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        Friday, May 6
       
KSSZ (Mid-Mo.):  Cruz delegate Sara Walsh on GOP caucus process, Prouty and Hancock's success in educating caucus leaders and attendees, eventual support of GOP nominee, more
          Messenger:  Blunt's lukewarm support of Trump puts him in tough spot
          P-D:  Ann Wagner says Trump, with 'slurs and attacks,' has not earned her support
          Brownfield Ag News:  Bill from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith would repeal FDA feed directive
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith opposes new policy on animal antibiotics +
          Washington Post:  Obama commutes sentences of 58 dope dealers, including Missouri cocaine capitalist Jessie Lee Robinson
          KWMU:  Local Girl Scouts visit White House
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact rating:  Koster claim about cost of tobacco loophole rated "True"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Bev Randles on Rex Sinquefield, opposition to most tax cuts, more
          CDT:  Ethics Commission reverses course, agrees to investigate complaint against Schaefer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Ethics Commission reverses course, will investigate Schaefer
          KC Star:  Legal group says ethics complaint against Kurt Schaefer will now be pursued +
          KC Star:  Proposal to cap political donations in Missouri may be headed to voters +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates seeks executive director
          The Missouri Times:  Yesterday's Senate actions:  Hourly updates
          The Missouri Times:  Yesterday's House actions:  Hourly updates
          Missourinet:  Legislature sends voter photo ID bill to Nixon
          P-D:  In wake of race protests, Mizzou's enrollment plummet is more drastic than previously projected
          AP:  Legislature funds autism centers at MU and Truman State
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers OK $1 billion for capital projects X
          Missourinet:  Legislature overturns veto on growth cap on K-12 funding formula
          CDT:  Legislature overrides Nixon's veto of bill that would change school funding formula X
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes proposed change to school funding formula, Legislature promptly overrides
          AP:  Lawmakers undo veto to enact school-funding measure
          KWMU:  Uncertainty surrounds Riverview accreditation and transfer students
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens backers, doubters speak out at public hearing
          KWMU:  In lieu of statewide law, St. Louis City could green-light regional prescription drug database
          AP:  House passes bill to allow full-time employees to carry guns on college campuses, with some exceptions
          P-D:  House passes bill to expand university employees' freedom to carry guns
          KWMU:  House sends 'Personhood' constitutional amendment to the Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes 'personhood' amendment
          AP:  State House passes 'personhood' measure
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats criticize comments from Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) about children of rape victims
          The Missouri Times:  CPR bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) faces uphill struggle
          CDT:  Bill to name parts of Highway 63 for Boone County servicemen awaits Nixon's signature X
          P-D editorial:  After Senate Democrats cut a deal and give in on voter photo ID, Missouri softens hard line on criminals who have paid their debt to society
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  New University of Missouri president must be able to endurse "anti-intellectual" Republicans, should stand up for the Melissa Clicks of campus
          P-D letter:  Area woman disagrees with Legislature's move to limit handouts to able-bodied unworking Missourians
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        Thursday, May 5
       
KWMU:  Ann Wagner declining to endorse Trump, as Missouri Cruz backers shift focus
          JCNT:  Bus with anti-GOP message parks on Jefferson City street X
          AP:  Supporters of campaign contribution limits submit signatures for November ballot initiative
          Drebes:  David Humphreys' new ad campaign focuses on how to de-certify workplace unions
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer campaign responds to ethics complaint
          The Missouri Times:  On the record:  Lobbyist Kerry Messer volunteers wide range of details on case of missing wife, status of law enforcement's questioning, whether or not he is intercoursing galpal, other candid and personal revelations
          P-D:  Former state Rep. Russell Gunn (D-Northwoods) pulled gun during road rage incident;  Seasoned citizen in pickup truck had nerve to merge in front of Gunn's BMW, got pistol-whipped
          Columbia Missourian:  Deaf advocates rally at Capitol
          JCNT:  Deaf group holds rally X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Member of House superminority on Dems' canned-food drive +
          P-D:  Tax credit for poor people who choose to work advances in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Photo voter ID law passes General Assembly
          P-D:  Voter ID gets final go-ahead in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Legislature passes photo ID requirement for voters
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson leads House to override of Nixon's "paycheck protection" veto
          Missourinet:  How they voted:  "Paycheck protection"/"paycheck deception"
          KWMU:  Missouri House overrides paycheck protection veto
          P-D:  Heated vote in Missouri House ends with narrow vote to override "paycheck protection" veto
          AP:  Missouri House votes to override veto on public union dues
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetos bill in clash over elementary and secondary school funding
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes proposed change to school funding formula
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill to cap school-funding goal
          SE Missourian:  State auditor still gathering cybersecurity data at Cape public schools +
          SE Missourian:  School officials successfully subdue violent and aggressive girl, get sued for their troubles;  Mother of Ta'Brea Harris seeks $25,000 payday from district +
          SE Missourian:  Gifted program out at Central High;  State requires schools provide gifted programs K-8, but not high school +
          KWMU:  Suit calls race-based restrictions on school transfers 'flat-out unconstitutional'
          Missourinet:  After damage done by race protests, Legislature approves University of Missouri study commission
          AP:  Mizzou projects low freshman enrollment
          CDT:  Presidential search committee uses race turmoil as selling point, believes it will filter out unsuitable candidates;  Insight from committee member/associate professor of ethnomusicology Stephanie Shonekan X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System presidential search committee approves position profile;  Next president expected to "lead a statewide conversation about diversity, inclusion, equity and respect"
          The Missouri Times:  Dixon pleased with omnibus crimes bill moving into House
          SE Missourian:  Closed-records bill has no chance of becoming law, Wallingford says +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans are mean to the poor, and should change their positions on minimum wage and welfare restrictions +
          Priddy:  1,697 words on abortion, Mike Moon's amendment, parallels to a 1947 motion picture, much more
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes concealed-carry laws, predicts Missouri will turn into Wild West
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man dislikes guns, Missouri legislators
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights resident says Ameren at risk with short-sided commitment to fossil fuel
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman says SJR 39 supporters represent Missourians' opposition to same-sex marriage
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        Wednesday, May 4
       
KC Star:  Democratic group protests outside Blunt's office;  Crowd of twelve (12) says it wants him to fill vacant Supreme Court seat +
          KC Star:  Area high school junior to serve as delegate for Hillary Clinton at Dem convention;  Underage female goes online looking for money, hopes other people pay her way  +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Foundation for Health, local university extension having positive impact on community health;  Missouri has one of the highest rates of people who choose to be fat +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri makes $100 million bond sale to Build Missouri capital-improvement program
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Legislative updates:  Voter ID, fuel tax hike, home health care workers, more
          The Missouri Times:  Photo voter ID bill overcomes filibuster
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) challenges cost to implement voter photo ID requirement
          AP:  Despite deal, lawmakers predict voter ID fight to keep going
          P-D:  Inside the possible deal on voter ID and expungement laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature's veto override blocks wage increase for home health workers
          The Missouri Times:  House overrides veto of home care rule
          AP:  Legislature overrides Nixon to block home-care wage hike
          The Missouri Times:  Chamber, groups, businesses voice support for grid modernization
          The Missouri Times:  Comprehensive energy bill stalled by Senate filibuster
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to 'personhood' amendment
          AP:  Missouri House advances 'personhood' legislation
          P-D:  'Personhood' amendment approved by Missouri House
          P-D:  Missouri to spend more taxpayer money on child care for poor people, but providers still want even more;  Comments from Ferguson-based Training Up [sic] a Child Development Center's Kebra Ferguson, Missouri Budget Project, etc.
          CDT:  University of Missouri freshman class likely to be smallest since 2006 X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU freshman enrollment deposits down almost 1,500 for fall semester
          SNL:  Missouri State employees can expect a pay raise X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could consider 911 funding bill
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri resolution condemns California egg law;  Comments from Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar), Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg)
          JCNT:  State appeals court upholds sheriff's retirement fund charges X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helps provide another layer of protection for military sexual assault victims
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Legislature solves school funding crisis with voodoo economics
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri is in good financial shape, and can't afford tax cuts proposed by Eric Schmitt and Rex Sinquefield +
          Messenger:  Missourians are living on taxing levels $3.9 billion less than they lived on in 1981 - and that's a bad thing
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Gun proposal from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) won't make us safer
          P-D op-ed:  SJR 39 would have made life even rougher for LGBTQIA kids
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law prof Chad Flanders on possible SJR 39 compromises
          KC Star letter:  DESE celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week +
          P-D letter:  Local Easter Seals CEO applauds Nixon, Legislature for showing support for disability services
          P-D letter:  Area Libertarian says charter schools are a valuable oasis for St. Louis City parents who would rather not subject their children to typical city students
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        Tuesday, May 3
       
KWMU:  Blunt will support GOP presidential nominee, but is skipping trip to Cleveland
          P-D:  Like McCaskill in 2012, Blunt to skip party's nominating convention during re-election campaign
          KC Star:  In KC appearance, U.S. Chamber official endorses Blunt, blisters Kander;  Democrat's campaign calls Blunt 'insider' +
          NPR:  Top 10 Senate races to watch:  Blunt vs. Kander ranks #8
          KWMU:  Interview with Gov. Jay Nixon:  On not running for another office, Sanders vs. Clinton, voter ID, Ferguson riots, University of Missouri budget, more
          P-D:  Nixon rails on school funding change Republicans seek
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republicans using tailor-made tech on campaign trail;  Jonathan Ratliff shows how door-to-door walklists have moved from pen-and-paper to smartphone
          The Missouri Times:  Jessica Podhola, taking on John Rizzo in Democratic state Senate primary, files personal financial disclosure late;  Comments from anonymous critic
          AP:  Midwest economic survey index figure drops after 3 increases
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis) on defeat of 'religious shield' - and legislative service
          Missourinet:  Supporters have until end of Missouri House business today to try to save same-sex marriage objector question
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          SNL:  Legislative updates:  Voter ID, "personhood" bill, prescription drug monitoring X
          KWMU:  Voter photo ID moving again in Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri voter photo ID advances
          P-D:  Agreement reached in Missouri Senate over voter ID
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel votes to make it illegal to take minors out of state for abortions
          SNL:  'Privilege' posters stir questions at MSU;  Campaign aims to inform Caucasoid Christian able-bodied males - who enjoy intercoursing with females - how good they have it X
          KWMU:  Education Plus cooperative panel calls for better accounting practices
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation might scrap Columbia ordinance for Uber, other transportation companies
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson should get over it, drop failure-to-comply cases
          Waters:  Missouri Press Association's Doug Crews retiring, surrounded in love X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wrong to critique performance of MU's African-American administrators:  "Don't fight against the black man who is doing the best he can."
          P-D op-ed:  Area executives' communications staff:  Celebrating defeat of SJR 39
          KC Star letter:  Area woman pleased by SJR 39 defeat +
          P-D letter:  Area woman pleased by SJR 39 defeat
          SNL letter:  Area woman responds to payday loan coverage, wonders how Missouri legislators can sleep at night knowing adults are choosing to borrow money at unfavorable interest rates X
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        Monday, May 2
       
Rosenbaum:  Tying up loose ends from Missouri's congressional caucuses
          KWMU:  Woman who lives on NGA site wants city to pay to move her house
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon gives no hints to life after governor
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Anti-Kurt Schaefer ads, earned income tax credit, weepy SJR 39 testimony +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) talks with Scott Faughn about SJR 39, voter ID, Uber, more
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Show-Me Institute seeks tax policy analyst
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact analysis:  Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) half-right on pay for Missouri workers
          AP:  Agenda for final two weeks of session:  Tax breaks for small businesses, yoga, deer urine, more
          P-D:  Legislation from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would make Missouri an open-carry state
          KWMU:  "We Live Here" series:  School desegregation:  Thoughts from black students who went to white schools, white couple who sends their children to city schools, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Wild animals on the loose, minority-student/diversity programs, Schaefer, more
          The Maneater:  MU LGBTQ parade attendance down;  Pride Month event draws only 60
          Washington Missourian:  Religious freedom bill dies in committee
          Missourinet:  Missouri House revives beer cooler proposal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wind farms to bolster future grid X
          P-D:  Missouri American Water rate plan questioned amid meter problems
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Producers reject state beef checkoff
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Healthy watersheds influence farm economics, environment;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, others
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri celebrates "Juror Appreciation Week" X
          P-D:  Legal bills mount as Ferguson stands by 'failure-to-comply' cases
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs more restrictions on campaign contributions, and tighter limits on when former legislators can make a living as lobbyists +
          P-D editorial:  GOP lawmakers wrong to call for study of programs for the poor
          Hannibal Courier-Post editorial:  Legacy of Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) will be his "No" vote on SJR 39 X
          Priddy:  On Kurt Schaefer vs. Joshua Hawley
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Low-wage cities will feel most pain from $15 minimum wage
          Washington Missourian letter:  Union, Mo. man says SB 1028 will benefit electric customers X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says SB 1028 benefits utilities' shareholders, not their customers
          P-D letter:  Response to Raise Your Hand for Kids' response to P-D response to initiative-language argument
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        Sunday, May 1
       
KWMU:  Cruz forces outflank Trump and fill his delegate slots with Cruz supporters
          AP:  Trump won 2nd Congressional District, but delegates support Ted Cruz
          Daily American Republic:  8th District delegates chosen in Poplar Bluff
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Video:  Man who seeks to fill GOP ballot slot against Lacy Clay brushes off questions about bankruptcy;  Paul Berry talks to reporter about suit vs. Kander and Koster, then says he only talks to "real journalists"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Exclusive interview with Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on SJR 39, Ted Cruz, more
          JCNT:  A new standard in learning for Missouri students;  Common Core supporters achieve implementation of many elements under different name X
          P-D:  Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act bills ex-cons for costs associated with their imprisonment
          AP:  Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight;  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) calls Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) a bigot;  Rhoads labels Ellington's behavior "childish"
          P-D editorial:  Voter ID bill could sink Legislature's last weeks, to no good end
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs a total ban on dangerous texting while driving +
          P-D editorial:  Essential information one legislator doesn't want you to know;  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) wrong about coverage of her suicide attempt
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Columnist pens Missouri's first young-people-should-vote piece of the election season X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says Blaine Luetkemeyer - a banker who serves on the Financial Services committee - doesn't understand fiscal policy;  Septuagenarian uses phrase "Katy bar the door" X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Industry talking points on developmental-disabilities funding, attributed to Lynn Smith of Progressive Community Services X
          P-D letter:  Exact same industry talking points as letter above - copied verbatim - attributed to Lynn Anne Brook of Behavior Intervention Services
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says some supporters of SJR 39 are "scoundrels" who fake their religious beliefs
          P-D letter:  Greendale woman attemps analogy involving SJR 39, guns, Catholicism and the Supreme Court
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        Saturday, April 30
       
The Missouri Times:  Inside the Eagle Forum internecine war:  Trump/Martin and Cruz/Roe, copies of e-mails, a look at Martin's history at MRP, more
          SNL:  Activists to protest drone attacks;  McCaskill defends program +
          P-D:  Blunt says 'comprehensive look' at military draft registration is due
          P-D:  Ann Wagner gives Hastert donation to kids' charity
          P-D:  U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to give commencement speech at Wash U.
          Columbia Missourian:  Schaefer meet and greet moves to MU Student Center;  Seasoned-citizen feminist holds sign comparing Schaefer to ISIS;  Younger feminists hold signs featuring excretory curse words, references to their vaginas, other unappetizing topics
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Cora Faith Walker, running in Dem state rep primary for Sharon Pace's North St. Louis County seat
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) wins case against Rachel Johns, will run unopposed
          CDT:  In speech to Columbia Muleskinners, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) credits Missouri's Republican primary voters for controlling political and policy dialogue in the state X
          Columbia Missourian:  Documentary focuses on the final week in the career of Missouri Press Association's Doug Crews
          P-D:  Nixon signs mid-year budget adjustment
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Reporters Marshall Griffin, Nancy Fowler discuss fuel tax, SJR 39, parents who supported 4-year-old boy's decision to start dressing up like a girl
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon announces No Kids Hungry Missouri program;  Federal grant to help provide food to children whose parents fail to feed their offspring
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  DED's Mike Downing to be in Kennett Thursday to discuss workforce readiness accomplishments
          CDT:  License office contract in dispute;  White male business owner says state discriminates by handing out contracts to less-qualified minority- and women-owned businesses X
          KWMU:  St. Louis looking at different ways to control addiction crisis, in lieu of statewide prescription drug monitoring program
          CDT:  University of Missouri campus diversity chief Henson to return to law school post in fall X
          KWMU:  African-American students weigh in on UMSL cutting dance program;  Professor says move will crush coeds' dreams of "dancing backup for Beyonce and Nicki Minaj"
          Missourinet:  Genetically modified mosquitos to help fight Zika;  Comments from Missouri DHSS
          P-D:  New programs will let customers help Ameren build solar power
          P-D:  State prisons' "Puppies for Parole" program modeled for England
          KC Star:  Former state Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), others now pushing for LGBTQIA non-discrimination law +
          P-D editorial:  Keep Missouri legislative bills focused on one topic, and one topic only
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) a hero for opposing SJR 39;  Paper applauds tear-soaked testimony from "tall and silver-haired former basketball star"
          Waters:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' initiative compromised X
          Waters:  House committee right to kill SJR 39 X
          Columbia Missourian's Ellen Cagle:  Statehouse reporter offers advice for stalking fictional legislator - known as "Mr. XYZ" - for interviews
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man says P-D's anti-Raise Your Hand for Kids editorial exposes radical pro-abortion position
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman dislikes Republicans and gas-tax proposal
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Missouri criminals already carry concealed, permit or not
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman says SJR 39 defeat saved Missouri economy from disaster
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        Friday, April 29
       
KWMU:  Missouri's newly-elected Sanders, Clinton delegates highlight different objectives
          KWMU:  While St. Louis officials celebrate, Illinois officials continue to push for NGA
          SE Missourian:  USDA to spend $14.4 million to help pay for sewer system in Fruitland +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on prescription-drug "hogs";  MU study on "food insecurity";  Nixon on SJR 39 +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill proposal would fight retaliation against sexual assault victims, reporters
          The Hill:  McCaskill bill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims
          P-D:  McCaskill pushing new military sexual assault reforms, but new report questions basis for previous ones
          P-D:  Group conducts online poll, says McCaskill approval 48% with disapproval at 38%;  Blunt approval 49%, disapproval 29%
          CDT:  Columbia physician Gordon Christensen to fill Dem ballot slot in Hartzler's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Dan Brown quits race for state treasurer, endorses Eric Schmitt
          P-D:  Senator drops out of race for treasurer
          CDT:  Ad campaign targets Schaefer as battle over Hawley leave issue escalates X
          KC Star:  Dispute in Schaefer-Hawley race may get legal scrutiny +
          The Missouri Times:  Kraus, Republicans confident voter photo ID will pass despite Democrats' stall
          P-D:  Missouri House task force issues report on botched St. Louis County election
          The Missouri Times:  Expert witness bill passes House, heads toward Nixon veto
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon declares victory on higher education budget for FY17
          KC Star:  Legislative Black Caucus' Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) urges students to rethink going to Mizzou +
          KWMU:  UMSL to cut up to 85 positions in cost-cutting move
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Take Back the Night march raises awareness of sexual assault on campus;  Photos of women and one (1) man marching with clever signs, women crying and hugging
          KWMU:  Normandy students show worst performance of any district in Missouri;  Autistic student who transferred to Francis Howell lauds superiority of St. Charles County's warm-hearted, civilized environment
          P-D:  Normandy students continue to underperform, even compared to other North St. Louis County schools;  Barack Obama Elementary School parent dislikes seeing students prowling the hallways
          Missourinet:  Criminal offense proposal would include 'stand your ground' provision
          The Missouri Times:  'Stand your ground' measure added onto crime bill, passed
          Missourinet:  Richardson expects same-sex marriage objector ballot issue won't be resurrected
          KWMU:  Sequel to 2015's municipal overhaul bill passes Missouri House
          KWMU:  Beer cooler bill returns, passes Missouri House
          P-D:  Big beer scores win in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  'Beer bill' makes it through House as an amendment
          P-D:  Missouri's public counsel accuses Laclede of excess profits
          KWMU:  Laclede Gas changes its name to Spire
          KWMU:  EPA puts Republic Services on a deadline for barrier at Bridgeton Landfill
          Rosenbaum:  After the Ferguson Commission, a new group steps forward:  Forward Through Ferguson
          Messenger:  Addressing allegations of hypocrisy, and responding to reader suggestions that bleeding-heart liberals should subject themselves to living amidst city savagery
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        Thursday, April 28
       
KWMU:  Possible Cruz coup could upset Trump's plans to capture - and keep - Missouri delegates
          P-D:  Blunt's campaign to give $11,000 in Hastert donations to group fighting child abuse;  Former Speaker of the House sexually abused boys while he was a high-school wrestling coach
          Wall Street Journal:  Under questioning from McCaskill, Valeant's Michael Pearson admits aggressive drug-price increases were a mistake
          The Hill:  McCaskill takes on drugmaker:  "It's time to slaughter some hogs."
          USA Today:  McCaskill panel told Valeant drug prices hurt patients
          KHQA:  McCaskill pushes Congress to pass Campus Accountability and Safety Act
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill pushes bipartisan sexual assault measure to protect campus coeds;  Clay pushes bipartisan act to designate bison as national mammal
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on campus sexual assault;  Eric Burlison on concealed carry +
          KWMU:  Taxpayer-funded apprenticeship pilot program to train child care workers in St. Louis
          Drebes:  Anti-Greitens PAC with ties to Brunner alums never filed with Missouri Ethics Commission
          The Missouri Times:  David Humphreys launches new anti-union ad campaign
          The Missouri Times:  State found compliant with Hancock Amendment in 2015
          AP:  Democrats filibuster, stall voter ID measure in Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Proposed joint panel would focus on Missouri's handout programs;  Dems oppose move, say data is already available
          The Missouri Times:  Zweifel welcomes leaders to poverty summit
          JCNT:  Poverty summit explores how to aid Missouri's impoverished X
          P-D:  Report shows Missouri outpaces nation in citizens failing to provide for themselves;  Study author calls for higher wages, more money for Social Security and housing assistance, etc.
          Missourinet:  Mizzou study says nearly one million Missourians worry about access to food;  Sociology professor talks about "stigma," hungry children, seasoned citizens who failed to save enough money to provide for themselves after retirement, etc.
          CDT:  Nixon signs higher education spending plan with tuition freeze X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon approves higher education funding;  UM System's appropriation to be cut $3.8 million
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs FY2017 Missouri higher education budget
          CDT:  New Missouri Learning Standards will require some adjustments at Columbia Public Schools X
          AP:  Missouri Legislature passes bill to add expert witness rule
          JCNT:  A look at "Ban the Box" legislation and its impact on recidivism X
          The Missouri Times:  Solon birth control measure passes the House
          KWMU:  SJR 39, 'religious shield' proposal, defeated in Missouri House committee
          Missourinet:  On tie vote, same-sex marriage objector ballot issue dies in Missouri House committee
          Missourinet:  Three Republicans vote with Democrats to defeat same-sex ballot amendment:  Anne Zerr, Caleb Rowden, Jim Hansen
          Missourinet:  Onder hopes Missouri same-sex ballot issue is resurrected
          Missourinet:  SJR 39 reaction:  Statements from Missouri legislators, Nixon's communications staff
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) brought to tears discussing gay family members and SJR 39 conundrum
          KC Star:  SJR 39 defeated in House committee +
          P-D:  'Religious freedom' measure defeated in committee
          Columbia Missourian:  'Religious liberty' proposal dies in House committee
          AP:  Missouri religious-objections measure fails in committee
          KWMU:  Local LGBT film festival features area biracial transgender 10-year-old;  Mother supported 4-year-old boy's idea to dress up like a girl, who now calls herself "Mazy"
          JCNT:  Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) wants sex offenders to know when they must register X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sierra Club holds lobbying day at Capitol;  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) responds to group's criticism of House Bill 2187
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren to build 95-mile transmission line through 5 northeast Missouri counties
          P-D editorial:  Legislature wants to extend gun rights to guests, parking lots and admitted felons;  Measure from "reliably gun-happy Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would do several bad things"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Meth remains an issue despite prescription laws +
          Waters:  Republicans wrong on Medicaid expansion, Planned Parenthood, and - except for Eric Greitens - wrong about SJR 39 too X
          P-D op-ed:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo:  Clearing up any confusion on tobacco tax initiative
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says charter schools should not be getting public money
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        Wednesday, April 27
       
P-D:  Schlafly's Eagle Forum board sues to remove Ed Martin as director
          CDT:  Kander uses Senate campaign to bring discussion of student debt to campus;  Music major Symmone Sparks forced to put her singing dreams on hold after choosing to max out her student loans X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Peter Kinder to speak to Mountain Grove Property Rights Coalition tomorrow;  Co-chair endorses Kinder for governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics Commission declines to investigate Kurt Schaefer, says allegations are not under commission's jurisdiction
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri State Teachers Association seeks government relations manager
          The Missouri Times:  30 Under 30 list:  Brittany Wagner, Brad Green, Casey Burns, Jonathan Ratliff, Josh Foster, Kelsey Robinson, Phil Arnzen, many more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on SJR 39 and Senate slowdown over ethics
          The Missouri Times:  Jake Hummel reflects on time as minority floor leader, offers thoughts on SJR 39, working with Richardson, and bid for state Senate;  Joe Keaveny declines to take a stand to endorse longtime supporter and fellow city Democrat
          AP:  Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri Supreme Court again;  Koster's office defends law against AFL-CIO's law firm
          KWMU:  Senate-approved fuel tax hike gets hearing before Missouri House committee
          The Missouri Times:  Gas tax gets its hearing in the House
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry passes the House
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill to expand concealed carry
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes expansion of concealed carry, castle doctrine
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to expand access to birth control
          Missourinet:  Abortion bills still in play in final weeks of Missouri legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Fetal-tissue regulation bills heard in the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Argument over Planned Parenthood bodypart-sales videos persists
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Feminist founder of Guild of Silly Heathen on abortion dialogue;  Schaaf on prescription drug database opposition +
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr, Emerging Issues draw praise from around the Capitol
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans and their traditional allies in big business show diversity of opinions on SJR 39
          KC Star:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) targets university travel expenses +
          KWMU:  Financial downturn at Education Plus school district cooperative led to director's departure
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source legislation passed in the House
          Missourinet:  Senate committee considers regulations for ride-sharing companies
          P-D:  Body camera legislation advances
          The Missouri Times:  Monsanto withdraws opposition to comprehensive state energy plan
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes farm exemptions to open-records laws
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger:  50-cent-per-head Missouri beef checkoff might have passed
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears plan to add mid-Missouri judge X
          KWMU:  Koster's West Lake Landfill suit sent back to circuit court
          P-D:  DeRay Mckesson fails in bid to become Baltimore's next mayor;  Social justice warrior/Ferguson riots Twitter celebrity garners two (2) percent of Democratic primary vote
          P-D editorial:  Legislature considers tax breaks for the poor. Really.
          CDT op-ed:  Area geriatrician supports prescription drug monitoring program X
          P-D op-ed:  Newt Gingrich:  Missouri should give 17-year-old criminals a break, and assign them to juvenile justice system
          Priddy:  Brunner alums' "Patriots for America" shows the folly of lukewarm campaign-finance legislation
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Updated list of things Kurt Schaefer is wrong about
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says Legislature's failure to cash in on tobacco money is just another sign of incompetence
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        Tuesday, April 26
       
KMOX:  McCaskill:  Pentagon can't close military bases
          Columbia Missourian:  Kander campaign holds roundtable on student debt;  Area millennials who chose to borrow large sums of money explain struggle of paying it back
          Kraske:  The Chat:  John Brunner on Eric Greitens' fluid political views +
          Drebes:  David Hale joins Centene
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP unhappy with election board debacle;  Group expresses anger that black female Rita Days lost her job in 2014, while Caucasoid Eric Fey was merely suspended
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill;  Voters may have a say +
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer's Planned Parenthood investigation proceeding
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes tax incentives for small businesses
          P-D:  Court motion to recover millions of dollars from charter schools continues to spark anger
          P-D:  Clayton High School students score perfect on college tests;  Gabrielle Choo-Kang, Omkar Venkatesh choose to work hard, achieve success
          KWMU:  'Use of force' overhaul faces uncertain fate in Missouri House
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill to expand castle doctrine law
          SNL:  Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri takes bus trip to Capitol, meets with legislators on payday-loan issue;  Woman with hard-knock story of financial failure gets frustrated with Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to vote on same-sex marriage objector issue later this week
          KC Star:  As vote on SJR 39 nears, Republicans feel pressure from both sides of issue +
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes tax exemption on utilities for making food
          AP:  Chappelle-Nadal filibusters bill that would have paved way for sales tax to help law enforcement
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri cattlemen vote to block state checkoff
          AP:  Missouri producers reject creating state beef checkoff
          P-D editorial:  The legal case against SJR 39
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        Monday, April 25
       
P-D:  State GOP panel rejects Trump challenges of caucus results in St. Charles, St. Louis Counties
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ann Wagner vs. Claire McCaskill in 2018;  Bob Onder on gift-limit compromise;  Jeremy LaFaver on cash payments to execution squads +
          SNL:  The expensive federal fix of one rural dirt road welcomed - and questioned;  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) on USDA's funding of repairs X
          KWMU:  Greitens and gay rights generate only sparks at latest GOP gov forum
          P-D:  GOP candidates for governor spar over SJR 39 in GOP debate
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact rating:  Hanaway's statement that her office handled more than 4,000 cases rated "True"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Kurt Schaefer chats with journoduo about state budget, Planned Parenthood and his attorney general bid
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kurt Schaefer;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jane Dueker, Robert Cornejo and Tracy McCreery talks SJR 39, Greitens, Planned Parenthood, medical marijuana
          Drebes:  Palm Strategic Group debuts;  Scott Dieckhaus, Jonathan Ratliff working for John Brunner, Kurt Schaefer, Caleb Rowden, others
          Drebes:  Dem state rep candidate Cora Faith Walker hires Bree Bowen, recent St. Louis grassroots organizer for Hillary Clinton
          P-D:  Preview:  Final three weeks of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Missouri colleges' and universities' funding hike in proposed budget plan, broken down
          Columbia Missourian:  Race initiatives at MU and UM:  A Missourian guide
          KC Star:  KC area urban schools get new teacher-in-residency program +
          AP:  State pays millions to bar Medicaid from Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Fuel tax increase proposal to be considered by Missouri House committee
          KWMU:  A look at what's next after defeat of medical marijuana bill
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee vote expected this week on domestic violence reporting
          P-D:  Minority day care operators see bias in regulatory enforcement
          P-D editorial:  Unacceptable poison pill in tobacco tax initiative
          KC Star editorial:  MU nabs notorious awards for stifling freedom of expression;  Melissa Click's behavior wins top award, with Kurt Schaefer earning dishonorable mention +
          SNL op-ed:  Dem state rep candidate Jeff Munzinger:  Legislature should pass ethics measures, but it won't X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says SB1028 would restrict PSC oversight X
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        Sunday, April 24
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          CDT:  Area man among vets attending May rally in D.C.;  Navy men attribute various health maladies to theory:  Agent Orange molecules drifted off the coast of Vietnam, survived the desalination process then worked their way into drinking water X
          SE Missourian:  Cape, Scott Counties receive $1.7M in flood relief +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Kurt Schaefer;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jane Dueker, Robert Cornejo and Tracy McCreery discuss Greitens and SJR 39, Planned Parenthood, medical marijuana legislation
          KWMU:  Schaaf opposes prescription drug monitoring program
          CDT:  Cuts mean open positions, search for revenue at University of Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks dyslexia screenings for children +
          JCNT:  Tax credit discussion looks to maintain Capitol X
          JCNT:  Local pro-life stories shared on the big screen X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-abortion group, Planned Parenthood supporters face off;  Professor dresses up as nun to mock pro-lifers;  Fellow feminist dresses up as Cleopatra, "Queen of Denial"
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Adults spend a sunny Saturday holding signs reading, "Honk if You're Horny," "Down With Zippers, Up With Kilts," more
          AP:  Pressure builds before SJR 39 vote
          JCNT:  Law professors question SJR 39 X
          P-D:  Monsanto ready to make deal on Ameren-backed legislation
          KC Star:  Zika virus hasn't been contracted in KC, but mosquitos that can carry it are here +
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal to hold presentation Monday at Capitol on Bridgeton landfill;  State senator says radioactive mutants are being born with no eyeballs and "double sets of teeth"
          JCNT editorial:  Today is Tax Freedom Day X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Ethics overhaul should be a priority for Missouri;  Speaker Todd Richardson deserves praise for making moves happen +
          P-D editorial:  Time to pass prescription database bill
          KC Star editorial briefs:  Supporters of SJR 39 are bigots;  Kurt Schaefer still wrong about Planned Parenthood +
          Waters:  Down and out in Boone County;  42 percent of students in public schools getting food handouts, area black teenagers getting pregnant even more frequently than in other parts of the state, other hard-knock numbers X
          P-D letter:  Man who serves as polling place supervisor says St. Louis County election board has superior record of performance
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights woman says state legislation is hurtful to immigrant students
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        Saturday, April 23
       
AP:  McCaskill:  Federal elections official lacked authority to change policy on voter registration forms
          P-D:  George Will to speak at Anti-Defamation League event in Clayton ;  Jack Danforth to receive award
          Columbia Missourian:  Earth Day to be celebrated in Peace Park tomorrow
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative's Colin Wellenkamp on how river system is currently used and how it is changing
          P-D:  Anti-Greitens super PAC is as mysterious as it is aggressive;  Former Brunner staffer Adam McClain runs "Patriots for America"
          Kraske:  Presidential race clutter benefits Kinder in GOP primary;  Brunner appearance in KC drew zero (0) attendees +
          CDT:  Complaint suggests Kurt Schaefer tried to illegally influence Univerity of Missouri policy in order to keep Joshua Hawley from running for attorney general X
          CDT:  Man who lost state rep race to Caleb Rowden by 26 points will fill ballot slot again in '16;  Democrat Tom Pauley calls Republican legislators "stupid," says GOP is "a cult" X
          The Missouri Times:  Budget clears House and Senate
          JCNT:  Lincoln University, State Tech get performance funding in state budget X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Discussion of this week's stories on state budget, learning standards
          Missourinet:  Execution payment stipulations removed from Missouri budget proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan Senate team to review Planned Parenthood documents
          SNL:  Prescription drug monitoring bills compete X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to limits on lobbyist gifts for lawmakers
          P-D:  Internal Mizzou e-mails depict concern as Mizzou race histrionics grew;  E-mails include passive-aggressive Loftin heat with Wolfe, Missourians disappointed in mob rule, more
          Washington Missourian:  Grid Modernization Act calls for rate increases, with average increase of 3.5 percent each year
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) appointed as circuit judge
          CDT:  Nixon appoints Jeff Harris to open judicial seat X
          CDT:  Missouri DHSS officials confirm fourth case of Zika virus in Missouri X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Social justice warrior DeRay Mckesson's mayoral run;  Ferguson riots' Twitter celebrity says he'll be the next mayor of Baltimore
          Washington Missourian editorial:  By allowing guns in the state Capitol, Missouri Republicans will have blood on their hands X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Missouri legislators let tobacco money go up in smoke
          JCNT editorial:  Tardy, theatrical resolutions;  "Impeach Koster" posturing is silly and a waste of time X
          Messenger:  SJR 39 fails the constitutional test of balance
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Ron Calzone:  Legislature's 'feeding frenzy' of last-minute activity needs close scrutiny
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        Friday, April 22   Earth Day
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith opposes federal agency 'slush fund' +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt says he's optimistic Congress will get work done this year X
          KMBC:  McCaskill calls for airports to get breastfeeding facilities
          The Hill:  Ann Wagner supporters tout GOP congresswoman as 2018 McCaskill opponent;  McCaskill:  "I see her at airports a lot and I talk to her lobbyist husband."
          St. Joseph News-Press:  WIC income guidelines increased;  Taxpayers could potentially provide handouts to even more recipients X
          KWMU:  Tobacco companies bankrolling rival efforts to hike Missouri's tobacco tax
          The Missouri Times:  Mr. Smith Returns to St. Louis;  Former state senator nabs gig with well-funded Concordance Academy, will help ex-cons assimilate into society
          P-D:  Program for ex-con hires an ex-con to help run it;  Former Wells Fargo CEO Danny Ludeman has raised $12M to help crooks evolve into productive taxpayers
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources' Earth Day celebration slated for today on Capitol lawn;  Event open to all ages, but geared toward fifth-graders X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers send $27B state budget to Nixon
          JCNT:  State budget includes pay raise for state employees, other mid-Missouri provisions X
          CDT:  Boost for University of Missouri budget passes easily as legislative rancor ebbs X
          CDT:  Budget plan includes funding for reactor building, other area projects X
          AP:  Legislature boosts education money, cuts Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature's budget plan cuts Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood agrees to give some documents to Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood reaches agreement with Missouri Senate, contempt proceedings suspended
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood official won't appear before Missouri Senate on Monday
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood, Senate reach agreement over documents
          P-D:  'Illegal reentry' of deportees would be new crime under measure advanced by Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri House rejects limited medical marijuana proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Compassionate Care Act fails, future of medical marijuana in Missouri uncertain
          AP:  Medical marijuana bill fails in Missouri House
          P-D:  Medical marijuana bill goes up in smoke
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers send ethics bills to governor
          Kraske:  Schaaf on ethics proposals;  Cape County sheriff on shackling pregnant women +
          KWMU:  St. Louis County's GOP elections chief plans to retire this year
          The Missouri Times:  Husch Blackwell memo finds SJR 39 language 'overly broad'
          The Missouri Times:  Results of annual audit of treasurer's office released;  Performance of Zweifel's office earns "excellent" rating
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House passes call for constitutional convention
          P-D editorial:  EPA recognizes Cardinals for reducing environmental footprint
          Messenger:  North City kids ingest lead, develop lead poisoning;  Man with two children claims epilepsy prevents him from getting a job and providing for his family;  Woman who chose to have two kids quit her job, accepts $500 in taxpayer money each month
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Heartland Institute's Logan Elizabeth Pike responds to PolitiFact rating of Hanaway's statement on Missouri welfare
          P-D letter:  Pacific woman says Missouri Republican legislators "are destroying our society. On purpose."
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area man weighs in on Missouri legislation on behalf of Jesus Christ X
          JCNT letter:  Area woman responds to piece on child obesity, says today's girls "lack self-control and appear just plain lazy";  Young "butterballs" should stop stuffing their fat faces with "not one but two cheeseburgers" X
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        Thursday, April 21
          SNL:  Air Force to recognize Whiteman drone pilots as 'attack squadron';  Comments from McCaskill X
          McClatchy:  McCaskill pushes for better breastfeeding spaces in aiports
          Drebes:  Slay's departure will hurt St. Louis' interests in the Legislature;  Mayor cultivated a produtive working relationship with Republicans
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Huckabee will make appearance at John and Janet Ashcroft's farm to support Jay
          Drebes:  Mary Hill, primary opponent of Rep. Nick King (R-Liberty), pressures incumbent to back "Paycheck Protection" again
          AP:  Missouri sheds 26,000 from the dole;  New welfare law requires able-bodied men and women without dependents to make an effort to get a job
          AP:  One St. Louis County elections director suspended, another may retire
          Missourinet:  Richard, Richardson say legislative focus goes beyond social issues
          Kraske:  The Chat:  P-D editorial board on small ethics steps;  Jake Hummel on GOP legislators kicking the transportation-funding can down the road +
          P-D:  Lawmaker-to-lobbyist ban headed to Nixon's desk
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers rebuff Brownback's 'border war' peace offering +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers reject Brownback's "border war" proposal
          KWMU:  Prescription drug monitoring program one step closer to law, but obstacles still remain
          Missourinet:  Schaaf threatens filibuster on prescription drug monitoring program
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring proposal begins arduous journey through Missouri Senate
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill to expand birth control access
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) would prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates +
          AP:  House advances bill to ease concealed gun limits
          CDT:  University of Missouri secures funding boost, limited cut to administration in budget deal X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative compromise to give $9.75M to UM System administration
          AP:  Latest legislative budget plan cuts less money from University of Missouri
          KWMU:  Budget negotiations scale back University of Missouri cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  Loftin says he is searching for military research opportunities while MU role is developed
          KWMU:  St. Louis schools ban out-of-school suspensions for young students;  Superintendent Kelvin Adams explains, "Our kids are not bad."
          Columbia Missourian:  11-year old immigrant student works hard, achieves success in spelling competitions;  Kael Miranda brought strong work ethic from Japan, crushes his Columbia Caucasoid competition
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Kael Miranda chooses to spend free time reading books, expanding knowledge base
          JCNT:  Proposed law to raise age of 'juveniles' in court X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) optimistic that Missouri college students may begin using Amtrak
          The Missouri Times:  Vote pushed back on SJR 39
          P-D:  Missouri House panel delays vote on SJR 39
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU, others rally against SJR 39
          KC Star:  Vote on SJR 39 is delayed +
          AP:  Michael Sam slams Missouri religious objections bill;  Former Mizzou standout/Canadian Football League walkout speaks to crowd of 80 at Capitol
          Priddy:  GOP posturing on K-12 education funding is disingenuous;  Legislature is washing its hands of its school funding obligations
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says "living wage" supporter unwittingly makes a pro-capitalist point about taxes and handouts
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area resident signed Raised Your Hand for Kids petition, encourages others to do the same X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man says toll roads are rural conspiracy to stick it to urban and suburban areas
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man suggests Jesus Christ, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush would oppose SJR 39
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        Wednesday, April 20
       
The Missouri Times:  Phyllis Schlafly seeks to reassert control over Eagle Forum
        P-D:  Cruz won't seek recount of Missouri primary loss to Trump
        P-D:  Blunt, Ann Wagner join pushback against Obama investment adviser rule
        The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens' campaign issues two statements on SJR 39;  7 p.m. statement clarifies morning statement
        KC Star:  Greitens comes out against SJR 39 +
        KWMU:  Greitens chooses a position on SJR 39, will oppose it;  Missouri Dems:  "Eric Greitens loves to claim he is a political outsider, but in reality he is just a political weathervane"
        P-D:  Greitens says he opposes SJR 39
        P-D:  GOP candidates lead fundraising in downballot races;  Schmitt has largest war chest among non-gov candidates with $2.59M on hand
        CDT:  Josh Hawley bests Kurt Schaefer in fundraising on strength of donations from outside Missouri X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Mayor Francis Slay's statewide bid;  Trump vs. Cruz Missouri delegate battle;  Mike Moon on latest impeachment idea +
        The Missouri Times:  Memorial for fallen state workers held in Rotunda
        KWMU:  County election board suspends top director for ballot blunder
        P-D:  St. Louis County elections debacle spawns a suspension and an offer to resign
        The Missouri Times:  Democrats try to add gas tax to transportation bill, get shut down
        Missourinet:  Missouri House initially approves limited medical marijuana bill
        The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana bill perfected in House after emotional debate
        P-D:  House OKs limited medical pot plan
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Budget Project pleased with success of Earned Income Tax Credit legislation
        The Missouri Times:  Renewal of agriculture tax credits advances in the House
        KWMU:  New Missouri learning standards win final approval
        Missourinet:  New learning standards adopted for Missouri K-12 schools
        AP:  Missouri education officials replace Common Core standards
        P-D:  Under threat of veto, school funding revamp approved
        Missourinet:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) proposes cap on K-12 education funding formula growth
        KWMU:  Interactive map:  Taxpayer funding of school districts
        P-D:  State board ponders when St. Louis Public Schools should return to elected control
        P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools says it is owed $42 million from charter schools
        P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools to ban suspensions for students in preschool daycare through second grade;  Youngest troublemakers will be rewarded with extra counseling attention
        CDT:  University of Missouri backs review commission as alternative to cuts X
        JCNT:  House bill aims to shorten paid leave times X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate unanimously supports making sex trafficking advertising illegal
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) determined to keep SEMO afloat after Noranda bankruptcy
        JCNT:  Senate urged to pass House bill on Capitol control X
        KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds caps on wrongful death damages
        KWMU:  Federal judge approves Ferguson consent decree
        P-D:  Federal judge approves agreement between Ferguson, Justice Department
        P-D editorial:  State health care regulators failing Missourians
        Waters:  Missouri Republicans are abusing Planned Parenthood X
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Political waves over Planned Parenthood about to crest
        Messenger:  Inspector General agrees to reopen case of fired Missouri Guard whistleblower
        P-D letter:  University City man says voting by mail would reduce polling-place problems
        JCNT letter:  Area man supports SB1028 energy bill X
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        Tuesday, April 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Delegate selection leads to schism in Missouri GOP
          KWMU:  Ted Koppel to appear at Gateway Journalism Review fundraiser Thursday
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Eric Greitens declines to take a stand on SJR 39;  Todd Richardsons on ethics bills;  Jason Holsman on GOP election-year posturing +
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  Statewide committees of candidates not currently running for statewide office
          P-D:  Slay's campaign committee suggests future statewide run one day
          P-D:  Tobacco tax hike gains unlikely foe in Wash U., citing worries over stem cell research;  Schupp switches position, LaFaver stays on board
          CDT:  Republican leadership backing helps Rowden beat Webber fundraising total X
          Missourinet:  Senate gives initial approval to state law against illegal reentry into U.S.
          AP:  Senate OKs prison options for kids guilty of murder
          KWMU:  "We Live Here" series:  Missouri's black students outperform white counterparts in achieving school suspensions;  Second-grader Johnny Fields began turning over desks and assaulting classmates in kindergarten, but mother says he's a good boy
          P-D:  New Hazelwood superintendent will make $235,000 a year, plus benefits;  Nettie Collins-Hart beat out two other black candidates for top job in North St. Louis County schools
          Missourinet:  House proposes end to breed-specific dog bans
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers claim they want diversity in proposed University of Missouri study commission
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee cautious about proposal for UM System oversight commission
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) wants to impeach Koster
          JCNT:  Moon:  Impeach AG Chris Koster X
          P-D:  Remedy phase of class-action suit against Missouri's treatment of sex predators slogs on
          Missourinet:  House committee likely to vote this week on same-sex marriage ballot issue
          KWMU:  EPA, residents discussing capping West Lake Landfill ... again
          P-D:  EPA says cap isn't sole option on table to deal with low-level radiation at Bridgeton landfill
          P-D:  Public to weigh in today at fairness hearing on Ferguson consent decree;  Activists who wish to speak must get out of bed and register with court between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
          P-D editorial:  New slogan for ethics in Jefferson City:  Better than zero
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  SOS candidate Will Kraus:  Fraud-free elections are essential to American society
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Kurt Schaefer is mean, and a bully +
          Priddy:  Anti-SJR 39 series, Part VIII:  Follow-up to original "final" piece on the subject
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman suggests setting up a bail fund to help area lawbreakers, like the woman who left her toddlers alone to suffer from smoke inhalation
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        Monday, April 18
       
KWMU:  Candidates shift attention - at least some - from raising cash to attracting votes
          KMOX:  Paul Berry, seeking to fill GOP ballot slot against Lacy Clay, asks federal court to halt elections due to unfair districts
          KWMU:  As Census Bureau preps for 2020, St. Louis will be a test site
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guests Mindy Mazur, Axiom's Aaron Baker, Slay alum Jeff Rainford, ACLU's Sarah Rossi talk SJR 39, MO gov race, presidential primaries, Slay's replacement, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics host/The Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn and wife Sarah Jane welcome August "Gussie" Victor Faughn
          Rosenbaum:  What do Missouri's gubernatorial candidates think of SJR 39?
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact assessment:  Hanaway's statement that Missouri is the worst in the nation for welfare-to-work rated "False"
          SNL:  Medical marijuana proposal faces deadline X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on first ethics bill;  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) on support of SJR 39;  Mike Middleton applauds University of Missouri's glowing success on race relations +
          Missourinet:  Nixon 'confident' legislature will pass more ethics bills before end of session
          P-D:  Social issues on tap final four weeks of session
          SE Missourian:  Utility-rate bill contains exemptions;  critics say it could raise residential costs 71 percent +
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Bowen Loftin's phantom job offer, crowd of fifteen (15) race protesters making loud noises, more
          JCNT:  Ruling in Lincoln University case swings spotlight back to state workers' comp program X
          Missourinet:  Nixon speaks against same-sex marriage objector ballot issue
          KPLR (St. Louis):  Missouri Department of Conservation takes new approach with feral hogs;  Fat pigs destroy property, hog valuable resources
          KWMU:  Sickle-cell advocates say opioid-abuse prescription policies are racist;  Obese woman shares health-struggle stories while eating nachos
          JCNT editorial:  Carl Vogel was an uncommon presence in the political world;  he was totally without guile, theatrics or flamboyance X
          SNL op-ed:  Former journalist and Capitol veteran Mark Hughes:  Election antics are nothing new in Missouri X
          Priddy:  Anti-SJR 39 series, Part VII:  988 words on the Establishment Clause and religious liberty
          P-D letter:  Mallinckrodt VP Elaine Haynes:  Prescription drug monitoring program is overdue in Missouri
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        Sunday, April 17
       
CDT:  McCaskill sells her book at Columbia festival X
          KMIZ:  McCaskill makes several stops in Columbia
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area leaders take part in 18th annual D.C. fly-in, meet with McCaskill, Blunt, Graves, Hartzler X
          JCNT:  Carl Vogel remembered as a quiet but active, caring man X
          KODE (Joplin):  John Brunner speaks to Southwest Pachyderm Club
          P-D:  Out-of-state GOP donors vet Eric Greitens for presidential run;  Former Dem says he purchased GreitensForPresident.com because "there are presidents of universities ... presidents of city councils."
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Mindy Mazur, Slay's Jeff Rainford, Axiom's Aaron Baker, ACLU's Sarah Rossi discuss Slay, SJR 39, MO gov race, more
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) on Nixon releasing funds, ethanol incentives, more
          AP:  University of Missouri countersues professor in gun lawsuit
          JCNT:  Governor's Mansion has been shaped by history, personal touches of governors X
          Columbia Missourian:  Marchers campaign to stop black-on-black violence;  Activist leader:  "Black-on-black violence is not the problem but the disease of systemic racism."
          CDT:  'We Are Family' march draws less than two dozen;  Comments from former Occupy CoMo member X
          SE Missourian:  'This is not normal':  Cape sees 15 shootings in less than a year;  Cops catch perps like Ajai McReynolds, Jarvis Patterson, Darion Harris, Tahjay Matthews despite growing "stop snitching" street ethos +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  SEIU's push to boost membership numbers with burger-flippers is based on economic fantasy;  Missouri already pays above the federal minimum wage X
          SNL editorial:  Missouri legislators should support medical marijuana X
          P-D's Leah Thorsen:  MoDOT looks to keep federal money it had shared with cities, urban areas
          Messenger:  Attacking heroin epidemic requires several fronts;  Proposals from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would stymie spread of dirty needles and monitor opioids
          SNL op-ed:  Greater Springfield Center for Diversity and Reconciliation's Amy McMasters:  SJR 39 a disguise for discrimination X
          Waters:  University of Missouri doing a decent job dealing with race histrionics;  As a student facing slurs, Mike Middleton adopted an ignore-it attitude that served him well X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville man says SJR 39 promotes discrimination
          P-D letter: Town and Country man says Post-Dispatch should keep its anti-SJR 39 bias to its liberal editorial page and out of its news stories
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        Saturday, April 16
       
KC Star:  Trump, Sanders play well to rural Missourians;  Princeton sociologist attempts explanation +
          KC Star:  Photo gallery:  Seasoned citizens sitting in a circle drinking coffee, town square, man shopping at hardware store, other rural cliches +
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Sen. Carl Vogel (R-Jefferson City) passes away at 61
          JCNT:  Carl Vogel dies after cancer fight X
          AP:  Koster retains fundraising edge over GOP rivals
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  Governor
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  Lieutenant Governor
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  State Treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  Attorney General
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2016 Quarterly Reports:  Missouri House of Representatives
          KWMU:  Senate summons Planned Parenthood over group's refusal, so far, to provide documents
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon, Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) speak to Rock Bridge students
          Missourinet:  Nixon speaks against capping K-12 education funding formula
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon calls for a stop of SB 586, says it cuts Foundation Formula
          CDT:  Nixon speaks against education-funding bill X
          KWMU:  Interim UM President Mike Middleton:  University is model for handling diversity issues
          Columbia Missourian:  Middleton sounds optimistic note in speech to UM System Board of Curators
          CDT:  Raises unlikely, layoffs possible at University of Missouri offices because of budget uncertainty X
          Columbia Missourian:  Thanks to enrollment drop, MU Student Health Center trimming services
          P-D:  Nixon cool to electric rate hike plan
          The Missouri Times:  With Hicks' support, SJR 39 likely to pass Emerging Issues
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Maria Altman on Peabody bankruptcy, Marshall Griffin on SJR 39
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legalizing marijuana in Missouri is too risky;  Colorado experiment is turning state's youths into dim-witted potheads X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area woman supports bill capping electric rates +
          KC Star letters:  Area man opposes GOP proposal for sales tax increase;  Octogenarian female says SJR 39 is mean +
          CDT letter:  Former Mizzou superstar/NFL practice squad contender Michael Sam disrespects readers with ill-informed SJR 39 op-ed X
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        Friday, April 15   Tax Day (NSFW)
       
KTVI:  McCaskill calls for Labor Department to improve security at Job Corps Centers;  St. Louis center is located on Goodfellow
        P-D:  No one seems to want the top job at St. Louis VA
        P-D:  Kander raises $1.3M, Blunt $1.25M in first quarter;  Cash on hand:  Blunt $5.4M, Kander $2.8M
        KC Star:  KC workers protest with Stand Up KC in national push for higher wages;  Fast-food employee who chose to have four children laments her budget challenges +
        P-D:  Protesters push for $15/hr. minimum wage;  Child-care worker unhappy about salary in the profession she chose
        KC Star:  Photo gallery:  Minimum-wage protest +
        The Missouri Times:  Kinder announces his largest amount raised yet in first quarter
        KC Star:  Group says legalizing marijuana is a bad idea for children and poor communities +
        Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Medical marijuana
        The Missouri Times:  Photos:  Annual legislative softball tournament
        The Missouri Times:  Zweifel leads Missouri into nine-state consortium to establish savings programs for the disabled
        KWMU:  Nixon prefers lesser fuel tax proposal to latest, 5.9 cent version
        KC Star:  Election year brings new focus to election-integrity measures;  Missouri considering voter photo ID +
        KWMU:  Nixon signs first ethics bill of 2016, House passes another
        Missourinet:  Nixon signs one ethics bill, calls for more
        Missourinet:  Legislature close to passing 'revolving door' bill
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs one ethics bill, another one passes the House
        AP:  Nixon signs bill tightening ethics laws
        P-D:  Nixon signs ethics proposal into law
        CDT:  University of Missouri warns students against disruptive protests;  University will no longer tolerate agitators interfering with university business X
        CDT:  Committee sets qualifications sought in new University of Missouri president X
        CDT:  Legislative uncertainty stymies University of Missouri curators' tuition decision X
        KWMU:  UM spells out qualities it wants in its new president;  Still no tuition approved
        Columbia Missourian:  Legislative concerns stall UM System curators' budget talk
        Columbia Missourian:  UM System curators limit retirement medical benefits
        The Missouri Times:  Schaefer passes resolutions to bring Planned Parenthood official before Senate
        Missourinet:  Senate passes resolutions to hear from Planned Parenthood officials
        AP:  Senators summon Planned Parenthood CEO over subpoena
        KC Star:  Missouri Planned Parenthood official faces potential of 10 days of jail time +
        The Missouri Times:  Abortion tissue bill passes the House
        Missourinet:  Missouri House passes bills dealing with handling of fetal tissue
        The Missouri Times:  Initial deadline passes on tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
        AP:  State Senate passes new use-of-force rules
        P-D:  Banning certain dog breeds would be illegal under measure passed by Missouri House
        P-D op-ed:  Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce's Andy Koenig:  A tax day that's even worse for Missouri
        Priddy:  Anti-SJR 39 series, Part VI:  1,392 words about the Puritans and "sincere religious belief" legislation
        Messenger:  Single mom finds justice in court on a rare happy day;  Woman who left her two toddlers alone to suffer from smoke inhalation will totally turn her life around
        P-D letter:  University City resident reacts to story about woman who left her toddlers alone, says taxpayers should subsidize more child-care programs
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Area woman disagrees with Schaefer on Planned Parenthood
        P-D letter:  Illinois man says P-D editorial board never complained about a "lopsided" Missouri Legislature when Democrats were in control
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        Thursday, April 14
       
AP:  GOP stalwart Schlafly faces strife following Trump support
          Missourinet:  McCaskill meets with SCOTUS nominee
          P-D:  McCaskill says Obama SCOTUS nominee wouldn't be "activist judge in any sense"
          KC Star:  McCaskill helps warn against phone scammers impersonating the IRS +
          SE Missourian:  U.S. House panel backs Jason Smith's bill to rein in IRS +
          USA Today:  Under threat of contempt by McCaskill, Valeant CEO agrees to Senate deposition
          Wall Street Journal:  After McCaskill threat, Valeant CEO Pearson agrees to Senate deposition
          KFVS:  McCaskill uses breast cancer as reminder politicians aren't invincible
          KWMU:  Peabody Energy files for bankruptcy
          P-D:  Peabody Energy files for bankruptcy in largest coal industry restructuring
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Josh Hawley on proposed corruption unit;  Kander tells black crowd, "Black Lives Matter" +
          The Missouri Times:  John Brunner makes campaign stop in Jefferson City, speaks on "Stand Your Ground" laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Only Democratic candidates show up to state legislator diversity forum;  GOP candidates deduce that few votes were up for grabs among black sorority
          The Missouri Times:  Group creates website to criticize Raise Your Hand 4 Kids' tobacco-tax initiative petition
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin) heads to legislative disabled list with neck surgery next week
          Missourinet:  GOP lawmakers call for scalps, law changes after St. Louis County election problems;  Dems say dragging Kander into county-level mess is purely political
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers grill St. Louis County election officials
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) offers sarcastic gun legislation, fails to withdraw amendment in time;  Conservative members celebrate as liberal's legislative snark backfires
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life rallies troops behind summons
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers Planned Parenthood summonses
          CDT:  Bowen Loftin receiving full pay from University of Missouri as new job is developed X
          KWMU:  UM tuition for fall unclear;  Area high school guidance counselors see little effect from uncertainty
          Columbia Missourian:  High tuition a barrier for illegal immigrants;  Advocate for undocumented less-than-legals says Missouri should be more like Kansas
          Missourinet:  Nasheed, Richard share thoughts on 'ban the box'
          KWMU:  Dozens tesify on 'religious shield' for same-sex marriage opponents
          KC Star:  SJR 39 creates temporary chasm among Missouri GOP constituencies +
          The Missouri Times:  Advocate believes similarities, differences will make Missouri infrastructure bill a success
          The Missouri Times:  American Cancer Society lobbies the Legislature;  Event features talks from basketball coaches including Columbia College's Bob Burchard (29-5), Lincoln's John Moseley (16-14), Mizzou's Kim Anderson (10-21)
          The Missouri Times:  Boys and Girls Clubs lobby the Legislature
          P-D:  Missouri inmate claims he should be freed because of parole board vacancies
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears House bill on Lake MyKee-Holts Summit merger X
          KC Star:  National PIRG ranks Missouri low for government transparency +
          P-D:  Sara Dayley will work for government agency and KTVI at the same time;  Station says daughter of former Cards' middle reliever won't cover stories in which she's involved
          P-D editorial:  Poor people who choose to be fat develop health problems;  Medicaid expansion would help those dealing with "toxic stress" and choosing to abuse drugs and alcohol
          P-D op-ed:  Jill Schupp and Deb Lavender:  Gun violence is a community health issue
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  After series of anti-St. Louis columns, sexagenarian offers critical take on Kansas City's most challenging issues +
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        Wednesday, April 13
       
AP:  Missouri certifies wins for Trump, Clinton in close primary
        P-D:  Ed Martin:  'I am still president' of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Phyllis Schlafly on the coup to oust her +
        Reuters:  St. Louis-based Peabody Energy files for bankruptcy;  Obama Administration's new environmental regulations raised operational costs
        The Missouri Times:  Conservative "Missouri Rising" group, MO Dem Party seize Cards' home opener to share messages via social media
        AP:  GOP AG candidate Josh Hawley pitches ethics ideas, including corruption unit to tackle misuse of public office
        Drebes:  Help wanted:  Monsanto seeks government affairs directors in two regions
        JCNT:  Nixon meets with Ron Richard on trade, economic development X
        KWMU:  St. Louis County ballot troubles spark talk of electing an elections authority
        P-D:  Lawmakers set to grill St. Louis County election officials
        The Missouri Times:  NAACP rallies opposition to voter photo ID;  Kander:  "I'm here because black lives matter."
        CDT:  Planned Parenthood supporters deliver 1,700 signatures to Schaefer's office X
        The Missouri Times:  Schaefer responds to pro-choice groups' 'Shame on Schaefer' campaign
        Missourinet:  Missouri panel advances right to life for unborn constitutional amendment
        AP:  House committee approves 'personhood' amendment
        The Missouri Times:  Fight for earnings-tax repeal stymied - for now
        The Missouri Times:  SJR 39 once again keeps Capitol busy into the night
        Missourinet:  Economic impact the main theme of hearing on Missouri same-sex marriage objector amendment
        KC Star:  Impact of 'religious freedom' measure debated in Missouri House +
        KWMU:  Missouri business coalition opposes 'religious shield' amendment
        P-D:  'Religious liberty' measure draws praise, scorn at Missouri House hearing
        SNL:  House takes its turn debating contentious 'religious freedom' proposal X
        The Missouri Times:  REAL ID legislation moves forward in the House
        Columbia Missourian:  Bowen Loftin never actually took the job that awaited him after he stepped down in November;  Former chancellor still living in Chancellor's Residence mansion
        Columbia Missourian:  Two MU residence halls to be on standby because of declining enrollment
        CDT:  50 jobs eliminated as University of Missouri cuts hit cleaning, maintenance operations
        P-D:  MU operations to eliminate 50 custodial positions through layoffs and attrition
        The Missouri Times:  Energy bills from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Osage Beach) gain momentum heading into the Senate
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon markes "Equal Pay Day" by asking Office of Administration's Nancy Johnston to review Women's Foundation report
        P-D editorial:  Sympathy, sort of, for Phyllis Schlafly
        P-D editorial:  Nixon's 'ban the box' effort adds to nationwide momentum
        SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Companies deserve scrutiny, but tax code is broken X
        Helling:  "Rex Sinquefield wastes so much money on losing political causes, in fact, one wonders how he ever made money in the first place." +
        Messenger:  Missouri highway commissioner late to note conflict in class action case
        Priddy:  Anti-SJR 39 series, Part V:  The Religious Freedom Amendment is more like the "Wesboro [sic] Amendment"
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Against SJR 39
        Waters:  Former University of Missouri Curator Fred Hall is right - old-timers should be brought back around and asked their opinions on things X
        P-D op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity-Missouri's Rachel Payton:  Lawmakers should treat cause, not symptoms, of electricity problems
        CDT op-ed:  Missouri Parks Association's Susan Flader:  Missouri state parks are under legislative attack X
        P-D op-ed:  "Kiddiversity" director Carrie Oliver;  Child-care workers are in the Fight for 15;  Adults who have chosen to enter low-paying fields deserve to be given more money
        P-D letter:  Area Planned Parenthood rep dislikes Schaefer's "despicable fishing expedition"
        P-D letter:  Eureka man says Planned Parenthood is greedy, doesn't need tax dollars
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man expresses sorrow that city cannot institute an earnings tax to make high achievers pay more +
        P-D letter:  YWCA "Witnessing Whiteness" 10-week program allows Caucasoids to learn about their privilege
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        Tuesday, April 12
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Jason Smith on presidential race and voter moods, student loans, IRS and Obamacare, more
          The Missouri Times:  Eagle Forum in tumult over Schlafly's Trump endorsement;  Schlafly says her daughter, and others, are attempting to wrest control
          Washington Post:  St. Louis' Phyllis Schlafly faces coup over Trump endorsement;  Board member suggests conservative icon, 91, has lost her mind X
          P-D:  Schlafly faces revolt over Trump support;  Ed Martin possibly removed
          Columbia Missourian:  Speaker at renewable fuels conference supports Obama's plan;  AG Chris Koster (D) opposes Clean Power Plan
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster says he'll help Dem state legislative candidates;  Bev Randles says GOP must cast a wider net for voters +
          The Missouri Times:  Post-filing tip sheet:  Assessing each statewide candidate and handicapping each race's winners and losers
          P-D:  Tony Messenger wins national award for editorial writing
          KWMU:  Nixon 'bans the box' from most Missouri government employee applications
          Missourinet:  Nixon orders state agencies to 'ban the box' for job applicants
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon 'bans the box' for state employment applications
          AP:  Missouri removing box on convictions from job applications
          Missourinet:  Another stall by Missouri Senate Democrats on voter photo ID proposal
          P-D:  Democrats stall voter ID bill in the Senate, again
          AP:  Democrats stall photo ID requirement
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate debates reined-in St. Louis earnings tax proposal
          KWMU:  Democrats block revamped earnings tax bill in Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to dip into reserves to draw federal funds
          P-D:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) floats idea to sell naming rights for Missouri roads;  Statehouse reporter Kurt Erickson imagines taking a drive down the "Hooters Highway"
          P-D:  Hazelwood School Board appoints new superintendent;  Crown jewel of North St. Louis County school districts chooses Nettie Collins-Hart over two other black candidates, including former Normandy Supe Tyrone McNichols
          CDT:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) supports cuts to University of Missouri as price of ignoring past racial concerns X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curtis scolds university brass about diversity efforts
          P-D:  Curtis 'livid' over University of Missouri's failure to show "sense of urgency" on racial issues
          CDT:  University of Missouri to shutter residence halls because of enrollment decline X
          KWMU:  University of Missouri study promotes value of University of Missouri
          CDT:  Report outlines University of Missouri impact on incomes, economy X
          Columbia Missourian:  Job cuts part of MU Operation's $5.47 million in budget reductions
          KWMU:  Cost-cutting plan at UMSL wins committee approval
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates call for more robust victims' rights at Capitol ceremony
          P-D:  Missouri medical marijuana effort faces May 8 signature deadline
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature may have a say in medical marijuana;  Comments from Heartland Priorities' Eapen Thampy, others
          AP:  Missouri House votes to legalize growing industrial hemp
          KC Star:  Committee to hear testimony on SJR 39 this week +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom calls on House to pass SJR 39
          Missourinet:  Monsanto's Duane Simpson:  Gay marriage objector ballot issue 'bad for business'
          KWMU:  Bicyclists oppose proposals to require flags on bikes, OKing golf carts on Katy Trail;  Houghton's bill would allow the handicapped, and people over 60, to ride golf carts on Wednesdays
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Part 2 of municipal court overhaul series;  Normandy mayor says overhaul advocates did not listen to municipalities nor include them in a collaborative process
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says young turkey hunters harvested 4,000 wild gobblers over the weekend
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation releases "Best Practices" guidelines for equal pay
          P-D editorial:  Planned Parenthood must stand firm against demand to supply patient records
          P-D editorial:  Missouri doesn't need 'job-killer' legislation to help Ameren
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  Let's keep it civil when celebrating huge NGA victory over Illinois
          CDT's Waters:  Schaefer's election-year push for UM review commission might actually be helpful X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Celebrating the Spike Lee docudrama and the fight against oppression:  "We gon [sic] be alright [sic]! 2 fists up. 2 fists up."
          P-D group op-ed:  Missouri corporations, business groups oppose SJR 39
          CDT letter:  Missouri Cures volunteer opposes Raise Your Hand for Kids' ballot measure X
          P-D letter:  Bill Haas would like to see independent reapportionment for Missouri legislative districts
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author suggests students be allowed to "test out" of mandatory diversity requirements X
          P-D letter:  Olivette man appreciates the work of Tony Messenger
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        Monday, April 11
       
SNL:  Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson headlines Greene County Dem dinner;  Kander, Koster, Nicole Galloway also address crowd X
          KWMU:  Federal opioid addiction policy may not be much help in St. Louis
          P-D:  Conservative group funds baseball-themed digital ad campaign against Chris Koster;  Missouri Rising does not disclose its donors
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jay Ashcroft;  Panel of Irl Scissors, David Barklage, Dem state rep candidate Donna Baringer, STL County Councilman Mark Harder discuss St. Louis County election mistakes, Blunt vs. Kander, earnings tax votes, gov race
          Politico:  Eric Greitens makes fundraising rounds in Las Vegas, visits home of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson
          SE Missourian:  Bev Randles makes her pitch to be elected lieutenant governor +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local businesses oppose $15/hr. minimum wage X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes regulations, no tax for daily fantasy sports
          KRES/KWIX:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on education funding, fuel tax increase
          Fulton Sun:  Fulton schools ahead of curve on newest food trend;  Legislature's 2014 farm-to-school program enabled better food choices
          P-D:  St. Louis schools will start reaping rewards from tax increase in 2017;  Administrators say spending more money on urban students is a wise investment
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court gives juvenile killers chance for parole
          JCNT:  Cyclists oppose legislation allowing ATVs on Katy Trail;  Pedaling enthusiasts choose to stage Capitol protest on weekend, when lawmakers are out of town X
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  SJR 39, three on Spike Lee
          KWMU:  New municipal courts app will help remind scofflaws when they're due to appear in court
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Plan to move Medicaid patients into privatized managed care is worthy of close review X
          KC Star editorial:  More city, county and state governments should join anti-tobacco campaign;  23% of Missouri high school students are tobacco users +
          Priddy:  Fourth piece in series against SJR 39;  Backers are wrong to call legislation "a shield, not a sword"
          Messenger:  Update on woman who chose to leave her two toddlers alone in an apartment, where they eventually suffered from smoke inhalation;  Solutions proposed include getting rid of cash bail, creating "mother's courts" for the poor, etc.
          SNL letter:  Rogersville woman disagrees with Blunt and Billy Long on approach to Supreme Court vacancy X
          KC Star letter:  Sierra Club Chair Sarah Willey wants Missouri Legislature to stop "trying to dismantle laws to protect our air" +
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        Sunday, April 10
       
KC Star:  Jackson County Republicans choose "unity" slates +
          CDT:  Boone County Republican caucus goes smoothly;  Number of attendees down from 2012, as allocation of delegates was determined in March X
          P-D:  Cruz backers, allies beat Trump in St. Charles County caucus despite Trump primary win
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  30 SEMO students spend spring break in D.C., attending seminar at Center for Strategic and International Studies +
          CDT:  "Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman promotes her book at community-radio fundraiser;  Liberal says mainstream media is too conservative X
          Columbia Missourian:  "Democracy Now!" host, 58, recounts her formative years, her time with the Occupy movement, pays homage to Concerned Student 1950 agitators
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Hanaway speaks at Lincoln Day event;  State treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt serves as keynote
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jay Ashcroft;  David Barklage, Irl Scissors, state rep candidate Donna Baringer (D) and STL Co. Councilman Mark Harder (R) discuss St. Louis County election snafu, earnings tax votes, governor's race
          Washington Missourian:  Clerk reports another smooth election process;  Debbie Door (R):  "Elections are only as good as the people who are running them." X
          JCNT:  State employees' compensation study underway X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri lobbyists provide food to hungry schoolchildren and Boy Scouts visiting Capitol, thanks to Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R);  GOP Reps. Holly Rehder, Kathy Swan, Donna Lichtenegger each take less than $2500 from lobbyists over four-year period +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Holsman on GOP legislating through budget;  Planned Parenthood CEO signals court fight;  Slay rides off into the sunset +
          Missouri Farmer Today:  University of Missouri Extension services face budget cuts due to MU enrollment decline
          JCNT:  Elementary schools fight childhood obesity;  Missouri Foundation for Health grant targets schools at which more than 60 perent of kids get food handouts X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri will see more lawsuits against gun shops who sell to "mentally troubled" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri should keep motorcycle helmet requirement X
          JCNT editorial:  Easing helmet law defies common sense X
          SNL op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Speaker Todd Richardson tries to move Missouri House from chaos to order X
          CDT's Water:  Finding the right UM System president means looking for a miracle;  "Public listening forums" are merely symbolic, but the process will work anyway X
          CDT op-ed:  Former UM Curator Fred Hall:  Committee should pick a president "who can convince the state and the General Assembly that the University of Missouri is a frugal enterprise" X
          P-D op-ed:  Better Together's David Leipholtz:  Reforming the broken municipal court system
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        Saturday, April 9
       
P-D:  The voting is done, but Trump vs. Cruz battle continues at caucuses today
          CDT:  Democrats gather to select party delegates for Sanders, Clinton X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt U.S. Senate votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt campaign pounces on St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners election-day mistakes, creates anti-Kander hashtag
          P-D:  Kander says his office is working closely with St. Louis County election officials
          P-D:  Comment period on NGA extended to May 2
          Drebes:  Large contributions in the January-March period:  Governor, lt. gov, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer
          Washington Missourian:  Voters may get to decide fate of fuel tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  NAACP, other liberal groups oppose voter photo ID;  Comments from NAACP Missouri President Nimrod Chapel
          SNL:  At MSU Public Affairs Week event, Harvard prof shares ideas on alleviating poverty:  Spend more taxpayer money on pre-K, school extracurriculars, teacher training, etc. X
          CDT:  Foley, students meet after statement and public criticism X
          Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students will vote on unionization April 18 and 19
          Missourinet:  House proposes easing Missouri helmet law for motorcyclists
          P-D:  Next up in the Capitol:  Valet parking for lawmakers
          Missourinet:  House approves ride-sharing company regulations
          P-D:  Zoo backers pushing sales-tax idea in Missouri Legislature
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New wind farms promise an economic boost X
          KWMU:  Slay announces he will not run for re-election
          The Missouri Times:  Slay decides to not seek re-election, ends historic era at St. Louis City Hall
          P-D:  Slay announces he will not run again next year
          Rosenbaum:  With Slay stepping aside, who's next?  Assessing the viable candidates, chronic malcontents and gadflies
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann on Slay stepping down;  Dale Singer on St. Louis County election mistakes
          Messenger:  Slay legacy has yet to be written;  North City residents' sad stories of financial failures, inability to provide for themselves show why mayor should spend remainder of term trying to help black residents
          P-D:  97.1FM's focus on local programming leads Mark Cox to fill Dana Loesch time slot on 97.1FM;  Loesch now based in Dallas, with national syndication
          Washington Missourian editorial:  On Greitens, Navy SEALs and the thirst for publicity X
          KC Star editorial:  Capitol briefs:  Republicans wrong on Planned Parenthood, SJR 39, lobbyist legislation and campaign contributions +
          P-D:  Editorial briefs:  KC School Board member and Missouri Democratic State Committee Treasurer Airick West changes his name, runs away to Texas;  Motorcycle helmet law is foolish
          P-D editorial:  In a shocker, 'Mayor for Life' Slay will call it quits
          CDT's Bill Clark:  Bev Randles, Caleb Rowden impress at Boone County Lincoln Day;  Democrat columnist refers to himself in the third person ("Ol' Clark," "Ol' Scout"), reminds readers he used to be a Major Leage Baseball scout X
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club's John Hickey documents how members of his family have been adversely affected by climate change
          P-D letter:  Entire St. Louis County Board of Elections should turn in their resignations
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man offers sarcastic praise for Rex Sinquefield for earnings-tax campaign
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        Friday, April 8   Alex Eaton wins The Missouri Times' Barklage Cup;  Dave Spence donates thousands to Epilepsy Foundation
       
Bloomberg:  Sanders questions Clinton's qualifications;  McCaskill says questioning a female's qualifications "like nails on a chalkboard for many women"
          CDT:  Delegate selection starts this week with Democratic, Republican caucus meetings X
          SNL:  Local Cruz supporters look to stack delegate deck at GOP caucuses X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Kander makes Kirksville stop, discusses SOS office accomplishments, support for boosting the minimum wage, more
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Blunt 44%, Kander 37%
          KC Star:  University of Virginia group says Roy Blunt is favorite to win, but "it's not inconceivable that Kander ... could surprise Blunt" +
          P-D:  At McCaskill hearing, head of St. Louis Alzheimer's assistance group tells Congress there is a national crisis in care
          Messenger:  NGA is the seed of hope planted in north side's vacant lots;  Political rivals could start working together, and North City could become decent again
          KC Star:  Henry Kissinger receives Truman award at KC dinner;  Nonagenarian re-tells old-timey stories, uses bovine-excrement punchline +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Anne Zerr on what she learned in Jeff City;  STL County Exec Steve Stenger, SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft on St. Louis County election snafu
+
          KTVO:  GOP candidates meet-and-greet Kirksville residents;  Truman grad Eric Schmitt returns to Adair County, talks Iran and state treasurer race
          SE Missourian:  John Ashcroft continues election-year tour, will stump at Cape County Lincoln Day;  "Special guests" include man with decades-old Abe Lincoln cosplay gimmick +
          The Missouri Times:  Woman running against Rep. Josh Peters (D-St. Louis) insists she is eligible to run;  Rachel Johns calls incumbent "lazy," says she is "pretty confident" she could beat him in Dem primary
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple, Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) say SJR 39 will help Republicans drive turnout in November +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Group to take part in annual Washington Fly-In, will visit offices of McCaskill, Blunt and Graves X
          Missourinet:  House panels to investigate election issues in St. Louis County
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson forms task force to investigate election debacle in St. Louis County
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal League says approval of ballot questions proves trust in local government;  Comments from group ED Dan Ross, Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol
          Missourinet:  Senate budget sets up debate with House over MU, higher education funding
          CDT:  Senate approves budget with $26.8 million boost for University of Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes budget despite disagreements on health care, Mizzou, and Planned Parenthood funding
          KWMU:  Senate passes $27.2 billion state budget, reverses most University of Missouri cuts
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes $27B spending plan
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate budget would strip Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood
          The Missouri Times:  After passing the Senate, gas tax faces test in the House
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford supports fuel-tax measure;  Lichtenegger, Swan question whether voters would approve a hike +
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood official could face jail time over Missouri Senate subpoena dispute
          CDT:  Associate prof Rabia Gregory:  Next University of Missouri president must be "audacious";  With just 70 attendees and minimal student attendance, forum maintains civilized tone without disruptive gibber X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU assistant ethnomusicology professor Stephanie Shonekan speaks at protest forum, suggests pickup line for recruiting Caucasoids:  "Keep your privilege, but give me some too."
          AP:  Missouri House passes regulations for Uber, Lyft
          P-D:  Missouri Public Service Commission sees Ameren, Grain Belt Express transmission lines differently
          KC Star:  KCP&L increases its stake in wind power +
          Missourinet:  Man convicted of killing grandfather in 1997 dies in prison;  Gerald Elam said he accidentally mistook grandpa for the Devil
          KWMU:  Despite mixed election results, Ferguson officials are still ready to comply with consent decree
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner wrong to oppose retirement-adviser rule
          KC Star letter:  Platte City gal says humans who use gender-binary "he/she" combination "do so at their own risk;"  Lee's Summit woman threatens to boycott any company that supports SJR 39 +
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        Thursday, April 7
       
AP:  Blunt won't meet with Obama court nominee
          P-D:  Illinois congressional delegation asks for extended comment time on NGA decision to stay in St. Louis
          JCNT:  April's special cause:  Autism awareness;  More than 100 gather at MO DHSS office X
          The Missouri Times:  Parting wisdom:  Jeremy LaFaver, Linda Black, Ron Hicks, Mike Colona, Anne Zerr reflect on what they've learned in their time at the Capitol
          Rosenbaum:  What went wrong during St. Louis County's municipal elections?  Elections director Eric Fey (D) explains how election board failed voters at 65-70 polling places
          P-D:  Another scrambled election has St. Louis County, Missouri officials searching for answers
          AP:  Explanation sought after St. Louis County ballot shortage
          The Missouri Times:  Kander, GOP SOS candidates Jay Ashcroft and Will Kraus weigh in on St. Louis County election snafu
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jamilah Nasheed compares voter ID proposal to Jim Crow laws;  Spike Lee on race drama;  Eric Burlison on motorcycle-helmet law +
          AP:  Legislative negotiators back 6-month lobbying ban for Missouri lawmakers
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers strike a deal on 'revolving door' lobbyist ban +
          The Missouri Times:  Earnings tax propositions pass easily in STL, KC
          KWMU:  On heels of big earnings-tax victories, Ron Richard says he won't bring Schaefer's bill up for a vote
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs fuel tax hike to pay for roads, bridges
          P-D:  Missouri motorists could see pump prices jump under gas tax plan
          AP:  Senate overrides governor to block home care wage increase
          KC Star:  Mizzou records give a rare peek at a campus constant:  grade inflation +
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System presidential search forum draws 50
          CDT:  Interim University of Missouri System President Mike Middleton introduces "2 Fists Up" race-drama premier:  "Spike Lee, everybody knows, is the man. When he called, how can you not support what he wants to do?" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Spike Lee movie debuts in Columbia;  Some elements of crowd makes noise, talk back to screen while others are trying to watch the movie
          KC Star:  Spike Lee documentary on racial protests debuts near MU;  UM administrator endorses "2 Fists Up:  We Gon [sic] Be Alright [sic]" +
          KWMU:  UMSL proposes eliminating 85 positions to close budget gap
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  UMSL to host Zoltan Hajnal;  UC-San Diego prof says Republicans are anti-immigrant, lists other ways the "white working class" and GOP are wrong
          Missourinet:  House gives initial approval to cap on K-12 funding formula growth
          The Missouri Times:  United for Missouri calls SB 1096 a big increase on small tobacco companies
          Drebes:  Missouri Supreme Court on gun seller liability
          Missourinet:  Senate gives initial approval to expanded expungement law
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers sentencing for juveniles guilty of first-degree murder
          The Missouri Times:  Ethanol bill passes House with bipartisan support
          Missourinet:  Businesses' letter asks Missouri House to change 'religious freedom' constitutional amendment
          The Missouri Times:  Business leaders send letter to Haahr in opposition to SJR 39
          P-D:  Business backlash against SJR 39 continues
          McClatchy:  Businesses weighs in on religious-freedom proposals throughout the country
          The Missouri Times:  Daily fantasy-sports legislation moves forward in House, Senate
          KC Star:  House committee addresses Kansas City concerns with municipal courts bill +
          AP:  Senate approves new use-of-force rules for Missouri police
          AP:  Ferguson city manager:  Tax vote shouldn't affect police overhaul
          NY Times editorial:  Making way for wind power:  Regulators, landowners should stop standing in the way of the Grain Belt Express
          JCNT editorial:  Annual Autism Awareness Month editorial X
          P-D editorial:  American politics needs the balance provided by union dues;  Any Missouri elected official who votes for 'paycheck protection' doesn't "give a damn about Missouri workers"
          P-D editorial:  Voters endorse and reinvest in their cities and schools
          KC Star editorial:  KC keeps earnings tax, but misguided foes like Rex Sinquefield likely won't quit +
          P-D editorial:  Stop squabbling and clean up the West Lake Landfill
          CDT's Waters:  GOP candidates for governor are wrong - Nixon was right to stay out of MU race protests situation X
          Hartmann:  SJR 39 - the Bigotry Protection Act - makes homophobia a sacred right in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Lone Jack man says HB 1414 would keep important safety data from the public +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Schmitt's municipal courts bill is designed to keep black cities broke
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        Wednesday, April 6
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on refugee screening process;  MSU's Calfano on Trump;  Speaker Todd Richardson on gas tax hike +
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  76% of Missouri voters very concerned or somewhat concerned about terrorism occuring in the state
          KWMU:  Once NGA decides, city says residents to move out this summer;  Area woman settles on buyout price, continues complaining
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate budget panel cuts Medicaid spending, approves plan
          Missourinet:  Nasheed says compromise is not an option on voter photo ID bill
          The Missouri Times:  Voter photo ID finally reaches Senate, becomes the filibuster that wasn't
          P-D:  More stalling in Missouri Senate on contentious voter ID measure
          CDT:  Senate committee considers contempt action against Planned Parenthood X
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee pushes for contempt charges against Planned Parenthood official
          The Missouri Times:  Resolutions issued to hold Planned Parenthood, affiliates in contempt
          KC Star:  Senate committee discusses contempt charges against Planned Parenthood leader +
          AP:  Planned Parenthood attorney disputes Senate subpoena's scope
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes MU oversight commission resolution
          Columbia Missourian:  Spike Lee promotes MU film, says campus racial climate is not 'hunky-dory'
          CDT:  Duke administrator talks about racism during University of Missouri lecture;  Fictional "Lakisha and Jamal" will never have same chance of success as "Emily and Greg" X
          P-D:  Marquette High School junior Lucy Zhu earns perfect score on ACT college test;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          KWMU:  Latest attempt to repeal motorcycle helmet law advances in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  House uses motorcycle helmet bill to debate freedom and health insurance
          The Missouri Times:  'Beer bill' gains momentum as it moves through House
          KWMU:  City voters choose to keep earnings tax, raise property tax for schools
          P-D:  Earnings tax passes overwhelmingly in St. Louis City
          KC Star:  Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approve earnings tax renewal +
          P-D:  St. Louis County suffers ballot problems, voting confusion
          Missourinet:  Missouri high court rules suit against gun seller can proceed
          Missourinet:  Appeals denied for Missouri man sentenced to death;  Richard Davis and galpal kidnapped a woman, then recorded themselves beating, raping, sodomizing and killing her
          KC Star editorial:  Maybe KC dodged a bullet when Cleveland won the GOP convention;  "Image change" from week-long GOP infestation not worth the millions of dollars of economic activity Republicans would bring to town +
          JCNT editorial:  Proposals from Nasheed, Schupp will help educate students on suicide prevention X
          Priddy:  Equality:  an inconvenient concept;  Retiree pens 1,287 more words against SJR 39, a summary of an analysis of the Declaration of Independence, much much more
          P-D op-ed:  Keerthika Melissa Subramanian:  Against SJR 39;  Missouri native claims to be "registered Republican" in a state that does not have party registration
          P-D op-ed:  Mike Middleton:  UMSL is an excellent state school and the overall University of Missouri System is "as strong as ever"
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Against campus concealed-carry proposal
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Celebrating KC earnings tax vote;  Newspaper columnist, age 60, calls successful businessman and philanthropist Rex Sinquefield a "clown" +
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man accuses Raise Your Hand for Kids of inserting "sneaky" ballot language
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        Tuesday, April 5   Barklage Cup finals:  Vote for Sammy Panettiere or Alex Eaton
       
SE Missourian:  Local Dem, GOP caucuses set for this week in Cape Girardeau +
          Missourinet:  MSU prof Brian Calfano recalls last nearly-brokered convention
          P-D:  After foreign trip, McCaskill vouches for tightness of Syrian refugee screening program
          KC Star:  Chris Koster takes in big contributions from unions:  $400k from Eastern Missouri Laborers, $200k from Working for Working Americans PAC, $150k from CWA, more +
          P-D:  Democrats face tough slog in gaining ground from GOP in Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Dem, Libertarian to fill ballot slots in Elijah Haahr's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Peters challenges primary foe's standing;  Rachel Jones was not a registered voter in Missouri until February 2015
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Area man thinks he'll impact voter participation;  Aspiring rapper "C-Sharp" latest with big plans to give young blacks "some type of motivation and some type of responsibility"
          Rosenbaum:  Lawmakers content to wait for judges before altering municipal overhaul
          Missourinet:  Nixon releases money for some Missouri programs
          The Missouri Times:  Increased revenue means more money for health care, education and infrastructure
          P-D:  Under threat of veto, Nixon releases $2.1 million
          AP:  Nixon allows $2M more education, health-care spending
          Missourinet:  House Budget Co-Chair Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  Nixon should keep releasing from FY16 budget
          P-D:  Speaker Todd Richardson not closing the door on gas tax hike
          Drebes:  Kevin Engler offers Senate gentle suggestions on how it should operate
          AP:  Missouri Republicans seek to hold Planned Parenthood chief in contempt
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate budget panel backs Nixon's tuition freeze agreement
          Missourinet:  Senate panel proposes smaller cut to University of Missouri administration
          CDT:  Senate committee restores cuts to University of Missouri budget X
          JCNT:  Senate panel agrees to restore UM funding cuts, approves oversight group X
          CDT:  Senate approves commission to study University of Missouri administration X
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate votes to create review commission for university system
          CDT:  Rolla forum draws 70 to discuss University of Missouri presidential search X
          KWMU:  University of Missouri presidential search committee holds listening session
          KWMU:  St. Louis On the Air:  Interview with University of Missouri's first-ever "diversity, equity and inclusion" chief Kevin McDonald
          Columbia Missourian:  Spike Lee's film on student activism to premier tomorrow at Missouri Theatre
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee considers teacher salary hike, more funding for poorest schools
          KC Star:  Profile:  New KC Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell +
          AP:  Regulations on Uber, Lyft advance in Missouri House
          Columbia Missourian:  Without database, Missouri pharmacists struggle to detect prescription drug abuse
          The Missouri Times:  Coalition files brief with high court in bag bill suit
          P-D:  Ameren says downtown demand growth means flurry of projects
          JCNT editorial:  Raising the fuel tax raises the risk X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State awaits leaders' road plan X
          P-D op-ed:  Jobs With Justice's Ruth Ehresman:  Child-care training program is a good start, and much more spending is needed
          KC Star's Sanchez:  New KC superintendent understands how hard life is for young urbanites +
          CDT op-ed:  Former Mizzou football star/NFL practice squad semi-finalist Michael Sam:  Missouri must stop SJR 39 X
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with Billy Long on Cuba, Obama X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says NGA decision was based on politics, not logic
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man says NGA decision means another black neighbhoorhood is uprooted in the name of "urban revitalization"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man applauds Post-Dispatch for providing significant pro-Missouri/anti-Illinois messaging to decisionmakers
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        Monday, April 4
       
KWMU:  With presidential primary out of the way, battle begins over who gets to be a delegate
          Washington Missourian:  McCaskill favors charter schools, opposes tuition vouchers X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler wants more funding for national defense
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Jackson vs. Anne Schweitzer on earnings tax;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Crystal Brinkley, Dave Spence, and Ron Hicks talk earnings tax, SJR 39, Trump and Sanders
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hanaway on Nixon and law enforcement;  Libla on gas-tax increase +
          KC Star:  The question for Eric Greitens:  Is he cashing in on Navy SEAL brand? +
          P-D:  MoDOT dips into cash reserves to match federal money
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville):  Urban Missouri lawmakers 'out of touch' with rural transportation needs
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) on fuel tax bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes putting telehealth allowances into law
          SE Missourian:  Child-abuse agencies stretched by volume of cases, lack of foster homes +
          SNL:  Campus concealed carry bill moves forward with concessions X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System budget cuts await vote in the Senate
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Promo for new race/class/poverty-complaint show "We Live Here";  Second segment features University of Missouri "diversity, equity and inclusion" officer Kevin McDonald
          P-D editorial:  Savor the NGA decision as a rare generational moment
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Ethics overhauls, one bill at a time X
          Priddy:  Supporters of SJR 39 are acting un-Christian
          Messenger:  Readers react to story about man who chose to break the law but deserves a break because he is poor
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says trucking industry should bear the brunt of highway funding
          P-D letter:  Illinois man weighs in on Missouri legislation regarding Katy Trail and ATVs
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        Sunday, April 3
       
SE Missourian:  Jason Smith organizes local summit for veterans' aid +
          P-D:  Officials hope spy agency will improve North St. Louis City
          Columbia Missourian:  Lincoln Day dinner recap:  Attendees endure twenty (20) stump speeches, Schaefer touts former KC Star columnist Barb Shelly's screed as endorsement of his conservatism, more
          CDT:  Nixon answers GOP governor candidates' criticisms over how he handled MU race protests X
          NY Times:  Rift among Navy SEALs over Eric Greitens, others who cash in on brand;  Combat-tested soldiers critical of "incentivizing narcissistic and profit-oriented behavior"
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Greitens addresses SEALs video during Kirksville stop, says "political establishment" is scared
          Lebanon Daily Record:  Mike Parson vows to avoid political dirt in his campaign for lieutenant governor
          Drebes:  Nasheed puts her money where her mouth is, supports earnings tax effort with her own campaign dollars
          JCNT:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar):  Congress should give federal lands to states X
          CDT:  State shakes 26,000 off of SNAP handout list; More than 800,000 remain on the dole X
          P-D:  Jobless rate hits a low in St. Louis;  Thoughts from HR recruiters, people looking for jobs, others
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video:  Business reporters Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus discuss St. Louis jobless numbers while day-drinking at Broadway Oyster Bar
          KWMU:  University of Missouri wants input on search for next president
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis County public school student lands success in state geography bee;  Minority student chooses to work hard, acheives success
          AP:  Business outcry doesn't stop SJR 39
          KC Star:  What does it mean to be genderqueer or nonbinary? Interviews with three genderqueers, along with a pronoun guide to humans with nontraditional gender self-assignments +
          P-D:  Earnings tax:  Final preview before Tuesday's vote
          Columbia Missourian:  Two years after Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson, no substantial changes to law enforcement statutes
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to St. Louis for a huge bipartisan victory on NGA
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State lawmakers must step up and pass a gas tax increase for transportation
          SNL editorial:  SJR 39 bad for Springfield X
          Rolla Daily News op-ed:  McCaskill:  Student loan debt is a burden on all Missourians
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Why do candidates with no chance of winning run for statewide office? A list of 2016's also-rans +
          St. Louis Magazine's Ray Hartmann:  Guns gone wild;  Missouri lawmakers brandish their absurdity - again;  Burlison, McDaniel, McGaugh, others should be tagged (R-NRA) for their allegiance
          KC Star letter:  Safe Haven for Newborns law allows unwilling parents to donate kids +
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        Saturday, April 2
       
KC Star:  Donald Trump begins mobilizing for Missouri's April 9 GOP caucuses +
          KC Star:  United Transportation Union poll:  Clinton over Trump 42-40;  Blunt over Kander 49-35;  Koster leads GOP field for governor +
          CDT:  Blunt, GOP statewide candidates speak at Lincoln Day dinner X
          CDT:  Blunt attends state geography bee finals;  Indian boys from St. Louis County public schools finish first and second, besting St. Louis private-school Caucasoid X
          KWMU:  After NGA selects St. Louis, city infighting begins;  Clay on displacing residents:  "There's no neighborhood. It takes neighbors to actually have a neighborhood."
          P-D:  NGA director's e-mail echoes St. Louis' 'millennial case' for $1.75 billion project;  Reaction from victors, displaced seasoned citizens, Illinois residents
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis tops Illinois, wins bid for new NGA site
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin and Maria Altman on NGA, earnings tax vote, Ferguson, more
          P-D:  Baseball-related political contributions:  DeWitt family gives to MOGOP, other GOP campaigns;  Eric Greitens accept $25,000 from part-owner of Chicago Cubs
          SE Missourian:  Area state reps to face token opposition on road to re-election +
          CDT:  Susan McClintic, former leader of local NEA, talks about her race versus Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) X
          Drebes:  Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) says he's disappointed in Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) explains need for increase in his gas tax hike proposal
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) would give student journalists more freedom, prevent schools from censoring content X
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Missing persons advocate bill before Senate committee
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes youth suicide prevention proposal
          KC Star:  GOP legislators target Planned Parenthood +
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers support SJR 39;  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) says legislation is "a shield, not a sword" +
          P-D:  Utility bill advances in Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future applauds Senate grid modernization effort
          Missourinet:  Missing MoDOT mascot Barrel Bob found in a ditch
          P-D:  Barrel Bob, MODOT's stolen safety mascot, is found
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center drops checkoff-related suit against Missouri Department of Agriculture
          P-D:  EPA to remove dirt on private property adjacent to landfill
          P-D editorial briefs:  On Cynthia Davis and David Poger
          Messenger:  Profile of a lawbreaker:  Courts to decide if a grown man who chooses to drive 85 mph is a scofflaw or "a poor young man" who deserves a break
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        Friday, April 1   April Fool's Day
       
March 2016 headlines
          February 2016 headlines
          April 2015 headlines
          KWMU:  NGA:  north St. Louis 'preferred' site for new facility
          P-D:  NGA to stay in St. Louis;  Federal agency chooses to invest in urban area that needs support
          KWMU:  Elected officials offer NGA reaction:  Underpaid government employees ghostwrite coherent, in-touch statements for multimillionaire bosses
          Columbia Missourian:  Roy Blunt tours firehouse, gets free t-shirt and hat
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  A look at issues facing women in Missouri;  KC-based Women's Foundation provides research for closing gender wage gap, expanding child care options, other issues impacting women and children
          KC Star:  Video:  Kansas City group protests for local jobs;  Residents of different races, faiths unite to call on corporate community for job-training help +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Libla on transportation tax;  Greitens' end-of-quarter fundraising push;  Republicans congratulate themselves for candidate-filing "victories" created by gerrymandered map +
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Speaker Todd Richardson:  SJR 39, paycheck deception, making it harder for minority and elderly Missourians to vote, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) on Uber, sex trafficking, restricting minority and elderly access to ballot box via voter ID, more
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon and Richardson to clash over paycheck deception vote
          JCNT:  Senate backs bill raising Missouri fuel taxes X
          Missourinet:  Senate budget demands reductions in Medicaid spending by next week;  Proposal would scrutinize, slash medications vital to the most vulnerable Missourians
          Missourinet:  Republican candidate for statewide office wants to expand powers of the office he expects to win
          The Missouri Times:  LGBT activists gather for Transgender Day of visibility, speak out against discriminatory measure
          Columbia Missourian:  PROMO turns out more than 100 LGBT activists against SJR 39
          Missourinet:  House passes state ban of powdered alchohol;  Republican reps rationalize more government intrusion into personal choice
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) represents St. Louis at Harvard conference
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  Pros and cons of earnings tax ballot:  Municipal government employee Paul Payne vs. multimillionaire Travis Brown
          KWMU:  Does St. Louis earnings tax affect business growth? Comments from academic experts, area corporate CEO who abandoned city for one (1) percent tax break
          CDT:  House votes to allow concealed weapons on college campuses;  Republicans insist more guns equal greater safety X
          KWMU:  Free gun locks will be given away Friday at St. Louis City Hall;  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice efforts seek to curb accidental-shooting epidemic
          KWMU:  Ferguson picks Miami cop to be next police chief;  Majority-African-American community gets a top law enforcement officer that can relate to black community
          P-D:  Florissant police arrest man at town hall meeting;  Landowning white male repeatedly disrupts public meeting, is escorted away in gentle and dignified manner
          CDT:  Hank Waters among Boone County Hall of Fame inductees;  Veteran journalist is a role model for those who seek to maintain lucidity, community impact in twilight years X
          P-D editorial:  With NGA decision, faith and promise in a new St. Louis future
          P-D editorial:  More Missourians get hungrier starting today;  Republicans strike disingenuous "get a job" stance while neediest Missourians fall through state's food safety net
          P-D op-ed:  Fordham Institute:  Missouri have erred in going alone on testing
          P-D letter:  Clayton Caucasoid offended by female professor's call for racial, gender diversity in university leadership
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        Thursday, March 31
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  GOP pollster says some "Never Trump" Republicans will come around;  Black Trade Unionists on importance of labor to stymie conservatives;  Dem operative David Poger's seduction line as he finger-poked a Capitol intern's lapel pin +
          P-D:  NGA decision will clarify future of McKee's plans for North Side
          KWMU:  Dept. of Labor employee stops by St. Louis, promotes program to help homeless veterans
          P-D:  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy gives local group time on her schedule;  Agency data shows no danger near West Lake Landfill, but "Just Moms STL" wants federal buyout of properties anyway
          P-D:  Constitution Party's Cynthia Davis, who lives in the 2nd Congressional district, to run in 3rd Congressional district GOP primary against Blaine Luetkemeyer;  St. Charles Councilman Mary West (R) to challenge Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles)
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Kinder's claim on minority employment "Mostly True"
          The Missouri Times:  HRCC celebrates strong showing in candidate filing;  36 more Republicans than Democrats are running unopposed
          KC Star:  Democrats wish for positive effect from a possible anti-Trump backlash this fall;  House Minority Leader Jake Hummel on party's legislative decay:  "We've hit rock bottom, and it's only up from here." +
          P-D:  Overview of statewide-office filing, key local races:  Jamilah Nasheed vs. computer programmer/keyboard activist, area GOP primaries
          SOS.mo.gov:  Candidate filing list
          CDT:  Nixon stresses preparedness at Red Cross disaster summit X
          Missourinet:  Nixon, Democratic elected officials speak at labor rally
          The Missouri Times:  Labor rally draws thousands to Jefferson City;  All-Democrat speaking lineup critical of 'right to work,' 'paycheck protection'
          P-D:  Missouri ID plan to meet federal requirements moves ahead in House
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate endorses revamped fuel tax hike
          Missourinet:  Senate proposal would ask Missourians to vote on 5.9 cent fuel tax hike
          P-D:  Plan to hike gas tax by 5.9 cents emerges in Missouri Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) would allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring their firearms for protection on St. Louis' MetroLink, other public transportation
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Bankers Association to work with treasurer to improve personal finance classes
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) would expand brain injury law for youth sports
          P-D:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) disappointed in business community's response to SJR 39
          KWMU:  LGBTQIA-focused 'OutGames' canceled due to low participation numbers, lack of support
          The Missouri Times:  National popular vote discussion may reach both chambers
          KC Star:  Former KC mayors gather to defend earnings tax;  Organizers bring Kay Barnes plate of small cupcakes for her 78th birthday, while other elderly attendees sit and clap +
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Frank Vatterott, Chair of St. Louis County Municipal Court Improvement Commission
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Starsky Wilson, Arch City Defenders' Thomas Harvey present one side of municipal-court overhaul issue
          P-D:  Former St. Louis City Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. hit with tax liens;  Missouri Supreme Court suspended law license after Bosley admitted to mishandling clients' funds
          KC Star editorial:  SJR 39 would enshrine bigotry in the Missouri Constitution +
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility;  There's no need for anxiety when transgender people bring opposite-sex genitalia into your restroom +
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        Wednesday, March 30   The Missouri Times' Barklage Cup Final Four:  Jason Rosenbaum vs. Sammy Panettiere, Alex Eaton vs. Jeremy LaFaver
       
One year ago:  Veteran GOP communicator Spence Jackson found dead
          Missouri State University Foundation page:  Donate to Spence Jackson Memorial Scholarship
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders' connections with two UMKC economists run deep +
          P-D:  After McCaskill push, Senate files contempt claim against Backpage.com in federal court
          Washington Post:  Following McCaskill subpoena, Senate goes to court to demand documents from Backpage.com
          KWMU:  Nuclear workers, families seek cash payouts from federal Department of Labor program;  Man who chose to smoke, "elderly woman with silver hair,' others want taxpayer dollars
          KWMU:  Candidate filing notes:  Chappelle-Nadal machinations ensure she's listed last on Clay's re-election ballot;  Two GOP state rep candidates in historically Dem areas face no opposition;  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) gets free primary pass in black district;  More
          Drebes:  Alex Stafford to run in GOP primary for seat of Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles), blatantly breaks curmudgeonly Combest Campaign Commandment
          The Missouri Times:  Union-backed Dem files against Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial)
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder says Missourians want "return to law and order" after attack on Darren Wilson;  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on likelihood of tax increase for transportation +
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact ranking:  Hanaway's statement about length of Missouri's barber-code regulations rated "True"
          P-D:  Some legislators rent Jefferson City living space from lobbyists
          AP:  Lawmakers pass limits on paid political consulting
          CDT:  University of Missouri budget in limbo as Senate panel debates state spending X
          Missourinet:  Senate Budget Chair Kurt Schaefer says Medicaid would take all state revenue and then some
          Missourinet:  Budget panel holds off on proposal for University of Missouri funding
          AP:  Senate panel boosts higher ed funding
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) would improve blind literacy
          Missourinet:  Amendment from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) would add "life begins at conception" to Missouri Constitution
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Constitution pro-life language proposal draws tense debate
          AP:  Update on abortion, fetal-tissue proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of SB 5 plot course after court ruling
          The Missouri Times:  Koster to appeal ruling on SB 5
          AP:  Koster to appeal court overhaul ruling
          P-D:  Ruling on municipal court reform law puts focus on 'special laws'
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Starsky Wilson, Arch City Defenders' Thomas Harvey to give one side of municipal court overhaul debate
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren, Noranda fight for grid modernization bill
          P-D:  Regulators zap Ameren rate hike plan
          The Missouri Times:  Livestock liability bill perfected in Senate
          AP:  Public hearing on Ferguson settlement is April 19
          P-D editorial:  NGA report on environmental impact suggests St. Louis is the place to be
          WSJ editorial:  Show Me your donors:  Kurt Schaefer, a "trial-lawyer favorite," pushes law to hamstring Joshua Hawley
          P-D editorial:  Judge's ruling is a bump in court-overhaul road, not a dead end
          CDT's Waters:  Let's welcome Kevin McDonald to Columbia;  Officer of "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" may be worth his $235k/yr. salary, or maybe not, we'll see X
          Priddy:  A dose of reality for departing legislators:  In seven weeks, the temporary power to which you've grown addicted - and the hollow hellos from smarmyface Capitol types -  will disappear from your life. And no one will care but you.
          Messenger:  Ferguson activist runs for mayor of Baltimore;  Also, Missouri Republicans are wrong to push voter ID
          P-D letter:  St. Ann resident suggests than people who whine about traffic tickets stop breaking the law
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        Tuesday, March 29
       
Missourinet:  Missouri congressional delegation staff safe after Capitol shooting
          SE Missourian:  Farmington man to fill Dem ballot slot against Jason Smith;  Dave Cowell, who used to go by the name "Dave Starr," is all set to "take our country back" and "bring our community together" +
          SNL:  "Moms Clean Air Force" rally draws ten (10) to support Obama's Clean Power Plan;  Group includes Rep. Charlie Norr, schoolkids, obese man with "Let Us Breathe" sign X
          CDT:  SBA approves funding for local women's business center;  $672,000 in taxpayer money to fund "one-on-one coaching and counseling" for gals with big ideas X
          AP:  Former KC mayor files for governor;  Octogenarian Charlie Wheeler will have name on Dem primary ballot against November standard-bearer Chris Koster
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Kinder statement that St. Louis is "most dangerous city" is "mostly false";  Professor says St. Louis' homicide epidemic does not mean people are necessarily in danger
          Drebes:  McCaskill backs former aide Greg Razer in safe Dem state rep race
          P-D:  Democratic operative accused of harassing interns can return, with conditions;  David Poger must notify Capitol Police 24 hours before visiting, check in upon arrival, avoid general creepery
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature restraining order dropped against man accused of harassing interns
          AP:  Missouri ends restraining order on Democratic operative
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers may act quickly to attempt to override Nixon's veto of 'paycheck protection'
          JCNT:  Senate panel to work on House-passed budget X
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would require schools to put anti-bullying policy on paper, report number of incidents +
          Missourinet:  Bill would create Missouri Missing Persons Advocate, database to help close cases
          P-D:  Brain injury funding gets push from Missouri lawmakers
          JCNT:  U.S. Health and Human Services report:  91,000 uninsured Missourians going without mental health treatment X
          KC Star:  SJR 39 opponent's hypothetical:  Losing KC's NCAA sporting events - and U.S. Figure Skating championships - could cost Missouri $3.1 million in state tax revenue +
          AP:  KC Sports Commission official:  If NCAA canceled every major KC event - and U.S. Figure Skating officials did too - impact on state tax revenue would be $3.1 million
          The Missouri Times:  Earnings tax vote to continue regardless of votes in KC, STL
          KC Star:  Deep Background podcast:  Kraske & Helling welcome reporter Lynn Horsley to talk about KC earnings tax vote +
          KWMU:  Judge deals big blow to Ferguson-inspired municipal overhaul
          AP:  Judge strikes down municipal court law
          The Missouri Times:  Parts of SB 5 thrown out in Cole County court
          P-D:  Judge guts municipal court overhaul law
          KMOV:  Court strikes down law limiting revenue from traffic tickets
          The Missouri Times:  American Farm Bureau study:  Missouri shoppers see slowdown in food price increase
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee considering tougher racial profiling laws
          P-D:  Consultant paid by Wildwood supports city's position against EPA
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on earnings tax +
          CDT's Waters:  The news University of Missouri president should come from academia, or maybe business X
          KC Star letter:  AARP volunteer wants McCaskill to crack down on unscrupulous financial advisers +
          P-D letter:  Man who lives near proposed North St. Louis City NGA site responds to critical letter, confirms that most residents are poor but not necessarily thieving or violent
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County woman says bad bills could keep important safety information - including data on West Lake Landfill - from the public
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        Monday, March 28  Vote in Barklage Cup Elite Eight:  Grace vs. Panettiere;  Rowden vs. Rosenbaum;  Schmitt vs. Eaton;  Kelly vs. LaFaver
       
P-D:  Federal spending in Missouri equivalent of more than a fifth of economy
          KWMU:  NGA to announce decision on site location Friday
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mayor Francis Slay says St. Louis will be "hurt in a big way" if NGA chooses Illinois, promotes "Yes" vote on earnings tax, says Hillary Clinton will win Missouri in November
          P-D:  EPA set to remove part of Wildwood Superfund site from National Priorities List;  City wants to keep site on list, pays for its own study to refute EPA
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton);  Panel of UFCW's Collin Reischman, ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Pacific) on Trump, SJR 39, Ferguson and DOJ, more
          Rosenbaum:  Missouri gubernatorial candidates talk about a post-Ferguson agenda
          Drebes:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) to run for state Senate in 2018
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ron Richard on the majority's prerogative to pass legislation;  Mike Kehoe on transportation funding;  Bob Priddy on the late John T. Russell +
          KWMU:  Second-half preview:  Budget
          Missourinet:  Interest groups prepare for second half;  Missouri Chamber, Missouri Kids First, Empower Missouri, Missouri Prosecutors Association each list a top priority
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) talks likelihood of tax increase for transportation
          SNL:  MSU Public Affairs Week focuses on 'building healthy communities';  Speakers included rep from Bernie Sanders campaign, out-of-state "Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking" prof, "The Biggest Loser" actress/activist Jillian Michaels, others X
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Only 2 of 10 involve Mizzou race histrionics
          KC Star:  KC church replaces "Black Lives Matter" banner;  Black female's Easter sermon:  "White Christianity likes to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus almost as a form of entitlement." +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Is an "office of diversity" at Mizzou really necessary?  The racial climate isn't that bad, and "overcoming prejudice" is about as likely as football team winning a national championship X
          Student Life (Washington University) columnist Ariel Kravitz:  Preparing for fall campaign dramatics in light of Emory chalk-writing hysterics:  "Protesting Trump is valid;  protesting Trump supporters is not"
          Messenger:  SJR 39 should be stopped
          P-D letter:  Fenton man says reporter Stephen Deere's in-depth piece about Ferguson should win an award
          P-D letter:  Coalition of Labor Union Women local president:  Woman who chose to leave her two toddlers alone was forced to work by oppressive welfare laws;  Toddlers who went to the hospital for smoke inhalation look just fine now
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        Sunday, March 27   Happy Easter!
       
P-D:  NGA decision expected Friday;  St. Louis leaders hope agency chooses "urban renewal" over safe Illinois cornfield in President Obama's home state
        SNL:  'Found' taxpayer money:  Mysterious old federal bookmark for $800,000 could be a boon for Springfield X
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Scott Sifton;  Panel of UFCW's Collin Reischman, ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Pacific)
        Drebes:  Republican Governors Association forms state PAC to funnel money for general election
        CDT:  Dozens of party committee seats still open as filing deadline nears X
        JCNT:  Second-half preview:  Ethics legislation, voter ID, education, transportation funding;  Comments from local lawmakers X
        AP:  Second-half preview:  Voter ID, ethics, transportation funding;  Comments from legislators, MU's Peverill Squire
        AP:  Second-half preview:  Issue blurbs
        Columbia Missourian:  An in-depth look at lobbyist gifts;  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) leads among all senators, accepting nearly $10,000 in gifts;  Comments from Caleb Rowden, Progress Missouri's Kevin Garner, MU's Peverill Squire
        CDT:  Proposed lobbyist gift ban would extend to local government officials X
        CDT:  State law murky on who qualifies as a local lobbyist X
        SE Missourian:  Meth use rises sharply in Cape Girardeau area;  As law enforcement and media focus on heroin, Mexicans ship cheap meth north to Missouri +
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Taxpayers to help Noranda workers affected by layoffs;  Each of 850 workers is allotted $1,250 +
        JCNT:  State Employee of the Month:  Megan Sidebottom X
        Lebanon Daily Record:  Obituary:  Former state Sen. John Russell
        Priddy:  Remembering John T. Russell
        P-D endorsement:  Yes to Prop E (earnings tax)
        P-D "Bottom Line" video:  Seasoned business reporters Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus discuss earnings tax while day-drinking at Broadway Oyster Bar
        Messenger:  Note to Missouri Supreme Court:  There is a name behind every lawbreaker who gets a ticket;  Grown man can't afford to post his own bail, has to ask Dem Committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes to spot him some cash
        Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Editor congratulates his paper for covering university issues
        SNL's Stephen Herzog:  Engagement editor describes his job, signals Gannett's new focus on social media and in-person events X
        P-D letter:  Edwardsville man says P-D editorial board manages to outdo its terrible Ferguson coverage by beating "cornfield" meme to death and by suggesting NGA employees should be sent to North St. Louis City war zone
        P-D letter:  Union man says NGA's mission is national defense, not saving an area that urbanites destroyed
        P-D letter:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo:  Tobacco tax initiative is laser-focused on children's health, education
        P-D letter:  St. Charles woman disagrees with abortion-notification requirement
        P-D letter:  Moscow Mills Mayor Michael Clynch says Senate Bill 572 demonstrates state government overreach
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        Saturday, March 26
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill criticizes Cruz's call to keep a closer eye on Muslims
          JCNT:  Blunt following, but not analyzing, presidential primaries X
          Marshfield Mail:  Memorial services today for Leroy Blunt
          Washington Missourian:  McCaskill backs community colleges, supports A+ Scholarship program X
          Washington Missourian:  All four GOP gov candidates speak at Franklin County GOP dinner;  Highlights of key messages from Brunner, Greitens, Hanaway, Kinder X
          P-D:  Husbands of Reps. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country), Rochelle Walton Gray (D-Florissant) seek to keep seats all in the family
          The Missouri Times:  Organizers of December's Capitol Masquerade Ball say event raised $150,000 for charity
          Missourinet:  Senate Budget Chair Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) on Planned Parenthood funding cut, and tie to MU
          KWMU:  A new Missouri park?  Local lawmakers are saying no to land purchased around the Eleven Point
          JCNT:  MoDOT building new Barrel Bob;  Thieving miscreants still on the loose X
          KC Star:  Mother of 19-year-old pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver wants Legislature to stiffen penalties +
          CDT:  Study from The Pew Charitable Trusts on incarceration rates ranks Missouri 17th-best at locking up its criminals X
          CDT:  Checkoff program proves divisive among Missouri cattle producers X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Various criticisms and name-calling (e.g. "dim bulbs") of area public servants and utilities, including Reps. Sue Allen (R) and Courtney Curtis (D-St. Louis), Laclede Gas
          P-D op-ed:  Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt:  NGA should send its employees to work in North St. Louis City, rather than "open cornfield"
          P-D op-ed:  Ghostwriter for 99-year-old Frankie Freeman:  NGA should realize "diversity, inclusion and social justice  - more than the quietude of cornfields - are indispensible to its national defense mission"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says that if NGA chooses Illinois, then North St. Louis City site should be new location for veterans hospital
          KC Star letter:  Independence man says Sam Graves is consistently wrong about KCI airport +
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        Friday, March 25   Good Friday 2016 Barklage Cup:  Sweet Sixteen
       
Kraske:  Chris Koster and other Dems tie GOP to Trump, but calculating the "Trump effect" is proving infinitely difficult +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Missouri is 20% below national average for higher ed funding
          CDT:  McCaskill says Missouri A+ Scholarship should be a model for the nation X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill warns Missouri lawmakers about college affordability;  Kurt Schaefer predicts how Senate Dems will handle hurt feelings after break +
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Hartzler's claim on workforce stats "Mostly False"
          P-D:  Luetkemeyer, others ask that NIH funding not include fetal tissue procured from abortion providers
          KWMU:  Progressive energy groups want Missouri to support Clean Power Plan;  AG Chris Koster (D) calls Obama's plan "economically risky"
          CDT:  At Columbia campaign stop, Joshua Hawley says he'll use AG's office to challenge federal authority X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) chats with journoduo on ethics overhaul, House vs. Senate, more
          Missourinet:  SJR 39 backers say Missouri House must pass it as it is
          KC Star:  SJR 39 overview:  Comments from legislators, activists, businesses +
          Missourinet:  Mizzou fundraising chief talks about impact of race dramatics on donations, says alumni can expect more "overcommunicating" during these "challenging times"
          CDT:  MU Faculty Council:  Don't select another Tim Wolfe for UM System president X
          Missourinet:  House Minority Caucus Leader Gail McCann Beatty wants MU discussion more on race issues, less on budget cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-St. Louis) calls to make the Cardinals Missouri's official baseball team
          P-D:  Laclede Group renaming gas utility company Spire
          KWMU:  Overview of St. Louis City's April 5 earnings tax vote
          KWMU:  EPA:  Still no significant health risk posed by West Lake Landfill radiological waste;  Agency updates map
          The Missouri Times:  EPA releases updated map for West Lake Landfill
          P-D:  EPA releases updated map of radiologically impacted material
          Columbia Missourian:  Fifth-graders learn what it takes to create a newspaper;  Kids born circa 2005 manage to meet deadlines, learn about newspaper distribution
          KC Star:  Late KU basketball game may delay delivery;  NYSE-traded multimedia conglomerate, with $200M printing facility in downtown KC, rationalizes why it won't deliver newspapers on time +
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill seeks to offer escape route from the college debt dungeon
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Franklin and Warren Counties will vote for GOP presidential candidate - but Roy Blunt isn't saying who he's supporting in the primary
          KC Star's Barbara Shelly:  Retirement column:  Republicans wrong about earnings tax, SJR 39;  Seasoned liberal columnist rides off into the sunset +
          CDT's Pete Bland:  Concerned Student 1950 documentary now available online;  Heroic students acted bravely and are certainly on the right side of history X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area woman dismayed by Eric Greitens keeping $1M from sex abuser;  Also, youngsters should stop looking at porn on their electronic devices X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger says Senate Bill 572 would punish decent cities like Cape +
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        Thursday, March 24   New round:  Barklage Cup Sweet Sixteen:  Vote before 5 p.m. today
       
Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill calls for loan refinancing and transparency, "gives props" to Legislature for A+ Scholarship program;  Senior United States senator offers advice to state legislators on how to budget state government funds to state university system
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Young adults meet with McCaskill, explain their decisions to borrow large sums of money and the struggle of being expected to pay it back
          KRCG:  McCaskill pushes for student loan refinance measure
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill voices concern over student-loan debt +
          SNL:  On tour, McCaskill pushes for student loan refinancing, college affordability X
          KOLR:  McCaskill stops in Nixa, listens to student debt concerns
          KMOX:  SCOTUS deadlocks on Missouri case;  McCaskill incensed
          P-D:  Shoe factory owner wants to move building out of NGA site;  Buster Brown building owner thinks feds might choose to send employees to North St. Louis City location over safe Illinois farmland
          Drebes:  Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Statewide voters would have to approve earnings tax elimination under measure
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare, rebranded as "Empower Missouri," says new food-stamp standards could shake 30,000 takers off the dole
          Missourinet:  Missouri could shed up to 30,000 food-stamp recipients come April 1
          Missourinet:  Sponsors of lobbyist gift ban hope for action when Missouri session resumes
          Missourinet:  Schaefer doesn't expect effort to slow budget process
          KWMU:  A look at proposed budget cuts to Planned Parenthood
          Columbia Missourian:  Foley blames part of enrollment drop on "media narrative" and "politics of the situation"
          KWMU:  University of Missouri chooses male over two female candidates for diversity slot;  Kevin McDonald to be paid $235k/yr. as "Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"
          AP:  Kevin McDonald will work to "foster more inclusive campus environments"
          CDT:  University of Missouri hires system diversity officer;  During interview for job, Kevin McDonald said one of his strengths is "conflict resolution" X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System hires Kevin McDonald as first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer;  Race problems will be solved through "collaboration," "a true culture of respect," etc.
          P-D:  University of Missouri hires diversity officer
          The Missouri Times:  MO Dept. of Corrections loses court fight over Sunshine Law
          P-D:  Missouri Gaming Commission approves transfer of casino properties
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Galloway presents audit of Public Administrator's office
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Annual accountant-answers-tax-questions show
          KC Star:  Ozarks meth warning:  Your drugs may be contaminated, so bring them in for testing +
          P-D editorial:  Execution drug scofflaws get a third warning
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves attacks KCI plan but gets key facts wrong +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Benchmarking vs. St. Louis series:  Upbeat census figures unveiled for Kansas City - but not St. Louis +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Sept. 2015:  Benchmarking vs. St. Louis series:  As Chiefs tackle Rams, should Kansas City revel in the huge woes of St. Louis? +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Aug. 2015:  Benchmarking vs. St. Louis series:  KC doesn't need a new sports facility, unlike "down-on-its-luck St. Louis" +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  July 2015:  Benchmarking vs. St. Louis series:  Kansas City metropolitan area thumps St. Louis in new population growth +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  June 2015:  Benchmarking vs. St. Louis series:  In job growth, KC needs to be avoid becoming "like stagnant St. Louis" +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Jan. 2015:  Benchmarking vs. St. Louis series:  "I often point out, Kansas City looks at least a little better than St. Louis in key metrics" +
          P-D op-ed:  Clay & Slay:  Feds should choose North St. Louis City for NGA site
          Priddy:  Legislative halftime assessment:  Thoughts on campaign finance, abortion, topical reference to popular 1960 song, more
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man sarcastically acknowledges "cynical" view that politics might potentially play a role in NGA's site selection
          P-D letter:  WashMo couple wants Luetkemeyer to apologize to Sen. Elizabeth Warren
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Budget Project's Tom Kruckemeyer wants legislators to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Alumni Association members oppose budget cuts for University of Missouri System
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        Wednesday, March 23   The Missouri Times' Barklage Cup, Round #2:  Vote for/against your favorite/unfavorite politicos, use hashtag to raise $ for Epilepsy Foundation
       
KC Star:  McCaskill:  Donald Trump ignorant for suggesting pullback from NATO +
          Missourinet:  Blunt stresses importance of border control after attack in Brussels
          CDT:  Mizzou journalism students in Belgium safe in wake of Brussels attacks X
          Missourinet:  Missouri students and faculty safe in Brussels after terrorist attacks
          AP:  Leroy Blunt, father of Sen. Roy Blunt, dies
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  Not unusual to block SCOTUS nomination during election year
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Obama and Cuba;  McCaskill on SCOTUS nominations;  Jake Hummel on legislative staffers earning money as political consultants +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill cites student debt as looming 'crisis' X
          KC Star:  At KC forum, McCaskill discusses college spending and borrowing woes +
          KMBC:  McCaskill pushes college affordability during KC roundtable
          KWMU:  Clay targets Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion as blockade to expanding drug treatment
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court's tie vote upholds loan bias ruling in Missouri case
          P-D:  EPA collected 3,000 tons of debris, hazardous material after December flooding
          Drebes:  Former Rep. Bert Atkins (D-Florissant) becomes second Dem to file for Keith English's state rep seat
          Missourinet:  Sponsors predict compromise on Missouri bill to 'cool off' legislators
          P-D:  Lobbyists, liaisons would take anti-harassment training under measure;  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) talks about David Poger (D) case, efforts to minimize creeper activity
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Republicans disagree over teacher pension rates
          SNL:  Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri holds anti-payday-loan rally on streetcorner;  Comments from area pastors, adult woman who chose to borrow money at unfavorable interest rate X
          P-D:  Barrel Bob, MoDOT's safety mascot, is 'barrelnapped';  Victim is 10 ft. tall, "50 lb. of twisted steel and safety zeal"
          CDT:  Former National Guard officer agrees to pay $100,000 to settle Mamtek lawsuit X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) seeks to end dog breed discrimination
          P-D:  SLU study:  Poor people who choose to break the law dislike dealing with municipal court system
          KWMU:  "Eduation Equality Index" shows that poor kids fail to keep pace with peers whose parents earn a decent living
          Columbia Missourian:  MU committee affirms free-expression rights on campus
          Columbia Missourian:  Concerned Student 1950 documentary now available online
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Taxpayer-funded program seeks to encourage black men to finish college;  Director Keith Ware addresses crushing weight of societal expectations:  "(T)hat stigma that as a man, you should be able to provide, take care of yourself."
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Sisters Helping Each other to Reach a Higher Height (S.H.E.R.A.H.) encourages women to go love themselves
          Missourinet:  Judge rules Missouri must reveal maker of execution drugs
          KWMU:  Judge rules that Missouri Dept. of Corrections violated Sunshine Law in execution case
          AP:  Judge rules Missouri must name source of execution drug
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill working to clear the air of Backpage.com's stench
          P-D editorial:  Using taxpayer dollars to train child care workers can help break cycle of poverty;  Women in North St. Louis City housing project will totally turn their lives around
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  State departments say The Missouri Times did not pay withholding, unemployment insurance taxes for period of time between 2014-15
          Scott Faughn, via Twitter:  "The older I get the fewer pitches in the dirt I swing at."
          KC Star letter:  Adult male who calls himself "Corky" dislikes that Missouri legislators have received less than one million dollars in lobbyist gifts +
          P-D letter:  Clayton man opposes Raise Your Hand for Kids' ballot initiative
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says SJR 39 protects Missouri's religious citizens
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        Tuesday, March 22  
2016 #Barklage Cup:  Round 2
       
P-D:  McCaskill says "collegial" relationship with Blunt won't stop her from trying to help Kander come close in November
          KC Star:  Dems hopeful Missouri primary winner Donald Trump will face backlash with voters, which could lower Blunt's re-election margin;  Comments from MU's Peverill Squire (61), others +
          JCNT:  Blunt re-election campaign launches ag tour;  Speakers include reps from state Farm Bureau, cattlemen, corn growers, dairy, pork producers, and soybean grower groups X
          JCNT:  Blunt thinks Cuba trip wrong idea X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster tries to tie GOP rivals to Trump;  Richardson on Medicaid spending conundrum;  Kehoe on dealing with emotional state senators +
          KC Star:  "Deep Background" podcast:  Kraske and Helling enter podcasting journoduo tag-team ranks, talk about Missouri Dem and GOP primaries, McCaskill, more +
          KC Star:  Donald Trump tweets about Jeff Roe, local media reacts +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill calls for hearing on SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland
          KWMU:  McCaskill embarks on statewide college affordability tour
          P-D:  McCaskill:  Colleges should be more accountable, state lawmakers less noisy
          KC Star:  Graves:  No reason to trust KC Aviation Dept. on new airport plan +
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rates Greitens' claim on tax brackets "False"
          Drebes:  Russ Carnahan to hold lt. gov. campaign kickoff next Wednesday
          Drebes:  Senate Republicans dismayed that Chappelle-Nadal compared them to members of the Ku Klux Klan
          KC Star:  Legislative halftime report +
          P-D:  In rare agreement, Nixon and GOP agree on state worker raises
          Missourinet:  Senate Dems hope for compromise on voter photo ID proposal
          Missourinet:  One ethics bill close to going to Nixon, but House Democrats are not impressed
          Missourinet:  Plan would tax and regulate fantasy sports in Missouri like gambling;  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) seeks to level the playing field between industries
          KC Star:  Uber picks up support for statewide bill that would override Kansas City's restrictions +
          SNL:  Uber opposes Springfield law designed for it X
          JCNT:  Wanted:  miscreants who characternapped MoDOT's Barrel Bob X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  New MO Dept. of Conservation webcast focuses on feral hogs;  Animal invaders cause destruction, but native property owners can fight back X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Anna Croslin, Nixon nominee to Commission on Human Rights:  Immigrants have it really rough, kids are really mean, America is "anti-Muslim," etc.
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  North St. Louis City's "Sisters Helping Each Other Reach a Higher Height" to hold "Rage Against Poverty" event
          P-D editorial:  Blunt, others are wrong:  The "war on coal" isn't just being fought by the EPA, but bankers too
          KC Star editorial:  One-size-fits-all municipal court bill is a bad fit for Kansas City +
          CDT op-ed:  First Chance for Children's Jack Jensen:  Stem cell group's posturing on Raise Your Hand for Kids' ballot measure will hurt children X
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  Missouri primary results show that every vote really does count, sometimes +
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        Monday, March 21
       
P-D:  Federal grant will subsidize "child-care apprenticeship" program for women in St. Louis housing project;  Program will also help get women state subsidies
          KWMU:  Catholic Charities spreads word to Latinos about FEMA flood payouts, reports zero takers as "many are undocumented"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Luetkemeyer on Elizabeth Warren;  Nixon on 'paycheck protection' +
          KWMU:  St. Louis implements iPads citywide for voter check-in;  St. Louis County hopes to use similar technology in November
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Paul Wieland;  Panel of Jeff Mazur, MO Dems' David Turner, Rick Stream, and KTRS' Mark Zinn talk Greitens' donor controversy, presidential politics, SJR 39, more
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Nixon meets with area school leaders and students, explains tax philosophy and more
          KWMU:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Minority Leader Jake Hummel offer halftime assessments
          P-D:  Legislators break down first half of session
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) half-right on voter ID statement;  Many of those without state IDs today will be able to get a new one
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes school anti-bullying measures before break
          AP:  State legislators focus on intersection of police technology and privacy
          Missourinet:  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) proposes keeping police reports private in suicide, sex assault cases
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Capitol briefs for the week
          KMOX:  Mizzoui Alumni Association President Sherri Gallick urges letter-writing campaign to restore funding
          Columbia Missourian:  Black professor offers helpful idea for keeping black faculty:  "dedicate a large amount of funding specifically to diversity and inclusion and then earmarking that money for faculty retention"
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Ethnomusicology professor Stephanie Shonekan's office:  Little monkeys, black Barbie doll, more
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri DHSS receives national accreditation, one of only 16 states to achieve recognition
          AP:  A month after police officers began carrying opiate antidote, Narcan used to save dope enthusiast who crashed car
          KC Star:  Overview of April 5 earnings-tax election +
          P-D:  Video of anti-violence march:  "We're showing that African-Americans are responding to when African-Americans kill African-Americans";  Man suggests his speech, parade, "the move" will change pattern of behavior
          KC Star:  For the first time in centuries, KC will see total eclipse of the sun;  Residents will see day turn to night, and they'll see it more than ever +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Outcome of Trump vs. Clinton in Missouri:  Who knows? X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Missouri picks Clinton, Trump;  The country will be fine with either, but life sure has been rosier X
          Priddy:  Retirement learnings and reflections:  Pandora (est. 2000) is a neat Internet music site;  Updated thoughts on Senate press table;  What's the deal with computer assembly instructions?;  More
          JCNT letter:  Woman from Citizens' Climate Lobby wants Blunt to change his stance on Obama's Clean Power Plan X
          P-D letter:  Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis' Faith Sandler weighs in on Missouri immigranti-tuition debate of Spring 2015
          JCNT letter:  Versailles man dislikes "arrogant chutzpah" displayed by Ron Richard and "ideological lemmings of both parties" X
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        Sunday, March 20
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says he will support Trump if he is GOP nominee;  Rubio supporter does not plan on endorsing remaining candidates, says GOP should not stand in the way of voters' choice +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump protester who slapped police horse is arrested;  April Foster, a 29-year-old Caucasoid female, chose to take out activist rage on innocent animal +
          AP:  Anti-Trump protester who slapped KC police horse arrested, charged;  Grown woman screamed at horse, presumably in English (human) language, before resorting to violence
          Missourinet:  Senate supports McCaskill's measure to hold Backpage.com in contempt
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial):  Panel of Jeff Mazur, Missouri Democratic Party's David Turner, Rick Stream, KTRS' Mark Zinn
          Drebes:  Rosenbaum's scoop:  Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray (D-Black Jack) to leave Legislature, will run for St. Louis County Council seat held by Mike O'Mara (D)
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill on union fees
          Missourinet:  Keaveny says first half of session was 'unproductive'
          Columbia Missourian:  Dock wiring safety bill stalls in Legislature for second time
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri dairy producers 'pleased and hopeful' regarding funding for Dairy Revitalization Act
          KWMU:  City charter school seeks more black students;  City Garden Montessori School is in decent area of city with rising property values, for now
          JCNT:  Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment talk surfaces X
          P-D:  More on how the Ferguson-DOJ consent degree came to be
          KWMU:  'We Must Stop Killing Each Other' campaign, handed $55k of city taxpayer money, fails to decrease homicide numbers;  Organizers want more money
          P-D editorial:  Time for Obama to step up for St. Louis' NGA bid;  St. Louis' North Side is so bad that Obama (D-Illinois) should choose Missouri over Illinois
          CDT op-ed:  Terry Schleimeier:  In opposition to repeal of KC and STL city earnings tax X
          Columbia Missourian's Maggie Walters:  Area man wins paper's "Show Me the Errors" contest;  Newspaper demonstrates sense of humor, does not get defensive when readers point out errors
          McClellan:  Sexagenarian columnist provides update on health problems
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Blunt's approach to SCOTUS nominee
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Onder, other SJR 39 supporters are "hateful"
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        Saturday, March 19
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County voters went in extreme directions:  Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders X
          Washington Missourian:  Sanders, Trump carry Franklin County primaries X
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer explains Warren comments X
          AP:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to Luetkemeyer calling her a "Darth Vader";  Feminist compares herself to a princess
          SE Missourian:  Area dermatologist seeks to fill Dem ballot slot for U.S. Rep. Jason Smith's re-election +
          Missourinet:  Deadline nears for Missourians to register for federal flood assistance
          KWMU:  City's emininent domain suit for NGA land expanded
          CDT:  Josh Hawley to talk SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland, more at diner forums in Columbia, Springfield and St. Louis X
          SNL:  Rock'n Ribs rejects pot group's request for vendor booth;  No comment from New Approach Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes 'paycheck protection' bill
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes 'paycheck protection'
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes 'paycheck protection,' sets up override attempt before session ends
          P-D:  MoDOT construction to touch every interstate in St. Louis region this summer;  Area projects total $228 million this fiscal year
          SNL:  Nixon stops in Nixa "to give props for high marks" X
          SNL:  Bill to allow Greene County early education tax advances X
          CDT:  UM System diversity task force searching for members X
          SNL:  MSU diversity speaker provides list of forbidden phrases:  "I don't see color," "That's so gay," other sentences with devastating effects on the human psyche X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sens. Mike Parson and Dan Hegeman, Rep. Eggleston give legislative updates to corn and soybean grower groups;  Meeting held on farm of Ag Director Richard Fordyce X
          JCNT:  Conservation Federation of Missouri names Jay and Georganne Nixon as its 2015 Conservationists of the Year X
          JCNT:  Ameren files for rate decrease X
          P-D:  Ron Richard skeptical of Ameren rate plan
          SE Missourian:  Unlike state, St. Louis and KC chambers, same-sex marriage resolution not on Cape Chamber's agenda +
          KWMU:  Business groups launch offensive against 'religious shield' amendment
          P-D:  Business leaders say same-sex marriage plan would further tarnish state in wake of Ferguson riots
          KC Star:  NAACP opposes SJR 39 +
          JCNT editorial:  Mid-Mo. newspaper become the first to use "mind your Ps and Qs" headline pun to address previous question debate X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Campus concealed carry is a bad idea X
          P-D editorial:  Uber proposal is bad, and they shouldn't have placed their logo next to Missouri seal
          P-D op-ed:  Cortex CEO:  NGA would benefit from being Cortex's neighbor, only a 10-minute car ride away during non-rush-hour traffic
          KC Star op-ed:  Community organizer Molly Fleming:  SJR 39 is vile +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area liberal responds to Kenney column on presidential campaigns, hopes no one thinks he's a racist for voting for Bernie Sanders
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        Friday, March 18  The Missouri Times' Barklage Cup:  Vote for your favorite MO politicos, tweet, help raise $ for Epilepsy Foundation
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down the super-close presidential primaries
          P-D:  Voter turnout soared in St. Louis region, matching national trend
          KC Star:  Sanders concedes Democratic primary;  Clinton wins +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  John Hancock on GOP presidential primary results;  Nixon on House GOP budget action and his plan for tuition freeze +
          Kraske:  McCaskill talks about her dislike of Donald Trump, breast cancer, receiving a blanket from black ladies in Louisiana, more +
          AP:  At McCaskill Senate hearing, lawmakers challenge Turing executives on drug price hikes
          P-D:  Senate passes McCaskill-Portman resolution holding Backpage.com in contempt over sex trafficking subpoenas
          Wall Street Journal:  McCaskill leads charge to hold Backpage.com in contempt
          SNL:  Senate to take sex-ad website to court, per McCaskill measure X
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) "the Darth Vader of the financial services world," suggests someone "neuter" her X
          CDT:  Opponents urge Greitens to return money from Silicon Valley investor sued over sex abuse;  Candidate attended fundraiser with Michael Goguen this week X
          CDT:  GOP gov debate focuses on donation from sex abuser, University of Missouri X
          KWMU:  Greitens hammered over $1 million donation at GOP governor's debate
          KWMU:  Missouri contest for governor roiled by lawsuit against Greitens' donor alleging sexual abuse
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens faces further scrutiny over top donor
          SNL:  Greitens in hot seat as Missouri governor hopefuls debate X
          P-D:  Missouri GOP governor candidates spar over donations from donor accused of sex abuse
          Columbia Missourian:  Gubernatorial candidates spar about campaign contributions, UM System funding cuts
          KOMU:  Candidates spar during GOP governor debate
          AP:  Greitens keeps money from donor sued for sex abuse
          Drebes:  Latest MoScout poll:  Kinder leads Hanaway by 15;  Schmitt leads Brown by 13
          JCNT:  Missouri Medicaid Coaltion turns out over 100 for Capitol rally X
          SE Missourian:  Mental health awareness series:  Limited hospital bed space proves challenge in caring for mentally ill +
          SE Missourian:  Mental health awareness series:  In many cases, Missourians with mental health challenges have freedom to purchase guns +
          AP:  House passes limit on paid consulting
          AP:  House passes half-billion dollar increase to Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate will consider overturning $1 million withheld by governor
          Missourinet:  House proposes expansion to Missouri minor abortion law
          AP:  Missouri moves to tighten abortion-notification requirement
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) passes bill tightening abortion process for minors
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators defend Melissa Click firing in letter to AAUP X
          P-D:  UM board says Melissa Click firing was handled properly
          Columbia Missourian:  Part-time professors comprise academia's 'working poor';  Some appreciate having part-time gig, while others lament the income opportunities in the career they chose
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber voices opposition to SJR 39
          KC Star:  Missouri Chamber says it opposes SJR 39 +
          P-D:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce opposes SJR 39
          AP:  Missouri Chamber opposes religious-objections measure
          Missourinet:  Richard says he believes Democrats are starting to get over PQ-related emotions
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate goes on Spring Break X
          KWMU:  Legislature considers pilot program to address roots of violent crime in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation, others sponsor Saturday's annual river cleanup
          P-D:  Ferguson and DOJ enter consent decree to resolve lawsuit
          P-D editorial:  'Conscience protection' bill not only discriminatory, but anti-business
          KC Star editorial:  Here come the misleading ads against Kansas City's earnings tax +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Collection of tweets from people who disagree with Blunt on SCOTUS +
          Shelly:  Making SJR 39 law would devastate Missouri, relegate state to "backwater status" +
          CDT letter:  St. Louis City's Eli Horowitz wants McCaskill and Nixon to side with Obama on Clean Power Plan X
          CDT letter:  Area man dislikes Schaefer, mocks Vermont Law School degree X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia):  Missouri House cuts to MU are reactionary, misplaced
          P-D letter:  Prolific LTE author Martin Walsh disagrees with Legislature on guns, Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Florissant man disagrees with everything the Legislature does
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        Thursday, March 17   Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
Rosenbaum:  Making sense of razor-thin results in Missouri's presidential primaries
          KWMU:  Jo Mannies, UMSL's Dave Robertson dissect Missouri primary
          AP:  Election analysis:  Comments from John Hancock, Roy Temple, MU's Martin Overby
          P-D:  Election analysis:  SLU's Ken Warren
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers hopes to avoid recount of presidential primary votes +
          KWMU:  Missouri's recount process is long, complicated - and rarely pays off
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Dem vet Chuck Hatfield on futility of recounts;  Hanaway campaign on Greitens' contribution from man accused of sex abuse +
          Missourinet:  Missouri AFL-CIO boss, NAACP leader disagree with Blunt on SCOTUS nominee
          P-D:  Missouri congressional delegation pushes for 14 more Boeing Super Hornets
          Washington Post:  Republicans beat measure to limit airline baggage and ticket-change fees;  McCaskill says industry consolidation has led to "bad behavior"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau visits Washington, D.C. this week;  Graves gives evening Capitol tour
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Chamber to host GOP gov forum tonight
          Drebes:  Rep. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis) endorses Peter Meredith over former campaign treasurer Ben Murray
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes first use of constitutional power to overturn Nixon's budget restrictions
          KWMU:  Missouri House reverses Nixon spending cuts
          AP:  House votes to override Nixon's budget limits
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Honor my budget plan to avoid college tuition hike
          The Missouri Times:  Tobacco settlement bill rife with interest, debate
          AP:  Mizzou to close 2 dorms because of declining enrollment
          The Missouri Times:  Uber endorses new ridesharing legislation
          KC Star:  Police pan bill to exempt Uber and taxis from local regulations at Missouri Senate hearing +
          SNL:  Uber cites plans to launch in Springfield as company pushes for legislation X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Elementary students begin Ag Week with farm visit;  Ag Director Richard Fordyce serves as primary instructor
          High Plains Journal:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce opens Western Farm Show
          JCNT:  Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) proposes bill for mobile app beer sales at events X
          JCNT:  Drug prevention group lays out myths about marijuana X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hemp advocacy group seeks to dispel notion that it is advocating for marijuana, sets up info table under marijuana banner
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators fail to address new, more dangerous strains of K2;  Comments from former Rep. Ward Franz (R), law enforcement, adults who have chosen to smoke dangerous, loosely-regulated drug
          JCNT:  Bill would let Lake Mykee, Holts Summit merge X
          KWMU:  Japanese woman one of two Nixon nominees for Missouri Commission on Human Rights
          P-D editorial:  Blunt should give Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing
          JCNT editorial:  Bright future for Missouri's top industry - agriculture X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial
          P-D editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson's flip-flop and the struggle to regain credibility
          Jensen:  Missouri Grandparents Against Gun Violence's tut-tutting over gun-related phrases is both naive and humorous +
          Shelly:  Uber's Missouri team succeeds in co-branding press conference;  Company places logo next to Missouri seal on podium, achieves bonus media coverage +
          P-D op-ed:  HSUS's Amanda Good:  Bill from Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) would protect state's worst animal abusers
          Messenger:  Woman charged with felony child endangerment a victim of "criminalization of poverty";  Column on Jeannetta Maclin earns woman praise, free clothes, other rewards;  Toddlers found unconscious after apartment fire have recovered, are staying with responsible parent
          P-D letter:  Messenger's column on woe-is-me child-abandoning woman is cavalier;  Imagine the liberal outcry if the perpetrator was a middle-class Caucausian woman
          P-D letter:  Ameren says SB 1028 benefits all Missourians
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        Wednesday, March 16   SOS.mo.gov:  Unofficial Missouri election results
       
KWMU:  Clinton, Trump apparent victories promote different messages
          Missourinet:  Clinton, Trump appear to eke out narrow wins
          P-D:  Clinton, Trump appear to eke out razor-thin wins
          P-D:  Recounts possible in both of Missouri's presidential primaries
          AP:  Trump, Clinton lead in close races
          KC Star:  Trump sweeps to victory in three of five states, including Missouri
          KC Star:  Video:  Voter-on-the-street interviews conducted at polling places
          SE Missourian:  Cruz, Sanders carry Cape Girardeau County
          CDT:  Boone County bucks state trend with Sanders, Cruz as turnout exceeds 2008
          Columbia Missourian:  Cruz and Sanders win Boone County
          Columbia Missourian:  Highlights from dozens of voter-on-the-street interviews conducted at polling places
          P-D:  Photo gallerys:  Area watch parties for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz
          KC Star:  Video shows pepper spray helped effectively subdue anti-Trump protester
          The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway questions ties between Eric Greitens and embattled venture capitalist;  Donor Michael Goguen agreed to pay $40 million to rent lithe brunette for intercoursing
          P-D:  Hanaway calls for Greitens to return $1 million contribution from alleged sexual assailant
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment falls to 4.2 percent
          Drebes:  Missouri House of Representatives committee roster moves
          Columbia Missourian:  Sunshine Week event features two professors from outside Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Campus conceal carry bills debated in House Emerging Issues Committee
          SNL:  MSU diversity week programs begin today;  Sessions address treating blondes as lesser females, the plight of black males in higher education, mixing olds and youngs in a workplace, other vital topics
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators reject Melissa Click's appeal
          KWMU:  University of Missouri curators say no to Melissa Click
          KC Star:  University of Missouri curators reject Melissa Click's appeal of firing
          CDT:  University of Missouri backs proposal for outside review of rules, operations
          KWMU:  Oversight panel for the UM System gets initial support
          KWMU:  Presentation before state school board shows Normandy high schoolers continue to disappoint
          The Missouri Times:  In vetro fertizilation bill would define embryos as human life
          The Missouri Times:  Businesses largely oppose SJR 39 bill
          P-D:  Keaveny explains emotional reaction to SJR 39:  "I represent a very liberal caucus and we just passed a constitutional amendment that is very conservative"
          Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) says opponents of SJR 39 are being over-the-top dramatic about potential economic impact
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Boy Scouts not responsible for man who preyed on young boy
          KWMU:  This summer's PrideFest to focus on "transgender women of color"
          Columbia Missourian:  Christian man who became a Muslim and changed his name to "Imam Suhaib Webb" tackles "Islamophobia," Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, other critical topics in campus chat
          KWMU:  Ferguson City Council accepts DOJ consent decree
          Missourinet:  Ferguson City Council unanimously approves Justice Department deal
          P-D:  Ferguson City Council unanimously approves agreement with DOJ
          P-D:  Photo:  Michael Brown Sr. shakes hands with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles while wearing a hat indoors
          AP:  Ferguson City Council votes to accept DOJ deal
          P-D:  CBS may sell or spin off KMOX, other radio stations
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Sunshine Law means access to enrollment-diversity stats;  Journalism major calls himself "a Hershey's kiss in a bucket of vanilla ice cream"
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  SJR 39 must be stopped
          CDT op-ed:  Ferguson court system was bad, but Senate Bill 572 would unfairly disrupt better court systems
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        Tuesday, March 15
       
KWMU:  Chelsea Clinton arrives, Bernie Sanders returns to urge people to vote
          P-D:  Candidates, surrogates make sweeps through Missouri
          CDT:  Chelsea Clinton makes stop in Columbia X
          Columbia Missourian:  Chelsea Clinton's visit highlights importance of early childhood education
          KC Star:  Dem poll shows Sanders leading Clinton 47-46 percent +
          KC Star:  Chicago's Kendrick Washington, three locals charged with disorderly conduct at Trump rally;  Police discuss use of pepper spray to corral protesters into proper place +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  KC rally fallout:  Those who fight for "economic justice for the poor and systematically downtrodden" will totally stop Donald Trump today +
          AP:  How Missouri splits its delegates for president
          KWMU:  'Talking' voting machines, other equipment ensure voters with disabilities can cast ballots
          JCNT:  Blunt recommends state wait for Clean Power Plan X
          KWMU:  McCaskill gets back to work, targets NGA and Backpage.com
          Missourinet:  McCaskill back in D.C. after cancer treatment
          AP:  McCaskill gets back to work
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Lincoln Day dinner to feature all four GOP gov candidates
          Drebes:  Yancy Williams, formerly chief of staff to Kurt Schaefer, registers to lobby
          Missourinet:  Israel trade mission trip planned for Missouri delegation
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on education funding, same-sex marriage objectors and ethics overhaul;  Ron Richard on access to his office's e-mails +
          P-D:  Despite controversy over same-sex marriage objector proposal, NCAA still holding tournament games in St. Louis
          KC Star:  City manager fears that in the future, some event organizers might possibly skip Missouri some day over marriage objector proposal +
          Missourinet:  Democrats continue to slow business in Missouri Senate after same-sex marriage vote
          KWMU:  Democrats retaliate against GOP's use of PQ last week;  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis), 59, says experience was "traumatic"
          Missourinet:  Keaveny says he doesn't plan to let hurt feelings lead to "holding the budget hostage"
          Missourinet:  Act named for children who died on Lake of the Ozarks gets first Missouri House debate
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators name chairs of presidential search committee X
          CDT:  University of Missouri presidential search committee meets in advance of public forums X
          KWMU:  University of Missouri names co-chairs of presidential search committee, search firm
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators name co-chairs to presidential search committee
          CDT:  Melissa Click remains on paid suspension at University of Missouri pending appeal of dismissal X
          Columbia Missourian:  Melissa Click on paid suspension while UM Curators wade through appeals process
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature discusses wide array of concealed-carry bills
          AP:  State may broaden concealed-carry on campuses
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Union president talks about Noranda layoffs, says company owes back pay +
          P-D:  DOJ warns local courts in U.S. about use of fines, fees
          KWMU:  Urban League gets $2 million boost for jobs center in Ferguson
          KWMU:  Non-profit organizes brainstorming session on reducing gun violence;  Insight from unsigned rapper Cedric "C-Sharp" Redmon, others
          P-D editorial:  Passion, enthusiasm at St. Louis rallies shows why Missourians must not vote for Donald Trump
          P-D editorial:  McDonald's should be applauded for paying workers in Missouri one (1) dollar more than the state's minimum wage
          Waters:  MU budget shortfall is actually an opportunity X
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Gov. Jay Nixon's boasts about jobs are mostly empty rhetoric +
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  Survey says Missouri not the healthiest state for olds +
          SE Missourian letter:  Area Cruz supporter who attended rally on SEMO campus disagrees with liberal academic, supports all candidates having access to university building +
          P-D letter:  Fulton man says Missouri legislature needs to keep agriculture companies from polluting water supply
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights man responds to letter from LGBTQIA activist who chose to leave state
          KC Star letter:  Area man says those who have failed to attain wealth need politicians to rein in Rex Sinquefield and other achievers +
          P-D letter:  Florissant man dislikes lazy newspaper editors attributing Marlon Deandre Griffin and other criminals to city proper, when many such miscreants are actually from other parts of North County
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        Monday, March 14   Presidential Primary Eve
       
Rosenbaum:  Missouri plays key role in picking the next president
          KC Star:  KC Police Chief Darryl Forte talks about use of pepper spray on anti-Trump crowd, says targets were "known anarchists" and "outside agitators" +
          Kraske:  Protests like the one in Kansas City will dog Donald Trump for months +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Donald Trump quotes, reactions +
          KWMU:  Sanders highlights hope that Missouri will be another Michigan
          P-D:  Optimistic Sanders tells roaring St. Louis crowd to watch for Michigan repeat
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Bernie Sanders rally in Affton
          Kraske:  Presidential primary predictions from The Great Kraskini, Helling, UMSL's Dave Robertson, seasoned Dem Steve Glorioso, GOP vet James Harris +
          Missourinet:  Kander's office predicts turnout of 34%, up from 2012
          SE Missourian:  Most election officials expect turnout of over 30% +
          Drebes:  Former Rep. Brent Lasater (R) to skip House race and instead try for state Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) mostly right about Missouri residents supporting voter ID;  State rep cited Drebes' Missouri Scout poll results
          Missourinet:  Proposed Missouri budget continues GOP opposition to Medicaid expansion
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood president:  barring Medicaid funds is a waste of Missouri tax dollars
          JCNT:  'Previous Question' motions rarely used in state Senate's history X
          KC Star:  In charter school lotteries, KC families play emotional game +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Richard Fordyce says Panama Canal expansion may lead to more Missouri River shipping
          Brownfield Ag News:  MU gets $4.2M from National Science Foundation for corn/drought-stress research;  Comments from Nixon
          P-D:  Small gym inside Capitol helps House members, staff engage in healthy behavior;  Comments from retired cage fighter Keith English (I-Florissant)
          AP:  Sunshine Week:  Senators Richard (R), Keaveny (D) united in keeping emails private;  Richard says constituent correspondence often includes sensitive topics
          AP:  Sunshine Week:  Overview of each state's open-records laws
          JCNT editorial:  "Medical marijuana" petitions are a smokescreen to allow recreational weed;  Citizens should attend info sessions, take a stand against pot X
          KC Star editorial:  KC summer youth jobs program will help keep kids out of the Plaza, teach them to dress decently;  Mayor asks companies to either let a youth into their office for eight weeks or pay $3,000 to send kid somewhere else +
          Priddy:  Republicans who support SJR 39 are like members of Kansas' Wesboro Baptist Church
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Sunshine Week:  Unsmiling feminist shares her thoughts
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Sunshine Week:  Caucasoid coed shares her thoughts
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Sunshine Week:  Rwandan coed shares her thoughts
          P-D letter:  University City liberal disagrees with GOP legislators
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Post-Dispatch editorial played down Melissa Click's outrageous actions
          JCNT letter:  Area man disagrees with Barnes on expert-witness standards X
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian Judy Sherry of Grandparents Against Gun Violence wants people to stop using loaded phrases like "under the gun," "magic bullet" and "half cocked" +
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        Sunday, March 13   Daylight Savings begins
       
KWMU:  Hillary Clinton pledges support for unions, and accuses Trump of inciting unrest
          KMOX:  Hillary Clinton brings her message to St. Louis;  Chelsea Clinton to make campaign appearance Monday
          KTVI (St. Louis):  In St. Louis speech, Clinton calls Trump's rhetoric 'political arson'
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Hillary Clinton campaigns in St. Louis
          P-D:  Clinton and Cruz visit St. Louis, both criticize Trump
          KWMU:  Cruz appeals to staunch conservatives;  promises jobs, freedom, security at West County rally
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Ted Cruz stumps for votes in St. Louis
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Cruz event much less controversial than Trump's
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Ted Cruz campaigns in St. Louis
          SE Missourian:  Cruz makes Cape stop on GOP campaign trail +
          KFVS:  Ted Cruz in Cape for rally, press conference
          KC Star:  Ted Cruz urges Missouri GOP to choose alternative to Donald Trump +
          SNL:  Ted Cruz says only he can beat Trump X
          Columbia Missourian:  Cruz supporters look to divert attention from Trump with rally in Springfield
          KOLR (Springfield):  Cruz jabs at Trump
          KSPR (Springfield):  Ted Cruz fires up supporters
          KSGF:  Cruz urges thousands of supporters to get behind him to beat Trump
          KC Star:  Trump takes on protesters again in Kansas City +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump protester slaps police horse in the face;  Photos of angry woman assaulting innocent animal +
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Bernie Sanders to speak at Affton High School this morning
          KMOX:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Affton High today, St. Charles' Family Arena Monday night
          CDT:  Actor Justin Bartha visits Sanders' Columbia office, heads to St. Louis today X
          SNL:  Sanders campaign says nearly 5,000 attended rally in Springfield X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bernie Sanders draws thousands to rally in Springfield
          KSPR (Springfield):  Bernie Sanders stops in Springfield
          P-D:  Missouri primary preview
          JCNT:  Blunt:  Wait on filling Supreme Court vacancy X
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  F-15 jobs in St. Louis tangled in Mideast politics
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' initiative petition receives criticism over alleged threat to research
          JCNT:  Two prayer rallies announced for Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on SJR 39
          AP:  Future uncertain for proposal to defund Planned Parenthood
          JCNT:  Women's group opposes sex offender registry X
          P-D editorial:  Editorial board says it cares about the health of the Republican Party, urges primary voters to oppose Trump
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Mizzou is reeling, but is not knocked out X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Letting MSU launch new post-grad programs is a bad idea X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  How many laws do citizens need?  Proposals from Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) may be superfluous X
          Waters:  State legislators should do something about transportation funding
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Cures' Donn Rubin and Dena Ladd oppose Raise Your Hand for Kids' ballot initiative
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Effort to undo KC's earnings tax is inexplicable +
          Columbia Missourian's William Schmitt:  Sunshine Week
          P-D letter:  Man who chose to leave Missouri for Minnesota criticizes state legislators
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves pastor supports religious-liberty bill, dislikes lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual activists imposing their will on others
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        Saturday, March 12
       
KWMU:  Trump draws boisterous fans - and foes - to St. Louis rally
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines feature:  Newscast producer Stephanie Lecci says "overwhelmingly white" Trump crowd was "highly patriotic"
          P-D:  Trump jeers at rivals, protesters, media in raucous St. Louis appearance
          KC Star:  After chaos in Chicago, Donald Trump is coming to crowded downtown KC today +
          KC Star:  Ahead of GOP candidate's rally, anti-Trump group vowing to "shut it down" +
          SE Missourian:  Ted Cruz coming to Cape Girardeau today +
          SNL:  Ted Cruz to speak in Springfield today X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner endorses Ted Cruz
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt endorses Ted Cruz
          CDT:  Heidi Cruz visits Columbia to promote husband's effort to overtake Trump X
          Columbia Missourian:  Heidi Cruz makes campaign stop in Columbia
          KC Star:  Bill Clinton says in KC that Hillary will stand up for average Americans +
          SNL:  Bill Clinton pitches for Hillary in Springfield X
          CDT:  Sanders campaign says Columbia rally today is not confirmed X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sanders not coming to Columbia;  staff pulls Facebook invitation
          SNL:  Sanders to speak at rally in Springfield today X
          SE Missourian:  Poll:  Trump, Clinton lead in Missouri +
          CDT:  Poll:  Clinton, Trump have narrow leads X
          P-D:  Trump, Clinton have slight poll leads ahead of Tuesday's primary
          P-D:  Poll data:  Blunt, McCaskill, Kander, Kinder, 'right to work,' illegal/undocumented immigrants, ethics provisions, Mizzou funding, more
          KC Star:  Summary of poll data +
          CDT:  Summary of poll data on ethics overhaul, contribution limits X
          P-D:  Democrats are critical of Blunt's opposition to any Obama Supreme Court nominee
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  McCaskill gets numbers wrong on correlation between prescription drug and heroin abuse;  Claim is rated "False."
          Columbia Missourian:  Feds grant Missouri health care centers $2.4 million to treat opioid abuse
          Drebes:  David Humphreys' Accountability Committee buying TV ads
          P-D:  Sinquefield contributions to anti-tax effort top $2 million
          Missourinet:  Same-sex marriage objector ballot issue shifts to Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Missouri 'veering dangerously off course' on funding Missouri schools
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  spending limit proposed on Missouri school formula 'a step backwards'
          KWMU:  Flood of comments prompts delay in vote on new Missouri learning standards
          CDT:  University of Missouri enrollment and budget picture 'grim' for fall, faculty leader says X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon condemns legislative effort to cut UM System budget
          JCNT:  Governor's numbers say Lincoln University loses more than it gains X
          Missourinet:  Schupp, McCreery propose six weeks of paid family medical leave
          KC Star endorsements:  Hillary Clinton and John Kasich +
          The Missouri Times endorsements:  Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz
          Priddy:  Missouri's presidential primary and the GOP's "Anyboy But Trump" factor
          Waters:  Anti-gay Missouri legislators deserve to be "spanked" in court X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Grad student on Sunshine Week
          P-D letter:  Coalition to Protect the Missouri River's Randy Asbury says Missouri River Manual correctly balances competing interests
          P-D letter:  Man who does not live in Bob Onder's district says Onder should listen to gay constituents
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian male who serves as local president of Brady Campaign says campus concealed carry is "scary" +
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        Friday, March 11
       
P-D:  St. Louis prepares for downtown Trump rally today
          P-D:  Hillary Clinton to hold St. Louis rally tomorrow in advance of Tuesday's primary
          SNL:  Bill Clinton to visit Springfield today X
          Columbia Missourian:  Campaign spokespeople express optimism for Tuesday's results;  Clinton supporter who sells campaign buttons says young people prefer Sanders
          Kraske:  On a national level, the Democrats are the party that should be worried;  Also, with a Chris Koster loss, Missouri Democrats would be "in the wilderness" +
          KC Star:  Video:  Nixon weighs in on Mexican who killed Americans;  Reporter prods Nixon to weigh in on Donald Trump +
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Jefferson City's Marshall Griffin, others discuss filibuster, March 15 primary
          P-D:  Koster says Missouri will be the first to prosecute Mexican woman-beater/drunk driver for murders
          KC Star:  Murderer tries to kill himself while in custody, fails +
          SNL:  Republican Steve Helms, legislative aid for Rep. Eric Burlison, files for Lincoln Hough's open House seat;  Trial attorney Randy Alberhasky seeks to fill Dem ballot slot X
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes $27B state budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances proposed FY 17 budget with $8.6M in cuts to MU
          CDT:  House vote sends bill with University of Missouri cuts to state Senate X
          CDT:  Nixon announces grant to MU for crop research, talks about legislative budget cuts X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon calls on lawmakers to restore MU cuts, praises plant research
          CDT:  Hiring freeze, department cuts ordered at University of Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Faculty Council discusses enrollment decrease and budget issues
          KC Star:  Enrollment drop forces University of Missouri cuts and hiring freeze +
          Columbia Missourian:  Minority faculty members hold panel, lament "institutional disadvantages," "stolen narratives," etc.
          KWMU:  Proposal to shield businesses who decline to work on same-sex couples goes to Missouri House
          JCNT:  Kehoe on religious-liberty bill:  "I believe Missouri is a very God-fearing state" X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) opens up about emotional "scars" following legislative loss
          P-D:  Despite Democratic stall tactics, Missouri Senate gives final approval to same-sex marriage measure
          P-D:  Missouri Senate gummed up a day after marathon filibuster ends
          The Missouri Times:  Bitter debate over Senate journal belies frustrations from previous question;  Dixon, Silvey express anger at GOP leadership
          CDT:  Judge sets hearing date for lawsuit over Columbia clinic abortion license X
          Washington Missourian:  Senate passes beer cooler lease bill
          JCNT:  Rally held at Capitol for Disability Rights Legislative Day X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  $1.7M available to assist workers affected by layoffs at Noranda Aluminum +
          JCNT editorial:  Decorum can co-exist with honest inquiry X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislature should pass texting-while-driving ban X
          P-D editorial:  Sunshine Week preview:  Limits to the Sunshine Law, newspaper's decision to name possible sexual assault victim Brittany Burke against her consent, more
          Messenger:  Shameful anti-gay measure turns back the clock in Missouri
          Shelly:  Kurt Schaefer wrong to politicize tragedy of Mexican woman-beater/drunk driver who murdered Americans +
          Waters:  Concerned Student 1950 goes too far, again;  Group keeps pushing and will make themselves outliers soon X
          Shelly:  Recap of top-scams list via Koster's office +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Community Service Commission's Cheryl Hibbeler on AmeriCorps' work to aid flood victims
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man expresses skepticism about supposed "white guy in a red truck" racial epithet that sparked Mizzou race histrionics
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        Thursday, March 10
       
AP:  Mexican managed to elude U.S. immigration authorities last year, kills five men in Missouri and Kansas this week;  Less-than-legal immigrant finally captured Wednesday morning
          KC Star:  Immigration questions swirl around Mexican woman-beater/drunk driver/homicide enthusiast +
          P-D:  Man murdered by Mexican was machinist, radio-controlled car enthusiast
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Former Sen. Jim Talent on Marco Rubio +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack tells Blunt streamlined reporting will be nationwide
          Brownfield Ag News:  Federal grant aimed at getting more Missouri farmers to grow cover crops;  Ag Director Richard Fordyce explains positive impact on erosion, soil health
          KWMU:  Koster slams EPA for missed deadlines at West Lake Landfill
          P-D:  Koster prods EPA on West Lake Landfill
          The Missouri Times:  Koster rejects proposals to fund Highway Patrol through general revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Navy SEALs claim credit for video critical of Greitens;  16 current and former SEALs insist bragging and self-aggrandizement go against code, say Greitens never served in a platoon
          SNL:  Peter Kinder presents Veterans Service awards to five southwest Missouri volunteers X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jay Ashcroft on his loss to Jill Schupp, voter ID, using his dad in the primary campaign, more
          KZRG:  State treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt speaks in Joplin
          JCNT:  Rally stirs pot against medical marijuana;  "Keeping Missouri Kids Safe Coalition" says weed is not medicine X
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers push to restore hemp as crop X
          Drebes:  Missouri Energy Development Association sets up three PACs to support or oppose ballot initiatives
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times announces #moleg podcast
          AP:  House panel trims Missouri's mid-year budget adjustment
          KWMU:  'Religious shield' proposal endorsed by Missouri Senate after GOP breaks filibuster
          Missourinet:  Senate filibuster ends
          KC Star:  Missouri religious freedom bill could lead to gridlock;  Democrats signal they may react emotionally to loss, engage in "procedural chicanery" +
          P-D:  Democrats consider how to handle themselves after legislative loss;  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) promises "some kind of response"
          AP:  Religious exemption measure advances after 37-hour filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  National Precursor Log Exchange continues to prevent illegal pseudoephedrine sales
          Missourinet:  Missouri House considers notification of all parents, guardians before minor has an abortion
          The Missouri Times:  Historic in vitro human embryo agreement bill filed in House
          The Missouri Times:  Degree program bills allow smaller schools to start more post-grad programs
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Journalism school wanted Melissa Click gone:  An in-depth look at the behavior and behind-the-scenes steps leading to termination
          KC Star:  Race protests and associated drama lead to enrollment drop of 1,500, force University of Missouri cuts and hiring freeze +
          Columbia Missourian:  MU will enact hiring freeze, budget cuts
          CDT:  Cuts to University of Missouri clear House vote X
          P-D:  Student race summits continue in St. Louis area;  Students from Hazelwood East, lesser schools help teach Caucasoids about "institutionalized racism, privilege and bias"
          AP:  State House OKs high school CPR training requirement
          KWMU:  St. Louis City Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams on desire to raise taxes, not getting LA superintendent job, his new plan to not suspend any student K-3 regardless of bad behavior, more
          The Missouri Times:  Repeal of prohibition-era regulation vote imminent in House
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) files bill to reduce violent crime in KC;  Dems Sly James, Chris Koster express support
          KWMU:  Q&A:  What a Peabody Energy bankruptcy would mean
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway flags former Dunklin County public administrator
          AP:  Database of problem police officers may get test in Ferguson
          P-D editorial:  Killings provide more fodder for anti-immigration debate;  Donald Trump, others will overreact to a less-than-legal immigrant beating up a woman, driving drunk and murdering five innocent Americans
          P-D editorial:  A filibuster reveals Missouri's bigotry
          KC Star editorial:  A worthy filibuster ends in Missouri, but the fight to stop shameful anti-gay measure is on +
          Priddy:  Correction to septuagenarian mathletics
          P-D op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  Get serious about meaningful ethics overhaul
          KC Star letter:  Matt Blunt:  U.S. auto industry provides jobs, positive economic impact to Missouri +
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        Wednesday, March 9
       
KC Star:  Bill Clinton cancels KC speech to small crowd;  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver says Hillary faces "an enthusiasm gap, there's no question about it" +
          KWMU:  Bill Clinton lays out the stakes for his wife and nation in Democratic presidential contest
          KWMU:  Heidi Cruz makes stop across the river from St. Louis
          P-D:  Presidential candidates heavily wooing St. Louis region on eve of Missouri and Illinois primaries
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Vintage female sports "Bill Clinton for First Lady" t-shirt;  more
          KWMU:  Donald Trump to appear at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis City on Friday
          The Missouri Times:  Former Sen. Jim Talent on Trump, Rubio, brokered convention
          The Missouri Times:  Former Gov. Bob Holden on Clinton vs. Sanders, GOP field
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Chris Koster, Catherine Hanaway make campaign stops in Dunklin County
          SE Missourian:  Josh Hawley makes campaign stop in Cape Girardeau, calls for end to 'culture of corruption' +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lena Samford seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) +
          Drebes:  Lit piece from Randy Dinwiddie, running as GOP candidate in "State Senate District 59 [sic]," says one goal is to "keep [sic] professional football in St. Louis"
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Budget Project seeks Outreach Coordinator & Policy Analyst
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard asks if he can have some decorum, please +
          KC Star:  GOP kills filibuster of religious objections bill +
          Missourinet:  Filibuster continues on proposal aimed to protect gay marriage opponents
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Dems filibuster SJR39 through second night
          P-D:  Filibuster stretches into its third day in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Religious 'shield' proposal being blocked in the Missouri Senate
          AP:  Democrats filibuster religious objections measure
          Missourinet:  Missouri House prepared to send budget proposal to Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri House takes another $1 million from Mizzou, declines performance funding restoration
          CDT:  Proposal to cut funding leads legislative labors against university X
          CDT:  University of Missouri budget cut further as Rowden effort fails X
          KWMU:  House gives first-round approval to budget bills;  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) would cut Nixon's budget, move money to Parents as Teachers;  more
          P-D:  University of Missouri trimmed further under Missouri House budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House votes to boost cuts for MU campus
          AP:  Missouri House limits funding for MU, Planned Parenthood
          Columbia Missourian:  ASUM students hold annual lobby day during budget debate
          KWMU:  Melissa Click appeals her firing by the University of Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Melissa Click challenges curators' decisions as AAUP investigation looms
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development to help laid off Noranda workers
          The Missouri Times:  Heartland Credit Union Association holds lobby day
          SNL:  MoDOT launches "enhanced pothole patrol" X
          JCNT:  Animal rights groups pan ag data bill X
          KWMU:  Ferguson poised to take final vote on federal consent decree
          AP:  Ferguson takes step to resolve lawsuit by DOJ
          P-D:  In Ferguson, meeting dominated by protocol still draws a crowd
          P-D:  NAACP unhappy about firing of county employee;  Annette Slack used county computer to draft papers on behalf of legal clients
          P-D editorial:  Free land should sweeten the deal for NGA in St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Legislature considers making Missouri's terrible gun laws even worse
          JCNT editorial:  Cooler bill's chilling effect on voter trust X
          SE Missourian editorial:  SEMO did the right thing by holding a TEDx talk on race +
          Priddy:  Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard was correct to call for decorum;  Additional thoughts on new workspace for press corps
          KC Star op-ed:  University of Missouri interim president Mike Middleton:  Mizzou touches people, boosts economy all over +
          P-D op-ed:  Mizzou political science prof Jay Dow says Board of Curators was wrong to fire Melissa Click
          Waters:  How do black Mizzou athletes feel?  Man who chooses to wear dreadlocks dislikes "hood rat" stereotype X
          P-D op-ed:  Rex Sinquefield:  Earnings tax puts city at a competitive disadvantage
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        Tuesday, March 8
       
KWMU:  Bill Clinton to campaign for Hillary at Bridgeton union hall today
          KC Star:  Local black leaders embrace Hillary before primary;  Area reverend who goes by nickname "Modest" says Clinton is the best presidential candidate "in over a century"
          The Missouri Times:  Demo Days recap
          P-D:  Ann Wagner to host human trafficking training for education professionals
          KWMU:  St. Louis offers NGA land for free;  Lacy Clay mocks Illinois offer, says best and brightest employees don't want to work in a "cornfield"
          P-D:  St. Louis makes 'millennial' case with offer of free land to spy agency
          AP:  St. Louis offers free land for spy agency site
          KWMU:  Bill to transfer West Lake Landfill oversight from EPA to Army Corps hits opposition in D.C.
          Missourinet:  State House-Senate committee agrees on political consulting ethics proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Paid political consultant bill gets through conference committee with new language
          Missourinet:  Senate Democrats filibuster bill seeking to protect entities opposed to gay marriage
          AP:  Missouri Democrats stall religious objections bill
          KC Star:  Senate Democrats filibuster bill on religious freedom and gay marriage
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would repeal requirement for concealed carry permits
          Missourinet:  Schaefer proposes commission to oversee Mizzou
          Columbia Missourian:  AAUP to investigate Melissa Click's firing
          KC Star:  Concerned Student 1950 protesters make a scene while Spike Lee films the action
          CDT:  Spike Lee captures free footage for "2 Fists Up" while student protesters act out
          Columbia Missourian:  Spike Lee visit photo gallery:  Oppressed females snap, chant and gyrate for millionaire male's camera
          CDT:  Correction:  Spike Lee at Mizzou to gather footage for "Spike Lee's Lil' Joints," not esteemed ESPN "30 for 30" series
          Missourinet:  Bans on texting, cell phone use while driving are unopposed in Missouri House hearing
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers hear bill package that would ban texting-while-driving
          Columbia Missourian:  Zero physician assistant licenses issued in Missouri after two years
          The Missouri Times:  South steps of Capitol to be closed through October
          P-D:  Sinquefield contribution to earnings tax fight tops $1.4 million
          AP:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles:  With costs clarified, DOJ agreement near
          KWMU:  Researcher at Wash U School of Social Work talks about "toxic stress," racism, "shaming" of those who have not improved their own economic standing, etc.
          P-D editorial:  The choice-to-not-cater-gay-weddings issue comes to Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Shackling science with a fetal-tissue nonissue
          Waters:  "Stand your ground" laws are tough to write;  Thanks to "inherent racism," Caucasoids often find black males with guns to be threatening
          Priddy:  Thoughts on Missouri public defender budget and the case that inspired the Henry Fonda made-for-TV classic "Gideon's Trumpet"
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Earnings tax debate should include some alternatives
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) is wrong to cling to guns and voters
          P-D letter:  Pacific man says government is spending too much on NGA relocation
          JCNT letter:  Area man expresses anger over lawmakers "dithering" while Missouri roads deteriorate
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants raise for home health care workers
          P-D letter:  Town and County dermatologist supports biosimilars-biologic bill
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        Monday, March 7
       
KWMU:  Missouri's March 15 primary draws Cruz, Bill Clinton to St. Louis area
          SNL:  "Anyone but" feeling strong as Springfield Republicans prepare for presidential primary X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Reporter Ken Newton wonders how Roy Blunt feels about sharing a ticket with Donald Trump X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Military Advocate nominee talks about protecting Missouri assets from federal budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Deadline nears for Missourians' federal help after December, January flooding
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Russ Carnahan;  Panel of Sean Nicholson, Nasheed's Blake Lawrence, Farm Bureau's Ashley McDonald, Rep. Jay Houghton (R) discuss 'paycheck protection,' earnings tax, soil/parks/water tax, and presidential primary
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Chris Koster's statement around Medicaid income threshold rated "Mostly True"
          Kraske:  Chris Koster, a Democrat for nearly a whole decade, says GOP is "untethered ... from planet earth" +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  John Brunner to headline Macon County Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday night
          Rosenbaum:  St. Louis County's prescription drug database may catch on elsewhere
          KWMU:  Missouri House to take up state budget;  Senate may debate fuel tax
          KC Star:  Weekly preview:  Campaign contributions limits, budget, texting-while-driving, elimination of sales tax on guns and ammo, Buck O'Neil Bridge +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger introduces Rural Jobs Act
          KWMU:  Entrepreneurial groups want more funding for Missouri Technology Corporation
          The Maneater:  GOP bill would legalize concealed carry on campus
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Truman State President Troy Paino hopeful for restoration of funding boost
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Northwest Missouri State announces Women's History Month events:  Lily Ledbetter, Q&A with area mayor, screening of 2004 suffrage documentary X
          The Maneater:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) proposes review on UM System and for MU to make changes
          The Maneater:  Board of Curators' 4-2 decision to fire Melissa Click under scrutiny
          Columbia Missourian:  Spike Lee to include Mizzou football team in ESPN "30 for 30" program
          P-D's Ben Frederickson:  A Spike Lee joint on Mizzou boycott?  Buckle up
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Only 3 of 10 involve Melissa Click and/or race drama
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants to tax drug dealers +
          P-D:  A Missouri law to protect children from abuse by children sparks hundreds of hotline calls;  Measure was sponsored by Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County)
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  House bill would allow local 911 taxes on cell phones
          The Maneater:  Bill from Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) addresses underage drinking
          CDT:  Bonds sold to build State Historical Society research center X
          Marshfield Mail:  Missouri's paddlefish season opens March 15;  MO Dept. of Conservation says rising temps spark predictable patterns from fertile females driven to breed
          KWMU:  Feminists to hold body-image panel:  Thoughts from a gender-assigned female who is now a man, mammarily-gifted cosplay enthusiast, and septuagenarian nudist who admits to missing the validation of men's catcalls and whistles
          KWMU:  Ferguson consent decree will likely be brought back before city council
          P-D:  Feds say Ferguson could resolve costly lawsuit by signing agreement
          KC Star editorial:  Democratic Sens. Jason Holsman, Kiki Curls wrong to oppose ethics proposals +
          JCNT editorial:  Imposter drugs add urgency to need for Rx monitoring X
          P-D editorial:  Upon further review, Ferguson comes to its senses
          P-D op-ed:  Area AFL-CIO boss Jeff Aboussie:  Unions are ready to help build NGA
          P-D's Gilbert Bailon:  Tony Messenger sweeps state's top three opinion writing awards
          SNL op-ed:  Citizens United's David Bossie:  In support of Josh Hawley for attorney general X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Missouri unemployment numbers:  There's a job in the area for anyone with a skillset and a desire to work X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Steve Booher:  Thoughts on Mizzou:  Administration must hire "another Elson Floyd" to ease racial tensions;  Football players should continue to lead the way;  More X
          The Maneater op-ed:  Foley shouldn't have publicly assured Click's job would be protected
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        Sunday, March 6
       
KWMU:  At Democrat Days, Koster and Kander signal themes of their campaigns
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County Lincoln Day will feature talks from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, Speaker Todd Richardson, state Rep. Andrew McDaniel
          SNL:  Local Republicans celebrate Lincoln Days;  Schaefer and Hawley continue series of contentious exchanges X
          SNL:  Clinton, Sanders campaigns mobilize supporters locally ahead of March 15 primary X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's schizophrenic history of presidential-nominating systems:  State moved to primary election in 1988 to boost Dick Gephardt X
          Washington Missourian:  FEMA recovery centers transition to loan centers X
          JCNT:  Ron Richard calls on senators to have more decorum;  Senate President Pro Tem calls out members for foul-mouthed language, bickering over previous votes X
          Drebes:  After Gosen's resignation, Engler gets Insurance Committee chair
          P-D:  Supreme Court's ruling on abortion could have impact in Missouri
          Washington Missourian:  Municipal court revenues higher than expected when created in 2012 X
          JCNT:  Obesity prevention group lays out action plan;  Missouri Foundation for Health funds initiative to help keep poor kids from also being fat X
          CDT:  Psychiatric hospital proposal reaches state review level X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Kinder presents Veteran's Service Award to Roger Wheeler +
          KWMU:  Researcher theorizes that St. Louis segregation is a legacy of deliberate federal policy;  Ferguson resident says problems in black community are due to institutional racism, not sloth or individual failures
          KC Star:  It's ridiculous that the leader of the national Democratic Party is protecting payday lenders;  Industry-friendly federal bill might tighten laws in Missouri, but still falls short +
          SNL editorial:  Missouri must build a teacher database X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Colona's secession bill is silly;  Instead of sarcastic approach, urban legislators should know their role and work with rural majority X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Schaefer's "stand your ground" proposal sparks questions to ponder X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  UM system making progress - and Concerned Student 1950 will learn to accept what it's been given X
          Messenger:  Danforth takes issue with his portrayal in upcoming HBO movie;  Missouri senator helped discredit Anita Hill's tales about Clarence Thomas
          SE Missourian letter:  Man who lost state rep race as a Democrat questions conservative credentials of Doug Libla, Holly Rehder +
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        Saturday, March 5
       
KHQA (Hannibal):  Hannibal hosts Democrat Days;  Octogenarian host John Yancey:  "We don't have anything like this - except in St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City"
          KWMU:  "Behind the Headlines" podcast:  Mannies and Rosenbaum recap their stories on Missouri presidential primary, Rex vs. earnings tax
          KWMU:  Bond endorses Rubio, earlier had backed Bush
          KC Star:  Democratic pollsters, who predicted "tight" outcome prior to Roy Blunt's 13-point victory in 2010, say Missourians disagree with junior senator on SCOTUS appointment +
          KWMU:  State of Illinois sweetens NGA deal by $115 million
          P-D:  Bi-state battle for NGA intensifies as Missouri prepares to match no-cost Illinois offer
          KC Star:  Missouri man visits Cuba, brings back Zika virus +
          Missourinet:  Panama signs $200 million trade agreement for Missouri goods
          Missourinet:  Joe Driskill nominated to be Missouri's first-ever Military Advocate
          Drebes:  Trio of bills from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) target immigrant crime, resource-leeching
          KC Star:  Moon's immigration bills yet to be assigned to commitee +
          Missourinet:  Missouri House votes for easier access to adoptees' birth certificates
          JCNT:  Bill would require newborn screening for fatal condition X
          CDT:  University of Missouri plans for cuts up to 8 percent on Columbia campus X
          CDT:  True/False film stars Concerned Student 1950 activists;  Indian male, two prominently-pierced Caucasoids given "exclusive" access to protesters X
          Columbia Missourian:  True/False "March March" parade photo gallery:  Voter registration effort, adults wearing rollerblades, adults playing with puppets in public, etc.
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri bill guarantees opt-out ability for standardized tests
          KWMU:  Unaccredited Riverview Gardens district spends taxpayer money on "TV news" operation
          KWMU:  Student's quest to remain in charter school has long, twisting backstory
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislation seeks to end ticket quotas for police X
          P-D:  Trial delayed in Koster lawsuit against Bridgeton landfill
          KWMU:  Ferguson names top four candidates to fill police chief vacancy
          P-D editorial briefs:  Police video:  Chappelle-Nadal hops aboard social media myth train despite video proof;  Military vets get tuition discount
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Missouri's black-on-black homicides are an embarrassment;  A focus on "peace, reconciliation, mercy, forgiveness" will totally change behavior +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area man disagrees with Blunt on SCOTUS, compares U.S. senator to petulant child
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man opposes prescription drug monitoring program
          CDT letter:  Area man questions efficacy of university's minority advocates X
          KC Star letters:  Independence man attempt analogizing Missouri legislators and UM curators to Hitler;  Man who chooses to live in Kansas passes judgment on Missouri's enforcement of Sunshine Law +
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