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        Friday, April 20   4/20
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley among Missouri's top money-raisers
          AP:  Hawley trails McCaskill in fundraising
          KWMU:  Judge refuses to throw out felony charge against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Judge rules criminal case against Greitens will proceed
          P-D:  Judge refuses to dismiss case against Greitens X
          KC Star:  Invasion-of-privacy case will proceed, but judge scolds prosecutors X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) rebukes Greitens defense team's call for Hawley's recusal
          Missourinet:  Richardson:  'I'm not going to put any artificial deadline on this committee'
          CDT:  Petition gains steam in House X
          P-D:  'Substantial' number of House Republicans have signed petition for special session, speaker says X
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford not rushing to judgment on Greitens +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves one appointment to Ethics Commission, quorum re-established
          SNL:  Greitens, Greene County cases ahead for Ethics Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  Photos:  2018 Annual Legislative Softball Tournament
          CDT:  Hazmat team investigates letter sent to Senate office X
          The Missouri Times:  Fire crews called to Capitol for 'suspicious package'
          Missourinet:  Freakout over 'suspicious package' delays Missouri Senate session
          Missourinet:  Nasheed mocks Greitens' alleged tough-guy posturing against Hawley, says AG is 'so small' in stature
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed requests 'additional security' to protect against Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Prescription drug, Sunshine Law, no-call list bills all pass House
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to strengthen Missouri's open records laws
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill and Blunt should protect Mueller from President Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Judge makes the right call to proceed with Greitens' trial X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Greitens' potential impeachment is unprecedented
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  With friends like local radio host Bob Romanik, why does Greitens need lawyers? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian says Greitens has no shame in his heart X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield grandma claims her newborn grandkids want Greitens to resign X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia woman says pro-gun legislators should fear gun-control advocates, who will totally oust them in November
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        Thursday, April 19
       
SNL:  Greitens asks for court order to block Hawley from investigating him X
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens files request for restraining order against Hawley
        P-D:  Greitens' attorneys ask judge to forbid Hawley from investigating him
        KWMU:  Prosecutor facing looming deadline to charge Greitens for charity donor list
        P-D:  Judge to rule today on dismissal of Greitens' criminal case X
        P-D:  Defense lawyers claim former FBI agent being investigated for perjury in case against Greitens X
        SNL:  A look at the Missouri impeachment process X
        CDT:  Boone County House members split on Greitens X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Charlie Shields, Sheila Solon weigh in on Greitens at Buchanan County GOP meeting X
        AP:  Greitens banking on public backing in not resigning post as governor
        P-D:  White House debating how to deal with Greitens, a man who refuses to quit X
        Missourinet:  UCM poli sci prof Robynn Kuhlmann doubts Trump intervenes in Greitens' fate
        KC Star:  Dems seize opportunity to take aim at Hawley, say AG should have been investigating Greitens sooner X
        P-D:  McCaskill says she'd vote to repeal tax cuts aimed at wealthy, but not middle class
        Drebes:  Greitens' faux deregulation continues;  Examples of superficial wordplay used to reach symbolic "reduced regulation by a third" claim
        The Missouri Times:  Tax cuts on Tax Day:  Missouri House approves Haahr's massive revenue overhaul bill
        Columbia Missourian:  Major tax package passes House, moves to Senate
        The Missouri Times:  Tax Day, take two:  How state and federal cuts are affecting revenue
        AP:  House, top Senate budgeter split on school funding
        Columbia Missourian:  Bright Flight scholarship expansion would keep students in Missouri post-graduation
        Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to beef up the state's open records law
        Missourinet:  Coal ash bill heads to House floor
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 18, 2018
        Missourinet:  Legislative aide arrested at Missouri Capitol for online interactions with undercover decoy
        SNL:  Governor's office providing resolution to honor Nixa officer who died X
        KOMU:  Migration is paused for American White Pelicans, says Missouri Department of Conservation
        P-D:  Missouri leads nation in black homicide rate, study finds X
        CDT editorial:  Greitens should resign;  Missouri is bigger than one man X
        Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  People with baggage should never run for office
        P-D's Raasch:  If a governor falls in a Flyover State, is it national news? X
        P-D op-ed:  CEO of old-folks home wants legislators to spend more money on elderly X
        SNL letter:  Springfield liberal wishes Elijah Haahr and Jay Wasson were more like Hubert Humphrey X
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        Wednesday, April 18
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley says Greitens may have committed a felony in using donor list
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley hands over evidence regarding Greitens' use of donor list to raise money
          KWMU:  Hawley:  Evidence exists to charge Greitens for obtaining charity fundraising list
          SNL:  Hawley says he has evidence Greitens committed a felony X
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  A Time to Choose:  Are Republicans with Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Potential criminal acts committed by Greitens using veterans charity donor list
          AP:  Greitens could face charge for charity donor list
          KC Star:  Hawley:  Greitens committed 'potentially criminal acts' involving veterans charity X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly leadership calls for resignation, Senate wishes to begin impeachment
          SNL:  Missouri Republicans seek Eric Greitens' ouster X
          KWMU:  Top Republican legislative leaders call on Greitens to resign
          Missourinet:  GOP legislative leadership calls on Greitens to resign
          P-D:  Top GOP lawmakers call for Greitens to resign X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers begin circulating petition calling themselves in for special session X
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans choosing sides:  Josh Hawley vs. Eric Greitens X
          KC Star:  Republican legislative leaders call for Greitens to resign X
          Missourinet:  Reps. Lindell Shumake, Cheri Toalson Reisch say they're withholding judgment on Greitens
          AP:  Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities
          KWMU:  Overview of Greitens' political and legal issues
          Missourinet:  Flurry of accusations and charges fuel political and legal upheaval in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard endorses David Wasinger for state auditor
          Drebes:  Damon Shelby Porter, alum of Clint Zweifel and Jay Nixon, promoted at Association of Global Automakers
          P-D:  Amid Greitens turmoil, Missouri House approves tax cut X
          The Missouri Times:  Report puts UM System economic impact at $5.4 billion annual
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri System says it has $5.4 billion annual impact
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Houghton hopeful Missouri working animal bill will pass
          Missourinet:  After passing the Missouri House, state Senators consider bill to fund broadband expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Jefferson City and REALTORS celebrate 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Act
          KC Star editorial:  How many felony charges will Greitens face before he does the right thing and resigns? X
          P-D editorial:  This time, Greitens is accused of cheating on his veterans charity X
          KC Star editorial:  Listen to faith leaders, Missouri legislators:  God and guns don't go together X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Facebook wrong to block conservative views X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Wolff:  Greitens impeachment:  Are we there yet? X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters woman disapproves of both Trump and Greitens X
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        Tuesday, April 17
       
KWMU:  Obituary:  Veteran black activist Eric Vickers dies at 65
          KWMU:  Event promo:  Join St. Louis Public Radio at Left Bank Books to support Sarah Kendzior's new anti-Trump book
          KWMU:  After months of complaints, new administrator named for St. Louis Veterans Home
          Missourinet:  New leadership named for troubled St. Louis Veterans Home
          KWMU:  McCaskill among state's top money-raisers
          CDT:  Hartzler outpacing rivals in fundraising
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  Statewide
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State House
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Legislators debate medical marijuana bills;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, Reps. Jim Neely and "Kirk Matthews [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Annual child abuse advocacy event moves to Millbottom
          P-D:  Letter sent to Greitens from Peter Kinder foreshadowed dark-money issues to come;  Governor's supporters created "LG PAC" to make it appear as if Kinder was attacking Brunner
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers return to work under Greitens cloud
          KWMU:  Judge to decide Thursday if Greitens trial continues
          The Missouri Times:  Judge to rule Thursday on whether to dismiss Greitens' felony invasion of privacy case
          Missourinet:  Judge to rule Thursday in request for dismissal of Greitens' criminal case
          P-D:  Judge to rule Thursday on dismissal of Greitens' criminal case
          AP:  Greitens' prosecution:  Relying on investigator was a mistake
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' attorney asks for AG recusal in veterans charity investigation;  Hawley calls request 'frivolous'
          Missourinet:  Greitens attorney says AG 'clearly compromised' probe into donor list;  Hawley calls claim 'frivolous'
          Missourinet:  Greitens supporter Scott Walker:  "It's difficult, if not impossible, for Greitens to continue to govern."
          SNL:  What national liberal and conservative voices are saying about Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Lembke apologizes to friends for supporting Greitens, calls for resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not rushing to judgment after Greitens report
          The Missouri Times:  What the Greitens scandal could mean for Trump and the Republican Party
          AP:  Missouri ethics nominees:  No promises made to Greitens
          Drebes:  Education transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Conservation Federation of Missouri wants to block Missouri lawmakers from involvement in the state Conservation Department
          SE Missourian editorial:  Donna Lichtenegger's pro-life bill a good step toward respecting life
          St. Joseph News-Press' Newton:  Missouri will weather the Greitens storm
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Nursing home operator:  Legislature should fund nursing home services
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis applauds Ann Wagner and Claire McCaskill for efforts to curb sex trafficking
          P-D letter:  Farmington septuagenarian offended that McCaskill was not invited to sex-trafficking bill signing
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian irked by Post-Dispatch's consistent anti-Greitens bias
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        Monday, April 16
       
KCUR:  Missouri lawmakers support Syria airstrikes
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics mid-week update:  Scott Faughn's Stein of Knowledge:  Greitens' next move, Ann Wagner and Josh Hawley, House committee member leaking report to Greitens team, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway and Gretchen Bangert, Scott Dieckhaus and Jane Dueker talk House report on Greitens
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gain McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says Legislature has enough votes to call special session about disciplining Greitens
          AP:  Massachusetts academic offers psychological assessment of Greitens' lover, from afar
          Missourinet:  Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City):  Farmer's market bill will help Missouri agriculture and low-income seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  State audit of Columbia finances could cost $750,000 or more
          SE Missourian editorial:  Jordan receives deserved nomination from President Trump +
          P-D editorial:  Claire McCaskill and Ann Wagner played key roles in shutting down Backpage.com X
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Missouri Democrats and Republicans can work together to impeach Gov. Greitens X
          CDT editorial:  Give tax breaks a break X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature moves to limit city's big-verdict industry X
          SNL op-ed:  Scott Charton:  Greitens, the Fifth Amendment and impeachment X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian says Greitens morally unfit to lead X
          P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian says Greitens cannot be trusted and must resign X
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        Sunday, April 15
       
KC Star:  Whether criminal or not-yet-criminal, 'everyone's a target' of ICE these days;  Agents continue to make progress ridding KC of dangerous illegals X
          P-D:  Jason Kander previews presidential stump speech at New Hampshire event
          JCNT:  Local farming groups hope trade deal can stop dueling tariffs X
          JCNT:  Missourians show support for Second Amendment at Capitol rally X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for liberal Sarah Kendzior's new anti-Trump book
          P-D:  McCaskill visits city housing project, hears complaints
          KC Star:  Claire McCaskill roasted by actual Mizzou fans after tweeting mistake about Memorial Stadium X
          SNL:  Wonders of Wildlife to show George W. Bush veteran paintings X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Beyond Housing seeks manager of public policy and special projects
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway and Gretchen Bangert, Scott Dieckhaus, Jane Dueker talk Greitens developments
          KC Star:  Experts assess Greitens' impact on state legislative races;  Comments from John Hancock, Ryan Silvey, others X
          P-D:  Veterans of The Mission Continues react to Greitens drama X
          CDT:  Without state credits, tax credit requests grow X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Vacancies remain on Missouri Western's Board of Governors X
          AP:  Missouri considers unprecedented addiction help for moms
          P-D editorial:  Jamie Allman learns the hard way about threatening a teen with assault X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Ameren's $133 million tax windfall should go to consumers X
          SNL letter:  Willard sexagenarian calls Greitens a disgrace, demands he resign X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says Missouri Department of Corrections must do a better job of helping offenders X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur gun-control advocate unhappy with Post-Dispatch use of "anti-gun" in headline X
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        Saturday, April 14
       
Clayton Times:  Veteran black activist Eric Vickers dies
          P-D:  Civil rights attorney and activist Eric Vickers remembered as 'an enemy of injustice' X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 6:  Rosenbaum, others talk House report, Greitens' fate in court, impeachment, more
          The Missouri Times:  White House is taking Greitens situation 'very seriously'
          AP:  Democrats use Greitens' woes to attack Hawley
          KC Star:  Who's tougher on Greitens? McCaskill and Hawley slug it out X
          KWMU:  Payment for ex-husband's legal fees elicits legislative scrutiny
          SNL:  In Gov. Greitens' 'hot potato' criminal case, lawyers accuse opponents of misconduct X
          CDT:  Parson:  No official 'is larger than the state of Missouri' X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) reiterates that Greitens should resign
          Drebes:  List of elected officials who have called for Greitens to resign
          AP:  Analysis:  Acquittal of Greitens wouldn't guarantee political survival
          SNL:  Missouri Democrats to oppose special session in push to impeach Greitens X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Greitens impeached during regular session;  Governor's lawyers want criminal case dismissed
          P-D:  Greitens' woes bring gridlock to Capitol X
          KC Star:  Finding impartial jury for Greitens trial? 'Pretty close to impossible,' experts say X
          Missourinet:  Democratic Sens. Jill Schupp, Jamilah Nasheed provide mental health evaluation of Eric Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republican group calls on Van Meter to quit X
          The Missouri Times:  Herding cats to water:  Vescovo seamlessly transitions to leadership
          Washington Missourian:  Home of Rep. Randy Tate (R-St. Clair) targeted by prowler;  Police say mentally ill man used to live in area, may be lurking around
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to lower corporate tax rate
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes bills tackling term limits and lobbyist gift bans
          The Missouri Times:  Leadership St. Louis, Coro Fellows learn ins and outs of Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Crime victims, survivors, and their advocates honored at ceremony
          SNL editorial:  We have a long way to go to rid Missouri of abusive men. We can start with the governor. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens is finished X
          Messenger:  Greitens doesn't want his board appointments to embarrass him. Wait, what? X
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Greitens' victim screams lessons we should learn about sexual assault X
          P-D letter:  Area doctors applaud Blunt for NIH funding X
          KC Star letter:  KC woman theorizes why Greitens' lover kept coming back to him after "assault" X
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        Friday, April 13
       
KWMU:  If Greitens doesn't go, his fellow Republicans may show him the door anyway
        KWMU:  Senate could see slowdown if Greitens impeachment process doesn't start soon
        The Missouri Times:  Kehoe calls for Greitens to resign
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins calls for Greitens impeachment process to move forward
        The Missouri Times:  Senators say Greitens lacks 'moral fortitude' to lead
        Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers react to House report on Greitens' affair X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) still waiting to pass judgment on Greitens, says there are two sides to every story
        The Missouri Times:  GOP megadonor David Humphreys calls for Greitens' resignation
        SNL:  Calls for Greitens to resign mount X
        KC Star:  GOP donors, electeds weigh in on Greitens;  Comments from Humphreys, Hawley, Hartzler, Graves, "Anne [sic] Wagner" X
        Clayton Times:  Greitens blasts Gardner on Twitter, claiming she 'directly contradicted allegations in the House report'
        KWMU: Greitens attorneys accuse prosecutor of 'gross misconduct'
        SNL:  Greitens claims prosecutor 'hid a video' that undermines allegations in House report X
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense attorneys accuse Gardner of withholding evidence, 'gross misconduct'
        P-D:  Greitens' defense team accuses Gardner of misconduct X
        AP:  Greitens borrows phrases from Trump in criticizing "witch hunt"
        Missourinet:  When deciding next steps for Greitens, Legislature could consider 'moral turpitude'
        SNL:  In House report testimony, woman claims Greitens patted her down when she entered his house before first sexual encounter X
        SNL:  Hawley names Greitens' staffers who used Confide X
        KC Star:  Chappelle-Nadal calls for reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill and Missouri Democrats X
        Missourinet:  McCaskill to tour Clinton-Peabody tomorrow
        Missourinet:  In 'right to work' battle, both sides focus on jobs/wages
        Drebes:  Preview:  Three-way 2023 GOP race for Speaker of the House
        AP:  Missouri Senate approves bill banning lobbyist gifts
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) reacts to potential term limit changes
        Columbia Missourian:  Ag Director Chris Chinn says state looks to cut regulations for farmers
        The Missouri Times:  Legislators stress need to be involved to medical students
        Columbia Missourian:  Curators weigh increasing tuition for fall 2018 to combat budget cuts
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 12, 2018
        P-D editorial:  Politically toxic governor doesn't understand that it's time to go X
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens has responded to scandal with cowardice. Woman and lawmakers have shown courage. X
        Kraske:  Greitens is confused about who the victim is in this case. It's not the governor. X
        Messenger:  Greitens wants his day in court, but seeks to deny the same right to other Missourians X
        Waters:  What's next for Greitens? X
        KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City):  Missourians don't need the distraction of Greitens
X
        P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian dislikes Missouri's MAP test X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian dislikes Jamie Allman, celebrates temporary departure from television X
        P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian says Allman brouhaha show liberals' intolerance, double standards on humor X
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        Thursday, April 12
       
The Missouri Times:  House committee to extend its investigation, Legislature will seek special session
          JCNT:  House leaders talking special session amid calls for Greitens' resignation X
          The Missouri Times:  Woman's story includes a slap, other aggressive behavior from Greitens during multiple encounters
          KWMU:  Woman in Greitens affair says first encounter was not consensual
          SNL:  Greitens report:  Woman details multiple sexual encounters with Greitens X
          AP:  Report:  Greitens was aggressor in unwanted sexual encounter
          KC Star:  Woman:  First sexual encounter with Greitens was not consensual X
          P-D:  Woman details her multiple sexual encounters with Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigative report details woman's sexual encounters with Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens decries House investigative report, calls it 'full of lies'
          JCNT:  Greitens:  House committee's report is product of 'political witch hunt' X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls House committee report 'one-sided tabloid trash gossip'
          KC Star:  Greitens says he's target of 'political witch hunt,' vows to fight X
          SNL:  McCaskill, Hawley say Greitens should resign X
          KC Star:  Hawley calls on Greitens to 'resign immediately' X
          KC Star:  Hartzler:  Report on Greitens 'surpasses disturbing';  McCaskill calls for resignation X
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder calls for resignation or impeachment of governor;  Parson calls for the state to 'move forward'
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder calls for Greitens to resign or face impeachment;  local lawmakers not calling for impeachment yet +
          CDT:  Missouri House Republicans ready to consider impeaching Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Beatty react to Greitens report
          P-D:  What's next?  'Moral turpitude' allows Legislature to impeach officials X
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter bots working overtime on behalf of Greitens
          P-D:  Trump signs Wagner, McCaskill sex-trafficking bill X
          JCNT:  Rallies continue to support pro-gun rights, opposition to anti-gun legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee approves Eddy Justice appointment, now headed to the floor
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate cuts prescription drug monitoring program in budget proposal
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz bill limits commercial vehicle stops performed by Franklin County
          P-D:  Family sues Missouri prison officials, employees over death at St. Louis halfway house X
          The Missouri Times:  House looks to form Bicentennial Commission
          SNL:  'Turkey fans' are legal, but Missouri Dept. of Conservation urges caution X
          Missourinet:  Urban clergy unhappy with gun bill
          P-D:  Local clergy complain about concealed carry proposal from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Money flowing to McCaskill and Hawley would be better spent on other things
          P-D editorial:  Sessions-Kushner feud holds policy implications for Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Step down, Gov. Greitens, or prepare to be impeached X
          P-D editorial:  Amid stories of sexual perversion and abuse, Greitens cannot continue as governor X
          CDT op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  In the growing digital divide, rural Missouri is getting left behind X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Ray Hartmann is right - Eric Greitens is a coward, and this newspaper identified him as a phony early on X
          Messenger:  House report stings like the slap woman claims Greitens gave her X
          P-D letter:  Affton woman attempts analogy involving a mouse and Eric Greitens X
          KC Star letter:  Grandview sexagenarian still angry over Legislature's decision to honor Rush Limbaugh six (6) years ago X
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        Wednesday, April 11
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over data X
          Missourinet:  Blunt questions Facebook exec during lengthy U.S. Senate panel hearing
          KWMU:  Missouri farmers wait for U.S., China to find common ground
          P-D:  Trump nominates St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark to a federal judgeship X
          SE Missourian:  Trump nominates Sheriff John Jordan for federal marshal post +
          AP:  Jason Kander to release book ahead of presidential campaign
          P-D:  League of Women Voters, 2018 congressional runner-ups, others congregate to dream about "getting money out of politics"
          Drebes:  Empower Missouri adds lobbyists Jeremy LaFaver, Sammy Panettiere and Jeff Brooks
          Clayton Times:  Judge issues tentative gag order in Greitens case
          KWMU:  Judge places partial gag order on participants in Greitens felony trial
          Missourinet:  Temporary gag order against public comment issued in Greitens' criminal case
          P-D:  Wave of Greitens case pretrial publicity prompts partial gag order
          This Week in Missouri Politics mid-week update:  "They went too far":  Scott Faughn on Greitens team's legal strategy, House report holdout, Twistagatory bots, Hawley's approach, much much more
          AP:  Woman's attorney accuses governor's team of 'smear campaign'
          Missourinet:  House GOP, Dems plan press conferences after report's release
          P-D:  Mason-Dixon poll shows Greitens' approval underwater, especially among women X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democratic Party continues push to tie Hawley to Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Is history on the side of appointing a lieutenant governor if it were vacant?
          SE Missourinet:  Missouri Senate to decide fate of bill to ban abortions after baby is capable of feeling pain +
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger optimistic about industrial hemp bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate bill would expand St. Louis Sheriff's reach
          KWMU:  Not much progress for Missouri students on national education assessment
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate adopts proposal to impose term limits on U.S. Congress
          JCNT:  Rally against "pay gap" draws fewer than 50 to Capitol;  Gals complain about "occupational segregation," other injustices X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens can save everyone more embarrassment by just going away X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is dragging his feet on Ethics Commission because of complaint against him X
          Jensen:  HUD secretary's mission to improve department will help Missouri +
          P-D op-ed:  Early childhood education advocates:  Credit to Blunt for pushing Early Head Start funding X
          Messenger:  Greitens' attempt to blindfold Missouri voters could leave a lasting mark on the state X
          Waters:  Who says we need a gas tax increase? X
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        Tuesday, April 10
       
P-D:  Congress returns to battles about old, new economy;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
          AP:  McCaskill raises $3.9 million for re-election bid
          KC Star:  McCaskill rakes in cash ahead of tough re-election fight X
          P-D:  Jamie Allman off the television airwaves after Tweet about Parkland activist X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local immigrants complain about Trump, promote anti-Trump forum
          Drebes:  Northland KC PAC formed to help Kevin Corlew
          The Missouri Times:  First Lady breaks silence on scandal, disputes timeline of ex-husband
          The Missouri Times:  Does the photo exist? The governor refuses to say.
          SNL:  Greitens admitted more than once to taking nonconsensual photo, woman's attorney says X
          KWMU:  Greitens' filing contends ex-mistress may have seen photo in 'dream'
          P-D:  Greitens' lawyers dispute 'dream' evidence X
          The Missouri Times:  After 9 hours of deposition, Greitens' team attempts to discredit photo claim
          The Missouri Times:  Ex-mistress confirms photo again, asking Greitens to accept responsibility for his actions
          Missourinet:  Lawyer for woman accuses Greitens' team of mischaracterizing testimony, wants full transcript released
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office accuses Greitens' defense of attempting to try case in the media
          KC Star:  Greitens' lawyers challenge credibility of woman allegedly photographed while nude X
          The Missouri Times:  Special investigative committee deadline extended, Barnes says 'nothing has changed'
          JCNT:  Barnes:  Greitens report coming this week;  committee's work extended X
          Missourinet:  Barnes:  Missouri House committee will release a Greitens report this week
          KWMU:  Deadline extended for Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens
          P-D:  Legislative report on Greitens expected tomorrow
          AP:  Attorneys seeking information from Confide headquarters
          Brownfield Ag News:  Eric Schmitt's Missouri FIRST change allows loan renewals for small business and ag operations
          Clayton Times:  Krewson, Stenger ask Greitens to fill long-vacated Bi-State Development Board seat
          SNL:  In slow start, 12 rural Missouri schools join Greitens' broadband initiative in first year X
          P-D:  National test results show Missouri sets a lower bar for student proficiency X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks tax overhaul, urges caution to "get it right"
          Columbia Missourian:  Tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers may be reauthorized
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents could temporarily give up custody of children under proposed law
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offenders register for a lifetime, but a bill would let some petition for removal
          AP:  Missouri Senate calls for term limits in U.S. Constitution
          Missourinet:  MoDOT worker who had a close call:  "I'm begging people to buckle up, put your phones down"
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate committee hears bill to change animal confiscation procedures
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches investigation into Clinton-Peabody conditions
          SE Missourian editorial:  13 new citizens join America with pride, distinction +
          KC Star editorial:  Does Missouri really want to commemorate a racist in the nation's Capitol? X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian wants Greitens to step down immediately X
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        Monday, April 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Galloway speak at annual event for SW MO Dems
          AP:  McCaskill announces federal grant for housing for homeless veterans
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Reps. Jean Evans and Nick Schroer, Jim Lembke, Sam Gladney talk Missouri GOP tax cuts, Hawley and Clinton-Peabody housing project conditions, House's report on Greitens, raise-the-age legislation, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) tells Mannies & Rosenbaum why Democrats should want Greitens out now, much more
          Missourinet:  Woman at center of Greitens case says memory of photograph might have just been from "a dream," talks about sending erotic pictures to Greitens after basement encounter
          P-D:  Report:  Sheena Greitens says husbands' mistress' ex stalked her X
          KC Star:  Greitens report set for release X
          SNL:  Video:  Capitol reporter Will Schmitt talks budget, Greitens report, Elijah Haahr's tax cuts X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In three-way race, Tony Luetkemeyer brands himself as outsider X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republicans meet to discuss Van Meter candidacy X
          Drebes:  House Budget Chair Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) explains why March 2018 net revenues were below March 2017 revenues
          P-D:  As filing day approaches, Missouri tax office showing improvement
          CDT:  Senate Appropriations Committee to begin budget deliberations X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hansen supports Missouri abortion bill
          KWMU:  Volkswagen settlement could overhaul Missouri's aging fleet of school buses
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Senate discussed motorcycle helmets
          Columbia Missourian:  Why Missouri officials are celebrating U.S. 36 for its innovation
          KC Star editorial:  What we still don't know about the Greitens investigation - and who is paying for his lawyers X
          P-D editorial:  Proposed cuts to tax-credit program would hamper fight against blight X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  A Chinese trade war would be bad for Missouri farmers
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  If Greitens' hairdresser is telling the truth, then governor should be impeached X
          P-D letters:  Septuagenarian couple expresses anger over pro-gun legislation, wants Greitens and state legislators to drop their gun-free zones X
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        Sunday, April 8
       
SNL:  At Democrat Days of the Ozarks, Dems hope 'blue wave' will buoy McCaskill and Galloway - and drown 'right to work' X
          KSDK:  Gun-control group rallies in Kirkwood
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Anti-Trump activists promote "Immigration: Frankenstein Law Tears Families Apart"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview
          P-D:  Greitens' attorneys make last-ditch attempt to delay probe report X
          CDT:  Friends, family celebrate the life of Wendy Noren X
          Columbia Missourian:  Friends and officials remember Noren's steely resolve, expertise and love for Boone County
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Wash U. seeks director of community relations and local government affairs
          KWMU:  Federal, state tax cuts to trim state's income by $218 million in 2018
          CDT:  New health data site drills down into Missouri zip codes;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon X
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers take step to criminalize owners of fake service dogs X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens proves to be his own worst enemy with ill-timed radio ad X
          P-D The Bottom Line video series:  Nicklaus and Gallagher discuss GOP legislation on prevailing wage X
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        Saturday, April 7
       
SE Missourian:  Immigrants embrace citizenship at naturalization ceremony;  Men and women follow well-established process to become Americans +
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer defends Trump tariffs:  "China has been a bully on the playground a long time."
          SE Missourian:  Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen speaks at annual Lincoln Day celebration +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association holding annual steak fry June 9
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 2, 2018
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 5:  House committee report anticipation, Curtman complaint versus Gardner, more analysis
          P-D:  Greitens filing suggests accuser was paid X
          P-D:  Greitens' former lover questioned for hours in deposition X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate budget leader Dan Brown skeptical of Greitens' attorney hire
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate plan allows Ethics probe of Greitens even if he stalls commission appointments
          AP:  Greitens' attorney tries to toss Confide case
          KWMU:  Legislature considers child custody, service dog bills as deadline arrives for Greitens committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins talks potential term limit changes
          SNL:  Thanks to Haahr's overhaul bill, Missourians are one step closer to a tax cut X
          AP:  Greitens OKs $700M budget hike, mainly for Medicaid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate votes to restore whistleblower protections for government workers
          The Missouri Times:  House committee hears three bills legalizing sports betting
          Missourinet:  British official emphasizes free trade and security in address to Missouri lawmakers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Atlanta School District reps recognized in the House
          P-D:  After Doe Run:  Former company town adjusts to a new reality X
          Columbia Missourian:  Capitol interns, university staff talk mandatory sexual-harassment training
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Anticipation in the Capitol for House's report on Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Taxpayers deserve greater transparency in state contracting - not less X
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Change the terms of the limits
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        Friday, April 6
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  Hawley in Hannibal:  Middle class way of life 'under threat'
          Brownfield Ag News:  China tariffs a threat to Missouri soybean growers' bottom line
          The Missouri Times:  Tariffs could hurt Missouri farmers
          SNL:  Trade fight with China could hurt Missouri farmers. Upside:  cheaper bacon. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Threatened tariffs could take toll on Missouri farmers
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Trump has entered into a high-risk policy
          Clayton Times:  Democratic challenger for 2nd District earns End Citizens United endorsement;  Cort VanOstran seeks to fill Dem ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment sues Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to release water permits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf, Higdon speak to Tea Party Group;  Higdon says he was offered $35k to switch vote on 'right to work' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Van Meter off the ballot? Not so fast. X
          Drebes:  Free pass list:  The incumbents without primary or general-election opponents
          KWMU:  House committee will release Greitens report next week
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol tense ahead of investigative committee report's release
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens to finish report next week X
          Missourinet:  House investigation of Greitens to be released next week
          JCNT:  House report on Greitens will be released next week X
          P-D:  Jefferson City braces for committee's release of Greitens report
          Missourinet:  Greitens' team again raises questions about investigator, says woman is being victimized
          KWMU:  Greitens subpoenaed as part of investigation into charity donor list
          KC Star:  AG Hawley serves Greitens subpoena as part of probe into charity list X
          SNL:  Soccergate:  Greitens blamed Greene County Lincoln Day tardiness on youth sporting event that was cancelled X
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  MO DSS continues to drop the ball on Medicaid and CHIP provider eligibility checks
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects Haahr's tax overhaul bill
          AP:  Senate approves bill to address ethics conflicts
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA in favor of texting-while-driving bans
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) and fellow Vietnam Vets honored in Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean water law changes could remove permit requirements for farmers
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 4, 2018
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court rules preventing felon gun ownership is constitutional
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers to blame for 5-year-old shooting his brother X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Abortion survivor to celebrate life at Lincoln Day +
          P-D letter:  Longtime liberal activist Ruth Ehresman opposes SNAP changes X
          KC Star letter:  Raytown octogenarian angry over rural legislators' influence in Missouri, wants KC-area residents to form 51st state X
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        Thursday, April 5
       
KWMU:  Blunt visits Missouri Capitol, says he hopes DACA deal can be reached
          Missourinet:  Blunt says 51 percent of rural Missourians lack access to broadband
          KC Star:  Missouri soybean growers 'at the mercy' of China and Trump as trade positioning escalates X
          AP:  Study blames engineering along Mississippi River for worsened floods
          KWMU:  Mining company ordered to clean up lead contamination in St. Francois County
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mid-week update:  Scott Faughn on Greitens' request to delay House report, Curtman's positioning for dark money, Senate 34 GOP subterfuge and shadiness, much more
          P-D:  Barnes says 'no' to Greitens' request for delay X
          P-D:  Greitens lawyers say investigator lied and may be withholding documents X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republicans vote to remove Democrat Scot Van Meter from ballot in Senate 34 X
          JCNT:  Residents learn about medical marijuana consequences X
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines former Rep. Bert Atkins (D-Florissant) for multiple violations
          Missourinet:  Honoring Missouri's brave:  Firefighters Day at the state Capitol
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson promotes 'Buy Mo!' initiative X
          The Missouri Times:  World Wide Technology challenging Missouri in court on loss of large state contract
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to massive tax plan
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans offer several pro-life bills during second half of session
          Missourinet:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis County) wants to legalize sports betting in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri bills would legalize sports betting
          P-D:  Missouri Senate endorses reversal of 'small portion' of last year's discrimination law X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee signs off on asbestos, venue and joinder bills
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee hears bill to allow promotion of off-label drugs
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee hears Berry's utility bill as House holds Senate version on standby
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears case on future of massive wind energy transmission line
          Missourinet:  Hawley to investigate St. Louis housing complex conditions
          The Missouri Times:  Restaurant association brings 'Taste of Missouri' to Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Trump's trade war will inflict heavy agriculture-sector casualties here X
          KC Star editorial:  Hartzler should do more to stand up to Trump on trade X
          KC Star editorial:  Don't delay:  Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens are right to press ahead with report X
          JCNT editorial:  Raising minimum wage wrong approach to poverty X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Carl Bearden:  Missouri lawmakers should maximize federal tax cuts
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        Wednesday, April 4
       
Missourinet:  Blunt to address Missouri House today
          AP:  Missouri revenue up 3.8 percent
          KWMU:  Missouri's general-revenue income for the year appears to stall
          The Missouri Times:  Razer, Hannegan, Catalyst Group to host first Capitol Pride event
          KC Star:  Greitens wants committee investigating him to hold report until after criminal trial X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House could debate Haahr's tax-overhaul package this week
          The Missouri Times:  Senate weighs resolution to change term limits
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes work requirements for food stamp recipients
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House approves work requirements for those on food stamps
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans are abandoning opposition to the Missouri Plan
          KC Star:  Missouri House votes to bar abortions after baby is capable of feeling pain X
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill restricting abortions 20 weeks after life begins
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta) wants to make it a felony to take minors out of state for abortions
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri bill would require teens under 18 to be prosecuted in juvenile court
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds inaccuracies in unemployment insurance program financial activities
          Missourinet:  Audit finds millions in potential errors of unemployment insurance benefits
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon urges Missouri Supreme Court to overturn order and allow Clean Line to move forward
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to remove roadblock to Grain Belt Express
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court hears oral arguments in fight over stalled transmission line
          Missourinet:  Measure passed by the Missouri Senate addresses industrial waste from coal power plants
          KC Star:  Proposed feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens spurs debate at Missouri DNR hearing X
          P-D:  St. Louis activist Elizabeth Vega arrested in Memphis protest;  Husky Hispanic a fixture at Ferguson/police-involved shooting/illegal-immigrant rallies X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature's food stamp work rules are worse than we thought X
          KC Star editorial:  An expanded feedlot and tons of manure do not belong near Powell Gardens X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Missouri should follow Utah on child neglect law +
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian mocks McCaskill's Beverly Hills fundraiser X
          P-D letter:  Labor lawyer opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, April 3
       
AP:  In Missouri, Senate candidate Josh Hawley walks Trump tightrope
          Missourinet:  Columbia College poli sci prof Terry Smith says GOP is wise to link President Trump to Missouri Senate race
          SNL:  MSU coed hopes gun-control rally will launch her political career;  Feminist Hannah Brashers outraged by guns and "toxic masculinity" X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) says 'right to work' would increase union jobs
          P-D:  Courtney Curtis files suit to get on Senate ballot;  Missouri Democratic Party trying to block state rep X
          Drebes:  Crystal Quade mulls state Senate run
          The Missouri Times:  Hannah Beers joins Clout Public Affairs
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about tax cuts, Ron Richard's comments, Greitens' lack of interaction with legislators, more
          AP:  Missouri measure would limit insurance company payouts
          KC Star:  With tech jobs open in KC, Missouri eyes boost to computer science in high school X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Legislation dealing with protecting children outside of the womb
          P-D:  Missouri pays another six-figure settlement in latest harassment case involving female prison guard
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers consider legislation that would allow death row inmates to donate organs
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley issues subpoena to Facebook seeking answers on data sharing
          KWMU:  Hawley subpoenas Facebook over user data
          Missourinet:  Hawley investigates if Facebook knows and shares too much about its users, Android consumers
          AP:  Hawley demands info from Facebook on data
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Missouri AG Hawley files suit against Facebook;  Photo of Hawley, taken by Jason Rosenbaum for 2016 Politically Speaking podcast, used without attribution X
          Clayton Times:  WalletHub ranks Missouri among best for ROI on state, local taxes
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Missouri can ensure election ballots are secure and every vote gets counted X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Your Missouri tax refund could be late again +
          Clayton Times op-ed:  Consumer Council of Missouri's John Coffman:  Massive political spending by Ameren pushes double-digit rate increase
          KC Star letter:  Kansas woman perturbed by seasoned citizens' letters to the editor X
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        Monday, April 2
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill defends vote against tax cuts, says pharmaceutical industry "took a $50 billion windfall"
          P-D:  McCaskill-Wagner sex trafficking bill prompts online shutdowns, controversy X
          AP:  Clean Line Energy Project turns to Gov. Jay Nixon to revive its project
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) talks about Greitens, 34th District GOP primary shenanigans, more;  Panel of Reps. Kevin Engler, Tom Hannegan, Tracy McCreery, Greg Razer talks Greitens, MONA, state budget, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After flipping parties, Republicans want Scot Van Meter off ballot X
          Rosenbaum:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) will sue after Democrats block him from filing for state Senate seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Office of Attorney General seeks Assistant Attorney General
          AP:  Hawley warns of phone, e-mail scams seeking tax info
          Washington Missourian:  House passes DHSS budget cuts;  Agency offers no comment to three inquiries from newspaper X
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri House's restoration of higher ed cuts is good news for East Central College X
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill on hiring veterans
          AP:  Missouri House advancing bill on opioids
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) wants to crack down on payday lenders
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans crack down on mythical food stamp slackers X
          P-D editorial:  Activist legislators are trying to move the abortion debate to the Supreme Court X
          Messenger:  After Greitens targets The Satanic Temple, a lecture on the moral high ground follows X
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man attemps nonpartisan analysis of McCaskill's Beverly Hills fundraiser X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City octogenarian pleased with McCaskill vote against tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Ron Paul supporter praises Rob Schaaf for ethics stand, endorses Clean Missouri initiative X
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        Sunday, April 1   Happy Easter!
       
April 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler:  Tax cuts are working
          JCNT:  Tax cut plan needs Senate vote X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says Eigel's tax bill is revenue-neutral
          KC Star:  GOP lawmakers look to cut taxes and fund transportation X
          SNL:  Eigel's bill would free college sororities, other social clubs from sales taxes on membership dues X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lincoln University given preferential treatment by legislators, but administrators want even more money from state;  School alumni refuse to give back to university with donations
          AP:  Missouri Senate considers banning touchscreen voting
          JCNT:  House passes amended Adrian's Island bill X
          Missourinet:  Part of Highway P in St. Charles County could be named after Waylon Jennings
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Distracted drivers a concern for MoDOT
          P-D editorial:  Lacy Clay correct to question Trump's interest in citizenship question X
          McClellan:  Many political futures wrapped up in Greitens' case X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says he is "sickened" by legislators and staff taking advantage of tuition benefits X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man suggests state invest more money in online education rather than brick-and-mortar institutions X
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        Saturday, March 31
       
Clayton Times:  Lacy Clay speaks to Clayton Democrats, says unions' anti-'right to work' campaign doesn't connect with voters
          P-D:  Labor issues will likely be a focus for Democrats in 2018 X
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Lincoln Day dinner features Luetkemeyer, others;  Curtman circulates petition to protect state monuments from historical revisionists X
          P-D:  GOP Senate candidate Austin Petersen calls for legalization of machine guns X
          Washington Missourian:  Overview of filings for federal, state offices X
          KWMU:  Overbuilt levees are raising flood risks in northeast Missouri
          P-D:  Corps' St. Louis District says all heights are correct for area's Mississippi River levees
          The Missouri Times:  Diane Franklin goes all in with $100k donation to her Senate bid
          Columbia Missourian:  Cathy Richards files for state representative as Republican;  Former Boone County Democratic official says party has been overtaken by radicals and "far-left liberals"
          CDT:  Pro-life activists rally in Columbia ahead of court hearing X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  Weekly update on events in ongoing saga:  Rex Burlison and the jury of peers
          Drebes:  Greitens makes a handful of appointments to boards and commissions
          Missourinet:  Hawley to announce investigation involving a major tech company on Wednesday
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers advance state budget and several other bills after returning from spring break
          AP:  In-home budget cuts affect fewer than 400 senior citizens, handicapped
          Missourinet:  Richard, Kehoe share thoughts on Eigel's tax package
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) wants accused rapists to lose parental rights but still pay child support
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission looks to rescind nine obsolete, out-of-date rules
          SNL:  Cops swarm to scene at News-Leader parking lot;  Man on probation for dope drives 49 in a 25 with suspended license, curses police;  Criminal's girlfriend blames racism X
          JCNT editorial:  Federal budget could help Lincoln University X
          P-D editorial briefs:  McCaskill vs. Clinton;  Missouri GOP wrong on foam cups, drunk driving, and statues X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers don't need Greitens;  Legislature doing quite well under Ron Richard and Todd Richardson X
          KC Star editorial:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, other lawmakers shouldn't benefit from college courses on the public's dime X
          Washington Examiner's Emily Jashinsky:  Hawley campaign highlights anniversary of McCaskill's vote against Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man praises Clay and Wagner for supporting anti-poverty program, wants Wagner to support gun control X
          KC Star letter:  Prairie Village trucking company responds to anti-trucking op-ed X
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        Friday, March 30
       
KCUR:  Area illegals fear enforcement of immigration laws;  Advocacy group claims nearly 20,000 anchor babies live in KC area
          JCNT:  Missouri River Regional Library hosts discussion on immigration policy X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Americans for Farmers and Families launches project to protect ag from trade retaliation;  Former Rep. Casey Guernsey (R) spearheads effort
          St. Joseph News-Press:  With November victory, Sam Graves will set record for 6th District terms X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Graves talks guns, border wall and Trump X
          Clayton Times:  Lacy Clay to speak at Clayton Township Democrats monthly meeting
          SE Missourian:  Lincoln Day dinner speaker Alveda King injured, won't attend;  Pro-life advocate Gianna Jensen will headline instead +
          JCNT:  Mollie Freebairn to try again for state Senate;  Democrat came within eighty (80) points of victory in 2014 nail-biter X
          Drebes:  Patricia Churchill to rep Missouri Supreme Court
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Treasurer Eric Schmitt touts loan program for small businesses
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Schmitt's new lending program cuts red tape for small business owners
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers honor scores of Vietnam Veterans X
          The Missouri Times:  In Fox News interview, Hawley calls situation with Greitens 'very grave'
          JCNT:  Special House committee investigating Greitens meets at Capitol X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves $28 billion budget after Bourbon virus takes center stage
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends $28 billion budget to the Senate
          AP:  House GOP budget boosts funding for early education
          P-D:  Missouri House sends its budget to the Senate X
          KC Star:  Education wins in House budget X
          Missourinet:  House debate shows diverse views on sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to tax cut proposal
          AP:  Senate leaders express concerns about plan to overhaul state's taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Senate votes to lower cap on historic tax credits
          SNL:  Citing Greene County's legal bills, Senate votes to give more power to state auditor X
          Columbia Missourian:  Opioid, marijuana legislation making its way through Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly rolls back restrictions on college degree programs
          SE Missourian:  Dicamba lawsuits will play out in Cape courtroom +
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Statue of Truman should replace Francis Preston Blair Jr. in Statuary Hall X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Senate makes the same insane tax-cut mistake, hopes for different result X
          KCUR's Dan Margolies:  State of Missouri pays the price for trying to undermine Obamacare
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights septuagenarian urges sophisticated St. Louis liberal youths to educate rural hayseeds about benefits of gun control X
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        Thursday, March 29
       
KC Star:  McCaskill asked black leaders to push back on criticism of her campaign. No one would. X
          Politico:  Obama will appear at McCaskill fundraiser in Beverly Hills
          P-D:  GOP rejoices in news of McCaskill-Obama Beverly Hills party X
          KWMU:  Local National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency leader prepares for new headquarters and more demand for analysis
          Drebes:  Freedom, Inc. fined by Missouri Ethics Commission for botching disclosures on 741 expenditures for 21 campaigns
          P-D:  Greitens goes on offense with new radio ad
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer addresses gathering in Moberly
          The Missouri Times:  Unions rally against 'right to work' at Capitol
          JCNT:  Unions rally against 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Unions rally at Capitol against 'right to work'
          KWMU:  Unions rally against 'right to work,' other bills
          JCNT:  General Laws Committee hears from Rowden, 'right to work' supporters X
          SNL:  Popular Missouri income tax deduction will probably double next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives initial approval to Eigel's massive tax overhaul measure
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to sweeping tax plan
          P-D:  Missouri Senate passes massive tax-cut package
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate passes income-tax cut X
          KWMU:  Missouri House finishes amending state budget;  vote scheduled today
          P-D:  Gas-tax hike receiving renewed attention from Missouri lawmakers
          JCNT:  MoDOT prepares for 9-bridge repair project X
          The Missouri Times:  Per Rule 47, arbitration bill shelved
          KWMU:  GOP bill would require specific signage at schools where teachers carry firearms
          KC Star:  Bill from Rep. Shawn Rhoades (R-West Plains) would expand right-to-carry areas X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun debate heats up
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AARP pushes for Franklin's CARE Act to aid family caregivers
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden's sports-betting bill advances out of committee
          KC Star:  Bill from Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would help first-time home buyers X
          P-D editorial:  Court ruling frees "retirement investors [sic]" to profit against clients' best interests;  Rep. Ann Wagner wrong to fight regulatory overreach X
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers consider reversing post-Ferguson court reforms passed just three years ago X
          SNL editorial:  Missouri has processes to hold officials accountable. They just don't work. X
          P-D letter:  Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition thanks Blunt for preserving incentives for adoption X
          KC Star letters:  Springfield septuagenarian expresses resentment over young people's "overpriced, fancy phones," says Missouri legislators will put olds and the handicapped in dog shelters;  KC septuagenarian says the 250 voters registered at gun-control rally will flip control of Congress and the Missouri Legislature X
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        Wednesday, March 28
       
The Missouri Times:  Candidate filing ends:  Comprehensive list of all candidates for Missouri's state and federal offices
          KWMU:  No big last-minute surprises as Missouri's candidate filing ends
          JCNT:  Democrats running against incumbent Republican congressmen sign "Our Promise to America" document, use imaginations to describe a world in which they are winners X
          CDT:  Missouri Democrats take realistic view of November success, accept fate as legislative minority;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says 2018 will be "rebuilding" year X
          AP:  Overview of federal, state candidate filings
          SNL:  McCaskill calls for 'common-sense gun safety' at MSU forum X
          P-D:  Clay blasts Dept. of Commerce decision to add citizenship question to 2020 Census, says asking about legal status is "racist"
          SE Missourian:  Naturalization ceremony to take place in April +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mid-week update:  Judge Rex Burlison's wise decision, Greitens' team political and legal strategy, Ike Turner Republicans, much more
          KWMU:  Jefferson County could be canary in coal mine for Missouri GOP
          Missourinet:  Unions to bus in members for anti-'right to work' rally at Capitol today
          Drebes:  Kids Win Missouri seeks director of policy and advocacy
          The Missouri Times:  Budget perfected:  House restores proposed cuts to education, agrees to tuition cap with universities
          SNL:  House, university leaders strike deal to restore Greitens' cuts to colleges X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM stands to get $14 million in exchange for a 1 percent tuition cap
          AP:  Missouri House, state schools work out funding deal
          Missourinet:  Agreement between schools and legislature to boost funding for higher education
          P-D:  House moving to restore proposed cuts to education X
          P-D freelancer Virginia Young:  Missouri legislators can go to school on the state's dime X
          Missourinet:  Budget moving to House floor restores some funding for MoDOT
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawsuit limits earn favor in state legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Curtman's bill legalizing industrial hemp approved by Senate committee
          Missourinet:  MetroLink officials tell Missouri lawmakers they need a dedicated transit police force
          The Missouri Times:  Five expedited Certificate of Needs approved
          KWMU:  How Missouri is making it easier to transfer college credits
          SE Missourian:  Hawley broadens inquiry into Mississippi County jail +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans taking needed steps to lift veil of government secrecy X
          P-D editorial:  Judge Rex Burlison eases concerns about his impartiality in the Greitens case X
          KC Star's Tod Palmer:  State Senate candidate Hillary Shields (D), Lee's Summit students are local heroes in fight for gun control X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Bag Head's not dead yet;  Sexagenarian columnist imagines conversation between himself and fictitious Jheri-curl adorned grifter regarding guns and other hot topics X
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        Tuesday, March 27
       
KWMU:  McCaskill calls for more federal attention to rising drug prices
          SNL:  In Springfield speech, Blunt praises Trump's results and splits with him on trade X
          SNL:  Video:  Blunt on omnibus spending bill, gun-control marches, Kudlow, transportation funding, more X
          The Missouri Times:  As Clinton unfavorability in Missouri hits 62 percent, Missouri Rising pins McCaskill to Clinton
          Missourinet:  Hawley ad links McCaskill to Clinton ripping Trump voters
          The Missouri Times:  Walsh happy with November date for 'right to work' vote
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-corporate ag group leader garners ethics complaint for not registering as lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 19, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Judge denies Greitens' defense team's request for trial by judge
          KWMU:  Jury will hear felony trial of Greitens
          Missourinet:  Greitens trial will be decided by a jury, not a judge
          Missourinet:  Judge rejects request by Greitens' legal team to dismiss felony case
          AP:  Judge lets indictment of Greitens go forward
          JCNT:  1965 ruling backs judge's trial-by-jury decision in Greitens' case X
          P-D:  Judge denies motion to dismiss Greitens case X
          P-D:  Greitens' appointment czar quietly left administration in January X
          Drebes:  Missouri tax policy could use a guy like Joel Walters
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers set to begin hammering out a budget plan
          P-D:  Missouri House endorses abortion ban for unborn babies older than 20 weeks X
          Missourinet:  House gives initial approval to ban most abortions after 20 weeks
          P-D:  New mothers grappling with addiction could get more help getting clean in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Bills to strengthen Sunshine Law heard in committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Sunshine Law would get stronger enforcement under new bill
          KC Star:  After actions by Greitens, lawmakers take up bills to bolster open records laws X
          Missourinet:  Curtman:  Industrial hemp bill would "keep Missouri economic development dollars in Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  Roden unsuccessful in adding 'Champ's Law' as amendment to service dog bill
          KWMU:  Some rural Missouri schools contract with private security firm to teach teachers proper firearms use
          Columbia Missourian:  Update on utility legislation
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers to honor Vietnam veterans Thursday X
          Missourinet:  House committee considers bill with consequences for racial profiling by police
          P-D editorial:  Hawley puts needed distance between himself and Greitens X
          KC Star letters:  Gun-control march reaction:  Teenage girl detests NRA and the "pit" of America;  Septuagenarian woman dislikes "horrible" NRA X
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        Monday, March 26
       
The Hill:  On MSNBC, McCaskill distances herself from Hillary Clinton
          Washington Examiner:  McCaskill slams Hillary Clinton:  She needs to respect all Americans, 'not just the ones who voted for her'
          Washington Missourian:  Feds' new bill would boost military here;  Blunt secures hundreds of millions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Effect of federal tax law could extend to other utilities X
          Columbia Missourian:  At "Wine, Women and Words" event, Black Women with Voices endorse Renee Hoagenson (D) over Vicky Hartzler;  Group members read poems about fried chicken, gardening, other spellbinding imagery
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks prevailing wage, choosing when to filibuster, Greitens, more;  Panel of Aaron Baker, Angela Bingaman, Joe Patterson, Pat White talk prevailing wage, McCaskill vs. Hawley, more
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about cracking down on dark money, heroin, Greitens and Missouri Ethics Commission vacancies, more
          Columbia Missourian:  The dark-money battle over 'right to work':  Business groups vs. "We are Missouri"
          Missourinet:  Court documents outline strategy of Greitens' defense team and St. Louis City prosecutors
          The Missouri Times:  Coalition of media organizations calls for broadcast coverage of Greitens trial
          AP:  Missouri Legislature resumes work amid investigations
          AP:  Bill targets lawsuits in 'plaintiff-friendly' St. Louis City
          AP:  Missouri workplace bill dies amid "#metoo" trend
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate bill would phase out most electronic voting machines
          SNL:  United Healthcare Foundation report:  Too many Missouri women drinking to excess and doing drugs, as well as smoking while pregnant X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill and Wagner battle sex trafficking on Backpage - and score a bipartisan win X
          KC Star letter:  Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri praises Democratic prosecutor Kim Gardner, insists that Greitens will be treated fairly X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man dislikes Elijah Haahr's tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman talks pot brownies, wants Missouri lawmakers to be "a little less uptight" about marijuana X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man notes Post-Dispatch hypocrisy in bashing Facebook while requiring commenters to log into Facebook X
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        Sunday, March 25
       
P-D:  Thousands march in downtown St. Louis for gun control;  McCaskill poses for selfies X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Black Lives Matter activists pound African drums, shout during separate "silent protest" X
          KWMU:  Gun-control rally photo gallery:  Lacy Clay primary opponent Cori Bush attempts to march near incumbent;  Youth raise "Black Power" fists;  More
          KC Star:  Gun-control rally in KC draws thousands;  Pro-2nd Amendment attendee draws "rebukes and stares" X
          SNL:  Former Gov. Bob Holden (D) headlines Springfield gun-control rally X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  "Hey, NRA, Stop Being a DICK," other efficacious signs X
          CDT:  Residents march for gun control X
          Columbia Missourian:  Students lead march for gun control
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Student holds sign blaming "complissit [sic]" legislators;  Caucasoid senior citizen sports Kangol hat; more
          SNL:  Blunt, Long, Greitens speak at Greene County Lincoln Day event;  Hawley attends St. Louis County Lincoln Day X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Sen. Roy Blunt talks with state Senate candidate Eric Burlison, more X
          SNL:  Auditor Galloway, Greene County saga becomes campaign issue for GOP state auditor candidates X
          Drebes:  Former Sen. Rita Days (D) to run for mayor of Bel-Nor
          Washington Missourian:  Preview:  Second half of Missouri legislative session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Industrial hemp bill to be discussed tomorrow
          KC Star:  Medical boards don't post disciplinary actions from other states;  KC doctor was sued 13 times in Illinois X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri's roads, bridges may have to become worse before federal and state legislators do anything X
          Horrigan:  U.S. Senate matchup likely to pit private-school product Josh Hawley versus "Country Claire" McCaskill
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield):  Preserve NAFTA to help agricultural producers X
          SNL op-ed:  Ron Fitzwater:  McCaskill, Blunt have opportunity to help stop opioid overdoses X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield):  Real payday loan reform X
          Sanchez:  Profile:  Cheryl Pilate, attorney for murderer Russell Bucklew X
          KC Star op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  We don't need larger semi-trucks on Missouri roads X
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        Saturday, March 24
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  A look at who voted "Yes" and "Not" [sic] X
          KWMU:  Rural schools getting their cut of federal logging revenue again
          KWMU:  Event promo:  "March for Our Lives" gun-control rally
          KC Star:  Event promo:  "March for Our Lives" gun-control rally X
          Missourinet:  Gun-control groups plan marches in eight Missouri cities today
          SNL:  Springfield school walkouts:  Area girl calling herself "Aaron" says she will shoot NRA;  Counterprotests feature patriotic students waving American flags, vowing to make America safe again X
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  What a federal court's ruling on "dark money" means for Missouri
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  Weekly update on events in ongoing saga
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley confirms 15 subpoenas issued in The Mission Continues investigation
          The Missouri Times:  With subpoena power, Hawley would reopen Confide investigation
          KWMU:  Hawley steps up pressure in The Mission Continues inquiry
          Missourinet:  Hawley calls on those subpoenaed to cooperate in Greitens investigation
          P-D:  Hawley's office has issued subpoenas in investigation of Greitens' veterans charity X
          KWMU:  Gardner alleges Greitens could have used text-erasing app in invasion of privacy case
          Faughn:  Updating the players in the Greitens investigation
          Messenger:  Of judges, appearances of impropriety and Gov. Eric Greitens:  A tale of two cases
          P-D:  Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D):  Greitens used message-destroying app in invasion of privacy case X
          KC Star:  Prosecutors seek to disqualify Greitens' defense team ahead of his felony trial X
          Drebes:  Ethics complaints against Rep. Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights) dismissed
          JCNT:  Greitens reports possible Blind Pension Fund fraud X
          AP:  Hundreds of licensed Missouri drivers receive blind benefits
          KWMU:  Preview:  Second half of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Democrats preview second half of session;  Thoughts from House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          KC Star:  Marriage-bill advocacy series:  Missouri seeks to toughen child bride law X
          CDT op-ed:  "Phil [sic] Brooks":  The decline of committee hearings X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau physician Richard Martin:  Medical marijuana legislation is a bad idea +
          KC Star letter:  Salisbury farmer glad Blunt, others understand value of NAFTA to Missouri's ag community X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur):  Gun background checks make sense X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian wants Legislature to beef up no-call list enforcement X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Earth Day's Jennifer DeRose:  Time for Legislature to support ban on Styrofoam X
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        Friday, March 23
       
KC Star:  McCaskill undecided on Mike Pompeo as secretary of state X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says metal tariffs will hurt Missouri's manufacturing and agriculture industries
          SNL:  Hawley ad tying McCaskill to Clinton draws praise from Rush Limbaugh X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley's office pushes back against criticism from Democratic lawyers
          CDT:  At hearing, Hartzler highlights Russian troll attack during MU race agitation X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler:  Americans "need to wake up" to nefarious efforts of Russian Twitter trolls
          KC Star:  New census numbers show Kansas City holding ground, St. Louis slipping X
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 2 provision barring businesses from contributing to their own PACs being challenged in court
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  State auditor candidate series:  Nicole Galloway offers election preview:  "I am tough and I am thorough"
          KC Star:  Republicans may move 'right to work' election to August X
          KWMU:  Missouri Ethics Commission in limbo without a quorum
          Missourinet:  Ex-husband of Greitens' lover seeks order of protection from the governor
          P-D:  Top Greitens aides say legal woes are not a distraction
          KWMU:  Schmitt seeks to make state loan program more accessible
          KC Business Journal:  Missouri revamps loan program to better support small businesses, farmers
          Missourinet:  Schmitt launches program to help expand small businesses and farms
          JCNT:  Efforts to changes state's employee culture moving forward X
          KC Star:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would protect whistleblowing professors at Missouri universities X
          Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action, other groups recruiting students for gun-control march;  Student "organizer" says Saturday traipse will help candidates "clean of NRA money"
          SNL:  Students hold gun-control rally;  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), local elected officials sit through lectures from teenagers X
          Columbia Missourian:  'How a bill becomes a law' series:  Overview
          Columbia Missourian:  'How a bill becomes a law' series:  Drafting a bill
          Columbia Missourian:  'How a bill becomes a law' series:  Legislative hearings
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation investigating after white pelicans shot X
          Missourinet:  Nasheed asks HUD secretary to come to Missouri for emergency meeting on Clinton Peabody
          P-D:  Nasheed, Franks lead protest over public housing project's living conditions
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri not doing enough to protect elections from foreign meddling X
          CDT editorial:  Let free market decide University of Missouri's tuition X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri prisons shouldn't come equipped with revolving doors
          P-D's Raasch:  McCaskill, Blunt, Hawley camps give statements on Cambridge Analytica
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man sides with lawmakers versus DHSS over Bourbon virus data X
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        Thursday, March 22
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill touts passing of bill targeting sex trafficking +
          P-D:  Long fight against online sex trafficking for McCaskill, Wagner culminates in Senate passage
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt race to avoid sending federal workers home from looming shutdown
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate Tony Monetti talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about his military service, support for more significant tax cuts, more
          Drebes:  Rex Returns:  Sinquefield tosses $250k to Missouri Club for Growth, could play in McCaskill race
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Democrats to attend St. Louis gun-control rally Saturday +
          SNL:  Mystery Springfield statehouse candidate says his main concern in eugenic sterilization;  Dennis Lee Chilton says running as a Democrat meant enduring too much "crap" X
          KWMU:  Census Bureau:  St. Louis no longer among the top 20 most populous metro areas
          P-D:  St. Louis region falls out of the Top 20 metros in the U.S.
          KWMU:  Judge in Greitens' case will not speed up trial date
          P-D:  St. Louis judge keeps May 14 trial date in Greitens case
          AP:  Experts:  Plenty of reasons for Greitens to seek bench trial
          JCNT:  Six Democratic lawyers challenge Hawley's 'Confide' investigation X
          JCNT:  Parson splits with Greitens on sports complex tax credits X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) talks rural broadband
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  March 21, 2018
          KWMU:  Judge finds St. Louis County public defenders have unconstitutionally high caseloads;  ACLU also sued state in federal court last year
          SNL:  Condemned man still wants Missouri to kill him with gas instead of needles X
          SNL:  Galloway renews call for Greene County audit X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP attacks the poor by saying no cigarettes, booze with welfare money X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri earns A+ for adult education X
          KC Star editorial:  Community theater is not sufficient community service in death of Brandon Ellingson X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Claire McCaskill:  Combatting sex trafficking and stopping the next Backpage
          KC Star letters:  KC man thinks students' class-skipping will "make a difference" to GOP legislators;  Lee's Summit man says MO DNR ignores the rights of local residents X
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        Wednesday, March 21
       
KWMU:  Hundreds of veterans in Missouri lost out on care at non-VA facilities, report says
          SNL:  Missouri to get $28 million in federal funding for conservation, outdoor recreation X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  DESE seeks government affairs coordinator
          P-D:  Obituary:  Visitation, funeral arrangements for Rep. Cloria Brown
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt announces Missouri FIRST initiative to help small businesses and farmers
          KY3:  Schmitt promotes loan program in Springfield
          SNL:  Lifting limits on small-business loans will spur economy, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says X
          JCNT:  State program overhaul to benefit farmers, small business owners X
          JCNT:  Galloway launches second audit into income tax refunds process X
          SNL:  Hawley's office:  'Not unusual' that Greitens' lawyer monitored staff's Confide interviews X
          KWMU:  Greitens' attorneys say prosecutor misled grand jurors about the law
          AP:  Greitens attorneys:  No evidence photo was transmitted
          Missourinet:  Greitens' attorneys question whether key photo exists
          KWMU:  A closer look at the House committee that wields power over Greitens' future
          Missourinet:  Dixon overhauling bill to bring LGBT and religious freedom groups together
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rural broadband bill passes out of House
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Senate passes industrial hemp bill
          Missourinet:  Anti-payday-loan group supports bill capping interest
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to let students skip class Friday for gun-control rally X
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court grants second stay of execution for Russell Bucklew
          Missourinet:  Prosecutor calls murderer who escapes execution a "homicidal Energizer bunny"
          KC Star:  U.S. Supreme Court halts execution of Russell Bucklew at last minute X
          AP:  Bucklew gets second stay of execution from high court
          JCNT editorial:  Raise the age for juvenile criminals - it's the right thing to do X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Big shift in remedial higher ed courses at Missouri's state schools X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Basye, Cornejo and some Democrats are wrong on gun control
          Jensen:  Gun control won't solve gun violence;  Comment from MSU coed raises questions about who is to judge "bad guns" and "bad people" +
          P-D letter:  Coalition to Protect the Missouri River calls Messenger's column 'divisive'
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wants more state government regulation of opioids
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas passes judgment on Missouri budget decisions +
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        Tuesday, March 20
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt, other senators keep pressure on Trump over Renewable Fuel Standard
          Missourinet:  Missouri Catholic policy group supports bill to protect pro-life health providers
          JCNT:  'Growing Pains' star charms at Vitae Foundation event X
          The Missouri Times:  In campaign ad, Hawley highlights McCaskill's support of Hillary Clinton
          KC Star:  NRSC event tomorrow will raise money for Hawley X
          KWMU:  Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County) dies after battle with cancer
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians mourn passing of Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson:  "Missouri has lost a humble public servant in Cloria Brown"
          SNL:  Dee Wampler's 10-year-old granddaughter dies after public battle with cancer X
          CDT:  Friends, family remember Lizzy Wampler X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Republican Party seeks administrative assistant
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mini-profiles of local activist youths:  Coed pushing gun control, Black Lives Matter/girl power/LGBTQIA* teen, pro-life Catholic Caucasoid male
          Clayton Times:  Greitens defense team wants to move up trial date
          KWMU:  Greitens' defense team looks to speed up trial - again
          P-D:  Greitens wants trial to start in two weeks and will ask for judge, not jury, to hear case
          AP:  Greitens wants criminal trial moved up to April 3
          KC Star:  Subpoenas issued as part of investigation of Greitens' use of charity donor list X
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans could move 'right to work' vote to August
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Henderson (R-Bonne Terre) wants to ban texting-while-driving in Missouri's school zones
          SE Missourian:  Judge rejects government defendants' arguments in personal-injury lawsuit +
          Missourinet:  Former Missourinet news director Bob Priddy to be inducted into Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame
          Missourinet:  Three options remain for Missouri man scheduled to be executed today
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians can't trust Hawley investigation into Greitens' use of text-destroying app X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri taxpayers deserve more from SNAP recipients abusing the system X
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  Turning pupils into protesters;  Students used as pawns for anti-Trump and anti-NRA liberals +
          KC Star op-ed:  Abortionist Colleen McNicholas:  Missouri's pro-life health clinics must be shut down X
          KC Star's Allison Kite:  Missouri Republicans' budget cuts are punishing your grandma X
          KC Star letter:  Anti-death-penalty group applauds Star's anti-death-penalty editorial X
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        Monday, March 19
       
Politico:  In Missouri and other key states, Republicans bet their Senate majority on Trump
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Charles), Gregg Keller, Mark Dalton, JP Johnson on U.S. Senate race, Haahr's tax cut plan, Greitens and MEC, more
          SNL:  Local officials don't know Springfield candidate who registered as Republican and Democrat X
          P-D:  Halftime report:  Despite Greitens distraction, Missouri Legislature moving forward on key priorities
          Missourinet:  Richardson is hopeful Missouri House will decide on transportation funding solution by May
          P-D:  EPA extends rebates to Missouri schools for cleaner bus upgrades
          SNL:  Activists plan gun-control event Friday;  MSU coed says policy goal is "not to take away all your guns," just "the bad ones" X
          Missourinet:  Still on Missouri Legislature's agenda:  Seat belt law, texting-while-driving, boat dock safety
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Business reporters David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher talk changes at the St. Louis Regional Chamber
          AP:  Bucklew execution scheduled for tomorrow
          Missourinet:  Bucklew set to be executed tomorrow
          P-D editorial:  Immigration officials should give illegal aliens in Missouri a break
          P-D editorial:  It's time for Mike Parson to replace Eric Greitens as governor
          KC Star editorial:  Abolish the death penalty in Missouri X
          KC Star's editorial:  Why Greitens should halt tomorrow's execution of a guilty man X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Courageous St. Louis women take on the gun lobby;  Come support "March for Our Lives" and attend the next Moms Demand Action meeting
          Messenger:  Corporate donations drive Missouri push to limit residents' access to courts
          P-D letter:  Archdiocese maintains opposition to death penalty
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        Sunday, March 18
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Drebes:  Stacy Reliford going to Pfizer
          P-D:  Democrats called his Greitens investigation a 'sham.' Now, the investigator is defending himself.
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks about lack of quorum on Ethics Commission
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers, DHSS battle over Bourbon virus data
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks gas tax, diesel tax
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindall Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks benefits of prevailing wage bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri prisoners to receive smart tablets X
          Washington Missourian:  Students split on gun issues;  Some call for gun control, others want teachers to be able to carry firearms X
          P-D:  Rockwood sixth-grader repeats as winner of Post-Dispatch spelling bee;  Minority female chooses to study hard, achieves goal
          Missourinet:  Bill would make theatre in Arrow Rock the state's official theatre
          CDT:  Galloway's office releases report on civil seizures X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri River flooding:  Not nature, the Corps to blame X
          Waters:  Columbia Public Schools handled school walk-outs correctly X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society supports Schupp's bill on "surprise billing"
          P-D letter:  University City woman upset about decision to live in a state that is "gun-obsessed"
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        Saturday, March 17   Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
       
The Monett Times:  District reps for McCaskill, Blunt, Long talks tariffs, banking bill, gun control at Chamber breakfast;  Fitzpatrick talks state budget, higher ed funding, more
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley becomes latest Republican target for a Democratic ethics complaint
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  American Cancer Society seeks Missouri government relations director
          SNL:  Hawley's office didn't challenge Greitens' executive privilege claim, fearing backfire X
          JCNT:  Assistant AG defends Sunshine probes X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  Miniseries hosted by Mannies & Rosenbaum recaps the week in gubernatorial drama
          KWMU:  Halftime arrives for Missouri 2018 legislative session
          Washington Missourian:  State committee votes for cuts to DHSS budget over Bourbon virus reporting X
          Missourinet:  House to debate Haahr tax bill after Spring Break
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House supports bill cracking down on welfare abuse
          Washington Missourian:  Twin Bi-State Development bills moving quickly through Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  House approves Gregory's bill for state to regulate amateur MMA, kickboxing
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill pushes for mental health services, active shooter training in schools
          Missourinet:  Holiday weekend includes statewide Missouri State Highway Patrol enforcement
          AP:  Activists seek release of inmate Bobby Bostic;  Budding criminal and pal robbed and shot at a group delivering presents for the needy, then carjacked and sexually assaulted a woman, then celebrated with a dope party
          P-D editorial briefs:  Greitens and Missouri Ethics Commission;  GOP crackdown on welfare recipients' frivolous spending
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri may legalize sports betting X
          CDT editorial:  Wendy Noren was a legend X
          KC Star's Max Londberg:  Bobby Bostic should be freed from jail X
          SNL letter:  Joplin feminist angry over Dixon's support of faith-based pregnancy resource centers X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Faucett man urges lawmakers to keep historic tax credits X
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        Friday, March 16
       
P-D:  Democrat lawyer Jane Dueker says Hawley broke the law by not disclosing free legal services he received
          KWMU:  Attorneys for Greitens say they still don't have photo at center of felony case
          SNL:  Greitens gets to choose the people who will investigate him for an ethics violation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators not happy about lame duck Ethics Commission, suggest Lt. Gov. Mike Parson make MEC appointments
          The Missouri Times:  Before losing quorum, Missouri Ethics Commission selects new chair and vice chair
          JCNT:  Senators discuss options without active Ethics Commission X
          AP:  Lawmakers voice concerns about Ethics Commission
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate weighing options for MEC
          P-D:  After complaint, Greitens choosing ethics committee is a "constitutional crisis," Dixon says
          SNL:  NYU Law School report:  Greitens' nonprofit an example of 'secret cash' trend X
          P-D:  Profile:  Lobbyist Edens Davis
          P-D:  Greitens visits Cherokee Street shop whose owner is being harassed for supporting police
          Missourinet:  Spring Break update:  Mid-session comments from Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty
          Missourinet:  Missouri House members deliver on threat to cut health department over virus info
          The Missouri Times:  Kolkmeyer's venue and joinder bill moving to Senate
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward on rural broadband grant program
          KWMU:  Senate discusses legislation to bring broadband to rural Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Grant to improve Missouri broadband access passes House
          AP:  House votes to stiffen penalties for welfare fraud
          KWMU:  Some Missouri schools allow teachers to carry firearms to protect themselves, students
          Washington Missourian:  Bill would raise juvenile court age
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate approves bill on industrial hemp
          KWMU:  House Democrats pushing bill to ban foreign ownership of Missouri farmland
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Leadership vacuum:  Response to state employee survey story from SNL's Will Schmitt X
          JCNT editorial:  Senate takes first step toward fixing state roads, bridges X
          KC Star editorial:  GOP lawmaker wrong to want to install porn-blocking software on computers X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill "helped shape" a very bad banking bill X
          Messenger:  Landmark ruling cements flooding reality:  The Missouri River needs room to roam
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  New limits on food stamps will hurt children X
          P-D letter:  Teenage girl who skipped class in name of gun-control activism says playing hooky was "amazing and inspiring"
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        Thursday, March 15
       
KWMU:  Trump touches down in St. Louis to bolster Hawley's Senate bid
          P-D:  At Boeing roundtable, Trump hears about benefits of his tax overhaul package
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Trump visit
          AP:  Trump visits Missouri
          Washington Post:  In St. Louis speech, Trump pokes fun at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, describes negotiations
          KWMU:  Landowners win suit against Army Corps of Engineers for Missouri River flood damage
          KC Star:  Judge says Corps of Engineers is responsible for damaging floods along Missouri River X
          AP:  Judge:  Corps responsible for flooding on Missouri River
          P-D:  Man investigating Greitens affair was himself investigated by the FBI for bigamy
          SNL:  Complaint alleges Greitens lied to Missouri Ethics Commission about donor list X
          AP:  New complaint from Roy Temple cites Greitens' use of charity resources
          The Missouri Times:  Uncertainty surrounds Greitens' legal defense as lobbyist gift from former 'at no cost' attorneys
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes confirms subpoenas have been used in investigation
          Missourinet:  Barnes updates reporters about Missouri House committee investigating Greitens' indictment
          JCNT:  Barnes:  House investigative committee "on track" X
          KWMU:  Committee investigating Greitens indictment has issued subpoenas, but other details scant
          CDT:  No deal on tuition freeze as House panel reviews budget X
          The Missouri Times:  Still waiting on tuition freeze deal, House committee signs off on budget bills
          SNL:  House lawmakers carve out funding for Springfield medical campus, pharmacy school X
          Drebes:  Background on Carol Jones, her Capitol lobbyists and why they're trying to block HB 1650
          KWMU:  Advocates see Missouri case as the next frontier in juvenile sentencing reform
          JCNT:  Communications workers bring state employee complaints to Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  House bill divides Berry's utility bill in two, gives initial approval
          The Missouri Times:  Organizations call on Legislature to pass utility rate caps, House moving forward with bills
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Utility legislation moves further than previous years in Missouri with passage of House bill;  Comments from Rep. "Peter Meredith [sic]"
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Marriage-bill advocacy series:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) supported by U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, House Speaker Pro Tem "Elijah Haar [sic]" X
          Clayton Times:  Clayton High School senior one of three students in the world to land perfect score on AP chemistry test;  Tong Zhao chooses to work hard, achieves success
          KWMU:  Anti-gun protests give area students reason to skip class
          SE Missourian:  Local students skip class in name of activism +
          P-D:  Local class-skipping activities include school assemblies, 'die-ins,' other free time
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Teen girl weeps, leans on male shoulder for support;  Other dramatic adolescent-angst shots
          CDT:  Hundreds of students get free time for walk-out X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photos:  Students laugh, joke during walkout free time
          KWMU:  Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds race-conflict series heaquartered in St. Louis;  Diversity champions took no-whites-need-apply approach to hiring for series on "intersection of race, identify and culture"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Smelter is big news, important economically to region +
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Greitens leaving the Missouri Ethics Commission to languish? X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Josh Hawley launches the Senate campaign we don't need;  GOP candidate must stop deriding "elites on the coasts" X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian wonders:  What if Eric Greitens is innocent? X
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        Wednesday, March 14
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley kicks off U.S. Senate campaign;  Trump to appear with GOP hopeful tonight
          KWMU:  Trump visit expected to bolster bank account, and hopes, of Josh Hawley
          Rosenbaum:  Hawley banking on Trump helping his campaign against McCaskill
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Trump comes to St. Louis for his third Missouri presidential visit;  Comments from Hawley consultant "Bradd [sic] Todd," 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          P-D:  Hawley strikes populist stance at Chesterfield event
          SNL:  At Springfield rally, Hawley vows to take on "D.C. cartel" X
          SNL:  Hawley rally photo gallery:  Protesters hold handwritten signs with same catchphrase;  Morbidly obese protester tests strength of small folding chair;  More X
          Missourinet:  IRS:  More than $23 million in unclaimed Missouri tax refunds about to expire
          SNL:  Christian County GOP troubled by infighting X
          The Missouri Times:  Kristian Starner to join Cerner's government affairs team
          JCNT:  Pro-life movement has day in Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  Sifton asks Galloway to investigate whether Hawley's records are open under Sunshine Law
          KC Star:  Sifton seeks investigation into Hawley's disclosure of records under Sunshine Law X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) talks Foundation Formula funding, restoring nursing home cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Full repeal of prevailing wage passes House with narrow margin
          P-D:  Repeal of prevailing wage earns bipartisan support in House
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final passage to prevailing wage repeal, sends bill to Senate
          KWMU:  Benevolent tax credit being weighed by Missouri Senate panel
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to create state bridge repair fund lacks one thing:  money
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New MoDOT district engineer appointed
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) talks industrial hemp legislation
          JCNT:  Senate education testimony includes local voices X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools transition process officially starts but there's no hard deadline
          SNL:  Regulatory uncertainty surrounds payday loans X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Gaming Commission official:  Your March Madness pool is illegal
          JCNT:  Clean Water Law amendment to hit House floor X
          KWMU:  Environmental regulators are trying to turn a former lead mining site back into a forest
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should make a vow:  Don't be a destination for 15-year-old brides X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri deer hunters again show their generosity X
          KC Star op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Trump tax overhaul reaps benefits for Missourians X
          Messenger:  From Jetton to Greitens, a lesson in the political perils of pride
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Public may never know who's paying Greitens' legal bills X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Conversion therapy bill doesn't go far enough
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian responds to letter about St. Louis County corruption, says corruption lies mostly with Republican Party and Greitens
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        Tuesday, March 13
       
P-D:  Another day, another U.S. Senate poll;  Gravis surveyed fewer than 1,000 Missouri voters, versus Axios' 17,000+
          The Missouri Times:  Gravis polling shows tight U.S. Senate race, Greitens disapproval at 50%
          P-D:  Gravis poll shows poor approve-disapprove number for Greitens
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Austin Petersen talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about running as a Republican, abortion, Trump tax plan, soliciting endorsements from GOP congressmen, more
          AP:  Greitens unlikely to campaign for Hawley;  Comments from SLU polisci prof/Dem consultant Ken Warren
          KC Star:  Trump's St. Louis roundtable event to focus on tax cuts;  Reformatted event to focus on workers' stories, not politicians' messages X
          The Missouri Times:  Soybean, corn associations oppose capping RINs
          CDT:  Tributes to Wendy Noren honor her work to improve elections X
          The Missouri Times:  TWIMP panel talks job, the economy and Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Dowd Bennett no longer defending Greitens in Confide lawsuit
          P-D:  Source:  Prosecutors turn over testimony of former lover and Greitens phone records to defense
          The Missouri Times:  Ways and Means passes Haahr's tax bill with 6-3 vote
          Missourinet:  House committee approves Haahr tax bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Haahr's tax package clears another hurdle in the House
          JCNT:  10-cent fuels tax increase passes first Senate hurdle X
          Missourinet:  GOP House members keep the pressure on DHSS to provide Bourbon virus numbers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says House will restore much of Greitens' education cuts
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) discusses budget priorities, higher ed spending
          Missourinet:  House approves welfare bill;  Measure would keep those on the dole from spending taxpayer money at liquor stores, strip clubs
          P-D:  Push to allow parole officers to protect themselves with guns wavering in Legislature
          Columbia Missourian:  Supporters say House bill would help rural hospitals and clinics defend against superfluous lawsuits
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger talks omnibus ag bill, hemp legislation
          Missourinet:  Nasheed wants to consolidate all Missouri departments to state data center
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Federation of Missouri holds annual convention
          KC Star editorial:  Forget Trump's proposal. Florida gun law should be the model for Missouri. X
          P-D editorial:  A bad discrimination law prompts federal repercussions for Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kearney man dislikes length of Missouri's tax form X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood woman expresses fear of firearms in bars
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        Monday, March 12
       
SNL:  Josh Hawley will kick off Senate campaign against McCaskill with tour this week X
          P-D:  Josh Hawley kicking off Senate bid with tour tomorrow
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri official fighting for area jobs says Trump tariffs a good thing
          CDT:  Wendy Noren, longtime Boone County clerk, dies after lengthy battle with cancer X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of GOP Reps. John Wiemann and Jean Evans, Dem Reps. Brandon Ellington and Gretchen Bangert talk Trump tariffs, prevailing wage, special investigative committee, industrial hemp, more
          P-D:  Once a selling point, Greitens' charity now under microscope
          Drebes:  Greitens, opponents, Mission Continues fortify their positions
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Kendrick discuss process for Missouri House committee investigating Greitens' indictment
          JCNT:  DSS director still being overpaid X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Wide-ranging discussions at Missouri legislative day
          St. Louis Jewish Light:  Anti-"boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel" bill advances in Missouri Legislature
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill could make drug use during pregnancy a felony
          JCNT:  Arts campus in Kansas City back on legislative agenda X
          KWMU:  School districts' communications staff pen statements on planned walkouts
          SNL:  Springfield's first CBD store touts healing powers of hemp oil. Doctors, a lawyer are wary. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Annual fly-in puts St. Joseph region on D.C. agenda X
          KC Star editorial:  Weapons down:  Missouri lawmakers should curb celebratory gunfire X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  What's going on with high school graduation rates in Missouri?
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Form letter against asbestos legislation, "written" by Jefferson City man
          Daily Journal letter:  Form letter against asbestos legislation, verbatim language as above, "written" by Hillsboro woman
          CDT letter:  Form letter against asbestos legislation, verbatim language as above, "written" by Columbia sexagenarian X
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        Sunday, March 11
       
SNL:  Federal, state lawmakers weigh in on Anthem ER-visit policy;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon X
          CDT:  Profile:  Despite media hysteria, local 2nd Amendment supporters Larry and Brenda Potterfield stand with NRA X
          Washington Missourian:  Washington School District to let high school kids skip class Wednesday X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  2nd Amendment enthusiasts sport patriotic gear X
          Drebes:  Jeanie Lauer to run for Jackson County Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri House week in review:  taxes and investigation dominate attention
          Columbia Missourian:  What's next for Greitens? Missouri Constitution provides multiple possibilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators weigh in on hypothetical Gov. Parson scenario;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants Greitens to remain in office since "Parson would be worse"
          Columbia Missourian:  Protest for more higher-ed funding draws small crowd;  Coed seeking to become social worker angry at Greitens over her decision to take on excessive debt
          JCNT:  Sparse crowd attempts chants outside Governor's Mansion;  Student from North St. Louis County expresses resentment about humble upbringing, complains about future salary in career she chose X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Industrial hemp bill almost through the Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Pensions bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) presented to Senate committee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  CDC data:  Some expectant mothers still smoking in Missouri X
          KC Star:  Marriage-age bill advocacy feature:  Teen bride, lawmakers weigh in on raising Missouri's marriage age X
          KC Star:  Marriage-age bill advocacy feature:  Years later, 15-year-old male who married 17-year-old girlfriend is happy with his decision X
          KC Star:  Marriage-age bill advocacy feature:  Some Missouri grooms could have been charged with "rape" in other states X
          JCNT:  Conservation Federation of Missouri committee votes to promote 5 new state parks projects X
          SNL editorial:  Leaked employee survey shows Missouri must fix its leadership problem X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nonresident hunting and fishing bill should be shot down X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hawthorn Foundation turns 35 X
          McClellan:  The Greitens affair is a matter for the electorate
          P-D op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Free trade is vital to Missouri's economy
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Missouri lawmakers must fix insurers' "balance billing" scheme
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        Saturday, March 10
       
P-D:  Trump to visit Boeing on Wednesday afternoon prior to Hawley event at night
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith, Greitens, Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) speak at smelter event;  Former Noranda worker, now employed at new site:  "We wouldn't be here without Trump." +
          Missourinet:  Aluminum smelter expected to create 450 new jobs with average salary of $64k
          SNL:  Conservative activist Georjene Tilton announces bid for Lyndall Fraker's state rep seat X
          Drebes:  Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) to hold D.C. fundraiser next week
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 5, 2018
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  New weekly Q&A series to focus on governor's saga
          AP:  Husband of woman who had affair with Greitens testifies
          The Missouri Times:  Ex-husband's attorney accuses Greitens and supporters of 'slut-shaming'
          JCNT:  Lawyer accuses Greitens' legal team of 'slut-shaming' X
          P-D:  In evolving realm of privacy law, Greitens case has little precedent
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate pass 41 bills this week as Spring Break approaches
          Missourinet:  Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) eager to get his Revenue Department savings plan moving forward
          The Missouri Times:  Lack of state oversight for private probation services leaves system open for abuse
          CDT:  No movement on budget deal tied to tuition freeze X
          Missourinet:  Bill would allow universities and community colleges to offer higher degrees
          JCNT:  Senate sends STEM bill to House X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers suggest prohibiting local bans, fees and taxes on disposable food containers
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Callaway County work toward clean water X
          Clayton Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) to hold special committee hearing on airport oversight
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  'No' on gas tax? Offer a better idea. X
          JCNT editorial:  State must strike a balance with opioid initiative X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Greitens, say yes this time to UMKC's downtown arts campus X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian who testified in favor of Equal Rights Amendment calls testimony "brilliant" X
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        Friday, March 9
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill one of 16 Democrats to support GOP bill to roll back Dodd-Frank red tape X
          P-D:  Poll:  McCaskill is 8 points behind Hawley
          Missourinet:  Poll shows Hawley ahead of McCaskill in U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wants to restore timber-revenue payments to rural school districts
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) speaks at Dunklin County Lincoln Day dinner, talks defending 2nd Amendment from liberals +
          P-D:  Greitens' defense lawyers ask about rewards, threats made by prosecutors to woman
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson fields questions about investigative committee and transparency, asks for patience
          SNL:  Consent and the Greitens case:  Pontifications from legal types, female lawmakers X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Kim Gardner asked why she's putting more effort into Greitens case than she does St. Louis City's violent crime
          SNL:  Leaked workforce survey data show widespread leadership problems in Missouri government X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's unemployment rate remains steady
          Missourinet:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) invites public to attend today's smelter event at former Noranda site
          Drebes:  Alex Zumsteg to serve as chief of staff to Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia)
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House approves of 23 bills
          AP:  House passes changes to asbestos lawsuits
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes pro-business asbestos bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes asbestos bill
          The Missouri Times:  Senate rolls through third-read calendar, knocks out Raise the Age, captive cervids, and MO ABLE bills
          AP:  Senate approves Wallingford's bill to increase age for adult courts
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations working with HUD to clear up misinterpretations of last year's Senate Bill 43
          CDT:  Missouri House budget plan offers relief for higher education X
          CDT:  Campus abortion foes, MU dispute reason for poster removal X
          Columbia Missourian:  Posters removed in Ellis Library not related to student group's petition
          P-D editorial:  In Iron County, the rural health care catastrophe comes home;  Missouri Republicans wrong to not expand Medicaid
          CDT editorial:  At UM, cuts are unfortunate, but necessary X
          P-D Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson:  A look at how Eric Greitens' list of accumulated enemies made his scandal the story of the year
          Messenger:  Lawyer who filed Confide lawsuit takes Hawley to school
          Phill Brooks:  The House has two ways to deal with Greitens
          SNL letter:  Battlefield sexagenarian outraged over Billy Long's effort to extend 529 options X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood sexagenarian wants Republicans to expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  Greendale sexagenarian baffled by concept of campaign nondisclosure agreements
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        Thursday, March 8
       
KSDK:  McCaskill, Blunt team up for gun background-check legislation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer weighs in on teachers, school resource officers protecting themselves and students with firearms
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia gun shops uphold existing laws related to firearms purchases
          Washington Post:  Branson business owners attend 'Hispanics 101' for Puerto Rico lessons;  City businesses seek to attract hardworking Boricua
          KBIA (Columbia):  Local marijuana activists describe health ailments, pot pilgrimages to Colorado and weed's mellowing effects
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Are social media accounts public records?  Court will decide.
          The Missouri Times:  Graves Garrett forms legal expense fund for Greitens' staff
          SNL:  Briefs:  Lawmakers investigate Greitens in police station
          KWMU:  Nasheed, Schaaf urge committee investigating Greitens' indictment to be more transparent
          Drebes:  Kehoe's civil service overhaul could help state employees get promoted faster
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Prevailing wage repeal passes House
          SNL:  Ticked:  Missouri lawmakers pledge budget cut if health officials withhold Bourbon virus data
          Washington Missourian:  DHSS director blasted for withholding Bourbon virus info;  Budget cuts threatened
          Columbia Missourian:  House panel plans to restore higher education cuts if tuition stays flat
          AP:  Fitzpatrick finds funds for higher education
          The Missouri Times:  Budget tops Ozark Technical Community College's priorities
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College work approved with HB19 money
          KWMU:  Parents flock to meetings on how to use 529 plans for private K-12 tuition
          KWMU:  Greitens' plan for CHIP money seeks to revitalize rural Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) would allow some nurses to practice independently
          JCNT:  Bill increasing coverage for chiropractic visits passes Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Obstacles for telehealth would be removed in proposed bill
          KC Star:  Bill from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) targets frivolous lawsuits
          The Missouri Times:  'Asbestos Bankruptcy Transparency Act' perfected by the House
          JCNT:  Landowner rights discussed in rural broadband bill
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives initial approval to Munzlinger's industrial hemp bill
          The Missouri Times:  House committee hears three different liquor bills
          SNL:  Alzheimer's rally in Missouri Capitol draws more than 100 in purple and with flowers
          JCNT:  Alzheimer's advocates lobby for continued respite funding
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 7, 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) explains poaching-fines bill
          KC Star editorial:  Secretive investigation into secretive Gov. Greitens can't be trusted
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Hawley correct to join anti-Obamacare lawsuit
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Police station stakeout creates jocular environment for political reporters young and old
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Not enough Junior Mints in a box? That shouldn't be grounds for a lawsuit, and bill would prevent such nonsense
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        Wednesday, March 7
       
P-D:  Missouri exporters share thoughts on Trump tariffs;  Comments from American Automotive Policy Council's Matt Blunt, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          The Missouri Times:  Coalition fighting to preserve NAFTA grows as Trump puts pressure on Canada, Mexico;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers' Shane Kinne, others
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  At Lincoln Day dinner, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith gives update on efforts to rescind regulations, Trump, biased national news media, Pelosi's "crumbs" condescension, more +
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) welcome new aluminum smelter to New Madrid +
          Missourinet:  Revival of aluminum plant gives hope to New Madrid
          P-D:  Amazon opening first Missouri fulfillment center in St. Peters, creating 1,500 jobs
          SNL:  Steve Forbes to speak in April at College of the Ozarks X
          P-D:  At Bridgeton meeting, EPA officials sit through complaints about West Lake Landfill cleanup plan
          The Missouri Times:  The Mission Continues continues to distance themselves from Greitens
          AP:  Charity backs probe into 'misuse' of resources by Greitens
          KWMU:  Special committee investigating Greitens' indictment holds brief first meeting
          The Missouri Times:  House investigative committee to hold closed hearing today
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee investigating Greitens indictment to meet today
          P-D:  Secrecy concerns send Greitens investigation to Jeff City police station
          KC Star:  House investigation of Greitens begins X
          P-D:  Greitens trial will stay in St. Louis;  Jurors could be sequestered
          SNL:  Greitens campaign staff signed nondisclosure agreements X
          KWMU:  Politicians and candidates ponder the impact of Greitens' troubles at the ballot box
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Republican Party seeks regional field directors
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) talks Greitens, whistleblower protections, 'paycheck protection' and prevailing wage, more
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects Justus' prevailing wage repeal bill
          AP:  Missouri House votes to repeal prevailing wage law
          Missourinet:  Prevailing wage bill moves forward
          Missourinet:  Cierpiot bill would have gov, gov lite run on same ticket
          The Missouri Times:  MLB, casinos back differing sports betting bills in Senate
          AP:  House bill would relax university meal plan mandate
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to revise condemnation law in wake of her court battle with city of Cape Girardeau +
          KWMU:  Federal court upholds execution of Missouri inmate;  Rapist/murderer Russell Bucklew scheduled to assume room temperature March 20
          KWMU:  Ferguson monitor says city is on pace to meet requirements of consent decree
          AP:  Court-appointed monitor:  Ferguson needs more staff to implement policies
          P-D editorial:  Missouri, other states betting Supreme Court will legalize sports wagers
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wrong to address intern harassment issue
          Jensen:  'Hate' label potentially harmful to Sikeston;  Southern Poverty Law Center fabricated tale of a cross lighting +
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton septuagenarian angry over Homeland Security enforcing immigration laws
          P-D letter:  Fenton man says "incompetent" Kim Gardner loves to burn through taxpayer money
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        Tuesday, March 6
       
Rosenbaum:  At Democrat Days, party leaders home in on GOP rivals, Trump tariffs and a critical election
          KCUR:  Jason Kander sticks to Democratic talking points, says 'maybe' he'll run for office again
          Missourinet:  McCaskill weighs in on Missouri gun giveaways, further firearms restrictions
          SNL:  Springfield man announces Libertarian bid for U.S. Senate X
          KC Star:  Activists rally after illegal immigrants are arrested;  Despite online petitions and other keyboard jockeying, lawyers for aliens say situation is "all bleak," "pretty hopeless" X
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians for Patient Care boasts about fundraising lead over other pot initiatives
          Columbia Missourian:  'Serial petitioning' becoming a trend for policymaking
          The Missouri Times:  Legal defense fund for Greitens created, House investigative committee prepares for first meeting
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Rowden talks 'doing the right thing' regarding Greitens
          Missourinet:  St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney Kim Gardner adds high-profile member to team prosecuting Greitens;  Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. represented family of police assailant Michael Brown
          AP:  Lawyer for Michael Brown's estate joins Greitens prosecution
          P-D:  House probe of Greitens starts today
          The Missouri Times:  Seasoned Democrats twitstigate Greitens over "executive privilege"
          AP:  Second Satanic Temple member sues over Missouri abortion laws
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bill on parental rights, rape
          AP:  New Missouri initiative to target opioid over-prescription
          AP:  Missouri House passes prescription drug take-back bill
          The Missouri Times:  House Ways and Means Committee hears Haahr's tax bill
          Missourinet:  Haahr optimistic about tax-overhaul bill
          KWMU:  Haahr sponsoring proposal to cut Missouri's income tax
          CDT:  Enrollment losses, state cuts put MU in $60 million budget hole X
          AP:  House passes bill to require legal names on ballot
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal would legalize sports betting in Missouri X
          JCNT:  PSC hosting water rate hearings beginning today X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  St. Francis Street Committee Chairman Chancellor Wayne visits Jefferson City, talks chiropractor reimbursements and block grants +
          AP:  Missouri Senate boosts training on sexual harassment;  Lawmakers, staff will now sit through lectures every other year
          P-D editorial:  Hawley sees no evil, speaks no evil in Confide probe against Greitens
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With Hawley report on Confide, Greitens team celebrating any win it can get X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri's historic tax credits protect city's history X
          P-D op-ed:  SLU med school prof:  EPA solution for West Lake Landfill doesn't go far enough;  Republic Services is a profitable corporation and must be punished
          Columbia Missourian's Kathryn Hardison:  Hypocritcal Greitens criticizes lobbyists, then gains three in a week
          KOLR:  MSU's Brian Calfano:  It is too soon to call for Greitens' resignation
          Priddy:  Succession:  A historical view of the lieutenant governor replacing the governor (2,036 words)
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        Monday, March 5
       
KWMU:  Illegal immigrants, supporters lead march on Delmar Loop Friday night;  Group arrives at McCaskill's office after it's closed for the week
          Clayton Times:  Ann Wagner files for re-election
          P-D:  Second Amendment rally in Jefferson County draws 200
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith, asked about Greitens, shares thoughts
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Caleb Rowden talks Greitens;  Panel of Reps. Donna Baringer (D), Shamed Dogan (R), Bruce Franks (D), Mike Henderson (R) talk Greitens, investigation committee, more
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Nate Walker, Cindy O'Laughlin disagree on Greitens
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves changes to education board make up
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Macon Superintendent wants more state money for foundation formula, transportation
          CDT:  Bill to loosen state tuition cap stalled in Senate X
          AP:  Bill would require legal last names on candidate filing
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed conversion therapy bill from Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) misses the religious mark
          Missourinet:  Southern Poverty Law Center says number of Missouri "hate groups" has declined
          KC Star editorial:  After Florida school shooting, Missouri lawmakers want to make gun laws even worse X
          P-D editorial:  Pregnant drug addicts need treatment, not punishment
          P-D editorial:  Low funding and large caseloads put Missouri's public defenders at sharp disadvantage
          Messenger:  Greitens accused of using Boys State emails to benefit his campaign
          P-D letter:  Local pipefitters official disagrees with Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) on 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian says he's tired of Messenger tying every issue - including Greitens' alleged blackmail - to race
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        Munday, March 4
       
KWMU:  Demo Days coverage:  As Missouri Democrats gear up for elections, a divide emerges about Greitens' future
          Clayton Times:  Visitation Academy student one of two Missourians selected for United States Senate Youth Program
          Washington Missourian:  Gun-control group holds signs outside local gun show X
          Clayton Times:  Former Clay staffer Brian Williams to run against former Reps. Joe Adams and Sharon Pace for Chappelle-Nadal's seat
          CDT:  Hawley won't defend Greitens in lawsuit X
          JCNT:  Barnes:  Lawmakers' sole duty is to determine facts behind Greitens indictment X
          Hartmann:  The hypocrite:  Eric Greitens solidifies his legacy
          Drebes:  Anthem drops plan to change reimbursement for multiple-procedures doctor visits
          CDT:  Bill would help families with children with developmental disabilities X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says Ameren bill a 'win-win' for everyone
          P-D editorial:  Greitens drags the charity he founded into ethical muck
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says Billy Long is reasonable on immigration X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Kim Gardner should focus on St. Louis City crime, not her vanity prosecution of Greitens
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian applauds Post-Dispatch for focus on Greitens
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        Saturday, March 3
       
KWMU:  On St. Louis County visit, Blunt touches on Trump tariff talk - and Greitens' woes
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri agricultural groups express concern over impact of potential trade battles X
          JCNT:  McCaskill aims to end tax breaks for pharma industry ads X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Monthly profile of independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  February 15:  Monthly profile of independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  January 10:  Monthly profile of independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about sex trafficking, Greitens, Trump, midterm outlook for GOP
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Ann Wagner talks sex-trafficking bill
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay files for a tenth term
          KWMU:  Study shows more Missourians are vulnerable to river flooding than previously estimated;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, others
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) won't seek third term X
          Columbia Missourian:  Veterinarian files to run as Democrat against Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of February 26, 2018
          AP:  Greitens criticizes St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney Kim Gardner (D)
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers keep moving forward on bills despite cloud of Greitens' indictment
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) plans to use $80 million in new CHIP money for programs in "crisis mode"
          AP:  Greitens, lawmakers at odds on how to spend $80 million
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission could soon be short of a quorum due to expired terms
          KWMU:  Bill to reduce juvenile population in adult jail gets first-round approval from Missouri Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Amendment limits bill to ban cellphone use while driving
          SE Missourian:  State rebuffs court report on David Robinson's conviction +
          KC Star editorial:  Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum will do economic damage in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' secret texting app has no place in Missouri government X
          P-D family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  The NRA better watch out in Trump country;  Liberal gals' anti-gun klatch will totally change political climate and election results in Missouri
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Edison Electric Institute's Philip Moeller:  SB 564 will provide a smarter energy grid for Missouri +
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        Friday, March 2
       
Washington Post:  Blunt concerned with impact tariffs could have on Missouri businesses
          KWMU:  McCaskill zeroes in on guns, drugs and Greitens
          SNL:  Trump to visit St. Louis for Hawley on March 14 X
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood announces $20 million campaign push - but won't bother spending money in Missouri
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Malden tornado highlights why changes are needed in disaster aid
          P-D:  Moms Demand Action chapter declares victory after "packed" meeting;  Gaggle of gals posts pics to Instagram, plans road trip
          Sedalia Democrat:  Parson speaks to Pettis County GOP, talks McCaskill-Hawley, 2nd Amendment, Buy Missouri
          AP:  Greitens faces inquiry into using political invite on a charity e-mail
          P-D:  Hawley announces probe into Greitens' former charity
          KWMU:  Hawley looking into The Mission Continues, clears Greitens for use of Confide app
          SNL:  No sign Greitens or his office broke law by sending self-destructing texts, Hawley says X
          Missourinet:  Hawley closes one inquiry into Greitens' office, opens another about charity Greitens founded
          The Missouri Times:  AG report says Greitens' office didn't break any laws with use of Confide app
          AP:  Hawley says no apparent violation with Greitens' use of confidential app
          P-D:  Top aides to Greitens called to testify in probe of governor
          KWMU:  Missouri House unanimously authorizes special committee to investigate Greitens' indictment
          AP:  House authorizes own probe into Greitens
          Missourinet:  House launches investigation into Greitens
          KTVO (Kirksville):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt brings to light affordable education savings plan
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri System looks to showcase work with legislative day
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers separate proposals on tuition and tenure
          AP:  Missouri agrees to pay $21M to underpaid blind residents
          The Missouri Times:  House energy bill moves out of committee
          Missourinet:  Contentious 2016 religious freedom measure part of wide-ranging Senate bill
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to indigent defense
          Washington Missourian:  Union city officials closely watching House bills
          The Missouri Times:  Compromise moves working animal bill forward with bipartisan support
          KC Star editorial:  Back off, Missouri lawmakers. KC school district should decide future of Southwest High School X
          Kraske:  Electing a political outsider like Greitens has its risks X
          Messenger:  A high school student studied The Missouri Continues, and then the Greitens campaign came calling
          P-D letter:  Grover man wants Messenger's column placed in opinion section, not next to news
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        Thursday, March 1
       
March 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  William H.T. 'Bucky' Bush, brother and uncle of presidents, dies
          Missourinet:  Hawley makes U.S. Senate bid official
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Keith English (D-Florissant) found dead in apparent suicide
          KWMU:  Former Rep. Keith English has died
          SNL:  Republicans reserve ability to change date of Missouri's 'right to work' vote X
          P-D:  'Right to work' vote could move to August
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) pens letter saying he will not run for re-election
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith to tour tornado-damaged Malden today
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens visits Malden to view damage +
          KWMU:  Greitens to go to trial May 14
          Missourinet:  May court date set as prosecutors in Missouri admit they don't have key photo
          P-D:  St. Louis judge sets May 14 trial date for Greitens;  photo "does not exist," lawyer for Greitens says
          KC Star:  St. Louis City prosecutors don't have photo at center of Greitens case +
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes files resolution to launch House investigation of Gov. Greitens
          KC Star:  Law firm defending Greitens hires statehouse lobbyist
          P-D:  At least 13 GOP House members want Greitens out. Just don't ask who they are.
          KC Star:  Greitens reaching out to Missouri GOP leaders, including Ann Wagner +
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity won't back Senate's tax overhaul plan
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate panel considering 'paycheck protection' bill
          The Missouri Times:  One step forward, two steps back:  The Senate dance around joinder and venue continues
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau talks Waters of the U.S. rule, farm bill at state legislative day
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson emphasizes agriculture and broadband in address to Missouri Farm Bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Major League Baseball backs Hoskins' sports betting bill
          KWMU:  Senate proposes bill to limit fee increases at public universities
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers clash over proposals to eliminate tenure and tuition caps
          Missourinet:  At committee hearing, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) fires back at Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler
          SNL:  Heftier poaching penalties proposed by Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) win Missouri House's approval
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to increase fines for poaching
          P-D:  Senate approves bill to raise age to be tried as an adult from 17 to 18
          The Missouri Times:  At Capitol Day, Dept. of Corrections touts programs aimed at reducing recidivism
          Clayton Times:  St. Louis area state legislators file resolutions to support local control for St. Louis consolidation
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of February 28, 2018
          P-D editorial:  Greitens must get one thing straight:  There was no consent to the photo;  Governor has no right to challenge woman's version of events
          P-D editorial:  Think Missouri's gun laws are dangerous now? Just wait.
          P-D's Raasch:  At Senate committee hearing, McCaskill tells folksy tale about chatting with woman at Missouri supermarket
          P-D letter:  Pacific woman says Kim Gardner (D) is engaging in political bigotry
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        Wednesday, February 28
       
Columbia Missourian:  More than 3,000 young illegals can renew DACA applications
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's sex-trafficking bill passes House after multi-year push
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Demo Days set for this weekend;  Octogenarian organizer John Yancey weighs in on school violence, recalls "Tommy Guns" of his youth
          The Missouri Times:  Filing day compendium:  U.S. Senate, statewides, legislative races
          KWMU:  Few surprises as Missouri's 2018 candidates begin filing to get on ballot
          JCNT:  Eight Republicans file for U.S. Senate on first day of filing X
          SNL:  Hawley files for office, supports Trump's gun-control stance X
          KC Star:  As he files for U.S. Senate, Josh Hawley entertains reporters' questions on Greitens, guns and Trump X
          SE Missourian:  Filing day briefs:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, state legislative incumbents to face token opposition +
          Columbia Missourian:  Filing-day notes
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri farmers, ranchers gather in Capitol for Missouri Farm Bureau's legislative day
          JCNT:  Farmers push for rural broadband Internet X
          The Missouri Times:  C. Brooks Hurst now leads Missouri Soybean Association
          KCUR:  Missouri joins states arguing no tax penalty, no Affordable Care Act
          SNL:  Jeff Notes:  Lawmakers investigating Greitens may meet in private;  Governor's lawyers say prosecutor's reference to "photo" evidence is woman's professional headshot X
          KC Star:  Prosecutor releases list of evidence in case against Greitens X
          P-D:  Greitens defense team says prosecutors may hide evidence by using private investigators
          AP:  Use of private firm for Greitens investigation questioned
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf bill takes aim at A New Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says potential impeachment proceedings will avoid partisanship
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic poll says voters think Greitens should resign
          KWMU:  Bill to extend tax credits for pro-life pregnancy resource centers passes Missouri House
          AP:  Report says more women from Missouri, other states traveling to Illinois for abortions
          JCNT:  Kirk Cameron to speak at Vitae Foundation fundraiser X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee passes several bills expanding gun rights in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson proposes pro-Israel business bill
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) appears to shove, shriek at blind man during public meeting;  Coldwater Creek activist group denounces assault, says violent approach is better suited for West Lake Landfill crowd
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Court of Appeals moves Grain Belt case to Missouri Supreme Court
          AP:  Missouri court revives proposed Midwest power line
          Missourinet:  Massive Missouri Capitol construction project starts Friday in Jefferson City
          AP:  Portrait of George Washington Carver installed in Governor's Mansion
          JCNT editorial:  In interest of state, Greitens should resign X
          KC Star editorial:  House panel should consider one question:  Did Greitens commit a felony? X
          Helling:  Greitens' lawyers are on shaky legal ground in fighting grand jury indictment X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Gun buyback programs work and Missouri should use them
          P-D letter:  Lee's Summit man says Greitens should resign
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian criticizes Post-Dispatch for printing pro-Greitens letter
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau gynecologist dislikes opioid legislation, says prescription-length mandate could stir up problems +
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        Tuesday, February 27
       
The Missouri Times:  Judge Roy Moore endorses Coutland Sykes for U.S. Senate
          AP:  Moore endorses feminist-baiting GOP candidate Courtland Sykes
          P-D:  'MODreamers" hold press conference in Central West End;  Illegal alien "Rigo" recounts dramatic tale of sneaking across the Mexican border as a chico
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Democrats will help gather signatures for "Clean Missouri," "Raise Up Missouri" drives +
          The Missouri Times:  Former teacher to run against Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County)
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with Greitens investigation, Barnes to lead committee
          Missourinet:  Jay Barnes to chair House committee investigating governor's indictment
          Missourinet:  Impeachment process clarified
          JCNT:  Missouri House launches Greitens probe X
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP leaders launch investigation into Greitens while some lawmakers ask him to resign
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP divided over Greitens' future
          CDT:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) undecided on Greitens' future X
          P-D:  Missouri House launches probe;  prosecutors may seek more charges
          Missourinet:  Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City):  Greitens has broken the confidence of the people
          AP:  House forms panel to investigate Greitens
          KCUR:  Analysis:  Legal experts say prosecutor probably has photo Greitens took of woman
          P-D:  E-mail shows how Greitens team began using charity donor list to ask for money
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says Greitens might not like legislators' forthcoming higher-ed funding plan
          The Missouri Times:  Swan files legislation to establish 'Charter Schools Task Force'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes parental-notification abortion bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Reps. Craig Redmon, Nate Walker explain why they voted against marriage-age bill
          The Missouri Times:  'Revenge porn' bill moves to Senate
          JCNT:  Lawmakers fire verbal shots at each other over firearms bills X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers debate expanding lawful carry to bars, college campuses
          The Missouri Time:  Capitol to undergo major renovation beginning March 2018
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers should ban convicted stalkers and abusers from owning guns
          Waters:  The proper punishment for Greitens X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man wonders how many hypocritical, self-righteous state legislators have skeletons in their closets
          KC Star letters:  Liberty man says Greitens' hiring of lobbyist proves guilt;  Gladstone man claims he's so tired of political news that he'll stop writing letters to the editor X
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        Monday, February 26
       
CDT:  Illegal immigrants, supporters rally to complain about Trump;  Speaker mocks First Lady Melania Trump's citizenship status X
          Columbia Missourian:  Immigration rally draws 100;  Speakers include illegal alien, "social documentary photographer," woman slated to take November 2018 loss against Hartzler
          AP:  Several states tackle gerrymandering;  Unions, George Soros among those funding "Clean Missouri" campaign
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks Greitens indictment, opioid legislation, transportation, Senate pro tem campaign;  Panel of Jo Mannies, Reps. Kathie Conway and Gina Mitten, Ray Hartmann talk indictment, impeachment, more
          P-D:  Indictment of Greitens expected to be focus in Missouri House today
          Missourinet:  Hoskins weighs in on Greitens' indictment
          P-D:  Attorney Al Watkins' newest gimmick:  Stripper who filmed lovers seeks pardon from Greitens
          Drebes:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal calls Gina Walsh a "Judas Dixiecrat"
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) wants to keep government, state schools from restricting guns
          KWMU:  School districts attempt to manage influx of immigrant children who don't speak English
          KWMU:  Advocacy group complains about St. Louis City's tax incentives, demands "racially equitable development"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Laura Bush reminds audience that education is vital for all +
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Greitens should step aside X
          P-D editorial:  Effort to strengthen Missouri's open records and meetings laws deserves Legislature's action X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Palestinian man:  No, Missouri Legislature, you cannot sell our First Amendment rights for dark money
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian hopes Greitens' troubles will bring down President Donald Trump X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian compares Greitens' nude photography to Rembrandt's artwork
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        Sunday, February 25
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Is Claire McCaskill really the centrist that she claims to be?
          Sedalia Democrat:  Rep. Vicky Hartzler hosts roundtable with Sedalia Tyson employees
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer discusses Trump's infrastructure proposal
          P-D:  Feds prepare to select construction firms to build $1.7 billion NGA campus
          P-D:  Some Poplar Bluff residents have a soft spot for illegal immigrant;  Local business owners say Honduran alien works hard
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Veterans Commission seeks general counsel
          KC Star:  St. Joseph businessman and GOP donor Stan Herzog in ICU after choking at D.C. steakhouse
          SNL:  Greitens declares state of emergency in response to flooding in southern Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  State of emergency declared in Missouri +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) on Greitens' law firm hiring lobbyists
          JCNT:  A look at Greitens' two paths:  Criminal process and impeachment procedures X
          P-D:  Prepping for impeachment:  Here's what Greitens and lawmakers face in the coming days
          AP:  Indictment of Greitens could have political ripples
          JCNT:  Professor:  Law hinges on expectation of privacy X
          SNL:  More than a dozen Missouri schools allow trained teachers to carry firearms on the job X
          P-D:  Why aren't big-budget movies filmed in Missouri anymore?  No more film-production tax credits.
          Washington Missourian:  Lawmakers want answers about Bourbon virus testing X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens should resign X
          P-D editorial:  The longer Greitens stays, the more disgrace he brings. Time for him to go.
          CDT editorial:  Greitens' effectiveness to lead is tapped out X
          JCNT editorial:  A note about our coverage of Greitens' indictment:  No mug shots, no dragging children into the debate X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Arming teachers is a bad idea X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian criticizes Billy Long for support from NRA and farm groups, says incumbent's Democratic opponent will win in November X
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        Saturday, February 24
       
KWMU:  In wake of Florida shootings, local students split on gun control;  Clayton High School student Neel Vallurupalli says armed teachers could help mitigate damage done by shooters
          KC Star:  Thousands of Blue Springs students plan to skip class in early March X
          SNL:  Local Moms Demand Action chapter plans field trip to Jefferson City;  Gals gab about recent events, organize car pools, imagine that their drop-bys at legislative offices make a difference X
          KWMU:  After 'Atomic Homefront' release, frustrated residents fill Army Corps Coldwater Creek meeting
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Jill Schupp has open campaign roles
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans defer to House committee's investigation after MOGOP calls indictment 'political hit job'
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP takes aim at Dem prosecutor, but Hawley, lawmakers support investigation X
          The Missouri Times:  The path to impeachment:  Speaker's committee could seek ouster of Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens served with Harvey Weinstein on Soros-backed NYC charity board
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Indictment talk dominates
          Missourinet:  Schaaf says he expected indictment of Greitens
          SE Missourian:  Lichtenegger, Swan call for Greitens to step down +
          KWMU:  More Republicans call for Greitens to step down, while Democrats step back
          The Missouri Times:  Hoskins says governor must 'do what is right'
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on indictment
          Missourinet:  Nasheed calls for impeachment proceedings
          KWMU:  Q&A about Greitens indictment
          KWMU:  Five legal issues from the Greitens indictment
          SNL:  Greitens is no 'Peeping Tom,' his attorneys argue in motion to dismiss felony charge X
          AP:  Greitens indicted under law aimed at 'Peeping Toms'
          P-D:  Greitens case could test the definition of 'privacy' in the smartphone era
          P-D:  Who is Mike Parson?  Meet the man who could replace Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Mike Parson described as a 'straight shooter'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House honors lawmaker who donated kidney
          KWMU:  Protest zone at St. Louis City Planned Parenthood narrowly earns first-round approval
          SNL editorial:  Time to remove Greitens from office X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should not treat pregnant drug addicts like criminals
          P-D editorial briefs:  Mocking Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) for marriage-age comments
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Black voters are a problem for Claire McCaskill X
          Messenger:  In the case of State v. Greitens, Lady Justice wears a blindfold
          P-D's Kristen Taketa:  Brave students risk detention to stand up against Missouri Legislature and state's lax gun laws
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Long, Trump do not represent southwest Missourians X
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        Friday, February 23
       
P-D:  Gateway Arch National Park gets presidential seal of approval
          KWMU:  Lawmakers and agricultural groups team up in support of NAFTA;  Comments from Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), Missouri Corn Growers' Shane Kinne, Missouri Dairy's Dave Drennan
          The Missouri Times:  Governor indicted by grand jury, taken into custody;  Greitens' lawyers will appeal
          The Missouri Times:  Libla, Romine call for Greitens to consider resigning
          The Missouri Times:  Following indictment, House will open investigation into governor
          SNL:  Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge X
          CDT:  Rowden calls on Greitens to resign X
          KWMU:  Grand jury indicts Greitens
          KWMU:  What you need to know about the Greitens indictment
          AP:  Greitens indicted on invastion of privacy charge
          P-D:  Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy
          P-D:  Some lawmakers call for Greitens to resign;  GOP leaders call for an investigation
          The Atlantic:  The indictment of Eric Greitens;  From rising star to felony charges in barely one year
          KC Star's Max Londberg:  Twitter highlights:  Missouri political pundits, East Coast media roast Greitens with one-liners X
          Missourinet:  Nasheed calls on Speaker Richardson to begin impeachment process
          SNL:  Haahr's tax overhaul plan includes tax cuts, higher DMV fees X
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr files bill to cut taxes while generating revenue for roads, bridges
          SNL:  Greitens' higher ed cuts can be restored, Fitzpatrick says X
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick outlines plan to restore proposed Missouri higher education cuts
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate starts process to boost funding for nursing homes
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans look to fix state's 'bad reputation' for legal climate with Munzlinger's venue and joinder legislation, but bill gets laid over
          The Missouri Times:  Kaufman Fund pens letter calling for General Assembly's opposition to asbestos bill
          The Missouri Times:  House sends industrial hemp, homeowners' association bills to Senate
          KWMU:  Pro & con:  House Bill 2179 to penalize companies boycotting Israel
          The Missouri Times:  PSC signs off on Spire rate case
          KWMU:  Regulators, environmentalists and scientists weigh in on how to keep Missouri's lakes clean
          Missourinet:  Resolution from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) addresses Equal Rights Amendment
          P-D editorial:  When the NRA is under fire, Sen. Roy Blunt comes to the rescue
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens didn't shoot straight with Missourians, can't govern under indictment X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens must resign
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Greitens' problems do harm to state X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Distracted driving is deadly;  Legislature should pass Dixon's bill X
          Messenger:  Greitens slithers up to the biggest snake in the swamp and seeks salvation
          Phill Brooks:  Flaring tempers do nothing but divide Missouri's Senate
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        Thursday, February 22
       
Variety:  Josh Hawley slams McCaskill over Hollywood ties
          CNBC:  McCaskill, two other vulnerable Senate Dems show why party is at risk of losing seats in 2018
          SE Missourian:  Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at Show Me Center, stresses education +
          The Missouri Times:  Bill White launches TV ad for Senate bid
          SNL:  Greitens, allies still have Confide accounts following Capitol purge X
          Missourinet:  Hawley to release results soon in inquiry into Greitens' use of Confide app
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation filed to strengthen Missouri's open records laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate starts process to boost funding for nursing homes
          AP:  Legislature moves forward on drug take-back program
          SNL:  Missouri Senate talks medical marijuana X
          Missourinet:  Missouri high school class of 2017 increased score on AP exams;  Asians (3.46 average) outpaced whites (3.13), with Hispanics (2.66) and blacks (1.92) pulling up the rear
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill that would allow Mizzou to charge higher tuition stalls in Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) would immediately suspend license of drivers who hit construction workers
          JCNT:  Advocates lobby to help prevent suicides in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  House bill seeks to do away with car inspections X
          The Missouri Times:  Munzlinger honored with award from Missouri Agribusiness Association
          Missourinet:  'Missouri Sliced Bread Day' legislation is approved by Missouri House
          P-D:  National advocacy group 'Human Rights Watch' criticizes private probation companies in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Allegations of timecard fraud in Oran in hands of Hawley's office to avoid conflict of interest +
          KC Star editorial:  KC listening session came up with no good reason for the EPA to repeal the Clean Power Plan X
          P-D editorial:  Another embarrassment for Missouri's executioners
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Terry Ganey:  How Gatehouse Media has gutted the Columbia Daily Tribune
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Bill that benefits utilities comes at the expense of Missourians
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law prof Chad Flanders:  The problem with 'stand your ground' laws
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Missouri bill to criminalize pregnant women who do drugs would hurt more than help;  Thoughts from Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee, American Congress of OB/GYNs "Sarah Topps [sic]," state legislators X
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        Wednesday, February 21
       
P-D:  McCaskill says VA has reversed itself and paid claims to 17 WWII vets exposed to mustard gas
          KWMU:  DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison visits St. Louis, meets with black activists
          KWMU:  St. Louis activist uses 'Black Panther' film to register minority voters
          P-D:  Army Corps of Engineers to give update on Coldwater Creek cleanup
          P-D:  Illinois businessman contributes $500k to pro-'right to work' campaign
          Drebes:  Bill Otto running for a different House seat this time around
          KWMU:  Joe Reagan resigns as St. Louis Regional Chamber CEO
          CDT:  Greitens pays visit to Mexico veterans home X
          CDT:  Greitens:  Taxpayers not funding attorneys' fees for investigation X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense files for open records lawsuit to be dismissed
          KC Star:  Lawmakers pass 'revenge porn' measure, with Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) making Greitens "duct tape" joke X
          The Missouri Times:  Forced arbitration? Not for sexual harassment claims, Hawley says
          Missourinet:  Hawley says costs of state's harassment and discrimination payouts are not sustainable
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill on hold for now as House looks to send their own version to the Senate
          SNL:  Marriage bill divides Springfield lawmakers X
          KMOX:  House passes measure to ban marriage under age 15;  Comments from "Rep. Warren Moon [sic]"
          P-D:  More Missouri students take AP exams, but black students continue to disappoint;  Asians, whites score higher than state mean
          Missourinet:  Court rejects lawsuit intended to reinstate fired Missouri Education Commissioner
          P-D:  Judge rejects push to reverse firing on Missouri's top educator
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would enable city buses to transport high schoolers
          The Missouri Times:  Hoskins introduces legislation legalizing sports gambling in Missouri
          KWMU:  Gun-control group visits Capitol
          Missourinet:  Gun-control group visits Capitol offices
          AP:  Missouri House gives initial approval to industrial hemp
          JCNT:  Bill would limit TIF projects to blighted areas X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would put sales tax increase for public safety on Centralia ballot
          P-D:  Centene says subsidiary will no longer provide drugs for Missouri executions
          KC Star editorial:  Scott Pruitt's EPA will talk so-called Clean Power Plan in KC today X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helpful in the fight against Big Pain
          KWMU "race, identity and culture" reporter Ashley Lisenby:  #MeToo founder's speech at Webster University addresses white women co-opting the hashtag and other emotional struggles
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's investigation of Greitens is political and not based on public safety
          P-D op-ed:  If Greitens took a picture during pull-up lessons, he is guilty of "perversion" and should resign
          KC Star op-ed:  Union contractors' leader:  Repealing the prevailing wage on construction jobs hurts workers and the economy X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph Downtown Partnership's Rhabecca Boerkircher:  Historic tax credits essential to ensuring Downtown thrives X
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        Tuesday, February 20
       
Washington Examiner:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves talks federal transportation funding
          Faughn:  The players involved in the Greitens investigation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirsville) says investigation into Greitens goes beyond blackmail allegations
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says investigation into Greitens "could turn into a witch hunt"
          The Missouri Times:  Three House reps vying for Silvey's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Rammaha in race for Rep. Cloria Brown's seat
          Clayton Times:  Jimmy Loomis resigns as Clayton Township Democratic committeeman
          KWMU:  Parson visits St. Louis Veterans home;  Conditions continue to improve, residents and families say
          Missourinet:  Parson honors those fighting for change at veterans home
          P-D:  Parson thanks those who exposed problems at veterans home
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf calls out colleagues over utility rate legislation X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) on tax credits and the Senate's relationship with Gov. Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Hegeman asks Senate to weigh the needs of the state when considering historic tax credits, bill laid over
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate historic tax credits
          KWMU:  Low-income housing tax credit freeze casts shadow over legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  DOR projecting quarter-million increase in costs for postage
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill would provide more than three months of unemployment benefits
          P-D:  In Texas County, indigent defendants will be defended by private attorneys
          JCNT:  Firearms bill hearings delayed a week X
          SNL:  Greitens' staff met with board members before Vandeven's firing, appointee says X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes bill that would ban marriage of kids 14 and younger
          JCNT:  Bill would create new opportunities for Missourians with disabilities X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Texting and driving bills shut down X
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) battles critics of hunting permit bill X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers asked to improve abuse case investigations X
          Missourinet:  Committee report sent to Speaker Todd Richardson about Warren Love's Facebook comment
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling demonstrations outside abortion facility pits pro-life group versus "Guild of Silly Heathens";  Pro-choice group dresses up as female genitalia, waves "Honk if You're Horny" signs
          SNL:  National advocacy group gives Missouri poor ranking for health X
          P-D editorial:  Roy Blunt is kept in line by NRA cash
          P-D editorial:  Hawley steps up for workers in harassment arbitration cases
          KC Star editorial:  More women die when domestic abusers own guns, but Missouri legislators don't care X
          Priddy:  To prevent a school shooting in Missouri, legislators should spend more money on mental health care
          KWMU's Rachel Lippmann:  Former KWMU reporter Chris McDaniel now writing for Buzzfeed, still targeting Missouris' execution drug supplier
          JCNT letter:  Prolific letter-writer Sue Gibson responds to letter responding to McCaskill's abortion stance X
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        Monday, February 19
       
KWMU:  Missouri could struggle to draw federal funds with new infrastructure plan;  Comments from Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson
          P-D:  Tight clamp on immigration hits Marshall, Mo.;  El Salvadorans are in the United States legally, for now
          P-D:  Jesse Jackson, 76, makes appearance in St. Louis City
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) talks audit of Dept. of Revenue;  Panel of Reps. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) and Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), David Barklage, Jane Dueker talk corruption investigation, budget, more
           Drebes:  Annette Read's America First MO, formerly Show-Me Trump, to open office early next month
           KC Star:  Date set for special election for Silvey's state Senate seat X
           Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Equifax seeks regional director for state government relations
           KWMU:  Former St. Louis judge has joined governor's legal team
           Columbia Missourian:  MU communications prof, PR pros offer analysis on how Greitens has handled scandal
           KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks Greitens' higher ed cuts
           Columbia Missourian:  Legislators debate prevailing wage
           Missourinet:  Springfield mayor pushes for Missouri primary seat belt law
           P-D:  MoDOT to hold session on plans for I-270 in North St. Louis County
           AP:  Missouri works to secure national bicycle route
           SNL:  Lawyers call case against Springfield massage parlors weak. Just wait, Hawley's office says. X
           KC Star editorial:  No more swanky dinners or free booze? Missouri lawmakers should ban lobbyist gifts X
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's rural way of life threatened by more than wind power
           Messenger:  Hallmark, Hawley and the #MeToo movement;  forced arbitration falls flat
           CDT Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Democratic state auditor gives lesson in fiscal discipline X
           KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian dislikes Hawley's support for military parade X
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        Sunday, February 18
       
P-D:  Big military budget refuels St. Louis-built Super Hornet
          JCNT:  Pressure to legalize marijuana in Missouri is high X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) talks $36M in potential savings on This Week in Missouri Politics
          SNL:  Bill to empower auditor, backed by local officials, stalls in Missouri Senate X
          Missourinet:  The number of Missouri students enrolled at University of Arkansas has doubled in ten years;  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) points out Razorbacks' recruiting success
          SNL:  MSU, Drury researchers to study opinions on poverty;  Residents of five counties - or those claiming to be - can take online survey regarding poor people's work ethic, other topics X
          KC Star:  Neosho gun shop owner helps son's baseball team by donating rifle for raffle;  Facebook post triggers gun-control proponents, elicits emotional responses X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says retirement bill has earned bipartisan support
          P-D:  Real estate series:  St. Louis City couple complains about redlining, says US Bank lender suggested they consider a safer neighborhood - and other outrages
          P-D:  Real estate series:  Red-hot O'Fallon, Mo. keeps growing and growing;  Low crime rate, safe schools draw high-earning homeowners
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Nate Tate (R-St. Clair) would ban synthetic human urine X
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau NAACP holds dinner;  Speakers say every vote counts, tout power of "community," etc. +
          Clayton Times:  St. Louis NAACP to honor Rosa Parks at annual event
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt should compromise on immigration X
          P-D editorial:  Auditor Nicole Galloway suggests common-sense budgeting. What a concept.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Utility rates due a reset X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Child marriages a bad idea X
          Waters:  Senate Bill 612 is a sneaky tax credit X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Bipartisan energy legislation is good for Missouri electric customers
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian wants Blunt to add special section to Senate website so she can complain about his Second Amendment stance
          SNL letter:  Local union communications director disagrees with Eric Burlison on 'right to work' X
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        Saturday, February 17
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          AP:  Blunt:  Trump to nominate Timothy Garrison as U.S. attorney
          SNL:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen says AR-15 raffle involved 'a lot of due diligence' X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition for medical marijuana raises $250k
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of February 12, 2018
          Drebes:  Mark Ausmus, former chief of staff to Speaker Bob Griffin (D), files age-discrimination suit against Missouri Department of Revenue
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes 17 bills, kills one, while the Senate focuses on utility bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers fear looming infrastructure crisis
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Historic Preservation Tax Bill could see work next week X
          The Missouri Times:  'Raise the Age' legislation back again
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler accuses Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) of nepotism;  Basye says allegations are bovine excrement
          KC Star:  GOP legislators hope to get rid of mandatory vehicle inspections X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington):  Gun control is not the answer to mass shootings
          AP:  Missouri Department of Mental Health notifying 1,000 people about mailing error
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation would open doors for Missouri farmers to grow hemp
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 15, 2018
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Doug Beck (D-St. Louis County) would designate a Blake Snyder Memorial Highway
          P-D editorial briefs:  In support of sex-education additions from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston)
          CDT op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  It's time to align Missouri's family courts with research X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Trump's EPA budget shows disregard for St. Louisans' health
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        Friday, February 16
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate finds no path on immigration;  Comments from Blunt X
          KCUR:  Mexican alien could be deported as soon as today;  Crecensio Mendez-Ramirez claims he must stay in Missouri because he's wanted by Mexican drug cartels
          P-D:  Blunt says Russian election influence was marginal;  Intelligence Committee report coming soon
          SE Missourian:  Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Show Me Center +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party looking for paid volunteers to gather signatures for pro-'right to work' petition
          Drebes:  New Approach says it's nearing signature target for cannabis initiative
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana gaining steam in Missouri;  Comments from New Approach Missouri's Jack Cardetti X
          Missourinet:  Investigators dispatched by office of St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) talk with Speaker Todd Richardson, Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty about Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's utility bill passes the Senate, heads to House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes contentious utility bill after intense debate
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz advocates for gas tax
          KWMU:  The jobless could enjoy 13 weeks of benefits under bill passed by Missouri House
          KCUR:  Senate committee favors taxing out-of-state entertainers to bring in millions for arts
          P-D:  Lawmakers target Anthem's controversial emergency room policy
          KWMU:  St. Louis City schools look at residency program to encourage new teachers to stick it out;  Half of teachers throw in the towel within 5 years
          P-D:  Missouri teacher preparation program ratings aim to help keep teachers on the job
          Columbia Missourian:  Total ban on texting and driving heard by Senate committee
          SNL:  Comments solicited by Missouri State Parks oppose selling closed state parks X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri plans to close all coal ash ponds but will leave the waste in place
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture makes budget plea to cover cost of dicamba investigations;  Some pesticide applicators choose to use approved herbicide irresponsibly
          Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action trying to stop state campus carry bill
          KC Star:  Lawmakers discuss domestic abusers and gun restrictions X
          SNL:  Fewer gun-free zones or fewer guns:  Missouri lawmakers split on what's safer X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) talks Florida shooting, gun control
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) promotes resolution to make youth violence a health epidemic
          KC Star editorial:  Where is the Republican who will take on the NRA?  Blunt should flip-flop on gun control X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Historic tax credits work X
          KC Star op-ed:  Georgetown University coed wants McCaskill and Blunt to support path to citizenship for illegals X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Fiscal notes matter
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves School Board's Jean Dugan says state legislators spend too much time talking about charter schools
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        Thursday, February 15
       
Fortune:  Blunt warns Trump against starting reciprocal battle on tariffs
          Missourinet:  McCaskill report questions $9 million drug maker/pain management group relationships
          The Missouri Times:  Elijah Haahr returns from Washington, D.C. after attending President Trump's infrastructure rollout
          Missourinet:  Libertarian group launches ad blitz today critical of McCaskill's vote against tax cuts
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Monthly profile of independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O'Dear
          SNL:  Spence Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund honors memory of former Ashcroft/Bond/Blunt/Schweich communicator;  Thoughts from Jeff Layman, Joe Passanise, Scott Faughn, others
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri high court upholds former Sen. Robin Wright-Jones' (D-St. Louis City) ethics violation fees
          The Missouri Times:  Investigators from the office of St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D) expand Greitens probe, begin interviewing lawmakers
          Missourinet:  Investigators from St. Louis City visit Capitol as part of Greitens probe
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens promotes tax plan in St. Joseph
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Municipal League welcomes Ashcroft, legislators at annual conference
          Missourinet:  Transportation is a top priority for Missouri Municipal League
          SE Missourian:  Election officials give reasons why local systems are protected from hacking;  Thoughts from Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, others
          The Missouri Times:  Senate utility bill filibuster returns, compromise apparently no longer standing
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants teacher voice on State Board of Education, proposes bill
          The Missouri Times:  Marriage age bill encounters resistance during perfection
          The Missouri Times:  Moon's bill seeks to refund sales tax from assessments, Budget Committee passes two bills out of committee
          JCNT:  Bill seeks changes for state workers;  Measure would modify job classifications, offer managers more flexibility
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would honor officers killed in the line of duty
          P-D:  Student journalists would be shielded from censorship under proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers want to get rid of residency rule used to attack Hawley
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate panel revives password protection efforts
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee looks at two swatting bills after Wichita tragedy
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers consider doing away with vehicle safety inspections
          Missourinet:  Missouri mayors want a primary seat belt law
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tax cuts spur KCP&L rate update case
          P-D:  In "#metoo" complaint era, Hawley and legislative Republicans split on private handling of employment disputes
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers take Gov. Eric Greitens to school on Board of Education
          KC Star editorial:  2018 elections in Missouri could be hacked
          P-D op-ed:  Institute for Justice attorney:  Missouri Legislature should not repeal Ferguson-inspired laws
          JCNT letter:  Saint Elizabeth septuagenarian questions how McCaskill reconciles Catholic faith with support for abortion
          P-D letter:  Arnold sexagenarian says disgruntled Americans must rise up, form alternative political parties, realize every vote matters, etc.
          KC Star letter:  Kansas septuagenarian man dislikes Missouri legislators' approach to gun laws;  Kansas septuagenarian woman says Star prints too many letters from men
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        Wednesday, February 14
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill pushes for opioid makers' disclosures X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Conservation Federation of Missouri roles
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens in favor of revoking citizenship for Columbia man who aided terrorists
          KCUR's Up to Date:  Jason Rosenbaum, UMSL's Dave Robertson talk with Steve Kraske about redistricting, gerrymandering, and what lies ahead
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri School Boards' Association hosts legislative day in Jefferson City;  Thoughts from MSBA's Melissa Randol, others
          SNL:  Attorneys spar for hours as judge weighs whether to void Vandeven firing X
          Columbia Missourian:  Consent may soon be required as part of statewide sexual education curriculum
          The Missouri Times:  Senate tax plan moves forward, Greitens' version stalled
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Senate panel passes bill to cut income taxes, raise gas tax +
          The Missouri Times:  Audit of Dept. of Revenue from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) highlights $36 million in cost savings
          AP:  Missouri House votes to trim length of unemployment benefits
          KC Star:  KC restaurant owner's plea to lawmakers:  Let me put more felons to work X
          The Missouri Times:  Syringe access bill gets bipartisan support in House
          AP:  House advances needle-exchange bill
          KC Star:  Proposal would raise fee to file initiative petition X
          CDT:  Report:  Russia used fake KKK news to instigate more fear during University of Missouri's 2015 race agitation X
          JCNT:  House approves Adrian's Island bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Critics say Clean Water Law revisions would allow for more pollution
          The Missouri Times:  Police pensions predicament in St. Louis City heads to Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Proposal from Rep. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe) would honor home of sliced bread X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sean Spence seeks to build on KOPN's 45-year history;  Former Dem campaign manager/consultant serves as general manager for public radio station
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) right to want to keep tabs on Missouri's plethora of special taxing districts
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  AT&T's John Sondag on impact of Trump tax cuts on workers;  Jason Smith on rural broadband +
          Jensen:  Yes, I'm a senior citizen - I earned it;  Response to KC Star letter from sexagenarian complaining about use of term "seniors" +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield):  You won't believe what's going on at the Capitol - principled public service
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City):  Forced arbitration keeps Missouri's employees in the dark X
          P-D letter:  Self-described political independent frustrated by Post-Dispatch's chronic bias
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        Tuesday, February 13
       
Missourinet:  In response to GOP tax cuts, Tyson Foods to give bonuses to 5,000 Missouri workers
          TIME:  Americans for Prosperity to run ads critical of McCaskill for opposing tax cuts
          USA Today:  McCaskill says advocacy groups became 'cheerleaders for opioids'
          P-D:  McCaskill says top opioid manufacturers gave millions to pain groups
          SNL:  Josh Hawley says Missouri 'would love to' host military parade desired by President Trump X
          KC Star:  Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who gave Hawley $300k for 2016 AG campaign, gave $5,400 in November for U.S. Senate campaign;  Peter Thiel has been longtime critic of Google X
          SE Missourian:  Rebuilding roads, bridges, ports requires funding partnership +
          KWMU:  What's next for the West Lake Landfill
          KC Star:  Unions renew 'Fight for $15' minimum wage increase +
          The Missouri Times:  Jim Murphy running for Rep. Cloria Brown's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Bill Otto to run against GOP Rep. Tom Hannegan
          The Missouri Times:  Rodney Boyd, Kate Casas, Brian Grace, Kelvin Simmons leave Dentons, start Nexus group
          Missourinet:  Galloway presents her budget to House committee
          SNL:  Missouri GOP leaders agree (sort of) about tax cuts, but the devil remains in the details X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU medical program, other higher ed initiatives could lose all state funding
          The Missouri Times:  House votes down gubernatorial priority police dog bill, advances labor and liquor legislation
          P-D:  Boosting penalties for those who assault police dogs fizzles
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill on public union dues
          SNL:  Bill that could delay state enforcement of water pollution heard by Missouri lawmakers X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill aims to keep opioids out of the wrong hands X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) wants sex education to include curriculum about sexual harassment, violence and consent
          Missourinet:  Legislature considers updating sex offender registry
          The Missouri Times:  Chez Monet opens at the Capitol
          KC Star editorial:  'The bridge to Kansas':  Why hasn't Missouri learned from Brownback's tax cut mistakes? X
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Don't gift medical marijuana to McCaskill
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Liquor bill will hurt Missouri, help Total Wine
          SE Missourian letter:  Sexagenarian Democrat says Greitens' effectiveness has ben hampered +
          P-D letter:  Easterseals Midwest CEO says legislators should support fair play for nonprofit workers
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        Monday, February 12   Missouri State Holiday - Lincoln Day
       
Missourinet:  Bi-state group supporting illegal aliens wants looser immigration policy;  Mexican pobrecita says she lives in fear thanks to President Trump
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver weighs in on alien - living illegally in Kansas - arrested by ICE;  Congressman suggests letter he sent to Trump might make a difference X
          CDT:  Nonprofits discuss impact of increase in federal tax code's standard deduction X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep.-elect Mike Revis (D-Fenton) talks special election win, labor issue;  Panel of Reps. Beck Ruth (R-Festus) and Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Jeff Roorda, ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman talks utility legislation, Revis' win, "raise the age" legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Mike Revis (D-Fenton) talks his win on This Week in Missouri Politics
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Craig Razer (D-Kansas City) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about impact of tax cuts, MoDOT's budget needs, MONA, Mike Revis' win, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri state and county government offices closed for Lincoln Day
          Columbia Missourian:  SOS Jay Ashcroft pushing for more money to support broadband in libraries
          P-D:  Judge:  Missouri taxpayers must pay for transgender prisoners' hormone therapy
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens doesn't support proposed gas tax increase suggested by 21st Century Committee X
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill would empower trained campus faculty as protection officers
          P-D:  Decision on St. Louis school board and charter school renewals among delays from state board standoff
          Columbia Missourian:  What is Native American art? Missouri lawmakers trying to define it
          Columbia Missourian:  Bills address postpartum care
          AP:  Missouri bill would mark official day for sliced bread
          P-D:  Advocacy group gives Missouri poor score for traffic safety laws
          Messenger:  Will old Rock Island rail line get new life as a trail? Missouri waits.
          KC Star letter:  Area sexagenarian says use of term "seniors" is demeaning to olds X
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        Sunday, February 11
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Profile:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander and campaign mastermind Abe Rakov
          P-D:  DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison joins Lacy Clay to push for minimum wage;  Comments from "Raise the Wage" leader "Betty [sic] Douglas"
          KSDK (St. Louis):  "Raise the Wage" group rallies in Ferguson;  Bettie Douglas, age 60, explains travails of managing a household budget
          SNL:  Speaker-to-be Elijah Haahr to attend transportation roundtable with Trump and Pence tomorrow X
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens deflects questions about affair X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf opposes Greitens' tax plan
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers make it easier for monopolies to raise electricity and gas rates
          SNL op-ed:  Eric Burlison:  'Right to work' gives workers a choice X
          KC Star op-ed:  Nursing home CEO:  Missouri legislators should spend more money on nursing home reimbursement;  Also, greeting card industry must stop pushing ageist retirement cards X
          JCNT op-ed:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler:  Legislation aims to rob Missourians of conservation resources X
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors conservative mocks Post-Dispatch's liberal bent, stock market ignorance and glee over one (1) Democratic state legislative win
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        Saturday, February 10
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith votes against budget deal that boosts federal spending, debt +
          Drebes:  Kit Bond alum Judy Dungan appointed by President Trump to GSA post
          KC Star:  McCaskill blames state legislators for women's incarceration rates X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Man who stabbed bar employee to death had a green card;  Social media reports suggested Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian was an illegal alien X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler bill would rename Columbia post office after fallen soldier
          AP:  Study:  Failure of Mississippi River locks would cost millions
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense in blackmail investigation not pro bono
          KC Star:  Galloway warns state budget 'starting to walk towards the bridge to Kansas' X
          JCNT:  Legislators:  Broadband, higher state pay are priorities X
          KWMU:  Growing discontent with state testing among school superintendents
          CDT:  At forum, state reps say higher education funding a priority X
          KC Star:  New UMKC chancellor promises 'something spectacular' for Kansas City X
          AP:  Missouri National Guard to partner with Israeli Home Front Command
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Quail Forever sponsors youth hunt next Saturday;  Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) donates cash to cover cost of hunter caps and vests kids will receive
          KC Star:  NAACP's Nimrod Chapel to represent former corrections officer seeking cash from Missouri Dept. of Corrections;  Latino man claims he was discriminated against due to race, "adult attention deficit disorder" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators, not their interns, are the problem in Jefferson City;  State lawmakers, staff should sit through longer versions of anti-harassment training X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Legislature should pass LGBT protections, but Republicans stand in the way X
          SNL letter:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson):  McCaskill failed constituents on late-term abortion vote X
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        Friday, February 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt talk budget deal
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long talks Nunes memo, Mueller probe X
          AP:  Feds seek to revoke citizenship of man who illegally funneled money to Iraq;  Mubarek Hamed's "Islamic-American Relief Agency" was based in Columbia, Mo.
          P-D:  Gateway Arch National Park just needs Trump's signature to become official name
          The Missouri Times:  Senate finds compromise during 24-hour filibuster, perfect's Emery's utility bill
          P-D:  After 24-hour filibuster, Missouri Senate endorses electricity rate deal sought by Ameren
          AP:  Senators filibuster utility rates
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to utility legislation
          Missourinet:  Governor faces media at Missouri Press Association event
          CDT:  Greitens takes question from Post-Dispatch's Christopher Ave over photo of woman, says topic has already been covered X
          KWMU:  As Greitens touts tax-cut proposal, he declines to get behind fuel-tax increase
          KWMU:  Reactions to Greitens' proposal to trim higher ed
          CDT:  Galloway warns of dire budget possibilities in 'stress test' X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  We cannot grow our way out of a budget hole
          Missourinet:  Galloway says state budget unstable, vulnerable to economic downturn
          SNL:  Jeff Notes briefs:  'X-ray' of Missouri workforce shows low morale;  utility bill sparks filibuster X
          JCNT:  Administration looks to improve state employee culture X
          KWMU:  Proposal would reduce time for seeking personal-injury payout in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) says bill would prevent 'double-dipping' from those seeking asbestos jackpots
          The Missouri Times:  Anne Precythe touts numerous changes at Dept. of Corrections
          Drebes:  St. Louis Business Journal endorses Wiemann proposal to put municipal financial information on a public website
          KC Star op-ed:  Mizzou Professor Emeritus Art Jago:  Missouri has too many public universities. It must close campuses. X
          SNL op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Petition process plays vital role X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian praises McCaskill for holding town halls, wants GOP officials to do the same X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County feminist angry at Danforth over Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings from 1991
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        Thursday, February 8
       
WDAF (Kansas City):  "National Day of Action" for supporters of illegal aliens draws crowd of six (6) outside McCaskill's office
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Prosecutor says murderer's potential illegal-alien status "isn't relevant ... not appropriate" X
          KWMU:  Hawley's allies believe views on human trafficking will boost support from base;  McCaskill calls comments "stupid and ignorant"
          KWMU:  Rural ambulances make do while waiting for Congress to renew funding
          CDT: Saundra McDowell enters GOP race for state auditor X
          Rosenbaum:  Democrats rejoice after capturing Jefferson County-based state House seat
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  A Democrat flips a Missouri House seat, and infighting ensues;  Comments from veteran GOP brain Scott Dieckhaus, "Rep. Peter Meridith [sic]"
          P-D:  Hand-wringing for Republicans, rejoicing for Democrats in Missouri House special election
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Attorney representing man at center of Greitens allegations being asked to stop seeking publicity
          AP:  Report suggests improvements for Missouri veterans homes
          Drebes:  Chappelle-Nadal, mad at Wallingford for signing West Lake Landfill letter, gives Cape senator a receipt
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf, Libla lead filibuster against Emery's 'utility tax' bill
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears Romine's gubernatorial appointment reform bill, supporters say 'the process is broken'
          KWMU:  Senate bill targets Greitens' appointments to state boards and commissions
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate bill would restrict when governor can make appointments
          P-D:  Critics pan how Greitens' cabinet member is paid
          JCNT:  Lawmakers again asked to require paper ballots X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) on minors' abortion notification given preliminary approval
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider higher penalties for Missouri protesters blocking highways
          The Missouri Times:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce supports easing work-related barriers for convicted felons
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) seeks to expand Safe at Home confidentiality program
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would shrink window to seek personal-injury payday
          The Missouri Times:  Eggleston's bill gives more towns option to be non-election towns
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 7, 2018
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation updating black bear research page;  Department uses ID tags to track movements of young animals X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice promote "Juvenile Injustice" campaign to tackle schools' discipline of poorly-behaved black children
          JCNT editorial:  Proposal to scuttle House internship program misguided X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. undergrads Anirudh Prahu and Ishaan Shah:  Republicans in Missouri won't expand Medicaid, so state should make it easier for physicians to monitor care of pregnant women
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