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        Monday, January 22
       
Fox Business:  Blunt on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures":  Government shutdown hurting military and nation's defense
          Missourinet:  Blunt, McCaskill prepare for vote on funding resolution
          KWMU:  Montreal meetings on NAFTA could impact thousands of Missouri workers
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Courtland Sykes talks about resume, primary campaign against Josh Hawley, says candidates with "secret lifestyles" should not run for office;  Panel of Reps. Phil Christofanelli (R), Peter Meredith (D), Gina Mitten (D), Nate Walker (R) talk Greitens and subsequent investigatations, lobbyist-gift ban, more
          The Missouri Times:  Courtland Sykes discusses his U.S. Senate campaign on This Week in Missouri Politics
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Video:  Greitens talks about affair, family and political fallout
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear Satanic Temple's challenge to state's abortion regulations
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) would keep deadbeat dads from receiving SNAP handouts
          P-D:  Two-time killer, not state leaders, changes smoking policy in Missouri prisons
          JCNT:  Bill would double width of utility corridors X
          P-D:  New executive director of ArchCity Defenders complains about Sen. Bob Dixon's pushback against municipal-overhaul overreach, other injustices
          Columbia Missourian:  Area liberals to hold panel on perceived racial discrimination, LGBTQIA* issues, marijuana, etc.;  Panelists include NAACP's Nimrod Chapel, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia), Rudi Keller
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Human trafficking in Missouri makes for modern-day slavery X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Savings on state car fleet set a good example X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's scuzzy green lakes are likely to stay that way
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Options for Women helps save young lives by providing alternatives to abortion;  Wallingford named to top Senate committee +
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  Corizon Health has $2 billion contracts with Missouri and Kansas, but there's little accountability X
          Waters:  In dispute with Galloway, Greitens is not to be believed X
          Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  Missouri must stay a step ahead and pass a 'revenge porn' law
          P-D letter:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Ameren promotes bill that would raise electric rates
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        Sunday, January 21
       
Columbia Missourian:  At GOP rally, attendees praise Trump and slam McCaskill
          JCNT:  Supporters of the president say he has America on the right track again X
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump march makes it way through St. Louis;  Comments from Clay primary challenger Cori Bush, Missouri legislative staffer smuggled into the United States as a child, others
          P-D:  Anti-Trump crowd marches through St. Louis City
          P-D:  Photo:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) leads anti-Trump march
          CDT's Claire Colby:  Organizers claim anti-Trump march drew 1,650;  Speakers include Michela Skelton, seeking rematch against "Sarah [sic] Walsh" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump march numbers down;  Last year's protest drew 3,600
          JCNT:  Marchers at Columbia rally complain about Trump X
          AP:  Greitens:  'No blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Teaser:  Greitens to talk about blackmail allegations on Fox 2 tonight
          P-D:  Schaaf says he has spoken to FBI about Greitens
          SNL:  Sunshine request update:  Greitens and team met with charter school advocate Ken Zeff in July X
          Missourinet:  Hearing on Munzlinger's industrial hemp bill Monday
          P-D: St. Charles County officials at odds over whether Legislature must OK river bluff subdivision
          P-D editorial:  Payday lenders find friends at the Consumer Financial Destruction Bureau;  Luetkemeyer has received $36,900 (or 1.4% of his campaign cash) from payday lenders
          P-D letter:  Area "future health care provider" unhappy with GOP approach to Medicaid
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        Saturday, January 20
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Missourinet:  Anti-Trump march expected to draw at least 8,000 in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Two anti-Trump marches are happening in Kansas, but none in KC X
          P-D:  Missouri's March for Life attendees feel like Washington is moving their way;  Group hears from Blunt, Hartzler, Long, Luetkemeyer, Smith, Wagner
          Missourinet:  Thousands of St. Louis area pro-life advocates attend DC march
          JCNT:  Area students energized by pro-life march's message X
          P-D:  Former VA shop foreman gets 20 months for kickback scheme
          Drebes:  Public Policy Polling (D) says Democrats are gaining momentum in Missouri
          P-D:  Greitens' campaign operation sharing office building with his non-profit
          The Missouri Times:  Charlie Davis pulls out of SD 32 race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 15, 2018
          CNN:  FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens
          KC Star:  Greitens' attorney calls on CNN to retract report on FBI probe X
          SNL:  As Jefferson City rumor mill cranks out Greitens resignation reports, GOP lawmakers focus on their work X
          KWMU:  Jo Mannies, politics editor Fred Ehrlich weigh in on how Greitens scandal has affected his efficacy as governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Dim prospects for Greitens, Columbia College prof tells "silver-haired Muleskinners;"  Terry Smith gives advice on beating Trump to elderly Democrats
          AP:  Failed bid to land Amazon HQ had $2.5B in incentives
          JCNT:  DNR cutting 86 vehicles from fleet X
          JCNT:  MOSERS replaces Watson as director, names replacement X
          KWMU:  Legislature prepares for state budget, more bills, keeps an eye on Greitens scandal
          The Missouri Times:  REALTORS tout legislative agenda in annual Capitol Conference
          KC Star:  After K-9 death, sheriff supports bill from Rep. Robert Cornejo that could increase penalty of assaulting law enforcement animals X
          KRCG (Jefferson City):  'Swatting' death leads to bill from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) for tougher penalties
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  University of Missouri might see 10 percent state cut X
          Columbia Missourian:  New elementary school name suggestions accepted starting in February;  "Lee" to be erased due to connection to Civil War history
          The Missouri Times:  Spire lays to bed old claims of increased rates with proven savings in latest rate case
          Daily Journal:  MO Dept. of Conservation to accept applications Feb. 1 for turkey hunts
          P-D:  St. Louis City man gets 12 years for robbery of Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City);  Tavion Bell also carjacked two women as they left Christmas Mass
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens embarrasses state, but resignation calls premature X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens should not seek to cut corporate tax rate X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri is aiming to stop opioid addiction, and St. Joseph groups should compete for funding X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  In Shutdown City, the blame game is never-ending
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian responds to letter responding to Messenger column responding to Greitens' response to blackmail allegations
          KC Star letter:  Independence octogenarian says user fee, based on odometer readings, is the best way to pay for Missouri roads X
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        Friday, January 19
       
KC Star:  McCaskill plays key role in sending surveillance bill to Trump's desk X
          Newsweek:  Profile:  Craig O'Dear, KC attorney who claims he'll run for U.S. Senate as an independent
          P-D:  Ed Martin terminated from CNN 'for cause,' he says
          KWMU:  Racial divide splits "Women's March" crowd;  Some sects offended by last year's labia-shaped hats because "bright pink tone marginalized women of color" and excluded self-identified "women" with male genitalia
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump march to be held tomorrow;  Speakers include MU astronomy professor, state rep runner-up Michela Skelton
          KWMU:  As ballot measures loom, some Republicans want Legislature to take lead on medical marijuana
          CDT:  Union carpenter steps into contest to challenge Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) X
          Drebes:  Mary Scruggs, who worked legislative affairs for Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives, retires
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers postponing judgment in Greitens' affair scandal +
          KC Star:  Greitens counsel Lucinda Luetkemeyer attends weekend event at Mar-a-Lago X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) talks Greitens, in-home care cuts, budget, higher taxes, more
          SNL:  Jeff Notes:  Greitens issues statemens on tax plan, deregulation progress;  Democrats complain about 2015 welfare changes X
          KWMU:  Greitens unveils highlights of his tax plan, but holds off on full details
          CDT:  Greitens outlines tax cut goals, but offers no details X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls on Legislature to pass tax-cut plan
          Missourinet:  Greitens releases overview of tax plan
          P-D:  Greitens avoids spotlight, releases tax-cut plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate leaders say Greitens controversy won't slow down chamber's business
          The Missouri Times:  Amazon passes over Missouri for second headquarters
          Missourinet:  Missouri does not make the cut for Amazon's second headquarters
          Missourinet:  How much did Missouri offer to Amazon in tax incentives? Billions.
          The Missouri Times:  Senate confirms three interim-appointed directors
          The Missouri Times:  Collective bargaining and 'paycheck protection' get a hearing in Senate Committee on General Laws
          Missourinet:  House committee hears bill on worker claims against employers
          P-D:  If Missouri gets hit by big snowfall, MoDOT says worker shortage will mean tough sledding
          The Missouri Times:  Kelly withdraws earned paid family leave bill
          P-D:  Bill would lift Missouri's tuition cap
          Missourinet:  State Department of Mental Health says survey involving LGBTQ questions is not school requirement
          SNL:  Greitens' staff met with board members before education officials' firing, appointee says X
          KWMU:  State-appointed board endorses returning power over St. Louis schools to elected board
          P-D:  Appointees tell state school leaders:  Bring back elected board in St. Louis City
          P-D:  Sprawling backlog of DNR permits is winnowing - maybe too quickly, critics say
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  January 20, 2018
          Missourinet:  Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) donated kidney
          KWMU:  Hawley accuses Stenger of violating state's open records law
          KWMU:   Arch City Defenders outraged after black Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards suggests black people are responsible for black-on-black crime
          P-D editorial:  State budget picture is more dire than usual. Where's that tax-cut boom?
          P-D editorial:  Hawley's lawsuit shines light where Stenger prefers darkness
          Kraske:  Greitens survives first full week after blackmail allegations X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Anonymous letter-writer dislikes Greitens X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian cares little about Greitens affair and more about state campaign-finance laws
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man says Democrats should support 'right to work'
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        Thursday, January 18
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  "Blaine Lutekemeyer [sic]" has almost $2.6 million in campaign coffers   Update:  Fixed at 7:15 a.m.
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Immigration advocates say Trump policies helped limit the number of refugees landing in St. Louis last year
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri joins national voter registration accuracy, access initiative
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  What we learned
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  Statewide officials
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  Missouri House
          AP:  Lawmakers say Greitens scandal distracts from tax-overhaul effort
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide startup investment fund may become reality
          AP:  Amended lawsuit seeks to overturn firing of state Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven
          KWMU:  Task force recommends St. Louis public schools return to local control ... eventually
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban on to the Senate
          AP:  House approves lobbyist gift ban
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends three bills to Senate, including a ban on lobbyist gifts
          The Missouri Times:  Human trafficking bill flies through Missouri House
          AP:  House targets child trafficking with measure
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill passes committee with 9-1 vote
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association:  Missouri had 921 opioid overdose deaths in 2016
          The Missouri Times:  Out of their hair:  House passes braiding bill
          SNL:  Sheriff called state lawmakers on whistleblower bill. It wasn't about Galloway, he said. X
          P-D:  Hawley alleges open-records violations by Stenger's staff
          KC Star:  Missouri is epicenter of national flu outbreak, according to 'smart thermometer' app X
          SE Missourian:  Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer;  whether disease transferable to humans unknown +
          P-D editorial:  For Greitens, prolonged silence can be politically deadly
          P-D editorial:  Semi-good news on kids' health care program in Missouri. Why not share it?
          JCNT editorial:  Adult high schools a good investment for future X
          Waters:  Greitens' plight offers a lesson to voters X
          SNL op-ed:  MU prof Aaron Hedlund:  Greitens has delivered substantial results for Missouri, and citizens should give him a break X
          P-D op-ed:  CEO of senior-citizens health care group:  Lawmakers must find money fix for Medicaid
          CDT op-ed:  Why Mike Parson's 'Buy Missouri' misses the mark X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman disappointed by Messenger's hatred for Greitens
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        Wednesday, January 17
       
KWMU:  Illegal aliens, other DACA supporters to rally outside Blunt's office today
          KWMU:  Change of management at St. Louis Veterans Home pleases relatives
          KWMU:  Greitens among the state's top money-raisers
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 quarterly reports:  State Senate
          Drebes:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) announces new staff
          KWMU:  Republican lawmakers ramp up pressure for Greitens to step aside
          CDT:  Greitens posts apology as GOP lawmakers' calls for resignation begin X
          Missourinet:  Five GOP lawmakers call for Greitens' resignation
          AP:  Greitens:  Scandal won't deter work
          SNL:  As pressure mounts, Greitens issues new apology X
          SNL:  More details emerge on Democrats' knowlege of Greitens affair during gov race X
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans debate whether Greitens should stay or go
          P-D:  Lawyer for scorned ex-husband distributes more recordings of secretly-recorded conversations
          KC Star:  Five GOP lawmakers call on Greitens to resign X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on Greitens affair scandal
          The Missouri Times:  On his new radio show, Ed Martin calls for resignation of Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  New state position created to coordinate broadband efforts, Greitens announces
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel, Koenig tag-team tax overhaul in Senate Ways and Means Committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) says most of his constituents are not convinced Missouri needs to boost fuel tax for transportation;  Survey also revealed district thoughts on nonviolent offenders, religious freedom for business owners
          Missourinet:  Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) says funding fix for disabled Missourians is still urgent
          The Missouri Times:  Asbestos case, arbitration agreements lead to lively debate in Special Committee on Litigation Reform
          Dunklin Democrat:  Medicinal marijuana may not be legal in Missouri, but local woman says CBD oil has benefits
          SNL:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-LaMonte):  No college degree in Missouri without passing citizenship test X
          P-D:  Missouri's plan to improve worst-performing schools gets federal seal of approval
          Missourinet:  Dogan:  It takes more training in Missouri to braid hair than it does to be a police officer
          Missourinet:  Missouri's deer hunting season totals spike
          Missourinet:  Deer hunting businesses, Conservation Department do battle in Missouri Supreme Court
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens can't stay in hiding if he wants to do his job X
          KC Star Editorial Page Editor Colleen Nelson:  Editorial board adds diversity with addition of Toriano Porter;  Board now consists of 3 white men, 2 white women, 1 Hispanic woman, 1 black man X
          P-D editorial:  Three weeks ago:  Post-Dispatch editorial board profiles its writers:  3 white males (ages 68, 61, 61), 1 white woman (64), 1 Hispanic man (58)
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says she is disappointed that Greitens has given Illinois residents something to laugh at
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        Tuesday, January 16
       
The Hill:  Blunt would "be pleased" to see Romney run for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Jeff Notes:  MU's Aaron Hedlund not challenging Josh Hawley in U.S. Senate primary X
          Missourinet:  Cori Bush, challenging Lacy Clay in 1st Congressional District Democratic primary, speaks to new liberal group in Springfield
          The Missouri Times:  Deadline to register for statewide Lincoln Days coming up
          The Missouri Times:  How we got here:  An anthology of controversies and conflict between Greitens and the General Assembly - and a look at the quickness with which John Diehl, Paul LeVota, and Don Gosen chose to resign
          The Missouri Times:  GOP megadonor David Humphreys mum on Greitens
          P-D:  Lawyer for scorned husband releases audio of phone conversation with Greitens counsel Lucina Luetkemeyer, recorded prior to KMOV report;  Luetkemeyer declined lawyer's suggestion to call back from state landline
          KWMU:  With political future in peril, Greitens holds off on tax plan tour
          Missourinet:  Greitens reschedules tax cut tour
          AP:  Greitens delays tax policy tour after admitting to affair
          P-D:  Greitens postpones statewide tour on tax overhaul
          KC Star:  Remington Research poll shows Greitens' approval rating takes 10-point hit in wake of scandal X
          Missourinet:  UCM political science prof Robynn Kuhlmann says history shows Greitens will survive sex scandal
          The Missouri Times:  Town ordinance takes center stage in HD 39 Democratic nomination of city officer
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' COO tells cabinet to prepare for $300 million in reductions
          KWMU:  Missouri's spending on early childhood education could increase, but not by much, school leaders say
          Missourinet:  Legislative panel continues work to overhaul climate within Missouri's prisons
          Missourinet:  Missouri Municipal League outlines 2018 priorities
          KWMU:  State and federal wildlife officials launch assault on Asian carp
          P-D:  Blacks killing blacks is a problem African-Americans have to address, St. Louis public safety director says;  McCaskill among politicians making appearance at MLK event
          P-D editorial:  Greitens evades responsibility with social media pseudo-apology
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Three decades ago, Kit Bond made Missouri a leader in early childhood education X
          P-D op-ed:  National Safety Council's Deborah Hersman:  Missouri can lead with practical roadway safety improvements
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Funding for Missouri kids' insurance program will run out soon, and the handicapped will pay the price
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson sexagenarian says she frequently writes to Blunt's office with criticism, but appreciates his response to Trump's expletive about lesser countries +
          KC Star letter:  Orrick man says Fodor's anti-Missouri mention shows publisher's East Coast agenda X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wants Greitens to leave Missouri
          P-D letter:  Manchester feminist attempts to tie Greitens' alleged S&M activities to political ideology and state legislation
          P-D letter:  Arnold sexagenarian looks forward to reading more "grime and slime" from Greitens' scandal
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury liberal recommends Greitens reinvent himself by flip-flopping on state issues and embracing progressive policies
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        Monday, January 15  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King State Holiday
       
P-D:  Under Trump, EPA Superfund delistings spike - including Wildwood
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri financial planner expects federal tax cut to spur "huge" boost in construction
          Drebes:  Missouri Chamber spins off GovWatch
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Reps. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles), Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Democratic lawyer Jane Dueker discuss Greitens affair and political implications
          KC Star:  Greitens' political future in doubt;  Comments from Florida pollster X
          Missourinet:  Hawley provides update on human trafficking, Confide app and the former Mississippi County sheriff
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Fodor's "no-visit" label for Missouri based on oversimplification of SB 43, NAACP publicity gimmick X
          Messenger:  Greitens finds himself on a deserted island surrounded by snakes
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Briefs:  On nudity and invasion of privacy laws, freedom for ex-cons to work at convenience stores, hair braiding, Greitens appointees
          KC Star letter:  KC liberal wants Blunt to criticize Trump X
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        Sunday, January 14
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Vicky Hartzler talks infrastructure spending, Trump's plan for public-private partnerships
          Sedalia Democrat:  Area woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler X
          SNL:  Could foreign hackers mess with Missouri elections?  Jay Ashcroft doesn't think so. X
          JCNT:  Profile:  Kelli Jones;  Lt. Gov's communications director goes from teaching to practicing her skill X
          CDT:  Greitens in political peril X
          Washington Missourian:  Local legislators take wait-and-see approach with Greitens X
          AP:  Recap of various Greitens controversies
          JCNT:  Transportation task force recommends changes in public policy, funding methods X
          JCNT:  State cutting 30 vehicles from Office of Administration fleet X
          AP:  Lawsuit over drugs for Missouri's foster kids proceeds
          KC Star:  Jackson County officials want Hawley to look at County Executive Frank White's taxes, finances X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hoodwinked:  Eric Greitens should resign - not for extramarital affair, but because he's a political poser X
          CDT editorial:  Allegations against Greitens follow pattern of deceptive behavior X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens and Trump are the Thelma and Louise of American politics
          SNL editorial:  On Greitens, Galloway, and predictable partisanship X
          SNL op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Evaluating success of legislators requires more than a metric X
          SNL letter:  Neosho sexagenarian expresses anger at Blunt, Long for supporting tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Olivette sexagenarian notes Post-Dispatch's consistent sloppiness, inability to properly punctuate headlines
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Nasheed to focus on alleged misdeeds of Steve Roberts as intently as she focuses on those of Eric Greitens
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        Saturday, January 13
       
Missourinet:  Democratic poll shows McCaskill-Hawley race within margin of error
          Drebes:  Alex Curchin joins Speaker Todd Richardson's staff as senior counsel to the Speaker
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 8, 2018
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens railed against 'career politicians,' now few are coming to his rescue
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Mannies and Rosenbaum talk about week's happenings, with comments from David Barklage, John Hancock, state legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' attorney calls story 'a political hit piece,' and Roy Temple responds
          CDT:  Roy Temple denies being source of Greitens allegations X
          AP:  Greitens seeks path forward after affair admission
          P-D:  Greitens strategizing for survival;  Comments from Hancock, national GOP pollster Frank Luntz, 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (SLU's Ken Warren)
          SNL:  Woman at center of Greitens affair breaks silence via written statement, asks for privacy;  Ex-husband responds via statement X
          P-D:  Woman at center of Greitens story asks for privacy;  Greitens asks lawmakers for forgiveness
          SNL:  Greitens picks a new judge from St. Louis City prosecutor's office;  Democrat Kim Gardner's office says appointee was not involved in Thursday's investigation announcement X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  KMOV reporter Lauren Trager, KWMU executive editor Shula Neuman talk about journalism ethics and Greitens case
          P-D:  Audio:  Politics editor Christopher Ave, reporters Kevin McDermott and Jack Suntrup talk about ethics of reporting Greitens story
          SNL's Stephen Herzog:  Why KMOV shouldn't have run woman's story without her consent X
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) holds key chairmanship in tax reform effort +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri health officials say it's too early to tell if flu shot was less effective
          SE Missourian:  City of Oran rates violate state law, auditors find;  report details financial-management problems +
          West Plains Daily Quill:  15 new cases of chronic wasting disease out of nearly 18,400 deer tested
          P-D:  Black activist Frankie Freeman dies at 101
          P-D editorial briefs:  Blunt family lobbying empire expands;  Dogan's hair-braiding bill a sensible step to cut regulation
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens avoids tough issues and focuses on the easy stuff in State of the State +
          Messenger:  With presidential campaign aspirations gone, Greitens must focus on Missouri
          CDT op-ed:  Sen. Claire McCaskill:  What's so scary about holding town halls? X
          P-D op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Taxpayer-funded nondisclosure agreements can hide big problems
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian disagrees with GOP agenda, accepts reality that Luetkemeyer will keep getting re-elected X
          SNL letter:  Willow Springs sexagenarian wants Greitens to resign X
          KC Star letter:  Belton man says Chappelle-Nadal's comments were more serious than Love's;  KC sexagenarian says Fox News and "talk radio" brainwashed Missourians into voting for Greitens X
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        Friday, January 12
       
P-D:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen raises about $93,000 in fourth quarter of 2017
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air audio:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin discuss how Greitens sex story overshadowed State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  As gubernatorial sex scandal unfolding, Republican leaders call for accountability
          The Missouri Times:  Libla, Romine lead the Senate in call for Hawley to investigate allegations against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Romine says if allegations against Greitens are true, the governor should resign or face impeachment
          Missourinet:  Libla wants investigation into sexual allegations against Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local legislators condemn Greitens, shy away from impeachment X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) launches criminal investigation of Greitens
          Talking Points Memo:  Veteran Democratic consultant Roy Temple talks about reaching out to scorned ex-husband in 2016, visiting man's house twice to get details, more
          P-D:  Missouri statutes clearly outlaw non-consensual photos;  'blackmail' issue is less clear
          P-D:  Audio:  Excerpts of woman, recorded by husband without her knowledge or consent, describing sexual encounters with Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  How the impeachment process works in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  After news of affair and alleged blackmail, gubernatorial tour spot in Poplar Bluff cancels
          Clayton Times:  STL County Executive candidate/Greitens campaign donor shuns governor after scandal
          AP:  States addressing shortcomings in sex misconduct policies
          KWMU:  Untangling the legal issues in the wake of governor's admission
          KWMU:  By the numbers:  What's behind Missouri's tardy tax refunds
          The Missouri Times:  COO's Task Force on Fleet Management finds more than $2 million in potential savings
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill returns with new provisions, opposition remains the same
          Missourinet:  Legislative update:  Dems skeptical of Greitens' upcoming tax plan;  Basye's bill to provide insurance to the disabled
          SE Missourian:  Official:  Steel mill 'still looking to operate' and New Madrid 'still very much in the running' +
          KWMU:  Substance abuse and poor mental health drive up deaths among Missouri's rural whites
          P-D editorial:  Hypocrisy, thy name is Eric Greitens;  Governor should expect no sympathy
          P-D editorial:  Greitens falls victim to his own relentless ego
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' affair wasn't criminal, but extortion and coercion would be X
          Riverfront Times' Sarah Fenske:  Eric Greitens is in the hot seat. But we're wrong to let a scorned ex drive this story.
          KWMU Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  We had the Greitens story too, and chose not to run it
          Kraske:  An affair and blackmail allegations:  How well did Missourians really know Eric Greitens? X
          Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  Greitens' personal life becomes political tragedy
          P-D letter:  Public transit group supports gas tax hike
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        Thursday, January 11
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Congressional delegation's committee roles reflect lawmakers' expertise, state needs X
          Kansas City Business Journal:  Former Roy Blunt aide Tom Salisbury becomes SBA's new regional director
          The Missouri Times:  Withdrawing from NAFTA could be a 'catastrophe' for Missouri;  Comments from Blunt, MO Ag Director Chris Chinn
          AP:  McCaskill introduces bill to end Postal Service quirk for northern Missouri residents
          KWMU:  Greitens admits he engaged in affair before he entered politics;  Sheena Greitens:  "I want ... those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children"
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Blackmail alleged as Greitens admits to extramarital affair
          SNL:  Greitens admits to extramarital affair X
          P-D:  Greitens admits affair and denies blackmail allegations
          KWMU:  Greitens calls for more cuts in taxes, more trims in state government
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin to analyze State of the State at noon today
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State 2018:  Governor outlines priorities, leaves out the budget
          CDT:  Greitens calls for more tax cuts in State of the State address X
          SNL:  'Many Missourians still struggle,' Greitens says while pledging to work hard X
          JCNT:  Governor extols state government, doesn't mention state pay X
          AP:  Greitens pledges bold tax overhaul
          P-D:  Greitens promotes possible tax cuts in State of the State address
          Drebes:  On taxes, Ron Richard doesn't want "a Brownback thing"
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Gov. Eric Greitens' State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers react to Greitens' State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Dem response by House Democratic Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Comparing Greitens' first State of the State to last night's
          SNL's Will Schmitt's "Jeff Notes" blog:  Hawley reports state made $30 million in legal payouts last year X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS confirms PDMP is up and running
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill on gifts from lobbyists
          CDT:  Choi, Cartwright pitch plans for University of Missouri to state lawmakers X
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill would require high school students to complete computer science course
          P-D:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) seeks to help cities deal with overreach of 2015 court-fines legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) kicks off tanning bill with coalition of support
          JCNT:  Coalition pushes for more restriction on tanning bed use X
          P-D:  State approves Ameren transmission line for northeast Missouri
          KWMU:  Federal appeals court weighs future of lawsuit over Michael Brown's death
          SE Missourian editorial:  New Missouri law should help adoptees with family medical history +
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens, MO Dept. of Revenue let Missourians down on tax refunds X
          P-D editorial:  A blueprint for overhauling Missouri's broken corrections system
          KC Star editorial:  Warren Love should not get off scot-free X
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        Wednesday, January 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers may debate the return of earmarks;  Comments from McCaskill X
          KC Star:  Donald Trump-Steve Bannon split spells trouble for U.S. Senate hopeful Josh Hawley;  Comments from GOP primary challengers, conservative radio host Jamie Allman X
          Messenger:  KC lawyer claims he'll run for U.S. Senate as independent;  Man says people are tired of partisan politics, it's time for a new approach, etc.
          KC Star:  KC lawyer claims he'll run for U.S. Senate as independent X
          Columbia Missourian:  Opioid crisis drives decline in Missouri life expectancy
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Democratic Reps. Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens talks Dems' rural efforts, dark money, more
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State, one year later:  How did Greitens fare on delivering his promises?
          Missourinet:  Missourinet to have live coverage of State of the State and Democratic response
          AP:  Greitens touts Missouri's own plan to keep lakes clean
          Missourinet:  Missouri veterans leader wants embattled St. Louis Veterans Home chief gone
          AP:  Leader recommends head of St. Louis Veterans Home be fired
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Galloway:  Missouri not paying tax refunds on time, pays more than $400,000 in interest X
          AP:  Missouri revenue growth lags behind expectations
          SNL:  Citing federal tax bill, Missouri cuts state revenue growth projection in half X
          Missourinet:  Steep drop in revenue projections could mean fewer cuts to services
          The Missouri Times:  Is the third time the charm? Fitzpatrick reintroduces bill limiting unemployment benefits
          The Missouri Times:  Kelly introduces paid family leave legislation
          SE Missourian:  Southeast to cut workforce to meet budget needs caused by state cuts +
          P-D:  Layoffs, buyouts affect SEMO amid budget uncertainty
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-trafficking bill passes House committees
          Missourinet:  Proposed restrictions to lobbyist gifts heads to Missouri House floor
          Missourinet:  Democrats file multiple ethics bills, criticize Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  House's Special Committee on Litigation Reform hears DeGroot's interpleading bill
          SNL:  Sierra Club argues against selling 3 closed state parks X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Cattlemen Association calls for protection of those found not guilty of animal abuse +
          AP:  University of Missouri officials speak at Missouri House Special Committee on Urban Issues
          KC Star editorial:  Should Missouri raise taxes for road and bridge repairs?  Let the voter decide +
          P-D editorial:  Governor's meddling on education creates giant mess;  Actions prompt lawsuit from appointee "who Greitens' [sic] dumped"
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Legislative preview:  State revenue, transportation, PDMP, marijuana and hemp, ethics
          P-D letter:  Glendale conservative dislikes McCaskill-Blunt plan to remove Jefferson's name from Arch grounds
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        Tuesday, January 9
       
AP:  McCaskill raises $2.9M for re-election bid
          P-D:  McCaskill raises $2.9 million in last quarter of 2017, record $11.8 million for year
          P-D:  City Dems to host fundraiser for McCaskill
          SNL's Will Schmitt's new "Jeff Notes" blog:  Catherine Hanaway, Gregg Hartley, Andy Blunt form new firm to lobby federal and state lawmakers X
          P-D:  Jesse Jackson to speak at St. Louis Public Library Black History Month event
          Drebes:  Cara Hoover leaves KCP&L to start her own contract lobbying firm
          Missourinet:  Preview:  Tomorrow night's State of the State
          JCNT:  State pay tops 2 area lawmakers' wish list for State of the State message X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri lawmakers may consider gas-tax hike X
          CDT:  Galloway blasts Greitens for slow refunds, interfering with work X
          The Missouri Times:  New audit shows more and more Missourians receiving late tax refunds
          KWMU:  Galloway says money shortfall and Greitens are to blame for late income tax refunds
          AP:  Audit:  Missouri increasingly late on tax refunds
          Missourinet:  Galloway slams Greitens administration for jump in late tax refunds
          P-D:  Greitens administration obstructed audit of Missouri tax refund process, Galloway says
          KWMU:  Lack of quorum is delaying search for next Missouri education commissioner
          Missourinet:  Ten applicants, thousands of comments on Missouri education chief post
          P-D:  Amid controversy, scant interest shown in top school post
          JCNT:  State Board of Education hears testimony on desired commissioner traits X
          JCNT:  Judge keeps state education 'Sunshine' lawsuit going X
          Rosenbaum:  5 loose ends from first week in Jefferson City:  Silvey, LIHTC, transportation tax, more
          The Missouri Times:  House looks to push ethics bill to floor quickly
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) calls ethics bill "pretty strict"
          KC Star:  Lobbyist-gift totals continue downward trend;  lawmakers discuss gift ban X
          Missourinet:  Contentious 2017 utility bill is back in Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Five certificates of need approved, one denied
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's ag groups praise Greitens for comments against EPA's proposed rule
          Missourinet:  New Missouri coalition:  Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed in America
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear regulation case as state reports increase in deadly deer disease
          P-D editorial:  Fuel tax increase is the fastest, most direct way to meet state transportation needs
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' use of Confide app violates his transparency pledge
          P-D letter:  Illinois sexagenarian disagrees with Ann Wagner on financial regulations
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian wants intelligence test to prohibit "dummies" from voting, claims to be "registered Democrat" despite no party registration in Missouri X
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        Monday, January 8
       
P-D:  Under GOP tax law, parents in Missouri can now claim tax deductions for private school tuition
          Wall Street Journal:  Trump nominee to lead Indian Health Services faces claims of misrepresentation;  Former workers at Missouri hospital question leadership roles of Robert Weaver
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Democrats line up to fill ballot slot for Ann Wagner's November re-election;  Comments from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson chats with Rosenbaum about veterans homes, low-income housing tax credits, transportation, more
          Missourinet:  Seat belts and texting-while-driving highlighted in Missouri transportation task force report
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's Brian Haefner says Missourians are willing to spend more on roads to improve quality
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee expected to vote on ethics bill today
          SNL:  Greitens' sidelined Missouri school board appointees to meet with senators X
          KWMU:  Parents still wary of Normandy schools
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Briefs:  Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging lay out legislative agendas X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Broadband access helps farmers stay competitive
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation plans Missouri Master Naturalist training in Camdenton X
          Missourinet:  California company bashes Missouri as travel destination, draws heavily from NAACP "travel advisory" promotional campaign
          JCNT editorial:  Let voters decide fuel tax X
          The Missouri Times columnist Jennifer Bukowsky:  Tell state legislators to stop treading upon our right to self-defense
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        Sunday, January 7
       
P-D:  Blunt, Clay speak at annual MLK event
          CDT:  VA Secretary acted to end dispute between MU, Truman Memorial X
          KC Star's Max Londberg:  Iowa-based gimmick t-shirt company peddles anti-Greitens t-shirt X
          August 2015:  KC Star:  Iowa-based gimmick t-shirt company peddles anti-Missouri Legislature shirt
          AP:  Greitens calls for new veterans hiring law
          SNL:  Missouri revamps HR policy for state workers after research project by COO's former firm X
          SNL:  Bridge tolls, pay-by-the-mile, DMV fees suggested as future Missouri highway funding X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf opposes Greitens' move on education board X
          Columbia Missourian's:  Rural broadband features:  Greitens brings in over $40 million for broadband in rural schools, but it's not enough
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Little legislative progress on improving Missouri broadband
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  In rural schools, teachers prepare for the unexpected
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Broadband allow students to get creative with technology
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Telehealth gives rural Missouri greater access to health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Rural broadband feature:  Many Missourians are forced to live off the grid
          JCNT:  LED lighting at the Capitol expected to pay off in the long run X
          P-D editorial:  Trump's Justice Department wants to undo Obama's work in Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  No matter the federal designation, the Arch is still the Arch X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri faces a choice:  Cut taxes or invest in the state's future X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should give Missourians the chance to vote on transportation tax X
          SNL editorial:  After ranch allegations, state should reconsider religious exemptions X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Transportation funding, broadband should top list of legislative priorities
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens' first year:  Ethical clouds, unforced errors X
          P-D letter:  Local trial attorney:  Bring Missouri in line with other states on juvenile sentencing
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian disagrees with NRA on state gun laws
          SNL letter:  Septuagenarian Mountain View couple wants Senate to reject Greitens appointee "Eddie [sic] Justice," others X
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        Saturday, January 6
       
Agri-Pulse:  McCaskill, Blunt seek 2019 funding for Mississippi River waterways
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce lays out top federal, state legislative priorities X
          The Missouri Time:  Hickory County Democrat seeks to fill ballot slot for Warren Love's re-election
          Drebes:  Senate Dems still not putting Chappelle-Nadal back on committees
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman senators Rowden, Hoskins step up to committee chairmanship
          The Missouri Times:  State Board of Education rendered ineffective with Greitens' re-appointments, so what now?
          SNL:  Video:  Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) on transportation task force X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Proposed Missouri law would add oversight to animal abuse training
          KC Star:  Fired Missouri trooper in Lake of the Ozarks drowning case wants his job back X
          KMIZ (Columbia):  Trooper fired for actions that led to drowning sues Highway Patrol to get his job back
          Missourinet:  MoDOT warns of slick Missouri roads tomorrow
          CDT:  Terri Leifeste named new Tribune publisher;  Gatehouse Media tasks 57-year-old with serving advertisers and engaging with readers X
          Columbia Missourian:  Tribune gets new publisher
          P-D editorial:  Eigel's proposal to make first day of deer season a holiday will irritate "the 94 percent of us" who aren't hunters
          Helling:  After a year of conflict, Greitens just might be learning how to work with Missouri lawmakers X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wants legislators to legalize marijuana
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian expresses anger over Ryan Silvey's PSC salary, attempts analogy comparing appointment to "It's a Wonderful Life" X
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        Friday, January 5
       
SNL:  Citing GOP tax overhaul, Springfield bank to pay bonuses to all employees X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Cruz chief joins Axiom's PR arm as new president
          SNL:  Missouri GOP to celebrate Trump's first year with event Jan. 20 X
          The Missouri Times:  January 2018 Tip Sheet:  Statewides and State Senate races
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County GOP to interview potential candidates to ensure they are actually Republicans X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Todd Richardson chats with Rosenbaum about gas tax hike, Amendment 2 consequences, "dark money," Greitens, and future plans
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers attend Governor's Prayer Breakfast
          JCNT:  Prayer Breakfast speaker urges courage in politics X
          The Missouri Times:  Official portrait of Nixon unveiled
          Missourinet:  Nixon's portrait presented in Jefferson City
          SNL's Will Schmitt:  New "Jeff Notes" blog:  Briefs on Nixon's portrait, state tax brackets X
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson:  No reason to decouple Missouri's tax code
          The Missouri Times:  Senate confirms appointments of Kraus, Silvey to Tax Commission and Public Service Commission
          KWMU:  Silvey resigns from Missouri Senate to join Public Service Commission
          Missourinet:  Silvey confirmed to PSC
          The Missouri Times:  Crowell appointment to Missouri Housing Development Commission withdrawn
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Callaway County) aims to revamp Missouri's boards and commissions
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce urges legislators to stabilize UM System funding in 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) renegs on oath to abide by Ethics Committee decision, citing confusion
          SNL:  Love says hanging comment has been blown out of proportion X
          SNL:  Video:  Rep. Warren Love takes questions from Democrats X
          KWMU:  House Ethics Committee considers sanctions against Love
          Missourinet:  No discipline for legislator who said that monument vandals should be hanged
          P-D:  Love evades punishment over Facebook comment, for now
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  January 3, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Missouri DNR meeting in Cape to focus on Mississippi River flood management +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt champions tax credits X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and lawmakers must reach a truce in the battle over Missouri Board of Education X
          CDT editorial:  Greitens' actions drawing too much controversy for him to be effective X
          JCNT editorial:  Celebrating fewer deaths on Missouri roads in 2017 X
          P-D letter:  Greenway Network's Greg Poleski wants Greitens to re-open four state parks
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        Thursday, January 4
       
AP:  White House, lawmakers hopeful after 'positive' budget talks;  Comments from Blunt
          AP:  AG Jeff Sessions names Timothy Garrison interim U.S. attorney for western Missouri
          KWMU:  Senate approves bill to change city's landmark to Gateway Arch National Park
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Sue Meredith (D-St. Louis County) will not seek re-election
          Clayton Times:  Clayton Township Democrats to hold monthly meeting tonight;  Guest speakers include Adam Kustra, who managed Bernie Sanders' 2016 Missouri campaign, and Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell, who represents the ward where police officer Darren Wilson was attacked
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe defining his legacy through infrastructure policy, patient dealmaking;  Jefferson City lawmaker named 2017 Missouri Statesman of the Year
          Missourinet:  ACLU to appeal judge's dismissal of Missouri voter ID lawsuit
          KWMU:  Missouri foster children top agenda for First Lady Sheena Greitens
          Drebes:  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr lists legislative priorities
          KWMU:  Ethics and appointments highlight first day of Missouri 2018 legislative session
          AP:  Missouri Legislature begins 2018 with focus on ethics, tax changes
          SNL:  Missouri House appears ready to go, but Senate starts with griping at Greitens X
          SNL:  Videos:  Missouri House Republicans, Democrats lay out session priorities while posing in fig-leaf positions X
          Missourinet:  House GOP, Dems outline 2018 priorities
          The Missouri Times:  With session underway, questions about Board of Education appointments arise
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens withdraws, reappoints five members to State Board of Education
          CDT:  Greitens, Senate wrestle over Board of Education nominees X
          SNL:  Greitens' appointee do-over paralyzes Missouri school board X
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard undecided about holding hearings for school board appointees
          AP:  Work stalls on finding Missouri education leader
          P-D:  On first day of legislative session, Greitens tries to buy time for school picks
          Columbia Missouri:  Education board drama dominates first day of legislative session
          KC Star:  Procedural move gives Greitens' appointees more time for Senate confirmation X
          The Missouri Times:  21st Century Transportation System Task Force releases report, calls for 10-cent fuel tax increase
          KWMU:  Airbnb to collect state tax in Missouri after reaching agreement with state
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) modifies veterans homes bonding bill to ameliorate colleagues' concerns
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers file 32 bills
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) tries again to ban texting while driving
          P-D:  'We won, you know?' Nasheed wants to put Confederate monuments in a museum
          SE Missourian:  Cape autism institute hopes for restoration of state funding this year to prevent closing +
          CDT:  Tax cuts prompts PSC to look at electric, gas rates X
          Missourinet:  Visiting bird continues to capture interest of Missourians;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation's Sarah Kendrick
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation offering handgun workshop for women
          P-D:  St. Louis City's new police chief thinks he'll handle protesters well
          AP:  At start of legislative session, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag
          SNL editorial:  2018 state legislative wish list:  Increase fuel tax, restore in-home care, fund community colleges, trim the tax-credit fat, more X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens, legislators must be more transparent regarding dark money and Confide app X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri prisons must prepare for mass nicotine withdrawal when smoking ban takes effect X
          P-D editorial:  Bobby Bostic - who as a teen was into robbing, shooting, carjacking and fondling his victims - deserves a state parole hearing to show how he's changed
          P-D op-ed:  University of Missouri should not sell land for private development
          P-D letter:  Crestwood man dislikes Greitens' "fast-track" approach to inevitable presidential bid
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man mocks P-D editorial board's self-glorifying profile piece, says notion of separate editorial and news functions is "institutionally arrogant"
          KC Star letter:  Area sexagenarian recommends brushing up on road rules by reading Missouri and Kansas drivers manuals every year X
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        Wednesday, January 3
       
CNN:  The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018:  Missouri at #3
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt talks 2018 agendas X
          Rosenbaum:  2018 listicle:  Ten (10!) political questions to be answered this year:  McCaskill-Hawley, Greitens, dark money, Galloway, unions, St. Louis City race-riot aftermath, more
          Drebes:  Pat Thomas files "Missouri Values" initiative petitions for conservative causes
          KC Star:  Ethics complaint against David Humphreys is dismissed X
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin preview 2018 legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey appointed to PSC, waiting until confirmation to leave Senate
          AP:  Silvey appointed to PSC
          P-D:  Greitens appoints KC lawmaker to Public Service Commission
          KC Star:  Greitens appoints Silvey to PSC X
          The Missouri Times:  Sunshine Project files lawsuit against Greitens over alleged use of Confide app
          AP:  Organization files lawsuit against Greitens over use of app
          KC Star:  Lawsuit filed over Greitens' use of Confide app X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri AAA spokesman talks seat belt law, texting-while-driving ban
          CDT:  Task force proposes fuel tax hike, new fees on electric cars X
          KWMU:  Transportation task force wants Missouri lawmakers and voters to raise fuel tax
          Missourinet:  Corlew:  Missouri's transportation system "intersects with every part of life"
          Columbia Missourian:  Task force recommends bringing gas tax hike to voters - again
          JCNT:  State task force proposes fuel tax increase X
          AP:  Panel recommends 10-cent gas tax increase
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Interim education commissioner talks Missouri transportation funding and impact on rural districts, says he doesn't expect situation to improve anytime soon
          Missourinet:  Greitens' moves with education board to be early hot topic in Missouri Legislature
          KC Star:  Only one person so far wants Missouri's big education job X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill targets law that St. Joseph School District was sued over X
          P-D:  State board approves college budget recommendation, tying dollars to performance
          P-D:  Profile:  New Mizzou Chancellor Alexander Cartwright
          CDT:  House Democratic superminority jabs at Greitens with ethics proposals X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democrats push for ethics legislation
          CDT:  House Dems propose 10-bill ethics package X
          P-D:  Missouri weighs proposal on domestic abusers and guns
          KC Star:  Legislative preview:  Taxes, appointments, campaign finance, open records, health care X
          SNL:  Greene County sheriff sues state auditor X
          Missourinet:  Greene County sheriff sues Galloway for not releasing whistleblower complaints
          Missourinet:  Some Missouri New Year's crash figures improve, others go downhill
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' meddling has scared off applicants for Missouri education commissioner X
          P-D editorial:  When it comes to corporate welfare, Wisconsin leaves Missouri in the dust
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should protect domestic violence victims from guns
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City just took 842 guns off the streets. Why doesn't Kansas City do the same? X
          Messenger:  Mission Impossible?  Attorneys sue Greitens over disappearing texts
          KC Star letter:  Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford dislikes Eigel's tax-overhaul proposal X
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian liberal blames ALEC for Missouri Republicans' tax-cutting agenda
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian conservative says Post-Dispatch has turned into print version of MSNBC
          P-D letter:  St. Ann sexagenarian says she doesn't doesn't use text messaging, wants law to punish those who text while driving
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        Tuesday, January 2
       
KWMU:  Both parties banking on tax bill as a 2018 campaign issue
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer preparing cybersecurity bill
          Drebes:  Another Amendment 2 update from the Missouri Ethics Commission
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin to discuss 2018 legislative session on air today, seek listener questions
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  transportation, tax credits on legislative agenda +
          Missourinet:  Former Gov. Jay Nixon's portrait to be presented Thursday
          AP:  Missouri to ban smoking in prisons this year
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After Missouri cut funding for test-taking, ACT organization still offering fee waivers to poor students X
          Missourinet:  House Dems talks agenda;  Comments from Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), others
          P-D editorial:  Mini-profiles of Post-Dispatch editorial writers:  Kevin Horrigan (68), Deb Peterson (64), Ray Farris (61), Tod Robberson (61), Gilbert Bailon (58)
          Dallas Morning News' Carl Leubsdorf:  Tongue-in-cheek predictions for 2018:  Jason Kander to announce presidential bid in September
          P-D op-ed:  Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Joel Ferber:  Medicaid's advances fight deadly diseases
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian appreciates Star's newfound interest in investigative journalism X
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        P-D's Chuck Raasch:  "<X> things" journomeme:  Five (5!) keys to 2018 politics in Missouri
        Washington Missourian:  Blunt touts tax credits during visit X
        Drebes:  MOScout End-of-Year Readers' Poll:  Legislators:  Who does their homework, best on floor, most sincere, most likely to be governor, more
        Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) previews 2018 legislative agenda
        Missourinet:  AAA Missouri gives a thumbs-up to efforts of transportation task force
        Washington Missourian:  Pacific Chamber of Commerce loses bid to retain management of Pacific license office
        St. Joseph News-Press:  State relies on hotline to help smokers quit
        KMZU:  Trenton resident named to National Dairy Board
        JCNT editorial:  End antiquated residency requirement for Missouri's attorney general X
        KC Star editorial:  A 2018 agenda for Missouri lawmakers:  Republicans should expand Medicaid, flip-flop on SB 43, raise taxes, etc. X
        KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian wants Missouri legislators to start raising taxes X
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        Sunday, December 31   New Year's Eve
       
KWMU:  Top photos of 2017:  Black Lives Matter trooper with desecrated American flag;  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) posing;  protester attempting to instigate police;  more
          JCNT:  Lawmakers back in session Wednesday X
          Columbia Missourian:  2018 state legislative preview:  Taxes, education, lobbyist gifts
          Columbia Missourian:  A look at Boone County lawmakers' legislative records
          Columbia Missourian:  Analysis:  Legislators' effectiveness in passing bills coincides with power
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Randolph County official says state's 'unfunded mandates' are causing headaches for counties
          Missourinet:  On New Year's Eve, Missouri troopers to focus on areas with history of alcohol-related accidents
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  New Year's Eve safety advice from the Missouri State Highway Patrol
          CDT:  Options available to Missourians seeking to expunge criminal records X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Too early to make predictions for 2018 races, including McCaskill's X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Private firm wins state license office over Washington Chamber of Commerce X
          SNL op-ed:  Man seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot in 7th Congressional District:  Billy Long to blame for locals' decision to eat ramen noodles X
          The Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  Health and education in Missouri's Bootheel:  Region's obesity, poor health due to state legislators' refusal to expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  Former congressional and state rep candidate Glenn Koenen (D):  Missouri Republicans' goal is to keep poor kids from eating
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        Saturday, December 30
       
Sedalia Democrat:  Hartzler talks tax overhaul, McCaskill, more
          Missourinet:  Columbia College polisci prof Terry Smith says Hawley has a good shot at unseating McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics complaint against Humphreys dismissed, commission finds no grounds of violation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) launching 'The Big Risk Podcast' to share stories of risk and success in the business world
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  St. Louis City seeks Democratic director of elections
          AP:  Minimum wage to rise yet again in Missouri
          KWMU:  "<X> things" journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about population growth in Missouri, the country and the world
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) pushes for constitutional amendment to bar state board members from voting before Senate confirmation +
          SE Missourian:  Thanks to new state law, adoptees will have access to birth certificates Jan. 1 +
          Missourinet:  Hawley warns Missourians against insurance billing practice
          SE Missourian:  Two Bootheel farmers file lawsuit against Monsanto over dicamba herbicide crop damage;  Southeast Missouri State University rep says Monsanto offered proper warnings to farmers who chose to break state law +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) presents House Resolution to veteran radio man
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read online stories of 2017:  Japanese beetles (#1), REAL ID (#5), Sheena Greitens profile (#6), MU budget cuts and layoffs (#7)
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch names Lisa Brown as business editor
          KC Star:  Kansas City posts largest homicide total in 24 years X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri must stop trying 17-year-olds as adults X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  A thank-you note to those who read the Missourian in 2017 +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian wants Greitens to pardon Patty Prewitt
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        Friday, December 29
       
AP:  Dems hope to use tax overhaul as a club against GOP;  Hawley campaign begins "Claire McTaxall" blitz
          Drebes:  Speaker's office news:  Kenny Ross and Ryan Nonnemaker
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Monticello) talks fuel tax, other revenue possibilities
          Missourinet:  Missouri commission's decision likely to dissolve Kansas City, Branson housing plans
          Missourinet:  Rowden wants to let school districts lease city buses
          Missourinet:  Missouri highway safety advocates warn about holiday drinking and driving
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans want to repeat Kansas' tax-cutting mistakes X
          The American Spectator op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  Five (5) government-shrinking steps Missouri legislators should take in 2018
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel:  Former prosecutor Jennifer Joyce contributed to the Reggie Clemons ordeal
          P-D letter:  Farmington septuagenarian suggests each section of the Post-Dispatch has a quota for mopey liberal headlines
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        Thursday, December 28
       
KWMU:  Blunt expects Congress to leave entitlements alone in 2018
          KMOV:  Video:  Blunt tours Washington, Mo., touts tax plan
          KC Star:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment numbers virtually unchanged from last year X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon shares thoughts on individual mandate, Medicare spending
          KC Star:  Hawley campaign maintains focus on McCaskill;  Comments from James Harris, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Dates set for 2018 Lincoln Days
          Drebes:  Twitter ads against Galloway
          The Missouri Times:  Rachel Hassani joins Hahn O'Daniel
          KWMU:  State legislative preview:  Greitens vs. Senate, 'right to work' ballot initiative, taxes, health care, campaign finance regulations, more
          AP:  Greitens proposes foster care changes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) says bill would strengthen Missouri's competitiveness in sports event industry
          Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Briefs on bills
          P-D:  Missouri officials fail to report effects of 2015 welfare cuts, Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) says
          KRES/KWIX:  MoDOT graded well by Missourians for 2017
          JCNT:  Governor's Prayer Breakfast next week X
          P-D editorial:  After divisive 2017, Missourians need less pizzazz, more progress from Greitens
          SNL op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Tax cuts will bring meaningful change, help Missourians X
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        Wednesday, December 27
       
KTVI (St. Louis):   Video:  Blunt talks tax cuts, government shutdown, DACA, Russia, more
          P-D:  Overview:  McCaskill's 2018 re-election campaign;  Thoughts from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL), plus one-time appearance from MSU polisci prof Jeremy Walling
          Poynter.org:  As editorial pages shrink, the Kansas City Star chooses to to big instead;  Steve Kraske, Dave Helling, others lead surge in paper's editorial substance and sway
          AP:  Associate Press ranks top news stories of 2017:  St. Louis race riots (#1), GOP domination of statewide offices and Legislature (#2), Chappelle-Nadal and Love online agitation (#4), PDMP (#7)
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Victory Enterprises seeks digital account strategist
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks impact of federal tax bill, Missouri Senate's relationship with Greitens, campaign finance, more
          CDT:  MU economist:  Federal tax plan to cost $58 million loss to Missouri revenue X
          KC Star:  Schmitt, Eigel, Fitzwater promote tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals rules governor did not overstep by withholding funds from public defenders
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects Planned Parenthood's challenge to 72-hour law
          Missourinet:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) files bill aimed at helping disabled have increased insurance coverage
          Missourinet:  Missouri expected to spend $17 million in correctional officer overtime costs this year
          CDT:  Legislators again sponsor school bus bill X
          Missourinet:  St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt says state uses charter schools to "keep its foot on the necks ... of black children"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) writes Grinch poem, accuses Dept. of Revenue of 'stealing'
          Missourinet:  Five Missourians died in Christmas holiday traffic crashes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leads national effort to remove X-LITE guard rails
          P-D:  Fishing around the Christmas tree:  MO Dept. of Conservation needs Christmas trees for Spanish Lake Park and St. Charles County's Busch Wildlife Lake #33
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must stop prosecuting 17-year-olds as adults X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette):  Greitens should grant clemency to Patty Prewitt
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says he enjoyed paper's "Best of" photos feature, except for glut of photos of street mobs
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man responds to piece about urban homicide total, says fathers should start taking responsibility for the children they create
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        Tuesday, December 26   First Day of Kwanzaa
       
Politico:  Top 10 U.S. Senate races:  McCaskill-Hawley rated #2
          Drebes:  New committee former to oppose "Clean Missouri" and anti-"right to work" ballot initiatives
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt continues advocacy to lower taxes
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Greitens spokesman Parker Briden's statement on education funding rated "Mostly False"
          P-D:  Charter-school advocates, critics debate value of annual performance report score
          Missourinet:  A snapshot of some pre-filed bills for upcoming Missouri legislative session
          KWMU:  Advocates for Missouri's young criminals eye two major changes in 2018
          KWMU:  Child psychologist:  Spending more money on child psychologists would keep black students from misbehaving
          AP:  Urban killings rise in clusters;  St. Louis City murderers have banner year
          KC Star editorial:  Remembering Neal Patterson, James Nutter III and Steve Glorioso X
          SNL op-ed:  The battle against opioid abuse requires more than just PDMP and more federal funding X
          Waters:  To fund transportation, state legislators should push for tax increases over and over again X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's R.W. Hafer:  Are Missouri businesses taxed too much? Yes.
          P-D op-ed:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle:  Missouri should lead on parental leave for state employees
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        Monday, December 25   Merry Christmas!
       
NY Times:  After a chaotic start, Congress has made a conservative mark;  Blunt says Trump has gained appreciation for process, and Blunt values Trump's "fresh set of eyes"
          Drebes:  Missouri State Medical Association shuffle
          Missourinet:  New administrator announced for troubled St. Louis Veterans Home
          CDT:  After LIHTC cuts, city leaders revisiting ways to support affordable housing X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) says tort overhaul has salvaged Missouri from its past as a "haven" for litigious types
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Revised model could give Missouri colleges extra funding X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley praises area state reps and senators - "without exception" - for support of higher ed
          CDT:  Boone County pushes for state rental regulations X
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        Sunday, December 24   Christmas Eve
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Local officials relieved tax bill didn't eliminate tax-exempt municipal bonds
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Statement from Jason Smith on tax cuts and job creation rated "Mostly False"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  CDC puts Missouri on 'widespread' levels of influenza activity X
          SNL:  Greitens uses Facebook to maneuver around Missouri's mainstream news media X
          Drebes:  Supporter of Tim Meadows (D-Imperial) says former state rep is being recruited to run for state Senate
          CDT:  Housing tax credit cuts stymie Columbia Housing Authority plans X
          CDT:  Stores sell cannabis extract despite state regulations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) available to constituents at diner every weekday morning he's in town;  Greitens name-checked Katie's Diner in his first State of the State
          P-D:  St. Louis City's homicide tally hits 21-year-high with Friday shootings;  Three black women shot dead
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Statement from Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) on black life expectancy rated "Mostly True"
          P-D:  St. Louis City gun buyback program attracts peaceful morning crowd;  St. Charles participant:  "The wrong people are turning them in. The gangbangers and criminals ... are still sleeping."
          P-D editorial:  Senior Republicans in Missouri pushing back against Greitens
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian shares her thoughts on hens, pecks at Hawley over need for more regulations
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        Saturday, December 23
       
KC Business Journal:  KC craft brewing scene cheers Blunt-sponsored provision in tax overhaul bill
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  Truman Veterans' Hospital employees outscore their peers in national surveys
          P-D:  New interim director named for St. Louis Veterans Home
          Drebes:  Joe Adams kicks off bid for Chappelle-Nadal's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals rules governor did not overstep by withholding funds from Public Defenders
          SNL:  Local school leaders meet with Greitens, talk about ways to move forward X
          CDT:  Unions back GOP bills to protect mental health of police officers X
          KC Star:  White Missouri prison worker wins $1.4 million lawsuit against MO Dept. of Corrections over racial discrimination complaint X
          Missourinet:  More than 1,500 Missouri children adopted this year
          KC Star editorial:  Clay, Cleaver voting against disaster-relief funding is shameful and hypocritical X
          The Hill op-ed:  Indian financial-group leader:  McCaskill, drug companies plotted to infringe upon sovereignty of St. Regis Mohawks
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian upset he got voice mail when calling Roy Blunt's office
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian praises Missouri for making smoking-cessation programs a relatively low priority X
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        Friday, December 22
       
Kraske:  Missouri pols' notable quotables of 2017 X
          KWMU:  Outside groups ramp up presence in Missouri's crucial U.S. Senate contest
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  McCaskill's statement on fentanyl deaths rated "Half True"
          KC Star:  Local hospital VP wants CHIP extension X
          Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare enrollment in Missouri nearly doubles in final days
          The Missouri Times:  DESE seeking input from public in search for next commissioner
          SNL:  Survey seeks input on qualities of Missouri's next education commissioner X
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Mental Health to rule on proposed location for methadone clinic
          Drebes:  Cierpiot files roofing bill
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association encouraged by state tax commission vote
          The Missouri Times:  How should Missouri assess state utility regulation?
          Missourinet:  Additional state troopers will be on the road for Christmas travel
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT planning major projects for 2018 X
          Missourinet:  MO DHSS:  Missouri's flu cases continue to take significant climb
          Missourinet:  Missouri 'safety net' hospital happy a tax credit will support its joint clinic in KC with YMCA
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Predator is a pedophile "with a history of molesting female children"
          KWMU:  News Director Bill Raack to serve last day today;  Maria Altman to assume his duties
          KC Star letter:  Seattle, Wa. feminist takes umbrage with Cleaver's comments on sexual harassment "paranoia" X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian wants defenders of homicidal rapist Reginald Clemons to apologize for prolonging pain of Kerry sisters' family
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        Thursday, December 21   First Day of Winter
       
P-D:  On the tax cuts, the information wars have only begun;  Thoughts from McCaskill, Blunt
          Missourinet:  Missouri delegation, communications staffers weigh in on tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Impact of federal tax reform on Missouri
          KWMU:  EPA's plan to clean up Missouri's lakes may not be strong enough to prevent pollution
          Faughn:  Build that wall - to keep East Coast bureaucrats from infesting our state;  Thoughts on Greitens following Parson and Messenger's lead, Hawley and Sunshine, much more
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley's office launches investigation into Greitens' and staff's use of Confide app
          KWMU:  Greitens' use of texting application is under investigation for breaching open records laws
          AP:  Greitens under review over messaging app
          Missourinet:  Hawley to investigate alleged covert messaging
          Missourinet:  Sifton taking a wait-and-see approach to Hawley's investigation of Greitens
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would relieve firefighters from proving they got cancer on the job
          Missourinet:  Greitens supports bill to boost workers' compensation for fire fighters
          AP:  Greitens backs workers' compensation boost for firefighters
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) introduces bill to control tax credits;  seeks to reinstate film tax credit +
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force to recommend primary seat belt law
          P-D:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City):  Missouri officials fail to report effects of 2015 welfare cuts
          Drebes:  On HB 1273, MOHELA, and millennials' habit of borrowing more money than they can pay back
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of December 20, 2017
          SE Missourian:  State software glitches affecting revenue distribution to cities, counties +
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs order releasing Judy Henderson from prison
          AP:  Greitens commutes life sentence in 1981 crime
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants new investigation into 2013 shooting;  Criminal led police on chase, pointed Glock at police officers before being put down
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' secret text messages will get needed scrutiny in attorney general's investigation X
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        Wednesday, December 20
       
Washington Post:  Democrats unlikely to force DACA vote this week, probably averting shutdown;  McCaskill says she's "not drawing a line in the sand" on timing
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Obamacare enrollment falls
          AP:  McCaskill announces that Dept. of Homeland Security approves St. Louis Cardinals' Safety Act proposal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area man seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Graves' re-election X
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin recap top stories of 2017:  Greitens' first year as gov, St. Louis race riots, more
          Drebes:  Rep. Bill White contributes $100,000 of his own money into his campaign for state Senate
          AP:  Missouri revenue chief expects minor federal tax effect
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops lower
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schmitt defend rural Missouri with 'no' votes on ending low-income housing tax credits
          KWMU:  Greitens succeeds in push to halt low-income housing tax credits
          Missourinet:  Missouri ditches low-income housing tax credit
          The Missouri Times:  21st Century Transportation System Task Force holds final meeting, report expected within next week
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force to recommend gasoline and diesel tax increase
          Columbia Missourian:  State approves new performance-based funding measures for higher ed
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would set age restriction for tanning beds
          AP:  Missouri House Democrats pitch bill on opioid abuse
          Columbia Missourian:  Lack of maternal health care puts pregnant women at risk in rural Missouri
          AP:  Missouri sees high mortality rates for pregnant women
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers differ on fixing St. Louis area landfill before EPA head decides
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sides with Bayer against 85 out-of-state plaintiffs
          KC Star editorial:  Children in foster care in Missouri deserve better X
          P-D editorial:  More victims of Reggie Clemons:  defendants who might actually be innocent
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  Mortality rate for pregnant Missouri women is high. Why? Because legislators won't expand Medicaid X
          KC Star letter:  Gravois Mills sexagenarian wants full-time Water Patrol;  KC sexagenarian unmoved by Graves' pro-tax-cut constituent newsletter X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman thanks Messenger, Rick Stream for advocacy on behalf of Missouri veterans
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        Tuesday, December 19
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          KC Star:  Conservative group says Galloway is violating Sunshine Law, wants AG to investigate
          KC Star:  Greitens adviser Nick Ayers linked to nonprofit that funded attacks against GOP rivals
          The Missouri Times:  Halfway through FY2018, over $165 million currently restricted
          Drebes:  Under Trump, Missouri has more freedom to change food stamp laws;  Hoskins and Sater have pre-filed legislation
          P-D:  Correction:  Paper corrects name of Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) without acknowledgement
          P-D:  Hearing cancelled for lawmaker who hoped on Facebook for hanging of vandals
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats call for rescheduled ethics hearing for Love
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) outraged that Legislature isn't prioritizing hearing on lawmaker's Facebook post
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence) would help protect U.S. companies from rulings under foreign law
          SE Missourian:  Former Scott City mayor files defamation suit against Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), two others
          KWMU:  Casino deal involves thousands of St. Louis area workers and millions in taxes
          P-D:  $2.8 billion deal will change ownership of several St. Louis area casinos
          P-D:  Murderer pleads guilty - a second time - to Chain of Rocks murders;  Reginald Clemons and pals befriended two sisters at gathering, robbed them, gang-raped them, then pushed them off bridge to their death
          KWMU:  Reginald Clemons pleads guilty to Chain of Rocks murders
          AP:  Ex-Missouri death-row inmate re-sentenced to life in prison
          P-D editorial:  Protect Missouri's employees and make government accountable with whistleblower protections
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian dislikes Trump, says he will not be voting for Ann Wagner when she's re-elected
          KC Star letter:  Independence septuagenarian mocks Greitens' incessant chestpuffery, offers sarcastic suggestions for other macho-man stunts
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        Monday, December 18
       
The Standard (Missouri State):  Sen. Roy Blunt speaks at fall commencement
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri officials aim to cut regulations;  Thoughts from Gov. Eric Greitens, farmer/Ag Director Chris Chinn, rancher/Lt. Gov. Mike Parson
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Missouri Democratic Party promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights";  Chairman Stephen Webber takes aim at Munzlinger Chief of Staff Pat Thomas
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country) to run for Town and Country City Council, replacing Linda Rallo
          JCNT:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), local brewery owner hold ring-off for Salvation Army X
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force prepares to make recommendations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers to discuss texting-and-driving ban ... again X
          P-D:  Some I-44 bridge work is nearly done, but there's a lot more to come
          Missourinet:  Kansas City charter school loses sponsorship, two others get probation
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri still grappling with shortage of prison guards;  Comments from St. Charles GOP "Rep. Kathy [sic] Conway"
          SE Missourian:  Forum on juvenile-justice system draws sparse crowd;  Fewer than 12 show up to complain about discrimination, education system, other perceived injustices +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri announces first wave of dicamba penalties
          P-D:  Penn National to buy Pinnacle Entertainment in $2.8 billion deal;  Missouri Gaming Commission will have to approve transfer of control
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators should stand up to Greitens in 2018 X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Ending low-income housing tax credits would hurt Joplin's seniors, poor X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should spend tobacco settlement money on helping smokers kick the habit X
          Messenger:  Secret texts a metaphor for all that has gone wrong in Greitens' first year
          KC Star letters:  KC liberal thinks calling Blunt's office will affect support of tax cuts;  Local septuagenarian takes pride in paper's news/editorial campaign against Greitens X
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        Sunday, December 17
       
P-D:  Ed Martin, CNN's controversial Trump surrogate, keeps smiling
        KWMU:  McCaskill opines on federal tax bill and net neutrality at town hall
        CDT:  Financial stakes drive battle over tax credits X
        CDT:  Mini-profiles:  Low-income housing residents X
        AP:  Analysis:  Board picks help Missouri governors promote policy change
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  MOHELA seeks Chief Information Officer
        SE Missourian:  Jay Knudson resigns as president of Board of Regents at Southeast +
        KC Star:  Missouri trooper in handcuffed drowning case slapped with final discipline protocol X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) to introduce more gun legislation this session X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Schatz's willingness to propose gas-tax increase sets him apart from "me-first" legislators X
        P-D editorial:  Children's deaths should trouble everyone about lax home-school regulation
        Washington Missourian editorial:  MU's 2015 race agitation has not significantly hurt its fundraising X
        SNL editorial:  Sending good thoughts to Springfield Chamber's Matt Morrow X
        Columbia Missourian's Lucille Sherman:  Responses to "NoMORedTape" not what Greitens was hoping for
        P-D letter:  Jefferson County woman would prefer having urban diner owner as governor instead of Greitens
        KC Star letter:  Kansas man attempts punchline involving traffic tickets and Confide app X
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        Saturday, December 16
       
The Hill:  White House still eyeing gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure plan;  Sam Graves says it could be a nonstarter in the House
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley unveils 'Claire McTaxAll' website in first shots at Democratic incumbent
          P-D:  Top 10 most-read stories of 2017:  Chappelle-Nadal assassination wish (#10), Ferguson rioter/Twitter celebrity Edward "@eyeFLOODpanties" Crawford kills himself (#6), Stockley riots (#1)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of December 11, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  A look at the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
          AP:  Change in Missouri health-insurance plan would affect fewer than 100 AIDS carriers
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ethics Committee schedules hearing to discuss August Facebook post from Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola)
          SNL:  Galloway offers to investigate Greene County for 'free' X
          P-D editorial brief:  Legislation from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) will help protect against food-prep sabotage
          SNL's Cheryl Whitsitt:  Upcoming editorials on Greene County audit issue will not include participation of editorial board member married to county spokeswoman X
          Waters:  Democrats' Alabama fantasy must meet reality:  Liberals who pray for Trump's demise should recognize that Missouri is no longer a bellwether
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Chairman of Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations applauds Greitens for shaking up veterans commission X
          SNL letter:  MSU English prof calls Greitens a phony, says he is wrong on every issue X
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        Friday, December 15
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Dems hope Alabama race bodes well for Missouri;  Comments from U.S. Senate candidates, 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          Kraske:  Democrats waltz into 2018 with optimism in their eyes X
          P-D:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen accepting Bitcoin donations
          Missourinet:  Blunt praises GOP tax plan
          AP:  Blunt pleased with FCC vote on net neutrality
          Joplin Globe:  McCaskill, Blunt:  Joplin granted extension for tornado-recovery funds X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Trump statement on Missouri unemployment rated "False"
          KWMU:  Illegal alien living in St. Louis gets the boot from immigration authorities, heads back to Mexico
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Beat reporters for arts/culture/protests/LGBTQIA* topics recap favorite stories of 2017:  Local feminists coping with pain of Hillary Clinton's November 2016 loss, area boy dressing up as girl, movie celebrating St. Louis riots, more
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders takes leave from law practice in wake of FBI probe
          SNL:  Missouri Democratic Party makes rural stops, promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights" X
          P-D:  Missouri Democratic Party takes aim at Hawley over appeal of money for blind Missourians
          Missourinet:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom runs ads targeting Nicole Galloway
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House Democrats look to expand superminority
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater joins Eigel in push for tax overhaul in Missouri
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz files 10-cent fuel tax hike proposal, files 22 bills for 2018 session X
          Missourinet:  Boone County Presiding Commissioner:  I-70 must be highest priority for Missouri transportation task force
          Missourinet:  Speedy search underway for new Missouri Education Commissioner
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Board of Education to open search to applicants starting Friday
          KWMU:  Greitens' picks for State Board of Education accelerate commissioner search process
          KC Star:  After ousting education commissioner, state board haggles over hiring new leader X
          Reuters:  Missouri issues first fines over dicamba in 2016;  Minority of farmers chose to break law by misapplying herbicide
          AP:  Greitens praises help for CAFOs
          The Missouri Times:  Spire rate case could signal change in precedent at PSC
          P-D editorial:  Greitens wrong to appoint farmers to Clean Water Commission
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Obsessed with tough-guy photo ops, Greitens doesn't follow through on campaign promises and runs a secretive operation X
          Messenger:  E-mails, secret texts and your right to know. A Missouri Sunshine Law tale
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says paper's anti-Greitens series demonstrates its brand of yellow journalism
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants a Democratic governor, as well as a Missouri Nondiscrimination Act
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        Thursday, December 14
       
The Hill:  After Moore's loss, Blunt says slim majorities can be easier to manage
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner demonstrate partisan double-standards on sexual harassment allegations
          KWMU:  Locals weigh in on net neutrality debate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) talks with journduo about Vandeven ouster, Greitens' lack of communication with Senate, running for Senate president pro tem, more
          Missourinet:  Romine files bill in response to education commissioner turmoil
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly school board bashes Greitens' education moves;  Superintendent says governor's approach is short-sighted
          Missourinet:  Missouri veterans leader resigns, another put on leave
          P-D:  Missouri veterans chief resigns under pressure from governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens targets Schupp with accusations regarding issues in veterans homes
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri legislators eyeing their own tax reform X
          KWMU:  Republican lawmakers seeking more tax relief
          Missourinet:  Tax overhaul plan gains support among GOP legislators
          Drebes:  GOP Rep. Elaine Gannon's education bill
          AP:  University of Missouri endowment tops $1B for the first time
          KC Star:  UMKC new building project funded with millions in gifts and state money X
          Missourinet:  Speeding, seat belts and funding dominate discussion at Missouri transportation meeting
          Columbia Missourian:  Task force hasn't given up on Missouri Hyperloop
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  McKenna's statement on Hyperloop rated "Half True"
          Missourinet:  Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens stresses need to improve foster care before legislative panel
          Missourinet:  Missouri task force to consider improvements in behavioral health network
          Columbia Missourian:  Task force recommends mental health support for released prisoners
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri steel mill series:  New Madrid leader is optimistic about steel mill, and prepared if it doesn't happen
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of December 13, 2017
          SE Missourian:  Forum on juvenile justice set for Saturday +
          AP:  Bourbon virus not found in ticks at Meramec State Park
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Ethics Commission should do more to find kickback schemes like those of former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Community college sociology prof promotes anti-gun postcard sent to Blunt
          P-D op-ed:  Housing developer:  Greitens takes the money, but not the politics, out of tax credit program
          P-D letter:  Fenton septuagenarian thanks Post-Dispatch for its anti-Greitens series
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian wishes Greitens was more like Gov. Sam Brownback
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        Wednesday, December 13
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill fears bill's language will hinder inspector general probes X
          P-D:  Wagner's sex-trafficking bill advances, but it's garnered fresh opposition
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Hartzler statement on Missouri's FEMA cases rated "Mostly True"
          SNL:  Former Ashcroft aide and current Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow battling cancer X
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic lawyer extraordinaire Chuck Hatfield says Hawley could choose to investigate or sue Greitens over texting app
          Springfield Business Journal:  Mini-profile:  Elijah Haahr set to become youngest Speaker of the House in history
          The Missouri Times:  Employees seek compensation for lost wages in lawsuit against Dept. of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration
          Columbia Missourian:  House subcommittee continues discussion on potential work-study program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Columbia schools involved in public transportation bill;  Comments from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport)
          KWMU:  Utilities and environmentalists call for Missouri to spend VW funds on electric vehicles
          AP:  Missouri commission OKs two CAFOs
          KWMU:  State appeals court blocks Darren Wilson grand juror from speaking about the case
          P-D editorial:  A governor devoted to transparency should have no use for Confide app
          KC Star editorial:  Officials' text messages are public records, and we should be allowed to see them X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Greitens should embrace transparency X
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit woman expresses anger that Luetkemeyer has not responded to her letters, threatens to plop down in district office X
          CDT letter:  Columbia man disagrees with "Vickie [sic] Hartzler" on tax cuts X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man attempts analogy involving Confide app and Revolutionary War muskets X
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        Tuesday, December 12
       
P-D:  U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says allegations against Roy Moore are "very serious"
          Clayton Times:  Former candidate for U.S. House District 2 blasts Democratic primary opponents
          Drebes:  Saundra McDowell could join GOP primary for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Danny Busick will seek Nate Walker's state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans lining up to fill Paul Curtman's shoes in 109th District
          KWMU:  Greitens wants state veterans administrators fired after problems at St. Louis Veterans Home
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens replaces five Missouri Veterans Commissioners, calls for removal of Carter and Kay
          Missourinet:  Veterans home investigation prompts Greitens to demand new leadership
          AP:  Greitens calls for investigations into veterans homes, leadership change at St. Louis facility
          P-D:  Problems at St. Louis Veterans Home prompt governor to call for administrator's firing
          Missourinet:  Schupp says Greitens may be stacking veterans commission panel to fire top leaders
          The Missouri Times:  The search for a new commissioner:  What will they be looking for?
          AP's Summer Ballentine and Margaret Stafford:  Analysis/evaluation:  Why is Eric Greitens obsessed with showing off his physical fitness?
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal gals take pride in being blocked by Greitens' social media
          AP:  Hawley to form program to help with legal problems
          Missourinet:  Greitens downplays KC Star piece on messaging app, says "liberal media outlet" is desperate to attack his agenda
          AP:  Hawley weighs in on Confide messaging app
          P-D:  Hawley says text messages are public records
          Columbia Missourian:  Governor, state agencies largely exempt from Hawley's scrutiny
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) previews budget talks, education and social services funding
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville):  'We pay for personal property or real property taxes forever'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Committee looks for waiver from Obamacare while Congress makes moves
          Missourinet:  Far-reaching foster care study announced by First Lady Sheena Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. TJ Berry (R-Kearney) files bill to cap electric rates and modernize Missouri's energy grid
          SNL:  Avoiding state audit lets county sidestep Sunshine Law X
          KWMU:  Missouri's Department of Agriculture places restrictions on Monsanto and DuPont's dicamba products
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri is making it easier to get away with sexual harassment in the workplace X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens acts, finally, to address veterans home issues
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens should have helped veterans sooner, but he was too busy staging chest-puffing photo-ops X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jennifer Bukowsky:  If women want to be taken seriously in Missouri politics, they should avoid sexual misbehavior
          Messenger:  Greitens finally seeks change at veterans home. Good. Lives are at stake.
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Greitens travels too much
          Waters:  UM President Mun Choi is making a difference X
          SE Missourian letter:  Poplar Bluff man opposes term-limit extension, supports ban on lobbyist gifts +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian opposes Greitens' appointments to Clean Water Commission, recounts what water was like in the old-timey days
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        Monday, December 11
       
The Hill:  Spending bill mathletics:  House Republicans could jam bill with defense-first package and dare vulnerable McCaskill to vote against it
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on federal tax overhaul, McCaskill vs. Hawley, retooling Missouri pensions, more
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt on federal tax reform, Trump's support in Missouri, Greitens, McCaskill vs. Hawley, more;  Panel of Ray Hartmann, Sarah Wood Martin, Jon Prouty, and Jennifer Bukowsky on Greitens and Vandeven, federal tax cuts
        KWMU:  Area Muslims march against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
        Drebes:  Missouri House Committee shuffling
        KWMU:  Group seeking to prevent infant deaths is raising cash through private donations;  Group finds path forward after $20k state contract was reallocated
        P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Greitens' first year in office:  Assessments of legislative accomplishments, relationships with legislators, rock-climbing/rappelling machismo, more
        Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) files seat-belt legislation
        Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. TJ Berry (R-Kearney) to reintroduce marriage legislation
        Missourinet:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Richard Brown (D-Kansas City) proposes gun legislation
        KC Star editorial:  McCaskill is correct:  More men should jump on harassment wave
        P-D editorial:  Correction to anti-Greitens series editorial
        KC Star editorial:  Who else was involved in former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders' kickback scheme?
        The Hill op-ed:  Brain & Behavioral Research Foundation's Scientific Council President Herbert Pardes:  Heartening to see Roy Blunt, others lead the way on mental health funding
        Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin:  Distinguished pols of the week:  McCaskill, other Dem gals show coordinate their disposal of Franken
        SNL op-ed:  Greitens did right thing on Board of Education
        P-D letter:  Fenton man says P-D anti-gun editorial was hypocritical
        P-D letter:  Manchester feminist alarmed by provisions in Senate Bill 5 six (6) months after passage
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        Sunday, December 10
       
KBIA (Columbia):  Area alien shares feelings on DACA;  Mexican coed tells harrowing tale of paperwork required for Europe jaunt
          Drebes:  Kate Whiting joins St. Louis Realtors as new Assistant of Government Affairs
          CDT:  As costs increase, state funding for school busing goes down X
          P-D:  Starved, beaten and forgotten:  Child deaths in Missouri and Illinois expose how predators exploit home-school system
          Joplin Globe:  Prefiled bills tackle bump stocks, prevailing wage, abortion
          JCNT:  Rep. Karla May (D-St. Louis) files land-grant funding bill for Lincoln University X
          SNL:  In critical statement, Galloway again calls for Greene County to request investigation X
          P-D:  Best of photographer Christian Gooden's 2017 shots:  Black Lives Matter crowd burning American flag, protesters attacking police officers, protesters attacking motorists, more
          P-D editorial:  Anti-Greitens series promo, Part II:  Centerpiece quote from "state Rep. [sic] Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff)"
          McClellan:  For 2020 presidential hopes, Claire McCaskill offers Dems a much better chance than fake Indian Elizabeth Warren
          P-D letter:  Local Democratic campaign consultant Mark Travers:  Ann Wagner, Jason Smith wrong on guns
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Equity Fund's John Kennedy wants state to continue low-income housing tax credits
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        Saturday, December 9
       
P-D:  Ann Wagner's bill on online sex trafficking gets key test in House next week
          KY3:  McCaskill, Blunt say they support CHIP funding
          Sedalia Democrat:  Local Presbyterian pastor thanks Hartzler for opportunity to give opening prayer for U.S. House of Representatives
          The Missouri Times:  Activist group claims congressional delegation supports their position on West Lake Landfill
          Drebes:  Former Missouri politico Gina Loudon pens Breitbart piece in support of Alabama's Roy Moore
          Washington Missourian:  Despite internecine GOP battles, Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) anticipates ethics bill passing the House
          SEMO Times:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Ste. Genevieve) talks with Scott Faughn about discrimination bill, Greitens' team not sharing information, praise for Democratic Sens. Scott Sifton and Gina Walsh, transportation funding, more
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Greitens' onetime vows of transparency now lost behind a veil of dark money
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Lack of sunshine under Greitens leads to information underload
          P-D:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) calls for investigation after report of Greitens' use of text-deleting app
          KC Star:  Greitens' self-destructing texts inspire call for AG investigation;  Letter to AG sent by "Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis [sic])" X
          P-D correction:  Editor Gilbert Bailon acknowledges error in yesterday's kickoff editorial for anti-Greitens series
          P-D:  Change in law could end residency questions for Missouri AG Josh Hawley;  Bill sponsored by "Republican state Rep. Lindall [sic] Shumake"
          KWMU:  Pre-filed bill would strike down requirement for Missouri attorney general
          Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights" in rural areas +
          P-D:  Greitens' long-awaited prescription drug monitoring program is up and running
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area independent living center hopes for funding this legislative session X
          P-D:  Agencies weigh options to fight Big River erosion and lead contamination
          P-D:  David Steelman elected to be next chairman of University of Missouri Board of Curators
          CDT:  Board of Curators elects David Steelman as chairman X
          Missourinet:  UMSL-sponsored urban charter school to close;  Students produced disappointing test scores
          SNL:  Advocates for raising Missouri's criminal prosecution age make their case X
          P-D:  St. Louis City could break 200-homicide mark in 2017;  Mayor blames guns
          KWMU:  Mayor's Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards talks gun buyback:  "I don't expect the criminals and crooks to come in here and bring me a gun."
          KC Star editorial:  Cleaver was right to vote 'no' on Trump impeachment X
          P-D editorial brief:  Mocking Chillicothe GOP Rep. Rusty Black for seeking to honor his hometown
          The Weekly Standard's Tony Mecia:  McCaskill and other Dems' phony, vapid case against tax cuts
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  McCaskill's stance on tax overhaul is politics as usual
          P-D letter:  Man who lives in Wildwood claims to make only $25,000/yr., disagrees with Blunt on tax cuts
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Chris Koster lost votes for governor because he sided with Missouri egg producers over animal-rights activists
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        Friday, December 8
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt push for fair rewriting of NAFTA X
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Hartzler take to Senate and House floors, respectively, to promote GOP tax cuts
          Missourinet:  Missouri's liberal advocacy groups oppose GOP tax cuts
          JCNT:  Protest at Luetkemeyer's office draws fewer than 20 to complain about tax cuts X
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer hosting annual constituent days X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill defends Obama-era Internet regulations
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Immigration law expert Jim Hacking, area Muslim activist promote town hall on Trump terrorist ban
          Missourinet:  EPA to roll out plan in January for West Lake Landfill
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Blunt's pro-accuser statement regarding sexual harassment rated "Half True"
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders used quadriplegic friend to run illegal kickback scheme X
          The Missouri Times:  Seasoned feminist Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) endorses Joe Adams over Sharon Pace for Chappelle-Nadal's seat
          Drebes:  John Simmons to run for Paul Curtman's House seat
          The Missouri Times:  A 30-year retrospective on the career of Jay Nixon:  Part IV
          The Missouri Times:  A 30-year retrospective on the career of Jay Nixon:  Part V
          P-D:  Preview:  "Mission accomplished?" weekend series to focus on Greitens' dark money, lack of transparency, frequent travel, and inattentiveness to Post-Dispatch reporters' demands
          The Missouri Times:  Some Greitens staffers use Confide app on their personal phones
          P-D:  Missouri owes $19 million in refunds for federal child care subsidies, audit says
          The Missouri Times:  Looking to 2018:  Prefiled bills that could play a major role in the upcoming session
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger's plan would increase size of Missouri Conservation Commission
          P-D:  Hundreds of homes planned on University of Missouri-owned land around Missouri Bluffs Golf Club
          SNL:  In sign of the times, homeschool group from southwest Missouri calls it quits X
          P-D:  The secret world of investigating prison deaths in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission approves plan to show EPA that Jefferson County air is cleaner
          P-D:  State says Jefferson County meets sulphur dioxide standards
          KWMU:  Area transgenders hope online telethon raises cash;  Facebook-streamed show to feature makeup-for-men tutorials, burlesque from "The Derriere Beyond Compare"
          P-D editorial:  "Mission accomplished?" weekend series kickoff:  Greitens attacks Nicole Galloway with dark money, as she's "the only Democrat on the 2018 statewide ballot [sic]"
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is making Hillary Clinton look like a secrecy amateur X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri wrong to embrace "the more guns, the better" philosophy
          P-D op-ed:  The trucking industry should foot the bill for Missouri road improvements
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        Thursday, December 7  
Pearl Harbor Day
       
P-D:  McCaskill, other Senate women call for Al Franken to resign
          KCUR:  McCaskill, other Democratic women call for Franken to resign
          SNL:  McCaskill:  Male senators need to lead on sexual harassment X
          Missourinet:  Blunt holds hearing to explore options for fighting opioids
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer talks tax cuts and repeal of individual mandate, says his barbershop crew would rather pay fines than be forced into Obamacare
          Brownfield Ag News:  House Agriculture Committee's ranking Democrat, Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), talks 2018 Farm Bill at Missouri Farm Bureau forum
          SeekingAlpha.com:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Q4 earnings call transcript:  Revenue down, with more price increases for subscribers on the horizon (free registration required)
          Columbia Missourian:  Sean Spence named KOPN general manager;  Former Democratic campaign consultant previously served as director of Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau
          Washington Missourian:  Lucas Dieckhaus to seek state representative seat
          AP:  Greitens praises Trump's decision on Israel
          KWMU:  Dueling philosophies between Greitens and Democrats on Missouri's agriculture industry
          P-D:  Chesterfield trial lawyer unhappy with Greitens' pro-agriculture appointments to Clean Water Commission
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly superintendent opposes Greitens' charter-school agenda, wants to hear governor's vision for education
          Columbia Missourian:  Eddy Justice says he wasn't pressured by Greitens to fire education commissioner
          JCNT:  House committee questions safety on LU, MU campuses
          KWMU:  National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse St. Louis Chapter leader Howard Weissman wants Jefferson City to "get its act together" on PDMP
          SNL:  Galloway:  Whistleblowers need protection X
          Missourinet:  Galloway, Democratic superminority wish to change SB 43
          SNL:  Galloway urges investigation of Greene County after potential misuse of public resources X
          SNL:  Why Galloway is asking permission to investigate Greene County X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  December 6, 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if self-defense was improperly left out of murder case
          Missourinet:  Rep. Alan Green (D-Florissant) wants legislators to sit through "Unconscious Racial Bias Training;"  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) questions efficacy
          SE Missourian editorial:  Pearl Harbor Day is time to reflect and thank World War II vets +
          SNL editorial:  Teacher pay report shows need for collaboration X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' platitudes don't match the numbers on education
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley's egg lawsuit unnecessary
          KC Star editorial:  To catch more rapists, Missouri must test more rape kits
          CDT op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Three ways the Senate tax plan helps Missourians X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Charter Public School Association:  Charter schools play a major role in educating Kansas City
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens' penchant for secrecy goes digital with messaging app that leaves no trace
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disputes claims from low-income housing tax credit critics, including Post-Dispatch
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        Wednesday, December 6
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on potential victory of Alabama's Judge Roy Moore
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of Post-Dispatch, reports fourth quarter 2017 results:  Lower total revenue, with 0.6% rise in subscription revenue from charging customers more
          The Missouri Times:  A retrospective on the 30-year career of Jay Nixon:  Part III
          Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County Democratic Women host holiday party;  Comments from MDP Chairman Stephen Webber, woman seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot against Jason Smith, others +
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign raises more than $1 million
          SNL:  Eigel's big tax overhaul proposal involves slowly doing away with personal income taxes X
          KWMU:  Galloway report finds school superintendents' pay increases outpacing teachers
          SNL:  Vandeven:  Greitens never shared vision for education X
          KWMU:  Board of Education Member Eddy Justice defends Vandeven ouster
          Columbia Missourian:  Educators unsettled, state board divided after Vandeven's ousting
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) weighs in on Vandeven brouhaha, campaign contribution restrictions, and Dem dreams of picking up GOP legislative seats in 2018
          CDT:  Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia) proposes needle exchange to prevent disease X
          Missourinet:  Missouri prisons struggle with critical correctional officer shortage
          KWMU:  State appeals court sides with Tesla in dispute over dealerships
          KWMU:  Environmental activists demand tougher laws to address runoff in Missouri's large lakes
          Missourinet:  Hawley releases investigation on Stockley civil lawsuit wrongdoing
          P-D:  'Clear discovery violation' during negotiations with Anthony Lamar Smith family, Missouri AG says
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley takes another crack at the great Missouri egg case
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  No time to waste in addressing opioid crisis X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  List of Missouri GOP transgressions, with attempted punchline involving climate change and "hot air"
          P-D op-ed:  George Washington University coed dislikes Missouri's new laws for abortion providers and their customers
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian opposes GOP tax cuts, thinks writing letters to Congress will make a difference X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian says Greitens was too soft on urban rioters and too ham-handed with Vandeven
          P-D letter:  Manchester woman responds to letter responding to poverty coverage, says men should take responsibility for the children they create
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        Tuesday, December 5
       
Hoosier Ag Today (Indiana):  McCaskill opposes GOP estate tax break, says it does not benefit Missouri farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Retrospective on the 30-year career of Jay Nixon:  Part II
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Supreme Court of Missouri seeks government relations counsel
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for ouster of St. Louis Veterans Home administrator
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson wants new leadership at embattled veterans home
          AP:  Parson wants new veterans' home head
          KWMU:  Hawley continues Koster's legal fight against California over egg regulations
          AP:  13 states, including Missouri, launch new legal challenge to California egg law
          Missourinet:  Hawley announces renewed push in egg lawsuit against California
          SNL:  State audit supports Greitens' claim about teacher pay disparity, especially charters X
          P-D:  Missouri schools are spending more on superintendent pay, other non-classroom costs
          SNL:  Missouri school board to start commissioner search next week after controversial firing X
          SNL:  Greitens' education tactics could spark filibuster X
          JCNT:  Missouri Democratic Party promotes "Farmer's Bill of Rights" to oppose large agriculture companies X
          Missourinet:  Members of House Democratic Superminority to introduce symbolic spending bills
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) introduces CHIP-funding bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri DHSS:  Flu season hits Missouri hard and early
          SNL:  #lovemynewspaper day promotion:  Compliment the News-Leader for their coverage and win beer, other prizes X
          KWMU:  The Evening Whirl keeps on spinning in St. Louis;  City's premier black newspaper takes pride in calling suspects 'crooks,' other politically-incorrect straight talk
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans Blunt, Graves wrong to support GOP tax bills X
          P-D editorial:  A win for Greitens is a big loss for Missouri public education
          KC Star op-ed:  Blue Springs teacher:  Some questions for Greitens about education priorities X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis liberal disagrees with Blunt on tax cuts
          KC Star letter:  Sugar Creek man seeks to punish GOP lawmakers for tax cuts, assumes he'll still be around to vote against Blunt in 2022 X
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        Monday, December 4
       
JCNT:  Hartzler talks new farm bill at Missouri Farm Bureau forum X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jay Nixon on campaign contribution limits, tone of political discourse, transportation funding, advice for new candidates;  Panel of Jack Cardetti, David Barklage, Reps. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) and Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) talk Nixon's legacy, Greitens and DESE
          The Missouri Times:  Retrospective on the 30-year career of Jay Nixon:  Part I
          Drebes:  MO SOS filing shows Leadership for America's board of directors
          SNL:  Hawley challenges California egg law again X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) proposes change to term limits +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) introduces major tax overhaul
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) says Missouri is one of only five states that prosecute all 17-year-olds like adults
          KSMU:  Springfield Public School superintendent issues statement following firing of Margie Vandeven
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education Member Mike Jones (D) says next education leader will be "tainted"
          Washington Missourian:  Opioids not only drugs killing area residents - meth still on the scene X
          CDT:  Most local pharmacies selling overdose antidote X
          P-D:  Cash-strapped St. Louis City could see a state audit if some residents get their way
          P-D:  Small groups of protesters traipse through Galleria, chant anti-profit ditty
          USA Today op-ed, 11/28:  Former Obamacare chief Andy Slavitt:  "The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office expects everyone's insurance to rise 10%";  Bad news for "Americans who have serious chronic conditions or pay for nursing home care or high-cost medications"
          P-D family columnist Aisha Sultan:  "The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office expects everyone's insurance to rise 10%";  Bad news for "Americans who have serious chronic conditions or pay for nursing home care or high-cost medications"
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Josh Hawley speaking to evangelical group this weekend - and Christians should disavow Donald Trump
          CDT op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  A challenge to constitutional independence:  On Greitens' Board of Education machinations X
          CDT op-ed:  National Institute for Labor Relations Research's Stan Greer:  'Right to work' states have a higher standard of living X
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        Sunday, December 3
       
Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Blunt's statement on Missouri's mental-health leadership rated "Mostly True"
          Drebes:  In St. Charles, Trump praises historic tax credits - though they may be stripped from tax bill
          P-D:  Greitens speaks at ribbon-cutting for Monsanto's $400 million Chesterfield expansion
          SNL:  Ban on bump stocks, teen tanning among Missouri lawmakers' early proposals X
          AP:  Missouri a 'high risk' state for deer accidents
          P-D photo gallery:  Photographer David Carson's best of 2017, from rioters to wild animals on the loose
          P-D editorial:  Attendance records at Riverview Gardens merit thorough audit
          CDT Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Please detach yourself from the Tribune of the past and accept the better version that exists today;  Don't compare us to the Columbia Missourian, which has "the advantage of free labor and government subsidy" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants state lawmakers to pass "Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights"
          KC Star letter:  Kearney septuagenarian dislikes Trump, Greitens, Cierpiot - and the Democratic Party too
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        Saturday, December 2
       
NY Times:  Senate tax bill votes:  McCaskill no, Blunt yes
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  New tax policy puts us in great position for coming growth
          The Hill:  McCaskill:  Lobbyists gave Dems a list of GOP amendments to tax bill
          The Hill:  Democrats defeat GOP bid to shield conservative college from endowment tax;  McCaskill says provision was written for DeVos family
          P-D:  Blunt says he's tried to limit contact with Trump as Intelligence Committee probe continues
          SNL:  Blunt won't say if Trump pressed him to 'wrap up' Russia probe X
          KC Star:  Obamacare enrollment brisk in Missouri, but deadline looms
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks Trump visit, says she knows better than to take Trump's "fake news" applause line personally
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  St. Charles Police Department Lt. Chad Fisk talks preparations for Trump visit
          The Missouri Times:  HRCC names Wes Sutton finance director
          Drebes:  Newly-minted House Floor Leader Rob Vescovo staffs up with esteemed Joe Engler and Leslie Korte
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 27, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens gets his way in second round;  Vandeven fired as commissioner
          KWMU:  Greitens gets his way on second try;  Vandeven fired as education leader
          SNL:  On second try, state school board fires commissioner X
          Missourinet:  Vandeven departs, says "schools are the soul of Missouri"
          AP:  Greitens appointees oust Missouri education leader
          KWMU:  Normandy sheds unaccredited status in long turnaround effort;  Students still lag far behind state average for achievement, graduation rate
          AP:  Missouri's only unaccredited school district gets upgraded
          Missourinet:  Under Munzlinger plan, Missourians would vote in 2020 on conservation sales tax
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of November 30, 2017
          SE Missourian:  Sunday newspaper delivery to be replaced with Saturday "Weekend Edition" delivery, adapting to shopping habits and weekend schedules +
          Dunklin Demorat:  Jeff Dorris named editor of Dunklin Democrat +
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens bullies his way to firing the Missouri education commissioner. But for what?
          P-D editorial briefs:  St. Louis Regional Chamber should not have honored Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar);  Conservative blogger Jim Hoft is "trash"
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Margie Vandeven:  I know Missouri will stay strong in its commitment to our children
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Former Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau):  Lawmakers must reform Low Income Housing Tax Credit program +
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson septuagenarian conservative T. Robin Cole III wants McCaskill to support tax cuts +
          P-D letter:  Ladue septuagenarian wonders why Post-Dispatch highlights black social justice warriors, but never black murderers, rapists and robbers
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        Friday, December 1
       
P-D:  Blunt, GOP leaders increasingly confident tax cuts will pass
          Drebes:  Staff updates:  Kyle Aubuchon headed to work for U.S. Rep. Jason Smith;  More
          KWMU:  St. Louis On the Air:  Area humanoids provide update on politically-correct transgender lingo:  Proper pronouns, "non-binary," "queer," "dead name," etc.
          Faughn:  November's winners and losers:  Post-Dispatch and Tony Messenger, for their coordinated campaign against low-income housing tax credits;  Greitens' preference to build more Pruitt-Igoe slums rather than meaningful rural housing projects;  More on Eigel, Romine, Ron Richard, KC Star, and Governor's Five Dwarves of DESE
          P-D:  Democratic fundraiser Matthew Liberman charged with racially-motivated gun crime in St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway requests dismissal in Missouri Alliance for Freedom's Sunshine case
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) discusses proposed tax cut and St. Charles County's superior growth
          The Missouri Times:  PSRS/PEERS concerned pensions could be hurt by provisions in federal tax reform legislation
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood unhappy over costs of new abortion regulations X
          SNL:  Locals plead to save low-income housing tax credit that Greitens says wastes money X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuits and resignations:  What you need to know ahead of the next Board of Education meeting
          KWMU:  Court decisions, state Board of Education resignation once again put Vandeven's job in jeopardy
          AP:  Appointee resigns from embattled Missouri education board
          SNL:  Greitens' appointee to state school board resigns X
          SNL:  Judge rules against man removed from state Board of Education X
          SNL:  Missouri State Teachers Association:  Turnover on state school board unprecedented, troubling X
          Missourinet:  Judge blocks ousted state school board member from keeping his seat ahead of Friday meeting
          P-D:  Judge rejects plea to stop Greitens' ouster of Missouri school board chief
          KWMU:  Normandy schools poised to move up from unaccredited status
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger says Missouri is "missing the boat" on industrial hemp
          CDT:  Law making it easier to expunge criminal records in Missouri takes effect Jan. 1;  Comments from Missouri Bar's Farrah Fite X
          Missourinet:  Hailey's Law to be pre-filed today
          P-D:  Merger could affect four of six St. Louis-area casinos
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Voter fraud is found in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should place more regulations on gun stores
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur liberal wants McCaskill to oppose GOP tax cuts
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        Thursday, November 30
       
KWMU:  Trump promotes tax cut plan in St. Charles speech
          SNL:  Trump returns to Missouri to talk taxes, McCaskill X
          AP:  Trump plugs Josh Hawley, stumps for tax bill
          P-D:  Trump talks taxes, throws support to Josh Hawley in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KC Star:  Trump speaks in St. Charles, says he'll help Josh Hawley
          Missourinet:  Trump speech in St. Charles features Christmas decorations:  "With Trump as your President, we're going to be celebrating Merry Christmas again"
          KWMU:  Trump protesters, supporters converge in St. Charles
          Missourinet:  Graves says Trump tax cut will help Missouri's middle class
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation weighs in on Trump tax cuts
          Clayton Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt talks tax overhaul on Fox Business Network
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis describes crowd atmosphere, recaps Trump's speech
          KC Star:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Courtland Sykes stands up for Roy Moore, decries liberal media's campaign against Alabama's GOP candidate
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan hosts discussion with anti-Trump author;  Immigrant Khizr Khan peddles book at library
          KWMU:  Obamacare signups brisk in Missouri;  Comments from Cover Missouri's Tim Williams
          Missourinet:  Hospitals hope for federal funding;  Comments from Truman Medical CEO Charlie Shields, Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon
          AP:  Federal judge allows Missouri Backpage.com investigation
          Columbia Missourian:  Opioid summit explores implications of crisis on state and local levels
          Drebes:  Greitens' first real foray into education policy has a surprising solitary plank
          Missourinet:  Two lawsuits filed over attempts to dump Vandeven
          P-D:  E-mails show Riverview Gardens administrators tried to cook the books to show improved student attendance
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) readies to file 'Raise the Age' bill once again
          Missourinet:  Group's study claims Missouri's jail population has increased by 50% over a period of seven years
          AP:  DHSS Director Randall Williams supports needle-exchange legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) to pre-file bill allowing for cultivation of industrial hemp
          SNL:  Lawsuit seeks to block Eleven Point State Park X
          AP:  3 Missouri state parks to close for deer hunts
          KC Star editorial:  The KC School District has too many charters
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers must overhaul how education is funded;  "Inequality" of property taxes unfairly favors those who choose to live in decent school districts
          SNL op-ed:  Jennifer Edwards:  Why I accepted the Board of Education appointment X
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        Wednesday, November 29
       
KWMU:  Trump to tout St. Charles as national example of economic growth
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jason Smith says tax cuts will "unleash the economy;"  Missouri Democratic Party criticizes plan
          Missourinet:  Tax-cut reactions:  McCaskill, Hartzler, Americans for Prosperity, Missouri Budget Project
          P-D:  Missouri GOP delegation expected to accompany Trump to St. Charles event
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt back extension for Joplin tornado funding
          SNL:  Conservative U.S. Senate candidate Courtland Sykes endorses Roy Moore in 40-minute 'mini-documentary' X
          Drebes:  New House chairmanships
          The Missouri Times:  SEMO steel mill and smelter still awaiting decision from companies
          SNL:  Homeland Security grants Missouri's request for REAL ID compliance waiver X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri granted REAL ID extension
          AP:  Missourians can fly with current IDs for up to 1 more year
          Missourinet:  Missouri granted REAL ID extension through most of 2018
          The Missouri Times:  State's new abortion laws take effect this week
          The Missouri Times:  State Board of Education sued for violating Sunshine Law during vote to oust commissioner
          SNL:  Second lawsuit of the day filed about Missouri Board of Education turmoil X
          KWMU:  Joplin man sues Greitens over removal from state education board
          AP:  Greitens sued over removal from school board
          KC Star:  Lawsuit alleges Greitens and school board broke the law
          SNL:  Reps. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa), Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) debate gun control at MSU forum X
          P-D:  Mizzou rolls out lofty goals for bolstered enrollment, graduation, employment
          CDT:  University of Missouri sets new goals to increase enrollment, graduation rates X
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers cool to plan to cap electric-rate increases +
          Missourinet:  State's unclaimed property auction in Columbia to feature baseballs cards, HOF Ozzie Smith signed ball, much more
          KWMU:  MO DNR rejects demands to toughen odor laws for CAFOs
          P-D:  Missouri State Parks extends comment period for parks in limbo
          P-D editorial:  Trump will try to sell tax cuts in St. Charles County;  County is 87% white and voted 60% for Trump, with the highest median household income of any county in Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Other states make progress on transportation funding, but Missouri does not
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Billy Long:  New tax code will work for everyone X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  We should also overhaul Missouri's tax code
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  If public schools innovate, private alternatives may not be needed
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County small business owner says McCaskill should stand up for tax cuts to show she's "not just another liberal in election mode"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man responds to paper's property-tax "equality" crusade, says taxpayers have freely chosen the situation
          P-D letter:  Fenton man wants Missouri to abolish personal property tax
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        Tuesday, November 28
       
SNL:  Analysis:  Is Roy Blunt supporting a bill to raise Missourians' taxes? No. X
          KWMU:  Trump to highlight tax overhaul in his first presidential stop to St. Louis area
          Missourinet:  Missouri gears up for Trump visit
          AP:  Trump to speak tomorrow in St. Charles
          P-D:  Trump coming to St. Charles tomorrow to promote tax cuts
          KC Star:  Trump to visit Missouri tomorrow to promote tax overhaul
          SNL:  Trips on McCaskill family's private plane no longer publicly disclosed X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) to participate in White House conference on veterans issues
          P-D:  Gun store burglaries in St. Louis area latest examples of growing nationwide problem
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' set to appear on November ballot after signatures certified
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics complaint filed against Senate District 34 campaign of Harry Roberts (R)
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission seeks to bar Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) from producing evidence in hearing
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri steel mill series:  Widespread hope in Southeast Missouri about steel mill and smelter
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick says Greitens does have 'some statutory authority' regarding metal detectors, but using new officers would be a problem
          Columbia Missourian:  MU dreams of increasing new undergrad enrollment to 6,000 by 2023
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Grocers Association joins call for utility rate caps
          KWMU:  More wind energy on the horizon for Ameren Missouri's corporate and municipal customers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation calendar offering nature calendars for $9;  Daily notes include lunar cycles, animal behaviors to watch out for, more
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) recounts protesters' Black Friday "shut it down" blip
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to tackle its backlog of untested rape kits
          P-D letter:  Daughter of former Missouri Speaker of the House/federal inmate Richard Rabbitt (D) says parading around Galleria mall with Black Lives Matter troop made her feel loved and accepted
          P-D letter:  Maplewood man wonders if Black Lives Matter crowd comprehends that "no profits" means no jobs
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian notes Post-Dispatch staff's consistent inattention to detail
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        Monday, November 27
       
The Hill:  Blunt introduces bipartisan bill to extend community health center funding for five years
          Washington Missourian:  City hopes to receive federal funding for eight local infrastructure projects X
          SNL:  House GOP tax bill would let Missourians keep more of what they earn;  Springfield taxpayers would save more than other Missourians thanks to use of standard deduction X
          Missourinet:  Wash U. law prof opposes GOP tax plans
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Family Health Council seeks policy director
          AP:  Greitens makes first nomination to medical board, will focus on opioids
          JCNT:  Local veteran Brian Kempker shares story of transition from Marines to Capitol Police X
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri steel mill series:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) expects final decision by end of December
          KWMU:  Payday loan regulations will be up for more discussion in Jefferson City
          KWMU:  PJ Wilson, former director of Renew Missouri, brings solar power to Puerto Ricans
          P-D:  Some Missouri public defenders complain about their caseload
          SE Missourian:  Oh, deer:  2017 hunting season looking up +
          P-D:  Race protesters traipse through West County Mall, Walmart;  Employees endure "No justice, no profits" ditty for several minutes before reopening to customers
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner among those happy to see Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Richard Cordray, an Obama appointee, depart
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU Political Science icon David Webber:  It's a traffic jungle out there - Missourians should put down their cell phones and focus on the road
          SNL op-ed:  MSU math prof Larry Campbell:  Greitens wrong to support charter schools X
          P-D letter:  University City liberal expresses anger over GOP voter ID law
          JCNT letter:  Local octogenarian recounts time spent working for DESE, opposes Greitens' moves on state education board X
          KC Star letter:  Area sexagenarian thanks KC Star, local NPR affilliate and Rachel Maddow for their objective journalism
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        Sunday, November 26
       
P-D's Nicklaus:  Local higher ed leaders oppose taxes on their endowment investment gains;  Comments from Wash U.'s lame-duck Chancellor Mark Wrighton, SLU's Fred Pestello
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Hannibal asking McCaskill, Blunt to secure federal funding to protect against downtown vehicle attacks X
          P-D:  Corruption, defamation claims fly in lawsuit against St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Council
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Statement regarding high-tech growth on Missouri's Amazon-luring website rated "Mostly True"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says his constituents favor fuel tax increase
          CDT:  Transportation, local control, rental standards top local groups' lobbying agenda X
          Washington Missourian:  Drugs kill more than car crashes in Franklin County this year X
          CDT:  Medicaid offers Boonville man a chance to battle back from opioid addiction;  Missouri's State Targeted Response project puts on panel at MACC X
          SNL:  Assemblies of God's loan fund fined by state after investigation X
          SNL:  MU Extension leading the way with dicamba training, heifer sales X
          AP:  Rape-kit audit set to be done in early 2018
          Columbia Missourian:  Activist profile:  "Race Matters, Friends" President Traci Wilson-Kleekamp battles injustice by making knick-knacks depicting "white male privilege," other relevant and efficacious acts
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens should set aside his presidential campaign and focus on Missouri X
          SNL op-ed:  Nature Conservancy of Missouri's Adam McLane:  A change in wildfire funding will help our Missouri forests X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man wants McCaskill to support tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man says low-income housing tax credits work
          SNL letter:  Joe Knodell:  Years ago, Peter Kinder, Rod Jetton and Jason Crowell stood up to educrats - and today, Eddy Justice and Claudia Greim can do the same X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wonders why Post-Dispatch doesn't report the race of city's murder victims
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        Saturday, November 25
       
P-D's Raasch:  Under the radar, Blunt, Luetkemeyer, Wagner take aim at government regulations
          KC Star:  Missouri residents with Iowa addresses? McCaskill wants to fix 'one of the dumbest' problems
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  With Greitens' action on low income housing tax credits, St. Elizabeth renovation may be in jeopardy
          JCNT:  Retailers want cap on electricity rates;  Comments from MRA's David Overfelt X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Farm Bureau survey will help set 2018 state legislative goals X
          CDT:  Late test score release puts school leaders behind in assessing students X
          KWMU:  Historians fear Ferguson-Florissant School District may close two historic buildings;  Families are fleeing, avoiding North St. Louis County area
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) wants to ban fake urine purchases X
          Missourinet:  Hawley offers tips to help Missourians avoid holiday scams
          KWMU:  Ameren warns customers to watch out for utility scams
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports an uptick in deer harvested this month
          P-D:  Galleria manages through protester stunt, reopens in 40 minutes
          P-D video:  Latest stunt ends with protesters subdued, handcuffed;  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) sees camera, begins mugging and howling (1:33)
          Waters:  Greitens' revenge:  All-out purge attempt fails X
          P-D's Jeremy Kohler:  Legislature's failure to fully fund foundation formula hurts the poor via property taxes
          P-D op-ed:  Local employment attorneys:  Thanks to Missouri's Senate Bill 43, the state welcomes Harvey Weinstein and other harassers
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        Friday, November 24
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt gear up for tax overhaul debate X
          Washington Missourian:  Luetkemeyer meets with women business owners, hears their call for lower taxes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  McCaskill campaign criticism of Josh Hawley rated "Mostly False"
          P-D:  Even if it passes, unions' "Clean Missouri" initiative likely to face legal challenge
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri residents say Noranda's smelter closing has been devastating
          Missourinet:  DHSS:  Number of flu cases are beginning to climb in Missouri
          SNL:  Hawley's office successfully prosecutes Greene County fraudster X
          KSMU:  To prevent invasive species spread on waterways, Missouri Dept. of Conservation coordinating with duck hunters
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  In Missouri, veterans' suicide rate is higher than the national average X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' failed bid to fire education chief exposes his lack of experience
          P-D op-ed:  Former leader of local Black Trade Unionists:  'Right to work' was created to keep black people poor
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        Thursday, November 23   Happy Thanksgiving!
       
CDT:  Local illegal alien profile:  Mexican muchacha, already profiled by Columbia Missourian earlier this week, tells same stories X
          JCNT:  Local American Legion post bans NFL games over players' disrespect X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst concerned over potential impact of NAFTA renegotiation
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' law to go before Missouri voters
          AP:  Missouri 'right to work' law headed for public vote
          The Missouri Times:  Lane J. Roberts, former Joplin Police Chief, running for Missouri House of Representatives
          Missourinet:  Hawley takes aim at Uber over data-breach coverup
          AP:  Hawley investigating Uber after breach
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Downtown development halted due to possible tax credit losses X
          SNL:  Greitens sidesteps board drama, blames anonymous bureaucrats for education problems X
          P-D:  State recommends upgrading Normandy's accreditation three years after state takeover
          P-D:  Enrollment decline has Ferguson-Florissant weighing redistricting options;  School board president says parents eschew North St. Louis County in favor of safe communities like Wentzville
          St. Joseph News-Press:  National Safety Commission gives Missouri an 'F' grade for highway safety
          P-D editorial:  Thanksgiving toasts:  McCaskill for mustard-gas work, Michael Brown's mother, sarcastic 'thanks' to Greitens for international junkets
          KBIA op-ed:  Commonwealth Foundation sponsored content:  Trump hurting rural hospitals in Missouri, other states
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        Wednesday, November 22
       
KY3 (Springfield):  Area liberals congregate on streetcorner during work day, want Blunt to flip-flop on tax cuts;  Local woman gloats over Republicans' failure to repeal Obamacare
          CDT:  GOP tax plan could help eliminate tuition wavers for state-school employees X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Ann Wagner statement about Planned Parenthood/ACLU/Satanist abortion push rated "False"
          P-D:  McCaskill, others make appearance at statue dedication for centenarian civil rights activist Frankie Freeman
          KWMU:  100-year-old civil rights activist gets a statue in St. Louis City
          Drebes:  Lucas Dieckhaus, younger brother of GOP campaign mastermind Scott Dieckhaus, to run for state rep
          The Missouri Times:  Nucor to build new micro mill in Sedalia, creating more than 250 jobs
          Missourinet:  About 250 steel plant jobs headed to western Missouri
          AP:  Missouri minimum wage set to rise yet again
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) named chair of House Judiciary Committee
          KWMU:  Greitens' bid to install new education commissioner fails
          Missourinet:  Greitens signals education battle will continue
          SNL:  Top education official narrowly survives removal attempt X
          SNL:  Missouri Board of Education:  We don't know who represents Southwest Missouri X
          AP:  Vote to oust Missouri education chief falls one vote short
          KC Star:  Greitens fails to force firing of Missouri education commissioner
          The Missouri Times:  Twenty mayors plead with Missouri Housing Development Commission to not eliminate Low Income Housing Tax Credit
          The Missouri Times:  Six Missouri nursing homes suing DHSS for denied operating licenses
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit dropped as plaintiffs get Hepatitis C coverage under Medicaid in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri's restrictions on dicamba herbicide 'a tightrope act' for growers
          Missourinet:  Hawley steps in to prevent murderer Ricky Kidd from venue-shopping for release
          SE Missourian:  State Supreme Court sets execution date for Russell Bucklew in Cape Girardeau County murder case +
          KWMU:  State sets execution date for Russell Bucklew
          KWMU:  Protester Celebration Series:  Local authors peddle book on famous riots and protests in St. Louis history
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens loses big on foiled attempt to fire Missouri education commissioner
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  McCaskill, Blunt, Hartzler should vote against tax bill
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens not moving quickly enough to satisfy Star's Sunshine requests
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man expresses anger over Blaine Luetkemeyer's personal net worth X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian wants Luetkemeyer to flip-flop on Obamacare X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian opposes Greitens on taxes, minimum wage and veterans home issue
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        Tuesday, November 21
       
KMOV:  Blunt talks tax bill, Al Franken, more in St. Charles
          Missourinet:  Blunt brings tax-overhaul message to St. Charles
          Missourinet:  Hartzler says House tax plan would provide fairer system
          Farm Journal:  McCaskill, Blunt among senators asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for analysis of impact to ag of leaving NAFTA
          The Hill:  Bipartisan bill from Blunt would fund five years of CHIP
          KWMU:  EPA test results of Park Avenue warehouse fire debris show no evidence of asbestos
          P-D:  No asbestos paydays for North St. Louis City residents;  Local woman unmoved by scientific data, holds out hope for more taxpayer-funded tests
          P-D:  Blunt forms Senate group to help address sexual harassment
          P-D:  Groups with Missouri ties hit with fine over fundraising violation
          Drebes:  Jane Cunningham (R) considering a bid to return to state Senate
          CDT:  Missouri minimum wage to increase yet again on Jan. 1 X
          AP:  Greitens fills vacancies on regional child-abuse boards
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens removes another school board member hours before commissioner vote
          Missourinet:  Greitens' attempt to make Missouri education chief shakeup appears to be back on track
          SNL:  Greitens removes Joplin appointee from state school board X
          AP:  Greitens removes education board appointee
          KC Star:  Greitens makes a last-minute shift to tilt vote on education commissioner
          P-D:  Another school board member gets booted by governor over commissioner spat
          Missourinet:  Nearly one-third of Missouri's charter schools score in unaccredited or provisionally-accredited zone
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers praise, criticize Housing commission action on tax credits +
          Missourinet:  KC Mayor Sly James calls meeting of Missouri mayors, slams cut to low-income housing tax credits
          CDT:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles) proposing plan to preserve state revenue X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Retailers Association calls for compromise with energy legislation
          KWMU:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) to introduce payday loan legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers will be positioned at 20-mile intervals on Thanksgiving eve
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) wants legislative staff to sit through "Unconscious Racial Bias Training"
          P-D:  FBI, Justice Department investigating St. Louis police conduct during riots
          AP:  FBI, Justice Department to investigate St. Louis-area police
          KWMU:  Federal government opens civil rights investigation into St. Louis police
          P-D editorial:  Greitens needs replacement plan after killing low-income housing program
          P-D's Raasch:  Washington in a rapid (r)evolution against men behaving badly
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian disagrees with Ann Wagner on taxes, wants to confront her at town hall meeting
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants legislators to raise fuel tax for road improvements +
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors man says limiting police tools will cause more cops to flee St. Louis City's concrete jungle
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills woman disagrees with limiting police tools used to herd and control rioters
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        Monday, November 20
       
NBC's Meet the Press:  Blunt:  Health care or not, tax bill will pass the Senate
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Local teachers' unions activate against GOP tax-cut plan X
        Columbia Missourian:  Alien profiles:  Local Mexicans talk sneaking across the border into San Diego, anchor babies, disdain for Donald Trump, more
        Columbia Missourian:  Alien profiles:  Local Mexican woman recounts lying to get across border at Tijuana, anchor babies, DACA, more
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Blaine Luetkemeyer talks GOP tax bill, mid-Missourians' love for Trump, liberal media bias, more;  Panel of Charlie Brennan, Scott Dieckhaus, Conservation Federation's Brandon Butler, Mike Jones talk state education brouhaha, Vescovo as House Majority Floor Leader, more
        JCNT:  Local transgender rally draws nearly a dozen to Capitol;  Event celebrates transgenders and "non-binary" humanoids X
        Missouri Ruralist:  "MORE" tour takes place of governor's ag conference
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) opposes effort to fire education commissioner +
        Messenger:  Greitens, Crowell turn the tables in tax-credit debate
        Columbia Missourian:  Greitens' plans don't slow growing prescription drug monitoring network
        P-D:  State grant enables help for heroin addicts;  Comments from DHSS' Randall Williams
        JCNT:  Passport cards a 'REAL ID' solution for Missouri travelers X
        Missouri Ruralist:  Missouri Dept. of Ag sets dates for application of BASF herbicide
        Waters:  Why attend MU?  New administrators are dealing with minority complaints as best they can, deserve support X
        P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman wants Clay and Wagner to support each other's women-and-children legislation
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        Sunday, November 19
       
CDT:  Blunt to talk taxes in St. Charles tomorrow;  Tribune has skipped 23 of 24 most recent Blunt conference calls X
          CDT:  Obamacare update:  Boone County residents pay steep insurance premiums for limited access X
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson's report details issues at Veterans Home X
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies acquires Maryland-based opposition research firm
          Drebes:  On T.J. Berry's new gig, and why legislators should disclose when they're "feeling out" potential job opportunities
          SNL:  To save millions, Greitens targets tax credit meant to build housing for poor people X
          SNL:  Melissa Gelner urges Greitens to find 'common ground' with state board, education leaders X
          Columbia Missourian:  In-home health cuts update:  Collection of stories from the handicapped
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Paper's new "Greitens Gauge" series to offer regular criticism of progress made by GOP governor across 12 areas
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Support for men and women of law enforcement
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Support for school choice
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Defending Missouri farmers and ranchers against EPA overreach
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Creating jobs
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Passing 'right to work'
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Tax overhaul
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Rolling back burdensome regulations
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Term limits for statewide elected officials
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Lobbyist-gift ban
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  End the 'revolving door' for legislators/lobbyists
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Improve teacher pay
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens Gauge:  Port and highway infrastructure improvements
          Washington Missourian:  MoDOT wants to preserve Route 66, will resurface Pacific section
          JCNT:  Subgroups of minority, poor, and non-English-speaking foreigners continue to disappoint on MAP tests X
          SNL:  Sheena Greitens talks about child abuse reviews X
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation announces new rules for duck hunters X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis City is overdue for a comprehensive state audit
          P-D editorial:  During protests, police must allow journalists to do their jobs
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver:  Republicans' tax plan would hurt Missourians
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian disagrees with Greitens on charter schools
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County octogenarian says students' poor test performance should be blamed on poverty
          P-D letter:  Carpenters' union leader calls Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) a "bald-faced" liar, says use of term "union bosses" constitutes hate speech
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian responds to letter responding to deer-disease piece
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        Saturday, November 18
       
Missourinet:  House GOP passes tax overhaul;  Comments from delegation via statements written by staff
        KC Star:  McCaskill vote on GOP tax bill could be tough sell in Trump-loving Missouri
        CDT:  Hartzler:  State lawmakers should act to prevent revenue loss from federal tax changes X
        Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler talks taxes at Columbia Chamber of Commerce event
        Columbia Missourian:  Westminster College handed $300,000 in federal taxpayer money for "sexual violence prevention"
        Drebes:  Gem from Dept. of Conservation report:  Jefferson City's KRCG-TV far and away the superior mid-MO station
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of November 13, 2017
        KWMU:  Greitens leads effort to halt Missouri's low-income housing tax breaks
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens' Missouri Housing Development Commissioners past draft motion to not fund tax credits in FY2019
        CDT:  State commission votes against tax credits for housing X
        Columbia Missourian:  Commission votes to end tax credits for low-income housing
        KC Star:  Missouri Housing Development Commission votes to not issue low-income housing tax credits;  Comments from Missouri Growth Association's Megan Werner, others
        P-D:  Greitens, appointees move to withhold controversial low-income development tax credits
        SNL:  Area superintendents take aim at Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Greitens X
        CDT:  State scores drop for most Boone County districts X
        The Missouri Times:  W. Brent Powell, newest member of the Missouri Supreme Court, speaks to Missouri Bar
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens appoints 27 members to child protection boards
        AP:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture alters use of BASF's dicamba herbicide in some areas
        Reuters:  Missouri limits use of weedkiller dicamba
        Brownfield Ag News:  Chinn says other dicamba labels coming soon
        P-D:  St. Louis police issue special order reiterating rights of journalists;  Post-Dispatch reporter was unhappy about arrest
        KWMU:  Area transgenders to gather Monday;  Group highlights stat claiming that nearly 0.04% percent of all black female transgenders are murdered each year
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt's assessment on Alabama's Roy Moore is correct
        P-D editorial brief:  On Ed Martin's defense of Roy Moore
        KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  On Al Franken, Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley;  Minnesota senator must resign, then it's time to dump Trump
        SNL letter:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen:  Hawley taking Missouri for a ride with Google investigation X
        SNL letter:  School superintendents to Greitens:  Stop listening to charter-school advocate and start listening to us X
        KC Star letters:  Race group supports Vandeven, opposes Greitens;  KC man says Star editorial board confuses charter schools with private schools
        P-D letter:  Sierra Club's John Hickey:  Ameren should do more to provide "clean" energy
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        Friday, November 17
       
KWMU:  Franken's high-profile help to Missouri Democrats now may be an embarrassment
          Missourinet:  McCaskill issues statement on Al Franken
          SNL:  McCaskill 'shocked and concerned' over Franken X
          KC Star:  McCaskill issues statement on Franken
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-life group says it will knock on 300,000 doors in opposition to McCaskill's re-election
          SNL:  Billy Long, Springfield Chamber of Commerce support House bill that cuts taxes X
          KWMU:  Wash U. researchers unhappy with Trump's paring of federal research funding
          KC Star:  Area teen speaks out against Trump;  17-year-old boy who dresses up as a girl expresses outrage at a black man's overtures, recounts startling women by walking into their restrooms, other harrowing and triumphant tales
          The Missouri Times:  How a left-wing Massachusetts company infiltrated the Dept. of Economic Development;  REMI model skews data against rural areas in favor of "social justice"
          Columbia Missourian:  Poltifact rating:  Statement from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) on gun control rated "Mostly True"
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force nears completion of its work
          KWMU:  Lawmakers from both parties backing Vandeven
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's office, House Democrats spar over board appointment removal
          SNL:  Greitens' spokesman says Democrats' education board claim a 'political stunt' X
          Missourinet:  House subcommittee hearing on student loans draws sparse crowd
          JCNT:  Team approach urged to fight diabetes X
          CDT:  D.C.-based animal-rights group protests MU's use of pigs for ER training X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) receives national award for work on newborn screening legislation
          SE Missourian:  Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  Week of November 16, 2017
          SE Missourian:  Galloway audit:  Bollinger County tax levies violate state law;  county commission disagrees +
          KWMU:  Protester Celebration Series:  Neighborhood Leadership Fellows program will attempt to harness energy of riots and convert into civilized action
          P-D editorial:  GOP tax cut bill has ominous implications for Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  You can't criticize dark money on the right and excuse it on the left;  Minimum-wage group evades transparency, hides donors
          Phill Brooks:  Without speed-limit enforcement, I-70 is more like an autobahn
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        Thursday, November 16
       
KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt split on GOP tax plan
          CDT:  McCaskill slams GOP tax cuts as giveaway for businesses, wealthy X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill critical of GOP tax cuts
          JCNT:  Missouri could gain thousands of jobs under tax overhaul X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill engages in theatrical exchange with Orrin Hatch over Medicaid spending
          SNL:  Pro-life activists criticize McCaskill's support of Planned Parenthood X
          Columbia Missourian:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt to discuss federal tax policy with Trump economic advisers
          Missourinet:  Schmitt to meet with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, others today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Obamacare enrollment ends Dec. 15;  Insight from Missouri Foundation for Health's Nancy Kelly
          KWMU:  Hate crimes decline in Missouri
          Drebes:  Want an endorsement in your legislative race? Don't come knocking on Jay Barnes' door.
          AP:  Missouri Democrat sues Josh Hawley over where he lives
          SNL:  Hawley:  No link between Google suit and Peter Thiel donations X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) announces his intent to run for Assistant Majority Floor Leader
          SE Missourian:  Mileage tax topic of discussion at transportation task force meeting +
          The Missouri Times:  State lawmakers call on Board of Education to 'abandon efforts' to oust Commissioner Margie Vandeven
          SNL:  Democrats say Greitens' removal of Springfield woman from Board of Education was unlawful X
          AP:  Greitens appears to lack board votes to fire education chief
          SNL:  Charter school advocate Ken Zeff could become Missouri's next education commissioner X
          KC Star:  A year after hitting mark, KC schools again miss critical state measure
          Missourinet:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) talks Noranda, manufacturing jobs
          The Missouri Times:  Associated Industries of Missouri, Missouri Chamber, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Corn Growers lead charge against flawed classification of herbicide
          AP:  Missouri agricultural groups challenge California's herbicide classification
          KWMU:  Monsanto and grower groups sue California over classification of glyphosate
          Joplin Globe:  Feral hog populations cause extensive damage around state;  Propper trapping techniques critical to managing destructive animals
          KWMU:  Federal judge limits police techniques used to corral, subdue protesters
          AP:  Judge:  Police cannot use chemicals to subdue protesters
          P-D:  Judge limits tools police can use to get protesters under control
          AP:  Review of old court cases continues in Ferguson
          P-D:  Review of old court cases continues, officials tell residents in Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens should listen to his own State Board of Education appointees
          SE Missourian editorial:  Led by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), statewide task force makes prudent recommendation on dyslexia ID
          KC Star editorial:  Provisional schools accreditation is unacceptable for Kansas City students
          CDT editorial:  Missouri needs protections for student journalists
          P-D editorial:  A court's stiff rebuke for St. Louis police overreach during protests
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  With MORE tour, Dept. of Ag leaders get the show on the road
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri State Teachers Association troubled by Greitens' politicization of State Board of Education
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  2015 race-agitation retrospective:  Part II:  Next steps must include white people sitting through complaint sessions, more university study on "implicit bias," etc.
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman unhappy that paper exposed her to photos of deer hunting
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        Wednesday, November 15
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill says she may work with Republicans on tax reform;  "I could [sic] care less what the party line is. I could [sic] care less what Chuck Schumer says."
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill seeks 'level playing field' in biodiesel market X
          KWMU:  VA St. Louis Health Care System leaders respond to local veterans' concerns
          Drebes:  Eapen Thampy breaks down the differences in Missouri's marijuana initiative petitions
          JCNT:  Local Democratic Party leader sues Hawley over residency X
          Clayton Times:  Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) selected as next House majority floor leader
          AP:  Vescovo chosen as Missouri House majority leader
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  Tax overhaul debate making it hard to estimate revenues
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  Federal tax proposals make state budget projections more challenging
          CDT:  Fitzpatrick:  Lawmakers should act to prevent loss from federal tax changes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fitzpatrick addresss possible impact of federal tax overhaul on Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Patricia Pike (R-Adrian) convenes medical professionals in Jefferson City to brainstorm on diabetes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville):  'Right to work' bill made the difference in competing for steel mill
          Missourinet:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) looks for decision on steel mill and smelter by December 31
          P-D:  Missouri Board of Education expected to vote next week on fate of state's top school leader
          P-D:  Most Missouri school districts fare well in annual report cards
          CDT:  Columbia Public School's minority and poor students disappoint with MAP scores X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph School District sees improvements on state's annual progress report X
          SNL:  With solar farm, Nixa joins renewable power wave X
          Missourinet:  Missouri deer harvest numbers down slightly opening weekend
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis):  State liable for poor treatment and conditions at St. Louis City jail
          KWMU:  St. Louis City aldermen consider limiting the techniques and tools police use to corral and subdue protesters
          P-D editorial:  Roy Moore's past presents Roy Blunt and other Republicans with a values problem
          P-D editorial:  NGA, and jobs, are coming to St. Louis. Will local students be ready?
          Dunklin Democrat ex-publisher Ron Kemp:  Retiring from the newspaper business, giving thanks to God and the Rust family +
          Messenger:  Missouri Ethics Commission should keep pressing Tim Jones on contributions and Hong Kong investment
          The Missouri Times letter:  Local GOP leader Maryann Manion:  McCaskill is trying to legislate away Native American tribe rights
          JCNT letter:  Veteran liberal activist Sue Gibson mocks Luetkemeyer's support for National Adoption Awareness Month X
          JCNT letter:  Local liberal believes Luetkemeyer represents only the wealthy X
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        Tuesday, November 14
       
Missourinet:  Blunt:  Republicans on track to approve major tax plan
          SNL:  McCaskill says Roy Moore 'not fit to serve,' Blunt says Moore 'should have better answers' X
          AP:  Josh Hawley:  Roy Moore should step aside if allegations are true
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  St. Louis VA reps defend their organization against allegations of abuse
          Faughn:  Rs and Ds should stop complaining - both sides used campaign laws to their advantage in Ciepiot-Shields;  KC Star editorial board becomes relevant after shedding rote writer;  Chappelle-Nadal to target Senate Dem colleagues this session;  Much more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Joe Adams (D-University City) recounts accurately forecasting the consequences of Amendment 2 on campaign transparency, talks Greitens and state education board, more
          KWMU:  Hawley seeks information on Google's data collection practices - and search preferences
          AP:  Hawley investigating Google
          Missourinet:  Hawley subpoenas Google, says Missouri is not giving company a "free pass"
          SE Missourian:  GOP state Reps. Donna Lichtenegger and Kathy Swan:  More funding for roads, bridges may require tax increase +
          The Missouri Times:  Education officials, lawmakers firing back at Greitens' attempt to oust State Board of Education commissioner
          SNL:  Greitens appointee 'troubled' by push to oust education commissioner X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education could oust Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven and Board President Charlie Shields next week
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee sets sights on launching state work-study program
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri official remains hopeful about steel mill and smelter
          P-D:  New Dept. of Public Safety spokeswoman Sara Dayley still free to do contract work for West County EMS & Fire District
          P-D:  Unions turn out crowd to support elected St. Louis City Public School board;  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) drops in, recounts race-protest publicity
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments in Cape attorney discipline case +
          P-D:  St. Louis civic and business leader Bob Baer dead at 80
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says over 94,000 deer harvested opening weekend
          CDT:  Black Studies group gathers to watch Spike Lee film, celebrate effects of 2015 campus protests X
          Columbia Missourian:  'Two Years Later' event celebrates university consequences of 2015 protests
          KC Star editorial:  If Trump blows up NAFTA, Missouri workers would feel the pain
          P-D editorial:  Former Speaker Tim Jones living large on Missouri's terrible campaign finance laws
          KC Star editorial:  More strong-arm tactics from Greitens. This time, education is the target
          KC Star op-ed:  Josh Hawley:  Missourians deserve to know what Google does with their information
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        Monday, November 13
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill goes to bat for biodiesel
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  MSU President Clif Smart talks university's resurgence, state funding challenges;  Panel of Joe Lakin, Jeff Roorda, Sam Gladney, Kristian Starner talk Cierpiot's victory, St. Louis riots, St. Louis City's Proposition P passage, McCaskill, top 2018 legislative issues, more
          KWMU:  Dark-money PACs among those propping up Raise Up Missouri's minimum-wage ballot effort
          Drebes:  Brief update on Democratic primary for Maria Chappelle-Nadal's state Senate seat
          P-D:  Greitens appointee balking at move to fire state school chief;  Comments from Tim Sumners, Charlie Shields, Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol, others
          Missourinet:  Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol critical of Greitens' moves on State Board of Education
          SNL:  Reps. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa), Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to discuss campus open carry law at Missouri State forum X
          Missourinet:  Hawley to take aim at "major tech company" today
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph prescription drug monitoring program called 'way overdue' X
          Columbia Missourian:  Two years after campus race agitation, new leadership looks to send MU on upward trajectory
          Missourinet:  Rep. Patricia Pike (R-Adrian) to outline legislative efforts to reduce diabetes among elderly Missourians
          P-D:  Empire Electric District Co. seeks to retire coal plant early as it adds wind generation
          JCNT:  Lawyer gets ready to appeal court rulings that favor Ameren on natural gas equipment X
          Missourinet:  Former Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce among farmers taking part in Soil Health Partnership research
          P-D:  'A crying shame:' Missouri hunters bring in deer to test for neurological disorder
          P-D:  Missouri Highway Patrol officer injured when driver slams into back of Missouri Highway Patrol car
          Columbia Missourian:  First step in sexual assault kit audit:  'Getting actual numbers,' Hawley says
          SNL:  Springfield race protest draws fewer than 25;  Signs include "Black Womyn [sic] Matter," "Black Lives Matter," etc. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State legislators must help women business owners become freed from the yoke of government regulations X
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Local gun-control groups fight valiantly to show guns could potentially end up in in school
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia liberal wants McCaskill, Blunt, Hartzler to oppose GOP tax cuts
          P-D letter:  Frontenac liberal disappointed in Post-Dispatch's lack of coverage in 2nd District Democratic primary and reliance upon wire stories rather than local coverage
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas questions intelligence of Missouri Senate District 8 voters
          P-D letter:  Former St. Louis City Public Schools Board of Education President David L. Jackson responds to editorial supporting state-appointed board
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        Sunday, November 12
       
SE Missourian:  Local Veterans Day events also focus on American flag +
          SE Missourian:  Jackson American Legion turning off NFL games over some players' disrespect to country +
          KC Star:  Cleaver speaks at National World War I Museum and Memorial
          Drebes:  Chris Dinkins, GOP candidate for Paul Fitzwater's seat, shares Mike Cierpiot's view of siding with law enforcement over rioters
          SNL:  Springfield loses state welfare contract to Kentucky firm with no 'regional knowledge' X
          SNL:  Missouri owes Greene County almost $1.8 million in overdue jail payments X
          CDT:  Missouri opioid deaths on track to exceed traffic fatalities X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Plug the leak in Missouri's roads budget X
          Columbia Missourian Executive Editor Mike Jenner:  Sexagenarian says his newspaper deserves the credit for Josh Hawley's action on rape kits;  Trump-style politicians are wrong to criticize journalists
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson American Legion Commander explains why Post 158 is banning NFL games from its TVs +
          CDT letter:  Poverty activist Rosezetta Eichelberger:  McCaskill wrong to criticize Obamaphone program X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights liberal wants to see Black Lives Matter tribes advocate for gun control
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        Saturday, November 11   Veterans Day
       
Dunklin Democrat:  Veterans Day profile:  World War II veteran Hersel Masterson remembers when Americans loved their country and showed respect to the flag +
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay event highlights split among DACA factions;  Illegal-alien coed says she'll stop attending urban photo-ops until more aliens are involved in rally planning
          KWMU:  VA series:  Soldiers transitioning to civilian life seek love, belonging
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis seeks government relations coordinator
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Nov. 6, 2017
          P-D:  Greitens announces pact between Israeli cyber security firm and Missouri colleges
          Messenger:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) tells her story of sexual molestation as a pre-teen
          Washington Missourian:  Pacific aldermen, municipal league worry that legislators might put St. Louis City-County merger on statewide ballot X
          KC Star:  Former elected officials Paul LeVota (D), Tim Jones (R) find success running campaign PACs
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Claim from Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) over West Lake Landfill theory does not warrant a rating
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservationists, legislators push for stiffer poaching laws in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Mizzou to offer ROTC scholarship
          The Missouri Times:  States still trying to find the answer to electronic vehicle charging station demands
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation asks hunters for help with monitoring deer disease
          P-D:  Profiles in Courage:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) will never stop fighting
          P-D editorial briefs:  Ethics appeal from "Robin Wrong-Jones" is laughable;  Mike Cierpiot should be forced to sit next to Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Senate floor
          KC Star editorial:  Tim Jones' success in navigating Missouri's campaign finance system is unfair and must be stopped
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  2015 race-agitation retrospective:  Part I:  How much harm did the protesters do?
          SNL letter:  Republic octogenerian says Josh Hawley is controlled by The Council of Foreign Relations, "the secret Shadows of Power" X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian gets knickers in a bundle over KC Star's lack of endorsement in Cierpoit race, demands paper endorse Hillary Shields in 2018
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        Friday, November 10
       
KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) asks why McCaskill, other Caucasoid Dems ignore black voters until election time
          P-D's Joe Holleman:  Fact check:  Missouri Democratic Party's claim that protest celebrity Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge is "youngest Democratic committeeman in St. Louis history" is false
          CDT:  McCaskill joins Hartzler effort to support VA hiring X
          KWMU:  VA series:  Some veterans feel disappointed and isolated by St. Louis VA
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed calling for removal of Missouri Veterans Commission director
          SE Missourian:  Federal jury finds Cape Girardeau neurosurgeon guilty of Medicare and Medicaid kickback scheme +
          SE Missourian:  Cape County boy writes letter to Trump, gets courteous response from White House +
          KC Star:  Inspired by Maine, area man thinks he can get Medicaid initiative on Missouri ballot;  Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon:  "Maine and Missouri are both 'M' states, but that's where the similarities end."
          The Missouri Times:  Is the Republican caucus getting too big? Victory Enterprises' Joe Lakin says no.
          KSMU:  Greitens' Deputy Counsel Justin Smith:  Nearly 6,000 comments so far on how to minimize red tape
          The Missouri Times:  First committee hearing on health care markets leaves stakeholders asking for direction
          Missourinet:  Study:  Missouri's cost of living ranks fourth in nation during third quarter
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri State Teachers Association outlines 2018 legislative agenda
          P-D:  Raucous crowd at hearing on state-appointed St. Louis City school board jeers expert's reliance upon facts, data
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Black Studies to host event celebrating 2015 race agitation;  Thoughts from ethnomusicology associate professor Stephanie Shonekan
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American makes case for rate hike X
          SE Missourian:  VietNow scam ordered to dissolve by Hawley +
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation requiring hunters to have deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley announces audit of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits
          Missourinet:  Hawley vows to investigate backlog of untested rape kits
          Washington Missourian:  Bill Miller Sr. to be inducted into St. Louis Media Hall of Fame X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is failing Missouri on the opioid epidemic
          P-D editorial:  Missouri legislators should spend more taxpayer money on higher education
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Missouri's move to limit campaign donations puts elections in hands of big-money PACs
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        Thursday, November 9
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Democrats extrapolate from Virginia, Oklahoma results to fuel hope for next year
          One year ago:  Post-Dispatch staff gathers to express anger over Trump victory;  Political and national editor Christopher Ave says media "as a breed are more educated than the average American" (6:30);  Family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan gets emotional about Trump's "racism" (8:30), much more
          P-D:  Trump tax cuts could help slash spending in Missouri
          CDT:  Graduate assistants would take big tax hit in GOP plan X
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay says GOP tax plan would mean $900 billion tax increase
          KWMU:  VA series:  Veterans describe "hoops and cracks" of getting care through St. Louis VA system
          KWMU:  Renovated Soldiers Memorial will reopen for Veterans Day 2018
          KWMU:  Vulnerable rural hospitals face tough decisions on profitable but questionable billing schemes
          Drebes:  Former staffer/lobbyist/Rep. Bruce Holt (D-St. Peters) retires
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation task force discusses safety issues;  texting while driving called an 'epidemic'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel seeks remedies to cost spikes in state's health care markets
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators leave hearing on insurance market plans with few answers
          Clayton Times:  St. Louis County releases report about its prescription drug monitoring program
          AP:  Missouri veterans court sees first graduate
          Columbia Missourian:  Tell us your thoughts on Mizzou's decline since fall 2015's race histrionics
          P-D:  UMSL Twitter account shames St. Louis City voters for backing 'killer cops'
          P-D's Joe Holleman:  Sara Dayley - former TV newscaster and daughter of former St. Louis Cardinals middle reliever Ken Dayley - to serve as spokeswoman for Missouri Department of Public Safety
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Nov. 8, 2017
          KWMU:  Environmentalists aim to halt Spire's gas pipeline
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Film seeks to educate about GMOs;  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) among those viewing "Food Evolution" X
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office settles with deceptive charity
          SNL:  MoDOT deals with deer slaughter zone in Springfield X
          KC Star editorial:  Mike Cierpiot won because of dirty politics
          KC Star editorial:  To get Medicaid expansion in Missouri, a petition drive is needed
          P-D editorial:  If Greitens is so committed to fight opioid abuse, where's his program?
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  College of the Ozarks wrong to offer patriotism class and wrong to stand up for the National Anthem
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal expresses anger over Mike Cierpiot's win
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        Wednesday, November 8
       
SNL:  Blunt open to granting citizenship to young illegals X
          P-D:  Blunt says DACA resolution could involve pathway to citizenship for young aliens
          The Hill:  Some Dems eye big changes after Brazile bombshell;  McCaskill:  "I refuse to look back"
          P-D:  Lacy Clay puts forth effort to get out the vote - in Virginia, not St. Louis City
          CDT:  Federal tax proposals put state revenue in danger;  Missouri Budget Project's Tom Kruckmeyer calls standard deduction "a ginormous revenue loser" for Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Election Night 2017:  Cierpiot surges to victory in SD 8 special
          Missourinet:  Cierpiot elected to Missouri Senate
          KC Star:  Mike Cierpiot wins seat in Missouri Senate
          TonysKansasCity:  Show-Me disappointment for progressive pixie Hillary Shields;  Missouri Democratic Party and media outrage failed to bring down Mike Cierpiot
          One week ago:  P-D online admin Beth O'Malley:  Republican Mike Cierpiot is wrong about "St. Louis riots";  Collection of tweets from angry St. Louis-area liberals
          P-D:  Former Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis City), who dipped her hand in campaign fund, now wants court to erase her Missouri Ethics Commission fines
          AP:  Former St. Louis City Democratic senator fighting campaign violation costs
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears Robin Wright-Jones case
          P-D:  Ed Martin lands show on KXFN radio
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) on U.S. Senate race, medical marijuana, how St. Louis City rioters' behavior is counterproductive, more
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft wants to speed up payments for election authorities
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) shares his vision of what a floor leader should be
          The Missouri Times:  Cunningham:  HCB3 replacement will be 'hopefully one of the first bills in regular session'
          KWMU:  Missouri senators still want special session for in-home health care - but time is running out
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles) to offer tax overhaul
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) hopes to see gas tax increase on 2018 statewide ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol lighting project illuminates art, soon to be completed
          JCNT:  Judge:  Public defender system overloaded X
          SE Missourian:  Court reverses course in Ameren's appeal over assessments;  schools can't touch money +
          AP:  Ameren wins two more appeals on natural gas assessments
          KWMU:  Analysis:  Racial makeup of St. Louis City schools
          KWMU:  Future of electricity production could be closer to home
          P-D editorial:  State-appointed leadership - which teachers' union opposes - works best for St. Louis Public Schools
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Beefing up school lunches with Missouri Farm to School program X
          Jensen:  Medical marijuana may go to Missouri voters +
          P-D op-ed:  PuppySpot CEO Greg Liberman:  Missouri Legislature must overhaul animal welfare laws
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph woman says Missouri power grid should include renewables X
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        Tuesday, November 7
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Medicare cost controls, CHIP renewal, more
          Politico:  McCaskill, other red-state Dems to meet with Trump aide today on tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for independent investigation into St. Louis Veterans Home, citing lack of faith in Missouri Veterans Commission
          Messenger:  Greitens inadvertently highlights sham veterans' inquiry
          SeekingAlpha.com:  Gannett, parent company of Springfield News-Leader, earnings call transcript:  Execs talk digital revenue growth, print revenue slide, plans to keep raising subscription costs to stem circulation decline, more (free subscription required)
          The Missouri Times:  New Shields mailer seeks to further split GOP votes in SD 8 special election
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis Police Officers Association endorses Cierpiot for SD 8 bid
          Drebes:  Former Rep. Neal St. Onge (R-Ballwin), viligante firefighter, detained after springing to action and fighting fire
          The Missouri Times:  Government jobs increased under Greitens? New data says yes.
          AP:  Missouri funds from 2004 road measure don't pay debt service
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel proposes reducing income tax from 5.9% to 4.8% for small business owners
          KC Star:  British HBO host mocks Missouri-Kansas "border war" economics, gets geography wrong
          P-D:  Greitens may have to work with lawmakers on drug-monitoring effort after all
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) appointed as Missouri Health Facilities Review Committe chair
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approves over $40 million in new application, $143 million in new extensions
          Missourinet:  Springfield voters to enjoy ballot security of new voter ID laws
          SNL:  Missouri State security officer dismissed after video of him watching porn on the job goes viral X
          KWMU:  Philosophy vs. performance:  Who should govern St. Louis Public Schools
          P-D:  Speakers tell task force that school board is best option for St. Louis
          AP:  Judge rules against Missouri in juvenile parole case
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder off to good start on Delta Regional Authority spending cuts +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Ignore the gimmicks. Here are the reasons Amazon should come to Missouri.
          Columbia Missouran op-ed:  Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia):  New law offers protection for those who report an overdose
          Waters:  Reasons for University of Missouri to not divest from fossil fuels X
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian agrees with protesters' economic boycott, except part about Delmar Loop
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        Monday, November 6
       
KWMU:  Truman Dinner recap:  Missouri Dems see economic issues as way out of electoral wilderness
          CDT:  Number of new refugees on the decline locally X
          AP:  Six Missouri utilities to share $120 million in federal funds
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) talks Majority Floor Leader race, SD 8, Trump's popularity, more;  Panel of Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis), Jane Dueker, former Rep. John Mayfield, Joe Patterson talk Legislature's "social justice warriors," Greitens vs. Blunt and McCaskill on veterans home issue, McCaskill vs. Hawley, Courtland Sykes, more
          Drebes:  A look at how far medical marijuana support has come in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot, Shields prepare for close SD 8 result
          Missourinet:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) still upset about in-home care cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  Critical report on Greek system ignored MU's own data on freshman academic performance
          P-D:  Elected, appointed or both? A look at St. Louis' school board options
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants to raise minimum wage
          P-D:  After latest round of riots, St. Louis City leaders once again point to Ferguson Commission report as a way forward
          P-D editorial:  Deadbeat state is cheating 3,000 blind Missourians out of millions
          KC Star editorial:  Here's one way Greitens can shrink state government:  Combine or eliminate boards and commissions
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        Sunday, November 5
       
P-D:  At Missouri Dems' annual Truman Dinner in St. Louis City, Al Franken yuks it up while bashing Trump and praising McCaskill
          SNL:  Union's anti-'right to work' initiative may appear on August - not November - ballot;  Polisci profs weigh impact on McCaskill race X
          SNL:  Unions forced a vote on Missouri's 'right-to-work' law. History is on their side. X