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        Wednesday, April 8, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's daily coronavirus briefing
          The Missouri Times:  In Missouri, first responders with COVID-19 will be covered by workers' compensation
          KC Star:  Health centers in Missouri approved for millions in federal coronavirus aid
          SE Missourian:  Local businesses navigate state stay-at-home order
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Notes from Gov. Parson's daily press briefing;  Prison inmate dies;  More
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leaders tackle coronavirus:  Live interviews with Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis), AG Eric Schmitt, many more
          SE Missourian:  Nurse practitioner rules waived in Missouri due to coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  Lawmakers return to Capitol with coronavirus precautions, social distancing
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate panel wraps up work on $5.8 billion coronavirus response plan
          P-D:  Missouri senators outline massive relief package
          Missourinet:  Missouri House expected to approve $5.8 billion supplemental today;  masks ready for members
          SNL:  Missouri coronavirus cases increase by 315, deaths by 14
          P-D:  Deaths related to China virus jump in St. Louis County and across Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County records first COVID-19 death;  Person was between 80 and 89 years old
          AP:  Most coronavirus deaths in Missouri involving old people
          KWMU:  Nearly 50 Missouri nursing homes have residents with COVID-19
          KWMU:  North St. Louis City zip code leads the area in COVID-19 cases;  Alderwoman complains about being "afterthought"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann (R) talks coronavirus response, federal funding, more
          The Missouri Times:  How coronavirus has impacted teaching certification requirements in Missouri
          KC Star:  Star hires two Gen Z reporters for racism and criminal justice beats;  22-year-old vows to keep "holding systems of power accountable";  23-year-old explains what makes a great reporter
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan promotes campaign to free murderer Patty Prewitt from jail
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Gov. Parson's lax stay-at-home order will cost him
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        Tuesday, April 7, 2020
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  "Book launch conversation" promotional event tonight:  Liberal author Sarah Kendzior says President Trump seeks to destroy American economy, has conspired with Kremlin and "transnational organized crime" since 1980s
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  ACLU's Sara Baker promotes campaign to set Missouri state prisoners loose
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Timeline:  Gov. Parson's executive orders on coronavirus
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing;  General revenue slides lower;  HUD commits $13.6M to Missouri;  Two school districts suspend food handouts; More
          KC Star:  Kansas City schools suspend food handout program after workers contract coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers organize fundraising effort for nurses and restaurants;  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) takes lead on organizing drop-off sites, answering questions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri unemployment claims on the rise
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gets back to work today
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers to tackle multi-billion dollar supplemental;  senators to be given masks
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature appears headed toward special session to get state budget passed
          P-D:  With emergency aid package on the line, Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol
          JCNT:  Public asked to not visit Capitol while Legislature is in session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on city's coronavirus response
          KWMU:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) changes tune on Gov. Parson's statewide stay-at-home order
          KC Star:  After demanding stay-at-home order, Gov. Parson's critics say it's not restrictive enough
          Columbia Missourian:  Emerald ash borer appears in three new Missouri counties
          JCNT editorial:  Stay-at-home order late, but the right choice
          KWMU Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  Press deserves special treatment above regular citizens at Capitol, should be given in-person access to Gov. Parson
          P-D letter:  Wildwood sexagenarian says KMOX radio is responsible for local coronavirus deaths
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        Monday, April 6, 2020
       
Rosenbaum:  Missouri campaign season is frozen amid coronavirus fears - and 'normal' may be far away
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson, Nicole Galloway adapt campaigns to China virus environment
          Missourinet:  DHSS:  Missouri now has 34 COVID-19 deaths
          CDT:  Missouri's coronavirus death toll hits 34
          KC Star:  China virus deaths in Missouri increase by 10 Sunday
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  First Franklin County deaths;  Iconic urban crime newspaper The St. Louis Evening Whirl stops printing;  School district stops delivering food handouts
          KC Star:  Confusion marks municipalities' 'essential' designations;  KC head shop, urban beauty supply store rationalize keeping doors open
          Missourinet:  More details on Missouri's 50% decline in Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline calls
          Missourinet:  Missouri traffic fatalities up in 2020, despite large drop in traffic due to coronavirus
          JCNT:  Missouri Budget Project offers tax and spending ideas to help coronavirus recovery
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Levee repairs not slowed down by coronavirus
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gun shops essential
          SE Missourian editorial:  MoDOT exemptions make sense during pandemic
          Joplin Globe's Andy Ostmeyer:  Newspaper changes:  No more daily sports section, no more weekend section
          P-D letter:  Connecticut man "truly angry" at Gov. Parson for not forcing mandatory social distancing upon Missourians
          SNL letter:  Springfield pediatrician wants state to expand spending for "medically complex conditions"
          P-D letter:  Poplar Bluff septuagenarian opposes Dept. of Conservation bills from GOP Reps. Robert Ross and Chris Dinkins
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        Sunday, April 5, 2020
       
KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Gov. Parson's Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team;  Gov. Parson gives more details on statewide stay-at-home order
          P-D:  Missouri recruiting retired, student health care workers for disaster assistance team
          SE Missourian:  Missouri National Guard further explains alternate sites for health care
          SNL:  At least 5 new deaths in Missouri from China virus
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson assures strong food, hospital supplies
          CDT:  Pandemic politics:  Gov. Parson, Galloway engage on governor's leadership during crisis
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  ACLU's Sara Baker to promote effort to let Missouri prisoners loose
          Missourinet:  Coronavirus outbreak expected to increase drug and alcohol addiction across Missouri;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer
          KWMU:  Coronavirus is having mixed effects on Missouri's farm economy
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State lawmakers reconvening to discuss COVID funding
          JCNT:  Lincoln University laments 'devastating' budget cut
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Permit fees for Missouri trout fishing waived
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Bella Vista bypass completion was a long time coming - Missouri was ready, Arkansas wasn't
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should stop using coronavirus for political gain
          Messenger:  Correction:  Column incorrectly stated that Gov. Parson was accountable for coronavirus death of veteran at Missouri Veterans Home in North St. Louis County;  test came back negative
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Farming safely during the pandemic
          P-D letter:  Glendale man disagrees with editorial board on Gov. Parson's approach to disease spread, says rural Missouri isn't going to infect urban areas
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        Saturday, April 4, 2020
       
The Hill:  Hawley unveils initiative to rehire workers laid off during coronavirus crisis, bolster domestic production
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) criticizes timing
          SNL:  Gov. Parson issues stay-at-home order;  House superminority leader says governor not focusing enough on derelicts or travel restrictions
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order
          AP:  Gov. Parson issues statewide order for stay at home
          P-D:  Governor orders all of Missouri to stay at home to slow spread of Wuhan virus
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing
          The Missouri Times:  Updated timeline:  Missouri's response to coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Statewide stay-at-home order;  State extends heating-bill handouts;  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says she'll wear a mask when "running errands";  More
          P-D:  From $33 million to $2.5 billion, cost of China virus fight balloons in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers returning to Capitol next week;  What to know about procedural changes
          KSDK:  AG Eric Schmitt concerned about inmates released due to coronavirus
          KMOV:  Mother of hit-and-run victim furious after suspect released from jail due to COVID-19;  Schmitt provides examples of violent criminals let loose by St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  Kansas City woman running for Matt Sain's safe Democratic state rep seat
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson finally makes right decision with coronavirus order
          KC Star's Jason Hancock, Allison Kite and Caitlyn Rosen:  Press briefing psychoanalysis:  Gov. Parson getting "visibily frustrated"
          Jon Rust:  An update on masks, rapid tests and ventilators in Cape
          P-D letter:  Wentzville Democrat expresses anger at Blunt, Hawley and Luetkemeyer, says support for Trump make them "ineligible for my vote"
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man wants AG Eric Schmitt to investigate inmates' release
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        Friday, April 3, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Statewide and House tip sheet:  2020
          Columbia Missourian:  Pandemic creates hurdles for national, local census efforts
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's response to coronavirus:  A timeline
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri political leaders tackle coronavirus:  Live interviews with the Missouri Times:  DESE's Margie Vandeven, SOS Jay Ashcroft, more
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers expected to OK millions for coronavirus fight next week
          Missourinet:  Legislators to return to Missouri Capitol to vote on supplemental for COVID-19 virus funding
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson suspends late penalties for concealed carry permits;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) tweets her "disappointment"
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson suspends concealed carry late penalties;  Reaction from House superminority leader
          SNL:  Missouri unemployment claims skyrocket again, doubling 'incredible' number last week
          P-D:  Missouri unemployment claims more than double as stay-home orders take hold
          Columbia Missourian:  State responds to rising unemployment due to coronavirus
          P-D:  Missouri's top casino regulator quitting amid dispute with highway patrol
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Gov. Parson issues another executive order regarding state paperwork;  St. Louis County to pursue scofflaw businesses;  More
          P-D:  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page (D) asks DHSS Director Randall Williams for more coronavirus tests and better data
          P-D:  DHSS:  Naming nursing homes with coronavirus cases violates state statutes
          KWMU:  Rolla hospital readies for coronavirus cases
          SNL:  DESE condemns April Fools' Day letter targeting Missouri students
          Missourinet:  DESE warns public about fake "repeat a grade" letter;  Poorly-punctuated April 1 letter on DESE letterhead - signed by "Candice B. Furreal" - fools some
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri utility workers take new precautions during COVID-19
          KWMU:  St. Louis County to close all parks through April 22
          P-D:  Ex-trooper fired after Lake of the Ozarks boating death gets final state payout
          KC Star editorial:  Despite coronavirus, Missouri lawmakers will reconvene. Anyone heard of videoconferences?
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  SLU sociology prof Liz Chiarello:  Some Republicans do not care about coronavirus fatalities;  Gov. Parson has a "death wish" for Missouri
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        Thursday, April 2, 2020
       
Fox News:  Hawley says China sees coronavirus pandemic 'as a strategic opportunity ... they want to be the central power'
          SNL:  What to know about federal stimulus checks:  Salary threshold, taxes, timing, more
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  List of counties with 'stay at home' restrictions
          Missourinet:  At least 19 people dead in Missouri from coronavirus
          SNL:  University of Washington study predicts Missouri won't hit coronavirus death peak until May 19
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Federal funds for counties;  State budget cuts;  More
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing:  Details on state budget cuts
          SNL:  Gov. Parson cuts $176M amid outbreak;  Higher ed gets 8% haircut
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri restricts $180 million in budget to deal with coronavirus fallout
          P-D:  Gov. Parson freezes $180 million in spending
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith (R-Carthage) backs Gov. Parson's withholds
          KWMU:  Constitutional rights and China virus restrictions:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Michael Wolff and Freedom Center of Missouri's Dave Roland
          Missourinet:  Missouri River likely to enter minor flood stage this week
          The Missouri Times:  Elaine Gallon jumps into SD 3 race on last day of filing
          Columbia Missourian:  Election filings:  Columbia Dems Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens both get a free pass
          SE Missourian:  Coronavirus causes changes in Missouri trucking regulations
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox:  President Trump and Gov. Parson already declared a state of emergency, but fighting COVID-19 takes individual responsibility
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Goldwater Institute's Naomi Lopez and Christina Sandefur:  Time to end Missouri's certificate of need
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        Wednesday, April 1, 2020   April Fools' Day
       
April 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          CDT:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler explains benefits of pandemic relief bill in news conference
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing:  Potential temporary hospital sites;  Helping Missourians who've lost their jobs;  Advice for candidates taking shots to score political points;  More
          Missourinet:  Overcrowding problems force Missouri to temporarily close some state parks
          SNL:  Overcrowding closes four state parks
          P-D:  Dome eyed for overflow hospital
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Post-Dispatch furloughs;  DSS making special payments to some Child Care Subsidy providers;  Gov. Parson not considering releasing prisoners;  More
          P-D  AG Eric Schmitt demands list of prisoners released from St. Louis City jails
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on elections during coronavirus pandemic:  'Slightly different process';  A conversation with Scott Faughn
          SNL:  County clerks say changes needed for elections in a coronavirus pandemic
          Rosenbaum:  8 takeaways from the end of Missouri's candidate filing period
          The Missouri Times:  Dem gov candidate Nicole Galloway criticizes Gov. Parson's handling of coronavirus pandemic
          CDT:  During daily pandemic press briefing, Gov. Parson asked about Democratic gov candidate's criticisms
          The Missouri Times:  Saundra McDowell files to have name on 2020 GOP gov ballot
          P-D:  Failed GOP candidate for state auditor will have name on ballot against Gov. Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Faughn breaks down the 2020 Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Matt Sain (D-Kansas City) forgoes re-election bid after single term
          CDT:  Missouri Senate to meet for vote on crisis spending bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court extends ruling for hearing cases during pandemic
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch to furlough employees, or cut pay
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri's Gov. Mike Parson in contention for governor who's done the least to contain Wuhan virus
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        Tuesday, March 31, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves talks stimulus spending and the unique civic fabric of rural communities
        Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing:  Updated stats, thoughts on potential pandemic peak, child care funding, more
        CDT:  Gov. Parson to extend rules;  China virus cases top 1,000 in Missouri
        P-D:  Missouri Press Association wants special exemption to visit Capitol for in-person briefings
        The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
        KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Recreational marijuana campaign throws in the wet towel;  Casinos to remain closed;  More
        P-D:  China virus cases in Missouri now top 1,000
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Rosenbaum about federal stimulus, state budget, election-year criticism of Gov. Parson's orders, fate of non-coronavirus legislation, much more
        P-D:  Outbreak may mean bumpy roads ahead in Missouri with some transportation projects likely delayed
        JCNT:  Economic development aid network being deployed
        CDT:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Local judges will make decisions on release of prisoners
        KC Star:  ACLU, Missouri NAACP, Midwest Innocence Project, et al. want some inmates released from jails
        KWMU:  FBI warns St. Louis-area residents of cyberscams around coronavirus
        KC Star:  Missouri Democrats find candidate to fill ballot slot for Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe's re-election;  Alissia Canady received nearly 14 percent of vote in Dems' 2019 KC mayoral primary
        P-D editorial:  Not frightened enough? Local judges decide to release violent accused felons.
        KC Star editorial:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) wrong to question conventional wisdom on coronavirus
        Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  President Trump full of lies, and Gov. Parson is "avoiding the press"
        P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian says Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) should stop listening to Rush Limbaugh's radio show
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        Monday, March 30, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley calls for surge of personal protective equipment into Missouri hospitals
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt says Senate worked hard to include ag aid
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream
          P-D:  Two more die of China virus in Missouri as state tops 900 cases
          AP:  Henry County Democratic Party Chairman William "Al" Grimes dies after contracting coronavirus
          KC Star:  Al Grimes was the first death in Henry County from Wuhan virus
          Missourinet:  Gov. Mike Parson says fallout of coronavirus means tough Missouri budget cuts ahead
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Food supply and farmers focused amid crisis
          Missouri Ruralist:  COVID-19:  3 documents you need to keep farming in Missouri
          P-D:  St. Charles County provides more information than St. Louis City on coronavirus cases
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Record flooding was the emergency a year ago
          Joplin Globe:  State funding for Neosho flooding buyouts smaller than hoped
          KC Star:  Lawmakers, hospitals debate MO HealthNet reimbursement proposal;  Comments from Todd Richardson, Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, state lawmakers
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefings are self-pitying
          P-D editorial:  With gun sales rising, it's urgent that St. Louis City be exempt from Missouri Republicans' wild-west approach
          Messenger:  Illegal aliens, hiding out in St. Louis County trailer park, spread false rumors about ICE raids - while advocates complain that coronavirus information isn't printed in Spanish
          SNL letter:  MSU journalism prof says Gov. Parson's actions on coronavirus too closely resemble those of President Trump
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        Sunday, March 29, 2020
       
Missourinet:  At least 838 people test positive for China virus in Missouri - 168 case jump from Friday
          P-D:  Widespread sampling leads to jump in Missouri's reported coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Time:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          AP:  Coronavirus claims 10th Missouri victim as cases increase
          Columbia Missourian:  Acquiring, distributing protective equipment is state's top priority
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Missouri ships more than 200,000 masks to health workers and first responders around state;  More
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission requests utility workers be deemed 'essential' during coronavirus crisis
          SNL:  Coronavirus tests Missouri's strapped local health agencies
          P-D:  Hospitals in rural Missouri brace for coronavirus
          P-D:  St. Louis police traffic division quarantined after sergeant tests positive for Wuhan virus
          JCNT:  Coronavirus presenting new challenges for Missouri farmers
          Washington Missourian:  Spring flooding begins
          SNL:  NORML signals failure to achieve signature threshold for recreational marijuana ballot initiative
          KWMU:  How to get a REAL ID in Missouri - and why you might need one
          AP:  Maryville judge appointed to Missouri court of appeals
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Federal disaster declaration is good news for Missouri recovery
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson should issue stay-at-home order
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson must summon the courage to usurp local control while there's still time
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry and Jason Hancock:  By not expanding Medicaid, Missouri lawmakers worsened coronavirus pandemic
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Renew Missouri's James Owen and Emily Piontek:  Missouri needs to bolster solar energy
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian expresses anger at Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina), other Republicans for expressing views on coronavirus
          P-D letter:  Washington sexagenarian demands KMOX issue public apology for broadcasting Rush Limbaugh
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        Saturday, March 28, 2020
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Reps. Clay, Cleaver, Hartzler, Luetkemeyer share thoughts on stimulus package
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Scott Faughn about coronavirus, plans to get lawmakers back to Jefferson City, more
          JCNT:  Cole County to invoke stay-at-home order in response to pandemic
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson mobilizes Missouri National Guard in fight against coronavirus
          AP:  Gov. Parson mobilizes National Guard for virus fight
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson mobilizes Missouri National Guard to help train, coordinate efforts in pandemic
          Missourinet:  Latest COVID-19 count in Missouri:  at least 10 dead, 670 people test positive
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page (D), other leaders praise federal stimulus package;  Gov. Parson mobilizes Missouri National Guard;  More
          P-D:  Inmates charged with violent crimes in St. Louis City and St. Louis County released amid spread of Wuhan virus
          AP:  Missouri Gaming Association says unregulated slots are a health risk
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO criticizes Gov. Parson's efforts on coronavirus
          KWMU:  Galloway audit finds problems with how Missouri confirmed Medicaid eligibility
          AP:  AG Eric Schmitt appeals decision on Jonathan Irons;  WNBA "star" Maya Moore has campaigned to let burglar/assailant free
          KC Star editorial:  Is KC too small?  City may not make the cut for coronavirus aid in stimulus bill
          Phill Brooks:  Issues in covering coronavirus
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  AG Eric Schmitt appeals inmate's exoneration, but WNBA "star"/amateur legal analyst Maya Moore continues brave fight against America's racist court system
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman angry at area Democrats and Republicans over President Donald Trump's daily press conferences, wants officials to "shout, shout, then scream"
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        Friday, March 27, 2020
       
Joplin Globe:  Blunt, Long lay out details of economic stimulus
          The Missouri Times:  President Trump approves Gov. Parson's request for federal major disaster declaration
          Missourinet:  Highlights from Gov. Parson's daily press briefing on COVID-19
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Q&A with Gov. Parson
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  President Trump issues major disaster declaration for Missouri;  Gov. Parson, National Guard to partner on expanding hospital capacity;  STL County Executive Sam Page asks retired doctors and nurses to aid response
          The Missouri Times:  AG Eric Schmitt proposes relaxing licensing regulations amid coronavirus pandemic
          Missourinet:  Missouri Grocers Association, led by Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial), working with AG Eric Schmitt to prevent gouging during pandemic
          SNL:  Missouri unemployment applications jump tenfold as US numbers hit record high
          AP:  Missouri swamped by unemployment claims as cases exceed 500
          KWMU:  Missouri unemployment claims skyrocket
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson expects more cases of coronavirus could pop up in Missouri prisons
          SNL:  All Missouri prison staff deemed essential
          Missourinet:  Briefs:  Marc Powers says Rep. Joe Runions (R-Grandview) now recovering at home;  Gov. Parson says Capitol is being cleaned extensively daily
          The Missouri Times:  How Missouri compares to other states during coronavirus
          KWMU:  Tale of the coronavirus tape:  Missouri Gov. Mike Parson vs. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
          SNL:  Under stay-at-home orders, gun stores still have freedom to operate
          Missourinet:  Rep. Wes Rogers (D-Kansas City) says Small Business Administration web portal moves too slowly
          P-D:  SEIU, AFL-CIO, et al. criticize Gov. Parson
          KWMU:  Union wants grocery store workers classified as first responders
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers praise UM System President Mun Choi for taking interim position at Mizzou
          KWMU:  C-SPAN honors local students in documentary competition:  Winners include "If 'Boys Will Be Boys,' Girls Will Be Sexually Assaulted," "The Psychological Impact of Gun Violence in America," etc.
          P-D editorial:  Bolster Missouri's economic system for the pandemic's economic victims
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Sen. Josh Hawley wants to investigate China's coronavirus cover-up? Yes, please.
          P-D op-ed:  UFCW President David Cook:  During a crisis, grocery store workers should be considered first responders
          P-D letter:  Bonne Terre septuagenarian wants state lawmakers to allow voting by mail, early voting for November election
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        Thursday, March 26, 2020
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Senate approves $2 trillion stimulus package;  Blunt pleased with bill
          SNL:  Here are three big things Gov. Mike Parson has said about COVID-19 so far
          CDT:  Missouri tallies 101 new coronavirus cases;  Gov. Parson seeks federal disaster declaration
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson requests major disaster declaration for Missouri coronavirus response
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing:  In one week, Missouri receives nearly 30% of total unemployment claims filed in 2019
          SNL:  Tens of thousands of jobs lost as Missouri hotel, travel industry 'devastated' by coronavirus
          P-D:  Jobless claims spike in Missouri as leaders look to get benefits paid faster
          Columbia Missourian:  State legislature faces tough budget choices amid coronavirus complications
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page (D) talks coronavirus:  ""This is really a public health emergency. It doesn't have a partisan home."
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Missouri Historical Society seeking sad stories;  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) recommends 56 inmates for release;  more
          P-D:  St. Louis city and county to release more than 140 inmates amid coronavirus concerns
          Missourinet:  China virus count in Missouri:  at least 8 deaths, 356 infected people
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leaders note 'alarming' drop in child abuse hotline calls during coronavirus crisis
          JCNT:  Child abuse concerns rise amid coronavirus outbreak
          KWMU:  Confirmed coronavirus case at Fort Leonard Wood won't slow down training
          KWMU:  Expanded absentee ballots possible for Missouri's elections this year
          JCNT:  Missouri Supreme Court extends suspension of proceedings, allows for remote oaths
          Missourinet:  Union wants grocery baggers, pharmacy workers, others classified alongside first responders as "essential workers"
          KWMU:  Latest forecast predicts only 'moderate' flooding in St. Louis region this spring
          JCNT:  Medicaid expansion campaign says measure will appear on November ballot
          KC Star editorial:  From disaster request to press conference Q&A:  A list of things Gov. Parson has done wrong while leading state through coronavirus crisis
          KC Star editorial:  Another Missouri health crisis:  Don't hoard malaria drugs to fight coronavirus
          Jon Rust:  Some good news in the analysis of COVID-19 rates
          P-D op-ed:  Advice on Wuhan virus from a Missourian living in China
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        Wednesday, March 25, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley touts stimulus package, says it benefits the working poor
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley weigh in on pandemic stimulus package
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's daily press briefing on COVID-19
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  No quick end in sight for coronavirus
          P-D:  Missouri opens door for more sick people to get Wuhan virus tests
          KC Star:  KC Mayor Quinton Lucas compares Gov. Parson to "Strom Thurmond and the Dixiecrats"
          P-D:  Confirmed China virus cases jumps to 255 in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Columbia and Boone County issue new stay-at-home orders
          SNL:  Springfield, county order residents to stay at home
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus in Missouri:  Which counties have issued 'stay at home' rules?
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Inmate at St. Louis City juvenile detention center tests positive for coronavirus;  Gov. Parson declines ACLU request to set criminals free;  more
          P-D:  Urban juvenile delinquent tests positive for Wuhan virus
          SNL:  Amid pandemic, Missouri health authorities approve weed patients
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri expands access to food stamp handouts during coronavirus pandemic
          Columbia Missourian:  State extends, expands welfare handouts
          JCNT:  Child care centers remain vital amid closures
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission issues guidelines on certain cases in wake of coronavirus
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  No fishing permits needed starting Friday
          Columbia Missourian:  Forecast calls for more flooding in Missouri this spring
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Democratic Committee officer volunteers to fill Democratic ballot slot for Kathy Swan's open state rep seat;  Andy Leighton says his campaign agenda is coronavirus and "health care, health care, health care"
          KC Star editorial:  Conservative Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) wrong on questioning government's coronavirus shutdowns
          SE Missourian editorial:  Census participation is vital
          P-D letter:  Brentwood woman says Planned Parenthood's corporate leaders are hypocritical on women's health and state orders
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        Tuesday, March 24, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's briefing on COVID-19
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Capitol, state offices shutter as positive coronavirus cases rise
          JCNT:  Missouri State Capitol, state office buildings to close to public
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol closes due to coronavirus;  15,000 state employees working remotely
          SNL:  Greene County reports first coronavirus death
          P-D:  St. Louis City and St. Charles County report first Wuhan virus deaths
          P-D:  St. Charles, Jefferson counties issue 'stay home' orders to prevent Wuhan virus spread
          SNL:  Area medical society rep wants Gov. Parson to issue statewide stay-at-home order
          Missourinet:  Missouri prisoners to make hand sanitizer for coronavirus response efforts
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Department of Corrections confirms inmate has coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Missouri prison inmate tests positive for coronavirus
          KWMU:  St. Louis hospitals likely won't have enough room to treat every coronavirus patient
          Missourinet:  There have been more than 1,000 Missouri deaths from flu and pneumonia this season
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers request bars, restaurants be allowed to sell mixed drinks to-go
          Missourinet:  Missouri DSS Acting Director Jennifer Tidball:  Calls are down substantially to Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, and that's not good
          P-D:  Some Missouri conservatives skeptical of Wuhan virus hysteria
          KWMU:  Medicaid expansion campaign says it met signature threshold to appear on ballot
          SNL:  Medicaid expansion campaign says it has signatures to go on ballot
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Laid-off Riverfront Times music editor Daniel Hill talks about his working-after-layoffs stunt and costume gimmick, calls Gov. Parson "worthless"
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Interview with new ACLU-Missouri Executive Director Luz Maria Henriquez
          KWMU:  Mobile office helps rural Missouri women escape attackers
          P-D editorial:  Journalists serve as public's eyes and ears as pandemic restrictions grow
          Faughn:  Gov. Parson's response to coronavirus may not be what urban liberals want to hear, but it's a very Missouri response to a global problem
          KWMU Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  We are putting in herculean effort to bring you the news
          KC Star op-ed:  SLU associate sociology prof:  Instead of wasting time on PDMP, Missouri lawmakers should simply expand Medicaid
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        Monday, March 23, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Coronavirus is not political issue;  Governor talks to legislative leaders in both parties
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson calls Rep. Joe Runions (D-Grandview) in hospital;  79-year-old state rep says governor "understands the challenges our hospitals are facing"
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson calls Runions in hospital
          KC Star:  Runions still hospitalized
          Missourinet:  Missouri verifies 106 people with coronavirus
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          The Missouri Times:  Fort Leonard Wood, Whiteman report positive coronavirus cases
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  New local numbers
          Missourinet:  Hawley wants probe into China's handling of Wuhan virus
          P-D:  Gun sales soar in St. Louis metro region during Wuhan virus pandemic
          KC Star:  As Chinese virus spreads, sales of guns and ammo surge at Kansas City-area gun shop
          SE Missourian:  Newspaper to beef up online offerings, temporarily reduce print days in response to coronavirus
          SNL:  Fewer Springfield students dropping out;  Nearly 250 enrolled in state's "Missouri Option Program"
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri equipment supplier targeted in ransomware attack
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Gov. Parson should distance himself from lobbyist
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman applauds state lawmakers for protecting children from puberty blockers
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        Sunday, March 22, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Gov. Parson in Saturday briefing:  Extensions and waivers to help Missouri families
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson cites actions aimed to protect most vulnerable during health crisis
          SNL:  Gov. Parson orders statewide pause on gatherings of more than 10
          The Missouri Times:  Updated county-by-county list of coronavirus cases
          Missourinet:  Coronavirus count climbs to 90 in Missouri
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  New numbers;  Work requirements waived for SNAP handouts;  More
          SNL:  Greene County now has one more COVID-19 case;  CoxHealth 'soon' to have 120 ventilators
          Missourinet:  Three Missouri jurisdictions require citizens to stay home - with some exceptions
          KWMU:  St. Louis City, County issue 'stay-at-home' mandate;  state orders 'social distancing'
          KC Star:  Kansas City metro under stay-at-home order effective Tuesday as Wuhan virus spreads
          P-D:  U.S. Army solider at Fort Leonard Wood tests positive for Wuhan virus
          Missourinet:  Feds approve low-interest disaster loans for Missouri small businesses, non-profits affected by coronavirus
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson, state departments announce changes to state procedures for Wuhan virus
          SNL:  Missouri tax deadline delayed three months;  driver's licenses extended
          KC Star:  Missouri changes income tax deadline, child care, Medicaid, and driver's license rules
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson ends guessing game and finally closes schools
          KC Star editorial:  Mayor Quinton Lucas just saved lives with new shelter-in-place order
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to resign over coronavirus
          KC Star letter:  Washington, D.C. man wants Gov. Parson to make Missouri more like Beltway
          SNL letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian says coronavirus is a good reason to lower absentee-voting standards
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        Saturday, March 21, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Truman Building sees first positive coronavirus case
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joe Runions (D-Grandview) tests positive for coronavirus
          KC Star:  State rep with coronavirus is 79 years old;  Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says Runions is "over the hump"
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson describes coronavirus as "public health emergency";  Missouri now has 73 confirmed cases
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson's media briefing on coronavirus
          SNL:  Gov. Parson to order statewide limits on gatherings over 10
          JCNT:  Missouri to ban gatherings of more than 10 people
          KC Star:  Gov. Parson to ban gatherings over 10 people
          The Missouri Times:  Updated:  County-by-county list of COVID-19 cases
          P-D:  Missouri cases of Wuhan virus jump to 73;  state's third death reported in St. Louis County
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Metro offering "free" rides;  More
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio General Manager Tim Eby amazed by web traffic to Wuhan virus update stream;  Station cancels spring pledge drive
          KCUR:  Some business leaders want Gov. Parson to order uniform social distancing
          KCUR:  Activists want Gov. Parson to force landlords to give "rent and mortgage holiday";  Area woman blames coronavirus for her poor financial condition
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri higher ed department lowers A+ scholarship standards due to coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Missouri says no standardized tests, makeup days this school year due to Wuhan virus
          KC Star:  Missouri officials:  No state testing for students, no makeup days
          SNL:  Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests canceled for year
          Missourinet:  Missouri eases some child care regulations during coronavirus outbreak
          KC Star:  A look at effects of coronavirus on rural Missouri towns
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren partners with United Way, others to provide $1M in energy assistance amid coronavirus crisis
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson orders flags at half-staff for fallen Springfield officer;  Christopher Walsh was shot by Joaquin Roman at convenience store
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Webster prof, students take aim at Trump policies on illegal aliens
          P-D letter:  De Soto sexagenarian thanks U.S. Reps. Jason Smith and Ann Wagner for support of flood legislation
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        Friday, March 20, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Key takeaways from Gov. Parson's COVID-19 press briefing
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson to Missourians:  "We can conquer this. We can get through this."
          The Missouri Times:  Updated:  County-by-county list of COVID-19 cases
          SNL:  5th and 6th local coronavirus cases confirmed X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson expects U.S. Small Business Administration to approve his coronavirus request for Missouri businesses
          SNL:  All Missouri public schools closed voluntarily, Gov. Parson says X
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  No statewide education assessments this year
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri schools will not lose funding for closing early for coronavirus
          KC Star:  Kansas City Public Schools still providing "free" food handouts to thousands of kids X
          JCNT:  State makes 'borrowed leave' available to its workers X
          KC Star:  Missouri waives work requirement for food handouts, expands Medicaid to Wuhan virus patients X
          P-D:  Democrats want state to waive rules for unemployment handouts X
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans push back against Democrats' "doomsday" spending pleas X
          Missourinet:  Schatz optimistic about finishing budget
          The Missouri Times:  House passes supplemental budget amid coronavirus fears
          The Missouri Times:  How Ford, GM plants in Missouri are handling coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Geological drilling and testing to affect I-70 traffic near Rocheport Bridge
          P-D editorial:  Stop calling Chinese virus "Chinese virus" X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs a plan to stop the homeless from spreading Wuhan virus X
          JCNT editorial:  Tread carefully on bill to close public meetings X
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  St. Louis County, "Missouri Department of Health and Human Services [sic]" failing on coronavirus X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Westminster University poli sci prof John Langton:  Missouri lawmakers should focus on gun control, "inequality," "despair," etc.
          Columbia Missourian's Julia Garlich:  Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles) wrong on marriage and domestic unions
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        Thursday, March 19, 2020
       
CDT:  Columbia sees first coronavirus death in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's first coronavirus-related death reported in Boone County
          KWMU:  First coronavirus death in Missouri is Columbia-area resident
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson:  Missourians must have plans to overcome COVID-19
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner in self-quarantine
          KWMU:  Wuhan virus update stream:  Rep. Ann Wagner self-quarantines
          Missourinet:  Blunt says many Missourians could get $1,000 or more from stimulus package
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson suspends April municipal elections until June
          SNL:  Missouri House approves $40 million for coronavirus through June 30;  Democrats want to spend more X
          JCNT:  Missouri House approves Gov. Parson to spend federal funds in coronavirus response X
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs $40 million to fight Wuhan virus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers debate risks, rewards of increased COVID-19 funding
          Missourinet:  Missouri's Social Security offices halt in-person services
          P-D:  Extra screening and cleaning aimed at keeping coronavirus out of Missouri prisons, jails X
          KWMU:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) on coronavirus decisions, carjacking crimes, PDMP, more
          P-D:  Riverfront Times lays off staff members and suspends print edition, blames coronavirus X
          AP:  NAACP complains about treatment of black workers at KC VA hospital;  Shominicia Banks says deadlines for training programs are unfair, alleges "secret monitoring" of job performance
          JCNT editorial:  Gov. Parson correct to order Missouri casinos to close X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson in denial of coronavirus
          Columbia Missourian's Anna Peterson:  Mizzou coed shares musings on the play Hamilton, the American Revolution and a one-sentence tweet from Eric Burlison
          P-D letter:  Missouri Egg Council Director Jo Manhart:  Counties don't have resources to regulate pig farms X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis reverend responds to Post-Dispatch's complaints about religious beliefs and MONA X
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        Wednesday, March 18, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democrats, Republicans change convention approach over coronavirus
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri now has 15 confirmed casees of coronavirus
          AP:  Missouri reports 15 COVID-19 cases
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson says Missouri will increase COVID-19 testing, leaves many decisions up to local leaders
          P-D:  Gov. Parson working to expand coronavirus testing X
          KC Star:  Missouri to expand Wuhan virus testing X
          The Missouri Times:  House will not take up FY21 budget this week amid coronavirus concerns
          P-D:  With the Wuhan virus already hitting state revenues, Missouri House to delay budget vote X
          The Missouri Times:  An insider's look at how the Missouri legislative budget process works
          Missourinet:  Twice-daily Amtrak service across Missouri gets bipartisan support in House budget committee
          AP:  St. Louis Major League Soccer franchise gets $5.7M in state tax credits for stadium
          P-D:  Virus brings St. Louis region to standstill, but day care centers continue to bustle X
          SNL:  Missouri state parks open, but events suspended through April 30 X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation cancels organized events through April 15;  trails, ranges still open X
          P-D:  Missouri casinos closed at midnight X
          P-D editorial:  Coronavirus or not, officials don't have power to make their own laws X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Beware of fake coronavirus news:  Area man's malicious hoax about local coroavirus case spread by unwitting patsies +
          KWMU's Eric Schmid:  By forcing Americans to declare "male" or "female," U.S. Census makes area nonbinaries feel like they don't exist
          P-D letter:  Maplewood man responds to LGBTQIA* editorial, says kindergarten is too young to manufacture "gender identity" confusion X
          P-D letter:  Arch City Defenders intern demands Missouri lawmakers mandate paid sick leave X
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        Tuesday, March 17, 2020   Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus in Missouri:  Where are the positive COVID-19 cases?
          Missourinet:  Two more coronavirus cases hit Missouri
          AP:  Missouri records seventh case of Wuhan virus
          Missourinet:  State to soon boost Wuhan virus testing of Missourians with certain symptoms
          SNL:  Plan changing how public meetings work in an outbreak moves through House committee X
          AP:  Lawmakers advance bill to limit public meeting access in outbreaks
          Missourinet:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) rules out Missouri House remote sessions
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court suspends in-person proceedings in appellate, circuit courts over coronavirus
          SE Missourian:  Supreme Court of Missouri suspends in-person proceedings in appellate, circuit courts +
          Missourinet:  Public, private clinics with few coronavirus tests must choose most at-risk
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Area infectious disease physician explains why coronavirus testing is necessarily limited
          P-D:  Fight against coronavirus could get a $20 million boost from Missouri lawmakers +
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) seek to maintain school funding for schools that temporarily close
          KWMU:  'We do not have the answers':  K-12 schools try to figure out how to go online
          SNL:  DHSS:  COVID-19 won't delay medical weed program X
          P-D:  Complaint against former tourism director tossed;  Ward Franz accepted $1,330 worth of Boston Red Sox tickets from tourism department vendor X
          KC Star editorial:  Coronavirus outbreak should convince Missouri lawmakers to allow early voting X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  MOBIO CEO Kelly Gillespie:  Biosimilars offer savings for Missouri
          Columbia Missourian's Jack Kosowski:  Gov. Parson exaggerates value of his leadership in Missouri's job growth
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ron Boyer:  It's time to bite the bullet and close Missouri schools
          P-D's Benjamin Hochman:  Finally, Missouri makes the right call and cancels high school basketball finals X
          P-D letter:  Northwoods woman hopes Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner, Josh Hawley lose more money in the stock market X
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        Monday, March 16, 2020
       
SNL:  Coronavirus could change how governments meet during outbreak X
          SNL:  Gov. Parson, local officials urge pause on public events of 50+ as KC, STL issue bans X
          AP:  Gov. Parson:  Cancel or suspend gatherings larger than 50
          Missourinet:  Missouri to receive federal guidance this week on $13 million in coronavirus funding
          SE Missourian:  Proposal from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith targets price gouging during pandemic +
          SE Missourian:  Smith explains vote against Wuhan virus relief proposal +
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson calls for limit on public gathering size, with some exceptions
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS Director Randall Williams talks state's strategy for COVID-19
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House approves Wuhan virus funding for local health agencies, other needs
          AP:  States turn to cash reserves as coronavirus strains budgets
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) could mitigate potential medical professional shortage brought on by coronavirus
          Washington Missourian:  Analysis:  Trump, Biden top local presidential primary ballots X
          KWMU:  Missouri won't gain or lose congressional seat after Census
          B Magazine:  Road to the future:  Proponents behind TransAmerica Corridor seek to transform how America uses highways forever +
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri officials awaiting congressional action on highway funding X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on prescription drug monitoring legislation +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Turnout for presidential preference primary is pitiful X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should arrange the in-home care disabled children need X
          Phill Brooks:  Politicians can learn from past failures to control medical information X
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        Sunday, March 15, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Positive coronavirus tests climb to 5 in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus presumptive positive test at Clinton hospital
          Missourinet:  Clinton hospital reopens to patients
          SNL:  Second person in Greene County tests positive for Wuhan virus X
          Joplin Globe:  Gov. Parson confirms second Wuhan virus case from Greene County X
          KC Star:  A look at Missouri's quarantine powers X
          Brownfield Ag News:  AG Eric Schmitt joins amicus brief opposing California's Prop 12, says Missouri farmers and ranchers shouldn't be subjected to CA's burdensome regulations
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  It's time for Missouri to lasso illegal gambling X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial X
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel responds to Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson on cost of Medicaid expansion X
          CDT op-ed:  A.T. Still University assistant prof:  Missouri should expand Medicaid X
          Waters:  Missouri conservation is envy of nation X
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        Saturday, March 14, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson declares state of emergency as number of coronavirus cases in Missouri climbs
          Missourinet:  As two new cases of coronavirus surface, Gov. Parson declares state of emergency
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  State of emergency was next appropriate step to protect Missouri's public health
          P-D:  Second Wuhan virus case likely in St. Louis County X
          SNL:  Gov. Parson declares state of emergency X
          SNL:   News analysis:  Gov. Parson:  Missouri 'well-equipped' for coronavirus X
          JCNT:  Gov. Mike Parson declares state of emergency in Missouri X
          AP:  Gov. Parson declares emergency, notes 2 new cases of Wuhan virus
          SE Missourian:  In the mail:  Census invites should be arriving soon +
          SNL:  Officials urge Missourians to complete census online X
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith to headline Cape Girardeau County Lincoln Day event tonight +
          SE Missourian:  2500 Missourians sign card for Rush Limbaugh;  Peter Kinder accepts card on Limbaugh's behalf +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri sheriffs form new lobbying group, Missouri Sheriffs United
          AP:  NAACP calls voter ID requirement "racist," wants Jay Ashcroft to resign;  Secretary of state criticized KC Mayor Quinton Lucas for tweeting about elderly female poll worker's mistake
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Ashley Bland-Manlove (D-Kansas City) proposes automatic voter registration measure X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate bill to keep tabs on suspected mishandling of prescription drugs
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly halts DNR commission's hazardous waste generator fee hike
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Lawmakers should oppose free speech bill from Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) X
          KC Star op-ed:  Listen to Missouri AG Eric Schmitt and reach for the soap, not the silver X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Dan Cassidy and Eric Bohl:  Coronavirus fight shows need for broadband infrastructure
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Craig Fishel (R-Springfield):  Video lottery terminals prey on poorest Missourians X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Holly Rehder:  Creating a 'safe space' for feral hogs benefits no one
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        Friday, March 13, 2020
       
SNL:  Local coronavirus test likely presumed positive X
          Missourinet:  State's second likely case of coronavirus is in southwest Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri confirms second possible coronavirus case
          AP:  Missouri has second coronavirus case as cancellations grow
          P-D:  Second person in Missouri tests positive for Wuhan virus X
          SNL:  Missouri prisons suspend visits for 30 days X
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus and the Capitol:  How concerns, precautions are affecting state government
          Missourinet:  How coronavirus will affect Missouri's state budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri House will be in session next week:  Budget is top priority
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House will return to work next week;  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) driving forward on budget
          SNL:  Speaker of the House focused on constitutional requirement of passing state budget;  House superminority leader offers coronavirus spending wish list X
          Missourinet:  Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) issues coronavirus wish list:  Waive new handout rules, furlough certain criminals, force businesses to provide mandatory paid sick leave, etc.
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon:  There are laws we need changed in the short term to deal with coronavirus
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  The state of St. Louis print media:  "All-star panel" of Post-Dispatch's Gilbert Bailon, Antonio French to discuss Post-Dispatch and other topics
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway campaign using Eric Greitens as bogeyman foil for fundraising
          KWMU:  Prescription drug monitoring likely coming to Missouri
          AP:  Missouri could join other states in tracking opioids
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers consider repealing motorcycle helmet requirement X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson must declare state of emergency over Wuhan virus X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should pass MONA X
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        Thursday, March 12, 2020
       
Rosenbaum:  Breaking down Joe Biden's mammoth Missouri presidential primary victory
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri Foundation for Health's Alex Rankin promotes group's 2020 census push
          KWMU:  As Planned Parenthood clinic awaits its fate, abortions in Missouri have virtually halted;  Only three babies aborted at Central West End clinic in February
          Missourinet:  Hawley outlines details about the $9.9 million in coronavirus funding heading to Missouri
          SNL:  Missouri opens toll-free coronavirus hotline X
          Missourinet:  Missouri launches coronavirus information hotline
          Joplin Globe:  DHSS:  Missouri has test supplies for coronavirus disease X
          KWMU:  AG Eric Schmitt sues televangelist Jim Bakker for selling fake coronavirus cure
          The Missouri Times:  Senate cancelling session week early due to coronavirus concerns
          SNL:  Here's what could happen if coronavirus hits the Capitol X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Senate cancels session next week
          Missourinet:  Mizzou journalism group exposed to coronavirus during New Orleans conference
          P-D:  Bayer employee tests negative for coronavirus;  Creve Coeur campus to reopen X
          JCNT:  Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Audit the office before legislative session's end X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators want state auditor to be audited
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools board opposes bill requiring members to live in different parts of the city X
          JCNT:  Missouri sheriffs looking for statewide representation X
          Missourinet:  Rep. David Evans (R-West Plains) proposes to clarify Supreme Court's bail rules
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers endorse bill to end breed-specific rules for dogs X
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill banning breed-specific dog bans
          Columbia Missourian:  House members oppose dog breed discrimination
          SNL:  MSU Women's History Month event features "Me Too" founder Tarana Burke X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri National Guard crewman Dave Myers:  Sen. Blunt should support air medical access legislation
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri must apologize for slavery, then begin resourcing reparations X
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        Wednesday, March 11, 2020
       
KWMU:  Biden easily wins Missouri's Democratic presidential primary
          Missourinet:  Biden sweeps Sanders in Missouri Democratic primary
          Missourinet:  Missouri's presidential primary draws 23 percent
          SNL:  Biden wins big in Missouri's Democratic presidential primary X
          P-D:  At election-night party, Bernie Sanders supporters vow to keep fighting X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Democratic watch parties:  Jack Coatar, Megan McBride, others celebrate at Biden party;  Human with dyed red hair comforts congressional candidate Cori Bush at Sanders party;  More X
          AP:  Biden wins Missouri's Democratic primary
          AP:  VoteCast:  In Missouri, 7 out of 10 Dem primary voters under 30 preferred Sanders over Biden;  Significant majority of Dem voters call economic system "unfair"
          AP:  Donald Trump wins Republican presidential primary in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri voters find 'comfort' with Biden, reject Sanders' call for revolution X
          AP:  McCaskill pleased with her new career appearing on MSNBC talk shows
          AP:  Urban poll worker can't find Mayor Quinton Lucas' name in voter database after searching for "Lucas Quinton"
          KC Star:  Mayor Quinton Lucas takes to Twitter to complain after poll worker's error X
          P-D:  Former U.S. Rep. Jack Buechner (R) dies at 79 X
          Missourinet:  DHSS Director Randall Williams testifies about coronavirus funding and St. Louis County case
          SNL:  Lawmakers encourage people to avoid non-business visits to the Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  Coronavirus concerns shutter some public areas of Capitol;  lawmakers urge guests to avoid visits
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers say avoid Capitol over virus concerns
          KC Star:  AG Eric Schmitt says televangelist Jim Bakker pushes fake coronavirus cure X
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP finally finds path forward in Senate
          KWMU:  Missouri House agrees to end residency requirement for police statewide
          The Missouri Times:  Senate bundles legislation helping sexual assault victims:  'One step closer to providing justice'
          KWMU:  St. Louis City could join county's special education district
          KWMU:  Indians overtake Mexicans as largest foreign-born population in St. Louis area
          KC Star editorial:  Mayor Quinton Lucas should have been allowed to vote, even if workers couldn't find his name X
          P-D op-ed:  Ellisville woman opposes puberty-blocker ban from Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles), says daughter decided at 2 (two) years old she wasn't actually a girl X
          P-D letter:  Ladue septuagenarian mocks GOP lawmakers' focus on "small" issues, says they should tackle big issues like texting while driving X
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        Tuesday, March 10, 2020
       
KWMU:  Missourians head to the polls for presidential primary
          KWMU:  Sanders banking on support in Missouri to get campaign back on track
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Bernie Sanders talks coronavirus, health care, and Trump;  Analysis from Jo Mannies
          Missourinet:  Bernie Sanders rallies supporters in St. Louis
          AP:  Sanders touts energy at St. Louis rally
          P-D:  Bernie Sanders, Jill Biden rev up supporters in St. Louis X
          The Missouri Times:  Biden to Missouri voters:  We're the campaign to defeat Trump
          CDT:  Jill Biden pumps up Columbia crowd in advance of primary X
          Columbia Missourian:  Jill Biden stops in Columbia in mad dash through Missouri
          AP:  Missouri primary could help Biden preserve recent momentum
          Missourinet:  Missouri House superminority leaders Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), Tommie Pierson, Jr. (D-St. Louis) decline to take a stand in presidential primary
          JCNT:  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) seeks re-election X
          KWMU:  St. Louis area election officials prepare for primary vote amid coronavirus outbreak
          KC Star:  Election officials take coronavirus precautions X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Exec Sam Page:  Focus on coronavirus prevention, not quarantine breakers
          AP:  Missouri virus case shows 1 exposure can mean major response
          P-D:  Bayer closes Creve Coeur campus over concerns employee may have coronavirus X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Veterans Home access restricted amid COVID-19 concerns +
          Columbia Missourian:  PDMP bill reaches Senate floor, encounters resistance
          AP:  Missouri Senate backs development-zone tax break for businesses
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles) would create a state department of defense
          Columbia Missourian:  Seclusion and restraint bill heads to the Senate
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes ban on marijuana-infused candy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances 'fix' to gas companies' infrastructure replacement processes following Spire court case
          P-D:  Spire seeks 'green light' to speed recovery of infrastructure investments X
          KWMU:  Jeff Smith talks about SLU's "second chance" job fair and value of hiring former inmates
          KC Star editorial:  Use caution before signing Missouri recreational marijuana petition X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gay couple, raising two boys as girls, opposes bill to keep boys from playing girls' high school sports
          KC Star letter:  The Nature of Conservancy of Missouri's Adam McLane thanks Sen. Blunt for supporting National Parks Services' Land and Water Conservation Fund X
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        Monday, March 9, 2020
       
SE Missourian:  Missouri to hold presidential preference primary tomorrow +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov. Jay Nixon talks with Scott Faughn about Missouri Democratic presidential preference primary, how Dems should view work vs. entitlement, MO Senate Democrats, more;  Panel of former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley and Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City) talk Biden vs. Sanders
          CDT:  Leonard and Velma Steinman take on Biden, Sanders in Missouri presidential preference primary X
          Missourinet:  Pro-lifers hold 3rd Annual "March on the Arch";  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) among speakers
          P-D:  Family of Missouri's first coronavirus patient broke self quarantine, St. Louis County officials say X
          KWMU:  Family of St. Louis County woman with coronavirus violated quarantine by going to school dance
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  pavilion being built at State Fair in Sedalia will create off-season event space
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Voters could expand term limits in Missouri X
          SNL:  Rep. Craig Fishel (R-Springfield) proposes way to diversify Springfield Public Schools school board X
          Joplin Globe:  School districts increasingly adopting four-day weeks, looking for new incentives for teachers X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri dentists reducing number of opioids prescribed
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Education funding is the answer for districts struggling to recruit and retain teachers X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Joe Biden's KC rally brings out supporters who've had enough of Bernie Sanders' backers X
          McClellan:  On Gov. Parson and Missouri medical marijuana selection process X
          Phill Brooks:  Tips for cub reporters on Capitol spots to score news items X
          P-D letter:  Dittmer septuagenarian wants to help Missouri Dems, but says state party leadership is just collecting a paycheck X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Joplin septuagenarian dislikes Cleaner Missouri, threatens to vote against Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin) in 2022 X
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        Sunday, March 8, 2020
       
KWMU:  In St. Louis City, Joe Biden makes case to Democrats
          P-D:  Biden brings his resurgent campaign to St. Louis City, criticizes President Trump X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Biden rally in St. Louis City X
          P-D:  Bernie Sanders, Jill Biden to make last-minute campaign stops in St. Louis on Monday X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Biden visits Missouri X
          SNL:  With the Missouri primary in sight, here's where local liberals are leaning now X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area liberals weigh in on Democratic primary;  Thoughts from sometimes-candidate Michela Skelton
          KC Star:  Biden and Sanders offer Democrats stark choice X
          KWMU:  First Missouri coronavirus case is in St. Louis County
          P-D:  Gov. Parson:  St. Louis County woman is Missouri's first positive case of coronavirus X
          SNL:  Missouri sees first apparent coronavirus case X
          Columbia Missourian:  First coronavirus case in Missouri tests 'presumptively positive'
          KC Star's Mike Fannin:  McClatchy throws in the towel on Star's Saturday print edition, but the paper will continue its bold advocacy journalism X
          Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) asks USDA Director Sonny Perdue about crop insurance amid broken levees
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn break ground for new Director's Pavilion at Missouri State Fairgrounds
          KWMU:  Area man peddling marijuana-growing lessons finds takers in downtown St. Louis City;  Student Tarraze Merriweather thinks four-hour class will help her create "growing station" for "pain management"
          JCNT:  Missouri road projects at risk if federal spending plan not renewed X
          KC Star:  Missouri's payouts in prison lawsuits keep getting bigger X
          JCNT:  Drag queens rally against bill opposing Drag Queen Story Hour;  bill supporters host prayer walk X
          Columbia Missourian:  Drag queens hold performance at Capitol;  Men dressed as women praise free speech and open dialogue, use rainbow umbrellas to block opponents
          P-D editorial:  Hawley, McConnell give Trump a free pass on incivility X
          P-D editorial:  Medical marijuana licensing process draws well-earned fire from GOP lawmakers X
          P-D's Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus:  "The Bottom Line" video series:  Missouri unions buck national trend, increase membership X
          KC Star op-ed:  Michael Ryan:  A year after a sorry attack on conservative speaker Michael Knowles, is UMKC all-in on free speech? X
          KC Star op-ed:  Democratic secretary of state primary candidate Yinka Faleti:  Jay Ashroft is openly attacking our democracy X
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        Saturday, March 7, 2020
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Jason Rosenbaum and others talk Dem presidential primary, coronavirus, giving children puberty blockers to retard their natural development, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Democratic Party tells presidential campaigns it won't provide congressional district-level results on election night;  State party submitted request to Ashcroft after ballots had already been printed
          P-D:  Preview:  Missouri's Democratic presidential preferency primary X
          P-D:  Biden, Sanders to hold St. Louis rallies this weekend X
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders cancels GOTV rally scheduled for downtown KC on Monday X
          Missourinet:  Bernie Sanders cancels Monday rally in Kansas City
          SNL:  Blunt says $9.9M coming to Missouri within 30 days for COVID-19 X
          SNL:  No cases of coronavirus found in Springfield area, four tests come back negative X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt introduces Missouri River flood protection bill
          SNL:  Missouri wants to expand number of programs eligible for 'Fast Track' grant X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Parson calls Missouri Center for Soy Innovation 'a great opportunity to learn'
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) joins Jill Delston, author of "Medical Sexism," to promote effort on pelvic exam consent
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri Gaming Commission would do a better job than DHSS regulating medical marijuana X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  State Senate candidate Megan Green (D-St. Louis City):  Bernie Sanders shares our Missouri values
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal):  It's time for rural Missourians to stand up and speak out;  Urban elitists, "news" media stereotype hardworking people
          KC Star op-ed:  MATA's Brett Emison:  If big business gets 'legal reform,' Missourians lose constitutional rights in court X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Area woman responds to Show-Me Institute's response to Medicaid expansion campaign piece +
          P-D letter:  St. Peters sexagenarian disagrees with Hawley on impeachment X
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        Friday, March 6, 2020
       
SNL:  Here's where Biden and Sanders will rally before the Missouri primary X
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  We have allowed our medical supply chain to be compromised
          KWMU:  Coronavirus Q&A
          AP:  Senators urge changes to reduce Missouri River flooding
          P-D:  Businessman at center of former St. Louis County Exec Steve Stenger (D) corruption scheme gets 17 months X
          KWMU:  Campaign donor in St. Louis County corruption scandal gets 17 months in prison for bribery
          AP:  Across the country, state lawmakers debate gerrymandering
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate to take up prescription drug monitoring with increased chance of passing
          KC Star:  Missouri marijuana czar says lawmakers sought to embarrass him on behalf of 'big donors' X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) describes Missouri medical marijuana rollout as 'atrocious'
          Missourinet:  Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles) says bill would protect children from gender reassignments and puberty blockers
          AP:  Missouri House backs rear-facing car seats for babies
          SNL:  'Her legacy lives on':  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus), a grandmother who helped create newborn screening law, tells history of the bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  'Get Government Out of Marriage' bill from Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles) killed in House committee
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bill targeting fake caller IDs
          The Missouri Times:  Former police officer asks Missouri lawmakers to consider app to protect schools from shooters
          SNL:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon):  Let feral hog hunters on public land X
          Joplin Globe:  Ross says he supports funding for Share the Harvest X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers considering stricter restrictions to imposing the death sentence
          P-D endorsement:  Joe Biden in Missouri's Democratic presidential preference primary X
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Ex-Im, USMCA provide opportunity and growth X
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        Thursday, March 5, 2020
       
Rosenbaum:  8 things to watch when Missouri Democrats pick a presidential nominee
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party cancels presidential candidate forum
          2/23/20:  KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party says every remaining presidential candidate will appear at March 8 rally X
          KC Star:  Biden supporters predict big win in Missouri after campaign's 'resurrection' X
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders will visit Kansas City to get out the vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Sanders campaign adds Missouri offices as primary looms
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley wants China's 'TikTok' app banned from government devices X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith describes rural Missouri hospital closings as unacceptable
          SNL:  Missouri closing in on 1,200 flu-pneumonia deaths X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local, state officials to host coronavirus briefing
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Supporters of Missouri Medicaid expansion say it's moving closer to ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Hough's economic development bill survives nearly 10-hour filibuster
          SNL:  Lawmakers resume bashing marijuana rollout X
          P-D:  Missouri officials ripped for handling of medical pot program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) proposal would require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to meet work requirements X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) would let virtual schools count enrollment of some students, not school districts
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers accuse Columbia Public Schools of putting up 'roadblocks' to inquiry into seclusion rooms
          KC Star:  House gives initial approval to restrictions on seclusion and restraint in schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed bills would expand, regulate gambling
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) says bill would "protect Missouri taxpayers from subsidizing abortion, cloning or stem cell research"
          P-D:  Repeal of cop residency rule advances in Missouri House X
          Columbia Missourian:  'Blair's Law' enjoys bipartisan support;  Bill would make firing gun in celebration a felony
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Ann Kelley (R-Lamar) would allow expanded sales of raw milk
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate advances 'fix' to gas companies' infrastructure replacement processes following Spire court case
          The Missouri Times:  Evergy, Elliott Management reach 'agreement' resulting in changes to utility's board
          P-D:  Glendale murderer seeks change in Missouri sentencing laws for teens X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers case that could affect sentences for teen murderers
          P-D endorsement, updated:  Joe Biden in Missouri's Democratic presidential preference primary X
          KC Star editorial:  How Missouri screwed up medical marijuana licenses X
          P-D op-ed:  Michael A. Wolff:  A cartel could control Missouri medical marijuana X
          P-D's Tynan Stewart:  Proposals from GOP state lawmakers would deny transgender kids the medical procedures and therapy they need X
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        Wednesday, March 4, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Blunt announces emergency funding bill for coronavirus
          KWMU:  Missouri ready for expected coronavirus cases, Gov. Parson says
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson focused on educating Missourians about coronavirus
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson discusses preparations for coronavirus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri has conducted about 15 coronavirus tests;  none positive
          KC Star:  Lawmakers pepper DHSS Director Randall Williams with questions about coronavirus X
          Missourinet:  Coronavirus concerns blamed for gas price drop in Missouri and nationwide
          P-D:  Joe Biden plans St. Louis stop ahead ahead of Missouri presidential preference primary next week X
          KC Star:  Joe Biden to make stops in Kansas City, St. Louis on Saturday X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Michael Person (D-Ferguson)
          SNL:  Highlights from Missouri's marijuana industry conference:  Comments from Jack Cardetti, Dena Ladd, others X
          JCNT:  DHSS releases draft medical marijuana rules on complaints against physicians X
          Columbia Missourian:  Edible medical marijuana would require stricter labeling under Senate proposal
          KWMU:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) steps aside as Senate minority leader, gives John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) a head start in role
          The Missouri Times:  Rizzo replaces Walsh as minority leader in Senate
          AP:  Missouri state Senate Democrats shuffle leadership
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes bill to allow state employees to run for local office
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House attempts to pass drone regulation for second year in a row
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia schools will not appear at House seclusion hearing, citing short notice
          P-D:  Lawsuit against DSS claims Missouri fails severely disabled kids X
          Missourinet:  State House backs plan requiring Alzheimer's support group in every county in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri House Democrats oppose requiring women to get pelvic exams before aborting babies
          Columbia Missourian:  Democrats file legislation to remove pelvic exam requirement prior to abortion
          AP:  Man who shot and killed wife seeks clemency from Gov. Parson
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley's bill to spotlight tax-funded slumlord housing deserves bipartisan support X
          Priddy:  Missouri should stop wasting money on worthless presidential preference primary
          SE Missourian letter:  Area assistant music professor threatens to vote against Republicans who support Cleaner Missouri X
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        Tuesday, March 3, 2020
       
KWMU:  St. Louis-area Census Bureau office lags behind Springfield, KC regions in recruiting workers
          AP:  Corps decreasing water flowing into lower Missouri River
          Columbia Missourian:  Coronavirus discussions in Washington center on containment, funding, economy
          SNL:  Here's what top Missouri medical experts advise for coronavirus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Health officials say Missouri at low risk of coronavirus outbreak
          Missourinet:  Missouri's health director testifies the state is well-prepared for coronavirus
          JCNT:  Missouri legislators briefed on coronavirus X
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters klatch pokes holes in Cleaner Missouri;  Gals gab, laugh about GOP proposal
          Detroit News:  Kirkwood septuagenarian pleads guilty to embezzling union member dues;  UAW capo Edward "Nick" Robinson says he enjoyed "cigars, good liquor"
          AP:  "Good liquor" and other joys:  ex-UAW official pleads guilty
          SNL:  Weed czar:  Missouri dispensaries coming soon X
          AP:  State:  Top ailment earning medical marijuana prescriptions is "psychological disorders," followed by "chronic conditions"
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers have their own ideas for medical marijuana programs X
          SNL:  Springfield sees mini-boom in hydroponics after medical marijuana legalization X
          AP:  Missouri House faces revamped voter photo ID plan
          P-D:  Changes to Missouri voter ID law approved by House X
          Columbia Missourian:  House gives approval to voter ID plan
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) wants to simplify paperwork for federal safety net programs
          KWMU:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) talks repeal of 'flawed' bond rules
          P-D:  Missouri pays out another $2 million over prison worker discrimination case;  Richard Dixson was subjected to discrimination and hostile work environment for being white X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri could join 31 other states in uniform AP exam credit policy
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers seek to tighten language around punitive damage suits
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) seeks to expand MDC meat donation program - while changing how it's funded
          The Missouri Times:  Country music artist Porter Wagoner inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association chooses Ronnie Russell as new president
          P-D endorsement:  Democratic presidential primary:  Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg X
          P-D editorial:  A Missouri smelter revived by Trump's tariffs is again on the ropes X
          KC Star editorial:  If Sen. Hawley, Mayor Lucas want to punish deadbeat landlords, there's more they can do X
          P-D op-ed:  Woman who left Kirkwood for New York City in the 1990s says Missourians should vote for Michael Bloomberg X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to letter critical of Grain Belt Express X
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        Monday, March 2, 2020
       
SE Missourian:  DESE, county health department offer tips to avoid coronavirus +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dem Reps. Tracy McCreery and Wiley Price, along with Jim Lembke and Arnold Councilman Jason Fulbright, talk with Scott Faughn about Dem presidential primary, Ann Wagner's re-election, state Senate primaries and tort overhaul legislation
          KC Star:  Hawley, KC Mayor Quinton Lucas partner in effort to crack down on neglectful landlords X
          Washington Missourian:  A look at local state rep primary filings X
          KC Star:  Missouri legislators continue probe of alleged conflicts in medical marijuana program X
          SNL:  Missouri House wants private schools exempt from minimum wage bumps X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) pleased with continued broadband bill progress
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers looking at guidelines for autonomous delivery services X
          SNL:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) seeks to erase MDC's Share the Harvest funding X
          JCNT:  Hundreds wait to have dicamba complaints investigated X
          JCNT:  Historian Bob Priddy speaks about Jefferson City's start at annual dinner X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should not exempt private and religious schools from minimum wage increase X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp says pro-lifers should oppose Medicaid expansion X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area woman who failed to file Medicaid paperwork blames Gov. Parson +
          P-D letter:  "Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing of Missouri" rep supports Nasheed's bill to restore voting rights X
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        Sunday, March 1, 2020
       
March 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  Top Missouri Democrats won't take a stand in presidential primary:  Nicole Galloway, Lacy Clay, Jill Schupp take a powder X
          SE Missourian:  Presidential primary turnout expected to be low;  Thoughts from Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers +
          Missourinet:  Graves focusing on flooding and levees
          CDT:  Local, state health agencies prepare for coronavirus arrival X
          JCNT:  Local officials prepare for spread of China virus X
          AP:  Ads for Gov. Parson in rural areas focus on Trump support, illegal immigration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  How safe is our voting equipment?  Thoughts from Jay Ashcroft, Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey X
          JCNT:  Missouri Republicans look to reinstate voter ID law X
          JCNT:  Missouri senators defend filibusters, despite the cost in time and energy X
          SNL:  "It's about individual responsibility and individual freedom':  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) tries again on motorcycle helmet law repeal X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Research critical for medical marijuana;  Local doctor:  "Most people who are getting prescriptions are simply wanting to be on marijuana, which is fine, but let's stop pretending that it's medicine." X
          P-D:  More than 800 appeals filed by jilted pot companies in Missouri licensing fight X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools face reality of urban demographics:  dwindling population base, poor test scores X
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation staff share knowledge of wildfires with agencies X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway:  Missouri's industrial farms are well-regulated X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters octogenarian disagrees with Missouri Farm Bureau president, thinks Grain Belt Express will not affect farmers X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  State should track local labor contracts X
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        Saturday, February 29, 2020
       
Columbia Missourian:  Inside Missouri's presidential delegate selection process:  Comments from Boone County Central Committee's Mike Zweifel, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri for Bernie holds campaign kick-off today;  Local socialists to begin rallying troops ten (10) days before Missouri vote
          P-D:  Immigration officials decline to bend rules for illegal alien hiding out in Maplewood X
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Sara Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury) would penalize landlords for turning in illegal aliens
          P-D:  St. Louis hospital systems and health departments prepare for Chinese virus X
          KWMU:  St. Louis health officials tell public to brace for coronavirus
          JCNT:  Missouri students celebrate FFA Week at Capitol;  Gov. Parson, Lt. Gov. Kehoe drive John Deere tractors X
          Columbia Missourian:  Jay Ashcroft speaks at Columbia Chamber event, talks election security and felons voting
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Maggie Nurrenbern, Democrat running for Jon Carpenter's safe D House seat
          P-D:  Missouri's prison guard union says it is going broke X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  News-Press to drop newspaper printing to four days a week X
          JCNT editorial:  Recreational marijuana already? Seriously, dude? X
          Columbia Missourian's Tyler Messner:  Hawley exaggerates State Department's warning in claim about Confucius Institute
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU's Robert Schwartz and Kelly Dyer:  Rural 'brain drain' is real in Missouri, but we can overcome it
          P-D letter:  Manchester septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to flip-flop on Trump, says Facebook is "deadly" X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  "Executive speechwriter" makes persuasive case for Galloway:  She'll support gun control, and Gov. Parson is too much like Trump
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        Friday, February 28, 2020
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum on why the Missouri Democratic presidential primary is very difficult to decipher:  Delegate math, Bloomberg spending, black vote, affect on Gov. Parson's re-election margin, more
          SNL:  10 local Republicans talk 2020 presidential race X
          KC Star:  Local moderates leery of Sanders' democratic socialism X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  On Bernie Sanders, McCaskill-Akin, and how a socialist candidate could affect downballot races +
          Fox News:  Josh Hawley breaks down his coronavirus bill aimed at securing medical supply chain:  'Bring them back to U.S.'
          AP:  Missouri evaluates over 60 for new virus but none are ill
          The Missouri Times:  How Missouri lawmakers are preparing state for potential coronavirus outbreak
          Reuters:  Missouri smelter resurrected by Trump tariffs may close as losses mount
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay previews topics he'll campaign on during his 2020 re-election
          AP:  Blunt, Clay, others send letter to Baseball Hall of Fame, advocate for Curt Flood's enshrinement
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House Republicans condemn House candidate known for 'vile' statements
          SE Missourian:  Area coroner:  Gun-death rates have not grown in rural counties, but rates in urban areas growing "by leaps and bounds" +
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) would give private, religious schools flexibility on worker wages
          KWMU:  House bill could help private and religious schools keep tuition more affordable
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmaker says proposal would lessen burden on cash-strapped religious schools
          SNL:  Missouri House looks to ban remote medical marijuana certifications X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects bill to allow certain state employees to run for local office
          AP:  Lawsuit:  4,600 on Missouri public defender 'wait lists'
          KC Star:  Missouri's public defender system is sued again X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should side with students against archaic NCAA profit restrictions X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Dr. Wes Scroggins:  David Cole wrong on criticism of Mike Moon
          KC Star op-ed:   Former MADD Chairman Chris Mann:  Justin Hill's bill on DUI checkpoints a slap in the face to victims, law enforcement X
          Messenger:  ACLU goes to court again seeking fix to Missouri's broken public defender system X
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        Thursday, February 27, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Billy Long predicts Republicans will retake U.S. House in 2020
          St. Joseph News-Press:  For Sam Graves' 2020 re-election, four challengers want to see their name on the ballot X
          SNL:  Overview:  Missouri's presidential primary ballot X
          Columbia Missourian:  DHSS' Randall Williams attends CDC coronavirus briefings
          Missourinet:  Missouri's flu-related deaths top 700 so far
          JCNT:  More flooding on Missouri River likely this year X
          SNL:  Who's running for Springfield's Missouri House seats in 2020 X
          AP:  Despite filibuster, Missouri Senate backs new limits on punitive damages
          The Missouri Times:  After 20 hours, Senate hits brakes on asbestos litigation in tort overhaul compromise
          Columbia Missourian:  Democrats filibuster asbestos bill for 20 hours
          AP:  Missouri House advances voter ID bill
          Columbia Missourian:  House gives initial approval to voter ID bill
          P-D:  Voter ID bill gets initial approval in Missouri House X
          Missourinet:  PDMP heads to Missouri Senate floor
          Columbia Missourian:  House supports measures to make medical marijuana licensing more stringent
          KWMU:  Community organizers want more state taxpayer dollars for early childhood education
          Columbia Missourian:  House Democrats oppose bill to protect female high school athletes
          KWMU:  House Democrats oppose bill to keep boys from competing against girls in high school sports;  14-year-old girl says bill will cause murders
          SNL:  House Democrats oppose Ross' bill to protect female athletes, Basye's proposal on "gender identity" sessions;  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) says MONA passage inevitable X
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal groups host forum on gun legislation, Basye's parental-empowerment legislation
          KC Star editorial:  Jack Danforth says the U.S. Senate is 'in crisis.' Fixing it won't be easy. X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho):  High school students need more info before signing up for student loans
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  GOP bills on 2nd Amendment rights won't prevent violence
          P-D letter:  University City man skeptical of legalizing recreational marijuana in Missouri X
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        Wednesday, February 26, 2020
       
P-D:  Three illegal aliens charged in St. Charles after 11-year old girl gives birth in bathtub X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley listen to testimony on coronavirus X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner receives Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement
          KWMU:  Gov. Parson and Nicole Galloway join scores of candidates on 2020 ballot:  A look at key matchups
          JCNT:  Almost 350 candidates file for August primary election X
          Missourinet:  2020 to be Gov. Parson's last run for office
          P-D:  Gov. Parson says the 2020 election will be his last X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson, Galloway disagree on Medicaid cleanup, expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson, Galloway make it official:  They're running for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Jason Bean files for SD 25, setting up crowded GOP primary
          KWMU:  Urban marijuana enthusiasts dream of 'Green Light District';  Area man believes Cherokee Street's ethnic diversity, mural of deceased rapper Nipsey Hussle will lead to riches
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators debate request for additional school transportation funds
          Columbia Missourian:  Low-income tax credit debate reignited in Senate
          Missourinet:  State officials, lawmakers celebrate Missouri S&T's 150th anniversary
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T hopes 150th anniversary celebration will lead to lawmakers forking over more cash
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee puts emphasis on keeping teachers in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) gives parents freedom to remove children from "gender identity" school sessions
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed law would empower parents to pull children from "gender identity" sessions
          Missourinet:  Famous country music star Porter Wagoner to be inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians
          P-D editorial:  Let voters decide if felons on probation or parole deserve voting rights X
          JCNT editorial:  Notary laws need updating for the electronic age X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  If Missouri House superminority's gun bills fail, NRA is to blame
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Tyler Schwartze:  Lawmakers should not tinker with state Conservation Commission
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill woman wants Blunt and Hawley to flip-flop on Trump X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Kevin McDermott on Greitens, calls columnist "Tony Messenger lite" X
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        Tuesday, February 25, 2020
       
KWMU:  With Missouri's presidential primary looming, local Democrats pick sides among split field
          Missourinet:  Candidate filing begins today in Jefferson City
          P-D:  AG Eric Schmitt's inquiry leads to sex abuse charges against retired Missouri priest X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Brian Williams (D-University City) on expunging court records, charter schools, 2nd Amendment issues, more
          KWMU:  Mary Fox talks about leaving the courtroom to head Missouri's public defender office
          Columbia Missourian's Claire Colby:  PDMP passes committee hurdle;  Comments from "Sen. Bob Onder (R-St. Charles [sic])"
          KC Star:  Fate of PDMP uncertain X
          Columbia Missourian:  Syringe access program approved by House
          P-D:  Pot inquiry by Missouri lawmakers moves to top state health official X
          JCNT:  Bill from Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) would help keep children in state Medicaid program X
          KCUR:  Bill from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) would protect in-state tuition breaks from illegal aliens;  Local Mexican coed complains
          P-D:  Gov. Parson leaning against Nasheed's bill on felons voting X
          JCNT:  Nasheed:  No voting rights extended to dangerous felons under bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Felons could be restored voting rights faster
          Missourinet:  Missouri racks up $32 million in county jail bills
          P-D:  Effort to pay college athletes wins fans in Missouri House committee hearing X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's college athletes could soon be paid for use of their image
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Windham (D-Hillsdale) would require colleges and universities to insure student athletes
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances proposal from Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) to create Alzheimer's task force
          Columbia Missourian:  Livestock farmers would get more access to loans under Senate proposal
          P-D:  St. Louis City gay bar plans 'drag' caravan to Jefferson City to protest library-standards bill X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Seize Medicaid moment and sign the petition X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  National Coalition for Public School Options' Colleen Cook:  Parents shouldn't have to invoke legal counsel to educate their children
          CDT op-ed:  Washington University senior Emily Getzoff:  Bills from Sater, Evans and Coleman would protect children from harmful effects of parental incarceration X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles):  Clearing up misinformation on marriage bill
          P-D op-ed:  Asbestos bill from Eigel, Gregory was written by ALEC, should be rejected X
          P-D letter:  Pacific man says Greitens was victim of corrupt politicians X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Ashland septuagenarian unhappy with Caleb Rowden's vote on Cleaner Missouri
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian couple vows to vote against lawmakers who support CAFOs X
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        Monday, February 24, 2020
       
SNL:  'Can't impeach that':  Kellyanne Conway talks Trump, 2020 to close out Lincoln Days X
          Missourinet:  Task force gets some positive news on Missouri spring flooding potential
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Measure to monitor prescription drugs sits in Senate X
          Missourinet:  House committee could vote this week on bill to keep boys from competing against girls in high school sports
          Columbia Missourian:  Nearly 70 gun bills filed by state lawmakers this year
          KWMU:  Two Normandy High School students weigh in on gun control;  Girl:  "Bullets don't have no [sic] name";  Boy:  "It's just, they hating, all that stuff."
          Missourinet:  Missouri House oversight committee to hear additional sports wagering bills this week
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark):  A casino would do well along the Osage River, if it's done right
          St. Joseph News-Press:  AG Eric Schmitt sues Missouri timeshare exit company X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon woman supports pro-choice legislation X
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian responds to Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst op-ed on Grain Belt Express X
          P-D letter:  Olivette septuagenarian expresses anger at Ameren over Rush Island case X
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        Sunday, February 23, 2020
       
SNL:  'This is Trump country':  Blunt, Hawley wake up Day 2 of Lincoln Days with jokes, victory laps X
          SNL:  With promise to revive voter ID, Jay Ashcroft announces 2020 re-election bid at Lincoln Days X
          KWMU:  At Lincoln Days, Missouri Republicans say socialism threatens democracy
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party says every Democratic presidential candidate will appear at KC event March 8 X
          SNL:  Republicans seek to raise the bar on Constitutional changes X
          KC Star:  KC school worker fired for faking attendance records says bosses made her do it;  LaQuyn Collier says she and peers changed database codes to help district scam state X
          JCNT:  New Missouri government IT leader Jeffery Wann grew from one vocation to another X
          P-D editorial:  When corporate pig farms dominate the political agenda, residents suffer X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Greitens and Blagojevich take a page from Trump's non-apology playbook X
          Columbia Missourian's Skylar Laird:  Trans Community Teach-in fights back against Missouri Legislature's anti-LGBT agenda
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian opposes Cleaner Missouri X
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        Saturday, February 22, 2020
       
SNL:  'One heck of a year':  Gov. Parson kicks off Lincoln Days prediciting GOP sweep X
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway criticizes "old way" Gov. Parson at Boone County Democrats event
          KWMU's Sarah Fenske:  St. Louis on the Air hosts former NPR gabber Diane Rehm for Trump-bashing session;  Former public radio host assures public radio listeners that public radio is "honest and multi-viewed"
          KWMU:  Blunt visits St. Louis City, calls for more job training programs
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Army Corps of Engineers preparing for levee work X
          AP:  Meth still a Missouri problem, but now it comes from Mexico
          KWMU:  Schmitt says opioid settlement money would include rural areas
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Weekly news roundup:  PDMP and opioid dependency, kids and Medicaid dependency, Greitens fine
          Missourinet:  State urges parents to fill out paperwork for kids' Medicaid
          SE Missourian:  Rx marijuana facilities could open by mid-year +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) champions bill to add protections for sexual assault victims
          The Missouri Times:  PSC tackles audit recommendations for Ameren Missouri's Actual Cost Adjustment balances
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is an important ally for President Donald Trump +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  SLU Law students Haley Thomas and Rachel Clark:  Primary caregiver bills from Republicans David Sater, David Evans and Mary Elizabeth Coleman put children's health first +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian bemoans Rush Limbaugh's name-calling, unironically calls Blunt, Hawley and Ann Wagner "cowards" X
          P-D letter:  Man from "Dardenne Prarie [sic]" supports "Random Act of Kindness" bill from Rep. Mike McGirl (R-Potosi) X
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        Friday, February 21, 2020
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Gov. Mike Parson warn about possible spring flooding
          SE Missourian:  Spring flooding likely north of Cape Girardeau +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley questions strategies in Afghanistan X
          SNL:  President Trump names Evangel grad as spy chief
          Columbia Missourian:  Bloomberg campaign hosting donut party in Columbia today
          Joplin Globe:  Medicaid expansion supporters rally in Joplin X
          KWMU:  Bill from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) allows people on probation and parole to vote
          Missourinet:  Missouri House oversight committee to hold third hearing on medical marijuana issues
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel questions medical marijuana program's choices, asks RFP agency to testify
          P-D:  Legislation from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would allow testing of Missouri workers for medical pot X
          Columbia Missourian's Kassidy Arena:  Bill from Sen. David Sater ("R-Casseville [sic]") would allow companies to fire employees for medical marijuana;  Comments from MoCannTrade's Tom Robbins
          JCNT:  Lawmakers seek to reinstate low-income housing tax credits X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would have retired police, military veterans serve as paid or unpaid school security officers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri branch of American Academy of Pediatrics outlines legislative agenda
          Missourinet:  Buchanan County is a step closer to banning wind energy projects
          KC Star:  Lawsuit claims guard at Missouri women's prison sexually assaulted inmate over 52 times X
          JCNT editorial:  Continue the push for PDMP X
          KC Star editorial:  KC couple's win over rogue gun dealers shows some weapons are illegal - even in Missouri X
          Priddy:  Eric Greitens was not "exonerated" (1,048 words)
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian says Blunt and Hawley should be more like Mitt Romney X
          P-D letter:  Woman from "St. Peter [sic]" dismayed by newspaper's downward spiral X
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        Thursday, February 20, 2020
       
KWMU:  Missouri health officials, hospitals prepare for coronavirus patients
          Columbia Missourian:  The uncertain future of Missouri's levees
          AP:  Eric Schmitt announces campaign for Missouri attorney general
          KMOX:  Mark Reardon Show:  Eric Schmitt announces bid for attorney general
          FOX 2 St. Louis:  Video:  Schmitt makes his case to return as attorney general
          KSDK:  Schmitt announces campaign for Missouri attorney general
          KFVS:  Schmitt announces bid for attorney general
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt announces run to keep attorney general seat
          The Missouri Times:  Republican David Martin to put name on the ballot for Kiki Curls' Democratic state Senate seat
          JCNT:  Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) talks about dreams deferred and achieved X
          JCNT:  Bill seeks to 'close' Missouri primaries X
          SNL:  Republicans and Democrats grill Missouri marijuana czar Lyndall Fraker X
          P-D:  Grilling of medical marijuana officials continues in House committee X
          P-D:  Lawsuits, troubled business pasts plague some winners of Missouri's medical marijuana business licenses X
          Columbia Missourian:  As complaints pile up, state defends marijuana licensing decisions
          KRCG:  Bill from Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) to overturn controversial bail rules gets public hearing
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Public shouldn't pay for electric car charging stations;  Thoughts from Evergy's Jason Klindt
          SNL:  Bill aims to keep boys from competing against girls in high school sports X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) would allow public vote on boys competing in girls' high school sports
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers advance anti-carjacking bill
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers consider 'bill of rights' for sexual assault survivors X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassvile) proposes bill for victims of sexual violence
          The Missouri Times:  A look at Missouri's death penalty laws, history
          Columbia Missourian:  Court hears arguments over local control of CAFOs
          KC Star:  Ex-trooper in Lake of the Ozarks drowning is paid $200k, ends fight to get job back X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Hill's proposal on bail rules makes reasonable assumptions X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Proposed wind-power transmission line threatens our property rights X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Thoughts on Missouri fuel tax, county jail tabs, Internet sales taxes, more
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian opposes tax cuts for Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian calls Cleaner Missouri "voter suppression" X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Pacific sexagenarian considers Cleaner Missouri "insulting" X
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        Wednesday, February 19, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt objects to organ transplant policy X
          SNL:  Gannett begins process improvements in Missouri, moves News-Leader printing to Columbia;  Printing and production employees to be sent packing next month X
          AP:  Legal deadline in Missouri abortion license case pushed back
          JCNT:  Seneca business owner to put name on GOP primary ballot for governor X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson speaks to Missouri Farm Bureau, talks rural broadband, flooding, infrastructure
          P-D:  A look at the winners of Missouri's medical marijuana licenses X
          SE Missourian:  Prescription drug monitoring legislation passes House, moves to Senate +
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP bill heading to Senate:  What to know
          JCNT:  Opponents of personal property tax hoping for legislative path to voters X
          KWMU:  Gun control advocates rally at Capitol
          JCNT:  Moms Demand Action holds gun-control rally X
          P-D:  Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) wants to know origin of $120k paid to Greitens lawyer X
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill would repeal Missouri Supreme Court bail rules
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would add requirement for public employee unions
          SNL:  MDC invests in new helicopter to track bears and elk, potentially fight feral hogs X
          P-D:  Missouri purchases new helicopter to help monitor flooding, wildlife X
          SNL:  Hanging hog in Dent County sends a message to Missouri Department of Conservation X
          AP:  Execution date set for man convicted of killing 81-year-old;  Walter Barton beat mobile home manager, raped her, then stabbed her to death
          Missourinet:  Murderer to be executed in May;  Walter Barton slashed 81-year-old woman's eye, bashed her head with a baseball bat
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers will do anything to block Medicaid expansion - and voters' will X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Lawmakers should not alter Clean Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should tax online sales to serve everyone, not just the rich X
          KC Star op-ed:  KC for Refugees founder Sofia Khan:  Gov. Parson does the right thing for all Missourians by supporting refugees X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  Secretaries of state partner to fight election misinformation
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  It's time to unlock the vote
          Messenger:  Will the next chapter in the Eric Greitens story be titled 'Exonerated'? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl on Grain Belt Express:  Eminent domain is not for sale in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian's Madison Czopek:  GOP senators seek to exempt many of their records from public scrutiny
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Medicare for All, says McCaskill's 2018 defeat shows futility of centrism X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin resident thanks Blunt, Hawley for fighting liberals on impeachment X
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters "Early Voting Committee" chair makes case for changing Missouri election rules X
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        Tuesday, February 18, 2020
       
P-D:  Pete Buttigieg campaign sends former Obama aide to St. Louis City to rally black support X
          JCNT:  John D. Ashcroft speaks about liberty at Cole County Republicans' Lincoln Day event X
          CDT:  Democrat seeking to challenge Rep. Sara Walsh (D-Ashland) opposes anti-porn legislation X
          KWMU:  Missouri House approves statewide prescription drug monitoring
          AP:  Missouri PDMP bill still faces roadblocks
          Columbia Missourian:  Fate of opioid monitoring program back in Senate hands
          P-D:  Bill from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would let voters decide on Medicaid work requirement X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jay Mosley (D-Florissant) proposes legislation to help protect Missouri Lottery winners from criminals, parasites
          KWMU:  Family of man who died of dope overdose in jail blames Missouri Dept. of Corrections
          SNL:  Missouri Democrats want "pause" on Medicaid cleanup X
          KWMU:  House Democrats file Medicaid legislation
          JCNT:  Parents of tens of thousands of children receiving Medicaid failed to reapply X
          Columbia Missourian:  Young criminals could be tried as adults for firearms offenses under proposed law
          JCNT:  Senate bill proposes to require adult certification hearings for youth charged with weapons offenses X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles) would redefine Missouri marriages as civil unions
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would reclassify Missouri marriages as civil unions
          P-D editorial:  Cut Missouri military families a break with license reciprocity to professional spouses X
          KC Star editorial:  This parolee is a law-abiding business owner. Why would Missouri send him back to prison? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission's Ron Boyer:  A modest proposal for selling carbon tax credits to Delta Airlines
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian reads Josh Hawley's mind, says senator hates minorities X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian blames state GOP lawmakers for puppy mill legislation (2011), Clean Missouri fix and robocalls X
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        Monday, February 17, 2020   Presidents' Day
       
KSDK (St. Louis):  Illegal alien's 17-year-old spawn charged in St. Charles with incest, rape of 11-year-old after baby born in bathtub;  Father of rapist was previously deported
          KWMU:  Election officials say online registration expanded voter rolls for presidential primary
          St. Joseph News-Press:  FEMA approves public aid for one project, more on the way X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  KC Mayor Quenton Lucas talks with Scott Faughn about economic development, taming urban crime, more;  Panel of Jeremy LaFaver, John Mayfield, state Senate candidate Ryan Myers (D) talk Dem presidential primary, charter schools
          Missourinet:  PDMP could get final Missouri House approval today
          Missourinet:  House panel to continue to question DHSS on medical marijuana application screening
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers propose multiple mechanisms to capture online sales tax revenue X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) would ban some sex offenders from going near Missouri nature and conservation centers
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers consider early release for inmates 65 and older
          JCNT:  National Federation for the Blind lobbying in Missouri for disability support X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control rally draws fewer than 50 in Columbia;  Dem Reps. Kip Kendrick, Martha Stevens speak
          KC Star's Caitlyn Rosen:  Missouri lawmaker's transgender bill could hurt teens at risk of suicide X
          P-D's Tynan Stewart:  The drop in children from Missouri Medicaid is alarming - but what about other social programs? X
          P-D letter:  Valley Park sexagenarian irked by Post-Dispatch's hateful brand of liberalism X
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        Sunday, February 16, 2020
       
SNL:  Missouri kicks off Census 2020;  State officials, patriotic Springfield crowd demonstrate respect for American flag and national anthem X
          P-D:  Census job fair attracts seasoned citizens X
          Missourinet:  Presidents' Day is a federal and Missouri holiday
          Missourinet:  Repair of broken levee system in northwest Missouri hindered by weather
          P-D:  Report details mysterious PAC's ties to Greitens campaign in 2016;  Dark money was used against John Brunner and Catherine Hanaway under "LG PAC" name in failed attempt to besmirch Peter Kinder X
          KC Star:  National gun-control group wants to end safety drills in school;  Comments from Missouri NEA's Mark Jones X
          KY3 (Springfield):  Missouri farmer battling feral hogs is losing money and fields;  Missouri Department of Conservation says problem is getting worse
          JCNT:  Farmers look for solutions to black vulture attacks on cattle;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation X
          P-D:  Black males outpace black women, whites in Missouri opioid overdose deaths;  Racism to blame X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' lack of accountability for his campaign is hardly 'exoneration' X
          McClellan:  A doper's guide to free enterprise:  Local woman burns $30k on medical marijuana dreams, fails to receive licenses X
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        Saturday, February 15, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Lacy Clay to host Census job fair in St. Louis City today
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  How Rex Sinquefield money was funneled to Steve Stenger, more
          KC Star:  Activists, political science professors hypothesize about an Eric Greitens return X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Josh Barrett announces Senate bid for Gary Romine's seat
          KWMU:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) explains his vote against Cleaner Missouri
          CDT:  Gov. Parson promises state will catch up on jail payments X
          SNL:  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) wants shorter applications for state benefits X
          Missourinet:  Bill would add hyperloop to list of projects that could be funded by public-private partnerships
          Missourinet:  Haahr and Hansen focused on Missouri property rights legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Inside the Senate's fight to change the asbestos claims process
          P-D:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) discusses his investment in marijuana company, says existing application process is 'boondoggle' X
          KWMU:  Missouri House to vote on prescription drug monitoring next week
          JCNT:  Bills seek to clarify legality of video gaming machines X
          SE Missourian:  Gov. Parson appoints Judge Michael E. Gardner to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District +
          SNL:  Missouri Pork Association backs MDC feral hog plan X
          KC Star editorial:  No, Eric Greitens, you weren't 'fully exonerated' by the Missouri Ethics Commission X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Smoke Free's A.J. Moll:  Lacy Clay wrong on menthol tobacco ban
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove):  I stand for life - without compromise
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  When should conversations with lawmakers be protected? X
          P-D op-ed:  UMSL criminology professor Beth Huebner:  Missouri needs better criminal data-tracking system X
          P-D letter:  Crestwood septuagenarian psychoanalyzes Blunt and Hawley via impeachment vote X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin "Moms Demand Action" septuagenarian wants more gun control in Missouri X
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        Friday, February 14, 2020   Valentine's Day
       
The Missouri Times:  FCC approves $175M for rural broadband expansion in Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov. Parson recaps meeting with Trump, govs on flooding;  Governor talks online sales taxes, cost of expanding Medicaid beyond the 1 in 6 who already receive it X
          SE Missourian:  2020 flooding forecast released +
          KWMU:  Forecasters warn everyone along the Missouri River to brace for another year of flooding
          AP:  Newspaper chain McClatchy, parent of Kansas City Star, files for bankruptcy protection;  Company yet to make announcements on trimming newsroom staff
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Greitens $178K;  former governor says he's 'exonerated'
          KWMU:  Ethics Commission fines Greitens $178K;  Greitens insists his "future is bright"
          SNL:  Eric Greitens fined $178K after probe of 'criminal enterprise' apparatus X
          P-D:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Eric Greitens $178K for campaign finance violations X
          JCNT:  State education board OKs new evaluation standards X
          Columbia Missourian:  Elderly prisoners could become eligible for parole hearings under bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates promote Missouri anti-pornography legislation
          SNL:  Auto website says Missouri is tops in taking to Twitter to complain about potholes X
          P-D editorial:  McClatchy newspapers' failures threaten the future of America X
          P-D editorial:  Rex Sinquefield money was well-washed, but that rotten smell remains X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  "Pain management specialist" Shavonne Danner says Gov. Parson's pro-life policies are bad for women
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton):  Loosely regulated mini-casinos are not good for our state
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  David Cole:  Latest legislation from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) is more of the same grandstanding
          P-D op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Missouri should spend more money preparing for health crises X
          Messenger:  Dope dealer with a heart of gold hopes AG Eric Schmitt will let him off scot-free X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman scolds Blunt and Hawley for impeachment votes X
          JCNT letter:  Centertown septuagenarian wants increase in state fuel tax, decrease in federal fuel tax X
          P-D letter:  Former Rep. "Stacy [sic] Newman" says Post-Dispatch criticism of Nicole Galloway is sexist X
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        Thursday, February 13, 2020
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith pleased with fentanyl vote and State of the Union address
          CDT:  Hawley questions FCC about rural broadband expansion X
          SE Missourian:  League of Women Voters prepares for 'Day of Action';  Sexagenarian leader of Southeast Missouri group plans to activate her group's five (5) members +
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Trish Gunby (D-St. Louis County)
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to PDMP
          SNL:  Legislature grapples with weed business licensing process X
          JCNT:  House committee hears from state's medical marijuana director X
          P-D:  Missouri medical marijuana officials respond to allegations of bad scoring, conflicts of interest X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate bill would give advanced nurse practitioners license
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson names two new members to UM System Board of Curators
          JCNT:  Lincoln University wants more money from lawmakers X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) drives her 'legislative legacy' to restore voting rights:  'Enough is enough'
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers looking to restore voting rights to ex-convicts X
          SNL:  Experts:  Missouri 'moving in right direction' on feral hogs X
          Columbia Missourian:  Expert warns of feral hog 'explosion'
          SE Missourian editorial:  Limbaugh Presidential Medal of Freedom recognition is a uniquely American story +
          JCNT editorial:  In-state tuition should be limited to legal residents X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Evergy gets a jolt X
          Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Expanding Medicaid will help Missouri solve opioid crisis
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  The myth of 'free' Medicaid expansion +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Library standards bill from Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) is equal to banning books
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        Wednesday, February 12, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves wary about politics sidetracking infrastructure upgrades X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Pork Association's Don Nikodim optimistic about trade issues
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Gateway Arch National Park superintendent discusses lack of visitors to urban landmark, attributes dearth of traffic to parking and flooding
          SE Missourian:  Missouri DHSS officials monitor coronavirus outbreak +
          KWMU:  Coronavirus impacts St. Louis-area students studying in China
          JCNT:  Former Gov. John Ashcroft to speak at Cole County Lincoln Day X
          SNL:  Springfield-area senators split on Cleaner Missouri X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau pleased with Senate passage of Cleaner Missouri
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Columbia Dem Reps. Kip Kendrick and Martha Stevens talk Medicaid expansion, Cleaner Missouri, raising gas tax, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate debates proposed gas tax hike
          KY3 (Springfield):  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) calls medical marijuana license scoring 'inconsistent'
          KWMU:  Area doctors hold diverse opinions on whether medical marijuana is safe, legal and ethical
          The Missouri Times:  Senate's punitive damages bill doesn't move, for now
          AP:  Bill would protect Missouri from financial court penalties
          KWMU:  Missouri military spouses could get reciprocity for out-of-state professional licenses
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would lower licensing barriers for those with criminal records
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) champions effort to cut 'middlemen' in pharmaceutical industry
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) would ban in-state tuition break for illegal aliens
          JCNT:  Bill would protect Americans' in-state tuition breaks from illegals X
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Education makes updates to its school accountability measures
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider easing access to mental health care for teens who are on their own
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) would require DNA testing for all felony arrests
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers strengthening charge for criminals who fuel high-speed chases
          SNL:  Feral hog rule won't be ready for turkey season X
          P-D:  DOJ says Ameren failed to comply with pollution order at Jefferson County's Rush Island X
          The Missouri Times:  Resolution from Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County) opposes Major League Baseball polluting the Senior Circuit with designated hitter
          P-D editorial:  State lawmakers advance incumbent-protection plan X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  SEMO can do better with MLK speaker next year;  Angela Davis' speech was meandering, inexplicably anti-Israel, and marked by vacuous name-calling +
          P-D op-ed:  American Wind Energy Association's Tom Kiernan:  Grain Belt Express offers Missouri jobs and grid resiliency X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man displeased by Hawley's impeachment vote X
          P-D letter:  DeSoto man calls Blunt and Hawley "spineless" X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian upset at Hawley over impeachment vote, Galloway audit X
          P-D letter:  Overland sexagenarian angered by Trump honoring Missouri's Rush Limbaugh, blames 2020 political climate on talk-radio host and 1990s sitcom "Married With Children" X
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        Tuesday, February 11, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Mike Bloomberg has spent more than $4 million on Missouri primary ads
          JCNT:  Bids sought for Missouri River levee repairs X
          P-D:  Gov. Parson's Uniting Missouri makes ad buy, touts incumbent's law enforcement experience X
          KC Star:  AG office says Eric Schmitt runs tight ship:  No campaign consultants involved in state business, no state cars used for campaign travel, no official business on personal devices X
          Joplin Globe:  AG Eric Schmitt, Joplin police working to clear rape kit backlog X
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri passes out of Senate
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes plan to give voters a voice on redistricting
          AP:  Missouri Senators OK new redistricting proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators follow party lines - with one Republican exception - in Clean Missouri vote
          KC Star:  Missouri House seeks testimony from medical marijuana czar after licensing complaints X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) says tort overhaul bill would allow suits against companies for unsafe practices, calls opponents' sympathy ploy involving duck boat victims "unfortunate" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee approves bill to tax online sales
          P-D:  Missouri counties call on state to stop shorting them on jail costs X
          Columbia Missourian:  County officials testify before House committee about jail debt
          P-D:  New warning in Missouri House:  'False testimony' could lead to perjury charges X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislative proposal to allow food pantries to receive and distribute deer jerky will help the hungry X
          P-D op-ed:  Mothers Against Drunk Driving President Helen Witty:  Bill from Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) to outlaw sobriety checkpoints puts everyone in Missouri at risk X
          P-D letter:  Florissant nonagenarian says Blunt and Hawley should be charged with racketeering crime for impeachment vote X
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        Monday, February 10, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  After Iowa Democrats botch caucus, Buchanan County residents still have faith in Missouri's vote counting X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest host Joe Lakin and panel of Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City), Irl Scissors, Gregg Keller, and Jim Lembke talk Dem caucus fiasco, State of the Union, impeachment, Cleaner Missouri, Hawley vs. Galloway, more
          P-D:  Rex Sinquefield donated $700,000 to Steve Stenger;  Following the money flow through Great St. Louis, St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, consultant vigorish, and more X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Medicaid Director Todd Richardson to present budget this week
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers warn of budget damage coming from Medicaid expansion X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Public Defender System Director Mary Fox asks lawmakers for more money
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) raves about bill for professional licensing for military spouses
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) would keep sex offenders away from Missouri conservation areas
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks TIF bill, organ donations
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Democrats' anti-Hawley audit spin fizzles X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri will probably legalize pot sooner or later. Why not make it sooner? X
          KC Star editorial:  Mandatory minimum sentences won't stop violent crime in Missouri X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt's office provides valuable service by handling consumer complaints X
          Messenger:  Audit shows Hawley's office used private e-mail for public business. Lock him up? X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian offers litany of grievances against Missouri's federal and state Republicans, from puppy mills (2010) to impeachment votes (2020) X
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        Sunday, February 9, 2020
       
Washington Missourian:  Missouri's presidential primary in March 10 X
          KWMU:  USDA program sends more than $60 million in grants and low-interest loans for Missouri broadband
          Detroit News:  St. Louis union leader Vance Pearson strikes deal with feds;  UAW capo sings on schemes that spent member dues on cigars, luxury resorts, burner phones, more
          SNL:  Sen. Kit Bond, Gov. Bob Holden among Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame inductees X
          SNL:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) explains how many parents failed to refile Medicaid paperwork for eligible kids X
          CDT:  Gov. Parson holds on filling curator posts X
          CDT:  Public defender director wants more state funding X
          JCNT:  Cultivation of industrial hemp has room to grow in Missouri X
          JCNT:  Lincoln University at forefront of industrial hemp research in Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  Galloway turns up the heat on Hawley. But can she take it herself? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Door is open for gambling at Lake of the Ozarks X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should act to help consumers avoid cellphone 'spoofing' scams X
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        Saturday, February 8, 2020
       
SE Missourian:  Cape's Rush Limbaugh awarded high honor +
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Prayers from Cape Girardeau for Rush Limbaugh - America's latest Medal of Freedom recipient +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Quick hits on Hawley vs. Galloway, rejected medical marijuana applicants, Trump's Chiefs tweet
          KWMU:  St. Louis-area hospitals formulating medical marijuana policies;  Insights from Missouri Hospital Association's Jane Drummond, others
          Washington Missourian:  Gaming bill may be used as leverage - against gambling expansion X
          Missourinet:  Fast Track financial aid funding still available
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Change in legislation to require anti-abuse training in schools X
          The Missouri Times:  DNR's commission for hazardous waste generator fee increases could hit snag in General Assembly
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Federal grant for teacher training program a positive step X
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian disagrees with Hawley on impeachment, wants senator to release tally of phone calls to office X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt and Hawley on impeachment vote and Senate resolution congratulating Chiefs X
          P-D letter:  Oakland sexagenarian social worker says lack of Medicaid expansion is forcing olds onto the streets X
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        Friday, February 7, 2020
       
KWMU:  National gun-control advocate Deanna Hollas to rally troops in St. Louis this weekend;  Washington University hosts 'minister of gun violence' pep talk tonight
        CDT:  Hartzler:  Antibiotic supplies at risk;  Congresswoman sponsors bill with California Democrat to protect military personnel X
        JCNT:  Corps of Engineers increases Missouri River releases X
        AP:  Corps increases water flowing into lower Missouri River
        Columbia Missourian:  Corps of Engineers preparing for predicted Missouri River flooding
        The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D-St. Louis City)
        The Missouri Times:  Galloway "likely" violated state law in Hawley audit, AG Eric Schmitt says
        KWMU:  Galloway audit of Hawley finds no laws broken
        Columbia Missourian:  Audit of Hawley finds no laws broken
        JCNT:  Galloway:  No evidence of state laws being broken by Hawley's office X
        AP:  Galloway's audit manager says her suggestion to "beef up" allegations against Hawley actually meant "finish up";  Galloway says Hawley used state vehicle for campaign stops, including one Chiefs game
        SNL:  Hawley, Galloway trade blows over audit;  Galloway staffer says reference to "beef up" Hawley audit actually meant "finish" X
        Missourinet:  Galloway and Hawley blast each other over attorney general closeout audit
        P-D:  Hawley campaign to file complaint with Missouri State Board of Accountancy for "misconduct" by Galloway X
        P-D:  Schmitt says disclosing transcripts is illegal;  Galloway releases them anyway X
        KC Star:  Former Hawley staffer says he downloaded Confide three years ago, trolled pal about KU basketball X
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri general revenue sees increase at start of 2020
        The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express line will include 'first of its kind' broadband infrastructure, impacting 1 million rural Missourians
        Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers advance proposal for casinos at Lake of the Ozarks
        Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Agriculture asks to expand pesticide complaint staff
        KWMU:  Lawmakers considering budget request to give Dept. of Ag more staff to investigate pesticide complaints;  Some applicators choose to break law, apply herbicides after cutoff dates
        Brownfield Ag News:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe describes challenges dealing with feral hogs on his property
        SNL:  Hog hung next to 'No Hunting' sign sends message X
        KC Star editorial:  Audit of Josh Hawley shows a secretive politician focused on climbing the ladder X
        Joplin Globe editorial:  Unknowns cloud recreational pot proposal in Missouri X
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Time has come for Missouri PDMP X
        KC Star op-ed:  MU Health assistant prof:  Don't panic over coronavirus, but Missouri is unprepared X
        P-D letter:  "State Street Tenant Resistance co-founder" Myisha Johnson displeased over Ameren's focus on shareholder value X
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        Thursday, February 6, 2020
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democratic Party staffers submit demand for union recognition
          AP:  Missouri Democratic Party staff to unionize
          SNL:  Billy Long to Pelosi:  Auction that speech copy you tore in a tantrum X
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  House Democrats have given America first purely partisan impeachment
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley share thoughts on House Democrats' impeachment efforts X
          Missourinet:  Missouri sues agencies, others in effort to halt North Dakota water project
          KWMU:  New National Parks leadership in Ste. Genevieve aims to grow historic site
          The Missouri Times:  SEMA Director Ron Walker retiring after 41 years with Public Safety
          JCNT:  Missouri SEMA Director Ron Walker to retire X
          Faughn:  Gary Romine was a senator's senator
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says she'll pick up seats this November
          AP:  Missouri House panel backs raising the bar for initiative petitions
          JCNT:  Missouri Recovery Network hosts advocacy day at Capitol X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation adds new landowner registry X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis):  Congress, there's a better way to fix surprise billing
          KC Star op-ed:  Area doctor says Missouri should emulate Kansas and expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Manchester man expresses anger at Blunt and Hawley over impeachment vote, makes timely cultural references to Robert Redford and Ernest Hemingway X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Retired professor responds to Hartzler's response to piece on government health care
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman "appalled" by Cleaner Missouri, cheers Post-Dispatch X
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        Wednesday, February 5, 2020
       
Mannies:  Bloomberg is pouring money into Missouri in advance of the state's March primary
          SNL:  Still time to register for the 2020 Missouri presidential primary X
          Missourinet:  President Trump recognizes Missouri child and mother during State of the Union Address
          KC Star:  President Trump highlights Kansas City girl born at 21 weeks:  "Every child is a miracle of life" X
          KC Star:  Cleaver's office says congressman skipped State of the Union (Tuesday) to attend Chiefs parade (Wednesday) X
          Columbia Missourian:  Levee failures cause massive losses to Missouri farms
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Group now pushing for recreational marijuana approval X
          CDT:  Gov. Parson's office, Galloway campaign go back and forth on Galloway's phone and deleted messages X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Pattie Parris, Missouri's first female doorkeeper in the General Assembly
          The Missouri Times:  Changes to Missouri primary elections floated in Senate
          SNL:  Senate gives approval to Cleaner Missouri redistricting plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects Cleaner Missouri bill despite Democrats' efforts
          AP:  Senate Republicans pitch redistricting plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators take step to give voters a voice on redistricting
          P-D:  Senate Democrats end their filibuster, allow Cleaner Missouri to advance X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers vote to allow grants for Hyperloop track
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) targets gaps in state's anti-sanctuary law
          JCNT:  Sponsors of tort overhaul bills say legislation would help stop frivolous lawsuits X
          SNL:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) wants to ban vaping in public schools - for kids and adults X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider vaping ban, education about vaping in schools
          P-D:  Plan to lift residency requirements for cops narrowly applied to only St. Louis City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) would help first responders get treatment for PTSD
          The Missouri Times:  House advances legislation restructuring Capitol Police
          Columbia Missourian:  City-county fire protection district dispute hits the Capitol
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to rewrite definition of hunting 'handgun' X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT uses technology to help with winter weather efficiencies
          Missourinet:  Missouri House caucus to focus on radioactive waste studies, spending
          Messenger:  Veteran who spurred historic Missouri prison debtors ruling finds himself back behind bars X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Moms Demand Action member wants more gun control X
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        Tuesday, February 4, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Poplar Bluff police chief will be U.S. Rep. Jason Smith's guest at State of the Union tonight
          SNL:  Blunt, Hawley share thoughts on impeachment ahead of tomorrow's vote X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gov. Parson visits Iowa for Trump:  "America will never, ever, be a socialist country."
          P-D:  Ann Wagner continues building war chest;  MOGOP's Jean Evans' premortem for Jill Schupp's campaign mocks eventual "grassroots" mantra X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks with Rosenbaum about Cleaner Missouri, gaming machines, police officer emancipation, Medicaid expansion, audit of Galloway
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics recap:  February 2, 2020 episode
          P-D:  Gov. Parson's trip to Super Bowl involved no taxpayer money X
          P-D:  Missouri paid out more than $24 million for lawsuits last year;  Big jackpots for winners of "discrimination" and "harassment" claims against Department of Corrections X
          Missourinet:  Number of flu cases more than doubles in Missouri
          JCNT:  Missouri Health Insurance Innovation Task Force releases report X
          Columbia Missourian:  Expanded charter school bill goes to Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) meant to streamline services for vulnerable adults
          P-D:  Lawmakers target use of phony "service animals" X
          SNL:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) advances bill to open jobs to offenders X
          Missourinet:  AG Eric Schmitt, law enforcement groups say Missouri carjackings are an epidemic
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP bill would allow transfer of historic black cemetery to state
          KWMU:  Black Caucus legislation:  Creating St. Louis-area black history museum, adding another state holiday, more
          JCNT:  Black Caucus proposes legislation commemorating black Missourians X
          KC Star editorial:  KC should be offended by President Trump's tweet about "great state of Kansas" X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Applause for innovative approaches to MoDOT's problems X
          P-D editorial:  Schmitt is right to restore tough court overhaul for St. Louis County cities X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Great Northwest Day pays off for region X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man copies language from Missouri Budget Project's Medicaid expansion report verbatim X
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        Monday, February 3, 2020
       
KWMU:  St. Louis Corps of Engineers plan would help residents along Meramec River with floods;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Executive Director David Stokes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) files bill to protect against future flooding
          Missourinet:  Secretary Ashcroft calls for eliminating Missouri's symbolic presidential preference primary
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Trump Administration's EPA changes benefit St. Joseph X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis City) talks with Scott Faughn about Cleaner Missouri and PQs, Medicaid expansion, more;  Panel of Carl Bearden, Mark Dalton,  Bloomberg campaign's Ryan Hawkins, state Senate candidate Michelle Sherod (D-St. Louis City) talk Dem presidential primary, Gov. Parson's margin of victory, Cleaner Missouri, more
          KWMU:  National hospital group wants Medicaid expansion
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson speaks at Midwest march to support life X
          Washington Missourian:  Galloway says she welcomes audit of her office X
          Missourinet:  Super Bowl champion Chiefs to receive invite to Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson:  Removing St. Louis City police residency requirement is the right thing to do
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Crime-fighting measures moving through Missouri Senate X
          P-D:  AG Eric Schmitt seeks to revive municipal police and court overhaul efforts X
          AP:  Missouri bills would ease licensing for military spouses, out-of-state workers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph) aims to stop squatters on public property X
          KC Star editorial:  Licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in Missouri will go to the highest bidder X
          KC Star editorial:  Electricity customers in Missouri could be the losers in battle over Evergy X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian chastises "youngster" Hawley for impeachment stance X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler responds to student reporter Will Okay's incomplete piece on government health care, provides actual data from Congressional Budget Office
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian angry over Cleaner Missouri proposal X
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        Sunday, February 2, 2020
       
Brownfield Ag News:  States join forces for Missouri River study
          Joplin Globe:  State opens comments to prevent future Neosho flooding X
          Washington Missourian:  In wide-ranging conversation with press corps, Gov. Parson talks state's economic successes, cost of Medicaid expansion, taming urban crime X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri group aims to pitch recreational marijuana to voters in November X
          P-D:  It's official:  St. Louis-area medical marijuana businesses are hiring X
          P-D:  Former state Rep. Mike Sutherland (R-Warrensburg) named Missouri parks director X
          P-D:  Gov. Parson picks Jason Dodson for circuit judgeship in St. Louis County X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) helps U.S. Census Bureau with recruitment
          SNL:  Drag queen story hour promotes "the gender fluidity of childhood;"  Man dressed as girl from "Frozen" reads book about two boys falling in love X
          P-D editorial:  If Galloway's perfunctory campaign against Gov. Parson stands a chance, staffer Pamela Allison's e-mail about altering Hawley audit requires explanation X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri drivers should have license suspended for handling phone while driving X
          SNL op-ed:  Area Democrat running against Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) wants Medicaid expansion X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal:  No more test-score requirement for applicants;  Old-fashioned standards like "achievement" and "metrics" stifled diversity X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Blunt on impeachment, attempts "Show-Me" punchline X
          SNL letter:  Greene County Democrats donor applauds House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) for holding town hall X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man hopes Missourians think twice about allowing recreational marijuana X
          SNL letter:  Nixa septuagenarian submits form letter in support of Clean Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia septuagenarian submits form letter (see above) in support of Clean Missouri
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        Saturday, February 1, 2020
       
February 2019 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          SNL:  Local Democrats make their picks for 2020 presidential election:  Interviews with 10 area liberals X
          KC Star:  Blunt calls House Dems' impeachment case "half-baked"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Examining the allegations of political bias in Hawley audit, more
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Sutherland named Missouri State Parks director
          SNL:  DNR names new state parks director;  opening Bryant Creek at top of list X
          P-D:  Liberal group continues campaign for Medicaid expansion;  Missouri Budget Project says spending more will save money X
          Columbia Missourian:  Petitioners push for recreational marijuana use in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson says grey area should be cleaned up in Missouri's gambling laws
          SNL:  St. Louis County judge strikes down "paycheck protection" law from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa)
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri educators could see tax deduction option next year under plan from Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would allow St. Louis police to turn over cases to Schmitt's office;  Union leader Jeff Roorda blasts "clown" Kim Gardner
          KWMU:  St. Louis City aldermen pass resolution chastising state lawmakers for officer-emancipation legislation
          SNL:  Missouri announces weed 'seed-to-sale' permits X
          KC Star:  Complaints mount over private company that scored Missouri marijuana applications X
          P-D:  Missouri killed a record number of feral hogs in 2019. And it might not be enough. X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Fixing "Clean Missouri" will restore common sense to redistricting
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka):  Supporting children's futures with child support legislation;  Deadbeat dads and other derelicts should pay up before receiving SNAP handouts
          Messenger:  Tale of two defendants highlights the gamble poor people take with justice system X
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        Friday, January 31, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Hawley wants to hear from Biden and Schiff, if Senate calls witnesses
          SNL:  Flu-related deaths hit 550 in Missouri;  No reported cases of coronavirus X
          The Missouri Times:  Mid-week update:  Scott Faughn on Missouri polls, Cleaner Missouri, Eric Greitens' next moves, much more
          CDT:  Gov. Parson weighs in on Cleaner Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson weighs in on political bias in audits, state employees supporting candidates
          AP:  Missouri gubernatorial candidates talk transparency
          SNL:  Campaign for Missouri recreational weed begins X
          The Missouri Times:  Group to seek signatures for recreational marijuana initiative
          AP:  Missouri ballot initiative pushes for recreational marijuana
          P-D:  Missouri marijuana backers will try to get recreational weed on 2020 ballot X
          AP:  If Missouri follows trends, some marijuana licenses will sell
          KWMU:  Profile:  Missouri Senate's Conservative Caucus
          The Missouri Times:  2019 Statesman of the Year:  Caleb Jones
          KWMU:  After all-night filibuster, Senate GOP promise return for state legislative redistricting measure
          The Missouri Times:  Inside the Cleaner Missouri redistricting fight in the Legislature
          KCUR:  Kansas City, Mo. won't tempt Kansas companies across the state line with big tax breaks
          AP:  Missouri Senate backs limits on tax breaks in floodplains
          KWMU:  Schmitt seeks to revive traffic fine caps for St. Louis County cities
          The Missouri Times:  House passes licensing reciprocity legislation to aid military families
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man irked by Post-Dispatch's "unrestrained liberal bias" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian unhappy with Josh Hawley's defeat of Claire McCaskill, attempts baseball analogy X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man scolds Missouri Republicans for bad policy behavior, wants them to "sit down and evaluate" what they've done X
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        Thursday, January 30, 2020
       
Brownfield Ag News:  USDA to spend $61 million on broadband in Missouri;  Comments from Gov. Parson
          KC Star:  Jason Kander quits voting-rights campaign as Let America Vote "merges" with larger group;  End Citizens United will retire Kander's attempt at non-profit and super PAC arms X
          SE Missourian:  At SEMO MLK event, political activist Angela Davis shares her testimony about racism, militarism, "heteropatriarchy," other American evils +
          KC Star:  Cleaver wagers KC BBQ in Super Bowl bets with Pelosi, other California Dems X
          Reuters:  Warren Buffett gives up on newspapers;  Berkshire Hathaway dumps unit on Post-Dispatch parent Lee Enterprises
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Gov. Parson's PAC shows governor with commanding lead over Nicole Galloway
          KWMU:  Galloway's office faces questions from Missouri lawmakers about Hawley audit
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee hears testimony from Galloway's office about ongoing Hawley audit
          Columbia Missourian:  Staffer removed from Hawley audit, but Galloway's office insists no bias occured
          AP:  Lawmakers question Galloway's office over Hawley audit
          AP:  GOP senators propose "Cleaner Missouri" ethics bill
          P-D:  Senate takes up GOP's "Cleaner Missouri" plan X
          Columbia Missourian:  Democrats oppose "Cleaner Missouri" ethics and redistricting plan
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans offer redistricting plan X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  More than 80 state lawmakers calling for changes to Missouri bail rules X
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would enact statewide prescription monitoring program +
          AP:  Opioid prescriptions down significantly in Missouri Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) seeks transparency for health care costs
          Columbia Missourian:  Tired of spam calls?  Lawmakers learn they may not be much you can do
          KWMU:  Some St. Louis City aldermen criticize state lawmakers for officer-emancipation bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Law aiming to spur urban farming heard by House committee
          KC Star:  FBI won't run background checks on Missouri medical marijuana employees until law is passed X
          AP:  Missouri Capitol to shine red for Super Bowl-bound Chiefs
          Messenger:  Republicans turn backs on criminal justice overhaul in misguided attempt to upend bail rules X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Consumer Energy Alliance's Brydon Ross:  A solution in search of a problem - don't mess with Missouri's energy market
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        Wednesday, January 29, 2020
       
KWMU:  Roy Blunt opposes impeachment, backs medical marijuana banking
          KWMU:  Trump trial showcases Missouri method of impeachment
          P-D:  Absentee voting starts for March 10 Missouri presidential primary X
          KC Star:  Kansas City caucus groupies follow Democrats around Iowa;  61-year-old man recounts thrill of walking hotel hallways and spotting Joe Biden wearing sweatpants X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler meets with University Hospital officials, talks prescription drug proposals
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA invests $61 million in rural Missouri broadband
          Columbia Missourian:  No coronavirus cases in Missouri, but health officials are paying close attention
          SE Missourian:  Gov. Parson appoints Lloyd Smith to SEMO Board of Regents +
          The Missouri Times:  'Milestone' reached as Missouri sends first batch of untested rape kits to lab, Schmitt says
          KWMU:  Missouri begins testing backlog of more than 7,000 rape kits
          SNL:  Abandoned airplanes sit at Missouri airports for years - and the airports can't touch them X
          KWMU:  Missourians will likely vote in 2020 how to draw Missouri General Assembly districts
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House to investigate allegations of bias in Galloway's auditor office
          KMOX:  Mark Reardon show:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) explains how new bail rules let rapists, other criminals loose (begins at 16:45)
          KWMU:  Judge says proposed consent judgment on public defender workload is unworkable
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers begin to tackle $35 million debt to county prisons
          AP:  House committee discusses state's success in reducing number of children on Medicaid
          P-D:  Lawmakers, officials showcase state's improvement in verifying Medicaid eligibility X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers discuss benefits of eligibility verification on Medicaid enrollment
          P-D:  Missouri House endorses plan to make it easier for military spouses to land jobs X
          The Missouri Times:  Wiemann's transparency bill given initial green light by House committee
          Missourinet:  Sports wagering bill is now heading to Missouri House floor
          JCNT:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) pitches Osage River as potential gambling waterway X
          CDT:  House votes to block Grain Belt line
          Missourinet:  Missouri reviewing ways to boost mental health services in schools
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation to limit use of seclusion rooms in schools approved by House committee
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn defends department's stance on feral hogs
          KC Star:  American Lung Association criticizes Missouri's smoking laws, wants higher taxes X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers are cashing out for lucrative, taxpayer-funded state jobs X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man details how he wrote Hawley a letter on impeachment and showed him what's what X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian says bill on library standards forces her to "experience a range of emotions"
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        Tuesday, January 28, 2020
       
Missourinet:  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks in Jefferson City, says federal tax credit plan is "the conservative, federalist cure for what plagues American education" X
          JCNT:  U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts religious freedom in education in Jefferson City X
          CDT:  At education conference, DeVos touts tax credits X
          Columbia Missourian:  Title IX persecutions, federal oversight major themes of DeVos speech
          P-D:  DCCC puts Jill Schupp on "Red to Blue" list, says Dem will put up a fight in Ann Wagner's re-election X
          AP:  Missouri donation limits rise slightly for legislative candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence's Colleen Coble
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri considers ads in airports amid Coronavirus outbreak X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) appointed to State Tax Commission
          AP:  Gov. Parson taps third state senator for new job
          AP:  Gov. Parson appoints Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge to Missouri education board
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson, Blues fans rally around Stanley Cup at Capitol X
          JCNT:  President Pro Tem Schatz proposes investigation of state auditor X
          KWMU:  MoDOT tries pay raises to stem departures
          Columbia Missourian:  Fatalities involving commercial vehicles are rising in Missouri;  Thoughts from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, others
          SNL:  College of the Ozarks makes another push for its own police force X
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill targeting wind energy line
          Columbia Missourian:  Grain Belt Express heads back to the Senate
          P-D:  Grain Belt Express power line gets thumbs-down in Missouri House X
          Columbia Missourian:  State senators discuss tracking opioid prescriptions, rape evidence kits
          Missourinet:  State racks up millions in unpaid bills owed to Amtrak
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers draw attention to feral hog issue during budget hearing
          KWMU:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) talks legislative wish list:  Medicaid expansion, etc.
          CDT:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) calls for NCAA changes X
          P-D editorial:  Hawley's call for big-tech regulatory framework is misguided X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri farmers pleased to see action on trade
          Nicklaus:  Unions get bigger in anti-union Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Citizens for Modern Transit wants more money for public transit X
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        Monday, January 27, 2020
       
AP:  Missouri, three other states unite to try to limit flooding
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Early application for REAL ID encouraged by airport X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) talks with Scott Faughn about Clean Missouri fix, pro-labor Republicans, Gov. Parson vs. Galloway, more;  Panel of Reps. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) and Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County), Joe Lakin, alderman candidate Anne Schweitzer (D-St. Louis City) talk Clean Missouri, Medicaid expansion campaign, impeachment, more
          AP:  Abortion among key issues in Missouri 2020 governor's race
          SNL:  As Missouri's weed market emerges, so do questions, lawsuits and conflicts X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Texting ban resurfaces in Missouri House X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers say Supreme Court got it wrong on 'disastrous' bail changes
          JCNT:  Small school districts say move to 4-day week helps attract, retain teachers X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Legislature is AWOL, so it's up to KC Council to ban texting and driving X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  MSSU takes a deeper dive into college students' voting X
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        Sunday, January 26, 2020
       
P-D:  Photo gallery:  Anti-war protesters rally outside Boeing;  Woman with bull nose ring shouts unironically into bullhorn;  Signs include "Boeing Kills," "War Pigs," other compelling intellectual appeals X
          SNL:  Former Gov. Scott Walker will deliver keynote at Missouri Lincoln Days X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst says federal water rule fight is not over
          SNL:  Blunt, Hawley praise rollback of Obama-era water rules;  Local Sierra Club woman unhappy X
          Washington Missourian:  Four Franklin County businesses approved for medical marijuana sales X
          KC Star:  Failed applicants for medical marijuana licenses complain about selection process;  Woman who dumped $160k of retirement funds into business scheme calls setback "kind of a mystery" X
          SNL:  Here are 3 things Gov. Parson's budget could mean for Springfield X
          P-D:  Diverse policy views from Gov. Parson and GOP lawmakers leads to rigorous debate on state budget, tax incentives, taming urban crime, other topics X
          KC Star:  State data shows Buchanan County leads the way in prosecuting deadbeat parents for non-support X
          SNL:  Kerfuffle over Hailey's Law involves definition of "clickable links" in emergency alerts X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) explains motivation behind his rural broadband bill
          Missourinet:  College of the Ozarks security bill to be heard by Missouri House committee on Monday
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's prohibition of plastic-bag laws is worse than doing nothing X
          P-D editorial:  Ameren seeks a rate cut of pennies. Regulators say it should be dollars. X
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian "environmental philosophy" professor says Blunt and Hawley impeachment positions are frightening X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood woman wants Blunt and Hawley to flip-flop on impeachment process X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian questions Gov. Parson's patriotism X
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        Saturday, January 25, 2020
       
JCNT:  Local pro-life advocates take part in March for Life X
          P-D:  Galloway posts Sunshine requests online;  In 2016, DSCC asked for audits of Roy Blunt's secretary of state office from 1985-1993 X
          SNL:  Missouri issues complete list of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries X
          CDT:  Columbia to have 7 marijuana dispensaries X
          SE Missourian:  State approves four medical marijuana dispensaries in Cape, one in Jackson +
          KC Star:  Missouri approves 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in the Kansas City area X
          P-D:  Dozens of marijuana dispensaries licensed across St. Louis area X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou's online portal offers new "pronoun" categories:  Options for "non-binary" and "gender nonconforming" humanoids include "Ze/Hir" and "Ey/Em"
          SNL:  Why Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) wants a Hyperloop X
          Joplin Globe:  MoDOT's Pat McKenna:  High turnover puts agency in 'triage mode' X
          AP:  Missouri prisons paring back as prison population drops
          AP:  Lawmakers slam Missouri Supreme Court over bail rules
          P-D:  Deposition brings to the fore familiar names in Gardner, Greitens drama X
          The Missouri Times:  With jobs on the line, Spire will appeal court's rejection of its infrastructure system replacement process
          The Missouri Times:  Evergy, hedge fund disagree on best approach to maximize shareholder value
          KC Star op-ed:  Dave Roland:  Gov. Parson should call special election to fill KC's Dem state Senate seats X
          Priddy:  Legislature should change law on casino admission fee and help pay for National Steamboat Museum (1,868 words)
          KC Star letter:  Albany sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt and Hawley on impeachment, reminisces about Stuart Symington X
          P-D letter:  Pacific sexagenarian disagrees with Schatz on gerrymandering, says non-citizens should be counted as legal citizens X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says gas tax increase should be accompanied by electric car tax X
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        Friday, January 24, 2020
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley:  Impeachment managers not making their case X
          SE Missourian:  Political activist Angela Davis to be keynote speaker at MLK dinner next week +
          KWMU:  Elections 2020:  People can vote in Missouri without photo ID
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment rate remains low in December
          Columbia Missourian:  Corrections, criminal justice highlight initial Senate budget discussions
          Missourinet:  What you need to know about Gov. Parson's proposed prison budget
          Missourinet:  Schatz:  Rural Missouri hospitals are critical to their communities
          Columbia Missourian:  Area lawmakers support increase in Precision Health Initiative budget
          SNL:  Drag queens plan Capitol protest of library standards bill X
          SNL:  Missouri begins announcing medical marijuana dispensary licenses one day early X
          KWMU:  Missouri awards 192 dispensary licenses for medical marijuana program
          Missourinet:  State awards 192 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries
          CDT:  State issues marijuana dispensary licenses X
          P-D:  Missouri begins licensing medical marijuana dispensaries X
          P-D:  Ameren agrees to cut rates, but disagrees with state over size X
          Missourinet:  Hunters at odds with Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service over feral hog restrictions
          P-D editorial:  Show-trial atmosphere is angering Republicans, as Blunt and Hawley are learning X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Indifference, not ignorance, drives violations of Missouri Sunshine Law X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Library standards bill goes too far X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Drugs are a scourge on society - causing death in southeast Missouri +
          KC Star op-ed:  Democratic attorney general primary candidate Rich Finneran:  AG Eric Schmitt wrong to file Obamacare lawsuit X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) wrong to propose Clean Missouri fix
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri State Public Defender's office's Sarah Johnson:  Support bill from Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City) to give juvenile delinquents a second chance X
        P-D letter:  Olivette woman disagrees with Blunt and Hawley on impeachment X
        P-D letter:  Maplewood woman says GOP efforts on gerrymandering are "shenanigans" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man opposes bill from Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) to tighten standards for drag queens campaigns X
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        Thursday, January 23, 2020 
       
Fox News:  Sen. Josh Hawley says Nadler was playing to his base before chief Justice John Roberts admonished him
          P-D:  George Herbert 'Bert' Walker III dies at age 88 X
          JCNT:  Jefferson City area to benefit from federal disaster recovery grant X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. Draper III notes his own historic tenure, court's bicentennial
          The Missouri Times:  Draper touts criminal justice overhaul efforts in State of Judiciary address
          JCNT:  Chief justice:  Missouri public defenders need more funding X
          KWMU:  Chief Missouri justice urges more funding for public defenders, court technology in annual address
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers try again with voter ID after court loss
          SNL:  Republicans look to revive voter ID law X
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft promotes initiative petition changes before Senate committee
          JCNT:  Proposed measures tackle initiative petitions X
          Joplin Globe:  Panel hears proposals to raise the bar for changing state constitution X
          Columbia Missourian:  Corrections, criminal justice highlight initial Senate budget discussions
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers likely to end residency requirement for St. Louis City police
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers propose longer prison sentences for fentanyl
          Missourinet:  MoDOT director calls turnover rate 'a crisis'
          The Missouri Times:  More than 80 state representatives ask Supreme Court to reverse course on pre-trial bail rules
          KWMU:  St. Louis County drug monitoring program continues to grow across Missouri
          Missourinet:  Bipartisan Missouri House resolution describes NCAA's sanctions against Mizzou as "appalling"
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Missouri unions add 47,000 members, putting total at 15-year high X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City septuagenarian displeased by proposed Clean Missouri fix X
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        Wednesday, January 22, 2020
       
P-D:  Hundreds of citizen soldiers from Missouri gear up for Afghanistan X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley praises trade deal, keeps wary eye on China X
          SNL:  How Rep. Billy Long broke his shoulder X
          SNL:  HUD awards $1 million to local agencies X
          AP:  Corps trim water flowing into lower Missouri River
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) on budget revenue estimate, low-income housing tax credits, redistricting, Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan
          AP:  Lawmakers debate approaches to curbing urban criminal behavior
          JCNT:  GOP bills stiffen penalties for violent criminals
          P-D:  Republicans propose tougher sentences for gun criminals X
          KWMU:  House Democrats propose gun control measures to tame urban violence
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers take various approaches to urban gun violence
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of lawmakers band together to push for parole changes for minors
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers ask Gov. Parson to grant clemency to Bobby Bostic
          KOMU:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would update criminal sentencing for minors
          P-D:  Major League Soccer group "full steam ahead" despite tax credit setback X
          P-D:  More money for busing school kids could be on fast track in Missouri Senate X
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles) would tighten up standards around "emotional support animals"
          P-D:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) sponsors legislation to lower sales tax on tampons X
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP legislation would reduce tax on feminine hygiene products
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider tampon legislation
          Missourinet:  Drag queens to hold Capitol protest in March to oppose proposed library standards
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express:  What to know about the transmission line project
          Waters:  Proposed gerrymandering fix sets up the political fight of the season X
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        Tuesday, January 21, 2020
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guests David Barklage and Jane Dueker talk with Scott Faughn about Dem presidential primary, Gov. Parson's re-election, Medicaid, infrastructure;  Panel of Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Missouri Strategies' Earl Simms, NAACP's John Bowman, Planned Parenthood's Jesse Lawder on Gov. Parson's State of the State, Medicaid expansion, Clean Missouri and gerrymandering, more
          AP:  Police:  Armed guard 'saved lives' at urban KC nightclub shooting;  Shooter Jahron Swift, 29, put down after injuring 15 partygoers
          Missourinet:  Deadly KC shooting not believed to be gang related
          The Missouri Times:  Victory Enterprises launches new digital media company;  Joe Lakin will serve as CEO of Objective Media
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch promotes campaign-contribution database;  App will provide no data on PACs, "dark money," or local elected officials X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) says Gov. Parson is defying Trump by continuing to accept refugees
          Missourinet:  St. Louis City police chief, AG Eric Schmitt support bill to emancipate city police officers from urban subjugation;  Comments from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie)
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS refutes claims of 'scoring irregularities' with medical marijuana licenses
          KC Star:  Missouri judge to consider if Independence medical marijuana rules are too restrictive X
          P-D:  Amid consumer gripes, Missouri again seeking to hang up on robocalls X
          P-D editorial:  Oath of impartiality is serious. Blunt and Hawley must honor it. X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson forgets what he told KC mayor about gun laws. How convenient. X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State law should say if games are slots or not X
          KC Star op-ed:  Pain management specialist Shavonne Danner:  Scare tactics skew the conversation about monitoring prescription drugs in Missouri X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man upset over Blunt and Hawley support for Trump X
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        Monday, January 20, 2020  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day - a state holiday, by order of Gov. John Ashcroft
       
KC Star:  2 dead, at least 15 wounded at urban KC nightclub;  Armed security guard puts down shooter X
          P-D:  Missouri identifies 110,000 previously uncounted addresses ahead of 2020 Census count X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Republicans outraise Democrats ahead of 2020 election X
          Missourinet:  Dem gov candidate Nicole Galloway blames late 2018 tax refunds on 'dysfunction' of Gov. Parson administration
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson's proposed K-12 schools budget boosts spending by $10 million
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri's workforce development benefits rural communities, too;  Comments from Gov. Mike Parson
          P-D:  Gov. Parson calls for more consolidation of prison space X
          Missourinet:  Schatz:  The Stanley Cup is coming to the Missouri Capitol this month
          KC Star editorial:  Child sex abuse victims in Missouri should have more than 10 years to file civil lawsuits X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Tom Kruckemeyer:  State lawmakers should raise tobacco taxes X
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        Sunday, January 19, 2020
       
KC Star:  Hawley 2024:  Missouri Republican could be 'Donald Trump 2.0,' say conservative supporters;  Comments from James Harris, Gregg Keller, others X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Women's March:  Caucasoid male wearing yarn-labia hat beats African drum;  Obese cosplayer portrays Marie Antoinette;  Signs include "Ban Viagra," "No Women's Liberation Without Socialist Revolution," "Down With the Patriarchy," other efficacious and realistic messages X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump activists congregate downtown
          CDT:  Anti-Trump rally organizers seek to rebrand event, say event is not about Trump X
          SNL:  Voter ID law gutted by Missouri Supreme Court X
          SNL:  Here's how Missouri Democrats responded to Gov. Parson's State of the State:  Thoughts from gov candidate Nicole Galloway, Senate leader Gina Walsh, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade X
          JCNT:  Gov. Parson supports improving teacher pay X
          SNL:  Teacher pay starts below $32k in half of southwest Missouri districts;  Gov. Parson seeks to increase salaries X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri proposals would boost teacher pay, strengthen recruitment and retention X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill targets use of seclusion rooms in public schools X
          P-D:  Pot business license denials spur appeals alleging scoring flaws X
          SNL:  Missouri court orders delay in one medical marijuana dispensary license decision X
          JCNT:  Democrats:  Gov. Parson doesn't do enough to support gun control X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Sheriffs Association calls for changes to DOC policy X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State of the State recap X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Questions surround the future of medical pot in Missouri X
          McClellan:  Taking the high road on pot X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  With no online options, Missouri limits choices for gamblers
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman criticizes Blunt and Hawley on impeachment, attempts "Show Me" punchline X  
          KC Star letter:  Clean Missouri volunteer expresses anger over legislators' gerrymandering fix X
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