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        Wednesday, May 24
       
P-D:  Trump's budget freshly ignites the guns vs. butter argument for the St. Louis region
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill applauds Trump decision to maintain Office of National Drug Control Policy funding X
          Politifact:  McCaskill statement on Trump's Mar-a-Lago trip and Meals on Wheels rated "False"
          P-D:  Rolla, Mo. unfairly denied marijuana campaign group's room request, ACLU suit says
          Drebes:  Jay Atkins hired as new VP of Government Affairs for AutoReturn
          P-D:  Missouri's new campaign finance limits law changes again
          SNL:  Eric Greitens compares 'dark money' to 'dark voting' X
          The Missouri Times:  Curious comments from Greitens on campaign finance disclosures spark ire of Democrats
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens takes aim at 'career politicians' at special session rally
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri residents rally with Greitens on Noranda issue;  Rone predicts House will approve bill today
          P-D:  Amid governor's rally, House committee advances Bootheel proposal
          Missourinet:  Utility proposal headed to Missouri House without contentious part - for now
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel jobs bill passes House committees with ease
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers set quick plan to move aluminum plant bill to Greitens
          AP:  House, Greitens push utilities proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Attendance hits a new low at Governor's Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes
          KSMU:  Shortage of psychiatrists leads patients to costly ER, hospitalization;  Comments from MO Dept. of Mental Health's Mike Neitzel
          CDT:  New York higher education official to be next University of Missouri chancellor X
          CDT:  UM curators increase tuition by 2.1% X
          P-D:  University of Missouri curators approve 2.1% tuition increase
          KCUR:  UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton announces retirement
          P-D:  UMKC chancellor announces retirement
          P-D editorial:  Spurned by Supreme Court, irate Missouri megadonor David Humphreys threatens jobs
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Mid-Missourians must rally to defeat Vicky Hartzler;  Local Democrat Renee Kennedy Hoagensen totally has a shot to unseat incumbent, who won 2016 re-election by forty (40) points
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor op-ed:  Taxpayers charged $22k/day for governor to strong-arm legislators;  Lawmakers have grown weary of Greitens' treatment
          P-D letter:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Make sure legislators pass a real lobbyist gift ban
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        Tuesday, May 23
       
P-D:  Missouri delegation to try again to shift cleanup of West Lake to Corps of Engineers
        Missourinet:  EPA will announce plans soon to address West Lake Landfill
        KWMU:  EPA funds St. Louis Community College training program to clean up hazardous waste
        KWMU:  St. Louis 'abortion sanctuary' opponents take their fight to federal court
        Missourinet:  Lawsuit seeks to reverse St. Louis City ordinance
        The Missouri Times:  Republican Tony Luetkemeyer announces bid for Schaaf's open Senate seat
        Drebes:  Nick Marshall vs. Tony Luetkemeyer for Rob Schaaf's GOP seat
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin) in the running for Ron Richard's Senate seat
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) resigning from Legislature after special session
        AP:  Hubrecht to resign after special session
        The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Speaker of the House candidate Robert Cornejo:  Why he's running, legislative priorities, much more
        Rosenbaum:  Ron Richard says the state should redesign St. Louis region;  local officials balk
        Missourinet:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton):  Calling multiple special sessions would be purely political
        SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit busing local Republicans to Jefferson City for rally X
        The Missouri Times:  Senate defends Libla from attacks by Greitens nonprofit in first day of special session
        Columbia Missourian:  Tension carries over into special session
        The Missouri Times:  A closer look at what's in Don Rone's Bootheel-jobs bill language
        Missourinet:  Consumers Council of Missouri:  Special session is a smokescreen for legislation to benefit utilities
        AP:  Missouri lawmakers power up for electric special session
        The Missouri Times:  PDMP autopsy:  How Rehder's bill failed to make it to Greitens' desk
        The Missouri Times:  A look at the future of Missouri state workers' salaries
        The Missouri Times:  Opponents call net metering bill's failure a 'victory for consumers'
        Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst analyzes 2017 session:  dicamba legislation, biodiesel, Clean Line, eminent domain, more
        P-D:  Departing Lincoln University president complains about state budget cuts
        KWMU:  St. Charles school district bucks area trend, keeps sex ed program tied to pro-life group
        P-D:  Missouri to remove hundreds of GPS monitoring devices recently put on sex offenders
        P-D:  Murderers says Missouri is not giving them fair shot at parole
        P-D editorial:  EPA's findings around West Lake Landfill prompt conflict-of-interest questions
        KC Star editorial:  Advice for the Missouri Legislature's special session:  Keep it short +
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  Taxpayer-funded West Lake buyouts aren't the answer
        Fox News op-ed:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft:  Yes, voter fraud is a real threat
        KWMU opinion:  Formula grades lawmakers on how many bills passed, not leadership or other non-quantifiable factors:  Todd Richardson earns "D," Ron Richard "F" for not putting their names on enough bills
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Randolph County Commissioner Wayne Wilcox:  Grain Belt Transmission Line important for Missouri
        St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Leader of local Bernie Sanders "Our Revolution" sect wants Greitens to veto minimum-wage bill X
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        Monday, May 22
       
Washington Times:  As Obamacare markets tighten, lawmakers feel squeeze for quick fixes;  McCaskill wants Missouri residents to be able to buy coverage on D.C. exchange
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lt. Gov. Mike Parson;  Panel of Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City), Hannah Beers, Mark Reardon, and Mark Dalton on education funding formula, discrimination bill, MONA, special session, PDMP, more
          Missourinet:  Efforts underway to get medical and recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2018
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about special session, Greitens, lobbyist-gift ban, more
          KWMU:  As special session begins, top Republicans disagree on key points
          Missourinet:  Greitens and Schaaf clash over PSC language issue
          Missourinet:  Special session preview:  Comments from Schaaf, Libla, Romine, others
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers react to special session;  Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph):  "This is just another special interest thing." X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) gives 2017 regular session a grade of "A-" X
          SNL:  Springfield lawmakers look back at 2017 regular session X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Local school superintendent praises rural lawmakers for foundation formula funding
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) named Legislator of the Year for Transportation - after first year in Legislature X
          KC Star editorial:  Needed reforms could fix Missouri's perverted prison system +
          CDT letter:  School nurse wants state lawmakers to expand Medicaid X
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        Sunday, May 21
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          P-D:  Floods raise concern about coal ash disposal along Mississippi, Missouri rivers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Field still open for 2018 GOP state Senate seat;  Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph):  "I wouldn't go back to (Jefferson City) if they paid me three times the amount. I'm finished with them. All the lying, the bribery, the threats ..." X
          The Missouri Times:  Over 500 attend Greitens rally in the Bootheel;  GOP Reps. Rone, Cornejo, Lichtenegger, Cookson, McDaniel on hand
          The Missouri Times:  Rone says, "In the Bootheel, a deal is a deal" on special session language
          SE Missourian:  Greitens:  Special session key to more area jobs;  may call second session for drug-monitoring program +
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens calls special session for Monday, with focus on steel mill in Bootheel X
          JCNT:  Greitens' first special session to mull Ameren electric rate for proposed steel mill X
          Messenger:  Greitens calls out career politicians. Takes one to know one.
          SNL:  Governor's tax committee coming to Springfield X
          JCNT:  Health care, tech jobs available outpace Missourians who want them X
          JCNT:  Counties pick up opioid monitoring as state legislative fight continues X
          AP:  Missouri headed toward more pre-K funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia), other state lawmakers believe transportation will be addressed next session
          SNL  Managed care expansion creates anxiety for some Ozarks clinics X
          CDT:  $6.1M (million) of current $27.8B (billion) budget directed to family-planning services;  Liberal groups unhappy X
          Fulton Sun:  Dept. of Mental Health opened abuse inquiries at Second Chance Homes
          SE Missourian editorial:  Appreciating the floodwall, and leaders who built it +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Raising the minimum wage in "urban centers" like STL and KC a bad idea, but conservative pundit Scott Faughn is right - Republicans' idea of local control is Jefferson City control X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. adjunct professor wants Ann Wagner to host anti-Trump activists
          KC Star op-ed:  "End Citizens United" organizer says her group has 48,000 "members," wants to pass "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative +
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian wants Billy Long to call for special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia connection X
          SNL letter:  Missouri Public Transit Association's Kimberly Cella says state lawmakers are moving in the wrong direction on funding X
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        Saturday, May 20
       
AP:  Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of the jitters;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          Politico:  McCaskill says Senate discussion on Obamacare overhaul should include Democrats
          Missourinet:  McCaskill weighs in on special prosecutor, FBI picks
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry analysis:  Republicans Sam and Todd Graves, Democrats Claire McCaskill and Emanuel Cleaver hold differing views on President Donald Trump +
          KCUR:  Local anti-Trump artist mocks President's immigration policy by creating a "wall" of stitched-together paintings
          The Missouri Times:  EPA releases another report showing no radiation danger outside West Lake Landfill
          Drebes:  Which other Springfield Republican will join Eric Burlison in the Missouri Senate come 2019?
          SNL:  Rep. Kevin Austin to run for state Senate X
          JCNT:  Greitens appoints Social Services, Financial Institutions directors X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies previews special legislative session
          SE Missourian:  Greitens:  Mill bill opposition based on 'petty philosophical points';  jobs are crucial +
          Missourinet:  Greitens to rally southeast Missouri residents Saturday on steel mill special session issue
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  Missouri could have multiple special sessions this year
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) to donate per diem from special session
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU, NAACP, Auditor Nicole Galloway urge Greitens to veto SB 43 over 'Whistleblower Protection Act'
          Columbia Missourian:  Draft budget for MU calls for cutting 328 jobs
          AP:  UMKC to cut about 30 jobs to save money
          KWMU:  UMSL to trim another 2.5% from its budget
          KWMU:  Nasheed vows to pass municipal court overhaul bill that will survive legal tests;  North St. Louis County mayors say legislators should leave municipalities alone
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Public Safety making progress on fixing communication coverage gap
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts by Hawley to remove him from office +
          SNL:  Uber expands operations across southern Missouri X
          P-D:  Telepsychiatry helps with mental health burdens in rural Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Senate-gallery disruptors are heroes +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Republican lawmakers fail to pass Shamed Dogan's hair-braiding legislation because the small-business owners are black
          P-D letter:  Warrenton man wants Greitens to sign bill banning toll roads
          P-D letter:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse's Dan Duncan praises Holly Rehder, criticizes Missouri Legislature
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian says she has forgotten what she used to do to service a young John Danforth, but he's a real dandy
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        Friday, May 19
       
KWMU:  McCaskill seeks way to cover about 40 counties that may lose individual Obamacare insurers
          SNL:  McCaskill bill would help consumers in 'bare' insurance markets
          KC Star:  McCaskill proposes letting people buy insurance from same exchange as Congress
          Missourinet:  McCaskill announces plan for Obamacare health care exchanges
          CDT:  McCaskill:  Too early to talk about impeaching Trump
          Missourinet:  McCaskill seeks to push Greitens on state prescription drug monitoring program
          KWMU:  EPA reports no evidence of Manhattan Project waste in Bridgeton homes;  Activist/amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman not swayed by scientific data
          AP:  EPA:  No contamination in homes near West Lake Landfill
          P-D:  EPA tests show no radioactive waste in Bridgeton homes
          The Missouri Times:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says agency will soon have plan for West Lake Landfill
          SNL:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to run for Speaker of the House
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Speaker of the House candidate Elijah Haahr:  Economic development, ethics legislation, challenges as Speaker Pro Tem, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) to resign, pursue community development career:  "Despite serving in the superminority, I loved the work I did in the Legislature."
          Drebes:  House 55 GOP primary for Rick Brattin's seat:  Forecast calls for ugly battle between Ryan Johnson and Mike Vinck
          P-D's Christopher Ave:  Help wanted:  Celeste Bott, the longest-tenured Post-Dispatch statehouse reporter at nearly one (1) year, leaving post
          Missourinet:  Schmitt:  Dollar Tree's Warrensburg decision highlights Missouri's place as distribution hub
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens calls special session next week to pass steel mill bill
          SE Missourian:  Greitens calls special session for job-creation bill to boost Bootheel economy
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls special legislative session to address power rate proposal, more southeast Missouri jobs
          KWMU:  Greitens calls special legislative session on Noranda smeltering plant
          Missourinet:  Libla outlines position on Noranda/steel issue
          JCNT:  A historical look at Missouri's special sessions
          Kraske:  Wielding snark and chutzpah, Eric Greitens takes dead aim at lawmakers
          JCNT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City):  General Assembly did a good job
          AP:  Missouri, other states scramble to comply with REAL ID law
          KWMU:  Judge says no to Missouri's request to stay order blocking abortion restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  No established timeline for PSC ruling on Clean Line
          KC Star:  KC officer will walk to Jefferson City in order to stop urban youth murders
          KWMU:  Remaining "Medicaid 23" defendants receive probation for Missouri Capitol protest;  2014 stunt featured singing, yelling in Senate gallery for attention
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air recap:  Gender-identity expert gives update on latest LGBTQIA* nomenclature:  "Transgendered" no longer okay, could be hurtful to transgenders
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Liberal columnist unhappy with list of GOP legislative accomplishments
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Liberal columnist unhappy with list of GOP legislative accomplishments
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        Thursday, May 18
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Blunt, Wagner have divergent opinions on Trump;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch poli sci prof pundit pool (David Robertson, UMSL)
          The Hill:  Ann Wagner, other female lawmakers flee the House for higher office
          KMOX:  Ann Wagner says activists are drawing dead-body chalk outlines on her driveway
          SE Missourian:  Greitens still gathering data needed for federal disaster declaration +
          AP:  Senior U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill weighs in on state PDMP legislation
          AP:  Liberal groups, unions push ballot initiative on district boundaries, campaign contributions, lobbyist gifts
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot officially announces 2018 state Senate run
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens' relationship with the Legislature could use some repair
          KC Star:  GOP Sen. Ryan Silvey, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty chat with KC Star ed board members about Greitens' dark money, term limits, more +
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt's first months in office helped influence business legislation;  Implementation of MO ABLE another big win
          The Missouri Times:  Elijah Haahr announces bid for Speaker of the House
          Columbia Missourian:  End-of-session recap of major legislation
          Missourinet:  Ethics bills fail in Legislature
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) asks Richardson to keep DOC subcommittee intact
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers release recommendations to address Missouri prison issues
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers fail to pass hair braiding proposal;  Lawsuits pending
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Superintendent Matt Miller pleased with foundation formula funding, skeptical of special-session chatter
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to close St. Louis outreach office as part of budget cuts +
          CDT:  Bill would repeal state law barring some with criminal records from running for office X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 17
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American wants to get the lead out - of service lines;  Comments from PSC's Kevin Kelly, American Water's Jody Carlson X
          KWMU:  Bridgeton residents seeking cash payouts unhappy with failure of buyout legislation
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal seeks to win support for buyout legislation, calls Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) and others "baby killers"
          KC Star editorial:  Amid budget cuts and bad publicity, the University of Missouri-Columbia sits at a critical juncture +
          P-D editorial:  Shackling sex offenders for life is no way to administer justice
          P-D op-ed:  Cato Institute Project on Criminal Justice's Tim Lynch:  A solution exists for Missouri's indigent defense crisis
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens fails on ethics, hides from questions +
          P-D letter:  Operation Food Search responds to "lunch shaming" piece, wants federal legislation to help prevent hurt feelings
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County resident responds to "lunch shaming" piece, suggests irresponsible parents apologize to school officials for manufacturing hubbub
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian questions Wallingford's fiscal conservatism +
          P-D letter:  Fenton resident wonders why Messenger doesn't support state legislators' call for city-county merger
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian dislikes Missouri House's paper-toss tradition, says lawmakers' annual moment of exhilaration annoys her
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        Wednesday, May 17
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt join in questioning what Trump told the Russians;  Wagner defends president
          KC Star:  Blunt critical of Trump decision to share intelligence with Russian officials +
          SNL:  McCaskill says American military put at risk by Trump disclosure of intelligence to Russians X
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer at forefront of GOP effort to overhaul Dodd-Frank regulations
          P-D:  Georgetown group ranks federal lawmakers according to "Bipartisan Index;"  Blunt scores high in reaching across aisle
          The Missouri Times:  Former Speaker of the House Rod Jetton heading to Greece in search of Master's degree
          Drebes:  Former state Sen. Jeff Smith's (D-St. Louis City) book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, now out in paperback
          AP:  Missouri adds counties in flooding, storm damage assessments
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft made his mark in first legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway speaks to Columbia Chamber, talks about her Budget Integrity Series
          Faughn:  The afterglow of special session broken down by national pastime:  Naming names of legislators that had World Series-level performances, and those who earned a last-place finish
        SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers reveal highs, lows of legislative session +
        KWMU:  Analysis:  GOP lawmakers achieve goals in passing pro-business legislation
        Missourinet:  House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) offer their post-session analysis
        KC Star:  Editorial Board members Colleen Nelson, Dave Helling to host Facebook Live chat at 4 p.m. today with Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City), House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty +
        P-D:  Political Fix audio:  Reporter Celeste Bott offers unbiased analysis of legislative session;  Reporter Kurt Erickson mocks Greitens' direct-to-voter communication approach, offers sarcastic "good luck" (9:30)
        KWMU:  St. Louis Lambert International Airport's Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge talks REAL ID, more
        CDT:  PDMP proponents see hope for statewide database X
        P-D:  Galloway says a 2016 fee hike could trigger tax refunds
        AP:  Galloway says state expungement fees could violate state constitution
        P-D:  Hundreds of Missouri sex offenders now required to wear GPS monitoring devices for life
        Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Statement from Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) on industrial hemp rated "Half True"
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds most provisions of municipal court overhaul law
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court tosses out parts of 2015 law for traffic fines, fees in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds portion of ruling about 2015 traffic ticket legislation for state, St. Louis County
          P-D:  Court-overhaul law survives Missouri Supreme Court, but no longer targets St. Louis County
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers make recommendations for overhauling state's embattled prison system
          KWMU:  Normandy students continue to disappoint;  School district will remain under state control another 3 years
          SE Missourian:  Hawley seeks bond revocation for embattled sheriff +
          KC Star:  HSUS criticizes Missouri over "puppy mills" +
          P-D editorial:  Shame on the lunch shamers;  Taxpayers should foot the bill for all urban student lunches, to avoid possibility of hurt feelings
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Senate is disintegrating into a body of angry chaos +
          Waters:  Legislature wraps up session before May 31 [sic] deadline X
          KC Star letter:  Macon, Mo. liberal wants Sam Graves to be more vocal about Trump topics +
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        Tuesday, May 16
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Boeing selects St. Louis to build new T-X jets;  McCaskill, Greitens attend announcement
          KWMU:  T-X training jet could be assembled in St. Louis, if Boeing gets the contract
          Missourinet:  Boeing hopes to add 2,000 jobs if awarded military contract
          P-D:  If it wins trainer contract, Boeing will assemble T-X in St. Louis
          KMOX:  McCaskill, Clay weigh in on firing of Comey
          USA Today:  Trump missing the mark on opioids, critics say;  McCaskill says she's concerned by "warning signs"
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump group targets Blunt, other GOP elected officials at fundraisers;  Noisemaking tactics include honking horns, blowing whistles to disrupt grown-ups' activities +
          AP:  Jack Danforth gets Churchill Leadership Medal
          Rosenbaum:  Key takeaways from an unruly, but substantial, Missouri legislative session
          KWMU:  Putting the 2017 legislative session in perspective with Jo Mannies
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin review the legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Five topics that may prompt Greitens to call a special session
          The Missouri Times:  Rone seeking special session to attract smelter to Bootheel
          Missourinet:  Rone calls for special session on Bootheel aluminum/steel plant issue
          KC Star:  Greitens to attend Republican Governors Association event in Miami +
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax commission to hold first town hall this week
          KC Star:  Legislators succeed in passing minimum-wage law +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Right to Life wants to see more action on pro-life bills
          AP:  GOP budget could expand pre-K funding
          KWMU:  Charter school sponsorship not always seen as higher education's higher calling
          SNL:  Four (4) students complain about prayer at high school graduation;  Teen girl says she felt "extremely ostracized" by superintendent's invocation X
          CDT:  University of Missouri enrollment to decline 7 percent;  400 jobs to be eliminated X
          P-D:  Mizzou to cut hundreds of positions amid expected 7 percent enrollment drop
          KC Star:  University of Missouri to cut 400 positions at Columbia campus +
          Drebes:  Ron Calzone sues on last year's SB 638
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes bill to continue organ donor checkoff program
          Missourinet:  Missouri's 'Hailey's Law' supporters to try again in 2018
          Missourinet:  ACLU:  More allegations of eastern Missouri jail inmate mistreatment could surface
          SE Missourian:  Hawley to review request to probe Oran timecard allegations +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens should veto GOP discrimination bill
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Hypocritical GOP legislators trample on local sovereignty;  Photo of female Democratic superminority members weeping on House floor
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon), other GOP legislators hurt Missouri women with budget legislation
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Med school student disagrees with Billy Long on GOP health care bill
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        Monday, May 15
       
AP:  More price hikes likely for Obamacare markets;  Missouri among eight states down to one insurer
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  The Nature Conservancy seeks external affairs manager
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Carl Bearden, Joe Lakin, Jeff Mazur, Anne Schweitzer talk legislative session
          AP:  Greitens' ethics priorities fail to gain passage
          Missourinet:  Greitens says lawmakers deserve grade of "incomplete," calls some lawmakers third-graders
          Missourinet:  Last-minute bills pass Legislature;  Greitens could call special session
          JCNT:  Local legislators applaud 'right to work,' tort overhaul X
          AP:  Missouri targets doctor shortage, expands first-in-nation law
          AP:  State won't make some flooded districts make up lost days
          P-D:  School districts deal with complaints about 'lunch shaming;'  Thoughts from parents who can't manage to keep track of spawn's lunch tabs
          SE Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to 18 new American citizens +
          Helling:  Trump, Greitens, Sly James should answer more of reporters' questions +
          SNL letter:  Joplin sexagenarian says Billy Long's health care vote was cowardly, suggests incumbent - who won re-election in 2016 by forty-one (41) points - is in trouble X
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        Sunday, May 14
       
KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 50 outside Blunt's office +
        Drebes:  Ryan Johnson may be folding Missouri Alliance for Freedom
        SNL:  Greitens not happy with GOP legislators' performance X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf shoots back:  Senator claims Greitens acted in illegal, unconstitutional way X
        P-D:  End-of-session recap:  Greitens gets mixed results
        Missourinet:  Rehder plans to file PDMP bill again next year
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says he plans to bring back prevailing wage legislation
        JCNT:  Prevailing wage repeal fails;  Local contractors react X
        KRES/KRES (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) reflects on session, special Dept. of Corrections committee, praises new DOC Director Anne Precythe
        JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers pleased with pension changes X
        P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) tweets that landfill buyout opponents are 'baby killers,' should 'burn in hell'
        Washington Missourian:  Legislature passes bill to name bridge for MoDOT worker
        CDT:  Columbia begins to see impact of declining enrollment at MU X
        JCNT:  DHSS employee Cindy Reese honored for career in early childhood advocacy X
        KC Star editorial:  Legislative scorecard:  Failing grades for Legislature and governor +
        P-D editorial:  Missouri Chamber enjoys successful session, but everyone else will suffer
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature failed Missourians by ignoring transportation funding and killing PDMP X
        JCNT editorial:  State workers might get pay raises ... next year X
        SE Missourian op-ed:  Consumer Energy Alliance's Brydon Ross supports SB 190 +
        Messenger:  Missouri removes its conflict in trucking dispute, but the taint remains
        SNL letter:  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) praises McCaskill for work on retired miners X
        SNL letter:  Local "Indivisible" organizer unhappy with Billy Long X
        SNL letter:  Ozark man disagrees with Billy Long on health care vote X
        P-D letter:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri's Laura Slay:  Failed study gives wrong picture about school vouchers
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        Saturday, May 13
       
KC Star:  McCaskill sends letter to Trump on opioid epidemic, says she wants to work with him on issue +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Washington Post:  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee uses YouTube ads to hit Senate hopefuls Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner on health care
          Drebes:  Josh Hawley the early favorite in GOP U.S. Senate primary
          JCNT:  Jay Ashcroft seeks high court's support in concealing assault victim's address X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Final day of session recap:  What passed, what died, and who took credit
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens forces boxing analogy into post-session press conference, says he finished "the first round of a 10-round fight"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens hints at special session
          The Missouri Times:  Legislators share thoughts on value of a special session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) says REAL ID was example of good compromise, says he's proud of funding foundation formula
          SNL:  Legislature's final day marked by chaos X
          P-D:  Missouri legislative session ends in chaos, accomplishment
          P-D:  How major legislation fared in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day
          The Missouri Times:  Senate's final hours of session saw a PQ and a budget win
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature passed much of pro-business agenda, flailed on other items
          Columbia Missourian:  Bills targeting medical lawsuits, drug overdoses pass
          KC Star:  Republicans pass budget, minimum wage measure +
          Missourinet:  Recap of Senate battles:  Schaaf vs. Greitens;  Ryan Silvey;  Jamilah Nasheed;  Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers pass ban on minimum wage hikes
          P-D:  Legislature sends bill blocking minimum wage hike to Greitens
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks about minimum-wage victory
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring proposal dies on session's final day
          The Missouri Times:  West Lake Landfill bill dies in the House
          KWMU:  State appeals decision blocking abortion restrictions
          SE Missourian:  Southeast regents approve tuition increase +
          CDT:  For first time in 30 years, CDT to get new managing editor;  To fill Jim Robertson's shoes, paper turns to Alaska Legislature's IT employee Charles Westmoreland X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri seals fate as only state without a drug monitoring program +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri highway task force will be a giant waste of time +
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  2017 session's winners and losers +
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal angry at Ann Wagner for declining to attend anti-Trump rally
          P-D letter:  Arnold conservative applauds Ann Wagner for standing up to local Democrats' "organized hysteria"
          P-D letter:  Pacific man says white people's desire to live in safe neighborhoods causes flood damage
          KC Star letter:  Springfield lesbian expresses anger at GOP Rep. Rick Brattin, attempts analogy involving sapphic kisses and werewolves +
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        Friday, May 12
       
KC Star:  Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield undecided about participating in Obamacare exchange in Missouri +
          Drebes:  Unions create "We Are Missouri" campaign committee to overturn "right to work;"  Former state Rep. Tom George (D-Florissant) to serve as treasurer
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democrat Days hopes to resuscitate party in region;  Stephen Webber, Nicole Galloway, Scott Sifton to speak X
          The Missouri Times:  Pat Contreras, who ran in 2016 Democratic state treasurer primary against Judy Baker, to lobby for construction firm
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) the latest to join race for Majority Floor Leader
          Kraske:  Pushup puffery:  At post-session press conference, Greitens will take credit for GOP successes - but the governor is more lucky than good +
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  REAL ID passes through the House
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes REAL ID bill in the nick of time
          P-D:  Missouri House sends REAL ID fix to Greitens' desk
          KC Star:  House passes REAL ID +
          SNL:  Cuts to disabilities care could be restored if Missouri makes enough money this year X
          The Missouri Times:  House and Senate remain at odds on senior services;  Silvey calls House GOP plan "dumb"
          Missourinet:  House, Senate yet to agree on in-home care
          AP:  Missouri House backs proposal to restore in-home care cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Senators sign off on Blue Alert bill and amendment
          Missourinet:  Legislators pass Blue Alert as part of illegal re-entry bill
          SNL:  Hailey's Law added to Blue Alert bill in Senate X
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP headed to conference after all
          The Missouri Times:  House Conservative Caucus reaffirms opposition to PDMP bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Statewide prescription drug monitoring program in peril as deadline nears
          P-D:  State worker pension changes advance in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers seek to limit medical costs in lawsuits;  Comments from Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten
          P-D:  Lawmakers send Greitens more pro-business legislation
          KWMU:  Legislative briefs:  REAL ID, Blue Alert, zoo tax, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rone attempts last lifeline for Bootheel jobs against Libla opposition
          The Missouri Times:  Hundreds of jobs in Missouri's Bootheel at stake as session winds down
          Missourinet:  Rone blasts Libla, Romine, Schaaf in emotional floor speech
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source makes it to Greitens in final days of session
          P-D:  Missouri is poised to fully fund its school formula, but only after reducing its costs
          KC Star:  Hefty budget cuts in store for University of Missouri campuses +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, DNR Director Carol Comer among Mizzou commencement speakers
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College Board of Trustees awaits Greitens' signature on budget
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) wants to continue organ donor checkoff donations
          P-D:  St. Louis Zoo bill heads to Greitens
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson hopeful about public safety tax legislation
          Missourinet:  Hawley investigating sheriff in Bootheel after inmate dies in altercation
          P-D editorial:  Campaign donation limits remain. So do loopholes.
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Reporters should not let their liberal bias be obvious
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Seasoned Democrat columnist hopes Stephen Webber runs for office soon
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Traci Gleason:  Missouri Senate acts to protect seniors X
          P-D op-ed:  David Warner criticizes GOP Reps. Justin Hill and Scott Fitzpatrick, says he lives in Clayton
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  David Warner criticizes GOP Reps. Justin Hill and Scott Fitzpatrick, says he lives in Columbia
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        Thursday, May 11
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt react to Comey firing
          KCUR:  Congressional delegation weighs in on Comey;  No response from Sam Graves' office
          KODE (Joplin):  Southwest Missouri Democrats want Billy Long to hold town hall
          P-D:  Local "Indivisible" rally turns out small crowd to hear Comey "cover-up" conspiracy complaints
          SE Missourian:  Local Tea Party group to host discussion about Sharia law +
          AP:  Disaster specialists assessing Missouri storm, flood damage
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission issues two new opinions:  Guidance on taking primary and general contributions at the same time, and third parties paying for travel
          KMOV (St. Louis):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's MO ABLE a 'game-changer' for people with disabilities
          KOMU (Columbia):  Launch of MO ABLE program brings relief to Columbia families
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Legislative updates:  Robert Cornejo announces bid for Speaker of the House;  House bans 'sanctuary cities' for illegals;  Democratic superminority complains about discrimination bill;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed, House Democratic superminority want Greitens to veto GOP discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  Democrats write letters to Greitens, ask him to veto discrimination bill
          SNL:  Discrimination bill complicates lawsuit against Springfield police X
          Missourinet:  Nasheed filibusters minimum-wage bill
          Faughn:  Funds-sweep proposal shows legislators' faith in Sarah Steelman;  Richardson's leadership evident on discrimination-bill passage;  GOP legislators show courage on MONA;  PQs on deck for Senate
          Missourinet:  Rowden says senators need to learn "to pick their fights a little better"
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass REAL ID compliance measure
          SNL:  Drug-monitoring proposal stalls in Missouri House X
          P-D:  PDMP in doubt in Legislature's final days
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers target out-of-state plaintiffs
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives stamp of approval to create transportation task force
          The Missouri Times:  Public employees leave HELP, Inc. Board, Drivewyze ready to install;  Comments from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Industrial hemp could be re-legalized in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  PSC finds compromise in KCPL rate case, still says they lack authority on electric-vehicle stations
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Mississippi County sheriff has been ousted
          CDT editorial:  CDT editorial board - comprised of "top editors and the publisher" - will now pen editorials, with Hank Waters jettisoned to thrice-weekly sidebar X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature breathes new life into shelved Missouri State Penitentiary plan X
          KC Star editorial:  AG Josh Hawley sends strong message to jailers - but Jackson County facility may require federal, not state, intervention +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Missourians elected Republicans, in part, to dismantle Obamacare
          P-D letter:  St. James woman says House GOP health care bill would harm rural Missourians
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian applauds Jason Kander's statements on Democrats and empathy, cites study showing liberals are superior because they "care more" than conservatives
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian says state lawmakers are "backward" on REAL ID, and everything else X
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        Wednesday, May 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate begins its health care considerations;  Comments from Blunt X
          P-D:  Feds OK $2 million for bridge, road repairs as MoDOT continues looking for damage;  Comments from McCaskill
          KMOV:  Veterans at risk, tax dollars wasted at new VA facility;  McCaskill puts pressure on VA for answers
          Columbia Missourian fact check:  McCaskill claim on opioid use rated "False"
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer at forefront of GOP effort to overhaul Dodd-Frank regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson steps up to respond to floods
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate Greitens vs. Governor Greitens:  A look at how State of the State promises are tracking in Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly update:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly update:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Legislative briefs:  Senate passes REAL ID;  Rehder accepts PDMP changes;  Legislators eat food
          The Missouri Times:  Senate picks up REAL ID ... and then puts it back down
          The Missouri Times:  REAL ID passes Senate after midnight, now returns to the House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes REAL ID bill;  Measure goes back to House
          P-D:  Missouri Senate passes REAL ID bill, overcoming staunch opposition
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP falters at finish line as Rehder dissolves conference committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) expresses doubt about PDMP's chances
          The Missouri Times:  Port authority bill, now turned economic development omnibus, heads to conference
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Senate unlikely to repeal prevailing wage law +
          P-D:  Facing cuts to senior programs, Missouri Senate puts budget pressure on House
          KC Star:  House, Senate differ on funds-sweep gambit +
          KWMU:  The Missouri Partnership, the state's business-recruiting arm, gets no funding in state budget
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) doubts passage of bonds for veterans homes this session
          Missourinet:  Democrats unhappy with discrimination legislation headed to Greitens
          Drebes:  Americans for Tax Reform approves overhaul of liquor-advertising regulations
          SNL:  Bill to classify cities and counties by population heads to Greitens X
          Columbia Missourian:  Efforts underway to expand access to virtual education
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal eyes new tactics to pass West Lake bill
          KWMU:  Chappelle-Nadal threatens filibuster unless West Lake demands are met
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says she'll halt Senate business unless House acquiesces on West Lake payoffs
          P-D:  Missouri officials removed from trucking company board that does business with state
          AP:  Missouri officials leave trucking tech company board
          P-D:  Hawley to investigate Backpage with new human trafficking unit
          SE Missourian:  Federal suit:  Lack of medical care by jailers led to woman's death +
          SE Missourian:  Hawley seeks to remove embattled sheriff after inmate's death +
          JCNT editorial:  Shine a light on dark money X
          KC Star editorial:  Republican Rick Brattin's statement on proposed LGBTQIA* legal protections is deplorable, and he had better apologize +
          KC Star op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  Judge's ruling puts Safe at Home participants in jeopardy +
          Jensen:  MU's fall due to cowardly leadership, media narrative +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Sierra Club's Ravi Ravulapati applauds Claire McCaskill for opposing Trump on energy issues
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Post-Dispatch's treatment of Stacy Washington shows how worthless the paper has become
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood sexagenarian expresses frustration at paper's treatment of Stacy Washington, recalls golden days of the conservative St. Louis Globe-Democrat
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        Tuesday, May 9
       
The Missouri Times:  Will Missouri be declared a federal disaster zone? It all depends on Trump.
          AP:  Roads gradually reopen as floodwaters recede in many areas
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio joins ProPublica campaign to solicit reader/activist tales of "hate crimes";  Reporting categories include perceived meanness to immigrants, "status as a trans person," etc.
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Charles) says Republicans across the state want better choices for Speaker of the House
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) has a chat with Rosenbaum about education funding, suggests Greitens would best serve conservative agenda by not meddling in House matters during final week
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Senate funds-sweep gambit unconstitutional
          P-D:  Fitzpatrick's warning about funds sweep sends Senate scrambling
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers face Friday deadline to pass legislation X
          KWMU:  Legislative briefs:  Discrimination bill, PDMP, in-home health care, other bills
          SNL:  Several members of Missouri House Democratic superminority protest discrimination bill by not voting;  Measure heads to Greitens X
          The Missouri Times:  House sends Romine's discrimination bill to Greitens
          Missourinet:  Workplace discrimination bill heads to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers send discrimination bill to Greitens
          KC Star:  Republicans pass discrimination bill +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK ban on sex offenders by kids' museums
          KRES/KWIX:  Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley says cuts to higher ed funding put more emphasis on enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou students talk enrollment decline, higher tuition
          SNL:  Mayor's Commission for Children highlights early education gender gap;  Heading into kindergarten, girls more likely to be ready to learn than boys, 83 percent to 66 percent X
          AP:  Motorcycle helmet exemptions stall in Missouri Legislature
          Missourinet:  Schupp, Rep. Judy Morgan (D-Kansas City) oppose GOP abortion language
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature demographics feature:  Small business dominates Missouri legislators' occupation
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature demographics feature:  Female elected officials talk recruitment, perceived discrimination
          P-D:  Law firm claims "independent" studies show elevated levels of radioactivity in Bridgeton homes;  Actual scientists from EPA, CDC, MO DHSS say levels are safe
          P-D editorial:  FCC shouldn't bless the huge Sinclair-Tribune media marriage;  Editorial board chooses photo of 97.1FM host Jamie Allman to accompany editorial
          Six Months Ago:  Jamie Allman corrects misinformation from Post-Dispatch staff about TV show production and station ownership
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's mentally ill will be worse off under U.S. House health care bill +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Real ID's time has come X
          CDT Darkow cartoon:  Missouri's decline in enrollment and freshman coeds packing on the pork X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice's Mary Clemons opposes Ann Wagner's vote on health care bill, claims grandchildren are distraught over congressional action
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants Blunt and Smith to stop supporting military, and instead spend taxpayer money on health care +
          KC Star letter:  Belton sexagenarian says Missouri Republicans' stance on campaign finance laws shows bias toward corporations +
          P-D letter:  Clayton man who lost children to drunk driver thanks Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) for defending sobriety checkpoints
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        Monday, May 8   Truman Day
       
NBC's Meet the Press:  Sen. Roy Blunt (17:00) says House health care bill is not dead on arrival, talks Russian interference in elections
          SNL:  How Billy Long ended up at the center of health care fight X
          AP:  Vicksburg memorial to Missouri soldiers to be rededicated
          Jason Rosenbaum for NPR:  Secretive nonprofits back governors in Missouri and across the country
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Robert Cornejo (R-St. Charles) signals bid for Speaker of the House (4:30), talks Greitens' relationship with House (8:15);  Panel of Mindy Mazur, Sam Gladney, R. Gregg Keller and Aaron Baker talk foundation formula, dark money
          Missourinet:  Truman Day is a Missouri state holiday
          KWMU:  The final countdown:  What to look for in the last 5 days of the Missouri legislative session
          Missourinet:  Dixon, Libla take aim at Greitens' dark money
          SNL:  Missouri Senate unifies to pass budget but argues over 'dark money' X
          P-D's The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian columnist Jim Gallagher reveals he is nearing retirement age, suggests state employees who take MOSERS pension buyout could end up "eating peanut butter and dog food"
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) praises two major economic development projects in his district
          The Maneater:  Year in Review, Top Disappointments:  Budget cuts continue to plague the university
          The Maneater:  Year in Review, Top Disappointments:  UM System officials given inappropriate bonuses
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) is "cautiously optimistic" about Scottrade Center bill;  time may be its biggest opponent
          Missourinet:  Bill addresses costs for solar customers;  Comments from Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), former state rep/current solar energy official Zach Wyatt
          CDT:  Advocates:  State guardianship law should focus on well-being X
          KC Star editorial:  The top eight things Missouri lawmakers should do this week +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Thanks to Eric Schmitt, disabled receive a lifeline X
          Messenger:  Greitens' promises on ethics come back to haunt him
          Priddy:  Hundred-year-old article details strife, ungentlemanly decorum in Missouri Senate
          Springfield Business Journal:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  After 10 long years, Missouri House must move on employment law overhaul
          SNL letter:  Area man agrees with Billy Long on opioids, says legalizing marijuana would help solve issue X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Billy Long should have opposed health care bill X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian says Missouri Legislature has been "sold" to corporate interests, expresses anger at President Ronald Reagan
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        Sunday, May 7
       
The Hill:  Blunt to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" this morning
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Contrary to initial hysteria, school lunch changes smaller than expected X
          P-D:  River constriction and wetter climate leave area vulnerable to more frequent major floods
          Drebes:  Young Guns Missouri PAC formed;  Treasurer is Jeff Roe's James Thomas III
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) joins Vescovo in majority floor leader race
          AP:  Overview:  Status of legislation still before Missouri Legislature:  REAL ID, PDMP, gift ban, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks about fully-funded foundation formula
          Washington Missourian:  Higher ed bill moves to Greitens' desk;  East Central College to get 6.5 percent budget cut X
          JCNT:  Higher education cuts less than governor's proposal X
          JCNT:  Contractors weigh in on prevailing wage repeal X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri State Highway Patrol embracing Twitter to get information to drivers
          P-D editorial:  Now's the time to demand legislative action on REAL ID
          KC Star editorial:  A list of questions for Eric Greitens, Missouri's man of mystery +
          Horrigan:  To understand Missouri's governor, turn to EGO (Eric Greitens Organization) boosters;  Sexagenarian editorial board member takes aim at governor's dark money duplicity, workout showoffery, and more
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian wants Blunt to stop representing Missouri employers like Cargill, Monsanto and Walmart, and instead promote "an earth-friendly economy as gentle and survivable as possible" X
          SNL letter:  Springfield nonagenarian unhappy with Billy Long's vote on GOP health care bill X
          KC Star letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Ryan Silvey, other obstructionists should "grow up" +
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        Saturday, May 6
       
P-D:  How the new health care fight resembles 2010 - and how it doesn't;  Perspectives from McCaskill, Blunt, Clay
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on health care debate;  In video, McCaskill says Democrats have been excluded from talks +
          Joplin Globe:  Anti-Trump organizers draw 30 outside Billy Long's office;  Amorphous human dresses up as Grim Reaper to protest health care bill X
          KSMU:  Group protests outside Billy Long's office;  Elderly woman's sign suggests incumbent - who won 2016 general election by forty-one (41) points - is politically dead
          Washington Missourian:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws six (6) outside Luetkemeyer's office;  Woman's sign suggests incumbent - who won 2016 general election by forty (40) points - could lose next election X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area man promotes online petition, wants Columbia School Board to oppose immigration-enforcement efforts
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River to see lower crest;  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says levee system works +
          KWMU:  Residents near Meramec River fear levees, development will cause more floods;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Executive Director David Stokes, others
          CDT:  Speaking at Muleskinners meeting, MDP Chair Stephen Webber says Dems needs to build enthusiasm X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Pony Express Chapter of the Friends of NRA to hold first banquet to raise funds
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign contribution limit largely overturned in federal court
          KC Star:  Federal judge blocks part of Missouri law meant to curb influence of money in politics +
          P-D:  Campaign donation limits stay, but other parts of Missouri's new campaign finance law blocked by federal judge
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Dark money debate turns into a question of honor on the Senate floor
          P-D:  Senators tee off on Greitens' nonprofit as dark-money disclosure effort fizzles
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics debate stalls over fight on dark money
          KWMU:  Missouri budget:  A look at funding for each state department
          SNL:  Video:  Reporter Will Schmitt gives recap of week's dark-money controversies and Greitens nonprofit's planned attacks on GOP senators, budget debate, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel reps Holly Rehder, Tila Hubrecht oppose cuts to social services
          The Missouri Times:  Amended West Lake Landfill buyout bill moves forward in House
          The Missouri Times:  Rob Vescovo tosses his hat into majority floor leader race
          P-D:  Freshman enrollment at Mizzou to take a steep drop in August
          Columbia Missourian:  For second year since protester agitation, MU expects smaller freshman class
          JCNT:  Lawmakers to prioritize finding state MIAs X
          P-D:  Unions celebrate, business owners worry on first day of new city minimum wage;  Comments from St. Louis Zoo's Billy Brennan, Regional Chamber's Austin Walker, others;  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) joins small group of workers in mini-march
          Columbia Missourian:  Faith Voices criticizes legislators of both parties for failing to move on payday-loan restrictions;  Area man blames lenders for his poor financial choices
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Cora Walker (D-Ferguson) says she'll keep pressuring Ferguson to improve court performance
          Waynesville Daily Guide:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports success in eliminating feral hogs from population;  Death of wild animals helps avoid destruction of property, spread of diseases
          P-D:  Edward Crawford, captured in iconic Ferguson photo, kills himself;  Twitter's "eyeFLOODpanties" gained fame for throwing tear gas canister at riot officers
          P-D letter:  Ameren supplier applauds company's effort on alternative energy
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        Friday, May 5
       
Washington Examiner:  Blunt says Senate Republicans will write their own health care bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  House GOP celebrates Obamacare repeal;  Pithy catchphrases from Cleaver and Graves written by communications staff X
          Joplin Globe:  Area liberals to protest Long's health care vote today X
          SNL:  Security concerns cancel Dana Loesch's live show at Bass Pro X
          The Missouri Times:  Government officials, private sector both look to provide relief to flood victims
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  West Plains is a blueprint for disaster management
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' dark money group set to attack Libla despite extensive record of supporting law enforcement
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The House
          The Missouri Times:  House passes balanced budget, touts full funding of formula
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass $3.4B in basic aid for K-12 schools
          Washington Missourian:  Education bill not good for district, Washington superintendent says X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate delivers circuit breaker along with budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature beats clock to get key pieces of budget to governor by deadline
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate strikes deal on final budget issue:  Aid for the elderly, disabled +
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate compromises on Medicaid cuts while rushing to beat budget deadline
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers sign off on key pieces of $27.8 billion budget
          SNL:  Senate dysfunction might close Springfield clinic X
          KC Star:  Residents who chose to purchase homes near landfill see taxpayer pie sliced +
          Kraske:  Overview of Ryan Silvey vs. Ron Richard +
          KRES/KWIX:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says obstructionist senators have no respect for the rest of the body
          Missourinet:  REAL ID bill sits before Senate
          KRES/KWIX:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says REAL ID needs to happen
          AP:  Missouri may be most entrenched holdout on REAL ID mandate
          KWMU:  For St. Louis charter schools, success is in the eye of the beholder
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis City minimum wage increase takes effect today
          AP:  Judge allows St. Louis City minimum wage hike, will start today
          KWMU:  $10 minimum wage to take effect in St. Louis City
          P-D:  New St. Louis City minimum wage goes into effect today
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch parent company Lee Enterprises reports drop in revenue, earnings, subscriptions;  Stock loses nearly 25% of value in one day
          Talking New Media:  McClatchy, publisher of Kansas City Star, announces drop in revenue, steep decline in advertising sales
          SE Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to Peter Kinder for Boy Scouts of America award +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  K-12 funding is a contentious issue in the Legislature;  Thoughts from "Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine [sic]"
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        Thursday, May 4
       
SNL:  Billy Long reverses position on Obamacare repeal bill to 'yes' X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner votes no on budget bill, criticizes Republican leadership
          Politico:  McCaskill, other red-state Dems seek to scrape out legislative wins;  Senior senator frustrated that Republicans leave vulnerable Dems out of policy debates
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Dept. of Transportation revises lobbying, subscription rules for grantees
          The Missouri Times:  'Holly PAC' and the campaign contribution atmosphere after Amendment 2;  Jeff Roe's team will run and staff Sikeston Republican's Speaker of the House vehicle
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The House
          The Missouri Times:  House, Senate compromise on budget, still on schedule to pass before deadline
          Missourinet:  House, Senate negotiators approve $27 billion budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri budget back on track to meet deadline
          AP:  House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
          P-D:  Democrats unhappy with some budget provisions
          The Missouri Times:  Senators present list of bills they will not filibuster
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate moves at a snail's pace as 2017 session ticks away
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys denies knowledge of Richard's Joplin airport hangar line item
          SNL:  Missouri Senate infighting gets increasingly personal X
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey takes part in The Missouri Times Facebook live interview, talks skirmish with Ron Richard, ethics, Greitens, more
          The Missouri Times:  Hailey's Law, other bills in the balance as Senate squabbles persist
          Missourinet:  Rally for 'Hailey's Law' looks to draw attention to slow-moving Senate
          Missourinet:  Greitens not ruling out special session to handle REAL ID, other issues
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity begins direct mail and digital in support of 'paycheck protection' bill X
          CDT:  Judge orders state of Missouri to process abortion license applications 'promptly' X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood to move quickly to offer abortions in Kansas City, Columbia
          AP:  Eleven (11) women dress up as characters from Hulu TV show to protest pro-life legislation
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch owner Lee Enterprises reports disappointing earnings, lower revenue
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Eric Greitens' dark money epitomizes Sunshine vs. Secrecy;  Nondisclosure rapidly becoming his albatross
          KC Star editorial:  Romine's bill would allow employers to discriminate +
          P-D editorial:  Sens. Schaaf and Silvey should keep standing up against Greitens and Ron Richard
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City man unhappy about Greitens' small ethics fine +
          P-D letter:  Disabled woman opposes cuts to Consumer Directed Services program
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian expresses her anger over teacher pension control, Missouri lawmakers' extravagant $36k/yr salary
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        Wednesday, May 3
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on Obamacare changes, Trump's shutdown threat
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt critical of Trump's shutdown talk
          KWMU:  Blunt softens stance on piecemeal Obamacare repeal
          Missourinet:  Long's opposition to health care plan not swayed by Trump's call
          SNL:  Billy Long attacked, praised for opposing GOP health care bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph improvements get mentions in Washington by McCaskill, Blunt X
          Roll Call:  Democrats take omnibus victory lap;  Blunt talks NIH funding
          The Missouri Times:  The ten best - and five worst - days of the Greitens administration so far
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens named to Council of Governors by Trump
          AP:  'Right to work' backers fundraising to protect Missouri law
          Drebes:  Conservative groups urge Greitens to take on public unions
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey "thanks" Ron Richard for leaving him off budget conference committee
          KC Star:  Silvey pens sarcastic letter to Richard +
          SNL:  'Dark money' bill finally gets hearing after secretive attack ads, Senate slowdown X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf gets hearing on 'dark money' legislation
          P-D:  Senators push for 'dark money' disclosure in final days of legislative session
          Columbia Missourian:  Schaaf gets hearing on 'dark money'
          AP:  Work in Missouri Senate slows as end of session nears
          The Missouri Times:  Vintage Dick Webster C-Span clip shows why Missouri Senate is unique
          The Missouri Times:  Budget conference scheduled again, House members find out through tweet
          KWMU:  Critics of managed care sound off on shift
          Missourinet:  Bill to boost coverage for developmentally disabled children dead, but could return
          AP:  Missouri House advances proposal with pro-life provisions
          KWMU:  Missouri House provisions address fetal tissue, parental consents
          KWMU:  Charter school 101:  The basics
          P-D:  After two years of wrangling, St. Louis' new $10 minimum wage could be in effect within days
          KWMU:  Court fees and fines studied as part of new multi-state report, including Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens should sign measure for UMKC arts campus +
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens should stay out of Kansas City police chief search +
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Stacy Washington columns will no longer appear after she failed to disclose conflict of interest
          P-D op-ed:  Nursing home administrator opposes Medicaid cuts and caps
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City):  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) is corrupt, shows audacious display of abuse +
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Online Summer Institute helps rural students
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman says Rex Sinquefield and Show-Me Institute are trying to turn teachers against each other
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        Tuesday, May 2   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
SNL:  Billy Long to oppose new GOP Obamacare replacement bill X
          KC Star:  McCaskill-requested audit finds Dept. of Energy is lax in fighting fraud +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump groups rally downtown for May Day march +
          SE Missourian:  18 take oath of citizenship at Cape courthouse ceremony;  Asians, Europeans and Africans follow U.S. immigration laws to become Americans +
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, others to complain about Trump policies at Thursday night potluck dinner
          SNL:  Report shows local use of federal seizure dollars X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sheltered workshops persevere under pressure from federal rules
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says he's had multiple conversations with White House about federal disaster declaration
          Missourinet:  State officials expect number of road closures to increase
          SE Missourian:  Severe floods ravage Doniphan, Van Buren;  river at Cape keeps rising +
          KWMU:  As Meremec rises again, environmentalists say levees make flooding worse
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden to receive lifetime achievement award from St. Louis County NAACP
          KWMU:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway preps for 2018 election
          Drebes:  Phil LeVota appointed to local college board of trustees
          AP:  Monthly survey suggests improvement in Midwest economic conditions
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Senate leadership snubs Silvey, keeps him off budget conference committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate focuses on ethics squabbles
          Columbia Missourian:  Major steps are still left as budget deadline approaches
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on bills in Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Despite absences, Greitens' tax committee close to doing work
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau City Council unanimously backs repeal of prevailing-wage law +
          Missourinet:  Legislation to create education savings accounts heads to House committee
          Missourinet:  Bill requiring transparency in land purchases for parks still alive in Missouri Legislature
          CDT:  Falling short:  State share of school funding shrinks while local burden grows X
          JCNT:  Transfer of historic prison sent to Greitens X
          Washington Missourian:  Jason Grellner, longtime anti-drug advocate, joins Mercy as security manager after 25 years in law enforcement X
          CDT:  Federal judge dismisses execution challenge in Columbia case X
          KC Star editorial:  Poor Missourians will have to pay for lawmakers' budget mistakes +
          Priddy:  Relax - a special session to finish the budget isn't that big of a deal
          P-D op-ed:  Mental Health America's Mark Utterback:  Balancing the budget on the backs of those living with mental illnesses
          P-D op-ed:  Mesothelioma series, St. Louis edition:  Ladue woman signs op-ed against state legislation
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        Monday, May 1   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
P-D:  Without Anthem, many Missourians would have no Obamacare options;  Company may pull out of unprofitable markets
          Roll Calll:  Former Blunt communications director Brian Hart to serve as new director of media relations at Federal Communications Commission
          CDT:  Veterinarian shortage:  Federal, state programs aim to combat lack of rural practices X
          SE Missourian:  Rise in region's household income outpaces state, nation +
          KC Star:  Relentless rain swamps Missouri as Greitens declares state of emergency +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Doug Libla talks foundation formula;  Panel of Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Washington), David Barklage, Jane Dueker, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis talk education funding, dark money and Greitens' anti-Schaaf campaign, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) chats with Rosenbaum about dark money, term limits, PDMP, discrimination bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schmitt's program helps with disability expenses X
          KWMU:  Unions hold out hope they'll get voter repeal of 'right to work'
          AP:  New Medicaid system set to take effect today for 240,000 Missourians
          KC Star:  Budget battles looming in final two weeks of session +
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau City Council to take stand on prevailing wage repeal effort +
          Drebes:  Dixon suggests "Blue Alert" is superfluous, window-dressing puffery
          CDT:  MU braces for small class of first-time freshmen X
          Columbia Missourian:  Recent arrests at north Columbia brothel raise questions about extent of sex trafficking
          Washington Post's Joe Davidson:  Trump could save big bucks following GAO report's recommendations;  Comments from McCaskill
          SE Missourian letter:  Ameren Missouri Division Director Russ Burger on SB 190 +
          P-D letter:  Warrenton sexagenarian opposes changes to teachers' retirement system
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights retired teacher says "fat cats of Jefferson City" are trying to steal pensions
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man disappointed that Post-Dispatch editorial board is unaware of columnist Stacy Washington's compensation from NRA
          P-D letter:  Labadie man responds to anti-gun letter, says stricter laws won't stop hoodlums from violence
          KC Star letters:  Lee's Summit conservative imagines editorial board's hysteria if city hosted "Black Entitlement Conference";  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt says Kansas tobacco tax hike could be great for Missouri +
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        Sunday, April 30   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
P-D:  Cook Political Report analysis shows Missouri's non-urban districts becoming darker red;  SEMO prof says Bootheel area in final stages of transcending Dixiecrat past
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Congress still awaiting budget with Amtrak;  Sen. Matt [sic] Blunt, rest of Missouri delegation supports funding for Essential Air Service program
          Columbia Missourian:  Climate change rally draws small crowd;  Sexagenarian Caucasoid male reads poem encouraging letting grass grow long rather than mowing;  Septuagenarian gender studies prof talks sexism of climate change;  Sexagenarian Caucusoid male attempts to lead rhythmic chant;  More
          KCUR:  Climate change rally features anti-Trump banter, sarcastic signs
          KC Star:  Climate change rally draws Trump critics;  Community college sociology prof offers expertise on global weather trends;  Minimum-wage activist attempts to work in fast-food campaign messaging +
          AP:  Greitens to pay penalty for using The Mission Continues donor list
          P-D:  Greitens fined $1,000 for not disclosing use of The Mission Continues donor list
          AP:  Analysis:  Greitens' aggressive style means intra-party clashes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft explainss voter ID in Randolph County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) talks foundation formula, more
          P-D:  Greitens declares state of emergency as flash flooding continues across Missouri
          Missourinet:  Greitens declares state of emergency in Missouri;  prisoners heading to St. Robert to sandbag
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) praises Highway Patrol, Dept. of Conservation agents for water rescues yesterday
          JCNT:  As session winds down, Missouri Legislature again poised to do nothing on transportation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid patients could face restrictions to access to antipsychotic medication
          SNL:  Capitol briefs:  Cannabis oil, labor reform and Airbnb X
          JCNT:  Solar groups oppose state energy bill;  Comments from former Rep. Zach Wyatt (R-Novinger) X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Brent Powell a good pick for Missouri Supreme Court;  Missouri Plan is working as intended X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Prevailing wage law costs taxpayers, local contractors +
          SNL letter:  Springfield conservative says Schumer ads might reveal his puppeteering of McCaskill X
          SNL letter:  Area man opposes restrictions on pseudoephedrine X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man says Ameren shareholders should fire CEO Warner Baxter for support of coal
          P-D letter:  Conservative Chesterfield septuagenarian expresses pleasure in reading Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson's damnation of street savagery and free-speech hypocrisy
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        Saturday, April 29
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Trump Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks in KC;  Audio of full speech and interview
          Missouri Farmer Today:  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses plans during Missouri visit
          High Plains Journal:  Secretary Perdue visits Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson meets with new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          SNL:  Out-of-state professors visit Drury, criticize Trump X
          Missourinet:  Task Force 1 deploys to help with expected flooding in Missouri
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  ACORN (rebranded "MORE,") other liberal groups get 30 minutes to promote today's "People's Climate March"
          KC Star:  Liberal groups' march may disrupt traffic for working people during Monday rush hour +
          Drebes:  GOP combatants line up to fill Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey responds to Greitens' Taco Bill video with one of his own, talks budget and takes aim at dark-money attacks
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens found guilty of ethics violation
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jason Rosenbaum talks about the rift between Sen. Rob Schaaf and Gov. Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens buys home in Warren County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 24
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 24
          KWMU:  Crunch time:  A look at legislation entering the final two weeks of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Bill for veterans homes stalled in Missouri House
          KC Star:  Bill would allow electronic monitoring of domestic abuse defendants +
          SNL:  Missouri's Case.net now offers text notifications for tracking cases X
          AP:  St. Louis businesses brace for impact of higher minimum wage
          CDT:  Choi:  University of Missouri System not 'retrenching' amid budget trimming X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says fatal motorcycle crashes reach all-time high in Missouri
          CDT:  Columbia pharmacies begin using drug monitoring program X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  OAKS volunteer receives award from Parson +
          KWMU:  Amendment from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) would prohibit publicly-funded facilities from promoting abortion
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  First 100 days for Trump, Greitens show lack of transparency +
          P-D letter:  Schaaf and Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford:  Missouri should not expand Medicaid managed care
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton resident suggests trying other solutions instead of tax credit for poor families
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        Friday, April 28
       
SE Missourian:  Jason Smith praises Trump's inquiry into aluminum imports +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump group disrupts Kansas congressman's speech at UMKC Law School;  UMKC coed says she screamed and stomped to protest "division" +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's human trafficking bill seeks tougher sanctions, more education
          KWMU:  Local scientist who wants federal funding opposes cuts to federal funding
          Missourinet:  Northern Missouri tech company adds 100 new jobs, praises state business climate;  Comments from Sam Graves
          FOX4KC:  Congressional delegation wants local VA to offer mammograms
          KWMU:  ACORN (rebranded "MORE"), others organize "People's Climate March" tomorrow in St. Louis City
          Drebes:  Brian Schmidt registers new organization, Missouri Children's Leadership Council
          Missourinet:  Greitens says he disagrees with his PAC releasing Schaaf's cell phone number
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-cannabis PAC joins Greitens' non-profit, runs social media ad against Schaaf
          KC Star:  Video:  Greitens signs bill while taking a Lyft to get Taco Bell;  Comely blonde chauffeurs governor whilst discussing legislation, economic benefits of part-time jobs +
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers look to finalize budget that doesn't include midyear cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House sends Onder's PLA bill to governor's desk
          KWMU:  Bill would spare public works projects from being forced to use all-union labor;  Other action includes education savings accounts, Zoo bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass limits on public construction
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes school choice, transfer proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Remington Research poll suggests voters could favor education savings accounts for school choice
          AP:  University of Missouri sets new policies in wake of agitators' protests
          CDT:  University of Missouri System to lose millions of dollars to lower enrollment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators will vote on UM System tuition increase next month
          P-D:  Declining enrollment leads to budget woes for University of Missouri System
          KWMU:  UMSL will close $15M deficit ahead of schedule;  UM System proposes tuition increases
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to protect Airbnb, other rentals
          AP:  Missouri House wants more information on state legal costs
          The Missouri Times:  PSC compels Empire to fulfill OPC data requests
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sen. Blunt is right - Blaine Amendment has outlived its time X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gov. Arrogant Greitens is no white knight X
          KC Star editorial:  'Full' funding for Missouri public schools? Sort of. +
          KC Star editorial:  Ride-sharing services still need scrutiny. Is there an app for that? +
          Communist Party USA's People's World bureau chief Tony Pecinovsky:  McCaskill demonstrates the limits of neo-liberal centrism
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Liberal Missouri media shows its bias on guns
          KC Star letter:  Liberal Lee's Summit septuagenarian responds to Todd Graves' response to Star editorial on Ron Richard +
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls responds to letter on teachers' retirement system changes
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian says Missouri legislators are trying to steal her pension money
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Community and Family Partnership's Ruth Ehresman:  Legislature should pass earned income tax credit to help the poor
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        Thursday, April 27
       
The Atlantic:  McCaskill "couldn't disagree more" with DNC chief Tom Perez, says party should not have litmus tests
          The Missouri Times:  Soros group targets Wagner's district with new anti-Trump ads
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer analyzes economy under Trump, Obamacare alternatives, more
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Veterans bill signed by Trump will help rural Missouri veterans
          P-D:  After work by McCaskill and others, deal may be close to cover retired United Mine Workers' health care
          SE Missourian:  State Supreme Court rules against Jason Smith's mother in dog-kennel defamation case +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis' Boeing vies with two others for major defense contract
          KC Star:  Founder of White Privilege Conference issues warning to Caucasoids:  "This is not a 'diversity' conference. It's not a kumbaya experience." +
          KCUR:  Schmitt launches savings program for people with disabilities
          KSHB:  Through State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's program, people with disabilities can put up to $100,000 in savings account
          SNL:  Dixon orders 100 dozen Hurts' donuts to ease Capitol tensions X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes state budget;  Negotiations with the House next
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes state budget, chambers to negotiate differences
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal pushes taxpayer buyout as Fitzpatrick stresses fiscal discipline
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Senate's funding of education could muddy negotiations
          SNL:  Springfield-area senators split over education funding X
          AP:  Missouri House OKs payouts for extra expenses
          P-D:  Managed care expansion on track after vote in Missouri Senate
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Advocates for school choice attend forum
          Columbia Missourian:  Program would create four adult high schools in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs allowing state employees to earn pensions faster
          JCNT:  Deaf advocates stress importance of legislative involvement X
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Hawley, legislative leaders fight court's decision to make abuse victim divulge address to attacker
          AP:  Missouri proposes new protections for domestic abuse victims
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers get involved in fight to protect whereabouts of abuse victims
          AP:  St. Louis City's minimum wage may rise as early as next week
          KWMU:  New St. Louis City minimum wage could begin next week
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for Marcellus Williams amid drug controversy
          AP:  August execution date set for Missouri inmate;  Murderer Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sets August execution date for murderer;  Victim was a former Post-Dispatch reporter
          KWMU:  Cases of syphilis transmitted in pregnancy rise in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Liberal groups complain about conservative legislation;  "Moral Missouri" coalition includes NAACP, NARAL, Sierra Club, et al.
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Ferguson court in 'disarray'
          Missourinet:  Galloway's audit of Ferguson Municipal Court finds $26k in illegal fees, missing money and records
          P-D:  Galloway issues damning report alleging Ferguson court collected illegal fees, lost records
          SNL editorial:  Missouri must move forward on industrial hemp X
          KC Star editorial:  Gimmicky-named "White Privilege Conference" not enough to address real race issues +
          CDT cartoon:  Mocking Greitens' direct-to-voters social media approach X
          P-D op-ed:  Mackinac Center of Public Policy's F. Vincent Vernuccio:  Missouri legislators should not stop with 'right to work' and 'paycheck protection,' should keep pushing forward on pro-worker policies
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Legislators should not pass Romine's discrimination bill
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and other liberals are wrong - there is no constitutional right to commit street savagery in the name of "protest"
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man opposes Trinity Lutheran Church suit, says churches should pay taxes
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        Wednesday, April 26
       
Politico:  How McCaskill, other vulnerable Dems have fared in Trump's first 100 days
          Washington Post:  Blunt says Trump's comments on possible wall delay "helpful" to getting budget deal done
          KWMU:  Area Chinese women impressed by Sheena Greitens' ability to speak Oriental language, express anger over "xenophobic" 2016 ads against Kurt Schaefer
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft speaks to local GOP club, talks voter ID legislation and "Safe at Home" program
          The Missouri Times:  GOP internecine warfare continues as Hoskins, Schaaf take aim at Greitens adviser Austin Chambers
          Missourinet:  Fiery remarks against Greitens and adviser Austin Chambers open key budget debate in Senate
          KWMU:  Schaaf continues to be formidable stumbling block for Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe still optimistic on passing lobbyist gift ban, despite new distractions
          Messenger:  Ethics overhaul in three acts, a Missouri tragedy:  After Schaaf hubbub dies down, Missouri voters must fix what legislators won't
          The Missouri Times' Benjamin Peters:  To PQ or not to PQ:  The Missouri Senate's battle for tradition
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might miss budget deadline, necessitating a special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to increase funding for public K-12 schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate votes to fully fund education
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate fully funds K-12 formula
          KWMU:  State budget fully funds Missouri's K-12 schools, though Greitens can say no
          KC Star:  New education fund in Kansas City just gave nearly $2 million to two charter schools
          KWMU:  Corporate income tax revenues drop in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel scrutinizes all tax credits offered by state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens chooses Brent Powell as next Missouri Supreme Court judge
          KWMU:  Greitens names Jackson County judge to fill Missouri Supreme Court vacancy
          AP:  Judge W. Brent Powell appointed to Missouri Supreme Court
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes abortion legislation, now up to Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says 911 legislation will improve service in rural Missouri
          KC Star:  Most KC taxis to operate like Uber and Lyft in wake of new state law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Progress stalls on paid parental leave in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri bill would raise adult crimes age
          Missourinet:  Missouri House holds moment of silence for two slain Laclede Gas workers;  Criminal Clinton Willis, convicted of burglary and crack-cocaine charges, shot and killed two workers in North St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says dramatic struggle of those who chose to purchase homes near landfill is "very, very, very, very similar" to Ferguson activists' "trauma"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri should do something about violent pit bulls
          KC Star letters:  KC man mocks "White Privilege Conference" organizers' profiteering;  Lee's Summit man wants gas tax for Missouri roads;  Local "Indivisible" leader expresses her anger at Blunt +
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        Tuesday, April 25
       
Reuters:  Trump's wall push may be delayed as government shutdown looms;  Blunt says spending-bill decision must be made by tonight
          Missourinet:  Blunt backs Trump's approach to North Korea threats
          SNL:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Trump's action on Veterans Choice program could help Missouri veterans +
          Joplin Globe:  Immigration officials yet to hold alien roundups in area;  Three arrests since Trump inauguration have enforced Obama-era rules X
          KC Star:  'White Privilege Conference' ready to open in KC +
          Drebes:  State employee moves:  Michael Quinlan, Christine Krug, Ryan Asbridge
          Missourinet:  Schmitt announces savings account program for the disabled
          KMBC:  MO ABLE to help Missourians with disabilities save money
          Columbia Missourian:  MO ABLE opens up chances to save
          JCNT:  Jefferson City man makes case for MO ABLE X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf talks with Scott Faughn about lobbyist gifts, Greitens' dark money, impact on governor's White House bid, more
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys bipartisan contributions continue to draw attention;  Schaaf suggests Greitens revamp ethics approach prior to White House bid
          AP:  Schaaf moving out of room he rented from lobbyist
          Missourinet:  Schaaf not ruling out further filibustering
          KWMU:  Greitens talks anti-Schaaf campaign after signing ride-hailing legislation, says nonprofit "is separate from me"
          P-D:  Greitens:  'I have no day-to-day responsibilities' with nonprofit
          The Missouri Times:  Ridesharing companies celebrate as Greitens signs Uber bill
          KC Star:  New Missouri law overrides city rules, might bring Lyft back to Kansas City
          P-D:  Greitens signs law smoothing the way for Uber, Lyft to operate statewide
          JCNT:  Uber operating in Jefferson City X
          SE Missourian:  Cape school board backs repeal of prevailing-wage law +
          KWMU:  Data privacy concerns may keep Jefferson County from tracking opioid prescriptions
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate ag committee approves Curtman's industrial hemp bill;  Missouri Farm Bureau testifies against it
          Missourinet:  Schupp says utilities industry funded robocalls in her district
          AP:  Missouri House passes legislation to track fetal tissue
          WGEM:  School choice advocates meet in Hannibal, talk HB 634
          KWMU:  Normandy School District officials hope students don't let them down with poor MAP scores
          P-D editorial:  Greitens fails his own ethics test
          KC Star editorial:  Time is running out to explain Missouri's new voter ID rules +
          JCNT editorial:  Alcohol advertising and free speech;  Legislators should pass HB 433 X
          SNL editorial:  Making costly accomodations for girl who wants to use boys' public school restrooms was a wise choice for school district X
          Waters:  Pruitt, Blunt won't win the war on coal - but they may be able to tweak enforcement excesses X
          KC Star op-ed:  MRP Chairman Todd Graves:  Star editorial wrong about Ron Richard +
          Helling:  In church case and ethics fight, Greitens trades policy for politics - and fails at both +
          Newton:  Posting Schaaf's cell phone number was a "bush-league move" by Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  United Way of Greater St. Louis' Orvin Kimbrough:  A state earned income tax credit helps Missouri's working families
          P-D op-ed:  Retired teacher:  Rex Sinquefield takes aim at Missouri teacher pensions
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        Monday, April 24
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) seek to stop financial scams targeting seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  Area olds promote their political involvement;  Thoughts from local liberals at League of Women Voters, Muleskinners
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks about battle with Schaaf;  Panel of state legislators talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  The Legislature's big task this week
          KWMU:  Disabled Missourians can save for long-term care under Schmitt's new MO ABLE program
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate turmoil could limit volume of legislation passed this session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan talks Senate vs. House school funding levels, blocking harmful legislation, more
          P-D:  Missouri Senators move to keep drunk driving checkpoints in budget
          P-D:  Lobbyist gift ban legislation likely to fail again this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) on unemployment insurance funding rated "True"
          KC Star:  Bills seek to address sexual abuse in nursing homes and mental-health facilities +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers grisly experiences in MoDOT worker's compensation case
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri steps up trapping and killing of feral hogs
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  "We need to get to the root cause (of DOC problems,) which is the warden"
          KC Star editorial:  Help wanted in Kansas City, where federal jobs remain unfilled +
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) would make reaching 911 far less frustrating
          SNL op-ed:  Blunt should stop Trump's cuts to Community Development Block Grants X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Bad tax policy at the core of Missouri's budget problems +
          P-D's Mark Schlinkmann:  After losing Jeff City fight to Uber, taxi agency may loosen cab rules
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants state legislators to raise gas tax +
          P-D letter:  Frontenac woman says violence makes her cry, and legislators should pass gun-control laws
          P-D letter:  Florissant nonagenarian wants Legislature to pass 2014 bill sponsored by former Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant)
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        Sunday, April 23
       
The Chart (Missouri Southern):  Immigrant students hold forum to discuss themselves;  Mexican coed laments "constant struggle" of illegal status
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill's statement on refugees rated "False"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler celebrate "new paradigm" of clean air, affordable energy under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
          KSMU (Springfield):  Photos from March for Science rally
          KC Star:  March for Science draws wide array of issue activists +
          P-D:  Thousands gather in downtown St. Louis for St. Louis' March for Science
          CDT:  Activists march in support of scientists X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph joins international March for Science X
          AP:  First 100 days:  Judging Greitens' performance versus campaign promises
          McClatchy:  Greitens' social media draws wide array of assessments;  Republican man says Greitens seems genuine;  SLU prof Ken Warren (D) calls approach to press "arrogant;"  KC woman dislikes tryhard workout showoffery, calls it "gross"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Caleb Rowden gives background on battle versus Schaaf and thoughts on moving forward;  All-legislator panel talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  On Neitzsche, Schaaf and Rowden
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not concerned about compressed budget timeline
          KC Star:  Preview:  Final three weeks of legislative session +
          SNL:  Ten bills that could change education in Springfield X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill to fund Scottrade renovations moving ahead X
          P-D:  Next move is up to Ameren after Missouri opts not to regulate charging stations
          NY Times editorial:  Supreme Court should rule against Missouri church
          KC Star editorial:  Sam Graves should help city with funding for Buck O'Neil bridge +
          P-D op-ed:  Alliance for Defending Freedom's James Gottry explains rationale for Trinity Lutheran Church's lawsuit
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy:  Prevailing wage drives up costs for local projects +
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian applauds Blunt for supporting medical research funding X
          SNL letter:  Area coed disagrees with Billy Long on abortion and Obamacare, says a town hall would give her "a gratifying experience" X
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        Saturday, April 22   Earth Day
       
Knoxville News Sentinel:  Blunt speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner, says occasional dark day is brightened by knowledge that Hillary Clinton isn't president
          SNL:  Springfield's 'March for Science' to draw diverse amalgam of ideologies;  Organizers will deliver message-laden banners to offices of McCaskill, Blunt, Long X
          KWMU:  St. Louis scientists participate in 'March for Science'
          Missourinet:  International science event will have strong presence in Missouri
          Drebes:  Greitens hosts dinner at Governor's Mansion with female leaders, promotes administration's push for more female leaders
          The Missouri Times:  First 100 Days:  A look at how Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Schmitt, Hawley have tracked against their campaign promises
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt prepares to roll out MO ABLE program
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' nonprofit criticizes Schaaf, posts senator's personal phone number online
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit publishes GOP state senator's cellphone phone number X
          KWMU:  Greitens' nonprofit zeroes in on Schaaf in online ad
          P-D:  Some Democrats, Republicans rent sleeping space from lobbyists
          SNL:  D.C. group asks U.S. attorney to investigate Missouri Senate leader X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers may miss May 5 deadline, raising possibility of special session
          P-D:  GOP infighting could delay budget progress
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) on proposed tax on propane and electricity used in electric cars
          SNL:  Transgender-accommodating costs:  Ozark High School will spend more than $20k to renovate restrooms for one (1) girl who refuses to use female facilities X
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. attorney should investigate Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Great Plains-Westar merger delay could cost ratepayers the benefit of operational efficiencies X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should help Jefferson City promote jailhouse tourism
          Messenger:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) switches teams, files bill to help debt-collector clients
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian says McCaskill's constituent "survey" reveals her liberal bent X
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor septuagenarian says Blunt is scared of defending Trump at town halls
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes proposal from Antonio French, liberal college students to make urban area a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council's Will Jordan criticizes Post-Dispatch reporting on Romine's bill
        KC Star letter:  Grandparents Against Gun Violence's Judy Sherry unhappy about newspaper's use of "silver bullet," says society must stop using "70 words and phrases that refer to guns and shooting" +
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        Friday, April 21
       
Missourinet:  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt tells Missouri crowd war on coal is over
          CDT:  EPA chief celebrates rollback of Obama regulations X
          Drebes:  McCaskill faces uphill battle for re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt secures $10 million for Missouri to fight opioid abuse
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  New health-care package could be unveiled soon +
          KWMU:  Missouri Arts Council opposes cuts to its federal funding
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder honored at Boy Scout dinner +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) needs liver transplant +
          Drebes:  House 21 update:  Daniel O'Neill, John Mayfield
          Kraske:  GOP targets Nixon-appointed judges, and the former governor should only blame himself +
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood to offer abortions in Springfield and Joplin X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR turns over documents to Galloway's office
          AP:  DOR gives records after auditor's subpoena
          KWMU:  Missouri revenue department turns over tax refund information
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf raises stakes in managed care fight
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden questions Schaaf's motivation on Senate floor
          The Missouri Times:  Weigh station bill dies on House floor despite FBI inquiry
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles County) chats with Rosenbaum about boosting transportation funding without raising taxes, potential PDMP pitfalls, more
          AP:  Plan to end tax break for Missouri seniors, disabled stalls
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling budgets reflect growing distance between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans fail to take up discrimination bill as session enters crunch time;  McGaugh expects bill to come up next week
          KWMU:  Missouri House delays vote on workplace discrimination bill
          SE Missourian:  County commissioners voice support for repealing prevailing-wage law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hegeman's statement on University of Missouri bonuses rated "Half True"
          Missourinet:  Committee investigating Missouri's prison system wraps up with DOC director
          The Missouri Times:  PSC declares it does not have EVF authority
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' heard in bogged-down Senate X
          Missourinet:  Late in the game, 'Hailey's Law' still pedaling through Missouri Legislature
          AP:  State alters program for abuse victims after court order
          KC Star:  After provocative debate, prospects appear dim for LGBTQIA* rights in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri needs a higher gas tax to pay for better roads and safer bridges
          CDT cartoon:  Milk-carton cliche, featuring Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Bipartisan Uber and Lyft bill passage gives hope for more good legislation
          KC Star op-ed:  Mesothelioma widow opposes HB 333 +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  State legislators fail local residents by failing to pass PDMP X
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal applauds McCaskill's opposition to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman opposes cuts to "circuit breaker" program
          SE Missourian letter:  MEDA's Trey Davis responds to "false and uneducated" op-ed from "highfalutin'" attorney David Woodsmall +
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        Thursday, April 20   4/20
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt makes brief surprise visit to Missouri House;  Junior senator talks EPA, Blaine Amendment, more
          P-D:  Blunt backs Trump's North Korea actions
          KWMU:  Blunt announces $10 million federal grant to Missouri to fight opioid crisis
          SNL:  McCaskill reaffirms opposition to 'dark money' after $500,000 ad buy from secretive Schumer PAC X
          KC Star:  Dark money group launches ad campaign supporting McCaskill days after she pans dark money +
          Rolla Daily News:  Rep. Jason Smith faces constituents at town hall, talks EPA, Trump budget, more
          Missourinet:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to appear with Blunt in northern Missouri today
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists hold mock town hall;  Stunt features mannequin dressed as Blunt, depiction of elephant posterior, etc.
          P-D:  Missouri playground case touches on separation of church and state
          Columbia Missourian:  After arguments, Supreme Court leans toward local church in religious freedom case
          NPR:  Playground case could breach barrier between tax coffers, religious schools
          Drebes:  Former Rep. John Bowman (D-St. Louis), who resigned after bank fraud indictment, lobbying for UAW
          CDT:  Democrat Michela Skelton leads in 50th District fundraising X
          Columbia Missourian:  50th House District candidates file campaign finance reports
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Profile:  Young Democrats of Missouri's Houston Roberts X
          JCNT:  Auditor subpoenas DOR records X
          AP:  Galloway issues subpoena to revenue department
          KWMU:  Galloway goes after DOR over tax refund information
          Missourinet:  State auditor subpoenas DOR, claims Greitens is stonewalling
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway subpoenas DOR
          P-D:  Owner of troubled Festus nursing home admits stealing Medicaid funds, spending cash on strippers and other toys
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), others continue push for Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Pay-to-play allegations against Missouri Senate leader draw complaint
          The Missouri Times' Rachel Herndon Dunn:  HELP vs. Drivewyze:  Backstory of how conflict led to FBI investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf boots House bills off Senate consent calendar:  "Actions have consequences"
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) on Senate personality conflicts, the PQ, and more
          KWMU:  Buckle up:  No major funding increases for fixing Missour's roads, bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Alternative fuels showcased at Capitol;  Proponents call them solutions to state funding issues
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives green light to State Legal Expense Fund bill;  Hawley to issue first report this month
          AP:  Missouri House advances abortion proposal
          KWMU:  Federal judge blocks two of Missouri's abortion restrictions
          AP:  Judge blocks Missouri's abortion-restricting rules
          The Missouri Times:  AIM board visits Capitol for legislative day
          The Missouri Times:  As Missouri PSC awaits Great Plains-Westar merger briefs, Kansas regulators reject combination
          SE Missourian:  Millions at stake over Ameren fight with property tax assessments +
          KWMU:  Ameren begins major upgrades at Lake of the Ozarks dam
          AP:  Work begins on $52 million improvements to Bagnell Dam
          Missourinet:  House committee to hear MONA
          Missourinet:  Powdered alcohol bill heads to Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Galloway begins audit of Hazelwood schools at parents' request
          KC Star editorial:  Urban mayors Sly James and Lyda Krewson must team up to teach Missouri's GOP legislators what's what +
          P-D editorial:  A good-faith effort to help homeowners around West Lake Landfill
          P-D Editorial Board Editor Tod Robberson:  Schaaf does the right thing by criticizing Greitens' dark money
          Priddy:  Remembering Jerry Nachtigal
          P-D letter:  Wash U School of Social Work staff thank McCaskill, Blunt for supporting scientific research funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger at Post-Dispatch for not covering anti-Trump rally
          CDT letter:  Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association thanks local legislators for voting against charter school bill X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to letter responding to PDMP legislation X
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        Wednesday, April 19
       
Politico:  Chuck Schumer's SuperPAC launches radio ads in Missouri supporting McCaskill
          CDT:  Local Democratic National Committee member Persephone Dakopolos files six (6) delinquent campaign finance reports;  "People Over Profits" was created to help Bernie Sanders X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Local sect of national anti-Trump "Indivisible" group to hold town hall tomorrow night
          Columbia Missourian:  Rally for illegal immigrants draws 100
          AP:  Judge rejects Clay's effort to reinstall cops-as-animals painting in Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri House races
          Drebes:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) gets support from prominent businessman David Steward
          The Missouri Times:  Veterans appeal to Greitens to legalize medical marijuana
          P-D:  Woman who accused Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) of assault two years ago seeks $25k payday;  Roberts' attorney calls opportunistic timing "suspect"
          The Missouri Times:  Business community optimistic about future of Missouri's economy;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, AIM's Ray McCarty, national ALEC rep
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops to 3.9 percent
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran case, citing Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  Lawyers:  Trinity Lutheran religious freedom case should proceed despite Greitens' policy change X
          KWMU:  Hawley's office recuses itself from lawsuit
          AP:  Hawley:  Church lawsuit should proceed
          Missourinet:  AG office recuses itself from U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit
          P-D:  Lawyers argue Missouri church-state Supreme Court case should go on;  AG office recuses itself
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate remembers 13 former colleagues X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to take Rehder's PDMP bill to conference
          KC Star:  Program to monitor prescription drugs runs into new roadblocks in Missouri statehouse +
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers clash over details in prescription drug monitoring bill
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force might have traction to get through Missouri Legislature
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says lawmakers may need special session to pass budget
          P-D:  Missouri Senate talks 'circuit breaker' legislation
          Missourinet:  Ride-sharing legislation makes its way to Greitens
          P-D:  House sends student transfer bill to the Senate
          AP:  Missouri House passes changes to student transfer policy
          KWMU:  Missouri education department drops goal of having schools among nation's 10 best
          KBIA (Columbia):  House votes to block new state parks
          KWMU:  Narrower-than-proposed version of St. Louis Zoo tax bill passes in House
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  Missouri has a "very serious problem with homelessness"
          KWMU:  After taking double-digit spanking, failed Ferguson mayoral candidate Ella Jones says she'll work with Mayor James Knowles
          P-D editorial:  State lawmakers should fund Missouri Technology Corp.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Highway funding should be a priority;  Greitens has been too quiet on the issue X
          SNL op-ed:  Drug monitoring won't solve opioid issue X
          CDT op-ed:  Former Missouri Juvenile Justice Association Director Vivian Murphy:  It's time for Missouri to raise the age on juvenile justice X
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian woman who chooses to live in Kansas wants Missouri legislators to ban plastic bags +
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        Tuesday, April 18   Tax Day
       
WSJ:  Fundraising by Senate Democrats - including McCaskill - jumps ahead of 2018 election
          KY3:  McCaskill calls herself 'underdog' in re-election race
          KWMU:  Fundraising reports:  McCaskill, Wagner set strong pace;  State officeholders feel stifling effects of new contribution limits
          P-D:  Summary of congressional delegation's PAC receipts;  Ann Wagner talks fundraising on Scott Faughn's This Week in Missouri Politics
          P-D:  Summary of statewide officeholders' April campaign finance reports
          The Missouri Times:  Working with Trump 'amazing,' says Wagner
          The Missouri Times:  Handicapping 2018:  Who will take on Ann Wagner for GOP U.S. Senate nomination, and which Republican will fill her 2nd District House seat?
          Columbia Missourian:  New website shows Truman Veterans' Hospital wait times
          P-D:  Federal judge denies Clay's lawsuit seeking re-hanging of cops-as-animals painting
          KQED (Northern California):  Queer and undocumented:  Bisexual Mexican muchacha Yahaira Carrillo recounts sneaking across the border into California, then invading Missouri before returning West
          AP:  Jerry Nachtigal, spokesman for Govs. Carnahan, Wilson and Holden, dies of cancer in South Dakota
          Drebes:  Ron Richard appoints Stephen Cale Bradford to Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience board
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate expected to focus on tax credit repeal, budget, changes to labor and education laws
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) talks balance between charter-school legislation and public school funding
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Education bills move through Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  E-mails outline possible additional cuts at Mizzou;  staff travel budgets in some divisions being reviewed
          Missourinet:  Electricians group backs bill that would require greater boat dock safety standards
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider proposal to expand St. Louis offender rehabilitation program
          KC Star editorial:  Supreme Court should remove religious prejudice from Missouri Law +
          P-D editorial:  Court should deny church taxpayer resources
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill waxes nostalgic about Missouri's olden days of John Ashcroft, Harriett Woods and a yet-to-turn-solid-red state X
          Waters:  Greitens on church and state X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Regulators should approve north Missouri infrastructure project
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        Monday, April 17
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill says Trump trade policy could hurt Missouri farmers
          P-D:  Missouri's 2016 congressional incumbents spent significant campaign cash;  Newspaper publishes expense-report details six (6) months after general election
          CDT:  Unitarian Universalist church plans rally to promote 'sanctuary' status for illegal aliens X
          CDT:  New fed website shows wait time for specialty appointments at Truman VA is longer than most state hospitals and clinics X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on Trump, McCaskill, Gorsuch, Hawley and more;  Panel of Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) on state budget, managed care, more
           Drebes:  GOP communicator extraordinaire Jason Klindt moves into marketing role for KCP&L
           AP:  Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear Missouri church-playground case
           Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court will interpret religious freedom in Trinity Lutheran Church case
           KWMU:  Higher ed officials want more state funding for scholarship programs
           KC Star:  Student journalists' rights:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) would strengthen free-speech shield in Missouri +
           Missourinet:  Recreation enthusiasts angry over waterways bill in Legislature
           CDT:  National county-health rankings show Boone County has a high rate of chlamydia, but quality clinical care X
           P-D:  Buyouts could be coming for those who chose to purchase a home near the West Lake Landfill
           JCNT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley takes needed steps against trafficking X
           P-D editorial:  Compromise on ride-hailing companies was the best St. Louis City could expect
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's burdensome abortion regulations deserve to be reversed in court
           SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  No more pseudonyms on semissourian.com;  Local school districts, governments pledge to be more engaged in online discussion if commenters use their real names +
           Messenger:  In battle of Ameren vs. the assessors, school funding is held hostage
           P-D letter:  Town and Country woman applauds Clay and Wagner for supporting global child health programs
           P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants Greitens to compromise on Medicaid expansion
           Columbia Missourian letter:  Glendale man says GOP legislators want to force churches to allow guns
           KC Star letters:  Kansas City sexagenarian says changes to Obamacare would hurt Missourians;  Lee's Summit octogenarian opposes Missouri Gas Energy rate increase +
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian mocks Leonard Pitts column, says Pepsi protest ad should have depicted Kendall Jenner behaving like a savage
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        Sunday, April 16   Happy Easter!
       
KC Star:  Trump administration changes Obamacare rules, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC says more fixes needed +
          Joplin Globe:  Illegal immigrants at MSSU boast about their status at campus forum;  Alien coed unhappy that GOP state legislators won't hand her taxpayer money X
          SNL:  Federal payments to rural Missouri school districts in danger due to change in forestland revenue distribution X
          JCNT:  Federal budget could cut $300K from Jefferson City Public Schools funding X
          JCNT:  Trump's budget could affect area youth programs X
          KC Star:  Union haul:  Boilermakers union bosses' salaries and perks climb as membership sinks;  Former president of KC local:  "There's nothing democratic about what they do" +
          KC Star:  'Mother of all bombs' dropped on radical Muslims is a runt compared to Missouri-based father of all bombs +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Ann Wagner on her U.S. Senate bid;  Panel of Riverfront Times and St. Louis magazine founder Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) discuss Wagner vs. Hawley, state budget, more
           Drebes:  Help Wanted:  National Alliance on Mental Illness of Missouri seeks Executive Director
           JCNT:  Jay Nixon reflects on time in office X
           AP:  Church lawsuit against Missouri uncertain after Greitens' rule change
           KC Star:  A Missouri church's playground is now a First Amendment exercise for Supreme Court +
           Columbia Missourian:  Lobbyists providing fewer gifts to lawmakers;  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee among those providing pure wisdom rather than trinkets, tickets or meals
           CDT:  Lawmakers may restore UM System funding X
           SNL:  Dixon works behind scenes for early childhood education sales tax push X
           KWMU:  In St. Louis Public Schools, too many white and Asian students qualify for gifted programs;  Superintendent Kelvin Adams hopes to rectify grave injustice
           AP:  White Missourians between the ages of 25 to 54 more likely to die from overdose
           AP:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation study finds deep drop in once-common bat species
           JCNT:  State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began X
           Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens correct to streamline state boards X
           P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers in debt for $1 billion from unaccountable tax districts
           P-D's Samantha Liss:  Patients likely to fall through the cracks during Medicaid managed care rollout in Missouri
           P-D op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City):  Romine's bill would cripple Missouri Human Rights Act
           P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch was based on politics, not principle
           SNL letter:  Springfield man wonders why Ozarks Technical Community College raised tuition and gave employees a pay raise X
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts is incorrect regarding Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson
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        Saturday, April 15
       
NY Times:  McCaskill's survival plan in pro-Trump Missouri:  Stay in the center
          KC Star:  McCaskill weighs in on Russia, Syria, state GOP legislators' 'right to work' bill +
          SNL:  McCaskill holds town hall in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  McCaskill supporters cheer senior senator at town hall X
          KSMU:  McCaskill fields questions on abortion, Trump during Springfield town hall
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission continues work to educate on campaign contribution changes
          KC Star:  GOP Sens. Rob Schaaf, Ryan Silvey recommend Greitens be more transparent about anonymous donors +
          Drebes:  Meet Ron Hicks and Associates;  Former GOP state rep has been back to the Capitol, but must wait to register as a lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  April 13, 2017
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin recaps recent legislative happenings
          KC Star:  Legislative briefs:  PDMP, transportation funding, campus concealed-carry +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) previews final month of the legislative session
          KWMU:  New federal law allowing states to deny Planned Parenthood funding won't immediately affect Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri Western, MSSU join trend of schools no longer requiring ACT or SAT +
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) seeks to boost tourism at historic Missouri prison
          Daily Journal:  Missouri Department of Conservation warns against adopting wildlife;  Young animals "are better off in their natural habitats," become dangerous as they get older
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants federal, state funding to help young urbanites deal with "toxic stress"
          KC Star editorial briefs:  Truman State College Republicans had the audacity to invite a conservative speaker to campus, and campus liberals refrained from violence +
          KC Star editorial:  2018 state auditor endorsement preview:  University of Missouri, TDD audits show Democrat Nicole Galloway is "hitting her stride" +
          Waters:  TDD audits are low-hanging fruit X
          Messenger:  State workers failed to disclose their connection to company they regulated
          P-D op-ed:  Mayors from cities in MN, LA:  Mayor Francis Slay's legacy reaches the length of the Mississippi River
          SNL letter:  2016 House District 136 silver medalist Jeff Munzinger (D):  Compassion hard to find in Missouri Legislature X
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        Friday, April 14
       
KC Star:  McCaskill speaks to large group of supporters at KC event, says Missourians voted for Trump out of 'pain' +
          KC Star multimedia journalist Keith Myers:  Video:  Following town hall, Missouri's senior United States senator attempts popular 2015 dance move "The Dab" +
          KC Star:  Video:  McCaskill talks Obamacare, more at KC Star offices;  Editorial Board members Colleen Nelson and Melinda Henneberger nod, giggle and affirm on Obamacare, Cabinet appointments, illegal immigrants, etc. +
          Kraske:  McCaskill goes country - emphasizing rural issues - in first tough U.S. Senate election +
          P-D:  McCaskill raises nearly $3 million in quarter
          KWMU:  United Way report shows 43 percent of Missouri heads-of-households fail to provide enough for their family
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Hardy Billington shows strong fundraising in bid for Todd Richardson's state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) joins #moleg podcast, talks Speaker of the House contenders and Greitens' meddling, Hawley for U.S. Senate, Cardinals baseball, more
          KWMU:  Greitens issues policy change regarding state grants and religious groups
          AP:  Greitens:  Religious organizations can apply for state grants
          P-D:  Greitens instructs DNR to consider religious organizations for grants
          SNL:  Galloway slams tax districts' 'questionable practices,' including one in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Rehder's PDMP bill with major changes
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring program gets long-awaited approval in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program, with some changes
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
          KWMU:  What the Missouri Senate budget committee did this week
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel:  "We're going to have a discussion about transportation, one way or another"
          The Missouri Times:  Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass statewide rules for Uber, Lyft
          KWMU:  Uber, Lyft regulations sent to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  Uber, Lyft proposal heading to Greitens' desk
          Missourinet:  Lichtenegger, McCreery aim to change gun bill's domestic-violence loophole
          AP:  Senate advances new St. Louis Zoo tax rules
          P-D:  Need a job?  Missouri's employment office thinks Clayton firm can help
          P-D:  State settles appeal alleging North St. Louis City facility lacks proper air pollution permit
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) would restrict use of shackles on pregnant inmates
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to resolve execution drug debate
          P-D editorial:  In Jefferson City, ethics reform is for the other guys
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Midwest Energy Consumers' Group's David Woodsmall:  Monopoly utilities lobby for higher rates, seek to undermine Missouri Public Service Commission +
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Financial myopia may make Missouri pension buyout a popular option
          P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian says McCaskill's explanation of Gorsuch vote shows her social bias
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian disagrees with Stacy Washington's column on school choice
          P-D letter:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen says Legislature must correct mistake that hurts fantasy sports companies
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal chastises Blunt for lack of town halls, attempts analogy involving tulips and petunias +
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        Thursday, April 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill's town hall in Jefferson County draws friendly crowd
          P-D:  McCaskill greets friendly crowds at town halls, takes shots at Republican colleagues
          AP:  McCaskill supporters turn out for senator's town halls
          Missourinet:  McCaskill faces few critics at Fulton town hall
          CDT:  McCaskill supporters give warm welcome to senior senator at Fulton town hall X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill talks re-election campaign, more to friendly crowd
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill talks bipartisanship, Trump, health care during town hall meeting +
          KC Star:  Editorial board promotes Facebook Live Q&A with McCaskill to be held today +
          SNL:  Sierra Club members promote McCaskill in Jefferson City, meet with state legislators at Capitol;  Comments from Missouri chapter leader John Hickey X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner sets high mark in fundraising, signaling U.S. Senate run
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, eyeing Senate run, has nearly $3 million in the bank
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith:  Republicans want to 'bust up' IRS;  believes Congress can pass tax-reform bill +
          The Arrow (SEMO):  Federal budget proposal could affect local NPR station KRCU
          KWMU:  A look at how $29.5 million HUD grant will be spent in North St. Louis City;  Urban Strategies' Esther Shin says greenspaces, health education will totally make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glace updates on state legislation:  Discrimination-law updates, REAL ID, higher ed, more
          AP:  Missouri House strikes down proposed gas tax
          P-D:  No appetite in Missouri House to send gas tax hike to voters
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee wades through state budget, delaying some decisions
          AP:  Missouri budgeters plan for reboot and expansion of Amber Alert
          Missourinet:  House next in line to hear employment discrimination bill
          KWMU:  Missouri-wide regulations for Uber, Lyft nearing Greitens' desk
          AP:  Bill would cap fees for contracted state lawyers
          P-D:  St. Louis one of many urban areas across the country hitting roadblocks at statehouses
          KWMU:  Synthetic opioid deaths surge across St. Louis region
          SNL:  Video:  Student-on-the-street interviews about campus concealed carry:  MSU coed:  "I think that, like, students should have the right to carry their guns, but not on, like, a university or public place" X
          The Missouri Times:  Sponsors of licensing bond increase say they hope to protect consumers
          P-D:  Missouri House addressing conflict of interest concerns between state officials, trucking company
          SNL:  Missouri waterways bill perplexes many at House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  McGaugh offers bill changing local health ordinance rulemaking
          AP:  Senators OK home buyouts aimed at St. Louis-area landfills
          KWMU:  State Senate passes bill to buy homes near West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Accountability the main concern should Ferguson's consent decree be scuttled
          P-D:  St. Louis City Hall reporter Koran Addo departs Post-Dispatch, will go to work for mayor-elect whose election campaign he covered
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  Shared parenting bill will benefit Missouri children
          Waters:  Time for passage of liquor-pricing bill X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  St. Louis woman expresses anger at her state legislators for never responding to her petition regarding asbestos
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian McCaskill supporter proud of senior senator's vote on Gorsuch
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        Wednesday, April 12
       
The Pitch:  Stephen Webber tries to lift an impotent Missouri Democratic Party;  Dem candidates dish on how Nixon and recent state party leadership has failed Missouri's most loyal Democrats
           Missourinet:  McCaskill promotes town-hall tour
           SNL:  McCaskill to hold town hall in Springfield on Friday X
           P-D:  Morning Consult polls:  McCaskill at 47 favorable, 39 unfavorable;  Blunt at 47 favorable, 38 unfavorable
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt lauds Trump team in handling of global challenges X
           KC Star:  Blue Cross of Kansas City is close to turning a profit on Obamacare +
           SNL:  Conservative radio host Dana Loesch bringing show to Bass Pro X
           The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield), now serving as a Greene County commissioner, may run for Wasson's state Senate seat in 2018
           Drebes:  Roster moves:  List of state employees switching or starting jobs
           KWMU:  Greitens creates small-government task force, says it won't cost Missouri money
           The Missouri Times:  Greitens targets boards and commissions with latest executive order
           AP:  Greitens creates new panel to reduce state boards
           P-D:  Greitens moves to eliminate unneeded special boards and commissions
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Potosi) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about budget, PDMP, ride-hailing legislation, higher ed funding, Greitens, more
           Missouri Viewpoints:  Should Missouri government track your prescriptions?  Holly Rehder vs. Carl Bearden
           AP:  Legislative budget leaders disagree on education funding
           Columbia Missourian:  As Senate begins digging into state budget, more changes are coming
           Columbia Missourian:  Senate gives UM System some hope for budget restorations
           The Missouri Times:  Missouri Technology Corporation cuts could be sore spot for St. Louis startups, legislators
           SE Missourian:  Local chiefs concerned over possible elimination of DWI-checkpoint funding +
           KWMU:  Senate Republicans support wide-ranging omnibus education bill
           The Missouri Times:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri continues touting charter schools across the state
           P-D:  Truman State grapples with visit from conservative speaker Robert Spencer
           The Missouri Times:  Uber bill gets initial approval in Senate, destined for trip back to House
           AP:  Ride-hailing regulations pass Missouri Senate
           P-D:  Uber and Lyft would get break from local regulations under proposal in Missouri Senate
           Missourinet:  Missouri Corrections Officers advocate, Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) not shocked by graphic DOC report
           Missourinet:  Bill tightening restrictions on sex offenders is approved unanimously by Missouri House committee
           The Missouri Times:  Backers of Emery's grid-modernization bill fund constituent-contact campaign;  Opponents call efforts "utility propaganda"
           P-D:  Laclede Gas files first rate increase in four years
           Delta Farm Press:  Spraying herbicides off-label in Missouri will cost you;  Greitens signs legislation to stiffen penalties for scofflaws
           KWMU:  Missouri House passes industrial hemp bill, but chances in Senate are thin
           AP:  Missouri House votes to extend donations to organ donor fund
           Missourinet:  Bills in Legislature look to rein in racial profiling by law enforcement
           Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants state to establish PTSD education programs for young urbanites dealing with "toxic stress"
           CDT:  Tribune editor Jim Robertson to retire next month X
           KC Star editorial:  Conflicts of interest abound among Missouri officials +
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's latest ethical dilemma:  High-tech truck weighing
           Jensen:  Vote against Gorsuch could hurt McCaskill at ballot box +
           Messenger:  Missouri Supreme Court draws line in the sand on rising court costs
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County Democratic activist Carl Peterson says charter schools have demonstrated little innovation
           KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian dislikes Greitens using Internet website Facebook +
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        Tuesday, April 11
       
KMZU (Carrollton):  Interview with McCaskill:  Rural schools, hospitals and broadband; Missouri Medicaid expansion;  Early positioning of Nicole Galloway's re-election bid;  more
          KZIM (Cape Girardeau):  McCaskill tries to get Missouri ranchers access to the Chinese market
          JCNT:  McCaskill to hold campaign rally at country club after town hall on Wednesday X
          The Missouri Times:  Prominent Missouri Republicans promote "Draft Hawley" letter, want AG to take on McCaskill
          P-D:  Jack Danforth, Peter Kinder, Jane Cunningham, Doug Russell, others sign draft-Hawley letter
          AP:  Hawley supporters urge AG to run for U.S. Senate
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County Lincoln Day dinner put focus on veterans;  Speaker Todd Richardson and other state legislators speak, cap evening with "God Bless America" +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Unitarian Universalist church declares itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants
          CDT:  Local church touts status as hideout for illegal aliens X
          AP:  Liberal ex-journalist pleads not guilty to threatening Jewish groups
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River forecast to cause little flooding in Cape Girardeau +
          Drebes:  March state revenue numbers, and what they mean to the budget
          AP:  Missouri 'right to work' ballot proposal challenged in court
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Holly Rehder:  Speaker candidate talks 'right to work,' tort overhaul, PDMP, Legislature's urban-rural divide, more
          AP:  Missouri discrimination bill passes House committee unchanged
          KWMU:   House to vote on bill to update state definition of workplace discrimination
          Missourinet:  Legislative Black Caucus, House Democratic Superminority hold press conference criticizing Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) and discrimination bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Press conference by opponents fails to stop discrimination bill
          P-D:  Legislation on lobbyist gifts advances, but Greitens' term limits proposal floundering
          SNL:  Pitch for gun-free zones receives House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  Opponents come on strong in House General Laws hearing on gun legislation
          Missourinet:  Gun legislation draws standing-room-only crowd
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun legislation draws a crowd
          JCNT:  Bill targets no-gun businesses for liability X
          Missourinet:  Proposals from Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would offer tax break for first-time homebuyers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau announces opposition to industrial hemp bill
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to allow industrial hemp farming
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill giving immunity for overdose help
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway asks for changes to TDD laws after uncovering massive oversight
          P-D:  Galloway:  Missouri's taxing district law allows unethical practices, poor oversight
          CDT:  Galloway's review flags issue in Columbia transportation district X
          JCNT:  Audit rips Stone Ridge TDD X
          KWMU:  Galloway calls for overhaul of Transportation Development District laws
          Missourinet:  Auditor calls on lawmakers to overhaul TDD legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway blasts transportation development district laws
          AP:  Galloway criticizes transportation-related districts
          P-D editorial:  In a trade war with Mexico, Missouri corn growers could be collateral damage
          P-D op-ed:  Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Ethics legislation needed to hold public officials accountable
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  HB433 would provide truth in alcohol advertising
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Jay Nixon State Park was a political folly
          JCNT letter:  Democrat Sue Gibson says House committee hearings for discrimination bill is a farce X
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        Monday, April 10
       
Washington Times:  Opioid fight unites Democrats, Republicans - even during Gorsuch vote;  McCaskill reached out to Trump's opioid task force leader Chris Christie
          KC Star:  Local mom-daughter heroin-addict duo shares stories:  Life of "soft" and hard drugs, abortion as birth control, forged checks, jail time, more +
          P-D:  Missouri helps heroin addicts via state funding for Vivitrol, a medication-assisted treatment;  State also runs three methadone clinics
          P-D:  'Good Samaritan' and drug database proposals move forward as Missouri grapples with opioid crisis
          KC Star:  After 137 years, Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO to close +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Holly Rehder talks Speaker race, more;  Panel of Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Farmington), Patrick Lynn, UFCW 655 President Dave Cook talk McCaskill re-election bid, Greitens meddling in Speaker race, budget, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with journoduo about prevailing wage, Missouri union members supporting Trump and Greitens, issues with family leave policy, ethics legislation
          Washington Missourian:  A Better Road Forward plans ballot initiative to ban toll roads X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Term limits open up four Buchanan County state legislative seats in 2018 X
          Drebes:  New Dem, GOP state rep campaign committees
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 3
          KCUR:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) talks about pay-to-play allegations against Senate GOP leadership, says matter deserves investigation (21:00), budget, transportation, more
          Missourinet:  Concealed firearms bill expected to draw large turnout at hearing today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks term-limits bill, PDMP
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would have Missouri seeing more ride-hailing companies
          P-D editorial:  Mallinckrodt has connection to America's opioid problem;  Schaaf stood in the way of PDMP, but now even he sees the light
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley gets creative to combat human traffickers
          CDT op-ed:  Edison Electric Institute's David Owens:  A stronger energy grid is a win for all Missourians X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman thanks McCaskill, Blunt, Clay for support of Alzheimer's research funding
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian accuses Blunt, Long of taking payoffs in exchange for telecom vote X
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        Sunday, April 9
       
P-D:  Trump inspires political activism in Missouri across party, worldview spectrum
          SNL:  Greene County Democrats hold final Jackson Day dinner;  66-year-old former supporting actress/labor advocate Tess Harper says Hillary Clinton should have won election "because she was a lot ... smarter than anyone (else) in the room" X
          SNL:  With Obamacare still in place, experts offer advice about your taxes;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health's Nancy Kelley, assistant UM prof Andrew Zumwalt X
          KWMU:  Blunt seeks to retain funding for 4 Missouri regional airports
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt, Long seek funding for Riverside Bridge replacement X
          CDT:  At Boone County Lincoln Day dinner, Republicans talk about keeping up momentum X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Holly Rehder on her bid for Speaker, more;  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Farmington), Patrick Lynn, UFCW 655 President Dave Cook talk U.S. Senate race, Greitens meddling in Speaker race, ethics bills, more
          Drebes:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on MOSERS' threat to state's AAA bond rating
          JCNT:  Schmitt promotes MOSERS revisions X
          KC Star:  Schaaf says his best hope is to reduce "severity of badness" of PDMP bill +
          Columbia Missourian:  Workplace discrimination bill, supported by University of Missouri System, headed for crucial vote
          JCNT:  House budget skips state worker pay raises X
          AP:  Missouri mulls cutting funding for sobriety checkpoints
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would limit use of cell phones by taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers X
          CDT:  Pro-life activists mark end of '40 Days of Life' campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Infant mortality hits new lows nationwide, in Missouri;  Black activist blames "the system" for higher black infant mortality rate compare to whites, Asians, Hispanics, all others
          Columbia Missourian:  Four-day school weeks aid rural Missouri districts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County program gives students an insider view of elections X
          P-D:  Payday loan industry faces headwinds in Missouri
          AP:  Galloway investigating Missouri role in trucking tech company
          P-D's Nicklaus and Gallagher:  Video:  Sexagenarian columnists talk about Legislature's move to block St. Louis City's minimum wage increase
          P-D's Horrigan:  Sexagenarian columnist/editorial board member says Legislature's tax increases for seniors, tax cuts for fantasy sports are wrong
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri MADD's Robbie Pace-Courtright:  Legislative proposal ramps up dangers from drunken driving
          KC Star letter:  KC man says McCaskill gave in to her party's angst on Gorsuch +
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman notes Mizzou enrollment decrease correlates to university's coddling of hypersensitive students
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        Saturday, April 8
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt, Luetkemeyer, Wagner support strikes on Syria;  Clay not ready to offer thoughts
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt, Wagner share thoughts on Syria strikes
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on Gorsuch vote
          KOMU:  McCaskill to hold eight town halls across Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jason Smith presented with National Association of Manufacturers Award in Caruthersville +
          Messenger:  Illegal immigrants in St. Louis region learn tricks to evade the law
          KWMU:  Chelsea Clinton's book tour makes stop in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times Magazine features Top 100 Lobbyists list, op-eds from legislators, activist profiles, more
          The Missouri Times Magazine - Special Edition
          Drebes:  A Better Road Forward enlists Scott Dieckhaus to help oppose toll roads
          KOMU:  Greitens the first Missouri governor to visit statewide technical skills competition
          JCNT:  Greitens praises skills competition, state tech's work X
          The Missouri Times:  Holly Rehder:  "...running for Speaker is in the cards"
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax committee establishes subcommittees
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) regarding technology trust fund enjoys broad bipartisan support
          KWMU:  Republicans provide $6 million for youth summer jobs
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) aims to block forced underage marriages and sex trafficking
          KC Star:  System that may break speed of sound could come to Missouri;  MoDOT's Tom Blair pushed for KC-STL route to be included in Hyperloop's global challenge +
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt - approached at airport by woman who stalked his flight - takes time to listen to sad health-care tale;  McCaskill to hold town halls +
          P-D editorial:  Gorsuch confirmed as Senate affirms the great American divide;  McCaskill laments Missourians' distaste for compromise
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers shouldn't head home until they ban gifts from lobbyists +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should allow every municipality in the state to set their own sprinkler regulations +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Onder's use of abortion reference to make point about zoo funding was not okay
          Helling:  Missouri Republicans continue tradition of supporting pro-business policies +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen:  Legislature must act to protect small businesses in growing fantasy sports industry
          P-D letter:  Town and Country man says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch cements her 2018 defeat
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian wants Post-Dispatch to be harder on Greitens, particularly around shady 501(c)(4) organizations
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        Friday, April 7
       
KC Star:  Blunt, other Republicans oppose Trump plan to cut medical funding +
          Missourinet:  Trump supporters hold pro-Gorsuch rally at Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Organization, which illegally transferred $1.4M to Iraq, has dissolved and divested funds
          KWMU:  Local arts organizations reliant upon federal funding oppose cuts to their programs
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt push steamboat bill
          AP:  Missouri, Mississippi Rivers flood, but damage expected to be minimal
          Drebes:  Republican Brad Hudson to run for Rep. Don Phillips' open seat
          The Missouri Times:  Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit
          Columbia Missourian:  After delay, Senate confirms UM System Board of Curators appointments
          AP:  Senate confirms several Greitens appointees
          The Missouri Times:  House approves state's $27 billion budget, Senate approval to come
          AP:  Missouri House OKs budget with hike in K-12 school funding
          P-D:  Missouri House approves budget, sends $27.8B plan to Senate
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes $27.8B state budget that fully funds schools
          SNL:  Senate budget head:  Fully funding foundation formula not likely X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget, potential Senate opposition to early-childhood education funding
          KWMU:  Area high-tech groups reliant upon state funding oppose cuts to their funding
          KWMU:  Senate suggests boosting current Missouri budget by $241M
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panel compliments Fitzpatrick in work as budget chair
          SNL:  Prevailing wage law repeal meets organized opposition X
          Washington Missourian:  REAL ID bill making progress in Legislature X
          SNL:  In Senate committee, REAL ID remains divisive X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate prepares to hear prescription drug monitoring program bill
          AP:  Missouri Republicans differ on Greitens' family leave policy
          Columbia Missourian:  Planned Parenthood wants to expand abortion services in Missouri
          CDT:  City lobbyist directed to support state transportation bill X
          Missourinet:  Legislation to create four adult high schools is approved by Missouri Senate committee
          The Missouri Times:  Compromise reached between Onder and Wieland on Uber bill
          The Missouri Times:  Battle over booze:  What a South Carolina decision could mean for Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Economic development amendment would add Bootheel support for electric-grid legislation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State, utilities foster safe digging X
          Missourinet:  More problems highlighted at latest hearing over state's prisons
          AP:  Missouri Senate moves to exempt veterans from business fees
          AP:  Legislation on phone-tracking regulations passes Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Bill would allow elderly life-without-parole inmates a hearing on release
          Columbia Missourian:  At Mizzou, Fordham professor complains about gun laws, racial profiling, more
          SE Missourian:  Probable-cause statement details attorney general's charges against Mississippi County sheriff +
          Rust:  Larry Ferrell a strong candidate for U.S. Attorney +
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  D.C.-based elderly-research group supports Blunt in opposition to NIH funding cuts X
          Waters:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway is making a lot of the office X
          Messenger:  FBI investigating Missouri legislative dispute involving truckers
          P-D's conservative columnist Stacy Washington:  Expanding school choice
          P-D op-ed:  "AngryBlackBitch" blogger/"Reproaction" founder Pamela Merritt:  Republicans want to take food from the mouths of poor kids and hand it to pro-life groups
          KC Star op-ed:  Former head of Missouri Juvenile Justice Association:  Missouri fails 17-year-old criminals +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Choi could learn from his predecessors in tackling budget crisis
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        Thursday, April 6
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill says Trump's claims about border wall are "embarrassing"
          Real Clear Politics:  Blunt weighs in on Democrats' obstruction of Trump cabinet picks
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition filed to ban toll roads in Missouri
          SNL:  Group proposes Missouri vote to ban toll roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) throws her name into competitive 2018 Senate District 16 race
          P-D:  North St. Louis County Democratic leader Elbert Walton's law license suspended for 18 months by Missouri Supreme Court
          AP:  House lawyer warns of bribery after donation e-mail;  Solar power advocate Serra-Lesa Ivener suggested campaign cash was available in exchange for vote on legislation
          Missourinet:  Hundreds attend Firefighters Day at Missouri Capitol;  Attendees include Greitens, National Guard Adjutant General Steve Danner, Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains)
          KWMU:  State revenue numbers mean more money for Missouri, fewer possible budget problems for lawmakers
          Missourinet:  House set to pass budget for upcoming fiscal year
          SNL:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) restores AG's funding X
          Missourinet:  Missouri public defender system director not hopeful $6 million would stay in his budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Greitens statement on 'right to work' states and job growth rated "Half True"
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) seeks to bring accountability to foster care system
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) revives plan for Capitol security commission X
          P-D:  Greitens, some GOP lawmakers disagree on family leave policy
          P-D:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) uses abortion reference to make point about zoo funding
          AP:  Judge plans to block Missouri's abortion-restriction rules
          KWMU:  Judge plans to strike down Missouri abortion restrictions
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) would rank Missouri maternal and neonatal hospitals
          AP:  House advances bill pushing medical help for overdoses
          Missourinet:  Unions make their case against prevailing wage repeal
          The Missouri Times:  Curtman still looking for final vote on industrial hemp bill
          AP:  House advances bill to restrict powdered alcohol
          Missourinet:  Mizzou lays off 20 employees;  university cites enrollment drop, decline in state funding
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper seeks anonymous tips about Mizzou job cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  MU sees decline in international graduate student applications;  Iranian man blames Trump
          AP:  AG office:  Mississippi County sheriff arrested on 18 criminal offenses
          P-D editorial:  Children are the collateral damage of nation's opioid epidemic;  Greitens should do more to push for PDMP
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court attorney Bill Thompson:  Response to Messenger's 5-part series:  Legislators, courts acted within the law in regard to Sheriffs' Retirement Fund
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  NFIB's Brad Jones:  The Legislature, not local governments, should set minimum wage
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Charter schools bill needs work
          KC Star letters:  McCaskill and Gorsuch;  Missouri's alternatives to toll roads +
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        Wednesday, April 5
       
Washington Times:  Illegal immigration plummets after Trump inauguration;  McCaskill questions cost of building new border wall
          FOX News:  Border wall 'critical' for reducing crime, former agents testify;  McCaskill says price tag would unfairly burden taxpayers
          Messenger:  Greitens' Cardinals Opening Day appearance is less than transparent;  Campaign pays for six tickets for children of National Guard soldiers serving overseas, four tickets for staff
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces plan to bring high-speed Internet to all Missouri schools
          KBIA:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt launches MO ABLE programs
          AP:  Galloway audit:  Missouri struggles to handle federal money
          P-D:  Audit:  Missouri struggles to oversee federal funds to health care, child care survivors
          JCNT:  State officials told to watch federal funds better X
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Missouri misspends a small portion of federal money
          P-D:  Feds:  Home health care workers were actually gambling, cruising while billing Medicaid;  Demagio Smith, Tammara Bell, four other St. Louis City residents busted for bilking taxpayers
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Medicaid, higher ed funding, charter schools, more
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Debates:  Appropriations bills perfected after long day in the chamber
          AP:  Missouri House budget funds schools, blocks checkpoints
          P-D:  Public schools benefit under House budget plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers show mercy to UM System budget
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf ends opposition to Rehder's PDMP bill
          KWMU:  Schaaf says he'll support Rehder's bill creating prescription drug monitoring program
          Missourinet:  Schaaf ends opposition to Rehder's PDMP bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) pleased with changes made to this session's PDMP bill
          P-D:  Missouri mulling pension payouts for some former state workers
          The Missouri Times:  Taxis desire parity with emerging rideshare companies
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee hears testimony about discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  MoDOT asking public to do its part for safety of workers at highway projects
          CDT:  UM System president warns cuts will require 'bold action' X
          CDT:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, Aurora Organic Dairy issue Columbia plant announcement X
          P-D:  High turnout in Ferguson helps Mayor James Knowles roll to re-election
          KWMU:  Ferguson retains Mayor James Knowles for a third term
          AP:  Ferguson mayor, who handled riots after strong-arm robber Michael Brown's assault on police officer Darren Wilson, re-elected by residents
          KWMU:  Ferguson's federal consent decree among those AG Jeff Sessions wants to review
          Columbia Missourian:  Black Studies Program, others host Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery;  Liberal author of "They Can't Kill Us All" tells tales of riots reporting, social-justice crusading, etc.
          P-D editorial:  For Hawley, grandstanding is more important than protecting consumers
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Schaaf finally relents on PDMP X
          P-D op-ed:  McCaskill should put voters over politics, vote to confirm Gorsuch to Supreme Court
          KC Star op-ed:  National Association of Ticket Brokers' Gary Adler:  Missouri bill would fight bullies in event ticketing +
          P-D op-ed:  National Employment Law Project's Mitchell Hirsch:  Republicans want to steal raises from poor people who need it the most
          KC Star letter:  KC woman says McCaskill story of flushing opioids down the toilet sets a bad example of water contamination +
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        Tuesday, April 4
       
KC Star:  McCaskill calls for GAO report on closing of rural hospitals +
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt get Senate approval for historic River Queen riverboat to resume cruises
          Columbia Missourian:  Local social welfare groups unhappy about Trump budget
          KC Star:  Kansas City to host the national White Privilege Conference +
          KWMU:  Greitens' political noprofits take center stage in Missouri;  501(c)(4) organizations common for governors around U.S.
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens announces broadband access program for schools
          Missourinet:  Greitens announces broadband program for rural schools
          KC Star:  Greitens announces plan to bring broadband Internet to rural Missouri schools +
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley releases details on new fight against human trafficking
          AP:  Hawley measure to control human trafficking
          KWMU:  Hawley proposes rules to prevent human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches initiatives aimed at fighting human trafficking
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley announces new tactics to combat trafficking
          P-D:  Hawley announces new initiatives to combat human trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area Democrat leads local delegation in accepting lobbyist gifts;  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) accepted less than $13,000 since 2011, more than all local legislators combined X
          The Missouri Times:  8 changes to note in the House budget:  Education spending, Medicaid, circuit breaker, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder's PDMP bill gains significant Democratic support
          AP:  House approves prescription drug database for monitoring program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) supports REAL ID legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could vote on unemployment benefits today;  GOP bill would allow nonworkers to stay on the dole for at least three months
          The Missouri Times:  House hearing held on Romine's discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  House discusses discrimination bill
          KWMU:  NAACP President Rod Chapel wraps up testimony
          AP:  House passes ban on red-light cameras
          P-D:  Fantasy-sports operators could see tax cut
          CDT:  UM president outlines timeline for budget cut decisions X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System president:  Cuts could include layoffs for staff, nontenure track faculty
          KWMU:  University of Missouri president:  Layoffs a possibility as budget-cutting process begins
          P-D:  Layoffs aren't off the table as University of Missouri System schools battle budget cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Residential Life to close three more residence halls
          Drebes:  Galloway's audit of Wayne County is not pretty
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Take Missouri's sex trade seriously X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC law prof David Achtenberg:  Lisa Hardwick is not too liberal for Missouri Supreme Court +
          KC Star letter:  Save Haven law has protected nearly 50 babies in Missouri +
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        Monday, April 3
       
Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel:  Blunt to speak at county GOP dinner April 21
          Missourinet:  Petraeus headlines Churchill weekend in Fulton
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Francis Slay;  Panel of Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City), Jeff Mazur, Joe Lakin, St. Louis Police Officer Association's Joe Patterson talk PDMP, budget, utilities legislation, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri voters could consider renewable energy proposal in 2018 X
          P-D:  Lobbyist gifts reached all-time low in 2016;  Less than $600k of trinkets, tickets and food supplied to lawmakers, lowest since recordkeeping began in 2004
          Drebes:  Under Hawley, deputy AGs get pay raises
          The Missouri Times:  First-year House budget leaders find success in numbers
          SE Missourian:  Holly Rehder talks about her bid for Speaker of the House, PDMP legislation +
          Columbia Missourian:  Policy changes help improve Jefferson City climate for interns
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants authorities to investigate fumes from leak in gas station's underground tank
          KC Star:  Census data:  KC area grows, St. Louis metro area shrinks +
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant school board candidates weigh in on voting rights case;  Judge ruled that too many white candidates were winning at-large elections
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Politics poisons Gorsuch vote;  McCaskill, other Democrats still emotional about November election results X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Democrats should stop seeking revenge by filibustering Gorsuch +
          Waters:  Hank Foley leaves MU with good marks X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Republicans take aim at Missourians with disabilities
          P-D's Nicklaus and Gallagher:  Video:  Seasoned citizens drink beer while discussing state tax credits, criticize Banking [sic] Chair Scott Fitzgerald [sic]
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        Sunday, April 2
       
P-D:  St. Louis avoids large influx of immigrants;  Hispanic Chamber President Karlos Ramirez says "less anti-immigrant legislation" from Jefferson City might change that
          KC Star:  Star joins ProPublica effort to solicit reader/activist tales of "hate crimes";  Reporting categories include perceived meanness to immigrants, "status as a trans person," etc. +
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch wins award for "Social Justice Journalism"
          SE Missourian:  Librarian offers tips to identify "fake news," recognize media outlets' blatant bias +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  In Fulton, Gen. David Petraeus says iron curtains remain despite Churchill's legacy
          CDT:  David Petraeus speaks in Fulton X
          JCNT:  "Three (3) Questions" with Gen. Petraeus X
          P-D:  Preview:  Missouri's 2018 U.S. Senate race, 583 days out
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Lincoln Days crowd hears from National Right to Work rep, former deputy national security adviser;  Gary Rust, Peter Kinder receive recognition for decades of service +
          Drebes:  GOP primary shaping up for Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Francis Slay;  Panel of Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis), Joe Lakin, Jeff Mazur, St. Louis Police Officers Association's Joe Patterson talk PDMP, budget, utilities legislation, more
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  Tracking Gov. Greitens' campaign promises with legislative results
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  REAL ID, abortion and more X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens remains firmly against Medicaid expansion +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens to announce rural development programs during tour of outstate schools tomorrow
          SNL:  Solar industry alarmed by net metering bill supported by utility companies X
          AP:  Metal detectors at Missouri Capitol might lose funding
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens signs herbicide bill in Portageville +
          CDT:  Gun shop owners seek to clear up confusion about Missouri's concealed carry law X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO program inspires students to learn more about government +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens hints at possible crack in the Medicaid expansion door
          P-D editorial:  Climax to Tony Messenger's Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series;  Sheriffs have no business generating retirement funds off court fees
          SNL joint op-ed:  Galloway, others:  Ethics legislation needed to hold public officials accountable X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Update on Johnny Lee Wilson, local man pardoned by Gov. Carnahan X
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        Saturday, April 1   April Fools' Day
       
April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  McCaskill joins other Democrats in planning to vote against Gorsuch for Supreme Court
          P-D:  McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch nomination, support Democratic filibuster
          KWMU:  McCaskill to vote against Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          Politico:  McCaskill 'no' on Gorsuch moves Senate toward nuclear fights
          Missourinet:  In speech to law enforcement, AG Jeff Sessions vows to cut down on foreign drug lords and "thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion" to peddle dope
          KWMU:  AG Jeff Sessions brings tough-on-crime message to law enforcement leaders in St. Louis;  Gender-fluid protester twirls desecrated American flag, says he/she can "personally tell" Sessions is "a racist"
          AP:  Sessions:  Ferguson an emblem of tense relationship between criminals and the police
          The Missouri Times:  New contribution limits affect fundraising quarter ending
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 27
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Legislature:  Week of March 27
          Missourinet:  House committees approve State Legal Expense Fund legislation
          KWMU:  Republicans may make concessions on minimum wage bill that would affect St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden, Ruth present bill to assist first-time home buyers
          CDT:  Senate blocks UM curator appointments X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys dominate Missouri Geographic Bee, securing all 10 finalist spots;  Minority student Rohan Rao chooses to work hard, crushes Caucasoid competition
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs bill to protect Missouri farmers from law-breaking pesticide applicators
          AP:  Greitens OKs higher fines for illegal application of herbicide
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) applauds court decision in Mark Twain Transmission project case
          The Missouri Times:  'Hailey's Law' passes Missouri House, heads to Senate
          P-D:  Twelve (12) people make a scence, block trash trucks outside landfills
          JCNT editorial:  Senate should follow House in banning gifts
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        Friday, March 31
       
KC Star:  McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for higher court +
          P-D:  Leaked tape:  McCaskill tells donors she's leery of filibustering Trump's Supreme Court pick
          The Weekly Standard:  McCaskill worried Gorsuch filibuster will backfire
          Politico:  McCaskill agonizes over Gorsuch
          The Hill:  McCaskill to Bernie Sanders supporters:  "I need you, I want you"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt helps question experts on cyberattacks X
          Washington Missourian:  Blunt speaks at Franklin County Lincoln Day dinner X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  Most GOP members on board with health-care bill;  others "holding out for perfection" +
          Politico:  White House shuffles West Wing staff;  Missourian Katie Walsh sent to fix Trump's outside political group, which faltered during health care battle
          Missourinet:  David Petraeus to speak, join Churchill fellows at Westminster College
          JCNT:  Elizabeth Hasselbeck speaks at Vitae Foundation's 25-year anniversary event X
          KC Star:  Federal contractor has 350 job openings in the Kansas City area +
          Drebes:  Dick Doherty retires, for good;  Seasoned lobbyist departs with reputation as "a man of his word and a true gentleman"
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley celebrates Trump's actions against Obama-era environmental regulations
          KC Star:  Hawley to provide monthly report on state payments settling lawsuits +
          P-D:  Hawley to release monthly report on state's legal settlements
          Missourinet:  Soldiers honored during Missouri Vietnam Veterans Day
          AP:  Greitens picks Missouri labor department director;  Anna Hui to be Missouri's first Asian-American cabinet member
          The Missouri Times:  Victims and advocates to be honored during 'Crime Victims' Rights Week'
          AP:  Missouri House passes prevailing wage repeal
          KWMU:  Legislature updates:  Prevailing wage, REAL ID, abortion, minimum wage
          The Missouri Times:  All eyes turn to Senate as House passes REAL ID
          AP:  Missouri House passes REAL ID compliance measure
          KC Star:  REAL ID bill clears Missouri House, but hurdle awaits in Senate +
          Missourinet:  After House passage, REAL ID likely to see slow action in the Senate
          AP:  House passes bill overturning St. Louis abortion ordinance
          Missourinet:  Committee continues investigation into Dept. of Corrections staff complaints
          P-D:  Paying for schools could trigger problems between House and Senate in Missouri budget
          The Missouri Times:  Senate again decides against confirming UM Curators
          KWMU:  Solar Foundation's Andrea Luecke says Missouri has "decent" state-level policies to encourage alternative energy
          Missourinet:  Mother of daughter children at Lake of the Ozarks blames Ameren, wants Missouri Legislature to boost dock safety regulations
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' passes House, heads to Senate X
          Missourinet:  'Hailey's Law' on Amber Alert system is heading to Missouri Senate
          P-D:  Firefighter grazed by bullet while on duty in Ferguson, chief says
          P-D:  Local PBS affiliate pulls plug on public affairs show "Stay Tuned";  Station thought it could stimulate sensible discussion via social media
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill right to plunge ahead with opioid probe +
          JCNT editorial:  New law puts A+ Scholarship Program on equal footing X
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with "David Humphries [sic]" on prevailing wage X
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        Thursday, March 30
       
The Hill:  Durbin giving McCaskill, other vulnerable Dems space on Gorsuch
          Washington Post:  McCaskill says McConnell, White House have done little to woo her on Gorsuch
          P-D:  Pro-Trump ads coming to Missouri, nine other states
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears case over penalties against longtime North St. Louis County Democratic leader Elbert Walton
          P-D:  Being 'obnoxious and disrespectful' in bankruptcy court could mean discipline for Democratic boss Elbert Walton
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson pushes for passage of resolution aimed at bringing missing Missouri soldiers home
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder fends off most changes to PDMP as House perfects
          AP:  Opioid drug tracking program advances in House
          Missourinet:  House approves PDMP bill;  critics say a database won't work
          Columbia Missourian:  Debates over prescription drug monitoring program bill continue in Missouri House
          P-D:  Missouri House gives PDMP initial approval, but opposition looms in the Senate
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local physician weighs in on prescription drug bills X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee puts final touches on budget
          AP:  Missouri House OKs $242 million for unexpected expenses
          KWMU:  Missouri's budget for coming fiscal year crosses first hurdle
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office fails to send representative to budget hearing, sees funding cut
          SNL:  House committee moves money from attorney general's budget after office no-shows hearing X
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford says he seek to fix, not repeal prevailing wage +
          AP:  Missouri House votes down Medicaid expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation targeting lobbyist gifts stalls
          The Missouri Times:  Parties battle over Cornejo's alcohol measure
          P-D:  Some legislators look to ban toll roads
          The Missouri Times:  Emery, Romine spar over utilities bill in morning inquiry
          Columbia Missourian:  Reiboldt says ag legislation would protect farmers from local-government meddling
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee approves Scottrade Center legislation
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers advance plan to ban red-light cameras
          P-D:  Missouri House taking another shot at red-light camera ban
          Missourinet:  Missouri House holds moment of silence for Independence office shot in line of duty
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley accepts New York Institute of Technology job
          CDT:  Foley says salary not a major factor in taking NYIT job X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gov. Bob Holden:  Indonesia rising as import partner
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  State can continue to move toward improving access to AP exams
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Elaine Gannon (R-DeSoto):  Making the high school equivalency exam free would help disadvantaged students
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part V
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  J-School prof Sara Shipley Hiles:  Newspaper funds lead-testing project, hopes results will help advance its agenda
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        Wednesday, March 29
       
KC Star:  McCaskill undecided on Gorsuch confirmation, Democratic filibuster +
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt disagree on Trump's energy order +
          SNL:  McCaskill opens probe of opioid drug makers X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill leads committee investigation into opioid manufacturers
          AP:  McCaskill asks drug makers about opioid sales plans
          The Hill:  McCaskill investigating opioid producers
          Washington Post:  McCaskill to investigate opioid makers' role in drug crisis X
          P-D:  McCaskill sends queries to opioid drug makers about sales, marketing strategies, donations
          CDT:  Hartzler mulls independent investigation into Trump's Russia ties X
          P-D:  Undoing Clean Power Plan could mean short-term savings, long-term uncertainty for Missouri utilities
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tim Hurst (R-Meta) leads convoy of mid-Missourians to Kansas farmers' aid
          KFVS:  Eric Schmitt discusses saving for college at Cape Girardeau elementary school
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit underway to review state prescription drug expenses through Medicaid and CHIP
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) pushes statewide program to monitor opioid abuse
          The Missouri Times:  As other states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republicans stand firmly opposed
          Missourinet:  Second-half preview:  A look at Greitens' State of the State priorities and where legislation stands
          AP:  Greitens says Trump might intervene on REAL ID
          KC Star:  Greitens attends Trump bill signing, meets with Pence +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs Corlew's expert witness standards bill
          KWMU:  With Greitens' signature, Missouri set to tighten expert-witness rules
          Missourinet:  Greitens says expert-witness law will help create jobs
          AP:  Greitens signs change to expert witness vetting
          Missourinet:  GOP legislators provide workable boost in funding to cash-strapped public defender system
          Columbia Missourian:  Winners, losers emerge from latest round of Missouri budget talks
          The Missouri Times:  House passes gift ban for local government officials, ticket resale bill
          Columbia Missourian:  State legislators advance pursuit of insurance for those with developmental disabilities
          AP:  House votes to repeal prevailing-wage law
          AP:  Bill overturning St. Louis abortion ordinance advances
          KWMU:  Missouri hospitals forgo family planning funds as abortion rules go into effect;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Jane Drummond
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's grid modernization bill begins trip through Senate perfection gauntlet
          P-D:  Proposal from Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City) would fund voter ID education with money from lottery advertising budget
          CDT:  International applications lag at UM campuses X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must act on drug monitoring +
          CDT op-ed:  Terry Schlemeier:  'Business-friendly' Show-Me State is too tough on labor X
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part IV
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Chillicothe sexagenarian dislikes Graves' approach to the sick and the old X
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        Tuesday, March 28
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill, other Democrats dodge questions on Gorsuch
          Bloomberg:  Senate GOP leaders push for health care effort after House plan implodes;  Comments from Blunt
          KWMU:  Trump to loosen Obama carbon regulations for Missouri, other states;  Comments from Sierra Club's John Hickey, Ameren's Ajay Arora
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Webber speaks to SEMO College Democrats;  Missouri Democratic Party leader says Jay Nixon ignored party fundraising in favor of his own campaign +
          P-D:  Greitens meets with Trump cabinet, AIPAC during D.C. visit
          KC Star:  Greitens prefers straight-to-voters approach to media relations;  Comments from press corps' Phill Brooks, veteran GOP consultants James Harris and Jeff Roe +
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules changes must be made to Kander's 'right to work' ballot language
          SNL:  New Teamsters PAC based in Springfield starts fundraising in 'right to work' era X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Skelton aide Ryan Dillon to run in Democratic primary for GOP state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Wood Martin wins National Council of Jewish Women award
          The Missouri Times:  New TV special sheds light on Messer investigation
          SE Missourian:  Jay Ashcroft announces grants for summer reading programs +
          P-D:  Greitens set to sign expert-witness law
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers in both parties want more transparency from State Legal Expense Fund;  House's Dept. of Corrections investigation continues
          AP:  Missouri House advances plan for $242 million in extra spending - most for unanticipated Medicaid expenses
          The Missouri Times:  House Rules Committee approves 26 bills, including personhood amendment and alcohol advertising
          CDT:  State Senate to consider tax credit repeal X
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's collateral source bill faces further hurdles despite early passage through Senate
          Missourinet:  Measure to protect privacy of online personal information moving through Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee considers charter schools expansion bill
          KC Star:  National charter school group ranks Missouri low for laws;  Missouri Public Charter School Association's Douglas Thaman says proposed law will help +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri researcher says lawmakers should incentivize rural nursing homes to improve their technology
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to rule on sexual predator
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Greitens avoid the hard questions +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's judge selection process due fresh review X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Obamacare has a few dents, but it isn't about to explode;  In many rural areas of Missouri, only one company offers insurance on the exchange
          St. Joseph News-Press' Newton:  Ike Skelton set a good model for engaging with constituents X
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part III
          Lake Sun letter:  Camdenton septuagenarian wants MO congressional delegation to know she supports Al Franken versus "ignorant" Trump
          P-D letter:  "St. Louis Anti-Racist Collective" takes Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson to task for not doing enough to support black causes, showing his "deep paternalism"
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        Monday, March 27
       
Mother Jones:  Republicans, Democrats both seek to raise Elizabeth Warren's profile;  Kander's Abe Rakov says Massachusetts liberal was helpful to challenger's bid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau members meet Missouri congressional delegation, visit Canadian embassy
          Washington Missourian:  Leader of group serving area olds worries about cuts to HHS funding X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about labor's future, charter school legislation, and value of Greitens' city living experience
          Drebes:  Second-half legislative preview:  Friction between House and Senate over workrate and priorities;  Legislators' antipathy toward Greitens;  more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State legislators map out the final stretch X
          P-D:  Second-half legislative preview:  Tax credits, school choice, PDMP, more
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity's Missouri chapter pushes forward with conservative legislative agenda X
          P-D:  GOP legislators to continue pro-life push
          Missourinet:  Legislation to override St. Louis City minimum wage hike could see quick action in state Senate
          Missourinet:  Assistant Truman prof says other options are superior to upholding and implementing Missouri voter ID law
          CDT:  DESE releases new report for teacher preparation programs X
          Stateline:  Missouri, other states see population boomlet among women in their 30s
          P-D endorsement:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles deserves re-election
          CDT op-ed:  MU biology prof George Smith:  Hartzler goes out of her way for Israeli occupation X
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part II
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man disagrees with Wagner on financial issues, suggests that incumbent - re-elected by 21-point margin - is in election peril come 2018
          Washington Missourian letter:  "A Better Road Forward" anti-tax group:  Say no to double taxes and toll roads X
          P-D letter:  Mother of special needs child thanks lawmakers for passing charter school legislation
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        Sunday, March 26
       
NY Times:  Paul Ryan escapes from health care defeat badly damaged;  Billy Long says critics will blame Speaker "for everything"
          Washington Missourian:  Local library director opposes federal, state cuts to his budget X
          P-D:  Tug-of-war nearly derailed NGA's move to North St. Louis City
          Columbia Missourian/Politifact:  Blunt remark about length of Cabinet-approval process labeled "False"
          KC Star:  Hawley follows through on campaign pledge to push back against federal regulations +
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Eric Schmitt touts Missouri Linked Deposit Program;  Arctic Ice's Jerry Camsenzind says low-interest loan helped his company expand
          AP:  Second-half legislative preview:  Labor, lawsuits, education, budget, other bills
          Columbia Missourian:  Unemployment benefits bill would allow jobless to receive payments for up to 13 weeks
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) makes pitch for prescription drug database during Kirksville stop X
          AP:  Effort to stop 'right to work' dealt a blow in Missouri court
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) would fund Scottrade renovations up to $6 million X
          St. Louis Record:  Missouri Senate bills take on infrastructure fees due to population changes;  Comments from Missouri American Water's Brian Russell, others
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Warm weather stirs activity among snakes, black bears;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation gives tips to avoid dangerous animals
          P-D:  African-American march draws 200 in St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Missouri educators must provide student access to AP coursework and exams
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part I
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Security is expensive at the Missouri Capitol and other government buildings X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Missouri Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid - to the detriment of Missouri's poor
          KC Star letter:  Local septuagenarian applauds editorial board's sarcastic invitation to Trump +
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        Saturday, March 25
       
P-D:  Blunt, others champion mental health funding
          Missourinet:  Hartzler wants to see forward movement on GOP health care bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local liberals rally against GOP health care bill X
          KMOX:  McCaskill speaks with border patrol about illegal immigrants
          KC Star:  After KC Public Schools' publicity push, ICE reiterates alien-gathering policy +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Trip to D.C. secures 100 jobs at Rosecrans Memorial Airport;  Group met with McCaskill, Blunt, Graves last year X
          Washington Post:  McCaskill, others get justice for Energy Department whistleblower X
          The Hill:  McCaskill leads bipartisan group investigating military group-intercoursing pics
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Panel of Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg), Axiom's Travis Smith, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, and Fred Dreiling talks prevailing wage, Missouri Plan, ethics, 'right to work,' budget, and which Republican will take on Claire McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 20
          KWMU:  Greitens to meet with Trump in D.C. over the weekend
          KC Star:  Greitens to make another D.C. trip this weekend +
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove)
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft confident voter ID funding request will be honored
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks funding for education, social services
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles) would give roads back to counties;  First District Commissioner Tim Brinker (R) calls move "appalling"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) gives update on special subcommittee looking at Dept. of Corrections
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's bill targets grid modernization
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn proud of Missouri farmers helping those affected by wildfires
          P-D:  Ferguson activist gets probation for attacking SUV driver who tried to push through blockade
          KC Star editorial:  Graves let constituents down by not taking a position on GOP health care bill +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Revisiting animal-breeding debate;  Public defenders
          CDT letter:  Columbia man wonders why news organizations don't investigate voter fraud involving dead people X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville woman opposes auctioning off state park
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says deaf drivers deserve a special license plate
          P-D letter:  UMSL Dean of Enrollment Services Alan Byrd:  Bright Flight scholarship program wrong to use discriminatory ACT scores
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        Friday, March 24
       
Washington Post:  Blunt, other Senate Republicans hesitant to focus on to House GOP bill until its passage
          PBS:  Mini-profiles of Obamacare supporters, opponents:  Weldon Spring sexagenarian says she supports GOP health care bill
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer explains his support of GOP health care bill
          Missourinet:  Billy Long says CBO's uninsured figure is misleading
          CDT:  Missouri Health Care for All turns out fewer than twelve (12) Obamacare supporters for Hartzler protest X
          KBIA (Columbia):  Missouri Health Care for All turns out ten (10) Obamacare supporters to protest Hartzler
          SNL:  Some pro-Obamacare protesters gathered outside Long's office acknowledge futility of their efforts;  Passerby honks horn, points to Trump bumper sticker X
          P-D:  Greitens joins other GOP governors to sign on to pro-AHCA letter
          Missourinet:  St. Louis airport exec testifies before Blunt subcommittee on infrastructure needs
          Politico:  Hill Republicans growing frustrated with Mattis;  Marine general has bristled at nominating Missouri's Jim Talent, other qualified GOP pols for posts
          Drebes:  Update on Ann Wagner for U.S. Senate campaign
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about PDMP, 'right to work,' her future as Speaker of the House
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty)
          Missourinet:  GOP legislative leaders preview 2017 session's second half
          The Missouri Times:  Tort reform battle heats up in Missouri as Washington gets involved
          Kraske:  It's time for Missouri to rethink all things judicial +
          KWMU:  Legislature yet to pass lobbyist-gift ban
          Missourinet:  Group hopes Legislature will support "convention of states"
          Missourinet:  Missouri prosecutors want changes to laws involving child sex crimes
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Faculty Council debates "validating white people's anxiety," memorial to honor slaves who built campus, etc.
          P-D:  Union organizers file suit against the University of Missouri curators
          KWMU:  UMSL faculty sues UM System, alleges unionization rules are too strict
          AP:  Government:  Ferguson making 'meaningful progress' in reforms
          KC Star editorial:  Trump should visit KC for WWI Centennial and stick around for lectures on infrastructure spending, refugees and immigrants, etc. +
          JCNT editorial:  Blunt's legislation eases transition from military to civilian jobs X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Policymakers in Washington and Jefferson City can use a reminder:  Missouri depends on farm economy X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  States' economic handouts are poorly targeted;  Comments from University of Missouri's Joseph Haslag
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says standards for expert witnesses benefit big companies, not individuals
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        Thursday, March 23
       
McClatchy:  DSCC, gearing up to defend McCaskill and other vulnerable Dems, releases ad targeting GOP health care bill
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Austin Stukins talks Obamacare repeal, retiring Claire McCaskill, more
          CDT:  Pro-life changes win Hartzler's vote on GOP health care plan
          KTTS (Springfield):  Missouri Health Care for All organizes pro-Obamacare protests outside GOP congressional offices
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Health Care for All turns out sixteen (16) for protest outside Billy Long's office
          CDT:  CoMo for Progress event provides Obamacare supporters opportunity to vent;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) calls President Donald Trump a "con artist"
          Missourinet:  McCaskill undecided on Gorsuch
          P-D:  Liberal groups pressure McCaskill to oppose regulatory overhauls
          Missourinet:  Wagner, Hawley target Federal Reserve agency
          CDT:  Liberal group "Race Matters, Friends" wants Columbia Public Schools to oppose federal enforcement of immigration laws
          P-D:  Phyllis Schlafly's daughter alleges that brothers sabotaged her inheritance in ongoing family fight
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles)
          The Missouri Times:  Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum
          KWMU:  Legislators will tackle federal REAL ID law in second half of session
          SNL:  With no taxes or tolls likely, MoDOT makes due
          Missourinet:  Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says there will not be a major transportation bill this year
          P-D:  University of Missouri System joins the growing list of schools using Common Application
          KC Star:  UM System schools join the 'Common App,' and expect an enrollment boost
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System schools to begin using the Common Application
          P-D:  Group opposing Christian sex education materials to hold rally March 28
          The Missouri Times:  More cities line up for Grain Belt Express deals as PSC hears case for a second time
          The Missouri Times:  PSC taks steps to change rules to improve transparency
          KWMU:  Ferguson's next mayor faces repairing city's reputation
          KWMU:  Activists unhappy with speed of implementing Ferguson's federal consent decree
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner's loyalty to financial industry stinks of swamp politics
          Jensen:  State bill looks at driver civility;  Noble legislation underscores sad reality that miscreants have no respect for authority
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Tuition flexibility could help fix higher ed budgets
          P-D op-ed:  Local union rep opposes GOP changes to prevailing wage
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        Wednesday, March 22
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill, other vulnerable Senate Democrats stand firm in opposing GOP health care plan
          SNL:  Billy Long shrugs off GOP divisions over Obamacare replacement X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Local "Show Me Indivisible" group draws fewer than 30 to rally;  Obamacare supporters congregate during what most Missourians consider the work day X
          Vox:  Health care fact checks:  Luetkemeyer comment on state-run health exchanges is inaccurate
          Washington Post:  Mini-profiles of the "vulnerable":  O'Fallon, Mo. Obamacare supporter, once obese and now old, opposes GOP health plan
          CDT:  Local artists' anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 40;  Local thespian says she turned to art as "my therapy" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates protest Trump budget cuts;  Area artist thinks calling and writing letters to congressional offices will make a difference
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  FBI probe should move with haste +
          P-D:  Rep. Ann Wagner takes aim at consumer protection chief
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says Trump will make it to Missouri;  Congressman - who stayed loyal to Trump when other GOP politicos bailed in the fall - wants President to visit southeast Missouri
          Drebes:  Jason Smith on Trump's wiretapping allegations
          The Missouri Times:  Kit Bond shares his thoughts on the current state of Missouri politics:  Greitens, state budget, gas tax, advice for freshmen legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Austin Stukins named new Missouri GOP executive director
          The Missouri Times:  Joe Lakin's Victory Enterprises earns Pollie for Missouri GOTV piece
          The Missouri Times:  Mini-profile:  Q&A with Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Finding Lynn Messer:  Investigation Discovery special airs Sunday
          AP:  Missouri jobless rate drops slightly in February
          St. Louis Record:  Choices for Missouri Supreme Court seat prompt debate over 'elitist' system;  Thoughts from James Harris, others
          KWMU:  Missouri's public defenders to get help with large caseloads
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling prescription drug monitoring proposals on collision course in Legislature
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers backing off Medicaid prescription limit +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer wants more money for addiction caseworkers
          AP:  Federal judge defers ruling on Missouri abortion rules
          Missourinet:  Campaign Life Missouri, NARAL-Missouri view pregnancy resource centers differently
          Missourinet:  Measure to oversee big event ticket purchases could pass Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) would restrict taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers from using some smartphone operations while driving
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers likely to support convention of states X
          CDT:  UM System president warns of closed programs amid budget crunch X
          KWMU:  Webster University to host sex-trafficking seminar
          KC Star editorial:  Tolls? Gas tax? Let's at least have a chat about funding Missouri highways +
          P-D op-ed:  Locs [sic] of Glory proprietor Tameka Stigers:  State of Missouri should get out of braiders' hair
          CDT letter:  Fulton man says ag bills from Munzlinger, McGaugh threaten Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian expresses anger that Post-Dispatch eliminated the children and news beat, especially in light of dastardly Missouri Republicans' reign
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        Tuesday, March 21
       
Ozark Radio News:  Pro-Obamacare group protests outside office of Rep. Jason Smith;  "Stand and Resist" campaign draws crowd of fifteen (15)
        CDT:  Trump's victory lamented at NAACP dinner;  Mary Ratliff:  "We feel that" we're "a nation in mourning" X
        KC Star:  Trump might make stop in KC for World War I centennial +
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Local group takes part in annual fly-in, will meet with McCaskill, Blunt and Graves
        KC Star:  Missouri Republican Party announces new executive director:  Louisiana native Austin Stukins +
        The Missouri Times:  Profile Q&A:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield)
        Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Charter schools, medical malpractice, many more
        The Missouri Times:  Senate postpones confirming gubernatorial appointments over Greitens' executive order
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal to sell bridge, highway naming rights X
        P-D:  At midpoint of session, Missouri Republicans on track with changes to legal system
        The Missouri Times:  Rural Economic Development caucus hopes to expand view on state's economy
        Missourinet:  New Missouri House Rural Economic Development Caucus to raise awareness about farmer suicide rates
        Missourinet:  Newly-formed organization aims to alleviate Missouri public defender system caseloads
        P-D:  Private attorneys pledge to take on some cases from St. Louis public defenders
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) would make juvenile officer an elected position
        Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) would eliminate most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law
        Missourinet:  Emery, Libla disagree on potential rate increase under proposed utility change
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hearings take place this week in Grain Belt Express case
        AP:  Wind energy firm trying again for OK of cross-country line
        Washington (D.C.) Monthly op-ed:  How an obscure Obamacare provision is quietly saving lives, and money, in Missouri
        Messenger:  On family leave, Greitens embraces Obama and wins for Missouri families
        P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian home health care worker, via SEIU communications staff:  Greitens cuts to home health care are "dramatic"
        Environment America press release:  Cars are polluting 40% less than they were 20 years ago;  Instead of accelerating this process, Trump is considering slamming on the brakes
        CDT letter:  Environment Missouri's Taylor Hale:  McCaskill should continue opposing Trump policies;  Talking points lifted verbatim from press release above X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield man wonders if minimum-wage protesters understand their predicament if proposal is enacted
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian grows weary of Post-Dispatch's obsession with street pharmaceuticals salesman/police assailant Michael Brown
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        Monday, March 20
       
SNL:  McCaskill effort allows cities, counties to receive federal money for prescription drug tracking programs X
          Washington Missourian:  Federal funds could be available for county roads;  Trump may unveil program
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kit Bond on Eric Greitens, gas tax, Trump, advice for first-year legislators;  Panel of former Sen. Tim Green (D-Spanish Lake), Reps. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) talk charter schools, "paycheck protection," Greitens' paid-leave push
          Rosenbaum:  Taking the temperature of the Legislature on paid parental leave
          Missourinet:  Auditor's website with daily tracking of general revenue fund will expand details
          SNL:  Existing 'cliff effect' program helped 0 (zero) people in five years, report from MO Dept. of Social Services says X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) expects proposed charter school expansion to fail in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Educators focus on helping adopted children overcome behavior problems, separation anxiety
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Liquor Wars 2.0, tobacco and guns on the docket after Legislature's Spring Break X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider airport alcohol bill
          AP:  Missouri DED program helps exports from small Missouri companies
          AP:  Man gets 25 years for shooting 2 cops in Ferguson protest
          P-D editorial:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), other Missouri Republicans aim to hurt workers
          KC Star editorial:  Bill from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to crack down on TIF development goes way too far +
          KC Star's Scott Canon:  Amid Trump-inspired xenophobia and violence against immigrants, fewer than half as many foreign students apply to UMKC +
          Washington Missourian Editor Bill Miller:  Anti-toll roads fever X
          Waters:  Questioning state tax cuts X
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        Sunday, March 19
       
KMIZ:  Hartzler continues practice of holding town halls via telephone
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hartzler stat about high-speed Internet access rated "Half True"
          Forward:  Eric Greitens, Missouri's first Jewish governor, is eyeing the White House
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. John Mayfield (D-Independence) considering another bid
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  Lawmakers vote to expand charter schools, cut tax credit for the elderly X
          SE Missourian:  Reps. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) back charter school bill;  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) opposes it +
          P-D:  Chesterfield's Alice Liu named champion in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          AP:  Paid parental leave for state workers considered in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri prisons head orders change after harassment claims
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Current Medicaid-funding system is no longer a viable option, and block-grant funding would provide solution X
          SNL editorial:  Push forward on prescription drug monitoring X
          JCNT editorial:  MoDOT's "Pothole Patrol" to the rescue X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton apologizes for not sending out alert after campus rape, acknowledges feelings of campus feminists and LGBTQIA* groups, takes official position against "sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia" +
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says Blunt, other Republicans opposed to Obamacare wish "death sentence" on poor and middle-class Americans +
          P-D letter:  American Cancer Society thanks Ann Wagner for her work on Medicare glitch
          P-D letter:  Millennial planning future state rep bid thanks Greitens for work on higher ed
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        Saturday, March 18
       
The Hill:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad campaign pressures McCaskill, other red-state Dems to back Trump on cutting federal regulations
          Bloomberg:  Bosnians, who chose to immigrate legally, make positive contributions to St. Louis;  Comments from St. Louis County Republican Central Committee's Rene Artman, Mayor Francis Slay, others
          KWMU:  Musicians band together to fight Trump's racist immigration policies;  Public radio station promotes concert with ticket information, free download of anti-Trump group song, more
          Yesterday:  KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          KC Star:  Trump budget could affect Kansas City streetcar expansion +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill statement about importance of small-business job creation rated "True"
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          USA Today:  Military investigating soldiers' same-sex group intercoursing pics on websites;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals' Ray Gruender make appearance at Wash U. Law School event
          SNL:  Law offices of prominent local Republicans Dee Wampler and Joe Passanise honored as "Best Lawyers" X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Kit Bond on Greitens, more;  Panel of former Sen. Tim Green (D-Spanish Lake), David Barklage, Reps. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) talk charter schools, "paycheck protection" and family leave pushes
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt joins partnership to expand MO ABLE program
          KOMU:  MO ABLE program designed to help people with disabilities save money
          The Missouri Times:  House and Senate accomplishments - so far - in the 2017 session
          KWMU:  At the halfway mark, Missouri GOP legislators tout session's successes - and promise more
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Reporter Marshall Griffin recaps most important stories of the Missouri Legislative session;  Host Don Marsh leads off with gathering of twelve (12) transgender students blocking a Capitol bathroom
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers look at task force to dive into state's road problems
          KC Star:  Fate of lobbyist gift-ban legislation unclear +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Legislature raises fines for off-label herbicide application
          P-D:  Ferguson documentary fans the flames surrounding 2014 attack on police officer
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens pursues family-friendly policy;  Washington should follow +
          JCNT editorial:  With leave policy, Greitens provides key benefit to state workers X
          KC Star letter:  Country Club, Mo. octogenarian mocks $80,000 price tag for UMKC basketball coach search +
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        Friday, March 17  Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          KWMU:  Mid-America Arts Alliance opposes Trump budget;  Comments from arts group CEO, no input from Trump budget supporters
          KC Star:  Cleaver, urban officials oppose Trump budget +
          P-D:  Area liberal environmental groups oppose Trump budget;  Comments from Sierra Club's John Hickey, Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Ed Smith, landfill agitator/amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman
          P-D:  Blunt has concerns with nondefense discretionary cuts in Trump budget
          KWMU:  GOP health care bill doesn't account for aging population
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  many Missourians can't afford GOP health care plan
          CDT:  Hartzler:  GOP health plan tax credits are too generous X
          P-D:  San Francisco sexagenarian's pro-Obamacare letter earns response from Blunt
          Messenger:  Area workshops help illegal immigrants avoid law enforcement;  Bill from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) would be hard on illegals
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Dark money in Missouri politics:  Thoughts from UMSL's Wally Siewert, Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael, UC-Irvine prof
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Rising releasing first TV ad in support of tort overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as Spring Break arrives
          Missourinet:  Spinning into Spring Break:  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) provide halftime analysis
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Wasson's job training bill before spring break
          AP:  Missouri House votes to end tax break for old, disabled renters
          AP:  Missouri House OKs bill to limit medical malpractice suits
          The Missouri Times:  House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break
          Missourinet:  Charter school expansion bill passes House by one vote
          AP:  Missouri House passes charter school expansion bill
          P-D:  Charter school expansion plan heads to Missouri Senate
          CDT:  University of Missouri reveals plan for covering budget cuts X
          AP:  Missouri House votes to raise marriage age
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) to add tolls to I-70 draws attention and resistance X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri House passes bill raising fines for pesticide applicators who choose to break the law +