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        Friday, August 18
       
The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) calls for President Donald Trump to be assassinated
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Video:  Chappelle-Nadal explains call for presidential assassination:  "I had over 60 hits [sic] of people who liked it" (0:25);  Expresses frustration with interviewer (4:00);  Compares her assassination comments to Trump's criticism of Obama (5:00);  Says constituents will not read or see negative news coverage of her (6:45);  Dismisses county executive's criticism as racially-motivated (10:00);  Says 100% of constituents support her (12:00);  Compares her call for presidential assassination to legislators who have smoked marijuana (13:40);  Much more
          KWMU:  Democratic, GOP leaders call for Chappell-Nadal to resign over Trump assassination comment
          P-D:  Missouri's top Democrats call for Chappell-Nadal to resign for assassination post
          SNL:  Missouri Democrat posts assassination wishes X
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says she will not resign
          AP:  Democratic state senator posts wish for Trump assassination
          KC Star:  Democratic state senator hopes Trump is assassinated
          Washington Post:  A Missouri lawmaker's Facebook comment leads to calls for her resignation
          KC Star:  McCaskill at town hall:  'My job isn't to fight the president'
          Missourinet:  McCaskill to participate in roundtable discussion on agricultural security
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt differ on how to get high-speed Internet to rural Missouri
          AP:  U.S. Senate campaign rivals Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley chat at Ham Breakfast
          P-D:  At Ham Breakfast, media shows most interest in U.S. Senate, state auditor races
          Missourinet:  Parson:  There have been record crowds every day at Missouri State Fair
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panelists talk reapportionment, Stephen Webber's efforts to revive Missouri Democratic Party after years of lackluster leadership, more
          JCNT:  New GOP Executive Director Austin Stukins speaks to Cole County Republicans, says he'll put Claire McCaskill "out to pasture"
          Drebes:  Lobbying firms' new gambit:  Creating their own PACs
          The Missouri Times:  Federalist Society to start new chapter in mid-Missouri
          JCNT:  Michela Skelton launches new campaign for House seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature could override veto this fall
          The Missouri Times:  HCB 3 could once again appear before the Legislature
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT director:  Gas-tax increase could be 'quickest way' to fund roads and bridges +
          Missourinet:  McKenna, Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) talk regional favoritism in road funding
          P-D:  In rare remarks, Jay Nixon says public should voice support for proposed trail project
          KWMU:  Pentobarbital:  A look at Missouri's choice for effective, painless executions
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Palestinian activist says McCaskill is trying to restrict First Amendment rights
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Columnist recaps anti-GOP health care rally, notes that he held the door open for a handicapped woman
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Josh Hawley's vague answers at State Fair Ham Breakfast show he's closer than ever to climbing the same ladder he once denounced
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        Thursday, August 17
       
P-D:  Trump signs bill clearing way for World War II vets' mustard gas claims
          Joplin Globe:  Trump signs McCaskill-backed bill for WWII vet benefits X
          SNL:  Blunt staffers endure activists' complaints about Medicaid cuts;  Handicapped man makes excretory reference X
          SNL:  Austin Petersen, Tony Monetti say they're still running for GOP U.S. Senate nomination X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner on congressional trip to South Korea, China, Japan
          P-D:  Elected officials' communications staff pen statements on Charlottesville
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  KC Dem Reps. Lauren Arthur, Jon Carpenter chat with Mannies & Rosenbaum about life in the superminority, state budget, unions' minimum-wage campaign, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Sara Walsh prepares to serve in the House
          KOMU (Columbia):  Activists hold town-hall rally against home health care cuts
          CDT:  Democratic superminority members Martha Stevens, Kip Kendrick attend health care rally X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens:  Troopers on St. Louis City interstates getting dangerous criminals off the streets
          Clayton Times:  MoDOT asks motorists to plan ahead for eclipse, expects traffic to be heavy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Interim Committee on labor debates prevailing-wage laws
          SE Missourian:  Voluntary retirement offered for SEMO staff members +
          KWMU:  KIPP high school among 3 new charter schools opening in St. Louis City this week
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  August 16, 2017
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  PSC denies Grain Belt;  Thoughts from company, opposition groups, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          AP:  Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest power line
          CDT:  Local governments play waiting game after third Grain Belt project rejection X
          P-D:  Despite giving vocal support, state regulators again deny Grain Belt Express transmission line, citing court ruling
          P-D:  Missouri seniors buying up national parks passes before $70 price hike
          KWMU:  Missouri appeals court weighs grand jury secrecy vs. right to contradict officials
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Greitens not doing enough to repudiate Trump
          P-D op-ed:  CEAM's Brian Murphy:  NAACP's attack on charter schools is misguided
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        Wednesday, August 16
       
The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt will not run for U.S. Senate in 2018, paves way for Hawley bid
          SNL:  Schmitt won't run for U.S. Senate, opening door wider for Hawley's candidacy X
          Real Clear Politics' Rebecca Berg:  Schmitt clears way for Hawley in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          Washington Examiner:  Schmitt backs out of Claire McCaskill challenge, citing need for GOP unity
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt out of Missouri's U.S. Senate race, backs Josh Hawley
          JCNT:  Democrats question Hawley's residency and his vote in last week's election X
          KC Star:  Cleaver talks Charlottesville, Trump
          KWMU:  EPA:  No trace of asbestos found in house that burned
          Missourinet:  State agencies brace for massive inflow of visitors for once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
          Drebes:  Mark Milton forms Franklin County Leadership PAC
          JCNT:  Gena Terlizzi takes helm at Missouri National Alliance on Mental Illness X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens talks business with Israeli ambassador at Danforth Plant Science Center, slams violence in Charlottesville
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher say tax credits are "out of control," doubt that Greitens will do anything about it
          JCNT:  Greitens makes appearance at Jefferson City Correctional Center X
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Social Services still reviewing budget to identify places to trim
          P-D:  Another special session not out of the question
          SNL:  Under Greitens, fate of new state parks in limbo X
          The Missouri Times:  Mallinckrodt donates 50,000 drug disposal pouches in Missouri to fight opioid epidemic
          CDT:  UM reaches deadline for new federal lobbyist;  Andy Blunt's $10,500/month no-bid state government lobbying contract still untouchable until June 2018 X
          KWMU:  Missouri education officials hope 'skinny' school improvement plan will satisfy feds
          P-D:  Missouri approves 'skinny plan' to improve worst-performing public schools
          KWMU:  Missouri ed board to stay out of St. Louis Public Schools' local control talks
          P-D:  Missouri sued over lack of attorneys for parole violators
          The Missouri Times:  Certificate of Need subcommittee proposes minimum occupancy requirement for hospital beds
          The Missouri Times:  Experts urge companies to beef up systems at Missouri Chamber's Cybersecurity Summit
          AP:  Overview:  NAACP "travel advisory" details, reactions
          SNL:  Springfield NAACP holds press conference to promote "travel advisory," receives pushback X
          SE Missourian:  Band who cancelled concert appearance due to NAACP "travel advisory" quickly replaced +
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects request to stop execution;  Marcellus Williams broke into Post-Dispatch employee's home and stabbed her 43 times in the neck with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court denies murderer's request for stay of execution
          KWMU:  Juror in Michael Brown assault case to ask Missouri appeals court for right to speak
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Department of Conservation marks 80 years of good stewardship X
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  In Missouri, guns are too easy to purchase;  Local man purchased guns for protection in urban areas, but brother-in-law's nefarious hoodlum pal broke into house and shot homeowner
          Jensen:  KWMU piece on urban bloodsports ignores major reason for crime:  Males abandoning the children they created +
          P-D letter:  Jeanette Mott Oxford on GOP discrimination law
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        Tuesday, August 15
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill wants U.S. to invest more in missile defense program
          P-D:  Club for Growth raises $10 million to back Hawley in U.S. Senate race
          The Missouri Times:  As Net neutrality debate continues, Blunt pushes for rural expansion of broadband
          Missourinet:  Clay praises Jason Smith for bipartisanship on civil rights historical sites
          Missourinet:  Cleaver talks Charlottesville, criticizes Trump
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep.-elect Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) talks campaign, voter priorities, MU, more;  Panel of Sarah Martin, Ray Hartmann, Carl Bearden, Robert Knodell talk Walsh's victory, Democratic factions affecting McCaskill's re-election, Nicole Galloway vs. Todd Richardson
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Jordan Presnell announces candidacy for seat held by term-limited Rep. Gary Cross (R-Lee's Summit)
          JCNT:  Patrick Baker named new Senate administrator
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks Drafting Services Attorney
          KC Star:  Missouri still last among states in employee pay
          P-D:  Unions to hold anti-'right to work' rally at Capitol, submit petition signatures on Friday
          SE Missourian:  Cape County adopts prescription drug database
          KWMU:  Greitens to join other state leaders in drawing attention to corrections workers
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe students, administrator air grievances about "PWIs" (Predominantly White Institutions):  Coed says Caucasoids at her high school were "not understanding (my) hair," other atrocities
          Clayton Times:  Few transfer students from unaccredited school districts remain in Clayton district
          SE Missourian:  Nashville band cancels gig, cites NAACP "travel advisory"
          P-D:  NAACP "travel advisory" hurting tourism, officials say;  Comments from Explore St. Louis' Kitty Ratcliffe, Jerry Hunter, others
          KWMU:  Attorney for man who killed Post-Dispatch reporter requests stay of execution for new DNA evidence
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  Employers can teach cruel Republican legislators a lesson by increasing payroll expenditures
          KC Star letter:  Independence liberal unhappy with GOP legislators' tax cuts, wants Legislature to be disbanded
          SNL letter:  Willow Springs sexagenarian wants GOP legislators to expand Medicaid
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        Monday, August 14
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill:  Army contractor in Afghanistan bought Porsches, Bentleys, prohibited guns and alcohol
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump group turns out fewer than 60 for health care rally X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump group organizes Charlottesville protest X
          SNL:  Springfield liberals organize Charlottesville protest, link Trump to Nazis;  Local Dem leader:  "Probably the cream of the left activists are here" X
          Missourinet:  Deadline is today for Missouri residents to apply for federal disaster relief
          Drebes:  Mark Schwartz leaves Andy Blunt's Statehouse Strategies
          KC Star:  Family of man who receives in-home care opposes cuts to in-home care
          AP:  Sex offender law prompts lawsuit
          SNL:  Springfield Police Department aware of sex trafficking investigation at Asian spas since 2014, chief says X
          KWMU:  St. Louis City crime-data analysis:  More than half of 2017 homicide suspects are black males;  Area woman says spending $4 million in state money will surely help
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri Department of Conservation celebrates 80 years of preserving wildlife +
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Army vet:  Foreign aid makes for a stronger Missouri X
          Messenger:  On Ferguson and Charlottesville
          SNL letter:  Organizer of "Clean Missouri" petition drives touts presence at Route 66 Festival this coming weekend X
          P-D letter:  Union lawyer opposes 'right to work'
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian disagrees with Missouri Republicans on minimum wage, cites Berkeley study
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        Sunday, August 13
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill to hold 25 town halls amid challenges from right and left
          Drebes:  Charlie Hinderliter leaving St. Louis Regional Chamber for St. Louis Realtors
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri State Fair brings attention to hungry children;  Comments from Ag Director Chris Chinn
          Republic-Monitor:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) reflects on freshman session:  'Right to work' victory, urban legislators taking no interest in life-saving rural legislation, more
          CDT:  At MU, efficiency is the new normal due to budget cuts X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to see less than 5 (five) percent cut in funding for high-poverty schools;  Federal taxpayers foot $8,000,000.00 bill to "level the playing field" for poorest SPS schools this year X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to distribute 20,000 Google Chromebook laptops in first 11 days of schools X
          P-D:  Wentzville School District the fastest-growing in the state;  White, middle-class families flee inner-ring St. Louis County suburbs for St. Charles County
          JCNT editorial:  A renewed call for primary seat belt law in Missouri X
          P-D:  Michael Brown protesters make a scene outside Cardinals game;  Agitators hold obscentity-filled signs, scream as families depart Busch Stadium
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  UM outlook brightens under Choi X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hard facts to swallow after Ferguson:  Shooting of Michael Brown was justified;  Small pack of Mizzou complainers severely damaged school's reputation;  NAACP "travel advisory" gimmick is misguided;  More X
          KC Star letters:  MATA's Jeannie Brandstetter on GOP discrimination law;  KC man offers sarcastic praise of NAACP "travel advisory," notes that "white folks with common sense" avoid dangerous black areas
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian responds to P-D editorial on GOP discrimination bill
          SNL letter:  Republic nonagenarian responds to former Speaker Tim Jones' op-ed, attempts analogy involving Alice in Wonderland X
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        Saturday, August 12
       
P-D:  McCaskill launches rural Missouri town hall meetings in bid to stake out the middle
          AP:  Fact Check:  Democrats' anti-Hawley ad
          SE Missourian:  Trump names Kinder to Delta Regional Authority leadership post +
          Missourinet:  Local governments, residents nearing deadline to receive federal aid from spring floods
          Deseret News:  Scott Eckersley, at center of 2007 Gov. Blunt controversy, sues local police and prosecutors in brochure dispute
          CDT:  Video:  Sara Walsh 50th District special election victory speech X
          SNL:  Local TV vet talks 'fake news,' media literacy with local Pachyderms X
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-'right to work' group accused of armed intimidation
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' supporters ask state Supreme Court to block union ballot effort
          Ray Hartmann:  Discriminating taste? How Missouri Legislature disgraced the state with Senate Bill 43
          P-D:  State plan to verify welfare recipients' qualifications is delayed
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Administration asking for rule review input from applicants in state's Merit System
          P-D:  Greitens orders flags at half-staff to honor slain Clinton, Mo., officer
          P-D:  New state parks:  Planned by Nixon, on hold by Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT finalizes eclipse plans X
          P-D:  When it comes to DUI enforcement, Missouri leans to lenient
          Missourinet:  Event hosted by Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) provides free backpacks, school supplies
          The Missouri Times:  As the final KCI decision looms, questions arise around AECOM;  Comments from Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City)
          KC Star editorial:  Despite state minimum-wage law, every KC business should pay workers at least $10/hr.
          Waters:  NAACP's "overblown allegations" in travel-advisory gimmick don't help race relations X
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        Friday, August 11
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump names Peter Kinder as new Alternate Federal Co-Chairperson of the Delta Regional Authority
          P-D:  White House appoints former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to federal economic development
          KWMU:  Through Medicaid, taxpayers will subsidize "free" health clinics at Normandy and two other poorly-peforming schools
          P-D:  Former Obamacare worker claims she'll file against Claire McCaskill in Democratic U.S. Senate primary
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber to speak to local Dems on Monday X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  GOP rally at State Fair ruffles feathers;  Comments from one (1) member of Missouri State Fair Commission, Democrat and longtime Carnahan family ally Sean McGinnis
          CDT:  Taylor Burks oversees first election, settles in as county clerk X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks potential statewide vote on fuel tax for transportation
          The Missouri Times:  Courts could see flurry of anti-discrimination suits before new law takes hold
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) partners with Firefighters, unions in organizing school supply drive
          Columbia Missourian:  UMKC chancellor leaving early;  likely interim backs more system collaboration
          KC Star:  A million out-of-state travelers expected to pack Missouri roads for solar eclipse
          The Missouri Times:  Capital City preparing for total eclipse
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper seeks members of Readers Board "that represent the area's diversity"
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation debunks story of strange creature in Lake Springfield X
          KWMU:  Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson talks about new book, Michael Brown's assault on Officer Darren Wilson, media bias against law enforcement, more
          Pacific Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Trap, euthanize is best solution for animal problem
          KWMU:  Filmmaker promotes Ferguson documentary, says he hopes protesters "are proud of themselves" for what they did
          P-D editorial:  Auditor Nicole Galloway calls out Gov. Nixon's budget poaching and mooching
          SNL editorial:  "Cliff Effect" legislation from Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) could help stop area poors from committing so many crimes X
          P-D op-ed:  2016 Democratic lieutenant governor primary bronze medalist Winston Apple:  'Right to work' an assault on the right to unite
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Gerrymandering cost the energetic, courageous Michela Skelton her rightful state rep victory
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man responds to Clay's Ferguson op-ed, says Michael Brown should not have punched officer in the head
          KC Star letter:  U.S. Travel Association's Roger Dow says NAACP "travel advisory" stunt will hurt Missouri employment
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        Thursday, August 10
       
AP:  McCaskill plans another round of rural Missouri town halls
          P-D:  NRSC's new anti-McCaskill ads have rodeo theme
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump groups draws small crowd for health care protest;  Mayor Sly James, local "Indivisible" leader serve as opening acts for headliner Jason Kander
          KCUR:  Health care bus tour makes stop in KC
          Daily American Republic:  Rep. Jason Smith hears concerns during annual Farm Tour +
          KC Star:  Man who helped with Stephen Colbert PAC gag to serve as treasurer for Josh Hawley's eventual U.S. Senate campaign
          The Missouri Times:  New poll, conducted by Gravis Polling, shows 53 percent approval rating for Greitens
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit gives $100k more to 'right-to-work' group while unions mobilize X
          KWMU:  Unions plan to turn in 300k signatures, likely putting Missouri's 'right-to-work' law in limbo
          KSMU:  The Ways of the Court:  Betsy AuBuchon - the first female to serve as the Supreme Court of Missouri clerk - explains the process
          P-D:  Greitens' "No Mo Red Tape" anonymous comment website draws varied input
          SNL:  Missouri's Blue Alert law takes effect in 3 weeks. Would it have helped in Clinton? X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College president supports new community college association leader Brian Millner
          Drebes:  DESE issues Request for Information for adult high schools
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 9, 2017
          KC Star:  Audit:  Rural Missouri hospital at heart of $90 million billing scheme
          Missourinet:  State audit raises red flags about Missouri hospital's billing practices
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  The day in Ferguson:  Bluetooth speakers fail during dance performance, march to park cancelled, protesters create disturbance inside McDonald's
          P-D:  Photo:  Protesters make a scene, disturb paying customers at McDonald's
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Thoughts from 2014's riot celebrities
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Compendium of station's previous Ferguson coverage
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and GOP wrong on subsidizing ACT for all students, wrong on prisoner rehab programs, wrong - then right - on foster care funding
          JCNT editorial:  Encourage government participation by filling panel appointments X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  McCaskill:  Fighting for justice for mustard gas victims
          P-D op-ed:  Humane Society's Kathy Warnick:  Lack of hot car law leaves Missouri pets in danger
          SNL op-ed:  Freshman superminority Reps. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) and Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) want override of Greitens' HCB3 veto X
          P-D letter:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon):  Missouri voters elected governor, Legislature who promised 'right to work'
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        Wednesday, August 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill's crackdown on prescription drug price gouging heads to Trump
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panel talks Hawley's U.S. Senate decision
          KWIX/KRES (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer concerned about North Korea's capabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh, Sandy Crawford claim victories for GOP in special elections
          SNL:  Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo) wins special election X
          CDT:  Walsh wins 50th District seat X
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  De rigueur election-day images:  Old person voting, handicapped person voting, extremely old person voting, election officials administering election, victory and defeat parties X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Senior citizens cast their ballots
          Columbia Missourian:  50th District elects Sara Walsh
          JCNT:  Voters choose Sara Walsh in 50th House district special election X
          P-D:  Republicans win special legislative elections
          KC Star:  Higher minimum wage gets KC voters' support;  Unions begin separate push for statewide initiative petition campaign
          Missourinet:  Activists promote "Save the Raise" campaign to keep wages high;  Supporter compares minimum-wage workers to cans of tomatoes
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Fair opens tomorrow in Sedalia
          Drebes:  MO HealthNet's Jay Ludlum leaving
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force members hope to hash out funding issues in upcoming hearing
          KWMU:  DESE data:  Wentzville the fastest-growing school district in the state
          P-D:  Missouri students make slight gains in English and math
          SNL:  Ozark Farmers Market launches "DoubleUp-SNAP" days, hopes welfare recipients spend portion of taxpayer money on healthy food X
          KWMU:  NAACP "travel advisory" campaign still getting attention
          KDKD (Clinton):  Landowners team with Missouri Dept. of Conservation to control feral hogs;  To protect private property, wild animals must be trapped or shot
          Missourinet:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Activists to march today
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Activists rebuild Michael Brown memorial, place mylar balloons and stuffed animals in middle of public street
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Station hosts call-in show for listeners to share emotions, analysis
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's pro-gun legislators to blame for death of Clinton, Mo. police officer
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Nixon's failure - Missouri's board, commission seats left unfilled
          P-D op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary piece
          Jensen:  Remembering Jerry Litton +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  List of criticisms of Josh Hawley, Greitens, GOP legislators
          P-D letter:  Ladue woman wants McCaskill to fight pro-gun law
          P-D letter:  Union member opposes 'right to work'
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        Tuesday, August 8
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Senate GOP's bitter "Never Trump" sect holding up good legislation +
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Corps needs to proceed with area flood-control project, fix levees +
          P-D:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) says she's considering GOP U.S. Senate bid
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with Mark Osmack:  Local man seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          SNL:  Local 25-year-old claims he'll put name on GOP primary ballot against Billy Long;  Area sexagenarian seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Billy Long's re-election X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS Jay Ashcroft talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum on getting the word out about new voter ID law
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor Nicole Galloway says boards and commissions fell into "bureaucratic oblivion" under Nixon Administration
          SNL:  Galloway:  Nixon's spending on office was shifty, not thrifty;  state boards face "bureaucratic oblivion" X
          P-D:  Galloway:  Nixon let state boards sink into 'bureaucratic oblivion'
          AP:  Audit says Nixon overspent on office
          Faughn:  On Ashcroft and approach to ballot language, media's sexist hypocrisy toward Abigail Blunt, Will Kraus appointment, media dunderheadedness on lobbyist trinkets and meals, more
          Clayton Times:  Missouri missing out on millions as "Ozark" is filmed in Georgia;  State film production credits ceased in November 2013
          The Missouri Times:  GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) discusses leadership election process
          KC Star:  KC voters to approve minimum-wage hike today
          AP:  KC voters to approve minimum-wage hike today
          Drebes:  Carl Bearden's United for Missouri files lawsuit against St. Charles County's PDMP
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's winter prep to begin
          SNL:  St. Louis County NAACP flip-flops on travel advisory X
          Columbia Missourian:  University responds to NAACP's "travel advisory" campaign
          P-D op-ed:  Time to rethink how Missouri approaches jail sentences for juvenile criminals
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian opposes cuts to 'circuit breaker' program, says Greitens and GOP lawmakers treat olds like a pit bull treats a rag doll
          P-D letter:  Local sexagenarian urbanite wants lawmakers to require police officers to sit through more "implicit bias training"
          KC Star letters:  Local black man sees racism in traffic stops;  Local employer wishes minimum-wage crowd would stop leeching unemployment benefits and welfare when they skip out on the job
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        Monday, August 7
       
KWMU:  Local transgenders in a tizzy over Trump tweets;  Male military veterans, now living as women, express anger at President
        KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to provide you unbiased journalism
        Seeking Alpha:  Lee Enterprises earnings call transcript:  Post-Dispatch parent company kept Q3 costs down by trimming newsroom fat and outsourcing jobs
        KC Star:  Forty years ago this week, Missouri lost a giant in U.S. Rep. Jerry Litton (D)
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jim Talent on national security;  Panel of Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), Steve Tilley, Garrett Webb talk Hawley vs. McCaskill, abortion special session
        KMIZ (Columbia):  Columbia College prof Terry Smith weighs in on Michela Skelton vs. Sara Walsh
        P-D:  Election preview:  Michela Skelton (D) vs. Sara Walsh (R)
        The Maneater:  Greitens appoints two new curators and student representative to Board of Curators
        The Maneater:  Greitens nominates Courtney Lauer to fill student representative position
        P-D:  More than 100 St. Louis businesses claim they'll keep $10 minimum wage, despite new state law
        Hannibal Courier-Post's "Salt River Journal" free weekly:  Area olds complain about changes to Missouri Rx program
        P-D:  State budget trims prison education programs
        SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation to mark 80th year with open houses tomorrow +
        KOMU:  Columbia says impact of NAACP travel advisory still uncertain
        P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP changes mind on national group's travel advisory, now supports it
        Missourinet:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Ferguson police prepare to protect property, law-abiding residents
        SE Missourian editorial:  Greitens' Innovation Task Force a positive for Missouri business +
        SNL op-ed:  Local anti-Trump group expresses anger with Roy Blunt, Billy Long for supporting Trump agenda X
        Messenger:  As feds strengthen whistleblower protections, Missouri heads the other way
        KC Star editorial writer Melinda Henneberger:  Sly James, Eric Greitens and Donald Trump are all too secretive
        CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian repeats, for second time, original endorsement of 50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D) X
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Michela Skelton, "fond of reminding everyone she's a distant cousin" of Ike Skelton, the best choice for state rep
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU's Aaron Hedlund:  Sara Walsh will make a better state rep than Karl Marx fangirl Michela Skelton
        P-D letter:  Septuagenarian couple still subscribes to Post-Dispatch print edition, expresses frustration in columnist selection
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        Sunday, August 6
       
JCNT:  At local Chamber breakfast, Luetkemeyer says Senate has "dropped the ball" on fixing Obamacare X
          JCNT:  Some rural co-ops investing to bring broadband to rural areas, just as they did electricity X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor groups to present anti-'right to work' ballot signatures August 18
          P-D:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson accepted less than $3,000 in lobbyist gifts in first six months of 2017;  Trinkets and food include commemorative coins, meals with former colleagues
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  50th District candidate Sara Walsh (R)
          SNL:  State law keeps allegations of teacher misconduct out of public view X
          CDT:  Profile:  University of Missouri President Mun Choi X
          SNL:  Given budget, MSU President Clif Smart requests no raise X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Texting is still legal for many drivers X
          P-D:  Express Scripts launches new measures in the battle over the opioid epidemic
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Status of race relations in Ferguson
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Public radio station seeks listeners' tales of how assault on Darren Wilson, subsequent riots and looting affected them
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill-Hawley U.S. Senate race would provide Missourians an entertaining political fight X
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on urban minimum-wage hike
          P-D editorial:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Things are getting better in Ferguson, despite Donald Trump
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill helps veterans who participated in mustard gas experiments X
          Waters:  50th District endorsement, again:  Octogenarian repeats his endorsement of Democrat Michela Skelton, adds new thoughts X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Improved access to behavioral health clinics would help people avoid opioid addiction X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt on Obamacare, resorts to CAPS LOCK to make her point X
          JCNT letter:  Liberal activist Sue Gibson wants Greitens to protect black drivers during eclipse X
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        Saturday, August 5
       
KBIA:  American Medical Association President David Barbe, a Missourian, weighs in on Obamacare fixes, PDMP, more
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt votes for the week
          Missourinet:  Missouri one of 17 states with back-to-school tax-free weekends
          P-D:  The Mission Continues rolls on - without Greitens;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' groups accuse unions of heavy-handed tactics and secrecy
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP debate:  Why some physicians aren't happy with Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  University of Missouri embezzlement investigation turned over to feds X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU police turn over misappropriation case to federal authorities
          SE Missourian:  Fewer international students expected at SEMO this fall +
          JCNT:  Road-safety group gives Missouri failing grade for laws X
          KC Star:  St. Louis County NAACP objects to travel advisory
          KC Star:  Taxpayers to fund federal "listening sessions" in Blue Springs to heal race-based injured feelings
          KC Star editorial:  Lobbyists spending on the decline, but still too high
          P-D editorial briefs:  On Will Kraus, and Kemper Arena vs. TWA Dome
          Messenger:  Anti-gun gals gather downtown this weekend
          SNL op-ed:  Former House Speaker Tim Jones:  Republicans need a job-creating, wage-growing, tax-cut home run X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood, Centralia mayors support Grain Belt Express
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico opposes cuts to care programs
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests NAACP focus less on "travel advisory" gimmick and more on black-on-black KC crime
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        Friday, August 4
       
AP:  McCaskill plan to help veterans exposed to mustard gas heads to Trump
          SNL:  Jim Evans, who lost twice to Billy Long as a Democrat, holds press conference declaring he is not a Republican but will run in GOP primary X
          Missourinet:  Backpage, illegal alien prostitutes suspected in Missouri sex trafficking ring
          SNL:  Details of sex trafficking case emerge X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines preview:  The unique struggle of African-American transgenders, self-identified "Queers," bisexuals, lesbians and gays
          Drebes:  New PACs formed
          Missourinet:  GOP group accuses unions of "thuggery" in 'right to work' petition battle
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) doubts Senate will back bill for transportation funding X
          Washington Missourian:  Local electrician upset over state license bill;  Schatz's office offers explanation X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to re-open key mid-Missouri bridge;  state officials expect 50,000 visitors in Jefferson City for eclipse
          P-D:  Ask MoDOT:  Just how bad will eclipse traffic be?
          SNL:  Greitens' education pick turns down appointment after learning about state law X
          P-D:  College president declines Missouri Board of Education appointment after state law 'oversight'
          P-D:  175 Missouri localities did not meet financial filing requirements this June, Galloway says
          The Missouri Times:  PSC hears arguments for Clean Line once again
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 3, 2017
          Brownfield Ag News:  Monsanto issues "open letter" to growers seeking information about damage caused by illegal application of generic dicamba
          KWMU:  Advocates want criminals with life sentences sprung from jail and on the streets sooner
          P-D:  St. Louis NAACP opposes national group's "travel advisory," says it will hurt local African-Americans who work
          KC Star:  Connecticut liberal e-mails KC Star, claims NAACP "travel advisory" will keep him from visiting Kansas City
          KMOV:  Missouri Department of Conservation investigating two animal deaths;  Animals shot and left laying create controversy
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  A look at legal battles post-riots
          P-D editorial:  In fight for a U.S. Senate seat, McCaskill and Hawley find mutual enemy in Backpage
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri's sales tax holiday provides shoppers significant savings +
          Messenger:  Former Department of Insurance Director John Huff walks through revolving door, cashes in
          The Missouri Times letter:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove):  Time for voters to boot McCaskill from office
          KC Star letter:  Independence octogenarian not a fan of "Vicki [sic] Hartzler"
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian accuses Ron Richard of "goose-stepping" for anti-union causes
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        Thursday, August 3
       
KC Star:  Hawley forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate run against McCaskill;  Comments from James Harris, Jack Danforth, McCaskill's David Kirby
          Missourinet:  Report:  Hawley will file paperwork for Senate race tomorrow;  McCaskill campaign blasts AG
          AP:  Hawley moves to challenge McCaskill
          KWMU:  Missourians will soon get the chance to view info on Obamcare premium increases
          KC Star:  Cleaver on students not repaying the loans they chose to take out:  "Congress can fix this"
          Missourinet:  Columbia College poli sci prof Terry Smith weighs in on Trump personnel changes
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity to spend "mid-six-figure" dollar amount fighting unions' anti-'right to work' campaign
          AP:  Greitens sets date to fill vacant legislative seats
          Drebes:  Josiah Bechtold, who ran as a Democrat against Ryan Silvey, considering state rep bid as a Republican
          Rosenbaum:  Lawsuit seeks to pull back curtain on Missouri legislators' e-mails
          SE Missourian:  Missouri tax-free weekend begins Friday +
          AP:  Analysis:  Abortion special session cost less than $100k
          KC Star:  Lobbyist spending down in 2017;  Lawmakers, staff receive less than $350k in gifts from lobbyists first six months of 2017
          Missourinet:  Greitens' "Justice Reinvestment Task Force" will look at how state handles criminals
          The Missouri Times:  Janna Basler, Black Lives Matter sympathizer caught on video bullying student journalist in 2015, target of embezzlement probe at MU
          KWMU:  In St. Louis, public and charter schools are in the business of recruiting students
          Reuters:  Missouri, other state seek to educate farmers about proper use of dicamba, importance of using low-volatility formulations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Soybean farmers learn more about safe dicamba use;  Trial lawyers attend session, encourage litigation X
          Clayton Times:  Clayton tree awarded by the Missouri Department of Conservation as one of the state's finest
          P-D:  St. Louis City Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed claims state "owes" city more than $20 million for prison reimbursement costs
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, reports third quarter results;  Revenue continues to decline, with double-digit drops in retail and classified advertising
          MarketWatch:  Gannett, parent company of Springfield News-Leader, reporters third quarter results;  Revenue up, but at breakeven ($0.00) earnings per share
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is awfully cozy with his big pay-to-play donor Express Scripts
          KC Star editorial:  NAACP travel advisory:  Missouri is the new Mississippi
          SNL op-ed:  Sexagenarian liberal says McCaskill, Blunt, Billy Long too conservative on Medicare spending X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Sexagenarian conservative supports Sara Walsh, opposes Michela Skelton
          Columbia Missourian letter:  League of Women Voters sexagenarian says voter ID law hasn't changed much about voting
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        Wednesday, August 2
       
P-D:  Potential campaign rivals McCaskill and Hawley both up the ante against Backpage
          KWMU:  Investigations of Backpage prompt Missouri officials to file legislation, lawsuits
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill targets site that boosts sex trafficking +
          SNL:  Warrant sheds light on Hawley's bust of Asian sex traffickers X
          Missourinet:  RNC officials visit Missourinet studios, chat about voter data and effort to defeat McCaskill
          SNL:  Jim Evans, who filled Democratic ballot slots against Billy Long in 2012 and 2014, to file as a Republican this time around X
          JCNT:  'Right to work' challenge to petitions rebuffed X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) will not seek re-election
          CDT:  Charges fill direct mail in 50th District race;  Walsh accused of siding with Greitens;  Skelton accused of siding with Mizzou radicals, mocking religion on Facebook X
          Missourinet:  Will Kraus appointed to Missouri State Tax Commission
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) hopes Greitens doesn't call yet another special session
          P-D:  Wallethub ranks Missouri, other states on education factors
          KWMU:  Pew study:  St. Louis County schools among highest at risk of flooding in U.S.
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court may force L.A. Rams to shell out a little more money
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules that Rams could owe state $350k in back taxes
          AP:  Ruling means Rams may owe $352,000 to state of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court issues opinion in complicated Rams tax dispute
          P-D:  Rams may owe Missouri $352,000 in back taxes
          P-D:  Once too hot, inmates at St. Louis City jail now complaining it's too chilly
          KC Star:  NAACP issues 'travel advisory' for Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Greitens sends wrong message to employers with funding cuts for free testing
          KC Star editorial:  How Eric Greitens' last-minute appointment cast the deciding vote for Kansas City police chief
          JCNT editorial:  Responsible Gaming Education Week:  May the odds be never in your favor X
          KC Star op-ed:  DHSS's Randall Williams:  Missouri has new tools in the fight against opioid abuse
          KC Star letters:  KC septuagenarian compares Greitens unfavorably to Trump;  Smithville sexagenarian attempts anti-Greitens punchline involving "checks and balances"
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        Tuesday, August 1
       
August 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2013 Missouri political news headlines
        P-D:  Area schools spending millions of federal Medicaid dollars
        P-D:  Taxpayers to fund $450,000 for soccer fields in Wellston
        The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus steps down as state senator, will join State Tax Commission
        P-D:  Greitens picks three new members for Missouri Board of Education:  Eddy Justice, Delbert Scott, Melissa Gelner
        CDT:  Greitens selects Sunvold, Brncic for UM curator appointments X
        Columbia Missourian:  Courtney Lauer, John Sunvold, Julia Brncic named to UM System Board of Curators
        AP:  Greitens makes University of Missouri curator appointments
        CDT:  Greitens appoints Taylor Burks as Boone County Clerk X
        SE Missourian:  Innovation Task Force seeks to boost tech startups in Missouri
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger shares thoughts on multiple special sessions, value of dicamba in helping farmers manage weeds on their farm, more
        The Missouri Times:  Questions about Capitol security continue to weigh on legislators' minds
        Missourinet:  Wash U. psychology prof, Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), others weigh in on PDMP
        JCNT:  Unions say 'right to work' will lower wages;  businesses say law will help economy grow X
        KWMU:  Hep C lawsuit against Missouri prison system to go forward as class action
        Drebes:  State seeks bids for FirstNet system
        CDT:  Competition, poor reputation contribute to Fulton hospital's demise X
        Missourinet:  6-state campaign results in more than 2,000 speeding tickets issued in Missouri
        SE Missourian editorial:  Resources available to help during heat waves +
        Waters:  50th District state rep endorsement:  Michela Skelton (D) X
        Priddy:  I ran into former Holden staffer Paul Woody at a motel in Kansas
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Kansas man applauds Greitens for abortion law
        SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian reprimands Show-Me Institute with "TSK TSK TSK!" for making education-overhaul suggestions X
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        Monday, July 31
       
Washington Times:  Social conservatives cheer Trump's transgender troop ban;  Hartzler's amendment "touched off the first real debate in Congress"
          KSGF (Springfield):  Eric Burlison talks to host Nick Reed about McCaskill's re-election opioid angle, Josh Hawley and Paul Curtman, problems with PDMP, more
          SNL:  MSU President Clif Smart:  Trump anti-terror travel ban not to blame for drop in international students X
          Fox News:  Video:  Eric Greitens the "Power Player of the Week"
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) talks PDMP, vetoes and more;  Panel of Jack Cardetti, Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis), David Barklage, and The Pathway's Don Hinkle talks abortion, special session, and more
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) seeks intern
          Washington Missourian:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits body shop to talk state's Linked Deposit program X
          SNL:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) to step away from politics, will not run for state Senate X
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher say Missouri GOP tax cuts "blew a big hole in the state's budget" (3:10), allege that lawmakers have "cut education other critical services";  GOP lawmakers "had no idea, obviously, what they were doing" (3:30)
          Missourinet:  ACLU still wants Missouri voter ID law thrown out
          Washington Missourian:  ACT will not be free this year X
          JCNT:  Local school districts' unpaid meal policies outlined in light of USDA order, Southern Boone troubles X
          KC Star:  Ranking the most opioid-laden Missouri counties
          KC Star editorial:  Don't be afraid of conservative local TV news
          P-D editorial:  Greitens backers abuse Sunshine Law to go after governor's opponents
          KC Star letter:  Harrisonville septuagenarian wants Hartzler to hold town halls;  Kansas septuagenarian responds to Richard's letter on 'right to work'
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        Sunday, July 30
       
JCNT:  New federal law steps up work on agro-terrorism defense;  McCaskill sponsored bill X
          The Hill:  McCaskill says Trump's trangender announcement "the height of disrespect" to Defense Secretary James Mattis
          STLBJ:  McCaskill expands opioid probe to include Mallinckrodt
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Washington) draws 700 to launch of U.S. Senate exploratory committee
          CDT:  Hartzler proposes bill to ban smoking at low-income housing units X
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump "Indivisible" group holds Saturday rally outside Luetkemeyer's office X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump "Persisterhood" protest draws fifteen (15) females to streetcorner X
          JCNT:  State agencies begin complying with Greitens' order to trim regulations X
          P-D:  More special sessions unlikely this summer
          AP:  Greitens meets pushback on foster care spending
          Washington Missourian:  Sheriff says less political angst over Second Amendment rights has led to fewer concealed carry permits in 2017 X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Board of Curators asks state for $150 million for MU project
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators request $253 million for building needs
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill among moderates seeking a health care compromise
          P-D editorial:  Greitens sets up expensive legal showdown over new abortion law
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Abortion bill a good one
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Eric Greitens' bait-and-switch gambit:  Support transparency when running for governor, then use dark money to attack opponents
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Local grandma, a Second Amendment fan, ready to shoot local thieves;  Granddaughter had her bike stolen X
          SNL letter:  Truman State College Republicans President Ben Terrell:  Truth seems to evade Claire McCaskill X
          SNL letter:  Area Democrat wants Billy Long to hold public forum X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian unhappy with Greitens' support of abortion legislation X
          P-D letter:  Area gals disagree with courts op-ed by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon)
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        Saturday, July 29
       
KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt both claim to want compromise on health care
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith analyzes McCaskill, Blunt stances on health care and McCaskill's re-election bid
          KWMU:  Empower Missouri opposes Trump's budget cuts
          P-D:  Lacy Clay speaks at Urban League event;  Democratic scion says he's fighting Trump's "duplicitous and savage assault on voting rights"
          P-D:  Final NGA site prep to start next month
          KWMU:  A plan to address Mississippi River flooding rests on those who disagree on control measures
          CDT:  Local Democratic party chairwoman resigns X
          The Missouri Times:  Governing Magazing scores new chief execs, gives Greitens 'Surviving' grade
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' opponents score victory with new court ruling
          Missourinet:  Missouri appeals court reverses lower court decision in 'right to work' ballot case
          P-D:  Court sides with Missouri unions in 'right to work' dispute
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says new abortion regulations will help make women safer
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens:  Opioid crisis a call to arms X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican base getting excited for education overhaul
          Columbia Missourian:  State offices and MU plan for the coming eclipse
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Board of Curators asks state for $150 million for MU project
          P-D:  Missouri prison on lockdown after inmate stabs state corrections officer
          Missourinet:  State Fair officials take Missouri's tougher carnival ride inspections seriously
          SNL:  Attorney:  Net cast too wide in Asian massage parlor raids X
          SNL:  Here's what authorities took from Asian massage parlor raids:  Stained table skirt, stained bedding, stained baseboard, samples from stains on a wall, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri law enforcement catch almost 2,000 speeders in multi-state campaign
          KC Star:  New Kansas City police chief will be KCPD Maj. Rick Smith
          Washington Missourian:  Former co-publisher of the Missourian dies;  Tom Miller Sr. served as president of Missouri Press Association in 1992 X
          JCNT editorial:  As summer heats up, so does 2018 Senate race;  McCaskill trying to position herself as a moderate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is behaving just like those 'corrupt career politicians'
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Hartzler's stance on military transgenders echoes 1940s arguments against black soldiers
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian dislikes Missouri's rural "farmers and ranchers" having a say over urban minimum wages
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        Friday, July 28
       
Kraske:  What a Democratic wave could mean for McCaskill
          Missourinet:  Hartzler happy Trump is making her transgender-surgery amendment unnecessary
          USA Today:  Hartzler's push on transgender troops draws national attention
          Columbia Missourian:  Woman who seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Hartzler organizes protest
          CDT:  Anti-Hartzler protest draws 45;  Conservative counter-protester succeeds in disrupting speaker, instigating crowd X
          CDT photo gallery:  Anti-Hartzler rally:  Male soldiers who had sex-change operations, Trump supporter agitating liberals, more X
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay, Jason Smith push bill to preserve Civil Rights Movement sites
          KC Star:  Missouri resists bowing to 2016 Obama order forcing politically-correct language;  State documents continue use of "American Indian" rather than "Native American," "Oriental" rather than 'Asian-American"
          The Missouri Times:  National Urban League kicks off annual conference by mistakenly advertising Greitens appearance
          Missourinet:  A look at new abortion legislation:  Privately-owned radio network features views from supporters, opponents of legislation
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  A look at new abortion legislation:  Public radio station to host executives from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, no supporters of legislation
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri moves toward REAL ID compliance X
          SE Missourian:  Funding for free ACT for all juniors cut;  Taxpayers will continue to pick up tab for poor kids +
          KWMU:  School districts, pressured to stop suspending unruly students, turn to new methods;  Bad behavior earns Maplewood Richmond Heights students time in "chill zone" comfy recliner
          KC Star:  Greitens again appoints former federal prosecutor to Kansas City police board
          Missourinet:  Missouri bridge is being renamed for veteran MoDOT employee Lyndon Ebker, killed in the line of duty
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 26, 2017
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With his comments on St. Louis City savagery, Greitens is just stating the obvious
          Messenger:  As National Urban League gathers in St. Louis, NAACP issues a Missouri travel warning
          P-D op-ed:  Drug monitoring in Missouri:  It takes two
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) says 'right to work' already improving Missouri's business climate
          SE Missourian letter:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  'Right to work' is good for workers +
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        Thursday, July 27
       
KC Star:  Hartzler scores win in push to keep taxpayers from funding soldiers' sex-change operations
          KC Star:  Area man uses VA benefits to transition into womanhood;  Navy vet, already "so angry" with Hartzler, in a tizzy over Trump decision
          P-D:  Blunt praises Sessions, says he should stay on the job
          P-D:  House passes Lacy Clay-Jason Smith bill directing Park Service to commemorate civil rights movement
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt considering bid for U.S. Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MRP Vice Chair Kay Hoflander talks U.S. Senate primary, party's focus on beating Claire McCaskill
          KWMU:  Hawley's office wants to reinstate ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers
          Drebes:  Follow-up on House 60 candidates:  David Griffith and Pat Rowe Kerr in the fray
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says Dollar Tree distribution center a big win for Johnson County, region
          Missourinet:  Abortion bill signed into law by Greitens
          AP:  Greitens signs new abortion regulations into law
          Missourinet:  Democrats want more spending on in-home and nursing home services
          CDT:  Lack of Medicaid expansion played part in Fulton hospital closing X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks about next session's push for transportation funding
          P-D:  St. Louis City accepts Greitens' help on crime, with reservations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MO Dept. of Revenue warns against phone scammers X
          P-D:  Top academic leader will leave St. Louis Public Schools for Ohio job
          KWMU:  Fast facts on St. Louis City workhouse, state's jail regulations
          KWMU:  Ferguson Community Center opens at site of QuikTrip destroyed by rioters
          AP:  Center called a 'powerful first step' in helping Ferguson recover from havoc wreaked by rioters
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Business, labor theories on impact of GOP bills will be tested X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man unhappy with Hartzler's stance on military and transgenders
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        Wednesday, July 26
       
Politico:  McCaskill plays watchdog ahead of tough 2018 race;  New scrutiny on opioid epidemic could help incumbent in Trump state
          Fox Business:  US taxpayers shell out $28 million on Afghan camouflage uniforms;  McCaskill pens letter to Pentagon
          USA Today:  Pentagon to answer to McCaskill for wasting $28 million on questionable camouflage for Afghan soldiers
          KMZU (Carrollton):  After NAFTA renegotiations, McCaskill and Republican colleagues seek to protect American agricultural producers
          Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill "very worried" about NAFTA renegotiations
          AP:  Key Obamacare insurer Centene urges government to keep customer subsidies
          P-D:  Hawley says he's focusing on doing his job, not U.S. Senate race
          P-D:  Ann Wagner calls sex-ad sites slave auctioneers, and says Justice Department lags in prosecution
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Tem candidate Q&A:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville)
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Tem candidate Q&A:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa)
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Tem candidate Q&A:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon)
          CDT:  Michela Skelton, Sara Walsh promise focus on education X
          Drebes:  Jane Beteem forms committee for Jay Barnes' state rep seat
          KWMU:  New abortion regulations headed to Missouri governor, ending 2nd special session
          The Missouri Times:  Senate resorts to PQ to pass abortion law
          P-D:  Senate sends toughter abortion regulations to Greitens
          AP:  Lawmakers send governor law tightening abortion regulations
          Missourinet:  Senate approves House abortion plan
          KWMU:  Local doctor grapples with Missouri's high rate of deaths in childbirth
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) talks Blue Alert law
          Joplin Globe:  Government departments shuffle around money for Greitens' PDMP;  Lawmakers question move's constitutionality X
          SNL:  Greene County to implement drug monitoring program X
          KWMU:  National Urban League conference to take place in St. Louis
          KWMU:  U.S. appeals court:  Lawsuit against Ferguson, Darren Wilson can go forward
          KC Star editorial:  Don't give up on restoring in-home and nursing care in Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Correction:  Editorial board dramatically exaggerates cost of Missouri special sessions, apologizes eighteen (18) days later
          Waters:  McCaskill vs. Hawley will be a rip-roaring campaign
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  Restoring public accountability to Missouri's courts
          Columbia Missourian Community Outreach Director Matt Dulin:  No more online commenting on articles without logging in to Facebook
          KC Star letter:  Friends of the Missouri Governor's Mansion President Randy Scherr remembers Jim Nutter
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        Tuesday, July 25
       
P-D:  Blunt talks Trump's unconventional approach, GOP effort to roll back regulations;  Comments from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson), Kander's Abe Rakov, others
          Clayton Times:  Candidate conversation:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen
          Lake Sun:  Camdenton robotics students visit McCaskill, Blunt while in D.C. for advocacy tips
          P-D:  Matt and Genny Jessee start foundation to help parents of epileptic children pay for health care
          The Missouri Times:  Summer 2017 issue:  50 Political Pros You Need to Know
          Drebes:  Top 25 committees in cash-on-hand, July 2017 quarter
          Missourinet:  Appeals court hearing upcoming on anti-'right to work' ballot measure
          The Missouri Times:  How Express Scripts can get a $250,000 no-bid contract for PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax commission leak update:  Rehder claims e-mail was hacked
          KWMU:  After month-long break, Missouri Senate talks for two hours, waits to address abortion-restriction bill
          The Missouri Times:  Senate returns for special session, postpones vote on abortion bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  GOP Reps. Nate Walker, Lindell Shumake offer predictions on Senate abortion-bill actions
          AP:  Missouri Senate reconvenes to consider abortion bill
          P-D:  Senate showdown over abortion legislation looming
          Missourinet:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  State employee pay raises "to be entirely based on revenues and growth in mandatory spending"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Carol Comer tours Thomas Hill Power Plant;  DNR director talks permitting, says agency is an arm of economic development
          AP:  Missouri Democrats still unhappy about in-home, nursing cuts
          P-D:  Missouri aims for more equitable way to grade public schools
          SNL:  A look at license plate no-nos:  No references to violence, drugs, Nelly's early 2000's ditty "Pimp Juice," or hatred for Chicago Cubs X
          KWMU:  New York based advocacy group:  St. Louis City "definitely above average" when it comes to black women in power
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters, get your photo IDs ready
          P-D editorial:  One solution for jail heat:  Fewer inmates
          Waters:  Getting serious about MU budget cuts X
          SNL letter:  Local union official opposes 'right to work' X
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        Monday, July 24
       
SNL:  Local AARP opposes federal cuts to their budget X
          Missourinet:  Clay, Hartzler partner to battle human trafficking
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Andrew Koenig;  Panel of Reps. Bruce Franks, Marsha Haefner and John McCaherty, with NARAL's Alison Dreith, on Greitens' surprise PDMP fiat and legislative pushback, Missouri Alliance for Freedom's suit against Schaaf, special session, more
          Missourinet:  MDP Chairman Stephen Webber:  Missouri Dems won't turn away pro-life legislative candidates
          Drebes:  Tracy King leaves Missouri Chamber for Travis Brown's group
          The Missouri Times:  Net neutrality debate underway again;  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson picks a side
          CDT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson talks "Buy Missouri" initiative, roads at agritourism conference X
          CDT:  Officials say Greitens' executive order won't affect local PDMP X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Critics:  Drug-monitoring program addresses half the problem X
          SNL:  One of country's most prolific prescribers of opioids works in Springfield, Medicare data says X
          CDT:  Transportation a driving issue for much-needed state road improvements X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) takes part in audit of Natural Bridge traffic
          P-D:  Generous incentives package draws logistics, industrial facilities to Hazelwood;  State lawmakers paved the way a decade ago
          SE Missourian:  Cape council may seek federal grant to fund trolley-rails structure +
          P-D editorial:  CNBC says Missouri is a better place for business but a lousy place to live
          KC Star op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  Missouri voters support slashing immigration to save jobs
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Septuagenarian columnist gives nod to Ashcroft voter ID database issue as segue into career retrospective:  States lived in, never ever voting for a Republican, etc.
          P-D letter:  Sappington man says Post-Dispatch is blatantly anti-American
          P-D letter:  Former journalist Dale Singer:  Greitens' word choices show his lack of accountability
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        Sunday, July 23
       
SNL:  Blunt offers health care update at Springfield TARGET barbecue X
          SNL:  Hawley still not ready to address Senate rumors X
          SNL:  Springfield solar businessman Caleb Arthur announces state Senate run X
          CDT:  Abortion, social issues among hot topics in Skelton-Walsh state rep race X
          KWMU:  Legislators resume abortion-focused special session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) talks next session's transportation focus, need for public support
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Highway panels to hear residents' concerns X
          JCNT:  Capitol renovations continue next year X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Charleston church to honor former First Lady Betty Hearnes' 90th birthday with celebration +
          Washington Missourian:  Local tick virus case now worldwide topic X
          KWMU:  St. Louis City officials hope installing temporary AC at jail will placate activists;  Nasheed met with Greitens, urged state action
          P-D:  Portable AC units ordered to provide more comfort for criminals
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Eric Schmitt, other fiscal conservatives deserve credit for keeping Missouri from becoming Illinois X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens' executive order only part of opioid defense X
          JCNT editorial:  Drug monitoring plan moves the needle forward X
          P-D letter:  Immigration activist applauds Trump's grace for young illegal aliens
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says McCaskill flip-flopped on Waters of the U.S. rule X
          P-D letter:  Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition's Melanie Scheetz approves of Greitens restoring foster care cuts
          KC Star letter:  Union member urges Missourians to teach David Humphreys a lesson by not purchasing his company's professional-grade homebuilder materials
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        Saturday, July 22
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  In conference call with reporters, McCaskill says she wants a health care compromise X
          SNL:  Josh Hawley mum on Senate bid, but others buzzing X
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says he's considering entering GOP state Senate primary, says last primary campaign was "fun"
          KWMU:  Greitens' Q&A with Jason Rosenbaum:  Governor addresses skepticism of his crime plan and prescription drug monitoring program
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' team promotes opioid effort in letter to health care professionals
          Missourinet:  Greitens says Missouri State Penitentiary project will lead to more jobs and higher pay
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MO DNR chief Carol Comer says agency will be "the helper" - no longer "the hammer" - for Missouri stakeholders
          SNL:  Customers, others discuss AG Josh Hawley's raid of Asian sex-trafficking massage parlors;  Woman recounts experience of Asian "masseuse" in miniskirt not speaking English, touching her "in a very personal way" X
          SNL:  Massage parlors could remain open under temporary restraining order sought by Hawley X
          P-D:  Blind Missourians' 11-year court battle for money they're owed may be nearing its end
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT approves 5-year construction plan for Northeast Missouri
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation confirms presence of Emerald Ash Borers;  Invasive pests invade communities, cause long-term damage
          KWMU:  Protesters seek to instigate police at City Workhouse;  Agitators shout into bullhorns, blow whistles in faces of officers
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  McCaskill helps WWII vet exposed to mustard gas
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says McCaskill not a moderate X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man applauds Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan), Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) for condemning persecution of Falun Gong practitioners
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian supports "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative
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        Friday, July 21
       
KMOX:  McCaskill weighs in on Trump's health care struggle, says President shouldn't "go play golf"
          P-D:  Danforth, Bond, Ashcroft, Talent urge Josh Hawley to run for Senate next year
          The Missouri Times:  Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and Missouri:  What you need to know
          P-D:  In DACA case, Missouri appeals court says illegal alien coed must pay international tuition
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Trump Administration's immigration stance causes fear among illegal aliens
          KWMU Intern Lara Hamdan:  Area Muslim unhappy with Trump's anti-terrorism refugee ban
          P-D:  EPA, city health officials:  No airborne asbestos around Clemens House
          P-D:  Schaaf balks at Greitens' $250k no-bid contract for donor Express Scripts
          KC Star:  Greitens' campaign nonprofit gives $250k in dark money to 'right-to-work' PAC
          The Missouri Times:  Pass or veto:  A look at the bills signed by Gov. Greitens, and what could reappear in veto session
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) hopeful about abortion legislation
          AP:  Greitens reverses cuts to foster-care families
          P-D:  Greitens reverses cuts to foster families
          SNL:  Stories of addiction highlight opioid summit
          AP:  Appeals court:  Missouri must pay legal fees in abortion case
          AP:  Springfield, Mo. businesses raided for alleged human trafficking
          P-D:  Federal Reserve Bank report on St. Louis City minimum wage:  Most poor households have zero (0) people working, minimum wage workers are usually youngsters taking their first job, and other fact-based insights
          P-D:  In an area of disruption, University of Missouri curators shift the conversation
          KWMU:  Thanks to bill from Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit), St. Louis City will get adult high school
          Missourinet:  Grant from SOS Jay Ashcroft will save vital documents threatened by spring floods in southeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  The Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 20, 2017
          Missourinet:  Ameren offers tips to keep utility costs in check
          P-D:  Missouri reports first case of West Nile virus in 2017
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group ranks Missouri last in safety
          JCNT editorial:  State, feds cooperate on flood aid, but deadlines loom
          P-D op-ed:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann:  Welcome to the fight against urban criminals, Gov. Greitens
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health's Gary Harbison:  Routine dental care is out of reach for many Missourians
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        Thursday, July 20
       
USA Today:  McCaskill says she is open to nixing individual mandate as part of health care compromise
          P-D:  As Senate wrestles with health care, McCaskill says individual mandate could be on table
          AP:  Josh Hawley begins consolidating support for U.S. Senate race
          P-D:  Mizzou economics professor Aaron Hedlund, 33, says he's considering entering GOP U.S. Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  Corporations can still make unlimited contributions to PACs, and here's how
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom hires MRP Chairman Todd Graves' law firm to sue Rob Schaaf, Nicole Galloway over open records request
          P-D:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom files open records suit against Schaaf, Galloway
          Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Federation of Democratic Women honor Judith Vavak as Woman of the Year;  Septugenarian recalls being appointed circuit clerk because she was a woman, praises FDR +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Paraquad seeks director of public policy and advocacy
          SE Missourian:  Greitens calls for coordinated law enforcement effort to tackle drug problem
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rehder reacts to Greitens' executive order
          KWMU:  Prescription drug monitoring programs may or may not actually curb opioid abuse
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot to tour northeast Missouri today
          Missourinet:  Annual CNBC study says Missouri's business climate has improved;  Rehder says 'right to work' has been economic boost
          JCNT:  Governor's Innovation Task Force seeks new funding, workers for startups X
          CDT:  University of Missouri leaders discuss future look of system X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators, leaders say campuses must work together
          P-D:  Thousands of ticks gathered from Meramec State Park for investigation of tick-borne diseases
          KWMU:  Activists say temperature at St. Louis City jail too warm;  Rep. Josh Peters (D-St. Louis) wants DHSS investigation, asks Speaker Richardson to form commission
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal uphappy with EPA's delay on radioactive waste plan, uses multiple excretory references
          P-D:  EPA tests confirm presence of asbestos in St. Louis City fire debris
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill a moderate still out of step with many Missourians;  Thoughts on Josh Hawley, Eric Schmitt, Paul Curtman, Ed Martin X
          P-D editorial:  Foster care providers confounded by Greitens' mixed message
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  How Medicaid expansion turned into a runaway locomotive
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian praises Greitens' PDMP plan, criticizes P-D editorial board and legislators
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        Wednesday, July 19
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt share thoughts on GOP health care plan
          KWMU:  To survive, rural hospitals need to grow - but the demographics don't add up
          KSMU (Springfield):  "Springfield Indivisible," "Stand and Resist Howell County," other anti-Trump groups protest outside Blunt's office
          SNL:  VA trying to find new future for vacant buildings in Missouri X
          KWMU:  After McKee property catches fire in North St. Louis City, EPA takes samples to check for asbestos;  Nearby resident has already visited hospital for "chest pains" and "stress"
          KWMU:  Filmmaker promotes activists' Coldwater Creek and West Lake Landfill theories, drama
          P-D:  Activists promote "Atomic Homefront" movie
          The Missouri Times:  National poll on governors shows Greitens with 51% approval rating
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ray Scherer:  With the campaign over, so are Greitens' visit to Northwest Missouri X
          P-D:  Speaker of the House Todd Richardson preparing for state auditor bid
          KWMU:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) fined for possible campaign finance violations;  he says he'll appeal
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission slaps Curtis with $100k in fines
          P-D:  Curtis fined $114,000 for campaign finance violations
          AP:  Curtis to appeal fines tied to campaign finances
          CDT:  After last month's pledge to not take lobbyist money, state rep candidate Michela Skelton (D) to keep some contributions from lobbyists, return others X
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters' "How to Run for Office" workshop draws seventeen (17) to library
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson on net neutrality:  "Scrap it"
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft talks voter ID and media bias
          AP:  Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about abortion special session, upcoming use of PQ, and skepticism of PDMP
          Clayton Times:  Greitens' PDMP deal with Express Scripts includes $250k no-bid contract
          SNL:  Here's what to expect at Thursday's opioid summit X
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder praises governor's PDMP program, says hers is still needed
          P-D:  Debate over PDMP isn't over, key lawmakers say
          Columbia Missourian:  City councilmen weigh in on Greitens' PDMP plan
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wants funding for Missouri Emergency Response Commission
          CDT:  Mun Choi:  University of Missouri in a "very critical period" X
          KWMU:  Missouri appeals court:  State's Human Rights Act does not cover gender identity;  KC high school girl wants to use boys' locker room
          SE Missourian:  Interview tapes of murder suspect missing from Attorney General office
          P-D:  Special master appointed to review misconduct claims in Chain of Rocks Bridge murders;  Reginald Clemons and pals robbed pair of Hazelwood East grads, raped them, then threw them off bridge to their death
          AP:  Special master to probe Missouri death penalty claims
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' PDMP falls short of the model
          JCNT letter:  Local octogenarian supports Hartzler's effort to keep taxpayers from funding sex-change operations X
          KC Star letter:  Will Kraus:  Why union bosses hate 'right to work'
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        Tuesday, July 18
       
The Hill:  Vicky Hartzler won't enter GOP primary for U.S. Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Hartzler seeking re-election, won't run against McCaskill in 2018
          USA Today:  Hartzler opts against Senate bid to challenge McCaskill
          P-D:  Hartzler to seek re-election, won't enter GOP primary field
          AP:  Hartzler running for re-election
          JCNT:  Obamacare supporters rally at Lincoln University forum X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2017 Missouri House and Senate quarterly filings
          P-D:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner have biggest campaign coffers of region's members of U.S. Congress
          KWMU:  Greitens, other candidates fatten bank accounts for 2018 contests
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton outpaces Walsh in fundraising, spending
          The Missouri Times:  Cindy O'Laughlin forms election committee for Brian Munzlinger's Senate seat
          Drebes:  The return of Jeremy LaFaver
          Faughn:  Anatomy of a dumpster fire, continued:  Greitens' team uses Highway Patrol resources to investigate tax-hike plan "hacking," and other thinskin heavy-handed machinations
          SNL:  After legislative quagmire, Greitens creates statewide database to offset opioid crisis X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens launches PDMP with executive order
          KWMU:  Greitens' executive order creates statewide prescription drug monitoring program for Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Greitens orders prescription drug monitoring program;  Local lawmakers say it won't solve opioid addiction +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Drug monitoring program aims to curtail "modern plague" X
          P-D:  Greitens launches painkiller database after lawmakers don't
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs executive order on PDMP
          Missourinet:  Kehoe, Walsh talk abortion legislation and Senate action
          KWMU:  Missouri replaces algebra requirement at state colleges, universities
          P-D:  Hundreds of Missouri students flock to rural school district's free online summer school
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Fair addressing mammoth delays accessing its RV park last year
          P-D editorial:  With regulatory rollback, Luetkemeyer and Wagner are fighting to make sure that the little guy gets crushed
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens orders needed drug monitoring program but stumbles on the details
          P-D editorial:  Illinois' economy stacks up to Missouri's, despite Schmitt's criticism
          KC Star op-ed:  Former state Rep. Myron Neth (R-Liberty):  Greitens' hollow complaints about 'career politicians'
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis City):  Eric Greitens must really have something against St. Louis City
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Former MO Dept. of Higher Ed Deputy Commissioner:  Higher ed is not a partisan issue X
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri should expand legal uses of CBD oil X
          SNL letter:  Watershed Committee of the Ozarks' Mike Kromney:  Thanks to Rep. Long for protecting water X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian unhappy with Andy Blunt's $10/k month no-bid University of Missouri contract, threatens to withhold vote from Roy Blunt in 2022 re-election +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with pro-life legislation, urges Missourians to call Greitens' office
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        Monday, July 17
       
Missourinet:  MU prof Sheena Greitens:  Missile defense should not be U.S.'s first line of defense with North Korea
          Faughn:  Anatomy of a dumpster fire:  How the robotically on-message Greitens adminstration shot themselves in the foot over tax credits ... with a howitzer (Parts I and II)
          CDT:  Democrats face uphill fight in 50th District X
          CDT:  Profile:  50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D) X
          Nevada Daily Mail:  Former Lt. Gov. Bill "Full Time" Phelps:  From Nevada High athlete to political star
          KC Star:  Fewer than 65,000 to be cut from prescription drug program
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Advocacy group wants state to spend more money on food handouts X
          P-D:  Thousands of out-of-state Mizzou students slash tuition by gaining Missouri residency
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative task force on dyslexia to make recommendations by September
          Drebes:  Tech upgrade coming to Missouri Department of Conservation
          CDT:  Local cities to use Grain Belt for renewable energy cost savings, jobs X
          JCNT:  Jefferson City eyes penitentiary for redevelopment X
          KC Star editorial:  Blue Spring man sees irony in anti-GOP editorial board's plea for Greitens to burn taxpayer money on urban violence effort
          P-D letter:  University City Planned Parenthood supporter opposes Blunt, GOP health care plan
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield liberal dislikes Greitens' spending cuts
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        Sunday, July 16
       
Washington Missourian:  CDC:  Franklin County among the higest in nation for opioid prescriptions X
          Drebes:  Tony Luetkemeyer's team says they'll have strong fundraising numbers this quarter for GOP primary vs. Nick Marshall;  Winner will replace Rob Schaaf
          P-D:  After governor's call for tax credit overhaul, historic tax credit in crosshairs
          Washington Missourian:  Local police chiefs support Blue Alert system
          SNL:  MSU enrollment soars as Mizzou slips X
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation explains recent work and heavy spending in Cole County X
          JCNT:  Missouri Housing Development Commission, Housing Authority work to provide low-income housing in Jefferson City X
          JCNT:  Missouri Highway Patrol analyst makes sure missing aren't forgotten X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local eclipse safety team seen as state leader X
          SNL editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt should oppose GOP health care bill X
          P-D editorial:  Bipartisan war on human trafficking is a bright spot;  Missouri's congressional delegation plays a key role
          SE Missourian editorial:  State needs to keep close eye on dicamba +
          JCNT letter:  Sexagenarian Dept. of Correction retiree dislikes Anne Precythe's bragging about her performance in North Carolina, says supervised release plan is not feasible X
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        Saturday, July 15
       
Moberly Monitor-Index:  McCaskill tour makes stop in Moberly;  Town hall questions cover health care, Grain Belt Express, sheltered workshops, VA issues, more
          P-D:  "Vicki [sic] Hartzler," Eric Schmitt, Josh Hawley, Paul Curtman among Republicans weighing a challenge to McCaskill
          AP:  House narrowly rejects Hartzler's attempt to ban taxpayer funding of soldiers' sex-change surgeries
          KWMU:  Trump nominates Jeffrey Jensen for U.S. attorney in Eastern District of Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Stephen Webber talks about past state Democratic party leaders' failure to recruit candidates
          CDT:  State rep candidate Michela Skelton, Greitens' Will Scharf spar over Democrat's Karl Marx quote X
          Drebes:  Paraquad's Cathy Brown leaving to run division of Easter Seals Midwest
          Missourinet:  Liberal groups pressure businesses to keep $10/hour wage
          P-D:  "Save the Raise" campaign wants employers to keep pay at $10/hour
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Host Don Marsh talks with voter-ID critic Denise Lieberman, St. Louis Election Board's Gary Stoff about well-run St. Louis City aldermanic election
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard uncertain chamber will pass House's proposed abortion regulations
          AP:  Confusion over how pro-life bill could affect St. Louis City
          JCNT:  Greitens signs state pension system changes X
          JCNT:  Boat railing bill among Greitens' five vetoes X
          P-D:  Greitens vetoes three proposed laws
          Moberly Monitor-Index:  Dept. of Corrections Director Anne Precythe visits Randolph County to hear, act on input from local DOC employees
          Washington Missourian:  State of Missouri will not longer pay for ACT X
          P-D:  Leader of foster care group says providers are upset over state budget cuts
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri dicamba ban lifted with restrictions
          Brownfield Ag News:  Monsanto stands by new low-volatility herbicide
          Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri's dicamba ban lifted after just one week +
          JCNT editorial:  Opportunities abound with conveyance of Missouri State Penitentiary X
          KC Star op-ed:  MU's 2015 race agitators were modern-day Martin Luther Kings
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit sexagenarian responds to letter on Medicaid, says criticism of program is insulting X
          P-D letter:  Mizzou student says this week's New York Times article on race protests has done more damage to the university than did 2015's race agitators
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        Friday, July 14
       
SNL:  With no clear leader, lesser-known Republicans line up to defeat McCaskill X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Pacific) launches exploratory committee into 2018 U.S. Senate race
          Missourinet:  Curtman forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate bid
          Missourinet:  Advocacy groups oppose GOP health care plan
          P-D:  Wagner, McCaskill ask Justice Department to investigate Backpage.com's sex advertising
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh, Michela Skelton share visions for Missouri in candidate forum
          Drebes:  A new Democratic candidate steps in, breaks streak of Vicki Englund-Cloria Brown battles
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Federal authorities clear Missouri IDs for flight X
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP quick to change law for possible smelter, steel plants, but neither materializing yet
          P-D:  St. Louis City employers face dilemma over minimum wage;  Comments from Local 655's Collin Reischman, others
          AP:  Unions, other advocacy groups launch campaign to pressure St. Louis City businesses to keep $10 minimum wage
          Missourinet:  Task force examines ways to improve Missouri's prisons
          Missourinet:  Between MSP, NASA and the solar eclipse, Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) says it's an exciting time for Jefferson City
          KWMU:  Missouri lifts some restrictions on dicamba herbicide
          Reuters:  Missouri offers new guidance on dicamba applications
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation offers online adult hunter education course X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with host Don Marsh about serving in Democratic superminority, Greitens, thoughts on various city government issues, more
          Missourinet:  Ameren offers tips on keeping summer utility bills low
          P-D editorial:  Mun Choi will earn his pay at University of Missouri
          SNL op-ed:  Claire McCaskill:  Bipartisan work for Missouri's veterans X
          CDT op-ed:  Assistant MU political science prof Jake Haselswerdt:  Call Blunt's office to tell him to oppose GOP reform bill;  McCaskill deserves credit for publicly shaming Orrin Hatch X
          Waters:  With the Grain Belt Express, who gets to decide? X
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Looking for crime-fighting solutions? Ask a pro, not Eric Greitens
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC's Gerald Wyckoff:  Greitens' veto of UMKC arts campus funding misses the big picture
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Greitens' budget cuts prove he's a bully
          JCNT letter:  Area sexagenarian unhappy with Will Kraus' commitment to tax breaks X
          KC Star letter:  KC man says Star's liberal headlines push concepts like nonexistent "white privilege"
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        Thursday, July 13
       
JCNT:  California first on list of McCaskill's town hall meetings X
          Missourinet:  Blunt says Intelligence Committee's first priority should be investigating allegations of Russian interference in election
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer sees progress - and promise - for GOP health care bill
          P-D:  McCaskill has worst approval rating of half-dozen Dems facing re-election in Trump states
          KWMU:  McCaskill up to $5.1 million in the bank as she readies for 2018 re-election bid
          Missourinet:  U.S. House passes Vicky Hartzler's sex trafficking bill
          KC Star:  James B. Nutter remembered as 'larger than life' political power broker
          P-D:  At age 86, former Congressman Bill Clay still coherent;  Octogenarian remembers names of seasoned Congressional Black Caucus members, talks about olden days
          Missourinet:  Applications for public aid from spring floods in Missouri due by Friday
          AP:  Greitens' not-for-profit to run TV ads across Missouri
          CDT:  50th District candidates Michela Skelton, Sara Walsh spar at Chamber forum X
          Columbia Missourian:  50th District candidates Sara Walsh, Michela Skelton talk education, taxes at Chamber of Commerce forum
          JCNT:  Walsh, Skelton value small communities, depart on economic role of government X
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn to meet with Chinese delegation in Washington, D.C.
          JCNT:  Ashcroft answers questions on voter ID law X
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft continues voter ID tour, touts successful election in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Hawley:  Backpage lawsuit 'frivolous,' no First Amendment right to human trafficking
          AP:  Documents cast doubt on Backpage.com defense claims
          SNL:  Greitens wields new website as weapon in war on 'red tape' X
          P-D:  Greitens to attend National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island
          AP:  So far, costs for abortion special session under $75k
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Governor signs Munzlinger's bill to help state get 911 funding, other provisions
          P-D:  Missouri prisoner was repeatedly assaulted while state workers lied about cell checks
          KWMU:  Greitens announces taxpayer-funded "trauma counseling" for urban students;  St. Louis Public Schools says it has waited two (2) whole days for information
          The Missouri Times:  Critics, supporters weigh in on new discrimination law;  Comments from NAACP's Nimrod Chapel, Chamber's Dan Mehan, St. Louis attorney Jerry Hunter
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 12, 2017
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Mamtek lawsuit over in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) promoting symposium on violent crime;  KC cop also promoting his own efforts
          SNL:  Area transgender involved in fistfight claims to be victim of 'hate crime;'  Large group of local hoodlums scuffled in public park, with video shared on social media X
          Columbia Missourian:  Paper introduces "Accolades" section;  Regular feature will serve as dumping grounds for press releases, readers' self-promotional items, PR pitches that don't merit staff reporter attention
          KC Star editorial:  Absentee landlords are a drag on Kansas City neighborhoods. Bill signed by Greitens could help.
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Greitens could help Kansas City combat violent crime
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' plan to battle St. Louis City crime leans heavily on political theatrics
          The Missouri Times letter:  Congress must act to bring broadband to rural Missouri
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club's John Hickey:  State, local governments can work to reduce air pollution
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        Wednesday, July 12
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, McCaskill prepare for revised GOP health care plan
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Budget Project opposes GOP health care plan
          KWMU:  Monroe City residents weigh in on Obamacare, GOP health care plan
          KC Star:  VP Mike Pence urges Josh Hawley to challenge Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate
          USA Today:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race catches Vice President Mike Pence's attention
          P-D:  Area man, woman to spend time and resources competing to fill Democratic ballot slot in Ann Wagner's re-election
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  DESE seeks Senior Policy Advisor - Government Affairs
          P-D:  Eric and Sheena Greitens put Central West End home up for sale
          JCNT:  City takes possession of 32 acres of MSP X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs Kehoe's MSP conveyance bill
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs MSP bill, says it's about more jobs and opportunities for Missourians
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt urges Missouri Legislature:  "Don't be like Illinois"
          AP:  Missouri treasurer to lawmakers:  Don't be like Illinois
          KWMU:  Missouri given extension for REAL ID compliance for military bases, nuclear plants
          AP:  Missouri receives extension on REAL ID mandate
          KC Star:  MU to New York Times:  You left out the good stuff
          The Missouri Times:  Drivewyze's only option will be to install their own weigh-in motion systems
          The Missouri Times:  Dicamba ban affecting farmers, but could soon be lifted
          Brownfield Ag News:  BASF writing Missouri use label for dicamba
          Brownfield Ag News:  CropLife America calls states' decisions on dicamba 'premature'
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules on juvenile prison sentencing
          SNL:  Council to vote on local drug-monitoring program X
          P-D:  Meramec State Park employee dies after catching mysterious tick illness
          KWMU:  Missouri health officials launch tick study in state park amid rise in tick-borne diseases
          P-D:  Backpage sues Missouri attorney general to block investigation into adult ads
          Messenger:  When asked about governor's anti-crime plan, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) chooses to use excrement expletive
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Missouri Republicans move at a glacial pace toward passage of special session abortion bill;  Senate Republicans subject to erratic behavior
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        Tuesday, July 11
       
KCUR:  Urban Institute opposes GOP health care bill, says Missourians would lose coverage
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Budget Project, other advocacy groups oppose Senate GOP health care bill +
          KWMU:  Anthem asks Missourians to think twice before using emergency room as their primary care physician
          AP:  McCaskill raises $3 million for re-election bid
          The Missouri Times:  Panel talks changes in 2018 U.S. Senate landscape
          AP:  Lawsuit:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) negligent in case of illegal alien who murdered 5 in Missouri
          KWMU:  Greitens puts unspecified amound of state money, employees toward stemming St. Louis City crime
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens rolls out St. Louis City 'safety plan,' increasing Highway Patrol presence
          Missourinet:  Crime-fighting initiative underway in St. Louis City
          AP:  State Highway Patrol to help address violence in St. Louis City
          P-D:  Greitens announces crime plan for St. Louis City
          JCNT:  Greitens to sign bill granting MSP property to Jefferson City X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello):  Drug monitoring program should not be addressed during a special session
          KWMU:  Kansas City, St. Louis City take stock of minimum-wage hikes being undone by GOP lawmakers
          NY Times:  Long after protests, students shun the University of Missouri
          CDT:  University of Missouri seeking lobbyist to replace laid-off staff;  Andy Blunt keeps $10,500/month contract through June 2018 X
          KWMU:  In St. Louis City, public and charter schools are in the business of recruiting students
          JCNT:  Audit a win for state lottery commission X
          P-D:  EPA:  New data on West Lake Landfill stormwater show no public-health risk
          SNL editorial:  Adult high school could boost Springfield X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities' Greg Kramer:  Missouri's budget should strengthen community provider system, not weaken it
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Students Association's Nathan Willett:  What the New York Times got wrong about MU and the 2015 race agitation
          P-D letter:  Maplewood sexagenarian responds to editorial on Medicaid funding, applauds Republicans for attempting to rein in costs
          JCNT letter:  Centertown sexagenarian says media outcry over state budget "cuts" shows their ignorance of math X
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        Monday, July 10
       
NY Times:  Health care providers says GOP bill would lock in disparities in federal Medicaid funding;  Missouri Hospital Association's Herb Kuhn says result would be 'have' and 'have not' states
          Missourinet:  Georgetown study analyzes impact of Medicaid program on Missouri's rural elderly
          KC Star:  'A profound loss':  Cerner CEO Neal Patterson dies from cancer at age 67
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Joe Lakin, Jane Dueker, Steven Roberts Sr. talks Missouri's U.S. Senate race, abortion special session, Missouri voter data, Greitens' anti-politician rhetoric, more
          Missourinet:  Greitens and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to hold news conference today about St. Louis City public safety
          Missourinet:  Missouri Rx program extended until at least 2022
          P-D:  First test of Missouri's new voter ID law will come tomorrow with St. Louis City aldermanic election
          Washington Missourian:  Judge:  Heroin a 'cancer' in county;  Drug is sourced from St. Louis City, where addicts purchase drugs in dangerous neighborhoods X
          P-D editorial:  Senate should support McCaskill's legislation for mustard gas victims
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington octogenarian opposes Truman statue, says former president was wrong on Japan, Israel, most other topics X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas octogenarian criticizes Missouri for lack of jail-inspection regulations
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        Sunday, July 9
       
P-D:  St. Louis Democratic Socialists of America, anti-Trump groups hold sit-in inside Blunt's Clayton office
        CDT:  Local impact of Obamacare repeal uncertain
        SNL:  Senate GOP health bill could cost Missouri millions in Medicaid money X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill concerned over North Korea
        KC Star:  James B. Nutter, Kansas City Democratic power broker, dies at age 89
        Drebes:  Austin Montee, son of former state auditor, running for Missouri House
        KWMU:  Ashcroft responds to criticism over support for Trump voter-fraud panel
        JCNT:  Ashcroft urges feds to recognize "Safe at Home" protection program X
        Washington Missourian:  Roundabout trend continues as state engineers tout safety benefits X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Highway task force has an impressive name, but don't expect much from state lawmakers X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri General Assembly's special session is a slow-moving fiasco
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Kudos to governor, state legislators for Blue Alert law X
        JCNT editorial:  Adult high schools not worth the investment X
        KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian enjoys Star's criticism of McCaskill, Trump
        P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian responds to Messenger column, opposes 'dark money'
        SNL letter:  Springfield nonagenarian dislikes Ashcroft's participation in voter-fraud effort X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian opposes state's unclaimed property being listed in Post-Dispatch
        JCNT letter:  Liberal activist Sue Gibson says Blunt, Greitens, Kehoe seek to traumatize families X
        P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wonders where Blue Alert criminals will be imprisoned
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        Saturday, July 8
       
KC Star:  Anti-Trump group protests health care bill outside Blunt's office
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith:  Despite liberals' outcry over lack of town halls, GOP congressional delegation will cruise to re-election
          CDT:  GOP U.S. Senate primary could see crowded race X
          P-D:  Paul Curtman set to enter GOP U.S. Senate primary
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Republicans look for candidate to challenge McCaskill;  "Anne [sic] Wagner" out, "Austin Peterson [sic]" in X
          KC Star:  Democratic donor Jim Nutter dies
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Layman named finance chairman for Missouri Republican Party
          Drebes:  Greiten's tax commission report elicits schizophrenic reaction from Missouri liberals
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs Haahr's bipartisan technology trust fund bill
          AP:  Correction to abortion story:  Missouri bill targets ambulance calls to abortion clinics
          KWMU:  Leaders of rural Missouri schools 'getting used to' transportation cuts
          CDT:  Greitens' cuts mean uncertain future for University of Missouri cooperative programs X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Truman State secures federal funding for Upward Bound program
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn puts temporary ban on dicamba
          Brownfield Ag New:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:  Temporary dicamba ban 'the right decision'
          SE Missourian:  Missouri issues temporary ban on dicamba +
          P-D:  Missouri temporarily bans use of herbicide
          KWMU:  Missouri temporarily bans sale, use of herbicide;  Dicamba is manufactured by Monsanto, BASF, others
          P-D:  Greitens signs population measure into law
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri budget cutters learned all the wrong lessons from Kansas
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal wants Blunt to hold town halls
          P-D letter:  Manchester woman criticizes letter from cancer survivor praising Ann Wagner
          The Missouri Times letter:  SOS Jay Ashcroft:  Jason Kander's voter ID attacks are pure politics
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        Friday, July 7
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  McCaskill talks health care, other issues at Monroe City town hall
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill says GOP health care bill is a tax cut for the wealthy
          Politico:  McCaskill jabs Republicans, predicts they will fail to repeal Obamacare
          SNL:  With Ann Wagner out, some GOP bigwigs look to Vicky Hartzler for U.S. Senate race
          Roll Call's Nathan Gonzalez:  With Ann Wagner out, Republicans have no female candidate to run against McCaskill
          Morning Consult:  To avoid Senate primary fight, Missouri Republicans want Josh Hawley to decide
          Kraske:  Claire McCaskill's biggest nightmare just might be Josh Hawley
          The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes:  Missouri's political phenom:  Why so many Republicans want Josh Hawley to run for the Senate
          P-D:  Federal report:  Painkiller prescribing varies greatly by county
          KWMU:  Urbanites unhappy with Trump's proposed Justice Department budget
          SNL:  Jeff Layman, Greitens' finance guru, picked as finance chairman of Missouri Republican Party
          CDT:  Misinformation, fears over voter data lead to flood of calls to Ashcroft office
          SNL:  Elijah Haahr switches law firms, talks future legislative action
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens re-issues call for special session with some changes
          AP:  Greitens expands call for abortion legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs Blue Alert bill into law
          KWMU:  Greitens signs Blue Alert system into law as means to aid police
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs Blue Alert legislation into law
          AP:  New law will alert Missourians of violence against police
          KWMU:  In-home health care recipients file appeals after Greitens' veto;  Comments from the handicapped and their advocates
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt confirms tax cuts are coming to Missouri
          Missourinet:  Schmitt announces income tax cut for Missourians
          KWMU:  Quiz:  Do you have the basic forms of identification allowing you to vote in Missouri?
          Missourinet:  Eigel:  Raising taxes is not the answer on transportation
          P-D:  Controversial St. Louis City ordinance targeted by Greitens seen as largely symbolic
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College President Jon Bauer:  'A discouraging day' for East Central as Greitens slashes higher ed funding by $24 million
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Josh Peters (D-St. Louis) says drugs fuel high crime rates in North St. Louis City
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Kansas' Jerry Moran show a path to a possible health care compromise
          Washington Missourian editorial:  A bold infrastructure funding plan for Missouri would help Greitens' presidential campaign
          P-D editorial:  Dead last in safety, Missouri has only one way to go from here
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council's John Stiffler:  Response to pro-'right to work' op-ed
          KC Star op-ed:  Warren Erdman:  Missouri should be accountable for UMKC arts campus
          P-D letter:  Olivette man says Greitens lacks compassion, violates tenets of Jewish faith
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        Thursday, July 6
       
SNL:  Protesters play dead in the rain outside Blunt's office;  Grown woman dresses up as Grim Reaper, walks street X
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  Grown man dresses up in chicken costume to mock Blunt at McCaskill town hall X
          CDT:  Voters question McCaskill on health care, abortion X
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill hosts town halls across mid-Missouri
          KMIZ:  McCaskill weighs in on Greitens' performance, special sessions, PDMP
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says Missouri's lack of PDMP is a 'welcome mat' for heroin dealers
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  McCaskill town hall in Ashland
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill talks health care at town hall
          AP:  Residents question McCaskill during town halls
          AP:  Former Libertarian presidential hopeful Austin Petersen announces bid for U.S. Senate as Republican
          Faughn:  2018 GOP U.S. Senate primary:  Handicapping the frontrunners and those who may be considering a bid
          KWMU:  Clayton art gallery displays confetti from Hillary Clinton's November defeat party
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Scott Walker pens fundraising plea to 'fight back' and support Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Court of appeals grants stay in right-to-work referendum case, get expedited schedule
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs four more bills into law, establishing adult high schools and tort reform
          SNL:  Greitens signs bill that could help high school dropouts in Springfield X
          KCUR:  Greitens signs adult high school bill in rare Kansas City appearance
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs lawsuit bill, bipartisan adult high school measure
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks about bill Greitens signed to decrease regulations on Missouri farmers and loggers
          Missourinet:  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) wants Greitens to sign bill about newborn screenings
          Missourinet:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) unhappy with Greitens' veto of in-home nursing care funding
          KWMU:  Still unclear whether Missouri taxpayers, businesses will see small tax cut
          AP:  Missouri appears on track for income-tax cuts
          P-D:  Ashcroft appears on CNN, talks voter fraud
          Rosenbaum:  Krewson won't sue over state GOP wiping out St. Louis City's minimum wage hike
          Drebes:  Senate starts Interim Committee on Labor Reform
          Columbia Missourian:  With more cuts to UM System, programs under review
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Eric Greitens, Jason Kander have their ambition engines in high gear X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' tax committee did yeoman work, which he ignored
          SNL editorial:  Statewide opioid attention a must X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Transportation task force's 'roads scholars' start studying X
          Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed, January 2017:  Disability attorney Stephen F. Gold:  Medicaid cuts would endanger disabled and poor seniors
          P-D op-ed:  Colleen Kelly Starkloff:  Entire op-ed lifted from the above, with "Missouri" replacing "Pennsylvania" and copied without attribution
          P-D op-ed:  McCaskill, Blunt should support more spending on foster-children health care
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Republicans' Medicaid cuts will hurt Missouri's elderly
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man wants Lacy Clay to explain vote siding with illegal-alien criminals over victims
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian dislikes Missouri's publicly-available voter data being sent to Trump
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Messenger column, says voter data is already public
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man dislikes Star's "Murder capital" headline, says St. Louis and Chicago are more savage cities
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        Wednesday, July 5
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill gears up for mid-Missouri town halls
          KWMU:  Return of year-round Pell Grants could help community college students the most;  Comments from St. Louis Community College's Tony Cruz
          KWMU:  15 years in the making, Truman likely to get a statue in U.S. Capitol
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Sen. John Griesheimer (R-Washington) on Greitens' "career politicians" line, transportation funding, Medicaid spending, PDMP, more
          SNL:  Numerous bills remain unsigned by Greitens X
          Drebes:  Missouri Court of Appeals Western District to hear case over public defender funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly veterinarian talks new animal health legislation
          KC Star:  UMKC expands "gender-inclusive" housing for transgenders
          Washington Missourian:  State park visitor infected with rare Bourbon virus
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to host local job fair, other events
          P-D editorial:  Trump's voter 'integrity' panel chases a non-existent problem for political reasons
          KC Star editorial:  Harry S Truman statue should be installed in U.S. Capitol
          P-D op-ed:  Professors applaud Blunt's work to increase research funding for National Institutes of Health
          P-D op-ed:  UMSL's Dave Robertson:  Pass the "Clean Missouri" initiative to limit campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts
          Priddy:  On the Founding Fathers and Missouri's dark money
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  On Americans for Prosperity, special sessions and Greitens' presidential campaign
          SNL letter:  Mansfield octogenarian supports Hartzler's move on transgender military recruits X
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        Tuesday, July 4   Happy Independence Day!
       
KWMU:  Ann Wagner won't challenge Claire McCaskill for Senate in 2018, will instead seek re-election to House
          The Missouri Times:  Wagner opts to not challenge McCaskill
          P-D:  Wagner won't challenge McCaskill in 2018
          AP:  Wagner won't run against McCaskill
          Columbia Missourian:  Jay Ashcroft to release publicly-available voter data to Trump's Commission on Voter Integrity
          SNL:  Springfield Mayor Ken McClure meets with Missouri congressional delegation on trip to D.C. X
          Washington Missourian:  FEMA payouts span all points of the county;  Pacific has the highest number of claims
          Drebes:  New state rep committees
          The Missouri Times:  Majority Floor Leader race:  Up close and personal with Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific)
          The Missouri Times:  Majority Floor Leader race:  Up close and personal with Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark)
          The Missouri Times:  Majority Floor Leader race:  Up close and personal with Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold)
          P-D:  In Missouri, tax cuts are on the way
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Associaion's Brent Ghan expresses appreciation to Legislature for fully funding foundation formula, recommends districts be conservative on spending
          KWMU:  Missouri boasts one of the nation's best state parks systems
          KTVI (St. Louis):  City cleans cemetery, tosses American flags in the trash
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens' decisions are aimed at helping one person - Eric Greitens
          KC Star letter:  National Air Traffic Controllers Association supports Sam Graves' legislation
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman disputes GOP claims of voter fraud, wants Jay Ashcroft to deny Trump info request
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian wants his data excluded from voter database
          EnvironmentAmerica.org:  Senior Attorney John Rumpler:  Repealing the Clean Water Rule turns the mission of the EPA on its head
          SE Missourian letter:  Environment Missouri's Amy Wang:  Form letter lifted verbatim from press release above +
          USA Today letter:  University of Cincinnati prof:  Sinclair's proposed purchase of Tribune Media is bad news for Des Moines
          P-D letter:  Same form-letter template as above, with Des Moines references replaced with "St. Louis"
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        Monday, July 3
       
Joplin Globe:  State leaders analyze Senate health care bill;  Comments from Blunt, MHA's Dave Dillon, Rep. Scott Fiztpatrick (R-Shell Knob), others X
          KC Star:  How Medicaid changes in GOP health bills might affect Missouri
          AP:  Centene to fill Missouri insurance void left by Blue Cross
          SNL:  Jay Ashcroft defends decision to share voter data with Trump commission X
          SNL:  Missouri Republican Party to hold Springfield fundraiser July 20 X
          Drebes:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) antes up into her own campaign account
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Revenue:  Annual fireworks sales reach $40 million each year
          KWMU:  New standards now in effect for Missouri's municipal courts
          SNL:  Hawley's office receives complaint over city's 'electronic meeting' X
          KC Star editorial:  Claire McCaskill misled with broad Russia denial
          P-D letter:  Farmington septuagenarian says Post-Dispatch's coverage of McCaskill's and Russia was fair - unlike the paper's liberal slant against Republicans
          P-D letter:  Frontenac octogenarian says Trump's request for states' voter data is authoritarian
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        Sunday, July 2
       
P-D:  Claire McCaskill vs. Ann Wagner - or Josh Hawley - shaping up as marquee election;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL)
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt applaud EPA for dumping Obama-era "Waters of the U.S." rule X
          Missourinet:  Wash U. law professor wants redistricting rules changed, says too many Republicans are winning
          P-D:  Roy Blunt signs up family for country club membership
          JCNT:  How the U.S. Supreme Court ruling will affect Missouri's boundary between church and state X
          Drebes:  Unions rake in cash for "We Are Missouri" anti-'right to work' campaign
          SNL:  Greitens' tax group mulled higher food and gas taxes, settles on rolling back tax credits X
          SE Missourian:  State panel proposes changes to tax-credit program, would affect historic-building redevelopment +
          AP:  Fewer than 64,000 to lose prescription aid under new Missouri Rx standards
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Corrections Director Anne Precythe says she'll "weed out" bad apples spoiling the department
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe president says low graduation rate 'extremely deceiving'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Group's report says Missouri is one of the worst states in the nation for teen drivers X
          KC Star:  '110lbs of marijuana seized' - Missouri Highway Patrol tweets about drug bust
          JCNT editorial:  In search of Missouri transportation solutions X
          KC Star editorial:  Brandon Ellingson's lake death an ongoing lesson in Missouri
          CDT op-ed:  Vicky Hartzler:  We must fight back against sex trafficking X
          CDT op-ed:  Local attorney Craig Van Matre:  State legislators gave power to TDDs, TIFs X
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Louis woman opposes Blunt, GOP health care bill
          P-D letter:  Cancer survivor applauds Ann Wagner for sponsoring cancer bill
          P-D letter:  Labor lawyer disagrees with pro-'right to work' op-ed
          KC Star letter:  Concordia septuagenarian disagrees with Jay Ashcroft for accommodating Trump administration's voter data request
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian seeks to form new NOW sect, offers tips to corner co-workers and convince them they are feminists X
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        Saturday, July 1
       
July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          PBS Newshour:  Blunt:  Hard to get 50 senators to pass health bill
          SNL:  Centene to offer Obamacare plans in Greene, Christian counties X
          KCUR:  Centene to enter Missouri counties left 'bare' by Blue KC's decision to exit Obamacare marketplace
          KWMU:  Missouri to give Trump commission limited voter details
          Messenger:  Missouri GOP flip-flops on privacy to aid Trump's fake search for voter fraud
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 26
          KWMU:  Greitens withholds money for higher education and health care, blocks St. Louis City's minimum wage
          CDT:  University of Missouri takes $22 million budget hit as Greitens acts on state budget X
          Missourinet:  GOP Sens. Ryan Silvey, Bob Dixon take aim at Greitens' budget moves
          Missourinet:  Greitens vetoes one budget bill, will let minimum wage measure go into law
          AP:  Greitens signs budget, cuts $250 million in spending
          P-D:  Greitens signs budget, cuts $251 million in spending
          KC Star:  Greitens signs Missouri budget +
          AP:  Greitens signs discrimination bill
          P-D:  Greitens signs discrimination bill into law
          P-D:  St. Louis City minimum wage will revert back to $7.70 in August
          AP:  Greitens to let repeal of St. Louis City minimum wage become law
          Brownfield Ag News:  Greitens signs bill to allow nighttime harvest driving
          KWMU:  Greitens-backed commission wants to curb tax credit programs
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax committee report targets tax credits in review of state taxes
          AP:  Panel recommends overhaul of Missouri tax credits
          Missourinet:  Greitens forms task force on state corrections system
          Missourinet:  Transportation task force in search of solution to state's deteriorating roads
          Missourinet:  Children's advocate Emily van Schenkhof:  Senate Bill 160 is best bill passed in legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Judge Zel Fischer, a Blunt appointee, to be next Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice
          CDT:  Missouri Supreme Court kills transmission line plan X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol says every available officer will be patrolling roadways this weekend
          Columbia Missourian:  Moody's downgrades UM's credit outlook to 'negative'
          P-D:  Missouri American files for $74.7 million in annual rate increases
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American Water files rate case X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood demands KC Royals terminate ads paid for by pro-life Vitae Foundation
          KCUR:  Rare case of tick-borne Bourbon virus identified in Missouri;  Comments from Missouri DHSS
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette):  Congressional delegation should oppose cuts to clean-energy research
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  New voter ID law seems to be a benefit to voters
          KC Star letter:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City) on Greitens' veto of UMKC arts studio funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman supports presence of Blue Lives Matter flag in Pride parade
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        Friday, June 30
       
P-D:  Blunt says Senate health care bill 'not perfect' but big change still needed from 'unsustainable' Obamacare
          CDT:  Video:  Anti-GOP activists hold "die-in" outside Blunt's office, read amateur poetry;  Adult dresses up in Grim Reaper costume X
          SNL:  Hartzler says Defense-funding proposal would protect taxpayers from footing the bill for soldiers' sex-change operations X
          Faughn:  It's time to stop throwing 'corrupt' around to discredit every donor or politician you disagree with;  Also, dissecting the shenanigans surrounding the release of Greitens' sham tax committee report
          The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway to lead new Husch Blackwell project
          KMOV (St. Louis):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt launches phase two of MO ABLE
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs four more bills into law while legislators question the delay on others
          AP:  Greitens signs farm equipment, propane bills
          P-D:  Utility company vehicles added to Missouri 'move over' law
          KWMU:  St. Louis anti-discrimination law at issue in special session could be kept largely intact
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Missouri transportation panel backs campaign for higher fuel tax
          The Missouri Times:  On this week's #MoLeg Podcast, Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) talks technology's role in influencing legislation
          KWMU:  Eligibility standards to change for Missouri Rx program
          Drebes:  State rebidding security contract in response to St. Louis City's higher minimum wage
          P-D:  Greitens forming task force on prison problems
          CDT:  Ameren customers will see increase in natural gas rates X
          Columbia Missourian:  Former Tribune publisher Vicki Russell to be inducted into Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In Trinity Lutheran case, common sense prevails X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens issues a veto, plus the usual round of insults
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  We don't need 163 state reps X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Planned Parenthood local president Mary Kogut:  Response to comments from Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) on This Week in Missouri Politics
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Ole Miss higher ed prof:  Legislators in Missouri, other states take reasonable steps on campus free speech
          P-D letter:  Missouri Libertarian Party's Greg Tlapek on value of proportional representation system
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian responds to Horrigan column, wants Blunt to vote against GOP health care bill
          P-D letter:  Villa Ridge septuagenarian responds to Horrigan column on roadblocks to affordable health care, says insurance companies' shareholders and executives are the epitome, a public enemy
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        Thursday, June 29
       
KCUR:  In Missouri, some insurers have chosen to exit Obamacare exchange for 2018
          Brownfield Ag News:  AG Josh Hawley says Waters of the U.S. repeal helps Missouri farmers;  Former AG Chris Koster (D) filed original suit against Obama's EPA and Corps of Engineers
          CDT:  Video:  Renee Hoagenson, seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler, promises "significant" war chest on July campaign finance report X
          The Missouri Times:  Massive tax increases on income, services, gas, and Internet purchases included in draft of Governor's Tax Committee Report
          Missourinet:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union):  Many tax credits not going to those the credits are meant for
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens issues first veto after UMKC issues plans to find alternative funding for new art facility
          AP:  Alternative funding planned for Kansas City arts campus
          KC Star:  UMKC claims it will find all $96 million for downtown arts campus without state help
          The Missouri Times:  Transportation Task Force holds first meeting at the Capitol
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force holds first meeting;  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says gas tax increase must be on the table
          JCNT:  Task force looks for ways to fix state's infrastructure X
          P-D:  Task force looks for more road and bridge money
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate slows pace of special session on abortion
          SNL:  Missouri Rx Program tweaks will impact fewer than 7,000 across four-county region X
          P-D:  Time ticking down on Missouri prescription drug program
          Columbia Missourian:  Tax revenue shortfalls could mean more cuts for MU
          SE Missourian:  Regents OK contract extension for SEMO president +
          KWMU:  Some local school districts make special accommodations for transgenders and those who claim no gender;  Parkway student describes himself/herself as "gender-fluid," while Kirkwood student calls herself "transmasculine"
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission signs off on 15 orders, approves all Renewable Energy Standard compliance reports
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council wins appeal in IP case
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens' snub of UMKC arts campus is a lesson and an opportunity for Kansas City
          SNL editorial:  Room for Missouri to improve in safety ranking X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenearian says she opposes Blunt on health care overhaul
          SNL letter:  Battlefield sexagenarian says she opposes Blunt on health care overhaul - and doesn't enjoy his telephone town halls either X
          KC Star letter:  Independence man suggests Greitens focus on Missouri crime, economic issues to bolster presidential bid
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        Wednesday, June 28
       
P-D:  McCaskill praises Trump on an environmental rollback
          JCNT:  Missouri leaders applaud EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' change X
          P-D:  In response to criticism over Russian ambassador reception, McCaskill details donations of foundation she has established with her husband
          P-D:  Missouri delegation pushing to replace Blair statue in Capitol with one of Truman
          P-D:  National Safety Council report ranks Missouri worst for preventable accidents
          KWMU:  Courts give 'right to work' opponents in Missouri a second option to try to block law
          AP:  Court OKs anti-'right to work' language OK'd by former SOS Jason Kander
          The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Hough running for Jay Wasson's seat, will face Eric Burlison in primary
          SNL:  Hough, Burlison will vie for Wasson's Senate seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Girls State taking place this week at UCM
          The Missouri Times:  Former Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren (D), Columbia reps hold town hall on voter ID;  Noren credits Jay Ashcroft's office for steadfast work educating voters
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NAACP echoes call for veto of SB43
          Missourinet:  Greitens meets with NAACP's Rod Chapel on discrimination legislation, says he's undecided on signing bill
          JCNT:  NAACP:  State's discrimination bill is 'civil rights issue' X
          AP:  NAACP protest against discrimination bill draws 40 to Capitol
          AP:  Missouri Senate's work on abortion policy delayed
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Dept. of Corrections Director Anne Precythe speaks to Pachyderm Club about sexual harassment cases, new administration's goals for employees
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court unholds state's Sexually Violent Predator Act
          AP:  Missouri Court backs fining sex offenders indefinitely
          Joplin Globe:  Area counties learn about joining St. Louis County prescription drug monitoring program X
          CDT:  Disappointing year of tax revenue collections means for cuts for University of Missouri, public schools
          KC Star:  Missouri trooper pleads, avoids trial in handcuffed drowning of Brandon Ellingson
          AP:  Judge upholds St. Louis Zoo gun ban;  opponents vow to appeal
          P-D editorial:  A major constitutional test that rides on a Missouri playground and a footnote
          KC Star editorial:  Toying with inmates and hiring family members - much work remains to overhaul the Missouri prison system
          Messenger:  Greitens targets tax credits;  big donors stand in the way
          Columbia Missourian's Bennito Kelty:  State, federal lawmakers ignore Lincoln University
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        Tuesday, June 27
       
Politico:  Blunt says CBO analysis of GOP health care bill better than he expected
          CNN:  Despite tweet, McCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's home
          The Hill:  McCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's residence in 2015
          P-D:  Supreme Court decision could bolster Hawley in race for Senate
          CDT:  Supreme Court judges side with Trinity in church-state dispute X
          KWMU:  Supreme Court rules for Columbia, Mo. church in playground case
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of chuch in Trinity Lutheran case
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Trinity Lutheran in Missouri church-state case
          The Missouri Times:  Advocacy group says Missourians favor legal immigration reductions
          SE Missourian:  Federal agency approves loans for Missouri disaster victims +
          The Missouri Times:  Disaster recovery efforts underway as Missouri receives $8.9 million in grant assistance and more than $35 million in flood insurance payments
          AP:  U.S. attorney's office charges two Jackson County corrections officers;  Andrew Lamonte Dickerson and Jalee Caprice Fuller smuggled cellphone, drugs to inmate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Stephen Webber talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about piecing the Missouri Democratic Party back together
          SNL:  Greitens speaks at Americans for Prosperity event in Colorado X
          KWMU:  Marijuana isn't a medical treatment or moneymaker for Missouri, but that could change after 2018
          SNL:  Disabilities campaign brings State Treasurer Eric Schmitt to Springfield X
          SNL:  Video:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt talks about MO ABLE program X
          CDT:  Former Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren (D) defends voter ID law at local NAACP event:  "This is going to be a tremendous service ... to most voters, it's going to be not even noticeable to them" X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden honored by St. Louis County NAACP with lifetime achievement award
          The Missouri Times:  NAACP issues travel advisory for Missouri, saying civil rights could be in danger
          AP:  Missouri NAACP says GOP discrimination bill makes summer travel unsafe for minorities
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says state could begin year with $130 million shortfall
          Missourinet:  Qualification standards for Missouri Rx change beginning Saturday
          CDT:  Empower Missouri unhappy with conclusions of AG's Vehicle Stops Report, wants agencies to spend more resources researching issue X
          KC Star editorial:  Supreme Court makes right decision in Missouri playground case, but church-state separation issues remain unsettled +
          KC Star editorial:  Federal charges against drug-smuggling guards show Jackson County inmates are running the jail +
          SNL op-ed:  Eric Burlison:  Greitens right to call for special session X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis Paving Inc.'s Paul Munsch:  Missouri's 'right to work' law protects workers
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Arc wants McCaskill, Blunt to support more Medicaid funding
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        Monday, June 26
       
McClatchy:  Jason Kander raises national profile ahead of possible presidential bid;  Comments from John Hancock, Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann), others
          KCUR:  Reporter visits rural Missouri coffee shop, solicits political opinions
          P-D:  Agency suggests phone calls as some St. Louis-area FEMA centers close
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Mary Kogut, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region;  Panel of Reps. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton), Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), Planned Parenthood's M'evie Mead talk special session and U.S. Senate race
          Missourinet:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) praises Missouri House vote on abortion bill
          KC Star:  Liberals, still talking about Mike Moon's chicken stunt, create online petitions demanding his ouster
          Columbia Missourian:  Local feminists hold benefit concert for Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Both sides dig in for fight over anti-'right to work' ballot initiative
          Drebes:  Elijah Haahr joining Lathrop & Gage
          Rosenbaum:  Curbing tax credits may not be an instant solution to Missouri's budget woes
          KWMU:  Transportation task force to begin looking for ways to fix and pay for roads and bridges
          P-D:  Missouri reconsidering commitment to cross-state Rock Island Trail
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens seems to want a full-time General Assembly - even if Missouri doesn't
          Dunklin Democrat's Steve Patton:  Greitens' "career politicians" line creates unnecessary wedge with well-meaning Republicans
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian wants Ann Wagner to target "soulless black hole of a man" Donald Trump for his rhetoric
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood supporter disagrees with Greitens on special-session legislation, opposes future presidential bid
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        Sunday, June 25
       
Joplin Globe:  Missouri hospitals, advocacy groups, legislators weigh in on GOP health care bill X
          KC Star:  McCaskill rallies KC opposition to GOP health care bill
          Washington Missourian:  Human trafficking a growing problem on federal, state level X
          SNL:  Wooed for Senate bid, Josh Hawley faces 2018 dilemma X
          JCNT:  'Right to work' opponents not dismayed by ruling X
          AP:  Analysis:  Missouri House Democrats, Republicans focus on districts in which they have a chance of winning
          JCNT:  Profile:  New Dept. of Corrections chief Anne Precythe X
          P-D:  New Missouri prison officials try to breathe life into giant halfway house in St. Louis
          AP:  Missouri attorney general could gain power over abortion law
          JCNT:  Some lawmakers support tax credits evaluation X
          P-D:  Former inmate wants Missouri Supreme Court to know:  Troubled kids need intervention
          SNL editorial:  Greitens, Springfield can cooperate for tech jobs X
          Horrigan:  Blunt can be a hero by voting no on GOP health care bill. Really.
          CDT op-ed:  U.S House hopeful Renee Hoagensen:  Tribune article misrepresented my drug-legalization stance X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says SNL, parent company Gannett show blatant bias against Trump and Gov. Greitens X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian wants Billy Long to explain U.S. Senate health care bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  UCM coed interning with NARAL:  Gov. Eric Greitens is bullying women with pro-life special session
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        Saturday, June 24
       
KMIZ (Columbia):  McCaskill:  GOP health care bill 'hikes cost for working families'
          KMOX:  AG Josh Hawley may run for U.S. Senate
          P-D:  Three potential candidates say they're considering filling Democratic ballot slot in 2nd Congressional district
          SE Missourian:  Jefferson County woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Jason Smith +
          KWMU:  Labor leader confident court ruling won't hurt campaign to block 'right to work'
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri Department of Agriculture job
          Columbia Missourian:  Solutions remain elusive as Missouri's elderly prisoners grow in number
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT set to address bridge issues
          CDT:  MU rescinds Cosby honorary degree X
          Missourinet:  Mizzou strips Cosby of honorary degree
          P-D:  Reginald Clemons murder trial pushed back over claims state violated attorney-client privilege
          P-D:  Settlement in Michael Brown suit $1.5 million, Ferguson attorney says
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A fresh look at NAFTA is appropriate, but don't make it harder for Missouri farmers to compete X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Josh Hawley takes on opioid manufacturing companies X
          JCNT editorial:  Rein in tax credits X
          P-D editorial briefs:  On pro-choice group's chicken-costume gimmick
          P-D letter:  Local doctors oppose GOP health care bill
          P-D letter:  Clayton man mocks Ann Wagner's complaints about death threats
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas weighs in on Missouri minimum wage issue
          P-D letter:  Olivette man says deadbeat dads who abandon a child are not fathers - and certainly not real men
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        Friday, June 23
       
KRZG (Joplin):  Audio:  Blunt talks 'repair and replace' of Obamacare, lack of help from Democrats;  Also talks support of Hawley's opioid lawsuits
          The Hill:  Blunt:  Democrats have shut themselves out of health care legislation process
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt differ on GOP health care plan
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Health care roundtable discussion focuses on federal, state issues;  Staffers from Blunt and Graves office attend, as well as GOP state Reps. Craig Redmon and Jim Hansen
          P-D:  Advocacy group says St. Louisans use the ER too often for unnecessary care
          P-D:  Veterans groups support McCaskill World War II mustard gas bill
          Joplin Globe:  Crowder College seeks to name energy technology center for Roy Blunt X
          Kraske:  Why Cleaver, other members of Congress need protection:  "I'm going to blow your f-cking office up"
          KWMU:  Annual PrideFest celebration riddled with internal conflict over race, gender issues;  Union leader Jeff Roorda says LGBTQIA* community and police officers have much in common as "all are pronounced victims of hate crimes"
          AP:  Missouri judge rewords 'right to work' referendum summary
          P-D:  Circuit court judge rules 'right to work' repeal petition language is misleading
          Missourinet:  Recovering opioid addicts talk about support for Hawley's lawsuits, PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens encourages Senate to pass House version in abortion special session
          AP:  Greitens backs ramped-up Missouri abortion bill
          The Missouri Times:  #TWMP Live:  Q&A with Jay Barnes;  Full video plus transcript of Q&A regarding abortion special session
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg):  Pregnancy resource centers must be protected
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs 'Foster Care Bill of Rights' into law
          KWMU:  Greitens signs foster care measure
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol metal detectors go guardless as of July 1
          The Missouri Times:  Questions for the Transportation Task Force ahead of first meeting
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) questions Mizzou's vote on rescinding Cosby's honorary degree
          P-D:  To offset lost revenue from freshmen fleeing, Mizzou to rent empty dorm rooms for football games
          SE Missourian:  State wants sheriff's bond revoked after inmate death +
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation to celebrate 25 years with former UN ambassador guest speaker
          AP:  Ferguson making progress, Justice Department attorneys say
          KWMU:  Judge hears mixed opinions on Ferguson's compliance with federal consent decree
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley holds drug companies accountable for Missouri's opioid-addiction crisis
          P-D's Samantha Liss and Blythe Bernard:  GOP plan, shrouded in secrecy, would weaken patient protections and hurt Missouri women - among other harmful effects
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  Governor Doublespeak Eric Greitens does Orwell proud
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Josh Peters (D-St. Louis):  Guilty until proven innocent:  a reflection on a visit to St. Louis' workhouse
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City liberal wants Blunt to hold more town halls, encourages readers to call D.C. office to complain
          P-D letter:  Moscow Mills septuagenarian says Ann Wagner deserves no sympathy for death threats
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        Thursday, June 22
       
P-D:  On eve of Senate health care bill reveal, White House brings in Missourians to talk about problems with Obamacare
          KC Star:  Missourians in 25 counties losing coverage voice Obamacare concerns at White House
          KWMU:  In Northeast Missouri, Trump, economy help end Democrats' dominance
          SNL:  GOP donor Sam Fox woos Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate, urges donors withhold money from Ann Wagner until AG makes decision on race X
          AP:  AG Josh Hawley sues drug companies over opioids
          KWMU:  Hawley sues three opioid drug makers over false claims, advertising
          P-D:  Missouri sues three drug companies for pushing painkillers
          Missourinet:  Audit shows state has lost billions in revenue over 25-year period due to tax credits
          AP:  State audit shows Missouri faces $3B tax-credit revenue loss
          SNL:  Galloway:  Complaints about late tax refunds pour in X
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of senators - focused on Greitens' nonprofit campaign committee - looks to change the conversation on dark money
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  Can Greitens and the Legislature find some common ground?
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Charles County GOP senators Bob Onder, Bill Eigel talk abortion special session, Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, tax credits, transportation
          The Missouri Times:  Schupp, Senate Dems looking to block House changes to abortion bill
          Missourinet:  St. Louis City alderwoman dislikes Legislature's actions on abortion, says state legislation doesn't matter
          AP:  Greitens to sign bill banning sex offenders from kids' museums
          AP:  Greitens signs bill on college police training
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for public feedback. Here are the political reasons why.
          CDT:  MU moves to rescind Bill Cosby honorary degree X
          Missourinet:  Black Democratic lawmakers suggest MU's Choi is manufacturing Bill Cosby honorary degree drama to distract from UMKC rape
          KC Star editorial:  Federal help welcome in combating Kansas City's violent crime problem
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley lawsuit is an important tool in Missouri's fight against opioid abuse
          P-D op-ed:  Normandy teacher Inda Schaenen responds to Fordham Institute piece on charter schools
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice uses gun locks to help fight Missouri's gun epidemic
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian says he doesn't condone violence against Republican congressmen, but understands rage against Ann Wagner and others
          P-D letter:  Area pediatrician wants Missouri legislators to expand Medicaid
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        Wednesday, June 21   First Day of Summer
       
Politico:  Fate of Obamacare repeal uncertain in Senate;  Comments from Blunt
          SNL:  Financial disclosure reports show congressional members' approach to investments;  Billy Long, son of a stockbroker, moves from buy-and-hold to more active trading philosophy X
          SNL:  Army Corps of Engineers:  No, we're not draining Table Rock Lake. That's fake news. X
          Faughn:  The fix is in for Greitens' Commission on Raising Taxes, but a few courageous souls could stand up for rural Missouri
          KODE (Joplin):  Schmitt's office working to return unclaimed property
          The Missouri Times:  House passes altered version of Senate abortion bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves abortion bill
          P-D:  Annual inspections of abortion clinics, pre-empting St. Louis City ordinance part of House proposal
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends expanded abortion bill back to Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  House returns amended abortion bill to the Senate
          KC Star:  Missouri House approves new abortion regulations
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) on House improvements to abortion legislation and potential for Senate PQ
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood, Campaign Life Missouri talk impact of Trump on their efforts
          JCNT:  68 bills still await Greitens' pen X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at what's next for REAL ID
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on possibility of toll roads, gas tax hike next session
          The Missouri Times:  Annual Boys State kicks off in Warrensburg once again
          Drebes:  Marty Oetting lands role with MU chancellor-designate
          Columbia Missourian:  After Legislature takes no action, Columbia City Council seeks to tighten rules on payday lenders
          The Missouri Times:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Louis City alderman says urban areas should fight Missouri Legislature on abortion, other issues
          P-D:  Michael Brown wrongful death lawsuit settled
          KWMU:  Parents of Michael Brown get payoff
          JCNT editorial:  Sunshine Law violations unacceptable X
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Trump breaks campaign promise, extends DACA;  Comments from local illegal alien, immigration lawyer Jim Hacking, Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  18,000 to lose coverage in Missouri's 'bare counties;'  Missouri Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid, while U.S. Senate GOP pushes for quick vote on secret bill
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area liberal opposes Greitens' pro-life push
          P-D letter:  Maplewood resident disagrees with governor on special sessions, expresses distaste for Greitens' upcoming presidential bid
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        Tuesday, June 20
       
P-D:  Anthem will sell insurance on Missouri Obamacare exchange in 2018 - at least for now
          P-D:  Like a lot of Washington, beer industry bill on hold until bigger pieces are moved;  Blunt a co-sponsor
          AP:  Height of Illinois levees concerns some in Missouri
          Drebes:  Octogenarian former U.S. Rep. Bill Burlison (D) contemplates taking his final electoral loss again Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) next year;  David Cort (R) files committee to run for Dixon's Senate seat
          Missourinet:  Schmitt aims to return almost $1 billion in unclaimed property
          KC Star:  Video:  KC Star editorial board members Steve Kraske, Colleen Nelson talk with AG Josh Hawley about sex trafficking, PDMP and opioids, abortion, potential U.S. Senate bid
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' campaign circulates petition to support governor's special session
          The Missouri Times:  Onder's abortion bill and Koenig's final product hold significant differences
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) on special session's abortion legislation
          KWMU:  Missouri House committee passes amended version of Senate abortion bill
          AP:  Missouri House members toughen proposed abortion regulations
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee toughens GOP abortion bill that passed in the Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) on differences between Senate and House legislative pace, approaches
          SNL:  Greitens to bring tech task force to Springfield X
          JCNT:  Greitens announces new innovation task force X
          The Missouri Times:  Tax commission, nearing end, holds mostly closed sessions
          Missourinet:  Argument in Missouri Supreme Court to throw out Sexually Violent Predator law
          P-D:  State troopers will begin patrolling interstates withing St. Louis City limits, freeing up city police for violent crime
          P-D:  Settlement near in civil suit over death of Michael Brown
          KC Star editorial:  The ghost of anti-abortion crusader Phill Kline is going to haunt Missouri
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Deer Association's Jacques deMoss:  Deer import ban is not about fighting disease
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says she disagrees with Greitens on abortion X
          P-D letter:  St. John woman not happy with election of Trump and Greitens, but says electoral losers should stop acting like children
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        Monday, June 19   Juneteenth
       
P-D:  St. Louis' Juneteenth gathering celebrates the end of slavery, the power of family and more
          JCNT:  Juneteenth honors black history, talent X
          Politico:  Jason Kander might be the future of the Democratic party - if only he can figure out how
          Roll Call:  Why Ann Wagner and other House members aren't rushing to announce for Senate
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D);  Panel of Rachel Herndon Dunn, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Erica Engelby, and Jeff Shawan talk abortion, legislative priorities, and special session
          KWMU:  What you need to know about Missouri's new voter ID law
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity wants special session for union-certification measure
          Columbia Missourian:  Minority- and women-owned businesses handed an increasingly-large slice of state contract pie
          P-D:  Red-light cameras in Missouri are down - but not necessarily out
          Missourinet:  Former Mamtek CEO to be paroled from a Missouri prison in 2018
          AP:  Ex-inmate alleges mistreatment at southwest Missouri jail
          KC Star editorial:  New Missouri law undercuts police efforts to stop drunk driving
          Columbia Missourian's Lucy Shanker:  Missouri Department of Conservation hosts firearms session for women:  A first-hand account
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian responds to St. Charles' woman's response to Maplewood city council's response to Trump climate announcement
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian wants legislators to stay out of St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger talks
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City septuagenarian says voter ID bill is intended to disenfranchise minorities
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        Sunday, June 18   Father's Day
       
JCNT:  Father, son advise each other in government positions:  Ron and Travis Fitzwater
          Messenger:  Of baseball, fathers and sons, and the passage of time
          Daily American Republic:  Some FEMA denial letters might be error +
          SNL:  Pachyderms celebrate 50th birthday;  Group talks recruiting younger members, the legacy of founder George Parker, defending Trump, more X
          Drebes:  Brian Bunten to run UnitedHealth's government affairs operation in Missouri, Oklahoma
          Rosenbaum:  Democrats mull whether pro-life candidates would gain political ground in rural areas
          AP:  Tensions high between Greitens and lawmakers
          P-D:  Greitens' tactics grate on some Missouri lawmakers
          SE Missourian:  Pinhook reclaimed:  State grants set to help former village residents relocate +
          P-D:  Profile:  Caleb Arthur, the young conservative behind Missouri's fastest-growing solar company
          SNL editorial:  Don't fix state budget by nixing housing credits X
          JCNT editorial:  Another backward step for Missouri Department of Corrections X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Charlie Shields reminds local leaders of top priority:  Career readiness for students X
          P-D op-ed:  Normandy Schools Collaboratives' Parents as Teachers' Christopher Chambers:  Nurturing fatherhood:  The power of fathers who play
          SNL op-ed:  Center for Competitive Politics' Luke Wachob:  Privacy for nonprofits, including Greitens', should be common sense X
          Horrigan:  On Don Ruzicka and Mike Moon
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian disagrees with Billy Long on GOP health care bill X
          Washington Missourian letter:  New Haven septuagenarian expresses anger at Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) for extravagant Jefferson City lifestyle, including "chomping away on $40 dinners" X
          SNL letter:  Ron Calzone pans second special session X
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        Saturday, June 17
       
Washington Post:  At Congressional Baseball Game, McCaskill talks about value of sincere hugs and bipartisan legislation
          P-D:  Before Scalise shooting, Ann Wagner had reported five death threats to Capitol Police
          Sedalia Democrat:  Warrensburg's Tony Monetti speaks to local Pachyderms, says he's running in GOP U.S. Senate primary
          KC Star:  Missouri doctor named head of American Medical Association
          P-D:  Small-town Missouri doctor now leads one of the nation's most influential medical organizations
          Drebes:  Arthritis Foundation seeks State Director, Advocacy and Access
          KC Star:  KC Star editorial board to hold Facebook Live Q&A with Attorney General Josh Hawley at 3 p.m. Monday
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 12
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of June 12
          Missourinet:  Some lawmakers express dissatisfaction with multiple special sessions
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger talks about value of abortion-facility inspections, says House will probably change Senate bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks REAL ID, K-12 funding, prescription drug monitoring program, tax breaks
          CDT:  Cuts lead to crunch in MU communications X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge finds DNR guilty of 'purposeful violation' of Sunshine Law
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri loses ground on regulatory credit ratings
          The Missouri Times:  PSC to review rules, wants input from public
          KC Star editorial:  All of Kansas City should celebrate Juneteenth
          KC Star editorial:  Vacancies show the absurdity of letting the state control Kansas City police
          P-D editorial:  Mike Moon's video lacks message clarity
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's foster care families are being set up for failure
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian dislikes Emanuel Cleaver's flip-flop on rhetoric and civility
          P-D letter:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury):  Women's health care aims to decrease number of abortions
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        Friday, June 16
       
P-D:  Blunt and other Republicans push back on other Trump adminstration health cuts
          AP:  Advocacy group ranks Missouri in top 10 for not providing taxpayer-funded summer meal handouts
          CDT:  Area congressional candidate says she supports legalization of most drugs;  Renee Hoagensen seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway report:  DHSS on top of cybersecurity for vital record keeping
          AP:  Audit:  Department of Health needs better security for vital records
          Drebes:  Kip Kendrick takes job with Columbia College
          CDT:  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren submits resignation letter X
          Columbia Missourian:  After 35 years, Wendy Noren resigns as Boone County clerk
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs steel mill bill from last extraordinary session
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs steel mill bill, heads to D.C. to talk jobs
          AP:  Greitens among governors meeting with Trump
          AP:  Greitens signs electric rate break for metal makers
          The Missouri Times:  Long day (and night) in Senate led to compromise on abortion bills
          KWMU:  Closed-door negotiations produce abortion bill no Missouri legislator is happy with
          Missourinet:  House to debate abortion legislation on Tuesday
          AP:  Senate passes legislation on annual abortion-clinic inspections
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers back sheltered workshops;  Facilities' future less certain
          Missourinet:  Greitens yet to sign Missouri State Penitentiary tourism bill
          CDT:  Democratic lawmakers protest rules requiring some students on live on campus X
          KC Star:  Greitens may or may not sign bill on UMKC downtown arts campus
          Columbia Missourian:  After regulators deny Ameren request, legislators and the governor accomodate it
          AP:  Missouri DNR to pay $5,000 fine;  Members of Clean Water Commission were taken on tour of hog farms without proper public notice
          KC Star:  Bigger boats, bigger wakes breed conflict on Lake of the Ozarks;  Comments from Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton), others
          P-D:  Galloway cites improvements in Wellston municipal court after investigation, consolidation
          KC Star editorial:  No one should tell Ash Grove residents how to vote, but Mike Moon's constituents should vote him out in 2018
          KC Star op-ed:  Cleaver and GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder:  We remain unified in yesterday's baseball game and today's debates
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  State budget cuts will hurt disabled residents X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman mocks Maplewood's attention-seeking on Trump and climate change
          P-D letter:  Local deacon responds to Stacey Newman letter on abortion and killing
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        Thursday, June 15
       
KSHB (Kansas City):  Delegation responds to shooting of Republicans;  Comments from McCaskill, written statements from Blunt and Cleaver communications staff
          Missourinet:  Delegation members, communications staff tweet condemnations of anti-GOP shooting
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Tone in Washington might have propelled shooting of Republican congressman
          Drebes:  FREE Missouri Scout special session edition:  Senate's pro-life contingency plans, Brian Bunten's new gig, Greitens team circles the wagons, Josh Hawley in D.C., peanut gallery speculates on Silvey's intentions, new client for Mike Talboy, more
          KC Star:  Join the KC Star editorial board via Facebook Live to talk voter ID with Jay Ashcroft today at 1:30 p.m.
          SNL:  Area voter ID opponents hold press conference, compare law to past lynching of African-Americans X
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) not happy about special-sessions gimmick, says governor not communicating well X
          KC Star:  Greitens, state party respond to complaints about campaign use of The Mission Continues donor list
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood says it hopes to provide abortions in Springfield starting this summer X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens, Planned Parenthood hold opposing rallies to bolster support for special session
          KWMU:  Activists hold dueling rallies over abortion legislation
          AP:  As lawmakers debate abortion legislation, both sides rally
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes abortion bill
          Missourinet:  Activists on both sides of abortion issue rally
          P-D:  Dueling rallies in Capitol as Senate approves abortion law changes
          KWMU:  Suggested policy changes for Missouri Department of Corrections slow to take hold
          KWMU:  Hawley looking for state court's help in going after alleged sex-trafficking website
          P-D:  St. Louis area drivers, garages hit snags amid rocky rollout of new emissions testing software
          CDT:  Choi rolls out plan to address enrollment, MU's public image X
          SE Missourian:  Racial disparity of traffic stops inches upward in Cape +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Eric Greitens' self-promotion session:  Presidential hopeful uses taxpayers as extras in his perpetual campaign ad X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri senators to Greitens - come out of the shadows
          SNL editorial:  Mike Moon's chicken video latest in bizarre history X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis liberal opposes financial-regulation policies of Trump, Luetkemeyer, Wagner
          SNL letter:  Social-justice group opposes state's electric-vehicle industry, says poor people rely on "abundant and reliable coal" X
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author, afraid to use his/her name, criticizes Greitens' religious pro-life push X
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian labor lawyer opposes Missouri's 'right to work' law
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian supports Planned Parenthood, opposes Bob Onder's legislation
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian says he is still waiting for his state tax refund and wants the Post-Dispatch to investigate
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        Wednesday, June 14   Flag Day
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Jeff Sessions faces tough questions from Blunt, others on Senate panel X
          P-D:  Amid loss of insurers, Centene to enter Missouri Obamacare market;  Comments from McCaskill
          KCUR:  As other insurers flee, Centene to enter Obamacare exchange in Missouri
          CDT:  Centene to offer Obamacare insurance plans in 2018 X
          The Hill:  Watchdog report requested by McCaskill:  Federal agencies made $132B in improper payments
          P-D:  McCaskill questions whether VA anti-fraud initiative would have caught St. Louis scheme
          Politico:  McCaskill breaks from party as Senate backs weapons sales to Saudi Arabia
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt, Smith seek historic site designation for Ste. Genevieve
          P-D:  Missouri delegation reintroduces bill that would make Ste. Genevieve a National Historic Site
          P-D:  Sinquefields meet with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
          P-D:  Maplewood, population 8,000, promotes its climate disagreement with President Donald Trump
          Missourinet:  Missouri jobless rate steady and low at 3.9%, and down from one year ago
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of senators request formal investigation of Gov. Greitens
          SNL:  Bipartisan group of legislators, including Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), pushes to investigate Gov. Greitens X
          KWMU:  Divide over Greitens, abortion apparent as 2nd special session begins
          P-D:  Bipartisan group of senators calls for probe of Greitens
          KC Star:  Recap of previous The Mission Continues fundraising-list coverage +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee passes abortion bills;  action on floor set for Wednesday
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Onder details the need for urgency regarding special session on abortion
          CDT:  Committee trims, then approves abortion regulations X
          AP:  Missouri Senate panel advances abortion regulations
          Missourinet:  Abortion bills move to Senate floor
          P-D:  Abortion measures advance in special session
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate abandons several of Greitens' abortion proposals
          SNL:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) beheads chicken to make a point about abortion X
          KCUR:  Greitens yanks police board appointees ahead of special session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) still has privacy concerns about REAL ID
          CDT:  Sobriety checkpoints are drying up X
          KWMU:  Missouri taking minimalist approach with its plan for new federal education requirements
          Missourinet:  MoDOT:  347 Missouri pedestrians died between 2013-2016
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), city of Cape Girardeau settle condemnation case +
          P-D:  Lawyer for Reginald Clemons discussing plea deal in Chain of Rocks killings
          P-D editorial:  A special session designed to advance Eric Greitens' trajectory
          P-D editorial:  More city-county governance talk. This time the Legislature wants to play.
          P-D op-ed:  Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's James Blair:  Another proposal that would destroy irreplaceable flood plain
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  By pushing pro-life proposals, what kind of a Reform Jew is Eric Greitens?
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        Tuesday, June 13
       
Roll Call:  Insurer exits in Missouri, other states bolster GOP case for Obamacare repeal
        Helling:  Emanuel Cleaver among those "ducking" town halls
        Daily American Republic:  Some opioid procedures not followed at Poplar Bluff VA center +
        The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden, Maxine Waters to receive lifetime achievement awards from St. Louis County NAACP
        Missourinet:  Unions promote anti-'right to work' petition
        Drebes:  Ron Calzone sues again, this time over tax-credit bill
        The Missouri Times:  ACLU challenging Missouri's voter ID law in court
        The Missouri Times:  Second special session begins in Senate with questions of Greitens' motives
        Missourinet:  Silvey questions Greitens' special-session call
        The Missouri Times:  Holsman files legislation for year-long session to protest governor's call
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) beheads chicken ahead of special session
        The Missouri Times:  Silvey on Greitens ' REAL ID ceremony snub:  "I'm just a part-time legislator, but he's a full-time politician, so he needs the cameras more than I do."
        Missourinet:  REAL ID bill becomes the real deal
        AP:  Missouri takes steps toward compliance with federal ID law
        P-D:  Greitens signs REAL ID law
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says Senate colleagues' antics can be "excruciating," anticipates some increased fees for agriculture next session
        The Missouri Times:  Half attendance at Greitens' tax committee hears about gross receipts taxes and low-income housing tax credits
        Missourinet:  Missouri Parole Board Member Don Ruzicka resigns amid uproar over behavior at prisoner meetings
        P-D:  Don Ruzicka resigns amid word game allegations
        AP:  Ruzicka resigns spot on Missouri Parole Board
        St. Joseph News-Press:  PLA bill won't create savings on Blacksnake project X
        P-D:  Missouri wraps up plan to fix failing schools
        KWMU:  Lawsuit claims Missouri foster kids are prescribed too many medications
        AP:  Missouri sued over psychotropic drugs for foster care kids
        P-D editorial:  Greitens should demand answers over reports of game-playing at parole hearings
        KC Star editorial:  Kansas City's police board gets new members but faces familiar challenges +
        Columbia Missourian's C.W. Dawson:  A call for better fathers;  Men - particularly black men - should stop abandoning the children they create
        P-D letter:  Wildwood septuagenarian says she is outraged by parole board's behavior during hearings
        P-D letter:  Area gals say Fordham Institute's proposed remedies for schools haven't worked
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        Monday, June 12
       
KC Star:  Cleaver calls Trump "a tiny little bully that borders on being a tiny little criminal" +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves touts KCI plan, revival of the coal industry X
          Bloomberg:  America's health care crisis is a gold mine for crowdfunding;  Comments from Physicians for a National Health Program-Missouri Chair Ed Weisbart
          Washington Missourian:  FEMA reinstating denied flood funds
          The Hill:  Qatar hires John Ashcroft for 'crisis response'
          Missourinet:  Wash U environmental law prof dislikes Trump's stance on Paris climate agreement
          SNL:  Liberal Springfield couple, distraught over Trump's election, travels U.S. and Canada in Winnebago X
          CDT:  Area LGBTQIA* activists attend march in D.C. X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bob Onder on women's health and abortion sanctuary cities;  Panel of Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Chuck Hatfield, Virvus Jones, Jack Spooner talk special session, term limits, dark money coordination, more
          Missourinet:  Legislature's special session on abortion-related issues begins today
          KWMU:  Missouri's second special session sets up another fight over St. Louis City's actions
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) looks back on rookie session, says lobbyists "aren't the devil," House action and Senate holdups, more X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Board of Education's Charlie Shields to speak at St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce breakfast X
          KWMU:  Publicity starts early for some St. Louis charter schools
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens wastes time and money with another special session +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens promised jobs and wages. He's delivering the opposite.
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Department of Revenue's tax refund problems X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Columbia mayor deserves praise for opposing President Donald Trump
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian unhappy with News-Leader coverage of McCaskill-Schumer-Tester vacation X
          KC Star letters:  Lee's Summit man wants legislators to pass PDMP;  Lee's Summit woman unhappy with Greitens' call for special session +
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        Sunday, June 11
       
Politico:  McCaskill, other Senate Democrats try to spark rural comeback in 2018
        P-D:  Ann Wagner tells conservative faith group that the modern sex trade is slavery
        Drebes:  Greitens names Patrick Baker as Missouri's Flood Recovery Coordinator
        Dunklin Democrat:  Jay Ashcroft makes Bootheel stop on voter ID informational tour
        JCNT:  Petition aims to halt 'right to work' law;  Ballot language approved by "Secretary of State John [sic] Ashcroft" X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) recaps constituent feedback from town hall forum
        CDT:  Local use tax would depend on state, federal legislation X
        P-D editorial:  Blunt, Greitens MIA when a veteran needs help
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens should sign UMKC arts campus bill, veto minimum-wage and discrimination bills
        SE Missourian editorial:  Tailor Institute dealing with challenge of losing state funds +
        SNL's Steve Pokin:  The governor who cried weasel;  Greitens guilty of the same "weaselly" behavior he once accused John Brunner of X
        Waters:  Greitens wants to "play god to his anti-choice base," and legislators should stay home during special session X
        P-D letter:  Affton resident applauds Onder's pro-life stance
        P-D letter:  St. Charles County Democrat responds to Fordham Institute piece on charter schools
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        Saturday, June 10
       
KC Star:  McCaskill tirade about GOP health plan goes viral +
          KC Star:  Missouri Hospital Association study:  GOP health bill shorts state on Medicaid;  Comments from VP Dave Dillon +
          KC Star:  Trump administration solicits public suggestions on Obamacare policies +
          Sedalia Democrat:  MRP Executive Director Austin Stukins says Missouri is "ruby red" state, takes aim at McCaskill;  Comments from Pettis County GOP's Carla Young, volunteer award winner Abe Kropp
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Club for Growth treasurer - and potential state Senate candidate - Cindy O'Laughlin
          Drebes:  Greitens donor considers bid for St. Louis County Executive - as a Democrat
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 5
          SNL:  Greitens urges pro-life action, asks Springfield crowd to pray for lawmakers X
          P-D:  Greitens rallies supporters in St. Charles in advance of special session on pro-life provisions
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's special-session call includes game-changing provision for AG's office
          KWMU:  Ashcroft responds to ACLU complaints about voter ID law
          JCNT:  Public defenders' budget in limbo X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to bring back prescription drug monitoring program bill
          KWMU:  At local meeting of health executives, panel chastises Missouri Republicans for failing to pass PDMP, not spending enough on treatment centers
          SE Missourian:  Cape County commissioners considering prescription-drug monitoring program +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri isn't the only state fighting over liquor laws
          Missourinet:  State safety efforts underway prior to August's total solar eclipse
          P-D:  August eclipse has Missouri officials planning for influx of viewers
          CDT:  Local legislators sit through kids' panel, entertain questions about lawmaking and favorite ice cream X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Democrats, Republicans visit library, take questions from kids
          KC Star:  Greitens names two to Kansas City police board +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) says drug house has "set up shop" next to his district office
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature correct to hold pesticide applicators accountable for off-label herbicide applications X
          SNL op-ed:  Center for Diversity and Reconciliation's Emily Bowen-Marler:  Sign petition limiting campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian says AG report on traffic stops can provide multiple groups -including men - an opportunity to act indignant X
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        Friday, June 9
       
SNL:  Blunt challenges Comey during hearing on Russia, Trump and more X
        P-D:  Blunt-Comey exchange a microcosm of the political-legal tangle of Russian investigation
        Missourinet:  Blunt questions former FBI director about private conversation with Trump
        Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Comey's testimony was 'riveting'
        Missourinet:  Columbia's Brian Treece joins "Climate Mayors" opposing Trump on Paris withdrawal
        The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Jacob Scott, Chief of Staff for Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles)
        SNL:  Greitens and Huckabee to appear at VFW convention before abortion rally X
        The Missouri Times:  Huckabee joins Greitens on tour for special session rallies
        The Missouri Times:  Republicans, Democrats predictably split on abortion special session
        SE Missourian:  Area reps:  Special session a 'woodshed' moment for senators, represents 'new way of doing things' +
        P-D:  Greitens tours local pregnancy center, talks special session
        KC Star:  ACLU sues Missouri to temporarily halt new voter ID law +
        P-D:  ACLU, NAACP sue over voter ID law
        SNL:  Don't kill economic incentives, Springfield tells Greitens' tax committee X
        Drebes:  Opioid manufacturers prepare to defend themselves from legislative action
        KC Star:  Anti-opioid march to take place Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium +
        P-D:  Missouri parole board played word games during hearings with inmates;  Key phrases included "hootenanny," "manatee," Hank Williams Jr. song, more
        The Missouri Times:  Captain Erik J. Anthes to be honored as Distinguished Member of the Regiment for historic 16th Infantry
        P-D editorial:  Greitens recalls legislators to burnish his anti-abortion credentials
        Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal Published Joe Warren:  Flying birds should be grounded;  Local teacher should know better than to flip off the White House X
        Messenger:  Missouri Guard loses again as feds says whistleblowers were illegally fired
        Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Greitens' call for special session on abortion not clear on all intentions
        P-D letter:  Clayton attorney Susan Block says SOS Jay Ashcroft wrong on "Safe at Home"
        P-D letter:  St. Peters woman says latest special session is part of Greitens' plan to discriminate against women
        KC Star letter:  West Coast transplant says she won't start attending Royals games due to pro-life advertisements +
        P-D letter:  Brentwood man responds to Messenger column on violence, says fathers must stop abandoning the children they create
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        Thursday, June 8
       
P-D:  Blunt:  What Comey won't talk about could be a problem in showdown hearing
          Missourinet:  McCaskill plan to provide DC insurance access gets companion legislation in U.S. House
          KC Star:  Warrensburg Middle School teacher takes trip with students, holds up middle fingers toward White House +
          Faughn:  Insult to injury:  Greitens' shots at legislators unnecessary for Bootheel bill passage;  Notes on dark money, CDT's Jim Robertson, Tony Messenger, more
          SNL:  Ashcroft holds voter ID education session in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Missouri tax refund problems cause drastic spike in Whistleblower Hotline calls
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens brings legislators back for second special session
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-choice groups ramp up efforts ahead of special session
          SNL:  Greitens' rallies in Springfield, Joplin to feature Mike Huckabee X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls special session on abortion
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  Blocking St. Louis City ordinance is about protecting pregnancy care centers
          AP:  Greitens calls special session on abortion
          KWMU:  Abortion focus of second special legislative session
          P-D:  Targeting abortion laws, Greitens calls another special session
          KC Star:  Greitens calls special session to focus on abortion +
          Drebes:  DHSS Director Randall Williams says previous administrations have failed to comply with abortion law
          KWMU:  Loss of funding for DWI checkpoints in Missouri draws mixed reviews
          The Missouri Times:  The case for and against St. Louis' re-entry;  Comments from legislators
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State's highway panel hears local updates X
          The Missouri Times:  Osage Nation's efforts for a casino already have opposition
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 7, 2017
          AP:  Galloway:  More than $100,000 missing from Viburnum
          SNL editorial:  Voter ID dramatics aside, the goal is still to get voters to the polls X
          P-D editorial:  Enjoy this year's budget cuts? Just wait until next year.
          P-D op-ed:  Fordham Institute's Brandon Wright and Michael Petrilli:  Missouri's plan to fix its failing schools falls flat
          SNL letter:  Housing developer Stacy Jurado-Miller:  Governor's tax committee should support State Low Income Housing Tax Credit program X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian responds to piece on "poverty," suggests those profiled give up their cable TV and cellphones
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        Wednesday, June 7
       
The Hill:  Missouri among five places most likely to lose Obamacare insurers
          KC Star:  There's more to BlueKC's Obamacare exit than just financial losses +
          Missourinet:  Blunt prepares to question ousted FBI director
          Missourinet:  Blunt tells Trump's education secretary that budget cuts won't fly
          JCNT:  Illegal immigrant attacks mentally-challenged woman in Jefferson City;  Salvador Hernandez-Nevarro pushed woman in an alley, fondled her, pinned her to door of business, threw her down, taunted her before police arrived X
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith encourages Missourians impacted by flooding to apply for disaster assistance
          P-D:  McCaskill amends past personal financial reports, including reports on stock of opioid manufacturer
          The Missouri Times:  What you need to know about Missouri's evolving campaign finance laws
          SNL:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talks voter ID in Springfield X
          KFVS:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits Cape Girardeau to introduce MO ABLE program
          JCNT:  Galloway to DOR:  Don't keep Missourians waiting for tax refunds X
          Drebes:  Greitens' bill-review process
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens poised to call special session on abortion
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks MU budget cuts
          SNL:  Mizzou cuts affect some lobbying contracts;  Andy Blunt's contract will remain in effect X
          The Missouri Times:  KCU opens doors to first new medical school in nearly 50 years in Joplin
          AP:  $5 million award upheld in white professor's discrimination case
          SNL:  Willard superintendent suspended for praying at graduation X
          SNL:  Springfield closer to launching prescription drug monitoring program X
          Missourinet:  Activist group Race Matters, Friends wants Columbia police chief fired after AG report
          JCNT editorial:  Disaster declaration a key step to healing X
          KC Star editorial:  Ashcroft's voter-ID education tour should include a stop in KC +
          KWMU op-ed:  Commonwealth Fund's health care fellow Bram Sable-Smith:  For rural hospitals already on the brink, GOP's proposed Medicaid cuts would hit hard
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  CDT cartoonist Darkow let go
          P-D letter:  Center for Competitive Politics' David Keating:  Complaints about "dark money" are really complaints against free speech
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman says special session was all about corporate welfare for Ameren
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        Tuesday, June 6
       
The Hill:  Senate GOP eyes July vote on health care;  Comment from Blunt
          P-D:  Blunt agrees with Trump decision to not invoke authority to keep Comey from testifying
          The Missouri Times:  Kansas City company awarded major VA contract
          KC Star:  Cerner wins big VA health records contract +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rural Missourians facing doctor shortage X
          Missourinet:  FEMA asks Missouri residents recovering from floods to register for aid
          Missourinet:  John Danforth to receive Winston Churchill Leadership Medal on Thursday
          P-D:  Former Speaker Tim Jones lands regular gig at KFTK radio
          KWMU:  Who's running Missouri now?  A brief look at Greitens' cabinet picks to date
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax committee hears case for historic preservation tax credits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ashcroft tours state to educate voters on ID law X
          CDT:  Ashcroft visits Columbia to promote voter ID education X
          Columbia Missourian:  Ashcroft's voter ID education tour makes stop in Columbia
          JCNT:  Ashcroft begins voter ID education tour X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) believes prescription drug monitoring program will return
          P-D:  Fewer than 65,000 to be affected by prescription drug benefit cut
          The Missouri Times:  Energy groups request 'timely decision' in Grain Belt case
          Columbia Missourian:  News of MU layoffs begins trickling in
          Missourinet:  Empower Missouri focuses on traffic stops
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State wisely ends checkpoint funding X
          CDT op-ed:  Law prof Robert Jerry:  Protecting speech (and protest) at MU X
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        Monday, June 5
       
Fox News:  Blunt:  Comey testimony will bring probe to conclusion
          Washington Times:  On Fox News Sunday, Blunt urges Muslim communities to confront extremism
          P-D:  Food vans help distribute taxpayer-funded meals to urban youth
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Mike Cierpiot announces bid for Kraus' seat, talks Bootheel jobs bill, more;  Panel of former Rep. Jeremy Lafaver, Sens. Jason Holsman and Ryan Silvey, and KCUR's Brian Ellison on Bootheel jobs session, dark money
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  GOP consultant Gregg Keller on Greitens and dark money, sanctuary cities status, McCaskill's re-election bid, more
           KWMU:  The St. Louis Fed weighs in on potential $10-an-hour minimum wage
           Drebes:  Incentives not a dirty word for Greitens administration
           Missourinet:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson wants Greitens to call special session to boost police officer pay
           KC Star:  KC theater community unhappy with UMKC budget cuts +
           St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Voter ID is now the law;  Politically-motivated attacks on Jay Ashcroft undermine bipartisan support for elections process X
           P-D editorial:  'Stand your ground' law is a license to kill, and will likely surface in Missouri
           Messenger:  On poverty, compassion, and taking responsibility for the children you create
           P-D op-ed:  UMSL students:  Trump's immigration stance scares local Indian tech students
           SNL letter:  Lebanon man says those seeking meeting with Billy Long should ask questions in a civilized manner X
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says she supports toll roads, increased gas tax
           KC Star letter:  Oak Grove octogenarian responds to "lunch-shaming" article, says it makes her want to cry +
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        Sunday, June 4
       
P-D:  Eyes on Centene to fill void after Obamacare insurer bails on parts of Missouri
        CDT:  Boone Hospital trustees eye legal changes, insurance limitations as they decide new lease;  A look at the impact of Obamacare, lack of Medicaid expansion X
        AP:  Mayors group criticizes Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement
        CDT:  Local anti-Trump "March for Truth" draws fewer than 60 participants X
        JCNT:  Anti-Trump march draws fewer than 25 participants X
        KWMU:  Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence group holds rally in St. Louis City
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Local Democrats hear from Nicole Galloway, Scott Sifton, state rep candidate Austin Montee X
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Office of Lieutenant Governor seeks Director of Marketing and Tourism
        JCNT:  Profile:  Secretary of State's Julie Stegeman's path from yearbook to state director of publications X
        AP:  State funding eliminated for Missouri sobriety checkpoints
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens makes risky wager on dark money donations +
        P-D editorial:  Greitens stashes his sneaky money behind the First Amendment
        SE Missourian editorial:  Electric rate bill worth the effort if jobs come +
        KC Star editorial:  Early childhood education takes backseat to corporate tax cuts in Missouri +
        JCNT editorial:  By seeking input on regulations, Chris Chinn's Department of Agriculture will set strong precedent for other agencies X
        Waters:  Consensus among close observers is that Blunt will offer a fair assessment of Trump-Russia connection X
        Helling:  While Washington fiddles, Kansas City's infrastructure crumbles +
        P-D letter:  Blunt says he's working to extend education grants
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        Saturday, June 3
       
P-D:  Trump approves request for federal aid to Missouri flood victims
        KC Star:  Downtown rally against Trump's Paris announcement draws nearly fifteen +
        Columbia Missourian:  'Fair chase' hunting group submits initiative petitions for statewide vote on captive deer operations
        P-D:  Jay Ashcroft launches educational campaign to help inform citizens about state's voter ID law
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces Rob Dixon as new director for Missouri Dept. of Economic Development
        SNL:  Former Springfield chamber official named director of state Economic Development Department X
        AP:  Report:  Missouri revenues not on pace to fully fund budget
        KWMU:  Missouri bringing in slightly less money than expected, but cuts before June 30 unlikely
        AP:  Most Missouri state tax refunds should be returned soon
        Washington Missourian:  Result of special session may be higher utility rates X
        CDT:  University of Missouri budget plan eliminates 474 jobs X
        Columbia Missourian:  Choi outlines UM System budget plans for fiscal 2018
        P-D:  Details on University of Missouri cuts:  474 jobs cut;  Mizzou takes the biggest hit
        Missourinet:  Mizzou takes biggest hit in UM budget plan that slashes 474 jobs
        KC Star:  UM System cutting $101 million from its four campuses +
        KWMU:  More than 470 jobs being eliminated from University of Missouri System
        Columbia Missourian:  Legislators to take questions at town hall for youth, by youth
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation to hold open house to mark 80th anniversary X
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State's report on traffic stops leaves more questions than answers X
        St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Social-media chatter has local illegal immigrants worried about enforcement X
        Messenger:  Sgt. Joe Schicker was Missouri's forgotten hero. Now he's the forgotten soldier.
        The Missouri Times letter:  SSM's Jessica Pabst and Mike Rosenblatt thank Romine and Libla for keeping utility rates low
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Messenger's court-overhaul column:  What kind of a man abandons the children he created?
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        Friday, June 2
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation has partisan divide on Trump's climate accord withdrawal;  Statements from delegation's communications staff
          KC Star:  Communications staff pen statements reacting to Trump's Paris announcement +
          Missourinet:  Sierra Club opposes Trump's decision on Paris agreement;  Comments from President John Hickey
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith expects federal disaster declaration +
          Missourinet:  Greitens' flood recovery team says federal relief is on the way
          KWMU:  Local school district opposes cuts to its after-school federal funding
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft fires back at voter ID opposition, launches law
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft on new voter ID law:  "If you're registered to vote, you can vote"
          AP:  Ashcroft:  IDs available for those who need them
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about first year as legislator, minimum wage, Ferguson protests, more
          The Missouri Times:  A look at what's next for the steel mill and smelter
          Columbia Missourian:  Recent special session cost the state less than $67k
          Missourinet:  Dozens of Missouri bills await the governor's action
          AP:  Missouri health chief pledges crackdown on abortion law
          The Missouri Times:  American Gaming Association touts benefits in Show-Me State as Osage seeks new casino
          P-D:  Few details emerge ahead of University of Missouri layoff announcements
          CDT:  University lays off communications, lobbying staff;  John Fougere among those whose jobs were eliminated X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System strategic communications workers laid off
          KWMU:  What charter school a parent chooses may say more about them than the school
          P-D:  Tax refund wait in Missouri may not be as bad as 2016
          AP:  New state report:  After being pulled over, minority drivers more likely to be arrested than whites
          The Missouri Times:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Dept. of Ag kicks off public comment on rules and regulations overhaul
          P-D editorial:  Keep tolls on the table in discussion about raising money for Missouri's roads
          CDT editorial:  Remembering Jim Robertson as he leaves the Tribune X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  New minimum-wage study has fodder for both sides of debate
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Republican state legislators should abandon their position on taxes, end rewards for businesses
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau sexagenarian says lawmakers' special session vote was all about corporate welfare +
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights septuagenarian wants legislators to raise gas tax for infrastructure
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man responds to letter chastising Wallingford for not being conservative enough +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City woman disagrees with Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on abortion
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says lobbyists, activists are the ones trying to replace districts' abstinence-based programs
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman applauds Ed Martin's op-ed on West Lake Landfill and the role of the federal government
          Disclosure



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        Thursday, June 1
       
June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Donald Trump's victory causes mental-health hardships for local illegal aliens
          KC Star:  Local disability groups complain about GOP health bill;  Comments from McCaskill's Sarah Feldman, area woman with sad story, etc. +
          The Missouri Times:  Renew Missouri's PJ Wilson stepping down, James Owen taking over
          The Missouri Times:  Rocky Miller seeking seat on Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
          AP:  Survey shows slight decline in Midwest economic conditions
          KWMU:  Missouri's term limits blamed for short-circuiting legislative relationships
          Drebes:  Ron Richard says hypothetical St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger must include oversight to keep urban bureaucrats from frittering cash away "on a bunch of umbrellas and stuff"
          P-D:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), Rep. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) want to pin down Greitens on Obamacare repeal
          SE Missourian:  Funding ax for Tailor Institute for autism services was 'oversight' +
          KWMU:  Liberal groups unhappy as voter ID provisions become law of the land;  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) says law especially hard on transgenders
          P-D:  Local liberals congregate downtown to complain about voter ID law, compare it to 'Jim Crow'
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) to host voter ID seminar in Jackson on June 7 +
          Missourinet:  Retiring Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) shares thoughts on state health care regulations, Medicaid expansion
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to speak at First Friday Coffee +
          CDT:  New petition filed in campus concealed weapons case X
          P-D:  University of Missouri System begins layoffs at headquarters
          Missourinet:  Chesterfield student Alice Liu advances to National Spelling Bee finals;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          P-D:  Chesterfield speller Alice Liu, 10, makes finals of Scripps National Spelling Bee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sylvia Nguyen makes mark at National Spelling Bee;  Minority female takes temporary setback in stride, maintains positive outlook X
          CDT:  Kael Miranda makes it to third round of National Spelling Bee;  Minority student chooses to not blame others for outcome, says loss motivates him to do better next time X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  May 31, 2017
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit of Wellston underscores city's legacy of incompetence
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voter ID law could sow confusion;  Concept of "identification" too much for some Missourians to handle +
          P-D op-ed:  National Down Syndrome Society's Sara Weir and State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  MO ABLE opens windows of opportunity for Missouri families
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Jon Carpenter (D-Kansas City):  Greitens should veto minimum-wage bill
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Missouri DHSS statement on abortion clinics is meandering
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor resident responds to Messenger column on municipal-court overhaul, says not all North St. Louis County towns have Section 8 infestations
          Disclosure