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        Friday, April 17
       
MSNBC:  'Imposter' tax scam worse than ever;  Comments from McCaskill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senators focus on scam with IRS impersonators X
          McClatchy:  McCaskill, others target 'imposter' scam
          KC Star:  U.S. House Dems considering Emanuel Cleaver for a leadership post +
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  McCaskill calls for delay in postal closings
          Kraske:  The Chat:  James Harris on Missouri's role in 2016 national elections;  Vicky Hartzler on the "death tax" +
          Drebes:  SOS changes:  John Scott is Kander's new Deputy Chief of Staff;  Elizabeth Zerr promoted to Legislative Director
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  Annual legislative softball tournament
          KC Star:  Dispute over meaning of Tom Schweich's suicide still a topic among some Missouri Republicans +
          AP:  Monthly survey:  Economy slowing in rural areas of Midwest, Plains
          KC Star:  Missouri moves to tighten welfare rules +
          Missourinet:  Legislature proposes shorter time limit for welfare recipients
          KWMU:  Lawmakers send Nixon bill that cuts welfare lifetime eligibility
          AP:  Missouri OKs 15-month reduction in lifetime welfare benefits
          P-D:  Legislature passes bill shortening time welfare recipients can keep taking benefits
          AP:  Senate roll call vote on welfare
          AP:  House roll call vote on welfare
          Missourinet:  Dempsey pulls support for chamber's budget proposal
          AP:  Missouri Senate leaders oppose lump-sum budget proposal
          Missourinet:  Increase for Missouri's fuel tax for transportation runs out of gas
          AP:  Senate leaders uncertain on Missouri transportation gas tax
          CDT:  Bill would require state schools to post course information X
          AP:  Legislature to find compromise for school transfer bill
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools tries to shed vacant buildings
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers advance more school board election bills X
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves changes to license office bidding
          Missourinet:  Tense debate in Missouri over LGBTQIA rights resumes
          P-D:  PSC sounds open to slight rate cut for Noranda
          Columbia Missourian:  Public incentives, private obligations:  IBM's state money
          KWMU:  Koster:  More needs to be done to stamp out irritating phone calls
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds limits on nuisance lawsuits
          P-D:  Civil rights leader Frankie Freeman gets star of St. Louis Walk of Fame
          KWMU:  Nonagenarian Frankie Freeman gets star on Delmar's Walk of Fame
          KWMU:  Sexagenarian wife of Washington University chancellor talks Joni Mitchell lyrics, thoughts on gun restrictions
          KWMU:  Octogenarian Selma James, other aged feminists visit Ferguson
          KC Star editorial:  Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone;  Republicans cutting handouts too deeply, corporations earning too much money, etc. +
          SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Nixon made zero phone calls from public cellphone in 2014 - which raises more questions than it answers +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Gender pay equity is a topic worth talking about, and Missouri will totally lead the way +
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        Thursday, April 16
       
Mannies:  Missouri's position - and importance - in 2016 presidential contest up for debate
          KWMU:  Koster remains Missouri's fundraising leader, but Blunt close behind
          AP:  Koster leads fundraising for Missouri governor with $3M
          P-D:  A look at Blunt, Kander, Luetkemeyer numbers
          P-D:  Hanaway's decision to pause campaign after Schweich suicide takes a fundraising toll
          The Missouri Times:  Schweich committee returns $480K to donors
          KWMU:  Schweich campaign returns money to major donors, including Danforth
          P-D:  Details of Schweich suicide yield advice for prevention
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe speaks on anti-Schweich radio ad, says he paid for it with his own money +
          AP:  Jeff Roe says he personally paid for anti-Schweich ad
          P-D:  Blunt criticizes Obama decision to take Cuba off state-sponsor-of-terror list
          South Missourian News:  Blunt visits Alton, Mo. school, talks Secure Rural Schools fund
          KWMU:  McCaskill says scammers target seasoned citizens with phone calls
          Drebes:  Kim Tuttle featured in ESPN story on Big 12 basketball tourney
          CBS News:  Claire McCaskill:  Time to reform NCAA basketball
          Kraske:  The Chat:  United States Senator from New Hampshire spends time discussing symbolic gender representation on paper currency;  Nixon on graduation rates +
          KC Star:  Hundreds turn out in KC for a day of '$15 an hour' protests;  Comments from fried-chicken specialist Antoinette Hill, less-than-full UMKC professor Liz Jacquinot +
          KWMU:  St. Louis protesters join national movement for $15 minimum wage;  Comments from renowned Ferguson protester/journeyman hoagie artist Rasheen Aldridge, less-than-full SLU professor Hillary Birdsong
          Helling:  GOP gov candidate field is getting crowded +
          The Missouri Times:  Barklage Cup Final Four:  Vote now for Brian Grace vs. Megan Shackelford, Eric Schmitt vs. Caleb Rowden
          AP:  Liberal group targets Missouri Senate filming policy;  Comments from Progress Missouri's Sean Nicholson, GOP caucus spokeswoman Lauren Hieger
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate faces lawsuit claiming it is violating Sunshine Law +
          AP:  Missouri audit finds schools did not get traffic fine money
          P-D:  Missouri superintendents launch task force to study school accreditation
          AP:  Senate approves student transfer law fix
          P-D:  Former Normandy superintendent Tyrone McNichols takes principal's job at elementary school in Hazelwood
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell remembers former Northeast Missouri State President Charles McClain
          CDT:  Police corner sex offender/parole absconder/failed thief, put him down at MU parking garage +
          KWMU:  Non-discrimination bill gets another hearing in Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers continue to debate non-discrimination act
          JCNT:  LGBTQIA protections divide business interests X
          AP:  Catholic Bishops of Missouri continue to oppose death penalty, ask Nixon and Koster to flip-flop their long-held positions
          KWMU:  Historians bring national conference to St. Louis, hope to 'historicize' Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  No more lame excuses from legislators - it's time to raise the gas tax
          P-D editorial:  From World Series tickets to Ferguson:  The case for police accountability
          P-D op-ed:  Former U.S. Senator/current health care lobbyist Kit Bond (R):  Missouri should choose common-sense solution on Medicaid
          CDT's Waters:  By not expanding Medicaid or giving education more money, Republicans "are digging a dangerous societal hole" X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri bill for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual rights shows changing moral views
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch points fingers at everyone except minorities
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch's obituary-listing prices are racist
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        Wednesday, April 15   Tax Day
       
MSNBC:  Video:  McCaskill says no one 'is more qualified than Hillary' to run for president
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, others request one-year moratorium on postal consolidation efforts +
          KC Star:  Adjunct professors will join fast-food workers today to complain about wages in their chosen professions +
          Politico:  Twitter's most influential journalists:  Dana Loesch #6 most influential on the right
          97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Peter Kinder tells Dana Loesch he's considering run for governor
          KC Star:  Hanaway takes pledge to fight "any and all taxes" if she's governor +
          Missourinet:  Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway is next Missouri auditor
          Missourinet:  Galloway announces she'll run for re-election in '18
          CDT:  Nixon selects Boone County treasurer for state auditor X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to be next Missouri state auditor
          JCNT:  Nixon tabs Boone County treasurer as next auditor X
          KWMU:  Nixon taps Nicole Galloway, 32, to be new state auditor
          P-D:  Nixon picks Boone County treasurer for state auditor job
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon names Nicole Galloway to state auditor post
          Missourinet:  Tom Schweich suicide investigation continues, no motive found
          AP:  Police:  Schweich talked for years about suicide, left no note
          KWMU:  Police say they can't determine why Tom Schweich killed himself
          P-D:  Schweich told family he had thoughts of suicide for years, police say
          KC Star:  Police say Tom Schweich told his wife "I just need to be dead" before shooting himself +
          Shelly:  If Tom Schweich didn't own a gun, maybe he wouldn't have killed himself +
          Drebes:  Brad Thielemier moves on from Missouri State Troopers Association to Three Rivers College
          KWMU:  Missouri may owe federal government $34.8M after Medicaid audit
          The Missouri Times:  Gas tax increase stalls in Senate
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers struggle to find transportation funding
          JCNT:  Senate sends welfare reform measure to House X
          AP:  Senate approves reduced lifetime limit on welfare
          P-D:  Centene hopeful as lawmakers again weigh expansion of Medicaid managed care
          P-D:  Missouri bill would require day cares to disclose if they enroll children without vaccinations
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would require public universities to post more class info online
          The Missouri Times:  PSC indicates support for lowering Noranda's rate
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express project moves forward
          P-D:  Legal advocacy group leads push for municipal court overhaul
          KMIZ:  Dept. of Conservation under fire for having "illegal relationship" with one of its non-profit entities
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of hog farm
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Youth turkey harvest program gives recognition for helping control population of wild animals
          Missourinet:  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) denies clemency for murderer Andre Cole
          P-D:  Normandy man is executed
          KWMU:  Missouri executes Andre Cole;  Pentobarbital works flawlessly
          AP:  Missouri executes murderer after last-minute appeals rejected
          KWMU:  Ferguson protest draws "scant participants" in St. Louis;  Communist Party leader, others speak;  "Legislation got [sic] to change. Laws got [sic] to change."
          P-D:  Photographer wins award for capturing image of Twitter's "@eyeFLOODpanties" (government name Edward Crawford) throwing flaming projectile at police
          KC Star letter:  Shame on pro-marijuana legislators;  Legalization would result in every town behaving like Ferguson protesters +
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        Tuesday, April 14
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill hails Clinton's entry into presidential race - and with Missouri trending Republican, so does the GOP +
          Drebes:  MOScout poll:  GOP statewide primaries
          SNL:  Eric Greitens to be inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame;  Gov candidate joins "Cal Ripkin, [sic] Jr." and others as part of MSU policy conference X
          The Missouri Times:  Barklage Cup Round 3 results - with Elite 8 voting open until House adjourns today
          The Missouri Times:  Petroleum, clerks opposing proposed EPA ozone standards
          P-D:  Audit slams Medicaid program, says Missouri may have to repay more than $34 million
          KWMU:  Activists oppose Senate budget cuts
          P-D:  Advocates for the handicapped, other groups decry proposed budget cuts
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers debate shorter time limits for welfare recipients +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers move to compromise on welfare cuts
          AP:  Missouri Senate amends bill to limit unemployment benefits
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate works on student transfer fix and unemployment compensation bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances bill to fix student transfer law
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) eager to complete work on school transfer bill this week
          AP:  Missouri House OKs broad access to heroin overdose treatment
          AP:  Missouri House approves ending motorcycle helmet requirement
          AP:  Missouri House passes 'Senior Protection Savings Act'
          AP:  Activists says murderer should not be executed;  Andre Cole was unhappy about child support payments, so he stabbed the mother of his children and her lover
          KWMU:  Activists call on Nixon to halt execution, investigate St. Louis County prosecutor's office
          KMOX:  Hazelwood School District Superintendent Grayling Tobias, a member of the Ferguson Commission, takes "medical leave"
          P-D:  Hazelwood School District supe says he's taking "medical leave"
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Senate budget plan a crisis in the making for the poor +
          Washington Post's Greg Sargent:  Liberal columnist says GOP opposition to Obamacare in Missouri, other states is "working brilliantly"
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Meritless lawsuits fuel need for reform +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Brittany Wagner:  Spring into action on school board reform
          KC Star letter:  The Sam Graves/GOP whines about "death tax" have been proven fraudulent +
          SNL letter:  LGBTQIA supporters should channel their energy into supporting "extension of Medicare [sic]" X
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        Monday, April 13
       
AP:  McCaskill:  Hillary Clinton's policy positions "are more in line with what the struggling middle class is interested in"
          P-D:  McCaskill says Clintons get unprecedented scrutiny
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt talks about agriculture, A-10s during Warrensburg visit X
          KWMU:  Tax season is identitity-theft season;  Blunt bill would require businesses to cooperate with government on data-breach cases
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Video:  Fight back against sex trafficking:  Conversation with Rep. Ann Wagner, sex trafficking victim Christine McDonald
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Keaveny talks Senate actions;  David Barklage (R), Dave Spence (R), Jane Dueker (D), Sean Nicholson (D) talk Nixon, MO legislation to date, LGBTQIA rights, more
          KODE (Joplin):  Nixon signs ag bill
          Missourinet:  Audit cools some Missouri lawmakers to gas tax hike idea
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon criticizes GOP's "draconian" cuts;  Trish Vincent pays homage to Spence Jackson +
          CDT:  MO DHSS gives $432,000 grant for respite reinsurance for Alzheimer's caregivers X
          Missourinet:  Debate over changes to Missouri welfare programs continues
          AP:  Republicans look to trim social services spending
          KWMU:  Higher ed group says higher ed funding lacking in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Education majors caught in transition between exit exams and teacher certification +
          P-D:  Legislation would give Missouri Children's Division more power when one child abuses another
          JCNT:  Prosecutors' association takes a deal, compromises with Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) on multi-county jurisdictions X
          Rosenbaum:  With wild election in the books, newly-minted Ferguson council members look to the future
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Wesley Bell talks about winning election in Ferguson, where he was opposed by Organization for Black Struggle/SEIU/ACORN et al.
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt wrong to vote for cybersecurity bill, which would allow more snooping +
          P-D editorial:  Proposed gas-tax increase is too small, but it's a start
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Tax-amnesty bill stinks, but Nixon should still sign it
          JCNT editorial:  Bills from Reps. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) and Bill Lant (R-Pineville) will help prevent child-on-child sexual abuse X
          KC Star op-ed:  Free barbecue at "Good Jobs and $15 for All" rally on Wednesday +
          JCNT letter:  Tell your legislator you don't like "large, corporate, factory farms" X
          KC Star letter:  Grandmothers Against Gun Violence local head "frustrated, incredulous and mad" about Missouri gun legislation +
          P-D letter:  Assault victim Darren Wilson doesn't deserve to be linked to South Carolina shooting
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        Sunday, April 12
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  Iran talks headed 'in a bad direction' X
          KCUR:  Blunt 'optimistic' a multi-year highway bill can pass Congress
          The Examiner:  Blue Springs Chamber members hear federal, state legislative updates;  Blunt on "out of control" regulators, Sheila Solon on patient notification and insurance implications, Mike Cierpiot on transfer law
           P-D:  Memorial service today for Alyson Singfield, outreach director for Lacy Clay
           CDT:  Boone County Republicans gather for Lincoln Day;  Rep. Caleb Jones gives legislative update;  Rep. Caleb Rowden says new pachyderm goal is "to keep Boone County red" X
           Drebes:  Bits:  Black website profiles Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City);  Former senatorial spouse Gina Loudon writes column entitled "Why Do Democrats Hate Veterans?"
           AP:  Speciality, generic drug costs drive Medicaid costs up
           JCNT:  Lawmakers vow to 'fix' superintendents law before it takes real effect X
           JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers could tackle gas tax hike this week X
           KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger on Nixon's signing of ag bills
           JCNT:  Bills would restrict creation of gender-segregated spaces X
           Columbia Missourian:  State legislators, public discuss pilot program for medical marijuana
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf makes effort to add levee repair funds X
           KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers ponder tax that funds Kansas City public transit +
           P-D:  Suit filed to avoid public vote on new stadium
           P-D:  As the job market appears to tighten, wages are rising in St. Louis
           KC Star editorial:  Lobbyist gift limits are just part of needed reform;  Rep. John Rizzo (D) leads the House in gifts/meals, with Brandon Ellington (D) third;  In the Senate, LeVota, Curls and Silvey get honorable mentions +
           Gary Rust:  Which websites you should visit to get a broad view of the news, and which newspapers you should read +
           SE Missourian editor Bob Miller:  More on Nixon's failure-to-communicate issue:  Governor operates in a vault, and only a few people know the combination +
           KC Star letters:  Area councilwoman attempts Bigfoot analogy regarding Legislature and local ordinances;  Man wants to see higher tobacco taxes +
           P-D letter:  Editorial wrongly juxtaposes South Carolina shooting with Michael Brown's savage attack on Darren Wilson
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        Saturday, April 11
       
AP:  Funeral marks Spence Jackson's political passion
          AP:  Missouri health care navigator law pre-empted, court rules
          Missourinet:  Hartzler wants more local control of school lunch
          AP:  North Dakota officials say federal study of Missouri River project has addressed concerns over environmental harm to Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Republicans honor Lt. Bruce Britt at annual event
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles may announce lt. gov bid next quarter
          The Missouri Times:  Barklage Cup Round 2 results
          Kraske:  Ranking recent performances:  Jason Kander's first-quarter numbers look good +
          AP:  Nixon signs bills to help dairy, agriculture
          KOMU:  Farm bills could improve Missouri agriculture
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dairy, omnibus ag bills signed on dairy farm
          Missourinet:  Nixon calls for Missouri lawmakers to stem proposed budget reductions
          AP:  Nixon calls for reversal of proposed budget cuts
          CDT:  UM system president endorses Zweifel's Missouri Promise proposal X
          KOMU:  Tim Wolfe supports Missouri Promise plan;  Fougere says either tobacco tax increase - or legislative action - are viable options
          CDT:  Missouri higher ed figure Charles McClain dead at age 83 X
          CDT:  Rex Sinquefield donates $10 million to MU's College of Arts and Science X
          KOMU:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) responds to critics of school vaccination-information bill
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana bills picking up steam in Missouri House X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Liberal group's report targets food hardships;  Jeanette Mott Oxford talks hunger issues
          KC Star:  Kansas City faces clash with state of Missouri over proposal to raise minimum wage +
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit seeks to block vote on new St. Louis stadium plan
          KWMU:  To vote or not to vote?  Lawsuit seeks clarity on whether city stadium funding will need referendum
          AP:  Suit seeks clarity on funding for St. Louis stadium
          KMZU (Carrollton):  PSC to hold hearing in KC over new Power & Light cost
          KWMU:  Paul McKee leaves city property taxes unpaid;  Developer received go-ahead from DHSS to build small urgent-care center at former Pruitt-Igoe site
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong on tax amnesty, Medicaid expansion, elections/superintendent bill;  Koster joins GOP in being wrong about California egg rule +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Achieving diversity must be a priority for new journalism dean;  Kouichi Shirayanagi says too many faculty editors are white and Christian
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner doesn't want to let IRS do its job
          P-D letter:  Bob Onder is wrong about health insurance subsidies
          KC Star letter:  Veteran supports Silvey's bill to benefit veterans +
          P-D letter:  Death penalty is deserved in Andre Cole's case
          P-D letter:  Article's slant doesn't help municipal court discussion;  Disregard of speed limits isn't always a "minor offense"
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        Friday, April 10  Details on Spence Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill, others demand probe into guest-worker program, American layoffs
          The Hill:  McCaskill, others want probe into abuse of visa program
          CDT:  Hartzler lunches with students, talks with Columbia Public Schools officials about regulations X
          KC Star:  Supreme Court's Obamacare decision could increase premium costs in Missouri +
          P-D:  Missouri among top spenders on hepatitis C drugs
          Kraske:  Darlene Green (D-St. Louis City) on Nixon's short list for auditor appointment +
          CDT:  Webber announces plans to seek Senate seat in 2016 X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) announces state Senate bid
          The Missouri Times:  Event for Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) features Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden
          Drebes:  Springfield News-Leader seeks politics reporter;  Applicants must be willing to deal with politicians, staff, lobbyists and other Capitol urchins in exchange for journalist salary
          JCNT:  Missouri to feds:  Don't redefine 'waters of the U.S.' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Report cites states' success in exports X
          KWMU:  Uncertainty of renewable energy incentives a challenge for Missouri solar companies
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber applauds signing of data-center tax-exemption bill
          AP:  Nixon approves tax incentives for data storage
          AP:  Missouri House endorses tax credit aimed at boosting ports
          AP:  Missouri House sends tax amnesty measure to Nixon
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers send tax amnesty bill to Nixon
          AP:  Missouri House endorses refund application after tax audits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Higher education panel mapping out future X
          The Maneater:  Missouri Students Association president, ASUM-UMKC testify against Haahr's religious-freedom bill
          AP:  GOP says bill passed by House will help put an end to frivolous "discrimination" lawsuits
          AP:  Senate approves resolution asking California lawmakers to change egg rules
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schmitt on munis' taxation by citation +
          P-D:  Moline Acres, Normandy dismissed from Macks Creek suit
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances legislation to boost neighborhood watches
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Andre Cole competent to be executed
          AP:  Court finds Missouri death row inmate competent
          AP:  Two more Missouri cities dropped from traffic fines lawsuit
          JCNT editorial:  Tax amnesty:  Practical, but not principled X
          KC Star editorial:  Reject a mismanaged Medicaid proposal in Missouri;  "Sen. Rob Schaaf, of all people, is right this time" +
          P-D editorial:  Too many black murderers sent to death by white juries
          KC Star letters:  Medicaid expansion;  Woman who chooses to live in Kansas dislikes Mizzou athletics budget;  Seafood industry supports seafood for people on the dole +
          P-D letter:  Stories fitting liberal narrative are all lies:  Rolling Stone's erotic fiction, "Hands Up Don't Shoot" fairy tale, etc.
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        Thursday, April 9   Spence Jackson visitation tonight, funeral tomorrow;  Family fund, scholarship fund details
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  GOP lawmakers voice suspicion of Iran deal;  Comments from Blunt, Graves X
          Politico:  Parties play post 'vote-a-rama' gotcha game;  McCaskill one of two Dems to break ranks and support GOP plan to lift wages
          SNL:  Rep. Billy Long's daughter being treated for lymphoma X
          AP:  Veterans awaiting treatment at Missouris VA hospitals are being accomodated in a more timely fashion than the national average
          Columbia Missourian:  Truman VA ranked 13th nationally for fewest appointment delays
          JCNT:  EPA, MoDOT settle clean water complaints;  US 54 work in Osage Beach one of two cited projects X
          NPR:  Coverage of Tom Schweich and Spence Jackson suicides, weeks after the fact
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens hires Meredith Gibbons
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature prepares to deal with big budget differences
          KWMU:  Missouri House rejects Senate version of $26.1B state budget
          AP:  Legislature set to reconcile differences in budget
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate approves budget that would expand Medicaid managed care +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kurt Schaefer on welfare spending;  Elaine Benes on pols' silly "Clinton thumb" gesture;  More +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on Nixon release of funding, tax credits, transportation funding proposals, Foundation Formula, more
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers override veto of local elections bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers override veto of school bill X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  DNR delays GAF Roofing facility permit again;  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says he's working with Nixon's office, Diehl to cut through red tape
          AP:  Missouri House OKs lifting motorcycle helmet requirement
          KWMU:  Missouri's top court weighs law limiting municipal revenue from tickets, fees;  Municipal League lawyer Jane Dueker:  "Political expediency should not trump the orderly and constitutional administration of justice"
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to traffic fine law
          P-D:  Municipal court revenue limits debated in Jefferson City
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers reluctant to require police body cameras
          KWMU:  Lawsuit threat seeks St. Louis vote on public financing for new stadium
          P-D:  Civic Progress, Regional Business Council weigh in on new NFL stadium
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court lifts order for May execution;  Attorneys for Kimber Edwards claim their workload is too high to work on his case at the moment
          P-D:  Postmortem blame game begins for failed Ferguson campaigns;  Protester on paid canvassers:  "People were knocking on doors who didn't even know who the candidates were"
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Despite complainers, Nixon showed sound business judgment by withholding funds
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators too timid to enact higher gas tax
          JCNT editorial:  Failure of state agencies, legislators to communicate on budgets serves no one;  Schaefer's approach "not entirely on target" as money is needed for kids, elderly poors, and the handicapped X
          The Maneater editorial:  Bill from Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) is "utterly ridiculous;"  Humans self-identifying as "male" and "female" should be allowed to share bathroom facilities regardless of genitalia
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Relief through diversion;  Baseball Cardinals can help distract the region from St. Louis street savagery
          Rolla Daily News op-ed:  McCaskill:  Protecting Medicare, Social Security, and Missouri's seniors
          KC Star op-ed:  Mental-health nonprofit CEO Tom Petrizzo describes himself as "a leader in the health care field in Kansas City," shares thoughts on MoDOT and Medicaid funding +
          KC Star letter:  Independence man offers sarcastic solutions to gun-control debate:  Put lawmakers at greater risk of getting shot at Capitol, provide "gunslinger" arenas, etc. +
          P-D letter:  SLU law prof's comments on Ferguson statue are petulant;  SLU sends message that campus is open for protesters to disrupt serious students and deface the American flag
          P-D letter:  SLU law prof demonstrates tunnel vision, ignores uncivilized behavior at McCulloch speech
          P-D letter:  P-D description of Ferguson candidates was juvenile;  White candidates labeled "balding, portly"
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        Wednesday, April 8
       
The Hill:  VoteVets gets into 2016 race early;  Group has already contributed to Jason Kander, but co-founder says he's unsure if they'll spend more in MO
        Washington Post:  Jeb Bush doles out campaign cash to GOP candidates;  Blunt gets $5,400
        P-D:  Lacy Clay aide Alyson Singfield dies of breast cancer
        Brownfield Ag News:  USDA gives away $10M in grants for rural water;  University of Missouri-Kansas City gets $149K to develop a soil hydrophobicity system
        Drebes:  Raise Your Hand for Kids issues report making case for tobacco tax increase
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri/EU trade mission spotlights GMOs
        CDT:  Libraries celebrate release of state funds X
        Missourinet:  After 6-hour delay, Missouri Social Services budget failed, then passed
        AP:  Senate narrowly passes Missouri Social Services budget
        P-D:  Senate narrowly passes Social Services budget
        AP:  House OKs bill requiring hospital disclosures
        AP:  Senate passes bill giving amnesty to delinquent taxpayers
        AP:  Missouri Senate OKs budget cutting taxpayer-funded scholarships for less-than-legal aliens;  Bill also requires international students to pay international tuition
        AP:  Missouri House advances bill from Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) to teach youngsters the perils of sexual predators and sexting
        AP:  House endorses technical certificate program
        The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) sparks debate over discrimination on college campuses
        AP:  House approves measure to set state standards for a "agriculturally-friendly county" designation
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear challenge to anti-speed-trap law
        The Missouri Times:  PSC considering Grain Belt Express proposal
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear Kansas City Chiefs age discrimination case
        Missourinet:  Court rules Larry Flynt can seek Missouri execution records
        AP:  U.S. Court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution info
        KWMU:  Larry Flynt seeks records in Missouri execution case
        KWMU:  Two candidates opposed by protester groups emerge victorious in Ferguson;  Brian Fletcher says law-abiding taxpayers "want their city back"
        AP:  Ferguson City Council candidate supported by Organization for Black Struggle/SEIU/ACORN et al. loses by 34 points
        P-D:  Candidates supported by ACORN/MORE, SEIU, Working Families Party lose
        SNL:  Emotions, drama high as LGBTQIA protections repealed in Springfield X
        KC Star editorial:  Brattin's bill to crack down on welfare excess is "dumbness" +
        JCNT editorial:  Reform municipal courts, restore fairness X
        Jensen:  Missouri overspends on Medicare payments;  Solutions for fixing the larger problem +
        Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  English-only Pledge of Allegiance bill is a waste of time
        KC Star's Sanchez:  Larry Flynt is right about capital punishment +
        P-D letter:  Area man angry at "fossil interests," St. Louis Regional Chamber, McCaskill and Blunt and wants readers to join him for an Earth Day rally in Jefferson City
        SNL letter:  Missouri can afford to spend more on education, transportation, Medicaid expansion
        CDT letter:  Missouri Department of Conservation is infested with "eco-elitists" X
        P-D letter:  Oakville man responds to Eric Vickers' piece:  Ferguson will be remembered as the place a young ruffian attacked a police officer and got what he deserved
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        Tuesday, April 7
       
KC Star:  Jason Kander's Senate campaign collects $783K in first six weeks;  Blunt campaign boasts $1M Q1 tally +
          KC Star:  McCaskill pivotal, but so far noncommittal, on bill to block pact with Iran +
          KY3 (Springfield):  McCaskill creates controversy with basketball tweet;  Missouri's senior United States senator weighs in on how NCAA and NBA should run their operations
          Deadspin:  Claire McCaskill is fighting the wrong battle;  Trio of late-night tweets are "stupid on a couple of levels"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ed Martin on Jeb Bush;  Ryan Silvey on Obamacare and Medicaid expansion +
          AP:  Nixon plans trade mission to Ireland, France
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks to journogang about ethics, the Rams, Columbia City Council, and Medicaid expansion's DOA status
          AP:  Missouri budget plan cuts social welfare programs, makes major shift
          Missourinet:  Money released by Nixon includes $3 million for ports
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on ethics bill, cooling-off period
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers still wrangling prescription drug monitoring program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) on medical-care retainer bill
          Drebes:  Among 16 applicants for Easter District Missouri Court of Appeals judgeship, only three are women and only two are minorities
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rachel Bringer describes judge-selection process
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court to take up Macks Creek Law
          P-D:  Wind Capital Group LLC, formerly a Tom Carnahan joint, sells last two wind farms, winds down operations
          JCNT editorial:  Vote today, lest voting become mandatory X
          P-D editorial:  Blame sexism for women's lower pay;  Of the less than one million Missourians classified as poor, a whopping 55% are female
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU J-school adjunct prof says McCulloch event should have been open to the masses, including protesters
          P-D letter:  Letting 16-year-olds cast actual votes is a terrible idea
          P-D letter:  University City's Jess Rosenberg touts Claire McCaskill, criticizes Roy Blunt
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion because they are mean people +
          JCNT letter:  "Religious freedom" bills and their effect on LGBTQIA, Wiccan and atheist rights X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson native says town will heal once Post-Dispatch stops pushing its crusade
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        Monday, April 6
       
The Hill:  Dems enlist military veterans in battle for Senate;  Illinois' Duckworth has a shot at winning, but Jason Kander faces "uphill climb"
          KODE (Joplin):  "Council for Medicare Integrity" says Missouri one of worst states for Medicare waste, with $170M in overpayments
          Kraske:  McCaskill weighs in on state-level Medicaid-expansion battle;  Deputy Auditor Harry Otto on MoDOT misspendings +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Speaker John Diehl;  Discussion panel includes Rep. Joe Adams (D-University City), Braxton Payne (D), Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon), Jack Spooner (R)
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Michael Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan, speaks at Truman
          JCNT:  Providing pastoral care to lawmakers;  Chaplains try to bring a sense of peace to General Assembly X
          Missourinet:  Republicans aim to move budget quickly this week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on good revenue numbers
          KC Star:  Missouri legislators consider taxing illegal drugs and legalizing medical marijuana +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) on fuel tax change of plans
          AP:  Months after Missourians passed Amendment 5, discussion over gun rights continues
          KWMU:  Whether required or not, demand for vote on new stadium is growing louder
          P-D:  Bills stimulate discussion of religious rights, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual rights;  Comments from Kerry Messer, Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), PROMO
          JCNT:  Municipal court reform making legislative progress X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri landowners could trade easement for profit
          KWMU:  UMSL's student newspaper looks to crowdfunding to stay afloat
          Student Life (Washington U.):  Organizers for $15 minimum wage say they will bring 2,500 people to campus rally;  Students to aid movement by performing poetry
          KC Star:  Cleaver among those making an appearance in Ferguson +
          P-D letter:  McCaskill, Blunt should support SNAP funding
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        Sunday, April 5   Happy Easter!
       
KC Star:  Upset by political gridlock?  Blame the baby boomers;  11 of 16 members of the MO/KS delegation are in "Polarized Grump" generation +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill, ranking Dem on Aging Committee, says panel will spend time listening to complaints about the cost of medication these days
        Drebes:  Sam Fox to host fundraiser for John McCain, rounds up usual host-committee suspects
        P-D:  Utility execs say they're worried that climate-change rules threaten reliability of electrical grid
        P-D:  Experts urge regional approach to EPA climate-change rules
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly business leader on Missouri Chamber's "Missouri 2030" committee
        KSMU:  Medicaid expansion faces uphill battle;  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) on Obamacare costs, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) on impact to lady olds
        St. Joseph News-Press:  A happy ending for library-funding saga X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon vetoes bill that targeted superintendents serving on school boards X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-O'Fallon) could force districts into consolidation X
        KMZU (Carrollton):  MO DED's Amy Susan on energy-efficiency loans
        KNPN (St. Joseph):  Debate over payday loans continues
        AP:  Organization for Black Struggle, SEIU, et al. going door-to-door for Ferguson municipal elections
        KC Star:  Ferguson elections generate attention;  Voter-turnout prognostication from area transplant Latrez Davis, others +
        KWMU:  Lacy Clay shows up in Ferguson;  KC-based political consultant Michele Watley shares her expertise
        P-D:  City of Ferguson says redacting private information in e-mails will be costly
        SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Simple records request highlights Nixon administration's lack of transparency +
        KC Star letters:  Your friend may die this year, and it just might be Missouri Republicans' fault;  Instead of fixing I-70, improve U.S. 36 from St. Joe to Hannibal +
        Washington Missourian letter:  Labadie man says that if DSS has enough money to pay welfare recipients "too lazy to work," it can find time to weed out abuse
        P-D letter:  Paper's line about Ferguson assailant's body laying in the street shows anti-police bias
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        Saturday, April 4  
Arrangements made for Spence Jackson
       
KY3 (Springfield):  Video:  McCaskill says Hillary "inspirational to many woman," doesn't deserve - and won't get - a Democratic primary challenge
          Kraske:  Sorting out the 2016 presidential bracket;  Cleaver took heat for sticking with Hillary Clinton in '08 +
          Daily Journal:  McCaskill covers senior issues
          Hometown Daily News (Branson):  McCaskill speaks with local seniors;  Audio of entire event, text recap
          Missourinet:  Nixon releases $43M in Missouri's FY15 budget
          KWMU:  Nixon releases $43M, issues first veto of session
          AP:  Higher revenues lead Nixon to release funds
          CDT:  Nixon releases remaining funds for MU med school expansion project X
          JCNT:  Lincoln University, Capitol benefit from Nixon releasing funds X
          AP:  Nixon vetoes limits for former superintendents
          Missourinet:  Audit:  MoDOT misused road funds
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT:  Bill to raise fuel tax every year is one solution to funding woes
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) looks to close loophole in juvenile sexual offenses
          P-D:  Republic finishes sewer line from Bridgeton Landfill
          P-D:  Black leaders want Nixon to stall execution of convicted murderers Andre Cole and Kimber Edwards
          P-D:  Feds:  Postal employee Latonya Freechild 'deserted' Jennings mail
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans are wrong about campaign contribution limits, Pledge of Allegiance +
          P-D editorial:  On Missouri Supreme Court and municipal court reform;  Punchline/gimmick is that it's presented as a legal brief
          Washington Post's Roberto Ferdman:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) trying to deny welfare recipients' right to filet mignon and crab legs
          P-D letter:  Missouri organizer for liberal Small Business Majority supports EPA carbon regulations
          P-D letter:  Nixon, GOP legislators weakened state pension system
          CDT letter:  Columbia man says Missouri Republicans are "inept, bigoted and disgusting" X
          JCNT letter:  Fulton State Hospital, St. Louis football stadium show how money burns holes in pols' pockets X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says constant Ferguson protests are getting on people's last nerves
          P-D letter:  Town and Country man wonders when Ferguson looters and arsonists will be brought to justice
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        Friday, April 3
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill pokes Republicans on elderly tour:  Where is GOP's alternative to Obamacare? X
          KTVO (Kirksville):  McCaskill talks to elderly community in Macon
          Branson Tri-Lakes News:  McCaskill explains difference between "jeans and a t-shirt" potheads and more sophisticated tokers, offers insight into Jesus Christ's approach to LGBTQIA rights
          KBIA:  McCaskill talks Alzheimer's, more to seasoned citizens
          KRCG:  McCaskill speaks to area olds
          KWMU:  Federal taxpayer dollars will go to St. Louis public housing complex
          AP:  John Brunner forms exploratory committee for governor
          KC Star:  Brunner inches closer to governor's race;  Successful businessman spent $8 million in loss to Todd Akin +
          P-D:  Brunner forms exploratory committee
          Northwest Missourian (NW Missouri State):  Tobacco tax proposal aims to help early education
          The Missouri Times:  Vote now in annual "Whispering Gallery Invitational" online tournament:  Journos, keyboard jockeys, and elected officials go head-to-head
          Missourinet:  Bacon business expands operations to build new plant in Missouri;  Comments from Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers pledge support for state employee pay raise
          KWMU:  Legislators want a raise in state employee salaries
          JCNT:  AFSCME's Jeff Mazur, lawmakers seek state wage plan X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  State employee pay raise;  Deceased black journalist Lucile Bluford gets her own day +
          JCNT:  House advances resolution honoring civil rights leader Lucile Bluford X
          The Missouri Times:  In light of cuts, Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) invites Nixon to visit
          KWMU:  Audit of MoDOT finds $7M in state road funds used for other expenses
          AP:  Audit says MoDOT misspent $7M meant for highway repair
          KC Star:  Audit says MoDOT has misspent $7.1 million +
          The Missouri Times:  Libla pushes new gas tax for MoDOT funding
          AP:  Missouri Senate panel OKs lump-sum budgets for three departments
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves prescription drug monitoring program
          AP:  Missouri Senate roll call vote on prescription drug database
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to follow WGU Missouri model, may let students learn at their own pace +
          KWMU:  Transfer numbers could spell bankruptcy for Normandy schools
          AP:  Missouri Senate panel advances student transfer solution
          SE Missourian:  State could help pay high school equivalency test fee +
          AP:  House OKs requiring Pledge of Allegiance in English
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers debate 2nd Amendment rights and public transit
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) shares her complaints about GOP approach to gun rights, voter ID, more
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Legislature passes omnibus ag bill
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farmers Union lobby day timing a little off;  Group descends upon Capitol as bill they oppose is passed
          KC Star:  Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gift and cooling-off period +
          P-D:  House passes bill to cap lobbyists' gifts to legislators
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill bulking up ethics requirements
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate differ on lobbyist gifts, cooling-off period
          P-D:  Senate bill seeks to make St. Louis City sheriff an appointed position
          AP:  New Black Panther Party members indicted for bomb plot during Ferguson protests
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court seeks public input on municipal court practices
          P-D editorial:  State workers' salaries win race to the bottom. It will be hard to catch up.
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers move cautiously on drug-related bills X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri could learn lessons from Indiana's 'religious freedom' effort +
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  On negotiations with Iran, McCaskill says best approach is wait and see and verify +
          Shelly:  Missouri Republicans are wrong to focus on welfare +
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        Thursday, April 2
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on negative campaigning;  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Erin Brower on cigarette-tax hike +
        KC Star:  McCaskill says Jeff Roe has been "cruel and inappropriate," like a "bully on a playground" +
        Helling:  Some possible common ground between McCaskill and Republicans:  She's worried about overreaching environmental regulations +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill embarks on elderly tour, says MO GOP legislators are hypocrites for not expanding Medicaid
        KC Star:  McCaskill, Cleaver, other Dems turn out for Steve Bough's judge ceremony +
        Lake Expo:  Pearce, others react to Spence Jackson's suicide
        SE Missourian:  Remaining postal service operations moving to St. Louis +
        Drebes:  Bill Burlison (D) files paperwork to run for state Senate in Libla's district
        Drebes:  Curtis Trent, former Billy Long staffer, to run for term-limited Eric Burlison's state rep seat
        AP:  Roberta Broeker to take over as MoDOT interim director
        AP:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) proposes lump-sum budgets for 3 departments
        AP:  Missouri Senate OKs tax amnesty proposal to raise up to $60M
        AP:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) to allow guns on trains;  KC, Springfield public transit officials oppose measure
        Missourinet:  Medical marijuana bill moves through Missouri House with more regulations
        AP:  Missouri House moves bill to expand beer growlers forward
        KMZU (Carrollton):  Conservation Day at the Capitol today
        AP:  Bill from Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) ensures public schools recite Pledge of Allegiance in English
        P-D:  Normandy schools brace for another expensive year
        JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) would change law so people can get passports more easily X
        KWMU:  Nixon bullish about stadium financing - even without St. Louis County's involvement
        P-D:  Nixon emphasizes county has ongoing stadium funding role
        Missourinet:  Missouri House prepares to take on traffic fine limits
        KWMU:  Diehl unveils new proposal to reform municipal courts and reduce cities' reliance upon traffic fines
        P-D:  Municipal court reforms include no new charges for missing court date, Diehl says
        Missourinet:  MO Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Lebanon man;  Jesse Driskill - who killed elderly man, then raped and shot man's wife - wanted trial thrown out due to "anxiety attacks"
        P-D:  MSD expects $75M state loan for sewer fixes through next summer
        SE Missourian:  Koster's office shuts down animal shelter that was "a substantial ongoing risk to (animals') health and welfare" +
        AP:  Attorney for man who shot police surprised by jailhouse audio of client admitting to shooting police
        The Maneater:  Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) talks Ferguson at MU Law event;  Occupy COMO turns out fewer than two dozen to protest
        P-D:  DOJ says it had 'constructive engagement' with Ferguson residents, community groups
        P-D:  FBI arrests man who hacked St. Louis County police union website
        KWMU:  Next steps for the Ferguson police department
        KWMU:  Throughout two rounds of riots, Ferguson library remained unlooted
        KC Star op-ed:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D):  Actions on gun-rights amendment show Schaefer is not a true leader +
        CDT letter:  Special interests hurt school transfer fix X
        P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch is inconsistent on gender legislation;  Why not ban gender-segregated restrooms?
        JCNT letter:  There are plenty of reasons to opposed Medicaid expansion X
        KC Star letter:  Missouri lawmakers want to help the rich and hurt the poor +
        P-D letter:  Ferguson woman IDs cure for misbehaving students:  Fully fund foundation formula, and make sure teachers are "well-paid"
        P-D letter:  Elderly Ferguson native remembers the days when North County youth were civilized and would get out of the street if a policeman asked them to
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        Wednesday, April 1   April Fool's Day
       
KWMU:  Spence Jackson's note says he feared losing his job
          Missourinet:  Jackson's note:  "I just can't take being unemployed again"
          The Missouri Times:  Police release details of Jackson's suicide note
          AP:  Police:  Jackson wrote 'can't take being unemployed again'
          P-D:  Jackson's note said he couldn't face unemployment again
          Shelly:  In wake of Jackson's suicide, we should be careful how we treat each other +
          STLBJ:  McCaskill, Blunt lobby for new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters
          KWMU:  McCaskill continues criticism of Sinquefield, calls for campaign contribution limits
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly);  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says he agrees with Parson on negative campaigning, still stands behind Hancock as GOP chairman
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposed tobacco tax would fund early childhood education X
          AP:  Missouri Senate defeats proposal to expand Medicaid
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to raise caps for some to get Medicaid
          KWMU:  McCaskill at elderly event:  Seniors will be hurt by GOP refusal to expand Medicaid
          SE Missourian:  Fluoridation bill from Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) advances in House +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) calls on Nixon to release port funds
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass bill to help agriculture industry
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Senate bill would utilize hemp measures in farm bill;  Comments from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
          AP:  Missouri House panel sends medical marijuana bill forward
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana poised for House debate
          CDT:  Group will seek to limit foreign ownership of farmland, already capped at one percent; Woman hops aboard Willie Nelson's tour bus, shares decades-old story and offers him her goodies X
          JCNT:  Funding poses roadblock for synthetic-drug identification program X
          JCNT:  Bill seeks extra marshal at courthouse X
          P-D:  Nixon pulls St. Louis County out of new football stadium financing
          KWMU:  County exec:  STL County off the hook in paying for riverfront football stadium
          KWMU:  Indian groups may complain about location of new stadium
          P-D:  Unions to organize fast-food rally April 15;  Whopper artist/Chicken-Fry chef Terrence Wise promises "the biggest mobilization America has seen in decades"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) on reality of no "Ferguson agenda" under GOP supermajority;  Cleaver wants Google to sign up more poors +
          AP:  Man who shot police at Ferguson protest denied lower bond
          P-D:  Spanish Lake man, 20, charged in attack on MetroLink rider;  Ringleader of beating is 15-year-old delinquent
          CDT:  Mizzou law school officials succeed in keeping McCulloch visit focused on students
          KOMU:  Two dozens protesters express anger over McCulloch visit;  St. Louis County prosecutor visited campus to discuss attack on Darren Wilson, subsequent court case
          JCNT editorial:  Don't give up on pay raise for state workers X
          P-D editorial:  Indiana is getting all the attention, but Missouri GOP discriminates against lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual residents, too
          P-D editorial:  Creative and cooperative policing needed to stop teen intimidation;  Ferguson riots have made corralling youths a thorny topic, but the law is the law
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Unintended consequences of the gun-rights amendment are now biting us
          CDT letter:  Central West End (St. Louis City) resident wants Missouri lawmakers to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch decries "racial divide" but ignores miscreants' savage mentality and behavior
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man:  Some white people are racist, and some black people are racist, and that's a real shame.
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        Tuesday, March 31
       
KWMU:  Schweich aide Spence Jackson found dead
          Missourinet:  Missouri deputy auditor remembers 'fun,' 'professional' spokesman
          KOLR:  Darrell Moore, auditor's office attorney from the Ozarks, remembers Spence Jackson
          SNL:  Schweich spokesman, Central high school and MSU grad, left note before suicide X
          Faughn:  Spence Jackson was a pro's pro
          Missourinet:  Police:  Despite controversy, Jackson's death to be investigated like any other
          The Missouri Times:  Police provide more details into death of Spence Jackson
          P-D:  Four weeks after Schweich, Spence Jackson suicide again jolts Missouri GOP
          JCNT:  Jackson dead in apparent suicide X
          AP:  Police:  Jackson left note
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hanaway on Spence Jackson +
          P-D:  Business, political leaders criticize EPA carbon regs;  Rep. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) says environmental agency has gone "a step too far"
          SNL:  Nixon prepares to comply with EPA greenhouse gas rules X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt write letter in support of National Geospatial-Intelligence locations in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Mail-processing change could create delays, postal employees say +
          Drebes:  Jennifer Joyce could crack Dems' all-white-male statewide slate
          KC Star:  Campaign to fund early childhood education readies pitch to raise Missouri's tobacco tax +
          AP:  Missouri House endorses limits on state spending increases
          AP:  Missouri prescription drug database earns initial approval
          KWMU:  Robbyn Wahby, Slay's top education adviser, will head Missouri Charter School Commission
          P-D:  Robbyn Wahby to lead state charter school commission
          AP:  House panel questions privacy in body-camera bill
          KWMU:  Missouri National Guard increases diversity in its ranks, cites community-based recruiting
          AP:  Pharmacy association dissuades members from providing drugs for lethal injections
          AP:  Man who shot police at Ferguson protest seeks lower bond
          P-D:  Three in custody after attack on MetroLink rider harassed about Michael Brown
          AP:  Police announce two arrests in train attack;  White male rode MetroLink, was harassed about Michael Brown then beaten
          P-D:  MetroLink riders, officials weigh in on savage beating
          KSDK:  Victim of attack sets up GoFundMe account to ensure he can get to work safely;  Man says other riders watched savage beating, did nothing to help
          AP:  Four non-Missouri journalists still upset about arrests seven months ago
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt choose politics over addressing global warming
          JCNT editorial:  Let's hold off on capping new state symbols just yet X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Gov. Nixon doesn't use public e-mail address, text or any electronic communication +
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Let's design a better K-12 funding system
          Washington Missourian's Bill Battle:  Homeschoolers in high school sports:  A right or a privilege?
          P-D letter:  Parents as Teachers' Alison Gee:  The answer to high suspension rates is spending more taxpayer money on early childhood development
          P-D letter:  Kwame Foundation:  The answer to high suspension rates is the Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence mentoring program
          P-D letter:  Restore full funding for Missouri's elder abuse hotline
          KC Star letter:  Tom Dempsey, other Republicans want to kick poor people while they're down;  People who vote Republican should be ashamed of themselves +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Republican lawmakers are really mean, and their motto is "Let the people be damned"
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        Monday, March 30
       
Missourinet:  Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Tom Schweich, found dead
          P-D:  Spence Jackson found dead in his Jefferson City apartment
          AP:  McCaskill tour will focus on seniors
          KWMU:  City would sell land directly to feds if national agency chooses to relocate on north side
          KWMU:  FCC:  More than two-thirds of rural Missourians lack high-speed Internet access
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hanaway resumes gubernatorial campaign;  McCaskill says toodles to Reid
          Kraske:  Is Eric Greitens serious, or just another Tommy Sowers?  He should start by returning phone calls.
          Rosenbaum:  Nixon's choice:  Examining the possibilities for Missouri's next state auditor
          SE Missourian:  Group seeks tobacco tax hike to fund early-childhood education;  Comments from Raise Your Hand for Kids' Erin Brower
          KC Star:  Missouri stuck with crumbling roads and reluctance to pay for repairs
          KC Star:  With Kansas and Minnesota Capitol renovations over budget, the question is:  What will happen in Missouri?
          P-D:  As the economy improves, more Missouri state workers are leaving
          JCNT:  Lawmakers begin home stretch;  Mid-Missouri legislators still pushing to get state pay raises into budget
          AP:  GOP supermajorities seek to sort out differences on bills
          AP:  Where legislation stands as lawmakers return
          P-D:  New test, technology mark start of state exams
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Utilities group opposes broadband bill
          AP:  Missouri organic farmers eligible for reimbursement
          SNL:  A look at local legislators' Jefferson City apartments
          KODE (Joplin):  MO Dept. of Conservation, MoDOT promote "No MOre Trash Bash!" anti-litter campaign
          P-D:  Diehl keeps his promise to focus on broad issues rather than a "Ferguson agenda"
          P-D editorial:  Going halfway in reining in the payday predators
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers wrong to cut welfare without instituting lobbyist gift ban
          P-D letter:  Terry Jarrett says Luetkemeyer, others are working to review EPA's Clean Power Plan
          JCNT letter:  Library director wants Nixon to release library funds
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  Prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine is misguided
          JCNT letter:  Area death-penalty opponent urges others to join her at Nixon protest
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        Sunday, March 29
       
Daily Dunklin Democrat:  USDA recognizes Senath for community work;  Comments from McCaskill's Christy Mercer, others +
          Washington Missourian:  Mum's the FAA word on airport closure process
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  EPA grilling study targeted by Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello)
          KC Star:  KC political consultant Jeff Roe rides out backlash to Tom Schweich suicide +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Statewide scholarship scare over as A+ gets funding;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Higher Education's Liz Coleman
          AP:  Missouri bill would allow growlers in gas stations, grocers
          KWMU:  Access to mental health care a challenge for rural areas
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Disaster funds coming to Northwest Missouri X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Department of Economic Development to host job fair April 9
          P-D:  Union leader Jeff Roorda says DOJ's "band of marauders" concealed truth about Ferguson shooting;  Former Dem state rep mocks traffic-ticket caterwauling, "Hands Up Don't Shoot myth"
          KWMU:  Police supporters rally in St. Louis;  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder addresses the crowd
          KWMU:  Organization for Black Struggle, SEIU, ACORN/MORE, et al. plan door-to-door effort in Ferguson
          KC Star editorial:  Pick up the pace on building Rock Island Trail across Missouri +
          P-D's Ken Leiser's final "Along for the Ride" piece:  Veteran columnist leaving the newspaper business
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalhak:  Casting your one (1) vote against Jeff Roe's candidates will show him what's what +
          P-D letter:  People whining about lost scholarships should blame the illegals' parents
          P-D letter:  Hancock deserved to be victim of smear campaign
          P-D letter:  Central Reform Congregation Director of Advocacy Jennifer Bernstein:  All legislators who oppose Medicaid expansion are either misinformed or liars
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        Saturday, March 28
       
KRCU (SEMO):  Bootheel rice farmers look forward to Trans Pacific Partnership, Cuba trade;  McCaskill wants U.S. to drop Cuba embargo
          KWMU:  McCaskill offers brief, polite statement on Reid's departure
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          P-D:  Federal office in North St. Louis County deals with another case of underperforming employee tossing out records to appear more productive
          KC Star:  Missouri reports solid job growth in February +
          AP:  After monthlong hiatus, Catherine Hanaway resumes campaign for governor
          P-D:  Former Holden Chief of Staff Jane Dueker hired by KMOX as fill-in host
          P-D:  Former Post-Dispatch political reporter Jake Wagman (D) offers campaigns social-media background checks on its potential hires
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia lawyer Michael Barrett named to lead Missouri State Public Defender System
          Kirksville Daily Express:  GOP Reps. Nate Walker, Craig Redmon speak at Chamber's "State of the District," praise Diehl and Richardson
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Walker, Redmon talk about Legislature's first half, discuss constituent turnout and GOP leadership
          KOAM (Joplin):  Medicaid-expansion town hall forum draws crowd of nearly a dozen
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  911 funding on the docket when Legislature returns
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Michael Brown question sparks MetroLink beating caught on video;  Teens harass lone white passenger on train car, then punch and kick him in the face
          P-D:  Three youths attack man on MetroLink train after asking him about Michael Brown;  Perps still on the loose
          AP:  Man on St. Louis MetroLink asked about Michael Brown, then attacked
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) wrong about transgenderism and women being forced to dress alongside men +
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell brings attention to needs of foster kids
          P-D letter:  Mayor Francis Slay:  More federal money will help St. Louisans with heating bills
          P-D letter:  Area woman with health problem opposes Onder's legislation
          JCNT letter:  Kehoe, other Medicaid opponents are cruel X
          JCNT letter:  Veterans deserve Medicaid coverage X
          P-D letter:  Response to Jennifer Joyce's response to Keaveny's legislation
          P-D letter:  What Missouri needs is a bunch of 16-year-olds voting
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        Friday, March 27
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill one of three Dems to side with GOP to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children
          The Hill:  McCaskill one of four red-state Dems voting with GOP on carbon tax amendment
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill shows graciousness in recognizing Boehner's bipartisanship +
          P-D:  Senate 'vote-a-rama' satisfies traditionalists but exposes chasms;  Comments from MO congressional delegation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri delegation seeks to stop 'dueling' power regulations X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  At cotton producers' meeting, Missouri Farm Bureau says growers should keep an eye on EPA "Waters of the U.S." rule, upcoming DNR regs +
          JCNT:  Former lawmaker Carl Vogel has 'good attitude' about pancreatic cancer X
          Missourinet:  Hancock says 'whispering campaign' has been roundly disproven
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens sets up campaign website
          Washington Missourian:  At Franklin County Lincoln Day, keynote Carl Bearden says GOP must move beyond blaming Obama
          Washington Missourian:  Luetkemeyer:  Republicans must remain united to elect a president in '16
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Jay Ashcroft brings SOS campaign to area X
          Missourinet:  Nixon-led Missouri trade mission to Europe enters last leg
          P-D:  Liberal think tank says Missouri's African-Americans are among nation's leaders in unemployment
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature at the mid-way point:  Which bills passed, and what is their fate?
          Missourinet:  Missouri books May execution;  Kimber Edwards was facing felony charge for nonpayment of child support, so he had his ex-wife killed
          AP:  Execution set for man convicted of contract killing
          P-D:  Former St. Louis jailer set to be executed in May for hiring hitman to kill ex-wife
          P-D:  Still no word from KSDK on their employment of newsroom aide/protester
          AP:  After Ferguson suit, three police agencies lose tear gas as a tool to control protesters
          P-D:  DOJ hears mix of views on Ferguson report at hearing;  Adult identifying himself as "Big Moe" says Eric Holder's DOJ "is keeping us captive in racism"
          P-D editorial:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) is a hypocrite for opposing Medicaid expansion
          JCNT editorial:  Remedy needed for prescription drug abuse X
          KC Star editorial:  Reject Burlison's reckless gun bill +
          KC Star editorial:  Feds' new payday lending restrictions are welcome in Missouri +
          JCNT letter:  Instead of trying to make EPA's job harder, Luetkemeyer should support a carbon fee X
          KC Star letter:  Charter school leader Douglas Thaman says congressional delegation should support charter schools +
          P-D letter:  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis):  Can't afford to pick up the tab for Noranda
          SE Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute intern Jessica Stearns says paper should have added balance to film tax-credit story +
          P-D letter:  Easter Seals Midwest CEO thanks Schmitt, Silvey, Schaefer, Sue Allen for standing up for autistic kids
          P-D letter:  Effort to 'ban the box' would help ex-cons
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood woman suggests Ferguson protesters follow the union model of picketing, and share their message in an assertive yet civilized way
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        Thursday, March 26
       
McClatchy:  Another long day in the Senate - for amendments that won't become law;  McCaskill says "gotcha exercise" is "dumb"
          Politico:  Senate Democratic opposition to Medicare pay bill softening;  McCaskill says Dems should reward Boehner for working across the aisle and finding compromise
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Parson on campaign civility;  Medicaid funds-recovery;  Koster's conflict-of-interest policy +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  John Hancock talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Schweich suicide, future of the party, gov primary, much more
          Drebes:  Dems' Senate District 1 problem
          KWMU:  Missouri trade delegation highlights meetings during European trip
          AP:  Nixon touts Missouri in European trade mission
          AP:  Schmitt, Schaefer oppose Kehoe's measure on expert-witness change
          CDT:  State education funding proposal may overcome intial projected losses X
          P-D:  Lawsuit targets city schools over directive to take online classes
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) would require CPR training
          P-D:  Twenty-eight is enough:  Rep. Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage) seeks to put an end to state symbolmania
          P-D:  Riverfront Times is being sold in parent company's restructuring
          AP:  Attorney for man who admitted shooting police at protest says client did not actually shoot police
          P-D:  KSDK silent on newsroom aide who helmed Ferguson marches;  Jana Marie Gamble promotes side hustle with "#ItsAGambleProduction" hashtag
          KWMU:  Justice Department's Civil Rights Team to meet with 'diverse group' about Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission turnout includes equal number of whites, blacks
          KWMU:  Ferguson Commission holds another meeting on "racial healing," creates more aspirational to-do lists
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Compromise lost:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith doing his part to bridge partisan gap, and McCaskill is her usual frank self
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Trip to D.C. exposes Missouri newspaper delegation to poorly-dressed proletariat;  Several looked like protesters, and one wore baggy clothes and gold shoes
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans want to make discrimination legal
          JCNT editorial:  On free speech and anonymous campaign ads X
          P-D op-ed:  County Execs Steve Ehlmann (R), Steve Stenger (D):  Let's get area road projects "shovel-ready" in case some money comes around
          P-D op-ed:  White woman from New York shares her thoughts on young St. Louis blacks
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Legislature needs to enact tax cuts
          P-D letter:  A+ program should be open to parochial students before illegal immigrants
          JCNT letter:  Area man offers warning to visiting protesters:  Block my traffic intersection and see what happens X
          P-D letter:  Woman who attended Medicaid-expansion rally unhappy about lack of media coverage
          Columbia Missourian:  Area coed supports Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Instead of blaming Missouri Republicans for poverty, assign responsibility to those who refuse to improve their own situation
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        Wednesday, March 25
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on GOP's governing challenges;  Schweich donor revises date in Hancock story +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill arranges for St. Louis woman to testify about Alzheimer's issues
          AP:  Mississippi River harbors to be dredged in Missouri, three other states
          KY3 (Springfield):  Schmitt takes on EPA study on BBQ grilling
          Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) not surprised by Schweich suicide findings, says he's still considering running for governor
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Parson wants clean campaigning
          AP:  Audit:  State Medicaid program lost out on $27M from estates
          Missourinet:  State auditor says no teeth in AG's conflict-of-interest policy
          KWMU:  Koster's office has not implemented conflict-of-interest prevention policy, audit finds
          Columbia Missourian:  Koster's office still lacks conflict of interest guidelines, audit says
          AP:  Missouri audit faults Koster on lobbyist policy
          P-D:  Audit:  Koster hasn't implemented conflict-of-interest policy
          The Missouri Times:  Koster responds to state audit
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger hopeful Nixon will sign ag bill
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers seek to ban college aid for undocumented students
          SNL:  MSU diversity conference begins today;  Sessions include "Transgender 101," "Racial reconciliation," etc. X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) pushes to consolidate rural school districts
          Missourinet:  Missouri engineer wants a rebuilt I-70 to support vehicles with no drivers
          CDT:  Court hearings set for DWI case against PSC Commissioner Bill Kenney X
          P-D:  Koster drops eight municipalities from Macks Creek lawsuit
          AP:  Cities dropped from lawsuit over traffic fines
          KWMU:  Why the Justice Department concluded "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" was a myth
          CDT:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to talk about Michael Brown theft/assault/shooting next Tuesday at MU Law School X
          KWMU:  Recap of NPR Ferguson event
          P-D:  Police release more August looting photos:  Thieves of all shapes, sizes run/waddle whilst pilfering items from North County clothing shop
          P-D editorial:  New study should guide lawmakers.  Yes, school funding matters.
          Shelly:  Expanding Medicaid would help poor diabetics +
          P-D letter:  For trafficking-bill holdup, Ann Wagner should blame McConnell, not McCaskill
          P-D letter:  Buses, trucks should bear brunt of road costs
          JCNT letter:  Area woman offers legislative psychoanalysis:  Medicaid opponents are emotionally-hysterical inadequate males;  Feminist legislators are valiant X
          P-D letter:  Area man offers advice to illegal immigrants demanding Missouri scholarships - you're a guest here, and if you don't like it, go back to wherever you came from
          P-D letter:  Missouri Republicans' position on welfare is foolish
          P-D letter:  High urbanite suspension rates are due to hypocrite Republicans and their refusal to help the poor
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        Tuesday, March 24
       
KSMU:  How a worst-case scenario in cuts at Fort Leonard Wood impacts community
          Alaska Dispatch News:  FCC chairman chides 'slick' legal work on wireless deal;  McCaskill calls deal 'outrageous'
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Sam Graves on rental car taxes +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  McCaskill's weekly press call focuses on upcoming D.C. landscape, whistle-blower proposals, funding sports complexes
          SE Missourian:  Flood-control project finds supporters, few foes at meeting +
          Missourinet:  Schmitt calls for rebellion against EPA study of grill technology
          Drebes:  More on the John Wright will-he-or-won't-he tea leaves
          KWMU:  Schweich donor makes key change in claim that state GOP chairman made anti-Semitic comment
          AP:  Schweich donor revises story about Hancock's alleged remark
          P-D:  Schweich donor revises statement
          KMOX:  Clayton police:  No evidence Schweich was target of a 'whisper campaign'
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, and Marshall Griffin review the legislative session thus far
          CDT:  Daniel Boone, Centralia libraries urge Nixon to release money X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) on "Bring Jobs Home Act"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Drug measure is bitter pill for Schaaf X
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislator proposes official state limit on official things;  Rep. Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage):  "Twenty-eight ought to surely cover it by now."
          AP:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) wants gun ban for 'violent' felons only
          CDT:  Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) files bill prohibiting gender-neutral housing, unisex public bathrooms X
          P-D:  Missouri designates best stroke centers;  MO DHSS expects improved survival and recovery rates
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Health Care designated for high-level stroke care
          P-D:  The Real Housewives of Ladue:  Internecine real estate/inheritance drama includes bit parts by Chris Koster, Catherine Hanaway
          AP:  Videographer arrested covering Ferguson faces court hearing;  Woman in her 40s refuses to give her age, says arrest has been a source of stress
          P-D:  Ferguson protestor joins Delmar rally, gets cellphone stolen;  Clash between teens and protesters ends with shots fired
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt support local push to upgrade Airlift Wing's aircraft X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon has failed to appoint a replacement to KC police board;  Situation "is another indictment of the lackadaisical state control" of police and budget +
          JCNT editorial:  Trespassing deaths increase on Missouri railroads;  Paper advises readers to not text or wear headphones near oncoming trains, and to also avoid bungee jumping from overpasses X
          Helling:  By killing himself, "Whatever message Tom Schweich meant to send will echo for months to come" +
          KC Star letter:  Missourians should legalize marijuana +
          P-D letter:  In David and Goliath tale, Ameren plays the heavy
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        Monday, March 23
       
Washington Post:  Presidential contender Ted Cruz's staff includes "no-holds-barred" strategist Jeff Roe
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill's podiatry issues;  Danforth, Schweich's dad on Schweich suicide +
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP Vice Chair Valinda Freed says support for Hancock is strong
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Eric Schmitt discusses state treasurer bid;  Opinion Maker Panel includes Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis), Lynda Brotherton (D)
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Protecting Missouri's senior citizens:  Money, the law and fraud;  Thoughts from Rep. Mark Parkinson (R-St. Charles), AARP's Craig Eichelman
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says outlook is good for education spending and foundation formula
          The Maneater:  Missouri House, Senate create "Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia"
          The Maneater:  Pro-life student group distributes pamphlets, flyers at Student Center
          AP:  Prescription drug database adds security protections
          P-D:  Momentum grows in Missouri to block local business regulations
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Legislative roundup:  Walker's survivor benefits bill passes House
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  MoDOT promotes its Workzone Awareness Week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Nixon appoints Chariton County Sheriff Chris Hughes to Sentencing and Corrections Oversight Commission;  Comments from Hughes
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate moves forward with Ferguson-related bills, but they remain stalled in House
          KWMU:  Overlapping judges, prosecutors weave tangled web in St. Louis County municipal courts
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon, legislators' trip to Europe on behalf of Missouri is a good harbinger of things to come
          P-D editorial:  Taxpayers should provide A+ scholarships to immigrants who are here less-than-legally;  Moreover, international students should not be forced to pay international tuition
          JCNT editorial:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) wrong to push "parents-rights" legislation X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  A dose of cold water on municipal-court caterwaulers:  If you don't want to end up in court, don't break the law.
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  With MoDOT funds tight, area lucky to get Highway 47 help
          JCNT letter:  Response to Kehoe on tort reform X
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        Sunday, March 22
       
SNL:  Hartzler torn between budget thrift and support for defense spending X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  Blunt conference call with reporters:  Transportation funding, military funding, more
          Drebes:  Kansas City Star has its first lobbyist:  Polsinelli's Roxsen Koch
          P-D:  Schweich's suicide turns GOP gubernatorial primary into free-for-all
          KC Star:  Republicans are having their way in the Missouri Legislature +
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers pleased with session so far X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) hold listening post in Chillicothe;  Lair: "We make sure the rural kid isn't forgotten" (6:50)
          CDT:  UM, historical society at odds in scramble for state bond funding X
          AP:  Music therapists seek state recognition, funding for kids
          P-D:  St. Louis City, Normandy and Riverview schools lead the way with highest percentage of elementary school suspensions
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri House agrees to lift livestock, grain limits on state highways
          KC Star:  Raytown engineer wants to turn dumb pavement into a smart Interstate 70 +
          JCNT:  House to pass resolution recognizing deceased black journalist Lucile Bluford X
          P-D:  Several dozen protesters march down Delmar;  Teen held after shots fired, as "several groups of teenagers were involved in three or four fights in the area"
          CDT:  Mizzou administrators try to figure out how to deal with race complaints X
          KWMU:  Forum hosted by Michele Martin will feature Chappelle-Nadal, Rich McClure, activists/Twitter celebrities
          JCNT editorial:  Annual slow-down-in-work-zones editorial X
          P-D editorial:  Municipal court officials play hide the records
          CDT's Waters:  Loftin, MU officials don't deserve race complaints X
          KC Star letter:  Area man disagrees with Nixon's library cuts +
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        Saturday, March 21
       
SNL:  Proposed cuts to Fort Leonard Wood would be felt in Springfield X
        KMOX:  Former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles to give commencement speech at Maryville
        P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
        Kraske:  New mandates would require you to vote and make you pass a civics test to graduate high school +
        KC Star:  For Nixon's auditor appointment, black group wants someone black +
        KMOX:  Schweich's father says auditor was concerned about keeping Crohn's disease a secret, says opponents were doing more than just whisper campaign
        KMOX:  Hancock under pressure - what's next?
        KMOX:  Audio:  Hancock talks about ongoing conversation about state party chairmanship
        P-D:  Hancock alleges deliberate smear campaign
        KWMU:  Danforth says he's not giving up his campaign against Hancock
        CDT:  A+ scholarship program to reimburse students in full X
        P-D:  Online college wins over students in Missouri
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri dairy bill goes to Nixon
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Recap of Silver Haired Legislature visit to Capitol X
        P-D:  Jay Pulitzer, former heir to newspaper empire, dies of 'massive heart attack' at 65
        KWMU:  Protesters march through Clayton;  Organizer says goal is to "make white people uncomfortable";  Child holds sign reading "Black live [sic] matter"
        KPLR:  Video:  Protesters act out toward invited TV cameras;  "This Fox 2. [sic] They tell all lies."
        P-D:  St. Louis County police seek qualified minority candidates
        P-D:  Billy Graham organization executes "Adopt-a-block" program in Ferguson
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri should expand Medicaid +
        JCNT editorial:  Civics-test debate focuses on specifics X
        P-D op-ed:  SLU's Ken Warren on Schweich suicide and religious demographics:  It's hard out here for a Jew
        Columbia Missourian editor Tom Warhover:  Schweich suicide demonstrates worst of Missouri politics;  Paper's coverage of trash roll carts demonstrates the very best
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  John Wright on behalf of Show-Me Institute:  Time to close loophole in Sunshine Law
        P-D op-ed:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D), others:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) wrong about "wrongful convictions" complaint
        KC Star's Diuguid:  Kansas City School District praised by state for its innovative work +
        P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch should have lambasted Blunt, other GOP senators for Iran-letter gambit
        KC Star letter:  Concealed carry, Missouri Dept. of Conservation hubbub, Medicaid expansion +
        P-D letter:  Illegal aliens should be eligible for taxpayer-funded scholarships
        P-D letter:  Missouri should abolish all 522 school districts and make everybody equal
        P-D letter:  Missouri should abolish death penalty
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        Friday, March 20
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) move to abolish wasteful federal agency
          KMOX:   EPA should not be regulating backyard barbecues, says Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale)
          Fox Business:  Video:  Why does the EPA want to crack down on BBQs?
          P-D:  Missouri to study EPA carbon rule compliance strategies through national program
          AP:  Differing accounts emerge after auditor's suicide
          P-D:  Schweich campaign provides affidavit saying Hancock referenced Schweich's religion;  Another man who attended meeting said Jewish reference never happened
          KWMU:  Latest dispute in Schweich suicide saga:  Men who met with Hancock disagree over what Hancock said, didn't say
          The Missouri Times:  GOP donor signs affidavit against MRP Chairman John Hancock
          KC Star:  GOP businessman backs claim of anti-Schweich whispering campaign +
          KWMU:  Spring break arrives for Missouri legislators;  what's done and what's next
          Missourinet:  Missouri House party leaders assess the session so far
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature moves agriculture bills before break
          AP:  Bill to help Missouri's dairy industry heads to governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Libertarian group gives Missouri failing grade on welfare reform
          KRCG:  Welfare report puts Missouri at the bottom;  Diehl:  "What's the first letter in TANF stand for? Temporary."
          The Missouri Times:  TANF and SNAP reform on the way to approval by General Assembly
          JCNT:  Hearland Institute says Missouri has lowest 'welfare reform' grades X
          KOMU:  Proposed bill would shorten eligibility period for welfare;  Comments from "Jeannette" [sic] Oxford, Rep. Genise "Marticello" [sic]
          Missourinet:  Medicaid protesters briefly delay start of session;  Cape Girardeau woman, Pevely man share sad stories
          KOMU:  Protesters congregate at Capitol, block traffic in streets;  Comments from Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia)
          AP:  Hundreds rally for Medicaid expansion at Capitol
          CDT:  Senate budget work pits education program against social service spending X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators aim to curb abuse of pharmaceuticals in Missouri with monitoring program
          AP:  Missouri House OKs notice for taxpayer-funded advertisements
          KC Star:  Missouri, other states urged to call for convention amending U.S. Constitution +
          JCNT:  House panel advances bill to legalize industrial hemp production X
          P-D:  Missouri Senate:  Nixon can't extend bonds for NFL stadium without vote
          KWMU:  Too small to survive?  Bill would make disincorporation easier for county municipalities
          P-D:  Regulators waive efficiency charge for low-income Ameren customers
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon names former Joplin police chief as new director of Public Safety
          P-D:  New county health chief promises to study Bridgeton landfill effects
          KWMU:  Ferguson protester who shot cops was on probation for using stolen credit card, "had trouble showing up" for meetings with probation officer
          P-D:  Reviews still coming for St. Louis County police practices and handling of protests
          KWMU:  On first night in Ferguson, Richter sets new fines and fees
          P-D:  New judge takes over in Ferguson
          AP:  Ferguson municipal court resumes with new judge
          P-D editorial:  Republicans' 'welfare reform' is as silly as it is mean
          Shelly:  Untimely demise of charter school partnership shows KC must move beyond race issues +
          SNL letter:  "Right to work" is good for workers X
          SNL letter:  "Right to work" is bad for workers X
          P-D letter:  Michael Brown was a common strong-arm robber and violent assailant, and there's no excuse for his criminal behavior
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        Thursday, March 19
       
SNL:  Roy Blunt taps middle son, Andy, to manage re-election campaign
        Kraske:  Dems criticize Blunt's hiring of his lobbyist son;  MO mental health chief Dr. Keith Schafer retiring;  more
        Helling:  Letter to Iran on arms-debate nuances could figure in Blunt-Kander election, to be held 20 months from now
        Washington Post:  McCaskill seeks transparency from DHS chief on bevy of morale studies
        P-D:  McCaskill wants to ax office she says offers reports you can get elsewhere
        P-D:  Ann Wagner criticizes McCaskill for not bucking Democrat filibuster
        SE Missourian:  Flood-control project soon will be up for public comment period
        KWMU:  VP Joe Biden makes video appearance at Slay's birthday fundraiser
        JCNT:  Anonymous businessman challenges state law on political ads;  'Paid for by' disclaimer at issue
        The Maneater:  Longtime marijuana activist Dan Viets discusses cannabis laws and rights at MU event
        JCNT:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) want to add 'parenting rights' to Constitution
        Drebes:  Ethics complaint against former state Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R-Lake Saint Louis) dismissed
        The Missouri Times' Collin Reischman:  Handicapping Nixon's state-auditor choices:  Minority candidates, qualified elected officials, more
        KC Star:  Willie Epps among minority candidates in Nixon's auditor-selection field
        Drebes:  Dave Spence says Zweifel's "Missouri Promise" is "on the right path," offers additional suggestions
        AP:  Missouri saves $1.6M on interest after refinancing bonds
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon's office tells librarians to 'shhh';  Staff accuses bibliophiles of ignoring "Ooohwee, Decibels!" system
        KC Star:  R. Crosby Kemper III, other library backers 'thrown out' of Nixon's office
        The Missouri Times:  Medicaid expansion could become bargaining tool in legislative horse-trading
        Missourinet:  House proposes shorter lifetime limit for welfare eligibility
        KC Star:  Missouri bill would help cut off welfare recipients sooner
        AP:  Missouri House OKs stricter work requirements for welfare
        KWMU:  Bill from House Republicans would kick welfare recipients off the dole faster
        AP:  Senate panel passes measure to grant tax amnesty
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) reintroduces film tax-credit bill
        Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers propose state ban of powdered alcohol, which exists
        JCNT:  Civics test urged for graduation in Missouri
        AP:  Missouri Senate committee passes student transfer bill
        CDT:  MU Chancellor Bowen Loftin holds forum on race, gets criticized for hours
        CDT:  House approves bill allowing campus religious groups to be selective in choosing members
        CDT:  Group brings anti-abortion project to University of Missouri campus
        P-D:  Police close alleged rape case after finding no evidence a crime occured
        Columbia Missourian:  Citing zero credible evidence, police close rape investigation;  MU student chose to kill herself in 2011
        CDT:  Columbia police put Sasha Menu Courey case to bed;  Issue created outcry over Title IX, creation of special office
        CDT:  MU Title IX office shares data on fall reports;  Title IX office has already cost $184,000
        The Maneater:  Bill from Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) would make daylight savings time permanent
        KWMU:  Federal budget could disrupt funding for new stadium
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast  Alderwoman Donna Baringer (D) chats with journogang about Rams stadium, more
        The Maneater:  Bill from Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) focuses on gender pay equity
        KC Star:  Brother of slain deputy witnesses killer's execution in Missouri
        AP:  Ferguson Facebook case part of national debate about online threats;  Jaleel Abdul-Jabbaar said like-minded should shoot Darren Wilson
        The Maneater:  Administration criticized for lack of action on race issues;  Muslims say "American Sniper" makes them feel scared
        P-D:  Ferguson-related midyear funding sent to governor;  Cleaning up looter/arsonist destruction, corralling protesters cost taxpayers millions
        P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant students get to take a trip to Selma;  McCluer's Vaughn Ross:  "We're gonna [sic] have to represent our community"
        P-D editorial:  Missouri leads the nation in punishing black students who misbehave
        SNL op-ed:  Medicaid expansion makes sense
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  "Religious-freedom" proposal from Rep. Elijah Haahr is pandering
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        Wednesday, March 18
       
Lake News:  Blunt discusses Fort Leonard Wood
          P-D:  Wagner's human-trafficking bill mired in gridlock
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Iran op-ed;  Nixon on auditor selection;  Kinder on DOJ's alleged racism and left-wing bent +
          AP:  Unannounced GOP gov candidate Eric Greitens makes the rounds at Capitol
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass spending plan for additional $124 million;  Funds will cover disasters both natural (Joplin tornado) and man-made (Ferguson riots and arsons)
          AP:  Senate panel advances "right to work" but not "paycheck protection"
          AP:  Missouri House OKs tax deduction for returning businesses
          Missourinet:  Missouri film tax credits are gone, but lawmakers hope to reinstate it
          CDT:  Lawmakers favor historical society proposal for state construction funding X
          Missourinet:  Child abuse, neglect issues brought before Missouri House panel
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate backs state probes of child-on-child abuse X
          The Missouri Times:  "Constitutional Carry" from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would eliminate CCW requirements
          P-D:  St. Louis schools seek more flexibility from the state
          AP:  Missouri State Board of Education restores Normandy's status as failing
          AP:  Liberty school prinicipal resigns after bullying case
          AP:  Missouri House initially approves blocking plastic bag bans
          KOMU:  Hemp growth advocates say legalization could boost economy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves 'Ban the Box' after initially voting it down
          KOMU:  "Ban the Box" ordinance may be unaffected by proposed Senate bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri executes Cecil Clayton for 1996 murder of deputy;  Comments from Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
          AP:  Missouri executes Cecil Clayton;  Attorney General Chris Koster (D) says murderer "paid the ultimate price for his terrible crime"
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court denies execution reprieve for man who killed deputy
          KWMU:  Cecil Clayton executed by lethal injection
          KOMU:  GRO Missouri urges new look at power plant contract
          KWMU:  Better Together says there is widespread secrecy in St. Louis County municipal governments
          AP:  Man who shot police returns to court
          KWMU:  St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French weighs in on Ferguson
          KOMU:  Students demand mandatory diversity and race relations courses, diversity training for university staff, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Chancellor Bowen Lotin endures litany of complaints, finger-pointing
          TonysKansasCity.com:  KC St. Patrick's Day parade ruined by brawling and youth violence
          P-D editorial:  Political attack ads:  Perfectly legal, perfectly reprehensible
          Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart:  "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" was built on a lie
          KWMU Race/Culture/Diversity Fellow Emanuele Berry:  Shooting won't change protests;  Comments from "Millennial Activist [sic] United" and "St. Louis [sic] Prosecutor" Bob McCulloch UPDATE:  Volunteer copyediting leads to suitable corrections, factual accuracy
          KC Star letter:  McCaskill wrong to be in cahoots with Obama on immigration, security +
          P-D letter:  Higher ed needs more money
          P-D letter:  Campaign groups with shady "independent" expenditures need forced transparency
          P-D letter:  Vicious political ads play to the worst part of voters
          P-D letter:  Ferguson woman wonders why Ferguson is being singled out for municipal issues, when it's been established that Darren Wilson was justified
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        Tuesday, March 17   Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
KWMU:  Republican legislative leaders to join Nixon on trade trip to Europe
          SE Missourian:  Nixon touts European trade tour during Cape Girardeau stop +
          P-D:  As criticism mounts, Blunt, other Republicans defend letter to Iran
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves talks federal highway trust fund
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Locals to take part in annual "Washington Fly-In" X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill winces over prospect of anyone reading her e-mails to her kids +
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Schmitt takes aim at EPA with "Pork Steak Rebellion"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Local legislators waiting for all the facts before rushing to judgment on John Hancock
          Kraske:  Will John Hancock survive?  (Answer:  It appears he will.) +
          KWMU:  Unannounced GOP gov candidate Eric Greitens talks about his book
          KWMU:  Health care professionals skeptical of Nixon's Medicaid expansion proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers speed up budgeting process to put pressure on Nixon
          AP:  MoDOT says exposed crack shows need for funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  New bridge cost nothing for county;  McCaskill staffer, others attend ribbon-cutting
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances bill to access $200M in bonds
          JCNT:  Proposal from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) would require paper copy of every ballot cast X
          CDT:  MU chancellor hires Brian Millner as special assistant X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) talks foundation formula funding
          AP:  Missouri House OKs requirements for school bullying policies
          St. Joseph News-Press:  School district could face more state oversight X
          KC Star:  KC Public Schools board member Airick Leonard West one of a dozen attending Obama meet-and-greet +
          KC Star:  It's Columbia officials vs. Jeff City Republicans in battle over local ordinances +
          AP:  Nixon appoints former U.S. Rep. Pat Danner (D) to credit union commission
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri hunters passionate about proposed regulations
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce:  Birds with avian flu won't reach consumers
          Missourinet:  Attorneys, family argue over whether killer of Barry County deputy should be executed by Missouri tonight
          AP:  Murderer seeks execution reprieve for killing deputy
          AP:  Facts on Cecil Clayton's murder of law enforcement official, tonight's execution
          AP:  Senate panel approves additional emergency spending;  Portion will replenish funds exhausted by Ferguson response
          P-D:  Attorney:  Jeffrey Williams did shoot cops, but it was accidental
          AP:  Jeffrey Williams' lawyer Jerryl Christmas offers alibi:  He did shoot officers, but it was accidental
          Talking Points Memo:  Kinder:  'More racism in the Justice Department' than in Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles faces recall effort
          AP:  Ferguson flooded with records requests after Michael Brown theft/assault/shooting case
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Nixon denies trying to silence Fox 2's Chris Hayes over Ferguson reports
          KWMU:  Urban League erects edifice at site of burned-out QuikTrip
          P-D editorial:  From 'right to work' to the 'servant economy'
          P-D letter:  Suicide is not event-driven
          P-D letter:  Stadium investment is in state's best interest
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man's sarcastic take on DOJ's Ferguson panacea:  ERICHOLDERVILLE will feature no police, no traffic tickets, no city administration
          P-D letter:  To protect police, keep protesters from congregating during dark hours
          P-D letter:  Reporter Christine Byers should be commended for mentioning that assault victim Darren Wilson was innocent
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        Monday, March 16
       
KWMU:  Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) says Ferguson shooter admits to attending protests, then shooting officers
          USA Today:  Protester charged with shooting officers in Ferguson
          AP:  Protesters not willing to claim protester Jeffrey Williams
          P-D:  McCulloch says shooter claims he didn't mean to shoot police
          AP:  Updated Ferguson timeline:  From immediately after Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery of convenience store to arrest of Jeffrey Williams
          KTVI:  Citizens gather to support law enforcement, Mayor James Knowles;  Separate group of protesters trample American flag
          Columbia Missourian:  The Week in Photos:  MU4MikeBrown rallies behind "Black is Resilent [sic]" poster
          P-D:  What's going to happen to Canfield Green Apartments?  Management deals with high vacancy rate, renters who won't pay their bills
          KWMU:  Zweifel:  Ferguson relief efforts showcase need for 'flexible' state government
          KWMU:  Taxpayers to support Dept. of Interior's initiative in St. Louis, 10 other cities
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Hancock addresses Trish Vincent's allegations;  Rep. Justin Hill (R), Jason Crowell (R), Jeff Mazur (D), Anne Schweitzer (D) discuss shooting of cops, medical marijuana, more
          Drebes:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) changes campaign committee, may consider statewide run in 2016
          AP:  The Missouri Times' Scott Faughn revives Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain got his start
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) wants state workers to earn more +
          KWMU:  Nixon seeks to expand Medicaid
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) on tort reform
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Should Missouri 'ban the box'?  Thoughts from Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and former judge Lisl King Williams
          AP:  Missouri bill will require students be permanent residents or U.S. citizens before receiving taxpayer-supported A+ scholarships, would require international students to pay international tuition
          KC Star:  Rep. Elijah Haahr says bill would protect religious liberty on campuses;  Comments from Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City), Joshua Hawley, leader of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual group +
          KWMU:  Groups rally for Normandy schools, call for tuition caps on transfers
          SNL's Paul Berry:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial X
          SNL op-ed:  Area superintendents:  Pass a student transfer bill free of unintended negative consequences X
          P-D letter:  Schweich suicide:  Being Jewish is like being Muslim, black or gay
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man admires how Wisconsin protesters congregated without looting or burning down businesses
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man blames media - especially Post-Dispatch - for perpetuating "Hands Up Don't Shoot" and "Gentle giant" lies which led to officers getting shot
          P-D letter:  Woman who chooses to live in urban area says urbanites should be subjected to stricter gun laws than rural residents
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman supports more wind, solar energy in Missouri
          KC Star "Letter of the Week":  Adjunct professor Rita Pearce not interested in unionization push, says she will not "waste precious classroom time" carping about imaginary slights +
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        Sunday, March 15
       
USA Today:  ABC's "This Week" to feature Blunt, Lacy Clay on shooting of officers at Ferguson protest
          KMZU (Carrollton) news reporter Mike Stone:  Blunt "quick to point the finger away from those responsible" for Ferguson, "seemed to side step the abuses of power"
          AP:  Part-time Ferguson Mayor James Knowles in full-time spotlight
          SE Missourian:  Sheriff, Cape police chief speak at GOP meeting, say Ferguson is on their minds +
          P-D:  Municipal courts are well-oiled money machine
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Sam Graves holds Agriculture Roundtables to share insight, advice
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Chris Koster (D) keynotes Missouri Soybean Association Annual Meeting, is praised for standing up for agriculture against animal-rights activists
          P-D:  Jeff Roe's "Citizens for Fairness in Missouri" one degree of separation away from Hanaway;  Gov candidate says she did not coordinate anti-Schweich ad
          Drebes:  In wake of Schweich's suicide, Rep. Bonnaye Mims (D-Kansas City) introduces "anti-intimidation" bill, replete with 111-word run-on sentence
          AP:  Nixon headed to Europe for trade mission
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri Medicaid turns to wellness incentives
          SNL:  Springfield becomes top metro area for poverty;  Woman with five (5) kids explains the struggle of long work hours, lack of sleep, discomfort with fellow Section 8 inhabitants, more X
          JCNT:  State Senate ready to work on budget X
          JCNT:  Funding tops educators' legislative priorities X
          P-D:  MoDOT:  Hundreds of bridges in bad shape, but still safe
          P-D:  Solar panels spur fights between homeowners, property associations
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Public opinion could change Missouri hunting regulations
          SE Missourian:  Koster's office to prosecute local murder case +
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects condemned murderer's "mentally incompetent" argument
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Shooting of cops at protest underscores why law enforcement deserves respect and appreciation
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Unannounced GOP gov candidate Eric Greitens is interesting, will play "White Knight" after Schweich suicide
          SNL op-ed:  Southwest MO GOP stalwart Roseann Bentley:  Congressional delegation should support funding for Parents as Teachers X
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  Homeschool, government and sports;  Haahr's bill would force MSHSAA public schools to accept homeschoolers
          P-D letter:  Missouri Legislature, Supreme Court should dismantle municipal court system
          P-D letter:  Small municipalities perpetuate economic exploitation
          P-D letter:  Paper's anti-police bias creates constant division, tension
          KC Star letter:  Nixon should halt execution of murderer +
          Washington Missourian letter:  From Ferguson looting to MoDOT funding, no one wants to take responsibility for anything anymore
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        Saturday, March 14
       
KWMU:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles slams 'hostile language' from Eric Holder
          Fox News:  Video:  Mayor James Knowles sounds off on latest Ferguson protests, cop shootings
          KWMU:  Police pursuing multiple leads related to officers shot at protest
          P-D:  No arrests so far in case of cops shot at protest
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  New shooting in Ferguson sets right wing shrieking;  Conservatives have chutzpah to complain about two cops getting sent to hospital +
          P-D:  QuikTrip won't bother reopening store burned by protesters
          KWMU:  Atlanta group's four-day effort yields just 150 voter registrations
          CDT:  Loftin responds to protester group showing up on doorstep at 10:30 p.m.;  Greektown march chant:  "All these racist-ass Greeks, we don't need 'em, need 'em" X
          The Maneater:  Campus demonstration ends at Loftin's doorstep;  MU4MikeBrown promoted event with "We Back [sic] We Black [sic]"
          KWMU:  McCaskill backs plan to give more workers access to retirement plans
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Clint Zweifel remembers Schweich in St. Louis Regional Chamber address, touts "Missouri Promise" program
          JCNT:  Hancock plans to work at improving Missouri GOP X
          Drebes:  August Busch III contributes to Eric Greitens' gubernatorial campaign - and that of Chris Koster, Catherine Hanaway
          Missourinet:  European auto parts supplier to open distribution center in Missouri
          KWMU:  University of New Hampshire study examines struggle of children whose parents fail to provide for them in Missouri, other states
          KC Star:  Lending industry successfully transitions from "payday loans" to "online loans" in 15 states, including Missouri +
          JCNT:  Liberal group Progress Missouri threatens lawsuit over video at Senate hearings X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Cattlemen's Association at the Capitol every Wednesday during session
          Missourinet:  MoDOT talks about lack of money, impact
          KC Star:  Juvenile admits Liberty middle school assault;  14-year-old miscreant who attacked autistic kid is placed in custody of Missouri Division of Youth Services +
          KWMU:  Laclede Gas responds to environmental group's complaints about low-income access to energy-efficient appliances
          P-D:  Environmental group says energy-efficiency savings not reaching low-income households
          P-D:  Settlement of up to $18 million approved in red-light camera lawsuits in St. Louis County
          P-D editorial:  Nixon should transcend politics by appointing one of Schweich's staff to fill auditor seat
          P-D editorial:  Zweifel's "Missouri Promise" is the proper path for economic gain
          KC Star "Capitol Watch" editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans are wrong on Ferguson, Obama +
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri's right-to-work supporters are committing "an offense to the God of justice" X
          P-D letter:  Amidst Ferguson caterwauling, where is the apology to Darren Wilson?
          P-D letter:  Ferguson woman notes buried lede in voter registration story - which 3rd Ward candidate is trying to take advantage of students?
          The Maneater letter:  Young white male responds to protester groups' angry "racist-ass Greeks" chant
          P-D letter:  Danforth's hypocrisy on Schweich suicide
          P-D letter:  Festus man says Ameren's goal is to pollute lungs
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        Friday, March 13
       
KWMU:  What now?  Ferguson takes stock after a tumultuous week
          KWMU:  Live blog:  Investigation continues following shooting of officers during protest
          AP:  Police, other groups encourage civilized behavior in Ferguson;  Comments from union leader Jeff Roorda, protesters, others
          JCNT:  State senators offer reaction to protest shootings X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU4MikeBrown holds "We Back [sic] We Black [sic]" march;  Pack of protesters goes to chancellor's private residence after 10 p.m., howls catchphrases at his house
          SE Missourian:  Farmer flooded after levee breach wins case against insurance company;  Feds flooded valuable Missouri farmland in 2011 to spare welfare-ridden Illinois town +
          The Guardian:  Among politicians, Claire McCaskill is the best at using Twitter
          P-D:  'Staggering' crisis looms in retirement income, McCaskill and others learn
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nasheed on Ferguson savagery;  McCaskill on Americans' pitiful, inexcusable lack of retirement planning;  Hancock rolls out list of backers +
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP Chairman John Hancock not stepping down, denies "whisper campaign" against Schweich
          KWMU:  Hancock goes on offense in denying Jewish rumors about Schweich
          KC Star:  Three state senators, two state reps call for Hancock to step down;  Hancock camp releases its own list of backers +
          P-D:  Hancock says he did not participate in any 'whisper campaign' about Schweich's Jewish status
          KOMU (Columbia):  Hancock offers more response to critics
          The Missouri Times:  Hancock goes on offensive as three state senators, two state reps call for his resignation
          Drebes:  Brian Millner takes job as special assistant to University of Missouri's Bowen Loftin
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers says new machines will help visually-impaired voters cast ballots +
          KC Star:  Ford begins F-150 production at Claycomo today +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) chats with journogang on lessons on bipartisanship he learned from his dad;  Budgets;  Municipal court legislation;  more
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends $26.1 billion state budget to Senate
          JCNT:  No state worker pay raises in budget X
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri House recommends $74M K-12 budget increase
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri House discusses bill on school accreditation
          KWMU:  Normandy forum features ideas, not criticism
          P-D:  Normandy parents offer advice to struggling school system
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri Senate discusses ways to protect online student privacy
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes medical malpractice lawsuit limits
          CDT:  Firms to pay out $8.25 million to settle Mamtek claims X
          Columbia Missourian:  Chronic wasting case hints at new normal for wildlife
          AP:  Missouri Gas Energy will modify policies after restaurant blast
          Columbia Missourian:  Sierra Club to host viewings of anti-coal ash documentaries
          P-D editorial:  Those seeking to punish Ferguson Mayor James Knowles should consider leaving him in office to deal with the mess
          KC Star editorial:  Shooting of police at protest clouds reform effort in Ferguson +
          JCNT editorial:  Tort reform legislation may displease the court X
          Shelly:  It's a shame Tom Schweich isn't around to go after Rex Sinquefield and Jeff Roe +
          P-D letter:  Schweich's decision to kill himself should lead to Catherine Hanaway dropping out of governor's race
          P-D letter:  Schweich's decision to kill himself should lead to more integrated public school classrooms
          KC Star letters:  Lobbyists attempt to persuade lawmakers;  Tom Schweich was mentally ill +
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit man dislikes "whining, crying and shoving" from "tree-huggers" and "do-gooders" on wood stoves X
          P-D letter:  Municipal court reform:  It's not fair that traffic ticket fines are the same for poor people as they are for the rich
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        Thursday, March 12
       
P-D:  Warm weather draws out protesters;  Two police officers shot outside Ferguson police department
        Video:  Sound of shots fired, followed by protester gibber, shrieks and howls
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters drink champagne, scream at police
        KWMU:  Two protesters shot outside Ferguson police department
        Missourinet:  Protesters congregate, two officers shot
        AP:  Protester gathering results in two officers being shot
        Missourinet:  Ferguson police chief resigns
        P-D:  Ferguson police chief resigns;  Protesters congregate in street, shut down busy thoroughfare
        P-D:  Protester reaction to police chief resignation:  Insight from ShordeeDooWhop, search4swag, others
        KWMU:  McCaskill on Wednesday, prior to cops being shot:  Ferguson protesters have helped create "terrific legacy"
        KWMU:  NPR's Michele Martin coming to Ferguson again;  August event featured lengthy protester cross-examination of Mayor James Knowles
        KWMU:  Legislative Black Caucus demands action on Ferguson-related bills
        The Missouri Times:  Black Caucus wants to see "Ferguson agenda";  Press conference held prior to cops being shot
        Politico:  McCaskill says Cotton's letter to Iran "undermined ... our standing in the world"
        KWMU:  EPA to hold meeting tonight on Carter Carburetor cleanup
        P-D:  Tom Schweich's final obsession;  Auditor's father, others describe unusual mindset in days before suicide
        KC Star:  Schweich COS Trish Vincent says Hancock admitted talking about Schweich's Jewish status +
        KC Star:  Blunt takes to Senate floor, offers remembrance of Schweich +
        Mannies:  Updates on pro-Hancock vs. anti-Hancock battle;  Lingering Dooley vs. Stenger resentment;  MO GOP gov primary;  Koster
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Mike Parson for governor;  Jay Nixon for Medicaid expansion +
        Drebes:  Ben Jones heads to Omaha for Union Pacific;  MO/KS duties go to Lindsey Douglas
        P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Nixon outlines Medicaid expansion plans
        AP:  Missouri Senate endorses pilot program to forgive child support debt
        JCNT:  DESE appeals 'Common Core' ruling X
        AP:  Alien invaders won't receive A+ scholarships under bill;  International students to be charged international tuition
        KWMU:  Normandy seeks to identify priorities for superintendent
        JCNT:  Schaaf promotes merging local state data centers X
        The Missouri Times:  House gives early approval to medical marijuana
        JCNT:  Lawmakers propose bills to legalize industrial hemp production X
        SE Missourian:  Pact would exempt low-income from Ameren rate increase +
        CDT:  Regulatory staff recommends denying Grain Belt Express X
        JCNT:  Members of Silver Haired Legislature make their way around Capitol building, push priorities X
        SE Missourian editorial:  Helping former inmates return to the workforce +
        SNL op-ed:  Mizzou's Bowen Loftin:  Higher ed is worth the investment X
        P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch ignores the parts of DOJ report that disprove "Hands Up Don't Shoot" fairy tale
        P-D letter:  It's a travesty to link Selma march to Ferguson's violent criminal protesters
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        Wednesday, March 11
       
KCUR (Kansas City):  More than 250,000 in Missouri sign up for Obamacare this year;  About half are new, with other half re-enrolled
        Missourinet:  State Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) proposes creating paid position in D.C. for someone to campaign for Missouri's military bases
        The Missouri Times:  Former Sen. Kit Bond (R) still supporting Parents as Teachers
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on upcoming auditor appointee;  Daylight Savings Time debate;  more +
        Drebes:  Group that ran anti-Schweich "Barney Fife" radio ads amended their report as soon as suicide news broke
        The Missouri Times:  Mike Parson supporters begin talking him up as potential gov candidate to fill Schweich void
        KC Star:  Blunt maintains consistent position on post-suicide party-chair emotions, says state GOP committee should determine state GOP committee issues +
        Missourinet:  House adopts $26.1B budget - sans Medicaid expansion
        The Missouri Times:  House begins budget debate
        KWMU:  Missouri House endorses FY2016 state budget
        P-D:  Missouri House approves $26.1B budget
        AP:  Missouri House grants initial approval to $26B budget
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rowden bill to counter ordinances "unfriendly to business"
        AP:  Missouri Senate endorses med-mal caps
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Court reform on the docket in Senate
        AP:  Senate panel considers "right to work"
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) prepares to battle Sierra Club
        KWMU:  New chancellor named at St. Louis Community College
        AP:  New chancellor announced for St. Louis Community College
        KC Star:  Missouri House gives initial approval to school anti-bullying bill +
        The Missouri Times:  Following savage attack on autistic kid, House weighs anti-bullying bill
        Missourinet:  Missouri bullying debate touches local control, enumeration issues
        KWMU:  DESE recommends that Normandy remain unaccredited
        P-D:  Ability to sell vacant schools was Normandy's life line last year
        KWMU:  In wake of UCLA report on race and school discipline, city schools will change standards of expected behavior and subsequent punishment
        P-D:  St. Louis City Schools supe Kelvin Adams contemplates how to punish misbehaving students even less next year
        CDT:  League of Women Voters to show income-inequality film;  Woman severely beaten by Stephen Webber in Dem primary to share thoughts after movie X
        KWMU:  MoDOT:  600 Missouri bridges are in poor to serious condition
        AP:  MoDOT rings alarm bells about bad bridges
        P-D:  Ameren rate case becomes forum for new economic development proposal
        The Missouri Times:  Noranda, Office of Public Council file new compromise in rate case
        Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Noranda makes new run at cutting electric rates
        SE Missourian:  State mulls changes to deer season +
        KC Star:  Lawyers for condemned murderers complain about workload +
        P-D:  Police release new looting video, photos;  Male, female miscreants thieve cigarillos, liquor, other staples from Dellwood Market 
        KWMU:  Ferguson's city manager resigns after blistering criticism in Justice Department report
        P-D:  Shaw resigns as Ferguson city manager
        AP:  Ferguson city manager is 5th out following DOJ report
        KWMU:  Ferguson pledges to work with new judge, will hire its own as well
        KWMU:  Municipal court-reform update
        P-D editorial:  Supreme Court finds its courage in Ferguson. Now what?
        SE Missourian op-ed:  Barry Aycock:  Trade agreement with Cuba is good for farmers, business +
        KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Missouri Chamber opposes Webber's bill on "gender pay inequality" +
        SNL letter:  Area woman supports Medicaid expansion X
        KC Star letter:  Kansas man decries tone of modern-day politics, then calls Jeff Roe a "bug" who shouldn't be allowed outside during daylight hours +
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        Tuesday, March 10
       
Hartmann:  Tragically flawed:  Why no one should try to make public sense of a suicide
          SNL:  Blunt, Billy Long bash ATF's proposed bullet ban X
          Alaska Dispatch News:  Wireless discounts add up to billions through provision backed by Stevens;  Comments from McCaskill
          KWMU:  St. Louis-based LaunchCode serves as a model for Obama initiative;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  Obama announces initiative to train workers quickly in tech jobs in KC;  Comments from McCaskill +
          The Maneater:  McCaskill still focused on campus sexual assault
          The Missouri Times:  Marijuana campaign:  Nuggets on bills, lobbyists, Montell Williams, polling data, arguments against, more
          KWMU:  Nixon still considering who should replace Schweich, how to reform municipal courts
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) would prohibit illegal aliens from receiving A+ scholarships
          Missourinet:  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) proposes adding online safety to sex ed in Missouri
          KWMU:  Ameren's Callaway nuclear power plant license extended
          KWMU:  DED's Mike Downing says new football stadium could generate $300 million in revenue
          P-D:  Study:  State would see payoff from building stadium for Rams
          AP:  State officials expect $300M revenue bump for St. Louis stadium
          AP:  House panel considers eliminating daylight savings
          KC Star:  Appeals court throws out Missouri law banning noisy protests at houses of worship +
          JCNT:  Bill targets "gender wage gap";  Statistics on disparities focus on medians and do not take into account occupation, education, hours worked per week X
          P-D:  Senators still discussing municipal court reform
          KWMU:  Ferguson judge resigns;  Missouri Supreme Court orders cases assigned to appellate judge Richter
          AP:  Appeals judge appointed to take over Ferguson court
          KWMU:  Missouri's code of conduct for judges rarely leads to disciplinary action
          P-D:  Prolific protest tweeter Deray Mckesson moves to St. Louis;  Minnesota native was named to LA Times young protest-leaders list alongside esteemed colleague "ShordeeDooWhop"
          JCNT editorial:  Kehoe should be applauded for working with governor's staff on LAGERS bill X
          P-D editorial:  Nixon should buy lawyers' "mentally incompetent" argument for man who shot a 29-year-old deputy sheriff in the head
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon should halt execution of man who murdered law enforcement official +
          Messenger:  The revenge of the captive lawmaker;  Joplin Globe ran an op-ed not actually written by Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville)
          Helling:  Ferguson shows profits and public interest not always on the same page +
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman wonders if someone with common sense can calm down hysterical Danforth, other thinskins
          KC Star letter:  Liberal group opposes GOP effort to undercut local laws +
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        Monday, March 9
       
WGEM (Hannibal):  Democrat Days brings out local Democrats
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer "disappointed" by Danforth's blame-game eulogy
          The Missouri Times:  Rumor source revealed, named:  Schweich heard from a supporter who talked to a guy who said some of Hancock's friends thought Schweich was Jewish
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage (R), Travis Brown (R), Mike Kelley (D) remember Tom Schweich
          The Hill:  Blunt vs. Kander:  Missouri is trending more Republican every year;  Challenger faces uphill battle against a strong fundraiser and hard worker
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on DOD and Fort Leonard Wood hearings
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri receives single-family housing guaranteed loan program from USDA
          AP:  Other states seek to emulate Missouri's success blocking EPA's residential wood-burning regulations
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on Joplin's recovery;  McCaskill on campus sexual assaults;  GOP State Committeeman Bruce Buwalda on the anti-Hancock tempest blowing over +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) takes aim at air travel habits of Nixon, MoDOT commissioners
          JCNT:  Tort reform back in Missouri Senate X
          KC Star:  Charter schools struggle for property despite vacant buildings in KC, St. Louis districts +
          P-D:  House Budget Committee cuts state's IT budget, despite cyber threats
          Missourinet:  Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) proposes printing Missouri's Blue Book again
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Senate seeks security specialist
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture working with USDA on response to avian flu in Missouri
          KODE (Joplin):  Turkey-growing facility in Asbury infected with avian flu
          P-D:  MoDOT's annual "report your pothole" spring PR campaign
          KC Star:  Defense lawyers will try "mentally incompetent" gambit to spare condemned man;  Cecil Clayton did not shoot the sheriff, but he did shoot the deputy +
          Rosenbaum:  Critics claim that if Ferguson becomes 'island of justice,' it will still be in a 'sea of injustice'
          P-D:  Ferguson-related bills on way in Congress, but prognosis is cloudy
          P-D:  Out-of-towners descend upon Ferguson for Spring Break;  Lashoney Frink:  "We are like modern-day freedom riders"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Schweich's decision to kill himself shows that the state of campaigns is "remarkably putrid" +
          KC Star's Maria Rose Williams:  No signs that SEIU is organizing adjuncts at UMKC +
          SNL letter:  Blunt should have gotten involved in Missouri GOP State Committee issue X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City woman claims she will not vote for any candidate who attacks opponent X
          KC Star "Letter of the Week":  11-year-old kid admits to reading Harry Potter, claims library cuts are going to be what keeps him from getting a Ph.D. +
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        Sunday, March 8
       
Mannies:  Demo Days:  Annual press conference featuring rural Dem lawmakers draws zero (0), since they are extinct in NEMO;  Montee:  "In rural Missouri, that's where we're losing";  Koster talks gov campaign, support of tobacco tax hike
          CDT:  Koster endorses cigarette tax hike X
          P-D:  Koster calls for tax increase on cigarettes to fund college tuition for Missouri students
          Mannies:  Demo Days:  Kander portrays Blunt as Washington insider who cares little for those back home
          KRES (Moberly):  McCaskill, Blunt fight for Fort Leonard Wood jobs
          CDT:  Blaine Luetkemeyer cites concerns about Missouri River programs X
          KC Star:  Fast-food workers march for higher wages, chant new catchphrase comparing themselves to Selma marchers +
          JCNT:  John Hancock's GOP chairmanship not in trouble X
          SNL:  Campaign limits, marijuana could be on 2016 ballot X
          KC Star:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) proposes conservative turn on Obamacare;  Reaction from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis), Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Missouri's A+ program helping students pay for college, but cuts may be coming
          AP:  States to wield Missouri ruling on Common Core test group
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) designed to protect student religious groups X
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs higher weight limits on livestock trucks
          P-D:  Ameren, others prepare grid for wind energy
          P-D:  Ameren's NE Missouri project could impact state's say in high-voltage lines
          P-D:  Grain Belt Express is a new kind of transmission developer
          AP:  Ferguson police chief stays on the job after DOJ report
          P-D:  Ferguson judge criticized as revenue generator who helped bring in millions
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In support of MoDOT's annual "report your pothole" spring PR campaign
          JCNT editorial:  In support of MoDOT's annual "report your pothole" spring PR campaign X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Annual piece on Newspapers in Education (NIE) Week
          National Review's Jay Nordlinger:  Politicians - and actual celebrities - whoop it up in Cuba;  McCaskill met with zero dissidents, but she did take time to tweet pictures of cool vintage cars
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian pontifications on the state of Missouri politics:  Campaigns are negative, voters must demand better, etc. X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  One option to improve area roads is to establish a Transportation Development District (TDD)
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson Commission co-chair Rich McClure:  St. Louis Public Schools deserve our strong support
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson woman says she'll miss Tom Schweich +
          SNL letter:  Septuagenarian man wants Medicaid expanded X
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian Sierra Club lady wants City Utilities to change coal ash plans X
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        Saturday, March 7
       
Kraske:  Let's pause before we round up a scapegoat for Tom Schweich's suicide;  Auditor was a deeply troubled man +
        P-D:  No clear 'oust Hancock' movement afoot in Missouri GOP following Schweich suicide
        CDT:  Republicans discuss GOP chairmanship;  State Committeewoman Sara Walsh describes lack of substance in "whisper campaign" allegations X
        KMOX:  Licensed professional counselor Linda Fehrmann on why suicide is not due to one incident, but rather deeper mental illness and distorted sense of reality
        KC Star's Steve Paul:  There's more than one 'why' in Schweich's suicide +
        KMOX:  Former County Exec Gene McNary (R) defends Hancock
        KMOX:  Former state auditor candidate Jay Kanzler (R) discussing experience running for office when people thought he was Jewish
        KODE (Joplin):  Area prof says 'whisper campaigns' discourage local citizens from running for office;  B-roll of area electeds at official meeting donning casual garb, wearing hats indoors
        KMOX:  Roundtable:  Jake Dueker (D), Jeff Rainford (D), Tim Jones (R) on the Schweich suicide blame game, Hanaway, DOJ on Michael Brown assault/shooting case, more
        KZRG (Joplin):  Audio:  Vicky Hartzler on DHS and immigration, ISIS, why Giuliani was right about Obama's lack of pride in America
        KC Star's Shelly:  Rex Sinquefield talks about two candidates he supports - Catherine Hanaway and Chris Koster - and the "ripe" environment for tax cuts +
        KZRG (Joplin):  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City), Bill White (R-Joplin) on possibility of Missouri gov, gov lite candidates running as a ticket
        KRES (Moberly):  Missouri budget advances to House floor;  Comments from Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia)
        CDT:  Lawmakers try again on bill to offer tax amnesty X
        KODE (Joplin):  Prescription drug database bill up for debate;  Comments from Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City), area residents
        CDT:  University of Missouri revamps federal lobbying efforts;  Sarah Spreitzer to start at $175,000/yr. X
        CDT's Ashley Jost:  Learning Curve column:  Legislative updates, new leadership, more X
        Student Life (Washington University):  Chancellor's wife to push gun-control events, legislation on her husband's campus;  Risa Zwerling says she'll host Joe Biden, or maybe Gabby Giffords, or maybe Rahm Emanuel
        Monett Times:  Legislators move to boost school funding by $70M:  Thoughts from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
        KZRG (Joplin):  Joplin School District graded "fair" by state audit
        Brownfield Ag News:  Koster files egg bill appeal
        P-D:  Koster succeeds in getting reservation payday lender to pay restitution to Missourians
        SE Missourian:  Koster pulls plug on predatory lender +
        Fulton Sun:  U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission renews Callaway Energy Center operating license
        JCNT:  Former state Senator/current PSC commissioner Bill Kenney (R) arrested for DWI X
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  State order beefs up real estate tax in Ralls County
        KTTS (Springfield):  MoDOT spring PR campaign transitions to pothole-filling theme
        KSDK (St. Louis):  Excerpts of MoDOT press release, with byline
        KOMU (Columbia):  Excerpts of MoDOT press release, with byline
        SNL:  Excerpt of MoDOT press release, with "News-Leader staff" byline X
        P-D:  Costs, benefits of new Rams stadium to be explored at hearing
        CDT:  Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) disavows interest group's attack on Dept. of Conservation;  American Cervid Alliance's PR firm rewrote newsletter without permission, lawmaker says X
        Perryville News:  Locals weigh in on Missouri Department of Conservation proposed changes
        JCNT:  Prison tours turn $82,000 profit to be reinvested in Missouri State Penitentiary X
        KMOX:  Audio:  James Knowles talks about DOJ report, changes already made in Ferguson
        P-D:  Ferguson mayor deals with DOJ's list of complaints
        KWMU:  DOJ has limited power to force changes in area's municipal courts
        KWMU:  Nixon calls for improving Missouri courts after DOJ report on Ferguson
        JCNT:  Nixon urges Missouri bar to help with municipal court reform X
        KWMU:  Fiscal reality:  A look at the cost of implementing all the changes DOJ claims Ferguson needs
        KWMU:  Film at True/False festival includes look at Ferguson facts, myths;  Example panel points out untruth of Dorian Johnson's "Hands Up" storytelling
        KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong on Brownback tax cuts, Missouri Medicaid expansion +
        P-D editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court must end the Ferguson shake-down
        Kirksville Daily Express editor Jason Hunsiker:  Medicaid should be expanded, but it won't happen here;  "Facts don't matter to (lawmakers.) That's scary."
        KC Star's Sanchez:  The problem in Ferguson wasn't lawless miscreants, but rather, the police +
        KC Star letter:  Liberty man offers sarcastic thanks to Graves on security vote;  Former state Rep. Sandra Reeves (D) complains about negative politics, then compares Jeff Roe to an Islamic terrorist +
        P-D letter:  Sarcastic suggestion to fund bullying education for legislators
        P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch editorial board whines about bullying, but is among the worst perpetrators
        P-D letter:  Missouri Ethics Commission should enforce truth in campaigns
        P-D letter:  In grief, we grope for someone to blame - but John Hancock isn't the reason Tom Schweich killed himself
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        Friday, March 6
       
Messenger:  GOP stalwart Paul DeGregorio calls for soul-searching in wake of Schweich death
        P-D:  Text of Paul DeGregorio's letter to GOP leaders
        Helling:  Hancock controversy pushing Blunt into tough corner +
        Shelly:  In wake of Schweich suicide, make cowardly "nonprofit" groups reveal their donors +
        Washington Post's Kathleen Parker:  After the Tom Schweich episode, why would anyone run for office?
        Missourinet:  Schweich committeed suicide while wife was on phone with Danforth aide
        P-D:  Danforth aide says Schweich's final conversation was about Jewish rumors
        AP:  Danforth assistant says Schweich shot himself after call
        KWMU:  ACORN/MORE turns out "about a dozen" to complain about Federal Reserve Bank, swap struggle stories
        P-D:  In St. Louis, Brownback urges patience for his supply-side experiment
        Washington Missourian:  Secretary of State Jason Kander says photo ID at polls would put "unjust burden" on Missouri voters
        CDT:  Convention proposals seek to test unused powers of Constitution X
        JCNT:  Missouri food stamp use drops as food pantries become busier X
        AP:  Missouri House sends tax amnesty measure to Senate
        JCNT:  Senate sends LAGERS bill to House X
        AP:  Missouri Senate's student transfer bill could cost $224M
        CDT:  Missouri Scholars Academy financial burden might fall on families X
        CDT:  FCC ruling forestalls Schaefer's effort to block city-owned broadband X
        Missourinet:  Bill to free Missouri man serving life for pot offenses gains support
        AP:  Black Caucus Chair Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) says "Ferguson agenda" should be a high priority
        KWMU:  No new Ferguson bills on Missouri legislative agenda following Justice Department report
        KC Star:  In KC, Nixon says police problems may extend beyond Ferguson +
        KWMU:  Michael Brown's family plans to sue Ferguson, Wilson over death
        Missourinet:  Michael Brown's family will sue for 'wrongful death'
        Washington Missourian editorial:  "Uptight" Schweich "did not possess the armor in his makeup" to handle attacks - and Hancock won't be stepping down
        Washington Missourian editorial:  If Ike Skelton was still in Congress, we wouldn't even be talking about planned cuts to Fort Leonard Wood
        KC Star editorial:  Reckless gun measures threaten public safety in Missouri and Kansas +
        KC Star editorial:  Key points and outrageous finds in Ferguson report +
        SNL op-ed:  Local Democratic leader Ed Janosik:  Schweich suicide shows problems with Missouri GOP X
        SE Missourian op-ed:  University of Missouri exec vice president Hank Foley:  The University of Missouri as economic driver +
        P-D op-ed:  Former state Sen. Betty Sims (R-Ladue):  A blueprint for higher education
        JCNT letter:  People who were mean to Tom Schweich will be held accountable on Earth, or maybe in the afterlife X
        P-D letter:  McClellan buys Hancock's total baloney
        P-D letter:  Reader uses gun punchline in wake of Schweich suicide
        P-D letter:  Missouri should elect a governor like Tom Schweich
        P-D letter:  Smear campaigns keep decent people out of politics
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        Thursday, March 5
       
P-D:  Mike Kelley, former Missouri Democratic Party exec director, defends John Hancock in Schweich suicide controversy
          KMOX:  Audio:  Mike Kelley on Tom Schweich's decision to kill himself and John Danforth's assignment of blame
          97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Jamie Allman on Tom Schweich's decision to kill himself and John Danforth's assignment of blame
          McClellan:  Why Danforth's eulogy blaming John Hancock for suicide was off base
          KSGF:  Nick Reed on Schweich suicide:  Can an adult be "bullied"?  Why are we taking responsibility away from the person who killed himself?
          SNL:  Blunt says GOP state committee should make the call on MOGOP chairman X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Mike Kelley on Schweich blame game, McCaskill on Ferguson +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Hartzler talks about impact of Fort Leonard Wood cuts
          KRES (Moberly):  Sen. Kit Bond weighs in on Fort Leonard Wood
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves, Blunt weigh in on Homeland Security brouhaha X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill legislation will address campus rape X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon's options for state auditor:  Jeff Harris, Victor Callahan, minority/female candidates, others
          Brownfield Ag News:  Disagreements apparent over proposal for elected ag director;  Missouri Farm Bureau notes issue of urban-rural voting split, but Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) begs to differ
          The Maneater:  Missouri lawmakers introduce photo ID requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Sam Brownback touts Kansas' success at Grow Missouri event
          AP:  Grow Missouri hosts Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
          CDT:  House Budget Committee approves $26.1 billion spending plan X
          AP:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) says bill to bar health insurance subsidies is a first step to dismantling Obamacare
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial passage to medical malpractice award limits
          AP:  Missouri House endorses lawsuit caps for medical malpractice
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Jobs for Education Program would benefit small business, higher ed;  Comments from Rep. Delus Johnson (R-St. Joseph), NFIB's Brad Jones, St. Joe Chamber's Pat Lilly X
          KC Star:  Students ask UMKC chancellor more questions about Bloch School controversy +
          KWMU:  Student transfer bills on fast tracks in Jefferson City
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers told of 'gap' in Missouri law on kids abusing kids
          JCNT:  Jefferson City woman:  State needs power to investigate child-on-child abuse X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles) says new tax credit will help new grape growers and wine producers
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) seeks to restrict Nixon's authority to bond Rams stadium
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Journogang chats with Slay COS Mary Ellen Ponder on keeping the Rams, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, more
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Skunks enter mating season;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation warns Missourians to beware of stinky, rabid animals
          NPR:  Justice investigation backs former Officer Darren Wilson;  Report details Michael Brown's assault on convenience store owner, attack on officer
          KWMU:  Justice Department finds that Wilson's use of force was reasonable
          P-D:  Justice Department finds that Ferguson officer under attack did not violate assailant's civil rights
          KMOX:  Darren Wilson 'relieved' at feds' confirmation of grand jury ruling
          AP:  Michael Brown's uncle unhappy about Justice Department confirmation of grand jury's ruling
          AP:  McCulloch not surprised by Justice decision, says enduring attacks from people who disregard facts is part of his job
          P-D:  Protesters congregate outside Ferguson police department, give up protest before 11 p.m.
          P-D:  DOJ issues Ferguson report;  Holder says attack on Wilson and subsequent events "set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg"
          KWMU:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles:  "We must do better"
          P-D:  Holder's report calls Ferguson municipal court an abusive fundraising tool
          KSGF (Springfield):  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on Dept. of Justice's lamentations vs. reality faced by law enforcement
          The Maneater:  Nixon's "Office of Community Engagement" remains unfunded
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed, Chappelle-Nadal, Black Caucus' Ellington react to Justice Department report
          AP:  Nasheed, Chappelle-Nadal want to disband Ferguson police department
          JCNT editorial:  Negative campaigning will continue X
          P-D editorial:  The hammer of justice falls on Ferguson
          KC Star editorial:  Corrective action must follow Justice Department's report on Ferguson, Mo. +
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian pontifications on state vs. local laws, Uber and plastic bags X
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        Wednesday, March 4
       
KWMU:  Danforth blames political smear campaign for Schweich's suicide
          Missourinet:  Danforth eulogy condemns 'bullying,' 'whisper campaign' against Schweich
          P-D:  Danforth, in eulogy, decries 'whispering campaign' against Schweich
          KC Star:  'Words' killed Tom Schweich, Danforth says, as friends remember 'intense' public servant +
          AP:  Danforth decries political bullies in Schweich eulogy
          Missourinet:  GOP veteran/Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson:  John Hancock should resign
          AP:  Missouri House passes resolution honoring Schweich
          KC Star:  Cleaver not part of Democratic boycott of Netanyahu speech +
          AP:  State revenues still up close to 5 percent from last year
          AP:  Missouri unemployment rate increases slightly in January
          AP:  Missouri House panel OKs budget with more K-12 school money
          AP:  House committee OKs Haahr's bill for sports for homeschooled students
          KWMU:  The challenge of training enough doctors to meet Missouri needs;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health, panel of students from "Washington Universit [sic]" UPDATE:  Corrected without attribution
          AP:  Former head of St. Louis black police officers' association suspended for stealing $200,000 in member dues;  Sgt. Darren Wilson not related to Ferguson officer Darren Wilson
          P-D:  Darren Wilson, former head of black officer group, put on leave after allegedly stealing member dues
          P-D:  Police reveal new video, photos of looters;  Buxom brunette beauty, pack of males shatter windows and steal from Cricket Wireless
          KWMU Race/Culture/Diversity Fellow Emanuele Berry:  Report shows police were "racially bias [sic]" and "blacks are disproportionality [sic] targeted," but can "serve as an example to others [sic] police departments" UPDATE:  Corrected without attribution
          AP:  Justice Dept. report criticizes Ferguson police
          AP:  Ferguson cast of characters:  Police Chief Tom Jackson, Gentle Giant Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson, Trayvon Martin's attorney, others
          P-D:  DOJ will hone in on Ferguson traffic stop numbers
          P-D editorial:  The martydom of Tom Schweich
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jack Spooner:  A tribute to Tom Schweich
          Jensen:  Missouri's GOP congressional delegation should be burning the midnight oil on immigration +
          Shelly:  Schweich's suicide won't enjoy an extended news cycle, but we have to try to understand why he did what he did +
          Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  Schweich's decision to kill himself shows Missouri needs more mental health professionals
          CDT op-ed:  McCaskill:  A plan to curb sexual violence on campuses X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville):  Time to reform Department of Conservation X
          KWMU's Bill Freivogel:  Justice Department investigation of Ferguson policing is just first step in instituting change
          P-D letter:  Former STL County Assistant Elections Director Dick Bauer (R):  Slander and innuendoes hurt our civil society
          P-D letter:  Missouri Department of Mental Health's Linda Tolle:  State should not have allowed Tom Schweich to be bullied
          JCNT letter:  Schweich frequently spoke to student groups X
          P-D letter:  Missouri lost a valuable public servant
          P-D letter:  Editorial should have been more sympathetic, and John Hancock should be sued
          KC Star letter:  Rex Sinquefield, Jeff Roe are responsible for Schweich's decision to kill himself +
          JCNT letter:  "Cold-blooded, anonymous jerks" are responsible for Schweich's decision to kill himself X
          P-D letter:  "Ban the Box" bill would remove an obstacle to employment for ex-offenders
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        Tuesday, March 3
       
P-D:  Family and friends - in addition to politicians - to attend Schweich's funeral
        AP:  Danforth to offer eulogy at Schweich funeral today
        AP:  State lawmakers cancel hearings due to auditor's funeral
        Kirksville Daily Express:  Ad that labeled Schweich 'weak' linked to former Kirksville attorney Seth Shumaker
        Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) calls for end to negative ads after Schweich's suicide
        CDT:  Parson seeks to fight dirty politics in response to Schweich's suicide X
        AP:  Parson seeks clean politics after Schweich's suicide
        P-D:  Parson calls for lawmakers to be honest in ads following Schweich's suicide
        Missourinet:  Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) remembers Schweich
        Drebes:  Woody Overton, Kelvin Simmons to host event for Hillary Clinton primary opponent Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
        Missourinet:  Missourians, elected officials voice opposition to Fort Leonard Wood cuts
        KOMU:  Community, lawmakers speak against Fort Leonard Wood cuts
        Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland);  Parson on negative ads;  More +
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Reporter Marshall Griffin remembers Schweich;  Will Kraus on plans for SOS office, voter reg, tax cuts, more
        KWIX (Kirksville):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) on pension legislation
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri's A+ Schools Program benefits community members of all ages
        The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would penalize state employees for recognizing same-sex marriages
        KWMU:  Exit interview:  EPA's Karl Brooks says St. Louis still has challenges
        AP:  Ferguson news guide:  No charges expected for officer assaulted by Michael Brown
        P-D:  Ferguson, state officials to be briefed on DOJ investigation today
        AP:  KC Schools wins lawsuit over Ferguson protests;  District won't compensate any of 14 students who walked out of Nixon speech, and won't pay ACLU lawyer fees
        KC Star:  KC Schools won't pay protesting students for "damages," and won't pay ACLU +
        P-D:  Ferguson Commission ponders tasks ahead
        KWMU:  Obama's "Task Force on 21st Century Policing" offers recommendations:  require training to "combat implicit bias," etc.
        AP:  Obama panel challenges St. Louis to "face its reality"
        P-D:  Obama's policing task force recommends independent investigation of police shootings
        KC Star editorial:  Memorializing Tom Schweich by criticizing Jeff Roe, John Hancock, Rex Sinquefield +
        P-D editorial:  Legislature to felons:  Get your guns in the Show-Me State
        SNL op-ed:  Mayor Francis Slay:  Troubling results of Missouri's gun amendment
        P-D letter:  McCaskill, Blunt and Wagner should stop supporting Keystone XL and start supporting carbon fee
        P-D letter:  Zweifel's tuition plan is a good idea
        P-D letter:  School-retention bill a bad idea;  Chappelle-Nadal "needs to end her stroll around Lake Wobegone and come back to Lake Reality"
        KC Star letter:  Silvey, Schaefer shouldn't punish districts for bullying problems +
        P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood CEO dislikes bill mandating annual inspections
        SNL letter:  Leave state Conservation funds alone X
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        Monday, March 2
       
KC Star:  Senate race highlights changing attitude about candidates' military service;  MSU prof George Connor says Kander's vet status not enough to overcome (D) label +
          Missourinet:  Missourians, elected officials to rally against Fort Leonard Wood cuts
          AP:  February report:  Economic growth likely for Midwest states
          KSHB:  "STANDUP KC" draws small crowd to hear wage complaints;  Sandwich artist Terrance Wise shares hard-knock story, microeconomic theory
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Fact check:  How the fight for $15/hr. could cost jobs in the long run
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Lighting up another tobacco tax increase effort in Missouri;  Host Mike Ferguson talks with Brian Schmidt, Carl Bearden
          Drebes:  Talk of Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) running for SOS likely untrue
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Messenger on Schweich;  Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare could affect Missouri +
          Kraske:  The politics surrounding Schweich's death will emerge post-funeral +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on school transfer bill and Schweich
          P-D:  No solid tuition fix in school transfer bills
          Missourinet:  Senators threaten budget cuts for schools that fail to stop bullying
          The Maneater:  Hundreds of UM System alumni descend upon Capitol for lobbying day
          Washington Missourian:  County Clerk Debbie Door (R) supports photo ID, says requiring identification is not a barrier to voting
          AP:  Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities on plastic bags, other regulations
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger weighs in on toll road proposal
          SE Missourian:  Regional panel urges no change in air-quality rules +
          NY Times:  Eric Holder to blame Ferguson police for racial tensions
          AP:  Eric Holder set to announce thoughts on Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In Memoriam:  Tom Schweich
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill is right to support Keystone XL
          JCNT editorial:  Governing principles caught in political crossfire;  Allowing legislative leaders to "intervene" in lawsuits leads to political one-upsmanship X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT's stripped-down plan will lead to more lawsuits
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City School District makes a steady march toward full accreditation +
          P-D op-ed:  Bevis Schock:  Acting like beggars for a football stadium
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau is attacking Department of Conservation X
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian suggests that SLU also build a monument for police who endured protester savagery
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        Sunday, March 1
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Outcome of Obamacare subsidy case could have 'drastic' consequences for Missouri
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  Tony Messenger's statement on his conversations with - and final voice mail from - Tom Schweich
          P-D:  Political tensions Schweich faced had mounted
          KC Star's Barb Shelly:  What a tragedy:  Schweich's suicide means Missourians will end up with Rex Sinquefield-owned Gov. Chris Koster or Gov. Catherine Hanaway +
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens opens exploratory committee - plus, the list of domain names he registered for himself back in 2009
          KWIX (Kirksville):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) files "Get Government Off My Back" bill
          AP:  Missouri GOP bristles at mandates, but sometimes uses them
          JCNT:  Legislators push bonds as way to fund more projects X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) sponsors bill to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers:  School transfers debate important for entire state X
          P-D:  In St. Louis County, number of nonwhite first-graders on the rise
          SE Missourian:  Programs help ex-cons try to re-enter society +
          JCNT:  Fulton State Hospital work expected to begin in spring X
          JCNT editorial:  In Memoriam:  Tom Schweich X
          SNL editorial:  Public video records at risk in state Senate X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Right to Work:  Freedom to work gives us freedom to grow X
          KC Star letter:  Whoever pushed Tom Schweich over the edge should feel really bad about it +
          P-D letter:  Missouri needs far better transportation planning
          P-D letter:  Nasheed's comments are insulting to Isom's intelligence
          P-D letter:  Mehlville School District president:  State should not give failing school districts a discount
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman attempts analogy involving right-to-work legislation and purse-snatching from "my granny" X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says that when Planned Parenthood M'Evie Mead says "no patient was at risk," she's forgetting about the babies getting killed
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        Saturday, February 28
       
Kraske:  Do we expect too much of our politicians? +
          Lieb:  Why would Schweich kill himself?
          AP:  A look at some of Schweich's top audit findings
          P-D:  In wake of Schweich's death, politics pushed aside by grief
          KC Star:  Schweich reactions, Day Two +
          CDT:  Schweich remembered by friends, rivals for tenacity, lengthy public service
          AP:  Funeral for Schweich set for Tuesday
          KWMU:  Nixon names longtime adviser John Watson as temporary auditor;  Hancock communicates with state's grassroots GOP leaders regarding Schweich
          CDT:  Nixon appointes longtime aide as interim auditor to replace Schweich X
          AP:  Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor
          AP:  Hanaway cancels campaign events
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon changes travel plans after Schweich's suicide, will send wife to Cuba instead
          Columbia Missourian:  Georganne Nixon to take governor's place on Cuba trip
          Washington Post:  McCaskill, others introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general
          KC Star:  Mend loophole on wireless auctions, McCaskill warns FCC +
          SNL:  Immigration showdown tests Blunt's vow to end dysfunction X
          KWMU:  McCaskill introduces new bill to address sexual violence on campus
          CDT:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) announces committee to advocate for infrastructure ballot issues X
          P-D:  St. Louis judge tosses out gun case, citing Amendment 5
          CDT:  UM President Tim Wolfe taking a one-month vacation X
          KSHB:  Schmitt wants accountability after Liberty boy with autism beaten up
          The Missouri Times:  Bills involving Missouri High School Athletics Association move forward
          KWMU:  Missouri Highway Patrol seeks minority candidates
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of Missouri GOP transgressions:  Plastic bags, gay marriage, California egg rule +
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian remembers Schweich, then criticizes Koster and Hanaway for taking Sinquefield money X
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Candidate's suicide holds up unflattering mirror to our politics +
          P-D letter:  Twelve GOP state legislators respond to P-D editorial on Missouri Department of Conservation
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says GOP legislators don't care if Missourians die
          SNL letter:  Library employee dislikes Nixon's funding cut for libraries X
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        Friday, February 27
       
Messenger:  From voicemail to voicemail:  The short political life and times of Tom Schweich
        KWMU:  State auditor Tom Schweich dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound
        Missourinet:  Schweich called reporters minutes before apparent suicide
        P-D:  Auditor Tom Schweich called seeking an interview just before his suicide
        KC Star:  Schweich dead of apparent suicide +
        AP:  Schweich dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Only one quote worth mentioning:  Rest in peace, Mister Auditor. +
        KWMU:  Schweich remembered as dedicated public servant;  Came out swinging in bid for governor
        Missourinet:  Missouri leaders react to Schweich suicide
        JCNT:  Capitol remembers Schweich in brief prayer service X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) reacts to Schweich's death
        KWMU:  Nixon will soon have to pick Schweich's successor
        JCNT:  Nixon to fill vacancy in auditor's office X
        AP:  Schweich's death leaves vacancy
        SNL:  Challenge to health care subsidies could mean a new headache for GOP;  Comments from Blunt X
        AP:  Akin nixes bloggy clickbait, affirms he's not running for Senate in 2016
        CDT:  Recovering legislator Chris Kelly, now a lobbyist, will lead support of Columbia ballot issues
        CDT:  State Supreme Court hears challenges to voter-passed gun and farming amendments
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) on defending gun rights amendment
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jay Nixon appoints Steve Sokoloff, Caucasoid former prosecutor, to fill spot vacated by black cop
        Washington Missourian:  Weed, right to work, prescription drug monitoring discussed at Chamber government forum
        CDT:  State ag department issues license to grow cannabis for epilepsy patients X
        JCNT:  Scrambled California egg law hurts Missouri farmers;  Kehoe resolution would send message to California, HSUS X
        CDT:  Senate approves Schaefer bill to keep Nixon out of UM presidency X
        The Missouri Times:  Schmitt, lawmakers blast Liberty Schools in child's attack, promise anti-bullying bill
        AP:  Schmitt faults district after autistic boy beaten
        Fox 4 KC:  Schmitt outraged over beating of Liberty Middle School boy
        KCTV:  Schmitt condemns school for failing to prevent savage beating of Liberty boy
        LA Times:  Missouri lawmakers outraged by apparent bullying attack on boy
        The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri hosts Lobby Day
        AP:  Sale of $38.5M in bonds for University of Missouri approved
        P-D:  Missouri agency suggests new priorities in awarding subsidized housing projects
        P-D:  Missouri lawmakers eye earlier health insurance rate disclosure
        Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) allows 911 call centers to consolidate
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Audits from Schweich's office will put more emphasis on local taxing entities, and that's good news
        KC Star editorial:  Eulogy of Tom Schweich, gratuitious swipe at Rex Sinquefield +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Lack of leadership on transportation from Nixon, Legislature is pathetic
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Raising speed limits, allowing no helmets will cost Missouri lives
        JCNT letter:  Legislature should dedicate energy to things other than regulation of plastic grocery bags X
        KC Star letter:  Palmyra man attempts sarcasm regarding Kinder and per diem +
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Murderer with "deteriorating mental capacity" shouldn't be executed
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        Thursday, February 26
       
KODE (Joplin):  McCaskill pushes to end trade embargo with Cuba
          KWMU:  U.S. Commerce Dept. approves Missouri rice shipment to Cuba
          Wall Street Journal:  FCC's net neutrality rules expected to unleash court challenges;  McCaskill says both sides "are being completely demagogic"
          P-D:  State legislators push to keep federal agency in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter interview with John Hancock:  Thoughts on MRP changes, GOP primaries, name association about state leaders, Cards-Royals predictions, more
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter interview with Catherine Hanaway:  Thoughts on "sexual permissiveness" blip, Sinquefield, Schweich, name association about state leaders, more
          Drebes:  Feedback on Speaker of the House 2019 list:  Don't forget the first Madam Speaker
          Kraske:  Missouri journalists criticize Nixon's approach to press;  D.C. journalists satiate Akin's need for external validation;  Eric Greitens talks upcoming campaign +
          KWMU:  Dan Isom stepping down as head of Missouri Dept. of Public Safety (DPS);  Nasheed disappointed in Nixon, says Isom not "given the leeway to make reforms"
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed says Isom set to resign;  Phone calls to DPS go unanswered
          P-D:  Former St. Louis City police chief resigns as Nixon's public safety chief after six months
          AP:  Public safety director chosen amid Ferguson unrest resigns
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce offers long-term plan to rev up economy;  Dan Mehan explains "Missouri 2030" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri gun rights, 'right to farm' challenges highlight procedural issues
          JCNT:  Missouri's farming, gun rights challenged X
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court weighing farming, gun-rights measures
          KWMU:  Gun rights and 'right to farm' amendments misled voters, critics tell Supreme Court
          P-D:  Opponents want Missouri Supreme Court to throw out gun-rights amendment
          The Missouri Times:  House considers drug-monitoring program
          KC Star:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), other lawmakers to schools:  Stop bullies or lose funding +
          KMBC:  Support grows for student savagely beaten;  Schmitt wants schools that don't curb bullying held financially accountable
          AP:  Missouri House panel wants more for K-12 education
          AP:  Diehl wants to strip $4.5M in funding for membership to group that makes Common Core tests
          KWMU:  Missouri schools chief Margie Vandeven:  Normandy is 'fixable';  approach must balance all districts' needs
          KWMU:  Senate gives first approval to Schaefer's bill keeping Nixon from becoming University of Missouri president
          CDT:  House budget eliminates staff for research committee X
          The Missouri Times:  House leaders look to cut legislative research
          CDT:  Lawmakers tour space pegged for potential new member offices X
          P-D:  Ameren, Missouri Public Counsel resolve energy efficiency program dispute
          The Missouri Times:  Certified nurse anesthetists crowd Capitol for lobbying effort
          JCNT:  Legislative bills pit health care professionals against each other X
          AP:  Missouri House approves annual inspection of abortion clinic
          P-D:  Bill would require annual inspections at St. Louis abortion facility
          The Missouri Times:  Concerned Women for America supports pro-life bill
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid-expansion supporters seek to persuade lawmakers by distributing mock "death certificates"
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Medicaid advocates hand out "death certificates" to lawmakers, but pleas "are likely to fall on deaf ears"
          SNL:  Nixon pushes renewal of state parks sales tax X
          Missourinet:  Proposal to slash Missouri Conservation permit fees slashed
          Missourinet:  Execution date set for Missouri man who murdered over child support;  Andre Cole stabbed ex's new lover to death, then tried to kill her
          Missourinet:  Changes to Missouri deadly force law debated
          P-D:  Seven months after first round of Ferguson riots, students continue talking about race;  Hazelwood East Spartan Dwayne McCowan:  "Is there hope for St. Louis?  I'd say heck yeah!"
          KWMU:  St. Louis County to launch health survey of residents near Bridgeton Landfill;  EPA already concluded air quality is no different, but North Countians still complaining about nosebleeds and tummyaches
          P-D:  State to get more landfill data;  Republic says new report shows fire contained
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill and Nixon right to support Cuba
          P-D editorial:  By giving in to Ferguson protesters' demands, SLU president is acting in the honorable tradition of universities
          SNL op-ed:  Cost of expanding Medicaid will lower standard of living X
          P-D letter:  Area woman notes Republicans don't want to expand Medicaid - even though it would help businesses - so they're a bunch of hypocrites
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        Wednesday, February 25
       
The Hill:  McCaskill will vote to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL
          SNL:  Missouri delegation responds to DHS bill free of immigration measures X
          P-D:  McCaskill may go along with plan to end DHS funding impasse
          JCNT:  McCaskill:  Time for U.S. to end Cuban embargo X
          KC Star:  McCaskill says U.S. overture to Cuba has Havana government worried +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri delegation heads to Cuba on Sunday;  Comments from Nixon, Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          KODE (Joplin):  McCaskill talks Cuba, state rep's resolution quoting phrase from Declaration of Independence, "71 cents for every dollar a man makes" femimeme, more
          NY Times:  Hillary '16 will spend even more time talking about gender than did Hillary '08;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  St. Louis man pleads guilty to theft of government funds;  Michael Leon Adkins abused HUD programs
          P-D:  For first time since 2010, St. Louis County will open up Section 8 waiting list for housing vouchers
          CDT:  Kander aims at Blunt's Washington ties in opening round of Senate campaign X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander vs. Blunt begins;  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) on ethics overhaul +
          P-D:  Eric Greitens set to announce GOP bid for governor
          JCNT:  Attorney general candidate Kurt Schaefer asks Koster to get involved in Texas immigration suit X
          Drebes:  The five top contenders to take over for Speaker Todd Richardson in 2019
          Columbia Journalism Review:  How limited access to state officials hurts reporting in Missouri;  Veteran journalists say things have changed for the worst under Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
          CDT:  Rowden bill for video streaming of Legislature heard by House committee X
          AP:  Missouri judge rules pact with Common Core testing 'illegal'
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to throw out gun rights amendment
          KC Star:  Doing much of the teaching but failing to lift themselves up financially, adjunct faculty joins unions;  SEIU says it has not established a foothold in KC area +
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers have a long way to go in the school transfer debate
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate give first-round approval to student transfer fixes
          AP:  House, Senate initially approve student transfer bills
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers approve two school transfer bills
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schweich's audit revealed millions of dollars in stipends awarded to district employees without board approval X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia's black students help lead district to top tier in suspension rankings
          Missourinet:  Proposals target fraud against Missouri seniors and disabled
          KWMU:  Missouri Hospital Association organizes "telephone town hall" to tout Silvey's legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers tour potential new locations for state offices
          The Missouri Times:  Bag-ban bill gives freshman Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) national attention
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court says state went too far to tax gym
          SE Missourian:  Change in state law allows small towns to opt out of uncontested elections +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to hold meetings on deer-hunting regulations
          AP:  In response to Michael Brown theft/assault/shooting, Senate panel considers change to deadly force law
          P-D:  Deadly force changes get airing in Missouri Senate
          JCNT:  Senate committee hears two proposals on sentencing juvenile killers X
          P-D:  Protesters test the leadership of SLU's new president;  Leader of "Tribe X" sect praises Fred Pestello's acquiescence
          P-D editorial:  Closing police video records is wrong step for Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel:  "Missouri Promise" program would allow anyone of functional wits - and a decent work ethic - the opportunity to go to college
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Columnist chats with imaginary friend about payday loans, references "former Rep. Mary Stills [sic]"
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Look at suspension data with critical eye;  For example, area whites in secondary school are punished more frequently than Latinos +
          KC Star op-ed:  Create the I-70 of the future:  Electric cars that drive themselves +
          P-D letter:  Response to P-D editorial:  Only 47 percent of people are taking "assistance" - only 53 percent more to go to please the socialists
          P-D letter:  SLU law students who jeered McCulloch are asinine, are suited to join the mobs that overran Ferguson streets
          P-D letter:  Protesters blocking the street are lawless thugs - so what happens if a law-abiding driver just so happens to "panic" and runs them over?
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        Tuesday, February 24
       
KWMU:  McCaskill:  Ending embargo against Cuba would be 'boon' for Missouri businesses
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill supports ending Cuba embargo +
          SNL:  After Cuba visit, McCaskill more convinced embargo should be lifted X
          P-D:  Just returned from Cuba trip, McCaskill calls for lifting trade embargo
          AP:  McCaskill supports legislation to end trade embargo with Cuba
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Consulting group issues report claiming Missouri can reach EPA goals for carbon reduction
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Dems hold annual chili supper;  Kander speaks
          CDT:  Sara Walsh, Gary Harris appointed to Missouri GOP executive committee X
          Drebes:  Who is Eric Greitens, and how soon is he announcing his bid for governor?
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear farming amendment challenge tomorrow
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) reacts to Kinder's "gradual impoverishment" request
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel releases midterm report
          CDT:  House committee advances bill to ban lobbyist-paid travel outside Missouri X
          JCNT:  Senate ethics bill on way to House floor X
          KWMU:  Two different Missouri Senate proposals to require photo IDs for voting;  Comments from GOP Sens. Will Kraus, Rob Schaaf
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes legislation limiting welfare benefits;  TANF recipients would be allowed only four years to hang out on the dole
          AP:  Missouri's black grade-schoolers lead the nation in suspensions
          KC Star:  Missouri's black grade-schoolers dominate national suspension rankings;  St. Louis City, Normandy, Riverview Gardens and KC districts drive top numbers +
          P-D:  When it comes to suspensions, black grade-schoolers in Missouri far outdo peers in other states
          Missourinet:  Missouri House fast-tracks Amber Alert bill inspired by Hailey Owens
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Committee hears testimony on medical marijuana
          AP:  Lawmakers hear testimony on medical marijuana:  Former TV host Montel Williams:  "I could care less [sic] about anybody who wants to get high"
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana bill heard before committee
          AP:  Missouri House endorses annual inspection of abortion clinic
          AP:  Missouri bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags
          P-D:  Ameren rate increase could be lower than first thought
          CDT:  State stages disaster drill at dormant fairground X
          P-D:  Protesters go to County Executive Steve Stenger's home at 6:30 a.m. as part of "Monday Mourning" stunt series
          P-D:  Activist warns:  Return of warm weather to St. Louis will stir more protester violence
          KWMU:  Civil rights oversight body hears full day of complaints
          P-D editorial:  Times are tough for Missouri women;  Women make "71 cents for every dollar a man makes" (not accounting for differences in occupation, education, hours worked per week), other sad stats
          Shelley:  Rex Sinquefield has his tentacles in University of Missouri research numbers, and that's not fair +
          CDT's Waters:  Besides the fact he's running for attorney general, why does Kurt Schaefer care about Uber? X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman offers sarcastic advice to Kinder re: budgeting
          P-D letter:  Florissant man manufactures sarcastic punchline on Nixon, National Guard and Ferguson
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape woman supports "Death with Dignity" bill +
          KC Star letters:  Union member opposes right to work;  GOP bill on plastic bags is hypocritical +
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        Monday, February 23
       
P-D:  Temporary truce:  Catherine Hanaway, Tom Schweich hold their fire at Lincoln Day
          CDT:  Likely AG candidate Joshua Hawley:  Nixon, Koster 'fundamentally dishonest' on gay marriage X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Hancock and Kelley:  On Kander's bid, Obamacare, McCaskill and Cuba, Ferguson
          P-D:  Kerry Messer, prominent pro-family lobbyist, searches for his missing wife
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed;  Panel discussion between Katie Casas (D), Anne Schweitzer (D), Jeremy Lafaver (D), Ron Hicks (R)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear 'right to farm' challenge Wednesday
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Kehoe talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about transportation, unemployment benefits and his political future
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Cell phones, tablets and thieves:  Does Missouri need new laws to catch up?  Discussion from Rep. Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights), AT&T's John Sondag
          AP:  Under GOP budget, taxpayers won't fund Nixon's Ferguson "Office of Community Engagement"
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana to get Missouri House hearing today
          KWMU:  KC, rural legislators don't share Nixon's bullishness on St. Louis stadium
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Legislature asks:  Paper or plastic? X
          P-D:  Missouri tests a carrot-and-stick approach to higher education
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In wake of Schweich audit, district moves to fire supe X
          Washington Missourian:  Residents express concerns about water at Ameren permit hearing
          KC Star:  St. Louis looks to Kansas City for help with homicide onslaught +
          Student Life (Washington U.):  "Fossil Free WashU" complains about Peabody;  Comments from freshman who says private university should maximize investment return and not cave to activist demands
          JCNT editorial:  Kinder should have known better than to ask for per diem X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association's Mike Deering:  Hold Missouri Department of Conservation accountable for tax money
          P-D letter:  Leave the Missouri Department of Conservation alone
          P-D letter:  Fenton man says Brian Munzlinger, Bryan Spencer and Wanda Brown are enemies of Missouri sportsmen
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        Sunday, February 22
       
KWMU:  John Hancock elected as next Missouri GOP chairman;  State committee members favor Scott Walker for president, Catherine Hanaway for governor
        CDT:  Republicans choose Hancock as party chairman;  Valinda Freed wins vice-chair spot over Schweich Chief of Staff Trish Vincent X 
        CDT:  State committee gov vote:  Hanaway 29, Schweich 14, Eric Greitens and John Brunner tied at 5, Kinder 4 X
        AP:  John Hancock elected party chair of MOGOP;  GOP vet starts with party $77,189 in the red
        The Missouri Times:  Hancock elected GOP chairman
        P-D:  John Hancock elected chairman of Missouri GOP
        P-D:  At Lincoln Day, Blunt still mum on challenge from Kander
        AP:  At Lincoln Day, Hanaway and Schweich avoid taking shots at each other
        CDT:  John Webb will challenge Vicky Hartzler in primary again, says incumbent is too liberal X
        Kraske:  A walk through the gauntlet of Lincoln Day display tables:  Women and weed, "Alliances" and also-rans +
        AP:  Fort Leonard Wood job cuts to be discussed at Nutter Field House on March 2
        P-D:  North St. Louis City neighborhood struggles with prospect for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency;  Area was ground zero for infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project
        Drebes:  Weekly poll from February 7
        Drebes:  Weekly poll from February 14
        KC Star:  Sinquefield critics complain about budget numbers coming from University of Missouri's Economic & Policy Analysis Research Center (EPARC) +
        AP:  State seeks alternatives for highway, bridge funding;  Comments from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair)
        AP:  Summary of alternative ways to pay for highway, bridge funding
        Columbia Missourian:  Columbia, MoDOT search for scarce road money
        Ashley Jost's Learning Curve:  Zweifel visits MU to talk financial aid;  Senior Jamon Finley laments struggle of borrowing money, then having to work to pay it back X
        CDT:  MU medical school expansion tied up in budget fight X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Jason Kander is a bright young man who will run a spirited campaign
        P-D editorial:  If facts mattered, Medicaid expansion in Missouri would be a slam dunk - unfortunately, opponents can't handle the truth
        P-D editorial:  Missouri student transfer bill needs simple tuition fix
        KC Star:  Conservation Commission expansion is reasonable, but major fixes aren't needed in a Missouri success story +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Unions, Ameren put forth solid effort to keep Rams in St. Louis
        SNL letter:  Jobs with Justice opposes right to work X
        P-D letter:  Retired union official opposes right to work
        SNL letter:  Right to work hurts unions, wages X
        SNL letter:  Right to work gives workers a choice X
        P-D letter:  Plenty of blame to go around for letting criminal element destroy Ferguson
        P-D letter:  Governor's no-win Ferguson conundrum:  If Nixon had used the National Guard, people would whine about looters/arsonists being put down
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        Saturday, February 21
       
KWMU:  Missouri Republicans take verbal aim at Kander, Obama
          CDT:  Missouri Republicans focus on Obama policies at Kansas City gathering X
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans take on Barack Obama in KC meeting +
          Fox 4 KC:  Jeff Roe poll, via Drebes, shows Blunt leading Kander
          Washington Post:  With loss to Blunt, Kander may be setting himself up for another race in the future
          Kraske:  Kander hopes Blunt is vulnerable;  Hancock wants to move state primaries;  What will Peter Kinder choose? +
          CDT:  Joshua Hawley prepares to challenge Kurt Schaefer in MO GOP AG primary X
          USA Today:  GM names new top lawyer;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  Illinois county plans to offer land near Scott AFB at no cost for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency relocation
          Drebes:  Weekly poll results:  Minimum wage, tax credit for student loans, more
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) gives select legislators the ability to intervene in lawsuits
          KC Star:  Second Bloch School faculty member resigns in wake of rankings scandal +
          AP:  Second professor quits amid ranking scandal at Missouri college
          CDT:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) seeks to overturn local rules on Uber-style ride services X
          KWMU:  Anti-drug agency looks to state legislators, law enforcement for help combating heroin
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) wants to let Missouri homeschoolers play public school sports
          KOMU (Columbia):  Parents want home-school students in public-school activities
          P-D:  OPPS!  Ameren accidentally discloses settlement negotiations with regulators
          Washington Missourian:  Alderman:  Utilities relocation bill from Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) would be costly
          KOMU (Columbia):  MoDOT says increase in fatal accidents is related to seat belt use
          CDT:  Group opposing death penalty draws 25 to hear local law prof speak X
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) wants to abusive traffic ticket schemes
(link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D:  McCulloch, at SLU, shares insight into Michael Brown's theft/assault/shooting case
          KWMU:  Protesters yell, sing as McCulloch explains his office's approach to Michael Brown case
          AP:  Protesters:  "Black lives matter!"  McCulloch:  "I'm pretty sure all lives matter."
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Kinder and per diem;  Voter ID proposal +
          P-D editorial:  Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize more Kinder-Kare
          P-D editorial:  Republicans are the "Mean Boys & Girls Club," and are full of "pure meanness"
          CDT's Waters:  Kinder's folly X
          CDT's Waters:  Photo ID puts an additional burden on voters X
          JCNT editorial:  Virtual schools won't solve real education puzzle X
          P-D letter:  Early childhood education should be funded
          P-D letter  Kirkwood man share octogenarian wisdom - if you don't like traffic tickets, perhaps you should not break the law
          P-D letter:  Thanks to Nixon's inaction in Ferguson, citizens will have to shoot looters themselves
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says that if Nixon had used National Guard, lowlife looters would have "run like roaches"
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        Friday, February 20   Toward a more memorable, meaningful Lincoln Day Weekend
       
Reuters:  McCaskill returns from Cuba, says business and ag support can help make push more bipartisan
          SE Missourian:  Nixon to explore opportunities for international trade with Cuba +
          P-D:  McCaskill fires back on GOP claims Democrats are holding up homeland security vote
          KWMU:  North City residents can stay if National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) doesn't choose city for relocation
          KWMU:  Jason Kander announces bid for U.S. Senate in 2016
          The Missouri Times:  Jason Kander announces United States Senate bid
          Missourinet:  Jason Kander announces run for Senate seat held by Roy Blunt
          P-D:  Kander announces he'll seek Senate seat held by Blunt
          SNL:  Jason Kander announces he will run for U.S. Senate in 2016 X
          Kraske:  Kander's bid is audacious - and enormously challenging. +
          AP:  Jay Ashcroft now says he's running for secretary of state;  Will Kraus announced bid last July
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft enters GOP primary for secretary of state
          KC Star:  Jay Ashcroft says he'll take on Will Kraus in GOP SOS primary +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) uses his role as senator and potential attorney general to rein in federal overreach
          Drebes:  Zech Hockersmith, who lost House bid as a Dem, to run as a Republican for Sen. Dan Brown's open seat in 2018
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder wants an allowance +
          The Missouri Times:  Slideshow:  Capitol Gala 2015
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol staffers Stephanie Boeth (Barnes) and David Willis (Richardson) to wed Nov. 14
          KWMU:  Gun rights amendment had unintended outcomes;  High court to decide fate
          P-D:  Want a 50-cent doctor visit copay?  Become a Missouri inmate.
          Missourinet:  Missouri House sends voter photo ID proposal to Senate
          Missourinet:  How state reps voted on voter ID bill
          KWMU:  Critics call voter ID bill racist;  Sponsor Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), who is black, disagrees
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes cutoff for changes to ballot measures
          AP:  Demspey will allow vote on right to work
          CDT:  Schaefer seeks to block Columbia from creating high-speed Internet utility X
          AP:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) wants disclosure of unvaccinated children
          P-D:  Payday lending volume in Missouri decreases, but installment lenders increase
          The Missouri Times:  CTE diplomas could become a reality
          AP:  Missouri House panel approves bill on student transfers
          KWMU:  State extends deadline for Normandy students to transfer
          P-D:  New deadline for Normandy transfer students
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) would free man with life sentence for marijuana case
         P-D:  Dogan wants to free man serving life without parole for marijuana
         KWMU:  Labor unions promise 24-hour workdays to build riverfront stadium
         P-D:  Justice Department hasn't briefed Ferguson on the results of the agency's investigation, Mayor James Knowles says
         AP:  Ferguson officials:  No word on federal investigations
         KC Star:  Staff of Butler, Mo. newspaper walk out on employer, start competitive newspaper +
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Republicans who blasted McCaskill over Homeland Security should stop playing games
          JCNT editorial:  Blunt's government advertisement proposal:  What, exactly, is the transparency we seek? X
          P-D editorial:  Turning around the police department battleship
          Shelly:  Whoever put together long list of Medicaid-expansion supporters wasted their time;  It will take wholesale changes in 2016 elections to see any expansion +
          KC Star letters:  Blunt, Graves, other GOP reps should push for big changes;  Government would be in better shape if people sent more letters via snail mail to their congressional offices +
          CDT letter:  Kudos to Tim Wolfe for taking a stand against tax cuts X
          JCNT letter:  Right to work and declining union membership X
          P-D letter:  Editorial overlooks important factors against NGA deal
          P-D letter:  Missouri Legislature should pass "Death with Dignity" bill
          JCNT letter:  Costs of toll roads may exceed benefits X
          JCNT letter:  Republicans are mean, and wrong about a lot of things X
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        Thursday, February 19
       
KC Star:  Enrollment in Obamacare jumps in Missouri +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill's Cuba trip aims to promote trade X
          CDT:  Blunt visits Jefferson City, urges House to dig at roots of race and economic issues X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Blunt visits Salisbury, talks government overreach and Keystone XL
          KC Star:  Blunt at center of immigration policy spat +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly:  Luetkemeyer announces his bid for re-election, talks opportunities and threats of Cuban trade
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner visits Jefferson City, joins with Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to push new penalties for sex trafficking
          KOMU (Columbia):  Wagner, Haahr want crackdown on child sex trafficking in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Wagner, Haahr push making sex trafficking ads illegal
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jake Zimmerman (D) on campaign for attorney general, more
          The Missouri Times:  Yancy Williams brings campaign successes to the Senate
          Helling:  Stadium issues show that St. Louis brings a battle sword to Jefferson City, while KC brings a pocketknife;  Mayor Sly James, tightwad-donor rep don't help
          AP:  Kinder wants same daily allowance that legislators get
          KC Star:  Missouri voter ID law gets initial House approval +
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans look to open door to new voter ID laws
          AP:  Missouri House endorses voter photo ID requirements
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole says there's talk more federal money for MoDOT is possible
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council joins national group to lobby for federal and state transportation issues
          The Current (UMSL):  UMSL students face tuition increase
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) says he wants to improve education by raising teachers' salaries and more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf calls for charges from district audit;  Schweich gave district "poor" rating X
          KWMU:  Two-day conference, supported by DESE, will address "inequality" issues;  Topics include hiring more black teachers, etc.
          KMZU (Carrollton):  MO DHSS looking for organizations to serve free and reduced-price meals over the summer;  Comments from Ryan Hobart
          The Maneater:  Nursing educators want state to spend more money;  Comments from Missouri Nurses Association's Sarah Felts
          KODE (Joplin):  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) sponsors "Right to Try" law for terminally ill;  Nixon:  "We want to do what we can ... to have as few limitations at the state level"
          KODE (Joplin):  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) wants to streamline communication between local law enforcement and state highway patrol when a child goes missing
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) shoulders non-discrimination fight
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Bill from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) looks to eliminate hunting permit fees
          P-D:  Lindenwood University announces $625,000 in scholarships for North St. Louis County students
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill would bar police camera mandate, public access to videos
          CDT:  Bill to close police body and dash camera video opposed by press, civil liberties groups X
          P-D:  Media unhappy about police-camera access
          KOMU (Columbia):  Fulton police weigh in on Missouri body camera bill;  Comments from Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff), others
          P-D:  Revelations about National Guard mission in Ferguson anger local businesses, leaders
          KWMU:  Nixon on National Guard inaction:  "Not the best path forward to get into a gunfight on the street"
          Missourinet:  Reports:  U.S. Justice Department preparing to sue Ferguson police
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Holder on Ferguson findings +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri shouldn't limit welfare before making other changes +
          P-D editorial:  The Missouri Department of Conservation is working just fine.  The Legislature should leave it alone.
          Washington Missourian editorial:  If budgets are about priorities, Nixon doesn't care very much about libraries
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Nixon must fix the Kansas City Police Board mess +
          Platte County Landmark's Foley:  Local school district may enlist Axiom Strategies to promote tax measure;  Columnist and Jeff Roe engage in witty banter involving toilet O-rings
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D) worked to achieve compromise with Republicans on welfare bill, and is therefore selfish +
          P-D letter:  Right to work undermines workers' dignity
          Washington Missourian letter:  Hinson should drop pot support;  Missouri already has a problem with alcohol and prescription drugs and shouldn't add a third
          P-D letter:  Kirkton's day care training bill is needed
          CDT letter:  MO DNR is passing the hot potato on Hinson Creek X
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        Wednesday, February 18
       
USA Today:  Republicans hail court ruling on immigration;  Blunt says he will "keep fighting to stop President Obama's illegal amnesty"
          P-D:  GOP U.S. House members from Missouri criticize McCaskill for blocking vote on Homeland Security bill
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) tout new restrictions on government-funded ads
          JCNT:  Blunt, Rep. Paul Curtman promote "transparent" government ads X
          SNL:  Blunt has clear primary path X
          KWMU:  Highlight of Missouri Lincoln Day to include presidential straw poll, election of new MRP chairman
          Drebes:  Job opening:  MO Dept. of Higher Education general counsel;  Job pays $72-78K
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Restaurant tip crackdown +
          JCNT:  Ethics bill out of the Senate, into the House X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) adds dose of reality to right-to-work push
          KWMU:  Missouri Medicaid enrollments starting to rise, but challenges remain
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill to free data centers from sales tax
          Missourinet:  Proposed Missouri medical child abuse law prompts sharp division
          JCNT:  Lawmakers again asked to allow some older retirement plans to join LAGERS X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schweich delivers St. Joseph School District audit - the lowest possible rating of "poor" - to stunned crowd X
          KWMU:  State Board of Education will wait to make decision on Normandy schools
          P-D:  Tesla seeks to intervene in Missouri auto dealers' lawsuit
          P-D:  DNR finally moving forward with Ameren water discharge permit
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if Ameren is responsible for electrocutions at Lake of the Ozarks
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) spars with Democratic mayors over court reforms
          KMOV (St. Louis):  TV investigation of traffic ticket quotas prompted action by Sen. Schmitt
          AP:  Missouri House panel approves added state emergency funds
          P-D:  Missouri committee puts $8.5M into funds depleted by Ferguson response
          KWMU:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles sounds off on impact of unrest - and the future of his city
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar confirms that police wanted National Guard in Ferguson after grand jury decision
          AP:  Records:  Police wanted Guard in Ferguson neighborhood
          P-D:  Missouri National Guard lack authority to protect Ferguson properly
          Missourinet:  Holder still expects Ferguson investigations' release before his departure
          P-D:  Holder confirms separate Ferguson probes to be finished before he leaves office
          AP:  Holder says he expects to finish Ferguson probes soon
          P-D:  Lindenwood to hand out $600,000 in scholarships to North County students;  Mayor James Knowles and Lindenwood prez to announce program today
          KWMU:  Area police officers log time inside schools chatting with black students;  Comments from after-school program director Jazminique Holley, sixth-grader Jmarria Franklin
          JCNT editorial:  Cooperation essential on mental health initiatives X
          KC Star editorial:  KC taxpayers should keep an eye on St. Louis stadium deal, make sure the other side of the state doesn't make out too well +
          CDT's Waters:  Republican legislators really need to start thinking about raising taxes X
          Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) should support raising Missouri's minimum wage to $10.10, which is $2.85/hr. above federal standard
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-St. Louis County):  Legislators can play a role in preventing overdose deaths
          CDT letter:  Data from "nonpartisan Missouri Budget Project" proves that Missouri needs Medicaid expansion X
          KC Star letter:  Library director dislikes Nixon's budget cut for libraries +
          P-D letter:  Doctors ignore Missouri's online system for death certificates
          P-D letter:  McCulloch stifles speech by keeping grand juror from talking
          P-D letter:  In the case of "two thugs riding around with guns and dope," officers did the job they're supposed to do
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        Tuesday, February 17
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Feds gift another week to adults who can't manage to sign up for Obamacare on time
        Helling:  U.S., Missouri tax policy has 50 Shades of Grey (area) +
        KRCG:  More than 200 turn out for Cole County Lincoln Day dinner
        JCNT:  Blunt, statewides speak at area Lincoln Day X
        The Missouri Times:  2016 Statewide Tip Sheet:  Established contenders, plus possible entrants like Eric Greitens, Joshua Hawley, others
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon working with GOP this year on tax bills;  Randy Asbury on run for gov +
        Columbia Missourian:  A month after its passage, Amendment 10 still raises questions
        AP:  Missouri lawmakers talk virtual school option for students
        Missourinet:  House proposal would alter Missouri law on renters' security deposits
        KMOV (St. Louis):  Missouri cracks down on underreported restaurant tips
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Restaurant rage against Missouri tip audit talk
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate bills would address juvenile sentencing issues in Missouri
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court again asked to consider felons having firearms
        KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers look to child-proof e-cigarettes +
        KC Star:  Nixon to restore Missouri subsidies for Bartle Hall, Chiefs and Royals stadiums +
        KWMU:  After 16 years with lapsed power plant permit, Ameren's new wastewater proposal gets public hearing
        The Missouri Times:  Public Service Commission prepares for a week of Empire Electric hearings
        CDT:  Grass Roots Organizing, ACORN/MORE continue anti-coal campaign X
        KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Department of Conservation presents "Discover Nature Girls Camp"
        Rosenbaum:  Bill limiting traffic fine revenue includes risk of 'death penalty' for municipalities
        KMOV (St. Louis):  Bellefontaine Neighbors officer said city had quota for tickets;  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) is calling for investigation
        P-D:  Ferguson riots exhausted emergency fund;  now Nixon and lawmakers square off over more
        Missourinet:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles wants Justice Department findings released
        Drebes:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal withdraws remonstrance of Jay Nixon
        P-D:  Union leader muzzled when it comes to civilian review
        P-D:  Students' Presidents' Day march to protest "injustice and inequalities" draws total of eight (8), including family members;  Teen speaks into bullhorn to reach attendees gathered three feet away
        P-D editorial:  Time for Nixon, lawmakers to rally around National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project in St. Louis
        Ray Hartmann:  Stan Kroenke's forgotten options;  Why any new-stadium idea is dead unless the Rams leave St. Louis
        Slate op-ed:  St. Louis should doesn't belong in Missouri, should move to Illinois
        SNL letter:  Beta (male) version of McCaskill's "man up" meme:  Area man says it's up to males to protect the "vulnerable";  Therefore, GOP legislators must support Medicaid expansion X
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Affton man knows how to fix government:  Elect state reps to four-year terms
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        Monday, February 16
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Cuba opportunities;  Schweich on right to work;  Nixon on Ferguson and National Guard +
          NY Times:  Senate Dems want reprieve for people who took too long to sign up for Obamacare;  Comments from Missouri Association of Health Underwriters' Emily Black Bremer
          Missourinet:  Former state Rep. Randy Asbury (R-Higbee) says he'll follow through, file for governor next year
          Drebes:  Rep. Kevin McManus (D-Kansas City) to run for KC Council seat
          AP:  House, Senate call off proceedings due to weather
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) discusses franchise law, transportation proposals, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R), Rep. Shamed Dogan (R), Sen. Gina Walsh (D), Susan Montee (D) discuss franchise law, legislative session, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown):  Changing welfare laws will make more efficient use of taxpayer dollars
          KODE (Joplin):  Southwest Missouri Task Force sees increase in cyber crime;  Nixon releases funds "after six long months"
          AP:  Missouri Republicans take second look at tax code changes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on right to work
          Missouri Viewpoints:  State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven talks with host Mike Ferguson about Nixon-GOP funding battles, Common Core, more
          Missourinet:  Senate to debate school transfer bill this week
          KWMU:  Normandy urged to extend transfer deadline
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) wants proof of tax payment before businesses bid on public projects +
          NY Times:  Law enforcement concerns create unlikely alliances in Missouri and beyond;  Schmitt's bill aligns right, left against "taxation by citation"
          KC Star:  Mike Sanders on Jackson County Sports Complex controversy:  We'll work it out +
          The Maneater:  ACORN/MORE promotes anti-Peabody petition
          JCNT editorial:  In support of right to work;  "Workers should be free to join a labor union, but not compelled" X
          The Maneater editorial:  Higher education remains a low priority for Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Court should allow Ferguson grand juror to speak
          JCNT letter:  Right to work would be good for Missouri X
          JCNT letter:  Right to work would be bad for Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman supports bill requiring safe-sleep guidelines in day cares
          P-D letter:  Local police - not Nixon - to blame for letting looting arsonists burn Ferguson
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        Sunday, February 15
       
Missourinet:  Obamacare sign-up period ends today
          KCUR (KC):  Urban League CEO Gwendolyn Grant says local African-Americans have "lack of progress," acknowledges that Medicaid expansion won't happen in Missouri
          JCNT:  Jim Moody, Andy Blunt merge lobbying firms X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon, Ag Director Richard Fordyce talk ag opportunities in Cuba
          Washington Missourian:  Area lawmakers weigh in on "right to work"
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to stricter welfare rules;  Recipients can currently receive handouts for five years
          JCNT:  Budget cuts concern state librarians X
          JCNT:  State lawmakers consider federal balanced budget amendment X
          JCNT:  Nixon's choice as next Missouri Highway Patrol commander discusses leadership ideas
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          P-D:  Local "Queer and Trans People of Color" chapter turns out small crowd for protest
          P-D:  Prison services are profitable niche for Bridgeton company
          KWMU:  Dave Spence's Ferguson 1000 Jobs tries to match applicants to employers;  Comments from job-seeking ex-con Robert Crawley
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Unions are on the decline in Missouri, and right-to-work will eventually be the law of the land
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Schweich wins more style points than Hanaway;  First female Speaker of the House must demonstrate more confidence, stop reading from notes
          CDT op-ed:  Area doctor wants Medicaid expansion now, not later X
          KC Star letters:  MoDOT should stop complaining;  Area rabbi opposes right to work +
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        Saturday, February 14
       
KWMU:  McCaskill travels to Cuba, hopes to push agricultural trade
          AP:  McCaskill going to Cuba on trade mission
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          Scripps:  House bill would require DOD to publish names of military sex offenders, while McCaskill bill would place offenders on FBI database
          P-D:  "National Divestment Day" draws few;  Group targeting local employers draws ten (10) downtown
          Kraske:  Missouri lawmakers take (baby) steps on ethics +
          KWMU:  At Missouri Press Association meeting, GOP gov candidates outline priorities
          CDT:  At Missouri Press Association event, Nixon defends Ferguson outcome as lawmakers look into response to unrest X
          P-D:  New campaign to raise Missouri's tobacco tax would fund early childhood programs
          KC Star:  CO, WA having a hard time keeping their marijuana inside their borders and away from children;  Missouri ranked first in number of Colorado pot-smuggling cases +
          Drebes:  Nixon's Office of Administration vs. KC Sports Complex:  Chief dispute is if state should throw up the stop sign, hold funding at 25 years
          Missourinet:  Legislative leaders consider how far they can push right-to-work this year
          CDT:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) seeks to keep undocumented immigrants from receiving state scholarships X
          KC Star:  Amid ranking scandal, Michael Song resigns from UMKC +
          AP:  UMKC business professor resigns amid ranking scandal
          KWMU:  Departed Normandy Superintendent Tyrone McNichols gets $78,000 severance payment
          Missourinet:  Proposed 'no call list for minors' debated by Missouri Senate committee
          KMOX:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale):  Committee not satisfied with Nixon's National Guard explanation
          KWMU:  Traffic revenue limit passes Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Pharmaceutical industry promotes its position on pseudoephedrine tracking
          KWMU:  Board of Aldermen approves use of eminent domain for possible new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency site
          P-D:  City aldermen approve clearing homes for National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
          P-D:  Republic takes earnings hit as costs increase for Bridgeton Landfill
          AP:  Antonio Whiteside indicted for trying to set fire to Ferguson market
          KC Star Capitol Watch:  Weekly update on GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong to pass right to work and to reference Declaration of Independence, but somehow get it right on muni court reform +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area woman thinks Kurt Schaefer should start supporting Medicaid expansion
          SNL letter:  Member of local Missouri Faith Voices chapter opposes right to work X
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        Friday, February 13
       
KC Star:  Blunt to Obama on ISIS:  What's your plan? +
          AP:  Blunt, Senate Republicans skeptical of ISIS plan
          KWMU:  Blunt opposes President's picks for Defense, Justice
          P-D:  Blunt, four other senators vote against new Defense secretary
          Politico:  The Pentagon's new whiz kids:  McCaskill:  "It's a dream team of wonkiness, and I am thrilled"
          KC Star:  Filibuster complaints flip now that Senate control has switched;  Comments from Blunt +
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP Chairman Ed Martin reminisces as he heads to Eagle Forum
          Rudi Keller:  Nixon displays sense of humor at Missouri Press Association gathering, touts ability to be "stunningly unquotable"
          JCNT:  Nixon says he and legislators cooperate more than most believe X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates speak to Missouri Press Association;  Hanaway releases list of state legislator endorsements
          CDT:  Debate over large campaign donations dominates GOP race for governor in 2016 X
          AP:  At press gathering, Hanaway and Schweich display differences on education policy
          KWMU:  Since 2004, St. Louis City has purged 25 percent of its voters
          Drebes:  Keith English (I) gets committees
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schaefer on Nixon's "insulting" approach to Ferguson destruction;  UM President Tim Wolfe on state priorities +
          JCNT:  Local caterers lose business after ban on lobbyist meals for House committees X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker John Diehl (R) chats about right-to-work passage
          Missourinet:  Roll call vote on "right to work" legislation
          New York Times:  Missouri House passes 'right to work' bill despite threat of veto (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt says SB4's "broad-based tax relief" will make Missouri more competitive
          CDT:  Bill to bar Nixon, future governors from UM presidency heard in Senate committee X
          CDT:  House committee approves higher ed spending with no increase for universities X
          P-D:  Budget recommendation for Foundation Formula not enough to counteract new law
          AP:  Missouri Senate would limit welfare benefits to four years
          KWMU:  Judge rules Normandy schools unaccredited
          KC Star:  KC Urban Institute's "Equality Index" notes average black ACT score is 14.5, with whites averaging 22.8;  Group attributes difference to "low-performing inner-city schools" +

          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill to require sales tax notification
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers set to spar with Department of Conservation over deer, land ownership, and more
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill for allergic reaction treatment
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves bill to limit fines in city budgets
          CDT:  Prosecutors discuss changes to Missouri criminal code X
          Columbia Missourian:  City of Columbia's Black History Month celebration draws twelve (12) people, including children
          P-D:  Antonio Whiteside, caught on tape attempting to set Ferguson Market on fire, is in custody
          P-D:  Controversy notwithstanding, Ferguson police still a draw
          KC Star editorial:  New year brings same wasteful border war over jobs +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The real landfill story
          P-D editorial:  The night Ferguson burned:  Nixon owes public answers
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Applause for SLU law school:  Officials won't give into Black Law Students Assocation demands to disinvite Bob McCulloch
          Miklasz:  Nixon fully engaged in stadium, Rams
          KC Star letter:  Goal of Republicans is to kill working people's voice +
          JCNT letter:  Area man offers thoughts on MoDOT and tax redistribution, makes reference to his previous letters to the editor X
          JCNT letter:  Right intention, wrong solution on civics testing X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Woman urges readers to contact Nixon, legislators about the "un-American, un-Christian and unconstitutional" dangers of Common Core
          P-D letter:  Reaction to Ferguson activists' coffin stunt:  If white activists had done the same to a black mayor, it would be viewed as a hate crime
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        Thursday, February 12
       
SNL:  Springfield-area lawmakers split on Obama military force request;  Debate is already dividing along partisan lines X
          KWMU:  Senate Republicans, Democrats divided on bill to fund Homeland Security
          KC Star:  Cleaver assumes new role as ranking member on housing subcommittee +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Lacy Clay on Selma and modern-day battles;  Wash U. law prof on the decline of unions in Missouri +
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Jason Kander's wife left legal profession to mentor students, others
          The Missouri Times:  Montel Williams, a popular 1990s daytime talk show host, to film documentary about Missouri medical marijuana fight
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes Democrat's labor bill
          The Missouri Times:  House passes two right-to-work bills;  Sponsor of one, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley), says Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King would fight against "the system of injustice and failure of the building trades"
          KC Star:  Missouri House gives initial approval to two right-to-work bills +
          KWMU:  Missouri House approves right-to-work bill, but lacks veto-proof margin
          AP:  Missouri takes a step toward becoming a right-to-work state
          AP:  Missouri Senate endorses monitoring Medicaid eligibility
          CDT:  Tim Wolfe asks lawmakers to back 5 percent funding hike for higher education X
          P-D:  Virtual, charter education options expanded in school transfer law approved by committee
          Drebes:  Diehl installs Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) as chair of Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues
          KWMU:  Ameren wants more time to meet new EPA carbon emission goal
          P-D:  Ameren report outlines issues with carbon rules
          Missourinet:  Missouri murder victim's family:  'courts play politics and protect murderers'
          KC Star:  Koster sets conditions for sale of St. Joseph and St. Mary's medical centers
          P-D:  Ascension agrees to Koster's terms for hospital sale
          Missourinet:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says he couldn't reach Nixon to get Guard to respond while city burned
          KWMU:  Knowles couldn't reach Nixon or get needed help after grand jury announcement
          AP:  Knowles said he tried in vain to get National Guard to town
          P-D:  Firefighters tell Missouri lawmakers that they couldn't fight Ferguson fires unprotected
          Missourinet:  Schaefer criticizes Nixon for "trained to kill" comment
          Missourinet:  Nixon defends state response on night of grand jury decision
          KWMU:  Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle announces retirement ahead of Ferguson hearing
          Missourinet:  Head of Missouri Highway Patrol stepping down
          AP:  Head of Missouri State Highway Patrol to step down in May
          KWMU:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice to hold "White Privilege" seminar;  YWCA sponsors "Witnessing Whiteness" program to help the melanin-deficient confess and correct their Caucasoidism
          SE Missourian editorial:  Southeast to open Center for Excellence in Mass Media +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri municipal court reform bill plays a winning hand
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian says Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) is guilty of "political gimcrackery" but is right on campaign ethics X
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law profs:  Steps to a sensible use of force law
          P-D letter:  Former state Sen. John Lamping (R):  Lobbying bill should apply to current legislators, too
          CDT letter:  Reader wonders if Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act will impose a sales tax X
          P-D letter:  Government should stay out of Tesla dispute
          Disclosure