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        Thursday, April 25, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson asks for federal disaster declaration
          KC Star:  DSCC, allies still advancing complaints about Hawley's 2017 office e-mails X
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick promotes savings accounts for Missourians with disabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes budget as revenues start trending up
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher ed funding stable, K-12 funding up under Senate budget
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot's 'border war' bill passes through House
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to issue final report about Department of Revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look to force insurance companies to cover therapies for disabled kids
          Washington Missourian:  'Lyndon's Law' clears Senate committee, with full vote scheduled next week
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects federal reimbursement allowance reauthorization after lengthy debate
          P-D:  Movie-makers might be tempted to return to Missouri if lawmakers revive tax-credit program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers debate film tax credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) says free-speech bill would help ensure campus guests are treated with respect
          P-D:  Legislators weigh in on Title IX due process legislation X
          KC Star:  Timeline for passage of due-process protections unclear X
          The Missouri Times:  Former major league hurler Chris Young visits legislators to advocate for sports betting
          Daily American Republic:  Law enforcement, bail bond agents and the public brace for changes to bail policies
          P-D:  Liberals unhappy with Medicaid renewal system process;  Comments from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, SLU law prof, others X
          KBIA:  Missouri Department of Conservation launches "Be Bear Aware" campaign as black bears begin prowling for food;  Missourians advised to avoid infested areas
          P-D:  Caucasoids hold "Black Lives Matter" signs outside Ladue Schnucks;  Female thieves, male accomplice stole from grocery store X
          KC Star:  Petty fights in Congress could delay disaster relief for Missouri flood victims X
          P-D editorial:  Captain awaits justice from Missouri National Guard after sexual assault X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lobbyist tried to gut Title IX protections to help his son. He almost got away with it. X
          P-D op-ed:  Congressional candidate Cort VanOstran (D):  Pass "Equality Act" for LGBTQIA* rights X
          Columbia Missourian's Sidney Steele:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) is a liar - female babies are not "women"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Gaming Association's Mike Winter:  Proposed gambling expansion would bypass Missouri voters and casino regulations X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian says Rex Sinquefield purchases politicians, "strives to wreak havoc and destroy the state" X
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        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay challenger Cori Bush touts fundraising on Twitter, but reports raising no money to FEC X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Matt Blunt talks to Rosenbaum about American auto industry, Missouri Medicaid, and his legacy
          St. Joseph News-Press:  River roundtable, hosted by Rep. Sam Graves, finds Corps policies wanting
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee admonishes Army Corps of Engineers regarding flood control
          JCNT:  Hegeman asks Senate committee to endorse flood control resolution
          SNL:  Parson calls election for Ozarks House seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Robert Sauls (D-Independence)
          Columbia Missourian:  State revenue figures up from last year, letting legislators breathe easier
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Republicans in House seek to give Missouri voters a voice on redistricting;  Comments from "Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Mayfield [sic])" X
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans say legislation improves "Clean Missouri"
          Missourinet:  GOP legislation seeks to give voters a voice on redistricting changes
          Columbia Missourian:  House moves to give voters a say on redistricting process
          The Missouri Times:  House passes changes to initiative petition process
          SNL:  Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Republic) says he'll bring back retiree-recruitment legislation next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Massive criminal justice overhaul bill clears another hurdle
          KC Star:  Son's battle against Washington University inquisitions helped inspire Democrat's legislative efforts;  Richard McIntosh seeks justice for Title IX victims X
          JCNT:  Legislators ride Katy Trail to drum up support for Rock Island Trail X
          The Missouri Times:  Inside the Senate's federal reimbursement allowance program battle
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers advance bills allowing Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustments for care facilities
          P-D editorial:  State should change position on confidentiality and turn over marijuana application information to Post-Dispatch X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri NAACP Environmental Justice Committee Chair Bruce Morrison:  Trump's move on Waters of the U.S. rule discriminates against blacks X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Eddy Justice:  "Red Flag" laws are a giant red flag - and have no place in Missouri
          Messenger:  Battle against mass incarceration is making a dent in Missouri's prison population X
          Priddy:  Missouri casinos are bad corporate citizens and are cheating everyone (957 words)
          P-D letter:  Fenton woman with dementia thanks Hawley for supporting Alzheimer's research X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson sexagenarian opposes efforts to expand charter schools X
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        Tuesday, April 23, 2019
       
Politico:  Trump wins over big donors who snubbed him in 2016;  Missouri's Jack Oliver plays a key role
          KCUR:  Flooded farmers in Missouri want federal disaster assistance like Nebraska and Iowa
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for November 5 special election for vacant House seats
          The Missouri Times:  'Women in Policy' roundtable event to be held at Capitol next week;  Panel to include Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, Kate Casas, Rowden Chief of Staff Alex Cypert
          KWMU:  Group of black leaders call for St. Louis County NAACP leader John Gaskin III to resign after Better Together endorsement;  Gaskin supporters point to "Clean Missouri," say payola-for-endorsement setup is common
          P-D:  Area black leaders denounce merger plan and call for NAACP president to resign X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with Rosenbaum about opposition to Better Together, support for Clean Missouri, more
          Missourinet:  Senate could debate CAFO bill today
          Joplin Globe:  Senate bill focuses on CAFO regulations X
          SNL:  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) would curb judges' death penalty power X
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana facility application questions revised for economic impact and competitiveness
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana seed-to-sale tracking contract under protest
          The Missouri Times:  In expedited ballot, Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approves MRI replacement
          KWMU:  A look at MoDOT's roadkill-pickup process
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers introduce flood of prisoner-tampon bills
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans' effort to change Clean Missouri is infuriating X
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans will do anything - even tricking black Democrats - to overturn Clean Missouri X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Everything Phyllis Schlafly warned the Equal Rights Amendment would do happened anyway X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Biotechnology Association's Kelly Gillespie:  Life sciences respect essential to Missouri patients and economy X
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        Monday, April 22, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional Democrats target energy companies, including Ameren, over industry's lobbying efforts X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) talks with Scott Faughn about Senate Conservative Caucus, charter schools, transportation funding, attack on UMKC campus;  Panel of Jeremy LaFaver, John Mayfield, Reps. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City), Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) discuss UMKC attack, Title IX due process, transportation bonding
          KC Star:  Some black Democrats join Republicans in fighting Clean Missouri gerrymandering X
          Daily American Republic:  Local officials, bail bond agents react to coming changes in criminal justice
          SNL:  House Republicans seek sale of Eleven Point State Park X
          P-D:  Awarding of medical marijuana administration contract draws lawsuit over process X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Work requirements for Medicaid make sense +
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian questions Ann Wagner's motives for family-leave bill X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to letter supporting charter schools X
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        Sunday, April 21, 2019   Happy Easter!
       
P-D:  Boeing getting its North St. Louis County site ready to build F-15s X
          AP:  Census:  52 Missouri counties lost population in 2018
          KC Star:  Profile:  Septuagenarian feminist Carolyn McGowan spins yarns of male microaggressions, dreams of ERA passage to settle the score X
          JCNT:  'Clean Missouri' group upset over proposed amendment X
          Missourinet:  Fathers of Springfield murderer and victim urge Missouri lawmakers to pass "Hailey's Law"
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative fix to fire services confusion not certain this year
          JCNT:  Bernskoetter confident CAFO bill will pass X
          CDT:  Medical marijuana facilities:  How close is too close to schools, day cares and churches? X
          CDT:  Tribune managing editor to depart;  Charles Westmoreland lasted nearly two years at paper X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With Clean Missouri legislation, Republicans move to keep it partisan X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  For-profit coding boot camp hopes VA approval will lead to growth X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Populist politics is the perfect breeding ground for anti-vaccination nonsense X
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        Saturday, April 20, 2019   4/20
       
P-D:  Beyond exonerating Trump, Mueller Report mentions Russian Twitter bot with Missouri handle
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service declares local disaster in five counties
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt joins 17-state coalition seeking new Waters of the U.S. rule
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions on ranked voting, renewable energy approved to circulate
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) defends blocking Twitter accounts that annoy her X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 15, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee hears pair of bills modifying death penalty guidelines
          The Missouri Times:  Senate hears proposal changing minimum wage requirements for private schools
          AP:  Missouri measures could affect local rules regarding large farms
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 17, 2019
          Columbia Missourian:  MU study suggests smaller market for medical marijuana
          AP:  Speaker:  Discipline done for Missouri lawmaker over gossip
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Transportation proposal is, at least, a start X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Flood protection must come first on Missouri River
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman complains about "wage gap" and state's minimum wage X
          Disclosure



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        Friday, April 19, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri's delegation reacts to Mueller report
          KWMU:  Full federal appeals court to decide whether unpaid lobbyists in Missouri must register
          The Missouri Times:  Steve Corsi resigns as head of DSS, takes position with faith-based non-profit
          JCNT:  DSS director resigns X
          P-D:  Missouri's social services chief leaving in June X
          KC Star's Edward McKinley:  Title IX due process bill runs into filibuster in Senate;  Comments from "Sen. Bob [sic] Eigel" X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) seeks to close domestic violence gun 'loophole'
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers hear testimony on concealed-carry legislation
          KWMU:  City-County merger plan could face big hurdles from Missouri lawmakers
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes St. Louis City-County merger resolution
          P-D:  Statewide vote on St. Louis City-County merger gets thumbs-down in Missouri Senate X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County NAACP endorses St. Louis City-County merger
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP endorses merger - then its president admits he's paid to advocate for it X
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with bill limiting use of eminent domain
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final approval to Grain Belt legislation
          AP:  House backs landowners fighting wind energy line
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers briefed on national agriculture outlook
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider regulating drones
          SNL:  Puff, puff, live:  MoDOT to celebrate stoner holiday by cracking down on weed-impaired drivers X
          AP:  Bill to reduce penalties for pot possession fails in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Bill updating Missouri's HIV laws moves out of committee
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt awards dozens of medical centers for compliance with rape kits
          SNL:  Woman who arranged mother's murder wants Parson to shorten prison sentence X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans are right to protect property owners from eminent domain abuse X
          Messenger:  President of NAACP adding voice to those trying to protect Title IX in Missouri X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri Republicans blast UMKC chancellor over protest, but he did nothing wrong X
          KC Star op-ed:  Minorities for Medical Marijuana's Erik Range:  Minorities are entitled to profits from Missouri's cannabis industry X
          KWMU:  Kaiser Health News unsigned op-ed:  Gay men's "Dominoes Gang" sex parties, drug users help spread syphllis throughout rural Missouri;  State lawmakers to blame
          Disclosure


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        Thursday, April 18, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt stresses workforce development, broadband access, and more in address to Missouri House
          JCNT:  Blunt to Missouri House:  Nation's economy best it's been in years X
          Missourinet:  Blunt calls for Missouri PDMP bill, emphasizes importance of broadband
          KWMU:  In Jefferson City, Blunt promotes workforce development programs
          JCNT:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst testifies about flooding at U.S. Senate hearing X
          SNL:  Parson urges OTC graduates to stay in Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Schmitt seeks anecdotes for opioid lawsuit +
          KCUR:  Berkeley, CA group unhappy with amount of dark money spent to influence Missouri elections
          P-D:  Don Marsh declines St. Louis Public Radio lifetime achievement award after station's hypersensitive histrionics X
          SNL:  Senate legislation seeks changes on term limits X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition changes move forward in House, stall in Senate
          AP:  Missouri House backs filing fees for initiative petitions
          Columbia Missourian:  House legislation addresses initiative petition processes
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects sweeping criminal justice overhaul bill
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to place limits on lawsuits alleging harm from products
          CDT:  Senate boosts MU research center funding X
          KC Star:  UM System President Mun Choi defends UMKC chancellor before Missouri House committee;  Initial statement from C. Mauli Agrawal criticized conservative speaker's "extreme views" X
          Columbia Missourian's Ashlyn O'Hara:  Lawmakers question Choi, UMKC's "C. Mauli Argawal [sic]"
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) says legislation would save students from forced fee payments
          Missourinet:  Bill on Title IX inquisitions stalls in Missouri Senate
          Washington Missourian:  ECC president opposes proposal to expand concealed-carry freedoms to campus X
          KC Star:  Charter schools say they are losing millions in tax revenue to KC district X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules lawmakers unconstitutionally cut funding for specific executive branch employee
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves seven questions for dispensary applications
          The Missouri Times:  Committee unanimously approves amended questions for cultivator applications
          KWMU:  Obituary:  John E. 'Jack' Galmiche III led Nine Network of public media into the digital age
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit):  Reaching compromise and maintaining local control
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri Republicans desperate to undo much-needed ethics measures X
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        Wednesday, April 17, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Senate committee hearing in Iowa to focus on Missouri River flooding
          AP:  U.S. Senate hearing to focus on preventing more Missouri River flooding
          Missourinet:  Missouri flood aid package stalls in Congress, but Blunt expects eventual passage
          KMOX:  Charlie Brennan show:  Veteran newsman Don Marsh names names, describes behind-the-scenes "millennial ambush" from hypersensitive KWMU employees that led to his departure (begins around 14:30)
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  What we learned
          Missourinet:  Parson announces new effort to train 500 Missouri manufacturing technicians
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri high court affirms governor's ability to appoint lieutenant governor
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds appointment of Lt. Gov. Kehoe
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Parson had authority to appoint Kehoe
          AP:  Missouri bill would undo law on where attorney general lives
          AP:  Schmitt's office seeks stories about ravages of opioids
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes term-limit proposal for statewide officials
          SNL:  Republicans want transparency rules for Clean Missouri's new redistricting czar
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Burlison's petition numbers check out
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) calls on University of Missouri System President Mun Choi to ask for UMKC chancellor's resignation
          KC Star:  GOP lawmakers seek to hold UMKC chancellor accountable after dismissive statement on campus attack X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate budget chair proposes $10 million for MU medical complex
          The Missouri Times:  Senate unanimously passes domestic violence, sexual abuse protection bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate debates Title IX due process bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate holds hearing on freedom for school districts to choose to offer elective Bible classes
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot, Conservative Caucus still working through disagreements
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri farmers, ranchers join together to lobby lawmakers at Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Crowd backs private property rights
          Missourinet:  Kehoe emcees rally in favor of bill to halt Grain Belt Expressway
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with bill limiting use of eminent domain
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol braces for Grain Belt fight:  What to know about the proposed project
          Columbia Missourian:  House wants to stop Grain Belt Express from using eminent domain
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to Grain Belt-related legislation
          AP:  Missouri House erects barrier to wind power line
          CDT:  House passes bill restricting Grain Belt project X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fast-track scholarship bill faces stalemate from school-choice supporters in the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Wieland moves to address air ambulance costs billed to insured patients
          AP:  Court says Missouri lawmakers wrongly cut administrative law judge's salary
          SE Missourian:  Trap, don't hunt:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation discourages hunting of destructive feral hogs invading area counties +
          KWMU:  State school board ends decade-long oversight of St. Louis City schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education votes to return control of St. Louis Public Schools to elected board
          P-D editorial:  The Missouri GOP defends local control - unless a hog farm wants to move in +
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  DOR failure left individual taxpayers in the dark
          Priddy:  On sports betting and casino admission figures in Missouri (2,083 words)
          Disclosure


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        Tuesday, April 16, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  In wake of assault on campus, Sater suggests UMKC chancellor resign
          KC Star:  Schmitt seeks to dismiss DSCC suit against Hawley X
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Committees
          P-D:  He's gone from office, but Greitens is still paying legal bills X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) talks to Rosenbaum about Better Together, infrastructure bonding, low-income housing tax credits, more
          The Missouri Times:  Senate officially passes infrastructure bonding bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bridge-funding plan
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot lambasts Senate's Conservative Caucus, cites 'inconsistencies' with legislative priorities
          KC Star:  Cierpiot talks about challenges of compromising with Conservative Caucus X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers form new caucus to aid local governments
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to waive penalties for taxpayers
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes carjacking, tax extension, digital license bills
          The Missouri Times:  House committee advances sports betting bill with royalty fee
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal places limits on open state demographer position
          Washington Missourian:  School start date should be decided locally, Washington superintendent says
          The Missouri Times:  JCAR acts as 'quasi-judicial' oversight on agency rulemaking
          Columbia Missourian:  United by tragedy, two fathers support Amber Alert bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield)
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmaker amends Gold Star Families monument bill in compromise
          SNL:  How businesses will apply to sell medical pot X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hoskins right that state still owes tens of millions on bonds issued to build The Dome at America's Center
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger wins Pulitzer Prize for series on "debtors' prisons" X
          KC Star:  Star columnist Melinda Henneberger named Pulitzer Prize finalist for thoughts on "institutional sexism and misogyny," etc. X
          P-D editorial:  Honoring Tony Messenger X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says national popular-vote campaign is wrong for Missouri X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Blunt on debate time for Trump nominees X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man disappointed by editorial board's suggestion that black voters should vote for only black candidates X
          Disclosure


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        Monday, April 15, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hydrologist warns flooding along the Missouri River is far from over
        KC Star:  "I'm just not going to be bullied." Sen. Josh Hawley's first 100 days in the U.S. Senate X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dave Schatz on transportation compromise, workforce development, Senate personalities, more;  Panel of Joe Lakin, Don Hinkle, Lindsay Pattan, Jeff Rainford talk infrastructure spending, pro-life bills, workforce development, more
        KMWU:  Missouri lawmakers hope to provide relief for unexpected tax bills
        Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says state departments use slush fund from unfilled jobs
        KWMU:  St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners gearing up for upgrades
        Missourinet:  Missouri House expected to vote tomorrow on Grain Belt bill;  rally planned
        P-D:  Missouri hopes to lasso national rodeo event with upgrades to state fairgrounds;  Comments from MO Dept. of Ag's Sami Jo Freeman X
        Joplin Globe editorial:  Wrong process for concealed-carry bill X
        Phill Brooks:  Let Parson be Parson X
        Messenger:  The Missouri River is a 'mad elephant' that won't be tamed by 'bigger and better' levees X
        SE Missourian letter:  Burfordville woman opposes closed-primary proposal +
        P-D letter:  St. Louis woman opposes proposal to expand concealed-carry freedoms X
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia liberal questions state lawmakers' Christianity, says Mizzou should be forced to pay employees $15/hour minimum wage
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau liberal responds to pro-life response to original letter +
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        Sunday, April 14, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Net neutrality, Trump nominees X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses multiple complaints
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 8, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  DOR drafting emergency amendment, revised regulation for withholding tax calculation
          JCNT:  DOR official:  Missouri taxpayers are owing less X
          SNL:  GOP lawmakers seek to create a day of remembrance for those harmed by Communist regimes X
          SNL:  At Springfield preschool, Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven hails kids' needs for 'proper start' X
          P-D:  In-depth look at Missouri Dept. of Corrections recruitment, training X
          P-D:  What it will take to license or sell marijuana in Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Drone-use policy allows hobby in state conservation areas +
          SNL:  State purchasing 1,192 acres in Shannon County X
          KC Star editorial:  In Missouri, a D-list conservative was sad to be squirted with the makings of a bubble bath X
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should focus on increasing immunization rates X
          SNL op-ed:  Brewer Science's Terry Brewer:  Benefit Corporations can help Missouri workforce X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City):  Collecting e-sales taxes is not a tax hike X
          Disclosure


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        Saturday, April 13, 2019
       
AP:  UMKC student charged after attacking conservative speaker during speech
          KC Star:  Conservative speaker attacked on UMKC campus;  LGBTQIA* activists offended by Michael Knowles' presentation on biology of men and women
          KWMU:  Former Ferguson activist packs protesters in rental van, heads to El Paso to complain about border-security efforts
          KWMU:  More details emerge regarding Don Marsh's decision to leave station over "you look good" histrionics;  Producer Evie Hemphill sent e-mail scolding Marsh for commenting on 75-year-old Karen Foss' appearance;  Veteran newsman told KWMU reporter Bob Duffy to "get a room" after fellow senior citizen hugged co-worker in 2016;  Other unforgiveably sexist acts
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) on bridge-funding compromise, Better Together, much more
          AP:  No Missouri politicians suspected of wrongdoing in Arkansas charity-fraud case;  Alleged shysters made contributions to three former GOP elected officials
          Missourinet:  Parson says soldiers will not tame St. Louis City criminals:  "We can't take over the law enforcement jobs"
          Joplin Globe:  Senate finds compromise on infrastructure plan;  vote in offing X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects domestic violence, sexual assault protection bill
          P-D:  Parson names associate judge to St. Louis circuit judge post X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Lots of talk, but still no road plan
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  St. Louis County NAACP's John Gaskin III:  Lack of due process in Title IX inquisitions continues to impact African-Americans
          P-D letter:  Illinois man disappointed by KWMU's lack of transparency in Don Marsh brouhaha X
          P-D letter:  House Springs sexagenarian expresses anger at Paul Wieland over 911 funding, voters for electing him X
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        Friday, April 12, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay, Wagner aggressively fundraising in anticipation of 2020 election challenges X
          CDT:  Fellow farmers tell Hartzler that federal rules hamper flood control efforts X
          KWMU:  New U.S. attorneys to bring federal weight to St. Louis Safer Streets cases
          Missourinet:  Schmitt teams up with federal prosecutors in attempt to tackle St. Louis' violent crime
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Institutions
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee's Summit)
          AP:  Planned Parenthood wants stay in Columbia abortion-facility case
          SNL:  State names medical pot advisory committees X
          P-D:  Missouri wants feedback on medical marijuana rules, applications for licenses X
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana advocates dispute University of Missouri study;  Jack Cardetti questions report's hazy math X
          KC Star:  St. Louis real estate reporter duped into covering Greitens-comeback hoax;  Trademark 'oh-snap!' quotables from Jeff Smith X
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz forges compromise on highway funding
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to bridges bonding plan X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate strikes deal on governor's proposed bridge funding plan
          AP:  Missouri Senate reaches accord on funding to fix 250 bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri One Start program, a governor priority, given initial Senate approval
          P-D:  Hellbender could become state's official endangered species X
          The Missouri Times:  One year after legislation, hair braiding video and certificate become available
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 10, 2019
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Second Amendment rights don't stop at the edge of campus
          KC Star editorial:  With measles on the rise, why is Missouri lawmaker kowtowing to the anti-vaccine crowd? X
          P-D editorial:  Get ready for elected-board rule over St. Louis Public Schools X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:  Lawmakers should address Clean Line Energy decision
          Ray Hartmann:  Better Together can be stopped - and a 'reasonable Republican' in Jefferson City has a way to do it
          Messenger:  Who holds the key to the jailhouse doors in Missouri's debtors' prisons? X
          SNL op-ed:  Area feminist touts her performance reading statement against pro-life bill, praises herself for being "forceful" X
          The Missouri Times letter:  Missouri Charter Public School Association's Doug Thaman:  The only thing to fear is the mediocrity we already have
          P-D letter:  Valley Park septuagenarian praises Don Marsh, agrees with Karen Foss that older folks like being told they look good X
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        Thursday, April 11, 2019
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Josh Hawley talks to Jason Rosenbaum about first few months in U.S. Senate:  Debate efficiency moves, Rao, Facebook and Google, Mueller, more
          KWMU:  Fed agency:  Missouri producing less carbon pollution than a decade ago
          SE Missourian:  Army Corp of Engineers:  Mississippi River levels to remain high through May +
          AP:  Proposed Missouri budget includes $8 million for flood recovery
          KC Star:  Top Missouri budgeter allots money for flood aid X
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Forces
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Lifesavers
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Navigators
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 legislative softball tournament
          JCNT:  Governor's Mansion hosts Holocaust commemoration event X
          JCNT:  Parson:  Work remains for crime victims' rights X
          The Missouri Times:  At event for crime victims, Schmitt reiterates commitment to testing rape kits
          AP:  Satanic Temple challenges Missouri abortion law
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks stay in Columbia clinic case X
          CDT:  State budget waits on tax surge as Senate considers spending X
          KWMU:  Senate trying to make progress on finding a way to fix Missouri's bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans discuss transportation bonding bill overnight
          KC Star:  After hours of robust debate, Republicans close to agreement on bridge funding X
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill easing burden of unexpected tax bills
          SNL:  House moves to address 'surprise' tax bills X
          AP:  Missouri House votes to stall fees for late tax payments
          Columbia Missourian:  House members want to give taxpayers extra time, but the clock is ticking
          Missourinet:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) praises Parson's government restructuring plan
          The Missouri Times:  House conservative caucus backs changes to Title IX
          AP:  House backs measure to hold tax votes in general elections
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers discuss return to paper ballots
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) wants 'PSA' on hazardous waste sites X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee discusses Senate's fentanyl, medical marijuana bills
          P-D:  State-school study claims Missouri will license twice as many marijuana growers as it needs X
          Columbia Missourian:  Use the force, Jason Holsman:  Senate debates his 'Jedi bill' on open-air cremations
          P-D editorial:  School start-date bill prioritizes tourism dollars over education X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  The Bible belongs only in Sunday school, not public school X
          CDT editorial:  There's a cure for state legislators' anti-vax ignorance X
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization-Missouri chapter's Linda Reutzel:  Missouri poised to give our children what they deserve - shared time with both parents X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Electricity choice would be good for Missouri consumers
          P-D letter:  Freedom Center of Missouri's Dave Roland:  Second Amendment proposal is founded on legal principles X
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  Lawmakers are defying parents who want charter schools X
          P-D letter:  Eureka woman expresses fear of "loaded, hidden weapons" X
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        Wednesday, April 10, 2019
       
KC Star:  Judge rejects Dem candidate's request to subpoena Hawley, says 2020 AG hopeful provided "no evidence" X
          P-D:  Judge denies Dem candidate's request for Hawley deposition X
          Missourinet:  Parson wants outside agency to review Army Corps of Engineers river management
          AP:  Midwest states bracing for renewed flooding impact
          KWMU:  A first look at the NGA headquarters in St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  The playmakers
          KC Star:  State won't institutionalize discrimination when distributing medical marijuana licenses;  DHSS to judge proposals based on the content of their character, not the color of the author's skin X
          KCUR:  University of Missouri study claims supply of Missouri medical marijuana will outpace demand
          Missourinet:  GOP's diversity of opinions on Parson's bridge plan sparks lengthy filibuster
          P-D:  Senators debate transportation funding X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican senators join together in push for Internet tax
          Columbia Missourian:  House gives initial OK to online sales tax
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) says "informed consent" legislation is neither pro- nor anti-vaccine X
          SE Missourian:  Area schools see little opposition to childhood vaccines +
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would limit use of restraints, seclusion rooms in Missouri schools
          P-D:  Shrinking summer vacations spur call for Missouri schools to start later X
          SNL:  High school LGBTQIA* group to visit Capitol today;  Teens to explain emotional hardship of having one (1) paper poster removed from school wall, other harrowing atrocities X
          The Missouri Times:  House gives initial approval to carjacking bill from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County)
          P-D:  Anti-carjacking proposal one step closer to becoming law in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to clear needle exchange programs to fight IV drug use, disease
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Missouri Public Utilities Alliance addresses recent approval of Grain Belt Express by PSC
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers push for a local vote on St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          Missourinet:  MoDOT uses new tool in fight against work zone construction traffic crashes
          KWMU:  State officials ban lead shot on conservation areas to reduce effects on wildlife
          P-D editorial:  Softly killing public education by sending taxpayer money to private schools X
          P-D editorial:  Common-sense bill would ban tax incentives for floodplain construction X
          Priddy:  A few thoughts on state funding for steamboat museum (2,085 words)
          Columbia Missourian's Alexis Hamby:  State legislators, tobacco lobbyists to blame for Missouri's lack of anti-smoking measures
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Local Alzheimer's-research advocate impressed by Blunt's knowledge of topic
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man says senators are doing corporations' bidding on CAFOs
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        Tuesday, April 9, 2019
       
P-D:  St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark could get Senate vote soon as a result of Blunt effort on debate efficiency X
          KC Star:  Chiefs lineman recently completed internship with Sen. Josh Hawley
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Feminist coalition invents "Repro Week of Action";  Gal groups to perform "poetry slams," open mic nights, other efficacious theatrics
          KWMU:  Transgenders cheer February Missouri Supreme Court ruling that allows students to use opposite sex's locker rooms and bathrooms;  Comments from "nonbinary transgender"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County)
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Sally Hemenway, Nexus Group's new economic development finance advisor
          P-D:  New road and bridge funding plan surfaces in Missouri Senate X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) proposes Internet sales tax, reducing income tax in 'revenue-neutral' bill
          KC Star:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr says probe into state tax refund issue will continue X
          The Missouri Times:  House OKs concealed carry on college campuses
          P-D:  House votes to expand conceal-carry freedom to university grounds X
          P-D:  Anti-vaccine proposals aired in Missouri Legislature X
          AP:  Missouri bill would bar discrimination for not vaccinating
          Columbia Missourian's Rosemond Crown:  Bill would make it illegal to refuse unvaccinated children;  Comments from "Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nexa [sic])
          SNL:  Medical pot:  Missouri drafts doctor paperwork rules X
          The Missouri Times:  State to source blind scorer for medical marijuana license applications
          P-D:  Who will grow commercial cannabis in Missouri?  Few farmers, but other green thumbs may have a role X
          KWMU:  Obituary:  UMSL leader and KWMU founder Don Driemeier dies at 80
          SE Missourian editorial:  Poll volunteers play important role in our elections +
          P-D op-ed:  Lacy Clay:  On the Fair Housing Act, the city of Black Jack and "disparate impact" X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Missouri conservatives should unite behind campus due process
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Boycotts of Israel are not the answer +
          Columbia Missourian's Tessa Weinberg:  Black students outpace whites in suspensions;  Racism and poverty - not behavior or bad choices - to blame
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian applauds Ann Wagner for creating suburban Republican caucus X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian offended by Wallingford's gas-tax proposal +
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        Monday, April 8, 2019
       
Washington Times:  Lawmakers consider resurrecting budget supercommittee;  Comments from Blunt
          Washington Missourian:  At Washington stop, State Auditor Nicole Galloway talks DOR, Clean Missouri, initiative-petition changes, more X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) on charter schools, Senate compromises, more;  Panel of Reps. Gretchen Bangert (D-Florissant), Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) on charter schools, Galloway's first move in gov campaign, geriatric parole, more
          SNL:  House moves to hike driver's license fees in bid to save rural offices X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislators eyeing tax on Internet purchases X
          P-D:  Missouri's charter schools say they miss out on millions in local revenue X
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal group says charter schools contribute to segregation
          P-D editorial:  Greitens showed us the impeachment system is just fine. Leave it alone. X
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft stealing Kris Kobach's lousy ideas? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville):  Lack of common ground in Senate's charter school debate
          Messenger:  Missouri Republicans loathe to take guns out of domestic abusers' hands X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Ameren is like a fox managing a hen house +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri taking the lead on fighting misleading labeling
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        Sunday, April 7, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Obamacare, Yemen, more X
          P-D's Raasch:  Thoughts on Biden brouhaha:  Comments from Claire McCaskill on MSNBC, tweets posted to Jean Carnahan's account X
          KC Star:  New details of Branson's sunken duck boat revealed in Coast Guard safety records X
          SNL:  "Anti-commandeering" bill aims to protect Second Amendment, Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) says X
          Joplin Globe:  Bill from Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) inspires discussion of religious freedom in education, Bible's influence on founding of America X
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools expected to return to control of elected board;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local House members look to advance their legislation X
          JCNT:  CAFO bill from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) ready for debate X
          P-D editorial:  Parole bill would save state money, right old wrongs X
          P-D letter:  Former Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle:  State legislators wrong to oppose federally-funded sobriety checkpoints X
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        Saturday, April 6, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson seeks federal flooding assessments
          P-D:  St. Charles County man threatened to kill Hawley in Facebook post, feds say X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Real estate/class envy beat:  McCaskill's Washington condo for sale for $3.2 million X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Real estate/class envy beat:  Josh Hawley sells house in Columbia X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri women reflect on landmark voting rights anniversary;  Comments from Reps. Tracy McCreery and Brenda Shields, St. Louis Children's Hospital's Ellie Glenn, BJC's Leann Chilton, others
          The Missouri Times:  Former Speaker of the House Jim Kreider to give Teddy Roosevelt performance this month
          The Missouri Times:  Petition updates:  Daylight savings time, reduced jail terms
          AP:  Ethics panel says Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) spread false rumor
          The Missouri Times:  Stagnant revenue collections for FY19 could have greater impact on FY20
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Statewide online tax overhaul unlikely this year +
          JCNT:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick:  Withholding conflict dates back decades X
          P-D:  In Missouri, more discussion over tax changes X
          The Missouri Times:  House approves bill meant to stop school-to-school movement of child abusers
          The Missouri Times:  Bill prohibiting anonymous freedom of religion lawsuits ignites heated debate
          KWMU:  Missouri DHSS releases report on elderly hunger
          JCNT:  Missouri faces vaccination hesitation amid measles cases X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 3, 2019
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center's Roger Allison:  Bernskoetter's bill would let CAFO operators run amuck X
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        Friday, April 5, 2019
       
AP:  Poplar Bluff nail manufacturer granted steel tariff exemption
          Missourinet:  Missouri nail company to boost production after federal exemptions granted
          KWMU:  Missouri company secures trade exemption
          P-D:  Missouri nail maker wins tariff exemption and begins planning a comeback X
          KCUR:  As Missouri recovers from devastating floods, a Dutch architect suggests dramatic changes
          P-D:  Hawley's bill aims to make duck boats safer X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor advocate Tim Luebbert passes
          Missourinet:  Todd Richardson to be honored today in Poplar Bluff;  Former Speaker to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Three Rivers College
          Columbia Missourian:  UPDATED:  Newspaper posts correction regarding yesterday's Clean Missouri story, fixes district of "Tracy McCreer [sic]"
          P-D:  Parson meets with tax-cut advocates X
          KCUR:  Secretary of state could get more authority to investigate Missouri's voter fraud;  Comments from Jay Ashcroft
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill addresses automatic voter registration;  Comments from Ashcroft's Nikolas Shores
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) aims to protect infrastructure from vandals' attacks X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers debate nuances of bill to expand treatment for disabled children
          KWMU:  Missouri student journalists, teachers hope GOP bill will stop censorship from school administrators
          The Missouri Times:  House approves changes to Missouri's industrial hemp law
          SNL:  Springfield employers respond to medical marijuana X
          P-D:  Pot possession would not mean jail time in Missouri under proposal from Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) X
          AP:  House passes bill giving parole chance for older inmates
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt sues Wood Heights over alleged Sunshine Law violation
          Joplin Globe:  DNR monitoring Joplin's odor issues X
          KC Star editorial:  Ann Wagner deserves credit for voting in favor of Violence Against Women Act X
          P-D editorial:  Anti-vandalism bill aims to silence environmentalists X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Libla's deregulation-initiative bill could ultimately harm consumers
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        Thursday, April 4, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Governors emphasize flood control and more state involvement in meeting with Corps
          Missourinet:  Parson joins Iowa and Nebraska governors to meet with Army Corps officials on flood prevention
          AP:  Governors want more authority over Missouri River system
          AP:  Missouri proposes tax-break ban for flood plain development
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Josh Hawley touts bill to bring down drug prices X
          KC Star:  Blunt supports move to improve appointee-approval times X
          P-D:  Blunt leads effort to speed appointee-approval process X
          Missourinet:  Tweets sent from Jean Carnahan's account express support for Joe Biden;  Perfectly-punctuated eight-tweet thread attributes cogent, coherent thoughts to 85-year-old
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf's new "Show Me Integrity" group to hold Capitol advocacy day next week
          Columbia Missourian's Isabel Lohman and Samantha Bowers:  Lawmakers debate Clean Missouri provisions;  Comments from "Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Jefferson City [sic])"
          KWMU:  Galloway finds uncertainty and confusion when it comes to Missouri income taxes
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill giving SOS subpoena power in voter fraud investigations
          P-D:  House votes to give secretary of state's office more power to investigate fraud X
          Columbia Missourian:  House abortion bill expanded, heard in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  "Border War" bill from Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) forges ahead
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill increasing fees for licenses, vehicle titles
          P-D:  House proposal seeks to expand concealed-carry freedoms to college campuses X
          SNL:  "Campus carry" wins initial House approval X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Lawmakers hear both sides of transmission line argument
          AP:  Missouri bill would bar condemnation for wind energy line
          Missourinet:  Nasheed:  Legislation dealing with St. Louis City-County merger "absolutely the most important bill that I have filed this year"
          SNL:  Poaching bill fails in Senate ag committee X
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Day at the Capitol marked as another success
          Joplin Globe:  Area feminist angry after drive to Jefferson City proves all for naught;  ERA supporter says her statement to committee would have included powerful language and clever historical anecdotes X
          P-D editorial:  Changing election rules to handicap white candidates doesn't always work X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Legislators should make life harder for asbestos companies, not mesothelioma victims
          KC Star's Toriano Porter:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) wrong to disagree with notion of 'white privilege';  Legislator's comments questioning theory are "so damn disrespectful"  X
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        Wednesday, April 3, 2019
       
Washington Post:  Lacy Clay brushes off challenge from Cori Bush and far-left supporters:  "I'm gonna kick their [rump] again, okay?"
          P-D:  As Mississippi River crests, St. Louis area could dodge major flood impacts - at least temporarily X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sen. Justin Brown (R-Rolla)
          The Missouri Times:  Parson fills judicial vacancy on 7th, 21st circuits with O'Hara, Lay
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Another slip by DOR - this time, an illegal one
          AP:  Galloway:  Missouri tax withholding change didn't follow law
          CDT:  Audit:  Missouri could see $63 million more withheld this year X
          SNL:  Galloway says state broke law in tweaking withholding without public input X
          P-D:  Galloway says DOR illegally changed tax withholding tables this year X
          KC Star:  Galloway:  DOR broke the law by changing tax withholding tables;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) weighs in X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate filibusters charter school bill for hours
          Columbia Missourian:  Charter school legislation faces filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  House gives initial approval to bill altering college campus policies
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would limit who can use eminent domain
          Missourinet:  Legislators fast-track bill to block Grain Belt Express use of eminent domain
          Columbia Missourian:  House gives initial approval to allowing concealed carry on college campuses
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers try again to ban state contracts with businesses that boycott Israel
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP lawmakers discuss elective Bible classes, "In God We Trust" legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) still promoting rape-kit legislation
          Missourinet:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) talks about Better Together legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court issues ruling in Marvin Rice death penalty case
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol renovation project reaching halfway mark
          P-D:  Election briefs:  New voting rules have no effect on Ferguson-Florissant School Board outcome;  Lesley McSpadden, mother of police assailant Michael Brown, finishes last in Ferguson City Council race X
          Jensen:  KWMU's handling of Don Marsh's compliment shows absurdity of political correctness +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Carl Bearden:  Don't fall for Title IX lies
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Briefs:  Google selects paper as 1 of 10 in North America;  Newspaper seeks business reporter +
          P-D op-ed:  Charter school advocate Michael Petrilli:  Let's irrigate North County's 'charter school deserts' X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood octogenarian responds to editorial brief on border wall, says he won't vote to re-elect Blunt X
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        Tuesday, April 2, 2019
       
AP:  More rain causes new flood worries along the Mississippi
          KC Star:  "Make America Great Again" hat triggers liberal at Missouri Western;  Militant woman caterwauls about "white supremacy" to visiting high school student X
          P-D's Raasch:  Congress spins in circles as partisans keep forcing pointless 'show' votes;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          KCUR:  U.S. Supreme Court rules Missouri's lethal injection method of execution is not 'cruel and unusual'
          AP:  SCOTUS rules against Russell Bucklew;  Rapist/murderer says injection method is a threat to his delicate capillaries
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City) talks with Rosenbaum about early impressions of serving in House superminority
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly takes initiative petition alterations under consideration
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate considers initiative petition bill
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) says incremental gas taxes raises through Legislature could fund roads +
          JCNT:  Missouri corrections officers still waiting on $118 million payout from DOC X
          Missourinet:  Proposal to limit impeachment to crime, corruption clears one chamber
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would remove growing restrictions on hemp
          The Missouri Times:  Sweeping criminal justice overhaul package prepared for consideration
          AP:  Missouri to cover more non-opioid treatments for pain
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) would protect access to anti-psychotic medications for the poor X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) files bill deregulating Missouri's energy market
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee considers increasing protections for student freedom of speech, politics
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers respond after day care tries to open next to facility with 17 sex offenders
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis Cardinals want drones banned from flying near Busch Stadium
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Cardinals want no-fly zone for drones near major sporting events
          JCNT:  Missouri legislative committee discusses funding for state steamboat museum X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missourian to work with Google, other select papers on subscriptions project +
          Joplin Globe's Andy Ostmeyer:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long recalls summer guiding mule riders in Grand Canyon X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ben Chavis:  Missouri's Title IX overhaul efforts can help stop invisible lynchings in America
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Remembering Rep. Marvin Proffer X
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        Monday, April 1, 2019   April Fool's Day
       
April 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        April 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood gets first black female leader
        P-D:  Don Marsh opens up about leaving KWMU, says producer complained about off-air comment;  Veteran newsman told longtime friend Karen Foss, 75, that she "looked great" X
        KWMU, July 2018:  Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  St. Louis Public Radio has too many experienced white male reporters, and we're working to change that
        KC Star:  Machinations begin in 2020 gov race X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Justin Brown (R-Rolla) on pro-business legislation, DOR, more;  Panel of Reps. Alan Green (D-Florissant), Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis), along with Scott Dieckhaus and Jeff Roorda on charter schools, making deadbeat dads take responsibility for their children, more
        KC Star:  Missouri gets ready for medical marijuana rollout X
        CDT:  Missourians line up to get in cannabis game X
        P-D:  In debate over online sales taxes, some in Missouri GOP want to give it back X
        Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) angry over rejection of his summer-jobs bill
        P-D editorial:  Serious or not, bill to invalidate federal gun laws in Missouri is repugnant X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri officials 'almost have to go to jail to be impeached' under half-baked bill X
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association's Mike Deering:  Stop the Missouri Rural Crisis Center from gut-punching progress and flipping the bird to science
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester):  Protect due process for students at our private, religious colleges and universities
        Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  McDaniel's pro-gun proposal not a laughing matter
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        Sunday, March 31, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Transsexuals in the military, border security, other issues X
          SNL:  Hawley renews effort to make duck boats safer X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson allows DNR waivers, seeks ag damages
          JCNT:  Parson calls for unified Missouri River management X
          KC Star:  Activist groups, elected officials weigh in on Missouri's ballot initiative process X
          SNL:  College of the Ozarks president criticizes Title IX due-process legislation X
          Joplin Globe:  Army Corps of Engineers to look at environmental issues when considering permit for Missouri American's reservoir X
          P-D editorial:  Expanding charter schools to metro counties could hurt suburban school districts X
          P-D editorial:  Stenger pay-to-play/bribery investigation shows why Legislature should ban data-scrubbing apps from government phones X
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        Saturday, March 30, 2019
       
AP:  Flooding prompts criticism of way Missouri River dams run;  Comments from Josh Hawley, others
          Missourinet:  Blunt tours Atchison County, where flood recovery slowly - and fearfully - begins
          Missourinet:  Parson signs executive order to ease requirements during, after flooding
          JCNT:  Parson signs executive order allowing DNR to waive some rules during state of emergency X
          Missourinet:  State budget committee members consider aid to Missouri communities damaged by flooding
          KWMU:  Secretary Ben Carson tours St. Louis City HUD developments, Opportunity Zones
          P-D:  Carson touts Opportunity Zones in St. Louis City visit X
          Missourinet:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits St. Louis City to promote Opportunity Zones program
          KC Star:  Hawley wants Google to reveal what it told Trump in private meeting X
          P-D:  Veteran newsman Don Marsh, host of KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air," quits with little notice X
          The Missouri Times:  Petition-filing updates:  Better Together, Medicaid expansion
          CDT:  Hemp series, Part II:  Hemp market grows as restrictions fall X
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Marvin Proffer (D-Jackson) dies +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 25, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Senate considers reviving film tax credit
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NEA supports bill from Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) to 'improve current system' for charter schools
          Columbia Missourian:  Measles cases are on the rise in Missouri, other states
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) pushes for more screening, treatment of postpartum depression
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Flood highlights importance of air base X
          KC Star editorial:  Special Olympics funding isn't partisan. Why couldn't Roy Blunt tell Betsy DeVos that? X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Hawley speaks on Congressional dysfunction, Neomi Rao and pro-life issues +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missourians should continue to lead in fight against WOTUS
          P-D op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Phil Galewitz:  Moving troubled kids from Medicaid to managed care could lead to more suicides in Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman says Missouri liberals should blame feds, not state legislators, for lack of Medicaid expansion X
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        Friday, March 29, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson to meet with Iowa and Nebraska governors over Corps flood policy
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Promo for event at UMSL featuring anti-Trump headliners;  Liberal woman decries "the horror of the moment we're living in"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Conservation Commission appointee Barry Orscheln
          SNL:  FAQ:  How Missouri will award pot dispensary licenses X
          CDT:  Hemp series (Part I):  Hemp was once a cash crop in mid-Missouri, and it could be back soon X
          CDT:  Parson talks workforce development, infrastructure in talk at MU X
          CDT:  Parson:  State revenue picture murky X
          The Missouri Times:  House sends 2020 budget onward as DOR uncertain if state will meet 2019 revenue estimates
          Missourinet:  Transportation and Corrections pay among highlights of budget passed by Missouri House
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Missouri House passes $30 billion budget;  Comments from DOR Legislative Director "Mark Seittmann [sic]" X
          P-D:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) continues effort to link work requirements to Medicaid X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill moving impeachment trials to Senate advances to House
          AP:  Legislation would limit impeachment criteria for top officials
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate votes to limit impeachment X
          P-D:  Bill would make impeaching Missouri governor tougher X
          SNL:  Republicans seek to raise bar for initiative petitions X
          P-D:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) says bill would help protect 'critical infrastructure' from activists' attacks and vandalization X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NAACP, St. Louis County NAACP differ on Title IX due process legislation
          KWMU:  Criminal justice measures advance in House
          KWMU:  After years of state intervention, school board to regain control of St. Louis Public Schools;  Missouri School Boards' Association does its best to prepare city officials for job duties
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office to expand in Cape Girardeau County Park North +
          JCNT editorial:  We're hyped about a Missouri Hyperloop, but at what cost? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  Basin states need to speak with unified voice on Missouri River management
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's-awareness activist wants Blunt to vote for more research funding X
          KC Star letter:  Sugar Creek sexagenarian angry over Blunt's opposition to Obamacare, threatens to vote against him in 2022 X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian mocks Hawley's education, cites 1952 Supreme Court case X
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        Thursday, March 28, 2019
       
P-D:  Hawley critical of Corps' handling of flood control X
          CDT:  As flood recedes, federal aid issues rise X
          AP:  EPA:  No toxic releases at Superfund sites in Missouri, other flooded states
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri hemp producers launch statewide association
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Activist profile:  Moms Demand Action
          JCNT:  Parson provides support for blood drives X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gubernatorial committee advances some appointments, puts others off for week
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Former lawmakers succeed in gaining gubernatorial appointments;  Reshuffling of statewide officeholders included "Eric Scmitt [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield), Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) speak on legislation giving all Missourians access to 'meaningful work'
          JCNT:  House Elections Committee considering proposed changes to initiative petitions system X
          KWMU:  House committee looks to raise bar on initiative petitions
          AP:  Legislation from Missouri Republicans focuses on ballot initiative petitions
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans give initial approval to closed primary elections
          P-D:  Republicans seek closed primaries in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances bill reducing burden placed on Missouri community colleges
          KC Star:  Missouri considers electronic prescriptions to curb opioid abuse;  doctors wary X
          P-D:  Better Together faces another challenge:  backlash from lawmakers in Jefferson City X
          JCNT:  Programs highlighted during Corrections day at the Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to add some statewide oversight on private probation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill looks to change animal confiscation process
          The Missouri Times:  Senate votes to establish pilot program aimed at helping homeless population
          Missourinet:  House endorses proposed changes to vehicle inspection requirements
          AP:  Missouri bill could exempt 1 million cars from inspections
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 27, 2019
          P-D editorial:  Trump, Hawley bid to kill Obamacare endangers America's health - and the GOP's X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature conjures magic money to fund a make-believe 2020 budget X
          JCNT editorial:  Sentencing overhaul making progress X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  REAL ID a needed option X
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        Wednesday, March 27, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt secures change in disaster relief bill to include flood victims;  Hawley meets with senior Army Corps of Engineers officials X
          AP:  EPA assessing Superfund sites in flooded areas
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for event at UMSL featuring anti-Trump headliners
          P-D:  Federal subpoena regarding Stenger pay-to-play operation also seeks personnel records for former Lacy Clay aide Lou Aboussie, source says X
          The Missouri Times:  After car accident, Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) in serious condition but not 'out by any stretch of the imagination'
          Missourinet:  Rebecca Roeber in serious condition after vehicle crash
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club honors Kathy Swan, Donna Lichtenegger +
          SE Missourian:  Democratic candidate for attorney general Elad Gross speaks to Southeast Missouri State University College Democrats +
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft calling for initiative petition overhaul
          SNL:  After success in other states, liberals mull statewide vote to expand Medicaid X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) announces bid for floor leader, promises to act as "servant" of House
          KWMU:  How Missourians can get REAL ID licenses, and what that means for air travel
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects FY 2020 budget, endorses general revenue for roads, uses Lottery fund for Fast-Track
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs $30 billion budget for 2020 X
          AP:  House advances plan for $100M for roads, bridges
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) talks with Rosenbaum about her problems with Republican budgets, etc.
          FOX 4 KC:  Two bills before Missouri Legislature help fight back against non-consensual towing
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) pushes anti-"boondoggle" bill disclosing status of state projects
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) seeks change in limit on linked deposits
          The Missouri Times:  Enhanced penalties for attacks on first responders spurs fierce debate in Senate
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres):  No on statewide vote to force St. Louis City-County merger
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City gun-control activist opposes conceal-carry legislation X
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        Tuesday, March 26, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt, Hawley weigh in on Mueller report X
          KCUR:  The Missouri River is now primed for catastrophic spring floods
          KCUR:  10 failed levees in Midwest flood zone were not inspected by federal government
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement by Rep. Tommie Pierson, Jr. (D-St. Louis) on lack of African-American success in attaining state department leadership rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe "enthused" after Hyperloop task force holds first meeting
          JCNT:  Hyperloop group begins study of high-speed cross-state transportation X
          SNL:  Galloway finds "ongoing failure" by state to adequately review child care providers X
          P-D:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce report says state is in top 10 for technology job growth X
          AP:  REAL ID-compliant licenses now available in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) proposes lobbyist gift ban;  League of Women Voters members shuffle into hearing room to "groan" in disapproval
          Washington Missourian:  Cities get zoning questions regarding medical marijuana X
          The Missouri Times:  Matthew Charles, President Trump's State of the Union guest, advocates for criminal justice overhaul in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Trump State of the Union guest visits Missouri to support proposed criminal justice system overhaul
          JCNT:  Ex-inmate joins Missouri justice overhaul effort X
          Columbia Missourian:  First man freed from prison under First Step Act calls for Missouri reforms
          P-D:  Lawmakers studying plan to give judges more flexibility on prison tems X
          P-D:  Missouri's money woes could help effort to make sports betting legal X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill honoring the late Rep. Cloria Brown signed into law
          P-D:  Stretch of Lindbergh Boulevard named for former Rep. Cloria Brown X
          Washington Missourian:  Increase in drug use linked to STD rise in Franklin County and statewide X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Blunt correct to fight for consumer protection regarding facial recognition technology X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Fighting the smears against those improving Title IX
          P-D op-ed:  Man who ran unsuccessful campaign in urban state rep district unhappy with GOP's efforts on Amendment 1 X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cassville Chamber of Commerce's Rachael Freeman:  Video lottery machines aren't going to bring prosperity to rural Missouri
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        Monday, March 25, 2019
       
KC Star:  "It's in our soul":  Missouri farmers tormented by floods will not give up the land X
          AP:  Midwest flood risk may persist for months +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT surveying road conditions as waters recede X
          KWMU:  North St. Louis County man gets probation for cemetery vandalization;  2017 incident sparked histrionic "hate" headlines
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest host Brittany Robbins leads panel of David Barklage, Kathie Conway, Jane Dueker, and Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) through discussion on charter schools, Better Together, infrastructure, more
          Missourinet:  Missourians can officially get REAL IDs
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign Cloria Brown Highway bill today
          SNL:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview X
          Missourinet:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview
          JCNT:  Rep. Kent Haden (R-Mexico) to carry legislation clarifying regulatory authority over animal ag X
          KWMU:  Rules changed to help black candidates in Ferguson-Florissant school board elections;  ACLU cheers victory over "white voting bloc"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Wind farm taxes should stay local X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  High school freshman Layton Lipke, son of former Rep. Scott Lipke (R-Jackson), uses camera skills to tell veteran's stories +
          Messenger:  Better Together plans to file a new statewide petition - and Steve Stenger won't be king X
          SNL letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian angry over GOP attempts to clean up Amendment 1 X
          P-D letter:  Bonne Terre sexagenarian disagrees with conceal-carry legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kansas City marijuana enthusiast disagrees with Onder legislation regarding edibles X
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        Sunday, March 24, 2019
       
KWMU:  Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio embraces his controversial past in speech to St. Louis County GOP;  Better Together also a hot topic among attendees
          SE Missourian:  Oliver North extols virtues of United States during 50th annual Lincoln Day celebration +
          SNL:  Party leaders attempt to motivate Greene County Dems;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade says her Monday press conferences are worth the effort X
          P-D:  Pro-life youth group marches from abortion facility to Gateway Arch X
          KC Star:  Farmers, elected officials, activists weigh in on Army Corp of Engineers and flooding X
          P-D:  Man who toppled headstones at Jewish cemetery in U. City gets probation;  Northwoods resident Alzado Harris blames behavior on drugs and alcohol X
          P-D:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview X
          Joplin Globe:  REAL ID driver's licenses to become available Monday X
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) aims to help city weed out unkempt lawns, offer more tools to fight nuisances X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Neosho octogenarian says 401(k) freedom bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Republic) puts Missourians in "imminent danger" X
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        Saturday, March 23, 2019
       
P-D:  Feds say NGA project still on schedule for 2023 completion X
          KC Star:  Flooding forces evacuations in northwest Missouri towns X
          The Missouri Times:  New initiative petitions look to alter medical marijuana amendment, ethical standards
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 18, 2019
          P-D:  Parson visits three state prisons to promote pay-raise plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri to issue REAL ID-compliant licenses starting Monday
          JCNT:  Old Capitol cafeteria space becoming hearing room X
          KWMU:  HIV remains persistent problem in Missouri;  Blacks, gay men lead infection rankings
          P-D editorial briefs:  Blunt and border-emergency proposal, McDaniel and gun legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Serious or not, AR-15 bill is a new low for Missouri Legislature X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri River floods prove need for more protection
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Tyler Schwartze:  Feral hogs are bad news
          Messenger:  Two days after debtors' prison ruling, Missouri judge tries to collect pay-to-stay bills X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian dislikes conceal-carry legislation X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman thinks calling Jefferson City offices might change legislators' positions on conceal-carry X
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        Friday, March 22, 2019  Former Lt. Gov. Bill Phelps passes away
       
The Missouri Times:  Parson declares state of emergency due to flooding
          Missourinet:  Worsening flood conditions prompt Parson to declare state of emergency in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson and Graves tour flood-damaged northwest Missouri;  St. Joseph under flash flood warning
          Missourinet:  Graves:  Flooding worse than in 1993
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves, residents speak out against Army Corps of Engineers' river management X
          KC Star:  Parson declares state of emergency as floods force evacuations in northwest Missouri X
          KWMU:  EPA provides feedback on state's coal ash and landfill regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Chamber 2030 report projects Missouri in top 10 states for technology growth
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Parson statement about academic degrees in Missouri rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers tackle joinder and venue issue
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's system for impeachment doesn't need fixing X
          P-D op-ed:  ACLU's Tony Rothert:  Changing election rules can help ensure fewer whites win school board elections X
          P-D's Raasch:  Blunt should criticize Trump more often X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian skeptical of Blunt's motives on border-emergency vote X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian disagrees with Hawley vote on border wall, attempts "con law" punchline X
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        Thursday, March 21, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Parson, Graves, Cleaver tour flood damage
          AP:  Flooding alters Amtrak's KC-to-STL service
          SNL:  Christian County GOP leader changes tune, says Blunt is welcome at Lincoln/Trump Day dinner X
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood adds staff and increases communication to fix base housing issues
          Missourinet:  Parson orders flags at half-staff to honor Missouri Army Reservist killed in Kuwait
          KWMU:  Looking to 2030, Parson and tech leaders aim to put Missouri on top
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber Foundation report:  Missouri to be among top 10 tech states within 5 years X
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade talks with Kraske about Parson, taxes and House Dems' quest for relevance
          P-D:  Democrats lead the way in House absences;  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) misses 48 of 188 votes, says rough schedule makes her more likely than colleagues to fall ill X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler hires former Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair Steve Webb (D-Florissant), who departed House after felony theft X
          The Missouri Times:  What's next for the Missouri Department of Revenue and taxpayers
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) says he faced "hate, vile attacks" after proposing change to teacher pensions X
          CDT:  Clean Missouri backers hire Planned Parenthood's polling firm to help fight GOP legislative fixes X
          AP:  Missouri approves Midwest wind-energy power line
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves massive transmission project facilitating renewable energy, economic growth
          KWMU:  PSC approves Grain Belt Express
          KC Star:  State moves forward on wind energy transmission line X
          KCUR:  Celebrating 100th General Assembly and 100 years at the Capitol:  Comments from House Chief Clerk Dana Rademan Miller, Bob Priddy, others
          KWMU:  Missouri State Board of Nursing expands five of state's nursing programs
          JCNT editorial:  Frustration with Missouri Department of Revenue boils over X
          KC Star editorial:  Before expanding charter schools, lawmakers should make some fixes first X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Casey Guernsey:  Let's let Trump & DeVos overhaul Title IX, not Gary Romine
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Hannibal Mayor James Hark:  Grain Belt Express approval by PSC benefits all Missourians
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Mizzou "peace studies" professor dislikes bipartisan effort on Title IX
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man disagrees with Post-Dispatch's logic on conceal-carry X
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        Wednesday, March 20, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Flooding causes major roadblocks for Missouri farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Eddy Justice launches 2020 campaign for state Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka)
          JCNT:  Parson:  Reorganization effort progressing X
          The Missouri Times:  Restructuring of state agencies moves into next phase
          Missourinet:  Parson touts state government restructuring, says DED is being outperformed by other states
          SNL:  When will patients be able to step into a Missouri marijuana dispensary? Hint: It's not January 1, 2020;  Comments from MoCannTrade's Jack Cardetti, DHSS' Lisa Cox, others X
          SNL:  Video:  What you should know about Missouri's marijuana rules X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supporters of joint lawsuit limitations headed for first major victory
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules those unable to pay jail debts cannot be sent back to prison
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court strikes down jail time for jail debts
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court rules that courts cannot threaten more jail time for failure to pay jail debt X
          Missourinet:  Senate bill would create Missouri steamboat and state museums - funded by casino boat fees
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Congress should demand Army Corps of Engineers prioritize flood control over wildlife habitat X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Hear Blunt out, don't shut him out X
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should stop filing "fake" legislation intended to prove a point X
          P-D editorial:  Billington's legislation seeking greater transparency reeks of hypocrisy X
          Jensen:  Missouri study could shine light on "family tradition" of welfare dependency +
          SE Missourian letter:  Marble Hill man says Blunt "wimped out" on border-emergency vote +
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action sexagenarian dislikes conceal-carry legislation X
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        Tuesday, March 19, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Former U.S. Rep. Bill Burlison (D) dies;  Loss in 1980 election to Bill Emerson changed Bootheel's partisan trajectory +
          KC Star:  Christian County GOP members split on Blunt's border-emergency vote X
          KWMU:  Pelosi joins Clay in Ferguson to stump for voting-rights legislation
          P-D:  Pelosi promotes House election-law package, endorses Lacy Clay in visit to Ferguson X
          Missourinet:  Pelosi visits Ferguson to promote voting-rights bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri flooding update:  Road outage list, governor warns of water dangers
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri flood conditions mild compared to northern part of state X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Legislative session halftime report:  Analysis from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to ban drivers from texting +
          Missourinet:  North St. Louis County day care files appeal with DHSS in attempt to remain open;  Video captured behemoth tossing three-year old against cabinet, splitting girl's head open
          P-D editorial:  Parson should veto bipartisan Title IX bills X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  Conservatives agree that Missouri colleges must protect due process
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) responds quickly to Sunshine Law request
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        Monday, March 18, 2019
       
AP:  More evacuations in Midwest as flood waters move downstream
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri judge hears arguments in Hawley subpoena case
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks to Rosenbaum about relationship with Parson, school safety task force, hyperloop, workforce development, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Robbyn Wahby talks charter schools;  Panel of MOGOP Executive Director Jean Evans and Reps. Shamed Dogan, Wiley Price IV, and Steven Roberts talk charter schools, DOR tax withholding errors, Title IX due process legislation, more
          Missourinet:  MO DHSS releases proposed rules for medical marijuana facilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Title IX legislation finds support from UM curator, NAACP chapter
          SNL:  Libla calls for gas-tax hike X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Luetkemeyer bill would apply term limits to all statewide officeholders X
          Joplin Globe:  Sports-betting bill from Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) supported by Cardinals, Royals, MLB X
          KCUR:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) talks constituent-privacy bill
          Washington Missourian:  "Ebker Bill" passes House by wide margin, with bipartisan support X
          SNL:  House OKs poaching bill with even higher fines than initially proposed X
          P-D:  Alice Liu becomes three-time St. Louis spelling bee champion;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          AP:  Since Ferguson riots, six activists and agitators have died - three by suicide, two by homicide, one by dope overdose
          CDT editorial:  DOR case shows that Sunshine Law matters X
          Messenger:  The Flood of 2019 begins as Missouri and Mississippi rivers swell. Downstream, we wait. X
          Phill Brooks:  State lawmakers return to tradition of following calendar order of bills X
          SNL op-ed:  Area liberal disagrees with Burlison on union issues, compares lawmakers to mules X
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        Sunday, March 17, 2019   Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
SNL:  Blunt, Hawley differ on Trump's national emergency declaration X
          JCNT:  Todd Richardson shares what he learned about Medicaid from touring state X
          JCNT:  Missouri searches for path to contain Medicaid spending X
          JCNT:  Rep. Rudy Veit (R-Wardsville):  Revenue director's resignation leaves questions X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation keeps adding tech to connect people with outdoors +
          Columbia Missourian:  New task force fights for $238 million Missouri River bridge near Rocheport
          CDT:  Ameren refutes activist group's rumors that nuclear power plants may close X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt shows courage and common sense in vote against Trump border emergency X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt and Hawley differ on emergency declaration, but Trump will probably be the winner X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Don't buy into Title IX reform fear;  Red herrings on "dark money" and "conflicts of interest" distract from substantive policy issue X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt should investigate Neosho City Council text messages X
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        Saturday, March 16, 2019
       
KWMU:  Blunt votes against Trump's emergency declaration on border wall
          KC Star:  Blunt votes to block Trump's use of emergency powers to build wall X
          P-D:  Blunt votes against Trump's emergency declaration X
          P-D:  Cori Bush to challenge Lacy Clay in 2020 Democratic primary;  2018 primary silver medalist unsure if Ocasio-Cortez will endorse X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 11, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Ken Zellers named acting director of DOR
          Missourinet:  Walters resigns, and COO gets chance to stabilize agency
          KC Star:  Spring break legislative update:  Parson, GOP lawmakers have diverse views on transportation funding, DOR issues X
          AP:  NAACP branch supports adding due process to Title IX inquisitions
          P-D:  NAACP branch backs effort to change Title IX persecutions:  John Gaskin III:  "The denial of due process at Missouri's colleges disproportionately impacts African-American men" X
          The Missouri Times:  Title IX bill gains momentum
          The Missouri Times:  Senate bill aims to protect Missourians from illegal alien invaders
          AP:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) says gun bill proves a point on government mandates
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS releases drafts of rules for medical marijuana facilities
          SNL:  Missouri posts draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, grow facilities and more X
          SNL:  DNR reps attempt to explain science at TCE forum;  Area man wants payday for those with "strange diseases" X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators approve harsh pro-life measure X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Let's give local business level playing field with out-of-state companies
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gregg Keller:  Missouri's college students don't lose their constitutional rights when they step on campus
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU Journalism School's Sandy Davidson:  "Eek!" and "Gag!", OMG! Musings on dogs, "faux paws," and Clean Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger over GOP pro-life legislation X
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        Friday, March 15, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley split on Trump emergency declaration vote
          P-D:  Mental health program being tried in Missouri gets support from Roy Blunt X
          P-D:  Mexican admits transporting illegal aliens caught on Interstate 44 near Six Flags X
          CDT:  Draft news release shows state toned down taxpayer warning X
          CDT:  Joel Walters to resign as director of revenue X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR Director Joel Walters expected to resign today
          Missourinet:  DOR director to resign today
          KWMU:  Lawmakers go on spring break with fights on abortion, transportation and finances ahead
          The Missouri Times:  At halfway point, roughly 100 bills volley between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves supplemental budget, sends bill back to the House
          The Missouri Times:  Libla proposes fuel tax increase spread over multiple years
          Columbia Missourian:  New fuel tax proposal gets support in hearing;  Comments from "Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Franklin [sic]), Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles [sic])
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) pushes for earned income tax credit program
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers reconsider low-income housing tax credit
          AP:  House considers trimming impeachment power after Greitens case
          KWMU:  Missouri House wants to allow school districts to offer elective class on the Bible
          SNL:  House considers allowing medical marijuana patients to expunge old possession charges X
          The Missouri Times:  State nursing board approves major program expansions to address statewide workforce shortage
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill could reverse Missouri death penalty law
          SE Missourian:  State ponders more punitive poaching penalties;  Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) one of few opponents +
          P-D editorial:  Blunt joins in a rebuke of Trump. Hawley chooses loyalty over the Constitution. X
          CDT editorial:  Joel Walters finally makes the right call in stepping down X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  When it comes to transportation funding, Missouri is a backwards state X
          Messenger:  Missouri Republicans get new rallying cry for gun-porn legislation:  Not a Good Choice X
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        Thursday, March 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  FEMA urges St. Louisans to buy flood insurance
          P-D:  Obituary:  Former Rep. Cindy Ostmann (R-St. Peters) passes away;  Visitation and funeral this weekend
          P-D:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) to kick off bid for state Senate on Saturday X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson appoints Munzlinger to Probation and Parole Board, fills education board
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe to lead school-safety task force
          JCNT:  Parson fast-tracks school-safety task force X
          SE Missourian:  Bill aims for due process in college sexual assault cases +
          P-D:  'John Doe' sues Washington U. over being suspended without hearing after sexual-assault tale;  University opposes due-process legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators hold up Koenig's Empowerment Scholarship Account legislation for hours;  Republicans say they'll continue to block it
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) wants to spend more money on Access Missouri
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate online-behavior mandate for schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would allow districts to offer elective classes on the Bible
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Lawmakers debate elective Bible classes;  Comments from "Maria Chappell-Nadal [sic]" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers allocate $200k for schools to use career-exploration app
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) correct about lack of functional kitchen at school for disabled children
          Missourinet:  Missouri income tax penalty legislation has bipartisan support;  Revenue director to testify again
          The Missouri Times:  Eggleston's vehicle-inspection bill perfected for second time this session
          SNL:  Some lawmakers support no-excuse absentee voting X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers want to let medical marijuana patients expunge their records
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to protect medical marijuana cardholder information from federal government
          JCNT:  Senate committee considers transfer of state land for Heartland Port X
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers look to raise awareness of endangered salamanders X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 13, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt looks for political cover instead of rejecting Trump border emergency X
          P-D editorial:  Aide demonstrates why lawmakers shouldn't expand conceal-carry venues X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri bill would allow guns in bars, churches, day cares. What could possibly go wrong? X
          P-D letter:  Area gals complain about Trump's changes to family-planning program rules X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian unhappy that Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Smith voted against House Dem proposals X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian applauds Raasch's lamentations on journalism, says all students should be forced to read column X
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian outraged that editorial page's "thumbs-up" graphic depicts a Caucasoid thumb X
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        Wednesday, March 13, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley-backed bill strengthens privacy protections X
        KC Star:  Flood warnings issued along Missouri River near Kansas City after rain and snow melt X
        SNL:  National cannabis lobbyist tells St. Louis audience he sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' X
        SNL:  Smattering of southwest Missouri cannabis entrepreneurs take part in St. Louis trade show X
        The Missouri Times:  Vescovo announces bid for House Speaker
        The Missouri Times:  Parson to issue executive order for School Safety Task Force
        JCNT:  Parson appoints 3 to Lincoln University Curators Board X
        The Missouri Times:  Bill moving impeachment trials to Senate causes consternation among some lawmakers
        CDT:  Revenue woes, garnishment in background as committee approves budget X
        The Missouri Times:  Scaled-back Title IX bill voted out of House committee
        KWMU:  Missouri House committee approves changes to how colleges handle sexual assault reports
        Columbia Missourian:  Proposed Title IX changes revised;  Comments from "Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-St. Louis [sic])
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) wants to push hemp over the hump for farmers +
        SNL:  Missouri House votes to make it easier to refill birth control X
        SE Missourian:  New legislation addresses 911-funding sources +
        The Missouri Times:  Public-private task force to look into feasibility of hyperloop in Missouri
        JCNT:  Missouri House forms Hyperloop committee X
        AP:  Panel to study possibility of Hyperloop in Missouri
        Missourinet:  New group aims to accelerate construction of Hyperloop in Missouri
        KC Star:  Panel formed to accelerate Missouri Hyperloop construction X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Gold Star Families legislation stalls in House;  key term is "official"
        Columbia Missourian:  Two years before Missouri's bicentennial, setup for statewide celebration begins
        JCNT:  State senator's aide arrested after bar fight X
        P-D editorial:  Parson and the Legislature should try again to ask voters for a fuel tax hike X
        JCNT editorial:  House should follow Senate on public notices X
        KC Star editorial:  Bill that would gut Title IX written by dark-money lobbyist with a conflict X
        P-D op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  As a sexual assault survivor, I support campus due process protections X
        Priddy:  Lawmakers should support a National Steamboat Museum in Jefferson City
        P-D letter:  University City woman wants Blunt and Hawley to oppose Trump on border move X
        KC Star letter:  Independence man wants Legislature to put stand-alone gas-tax measure on ballot X
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man disappointed by Democrats' lack of support for pro-life bills +
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        Tuesday, March 12, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Parson speaks at IAFF annual legislative conference in D.C.
          AP:  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee continues post-election bid against Hawley, this time focused on open records
          P-D:  Four months after election, DSCC takes another shot at Josh Hawley X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt, Haahr celebrate Sunshine Week by highlighting transparency efforts
          P-D:  Cannabis trade show at Union Station draws hundreds X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kevin Windham (D-Hillsdale) talks with Rosenbaum about felons voting, GOP's pro-life legislation, the problems with St. Louis City-County merger, more
          JCNT:  Judge Beetem blocks merit overhaul in unions' lawsuit X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee signs off on budget bills, funding pay increases and Fast-Track grants
          AP:  Missouri House Dems oppose Parson plan to pay for roads
          CDT:  Attorney says bank must honor $118M garnishment of state funds X
          P-D:  Missouri faces $118 million bill for prison guards' back pay X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) team up on criminal justice overhaul proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Model prisoners could get another chance with increased parole board discretion
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Herman Morse (R-Dexter) wants to study generational effects of welfare:  "Welfare is supposed to be a safety net, not necessarily a hammock"
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) confident "paycheck protection" law will stand X
          SE Missourian:  Legislation seeks statewide mission designation for three academic programs at SEMO +
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes measure that would extend prescriptions for birth control
          SNL:  TV shows and movies about Missouri aren't filmed here. Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would help change that. X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers eyeing hike in driver's license fees X
          The Missouri Times:  With feasibility determined, Hyperloop to take in-depth look at Missouri reality
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears Bernskoetter's poaching fines bill X
          Missourinet:  'Missouri Sliced Bread Day' bill advances to Missouri Senate
          P-D editorial:  Secrecy behind medical marijuana licensing opens door for abuses X
          SE Missourian letter:  Community Caring Council's Melissa Stickel clarifies information in housing-assistance story +
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man responds to letter from Cape Girardeau septuagenarian who complained about GOP's pro-life legislation +
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        Monday, March 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Flood warnings issued as rivers rise across Kansas City region and northwest Missouri X
          Joplin Globe:  FEMA approves $3.5 million in storm shelter grants for area districts X
          P-D:  Former St. Louisan Dick Gephardt aiding electric car maker who is trying to build SUV X
          P-D:  Marijuana industry attracts hopefuls from across Missouri - and beyond;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, DHSS Director Randall Williams X
          P-D:  State releases list of IT consulting companies vying for marijuana-software contracts X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus), LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City), Barklage's Steven McCullough, ACLU's Sara Baker talk infrastructure spending, Title IX changes, pro-life legislation, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Low-income housing tax credits closer to being revived X
          Columbia Missourian:  Uncertainty looms over Missouri charter school expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri House set to debate private college campus security legislation
          KWMU:  Dicamba herbicide an effective tool for those who use it properly;  MO Dept. of Ag takes action against those who choose to break application guidelines
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) proposes bill intended to keep kids off adult websites
          KC Star:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) files "hands up, don't shoot" bill X
          KC Star editorial:  Plan to reduce the size of the Missouri Legislature has merit X
          SE Missourian editorial:  911 funding should be higher priority for Missouri safety X
          Keller:  Uncovering the garnishment of state bank accounts X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Effects of marijuana legalization deserve serious discussion X
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        Sunday, March 10, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag New:  Former Ag Director Richard Fordyce, now chief of USDA's Farm Service Agency, says implementation of farm bill is FSA's top priority
          JCNT:  Lincoln University receives federal grant for new agriculture building X
          AP:  Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight;  Ruthless corporations destroy newspapers with mean-spirited principles like budgeting, profit-lost analysis
          JCNT:  State officials still seeking ways to improve employees' salaries X
          Joplin Globe:  Parson still optimistic about infrastructure deal after House introduces its own funding plan X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wind farms add to Missouri's road woes X
          SNL:  GOP lawmakers pitch plan for tax-bill relief X
          CDT:  Supporters take aim at Missouri's tax-credit calculator X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nonprofit backing Title IX changes ramps up educational effort
          KC Star's Edward McKinley:  Lincoln University among Richard McIntosh's clients;  Comments from "Greg [sic] Keller" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) discusses his rural broadband bill
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T robots may help state inspect bridges
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) looks at expanding concealed-carry freedoms X
          SNL:  Missouri Sierra Club unhappy with CU's coal ash storage plan X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Downsizing the General Assembly X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should not punish owners of fuel-efficient cars with higher registration fees X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Why are some newspapers dying? Blame GateHouse Media X
          P-D's Raasch:  Lamentations on publishers trimming newsroom fat:  You readers depend on journalists, even if you're too stingy to pay X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  The 'Green New Deal' would cost a lot of green
          KC Star op-ed:  Park University President Greg Gunderson:  Missouri bills, while well-intended, could weaken Title IX and hurt students X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Hemp Trade Association's Boyd Vancil and Tyler Morgan:  20 years later, a freedom to farm hemp
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        Saturday, March 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Illegal aliens, Ilhan Omar, more X
          KCUR:  Three KC-area hospitals penalized by Medicare for high complication rates
          The Missouri Times:  To date, roughly one-third of initiative petitions approved to gather signatures
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Better Together's Kyle Juvers says Galloway's fiscal note is a 'push forward' for pro-merger plan
          The Missouri Times:  Judges temporarily halt 'paycheck protection' law, merit system overhaul
          AP:  Missouri judge blocks restrictions in HB 1413
          P-D:  Judges block laws involving unions X
          CDT:  Judge:  Missouri Department of Corrections to be garnished $118 million X
          SNL:  DHSS holds medical marijuana forum in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 4, 2019
          SE Missourian:  Parson addresses bridge funding at Jackson stop touting workforce development +
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  AG Eric Schmitt gives crime-fighting update at Lathrop Gage breakfast;  Schatz, Grier, Mulligan, McKenna provide legislative update
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater's bill to reduce the size of state House moves forward
          P-D:  Group seeking to advance Title IX changes begins campaign to educate lawmakers +
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) joins University of Missouri Extension's Marshall Stewart on panel to discuss state ag issues
          SE Missourian:  GOP lawmakers differ on plan to scrap vehicle inspections +
          KWMU:  MoDOT plans for more construction along I-44 in 2019, other work on I-70, I-270
          The Missouri Times:  House committee to hear 'Breakfast After the Bell' bills
          JCNT editorial:  Don't expand concealed-carry X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Missouri should suspend - not cancel - Medicaid for prisoners X
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        Friday, March 8, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay calls on Commerce Secretary to resign after another federal judge rules against Census citizenship question X
          P-D:  Fearing another 1993 disaster, Mississippi River mayors calling for more flexibility on federal flood mitigation spending X
          Twitter.com:  P-D Political and National Editor Christopher Ave departs
          AP:  Schmitt announces $30 million settlement in sweepstakes scam aimed at elderly
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of "Clean Missouri" oppose GOP legislation on drawing districts;  Comments from League of Women Voters, others
          Missourinet:  Proposal to reduce Missouri House's size gets green light from a House committee
          The Missouri Times:  House approves $483 million supplemental budget
          SNL:  MSU, OTC notch early wins in House budget drafts X
          P-D:  Schatz raises red flag over new House plan to fix roads and bridges in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Another attempt to boost gas tax makes its way to Missouri House committee
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) hopes to set scene for new film and television production in Missouri +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate closes week without tackling anticipated education bills
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers again consider law honoring concealed-carry permits
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers back drone prohibition near prisons
          Washington Missourian:  Electronic gaming machines in use in Franklin County - and they're not regulated by Missouri Gaming Commission X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  After day-care savagery caught on tape, Missouri needs strong focus on child care X
          JCNT editorial:  Child health data shouldn't just be kept, it should be used X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  'Green New Deal' would be a raw deal for Missouri farmers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit):  Taking steps to end the costly border war with Kansas
          Messenger:  On Greitens, dark money, Title IX due process, and St. Louis City's Lewis Reed X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Missouri farmers should face consistent rules for raising livestock
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        Thursday, March 7, 2019
       
KCUR:  Woodrow Wilson Foundation study claims 61 percent of Missourians would fail history portion of U.S. citizenship test
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Lathrop Gage to host legislative update breakfast tomorrow:  Schmitt, MoDOT's Patrick McKenna, Higher Ed's Zora Mulligan, Schatz, Derek Grier
          JCNT:  State leaders salute those keeping Missouri safe X
          KCUR:  New Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent brings crime-fighting background to post
          KCUR:  Fiending to get doctor's approval for your marijuana "need"?  Missouri says hold your lighters.
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Chair Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) proposes $100 million in general revenue to fund infrastructure
          Missourinet:  Smith:  The solution to Missouri's roads isn't to go further into debt
          AP:  House budget plan includes $100M for road, bridge repairs
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee takes deep dive into state's tax credits
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats say they'll keep fighting bill modifying state's minimum wage
          SNL:  Republicans focus on gerrymandering elements of Clean Missouri X
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate charter schools;  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City):  "There's been some fierce-@ss conversations" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill to delay start of school
          The Missouri Times:  Bill on due process and Title IX hearings draws large crowd during House hearing
          CDT:  Attorneys Chris Slusher, Mike Colona weigh in on proposed Title IX changes X
          P-D:  Washington University opposes bipartisan effort on due process in Title IX investigations X
          KC Star:  Mini-profiles:  Due-process advocates Richard McIntosh, Chris Slusher are married to women with distinguished legal and public service careers, serving under Democratic administrations X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) presents vehicle hijacking bill in committee
          P-D:  Proposal from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would expand areas where concealed-carry licenses are honored X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would lower sales tax on feminine hygiene products, as well as diapers for babies and olds
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 6, 2019
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Chris Dinkins (R-Annapolis):  For stronger families, it's time for Republicans to rally behind Trump's plan for paid family leave
          Priddy:  Musings on steamboat museum and Parson's infrastructure bonds
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disapproves of GOP House members' pro-life priorities +
          KC Star letters:  Ozark septuagenarian outraged over GOP efforts to clean up Amendment 1;  Kansas man says Star reporters have transferred their angry liberal bias from Brownback to Hawley X
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        Wednesday, March 6, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders disbarred
        P-D:  Gephardt says focus on Ocasio-Cortez overshadowing important stories X
        The Missouri Times:  Beetem takes Confide lawsuit under advisement
        P-D:  Galloway begs off Better Together fight, calls cost savings "unknown" X
        KC Star:  With witness' consent, AG's office had staff member present during Ashcroft investigation of Hawley X
        The Missouri Times:  Active superintendent of Highway Patrol tapped for role permanently
        Missourinet:  Lt. Col. Eric Olson takes over as superintendent of Missouri Highway Patrol
        The Missouri Times:  Senate adopts rule change allowing senators to abstain from votes
        P-D:  Democrats stall GOP move on minimum wage X
        SE Missourian:  Loss of grant closes door on housing assistance program;  Grown woman says she assumed government subsidies would always cover 100% of her rent +
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to bring back tax credits for film production companies
        Columbia Missourian's Natasha Vyhovsky:  Bipartisan nonprofit backs effort to improve Title IX process at universities;  Key players include Richard McIntosh, "Joe Larkin [sic]"
        KC Star:  Bipartisan group seeks to fight for due process in Title IX investigations X
        P-D:  Bipartisan group says it hopes to bring fairness to Title IX processes X
        The Missouri Times:  Victory Enterprises poll shows majority of Missourians oppose Title IX witch hunts
        The Missouri Times:  Empowerment scholarship account programs see success as Missouri lawmakers contemplate implementing similar awards
        P-D:  Bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags and straws X
        Missourinet:  'Sliced Bread Day' bill to go before Missouri House today
        P-D editorial:  Protecting juvenile criminals' right to legal representation X
        Waters:  UM caucus ushers in a new day for university support X
        P-D op-ed:  Ascension's Nick Ragone:  Confidence Checkmate:  Chess is positioning Ferguson-Florissant students for success X
        P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian mocks GOP legislators for pro-life legislation X
        P-D letter:  Springfield feminist attempts humor involving vasectomies X
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        Tuesday, March 5, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lincoln Days 2019:  Grassroots, grassroots, grassroots
          KWMU:  Three Lincoln Days takeaways:  Parson's plans, city-county merger and ballot initiatives
          Missourinet:  New federal broadband funds can help rural Missouri - if utilities buy in
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson, lawmakers looking for ways to make child care safer
          JCNT:  Parson names working group on day-care abuse X
          Missourinet:  Parson weighs in on Pine Lawn day care workers' savage behavior
          P-D:  State moves to close Pine Lawn day care where behemoth tossed 3-year-old girl, splitting head open X
          P-D:  Missouri shells out another $600,000 in harassment case filed by prison worker X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe pleased with progress and tone of current legislative session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks with Rosenbaum about sports betting's revenue benefits, PDMP, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins looks to end border war with Kansas
          P-D:  Missouri Senate approves long-sought legal changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) proposes 'good government' resolution reducing size of state House, increasing number of senators
          JCNT:  Fitzwater proposes amendment to reshape House, Senate X
          Missourinet:  Fitzwater's proposed constitutional amendment would reduce the size of the Missouri House
          AP:  Eigel pitches alternative road repair plan
          P-D:  Effort to crack down on county 'debtors' prisons' clears the Missouri House X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) looks to adjust reimbursement rates for nursing homes that invest in improvements
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) presents bill stopping dog ban laws
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Editorial was wrong to criticize abortion extremists on both sides of issue X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. associate "social anthropology" professor Bret Gustafson:  Join environmental activists in protesting Ameren's dirty fossil fuels X
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        Monday, March 4, 2019
       
SNL:  At Lincoln Days, Republicans offer preview of 2020 campaigns X
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal activist Cori Bush declares 2020 primary challenge to Lacy Clay, claims Clay supporters threatened to kill her
          The Maneater (Mizzou) "Move" Magazine:  True/False Film Fest features documentary of liberal female candidates;  2018 Democratic primary silver medalist Cori Bush touts her vuluptuous hips, other relevant qualifications
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  2020 Dem gov frontrunner Scott Sifton talks with Scott Faughn about statewide campaign, tort legislation and Senate filibuster, more;  Panel of Richard McIntosh, Jake Hummel, Lou Hamilton and Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) talk pro-life bills, tort-bill debate, Title IX and due process, more
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri marks FFA week with future focus;  Thoughts from Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn
          JCNT:  Bobbie Herman shares memories from 30 years of rubbing elbows with Missouri governors X
          Missourinet:  Walters:  Missourians who prefer bigger tax refunds need to take proactive action
          P-D:  Who's charging you sales taxes? Attempt by Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) to make a Missouri tax map meets confusion, resistance X
          Washington Missourian:  'Heartbeat' bill passes in House X
          P-D:  GOP bills could keep released inmates from returning to jail, overdosing on drugs or experiencing a relapse of mental illness X
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) would end breed-specific dog legislation X
          SNL:  Missouri DNR says more TCE-extraction wells planned X
          P-D editorial:  Bill to allow Bible study in public school classrooms puts the First Amendment last X
          CDT editorial:  Title IX continues to leave us in the dark X
          Keller:  Walters changes story on income tax receipts X
          Phill Brooks:  How social media has negatively impacted young journalists and state government X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  'Big Ag' has purchased Republican state lawmakers' votes in exchange for favorable CAFO legislation
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        Sunday, March 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  At Lincoln Days, Missouri Republicans gear up to defend their gains
          CDT:  In visit to Ralls County, Blunt talks rural broadband, Trump emergency declaration, more X
          P-D's Raasch:  In the warming 'Green New Deal' debate, a tale of coasts vs. midlands;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch's polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week X
          SNL:  REAL IDs are almost here. Here's how to get one. X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri bill would outlaw abortions if Roe v. Wade overturned X
          Washington Missourian:  Prosecutor keeping tabs on House bill;  Convicts could be released early X
          JCNT:  MU Health Care doesn't rule out future legislation for hospital sale X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Carjacking rare in our area, but state law is needed;  Crime has a way of moving out of St. Louis City into Franklin County X
          Waters:  Republican legislators wrong to propose pro-life legislation and oppose "Rowe [sic] vs. Wade";  Octogenarian says he doesn't want to blow his "whole wad on the end of Rowe [sic]" X
          SNL op-ed:  Former city councilman opposes Burlison's 'Stop Socialism Act' X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Union, Mo. sexagenarian disagrees with eliminating state auto safety inspections, supports eliminating emissions testing X
          SNL letters:  Battlefield sexagenarian dislikes GOP attempts to improve ballot initiatives;  Springfield octogenarian offended by Elijah Haahr's testament to Christianity and pro-life principles X
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        Saturday, March 2, 2019
       
Kraske's farewell column:  Here's why I covered politics for so many years:  The hope for better days ahead
          KC Star:  Hawley takes the stage at CPAC X
          KWMU:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finishes cleanup of Manhattan Project site
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission issues two advisory opinions, dismisses complaint against Jamilah Nasheed
          The Missouri Times:  Mr. Missouri:  A conversation with Mike Kehoe
          The Missouri Times:  Movers and Shakers:  The Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) talks with Rosenbaum about abortion legislation, constituent privacy, and fentanyl penalties
          Missourinet:  Missouri to begin offering REAL IDs this month
          AP:  Missouri 'on track' to offer REAL ID licenses this month
          KC Star:  GOP lawmakers hope Missouri keeps investing in Chiefs, Royals stadiums X
          KCUR:  Steamboat Arabia Museum charts course away from City Market, toward Jefferson City
          SNL:  Rep. Hardy Billington (R-Poplar Bluff) wants to ban anonymous church-and-state lawsuits X
          KCUR:  Thousands of Missouri inmates whose paroles were revoked may be entitled to relief, judge rules
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt and Hawley must uphold the Constitution and block Trump emergency X
          CDT editorial:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) puts needs above politics with disabled-kids legislation X
          SNL op-ed:  House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield):  Standing for the unborn X
          CDT op-ed:  Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple:  GOP senators wrong to introduce Title IX legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wants state law banning cell-phone use while driving X
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        Friday, March 1, 2019
       
March 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  Hawley votes 'yes' on Trump federal court nominee Neomi Rao X
          KWMU:  Clay says Cohen hearing should be a wake-up call for Americans about Trump
          KWMU:  Ashcroft finds Hawley didn't improperly use AG's office for statewide bid
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft closes investigation into Hawley, says no probable cause law was violated
          P-D:  Ashcroft:  Investigation shows Hawley did not misuse public resources X
          AP:  Ashcroft:  No evidence Hawley misused public resources
          KC Star:  Ashcroft investigation concludes that Hawley didn't violate election law X
          CDT:  Parson continues statewide tour of problem bridges X
          JCNT:  Parson visits Cole County bridge on repair list X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson fills Conservation Commission vacancy with CEO of Orscheln Industries
          AP:  Missouri proposes truce with Kansas in business battle
          JCNT:  Kehoe encourages NFIB members to keep talking to legislators X
          The Missouri Times:  House adds sunset to Fast Track program, sends bill to Senate
          AP:  House approves scholarship for older adults
          P-D:  Missouri House gives green light to governor's 'Fast Track' job program X
          AP:  DOR director says he was in error, not tax withholding tables
          P-D:  With Missourians facing smaller refunds, state tax chief admits changes were his idea X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) looks to expand concealed-carry rights
          Columbia Missourian:  Fuel-efficient cars would cost more to register under new proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) pushes to roll back pit-bull laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators debate Medicaid work requirements
          KWMU:  Missouri Budget Project and Missouri Foundation for Health continue push for Medicaid expansion
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Josh Hawley shows he's willing to buck his own party's leadership
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislature should stop policing-for-profit cash grab X
          P-D's Raasch:  Hawley's declarations of independence riling up his party's right wing X
          P-D op-ed:  Michael Wolff and Dave Roland:  How to fix the initiative petition process X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Car inspections boost tax revenue, not safety X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights man dislikes GOP's pro-life bill X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man wants Legislature to expand Medicaid X
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        February 28, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional briefs:  Blunt on emergency declaration;  Clay on "Green New Deal";  82-year-old Jack Danforth, who left Senate 24 years ago, weighs in on legislation X
          Missourinet:  Clay garners national spotlight for questioning of Cohen
          P-D:  Clay seizes spotlight, says Trump will be prosecuted for bank fraud X
          P-D:  Farm slump holds down third-quarter GDP in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt names M. Keithley Williams coordinator of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt appoints leader of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
          P-D:  Schmitt spearheads effort to clear rape-kit testing backlog X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit)
          CDT:  DOR Director Joel Walters changes story about refund issue, credits Fitzpatrick for correcting him X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lower-income families hit by state's tax mix-up
          The Missouri Times:  Senate compromises on tort overhaul following filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  House gives omnibus abortion bill overwhelming approval
          KWMU:  House approves sweeping pro-life bill
          AP:  House passes pro-life legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Abortion bill heads to Senate, where another fight looms
          P-D:  Pro-life legislation headed for showdown in Senate X
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would let Pharmacy Board experiment with technology X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) wants to give school districts the freedom to add elective Bible classes X
          P-D:  Missouri children are waiving their right to legal counsel. That's a problem, some lawmakers say X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) wants to do away with property taxes;  Some colleagues worry about effect on school funding
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) would allow some child death statistics to be public information X
          Joplin Globe:  New human trafficking poster law to take effect X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) statement on sex trafficking and life expectancy rated "False"
          The Missouri Times:  House committee advances proposal for funding convention, sports centers
          KWMU:  Q&A regarding activist complaints about coal ash containment
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Bridge program isn't a long-term fix
          JCNT editorial:  Stronger carjacking laws would make streets safer X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Give student journalists a voice with Walter Cronkite New Voices Act X
          P-D editorial:  Don't deny newspapers ad revenue from public notices X
          CDT op-ed:  Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri's Jerry Dowell:  Alzheimer's families need state support X
          P-D letter:  SEIU activist:  Legislature wrong for seeking minimum-wage adjustments X
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        February 27, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley to meet with Trump nominee Neomi Rao prior to committee vote
          KC Star:  Hawley campaign offers to pay back state $27 in incidental travel expenses from 2017 X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) talks with Rosenbaum about the Nexus of Internet sales tax, as well as charter schools and Clean Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  DOR proposes $263k net reduction to department budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri House oversight committee to hold third hearing on DOR tax issue today
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with 'strongest pro-life bill in the country'
          KC Star:  After emotional debate, Missouri House poised to pass 'strongest pro-life bill' in U.S. X
          AP:  Missouri House advances pro-life legislation
          SNL:  Missouri House passes baby-heartbeat bill, with additional provisions added on X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House members debate, amend abortion bill
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri House moves closer to passing pro-life legislation;  Comments from Rep. Nick Schroer of "St. Charles [sic]" X
          SNL:  Wallingford, Onder see budget savings in tax-credit adjustment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) could elevate student voter to Board of Curators
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Emery's number on Missouri impeachments against judges needs more context
          Missourinet:  Oh, the things you'll find in Missouri's Unclaimed Property division:  Clown suit, ski mask and handgun, other treasures
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Budget Project study promotes benefits of SNAP handouts +
          SNL:  Missouri medical marijuana cards:  Answers to frequently asked questions X
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of transgender student in Blue Springs case;  Girl began demanding to be treated as a boy in fourth grade, sued school district over being blocked from boys' locker room X
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court sides with girl who wants to dress with boys in locker room
          P-D:  LGBTQIA* groups cheer Missouri Supreme Court ruling X
          P-D editorial:  Taxpayers should foot the bill for female criminals' tampons X
          P-D letter:  Ameren President Michael Moehn says Post-Dispatch piece on coal ash lacked accuracy and context X
          P-D letter:  Oakland man wants Koenig to stop supporting charter schools and start advocating for workforce development X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian opposes GOP lawmakers' state tax cuts X
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        February 26, 2019
       
KWMU:  Above-normal chance of major flooding in Missouri this spring
          KC Star:  Some conservative groups urge Hawley to support Trump nominee X
          P-D:  Judicial Crisis Network wants Hawley to support Trump nominee X
          KC Star:  Hawley to speak on tech industry at CPAC X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Janie Dunning:  Federal money for rural broadband a big help
          P-D:  Onetime St. Louis County resident admits sending money to terrorists overseas;  Bosnian man and family rallied support for Islamic State X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  On bridge tour, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe highlights state's needs:  "You don't do a mic drop in Northwest Missouri. You do a bridge drop."
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) aims to boost military jobs +
          P-D:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) want redistricting czar to accept input from public X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt, GOP lawmakers take steps to fight carjackings in Missouri
          KWMU:  Carjackers could get 10 years to life in prison under proposed law
          P-D:  Proposed Missouri law would better track, consistently sentence carjackers, backers say X
          AP:  Schmitt supporting statute aimed at slowing carjackings
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider awareness training, Internet's role in human trafficking
          JCNT:  House Democrats hold press conference, list qualms with GOP legislation;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) X
          CDT:  Insurance therapy bill makes headway in the House X
          KWMU:  Missouri utilities deal with unpredictable regulatory environment, incessant complaints from activists
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature attacks Sunshine Law
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should support Bernskoetter's bill to increase poaching penalties X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Bill moves to reduce prison population X
          P-D editorial:  Parson should pardon woman who hired hitman to murder husband X
          KC Star letter:  Town and Country woman wants Cleaver, Graves and Hartzler to join Ann Wagner in fight against tuberculosis X
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        February 25, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Roy Blunt on Trump, tariffs, rural broadband, filibusters, more;  Panel of Brittany Robbins, Joe Lakin, Reps. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) and Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) on Blunt, Dem presidential candidates, Parson and workforce development, Better Together, more
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Cleaver weigh in on Trump's emergency declaration
          Reuters:  How a Missouri Supreme Court ruling could help Johnson & Johnson defeat St. Louis talc lawsuits
          AP:  National Weather Service:  High flood risk in Missouri this spring
          SNL:  Here's what you need to know about the trouble with Missouri taxes this year X
          P-D:  Parson's 'Fast Track' scholarship program slowed by budget concerns, skeptics X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) seeks to add transparency to new redistricting process
          Missourinet:  Missouri House could give final approval today to fentanyl and date-rape drug legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial thumbs-up to ending required vehicle inspections
          Joplin Globe:  Legislators file bills to extend arts district deadline X
          CDT:  Hickman sophomore aces ACT on first try;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          SNL:  Monster brown trout smashes Missouri records X
          KC Star:  Missouri Highway Patrol used special phone call and messaging app during St. Louis-area riots X
          Messenger:  The accidental governor inherits a broken budget. What is he to do? X
          SNL letters:  Ozark man and Springfield man oppose GOP efforts to change voter-approved policies X
          P-D letter:  Multi-time Democratic candidate Glenn Koenen says Missouri bureaucrats make people go hungry X
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        February 24, 2019
       
KC Star:  Parson named to Trump's bipartisan Council of Governors X
          P-D:  Fourth inmate's lawsuit says Missouri prison guards groped her, and court filing says FBI is investigating X
          JCNT:  Scott Fitzpatrick settling in as state treasurer X
          KC Star:  Rep. Jon Carpenter (D-Gladstone) to run for Clay County commission seat X
          JCNT:  $9 million worth of property seized statewide in 2018 criminal activity X
          KWMU:  Missouri medical marijuana hopefuls have already earned state $3 million;  Comments from Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association's Jack Cardetti
          CDT:  Medical marijuana rules move ahead X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legal weed leaves employees unprotected
          CDT:  Hemp rules likely to allow cultivation for 2020 growing season;  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) hopes to cut red tape X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) tour local brewery, part of 'Buy Missouri' program
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) would give the poor access to hearing aids X
          P-D:  A private school turns charter, 20 years after the first charter schools opened in Missouri X
          KWMU:  A successful St. Louis City charter school has big plans to grow
          KRES/KWIX:  State Ag Director Chris Chinn speaks to FFA chapters at Western Farm Show in Kansas City
          P-D:  Activists unhappy with plan to bring regulatory authority over coal ash to state - rather than federal - officials X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's Title IX bill a work in progress
          Keller:  Deja vu all over again with property tax credit X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian dismayed that Missouri voters keep electing Republicans X
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        February 23, 2019
       
Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Blunt, Smith herald mental-health services project at FCC Behavioral Clinic +
          KC Star:  FBI and DOJ investigating Missouri prison where workers are accused of sexual assault X
          The Missouri Times:  Bruce Franks promotional video plays at Montana indy film festival;  28-minute clip documents Franks' valiant efforts against "overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives," hits the big screen at Missoula Elks Lodge
          AP:  Greitens subpoenaed in open records dispute
          SNL:  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) says 'Stop Socialism Act' will help protect businesses from government poaching X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) opposes charter-schools expansion bill +
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri explores legalized sports betting X
          The Missouri Times:  National association supports towing-law overhaul in Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill aims to track sex offenders when moving between counties
          CDT:  Judge denies Planned Parenthood order to resume Columbia abortions X
          SNL:  Free tampons for prison inmates? Missouri House gives initial yes X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats plan Monday news conference to discuss blocking GOP legislation
          JCNT editorial:  Claim your unclaimed property X
          Messenger:  Public defender alleges Missouri judge is ignoring double jeopardy protections X
          SNL letters:  Springfield man says Blunt is soft on illegal aliens;  Kimberling City sexagenarian opposes Taylor's retirement-fund choice bill and GOP efforts to protect constituent privacy X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man wants Blunt, Hawley and Wagner to oppose Trump's border wall funding X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian feminist expresses anger at Missouri Right to Life for opposing ERA X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Messenger, editorial board demonstrate paper's liberal bias X
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        February 22, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt talks border-wall funding scenarios X
          P-D:  Parson honors British man who spent decades remembering St. Louis pilot's sacrifice X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Dale Wright (R-Farmington)
          The Missouri Times:  Farm Bureau legislative briefing previews future ag growth, legislator relationships
          Brownfield Ag News:  State ag department funding among Missouri Farm Bureau priorities
          CDT:  Committee hears Parson bridge plan X
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to cap low-income housing tax credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Missouri Legislature's pro-life bills
          AP:  Missouri bill on minimum prison sentences heads to Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  For Missourians serving life without parole, a second chance could be coming
          P-D:  Asset forfeiture without a conviction would be banned under proposal from Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin)
          CDT:  New caucus formed to promote University of Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Caucus hoped to lead to better relations between university and lawmakers
          AP:  Rowden, Razer form University of Missouri Caucus
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Universities struggle to find balance between federal, state medical marijuana law
          SNL:  Medical marijuana forum coming to Springfield X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American Water Co.'s filing will bring regulators into reservoir plan for first time X
          SNL:  DNR plans public meeting on TCE pollution X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Stop the initiative petition madness
          KC Star editorial:  Bible classes don't belong in Missouri's public high schools X
          JCNT editorial:  Increase penalties for deadly drugs X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri schools need CBD policies now X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Public corruption in Missouri must be investigated X
          Keller:  Without a fuel tax, toll roads may gain traction X
          Messenger:  Supreme Court 'adds teeth' to criminal justice reform in Missouri X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Labadie anti-Ameren activist wants DNR to require 'clean closure' of ash ponds X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Pacific septuagenarian disputes modern-day energy technology with memories of shoveling fireplace ashes X
          P-D letter:  University City man opposes Lee Enterprises decision to centralize newspaper layout work in Indiana, attempts "hoosier" punchline X
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        February 21, 2019
       
KC Star:  Pelosi:  Trump's move on border security would divert millions from Missouri military projects X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Jason Smith statement on overpaid federal workers rated "Mostly True"
          The Missouri Times:  Lucinda Luetkemeyer, Eddie Greim join redistricting fight in SCOTUS
          AP:  Schmitt investigates day care 'fight club';  Urban day care workers caught on video encouraging children to assault each other
          Missourinet:  Schmitt launches investigation into St. Louis City day care 'fight club'
          P-D:  'Day care fight club' in St. Louis City will be investigated by Schmitt;  Workers Mickala Guliford and Tena Dailey encouraged toddlers to batter each other in the face X
          JCNT:  Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick highlights unclaimed property finds from safe deposit boxes X
          The Missouri Times:  Discussion with DOR regarding withholding error continues in special committee
          Missourinet:  Walters:  DOR has not done a good job communicating about tax issue
          P-D:  Parson says some legislators are using DOR issue to grandstand X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers tentatively remove $4 million from Fast Track allocation
          The Missouri Times:  House committee considers closed primaries for Missouri elections
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) seeks to close primaries X
          AP:  Missouri bill targets fentanyl, date-rape drug possession
          Missourinet:  Missouri works to develop computer science standards for K-12 schools
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Commission agrees they have Clean Line jurisdiction
          The Missouri Times:  What's happening in legal battle between State Auditor Nicole Galloway and Clay County
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association's Andrew Mullins:  More medical marijuana profit opportunities coming to Missouri
          Priddy:  On felons voting, and memories of Bob Griffin (1,326 words)
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman says medical marijuana will lead Missouri down a slippery slope of drug abuse X
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        February 20, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP to honor Ron Richard with Lifetime Achievement Award
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Federal spending bill offers some resources for region;  Comments from Blunt
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' gets a co-sponsor:  Lacy Clay, the University City "Republican [sic]" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler advocates for statewide prescription drug monitoring program
          KCUR:  Steve Kraske among KC Star employees taking buyouts;  Veteran reporter/columnist to continue hosting KCUR's "Up to Date"
          P-D:  Proposal from Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) calls on legislators to oppose statewide vote on St. Louis City-County merger X
          The Missouri Times:  Gun-control advocates rally at Capitol
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin group joins Moms Demand Action rally;  Local ladies shuffle around Capitol, believe courtesy meetings with legislators will make a difference X
          JCNT:  Moms Demand Action members take day trip to Capitol, kibbitz about gun control X
          The Missouri Times:  During National FFA Week, Parson and ag leaders talk workforce development
          Brownfield Ag News:  Governor's tractor ride kicks off FFA Week
          JCNT:  Parson drives tractor to Capitol to support Missouri FFA X
          Washington Missourian:  State, local officials welcome Parson's transportation tour X
          SE Missourian:  State senators roll out idea for video lottery terminals;  some fear they would hurt casino revenue +
          SNL:  Quade bill would wave fines and fees for some taxpayers X
          P-D:  Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) sponsors bill to allow high schools to offer elective course on the Bible X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee advances two pro-life bills
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Title IX officials oppose changes to their processes
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears proposed changes to how colleges handle assault, sexual misconduct allegations
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers move to correct language that placed added burden on community colleges
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) would limit property tax credit to homeowners
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill would allow children with disabilities outside autism spectrum to access funds
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would allow feral hogs to be processed into food X
          AP:  Missouri House approves bill to revamp minimum sentencing laws
          AP:  Missouri bill would require free tampons in prisons
          Columbia Missourian:  State education board meets to hear updates from computer science work group
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools could be back under jurisdiction of city school board in April
          AP:  Keystone restarts pipeline after repairing Missouri leak
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republican legislators wrong on minimum wage X
          Waters:  Thoughts on Title IX, "Betsy DeVoss [sic]," and investigating assault tales X
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  An update on Southeast Missourian's changes in moderating comments +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian seeks to persuade Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley and Ann Wagner to oppose Trump by calling them "cowards" X
          P-D letter:  Former Federal Reserve official John Tatom says Legislature should not restore housing tax credits X
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        February 19, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Ron Richard to be honored at Missouri Lincoln Days celebration in St. Louis X
        SE Missourian:  Kathy Swan, Holly Rehder to square off for state Senate seat +
        The Missouri Times:  MEC fines Virginia-based conservative group for campaign finance violations during August primary
        AP:  Tax incentive bill passes House, stalls in Senate
        The Missouri Times:  House approves changes to competitive bidding on state projects
        JCNT:  Missouri Legislature's joint education committee hears about computer science's potential future in state X
        Columbia Missourian:  Flying a drone over a prison could get you a criminal record of your own
        P-D:  Missouri prisons and jails are one step closer to becoming no-drone zones X
        KWMU:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report says installing solar panels is fastest-growing job in Missouri
        P-D:  Better Together merger plan would lead to 'illegitimate' government, UMSL's Terry Jones argues X
        KSMU:  Two elk poached in Shannon County;  MO Dept. of Conservation seeking information
        The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers talk Black History Month, related legislation
        Missourinet:  Rep. Tommie Pierson (D-St. Louis) wants Parson to hand out agency slots to African-Americans
        Columbia Missourian:  Pierson:  Parson must prioritize handing out appointments to African-Americans
        P-D editorial:  West Lake Landfill cleanup is being studied to death X
        SNL op-ed:  League of Women Voters sexagenarian:  Republicans wrong to change Amendment 1 X
        P-D op-ed:  SLU prof:  Report card numbers don't tell the whole story on Missouri schools X
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau Democratic Party leader angry at Republicans over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts +
        P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian mocks GOP legislators' Christianity X
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        February 18, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 50 in Columbia;  Featured speakers include 2018 electoral silver medalists Renee Hoagenson and Michela Skelton
          St. Joseph News-Press:  From cattle to the Capitol:  Gov. Mike Parson reflects on past year
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. John Rizzo (D-Independence) on initiative petitions, state revenue, Rowden's leadership, more;  Panel of Dem Reps. Greg Razer and Jon Carpenter, Victor Callahan, KC Councilwoman Heather Hall on transportation funding, Medicaid, initiative petitions, more
          P-D:  Savings from Missouri's tax credit shift are not factoring into the budget X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House oversight committee plans second hearing on Department of Revenue tax issue
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County residents to attend hearing on coal ash regulations X
          Missourinet:  Ameren Missouri undertakes major upgrades expected to create thousands of jobs
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters have spoken on 'right to work' law. Why do Republicans want a do-over? X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice Co-president Ruth Ehresman wants Missouri Republicans to expand Medicaid X
          Washington Missourian letter:  St. Clair woman opposes charter school expansion X
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        February 17, 2019
       
KCUR's Andrea Tudhope: Trump takes action on border security;  Thoughts from U.S. Reps. "Bill [sic] Graves," "Vicki [sic] Hartzler"   Corrected
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congressional action for the week:  Josh Hawley's home state corrected, without acknowledgment of error X
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, finds efficiencies;  Eight union employees, including "copy editors," sent packing X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Holly Rehder plans run for state Senate +
          JCNT:  Food drive led by Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson nets 3,000 pounds for food pantry X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson says bridge outside St. Clair is worst he's seen on his statewide tour X
          Joplin Globe:  Cunningham bill would adjust minimum-wage rules X
          SNL:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  Able-bodied adults should work for Medicaid X
          SNL:  GOP abortion bills focus on heartbeats, pain sensitivity, other aspects of child's life X
          JCNT:  Dept. of Corrections officials say threats to staff real, constant X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical pot poses policy issues for schools;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Kelli Hopkins, others X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan shares thoughts on charter school expansion, "tax credit voucher scheme"
          P-D:  Ameren reports strong interest in solar energy 'subscription' program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Meth makes a quiet resurgence in Missouri;  Mexicans succeed in pushing dope across border
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A reality check on Missouri marijuana
          P-D editorial:  Galloway's audit shows troubling signs at Harris-Stowe;  HBCU employees fritter away taxpayer dollars on entertainment expenses, gift cards, club memberships, etc. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should restore felons' voting rights after prison X
          KC Star editorial:  Amazon won't come to Missouri until state passes LGBTQIA* legislation X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Post-Dispatch's editorializing begins on front page X
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        February 16, 2019
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congressional action for the week:  Photo of AG nominee William Barr with Josh Hawley of "Mississippi [sic]" X
          P-D:  Blunt says emergency declaration from Trump could set negative precedent X
          P-D:  Hawley's attorneys say former AG shouldn't be forced to be deposed in open-records case X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 11, 2019
          CDT:  Rowden:  Another gas tax try, then toll roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections launches new website to track assaults on officers, major incidents
          Joplin Globe:  State association:  Hospital's online price lists confusing;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon X
          P-D:  Missouri legislation would increase penalties for wildlife crimes X
          KWMU:  Q&A on Better Together:  Elements of potential statewide vote, much more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 14, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren unveils $5.3 billion grid upgrade plan spurred by changes to utility laws
          KWMU:  Ameren to invest $5 billion to improve statewide electrical grid
          JCNT:  Ameren launches 5-year 'upgrade' program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider lower water, sewer bills for low-income residents;  Comments from Missouri American Water's Jim Foley
          KC Star op-ed:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  Misguided changes to national liver allocation policy will hurt KC-area patients X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Fighting the opioid crisis in rural America +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Fairfax, Mo. hospital COO Ann Schlueter:  Let's reimagine rural health care in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City sexagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to oppose border wall X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants state legislation to prevent "surprise" medical bills X
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        February 15, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley disagree on border compromise bill X
          P-D:  Hawley votes 'no' on border security deal X
          AP:  State and federal officials expand efforts to fight violent crime
          Missourinet:  Schmitt expands new program aimed at violent crime
          KWMU:  Parson's bridge-repair barnstorming tour makes stop in Jefferson County
          KWMU:  State aims to boost correctional officers' pay to help fill vacancies
          The Missouri Times:  Hundreds share concerns, expertise, recommendations on medical cannabis
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson addresses recent Medicaid report at MO HealthNet Oversight Committee meeting
          AP:  Lawmakers ponder impact of abortion legislation on federal Medicaid funding
          The Missouri Times:  Senate makes several changes to controlled substances, drug-trafficking laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would allow employers to test for medical marijuana
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would give new teachers freedom to contribute to 401(k) accounts rather than traditional pensions X
          JCNT:  Missouri joins 'Technology First' movement in disability services X
          AP:  Conservation agents report elk poaching in Shannon County
          P-D editorial:  Blunt exposes his hypocrisy with tweets of outrage over Democrats' 'obstruction' X
          CDT editorial:  Lawmakers should not roll back minimum wage X
          P-D editorial:  Medicaid eligibility crackdown pushes out genuinely needy Missouri families X
          SNL op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield):  Missourians in for a tax-time surprise X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville):  Missouri's new minimum wage prices youth out of jobs
          P-D op-ed:  Race activist:  Missouri's medical marijuana licensing process needs racial quotas X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities' Erika Leonard wants more state money for those who work with handicapped X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills liberal opposes GOP's state tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat, who lost state Senate election to Bill Eigel, angry over GOP approach to Medicaid X
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        February 14, 2019  Valentine's Day
       
KCUR:  Local minimum wage activist Terrence Wise testifies before U.S. House committee, claims he is the first person with a job to speak to members of Congress
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin VA clinic to open its doors X
          KCUR:  A member of The Satanic Temple loses her challenge to Missouri's abortion law
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court throws out pro-choice challenge from The Satanic Temple
          P-D:  Missouri's high court tosses case alleging abortion law violated Satanic Temple member's rights X
          Columbia Missourian:  Accessibility, local commerce emphasized at medical marijuana forum
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana forum seeks regulation input X
          KCUR:  "Health clinic" opens doors months before marijuana is available in Missouri;  KC docs will certify customers' ailments after $299 "consultation"
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schatz stress infrastructure at annual Missouri Municipal League conference
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe explains small business successes X
          SNL:  Todd Graves leads push on 'right to work' petition X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators propose raising the standard for petitions
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers criticize Missouri Dept. of Revenue over tax calculation error
          Joplin Globe:  Lawmakers demand answers on potential tax surprises X
          Columbia Missourian:  DOR criticized for tax miscalculation, lack of transparency
          JCNT:  House committee begins exploring revenue-withholding issues X
          P-D:  Tax refunds in Missouri lower this year after tax changes, mistakes X
          The Missouri Times:  Amended low-income housing tax credit fix perfected by the Senate
          KC Star:  Senate sets cap on low-income housing tax credits X
          P-D:  Missouri Senate endorses tax credit plan axed by Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee's turn to wrestle over proposed charter school expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Secretary of state would have subpoena power under House bill
          The Missouri Times:  House committee tackles joinder venue bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Should able-bodied Medicaid recipients have to work for coverage? Some senators say yes.
          KCUR:  Advocates still pushing for Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times:  House begins vetting proposal to move art council to lieutenant governor's office
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers ignoring will of voters on minimum wage X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man disagrees with Nicklaus on film tax credits X
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        February 13, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt has "real concern" about withdrawals of troops in Syria and Afghanistan
          KC Star:  Trump wants more money for border security, and Blunt knows where to look X
          P-D:  Blunt says Trump can find money for border security X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talks with Rosenbaum about her opposition to Clean Missouri and why it hurts African-Americans, more
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) would allow public to submit ideas on redrawing district lines
          The Missouri Times:  Report says state could save up to $1 billion annually in Medicaid costs
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Lake Saint Louis) looks to transition Missouri away from income tax to consumption tax
          AP:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) says bill would protect constituent privacy
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmaker wants to see more veteran treatment courts in the state;  Comments from "Rep. David Evans (R-West [sic])"
          SNL:  House gives first approval to 'Hailey's Law' as 5-year anniversary nears X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legal sports gambling, video lottery terminal bill loses momentum in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Stakeholders ask for fix to certificate of need laws, not repeal at public hearing
          The Missouri Times:  House committee hears bill creating council on school safety
          Missourinet:  Democrats seek to change criminal laws;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          KWMU:  Study of groundwater toxins planned for West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Plan to undermine new minimum wage is latest display of contempt for voters X
          CDT's Philip Joens:  Republicans attack minimum-wage law from several directions - including bill from "Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Hannibal [sic])" X
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        February 12, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says negotiations over shutdown have stalled
          KWMU:  Better Together refiles statewide proposal with Ashcroft's office
          P-D:  Better Together refiles statewide petition to merge St. Louis City and St. Louis County X
          Missourinet:  Most state and county offices closed today for Lincoln Day
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri must keep moving forward on workforce development
          P-D:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) says his proposed minimum-wage improvements can help young workers X
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill for opioid prescription tracking
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes PDMP
          P-D:  New report recommends $1 billion in annual savings with overhaul of Medicaid in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton makes Medicaid push
          SNL:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) wants more transparency on health care costs X
          JCNT:  Blind Missourians present 2019 agenda to lawmakers X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) says "this could be the year" Hailey's Law passes X
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers mull early start dates for school districts +
          P-D:  Small St. Louis County police departments would consolidate under House proposal X
          SNL:  DNR offers e-mail updates on Litton site groundwater X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats partner with Black Caucus on criminal justice overhaul
          CDT:  Reisch Twitter lawsuit to go to trial;  Centralia man angered after Reisch blocked him on social media platform X
          P-D editorial:  Tackling the hate and vitriol aimed at conservative students at Washington University X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man disagrees with Chipman on PDMP X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Schroer on constituent-privacy protections X
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        February 11, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley says no need for shutdown, is encouraged by trade talks with China
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley wants commitment from EPA's Andrew Wheeler on WOTUS and more
          P-D:  Feds to pay for half of work on approach to downtown St. Louis bridge;  Blunt, Clay secure funding X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) talks with Scott Faughn about constituent-privacy protections, minimum sentencing, fentanyl, more;  Panel of Reps. Phil Christofanelli and Jim Murphy, Jeff Smith, Jeff Rainford on constituent-privacy protections, PDMP, charter schools, Better Together, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Schroer seeks to stiffen penalties for fentanyl trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill proposes some marijuana charges be expunged
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Corn Growers Association leaders see value in meeting with legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri agriculture groups back bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) to increase Dept. of Agriculture fees
          CDT:  Ameren program part of effort to relieve electric car 'range anxiety' X
          KC Star:  Psychiatrist suspended in Kansas still can practice in Missouri, for now X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt wants to speed confirmation of Trump appointees. Democrats should say yes X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Newspaper to host tours of printing press for school groups +
          Messenger:  On Jason Crowell vs. Kurt Schaefer, Better Together, and old parochial vendettas
          CDT op-ed:  MU School of Journalism's Sandy Davidson:  Republicans wrong for proposing Sunshine Law changes X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  New Title IX rules collide with Missouri law
          Kaiser Health News' Phil Galewitz:  Missouri is pushing thousands off Medicaid - including children
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        February 10, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Thanks to U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, deceased veteran's family receives medals earned during World War II +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler talks ending government shutdown, supports Trump declaring national emergency
          JCNT:  State Tech president looks at workforce development X
          KC Star:  With eye on Supreme Court, Missouri Republicans file pro-life bills X
          JCNT:  Parson suggests Sunshine Law need privacy revisions X
          JCNT:  State legislators seek tweaks to Sunshine Law, want privacy protections X
          Washington Missourian:  Area House members vote to keep constituent correspondence private X
          Joplin Globe:  House members vote to approve constituent-privacy protections X
          P-D:  Ameren's pitch to promote electric vehicle charging efforts gets partial approval from state X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Behavioral health experts share concerns over marijuana's future impact on Missouri
          SNL:  Fly a drone at an MDC nature area? Now you can - with a permit X
          KWMU:  Activists promote CDC data on Missouri gun deaths
          P-D editorial:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner enable radical rollbacks of payday lending rules X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's child-heartbeat bills in House and Senate demonstrate pro-life extremism X
          CDT editorial:  Caleb Rowden must save Missouri from Sunshine Law darkness X
          SNL's Content Coach Amos Bridges:  House Republicans wrong on constituent-privacy measure;  Burlison, Hough should oppose provisions in Senate X
          Waters:  Lawmakers should stop trying to change Amendment 1 X
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        February 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week X
          P-D:  Hawley co-authors letter probing tech giants' privacy policies X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions regarding 'freedom to work,' judicial elections, Medicaid expansion receive OK to circulate
          P-D:  Better Together withdraws its petition to merge city and county, says will refile on Monday X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 4, 2019
          SNL:  Parson, Haahr talk $22 million scholarship plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson withdraws Conservation Commission appointee
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks Sunshine Law and challenges of dealing with Greitens administration
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  Non-violent criminals could get out of jail sooner under Missouri legislation;  Comments from criminal defense attorney "Shannon Normam [sic]" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks PDMP provisions, says bill could be approved in House next week
          Joplin Globe:  Agency on Aging wants more funding;  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would help X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri gets green light to build electric-vehicle charging stations along highways
          P-D:  Missouri, Ameren will have more time to negotiate agreement on 144-mile Rock Island Trail X
          AP:  TransCanada says Keystone likely source of Missouri oil leak
          P-D:  Federal jury finds for St. Louis County police in Ferguson rioter's claims of excess force;  In original suit, troop of rioters sought $41.5 million payday X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri still needs prescription drug monitoring program X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  "Fast-Track' opens doors for Missourians +
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  GOP legislators trying to undermine Missouri's petition process X
          KC Star letter:  Grandview man wants to see Blunt, Hawley, Cleaver display more empathy on gun violence X
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        February 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler discusses opioid epidemic, transportation and broadband with Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer, Cleaver weigh in on illegal-immigration crisis
          Brownfield Ag News:  Graves:  China the exception to good faith trade bargaining
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chair Mike Sanders sought to pay legal fees out of same campaign fund he looted X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson enjoys unexpected role leading the state, looks forward to legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick, Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit) look to clarify MO ABLE accounts' usage
          SNL:  Missouri collects $3 million in medical marijuana fees X
          KWMU:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks to KCUR's Brian Ellison about sports betting legislation, fake 'service animals,' more
          KWMU:  House votes to subject local officials to lobbying and campaign contribution limits, protect constituent privacy
          AP:  House passes bill on constituent privacy and Sunshine Law
          KC Star:  House passes constituent-privacy protections X
          Joplin Globe:  MoDOT announces $36 million plan for bridges on I-44 section X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents make the case for insurance for those with developmental disabilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would put voluntary medical symbols on drivers' licenses
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look to ease burdens of poor in justice system
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs issue of jail debt
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 6, 2019
          KWMU:  TransCanada shuts down Keystone Pipeline to investigate oil spill in St. Charles County;  Comments from Missouri DNR's Brad Harris
          P-D:  Tony Messenger wins newspaper guild writing award X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should not attempt to fix Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri law should reflect today's medical and societal advances on HIV X
          Kraske:  A look at Mel Carnahan's blackface controversy X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Modern Missouri agriculture requires better infrastructure
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox:  Legislature should address Internet sales tax issue X
          Priddy:  I am a lobbyist:  Veteran newsman registers as lobbyist thanks to climate created by Clean Missouri
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        February 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  "We need to have strong border security"
          KC Star:  Blunt proposal would help expedite approval process for president's nominees X
          P-D:  Federal court nominee Stephen Clark, from St. Louis, approaching a year waiting for confirmation X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner to try a fresh push for a House vote on late-term abortions X
          AP:  Lawmakers trying again to replace U.S. Capitol's Benton statue with one of Harry Truman
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) weighs in on Virginia governor controversy
          SNL:  Austin Huguelet to cover Missouri politics for the News-Leader X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Rosenbaum about low-income housing tax credits, Sunshine Law and privacy, Clean Missouri's gerrymandering, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Republican lawmakers try again for tort overhaul;  Comments from Rich AuBuchon, others
          The Missouri Times:  House debates statewide PDMP, Senate version fails in committee
          KWMU:  PDMP yet again a sticking point for Missouri legislators
          AP:  Rehder's opioid bill passes first test, but faces perils
          Columbia Missourian:  PDMP progresses in House, fails in Senate
          P-D:  Once again, Missouri legislators are at loggerheads over prescription drug monitoring program X
          KC Star:  Missouri House tentatively approves program to monitor opioid prescriptions for abuse X
          Missourinet:  Missouri woman who lost son to addiction says helping others get drug treatment is her 'saving grace'
          P-D:  Missouri lottery officials fighting cuts to ad budget X
          SNL:  State will fix, replace 19 bridges on I-44 starting this summer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Student journalists testify for New Voices Act;  Comments from "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Some with criminal record could get "fresh start" under bill from Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield)
          SNL:  Missouri officials will hold medical marijuana forum in Jefferson City next week X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS to hold public forum on medical marijuana rules
          KWMU:  Missouri to regulate coal ash ponds for the first time
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden takes to Senate floor to condemn NCAA for Missouri football ruling
          P-D:  'Debtors' prison' debate lands in front of Missouri Supreme Court X
          KC Star editorial:  Honoring concealed-carry rights on public transportation is too scary to consider X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  It is vital constituent communications remain confidential
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Workforce challenge must be met with coordinated effort +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Legislature should address Internet sales tax issue +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants Parson to pardon woman who murdered husband in his sleep X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian wants Parson to pardon Patty Prewitt, says murderer has made great contributions to prison's theatre program X
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        February 6, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Local reaction to State of the Union:  Comments from Carthage Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Elliff, MSSU prof William Delehanty X
          KC Star:  Missourians named Trump know bullying;  Former Mizzou student received death threats, transferred to more tolerant school X
          KC Star:  Pompeo talks trade at Missouri-Kansas Forum breakfast X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler weighs in on NCAA sanctions against Mizzou
          KWMU:  Jean Evans leaving Missouri House to become executive director of Missouri Republican Party
          AP:  Evans to resign to lead Missouri Republican Party
          Twitter:  Austin Huguelet is the new Springfield News-Leader state government reporter
          AP:  Missouri revenues down 7 percent compared to last year
          KC Star:  Speaker Elijah Haahr creates oversight panel on revenue issues X
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  Burlison's "Stop Socialism Act" aims to reduce local government competition with private businesses;  Comments from Sen. Doug Libla of "Popular [sic] Bluff," Ed Smith of "Missouri Coalition of [sic] the Environment" X
          Columbia Missourian:  $351 million bond plan for Missouri bridges avoids speed bumps in its initial discussions
          The Missouri Times:  Hearing on charter schools draws standing-room-only crowd
          Missourinet:  Missouri mother fights for special needs son's education, charter school expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Charter school expansion on the table again in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) focuses on informing would-be grandparents that daughter plans to abort child
          Missourinet:  Law enforcement backs bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) that would toughen penalties on fentanyl
          The Missouri Times:  Stakeholders pack hearing room for Hoskins' video lottery bill
          P-D:  Critics of constituent-privacy bill weigh in on proposed Sunshine Law changes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Constituent privacy protections divide Missouri House along party lines
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) throws support behind proposed St. Louis Major League Soccer team
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) is an enemy of the Sunshine Law, and he must be stopped X
          P-D op-ed:  AG Eric Schmitt:  Working toward safer streets X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman praises feral hogs' intelligence, says pictures of carcasses were "distressing" X
          P-D letter:  University City man wishes report on feral hogs would have included more nuanced reference to cannibalism X
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        February 5, 2019
       
P-D:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester)