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        Tuesday, February 28
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republicans call on McCaskill to confirm Gorsuch
          PBS:  How Americans see Donald Trump, according to three regional newspapers:  St. Joseph News-Press Chairman David Bradley says Trump has made some misstatements, says area residents are largely satisfied and most hope Trump keeps his promises
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area liberals outraged over Bradley's comments about Trump;  Group of nearly 50 gathers outside News-Press office during workday X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Protest photo gallery:  Woman wearing yarn labia atop skull;  More X
          Columbia Missourian:  Kander talks voter rights to liberal lawyers' group
          Helling:  Democrats must find better candidates, or they'll keep losing +
          CDT:  Columbia man arrested after attacking police officer at St. Louis LGBTQIA* parade X
          P-D:  St. Louis woman jumps on back of officer, tries to interfere with arrest at St. Louis LGBTQIA* parade
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber calls on Greitens to condemn Trump's comments about war +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says workers' comp bill will help stop "double-dipping"
          KWMU:  Missouri's chief public defender, Michael Barrett, says he'll close offices around the state unless Legislature gives him more money
          Missourinet:  State Public Defender Michael Barrett requests $70 million in funding
          AP:  Public defenders want more money from legislators
          The Missouri Times:  House approves extensions for pregnancy resource center tax credits
          KSGF:  Nick Reed show:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks about PDMP legislation, addresses Reed's skepticism of program, says she looks forward to Eric Burlison representing Springfield in the Missouri Senate soon
          P-D:  Lincoln County joins prescription drug monitoring database
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) explains REAL ID conundrum
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) gives REAL ID update
          P-D:  Purchases of land for Missouri parks put on hold
          Missourinet:  Missouri House looks at expanding hemp extract use for serious health conditions
          SNL:  State electrician's license discussed in Senate X
          Missourinet:  House endorses tougher fines for those who choose to break herbicide-application laws
          The Missouri Times:  Great Plains files application, PSC sets intervention deadline
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Public Library to allow concealed weapons indefinitely
          AP:  Judge says state knowingly violated Sunshine Law
          U.S. News & World Report:  State rankings:  Missouri #37
          P-D:  U.S. News & World Report ranks Missouri in bottom third of states
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill, Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) stand up for area's bridge needs X
          P-D editorial:  Windfall gives Greitens an opportunity to show compassion for Missouri's olds, disabled and kids
          KC Star op-ed:  Concerned Women for America's Bev Ehlen:  McCaskill should support Gorsuch +
          KC Star op-ed:  NARAL's Alison Dreith:  McCaskill should oppose Gorsuch +
          St. Joseph News-Press's Newton:  REAL ID debate is messy and tiresome X
          Waters:  Mike Middleton deserves credit for more than hanging in there X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Values Project's Molly Teichman:  Politicians' effort to help liquor megastore Total Wine may hurt Missouri families
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man says Post-Dispatch reporter Kurt Erickson's predictably-slanted piece on lt. gov. office furniture appeals to left-leaning, low-information readers
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        Monday, February 27
       
P-D:  Inside the Trump White House, St. Louis native Katie Walsh plays key role
          The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz:  Liberals target GOP congressional offices with phone calls;  KC woman brags about calling Blunt's D.C. office every day, tells reporter she is a "registered Independent" - though Missouri does not have party registration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local immigration attorneys provide advice to illegal aliens hiding out in Missouri:  Don't break more laws by committing other crimes X
          Faughn:  Jay Wasson may be Missouri's most influential senator;  Nixa Republican shares thoughts on Greitens, PQ, 'right to work,' prevailing wage, building trust with Democrats, and the crop of young senators
          Missourinet:  PDMP sponsor Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) shares her own family's battle with drug addiction, opioid abuse
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Assistant Superminority Floor Leader Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on ethics bills, REAL ID, tort overhaul;  Panel of St. Louis City Democratic mayoral campaign staffers
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage):  further scrutiny of St. Louis Community Release Center is in process
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hundreds of local bridges deemed structurally deficient X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) would change county budget process, could remove auditor as budget officer
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) would install abortion exhibit in Missouri Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Special interests are trying, again, to reverse voters' will on campaign cash
          SNL letter:  Bolivar man unhappy that McCaskill, Blunt, Long not holding town halls during break X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia sexagenarian demands Vicky Hartzler hold town halls, says incumbent - who won by forty (40) points in 2016 - is in danger of losing seat
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wants Post-Dispatch to make more frequent reference to Greitens' intellectual, Democratic past
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        Sunday, February 26
       
KWMU:  Missouri GOP has singular message at Lincoln Days:  It's time to get to work
          SNL:  Lincoln Days happenings:  Blunt speech and protest;  Greitens speech;  Ashcroft speaks to GOP attorneys group;  panel of female department heads;  MRP Vice Chair Kay Hoflander on looking toward 2018 X
          KY3:  Missouri Republicans gather for Lincoln Days
          P-D:  At Lincoln Days, Missouri Republicans talk 2018 races
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump rally draws less than three dozen outside Luetkemeyer's office;  Veteran social justice warrior Sue Gibson says she wants GOP to support "Black Lives Matter," transgender campaigns, etc. X
          CDT:  Hartzler's Steve Walsh says congresswoman's one-on-one meetings are more productive than staged "spectacles for the media" X
          Missourinet:  Columbia man who converted to Islam and planned KC ISIS attack being held without bond
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt's Columbia office gets new location
          KWMU:  LGBTQIA* activists rally downtown, express anger over Emery's alternative-facilities bill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on tort overhaul proposals, REAL ID, ethics bills;  Panel of St. Louis City Democratic mayoral candidate staffers
          Drebes:  Nixon holdovers on the way out;  Labor scion Hugh McVey, nephew of longtime Missouri AFL-CIO boss Duke McVey, departs Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  REAL ID, drug monitoring X
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Ethics bills would uphold Greitens' campaign promises X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Tort overhaul proposals
          P-D:  These 14 St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri House passes bill to increase fines for farmers who choose to break herbicide application laws
          AP:  St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy
          KC Star:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) proposes "Never Again Act" to highlight history of abortion X
          P-D:  Tiniest victims of Missouri's heroin epidemic flood into foster care
          P-D editorial:  VP Mike Pence wrong to call Obamacare a "nightmare" during St. Louis visit
          JCNT editorial:  A state family-friendly leave policy is a win-win X
          Waters:  Time for Missouri to comply with REAL ID X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Gasoline tax for transportation should range between 5.9 cents and 10 cents - and still will not solve MoDOT's problems X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian dislikes Blunt, expresses her anger over senator's re-election
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian demands Ann Wagner hold town halls, says incumbent - re-elected in 2016 by 20 points - is in danger of losing seat
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian dislikes fellow Democrats' town-hall campaign, says anti-Trump protesters should behave in a more civil fashion
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian is pleased with Post-Dispatch's criticism of Eric Greitens, wants paper to "drown him with more articles"
          SE Missourian letter:  Palmyra septuagenarian supports eminent domain bills proposed by Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) +
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        Saturday, February 25   The Official 2017 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
The Missouri Times:  Special Lincoln Days print edition:  Lincoln Days schedule, Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies racks up national awards;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Days kicks off in Springfield;  Attendees talk 2018 GOP U.S. Senate primary, more
          Missourinet:  Lincoln Days features U.S. Senate primary hopefuls, celebration of November victories, more
          KSPR:  Video:  Lincoln Days attendees gather in Springfield;  Comments from Republicans Tom Mendenhall, Danette Proctor;  Sexagenarian anti-Blunt protester Rita Bruin says she has been "borderline depressed" since Hillary Clinton's defeat
          P-D:  Liberal groups continue push for congressional town halls
          KWMU:  Local congressional delegation's communications staffers pen statements regarding town hall forums
          SNL:  Transgender rally draws more than 100 in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Amorphous human holds sign declaring "F@CK TERFS" (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists);  Organizer Bethany Johnson wears Captain American shield on back, yarn labia hat atop skull;  More X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of February 20
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens' Parker Briden talks about jobs coming to Northeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens rounds out 10-member tax credit committee:  Policy Director Will Scharf, former GOP state Sens. Jason Crowell and John Lamping, others
          KC Star:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) inquires about Greitens' travel
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget battles, appropriation of settlement monies
          SNL:  Missouri legislators meet at Springfield Expedia facility to tout short-term rental bill X
          SNL:  Greitens appoints pair to MSU governing board X
          SNL:  MSU to raise tuition next year X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) asks UM System to retract support of discrimination bills
          P-D:  Few Missouri public high school students pass AP courses;  2013 photo of Hazelwood East AP government teacher attempting to instruct Spanish Lake youths
          KC Star:  Two non-urban districts in the KC region named to state's Advanced Placement Honor Roll +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Greitens overstates number of students not enrolled in physics
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) wants to create 'History of Abortion' exhibit in Capitol
          P-D:  Push to expand gambling underway in Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  House passes bill to stiffen penalties on farmers who choose to make illegal applications of approved herbicide +
          KWMU:  Bill to strengthen penalties for misuse of herbicides moves forward
          The Missouri Times:  PSC orders Great Plains to file application in merger case
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Three veteran reporters depart Post-Dispatch;  In face of declining subscriptions, paper launches "TRUTH" ad campaign
          P-D editorial:  Some Missouri Republicans agree with ACLU on REAL ID, but the Republicans are being crackpots about it
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) pushes a bill to help landowners pollute without consequences
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City correct to fight Missouri Legislature on abortion +
          P-D letter:  NARAL employee disagrees with Greitens, Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) on abortion
          CDT letter:  Sexagenarian poverty activist applauds newspaper's advocacy journalism and dedication to hard-knock, woe-is-me stories X
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        Friday, February 24   The Official 2017 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
SNL:  Republicans set to swarm Springfield for Lincoln Days X
          SNL:  Liberal "Indivisible" group will protest Blunt at Lincoln Days tomorrow, says it wants him to participate in their "street town hall" X
          KC Star:  Area delegation responds to liberal groups' town-hall campaign +
          CDT:  Liberals protest Hartzler outside local Chamber of Commerce meeting X
          CDT:  Luetkemeyer, Hartzler look to pull back Dodd-Frank X
          Drebes:  Ian Mackey to run for Stacey Newman's safe Democratic seat in Richmond Heights area
          Riverfront Times:  After Post-Dispatch's rush to judgment on rape allegation, Steve Roberts looks to clear his name
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens reflects on his Jewish faith through lens of cemetery vandalism
          KWMU:  Jewish Federation of St. Louis credits Greitens' team for mobilizing quickly after cemetery vandalism;  Local Anti-Defamation League leader blames nationwide incidents on Trump campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens restores some funding to K-12 transportation, home services programs
          KWMU:  Greitens shrinks size of proposed Medicaid, school bus cuts
          Missourinet:  Greitens eyes settlement money to ease cuts to Missouri's home services, school busing
          AP:  Greitens wants to use tobacco money to restore Medicaid cuts
          SNL:  Greitens says $52 million in tobacco money will help undo his cuts;  Protesters gather in Springfield anyway X
          P-D:  Tobacco money will help avoid cuts of in-home care, Greitens says
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to give the unemployed a minimum three months of handouts
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers call for monthly reports on state's lawsuit settlements
          KWMU:  Corrections worker:  Nepotism, fraternization rampant in agency
          Missourinet:  Breakthrough testimony by prison employees after administrators are vague about scandal
          AP:  Missouri prison employees slam work environment
          P-D:  A step toward a prescription drug database in Missouri advances
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) discusses virtual schools
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) wants to prevent public universities from requiring students to live in campus housing past freshman year
          Missourinet:  Families of killer, victim ask Missouri Legislature to expedite Amber Alerts protocol
          Missourinet:  Judge lets Sierra Club intervene in court battle against Ameren
          P-D:  Cracked plaster, damaged hardwood flooring to get repairs in Parson's office;  Office gets refurbishment treatment for first time in at least 12 years
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri farmers would suffer from Trump-inspired trade war +
          KC Star editorial:  Graves should be part of KCI solution +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Vicky Hartzler cares about people who make local economy work, doesn't care much about protesters
          SNL letter:  Republic septuagenarian says Blunt, Long are wrong on Obamacare X
          KC Star letter:  Former Dem lt. gov candidate Winston Apple proposes proportional representation +
          P-D letter:  Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson:  Messenger wrong to criticize Jeff Roorda;  Columnist has luxury of living in Wildwood and avoiding savagery
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        Thursday, February 23
       
KWMU:  VP Mike Pence's message to Missouri:  Small businesses are a priority, as is health care
          Missourinet:  Pence visits company, vandalized Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Pence lauds small business during Missouri visit
          P-D:  Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          KWMU:  While visiting St. Louis area, VP Mike Pence and Gov. Eric Greitens condemn vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          Washington Examiner:  Conservative group targets McCaskill in ads boosting Gorsuch's Supreme Court bid
          Politico:  Conservative group tied to Senate GOP leadership targets GOP, Dem lawmakers - including McCaskill - to repeal Obamacare
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Democrats, peace activists, Indians protest Hartzler outside Chamber of Commerce event;  Trump supporter holds one-man counter-rally, suggests liberals get over their election defeat
          Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare supporters compare medical maladies at rally;  Overweight woman laments hip and knee problems, etc.
          CDT:  Obamacare supporters swap sad stories at rally;  Woman claims "a slip in the mud" and knee injury made her homeless, former city councilwoman weeps, etc. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Blunt's statement on Missouri's health insurance coverage rated "Half True"
          SE Missourian:  Immigrant student is unhappy with Trump, says her father - who speaks English and holds multiple advanced degrees - misunderstood "fine print" of visa law +
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer:  We're losing one community bank a day;  he and Hartzler blast Dodd-Frank
          AP:  Greitens shuns state plane, flies at private costs
          Missourinet:  Greitens' campaign pledge for statewide term limits sees action with Kraus' legislative proposal
          KWMU:  Missouri's male population underrepresented in Greitens' Cabinet picks;  Nominees for major agencies include three men, five women
          AP:  GOP bill would allow the unemployed to hang out on the dole for at least three months
          KWMU:  Greitens' proposed budget cuts spare farmers, but not biodiesel debt
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers face off in REAL ID debates
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans have robust debate on REAL ID measures
          Columbia Missourian:  REAL ID debate stalls in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee questions Governor's Office budget and use of funds
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel proposes vast I-70 overhaul with general revenue funds
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT finishes Highway 13 bridge repairs X
          P-D:  Alzheimers care givers oppose budget cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) blasts Mizzou for endorsing Austin's discrimination suit overhaul bill
          CDT:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty scolds UM for lobbyist's testimony X
          KWMU:  Local attorney says GOP's proposed changes to discrimination law are needed
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances prescription drug monitoring bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State unveils new license plate X
          AP:  Missouri corrections officer charged with false imprisonment;  Ozark Correctional Center employee pushed co-worker into cell, where she stayed alone for several minutes until her co-worker boyfriend set her free
          P-D:  Marquette High grad Erica Cao named Gates Scholar for second time;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success
          P-D:  Jennings man convicted of felony for looting shoe store during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Eric Greitens:  Cannot or will not answer questions?
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Sexagenarian reporter bashes critics of news media, says his job is to provide "truly fair and balanced" journalism while he fights for the "poor, needy and disabled" X
          P-D letter:  Olivette man says Greitens is enamored with himself and should stop whining about the media
          P-D letter:  University City woman wants legislators to spend more money on K-12 schools
          CDT letter:  Administrative law attorney David Woodsmall:  Lawmakers should oppose bill backed by utility companies X
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        Wednesday, February 22
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  McCaskill visits Mexico border to get first-hand look at issues facing border patrol agents
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft weighs in on new immigration order on FOX Business
          KWMU:  Local immigrant-advocacy group calls reality of Trump immigration order "a real tragedy"
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  New Trump immigration rules create fear among immigrants;  Public radio station provides forum for two anti-Trump perspectives, zero voices supporting deportation policy
          KWMU:  Survey:  Public radio station takes part in national investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information
          KC Star:  Columbia man who converted to Islam caught plotting ISIS terror attack on Kansas City +
          Missourinet:  Columbia man who converted to Islam planned terrorist attack on Kansas City
          KMIZ:  Columbia man converted to Islam, planned Presidents' Day attack
          AP:  Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack in KC
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws 250 in Columbia;  McCaskill staff attends
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists protest outside Blunt's office, say they'll target Ann Wagner next
          Missourinet:  Pence to visit St. Louis County today
          AP:  VP Mike Pence to make stop in Fenton today to talk jobs
          P-D:  Greitens says he will talk about jobs during visit with Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Policy Network holds second year of mentor program
          KWMU:  Greitens' team plans volunteer activity at Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Greitens makes statement on vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          P-D:  Vandalism at University City Jewish cemetery draws widespread condemnation
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) offers to personally help any constituent who can't manage to get a voter ID on their own X
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) would mandate e-verify checks to keep employees from hiring illegal aliens;  ACLU opposes bill
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford, other senators push Hawley to fight REAL ID bill +
          SNL:  Issue overview:  What the Missouri Legislature is doing about REAL ID X
          SNL:  Springfield legislators push compliance with REAL ID X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed state amendment would eliminate income tax, cap state spending
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel to propose funding transportation through general revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Holsman calls for $60 million of settlement money to be used to restore funding to Greitens' budget cuts
          Missourinet:  $10 million from court settlement to assist with Missouri budget crunch;  Holsman would like to see more
          Missourinet:  DOC controversy inspires proposal from Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) to monitor state payouts for lawsuit claims
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Today's episode to explore Legislature's proposed discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) proposes alternate facilities for K-12 transgender students
          KWMU:  Senate committee hears Emery's bill to allow public schools to provide alternative facilities for kids calling themselves "transgender"
          AP:  Emery bill provides alternative restroom, locker room options for transgender students
          The Missouri Times:  Bill to provide alternative restrooms for transgender students draws crowd
          KC Star:  Woman raising funds for her transgender-rights group books her 9-year-old boy - dressed up like a girl and calling himself "Avery" - a speaking slot at Senate committee hearing +
          P-D:  Emery bill draws testimony from activists, two boys calling themselves girls, parents
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys deliver prepared speeches on Emery's transgender-facilities bill
          KWMU:  Missouri Board of Education critical of St. Louis' largest charter network, still reauthorizes it
          CDT:  House committee to start work on higher ed budget X
          P-D:  House approves police protections;  Urban legislators unhappy
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate changing booze rules at Lambert
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) takes aim at 'pill mills'
          KWMU:  GOP House bill would strike down St. Louis City's 'abortion sanctuary city' law
          SNL:  Stacey Barfield pushes for 'Hailey's Law' without husband X
          KC Star:  Mom thinks UMKC stripper is a victim of human trafficking +
          AP:  Democrats ask Greitens to allow expanded family leave
          P-D editorial:  A prescription drug database would turn off the drug spigot in St. Louis
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        Tuesday, February 21
       
KC Star:  Hundreds protest Trump at 'Not My President' rally +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Photos, compendium of local news coverage from anti-Trump rally
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay to file suit over painting depicting police as animals
          AP:  Clay intends to sue over removal of painting
          P-D:  Taking down anti-police painting violated 1st Amendment, Clay claims in planned lawsuit
          Japan Times:  Billy Long part of bipartisan delegation visiting with government officials in Tokyo
          Rosenbaum:  The political money pipeline now can flow through Missouri's elected officials
          CDT:  Kit Bond puts mid-Missouri mansion on the market X
          KWMU:  Former AG Chris Koster takes job at Centene
          The Missouri Times:  Koster to work as vice president at Centene Corporation
          AP:  Koster gets new job at Centene Corp.
          The Missouri Times:  The evolution of Rich AuBuchon:  Tort reform and beyond
          Drebes:  Ryan McKenna hangs out a shingle as government consultant
          The Missouri Times:  Former McCaskill, SEIU staffer Brandon Davis joins GPS Impact
          The Missouri Times:  Kansas City Democratic Reps. Jon Carpenter and Lauren Arthur launch podcast;  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) starts all-female podcast inspired by "The View"
          KC Star:  State spent $52 million under Nixon administration to settle discrimination, other lawsuits;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty) wants governors to disclose inaugural-fund donors, calls Humphreys' contribution to Richard inappropriate
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Libla calls out House for lack of action on bridge funding +
          SNL:  In-home medical care group plans rally Thursday to protest budget cuts X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers hear from treatment experts, consider opioid proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if cities have the right to set their own minimum wage
          P-D:  Greitens yet to say what he'll do with $50 million in tobacco settlement money
          P-D:  Greitens:  St. Louis should not be an 'Abortion Sanctuary City'
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says compromise on charter schools 'possible'
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would allow K-12 schools to provide alternative accomodations for transgender students, keep young men out of girls' restrooms and locker rooms
          Daily American Republic:  Sucker punch during girls' basketball game, caught on video, prompts Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) to propose legislation +
          JCNT:  Protest of higher ed budget cuts draws nearly a dozen outside Governor's Mansion X
          Columbia Missourian:  New profile outlines traits, expectations for MU chancellor
          SNL:  Dixon bill would allow real estate notices to shift from print publications to online X
          CDT:  Emery bill could hinder city efforts to expand broadband X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants gun owners to be required to report lost or stolen firearms
          The Maneater:  MU law professor unhappy with legislature's 2016 gun bill, calls it "macho posturing"
          P-D:  Proposal would add utility vehicles to Missouri 'move over' law
          P-D:  University City police investigate damage to headstones at Jewish cemetery;  Greitens staff posts statement to Facebook
          KC Star editorial:  Work on REAL ID compromise should continue +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri has too many inmates and not enough space or money. Time for some bold thinking.
          P-D editorial:  Men and women of St. Louis law enforcement are wrong to have former Democratic state Rep. Jeff Roorda represent them
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Help St. Louis Women's March organizers fight the Trump agenda by filling out online survey
          Messenger:  Federal judge welcomes immigrants to America in trying times
          The Maneater's Emmett Ferguson:  Higher education cuts means MU is going to need to make up for some serious cash
          Waters:  How to legislate anti-discrimination X
          KC Star letter:  Independence man compares Greitens' budget cuts to foreclosing on widows and shutting down orphanages +
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        Monday, February 20   Presidents' Day
       
CDT:  Democrats see opportunity in resistance to Trump's governing;  Comments from MDP's Stephen Webber, MRP's Todd Graves, Hartzler, local state rep candidates X
          KWMU:  Local artists to complain about Trump's victory at "Not My Presidents' Day" event in St. Louis City;  Public radio station previews tonight's anti-Trump event, provides downloadable audio of anti-Trump artist's song, etc.
          KWMU:  Survey:  Public radio station takes part in national media investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information
          KC Star:  Survey:  Newspaper takes part in national media investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information +
          P-D:  Lacy Clay to file federal lawsuit over display of portrait depicting police as animals
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles);  Panel of Jason Rosenbaum, Reps. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) and Joe Adams (D-University City), Jack Spooner talk Trump, UM Board of Curators, Greitens' approach to handling reporters
          Drebes:  Jay Ashcroft's audacious power move against Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Elected officials seek to determine cost of Missouri voter ID law
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Sheena Greitens
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Mike Parson visits Perryville;  Lt. gov tours local businesses, visits site of proposed Vietnam Memorial
          P-D:  David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher's "Bottom Line" video series:  Sexagenarian business reporters disagree with legislators' 'right to work' push, says GOP is trying to hurt unions
          Missourinet:  House Transporation Committee Chair Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho):  Missouri lawmakers are studying all possibilities for I-70
          Missourinet:  Terminated Missouri corrections officer seeks to testify before legislative committee
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) says charging prisoners a 50-cent copay could cut down on frivolous medical-care visits
          SNL:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) renews pitch for Greene County sales tax X
          St. Louis Review:  Missouri legislation seeks to pre-empt city's 'abortion sanctuary' ordinance
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to state-run virtual education program
          KWMU:  To attract students, UMSL and other schools try moving brick-and-mortar experience online
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis women deserve protection from retaliation for reproductive health decisions
          Columbia Missourian op-ed  New DHSS Director Randall Williams:  How I spent my first day in Missouri
          Priddy:  Thoughts on new Missouri license plate design (1,537 words)
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian says Long is hypocritical on Trump executive orders X
          P-D letter:  University City environmentalist applauds McCaskill for opposing Pruitt
          SE Missourian letter:  Labor advocate opposes GOP prevailing-wage legislation +
          KC Star letter:  KC trial attorney Chris Benjamin opposes GOP collateral source bill +
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        Sunday, February 19
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill, other Dems question Trump's smartphone security
          Capital Press:  McCaskill, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) sponsor bill to end 'duplicative' pesticide permits
          CDT:  Hartzler staff sits through liberals' complaints at listening forum;  Steve Walsh, Spencer Tuma hear from man who wants to use women's restrooms, Clinton supporters who blame election loss on Russia, more X
          KOMU:  Group joins National General Strike Day with flash mob of twelve (12) people downtown;  Organizer laments "carrying around a lot of pain and trauma that has been internalized because of just the legacy of settler colonialism and slavery and racism"
          NBC News:  More than 1,000 sign up for Monday anti-Trump rally in KC
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Bill Eigel;  Panel of Jason Rosenbaum, Reps. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) and Joe Adams (D-University City), Jack Spooner talk Trump, UM Board of Curators, Greitens' relationship with media
          JCNT:  Greitens team taps Harry Otto as director of legislative affairs for Missouri Department of Economic Development X
          JCNT:  Comparing Missouri state workers' jobs to those in other states X
          SNL:  Legislation to block lawsuits, big awards rolls through Missouri House and Senate X
          AP:  Permit interest drops after passage of Missouri gun law
          CDT:  Library changes signs prohibiting guns X
          SE Missourian:  Vargas:  Southeast faces $6.73 million shortfall, looks at possible tuition increases +
          KC Star:  For second year in a row, Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) proposes "personhood" amendment +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley takes California egg case to U.S. Supreme Court
          Washington Missourian editorial:  'Right to work' not a panacea, but not the end of the world either X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Politicians should stop the dressing-down gimmick;  Greitens, at least, put on a tie for his inauguration X
          SNL editorial:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) oversteps boundaries with bill on local jail funding X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Political correctness surrounding Ferguson riots is out of control X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Gov. Eric Greitens evaded my question about his upcoming trip to D.C., and doesn't spend enough time hanging out with reporters
          P-D letter:  Area feminist "extremely alarmed" by impact HHS nominee Tom Price could have on Planned Parenthood in Missouri
          KC Star letters:  Missouri man, Kansas man criticize GOP legislators for obstinance on REAL ID +
          SNL letter:  Bolivar man suggests potential immigrants' status be dependent upon the cuisine they bring with them X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man unhappy with Hawley over egg policy, sarcastically suggests legislators legalize cockfighting
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        Saturday, February 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says national security advisor's resignation was the right move
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt
          CNN:  McCaskill talks 2018 re-election, says she's taking deliberate approach to Trump nominees
          P-D:  Almost two-thirds of St. Louis-built Navy Super Hornets out of service because of wear
          P-D:  Immigration raids net 13 criminal aliens in and around St. Louis;  3 had previously been deported and illegally re-infested the U.S.
          P-D:  University City Muslim dislikes Trump, takes trip to D.C. to complain
          P-D:  Medical marijuana backers gear up for 2018 campaign
          Drebes:  Richard Moore joins Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
          CDT:  Supreme Court of Missouri Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness forum draws four (4) attendees X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office, week of Feb. 13:  New curators, a contentious relationship with the press, and a bill to disclose inaugural donors
          KMOX:  Greitens to meet with Trump next week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) attempted "scolding" him at his desk over charter schools
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn talks state budget cuts, Greitens' priorities
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) talks budget, education funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks budget cuts, education legislation
          AP:  Overview:  Tort overhaul proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections hearing leaves questions unanswered, irks legislators
          P-D:  Federal suit says Missouri prison officials ignored attacks, sexual assaults of inmate
          CDT:  UM backs bill to limit discrimination suits X
          P-D:  Some higher ed officials support discrimination bill, but most keep quiet
          KC Star:  Capitol briefs:  Missouri Plan, hair braiding, Greitens' support of PDMP +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri legislators aim to rename Jay Nixon State Park
          The Missouri Times:  PSC to order Great Plains Energy to file acquisition applications in Westar merger
          KC Star:  Missouri animal activists unhappy with access to dog-breeding documents +
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens could provide pivotal boost to combat opioid abuse +
          P-D editorial:  Short takes:  On Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) and Lincoln, Greitens and PDMP, Gateway Pundit
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians deserve to know the source of death penalty drugs +
          JCNT editorial:  Lant's silencing of NAACP president an embarrassment X
          SNL op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  Scott Pruitt the right man for the EPA job X
          Messenger:  The Fire Roorda bandwagon grows;  Men and women of the St. Louis police force are wrong to have former Democratic state rep represent them
          P-D letter:  Local liberal wants Ann Wagner to hold public forums to answer for Trump
          JCNT letter:  Local liberal wants congressional reps to hold public forums to answer for Trump X
          CDT letter:  Columbia woman questions Vicky Hartzler's religious faith X
          JCNT letter:  Sexagenarian conservative responds to liberal's letter responding to Luetkemeyer's response to her letter X
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        Friday, February 17
       
KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt react to Trump's press conference
          Missourinet:  McCaskill seeks to bolster congressional oversight on Russia sanction changes
          KWMU:  McCaskill plans trip to Mexico border
          KWMU:  Tariff talk causes uncertainty among those who do business with Mexico
          KC Star:  Pelosi and other leading Dems sit in on ICE meeting on illegals, but Cleaver fails to make the cut +
          KC Star:  Immigration Q&A with local experts, federal officials:  Green cards, anchor babies, refugees, much more +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of KC "Day Without Immigrants" news coverage
          KC Star:  Kansas City Hispanic families get help with education from Mexican consulate;  KC Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell says schools will be a "safe haven" for aliens +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws hundreds;  Comments from illegal alien and her anchor baby, others +
          KC Star:  Video:  11-year old muchacha playing hooky from school:  "I am here today because immigrants they [sic] make up the United States ... it is racism there is [sic] rising in our country ... this will help, like, soften it." +
          P-D:  Some Mexican restaurants shut down to mark anti-Trump "Day Without Immigrants"
          CDT:  Photo:  Area sexagenarian holds sign at "Impeach Trump" rally X
          The Maneater:  Editor of MU literary magazine opposes proposed cuts to federal funding
          Rasmussen:  2018 Senate rankings:  McCaskill seat a toss up;  Incumbent "lucked out" in 2012 with Akin, and "some Democrats might actually prefer Jason Kander to McCaskill"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dick Gephardt previews talk to activists at Wash U. this weekend, discusses current state of political discourse, 'right to work,' need for vocational schools, more
           The Missouri Times:  New Approach Missouri to get head start on medical marijuana ballot issue
           AP:  Missouri Democrat wants disclosure of inaugural donations
           Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson to discuss jobs and retirees today in Branson
           The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Plan at center of debate once again;  Thoughts from James Harris, Greitens' Will Scharf, others
           AP:  Lawmakers move forward with proposals to end union-only contracts in public construction
           KWMU:   Capitol briefs:  PLAs, hair braiding, stiffer penalties for attacks on law enforcement
           AP:  Hair braiding bill advances through Missouri House
           AP:  Lawmakers questions officials on prison harassment
           P-D:  Amid sexual harassment hubbub, Missouri prisons deemed 'dysfunctional'
           Missourinet:  Administrators provide little insight at House hearing on DOC
           Missourinet:  Key Missouri lawmakers disagree on quality of inmate health care
           The Missouri Times:  House passes police protection bills:  'We have your backs'
           Columbia Missourian:  House passes two new bills in support of law enforcement
           Missourinet:  Missouri House passes measures to protect law enforcement personnel
           AP:  Missouri House passes increased protections for police
           P-D:  Off-duty St. Louis County officer's killing of Black Lives Matter sympathizer ruled justified
           AP:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D):  Off-duty officer justified in shooting Black Lives Matter intruder
           Columbia Missourian:  Greitens allows visitors to bring guns into Capitol without new law
           Columbia Missourian:  Columbia library to revise gun signage after threat of lawsuit;  Rep. Cheri Reisch (R-Hallsville) was criticized for bringing a gun to forum earlier this month
           CDT:  Reisch discusses bringing gun to library X
           P-D:  State lawmakers could block changes to St. Louis anti-discrimination ordinance
           Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lawyers seek damages from Monsanto after some farmers caused damage using non-Monsanto products despite warnings from Monsanto;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) proposes cracking down on farmers who choose to break the law +
           The Missouri Times:  Opponents call gas ratemaking bills "weather taxes"
           KWMU:  Sierra Club intervenes on federal air quality lawsuit against Ameren Missouri
           SNL:  Applications now accepted for Women Legislators of Missouri scholarship;  Males need not apply X
           P-D:  Experienced reporters departing the Post-Dispatch:  Jim Gallagher, Steve Giegerich, Tim Bryant, others
           KC Star editorial:  Republicans wrong to strip Nixon's name off state park;  Democrats wrong to nitpick Hawley on residency +
           P-D editorial:  Nine GOP state senators show misguided obstinancy on REAL ID
           P-D editorial:  Raising Missouri's marriage age will cut down on sex trafficking
           KC Star editorial:  Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) wrong to cut off microphone of NAACP leader +
           P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian says Blunt is right on Michael Flynn, wrong on David Petraeus
           KC Star letter:  Republic septuagenarian says McCaskill is right to be thoughful - not knee-jerk - on Gorsuch +
           P-D letter:  Olivette man suggests Post-Dispatch begin calling violent miscreants rioters, not "protesters"
           SNL letter:  Mansfield man suggests conservatives begin acting like liberals and create havoc whenever an election is lost X
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        Thursday, February 16
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt clash on how to investigate Flynn, Trump administration contacts with Russia
          KWMU:  Trump's travel ban helps block diseased refugees;  Comments from SLU assistant prof
          KWMU:   Cap on refugees may give local foreigner-resettlement organizations some breathing room
          Missourinet:  McCaskill saw 'red flags' on Andrew Puzder, including "not paying taxes on illegal immigrants"
          P-D:  Former St. Louis attorney Andrew Puzder withdraws from consideration as Labor nominee
          KC Star:  Labor groups, minimum-wage activists celebrate Puzder withdrawal;  Fran Marion, BBQ chicken po' boy artist/butterfly shrimp sous chef at local Popeye's, takes partial credit for Labor nominee's decision +
          SE Missourian: Clinton campaign aide's speech at SEMO draws 50;  "Director of Progressive Media" Zerlena Maxwell blames Clinton's loss on racism, sexism, and "rape culture" +
          Roll Call's Nathan Gonzales:  Jason Kander may have made a big mistake;  Signing on to Clinton's super-PAC, enlisting liberals for his own PAC will affect his next campaign
          Drebes:  Nixonite Chris Pieper joins Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch
          JCNT:  Federal advocacy group praises Missouri for volume of taxpayer-subsidized breakfast handouts;  Comments from Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford X
          P-D:  Greitens talks prescription drug monitoring during Facebook Live segment;  Governor answers pre-selected questions for 15 minutes
          Terry Ganey:  Greitens plays hide-and-seek with press
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Jeff Layman, Darryl Chatman and Jamie Farmer as new UM Curators
          CDT:  Greitens fills three of five vacancies on Board of Curators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens appoints three members to UM System Board of Curators
          KWMU:  Former Mizzou football player among Greitens' picks for university system's governing body
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System Review Commission cites lack of stable funding, not leadership, as key shortcoming
          KRES/KWIX:  Moberly Area Community College President Jeff Lashley meets with lawmakers to discuss budget
          P-D:  GoFundMe report highlights stories of coeds crowdfunding tuition;  Teen girl says she accepts tuition payments from "friends"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) opposes bill from Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) expanding charter schools, says it is an attack on rural schools
          Missourinet:  State Children's Division says it can live with budget cut from Greitens
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Transportation cuts costly for Putnam County schools
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says restoring some education cuts a possibility
          Lake Sun:  Budget talk with Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles), Part I:  On why tax credits help big cities but not rural Missouri, the need for more tourism spending, more
          Lake Sun:  Budget talk with Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles), Part II:  On Obamacare's impact, addressing the fact that 10% of Medicaid recipients leech a majority of the program's cost, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) doesn't support fuel tax and highway changes
          The Missouri Times:  Public union certification bill worries police, firefighter labor reps
          SNL:  Lawmakers circulate REAL ID letter to Hawley X
          KC Star:  Federal rules on ID rile some in General Assembly who say Missourians 'want their privacy' +
          Missourinet:  NAACP President Nimrod Chapel praises Greitens and Richardson, disagrees with them on 'right to work'
          KWMU:  GOP bill would remove Nixon's name from new state park
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would bar sex offenders from children's museums, zoos +
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) seeks to ban all abortions in Missouri
          AP:  Hawley says he's appealing egg law
          SNL editorial:  Blunt's leadership needed on NSA probe X
          KC Star editorial:  David Humphrey's pay-to-play politics have no place in debate over lawsuit reform +
          P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian liberal activist Glenn Koenen:  Response to Stacy Washington column on state welfare overhaul
          Priddy:  Thoughts on the new Missouri license plate
          SNL letter:  St. Louis social worker unhappy with Billy Long's position on abortion, wants him to represent views of people outside of his district X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico opposes Greitens' cuts to in-home care
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        Wednesday, February 15
       
SNL:  Blunt:  Intel committee should question ousted NSA chief in probe of Russia ties X
          P-D:  Blunt says ongoing Intelligence probe of Russian influence important in wake of Flynn resignation
          The Hill:  McCaskill calls for select committee to investigate Russia influence in U.S. elections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Russia again at center stage for U.S. foreign policy;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          KBIA:  Neosho doctor among those offering "medical memberships" for those who can't pay for traditional health insurance
          The Missouri Times:  Newly-enacted campaign contribution law bans corporate donations to all candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens names new Dept. of Revenue leader:  Joel Walters of PricewaterhouseCoopers
          Missourinet:  Greitens speaks at NAACP dinner, talks jobs, justice, public safety
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Greitens to replace Lant as committee chair
          P-D:  Superminority leader angry about Lant:  "A white man abused his power to stop a black man from expressing a contrary view"
          Missourinet:  At NAACP event, Richardson says House "was not at its best" when cutting off Nimrod Chapel's microphone
          SNL:  NAACP leader, offended by treatment at House committee hearing, wants an audience with the governor X
          Messenger:  NAACP leader sends message to Republicans - he will not be silenced
          Missourinet:  Gas tax hike unlikely to pass this session
          KWMU:  Advocates for the disabled oppose Greitens budget
          Washington Missourian:  Local K-12, higher ed leaders visit Jefferson City to discuss state budget impacts X
          SE Missourian:  Operator of carGo ride-hailing venture sees benefit of state bill to regulate industry +
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher education on the chopping block, again
          KWMU:  New governor, new momentum for Missouri charter school and school choice advocates
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel approves resolution supporting sheltered workshops
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects police protection bills from Haefner, Hill
          P-D:  Ferguson officer's self-defense shooting of strong-arm robber looms large in debate over police legislation
          Missourinet:  Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) introduces proposal to require special prosecutor for officer shootings
          SNL:  Lawmakers consider making 'revenge porn' a crime X
          P-D:  Missouri gets new license plates celebrating bicentennial
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals reverses ruling, says Sunshine Law was not violated in execution drug case
          KWMU:  Court rules Missouri election officials did not violate Sunshine Law in execution cases
          P-D editorial:  Missouri voter photo ID law could be victim of its own high cost
          JCNT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley makes right call to conform with residency requirement X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas airport plan must lift Missouri off the runway on KCI improvements +
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill:  Our fight against sex trafficking website backpage.com +
          Helling:  Blunt tiptoes away from Trump +
          Springfield Business Journal Editor Eric Olson:  Eric Greitens and team ignore, evade questions from the media and public
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Consumer protection laws are under attack;  Recap of other liberal newspaper columnists' thoughts
          CDT letter:  Fayette man says DeVos purchased her vote from Blunt X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says Ann Wagner sides with Wall Street and big business
          CDT letter:  Anonymous letter-writer asks why Tribune relegates real news to nether region of newspaper to focus on bleeding-heart poverty-tales series
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        Tuesday, February 14
       
P-D:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasts Labor nominee Andrew Puzder as business groups, protesters mobilize;  Unions orchestrate urban march during workday
          SNL:  Activists urge McCaskill to confirm Gorsuch X
          KC Star:  Immigration enforcement surge across Midwest leads to capture of 26 illegals in KC area +
          KWMU:  Refugee shares story:  Korean woman came to the U.S. legally, contributes to society:  North Koreans "are struggling but they are working hard and studying hard"
          The Missouri Times:  Hahn O'Daniel lobbying firm adds Rachel Treppler to staff
          The Missouri Times:  Samuel Wright, Dallas Ernst face off in bid for Missouri Federation of College Republicans chair
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) chats with journoduo about diversity of opinions within GOP caucus, Greitens' eventual evolution to compromiser, prevailing wage, more
          Missourinet:  Prescription drug monitoring program moving through Missouri Legislature again
          KWMU:  House Republicans eye strengthening definition of employment discrimination
          SNL:  Republican asks NAACP president to keep committee testimony pertinent to topic at hand, draws criticism X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) calls Rep. Bill Lant "racist" for cutting off NAACP Missouri President Nimrod Chapel
          Missourinet:  DOC officials claim Missouri prisons are at capacity;  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) says state is "on a collision course for a new prison"
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants to raise age of adult crimes to 18 +
          CDT:  Measure aims to create state regulations for Uber, Lyft X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposed bill expands activities for home school students X
          P-D:  Critics of Missouri marriage age seek to raise it
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed bills aim to protect minors affected by prostitution and child abuse
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) would track complaints against law enforcement
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens' confrontational style is no way to govern +
          Helling:  Woody Overton's policy reach was wide in Kansas City +
          P-D op-ed:  SEIU communications staff, signed by janitor:  Puzder betrays working people, from Washington University to Hardee's
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Waiting for 'right to work' to produce X
          Waters:  A new era for University of Missouri funding X
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        Monday, February 13
       
SNL:  Preliminary data:  Missouri Obamacare sign-ups drop almost 16 percent X
          SNL:  With no Obamacare replacement, hospitals in limbo X
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump activists generate Sunday-morning fear among immigrants;  ICE makes it clear enforcement efforts do not target churches +
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith asks Trump to revoke U.S. Fish & Wildlife order:  "It's absolutely ridiculous"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local educators, teachers' union weigh in on impact of Betsy DeVos as Education chief X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gun and knife show comes to town;  Pawn shop owner says most people happy with Trump X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sly James;  Panel of Reps. Kevin Corlew (R), Jon Carpenter (D), Greg Razer (D), KC Star's Colleen Nelson talk Greitens vs. Missouri Senate, 'right to work,' who won the week, more
          Rosenbaum:  Breaking down Greitens' potential choices to the Missouri Supreme Court
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Board of Curators Chairman Maurice Graham says budget cuts put system in 'challenging' situation
          P-D:  Many transfer students to stay in decent districts despite Riverview Gardens re-accreditation
          P-D editorial:  Higher education and technology are job creators, so why is Greitens cutting their funding?
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  Star readers share why they voted for Donald Trump +
          Messenger:  Injured firefighter has question for County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, Eric Greitens and Josh Hawley:  Who will have her back?
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Missouri's broken consumer protection law must be changed
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        Sunday, February 12
       
NY Times:  State GOP leaders move swiftly as party bickers in Congress;  STL labor boss John Stiffler:  "They're killing us here in the state of Missouri"
          KC Star:  Trump's vows of support resonate with KC-area law enforcement officials +
          Wichita Eagle:  Kansas, Missouri included in national immigration crackdown;  ICE targeted five Midwest states to capture illegals
          KC Star:  High-school foreigners weigh in on Trump's approach to immigration;  Thoughts from Mexican girl whose parents smuggled her across the border, legal Filipino who thinks Trump "could make America great," others +
          KC Star:  Video:  Teenage foreigners talk tough to Trump:  Mexican muchacha calls Trump "childish," says she will not let him "push my people around";  Other spicy Latin backtalk +
          CDT:  Competing local rallies support, oppose Planned Parenthood X
          Columbia Missourian:  Abortion protests draw activists on both sides
          SNL:  "Defund Planned Parenthood" rally draws 50 X
          AP:  Rallies for, and against, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Planned Parenthood protests
          P-D:  Missouri S&T gets $300k Title IX grant;  Taxpayer money earmarked to educate students on "sexual harassment," etc.
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Sly James;  Panel of KC Star Editorial Page Editor Colleen Nelson, Reps. Kevin Corlew (R), Greg Razer (D), Jon Carpenter (D)
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers put prevailing wage in crosshairs;  laborers object +
          CDT:  Curators discuss state budget cuts in dire terms X
          CDT:  UM System Review Commission presents report to curators X
          AP:  Care providers say Medicaid cuts will shift costs
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans would benefit from statutes limiting lawsuits
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for increasing Missouri's marriage age say 15 is too low
          SNL:  Lawmakers argue utility law:  Improvement or 'nightmare' X
          KC Star editorial:  Someone, anyone, needs to take the long view in Missouri;  Term limits make legislators myopic +
          SNL editorial:  Time to measure 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  Oakville man says employee pay is the problem in Missouri Department of Corrections
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        Saturday, February 11
       
KC Star:  Woody Overton, longtime Democratic insider in KC, dies +
          KC Star:  With Trump travel ban lifted, Somali woman and brood arrive in KC;  Bringing along eight (8) kids - father AWOL - nets her $8,325 in taxpayer-funded handouts +
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Weekly recap:  Blunt on Sessions, McCaskill on Gorsuch
          KWMU:  Jason Kander continues raising profile to advance voting rights, Democratic candidates
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office, week of Feb. 6:  'Right to work,' new DHSS head, key code installed on press office door
          Twitter:  Greitens' Parker Briden:  Post-Dispatch reporter Kurt Erickson misleads about "press office" key code installation
          KWMU:  Hawley addresses Democrats' residency concerns, rents apartment
          P-D:  Hawley rents apartment in Jefferson City
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Polsinelli labor and employment attorney Brad Kafka on legal implications of Missouri's 'right to work' law
          KC Star:  Capitol briefs:  Concealed-carry at the Capitol;  Education spending;  Greitens' "your beady little eyes" sweet nothings +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) prefers changes to government instead of service cuts to shore up state budget
          CDT:  Proponents push statewide prescription drug program X
          CDT:  UM Curators approve increase to room and board rates X
          P-D:  University leaders consider waivers for tuition increases
          KWMU:  Curators:  Possible UM System tuition increase a 'Band-Aid'
          P-D:  Truman State names new president
          KC Star:  Richard says bill aims to end frivolous lawsuits +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) seeks to overhaul criminal justice by raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction
          CDT:  Signs posted, but law not clear on guns in libraries X
          Nevada Daily Mail:  Weather creates a high fire danger;  MO Dept. of Conservation warns against unpleasant combination of dryness and windiness
          KWMU:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) advocates for cutting taxes on feminine hygiene products
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway announces new policy to cover domestic violence-related leave for employees
          SNL:  Executive editor Paul Berry leaving for job in Colorado X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  McCaskill on the spot with Trump voters;  Senior senator should vet nominees then let them run their departments X
          P-D editorial:  Proposal from Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) to recognize official state handgun a contender for "Dumbest Bill of the Year"
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Mizzou budget cuts bring sadness
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Foundation for Health's Bob Hughes:  The future of Medicaid in Missouri X
          Messenger:  In 2007, Ed Martin went 'to war' with a judge - now she holds his fate in her hands
          KC Star letter:  Cameron man compares lawmakers' 'right to work' legislation to that of puppy-mill fix +
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        Friday, February 10
       
KC Star:  McCaskill misses meeting with Trump to meet with teachers union;  Senior senator says she'll vote against EPA, HHS nominees +
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill seeks congressional oversight of Russian sanctions, argues against partisan 'food fight' +
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Overview of McCaskill, Blunt legislation over last two years X
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Area teen tells terrifying jogging tale;  Daughter of illegal aliens claims "some older guy" managed to identify her as a Mexican while she was running, rolled down his truck window, and accurately spat upon her face
          Kraske:  Kander pushing back against voter suppression laws +
          Drebes:  Jeremy LaFaver registers as lobbyist in Kansas
          The Missouri Times:  Anne Precythe promises 'new day' for Dept. of Corrections
          KWMU:  New Corrections chief promises a "new culture" in prisons
          Missourinet:  Anne Precythe outlines improvement plans after scandal
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens appoints former North Carolina State Health Director Dr. Randall Williams to head DHSS
          AP:  Greitens taps North Carolina health chief
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT director says department is treading water
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick wants to increase education funding in governor's proposed budget
          Missourinet:  DESE:  15 Missouri school districts currently have four-day school week
          Missourinet:  Unions look to upend new 'right to work' law through public vote
          The Missouri Times:  House hits police, firefighters with 'paycheck protection' bill
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes public-sector union bill, part of GOP's broad union agenda
          KWMU:  GOP legislators, advocacy groups disagree on Medicare block grants
          AP:  Richard seeks overhaul of consumer law
          The Missouri Times:  PSC welcomes new Office of Public Counsel head in short agenda meeting
          SE Missourian:  Greitens urges universities to follow Purdue's lead on cutting costs +
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Pro-choice advocates unhappy with Missouri's abortion laws
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) to propose expansion of gun rights for some Capitol visitors
          KWMU:  D.A.R.E. mascot under fire;  Ferguson activists say "Daren the Lion" too close to name of officer who put down strong-armed robber in self-defense shooting
          P-D editorial:  Andrew Puzder, local boy made good, has no business being Labor secretary
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Missouri's welfare work requirements help instill personal responsibility
          SE Missourian letter:  Septuagenarian former Democratic state rep candidate opposes GOP 'right to work' legislation +
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        Thursday, February 9
       
AP:  Democrats under pressure from liberal base to obstruct Trump nominees at every turn;  Cleaver:  "We can't afford to lose McCaskill, we can't afford to lose her, but I don't know."
          SNL:  How McCaskill and Blunt have voted on Trump nominees X
          P-D:  McCaskill meets with Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          AP:  State legislators come to Trump's defense;  Legislators in Missouri pass resolution praising Scott Pruitt
          KWMU:  Madeleine Albright speaks at Wash U. and Nerinx Hall;  Hillary Clinton supporter faults Trump travel ban's "unintended consequences"
          AP:  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI):  VA retaliating against Missouri whistleblower
          KY3 (Springfield):  Blunt puts craft beverage bill back on table;  Comments from local craft brewery operator
          KWMU:  Woman who assaulted St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson promotes her "Art House" for protesters' sign-making
          Buffalo Reflex:  GOP picks Sandy Crawford, Dems choose Al Skalicky in state Senate race
          Drebes:  Brett Dinkins to Dept. of Economic Development
          SE Missourian:  Local judge David Dolan a candidate for Missouri Supreme Court +
          Columbia Missourian:  State government weekly issue overview:  Higher ed, 'right to work,' Medicaid, more
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Dept. of Corrections director to testify before House committee today
          The Missouri Times:  With 'right to work' done, Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) moves on to PDMP legislation
          Daily American Republic:  Stoddard County may adopt prescription drug monitoring program +
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee hears testimony on needle exchange legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Details on Capitol's gun policy
          P-D:  Lawmakers question rule on visitors bringing guns to Capitol
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action protests at Capitol
          Missourinet:  Women's group protests guns
          Missourinet:  Galloway's 2016 review shows all Missouri taxing authorities in compliance with property tax rates
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway says her office can handle increased workload on same budget funding
          AP:  School administrators unhappy with busing cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  As Missouri roads and bridges deteriorate, funding for repairs nowhere in sight
          P-D:  Cost of implementing voter ID remains in question
          The Missouri Times:  Grover Norquist weighs in on Emery and Miller's infrastructure bills
          Missourinet:  Libla measure would change civil court rules
          SNL:  Lawmakers consider upping marriage age to combat sex trafficking X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Helmet law debate continues
          The Missouri Times:  Veterans organization supports Neely's medical cannabis bill
          SNL:  Lawmaker files bill to end jail contract X
          KWMU:  UMSL professor Jerome Morris researching St. Louis' voluntary deseg program
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Ann Wagner wants to protect poor financial guidance
          P-D letter:  Paraquad's Cathy Brown:  Greitens' budget takes aim at critical program for elderly, disabled
          P-D letter:  Democrat who lost St. Charles County state rep race unhappy with Greitens' budget
          KC Star letter:  Belton man offers sarcastic take on Greitens' tough-talking to state senators +
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        Wednesday, February 8
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on DeVos vote
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri senators split on DeVos vote X
          Reuters:  St. Louis-based Arch Coal says Trump administration is positive for its business
          KCUR:  Area Mexicans dislike Trump's approach to immigration
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Area anti-Trump protesters give themselves a name:  "Indivisible KC;"  Leader says group is tired of meeting with Blunt staff, wants face-to-face gripe session with senator
          Missourinet:  Missouri joins lawsuit against Obama administration's land regulations
          SNL:  Kander continues national campaign, launches new campaign fund;  Shane Schoeller rebuts claims X
          P-D:  Kander promotes new tax-exempt 527
          AP:  Jason Kander launches "Let America Vote" campaign
          Drebes:  Initiative petition bits:  Marijuana and prohibiting pay-per-signature approach
          AP:  'Right to work' law could go before voters
          Faughn:  Behind the scenes of the pay-raise fight:  Greitens to Wieland:  "I can see from the pupils in your beady little eyes that you're afraid of me;"  Much more
          KWMU:  Greitens follows predecessors in withdrawing appointees to state boards, commissions
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes, Gaston, Goodman, Ehlmann headline lengthy list of those applying for Missouri Supreme Court vacancy
          P-D:  Steve Ehlmann, Ed Martin among candidates for the vacant seat on Missouri Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Parson outlines pro-business agenda, wants to see more retirees move to Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri officials' next step:  Deciding how to pay for voter ID law
          The Missouri Times:  State treasurer and secretary of state present budgets before House committee
          Missourinet:  State senators scrutinize Greitens budget
          P-D:  Nursing homes claim Greitens budget plan could trigger closures
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Medical School expansions won't get state funding next year under proposed budget
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget hearing intensifies as lawmakers question use of Capitol improvement bonds to fund security upgrades
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher education collaboration bill could help cut costs
          The Missouri Times:  Tort overhaul measures from McGaugh and Corlew passed out of House
          Missourinet:  SLU Law prof disagrees with Sater on Medicaid global waiver, says he has facts wrong
          SNL:  Lawmakers weigh penalties for attacks on police and their dogs X
          SNL:  CCW permit holders now allowed to carry in Capitol X
          KWMU:  Galloway to examine two special taxing districts in St. Louis area
          KWMU:  Update on Ferguson protester Mya Aaten-White, shot in head by hoodlum during riots
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers in Missouri deserve pay bumps;  Public revulsion to pay increases is short-sighted
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's race to the bottom now includes consumer protection
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Women's March organizers plan follow-up meetings;  Sessions will focus on "conversations," "understanding," "empathy," etc.
          P-D op-ed:  Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith:  Rein in tax credits to balance Missouri's budget
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Greitens budget underfunds key issues
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Instead of trimming government services, lawmakers should methodically eliminate some departments
          Washington Times op-ed:  Missouri models Wisconsin on labor reform
          P-D letter:  Area septuagenarian praises McCaskill for supporting Gorsuch, keeping powder dry for other battles
          SNL letter:  Coal group rep says Scott Pruitt will be good for Missouri X
          KC Star letters:  Man who attended Cleaver town hall writes to newspaper to complain about television coverage;  Area man opposes Brattin's state-school tenure proposal, says GOP only looks out for the wealthy +
          CDT letter:  College student says Greitens is a phony populist, cites Public Policy Polling numbers on Medicaid expansion and 'right to work' X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Anti-death-penalty activist opposed execution of "Mark Christenson [sic]," unhappy with wait times when calling Greitens' office
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        Tuesday, February 7
       
Roll Call:  Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to meet with McCaskill tomorrow
          CDT:  Teachers use "professional development day" to protest outside Blunt's office;  Columbia NEA branch provides form letters to attendees X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-DeVos rally draws 30
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Geriatric woman wears "pink pussyhat" to protest DeVos;  More
          SNL:  Rally outside Blunt's office draws 30 X
          P-D:  Pranksters troll Blunt by editing Wikipedia page, noting his support of DeVos
          KDNL:  The Allman Report:  Mother of student attacked while wearing Trump hat appears in studio, shares more details on incident and Parkway School District's reaction
          P-D's Kristen Taketa:  3 students suspended after Parkway school bus fight involving boy with Trump hat;  Mother "could not immediately be reached by the Post-Dispatch"
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local seniors question politicians at OAKS meeting;  McCaskill's Christy Mercer, Blunt's Darren Lingle, Rep. Andrew McDaniel, others talk Medicare COLAs, concealed-carry, 'right to work' impact on area jobs, more +
          KMIZ:  McCaskill, state legislators take aim at sex trafficking
          Missourinet:  Washington, D.C. Vietnam War Memorial replica planned for Perryville
          KTVI:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says Missouri could lose AAA bond rating
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs 'right to work' bill into law, marking turning point for Missouri organized labor
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  Missouri now "open for business" with 'right to work'
          SNL:  Greitens signs 'right to work' in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Greitens' 'right to work' signing ceremony X
          AP:  Greitens signs bill making Missouri 28th 'right to work' state
          AP:  'Right to work' not the end of Missouri labor bills
          KC Star:  Unions file referendum to overturn 'right to work' +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri becomes 28th state to adopt 'right to work'
          Drebes:  Ron Richard may be re-evaluating stance on tax credits
          Missourinet:  Republican lawmakers look to roll back tax credits, reduce corporate taxes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) supports push for tax-credit overhaul
          P-D:  Greitens suggests Purdue model as alternative to raising college tuition
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal to nix Jay Nixon namesake state park X
          The Missouri Times:  Hearing held on Munzlinger's captive cervids bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Prescription pills fuel spike in drug cases X
          CDT:  State, county increase use of grand juries X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Number of kids in foster care climbs +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Mexican who disrupted Emanuel Cleaver's immigration town hall should be forgiven;  27-year-old man says Trump has given him "a lot of depression, a lot of anxiety and nervousness" +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says rote criticism of Trump shows Post-Dispatch's laziness
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        Monday, February 6
       
Republic Monitor (Perryville):  Vincentian Marian Youth of Southeast Missouri attend March for Life in D.C.
          JCNT:  Renewed energy from 'pro-life generation' X
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Video:  Sixth-grader attacked on school bus for wearing "Make America Great Again" hat
          Daily Mail (UK):  St. Louis County student attacked on school bus for wearing Trump hat
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Anti-Trump protesters march to the Arch;  Comments from organizer Wes Schnitker of Socialist Alternative St. Louis
          SE Missourian:  Smith seeks to block federal highway dollars to sanctuary cities +
          KCUR:  Cleaver calls for resistance to Trump's immigration policies
          SNL:  Somalis in Noel, Mo. react to Trump executive order X
          P-D:  McCaskill faces dilemma on Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on his contentious one-on-one with Greitens;  Panel of James Harris, Jane Dueker, Reps. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) and Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) talk 'right to work,' Greitens vs. GOP senators, more
          Drebes:  Missouri Insurance Director Chris Huff leaving
          JCNT:  Double duty in the House:  Sherri Kempf serving needs of two districts after getting a new boss X
          Drebes:  Missouri unions extending contracts in advance of 'right to work' implementation
          SNL:  Greitens to hold Springfield ceremony for 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Greitens to hold ceremonies for 'right to work' signing
          P-D:  Greitens to sign 'right to work' bill into law today
          JCNT:  Lawmakers have different remedies to end state's status as only one without drug monitoring X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO Drug Task Force sees rise in meth, hydrocodone, Xanax seizures +
          KWMU:  Missouri bill would expand access to private schools, but also cut tax base
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) seeks to clear up misinformation and quell hysteria over impact of criminal code updates
          P-D:  St. Louis City Schools taking softer approach to discipline;  District's Deontrel Brownlee says badly-behaved students enter "reflection room" to practice "mindfulness yoga"
          Missourinet:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wants DNR to build state park in Kinloch
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Despite unions' rhetoric, Missouri Republicans are not workers' enemy X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  Underfunded state pensions are Missouri's crisis on the horizon +
          Priddy:  Missouri needs an unbiased economic index to guide policymaking
          Columbia Missourian's Claire Mitzel:  Bill from pro-choice hero Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) targets state crisis pregnancy centers' funding and pro-lifers' misinformation
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        Sunday, February 5
       
CDT:  Hundreds rally against abortion at Midwest March for Life X
          Columbia Missourian:  Midwest March for Life draws hundreds to Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Cleaver holds town hall forum on immigration +
          KC Star:  Video:  Overfed woman, others shout "Shame on you!" at Trump supporter;  Anti-Trump activists disagree on value of protesting amidst anti-Trump crowd;  More +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local reaction to Trump executive order varies;  Iranian man fears potential expiration of non-refundable plane ticket X
          CDT:  Local reaction to Trump executive order:  Comments from Muslim woman, Eighth Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman Eddy Justice, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump protesters congregate, again, downtown
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Anti-Trump protest:  Comely Iraqi drapes American flag over long, flowing Arab locks while ginger Caucasoid attempts wearing American flag as hijab; More
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on Greitens' high-pressure lobbying approach;  Panel of James Harris, Reps. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) and Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City), Jane Dueker talk 'right to work,' Greitens vs. GOP senators, more
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans select Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo) to fill Mike Parson's state Senate seat
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on 'right to work;'  GOP Reps. Justin Alferman and Paul Curtman vote in favor, Rep. Nathan Tate against
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Reps. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph), Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) vote against 'right to work' X
          SE Missourian:  Vargas:  SEMO faces $4.4M cut in state funding +
          AP:  UM System hasn't ruled out tuition increases to deal with cuts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bills would transfer lettered routes to counties X
          P-D:  'Normal for me is working,' says 86-year-old MoDOT engineer
          P-D:  Municipal court business is way down after Ferguson riots
          KC Star editorial:  Editorial board seeks comments from Donald Trump voters +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT working to educate about the dangers of distracted driving X
          P-D beauty-product reviewer/family columnist Aisha Sultan:  Missouri mother drags daughter to D.C. March for Life, won't answer tough questions
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  A Russian child in Cape, a study of U.S. visa policy +
          P-D's Jim Gallagher:  Missouri consumer law under attack by GOP state legislators;  Thoughts from Consumer Council of Missouri's Cara Spencer, reaction from Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten
          P-D letter:  Area union member doesn't understand "conservative rational [sic]" of 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Area man who avoided sending children to public schools opposes vouchers
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        Saturday, February 4
       
Kraske:  McCaskill stuck in the middle voting on Trump appointees +
          P-D:  Trump issues orders targeting Dodd-Frank;  Ann Wagner appears alongside President
          SNL:  Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports will impact Missouri;  Comments from state-school profs, Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan X
          P-D:  Iranian high school student unhappy about Trump executive order;  Teen girl takes to Instagram to tell President what's what
          Messenger:  Iraqi Muslim, seeking spousal visa via Missouri woman, unhappy about Trump executive order
          People Magazine:  Iraqi man, seeking spousal visa via Missouri woman, unhappy about Trump executive order
          Hilltop Monitor (William Jewell):  Students attend anti-Trump marches;  Male feminist claims he calls Blunt's office "every couple of days" since Clinton lost, thinks it will make a difference
          CDT:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws small crowd;  Area man says he's been calling congressional offices, thinks it will make a difference X
          Columbia Missourian:  "Save My Care" Obamacare bus makes stop in Columbia, heads to Springfield
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves files bill to restore Squaw Creek name:  Obama official deemed name "offensive" to Indians X
          AP:  Missouri revenue collections up 3 percent so far this year
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 30
          KJFF (Farmington):  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) not pleased by criticism from fellow Republican Greitens
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies breaks down Eric Greitens' proposed state budget
          Missourinet:  Greitens' budget would trim aid for seasoned citizens, disabled
          KC Star:  Advocacy groups oppose Greitens' budget cuts;  Comments from Paraquad's Cathy Brown, Missouri Alliance for Home Care's Carol Hudspeth +
          P-D:  Missouri Technology Corporation affected in draft Greitens budget
          KWMU:  UMSL consider tuition increase amid state funding cuts
          CDT:  Greitens' budget slashes funding for University of Missouri X
          CDT:  State Department of Education begins statewide programs review X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield);  Freshman rep focuses on tort overhaul
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers focus on tort overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  Labor-laws fight to continue with prevailing wage battle
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) wants to keep sex offenders away from children's museums and zoos
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider allowing airport travelers to carry drinks into concourses
          P-D:  Greitens administration dismisses Office of Public Counsel James Owen
          P-D:  Confirmed report of female mountain lion raises questions about the future of the species in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  New data shows health care access improving for women in Missouri
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of Post-Dispatch, expands buyout offers to union employees
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' initial budget reasonable, with a few glaring exceptions +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislation from Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) will boost rural medicine X
          KC Star op-ed:  Mayor Sly James opposes Trump anti-terrorism order, touts protesters' civilized behavior +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says he disagrees with Trump on many issues, but finds Post-Dispatch editorial board's half-truths about policies misleading
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        Friday, February 3
       
SNL:  Blunt unmoved by criticism of Education nominee Betsy DeVos X
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt split on DeVos +
          P-D:  McCaskill uses opposition to DeVos in fundraising e-mail;  Blunt does the same with Supreme Court fight
          P-D:  McCaskill to oppose Trump's pick for HHS secretary
          KWMU:  Trump's executive order affects foreigners at local universities;  Iranian man laments "painful" hardship of missing out on Persian New Year party next month
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local reaction to anti-terrorism executive order:  Public radio station gives 30+ minutes to three (3) anti-Trump activists, zero (0) time for pro-order voices
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Protestors block traffic in business district, claim they'll continue protests "every week"
          Drebes:  Former state Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) visits Capitol, plans 2019 KC mayoral bid
          KWMU:  Fight or adapt:  'Right to work' law delivers tough choices for Missouri's labor unions
          The Missouri Times:  House passes 'right to work' bill;  Greitens expected to sign today
          Missourinet:  Greitens' signature will make Missouri the 28th 'right to work' state
          P-D:  Lawmakers send 'right to work' to Greitens' desk
          AP:  Lawmakers send 'right to work' to governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' budget calls for more than $500 million in cuts
          KWMU:  Greitens lays out budget proposal, criticizes 'special interests'
          Missourinet:  Snapshot of Greitens' proposed $27 billion budget
          AP:  Greitens' budget sees mix of cuts, small hikes for education
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher education hit with budget cuts under Greitens' proposed budget
          P-D:  Greitens budget plan cuts aid for olds, disabled
          Missourinet:  Sens. Dan Brown (R-Rolla), Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) weigh in on Greitens budget
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Greitens' budget cuts funds for immigration-test prep
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' tax-credit-cutting committee starts to take form
          Missourinet:  Legislative committee hears MoDOT plan and case for more funding
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters legislative forum draws liberal crowd;  Rowden vows to fight cuts to higher ed, want to ensure LGBTQIA* pendulum doesn't swing "too far"
          CDT:  Greitens withdraws two nominations to UM Board of Curators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens rejects Nixon's picks for UM Board of Curators vacancies
          CDT:  Amazon starts taxing Missouri sales, but local impact is unclear X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) wants to change how often officers must fulfill required training
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies Office of the Public Counsel requests for rehearings
          KC Star editorial:  Rep. Cleaver town hall tomorrow seeks to answer questions from legal immigrants, illegal aliens
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Greitens misleading Missourians about cost of Obamacare
          SE Missourian letter:  SEMO prof applauds boss for statement on Trump executive order +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian applauds career of former Dept. of Corrections chief George Lombardi
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        Thursday, February 2
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt, Graves join Trump in targeting regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  Charter school advocates call on McCaskill to support Betsy DeVos
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill:  Dems boycotted Cabinet vote because new information surfaced +
          Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students protest Trump
          CDT:  International students complain about Trump executive order;  Woman, 28 years old, cries about it X
          KMOV:  Protesters demonstrate in Clayton;  Trump supporter trolls liberals with "Cry Babies" sign
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks protest:  Signs included attempted pormanteau ("Trump-ler,") calls for "resistance," etc. X
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Bill from Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) would forbid rioters from wearing masks
          Drebes:  Michael Goguen drops case against John Brunner
          Missourinet:  Senate audio sessions not made available on Ashcroft's SOS website
          P-D:  Greitens touts jobs move to Hazelwood from China
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten to become first female superintendent of Missouri State Highway Patrol
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Highway Patrol leader makes history
          AP:  Greitens picks first woman to lead Missouri State Highway Patrol
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's department head selections heard by Appointments Committee
          Missourinet:  Senate committee considers Anne Precythe as Greitens' pick to lead Dept. of Corrections
          Missourinet:  Missouri Public Safety Director Nominee Andrew Juden will seek to find qualified minority recruits
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats look to hold Greitens accountable with ethics bills
          P-D:  'Right to work' law:  Questions and answers
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP lawmakers target St. Louis in fight against liability lawsuits
          Missourinet:  Truck platooning back on the agenda for Missouri lawmakers;  Comments from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, others
          SNL:  State Parks Director Bill Bryan fired X
          SNL:  Some lawmakers want state to stop buying park land X
          AP:  Bill allows more breath-test evidence in DWI cases
          P-D:  Missouri joins probe of virus spread by pet rats
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, reports lower revenue;  Advertising and marketing services fall 10% as subscriptions continue to slide
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' transparency problems grow +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must stop stalling and combat prescription drug abuse;  McCaskill successfully accessed federal dollars to help link Jackson County with St. Louis County effort +
          KC Star op-ed:  Jason Kander:  Trump's focus should be on voter eligibility, not fraud +
          Helling:  'Right to work' law will force labor to look itself in the mirror +
          Priddy:  Thoughts on Citizens Commission on the Compensation of State Elected Officials (1,544 words)
          SNL letter:  Area man, unhappy about Trump's selection of Betty DeVos, dislikes attitude of Blunt's D.C. staff X
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian agrees with Post-Dispatch editorial board on Josh Hawley's residency
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        Wednesday, February 1
       
P-D:  With Supreme Court battle looming, McCaskill defends Senate filibuster
          CDT:  Area liberals turn out 60 for protest, urge Blunt to flip-flop on Trump cabinet picks;  Trump supporter attends, holds sign:  "The silent majority stands with Trump."
          Missourinet:  Missouri Sierra Club opposes Trump cabinet pick Scott Pruitt:  "We're losing the EPA"
          SE Missourian:  Area Muslim unhappy about Trump executive order +
          SE Missourian:  SEMO President Carlos Vargas tries to reassure students about travel ban +
          KWMU:  UMSL to international students:  Don't leave the country
          CDT:  Columbia College, Stephens College communications staff write statements regarding Trump executive order X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area Iranian says he wants MU to act more defiantly against Trump executive order
          KWMU:  March for Life participants return from D.C. as a Missouri-based pro-life march gears up;  Comments from Students for Life's Reagan Barklage
          Drebes:  Mark Siettmann joins Dept. of Revenue;  Axion, Kraus alum will serve as legislative director (link fixed)
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens criticizes Hoskins, Wieland for HCR 4 votes
          P-D:  Greitens upset with GOP senators Hoskins and Wieland, writes Facebook post about it
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens to reveal budget in Nixa on Thursday
          Missourinet:  Greitens to release budget plan in Nixa among special-needs children
          P-D:  Greitens to reveal budget Thursday;  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) calls event with special-needs children "a publicity stunt"
          Missourinet:  House committee approves Senate version of 'right to work;'  "grandfather clause" is included
          Columbia Missourian:  House sets sights on repealing prevailing wage
          KC Star:  Greitens attends D.C. event featuring bipartisan public- and private-sector leaders +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee compares House and Senate bills on lobbyist gift restrictions
          Missourinet:  Senators weigh in on ethics legislation;  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) says Greitens' tinkering with gift restrictions ignores shade of dark-money cloud
          AP:  Kehoe proposes $10 limit on lobbyist gifts
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider various ways to limit donor influence
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) ready to carry next stage of tort-overhaul legislation:  venue and joinder
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) cuts funds from low-income housing, historical preservation tax credits
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers strengthening penalties against those who target first responders
          Missourinet:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) proposes changes to keep domestic abusers from owning guns
          Columbia Missourian:  Students at virtual universities may be able to access state scholarship funds
          AP:  Missouri opens applications for 'assistant physicians'
          Missourinet:  Convicted triple-murderer Mark Christeson executed;  Maries County Sheriff says justice has been served
          KWMU:  Missouri executes Mark Christeson for 1998 triple slayings
          AP:  Missouri executes man for murdering woman, two children in 1998
          P-D:  Slideshow:  Missouri execution scorecard since 2000:  Jay Nixon (21), Bob Holden (15), Matt Blunt (5), Mel Carnahan (4 in 2000), Roger Wilson (1), Eric Greitens (1)
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  State, local sales tax laws face massive transition
          P-D op-ed:  HSUS' Amanda Good:  Missouri needs strict oversight of animal breeders
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian disagrees with Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp on importance of pro-life issues
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman ecstatic that Post-Dispatch actually covered a pro-life event, for once
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        Tuesday, January 31
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump protest outside Blunt's Springfield office draws 25;  Passerby suggests protesters get a job
          KSMU:  Anti-Trump protesters rally outside Blunt's office;  Liberal groups rally against Jeff Sessions outside local offices of McCaskill, Blunt and Long
          Columbia Missourian:  Statements on executive orders from McCaskill, Blunt, Hartzler communications staff
          P-D:  Statements on executive orders from local corporations' communications staff
          Columbia Missourian:  Local social workers says executive order could decrease their funding
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Iranian Student Association says zero (0) members are affected by Trump executive order
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri offers support to students emotional over Trump's executive order
          KWMU:  Area university leaders oppose Trump's anti-terrorism order
          P-D:  Area immigrants unhappy with Trump executive order;  Woman cries
          KWMU:  Slay speaks out on immigration;  Urban mayor weighs in on presidential executive order
          KWMU:  Two area foreigners oppose Trump executive order
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Wood Martin looks to transition into elected office;  Popular Democratic campaign veteran earns incumbent's endorsement for St. Louis aldermanic seat
          Drebes:  Mark Siettmann joins Dept. of Revenue;  Axiom, Kraus alum will serve as Legislative Director
          The Missouri Times:  Five Senate bills on economic development that aren't 'right to work'
          Columbia Missourian:  'Right to work' headed to final major vote on House floor
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Chamber targets Missouri with new legal reform ad campaign
          Missourinet:  Consumer Council's Cara Spencer critical of bill in legislature to restrict liability lawsuits
          P-D:  Lawmakers move to fix glitch in Missouri drunken driving law
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  Almost half of Missouri municipalities do not meet transparency law
          Missourinet:  Galloway 'disappointed' with local governments not meeting financial reporting requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Conservationists gear up for fight against captive cervid legislation
          KWMU:  Missouri death row inmate appeals today's scheduled execution
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        Monday, January 30
       
KWMU:  St. Louisans among thousands protesting Trump's immigration order nationwide
          P-D:  Protest draws large crowd at Lambert airport;  Area Muslim says anti-terrorism order might keep mother-in-law away
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Woman weeps;  Caucasoid millennial confronts black police officer;  More
          P-D:  Universities issue statements opposing Trump's anti-terrorism order
          KC Star:  Protesters at KCI join nationwide rallies against Trump immigration order +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hundreds gather at KCI;  English prof say Trump doesn't comprehend the intricacies of international politics like she does X
          WDAF:  Hundreds gather at KCI to oppose Trump's immigration order
          CDT:  Hundreds gather to protest Trump's immigration order X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump rally draws 200
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Immigrant woman weeps;  Husky white woman purchases hijab in "solidarity" with Muslims, requires help stretching it around cranium;  More
          SNL:  Blunt on board with Trump's immigration order X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill-Blunt riverboat exemption sails through committee
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Todd Richardson;  Panel of Rep. John Wiemann (R-St. Charles), Joe Lakin, labor's Pat White, STL County Dems' Jim Loomis talk 'right to work,' Uber, online tax, Trump's EPA pick
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Richard Fordyce looks back at long list of accomplishments as ag director, expresses confidence in Missouri ag X
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens banking on lawmakers to pass tighter ethics rules
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers take up Greitens' call to revamp tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) to present 'right to work' bill to Missouri House committee today
          Missourinet:  GOP lawmakers look to trim unemployment eligibility from 20 weeks to 13
          P-D:  Black parents, seeking better opportunities for their children, are turning to Catholic schools
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Carol Comer, Greitens' pick for DNR, will bring more of the same
          P-D letter:  U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform:  Messenger's column regurgitated trial-attorney talking points, but Greitens and GOP lawmakers will bring change anyway
          P-D letter:  Columbia woman says Missouri Dems are stretching with complaints about Hawley's residency
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        Sunday, January 29
       
KWMU:  Over 2,000 St. Louisans attend D.C. March for Life
          Columbia Missourian:  Local students make trek to Washington for March for Life rally
          Columbia Missourian:  Photographer visits D.C. for Trump inauguration, captures video of rioters destroying public and private property
          P-D:  Anti-Trump protest draws 200 downtown;  Woman married to illegal alien weeps
          KC Star:  Area refugees angry about Trump's executive order +
          AP:  Syrian Muslim in KC says Midwesterners have welcomed him warmly
          CDT:  Area Indian Perry "Bigsoldier" Griggs, six (6) paleface kemosabes hold signs outside Bank of American branch office to protest Dakota Access Pipeline;  Man in SUV shouts, "Trump train! Let's go!" X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Speaker Todd Richardson;  Panel of Rep. John Wiemann (R-St. Charles), Joe Lakin, labor's Pat White, STL County Dems' Jim Loomis talk 'right to work,' Uber, online tax, Trump's EPA pick
          AP:  Greitens says he met with VP Mike Pence on Saturday
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh officially earns GOP nomination to run for Caleb Jones' open seat
          CDT:  Republicans nominate Sara Walsh for 50th District special election X
          P-D:  Questions resurface as St. Louis County elections office postpones move to St. Ann
          SNL:  Officials salute legislators as budget cloud darkens X
          CDT:  Proposed bill from Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) could protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits X
          SE Missourian:  Number of area children in care of MO DSS Children's Division has grown steadily +
          SNL:  Stack of Missouri abortion bills going nowhere fast X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Newspaper cuts back print publication schedule to three days a week +
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley finds state Constitution surprisingly malleable
          SE Missourian editorial:  SEMO President Carlos Vargas-Aburto handling state budget cuts commendably +
          CDT op-ed:  Greitens should halt execution of triple-murderer Mark Christeson X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian suggests Post-Dispatch balance its liberal bias
          P-D letter:  Overland sexagenarian opposes 'right to work,' says employers "want to be king"
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone man applauds Silvey for opposing 'right to work' +
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        Saturday, January 28
       
P-D:  Capitol briefs:  McCaskill camp promotes dangers of repealing Obamacare;  Talent still desires Trump defense job;  Wagner says she and Trump are simpatico
          CDT:  Obamacare enrollment deadline looms X
          Missourinet:  Thousands of Missourians attend D.C. pro-life rally
          P-D:  Missourians attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.
          CDT:  Hundreds of mid-Missourians join pro-life march in Washington, D.C. X
          SNL:  Springfield Catholic students participate in pro-life march in Washington, D.C. X
          Washington Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Peaceful pro-life rally in Washington, Mo.:  Zero vulgar signs or vagina-themed headwear
          The Guardian (UK):  The intolerance of the left:  A visit to Linn County's Marceline explains why rural Missourians reject liberalism and support Donald Trump
           KMIZ:  Local officials split on "sanctuary cities," extent of Columbia's illegal-immigrant infestation
           KMOX:   Muslim activists unhappy with Trump over immigration stand
           KDAF (Kansas City):  Local leaders say Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports could affect Americans' access to avocados, pinatas
           The Missouri Times:  Q&A with former Congressman Allen West
           Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Greitens' job approval, 'right to work,' education savings account, term limits for statewides
           The Missouri Times:  The Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Jan. 23
           KC Star:  Greitens yet to disclose details of inauguration donations +
           KWMU:  Pew Research shows nearly 8 of 10 citizens doesn't trust local media;  P-D editor Gilbert Bailon says Americans are confused about what the media does and should recognize Post-Dispatch's superior news-gathering approach (4:30), says reporters should begin catering to "racial, gender, sexual orientation" categories (34:00)
           P-D:  Post-Dispatch offers buyouts to employees;  Only those over 55, and with 10 years employment, can cash in
           St. Louis Business Journal:  Post-Dispatch offers buyouts to 10 employees;  Third quarter numbers show print circulation plummeting
           Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) says charges against DOC are "very disgusting"
           The Missouri Times:  Haahr's professional licensing bill regulates government instead of businesses
           Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri ag impact study revealed to ag committees
           The Missouri Times:  Miller's utility bill looks to benefit customers and utilities
           Missourinet:  St. Charles County homes selling in record numbers;  Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) details Missourians' migration to safe, prosperous communities
           P-D:  Ferguson missed deadlines in deal with Justice Department
           Waters:  MU chancellor search secrecy:  Decision was nonsensical X
           P-D letter:  Jobs With Justice's Martin Rafanan opposes St. Louis' Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary
           CDT letter:  Jefferson City man exposes Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R) as a secret good samaritan X
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        Friday, January 27
       
P-D:  As GOP weighs priorities, activists flock to Washington for pro-life march;  Comments from Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp
        The Atlantic:  Examining the divisions within the Women's March crowd:  Black activists angry over lack of enthusiasm for "Black Lives Matter" chants;  Jefferson City's Sue Gibson on cutting Trump-supporting friends out of her life
        Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill claim on tax impact of Obamacare repeal "Mostly False"
        SE Missourian:  Area opinions differ on repealing Obamacare;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Jason Smith, Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, pro-repeal businessman, people with sad stories +
        P-D:  Wash U. prof who served in Obama administration disagrees with Trump on "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants
        AP:  Trump could revive Missouri proposal on deported illegals who commit crimes
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers bill targeting alien criminals
        SNL:  John Brunner settles lawsuit with investor who gave $1 million to Eric Greitens X
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Rising shifts focus to pushing for legislative policies;  501(c)(4) not required to disclose donors
        Kraske:  Greitens misses opportunity by staying mum on how to fund Missouri roads +
        NPR's Marketplace:  Jason Rosenbaum:  Missouri could soon join the ranks of 'right to work' states
        The Missouri Times:  Senate sends 'right to work' to House
        KWMU:  'Right to work' passes Senate;  another vote needed in House
        Missourinet:  'Right to work' moves forward in Legislature
        Columbia Missourian:  'Right to work' passes Missouri Senate, moves back to House
        P-D:  'Right to work' a step closer as Missouri Senate approves fast-tracked bill
        KC Star's Rick Montgomery:  An in-depth look at 'right to work' and its impact on union jobs and non-union jobs in Missouri +
        The Missouri Times:  Uber bill passes easily through House
        Missourinet:  Smooth ride through Missouri House for Uber and Lyft bill
        The Missouri Times:  Opposing prescription drug monitoring bills face off in House
        Missourinet:  Proposal would eliminate cable TV in prisons
        SNL:  Lawmakers:  Missouri inmates should keep cable X
        The Missouri Times:  Emery's bill seeks to create Missouri Economic Development and Infrastructure Investment Act;  Comments from Gateway Government Relations' Irl Scissors, others
        CDT:  Foley panned, praised as candidate for chancellor during search committee forum X
        CDT:  University of Missouri says chancellor search committee not subject to Sunshine Law X
        Columbia Missourian:  Listening, communication skills top wish list for next MU chancellor
        CDT:  UM curators might be shorthanded for financial discussions X
        KC Star editorial:  Trump's focus on infrastructure should accelerate KCI discussions +
        Nicklaus:  A ban on Russian investments would hurt Missouri more than the Kremlin
        P-D's Stacy Washington:  It's time to plan for a transition back to local control for St. Louis Public Schools
        P-D letter:  Area Pat says MetroLink wasn't prepared for heft of Women's March crowd
        St. Joseph News-Press letters:  Area woman seeks coverage for pro-life march to match that of feminist protest;  Area man disapproves of Greitens' budget cuts X
        KC Star letter:  Independence sexagenarian thinks Trump and Greitens have something to hide on their tax returns +
        P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wants McCaskill, Blunt to support provisional immigration status for young illegals
        P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wants legislators to forget about 'right to work,' spend more taxpayer money on education
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        Thursday, January 26
       
KSHB:  Jackson County Election Board says more can be done to stop voter fraud
          KMOV:  Voter fraud rare in St. Louis area
          P-D:  One month ago:  St. Louis Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce (D) uncovers 'important evidence' in voter fraud probe, turns case over to feds
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Smith backs Trump's executive actions +
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Mexican student unhappy about Trump's actions on immigration;  Comments from SEMO poli sci prof Jason Sides
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof theorizes that NASCAR's Carl Edwards could take on McCaskill in U.S. Senate race
          AP:  NASCAR's Carl Edwards does not rule out taking on McCaskill in '18
          Columbia Missourian:  VA opens Patient Education Center in Columbia
          Columbia Missourian:  Amazon to implement Missouri sales tax on Feb. 1
          P-D:  Amazon to begin charging sales tax in Missouri
          P-D:  Greitens will unveil Missouri budget plan next week
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' perfected by Senate as labor supporters do not pursue filibuster
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' nears anticipated completion in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens forms special committee to audit tax credits
          SNL:  GOP supermajority allows Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to move on 'cliff effect' bill regarding taxpayer-funded handouts X
          Missourinet:  Less direct school choice proposal being considered in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Emery expands Missouri school choice proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Senate might hear dueling legislation on opioids
          The Missouri Times:  'Hailey's Law' seeks to speed up Amber Alert process
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) introduces 'Hailey's Law' X
          Missourinet:  Missouri sex trafficking victim discusses her choice to leave sex trade industry
          The Missouri Times:  House committee to investigate sexual harassment claims in Dept. of Corrections
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford):  "Significant changes" must be made to change culture at DOC
          KWMU:  House committee to investigate Missouri Department of Corrections over harassment claim
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers consider lowering hair braiding regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express gets support from unlikely sources;  Comments from Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers' Diana Vuylsteke, Consumers Council's Cara Spencer
          P-D:  Rate hike push by utilities panned by lawmakers, companies
          AP:  Utilities seek law change on rates
          CDT:  Man who shot another man over cell-phone transaction blames behavior on state gun law X
          SE Missourian:  Cape police view body cameras favorably after year of testing +
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports final deer and archery turkey harvest X
          SE Missourian:  Former Clinton aide to speak at SEMO Black History Month event;  Zerlina Maxwell to share theories about "rape culture," other grievances +
          P-D letter:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) dislikes being called pet names
          P-D letter:  Glendale resident dislikes Post-Dispatch going "agog" for feminist march while ignoring annual March for Life
          CDT letter:  Area man says paper should attempt objectivity in coverage of gals-group study, says "pay gap" caterwauling ignores basic economic facts about career choices X
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        Wednesday, January 25
       
KC Star:  KCI makes Trump priority lists for national infrastructure projects +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Highway building plan will go through Graves' panel X
          Lee's Summit Journal:  Local liberal hopes to change Blunt's mind on Obamacare by sending him a scrapbook of sad stories
          KC Star:  Jackson County, St. Louis County team up to track prescription drug abuse;  McCaskill secured resources to put program in action +
          KWMU:  St. Louis County's prescription drug database gets cross-state partner
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou event featuring Angela Davis draws 1,200;  Communist Party USA icon:  "I want to see the same crowd from the women's march stand up for illegal immigrants."
          CDT:  Angela Davis calls for marchers to become a movement X
          Faughn:  Thoughts on Women's Marches;  Greitens, legislators and ethics bills;  Blunt, MSU and the Inauguration;  Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) expecting; Narrative of Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) career follows a George Jones song;  Input on who won the week;  Much more
          The Missouri Times:  Danny Pfeifer's Catalyst Group celebrates 10 years:  Greg Porter, Alex Eaton, Becky Lohmann, Michael Steelman bring high energy, issue expertise, passion to the Capitol
          Drebes:  A.J. Bockelman joins Empower Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's largest lost-and-found:  Eric Schmitt revamping unclaimed property effort X
          KTRS (St. Louis):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt talks about new position, how Missourians can get their unclaimed property
          KWMU:  Hawley challenges Obama regulations, dimisses Democratic criticism over living in Columbia
          Missourinet:  GOP calls for tort overhaul prompt response from Patricia Breckenridge in State of the Judiciary
          KWMU:  Breckenridge pushes back against GOP tort overhaul efforts
          AP:  In State of the Judiciary address, Breckenridge says too many poor people kept in jail awaiting trial
          P-D:  Amid calls for change, Missouri's chief justice defends judicial branch
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers look at discrimination law as another step in tort overhaul
          Messenger:  When Greitens says trial lawyers' 'time is up,' real Missourians pay the price
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) will help GOP round up votes for controversial bills X
          Missourinet:  House committee hears testimony on 'paycheck protection'
          The Missouri Times:  REAL ID opposition finally appears in House committee
          Missouinet:  McGaugh, Basye praise Greitens' call to end "frivolous regulations"
          P-D:  New rules for Uber, Lyft on fast track through Missouri House
          AP:  Schaaf wants up to $100 in tax credits for people who contribute to campaigns
          KOMU:  State Senate committee to consider bill to reduce opioid addiction
          CDT:  Missouri universities looking to tuition hikes to cover state funding shortfall X
          CDT:  Show-Me Institute study:  MU ranks in the middle for research, education value X
          Missourinet:  Senate committee to consider proposed educational savings accounts for Missouri K-12 students
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) would prohibit school superintendents from being candidates for school board X
          The Missouri Times:  Romine, Hegeman promote technical education bills in committee
          Missourinet:  Onder, Schupp disagree on abortion-clinic safety
          CDT:  Local non-profit cuts programs, staff after state funding dries up X
          Missourinet:  Rapist/triple-murderer Mark Christeson scheduled to be put down next Tuesday
          P-D editorial:  Jay Ashcroft finds a broker-friendly watchdog to police securities fraud
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft should rethink pick for securities watchdog in Missouri +
          Waters:  Eric Greitens must learn that tax cuts do not raise revenue X
          KC Star letter:  KC woman responds to women's marches, suggests that perhaps women lose elections and fail to get jobs because they're simply unqualified +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat Carl Peterson responds to Stacy Washington column, says charter schools fail to measure up to public schools
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        Tuesday, January 24
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill plunges into tricky territory on cabinet votes
          KSMU:  Rural Missouri to face unique challenges if Obamacare is repealed;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale
          P-D:  Area teens drag president's name into high school girl drama;  Student at elite all-girls private school takes to social media, touts her "bitch attitude" after receiving anonymous note in locker
          P-D:  Profile:  New Missouri Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves
          The Missouri Times:  Federalist Society holds inaugural Missouri Capitol Forum;  Speaker Todd Richardson emcees as Greitens, Hawley, others speak
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association to gather at Capitol for annual meeting
          KWMU:  'Right to work' backers file suit to block campaign to get repeal on the 2018 ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats hint at filibuster on 'right to work' during floor debate;  Labor looking to referendum
          AP:  Ban on 'right to work' laws in Missouri faces court challenges
          P-D:  'Right to work' advocates file lawsuits against labor-backed ballot initiative
          KWMU:  Ashcroft defends choice for Missouri securities commissioner
          KC Star:  Jay Ashcroft stands by pick for Missouri securities commissioner +
          Missourinet:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Missouri agriculture is an $88 billion industry;  average age of Missouri farmer is 58
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to consider 'paycheck protection' bill
          Missourinet:  Proposal would hike Missouri's motor fuel tax, move lettered roads to county control
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher ed officials oppose cuts to their budgets;  House appropriations subcommittee hears testimony
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity to pay for livestream of Communist Party USA leader Angela Davis speech tonight
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source, Daubert standard bills voted out of committee
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to protect First Amendment rights of alternative-to-abortion services +
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood opposes Missouri abortion law passed last year
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill to protect student journalists from censorship returns
          KWMU:  Federal judge says Ameren's upgrades to Rush Island Power Plant violated Clean Air Act rules
          P-D:  Hawley brushes off Democratic pokes about residency;  Attorney general lives in Columbia, not Jefferson City
          CDT:  Gatehouse names Alaska newspaper publisher as new Tribune publisher X
          Missourinet:  Study shows median income for Missouri women trails median income for Missouri men
          P-D editorial:  Angry anti-Trump gals should focus on what they might reasonably be able to accomplish
          SNL editorial:  One fix for Missouri revenue problem:  Streamline sales tax X
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man dislikes Post-Dispatch's anti-Trump bias
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        Monday, January 23
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Mexican restaurant has fun with its own border-protecting wall;  Owner Jorge Maya wishes Trump well, suggests hypersenstive thinskins lighten up
          St. Joseph News-Press: St. Joseph native plays saxophone for Trump's inauguration X
          KWMU:  One of four busses headed to D.C. Womens March breaks down in Maryland;  Women spend hours waiting for mechanic to help them, miss march
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jonathon Prouty, Jeff Mazur, Steve Tilley, Jamilah Nasheed talk Trump, McCaskill's re-election, Greitens' budget cuts, 'right to work,' more
          Rosenbaum:  Capitol briefs:  Budget issues, Greitens' camp connections with Sonny Perdue, tax credit pushback, unions, Mike Parson mingling in Capitol cafeteria
          Drebes:  Ethics Commission dismisses charge against Ron Calzone
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could consider 'right to work' testimony quickly
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would require missing weapons be reported X
          AP:  Arch Defenders, a group of urban civil rights lawyers, opposes tougher penalties for attacking police;  Former St. Louis City Police Chief Dan Isom supports legislation
          Missourinet:  House Committee to hear testimony Tuesday on red-light camera legislation
          P-D:  St. Louis City charter schools worry that their success is attracting too many white students
          KWMU:  Despite accreditation, state-appointed board remains in charge of SLPS
          KWMU:  Scientists burn Ozark forest to see if fire creates better places for wildlife to live
          SE Missourian:  New formulas may lessen illegal use of herbicides;  Legislation from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) will address lawbreakers +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Greitens' delay in proposing budget isn't a problem, and Fitzpatrick's approach is correct:  State can't tax-and-spend its way to prosperity X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should heed demands of women's-group study:  Health care, "pay equality," etc.
          SNL letter:  Area Democratic leader disagrees with Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) on 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man dislikes legislators carrying their firearms in the Capitol
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        Sunday, January 22
       
P-D:  Anti-Trump rally draws thousands;  Cape Girardeau woman and galpals weep over Trump's victory
        KMOV:  Women's March photo gallery:  Woman wearing "Pussies are Wonderful" superhero outfit posing for leggy pics;  Women wearing "pink pussyhats;" Other inspirational vaginal references, imagery
        KWMU:  Women's March draws thousands downtown
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Top challenges for KC anti-Trump marchers:  Doubling down on Clinton's defeat, ignoring the majority of working-class women, spurning support from like-minded men, more
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Anti-Trump march fact check:  "Marchers" didn't really march anywhere
        CDT:  Local march attract thousands who oppose Trump X
        KOMU:  Hundreds attend local anti-Trump march;  Comments from Sierra Club's Carolyn Amparan, Mid-Missouri Peacework's Mark Haim, Indian activist Perry Bigsoldier, others
        Columbia Missourian:  Thousands of anti-Trump protesters gather in Columbia;  Grown man says he spent the morning "bawling his eyes out" over Trump victory
        Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  360-degree view of crowd
        Columbia Missourian:  D.C. bus trip update:  Women don "pink pussyhats," drink wine, bond over hatred for "terrible person" Trump
        SNL:  More than 2,000 attend women's march;  Attendees hear from "white woman, black woman, a woman in a hijab, a transgender woman, a woman politician, and a woman pastor" X
        SNL:  Photo gallery:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) speaks to crowd;  area man wears "pink pussyhat;"  more X
        SE Missourian:  Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march +
        JCNT:  Youth pro-life group growing rapidly X
        SNL:  McCaskill treads carefully in Trump confirmation X
        CDT:  How ending Obamacare will affect local health care X
        P-D:  Months after her death, Phyllis Schlafly's followers and family still battle over her legacy
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jonathon Prouty, Jeff Mazur, Steve Tilley, Jamilah Nasheed talk Trump, McCaskill's re-election, Greitens' budget cuts, 'right to work'
        Drebes:  Staff changes in office of Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby):  Rich Germinder, Drew Dampf
        JCNT:  Proposal raises state pay without cutting jobs X
        AP:  Missouri gun sales increase while permits decrease
        AP:  Greitens pushing school choice for special needs students
        SNL:  Bill aims to crack down on probation companies X
        Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nate Tate (R-St. Clair) gets to work in Jefferson City, files bill on library-board trustees
        P-D:  Missouri takes steps to prevent misuse of herbicide;  Bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) would increase penalty on farmers who chose to break pesticide-application laws and cause damage to neighbors' crops
        P-D's Nicklaus:  'Right to work' won't magically create jobs in Missouri
        CDT letter:  Blue Springs teacher opposes Kraus' tax-cut proposal X
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        Saturday, January 21
       
West Plains Daily Quill:  Blunt sets stage for Missouri to shine on Trump's Inauguration Day
          SNL:  MSU Chorale delivered its own inaugural message, through music X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missourians of all political stripes attend inauguration;  Springfield man pats Clinton-supporting girlfriend's back to comfort her
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Missourians at Presidential Inauguration
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Roundup of KC area anti-Trump protests
          SNL:  Anti-Trump protest draws only two dozen;  Protester complains that children on school bus shouted "Trump!" at him X
          KWMU:  Social studies class at Kirkwood middle school watches inauguration;  Two white males stand for National Anthem, minority females scowl
          P-D:  Anti-Trump protesters march through downtown St. Louis
          Columbia Missourian:  Twenty liberal groups attract small crowd to anti-Trump protest
          KOMU:  Small group gathers to protest Trump;  Boone County GOP Central Committee's Mike Zweifel talks about Trump's "decisive" victory in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Women's March on Washington to include about 1,000 Missourians
          P-D:  Women take bus trip to D.C.;  Black, transgender activists criticize St. Louis march organizers for lack of inclusion
          TonysKansasCity:  Weekly Power Rankings:  KC area conservatives, anti-Trump marchers, more
          KSHB:  Thousands of aliens who invaded KC illegally could be deported under Trump;  Mexican alien tells story of her mom smuggling seven-year-old into U.S.
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Cleaver wants Trump to apologize for questioning Obama's birthplace
          TonysKansasCity:  KC Week in Review (video):  Kraske, Helling, Mike Ferguson, others discuss Trump inauguration, Greitens' budget cuts, Missouri minimum wage, more
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber visits Caruthersville in effort to rebuild party;  Former state rep talks 'right to work,' education funding, Trump's 'dramatically' lower popularity since election, Jay Ashcroft and David Minnick, more +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association will feature Allen West and Missouri rib eye
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 16
          KSSZ (Columbia):  Former Sen. Budget Chairman Kurt Schaefer:  K-12 education funding cuts likely
          Missourinet:  Missouri Budget Project blames budget problems on GOP tax cuts
          WDAF (Kansas City):  Eric Schmitt becomes first state treasurer to return $1 million in first 11 days in office
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New push to ban texting while driving X
          KC Star editorial:  Introducing the KC Star editorial board:  Four white men, two white women, un Hispanic dama +
          CDT op-ed:  Missouri lone on addiction;  all other states monitor drugs X
          P-D letter:  Criminal Justice Ministry dislikes cuts to its state funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian applauds editorial board for acknowleding 'Ferguson Effect,' says Post-Dispatch helped create it by spreading "Black Lives Matter" lies
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        Friday, January 20   Inauguration Day
       
P-D:  Inauguration Day marks victory, defeat for Missourians;  Comments from Pat Thomas, Ron Fitzwater, anti-Trump protester
          KC Star:  From Missouri to D.C., Donald Trump supporters celebrate victory +
          P-D:  Trump's inauguration day arrives with a Missouri hue
          Missourinet:  Blunt talks inauguration planning, expectations
          KC Star:  Rockhurst High School students get up close at Trump inauguration +
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  Trump will disrupt the status quo
          KMIZ:  Area liberals to hold "Resist!" march tomorrow
          SNL:  Anti-Trump rallies to be held today, tomorrow X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump bus trip series:  Profiles of area gals participating in D.C. march
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Young illegals brace for uncertain future;  Comments from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), Mexican alien who wants Missouri taxpayers to subsidize her education
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) named keynote speaker for 2017 Missouri Lincoln Days
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Farm Bureau's B.J. Tanksley
          Drebes:  Ryan Conway to run for mom Kathie's St. Charles state rep seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Foundation for Health seeks Government and Community Affairs Specialist
          The Missouri Times:  KC Caucus selects Jack Bondon, Rory Rowland as co-chairs
          Missourinet:  House passes 'right to work'
          SNL:  No raises for representatives, Speaker Todd Richardson says X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee passes resolution to reject pay hike for legislators, statewide elected officials
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers consider changes to make driver's licenses comply with federal law
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider federal compliance measure to avoid ban on airline travel
          KC Star:  Democratic proposal would restrict who can serve as Missouri's securities commissioner +
          CDT:  University of Missouri leaders working on response to state budget cuts X
          AP:  Audit shows standards for higher-education program lacking
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) files bill on student debt X
          KWMU:  Parents weigh in on St. Louis Public Schools accreditation
          CDT:  Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia) proposes cap on payday loan interest X
          Missourinet:  AG Josh Hawley sues Obama administration over coal mining rule
          P-D:  St. Louis judge grants class action for millions who got movie-promoting robocall from Mike Huckabee
          CDT:  Report:  Women workers fail to keep up with men in salary X
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation releases study on "economic equality"
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri's earned-income credit would help the working poor
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Vouchers are excellent option for expanding school choice in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian says Clay should hope 1st District never needs help from Trump
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man reacts to Greitens' budget cuts, attempts punchline involving Legislature
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Greitens on taxes, 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian disagrees with Greitens on taxes, 'right to work'
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        Thursday, January 19
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Barack Obama remembrances:  Measuring impact on St. Louis through tangible effects and "matters of the heart"
          KC Star's Scott Canon:  Barack Obama remembrances:  KC-area stops:  Pitching Obamacare, helping Robin Carnahan lose U.S. Senate race by 14 points, more +
          KC Star:  Obama remembrances:  Thoughts from Jason Klumb, Jason Grill, Arthur Bryant's BBQ GM, Richard Martin, "living wage" protester, others +
          SE Missourian:  Obama shortens sentence of area crack dealer;  Christopher DePree could return to Cape Girardeau street pharmaceuticals industry in July +
          P-D:  Greitens to attend Trump inauguration
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Ron Richard on new legislative reality:  Thoughts on 'right to work,' avoiding GOP infighting under Greitens, tort overhaul, and the importance of keeping your word
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Carol Comer to head Dept. of Natural Resources
          Missourinet:  Greitens taps former Pence department head to lead Missouri Department of Natural Resources
          AP:  Greitens announces new DNR head
          P-D:  Greitens announces new DNR director
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' passes through House on inevitable journey to Greitens' desk
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers take big step toward passing 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances 'right to work' bill, final vote expected Thursday
          The Missouri Times:  House committee takes on Blue Alert and hate crimes against police
          KWMU:  Missouri abortion opponents confident that lawmakers will take more action to help their cause
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers consider proposal to protect pro-life pregnancy centers
          P-D:  Senate bill could block proposed changes to St. Louis discrimination ordinance
          The Missouri Times:  Trial attorneys reject 'judicial hellhole' label
          P-D:  Prosecutors say new state laws will not lead to felony charges for students;  Early statements from Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood districts stirred parents of young misbehavers
          P-D:  Chappell-Nadal says she wants sanctions against Russia for election interference
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves Ameren Missouri's ISRS shutdown, customers could see credit
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  More than 260,000 deer harvested during animal hunting season
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation using helicopter to hunt feral hogs;  9mm pistol preferred weapon to put down destructive animals X
          P-D:  Hunters harvest 49 deer during first year in Ladue;  Dept. of Conservation says archery hunting is best way to control wild animals invading decent neighborhoods
          Missourinet:  Freshman Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) says Ferguson Effect doesn't exist, wants Greitens to focus on "black issues"
          Priddy:  Evaluating the first-day speeches from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Speaker Todd Richardson
          KC Star's Sanchez:  God is rooting for local minimum-wage agitators;  "Gov. Eric Greiten [sic]" should care +
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters promotes anti-Trump march, "action fair" on gals' issues Saturday
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman wants Clay to remember the 1st District also includes police officers
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        Wednesday, January 18
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Pro-Obamacare rally draws fewer than 20 to Clayton;  Elderly woman calls GOP "heartless"
          SNL:  Nearly 30 Obamacare supporters wave signs on streetcorner, believe their efforts matter;  Missouri Health Care for All's Crystal Brigman:  "It was great. We had honks all around." X
          KWMU:  Missouri hospitals see more insured patients under Obamacare;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon
          NY Times:  'Repeal and replace':  Words still hanging over GOP's health care strategy;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  Cleaver won't be among liberal Democrats boycotting inauguration +
          Missourinet:  Cleaver will attend Trump inauguration
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans call on McCaskill to confirm Pruitt as EPA head
          SE Missourian:  Smith hears call to simplify tax code, reduce tax rates
          KSHB:  McCaskill helps Jackson County secure federal funds for prescription drug monitoring
          P-D:  Police-as-animals painting taken down;  Clay promises appeal
          AP:  Artwork glamorizing Ferguson protests removed from Capitol display
          NY Daily News:  Activists unhappy with Trump adviser's ties to KC Power & Light District;  Some Cordish establishments instituted dress code, encouraged civilized behavior
          KWMU:  Bayer-Monsanto would invest billions in U.S. if deal goes through;  Comments from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
          KWMU:  New Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves outlines challenges, opportunities ahead
          Drebes:  Rachel Hassani, formerly of Rupp's PSC office, now working for AG Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Freshman Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talks about joining Democratic superminority, future of unions under 'right to work,' more
          KWMU:  In first State of State, Greitens outlines ambitious agenda
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Gov. Eric Greitens' 2017 State of the State address
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats question feasibility of Greitens' State of the State proposals
          SNL:  Greitens delivers his first State of the State address X
          Missourinet:  Top mentions, non-mentions in Greitens' first State of the State address
          Missourinet:  House members react to Greitens on 'right to work,' tax credit stance
          Missourinet:  SOTS reaction from Kraus, Walsh
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  State of the State
          AP:  Greitens focuses on job growth during State of the State
          P-D:  Greitens outlines GOP-led reforms, ethics overhaul in first State of the State address
          KC Star:  Greitens delivers State of the State +
          Missourinet:  Liberal group blames GOP legislators for state budget challenges;  Comments from Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford
          P-D:  With cuts to Missouri's higher ed spending, capping tuition will be a challenge
          SNL:  Colleges:  future uncertain after budget cuts X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts +
          P-D:  Missouri school districts will have to cut more transportation costs after budget cuts
          SNL:  'Do no harm' to education funding, program representatives beg state lawmakers X
          The Missouri Times:  House passes HB 60 to limit lobbyist gifts
          AP:  House passes bill banning lobbyist gifts, with exceptions
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source, expert witness standard bills heard in special committee
          SE Missourian:  Cape residents question Ameren's rate-increase request +
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court orders KC to put higher minimum wage on the ballot +
          SNL op-ed:  McCaskill should support Sessions for AG X
          Jensen:  Art and politics:  Leftists complain about Bingham painting, but Clay's backing of police-as-pigs portrait highlights left's obsession with race +
          Messenger:  Greitens wants a new direction for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood man wishes Lacy Clay would attend Trump inauguration
          P-D letter:  Eureka man responds to Stacy Washington column on 'right to work'
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone liberal wants Star to hire liberal columnist to criticize Missouri GOP +
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        Tuesday, January 17
       
TonysKansasCity.com:  Two anti-Trump marches planned for KC:  Saturday stompfest features feminist froth, but Friday rally most likely to see arrests
          KC Star:  Area feminists say Saturday's anti-Trump rally will draw at least 2,000 +
          Columbia Missourian:  More than 20 liberal groups band together to promote anti-Trump protest march on Saturday
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden backs Trump's pick for China ambassador
          Missourinet:  Two state lawmakers back Trump's pick for EPA
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Francis Howell freshman Emma Johnson selected to attend Trump inauguration
          CDT:  Democrats nominate Michela Skelton for Caleb Jones' seat X
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton wins Democratic nomination, will fill ballot slot against GOP's Sara Walsh
          Faughn:  Five (5!) things Greitens could mention in the State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens withholds $146 million, criticizes Nixon's handling of budget
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  State must cut spending to balance budget +
          CDT:  Higher education takes bulk of cuts as Greitens withholds $146 million from state budget X
          KWMU:  On eve of big speech, Greitens swings budget ax
          KC Star:  Greitens announces $146 million in cuts +
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  $146 million in budget restrictions not from K-12 classrooms, instead higher ed and K-12 transportation
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says Greitens' budget restrictions will impact K-12 classrooms
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader says higher ed budget restrictions could affect tuition rates
          AP:  Greitens cuts $146 million;  Colleges take hit
          P-D:  Greitens cuts $146 million from budget
          Missourinet:  Kit Bond reflects on $900 million budget shortfall he faced 36 years ago
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source to set to mark start of tort reform effort
          SNL:  Statewide ridesharing rules zoom toward House floor X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation would move public notices online and out of newspapers
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group wants lawmakers to consider legislation for people with developmental disabilities
          KWMU:  Lobbyist gift ban up for Missouri House vote this week
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support use of metal detectors at Capitol, defend lawmakers' right to carry guns +
          SE Missourian:  Meat processing plant faces $70K penalty from state for Clean Water Act violations +
          P-D obituary:  Father of former state Rep. Steve Banton (R-Wildwood)
          P-D editorial:  Courts reject another legislative fix to municipal court issues
          AFL-CIO:  Anti-Puzder form letter generator
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch publishes Illinois woman's anti-Puzder form letter
          P-D editorial board letters policy:  "We don't publish form letters."
          P-D letter:  Area vegetarian suggests combating GOP's Obamacare repeal by eating plants
          CDT letter:  Pacific liberal mocks Fraker's country-club tax break proposal X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area woman expresses anger that state lawmakers can smoke in their offices +
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        Monday, January 16  State holiday - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
       
KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Area anti-Trump women bicker over allegations of non-inclusion;  White woman apologizes for not including more black/handicapped/poor/old/LGBTQIA* voices
          JCNT:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws four (4) outside Luetkemeyer's office X
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court to hear Missouri case on state money for religious institutions
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Emerson seeks government relations manager
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Holly Rehder;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Tony Messenger, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, David Barklage talk Trump, 'right to work,' state ethics bills, more
          Rosenbaum:  When 'right to work' comes, can Missouri's unions adapt? Q&A with Wash U. sociology prof Jake Rosenfeld
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate quickly following House on 'right to work' legislation
          Missourinet:  Mixed reviews from Missouri House leaders about governor's plans to delay budget proposal
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  State must cut spending to balance budget +
          AP:  Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) will classify attacks on police as hate crimes
          SNL:  Hearings this week in Jefferson City:  REAL ID, prevailing wage, more X
          SE Missourian  Hearings set in Cape, Charleston on Ameren rate increase request +
          P-D editorial:  Resistance movements to Trump are premature - he deserves a chance to prove himself;  Area gals in a tizzy over Missouri painting should save caterwauling for moments that matter
          Priddy:  Recap:  Greitens' inauguration
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  On leaving the role of public editor and moving to editorial board +
          SE Missourian letter:  Sexagenarian professor says she disagrees with "State [sic] Representative Jason Smith" on Obamacare +
          P-D letter:  Former Occupy STL organizer wants Greitens to oppose 'right to work'
          SNL letter:  Republic octogenarian wants Greitens to fight for the poor X
          P-D letter:  Kirwood sexagenarian says Republicans should stop opposing environmental regulations and start protecting Missouri streams
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        Sunday, January 15
       
SNL:  Local lawmakers to Trump:  Keep inaugural speech short, simple X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill supports Trump's picks for Defense and Homeland Security
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt, Clay, Wagner share early expectations of Trump presidency
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Holly Rehder;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Tony Messenger, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, David Barklage talk Trump, 'right to work,' state ethics bills, more
          JCNT:  Inaugural ball fashion report:  Governor and wife, state legislators, college kids, man wearing a kilt to get attention, others X
          Drebes:  Pat Contreras, runner-up in 2016 Democratic state treasurer primary, files paperwork to run for AG in 2020
          Drebes:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) running for state Senate
          P-D:  Brad Green, Todd Scott, Jeffrey Earl join Jennae Neustadt on Greitens' legislative team
          Missourinet:  Hawley warns consumers about storm-related price gouging
          CDT:  Juvenile officer:  Minor school fights unlikely to result in felony charges X
          SNL:  MSU enrollment soars;  other schools see drop X
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz files 15 bills before opening of session X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would allow marijuana for terminally-ill patients X
          AP:  Ameren efficiency charge to take effect
          P-D:  AT&T discontinues 'lifeline' discount for the old and handicapped
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Early indications show that Greitens will hide from media and the public X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should not follow Kansas' lead on taxes
          P-D editorial:  Police officers are losing their confidence, and that's a bad thing for everyone
          CDT op-ed:  University of Missouri curator emeritus David Wasinger:  The criteria by which Eric Greitens should choose curators X
          P-D op-ed:  Forward Through Ferguson's Zack Boyers:  To fix inequality of outcomes, look at every issue through a racial lens
          P-D letter:  Mehlville man dislikes Post-Dispatch staff's liberal bent
          P-D letter:  Area sheet metal worker talks about recently-signed contract, thinks governor and David Humphreys might care
          P-D letter:  University City man supports criminal code updates to hold badly-behaved students accountable for actions
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man responds to Show-Me Institute op-ed on charter schools
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        Saturday, January 14
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt to showcase the Show-Me State in presidential inauguration
          Drebes:  KC native and SLU grad John DeStefano heads to work for Trump
          P-D:  Blunt shrugs off liberals' anger over Trump's election
          P-D:  Lacy Clay won't attend Trump inaugural
          KC Star:  Pumped:  Oil and gas workers in Western Missouri like a Trump future:  "We have kids, and we're just trying to keep a job." +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner named to House Foreign Affairs Committee
          P-D:  Architect of the U.S. Capitol plans to remove police-as-animals painting on Tuesday
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 9
          P-D:  Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) renews rape accusation against Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City), claims she was drugged
          SNL:  Rebuilding Missouri's Medicaid system could cut costs but increase uncertainty X
          KWMU:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) offers visiting constituents - with CCW permits - the opportunity to borrow a gun
          CDT:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) proposes eliminating tenure for public school professors X
          CDT:  Legislators face school-funding questions at Missouri NEA forum X
          KSSZ:  Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman wants lawmakers to change definition of "harassment"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams discusses accreditation ruling
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's bills look to modernize Missouri utility grids and rate adjustments
          Columbia Missourian:  Ameren to raise electric bills in late January
          Missourinet:  All of Missouri's 40 electric cooperatives enact emergency response plans for major ice storm
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Two dicamba-related bills introduced in Missouri House +
          The Missouri Times:  How one disease caused a rift between farmers and the Missouri Department of Conservation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation offers post-storm tree care tips
          Missourinet:  Missouri Insurance Department gives tips to property owners affected by winter storm
          P-D:  Authors of National Institute of Justice report complain that court costs, fees imposed on lawbreakers are racist and discriminate against the poor
          P-D editorial briefs:  McCaskill, Blunt and the Delta Queen;  Something will go wrong when Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) loans out guns
          P-D op-ed:  Student painter David Pulphus and "freelance writer"/promoter Etefia "Nigerian Nightmare" Umana:  Americans who oppose police-as-animals painting are afflicted with white privilege
          Messenger:  With Capitol metal detectors, Greitens resets the gun debate;  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) disagrees with Marshall's approach to CCW in the Capitol
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Departing executive editor lists the awards won during his reign, expounds upon how much more forward-thinking the Missourian was under his leadership compared to other newspapers, etc.
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        Friday, January 13   MoDOT Traveler Map
       
KWMU:  Anti-Trump women find ways to disagree;  Tensions boil over at public meeting over allegations of extreme whiteness
          KWMU:  Union protest draws about 50 to downtown Hardee's
          AP:  Former Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) to work for Treasurer Schmitt
          P-D:  Robbery of Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) tied to carjacking of woman after Christmas Mass;  Two of St. Louis City's top criminals prospects, 20-year-olds Tavion Regans and William Nelson, carry impressive previous-conviction stats
          KC Star:  Bryan Lowry, formerly of Wichita Eagle, hired as Star's lead political reporter;  30-year-old replaces Dave Helling, who moves to editorial board +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens declares State of Emergency, faces first real test as governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens declares State of Emergency for Missouri, activates National Guard;  MoDOT warns of 'significant' ice accumulations
          KWMU:  State's new round of money problems may collide with pending tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee awaits Greitens budget in the midst of shortfalls
          AP:  To address budget shortfall, Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) calls for more cuts
          P-D:  Missouri faces 'dire' budget hole, may need $456 million in cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects lobbyist expenditure bills
          Missourinet:  Bill to restrict lobbyist gifts sails through second round in Missouri House, receives some opposition
          AP:  House moves forward on proposed lobbyist gift ban
          The Missouri Times:  Romine, Fitzwater look to change the name of Jay Nixon State Park
          P-D:  Lawmakers look to rename state park named after Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Retired Teachers Association lobby day cancellation highlights concerns about Capitol security measures
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) offers firearms protection to CCW holders
          KC Star:  Lawmaker says he'll lend guns to Missouri Capitol visitors +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) files medical marijuana bill
          SE Missourian:  SEMO's online programs rank highest in Missouri +
          AP:  Inmate says state's sexual-predator law is unconstitutional
          AP:  Ameren customers could see rate hike
          P-D editorial:  Crime stats are clear:  Young black males are at the center of the problem, and poverty is partly to blame
          Messenger:  Greitens' first two orders collide as utilities seek weakened ethics rules
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Eric Greitens has Jewish parents, went to good schools, became cultured - so how did he end up with "hard-edged conservatism?"
          P-D columnist Stacy Washington:  'Right to work' will improve economic conditions for Missourians statewide
          CDT letter:  Local Dem leader Bill Romjue blames candidates' losses on Trump, tells Republicans they'll lose it all soon X
          SNL letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes Missouri concealed-carry laws X
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        Thursday, January 12
       
KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Local Obamacare counselor recommends residents sign up to avoid paying penalty
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In final days, Obama's Fish & Wildlife Service changes name of Squaw Creek, says name is offensive to Indians;  Sam Graves says he will fight "ridiculous overreach" X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Lacy Clay, Duncan Hunter, and the police-as-animals painting embody America's cultural war
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Amid historic Kansas City bloodshed, local "Aim4Peace" group awarded another $600k of taxpayer money
          Faughn:  Kander's push for national attention makes a misstep with preachy lecture;  Todd Richardson exorcises Bekki Cook demons from Missouri House;  More
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt push for law to get Delta Queen steamboat cruising
          The Missouri Times:  John Hancock, Jonathon Prouty form new political firm
          CDT:  Michela Skelton, 31-year-old distant "cousin" of Ike Skelton, to fill Democratic ballot slot against Republican Sara Walsh for Caleb Jones' seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens names Drew Erdmann as new COO
          AP:  Greitens picks Warren Erdmann as COO
          Missourinet:  Hawley says he looks forward to working with Trump administration, talks ethics policy
          P-D:  State budget woes could hamper efforts to boost Missouri worker pay
          KCTV:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) offers opportunity for CCW owners to borrow guns from his office  (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) pushes for block grant approach to health care
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid proposal would change federal funding, give state more control
          Missourinet:  Republicans say approach to change Medicaid would reduce costs
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers seek to convert Medicaid into block grant
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) presents 'right to work,' 'paycheck protection' bills to General Laws Committee
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves Ameren Missouri grid investment
          CDT:  City of Columbia moving ahead with prescription drug monitoring program X
          P-D:  Chappelle-Nadal urges state to buy out homeowners who chose to live near Superfund site
          KC Star:  KC Star expands editorial board:  Dave Helling, Steve Kraske among veteran reporters added to group +
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon erred in pardoning protesters;  Uncivilized behavior can lead to chaos X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood sexagenarian supports painting of police depicted as animals
          P-D letter:  St. Charles liberal supports naming park after Nixon, dislikes Rush Limbaugh
          CDT letter:  Area man says 'right to work' is a right to freeload X
          P-D letter:  Greendale sexagenarian wants Republican state legislators to support gun-control laws
          KC Star letter:  Liberty liberal dislikes Star's wording of editorial page headlines +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal wonders if Post-Dispatch ever bothers to fact-check the letters it publishes
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        Wednesday, January 11
       
Time Magazine:  McCaskill praises Homeland Security pick John Kelly
          KSMU:  MSU singers nervous, excited about inauguration performance
          KC Star:  After push from McCaskill and Portman, Backpage.com shuts down sex-services section +
          AP:  Painting of pig in police uniform, sponsored by Lacy Clay, restored to Capitol display
          KWMU:  Area gals fight back against Trump administration via online petition
          Columbia Missourian:  MLK Day events set:  Speech from Communist Party USA icon Angela Davis, more
          Drebes:  Jobs With Justice files paid-leave initiative petitions
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon sets special election date for Caleb Jones' seat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum and KCUR's Brian Ellison talk with Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia)
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty shares thoughts on GOP agenda, Department of Corrections investigation, more
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens puts freeze on all 'job-killing' regulations with executive order
          KWMU:  Greitens issues executive order to curb state regulations
          AP:  Greitens temporarily freezes new regulations
          P-D:  Greitens orders review of state rules in bid to reduce regulations
          KC Star:  Greitens' Inauguration Day guests included donor +
          KC Star:  Hawley announces new ethics policy;  AG won't take contributions from those with pending bids for contracts, won't allow employees to accept gifts +
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' hearing marks first step of new labor reform reality
          KTVI:  'Right to work' hearing includes testimony from State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, former GOP state rep Shannon Cooper, others
          KWMU:  Lawmakers prepare to pass 'right to work'
          Columbia Missourian:  'Right to work' fiercely debated in House hearing
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers take first steps toward 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Kraus offers tax-cutting legislation to Ways and Means amid budget shortfall
          Missourinet:  Even with spending restrictions looming, Missouri lawmakers considering tax-cut options
          SNL:  Proposal to end corporate income tax receives mixed reviews at Missouri Senate hearing X
          Missourinet:  Missouri business groups speak out against delivery sales tax
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford proposes bill to collect sales taxes on online purchases +
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban clears second hurdle
          P-D:  Bill limiting lobbyist gifts heads to House floor
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri cleans up its criminal code;  Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff McCormick, Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite praise process +
          CDT:  Activists dislike criminal code updates, say school behavior standards favor "wealthy white kids" X
          KWMU:  State Board of Education grants St. Louis Public Schools full accreditation
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools fully accredited once again
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Bills focused on farmers' illegal applications of herbicide not yet ready, expected next week +
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helps expose Backpage.com for the sex-trafficking business it is
          P-D editorial:  Nixon was too stingy in dispensing mercy;  Outgoing governor should have pardoned more criminals
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  A new day, but nothing really new:  Missouri has seen darker days before, and the state will be just fine X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  'Right to work' laws will hurt unions, jobs
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Local man attends inaugural events, eats barbecue
          P-D op-ed:  Black Alliance for Leadership & Action's Brittini Gray:  Holding violent students accountable for their behavior is unfair
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        Tuesday, January 10
       
KMBC:  Area environmentalists protest outside McCaskill's office, want her to block Trump's cabinet picks
          Columbia Missourian:  Art teachers seek to stop Missourian's painting from being displayed at presidential luncheon;  Gals start online petition to show Trump what's what
          SNL:  MSU Chorale students to perform at presidential inauguration X
          P-D:  New McCaskill-Portman report challenges website's claims it is not liable for ads for sex with minors
          P-D:  Clay will return police-as-animals painting to Capitol wall
          P-D:  St. Louis City woman admits Social Security fraud;  Yolanda Bova stole $59k from taxpayers by claiming disability benefits
          AP:  Nicole Galloway announces birth of third son
          Drebes:  Galloway announces hiring of top Democratic talent - Doug Nelson and Joan Gummels
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens becomes governor of Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Greitens' inaugural speech
          KWMU:  Greitens:  "The people have spoken;  a new direction has been decided"
          Rosenbaum:  Even before he took oath, Greitens was forging his own path
          JCNT:  Greitens takes aim at 'new direction' for Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens takes oath, pledges an outsider's perspective as governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Inauguration Day
          SNL:  Inauguration Day in Jefferson City:  Five Republicans sworn into statewide office X
          Missourinet:  Greitens' speech warmly embraced by supporters
          KC Star:  Greitens takes oath of office +
          JCNT:  Greitens honors Missouri heroes X
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics push takes center stage as Greitens signs executive order
          AP:  Greitens takes over as governor, targets lobbyists
          P-D:  Greitens sworn in as governor, pledges to end 'politics as usual'
          Missourinet:  Ethics bill rockets through Missouri House committee
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick not optimistic about pay increases next year for state workers
          P-D:  School choice proposals could see movement under Greitens
          KWMU:  UMSL revokes sponsorship of St. Louis charter school
          P-D:  Activists unhappy with discipline standards for violent students
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Corrections gardening program produced 140 tons of produce for non-profits
          SNL:  MSU settles lawsuit with student who wouldn't counsel gay couples X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliates brace for possible cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  Executive Editor Tom Warhover quits:  "It's been a long time in a job that's a little bit difficult."
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder helped reshape politics in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens:  'Bureaucracy is the wrong place to look if you're seeking compassion'
          P-D editorial:  Time to consider elected control for St. Louis public schools
          Daily Dunklin Democrats' Steve Patton:  GOP state legislators hit the ground running;  Session should include transportation-funding solutions +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  St. Louis stadium talk shows fuzzy thinking on the 'price' of doing business
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael McShane:  Legislators should expand charter schools, establish education savings account, more
          P-D letter:  Art teacher praises Clay-sponsored painting depicting police officers as animals, expresses her dislike for Trump
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors man imagines the outrage if Clay-sponsored anti-police painting depicted Jews, blacks or Muslims as animals
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Union official opposes 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Independence man wants Legislature to spend more on Dept. of Transportation and Patrol Employees Retirement System (MPERS)
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        Monday, January 9   Details on free Uber rides today in Jefferson City
       
The Missouri Times:  Inauguration Day:  What you should know
          Missourinet:  Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau expects at least 3,000 visitors for inauguration;  Hotel rooms virtually sold out
          Missourinet:  Special Missouri bell tradition may continue during inauguration;  2013 swearing-in featured timing malfunction
          KWMU:  Listen live to hear Greitens' inaugural speech, Jason Rosenbaum's reporting and analysis
          Missourinet:  Missourinet and KMIZ to offer live coverage from inauguration;  Guests include former Sen. Kit Bond, Budget Chairman Scott Fiztpatrick (R-Shell Knob), House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City), more
          KC Star:  Speaker at MLK ceremony uses platform to criticize Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Chris Zimmerman of the St. Louis Blues;  Panel of Reps. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) and Jean Evans (R-Manchester), Joe Lakin, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis talk 'right to work,' infrastructure spending, more
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville) joins Burton-Liese Government Relations
          Missourinet:  House Committee to hear testimony today on Alferman lobbyist gift ban bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Business groups hopeful for 2017 legislative session;  Comments from St. Joseph Chamber's R. Patt Lilly, MO Chamber's Dan Mehan, NFIB's Brad Jones X
          KRES/KWIZ (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch talks committee assignments, including what she offers Judicial Committee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Auditor Nicole Galloway finds issues in higher ed funding program X
          AP:  Lawmakers:  Concern about new assault law is overblown
          SE Missourian:  Area school chiefs still assessing new laws on fighting, bullying;  Comments from area superintendents, Missouri School Boards' Association's Susan Goldammer +
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools on brink of full accreditation
          P-D:  Lineup of public hearings set for Ameren Missouri's proposed rate increase
          SE Missourian editorial:  Drew Juden earned his job as Missouri public safety director +
          JCNT editorial:  Statehouse security additions will give protection, peace of mind X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis Public Schools, take a bow
          P-D letter:  Calverton Park septuagenarian dislikes 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says Post-Dispatch subscription cost rises even faster than college tuition
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        Sunday, January 8
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP selects Todd Graves as next chairman
          AP:  Todd Graves elected as new Missouri GOP chairman
          P-D:  Liberal, Mo. is now a misnomer; An in-depth look at Barton County town's deep red values
          CDT:  Mizzou invites Communist Party USA icon Angela Davis to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. celebration X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri NAACP holds quarterly meeting in St. Joseph X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Chris Zimmerman, St. Louis Blues, on Scottrade deal and more;  Panel of Joe Lakin, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) and Jean Evans (R-Manchester) talk ethics bills, 'right to work,' more
          JCNT:  New events added to inaugural schedule X
          JCNT:  Nixon talks about comraderie of Missouri governors, offers Greitens an ear when times when get tough X
          JCNT:  Next first family set to move into Governor's Mansion X
          KWMU:  Greitens promises allies and the public that he'll have their back in Jefferson City
          P-D:  Greitens will face budget challenges
          SNL:  Brother of Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) to play the 'Missouri Waltz' at inaugural ball X
          Washington Missourian:  Superintendents work to interpret new bullying, fighting laws X
          The Missouri Times:  Betsy AuBuchon appointed first female Supreme Court clerk
          CDT:  City, county officials track state legislation affecting local area X
          SNL:  Mother of child with autism seeks sponsor for state legislation X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Plenty of odd bills on file this year:  "Hair Braiding Freedom Act," "feral hogs" renamed "feral swine," bingo regulations, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri traffic fatalities up in 2016
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Honor Peter Kinder's career of public service X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The new era of Republican rule in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A new day dawns in Jefferson City;  GOP to prevail on Medicaid and 'right to work,' and Greitens may get his way on ethics provisions X
          P-D editorial:  Everyone who benefits from sports and cultural venues should be taxed to pay for them
          Waters:  'Right to work' gets its day in Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  Group of black pastors urges McCaskill, Blunt to help Palestinians
          P-D's Samantha Bliss:  Missouri Foundation for Health, others fighting to save Obamacare from state and federal Republicans
          P-D letter:  Area woman wants state, federal lawmakers to support Obamacare
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says Greitens' "loud and violent" campaign imagery offended her and "many Missourians"
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        Saturday, January 7
       
Bloomberg:  2016 Missouri Democratic Party campaign postmortem:  Q&A with Roy Temple on the shellacking Missouri voters gave Hillary Clinton
          CDT:  Anti-Trump march to be held in downtown Columbia day after presidential inauguration X
          P-D:  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) removes painting approved by Clay that depicts police as animals
          SNL:  Top readers' comments of the week:  Reaction to Hartzler and ethics committee controversy;  Legislators and guns at the Missouri Capitol X
          SNL:  Eric Greitens holds events in Springfield to rally supporters and champion women in business X
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Steelman to be new OA Director under Greitens
          KSMU:  Greitens names Sarah Steelman to head office of administration
          P-D:  Greitens naming former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman to key post
          KC Star:  Urban leaders watch warily as Greitens prepares to take oath +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  On his final full day in office, Treasurer Clint Zweifel reflects on his public service
          CDT:  Nixon sets special election for Caleb Jones' seat X
          Missourinet:  Nixon pardons Medicaid protesters;  Grown men, women made a scene in Senate gallery
          P-D:  In final days, Nixon pardons Senate-gallery disruptors;  Adults acted out, failed to convince legislators to expand Medicaid
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) says 'right to work' a top GOP priority +
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators talk 'right to work' at Columbia Chamber of Commerce event
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) files new bill to allow medical marijuana for terminal patients
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  New criminal code includes stronger penalties for school fights;  Kennett Public Safety Director John Mallott blames bad behavior on "the WWE, and all the stuff like that" +
          P-D:  Family of slain man wants state park named after their relative, not outgoing Gov. Nixon
          AP:  Judge rules that Michael Brown's parents must release strong-arm robber's school and medical records, as well as disclose all income from post-shooting profiteering
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU ethnomusicology prof Stephanie Shonekan:  Black fraternity, MU College Republicans show us a way forward
          CDT letter:  Anonymous reader, who asked to have his/her name withheld, dislikes Missouri's expanded concealed-carry laws X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian responds to "get to know the editorial page" piece, says liberal editors must think readers are "mouth-drooling idiots"
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        Friday, January 6
       
KSDK:  Trump names St. Louisan Katie Walsh deputy chief of staff
          P-D:  St. Louis native Katie Walsh will be deputy chief of staff in Trump White House
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt plan to be present for Trump's swearing-in
          Columbia Missourian:  Area residents share hopes, fears of 2017:  Sexagenarian Caucasoid male says America is "doomed" with Trump;  17-year-old white girl fears Trump;  Minority student, who chooses to work hard and study, says fears of Trump are overblown
          KWMU:  McCaskill says Trump's criticism of intelligence experts threatens the nation
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says Trump's approach is helping Iran, North Korea, China
          P-D:  In Obamacare fight, McCaskill and a dozen Democrats could be key
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  GOP looks to scrap health-insurance mandate +
          SE Missourian:  Smith:  Eventually, House will need to strengthen ethics committee +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Times Magazine now available online:  Power-player profiles, Freshman Yearbook showcasing incoming newbies, Q&A with lobbyists, much more
          Drebes:  Kansas City Star seeks Lead Political Reporter
          KWMU:  Nixon's last 'waltz':  Governor taking brief tour across Missouri before leaving office
          Missourinet:  Nixon oversees last Governor's Prayer Breakfast, talks transition and issues
          SE Missourian:  Greitens opposes tax increase for roads and bridges +
          Missourinet:  Senate leaders lay out GOP agenda
          AP:  Richard disagrees with Greitens on lobbying provision;  'One-to-one' proposal would prohibit lawmakers from earning a living lobbying based on their length of service
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) announces new "Modernize Missouri" initiative
          Missourinet:  Both sides of 'right to work' issue to testify Tuesday at Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Tesla wins stay on appeals court case
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Missouri Higher Ed Department doesn't verify information to award schools performance funding
          KWMU:  Appeals court denies ACLU's request in Ferguson-Florissant voting rights appeal;  Group seeks election changes to make it harder for white candidates to win
          The Missouri Times:  PSC returns after holiday break, bids Rachel Hassani adieu
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation deer report:  Over 10,000 wild animals harvested in alternative-methods season
          P-D:  St. Louis City maintains highest murder level in 20 years, ties last year's tally at 188
          SE Missourian:  Crime data shows decreases in city, county in 2016 +
          KWMU:  Veteran reporters Dale Singer, Donna Korando retiring
          P-D editorial:  Editorial page seeks video, text messages for Trump;  Paper wants readers to submit content for free, which Lee Enterprises will package and promote through its revenue-generating channels
          Seeking Alpha stock market analysis:  I wouldn't gamble on Lee Enterprises;  Lee's transition into digital monetization "might prove futile, with no economic moat in the future"
          Messenger:  Veteran of Missouri tax credit fights - former state Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) - wishes Greitens success
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  New park named after Jay Nixon is mysterious
          KC Star letter:  Area feminist expresses outrage over wording of KC Star headline promoting gals' anti-Trump march;  Editors change headline after one (1) feminist complaint +
          P-D letter:  Greenway Network's Greg Poleski appreciates Nixon's advocacy for state parks
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat who lost state Senate race dislikes paper's retrospective on Peter Kinder's successful career
          P-D letter:  Ballwin sexagenarian disagrees with challenges to Amendment 2
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        Thursday, January 5
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri lawmakers retain some old assignments in new Congress X
        Politico:  At Pence meeting, GOP lawmakers display diverse views on impact of Obamacare repeal;  Blunt says Senate and House having "very active discussion"
        The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh prepares run for Caleb Jones' House seat
        P-D:  KETC's 'Donnybrook' celebrates 30 years today
        The Missouri Times:  Jefferson City City Council okays Uber ordinance for inauguration
        KWMU:  Missouri government's income continues to lag behind projections used to craft budget
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens makes swing through region, talks opposition to "corporate welfare" of St. Louis soccer stadium X
        KWMU:  During campaign, Greitens' opposition to public funding of stadiums was clear
        P-D:  Greitens, MLS investors meet to discuss St. Louis stadium proposal
        P-D:  Missouri legislatives leaders say they're open to Scottrade funding
        Drebes:  Richardson to put his stamp on the House, implement new rules for committees, including appropriations
        The Missouri Times:  Richardson speaks of change, vows lobbyist gift ban will be first bill passed by the House
        The Missouri Times:  Richardson quick on 'right to work' trigger
        Columbia Missourian:  Republicans pledge quick movement on 'right to work,' ethics legislation
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks ethics, says some legislation appears to be appropriate
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says priorities include ethics legislation, 'right to work,' more
        SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers differ on whether to ban lobbyist gifts +
        AP:  Legislative session kicks off, with GOP having an ally in the Governor's Mansion
        Missourinet:  Outgoing Secretary of State Jason Kander uses address to criticize Republicans' voter ID approach
        SNL:  Kander uses speaking platform to criticize GOP voter ID efforts X
        KWMU:  Legislative session kicks off
        P-D:  Missouri's Republican-led Legislature sets pro-business course
        Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Missouri House, first day of session
        Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) pays tribute to Kinder during Legislature's first day
        The Missouri Times:  New senators sworn in
        The Missouri Times:  Capitol security will beef up after inauguration
        KWMU:  Metal detectors, and firearms ban, returning to Missouri Capitol
        KWMU:  St. Louis County to begin testing opioid database
        Washington Missourian:  Paper names Susan Miller Warden new managing editor X
        P-D editorial:  Missouri should make higher education more accessible, not less
        P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Get to know our editorial board:  White male Tod Robberson, 60;  White male Kevin Horrigan, 67;  Hispanic male Gilbert Bailon, 57;  White female Deb Peterson, 63
        Priddy:  A look back at Missouri governors' inaugural addresses
        P-D sports columnist Benjamin Hochman:  'Welfare for millionaires'? No, it's about growth for St. Louis
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man dislikes editorial's condescending jab at Greitens' military service
        KC Star letter:  Local IBEW rep disagrees with Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson on 'right to work' +
        P-D letter:  St. Charles man disagrees with Greitens on 'right to work'
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        Wednesday, January 4
       
SNL:  Trump effect on firearms sales?  Seems so, Springfield-area gun dealers say X
          P-D:  Former newsman Charles Jaco suggests Trump should be assassinated, then deletes his tweet
          KC Star:  Area women, emotional over Hillary Clinton's defeat, to join anti-Trump protest march in Washington +
          Helling:  Trump's tweet influences House GOP on ethics;  Graves among those wishing to scrap office +
          SNL:  Hartzler supported changes to ethics panel funding X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Nixon communications director Channing Ansley Grate joins public affairs firm GPS Impact
          AP:  Missouri job growth at half of incentive pledge
          Missourinet:  Greitens stiffens opposition to state funds for stadiums
          Brownfield Ag News:  At Kirskville tour stop, Greitens says ag director appointee Chris Chinn will fight for Missouri farmers
          KTVO:  Greitens kicks off thank-you tour, introduces new ag director appointee;  Chris Chinn says she'll work to improve lives of farmers and ranchers while improving access to food
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Greitens talks budget priorities, police support at tour stop
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Greitens shooting down plan for City Hall takeover of Kansas City police;  Compendium of local coverage
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) to give up House seat, join Greitens' staff
          CDT:  Caleb Jones to leave Legislature, join Greitens' staff X
          KWMU:  UMSL's Terry Jones joins reporters Jo Mannies and Marshall Griffin to preview Missouri legislative session
          SNL:  Legislative preview:  Greitens may sign many measures Nixon blocked X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview:  Labor and 'right to work,' education, ethics
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) aims to change regulations for payday lending industry
          KWMU:  Activists upset over potential consequences for violent students;  New criminal code could help hold badly-behaved students accountable for behavior
          Columbia Missourian:  Men and women making MU executive hiring decisions forced to sit through "unconscious bias training";  Minority employee extols virtues of hiring minority employees
          Columbia Missourian:  University, municipal police departments face challenges finding qualified minority candidates
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Eureka) says Uber bill is intended to create opportunities
          Missourinet:  Task force recommends ways to combat human trafficking in Missouri;  Comments from Missouri Kids First's Emily van Schenkhof
          SE Missourian:  State approves funding for Cape sidewalk project +
          The Pitch (KC):  Adopt-a-legislator feature:  Alternative weekly newspaper says it will keep its eye on Rep. Noel Shull (R-Kansas City), report on legislative activities
          The Missouri Times:  Tesla license expires, awaits court decision on stay to re-open
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of January 3, 2017
          AP:  Missouri judge suspended over dispute with public defenders
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers face a grim year of budget reality;  Instead of tax-credit programs, legislators should focus on raising taxes
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Post-Dispatch doesn't print fake news or "play games with the facts"
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce's Karen Buschmann:  Missouri can make significant gains in economic standing and worker opportunity in 2017
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Time for Missouri to embrace marijuana
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman responds to op-ed suggesting all death row sentences be commuted, says rapist/murder should be held accountable for his actions
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        Tuesday, January 3
       
KWMU:  Battle over Phyllis Schlafly's legacy intensifies, with her children at the center;  Ed Martin blasted, defended
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Peter Kinder was the kind of voice a healthy state depends on X
          P-D:  Voting irregularities series:  St. Louis City businessman Khaled Salameh has home in Wildwood, votes in St. Louis City;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Drew Juden as next Public Safety Director
          SE Missourian:  Sikeston chief named to lead Missouri Department of Public Safety +
          KWMU:  Greitens' public safety director has a message for police, first responders:  'We will have your back'
          Missourinet:  Greitens announces new DPS director during Dellwood stop;  Looters pillaged store twice in 2014 Michael Brown riots
          P-D:  Greitens chooses Sikeston police chief as state public safety director
          KWMU:  Greitens says he has "completely ruled out state funding for stadiums"
          P-D:  Greitens says he has ruled out public funding for stadiums
          AP:  Lt. Gov.-elect Mike Parson recovering from heart surgery
          Missourinet:  Jefferson City City Council will consider allowing Uber to provide free rides on Inauguration Day
          KWMU:  2017 legislation brings a new normal with GOP dominance;  Comments from Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gain McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson set to become the Speaker that will deliver 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  Bill from Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) would let Missourians send $100 of their state income taxes to candidates
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) introduces tax credit +
          Missourinet:  Rep.-elect Jean Evans (R-Manchester) wants to crack down on sex traffickers marrying juvenile teens
          Missourinet:  Key bills not pre-filed:  Body cameras, LGBTQIA* wedding cake-baking, SJR 39 redux
          CDT:  Missouri's new criminal code subject of praise, concern X
          KWMU:  With new year, Missourians' freedom to carry concealed firearms expands
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cybersecurity Task Force releases action plan to improve
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Kenney to be inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
          AP:  Michael Brown's parents seek payout from Ferguson, say they were deprived of strong-arm robber's future potential wages;  Couple seeks to keep city from accessing school records
          P-D obituary:  St. Louis County GOP stalwart Herman Kriegshauser passes away at 84
          P-D obituary:  Herman Kriegshauser, force behind high school hockey, dies
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves):  McCaskill, Blunt should oppose Trump's pick for EPA
          Columbia Missourian's C.W. Dawson:  A call for social and political vigilance;  Seasoned citizen wants Greitens to acknowledge race complaints, fix economic inequality, stop "school-to-prison pipeline"
          KC Star letter:  Gun-control advocate responds to gun-rights advocate's response to gun-control advocate +
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        Monday, January 2
       
KOLR:  Blunt takes on lead role in planning President-elect Trump's inauguration
          CBS News:  Prognosis for Rx in 2017:  more painful drug-price hikes;  Bipartisan legislation from McCaskill would allow temporary importation of prescription drugs, incentivize competition among generics
          Missourinet:  Most federal, state and county government offices closed today
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Peter Kinder personifies a time when political experience mattered;  Comments from Kinder, plus summary of themes from Jeff Mazur's September Missouri Times op-ed
          JCNT:  Greitens plans to have a COO help run state government X
          KC Star:  New laws take effect:  Guns, marijuana possession, "bubble boy" screening for newborns, more +
          AP:  Overview of new state laws
          KC Star:  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) proposes legislation providing paid time off for childbirth or adoption +
          JCNT:  Kehoe, Riddle, Bernskoetter preview legislative priorities X
          SNL:  Education officials uncertain about state funding;  Nixa Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith:  "I have no idea what the new governor stands for or believes in when it comes to public education." X
          Missourinet:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) files school transfer legislation;  Bill would impact only Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts
          Missourinet:  AAA Missouri wants texting-while-driving ban this year
          SNL:  A look ahead to 2017:  State to get tough on poachers X
          CDT:  Paper moves to morning delivery Feb. 6 X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller Sr.:  New Year's resolutions for Missouri:  Name state park after Jay Nixon;  Help Eric Greitens form Junior SEALs organizations in every high school;  More X
          Priddy:  The feeder offices for governor:  A historical look
          KC Star letter:  Local sexagenarian wanted more coverage of former UMKC Chancellor George Russell's death +
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        Sunday, January 1   Happy New Year!
       
Archive:  December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
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          P-D:  Obamacare faces challenges in 2017;  Missouri consumers will see less competition and choice, leading to higher prices
          CDT:  Year of the Elephant:  GOP victories top 2016 stories X
          Columbia Missourian:  Top photos of 2016 gallery:  Bernie Sanders addresses thousands (photo 1);  Black Lives Matter protester screams (2);  Trump supporter volunteers for March caucus (6)
          SNL:  New weekly feature:  Top 10 online story comments from readers:  Blunt and inauguration menu;  Missouri death penalty X
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Greitens picks Shelby County's Chris Chinn as Missouri's ag director
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau, livestock groups approve of Chinn appointment
          Missourinet:  Nixon attends Missouri Highway Patrol trooper graduation ceremony;  Captain John Hotz thanks governor, Legislature for funding and level of pay
          JCNT:  Jefferson City may make Uber available for inauguration festivities;  Council will vote on bill Tuesday X
          P-D:  2017 legislative session preview:  'Right to work,' tort overhaul, school choice, abortion-law tweaks, budget
          P-D:  Franklin County's Strain-Japan among rural school district overcoming poverty to dominate rankings;  Bootheel's Malden School District has similar percentage of students on handouts as Normandy and Riverview Gardens, crushes North St. Louis County districts in test performance
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Chancellor search committee positions selected
          CDT:  State parks add three Missouri masterpieces X
          P-D editorial:  Headlines we'd like to see in 2017:  Rex Sinquefield quits politics, stops helping conservative causes;  GOP legislators flip-flop on gun control;  Prescription drug registry implemented;  Others
          P-D editorial:  NFL is gone, MLS is uncertain, but NGA keeps St. Louis in the game
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder generously passes on opportunity to name building after himself, ensures Mike Keathley gets his due +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  'Misgendering' foolishness;  Universities create overprotective environment with ridiculous pronoun-sensitivity coddling X
          SNL editorial:  Introducing our editorial advisers:  Female NAACP member, white female lawyer, white male artist, white male businessman X
          SNL President Allen Jones:  Reflecting on the News-Leader's 2016:  Media bias is a serious concern, and the News-Leader will make "every effort" to avoid it in 2017 X
          Waters:  More charter schools for Missouri:  The pros and cons X
          KC Star op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  Seven resolutions for the Missouri Legislature:  'Right to work,' no public subsidies for sports stadiums, earned income tax credit, charter schools, more +
          P-D letter:  Ladue liberal dislikes GOP supermajority's tax-cut plans
          KC Star letter:  Western Missouri Shooters Alliance's Kevin Jamison responds to woman's complaints about guns and background checks +
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        Saturday, December 31
       
P-D:  Trump advisers says Cardinal Dolan choice for inaugural an example of desire to reach out
          AP:  McCaskill's tweet spree expresses displeasure with Trump's comments on Putin
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  "<X> questions" journomeme:  4 questions regarding Trump:  Impact on St. Louis area businesses, McCaskill's re-election
          P-D:  Clay says he won't remove painting in U.S. Capitol tunnel depicting police officers as pigs
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Political power rankings:  Sen.-elect John Rizzo triumphs over city's vindictive girl-power cabal;  Sen. Jason Holsman keeps radicals at arms-length and can work with GOP;  Rep. Deron McGee an up-and-coming House superminority member
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder prepares to leave political office after 24 years +
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan McKenna appointed to State Tax Commission
          The Missouri Times:  Inauguration Day 2017:  What you should know
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Greitens campaign manager Austin Chambers
          P-D:  Greitens brings in former aide Paul Eisenstein to help in hiring process
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Former Huffington Post editor Jimmy Soni to take role in Greitens administration;  Recap of Gawker.com's original 2014 reporting, plus unattributed criticism from former HuffPo co-workers who didn't like him and/or thought he was flirting with interns +
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft transition team continues work, names SOS staff:  Steele Shippy as deputy COS, David Minnick to lead Securities Division
          P-D:  Ashcroft says he has had "great discussions" with Kander regarding SOS transition
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway says birth of third child won't interrupt work
          KWMU:  Election Commissioners pick Rick Stream as GOP director for St. Louis County
          P-D:  St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners taps Stream for GOP director post
          P-D:  Sweeping changes to Missouri's criminal code take place tomorrow
          CDT:  UM Review Commission recommends change to law capping tuition X
          CDT:  Meeting to complain about new school behavior/punishment standards draws less than a dozen;  Woman complains of "cultural bias" in punishing bad behavior X
          P-D:  Tesla's license to sell cars in Missouri expiring
          The Missouri Times:  Cybersecurity Task Force releases action plan to improve
          P-D:  New state park in Jefferson County will open next week
          KWMU:  Supporters of convicted rapist/murderer Reginald Clemons uphappy with request by Jennifer Joyce (D) to move prosecutorial duties to AG office
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        Friday, December 30
       
USA Today:  Thanks to Blunt, Trump's inauguration will have a Missouri flavor
          The Missouri Times:  New magazine to debut at Capitol next month:  A sneak peek at Top 10 quotes of 2016
          Rosenbaum:  A look back at Missouri's eventful and exhausting political year:  Trump landslide, Blunt-Kander, GOP statewide primaries, SJR 39, much more
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin review the year in Missouri politics
          KWMU:  Our favorite photos of 2016:  17 featuring African-Americans, 2 (two) starring Caucasoids - including overhead shot of Missouri House members
          SNL:  Top stories of 2016:  Man exercises concealed-carry rights to protect wife from knife-wielding savage;  Primary election coverage;  More X
          The Missouri Time:  Greitens camp says they're close to announcing Chief Operating Officer
          KWMU:  Greitens plans to chart a new path in Jefferson City, with no parade
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens camp says new gov is 'serious' about ethics push
          Missourinet:  Greitens' first State of the State address won't include budget talk
          P-D:  Greitens likely to block push for new tax breaks
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) receives 'Family Champion' award from Missouri Family Policy Council
          Drebes:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) was elected House Caucus Secretary - what does it mean?
          KWMU:  Democrats Fred Wessels, Donna Baringer leave behind safe aldermanic seats to join House superminority
          P-D:  Missouri campaign contribution limits remain in place after latest hearing
          Dexter Statesman:  Thanks to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, state building to be named for Mike Keathley +
          Columbia Missourian:  Marijuana law in Missouri eases up with new year
          P-D:  Missouri panel calls for big changes on campus with regards to tuition
          Missourinet:  UM System Review Commission releases report;  two-year funding cycle recommended
          KWMU:  Occupational diversity, 2-year budgets among recommendations for University of Missouri System
          AP:  Proposal from Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Clay County) offers solution for LGBTQIA* marriage debate:  Remove the state
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would add two more life-threatening diseases to newborn screenings list
          KFEQ (St. Joseph):  National Guard training site to be built in Buchanan County;  Comments from Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) to submit dicamba legislation next week;  One of three proposals will raise accountability for farmers who choose to misuse herbicide and damage neighbors' crops +
          The Missouri Times:  New report shows decrease in nationwide crime, increase in Missouri incarceration
          P-D:  Judge agrees to assign retrial in Chain of Rocks murders to state attorney general;  Reginald Clemons and pals raped two Hazelwood East grads, pushed them off bridge to their death
          P-D:  Radiation testing concludes after after two Bridgeton homes are checked
          Waters:  Greitens and new GOP legislators might be "relative no-nothings," but life could turn out okay after all X
          Huffington Post op-ed:  Jason Kander:  What being a liberal in a red state has taught me
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        Thursday, December 29
       
KODE:  Blunt visits Boys & Girls Club in Joplin, reads to children and takes questions from middle-schoolers
          KZRG:  Blunt visits Joplin Boys & Girls Club
          SNL:  Blunt, family visit Ozarks Food Harvest;  12-year-old Charlie saved allowance to make donation to group X
          Washington Examiner:  Kander continues national campaign by baiting Trump via Twitter, makes cutting remark about president-elect's relationship with deceased father;  No response from Trump
          P-D:  A year later, scars from winter flooding remain
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces pre-election "thank you" tour;  List of cities, dates and times
          P-D:  Greitens to embark on "thank you" tour of state next week
          Missourinet:  Nixon reflects on time in office
          Drebes:  New state Capitol access protocol, security steps to take effect in January
          Missourinet:  Provisions involving changes to Missouri's gun laws begin January 1
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) proposal would provide health-information booklet to women being referred out of state for abortions
          CDT:  Charter schools could see growth under Greitens X
          SNL:  Task force recommends MSU gain flexibility in expanding doctoral, professional programs
          KC Star:  Former UMKC Chancellor George Russell dies at 95 +
          KMIZ:  Mizzou a big factor in 2016's Boone County tourism increase;  Missouri Dept. of Tourism's Dan Lennon says football team (2-6 in SEC) joining high-profile conference has had positive impact
          The Missouri Times:  Ridesharing, fantasy sports legislation highlight pros and cons of markets acting before government;  Comments from Brian Grace, Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), Becky Lohmann, Danny Pfeifer
          The Missouri Times:  Major Gregory Kindle's retirement marks another leadership departure from Highway Patrol
          The Missouri Times:  PSC files proposed Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA) revisions with Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  Shareholders supporting Ameren, KCP&L energy-efficiency goals
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Higher ed pathways clarified;  Some schools will be able to offer degrees outside state-defined mission X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  GOP tax cuts will blow a hole in the state deficit;  Greitens offers few budget specifics, while Republican legislators seek breaks for the country club crowd
          P-D op-ed:  Fathers' Support Center CEO Halbert Sullivan:  When Greitens meets with mothers of young miscreants, he shouldn't forget about the role of their fathers, too
          SNL op-ed:  Area paleface drives north to deliver cold-weather gear to Indian protesters, stays in South Dakota fishing lodge X
          KC Star letter:  Member of KC gay men's chorus appreciates coverage of area mom who let 4-year-old son start dressing up like a girl +
          P-D letter:  Paper's roundup of 2016 deaths should have included former state Sen. Betty Sims (R-Ladue), whose worked touched thousands of area Girl Scouts
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        Wednesday, December 28
       
Missourinet:  Blunt emphasizes jobs, opportunities and nutrition during tour of Boys & Girls Club of Columbia
          CDT:  Blunt promises work on child nutrition, mental health during Boys & Girls Club visit
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys & Girls Club host annual visit from Blunt
          KMIZ:  Blunt visits Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, talks job creation, Trump and Greitens
          CNN:  Trump's Supreme Court short list includes Spanish Lake, Mo. native Ray Gruender
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt urges support for contract air towers
          KWMU's 2016 Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Hostility in high school hallways - caused by Donald Trump - subsides in Ladue;  School district says it will remedy teenagers' interpersonal drama by giving hiring preference to non-whites
          The Missouri Times:  10 This Week in Missouri Politics episodes to count down the new year:  Nixon, Greitens, Don Gosen, more
          Rosenbaum:  After 8 years, Nixon's governorship leaves important lessons
          Helling:  Q&A with Jay Nixon;  Governor shares thoughts on campaign finance laws, economic accomplishments, non-partisan approach to job, Ferguson ("perhaps I wasn't the savior or savant or whatever there"), sports team successes
          The Missouri Times:  Agriculture community agrees:  Greitens' pick for ag director is a slam dunk
          Missourinet:  Fifth-generation farmer Chris Chinn chosen to lead Missouri Department of Agriculture
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens names Chris Chinn new state agriculture director
          AP:  Greitens picks Chris Chinn as Missouri's new agriculture director
          P-D:  Greitens names Chris Chinn new director of Missouri's Department of Agriculture
          KODE:  Speaker Pro Tem Ron Richard urges caution on eliminating corporate taxes, says Missouri doesn't want to be like Kansas
          KWMU:  "Curious Louis" series:  Jason Rosenbaum explores why Missourians are forced to pay personal property taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Temp Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) names Phillip Arnzen new chief of staff
          KWMU:  Missouri criminal code rewrite includes looser pot penalties and a new felony class
          KWMU:  Raising marriage age seen as a weapon against human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Record holiday travel nationwide mirrored in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Majority of people killed in Missouri crashes over Christmas not wearing seat belts
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) among dozens of legislators pre-filing bills;  Recent carjacking victim files bill regarding stolen guns
          P-D:  EPA begins testing homes in Bridgeton;  Area couple claims their own "independent" test found radioactive dust, wants cash payout from landfill operators
          P-D editorial:  Trump warplane trade-in deal just won't work. Too bad for St. Louis.
          Messenger:  Update on man unhappy about being arrested in Ferguson
          P-D op-ed:  St. Charles man wants Nixon to commute death sentences for every murderer on death row
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        Tuesday, December 27
       
P-D:  2016 in review, photo gallery:  Biden greets female stranger at St. Louis campaign stop, presses his face against hers (#14);  Urban Hispanics celebrate Mexico's Independence Day by bashing Trump pinata, weeks before Americans elect Trump president (#13)
          AP:  2016 in review:  GOP dominance, Ferguson settlement, anti-police violence, changes at University of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith:  America's health care system must be patient-centered
          KWMU:  One year later, communities still recovering from flooding
          KWMU:  City and federal government soon to sign agreement on land for NGA facility
          P-D:  Gov. Jay Nixon's exit interview:  Paper assigns retrospective of 30+-year public servant to two first-year Capitol reporters
          97.1FM (St. Louis):  Allman in the Morning:  Sen. Bob Onder (Lake Saint Louis) with guest host Tim Jones on how 'right to work' will help union members (12:45), tort reform (15:30), keeping law-abiding citizens safe even in St. Louis City (17:00), more
          Missourinet:  Washington University sociology professor/union advocate Jake Rosenfeld criticizes 'right to work';  Comments from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Incoming Rep. Fred Wessels (D-St. Louis City) on expectations upon joining House Democratic superminority
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber expects Greitens to support earned income tax credit
          KWMU:  Q&A with MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna on transportation funding, expectations for Greitens, more
          SNL:  Hoping to spur exports, Missouri advertises trade shows in the United Arab Emirates X
          P-D:  Dispute offered over degree offerings from Missouri State and the University of Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Higher Education, task force set to improve degree programs
          Missourinet:  Ag Director Richard Fordyce:  Missouri's rice and biodiesel industries rank high
          P-D editorial:  Misbehaving in school shouldn't make a kid a felon
          CDT op-ed:  Terry Ganey:  Trump & Co. turn to lies and statistics;  At electors' vote, Missouri state rep drives by liberal protesters and mocks them:  "Wah, wah, wah!" X
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone sexagenarian warns McCaskill, Blunt and Graves that they better not cut Medicare benefits - or else +
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon liberal wants GOP supermajority and Republican governor to repeal last year's business tax breaks
          P-D letter:  Valley Park septuagenarian appreciates Post-Dispatch adding conservative Stacy Washington to help balance paper's liberalism
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        Monday, December 26
       
KOLR:  Missouri State University polisci prof Brian Calfano:  Trump correct in calling out questionable military spending
          Missourinet:  Former U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander continues raising national profile, appears on MSNBC to criticize Trump's cabinet picks
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon lauds progress on future Rock Island Trail State Park X
          AP:  With Greitens' blessing, lawmakers aim for lobbyist-gift ban
          KC Star:  School-choice advocates see opening in Missouri +
          AP:  Cape Girardeau student pulls rare feat:  Perfect ACT, SAT test scores;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          SNL:  New TSA signs at airport note looming deadline for REAL ID fix X
          Daily Journal:  Incoming state Rep. Mike Henderson (R-Desloge) looks forward to working with new colleagues
          P-D editorial:  With Donald Trump as president, Missouri schools should spend more money to fight "rape culture"
          P-D editorial:  Carl Icahn, famed St. Louis business villain, is now a presidential adviser
          Messenger:  Nixon's last stand:  Does St. Louis want to be Major League, or not?
          P-D's Nicklaus:  'Right to work' passage may be fait accompli, but St. Louis leaders must focus on all-important talent-attraction strategy
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City sexagenarian uses Sheena Greitens' robbery to criticize gov-elect's position on Second Amendment +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City community organizer disagrees with conservative columnist's suggestions for dealing with Missouri's budding criminals
          P-D letter:  St. Charles septuagenarian wishes everyone would stop being so doom-and-gloom and start embracing 2017
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        Sunday, December 25   Merry Christmas!
       
Missourinet:  Missouri electors not penalized if they fail to back the party's nominee;  Insight from Hartzler press secretary Steve Walsh
          SNL:  Missouri growing, but not as fast as nation as a whole
          CNN:  Minimum wage set to rise yet again in Missouri
          AP:  Republican majorities in Missouri, other states will focus on 'right to work' in 2017
          SNL:  Let hogs loose, pay huge fine under bill from Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield)
          KC Star:  LGBTQIA* advocates in Missouri expect to play defense in upcoming legislative session
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri counties show high conviction rates
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Response to Waters' column dismissing ethics legislation
          Messenger:  Update on woman who left two toddlers alone for hours to fend for themselves in apartment;  Firefighters had to pull toddlers out of smoky abode after fire broke out
          P-D letter:  Ferguson septuagenarian wonders why Bruce Franks left his car doors unlocked while sitting in a dark parking lot
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says rehabbing drug offenders wastes money that could be spent on social programs for law-abiding Missourians
          SNL letter:  Feminist MSU English prof disagrees with Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) on abortion
          KC Star letter:  Area octogenarian female says "good-looking, shapely women" should avoid Donald Trump;  Unattractive and/or amorphous blobs presumed to be safe
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        Saturday, December 24   Christmas Eve
       
The Missouri Times:  Jason Smith looking forward to change in new U.S. House leadership role
          P-D:  Providers say women are seeking longer-term birth control before Obamacare is repealed and replaced;  Comments from Planned Parenthood, young woman, hospital rep
          P-D:  2016 in review:  Voters turn Missouri redder:  Comments from one-half of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          KC Star:  Local woman's transgender-tot fundraising campaign gets boost with National Geographic cover photo;  Debi Jackson's son decided at age 4 that he wanted to be a girl +
          Missourinet:  South-central Missouri VA office expands its business hours
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to have more troopers on the road this weekend
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) picks Ryan Nonnemaker as new chief of staff
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), ArchCity Defenders legal team sue Berkeley Police Department over 2014 arrest, want cash payout
          P-D:  Franks wants cash payout for "physical and psychological injuries" suffered at protest arrest
          AP:  Nixon pardons 12 more convicted of theft, drug crimes
          KWMU:  Despite hysteria, school fights could already result in felony charges in Missouri
          KWMU:  New year, old issue:  Lawmakers will try again to change student transfer rules
          KC Star:  Homeowners associations from hell:  more horror stories, more fraud - and prospect of legislative action;  Comments from Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) +
          P-D:  Missouri DSS helps in lost-baby case;  Chesterfield woman tells cops elaborate tale of "losing" her baby while visiting Normandy, gets charged with criminal abuse/neglect of child
          McClellan:  Former P-D columnist provides health update
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man responds to paper's criticism of Greitens transition, wonders why Post-Dispatch doesn't let public sit in on all of its private meetings
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        Friday, December 23
       
Buzzfeed:  Pro-Obamacare group gears up for repeal fight;  "Protect Our Care" claims credit for rallies in Missouri, other states
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Obamacare advocate on enrollment numbers;  Nixon on his economic legacy;  Rep.-elect Jean Evans (R-Manchester) on human trafficking +
          SE Missourian:  Local car dealers:  "Pre-election jitters" spooked buyers, but sales have been up since election;  Ford dealer says people "feel more comfortable making decisions that involve a considerable amount of money" +
          KWMU:  Ads from "Right Way Initiative" urge McCaskill to support Trump agenda;  501(c)(4) keeps its donors secret
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Peter Kinder reflects on career, his work to build modern-day GOP supermajorities, and his future
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
          Brownfield Ag New:  Missouri Farm Bureau study shows agriculture's impact on Missouri's economy
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber, Missouri NFIB optimistic about chances for tort-law overhaul
          SNL:  Nixon touts economic achievements in Springfield visit X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon touts growing attendance at Missouri state parks
          Missourinet:  MoDOT program to promote traffic safety to teens gets fresh face
          P-D:  Festus urges county to set up program to monitor prescription drug sales
          AP:  Appeals court:  Missouri college's drug tests of all students illegal
          CDT:  Educators use breakfast to lobby legislators for more state funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  Despite STEM focus and funding, low-income students continue to disappoint with poor test scores;  School administrators minimize value of testing
          P-D:  Schools say violent kids, bullies could be charged with felonies;  State legislation passed in 2014 sought to protect majority of children from their most savage, disruptive peers
          KWMU:  ACLU files emergency motion to change Ferguson-Florissant election process;  Group says established at-large elections, in place for decades, unfair to black candidates
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports halfway mark on results of deer samples being tested for chronic wasting disease X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Former state ag directors highlight livestock disease successes
          P-D:  Police nab trio that fired shots at St. Louis City police officers;  Two men, woman lead cops on chase, get caught in Town & Country
          Washington Missourian editorial:  It's over, accept it:  Trump dominated in Missouri and won the presidential election X
          P-D editorial:  The canary in the opioid-epidemic coal mine
          SE Missourian's Joe Simpson:  A few thoughts about all those stadiums in St. Louis +
          SNL letter:  Republic man responds to McCaskill comments about crooked politicians, makes airplane reference X
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