
          Messenger:  As Missouri River remains high, Maryland Heights ignores flooding lessons;  Thoughts from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Excutive Director David Stokes X
          SNL op-ed:  Democratic gov candidate Nicole Galloway:  Missouri should ban government use of message-destroying apps X
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        Sunday, November 17, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Gov. Parson honors veterans, Stars and Stripes Museum at inaugural event:  "This governor will never take a kneel to anyone who disrespects this country" +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe lays out agenda, looks to election X
          SNL:  Medicaid-expansion campaign stages photo op in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development says Nucor's Sedalia steel plant will open in late December
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers weigh in on GM job-retention plans
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  MoDOT says final two trusses on old Champ Clark Bridge slated to come down Monday
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Army Corps of Engineers will reduce water released from upstream dams, and that's good news for Missouri X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Governments should pass anti-vaping rules X
          P-D editorial:  Northwestern University debacle reminiscent of Melissa Click's journalist-bullying X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  "Answer Man" column:  Is MoDOT really telling drivers to go ahead and hit deer on the highway? X
          P-D letter:  Mountain View sexagenarian couple says SOS Jay Ashcroft "derelict in his duty" X
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        Saturday, November 16, 2019
       
Farm Journal:  U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visits USDA KC office, discusses challenges and opportunities
          AP:  Perdue, Missouri officials celebrate USDA research agencies' moves to Missouri
          KC Star:  Perdue explains advantages of having researchers in KC, closer to farmers X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nicole Galloway's criticism of Gov. Parson for uninsured children rated "Half True"
          P-D:  Rex Sinquefield contribution alert:  Successful businessman/philanthropist contributes to Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe X
          The Missouri Times:  Farmington businessman Kent Scism (R) launches campaign for Gary Romine's open Senate seat
          Columbia Missourian:  Jacque Sample plans to run against Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville), will emphasize gun control, Medicaid expansion, "women's issues";  First-time candidate says she is "not exactly fluent" in raising money
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Mary Gant Newquist, Missouri's first female state senator;  Kansas City Democrat talks about political courage and her vote against the Equal Rights Amendment
          SE Missourian:  Federal grant will help defray costs for child care services at SEMO +
          SE Missourian:  Health officials report Missouri's second vaping-related death +
          Missourinet:  Missouri's second vaping-related death is a woman in her mid-50s
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rally against Missouri Department of Corrections draws three (3) in St. Joseph X
          KWMU:  Missouri DNR collecting 'orphaned containers' that washed up in Missouri during spring floods
          Joplin Globe:  Modern deer season dawned 75 years ago in Missouri X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  The ship has sailed on duck boats X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian expresses anger at Sen. Blunt for not supporting anti-Trump proceedings X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City septuagenarian defends Cleaver for comparing preservationists to KKK, says congressman "probably had flashbacks" to 1960s X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City septuagenarian attempts analogy involving Gov. Parson, cattle and Missouri residents X
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        Friday, November 15, 2019
       
KC Star:  Trump will nominate KC Library's Crosby Kemper III to lead Institute of Museum and Library Sciences X
          JCNT:  Former Trump advisor John Bolton speaks at Lincoln University X
          The Missouri Times:  Clay invites local pro-choice activists to testify before House committee
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local activists want Trump to flip-flop on Paris climate-change accord
          KWMU:  Sweep of violent fugitives nets 160 criminals in St. Louis
          Missourinet:  69 gang members in St. Louis area arrested;  16 arrests on murder-related warrants
          P-D:  Lacy Clay enters Lambert Airport fray, demands binding vote on privatization X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  GOP fundraising letter is wrong - Hillary Clinton will not run for president
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola) announces bid for Mike Cunningham's open state Senate seat
          SNL:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) speak at Drury University on women and campaigning X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson announces nearly $8 million for hundreds of workforce development programs across the state
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson speaks at Callaway bridge X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control series:  In Missouri, gun sellers abound
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood denied Medicaid money for second year in a row X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS confirms second vaping-related death in state
          KCUR:  Liberal arts students, professors increasingly defensive about their degrees' value;  Missouri state legislators are to blame
          KC Star:  Flotron & McIntosh in the running for KC lobbying contract X
          P-D:  Gov. Parson appoints new judge to St. Louis County circuit court X
          Washington Post:  Gannett, GateHouse shareholders approve merger, creaing nation's largest newspaper publisher X
          KCUR:  Kansas City Star gives up on Saturday print edition, will publish six days a week next year;  KC Star Editor Mike Fannin does not respond to inquiries
          JCNT:  Missouri DNR endorses proposal to build new well, pump station X
          SNL:  Deer firearms season opens Saturday in Missouri X
          AP:  Activist sues to get St. Louis City personnel data;  "Grassroots Accountability Movement" wants to publish names of officers who have pulled over black drivers
          KC Star letter:  Grain Valley man suggests that Cleaver remove his own name from street and give that honor to MLK X
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man wants sex education to be required in Missouri schools +
          Washington Missourian letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian doesn't want CAFOs in Franklin County X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man mocks Post-Dispatch's marketing pitch of "trusted journalism" X
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        Thursday, November 14, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  House in 'chaos' as Democrats fixate on impeachment +
          Joplin Globe:  Local professors weigh in on political theater of impeachment hearings X
          The Missouri Times:  DACA before U.S. Supreme Court:  What it means for young illegals in Missouri
          KC Star:  Lacy Clay, House Dems to host "National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda," St. Louis Planned Parenthood's chief abortion officer, others at hearing X
          AP:  National Transportation Safety Board:  Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals
          KC Star:  New safety recommendations for duck boats same as 2002, years before Missouri tragedy
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson attends Moniteau County Cattlemen's Association dinner
          SNL:  Democrats find woman to fill ballot slot against Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield);  Betsy Fogle thinks focusing on Medicaid expansion, LGBTQIA* issues will make her a winner X
          The Missouri Times:  Homelessness in Missouri down, says Missouri Housing Development Commission study
          Missourinet:  Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) to file slot machine legislation for 2020
          Columbia Missourian:  Family wins lawsuit against DESE for right to take online classes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC greenlights Evergy, Nucor rate contract for Sedalia steel mill
          KWMU:  Anti-CAFO activists rally in Franklin County
          JCNT:  Firearms deer hunting opens this weekend X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Hunting has huge impact on northeast Missouri economy X
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants AG Eric Schmitt to spend time looking into 'dangerous' urban apartment conditions X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman saddened by Cleaver's "racism" allegation against preservationists X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Retired director of Carpenters Regional Council training program:  State of Missouri is commited to building on apprenticeship program X
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        Wednesday, November 13, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says trade dispute has hurt China's economy, believes Pelosi is using USMCA vote as impeachment leverage against some Dems
          SE Missourian:  SEMO political science professor expects "political theater" from House Dems' impeachment hearings +
          AP:  Missouri awarded $35 million in federal grants for road projects
          JCNT:  Medicaid-expansion advocates hold rally at library X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson creates new office tasked with increasing apprenticeship opportunities
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson creates office to increase number of apprentices X
          KCUR:  In Missouri, mental health parity is being enforced by state laws
          KC Star:  Activists use lung cancer statistics to continue push for higher state tobacco taxes X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Join Gov. Mike Parson, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, and Peter Kinder at Stars and Stripes National Museum fundraiser this Saturday night +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg):  State, federal governments must look at infrastructure improvements to mitigate disasters before they happen
           KC Star's Michael Ryan:  New film shows campus assaults on free speech. How do Missouri colleges fare? X
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        Tuesday, November 12, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to visit KC on Friday;  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves talks benefits of USDA relocation
          AP:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver appears on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show to criticize historic preservationists, compares "Save the Paseo" group to KKK
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics episode recap
          KBIA:  "Intersection" podcast:  Serving in a superminority:  Dem Reps. Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens talk Medicaid expansion, coping strategies for 2020 session, more
          KWMU:  Missouri House superminority member Rep. LaDonna Applebaum (D-St. Louis County) wants Medicaid expansion, PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sarah Jones, assistant attorney general - special litigation
          KWMU:  Thousands in Missouri already have medical marijuana cards with nowhere to legally buy it
          Missourinet:  Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development hosting Apprenticeship Missouri Summit today in Columbia;  Comments from Zora Mulligan
          Columbia Missourian:  State reps appear on "food insecurity" panel, discuss playing Empower Missouri's "#MOSNAPChallenge" sympathy game
          P-D:  Missouri fines Doe Run $1.2 million for lead emissions, other infractions X
          KC Star editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver stomps and shouts when asked about comparing MLK Boulevard opponents to KKK X
          P-D editorial:  Sunshine Law won't work unless more Missourians demand that officials comply X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri deer hunters can stop spread of CWD by following state rules X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  Liability lawsuits create unnecessary hurdles for businesses
          KBIA op-ed:  Graduate student Kelly Kenoyer:  Missouri's lack of higher ed funding forces some Mizzou students to have jobs, miss parties
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Hyperloop has economic benefits, but doesn't alleviate immediate need to fix I-70 X
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        Monday, November 11, 2019   Veterans Day
       
Missourinet:  Marine Corps League says new members are crucial for lobbying on Capitol Hill
          AP:  Thousands in Missouri, other states face life-threatening floods from aging dams
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Deepening river proposed to alleviate future flooding X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep.-elect Trish Gunby (D) talks to Scott Faughn about campaign and plans upon joining House superminority;  Panel of Reps. Jim Murphy and Tommie Pierson Jr., Thom Robbins and Braxton Payne talk special election, Gov. Parson vs. Nicole Galloway, gaming-machine controversy, more
          P-D:  Retired Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner among applicants for multiple marijuana businesses X
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group leader says more kids should be in mental health system, not foster care
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Data shows Missouri American Water supplies clean water to local communities;  D.C.-based Environmental Working Group complains about federal safety standards X
          KC Star editorial:  Sen. Josh Hawley is right - drugs flooding across U.S.-Mexico border kill Missourians X
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        Sunday, November 10, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visits Catapult Creative House to learn about young entrepreneurs +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 4, 2019
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Southern President Alan Marble praises Gov. Parson:  "(He) has done the best job in a long time in understanding higher education ... he's put the money behind his talk" X
          SNL:  Here's what Springfield lawmakers said about top education issues for 2020 X
          SNL:  Scientific data from Missouri Department of Natural Resources underscores safety of drinking water;  Amateur epidemiologist disagrees with science, imagines that chemical caused relative's non-Hodgkins lymphoma X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Credit Gov. Parson and state lawmakers for turning the corner on higher education funding X
          KC Star op-ed:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville):  Common sense violence fix:  Hold dangerous felons accountable for their actions X
          Messenger:  Missouri legislators should spend more taxpayer money on public defender system X
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        Saturday, November 9, 2019
       
Fox News:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) on impeachment, President Trump's success in lowering black unemployment rate
          Columbia Missourian:  Millennial woman running in Dem primary to challenge Hartzler suggests beating incumbent will be easy:  "I'll just take her job"
          CDT:  Democrat vows strong fight against Hartzler;  Lindsey Simmons compares heroics as high school track competitor to running for U.S. Congress X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking weekly news roundup:  Jason Rosenbaum, others discuss legalized sports betting, Democrats' early 2020 salvos against Eric Schmitt, special elections, more
          The Missouri Times:  As Missouri continues to debate sports gambling, NFL Players Association raises security concerns
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau Republicans Kathy Swan, Wayne Wallingford promote shared-parenting legislation +
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative committee hearing raises concerns on child diversion data, foster care shortages
          AP:  Missouri proposes ban on pot companies paying taxes in cash
          Missourinet:  Missouri's vaping-related illness cases continue to climb
          SNL:  New state law helps tighten up local schools' winter break X
          SNL:  Greene County Commission won't oppose CAFO law X
          P-D editorial:  Ward Franz's resignation shows value of whistleblowers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri jobs are paid by trade
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  In new book, David Limbaugh makes the case for conservatism +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  GOP state rep candidate Will Perry:  Angela Davis was a poor choice for SEMO's MLK event +
          P-D letter:  Catholic deacon says abortionist's claim to "value life" is hypocritical X
          JCNT letter:  CAFO opponent responds to CAFO supporter responding to CAFO event responding to CAFO legislation X
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        Friday, November 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler, Luetkemeyer weigh in on House Dems' upcoming impeachment hearings
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt, others call on EPA to fix proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rule
          Missourinet:  Federal operation targets dangerous sex offenders in the Ozarks
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines former Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) for misuse of campaign funds
          P-D:  Bruce Franks spent campaign money at casino, pet hospital, jukebox app, wrote checks to himself and "cash";  Former state rep resigned in July citing "mental health" X
          P-D:  Petition to place Medicaid expansion on ballot is quarter of way there, activists say X
          The Missouri Times:  Renewable energy initiative petition ballot language faces legal battle
          AP:  Report:  No evidence St. Louis City prosecutor was threatened by Greitens' attorneys
          P-D:  No charges in Gardner's threat claim against Eric Greitens' attorneys X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson calls bridge program key to strong economy X
          Missourinet:  Major League Baseball says Missourians expected to wager $5.5 billion on sports, if it's legal
          KWMU:  Pro sports leagues pitch gambling to Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri Police Chiefs Association's Sean Fagan talks "Ferguson effect" and struggle to attract talent
          JCNT:  MoDOT readies for winter storms, already treating some roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Evergy to appeal PSC decision in Sibley case, estimating annual impact of $9 million
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's suburban voters are smarter and better informed than rural counterparts - and that spells trouble for Ann Wagner X
          P-D editorial:  Don't allow proliferation of machines that may constitute illegal gambling X
          KC Star editorial:  Three more murders in Kansas City show how urgently Missouri lawmakers must pass gun control X
          CDT op-ed:  GateHouse Media regional editor Allen Fennewald:  We need targeted rural broadband expansion everywhere X
          Messenger:  Poor people in Missouri are paying for extra retirement benefits for sheriffs X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says Gov. Parson's pro-life position is "shameful" X
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        Thursday, November 7, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley concerned about Chinese social media company's data collection X
          P-D:  Blunt praises nominees for federal judgeships X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House special election results
          AP:  Victory in St. Louis County signals hope for 2020, Democrats think
          Columbia Missourian:  Wait list long for state mental health programs
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson credits investment in workforce development, infrastructure for October revenue results
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson announces $5 million broadband grant program
          P-D:  St. Louis City has approved roughly 50 gaming machines in restaurants, gas stations X
          Columbia Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick seeks help in returning unclaimed military medals
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick hopes to renunite military medals with those who earned them X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC sides with Evergy over handling of renewable energy credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Emerald ash borer made its way to 16 new Missouri counties this year, Dept. of Conservation says
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian scolds state legislators for incontinence diaper taxes, abortion legislation, other transgressions X
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        Wednesday, November 6, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Former White House speechwriter:  "Josh Hawley reminds me of those early years of Ronald Reagan"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn, others to join U.S. trade delegation to Mexico
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency talks future "openness" initiatives
          Scott Faughn:  Post-Dispatch's "Wildwood Woke" approach attacks black legislators for abiding by Clean Missouri regulations;  Kansas City Star's hypocrisy on tax subsidies;  Post-Dispatch's early campaign salvos against Eric Schmitt;  Special elections;  More
          KC Star:  2020 campaign preview:  Gov. Parson's election to four-year term X
          KWMU:  Gunby captures Democrat-leaning House seat
          P-D:  Democrats win local House races X
          SNL:  Missouri may not let legal weed companies pay taxes in cash. That could be a problem. X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri launches broadband grant program
          The Missouri Times:  Inside Missouri's $5 million rural broadband grant program
          KWMU:  From competition to cooperation:  St. Louis Public Schools and charter schools are working together
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol:  Deer-vehicle collisions peak in November in Missouri
          Missourinet:  At Senate hearing, Springfield trial lawyer complains about gun laws
          P-D editorial:  Cozy relationship with state attorney general helps Paul McKee escape a costly lawsuit X
          Messenger:  Some still unhappy about surcharge for Sheriff's Retirement Fund X
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway:  CAFO event was disappointingly one-sided X
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        Tuesday, November 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Hartzler encouraged about a USMCA vote
          KWMU:  A federal tax law could put rural electric co-ops in Missouri at risk
          P-D:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick seeks full, four-year term X
          Missourinet:  Six Missouri House seats to be filled in special elections today
          Missourinet:  Most Missouri state employees will be off on both Thanksgiving and the following day
          P-D:  Missouri tourism chief Ward Franz out amid whistleblower probe into hotel stays, Yankees and Red Sox tickets X
          The Missouri Times:  Hyperloop won't take funds away from other infrastructure needs, Kehoe says
          The Missouri Times:  Senators sit through marathon hearing on urban gun violence
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) wants state to give her $500k for "gang intervention"
          Missourinet:  KC police chief says his city is on pace for nearly 150 homicides this year
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators sit through seven hours of testimony on urban violence
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee holds hearing on urban gun violence
          P-D:  Marijuana business hopefuls in Missouri competing with country's largest pot retailers X
          SNL:  Two Springfield city councilmen seek to pass resolution complaining about state CAFO law X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City octogenarian skeptical of Hyperloop costs X
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        Monday, November 4, 2019
       
KWMU:  USDA data shows Missouri has improved hunger levels throughout the state
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks with Scott Faughn about Hyperloop, transportation funding, legislators' mandate from voters on abortion, veterans' issues;  Panel of Rep. Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City), Brett Dinkins, Jim Lembke, Anne Schweitzer talk pro-choice social media outrage, Hyperloop, Gunby-Pitman, more
          SNL:  Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick to announce run for full term in Cassville today X
          P-D:  Democratic attorney general candidate requests documents from Schmitt's office regarding internal ethics audits X
          SNL:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to speak at Drury panel on politics next week X
          P-D's "The Bottom Line" video series:  Business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher talk online sales taxes X
          Missourinet:  Higher Ed and Workforce Development Director Zora Mulligan says Missouri's colleges and universities face maintenance crisis
          KWMU:  A look at legal issues surrounding Illinois residents smuggling their recreational marijuana into Missouri
          CDT:  Ag groups dropped from lawsuit over state CAFO law X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Chronic wasting disease is still around in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  A look inside Columbia's debate over urban violence;  19-year-old who shot 13-year-old:  "He dead. I know he dead and I'm going to jail."
          P-D editorial:  Legalized marijuana industry sees cause for concern with cannabis vaping products X
          Messenger:  AG Eric Schmitt is investigating former Missouri National Guard general in connection with tax credits X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman says KC-area urban violence targets "black transgender women and gender-nonconforming people" X
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        Sunday, November 3, 2019
       
SNL:  What to know about Obamacare in 2020:  Advice from Cover Missouri's Nancy Kelley X
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt introduces McCaskill at State Historical Society event
          CDT:  McCaskill speaks at State Historical Society event X
          P-D:  2019 special House election preview:  Trish Gunby (D) vs. Lee Ann Pitman (R) X
          P-D:  2020 attorney general election preview:  Democrats, media to highlight developers' donations to Eric Schmitt X
          P-D:  Federal appeals court says Missouri lobbying rules don't apply to activist Ron Calzone X
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 28, 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Emissions tests may end in Franklin County, if EPA accepts state plan X
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood, lady Dems vent emotions over state abortion lawsuit X
          JCNT:  Missouri Hospital Association tracking programs aimed at reversing opioid epidemic X
          JCNT:  Missouri Budget Project's Tom Kruckemeyer says tobacco companies are buying state legislators X
          Missourinet:  Senate committee to hear testimony tomorrow on urban gun violence
          P-D editorial:  Sports and video gambling are here to stay. Taxpayers should reap the benefits. X
          CDT op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Most Obamacare plans in Missouri not rated X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri rural broadband still elusive 50 years after Internet's birth
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to start opposing Trump agenda X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County liberal disagrees with AG Eric Schmitt on Obamacare, pro-life policies, CAFOs X
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        Saturday, November 2, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley want to track law enforcement suicides
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt tours new facilities at air base X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler talks impeachment, China tariffs, support for Christian groups
          CDT:  Hartzler's office helped Christian group book meeting room in Cannon House Office Building;  Liberals outraged X
          SE Missourian:  Pro-life memorial gone from South Mount Auburn site;  VA health care center incoming +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking news roundup:  Jason Rosenbaum, others discuss Pitman-Gunby special House election, Hyperloop, more
          KWMU:  Local NAACP names new president:  John Bowman, Sr.
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe congratulates LU School of Nursing for 50th anniversary X
          KC Star:  NARAL social media campaign targets DHSS' Randall Williams with "a rallying cry for women, trans, and non-binary folks" X
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson says Planned Parenthood's "spreadsheet" meme is misleading X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 30, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's greeting to USDA newcomers in KC:  Hello, swamp creatures! X
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        Friday, November 1, 2019
       
November 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          November 2013 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  USDA's Kansas City decision praised by top Missouri Democrats and Republicans
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn:  ERS, NIFA move to Missouri will benefit state's farmers
          The Missouri Times:  USDA steps closer to Kansas City move with downtown lease
          AP:  USDA picks Missouri office building as its Kansas City site
          KC Star:  USDA finds rent value in Kansas City move X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's congressional delegation votes along party lines on Trump impeachment rules
          Joplin Globe:  Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler react to impeachment vote X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley wants to add federal resources to opioid fight X
          SNL:  Mother of Springfield homicide victim works to change 'sanctuary city' rules;  New Jersey county let Mexican illegal off scot-free X
          KWMU:  EPA says workers are done cleaning up Carter Carburetor Superfund site in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talks vaping regulations, vehicle license-tag scofflaws, gun control, city-county mergers, more
          P-D:  STL League of Women Voters celebrating 100 years with banquet X
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood director punctuates testimony with tears X
          P-D:  Abortion hearing photo gallery:  Women who choose to be obese protest over "healthcare";  Abortion clinic director turns on the waterworks;  More X
          KWMU:  In weepy testimony, abortion clinic administrator talks about state inspections and standards
          KC Star:  Abortion clinic administrator cries, says state inspectors had "accusatory demeanor" X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Reps. Karla May (D-St. Louis City), Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) talk online sales taxes
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri's latest economic numbers provide good news X
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        Thursday, October 31, 2019   Happy Halloween!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt, Hartzler urge USMCA vote and passage
          Newsweek:  Blunt blocks Democratic bill that would strip power from states
          SNL:  Hawley says fentanyl is behind overdose crisis X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS says KC Star piece on tracking Planned Parenthood's botched abortions was misleading
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood's chief doctor claims abortions at St. Louis clinic are safe
          P-D:  Top Planned Parenthood doctor:  "Physicians make mistakes. Unfortunately, complications do occur." X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Gov. Parson statement on small-business wage growth rated "Mostly True"
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Reps. Karla May (D-St. Louis City), Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) talk online sales taxes
          KCUR:  State of Missouri's college economics:  Students want cheaper tuition, universities want more state funding, GOP state legislator says there's "not a pot of gold at the end of any rainbow"
          JCNT:  Missouri Public Transit Association says state needs to spend more money on public transit X
          The Missouri Times:  Cannabis trade group urges Missouri to strictly regulate marijuana vaping products
          AP:  AG Eric Schmitt sues Florida company over calls
          JCNT:  It's deer season on Missouri roads;  Dept. of Conservation warns of danger created by wild animals X
          The Missouri Times:  New Senate committee to tackle gun violence, public safety
          KWMU:  New series "Children Under Fire" will focus on victims of urban street culture
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's spreadsheet on women's menstrual cycles is totally normal. In dystopia. X
          P-D editorial:  Tracking menstrual cycles to attack abortion rights merits investigation X
          SE Missourian editorial:  State should legislate online sales tax collection +
          P-D editorial:  Emissions tests work. That's cause to continue them here, not roll them back. X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri House should comply with Sunshine Law X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  MoDOT correct to educate about seat belt use, texting while driving X
          Messenger:  Planned Parenthood hearing reveals Gov. Parson's Halloween Week House of Horrors X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Don't let state legislators dry out Missouri's budget reserves X
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Could school choice end poverty? This KC advocate wants a revolution in education X
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        Wednesday, October 30, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Army Corps of Engineers to release more Missouri River water late into fall
          Columbia Missourian:  New speaker series from State Historical Society of Missouri to feature retirees Claire McCaskill, Jack Danforth
          SE Missourian:  Liberal activist Angela Davis to speak at SEMO's MLK Dinner in January +
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft, state Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County) seek to fight online misinformation
          SNL:  Officials urge Missourians to get REAL IDs to fly X
          KC Star:  Using patient data helped state identify Planned Parenthood's botched abortions X
          P-D:  Cannabis industry group wants Missouri health officials to issue vaping regulations X
          Missourinet:  Nicole Galloway audit:  Urban charter school exec exaggerated attendance to get extra $1.4 million in state aid
          KWMU:  Urban charter school's founder fudged attendance worth extra $1.4 million in state aid
          Columbia Missourian:  Panelists from MoDOT, other groups propose distracted-driving solutions
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) to host DNR public meeting Nov. 7 on TCE pollution X
          KC Star editorial:  KC mayor wants to take guns away from abusers. Why hasn't Missouri done this yet? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Brad Hudson (R-Cape Fair):  Illegal slot machines gamble on the state's future, but Missourians can still win the day
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City woman promotes anti-Trump group's Medicaid-expansion rally X
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        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
       
KC Star:  Substantial incentives in play for the new USDA jobs in Kansas City X
          AP:  Prolonged Missouri River flooding could last all winter
          SE Missourian:  Cape district accepts federal grant for school safety +
          KWMU:  West St. Louis County House race could be a political barometer
          KWMU:  State lawyers say Planned Parenthood puts patients at risk
          KC Star:  State has "grave concerns" about patient care at St. Louis abortion clinic X
          AP:  Hearing begins on fate of St. Louis abortion clinic
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood says state's move to shutter abortion clinic is overblown X
          KWMU:  Missouri officials eye test track for super-fast hyperloop transit system
          The Missouri Times:  Hyperloop could have significant impact in Missouri - if it's the first
          Missourinet:  Task force:  Hyperloop could fuel Missouri economy by billions, make 17k jobs
          Missourinet:  Haahr, Rowden say Hyperloop should happen
          AP:  Officials pitch Missouri for high-speed Hyperloop test track
          JCNT:  Missouri's Hyperloop panel issues final report X
          CDT:  Panel recommends Missouri build Hyperloop test track X
          Columbia Missourian's Judy Lucas:  Missouri looking to build Hyperloop test track;  Comments from "State Treasurer Scott Fitzgerald [sic]"
          KC Star:  Missouri races ahead to land first Hyperloop test track X
          P-D:  Hyperloop study calls for test track to be built in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Rural schools face funding cuts as timber sales agreement lapses
          P-D:  State looks to exempt Franklin and Jefferson counties from auto emissions test X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT sponsors third annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day X
          KC Star editorial:  Wait - why is Missouri offering public incentives to bring USDA jobs to KC? X
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        Monday, October 28, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Area Dems hear from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, Hollywood TV crew boss at Eleanor Roosevelt Day;  Democrats changed event name from "Jackson Days West" after complaints about racism X
          KWMU:  President of health clinic for immigrants quits, says Trump administration "has literally tried to strike fear in the heart of immigrants"
          This Week of Missouri Politics:  Guest Deb Lavender talks to guest host Brittany Robbins about her gun control agenda, state Senate campaign, more;  Panel of MOGOP's Pat Thomas, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy (D), consultant Cassie Grewing talk tax credits, gaming machines compromise, Medicaid expansion, Gunby vs. Pitman, more
          KWMU:  Hearing on Planned Parenthood abortion clinic's license begins in St. Louis
          P-D:  Abortion license is on the line this week as state and Planned Parenthood lock horns X
          Missourinet:  AG Eric Schmitt close to finishing referrals in Missouri clergy abuse investigation
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  On data portability, Hawley and Big Tech may not be as close as they seem X
          P-D Nicklaus and Gallagher:  "The Bottom Line" video series:  Business columnists discuss Missouri's tax incentives for startups vs. big companies X
          KC Star letter:  Nixa sexagenarian says Gov. Mike Parson does not demonstrate Christian values X
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        Sunday, October 27, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri UAW workers vote in favor of GM proposal with Wentzville investment on table
          Columbia Missourian:  Experts call for more research into medical marijuana at health policy summit;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Jane Drummond, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri State Highway Patrol looking into rolling 'Cannabus' pot peddlers;  Woman given weed in exchange for "donation";  Man gets "medical" certification, calls process "pretty easygoing"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts tapped for position in Jay Ashcroft's secretary of state office X
          P-D:  Trial set for private investigator charged with lying in Greitens probe;  William Tisaby blames racism after getting caught perjuring himself
          JCNT:  Federal grant bringing improvements to JeffTran X
          Washington Missourian:  City of Union asks to be sole applicant for East-West Gateway grants, crucial for Highway 47 funding X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State legislators should get behind Holly Rehder's PDMP proposal X
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood board of directors septuagenarian expresses anger at Blunt for support of Trump X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man calls U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer a "coward" for position on Syria X
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        Saturday, October 26, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. House passes Ann Wagner bill to help fund rape kit testing
          KC Star:  Signs point toward a downtown KC location for USDA research agencies X
          JCNT:  Corps of Engineers:  Expect spring flooding in mid-Missouri X
          P-D:  Wentzville's GM workers step off the picket line following nationwide vote to end 40-day strike X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Weekly news-roundup series:  Jason Rosenbaum, others discuss Sen. Brian Williams' (D-University City) campaign spending and effects of Clean Missouri on transparency
          SNL:  St. Louis attorney Mark Pedroli criticizes Republicans for constituent-privacy protections X
          CDT:  In speech to local Dems, Michela Skelton promises to raise taxes, stick it to "corporations and the ultra-wealthy" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Michela Skelton speaks to Muleskinners;  Two-time Missouri House runner-up will take on veteran Judy Baker in Democratic state Senate primary
          SE Missourian:  At event arranged by former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Honorable Young Men club impresses state legislators +
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 21, 2019
          Missourinet:  Gaming industry predicts sports betting will generate millions of dollars in Missouri
          SNL:  Haahr, Hough honored for boosting MSU funding X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Missouri bull shark story is 'baloney'
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        Friday, October 25, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley wants to move 10 federal agencies out of D.C., including one to Missouri
          SNL:  Hawley wants federal agencies in Missouri, other states X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley question Democrats' impeachment processes X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler weighs in on House Dems' impeachment efforts
          CDT:  Woman running in 4th Congressional Democratic primary distributes "news release" about Hartzler and impeachment X
          P-D:  Wentzville GM workers strongly approve contract proposal;  Hazelwood woman laments inability to pay household bills after three (3) light paychecks;  Husband relaxes at home in recliner, on "medical leave" with depression X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ashcroft rallies poll workers ahead of election X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House special elections 2019:  What to know about the races
          Columbia Missourian:  Lt. Gov Mike Kehoe, Ag Director Chris Chinn, Dept. of Higher Ed's Zora Mulligan speak at MU session on rural broadband
          P-D:  As Missouri lawmakers consider sports gambling, revenue estimates jump X
          SE Missourian:  Schmitt warns of scams, discusses Facebook inquiry +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association confident Missouri's meat-labeling law will prevail
          JCNT:  It's deer season on Missouri roads X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  For better school comparisons, bring consistency to state assessments X
          P-D op-ed:  Lacy Clay:  Seeking solutions to student loan crisis X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Hartzler wrong to join mostly-male group of impeachment objectors X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman thanks Blunt for support of bone marrow program X
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        Thursday, October 24, 2019
       
KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Republicans storm impeachment inquiry;  Rep. Vicky Hartzler - re-elected in 2018 by 32 percentage points - faces "competitive race" X
          KC Star:  Sen. Josh Hawley calls for moving 10 federal agencies into heartland X
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner praises House reauthorizing rape kit legislation, slames 'politicization'
          SNL:  Mexican alien nabbed in Marshfield likely to be deported;  Jose Vargas-Leon, five other illegals were captured by ICE at Mexican restaurant last year X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Local union boss' quote in The Missouri Times regarding General Motors' profits rated "Half True"
          P-D:  University City man seeking Democratic nomination for attorney general defends Obamacare X
          The Missouri Times:  Education initiative petitions OK'd to gather signatures
          JCNT:  Missouri House sued over response to open records request X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) to prefile Missouri PDMP legislation in December
          JCNT:  AG Eric Schmitt talks to local seniors about avoiding scams X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt warns seniors of increasing number of scam calls
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri roadway project earns national recognition