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        Thursday, July 24
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt react to rulings on federal health care subsidies
          KODE:  Koster says it's unclear exactly what health care rulings mean, says Supreme Court will ultimately decide
          SNL:  MU prof Joshua Hawley, attorney in Hobby Lobby case, weighs in on new rulings X
          KCUR:  Health insurance enrollees in Missouri, Kansas to get more than $18M in rebates (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          JCNT:  Blunt:  Senate failing on highway funding bill X
          The Hill:  McCaskill teams with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), for "Let Me Google That for You Act";  Senators say it could eliminate superfluous National Technical Information Service
          P-D:  Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack names Wash U. dean to agriculture board
          P-D:  Wall Street Journal:  Nixon is a potential also-ran for president
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Vicky Hartzler's re-election;  Process will include a GOP primary opponent, Libertarian Party primary, Dem
          Drebes:  Fundraising quarters:  Dems terminate House, Senate committees, raise money through party;  MOGOP raises less than $17K in three months whilst spending $45K
          SNL:  AG Chris Koster (D) makes case for "Right to Farm";  Handful of protesters gather outside event X
          KY3:  Koster visits Springfield in support of Amendment 1
          KSMU:  Koster touts Amendment 1;  Area activists Sarah and Sheila Nichols denounce corporations and Missouri groups representing cattlemen and farmers
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lively debate sparked at local "Right to Farm" town hall meeting
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 7, transportation sales tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  2nd Senate District GOP primary debate:  Chuck Gatschenberger vs. Bob Onder vs. Vicki Schneider
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Post-debate roundtable:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Charles County), Jane Dueker, Gregg Keller, Ryan Burke
          KSHB:  Missouri's PROMO says 60% of Missourians support gay marriage (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Lobbyist Andy Blunt talks about growing up in Jefferson City +
          The Missouri Times' Upon Adjournment magazine:  Profile:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  34 of the Best Senators in the Last 25 Years:  Part 1
          KC Star:  Missouri claims another victory in border war with Kansas;  Business-services firm, CPA firm could claim up to $25.4M and $660K in incentives, respectively +
          AP:  Missouri Lottery gave less to education in 2014
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon orders review of Missouri Lottery after revenues plummet
          P-D:  Nixon orders review of Missouri lottery operations
          AP:  State delays vote on KC schools' accreditation
          KC Star:  Kansas City, Hickman Mills school districts to hand out free meals to all students, regardless of need +
          The Missouri Times' Upon Adjournment magazine:  Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) on top 5 places to visit in his district
          AP:  Execution of Arizona murderer takes longer than expected;  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) says he'll continue to support Missouri's single-drug execution protocol
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James pushes for an open carry ban in Kansas City +
          KSDK:  Koster's office sues softball tournament organizer;  Elmo Green set up "Black Ice Organization" to take kids' cash, then canceled tournament
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale):  Vote yes on "Right to Farm"
          SNL op-ed:  Gateway Farms' Ruell Chappell:  There is nothing good for Missouri in Amendment 1;  The Chinese already own 50,000 acres of Missouri farm land X
          P-D letter:  AP's David Lieb and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provide biased coverage in favor of large corporations and against activists opposing "Right to Farm"
          KC Star letters:  Gas tax more equitable than sales tax;  Amendment 1 would bring back puppy mills +
          JCNT letter:  Loose Creek woman supporting Amendment 1 seeks to correct misinformation about "corporate farms" vs. "family farms" X
          P-D letter:  Metropolitan Congregations United's Lisa Mack Thompson:  Applaud school boards that accepted transfer students back
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        Wednesday, July 23
       
Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Conflicting rules on health subsidies leave residents worried in Missouri
          KWMU:  Health care for St. Louis veterans is expanding, says acting head of VA
          AP:  VA chief, in St. Louis, pledges end to whistleblower retaliation
          P-D:  Local VA whistleblower questions acting secretary during St. Louis visit
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Blunt on VA fiasco +
          KC Star:  Obama is headed to KC area next week +
          Missourinet:  Obama to visit KC area Tuesday to discuss economy
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber's speakers series to host Gov. Nixon and gov wannabes Chris Koster, Tom Schweich and Catherine Hanaway
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times hosts SD2 debate
          The Missouri Times:  5 questions with state Senate candidate Jill Schupp (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Republicans Betsy Phillips and Chuck Basye compete to fill ballot slot against Rep. John Wright (D-Rocheport)
          SNL:  139th District candidates talk issues at forum;  Winner of GOP primary will replace Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Lobbyist Andy Blunt
          AP:  Nixon tours Iowa ethanol plant
          KC Star:  Missouri declines to give Kansas City Public Schools temporary provisional accreditation +
          AP:  Missouri delays vote on KC schools' accreditation
          P-D:  Missouri school board restores transfer rights for certain students
          P-D:  Despite pleas to Missouri Legislature for financial relief, Normandy School District ended 2013-14 school year with $1.5 million of cushion
          P-D:  Normandy Schools Collaborative to hold job fair for teachers;  Prospective educators can apply in person at Barack Obama Elementary School
          KWMU:  Labadie residents win legal challenge against Ameren's coal ash landfill - for now
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court to review Labadie coal ash suit
          Missourinet:  Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual rankings for child welfare rank Missouri #29
          P-D endorsements:  Vote no on Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket), no on Amendment 9 (data)
          SNL endorsements:  No on Amendment 5 (guns), no on Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket), yes on Amendment 9 (data) X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  NY Times reporting shows that Missouri needs prescription-drug database X
          Messenger:  Court gets it wrong on Obamacare;  Blunt was right to encourage enrollment in exchanges
          Priddy:  Guilt by association:  Republicans taking tobacco checks with brazen timing, and Rex Sinquefield primary-election money
          CDT's Waters:  Tobacco-company checks are much ado about nothing;  Reps. Caleb Jones (R), Caleb Rowden (R) were going to vote with tobacco company anyway X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Give taxpayers all the facts on the budget +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar):  Vote yes on "Right to Farm"
          Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  Vote "No" on amendments changing Missouri Constitution, except vote "yes" on transportation tax
          Columbia Missourian's Rose Nolen:  Octogenarian fondly recalls days of farm-fresh food, will vote "No" on Amendment 1;  "If I want to farm ... I'll get me [sic] a spot in the community garden"
          KC Star letters:  McCaskill is great at asking GM tough questions - she should have tried it with Sebelius;  "Right to Farm" only benefits Monsanto shareholders +
          JCNT letter:  "Right to Farm" is a tool of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) X
          P-D letter:  Don't risk deer health;  uphold veto of bills
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        Tuesday, July 22
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt tell vets that nation owes them
          The Hill:  McCaskill, Blunt slam 'shameful' VA crisis response
          Missourinet:  Biden speaks at VFW convention in St. Louis
          KWMU:  In lengthy speech at VFW convention, Biden defends withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Afghanistan
          P-D:  In St. Louis speech, vice president touts nominee for troubled VA
          AP:  Biden:  U.S. won't rest until VA problems fixed
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Missouri GOP and veto overrides, McCaskill and campus sexual assault +
          Helling:  Pro-transportation tax campaign seems sluggish, and it's getting late in the game +
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 9, data privacy
          The Missouri Times:  Personality profile:  Kip Kendrick, Dem replacing Chris Kelly, is "always laughing and very passionate," says Batman is his favorite superhero
          The Missouri Times:  Briefs:  "Right to Try";  CBD bill;  Amendment 9;  Prescription drug database;  tobacco Master Settlement Agreement;  "Right to Farm"
          NY Times:  Missouri alone in resisting prescription drug database
          KWMU:  Exploration of Missouri and prescription drug databases
          SNL:  Glenn Beck's anti-Common Core movie to be shown in Springfield;  Joplin, KC will also have viewings X
          Joplin Globe:  State audit of Joplin School District begins X
          KC Star:  KC school district asks Missouri for temporary provisional accreditation +
          P-D:  Kirkwood school board maintains tuition for transfer students
          KWMU:  Progress report:  Normandy school hiring hits 80 percent, will try 'flipped' classrooms
          P-D:  Normandy High School to get 'flipped' classrooms
          Columbia Missourian:  Empathetic approach yields results for Missouri's at-risk youth
          P-D:  Slideshow:  35 murderers executed since 2000;  Holden (15) maintains 5-injection lead over Nixon (10), followed by Blunt (5), Carnahan (4), and Wilson (1)
          P-D:  Cleanup of lead pollution at St. Joe State Park nearing an end
          P-D:  Barrier between fire and nuclear waste at West Lake Landfill is delayed
          NY Times editorial:  GM rightly rebuked in the Senate by McCaskill, others
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies
          P-D editorial:  Timing of campaign check - this time, to Rep. Caleb Jones (R-California) - trips up Missouri GOP again
          Joplin Globe letter:  Amendment 5 (gun rights) is deceptive X
          JCNT letter:  Various reasons to vote against Amendment 7 X
          P-D letter:  Lottery participation decreases as people get smarter
          P-D letter:  Paper prints form letter submitted by O'Fallon woman demanding health insurance for anorexia, bulimia    (original letter here)
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        Monday, July 21
       
Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Health insurance campaigns face new obstacles with tighter budget;  Cover Missouri might keep FleishmanHillard, or choose one of four other firms
          P-D:  Spy agency's move could leave historic St. Louis complex vacant
          KWMU:  In wake of yet another flood, Clarksville renews quest for a permanent solution
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Returning to normal:  Flood gates to be pulled today
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Hobby Lobby lawyer to join Schweich, Ron Richard at Thursday's annual GOP watermelon feed X
          KWMU:  Overviews:  Amendment 8 (lottery ticket) and Amendment 9 (data)
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Gracia Backer (D) loses local school board race, will face Travis Fitzwater (R) in November state rep matchup
          Rosenbaum:  Legislators may have numbers to counter Nixon's vetoes;  A bill-by-bill analysis
          Missourinet:  Chamber applauds signing of bill redifining 'misconduct';  Comments from VP of Govt. Affairs Tracy King
          P-D:  Missouri doesn't collect data to check success of summer-school programs
          Fox 4 KC:  Marchers push for legalized medical cannabis in Missouri and Kansas;  Comments from Show-Me Cannabis' Amber Langston (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          KSMU:  Missouri shelters, facing staggering demand, turn abuse victims away at ratio of 2 to 1 (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          JCNT editorial:  Consider Nixon's vetoes individually, not collectively X
          SNL op-ed:  Sales tax for MoDOT is too much X
          P-D's Deb Peterson:  University City rights its wrong on Normandy transfer students
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 7 would hit working families instead of trucking industry X
          P-D letter:  Payday loan company responds to editorial critical of payday loan bill
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        Sunday, July 20
       
The Hill:  Border bill divides Dems;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Protecting business vs. protecting consumers:  Luetkemeyer leads GOP charge against "Operation Choke Point"
          Washington Missourian:  No controversy at local clinic for veterans
          P-D:  Ronnie White's road to the federal bench;  61-year-old will get to serve several years
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri Senate seeks staff writer;  Requirements include ability to work on tight deadlines, tolerance for legislators, willingness to accept salary of $30K
          KC Star:  On taxes and education policies, Rex Sinquefield's clout is growing;  Billionaire contributes to Chris Koster ($260K), Catherine Hanaway ($50K), many others +
          JCNT:  Overview:  Luetkemeyer's re-election X
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer, other 3rd Congressional GOP candidates on issues X
          JCNT:  3rd Congressional Dem candidates on issues;  Response from Velma Steinman, no response from Courtney Denton X
          SNL:  Overviews:  Amendment 5 (guns) and Amendment 8 (lottery ticket) X
          P-D:  How much more can Missouri Lottery grow?  Voters will decide on new lottery ticket to raise money for Missouri Veterans Commission
          SE Missourian:  If history repeats itself, Amendment 7's transportation sales tax will not pass +
          JCNT:  Campaign finance update:  Amendment 7 X
          JCNT:  Campaign finance updates:  Kehoe receives sizable checks;  Riddle outraises Schieffer X
          Washington Missourian:  Campaign finance updates:  Area state House, Senate seats
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Area forum focuses on state rep race, "Right to Farm;"  Dem candidate compares Republicans to 1960s Southern racists who opposed civil rights
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) blames reporting error for timing on tobacco company donation X
          CDT:  Missouri CBD law highlights gray area of federal law enforcement X
          JCNT:  Judge acquits pro-life woman of trespassing at Planned Parenthood clinic X
          Washington Missourian:  City, Missouri DNR broker deal on landfill
          SE Missourian:  Data from Koster's office suggests area police stop minority drivers at higher rates;  Sheriff says police taking radar 100 yards away are focused on vehicle, not driver +
          SNL endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 X
          CDT endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 X
          JCNT editorial:  Zweifel warns Missourians of unclaimed-property scammers X
          CDT op-ed:  Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions' Terry Ganey:  Vote no on Amendment 7 X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  Amendment 7 is bad policy for improving roads +
          Lee's Summit Journal's John Beaudoin:  GOP candidates for Grisamore's open seat to appear at forum on Tuesday
          P-D letter:  Keep Nixon's vetoes on deer bills
          SNL letter:  Pleasant Hope woman says GOP blocked Medicaid expansion and gave tax cuts to the rich - vote "No" against every amendment except Amendment 9 (data) X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man opposes Amendment 1, notes that Smithfield is owned by the Chinese
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian opposes Amendment 1, recounts "Red Scare":  Chinese own Missouri farmland and Smithfield, and "Right to Farm" signs are red
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        Saturday, July 19
       
KWMU:  Durbin, McCaskill call for tougher actions against Russia in wake of airliner crash
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says GM's legal team ''killed innocent customers"
          KMOX:  Blunt encourages media to raise awareness of search for Lynn Messer, wife of veteran Missouri activist Kerry Messer
          P-D:  How area congressional delegation voted on this week's issues
          SNL:  PROMO's AJ Bockelman tells supporters that Missouri will legalize gay marriage within one year X
          JCNT:  Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Amendment 5
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          AP:  Missouri gun measure wording will not be changed
          Missourinet:  Amendment 5 cleared for ballot
          CDT:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorses Amendment 7 transportation sales tax proposal X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Bob Johnson, running for GOP nomination for Grisamore's seat, is endorsed by Planned Parenthood
          Drebes:  State rep candidate complains about yard signs;  Candidates kvetching over insignificant topics was covered in area blogger's "Ten Campaign Commandments"
          Joplin Globe:  Nixon appoints MSSU board member X
          P-D:  Missouri education department hires transition officer for Normandy
          KWMU:  Will Normandy students be able to attend University City?  Despite policy change, answer not clear
          P-D:  Through federal program, taxpayers will provide free lunches to all students - regardless of need - in St. Louis Public Schools, Riverview Gardens, Ferguson-Florissant
          CDT:  Nixon appoints area lawyers Craig Chval to Public Defender Commission X
          Missourinet:  Ruling against California death penalty could be raised in Missouri execution cases
          KWMU:  Residents' tenacity sparked North Sarah community revival;  Comments from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis)
          SNL:  Missouri's largest solar farm is producing power X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Electric co-op sends local student to state Capitol for conference +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area Girls' State attendees enjoy hearing from founder of teddy-bear company, Rep. John Wright (D-Columbia), others +
          NY Times editorial:  At long last, justice for Ronnie White
          P-D editorial:  Time for Nixon and some north-side aldermen to put aside petulance and support NorthSide location for federal geospatial agency site
          KC Star letter:  Show-Me Cannabis will host public forum in Independence on Monday night +
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women's Fritzi Lainoff opposes Amendment 7
          P-D letter:  West County Democrats' Terry Gates, David Steinberg on opposition to Amendment 7
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man analogizes Amendment 7 doubts:  Diverted lottery money: schools :: Future sales tax funds : highways
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man analyzes Amendment 7 campaign finance numbers, theorizes that perhaps TV ads may run, concludes "it will be interesting"
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        Friday, July 18
       
P-D:  GM CEO Mary Barra appears before McCaskill subcommittee, says she won't replace general counsel;  Comments from Blunt
        Washington Post:  General Motors legal team comes under fire at McCaskill-led hearing
        AP:  Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer
        The Missouri Times:  Poll from D.C. firm concludes that ballot date will have no impact on transportation tax outcome
        Drebes:  America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne disses state rep candidate Neal Boyd (R);  Boyd:  "Sometimes friends let you down ... love them anyway ..."
        KC Star:  Ecco Select to add jobs, expand;  Comments from Nixon +
        AP:  KC firm to add 100 jobs;  Ecco Select could get $2.2M in incentives through Missouri Works
        SNL:  Inaugural report:  Compared to nation as a whole, Missourians more pessimistic about the economy X
        SNL:  County:  Veto override could force 'unpopular' tax hike X
        Missourinet:  State to limit pension advance operators;  Issue was top legislative priority for Treasurer Clint Zweifel
        KC Star:  Missouri weighs ban on payday loan outlets collecting utility bills +
        P-D:  University City school board reverses decision, will take Normandy transfers
        Joplin Globe:  Koster takes action on home repair complaints +
        AP:  Missouri, four other states to offer duck hunters stamps online
        JCNT editorial:  E-cigarette regulations:  Err on the side of caution X
        CDT's Waters:  Republicans should stop opposing early voting X
        KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  New, dismal jobs reports for Nixon and KC area +
        Shelly:  Nixon correct to veto e-cig, payday loan bills +
        McClellan:  Should a victim's family have influence in saying yes or no to death?  Columnist, others play Monday-morning executioner
        Washington Missourian letter:  Independent-voter organization will have a presence at some Missouri polls, seek to change state's primary ballot system
        JCNT letter:  Eldon man supports "Right to Farm," urges Missourians to oppose HSUS X
        Joplin Globe letters:  Vote for Amendment 1 and you'll get a hog farm on your block;  Vote for Amendment 7 and you'll subsidize truckers X
        Washington Missourian letter:  Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) supports Amendment 7
        P-D letter:  Citizens for Modern Transit supports Amendment 7
        P-D letter:  St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable opposes Amendment 7
        KC Star letters:  No on Amendment 7;  Show-Me Institute's Michael Rathbone on public pensions;  Missouri GOP only cares about "super rich" +
        P-D letter:  Wildwood man dislikes payday lenders, makes oceanographical allegories
        P-D letter:  St. Peters woman dislikes Democrat Pat Conway's bill on jumping jacks, criticizes Legislature for not passing Medicaid expansion
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        Thursday, July 17
       
Washington Post:  GM execs to face grilling from McCaskill, others about why top executives were unaware of defects
          Roll Call:  Democrats want jail time for executives hiding safety risks;  McCaskill to chair subcommittee hearing today
          AP:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White confirmed as district judge
          P-D:  Senate confirms Ronnie White as district judge
          AP:  Senate confirms Ronnie White as federal judge
          P-D:  Token opponents to area congressmen fail to raise money;  Wagner's leadership PAC makes contributions, Clay's PAC gives money to Joe Adams' state rep campaign
          Rosenbaum:  We asked five questions about campaign finance reports.  Here are the answers.
          KODE:  "Right to Farm" debated;  Comments from Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho), HSUS' Wes Shoemyer
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) hosts forum on "Right to Farm";  Area liberal attends, debates supporters during Q&A X
          SE Missourian:  Area Pachyderms to host public forum on "Right to Farm" today +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Area labor leader Jeff Aboussie talks about transportation sales tax campaign, working with business leaders on Boeing, more
          SNL:  Primary challenger to Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Springfield) receives 97% of campaign cash from Rex Sinquefield;  Updates on other area state rep races X
          Drebes:  Jim Anderson, recently with Springfield Chamber of Commerce, moves to Cox Health as Vice President of Marketing - Public Affairs
          SNL:  Teacher union suit could set state precedent X
          JCNT:  Veto clears smoke on e-cigs X
          CDT:  Reynolds American tobacco company contributes to Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) same day as passage of e-cig bill X
          KSDK:  Eric Schmitt's son spurs passage of CBD oil bill
          Missourinet:  Backers, critics argue significance of Missouri's new "right to try" law for terminally-ill patients
          Missourinet:  Missouri executes convicted murderer John Middleton after delays
          Missourinet:  Family remembers John Middleton's victims
          KWMU:  After delays, Missouri carries out sixth execution this year;  Nixon denies clemency for John Middleton, who gov says murdered victims "in cold blood"
          AP:  Missouri executes killer;  Nixon says case shows "monstrous" effect of methamphetamines
          P-D:  Health researchers to look into Coldwater Creek cancer questions;  North County natives blame their health problems on contamination
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans favor Medicaid expansion for a favored few
          JCNT editorial:  Investigating Common Core condemnation;  Eight advisory panels will spend time and money, with little substantive change X
          P-D letter:  Ameren should speed up closing of Meramec coal plant
          P-D letter:  Catholic minister responds to letter on Missouri same-sex marriage, opposes non-vaginal intercoursing
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        Wednesday, July 16
       
P-D:  Congress takes another step in Growler funding
          St. Louis Business Journal:  U.S. Senate subcommittee adds $1.3B for Boeing Growler
          AP:  Veterans crisis center comes to St. Louis
          KWMU:  American Legion sending VA task force members to D.C.
          JCNT:  Blunt consolidates constituent services;  For first time in years, neither of Missouri's U.S. Senators will have an office in Jefferson City X
          KC Star:  U.S. Senate to vote today to confirm Ronnie White for federal judgeship +
          P-D:  St. Louis lawyer, Ireland ambassador nominee, answers questions at Foreign Relations hearing
          Washington Post:  Capitol Hill staffers ravage McCaskill icebox;  Delectable goodies now only available to visiting constituents
          USA Today:  Feds press colleges on handling of sex assault cases
          SE Missourian:  Campus sex-assault series:  SEMO code of conduct obscures nature of students' offenses +
          KWMU:  Koster, transportation tax backers lead campaign money-raising
          P-D:  Quarterly fundraising totals:  2016 gov candidates, transportation tax
          SNL:  Overview:  7th Congressional primaries:  Billy Long's challenger criticizes incumbent's travel;  Retired teacher, college student compete to fill Dem ballot slot X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm"
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  2nd Senate District's Chuck Gatschenberger
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  24th Senate District's Jack Spooner
          JCNT:  Missouri River Regional Library weighs impact of Nixon's withholdings X
          SNL:  Greene County:  Tax breaks would put future budget below $0 X
          SNL:  Woman who supervises child abuse investigators says DHSS' Children's Division agency is not fully staffed X
          CDT:  State to expand A+ program to 'lawfully present' students
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes e-cigarette bill X
          CDT:  Marijuana extract becomes legal for epilepsy treatment X
          KWMU:  Citing mental health concerns, federal judge stays Missouri execution
          Missourinet:  Appeals court considering Middleton stay
          AP:  Appeals court to take up Missouri execution case
          P-D editorial:  The collateral damage of Missouri's race to the bottom
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Nixon correct to veto guns-in-schools measure X
          KC Star editorial:  Foolish gun measure in Missouri draws welcome opposition +
          CDT's Waters endorsement:  No on Amendment 1, "Right to Farm" X
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Gun-toting teachers and open-carry folly vetoed by Jay Nixon +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man to Akin:  "Take your comb-over and go back to the little Shangri-La you live in"
          KC Star letters:  "No" on Amendment 1;  Blunt better stop backing coal producers "before it's too late" +
          SNL letter:  To know how farmers feel about Amendment 1, listen to an actual farmer - not an animal-rights activist X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Deer Association's Sam James says legislators should override Nixon's vetoes on deer bills
          P-D letter:  PETA's Jennifer O'Connor of Virginia tells Missouri legislators how they should handle issue of exotic animals
          SE Missourian letter:  Fund roads without sales tax;  "What the heck" is a "Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund"? +
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        Tuesday, July 15
       
Brownfield Ag News:  EPA talks water rule on Missouri farm
          P-D:  Utilities await Missouri's approach to EPA carbon proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  E15 now legal to sell in Missouri, but don't expect it to be widely available
          P-D:  Veterans criticize care at St. Louis VA hospitals
          P-D:  Akin, promoting his book, compares himself to Sen. Joseph McCarthy
          KWMU:  For Republicans, silence is golden when in comes to Akin's book
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) to speak tomorrow about "Right to Farm" before Democratic group at union hall X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears gun rights amendment arguments
          JCNT:  High court asked to change gun amendment X
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  2nd Senate District's Bob Onder
          JCNT:  State House candidate Valerie Howell, who filed against Penny Hubbard (D-St. Louis), wants Court ruling to keep her on Aug. 5 ballot X
          SNL:  Wife of state rep candidate Michael Hope (R) charged with felony stealing X
          Drebes:  Analyzing the Missouri Right to Life primary endorsement list
          The Missouri Times:  Wife of Kerry Messer is still missing
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Diana Kander's book breaks Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Top 10
          AP:  Missouri, other states told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog
          P-D:  Missouri answers feds on Medicaid backlog
          Fox 4 KC:  Sales tax changes result in dance studio owner being hit with thousands in back taxes (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes record number of bills
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes school protection officer bill, signs Common Core changes
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes teacher gun measure, signs Common Core reform X
          AP:  Nixon vetoes teacher gun legislation
          AP:  Nixon endorses school standards measure
          KWMU:  Normandy parents sue for students' rights to transfer out
          P-D:  Normandy parents sue state, area districts in attempt to keep transfer students in new schools
          AP:  Normandy parents sue over school-transfer changes
          AP:  Nixon approves cannabis extract law
          P-D:  Nixon signs hemp oil legislation
          KMBC:  Mom pleased by Missouri's move to legalize cannabis extract (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          AP:  Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes e-cig bill, signs two others
          AP:  Lawyers for condemned murderer John Middleton want a new trial
          Missourinet:  Sixth execution of the year scheduled for tonight
          Washington Times:  Former House Speaker Denny Hastert:  The fight against meth needs Luetkemeyer's bipartisan bill
          KC Star letter:  Independence woman encourages fellow gun-control advocates to battle NRA and "hillbillies," suggests that 2nd Amendment supporters are on antidepressants
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        Monday, July 14
       
Rosenbaum:  Five things to look for in tomorrow's campaign finance reports
          AP:  Money flowing to transportation tax group
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 5, gun rights
          KC Star:  Nixon:  2016 presidential field needs "a voice in the Heartland" +
          Missourinet:  St. Louis VA whistleblower tells congressional committee about retaliation
          KC Star:  Akin book criticizes Blunt;  Blunt doesn't plan to read it +
          SE Missourian:  Campus sex-assault series:  Discrepancies in sex-crime data explained by SEMO Department of Public Safety +
          KC Star:  UMKC doing more to reduce cost of college for low-income students:  "We are subsidizing students at a higher rate in 2012-13 than we were in 2010-11" +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Kidsfirst Deputy Director Emily van Schenkhof says Missouri Supreme Court reverses decision that endangered children
          Joplin Globe's Redden:  Nixon signs child abuse legislation;  Americans for Prosperity-Missouri gives award to Emery;  GOP ice cream social, watermelon feed coming up X
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens, former head of The Mission Continues, floats name as possible GOP gov candidate
          P-D:  Overview:  24th Senate District primary:  Jay Ashcroft vs. Jack Spooner vs. Robb Hicks
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Four vie in GOP primary for Rep. Mike Thomson's open seat X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Allen Andrews X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Kathy DeVault X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Roger Parshall X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Stan Sportsman X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Nixon's record number of vetoes +
          AP:  Measure allowing specially-trained teachers and administrators to carry guns, other bills face action today by Nixon
          Kirksville Daily Express:  City prepares for steep budget cuts;  Nixon says city would see $740K less in sales tax revenues if Legislature overrides vetoes
          KCUR:  Dental funds for the poor caught in Missouri budget battle
          Forbes:  Conservative think tank says Missouri's Buchanan County saw highest individual rate hike in the country for males - 271% (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  No on Amendment 1, "Right to Farm" X
          Des Moines Register "Roses and Thistles" editorial theme:  A "thistle" to Missouri agriculture advocates for "Right to Farm"
          P-D editorial:  Preserving health of Mississippi River should be national priority
          P-D editorial:  Unscrupulous lenders take it on the chin for a change
          SNL op-ed:  Let's execute the monsters;  Drugs used to euthanize loyal pets are certainly humane enough for savage killers X
          P-D letter:  A sales-tax/fuel-tax compromise would have been better than Amendment 7
          JCNT letter:  "Right to Farm" backers are a bunch of anti-animal sore losers;  Also, Smithfield Foods sold out to China X
          P-D letter:  Oversight of Missouri day cares is a good thing
          JCNT letter:  Nixon signing religous freedom bill opens to door to believers in "supernatural folly," namely Christians and satanists X
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        Sunday, July 13
       
KC Star:  McCaskill has a knack for grabbing headlines;  A look inside spokesman John LaBombard's successful operation +
          SNL:  Loss of loan lifeline may hurt state exporters X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri group marches in protest against Middle East violence
          CDT:  Local protesters fire back at Israeli violence X
          KC Star:  Documents reveal Kansas City's spending plans and maneuvering for the 2016 Republican convention +
          Kaiser Health News via P-D:  Feds demand Medicaid backlog fix from Missouri
          JCNT:  MoDOT tax would give cities millions X
          JCNT:  17 Lake area projects on MoDOT's finalist list X
          JCNT:  With 7 bills remaining, Nixon's 31 vetoes sets new personal high;  31 vetoes don't include line-item vetoes in 13 bills X
          JCNT:  Legislature's final fiscal notes generally agree with Nixon's estimates X
          CDT:  Area superintendents welcome signing of early childhood education bill X
          AP:  St. Louis Board of Education perseveres despite takeover
          KC Star:  Plan to remake former Southwest High School comes with big questions for Kansas City +
          KC Star:  Payday loan case showcases brutal interest rates in an industry under fire +
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 sales tax increase +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Veterans should attend VA meeting tomorrow in St. Louis City - and demand change
          SNL editorial:  Nixon and Republicans are both wrong sometimes, they should work together more often, government requires compromise, etc. X
          Kraske:  Former U.S. Rep. Richard Bolling (D) was a political giant, especially in civil rights
          CDT's Waters:  TIF veto and Hammerschmidt;  Publisher vows to keep acting as a "public pest" on the topic X
          P-D letter:  Higher gas tax is best way to pay for roads
          P-D letter:  Missouri's legislative leaders should have less influence on bills
          KC Star letter:  Resident of Kansas offers Missourians some transportation funding possibilities +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Shame on Franklin County officials "who sold us down the river - literally [sic]"
          P-D letter:  Teach Ameren a lesson and make them spend money on "energy of the future"
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        Saturday, July 12
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill proposes whistleblower-protection bill for VA
          The Hill:  McCaskill bill would protect VA whistleblowers
          P-D:  Meramec coal plant, once celebrated, draws cheers with closure announcement
          AP:  Extent of farmland damage from floods trickles in
          P-D:  Missouri GOP secretary Pat Thomas chides Chairman Ed Martin over his Mississippi 'infringement'
          Drebes:  Amalgamated notes from the week:  Regional Business Council supports transportation tax;  Washington Post covers amnesty plea from Missouri pot folk hero
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Weekly power rankings:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) and pro-pot movement
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt rakes in $350k in first nine days since announcing state treasurer bid, has more than $1M on hand
          The Call:  Eric Schmitt to seek state treasurer's post
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon decries 'poor fiscal policy' from Legislature
          P-D:  Nixon signs $600M bonding bill
          SNL:  Missouri Catholic Conference slams Nixon veto of bill that would increase tax credits for maternity homes and food pantries X
          AP:  At National Governors Association meeting, Nixon to lead panel discussion on employing military veterans
          JCNT:  'Telehealth' bill signed into law, but lacks funding X
          CDT:  Nixon signs meningitis vaccination bill for Missouri college students X
          CDT:  Missouri Bright Flight scholarships to be fully funded for first time in six years X
          Communist Party USA's People's World:  AFT local battles Missouri anti-teacher tenure initiative (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D:  Second KIPP school to open in St. Louis
          Joplin Globe:  Local libraries target early childhood literacy with Jason Kander's "Racing to Read" program X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt, Luetkemeyer seek answers on Obamacare processor
          KC Star editorial:  Stunts from the likes of Sam Graves should be ignored, but EPA needs to clarify Clean Water Act for Missouri farmers +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  PSC decision on coal ash landfill is filled with "reason, wisdom and a healthy dose of Missouri common sense"
          CDT's Waters:  Nixon, Rep. Chris Kelly (D) right on deer management X
          KC Star letters:  Show-Me Institute and public pensions;  transportation tax;  KC woman applauds self for noticing "ALEC/aleck" homophone in 2014 +
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        Friday, July 11
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy trivializing farmers' concerns
          Missouri Ruralist:  EPA administrator clarifies intent of Waters of the U.S. rule, denounces "silly contentions"
          AP:  EPA chief defends proposed clean water rules
          Politico:  McCaskill finds colleges failing on alleged sexual assaults
          CDT:  MU student government to tackle issue of alleged sexual assaults X
          SE Missourian:  Official 'pretty proud' of SEMO efforts to address sexual violence +
          AP:  Todd Akin promotes his book
          Politico:  Todd Akin returns to national stage, seeks to sell books
          Politico:  GOP to Todd Akin:  Shut up
          SE Missourian:  Corps of Engineers responds to pubic input on floodway project report +
          AP:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) running for secretary of state
          KWMU:  SOS Jason Kander promotes early literacy program, says he hopes for high voter turnout in August
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm":  Comments from a Missouri farmer and HSUS' Joe Maxwell
          KWMU:  Koster's support for "Right to Farm" draws praise and criticism
          CDT:  Highways Commission approves Amendment 7 project list X
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 8, lottery tickets to fund veterans' programs
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) supports state rep candidate Rebecca Roeber, is "a secret weapon almost ensuring (Roeber) campaign's success"
          P-D:  Missouri psychiatric center for youth closing under state budget woes
          Missourinet:  Budget restrictions mean no raise for transportation employees, either
          CDT:  Engineering school building dependent on sustaining tax vetoes, Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) says X
          SNL:  Nixon defends withholding education funding X
          AP:  Nixon signs Show-Me Healthy Babies Program championed by pro-life groups;  Comments from Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee
          AP:  Missouri enacts law requiring meningitis vaccine
          Missourinet:  Agriculture groups gear up to fight vetoes
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes payday loan bill, sets new veto record
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes payday loan bill, says it is not 'meaningful reform'
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes payday loan bill
          AP:  Nixon vetoes legislation on payday loaning
          JCNT:  Nixon vetoes two bills of local import:  alcohol and LAGERS X
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes bill to allow sale of alcohol in State Capitol, historic penitentiary
          KC Star:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) making the jumping jack the official state exercise +
          KWMU:  Missouri honors general and his jumping jacks
          P-D:  Ritenour school district decides against Normandy transfers
          P-D:  Isle of Capri may be for sale
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill's crusade proves colleges have some learning to do in protecting alleged sexual assault victims
          P-D editorial:  Give Todd Akin the attention he deserves - which is none.
          St. Louis Review editorial:  Nixon's vetoes mean now is the time to act
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon's veto removes threat to deer posed by inane bills X
          Shelly:  Nixon should veto sneaky cigarette bill +
          SNL op-ed:  Texas A&M prof Don Davis:  Time is right for Missouri Department of Agriculture to take over deer oversight from Department of Conservation X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Anti-death penalty group to hold vigil outside Nixon's office prior to execution of murderer John Middleton
          P-D op-ed:  Episcopal priest:  Repeal amendment that bans same-sex marriage;  Gay couples are the brave modern-day Jackie Robinsons, and we should all be Branch Rickeys
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson family farmer disputes HSUS' "corporate farming" meme +
          SE Missourian letter:  SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence's Mathew Rigdon:  Nixon's budget cuts hurt Missourians +
          P-D letter:  On GOP state rep candidate Ron Bohn and Rex Sinquefield money
          Washington Missourian letter:  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee:  Wait periods reduce abortions
          Joplin Globe letter:  Nixon's veto is tragic for unborn children X
          P-D letter:  Ameren's request for rate increase is galling
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        Thursday, July 10 
       
SNL:  Obama's EPA chief, Massachusetts Democrat Gina McCarthy, calls Farm Bureau worries hogwash X
          SNL:  Cattleman knows cows, manure - opposes proposed EPA rules X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Rep. Sam Graves "welcomes" Obama's EPA boss to Missouri;  Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) on deer regulations +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area electric cooperative leader urges citizens to speak out against Obama administration's "choking" regulations +
          Time:  Blunt among Republicans supporting Import-Export Bank
          KWMU:  McCaskill says survey of college campuses shows many do not investigate alleged sexual assault
          AP:  Survey:  Alleged assaults not investigated at 2 in 5 campuses
          SNL:  McCaskil:  Schools in denial, or incompetent, on alleged sexual assaults X
          Missourinet:  Sexual assault survey claims improvements needed
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill denounces universities' handling of alleged sexual assaults +
          P-D:  McCaskill criticizes colleges and universities on alleged sexual assaults
          Washington Post:  McCaskill questions athletic-department role in alleged sex-assault cases involving athletes
          McClatchy:  Colleges fall short in investigating alleged sexual assaults, McCaskill says
          US News & World Report:  McCaskill:  Colleges don't take alleged sexual assault seriously
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          KWMU:  Forecasters predict lower water levels for Mississippi River towns
          P-D:  Missouri GOP boss Ed Martin defends Tea Party candidate in divisive Mississippi race
          JCNT:  AG Chris Koster announces support for "Right to Farm" amendment X
          CDT:  Koster endorses "Right to Farm" measure;  Nixon skeptical X
          The Missouri Times:  Koster endorses "Right to Farm" measure
          KOLR:  "Right to Farm":  Comments from HSUS' Joe Maxwell (opposed);  Farmer, representative of pork producers, representative of dairy producers (in support)
          KWMU:  Missouri transportation commissioners approve final transportation tax project list
          Missourinet:  Highway Commission approves Amendment 7 project list
          Missourinet:  Highway Commission's role, post-project-list approval, is to "educate" public
          SE Missourian:  Tax-funded transportation project list finalized +
          JCNT:  Amendment 7 transportation project list finalized X
          P-D:  Hundreds of Missouri road projects approved ahead of possible sales tax hike
          Columbia Missourian:  Final list for transportation tax includes Boone County projects
          KC Star:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) announces he'll run for secretary of state in 2016
          Drebes:  GOP donor Stan Herzog's contributions to Dan Hegemen redirected;  Senator-to-be, who is unopposed, now contributing to other GOP candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life releases primary endorsement list
          Monett Times:  Nixon vetoes Sater's abortion bill;  Senator confident Legislature will overturn veto
          AP:  Nixon signs Missouri building bond measure
          SNL:  Nixon signs off on giving caseworkers more time on cases X
          KC Star:  Missouri gets more time to protect abused children +
          P-D:  Nixon signs law requiring state oversight of thousands of Missouri day cares
          AP:  Nixon signs child-care requirement
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes changes for TIF in Boone County X
          The Missouri Times:  Waiting lists for low income housing tax credits approach three years
          AP:  Park Hill School District warns 10,000 of data breach
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation warns pet owners of prowling coyotes
          Joplin Globe:  Organizers say petition drive seeking Joplin audit is done X
          P-D:  St. Louis County gun instructor who skirted training requirements now charged with tax evasion
          Messenger:  With egregious incompetence in bill-writing/copying, Missouri Republicans show their loyalty to ALEC
          USA Today:  McCaskill:  40% of colleges don't investigate alleged sexual assault
          P-D op-ed:  Jazmin Hoey, Derion Tabb and Daisha Tankins:  Stopping "summer melt" among low-income high school graduates
          JCNT letter:  Area woman says "help" offered by HSUS' Joe Maxwell and Wes Shoemyer would put farmers out of business X
          P-D letter:  Area Catholic opposes death penalty for murderer John Middleton
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        Wednesday, July 9
       
KC Star:  Moves afoot in Missouri, Kansas to rein in 'patent trolls';  McCaskill calls shady shakedown artists "pond scum" +
          The Hill:  Senators attend closed-door Iraq briefing;  McCaskill says there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to Middle East
          P-D:  St. Louis VA whistleblower tells Congress of retaliation
          Kraske:  McCaskill on VA bonuses +
          SNL:  EPA chief visiting state to dispel water rule "myths" X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) asks DNR to delay EPA water plan
          P-D:  Feds to provide additional $100M for Missouri health centers
          The Maneater:  McCaskill backs bill to lower student loans
          KWMU:  Department of Defense mapping agency announces six possible sites for new facility
          KC Star:  Bannister Federal Complex moves forward with closing +
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin Redevelopment Corporation extends sale date on Coca-Cola property;  Developer says McCaskill has committed to help with Post Office deal X
          P-D:  McCaskill:  One-third of colleges do not train students about sexual assault
          KWMU:  Rising water slows Mississippi River navigation
          P-D:  Clarksville braces for crest as Mississippi River creeps into town
          AP:  Nixon leaning against "Right to Farm" amendment, says both sides are exaggerating potential impact
          Drebes:  More on AG Pac:  Sarah Steelman as treasurer, Mike Parson's hefty commitment, and role in "Right to Farm" campaign
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Journo gang discusses transportation tax, National Journal article suggesting Nixon and McCaskill for higher office
          KWMU:  Campaign contribution updates:  Transportation tax campaign, Eric Schmitt for state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Nixon will keep flying:  "I will not be cloistered in my office as governor of the state"
          P-D:  Nixon signs law blocking anti-coal-related ballot measures
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes captive deer bill;  Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) calls for special session fix
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes two agriculture bills, cites opposition to captive cervid language
          Missourinet:  Video, audio of Nixon explaining vetoes
          Missourinet:  Sponsors of ag bills expect to overturn vetoes, defend deer language
          AP:  Nixon vetoes change to deer oversight
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes bills intended to change oversight of deer farms +
          AP:  Nixon signs bill closing records of fraud tips
          AP:  Nixon signs financial protection bills
          AP:  Nixon signs measure that targets arrest mugshot websites
          P-D:  EPA says Crystal City lake - at which coal ash was dumped - is safe
          P-D:  Nixon signs bill that could exempt St. Charles casino from smoking ban
          SNL:  North Carolina-based Democratic polling firm says half of Missouri residents oppose extended waiting period for abortion X
          SNL:  SOS Jason Kander stops by area school, touts reading program X
          SNL non-endorsement:  Editorial board will not endorse primary candidates this election X
          P-D endorsement:  No on Amendment 7:  MoDOT's list of shiny objects can't obsure problems with tax increase
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri Farmers Care should send someone to Democratic event X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon vetoes copycat ALEC bill that legislators shouldn't have passed +
          KC Star op-ed:  Mayor Sly James:  Votes yes on Amendment 7 transportation tax increase +
          P-D op-ed:  Vote no on Amendment 7 and stop Missouri's highway robbery
          Shelly:  Nixon vetoes move to exploit captive deer +
          P-D letter:  Ladue woman appreciates Nixon's veto of abortion waiting-period bill
          P-D letter:  Paper's website includes too many ads, incites reader to use excretory language
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        Tuesday, July 8
       
P-D:  EPA head to visit Missouri to push new definition of water covered under Clean Water Act
          AP:  Nixon signs bill that could provide Missouri relief from stringent EPA emissions rules
          The Hill:  Bill from McCaskill, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) forces repayment of VA bonuses
          AP:  McCaskill, others questions Hanford Nuclear Reservation legal fees
          KWMU:  Rising Mississippi River prompts sandbagging and road closures
          AP:  Flooding closes two Mississippi River bridges
          P-D:  Volunteers stockpile sandbags to bolster levee protecting St. Charles soccer fields
          Drebes:  Missouri Republican Party members elect Susie Eckelkamp to be national committeewoman
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm":  Comments from Missouri Farmers Care, Reiboldt, HSUS, Shoemyer, Sierra Club, MU law prof
          KC Star:  Heavy Constructors kick in another $170K for Missouri tax - aiding streetcar project they've fought in the past +
          AP:  MoDOT updates project list for transportation tax, including $124M for streetcar lines in Kansas City
          AP:  List of updates to MoDOT project list:  KC streetcar lines, hiking and biking trail, more
          AP:  List of most costly MoDOT projects to be funded by tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  Senate District 2 GOP primary candidate Vicki Schneider
          SNL:  Michael Hope series:  State rep candidate attempts to raffle off hot tub;  Area nemesis claims Hope and wife harassed him;  More X
          AP:  Former Missouri AFL-CIO boss Hugh McVey joins Nixon's labor department
          AP:  Nixon vetoes health navigator limits
          KWMU:  Gov. Nixon signs religious freedom bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield)
          Missourinet:  Nixon to act on bills including captive deer language
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-life groups confident in override;  Comments from Missouri Right to Life's Pam Fichter and Patti Skain, Missouri Family Network's Kerry Messer
          KWMU:  Missourians residing overseas, or in the military, can now register and vote online
          P-D:  Missouri launches website to ease military voting
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Bootheel communities, school districts adding solar power to help cut costs;  Alabama company profits from Missouri's solar program
          KWMU:  Normandy board starts planning for new school year
          P-D:  University City school board to reconsider turning away Normandy students
          Missourinet:  Death penalty opponent, analyst consider reasons for limit to Missouri executions
          Missourinet:  State has list of 330 people missing
          KC Star:  Cass County Circuit Clerk Wendy Bell (R) resigns, 'adamantly' denies any wrongdoing;  Koster agrees to drop charges +
          P-D:  Pat Buchanan's new book shares St. Louis ties
          P-D's Nicklaus:  To improve Missouri's economy, invest in the kids
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Vote no on "Right to Farm" and say no to Monsanto, China and Brazil X
          SNL letter:  Response to editorial criticizing Nixon;  Missouri budget problems are Republicans' fault X
          SNL letter:  "Right to Farm" measure might protect Missouri farmers from California-like fiasco X
          P-D letter:  Response to letters criticizing the trucking industry and Amendment 7
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri's sales tax should have no exemptions +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Nixon was correct to veto abortion-wait bill
          P-D letter:  State law requiring long list of unclaimed property an embarrassment
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        Monday, July 7
       
P-D:  McCaskill to release survey on college sexual assaults
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Mid-Mo. feminists angry about Supreme Court's ruling on Hobby Lobby;  Jeanette Mott Oxford weighs in on transportation sales tax +
          Drebes:  Update from Dem state rep primary:  Former Rep. Chris Carter (D) calls Lacy Clay (D) a drug addict
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm":  Comments from area farm family, Missouri Farm Bureau, HSUS +
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 5, gun issue:  Comments from conservatives, Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), UMKC law prof, others +
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 9, electronic privacy:  Comments from conservatives, ACLU, UMKC law prof, others +
          AP:  August elections could provide case study for ability of governors to affect proposed ballot measures, both politically and legally
          Missourinet:  Prosecutors' association urges digital warrants in DWI cases
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to allow bistate police response
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court decides it will not order more than one execution per month
          AP:  Push to keep incoming college students on track;  Comments from young urbanites, guidance counselor
          P-D:  Area criminals steal EPA air monitors from neighborhood near Bridgeton, West Lake landfills
          Washington Missourian:  Ameren expansion approved - for ash landfill
          AP:  Missouri insurance department targets distracted driving
          P-D letter:  University City woman opposes upcoming July 16 execution of murderer John Middleton
          SE Missourian:  Liberty Gas Co. rate increase request is too high +
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        Sunday, July 6
       
KMOV:  Controversial Obamacare contractor, with location in Wentzville, receives contract extension from government
          JCNT:  National Organization for Women (NOW) protest against Hobby Lobby draws 10 X
          KRCG:  Ten feminists protest outside Hobby Lobby, hold signs for "Religous [sic] freedom";  NOW rep says, "Forced motherhood is slavery, and we won't stand for it!"
          SE Missourian:  State water management plan causes worry on county level +
          SNL:  Overview:  Campaigns for and against Amendment 7, the transportation tax increase X
          JCNT:  Nixon:  Vetoes aimed at new programs X
          Drebes:  Job postings:  Administrative Hearing Commission; General Assembly's Joint Committee on Education
          P-D editorial:  Jay Nixon and Barack Obama share dubious legacy - secrecy
          JCNT editorial:  Healthy approach to mental health services pairs liaisons, law enforcement X
          SNL op-ed:  Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" organizer Sara Edgar:  Time to crack down on energy companies X
          KC Star letter:  Area Republican says Tampa was a good host for GOP convention, but Kansas City probably wouldn't have been +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington University OB-GYN David Eisenberg agrees with Nixon on abortion waiting period
          SNL letter:  Nixon should sign anti-Common Core bill;  "people's revolution is beginning to gain momentum," 2014 elections will totally see a groundswell of democracy, etc. X
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        Saturday, July 5
       
P-D:  Serco contract to process Obamacare applications renewed for a year
          Kraske:  Here's what you had to say for how to fix our government +
          KY3:  Brewer Science expands to create printable electronics in Springfield;  Comments from Sen. Roy Blunt
          KOLR:  Brewer Science expansion has positive implications for any technology user;  Comments from Rep. Billy Long
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Mary Kasten (R-Cape Girardeau) accepts newspaper's Spirit of America award +
          P-D:  Flooding closes Mo 79 south of Hannibal and Louisiana
          AP:  State sending inmates to help sandbagging effort
          CDT:  Cybercrime unit jobs, relief for public defenders at stake in governor's budget moves X
          CDT:  Loftin requests $3.8M back from MU divisions to make up for funding shortfalls, restrictions X
          KC Star:  A deadly mix:  Drinking alcohol and driving boats;  Comments from Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Tim Hull +
          KC Star:  MoDOT proposes deal to avoid sharp sales tax increase for KC streetcar district +
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says he won't appear at area Dems' "Right to Farm" forum with HSUS' Joe Maxwell X
          Missourinet:  ACLU opposes early-voting proposal;  Audio of interview with Jeffrey Mittman
          JCNT:  ACLU challenges lawmakers' version of early voting X
          The Missouri Times:  Overview:  14th House district:  Winner of Josh Catton-Kevin Corlew GOP primary will take on Dem Stephanie Isaacson
          P-D:  Tilley keeps campaign fund open, says he may run for office in 2016
          Drebes:  Earl Simms, formerly of Missouri Charter Public School Association, moves to University of Missouri Charter School Operations
          KC Star:  Cass County Circuit Clerk Amy Bell (R) resigns in settlement with Koster +
          Joplin Globe:  GOP donor David Humphreys leads petition drive calling for state audit of Joplin X
          Park Hills Daily Journal:  Doe Run addresses sinkholes at West Fork mine
          KC Star editorial:  By freezing state spending, Nixon shows he's more fiscally conservative than Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback +
          Washington Post's Wonkblog:  In all but six Missouri counties, gun stores outnumber museums and libraries
          KC Star letter:  "Right to Farm" supporters include those who want to use chemicals and abuse animals +
          P-D letter:  Normandy resident says Nixon's actions show he cares more about beer than providing quality education
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        Friday, July 4   Independence Day  
       
Washington Examiner:  Democrat vs. Democrat:  Alaska's Mark Begich mocks Claire McCaskill in unusual personal attack
          Politico:  Mark Begich:  Claire McCaskill doesn't understand;  Alaska Dem mocks Missouri's senior senator for waste-and-fraud investigations
          SNL:  Brewer Science celebrates expansion in Springfield;  Roy Blunt, Billy Long among leaders in attendance X
          AP:  Corps closing lock and dam amid flooding
          P-D:  Mississippi River faces climate change, funding problems
          P-D:  St. Louis Section 8 voucher waiting list opens for first time since 2007
          Missourinet:  ACLU challenges Missouri's early voting proposal
          Drebes:  Dems upset with Keith English's override vote float the idea of former Rep. Bert Atkins as independent candidate
          St. Louis Review:  Missouri Catholic Council aims for override of abortion wait veto
          AP:  Nixon signs bill on heroin overdose antidote
          P-D:  Nixon signs bill removing small portion of St. Charles County sales tax from TIFs
          P-D:  Ameren files $264M rate increase
          AP:  Ameren seeking $264M rate increase
          Missourinet:  Building that housed death row is back on historic prison tour route
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri inks truce in costly border war X
          KC Star editorial:  KCP&L's partnership with city to save energy is a winner +
          Priddy:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Mary Rhodes Russell's Independence Day reflection on her famous ancestor and the Declaration
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-coal activist Ron Fein:  Peabody's Fred Palmer, megadonor Rex Sinquefield give too much money;  Campaign contribution system must be changed X
          SNL op-ed:  Commercial Street Merchants Association's Lyle Foster:  Missouri's hair-braiding rule makes my hair stand on end X
          KWMU op-ed:  Editor Margie Freivogel:  A kind acknowledgement of you - johncombest.com readers - and your influence
          KC Star letter:  To fund road improvements, use tax superior to sales tax +
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        Thursday, July 3
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill investigates troubled power plant in Afghanistan
          KMOX:  Audio:  Ann Wagner discusses Obama's executive order on immigration;  Eric Schmitt announces bid for state treasurer
          JCNT:  'Pork Barrell' goes from politics to grill;  Former GOP staffers Brett Thompson, Heath Hall find continued success with BBQ venture X
          P-D:  Mississippi River threatening towns north of St. Louis area
          AP:  Tiny Clarksville, Mo. opts to not pay for flood insurance;  Comments from FEMA, Missouri SEMA
          AP:  Feds Missouri S&T over sexual assault response
          CDT:  Judge rejects challenges to ballot language for tax, gun rights measures X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Troopers' Association endorses transportation tax increase
          KWMU:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) announces GOP bid for Missouri treasurer in 2016
          Missourinet:  Treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt says he welcomes debate about tax-cut proposals
          KMOX:  Eric Schmitt announces he's running for state treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt announces candidacy for state treasurer
          KC Star:  Eric Schmitt off and running for state treasurer +
          AP:  Eric Schmitt announces bid for state treasurer
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt to run for state treasurer
          Drebes:  24th District GOP primary candidate Jack Spooner attempting out outflank young Ashcroft on the right
          SNL:  GOP state rep candidate's defense of wife does not jibe with records;  Michael Hope's wife allegedly passed bad check, stole from employer X
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Mary Kasten (R-Cape Girardeau) honored with Spirit of America award +
          KWMU:  Missouri ends fiscal year with less income than expected, threatens spending plans
          Missourinet:  State tallies last of the fiscal year's bad news
          The Missouri Times:  State revenues continue to lag
          AP:  Missouri revenues fall short of projections
          P-D:  Missouri state revenue down $79.4M from last year
          P-D:  Nixon signs off on Israel trade office
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes "extreme and disrespectful" bill lengthen abortion waits
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes bill mandating 72-hour waiting period for abortions
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes 72-hour abortion waiting period +
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) on Nixon's waiting-period veto +
          AP:  Nixon vetoes 72-hour abortion wait
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes abortion waiting-period bill
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes 72-hour waiting period for abortions in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missoui Public Service Commission gives go-ahead to Ameren's coal ash landfill plans
          P-D:  PSC approves Franklin County coal ash dump
          P-D:  Owner of Bridgeton landfill says analyst "either misinformed or irresponsibly sensationalizing limited data"
          P-D editorial:  Hospital CEO tells Missouri Legislature it is wrong on Medicaid
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Time to celebrate dense-breast notification success;  Uplifting result shows that by pushing together, Nixon and Legislature can make a nice pair X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court decision will lead to more frivolous lawsuits and higher cost of doing business
          SE Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to Mary Kasten, paper's 2014 Spirit of America award winner +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Local transportation committee has effectively strengthened area's relationship with MoDOT
          National Journal's Josh Kraushaar:  McCaskill, Nixon should run against Hillary for Dem presidential nomination
          P-D op-ed:  Francis Howell CFO:  District's decision gives Normandy best chance to succeed
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        Wednesday, July 2
       
SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith hosts forum about new air-quality regulations +
          CDT:  MU law professor who worked on Hobby Lobby case reflects on court ruling X
          SNL:  Group upset at contraception case protests Hobby Lobby;  Area man chastises company for "mistaken religious beliefs," doubts his efforts will have any impact X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Blunt on Obamacare, Nixon on border war +
          Kraske:  What's next for Jay Nixon?  Possibilities include private law practice, spot in Hillary's cabinet, leading University of Missouri system +
          KWMU:  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:  Inaction on Highway Trust Fund could be disastrous
          Missourinet:  Court dismisses challenges to transportation tax, gun issues, one appeal filed
          AP:  Judge rejects challenges to ballot items
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawsuit seeks to block vote on teacher tenure
          Missourinet:  Supporters of Amendment 9 say it would go farther than recent Supreme Court ruling
          AP:  Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis win injunction in birth control case
          KWMU:  Missouri AFL-CIO chooses new leaders, both from St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Louis, Jake Hummel take new positions at AFL-CIO
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Club for Growth backs Onder, other GOP primary candidates
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers received less than $700K in lobbyist gifts during session, a 10 percent decline from 2013:  Missouri Hospital Association biggest supplier of free food
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs Silvey's bill creating a truce with Kansas on incentives
          AP:  Missouri offers truce in Kansas business battle
          SE Missourian:  New University of Missouri chancellor visits Jackson +
          KWMU:  New Normandy begins with advice, determination to change
          P-D:  Normandy schools get a fresh start
          KWMU:  Charter school in St. Louis dismisses top officials
          Brownfield Ag News:  Deer controversy clouds Missouri ag bill
          KY3:  Schweich gives Taney County 'poor' rating for finances
          KOLR:  Taney County receives 'poor' rating on state audit
          KWMU:  State concerned about potential for surface fire at Bridgeton Landfill
          KSN-TV:  Joined by Patty Richard, wife of Ron Richard, Nixon signs breast cancer bill
          AP:  New law mandates that Missouri women receiving mammograms will receive information on dense breast tissue
          P-D editorial:  Ladue School Board leads the way with Normandy decision
          P-D editorial:  Good news on St. Louis schools' enrollment
          CDT's Waters:  Medicaid expansion not quite dead in Missouri;  Deal from federal government is too good to refuse X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Democratic governor seeks to scuttle Cottonwood +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe congratulates Extension on centennial anniversary +
          SNL letter:  Congressman Billy Long and his staff provided exemplary constituent service to help area missionary group X
          P-D letter:  Transportation sales tax would unfairly benefit trucking industry
          JCNT letter:  Area octogenarian suspects that Missouri budgeting process might involve some political calculations X
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        Tuesday, July 1
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  James Harris on his start in politics, his work for Blunt, GOP prospects for 2016, more
        KWMU:  Collateral impact of the EPA's proposed carbon rule:  Barge companies are already adapting
        P-D:  McCaskill says GM compensation plan "necessary step"
        Missourinet:  MU law prof Joshua Hawley:  Hobby Lobby ruling favors 'religious liberty,' 'personal freedom'
        St. Louis Review:  Court issues injunction in archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate
        KC Star:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision:  JE Dunn, McCaskill, Blunt, National Organization for Women - Missouri chapter's Seileach Corleigh +
        P-D:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision
        KWMU:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision
        SNL:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision X
        SE Missourian:  Hobby Lobby:  Woman/man-on-the-street reaction +
        P-D:  Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees
        The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS decision likely to shape labor debate in Missouri
        Missourinet:  Same-sex marriage ban fight moves to KC
        SE Missourian:  Time running short to comment on transportation tax project list +
        The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  24th District Dem candidate Jill Schupp
        Drebes:  Don't forget about third candidate in Senate 24 GOP primary:  Life coach Bill Hicks drops $50K of his own money
        SNL:  Former Akin field director/wife of GOP state rep candidate Michael Hope allegedly passed bad check, stole from employer X
        KC Star:  Nixon dinged by journalist group for his secrecy +
        The Missouri Times:  PROMO and its supporters see hope for MONA next year;  Comments from PROMO's Stephanie Perkins, Catalyst Group's Greg Porter
        SE Missourian:  After budget cuts, lawmakers look for ways to keep Cottonwood afloat +
        KWMU:  Nicastro explains Normandy decisions;  Ferguson-Florissant drops Normandy transfers
        P-D:  Normandy restarts as new school district
        AP:  Normandy schools won't need state bailout
        CDT:  Incidents of student restraint more common in some area schools than others X
        AP:  Missouri sets August execution for St. Louis man;  Michael Shane Worthington broke into college student's home, raped her, then strangled her to death
        Missourinet:  Missouri sets execution date for Michael Shane Worthington
        Missourinet:  Mother of condemned man's victim reacts to setting of his execution date
        KC Star editorial:  In narrow Supreme Court decisions, women and unions are losers +
        P-D op-ed:  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:  Highway Trust Fund is running on empty
        Priddy:  More on Nixon's "award" for government secrecy
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia):  Nixon's decision-making is politically motivated - and he refuses to work with Legislature during session
        P-D letter:  Transportation sales tax increase is promoted by the wealthy
        KC Star letters:  Republicans care only about the wealthy and guns;  Sunday dinner should not glow in the dark, so vote no on "Right to Farm" +
        P-D letter:  Vote no on "Right to Farm";  Corporations want to pollute the water and force you to clean it up
        SNL letter:  Paper bestows "Golden Pen" letter of the week to pro-"Right to Farm" piece X
        P-D letter:  With same-sex showboating, Slay thinks he knows better than Missouri voters
        P-D letter:  Board of Education is composed of males;  ipso facto, Chris Nicastro should be admired
        P-D letter:  Paper forces subscribers to pay for digital service whether it's wanted or not
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        Monday, June 30
       
The Hill:  Rep. Sam Graves presses HHS for small-business health insurance data
          Washington Times:  Rep. Sam Graves:  I still want those small-business Obamacare numbers
          Drebes:  White House Intership Program includes four kids with Missouri connections
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Tom Schweich to headine annual Newton County watermelon feed;  Attendees can enter to win ammunition X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter analysis:  Linda Luebbering on budget shortfall;  Neal Boyd on being called "colored boy" +
          Missourinet:  MSU prof:  Same-sex marriage issue put AG Chris Koster in 'awkward' position
          KWMU:  St. Louis' newly wed gay couples reflect on why attitudes on gay marriage have shifted
          Rosenbaum:  Five things you need to know about transportation tax
          SNL:  Overview of Amendment 1, the "Right to Farm" amendment X
          SNL:  Sinquefield's Missouri Club for Growth supporting primary challenger to Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Republic) X
          KC Star:  Missouri enters debate over e-cigarette regulations +
          AP:  Analysis:  Funds questioned for struggling Normandy
          KWMU:  Nicastro:  Decisions made for Normandy were best of bad options
          KC Star:  Gordon Parks charter school rises after near-death experience +
          KC Star endorsement:  No on Amendment 8 lottery proposal +
          McClellan:  Challenging Lacy Clay may be lost cause, but it's noble;  Columnist attends North County GOP candidate forum
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        Sunday, June 29
       
SNL:  EPA water rule roils Missouri farmers;  Blunt co-sponsors measure to aimed at blocking the rule X
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  EPA water rule, which would have significant local impact, is slowed X
        JCNT:  Transportation tax discussed at MoDOT forum X
        Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) responds to P-D story on contributions, says paper may be seeking multiple ways to undermine Amendment 7
        Drebes:  State rep candidate/reality show crooner Neal Boyd (R) shares story of convincing resident to vote for "colored boy," declares day a success
        CDT:  Kit Bond to step up lobbying effort for Medicaid reform, expansion X
        KWMU:  Nixon named among most secretive officials in U.S. with "award"
        JCNT:  Nixon:  Variety of reasons for income shortfall this year X
        JCNT:  State unsure of where job cuts will be X
        JCNT:  Health care, social services say funding cuts will be devastating X
        Kirksville Daily Express:  Nixon's reductions to Department of Mental Health means elimination of nine jobs at Kirksville Regional Office
        Columbia Missourian:  Legislature gives, governor takes away public defender system increase
        SE Missourian:  Children's services take budget cuts on the chin +
        P-D:  Profile:  Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro shakes up the system
        KC Star:  Concerned about nervous tourists, Lake Ozark is banning the open carry of firearms;  Comments from Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit), anti-gun group, others +
        Washington Missourian:  Environmental group may appeal ruling on coal ash landfill
        SNL editorial:  Stop the chicanery of annual Missouri budget roller coaster X
        SE Missourian editorial:  Nixon using school cuts for political purposes;  Governor is more interested in in power than leadership +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Gas-tax hike for roads is an unrealistic option;  Where is Nixon's leadership on transportation funding issue?
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Columbia Climate Change Coalition's Monta Welch:  Five reasons to vote against "Right to Farm"
        KC Star letter:  Missouri Republicans wrong to cut taxes then put transportation tax on the ballot +
        P-D letter:  Missouri Group Against Smoking Pollution (GASP):  Don't let industry set e-cig laws
        P-D letter:  O'Fallon, Mo. woman says Normandy's students, teachers are ignored
        SNL letter:  Nixon should veto deer-livestock bill X
        SNL letter:  Response to pro-death penalty op-ed X
        SNL letter:  Response to anti-death penalty response to pro-death penalty op-ed:  Death penalty too good for "monsters" X
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        Saturday, June 28
       
Kraske:  McCaskill camp gives update on Hillary-Claire frienemy/BFF status:  "They're all good" this month +
        Horrigan:  McCaskill, Hillary, and the right to cash in on the American Dream
        Washington Post:  McCaskill, others explore proposals to combat sex assaults at colleges
        P-D:  Ann Wagner may have to buck GOP leadership on re-authorization of Import-Export Bank
        The Missouri Times:  Overview:  24th Senate District GOP primary:  Jack Spooner vs. Jay Ashcroft
        The Missouri Times:  Overview:  2nd Senate District GOP primary:  Bob Onder vs. Vicki Schneider vs. Chuck Gatschenberger
        CDT:  GOP establishment lines up behind Chuck Basye in 47th District GOP primary X
        AP:  Missouri bill preserves shared-work program
        P-D:  State problem, federal program;  Experts provide options, hope for UnitedHealthcare Medicare patients
        P-D:  Nixon eliminates budget items he initially endorsed
        P-D:  Thanks to Nixon's budget cuts, tax assistance office to close on Tuesday
        Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  State cuts throw wrench into Three Rivers College budget +
        Washington Missourian:  Due to state budget kerfuffle, funding for Franklin County assessor's office in jeopardy
        Priddy:  Poli Sci 101 on current Nixon vs. Legislature budget battle
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Kent Hampton (R-Malden) hears lunch-program issues
        AP:  ACLU challenges Missouri ban on gay marriages
        CDT:  Boone County Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson (D) not issuing same-sex marriage licenses X
        SNL:  Greene County Recorder of Deeds Cheryl Dawson (R):  'I follow what the law tells me' X
        P-D:  A-B gets its wish:  Missouri law will allow sale of single beer bottles and pouches
        AP:  Missouri to allow single-bottle beer sales
        P-D:  School transfer proponent, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), votes to not allow Normandy transfers in U. City school district
        P-D:  Ladue will continue accepting about half of Normandy transfer students
        KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools make headway, but plenty of work remains
        CDT:  Missouri Public Service Commission sets hearings on Grain Belt project X
        JCNT editorial:  With state-airplane nitpicking, GOP raises childish bickering to new heights X
        P-D editorial:  Court should send dangerous gun amendment back to Legislature
        KC Star editorial:  St. Louis mayor is impatient, and correct, on gay marriage +
        KC Star editorial:  KC school district strikes promising partnership with Academie Lafayette +
        Messenger:  U. City school board turns its back on poor black children;  Chappelle-Nadal "likes poor black kids from Normandy as long as she doesn't have to educate them"
        KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Protect Missouri farmers by passing Amendment 1 +
        KC Star letter:  Reader mocks McCaskill for Dr. Oz attention;  Deer-as-livestock legislation;  Armed teachers +
        Joplin Globe letter:  Dem state rep candidate Charles "Hugh" Shields:  Rich people like Rex Sinquefield want to take your money;  Vote no on transportation tax X
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        Friday, June 27
       
KWMU:  Ann Wagner named to House Deputy Whip team
          P-D:  Ann Wagner named to House Republican leadership post
          AP:  Rep. Ann Wagner named to House leadership
          P-D:  Blunt says he supports Boehner plan to sue Obama regarding president's constitutional duties
          Washington Missourian:  Insurance costs fall in Franklin County under Obamacare;  Reaction from Americans for Prosperity's Patrick Werner
          Politico:  King Rex:  A stock baron goes all in on Missouri politics
          Missourinet:  Challenges to transportation tax increase and gun rights amendment heard in court
          AP:  Missouri judge hears challenge to ballot language for transportation sales tax, gun issues
          SE Missourian:  With funding cuts, Cottonwood employees fear for their child patients +
          SNL:  State tax office closed to public for good on Tuesday X
          P-D:  St. Louis' same-sex marriage challenge tricky for Koster;  AG says he supports gay marriage, but takes steps to enforce Missouri's ban
          P-D:  Video:  Slay challenges state ban on gay marriage
          Missourinet:  St. Louis sets up test to Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis issues marriage licenses to gay couples, will fight state ban
          AP:  KC, other cities not following St. Louis' challenge on gay marriage
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  On issuing gay marriage licenses, Sly James says he would if he could, but he can't so he won't +
          KWMU:  Missouri's rekindled same-sex marriage fight highlights political shifts
          St. Louis Review:  Sanction of same-sex marriages prompts strong reactions
          P-D:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says veto override attempt of transfer bill likely in Senate
          P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  Call your school board members and ask about tuition formula
          KWMU:  University City says no to Normandy transfers
          P-D:  University City schools turn back Normandy transfer students
          P-D:  Enrollment, performance up in St. Louis district and charter schools
          KWMU:  EPA says radiation screening suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex "suitable for public use"
          P-D:  No public health risk from radiation at Bridgeton sports complex
          AP:  Koster fights release in overturned conviction
          Washington Missourian:  Laclede Gas tax appeal could cost Franklin County, schools
          Washington Missourian:  City administrator warns residents that large political signs will not be tolerated
          P-D editorial:  Holy chutzpah:  St. Louis takes on the state's ban on gay marriage
          P-D op-ed:  Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteer Tom Braford:  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer should make health of St. Louis' poor blacks and Latinos a priority
          KWMU op-ed:  Margie Freivogel:  Funding with integrity:  Explaining the Missouri Foundation for Health grant
          P-D letter:  Clayton's Susan Uchitelle:  In transfer dispute, students become political footballs
          P-D letter:  Anti-Peabody activist responds to Peabody executive's response to anti-Peabody initiative
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        Thursday, June 26
       
KC Star:  What now?  KC asks, after GOP picks other cities for 2016 convention +
          Missourinet:  Kansas City dropped from consideration for 2016 Republican National Convention
          AP:  Kansas City loses bid to host 2016 GOP convention
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  KC and RNC, Rick Stream and Nixon's airplane +
          Missourinet:  Blunt pushes for more information on federal health care application processing centers
          JCNT:  Blunt:  VA needs to improve services quickly X
          P-D:  Clay, Luetkemeyer say Export-Import Bank worth keeping
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Cable, satellite TV need more truth in billing
          The Hill:  McCaskill eyes measure to combat TV bills
          P-D:  St. Louis challenges Missouri's same-sex marriage ban;  McCaskill's Deputy COS Tod Martin, other city Dem activists granted licenses
          KMOX:  McCaskill:  On alleged sexual assaults, college officials need to be on same page as law enforcement
          KWMU:  Audio:  Don Marsh speaks with Claire McCaskill about Dr. Oz and fighting obesity
          Daily Mail (UK):  Todd Akin begins peddling book, on sale next month
          P-D:  State program partners police with counselors to help mentally ill
          SE Missourian:  Mental health facility to close;  Budget cuts seal fate of facility +
          SE Missourian:  Education community holds breath on funding +
          CDT:  Schools budgeted state funding increase in good faith;  Area superintendent characterizes Nixon's budget as "worst-case scenario" X
          CDT:  State funding issues rooted in sagging revenue collections
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          CDT:  Nixon blames sluggish economy on Medicaid inaction X
          Missourinet:  Budget chairs ask for restriction in use of state airplanes in light of low revenue, budget reductions
          AP:  Schaefer, Stream want to restrict Nixon's use of airplane
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans and Nixon poised for yet another budget fight
          Priddy:  Nixon up for "Golden Padlock" award for government secrecy and keeping information away from the public
          JCNT:  Highways and Transportation Commission:  Sales tax vote will define the future of transportation X
          CDT:  MoDOT works on Amendment 7 plan despite Nixon opposition X
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court ruling paves way for data-privacy amendment
          KWMU:  Sierra Club holds anti-coal event;  Comments from NAACP, others
          SE Missourian:  Nixon signs bill prohibiting regs for wood-burning heaters +
          AP:  Lawsuit challenges solar rebate limits
          KWMU:  Lawsuit seeks to save solar rebates
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Teachers' claims of Common Core "harassment" remain unfounded;  Judge Stephen Limbaugh finds no violation of board policy +
          AP:  Condemned murderer of three seeks independent clemency review
          KC Star editorial:  With KC's 2016 convention bid kaput, party should pick Cleveland +
          JCNT editorial:  Budget battle escalates;  Missourians in crossfire X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon should sign Silvey's border-war bill and stop the poaching insanity +
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Seven-sentence summary of Nixon's fiscal approach +
          Shelly:  Missouri harms families with bungled school transfer policy +
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 7 tax increase is a black box of "big bad ugly plans" X
          P-D letter:  Former teacher at Normandy, Francis Howell responds to "incendiary" race-baiting anti-Howell editorial
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        Wednesday, June 25
       
KC Star:  Video:  McCaskill, on MSNBC, says Hillary Clinton needs to get comfortable with having a lot of money +
          P-D:  McCaskill:  Hillary Clinton need to 'be comfortable' with her wealth
          Politico:  Claire McCaskill to Hillary Clinton:  Chill on money
          P-D:  Blunt, Luetkemeyer escalate criticism of agency overseeing Wentzville Obamacare facility
          Washington Post:  McCaskill's roundtable reveals problems of reporting, prosecuting campus sexual assault
          Bloomberg:  Campus sex assault complaints languish as U.S. delays mount
          KC Star:  RNC poised to take next step on convention city pick +
          KC Star:  Denver TV station says KC has been dropped from RNC contention +
          JCNT:  Courts hear challenge to transportation tax ballot summary X
          CDT:  Sales tax supporters open campaign for Amendment 7 X
          P-D:  Transportation interests donated $96K to key sales-tax proponent;  Rep. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) is running for state Senate
          Drebes:  Jeff Roorda (D) receives AFL-CIO endorsement in state Senate race
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri's personal income growth has trailed national average for five quarters
          SNL:  Nixon cuts more than $1 billion from budget X
          CDT:  Nixon cuts $786.2 million because of revenue shortfalls, tax uncertainty X
          P-D:  Nixon says he'll hold back millions to offset impact of tax breaks
          SE Missourian:  Governor's budget actions could hit region hard +
          SNL:  Area schools forced to budget with withholding in mind X
          KC Star:  Nixon announces $786 million in budget reductions +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon announces $786 million reduction in state budget
          Missourinet:  Legislative budget chairs Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) slam Nixon for budget vetoes and restrictions
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Speaker Tim Jones says Nixon is playing games +
          JCNT:  St. Mary's renovation project among Nixon's budget vetoes X
          JCNT:  St. Mary's says it will continue to market hospital X
          JCNT:  Local officials:  Nixon's vetoes, withholdings 'disappointing' X
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes student transfer bill
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes SB 493
          AP:  Nixon upholds vow to veto student transfer bill
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes student transfer bill to little effect in KC +
          Missourinet:  Legislative Black Caucus member Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) critical of caucus, Gov. Nixon for transfer bill veto
          KC Star:  New state standards, prompted by Common Core, complicate school accreditation, teacher evaluations +
          P-D:  Lawsuit seeks continuation of Missouri solar rebates
          SE Missourian:  Deer disease a hot topic at Missouri Department of Conservation hearing +
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court to review St. Louis red light camera case
          AP:  Highway Patrol urges water safety after 10 Missouri deaths
          Missourinet:  State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell wants Missourians to have a responsible blast
          SNL editorial:  Nixon should veto deer-farm legislation X
          JCNT editorial:  An offer DWI suspects can't refuse X
          Priddy:  A sensible approach to Missouri's tax breaks and revenue discussion, set in context of group therapy
          SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  Budget brinksmanship:  Do we really have to do this again? X
          Horrigan:  Foul:  Training Missouri teachers to carry weapons, even if it's only sort of legal
          SNL letter:  Joint open letter to Roy Blunt and Republicans regarding coal:  "You guys need to wise up real soon before it's too late" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst responds to reader's criticism of Jason Smith, "Right to Farm" and agriculture's importance to Missouri +
          JCNT letter:  Early voting will unfairly favor incumbents X
          P-D letter:  Metropolitan Congregations United:  Charter schools are not the answer
          SNL letter:  Response to op-ed on shortening waiting time for the condemned X
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        Tuesday, June 24
       
Mannies and Rosenbaum:  Politically Speaking:  Jack Cardetti climbs from 'lowest man on totem pole' to top consultant
          Politico:  Bayer hires Dick Gephardt to defend company against activist claims on popular insecticide (link via Drebes' MoScout.com subscription service)
          Missourinet:  Drury professor says Cantor-like defeat not likely for Missouri's congressional Republicans
          P-D:  Blunt urges U.S. to provide haven for woman reportedly released in Sudan
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Campus sexual assault bill coming
          P-D:  McCaskill weighs in on debate over George Will's victim-status column
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Nixon on health care and Medicaid expansion, McCaskill on sexual assaults +
          AP:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials deny causing Missouri River floods
          Drebes:  Jolie Justus makes KC Council district bid official
          The Missouri Times:  Larry Rohrbach retires after three-decade political career
          CDT:  Sales tax supporters open campaign for Amendment 7 X
          SE Missourian:  Supporters stump for transportation sales tax +
          P-D:  Supporters of transportation sales tax kick off campaign
          Helling:  Missourians face too many questions at the ballot box +
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Economic Development's Mike Downing discusses Cape's prospects at Magnet meeting +
          P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) upset about DESE actions involving school transfer law
          Joplin Globe:  School district's operations to be focus of state scrutiny X
          AP:  Missouri legislation would allow assistant doctors
          P-D:  Nixon signs bill allowing Sunday motorcycle sales
          AP:  Missouri to allow Sunday motorcycle sales
          KC Star endorsement:  No on "Right to Farm" amendment +
          P-D editorial:  United HealthCare disadvantages Medicare Advantage
          JCNT editorial:  New funeral-protest law refines delicate balance X
          P-D op-ed:  Institute of Justice's Greg Reed:  Untangle African-style braiders from Missour's irrational cosmetology laws
          KC Star letter:  Pleasant Hill man suggests firing squads over lethan injection;  Missouri Retailers' Association's David Overfelt on e-cig bill +
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        Monday, June 23
       
KC Star:  Hillary Clinton book tour hits KC +
          KCUR:  Hillary Clinton focuses Kansas City talk on women and the economy (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          KMBC:  Hillary Clinton speaks to sellout crowd in downtown KC (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Top 5 Things We Learned From Hillary's Visit to KC
          Drebes:  Facebook "Likes" Koster, sends attorney general $10K
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) on MoDOT's perfomance history +
          P-D:  Messenger, Slay's Eddie Roth, Alderman Shane Cohn, others have weekend Twitter conversation on transportation sales tax
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  City manager recruiting local support regarding impact of sales tax cuts
          AP:  Auditor Tom Schweich:  Gun rights proposal could cost Missouri
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) touts endorsement from Missouri State Teachers Association;  Opponent John Bailey endorsed by Missouri Club for Growth
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Area Dems hold candidate forum at Golden Corral;  Charles "Hugh" Shields, Michael Jarrett to fill ballot slots versus GOP incumbents X
          P-D:  Politics and turmoil surrounding school transfers intensifies
          P-D:  Student newspapers weigh trading independence for financial support;  A look at UMSL's the Current, others
          KC Star obituary:  Former Missouri GOP Chairman Hillard Selck dies at 88 +
          KC Star editorial:  Raise the federal gas tax to improve roads;  Missouri has shown it can't be trusted to fund infrastructure on its own +
          P-D editorial:  Close the taxpayers' spigot for the Arch grounds project
          SNL op-ed:  Roy Blunt is right on EPA regulations;  Cutting fossil fuels is too costly X
          JCNT letter:  Family farms need "Right to Farm" more than anyone X
          JCNT letter:  Response to letter on Marxism and education;  Missouri schools are already teaching Constitution, Bill of Rights X
          JCNT letter:  Sarcastic suggestions for Noranda X
          P-D letter:  Response to Peabody Energy op-ed about anti-Peabody petition;  Coal is the modern-day version of asbestos
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        Sunday, June 22
       
SNL:  Missouri's path to carbon cuts not a clear one;  Comments from Blunt, environmental group, clean-energy group, utilities X
        P-D:  Utilities unsure of future as environmental regs loom
        KC Star:  As Hillary Clinton heads to Kansas City, the world waits for her presidential decision;  Comments from Jolie Justus, Roy Temple, Mike Sanders, Ed Martin +
        The Examiner (Independence):  Chamber briefing draws congressional staff;  McCaskill, Blunt, Graves aides discuss infrastructure funding, VA, more
        Washington Missourian:  Blunt visits Washington, Mo, talks Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant
        P-D:  Coming to a TV screen near you:  Missouri's transportation sales tax fight
        JCNT:  MoDOT's promises in 1992 fell short;  Many mid-Missouri highway projects in 1992 resurfacing for August sales-tax vote X
        JCNT:  Debate over "Right to Farm" brings bumper crop of myths, facts and opinions X
        KC Star:  Video:  MSNBC's Chuck Todd "Rising Star" series:  Two-minute feature name-checks Jolie Justus, Jason Kander, Tom Schweich, Catherine Hanaway +
        SNL:  LGBTQIA rally draws crowd, calls for non-discrimination and gay-marriage legislation;  Comments from Kristin Beck, first openly transsexual Navy SEAL X
        CDT:  Hancock Amendment might factor in fight over sales tax breaks X
        AP:  Analysis of messages to Nixon's office:  Messages opposing deer legislation outnumber those of support by five-to-one margin
        KC Star:  Amid epidemic of school shootings, some districts support teachers firing back;  Four Missouri districts send teachers to Ozarks town for training +
        JCNT:  'No-refusal' DWI policy a growing trend in Missouri X
        KC Star endorsements:  "No" on Amendment 5 (guns) and "No" on Amendment 9 (data) +
        SNL editorial:  Protect creek and the economy;  State and federal laws are important tools to keep hazardous materials out X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Nieves successfully uses gay issue to stoke paranoia on the right
        SNL op-ed:  Missouri University Research Reactor's William Miller:  Nuclear is Missouri's energy future X
        The Missouri Times' Rachael Herndon:  Amendment 7 campaign gains momentum, contributions despite August 5 ballot date
        CDT op-ed:  Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association's Ron Leone:  E-cigs bill is a step toward protecting kids X
        Washington Missourian letter:  Union, Mo. man says he's tired of McCaskill's "schtick"
        SNL letter:  Tell your representatives to stop the Show-Me Institute from privatizing retirement funds X
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        Saturday, June 21
       
KMOV:  Leutkemeyer:  Agency overseeing controversial Obamacare contractor stonewalling us
        Washington Post:  McCaskill seeks details about VA whistleblower retaliation
        AP:  Inspector General reviewing KC veteran's death
        Kraske:  Tangible ways to improve public policy:  Change gov's second term to two years (see:  Nixon's performance);  Expand early voting to 10 calendar days;  More +
        Drebes:  Sarah Steelman creates "Missouri AG" PAC
        Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  County prosecutors could get big pay raise in Missouri +
        AP:  Nixon signs bill pushing back against EPA's wood-stove regulations
        Missourinet:  Nixon signs bill to restrict protests at funerals
        KC Star:  Nixon signs funeral protest bill inspired by Westboro Baptist Church +
        AP:  Nixon signs legislation enacting perfomance-based funding for universities
        CDT:  University of Missouri leaders urge fight against tax breaks X
        AP:  Missouri to allow food stamps for drug felons
        P-D:  Normandy School District drops suit against Missouri Board of Education
        KSDK:  Normandy:  We will welcome students back
        P-D:  Francis Howell board upholds policy of not accepting tuition-paying students unless required by law
        AP:  Francis Howell School District stops transfers from Normandy
        The Missouri Times:  DESE guidelines allow Francis Howell to circumvent transfer law
        KC Star:  KC Public Schools, Academie Lafayette propose revolutionary union at Southwest;  District, charter students would commingle +
        Joplin Globe editorial:  Nine area legislators - combined - took less than $5k in lobbyist gifts;  Time to demand reform of ethics laws X
        P-D editorial:  Through a cowardly act, Francis Howell did the region a kind of backward favor;  time to embrace the best of the state's plans for Normandy
        KC Star's Miriam Pepper:  Tongue-in-cheek pitch for KC as 2016 GOP convention pick:  Black mayor willing to dance for GOP entertainment, jazz music, more +
        KC Star op-ed:  Dallas Morning News' Rodger Jones on why Dallas will win +
        KC Star op-ed:  Denver Post's Jeremy Meyer on why Denver will win +
        KC Star op-ed:  Cleveland Plain Dealer's Elizabeth Sullivan on why Cleveland will win +
        JCNT letter:  Support for transportation sales tax makes Jay Barnes and Mike Kehoe mere pseudo-conservatives X
        P-D letter:  Time for Missouri to increase its cigarette tax
        P-D letter:  Missouri Charter Public School Association's Douglas Thaman:  Decision on Normandy schools was a good first step
        P-D letter:  Essentially, nothing changes in Normandy district
        JCNT letter:  Missouri needs a law to protect students from liberals, whose goal is to eradicate all influence of the Constitution and Bill of Rights X
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        Friday, June 20
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Death of the amendment in a partisan Senate;  Thoughts from McCaskil, Blunt
          Joplin Globe:  Empire District officials uncertain of impact of proposed rules to cut carbon output X
          Jezebel:  Here's why it matters that McCaskill, others grilled Dr. Oz over diet scams (language NSFW)
          P-D:  Ronnie White set to be approved for federal bench
          Drebes:  Some facts to consider - and others to disregard - from the 2002 transportation vote
          The Missouri Times:  Crowd of 50 rallies against "Right to Farm";  Coalition includes HSUS, Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council, others
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery of anti-"Right to Farm" crowd:  HSUS' Wes Shoemyer, dog saddled with pro-veganism sign, grown woman dressed as bumblebee, more
          JCNT:  Opponents rally against "Right to Farm";  Comments from Shoemyer, Sierra Club, Missouri Association for Social Welfare, response from Missouri Farmers Care X
          AP:  "Right to Farm" opponents rally
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Roy Temple's state legislative goals and reality +
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  Travis Fitzwater, GOP candidate in 49th House district
          SNL:  Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) cannot get on ballot for Christian County judge race, says he's exploring other options X
          P-D:  As reported by Dave Drebes six weeks ago, Christine Page named Government Affairs Director at Missouri American Water
          CDT:  Chamber of Commerce honors Chris Kelly as Outstanding Citizen X
          Missourinet:  Speaker Tim Jones says VA problems support argument against Medicaid expansion
          CDT:  Local officials uncertain how tax breaks might affect budget X
          AP:  Nixon signs bill extending veterinary loan forgiveness
          Missourinet:  Missouri School Boards' Association's longtime exec Carter Ward looks back on 42 years with organization
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of SB 493 blast State Board of Education for Normandy action
          P-D:  State tightens eligibility for students wanting out of Riverview Gardens
          AP:  Missouri offiers new guidance on student transfers
          Washington Missourian:  Fragmented 911 centers serve patchwork of territories, agencies;  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) advocates consolidation
          AP:  Koster's office, Bridgeton Landfill owners reach agreement
          P-D:  New court agreement for odor, fire controls at Bridgeton and West Lake landfills
          AP:  Missouri has backlog of hazardous waste reviews
          P-D:  DNR Hazardous Waste Program has lead site backlog
          AP:  Grant to fund Missouri, Kansas pollution cleanup
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial via SNL:  Transportation sales tax for roads is unfair X
          P-D editorial:  A brighter day dawning for day care in Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Protect Missouri's deer from disease with reasonable rules +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  "Kingdoms" and 911
          Priddy:  Sarcastic mockery of tax-break proponents:  PSLs, sales taxes on electricity, graphing calculators, etc.
          P-D op-ed:  Katie Casas:  Giving students options helps pave the way for education equality
          SNL op-ed:  Angus farmer Taylor Short:  "Right to Farm" will help economy X
          CDT's Waters:  TIF:  Controversy over state law X
          P-D letter:  McCaskill ignores the important topics to focus on Dr. Oz
          P-D letter:  McCaskill deserves credit for exposing Dr. Oz
          Joplin Globe letter:  Republican opposition to Medicaid expansion will mean loss of jobs X
          Washington Missourian letter:  On way out the statehouse door, Nieves uses taxpayer-funded literature to promote himself
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        Thursday, June 19   Juneteenth
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt react to Iraq infighting
          TMZ:  McCaskill:  Dr. Oz battle was personal
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  McCaskill on Iraq mess, contractor oversight;  Kehoe on Nixon and unemployment benefits +
          P-D:  McCaskill among Senate Dems signing letter urging NFL commissioner to change Redskins' name;  Blunt declines to weigh in on pro football issue
          AP:  Clay, Smith, Luetkemeyer take part in chess event;  Sinquefield teams up with Dems in first Congressional Chess Tournament
          CDT:  4th Congressional GOP candidate John Webb attends Pachyderm meeting, says he's more conservative than Vicky Hartzler X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple discusses party's focus on winning state legislative races in 2014
          P-D:  UnitedHealthcare cuts Missouri physicians from Medicare Advantage
          JCNT:  Transportation sales tax public meeting today in Jefferson City X
          Helling:  Heavy Constructors Association gives $160K to transportation sales tax campaign +
          Drebes:  National group "Protect the Harvest" forms Missouri chapter, will likely help fund "Right to Farm" campaign
          AP:  Judge weighs rewrite of Missouri gun rights plan
          P-D:  Missouri taxpayers may kick in $15 million for Arch museum restoration
          P-D:  Trade office in Israel could foster growth in Missouri
          CDT:  Columbia, Boone County services threatened by tax cuts, Nixon says X
          Missourinet:  Nixon launches energy initiative
          AP:  Nixon launches state energy study
          CDT:  Heroin overdose antidote bill awaits Nixon's signature X
          SNL:  No residency requirement for assistant docs in bill X
          SNL:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell:  Greene County is innovative X
          SE Missourian:  ACLU settles gun advocate's First Amendment suit +
          P-D:  Larry Conners returning full-time to St. Louis airwaves, will host nighttime show on KTRS
          P-D editorial:  Push for more pre-K education has Missouri, nation on right track
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Emanuel Cleaver likely to win re-election +
          P-D op-ed:  Peabody's Mary Frontczak:  "Tiny protest group" tried to shut down local economy, but area leaders stood strong
          SNL letter:  MoDOT's excessive signage underscores fact they don't need more money X
          P-D letter:  Bi-State Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) urges Nixon to sign bill making it illegal to sell e-cigs to children
          P-D letter:  Normandy needs good dose of stability, educational basics
          KC Star letters:  Kansas woman still dislikes Limbaugh;  Legislators should pass "humane" Medicaid expansion;  If liberals dislike execution process, let's use abortion drugs and procedures instead +
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