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        Wednesday, June 20
       
KC Star:  McCaskill open to GOP plans to end family separation, but says Trump could fix now X
          SNL:  Area liberals to protest outside Blunt, Long offices today X
          KC Star:  McCaskill's husband invested $1 million in hedge fund set up in Caymans X
          The Missouri Times:  Voter fraud takes spotlight in U.S. Senate committee;  Jay Ashcroft to testify
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Shane Schoeller to testify on Capitol Hill today about election infrastructure
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats seek to block Kehoe's appointment, file suit calling for special election
          KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party sues over lieutenant governor appointment
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party seeks to block appointment of Kehoe
          AP:  Missouri Democrats sue over lieutenant governor appointment
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats file suit challenging appointment of lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard supports Parson's move to fill lt. gov position
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of fuel tax hope voters are more open to idea
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Courtney Curtis' bid to run for state Senate;  Missouri Democratic Party barred Democratic state rep from the race X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) resigns from Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shawn Rhoads resigns
          AP:  Missouri lawmaker who helped investigate Greitens resigns
          The Missouri Times:  Pedroli claims text proves Confide was used to conduct state business
          KWMU:  Lawsuit over use of Confide app moves forward, with limitations
          AP:  Judge sets limits on evidence in Greitens Confide case
          KWMU:  Obamacare advocates unhappy over states' lack of Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  St. Louis County Council calls for federal, state investigations into Northwest Plaza deal X
          Riverfront Times:  Post-Dispatch layoffs claim 5 more in newsroom;  Mike Faulk, health care advocate/reporter Samantha Liss, Bryce Gray among those let go
          P-D editorial:  In the leadership test on migrants, Blunt passes - and Hawley fails badly X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson wants to spend a day in Kansas City. Here's a suggested itinerary. X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's tax cuts to blame for shortage of prison guards X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Vote "No" on 'right to work'
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  The collateral damage of Mizzou's past failures +
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        Tuesday, June 19   Juneteenth
       
SNL:  Elected officials, candidates weigh in on migrant melodrama;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Long, Hawley, Austin Petersen X
          P-D:  Blunt weighs in on border hysteria X
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt share thoughts on border dramatics
          AP:  Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor
          The Missouri Times:  Parson names Mike Kehoe as next lieutenant governor
          SNL:  Missouri has a new lieutenant governor;  Parson picks Kehoe to fill No. 2 role X
          JCNT:  Kehoe named lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Kehoe appointed as Missouri's second in command
          Missourinet:  Kehoe:  "Public service is a privilege no one should take lightly"
          KWMU:  Parson appointes Kehoe as lieutenant governor
          P-D:  Parson picks Kehoe as lieutenant governor X
          AP:  Kehoe appointed Missouri lieutenant governor
          KC Star:  Parson picks his replacement as lieutenant governor, reopening a legal debate X
          AP:  Parson stands by contract for COO's former employer
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson profile:  From Wheatland to the Capitol:  How small-town values are shaping the new governor's role
          P-D:  Even a steak chalupa - a bit player in Greitens' Lyft stunt last year - drew scrutiny from Hawley X
          Missourinet:  Republican state senators lining up to fill leadership position in GOP dominated chamber
          P-D:  Long wait for adoptees seeking birth records in Missouri X
          JCNT:  State updating method to measure schools' success X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Enterprise announces new board chairman, new members
          KWMU:  Federal report:  exposure to radioactive contaminants can increase risk of certain cancers
          P-D:  Report:  Coldwater Creek contamination may raise the risk of cancer in North St. Louis County X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm +
          KC Star:  California-based Juul Labs names Jay Nixon to advisory panel on underage vaping X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt stands up to Trump:  Stop separating migrant families X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson makes a strong pick for lieutenant governor, and Legislature must clarify law X
          KC Star editorial:  How to fix Missouri's transportation dilemma:  Raise gas tax, then raise other taxes too X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Neal Boyd blessed us all with his God-given talent +
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Term Limits' Nicholas Tomboulides:  Don't ditch term limits under the guise of "ethics reform" X
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        Monday, June 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt praises federal tax cut, hears concerns about labor shortage during Jefferson City roundtable
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley ramp up their sparring over health care
          P-D:  Gun-control promotional tour makes stop in St. Louis City X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bill Eigel talks tax cuts, differences between Mike Parson and Eric Greitens, state Senate races, more;  Panel of Mike Hafner, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, state rep candidate Joe Patterson (R), NAACP's John Gaskin talk Parson, McCaskill vs. Hawley, Democrat Courtney Curtis' support of 'right to work,' more
          SNL:  For Missouri prisoners working with broken dogs, healing goes both ways X
          KC Star editorial:  Politicians should stop using social media platforms' 'block' feature X
          Messenger:  Missouri COO Drew Erdmann's former company wins Medicaid bid despite being 3 times higher than others X
          KC Star:  Missouri Influencer series:  Surveying opinions on transportation X
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        Sunday, June 17   Father's Day
       
P-D:  Blunt, Wagner share thoughts on Trump and Greitens X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  GOP state Senate candidates tackle a plethora of topics;  Craig Redmon, Lindell Shumake, Nate Walker seek to fill Munzlinger's seat
          JCNT:  Three seek Democratic nomination for 6th District Senate seat X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Spire seeks government affairs specialist
          CDT:  Some see move toward more charter schools in online course bill X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Agriculture's Garrett Hawkins gives update on dicamba, 2,4-D monitoring
          P-D editorial:  Former Gov. Eric Greitens should pay his own legal fees X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Peter Kinder:  Saving tax dollars;  Hopefully more with my resignation +
          KC Star op-ed:  Joe Bednar and Lowell Pearson:  We're of different parties, but agree that Parson has the power to name his lieutenant X
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian supports 'right to work,' says unions care only about keeping themselves in power X
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        Saturday, June 16
       
The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Hawley battle over health care coverage
          NPR:  McCaskill, other red-state Democrats hope health care is an election-year lifeline
          Missourinet:  Hawley says Trump's progress on North Korea talks has been "monumental"
          The Missouri Times:  Jane Dueker's ethics complaint against Josh Hawley dismissed
          AP:  Missouri Ethics Commission tosses complaint against Josh Hawley
          KC Star:  Ethics commission dismisses Dems' complaint against Josh Hawley X
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of taxpayer dollars +
          JCNT:  GOP state auditor candidates pitch campaigns X
          Drebes:  Aaron Griesheimer, son of John Griesheimer, to run for Alferman's vacated House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson honored with Legacy Award by St. Louis Regional Chamber
          Washington Missourian:  Former Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says Parson's experience in law enforcement will benefit governor X
          AP:  Galloway backs Steelman's decision to not pay Greitens' lawyers
          SNL:  Impeachment lawyer says Greitens shouldn't pay $153k bill X
          KWMU:  Greitens attorneys say state should pay their bills
          Missourinet:  Another savage attack on St. Louis' MetroLink;  Missouri House committee has been investigating safety issues
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sarah Steelman correct to deny payment for Greitens' lawyers X
          CDT editorial:  University of Missouri must stand alone, not expect more funding from Legislature next year X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  The publisher, the governor:  Bolivar Herald-Free Press' Dave Berry paints a clear picture of Gov. Mike Parson's humility X
          P-D letter:  "Road to Zero Coalition" CEO wants Missouri lawmakers to pass motorcycle helmet law X
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        Friday, June 15
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Republicans criticize McCaskill for use of plane
          KWMU:  Hawley touts Trump support, says he is still investigating Greitens
          P-D:  Anti-Trump immigration protest snarls downtown traffic, interferes with working people trying to do their jobs X
          Drebes:  Teamsters pump $1 million into "We Are Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  "We Are Missouri" launches first video ad against Proposition A
          JCNT:  GOP candidates introduce themselves at party event X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lauren Arthur talks to Mannies and Marshall Griffin about state Senate victory, union issues, more
          P-D:  Missouri and Illinois legislators compete in first bi-state softball game at Busch Stadium X
          AP:  OA chief Sarah Steelman denies legal bills for lawyers of ex-Gov. Greitens
          Missourinet:  State won't pay lawyers Greitens hired for impeachment defense
          P-D:  Missouri shoots down bills from Greitens' taxpayer-paid impeachment attorneys X
          P-D:  Greitens era brought big changes to Missouri DNR - a place where legacy could linger X
          JCNT:  DNR:  Mokane water situation worst in 30 counties X
          SNL:  Why Peter Herschend wanted back on state school board X
          SNL:  Greitens appointee subpoenaed in Confide case;  Eddy Justice says he never used texting app to communicate with Greitens or governor's staff X
          The Missouri Times:  State Board of Education meets for first time since 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education's fresh start brings drastically different mood
          KWMU:  Missouri State Board of Education gets back to work
          AP:  Education board takes first action since being revived
          SE Missourian:  SEMO University seeks $13.6 million in state funding to renovate Art Building +
          Missourinet:  Rehder hopes to meet with Parson to discuss Missouri's opioid epidemic
          KC Star:  Missouri will ask for another REAL ID extension X
          The Missouri Times:  In reversal, Missouri's high court rules administrative remedies must be exhausted
          AP:  Missouri officials offer tour of Missouri State Penitentiary
          KC Star:  Hawley's office investigating Frank White's personal financial dealings X
          Kraske:  Here's how Parson pleasantly surprised a tough crowd in Kansas City X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Parson event includes media;  Reporters should be included in all "listening post" sessions X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman takes issues with reporter Bryan Lowry's anti-conservative bias X
          JCNT letter:  Woman running as Democrat for state Senate disagrees with Kehoe on state merit system X
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        Thursday, June 14   Flag Day
       
KWMU:  Trump, McCaskill tangle over her campaign use of private plane
          SNL:  'So phony':  Trump slams McCaskill for flying on plane as part of RV tour X
          AP:  Trump slams McCaskill for plane use during RV road trip
          P-D:  Trump weighs in on McCaskill's "RV" plane trip X
          KC Star:  Liberal D.C. group files suit against Missouri's voter ID law;  Legal team includes Marc Elias, general council for Hillary Clinton X
          SE Missourian:  State auditor candidate Kevin Roach makes stop in Cape +
          SE Missourian:  Parson touts need for workforce development, better roads and rural, broadband service +
          Clayton Times:  Parson wraps up statewide listening tour with stop in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Upgrading roads and bridges to be among Parson's top priorities
          Missourinet:  Parson on transportation infrastructure:  'We cannot keep kicking that can down the road'
          P-D:  Parson talks transportation tax, education, use of state plane
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          SNL:  Parson answers questions about LGBTQIA* issues, religious liberty X
          CDT:  Parson backs higher education funding needs in Columbia visit X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU hosts Gov. Parson on his listening tour of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson looks to fill remaining Missouri Board of Education spots in 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) looks to chair the House Republican Caucus
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) joins race for assistant floor majority leader
          KWMU:  Missouri sues McKee over state tax credits
          P-D:  Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration accused of tax credit fraud in lawsuit by Missouri attorney general X
          Missourinet:  Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood being stripped before Parson signs new law
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 13, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-Obamacare group pushes for Medicaid expansion, cites study on rural hospital closures
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley wants claims of civil rights violations against state in DeBrodie lawsuit dismissed
          P-D editorial:  Parson's education board appointments reflect a welcome new approach X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Missouri's elected officials should stop using "block" tool offered by social media platforms X
          KC Star letter:  Overland Park septuagenarian wishes Kansas congressional delegation was as gracious and humble as Mike Parson X
          P-D letter:  Aligned VP Linda Rallo responds to P-D editorial that blamed legislators for workforce gaps X
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        Wednesday, June 13
       
P-D:  McCaskill disputes claim that her RV tour of Missouri last month was more of a fly-over X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley vows to fight 'anti-ag agenda' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Hawley vows to fight 'anti-ag agenda' X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes urges state to withhold payment for Greitens' two impeachment attorneys
          KWMU:  Barnes to Steelman:  Don't pay Greitens' attorneys
          Missourinet:  Criticism of Greitens' use of private lawyers in governor's office continues to mount
          AP:  Barnes:  State shouldn't pay Greitens' bills
          KC Star:  Barnes:  Greitens illegally hired impeachment lawyers, should pay them himself X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis attorney alleging A New Missouri in violation of state's nonprofit laws
          SNL:  Building roads, opening doors are top priorities, Parson says in Springfield stop X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Parson to reconsider bill to fund UMKC arts campus, restore funding to "Missouri Department [sic] Tourism [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson establishes Board of Education quorum with two appointments
          Missourinet:  Parson makes Missouri Board of Education functional again;  commissioner search can move forward
          KWMU:  Missouri state school board finally has enough members to meet again
          AP:  Parson revives education board with appointments
          SNL:  Parson reappoints Branson's Peter Herschend to state school board X
          The Missouri Times:  Pardon does not allow convicted felons to run for elected office, court rules
          The Missouri Times:  Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State
          KWMU:  Missouri's restriction on medication abortions can continue, judge rules
          Missourinet:  Judge's decision blocks Planned Parenthood from expanding abortions in Springfield and Columbia
          Missourinet:  New possible case of tick-borne virus renews Fitzpatrick's call for more details
          P-D:  St. Louis County ethics committee wants Hawley to investigate Northwest Plaza deal X
          The Missouri Times:  90 percent of Missouri buses approved by Highway Patrol inspection personnel
          SE Missourian:  Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry Counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD +
          P-D:  Glendale bus stop decorated by girl with Down Syndrome is vandalized;  Caucasoid millennial females caught after spray-painting "Police Lives Murder" message X
          P-D editorial:  Parson, the anti-Greitens, hits all the right notes X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is giving Missouri a desperately needed fresh start X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Making critical investments in our military X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. gender studies professor Andrea Friedman:  On Bill Clinton, Eric Greitens and definitions of consent X
          KC Star's Jenee Osterheldt:  On decision to leave Kansas City and move to Boston;  Negative Midwest memories include reader feedback on columns, a supposed driving-while-black incident, other harrowing injustices X
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        Tuesday, June 12
       
KWMU:  Parson promises new direction in tone but not policy
          SNL:  Mike Parson says he's ready to help Missouri move on from Eric Greitens X
          CDT:  Parson strikes healing tone X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for unity and a fresh start in first address
          Missourinet:  Audio and transcript of Parson's address to joint session of Missouri Legislature
          Missourinet:  Parson:  'The welfare of the people will be my guiding principle and sole consideration'
          JCNT:  Parson urges a 'fresh start' in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson calls for unity and a 'fresh start'
          AP:  Parson:  'Time for a fresh start' in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri's new governor offers 'fresh start' in first address X
          KC Star:  'Our wounds will heal,' Gov. Parson tells lawmakers gathered in joint session X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers pleased with Parson speech X
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation, minus Clay, meets with Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Grassroots:  The story of Parson and his longtime campaign treasurer
          Columbia Missourian:  Woman seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler draws fifteen (15) to campaign office grand opening
          SNL:  Woman challenging Mike Moon in GOP primary praises Barack Obama's "intelligence and passion," says priorities include "affordable housing and living wage jobs" X
          SE Missourian:  Former GOP state rep candidate Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Chiropractors seek lobbyist
          CDT:  Greitens panel done with special session X
          Missourinet:  Galloway still investigating Greitens' use of private lawyers
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Dixon call for Legislature to push forward with ethics and corruption-fighting legislation
          Warren County Record:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) makes his case for sports betting in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Evergy, the product of Great Plains and Westar's merger
          SNL:  Big black bear found dead in Current River;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation suspects drowning X
          KC Star:  Fast-food workers complain about wages, make scenes in Kansas City and Jefferson City X
          Priddy:  Selecting a new lieutenant governor:  Lessons from 1825 and other reflections (1,594 words)
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Kudos to Hawley, lawmakers for doing the right thing on Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Victims of sexual assault need legal protections, not humiliation X
          KC Star letters:  On 'right to work' and Eric Greitens X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says merit system changes are part of GOP conspiracy to sabotage government X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area coed claims Missourians disagree with GOP pro-life policies
          Disclosure


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        Monday, June 11
       
Messenger:  The birth of a Twitter troll is disturbing side effect of Greitens saga;  In Missouri politics, cowards hide behind pseudonyms and lack courage to put their names on what they write X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  With Trump stirring the pot, the 2018 election is returning to 2016 themes X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kit Bond on Mike Parson, Josh Hawley, transportation taxes, and the St. Louis Cardinals;  Panel of Reps. Tracy McCreery and Nate Walker, Strategic Capitol Consulting's Tommy Robbins, UFCW's Dave Cook talk Parson, SD 17 special election, more
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might drop investigation of Greitens now that he's resigned X
          AP:  Man convicted in 1997 murder received pardon from Greitens
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Legislature moves on taxes, ag issues;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers' Samantha Davis, Missouri Soybean Association's Casey Wasser
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT seeking comment on roads program X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to stop selling federal duck stamps in offices across the state
          P-D editorial:  Getting a fuel tax increase on the ballot was the easy part X
          P-D letter:  Belton woman says virtual learning is right for some Missouri families X
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        Sunday, June 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill sings her praises in St. Joseph:  "I'm the hardest-working Democrat in the party" X
          CNN's Rebecca Berg:  Democrats using Eric Greitens to hit McCaskill's challenger in Missouri
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri farming groups concerned about status of federal farm bill;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Todd Hays, Missouri Corn's Gary Marshall, Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, congressional delegation X
          Washington Missourian:  Filing now open for Alferman's state rep seat
          KC Star:  Missouri may be 'on the hook' for $150k for Greitens' private impeachment attorneys X
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe shares insight on Greitens' decision to resign X
          Washington Missourian:  Bourbon virus now listed as emerging illness in Missouri X
          CDT editorial:  Dropping of Greitens charges will reverberate X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri leaders must not let the dark-money investigation die X
          P-D editorial:  Voters should select a new lieutenant governor X
          McClellan:  Meandering thoughts on Greitens with bonus old-timey newspaperman anecdotes X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian compares McCaskill to Marie Antoinette, urges voters to tell senator to "go fly a kite" X
          SNL letter:  Stockton octogenarian opposes 'right to work' X
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        Saturday, June 9
       
KC Star:  McCaskill on Trump:  'Constitution was written to make sure no one was above the law' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Northwest Democrat Days attendees to hear McCaskill re-election pitch, Jason Kander presidential stump speech today X
          Washington Missourian:  EPA seeking priority list designation for former plant X
          Drebes:  Becky Dunn joining Dept. of Higher Ed
          SE Missourian:  Chris Limbaugh stepping down as prosecutor to take job with Gov. Parson +
          Missourinet:  Consensus could be building around Mike Kehoe to fill vacant lt. gov seat
          KC Star:  Parson to meet with KC leaders during nine-city listening tour X
          The Missouri Times:  Special prosecutor declines to file further charges against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D) won't pursue Greitens on felony charge
          KCUR:  Greitens won't face charges for behavior during 2015 affair
          AP:  Prosecutor won't refile case stemming from Greitens' affair
          KC Star:  Baker declines to charge Greitens despite 'probable cause' for sexual assault X
          P-D:  No further charges against Greitens, prosecutor says X
          P-D:  St. Louis judge threatens to hold Al Watkins in contempt over gag order X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 6, 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Update on Ameren's Mark Twain Transmission Project
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens won't face criminal charges. Missouri knows the truth. X
          KC Star editorial:  Baker declined to charge Greitens, but she did right by the victim X
          CDT editorial:  A win and a loss in the Greitens saga X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri a lousy place to live if you're poor. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) unveiled X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Pulling out of Iran was right thing to do X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Parson has opportunity to move Missouri forward +
          Messenger:  Despite what GOP legislators say, Missouri's education funding is unfair X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests that instead of caterwauling about 'profiling,' scofflaws start following traffic rules X
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        Friday, June 8
       
Washington Post:  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao pushes to free air traffic control from "government shackles;"  Blunt says pilot training issue is holding up aviation bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill appears on MSNBC, talks Giuliani, trade, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Jay Ashcroft to join Missouri dairy farmers for field day, June Dairy Month celebration today
          Drebes:  Greitens' campaign committee might - potentially - have suffered high burn rate due to billables from Jeff Roe and Austin Chambers
          The Missouri Times:  NAACP, others claim 'right to work' will disproportionately harm black workers
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democrats hoping Tuesday's special election has lasting impact
          JCNT:  Justin Alferman's new job causing changes to ballots X
          Missourinet:  Roger Wilson says having a second-in-command soon is important
          JCNT:  Confide hearing scheduled for June 19 X
          CDT:  Committee members surprised by dropped Greitens subpoena X
          JCNT:  Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) speaks to Jeff City Chamber, recaps 2018 legislative highlights X
          The Missouri Times:  State roughly $4.2 billion under Hancock Amendment limit in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  MOSERS gets new executive director, Fitzpatrick joins board
          P-D:  Parson to announce school board picks next week X
          CDT:  University of Missouri to cut $45.4 million and eliminate 185 jobs on Columbia campus X
          KC Star:  MU eliminates 185 jobs, blames state legislators and enrollment drop X
          Missourinet:  For the third year in a row, Mizzou to slash its budget and jobs
          P-D:  Mizzou makes $45 million in cuts, including 185 jobs X
          SNL:  Pro-choice groups want Planned Parenthood to get more money;  Comments from seasoned feminist M'Evie Mead, Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee X
          SNL:  Missouri approves law to combat Anthem's controversial ER policy X
          KWMU:  Missouri's new coal pollution regulations designed to hold utilities accountable
          The Missouri Times:  New state law cuts and caps electric rates;  Ameren Missouri says customers should see benefits quickly
          KWMU:  Rape-kit rules intended to eliminate confusion, backlog for survivors
          KC Star editorial:  A pardon for Eric Greitens?  Gov. Parson, don't even think about it. X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Freight rail connections give Missouri an edge in global marketplace X
          Waters:  Missouri's racial-profiling histrionics:  Traffic-stop data doesn't prove a point one way or another X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian applauds Messenger column on dark money, says solution is to elect Democrats X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian castigates GOP legislators for "ambushing" Greitens X
          P-D letter:  Microsoft govt. affairs lead applauds Romine, Swan, Libla, Fitzwater, Bahr, Christofanelli, Rizzo, Wasson for STEM efforts X
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        Thursday, June 7
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill co-sponsors bipartisan legislation for disabling terrorist drones in flight
          KWMU:  Parson continues meetings with local and state officials
          The Missouri Times:  Parson to host meet-and-greet on June 11
          The Missouri Times:  Robert Knodell accepts role as Parson's deputy chief of staff, pens letter to HRCC members
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House drops lawsuit against pro-Greitens groups
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee probing Greitens drops subpoenas, for now
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri vs. Illinois:  Legislators face off in first-ever softball matchup
          Washington Missourian:  Bills from local legislators signed, become law
          SNL:  Eric Greitens agreed prosecutors had enough evidence to build a case, settlement says X
          KWMU:  In deal to resign, Greitens admitted state had evidence in donor-list case
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney releases previously sealed portions of agreement with Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens acknowledged there was enough evidence for trial;  defense says admission 'means nothing' X
          The Missouri Times:  Pedroli argues Greitens leaving office doesn't absolve him of alleged crime
          SNL:  Missouri Southern State University faces $1.1M state penalty for 15 percent tuition hike next year X
          Missourinet:  Ameren's efficiency plan backed by clean-energy supporters
          AP:  Missourians granted pardons include abuse victims
          Missourinet:  Convicted murderer's fate on hold after change of Missouri governors;  Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with butcher knife
          SE Missourian:  Report shows racial disparity of traffic stops in area, state;  Officers say they stop cars for violations, not race +
          KC Star editorial:  Help Wanted:  Missouri needs a new lieutenant governor X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's shift on lobbyist gifts is a step toward cleaning up the Capitol X
          SNL op-ed:  Aaron Hedlund:  Greitens did not illegally request foreign donations X
          Washington Missourian's Joe Barker:  Greitens leaves X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  The Greitens soap opera continues
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  MSU Board of Governors to consider removing Greitens from Public Affairs Hall of Fame X
          P-D op-ed:  Stephen Davis:  Office may be called 'light gov,' but it's still needed X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  A Democrat won a Trump district by 19 points. Missouri Republicans should panic. X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Easier tests cost Normandy students the right to transfer X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian surprised to find himself agreeing with Tony Messenger on dark money X
          SNL letter:  Area millennial says 'right to work' will make life tough on him X
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        Wednesday, June 6   D-Day
       
KWMU:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race kicks back into high gear
          Bloomberg TV:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt explans how Missouri tackled its underfunded pension system
          The Missouri Times:  SD17 special election:  Lauren Arthur (D) wins bellwether seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment seeks communications director
          The Missouri Times:  Parson announces Aaron Willard as new chief of staff
          The Missouri Times:  Parson meets with mayors, announces new staff members:  Marylyn Luetkemeyer, Robert Knodell, Justin Alferman, Steele Shippy, Kelli Jones
          Missourinet:  Parson filling key positions;  Robert Knodell to be deputy chief of staff
          KWMU:  Parson meets with mayors, continues hiring staff
          Missourinet:  Parson indicates he'll get behind proposed gas tax increase in Missouri
          P-D:  Parson signals support for gas tax boost, names new staffers X
          CDT:  State education board sets meeting pending appointments X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley:  Undisputed Stipulation constitutes an open record under the Sunshine Law
          Missourinet:  Sealed conditions in agreement to drop charges against Greitens can be disclosed
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis County attorneys remain persistent in Confide lawsuit against former Gov. Eric Greitens
          JCNT:  Lawyer in Confide case seeks sanctions against state X
          The Missouri Times:  After years of legislative work, farmers can once again cultivate industrial hemp
          SNL:  Dead Missourians don't eat, but someone is spending their food stamps, auditor says X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway audit finds inadequate prevention, detection of SNAP abuse
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Missouri wasting milions on incarcerated, out-of-state recipients
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  DSS fails to detect millions in questionable food stamp transactions
          AP:  Galloway criticizes food stamp fraud investigations
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Legislature passes bill from "Rep. John Weimann [sic]" to let Medicare cover chiropractic care
          KWMU:  Changing needs, strategies in foster care as number of children in Missouri's system increases
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri proposes bold long-term energy efficiency plan
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri proposes a six-year program to cut customers' energy costs
          Missourinet:  Transcript:  Bob Priddy's induction speech at Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame
          AP:  Death row inquiry on hold after Greitens resignation
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley plays politics with Trump pardon question X
          JCNT editorial:  End of Greitens administration shouldn't be end of Greitens investigations X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's views on LGBTQIA* issues are a cause for concern X
          KC Star editorial:  'Driving while black' in Missouri is becoming more perilous, traffic stop report shows X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Missouri takes a breather as Greitens moves on;  Analysis of johncombest.com headlines shows waves of media reaction +
          Waters:  Who knew what was to come of Eric Greitens? X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Arthur's victory provides hope that GOP grasp on Jefferson City has weakened X
          Messenger:  After 18 years, no progress in Missouri for those "driving while black" X
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        Tuesday, June 5
       
KCUR:  Partial transcript of Steve Kraske's interview with Claire McCaskill
          KCUR:  Partial transcript of Steve Kraske's interview with Josh Hawley
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer evaluates possibility of Trump meeting with North Korean leader
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says he intends to work with current Cabinet members, is considering options for lieutenant governor
          KWMU:  Parson may call special session;  not looking to dump Greitens' cabinet
          Missourinet:  Parson talks cabinet, will meet with KC Mayor Sly James today
          AP:  Parson praises Greitens' cabinet
          P-D:  Parson says he'll keep top agency heads hired by Greitens X
          Washington Missourian:  Justin Alferman will serve in Parson administration X
          The Missouri Times:  Alferman leaving House to join Parson's team as legislative director
          Missourinet:  Parson:  I don't like the state of Missouri being without a lieutenant governor
          Missourinet:  Does Missouri need a lieutenant governor ASAP?  Opinions vary.
          KRCG:  Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has high hopes for Mike Parson
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Conservatives Jim Lembke and Rob Schaaf, along with liberal Sean Nicholson, talk to Rosenbaum about "Clean Missouri" initiative
          The Missouri Times:  Marc Ellinger, Stephanie Bell branch out into their own practice
          KC Star:  "The Influencer Series" to offer political and policy thoughts ahead of elections;  Panel to feature ideas from Scott Charton, Bob Holden, John Hancock, James Harris, Gregg Keller, Dan Mehan, Roy Temple, Jane Dueker, John Danforth's ghostwriters, others X
          AP:  Missouri revenue up 2.1 percent compared to last year
          The Missouri Times:  Sanctions sought in Confide lawsuit for 'unaffirmed answers' by Greitens' defense
          Missourinet:  Hearing set for Greitens' attorney to argue against turning over documents from A New Missouri
          P-D:  Should Greitens resignation agreement with St. Louis City prosecutor be released in full? Hawley asked to decide
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood seeks to block Arkansas abortion law that could affect Missouri
          Missourinet:  Galloway to announce results of probe into Missouri's delivery of food stamps
          KWMU:  Urban groups unhappy with Vehicle Stops Report;  St. Louis City police reported finding contraband more often when searching black drivers
          Missourinet:  NAACP, others complain about traffic stops
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is gone, but investigation into A New Missouri should continue X
          Washington Examiner's Emily Jashinsky:  Claire McCaskill struggles to explain why she wants a third term
          Priddy:  For posterity's sake, the investigation into Greitens must continue
          P-D letter:  Kirksville woman resents smugness of those celebrating Greitens' downfall X
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        Monday, June 4
       
The New York Times:  Senate Republicans are newly hopeful about the midterms - for good reason;  Greitens' resignation deprives Dems of divisive tool
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Farm Bureau VP Todd Hays talks NAFTA, MO DNR and Dept. of Ag regulations, more
          Missourinet:  Parson continues outreach this week;  Cabinet meeting set for today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins, Remole praise Parson
          Washington Missourian:  Lawmakers look forward to working with Parson, say Greitens' resignation was necessary X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron):  Despite "spin" from dramatic types, Greitens no factor in revenge-porn bill X
          Drebes:  Text of Morning Consult op-ed about SCR 43 and utilities' hedging
          KC Star editorial:  With Greitens gone, UMKC's plan for a downtown arts campus could be revived X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri educators must proceed cautiously with virtual learning X
          P-D letter:  Manchester conservative Richard Buckley displeased by Greitens and Gardner over resignation deal X
          SNL letter:  Local IBEW rep opposes 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, June 3
       
KCUR:  U.S. Senate showdown:  Steve Kraske talks with Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Gun-control march ambles through St. Louis City
          P-D:  Gun-control advocates congregate in North St. Louis City X
          Drebes:  What will become of Greitens' war chest?
          P-D:  Greitens' resignation will leave his dark-money mysteries forever unsolved X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Gov. Mike Parson X
          JCNT:  Legal experts disagree if new governor can appoint his successor as lieutenant governor X
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens' resignation result of plea deal;  Computer tampering charges dropped X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill vs. Hawley:  List of issues the candidates should be talking about X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Good luck to Gov. Mike Parson X
          P-D editorial:  Dark money giveth Eric Greitens, and taketh away X
          Horrigan:  Imagining how Eric Greitens learned his 'Republican' values X
          KC Star's Andy Marson:  GOP legislators wrong to oppose Dem proposal to study state's maternal mortality rate X
          P-D letter:  Self-described "ultra-liberal" wishes Parson success X
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian celebrates Greitens' departure, wants Trump gone too X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian dislikes Greitens and Trump, wants voters to pass 'Clean Missouri' initiative X
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian says Greitens and family deserve privacy that has been given to accusers X
          SNL letter:  Springfield octogenarian says media deserves blame for forcing Greitens out, suggests paper rename itself to "Springfield Liberal Democrat" X
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        Saturday, June 2
       
The Missouri Times:  Veterans, guns and abortion framing Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 13:  Season finale
          CDT:  Parson pledges 'honor, integrity, transparency' in governor's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Farmer, sheriff, lawmaker, and now, governor:  Parson takes the reins
          KWMU:  Parson becomes governor with high expectations - and heavy challenges
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Parson's speech
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Q&A with Mike and Teresa Parson
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson pledges "to bring honor, integrity, transparency"
          P-D:  Parson pledges fresh start as he is sworn in as Missouri's new governor X
          KC Star:  Mike Parson takes oath as state's governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens issues pardons and commuted sentences hours before stepping down
          KWMU:  Greitens busy signing bills, issuing pardons in final hours of his tenure
          P-D:  Greitens pardons 5, commutes sentences of 4 more X
          Missourinet:  On last day, Greitens signs more than half the bills passed by the Legislature
          P-D:  List of bills Greitens signed X
          AP:  Greitens resigns in scandal, signs 'revenge porn' law
          AP:  Greitens enacts law against his alleged actions
          CDT:  Legal issues follow Greitens as he departs X
          The Missouri Times:  New information shows Greitens and 19 staffers used Confide app
          Missourinet:  Greitens ordered by judge to provide information concerning Confide app
          KC Star:  Fewer than 20 Greitens staffers used Confide app X
          P-D:  Judge delays decision on whether controversial Greitens nonprofit must turn over records X
          Missourinet:  Judge delays order calling for documents from Greitens' nonprofit to be turned over
          AP:  Parson replaces Greitens, but who replaces Parson?
          Drebes:  Impact of Greitens' resignation on Arthur vs. Corlew
          Missourinet:  Missouri voters to decide if gas-tax increase will be implemented for road upgrades
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Legislature approves tax cuts, pay raise and gas-tax ballot measure +
          Washington Missourian:  Productive session for local legislators as several bills sent to governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley issues 2017 Vehicle Stops Report
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri mess:  What if a Democratic lieutenant governor were succeeding Eric Greitens? X
          Phill Brooks:  Greitens failed to adjust to battlefield realities as governor
          Messenger:  An open letter to Missouri voters about Eric Greitens and dark money X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man glad Greitens is gone, says Kim Garnder still looks very bad X
          P-D letter:  Woman who ran in 7th Congressional District Dem primary criticizes Kim Gardner for focusing on Greitens instead of important urban priorities X
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        Friday, June 1
       
June 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt sign letter to address rural broadband coverage
          USA Today:  Hawley's campaign wanted Greitens to 'go away';  How much will governor's exit help Senate bid?
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay hosts gun-control rally, promotes march set for tomorrow
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  KCUR seeks reporter for Missouri government and politics
          SE Missourian:  GOP state auditor candidate David Wasinger calls for more transparency in state government +
          Missourinet:  Parson's office releases swearing-in ceremony details for today in Jefferson City
          JCNT:  Transition of power on tap today X
          KWMU:  Details announced for Parson's private swearing-in as governor
          P-D:  Low-key swearing-in ceremony planned for Missouri's new governor X
          P-D:  Parson has far different views from Greitens on controversial low-income tax credits X
          SNL:  As governor, Parson will reshape, restart state school board with six appointments X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan explains impact of Greitens' departure, expresses group's satisfaction with legislative session
          Missourinet:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association 'thrilled' Parson to lead the state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens has yet to submit formal resignation letter to Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  Despite Greitens resigning, House says A New Missouri must still provide documents as ordered by court
          KC Star:  House says Greitens' campaign nonprofit must comply with judge's order and turn over records X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway urges lawmakers to pursue influence of dark money and special interests
          Missourinet:  Schaaf on Greitens:  "Dark money wins."
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) dissects Greitens' resignation speech:  "It sounds like he's admitting he's broken laws"
          AP:  Retrospective:  Greitens took a path less trod to win, lose office
          KWMU:  Gardner defends prosecution of Greitens, says it's cost $65,000 so far
          P-D:  Prosecution of Greitens may cost St. Louis about $100,000, Gardner says X
          Missourinet:  Greitens could still face legal trouble even though he's leaving
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Revenue says they're on pace to issue all tax returns more quickly than last year
          KWMU:  Federal education report aims to compare state standards;  meanwhile, the tests keep changing
          AP:  Lawsuit details alleged atrocities endured by disabled man at private care facility;  Missouri Dept. of Mental Health named as defendant
          Washington Missourian:  Bi-State Development Agency bill sent to governor's desk
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Water priority for commodity groups sees legislative action
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 30, 2018
          SE Missourian editorial:  Greitens did the right thing;  Time for Missouri to move on +
          CDT editorial:  Probe into allegations against Greitens should continue X
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City prosecutor made a secret, no-good deal with Greitens X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens' undoing caused by his own actions X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens complained of 'forces' in his resignation. We should thank them. X
          KC Star editorial:  These people deserve the credit for ousting Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Nearly 5,000 untested rape kits signals ongoing injustice to Missouri victims X
          Kraske:  Missouri voters deserve some blame for electing too-good-to-be-true Eric Greitens X
          Messenger:  The ultimate outsider turns over reins of Missouri government to a man with a record X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff:  Office of lieutenant governor deserves some respect X
          P-D op-ed:  Former assistant AG Elliott Usher:  Hawley can show us why Greitens resigned - it's his duty X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood sexagenarian nonplussed by McCaskill's husband's investments X
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian dislikes Greitens' propensity to shift blame for his predicaments X
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        Thursday, May 31
       
Rosenbaum:  Once full of promise, Greitens becomes tarnished footnote of scandal and missed opportunity
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  With Greitens gone, the spin cycle now turns back to Missouri's nationally-watched Senate race X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Hawley for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Hawley gets pro-life endorsement in U.S. Senate race X
          KWMU:  Missouri candidates and politicians prepare for post-Greitens world
          Terry Ganey:  Greitens runs for cover, still dodging questions
          KWMU:  Deal with St. Louis City prosecutors led to Greitens' resignation
          P-D:  Governor's attorneys approached St. Louis prosecutor with deal:  He'll resign, you drop charges X
          AP:  Greitens' resignation part of deal with prosecutors
          SNL:  Greitens' resignation was the cost for dismissing charge X
          Missourinet:  Gardner dismisses felony computer tampering charge against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Gardner takes offer from Greitens lawyers to drop felony charge for governor's resignation
          Messenger:  On day after Greitens resigns, attorney goes after his phones in Confide lawsuit
          SNL:  Man-on-the-street interviews about Greitens' resignation X
          CDT:  Legislative leaders regroup after Greitens' resignation X
          KWMU:  House, Senate leaders sign off on bills while helping Parson transition to governor
          Missourinet:  House and Senate leaders invite Parson to address joint session of Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Special session 'no longer needs to proceed' following resignation of Greitens
          AP:  Blunt:  Parson 'very prepared' for governor role
          CDT:  McCaskill promotes her work on veterans issues at Columbia stop X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill stays mum on resignation, looks forward to Parson
          SNL:  Parson to reshape Missouri Board of Education X
          KWMU:  Parson expected to soothe relationship with state educators
          Missourinet:  Branson mayor says Parson will be more supportive of tourism than was Greitens
          AP:  Profile:  Governor-in-waiting Mike Parson
          The Missouri Times:  10 years in the making:  How Missouri solidified its role as a red state
          The Missouri Times:  Jacob Turk seeks to fill Republican ballot slot for Emanuel Cleaver's re-election, again
          The Missouri Times:  SD 17 special election:  Less than a week to go
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses case against Schaaf
          P-D:  Lacy Clay hosts gun-control rally;  Attendees include Democratic Committeeman Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, handgun owner Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), others X
          P-D:  Alice Liu is one of 41 national Spelling Bee finalists;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sophia Nguyen on to final round of national bee;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          SNL's Stephen Herzog:  Greitens' resignation is about dark money X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis City Aldeman Antonio French:  Black and 'progressive' agendas don't always align;  On white aldermen, 'Bernie Bros' and other impediments to progress X
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        Wednesday, May 30
       
KWMU:  Greitens resigns as governor of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Video:  Greitens' resignation announcement
          SNL:  Full text:  What Greitens said at press conference X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens resignation effective Friday, June 1
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens resigning June 1 X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  5 (five!) things you need to know about Greitens' resignation X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  5 (five!) things you need to know about Lt. Gov. Mike Parson X
          SNL:  Why Greitens is resigning:  An overview of major issues X
          SNL:  Timeline:  Greitens' path to resigning X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers welcome Greitens' resignation, call it a sad day for Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Kehoe react to Greitens resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) surprised Greitens resigned, expresses confidence in Parson
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins and Remole react to governor's resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) surprised with resignation, says investigation must continue
          SNL:  What politicians said about the resignation of Eric Greitens X
          AP:  Greitens resigns amid widening investigations
          KC Star:  Greitens resigns, ending political career once aimed at presidency X
          SNL:  The next Missouri governor, Mike Parson, hailed as 'good man' by both sides of the aisle X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Mike Parson;  Thoughts from Schaaf, former Rep. Mike Talboy (D), others X
          P-D:  Profile:  Mike Parson;  Comments from Matt Blunt X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens team must comply with House subpoenas, judge rules
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge rules Greitens committees must turn over subpoenaed documents
          Missourinet:  Hafner indicates violations of campaign finance laws occurred
          Missourinet:  Hostility in committee hearings on Greitens reaches fever pitch
          P-D:  Greitens resigns;  'resolution' reached in St. Louis X
          KC Star:  St. Louis reaches 'resolution' with Greitens, but Baker's investigation continues X
          Drebes:  Dem PAC attempts to tie Hawley with Greitens
          Missourinet:  Emanuel Cleaver takes to MSNBC to complain about Roseanne Barr tweet
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens presents City of Malden with proclamation after tornado recovery +
          KC Star editorial:  Graves, Hartzler should side with illegal aliens over Trump X
          P-D editorial:  In Greitens' aftermath, a few things become perfectly clear. X
          P-D editorial:  With governor's resignation, a long-awaited end to the Eric Greitens myth X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens resigns at last but feels sorry only for himself X
          Messenger:  Greitens goes out the way he came in, haunted by the specter of dark money X
          Helling:  Greitens' resignation a relief for beleaguered Republicans X
          Priddy:  Governor's collateral damage:  1,589 words on Greitens' trademark arrogance, memories of old-timey administrations, more
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Greitens was too good to be true X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wishes neighbors would stop obsessing about Greitens and start addressing street savagery X
          SNL letter:  Group of McCaskill campaign volunteers says she delivers for military veterans X
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        Tuesday, May 29
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill survey:  Missouri VA hospitals continue to improve for America's war heroes
          KC Star:  Cleaver speaks at Memorial Day event X
          Missourinet:  Parson praises mid-Missouri emergency communications center
          P-D:  Gas tax hike could pump up construction across Missouri X
          Drebes:  Who won the session?  Readers weigh in.
          AP:  Lawmakers give Greitens a few wins in spite of investigation
          KWMU:  Budget Committee may make restarting low-income housing tax credit harder
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate's special session leaves state school board in continued limbo
          P-D:  Under new Missouri plan, public schools pay for private virtual schools X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mun Choi on challenges and opportunities for UM System
          KWMU:  For Missouri heart attack patients, the nearest hospital isn't always the best;  State's Time-Critical Diagnosis System achieves implementation
          AP:  Rural Missouri cemeteries face financial challenges;  Bill from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) gives cemetery trustees opportunity to earn higher rates of return
          KC Star endorsement:  Lauren Arthur (D) for state Senate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' attorneys are crossing the line X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri falls behind as employers complain of a skills gap schools aren't filling X
          KC Star editorial:  Life vests could have made a difference in fatal Lake of the Ozarks boat crash, and there ought to be a law X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to criticism of Billy Long X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian thinks recent publicity could boost Greitens' presidential aspirations X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood woman wants legislators to address full problem of surprise billing X
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        Monday, May 28   Memorial Day
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill:  Senate farm bill mark-up in June
          CNN's Rebecca Berg:  Greitens scandal looms large in Missouri's U.S. Senate race - and it doesn't show signs of going away
          SNL:  Four big issues coming to Missouri ballots - and the big money being spent to win votes X
          P-D:  Man hopes to change lives with St. Louis syringe exchanges that cut risk of disease outbreak;  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks Safe Syringe Access bill X
          KC Star:  Here's the beef:  Missouri cattle feedlot wants to grow;  Powell Gardens fears the stink X
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group says Missouri among worst states to be a police officer, has several of the most dangerous cities
          Messenger:  Hanaway, now on Team Greitens, has advice:  Stay away from the FBI X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian unhappy with Greitens' attorneys X
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        Sunday, May 27
       
KWMU:  List of local Memorial Day parades, speakers
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri military air show prepares for takeoff
          Drebes:  NRA upping Missouri presence ahead of midterms
          KC Star:  Republicans fear Greitens will 'burn it all down' ahead of midterms;  Comments from top GOP minds John Hancock, James Harris, Gregg Keller X
          JCNT:  Greitens team continues to demand cross-examination X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) surprises lawmakers with evidence he got from Greitens' legal team X
          JCNT:  Foster care legislation had broad support X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA spokesman calls for statewide primary seat belt law
          KC Star editorial:  Federal relief wanted:  KC families are drowning in sky-high water bills X
          CDT op-ed:  Obamacare waiver would help Missouri deal with out-of-control Medicaid costs X
          SNL op-ed:  National Safety Compliance Inc. applauds legislators for SB 982 passage X
          SNL op-ed:  Campaigns for Youth Justice applauds legislators for 'Raise the Age' passage X
          P-D letter:  Former Missouri Right to Life President Pam Fichter:  McCaskill show hypocrisy on late-term abortions X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman grateful for Hawley's inquiry into untested rape kits X
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        Saturday, May 26
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill:  Veterans Affairs medical services improving in Southeast Missouri +
          P-D:  McCaskill's husband invests in conservation tax benefits under IRS scrutiny X
          P-D:  Lacy Clay meets with illegal alien hiding out from immigration authorities X
          KWMU:  Poltically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 12:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk K.S. TV interview, Jean Peters Baker as special prosecutor, Scott Faughn and Al Watkins, much more
          KWMU:  Greitens subpoenaed to appear before Missouri House investigative committee
          JCNT:  Greitens subpoenaed to testify to House committee X
          AP:  Greitens subpoenaed by House investigation
          Missourinet:  Attorneys for Greitens, House committee accuse each other of misinformation
          Missourinet:  House committee investigating Greitens erupts with outrage at defense offering
          KC Star:  Missouri officials scrutinizing Greitens' use of private lawyers paid by taxpayers X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens visits Bootheel to discuss medical services +
          Missourinet:  Greitens, agency officials visit town losing hospital
          Drebes:  GOP state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell sets up third-party PAC for primary election expenditures
          KC Star:  Tax credits for low-income housing are 'dead' amid scrutiny from lawmakers, Greitens X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt right to force members of Congress to pay for their own harassment settlements X
          P-D editorial briefs:  On Greitens' contriteness act and "fake meat" X
          KC Star editorial:  Why have thousands of rape kits gone untested in Missouri? X
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  No-show Greitens tries committee's patience;  it sends him a subpoena
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Texting advice for Greitens' staff was aimed at evading law X
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        Friday, May 25
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill backs Trump's move to pull the plug on North Korea meeting
          P-D:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner attend Trump signing of bill peeling back financial regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  Women's group cheers McCaskill, Blunt for work on sexual harassment procedure overhaul
          SNL:  Lawmakers may lack power to force Greitens to testify, says attorney who warns of 'coup' X
          AP:  Chip Robertson chastises attorney for Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens attorney defends 'disgusting' line of questions posed to former mistress X
          The Missouri Times:  Watkins testifies;  Barnes, Dowd argue about K.S. testimony
          KWMU:  Watkins uses foul language, gets cantankerous before House committee
          Missourinet:  Al Watkins gets heated in appearance before House committee
          SNL:  Legislator and attorney say they've talked to FBI about Greitens X
          AP:  FBI briefed on allegations against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers, attorney both contacted FBI over allegations related to Greitens
          P-D:  House committee chairman says he spoke with FBI about Greitens X
          KC Star:  Head of investigative committee says he's talked with FBI about Greitens X
          P-D:  Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) says Greitens told him 'no picture ever taken' of former lover X
          AP:  Greitens approves date change on 'right to work' vote
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Public Safety officer Drew Juden receives award at law enforcement ceremony +
          Missourinet:  Extra Missouri state troopers will patrol roadways, waterways on Memorial Day weekend
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley finds nearly 5,000 rape kits untested in Missouri
          Missourinet:  30-year-old untested rape kit highlights massive backlog in Missouri system
          P-D:  5,000 rape kits sit untested in Missouri, audit finds X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Commission gives approval to Westar-Great Plains merger
          JCNT editorial:  2018 legislative session:  All considering, a good effort X
          P-D editorial:  Shame on Greitens lawyers for trying to shame his accuser X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen:  Why I'm a pro-life agnostic X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau member Andrea Rice:  Rural Missourians to benefit from T-Mobile and Sprint combining
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  Bob Romanik, the FCC has some questions for you X
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        Thursday, May 24
       
P-D:  Blunt-sponsored legislation aims at overhauling the way Capitol Hill treats sexual harassment X
          KWMU:  House panel probing governor questions Faughn's access to $120,000
          SNL:  Faughn testifies he spent his own $100k for audio regarding Greitens affair X
          The Missouri Times:  Under oath, Faughn answers committee questions, reiterates the money was his
          Missourinet:  Faughn says $120,000 payment to attorney was his own money
          JCNT:  Faughn says money delivered to Watkins was his X
          P-D:  Faughn says cash payment was his own money X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee tosses out photos defense allege could be of Greitens' ex-mistress
          SNL:  Greitens' lawyer asked woman about her active participation in sexual activities X
          KC Star:  Greitens team asked woman about wide range of story elements X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears suit to enforce House subpoenas, no decision made
          AP:  Investigation of Greitens presses ahead at Capitol and court
          Missourinet:  Galloway still probing Greitens' use of public money for private attorneys
          Columbia Missourian:  Informal survey results:  Some Missourians support Greitens, some don't, most don't know and don't care
          Missourinet:  Several Missouri tax credits see chopping block, including low-income housing
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger says Missouri biodiesel announcement highlights value-added agriculture
          AP:  Federal court rules Missouri must provide hormone therapy to inmate
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt is right on harassment bill:  Taxpayers shouldn't pay for Congress' misdeeds X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens plays the victim role, but the act isn't convincing X
          P-D editorial:  Newly named special prosecutor in the Greitens case is about justice, not convictions X
          P-D editorial:  Insurers are billing unfairly for some ER visits. Missouri legislators offered a good, albeit halfway fix. X
          Helling:  Greitens gets a pass on speeding X
          P-D letter:  University City woman says front-page article on Facebook cattiness shows how low the Post-Dispatch has sunk X
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        Wednesday, May 23
       
KOLR:  Lawmakers consider school security legislation;  Comments from "Rep. Vicki [sic] Hartzler"
          P-D:  Border Patrol agents' seizure of opioids on the rise, McCaskill report says X
          SNL:  GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate Austin Petersen releases poll showing him outpacing Josh Hawley in head-to-head versus McCaskill X
          AP:  "Fight for 15" campaign takes new approach against corporations:  filing sexual harassment claims;  Campaign finds St. Louis teen to claim she was harassed, deserves payout
          KWMU:  House panel won't allow cross-examination by governor's attorneys
          The Missouri Times:  Defense gets their wish on cross-examination, sort of
          Missourinet:  Scott Faughn could appear today before Missouri House committee
          SNL:  Lawmakers re-enact affair testimony as special session on Greitens proceeds X
          The Missouri Times:  Hours of testimony of Greitens' former mistress to be read into committee record
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers re-enact woman's testimony against Greitens in special session
          AP:  Lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers read, aloud, hours of testimony by woman in Greitens case X
          P-D:  Lawyer for Greitens asked woman's lawyer:  'What does your client want out of this?' X
          KWMU:  Greitens attorney on special prosecutor appointment:  Fresh 'set of eyes' is a good thing
          KWMU:  What Jean Peters Baker's record says about how she will approach Greitens case
          The Missouri Times:  As special session gets underway, pro-Greitens ad set to air around state
          Missourinet:  Greitens lobbies to keep his job in television attack ad
          P-D:  Greitens hits the airwaves again in fight for political life X
          KC Star:  Greitens campaign spending six figures on TV ads as lawmakers weigh impeachment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he's 'ready' if Greitens is removed
          KC Star:  Greitens' lawyer waives first appearance in computer tampering case X
          P-D:  'It was a friendly interaction':  Greitens gets pulled over by police in small Missouri town X
          Daily Journal:  After 16-year state legislative career, Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) gives exit interview on constituent service, Greitens, tax credits, right-wingers and their benefactors, much more
          SNL:  Missouri ethics panel has eyes on 'dark money' as donations roll in for ballot measures X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sides gear up for 'right to work' battle X
          Drebes:  Urban scions Wiley Price IV, LaKeySha Bosley seek to begin serving time in Democratic superminority in 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber releases Missouri 2030 report, touts 2018 legislation as step in the right direction
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber study forecasts concerns, solutions for state's workforce X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) promotes Missouri coal at Tennessee meeting
          P-D:  What your license plate can't say in Missouri, including 'NEKK1D' or 'DRUNK' X
          KC Star editorial:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker out to get justice - not Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Cole County prosecutor helps governor escape charges for false campaign report X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Bipartisan solutions to fight the opioid crisis X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Greitens' hairdresser rings true in deposition X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman who fled Chicoms 10 years ago thanks Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) for organ-harvesting resolution X
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        Tuesday, May 22
       
AP's Steve Peoples:  McCaskill courts black voters, uses church sermon to address "haters;"  Comments from "St. Louis city [sic] councilwoman Hazel Erby"
          The Missouri Times:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker agress to serve as special prosecutor in Greitens' case;  Gardner blocked from case
          KWMU:  Kansas City-area prosecutor takes over Greitens case
          Missourinet:  Jackson County prosecutor takes over Greitens' invasion of privacy investigation
          P-D:  Jackson County prosecutor to handle invasion of privacy case against Greitens +
          AP:  Judge appoints special prosecutor in Greitens case
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee investigating Greitens to discuss special session rules today
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers' plans for special session largely ignore Greitens' ideas X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens-connected groups to argue committee subpoena in court
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Woman at center of Greitens case tells her version of story;  KS talks about friendship with Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), more
          KWMU:  Woman in Greitens scandal says she's being used
          SNL:  Woman in Greitens affair speaks out X
          P-D:  In first interview, Greitens' accuser says she is not lying +
          The Missouri Times:  Two weeks out, Lauren Arthur leads Kevin Corlew in SD 17 race
          Drebes:  Democratic state rep candidate sets up Go Fund Me campaign to help cover costs for November loss
          The Missouri Times:  First Lady applauds passage of foster care and adoption overhaul legislation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) calls for firing after alleged tax bill estimate cover-up
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri taking major steps toward renewable energy with plans for largest wind farm in state
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri plans to build a large network of wind turbines in northeast Missouri
          P-D:  Ameren to establish state's largest wind farm in northeast Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  A fine legislative year for special interests. Regular interests, not so much. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers gave corporations tax cuts and plenty more. But what about workers? X
          KC Star letters:  Lake Winnebago man displeased by McCaskill's vote on Haspel;  Area women applaud state lawmakers for legislation regardling shackling of pregnant women in active labor X
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        Monday, May 21
       
KC Star:  Cory Booker campaigns for McCaskill as black leaders complain about her neglect;  McCaskill assures squeaky wheels they'll see "resources" X
          P-D:  McCaskill, with Cory Booker in tow, makes brief stop at Annie Malone parade, poses for pictures X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Chris Chinn among state ag directors pushing trade issues
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  National Association of Area Agencies on Aging seeks CEO
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Host Scott Faughn talks with Ray Hartmann, Gregg Keller, J.P. Johnson, Jake Silverman talk Greitens' civil case, impeachment, much more
          Missourinet:  Session recaps:  Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers believe session was productive X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass big tax code changes on last day
          JCNT:  Tax credit passed on Friday could bring sporting events to Jefferson City X
          P-D:  Now what?  Greitens special impeachment session underway as House intensifies investigation;  Governor helps raise profile of Craig Redmon in GOP primary against Nate Walker X
          SNL:  Greitens' pick for state school board, Jennifer Edwards, left in limbo as session ends X
          P-D:  Greitens names Thomas A. McCarthy as associate St. Louis circuit judge X
          KC Star editorial:  The top five reasons Missouri lawmakers must impeach Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  In Missouri, chaos reigns on 'right to work' - by design X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Restoration of autism funding a smart decision by Missouri lawmakers +
          Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  Trump, Greitens show the problems associated with "outsiders"
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Pat McKenna:  Infrastructure investment important to rural America's economy +
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        Sunday, May 20
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill votes no on Haspel nomination
          SNL:  Greitens saved by split vote after FEC attorneys flagged violations in a campaign mailer X
          SNL:  Takeaways from the end of Missouri's legislative session - and the next big thing X
          Missourinet:  Top bills that fizzled during legislative session
          JCNT:  Area lawmakers pleased with outcome of session X
          CDT:  Local bills meet different fates at legislative session's end X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation involving Columbia, Boone County fire district dispute passes at last minute
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wraps up legislative career, provides bit of advice to future lawmakers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks fuel tax proposal
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) talks prevailing wage
          JCNT:  Office of Administration begins planning for Merit System changes X
          JCNT:  DNR specialist lauded for work after tornado X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports that bow fisherman breaks record for yelllow bullhead catfish X
          KWMU:  Students' "Black Lives Matter" walk draws fewer than 60 participants
          P-D:  Area students block traffic on parade to police headquarters, sing "Happy Birthday" to police assailant Michael Brown X
          P-D editorial:  As possible impeachment looms, Greitens keeps digging his own grave X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Concealed-carry bill not good legislation X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  McCaskill, Hawley both find themselves working to shore up their political bases X
          SNL letter:  Galena sexagenarian calls McCaskill a "moderate" X
          SNL letter:  Battlefield sexagenarian says Billy Long lacks perspective on confirmation process X
          KC Star letters:  Weatherby Lake septuagenarian pleased with McCaskill's vote against Haspel;  Doniphan octogenarian defends Greitens, calls Hawley and state legislators "clowns" X
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        Saturday, May 19
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Farm Bill, Clean Water Rule, more X
          Kraske:  Chaos in the Missouri GOP is propelling Claire McCaskill one more time X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 11:  Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann talk Gardner dropping invasion of privacy case, Hanaway on investigation, impeachment, much more
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley says governor's office has no authority to hire impeachment attorneys;  Greitens spokesman disagrees
          CDT:  Before special session begins, a dispute over pay for Greitens' attorneys X
          KC Star:  Hawley says Greitens illegally hired private impeachment attorneys X
          KWMU:  Cole County prosecutor won't charge Greitens over campaign finance reports
          P-D:  Cole County prosecutor declines to pursue case against Greitens X
          KWMU:  Once a rival, Hanaway details why she signed onto Greitens' legal team
          The Missouri Times:  Special session convenes, rules and procedures moving forward filed
          SNL:  Greitens' request to cross-examine special session witnesses not in the cards X
          KWMU:  Missouri's special session is underway - here's what to expect
          Columbia Missourian:  Special session to consider impeaching Greitens begins
          AP:  Missouri opens session to consider impeachment of governor
          Drebes:  Jeff Roe's team sets up third-party PAC for Justin Brown's state Senate campaign
          KWMU:  Missouri voters will see gas tax proposal on November ballot, prevailing wage law changed
          Columbia Missourian:  Missourians will vote on fuel tax increase to fund infrastructure, law enforcement
          P-D:  On final day, Missouri lawmakers approve gas tax vote, cut business taxes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Individual, corporate income cuts highlight tax overhaul
          KWMU:  Missouri legislative leaders laud, lament achievements
          JCNT:  Area lawmakers bid farewell to Capitol posts X
          Missourinet:  Highlights of the Missouri Legislature's regular session
          P-D:  How major legislation fared in 2018 X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  GOP lawmakers mark victories in 2018 session;  Comments from "Rep. Kevin Enlger [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Farmers, ranchers, rural Missourians make out well in 2018 session
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers create grant program to spread broadband in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Busy final hours bring tax cuts and union regulations, but no lobbyist-gift restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry convictions soon to be expungable
          CDT:  Lawmakers approve changes to tuition cap X
          KC Star:  Lobbyist gift ban dies X
          KC Star:  Lawmakers let medical marijuana die in last days of session X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Final day of regular session
          KC Star:  Marriage-bill advocacy series:  Missouri outlawing marriage at 15, but critic calls new statute 'a waste of paper' X
          KC Star:  Medicaid payment errors could cost Missouri up to $1.7 million X
          KC Star editorial:  If Greitens wants to keep his job, he owes voters an explanation - under oath X
          JCNT editorial:  'Revenge porn' bill would help to protect victims X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Ethics Commission steps up where the Legislature fails
          Messenger:  In courthouses from St. Louis to Jefferson City, the battle for sunshine intensifies X
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's volunteer wants congressional delegation to support early-detection funding X
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        Friday, May 18
       
CNN:  Blunt, other Senate negotiators nearing sexual harassment legislation deal
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt split on Haspel vote
          KWMU:  What to expect during special impeachment session
          KWMU:  Greitens blames low-income housing program backers for legal, political troubles
          AP:  Greitens strikes SEAL posture, says he won't quit
          Drebes:  Special Investigative Committee gathering information on Greitens' alleged use of Wash U. grant for campaign expenses
          The Missouri Times:  House Special Investigative Committee files civil suit against A New Missouri, Greitens for Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri House committee sues to get documents in Greitens investigation
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers investigating Greitens go to court to get more answers
          P-D:  Missouri House panel sues Greitens campaign, says it is obstructing justice
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway alleges Laub stole donor list for opponents;  Laub denies wrongdoing
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's publicly-paid impeachment lawyer registers as lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' date change to August finalized
          AP:  Legislature schedules 'right to work' vote for August
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators give final approval on change to 'right to work' voting date
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers move 'right to work vote,' cut taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Fiscal note error could have cost Missouri roughly $50 million in revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Tax cuts are here;  Haahr's bill awaits governor's signature
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers approve income tax cut, poised to slash business taxes X
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes income tax cut as session winds down
          AP:  Lawmakers reduce individual income tax cut wrestle with cut to corporate taxes
          KC Star:  Missouri General Assembly votes to cut individual taxes, sends bill to Greitens X
          The Missouri Times:  Merit system ends for state employees as Kehoe's SB 1007 moves to governor's desk
          P-D:  Lawmakers vote to give governor's administration more leeway in hiring and firing X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes first-time home buyers bill
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri fulfills obligation to biodiesel plants
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature says Missouri meat must meet meat definition
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers address shackling of pregnant inmates, telehealth, opioids
          KWMU:  High school students' Black Lives Matter rally tomorrow to feature complaints about perceived racism
          KC Star editorial:  How, exactly, does Missouri's impeachment process work? It's hard to say. X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' lawyers maneuver for maximum advantage in House impeachment proceedings X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Drug Court plays vital role in many lives X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Robertsville sexagenarian hopes Greitens runs for second term X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian expresses anger at Ameren, PSC, AG's office over speed of refund X
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        Thursday, May 17
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  McCaskill introduces bill aimed at air ambulance rates
          AP:  Truman statue bound for Washington
          SNL:  Jenna Bush Hager, former first daughter, to speak at MSU in September X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Environment America seeks state director
          SNL:  Will Greitens testify before legislators? His lawyers won't say. X
          CDT:  Greitens' attorneys, lawmakers fail to agree on impeachment rules X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes pleas for Greitens to testify as committee looks at procedures moving forward
          JCNT:  Greitens committee talks special session procedures X
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigative committee asks again for Greitens to testify
          P-D:  Lawmakers plead for Greitens to testify as they consider impeachment
          The Missouri Times:  Special investigative committee legal counsel reassures House members of their duties in the event of impeachment
          Missourinet:  Impeachment not a done deal
          KWMU:  House investigative committee grills Greitens' attorneys
          Missourinet:  House committee on impeachment spars with attorneys representing Greitens' office
          AP:  House expands Greitens probe, examines signature
          LA Times:  Lawyer who got $120k to bring down Greitens claims he was told it came from a wealthy Republican
          Missourinet:  Missourinet, KMIZ to partner on live broadcast tonight focused on special impeachment session
          KWMU:  Missouri House votes to rein in tax credits, block stadium aid, curb teen marriages
          The Missouri Times:  Senate arrives at deal on 'paycheck protection' bill
          AP:  Senate passes regulations on public unions
          P-D:  Senate passes 'paycheck protection' X
          KC Star:  Senate could find common ground on labor bills X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature gives final approval to Emery's utility bill
          Missourinet:  Massive utility bill passes Legislature
          P-D:  Ameren critics unhappy with utility bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri legislators tentatively agree to raise tuition caps
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) says new Warrenton I-70 interchange highlights MoDOT funding issues
          The Missouri Times:  Less restrictive version of Evans' marriage age bill passes House
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate bill would set state's minimum marriage age to 16
          KC Star:  Missouri House votes to set 16 as minimum age for marriage X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill requiring lessons on consent, sexual assault passed by Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri House endorses term limits for Congress
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' allies launch payback attack on Josh Hawley for doing his job X
          JCNT editorial:  'Revenge porn' bill would help protect victims X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman wants Blunt, other Republicans to criticize Trump more often X
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        Wednesday, May 16
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill:  Border resources don't square with drug crisis
          KWMU:  What is next for Greitens after Monday's shocking announcement
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann, and Michael Wolff analyze Monday's events
          The Missouri Times:  'Shell companies' may have been used to conceal Greitens' donors
          KWMU:  Greitens may have hidden campaign donations through 'shell committees,' committee says
          CDT:  House committee digging into Greitens' campaign finance X
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigation accuses Greitens of campaign law violations
          Missourinet:  Document alleges Greitens used shell companies to hide campaign donors
          Missourinet:  House committee investigating Greitens issues more subpoenas;  Hanaway says Barnes plays politics
          SNL:  Greitens' lawyers want to question witnesses during special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense proposes timeline, recommends committee follow 'hallmarks of due process'
          JCNT:  Greitens' lawyers seeks 'ground rules' for committee meeting X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House looking over Senate plan calling for governor to appoint lieutenant governor if seat is vacant
          Columbia Missourian:  Dropped felony charge won't protect Greitens from impeachment, MU law prof says
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' lawyer to file police report accusing investigator of perjury
          P-D:  St. Louis police open perjury probe into investigator in Greitens case X
          Missourinet:  St. Louis police to investigate St. Louis Circuit Attorney's investigator in Greitens case
          KC Star:  St. Louis police to investigate ex-FBI agent involved in Greitens case X
          CDT:  Galloway seeks information about Greitens' legal team X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway inquires if public funds are being used to pay Greitens' private attorneys
          Missourinet:  Galloway wants info on Greitens' use of state money for private attorneys
          KC Star:  Two private lawyers helping Greitens on impeachment cost state total of $660 an hour X
          SNL:  Lawsuit over Greitens' use of Confide gets answers Hawley's investigators didn't X
          Drebes:  Registered agent change for Greitens' political nonprofit campaign arm
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Community Action Network seeks executive director
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture initiative aims for 'more'
          KWMU:  As session winds down, House focuses on crime and appointments, Senate on financial matters
          The Missouri Times:  Senate signs off on tax overhaul bill, House has final say
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate approves tax cut with days left in session;  bill goes back to House X
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs tax credits for gifts to soup kitchens
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' looks to be a photo finish for Missouri Republicans
          AP:  Missouri House votes to amend constitution for 'right to work'
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) pleased with education funding efforts
          The Missouri Times:  Romine seeks to block the withdrawing of State Board of Education appointees
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers approve bill about special taxing districts
          AP:  Missouri House loosens regulations of security deposits
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly approves of bill aimed at improving breast cancer detection
          Columbia Missourian:  Police officers involved in racial profiling could face penalties
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt right to call for a halt on newspaper tariffs X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' 'great victory' ignores the mountain of legal problems still pending X
          JCNT editorial:  Why we voted to revoke The Missouri Times' membership in Capitol Press Corps X
          JCNT editorial:  State budget represents Missourians' needs X
          Politico's Alex Isenstadt:  Josh Hawley, GOP golden boy, mails it in
          Waters:  Confide app violates the spirit of the law X
          Helling:  The death of shame:  Greitens should be more than sorry for his moral failures X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Eric Greitens should exit Missouri governorship X
          SNL letter:  Monett man thanks Billy Long for hard work on behalf of constituents X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Kim Gardner is incompetent, should be disbarred X
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian disagrees with Schatz on 'right to work' X
          KC Star letter:  Local union official opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, May 15
       
P-D:  Missouri Scout poll:  Greitens' numbers tanking;  McCaskill leads Hawley by 4 X
          KWMU:  Prosecutors drop felony invasion of privacy charges against Gov. Greitens
          SNL:  Invasion of privacy case against Greitens dropped by prosecutor, could be refiled X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' invasion of privacy case dismissed;  Gardner says Burlison made "unpreceded [sic] decision"
          AP:  Invasion of privacy case dropped against Greitens
          P-D:  Invasion of privacy charge dropped against Greitens;  Governor calls it 'great victory' X
          P-D:  Video:  Greitens' defense team makes statement after case is dismissed X
          KC Star:  Case against Greitens dropped for now X
          The Missouri Times:  House leadership says dismissal of trial allows Greitens to 'share his side of the facts'
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway, on client's behalf, partially complies with subpoena, turns over 'substantial amount' of documents
          SNL:  Greitens campaign not fully complying with legislative subpoena, Barnes says X
          KWMU:  Greitens camp not fully cooperating with House investigative committee, Barnes says
          AP:  Mini-profile:  Greitens' lifelong runway to presidential bid
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Greitens and impact on Dems' superminority numbers, special impeachment session, U.S. Census and illegal aliens, more
          SNL:  Greitens holding out on moving ballot issues from November to August X
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate continue drive to protect 'right-to-work' law
          P-D:  Proposed 'right to work' constitutional amendment heads to Missouri Senate X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Legislature restores funding for autism services +
          The Missouri Times:  Tax overhaul sputters on Senate floor in final days of session
          P-D:  Tax cut efforts fizzle in Legislature X
          The Missouri Times:  Historic preservation tax credits bill seeks a conference, gets tabled instead
          P-D:  Nominees to Missouri Board of Education could be banned from serving after Senate action X
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Supreme Court decision paves way for sports betting in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley argues Obama-era livestock rule is illegal, economically unjustifiable
          SNL:  Former Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at Nixa high school graduation X
          SE Missourian:  Scott County state audit underway +
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Department of Conservation promotes free fishing days in June X
          KWMU:  NGA construction progress met with North St. Louis City residents' complaints about dust
          SE Missourian:  David Robinson freed from prison +
          KC Star editorial:  Why the dropped invasion of privacy charge is bad news for Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Even in economic good times, Missouri's budget is stressed;  Legislators must stop cutting taxes X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Terry Jarrett:  Missouri should consider high-tech coal plants +
          KC Star op-ed:  Charter school advocate Rebecca Haessig:  Kansas City can find a middle path between public and charter schools X
          P-D letter:  Ameren's Warren Wood responds to Messenger column, says company is transparent in reporting political contributions X
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        Monday, May 14
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says year-round Pell grant program is helping thousands of Missourians
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mike Hafner talks to Scott Faughn about his experience working for Greitens and ethics investigations into the governor
          SNL:  What to expect as Greitens' historic felony trial begins this week X
          P-D:  Greitens' invasion of privacy trial to center on accuser's testimony X
          Drebes:  Website offers ability to place wager on Greitens' fate
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' measures moving along quickly
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) says budget process produced success
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks about bill to expand access to information on local taxes
          Missourinet:  Gas tax proposal to be discussed this week
          KWMU:  17-year-olds will no longer be tried as adults in Missouri if Greitens signs bill
          P-D:  Preview:  Final week of legislative session X
          KC Star:  Preview:  Final week of legislative session X
          Messenger:  Libla wants a new line on electric bill:  Call it the dark-money surcharge X
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        Sunday, May 13
       
Washington Missourian:  Luetkemeyer talks tariffs, touts Trump tax cuts X
          JCNT:  Greitens conviction wouldn't equal loss of job X
          P-D:  Greitens' invasion of privacy trial to center on accuser's testimony
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          P-D:  A timeline of Greitens' military service and decision to leave Navy reserves X
          KC Star:  Brief overview of impeachment process X
          KC Star:  Brief overview of players in Greitens saga X
          KWMU:  'Right to work' back on lawmakers' agendas
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) says Legislature has accomplished more this session than last
          Washington Missourian:  Industrial hemp bill, sponsored by Curtman, will head to governor
          CDT:  Medical marijuana bill awaits Senate X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers OK bill on capital improvements X
          P-D:  Some environmental activists unhappy with coal ash oversight X
          CDT:  Bob Priddy speaks on adventure of life at MU commencement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper finds woman to fill executive editor job;  51-year-old Ruby Bailey covered local news for Sacramento Bee
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson would provide a fresh start for Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and dark money are fueling Missouri's ugly 'right to work' battle X
          SNL op-ed:  Eric Burlison:  Claire McCaskill just another far-left elitist X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian supports Democrat running in GOP primary against Ann Wagner X
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian liberal says Billy Long - re-elected in 2016 by 41-point margin - is out of touch with constituents X
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        Saturday, May 12
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  Former Ag Director Richard Fordyce selected to oversee Farm Service Agency nationwide
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Richard Fordyce named to lead Farm Service Agency X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Perdue names former Missouri Ag Director to key USDA post
          P-D:  Senate candidates' unusual 'drop out' bargain collapses over religion question X
          CDT:  Monetti calls Hawley 'out of line' with higher ed complaints X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 10:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and colleagues discuss jury selection, the lack of alleged photo, Legislature's special impeachment session, more
          P-D:  No photo of woman found on Greitens' phone X
          KWMU:  Day 2 of jury selection continues;  no photo of woman found on Greitens' phone
          AP:  No images of woman found on Greitens' phone
          P-D:  Democrats boot Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) for calling in to controversial radio show X
          AP:  Democrats oust lawmaker from caucus for calling in to controversial radio show
          P-D:  Judge hits shock jock Bob Romanik with protection order X
          Drebes:  Ron Calzone appeals rulings against him
          P-D:  'Right to work' initiatives move through Missouri House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves resolution to move 'right to work' to August ballot despite late-night filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri voters may see second 'right to work' measure on 2018 ballot
          Missourinet:  Senate votes to move date of 'right to work' ballot measure
          AP:  Missouri Legislature advances 'right to work' proposals
          Columbia Missourian:  Missourians could see redistricting changes, conflicting referendums on 'right to work'
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP lawmakers advance two bills aimed at defending 'right to work' from repeal X
          AP:  Missouri House would count only Americans when redistricting
          JCNT:  Lincoln University 'grateful' for its share of higher ed budget X
          AP:  Lawmakers pass bill on sheriff powers
          AP:  Governor says education nominees withdrawn for confirmation
          AP:  Missouri GOP lawmakers try to block Planned Parenthood funding
          AP:  Legislature approves bill on parental rights, rape
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 9, 2018
          AP:  Missouri bill to expand crime victim confidentiality passes
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol Commission picks new stone for renovation project
          SE Missourian:  Hawley says AG's office is reviewing Robinson case +
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Clean Missouri X
          CDT editorial:  Special session was the right call X
          KC Star editorial:  After measles outbreak, why would Missouri consider new protections for unvaccinated children? X
          Messenger:  A shadow of his former self, Greitens avoids answers on multiple fronts X
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        Friday, May 11
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill struggling to woo black voters crucial to her election
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley headed to Indiana for fundraiser with VP Pence
          CDT:  Hawley says higher education should take the rap for fostering liberal ideology X
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt tell 'concerned' Missouri lawmakers they'll talk to Trump about tariffs X
          JCNT:  Blunt agress with state lawmakers' tariff concerns X
          SE Missourian:  Eastern District of Missouri U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen speaks at annual Respect the Law dinner +
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed gets results from feds on St. Louis City housing project
          Drebes:  AT&T's John Sondag retires;  Beloved government affairs leader hangs it up after four decades of success
          P-D:  Big money for failed petition drive went to Greitens' consultants, allies X
          KWMU:  Jury selection begins in Greitens' felony invasion of privacy trial
          The Missouri Times:  Jury selection process begins in felony invasion of privacy case against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Jury selection begins in Greitens trial, could last three days
          AP:  Greitens trial opens with jury selection
          The Missouri Times:  Libla pens letter to Missouri PSC, asking for investigation into campaign contributions by utilities
          The Missouri Times:  MEC opinion is a blow for 'dark money' groups
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says he will take legal action to get on SD 14 ballot
          Perryville Republic Monitor:  At Perry County visit, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says county's enrollment in MOST 529 on rise
          The Missouri Times:  House gives initial approval of measure altering reapportionment criteria
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Fitzpatrick praise $28 billion budget
          KWMU:  Lawmakers trim DHSS funds in hopes to get Bourbon virus information
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes 'revenge porn' bill
          Missourinet:  State auditor praises UM system after previous report slammed executive pay
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway says new UM System administration ended 'secret' initiatives, is improving
          P-D:  Auditor cites improvements in University of Missouri system after critical 2017 audit;  Comments from Nicole "Gallowway [sic]" X
          KWMU:  'Handmaid's Tale' stunt, created by activists in other states, copied by Missouri's Planned Parenthood activists at Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Nasheed objects to weakening of bill restricting when pregnant inmates can be shackled
          P-D endorsement:  Vote 'Yes' on Clean Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  While Greitens case gets all the attention, public defenders say other cases suffer X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Using alleged victim's name humiliates Greitens accuser X
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  Scott Faughn is not a journalist and should be kicked out of Missouri Capitol News Association
          P-D op-ed:  Educational consultant Brian Elsesser:  Incompetent Harris-Stowe leaders fritter away taxpayer money, then guilt-trip state legislators for more X
          KC Star op-ed:  Local union boss opposes 'paycheck protection' X
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        Thursday, May 10
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  For Blunt, it's acts over facts with Trump X
          JCNT:  McCaskill shares state senators' concerns on tariffs X
          P-D:  McCaskill drafts bill aimed at giving states power to regulate air ambulances X
          Riverfront Times:  Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) coming to St. Louis to stump for Claire McCaskill
          KWMU:  St. Louis co-working spaces want congressional delegation to support "Net Neutrality"
          KWMU:  Mike Hafner says Greitens relied on charity donor list, dark money to kick-start campaign
          AP:  Greitens' legal fate may rest in technology, definitions
          KWMU:  Full names, no audio recording, during Greitens trial
          P-D:  Name of Greitens' accuser will be used at trial;  no ruling yet on evidence of her other sexual activities X
          Missourinet:  "Five things" journomeme:  Five things that matter in Greitens' criminal trial next week
          Missourinet:  Judge rules woman's name will be used in Greitens criminal trial;  key audio is out
          P-D:  Greitens to move from Capitol office to courtroom today for jury selection X
          KWMU:  Greitens trial profile series:  Circuit Judge Rex Burlison
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions could cause uptick in voters for November election
          Drebes:  Senate Republicans could see five-way pro tem race
          SNL:  Lawmakers have passed more than 30 bills that Greitens can't sign X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers send $28 billion budget to Greitens
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers approve $28.3 billion budget X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers give final approval to $28 billion state budget
          AP:  House passes $99 million more for K-12
          KC Star:  Missouri House votes to fully fund education, spare colleges from cuts X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final budget approval;  Bourbon virus controversy dominates discussion
          The Missouri Times:  Top takeaways from the General Assembly's passage of the budget
          Missourinet:  Harris-Stowe given $750,000 in taxpayer money for capital improvements
          Missourinet:  'Revenge porn' bill close to clearing Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation wants your comments about fish gigging in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants youth violence declared a public health epidemic
          P-D editorial:  Utilities and opponents are playing hardball with rate reform bill X
          KC Star op-ed:  Student Press Law Center's Frank LoMonte:  Missouri can fix the Supreme Court's mistake about freedom of the student press X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Hawley investigating Greitens again, and hopefully will press social media inquiry further X
          SNL op-ed:  Area woman opposes changes to SNAP X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action septuagenarian thinks writing letters in support of gun control will change state legislators' approach to Second Amendment X
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        Wednesday, May 9
       
AP:  McCaskill 'concerned' after Trump pulls out of Iran deal
          Daily Journal:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visits Missouri Cobalt mine
          The Missouri Times:  Remembering John Hearne:  Jefferson City attorney, Republican activist, father of Sarah Steelman
          KMOV:  Key witness Michael Hafner:  Greitens wanted me to use Mission Continues list to help build a fundraising plan
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' phone examined in relation to invasion of privacy trial
          AP:  Experts examine Greitens' cell phone
          P-D:  Greitens cell phone examined at St. Louis courthouse X
          KWMU:  Greitens trial profile series:  Greitens attorneys Ed Dowd, Jim Martin, Jack Garvey, Scott Rosenblum
          AP:  Subpoena issued for Hawley's records in Confide case
          SNL:  Greitens releases to-do list for state government as trial, special impeachment session loom X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature holding off delivering truly agreed and passed bills to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  Legislature's attempt to impeach and remove Greitens could take months X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) on special impeachment session
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) on opposing special impeachment session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Greitens, Clean Missouri, more
          SNL:  Missouri budget writers restore Greitens' education cuts, fight over Bourbon virus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers pare DHSS funding over Bourbon virus dispute
          KC Star:  Legal showdown looms for state agency, Missouri House over Bourbon virus numbers X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers support state pay compromise X
          CDT:  For fifth year in a row, GOP legislators succeed in protecting in-state tuition breaks from illegal aliens X
          Missourinet:  UM System president pleased with Missouri budget recommendations
          Missourinet:  Budget negotiators agree to spending plan, send it to full House and Senate
          AP:  House votes to toughen open records law
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Basye's veterans tuition discount bill heard by Senate Veterans Committee
          AP:  Missouri House votes to empower more school employees as school protection officers
          AP:  House votes to expand sexual assault education
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks sheltered workshops, electric co-op legislation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American says proposed rates still not final X
          SNL:  Police:  Swastika painted on front door a prank, not a hate crime X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans have stood up to Greitens. Why won't DC counterparts take on Trump? X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri GOP leaders need to stand up for Missouri values X
          JCNT editorial:  State honors public workers, threatens pay boost X
          KWMU's Erin Achenbach:  Heroes known as "Medicaid 23" return to the Capitol to support vulnerable Missourians threatened by Republican bills
          P-D op-ed:  Human Rights Watch's Komala Ramachandra:  Missouri Senate should act now on probation flaws X
          P-D letter:  Arnold man says Missouri farmers would benefit from wider use of biofuels X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian agitated by Show-Me Institute piece on minimum wage X
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        Tuesday, May 8
       
KWMU:  McCaskill promotes her town halls in new round of TV ads
          Missourinet:  Blunt touts Trump's pick to head the CIA
          P-D:  Ste. Genevieve gets national park designation, but much remains to do before it will open X
          KWMU:  Judge allows Greitens accuser to testify in next week's invasion of privacy trial
          The Missouri Times:  #GreitensIndictment:  One week from trial
          Clayton Times:  Judge will not strike testimony of Greitens' former lover
          Missourinet:  Judge won't dismiss felony case against Greitens, will allow alleged victim to testify
          P-D:  Greitens judge will allow his accuser to testify in trial set to begin next week X
          KC Star:  Greitens' alleged victim will be allowed to testify at his trial, judge rules X
          KWMU:  Greitens trial profile series:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner
          KWMU:  Hawley's inquiry of Greitens questions whether social media should be in the sunshine
          KWMU:  Missouri's likely ballot measures this year could attract more Democratic voters
          SNL:  State voters may decide marijuana, wage issues X
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of six initiatives turn in signatures seeking the ballot
          AP:  Minimum wage, medical marijuana among Missouri ballot proposals
          Drebes:  Scot Van Meter withdraws
          The Missouri Times:  Amid filing controversy, Scot Van Meter withdraws from Missouri Senate race
          The Missouri Times:  Compromises made, budget still on schedule to pass before deadline
          CDT:  Budget negotiators reject Greitens cuts to education X
          KWMU:  House & Senate agree on $98 million spending hike for K-12 schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri budget negotiators make recommendations on education and state employee pay
          Columbia Missourian:  Latest budget plan fully funds K-12 education, delays state employee pay raises
          AP:  Missouri budget leaders agree on increased K-12 school funding
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers putting final touches on budget
          Missourinet:  Legislature still has major topics on the table as session winds down
          KWMU:  New state office seeks to bring high-speed Internet to rural Missouri
          Missourinet:  Proposal approved by Senate would change merit system for state employees
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's dubious export:  Sex offenders
          P-D:  New Missouri-American Water Company rates expected to take effect later this month X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee unanimously approves psychiatric hospital in Cape Girardeau
          The Missouri Times:  Drivewyze weigh-in-motion technology up and running
          AP:  Missouri Legislature votes for radioactive waste inquiries
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri publisher who made payments in Greitens case shouldn't pretend to be a journalist X
          P-D editorial:  After Galloway audit, Hazelwood School District must hold former officials accountable X
          P-D letter:  Chris Benjamin (D):  Missouri public defender system needs adequate funding X
          KC letter:  KC man says tax on food is immoral X
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        Monday, May 7
       
CNN's State of the Union transcript:  Blunt talks Trump, North Korea, declines to offer guidance to state lawmakers on impeachment vote
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest host Rachael Herndon Dunn and panel of Scott Dieckhaus, David Barklage, Patrick Lynn, Jeff Roorda talk House report, Jay Barnes, more
          SNL:  In Missouri petition season, Ashcroft focuses on his job while avoiding Eric Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin) talks about declining to sign special session petition
          AP:  Choice to act on Greitens not clear cut for some lawmakers
          Drebes:  Senate 34:  GOP seeks to kick Scot Van Meter off ballot
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) winding down career in Legislature
          KWMU:  Few changes to K-12 education pending as Missouri Legislture remains 'bogged down'
          AP:  Legislature passes bill on high school computer science classes
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's B.J. Tanksley on ag bills' advancement
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offender special series:  'Extremely complex' sex offender residency restrictions are challenging to enforce
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offender special series:  Sex offender faces a lifetime on the registry
          P-D:  Obituary:  Former Lacy Clay attorney Richard E. Schwartz X
          CDT editorial:  Missouri Times owner Scott Faughn needs a lesson in journalism X
          Messenger:  Greitens scandal casts 2015 Danforth eulogy of Schweich in new light X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  In Missouri, police officers should not be allowed to use deadly force
          P-D letter:  Fenton woman considers McCaskill a 'moderate' X
          P-D letter:  Villa Ridge septuagenarian suggests gag order be applied to media in Greitens case X
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Philip Oehlerking on research showing minimum-wage increases do not stimulate economy X
          SNL letter:  Gun-control advocate threatens to keep her young children from attending Missouri universities if concealed-carry law passes X
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        Sunday, May 6
       
P-D:  Top-level turmoil at EPA raises local concern about West Lake Landfill progress X
          SNL:  Thieves keep targeting VA clinic despite security upgrades, police say X
          CDT:  Latest Greitens report could help settle important impeachment question:  Were misdeeds committed while in office, or not? X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Greitens confidant Mark Bobak X
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers make case for easing term limits X
          JCNT:  Advocacy group complains that bill makes it harder for consumers to sue X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) invited to coal meeting in Tennessee
          SE Missourian:  Drug court strives to help offenders avoid jail time, rebuild lives and relationships +
          P-D editorial:  As felony trials and impeachment loom, Navy SEAL acrobatics won't help Greitens now X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens has one last chance to do the right thing X
          CDT editorial:  Greitens' attorney owes him a refund X
          JCNT editorial:  Right to protest must be ensured, but so must safety X
          KC Star editorial:  Support Kansas City businesses that pay a wage above the state minimum X
          P-D letter:  Peace Economy Project expresses outrage over defense contractor graft X
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian says Greitens has hubris X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian displeased with Missouri American Water's rate increases and profit margin X
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        Saturday, May 5
       
P-D:  Bad news for McCaskill:  New poll says majority of Missourians think it's time for new senator X
          SE Missourian:  In Cape Girardeau, Hawley calls McCaskill a 'liberal icon' +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 9:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann talk House committee report, impeachment, Wash U. inquiry, Danny Laub, Scott Faughn, more
          KWMU:  Here's who signed the petition for special session (link to pdf)
          JCNT:  All mid-Missouri lawmakers signed special session petition X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) declines to sign special session petition, says decision to resign is up to Greitens X
          SNL:  Lawmakers make historic call to consider impeaching Gov. Greitens X
          Missourinet:  The nuts and bolts of Missouri's impeachment proceedings
          AP:  Washington University reviewing grant funds for Greitens' book
          P-D:  Washington University probing whether Greitens misused grant funds X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens' defense team requests trial by judge again due to 'constant negative publicity'
          AP:  Greitens' office posted document with unauthorized Jay Ashcroft signature
          KWMU:  Medical marijuana advocates get twice the needed signatures for ballot initiative;  Comments from New Approach Missouri's Jack Cardetti
          AP:  Medical marijuana groups submit signatures for November vote
          Drebes:  New MEC opinion on revolving doors
          Missourinet:  Missouri's fallen law enforcement officers to be honored today
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House recognizes importance of sheltered workshops
          SE Missourian:  Missouri AG's office:  No evidence of timecard fraud in Oran +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill doing a good job exposing corruption - especially the Obamaphone program X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Justice for David Robinson +
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Republicans should demand Greitens resign X
          Waters:  Is Greitens a champion of Sunshine reform? X
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        Friday, May 4
       
KWMU:  Greitens likely to face impeachment after lawmakers call historic special session
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers make historic call for special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Special session to consider Greitens impeachment becomes a reality
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard:  Special session process involving Greitens "has monumental consequences"
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers to convene special session on Greitens impeachment
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers agree to call special session to consider Greitens' impeachment X
          KWMU:  Judge denies cameras in the courtroom for Greitens' felony invasion of privacy trial
          Missourinet:  Judge rules against cameras in courtroom during Greitens' upcoming trial
          AP:  Courtroom video request denied for Greitens' trial
          KC Star:  Greitens' legal woes entangle political advisers with ties to Pence's chief of staff X
          Faughn:  Now that everyone knows what I've known all along about Eric Greitens ...
          SNL:  'No huge conspiracy,' says Scott Faughn regarding his purchase of Greitens tapes for upcoming book, available at ScottFaughn.com X
          Kraske:  Jason Kander for President? Why the heck not? X
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri submits 346K signatures for initiative petition
          Missourinet:  Minimum wage ballot measure a step closer to November vote in Missouri
          KWMU:  Signatures delivered for Clean Missouri initiative
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins looks forward to conference committee discussion of budget
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Basye talks budget, transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature gives legalizing industrial hemp final approval
          P-D:  Industrial hemp gets the OK from Missouri lawmakers X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) calls omnibus ag bill significant
          Missourinet:  Rural broadband legislation will be heading to Missouri governor's desk
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of May 2, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Prosecutor:  No acquital in Robinson case;  state could seek new trial +
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Clean Missouri ballot initiative X
          P-D editorial:  'Thelma and Louise' are at it again. A political cliff awaits Trump and Greitens. X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri report is a good first step toward preventing opioid abuse and addiction X
          KC Star editorial:  Has your child's teacher been accused of a crime? Missouri makes it tough to find out X
          KWMU's Mary Delach Leonard:  Dodd-Frank advocacy series, Part I:  Profile of woman who took out loans she could not pay back;  Comments from liberal activist angry about influence of big banks;  More
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Unethical actions by Scott Faughn in Greitens case renew establishment media's complaints X
          P-D letter:  Mehlville septuagenarian suggests Kim Gardner's office spend more time focusing on street crime and less time trying to convict Greitens X
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        Thursday, May 3
       
SE Missourian:  Plans move ahead for new VA health center in Cape Girardeau +
          SE Missourian:  Blunt promotes Pell grants during visit to SEMO University +
          KWMU:  House report says Greitens lied about how he got charity fundraising list
          The Missouri Times:  New investigative committee report claims Greitens lied about The Mission Continues donor list
          The Missouri Times:  The Mission Continues confirms they didn't authorize use of donors' information following release of second House report
          SNL:  Michael Hafner's testimony details Greitens' early fundraising days, lack of Republican credentials X
          P-D:  Greitens lied to Missouri Ethics Commission, took charity donor list, report says X
          The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway, representing Greitens, says report does a 'tremendous disservice' to citizens
          Missourinet:  House committee report indicates Greitens broke campaign finance laws, lied to Missouri Ethics Commission
          Missourinet:  Special House committee will subpoena Greitens' campaign staff
          AP:  House report indicates Greitens' campaign lied about donor list
          KC Star:  Greitens campaign sought to conceal donors identities, Michael Hafner testifies X
          KWMU:  Latest filings in Greitens case lay out strategies as trial approaches
          P-D:  Lawyers on both sides of Greitens invasion of privacy case make final pre-trial push X
          SNL:  Greitens' Sunshine Law attorney Sarah Madden - who used Confide app - leaves for another job in Missouri government X
          CDT:  House report might speed up impeachment process X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) supports special session
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats call for impeachment proceedings to begin
          Missourinet:  Democrats want immediate action on Greitens
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers who want Greitens' resignation grow impatient with new allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor-backed group submits signatures for minimum wage increase
          KWMU:  Signatures submitted for minimum wage ballot initiative
          AP:  Minimum wage group has enough signatures for ballot
          Columbia Missourian:  Minimum wage group submits over 120,000 petition signatures
          SE Missourian:  Former state Sen. Jerry Howard (D) seeks state House seat;  Octogenarian will take on incumbent Rep. Herman Morse (R-Dexter) in November +
          Drebes:  Ashley Bax new chief of staff to Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff)
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes broadband expansion bill despite property right concerns
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation to allow industrial hemp in Missouri gets Senate support
          P-D:  Galloway audit shows how Hazelwood School District lied about attendance to get more state aid, and covered up high school principal's thievery
          KWMU:  State audit finds Hazelwood's weak financial practices set stage for theft
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court orders Robinson released from prison, claims 'constitutional violations' in murder case +
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens scandals are about more than sex. They're about money, too. X
          P-D editorial:  Money drives the Greitens saga and befouls everyone who touches it X
          P-D editorial:  Another damning report puts Greitens in the eye of the legal storm X
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Claire McCaskill:  Combating rising drug prices for Missourians X
          P-D op-ed:  Urban proprietor Joe Edwards:  Raising the minimum wage would revitalize communities X
          KC Star op-ed:  University Academy's Bush Helzberg:  Charter schools deliver results to Kansas City students X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian unhappy with large amounts of cash raised for Missouri's U.S. Senate race X
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman opposes concealed-carry legislation X
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        Wednesday, May 2
       
KWMU:  West Lake Landfill activists angsty after Superfund chief resigns
          KWMU:  Source of Watkins money in Greitens case remains unknown
          Missourinet:  Appeals court says attorney for ex-husband in Greitens case must answer questions about money trail
          SNL:  Greitens petition kept secret for now X
          P-D:  Despite calls for resignation, some GOP lawmakers stay silent on Greitens X
          KC Star:  Greitens financial disclosure docs:  Governor created LLC to provide liability protection for new property;  Stan Herzog paid for some travel;  Other line-item odds and ends X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Capitol dome goes blue to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  'There's plenty of room for compromise' on the Missouri budget
          SNL:  Education funding tops agenda for lawmakers ahead of Missouri budget negotiations X
          KC Star:  With end of session in sight, Missouri lawmakers press forward on tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate signs off on changes to state's Merit system
          The Missouri Times:  To pass tort overhaul, will the Senate use the PQ?
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to give Missourians with debilitating illnesses access to medical marijuana
          KWMU:  Medical marijuana bill passes Missouri House
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana one step closer to being legal in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Minus state action, St. Louis County drug monitoring program expands
          Missourinet:  One-year anniversary for St. Louis County PDMP
          JCNT:  House committee hears Senate solution to Anthem situation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lobbyist gift ban legislation proceeds - with a twist
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation wants your comments about fish gigging X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature passes hair-braiding bill
          P-D:  Missouri set to ease regulations on hair braiders X
          P-D:  Former Missouri prison guard gets $175,000 in discrimination case X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt and fellow Republicans can't let Trump blow it on trade X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers have a lot of nerve criticizing Greitens' drug monitoring program X
          P-D op-ed:  Jim Lembke:  No taxation without representation:  It's time for a Clean Missouri X
          Messenger:  Sordid Greitens saga leaving casualties strewn across the Missouri battlefield X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Recap of previous coverage of Scott Faughn X
          P-D letter:  Group supports efforts by Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith to address air ambulance issues X
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian expresses gratitude to Emanuel Cleaver for "the pork from Washington" to pay for urban "beautification" X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian blames Ballpark Village shooting on Missouri legislators X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants legislators to kick shock jock off the air for sharing unpopular views X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man disappointed with Post-Dispatch's calls for censorship X
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        Tuesday, May 1
       
May 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          KCUR:  Blunt recognized in Kansas City for work to fund AmeriCorps
          P-D:  McCaskill launches inquiry into air ambulances and insurers X
          CDT:  Hartzler hosts summit to fight human trafficking X
          AP:  Hawley backs census citizenship question
          Missourinet:  Massachusetts poll confirms tight U.S. Senate race in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri Times publisher delivered $50k in cash to attorney of key Greitens witness
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  Scott Faughn on Al Watkins, Post-Dispatch's pay-to-play approach to journalism, Tony Messenger's beef with Steve Tilley, and the new book on Greitens scandal (While Missouri Slept) available at ScottFaughn.com
          Missourinet:  Greitens attorney says newspaper publisher sent $50,000 to lawyer of ex-husband in felony case against governor
          P-D:  Missouri Times publisher delivered $50k to Watkins before Greitens indictment, defense claims X
          The Missouri Times:  Playing catch-up:  The latest in Greitens' woes
          SNL:  Lawmakers defend woman in Greitens' case, say governor's claims 'demonstrably false' X
          SNL:  Full text:  Missouri House committee's new supplemental report on allegations against Eric Greitens X
          KWMU:  House committee again backs woman's account of relationship with Greitens
          AP:  Report:  Woman says Greitens 'coaxed' her as 'a wounded little animal'
          Columbia Missourian:  Committee finds consistency in woman's testimony against Greitens
          P-D:  Missouri committee says woman's claims against Greitens are credible X
          KC Star:  Lawmakers dispute Greitens' claims that woman's statements are contradictory X
          JCNT:  Judge keeps Confide lawsuit going X
          P-D:  Judge rules secrecy case against Greitens can go forward X
          Drebes:  What will happen to Greitens' campaign cash after impeachment?
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules corporations cannot contribute to PACs under Missouri's Amendment 2
          The Missouri Times:  SD 34 Republicans appeal to court to remove Scott Van Meter from ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Term-limited Munzlinger endorses Redmon to replace him in Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Women in Policy panel talks challenges in careers, role of social media
          AP:  Missouri agency seeks more investigators for opioid program
          Missourinet:  Koenig testifies on legislation cutting Missouri's corporate income tax rate
          Columbia Missourian:  House approves controversial pro-Israel bill
          Columbia Missouri:  How a Bill Becomes a Law series:  Conference committees pit chamber against chamber
          KWMU:  Local NAACP chapters want more state funding for historically black universities
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court to hear appear of Russell Bucklew execution case
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        Monday, April 30
       
NBC:  Meet the Press transcript:  Roy Blunt on North Korea, Iran, Eric Greitens
        P-D:  Ad-rate breaks in Missouri Senate campaign amplify McCaskill's fundraising advantages X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bob Onder on budget, Greitens, more;  Panel of Reps. John Mayfield and Marsha Haefner, David Barklage and state rep candidate Brad Bakker talk McCaskill-Hawley, Greitens and more
        Missourinet:  Ex-husband in Greitens' first felony case to be deposed today
        KC Star:  Hawley investigating Greitens' use of Facebook, other social media X
        Drebes:  Jeff Penland withdraws from Republican state rep primary;  Brenda Shields to carry GOP banner for Galen Higdon's seat
        Missourinet:  Two key Democrats back Rone's call for more Department of Agriculture funding
        P-D:  Opioid epidemic seeps into Missouri prisons X
        Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Fayette resident John Tinker, famous for anti-war student speech case
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Ag, DED debut rural resources guide
        P-D editorial:  Missouri should not reverse hard-fought municipal court reforms X
        Messenger:  The lesson in Al Watkins' secret $100k? Dark money begets dark money. X
        KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Want to know why Greitens isn't giving up? Meet his supporters. X
        P-D letter:  American Cancer Society volunteer thanks Blunt for research funding X
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        Sunday, April 29
       
CDT:  Tribune subpoenaed for Greitens video X
          Platte County Landmark:  Amid controversy, Greitens makes appearance in Platte County;  Governor uses back entrance to avoid media
          P-D editorial:  While the EPA shortchanges St. Louis, Pruitt enjoys the perks of power X
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens blames Josh Hawley for this mess? Is the governor serious? X
          KC Star's Allison Kite:  Missouri senators wrong to oppose opioid drug tracking;  Comments from Schaaf, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis County [sic]) X
          KC Star letter:  Kingsville woman notes Star's sloppiness around naming location of counties X
          P-D letter:  Imperial septuagenarian displeased that Kim Gardner spends money "like a drunken sailor" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman opposes Taylor's concealed-weapons bill X
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        Saturday, April 28
       
AP:  Senate confirms Timothy Garrison as U.S. Attorney for western Missouri
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 8:  How an investigator, an attorney general and $100,000 in cash affected Greitens' week
          SNL:  Even if he's impeached, Greitens likely to fight to stay on the job X
          Drebes:  Second-guessing Greitens' new turn-and-run approach to news cameras
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Bob Onder talks budget bill and 'paycheck protection';  Panel of David Barklage, Brad Bakker, Reps. John Mayfield and Marsha Haefner talk impeachment, Greitens vs. Hawley, more
          P-D:  Judge says Hawley can continue investigating Greitens X
          AP:  $100,000 to attorney in Greitens case involved client
          P-D:  St. Louis judge in Greitens case orders inquiry into source of $100,000 cash payment X
          AP:  Greitens' lawyers reluctant to release deposition
          KC Star:  Woman who had multiple sexual encounters with Greitens:  Order to give up her phone for examination 'victimizes her again' X
          P-D:  Hawley's office deposes Danny Laub in Washington, D.C. X
          KC Star:  Hawley gave Cole County prosecutor evidence alleging new crime by Greitens X
          The Missouri Times:  SD 17 special election:  Lauren Arthur outraises Kevin Corlew in April quarterly filings
          CDT:  Dem state rep candidate wants Greitens to resign X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers working on budget and other bills as May deadlines loom
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate may not confirm education nominees who did Greitens' 'bidding' X
          P-D:  In Missouri, lawmakers have a beef with fake meat X
          SNL editorial:  Local women's group uses Greitens' scandal to pitch domestic violence education X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators' budget is good news for older Missourians X
          P-D editorial briefs:  MO DNR should not have returned federal funds X
          Messenger:  Missouri regulator 'moved mountains' to help private trucking company X
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        Friday, April 27
       
P-D:  McCaskill votes yes on Pompeo as secretary of state
          SNL:  Gun control advocates to host forum in Springfield tomorrow X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air event promo:  Lawyer to explain why artwork depicting police officers as animals should be displayed at U.S. Capitol
          SNL:  Greitens claims Hawley is too prejudiced to lead investigations into governor X
          KWMU:  Judge hears Greitens restraining order request against Hawley
          Missourinet:  Judge hears arguments in case to remove Hawley from Greitens investigation
          P-D:  Investigator on Greitens' criminal case refuses to answer deposition questions
          Missourinet:  Judge in Greitens' initial felony case won't depose Roy Temple
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson says 'a majority of Republicans' have signed petition for special session
          Missourinet:  Richardson:  House committee investigating Greitens to issue another report
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Superminority Whip Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) share views on special session
          JCNT:  Senate gives first approval to Merit System changes X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood groups continue battle against Missouri's new pro-life law X
          The Missouri Times:  Shared parenting bill moving through Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds MoDOT, Highway Patrol employees engaged in questionable, biased practices;  Drivewyze vs. HELP Inc.
          AP:  Audit calls out agency work with trucking company
          The Missouri Times:  Civil engineers group gives Missouri a C- on infrastructure report card
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri laws make drug take back essential X
          SNL:  Bill would carve out exemption for City Utilities coal ash landfill X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri extends dicamba deadline for SE Missouri;  Dept. of Ag says wet weather means farmers need more time to use popular, effective herbicide
          The Missouri Times:  Juror appreciation week kicks off next week
          P-D editorial:  Radio host with ugly views should be silenced by Congress X
          JCNT editorial:  Hawley erred in calling for Greitens' resignation X
          KC Star editorial:  If Eric Greitens wants to govern, he must actually face Missouri voters X
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Beware of signing liberals' Clean Missouri/Blue Missouri petitions
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. public health student:  Healthy housing is under siege in Missouri X
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        Thursday, April 26
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Russia likely affected all 50 states in 2016 elections
          KWMU:  Alzado Harris, 34, confesses to vandalizing Jewish cemetery
          Missourinet:  Florissant man confesses to vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Man confesses to vandalizing Jewish cemetery
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  On Danny Laub, The Mission Continues, and upcoming book on Greitens controversies
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense team issues notice to depose St. Louis Circuit Attorney's lead investgator
          KWMU:  House committee investigating Greitens hires extra help
          KC Star:  House committee hires Edward 'Chip' Robertson X
          P-D:  Greitens show limps along as governor lobbies lawmakers;  impeachment looms X
          SNL:  GOP to Jim Evans:  You're not a real Republican X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party seeks to remove four candidates from primary elections, saying they are not 'Republican candidates'
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate approves Ethics Commission appointee, but full confirmation on hold
          Missourinet:  Haahr's tax overhaul bill assigned to Missouri Senate Ways and Means Committee
          The Missouri Times:  Senate OKs budget plan cutting back $50 million from education foundation formula
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate forges a plan to fund K-12 and higher education
          KC Star:  Senate budget falls shy of full foundation formula funding X
          KWMU:  Local college students complain about money;  Man who chose to go $60,000 into debt blames his personal financial predicament on Rex Sinquefield and Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears case on transgender demands in schools;  Teenage girl wants to use boys' locker room
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court hears Blue Springs girl's case on locker-room access X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 25, 2018
          P-D editorial:  Prosecution in Greitens case not exactly a well-oiled machine X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Remembering Bobby Kennedy's visit to Cape 50 years ago +
          Jensen:  Hillary Clinton, Eric Greitens each carry their own baggage in election - and Greitens could hurt Hawley this fall +
          P-D letter:  Affton man says Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) should be held to higher standard X
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters opposes state tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Breckenridge Hills man takes note of Post-Dispatch's consistently sloppy editing, questionable headlines and zero institutional knowledge X
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        Wednesday, April 25
       
KWMU:  Greitens' attorneys want Gardner off Mission Continues fundraising case
          The Missouri Times:  No ruling in Greitens team's attempt to disqualify Gardner in felony computer tampering case
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge continues to weigh request to dismiss prosecutor in felony case against Greitens
          AP:  Greitens case:  Judge weighs disqualifying prosecutors
          AP:  Greitens to speak at officer association's prayer breakfast
          P-D:  Greitens to speak at law enforcement breakfast X
          CDT:  On Greitens, Missouri's senior GOP figures remain silent X
          The Missouri Times:  30 Under 30 issue
          KWMU:  St. Louis-based network for women's startups expands to six cities;  St. Louis market led by Robin Carnahan alum Mindy Mazur
          The Missouri Times:  Eddy Justice appointment withdrawn from Senate floor after senators threaten filibuster
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate halts confirmation of Eddy Justice to state education board
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation to move 'right to work' to August ballot advances out of committee
          KWMU:  Proposal to move 'right to work' vote to August advances
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to move 'right to work' vote to August ballot gets initial approval
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Anti-Trump author Sarah Kendzior promotes her book (50 minutes)
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Legislators aren't spending enough taxpayer money on Missouri universities
          P-D:  University officials unhappy about tightening their belts X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) pleased with tax overhaul package, talks fuel tax possibilities
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives first-round approval to bill banning boycott of Israel
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to examine Missouri Dept. of Agriculture's funding level
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri leaders, agronomists hopeful dicamba training pays off;  Dept. of Ag requiring application training for the herbicide
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature asked to recognize pornography as a public health risk
          KWMU:  Anti-Ameren protest draws small crowd
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear two LGBTQIA* cases:  Man claims to be treated poorly at work because he's gay;  Teenage girl wants to use boys' locker room
          KC Star editorial:  The crew circling Eric Greitens may be questionable, but the governor still needs to go X
          P-D editorial:  Missourians need legislative help to curb air ambulance charges X
          Helling:  Is Claire McCaskill lucky or good?  Maybe Missouri GOP is just lousy at picking candidates X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Congress 1, human trafficking 0 X
          P-D op-ed:  Greitens' lawyers divert attention by attacking investigator X
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        Tuesday, April 24
       
SNL:  Plug pulled on VP Pence appearance in Springfield;  Spokeswoman for Trump nonprofit says she has "no idea" if cancellation is related to Greitens' troubles X
          SNL:  Hawley argues calling on Greitens to resign was 'critical' part of AG's job X
          Missourinet:  Attorney for ex-husband says he was paid $100,000 in Greitens felony case
          AP:  Ex-husband's attorney gets $100,000 payment in Greitens case
          KC Star:  Attorney of ex-husband in Greitens case received $100,000 from unknown source X
          KWMU:  Judge orders investigator to show up Thursday to redo deposition
          Clayton Times:  Prosecution's investigator ordered to appear Thursday for re-deposition in Greitens' invasion of privacy case
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense team seeks to disqualify Gardner in second felony case
          P-D:  Possible perjury cited by Greitens' lawyers, who want prosecutors disqualified X
          JCNT:  Special House committee keeps working X
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Jon Prouty and Shamed Dogan talk about Greitens' political duplicity and lack of party loyalty
          KWMU:  Some Missouri lawmakers not calling on Greitens to resign, despite growing legal troubles
          Missourinet:  Iowa governor says it's up to Missourians to decide Greitens' fate
          The Missouri Times:  Burns has 'no intention of resigning' over call-ins to controversial radio show
          AP:  Burns won't resign over calls to radio show
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Conservative writers Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham explain how liberals' intolerance and lack of humor works to limit free speech
          The Missouri Times:  David Wasinger's campaign picking up steam in state auditor's race
          Drebes:  Two candidates withdraw from their state Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  Home stretch:  Bills to watch as session's end draws near
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to medical marijuana bill
          P-D:  Missouri House endorses medical marijuana measure X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators consider DWI impact panels, revising treatment courts
          SE Missourian:  State budget cuts could reduce autism services +
          Columbia Missourian:  CAFOs wouldn't benefit from proposed exemptions to clean water law
          Columbia Missourian:  How a Bill Becomes a Law series:  Differences between the House and Senate go beyond the surface
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Bostic case on long sentences for juveniles
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court rejects Missouri man with 241-year prison term
          Missourinet:  State House resolution would denounce Missouri's Dred Scott decision
          KWMU:  At St. Louis conference, liberals complain about federal housing policies and perceived racism
          SNL:  What should you do when you spot a slow-moving turtle on the road? Here's the Missouri Department of Conservation's advice. X
          KWMU:  Missouri tops the nation for black homicide rate, again
          P-D editorial:  Greitens launched his political career by looting a charity X
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) stands in defense of an avowed racist X
          KC Star editorial:  Burns should resign after defending radio host who specializes in racist rants X
          P-D op-ed:  Anti-Trump group:  McCaskill should oppose Pompeo as secretary of state X
          P-D op-ed:  Mizzou law school prof Frank Bowman:  Yes, Greitens can be impeached right now X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian suggests that those complaining about municipal tickets and fines should stop breaking the law X
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        Monday, April 23
       
KWMU:  With political career on virtual life support, some wonder how long Greitens can hang on
          Politico:  Analysis:  Greitens divides Missouri GOP, just in time for McCaskill's re-election;  Comments from John Hancock, James Harris
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jon Prouty, Reps. Bruce Franks and Shamed Dogan, PROMO's Steph Perkins talk Greitens vs. Hawley, much more
          SNL:  Blunt announces that Missouri gets federal grant to fight escalating opioid overdose deaths X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri needs more farmer lawmakers
          Drebes:  Ron Richard endorses David Wasinger for state auditor
          JCNT:  Walk for Life participants forge through rain X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's HBCUs receive more funding per student than MU, other state schools
          AP:  Missouri House votes to regulate powdered alcohol
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz work truck stopped after bill language added limited commercial inspections
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) looks ahead to county service
          CDT:  New hearing set for Mamtek's Bruce Cole X
          JCNT editorial:  Ban lobbyist gifts, leave term limits alone X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers want to cut taxes to win your vote X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should raise the gas tax X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Bill from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) would remedy injustice of air ambulance bills X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Zach Barrett:  Gun bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) a bad idea X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man enjoyed watching Billy Long question Mark Zuckerberg X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man who writes letters to congressional offices believes he is entitled to more thorough responses X
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        Sunday, April 22   Earth Day
       
P-D:  Hawley hires Katie Walsh, St. Louis native and former top Trump aide, to help boost fundraising X
          KC Star:  Missouri Scout poll:  McCaskill 48, Hawley 44;  Trump approval 50%;  Greitens approval 37% X
          P-D:  At Texas County Lincoln Day dinner, Greitens ignores scandal in speech to supporters X
          SNL:  Greitens is fighting multiple scandals. Here's what happened and what's next. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Many lawmakers still reluctant to take public stand on Greitens
          KC Star:  Amid week of distractions, Missouri lawmakers move to isolate embattled governor X
          KWMU:  Democrats demand Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) resign after appearing on Bob Romanik's radio show
          SNL:  Democrat asked to leave Legislature for backing radio host known for racist rants X
          P-D:  Democratic leaders want Burns to resign over calls to controversial radio host X
          Drebes:  Kim Tuttle's "Motherputter" ladies' golf apparel line
          Columbia Missourian:  Slashed funding cuts community colleges deeper
          P-D:  Anti-coal activists want Wash U. to divest from fossil-fuel companies;  Protesters in SEIU garb crash alumni event to deliver message to chancellor, who was not there X
          P-D:  Traffic enforcement, court collections continue to drop in post-Ferguson era X
          P-D editorial:  As attention focuses on Greitens, another ruinous tax-cut bill advances X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Credit to House Republicans for strengthening Sunshine Law efforts X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  University of Missouri promotes its economic impact X
          Messenger:  Area veteran featured in pro-pot videos exaggerates tales of military service, gender reassignment surgery, other biographical facts X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville septuagenarian says Trump won't chastise Greitens X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles septuagenarian says Greitens is innocent until proven guilty X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian says state GOP legislators want to worsen health care for Missourians X
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        Saturday, April 21
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill announces $8.7 million in federal money for Cape veterans home
          KWMU:  Greitens charged with felony related to illegally obtaining fundraising list
          The Missouri Times:  Second indictment issued against Greitens
          SNL:  Greitens indicted for stealing donor list
          AP:  Greitens charged over charity donor list
          P-D:  Greitens charged with felony computer tampering
          KC Star:  Greitens charged with second felony after AG investigation into veterans charity
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 7:  4 huge events that diminished Greitens' standing
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week update:  Burlison, Danny Laub, much more from the Stein of Knowledge
          The Missouri Times:  Dark money group targets Schaaf
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers balance regular business with observing Greitens' legal battles
          Drebes:  Ed Emery ties Greitens' alleged red pill/BDSM behavior to pornography
          AP:  Lawmakers consider withholding bills from Greitens
          AP:  Legislators approve numerous changes to elections
          SNL:  4/20 marijuana update:  Missour legislation;  Pot enthusiasts watch Cheech & Chong;  More
          AP:  Missouri designates $3M for sexual assault evidence testing
          KWMU:  Students skip class in the name of gun control, complain about NRA
          SNL editorial:  Lawmakers should agree on these three tax changes
          KC Star editorial:  Here's why lawmakers should legalize medical marijuana in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man compares Greitens to Bill Clinton
          P-D letter:  Glendale feminist expresses anger over slavery and Post-Dispatch's coverage of Greitens
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        Friday, April 20   4/20
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley among Missouri's top money-raisers
          AP:  Hawley trails McCaskill in fundraising
          KWMU:  Judge refuses to throw out felony charge against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Judge rules criminal case against Greitens will proceed
          P-D:  Judge refuses to dismiss case against Greitens X
          KC Star:  Invasion-of-privacy case will proceed, but judge scolds prosecutors X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) rebukes Greitens defense team's call for Hawley's recusal
          Missourinet:  Richardson:  'I'm not going to put any artificial deadline on this committee'
          CDT:  Petition gains steam in House X
          P-D:  'Substantial' number of House Republicans have signed petition for special session, speaker says X
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford not rushing to judgment on Greitens +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves one appointment to Ethics Commission, quorum re-established
          SNL:  Greitens, Greene County cases ahead for Ethics Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  Photos:  2018 Annual Legislative Softball Tournament
          CDT:  Hazmat team investigates letter sent to Senate office X
          The Missouri Times:  Fire crews called to Capitol for 'suspicious package'
          Missourinet:  Freakout over 'suspicious package' delays Missouri Senate session
          Missourinet:  Nasheed mocks Greitens' alleged tough-guy posturing against Hawley, says AG is 'so small' in stature
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed requests 'additional security' to protect against Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Prescription drug, Sunshine Law, no-call list bills all pass House
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to strengthen Missouri's open records laws
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill and Blunt should protect Mueller from President Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Judge makes the right call to proceed with Greitens' trial X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Greitens' potential impeachment is unprecedented
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  With friends like local radio host Bob Romanik, why does Greitens need lawyers? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian says Greitens has no shame in his heart X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield grandma claims her newborn grandkids want Greitens to resign X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia woman says pro-gun legislators should fear gun-control advocates, who will totally oust them in November
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        Thursday, April 19
       
SNL:  Greitens asks for court order to block Hawley from investigating him X
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens files request for restraining order against Hawley
        P-D:  Greitens' attorneys ask judge to forbid Hawley from investigating him
        KWMU:  Prosecutor facing looming deadline to charge Greitens for charity donor list
        P-D:  Judge to rule today on dismissal of Greitens' criminal case X
        P-D:  Defense lawyers claim former FBI agent being investigated for perjury in case against Greitens X
        SNL:  A look at the Missouri impeachment process X
        CDT:  Boone County House members split on Greitens X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Charlie Shields, Sheila Solon weigh in on Greitens at Buchanan County GOP meeting X
        AP:  Greitens banking on public backing in not resigning post as governor
        P-D:  White House debating how to deal with Greitens, a man who refuses to quit X
        Missourinet:  UCM poli sci prof Robynn Kuhlmann doubts Trump intervenes in Greitens' fate
        KC Star:  Dems seize opportunity to take aim at Hawley, say AG should have been investigating Greitens sooner X
        P-D:  McCaskill says she'd vote to repeal tax cuts aimed at wealthy, but not middle class
        Drebes:  Greitens' faux deregulation continues;  Examples of superficial wordplay used to reach symbolic "reduced regulation by a third" claim
        The Missouri Times:  Tax cuts on Tax Day:  Missouri House approves Haahr's massive revenue overhaul bill
        Columbia Missourian:  Major tax package passes House, moves to Senate
        The Missouri Times:  Tax Day, take two:  How state and federal cuts are affecting revenue
        AP:  House, top Senate budgeter split on school funding
        Columbia Missourian:  Bright Flight scholarship expansion would keep students in Missouri post-graduation
        Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to beef up the state's open records law
        Missourinet:  Coal ash bill heads to House floor
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 18, 2018
        Missourinet:  Legislative aide arrested at Missouri Capitol for online interactions with undercover decoy
        SNL:  Governor's office providing resolution to honor Nixa officer who died X
        KOMU:  Migration is paused for American White Pelicans, says Missouri Department of Conservation
        P-D:  Missouri leads nation in black homicide rate, study finds X
        CDT editorial:  Greitens should resign;  Missouri is bigger than one man X
        Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  People with baggage should never run for office
        P-D's Raasch:  If a governor falls in a Flyover State, is it national news? X
        P-D op-ed:  CEO of old-folks home wants legislators to spend more money on elderly X
        SNL letter:  Springfield liberal wishes Elijah Haahr and Jay Wasson were more like Hubert Humphrey X
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        Wednesday, April 18
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley says Greitens may have committed a felony in using donor list
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley hands over evidence regarding Greitens' use of donor list to raise money
          KWMU:  Hawley:  Evidence exists to charge Greitens for obtaining charity fundraising list
          SNL:  Hawley says he has evidence Greitens committed a felony X
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  A Time to Choose:  Are Republicans with Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Potential criminal acts committed by Greitens using veterans charity donor list
          AP:  Greitens could face charge for charity donor list
          KC Star:  Hawley:  Greitens committed 'potentially criminal acts' involving veterans charity X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly leadership calls for resignation, Senate wishes to begin impeachment
          SNL:  Missouri Republicans seek Eric Greitens' ouster X
          KWMU:  Top Republican legislative leaders call on Greitens to resign
          Missourinet:  GOP legislative leadership calls on Greitens to resign
          P-D:  Top GOP lawmakers call for Greitens to resign X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers begin circulating petition calling themselves in for special session X
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans choosing sides:  Josh Hawley vs. Eric Greitens X
          KC Star:  Republican legislative leaders call for Greitens to resign X
          Missourinet:  Reps. Lindell Shumake, Cheri Toalson Reisch say they're withholding judgment on Greitens
          AP:  Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities
          KWMU:  Overview of Greitens' political and legal issues
          Missourinet:  Flurry of accusations and charges fuel political and legal upheaval in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard endorses David Wasinger for state auditor
          Drebes:  Damon Shelby Porter, alum of Clint Zweifel and Jay Nixon, promoted at Association of Global Automakers
          P-D:  Amid Greitens turmoil, Missouri House approves tax cut X
          The Missouri Times:  Report puts UM System economic impact at $5.4 billion annual
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri System says it has $5.4 billion annual impact
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Houghton hopeful Missouri working animal bill will pass
          Missourinet:  After passing the Missouri House, state Senators consider bill to fund broadband expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Jefferson City and REALTORS celebrate 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Act
          KC Star editorial:  How many felony charges will Greitens face before he does the right thing and resigns? X
          P-D editorial:  This time, Greitens is accused of cheating on his veterans charity X
          KC Star editorial:  Listen to faith leaders, Missouri legislators:  God and guns don't go together X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Facebook wrong to block conservative views X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Wolff:  Greitens impeachment:  Are we there yet? X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters woman disapproves of both Trump and Greitens X
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        Tuesday, April 17
       
KWMU:  Obituary:  Veteran black activist Eric Vickers dies at 65
          KWMU:  Event promo:  Join St. Louis Public Radio at Left Bank Books to support Sarah Kendzior's new anti-Trump book
          KWMU:  After months of complaints, new administrator named for St. Louis Veterans Home
          Missourinet:  New leadership named for troubled St. Louis Veterans Home
          KWMU:  McCaskill among state's top money-raisers
          CDT:  Hartzler outpacing rivals in fundraising
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  Statewide
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State House
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Legislators debate medical marijuana bills;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, Reps. Jim Neely and "Kirk Matthews [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Annual child abuse advocacy event moves to Millbottom
          P-D:  Letter sent to Greitens from Peter Kinder foreshadowed dark-money issues to come;  Governor's supporters created "LG PAC" to make it appear as if Kinder was attacking Brunner
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers return to work under Greitens cloud
          KWMU:  Judge to decide Thursday if Greitens trial continues
          The Missouri Times:  Judge to rule Thursday on whether to dismiss Greitens' felony invasion of privacy case
          Missourinet:  Judge to rule Thursday in request for dismissal of Greitens' criminal case
          P-D:  Judge to rule Thursday on dismissal of Greitens' criminal case
          AP:  Greitens' prosecution:  Relying on investigator was a mistake
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' attorney asks for AG recusal in veterans charity investigation;  Hawley calls request 'frivolous'
          Missourinet:  Greitens attorney says AG 'clearly compromised' probe into donor list;  Hawley calls claim 'frivolous'
          Missourinet:  Greitens supporter Scott Walker:  "It's difficult, if not impossible, for Greitens to continue to govern."
          SNL:  What national liberal and conservative voices are saying about Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Lembke apologizes to friends for supporting Greitens, calls for resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not rushing to judgment after Greitens report
          The Missouri Times:  What the Greitens scandal could mean for Trump and the Republican Party
          AP:  Missouri ethics nominees:  No promises made to Greitens
          Drebes:  Education transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Conservation Federation of Missouri wants to block Missouri lawmakers from involvement in the state Conservation Department
          SE Missourian editorial:  Donna Lichtenegger's pro-life bill a good step toward respecting life
          St. Joseph News-Press' Newton:  Missouri will weather the Greitens storm
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Nursing home operator:  Legislature should fund nursing home services
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis applauds Ann Wagner and Claire McCaskill for efforts to curb sex trafficking
          P-D letter:  Farmington septuagenarian offended that McCaskill was not invited to sex-trafficking bill signing
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian irked by Post-Dispatch's consistent anti-Greitens bias
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        Monday, April 16
       
KCUR:  Missouri lawmakers support Syria airstrikes
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics mid-week update:  Scott Faughn's Stein of Knowledge:  Greitens' next move, Ann Wagner and Josh Hawley, House committee member leaking report to Greitens team, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway and Gretchen Bangert, Scott Dieckhaus and Jane Dueker talk House report on Greitens
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gain McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says Legislature has enough votes to call special session about disciplining Greitens
          AP:  Massachusetts academic offers psychological assessment of Greitens' lover, from afar
          Missourinet:  Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City):  Farmer's market bill will help Missouri agriculture and low-income seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  State audit of Columbia finances could cost $750,000 or more
          SE Missourian editorial:  Jordan receives deserved nomination from President Trump +
          P-D editorial:  Claire McCaskill and Ann Wagner played key roles in shutting down Backpage.com X
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Missouri Democrats and Republicans can work together to impeach Gov. Greitens X
          CDT editorial:  Give tax breaks a break X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature moves to limit city's big-verdict industry X
          SNL op-ed:  Scott Charton:  Greitens, the Fifth Amendment and impeachment X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian says Greitens morally unfit to lead X
          P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian says Greitens cannot be trusted and must resign X
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        Sunday, April 15
       
KC Star:  Whether criminal or not-yet-criminal, 'everyone's a target' of ICE these days;  Agents continue to make progress ridding KC of dangerous illegals X
          P-D:  Jason Kander previews presidential stump speech at New Hampshire event
          JCNT:  Local farming groups hope trade deal can stop dueling tariffs X
          JCNT:  Missourians show support for Second Amendment at Capitol rally X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for liberal Sarah Kendzior's new anti-Trump book
          P-D:  McCaskill visits city housing project, hears complaints
          KC Star:  Claire McCaskill roasted by actual Mizzou fans after tweeting mistake about Memorial Stadium X
          SNL:  Wonders of Wildlife to show George W. Bush veteran paintings X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Beyond Housing seeks manager of public policy and special projects
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway and Gretchen Bangert, Scott Dieckhaus, Jane Dueker talk Greitens developments
          KC Star:  Experts assess Greitens' impact on state legislative races;  Comments from John Hancock, Ryan Silvey, others X
          P-D:  Veterans of The Mission Continues react to Greitens drama X
          CDT:  Without state credits, tax credit requests grow X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Vacancies remain on Missouri Western's Board of Governors X
          AP:  Missouri considers unprecedented addiction help for moms
          P-D editorial:  Jamie Allman learns the hard way about threatening a teen with assault X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Ameren's $133 million tax windfall should go to consumers X
          SNL letter:  Willard sexagenarian calls Greitens a disgrace, demands he resign X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says Missouri Department of Corrections must do a better job of helping offenders X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur gun-control advocate unhappy with Post-Dispatch use of "anti-gun" in headline X
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        Saturday, April 14
       
Clayton Times:  Veteran black activist Eric Vickers dies
          P-D:  Civil rights attorney and activist Eric Vickers remembered as 'an enemy of injustice' X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 6:  Rosenbaum, others talk House report, Greitens' fate in court, impeachment, more
          The Missouri Times:  White House is taking Greitens situation 'very seriously'
          AP:  Democrats use Greitens' woes to attack Hawley
          KC Star:  Who's tougher on Greitens? McCaskill and Hawley slug it out X
          KWMU:  Payment for ex-husband's legal fees elicits legislative scrutiny
          SNL:  In Gov. Greitens' 'hot potato' criminal case, lawyers accuse opponents of misconduct X
          CDT:  Parson:  No official 'is larger than the state of Missouri' X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) reiterates that Greitens should resign
          Drebes:  List of elected officials who have called for Greitens to resign
          AP:  Analysis:  Acquittal of Greitens wouldn't guarantee political survival
          SNL:  Missouri Democrats to oppose special session in push to impeach Greitens X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Greitens impeached during regular session;  Governor's lawyers want criminal case dismissed
          P-D:  Greitens' woes bring gridlock to Capitol X
          KC Star:  Finding impartial jury for Greitens trial? 'Pretty close to impossible,' experts say X
          Missourinet:  Democratic Sens. Jill Schupp, Jamilah Nasheed provide mental health evaluation of Eric Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republican group calls on Van Meter to quit X
          The Missouri Times:  Herding cats to water:  Vescovo seamlessly transitions to leadership
          Washington Missourian:  Home of Rep. Randy Tate (R-St. Clair) targeted by prowler;  Police say mentally ill man used to live in area, may be lurking around
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to lower corporate tax rate
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes bills tackling term limits and lobbyist gift bans
          The Missouri Times:  Leadership St. Louis, Coro Fellows learn ins and outs of Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Crime victims, survivors, and their advocates honored at ceremony
          SNL editorial:  We have a long way to go to rid Missouri of abusive men. We can start with the governor. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens is finished X
          Messenger:  Greitens doesn't want his board appointments to embarrass him. Wait, what? X
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Greitens' victim screams lessons we should learn about sexual assault X
          P-D letter:  Area doctors applaud Blunt for NIH funding X
          KC Star letter:  KC woman theorizes why Greitens' lover kept coming back to him after "assault" X
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        Friday, April 13
       
KWMU:  If Greitens doesn't go, his fellow Republicans may show him the door anyway
        KWMU:  Senate could see slowdown if Greitens impeachment process doesn't start soon
        The Missouri Times:  Kehoe calls for Greitens to resign
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins calls for Greitens impeachment process to move forward
        The Missouri Times:  Senators say Greitens lacks 'moral fortitude' to lead
        Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers react to House report on Greitens' affair X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) still waiting to pass judgment on Greitens, says there are two sides to every story
        The Missouri Times:  GOP megadonor David Humphreys calls for Greitens' resignation
        SNL:  Calls for Greitens to resign mount X
        KC Star:  GOP donors, electeds weigh in on Greitens;  Comments from Humphreys, Hawley, Hartzler, Graves, "Anne [sic] Wagner" X
        Clayton Times:  Greitens blasts Gardner on Twitter, claiming she 'directly contradicted allegations in the House report'
        KWMU: Greitens attorneys accuse prosecutor of 'gross misconduct'
        SNL:  Greitens claims prosecutor 'hid a video' that undermines allegations in House report X
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense attorneys accuse Gardner of withholding evidence, 'gross misconduct'
        P-D:  Greitens' defense team accuses Gardner of misconduct X
        AP:  Greitens borrows phrases from Trump in criticizing "witch hunt"
        Missourinet:  When deciding next steps for Greitens, Legislature could consider 'moral turpitude'
        SNL:  In House report testimony, woman claims Greitens patted her down when she entered his house before first sexual encounter X
        SNL:  Hawley names Greitens' staffers who used Confide X
        KC Star:  Chappelle-Nadal calls for reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill and Missouri Democrats X
        Missourinet:  McCaskill to tour Clinton-Peabody tomorrow
        Missourinet:  In 'right to work' battle, both sides focus on jobs/wages
        Drebes:  Preview:  Three-way 2023 GOP race for Speaker of the House
        AP:  Missouri Senate approves bill banning lobbyist gifts
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) reacts to potential term limit changes
        Columbia Missourian:  Ag Director Chris Chinn says state looks to cut regulations for farmers
        The Missouri Times:  Legislators stress need to be involved to medical students
        Columbia Missourian:  Curators weigh increasing tuition for fall 2018 to combat budget cuts
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 12, 2018
        P-D editorial:  Politically toxic governor doesn't understand that it's time to go X
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens has responded to scandal with cowardice. Woman and lawmakers have shown courage. X
        Kraske:  Greitens is confused about who the victim is in this case. It's not the governor. X
        Messenger:  Greitens wants his day in court, but seeks to deny the same right to other Missourians X
        Waters:  What's next for Greitens? X
        KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City):  Missourians don't need the distraction of Greitens
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        P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian dislikes Missouri's MAP test X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian dislikes Jamie Allman, celebrates temporary departure from television X
        P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian says Allman brouhaha show liberals' intolerance, double standards on humor X
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        Thursday, April 12
       
The Missouri Times:  House committee to extend its investigation, Legislature will seek special session
          JCNT:  House leaders talking special session amid calls for Greitens' resignation X
          The Missouri Times:  Woman's story includes a slap, other aggressive behavior from Greitens during multiple encounters
          KWMU:  Woman in Greitens affair says first encounter was not consensual
          SNL:  Greitens report:  Woman details multiple sexual encounters with Greitens X
          AP:  Report:  Greitens was aggressor in unwanted sexual encounter
          KC Star:  Woman:  First sexual encounter with Greitens was not consensual X
          P-D:  Woman details her multiple sexual encounters with Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigative report details woman's sexual encounters with Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens decries House investigative report, calls it 'full of lies'
          JCNT:  Greitens:  House committee's report is product of 'political witch hunt' X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls House committee report 'one-sided tabloid trash gossip'
          KC Star:  Greitens says he's target of 'political witch hunt,' vows to fight X
          SNL:  McCaskill, Hawley say Greitens should resign X
          KC Star:  Hawley calls on Greitens to 'resign immediately' X
          KC Star:  Hartzler:  Report on Greitens 'surpasses disturbing';  McCaskill calls for resignation X
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder calls for resignation or impeachment of governor;  Parson calls for the state to 'move forward'
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder calls for Greitens to resign or face impeachment;  local lawmakers not calling for impeachment yet +
          CDT:  Missouri House Republicans ready to consider impeaching Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Beatty react to Greitens report
          P-D:  What's next?  'Moral turpitude' allows Legislature to impeach officials X
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter bots working overtime on behalf of Greitens
          P-D:  Trump signs Wagner, McCaskill sex-trafficking bill X
          JCNT:  Rallies continue to support pro-gun rights, opposition to anti-gun legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee approves Eddy Justice appointment, now headed to the floor
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate cuts prescription drug monitoring program in budget proposal
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz bill limits commercial vehicle stops performed by Franklin County
          P-D:  Family sues Missouri prison officials, employees over death at St. Louis halfway house X
          The Missouri Times:  House looks to form Bicentennial Commission
          SNL:  'Turkey fans' are legal, but Missouri Dept. of Conservation urges caution X
          Missourinet:  Urban clergy unhappy with gun bill
          P-D:  Local clergy complain about concealed carry proposal from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Money flowing to McCaskill and Hawley would be better spent on other things
          P-D editorial:  Sessions-Kushner feud holds policy implications for Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Step down, Gov. Greitens, or prepare to be impeached X
          P-D editorial:  Amid stories of sexual perversion and abuse, Greitens cannot continue as governor X
          CDT op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  In the growing digital divide, rural Missouri is getting left behind X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Ray Hartmann is right - Eric Greitens is a coward, and this newspaper identified him as a phony early on X
          Messenger:  House report stings like the slap woman claims Greitens gave her X
          P-D letter:  Affton woman attempts analogy involving a mouse and Eric Greitens X
          KC Star letter:  Grandview sexagenarian still angry over Legislature's decision to honor Rush Limbaugh six (6) years ago X
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        Wednesday, April 11
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over data X
          Missourinet:  Blunt questions Facebook exec during lengthy U.S. Senate panel hearing
          KWMU:  Missouri farmers wait for U.S., China to find common ground
          P-D:  Trump nominates St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark to a federal judgeship X
          SE Missourian:  Trump nominates Sheriff John Jordan for federal marshal post +
          AP:  Jason Kander to release book ahead of presidential campaign
          P-D:  League of Women Voters, 2018 congressional runner-ups, others congregate to dream about "getting money out of politics"
          Drebes:  Empower Missouri adds lobbyists Jeremy LaFaver, Sammy Panettiere and Jeff Brooks
          Clayton Times:  Judge issues tentative gag order in Greitens case
          KWMU:  Judge places partial gag order on participants in Greitens felony trial
          Missourinet:  Temporary gag order against public comment issued in Greitens' criminal case
          P-D:  Wave of Greitens case pretrial publicity prompts partial gag order
          This Week in Missouri Politics mid-week update:  "They went too far":  Scott Faughn on Greitens team's legal strategy, House report holdout, Twistagatory bots, Hawley's approach, much much more
          AP:  Woman's attorney accuses governor's team of 'smear campaign'
          Missourinet:  House GOP, Dems plan press conferences after report's release
          P-D:  Mason-Dixon poll shows Greitens' approval underwater, especially among women X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democratic Party continues push to tie Hawley to Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Is history on the side of appointing a lieutenant governor if it were vacant?
          SE Missourinet:  Missouri Senate to decide fate of bill to ban abortions after baby is capable of feeling pain +
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger optimistic about industrial hemp bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate bill would expand St. Louis Sheriff's reach
          KWMU:  Not much progress for Missouri students on national education assessment
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate adopts proposal to impose term limits on U.S. Congress
          JCNT:  Rally against "pay gap" draws fewer than 50 to Capitol;  Gals complain about "occupational segregation," other injustices X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens can save everyone more embarrassment by just going away X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is dragging his feet on Ethics Commission because of complaint against him X
          Jensen:  HUD secretary's mission to improve department will help Missouri +
          P-D op-ed:  Early childhood education advocates:  Credit to Blunt for pushing Early Head Start funding X
          Messenger:  Greitens' attempt to blindfold Missouri voters could leave a lasting mark on the state X
          Waters:  Who says we need a gas tax increase? X
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        Tuesday, April 10
       
P-D:  Congress returns to battles about old, new economy;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
          AP:  McCaskill raises $3.9 million for re-election bid
          KC Star:  McCaskill rakes in cash ahead of tough re-election fight X
          P-D:  Jamie Allman off the television airwaves after Tweet about Parkland activist X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local immigrants complain about Trump, promote anti-Trump forum
          Drebes:  Northland KC PAC formed to help Kevin Corlew
          The Missouri Times:  First Lady breaks silence on scandal, disputes timeline of ex-husband
          The Missouri Times:  Does the photo exist? The governor refuses to say.
          SNL:  Greitens admitted more than once to taking nonconsensual photo, woman's attorney says X
          KWMU:  Greitens' filing contends ex-mistress may have seen photo in 'dream'
          P-D:  Greitens' lawyers dispute 'dream' evidence X
          The Missouri Times:  After 9 hours of deposition, Greitens' team attempts to discredit photo claim
          The Missouri Times:  Ex-mistress confirms photo again, asking Greitens to accept responsibility for his actions
          Missourinet:  Lawyer for woman accuses Greitens' team of mischaracterizing testimony, wants full transcript released
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office accuses Greitens' defense of attempting to try case in the media
          KC Star:  Greitens' lawyers challenge credibility of woman allegedly photographed while nude X
          The Missouri Times:  Special investigative committee deadline extended, Barnes says 'nothing has changed'
          JCNT:  Barnes:  Greitens report coming this week;  committee's work extended X
          Missourinet:  Barnes:  Missouri House committee will release a Greitens report this week
          KWMU:  Deadline extended for Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens
          P-D:  Legislative report on Greitens expected tomorrow
          AP:  Attorneys seeking information from Confide headquarters
          Brownfield Ag News:  Eric Schmitt's Missouri FIRST change allows loan renewals for small business and ag operations
          Clayton Times:  Krewson, Stenger ask Greitens to fill long-vacated Bi-State Development Board seat
          SNL:  In slow start, 12 rural Missouri schools join Greitens' broadband initiative in first year X
          P-D:  National test results show Missouri sets a lower bar for student proficiency X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks tax overhaul, urges caution to "get it right"
          Columbia Missourian:  Tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers may be reauthorized
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents could temporarily give up custody of children under proposed law
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offenders register for a lifetime, but a bill would let some petition for removal
          AP:  Missouri Senate calls for term limits in U.S. Constitution
          Missourinet:  MoDOT worker who had a close call:  "I'm begging people to buckle up, put your phones down"
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate committee hears bill to change animal confiscation procedures
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches investigation into Clinton-Peabody conditions
          SE Missourian editorial:  13 new citizens join America with pride, distinction +
          KC Star editorial:  Does Missouri really want to commemorate a racist in the nation's Capitol? X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian wants Greitens to step down immediately X
          Disclosure