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        Friday, October 31
       
Politico:  Dems look past Tuesday's elections to 2016;  Comments from Roy Blunt
          P-D:  A look at congressional alumni contributions:  Dick Gephardt, Jo Ann Emerson, Jim Talent, Jack Danforth, Kit Bond, John Ashcroft
          P-D:  Nixon won't leap to Koster's defense on NY Times contribution story
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster takes on water in wake of NY Times story;  Missouri legislators' desire to have voters amend the Constitution +
          JCNT:  Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition +
          Sedalia Democrat:  Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada estimates 28-30 percent turnout
          CDT:  Cost of campaigns plays into forecast of Election Day turnout X
          AP:  Grow Missouri trials GOTV project:  A postcard ranking your neighbors' voting habits, or lack of them
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House campaign tip sheet:  A look at close races
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate campaign tip sheet:  A look at close races
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Debate between Rep. Jill Schupp (D) and Jay Ashcroft (R)
          The Missouri Times:  Schupp, Ashcroft disagree on Amendment 2
          KWMU:  Jefferson County becomes new battleground for Missouri House contests
          Columbia Missourian:  47th District profile:  John Wright (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  47th District profile:  Chuck Basye (R)
          JCNT:  49th District:  Travis Fitzwater (R) vs. Gracia Backer (D) X
          SE Missourian:  147th District:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R) vs. Gary Gaines (D) and Greg Tlapek (L) +
          SNL:  A conservative vs. an avowed liberal for state rep in northern Springfield:  Sonya Anderson (R) vs. Marlee Yant (D) X
          SNL:  Two longtime Christian County residents vie to represent area:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R) vs. Jim Billedo (D) X
          P-D:  Diehl's first "100 Great Ideas" event to be held at University of Missouri on December 2
          Missourinet:  Missouri House finds no way to challenge same-sex marriage ruling
          P-D:  MOSERS releases roll call vote on gay spouse benefits:  Democrats vote yes, Republicans vote no
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri looking to gain momentum on energy efficiency
          Missourinet:  Drafting of state energy plan begins
          Drebes:  Pro-business/anti-Obama group polls Missourians on energy issues
          KC Star:  KCP&L seeks a 15.8% rate increase for about half its Missouri customers +
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  State agency backs effort to repair flood zone
          P-D:  Boeing's defense chief remains optimistic about F/A-18 fighter assembly line in North County
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for Paul Goodwin;  St. Louis County man stalked elderly woman, sexually assaulted her, then beat her to death with a hammer
          P-D:  Paul Goodwin sentenced to death;  Attorneys for condemned claimed he was insane, and practically "mentally retarded"
          P-D:  Nixon visits Wellston, says Missouri taxpayers will fund 2,000 jobs for low-income youth
          AP:  Nixon unveils jobs program for low-income youth
          KWMU:  Al Sharpton returns to Ferguson for "Justice for Michael Brown" weekend
          KWMU:  What we know - and don't know - about Ferguson case:  Facts around Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery, confrontation with officer, how he was finally put down, more
          P-D:  McCulloch finds no grand jury leaks in Michael Brown case
          KWMU:  Ferguson officials refute reports they're changing police operations
          P-D:  Ferguson police chief fires back at reports his department is disbanding
          P-D:  Pathologist who did private autopsy questions finding of gun residue on Michael Brown
          P-D:  Report on police shooting of VonDerrit Myers to reach St. Louis prosecutors next week
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  For U.S. Congress:  Blaine Luetkemeyer (R)
          CDT endorsement:  None:  Nate Irvin "a mystery to almost everyone," while Vicky Hartzler is "too darn conservative" X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  For 26th District Senate seat:  Dave Schatz (R)
          P-D editorial:  Stench of rotten eggs hangs over Koster and Missouri's political system
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Level of campaigning has been moderate, voter apathy high
          KWMU's Margie Freivogel:  Campaign system isn't perfect but voting is a civic duty/if you don't let your voice be heard others will speak for you/get out and vote/etc.
          Shelly:  Campaign finance positioning scorecard:  Chris Koster, Catherine Hanaway and Tim Jones are bad;  Tom Schweich and Jason Kander are good +
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  It may take some time, but teacher tenure's life appears to be limited
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys' Dan Knight:  Let McCulloch do his job;  Fatality cases involving police officers should not be moved to attorney general
          SE Missourian letter:  DESE is a bunch of Jefferson City bureaucrats;  Vote no on Amendment 3 +
          KC Star letter:  No on Amendment 6's early voting +
          Washington Missourian letter:  On gay marriage, AG Chris Koster should side with the law of the land - not some Kansas City circuit judge
          P-D letter:  Shame on Jamilah Nasheed for comparing herself to Rosa Parks
          Washington Missourian letter:  Fond memories of Ferguson, long before the riots
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        Thursday, October 30
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt and Jeb Bush +
          KWMU:  Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to discuss a career of compromise at UMSL event Nov. 14
          KWMU:  HUD gives $2,500,000 in taxpayer money to both St. Louis City and St. Louis County to remove lead;  St. Louis City to focus on rental units
          Rosenbaum:  Why Missourians keep on amending the state Constitution
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 10
          SE Missourian:  Kara Clark Summers (R) among three county clerks to serve on Kander's Elections Integrity Task Force +
          KC Star:  Koster rebuts NY Times report +
          Missourinet:  NY Times explores relationship between Koster and lobbyists
          P-D:  Koster dismisses NY Times report that he coddles contributors
          KWMU:  Koster case recalls Bill Webster
          AP:  Missouri House committee to investigate Koster
          Columbia Missourian:  Chris Koster denies exchanging political favors for campaign contributions
          JCNT:  Koster denies allegations of political favors X
          STLBJ:  Reaction to NY Times piece on Koster and contributions;  Tim Jones seeks investigation, while Dems say little;  Comments from area unions, Harris-Stowe
          KOLR:  Ozarks GOP candidates buy ads despite little opposition
          P-D:  Republicans try to boost their supermajority in Missouri House;  A look at targeted St. Louis-area districts
          SE Missourian:  District 145:  Rep. Shelley Keeney (R) vs. Charles Elrod (D) +
          JCNT:  District 59:  Mike Bernskoetter (R) vs. Michael Eberle (Constitution Party) X
          Washington Missourian:  District 119:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R) vs. Susan Cunningham (D);  Dem says Medicaid-expansion opponents "just plain mean"
          KMAland (Maryville):  Race for Mike Thomson's seat:  Robert Ritterbusch (D) vs. Allen Andrews (R)
          CDT:  Democratic House candidates attend NAACP forum X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area state rep candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion
          JCNT:  Pastors who sought attention by causing disruption in Missouri Senate gallery plead not guilty in Cole County court X
          SE Missourian:  Casino license renewed by state for four more years +
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment joins suit over long-term risk of nuclear waste
          P-D:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment joins suit to block nuclear plant relicensing
          P-D:  McCulloch:  No more Darren Wilson cases will be dismissed;  Dope peddler got off free, avoided felony earlier this week
          STLBJ:  Businesses on West Florissant prepare for the worst when grand jury delivers justice
          Missourinet:  Holder:  Missouri grand jury leakers need to 'shut up'
          AP:  Eric Holder:  Ferguson police need 'wholesale change'
          KMOX:  Police officers' wives collect food for Ferguson duty
          JCNT endorsement:  No on Amendment 6 X
          KC Star editorial:  Koster too easily wined and dined by corporations and their lobbyists +
          P-D op-ed:  Women's Voiced Raised for Social Justice/Medicaid advocate Mary Clemons:  On race, it's time for Nixon and others to stop "studying" and start acting
          SNL letter:  Area liberal dislikes Billy Long's voting record, incumbent's confidence about Tuesday's victory X
          SNL letter:  Supporter of Billy Long's opponent says Long should have attended candidate forum X
          SNL letter:  If you vote against Billy Long, the entire United States of America will thank you X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch and Ferguson protester types care little about children lost to recent shootings
          P-D letter:  If open-carry participants had been black men, area whites would have been terrified
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        Wednesday, October 29
       
Bloomberg:  Blunt:  Jeb Bush may not be the answer for Republicans in 2016
          P-D:  Area congressional incumbents' fundraising totals
          NY Times:  Lobbyists, bearing gifts, pursue attorneys general;  Chris Koster says his staff's mistakes - not 5-Hour Energy's contributions - were the reason inquiry was dropped
          KWMU:  Despite declarations of heightened voter interest, St. Louis County's absentee vote lags behind 2010 pace
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 3
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Districts take a stand on Amendment 3 +
          The Missouri Times:  Fundraising and distribution mechanisms differ for Democratic, Republican state Senate candidates:  Jill Schupp-Jay Ashcroft, Jeff Roorda-Paul Wieland
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Who will win Roorda-Wieland:  Scott Faughn facilitates discussion between Kevin Engler, Brad Green, Patrick Lynn, Sean Nicholson
          JCNT:  Senate District 6:  Mike Kehoe (R) vs. Mollie Freebairn (D) X
          CDT:  Incumbents Caleb Rowden, John Wright outraise challengers;  Travis Fitzwater (R) outraises Gracia Backer (D) X
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP forum draws 10 candidates, 50 voters;  Wright, Pauley among attendees
          CDT:  Ad Watch:  HRCC ad against John Wright is generally correct but overstates incumbent's level of support for new taxes X
          Drebes:  Wes Shoemyer starts a new PAC:  Missourians for Family Farms
          Missourinet:  After criticism, new process announced to select new Education Commissioner
          KC Star:  Missouri Board of Education extends search for next commissioner +
          P-D:  State board wants to hear less about Normandy's "plans" and more about reality
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) applauds Michigan franchise law passage, says it's a model for his bill next session
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon on pace for record-setting execution year;  AG Chris Koster (D) also supports capital punishment
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court stays rapist/murderer Mark Christeson's execution
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court stays execution of Mark Christeson
          Missourinet:  New group seeks clemency for 14 women in Missouri prisons
          P-D:  New coalition urges clemency for 14 criminals who claim they were abused
          AP:  Clemency coalition seeks freedom for 14 women
          P-D:  CNN incorrectly reports that Ferguson police chief is resigning
          AP:  Lacy Clay wants wider civil rights investigation
          JCNT endorsement:  No on Amendment 3 X
          CDT endorsement:  Both "decent moderate conservative" Caleb Rowden (R) and his opponent, "decent moderate liberal" Tom Pauley (D) X
          P-D editorial:  Search for next education commissioner should be open, deliberate
          Shelly:  Female criminals' pleas for clemency will be hard for Nixon to ignore +
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis):  Ferguson protesters are the modern-day Rosa Parks
          P-D op-ed:  SLU President Fred Pestello's statement on trespassing protesters
          SNL letter:  Silver Haired Legislature wants Medicaid expansion X
          P-D letter:  Ron Calzone:  John Diehl moves from Armstrong Teasdale to Husch and should remove his name from consideration as next Speaker of the House
          P-D letter:  Missouri utilities should incorporate more clean energy
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        Tuesday, October 28
       
AP:  Despite White House guidance, U.S. governors and Army go own way on Ebola preparedness;  Comments from Gov. Jay Nixon
          P-D:  St. Louis area hospitals ramping up Ebola preparedness
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schweich says autograph of Greta Garbo more elusive than Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio;  Akin's Pilgrim class +
          AP:  McCaskill, Koster each give $50K more to Missouri Democratic State Committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Amendment 2 divides legal community
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare holds its first Cape meeting;  Group opposes Amendment 3 and Amendment 6 +
          SE Missourian:  Amendment 3 opponents continue beating drum as election nears +
          SE Missourian:  Amendment 3, new education commissioner topics at Cape Girardeau board meeting +
          P-D:  22nd Senate District:  Rep. Jeff Roorda (D) vs. Rep. Paul Wieland (R)
          97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) talks to Dana Loesch about his state Senate bid
          Columbia Missourian:  Area state rep candidates share views on highway funding
          Drebes:  Caroline McClung, formerly legislative assistant to Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), joins Blunt's office as field representative
          KRES (Moberly):  Randolph County Republicans to hold dinner to honor memory of local businessman Don Orscheln;  National Republican Committewoman Susie Eckelkamp to speak
          Missourinet:  State Board of Education to speak publicly today about its search to replace Chris Nicastro
          Missourinet:  Challenges to creating Missouri education standards outlined
          P-D:  Missouri Board of Education holds first hearing on replacement Common Core standards
          KWMU:  Common Core debate calms down;  Longer search expected for Nicastro's replacement
          Columbia Missourian:  Common Core task force lack common consensus
          AP:  Criticism aired at Missouri hearing on Common Core
          P-D:  All Riverview Gardens high and middle school students to get iPads;  At least 96 percent of students receive taxpayer-subsidized meals
          P-D:  Opening of final Page extension leg marks end of decades-long push;  Ehlmann says he's been working on issue since days as state legislator
          KC Star:  Ex-judges will try to halt execution;  Mark Christeson raped woman, then slashed her throat in front of her two kids before slashing and drowning the children
          Missourinet:  Study looks at state contracts;  Office of Administration's Doug Nelson says some jobs are too big for small companies, often owned by minorities or women, to bid on
          KMOX:  Rift between two outspoken Ferguson protest figures;  Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes calls Antonio French "Petty hustler. User. Fraud.";  French "disappointed"
          KWMU:  School districts ask McCulloch not to announce grand jury's decision during school hours
          KWMU:  Police families feel the strain;  St. Louis Police Wives' Association holding another supply drive in advance of upcoming riots
          P-D:  Felony drug case dropped as Officer Darren Wilson fails to show;  Officer at center of Michael Brown assault/shooting case has not been seen in public since August 9
          KWMU:  Police treatment of press at Ferguson protests spurs request for DOJ investigation
          CDT endorsement:  John Wright (D) X
          P-D editorial:  The unprecedented opportunity of the Ferguson Commission
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia):  Amendment 10 is a bad idea
          KC Star letter:  Missouri League of Women Voters opposes Amendments 3, 6 and 10 +
          SNL letter:  Missourians may not survive if Republicans continue to control Legislature;  GOP already killing 700 each year by not expanding Medicaid X
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        Monday, October 27
       
NY Times:  Two Missourians' Obamacare tales:  St. Louis hairdresser cut her work hours, now gets "generous subsidy;"  Unemployed woman racks up thousands in debt, wants Medicaid expanded to her
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) targets rapier wit in Nixon's direction;  Silvey on Lamping and Medicaid expansion +
          Drebes:  Akin teaching class at Pillar Foundation on "Monumental Pilgrim Principles"
          SNL:  Blunt supports Energize Africa bill;  Drury group wants McCaskill to do the same X
          KSMU:  7th District:  Billy Long (R) vs. Jim Evans (D)
          AP:  Tom Schweich is a Hollywood history buff;  Auditor collects historical documents, autographs
          P-D:  24th Senate District:  Jill Schupp (D) vs. Jay Ashcroft (R);  Schupp "has a clearer stance on issues"
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R)
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Rowden opponent Tom Pauley (D)
          Missourinet:  House races headline next week's election
          AP:  Voters to decide how Republican the Missouri Legislature will be
          P-D:  Critics say state board is moving too fast to replace education commissioner
          KWMU:  Common Core groups begin finding common ground
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant scores within provisional accreditation range;  More than two-thirds of students get taxpayer-funded food subsidies
          P-D:  Despite big savings, Ameren still cautious on energy efficiency investment
          P-D:  Consumer advocate disputes Ameren's energy efficiency savings
          P-D:  After two decades of postcards, new Ameren bills on the way
          P-D:  Hundreds attend funeral for Vonderrit Myers;  Family sticks to turkey sandwich-gun theory;  Tyrone Myers Jr.:  "We was [sic] supposed to grow old together"
          P-D endorsement:  Lacy Clay (D)
          P-D endorsement:  Ann Wagner's opponent, Arthur Lieber (D)
          JCNT endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2 X
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri needs its lottery
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Publisher Jon Rust:  Readers can help improve accuracy of reporting via "Fact Check" feature next to stories +
          P-D letter:  Black Ferguson resident wishes city politicians seeking to make themselves stars would just stay away
          P-D letter:  Protesters' rioting, burning, looting and shooting has lost them support
          P-D letter:  Miscreants shoot at police and hope for a big payday
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        Sunday, October 26
       
Howell County News:  Missouri health officials, funeral and nurse associations prepare for Ebola;  Comments from DHSS' Ryan Hobart, others
          KMIZ:  Nixon announces certified Ebola lab in Missouri
          KMIZ:  Public health officials address false Ebola claim in Cole County
          P-D:  D.C. lobbying by St. Louis-based companies is shifting toward health care
          Columbia Missourian:  4th District profile:  Republican Vicky Hartzler's political approach influenced by farm work experience
          Columbia Missourian:  4th District profile:  Democrat Nate Irvin continues political immersion that began at early age;  Reporter notes 25-year-old's "bit of stubble ... his blue eyes are steady and focused"
          Columbia Missourian:  4th District profile:  Libertarian Herschel Young seeks the straight dirt;  Mud-run enthusiast named his truck after himself
          SNL:  Overview:  Billy Long (R) vs. Jim Evans (D) offers a clear contrast X
          KODE (Joplin):  Billy Long's opponent Jim Evans, Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Brinkley, 2016 AG hopeful Scott Sifton speak at gathering of area Democrats
          SE Missourian:  Amendment 6:  Comments from Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville), SOS Jason Kander +
          Drebes:  Missouri Club for Growth's Amendment 10 spending is high, but production value is low
          St. Joseph News-Press:  34th Senate District:  Rob Schaaf (R) vs. Robert Stuber (D) X
          KRES (Moberly):  Candidate forum hosts incumbents John Wright, Caleb Rowden, Tim Remole and their opponents;  Comments from LWV's Barbara Riley
          CDT:  Ad Watch:  John Wright ad vs. Chuck Basye:  Correct in depicting Basye's support of SB 509, speculative on its financial impact X
          CDT:  Ad Watch:  Caleb Rowden ad vs. Tom Pauley:  Generally factual but vague X
          CDT:  District 44:  Caleb Rowden (R) vs. Tom Pauley;  Incumbent shares thoughts on Obamacare vs. Medicaid expansion X
          KCUR:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) hopeful about Medicaid expansion, says John Lamping's departure helps
          JCNT:  Home Care Union negotiates wage raise;  Comments from Jeff Mazur X
          SE Missourian:  Shortfall in A+ Scholarship funding may affect students +
          KC Star:  Records show Missouri trooper's lack of training before lake drowning +
          P-D:  Pro-open-carry march through downtown draws 40;  Police report zero incidents of looting, no Molotov cocktails or taunting of officers
          AP:  Annual Ferguson bike ride event cancelled after Michael Brown unrest
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 2, No on everything else X
          KC Star endorsements:  Yes on retention for Missouri Supreme Court Judges Laura Denvir Stith and Paul Campbell Wilson +
          SNL editorial:  Coverage of "Homecoming Blackout" spurs online discussion between protester sympathizers and those tired of victim mentality X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  I-70 should have a toll lane for trucks. Does anyone in the Missouri Legislature have the intestinal fortitude to make it happen?
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield):  Billy Long has been a friend of agriculture X
          CDT op-ed:  Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight (D):  Amendment 2 levels field on child sex crimes X
          SNL letter:  Area farmer says Billy Long has stood up to the EPA X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch's commentary about criminals shows paper's liberal stance
          P-D letter:  Many Americans are tired of liberals' whiny victim scenario;  Grand jury's decision just might bring violence from both sides this time
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        Saturday, October 25
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri small business health exchange opens up
          KC Star:  Pot legalization effort moves slowly in Missouri, but advocates have hope for 2016 +
          CDT:  Roast of Rep. Chris Kelly (D) aids abused children;  Wilson, Kander, Webber, Backer deal affectionate jabs to Kelly, take pointed pokes at non-attendee Nixon X
          KOLR (Springfield):  7th District candidates share thoughts in interview;  Dem skipped Farm Bureau forum, while Billy Long skipped League of Women Voters forum
          P-D:  Ann Wagner says GOP female candidate recruiting has been a learning process
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment says EPA water regulations don't go far enough
          P-D:  Opponents of Amendment 3 continue to raise and spend money
          Washington Missourian:  Lonedell R-XIV board opposes Amendment 3
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Amendment 6:  Mike Ferguson talks early voting with Missourians for Free and Fair Election's Aaron Baker, Missouri Associaton for Social Welfare's Glenn Koenen
          KWMU:  Updates:  Jill Schupp (D) vs. Jay Ashcroft (R), Jeff Roorda (D) vs. Paul Wieland (R)
          CDT:  John Wright (D) vs. Chuck Basye (R) race draws serious spending X
          SNL:  135th District:  Rep. Lincoln Hough (R) vs. Angie Filbeck (D) X
          SNL:  137th District:  Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R) vs. Sandy Grogan (D) X
          Drebes:  Senate administrator Jim Howerton getting ready to retire
          P-D:  Briefs:  Various items posted on Dave Drebes' website days ago
          P-D:  Noranda won't see lower rate by new year
          Washington Post:  Republicans ramp up minority outreach nationwide;  Synopsis of area black Dem anger targeted at McCaskill, Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Jamilah Nasheed regarding recent Ferguson arrest
          P-D:  Protesters block traffic in Shaw neighborhood, scream at police near location where Vonderrit Myers shot at officer
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Clayton schools prepare for emergency procedures when grand jury decision announced
          KWMU:  Young activists complain about police racism, etc.:  "We might not get [Darren Wilson], but we're going to get some of these police officers, I promise you that"
          KC Star endorsements:  Emanuel Cleaver (D), Vicky Hartzler's opponent (D), and Sam Graves (R) - "reluctantly" +
          P-D endorsement:  Jill Schupp (D)
          P-D endorsement:  Joe Keaveny (D)
          P-D letter:  Blunt, Ann Wagner, Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) too often side with local employers Peabody Energy and Ameren
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City liberal encourages Graves' constituents to call his office and tell him to stop criticizing the EPA +
          P-D letter:  Medicaid managed care vendors laugh all the way to the bank
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        Friday, October 24
       
KFVS:  Heartland hospitals prepare for threat of Ebola
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kurt Schaefer on Ebola, Hanaway on how she'd react to fed mandates +
          P-D:  EPA approves Missouri water quality rules
          The Pitch:  Billy Long goes meta, criticizes political ads in political ad
          KWMU:  Rex Sinquefield to hold election-night fundraiser for Blunt
          Washington Missourian:  Secretary of State Jason Kander opposes Amendment 6 early-voting measure
          P-D:  Notes on Ashcroft-Schupp ads, KSDK rates, more
          SNL:  Overview:  Elijah Haahr (R) vs. Kevin Knox (D) X
          Independence Examiner:  Candidate forum on Monday:  Noel Torpey (R) vs. John Sutton (D), Bill E. Kidd (R) vs. John Mayfield (D)
          Drebes:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R) doing phone polling in St. Louis
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Former state Rep. Cathy Jolly (D-Kansas City) raises big bucks for breast cancer
          AP:  Bonds approved for Missouri mental hospital
          KWMU:  Normandy teacher to DESE:  We need more help
          SE Missourian:  Ameren planning upgrades in region +
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Brown relatives' dispute over t-shirt profits leads to attack with metal pipe, trip to hospital;  Lesley McSpadden explains nuances of U.S. patent law:  "You can't sell this s#!t!"
          KWMU:  Timing of leaked autopsy report hints grand jury decision is near
          AP:  Missouri police prepare for grand jury decision, ensuing riots
          KWMU:  Vonderrit Myers' family lawyer:  Police not telling the truth
          P-D:  Myers family-funded autopsy:  Vonderrit Myers brought down while fleeing St. Louis officer
          Missourinet:  Autopsy of St. Louis teen claimed to support two versions of shooting
          KWMU:  Amnesty International report addresses "human rights abuses" in Ferguson
          AP:  Amnesty International:  Police in Ferguson violated human rights
          KC Star endorsements:  Ten Democrats, plus Republicans Noel Torpey, Jeanie Lauer and Donna Pfautsch +
          P-D editorial:  By refusing to expand Medicaid, Republicans kill more Missourians - 700 per year - than Ebola will
          P-D editorial:  Win-win for home health care workers and patients
          CDT's Waters:  Missouri and Ebola:  Better to overstate the case than to be unprepared;  Now, as problem goes away, only the paranoid remain X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants President Paul Winter:  Recent legislation and the role of physician assistants in Missouri
          P-D letter:  Surveys on Post-Dispatch website are annoying - they promise two days of freedom, and don't give you five minutes
          P-D letter:  Nixon wrong to exclude Ferguson officials from press conference
          P-D letter:  Jamilah Nasheed looks only to stir the pot
          P-D letter:  Let the facts of the case emerge:  What would you do if something the size and strength of Michael Brown attacked you?
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        Thursday, October 23
       
Branson Tri-Lakes News:  Agencies prep for Ebola scenario;  Blunt, Billy Long weigh in
          CDT:  State senators urge travel restrictions, stronger state response to Ebola X
          AP:  Republican lawmakers grill health department officials about Ebola preparations
          Missourinet:  State senators ask:  Is Missouri ready for Ebola?
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Gephardt on congressional attitudes toward compromise +
          LA Times:  Authors retract study of magic weight-loss pills;  McCaskill took TV's "Dr. Oz" to woodshed this summer for irresponsible promotions
          KWMU:  As governor, Hanaway promises to be more assertive with legislators and Washington
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  GOP consultant Gregg Keller (R) on Maria Chappelle-Nadal vs. Lacy Clay, GOP approach to Koster's gov bid, more
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 10:  Comments from Reps. Todd Richardson (R) and Chris Kelly (D), Nixon, Missouri Budget Project, others
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 10:  Comments from Richardson, Nixon +
          AP:  Amendment 10 drawing ad spending
          KWMU:  Audio:  Reporters Marshall Griffin, Tim Lloyd chat about their coverage of proposed amendments
          Washington Missourian:  Local state Senate campaign reports:  Dave Schatz's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Kristian Starner leaves Jefferson City for Denver;  Megan Browning to fill her spot at Hemphill & Associates
          SE Missourian:  Work group for education standards includes Jackson's Brad Noel +
          The Missouri Times:  PSC meeting report:  PSC approves two stipulations
          P-D:  Energy group ranks Missouri among worst for energy efficiency
          Missourinet:  Disaster declaration sought for 20 Missouri counties hit by September storms
          Dexter Daily Statesman:  ISIS terrorists, Ferguson rioters help increase enrollment in firearms classes
          P-D:  Activists confront officers inside St. Louis County Police headquarters;  "Questions, chants, and anti-police rhetoric" directed at black officer
          KWMU:  Protest update:  Demonstrators confront police inside headquarters in Clayton;  In Ferguson, protesters knock down barriers, attempt to protest inside local businesses
          Missourinet:  Alderman Antonio French (D-St. Louis City), others unhappy about facts leaking from grand jury case
          P-D:  Experts say it's hard to tell how marijuana affected "habitual user" Michael Brown's attack on officer
          SNL:  MSU protesters' "Blackout" of homecoming draws 34;  Organizers claim they heard slurs, "Go back to St. Louis" remarks X
          P-D:  St. Louis City only four murders away from eclipsing last year's total;  Criminologist says Tuesday's three killings were "drug-market disputes" over dope-dealer territory
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  No on Amendment 3
          CDT endorsement:  No on Amendment 6 X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri education board should engage the public on replacement for Chris Nicastro +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Department of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner to speak at Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area woman says Koster has "feet of clay" on gay marriage;  United States is on the road to hell
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri teachers, Social Security and the "Windfall Law"
          P-D letter:  Pro-gun activists should abandon plans for weekend march;  Large police presence will trigger anti-police protester crowd
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area man shares thoughts on Ferguson protesters, budding criminal's sandwich gun, and TV networks' desire for riot-related ratings
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says protesters do not have right to disrupt and pretend they have power;  Police officers deserve respect, trust, prayers and appreciation
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        Wednesday, October 22
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler wants more restrictions on travel to fight Ebola
          CDT:  Schaefer to hear Ebola plans from state health safety officials X
          CDT:  Local agencies coordinate Ebola plans X
          Missourinet:  Former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) sees congressional hostilities softening
          P-D:  COCA boss to address National Endowment for the Arts in D.C. next week
          CDT:  House hopefuls clash over ethics laws at candidate forum:  John Wright vs. Chuck Basye, Caleb Rowden vs. Tom Pauley X
          Columbia Missourian:  Recap of candidate forum
          KOMU:  Election forum attracts large crowd
          P-D:  HRCC gives Joe Corica $27K;  GOP candidate, facing incumbent Bill Otto, demonstrated questionable judgment with Facebook posts
          P-D:  Online voters guide for statewide, St. Louis-area campaigns
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission rulings:  Fines against various Democratic candidates
          KFVS:  Area schools learning about A+ Program cuts
          KWMU:  Broader search urged for new Missouri schools chief
          SE Missourian:  Three Rivers, Southeast patch up relationship +
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Higher Education Commissioner David Russell elected to national board X
          KMOV:  Schweich's audit of Pevely reveals mismanagement, improper spending
          P-D:  Schweich audit cites poor financial practices in Pevely
          P-D:  In wake of state health study, Council urges accelerated cleanup of Coldwater Creek, expanded studies
          P-D:  Official autopsy shows Michael Brown was reaching for officer's gun, had marijuana in his system;  Robber's "palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said"
          P-D:  Source:  Darren Wilson says Michael Brown kept charging at him
          KWMU:  Nixon forms 'Ferguson Commission' to examine divisions throughout the region
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  New 'Ferguson Commission' will seek lessons from unrest
          P-D:  Nixon announces commission to study issues raised by Ferguson
          AP:  Nixon creating group to address Ferguson issues
          KWMU:  Final Ferguson town hall just a start
          P-D:  Final DOJ town hall meeting in Ferguson looks for way forward
          P-D:  Negotiations, concessions led to end of Occupy SLU protest
          CDT endorsement:  No on Amendment 2 X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Southeast Missouri State University working to improve quality of online courses +
          P-D editorial:  Nixon creates Ferguson Commission;  St. Louis faces a defining moment
          KC Star's Shelly:  Chris Koster's egg lawsuit busts its budget +
          P-D op-ed:  USML Chancellor Tom George:  How a public university deals with protesters and community unrest
          P-D letter:  Amendment 2 goes contrary to traditional legal doctrine
          KC Star letter:  People who signed Amendment 3 petition were unaware of what they were doing;  Cleaver supporter asks questions of incumbent's opponent +
          P-D letter:  Illinois man takes recounts his '60s and '70s "awakening," mocks SLU mothers who wanted to protect "Buffy, Missy and Muffy" from trespassing protesters
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        Tuesday, October 21
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Ebola;  Schweich and municipal audits +
          CDT:  Local health officials getting frequent Ebola updates X
          The Hill:  World Series bet:  Nancy Pelosi and Emanuel Cleaver put up chocolate vs. BBQ
          KC Star:  World Series bet:  Dianne Feinstein and Claire McCaskill bet San Francisco's various high-fat/high-carb artery-clogging comfort foods vs. Kansas City's BBQ and beer +
          Drebes:  Missouri Republican Party's October period totals:  $25K raised;  $41K spent;  $1,323 on hand
          KWMU:  Overiew:  Amendments 2, 3, 6
          SE Missourian:  Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce opposes Amendment 3 +
          The Missouri Times:  Jefferson County Dems say GOP candidates' various endorsement claims are misleading;  Michael Frame, TJ McKenna earn NRA endorsements - not the Republicans
          CDT:  Area state rep candidates to take part in LWV forum tonight X
          The Missouri Times:  2016 election outlook:  Blunt's re-election, Hanaway vs. Schweich, state legislative races, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Social Services responds to claim of 'horrendous' Medicaid service
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Union reaches deal with state over home-care worker wages
          The Missouri Times:  Union reaches agreement over worker wages
          KC Star:  State board president, superintendent groups at odds over plans for choosing next education commissioner +
          JCNT:  Massachusetts educator lays out case against Common Core;  Comments from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) X
          AP:  Judge to rule against Ameren in power line case
          JCNT:  Anti-Ameren protesters say lawsuit could set dangerous precedent X
          Dexter Daily Statesman:  Renewable energy catching on in Stoddard County
          KWMU:  MoDOT to test new method of wrong-way accident prevention
          KWMU:  Female prisoners train dogs as part of Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities (C.H.A.M.P.) program in collaboration with Missouri Department of Corrections
          KWMU:  Missouri deer populations recovering after disease outbreaks
          Missourinet:  Missouri deer hunting season underway
          P-D:  Police union shows politicians the stress of the job;  Jeff Roorda (D), others show legislators what it's like to deal with violent criminals, other dregs of society
          P-D:  Police arrest two Ferguson protesters after attack on Rams fans;  Video of unintelligible verbal instigation, sucker-punch to man's face, more
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) arrested at protest in Ferguson
          P-D:  Nixon to announce Ferguson-related initiative today
          P-D endorsement:  Tom Schweich for state auditor
          CDT endorsement:  No on Amendment 10 X
          KC Star's Diuguid:  James Brady group criticizes Republicans, praises Democrats +
          P-D letter:  Blunt, other Republicans trying to politicize Ebola
          P-D letter:  MU prof:  No on Amendment 3
          SNL letter:  Homeless advocate says Rep. Charlie Norr (D-Springfield) got a woman back on the Medicaid rolls X
          SNL letter:  Peter Kinder is right - problems at DSS are more than a "glitch" X
          P-D letter:  Despite being attacked by "gentle giant" Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson did his job - and we should be thankful
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        Monday, October 20
       
Missourinet:  Video:  Blunt appears on Meet the Press, talks Ebola
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon, Koster issue Ebola-related statements
          KC Star:  A Republican Senate will give more clout to Kansas, shift it from McCaskill to Blunt in Missouri +
          AP:  Will Kraus gets $100K from Rex Sinquefield
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 3:  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Associations Brent Ghan, others
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Amendment 10:  Host Mike Ferguson talks it over with Rep. Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), Missouri Budget Project's Jay Hardenbrook
          KC Star:  Missouri House District 12:  Sandy Van Wagner (D) vs. Ken Wilson (R) +
          KC Star:  Missouri House District 14:  Stephanie Isaacson (D) vs. Kevin Corlew (R) +
          KC Star:  Missouri House District 17:  Mark Ellebracht (D) vs. Nick King (R) +
          KC Star:  Missouri House District 18:  Lauren Arthur (D) vs. Robert Rowland (R) +
          SNL:  Missouri District 132:  Charlie Norr (D) vs. Fred Ellison (R) X
          KWMU:  Progress Missouri unearths old Facebook posts from GOP state rep candidate;  Joe Corica, running against Dem incumbent Bill Otto, claims he was "hacked"
          Drebes:  Megan Browning, formerly legislative assistant to Sen. Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City), joins Brent Hemphill & Associates
          Missourinet:  Schweich's office to take a look at ten municipal courts;  Cities must not receive more than 30 percent of budget from traffic violations
          SE Missourian:  Groups want say in hire of new education commissioner +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Fact-checking shady laptop incentive from Kansas City Public Schools
          SE Missourian:  To swat or not - authorities discuss corporal punishment;  Missouri state law allows "reasonable" spankings +
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Home health workers want higher wage;  Nasheed:  "Jay (Nixon) can be a Republican every once in a while ... he is putting on his Republican hat"
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren public hearings to begin in January
          Truman Index:  New Ameren power line plans draw criticism
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Families file in court to fight Ameren transmission line project
          KC Star:  Kansas City payday lenders' practices leave borrowers scrambling +
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation officials, hunters seeing fewer deer
          P-D:  Missouri State Penitentiary tours offer history, ghosts of dead criminals
          P-D:  Fans and protesters clash after Rams game;  Michael Brown protesters use upside-down American flag as a weapon, punch woman in the face, more
          P-D:  Home sales down 32 percent in Ferguson after shooting, more than the 13 percent drop for all of St. Louis County
          Rosenbaum:  Ferguson unrest makes a big impact on Better Together's underlying mission
          MSNBC's Trymaine Lee:  Why Vonderrit Myers matters;  Shooter's family sticks to sandwich-gun theory;  Roorda (D):  "We're done, as a police union, standing in the shadows"
          P-D letter:  Missouri should go smoke-free, especially in casinos
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        Sunday, October 19
       
NBC News:  Blunt on Meet the Press this morning to discuss Ebola
          JCNT:  State agencies, medical centers prepare for Ebola X
          P-D:  No Ebola medical waste coming to St. Louis;  AG Chris Koster brokers deal with medical waste company
          SNL:  Reps. Billy Long, Jason Smith, others help fund GOP candidates through leadership PACs X
          Drebes:  List of Fall 2014 White House internship participants with Missouri ties
          CDT:  Overview:  Amendment 2:  Comments from Missouri Kids First, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, others X
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 10:  Comments from Reps. Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), Chris Kelly (D-Columbia)
          CDT:  Legislative candidates denounce use of campaign money from unknown donors X
          JCNT:  Campaign-report updates from area legislative candidates X
          JCNT:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton):  Highway Patrol answers on training lacking X
          KOMU:  Online petition to reinvestigate drowning reaches 100,000 signatures
          AP:  Protesters end encampment at Saint Louis University
          KWMU:  Churches plan "buycott" to support Ferguson businesses
          P-D:  Al Sharpton returning to St. Louis for Halloween weekend
          KWMU:  Ferguson briefs:  Al Sharpton unhappy about Darren Wilson testimony;  Another Michael Brown march takes place in Clayton
          P-D:  Anti-violence march for mothers takes place in Clayton
          P-D:  As low-income housing boomed, Ferguson pushed back
          Washington Missourian editorial:  From burning the flag to haranguing people on the streets, Ferguson protesters are full of dumb ideas
          SNL letter:  Nixa man says U.S. Rep. Billy Long stands up for public education X
          SNL letter:  Critic of Billy Long wants incumbent to debate X
          SNL letter:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R) should be re-elected X
          SNL letter:  Marlee Yant (D) over Sonya Anderson (R) X
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Michael Rathbone:  Subsidies to companies like Boeing are fundamentally unfair
          P-D letter:  Liberal woman in Democratic district is unhappy with Legislature, will take out her anger at the ballot box
          P-D letter:  Cornel West, other malcontents consider in-your-face screaming to be "moral"
          P-D letter:  Area black man says Michael Brown shooting is no reason for his community to behave like criminals
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        Saturday, October 18
       
P-D:  Luetkemeyer calls for travel bans from Ebola-exporting nations;  Blunt to discuss topic on Meet the Press tomorrow morning
          KWMU:  Nixon releases funding for local-level public health agencies, says state public health lab authorized to test for Ebola
          KC Star:  Sam Graves faces easy re-election in 6th District +
          Kraske:  Chris Koster vs. Catherine Hanaway:  2016 gubernatorial candidates already making big moves +
          SE Missourian:  Campaigns spending modest in area state House races +
          CDT:  Hallsville forum draws few voters;  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), opponent among candidates performing before 35 voters X
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri to start taking hemp production applications
          Columbia Missourian:  EPA funds MU study on food waste
          KWMU:  State says Republic Services must do more to contain fire at Bridgeton landfill
          NY Times:  First public account from Darren Wilson's testimony:  Details of Michael Brown's attack on officer inside police car
          AP:  Saint Louis University deals with protesters camping out on campus:  North St. Louis City trespasser Talal Ahmad:  "We didn't come here by permission. This is an institution of privilege."
          P-D:  Lingering protests at SLU cause for concern;  Comments from Florissant trespasser Jeanina Jenkins, actual students
          KWMU:  Slay takes time out of workday to meet with protesters
          P-D:  ATF shots miss burglars during capture in Ferguson;  Brandon Foster was out on parole, wanted for other crimes;  Q'Dayas Spears gives firsthand play-by-play
          JCNT editorial:  Sore losers:  We opposed "Right to Farm" - but Missouri voters supported it, and opponents should cease their sour-grapes whine X
          CDT's Waters:  Rex Sinquefield is a pricipled person willing to put his money where his mouth is X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Not enough attention given to issue of race and police shootings +
          P-D letter:  Coalition to Protect the Missouri River's Randy Asbury:  River navigation, agriculture compromised with no tangible results
          SNL letter:  Area woman says Billy Long sides with NRA X
          P-D letter:  Teacher opposes Amendment 3
          P-D letter:  If we don't offer something to Boeing and the Rams, somebody else will
          JCNT letter:  MoDOT signs contribute to driver distractions X
          P-D letter:  Paper tries to keep things stirred up by consistently demonizing law enforcement
          P-D letter:  Two falsehoods in every Ferguson editorial:  (1.) Govt./corporations to blame for hooliganism and (2.) Poor communities have no role to play in their own revival
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        Friday, October 17
       
SNL:  Rep. Billy Long:  Ebola calls for travel restrictions X
          KOLR:  Long:  Constituents "overwhelmingly" calling for travel ban
          Washington Post:  Republicans have plenty of prescriptions for Ebola experts
          Missourinet:  False Ebola complaint in Cole County helped officials prepare
          Missourinet:  Missouri hospitals say they're ready for emergency
          Fox 26 (St. Joseph):  In visit to Rosecrans, Graves and Hartzler praise role of air base
          P-D:  Area incumbents winning congressional money chase;  Clay, Wagner, Luetkemeyer have "no serious opposition"
          P-D:  Ann Wagner to skip League of Women Voters forum;  Opponent not happy
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 3
          The Missouri Times:  3rd Quarter fundraising takeaways:  Statewide races, Missouri Senate, big spenders
          The Missouri Times:  October 15 filing breakdown:  Sorted by leadership, competitive races, and those who've received $50K+ contributions
          The Missouri Times:  October filings:  Active Missouri House campaign committees
          The Missouri Times:  October filings:  Active Missouri Senate campaign committees
          CDT:  Sinquefield donations to Hanaway, Schaefer put focus on 2016 GOP battles X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jill Schupp talks about her campaign for 24th Senate district;  Jay Ashcroft declines opportunity to appear on separate podcast
          P-D:  John Diehl joins Husch Blackwell
          Drebes:  Chuck Simino has left his position as president of Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association
          P-D:  Auditor Tom Schweich:  Missouri taxpayers need more protection from brownfield tax credits
          SE Missourian:  With new state laws in effect, city council will grapple with its ban on open carry +
          Missourinet:  Legislators asked to protect kids who testify about abuse;  Comments from Missouri Kids First's Emily van Schenkhof
          P-D:  Support cracks cause MoDOT to remove some Highway 40 soundwall panels
          KWMU:  Law enforcement officials discuss dealing with hateful words, physical violence from protesters
          Webster-Kirkwood Times:  Ferguson protests come to Old Webster
          Washington Times:  Black voters rejecting Democratic Party in Ferguson:  "It's time to send a message"
          CDT:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) speaks to League of Women Voters klatch about Ferguson X
          CDT endorsement:  No on Amendment 6 X
          JCNT editorial:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) has a sensible proposal for prosecutors X
          P-D op-ed:  Sierra Club's John Hickey:  Congress should not starve Missouri parks of resources
          SNL letter:  Area woman says Billy Long's impending re-election makes her "so sad" X
          KC Star letter:  Vote no on early-voting amendment +
          P-D letter:  Protesters should trying raising up a community, not tearing one down
          P-D letter:  Female rabbi, other clergy lecturing police should stop being religious bullies
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        Thursday, October 16
       
KSDK:  National Institute of Health director tours Wash U Med School with Blunt, says Ebola vaccine was delayed
          P-D:  Blunt says U.S. seems to be a step late in dealing with Ebola
          Lake Expo:  Lake Ozark joins chorus against EPA's redefinition of waters
          The Manteater:  Columbia Farmers Market will receive $13K as part of grant state was given by USDA
          KFEQ (St. Joseph):  Audio:  Missouri Farmers Care's Dan Kleinsorge on HSUS' "last-ditch effort" to overthrow results on Amendment 1
          AP:  Anti-Amendment 3 campaign gets $1.7M
          Kraske:  Jay Nixon (finally) opens his wallet (a little) for his fellow Dems +
          KC Star:  Rex Sinquefield donates $750K to Catherine Hanaway's campaign for governor +
          AP:  Hanaway's governor bid gets $750K from Rex Sinquefield
          KWMU:  Tom Schweich campaign criticizes Catherine Hanaway over contribution, says Rex Sinquefield "appears to be attempting to buy Missouri government"
          KWMU:  Libertarian state auditor candidate speculates that Tom Schweich may be running for governor;  Missouri Democratic Party doesn't return calls for comment
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt has record-breaking fundraising quarter, now has $1.58M for treasurer bid
          JCNT:  Kehoe leads area candidates in fundraising;  More on Backer vs. Fitzwater, other local races X
          KC Star:  Liberal group Progress Missouri files ethics complaint over lobbyist gifts to legislators +
          AP:  Matt Blunt ends old campaign committee, transfers $110,546 to brother Andy
          The Missouri Times:  10 Questions with Aaron Willard of Grow Missouri
          The Maneater:  Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) and Tigers Advancing Political Participation (TAPP) register 700 students for midterm election
          Drebes:  End of an era:  Terry Spieler, the revered Secretary of the Senate, will retire in December
          CDT:  Not-for-profit appeals syllabi case against university X
          P-D:  Teacher's group takes fight with UM system to state Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Condemned man asks Missouri Supreme Court for new trial, says his "panic attacks" kept him from participating in his defense
          KWMU:  Schweich deems gated parking lot on Washington Avenue should be public
          P-D:  Washington Avenue parking lot fleeced public, state auditor says
          Brownfield Ag News:  MoDOT waives weight limits for Missouri farmers hauling crops
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation scaling back captive deer proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters draws 27 to kibitz about Ferguson;  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) attends, shares thoughts
          AP:  Slay to take time out of work day to meet with young Ferguson protesters
          P-D:  Michael Brown attorney speaks at diversity meeting, calls again for Darren Wilson to be arrested
          P-D:  Witness adds new perspective to Ferguson shooting, regurgitates line from rapper Drake's Billboard Top 40 single:  "Went from zero to 100 like that"
          P-D endorsement:  No on Amendment 6
          P-D endorsement:  No on Amendment 10
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area teacher opposes Amendment 3
          JCNT letter:  Putting tough decisions before voters - rather than passing them through House and Senate - shows that legislators are spineless and/or lazy X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County military veteran encourages Michael Brown's family to reclaim their son's name from flag-burners, thieves, arsonists, political opportunists and other miscreants
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        Wednesday, October 15
       
P-D:  Missouri still processing Medicaid applications from Healthcare.gov
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri Department of Insurance teams up with Primaris to help explain Medicare open enrollment to elderly
          KMBZ:  On Ebola, Cleaver says airport screening may need ramping up (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          KBIA:  How Title IX changes could help address sexual assault on campus
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 2
          SE Missourian:  Jackson School Board passes resolution against Amendment 3 +
          KWMU:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) reports record-setting sum for 2016 bid for treasurer
          Drebes:  Koster and Maxwell dine in public at popular Jeff City eatery, leading to speculation about a Maxwell lt. gov run
          CDT:  49th District race tests appeal of Democrats in rural Missouri:  Travis Fitzwater (R) vs. Gracia Backer (D) X
          The Missouri Times:  Club for Growth creates ads tailored for Missouri regions
          Missourinet:  "Right to Farm," passed by voters in August, challenged in court;  Comments from Wes Shoemyer
          KC Jewish Chronicle:  Jewish legislator takes the lead in Missouri on gun violence;  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) says she hears her colleagues make anti-Semitic comments on the House floor (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Missourinet:  Committee to recommend better Missouri Water Patrol training
          KC Star:  Missouri state troopers need more training to work on water, Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) says +
          P-D:  Missouri troopers lacked training on water before May drowning, sergeant testifies
          AP:  Missouri water patrolman calls training deficient
          P-D:  Rigor of top St. Louis Public Schools is bringing results
          KWMU:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) will introduce "ban the box" legislation next year;  City Hall lets job seekers skip criminal past on applications
          The Missouri Times:  Slay, Nasheed unveil "ban the box"
          Washington Post:  Black voters in St. Louis County direct their anger at the Democratic Party
          KWMU:  Protesters infiltrate area Dem event, cause disturbance that leads to spilled wine;  Event featured McCaskill, Joe Maxwell, Gov. Mel Carnahan's kids and their mom
          AP:  Test shows gunshot residue on St. Louis suspect;  Jeff Roorda (D) says pols blaming police are "irresponsible and despicable"
          KWMU:  Police union comments on gun residue evidence;  Jeff Roorda (D) says budding criminal Vonderrit Myers "is not a victim, this is a victim-maker ... this is not a martyr"
          P-D:  Forensic evidence shows Vonderrit Myers fired at St. Louis officer;  Union calls protesters' alibis "silly"
          P-D:  Video:  Police discuss Vonderrit Myers' shooting
          KTVI:  Video:  Fox 2 obtains new evidence about Vonderrit Myers' criminal record;  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D) calls Jeff Roorda (D) on camera
          KTVI:  Photos, video:  Vonderrit Myers showed off his guns before shooting
          Socialist Worker:  Protests not a moment, but a movement;  Vonderrit Myers' gun was only a sandwich:  Kareem Jackson (rap name Tef Poe) to police:  "Stop killing us, motherf-ckers. We don't got [sic] the guns."
          KC Star:  Koster says Missouri must provide scholarships - or loan forgiveness - to encourage more blacks to become officers +
          P-D:  Clergy-led protest raises questions over nature of repentance;  Rabbi Susan Talve says police are part of system that conspires to "use young black people as an ATM"
          P-D:  Tom Morello promotes song he wrote about Ferguson;  Harlem-born musician, now 50, once played guitar for Rage Against the Machine
          P-D endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 2
          P-D endorsement:  No on Amendment 3
          P-D editorial:  From protest to progress:  What Ferguson can learn from Joplin
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Amendment 10 would throw state budget out of whack
          CDT op-ed:  MU journalism icon Phill Brooks:  When even Jay Nixon moves on gay marriage, you know the times are a-changin' X
          Jensen:  Left-wing groups and their paid protesters co-opt Ferguson movement;  When grand jury decision on "gentle giant" robber is announced, protests may turn violent +
          P-D letter:  Boeing deal is the nature of the beast in business
          P-D letter:  Response to Normandy-Francis Howell story:  You can't blame parents for sending their kids to civilization
          P-D letter:  Money from bank fine ends up paying ACORN-type activists
          P-D letter:  Photo caption calling Cornel West's instigation "ministering" shows how silly journalists can be
          P-D letter:  Who's to blame for Vonderrit Myers' death?  The criminal himself.
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        Tuesday, October 14
       
Breitbart:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) skips Chamber of Commerce candidate forum;  Opponent unhappy, says incumbent has obligation to attend
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R) skips League of Women Voters candidate forum;  Event organizer unhappy, says incumbents have obligation to debate also-rans X
          KC Star:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D) says he considered taking on Peter Kinder in 2016, but passed +
          P-D:  SOS Jason Kander opposes Amendment 6 early-voting proposal
          Missourinet:  Pro-life, pro-choice groups hope 72-hour waiting period is a turnout tool
          The Missouri Times:  A look at campaign ads in Paul Wieland vs. Jeff Roorda, Jill Schupp vs. Jay Ashcroft
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  District 94 GOP candidate Cloria Brown
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  District 94 Dem candidate Vicki Englund
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  District 14 GOP candidate Kevin Corlew
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  District 14 Dem candidate Stephanie Isaacson
          The Missouri Tiems:  Q&A:  District 35 Dem candidate Kenneth Duvall
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  ACLU Executive Director Jeffrey Mittman
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  ACLU seeks state legislative lobbyist for six-month contract;  Missouri Community College Association seeks new executive director
          AP:  Review of Missouri water patrol merger continues
          CDT:  Yoga studio owner wins case over worker status;  At Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations hearings, area woman argued instructors are individual contractors and not employees X
          SE Missourian:  Office of Public Counsel files new proposal to lower Noranda power rates +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri dairy industry shaken in 2014
          Missourinet:  Vote to come this week on Missouri captive deer regs
          P-D:  State asks Bridgeton Landfill owners to do more to keep fire from spreading
          KC Star:  Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Rep. Stacey Newman (D) et al. gather in Kansas City +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) want special prosecutors in all police shootings
          P-D:  Protester updates:  Groups infiltrate Democratic fundraiser, march at Plaza Frontenac;  Goal was to make people "feel uncomfortable ... we feel uncomfortable every day"
          AP:  Protest update:  Groups hang banner at Rams game, show up at Dem fundraiser, lay down during the workday outside local employer Emerson
          AP:  Dozens arrested on 4th day of protests;  Group visits City Hall, demands meeting with mayor when mayor isn't there
          AP:  Veteran socialist Cornel West, 61, succeeds in getting arrested
          AP:  Protesters obtain upper-deck Rams tickets, hang banners and march around upper-deck aisle
          P-D:  Activists tally #FergusonOctober's strengths, weaknesses
          P-D:  Weariness of Ferguson protests grows;  Comments from business owners, other productive Ferguson residents
          P-D endorsement:  No on Amendment 3
          CDT's Waters:  Codify early voting now, then let the Legislature sort out the details X
          P-D op-ed:  Gyno, pediatrician want MO delegation to extend Medicaid payment increase
          P-D letter:  Protesters' marches should be classified as domestic terrorism
          P-D letter:  We're ignoring the criminal element in our communities;  Both black and white families seek to flee savagery
          P-D letters:  Protesters somehow forget to target drug dealers, dropouts and droopy drawers
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        Monday, October 13
       
Fulton Sun:  Blaine Luetkemeyer comments on EPA's proposed change to definition of 'waters'
        Lebanon Daily Record:  Luetkemeyer to speak at GOP dinner next week
        P-D:  Missouri aid for Boeing jobs might be a good deal, or not
        KRES (Moberly):  Sturgeon School District opposes Amendment 3
        Drebes:  Dems target GOP Reps. Gary Cross, Chrissy Sommer
        AP:  Missouri Department of Insurance offers to deal with seniors wanting Medicare benefits explained to them
        P-D:  Declines run the table at all St. Louis area casinos
        P-D:  After troubles at Normandy Middle, a return to Francis Howell;  12-year-old girl was punched and choked before finding refuge in civilized St. Charles County district
        P-D:  Protesters stage sit-in at Saint Louis University
        P-D:  Live protest updates
        KWMU:  Live updates:  Saint Louis University deals with protesters
        AP:  Officers use pepper spray to subdue protesters, arrest 17
        KWMU:  Young protesters take stage at event;  Rapper Tef Poe:  "This ain't your daddy's civil rights movement ... We aint' never [sic] going to go back in the damn house"
        P-D:  Department of Justice's Community Relations Service seeks to deal with Ferguson;  Comments from Dem committeewoman Patricial "Patricialicious" Bynes
        SNL's Christine Temple:  Reaction to McCaskill campus tour:  "If one in five" women are sexually assaulted, then something needs to happen now X
        KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  Moms Demand Action, others host gun-violence forum today +
        P-D letter:  Police deal with huge population of potential cop-killers:  gang members and wannabes, head cases, dopeheads and other miscreants
        P-D letter:  With its anti-police sentiment, Post-Dispatch is endangering decent peoples' lives
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        Sunday, October 12
       
P-D:  Open enrollment for health coverage draws near
        P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Analysis of health-care sign-ups shows success, challenges;  Missouri legislators to blame for not expanding Medicaid
        P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Area agencies win grants to advise people on purchasing health plans;  Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, others receive money
        KTVO:  McCaskill sexual-assault tour makes stop in Kirksville
        AP:  Overview:  Amendment 6:  Early voting
        JCNT:  Battle over name a sidelight to judges' race;  Lobbyist Randy Scherr uses version of James Harris' "Better Courts" name X
        Washington Missourian:  County health director says Nixon has restricted funding that pays for "critical" services
        Washington Missourian:  Area legislators consider review of Missouri Lottery
        KC Star:  The hunt is on in Missouri:  Open season to shoot wild animals +
        P-D:  Protesters target QuikTrip on South Vandeventer, throw rocks at police
        KWMU:  Live updates from Ferguson October
        P-D:  Protesters congregate, march in downtown St. Louis
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of national Ferguson protest coverage
        KWMU:  Police appreciation drive aims to show support for those forced to deal with protesters;  Ferguson P.D. accepting donations;  Pro-Darren Wilson event held in St. Charles
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Don't play politics with funding for the A+ Program
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Media needs to start highlighting positive aspects of St. Louis City;  Visitors should use common sense and avoid bad areas at night
        JCNT editorial:  Annual National Newspaper Week editorial X
        CDT op-ed:  Med school student:  Missouri needs prescription drug database X
        P-D's Ken Leiser:  Despite MoDOT's claims, I-70 is in fine shape
        SNL's Paul Berry:  Printing mug shot galleries is not very nice, and the News-Leader is going to stop doing it X
        P-D letter:  Response to P-D editorial on Nixon, Boeing and "Flip-flop on favors"
        KC Star letters:  If you let teachers carry guns, they just might shoot themselves;  Amendment 3 doesn't make sense +
        P-D letter:  Webster Groves teacher opposes Amendment 3
        P-D letter:  Calling vandals and looters "protesters" gives criminals a nice name
        P-D letter:  Florissant man notes that Ferguson complainer featured in P-D picture is not very good at spelling
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        Saturday, October 11
       
Roll Call:  Blunt, other Senate GOP leaders hit the campaign trail
          SE Missourian:  Sabreliner president wants to continue rebuilding in Perryville;  Comments from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) +
          P-D:  Boeing lays off 90 in St. Louis
          Washington Post:  "She the People" blog:  McCaskill visits Missouri college campuses to get input on sexual assault bill
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill shines spotlight on dark issue:  Campus sexual assault
          KCUR:  McCaskill hears from Avila students about sexual assault
          Truman Index:  McCaskill visits Truman to discuss sexual assault prevention
          P-D:  Map:  A look at where the people who have signed up for Obamacare live
          CDT:  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren (D) opposes early-voting amendment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren says early-voting amendment is wrong for Missouri
          Drebes:  Big-ticket fundraiser, support from GOP leaders shows Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) is on the rise
          P-D:  'Grow More' public events not so public;  Reporter says she can't get her hands on a tour schedule
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood, other pro-choice groups say 72-hour waiting period will reduce access to abortions
          KOMU:  Missouri "No Child Left Behind" waiver allows changes in education
          P-D:  Public counsel:  Cut Noranda rate during Ameren rate case
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court to hear appeal of condemned inmate Jesse Driskill
          KC Star:  The new normal for Missouri hunters:  Fewer deer;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation +
          AP:  Cooler temperatures, precipitation help subdue start of protest weekend
          AP:  Protests expand across St. Louis
          P-D:  Protesters march in Ferguson, Clayton to start Ferguson October Weekend
          KWMU:  Live updates:  Ferguson October Protest Weekend begins
          P-D:  Live updates:  Tweets from Ferguson October Protest Weekend
          P-D:  At start of Ferguson October, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson calls for civilized behavior
          P-D:  Florissant police car window shattered while traveling along Interstate 70
          KWMU:  St. Louis police now encrypting radio traffic after protesters listened in
          P-D:  St. Louis police encrypting radio to foil protesters
          P-D:  3 1/2 months before shooting at police officer, Vonderrit Myers and friends piled 5-deep in a gold Buick Regal and led police on chase
          P-D:  Jim Edmonds says he was nearby when Vonderrit Myers opened fire upon police officer
          P-D:  Ferguson spokesman with a criminal past now out of a job
          P-D:  Rand Paul makes campaign stop in Ferguson, meets with NAACP and others
          P-D editorial:  Gun docket in St. Louis might have saved Vonderrit Myers' life - by making sure he was locked up for his summertime crime
          P-D editorial:  Red October meets #FergusonOctober
          P-D letter:  Response to Doe Run letter:  Lead has made many creature comforts possible
          P-D letter:  St. Ann sexagenarian dispenses traffic wisdom:  If scofflaws don't want speeding tickets, then they shouldn't break the law
          P-D letter:  Protesters disrupting symphony performance should have been arrested
          P-D letter:  Ferguson October protesters seek to give city a black eye;  Whiners could do something constructive, but would rather stomp and shout and wait for someone else to fix things
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        Friday, October 10
       
KRZK (Branson):  Blunt weighs in on government regulations, energy policy, marijuana, more
          JCNT:  Missouri business, farm groups question EPA rules X
          KWMU:  At Show-Me Institute event, Rand Paul says Wall Street "correction" evidence of Democrats' missteps
          Missourinet:  Same-sex couples to get state benefits
          AP:  State benefits extended to gay spouses
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster vs. Tim Jones on gay marriage;  Barnes on Ebola +
          KC Star:  In a low-profile year, the stakes of this year's Missouri legislative races are high +
          AP:  Rep. Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie) pleads guilty to DWI charges
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 10:  Limiting a governor's withholding powers
          KWMU:  Schweich launches audits of municipal courts in Ferguson and six other area cities
          P-D:  Schweich announces audits of St. Louis-area municipal courts
          The Missouri Times:  Schweich announces Municipal Courts Initiative
          Washington Missourian:  A+ Program to be cut after state budget shortfall
          P-D:  Normandy parents and students criticize state oversight of school district
          AP:  Health agencies ask Nixon to release funds
          Missourinet:  Plan to replace Missouri's maximum security mental hospital updated
          Fulton Sun:  Draft designs for Fulton State Hospital unveiled
          P-D:  Fulton State Hospital patients could move to new facility in 2018
          P-D:  Commission claims savings in new Missouri lottery contract
          AP:  Missouri Lottery expects savings with new contract
          P-D:  Dozens of Missouri state license offices being rebid
          Washington Missourian:  No funding for initial study of Route 47
          P-D:  St. Louis City protest update:  Protesters block traffic, steal American flag from nursing home and burn it, throw bricks through window of area home and a business, more
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Live blog:  Protesters burn American flags, break windows of area pharmacy, more
          USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor:  Video:  Protesters chant ditty whilst burning American flag:  "They don't give us our s#!t?/We gon' burn this s#!t down!"
          KWMU:  Live blog:  Protester puts Post-Dispatch reporter in headlock, tries to steal her phone;  Bricks, knife thrown at police;  Officer injured;  More
          KWMU:  Protesters burn flags:  "This flag doesn't cover people of color"
          AP:  Angry protesters yell at riot police
          P-D:  Teen who shot at police officer was awaiting trial on gun case;  Roorda (D):  "These people have the opportunity to lead and urge calm ... and instead they are using this for their own political purposes"
          P-D:  Teen who fired at officer died from gunshot to right cheek
          KWMU:  Organization for Black Struggle, ACORN/MORE, others plan "Ferguson October;:  Activists from throughout the country to descend upon St. Louis
          P-D:  Police brace for weekend of protests in St. Louis;  Ferguson Dem committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes:  "I'm glad that they're going places other than Ferguson"
          AP:  Koster holding second urban policing forum
          KWMU:  Civil rights leaders renew push to end racial profiling
          CDT:  MU students commemorate Ferguson with 'die-in,' try out their poetry X
          KWMU:  How Ferguson contracted with a high-priced company to search its e-mails
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Robert Knodell:  Three big mistakes campaigns make
          P-D op-ed:  Environmental lawyer Rob Schneiders:  Big Ag, the Missouri River, and the lawsuit against the Corps
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Liberal group's scorecard ranks area Democrats high, Republicans low +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  McCaskill's sexual-assault tour stops in Columbia
          Dana Loesch:  Video:  Thoughts on keyboard activists' Shaw-shooting "snacktivism," St. Louis leadership, more :  "You can't save a city that doesn't want to be saved"
          KC Star letter:  Center for Consumer Freedom on California egg lawsuit +
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        Thursday, October 9
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Coverage gap series:  Comments from Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale, Wash U's Tim McBride, area women who can't pay their bills
          P-D:  St. Louis hospitals take Ebola precautions;  Wagner wants tougher travel restrictions
          Missourinet:  Washington University professor says Missourians largely safe from Ebola
          Drebes:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) wants Ebola plan for Missouri
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith will talk Obama, regulations at GOP Women's Club on Friday +
          KC Star:  McCaskill's tour on campus sexual assault comes to Kansas City +
          SNL:  McCaskill hears from area college students on sexual assault legislation X
          KSMU:  McCaskill queries university, law enforcement officials on Title IX policy
          Maryville Daily Forum:  McCaskill brings gender violence fight to Northwest Missouri State
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill quizzes gathering about campus sexual assaults X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  McCaskill leads talk on sexual assaults
          SNL:  Blunt:  Federal military equipment program saves lives X
          KOLR:  Blunt holds law enforcement listening session
          KY3:  Blunt, area law enforcement hold closed-door meeting
          P-D:  D.C. insider magazine names Blunt a top cook, McCaskill among "Tweet Fail" worst
          SE Missourian:  Anti-Amendment 3 group says its volunteers make 10,000 - 12,000 phone calls every night +
          The Missouri Times:  10 Questions with Jill Schupp
          The Missouri Times:  10 Questions with Jay Ashcroft
          CDT:  Schweich urges defeat of Dems' "rising star" John Wright X
          KWMU:  Koster under fire from conservatives over support for gay marriage
          KODE (Joplin):  Nixon discusses auto industry growth in Carthage
          Missourinet:  Missouri's 72-hour abortion wait already having impact
          The Missouri Times:  Virtual school fall enrollment ends today
          AP:  Missouri seeking federal preschool grant
          AP:  State Dept. of Higher Education to send volunteers to help low-income students fill out college applications
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission hires Whitney Payne, has light agenda
          Missourinet:  MoDOT stocks up for winter
          SNL:  State offers tips to safely handle animal carcasses X
          Missourinet:  St. Louis officer fatally shoots one, angry protests follow
          P-D:  Teen shoots at off-duty officer, but gun jams;  VonDerrit Myers was "no stranger to law enforcement"
          KWMU:  Off-duty St. Louis officer involved in fatal shooting;  Protesters say VonDerrit Myers' 9mm Ruger pistol was actually a sandwich
          KWMU:  Live updates:  Crowd chants call-and-response dittys, police vehicles vandalized, more
          P-D:  Slay joins Clinton, Holder in calling for sensitivity, training after Ferguson
          KWMU:  St. Louis County election board acknowledges error:  There was no surge of voter registrations in Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) is right - Missouri's film tax-credit program should be revived
          KC Star editorial:  Chris Koster lays an egg, but how much did his foolish lawsuit cost? +
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to take Sunshine Law seriously
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Boeing announcement will have positive impact on entire metro region
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Annual National Newspaper Week editorial
          Priddy:  Amalgamated notes:  Retirement;  Koster might become a Jay Nixonesque stonewaller;  GOP funding of local judge candidate;  Cards-Royals;  more
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Republicans in Kansas, Missouri are wrong about tax breaks +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Missouri needs tax cuts, not tax breaks
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City man says it's time to stop electing old people +
          P-D letter:  Area conservative says column on Cleveland academy shows what public schools could be like
          CDT letter:  Amid lottery shell game, cuts to A+ program are absurd X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missourians should tell Nixon they prefer wind and solar energy over fossil fuels
          JCNT letter:  Response to Missouri Restaurant Association letter on Ameren rates X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Department of Conservation should address giggers inadvertently killing smallmouth bass
          P-D letter:  Newspaper should coverage important issues, not giggers
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        Wednesday, October 8  Voter-registration deadline for Nov. 4 election
       
Sedalia Democrat:  Hartzler:  ISIL a 'threat of a lifetime'
          AP:  New charges for man who threw Molotov cocktails at Cleaver's office
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill's campus-sexual-assault tour +
          KC Star:  Marine Corps signs 15-year lease at South Kansas City site;  Comments from McCaskill +
          KOLR:  Missouri's senators in Springfield today - Blunt meeting with law enforcement, McCaskill talking campus sexual assault
          CDT:  McCaskill questions students, police about sexual assault at MU tour X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill talks campus "rape culture" and legislation
          The Maneater:  McCaskill visits MU to discuss sexual violence
          AP:  McCaskill discusses sexual assaults
          KOMU:  McCaskill stresses proposed bill to combat sexual assault
          CDT:  Ruling leaves Missouri gays in 'tricky place' legally, ACLU says X
          P-D:  Ethanol group says St. Louisans aren't getting fair price on E85
          Missourinet:  Schweich:  Some closed meetings shouldn't be
          SE Missourian:  SEMO flagged in state Sunshine Law audit +
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Union rally in dowtown St. Louis draws 100;  Home-care workers call on Nixon to give them higher pay
          The Missouri Times:  Home-care workers rally downtown
          The Maneater:  Missouri State Lottery Commission created;  Changes came after Nixon ordered a report
          KOMU:  Electronic signs along I-70 discourage distracted driving
          AP:  Missouri highway signs focus attention on road
          CDT:  County endorses Grain Belt Express transmission line X
          P-D:  No dramatic spike in Ferguson voter registrations after all, election board says
          AP:  St. Louis County Election Director Rita Heard Days corrects voter-registration number:  Ferguson has seen 128 registrations, not 3,287
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Ferguson sees lots of protesters but few new voters +
          Reuters:  Missouri police plan for riots if Officer Darren Wilson is not charged;  Worker at store where Mike Brown stole Swisher Sweets:  "I'm ready to shoot anyone looking for trouble"
          P-D:  Organization for Black Struggle, "Hands Up United," ACORN, others hold events this weekend;  Groups call for activists from throughout the country to attend
          P-D:  Ferguson residents attend third closed-door meeting with city officials to discuss racism, white privilege, etc.
          The Maneater:  Nixon creates Office of Community Engagement to focus on low-income and minority communities
          P-D:  Monsanto pledges $1 million to Ferguson, North County communities
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill's college tour gives sexual violence deserved attention +
          P-D editorial:  Nixon fine with favors, as long as he's handing them out
          SNL's Jess Rollins:  Retiring Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff's focus always on fair elections X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute Joseph Miller:  A lesson for Missouri:  Indiana toll road bankruptcy highlights privatization advantages X
          SNL letter:  Critic of Billy Long wants incumbent to pay more attention to opponent X
          KC Star letters:  Koster should have sided with hens over agriculture interests;  No on Amendment 2;  Graves should stop criticizing the EPA +
          P-D letter:  Ahead of Darren Wilson verdict riots, Missouri Bar should try to educate public on how a grand jury works
          P-D letter:  PFLAG's Dean Rosen:  When a 3- or 4-year-old insists they're the opposite gender, that child is not going through a phase
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        Tuesday, October 7
       
KWMU:  Boeing's announcement of 700 new jobs offers promise of more;  Nixon, Wagner, Speaker Jones, Tom Dempsey, municipal leaders attend
          Missourinet:  With projected additions, Boeing could tap new Missouri incentives
          P-D:  Boeing moves 777X work to St. Louis, creating 700 jobs
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon, Boeing announce 700 new jobs
          AP:  Boeing to add 700 jobs in St. Louis
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on Boeing;  Sinquefield's influence;  Michael Brown protesters' prerogative to "burn our whole state down" +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster a top headliner choice for Dem campaign events
          The Missouri Times:  House race tip sheet:  Toss-ups, Leans-R, Leans-D, more
          KC Star:  Voter-registration deadline approaches +
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill touts campus safety in SEMO visit +
          KWMU:  At Harris-Stowe, McCaskill says she wants stronger, more sympathetic response to victims of campus sexual assault
          KBIA:  MU Clery reports precede McCaskill's Title IX talk in Columbia
          P-D:  Missouri sexually violent predator trials to be put on hold for class action lawsuit
          The Missouri Times:  Koster won't appeal same-sex marriage ruling
          AP:  Same-sex marriage advocates hopeful in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Koster will not appeal ruling that Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages
          KC Star:  Court ruling makes same-sex marriages more likely in Kansas, perhaps Missouri +
          AP:  New ads from Club for Growth target Nixon over budget cuts
          KC Star:  Gifts from Missouri lawmakers are not always easy to track +
          The Missouri Times:  Jane Drummond joins Missouri Hospital Association as VP of legal affairs/general counsel
          Missourinet:  High prices for propane could return to Missouri this winter
          CDT:  Ameren offers unused rail line for conversion to trail X
          KWMU:  Michael Brown's parents renew call for special prosecutor;  McCaskill defends McCulloch
          P-D:  Federal judge bars police from forcing protesters to 'keep moving' in Ferguson
          AP:  Judge bars 'keep moving' rule in Ferguson
          AP:  Voter registration rises in Ferguson
          P-D editorial:  Supreme Court decides gay marriage issue by declining to decide
          Shelly:  Chris Koster's silly egg lawsuit gets scrambled;  Missouri's attorney general should consider things from the perspective of a crampy hen +
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Plan to end Missouri Lottery likely to go nowhere +
          KC Star letter:  Amendment 3 would take away teachers' feeling of security +
          P-D letter:  MoDOT, not contractors, should make the call in asphalt vs. concrete debate
          P-D letter:  Editorial board's amnesty plea should extend to delinquent scofflaws of all races
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man can't get protesters' song out of his head
          P-D letter:  After Symphony incident, Clayton woman wonders where protesters will strike next
          P-D letter:  Area reverend says Symphony protesters' approach seeks division, not healing
          Disclosure


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        Monday, October 6
       
KWMU:  Overview:  Clay, Luetkemeyer, Wagner re-elections
          Kraske:  McCaskill slams National Guard 'betrayal;'  Biden visits Joplin +
          P-D:  Schweich prepares for governor's race;  One-time opponent Rep. Jay Swearingen (D-Kansas City) says Schweich "seems to be doing really good as auditor ... I think he'd make a good governor"
          Drebes:  SOS shuffle:  Abe Rakov bumped up to Deputy Secretary of State, with Casey Clark taking his place as chief of staff
          Missourinet:  MU prof Peverill Squire:  Despite primary losses and Grow Missouri's "faux pas," Sinquefield will influence Missouri politics for as long as he wants
          AP:  No challenge expected on Missouri abortion law
          KODE (Joplin):  More than 100 take part in Life Chain pro-life sign-waving event
          SE Missourian:  A look at how Missouri State Teachers Association and Missouri NEA work +
          AP:  Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Dan Knight wants more aid for Missouri victims
          JCNT:  Public Service Commission decisions don't please everyone;  Comments from FERAF's Chris Roepe, Noranda, Libla, Holsman X
          Missourinet:  Ameren sees sun, wind, natural gas energy in its future
          KODE (Joplin):  Missouri Department of Conservation encourages hunters to donate portion of harvested animals
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Conservation says giggers are selective group of fishermen;  Brave souls endure harsh conditions, kill bottom-feeding suckers via a blow behind the head
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Thousands headed into Busch Stadium tonight could be met by Michael Brown protesters
          USA Today:  Ferguson city officials, police prepare for the worst as they brace for four days of protest events this week X
          P-D:  Protester group renews call for arrest of Officer Darren Wilson
          Student Life (Washington University):  Ferguson-inspired 'Catharsis' open-mic event draws few attendees;  Less than two dozen "spoke, sang or slammed" their emotions
          SE Missourian editorial:  Annual register-to-vote/voting-is-civic-duty/read-the-newspaper piece +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans can't hide the fact that Obamacare is working
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT closing trail to accomodate bridge construction is a bummer, but necessary
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Certain urban daily newspapers are struggling to maintain revenue and subscribers, but the Washington Missourian is thriving
          SNL op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Missouri Department of Social Services is failing too many Missourians X
          JCNT letter:  Retired teacher opposes Amendment 3 X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice's Mary Clemons:  The only "Great Idea" John Diehl needs to embrace is Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Doe Run VP Matthew Wohl responds to P-D editorial on Coldwater Creek
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