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        Wednesday, January 18
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Pro-Obamacare rally draws fewer than 20 to Clayton;  Elderly woman calls GOP "heartless"
          SNL:  Nearly 30 Obamacare supporters wave signs on streetcorner, believe their efforts matter;  Missouri Health Care for All's Crystal Brigman:  "It was great. We had honks all around." X
          KWMU:  Missouri hospitals see more insured patients under Obamacare;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon
          NY Times:  'Repeal and replace':  Words still hanging over GOP's health care strategy;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  Cleaver won't be among liberal Democrats boycotting inauguration +
          Missourinet:  Cleaver will attend Trump inauguration
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans call on McCaskill to confirm Pruitt as EPA head
          SE Missourian:  Smith hears call to simplify tax code, reduce tax rates
          KSHB:  McCaskill helps Jackson County secure federal funds for prescription drug monitoring
          P-D:  Police-as-animals painting taken down;  Clay promises appeal
          AP:  Artwork glamorizing Ferguson protests removed from Capitol display
          NY Daily News:  Activists unhappy with Trump adviser's ties to KC Power & Light District;  Some Cordish establishments instituted dress code, encouraged civilized behavior
          KWMU:  Bayer-Monsanto would invest billions in U.S. if deal goes through;  Comments from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
          KWMU:  New Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves outlines challenges, opportunities ahead
          Drebes:  Rachel Hassani, formerly of Rupp's PSC office, now working for AG Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Freshman Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talks about joining Democratic superminority, future of unions under 'right to work,' more
          KWMU:  In first State of State, Greitens outlines ambitious agenda
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Gov. Eric Greitens' 2017 State of the State address
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats question feasibility of Greitens' State of the State proposals
          SNL:  Greitens delivers his first State of the State address X
          Missourinet:  Top mentions, non-mentions in Greitens' first State of the State address
          Missourinet:  House members react to Greitens on 'right to work,' tax credit stance
          Missourinet:  SOTS reaction from Kraus, Walsh
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  State of the State
          AP:  Greitens focuses on job growth during State of the State
          P-D:  Greitens outlines GOP-led reforms, ethics overhaul in first State of the State address
          KC Star:  Greitens delivers State of the State +
          Missourinet:  Liberal group blames GOP legislators for state budget challenges;  Comments from Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford
          P-D:  With cuts to Missouri's higher ed spending, capping tuition will be a challenge
          SNL:  Colleges:  future uncertain after budget cuts X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts +
          P-D:  Missouri school districts will have to cut more transportation costs after budget cuts
          SNL:  'Do no harm' to education funding, program representatives beg state lawmakers X
          The Missouri Times:  House passes HB 60 to limit lobbyist gifts
          AP:  House passes bill banning lobbyist gifts, with exceptions
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source, expert witness standard bills heard in special committee
          SE Missourian:  Cape residents question Ameren's rate-increase request +
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court orders KC to put higher minimum wage on the ballot +
          SNL op-ed:  McCaskill should support Sessions for AG X
          Jensen:  Art and politics:  Leftists complain about Bingham painting, but Clay's backing of police-as-pigs portrait highlights left's obsession with race +
          Messenger:  Greitens wants a new direction for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood man wishes Lacy Clay would attend Trump inauguration
          P-D letter:  Eureka man responds to Stacy Washington column on 'right to work'
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone liberal wants Star to hire liberal columnist to criticize Missouri GOP +
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        Tuesday, January 17
       
TonysKansasCity.com:  Two anti-Trump marches planned for KC:  Saturday stompfest features feminist froth, but Friday rally most likely to see arrests
          KC Star:  Area feminists say Saturday's anti-Trump rally will draw at least 2,000 +
          Columbia Missourian:  More than 20 liberal groups band together to promote anti-Trump protest march on Saturday
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden backs Trump's pick for China ambassador
          Missourinet:  Two state lawmakers back Trump's pick for EPA
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Francis Howell freshman Emma Johnson selected to attend Trump inauguration
          CDT:  Democrats nominate Michela Skelton for Caleb Jones' seat X
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton wins Democratic nomination, will fill ballot slot against GOP's Sara Walsh
          Faughn:  Five (5!) things Greitens could mention in the State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens withholds $146 million, criticizes Nixon's handling of budget
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  State must cut spending to balance budget +
          CDT:  Higher education takes bulk of cuts as Greitens withholds $146 million from state budget X
          KWMU:  On eve of big speech, Greitens swings budget ax
          KC Star:  Greitens announces $146 million in cuts +
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  $146 million in budget restrictions not from K-12 classrooms, instead higher ed and K-12 transportation
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says Greitens' budget restrictions will impact K-12 classrooms
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader says higher ed budget restrictions could affect tuition rates
          AP:  Greitens cuts $146 million;  Colleges take hit
          P-D:  Greitens cuts $146 million from budget
          Missourinet:  Kit Bond reflects on $900 million budget shortfall he faced 36 years ago
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source to set to mark start of tort reform effort
          SNL:  Statewide ridesharing rules zoom toward House floor X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation would move public notices online and out of newspapers
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group wants lawmakers to consider legislation for people with developmental disabilities
          KWMU:  Lobbyist gift ban up for Missouri House vote this week
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support use of metal detectors at Capitol, defend lawmakers' right to carry guns +
          SE Missourian:  Meat processing plant faces $70K penalty from state for Clean Water Act violations +
          P-D obituary:  Father of former state Rep. Steve Banton (R-Wildwood)
          P-D editorial:  Courts reject another legislative fix to municipal court issues
          AFL-CIO:  Anti-Puzder form letter generator
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch publishes Illinois woman's anti-Puzder form letter
          P-D editorial board letters policy:  "We don't publish form letters."
          P-D letter:  Area vegetarian suggests combating GOP's Obamacare repeal by eating plants
          CDT letter:  Pacific liberal mocks Fraker's country-club tax break proposal X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area woman expresses anger that state lawmakers can smoke in their offices +
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        Monday, January 16  State holiday - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
       
KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Area anti-Trump women bicker over allegations of non-inclusion;  White woman apologizes for not including more black/handicapped/poor/old/LGBTQIA* voices
          JCNT:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws four (4) outside Luetkemeyer's office X
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court to hear Missouri case on state money for religious institutions
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Emerson seeks government relations manager
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Holly Rehder;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Tony Messenger, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, David Barklage talk Trump, 'right to work,' state ethics bills, more
          Rosenbaum:  When 'right to work' comes, can Missouri's unions adapt? Q&A with Wash U. sociology prof Jake Rosenfeld
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate quickly following House on 'right to work' legislation
          Missourinet:  Mixed reviews from Missouri House leaders about governor's plans to delay budget proposal
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  State must cut spending to balance budget +
          AP:  Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) will classify attacks on police as hate crimes
          SNL:  Hearings this week in Jefferson City:  REAL ID, prevailing wage, more X
          SE Missourian  Hearings set in Cape, Charleston on Ameren rate increase request +
          P-D editorial:  Resistance movements to Trump are premature - he deserves a chance to prove himself;  Area gals in a tizzy over Missouri painting should save caterwauling for moments that matter
          Priddy:  Recap:  Greitens' inauguration
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  On leaving the role of public editor and moving to editorial board +
          SE Missourian letter:  Sexagenarian professor says she disagrees with "State [sic] Representative Jason Smith" on Obamacare +
          P-D letter:  Former Occupy STL organizer wants Greitens to oppose 'right to work'
          SNL letter:  Republic octogenarian wants Greitens to fight for the poor X
          P-D letter:  Kirwood sexagenarian says Republicans should stop opposing environmental regulations and start protecting Missouri streams
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        Sunday, January 15
       
SNL:  Local lawmakers to Trump:  Keep inaugural speech short, simple X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill supports Trump's picks for Defense and Homeland Security
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt, Clay, Wagner share early expectations of Trump presidency
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Holly Rehder;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Tony Messenger, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, David Barklage talk Trump, 'right to work,' state ethics bills, more
          JCNT:  Inaugural ball fashion report:  Governor and wife, state legislators, college kids, man wearing a kilt to get attention, others X
          Drebes:  Pat Contreras, runner-up in 2016 Democratic state treasurer primary, files paperwork to run for AG in 2020
          Drebes:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) running for state Senate
          P-D:  Brad Green, Todd Scott, Jeffrey Earl join Jennae Neustadt on Greitens' legislative team
          Missourinet:  Hawley warns consumers about storm-related price gouging
          CDT:  Juvenile officer:  Minor school fights unlikely to result in felony charges X
          SNL:  MSU enrollment soars;  other schools see drop X
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz files 15 bills before opening of session X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would allow marijuana for terminally-ill patients X
          AP:  Ameren efficiency charge to take effect
          P-D:  AT&T discontinues 'lifeline' discount for the old and handicapped
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Early indications show that Greitens will hide from media and the public X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should not follow Kansas' lead on taxes
          P-D editorial:  Police officers are losing their confidence, and that's a bad thing for everyone
          CDT op-ed:  University of Missouri curator emeritus David Wasinger:  The criteria by which Eric Greitens should choose curators X
          P-D op-ed:  Forward Through Ferguson's Zack Boyers:  To fix inequality of outcomes, look at every issue through a racial lens
          P-D letter:  Mehlville man dislikes Post-Dispatch staff's liberal bent
          P-D letter:  Area sheet metal worker talks about recently-signed contract, thinks governor and David Humphreys might care
          P-D letter:  University City man supports criminal code updates to hold badly-behaved students accountable for actions
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man responds to Show-Me Institute op-ed on charter schools
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        Saturday, January 14
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt to showcase the Show-Me State in presidential inauguration
          Drebes:  KC native and SLU grad John DeStefano heads to work for Trump
          P-D:  Blunt shrugs off liberals' anger over Trump's election
          P-D:  Lacy Clay won't attend Trump inaugural
          KC Star:  Pumped:  Oil and gas workers in Western Missouri like a Trump future:  "We have kids, and we're just trying to keep a job." +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner named to House Foreign Affairs Committee
          P-D:  Architect of the U.S. Capitol plans to remove police-as-animals painting on Tuesday
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 9
          P-D:  Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) renews rape accusation against Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City), claims she was drugged
          SNL:  Rebuilding Missouri's Medicaid system could cut costs but increase uncertainty X
          KWMU:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) offers visiting constituents - with CCW permits - the opportunity to borrow a gun
          CDT:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) proposes eliminating tenure for public school professors X
          CDT:  Legislators face school-funding questions at Missouri NEA forum X
          KSSZ:  Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman wants lawmakers to change definition of "harassment"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams discusses accreditation ruling
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's bills look to modernize Missouri utility grids and rate adjustments
          Columbia Missourian:  Ameren to raise electric bills in late January
          Missourinet:  All of Missouri's 40 electric cooperatives enact emergency response plans for major ice storm
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Two dicamba-related bills introduced in Missouri House +
          The Missouri Times:  How one disease caused a rift between farmers and the Missouri Department of Conservation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation offers post-storm tree care tips
          Missourinet:  Missouri Insurance Department gives tips to property owners affected by winter storm
          P-D:  Authors of National Institute of Justice report complain that court costs, fees imposed on lawbreakers are racist and discriminate against the poor
          P-D editorial briefs:  McCaskill, Blunt and the Delta Queen;  Something will go wrong when Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) loans out guns
          P-D op-ed:  Student painter David Pulphus and "freelance writer"/promoter Etefia "Nigerian Nightmare" Umana:  Americans who oppose police-as-animals painting are afflicted with white privilege
          Messenger:  With Capitol metal detectors, Greitens resets the gun debate;  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) disagrees with Marshall's approach to CCW in the Capitol
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Departing executive editor lists the awards won during his reign, expounds upon how much more forward-thinking the Missourian was under his leadership compared to other newspapers, etc.
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        Friday, January 13   MoDOT Traveler Map
       
KWMU:  Anti-Trump women find ways to disagree;  Tensions boil over at public meeting over allegations of extreme whiteness
          KWMU:  Union protest draws about 50 to downtown Hardee's
          AP:  Former Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) to work for Treasurer Schmitt
          P-D:  Robbery of Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) tied to carjacking of woman after Christmas Mass;  Two of St. Louis City's top criminals prospects, 20-year-olds Tavion Regans and William Nelson, carry impressive previous-conviction stats
          KC Star:  Bryan Lowry, formerly of Wichita Eagle, hired as Star's lead political reporter;  30-year-old replaces Dave Helling, who moves to editorial board +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens declares State of Emergency, faces first real test as governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens declares State of Emergency for Missouri, activates National Guard;  MoDOT warns of 'significant' ice accumulations
          KWMU:  State's new round of money problems may collide with pending tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee awaits Greitens budget in the midst of shortfalls
          AP:  To address budget shortfall, Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) calls for more cuts
          P-D:  Missouri faces 'dire' budget hole, may need $456 million in cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects lobbyist expenditure bills
          Missourinet:  Bill to restrict lobbyist gifts sails through second round in Missouri House, receives some opposition
          AP:  House moves forward on proposed lobbyist gift ban
          The Missouri Times:  Romine, Fitzwater look to change the name of Jay Nixon State Park
          P-D:  Lawmakers look to rename state park named after Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Retired Teachers Association lobby day cancellation highlights concerns about Capitol security measures
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) offers firearms protection to CCW holders
          KC Star:  Lawmaker says he'll lend guns to Missouri Capitol visitors +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) files medical marijuana bill
          SE Missourian:  SEMO's online programs rank highest in Missouri +
          AP:  Inmate says state's sexual-predator law is unconstitutional
          AP:  Ameren customers could see rate hike
          P-D editorial:  Crime stats are clear:  Young black males are at the center of the problem, and poverty is partly to blame
          Messenger:  Greitens' first two orders collide as utilities seek weakened ethics rules
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Eric Greitens has Jewish parents, went to good schools, became cultured - so how did he end up with "hard-edged conservatism?"
          P-D columnist Stacy Washington:  'Right to work' will improve economic conditions for Missourians statewide
          CDT letter:  Local Dem leader Bill Romjue blames candidates' losses on Trump, tells Republicans they'll lose it all soon X
          SNL letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes Missouri concealed-carry laws X
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        Thursday, January 12
       
KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Local Obamacare counselor recommends residents sign up to avoid paying penalty
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In final days, Obama's Fish & Wildlife Service changes name of Squaw Creek, says name is offensive to Indians;  Sam Graves says he will fight "ridiculous overreach" X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Lacy Clay, Duncan Hunter, and the police-as-animals painting embody America's cultural war
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Amid historic Kansas City bloodshed, local "Aim4Peace" group awarded another $600k of taxpayer money
          Faughn:  Kander's push for national attention makes a misstep with preachy lecture;  Todd Richardson exorcises Bekki Cook demons from Missouri House;  More
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt push for law to get Delta Queen steamboat cruising
          The Missouri Times:  John Hancock, Jonathon Prouty form new political firm
          CDT:  Michela Skelton, 31-year-old distant "cousin" of Ike Skelton, to fill Democratic ballot slot against Republican Sara Walsh for Caleb Jones' seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens names Drew Erdmann as new COO
          AP:  Greitens picks Warren Erdmann as COO
          Missourinet:  Hawley says he looks forward to working with Trump administration, talks ethics policy
          P-D:  State budget woes could hamper efforts to boost Missouri worker pay
          KCTV:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) offers opportunity for CCW owners to borrow guns from his office  (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) pushes for block grant approach to health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid proposal would change federal funding, give state more control
          Missourinet:  Republicans say approach to change Medicaid would reduce costs
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers seek to convert Medicaid into block grant
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) presents 'right to work,' 'paycheck protection' bills to General Laws Committee
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves Ameren Missouri grid investment
          CDT:  City of Columbia moving ahead with prescription drug monitoring program X
          P-D:  Chappelle-Nadal urges state to buy out homeowners who chose to live near Superfund site
          KC Star:  KC Star expands editorial board:  Dave Helling, Steve Kraske among veteran reporters added to group +
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon erred in pardoning protesters;  Uncivilized behavior can lead to chaos X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood sexagenarian supports painting of police depicted as animals
          P-D letter:  St. Charles liberal supports naming park after Nixon, dislikes Rush Limbaugh
          CDT letter:  Area man says 'right to work' is a right to freeload X
          P-D letter:  Greendale sexagenarian wants Republican state legislators to support gun-control laws
          KC Star letter:  Liberty liberal dislikes Star's wording of editorial page headlines +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal wonders if Post-Dispatch ever bothers to fact-check the letters it publishes
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        Wednesday, January 11
       
Time Magazine:  McCaskill praises Homeland Security pick John Kelly
          KSMU:  MSU singers nervous, excited about inauguration performance
          KC Star:  After push from McCaskill and Portman, Backpage.com shuts down sex-services section +
          AP:  Painting of pig in police uniform, sponsored by Lacy Clay, restored to Capitol display
          KWMU:  Area gals fight back against Trump administration via online petition
          Columbia Missourian:  MLK Day events set:  Speech from Communist Party USA icon Angela Davis, more
          Drebes:  Jobs With Justice files paid-leave initiative petitions
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon sets special election date for Caleb Jones' seat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum and KCUR's Brian Ellison talk with Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia)
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty shares thoughts on GOP agenda, Department of Corrections investigation, more
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens puts freeze on all 'job-killing' regulations with executive order
          KWMU:  Greitens issues executive order to curb state regulations
          AP:  Greitens temporarily freezes new regulations
          P-D:  Greitens orders review of state rules in bid to reduce regulations
          KC Star:  Greitens' Inauguration Day guests included donor +
          KC Star:  Hawley announces new ethics policy;  AG won't take contributions from those with pending bids for contracts, won't allow employees to accept gifts +
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' hearing marks first step of new labor reform reality
          KTVI:  'Right to work' hearing includes testimony from State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, former GOP state rep Shannon Cooper, others
          KWMU:  Lawmakers prepare to pass 'right to work'
          Columbia Missourian:  'Right to work' fiercely debated in House hearing
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers take first steps toward 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Kraus offers tax-cutting legislation to Ways and Means amid budget shortfall
          Missourinet:  Even with spending restrictions looming, Missouri lawmakers considering tax-cut options
          SNL:  Proposal to end corporate income tax receives mixed reviews at Missouri Senate hearing X
          Missourinet:  Missouri business groups speak out against delivery sales tax
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford proposes bill to collect sales taxes on online purchases +
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban clears second hurdle
          P-D:  Bill limiting lobbyist gifts heads to House floor
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri cleans up its criminal code;  Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff McCormick, Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite praise process +
          CDT:  Activists dislike criminal code updates, say school behavior standards favor "wealthy white kids" X
          KWMU:  State Board of Education grants St. Louis Public Schools full accreditation
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools fully accredited once again
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Bills focused on farmers' illegal applications of herbicide not yet ready, expected next week +
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helps expose Backpage.com for the sex-trafficking business it is
          P-D editorial:  Nixon was too stingy in dispensing mercy;  Outgoing governor should have pardoned more criminals
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  A new day, but nothing really new:  Missouri has seen darker days before, and the state will be just fine X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  'Right to work' laws will hurt unions, jobs
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Local man attends inaugural events, eats barbecue
          P-D op-ed:  Black Alliance for Leadership & Action's Brittini Gray:  Holding violent students accountable for their behavior is unfair
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        Tuesday, January 10
       
KMBC:  Area environmentalists protest outside McCaskill's office, want her to block Trump's cabinet picks
          Columbia Missourian:  Art teachers seek to stop Missourian's painting from being displayed at presidential luncheon;  Gals start online petition to show Trump what's what
          SNL:  MSU Chorale students to perform at presidential inauguration X
          P-D:  New McCaskill-Portman report challenges website's claims it is not liable for ads for sex with minors
          P-D:  Clay will return police-as-animals painting to Capitol wall
          P-D:  St. Louis City woman admits Social Security fraud;  Yolanda Bova stole $59k from taxpayers by claiming disability benefits
          AP:  Nicole Galloway announces birth of third son
          Drebes:  Galloway announces hiring of top Democratic talent - Doug Nelson and Joan Gummels
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens becomes governor of Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Greitens' inaugural speech
          KWMU:  Greitens:  "The people have spoken;  a new direction has been decided"
          Rosenbaum:  Even before he took oath, Greitens was forging his own path
          JCNT:  Greitens takes aim at 'new direction' for Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens takes oath, pledges an outsider's perspective as governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Inauguration Day
          SNL:  Inauguration Day in Jefferson City:  Five Republicans sworn into statewide office X
          Missourinet:  Greitens' speech warmly embraced by supporters
          KC Star:  Greitens takes oath of office +
          JCNT:  Greitens honors Missouri heroes X
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics push takes center stage as Greitens signs executive order
          AP:  Greitens takes over as governor, targets lobbyists
          P-D:  Greitens sworn in as governor, pledges to end 'politics as usual'
          Missourinet:  Ethics bill rockets through Missouri House committee
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick not optimistic about pay increases next year for state workers
          P-D:  School choice proposals could see movement under Greitens
          KWMU:  UMSL revokes sponsorship of St. Louis charter school
          P-D:  Activists unhappy with discipline standards for violent students
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Corrections gardening program produced 140 tons of produce for non-profits
          SNL:  MSU settles lawsuit with student who wouldn't counsel gay couples X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliates brace for possible cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  Executive Editor Tom Warhover quits:  "It's been a long time in a job that's a little bit difficult."
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder helped reshape politics in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens:  'Bureaucracy is the wrong place to look if you're seeking compassion'
          P-D editorial:  Time to consider elected control for St. Louis public schools
          Daily Dunklin Democrats' Steve Patton:  GOP state legislators hit the ground running;  Session should include transportation-funding solutions +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  St. Louis stadium talk shows fuzzy thinking on the 'price' of doing business
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael McShane:  Legislators should expand charter schools, establish education savings account, more
          P-D letter:  Art teacher praises Clay-sponsored painting depicting police officers as animals, expresses her dislike for Trump
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors man imagines the outrage if Clay-sponsored anti-police painting depicted Jews, blacks or Muslims as animals
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Union official opposes 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Independence man wants Legislature to spend more on Dept. of Transportation and Patrol Employees Retirement System (MPERS)
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        Monday, January 9   Details on free Uber rides today in Jefferson City
       
The Missouri Times:  Inauguration Day:  What you should know
          Missourinet:  Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau expects at least 3,000 visitors for inauguration;  Hotel rooms virtually sold out
          Missourinet:  Special Missouri bell tradition may continue during inauguration;  2013 swearing-in featured timing malfunction
          KWMU:  Listen live to hear Greitens' inaugural speech, Jason Rosenbaum's reporting and analysis
          Missourinet:  Missourinet and KMIZ to offer live coverage from inauguration;  Guests include former Sen. Kit Bond, Budget Chairman Scott Fiztpatrick (R-Shell Knob), House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), more
          KC Star:  Speaker at MLK ceremony uses platform to criticize Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Chris Zimmerman of the St. Louis Blues;  Panel of Reps. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) and Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Joe Lakin, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis talk 'right to work,' infrastructure spending, more
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville) joins Burton-Liese Government Relations
          Missourinet:  House Committee to hear testimony today on Alferman lobbyist gift ban bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Business groups hopeful for 2017 legislative session;  Comments from St. Joseph Chamber's R. Patt Lilly, MO Chamber's Dan Mehan, NFIB's Brad Jones X
          KRES/KWIZ (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch talks committee assignments, including what she offers Judicial Committee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Auditor Nicole Galloway finds issues in higher ed funding program X
          AP:  Lawmakers:  Concern about new assault law is overblown
          SE Missourian:  Area school chiefs still assessing new laws on fighting, bullying;  Comments from area superintendents, Missouri School Boards' Association's Susan Goldammer +
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools on brink of full accreditation
          P-D:  Lineup of public hearings set for Ameren Missouri's proposed rate increase
          SE Missourian editorial:  Drew Juden earned his job as Missouri public safety director +
          JCNT editorial:  Statehouse security additions will give protection, peace of mind X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis Public Schools, take a bow
          P-D letter:  Calverton Park septuagenarian dislikes 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says Post-Dispatch subscription cost rises even faster than college tuition
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        Sunday, January 8
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP selects Todd Graves as next chairman
          AP:  Todd Graves elected as new Missouri GOP chairman
          P-D:  Liberal, Mo. is now a misnomer; An in-depth look at Barton County town's deep red values
          CDT:  Mizzou invites Communist Party USA icon Angela Davis to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. celebration X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri NAACP holds quarterly meeting in St. Joseph X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Chris Zimmerman, St. Louis Blues, on Scottrade deal and more;  Panel of Joe Lakin, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) and Jean Evans (R-Manchester) talk ethics bills, 'right to work,' more
          JCNT:  New events added to inaugural schedule X
          JCNT:  Nixon talks about comraderie of Missouri governors, offers Greitens an ear when times when get tough X
          JCNT:  Next first family set to move into Governor's Mansion X
          KWMU:  Greitens promises allies and the public that he'll have their back in Jefferson City
          P-D:  Greitens will face budget challenges
          SNL:  Brother of Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) to play the 'Missouri Waltz' at inaugural ball X
          Washington Missourian:  Superintendents work to interpret new bullying, fighting laws X
          The Missouri Times:  Betsy AuBuchon appointed first female Supreme Court clerk
          CDT:  City, county officials track state legislation affecting local area X
          SNL:  Mother of child with autism seeks sponsor for state legislation X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Plenty of odd bills on file this year:  "Hair Braiding Freedom Act," "feral hogs" renamed "feral swine," bingo regulations, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri traffic fatalities up in 2016
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Honor Peter Kinder's career of public service X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The new era of Republican rule in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A new day dawns in Jefferson City;  GOP to prevail on Medicaid and 'right to work,' and Greitens may get his way on ethics provisions X
          P-D editorial:  Everyone who benefits from sports and cultural venues should be taxed to pay for them
          Waters:  'Right to work' gets its day in Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  Group of black pastors urges McCaskill, Blunt to help Palestinians
          P-D's Samantha Bliss:  Missouri Foundation for Health, others fighting to save Obamacare from state and federal Republicans
          P-D letter:  Area woman wants state, federal lawmakers to support Obamacare
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says Greitens' "loud and violent" campaign imagery offended her and "many Missourians"
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        Saturday, January 7
       
Bloomberg:  2016 Missouri Democratic Party campaign postmortem:  Q&A with Roy Temple on the shellacking Missouri voters gave Hillary Clinton
          CDT:  Anti-Trump march to be held in downtown Columbia day after presidential inauguration X
          P-D:  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) removes painting approved by Clay that depicts police as animals
          SNL:  Top readers' comments of the week:  Reaction to Hartzler and ethics committee controversy;  Legislators and guns at the Missouri Capitol X
          SNL:  Eric Greitens holds events in Springfield to rally supporters and champion women in business X
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Steelman to be new OA Director under Greitens
          KSMU:  Greitens names Sarah Steelman to head office of administration
          P-D:  Greitens naming former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman to key post
          KC Star:  Urban leaders watch warily as Greitens prepares to take oath +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  On his final full day in office, Treasurer Clint Zweifel reflects on his public service
          CDT:  Nixon sets special election for Caleb Jones' seat X
          Missourinet:  Nixon pardons Medicaid protesters;  Grown men, women made a scene in Senate gallery
          P-D:  In final days, Nixon pardons Senate-gallery disruptors;  Adults acted out, failed to convince legislators to expand Medicaid
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) says 'right to work' a top GOP priority +
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators talk 'right to work' at Columbia Chamber of Commerce event
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) files new bill to allow medical marijuana for terminal patients
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  New criminal code includes stronger penalties for school fights;  Kennett Public Safety Director John Mallott blames bad behavior on "the WWE, and all the stuff like that" +
          P-D:  Family of slain man wants state park named after their relative, not outgoing Gov. Nixon
          AP:  Judge rules that Michael Brown's parents must release strong-arm robber's school and medical records, as well as disclose all income from post-shooting profiteering
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU ethnomusicology prof Stephanie Shonekan:  Black fraternity, MU College Republicans show us a way forward
          CDT letter:  Anonymous reader, who asked to have his/her name withheld, dislikes Missouri's expanded concealed-carry laws X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian responds to "get to know the editorial page" piece, says liberal editors must think readers are "mouth-drooling idiots"
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        Friday, January 6
       
KSDK:  Trump names St. Louisan Katie Walsh deputy chief of staff
          P-D:  St. Louis native Katie Walsh will be deputy chief of staff in Trump White House
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt plan to be present for Trump's swearing-in
          Columbia Missourian:  Area residents share hopes, fears of 2017:  Sexagenarian Caucasoid male says America is "doomed" with Trump;  17-year-old white girl fears Trump;  Minority student, who chooses to work hard and study, says fears of Trump are overblown
          KWMU:  McCaskill says Trump's criticism of intelligence experts threatens the nation
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says Trump's approach is helping Iran, North Korea, China
          P-D:  In Obamacare fight, McCaskill and a dozen Democrats could be key
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  GOP looks to scrap health-insurance mandate +
          SE Missourian:  Smith:  Eventually, House will need to strengthen ethics committee +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Times Magazine now available online:  Power-player profiles, Freshman Yearbook showcasing incoming newbies, Q&A with lobbyists, much more
          Drebes:  Kansas City Star seeks Lead Political Reporter
          KWMU:  Nixon's last 'waltz':  Governor taking brief tour across Missouri before leaving office
          Missourinet:  Nixon oversees last Governor's Prayer Breakfast, talks transition and issues
          SE Missourian:  Greitens opposes tax increase for roads and bridges +
          Missourinet:  Senate leaders lay out GOP agenda
          AP:  Richard disagrees with Greitens on lobbying provision;  'One-to-one' proposal would prohibit lawmakers from earning a living lobbying based on their length of service
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) announces new "Modernize Missouri" initiative
          Missourinet:  Both sides of 'right to work' issue to testify Tuesday at Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Tesla wins stay on appeals court case
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Missouri Higher Ed Department doesn't verify information to award schools performance funding
          KWMU:  Appeals court denies ACLU's request in Ferguson-Florissant voting rights appeal;  Group seeks election changes to make it harder for white candidates to win
          The Missouri Times:  PSC returns after holiday break, bids Rachel Hassani adieu
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation deer report:  Over 10,000 wild animals harvested in alternative-methods season
          P-D:  St. Louis City maintains highest murder level in 20 years, ties last year's tally at 188
          SE Missourian:  Crime data shows decreases in city, county in 2016 +
          KWMU:  Veteran reporters Dale Singer, Donna Korando retiring
          P-D editorial:  Editorial page seeks video, text messages for Trump;  Paper wants readers to submit content for free, which Lee Enterprises will package and promote through its revenue-generating channels
          Seeking Alpha stock market analysis:  I wouldn't gamble on Lee Enterprises;  Lee's transition into digital monetization "might prove futile, with no economic moat in the future"
          Messenger:  Veteran of Missouri tax credit fights - former state Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) - wishes Greitens success
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  New park named after Jay Nixon is mysterious
          KC Star letter:  Area feminist expresses outrage over wording of KC Star headline promoting gals' anti-Trump march;  Editors change headline after one (1) feminist complaint +
          P-D letter:  Greenway Network's Greg Poleski appreciates Nixon's advocacy for state parks
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat who lost state Senate race dislikes paper's retrospective on Peter Kinder's successful career
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian disagrees with challenges to Amendment 2
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        Thursday, January 5
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri lawmakers retain some old assignments in new Congress X
        Politico:  At Pence meeting, GOP lawmakers display diverse views on impact of Obamacare repeal;  Blunt says Senate and House having "very active discussion"
        The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh prepares run for Caleb Jones' House seat
        P-D:  KETC's 'Donnybrook' celebrates 30 years today
        The Missouri Times:  Jefferson City City Council okays Uber ordinance for inauguration
        KWMU:  Missouri government's income continues to lag behind projections used to craft budget
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens makes swing through region, talks opposition to "corporate welfare" of St. Louis soccer stadium X
        KWMU:  During campaign, Greitens' opposition to public funding of stadiums was clear
        P-D:  Greitens, MLS investors meet to discuss St. Louis stadium proposal
        P-D:  Missouri legislatives leaders say they're open to Scottrade funding
        Drebes:  Richardson to put his stamp on the House, implement new rules for committees, including appropriations
        The Missouri Times:  Richardson speaks of change, vows lobbyist gift ban will be first bill passed by the House
        The Missouri Times:  Richardson quick on 'right to work' trigger
        Columbia Missourian:  Republicans pledge quick movement on 'right to work,' ethics legislation
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks ethics, says some legislation appears to be appropriate
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says priorities include ethics legislation, 'right to work,' more
        SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers differ on whether to ban lobbyist gifts +
        AP:  Legislative session kicks off, with GOP having an ally in the Governor's Mansion
        Missourinet:  Outgoing Secretary of State Jason Kander uses address to criticize Republicans' voter ID approach
        SNL:  Kander uses speaking platform to criticize GOP voter ID efforts X
        KWMU:  Legislative session kicks off
        P-D:  Missouri's Republican-led Legislature sets pro-business course
        Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Missouri House, first day of session
        Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) pays tribute to Kinder during Legislature's first day
        The Missouri Times:  New senators sworn in
        The Missouri Times:  Capitol security will beef up after inauguration
        KWMU:  Metal detectors, and firearms ban, returning to Missouri Capitol
        KWMU:  St. Louis County to begin testing opioid database
        Washington Missourian:  Paper names Susan Miller Warden new managing editor X
        P-D editorial:  Missouri should make higher education more accessible, not less
        P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Get to know our editorial board:  White male Tod Robberson, 60;  White male Kevin Horrigan, 67;  Hispanic male Gilbert Bailon, 57;  White female Deb Peterson, 63
        Priddy:  A look back at Missouri governors' inaugural addresses
        P-D sports columnist Benjamin Hochman:  'Welfare for millionaires'? No, it's about growth for St. Louis
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man dislikes editorial's condescending jab at Greitens' military service
        KC Star letter:  Local IBEW rep disagrees with Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson on 'right to work' +
        P-D letter:  St. Charles man disagrees with Greitens on 'right to work'
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        Wednesday, January 4
       
SNL:  Trump effect on firearms sales?  Seems so, Springfield-area gun dealers say X
          P-D:  Former newsman Charles Jaco suggests Trump should be assassinated, then deletes his tweet
          KC Star:  Area women, emotional over Hillary Clinton's defeat, to join anti-Trump protest march in Washington +
          Helling:  Trump's tweet influences House GOP on ethics;  Graves among those wishing to scrap office +
          SNL:  Hartzler supported changes to ethics panel funding X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Nixon communications director Channing Ansley Grate joins public affairs firm GPS Impact
          AP:  Missouri job growth at half of incentive pledge
          Missourinet:  Greitens stiffens opposition to state funds for stadiums
          Brownfield Ag News:  At Kirskville tour stop, Greitens says ag director appointee Chris Chinn will fight for Missouri farmers
          KTVO:  Greitens kicks off thank-you tour, introduces new ag director appointee;  Chris Chinn says she'll work to improve lives of farmers and ranchers while improving access to food
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Greitens talks budget priorities, police support at tour stop
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Greitens shooting down plan for City Hall takeover of Kansas City police;  Compendium of local coverage
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) to give up House seat, join Greitens' staff
          CDT:  Caleb Jones to leave Legislature, join Greitens' staff X
          KWMU:  UMSL's Terry Jones joins reporters Jo Mannies and Marshall Griffin to preview Missouri legislative session
          SNL:  Legislative preview:  Greitens may sign many measures Nixon blocked X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview:  Labor and 'right to work,' education, ethics
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) aims to change regulations for payday lending industry
          KWMU:  Activists upset over potential consequences for violent students;  New criminal code could help hold badly-behaved students accountable for behavior
          Columbia Missourian:  Men and women making MU executive hiring decisions forced to sit through "unconscious bias training";  Minority employee extols virtues of hiring minority employees
          Columbia Missourian:  University, municipal police departments face challenges finding qualified minority candidates
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Eureka) says Uber bill is intended to create opportunities
          Missourinet:  Task force recommends ways to combat human trafficking in Missouri;  Comments from Missouri Kids First's Emily van Schenkhof
          SE Missourian:  State approves funding for Cape sidewalk project +
          The Pitch (KC):  Adopt-a-legislator feature:  Alternative weekly newspaper says it will keep its eye on Rep. Noel Shull (R-Kansas City), report on legislative activities
          The Missouri Times:  Tesla license expires, awaits court decision on stay to re-open
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of January 3, 2017
          AP:  Missouri judge suspended over dispute with public defenders
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers face a grim year of budget reality;  Instead of tax-credit programs, legislators should focus on raising taxes
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Post-Dispatch doesn't print fake news or "play games with the facts"
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce's Karen Buschmann:  Missouri can make significant gains in economic standing and worker opportunity in 2017
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Time for Missouri to embrace marijuana
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman responds to op-ed suggesting all death row sentences be commuted, says rapist/murder should be held accountable for his actions
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        Tuesday, January 3
       
KWMU:  Battle over Phyllis Schlafly's legacy intensifies, with her children at the center;  Ed Martin blasted, defended
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Peter Kinder was the kind of voice a healthy state depends on X
          P-D:  Voting irregularities series:  St. Louis City businessman Khaled Salameh has home in Wildwood, votes in St. Louis City;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Drew Juden as next Public Safety Director
          SE Missourian:  Sikeston chief named to lead Missouri Department of Public Safety +
          KWMU:  Greitens' public safety director has a message for police, first responders:  'We will have your back'
          Missourinet:  Greitens announces new DPS director during Dellwood stop;  Looters pillaged store twice in 2014 Michael Brown riots
          P-D:  Greitens chooses Sikeston police chief as state public safety director
          KWMU:  Greitens says he has "completely ruled out state funding for stadiums"
          P-D:  Greitens says he has ruled out public funding for stadiums
          AP:  Lt. Gov.-elect Mike Parson recovering from heart surgery
          Missourinet:  Jefferson City City Council will consider allowing Uber to provide free rides on Inauguration Day
          KWMU:  2017 legislation brings a new normal with GOP dominance;  Comments from Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gain McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson set to become the Speaker that will deliver 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  Bill from Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) would let Missourians send $100 of their state income taxes to candidates
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) introduces tax credit +
          Missourinet:  Rep.-elect Jean Evans (R-Manchester) wants to crack down on sex traffickers marrying juvenile teens
          Missourinet:  Key bills not pre-filed:  Body cameras, LGBTQIA* wedding cake-baking, SJR 39 redux
          CDT:  Missouri's new criminal code subject of praise, concern X
          KWMU:  With new year, Missourians' freedom to carry concealed firearms expands
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cybersecurity Task Force releases action plan to improve
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Kenney to be inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
          AP:  Michael Brown's parents seek payout from Ferguson, say they were deprived of strong-arm robber's future potential wages;  Couple seeks to keep city from accessing school records
          P-D obituary:  St. Louis County GOP stalwart Herman Kriegshauser passes away at 84
          P-D obituary:  Herman Kriegshauser, force behind high school hockey, dies
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves):  McCaskill, Blunt should oppose Trump's pick for EPA
          Columbia Missourian's C.W. Dawson:  A call for social and political vigilance;  Seasoned citizen wants Greitens to acknowledge race complaints, fix economic inequality, stop "school-to-prison pipeline"
          KC Star letter:  Gun-control advocate responds to gun-rights advocate's response to gun-control advocate +
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        Monday, January 2
       
KOLR:  Blunt takes on lead role in planning President-elect Trump's inauguration
          CBS News:  Prognosis for Rx in 2017:  more painful drug-price hikes;  Bipartisan legislation from McCaskill would allow temporary importation of prescription drugs, incentivize competition among generics
          Missourinet:  Most federal, state and county government offices closed today
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Peter Kinder personifies a time when political experience mattered;  Comments from Kinder, plus summary of themes from Jeff Mazur's September Missouri Times op-ed
          JCNT:  Greitens plans to have a COO help run state government X
          KC Star:  New laws take effect:  Guns, marijuana possession, "bubble boy" screening for newborns, more +
          AP:  Overview of new state laws
          KC Star:  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) proposes legislation providing paid time off for childbirth or adoption +
          JCNT:  Kehoe, Riddle, Bernskoetter preview legislative priorities X
          SNL:  Education officials uncertain about state funding;  Nixa Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith:  "I have no idea what the new governor stands for or believes in when it comes to public education." X
          Missourinet:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) files school transfer legislation;  Bill would impact only Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts
          Missourinet:  AAA Missouri wants texting-while-driving ban this year
          SNL:  A look ahead to 2017:  State to get tough on poachers X
          CDT:  Paper moves to morning delivery Feb. 6 X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller Sr.:  New Year's resolutions for Missouri:  Name state park after Jay Nixon;  Help Eric Greitens form Junior SEALs organizations in every high school;  More X
          Priddy:  The feeder offices for governor:  A historical look
          KC Star letter:  Local sexagenarian wanted more coverage of former UMKC Chancellor George Russell's death +
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          P-D:  Obamacare faces challenges in 2017;  Missouri consumers will see less competition and choice, leading to higher prices
          CDT:  Year of the Elephant:  GOP victories top 2016 stories X
          Columbia Missourian:  Top photos of 2016 gallery:  Bernie Sanders addresses thousands (photo 1);  Black Lives Matter protester screams (2);  Trump supporter volunteers for March caucus (6)
          SNL:  New weekly feature:  Top 10 online story comments from readers:  Blunt and inauguration menu;  Missouri death penalty X
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Greitens picks Shelby County's Chris Chinn as Missouri's ag director
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau, livestock groups approve of Chinn appointment
          Missourinet:  Nixon attends Missouri Highway Patrol trooper graduation ceremony;  Captain John Hotz thanks governor, Legislature for funding and level of pay
          JCNT:  Jefferson City may make Uber available for inauguration festivities;  Council will vote on bill Tuesday X
          P-D:  2017 legislative session preview:  'Right to work,' tort overhaul, school choice, abortion-law tweaks, budget
          P-D:  Franklin County's Strain-Japan among rural school district overcoming poverty to dominate rankings;  Bootheel's Malden School District has similar percentage of students on handouts as Normandy and Riverview Gardens, crushes North St. Louis County districts in test performance
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Chancellor search committee positions selected
          CDT:  State parks add three Missouri masterpieces X
          P-D editorial:  Headlines we'd like to see in 2017:  Rex Sinquefield quits politics, stops helping conservative causes;  GOP legislators flip-flop on gun control;  Prescription drug registry implemented;  Others
          P-D editorial:  NFL is gone, MLS is uncertain, but NGA keeps St. Louis in the game
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder generously passes on opportunity to name building after himself, ensures Mike Keathley gets his due +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  'Misgendering' foolishness;  Universities create overprotective environment with ridiculous pronoun-sensitivity coddling X
          SNL editorial:  Introducing our editorial advisers:  Female NAACP member, white female lawyer, white male artist, white male businessman X
          SNL President Allen Jones:  Reflecting on the News-Leader's 2016:  Media bias is a serious concern, and the News-Leader will make "every effort" to avoid it in 2017 X
          Waters:  More charter schools for Missouri:  The pros and cons X
          KC Star op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  Seven resolutions for the Missouri Legislature:  'Right to work,' no public subsidies for sports stadiums, earned income tax credit, charter schools, more +
          P-D letter:  Ladue liberal dislikes GOP supermajority's tax-cut plans
          KC Star letter:  Western Missouri Shooters Alliance's Kevin Jamison responds to woman's complaints about guns and background checks +
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        Saturday, December 31
       
P-D:  Trump advisers says Cardinal Dolan choice for inaugural an example of desire to reach out
          AP:  McCaskill's tweet spree expresses displeasure with Trump's comments on Putin
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  "<X> questions" journomeme:  4 questions regarding Trump:  Impact on St. Louis area businesses, McCaskill's re-election
          P-D:  Clay says he won't remove painting in U.S. Capitol tunnel depicting police officers as pigs
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Political power rankings:  Sen.-elect John Rizzo triumphs over city's vindictive girl-power cabal;  Sen. Jason Holsman keeps radicals at arms-length and can work with GOP;  Rep. Deron McGee an up-and-coming House superminority member
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder prepares to leave political office after 24 years +
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan McKenna appointed to State Tax Commission
          The Missouri Times:  Inauguration Day 2017:  What you should know
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Greitens campaign manager Austin Chambers
          P-D:  Greitens brings in former aide Paul Eisenstein to help in hiring process
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Former Huffington Post editor Jimmy Soni to take role in Greitens administration;  Recap of Gawker.com's original 2014 reporting, plus unattributed criticism from former HuffPo co-workers who didn't like him and/or thought he was flirting with interns +
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft transition team continues work, names SOS staff:  Steele Shippy as deputy COS, David Minnick to lead Securities Division
          P-D:  Ashcroft says he has had "great discussions" with Kander regarding SOS transition
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway says birth of third child won't interrupt work
          KWMU:  Election Commissioners pick Rick Stream as GOP director for St. Louis County
          P-D:  St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners taps Stream for GOP director post
          P-D:  Sweeping changes to Missouri's criminal code take place tomorrow
          CDT:  UM Review Commission recommends change to law capping tuition X
          CDT:  Meeting to complain about new school behavior/punishment standards draws less than a dozen;  Woman complains of "cultural bias" in punishing bad behavior X
          P-D:  Tesla's license to sell cars in Missouri expiring
          The Missouri Times:  Cybersecurity Task Force releases action plan to improve
          P-D:  New state park in Jefferson County will open next week
          KWMU:  Supporters of convicted rapist/murderer Reginald Clemons uphappy with request by Jennifer Joyce (D) to move prosecutorial duties to AG office
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        Friday, December 30
       
USA Today:  Thanks to Blunt, Trump's inauguration will have a Missouri flavor
          The Missouri Times:  New magazine to debut at Capitol next month:  A sneak peek at Top 10 quotes of 2016
          Rosenbaum:  A look back at Missouri's eventful and exhausting political year:  Trump landslide, Blunt-Kander, GOP statewide primaries, SJR 39, much more
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin review the year in Missouri politics
          KWMU:  Our favorite photos of 2016:  17 featuring African-Americans, 2 (two) starring Caucasoids - including overhead shot of Missouri House members
          SNL:  Top stories of 2016:  Man exercises concealed-carry rights to protect wife from knife-wielding savage;  Primary election coverage;  More X
          The Missouri Time:  Greitens camp says they're close to announcing Chief Operating Officer
          KWMU:  Greitens plans to chart a new path in Jefferson City, with no parade
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens camp says new gov is 'serious' about ethics push
          Missourinet:  Greitens' first State of the State address won't include budget talk
          P-D:  Greitens likely to block push for new tax breaks
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) receives 'Family Champion' award from Missouri Family Policy Council
          Drebes:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) was elected House Caucus Secretary - what does it mean?
          KWMU:  Democrats Fred Wessels, Donna Baringer leave behind safe aldermanic seats to join House superminority
          P-D:  Missouri campaign contribution limits remain in place after latest hearing
          Dexter Statesman:  Thanks to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, state building to be named for Mike Keathley +
          Columbia Missourian:  Marijuana law in Missouri eases up with new year
          P-D:  Missouri panel calls for big changes on campus with regards to tuition
          Missourinet:  UM System Review Commission releases report;  two-year funding cycle recommended
          KWMU:  Occupational diversity, 2-year budgets among recommendations for University of Missouri System
          AP:  Proposal from Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Clay County) offers solution for LGBTQIA* marriage debate:  Remove the state
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would add two more life-threatening diseases to newborn screenings list
          KFEQ (St. Joseph):  National Guard training site to be built in Buchanan County;  Comments from Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) to submit dicamba legislation next week;  One of three proposals will raise accountability for farmers who choose to misuse herbicide and damage neighbors' crops +
          The Missouri Times:  New report shows decrease in nationwide crime, increase in Missouri incarceration
          P-D:  Judge agrees to assign retrial in Chain of Rocks murders to state attorney general;  Reginald Clemons and pals raped two Hazelwood East grads, pushed them off bridge to their death
          P-D:  Radiation testing concludes after after two Bridgeton homes are checked
          Waters:  Greitens and new GOP legislators might be "relative no-nothings," but life could turn out okay after all X
          Huffington Post op-ed:  Jason Kander:  What being a liberal in a red state has taught me
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        Thursday, December 29
       
KODE:  Blunt visits Boys & Girls Club in Joplin, reads to children and takes questions from middle-schoolers
          KZRG:  Blunt visits Joplin Boys & Girls Club
          SNL:  Blunt, family visit Ozarks Food Harvest;  12-year-old Charlie saved allowance to make donation to group X
          Washington Examiner:  Kander continues national campaign by baiting Trump via Twitter, makes cutting remark about president-elect's relationship with deceased father;  No response from Trump
          P-D:  A year later, scars from winter flooding remain
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces pre-election "thank you" tour;  List of cities, dates and times
          P-D:  Greitens to embark on "thank you" tour of state next week
          Missourinet:  Nixon reflects on time in office
          Drebes:  New state Capitol access protocol, security steps to take effect in January
          Missourinet:  Provisions involving changes to Missouri's gun laws begin January 1
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) proposal would provide health-information booklet to women being referred out of state for abortions
          CDT:  Charter schools could see growth under Greitens X
          SNL:  Task force recommends MSU gain flexibility in expanding doctoral, professional programs
          KC Star:  Former UMKC Chancellor George Russell dies at 95 +
          KMIZ:  Mizzou a big factor in 2016's Boone County tourism increase;  Missouri Dept. of Tourism's Dan Lennon says football team (2-6 in SEC) joining high-profile conference has had positive impact
          The Missouri Times:  Ridesharing, fantasy sports legislation highlight pros and cons of markets acting before government;  Comments from Brian Grace, Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), Becky Lohmann, Danny Pfeifer
          The Missouri Times:  Major Gregory Kindle's retirement marks another leadership departure from Highway Patrol
          The Missouri Times:  PSC files proposed Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA) revisions with Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  Shareholders supporting Ameren, KCP&L energy-efficiency goals
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Higher ed pathways clarified;  Some schools will be able to offer degrees outside state-defined mission X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  GOP tax cuts will blow a hole in the state deficit;  Greitens offers few budget specifics, while Republican legislators seek breaks for the country club crowd
          P-D op-ed:  Fathers' Support Center CEO Halbert Sullivan:  When Greitens meets with mothers of young miscreants, he shouldn't forget about the role of their fathers, too
          SNL op-ed:  Area paleface drives north to deliver cold-weather gear to Indian protesters, stays in South Dakota fishing lodge X
          KC Star letter:  Member of KC gay men's chorus appreciates coverage of area mom who let 4-year-old son start dressing up like a girl +
          P-D letter:  Paper's roundup of 2016 deaths should have included former state Sen. Betty Sims (R-Ladue), whose worked touched thousands of area Girl Scouts
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        Wednesday, December 28
       
Missourinet:  Blunt emphasizes jobs, opportunities and nutrition during tour of Boys & Girls Club of Columbia
          CDT:  Blunt promises work on child nutrition, mental health during Boys & Girls Club visit
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys & Girls Club host annual visit from Blunt
          KMIZ:  Blunt visits Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, talks job creation, Trump and Greitens
          CNN:  Trump's Supreme Court short list includes Spanish Lake, Mo. native Ray Gruender
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt urges support for contract air towers
          KWMU's 2016 Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Hostility in high school hallways - caused by Donald Trump - subsides in Ladue;  School district says it will remedy teenagers' interpersonal drama by giving hiring preference to non-whites
          The Missouri Times:  10 This Week in Missouri Politics episodes to count down the new year:  Nixon, Greitens, Don Gosen, more
          Rosenbaum:  After 8 years, Nixon's governorship leaves important lessons
          Helling:  Q&A with Jay Nixon;  Governor shares thoughts on campaign finance laws, economic accomplishments, non-partisan approach to job, Ferguson ("perhaps I wasn't the savior or savant or whatever there"), sports team successes
          The Missouri Times:  Agriculture community agrees:  Greitens' pick for ag director is a slam dunk
          Missourinet:  Fifth-generation farmer Chris Chinn chosen to lead Missouri Department of Agriculture
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens names Chris Chinn new state agriculture director
          AP:  Greitens picks Chris Chinn as Missouri's new agriculture director
          P-D:  Greitens names Chris Chinn new director of Missouri's Department of Agriculture
          KODE:  Speaker Pro Tem Ron Richard urges caution on eliminating corporate taxes, says Missouri doesn't want to be like Kansas
          KWMU:  "Curious Louis" series:  Jason Rosenbaum explores why Missourians are forced to pay personal property taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Temp Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) names Phillip Arnzen new chief of staff
          KWMU:  Missouri criminal code rewrite includes looser pot penalties and a new felony class
          KWMU:  Raising marriage age seen as a weapon against human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Record holiday travel nationwide mirrored in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Majority of people killed in Missouri crashes over Christmas not wearing seat belts
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) among dozens of legislators pre-filing bills;  Recent carjacking victim files bill regarding stolen guns
          P-D:  EPA begins testing homes in Bridgeton;  Area couple claims their own "independent" test found radioactive dust, wants cash payout from landfill operators
          P-D editorial:  Trump warplane trade-in deal just won't work. Too bad for St. Louis.
          Messenger:  Update on man unhappy about being arrested in Ferguson
          P-D op-ed:  St. Charles man wants Nixon to commute death sentences for every murderer on death row
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        Tuesday, December 27
       
P-D:  2016 in review, photo gallery:  Biden greets female stranger at St. Louis campaign stop, presses his face against hers (#14);  Urban Hispanics celebrate Mexico's Independence Day by bashing Trump pinata, weeks before Americans elect Trump president (#13)
          AP:  2016 in review:  GOP dominance, Ferguson settlement, anti-police violence, changes at University of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith:  America's health care system must be patient-centered
          KWMU:  One year later, communities still recovering from flooding
          KWMU:  City and federal government soon to sign agreement on land for NGA facility
          P-D:  Gov. Jay Nixon's exit interview:  Paper assigns retrospective of 30+-year public servant to two first-year Capitol reporters
          97.1FM (St. Louis):  Allman in the Morning:  Sen. Bob Onder (Lake Saint Louis) with guest host Tim Jones on how 'right to work' will help union members (12:45), tort reform (15:30), keeping law-abiding citizens safe even in St. Louis City (17:00), more
          Missourinet:  Washington University sociology professor/union advocate Jake Rosenfeld criticizes 'right to work';  Comments from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Incoming Rep. Fred Wessels (D-St. Louis City) on expectations upon joining House Democratic superminority
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber expects Greitens to support earned income tax credit
          KWMU:  Q&A with MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna on transportation funding, expectations for Greitens, more
          SNL:  Hoping to spur exports, Missouri advertises trade shows in the United Arab Emirates X
          P-D:  Dispute offered over degree offerings from Missouri State and the University of Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Higher Education, task force set to improve degree programs
          Missourinet:  Ag Director Richard Fordyce:  Missouri's rice and biodiesel industries rank high
          P-D editorial:  Misbehaving in school shouldn't make a kid a felon
          CDT op-ed:  Terry Ganey:  Trump & Co. turn to lies and statistics;  At electors' vote, Missouri state rep drives by liberal protesters and mocks them:  "Wah, wah, wah!" X
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone sexagenarian warns McCaskill, Blunt and Graves that they better not cut Medicare benefits - or else +
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon liberal wants GOP supermajority and Republican governor to repeal last year's business tax breaks
          P-D letter:  Valley Park septuagenarian appreciates Post-Dispatch adding conservative Stacy Washington to help balance paper's liberalism
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        Monday, December 26
       
KOLR:  Missouri State University polisci prof Brian Calfano:  Trump correct in calling out questionable military spending
          Missourinet:  Former U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander continues raising national profile, appears on MSNBC to criticize Trump's cabinet picks
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon lauds progress on future Rock Island Trail State Park X
          AP:  With Greitens' blessing, lawmakers aim for lobbyist-gift ban
          KC Star:  School-choice advocates see opening in Missouri +
          AP:  Cape Girardeau student pulls rare feat:  Perfect ACT, SAT test scores;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          SNL:  New TSA signs at airport note looming deadline for REAL ID fix X
          Daily Journal:  Incoming state Rep. Mike Henderson (R-Desloge) looks forward to working with new colleagues
          P-D editorial:  With Donald Trump as president, Missouri schools should spend more money to fight "rape culture"
          P-D editorial:  Carl Icahn, famed St. Louis business villain, is now a presidential adviser
          Messenger:  Nixon's last stand:  Does St. Louis want to be Major League, or not?
          P-D's Nicklaus:  'Right to work' passage may be fait accompli, but St. Louis leaders must focus on all-important talent-attraction strategy
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City sexagenarian uses Sheena Greitens' robbery to criticize gov-elect's position on Second Amendment +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City community organizer disagrees with conservative columnist's suggestions for dealing with Missouri's budding criminals
          P-D letter:  St. Charles septuagenarian wishes everyone would stop being so doom-and-gloom and start embracing 2017
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        Sunday, December 25   Merry Christmas!
       
Missourinet:  Missouri electors not penalized if they fail to back the party's nominee;  Insight from Hartzler press secretary Steve Walsh
          SNL:  Missouri growing, but not as fast as nation as a whole
          CNN:  Minimum wage set to rise yet again in Missouri
          AP:  Republican majorities in Missouri, other states will focus on 'right to work' in 2017
          SNL:  Let hogs loose, pay huge fine under bill from Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield)
          KC Star:  LGBTQIA* advocates in Missouri expect to play defense in upcoming legislative session
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri counties show high conviction rates
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Response to Waters' column dismissing ethics legislation
          Messenger:  Update on woman who left two toddlers alone for hours to fend for themselves in apartment;  Firefighters had to pull toddlers out of smoky abode after fire broke out
          P-D letter:  Ferguson septuagenarian wonders why Bruce Franks left his car doors unlocked while sitting in a dark parking lot
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says rehabbing drug offenders wastes money that could be spent on social programs for law-abiding Missourians
          SNL letter:  Feminist MSU English prof disagrees with Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) on abortion
          KC Star letter:  Area octogenarian female says "good-looking, shapely women" should avoid Donald Trump;  Unattractive and/or amorphous blobs presumed to be safe
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        Saturday, December 24   Christmas Eve
       
The Missouri Times:  Jason Smith looking forward to change in new U.S. House leadership role
          P-D:  Providers say women are seeking longer-term birth control before Obamacare is repealed and replaced;  Comments from Planned Parenthood, young woman, hospital rep
          P-D:  2016 in review:  Voters turn Missouri redder:  Comments from one-half of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          KC Star:  Local woman's transgender-tot fundraising campaign gets boost with National Geographic cover photo;  Debi Jackson's son decided at age 4 that he wanted to be a girl +
          Missourinet:  South-central Missouri VA office expands its business hours
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to have more troopers on the road this weekend
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) picks Ryan Nonnemaker as new chief of staff
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), ArchCity Defenders legal team sue Berkeley Police Department over 2014 arrest, want cash payout
          P-D:  Franks wants cash payout for "physical and psychological injuries" suffered at protest arrest
          AP:  Nixon pardons 12 more convicted of theft, drug crimes
          KWMU:  Despite hysteria, school fights could already result in felony charges in Missouri
          KWMU:  New year, old issue:  Lawmakers will try again to change student transfer rules
          KC Star:  Homeowners associations from hell:  more horror stories, more fraud - and prospect of legislative action;  Comments from Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) +
          P-D:  Missouri DSS helps in lost-baby case;  Chesterfield woman tells cops elaborate tale of "losing" her baby while visiting Normandy, gets charged with criminal abuse/neglect of child
          McClellan:  Former P-D columnist provides health update
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man responds to paper's criticism of Greitens transition, wonders why Post-Dispatch doesn't let public sit in on all of its private meetings
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        Friday, December 23
       
Buzzfeed:  Pro-Obamacare group gears up for repeal fight;  "Protect Our Care" claims credit for rallies in Missouri, other states
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Obamacare advocate on enrollment numbers;  Nixon on his economic legacy;  Rep.-elect Jean Evans (R-Manchester) on human trafficking +
          SE Missourian:  Local car dealers:  "Pre-election jitters" spooked buyers, but sales have been up since election;  Ford dealer says people "feel more comfortable making decisions that involve a considerable amount of money" +
          KWMU:  Ads from "Right Way Initiative" urge McCaskill to support Trump agenda;  501(c)(4) keeps its donors secret
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Peter Kinder reflects on career, his work to build modern-day GOP supermajorities, and his future
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
          Brownfield Ag New:  Missouri Farm Bureau study shows agriculture's impact on Missouri's economy
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber, Missouri NFIB optimistic about chances for tort-law overhaul
          SNL:  Nixon touts economic achievements in Springfield visit X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon touts growing attendance at Missouri state parks
          Missourinet:  MoDOT program to promote traffic safety to teens gets fresh face
          P-D:  Festus urges county to set up program to monitor prescription drug sales
          AP:  Appeals court:  Missouri college's drug tests of all students illegal
          CDT:  Educators use breakfast to lobby legislators for more state funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  Despite STEM focus and funding, low-income students continue to disappoint with poor test scores;  School administrators minimize value of testing
          P-D:  Schools say violent kids, bullies could be charged with felonies;  State legislation passed in 2014 sought to protect majority of children from their most savage, disruptive peers
          KWMU:  ACLU files emergency motion to change Ferguson-Florissant election process;  Group says established at-large elections, in place for decades, unfair to black candidates
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports halfway mark on results of deer samples being tested for chronic wasting disease X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Former state ag directors highlight livestock disease successes
          P-D:  Police nab trio that fired shots at St. Louis City police officers;  Two men, woman lead cops on chase, get caught in Town & Country
          Washington Missourian editorial:  It's over, accept it:  Trump dominated in Missouri and won the presidential election X
          P-D editorial:  The canary in the opioid-epidemic coal mine
          SE Missourian's Joe Simpson:  A few thoughts about all those stadiums in St. Louis +
          SNL letter:  Republic man responds to McCaskill comments about crooked politicians, makes airplane reference X
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        Thursday, December 22
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Congress will replace Obamacare;  roundtable discussion focuses on high cost of health care +
          SNL:  Less than 200,000 in Missouri sign up for Obamacare X
          KC Star:  Report shows 185,000 Obamacare enrollments in Missouri +
          AP:  Obamacare enrollments in Missouri grew by less than 4%
          NY Times:  McCaskill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) aim to stop firms from "buying up drugs and jacking up prices"
          AP:  McCaskill urges action to block drastic drug-price hikes
          KWMU:  McCaskill highlights report showing increased number of older Americans unable to pay their student loan debts
          KWMU:  Program created by Blunt will bolster Missouri mental health clinics
          P-D:  Missouri one of eight states participating in mental health treatment expansion pilot program
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  16 marks that '16 left:  The horror wrought by voters turning to non-mainstream ("fake") news, GOP victories in Missouri, more
          KWMU:  Missouri's new donation limits bolster power of political parties - and outside groups;  Thoughts from John Hancock, Todd Graves, Stephen Webber
          P-D:  Police find car stolen at gunpoint from state Rep.-elect Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) in St. Louis City;  Criminals remain on the loose
          P-D:  Nixon says state tax credits are ideal to clear St. Louis site, with or without a soccer stadium
          Missourinet:  Nixon 'unaware' of Missouri Dept. of Corrections allegations
          P-D:  Nixon said he had no knowledge of Corrections Department issues "until some of that stuff burbled out in the press"
          The Missouri Times:  North Carolina corrections official Anne Precythe tapped as new head of DOC
          KC Star:  New chief named for embattled Missouri prison system +
          Missourinet:  Greitens names director of Missouri Department of Corrections
          AP:  Greitens chooses new director for Department of Corrections
          P-D:  Greitens names new Missouri prison chief
          Columbia Missourian:  Area women push for developmental-disabilities legislation;  Comments from Rowden, Basye, Stevens
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Medicaid
          Missourinet:  Empower Missouri unhappy about changes to state welfare programs
          AP:  Onder says he won't revive religious-objections bill
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Dunklin Co. public administrator cited in push for new state anti-corruption law +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) looks to pass crime bills in first session
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Jean Evans (R-Manchester) files marriage age bill aimed at fighting human trafficking
          The Missouri Times:  PSC wraps up final agenda meeting of 2016
          Missourinet:  Record 20 million people visit Missouri state parks in 2016
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation sets upcoming deer and turkey hunting dates X
          KWMU:  Cumulative voting for Ferguson-Florissant school board on hold
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant School District will keep at-large voting for April election
          P-D editorial:  Galloway audit shows Pine Lawn Municipal Court continues abuses. Time for intervention.
          Priddy:  Part III of anti-term-limits series
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        Wednesday, December 21   First Day of Winter
       
SNL:  Obamacare defense campaign:  Supporters demonstrate outside Blunt's office;  Three liberal groups join forces to turn out forty (40) protesters X
          Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare defense campaign:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center press conference features Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia), others;  Man who chooses to be obese complains about finding diabetes coverage
          KOMU:  Obamacare defense campaign:  Press conference features health care crusaders, human backdrops holding campaign signs
          Missourinet:  Obamacare defense campaign:  Washington D.C. hunger group supports Obamacare, says repealing it will hurt Missouri
          KWMU:  Obamacare defense campaign:  Supporters focus messaging on pre-existing condition themes;  Stats from Kaiser Family Foundation, sad stories from area gals with diseases
          Missourinet:  Wash U. prof says details of repealing Obamacare will prove challenging for Republicans
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on inauguration;  Greitens' transition team's agreement to not speak publicly +
          SNL:  Bass Pro Shops' Johnny Morris to co-chair Trump charity event X
          McClatchy:  Senate's homeland security panel has a new top Democrat watchdog:  Claire McCaskill
          Drebes:  McCaskill gives $10k of her own money to Missouri domestic violence group
          P-D:  St. Louis prosecutor Jennifer Joyce (D) uncovers 'important evidence' in voter fraud probe, turns over case to feds
          P-D:  Bruce Franks adds new detail to robbery account, says thieves took his gun too;  Incoming state rep says he couldn't describe perps, but surveillance video provides details
          AP:   Nixon warns Democrats against shifting left;  Party should stop with "identify politics" division, try talking to "working folks"
          Helling:  Greitens should set strong tone early by slowing aggressive GOP policy plans and focusing instead on ethics legislation +
          The Missouri Times:  MLS stadium vote cancelled by investors after Greitens' criticism
          KWMU:  After Greitens opposition, soccer stadium backers hold off on state tax credits
          AP:  Group postpones meeting over St. Louis soccer stadium plan
          Missourinet:  Nixon says he disagrees with Greitens on soccer stadium funding
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Anheuser-Busch exec Michael Roche as chief of staff, Lucinda Luetkemeyer as general counsel, Jennae Neustadt as legislative director, Will Scharf as policy director
          AP:  Greitens names Anheuser-Busch official Michael Roche to be chief of staff
          The Missouri Times:  Co-ops ask for restraining order in campaign finance lawsuit
          Missourinet:  Redmon expects 2017 to be tough budget year;  Speaker appoints Canton Republican to chair powerful new subcommittee
          Missourinet:  Missouri ranks in top 10 for high school graduation rate
          KWMU:  Two St. Louis schools closing in June;  a third gets a reprieve
          P-D:  Facing continued enrollment declines, St. Louis public schools will close two more schools
          Missourinet:  Airbnb begins PR, lobbying campaign in Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Greitens red-cards $40 million in state spending on soccer stadium
          P-D editorial:  Greitens condemns backroom dealers, then hides in a back room
          Messenger:  CDC issues call to action on opioid abuse. Will Missouri listen?
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Bag Head Christmas 2016:  Sexagenarian columnist has anti-conservative conversation with imaginary homeless friend Baghead Jheri (Curl) X
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        Tuesday, December 20
       
The Missouri Times:  Despite pressure from those unhappy about election results, Missouri electors cast their votes for Trump
          KWMU:  Electoral gathering at Capitol draws total of 100 attendees, most anti-Trump;  Some protesters break decorum, scream after electors' votes are read
          Missourinet:  Trump opponents fail to sway Missouri electors
          P-D:  Missouri electors unanimously cast their votes for Donald Trump
          P-D:  As chair of Trump inauguration, Blunt puts it in context of history, tradition
          Columbia Missourian:  Federal grant would help city hire four new police officers
          AP:  Obama pardons Missouri cocaine dealers:  Tammy Twyone Francis, Derwayne Williams, other dope slingers
          P-D:  State-rep elect Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) robbed at gunpoint in St. Louis City;  Carjacking hoodlums drive off with phones, other possessions after victim visited Schlafly Tap Room
          KTVI:  Incoming state rep attempts to enjoy night out in downtown St. Louis, gets robbed in parking lot of popular restaurant at 7:30 p.m.
          Rosenbaum:  Assessing the emergence of an urban Republican governor in Missouri
          P-D:  Greitens transition team members sign agreement to not discuss publicly their activities
          KWMU:  Q&A with incoming Mike Parson:  Incoming lt. gov. talks Greitens, thoughts on Russ Carnahan, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on his approach to governing;  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) on ethics legislation +
          Missourinet:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  $150 million in spending restrictions likely ahead
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers voice concerns about new state parks
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens opposes taxpayer funding for new St. Louis soccer stadium
          Missourinet:  Greitens blasts proposal for taxpayer-funded St. Louis soccer stadium
          AP:  Greitens opposes St. Louis soccer stadium funding
          P-D:  Greitens calls public money for stadium "welfare for millionaires"
          The Missouri Times:  Captive cervids bill hopes to expand ability of farmers to raise deer, elk
          AP:  State audit:  Pine Lawn fails to fix its municipal courts
          P-D:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Pine Lawn fails to fix court problem after poor audit
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Corlew's bill a workable compromise on REAL ID X
          Columbia Missourian's C.W. Dawson:  Kwanzaa celebration to take place Dec. 30;  Seasoned citizen dislikes his fellow black men calling each other "dog" or "gangster," yearns for days when men "called our women 'baby'"
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        Monday, December 19
       
Riverfront Times:  Area women organize anti-Trump "silent demonstration" protest at Capitol today;  Liberal gals seek to prove point by trying to keep their their mouths shut
          Missourinet:  Missouri NFIB says national group's "Optimism Index" has skyrocketed since Trump's election
          KC Star:  KC-area flood control projects receive $565 in federal money
          P-D:  New leader of St. Louis VA tries to stabilize embattled health care agency
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jay Ashcroft;  Panel of Jason Crowell, John Gaskin, Becky Lohmann, Brian Wahby talk Greitens' first year, Trump, and most impressive campaigns of 2016
          Kraske:  Missouri's Teddy Roosevelt:  Nixon cements his legacy as one of state's top conservation governors
          KDNL (St. Louis):  The Allman Report:  Nicole Galloway:  We need to recover lost tax revenue;  State auditor talks bipartisan anti-corruption legislation, more
          SNL:  Democratic lawmakers push package of ethics-overhaul bills to mimic Greitens' campaign pledges
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP supermajority will tweak concealed-carry law to protect women from domestic abusers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) takes aim at prison overcrowding
          Missourinet:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) to introduce proposal involving automated long-haul trucks
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) prefiles bill to allow Jackson public-safety tax vote
          JCNT:  State approves future concerts on Missouri State Penitentiary grounds
          AP:  Birds previously rare to Missouri becoming more common
          KWMU:  Fate of at least two North St. Louis City schools top Special Administrative Board agenda Tuesday
          SE Missourian editorial:  Jason Smith showing strong signs of leadership in U.S. House
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislation allowing guns on campus is asinine
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Bipartisan legislation puts corrupt public officials on notice
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Readers are right - Star headline about Obama and Trump was biased toward Democrat
          Priddy:  Thoughts for incoming legislators
          KC Star op-ed:  Leader of urban "social, therapeutic and economic community-building services" dislikes Missouri photo ID laws
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  What's the future of St. Louis City?  Lots of great attractions easily overshadowed by near-daily shootings
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants Legislature to pass laws cracking down on sex trafficking
          KC Star letter:  Octogenarian woman who chooses to live in Kansas expresses anger at H&R Block, other corporations for donating whopping $5k to GOP campaign committee
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        Sunday, December 18   MoDOT traveler map
       
KC Star:  Anti-Trump forces plan massive protest tomorrow in Jefferson City +
          AP:  Missouri electors say they plan to stick with Trump
          CDT:  Columbia Police Officers' Association follows national group in showing support for Trump;  Union leader:  "Conservative politicians are the ones out there talking about law and order." X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith asks Trump to eliminate 14 federal rules, regulations +
          JCNT:  Nixon looks back at public career X
          Kraske:  Two governors may be departing amid clouds, not sunshine;  Lawsuits provide "dark coda" to Nixon's term, but Speaker Todd Richardson has taken steps to improve Jefferson City culture +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jay Ashcroft;  Panel of NAACP's John Gaskin, lobbyist Becky Lohmann, former Sen. Jason Crowell and STL City Dems' Brian Wahby talk Trump, 2016's best campaigns, more
          Drebes:  Ryan Silvey vs. Dan Brown for approps chair
          SNL:  Former state Rep. Sara Lampe (D-Springfield) to receive honorary degree from Missouri State University X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Public Service Commission's Grain Belt Express hearing draws both sides
          KC Star:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation seeks to bring back the dinosaur fish that lost its reproductive mojo:  The pallid sturgeon +
          P-D:  Mizzou hands honorary degree to centenarian Frankie Freeman
          Columbia Missourian:  Civil rights activist Frankie Freeman handed honorary degree, complains about lack of diversity
          JCNT editorial:  Let success of prison tours propel Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Boeing move hurts St. Louis' pride but should strengthen defense division
          SE Missourian letter:  St. Joseph sexagenarian dislikes 'right to work,' attempts 'right to live' analogy +
          P-D letter:  Brentwood woman suggests state study whether four-day school week is effective
          SNL letter:  St. Louis County man disagrees with GOP legislators on spending, taxes X
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        Saturday, December 17  MoDOT traveler map
       
KMOX:  MoDOT advises to stay off the road through tonight
          Missourinet:  MoDOT issues winter weather advisory for reduced travel;  Mizzou graduation ceremonies still on
          P-D:  MoDOT says it pretreated roads, but slick conditions persist
          KMIZ:  Icy roads cause hundreds of crashes, cancellations
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists hassle Missouri GOP electors;  Jan DeWeese received 9,722 e-mail messages in 24 hours
          KC Star:  Area woman seeking online donations gets 9-year-old son on the cover of National Geographic;  Debi Jackson has enjoyed media attention since 2014 for letting boy dress up as girl and call himself "Avery," enrolling him in Girl Scouts, other fundraising stunts +
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Alex Zumsteg:  From MSU legislative intern to MRP grassroots director and back to Capitol - for now
          Brownfield Ag News:  Study focuses on Missouri agriculture's economic impact
          Missourinet:  Missouri Budget Project opposes Kraus' tax-cut plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Kurt Schaefer's claims of UM System funding fall short
          Missourinet:  Missouri to add three state parks
          Columbia Missourian:  MU medical students' complaints describe dramatic emotional struggles;  One student unhappy that attractive females seem to be given preferential treatment;  Female resident accused of "bullying" female student by setting "impossible expectations"
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation announces next year's deer and turkey hunting dates
          P-D:  Juror can't reveal details about unanimous decision in Darren Wilson self-defense case, judge says
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill on feds' bunny regulations
          Waters:  Missouri Republicans will take credit for ethics legislation;  Kip Kendrick's idea to impose term limits on statewide officeholders is a bad one X
          Dallas Morning News' Carl Leubsdorf:  Missouri Democrats' weakness forces ambitious candidates like Jason Kander to tilt at national windmills
          P-D letter:  Ladue man says MICDS' anti-Trump pandering has made it clear - the once-proud institution is no longer a strong, objective school
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian recalls days when city's street urchins peddled newspapers, didn't rob politicians' wives
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        Friday, December 16
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Departing Missouri GOP chairman leaves on a high note;  John Hancock talks Trump's impact, Todd Graves, competitive 2018 primaries, more
          Missourinet:  Todd Graves to focus on widening GOP victory gap through more votes in suburban and minority communities
          Kraske:  The Chat:  John Hancock on Todd Graves;  Claire McCaskill on GOP's Obamacare alternatives
          AP:  Don't look to the Electoral College to upend Trump;  Missouri's Hector Maldonado among electors unmoved by liberals' pestering
          Missourinet:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce weighs in on future trade relations with Cuba
          AP:  Report finds flaws in mental health care at St. Louis VA
          Missourinet:  Desoto man pleads guilty to role in conspiracy through kickback scheme involving contracting at Cochran VA
          KWMU:  Local Muslim group wants stronger U.S. response to war-torn Aleppo
          St. Louis Jewish Light:  Missouri legislators visit Israel on Jewish Federation mission
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' opponents look to ban legislation as Republicans push forward
          Drebes:  Notes on two 2018 state Senate campaigns
          Missourinet:  Missouri state workers raise over $1 million for charities
          AP:  Pay raises recommended for Missouri elected officials
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College president dislikes campus carry law
          CDT:  Nixon cuts ribbon on engineering school expansion;  Comments from project's legislative sponsor, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia)
          AP:  Lombardi won't seek to work under new governor
          P-D:  Missouri prison chief to depart in wake of reports of harassment, retaliation among staff
          KC Star:  Missouri corrections chief signals he's resigning, but will stay until end of Jay Nixon's term
          The Missouri Times:  Prevailing wage audit finds issues with Division of Labor Standards' investigation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) says needle exchange programs lower cases of HIV
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon extols regional lake plan
          AP:  Missouri psychiatric building to be named after Gov. Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA),  Missouri Chamber react to annual "judicial hellhole" rankings
          Missourinet:  Missouri's tort system to be front and center issue in upcoming legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Midwest Cyber Security Alliance urges legislature to focus on Missouri cybersecurity
          SE Missourian:  Ameren putting finishing touches on $84 million upgrade in Cape
          KWMU:  State court rejects request by grand juror in Darren Wilson self-defense case to speak about process
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        Thursday, December 15
       
Politico:  McCaskill says she's open to replacing Obamacare, but skeptical that GOP will produce plan:  "They've had six frickin' years to figure it out."
          CDT:  Deadline looms to enroll in Obamacare X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  For Blunt and other Republicans, the finessing of Trump takes a turn;  Lacy Clay says he's open to hearing GOP ideas that could benefit constituents
          KWMU:  Weekly edition of Trump Terror Tale Hour:  Wash U. sociology prof cites Southern Poverty Law Center statistics, frets over "huge uptick" of meanies hurting feelings
          KPLR (St. Louis):  Three Clayton High School students post mean Instagram comments about classmates;  President-elect yet to be named as co-conspirator
          SNL:  Rabbit regulations have McCaskill hopping mad;  Federal regulations require area magician to submit disaster plan for his bunny, report all overnight trips X
          Platte County Landmark:  Greitens chooses new Missouri Republican Party chairman;  Todd Graves talks about how he was selected, how much time he plans to dedicate to the role, more
          The Missouri Times:  Graves gets widespread praise from Missouri Republicans;  Greitens announces support for GOP stalwarts Pat Thomas, Nick Myers, Kay Hoflander
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ryan Silvey on his budget experience;  Wash U prof on the future of Missouri labor unions;  Kip Kendrick on Greitens' campaign promises +
          Drebes:  Doc Brown gifts son's campaign $200,000
          KWMU:  Missouri House Democrats push ethics bills they say are based on Greitens' campaign pledges
          Missourinet:  Kraus looking to double down on his own tax-cut law
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  How Missouri would fare in another recession
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bills aim to protect those who protect;  Proposals would classify anti-police savagery as hate crimes +
          The Missouri Times:  Abortion fight enters new chapter in Missouri after Whole Women's Health decision
          The Missouri Times:  Prevailing wage audit finds issues with Division of Labor Standards' investigations
          P-D:  Recently-departed Richard Teitelman named as top lawyer
          Missourinet:  Turnover rate of Missouri's prison guards continues to climb
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Corrections Department leadership changes
          The Missouri Times:  Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty's letter to Gov.-elect Greitens
          P-D editorial:  Boeing move to D.C. makes perfect sense, but it still stings
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Trends in drugs:  Meth to opiates is like going from "bad" to "also bad" X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U School of Social Work Dean Mary McKay:  We must protect the feelings of young people;  Trump's election is to blame for teenagers' mean behavior
          P-D letter:  State should do more to advertise Safe Place for Newborns Act
          KC Star letter:  Local sexagenarian reacts to piece on GOP campaign committee's fundraising, attempts sarcastic analogy +
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        Wednesday, December 14
       
KWMU:  Former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves tapped to be new head of Missouri Republican Party
          KC Star:  Greitens taps KC attorney Todd Graves to lead MRP +
          KC Star:  Trump terror tales:  On "farmer" theme night at Warrensburg High School basketball game, student displays Trump-Pence sign;  Black woman complains, school district apologizes +
          P-D:  Four (4) MICDS alumni say conservative students' complaints are indicative of privilege
          P-D:  Boeing moving defense headquarters from St. Louis to D.C.;  Move will impact 12 exec and some support staff, total of 50 jobs
          AP:  Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis seeks to ban 'right to work' laws via initiative petition
          P-D:  Efforts to legalize pot hit roadblock via Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson
          CDT:  Rowden campaign reports $900k in donations on latest report X
          The Missouri Times:  Michael Steelman becomes newest addition to Catalyst team
          AP:  Jobs rise, unemployment declines in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) seeks top spot on powerful Missouri Senate committee
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby):  Proposal to modify selection of high court judges meant to help applicants
          KWMU:  Bill from Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) would strengthen penalties for official misconduct, increase accountability
          SNL:  Galloway, Dixon push new punishments for corrupt public officials X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Auditor Nicole Galloway, prosecutor discuss anti-graft measure
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats file ethics legislation;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) aims to box Greitens into a corner on campaign-trail pledges
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) re-files bill to make assault on law enforcement a hate crime
          CDT:  Columbia Board of Education focuses on funding in legislative priorities X
          KWMU:  City sides with charters in lawsuit filed by St. Louis Public Schools
          P-D:  St. Louis City and Confluence Academies file briefs for charter school parents to have say in lawsuit
          KC Star:  Current form of Missouri driver's license may not be accepted ID at KCI in 2018 +
          P-D:  Lawyers for Missouri botch appeal in $3.8 million sexual discrimination case
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri offices honored with prestigious CS050 Award for cybersecurity program
          SNL:  Legacy fund in honor of former Sen. Roseann Bentley (R-Springfield) announces first project:  Reading nook at health center X
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation testifies in favor of sick leave rule changes
          P-D editorial:  Slow growth and faulty assumptions portend budget problems for Greitens
          Daily Dunklin Democrat op-ed:  University of Missouri Extension's Mike Milam:  The economics of soil health:  Amendment 1's passage will help +
          P-D letter:  Columbia man appreciates pro-Amendment 2 slant and contribution-limits crusade of Post-Dispatch editorial, reporting
          KC Star letter:  Raytown woman dislikes Will Kraus' push to cut taxes +
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area sexagenarian mocks 'right to work' proposal X
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        Tuesday, December 13
       
KWMU:  Trump beats out LBJ when it comes to winning number of Missouri votes, sets state record for presidential candidate
          Missourinet:  UMSL's Dave Robertson:  Democrats have tough road to regain statewide offices
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Tom Vilsack says Democrats have forgotten the middle of the country;  Clinton campaign's paltry Missouri efforts hurt statewide candidates
          P-D:  St. Louis City pulls in nearly $30 million of federal taxpayer money
          KWMU:  Taxpayers pump another $30 million into North St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Profiles:  St. Louisans who joined North Dakota Indian riots compare situation to Ferguson:  Local Indian, kemosabe describe their valiant struggle against "police brutality," "oppression," etc.
          P-D:  Ballwin officer Michael Flamion honored with Medal of Valor, Purple Heart;  Career criminal Antonio Taylor of St. Louis City ambushed officer day after attacks on Dallas officers
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Two Missouri Lottery jobs, one Jefferson County government job
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Phill Brooks on benevolent lobbyist gifts to seasoned citizens;  Kraus on corporate tax;  Munzlinger on the new "deplorable"
          Columbia Missourian:  RedRightNow seeks to help GOP candidates raise campaign cash
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate Campaign Committee's KC event raised less than $60k
          The Missouri Times:  What does it take to make a successful transition of government?  Thoughts from Office of Administration's Doug Nelson, GOP vet Rob Monsees
          KWMU:  Q&A with incoming Attorney General Josh Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  High number of initiative petition filings puts strain on auditor's office
          The Missouri Times:  Sen.-elect Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) files state earned income tax credit bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) would make Missouri's IDs federally-compliant
          CDT:  Pro-life activists rally against lawsuit in front of Planned Parenthood clinic
          Columbia Missourian:  Planned Parenthood seeks preliminary injunction to resume abortions
          AP:  Missouri Planned Parenthood seeks to expand abortion access
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) wants St. Louis Planned Parenthood's license revoked, investigation of ambulance visits
          SNL:  Moon, handful of pro-life activists gather outside Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) says she hopes robbery of unarmed Sheena Greitens by pack of hoodlums will change gov-elect's stance on guns
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lottery receives clean audit, on pace for another productive year
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant school board appealing changes in election process;  Judge Rodney Sippel (D) wants to change election rules to help elect more black candidates
          Quincy Herald-Whig editorial:  Pentagon should should make efficiency report public;  McCaskill vows to hold bureaucrats accountable
          P-D editorial:  HUD's cash dump will help North St. Louis City;  Businessman Rodney Hubbard is of "questionable integrity" and shouldn't "have his fingers in the pie"
          P-D op-ed:  Spanish Lake native Ray Gruender would be an outstanding choice for the U.S. Supreme Court
          Bloomberg op-ed:  McCaskill's work shows that minority-initiated Congressional investigations can be just as dangerous as majority-initiated investigations
          SE Missourian letter:  Area man says GOP will dominate southeast Missouri for years to come
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        Monday, December 12
       
P-D:  Obama's HUD Secretary Julian Castro visits STL today to deliver more taxpayer-funded gifts for North St. Louis City residents:  More social services, new community center, beautification of housing project, etc.
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Trump trade policies will impact farmers;  MO Ag Director Richard Fordyce (D) praises Trump's selection of Terry Branstad as ambassador to China X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mike Parson on goals as lt. gov, helping Greitens understand agriculture, more;  Panel of Sens. Jason Holsman and Ryan Silvey, Sen.-elect John Rizzo, Noel Torpey talk GOP legislative agenda, Trump, McCaskill vs. 2018 GOP contenders, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) on Dems' demise in rural Missouri, transportation tax, 'right to work,' Greitens, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon, Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) on gov's Supreme Court prerogative;  Mike Moon on Planned Parenthood +
          Drebes:  Fight over state deer regulations may go to the voters
          P-D:  Lobbyist gifts to Missouri legislators have dropped significantly
          Phill Brooks:  Exploring lobbyist expenditures reveals discovery never mentioned by media:  Gifts given to elderly Senate doorkeepers, other staff X
          Missourinet:  Incoming House Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) looking at state's Legal Expense Fund in light of investigation, payouts
          Missourinet:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) wants to stop use of state money for stadiums
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State increases training requirements for officers X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) to offer 'personhood' amendment again
          JCNT:  Missouri State Capitol Commission Chair Dana Miller keeps focus on upcoming 100th anniversary of state Capitol X
          SNL:  Nixa High School state champions in Missouri Bar's Show Me the Constitution competition X
          KWMU:  Student barred by city magnet school presses bias lawsuit
          Columbia Missourian:  "Worley Street Roundtable" event draws 20 to discuss district policy for state anti-bullying law;  Diversity group wants "restorative justice" rather than discipline, fewer white people in positions of influence, etc.
          P-D editorial:  Clean the swamp?  Schaaf puts his Senate colleagues to the test
          Messenger:  Trump terror tales:  One (1) student in Rockwood School District mocks city transfer students via Instagram;  President-elect Donald Trump probably to blame
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian states, unsarcastically, her belief that the national media was biased against Hillary Clinton and in favor of Donald Trump +
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        Sunday, December 11
       
Washington Examiner:  Dems struggle to reclaim coal country from Trump, GOP;  McCaskill says Republicans are trying to "(intercourse) over the widowers and pension owners"
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  McCaskill job approval
          P-D:  Boeing wants to build Super Hornets in India;  Comments from local union boss
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics previews:  Guest Mike Parson;  KC panel of Sens. Jason Holsman and Ryan Silvey, Sen.-elect John Rizzo, former Rep. Noel Torpey preview legislative session, budget challenges, more
          CDT:  RedRightNow hopes to become Republican counter to Dems' ActBlue;  Tim Jones, Franc Flotron among GOP stalwarts advising on project X
          KC Star:  Nixon accepts job with St. Louis-area law firm +
          P-D:  Q&A about statewide offices' transitions:  Details about keys and locks, computer hardware, other logistics
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Galloway job approval
          JCNT:  Profile:  Mike Lear:  Former Learfield (Missourinet) news director wears many hats:  Multimedia services coordinator for Missouri House of Representatives, prison tour guide, father of five girls X
          Joplin Globe:  Group wants to raise minimum wage even higher;  Comments from Give Missourians a Raise's Lew Prince, Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten X
          KWMU:  Only questions about Missouri's impending 'right to work' law:  Scope and timing
          JCNT:  Nixon explains $2.3 billion in budget withholds X
          AP:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) proposes ending business tax slammed by Trump
          JCNT:  Fulton State Hospital receives final funding for project X
          JCNT:  Nixon:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours example of state's tourism growth X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Community College will spend resources on "diversity" efforts
          P-D:  State plans to place two proposed sulfur dioxide monitors around Labadie coal plan
          KC Star:  Katy Trail now links Kansas City area with St. Louis +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Drug update:  Local meth production down, but Mexican manufacturers and distributors fill the void;  Heroin/opiates usage up X
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports drop in fourth quarter earnings
          SNL editorial:  Legislative wish list:  Spend more on public defenders;  Spend more on education;  Spend more on roads;  Tax Internet sales;  Restrict payday loans;  More X
          JCNT editorial:  Time to make the Missouri Capitol completely smoke-free X
          SNL op-ed:  Claire McCaskill:  Why earmarks must not return X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights' Bill Borst:  With abortion editorial, Post-Dispatch editorial board shows it is "a mean, old nasty Grinch"
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        Saturday, December 10
       
Kraske:  The legacy of Peter Kinder?  GOP dominance +
          KWMU:  "Behind the Headlines":  LGBTQIA* beat reporter Nancy Fowler attributes horror of mean Facebook comments to Trump's election (1:30);  Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone says illegal immigrant's tale of woe "stresses me out" (14:45)
          P-D:  Jury convicts man who shot two officers at Ferguson protest
          P-D:  Obama administration official to be in St. Louis Monday;  HUD secretary to announce millions more taxpayer dollars spent on North St. Louis City social services, beautifying subsidized housing projects, etc.
          P-D:  McCaskill says she'll vote against temporary spending bill
          KWMU:  Benefits for retired coal workers uncertain as Congress spars over federal spending;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  St. Louis area delegation's votes for the week
          Brownfield Ag News:  At annual meeting, Missouri Farm Bureau sets federal farm bill priorities
          The Missouri Times:  Funds flood in before campaign limit deadline
          SNL:  Political campaigns rake in millions before deadline X
          SNL:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) says he and pro-life forces have information that will set Planned Parenthood 'back on its heels' X
          93.9FM The Eagle (Columbia):  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) questions Hank Foley as permanent Mizzou chancellor
          KWMU:  Interim UM president tells curators he's 'optimistic' diversity plan will bring change;  Middleton, Choi to dine with Gov-elect Greitens tomorrow night
          KC Star:  University of Missouri System curators elect a new chairman:  Maurice Graham +
          CDT:  Before Concerned Student 1950 protests, UM System enrollment increased 19 percent between 2005 and 2015 X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says pedestrian fatalities rising
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon pardons 15 criminals X
          SNL:  Nixon pardons 15, including Springfield businessman X
          KC Star:  Ex-Missouri House Leader Gracia Backer (D) wins $2 million settlement in age, sex discrimination case +
          Missourinet:  Report:  Missouri to pay out $1.2 million to settle case with Gracia Backer
          P-D:  Missouri settles employee discrimination lawsuit for $2 million
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway to audit legal defense fund after claims of harassment
          Missourinet:  Galloway to conduct immediate review of fund used for state employment lawsuits
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Bader Farms vs. Monsanto;  Attorney Bev Randles says Monsanto should have predicted that lawbreaking farmers would choose to damage neighbors' crops +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' suggestion that he would have handled the criminals who robbed his wife is "chilling"
          P-D columnist Stacy Washington:  Robbery of Sheena Greitens underscores need for law and order, support for police trying to do their jobs
          P-D letter: Town and Country woman spooked by Greitens' "vigilante" bravado
          P-D letter:  Wentzville man appalled by Tony Messenger's attempt to link robbery of Sheena Greitens with murder caused by pipe-wielding savage
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        Friday, December 9
       
P-D:  Trump to nominate former St. Louis lawyer Andy Puzder as labor secretary;  Hardee's CEO opposes unions' $15/hr. "living wage" push
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Looking for parallels between Trump, Greitens transitions
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Trump transition team includes California consultant hired by Greitens campaign;  No conversations with sources or original reporting, but quotes pulled from two tweets
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congress sends defense bill to the president;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          KC Star:  Blunt, Kander, outside groups set Missouri record by spending $75 million on Senate race +
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith leads effort to pass insurance bill for dialysis patients +
          KWMU:  EPA to propose nutrient pollution rules next year to settle Missouri Coalition for the Environment lawsuit
          KWMU:  "Behind the Headlines": LGBTQIA* beat reporter Nancy Fowler and 2016 Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone to discuss their reporting on the terror that Trump's victory has brought hypothetical victims
          KWMU:  Greitens, Koster spent close to $60 million in Missouri's hard-fought contest for governor
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Greitens' top budget priority
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit filed against Amendment 2
          Drebes:  Tony Dugger may have waited too long to file as a lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  Rob Carson:  KC native is Missouri's 'Music Man' of political satire
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on Missouri's fiscal fitness;  Speaker Todd Richardson on Dept. of Corrections complaints +
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court strikes law denying bail to illegal immigrants;  Lawyer for alien won't say what country criminal client is from
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court:  State law barring bail for illegal immigrants is unconstitutional;  Faustino Lopez-Matias snuck into U.S. and forged Social Security card
          KWMU:  Nixon says he's 'ready to appoint' Missouri Supreme Court judge - if he gets the chance
          KWMU:  St. Louis asks for $40 million in state tax credits for proposed soccer stadium
          Washington Missourian:  Local legislators get head start filing bills for 2017 X
          Missourinet:  Rehder, Schaaf to go another round in battle over prescription drug monitoring program
          Missourinet:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) proposing to increase tracking of fetal tissue
          Columbia Missourian:  Uncertain future of state funding looms over UM curators meeting
          P-D:  Missouri utilities gearing up for legislative fights
          SE Missourian:  Utility case prompts Wallingford to file bill to prevent future steep rate hikes +
          KWMU:  Legislators to make second push for student suicide prevention bill
          Washington Missourian:  Bills to honor slain MoDOT employee filed last week
          Missourinet:  National gun-control group unhappy about Missouri's existing and proposed pro-gun laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri welcomes 41 million visitors in FY16, shattering previous tourism record
          SNL:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) wants tougher poaching penalties in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Federation of Missouri offering new monthly podcast
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections paid out millions to abuse victims. Where's the accounting?
          Messenger:  What Missouri's blind pension can teach us about the homeless
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        Thursday, December 8
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill among 8 incumbent Dems running in Trump states;  Senior senator says she's "open" to working with president
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill takes aim at Pentagon waste X
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Trump terror tales:  "Reporter" laments campaign's "anti-immigrant rhetoric," prods immigrants to discuss feelings
          KCUR:  Trump terror tales:  Public school librarian wears diaper pin to help comfort students who might feel "vulnerable and scared" about election results
          SNL:  Profile:  Former state Sen. Roseann Bentley (R-Springfield) - a champion for children and a pioneer for women - to retire X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens wants to meet the women who spawned young stick-up kids +
          AP:  Lawsuit filed over state's campaign contribution limits
          KWMU:  Opponents file suit against Amendment 2
          P-D:  Lawsuit seeks to stop campaign contributions limits;  Comments from attorney Chuck Hatfield
          The Missouri Times:  Blake Hurst re-elected Missouri Farm Bureau president
          The Missouri Times:  Daryl Duwe's lobbying firm to merge with Blunt's Statehouse Strategies
          The Missouri Times:  Elijah Haahr prepares to assume pro tem mantle at the apex of Republican power
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon restricts further $51 million in spending
          Missourinet:  Nixon restricts another $51 million to address budget shortfall
          KWMU:  Nixon withholds $51 milion - mostly Medicaid money - from state budget
          AP:  Nixon blocks budgeted Medicaid spending
          P-D:  Nixon cuts another $51 million from budget
          CDT:  State issues $97.2 million to complete Fulton State Hospital construction X
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson wants Dept. of Corrections investigation to make culture at Missouri prisons 'better than it is today'
          P-D:  Richardson calls for investigation into Missouri Department of Corrections
          Missourinet:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) pushes bill identifying hate crimes against first responders
          KWMU:  Appeal filed in charter school funding case;  Black parents want children to attend safe, decent schools
          P-D:  Charter school parents file federal appeal in desegregation lawsuit
          CDT:  UM System releases diversity audit and response;  Photo of overfed student unnecessarily shouting into megaphone, a device which amplifies sound X
          P-D:  St. Louis Community College will force Board of Trustees members to sit through diversity training;  University of Missouri "diversity audit" recommends UMSL hire fewer Caucasoids, spend more taxpayer money on "diversity and inclusion" office, etc.
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System diversity task force issues recommendations for MU
          KWMU:  "Diversity," "equity," "inclusion":  UM task force issues recommendations for improvement
          Missourinet:  Nixon praises Missouri Christmas tree growers, helps decorate Capitol tree
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Audit shows new, questionable actions by former Wright County Collector
          Chicago Sun-Times editorial:  McCaskill, others help Trump identify where to start cutting wasteful spending
          Waters:  In chancellor search, Mun Choi should proceed as if Hank Foley isn't already the predetermined choice X
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        Wednesday, December 7   Pearl Harbor Day
       
The Riverfront Times:  Inside the Eagle Forum internecine war:  National, local conservatives criticize Ed Martin;  Martin defends his actions, impact
          KWMU:  McCaskill sides with Boeing, for now, in dispute over Air Force One
          Politico:  McCaskill, others weigh in on Trump's approach to Air Force One
          AP:  McCaskill criticizes Pentagon for alleged cover-up of cost-cutting study
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill takes dead aim at Defense Dept;  Stephen Webber on future prospects of Missouri Democratic Party +
          KC Star:  Area federal employees express angst at rumors of federal hiring freeze
          KWMU LGBTQIA* beat reporter Nancy Fowler:  Trump terror tales:  Area lesbian claims mystery man driving truck spotted her, ascertained her sexuality, increased driving speed while simultaneously rolling down window and shouting full anti-LGBTQIA* sentence, then swerved to try to hit her;  Victim miraculously survives unscathed
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  NPR CEO visits KWMU studio;  Jarl Mohn talks about newsmagazines' efforts to hire more black faces to put "front and center," networks' "rigorous statistics" to ensure more non-white guests and sources, etc.
          Columbia Missourian:  Campaign workers on both sides process the outcomes, consider their futures;  Thoughts from Sara Walsh, Kander intern Jamie Seibert, Webber's Emily Waggoner, McClintic's Michael Ousley
          The Missouri Times:  Bradley Bates joins lobbying firm started by Jay Hahn and Whit O'Daniel
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens, wife preach justice, forgiveness after robbery
          Missourinet:  Greitens says he and wife will forgive young criminals who robbed incoming first lady
          P-D:  Greitens talks about wife being robbed;  McCaskill calls miscreants' behavior "disgusting";  Mugshot of criminal Marquay Beard
          AP:  Marquay Beard, 19, charged with tampering, may face other charges;  Juvenile hoodlums may be charged as adults for car theft, other crimes
          Messenger:  If Eric Greitens wants to show compassion, he can begin by pardoning prisoner;  Eric Clemmons admitted to murdering white college student by bashing his skull with a metal pipe
          SNL:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) uses robbery for Sheena Greitens to promote gun-control stance;  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) fires back X
          KWMU:  Pre-filed bill would allow gun owners to sue 'gun-free' businesses
          Drebes:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) on future on Missouri pro-life agenda
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna:  Missouri needs law to ban motorists from using handheld cell phones while driving +
          KWMU:  EducationPlus names Paul Ziegler new executive director
          The Missouri Times:  PSC prepares for hectic schedule, sets more hearings in Great Plains-Westar merger
          The Missouri Times:  PSC lays out guidelines for new legislation on Missouri utilities
          P-D:  Peach farmer sues Monsanto;  Nearby farmers chose to break law by using old, volatile herbicide formulation - not sold by Monsanto - atop Monsanto seeds
          Missourinet:  Bev Randles sues Monsanto on behalf of peach grower;  Company says responsibility for damage caused by other companies' herbicides belongs to farmers who chose to break the law
          KWMU:  Ferguson update:  Missed deadlines, but 'significant progress' made in consent decree compliance
          P-D editorial:  Missouri parole board should consider inmate's plea to die at home
          SE Missourian editorial:  Veteran Cape Chamber of Commerce CEO John Mehner to be recognized by Missouri Chamber +
          Jensen:  Will banning out-of-school suspensions for budding St. Louis miscreants help their behavior?  Unclear, but civilization process begins with decent parents +
          P-D letter:  University City man responds to editorial page editor Tod Robberson's "plaintive" column, blasts paper's hypocritical partisanship
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        Tuesday, December 6
       
The Missouri Times:  Meet Aaron Willard, the man behind Donald Trump's victory in Missouri
          P-D:  Student at MICDS says the school has been unwelcoming to Trump supporters;  Young woman imagines outrage if teacher's anti-white tweets targeted minorities instead
          Kraske:  Missouri elector on anti-Trump pressure campaign;  Stephen Webber's Knute Rocknian pep talk to defeated Dems;  Todd Richardson talks to gals about paid family leave +
          The Missouri Times:  Registration begins for Lincoln Days 2017
          Missourinet:  Stephen Webber's top priority:  Getting Claire McCaskill re-elected
          P-D:  McCaskill contractor whistleblower bill headed to Obama to become law
          KC Star:  Columbia man, calling himself an "atheist-civil rights activist-musician-trans woman (he/she)," gains fleeting attention with vulgar anti-Trump tweet +
          Drebes:  Dems' Senate counsel Chris Schappe starts PAC
          The Missouri Times:  Gov-elect Greitens' wife robbed at gunpoint in St. Louis City;  Three teenage hoodlums captured
          P-D:  Sheena Greitens robbed at gunpoint in Central West End;  Young miscreants stole a vehicle, robbed other victims before crashing car and getting captured
          KWMU:  Sheena Greitens 'safe - but shaken' after being robbed in Central West End
          Missourinet:  Details of Sheena Greitens robbery, including description of perps
          AP:  Voters' preference for GOP legislatures nationwide opens door to amending Constitution
          AP:  Increased budget costs add to state budget issues
          Missourinet:  Local union boss says "corporate Missouri" does not want 'right to work';  Rehder urges union members to study issue closely
          The Missouri Times:  House, Senate leaders prepare for action on ridesharing bills
          AP:  Richardson plans push for ride-hail legislation
          CDT:  University of Missouri System hires contractor for chancellor search;  Foley interested in job X
          Columbia Missourian:  Search for new MU chancellor announced
          AP:  University of Missouri hires search team for chancellor
          Missourinet:  State legislators weigh in on Foley as permanent chancellor;  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says Mizzou should go in different direction
          Missourinet:  Nation's top business school is in Missouri, and it's not a state school
          SNL:  Another session, another non-starter gun bill from Stacey Newman;  Seasoned liberal legislator says Missouri Republicans have been "bought and sold" by NRA X
          Missourinet:  Environmental group says Missouri DNR ignores water safety at state parks
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri hunters harvest 6,505 wild animals in anterless portion of season
          AP:  Eyes of nation on Ferguson, lead monitor tells town hall;  City succeeds in filling slots with black employees, but police force struggling to recruit officers
          SE Missourian editorial:  Proposed 'Blue Alert' system could be useful +
          P-D letter:  Florissant octogenarian disagrees with Stacy Washington's column on abortion
          P-D letter:  Cedar Hill nonagenarian disagrees with Stacy Washington's column on abortion
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        Monday, December 5
       
SNL:  60k in Missouri have signed up for Obamacare since enrollment began X
          KWMU:  Local Obamacare recipients talk about their care, options
          Missourinet:  Wash U. law prof weighs in on effort to disrupt electoral college
          Missourinet:  Kinder receiving encouragement to join Trump administration, as non-lobbying offers pile up
          AP:  Free trade group says hypothetical retaliation from China against Trump's trade policies would hurt soybean farmers in Missouri, other states
          CDT:  Local activists weigh in on Indians' Dakota pipeline protest;  Comments from Perry Bigsoldier, area palefaces X
          Rosenbaum:  Stephen Webber aims to lead Missouri Democrats out of political oblivion;  Q&A with new party chairman
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Jane Dueker, Jefferson County Exec Ken Waller (R) and attorney David Sweeney talk Trump, Greitens, future of Missouri Democratic Party
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) on Chris Koster;  Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) on Nixon, Greitens and budget cuts +
          KWMU:  Latest Missouri budget challenge recalls money woes when Nixon became governor
          Drebes:  Eric Schmitt seeks general counsel
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf brings ethics legislation to top of agenda X
          Columbia Missourian:  Suicide series:  Mental health professionals in Missouri not required to receive specific training
          Columbia Missourian:  Suicide series:  Mental health professionals face stigma, discrimination in workplace for personal struggles
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens transfer parents react to district's classification upgrade
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Utility outlines stance ahead of hearings X
          KWMU:  Sierra Club:  Missouri air quality regulators need to better represent urban areas;  DHSS says blacks five times more likely than whites to visit ER for asthma "emergencies"
          P-D editorial:  Abortion restrictions will mean more children in Missouri foster care system
          Messenger:  Richard Teitelman dispensed compassion, love one note at a time
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman relishes voting against Post-Dispatch endorsement selections
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        Sunday, December 4
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats select Stephen Webber as their new leader
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats select Stephen Webber as new chairman
          CDT:  Stephen Webber elected to lead Missouri Democratic Party X
          Columbia Missourian:  Stephen Webber elected as Missouri Democratic Party chairman
          AP:  Stephen Webber elected chairman of Missouri Democratic Party
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Panel of David Barklage, Jane Dueker, Jefferson County Exec Ken Waller (R) and attorney David Sweeney talk Trump, Greitens, future of Missouri Democratic Party
          JCNT:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) preview legislative priorities X
          JCNT:  Uber, Lyft prospects driven by state legislation X
          KWMU:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) pre-files needle exchange bill
          AP:  Missouri meth lab seizures down sharply in 2016
          KC Star:  Overview of major bills pre-filed for 2017 +
          JCNT:  City to exert its voice, issues to legislators X
          SNL:  MSU revises, clarifies campus firearms policy X
          P-D:  Traffic fatalities are rising in Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Legislative forecast calls for conservative with a chance of extremism;  Cutting taxes, passing 'right to work' are bad ideas
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Wishing good luck to new University of Missouri President Mun Choi X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area woman advocates for prescription drug monitoring program +
          P-D letter:  Crystal Lake Park Democrat Norman Pressman remembers Richard Teitelman
          P-D letter:  Manchester woman lays out minimum wage logic:  Donald Trump is wealthy, and other people are wealthy too;  ipso facto, fast-food workers should be paid $15/hr.
          KC Star letter:  Octogenarian who chooses to live in Kansas mocks UCM College Republicans for high guy-to-gal ratio +
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        Saturday, December 3
       
SE Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, possibility of joining Trump administration
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          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith urging Trump to overturn some Obama executive orders, including Waters of the U.S. rule
          P-D:  Former St. Louis lawyer and current Hardee's CEO Andy Puzder being considered as Trump's labor secretary
          CDT:  University of Missouri Health Care CEO Mitch Wasden:  Obamacare repeal could mean more patients pay up front X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Anti-Trump activists wants Missouri electors to vote for Hillary Clinton
          KWMU:  Missouri Democrats meet today to select new leader;  Stephen Webber, close to McCaskill, is the current frontrunner
          The Missouri Times:  House Speaker Todd Richardson (R) speaks at gals' KC confab, promises paid family leave
          SNL:  Bill could lead to prescription drug monitoring program X
          SNL:  Bills would make attacks on law enforcement officers a hate crime X
          SNL:  Bill would allow lawsuits over gun-free zones X
          SNL:  Bill would take marriage out of government, let churches decide X
          KC Star:  UM System's new president gets grand welcome at UMKC +
          SNL:  University of Missouri president stresses safety, diversity X
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens gets stamp of approval from state board for January upgrade
          KC Star:  Nixon to connect KC with the Katy Trail +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission re-approves $9 million in funding for 2017
          P-D editorial briefs:  Unions foolish for orchestrating rush-hour protests that divert police resources
          Kraske:  A trip home to see dad reminds us all of some valuable life lessons +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway:  Missouri should hold firm on Grain Belt Express
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        Friday, December 2
       
Washington Post:  Trump's Midwest swing could have implications for Senate races, including McCaskill's
          SNL:  Springfield elder abuse expert testifies before McCaskill committee X
          The Hill:  McCaskill leads effort to tackle retaliation against military sexual assault victims
          Missourinet:  Cleaver wants to see Nancy Pelosi go - but not just yet
          P-D:  St. Louis City hopes final round of Obama-era grant helps north side
          Kraske:  The Chat:  At Mizzou, male "gender-equality" speaker emotional about Trump's victory;  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says GOP is "obsessed" with 'right to work' +
          SE Missourian:  Trump terror tales:  Jackson High School "Cool Kids Against Bullying" sponsor Marissa Higuera says one student claims to have heard "go home" once, and another claimed to have been called a mean name +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum, says Dems "sold our soul" to support Chris Koster, talks about Missouri Dems' failure to engage rural Missourians, more
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission looks to provide answers about Amendment 2
          KWMU:  Politicians fatten coffers before Missouri's new campaign-donation limits kick in
          Drebes:  New state rep committees:  Sara Walsh, Damon Haymer
          KWMU:  Hundreds mourn Judge Richard Teitelman, remembered as gracious, generous, brilliant
          The Missouri Times:  Richard Teitelman celebrated at memorial service
          KWMU:  'Right to work' among bills pre-filed on the first day Missouri legislators could act
          KWMU:  'Right to work' overview:  Thoughts from Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, St. Louis Labor Tribune's Ed Finkelstein;  Context and analysis from Jo Mannies
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) dislikes 'right to work' bill
          Missourinet:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) hopes incoming administration will help make Missouri water patrol changes
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation is conducting detailed pay study;  Comments from Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton)
          Missourinet:  Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) says his bill would diffuse some controversy in gay weddings resolution
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren, business leaders stress grid modernization at symposium
          CDT:  Mun Choi promises focus on student success, research during MU campus visit X
          P-D:  New UM System president's tour makes stop in Columbia
          Columbia Missourian:  Mun Choi emphasizes UM System growth, land grant mission in visit to MU
          AP:  Missouri won't be forced to reveal supplier of drug used to put down the condemned
          SE Missourian:  Mary Frances Berry to speak at MLK dinner;  Septuagenarian East Coast "social thought" prof will appear at Jan. 18 event +
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal, upset over Trump's election, mocks op-ed from Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Greitens to make mental-health spending a priority
          P-D letter:  Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis' Felipe Martinez:  Trump's election has led to anxiety, and school leaders must protect the feelings of legal immigrants and illegal aliens
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        Thursday, December 1
       
KC Star:  Trump's call for ban on flag-burning is the latest round of fiery debate;  Comments from UMKC history prof +
          Columbia Missourian:  At Mizzou talk, male "gender equality" activist laments Donald Trump's victory
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to meet Tuesday in Cape;  Commissioner Michael Pace says he's encouraged by Trump's comments on infrastructure +
          KC Star:  Independence neighborhood deals with Syrian refugees and their offspring;  Ibraheem Alkhwaja, wife don't work or speak English +
          P-D:  St. Louis employers adjust as overtime rule now in limbo
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia employers brace for new overtime rules but federal judge puts them in limbo
          Kraske:  The Chat:  St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson (D) on nuisance created by minimum-wage protesters;  Sinquefield's Travis Brown on futility of Amendment 2 +
          Drebes:  In NY Times transcript, Trump says he helped Blunt in final days of campaign
          KC Star:  Jason Kander to speak to liberal group Progress Iowa +
          Drebes:  GOP alternative to ActBlue donation platform launched;  List of Missouri consultants on board
          CDT:  Democrats make second attempt to elect state committee members;  Protests were lodged after Nov. 11 vote X
          KDNL (St. Louis):  The Allman Report:  Follow-up to piece on Post-Dispatch editors'/reporters'/beauty-product reviewers' post-election caterwauling over "fake news"
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court resumes work after Richard Teitelman's death
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon orders flags at half-staff to honor Richard Teitelman
          Missourinet:  Richard Teitelman's replacement likely to be picked by Eric Greitens
          SNL:  Greitens attends new-governor seminar X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to file 'right-to-work' bill today
          Missourinet:  Departing Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) says passing 'right to work' may take Republicans more than one year
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood sues to overturn Missouri abortion restrictions
          SNL:  Lawsuit aims to allow Springfield's first abortions since 2005 X
          AP:  Planned Parenthood sues in three states, including Missouri
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood sues in Missouri, other states
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood files federal lawsuit challenging Missouri's abortion restrictions
          Washington Missourian:  Rep.-elect Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) prepares for first state legislative session X
          KWMU:  Profile:  Missouri Public School Charter Commission's Robbyn Wahby
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission finalizes format for Grain Belt Express hearings
          P-D editorial:  Trump will harm Missouri's working families - and the Post-Dispatch, and others, tried to warn them
          P-D editorial:  Planned Parenthood's lawsuit to expand abortion rights is gutsy move
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Rationalizing how zero (0) of Post-Dispatch's endorsed statewide candidates won;  three weeks after election, criticism of longtime dedicated public servant Chris Koster for failing "impromptu civics test" from editorial board
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Wolff:  Remembering Richard Teitelbaum
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Liberal columnist provides "advice" to Gov.-elect Greitens, works in mention of former career working for feminist Pat Schroeder, quotes favorite t-shirt slogan, etc.
          P-D letter:  Oakville man dislikes Schaaf's proposal on campaign contribution tax deductions
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman wants state legislators to cap payday loan rates X
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        Wednesday, November 30
       
Fox 2 (St. Louis):  Video:  Unions' "living wage" protesters disrupt evening commute;  McGriddle chef Bettie Douglas says she's not axing anybody for anything, asks employer for $15/hr.
          KMOV (St. Louis):  St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson (D):  Minimum-wage stunts leech police time, resources that should be spend protecting law-abiding citizens
          P-D:  Minimum-wage protesters disrupt traffic;  Chief Dotson:  "Our city is one of the most progressive in the state ... so why are you trying to impact families trying to get home, to get their kids to sporting events?"
          TonysKansasCity.com:  StandUp KC claims success in getting 175 arrested for blocking the evening commute of working people
          KC Star:  Protesters sing, "We will not be moved," get moved to paddywagon;  U.S. Chamber spokesman asks why SEIU doesn't pay their own workers $15/hr. +
          McClatchy:  Trump picks Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary;  McCaskill praises Trump's selection of women for cabinet posts
          KWMU:  Local unsigned musicians use North Dakota Indian riots to promote themselves
          KWMU:  Missouri Botanical Garden "ethnobotanist" talks about Indians, her anger over Trump's victory, more
          SE Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to speak at First Friday coffee, will preview upcoming legislative session +
          KWMU:  Judge Richard Teitelbaum, liberal lion of Missouri Supreme Court, dies at 69
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman dies at 69
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman dies
          Missourinet:  Gov. Bob Holden reflects on Teitelman's service and legacy
          Missourinet:  Collection of memories of Richard Teitelman written by officials' communications staff
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman dies at 69
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court clerk Bill Thompson to retire after 40-year judicial career
          KC Star:  Missouri's struggle to pay for road and bridge repair continues +
          CDT:  Choi hears praise, hedges position on faculty unions and guns X
          P-D:  Incoming UM President Mun Choi talks priorities at UMSL visit
          KWMU:  Incoming UM president shares vision for world-class system
          KWMU:  How much did Concerned Student 1950 histrionics damage UM System's reputation?  Thoughts from MO Commissioner of Higher Ed Zora Mulligan
          KC Star:  Nixon breaks ground on Nixon Hall at MSSU +
          Missourinet:  Groundbreaking ceremony takes place for Nixon Hall
          SNL:  State audit finds $3 million worth of undeliverable, unposted income tax refund checks X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Larry Kay back to work
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature must pass Good Samaritan law and prescription drug monitoring program X
          P-D letter:  Coed who works for campus sexual assault program wants state legislators to spend more taxpayer money on sexual assault programs
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        Tuesday, November 29
       
KWMU:  McCaskill re-election push begins with bipartisan tone;  Senior senator praises Gov-elect Eric Greitens, highlights her support for Medicare and opposition to 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says serving as ranking member of Senate committee will expand her role in government oversight
          KC Star:  Trump's win fuels growth in the ranks of College Republicans +
          Columbia Missourian:  A majority of white women voted for Trump - why?  Interviews with Caucasoid females across age and ideological spectrums
          SE Missourian:  Anti-Trump activists hassle local presidential elector;  Jackson's Scott Clark shrugs off angry missives from belligerent bellyachers +
          SNL:  Trump meets with St. Louis businessman David Steward as part of cabinet-level interviews X
          KWMU:  Team managing Missouri's first federal opioid grant focuses on attitudes, resources during first training
          KC Star:  Unions organize "Fight for $15" fast-food protests today +
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Parson in position to be powerful lieutenant governor
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana proponents cite growing support for legalization
          Missourinet:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) wants punishment strengthened for assaulting first responders
          Missourinet:  Missouri Medal of Valor recipients save others from floods, fires, gunmen
          JCNT:  Capitol policeman gets Medal of Valor X
          KWMU:  Capitol renovations - Phase 1 - are almost finished
          Missourinet:  North Missouri woman sentenced to 90 years in prison;  AG Chris Koster says victims were molested and held under water
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Liberal anti-Trump college students start "WhatNow" support group +
          KC Star's Dave Helling:  "Stuff I like" series:  State capitols, public television and fish tacos +
          KC Star letter:  Area coed disagrees with pro-campus-concealed-carry letter +
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        Monday, November 28
       
Rosenbaum:  Looking ahead at Missouri's post-election storylines
          CDT:  Sara Walsh to run for 50th District seat in 2018 X
          KC Star:  Schaaf's plan to undermine special interests:  Tax deduction, up to $100, for political contributions +
          P-D:  Gary Toelke (R), the longest-serving sheriff in Franklin County, offers lesson:  Avoid politics
          Missourinet:  Missouri Sierra Club plans to pressure Missouri lawmakers over commission
          Columbia Missourian:  With new enforcement regulations for child trafficking in place, task force considers additional measures
          Missourinet:  Mobile app created by Missouri company aims to fight sex trafficking industry
          P-D:  State seeks bids from funeral homes for burial of deceased prisoners
          AP:  1,500 fewer deer killed statewide during Missouri gun season
          KWMU:  Ferguson activists claim to take wait-and-see approach to AG-to-be Jeff Sessions
          JCNT editorial:  Galloway's audit finds dismal lack of transparency X
          Des Moines Register editorial:  Missouri handled drowning death of Brandon Ellingson irresponsibly
          SNL op-ed:  Why Missouri's millennials aren't signing up for Obamacare X
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        Sunday, November 27
       
CDT's Brittany Ruess:  Any changes to Obamacare will likely move slowly;  Comments from Missouri Hosptial Association's Dave Dillon, Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady X
          KC Star's Eric Adler:  Pro-Obamacare series:  Thoughts from man who claims to have "brittle bones" and others with sad stories, no input from overhaul proponents +
          Kaiser Health News/KCUR:  Area gal worries about sick kid's fate under GOP regime
          KWMU:  Environmental group wants EPA to force Missouri, other states to monitor fertilizer runoff
          P-D:  Leader of DOJ's Ferguson probe dislikes Trump's pick for attorney general
          JCNT:  First lady Georganne Nixon to mark her last Christmas in mansion X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens inaugural;  Missouri campaigns' TV spending +
          Drebes:  Candidates begin lining up for Dan Brown's Senate seat
          St. Joseph News-Press:  GOP says state agenda will include cutting regulations, keeping government from "coming down (taxpayers') necks" X
          KC Star:  GOP agenda includes 'right to work,' cuts to unemployment benefits, more +
          AP:  Pro-life groups, legislators talk 2017 agenda
          P-D:  Effects of muni court overhaul becoming visible;  North St. Louis County woman who owes court fine:  "I'm not paying them (expletive)!"
          Gary Rust:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) remains humble about honorable military career +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Pothead athlete, academic dishonesty add to Mizzou's woes X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller Sr.:  If Missouri Democrats are going to rebound, they must recognize the damage their big-government liberal philosophy has done X
          P-D op-ed:  Introducing the representation credit:  Give taxpayers $100 deduction from state taxes for contribuing to political party of their choice
          P-D letter:  Oakville man responds to McCaskill's post-election comments, say Democrats are out of touch with their "liberal, overbearing and intrusive agenda"
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian liberal dislikes Missouri gun laws and conservative website ProfessorWatchlist.org
          P-D letter:  Bella Villa man responds to Jeremy Cady's pro-'right to work' op-ed
          P-D letter:  Son of two St. Louis City cops is tired of anti-police savagery
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        Saturday, November 26
       
Student Life (Washington University):  Anti-Trump activists push administrators to make Wash U. a "sanctuary campus" for illegal immigrants
        AP:  Greitens plans ball, tour before inauguration
        P-D:  Details on Greitens' inaugural ball
        The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Noel Torpey (R) joins Andy Blunt's lobbying firm
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Libla to sponsor bill dealing with police violence X
        CDT:  Boone County school districts make preliminary preparations for state budget cuts X
        KC Star:  New University of Missouri System President Mun Choi to tour campuses next week +
        KWMU:  St. Louis City joins national initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings
        SNL:  Hunters harvest more than 185,000 deer during 11-day fall firearms season X
        KWMU:  NAACP to hold second town hall meeting in Ladue;  NAACP board member John Gaskin III says he wants district to "bend over backwards to right some wrongs"
        Student Life (Washington University) op-ed:  President of "Nice Jewish Queers" talks about battle with Palestinian campus group
        P-D letter:  Glendale Democrat disagrees with Ann Wagner on financial and environmental regulations
        P-D letter:  Imperial woman wants state legislators to take action on opioid abuse
        P-D letter:  Area woman responds to conservative's criticism of family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan
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        Friday, November 25   Happy Black Friday!
       
Helling:  Republicans now firmly in control;  Excuses won't help the Democrats find their way out of the wilderness +
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  Republicans' closed meeting over earmarks riles McCaskill
        KWMU:  ACLU's Mustafa Abdullah, other social justice warriors claim increased interest in their programs after Trump's victory
        KSPR:  Group of 12 travels to North Dakota to join Indian protest;  Local organizer says fellow riot participant was hit by bean bag pellets
        SNL:  Local group travels to North Dakota for riot;  Indians, paleface kemosabes throw rocks at officers and start fires;  Springfield organizer skips teepee for comfort of local hotel X
        Missourinet:  Missouri drone company executive explains FAA drone regulations
        AP:  Center for Public Integrity:  Most Missouri GOP candidates outspent their rivals on television
        SE Missourian:  Cape police chief, local lawmakers back 'Blue Alert' proposal in response to anti-police savagery +
        Missourinet:  Missouri Retailers' Association's Dave Overfelt:  Black Friday not always Missouri's busiest shopping day of the year
        Missourinet:  MoDOT says motorists should consider an alternative to I-70 on Sunday
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Cop shootings inspired by anti-white racism is a worry;  Shooters should be tried in court quickly and receive life sentences without parole X
        P-D columnist Stacy Washington:  The NAACP is on the wrong side of history on school choice
        P-D letter:  St. Louis reverend expresses pleasure that Post-Dispatch has a new conservative columnist in Stacy Washington
        P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian expresses anger that Post-Dispatch has a new conservative columnist, says editorial board is not liberal enough
        P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian disagrees with new conservative columnist Stacy Washington on guns, says city and state have too many
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        Thursday, November 24   Happy Thanksgiving!
       
Attitude Magazine (UK):  Meet the gay men who voted for Donald Trump;  26-year-old southern Missourian says he's tired of illegal aliens flooding borders, health care costs skyrocketing and the federal government strangling small businesses
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County voter turnout illustrates demise of Bootheel Democrats
          CDT:  Stephen Webber's loss exposes weaknesses of Democratic Party in Boone County
          KC Star:  Trump terror tales:  Officials at small liberal arts schools want Trump to denounce "harassment" in wake of victory;  Gals at Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) and William Jewell sign form letter saying students are "frightened"
          P-D:  Trump terror tales:  Ladue school district town hall meeting draws dozens;  St. Louis Public Schools teacher Jeanine Molloff blames Trump for "ugliness" of rhetoric
          KTVI:  Four months ago:  St. Louis Public Schools teacher Jeanine Molloff spray-paints "Trump is Nazi Scum" on her garage door
          KC Star:  Change in administrations means new faces in federal roles;  Comments from John Hancock, Obama appointee Jason Klumb
          KWMU:  Federal overtime rule set to impact 85,000 in Missouri blocked by federal judge - for now
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph woman takes mini-vacation to North Dakota for Indian pipeline protest;  Paleface does not identify as "protester," prefers to be called "water protector"
          AP:  Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, former House Budget Chair Rick Stream among those advising Gov.-elect Eric Greitens
          Missourinet:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) to meet with Eric Greitens to discuss finances
          Drebes:  New system for House committees may be on the way
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep.-elect Cody Smith (R-Carthage), taking over Tom Flanigan's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) to file bill increasing punishment for those who attack law enforcement
          KWMU:  State officials recommend provisional accreditation for Riverview Gardens district
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens schools in line for state upgrade
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  We appreciate Lawrence County Prosecutor's dedication to justice
          P-D letter:  Green Park man dislikes Donald Trump and Ann Wagner
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        Wednesday, November 23
       
KWMU:  Area counselors offer advice on managing Thanksgiving-dinner political conversations;  Avoidance, shooting water guns suggested for those who can't manage social interactions like adults
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Kirkwood couple disagrees on politics, manages conflict like adults;  Man of the house deals with woman's emotional reaction to Trump victory
          KWMU:  Missouri Farm Bureau says Thanksgiving dinner price tag down a bit this year
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol boosting enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving weekend
          Missourinet:  Missouri road projects take a break for four-day Thanksgiving weekend
          Washington Post:  New overtime rule could cost Missouri taxpayers more than $5 million
          Drebes:  Lefties rushing their initiative petitions to ensure favorable language from outgoing Secretary of State Jason Kander
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Steelman to lead State Treasurer-elect Eric Schmitt's transition team;  Team members named
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) talks with Rosenbaum about Eric Greitens as governor, an Uber/Lyft bill, 'right to work,' and fixing Medicaid
          Drebes:  Parade of candidates begins lining up for Rob Schaaf's Senate seat
          AP:  Pfizer plans $200M building, consolidation in St. Louis area
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Silver Haired Legislature sets 2016 agenda, wants actual legislators to spend more money on state programs for olds +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Counties approves three resolutions, but votes against cannabis prohibition
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway reports more than half of local governments did not report finances this month
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag director says 'still work to be done' on dicamba investigations;  Richard Fordyce notes that herbicide's new formulation will virtually eliminate volatilization
          KWMU:  EPA won't meet end-of-the-year deadline to propose remedy for West Lake Landfill;  Republic Services' Russ Knocke:  "Science is good. It should be the guide."
          P-D editorial:  Revamp desegregation program to continue integration of area schools
          Priddy:  Thoughts on how Eric Greitens' life will change as governor;  Reflections on seeing Bill Phelps at a shopping mall, John Ashcroft's Mustang, etc. (1,150 words)
          P-D op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  Greitens victory gives Missouri workers a reason to celebrate
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants Missouri's congressional delegation to oppose Trump's chief strategiest +
          P-D letter:  Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis Board President Jill Nowak reacts to Trump victory, complains about "wage gap," "economic inequalities," etc.
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        Tuesday, November 22
       
KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Trump terror tales:  Illegal immigrant claims her anchor baby is scared of president-elect
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Anti-Trump speaker confronted on stage by lone Trump supporter, cries X
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith:  Missouri is a red state with two big blue urban polka dots - and a blue Columbia dot in the middle
          KC Star:  Talent name remains on short list for Trump's Secretary of State +
          Washington Post:  Talent still in the mix for defense secretary
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens promises 'Blue Alert' system in wake of police shootings, visits victim
          Missourinet:  Greitens issues statement on recent police shootings
          P-D:  Man who shot St. Louis officer was wanted;  At age 19, George P. Bush III racked up impressive resume of crimes
          KC Star:  After Gladstone shooting, officers encouraged to be vigilant +
          CDT:  Former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R) inspires anti-abortion crowd in Columbia X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) to file measures aimed at changing Missouri's abortion clinic laws
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Cigarette smugglers taking advantage of Missouri's low tax rate
          KWMU:  Judge Rodney Sippel (D) orders cumulative voting in Ferguson-Florissant School Board elections to give black candidates better chance of winning;  ACLU cheers decision
           P-D:  Judge changes voting system to ensure more black candidates win
           KWMU:  St. Louis Public School Superintendent Kelvin Williams recommends two more schools in North St. Louis close
           P-D:  Two St. Louis City schools recommended for closure
           Missourinet:  MO Dept. of Agriculture investigations into unapproved use of approved herbicide are racking up expenses;  EPA covering some of cost
           The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Counties holds conference in Osage Beach
           The Missouri Times:  Warren County Assessor Wendy Nordwald elected president of Missouri Association of Counties
           P-D editorial:  Marijuana merchants could use help from a states-rights president
           SNL editorial:  Focus needed on Sunshine requests X
           St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's Sunshine Law is due respect X
           P-D letter:  Maplewood liberal responds to conservative's letter about protests, says electing Donald Trump was an injustice
           KC Star letter:  Area woman says campus open-carry would allow young women to protect themselves from would-be rapists +
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        Monday, November 21
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party postmortem:  Dems hope to recover from their crippling losses at the polls;  Comments from Roy Temple, Jason Kander, Jamilah Nasheed, John Rizzo, Gail McCann Beatty, Gina Walsh
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Missouri Democratic Party postmortem:  Chairman Roy Temple says party has "fewer and fewer people in the farm system;"  Comments from one-half of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL)
          SNL:  Anti-Trump rally draws 200 to downtown Springfield;  Liberals read poems, sing X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jason Smith previews Trump presidency and congressional action;  Panel of Tom Dempsey, Don Gosen, Lou Hamilton, and Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) talk election results, Greitens administration, more
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens likely to confront tough budget situation when he enters office
          Missourinet:  Group files to collect signatures for vote on recreational marijuana in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Parks Director Bill Bryan testifies about Amendment 1 and deferred maintenance concerns
          Drebes:  PSC Commissioner Scott Rupp (R):  Why Republicans should support renewable energy
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County aces Galloway's test on Sunshine Law
          Missourinet:  Nation's largest Child Exploitation Task Force is located in Missouri
          P-D:  In shootout, St. Louis police put down man who shot officer in the face
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jim Talent for Defense Secretary
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's 'castle doctrine' law doesn't grant a license to kill
          Messenger:  Nixon should pardon group of female criminals
          KC Star op-ed:  Missourians want answers when insurers deny coverage of doctor-prescribed treatments +
          SNL op-ed:  Missourians can't afford a bailout of Obamacare X
          P-D letter:  Retired union man says he'll fight 'right to work'
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        Sunday, November 20
       
JCNT:  Electoral college reps cast votes next month at Capitol X
          Student Life (Washington University):  Student-led "Vote, dammit" outreach campaign worked to increase student voter registration, turnout
          SNL:  Trump cabinet could include businessman with Missouri ties;  Forrest Lucas is pals with incoming Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, has funded pro-agriculture campaigns X
          SNL:  Four maps that explain how Greene County voted;  Most parts of the county shifted right, not left, in 2016 X
          JCNT:  Certified election results show GOP domination of Cole County;  Dem Chairwoman Susan Cook won't say it's impossible for Democrats to win, "but it seems that way" X
          JCNT:  Transgender Day of Remembrance rally draws twelve (12) to Capitol;  Former man Cathy Serino expresses "concern" about Trump, Greitens and Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) X
          Student Life (Washington University):  Israeli LGBTQIA* (asterisk now denotes "non-cisgender/genderqueer") activist speech interrupted by student protesters;  "Students for Justice in Palestine" battles "Nice Jewish Queers"
          Missouri Ruralist:  USDA Director Tom Vilsack appoints Bowling Green woman to United Soybean Board
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jason Smith;  Panel of Tom Dempsey, Don Gosen, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis), Lou Hamilton talk GOP tsumani, Greitens, more
          KC Star:  Greitens team recruiting job-seekers +
          JCNT:  Missouri Bar discusses legislative priorities X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou handing out scholarships to minorities who express interest in teaching;  Thoughts from two Latina coeds
          P-D letter:  Area woman hopes state public defender system gets more money under Greitens than Nixon
          KC Star letter:  Liberty woman expresses fear about last session's SB 656 +
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        Saturday, November 19
       
The Missouri Times:  John Hancock steps down;  GOP guru rescued state party from debt and disarray, led Missouri Republicans to historic statewide victories
          P-D:  John Hancock to step down as party chair, shares credit with MRP Executive Director Jonathon Prouty
          KWMU:  Two-term incumbent Claire McCaskill begins re-election push by positioning herself as underdog
          Washington Missourian:  Former Sen. Jim Talent among contenders for Defense Secretary spot X
          P-D:  Longtime Clay Sr. aide Pearlie Evans dies;  Pal says her only wish was to see a woman elected president, "but as you know, that didn't happen"
          KWMU:  Pearlie Evans, former district aide to William L. Clay, dies at 84
          KODE:  Barry County Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren (R) to cast Electoral College vote
          KBIA:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith admits to being wrong about Trump wave, says Trump "could not be more arrogant"
          KC Star:  Trump terror tales:  Arab businessman claims Caucasoid popped head into shop and yelled "White power!" +
          KWMU:  Trump terror tales:  NAACP to hold town hall in Ladue to hear students' stories
          Columbia Missourian:  Wanted:  Trump terror tales:  Authors of winning entries get their story and photo in newspaper
          P-D:  In a tumultuous election season, TV stations won big
          Missourinet:  Blunt backs expansion of military history project
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Empower Missouri, f/k/a Missouri Association for Social Welfare, seeks assistant director
          Missourinet:  Sedalia-based manufacturer bucks trend of sending jobs overseas
          Drebes:  About that state budget hole
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) wants to extend 'revolving door' law to five years
          KC Star:  Senate Republicans listen to Kansas City Mayor Sly James talk urban priorities +
          P-D:  Senate will look for new way to provide meals for staffers working late nights;  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on taking care of state employees working extra hours:  "The bottom line is, people gotta eat."
          Columbia Missourian:  USDA grant provides Columbia schools with locally-grown food
          KWMU:  As student transfer program wins last extension, supporters continue working for opportunity for all
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens floats idea to help save its bottom line - and students who have transferred out
          AP:  San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals rules against Missouri, other states in egg-production lawsuit
          Waters:  Caleb Rowden, Chuck Basye in positions to help University of Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian editor Tom Warhover:  Celebrating Galloway's Sunshine Law audit
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        Friday, November 18
       
SE Missourian:  Jason Smith claims House GOP leadership post +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) leads social-media push to make Jason Kander the next DNC chair
          KCUR:  Facing Obamacare's repeal, Missouri health care execs remain hopeful;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, lobbyist Chris Molendorp, Truman Medical Centers' Charlie Shields
          Missourinet:  Wash U. prof says Dems' sudden interest in abolishing Electoral College unlikely to bear fruit
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Songs, catchphrases from anti-Trump protests;  McCaskill says Dems "nailed" Republicans on earmarks +
          KWMU:  Trump backlash, day two:  Troop of angry Ladue students fights racism by skipping class, falling two days behind non-truant classmates;  Girl claims Hispanic student burned her with glue gun
          SE Missourian:  School officials:  No instances of anti-Trump parents or students spinning "harassment" yarns - yet +
          Columbia Missourian:  Wanted:  Editors seek kids' tales of "harassment" that can be tied to Trump's election
          Kraske:  Here's the most unfair thing about becoming Missouri's next governor +
          KMOX:  As planned, John Hancock steps down as Missouri Republican Party chairman
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missourians renew soil tax;  Republicans roll in statewide and legislative races
          KY3 (Springfield):  Educators seek new funding for early childhood education after tobacco tax hike fails
          KWMU:  Dozens of initiative petitions already filed for Missouri's 2018 ballot
          The Missouri Times:  House candidates that could be back in 2018
          KWMU:  HUD numbers show homelessness on the decline in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Associated General Contractors' Len Toenjes analyzes effect of Trump, Greitens victories on road construction
          The Missouri Times:  What is the smart grid, and why doesn't Missouri have one?
          The Missouri Times:  PSC tackles 15 orders and tariffs before Thanksgiving holiday
          KC Star:  Missouri to pay millions for student's drowning in handcuffs +
          AP:  State settles in drowning case
          The Missouri Times:  City, state given the opportunity for Ballpark Village second phase
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Parks director testifies about Bass Pro Shops founder's display of state artifacts
          SNL:  Missouri House committee questions state director over artifacts loaned to Bass Pro Shops X
          P-D:  State Parks Director Bill Bryan says state artifacts more useful on display than trapped in Jefferson City closet
          P-D:  Bill transferring West Lake Landfill oversight to Corps of Engineers won't pass Congress
          KWMU:  EPA to conduct more tests for radiation;  Bridgeton couple seeks payday for claim of "radioactive dust"
          P-D editorial:  Local governments are abysmal at complying with Sunshine Law requests
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) on Missouri Democratic Party's failure to recruit candidates, paltry GOTV effort
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        Thursday, November 17
       
The Missouri Times:  Compensated protesters oppose Trump in Columbia;  Malcontents-for-hire earn $15/hr. to hold signs, bark chants
          CDT:  Anti-Trump rally draws hundreds in Columbia;  Stephens College student hatched idea after leaving Jason Kander's election-night defeat party X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump protesters gather to share anger and sadness, sing songs, read poems
          SNL:  Professor from Wisconsin college visits Drury, says she attributes Trump's victory to anger;  Anti-Trump group to hold protest in Springfield Sunday X
          P-D:  Blunt retains Senate leadership post;  McCaskill top Democrat on homeland security committee
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt named to leadership positions
          KC Star:  McCaskill questions Trump's commitment to "drain the swamp," cites House GOP movement on earmarks +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Two-term incumbent Claire McCaskill seeks "underdog" positioning for 2018 campaign;  Nicole Galloway on local governments' lack of transparency +
          Roll Call:  House Republicans elect Jason Smith to leadership team
          Missourinet:  Congressman Jason Smith says Salem VA clinic will extend hours to full time
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer says housing appraisal system deserves 21st century solutions
          P-D:  Lacy Clay among House Democrats unhappy about Trump's choice for chief strategist
          Drebes:  Election turnout numbers
          AP:  Missouri employment reaches all-time high
          AP:  Boeing to cut some jobs, move others, in efficiency effort
          The Missouri Times:  Budget issues could be first test for incoming Greitens administration
          P-D:  Nixon touts jobs report as Greitens plans changes in approach to economic development
          CDT:  Richardson says UM funding won't be targeted by Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee holds oversight hearing:  Conservation agency salaries, illegal use of approved herbicide, Bass Pro founder's appreciation for state artifacts, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Auditor report finds low Sunshine Law compliance X
          KWMU:  Parts of 2015's municipal overhaul that differ for St. Louis County before state Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers case over traffic fines in St. Louis County
          AP:  Missouri court weighs cap on fees begun after Ferguson
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide legality of municipal court reform law
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers state rule on renewable energy standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court considers requirements cut from green energy law
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court debates sex offender confinement
          AP:  Nearly 100,000 deer harvested during start of firearms season
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Wandering elk photographed by trail camera in Scotland County, Mo.;  Conservation agent warns wild animals might be confused for deer and get shot
          KWMU:  Group of Ladue students complain about racism, skip class to walk the streets;  Girl compares herself to Rosa Parks, complains about Trump
          P-D:  Ladue students fight back against perceived racism by skipping class;  Youngsters attending well-funded school in state's wealthiest zip code complain about others' "privilege"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Trio of local schools earn perfect state scores;  "Subgroup" of minorities and poor kids choose to work hard, achieve success +
          P-D editorial:  Residents near Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills deserve cash payouts
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man suggests "immature juveniles" start taking Clinton's loss like adults, stop throwing temper tantrums and accept the election results
          P-D letter:  University City woman expresses her "grief and despair" over election results;  Photo of young liberals femotional over Clinton loss
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        Wednesday, November 16
       
The Missouri Times:  Missourian Katie Walsh, 31, a potential top White House aide
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Missouri presidential electors bombarded with demands to not vote for Donald Trump;  GOP candidate won Missouri by nineteen (19) points
          KQTV (St. Joseph):  Muslim coed unhappy about Trump's victory;  Male student acknowledges consequences for illegal alien family members, says he'll support Trump anyway
          P-D:  Ladue parent shares other side of "back of the bus" hysteria, says disciplined student suggested black girl sit with her teammates
          CDT:  At Columbia Board of Education meeting, liberals express fear of bad behavior after resounding Trump victory;  Latina gal laments "profoundly negative effect on children" X
          Missourinet:  St. Louis-area liberals to discuss election results;  Webster University panel to be moderated by Sierra Club's John Hickey, will feature Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves), Webster U. coed, others
          P-D:  Two years out, Claire McCaskill already positioning herself as "underdog" in re-election race
          Columbia Missourian:  Seven (7) liberal groups draw crowd of twenty (20) to Indian protest;   Group sings "The Earth is Our Mother," marches to local Bank of America and US Bank branch offices
          KC Star:  Indians, sympathizers powwow during work day to protest pipeline +
          KWMU:  Nearly 80,000 in Missouri will be impacted by new overtime rule going into effect Dec. 1
          AP:  Missouri's minimum wage set to rise yet again in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  Sunshine Law doesn't glow in most local governments
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Too many Missouri local governments ignore requests for information
          Missourinet:  New audit highlights glaring noncompliance with Missouri's Sunshine Law
          AP:  Galloway audit finds poor compliance with Missouri Sunshine Law
          P-D:  Report finds Missouri local governments not so transparent
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Todd Richardson outlines legislative agenda to Columbia Chamber of Commerce
          Columbia Missourian:  Richardson discusses legislative priorities in Columbia
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Eigel poised to become strong business advocate in the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Elijah Haahr's Human Trafficking Task Force meets for final time
          KWMU:  Race-based student transfer program could evolve with new criteria
          KWMU:  State appeals court says defense attorneys must get some witness information
          SNL:  Missouri hunters can donate deer hides to make gloves for disabled veterans X
          P-D:  Couple near Bridgeton Landfill seeks payday after claiming to find radioactive household dust
          KWMU:  Bridgeton couple sues nine companies, seeks payout over supposed radioactive dust;  EPA says it would like to see "new, scientifically valid data" if it actually exists
          P-D editorial:  Missouri government should pay for the lives it steals;  State once wrongly incarcerated someone
          KC Star op-ed:  Koch Industries' Mark Holden:  Missouri businesses should consider 'banning the box' +
          P-D letter:  Franklin County man responds to P-D editorial about post-election spray-paint incident, notes vicious rhetoric of "tolerant" protesters
          SNL letter:  Springfield man offers modest proposal:  Charge political campaigns a dollar or two for every campaign sign still up 10 days after the election X
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        Tuesday, November 15
       
P-D:  Profile:  St. Louisan Katie Walsh, the architect of fundraising efforts that helped Trump win
          SNL:  Anti-Trump protest set for this weekend;  Millennial Caucasoid says she feels "hopeless," claims Trump - still 65 days away from inauguration - is "acting just like a president for the white man" X
          CDT:  University won't categorize anti-Trump student's threats of violence as hate crime;  University yet to receive activist tales of "harassment" or "hate speech" in wake of Trump victory X
          P-D:  Ladue students disciplined after chanting, "Trump, Trump," saying black students should move to back of bus;  Bad remarks from two teenage boys after school could mean all students will be forced to sit through more diversity lectures
          KC Star:  Jason Kander still tweeting +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Speaker Todd Richardson on leading supermajority;  Eric Greitens on working with legislators;  Jack Cardetti on likelihood of Greitens' "overreach" +
          Missourinet:  Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) takes realistic approach to coping with GOP victories, says she'll work with Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon reflects on his time as governor
          Missourinet:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) remembers close call with missile during Vietnam War
          Missourinet:  Auditor Nicole Galloway to release Sunshine Law report today
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission tax credits help launch senior citizen affordable housing development
          Missourinet:  MoDOT urges motorists to follow Missouri's "Move Over" law
          The Missouri Times:  Students compete in state Constitution Project
          Columbia Missourian:  Deer season update:  Missourians harvest 96,000 wild animals over weekend
          KWMU:  Unaccredited Normandy, Riverview Gardens get praise from state, parents, staff
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants new gov and AG to care about West Lake Landfill, talks school transfer law
          CDT:  Newspaper to host "Conversation Cafe" tonight;  Readers invited to spend an evening at Tribune offices to discuss "inequity," other issues with strangers X
          P-D editorial:  What part of 'get big money out of Missouri politics' do megadonors not understand
          P-D editorial:  Local schools are smart to give up on suspensions;  Bad behavior is due to institutional racism and food/health care inequality
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis):  Chiropractic therapy is key to helping patients recover from addiction
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman notes that despite liberal bias of Post-Dispatch staff - from family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan to actual journalists - Missourians chose Republicans
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