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        Saturday, September 21, 2019
       
KWMU:  Activists congregate downtown to complain about climate change;  Student who skipped school to wave sign demands leaders act "before it's to [sic] late"
          P-D:  Climate activists march downtown;  Overfed blue-haired humanoid holds sign advocating "Eat the Rich" X
          KC Star:  Kansas City youths join global "Climate Strike";  Self-identified socialist urges proletariat to "Yeet the Rich" X
          CDT:  Activists gather at MU for climate strike;  Mizzou coed uses pet bird as prop during speech;  Local sexagenarian predicts humans will be extinct in 10 years X
          Joplin Globe:  Local residents rally against climate change;  Teenager says skipping school will teach "CEOs and politicians" what's what X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local food bank hosts congressional staffers, state legislators X
          SE Missourian:  VA set to construct new health center in Cape, completion set for 2022 +
          JCNT:  Army Corps of Engineers:  Flood control has been our focus X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson creates task forces, dedicates $2M for victims to combat violent crime in St. Louis
          P-D:  Senior officials in former AG Chris Koster's office failed to disclose evidence in policeman's self-defense shooting, report claims X
          SNL op-ed:  SLU research center director:  How Missouri's new school calendar will affect students X
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        Friday, September 20, 2019
       
KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver endorses Joe Biden in 2020 Democratic presidential race X
          KC Star:  Hawley presses Facebook's Zuckerberg to sell Instagram in name of privacy X
          Missourinet:  Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks in Fulton, criticizes Trump
          Fulton Sun:  Albright bashes Trump at Fulton appearance X
          CDT:  Albright:  Trump too cozy with dictators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Albright visits Fulton, slams "isolationism"
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Galloway's watchdog-bragging claim "Mostly True," but omits important context
          P-D:  No baloney:  Gov. Parson cuts taxpayers' food bill in half X
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson pledges state troopers, victim support in plan to curb violent crime in St. Louis region
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson lays out plan for state to help St. Louis region fight crime
          P-D:  Gov. Parson says state will put 'boots on the ground' Oct. 1 to help St. Louis police deal with criminals X
          KC Star:  Steps toward border war ceasefire continue with KC plan to cap some local incentives X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri abortion law blocked by federal judge again
          KCUR:  Federal judge denies Missouri's request to let abortion ban take effect
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri school safety task force presents findings;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol, others X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State representatives honor St. Joseph School District coordinator of counseling X
          KWMU:  Missouri opioid prescribing rate went up 10% in 2018, county program finds
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri officials confirm first vaping-related death in state
          AP:  Missouri health officials say the state has recorded its first vaping-related death
          Missourinet:  Members of House Democratic superminority to make appearance at GM picket line in Kansas this morning
          Joplin Globe:  Oklahoma newspaperman Dale Brendel named new publisher of Joplin Globe X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson makes third trip to St. Louis to tackle urban violence. Has he heard of Kansas City? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri cases show the dangers of vaping X
          Priddy:  Missouri casinos are making too much money
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman suggests shooting of white suburban children might get state lawmakers' attention X
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        Thursday, September 19, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt resists House Democrats' effort to spend taxpayer money on gun-control studies, says National Institutes of Health already has ability to fund research X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley continues to apply heat to Big Tech companies X
          SNL:  Missouri Farm Bureau cheers WOTUS repeal;  Environmental activists outraged X
          P-D:  St. Louis UAW official embezzled funds, feds say;  Vance Pearson used member dues to buy champagne, steak dinners, new outfits, spa treatments X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NEA files six proposed ballot measurers with secretary of state's office
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission takes no further action on late campaign finance reports from Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri sees slight job growth in August as unemployment remains lower than federal rate
          KWMU:  Thousands of Missourians are still waiting for tax refunds
          AP:  Judge denies Missouri request to allow 20-week abortion ban
          KC Star:  Federal judge denies Missouri request to unblock 20-week abortion ban X
          AP:  Gov. Parson to unveil plan aimed at reducing St. Louis homicidal behavior
          Washington Missourian:  Four proposed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington apply for state permits X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of September 18, 2019
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Department of Conservation plans first Monarch Festival to increase awareness of butterfly in Joplin X
          SE Missourian:  Catholic bishops ask Gov. Parson to halt execution, spare murderer's life +
          KC Star editorial:  Why won't Missouri lawmakers allow a weapons ban at KC's Plaza Art Fair? X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Missouri's new child care safety law should be changed next year
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman wants Blunt, Hawley, Parson to support gun control X
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        Wednesday, September 18, 2019
       
KC Star:  Former Kansas City Mayor Sly James endorses Pete Buttigieg for president X
          KWMU:  Audio:  Sen. John Rizzo (D-Independence) talks Medicaid expansion, gun control, more
          SNL:  Missouri NEA preps ballot initiative petitions;  Comments from MNEA's Mark Jones, Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady X
          The Missouri Times:  Dave Gragg seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in safe Republican House District 130
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis City Election Board quietly changes requirements for deputy Democratic director, drops college-degree requirement
          AP:  Missouri law governing CAFOs now in effect
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit shows new western Missouri fire station is still a ghost town
          KRCG:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation offers free CWD testing as deer hunting season begins
          Missourinet:  Rep. Richard Brown (D-Kansas City) talks urban homicides
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's stilted probe of clergy abuse must not be the last word on the issue X
          KC Star editorial:  Predator priests:  When will Missouri scrap statute of limitation for sex crimes? X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man says Missouri's A+ scholarship program should maintain high standards and not become another entitlement program X
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        Tuesday, September 17, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Blunt's statement about USMCA benefits rated "True" X
          The Missouri Times:  GM workers strike:  What it means for Missouri, Wentzville plant
          P-D:  Sen. Josh Hawley's open-records lawsuit against Steve Stenger appears headed toward resolution X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft praises farmers at bureau's meeting X
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Vicki Englund (D) to run for state treasurer
          P-D:  Vicki Englund poised to announce bid for Missouri treasurer X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson warns about police officer shortage;  'Back the Blue' plates unveiled
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson explores ag tech and more in California
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson goes to California to find more business for Missouri
          CDT:  David Steelman among those applying for medical marijuana permits X
          KWMU:  Missouri CAFO law goes into effect
          SNL:  Record number of Missouri school districts adopt 4-day weeks X
          JCNT:  Local journalist Bob Watson recognized by Jefferson City X
          JCNT editorial:  'Back the Blue' not just another specialty license plate X
          Helling:  Sen. Josh Hawley's attack on Facebook is just one part of his radical agenda X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  "Big Ag," MU conspire on CAFOs X
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        Monday, September 16, 2019
       
JCNT:  Residents pray to end abortion as part of national event X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer wants vote on USMCA
          Missourinet:  Largest U.S. nail manufacturer hires 120 workers at Missouri plant
          KC Star:  Some state tax-incentive deals, in the works before Missouri-Kansas 'ceasefire,' still to be announced;  Waddell & Reed headed to Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local labor unions insistent upon their relevance, prep for election year
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage and Patrick Lynn talk Gov. Parson-Nicole Galloway matchup;  Panel of St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White and Reps. Donna Baringer, Jim Murphy and Rasheen Aldridge
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Meeting with local leaders on urban violence was about 'boots on the ground'
          Washington Missourian:  Local state reps react to Dems' calls for gun control X
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Missouri giving college aid to affluent families - and not the neediest students? X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian calls GOP state legislators bigots X
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        Sunday, September 15, 2019
       
Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri rural health care limited by tech, doctor shortage;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, Missouri Farm Bureau's Spencer Tuma
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood takes a new approach to suicide prevention
          SNL:  Here's who's putting big money behind Missouri Medicaid expansion X
          P-D:  Gov candidate Nicole Galloway (D) makes appearance at gun-control march X
          SNL:  Speaker Haahr says Republicans are considering legislative approach to urban violence X
          Washington Missourian:  Pot businesses apply for permits - to sell, grow, infuse medical marijuana X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  City sees intense interest for marijuana licenses X
          KWMU:  DHSS confirms two cases of illness related to vaping
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's House Democrats have a grandiose view of controlling street savagery - just look at how well gun control worked for Chicago X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  No solution in sight for urban homicides X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian says Missouri Republicans are to blame for shortage of rural hospitals X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian says Gov. Parson and lawmakers would care more about homicides if the violence took place in Jefferson City X
          SNL letters:  Springfield sexangenarian woman wants Gov. Parson to flip-flop on gun control;  Springfield sexagenarian man says Jesus Christ disagrees with Gov. Parson's fiscal policies X
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        Saturday, September 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Farm Bureau says Waters of the U.S. was one of the worst laws to come from D.C.;  Environmental activists unhappy with repeal
          Headline update:  Rep. Mike McGirl (R-Potosi) endorses Parson for governor, but Post-Dispatch fails to update piece X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 9, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Beverly Cain, longtime Capitol employee, retires after 30 years of service
          KWMU:  Car sales tax passes, Gov. Parson to sign
          P-D:  Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) convenes working group to discuss potential efficacy of an urban violence committee X
          SE Missourian:  High Street and more:  State releases locations of medical marijuana applications +
          Missourinet:  Schmitt seeks prosecution for 12 former Catholic clergy after statewide investigation
          KWMU:  Schmitt to refer 12 clergy sex-abuse cases to prosecutors
          AP:  12 ex-clergy could face prosecution
          P-D:  Missouri AG to refer 12 cases of Catholic clergy sex abuse to local prosecutors X
          KC Star:  The Hyperloop pod arrives in Kansas City:  'When people see this, it's believing' X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 11, 2019
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Frivolous lawsuit over CAFO bill won't silence farmers
          KC Star letter:  NetChoice CEO disagrees with Josh Hawley on technology regulations X
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        Friday, September 13, 2019
       
P-D:  Mexican illegal sentenced in St. Louis for transporting aliens;  Rene Flores-Calderon caught after packing 13 aliens into SUV X
          Reuters:  Senior union official from St. Charles charged in federal corruption probe;  Prosecutors say UAW capo Vance Pearson and pals embezzled money to purchase lavish vacations, Cristal champagne
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson pleased Waters of the U.S. rule repealed
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau, ag groups endorse Gov. Parson's 2020 gubernatorial bid
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri commodity groups turn out for Gov. Parson
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Only 13 GOP state representatives yet to formally endorse Gov. Parson;  List includes "Rep. Mike McGirl" X
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate committee advances sales tax proposal X
          Missourinet:  AG Eric Schmitt to release report today about clergy abuse in Missouri's Roman Catholic church
          AP:  Schmitt to release report on Roman Catholic sex crimes
          P-D:  Area activist criticizes Schmitt's report on Roman Catholic sex crimes - before report is released X
          Columbia Missourian:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) talks improved economy and Medicaid enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Nearly 70 apply to open medical marijuana businesses in Boone County
          P-D:  DHSS reports nine suspected vaping-related illnesses in Missouri, two hospitalized at St. Louis Children's Hospital X
          KWMU:  Missouri colleges are trying to convince future students that teaching is a good job
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Ag says number of complaints about misuse of dicamba herbicide down sharply this year
          Joplin Globe editorial:  New software - and recipient notifications that look like junk mail - to blame for drop in Medicaid recipients X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Family physician Dr. Charles Bentlage:  Missourians should vote to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man suggests Ann Wagner seeks to hurt clients of financial services industry X
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        Thursday, September 12, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  President Donald Trump endorses Gov. Mike Parson
          SNL:  President Donald Trump endorses Missouri Gov. Mike Parson X
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway blasts Eric Greitens' spending, takes aim at "ambiguous and contradictory" expense laws for governor
          AP:  Galloway issues audit on former Gov. Eric Greitens
          SNL:  Galloway lambastes Greitens' spending X
          P-D:  Greitens repeated predecessors' spending habits, audit finds X
          KC Star:  Galloway audit takes aim at Greitens and Confide app X
          P-D:  Galloway's office begins accepting applications for "nonpartisan" demographer X
          The Missouri Times:  Herzog Contracting donates $250k to Parson PAC
          Missourinet:  Federal data shows Missouri's uninsured rate slightly increases
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections inmates earn nearly $12,000 for flood preparation work
          Missourinet:  20 House Democrats vote for vehicle sales tax bill pushed by Gov. Mike Parson
          Columbia Missourian:  Vehicle sales tax bill passes with bipartisan support
          SNL:  Missouri House approves fix for sales tax issue X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers advance measure on sales tax break for vehicle trade-ins
          KWMU:  Car tax legislation passes House, heads to Senate
          JCNT:  Missouri House passes bill rectifying sales tax uncertainty X
          The Missouri Times:  House sends vehicle sales bill to Senate
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly declines to override 2019 vetoes
          Missourinet:  No overrides at Missouri legislative veto session
          P-D:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) hopes to have gun violence proposal ready for debate by January X
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic Sens. Jamilah Nasheed, Shalonn "Kiki" Curls lament urban violence as "public health crisis" during veto session
          CDT:  Boone County sees 61 medical marijuana license applications X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mystery medical costs, high drug prices targeted by state lawmakers;  Committee hears from James Harris, Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael
          JCNT:  Court order lifted, CAFO law takes effect X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri hepatitis A outbreak winding down thanks to vaccines +
          KC Star editorial:  President Donald Trump's endorsement of Gov. Mike Parson shouldn't matter to Missouri voters X
          P-D editorial:  A rural Missouri company reflects the burden caused by Trump's folly X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missourians might vote on Medicaid expansion X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislative fix needed for new child care law X
          Messenger:  The governor comes to St. Louis City to talk crime and leaves the black prosecutors behind X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian says President Donald Trump is an illiterate racist, and Missouri's GOP congressional delegation should stop supporting him X
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        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
       
JCNT:  Local first responders, veterans, legislators remain committed to remember 9/11 X
          AP:  Missouri asking federal government to add counties to disaster declaration
          KWMU:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) talks with Rosenbaum about appropriations, EcoDevo, Medicaid, more
          P-D:  Gov. Parson travels to St. Louis City to meet with local leaders, law enforcement about urban violence X
          P-D:  Video:  Gov. Parson travels to St. Louis City to address urban violence X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Parson at urban-violence meeting X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson meets with St. Louis-area leaders
          AP:  Gov. Parson travels to St. Louis to address homicides
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson, St. Louis-area leaders meet to discuss containing, minimizing urban violence
          SNL:  Special session gets going in earnest X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill restoring tax break for vehicle trade-ins moves to Missouri House
          JCNT:  Tax-credit bill works through Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) expects no overrides in veto session
          JCNT:  Missouri's 'Back the Blue' license plate unveiled X
          SNL:  Who wants to own a marijuana dispensary in Springfield? New state records show locations X
          Joplin Globe:  Dozens of applications filed in southwest Missouri for medical marijuana operations X
          P-D:  State records on marijuana dispensary applications show nearly 400 would-be pot shops in St. Louis area X
          P-D editorial:  Candidates for Missouri governor should forego the bogeyman, stick to real issues X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian urges Missourians to sign Medicaid-expansion petition X
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        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Event promo:  Wash U. Med School to host anti-Trump speaker;  Jane Elliott regurgitates Charlottesville hoax, other "racism" tropes
          KWMU:  Eric Schmitt joins state attorneys general investigating Google
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) launches campaign for SD 27:  "We need to to be helping people become self-sufficient"
          The Missouri Times:  Show Me Districts series:  Rep. Mike Stephens' (R-Bolivar) House District 128
          The Missouri Times:  Special session kicks off with Wallingford introducing vehicle sales tax bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers take up sales tax break for car trade-ins
          P-D:  House Democratic superminority to hold press conference today to complain about special session, bemoan urban criminals' homicidal behavior X
          KWMU:  It sounds like science fiction, but hyperloop in Missouri could be reality in just 7 years
          KWMU:  CAFO issue still a hot topic among some in rural Missouri
          KC Star:  Legal Aid of Western Missouri unhappy with its success rate in Medicaid disability benefits cases X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours in Jefferson City to resume, following May tornado
          Fox News op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a deal Congress should support
          P-D op-ed:  Local environmental activist wants Ann Wagner to support carbon fees X
          Messenger:  New report highlights failure of Missouri to fund public defenders X
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Missouri's unfair college aid system discriminates against urban students X
          P-D letter:  Clayton coed wants Blunt and Hawley to support bill on education "gender gap" X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman says Missouri pro-choice activists are a militant minority X
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        Monday, September 9, 2019
       
Sedalia Democrat:  Illegal alien Alejandro Alcala-Avala charged with statutory rape, statutory sodomy and sexual molestation in Pettis County
          Columbia Missourian:  Task Force 1 returns home after aiding with relief in wake of Hurricane Dorian
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson goes home to Bolivar for gubernatorial campaign announcement:  'Now is the time to get to work'
          SNL:  Gov. Parson announces run for full term for governor X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Parson on stage with family;  Supporters say Pledge of Allegiance;  Former Gov. John Ashcroft speaks;  Protester who chooses to be obese holds sign about health care;  More X
          KSMU:  From his hometown, Gov. Parson announces bid for second term
          AP:  Gov. Parson announces 2020 bid to keep his job
          P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson, a cattle-raising former sheriff, announces bid for 4-year term X
          Missourinet:  Preview:  This week's special legislative session
          KWMU:  House Democratic superminority plans to take symbolic actions during special session, suggest legislation unrelated to task at hand
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  State's low cigarette tax promotes death from smoking X
          SNL letter:  Former Ozarks Greenways leader disagrees with U.S. Rep. Billy Long on climate change X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian alarmed by HRCC's Casey Wheat's statement on campaign spending X
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        Sunday, September 8, 2019
       
AP:  Gov. Mike Parson to launch re-election bid today
          AP:  A look at recent pro-life laws across the country;  Comments from Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee
          JCNT:  Local lawmakers:  Special session won't be taxing X
          JCNT:  Missouri National Guard leadership transfers during Saturday ceremony X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Statewide Medicaid-expansion proposal X
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson should heed legal opinion on Sunshine Law X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson wants to reduce gun violence without actually doing anything about guns X
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should lead, not follow, in response to St. Louis City's gun-violence crisis X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Higher tariffs put a squeeze on Missouri cap company X
          Waters:  Since state lawmakers won't do the right thing, it's up to Missouri voters to expand Medicaid X
          CDT op-ed:  Owner of "Namaste Health Clinic":  Rural Missouri needs Medicaid expansion X
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-St. Louis County):  Federal judge's action on Missouri's eight-week abortion ban a cause for celebration X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Crystal Thomas:  As Gov. Parson kicks off re-election, voters should examine his campaign contributions from Steve Tilley X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Missing moments with dear friend Carol Stark X
          P-D letter:  Santa Cruz, Calif. septuagenarian disagrees with Blunt on climate change X
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        Saturday, September 7, 2019
       
KWMU:  Sen. Blunt calls for more job training, increased trade outside China
          KWMU:  Former right-hand-man to St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) gets 15 months in prison for role in pay-to-play scheme
          AP:  Former Stenger chief of staff sentenced to 15 months
          P-D:  Stenger's former chief of staff sentenced to 15 months in federal prison X
          The Missouri Times:  Kirkwood Democrat Kim Linhares to run for Deb Lavender's House seat:  "Because we are such a superminority, this is when we need people to step up"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of September 2, 2019
          P-D:  Preview:  Next week's special legislative session X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lottery Commission faults unregulated machines as detrimental to education funding
          Brownfield Ag News:  Judge overturns restraining order on CAFO law
          Missourinet:  Missouri is giving away nine bridges for free - with a catch
          JCNT:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours to resume in October X
          SNL:  DHSS offering free mass vaccination event in Ava;  Restaurant employee had hepatitis A X
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch building developer seeks tax credits, subsidies to cover half of $70 million project X
          SNL:  Former News-Leader Editor David Stoeffler honored for leaving 'lasting legacy for our children' X
          P-D:  Man gets 30 days in jail, probation for throwing bricks and tire iron at officers in Ferguson protest X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Fog of inaction:  Missouri lawmakers - now stuck with unelected 'nonpartisan' demographer - can avoid further bad luck by taking stand on marijuana X
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson, black lawmakers working together on urban violence X
          Messenger:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr helps constituents navigate Medicaid bureaucracy;  After Springfield family failed to provide state with basic paperwork, Haahr stepped in to help X
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        Friday, September 6, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Federal government announces $1.8 billion grant to combat opioids:  What this means for Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway accepting applications for 'nonpartisan' state demographer
          KC Star:  Conservative Leadership PAC raking in big bucks;  Jim Lembke says group will help elect more conservatives to state Senate X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Alderman Megan Green raising funds to run in Democratic primary for Jamilah Nasheed's state Senate seat X
          SNL:  Preview:  Next week's special legislative session X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson's financial aid program gives education opportunities to Missouri adults
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law aims to shrink the number of offenders locked up
          Missourinet:  Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon:  I-44 corridor highlights problem with illegal slot machines
          P-D:  Missouri Lottery says gas station gaming machines taking toll on ticket sales
          SNL:  New rules from Missouri Department of Conservation would broaden use of night-vision, thermal scopes to control wild animal populations X
          KWMU:  Missouri clergy leaders believe Gov. Parson will work to reduce gun violence
          AP:  Gov. Parson, St. Louis City leaders meet to discuss urban violence
          P-D:  Gov. Parson pledges even more state resources to help reduce urban violence X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 4, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers don't have sense enough to expand Medicaid. Let voters decide. X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  With both fairness and revenue at stake, Missouri lags in collecting online sales tax X
          P-D op-ed:  Former DPS Director Gregg Favre:  Gov. Parson and state departments can help stop urban violence X
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        Thursday, September 5, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Graves question FEMA's handling of flood aid
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn says state's levee system, trade remain top priorities
          Columbia Missourian:  USDA data shows 'food insecurity' down in Missouri
          P-D:  University of Missouri gets $5 million in federal funds to address primary care doctor shortage X
          KWMU:  Medicaid-expansion advocates seek signatures for ballot initiative
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid-expansion advocates seek to get issue on 2020 ballot
          SNL:  Advocates for Medicaid expansion launch 2020 campaign X
          AP:  Advocates push to get Medicaid expansion on 2020 ballot
          KC Star:  Group launches petition campaign to put Medicaid expansion on 2020 ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Ryan Myers launches bid for Kiki Curls' Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Alex Riley looks to replace term-limited Speaker Elijah Haahr
          The Missouri Times:  United for Missouri sues Office of Administration over public records request
          SNL:  Medical pot:  'Exceptionally large number' of applicants want a Missouri dispensary license X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Board of Pharmacy opens applications for new drug take-back program to combat opioid crisis
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville) joins parent group advocating for Boy Scouts
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri proposes solar energy farms for three rural cities
          Columbia Missourian:  Search begins for Governor's Mansion Christmas tree
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture reports significant drop in number of herbicide-drift complaints
          Daily Journal:  Feral hog trap demo;  Experts from MO Dept. of Conservation, USDA discuss managing population of destructive animals
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum, staff journalists, "Sharing American" racism reporter discuss St. Louis City's impressive homicide tally
          P-D editorial:  Video gamers claim it isn't gambling. That's for Missouri regulators to decide. X
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        Wednesday, September 4, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley vows to be 'bulldog' about new veterans' clinic opening delay
          JCNT:  Callaway County awaits FEMA assistance X
          P-D:  Stenger's chief of staff says Rochelle Walton Gray had been bribed on mall redevelopment, document reveals;  Former state rep would be given "shops or something," and Democratic campaign consultant Elbert Walton handed a "consulting" contract X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) fined for campaign finance bookkeeping errors
          KWMU:  St. Louis County voters to mostly use paper ballots
          Missourinet:  Nestle Purina investing $115 million in southeast Missouri plant;  30 new jobs coming
          P-D:  After complaints, Missouri accepts 119 marijuana applications after deadline, rejects 20 X
          Missourinet:  First Family moves out of Governor's Mansion for a major remodel
          Missourinet:  Parson and Missouri Legislative Black Caucus discuss urban gun violence, agree to future meetings
          KWMU:  Black Caucus leaders get meeting with governor, complain to reporters afterward
          AP:  Black Caucus gets meeting with Parson on urban gun violence
          P-D:  After Nasheed asks, Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) says he'll consider panel on gun violence X
          P-D:  Ameren seeks to add three 'solar-plus-storage' facilities in Missouri X
          CDT:  Gatehouse hires new state editor;  Jim Van Nostrand was previously editor of paper in Astoria, Oregon X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson is ignoring the AG and withholding government records X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man uses sarcasm to express anger at Parson over special session and urban gun violence X
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        Tuesday, September 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri secures another $21 million in federal funding to replace rural bridges
          Missourinet:  Missouri Task Force One, Red Cross volunteers deployed to help with Hurricane Dorian response
          P-D:  Missouri first responders head to Florida in preparation for Hurricane Dorian X
          KWMU:  Dept. of Homeland Security to test 'smart cities' emergency system with St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Parson predicts improved economic results for Missouri following state government reorganization
          KWMU:  New abortion restrictions take effect in Missouri, minus 8-week ban
          KC Star:  Overview:  Issues that led to next week's special session on vehicle taxes X
          KWMU:  State program will subsidize hearing aids
          KWMU:  DHSS issues advisory for possible e-cigarette health issues
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Heed MDC's warnings and prepare for black bear safety X
          P-D op-ed:  BroadbandNow's Kendra Chamberlain:  Missouri's battleground for community broadband X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man disagrees with Parson on gun control X
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        Monday, September 2, 2019   Labor Day
       
Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Task Force One, utility crews head to Florida in advance of Hurricane Dorian
        Washington Post Magazine:  Conservative Josh Hawley's crusade against Big Tech
        The Arrow (SEMO):  Sen. Roy Blunt visits Southeast's drone program
        Marshall Democrat News:  Blunt's Hannah Cleeton addresses Saline County InterAgency Council
        Columbia Missourian:  Labor Day 2019 finds historic local workforce, jobless rates
        St. Joseph News-Press:  GOP state Sens. Tony Luetkemeyer, Dan Hegeman place wagers on upcoming local college football games X
        P-D book review:  Ben Westhoff's 'Fentanyl, Inc.' is an urgent crash course on drug epidemic X
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        Sunday, September 1, 2019
       
September 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt discusses broadband access in rural areas X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 26
          The Missouri Times:  Show-Me Institute sues Office of Administration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New state law to result in early release of prisoners X
          Columbia Missourian:  Some local day care providers complain about new state standards
          JCNT:  State researchers look to find out more about chronic wasting disease X
          JCNT editorial:  Should the state own Missouri State Penitentiary? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Donna Lichtenegger:  Government benchmarking betrays free market
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says NRA controls Blunt, suggests senator's family might get caught in crossfire X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Post-Dispatch's anti-police bias fans racial flames X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Post-Dispatch's blatant bias puts it in the category of National Enquirer X
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        Saturday, August 31, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Managing the Missouri River:  Elected officials call for more local control
          P-D:  FEC notes bookkeeping errors in Ann Wagner report;  Campaign to file amended report next week X
          Missourinet:  CDC recommends hepatitis A vaccine for Missourians 19 years and younger
          P-D:  Right-hand man to former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) should get prison, not probation, prosecutors say;  Lawyer for Bill Miller said he was simply executing Stenger's orders on Bardgett lobbying contract X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna
          The Missouri Times:  AG office recommends against using First Amendment to redact public records
          SNL:  Schmitt's office weighs in on First Amendment debate X
          KC Star:  Parson's office says Sunshine requests will be handled on case-by-case basis X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers to hear more testimony about county jail reimbursement
          Brownfield Ag News:  University of Missouri to invest in ag research centers;  Comments from MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright
          P-D:  Ameren announces plan to cover coal ash ponds;  Move would help avoid transporting waste through communities X
          P-D:  Amid renovations to Missouri Governor's Mansion, workers discover major damage X
          SNL:  Trout permits, daily tags will get a little more expensive in 2020 X
          KWMU:  Urban activists want Parson to donate $2 million of taxpayer money for "Cure Violence" program
          SNL op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Businesses unfairly rewarded for punctual tax pay X
          Messenger:  Missouri Medicaid horror story:  Ferguson octogenarian gets her Medicaid restored, but must wait an additional week or two for discounted cataract surgery X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wishes Post-Dispatch would add some balance to its far-left reporting and editorial bent X
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        Friday, August 30, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Blunt urges trade, hopes for China deal +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rural Missouri bridges get boost from federal funds X
          SNL:  Sarah Huckabee Sanders to speak at College of the Ozarks in October X
          JCNT:  FEMA offers advice to tornado, flood victims X
          KWMU:  St. Louis author Ben Westhoff tackles 'Fentanyl, Inc.'
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers to be visible on the road and water through Labor Day weekend
          SNL:  Missouri marijuana industry group announces doctor training program X
          The Missouri Times:  Major restructuring of four state agencies now complete
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri legislators scrutinize abundance of public assistance programs
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri abortion ban blocked, but some HB 126 provisions implemented
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law aims to help victims with potential lease problems
          KC Star:  AG's office weighs in on First Amendment and public records X
          KWMU:  Missouri Governor's Mansion renovations to be complete by October
          JCNT:  Costs rise for Missouri Governor's Mansion work X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  August 28, 2019
          CDT:  Want a bridge?  MoDOT offers Highway 40 span over Salt Creek X
          P-D editorial:  Bullets are mowing down St. Louis kids. Why won't Parson take bold action? X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis City social worker says NRA to blame for urban street savagery X
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        Thursday, August 29, 2019
       
KWMU:  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tours Melvin Price Locks and Dam, talks investment in river infrastructure
          Missourinet:  Deadline nears for victims in 6 Missouri counties to apply for disaster unemployment benefits
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Author Ben Westhoff explores the industry driving 'The Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic'
          KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis City):  We've reached a 'tipping point' on street savagery
          P-D:  Clay says urban areas deserve special gun restrictions
          Missourinet:  Clay on gun restrictions:  "We're not talking about ... Pemiscot County. I don't care what you do out there."
          P-D:  Mayor of St. Louis City wants Parson to call special session;  Krewson (D), St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Green (D) bicker over "Cure Violence" program X
          KWMU:  Parson says urban gun violence deserves coordinated effort, not rushed special session
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Lawmakers should address gun violence in regular, not special, session
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) says he'll file for governor
          JCNT:  Parson's reorganization of state departments takes effect X
          JCNT:  Show-Me Institute sues Office of Administration over records request X
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid fraud convictions top last year, Schmitt says
          KWMU:  Missouri's Medicaid success:  State improves eligibility checks, but not everyone is happy
          Missourinet:  Another temporary extension delays Missouri CAFO bill from becoming law
          The Missouri Times:  Overview:  Special session on vehicle sales
          The Missouri Times:  2020 state legislative preview:  CaseNet records changes
          AP:  New laws in effect on vehicles, sentences
          SNL:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's unclaimed property auction coming to Springfield;  Items include Bob Gibson autographed card, much more X
          P-D:  Kinloch fire protection struggles to improve after $100,000 is misspent, state auditor says X
          P-D editorial:  Federal judge's pithy ruling underscores case for affirming abortion rights X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-South St. Louis County):  Urban violence is caused by thugs, not gun laws
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Missouri Senate Democratic primary runner-up opposes state CAFO law
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        Wednesday, August 28, 2019
       
AP:  Midwest states seek to fix Missouri River flood bottlenecks
          JCNT:  Parson's flood recovery group meets for first time, updates damage estimates X
          P-D:  Blunt sponsors bipartisan legislation to enhance U.S. as destination for international travelers X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) talks with Rosenbaum about pro-life legislation, CAFOs, feral hogs, more
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid enrollment, special session highlighted in all-Democrat 'This Week in Missouri Politics' episode
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft says pro-choice groups' emotional response to referendum handling 'unfounded'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's abortion law, explained
          AP:  Federal judge blocks Missouri's new abortion law
          KCUR:  Federal judge blocks Missouri's abortion law from taking effect
          Missourinet:  A snapshot of the top Missouri bills becoming law today
          P-D:  Higher license fees, fewer car inspections among slew of new laws taking effect in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Former Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) tapped for Missouri Gaming Commission X
          Missourinet:  More than 2,300 applicants aim for 250 positions at rural Missouri steel plant;  MO DED's Rob Dixon on Nucor expansion
          JCNT:  Hyperloop panel preparing report on bringing high-speed transportation to Missouri X
          CDT:  Judge halts enforcement of Cooper County CAFO rules X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County health board to let CAFO law 'run its course' X
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Commission approves fee increases for trout, nonresident permits
          P-D:  With hepatitis A spiking, Missouri launches operation to boost vaccination rates X
          P-D:  Medicaid-expansion advocates wave signs at urban intersection X
          Joplin Globe:  Medicaid-expansion rally draws nearly fifteen (15) people X
          P-D:  Parson says addressing urban homicides will take coordinated effort, not a rushed special session X
          KC Star editorial:  Judge blocks Missouri's 8-week abortion ban, but uncertainty remains for patients X
          KC Star editorial:  Is marijuana legal or illegal? As KC considers loosening pot laws, confusion reigns X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Tiny houses, big plans:  Jason Kander launches his most ambitious campaign X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau small business owner says national Dems' "Corporate Transparency Act" would hurt Missouri companies +
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        Tuesday, August 27, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley sees drug abuse and economic decline as biggest problems during rural tour
          Missourinet:  Hawley does not forsee tariff standoff with China ending anytime soon
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Communities are the answer to preventing mass shootings
          KC Star:  Missouri attorney general defends "sex" discrimination as based on biological status X
          JCNT:  AG Eric Schmitt signs on to U.S. Supreme Court briefs defending sex-discrimination definition X
          P-D:  After Eric Greitens' return to the Navy, top brass launch changes in misconduct reviews X
          P-D:  Despite asking for money, Missouri's 'Liberty Alliance' nonprofit hasn't registered with state X
          CDT:  Michela Skelton's suit over Sara Walsh campaign ad survives dismissal hearing;  Judge expresses frustration with plantiff lawyer's bumbling X
          AP:  Judge expected to rule today on injunction of abortion law
          KWMU:  New national center promotes mental health in rural schools
          Missourinet:  Moniteau County delays vote about CAFO bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservation Department announces higher permit prices, new rules
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says euthanized black bear had been prowling Joplin area for two weeks X
          AP:  Kansas City, St. Louis City on pace to top last year's homicide tallies
          The Missouri Times:  Black Caucus wants special session to address gun violence
          P-D:  Black Caucus calls urban homicides "an emergency that demands the attention of the entire General Assembly" X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's rural and suburban lawmakers to blame for St. Louis City's violence X
          KC Star editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt justifies LGBT discrimination with legalese. He's on the wrong side of history. X
          CDT op-ed:  Chariton Valley CEO Kirby Underberg:  A plan to get more Missourians online X
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        Monday, August 26, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Fair edition:  Gov. Mike Parson, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst talk with Scott Faughn about Missouri's success in Medicaid enrollment, workforce development, CAFO legislation, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) talks with Scott Faughn about leading Democratic superminority;  Panel of Dem Reps. Judy Morgan, Alan Green, Ashley Bland Manlove, Keri Ingle list complaints about Medicaid enrollment drop, special session, etc.
          Columbia Missourian:  Michela Skelton to launch third bid for state legislature, this time challenging Caleb Rowden
          SNL:  To fill high-need jobs, Missouri launches financial aid program for adults X
          KC Star:  Shortage forces KC-area districts to put more unqualified teachers in classrooms;  Comments from DESE's Paul Katnik, MNEA's Ann Jarrett X
          CDT:  Dyslexia screening in schools ramps up as a result of 2016 law X
          P-D:  From murderers to ministers, new Missouri program will make preachers behind bars X
          P-D:  Two Ameren wind projects set to move forward, despite recent hiccup for a third X
          KWMU:  20 years ago, Route 66 State Park rose from the ashes of Times Beach
          KC Star editorial:  Parson ignores actual issues, calls special session to help used car dealers X
          P-D editorial:  Whatever happens with Missouri's abortion law, proponent lawmakers should pay X
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        Sunday, August 25, 2019
       
KC Star:  Liberal groups congregate at Plaza, call for Trump impeachment X
          JCNT:  U.S. Census participation has political impact X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Federal Reserve economist predicts slower growth for the region in 2020
          SNL:  The politics of dependency:  how Missouri's success in getting thousands off Medicaid rolls has led to partisan attacks X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  State Emergency Management Agency's Ron Walker's career of unpredictable service
          JCNT editorial:  Special session for a not-so-special cause X
          Joplin Globe's Emily Younker:  Remembering Carol Stark through the eyes of her community X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  MoDOT's road construction can be aggravating - but it's better than the alternative X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood septuagenarian attempts to make sense of urbanites' "no snitching" street code X
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        Saturday, August 24, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  On 7th District ag tour, U.S. Reps. Billy Long and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) talk China's retaliatory tariffs
        Missourinet:  Billy Long:  "It's time to bring this tariff thing to a conclusion"
        Missourinet:  Hartzler disappointed with Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to oil companies
        CDT:  Feds drop charge against man who made threats to Hartzler's staff;  Mentally ill man not fit to stand trial X
        SNL:  EPA plans public meeting on local Superfund site;  Federal, state data shows contaminant levels below concern threshold X
        The Missouri Times:  Michela Skelton to run for Caleb Rowden's state Senate seat
        P-D:  Democratic committees choose Mike Person, Rasheen Aldridge to fill vacant House seats in Democratic superminority X
        P-D:  With unification effort in limbo, Better Together temporarily drops its lobbying team X
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 19
        The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Adminstrative Rules fails to block new Historic Preservation Tax Credits;  Lawmakers suggest revisiting policy next year
        The Missouri Times:  House committee dives into Missouri gambling
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State lawmakers should pass online sales tax X
        P-D letter:  St. Peters liberal says Post-Dispatch should press Ann Wagner on government's treatment of young illegals X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman claims treatment of young aliens makes her weep, says Lacy Clay and Republicans want to "line their (own) pockets" X
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        Friday, August 23, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats see 2020 elections as the start of their road back from ruin
        CDT:  Michela Skelton (D) to run for state Senate;  Two-time state House runner-up seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Caleb Rowden X
        KWMU:  Blunt says Missouri can do better for military veterans and spouses of service members
        Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Mississippi River a model for flood control
        KWMU:  Pro-choice groups give up on referendum attempt, sue Ashcroft
        SNL:  ACLU quits petition effort, starts legal tussle with Ashcroft X
        P-D:  Pro-choice groups sues Ashcroft after failed initiative petition X
        Missourinet:  Pro-choice groups throw in the towel on referendum effort
        The Missouri Times:  Pro-choice groups sue Ashcroft, say collecting signatures "an impossible task"
        KWMU:  Parson visits North St. Louis City;  Lawmakers, community leaders share ideas to make neighborhood inhabitable
        The Missouri Times:  Nasheed to host expungement clinic for 'second chances' for nonviolent offenders
        The Missouri Times:  Galloway recommends ending sales tax remittance discount, implementing Internet sales tax
        The Missouri Times:  Pierson, Ingle selected as assistant floor leader, whip for House Democrats
        SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  School safety a 2020 legislative session issue +
        KC Star:  Despite the dangers, Missouri doctors can OK medical marijuana for pregnant women X
        JCNT:  Ag groups sued over Missouri CAFO law respond X
        P-D:  Missouri lawmakers signal plan to take on spread of illegal slot machines X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Gaming Commission:  illegal slot machines are negatively affecting funding for education
        The Missouri Times:  Mike Leara takes over as chair of Missouri Gaming Commission
        SNL:  Hepatitis A outbreak:  State officials urge at-risk populations to get vaccinated X
        SNL:  Missouri tracks reports of algae that's deadly to pets, livestock X
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri highways receive high marks from national think tank
        AP:  Court rules for Missouri trooper in Iowa man's drowning
        SNL:  Liberty-Empire seeks rate increase from Missouri customers X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri women could face felony charges for having abortions X
        P-D editorial:  Parson should let mega-hog-farm law die. It's the conservative thing to do. X
        Joplin Globe op-ed:  Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller (R) and Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon (D):  Election integrity in Missouri requires investment X
        SNL op-ed:  On CAFO issue, conservative state lawmakers are hypocrites X
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        Thursday, August 22, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Flood recovery cost estimated to be $1 billion, likely to grow X
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Area woman, angered over USDA assistance to farms owned by "Vicki [sic] Hartzler," says she regrets letting congresswoman tell daughter's opioid-overdose story X
          Missourinet:  Nicole Galloway wants "big businesses" to pay for armed school officers
          The Missouri Times:  Kaitlin Cavey (D) launches bid for Gina Mitten's House seat, sets realistic expectations for toiling in superminority
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson applauds USDA and Bunge moves to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls special session on issue dealing with vehicle sales
          KWMU:  Parson calls special legislative session for car sales tax
          Missourinet:  Parson calls special session on tax issue
          P-D:  Rural car sales issue prompts Parson to call special session X
          P-D:  Pot applications bring millions to Missouri, but some missed deadline because of website errors X
          The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Administrative Rules postpones full decision on new DED Historic Preservation Tax Credit rules
          The Missouri Times:  Judge temporarily halts CAFO law as counties look to pass rules ahead of implementation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) says landing World Cup would put Kansas City and Missouri on national stage
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 21, 2019
          JCNT:  Missouri Capitol restoration 65 percent complete X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT lands on plan for Center Junction +
          P-D:  Health officials fear hepatitis A could get worse in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri trooper in drowning case should be fired X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  Congress should follow Josh Hawley's lead and act now on Internet data privacy rules
          Waters:  Listen to the campus police chief:  guns on campus will cause problems X
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        Wednesday, August 21, 2019
       
KC Star:  2018 U.S. Senate campaign silver medalist Beto O'Rourke makes stop in Kansas City;  With Jason Kander at the helm, veterans community a must-stop photo op X
          Columbia Missourian:  Migrant worker series, part 1 of 2:  Advocacy group details atrocities faced by legal migrant workers;  Some who chose to work on Missouri farms faced 80-degree temperatures, other unfathomable hardships
          Brownfield Ag News:  Cattlement tell Hartzler their price concerns after fire
          The Missouri Times:  Early campaign salvo from Galloway asks Parson to call special session on armed school safety officers
          P-D:  'Liberty Alliance USA' group, tied to old Greitens allies, seeks "grassroots" mantle X
          SE Missourian:  Scott City lawsuit causes dust-up over First Amendment and discovery, attracts statewide attention +
          AP:  Schmitt withdraws First Amendment argument in lawsuit
          The Missouri Times:  Show Me Districts series:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr's District 134
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials confident about GM Wentzville plant expansion
          AP:  Strong economy, improved eligibility checks help Missouri achieve Medicaid enrollment decline
          JCNT:  Trucks rumble to Capitol so drivers can be heard;  Group opposes use of autonomous trucks X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Judge blocks Missouri's CAFO law;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's B.J. Tanksley
          SNL:  Judge halts new Missouri law on CAFOs X
          P-D:  Parson vows 'aggressive legal defense' of CAFO law X
          Columbia Missourian:  Cole County judge delays enforcement of law affecting local CAFO regulation
          SNL:  Missouri will award 348 marijuana business licenses - selected from 2,100 applicants X
          The Missouri Times:  More than 2,000 vie for limited medical marijuana facility licenses in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Schmitt:  Number of Missouri opioid overdose deaths should have urgency in U.S. and Missouri
          Missourinet:  Fulton State Hospital up and running new high-security building
          KWMU:  U.S. District Court orders Missouri Parole Board to change parole process for juveniles
          KC Star editorial:  Trump 'gag rule' a threat to women in Missouri - not just Planned Parenthood X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  State Senate candidate Eddy Justice:  State government should be looking for more ways to back the blue
          P-D letter:  St. Charles conservative scoffs at Post-Dispatch's suggestion that paper doesn't editorialize news coverage X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian urges Post-Dispatch to temper its liberal slant and attempt a semblance of objectivity in reporting X
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        Tuesday, August 20, 2019
       
KC Star:  National conservative group runs ads urging Blunt to support push for vote on election security X
          AP:  Liberal groups argue in court against Missouri's voter ID law
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  AG Eric Schmitt files brief in Rehder case, says turning over docs would violate constituents' right to privacy;  Comments from Missouri Press Association's "Jean Manake [sic]" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers could return to Jefferson City for special session on vehicle sales
          Missourinet:  Parson weighs in on activists' gun-control demands, emphasizes commitment to Second Amendment
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Elijah Haahr receives briefing on decline in state health insurance rolls
          KWMU:  Haahr says improved scrutiny of Medicaid recipients' incomes helped achieve enrollment drop
          JCNT:  Dems, Republicans divided over MO HealthNet issue X
          KWMU:  Applications for medical marijuana facilities pour in at deadline
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets thousands of medical marijuana license requests, but few will be approved
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections employees deliver school supplies X
          KC Star:  After neighbors sued, Missouri cattle feedlot near Powell Gardens says it is closing X
          AP:  Feedlot closes after controvery over expansion plans
          Missourinet:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) says St. Louis MLS team will spur economic growth in Missouri
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Encryption, self-destruct apps incompatible with open government X
          P-D op-ed:  Local pro-choice activist:  Ashcroft's delay tactics defy Missourians' right to challenge abortion law X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian blames climate-change deniers, not Army Corps of Engineers, for river mismanagement X
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        Monday, August 19, 2019
       
KWMU:  Kirsten Gillibrand brings presidential campaign to St. Louis City
          P-D:  Gillibrand stumps agasint "misogynist" Trump in St. Louis City:  "We need a woman at the head of the table" X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long and House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) to tour Ozarks
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Marijuana advocates form Northwest Missouri NORML chapter X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt says abandoned buildings boost crime
          SNL:  Princeton Review names College of the Ozarks most conservative college in the country X
          JCNT editorial:  Can Nicole Galloway make a respectable showing in gov race? X
          JCNT editorial:  Arm Missouri teachers with knowledge, not guns X
          KC Star editorial:  Exoneree Ricky Kidd lost 22 years behind bars. How can Missouri say he's owed nothing? X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Walking around Walmart with a rifle is legal - and shows insanity of Missouri gun laws X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says Democrats to blame for violence in St. Louis City, other urban war zones X
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        Sunday, August 18, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats rally behind Galloway's gubernatorial bid at Truman Dinner
          P-D:  Galloway attends urban gun-control rally X
          Joplin Globe:  Moms Demand Action group holds rally in Joplin;  Area sexagenarian says Blunt, Hawley must flip-flop on gun control to win re-election X
          SNL:  Census workers to verify addresses in door-to-door visits X
          Joplin Globe:  Advocacy groups seek to put Medicaid expansion on ballot;  Comments from Jobs With Justice, GOP lawmakers, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys blasts abortion referendum ballot language as 'dishonest'
          The Missouri Times:  Federal court rules against Toalson Reisch for blocking constituent on Twitter
          P-D:  Nevada company wins Missouri contract to score pot business applications X
          SNL:  Hickory County to consider CAFO ordinance X
          P-D:  Veterinarians in short supply, leaving Missouri farms, clinics scrambling for care X
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  Yes on 2020 Medicaid expansion ballot measures X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers take cover after shooting of 8-year-old in KC:  'Gun laws don't work' X
          KC Star op-ed:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D):  Together, Gov. Mike Parson and I will end the border war X
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian pleads for Parson to improve service at state vehicle license offices X
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        Saturday, August 17, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Billy Long and House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) teaming up on ag issues
          Brownfield Ag News:  Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says market facilitation payments on track
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says he is considering special session
          P-D:  Democrats say they'll "make hay" of Parson's call for special session, seize opportunity to criticize governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri officially launches scholarship for adult learners
          SNL:  State extends deadline for dispensary license applications X
          The Missouri Times:  State extends deadline for medical marijuana facility applications
          P-D:  Sponsors of pro-life legislation dismiss claims that women would be prosecuted for abortions X
          AP:  Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar debunks agitation over abortion law, says no prosecutor "in their right mind" would prosecute a woman who sought an abortion
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) loses lawsuit over Twitter blocking X
          JCNT:  DNR taking a deeper look into Rock Island Trail funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  Adult care workers want more money
          CDT:  Cooper County health board passes last-minute CAFO restrictions X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nicole Galloway's uphill battle X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should monitor changes to Endangered Species Act X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Stephen Limbaugh Sr., back in Cape, shares wisdom +
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        Friday, August 16, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Governor's Ham Breakfast:  Parson encourages farmers in tough weather year
          JCNT:  Flood recovery should focus on making improvements, Parson says X
          KWMU:  Democratic gov candidate Nicole Galloway attends Governor's Ham Breakfast, criticizes Parson
          KC Star:  Media pushes Parson, Galloway on gun control X
          P-D:  Ham Breakfast notes:  Galloway criticizes governor;  Parson "disappointed" by Galloway's negative start;  Blunt praises Hawley;  Marsha Haefner not running for state Senate;  Doug Libla not endorsing in state Senate primary X
          Missourinet:  Blunt pleased with USDA's relocation decision
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft talks approach to referendum request, explains where ACLU made errors
          KC Star:  Ashcroft critiques ACLU bumbling of referendum attempt X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri granted federal funds for counseling services for those impacted by storms, floods
          AP:  Man has no regret for hysteria he caused at Walmart
          The Missouri Times:  Rick Roeber looks to continue Rebecca Roeber legacy in House
          KWMU:  Ferguson activist Rasheen "Sheen Bean" Aldridge to fill Bruce Franks' abandoned House seat
          P-D:  Business leaders lay groundwork for Irish companies coming to Missouri;  Comments from Gov. Parson X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson announces Briggs & Stratton expansion, talks potential impact
          Daily American Republic:  Parson announces major expansion, future job growth at Poplar Bluff plant +
          KWMU:  UMSL Chancellor Tom George looks back on 16 years of leadership
          CDT:  MU employee objects to honoring Missouri gun laws on campus X
          P-D:  Deadline extended to Monday for pot business applications;  Only 236 received so far X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri awarded negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor trail
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lottery Commission receives 'excellent' rating from audit
          P-D editorial:  Pelosi's gun-control measures don't go far enough to help St. Louis City X
          P-D editorial:  Hawley proposes an unconstitutional solution to a nonexistent problem X
          P-D editorial board video:  Nancy Pelosi and Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson discuss why President Trump is wrong on guns, immigration, etc. X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis "social liberal" angry at Blunt and Hawley over Russia X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man responds to James Shuls op-ed regarding school superintendents, suggests Shuls should get fired from UMSL X
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        Thursday, August 15, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri and Kansas governors working together on USDA relocation
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Kelly reiterate support for cease in 'border wars'
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA disaster declaration for more than 50 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Federal agricultural disaster declaration granted in 53 Missouri counties
          The Missouri Times:  Kirsten Gillibrand brings presidential campaign to St. Louis on Sunday
          Missourinet:  For 67th year, ham and eggs bring together thousands of Missouri politicians and constituents
          P-D:  Lobbyist Vicki Englund may seek to fill Democratic ballot slot for State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's election X
          KWMU:  Pro-choice campaign says it will fail to get enough petition signatures to make ballot
          P-D:  Pro-choice group focuses ire on Ashcroft, says gathering signatures too tough a task X
          P-D:  D.C.-based group may try to get Medicaid-expansion proposal on Missouri ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Terry Thompson to make bid to replace fellow Republican Glen Kolkmeyer in Missouri House
          KWMU:  Michael Person to fill Cora Walker's vacant House seat;  Some Dems unhappy that committee vote was held at Person's house
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin Globe Editor Carol Stark dies after battle with cancer X
          Washington Missourian:  Newspaper closing office in St. Clair, employees relocated to Union X
          SNL:  Hemp industry taking root in southwest Missouri X
          KWMU:  New Missouri S&T chancellor wants more state money
          Columbia Missourian:  Arguments begin in legal challenge against University of Missouri firearm policy
          CDT:  Expert witnesses testify in guns-on-campus trial X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau, other state Farm Bureaus support landowner cases
          KWMU:  Missouri prison inmates want treatment for Hepatitis C while waiting for lawsuit to be heard
          CDT:  Text service seeks to cut court no-shows X
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        Wednesday, August 14, 2019
       
AP:  Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand to visit St. Louis, complain about state's pro-life laws
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Report scrutinizes Corps feasibility studies X
          JCNT:  Jefferson City FEMA disaster recovery center closing X
          JCNT:  Census workers preparing for next year's canvassing X
          Missourinet:  CDC says 13 Missouri counties at risk of HIV and Hepatitis C breakouts from opioids
          KC Star:  Congresswoman Hartzler's rural Cass County property searched for missing woman X
          The Missouri Times:  EMILY's List endorses Trish Gunby (D) for HD 99 special election
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Closing the book on the Steve Stenger (D) era in St. Louis County
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  How the Post-Dispatch changed its comments section;  Readers conditioned to gain approval by providing "positive" feedback
          KC Star:  Gov. Mike Parson leads Missouri to truce with Kansas in border war:  "Sometimes, common sense does prevail." X
          AP:  Kansas City officials pledge to keep 'border war' truce
          P-D:  Agricultural giant Bunge is moving global headquarters to St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Governor's Ham Breakfast tomorrow is sold out
          JCNT:  'Missouri Way' leadership training helping state get things done X
          P-D:  In some Missouri towns, higher license plate fees won't mean restored service X
          The Missouri Times:  Public defenders launch text message pilot program aimed at reducing overcrowded jails
          P-D:  Missouri public defenders hope text messages cut jail time X
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft is cheating Missourians out of the right to vote on abortion ban X
          CDT op-ed:  Gatehouse Regional Editor Allen Fennewald:  With state's new bourbon law, Missouri provides the next step in American legacy X
          P-D op-ed:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt:  Five years after Ferguson, reforms are yielding positive results X
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        Tuesday, August 13, 2019
       
SNL:  Green Party presidential candidate forum draws nearly 25 people to Springfield;  Activists discuss "Green New Deal," banning fossil fuels, other dreams X
          KWMU:  Galloway jumps in 2020 gubernatorial contest, setting up likely matchup against Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway launches gubernatorial bid, highlights experience as 'independent watchdog'
          Missourinet:  Galloway enters gov race
          SNL:  How wide will Gov. Parson's election margin be? Three political scientists cut through partisan spin X
          KWMU:  Missouri seeks stronger business ties to Ireland;  Parson, others speak at event hosted at Enterprise Holdings in Clayton
          Missourinet:  Parson and Kansas gov to sign joint commitment in Kansas City aimed at ending 'border war'
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local experts talk next steps to address Missouri's opioid situation
          KWMU:  Missouri treatment providers wary as federal addiction grants face uncertain future
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Post-Dispatch's Beth O'Malley on new reader-comment system
          KWMU:  Doe Run Mining Company's property tax fight spreads through the Ozarks
          CDT:  Attorneys argue over expert on eve of campus gun trial X
          KWMU:  Feral hogs in the Mark Twain National Forest are a problem, but hunting them may not be an option
          Missourinet:  Missouri Public Defender System rolls out pilot program in hopes of reducing overcrowded jails
          P-D editorial:  Missouri law allows mass-shooting scenarios, right up until the bullets fly X
          KC Star op-ed:  Cannabis advocate Lonnie Kessler:  Don't let taboo keep you from getting relief with a Missouri medical marijuana card X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Joplin septuagenarian unhappy with Blunt's response to her letter urging gun control X
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        Monday, August 12, 2019
       
AP:  States boost flood protection amid high disaster costs
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats plot 2020 strategy;  Thoughts from Emanuel Cleaver, Claire McCaskill, MO Dems' Lauren Gepford, reaction from James Harris X
          P-D:  Galloway announces bid for governor via pre-produced video, says she'll ditch "old way" X
          AP:  Nicole Galloway launches Missouri gubernatorial campaign
          KC Star:  Galloway plays up 'watchdog' role in video announcing run for Missouri governor X
          P-D:  Special election for Jean Evans' open West St. Louis County seat:  Trish Gunby (D) vs. Lee Ann Pitman (R) X
          Missourinet:  Missouri World War II Army veteran honored at State Fair military event;  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe on hand
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City):  Economic border war between Missouri and Kansas has been a 'disaster'
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Corrections battles drug-smuggling efforts, prisoners' demand for dope
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks stay extension in Columbia clinic case X
          SNL:  Christian County eyes stricter CAFO rules X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action member wants Blunt and Hawley to support gun-control legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man longs for old days, when state legislators of both parties were working people X
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        Sunday, August 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Missouri on pace for strong alien-deportation year;  Illegals in Kansas City lament American laws X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves:  Corps' priorities for Missouri River are backwards
          Missourinet:  Flags to fly at half-staff tomorrow to honor Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit)
          SNL:  Woman sues Ashcroft over "biased" ballot language X
          KWMU:  Fleet management company labels Highway 63 deadliest road in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri's "green rush" is on;  Qualified applicants, others dream of profiting from new marijuana opportunities X
          CDT:  Missouri State Historical Society moves into long-sought new home X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Josh Hawley proposes a risky remedy for currency manipulation X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson is keeping information secret. When will the AG act? X
          KC Star's Toriano Porter:  One Missouri judge's plea for gun control X
          KC Star's Glenn Rice:  Missouri repeats as leader in black homicides;  State lawmakers and "Gov. Mike Parsons [sic]" to blame X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says proposal to protect students with armed officers will turn Missouri  into the Middle East X
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        Saturday, August 10, 2019
       
KC Star:  USDA agrees to incentive payments for research employees heading to Kansas City X
          AP:  Union:  Deal with USDA eases impacts of Kansas City moves
          SNL:  Man charged with felony after gun incident at Springfield Walmart X
          SNL:  What are the gun laws in Missouri? X
          AP:  Armed man at Springfield Walmart says he was testing right to bear arms
          KWMU:  Clay wants to clamp down on use of deadly force by police
          P-D:  Deadly force? Only as federal officers' 'last resort' under bill backed by Lacy Clay X
          P-D:  After Greitens ally drained state GOP's coffers, money trickled to ex-Greitens consultants X
          P-D:  When it comes to Missouri campaign spending, some politicians leave out the details X
          KC Star:  Nicole Galloway is running for governor, could get support from national liberal groups X
          Missourinet:  Galloway files for 2020 Missouri governor's run
          AP:  Galloway takes first step to run for Missouri governor
          KWMU:  Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) gets nearly 4 years in prison for corruption scheme
          P-D:  Steve Stenger sentenced to 46 months for criminal conduct prosecutor calls 'breathtaking in its scope' X
          AP:  Parson concludes trade mission trip to Australia
          P-D:  After murdering as minors, some Missouri prisoners could be paroled under new court order X
          P-D:  Two historic Missouri state park lodges undergoing renovations X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Event promo for anti-opioid charity walk
          KC Star editorial:  Trump backs this idea to reduce gun violence. Why won't Missouri take action? X
          P-D editorial:  For Steve Stenger, a well-deserved lifetime of perpetual shame X
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Cleaver is right about guns, but how much can Congress really help? X
          Messenger:  In the end, addiction to power was Steve Stenger's drug of choice X
          KC Star letter:  Cass County woman says Vicky Hartzler's congressional salary should disqualify her family from farming programs X
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        Friday, August 9, 2019
       
KWMU:  Congressional delegation reacts to El Paso, Dayton shootings;  Comms staffers compose prepared statements for bosses
          SNL:  Arrest at Springfield Walmart draws national attention;  Off-duty firefighter holds agitator at gunpoint until police arrive X
          Missourinet:  FEMA denies disaster aid to residents in 19 Missouri counties
          JCNT:  Flood mitigation should become priority, group says;  Comments from Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  State Fair is about coming together in a year of hardships
          JCNT:  Health insurance task force learns about challenges it faces X
          JCNT:  DNR outlines changes affecting CAFOs X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Department of Conservation announces new record for black bullhead catfish;  Chubby bottom-feeder couldn't resist chicken liver
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Tracking political and policy changes 5 years after Michael Brown's assault on police officer Darren Wilson
          JCNT editorial:  Nicole Galloway is right - no reason to close state records X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Road repairs were a long time coming - and state lawmakers should prioritize long-term funding next session X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Guns in Missouri schools are not an answer X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man wants Post-Dispatch to stop perpetuating mythology of Michael Brown's innocence X
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        Thursday, August 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Post office in northern Missouri will be named after Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan;  Comments from U.S. Rep. Sam Graves
          SE Missourian:  Stars and Stripes Museum hosts Spirit of Democracy celebration in Cape this fall;  Gov. Mike Parson to keynote, with Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe also appearing +
          P-D:  Galloway hangs 'help wanted' sign for state's new political map-making job X
          P-D:  Galloway says Schmitt missed deadline on Sunshine Law question X
          Missourinet:  117th annual Missouri State Fair begins today
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri State Fair still focused on being showcase for agriculture
          KWMU:  Missouri's medical marijuana businesses off to mellow start;  Fewer than 5% of those who paid application fee have managed to complete paperwork
          SNL:  Medical marijuana in Missouri:  What you need to know X
          SNL:  Video:  How to get a Missouri medical marijuana card X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri makes effort to boost rural Internet;  Comments from Ag Director Chris Chinn
          KCUR:  Every year, half of Missouri's workers who care for the developmentally disabled quit
          Columbia Missourian:  Statewide 'rape kit' inventory nears completion
          P-D:  Ferguson riots anniversary series:  Photo gallery:  Congressional candidate Cori Bush (D), others place items in Ferguson roadway X
          JCNT editorial:  Countering Missouri's stagnant growth:  Maintaining low taxes a key step for brighter future X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Stan Herzog's impact extended far and wide X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Why do Missouri's best school superintendents head for the exit? X
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        Wednesday, August 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Residents in six more Missouri counties eligible to apply for federal aid
          JCNT:  Callaway County approved for FEMA individual assistance X
          AP:  Army Corps of Engineers to keep water releases into Missouri River high
          AP:  Opponents of USDA move to Kansas City say transfers are designed to cut jobs
          KWMU:  Former NGA Director Robert Cardillo aims to boost St. Louis geospatial 'ecosystem' in new role
          Washington Missourian:  Kirk Mathews appointed to new Medicaid post X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to exercise caution near school buses
          Brownfield Ag News:  Moniteau County health board stops short of regulating CAFOs
          Columbia Missourian:  CAFO debate continues;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway, farmers, activists
          KWMU:  Access to pig-manure powered energy grows in northern Missouri
          P-D:  Northern Missouri manure-to-energy project starts distributing natural gas X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Federal funding necessary for clearing rape kit backlog X
          Rust:  Ban high-caliber magazines, implement 'red flag' laws +
          Priddy:  Remembering Bob Watson
          Washington Missourian letter:  New Haven sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt on value of ethanol X
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        Tuesday, August 6, 2019
       
JCNT:  Reporter Bob Watson dies;  Journalist's words, acts of kindness fondly remembered X
          Missourinet:  Longtime reporter and Missourinet friend Bob Watson dies
          USA Today:  GateHouse Media owner to acquire Gannett, publisher of USA Today, Springfield News-Leader and other newspapers X
          AP:  GateHouse, Gannett to merge, build newspaper giant
          KC Star:  Opponents of USDA move to Kansas City say process violated federal law X
          SE Missourian:  Cape airport lands $600,000 in federal aid +
          Daily American Republic:  Poplar Bluff VA director accepts new position, replacement to be announced +
          SNL:  Parson set to kick off 2020 re-election campaign Sept. 8 in Bolivar X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) talks with Scott Faughn about flooding, highway funding and Parson's re-election;  Panel discussion with Reps. Robert Sauls (D-Independence) and Robert Ross (R-Yukon)
          Missourinet:  Parson task force recommends school-based mental health care to boost safety in schools
          KWMU:  Summer camp operators will adjust to later school start date
          P-D:  Hemp industry taking root at 7 University of Missouri research stations across the state X
          Waters:  The Rocheport bridge is possible after all X
          P-D's Beth O'Malley:  We're changing the comments on Post-Dispatch articles;  Commenters can receive higher status by doling out "compliments" X
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        Monday, August 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler hopeful that Trump won't nix NAFTA
          KC Star:  Market Facilitation Program helps Missouri farmers, including Hartzler, in face of China's punitive trade actions X
          KC Star:  Associated Press database shows Market Facilitation Program payments X
          KC Star:  A look at Josh Hawley's social-media bills X
          Missourinet:  $8 million in upgrades planned at Missouri State Fairgrounds;  2019 fair opens Thursday
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tax-free weekend boosts back-to-school sales X
          SNL:  Local liberal groups go fishing for school-discrimination tales, land whoppers;  Activists demand Springfield Public Schools eliminate "overly gendered" language, etc. X
          KC Star editorial:  Wherever the Kansas City Chiefs hold future training camps, tax breaks shouldn't be part of the deal X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Important for students to understand post-high school opportunities +
          KC Star editorial:  Did rich Missouri families give up custody of kids to get college aid? How's that legal? X
          P-D letter:  Eureka man encourages Post-Dispatch lefties Gilbert Bailon, Tod Robberson to accept Trump's 2016 election victory X
          P-D letter:  Environment Missouri's Bridget Sanderson applauds Lacy Clay for opposing Trump X
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        Sunday, August 4, 2019
       
KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith touts more affordable health care, praises America's strong trade stance in visit with farmers
          SE Missourian:  American Queen docks at Cape after alternate course caused by flooding +
          Missourinet:  Federal prosecutors memo reveals Stenger conversations, conduct in corruption case, connections to Better Together
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Pro-choice activists congregate outside Ashcroft's downtown office Friday during work hours;  Androgynous humanoid holds "Abortion is normal" sign;  Group litters paper "votes" upon office steps;  State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) shouts unnecessarily into voice-amplifying megaphone;  other efficacious acts +
          KC Star:  Pro-choice advocates highlight how rare diseases may be affected by 'no exceptions' abortion law X
          KWMU:  Parson says Obamacare waiver task force may consider expanding Medicaid
          JCNT:  Low job growth a factor in state's stagnant population X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Bill Falkner (R-St. Joseph) reflects on first year as state lawmaker X
          P-D editorial:  Hawley's radical intrusive solution fixes a problem that might not exist X
          SNL op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Enforcement of sex offender registry laws rise X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Missouri's pro-life laws create black market of "veterinarian-school dropouts operating abortion mills in motel rooms" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County Police Association's Joe Patterson:  AG Eric Schmitt's initiative might be the answer to urban crime crisis X
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man agrees with criticism of paper's Ferguson coverage, says Kevin McDermott's byline a tipoff to liberal bias X
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        Saturday, August 3, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  The Flood of 2019 - by the (really big) numbers +
          JCNT:  Missouri residents have until next week to apply for disaster unemployment assistance X
          KWMU:  Feds seek max sentence for Stenger, say corruption scheme started before he took office
          P-D:  Feds say Stenger's crass, mercenary behavior should earn him no break in prison time X
          KC Star:  Stan Herzog, St. Joseph businessman and GOP donor, dies at the age of 70 X
          KC Star:  Pro-choice activists send message to Ashcroft:  "a large poster of a pink uterus putting up two middle fingers" X
          JCNT:  ACLU rally draws fewer than 30 to Capitol X
          Columbia Missourian:  ACLU rally organizer says disappointing turnout for rally a plus:  "I think it made it more personal"
          Missourinet:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D):  Economic border war between Missouri and Kansas is over
          KC Star:  Kelly orders end to Missouri-Kansas border war X
          AP:  Missouri-Kansas truce over jobs conflict appears shaky
          KWMU:  Bayer says job expansion in Missouri starts immediately;  Exec:  "Missouri stepped up aggressively to encourage that"
          SNL:  Crunch time for Missouri medical marijuana businesses X
          CDT:  Medical marijuana application window opens X
          P-D:  Labor union wants to recruit newly-hired prison workers, sues to get greater access X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberal advocacy groups unhappy with AG's position on public defender suit settlement
          P-D:  New Champ Clark bridge at Louisiana, Mo., to open tonight X
          KC Star editorial:  Neighbors are right to raise a stink about the feedlot near Missouri's Powell Gardens X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian disagrees with Hawley on social media policy, attempts punchline involving Trump tweets X
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        Friday, August 2, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley, Graves seek answers about FEMA's disaster aid policies
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley legislation would address currency manipulation X
          KWMU:  A new tool can help Mississippi River cities plan for future floods
          P-D:  Parson taps Steele Shippy as campaign manager for gov race;  Kelli Jones to serve as communications director X
          P-D:  Parson calls special election for vacant Democratic House seats X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) talks with Rosenbaum and new reporter Jaclyn Driscoll about Medicaid enrollment drop, state revenue situation, more
          JCNT:  Value of armed officers emphasized in Missouri school safety report
          P-D:  Missouri taxpayers hit with $300k legal bill after state denied transsexual man's hormone therapy
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Liberal advocacy group rep, reporter to discuss Missouri public defender caseload suit
          KC Star:  Probe:  Dozens of rich students likely 'gamed' system to get free tuition at Missouri state schools X
          SNL:  Attorney general investigating allegations surrounding Missouri State parking ticket quotas X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation certifies new state record bullhead catfish X
        KMOV:  Missouri Department of Conservation cautioning residents as black bear sightings increase

          KC Star:  KC drivers tell emotional tales of  'racial profiling' at hearing;  Missouri Sheriff's Association leader attempts to persuade by using facts, explaining study methodologies X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Roy Blunt is a champion of community health care center funding X
          SE Missourian editorial:  What you need to know about REAL ID licenses X
          KC Star editorial:  Armed guards or teachers in all Missouri schools? Who thinks more guns are a good idea? X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's tax-free weekend a lesson in savings X
          JCNT editorial:  Big rig safety:  MoDOT wise to remind drivers to "respect the load, share the road" X
          P-D letter:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), now head of "Progress Women," expresses outrage over abortion legislation X
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        Thursday, August 1, 2019
       
August 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2015 Missouri political news headlines
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        August 2013 Missouri political news headlines
        KWMU:  EPA clears path for former mine in Missouri's lead belt to be reopened for cobalt mining
        SNL:  Ball State University professor/Medicaid-spending advocate:  Missouri gets "A" for low taxes, but should expand Medicaid X
        Missourinet:  Parson headed on trade mission to Australia, seeks insight on novel infrastructure and workforce development programs
        KWMU:  Galloway takes aim at Parson over delay in state tax refunds
        Missourinet:  Eric Greitens' Dept. of Public Safety Director Drew Juden sidestepped Missouri's bidding process to benefit charity he once led
        KC Star:  Audit:  Greitens' public safety director abused state contracting process, audit says X
        SE Missourian:  Audit:  Drew Juden abused purchasing methods, claimed to be working during vacations +
        P-D:  Audit blasts no-bid contract won by group tied to Greitens' former top cop X
        KWMU:  Task force says every Missouri public school should have an armed guard to help protect children
        P-D:  Task force recommends school safety steps, including armed guards X
        Joplin Globe:  Missouri high school equivalency exam offered free to first-time test takers X
        Missourinet:  Dept. of Social Services warns of genetic-testing scam
        SE Missourian editorial:  Missourians should take advantage of tax-free weekend +
        Messenger:  Nanny State champion Josh Hawley takes on Snapchat so we don't have to X
        Waters:  Confucius say:  Hawley, lay off X
        P-D op-ed:  ACLU-Missouri's Emily Hanson:  School discipline is racist and the reason black children underperform X
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        Wednesday, July 31, 2019
       
MSNBC:  Claire McCaskill:  Democrats will lose voters by promising free health care for illegal aliens
          Columbia Missourian:  Josh Hawley proposes bill to ban 'addictive' social media features
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visits local peach orchard as part of annual ag tour +
          JCNT:  FEMA disaster recovery center to open in Boone County today X
          Missourinet:  Federal data says 1.6 billion pain pills pour into Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri sees decline in opioid overdose deaths X
          AP:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) dies 4 months after car crash
          Missourinet:  Haahr:  Roeber "will forever be remembered for being a champion for Missouri's students"
          KC Star:  Lee's Summit lawmaker dies in her sleep months after car crash X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  More than two months after announcing resignation, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) to leave state payroll today
          P-D:  Former Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) tapped to oversee changes to Missouri Medicaid program X
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over baby-heartbeat bill
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue to overturn Missouri's 8-week abortion ban
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Missouri over abortion law X
          AP:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU suing over Missouri abortion law
          JCNT:  State education boards discuss teacher, workforce development at joint meeting X
          P-D:  Carden Group, which has trained leaders at some of America's top corporations, has Missouri state government contract extended X
          Columbia Missourian:  First-ever industrial hemp growing conference held in Columbia
          SE Missourian editorial:  Flood 2019:  On to the cleanup and recovery +
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. associate social work prof:  To fix opioid epidemic, Missouri legislators must expand Medicaid, spend more money on "social safety net," etc. X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says state should not spend money to repair Missouri State Penitentiary X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman wonders why "Black Lives Matter" protestors ignore black-on-black homicides X
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        Tuesday, July 30, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cleaver calls for Trump impeachment inquiry X
          AP:  Cleaver calls for impeachment inquiry
          P-D:  Pro-life lawyer front runner for next federal judgeship in St. Louis X
          CDT:  Cooper County man seeking to fill Dem ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler says he's superior to previous challengers;  Missouri Democratic Party's Lauren Gepford says man will get primary opposition X
          Missourinet:  FEMA approves Missouri's request for disaster assistance to local agencies
          KWMU:  Introducing Sarah Fenske:  New St. Louis on the Air host says she won't be a cheerleader for the region
          JCNT:  Parson recognizes Missouri astronaut for service X
          SNL:  Over 4,000 get Missouri medical marijuana cards in program's first month X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana clinic opens in Cape Girardeau;  One-time fee of $149 gets patients access to dope +
          CDT:  MU concealed-carry trial on for August X
          SNL:  Proposed hog-hunting ban prompts 1,000 comments X
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Roy Blunt so nonchalant about cyber threats and 2020 election security? X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's new rule on reporting Legionnaire's disease gets it exactly right X
          KWMU's Corinne Ruff:  Medical marijuana industry biased against blacks;  Blind application process based on merit, qualifications is unfair
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman wants Blunt and Hawley to support Democratic bills on election security X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says Hawley ignores China's value to martial arts history, says senator sounds like a "beer-chugging, gun-toting redneck" X
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        Monday, July 29, 2019
       
KWMU:  Why FEMA buys flood-prone property in Missouri and what becomes of it
          Missourinet:  Parson and Cleaver to meet to discuss Missouri flooding and infrastructure issues
          KC Star:  DEA report shows Missouri drug overdose deaths increasing X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt on attempting to stymie St. Louis City crime;  Panel of Jeff Roorda, Casey Wheat, St. Louis County Police Association's Joe Patterson, Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talk urban crime, Medicaid enrollment, Blunt's win on transportation funding, more
          KWMU:  Union vs. union skirmish involves giant inflatable rat, other intellectual appeals
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Business reporters David Nicklaus, Jim Gallagher discuss Missouri's special taxing districts lack of transparency X
          Missourinet:  Missouri will become third state to force insurers to cover therapies for disabled kids
          P-D:  Missouri health officials increase urgency in reporting Legionnaire's disease X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri law says fake meat should be labeled. How is that a free speech issue? X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  New CAFO law 'a tale told by an idiot'
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  State officials mishandled ambulance district tax X
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        Sunday, July 28, 2019
       
KWMU:  Creighton University survey:  Majority of rural bank presidents in Missouri, other states still support Trump tariffs
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri region receives 152 million opioid pills;  Cape, Butler and Scott counties receive more than half of them +
          Washington Missourian:  Opiate prescriptions high in Franklin County X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Lyndall Fraker leads Missouri's medical marijuana program X
          SNL:  ACLU may terminate ballot referendum effort, downshift ambitions to "voter registration" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Rocheport bridge funding signals a big boost for transportation X
          Waters:  The road to a settled abortion law:  Missouri lawmakers should stop being so recalcitrant X
          SNL op-ed:  Planned Parenthood/NARAL/SEIU et al.:  Ashcroft wrong to block pro-choice referendum X
          SNL letters:  Jamestown farmer responds to anti-CAFO letter;  Springfield woman thinks attempting "everything in her power" will expand Medicaid X
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        Saturday, July 27, 2019
       
Missourinet:  President Trump signs Hawley's bill aimed at addressing police officer suicides
          KC Star:  Blunt explains advancements in election security;  Cleaver unconvinced, says thinking about Russians bots "actually hurts me" X
          Joplin Globe:  Blunt tours expanded Access Family Care Center;  CEO praises senator's support of community health centers X
          AP:  Tornado and flood repairs to Missouri government buildings could cost almost $13 million
          JCNT:  Missouri State Penitentiary tornado damage repairs may cost $9.4 million X
          Columbia Missourian:  FEMA and SEMA offer free legal assistance to Boone County residents affected by weather events
          KWMU:  Dept. of Defense report:  On-base housing complaints down at Fort Leonard Wood
          AP:  Jason Kander talks PTSD, philanthropy
          KC Star's "Deep Background" podcast:  Reporter Jason Hancock summarizes ongoing campaign against former Gov. Eric Greitens staffers' use of Confide app in 2017 X
          KWMU:  Cora Faith Walker departs Missouri House to join St. Louis County government
          AP:  Bruce Franks promotional video to air on MTV this fall
          KWMU:  Missouri drug deaths increase as national numbers fall for the first time in decades
          AP:  Ameren scraps planned wind farm in northwest Missouri
          KWMU:  West Lake Landfill activists' latest demand:  Taxpayer-funded "relocation" payouts
          Joplin Globe editorial:  New League of Women Voters chapter will fuel more engaged voters X
          Messenger:  Millions in tax credits awarded to National Guard nonprofit tied to top general's son X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Parson and state legislators are right - Mid-August school return shortens family time, fun X
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        Friday, July 26, 2019
       
KCUR:  Illegal alien, successfully captured in Kansas City by ICE agents, deported to Mexico for second time
          KC Star:  ICE confirms that illegal alien sent back to where he came from X
          KWMU:  Missouri works for better census participation in 2020
          CDT:  After Hawley critique, Webster University defends Confucius Institute X
          Missourinet:  Independent candidate hopes to run against Vicky Hartzler;  35-year-old complains about two-party system, proposes saving Social Security via hemp taxes, etc.
          AP:  ACLU seeks to pressure Ashcroft to process abortion petition
          KCUR:  Despite pending deal, Missouri and Kansas may not be done with border war
          JCNT:  Col. Levon Cumpton named Missouri's senior military officer X
          Missourinet:  Iraq war veteran, Purple Heart recipient to take over Missouri National Guard
          AP:  Parson names Lt. Col. Levon Cumpton as new adjutant general
          JCNT:  Parson reminds agencies, companies to give fair shake to veterans X
          P-D:  Some minorities push for special advantages in Missouri's marijuana license application process;  Activists want state to handicap white male business owners in selection process X
          SNL:  Area liberal group teams up with Planned Parenthood, Jobs With Justice, et al. to gather signatures for Medicaid expansion ballot issue X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Doug Clemens (D-St. Ann) talks about Medicaid enrollment, West Lake landfill, abortion legislation, more
          KC Star:  Speaker Elijah Haahr entertains Democratic demands for legislative investigation into Medicaid enrollment drop X
          Missourinet:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) addresses Democrats' hysteria over Medicaid, attempts to persuade via logic and numbers
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Clean Missouri cleaned up unclean practices in Jefferson City X
          KC Star editorial:  New effort aims to reduce violent crime in Kansas City. Will this one move the needle? X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man wonders why Post-Dispatch calls for North St. Louis City "investments" but doesn't contribute itself X
          P-D letter:  Oakville woman wonders why Post-Dispatch doesn't tell the real story on Ferguson anniversary:  A violent thief attacked a store owner and a police officer X
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        Thursday, July 25, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Hawley calls for MU to cut ties with Confucius Institute over Chinese espionage
          CDT:  Hawley asks University of Missouri to 'reconsider' ties to Confucius Institute X
          Missourinet:  Vicky Hartzler says new I-70 Rocheport bridge is critical for travelers and truckers
          Missourinet:  FEMA says payouts to central Missouri tornado victims average $4,000 to $5,000
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Parson's new flood advisory task force isn't just for Missouri
          P-D:  Greg Robb, hired to oversee revamp of state government operations, swaps high-paying corporate job for state salary X
          Missourinet:  Missouri to get new leader of National Guard today
          SE Missourian:  REAL ID still raising confusion +
          SNL:  Here are Missouri's most popular specialty license plates:  God Bless America, Don't Tread on Me, St. Louis Cardinals, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  Wildlife officials from Missouri, other Midwest states gather to discuss chronic wasting disease
          P-D:  Missouri to offer very limited elk hunt next year X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County residents complain about "racial profiling" at public hearing
          KC Star editorial:  ICE agents broke the rules when capturing fugitive X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's forgotten drug scourge:  Methamphetamines X
          P-D op-ed:  East Coast law professor:  Josh Hawley wrong on social media fixes X
          JCNT op-ed:  Cole County Democratic Central Committee's Joshua Dunne:  Medicaid expansion would be good for Missouri X
          CDT op-ed:  Gatehouse Media Regional Editor Allen Fennewald:  Our newspapers are keeping paywalls, for better or for worse X
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women septuagenarian says Missourians disagree with Jay Ashcroft on abortion referendum, cites "polling" X
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        Wednesday, July 24, 2019
       
P-D:  Proposed tweak of Missouri Constitution could put immigration in spotlight in 2020;  Comments from John Loudon X
          KC Star:  Illegal-immigration activists rally in KC;  ICE agents successfully captured fugitive who had been twice deported X
          AP's Margaret Stafford:  Illegal immigrant successfully detained in Kansas City;  Comments from "Rep. Emmanuel [sic] Cleaver"
          Missourinet:  Northwest Missouri begins removing sandbags there to battle flooding
          JCNT:  U.S. Corps of Engineers meets with Callaway County entities over flooding concerns X 
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri River bridge replacement near Rocheport will move forward
          CDT:  State looks for funds to cover bridge shortfall X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Branson mayor, fire chief talk duck boat tragedy and community healing
          KWMU:  Bruce Franks, still on state payroll, says he's leaving Missouri for parts unknown;  Plans include looking for work while honing battle-rap skills
          AP:  Two months after announcing resignation, Franks submits paperwork
          SNL:  Former Branson Mayor Karen Best announces statehouse run;  Incumbent Rep. Jeff Justus (R-Branson) is term-limited X
          Missourinet:  2020 legislative preview:  PDMP, Grain Belt Express, sports wagering, film tax credits, B-corp designations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Politicians talk opioid monitoring program at summit X
          KC Star:  Local school districts will adapt to later start date in 2020 X
          P-D:  New members bring fresh thinking, leadership to MO Healthnet Oversight Committee X
          Joplin Globe:  Close encounters:  Missouri's black bear population has nearly doubled X
          KWMU:  House committee to hold local hearing on "racial profiling"
          P-D editorial:  Mallinckrodt to blame for opioid addiction X
          JCNT editorial:  Clean Missouri gift cap working as promised X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  McCaskill, other Medicare Advantage critics complain about local company's billing practices
          P-D letter:  Missouri Faith Voices endorses Galloway's audit of Parson, encourages voters to oust governor X
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        Tuesday, July 23, 2019
       
KC Star:  ICE agents successfully capture illegal alien;  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) finds situation "very concerning" X
          CDT:  Missouri lands federal grant for Rocheport bridge X
          AP:  Feds grant state $81 million for Missouri River bridge
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets $81 million grant, avoiding lengthy I-70 backups
          JCNT:  Federal funding approved to replace I-70 bridge at Rocheport X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan):  8-hour backups on I-70 Rocheport bridge would have had "astronomical costs"
          Joplin Globe:  Bridges a big target for new MoDOT District Engineer Steve Campbell X
          AP:  New flooding concerns in Missouri after latest rain
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Recap of national women's political meeting in St. Louis
          P-D:  Local video-game business begins making political contributions X
          SNL:  Who will be Missouri's 'blind scorer' for medical marijuana licenses? X
          Missourinet:  Missouri unclaimed property helps to pay $2 billion in overdue child support
          AP:  Nearly 90k children, 23k adults progress off Medicaid roles;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) displeased over drop in government dependency
          KC Star:  Quade alarmed by drop in number of Missourians relying on Medicaid X
          Missourinet:  Missouri finds about 1,000 missing sex offenders - a 21% decline from 2018 probe
          P-D:  St. Louis City improves sex offender tracking, Galloway report shows X
          SNL:  At least 16 counties now oppose hog-hunting ban X
          KWMU:  Missouri's black bear population is rising and wandering to more parts of the state
          CDT:  Data shows millions of painkillers delivered to central Missouri counties X
          JCNT editorial:  Local entities should take a cautious approach to state's legalization of medical marijuana X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Parson's veto won't end motorcycle helmet fight X
          KC Star editorial:  Opaque law shouldn't be written to benefit one company, even if it's Burns & McDonnell X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood sexagenarian wants Ann Wagner to disavow President Trump X
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        Monday, July 22, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis City plans street improvements near new NGA site
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jack Cardetti, MO Dems Executive Director Lauren Gepford, David Barklage, Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) discuss Parson vs. Galloway, criminal justice legislation, and Bayer's expansion in Missouri;  Gepford states that Gov. Mike Parson failed to show up for Bayer jobs expansion announcement (3:00)
          Six Days Ago:  Missourinet:  Parson hosts Bayer jobs expansion announcement
          CDT:  Jason Davidson (R) running to replace term-limited Rep. Dave Muntzel (R-Boonville) X
          Missourinet:  DED Director Rob Dixon optimistic about General Motors expansion in Wentzville
          JCNT:  Missouri's low unemployment, high job growth create hiring challenges for businesses X
          P-D:  Cannabis-derived CBD shops are turning up all over St. Louis, as laws, science try to catch up X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Treatment vs. imprisonment:  Bill brings focus to veterans courts in Missouri X
          CDT:  Consent decree would set rules for public defenders X
          P-D editorial:  With school-calendar change, tourism trumped education in Missouri X
          Forbes op-ed:  Missouri State University President Emeritus Michael Nietzel:  Josh Hawley's very bad higher education bills
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Burns & McDonnell's use of longstanding Missouri tax credit is unfair - and Gov. Parson should spend more time answering my questions X
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        Sunday, July 21, 2019
       
SNL:  Following tragedy in Branson, future of duck boat rides in Missouri uncertain X
          SNL:  Duck boat tours still operate in U.S. after Branson tragedy X
          Joplin Globe:  Opponents of new Missouri abortion law ready to launch petition drive X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee to explore local taxation policies
          SE Missourian:  Cape, Jackson face school-calendar changes, result of new state law +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri law stymies collection of traffic fines X
          KC Star:  Dentists prescribing opioids:  Missouri limits dosage, type X
          JCNT:  Gun-control advocates seek more restrictions, paperwork X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver, Mr. Civility, explodes X
          SNL op-ed:  CAFO law unfair;  Missourians should cancel Farm Bureau insurance X
          SNL letter:  Cape Fair octogenarian warns Missourians of impending otter crisis X
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        Saturday, July 20, 2019
       
AP:  Blunt urges federal agencies to wrap up duck boat probe
          KC Star:  Republican Jewish Coalition praises Josh Hawley:  "Not only are you a mensch, but you are an aspiring Zionist!" X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  FEMA encourages citizens to seek additional help X
          P-D:  Parting shots:  in Facebook post, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) gives middle-finger emoji to "white progressives," "the media," "politicians and political insiders," others conspiring against him X
          Joplin Globe:  Leaders of new League of Women Voters chapter say top priority is fighting GOP legislation on Clean Missouri X
          AP:  Parson's trip from Columbia to Kansas City cut short due to plane issues
          Columbia Missourian:  Governor's plane forced to return to Columbia after takeoff
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Drew Juden defends tenure in DPS draft audits
          AP:  Missouri officials announce increase in college scholarships
          JCNT editorial:  Parson tackles health care costs X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says Post-Dispatch's anti-Trump editorial should have included coal ash complaints X
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        Friday, July 19, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt wants USMCA passed
          KC Star:  USDA pledges to grow research;  Democratic senators continue to complain about jobs moving to Kansas City X
          Brownfield Ag News:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick launches LIFT program to help disaster recovery
          Missourinet:  New Missouri loan program aims to give a lift to farmers, businesses with disaster losses
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick announces natural disaster business loan program X
          KWMU:  New loan program to help farmers and small business owners recover after damaging spring
          AP:  New Missouri program offers loans for disaster recovery
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Date discrepancy frustrates those seeking flood help X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson establishes flood recovery advisory group
          P-D:  MoDOT says flood repair costs haven't affected other road projects X
          P-D:  2020 gov challenger Nicole Galloway blasts Gov. Mike Parson for his spending during time as lieutenant governor;  Current gov was reimbursed for mileage to Chiefs game and Branson theater opening X
          SNL:  Galloway goes after 2020 opponent Mike Parson for 'questionable' spending as lt. gov. X
          AP:  Galloway slams Parson for travel, expenses
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) on economic development legislation, pushback from some GOP lawmakers, 2020 priorities, low-income housing tax credits, more
          KCUR:  How Missouri Republicans took ownership of - and action on - the criminal justice issue
          Missourinet:  Two northwest Missouri prisons officially consolidated
          P-D:  Ashcroft's office opens investigation into marijuana company seeking "investments" from residents X
          Missourinet:  DHSS:  Extreme heat especially dangerous for Missouri's elderly and young children
          Columbia Missourian:  Public share concerns about traffic, cost and environment at I-70 bridge repair meeting
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's GOP congressional delegation must denounce Trump's racist tweets X
          KCUR's Luke X. Martin:  President Trump's tweets are racist, and are scaring Kansas City minorities
          P-D letter:  Eureka woman says EPA money should be spent on community gardens, thinks poor people would prefer vegetables over junk food X
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        Thursday, July 18, 2019
       
KC Star:  After fight over Trump tweets, Cleaver struggles with civility in 'post-truth era' X
          KWMU:  With eye on 2020 and abortion laws, feminists from around the country convene in St. Louis
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Feminist author promotes book tour, chats with producer Evie Hemphill about perceived sexism, "microaggressions," etc.
          Missourinet:  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg makes campaign stop in Kansas City
          JCNT:  Stakeholders seek Missouri River study X
          CDT:  Democrat Kip Kendrick will not challenge Caleb Rowden in 19th District X
          SE Missourian:  Former Cape councilman John Voss to run for House seat, setting up primary against Wayne Wallingford +
          JCNT:  Parson establishes task force to innovate health care X
          AP:  Parson creates task force on Obamacare waiver
          Missourinet:  Parson creates health care task force
          KC Star:  Missouri officials had "meet-and-greet" discussions with FBI about medical marijuana program and contracting X
          P-D:  State officials provided FBI an educational program on state purchasing processes X
          KC Star:  New opioid fraud law includes exception for those seeking paper prescriptions X
          KWMU:  As anti-vax movement grows in Missouri, families with sick children fear for their lives
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit finds northwest Missouri bookkeeper used embezzled money on cruises, credit cards
          Missourinet:  MoDOT prepares for major backups when I-70 Rocheport work begins
          KC Star editorial:  Cleaver spoke for us with gavel drop amid Trump debate:  'I'm through with this mess' X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Congress should follow Roy Blunt's lead on mental health X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri helmet law survives on a technicality. Advocates must be ready to defend it again. X
          JCNT editorial:  Settlement on medication would protect foster children X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State should address certified nursing assistant shortage X
          P-D op-ed:  Blake Ashby:  DOJ must live up to its agreement with Ferguson X
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        Wednesday, July 17, 2019
       
Business Insider:  'I abandon the chair':  Emanuel Cleaver, presiding over the House, got sick of partisan fighting and dropped the gavel
          Missourinet:  Cleaver on partisan escalation:  'We just want to fight. I abandon the chair.'
          Washington Examiner:  Video:  Cleaver drops his gavel and 'abondons the chair' after Pelosi attacks Trump
          KC Star:  Fewer than half of USDA workers will follow agency to Kansas City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler advocates for more Missouri counties to receive disaster aid
          Missourinet:  Missouris requests federal disaster declaration to include additional counties
          KWMU:  FBI hopes event in St. Louis will encourage more women to join the Bureau
          KWMU:  Stenger campaign donor pleads guilty in corruption case
          P-D:  Stenger crony John Rallo pleads guilty to fraud related to pay-to-play scheme X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Gamble & Schlemeier's David Jackson, UMSL prof Anita Manion talk lobbyist spending limits
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jaclyn Driscoll hired as new Missouri statehouse reporter
          Brownfield Ag News:  Bayer announces move to St. Louis
          Missourinet:  Parson praises Bayer's decision to bring 500 new jobs to Missouri
          P-D:  Bayer to shift 500 jobs from North Carolina to Creve Coeur;  Comments from Gov. Parson, DED's Rob Dixon X
          JCNT:  Parson, Dixon say whole state benefits from Bayer jobs announcement X
          KWMU:  Bayer to add 500 jobs to Creve Coeur
          AP:  Bayer to move 500 jobs from North Carolina to St. Louis
          KC Star:  Most people hoping to peddle medical marijuana around KC will not be awarded licenses X
          SNL:  Newer cars will get break on inspections X
          SNL:  Missouri schools to start later - but what about spring break? X
          JCNT:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) supports family's Fulton Public Schools lawsuit X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Planned wind project gains boost from supporters X
          JCNT editorial:  Dept. of Revenue's tax refund delays unacceptable X
          P-D editorial:  Unregulated, untaxed video gambling is a clear violation of Missouri law, and should be treated that way X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Trump's tweet regarding minority congresswomen was racist X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants GOP lawmakers to denounce Trump, calls them 'cowards' X
          P-D letter:  Labadie environmental activist wants Ameren to dig up coal ash and haul it to new location X
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        Tuesday, July 16, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt:  Trump best served by focusing on policies, not personalities X
          SNL:  ICE offices coming to west Springfield;  Building will feature workspaces for agents, space for processing illegals X
          SE Missourian:  Flood of 2019 sets record for duration +
          Joplin Globe:  FEMA responds to Jasper County after disaster declaration X
          KWMU:  Kander to lead expansion for group trying to end veterans homelessness
          KC Star:  Kander to lead expansion for KC group combating veterans' homelessness X
          P-D:  Stenger crony John Rallo to plead guilty to criminal charges X
          Columbia Missourian's Lauren Tronstad:  Democrat Jacque Sample to run for state rep, hopes to challenge "Rep. Cheri Reich [sic]"
          KC Star:  Missouri one of few states in nation making sure kids get needed disability therapy X
          Missourinet:  'Hailey's Law' to become law in Missouri
          CDT:  Farm technology touted at legislative hearing X
          SNL:  Tough new poaching law goes into effect in August X
          SNL:  Missouri's feral hog population out of control X
          P-D:  State gambling regulators say slot machines spreading across Missouri are illegal X
          P-D:  Lawsuit claiming Missouri officials overused psychotropic drugs on foster children has been settled X
          AP:  Missouri works to settle lawsuit on medicine for foster kids
          P-D:  Fee for Missouri driver's license annual registration increases to $6 X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Way to aim high, Missouri - pushing back school start date ironic X
          P-D editorial:  Trump's racist rant crosses a new line;  Missouri GOP delegation predictably silent X
          KC Star's Jonathan Shorman:  Trump's tweet was racist, but Missouri GOP delegation won't condemn X
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        Monday, July 15, 2019
       
P-D:  FEMA offers aid door to door in flood-affected St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike counties X
          Washington Missourian:  County exec says Parson's office indicates "no chance" of new veterans homes being built anywhere in the state X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson signs legislation sponsored by local lawmakers:  certified teacher externships, legal discovery process X
          JCNT:  Bondsmen object to new pre-trial release rules, procedures creating them X
          Missourinet:  Outdoor cremation bill vetoed by Parson
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New low-flow shower system could save state prisons $62 million;  Inmates currently manipulate showers to run all day X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jobs bill could have positive impact, needs keen oversight X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State lawmakers should ban use of Confide, other message-destroying apps X
          Messenger:  Missouri judge declares open season on the destruction of public documents X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman wants Sam Graves to push for more spending on "green infrastructure" X
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        Sunday, July 14, 2019
       
JCNT:  Deadline for most federal disaster assistance programs is Sept. 9 X
          SNL:  Marshfield woman stopped working for federal disaster relief agency, but kept collecting checks X
          KC Star:  Should duck boats return to Branson? A year after 17 died, a divided community grieves X
          CDT:  A half-century later, Vietnam protestors and student leaders return to campus;  Septuagenarians swap tales of hippies as human speed bumps, other counterculture antics X
          SNL:  Helmet law repeal nixed by Parson's veto X
          JCNT:  Missouri's Insurance Department concerned about earthquake coverage X
          JCNT:  Earthquake insurance questions remind Missourians to prepare X
          CDT:  University of Missouri Sunshine Law practices go on trial X
          P-D:  Missouri American Water makes headway in replacing lead service lines;  Comments from spokesman Brian Russell, others X
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary series:  Five years after Michael Brown attacked Officer Darren Wilson, challenges remain X
          CDT:  Agriculture community rallies around feral hog eradication X
          CDT:  Missouri Chamber hosts Women in Leadership conference;  Gals gather in Jefferson City to hear speeches on "pay equity," more X
          JCNT editorial:  Criminal justice overhaul benefits state X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Ahead of ICE raids, many illegals in Kansas City go into hiding X
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        Saturday, July 13, 2019
       
Salon:  Lacy Clay says Ocasio-Cortez should stop playing 'race card' against Pelosi
          AP:  Lacy Clay wants feds to grant citizen status to Honduran illegal
          P-D:  Clay files bill to free illegal immigrant;  Department of Homeland Security wants alien deported X
          Columbia Missourian's Galen Bacharier:  Liberal groups organize protest against alien-detention camps;  Speakers urge calls to offices of Blunt, Hawley, "Vickey [sic] Hartzler"
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court may have dealt big blow to bid to overturn 8-week abortion ban
          AP:  ACLU:  Timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court denies ACLU request to rush approval of abortion ban referendum X
          SE Missourian:  Saint Francis to forbid physicians from medical marijuana certification;  SoutheastHEALTH 'exploring' subject +
          Missourinet:  Missouri motorcycle helmet repeal bill vetoed
          KWMU:  Effort to repeal Missouri's mandatory bicycle helmet law fails after Parson's veto
          AP:  Parson blocks repeal of motorcycle helmet law
          P-D:  Parson vetoes motorcycle helmet law bill X
          Missourinet:  Red light given to bill that would let drivers turn left on red;  Parson objects to piece involving fines and license revocations
          Missourinet:  New law to strip licenses of drivers for striking a road worker in construction zones
          SNL:  Parson signs 'Hailey's Law' to bolster Amber Alert system X
          KWMU:  Parson signs law to improve missing children alert system
          Missourinet:  Missouri's in-home day cares will have new capacity restrictions
          KC Star:  Missouri's 'Jedi Disposal Act' goes up in flames with Parson's veto X
          P-D:  'Viking funerals' idea buried by Parson X
          KC Star:  Before property assessments soared in Jackson County, state declared them too low X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT changes course on center junction closure +
          SNL:  Three counties so far oppose ban on hog hunting in Mark Twain Forest X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley bill to prevent police suicides will support those who protect and serve us X
          KC Star op-ed:  Michael Ryan:  Pro-life activists should embrace a public referendum on Missouri abortion law X
          P-D letters:  Breckenridge Hills man wants to pay higher taxes, urges voters to turn Missouri into "a progressive state" X
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        Friday, July 12, 2019
       
The Hill:  Lacy Clay unloads on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'using the race card'
          Politico:  Lacy Clay blasts Ocasio-Cortez caterwauling:  "What a weak argument"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley scrutinizes Silicon Valley for 'child exploitation' X
          KC Star:  Hawley bill to prevent police suicides heads to Trump's desk after House passage X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  U.S. House panel hears Missouri perspectives on flood control X
          SE Missourian:  FEMA awards funds to county for food, shelter after flooding +
          SNL:  Nearly a year after duck boat tragedy, healing continues X
          AP:  Investigation involving St. Louis City prosecutor is ongoing
          KWMU:  Kim Gardner defends conduct in case against Greitens
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) talks with Rosenbaum about bridge bonding plan, autism legislation, school start date, mid-Missouri's GOP shift, more
          JCNT:  ACLU asks Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments in abortion referendum case X
          KCUR:  Lobbyist-spending limits hamper lawmaker education;  Missouri Biotechnology Association's Kelly Gillespie explains negative effects
          AP:  Parson signs bill pushing back school start date
          P-D:  In bid for more tourism, Missouri schools set to start later in the summer in 2020 X
          KC Star:  State auditor criticizes Parson's signing of contracting bill;  Comments from Galloway spokesman Scott Hogste X
          P-D:  With new law, Parson declares not just any bourbon can be called 'Missouri bourbon' X
          Washington Missourian:  Capping coal ash ponds safest option for Franklin County;  Activists prefer 35-year/$3 billion plan to dig up waste and transport it across Missouri roads X
          SNL:  As black bears return to Missouri, Dept. of Conservation offers info X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  League of Women Voters seasoned citizens discuss women's suffrage, etc.
          KC Star editorial:  If lawsuit destroys Obamacare, Missourians who lose coverage have Josh Hawley to thank X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  On Missouri hunting and fishing fees, poaching restitution X
          KC Star op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Gov. Mike Parson fails to root out dark money in Jefferson City X
          Messenger:  Amid turbulent political times, criminal justice overhaul forges common ground X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman claims Blunt/Hawley/Wagner position on illegal aliens is forcing her to lose sleep, spend witching hours "seething" X
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        Thursday, July 11, 2019
       
AP:  Missouri officials say flood damage to roads more than $29 million
          P-D:  Residents in 20 Missouri counties eligible for flood assistance programs X
          JCNT:  Callaway County may gets second chance at FEMA assistance X
          Missourinet:  Insured losses from Missouri's May tornadoes expected to reach at least $139 million
          SE Missourian:  State data shows local medical marijuana applications +
          Missourinet:  Parson signs GM bill in hopes of clinching major Missouri expansion
          AP:  Parson signs GM tax break bill
          Missourinet:  Parson signs bill to create veterans treatment courts in Missouri
          JCNT:  Parson signs several lawsuit, court overhaul, and business-related bills X
          AP:  Fewer vehicles will need inspections under new Missouri law
          P-D:  More than one million Missouri cars soon to be exempt from inspections X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs bill helping Missouri victims with potential lease problems
          Washington Missourian:  Governor signs "Lyndon's Law," inspired by New Haven resident
          P-D:  Missouri's second big bike trail gets boost, but not with tax dollars X
          P-D:  After 22-year run, end is near for one Missouri prison X
          SNL:  Ripley agrees to settle most duck boat lawsuits X
          KC Star:  Duck boat owner reaches settlements over Branson disaster that killed 17 last summer X
          SNL:  Missouri landowner backs feral hog eradication plan X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hawley, Arizona governor right to condemn Nike and Colin Kaepernick;  Malcontent has-been "should move to another country" X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State shouldn't mandate school-start dates X
          P-D editorial:  Jailing defendants for poverty will soon be illegal in Missouri. It's far past time. X
          KC Star sports columnist Pete Grathoff:  Legislature's resolution praising Chiefs a silly idea X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Local Missouri Right to Life member applauds pro-life legislation X
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        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri farmer Adam Jones, Illinois mayor/pro wrestling promoter Herb Simmons offer updates, perspectives on flooding
          KWMU:  President Donald Trump approves disaster aid for Missouri residents hit by flooding and tornadoes
          Missourinet:  Federal disaster declaration granted for 20 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Emergency work to begin soon on two heavily-damaged Missouri levees
          Missourinet:  Hawley to YouTube:  "Stop recommending videos of kids to pedophiles"
          KC Star:  KC homicide detective investigating why veteran died after VA police confrontation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area man hopes to fill Dem ballot slot against Graves for second time;  Henry Martin calls district "winnable" after 30-point drubbing X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Event promo for "racial equity" discussion:  FOCUS St. Louis' Wally Siewert, others
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, DSS announce system to divert deadbeats' unclaimed property toward child support payments
          KC Star:  Woman at DMV in Kansas City began shooting because line was too slow, police say X
          AP:  Missouri report warns of earthquake insurance collapse
          JCNT:  Parson signs numerous bills X
          AP:  Missouri law could spring hundreds from jail
          Missourinet:  Parson signs 'debtor's prisons' bill
          P-D:  Missouri outlaws jail debt turning into jail time, following action by Gov. Mike Parson X
          AP:  Parson signs law to excuse people age 75 and older from jury duty
          SNL:  Retired patrolman warns Missouri educators about medical marijuana X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County group divided over CAFO issue X
          SNL:  Springfield NAACP takes aim at Springfield Public Schools, solicits stories of perceived racism for August complaint session X
          P-D editorial:  A court sees through Missouri abortion 'emergency.' Now it's up to the voters. X
          KC Star editorial:  A Missouri judge just gave the OK for more secrecy, corruption in state government X
          KC Star editorial:  From beyond the political grave, Eric Greitens is still hurting Missouri X
          Messenger:  Amid investigation into 'electronic devices,' Missouri general seeks quick exit X
          P-D op-ed:  East Coast law prof:  Hawley's approach the wrong way to fix social media X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man wants Hawley to apologize to Nike, stop defending racist United States X
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        Tuesday, July 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Damage inspections underway in flood-affected areas around St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Emergency work to begin soon on two heavily-damaged Missouri levees
          SE Missourian:  River falls below 40 feet;  Illinois highways still weeks away from reopening +
          KCUR/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Michelle Tyrene Johnson:  Kansas City LGBTQIA* activist touts transition from "uppity gay white boy" to "very sexy Latina woman"
          KWMU:  Referendum aimed at overturning 8-week abortion ban can move forward
          Missourinet:  Missouri court sides with ACLU in abortion-referendum suit
          AP:  ACLU effort to put abortion ban to vote can proceed
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Dem AG candidate's lawsuit against Parson, says stunt exemplifies "threadbare, speculative and conjectural allegations of conspiracy" X
          KC Star:  Former Gov. Greitens' use of Confide didn't violate Sunshine Law, judge says X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana licenses sought for nearly 20 southwest Missouri locations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters):  Online map highlights Missouri's high number of taxing districts
          KCUR:  Promising better service to residents, Missouri's government fast-tracks manager training
          Missourinet:  Hundreds on waiting list to get into a Missouri veterans home
          CDT:  CAFO lawsuit on hold while Missouri Supreme Court hears similar case X
          SNL:  House committee discusses civil asset forfeiture, "racial profiling" X
          KWMU:  Missouri hunters could apply for elk hunting permits next year
          P-D:  Urban group handed $400k for "gun violence prevention" spending;  St. Louis City on pace to match last year's homicide tally X
          KWMU:  Better Family Life CEO warns of 'major skid' in region, rakes in another $200k for urban "de-escalation" campaign
          SNL:  Nature Center open house to focus on black bears;  Dept. of Conservation officials to teach tactics for managing conflicts with wild animals X
          KC Star editorial:  Act now to put repeal of Missouri abortion ban on the ballot X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri legislators passed pro-life legislation due to payouts from Missouri Right to Life
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        Monday, July 8, 2019
       
SNL:  Sen. Josh Hawley is taking on tech giants like Facebook and Google;  What you need to know X
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer praises Trump on foreign relations, says president is a "master at keeping the dialogue moving"
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets federal grant to retain nursing assistants at veterans homes
          SNL:  Republic hoping feds will fund pedestrian bridge over U.S. 60 X
          Washington Missourian:  EPA to host Sporlan Valve plant meeting X
          KC Star:  Future of Missouri low-income tax credit still in flux X
          P-D food reporter Daniel Neman:  ACLU begins fight against Missouri's abortion ban X
          KOAM (Joplin):  Multiple black bear sightings in area has residents worried;  Missouri Department of Conservation offers tips to stymie thieving animals and stay safe
          P-D:  Deadly turn:  UMSL study show violent crime growing deadlier in St. Louis City X
          P-D op-ed:  University City man with philosophy degree:  Missouri pro-life legislation is wrong - a heartbeat does not make a human X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Local environmental activists:  Lawmakers who support CAFO legislation are hypocrites X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says lawmakers sided with "bankers and agri-business lobbyist" on CAFO legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman recounts story of son's head injury, urges Parson to veto helmet legislation X
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        Sunday, July 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith defends Betsy Ross's legacy in response to attacks from former NFL quarterback
          SNL:  Two area teachers selected for White House tour, training X
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T part of federal government's research effort on roads
          Joplin Globe:  Anti-trafficking group says Missouri is active in prosecuting, convicting trafficking crimes X
          CDT:  Applications show strong competition for medical pot licenses X
          JCNT:  After tornado, Capitol Avenue National Register of Historic Places designation at risk X
          P-D:  Ameren considering options for coal ash ponds;  Removal method demanded by activists could cost ratepayers up to $5 billion X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man dismayed by Post-Dispatch's "increasingly radically partisan" bias X
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian says state's pro-life policies make her "ashamed to be a Missourian" X
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        Saturday, July 6, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  D.C.-based Environmental Working Group unhappy with USDA support for area farmers +
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Local race activists bring slavery-reminder campaign into urban schools, hope anger leads to action on reparations
          Washington Missourian:  'I wanted to pay back the veterans';  Cadets from JROTC programs serve as guardians for veterans on Franklin County Honor Flight Trips, express gratitute and love of country X
          KWMU:  Dispute between USDA and Iron County Medical Center could lead hospital to close
          P-D:  Republican Mitchell Kohlberg, a former campus police officer, says he's running for Scott Sifton's open Senate seat X
          JCNT:  Handful of local medical marijuana applications filed X
          AP:  Ameren says Missouri customers should see slight rate cut
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Hollywood doesn't want to film in pro-life states. More reason to refuse their handouts. +
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        Friday, July 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Soybean CEO Gary Wheeler:  China trade talks a work in progress
          Joplin Globe:  Profile:  Jake Heisten:  Experience working for U.S. Rep. Billy Long, Sen. Gary Nodler prepared new Grow Neosho CEO X
          The Missouri Times:  Fewer initiative petitions filed this year than last;  Ashcroft says it's 'expected'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's legal expense fund report highlights May payments, including multi-million dollar settlement
          Missourinet:  State sues roofing company for fraud
          SNL:  Missouri school safety forum explores medical marijuana, suicide, active shooter issues X
          SNL:  Online petition urges federal, state lawmakers to help free dope producer from jail;  Charles White grew more than 1,000 marjuana plants on Polk County farm X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With the number of homicides in Lacy Clay's district, it's a surprise there's not more demand for gun-control laws X
          KC Star editorial:  As the body count continues to rise, why can't Kansas City write its own gun laws? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT should consider Highway 47 as a relief measure for I-270 X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  After proposing 3 gold bugs, Trump selects a Fed insider from St. Louis X
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        Thursday, July 4, 2019   Happy Independence Day!
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith to present medals to late veteran's family on Fourth of July
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Fair St. Louis and the VP Parade may seem like fun, but they're actually racist
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants Swan's House seat after reaching term limits in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  What are Missouri's fireworks laws?  A look at regulations across the state
          AP:  Missouri closes budget year with most money in a decade
          AP:  More than 500 applicants vie to sell legal pot in Missouri
          SNL:  Rural Ozarks sees 70 weed license applications X
          SNL:  Which Springfield businesses want marijuana licenses? X
          Columbia Missourian:  Businesses seek entry into medical marijuana industry in Missouri
          KC Star:  A look at KC-area marijuana license applicants X
          P-D:  Former beer industry executive Bradford Goette among those seeking marijuana business licenses;  "Relax PAC" gave contributions to 2018 ballot campaigns, candidates X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri releases first prevailing wage rates following 2018 overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  2020 state legislative preview:  Clean Missouri
          P-D:  Democrat Chuck Hatfield, Republican Todd Graves awarded rightful compensation for lawsuit over campaign contribution limits X
          AP:  Settlement negotiations on Missouri meat law falter
          Missourinet:  "The Offsets" destination near Fredericktown remains closed;  owner appeals ruling
          P-D op-ed:  Brain Injury Association of Missouri's Maureen Cunningham:  Motorcycle helmets save lives and prevent brain injuries X
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        Wednesday, July 3, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley takes on Nike after company abandons patriotic shoe design
          Columbia Missourian:  Area liberals rally outside Hartzler's office to complain about illegal-immigrant detention centers;  CoMo for Progress turns out nearly twenty (20) protesters
          KWMU:  Flooding affects Fair St. Louis events
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton declines bid for governor, endorses Nicole Galloway instead
          P-D:  Geri-Rothman Serot dies;  Former wife of Lt. Gov. Ken Rothman (D) lost 1992 U.S. Senate election to Kit Bond X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to conduct DWI enforcement during Fourth of July holiday
          KC Star:  Hearing on Missouri Planned Parenthood's abortion license pushed to October X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood promotes Colleen McNicholas to "chief medical officer," will focuse on "inclusive and specialized care for LGBTQ people"
          SNL:  How to home grow marijuana under Amendment 2 X
          SNL:  What legal weed in Illinois means in Missouri X
          P-D:  Missouri releases names of marijuana-license applicants X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT likely to shut down U.S. 61 for 7 months for overpass project;  Jackson leaders object +
          KSMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation proposes framework for elk-hunting season
          JCNT:  Missouri approved women's right to vote 100 years ago today X
          P-D editorial:  Lacy Clay's bill would restore local power when states strip ability to go after felons with guns X
          JCNT editorial:  To control spending, feds should look to Show-Me State X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  As Missouri implements medical marijuana laws, there should be no rush to legalize recreational use +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley:  Missouri highway funding priorities should include making roads and bridges disaster-ready
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        Tuesday, July 2, 2019
       
Politico:  Josh Hawley:  The Republican lawmaker rattling Silicon Valley
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  20 veterans a day are commiting suicide
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Economy may yet benefit from USDA office move X
          SE Missourian:  A new water mark:  Flood of 2019 to 'easily' set a record for duration +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with Rosenbaum about Parson, avoiding PQs, and Missouri's 2020 elections
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway's soft launch for governor continues with endorsement from Scott Sifton X
          AP:  Creighton survey suggests Midwest economic growth will continue
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Revenue offers online sales tax-finding tool X
          KC Star:  Dad's reaction to state trooper's second appeal in handcuffed drowning:  'Pretty disgusting' X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Medical marijuana issue for doctor, patient X
          P-D op-ed:  Illinois Policy Institute's Brad Weisenstein:  Illinoisans can exercise freedom to choose lower taxes - in Missouri X
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        Monday, July 1, 2019
       
July 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  Army Corps of Engineers pegs costs to restore levee sytem at $1B, for now
          Missourinet:  Missouri enters a new budget year
          Missourinet:  Nucor steel plant will be anchor tenant for Sedalia's new industrial park
          SNL:  A look at what's next for Ozark Mountain State Park X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Kehoe signs executive order creating food and beverage task force
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Feral hogs menacing southern Missouri +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian says state GOP lawmakers to blame for rural hospital closures X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman suggests that "racial profiling" data should explore why scofflaws are pulled over X
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        Sunday, June 30, 2019
       
KC Star:  'Queen of cover-ups':  Head of Kansas City VA hospital has history of withholding info X
          JCNT:  Current flooding similar to 1993, meaning long road ahead X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for the pallid sturgeon fret over national, state flood management policies
          P-D:  Profile:  Show-Me Victories' Mike Kelley X
          Missourinet:  Flags will be at half-staff tomorrow to honor fallen officer;  Michael Langsdorf was shot and killed in Wellston by career criminal Bonette Weeks
          Washington Missourian:  State data shows 22 businesses in Franklin County seek marijuana permits X
          SNL:  On Parson's desk:  pushing back the first day of school X
          CDT:  New bail rules take effect Monday X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The myth of marijuana incarceration;  Popular pothead policy point inaccurate X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri suicide rate is higher than the national average +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  To improve Missouri's overall status, leaders should examine what other states are doing X
          KC Star's Sam Mellinger:  The challenges and potential of legalized sports betting in Missouri X
          Waters:  CAFOs:  Wallowing toward resolution X
          SNL letters:  Alzheimer's-care advocate thanks Billy Long and Blaine Luetkemeyer for funding support;  Springfield septuagenarian mocks Missouri's marijuana "medical" clinics X
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        Saturday, June 29, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Flood, sweat and tears:  Combination of weather, trade disputes have farmers reeling +
          AP:  Lacy Clay introduces gun-control bill
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay says state lawmakers are "being held hostage by the NRA"
          P-D:  Lacy Clay pushes gun-control bill X
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action, others cheer Clay's gun-control proposal
          AP:  After U.S. Supreme Court ruling, states poised to take up fight over partisan gerrymandering
          The Missouri Times:  Dem primary for Greg Razer's seat:  Attorney Drew Rogers enters race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 24, 2019
          JCNT:  Kehoe signs 4 bills into law while acting as governor X
          JCNT:  Kehoe establishes food manufacturing task force X
          AP:  Judge George Draper set to be next Missouri Supreme Court chief justice
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood allowed to continue providing abortions for now, state panel rules
          P-D:  Order allows abortions at Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis until at least August 1 X
          AP:  Order:  Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood clinic
          KWMU:  Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood until at least August
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood in St. Louis granted stay to provide abortions during licensing case X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Matt Sain (D-Kansas City) looks to serve as assistant superminority floor leader
          SNL:  Missouri Conservation Commission tentatively OKs first elk hunts X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Elitist and entitled USDA employees show disdain for heartland X
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        Friday, June 28, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cost from river flooding already tops $1 billion. And that's just for levee damage. X
          JCNT:  Levee breaks in north Jefferson City X
          AP:  Levee breaks near Jefferson City as Missouri River swells
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rosecrans project included in national defense bill X
          KWMU:  Supreme Court redistricting ruling is mixed bag for Missouri critics of gerrymandering
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberals discuss Missouri's new pretrial rules
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio hires Riverfront Times Editor Sarah Fenske as new host of St. Louis on the Air;  Executive Producer Alex Heuer emphasizes that station pushed "diverse" candidates, but ultimately chose competency over race
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway's soft launch for governor begins with demand that Parson combat "dark money" X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Karla May on the push to overhaul Missouri's criminal justice system;  St. Louis City Dem weighs in on abortion legislation, "racial profiling," more
          The Missouri Times:  Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole launches Senate campaign for District 29;  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) is term-limited
          CDT:  Democrat plans to challenge Sara Walsh in 50th District;  Kari Chesney describes herself as "very liberal," supports "Medicare for All" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices will be closed on July 4-5
          KWMU:  With St. Louis abortion clinic's license set to expire, Planned Parenthood seeks extension
          P-D:  Profile:  DHSS Director Randall Williams X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri roughly $3.9 billion under Hancock Amendment limit in 2018
          Missourinet:  Kansas City business leaders hopeful about end to "border war" between Missouri and Kansas
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway urges veto to state's contracting process
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association sues state over access
          SE Missourian:  24 medical marijuana applications filed in 8th Congressional District +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri to start allowing people to apply for medical cannabis X
          SNL:  Mercy 'not recommending' medical marijuana X
          SNL:  Cox 'will not be certifying' for medical pot X
          P-D letter:  Wash U. Med School prof wants St. Louis abortion clinic to stay open X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants GOP state legislators to raise taxes +
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        Thursday, June 27, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri native Seth Appleton confirmed as HUD Assistant Secretary
          KC Star:  Union underboss predicts "catastrophic attrition" from USDA move to Kansas City X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on Capitol Hill to testify against union bill;  U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) gets emotional
          KWMU's Nancy Fowler:  PrideFest promo:  President Donald Trump, state of Missouri still oppressing LGBTQIA* community
          Columbia Missourian:  PrideFest promo:  Drag pageant adds "regent" title to "king" and "queen" for those who identify as "gender-fluid";  "Gayest Pet" competition among highlights
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway gears up for gubernatorial race
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) makes 2020 re-election bid following serious car accident
          JCNT:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association suing state X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS rolls out interactive medical marijuana map
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leans on federal law, not state, for medical marijuana advertising
          P-D:  St. Louis County has second-most marijuana business applications in Missouri X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County health board weighs CAFO regulation X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at Missouri's death penalty laws, history
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reduces number of counties in disease management zone X
          Priddy:  Event promo:  State Historical Society building dedication (889 words)
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        Wednesday, June 26, 2019
       
KC Star:  U.S. House passes budget with no money for USDA move to Kansas City X
          Morning Consult's Eli Yokley:  Gun-control activist Becky Morgan seeks to fill Dem ballot slot for Ann Wagner's 2020 re-election
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Gun control activists promote priorities;  Wash U. prof thanks KWMU for promoting agenda (27:30)
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberal bookstore Left Bank Books' 50-year anniversary:  Reflections on 1969 anti-war movement, LGBTQIA* community, current social justice warrior spirit, more
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for 40th Anniversary of St. Louis PrideFest:  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, others share thoughts on press conference with "Mayor Lyda Krewsom [sic]"
          AP:  Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns
          SNL:  Army Corps of Engineers to open all 10 spillway gates at Table Rock Lake as more water coming from Beaver Lake X
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway set to launch campaign for governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Patty Lewis launches 2020 bid for Greg Razer's open House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Details of second annual Missouri vs. Illinois Bi-State Softball Showdown next month
          The Missouri Times:  Erica Engelby, aide to Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, launches clothing line geared toward conservative women
          The Missouri Times:  Changes to Missouri's fledgling hemp program signed into law
          SNL:  Missouri reveals a bit more about where dispensaries and other marijuana companies will locate X
          P-D:  Missouri, other states adopt "don't ask, don't tell" policy on obtaining seeds for marijuana cultivation X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe signs bill expanding timeframe for museum, cultural district creation
          Joplin Globe:  Arts district amendment signed into law X
          Missourinet:  Schatz talks Rocheport bridge funding, PDMP
          P-D:  License dispute over Missouri's last abortion clinic heads to state commission X
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for 'Wayfair' Internet sales tax
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Giffords Law Center unhappy with Missouri gun regulations X
          SE Missourian:  Russell Bucklew scheduled for execution again;  U.S. Supreme Court denied appeal in April +
          KCUR:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for rapist/murderer Russell Bucklew
          Missourinet:  Missouri murderer scheduled to be executed in October
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's traffic-stop racial disparities suggest much work remains to be done X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Why is Kansas City's ego so fragile? Don't take USDA employees' reaction so personally X
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        Tuesday, June 25, 2019
       
CNN:  Lacy Clay endorses Kamala Harris for president
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture follows EPA, allows for sale of E15 during summer months
          Missourinet:  Kehoe makes state's second request for federal disaster declaration
          AP:  Missouri requests second federal disaster declaration
          KWMU:  St. Louis On the Air preview:  Local gun-control advocates to promote their policies
          The Missouri Times:  In Missouri, jobs continue to grow while wages increase
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe takes over as governor while Parson is on vacation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to leave chamber this summer, will be sworn in as Kansas City councilman August 1
          CDT:  Former GOP legislative aide Carter Ballman sentenced for child porn X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge kicks Planned Parenthood case to Administrative Hearing Commission
          SNL:  Battle over Missouri's lone abortion clinic is heading to a new court this week X
          P-D:  Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep license through Friday as it appeals to state commission X
          KWMU:  Judge sends abortion dispute to state commission
          AP:  Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh says pro-life bill is 'pretty scary'
          Missourinet:  Hyperloop study group considers potential effect of flooding on system
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation scientists fight to save a fish with teeth like an alligator
          JCNT:  7 counties removed from Missouri Department of Conservation's chronic wasting disease management zone X
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Arch City Defenders' "Racial Justice Film Series" highlights how white people and "corporate intenties [sic]" conspire to oppress blacks
          JCNT editorial:  Parson has served Missouri well in his first year X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission makes the right call on wind farm X
          P-D editor's desk:  An apology to our readers for sharing video of dying officer's last minutes X
          Nicklaus:  A rural Missouri hospital has a plan to stay alive, but the federal government is objecting X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury) says Republicans should expand Medicaid X
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        Monday, June 24, 2019
       
CDT:  Missouri River rising again as flooding continues X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with Scott Faughn about working with Parson and Schatz, transportation legislation, next year's gov race, more;  Panel of David Barklage, Angela Bingaman, Willis Jones, and Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talk Galloway/Sifton vs. Parson, Kim Gardner/William Tisaby and Greitens, Dem presidential campaigns' impact on Missouri, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer reflects on first legislative session X