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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
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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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        Sunday, October 5
       
SNL:  Taking a deeper look at how to judge lawmakers' effectiveness;  Comments from University of Virginia prof, McCaskill's John LaBombard X
          CDT:  McCaskill to visit MU for sexual assault conversation tour X
          CDT:  Fourth District Democrat explains personal budgeting problems, DWI, inability to pay rent;  Nate Irvin says he could have defeated incumbent Hartzler, if only he had $250K X
          KC Star:  Hartzler disagrees with Jackson County judge on gay marriage +
          SNL:  Statewide pension shortfall:  $16 billion X
          JCNT:  Missouri legislators hope to see film tax credit return X
          AP:  Loose e-cigarette laws may be hard to tighten
          Drebes:  S.O.S at DSS:  Director Brian Kinkade says things will be fixed by "the beginning of 2016"
          JCNT:  Rails-to-trails project chugs along;  Ameren confirms talks with Missouri DNR about bike path X
          JCNT:  State employee profile:  Ricardo Morris, MoDOT's app man X
          KC Star:  Number of Missourians defaulting on student loans drops slightly;  Comments from Higher Education Commissioner David Russell +
          P-D:  Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex/Asexual education:  Area third-grader has decided she is a boy, uses boys' bathroom;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association
          The Pitch (KC):  Decades, gravity unkind to ex-crush of Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) (link via Progress Missouri's Sean Nicholson)
          P-D:  Michael Brown protesters interrupt St. Louis Symphony performance, exit chanting "Black lives matter"
          KWMU:  Ferguson protesters interrupt St. Louis Symphony performance
          P-D:  Slay to speak at Ferguson-related conference featuring Bill Clinton, Holder
          P-D:  Future transit hub slated for North County;  Ferguson location was chosen prior to riots
          SE Missourian endorsement:  No on Amendment 3 (teacher evaluations) +
          SNL endorsement:  No on Amendment 3 (teacher evaluations) X
          KC Star endorsement:  No on Amendment 6 (early voting) +
          SNL letter:  Lifelong friend of congressional candidate is voting for him X
          Missouri Retired Teachers Association:  Anti-Amendment 3 talking points for letters to the editor (plus poll-tested info on messages that won't work)
          KC Star letter:  Linda McNicholas uses verbatim talking points from document above +
          SE Missourian "Speak Out":  Verbatim anti-Amendment 3 messages from talking-points document above +
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        Saturday, October 4
       
KODE:  VP Joe Biden speaks at Joplin High School dedication ceremony
          Missourinet:  VP Joe Biden helps dedicate Joplin High School, tech center
          AP:  Biden praises Joplin at school dedication
          USA Today:  Army National Guard officials plead guilty in recruiting, bribery scam;  Comments from McCaskill
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill campus tour to stop at SEMO on Monday +
          CDT:  Hartzler opponent says he is frustrated, will continue to pursue her:  "I don't care if I have to follow her around on foot, I will have my day" X
          Kraske:  Missouri Democrats serve Nixon revenge the right way - very, very cold +
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Area brokers, counselors gear up for launch of small business health insurance marketplace
          KWMU:  California judge tosses out Missouri suit against egg-laying restrictions;  HSUS' Joe Maxwell says Chris Koster is not representing people of Missouri
          JCNT:  Federal judge rejects Missouri lawsuit challenging California egg law X
          Missourinet:  Judge rules Missouri must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
          KWMU:  Court orders state of Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages
          AP:  Missouri judge sides with married same-sex couples;  Koster's office reviewing the ruling
          P-D:  Judge orders marriages of Missouri gay couples wed elsewhere to be recognized here
          Drebes:  Mike Gibbons, Tricia Workman leaving Stinson to hang out their own shingle
          KWMU:  Lobbyists have paid for less than $135,000 in Cardinals tickets since 2007;  Members of both parties show appreciation for national pastime
          SE Missourian:  'Gone Girl' filming made $7 million impact on Cape;  A look at studio, MO Dept. of Economic Development numbers +
          CDT:  Enrollment grows at University of Missouri campuses;  MU sets record X
          CDT:  MO DNR to hold hearing on proposed Callaway County hog operation X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County police take over Ferguson security
          P-D:  St. Louis County police to command protest detail in Ferguson
          AP:  Some unhappy about latest round of Ferguson arrests, say police are overreaching
          P-D:  New plaintiffs added to Ferguson protester lawsuit;  Antawn Harris, Nathan Burns, Kia Bowers, Sandy Bowers join group seeking $41.5M
          KC Star endorsements:  Yes on Amendment 2 (sex crimes);  No on Amendment 3 (teacher evaluations);  No on Amendment 10 (governor's withholding power) +
          JCNT editorial:  Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be cautious during harvest season;  Instead of getting cranky and giving dirty looks, give a nod to those who provide your food X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis leads post-Ferguson:  Amnesty is the answer;  People who broke the law and failed to settle up deserve a fresh start
          Sedalia Democrat op-ed:  Vietnam vet takes part in Honor Flight program;  Group is greeted by Sen. Roy Blunt at WWII Memorial
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill extolls the virtues of Senate Women's Caucus:  "It's a chance to talk about our kids, our spouses, our personal lives, and let off steam" +
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment supports new EPA water regulations
          P-D letter:  EPA regulations would drive up energy prices, change Missourians' way of life
          P-D letter:  Dropping the Missouri lottery would equate to a tax increase
          KC Star letter:  Woman who chose to be a home-care attendant is unhappy with her pay, wants more money +
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        Friday, October 3
       
Sedalia Democrat:  Vicky Hartzler to speak on ISIL threat at town hall meeting Tuesday
          AP:  McCaskill contributes another $50K to Missouri Democratic Party, bringing her 2014 total to $340K (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          AP:  Biden to attend Joplin school dedication
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Medicare fines 28 area hospitals in third round of readmission penalties
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri, Illinois care providers received big payday from medical companies
          SE Missourian:  Kerry Messer seeks help from hunters to find wife
          Drebes:  Missouri Right to Life's Dave Plemmons rebuts criticism over endorsements
          CDT:  Rep. John Wright (D-Rocheport), Club for Growth kick off campaign ad buys
          KWMU:  Missouri government's income lags slightly behind what's needed for budget
          The Missouri Times:  State revenue collections increase
          Missourinet:  'Gone Girl' could fuel debate about a gone Missouri tax credit;  Comments from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau)
          P-D:  Common Core hearings marred by confusion, debate over roles
          The Maneater:  Missouri may require high school students take citizenship test
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) looking to reform county prosecutor system
          AP:  Missouri man on death row says police unfairly tracked him down through his cellphone following the killing
          JCNT:  Cellphone tracking challenged in Jeff City murder conviction
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears convicted murderer's appeal
          KBIA:  Missouri Department of Conservation app helps hunters feel nostalgic;  Mechanism can help track number of animals killed
          P-D:  DOJ:  No additional federal funding to cover Ferguson riot-related law enforcement costs
          KSDK:  News station views military equipment used during Ferguson unrest
          KWMU:  KWMU reporter Erica Smith interviews KWMU reporter Jim Howard about how Ferguson is playing out in D.C.
          KWMU:  Rain holds down protest numbers;  15 prove their point by marching through a Walgreens
          KWMU:  Nixon gives $500,000 in TANF-grant funds to Antonio French's group and UMSL
          P-D:  Nixon gives away $500,000 in federal funds;  Comments from Antonio French
          KWMU:  Despite lull in intensity of protests, Ferguson residents hope to leave as soon as possible
          P-D:  Black and blue:  Black Ferguson officer endures slurs, instigatory talk from protesters;  Sgt. Harry Dilworth wonders why rioters didn't fret about other area murders
          KWMU:  Ferguson spokesman details city's future plans, his criminal record
          P-D:  Woman says she did not post tweet about Ferguson grand jury, claims she must have been "hacked"
          P-D:  Schweich to examine court books of Ferguson and nine other systems
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Amendment 3 was poorly crafted and too vague, but Rex Sinquefield and crew will be back to fight on this issue
          P-D editorial:  Hope for cancer sufferers in North St. Louis County;  Area residents seeking credible statistics to back 1950s-pollution blame claims
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Highway Patrol should be meeting with media to establish ground rules for riot coverage
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Lessons learned from Ferguson:  Nixon should appoint commission - composed of law enforcement and reporters - prior to next set of riots
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles wasn't invited to Koster's roundtable in St. Louis;  Kansas City meetings should avoid the same mistake
          P-D letter:  Paper should give more attention to also-ran candidates running quixotic campaigns in gerrymandered districts
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Restaurant Association backs Noranda
          KC Star letters:  More info needed on Ellingson drowning;  People who signed Amendment 3 petition were hoodwinked;  Dems know $15/hr. for burger-flipping won't work
          Washington Missourian letter:  Media tried to incite Ferguson unrest through "shot in the back" untruth, "gentle giant" myth
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        Thursday, October 2
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill's name should be added to list of top seven contenders to run DSCC next cycle
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Obama honors Sporting Kansas City soccer team;  Hartzler's opponent says weed is top issue in 4th Congressional District +
          AP:  McCaskill tour of college towns will focus on campus assaults
          Washington Post:  "She the People" blog:  McCaskill, others call for Alabama judge to step down after domestic violence incident
          AP:  Missouri Dems oppose Amendment 3 (teacher evaluations);  Missouri Republicans endorse Amendment 2 (sex-crime updates)
          Drebes:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce endorses Republicans and Keith English (D-Florissant)
          The Missouri Times:  10 questions with Rep. Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart)
          AP:  Review of Missouri education standards divisive
          Washington Missourian:  District prepares for transition to new teacher evaluation model
          Missourinet:  Missouri committee talks patrol training but not Brandon Ellingson's death
          Missourinet:  Video:  Patrol chief declines questions on Brandon Ellingson
          KC Star:  Missouri House committee opens hearing into Water Patrol merger +
          KWMU:  Legislators question highway patrol over water patrol merger
          JCNT:  Missouri legislators question Patrol merger, training X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers question troopers' training
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers ponder changes to juvenile laws
          AP:  Regulators reject challenge to Ameren power rates
          The Missouri Times:  Public Service Commission sides with Ameren on all fronts
          JCNT:  PSC votes against Noranda twice X
          P-D:  Ameren to replace to coal plants with gas, renewables
          KOMU:  Adding solar, wind power expected to help Ameren customers
          AP:  Ameren plans to reduce coal-fired power plants
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Soybean CEO Gary Wheeler named to Nixon energy steering committee
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Joan Bray's group sues feds over health insurance rate information
          KOMU:  Subcommittee of Missouri Children's Services Commission seeks thoughts on why today's kids are getting fatter by the year
          AP:  SEMA encourages Missourians to take part in earthquake drill
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court refuses to hear Lyft case
          Missourinet:  Woman who claims to know someone on Ferguson grand jury claims there's not enough evidence to pin Darren Wilson
          P-D:  Officials investigating claimed Michael Brown grand jury leak
          AP:  Tweet about Ferguson grand jury sparks probe
          KWMU:  A more diverse police department starts with community conversations, Koster says
          P-D:  Koster holds discussion session about Ferguson
          AP:  Koster panel focuses on police force diversity
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Numbers say KCPD not 'racially representative' of Kansas City amid Koster's focus on law enforcement diversity
          P-D:  Nixon to appear at UMSL, will announce deal with St. Louis City Alderman/Ferguson social media star Antonio French
          Student Life (Washington University):  St. Louis Students in Solidarity joins Organization for Black Struggle in opposing McCulloch, wants administration to insert itself in Ferguson debate
          CDT:  Missouri Press Association elects Jim Robertson next president X
          JCNT editorial:  Dairy/deer snafu underscores need for "clean" legislation X
          P-D editorial:  A parable of St. Louis:  The saga of Ferguson PR contractor Devin James
          CDT cartoon:  Rex Sinquefield goes shopping for reporters X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian believes protesting, talking to friends, sending letters to Missouri congressional offices will affect global climate change
          P-D letter:  Mob mentality threatens decent people seeking to support Ferguson farmer's market
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        Wednesday, October 1
       
P-D:  Blunt heralds Jefferson County port, says it is in prime spot
          SNL:  McCaskill seeks probe of Fort Leonard Wood leaders X
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt files amendment to protect midsize TV markets from FCC
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on media mischaracterizations of police tools;  Grow Missouri cutting PR firm loose +
          P-D:  Sinquefield PAC cuts ties with PR firm over 'indefensible' paid-content offer to reporters
          AP:  Grow Missouri drops PR firm over reporter flap
          SE Missourian:  Voter turnout likely to be lower in November;  Comments from Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers +
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Hartzler's opponent says marijuana is top issue among area voters
          CDT:  Local NEA chapter opposes Amendment 3 X
          The Missouri Times:  Roorda's position with police union, support for Darren Wilson giving him boost in 22nd Senate district
          The Missouri Times:  10 questions with Rep. Paul Wieland (R)
          The Missouri Times:  Sens. Paul LeVota, Joe Keaveny both looking to minority leader spot
          KWMU:  Small group of critics gathers at park to levy accusations against Diehl;  Group includes members of Constitution Party, Ron Calzone, anti-Common Core activists
          Missourinet:  Auditor Tom Schweich:  Missouri pension funds performing better than national average
          P-D:  Schweich pinpoints troubled pension plans
          SNL:  Schweich:  Springfield's pension fix "most aggressive" in state X
          CDT:  City's fire and police pensions on auditor's 'watch list' X
          AP:  Public pension plans on Schweich's watch list
          KWMU:  Speaker-to-be John Diehl calls for doing away with Missouri's 30-year-old lottery
          P-D:  Incoming Speaker of the House wants Missouri Lottery put to a vote
          KWMU:  Missouri Charter Public School Commission begins to take shape
          CDT:  Moberly Area Community College receives $336,000 in federal grant for STEM training X
          P-D:  COO Joe McCarthy retiring from Missouri Foundation for Health
          P-D:  St. Louis area greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2013
          KBIA:  Local pond rated high potential hazard by EPA
          Missourinet:  Sharing roads with Missouri's deer
          KMOX:  Blunt makes stop in St. Louis, speaks to officers about narcotics and police patrols
          KSDK:  Blunt seeks input from local police
          KCUR:  Blunt cool to federal restrictions on police militarization
          P-D:  St. Louis Partnership says Ferguson publicity hampering economic development
          P-D:  Second set of town hall meetings draws smaller but engaged crowds in Ferguson
          KWMU:  ACORN staffs hotline for those arrested in Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson PR consultant lied about having a college degree
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans peddle the big Common Core lie
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City Public Schools march toward full accreditation +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Shake-up can help lottery X
          McClellan:  Nixon should commute sentence of chronically-inept robber
          The Maneater op-ed:  Time for Missouri to legalize LGBTQIA marriage
          CDT's Waters:  Area bar association president is right - Missouri Republicans should support marijuana legalization and gay marriage X
          P-D letter:  Protester grabbing his crotch in public and displaying questionable clothing choices doesn't represent Ferguson
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        Tuesday, September 30
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on Afghanistan's "new normal," more +
        Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Nixon in Afghanistan, talks about Islamic State's effect
        P-D:  St. Louis gay couples challenging marriage laws;  Comments from McCaskill Deputy Chief of Staff Tod Martin
        JCNT:  School board opposes Amendment 3 X
        Drebes:  Missouri Soybean Association hiring for business development, accounting roles
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri public defenders earn less than those in bordering states;  Comments from Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union)
        Missourinet:  Missouri House committee will look at Water Patrol training, not Ellingson drowning
        CDT:  MU receives USDA grant totaling $831,080 X
        AP:  Missouri colleges get $20M from federal grants
        Missourinet:  Unclaimed property auction nets $100,000 for owners
        Missourinet:  Missouri sets new execution date for convicted murderer Leon Taylor
        KY3:  Missouri Department of Conservation's app adds convenience;  New tool can be used to help shooting enthusiasts bring down wild animals
        KWMU:  Blunt says there's misinformation about equipment dispatched during Ferguson unrest
        P-D:  Blunt:  'Misinformation' driving some of the debate about police militarization
        JCNT:  Blunt focuses on lawmen's equipment needs X
        Missourinet:  Blunt talks militarization with police
        KBIA:  In Jefferson City, Blunt talks police tactics
        P-D:  Drug case that won Officer Wilson an award is now at risk;  Ferguson man admits to being a drug dealer, but says it was only to help his family
        KWMU:  Federal judge weighing whether to halt Ferguson's "move along" rule
        P-D:  ACLU wants police banned from keeping Ferguson protesters moving
        P-D:  Ferguson officer had no time to activate camera during shooting
        KWMU:  List of Justice agencies involving themselves in Ferguson dispute
        AP:  Associated Press, others dislike fees charged for Ferguson documents
        Missourinet:  Broadcast media group dislikes what Ferguson is charging for public records, asks Koster to investigate
        AP:  Ferguson keeps working with ousted spokesman
        P-D:  Ferguson protesters claim arrests were orchestrated to squelch dissent
        SE Missourian editorial:  Thank you to schools who teach the news and current events +
        The Standard (MSU) editorial:  Raising the profile of MSU;  With Nixon's vetoes sustained, MSU gets the funds it was banking on
        Messenger:  Sinquefield goes shopping for reporters and comes up empty-handed
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Wild West meme:  Legal battle over Amendment 5 could end with Columbia's version of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"
        Columbia Missourian's Rose Nolen:  Wild West meme:  Octogenarian hopes she's not still hanging around in 25 years, when Missourians start wearing guns on their hip
        KWMU's William Freivogel:  Changing police practices in Ferguson could have bigger impact than indicting Officer Wilson
        CDT letter:  HSUS' Joe Maxwell:  Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany) wrong about deer veto X
        P-D letter:  Coverage of superintendent salaries was misleading
        P-D letter:  Looking for intelligent decision to fight landfill fire
        P-D letter:  AARP's Craig Eichelman:  PSC should side with Noranda over Ameren
        SEMO Times editorial:  Southeast Missouri residents should support Noranda in rate case;  Form letter provided
        SE Missourian letter:  New Madrid County R-I School District Superintendent Cynthia Sharp submits form letter above, without attribution +
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        Monday, September 29
       
KWMU:  Nixon makes fourth trip to Afghanistan
          AP:  Nixon expresses concern about Islamic state
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Missouri National Guard's Agriculture Development Team (ADT) legacy obvious in Afghanistan
          SNL:  McCaskill helping female Democratic U.S. Senate candidates X
          Missourinet:  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan talks about opposition to Amendment 3
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) on his pro-life, pro-gun votes, his work to raise money for Darren Wilson and belief in "trial by jury, not trial by riot," more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Democrats admit, privately, that they had a poor recruiting year +
          Drebes:  A closer look at Missouri Right to Life endorsements
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  E-cigarettes create quandry for health insurers, policymakers
          JCNT:  Investigation into Highway Patrol merger begins this week X
          JCNT:  Western Governors University offers tuition discount for Missouri state employees X
          P-D:  '#WithNormandy' provides a moving afternoon of song;  Opera singer Denyce Graves "raised the roof with her performance of Git on Board, Little Children"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Through DESE grant, FCS Financial provides Missouri ag finance curriculum
          CDT:  EPA cites pond at Municipal Power Plant as potential hazard X
          P-D:  Area woman believes living near landfill caused brain cancer;  Area child writes letter to state senator about mother's health maladies
          P-D's Susan Weich:  Thanks to a deal with the state, public finally has access to a charming wildlife area;  Area residents can view animals in their natural habitat
          KWMU:  Uneasy peace holds in Ferguson during protest march;  Comments from Organization for Black Struggle's Montague Simmons
          P-D:  Eight protesters arrested last night;  Larger group spent their Sunday evening "playing drums and pots and pans and riding bikes"
          P-D:  Police searching for only one suspect in Ferguson police shooting
          AP:  Public records show Nixon's office received thousands of messages about Ferguson;  Criticism came from all sides
          KWMU:  California group gives Ferguson residents cameras to monitor police
          P-D editorial:  Military culture on trial at Fort Leonard Wood
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  In support of Keystone pipeline +
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Paper should correct errors regardless of source;  Also, letter writers often submit Astroturf or chain letters +
          McClellan:  Columnist defends practice of calling people by their names, instead of stilted honorifics like "Missus" or "Mister"
          P-D letter:  University City's Marquisha Lawrence:  Obama should do more to help minorities and women;  Lack of Medicaid expansion just one of many injustices
          P-D letter:  When paper covers topic of economic disparities, it should show comparisions of teen pregnancy rates
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        Sunday, September 28
       
CDT:  Overview of Dem, GOP candidate fundraising and recruiting for House seats;  Hummel:  "The farther we slip into the minority, the harder it is to recruit people" X
        KODE:  "A Slice of Freedom" event draws more than 150 Second Amendment supporters;  Event coordinator says celebration is for Missouri's "amazing gun laws"
        AP:  Nixon among four governors visiting Afghanistan for terror briefing
        Drebes:  Rand Paul in town next week for Show-Me Institute fundraiser
        Columbia Missourian:  Farmers:  Failure to override veto jeopardizes future of Missouri dairies
        P-D:  Spending on St. Louis-area superintendents has risen 30 percent in 10 years
        JCNT:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear David Hosier death sentence appeal;  Jilted lover killed two in 2009 X
        KC Star:  New questions swirl around the Missouri Highway Patrol in the Brandon Ellingson investigation +
        KODE:  Missouri Highway Patrol warns drivers to watch for farm equipment
        P-D:  Corps may recreate Missouri River channel between island and St. Charles;  City must first buy park site from MO Dept. of Conservation
        P-D:  Fear of bird strikes factor into effort to solve landfill issues
        P-D:  Ferguson police officer shot;  Suspect remains at large
        KWMU:  Two officers shot at;  one wounded in Ferguson;  one injured on I-70
        KWMU:  Live updates from cop shootings
        AP:  Ferguson officer shot;  Two suspects wanted
        AP:  Shots fired at off-duty officer on I-70
        P-D:  Off-duty officer is target of gunfire on I-70
        KWMU:  Michael Brown's parents take a trip to Washington, D.C., attend Congressional Black Caucus dinner as guests of Lacy Clay
        AP:  Michael Brown's parents reject chief's apology:  "An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder"
        SE Missourian:  Crime trends defy perceptions;  Area captain says violent criminals have no respect for police +
        CDT's Rudi Keller:  On Grow Missouri PR firm's offer to generate blog content X
        Priddy:  More on Boston PR firm Skyword's insincere solicitations of journalists
        P-D letter:  Assessing the possibility that those involved in writing Missouri's educational standards might perhaps have an ideological bent
        SNL letter:  If Republicans legislators continue to reject Medicaid expansion, then they deserve to be shamed X
        P-D letter:  In an election year with no Dem candidate for auditor, the Missouri Press Association should have paid more attention to Libertarian candidate
        P-D letter:  On a Sunday with the Cardinals and Rams in town, the Post-Dispatch should have paid more attention to climate-change rally
        P-D letter:  Missouri should embrace solar microgrids
        P-D letter:  Response to racial-disparity coverage:  Thoughts on single moms with non-supportive dads, and young men who don't work for a living
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        Saturday, September 27
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Hartzler offers snappy statement on Holder resignation, while Dems are muted
          CDT:  Gracia Backer swings at 'craziness' and 'corruption' in race for House seat;  Former Dem state rep was fired by Nixon in March 2013 X
          CDT:  Area attorney speaks at GOP rally, calls for marijuana legalization and gay marriage X
          CDT:  Renew Missouri forum draws local legislative candidates X
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  PR firm hired by Grow Missouri sought writers for blog;  Missouri journalists targeted with condescending flattery and offer for extra cash X
          Drebes:  Demographic reality bites for St. Louis County Republicans;  Even Robin Carnahan won St. Louis County in 2010
          SE Missourian:  Zweifel emphasizes higher education during school visit +
          CDT's Ashley Jost:  "Learning Curve" column:  Curators Goode, Bradley confident in Nixon's appointment of David Steelman X
          AP:  Steelman picked for University of Missouri board
          KC Star:  Enrollment is up at Missouri universities, down at two-year schools +
          The Missouri Times:  Steelworkers, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) come forward in support of Noranda compromise hearing
          CDT:  MoDOT celebrates Stadium project as it looks ahead to leaner times X
          AP:  Settlement reached in traffic camera lawsuits;  Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions makes a deal
          P-D:  Red-light camera company, plaintiffs agree to settle class-action lawsuit
          P-D:  Blunt to hold listening sessions with Missouri police;  Multiple agencies sent officers to help deal with Ferguson riots
          AP:  Blunt plans law enforcement listening tour
          AP:  Feds tell Ferguson chief to ban his officers' "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets
          P-D:  DOJ tells Ferguson chief to order police to stop wearing "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets
          AP:  Patrol preparing for the worst in anticipation of upcoming grand jury decision
          AP:  Ferguson unrest persists despite chief's gesture
          P-D:  Ferguson police chief sees self, department as misunderstood
          AP:  Police shut down Ferguson protest camp;  "Lost Voices" group was squatting in parking lot of vacant Ponderosa
          P-D:  Update on Ferguson happenings
          CDT:  Fears of future unrest, journalists' role dominate Ferguson discussion X
          Columbia Missourian:  Police, journalists look back on Ferguson coverage at annual convention
          Washington Missourian editorial:  High cost of unrest:  The price for protecting against Ferguson looters was high
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri Supreme Court to enter the Ferguson fray
          Horrigan:  Thoughts on Ferguson, "gorilla" dispute and discomfort with same-sex hugging/cheek-kissing
          P-D letter:  Lindbergh NEA president opposes Amendment 3
          KC Star letters:  Opposition to Amendment 3;  Voters were tricked into supporting August pro-gun measure +
          P-D letter:  Response to previous letter writer's response to Post-Dispatch complaints about Sinquefield and right-to-work legislation
          P-D letter:  Noranda employee supports company position on rate dispute
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man offers cures for common whines:  Cover yourself up and you won't be objectified;  Stop sagging and you'll be viewed as a civilized humanoid
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        Friday, September 26
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill's name floated among potential Holder successors
          KWMU:  EPA talks about proposed carbon dioxide limits - and how they could play out in Missouri
          P-D:  Coal companies having tough year so far;  Comments from local employers
          TonysKansasCity.com:  KC Star violates its own policy by using "Redskins" name, apologizes
          P-D:  Questions mount regarding sexual assault reporting at Ft. Leonard Wood
          Missourinet:  Judge will rule 'quickly' on Missouri same-sex marriage ban
          KC Star:  Local judge hears arguments on whether Missouri must recognize out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples
          P-D:  Judge to rule 'as quickly as possible' in Missouri same-sex marriage case
          JCNT:  Area lesbians pleased with same-sex marriage hearing X
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Camp KC offers information on same-sex marriage battle
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door (R) opposes six-day early-voting measure, says it does not represent true early voting
          Drebes:  Mother Jones highlights Linda Rallo and other Missouri GOP moderates, mentions 72-hour abortion waiting period
          SE Missourian:  Zweifel to visit Central Middle School today, will talk about importance of saving for higher education +
          P-D:  Plan to privatize Missouri youth psychiatric facility brings more uncertainty
          Missourinet:  Missouri's gaming industry continues to slide
          P-D:  St. Louis County health department calling for study of disease and Coldwater Creek
          The Missouri Times:  State hopes fishers act on Asian carp;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation
          AP:  Deer-vehicle collisions in Missouri decline
          P-D:  Ferguson police chief apologizes to Michael Brown's family in video
          KTVI:  Ferguson police chief decides to march with protesters, then chaos breaks out
          AP:  Police, protesters scuffle after Ferguson apology
          KWMU:  Ferguson police chief's attempt to meet with crowd results in arrests
          KWMU:  Social media updates from Ferguson flare-up:  Scuffles with police, yelling, grown woman playing with Lite-Brite hula hoop, more
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Shouting, marching, more
          P-D:  Ferguson public relations representative was convicted of reckless homicide;  City had been under pressure to hire minority PR representation
          P-D editorial:  Gun amendment brings a new type of lunacy to Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Pulling the plug on wind farm near Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge was the right move +
          P-D letter:  Perryville woman opposes Rex Sinquefield and right-to-work measures
          JCNT letter:  Capitol amenities need maintenance X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood woman urges fellow whites to have some empathy for Ferguson blacks;  Michael Brown was a high-school graduate and "seemed to be a nice kid"
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        Thursday, September 25
       
97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Audio:  Sen. Roy Blunt talks to Dana Loesch about ATF forms and racial identification
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters vow to disrupt MetroLink service during Cardinals playoff games;  Eric Vickers calls for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to get involved
          KWMU:  Capt. Ron Johnson pleads for peace after Ferguson demonstrations flare up
          KWMU:  Justice Department gets earful from public about problems with police
          AP:  Justice Department investigates Ferguson police
          P-D:  Federal investigators discuss Ferguson investigation
          P-D:  St. Louis County police chief tells of lessons learned in Ferguson riots
          KWMU:  Koster announces line-up for law-enforcement roundtable at UMSL
          P-D:  PBS will air Gwen Ifill town hall on Friday
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nicastro, Ferguson's new normal, more +
          KC Star:  Ford to add 1,200 jobs at its Claycomo plant for its new Transit van +
          AP:  Ford to add 1,200 workers at Claycomo plant;  Comments from Nixon
          Missourinet:  Ford adds van jobs
          P-D:  Sexagenarian lesbians' same-sex marriage case heads to court today
          KWMU:  Court fight over recognizing same-sex marriages begins today
          AP:  Oral arguments begin in same-sex ban lawsuit
          AP:  Opponents challenge gun-rights measure passed in August
          Washington Missourian:  R-XIII school board opposes Amendment 3
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) speaks to local women's groups, opposes early-voting amendment
          Rolla Daily News:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis) tells area Dems he's considering 2016 bid for attorney general (link via Dave Drebes' moscout.com subscription service)
          AP:  Judicial panel backs Missouri judges for retention
          P-D's Joe Holleman:  Missouri Bar offers some sort of possible endorsement for judge;  Barbara T. Peebles let her hairdresser handle duties
          KSGF:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) talks with Nick Reed about upcoming idea-raiser on how to make Missouri more efficient, more business-friendly
          The Maneater:  Missouri A+ funding might be reduced following budget restrictions
          KWMU:  School standards meetings have contentious start
          Missourinet:  Nicastro says her staff is not trying to steer discussion to Common Core
          P-D:  Upon implementation of Missouri's 72-hour abortion waiting period, out-of-state abortion providers say they're ready to perform more abortions if necessary
          The Missouri Times:  Recap of PSC meeting;  Discussion of Grain Belt Express, more
          KWMU:  What the EPA is saying about the West Lake Landfill - and why everything is taking so long
          The Missouri Times:  Republic Services, owner of Bridgeton and West Lake landfills, contributes to Republicans and Democrats
          KC Star:  KC is a crossroads for potentially dangerous oil trains, state documents show +
          CDT:  Judge rules federal suit in Mamtek collapse to be tried as class action X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Against the Rex Sinquefield Blimp
          P-D letter:  Nixon has a duty to protect civilized Missourians from upcoming Ferguson looting, rioting, burning and shooting
          P-D letter:  Former Missouri Lottery Commission Chairman Kevin Roberts responds to paper's anti-Lottery editorial
          P-D letter:  72-hour abortion waiting period is unnecessary
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man attempts sarcasm regarding hardships of Missouri's poor and Republicans' pro-business policies
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        Wednesday, September 24
       
KWMU:  Obamacare 'navigators' gear up for second enrollment season;  Cover Missouri Coalition will target blacks, Latinos, rural residents, LGBTQIA community
          AP:  Insurers double in Missouri's online marketplace
          CDT:  "People's Visioning" climate rally in Columbia draws 20 X
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, state Rep. Kathy Swan, opponents appear at League of Women Voters forum +
          KWMU:  After tense day in Ferguson, protests flare on West Florissant
          KWMU:  Live updates:  Rocks and bricks thrown at police
          P-D:  Criminals smash windows of minority-owned business;  Beauty Town has been broken into three times since mid-August
          NY Daily News:  'Burn it down!"  Mob smashes windows, breaks into Beauty Town
          P-D:  Ferguson cancels this weekend's StreetFest in 'interest of public safety'
          KWMU:  Vandals set fire to Michael Brown stuffed-animal/mylar balloon display
          AP:  Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson residents rebuild Michael Brown display
          P-D:  Ferguson council meeting reflects continuing racial tensions
          P-D:  Department of Justice to hold Ferguson meeting tonight
          KWMU:  Justice Department launches effort to establish trust between police, communities
          The Missouri Times:  AG Chris Koster wants SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriages
          AP:  Missourians subjected to few 2014 campaign ads
          SE Missourian:  Cape school board votes to oppose Amendment 3 +
          P-D:  Webster Groves school board opposes Amendment 3
          CDT:  Renew Missouri to host candidate forum Thursday X
          The Missouri Times:  Rich AuBuchon leaves Polsinelli, starts own firm
          Drebes:  Mark Schwartz to leave Ryan Silvey's office to join Andy Blunt's firm
          KWMU:  Group studies states' potential revenue from marijuana legalization
          SE Missourian:  'Gone Girl' inspires Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to revive film tax credits +
          Missourinet:  Republicans say Education Department too involved in standards work group
          The Missouri Times:  Standard-setting education workshops off to a strained start
          KWMU:  Nicastro gives her tenure as education commissioner a C+
          CDT:  Zora Mulligan named new chief of staff for UM system X
          KWMU:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) to seek 10-year minimum sentence for gun crimes
          Missourinet:  Nasheed demands ten years for gun crimes
          AP:  Nasheed wants stiffer sentences for gun crimes
          P-D:  State now asks for inquiry into North County cancers
          TonysKansasCity.com:  TKC introduces new format for displaying KC news, requests feedback
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Lottery:  A 'fresh look' at the stupidity tax
          JCNT editorial:  Review of highway, water patrol merger needed X
          P-D letter:  Kudos to Missouri delegation for effort to stop forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience
          SNL letter:  Man claims McCaskill won't answer questions about anti-Redskins push:  If that name must be changed, why not Braves, Indians, Chiefs, et al.? X
          SNL letter:  Teacher opposes Amendment 3 X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Legislature could correct municipalities' abuse of traffic stops
          P-D letter:  Schweich needs special task force to audit traffic fines
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury woman expresses anger that Post-Dispatch covered Ferguson protesters but not her climate-change rally
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        Tuesday, September 23
       
The Maneater:  Climate activists march in Columbia;  Peaceworks rep says anti-coal movement "a little more important than whether we have Obamacare"
        Columbia Missourian:  Second climate rally staged downtown;  Three dozen congregate, sing "The Earth does not belong to us"
        The Hill:  Blunt slams ATF for racial identification on gun sales
        Rosenbaum:  Policymakers eye big changes to Missouri's municipal courts
        AP:  Ferguson riots cost county $4.2 million (via Twitter @J_Hancock)
        KWMU:  Justice Department's Ferguson town hall is a Ferguson-only conversation
        P-D:  Ferguson residents meet with federal, city officials
        KSDK:  Correcting urban myths about Ferguson with the facts:  Ex.:  Mayor cannot fire police chief, or Darren Wilson, or issue pardons for tickets, more
        AP:  St. Louis County cops apologize for flier wording;  Promos for media-training session included references to "Feeding the Animals" book and "Meet the 900-pound Gorilla"
        KSDK:  Police:  Gunman yells, "This is for Michael Brown" while robbing couples leaving Lafayette Square eatery;  Comments from Alderman Christine Ingrassia
        Columbia Missourian:  Columbia police acquire non-tactical items from military surplus program
        KWMU:  Rand Paul to visit town Oct. 9 for Show-Me Institute fundraiser;  Chris Christie held private fundraiser for RNC yesterday
        SE Missourian:  School districts attempt to thwart Amendment 3 proposal +
        Drebes:  Senate 24 poll:  Ashcroft holds lead, but it looks tentative;  Majority of voters want Medicaid expansion, higher taxes for education
        AP:  Republicans set to meet today, will pick Rep. Randy Pike's replacement
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on campaign versus Roorda, opposition to right-to-work and other anti-union measures, contraception lawsuit
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life releases endorsements:  Ed Schieffer, Keith English among handful of Dem candidates
        CDT:  Lawsuit highlights 'mish-mash' of policies covering benefits for same-sex couples X
        KSDK:  Mother of drug addict criticizes Missouri's lack of prescription drug database;  Comments from Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla)
        AP:  Tension marks Missouri education goals rewrite
        KWMU:  Riverview Gardens lost-accreditation series:  District lays out plan for school improvement
        Missourinet:  Higher ed's "reverse transfer" program moves forward
        Columbia Missourian:  Former Dept. of Higher Ed lobbyist and assistant AG Zora Mulligan to serve as chief of staff for University of Missouri System
        The Arrow (SEMO):  Anderson Cooper visits campus as Speakers Series guest
        The Arrow (SEMO):  Sexual education board in residence hall causes debate;  "What What? In the Butt" a reference to 2007 Internet meme
        KWMU:  Supporters of pot-selling inmate want Nixon to grant clemency;  Comments from Show Me Cannabis' Aaron Malin
        JCNT:  Hartzler opponent backs pot inmate;  Hartzler campaign manager Nathan Adams suggests man "might want to consider running for state rep or state senator rather than federal office" X
        AP:  Proposed wind farm near wildlife refuge will move
        KC Star:  Birds win in fight over wind farm near northwest Missouri wildlife refuge +
        KWMU:  Nixon orders state audit of St. Louis' Recorder of Deeds office;  Sharon Quigley Carpenter (D) resigned, is now seeking re-election
        P-D:  Nixon requests audit of St. Louis' Recorder of Deeds office
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon orders audit of St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds
        JCNT:  Study from Governor's Committee to End Homelessness says homelessness in Missouri keeps growing X
        Missourinet:  Visiting prof says Ferguson, gay marriage show importance of voting in local election
        P-D editorial:  Raise wages for Missouri's home health care providers
        CDT's Waters:  Common Core's critics are wrong X
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Senior citizen veteran of Mizzou faculty says school conspires with Ameren, others to spread falsehoods about energy
        P-D letter:  Response to profile of woman who can't pay her traffic tickets:  If you can't pay traffic tickets, don't speed
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        Monday, September 22
       
Columbia Missourian:  Local anti-coal march changes direction when it can't find McCaskill's office;  Organizers say they will mail Post-It notes to senator later
          KMOX:  Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal," others rally at Kiener Plaza
          KWMU:  Missourians participate in national climate march;  Area woman says Missouri uses too much coal
          PBS:  People's Climate March held in New York City;  Columbia, Mo. woman travels over 1,000 miles via bus, plays with hula hoop whilst dressed as Charlie Chaplin
          P-D:  Ft. Leonard Wood court-martial highlights sex crisis in military;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  Ferguson, St. Louis contemplate police review board
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters visit Busch Stadium;  Despite rumors of plans to shut down sporting events, only several dozen protesters get involved
          P-D:  "This is for Michael Brown," says gunman robbing three couples leaving St. Louis City restaurant
          P-D:  Woman who earned multiple traffic tickets laments her personal budget plight;  Schweich will audit municipalities to ensure traffic-fee income isn't violating state law
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Here comes the blimp!  Here comes the blimp!
          The Maneater:  Overview:  Amendment 3;  Comments from opponents
          Drebes:  GOP cites GOP poll showing Paul Wieland likely to beat Jeff Roorda in state Senate matchup
          AP:  Missouri Senate getting historic renovation (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          SE Missourian:  Following Nixon's release of funds, Southeast regents decrease incidental fees +
          KC Star:  Missouri's Common Core rewrite off to a ragged start +
          KWMU:  Normandy schools have ambitious goals, strong spotlight;  Comments from Superintendent Tyrone McNichols
          JCNT:  PSC poised to reject Noranda complaint X
          Daily American Republic:  Nixon announces Butler County collector, says delay was due to Ferguson unrest
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation's "Day on the River" draws large crowd +
          Missourinet:  MoDOT recruiting seasonal workers to drive snowplows
          SE Missourian:  Anderson Cooper speaks in Cape;  CNN anchor suggests journalists practice writing, work hard +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's hunger problem gets worse and worse
          KC Star editorial:  Train police officers when not to shoot, too;  Body cameras will help the situation +
          P-D letter:  Ferguson protesters' mob mentality is unworthy of those seeking justice
          JCNT letter:  Retired educator opposes Amendment 3, says not all students should be expected to perform well X
          P-D letter:  Area man filling ballot slot against John Diehl dislikes paper's acknowledgment that Diehl will be next Speaker of the House
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        Sunday, September 21
       
The Hill:  Blunt, other GOP senators demand answers from Kerry on Iran
          KSPR:  Blunt wants answers about ATF questionnaires
          KRES:  Blunt to visit mid-Missouri tomorrow, will discuss Obama's "executive overreach"
          Roll Call:  Q&A with Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) on the FAA and drone regulations
          P-D:  How local members of Congress voted for Sept. 15-19
          P-D:  Three protesters arrested in Ferguson;  Group threatens to vote for a Republican in November
          P-D:  In Ferguson, residents begin training cameras on police
          Washington Missourian:  Who would pay for body cameras?  Some local agencies already using them
          AP:  Michael Brown's parents appear on stage at BET Hip-Hop Awards;  Young Thug performs "About the Money," while Future wins Best Club Banger for "Move That Dope"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Randy Pike (R-Adrian) dies
          AP:  Rep. Randy Pike, of rural western Missouri, dies
          Washington Missourian:  School board will vote Tuesday night to oppose Amendment 3
          P-D:  Once condemned, urban "Kidz In Action" day care goes on to claim thousands in state subsidies
          Washington Missourian:  With Nixon's release of money, county to get more funds to house inmates
          CDT:  Higher education budgets head to governor with stagnant numbers X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's electronic cigarette debate centers on definition of tobacco product, taxes
          JCNT:  Investigative panel to study effects of water patrol merger X
          KC Star:  Teen births and abortions are down, but no one is certain why +
          SNL:  Gun at Central shines light on weapons in schools X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Court did the right thing by rewriting early-voting ballot summary
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers should have reached out to school administrators prior to gun vote
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Bob Holden's idea for a statewide citizenship test is a good one
          JCNT editorial:  A civics class ought to be part of a basic education X
          Priddy:  DIY executions:  Time to give the condemned the option of offing themselves
          CDT's Waters:  Missourians should keep an open mind about the Grain Belt Express X
          P-D letter:  State rep candidate Tracy McCreery (D):  Nixon wrong to appoint so many men to education, other spots
          P-D letter:  Paper's tiresome anti-Sinquefield whines ignore the success of right-to-work policies
          P-D letter:  University City liberal says Speaker-to-be John Diehl (R-Town and Country) only represents corporate interests
          KC Star letter:  Missouri lawmakers have sold their souls to the National Rifle Association
          P-D letter:  Response to letter writer's response to editorial's response to 72-hour waiting period
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        Saturday, September 20
       
Webster-Kirkwood Times:  Profile:  Ann Wagner's re-election
          KWMU:  Ferguson officials hope new community center has unifying effect
          P-D:  Ferguson unveils new community center
          P-D:  Ferguson limiting attendance at its town hall meetings
          P-D:  Washington U. preserving Ferguson materials
          The Missouri Times:  Grow Missouri blimp is a tool for outreach
          KWMU:  Blimp to serve as "enormous billboard" for conservatives' economic message
          Drebes:  Five new PACs filed with Missouri Ethics Commission
          The Missouri Times:  First serious challenge to state's ban on same-sex marriage to begin next week
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Dental benefits for Missouri's low-income adults still on hold
          CDT:  Schools are relieved, but other Central Missouri agencies still waiting for state funding X
          SNL:  John Twitty to chair Missouri Lottery Commission X
          AP:  Members of recently-revamped Missouri Lottery Commission say they want to make sure agency is run like a business
          P-D:  May Scheve Reardon defends prize payout but is open to study
          JCNT:  Lawsuit challenges state payments to support 'Common Core' X
          P-D:  Hearing to be held on progress of Riverview Gardens schools
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court sets execution date for triple-murderer;  Mark Christeson raped a woman then slashed her throat - and her son's throat - before suffocating her daughter and throwing all three in a lake
          SNL:  Felon facing gun charge cites new Missouri gun law in defense X
          KWMU:  Audubon Society says climate change threatens dozens of Missouri birds
          P-D editorial:  Post-Ferguson, St. Louis waits for Nixon to say "Charge!"
          Columbia Missourian's Joy Mayer:  2014-15 Readers Board:  Six old ladies, two old men, four youngs
          P-D letter:  Missouri legislators wrong to let guns profilerate:  "Gun control is past being enough;  we need to start confiscating"
          P-D letter:  American Cervid Alliance:  Don't need overly burdensome regulations on farmed deer
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        Friday, September 19
       
SNL:  Area lawmakers:  Arming Syrian rebels seen only as 'first step;'  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Long X
          KWMU:  Senate approves St. Louis native Kevin O'Malley as ambassador to Ireland
          P-D:  Senate approves St. Louis lawyer O'Malley as ambassador to Ireland
          P-D:  MLK's daughter visits St. Louis, urges black youths to not riot after Wilson verdict
          KWMU:  Bernice King brings message of nonviolence to Riverview Gardens
          Missourinet:  Nixon announces new outreach office in wake of Ferguson
          KC Star:  In Ferguson's wake, Nixon creates engagement office +
          P-D:  Former state Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis) to be paid $120,000/yr. to lead Nixon's new "Office of Community Engagement"
          KWMU:  Emerson launches "Ferguson Forward" program, funds youth jobs and scholarships
          Missourinet:  Speaker-in-waiting John Diehl has reservations about Ferguson-inspired body-camera proposal
          CBS Sports:  McCaskill, other senators express frustration to 65 university presidents over NCAA progress
          USA Today:  McCaskill, others demand answers from Power Five schools
          AP:  Economy remains slow in rural parts of 10 states
          P-D:  St. Peters pays $20,000 to settle caucus arrest suit by Ron Paul supporter;  Incident followed St. Charles County GOP leadership's embarrassing fiasco
          SE Missourian:  League of Women Voters to host candidate forum for Jason Smith, Kathy Swan re-elections +
          Missourinet:  Reprinting of ballots will cost Missouri counties thousands of dollars
          AP:  Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative
          CDT:  Columbia school board registers official opposition to Amendment 3 X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia School Board formally opposes Amendment 3
          JCNT:  Jeff City supe opposes Amendment 3 X
          SE Missourian:  Photo:  Rex Sinquefield's "Grow Missouri" blimp touches down in Cape Girardeau +
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County gets money after Nixon releases funds
          SE Missourian:  Nixon touts education during junior high visit;  On Cottonwood, governor says state has gotten good results from privatizing some services +
          P-D:  Nixon shakes up Missouri Lottery, seeks education focus
          AP:  Nixon revamps Missouri lottery commission
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission meets to assess statewide housing needs, avenues for optimizing returns
          The Missouri Times:  State Capitol restoration series:  Centennial events start to take shape for Missouri State Capitol Commission
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Pundits, pols too quick to write governor's eulogy;  Chappelle-Nadal is a "blowhard" and her anti-Nixon outburst "meaningless"
          P-D editorial:  Money-hogging is hurting Missouri's economy;  Missouri GOP's knee-jerk tax-cutting approach exacerbates income inequality
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Texting-while-driving laws deserve discussion
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Another hiking-biking trail for Missouri would be a big deal
          CDT's Waters:  E-cigs might be an early-age gateway to actual cigarettes X
          P-D letter:  Lieb's piece on state revenue ignores Mel Carnahan's 1994 tax increase on Missouri's top earners
          P-D letter:  Response to 72-hour wait period editorial:  More babies killed by abortion than by guns
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Clergy Coalition's C. Jessel Strong:  Area living-wage protesters take trips to New York, Nashville, Little Rock, Memphis
          CDT letter:  Area home-care worker wants more money, calls on Nixon to fix her problem X
          SNL letter:  Area woman criticizes Dixon for pro-life stance, mentions his daughters by name X
          P-D letter:  Article on Ferguson restaurant service "controversy" was written poorly
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        Thursday, September 18
       
KMOX:  McCaskill:  ISIS is "real threat that can't be allowed to grow"
          NY Times:  McCaskill weighs in on controversy surrounding Florida State quarterback
          CDT:  Second round of Obamacare enrollment coming;  Marketing campaigns to target rural areas, minorities, LGBTQIA community X
          KC Star:  Patients fall through cracks as hospitals cut back on charity care +
          KC Star:  Area anarchist charged with firebombing of Cleaver's office +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  And now, a word with Molotov cocktail anarchist Eric King:  Audio from interview at anti-Monsanto protest
          AP:  Man charged with vandalism at Cleaver's office
          KWMU:  North County officials form new Democratic coalition:  Group "not going to support candidates just because they have an insignia of a donkey behind their name"
          P-D:  Political fallout from Ferguson gains traction in St. Louis County;  Group will not support candidates who show black community "disrespect"
          KWMU:  Update on status of Ferguson protesters' demands:  That Wilson be arrested, that McCulloch recuse himself, that elected officials resign, etc.
          P-D:  Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown
          AP:  McCulloch may release audio of Brown grand jury
          Missourinet:  In wake of Ferguson, Reps. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) and Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) want to mandate body cameras for Missouri law enforcement
          AP:  Ferguson sets a series of town hall meetings
          KWMU:  Conversation with Centene CEO on decision to build in Ferguson
          KWMU:  New Census info:  13.7 percent of households received food stamps in 2013, down from 14.7 percent in 2012
          AP:  More farmers markets now taking food stamps
          SE Missourian:  CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to speak Sunday at Show Me Center +
          AP:  Court ruling causes reprint of Missouri ballots
          SE Missourian:  Chaffee School Board passes resolution opposing Amendment 3 +
          KWMU:  The seven principles that all teacher evaluations must have in common
          Monett Times:  Abortion bill veto overturned;  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) hopes 72-hour waiting period will slow procedures
          Washington Missourian:  Armed teachers not likely in Union
          SE Missourian:  Scott City district to receive $96,000 in funds released by Nixon +
          SE Missourian:  Nixon's education-funding tour to stop at Central Junior High today +
          SE Missourian:  Cottonwood plan may include privatization +
          SE Missourian:  Legislation from SOS Jason Kander, Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) would cut fees paid by businesses +
          The Missouri Times:  Kander, Wallingford to slash Missouri business fees
          The Missouri Times:  State Capitol restoration series:  Water damage plagues Capitol amidst continued withholdings
          Missourinet:  Group pushes mandatory civics test
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign to mandate civics test for all students
          P-D:  State auditors explain what they will review at Fox schools
          AP:  Slay, other Mississippi River mayors announce new development fund
          AP:  Union says Oreo incident meant to divide workers
          JCNT editorial:  Noranda request:  Another unfair, misdirected proposal X
          KC Star editorial:  Online payday lenders face payback with federal litigation +
          CDT's Waters:  Armed-teachers bill:  NRA, rural constituents are to blame X
          Priddy:  The Graceful Departure, Part II:  Juxtaposition of condemned murderer's final words and Priddy receiving Senate resolution
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Meaning of 'Border War' doesn't reach far outside Missouri, Kansas +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans are only concerned with millionaires and corporate donors
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Contact MO DNR to oppose CAFOs
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch's biased Ferguson coverage shows need for journalism classes
          P-D letter:  Trooper's ignorance of water safety is criminal
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        Wednesday, September 17
       
NY Times:  McCaskill takes auto agency to task over General Motors recall
          Washington Post:  Report:  Federal auto regulators ignored early information on ignition switch failure
          KWMU:  Auto news roundup:  GM to add more than 750 jobs in Wentzville;  McCaskill critical of GM, NHTSA
          Missourinet:  GM adding 750 jobs to Wentzville plant
          P-D:  Wentzville GM plant adding third shift, 750 jobs;  Comments from Nixon
          AP:  McCaskill, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) ask Obama to name highway safety chief
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  McCaskill on Sinquefield +
          SE Missourian:  Area Tea Party meeting draws 70 to hear SEMO prof discuss Muslims, ISIS +
          KWMU:  Ferguson protesters disrupt St. Louis County Council meeting
          P-D:  Fury of Ferguson descends on St. Louis County Council, foreshadows future violence:  "If Darren Wilson gets off, you all better bring every army ... 'Cause it's going down"
          AP:  Protesters "loudly disrupt" County Council meeting, threaten to make a scene at this weekend's sporting events
          STL BJ:  Ferguson business owners besieged by unlicensed vendors, protesters;  Low-budget hucksters, phone peddlers, "Lost Voices" group among those setting up shop in tents
          KWMU:  If Wilson is not indicted, McCulloch will release grand jury transcripts, recordings
          KWMU:  Profile:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Pitch coverage:  While unions push for higher wages, fast food restaurants still have it their way
          Kaiser Health News/P-D's Jordan Shapiro:  Number of uninsured drops in Missouri;  Expert insight from Kaiser Family Foundation
          KSGF:  Audio:  Does Missouri have to follow Obamacare?  Missouri Liberty Project's Joshua Hawley talks to host Nick Reed
          P-D:  State will downsize and privatize Cape's Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center
          AP:  Missouri won't appeal rewrite of early voting item
          KC Star:  Despite pullback on ballot issue, push on teacher tenure, evaluations isn't over in Missouri +
          KWMU:  Nixon lauds Jill Schupp as he prepares to be more visible on the campaign trail this fall
          KSGF:  Audio:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) and host Nick Reed on veto session highlights, McCaskill's future, News-Leader's headline word choices, much more
          The Missouri Times:  Jake Hummel to lead House Democrats in 2015
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) says he harbors no ill will to those who opposed him in primary, worries MO Dem Party lacks infrastructure to raise money effectively
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to speak to Pachyderm group tomorrow +
          Missourinet:  PROMO's A.J. Bockelman:  Missouri will see gay marriage legalized within one year
          AP:  UMSL's Terry Jones, MSU's Mark Rushefsky give historical perspective on Legislature's divide with governor
          Missourinet:  Legislative committee to look at Water Patrol training financials
          Missourinet:  Water Patrol panel not just about drowning at Lake of the Ozarks
          KC Star:  After drowning of Brandon Ellingson, Missouri House committee to review merger of Water Patrol into Highway Patrol +
          P-D:  Missouri House panel will investigate water patrol training, merger
          AP:  Missouri panel to review highway, water merger
          KWMU:  Chris Nicastro gets mixed grades for education tenure
          The Missouri Times:  Nicastro resignation ends contentious tenure
          P-D:  Educators consider what Missouri needs in its next commissioner
          Missourinet:  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) calls Nicastro retirement an "opportunity"
          KWMU:  Schweich will check whether municipal courts are collecting too much in fines
          CDT:  Sierra Club endorses Grain Belt project;  Public Service Commission sets hearings X
          SE Missourian:  Efforts to protect grotto sculpin continue;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, University of Missouri Extension +
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon and lawmakers should consider working together X
          P-D op-ed:  World Trade Center's Tim Nowak:  Missouri needs the Export-Import Bank
          USA Today:  Oklahoma Sooners should be ashamed for giving Mizzou castoff and co-ed tosser Dorial Green-Beckham another chance
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man criticizes McCaskill's Senate-race meddling via Norm Stewart reference +
          P-D letter:  Editorial word choice regarding abortion wait time was a little over the top
          P-D letter:  Headline regarding Michael Brown's body should have explained four-hour wait, not questioned it
          P-D letter:  With front-page picture of Brown's body, paper tries to stoke flames of controversy
          JCNT letter:  Sarcastic take on Noranda's rate request X
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        Tuesday, September 16
       
SNL:  Congressional staff, Members forced to deal with seasonal push of acquaintances, "friends" seeking military academy spots X
          KMOX:  McCaskill:  Extension for Export-Import Bank would be 'really good news' for Missouri businesses
          KWMU:  McCaskill says she's focused on countering Rex Sinquefield, not potential bid for governor
          KWMU:  National labor leader Richard Trumka visits St. Louis, says unions must confront racism
          MSNBC's Trymaine Lee:  AFL-CIO president says Michael Brown is family
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Louis, Rep. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) elected to AFL-CIO posts
          P-D:  Grand jury now has until January to decide whether to charge Ferguson officer
          P-D:  Jeff Roe poll:  St. Louis County residents view Michael Brown case differently based upon their race
          P-D:  Inside the riots:  Missouri's "Teacher of the Year" visits Ferguson to build a justice-themed lesson plan, gets rewarded with a brick to the skull and a mugging
          KWMU:  Election board official:  Five weeks of voter registration efforts in Ferguson have yielded total of 109 completed forms
          Drebes:  Zealously-ticketing municipalities are kind of toll roads ... and kind of not
          KWMU:  Recount upholds vote approving Amendment 1, "Right to Farm"
          Missourinet:  Recount confirms "Right to Farm" amendment's passage
          AP:  "Right to Farm" passes in recount
          Columbia Missourian:  Farm amendment stands after recount
          AP:  Missouri court reworks early voting ballot summary
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Jackson County legislator Crystal Williams:  New Democratic Party leadership will improve things for female candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Sexual orientation/gender identity think tank says Missouri loses out on $36 million thanks to same-sex marriage ban
          Missourinet:  Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro announces retirement
          KWMU:  Chris Nicastro to retire as head of Missouri schools
          P-D:  Missouri's top education chief announces retirement
          KC Star:  Chris Nicastro to resign +
          AP:  Chris Nicastro to resign
          The Missouri Times:  Armed-teacher debate continues beyond veto session
          CDT:  Area supe:  Columbia Public Schools won't arm teachers X
          SE Missourian:  Noranda requests compromise on electric rate +
          JCNT editorial:  Amendment 3 remains on ballot, and is still dangerous X
          P-D editorial:  Amendment 3 fallout:  Even when Rex Sinquefield loses, Missouri loses worse
          Priddy:  Murderer Earl Ringo, Jr., left "with no remorse or apology" for the lives he took, choosing instead to read a segment of the Quran
          CDT's Waters:  Police diversity:  Relationship between minorities and law enforcement won't be "magically cured" with proportionate representation X
          P-D letter:  Three days is not too long to wait to make a life-or-death decision
          KC Star letter:  Tossing out term limits has turned Jefferson City into a romper room of toddlers +
          P-D letter:  U. City's Benjamin Israel says Missouri should repeal the Hancock Amendment and allow taxes to be raised more freely
          P-D letter:  Ferguson denizens unhappy about government should try voting, or maybe run for office themselves
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        Monday, September 15
       
The Hill:  50 days until midterms, and Republicans keeping troops in line;  Comments from Blunt
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  McCaskill sums up Missourians' views of her quite nicely +
          P-D:  Protesters shift focus to Ferguson's historic district, chant and march outside farmers' market;  Group will continue to punish small businesses until officer is arrested
          The Missouri Times:  Rex Sinquefield donates $1.2 million to Missouri Club for Growth PAC
          Drebes:  Koster headlining event this week for Rep. Vicki Englund (D-St. Louis)
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) wins award for addressing child abuse and neglect;  Area Dems to meet at union hall X
          AP:  Recount appears to confirm passage of "Right to Farm"
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door:  Recount on "Right to Farm" went smoothly
          AP:  Standard & Poor's report:  Income inequality affects Missouri taxes;  Comments from Nixon's Linda Luebbering, Missouri Budget Project
          Missourinet:  Both sides of the aisle critical of Nixon
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Area Dem Chris Moreno responds to Kraske's Nixon column, says Nixon still has strong statewide organization - and is far from "done"
          Rosenbaum:  Answers to the burning questions from veto session
          The Maneater:  Nixon releases over $140 million for education
          KSMU:  Nixon buoyed by veto session's minimal damage to education dollars
          KC Star:  As state support for higher education falls, private donors fill the void;  University of Missouri, UMKC have best fundraising years ever +
          P-D:  Area superintendents say guns in their schools not likely
          SE Missourian:  Two private schools benefit from opting out of federal school lunch program +
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-life groups embrace victory after veto session
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri dairy group 'very disappointed' in Legislature's failure to override veto
          JCNT:  Rehearing sought in rate change for Noranda X
          The Maneater:  New Columbia Missourian paywall method of Google surveys working well so far
          JCNT editorial:  Encouraging developments from veto session X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Worst of the bad legislative decisions:  More guns in Missouri schools X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Cape is location for pilot student-performance program:  ABC, for "Attendance, Behavior and Classroom" +
          KC Star editorial:  Appalling drowning of Brandon Ellingson raises safety questions for Missouri +
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  The Star's print readers are often the most savvy +
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 3 would undermine local control X
          JCNT letter:  Area woman says she can't express her opposition to August's Amendment 1 in only one letter, promises to write more X
          P-D letter:  Area man attempts joke tying abortion waiting period to lobbyist gifts
          P-D letter:  Area woman emotional over 72-hour abortion waiting period
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood disagrees with 72-hour abortion waiting period
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        Sunday, September 14
       
Washington Missourian:  Federal bridge grant will free up state funds for other road projects;  Comments from Blunt
          The Maneater:  McCaskill visits campus, talks Ferguson and bipartisanship
          P-D:  Protesters again call for arrest of Ferguson police officer;  Grown man dresses up as police officer in chains whilst carrying stuffed animals
          P-D:  Photo gallery of Michael Brown rally:  "Nixon McCulloch Police KKK" sign, more
          P-D:  Area businesses set up tables at local job fair, seek qualified applicants
          AP:  New focus on minority voting after Brown's death
          P-D:  In Ferguson, still-boarded windows signal fears of more trouble;  Business owner:  "I know what will happen if that policeman walks free"
          P-D:  A closer look at Michael Brown timeline post-robbery
          P-D:  Fatal shooting in Ferguson on Friday:  19-year-old Riverview man was purchasing rifle from Reginald Hamblin when firearm discharged
          JCNT:  Nixon, lawmakers remain at odds over relationships;  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) defends Nixon, says governor deserves more credit for meeting with legislators X
          JCNT:  Some local-interest vetoes never considered for overrides X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers push electronic privacy, again
          SNL:  Grow Missouri set to spend $2.5 million this fall X
          CDT:  Reimbursements for A+ program might be reduced X
          JCNT:  Profile:  Office of Administration's Public Information Officer Ryan Burns X
          KC Star:  Amid account of Brandon Ellingson's drowning, Missouri trooper worried about mistakes, job +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Persistence pays off;  McCaskill, Blunt, Luetkemeyer deserve credit for securing bridge funds
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri legislators did their best to halt abortion - "or, more correctly, murders" - and observers should bet on pro-life forces for long-term victory
          P-D's Nicklaus:  With another vote approaching, earnings tax is still a problem
          CDT op-ed:  MU prof Michael Podgursky:  University of Missouri is wrong on education syllabi debate X
          P-D letter:  Police remain calm in face of hate-motivated, vengeful highway protesters
          P-D letter:  Ferguson resident says protester types have whined about "racial profiling" for years, but fail to vote in elections
          SNL letter:  In reporting on the savage videotaped beating of young white Springfield couple, newspaper should pick consistent racial terms X
          JCNT letter:  Area educator opposes Amendment 3, works in a self-reference that he's a former "Teacher of the Year" X
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        Saturday, September 13
       
Kraske:  Governor's political stock just swirled down the drain;  "There will be no Iowas for Jay Nixon" +
          CDT's Waters:  Dems help GOP overrides - thanks to Nixon's personal divide with members of his own party X
          P-D:  Clay accuses senior senator of a "typical McCaskill move" on Ferguson invite;  McCaskill says Clay providing "distraction" from her effort at productive dialogue
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill, husband will bankroll Ferguson campaign school to educate native blacks
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters angry at local brewery for alleged disrespectful treatment;  Other businesses threatened with pickets unless they call for removal of elected officials
          P-D:  Regional Business Council announces grants to Ferguson businesses damaged by looters
          KWMU:  Tensions high at VA town hall
          P-D:  St. Louis area veterans question administrator about old claims at town hall meeting
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Area health centers win federal grants for primary care services
          Chris Kelly farewell series:  MU Journalism icon Phill Brooks' tribute X
          The Missouri Times:  What statewide office is next for Tim Jones?  Comments from James Harris, Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters)
          Drebes:  Jody Murphy, Cyrus Dashtaki have ethics charges dismissed;  MO Ethics Commission says charges against House Democratic Campaign Committee covers their actions
          KC Star:  Sinquefield donation to help fund incoming Speaker John Diehl's tour +
          KWMU:  Sinquefield donates $2.5 million for outside group's fall campaign efforts;  Comments from liberal group Progress Missouri, Missouri Dems' Roy Temple
          P-D:  Sinquefield group to help support Diehl's idea tour
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Tom Dempsey talks to journogang about special session, abortion legislation, 2016 plans
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R) speaks to area Republicans about legislative session, says 2015 will see efforts on right-to-work and "paycheck protection" legislation +
          The Missouri Times:  Special session winners and losers
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Weekly Power Rankings:  Sen. Will Kraus (R), "Blackout" buy-black movement, more
          Missourinet:  Nixon announces new releases, restrictions of money in Missouri budget
          AP:  Nixon freezes spending items after veto overrides
          SE Missourian:  Nixon releases almost half of Cottonwood's withheld funding +
          JCNT:  Public defenders praise override of veto X
          SNL:  New abortion wait period a 'little longer,' Nixon says X
          Missourinet:  Video:  Suffragist Virginia Minor joins Hall of Famous Missourians;  Remarks from Speaker Tim Jones
          The Missouri Times:  Slideshow:  Pics from veto session
          P-D:  Noranda, state consumer advocate ask PSC to rehear rate case
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Public Counsel files for rehearing in Noranda rate adjustment case
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  End of Amendment 3 campaign means one (1) reporter will have to change "ambitious plans" for coverage;  Editor believes reporter will triumph over this adversity
          KC Star's Joe Robertson:  Kansas City schools and old nemesis CEE-Trust are not so far apart +
          Shelly:  Missouri is whitewashing response to Brandon Ellingson's drowning death +
          SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  Analysis:  GOP senators used PQ;  Democrats "may remain on edge" X
          KC Star letter:  The groups that supported Amendment 7 are the same ones that support right-to-work +
          P-D letter:  Newspapers should spend more of their reporters' time covering quixotic congressional candidates running vanity campaigns in gerrymandered districts
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        Friday, September 12
       
The Hill:  Senate GOP's first 100 days;  Blunt says Obama likely to support Keystone, fast-track legislation;  McCaskill among Dems backing Keystone
          P-D:  Rep. Ann Wagner questions whether Obama has "will" to follow through on anti-ISIS strategy
          KC Star:  FBI investigates vandalism at Cleaver's office +
          AP:  FBI probes vandalism at Cleaver's office
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Koster - prompted by McCaskill's gov chatter - solidifying outreach to GOP donor types
          Drebes:  Someone is polling on Amendment 10, which deals with governor's withhold powers
          Missourinet:  Amendment 10 sponsor Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) says veto session a good lesson for voters
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R) to speak to Cape County Republican Women's Club +
          P-D:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) resigns from Black Caucus, says he's unhappy with support given to his primary opponent
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court invalidates cap on punitive damages
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court's punitive-damages decision alarms business groups
          SE Missourian:  Kinder pressures Nixon to restore Cottonwood funding +
          SE Missourian:  Cover Missouri Coalition seeks to educate health consumers about state marketplace +
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri Senate
          CDT:  Nixon suffers historic reverses in veto session X
          CDT:  General Assembly overturns 47 spending vetoes X
          P-D:  Nixon faces tension, potential gridlock in final years in office
          KWMU:  Nixon and adversaries accentuate positives of veto session
          CDT:  Nixon releases more than $143M for education X
          Missourinet:  Nixon releases withheld education money, cites veto session outcomes
          P-D:  Nixon releases $143M of education funding
          AP:  Nixon frees $143 million for education after veto session
          Missourinet:  Dixon says he'll propose comprehensive tax reform in 2015
          KC Star:  Legislation allowing alcohol sales in Missouri state Capitol fails +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Liberal outlets dislike Missouri Legislature's effort on guns;  Compendium of coverage
          CDT:  Lawmakers override veto to enact 72-hour wait for abortion X
          KC Star:  Missouri triples waiting period for abortion +
          CDT:  Chris Kelly leads charge to scuttle bill altering regulation of captive deer X
          P-D:  Normandy youths' misbehavior leads to suspension of 20 percent of middle-school students;  Teacher hit in head with book, handful of other teachers have already resigned
          AP:  Monthly bills to rise for Ameren power customers
          AP:  Oil trains moving across dozens of Missouri counties
          SE Missourian:  "5 things" journomeme:  Things learned during filming of Gone Girl;  MO Dept. of Economic Development says movie generated $3M in spending +
          KC Star:  Video shows troopers re-creating Brandon Ellingson patrol boat ride +
          KC Star editorial:  Big losers:  Nixon, public safety and women;  Not a single Dem senator stands up to defend governor from Chappelle-Nadal's name-calling +
          P-D editorial:  Post-Ferguson, the Legislature turns a tone-deaf ear
          P-D editorial:  By extending the waiting period for abortions, Missouri lawmakers show 'callous disregard' for women
          P-D op-ed:  The demographics of schools DESE labels as 'failures'
          Columbia Missourian:  Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates' Julian Walker:  Response to Show-Me Institute piece on highway tolls
          SE Missourian letter:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder calls on Nixon to release funds for Cottonwood facility +
          KC Star letter:  A modest proposal for execution-drug concerns:  Change system to public hanging, or sell tickets for opportunity to take part in firing squad +
          P-D letter:  Maybe instead of behaving like violent savages, angry Ferguson protesters should consider voting in an election
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        Thursday, September 11
       
KWMU:  Obama's plan to confront Islamic state wins cautious support
          P-D:  Clay tells Congress that Ferguson police are 'outside armed force'
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  McCaskill, Blunt offer predictable responses to ISIS speech;  Chappelle-Nadal accuses Nixon of "chilling out;"  Kelly on Nixon's "slave and enemy" binary +
          P-D:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal blasts Nixon
          SNL:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal talks Ferguson, rips Nixon X
          AP:  Protesters' effort to shut down highway on behalf of Mike Brown gets shot down, falls flat
          P-D:  Interstate blockade fails as protesters clash with police
          P-D:  Video:  Brown protesters fail
          KWMU:  Protesters attempt highway shutdown in North St. Louis County
          CDT:  Missouri Press Association to hold panel on Ferguson in Columbia X
          CDT:  Forum on Ferguson sparks conversation about race;  Astronomy professor weighs in on Caucasoids' refusal to acknowledge "white privilege" X
          P-D:  Stevie Wonder weighs in on Ferguson while seeking publicity for fall tour, uses "blinders" as punchline
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Kaiser Family Foundation report says employer-sponsored health insurance premiums increased modestly
          SE Missourian:  "No on 3" group draws 20 to meeting, says it will continue to campaign against teacher-evaluation amendment +
          P-D:  Former Steve Gaw aide Mary E. Nelson now top community college lawyer
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber hires Austin Walker as a manager of government relations
          KRES:  Rep. John Wright (D-Rocheport) holds town hall forum, says he wants lobbyist gifts to stop
          CDT:  Lecturer disputes influence of money on elections, policy;  Fellow MU employee notes speaker's research is funded in part by Koch X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Veto session updates, Part I
          Missourinet:  Veto session updates, Part II
          KWMU:  House, Senate vote to override budget vetoes, Senate hears about Ferguson
          KC Star:  Lawmakers target Nixon's vetoes on abortion, guns +
          P-D:  Lawmakers override dozens of Nixon's of vetoes
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers ease tax burden on businesses
          AP:  Tax-notice bill fails in Legislature
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK farmers market tax break
          AP:  Math doesn't add up for Missouri calculator bill
          SNL:  Veto override most feared by city, county - Senate Bill 584 - appears unlikely X
          AP:  Women's suffrage activist honored at Capitol
          AP:  Missouri expands pregnancy center tax breaks
          KC Star:  Republicans terminate filibuster, pass abortion waiting-period bill +
          KWMU:  Missouri General Assembly votes to override Nixon's veto of 72-hour waiting period;  Nine Democrats vote with House GOP
          AP:  Abortion-vote roll call:  Two Republicans vote no (Gatschenberger, Mollendorp);  Nine Dems vote yes (Black, Conway, English, Green, Harris, McKenna, Roorda, Runions, Schieffer)
          AP:  Lawmakers override 72-hour abortion wait
          KC Star:  Bill on abortion waiting period passes +
          SNL:  Lawmakers vote to restore child abuse exam funding X
          KC Star:  Lawmakers take aim at Kansas City ban on open carry +
          KWMU:  Lawmakers override Nixon's veto of bill allowing open carry of firearms
          Missourinet:  Legislators approve new gun law over Nixon's veto
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers expand gun rights
          AP:  Lawmakers ban e-cigarette sales to teens
          KRES:  Captive deer controversy threatens dairy
          Missourinet:  Agriculture and captive deer bill narrowly fails in veto session
          AP:  Lawmakers fail to override deer farm veto
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers back election opt-out for towns
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers ban electronic tracking of students
          AP:  Attempt at booze sales at Missouri Capitol fails
          CDT:  Convicted Columbia killer executed without complications X
          KC Star:  Details in troopers' account of the drowning of Brandon Ellingson changed, report shows +
          P-D:  Father of handcuffed man who drowned at Missouri lake calls for federal investigation
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Don't override Nixon's budget vetoes X
          P-D's Illinois columnist Pat Gauen:  Ferguson and nostalgic memories of old-time Illinois protests
          P-D op-ed:  MU law prof Chuck Henson:  Ferguson and 1960s Detroit protests
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Missouri Republicans should stop listening to pro-gun groups and start listening to urban Dems Sly James and Jean Peters Baker +
          SE Missourian letter:  Nixon, Republicans must work together to keep Cottonwood facility open +
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        Wednesday, September 10
       
Helling:  McCaskill's bragging about Akin primary machinations - and her Kansas meddling - only makes voters more cynical +
          USA Today:  McCaskill:  'Militarization' needs more oversight
          Washington Post:  Ferguson-style militarization goes on trial in the Senate
          P-D:  Bipartisan Senate opposition rises to program giving police military surplus equipment
          KWMU:  Feds give away new and unused military equipment to local police as surplus
          Missourinet:  Hearings start on militarization of police
          P-D:  Judge denies request for Mike Brown's juvenile criminal records
          AP:  Judge won't release Mike Brown's juvenile criminal records
          The Current (UMSL):  Ferguson-inspired forum on gun violence draws nearly 50 students;  Comments from grad student Jaleah Williams, theater major Tanzania Hayes
          AP:  Ferguson officials' attempts at conducting civilized public meeting stymied by chanting, yelling
          P-D:  Public meeting fraught with yelling, fist-pumping, other untoward behavior
          AP:  Ferguson protesters plan I-70 shutdown today
          P-D:  Area police plan for today's I-70 blockade
          KWMU:  Area state reps, others comprise "Ferguson United" group;  A separate group calls for arrest of Officer Wilson
          P-D:  Group calls for arrest of Officer Darren Wilson
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt announce grants for transportation projects
          STL BJ:  Tiger grant paves way for new Cortex MetroLink station
          SNL:  Slight rewording of McCaskill press release on White House honor of Christian County man (actual McCaskill press release) X
          ABC News:  "5 Things" journomeme:  Missouri among states reporting respiratory virus
          CDT:  State, local officials prepare for arrival of enterovirus strain X
          CDT:  Agencies awarded grants for health care marketplace work X
          SE Missourian:  Group abandons campaign for teacher-evaluation amendment +
          AP:  Campaign for teacher tenure measure called off;  Amendment 3 will still appear on ballot
          CDT:  Columbia Board of Education to consider resolution on Amendment 3 X
          SNL:  GOP candidate Michael Hope wrote a bad check en route to losing state rep primary X
          The Missouri Times:  Mark Habbas to join Steve Tilley's Strategic Capital Consulting Firm
          Drebes:  Jessica Hodge terminates lobbyist registration
          Chris Kelly farewell series:  Post-Dispatch version
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Union campaign for home-care worker wage increase
          P-D:  Call center contractor vows to fix wait times, busy signals for those seeking Medicaid and food-stamp info
          The Missouri Times:  Veto session event map
          KWMU:  In dispute over Nixon's spending vetoes, all sides agree overrides may be futile
          Missourinet:  Whether Missouri Legislature can override budget vetoes called into question
          The Standard (Missouri State University):  State legislature to decide fate of funding for university
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislators to target about 50 budget cuts for veto overrides
          CDT:  Lawmakers target 50 spending items for overrides in veto session X
          AP:  Lawmakers plan to target about 50 budget vetoes
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers will attempt 50 override votes on budget
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers gird themselves for today's veto session +
          P-D:  Budget, abortion fights on the legislative docket
          KC Star:  Abortion waiting period, budget battle the focus of Missouri veto session +
          JCNT:  Pro-life supporters encourage veto overrides X
          AP:  Missouri Republicans push for gun bill victory
          KC Star:  KC Mayor Sly James urges Legislature to sustain open-carry veto +
          SE Missourian:  Group gathers to pray for Cottonwood facility's survival +
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker-to-be John Diehl announces "100 Great Ideas for Missouri" initiative
          JCNT:  New legislative panel to study Missouri justice system X
          Missourinet:  Nixon refuses clemency for Earl Ringo, Jr.
          AP:  Nixon declines to halt execution of murderer, ties Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for 2014 lead
          KWMU:  AG Chris Koster (D):  "For 16 years, (Ringo) avoided payment for his crime. Tonight he has paid the penalty."
          Missourinet:  Widow of man murdered by Earl Ringo, Jr., suggests death-penalty opponents think of the victims
          SE Missourian:  Convicted murderer Russell Bucklew gets day in court;  Decision could take weeks +
          KC Star:  A second cross-Missouri trail could pair with the Katy +
          KC Star editorial:  Fix Missouri's public defender crisis +
          P-D editorial:  Nixon should take the muzzle off landfill contractors
          Chris Kelly farewell series:  CDT's Waters' take
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  University of Missouri's Tim Wolfe promotes university's contribution to Franklin County
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri Deer Breeders Association's Kurt Humphrey:  Missouri's farmed deer and wild deer need different oversight
          P-D letter:  Republican suggestion that Medicaid recipients be required to look for work is mean
          P-D letter:  Nixon, others engaged in Ferguson histrionics show no outrage over spate of killings in St. Louis City
          JCNT letter:  More debate over Amendment 1, which passed five weeks ago:  Cargill, Monsanto, other Missouri employers seek to control agriculture X
          SE Missourian letter:  Gun control in Missouri is overdue +
          P-D letter:  Deer issue is important
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        Tuesday, September 9
       
KMOX:  With help from McCaskill, St. Peters resident receives long-awaited Purple Heart
          P-D:  McCaskill makes Politico's list of 'thinkers, doers, dreamers,' tied for #44 ranking with frienemy Kirsten Gillibrand
          Roll Call:  McCaskill ranked 24th richest member of Congress;  "Most of her wealth stems from her husband, Joseph Shepard"
          Drebes:  Gina Loudon's new book, what Women Really Want, "stands up to the lies of the culture ... Women can be strong without emasculating their husbands and sons"
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay:  Michael Brown's death sparks long-overdue national conversation on race
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Cleaver on police 'militarization' +
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Grow Missouri;  Comments from Aaron Willard
          P-D:  Florissant Democrat Alan Green to be sworn into office tomorrow
          TonysKansasCity.com:  District 27 Rep. Bonnaye Mims (D) stays winning - with razor-thin 8-vote margin
          Missourinet:  Schweich:  Nixon violated constitution with 2011-12 withholdings
          KWMU:  Schweich releases audit critical of Nixon's withholding of money from budget
          AP:  Schweich questions Nixon's budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Challenge from Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) of contraceptive mandate continues
          KWMU:  Rep. Paul Wieland tells federal appeals court why he objects to birth-control coverage
          P-D:  Rep. Paul Wieland, wife ask court for contraceptive insurance exception
          AP:  Legislators poised to vote on 72-hour abortion wait
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Jezebel, national media "laments possibility of 72-hour Missouri baby-killing abortion delay"
          KWMU:  State senate candidate Jeff Roorda (D-Imperial) says any talk of McCulloch gives him a boost in Jefferson County
          SNL:  Abortion, taxes, Ferguson on tap for lawmakers X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approves 9 applications for new Certificates of Need
          CDT:  Title IX consultation, development costing University of Missouri system nearly $500,000 X
          JCNT:  Home care union seeking higher pay X
          KC Star:  Special prosecutor:  No charges in drowning of Brandon Ellingson +
          Missourinet:  Prosecutor:  no charges in Lake of the Ozarks drowning-while-in-custody case
          P-D:  No charges against Missouri water patrol officer in drowning of handcuffed man in lake
          Missourinet:  National Violence Policy Center says Missouri is 7th in men killing women
          AP:  Missouri murderer Earl Ringo Jr. faces lethal injection overnight;  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) tied with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for 2014 execution lead
          KWMU:  Appeals court to hear two challenges brought by death row inmates
          P-D:  More North County natives blame their health problems on Coldwater Creek;  In 2013, state health department data showed no correlation
          JCNT editorial:  Fiscal restraint required during veto session X
          P-D editorial:  Nixon, Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) deserve a victory over 'Friday favors'
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's lies and secrets in administering the ultimate punishment
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  MU journalism icon Phill Brooks:  Police, reporters may need to re-examine standards X
          P-D op-ed:  Joan Bray:  Nixon should stop tonight's execution;  AG Chris Koster not telling the truth about protocol
          SNL letter:  NAACP's Cheryl Clay;  Nixon should stop tonight's execution;  It was unfair that confessed murderer Earl Ringo Jr. had to face white prosecutor, judge and jury X
          KC Star letter:  Area man speculates that congressional "surveys" sent via franking privilege might possibly reflect Member's ideological bias +
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        Monday, September 8
       
The Licking (Texas County) News:  Blunt visits Houston, discusses executive overreach
          Missourinet:  McCaskill's hearings on police 'militarization' begin tomorrow;  Cleaver talks about his meeting with Hagel
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Kansas City activists support Michael Brown with "Blackout":  "Will not patronize any business that is not black owned and operated"
          P-D:  Ferguson-celebrity profile:  Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes
          Joplin Globe's Redden:  Long's opponent to hold event at union hall;  Missouri Alliance for Freedom's Ryan Johnson to speak at Pachyderm meeting;  Joshua Hawley takes on Obamacare X
          Drebes:  Nixon re-appoints Bryan Scott to Highway and Transportation Committee, after his appointment was derailed last session by Sen. Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Boone County) talks to journogang about his background, veto session, Senate's role, impact of Ferguson this year and next, more
          Rosenbaum:  Five things to watch for during legislative session
          KC Star:  Veto session preview:  Lawmakers could overturn record number of Nixon vetoes +
          SE Missourian:  Veto session preview:  Sales tax cuts, agriculture, abortion waiting period +
          Columbia Missourian:  Veto session preview
          P-D:  Fate of youth psychiatric center in Cape Girardeau is tied to veto politics
          KWMU:  State releases more details on use of execution sedative
          KC Star:  Witnesses fault inquiry into handcuffed man's Lake of the Ozarks drowning +
          P-D editorial:  Difficult to justify $7.25 an hour
          KC Star op-ed:  Chris Moreno:  Instead of bowing to the whimsy of media or the savagery of mobs, Nixon played the smarter, neutral hand in Ferguson +
          P-D letter:  Response to Ferguson editorial:  Paper should be above its rhetoric on red-light cameras, woman who chose not to pay her traffic fines, Officer Wilson's association with Jennings
          P-D letter:  If fast-food workers don't like their salary, they should either leave or perhaps improve their skill set
          SNL letter:  Adding more time to abortion waiting period would harm women X
          P-D letter:  Parents as Teachers' Scott Hippert:  Legislators should increase funding for Parents as Teachers programs
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        Sunday, September 7
       
KSDK:  Video:  Blunt on Ferguson:  Not every problem is a federal problem
          KTVI:  Video:  Blunt on Ferguson, ISIS
          P-D:  St. Louis City hosts six homicides in 18 hours;  City police chief repeats call for more gun restrictions
          P-D:  A month after Michael Brown-officer incident, more people claim to have witnessed shooting
          P-D:  Catholic soccer league attempts to hold first-grade girls game in Ferguson, is interrupted by area residents' gunfire-laden domestic dispute
          CDT:  No filter:  Outspoken Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) closes legislative career in upcoming veto session X
          JCNT:  More than 100 line-item vetoes await Missouri legislators X
          Drebes:  Missouri Scout paid subscription service adds sixth day of coverage on Saturdays, will publish Jeff Roe's polls;  Veto-session polling available here as freebie
          P-D:  Breaking and non-exclusive:  During veto session, Missouri lawmakers will disagree over money
          JCNT:  Veto-session preview:  Missouri lawmakers will disagree over money X
          CDT:  Veto-session preview:  Missouri lawmakers will disagree over spending X
          SNL:  Veto-session preview:  Missouri lawmakers will disagree over tax cuts X
          SE Missourian:  Parents of Cottonwood patients worry about future +
          JCNT:  Missouri schools will face new test in spring X
          KWMU:  Missouri begins process of replacing Common Core
          JCNT:  Woman murdered by soon-to-be-executed inmate was from Jefferson City;  "When I walked into the restaurant, I didn't intend on shooting nobody [sic]," said murderer Earl Ringo Jr. X
          SE Missourian:  Questions about sedative could affect condemned murderer Russell Bucklew's case +
          Joplin Globe:  One landowner thinks wolves are answer to keeping check on Missouri's large deer herd X
          SE Missourian:  Regrettable politics behind governor's budget ax;  It's surprising - and disappointing - that Nixon is not working harder for disabled children +
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Fast-food industry is a tough target for unions;  Automated burger-flipping machines at the ready if cost of burger-flipping humanoids gets too high
          P-D op-ed:  Black clergy:  Tying Ferguson robbery/shooting/looting to need for Medicaid expansion
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Demand that Republican legislators show their budget math X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Municipal texting-while-driving bans will help put needed pressure on Missouri Legislature
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Bar's Jack Brady:  Fully-funded public defenders ensure effective justice for the poor +
          KC Star letter:  Higher taxes will lead Missouri to prosperity;  Nixon's vetoes should be sustained +
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        Saturday, September 6
       
KMOX:  Audio:  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer talks ISIS with John Hancock and Mike Kelley
          SNL:  McCaskill wants Ferguson fallout on Congress' front burner X
          P-D:  Witness list set for McCaskill's 'militarization' hearing Tuesday
          Missourinet:  Panel at top-tier journalism confab in Nashville focuses on Ferguson;  Non-Missouri reporters talk about themselves, their coverage
          SE Missourian:  National Association of Black Journalists holds panel discussion on Ferguson in Cape Girardeau +
          P-D:  More farmers' markets taking food stamps;  Fresh-food profit opportunity in Missouri is sizable, with more than 900,000 people on the dole
          P-D:  Funding loss forces local non-profit to end program that cuts infant mortalitiy;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health, Nurses for Newborns, others
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Video:  Kansas City Week in Review show:  McCaskill's bid for governor, Ferguson, more
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Weekly Power Rankings:  McCaskill inserts herself into Kansas politics while jockeying for Missouri governor, more
          AP:  Army Corps of Engineers increases water releases into Missouri River
          SE Missourian:  Anti-Amendment 3 group draws 11 people to first event;  Next meeting to be held Wednesday +
          CDT:  Area Dems host opponent of teacher-tenure amendment X
          Dexter Daily Statesman:  Dexter Schools Superintendent:  Amendment 3 could hurt local schools +
          Drebes:  Videos:  Tom Krewson's Comcast Newsmakers features interviews with 15 House Republicans
          KWMU:  Veto-session preview:  Ferguson may overshadow important debates on tax cuts/spending, school transfers, more
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Mother Jones:  Missouri Republicans are about to pass one of the harshest abortion laws in the country
          KC Star:  State work groups prepare to review, rewrite Missouri's learning standards +
          AP:  Condemned murderer wants execution halted over drug question, cites KWMU report on successful midazolam usage
          P-D editorial:  Finding empathy key to moving forward from Ferguson unrest
          KC Star editorial:  Veto session preview:  On every issue, Nixon is right and Republicans are wrong +
          CDT's Waters:  Bob McCulloch "shouldn't be frog-marched out of the courhouse by a mob" X
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  McCaskill gets involved in Kansas race;  Sexagenarian senior Senator is "feisty" +
          KC Star letter:  Nixon right to veto abortion waiting-period bill +
          JCNT letter:  August's Amendment 1:  Area man seeking more details on "Right to Farm" writes letter referencing his previous letter X
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        Friday, September 5
       
KC Star:  McCaskill urged Democrat to withdraw from Kansas Senate race +
          MSNBC:  Rachel Maddow to Claire McCaskill:  You could win the presidency!
          KRES:  Audio:  Luetkemeyer supports many provisions of just-completed farm bill, wants to see additional changes to food stamp program
          CDT:  Veterans voice concerns, compliments at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital town hall X
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Missouri will pay $11.3 million to feds in taxes stemming from Obamacare
          The Maneater:  Family Health Center of Boone County receives $250,000 from Obamacare grant
          KMBZ:  CDC report says Missouri parents aren't vaccinating their kids (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          AP:  32 states - including Missouri - ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage
          KC Star:  Unions' fast-food protest takes place in Kansas City +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  McRecap:  Compendium of coverage on union protests
          Joplin Globe:  'Militarization' of police is either a real need or an overreaction X
          KWMU:  Holder:  Visit to Ferguson influenced decision to launch probe of Ferguson police
          Missourinet:  Holder announces civil rights investigation of Ferguson Police Department
          P-D:  Holder announces new civil rights probe in Ferguson
          AP:  Justice Dept. announces Ferguson police probe
          AP:  Ferguson, St. Louis County pledge cooperation with probes
          Washington Post:  Holder announces Ferguson probe, review of St. Louis County police practices
          AP:  Records:  Nixon kept his routine after shooting
          Drebes:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) to use veto session to focus attention on Ferguson
          KWMU:  Big spending failed to help Amendment 7
          The Maneater:  Overview:  Amendment 2, sex crimes
          The Missouri Times:  Overview:  Amendment 6, early voting:  Comments from Missourians for Free and Fair Election's Aaron Baker
          Missourinet:  Nixon tells lawmakers not to override his budget cuts
          P-D:  Nixon says overriding budget vetoes would 'spend money we don't have'
          JCNT:  Nixon:  Sustaining vetoes needed to preserve fiscal strength;  "We don't have money for all this stuff" X
          CDT:  Nixon warns lawmakers that tax, spending vetoes must stand for state's fiscal health X
          Missourinet:  Nixon, sponsor make arguments for, against e-cigarette bill veto
          KWMU:  Nearly 800 city students from kindergarten through 8th grade "have fallen behind hind [sic]" in reading
          Portageville Missourian:  Noranda announces layoffs and scale-backs in New Madrid
          Missourinet:  Attorney wants Nixon to stay execution, says it's unfair that murderer had to face a white prosecutor, a white judge and a white jury of his peers
          JCNT:  Examiner:  State should autopsy executed inmates X
          KC Star:  Jurors as Brandon Ellingson's inquest find drowning to be accidental +
          P-D:  Coroner's jury rules drowning of handcuffed man at Lake of the Ozarks was accidental
          AP:  Cuffed suspect's drowning death ruled accidental
          P-D:  State consultant says Bridgeton Landfill fire spreading north
          Missourinet:  Record harvest means storage, price challenges for farmers;  Comments from University of Missouri agronomist Bill Wiebold
          P-D editorial:  Justice Department investigation will have to expand beyond Ferguson
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Unfortunate incident at Arizona shooting range won't impact Missouri
          SNL op-ed:  State giving less money to colleges X
          SNL letter:  Ferguson-type tension would be alleviated if more people gave unsolicited "Howdy" to strangers;  Septuagenarian says he has done this since the days of "Willy [sic] Mays" X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Home-care workers deserve a raise
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        Thursday, September 4
       
Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Blunt hears about EPA regulations during visit to Kennett +
          Linn County Leader:  Blunt comes to Brookfield, talks about excessive regulations
          KWMU:  Export-Import Bank could get short-term extension;  Comments from McCaskill, Wagner
          KWMU:  Area fast-food workers get free trips to protest around the country today;  Ebony Williams is pregnant at $7.50/hr job, says current system of capitalism is "new age slavery"
          KC Star:  Fast-food pay protests:  Round 6 set for Kansas City +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  McRevenge served up fresh today
          AP:  Feds approve disaster aid in wake of Ferguson looting
          The Missouri Times:  SBA declares Ferguson a disaster
          P-D:  Nixon lifts state of emergency in Ferguson
          Missourinet:  State of emergency lifted in Ferguson
          KWMU:  Department of Justice to investigate Ferguson police
          P-D:  Justice Department to announce probe of Ferguson police department
          P-D:  Missouri police organization blasts Nixon for Ferguson comments
          Missourinet:  Nixon defends response to unrest in Ferguson after Michael Brown shooting
          P-D:  SEIU, Organization for Black Struggle, others keep pushing for McCulloch's removal
          P-D:  Fundraising for Ferguson officer halted pending advice on paying legal bills
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Mainstream media slowly losing interest in Ferguson;  A compendium of national and Missouri coverage
          P-D:  Juvenile court:  Michael Brown was never convicted of the most serious felonies;  No info released on potential Class C charges, such as manslaughter or second-degree assault
          AP:  Attorney for Michael Brown's family calls request for youth's juvenile crime records "shameful," says Brown had no "serious" felony convictions
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation app allows users to get info on animal kills +
          Drebes:  Robert Stelzer hops in line for Colona's seat - in 2016 cycle
          KWMU:  Latest Missouri income numbers offer bad news, good news
          Kaiser Health News/Post-Dispatch:  Missouri to get early access to small business health insurance marketplace
          Kaiser Health News/Post-Dispatch:  Missouri Republicans may need to shift their Medicaid strategy after Pennsylvania decision
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers could restore some spending cut by Nixon in veto session
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon circling wagons on e-cig veto
          AP:  Nixon enlists health professionals as he seeks to discourage e-cig override
          CDT:  Nixon talks e-cigs with health advocates ahead of veto session X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon, health groups join against override of e-cigarette veto
          CDT:  Preliminary numbers suggest decline in federal research money for MU X
          AP:  Most Missouri schools using own evaluation systems
          Washington Missourian:  Area superintendent addresses district's low state improvement score, says system "is very confusing"
          P-D:  Francis Howell anticipates readmitting more Normandy transfer students
          KWMU:  Francis Howell could get up to 350 Normandy students
          Missourinet:  Missouri Teacher of the Year Chris Holmes visited Ferguson
          Priddy:  Ferguson rioters hit Missouri Teacher of the Year in the head with a brick
          The Missouri Times:  PSC drafts rule to prevent utility payments at payday loan facilities
          P-D:  PSC supports limiting utility bill payments at payday lenders
          The Missouri Times:  PSC staff opens investigation into retail solar rebates
          CDT:  Bruce Cole to remain on electronic monitoring;  other Mamtek cases continue X
          AP:  Nixon appoints Boeing official Bryan Scott to highway board
          P-D:  Coroner's jury may shed light on drowning of handcuffed man at Lake of the Ozarks
          P-D:  Bridgeton Landfill barrier design to take at least another 18 months
          Columbia Missourian:  CDT columnist Scott May pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography, says he would delete images of teen girls after viewing them
          P-D editorial:  Ground high-flying state lottery officials;  Missouri Republicans are also to blame for setting a bad example and not spending enough money
          Springfield Business Journal op-ed:  Miles Ross:  Lessons in crisis management in Ferguson;  How Nixon created his own "Katrina moment" and more
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Pro-gun Missouri lawmakers should let Idaho incident change their view +
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri public will be better if different agencies oversee deer and cattle
          SNL letter:  Billy Long refuses to debate because he lacks knowledge X
          P-D letter:  Centene's expansion into Ferguson deserves praise
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Public Schools board member Bill Haas:  Editorial about adequate school funding misses the point
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        Wednesday, September 3
       
KWMU:  McCaskill set to hold hearing on 'militarization' of police
        AP:  Lawsuits seek Michael Brown's juvenile records;  Post-Dispatch request would reveal previous crimes commited prior to convenience-story robbery
        P-D:  Diverse police forces are not a panacea for fatal police shootings
        The Missouri Times:  U.S. SBA reviewing Nixon's request for disaster declaration
        P-D:  Video:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) takes part in Ice Bucket Challenge, challenges Nixon to participate in popular July fad
        Politico:  What is Jay Nixon thinking?
        KWMU:  At St. Louis Regional Chamber, Nixon says he hopes Centene expansion will trigger more North County projects
        P-D:  Activists hope Centene move brings domino effect
        AP:  Report:  Midwest economy remained strong in August
        P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri's minimum wage set to increase yet again;  Missouri one of less than half of states with minimum wage floor higher than federal standard
        AP:  Amendment 3 teacher initiative survives legal challenge
        TonysKansasCity.com:  SOS Jason Kander throws out first pitch at Royals game
        Drebes:  Veto session brings potential for a hundred line-by-line votes
        Kirksville Daily Express:  Nixon, Rep. Craig Redmond (R-Canton) disagree on local impact of tax cuts
        AP:  Missouri Department of Insurance says workers' comp insurance costs could fall
        The Missouri Times:  Costs for Normandy transfer students largely unknown
        CDT:  Board to vote on rule change to expand A+ program to 'lawfully present' students X
        Missourinet:  Former Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to fraud, theft for sweetener plant scam
        KWMU:  Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole pleads guilty of security fraud and theft
        AP:  Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty
        P-D:  Former CEO of Mamtek pleads guilty to fraud, theft in failed factory case
        KWMU:  Noranda plans layoffs, drops expansion after PSC refuses to cut electric bill
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon backs PSC's Noranda rate redesign
        The Missouri Times:  Noranda announces first round of layoffs after PSC decision
        AP:  Noranda says it will lay off 200, suspend expansion
        P-D:  Noranda announces layoffs in wake of electric rate decision
        P-D:  Missouri regulators approve change in air pollution fees
        Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol hopes drivers have turned the corner as historically-dangerous travel season comes to close
        KWMU:  Missouri has used execution drug Midazolam effectively;  DOC chief George Lombardi said previously that the drug would not be used
        KCUR:  Group of religious leaders ask Nixon for moratorium on death penalty (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
        Joplin Globe:  Schweich's local office reviews plan for Joplin audit X
        USA Today editorial:  Annual pro-voting editorial;  As Ferguson has learned, if you don't vote, you might end up with white elected officials
        P-D editorial:  Live in poverty?  Need health care?  Don't come to Missouri.
        KC Star editorial:  Handcuffed student's drowning reveals problems with Missouri Water Patrol +
        KWMU op-ed:  Bill Freivogel:  A look at what could happen if grand jury considers facts of Michael Brown case and gives no indictment or conviction
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  Tolls on I-70 could be solution to MoDOT's funding problem
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Union is right to seek higher pay for home-care workers
        SE Missourian letter:  There are better ways to evaluate teachers than those presented by Amendment 3 +
        KC Star letter:  To improve roads, increase state fuel tax +
        P-D letter:  Vaping group:  Nixon was reckless to veto e-cig bill
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        Tuesday, September 2
       
Missourinet:  Cleaver leads meeting of U.S., Mexican lawmakers on children crossing the border
          KC Star:  BuzzChatter:  Cleaver says he's convinced "major changes" are on the way for Ferguson +
          P-D:  At Labor Day parade, sparse crowds and gloomy skies "could have been a metaphor for the state of the union movement"
          AP:  SEIU plans civil disobedience in 150 cities Thursday as union seeks to organize fast-food workers
          Rosenbaum:  Amid anger, a structurally-limited mayor vows to make changes
          KSDK:  Brown supporters block traffic;  A different group of protesters plans to block traffic next week
          NY Times:  Few in Missouri try to disrupt traffic
          P-D:  Official Michael Brown protest postponed, but at least one brief blockade forms anyway
          Columbia Missourian:  "Artists for Justice" congregate in Peace Park;  Blues performer laments "era of the new Jim Crow" while adults play with hula hoops
          Truman Index:  Students from Ferguson, and those who claim to be from somewhere nearby, discuss how Michael Brown case has affected them
          The Arrow (SEMO):  Students from Ferguson, and those who claim to be from somewhere nearby, discuss how Michael Brown case has affected them
          P-D:  Survey of how local colleges are acknowledging Michael Brown case
          LA Times:  Fundraising web pages for Ferguson cop still closed, though it's unclear why;  Rep. Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) is officer of "Shield of Hope"
          SE Missourian:  Police use cameras for evidence and training;  Area officers say video evidence helps convict criminals, disprove perpetrators' lies +
          AP:  Breaking:  People project their own worldviews onto Michael Brown case, regardless of facts
          KC Star:  Breaking:  People who live in the same neighborhood often share same socioeconomic status, worldview +
          P-D:  Centene to build new claims center in Ferguson, will attempt to find 200 qualified people
          KC Star:  Manufacturing jobs are open, but "skills gap" holds back high-tech industry;  Potential employees not qualified and/or not interested +
          Columbia Missourian:  Area state reps to attend Thursday forum on transportation funding
          P-D:  Spotlight on Missouri Lottery reveals far-flung travel by employees;  May Scheve Reardon responds, says her department's administrative costs are among lowest in the country
          Drebes:  Missouri Municipal League sues to block legislation - again
          Joplin Globe:  Some local schools see rise in ACT scores, percentage of test-takers X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri wrestles with challenges raised by prairie chicken declines;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City), Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) help make Kander's military-entrepreneur plan a reality X
          P-D editorial:  Annual school report cards highlight St. Louis disparity in poverty
          P-D editorial:  Adjunct professors unite for better education
          P-D op-ed:  American Automotive Policy Council President Matt Blunt:  Currency manipulation must end to create jobs in Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) Chancellor Cheryl Schrader:  Let's get more girls qualified for STEM jobs
          P-D letter:  Ferguson : Nixon :: Hurricane Katrina : Bush
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 1 supporter seeks to clarify what "Right to Farm" will do X
          P-D letter:  Those who signed Amendment 3 petition were rushing out of the grocery store and didn't know what they were doing
          P-D letter:  Steps to improve child care in Missouri
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        Monday, September 1   Labor Day
       
P-D:  Unions in St. Louis a shadow of what they once were;  Once-powerful movement now seeking to organize fast-food workers, while "union enemies are scoring victories"
          P-D's Raasch:  With incumbents re-elected, Missouri will see quiet November elections;  Columnist quotes a political science professor not named Connor or Robertson
          Joplin Globe:  Challenger seeks to raise profile, challenges incumbent to debate;  Incumbent says he is busy doing the people's work;  Challenger complains to media X
          KTVI:  Ferguson protesters hoping to stop traffic on highways around St. Louis today
          MSNBC:  Mini-profiles of local pols:  Ferguson Dem committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicous" Bynes says Antonio French should listen to actual residents, says he won't return her calls
          Drebes:  Rich AuBuchon, vet of Blunt and Kinder administrations, leaves Polsinelli to start his own legal and lobbying firm
          P-D:  Call center wait times climb as Medicaid applicants seek answers;  Union unhappy that Nixon administration has outsourced work to Mississippi-based company
          Washington Missourian:  Caseload issues cause delays, inefficiencies, public defender says;  Area woman hopeful Legislature will override Nixon's veto of contractor funding
          SNL:  County levy decline could increase impact of tax breaks X
          The Missouri Times:  Ag, small business groups sign letter in support of farm bill veto override
          Missourinet:  Updated funeral protest law now in place
          SNL:  State funding for colleges falls, but costs still rising X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri minimum wage is higher than the federal standard, but that's still not good enough +
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Feds cut a new tuition break for some veterans;  Comments from University of Missouri rep +
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Ferguson deserves attention to facts, not conjecture +
          CDT op-ed:  Nixon should stop execution;  Earl Ringo admits he's a murderer, but he had a really rough upbringing X
          P-D letter:  Chris Rock should visit Ferguson and present his educational "How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked By the Police" routine:  "Obey the law," "Use common sense," "Be polite"
          P-D letters:  If the P-D wants to examine percentages, how about calculating % of Ferguson residents who voted for McCulloch over his black female primary opponent?
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        Sunday, August 31
       
NY Times:  Democrats seek to register black voters in Ferguson;  McCaskill plans "candidate school" to educate inhabitants
          AP:  Hundreds in Ferguson mark three-week anniversary of strong-arm robbery, shooting, looting
          P-D:  Nation of Islam, NAACP, others march in Ferguson;  "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands Up United" pay a visit to the doorstep of Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Ferguson march compendium;  Protesters will honor Mike Brown on Labor Day by shutting down highways and creating traffic problems
          Washington Missourian:  Police:  Need to keep military surplus program precisely because of Ferguson-type behavior
          P-D:  Profile:  Antonio French;  Comments from local pols;  Callow on "Twitter video star('s)" campaign-finance and ethics woes;  Lacy Clay gives no comment
          JCNT:  Area sexagenarians recount '68 protest, offer nostalgic comparisons to Ferguson X
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Photo gallery:  Unity Picnic:  Mike Sanders, other area Dems
          CDT:  Lawmakers considering strategy to override Nixon on spending items X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) responds to American Cancer Society report recommendations including higher tobacco tax, Medicaid expansion, tanning restrictions, etc.
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau schools see big jump in annual scores +
          JCNT:  State grades Jefferson City public schools a high 'C' X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools looks at ways to get better, compete regionally X
          SNL:  Mixed results for Springfield's "focus" schools, which cater to slow and disruptive students X
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant, University City on downward slide to unaccredited status
          KC Star:  State trooper training criticized following Lake of Ozarks death;  Issue has gotten worse since Water Patrol merged into Highway Patrol in early 2011 +
          KC Star:  Kim Case, once a victim herself, is changing the way Missouri cares for rape victims +
          CDT:  Bruce Cole to enter plea on Mamtek-related criminal charges Tuesday X
          P-D:  Pavement blowups occur during hot summer days;  Comments from MoDOT
          P-D:  Exelon doubts EPA will order removal of West Lake radioactive waste
          P-D:  Republic Services struggles to gain trust as it deals with landfill headache
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must stop subsidies to illegal day cares
          SNL editorial:  McCaskill is right - body-worn cameras for police must be funded X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Addressing needs of Cape's troubled black neighborhoods might help prevent Ferguson-type situation +
          SNL letter:  Amendment 3 is part of Rex Sinquefield's plot to attack public schools X
          P-D:  A nonprofit system could address needs of area uninsured
          P-D letter:  Woman who says she can't work because she lost one (1) leg says home-care workers should get a raise
          P-D letter:  Response to P-D "Lessons from Ferguson: We earned this" editorial:  Nothing is more dangerous to young blacks than liberal Democrats promising handouts
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        Saturday, August 30
       
Kraske:  Claire McCaskill flirts with a run for governor;  Senator has been "dropping hints all over the state," criticizing Nixon - and faces minority status in U.S. Senate after November +
          Mahoney:  Ted Cruz hires Jeff Roe for 2016 presidential campaign (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          The Hill:  Blunt:  Stop Obama's executive 'overreach'
          KTVO:  Blunt weighs in on ISIS
          KTVO:  East Locust Creek Reservoir project to move forward;  Blunt announces federal grant worth $2.5M
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Brinkley
          SNL:  Challenger seeks to raise profile, challenges incumbent to debate;  Incumbent says he is busy doing people's work;  Challenger complains to media X
          AP:  "Five things" journomeme:  Things to know about Missouri's November elections
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 3, teacher evaluations;  Comments from MSTA's Mike Wood, Teach Great's Katie Casas, opposition campaign's Minnesota-based consultant Mike Sherman
          Drebes:  North County's Bert Atkins (D) other would-be candidates seeking to gather enough signatures to run as independents fail
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Weekly Power Rankings:  Winners include Jason Kander's wife, Diana, for a powerful and captivating speech
          Joplin Globe:  Half of Missouri school districts improve under state accountability measures X
          KC Star:  Kansas City area school districts celebrate report cards - unlike St. Louis area laggards
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          Joplin Globe:  Graduation rates for many schools inch higher X
          AP:  Nixon asks feds for disaster declaration
          P-D:  Nixon requests help from SBA for damage caused by looters
          Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg:  Nixon was 'uninvited' from Michael Brown's funeral
          P-D:  Paper requests juvenile court records;  Inquiry will help determine if Michael Brown had arrests prior to strong-arm robbery
          Poynter Institute:  "Five things" journomeme:  Lessons the Post-Dispatch learned from covering Ferguson
          CDT:  Lewis County press to shut down Macon Chronicle-Herald X
          TonysKansasCity.com:  KC's  "Ruckus" public affairs show includes - for the first time - TKC as panelist (video)
          JCNT editorial:  Broadstrokes of the debate on Amendment 2, dealing with child sex abuse cases X
          KC Star editorial:  Maintaining state accreditation will get tougher for area school districts +
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Brief nuggets on new laws that went into effect this week X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State law should require that small-town police forces be accredited - much like public schools
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Donations on both sides of Brown-Wilson show extent of emotions;  Politicians fanned the flames without having many facts
          CDT's Waters:  Hopefully the override of dairy-deer bill will fail - but then again, maybe it should pass and then get invalidated, because that would totally teach legislators a lesson X
          P-D letter:  Amendment 3:  Octogenarian Percy Pascoe says measure is a risky gamble that would make teachers pawns
          P-D letter:  American Lung Association board member:  E-cig bill would have advanced tobacco industry's agenda
          KC Star letters:  Woman opposes open carry;  Man hurt himself, sent mass e-mail to large group of officials, and is unhappy his troubles were not addressed sooner +
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        Friday, August 29
       
Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Blunt asks Holder for money to repair Ferguson +
          P-D:  McCaskill calls Sept. 9 hearing on police "militarization," while Blunt seeks federal taxpayer dollars
          Missourinet:  Loan program announced to bolster Ferguson businesses impacted by riots, looting
          KWMU:  Ferguson offered help from state and others
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon and Zweifel announce small-business relief for Ferguson
          P-D:  Nixon and others unveil $1 million no-interest loan program for Ferguson businesses
          Priddy:  Sarcastic take on Nixon and his "Communications Ministry" pushing DPS chief Jerry Lee in front of a bus to fill a racial quota
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Jamilah Nasheed takes aim at Nixon +
          P-D:  Profile:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal basks in controversy
          P-D:  Group delivers 950,000 signatures on Ferguson petitions to the White House
          Houston Herald:  Sen. Blunt visits Houston
          Drebes:  Jeffrey Earl to guide Schweich camp through unopposed re-election
          AP:  ACLU sues to stop early-voting measure
          KWMU:  Church coalition to seek Medicaid expansion, school improvements - and more voters
          Missourinet:  Union wants more money for home-care workers
          KWMU:  Advocates seek higher pay for home-care workers paid under Medicaid program
          The Missouri Times:  Home-care workers seek wage increase
          SNL:  Union wants higher pay for home-care workers;  Cartessie Johnson relays struggle of balancing a checkbook, cries X
          KSMU:  At media event, home care worker explains budgeting plight, says she works hard and wants more money to spend
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany) leading dairy bill override
          Missourinet:  Dairy industry, rural lawmakers confident of veto overturns on ag, captive-deer bills
          CDT:  Dairy industry urges override on bill to provide subsidies, scholarships X
          P-D:  SEIU seeks to unionize adjunct professors;  Comments from administrators, full-fledged professors, man unhappy with his car and salary
          KSHB:  Follow-up from Schweich audit:  Grandview superintendent accepted free tickets from district vendor;  Federal agency is investigating
          P-D:  Most school districts earn high marks on review, while a few have subpar student performance
          Columbia Missourian:  Achievement gap on MAP:  District-defined "subgroups" of blacks, Hispanics, slow, and those taking free-food handouts drag down district averages
          KWMU:  Normandy falls, Riverview and St. Louis rise in newest school report cards
          AP:  State report:  Normandy district still declining
          KC Star:  Report card holds mixed bag for Kansas City area districts +
          P-D:  Searchable database:  MAP scores
          P-D:  Interactive:  2014 MAP scores by district
          KWMU:  "Five Things" journomeme:  Takeaways from schools' annual progress reports
          KWMU:  NPR hosts forum in Ferguson;  Man who claims to have been hit by rubber bullet shows crowd his undergarments, supposed flesh wound
          KWMU:  Lawyers seek $40 million from Ferguson, St. Louis Co. for supposed injustices;  Man tells tale of fire, beatings:  "All I seen was [sic] flames!"
          P-D:  "Black Lawyers for Justice" file suit over alleged police misdeeds
          AP:  Lawsuits begin for alleged police abuse;  Dwayne Anton Matthews Jr. says he was beaten, called a racial slur and a "mophead"
          JCNT editorial:  Credit Koster's office for enforcing Missouri's laws for animals X
          P-D/Guardian U.S. joint opinion piece:  "I could have been Mike Brown":  Papers aim to "spur empathy" by printing readers' anonymous tales of harassment
          P-D letter:  Neither Nixon nor McCulloch want the Michael Brown shooting case
          P-D letter:  City resident gives sarcastic take on Ferguson and city-county merger, says city doesn't need cost and hassle of suburban savagery
          P-D letter:  P-D needs to start deleting comments that might be biased
          P-D letter:  Suggested follow-up to P-D police percentages:  A look at percentage of crimes committeed by blacks versus black population percentage
          KC Star letters:  Instead of racial quotas for police, maybe hire the most qualified and competent;  Sinquefield's Show-Me Institute seeks to eliminate the middle class +
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        Thursday, August 28
       
Columbia Missourian:  Failure to reauthorize international bank could affect Missouri companies
          CDT:  McCaskill makes pitch for Export-Import Bank at Paris Road manufacturer X
          KCUR:  McCaskill says not reauthorizing Export-Import Bank would hurt Missouri businesses
          Northeast News:  McCaskill talks Export-Import Bank, criticizes Tea Party (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Joplin Globe:  McCaskill tours Joplin company to promote Export-Import Bank X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Jason Smith's farm tour stops in Braggadocio;  Congressman addresses constituent questions on "Right to Farm," immigration, Noranda, more
          P-D:  Environmental activists want endangered species protection for butterflies;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation
          AP:  Thousands submit public comments on potential Fort Leonard Wood reductions
          Vandalia Leader:  Audrain County Farm Bureau annual meeting draws Rep. Jay Houghton (R), reps from Blunt, Hartzler, Riddle's office
          Cassville Democrat:  Eggs and Issues Breakfast draws Sen. David Sater (R), Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R), rep from Blunt's office
          Drebes:  American Water Company sets up PAC
          KWMU:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) says Nixon's choice of Dan Isom for Public Safety post is "pandering" to black elected officials
          KC Star:  McCaskill:  Nixon's lack of diversity "unfortunate;"  "Five days ago he was asked if he had any African-Americans in his cabinet. Five days later, we have an African-American in his cabinet" +
          The Guardian (UK):  Ferguson fallout:  Governor appoints only black cabinet member (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Missourinet:  Role that Isom will play in Ferguson peacekeeping not defined
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon names Isom to Public Safety post
          AP:  Governor names new public safety director;  Dan Isom becomes Nixon's second black cabinet member in six years
          P-D:  Isom becomes Nixon's only black cabinet member
          KWMU:  A look at the names, origins of Ferguson agitators;  McDonald's sandwich artist Jeanina Jenkins explains concept of peaceful bottle-throwing, says police were actually the agitators
          P-D:  Bills for extra law enforcement for Ferguson riots coming due
          P-D:  State and county police to scale back presence in Ferguson
          P-D:  SLU black student group holds forum on Ferguson;  Law prof says Missouri law is "pro-police"
          CDT:  Students march in silence X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri students hold silent march
          KWMU:  New Missouri laws - about 130 in total - about to go into effect
          Missourinet:  Changes to higher education funding formula take effect today
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Kansas City Public Schools beset by bullying, beating;  Video of beating garnered 100K shares on Facebook
          P-D:  St. Peters may sideline its red-light cameras until Supreme Court clarifies state law
          The Missouri Times:  KCP&L appears before PSC to discuss details of renewable energy plan
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill complaint about police "militarization" was an emotional, knee-jerk reaction to Ferguson hysteria
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon, legislators should support Koster's effort to recruit black officers;  Black parents must start teaching "respect for the law and those enforcing it"
          CDT's Waters:  Response to P-D criticism of Nixon;  Governor was correct to ignore histrionics and, instead, take a sensible and measured approach X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri DNR needs to do more to protect citizens from coal ash pollution
          Washington Missourian letter:  Retiree remembers when Ferguson was white, says she'd rather not drive by old neighborhood and see "what the reality has become"
          KC Star letter:  Journalists tried hard to make Ferguson all about them +
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        Wednesday, August 27
       
KOLR:  McCaskill visits steel company, says Export-Import Bank affects Missouri jobs
          SNL:  McCaskill visits Springfield to talk Missouri jobs;  Media asks about Ferguson X
          Drebes:  Danforth, Schweich meet with Obama's choice for Ireland ambassador
          P-D:  Blunt asked to provide taxpayer money to "bail out" Ferguson
          Missourinet:  McCaskill to investigate police militarization
          Missourinet:  Koster calls for diversity meetings
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Political types second-guess decisions by Nixon, Koster to skip celebrity-heavy Michael Brown funeral
          The Maneater:  Summary of primary election, which was held three weeks ago
          SE Missourian:  Kander and team create website to help the public track recounts +
          The Missouri Times:  "Right to Farm" headed to recount
          Missourinet:  "Right to Farm" will see recount
          The Missouri Times:  General election ballot achieves final form;  A look at language for Amendments 2, 3, 6 and 10
          Missourinet:  Prosecutors' and law enforcement groups back Amendment 2, which deals with child sex abuse
          KWMU:  Law enforcement officials back Amendment 2, to allow more evidence in some sex-crime cases
          The Missouri Times:  Prosecutors, sheriffs discuss support of Amendment 2
          AP:  Law groups support child sex-abuse amendment
          The Missouri Times:  Absentee, provisional ballots throw wrench in Mims race
          KC Star:  Missouri, eight other states propose compact to give them free hand in running health care programs;  Comments from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) +
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) says Nixon will name former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom to cabinet
          KC Star:  Schweich audit says Grandview School District mishandled bond projects +
          KSHB:  New audit criticizes Grandview School District's use of funds
          JCNT:  American Cancer Society report says Missouri's anti-cancer laws are insufficient X
          Joplin Globe:  DNR specialist tells environmental group that Joplin elevation might be factor in ozone levels X
          KWMU:  Water utilities push for new infrastructure;  Rates could rise
          P-D:  Aging pipes around St. Louis will push water bills up, report says
          P-D's Deb Patterson:  Amendment 1 might threaten success of puppy-mill regulations
          P-D op-ed:  University of California-Berkeley prof:  Nixon must remove Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
          SNL op-ed:  DeWayne Wickham, prof at Maryland HBCU state school:  Ferguson's black voters can't leave decisions to the white elected officials X
          Jensen:  Failures in Ferguson:  Liberals for fanning flames, Clay for jumping to conclusions, Ferguson police for not revealing potential injuries inflicted by strong-arm robber +
          KC Star letters:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare wants more federal taxpayer money to support Section 8 housing;  Nicastro conspired to bring in CEE-Trust all along +
          JCNT letter:  Loose Creek woman finds it "scary" that city folks had influence over Amendment 1's fate X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Fate of rehab center rests in governor's hands X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) shouldn't curse so much
          P-D letter:  Nasheed shouldn't have injected herself into Ferguson issue
          P-D letter:  Since the Post-Dispatch is so concerned with police-force diversity, maybe the paper should apply racial quotas to their own staff
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        Tuesday, August 26
       
P-D:  No arrests in Ferguson
          AP:  Mourners remember Michael Brown:  "a 'gentle giant' and aspiring rapper"
          AP:  Ferguson seeks to change the 'ritual' of black deaths
          P-D:  Politicians, celebrities attend Michael Brown's funeral
          KWMU:  Michael Brown buried
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Claire McCaskill stays winning with approach to Michael Brown;  Mainstream media acknowledges Claire-for-gov talk
          P-D:  Judge denies request from Post-Dispatch and Bloomberg to release more detail about grand jury;  Demographics reflect racial makeup of St. Louis County
          P-D:  Students honor Mike Brown by skipping class
          KWMU:  Brown's death marked by rallies at Wash U, SLU;  Hoosier congratulates herself and others for taking part despite "the sun and the heat and everything"
          AP:  Recount requested on "Right to Farm"
          KWMU:  Wes Shoemyer requests recount on "Right to Farm"
          Drebes:  Shoemyer upset that Protect the Harvest founder compared animal-rights activists to terrorists
          The Missouri Times:  A look at the disappearance of Kerry Messer's wife, Lynn
          SE Missourian:  State representatives create financial plan for Cottonwood +
          CDT:  MU accepts more students than ever before X
          CDT:  Pride Fest:  Photo:  Obese men dressed up as women perform 1982's "It's Raining Men" X
          P-D editorial:  The mourning of Michael Brown can help us find common language;  People should stop using the words "thug" and "racist"
          KC Star editorial:  All police departments should mirror ethnic makeup of the community +
          SNL op-ed:  Area man gives tips to politicians:  Taxes should have a sunset provision;  Billy Long should get out and about as much as McCaskill and Blunt do X
          KWMU op-ed:  SLU Law Assistant Prof Chad Flanders:  Missouri's use of force statute goes against constitutional rulings
          KC Star letter:  If an ID is required to purchase a gun, an ID should be required to vote +
          SNL letter:  Man from Oldfield, Mo. warns:  PROMO, other gay advocates seek to lure you "subliminally" into their "emotional web" X
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        Monday, August 25
       
KWMU:  Live updates from Ferguson;  Brown funeral begins at 10 a.m. Central
          AP:  Al Sharpton to speak at Brown funeral today
          P-D:  Black legislators air frustrations in meeting with Nixon;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  "He's pretending he cares"
          NBC:  Transcript:  Gov. Jay Nixon on Meet the Press
          NBC:  Video clip:  On Meet the Press, Nixon says he has no plans to replace Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
          KC Star:  Koster plans diversity workshops in KC, St. Louis +
          AP:  Koster to hold workshop aimed at increasing the number of black officers
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Tips to not get killed by police, plus weekend compendium of KC and national Ferguson coverage
          P-D:  Riot profile:  Edward Crawford, Twitter handle @eyeFLOODpanties, captured in iconic image throwing tear gas canister at police whilst holding bag of Red Hot Riplets
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant set to start school today
          Daily Journal:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) addresses chamber luncheon, talks of learning to span party divides in Washington D.C.
          Drebes:  Chris Carter Sr. fined $1,470 for filing inaccuracies
          Drebes:  Matt Morrow, former aide to U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft and recently head of Springfield Home Builders, to lead Springfield Chamber of Commerce
          KSMU:  New Chamber President Matt Morrow supports "Right to Work" for job creation
          Columbia Missourian:  Pride Fest gallery:  Drag queens, "Gayest Dog" contest, shirtless minor in public fountain, hula hoops, more;  Comments from 17-year-old "very lipstick lesbian"
          KCUR:  Missouri school district MAP scores to be released this week (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D letter:  Sharpton, Clay, Nixon rush to judgement without facts of Michael Brown strong-arm robbery/shooting
          P-D letter:  Publishing personal info on Officer Darren Wilson's parents was uncalled for;  Perhaps paper should look at arrest record of Michael Brown's parents, too
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        Sunday, August 24
       
KWMU:  NAACP marches;  Pro-Wilson group raises money
        P-D:  NAACP march is peaceful
        P-D:  Darren Wilson supporters rally in South St. Louis
        KWMU:  Group of Ferguson protesters releases list of demands, calls for national "Walk Out";  Taurean Russell says, "We have nothing but time on our hands"
        AP:  Tensions subside after peaceful Ferguson protests
        AP:  Ferguson residents share hard-knock stories
        KC Star:  Cleaver's son gathers panel to discuss interaction with police;  Woman tells tale of negative experience with police, weeps +
        AP:  Obama will send aides to Brown funeral
        P-D:  Nixon's political future may have taken a hit thanks to Ferguson
        P-D:  Statistics:  Area police departments' racial makeup
        KC Star:  Statistics:  Area police departments' racial makeup +
        SE Missourian:  Secretary of State Jason Kander speaks to Dem group, talks voter ID and minimum wage +
        SE Missourian:  County Dems elect officers +
        SNL:  Amendment 3 overview:  "Local control" vs. "Big Brother" X
        JCNT:  Rural economic development grant heads to fall veto session;  Comments from Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) X
        KC Star:  Eyewitnesses recall the day Brandon Ellington drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks;  Paper obtains taped interviews conducted by Missouri Highway Patrol +
        JCNT:  Several factors contribute to fewer deaths on Missouri roads +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Michael Brown's interaction with officer shows how far society has slipped;  Civilians should say "Yes sir" and "No sir" to police
        JCNT editorial:  State, city share exemplary Missouri State Penitentiary project X
        Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  If Ferguson cop was black, there would have been no looting or destruction of property
        Horrigan:  Emerson Electric should do more to help Ferguson
        KC Star's Steve Rose:  Too many white people - elected by black people - are in charge of Ferguson, and have turned it into "a plantation" +
        P-D's Nicklaus:  Examining the extent to which Ferguson riots has soured businesses on St. Louis
        Priddy:  The fox is guarding the chicken coop:  Missouri DNR's Air Pollution Control program
        Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  There's no point in sending a reporter to Ferguson if they're not going to write anything substantive
        SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  From Ferguson:  Reflections on a summertime stroll X
        P-D letter:  Former County Executive Gene McNary (R):  McCulloch demonstrates a calm determination to see justice prevail
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        Saturday, August 23
       
KC Star:  Politicians feel the heat from Ferguson crisis +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers plan Ferguson committee
          CDT:  Legislators see need for action in wake of Ferguson X
          P-D:  Nation of Islam members push to Ferguson's frontlines;  Minister Louis Farrakhan says government conspires to kill black men
          P-D:  Shields of Hope named as official non-profit for those seeking to support Officer Darren Wilson;  Contributions may be tax-deductible
          AP:  Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights
          P-D:  Protest scene gets quieter Friday night
          AP:  Grand jury consists of six white men, three white women, two black women, one black man;  Nine votes needed to indict
          AP:  New worry:  How bad will riots get if Darren Brown isn't charged?
          P-D:  Captain Ron Johnson talks about his background, process of restoring order to Ferguson, crying by himself at age 51, more
          P-D:  St. Louis County officer suspended over video;  35-year veteran boasts that McCaskill and Blunt "won't even talk to me," says he "got me [sic] a gold star"
          Drebes:  Shawn D'Abreu leaves Missouri Centers for Independent Living, opens up lobbying shop
          SNL:  Lawmakers seek to delay closing of Mount Vernon center X
          KC Star:  Firm reviewing UMKC rankings has worked many years for university system +
          KC Star:  Alternative charter high schools are disappearing in Missouri +
          The Missouri Times:  Judge grants 14 temporary restraining orders in Normandy transfer case
          KMBC:  Koster warns of phone scam
          JCNT:  Area public defenders say they work too hard X
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  Political types taking ALS ice bucket challenge
          P-D editorial:  Lessons from Ferguson:  We earned this
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission rejects Noranda's misdirected, unfair proposal X
          KC Star letter:  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton treat Jay Nixon like "a flat-footed nerd" +
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        Friday, August 22
       
KWMU:  Q&A with Gov. Jay Nixon on decision to withdraw National Guard troops, more
          P-D:  Nixon begins withdrawing Missouri National Guard from Ferguson
          AP:  National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson after dark:  Five minor arrests
          P-D:  Ferguson updates: