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        Monday, August 19, 2019
       
KWMU:  Kirsten Gillibrand brings presidential campaign to St. Louis City
          P-D:  Gillibrand stumps agasint "misogynist" Trump in St. Louis City:  "We need a woman at the head of the table" X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long and House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) to tour Ozarks
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Marijuana advocates form Northwest Missouri NORML chapter X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt says abandoned buildings boost crime
          SNL:  Princeton Review names College of the Ozarks most conservative college in the country X
          JCNT editorial:  Can Nicole Galloway make a respectable showing in gov race? X
          JCNT editorial:  Arm Missouri teachers with knowledge, not guns X
          KC Star editorial:  Exoneree Ricky Kidd lost 22 years behind bars. How can Missouri say he's owed nothing? X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Walking around Walmart with a rifle is legal - and shows insanity of Missouri gun laws X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says Democrats to blame for violence in St. Louis City, other urban war zones X
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        Sunday, August 18, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats rally behind Galloway's gubernatorial bid at Truman Dinner
          P-D:  Galloway attends urban gun-control rally X
          Joplin Globe:  Moms Demand Action group holds rally in Joplin;  Area sexagenarian says Blunt, Hawley must flip-flop on gun control to win re-election X
          SNL:  Census workers to verify addresses in door-to-door visits X
          Joplin Globe:  Advocacy groups seek to put Medicaid expansion on ballot;  Comments from Jobs With Justice, GOP lawmakers, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys blasts abortion referendum ballot language as 'dishonest'
          The Missouri Times:  Federal court rules against Toalson Reisch for blocking constituent on Twitter
          P-D:  Nevada company wins Missouri contract to score pot business applications X
          SNL:  Hickory County to consider CAFO ordinance X
          P-D:  Veterinarians in short supply, leaving Missouri farms, clinics scrambling for care X
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  Yes on 2020 Medicaid expansion ballot measures X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers take cover after shooting of 8-year-old in KC:  'Gun laws don't work' X
          KC Star op-ed:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D):  Together, Gov. Mike Parson and I will end the border war X
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian pleads for Parson to improve service at state vehicle license offices X
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        Saturday, August 17, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Billy Long and House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) teaming up on ag issues
          Brownfield Ag News:  Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says market facilitation payments on track
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says he is considering special session
          P-D:  Democrats say they'll "make hay" of Parson's call for special session, seize opportunity to criticize governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri officially launches scholarship for adult learners
          SNL:  State extends deadline for dispensary license applications X
          The Missouri Times:  State extends deadline for medical marijuana facility applications
          P-D:  Sponsors of pro-life legislation dismiss claims that women would be prosecuted for abortions X
          AP:  Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar debunks agitation over abortion law, says no prosecutor "in their right mind" would prosecute a woman who sought an abortion
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) loses lawsuit over Twitter blocking X
          JCNT:  DNR taking a deeper look into Rock Island Trail funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  Adult care workers want more money
          CDT:  Cooper County health board passes last-minute CAFO restrictions X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nicole Galloway's uphill battle X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should monitor changes to Endangered Species Act X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Stephen Limbaugh Sr., back in Cape, shares wisdom +
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        Friday, August 16, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Governor's Ham Breakfast:  Parson encourages farmers in tough weather year
          JCNT:  Flood recovery should focus on making improvements, Parson says X
          KWMU:  Democratic gov candidate Nicole Galloway attends Governor's Ham Breakfast, criticizes Parson
          KC Star:  Media pushes Parson, Galloway on gun control X
          P-D:  Ham Breakfast notes:  Galloway criticizes governor;  Parson "disappointed" by Galloway's negative start;  Blunt praises Hawley;  Marsha Haefner not running for state Senate;  Doug Libla not endorsing in state Senate primary X
          Missourinet:  Blunt pleased with USDA's relocation decision
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft talks approach to referendum request, explains where ACLU made errors
          KC Star:  Ashcroft critiques ACLU bumbling of referendum attempt X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri granted federal funds for counseling services for those impacted by storms, floods
          AP:  Man has no regret for hysteria he caused at Walmart
          The Missouri Times:  Rick Roeber looks to continue Rebecca Roeber legacy in House
          KWMU:  Ferguson activist Rasheen "Sheen Bean" Aldridge to fill Bruce Franks' abandoned House seat
          P-D:  Business leaders lay groundwork for Irish companies coming to Missouri;  Comments from Gov. Parson X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Parson announces Briggs & Stratton expansion, talks potential impact
          Daily American Republic:  Parson announces major expansion, future job growth at Poplar Bluff plant +
          KWMU:  UMSL Chancellor Tom George looks back on 16 years of leadership
          CDT:  MU employee objects to honoring Missouri gun laws on campus X
          P-D:  Deadline extended to Monday for pot business applications;  Only 236 received so far X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri awarded negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor trail
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lottery Commission receives 'excellent' rating from audit
          P-D editorial:  Pelosi's gun-control measures don't go far enough to help St. Louis City X
          P-D editorial:  Hawley proposes an unconstitutional solution to a nonexistent problem X
          P-D editorial board video:  Nancy Pelosi and Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson discuss why President Trump is wrong on guns, immigration, etc. X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis "social liberal" angry at Blunt and Hawley over Russia X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man responds to James Shuls op-ed regarding school superintendents, suggests Shuls should get fired from UMSL X
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        Thursday, August 15, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri and Kansas governors working together on USDA relocation
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Kelly reiterate support for cease in 'border wars'
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA disaster declaration for more than 50 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Federal agricultural disaster declaration granted in 53 Missouri counties
          The Missouri Times:  Kirsten Gillibrand brings presidential campaign to St. Louis on Sunday
          Missourinet:  For 67th year, ham and eggs bring together thousands of Missouri politicians and constituents
          P-D:  Lobbyist Vicki Englund may seek to fill Democratic ballot slot for State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's election X
          KWMU:  Pro-choice campaign says it will fail to get enough petition signatures to make ballot
          P-D:  Pro-choice group focuses ire on Ashcroft, says gathering signatures too tough a task X
          P-D:  D.C.-based group may try to get Medicaid-expansion proposal on Missouri ballot X
          The Missouri Times:  Terry Thompson to make bid to replace fellow Republican Glen Kolkmeyer in Missouri House
          KWMU:  Michael Person to fill Cora Walker's vacant House seat;  Some Dems unhappy that committee vote was held at Person's house
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin Globe Editor Carol Stark dies after battle with cancer X
          Washington Missourian:  Newspaper closing office in St. Clair, employees relocated to Union X
          SNL:  Hemp industry taking root in southwest Missouri X
          KWMU:  New Missouri S&T chancellor wants more state money
          Columbia Missourian:  Arguments begin in legal challenge against University of Missouri firearm policy
          CDT:  Expert witnesses testify in guns-on-campus trial X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau, other state Farm Bureaus support landowner cases
          KWMU:  Missouri prison inmates want treatment for Hepatitis C while waiting for lawsuit to be heard
          CDT:  Text service seeks to cut court no-shows X
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        Wednesday, August 14, 2019
       
AP:  Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand to visit St. Louis, complain about state's pro-life laws
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Report scrutinizes Corps feasibility studies X
          JCNT:  Jefferson City FEMA disaster recovery center closing X
          JCNT:  Census workers preparing for next year's canvassing X
          Missourinet:  CDC says 13 Missouri counties at risk of HIV and Hepatitis C breakouts from opioids
          KC Star:  Congresswoman Hartzler's rural Cass County property searched for missing woman X
          The Missouri Times:  EMILY's List endorses Trish Gunby (D) for HD 99 special election
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Closing the book on the Steve Stenger (D) era in St. Louis County
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  How the Post-Dispatch changed its comments section;  Readers conditioned to gain approval by providing "positive" feedback
          KC Star:  Gov. Mike Parson leads Missouri to truce with Kansas in border war:  "Sometimes, common sense does prevail." X
          AP:  Kansas City officials pledge to keep 'border war' truce
          P-D:  Agricultural giant Bunge is moving global headquarters to St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Governor's Ham Breakfast tomorrow is sold out
          JCNT:  'Missouri Way' leadership training helping state get things done X
          P-D:  In some Missouri towns, higher license plate fees won't mean restored service X
          The Missouri Times:  Public defenders launch text message pilot program aimed at reducing overcrowded jails
          P-D:  Missouri public defenders hope text messages cut jail time X
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft is cheating Missourians out of the right to vote on abortion ban X
          CDT op-ed:  Gatehouse Regional Editor Allen Fennewald:  With state's new bourbon law, Missouri provides the next step in American legacy X
          P-D op-ed:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt:  Five years after Ferguson, reforms are yielding positive results X
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        Tuesday, August 13, 2019
       
SNL:  Green Party presidential candidate forum draws nearly 25 people to Springfield;  Activists discuss "Green New Deal," banning fossil fuels, other dreams X
          KWMU:  Galloway jumps in 2020 gubernatorial contest, setting up likely matchup against Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway launches gubernatorial bid, highlights experience as 'independent watchdog'
          Missourinet:  Galloway enters gov race
          SNL:  How wide will Gov. Parson's election margin be? Three political scientists cut through partisan spin X
          KWMU:  Missouri seeks stronger business ties to Ireland;  Parson, others speak at event hosted at Enterprise Holdings in Clayton
          Missourinet:  Parson and Kansas gov to sign joint commitment in Kansas City aimed at ending 'border war'
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local experts talk next steps to address Missouri's opioid situation
          KWMU:  Missouri treatment providers wary as federal addiction grants face uncertain future
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Post-Dispatch's Beth O'Malley on new reader-comment system
          KWMU:  Doe Run Mining Company's property tax fight spreads through the Ozarks
          CDT:  Attorneys argue over expert on eve of campus gun trial X
          KWMU:  Feral hogs in the Mark Twain National Forest are a problem, but hunting them may not be an option
          Missourinet:  Missouri Public Defender System rolls out pilot program in hopes of reducing overcrowded jails
          P-D editorial:  Missouri law allows mass-shooting scenarios, right up until the bullets fly X
          KC Star op-ed:  Cannabis advocate Lonnie Kessler:  Don't let taboo keep you from getting relief with a Missouri medical marijuana card X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Joplin septuagenarian unhappy with Blunt's response to her letter urging gun control X
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        Monday, August 12, 2019
       
AP:  States boost flood protection amid high disaster costs
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats plot 2020 strategy;  Thoughts from Emanuel Cleaver, Claire McCaskill, MO Dems' Lauren Gepford, reaction from James Harris X
          P-D:  Galloway announces bid for governor via pre-produced video, says she'll ditch "old way" X
          AP:  Nicole Galloway launches Missouri gubernatorial campaign
          KC Star:  Galloway plays up 'watchdog' role in video announcing run for Missouri governor X
          P-D:  Special election for Jean Evans' open West St. Louis County seat:  Trish Gunby (D) vs. Lee Ann Pitman (R) X
          Missourinet:  Missouri World War II Army veteran honored at State Fair military event;  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe on hand
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City):  Economic border war between Missouri and Kansas has been a 'disaster'
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Corrections battles drug-smuggling efforts, prisoners' demand for dope
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks stay extension in Columbia clinic case X
          SNL:  Christian County eyes stricter CAFO rules X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action member wants Blunt and Hawley to support gun-control legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man longs for old days, when state legislators of both parties were working people X
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        Sunday, August 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Missouri on pace for strong alien-deportation year;  Illegals in Kansas City lament American laws X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves:  Corps' priorities for Missouri River are backwards
          Missourinet:  Flags to fly at half-staff tomorrow to honor Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit)
          SNL:  Woman sues Ashcroft over "biased" ballot language X
          KWMU:  Fleet management company labels Highway 63 deadliest road in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri's "green rush" is on;  Qualified applicants, others dream of profiting from new marijuana opportunities X
          CDT:  Missouri State Historical Society moves into long-sought new home X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Josh Hawley proposes a risky remedy for currency manipulation X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson is keeping information secret. When will the AG act? X
          KC Star's Toriano Porter:  One Missouri judge's plea for gun control X
          KC Star's Glenn Rice:  Missouri repeats as leader in black homicides;  State lawmakers and "Gov. Mike Parsons [sic]" to blame X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says proposal to protect students with armed officers will turn Missouri  into the Middle East X
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        Saturday, August 10, 2019
       
KC Star:  USDA agrees to incentive payments for research employees heading to Kansas City X
          AP:  Union:  Deal with USDA eases impacts of Kansas City moves
          SNL:  Man charged with felony after gun incident at Springfield Walmart X
          SNL:  What are the gun laws in Missouri? X
          AP:  Armed man at Springfield Walmart says he was testing right to bear arms
          KWMU:  Clay wants to clamp down on use of deadly force by police
          P-D:  Deadly force? Only as federal officers' 'last resort' under bill backed by Lacy Clay X
          P-D:  After Greitens ally drained state GOP's coffers, money trickled to ex-Greitens consultants X
          P-D:  When it comes to Missouri campaign spending, some politicians leave out the details X
          KC Star:  Nicole Galloway is running for governor, could get support from national liberal groups X
          Missourinet:  Galloway files for 2020 Missouri governor's run
          AP:  Galloway takes first step to run for Missouri governor
          KWMU:  Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) gets nearly 4 years in prison for corruption scheme
          P-D:  Steve Stenger sentenced to 46 months for criminal conduct prosecutor calls 'breathtaking in its scope' X
          AP:  Parson concludes trade mission trip to Australia
          P-D:  After murdering as minors, some Missouri prisoners could be paroled under new court order X
          P-D:  Two historic Missouri state park lodges undergoing renovations X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Event promo for anti-opioid charity walk
          KC Star editorial:  Trump backs this idea to reduce gun violence. Why won't Missouri take action? X
          P-D editorial:  For Steve Stenger, a well-deserved lifetime of perpetual shame X
          KC Star's Michael Ryan:  Cleaver is right about guns, but how much can Congress really help? X
          Messenger:  In the end, addiction to power was Steve Stenger's drug of choice X
          KC Star letter:  Cass County woman says Vicky Hartzler's congressional salary should disqualify her family from farming programs X
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        Friday, August 9, 2019
       
KWMU:  Congressional delegation reacts to El Paso, Dayton shootings;  Comms staffers compose prepared statements for bosses
          SNL:  Arrest at Springfield Walmart draws national attention;  Off-duty firefighter holds agitator at gunpoint until police arrive X
          Missourinet:  FEMA denies disaster aid to residents in 19 Missouri counties
          JCNT:  Flood mitigation should become priority, group says;  Comments from Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  State Fair is about coming together in a year of hardships
          JCNT:  Health insurance task force learns about challenges it faces X
          JCNT:  DNR outlines changes affecting CAFOs X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Department of Conservation announces new record for black bullhead catfish;  Chubby bottom-feeder couldn't resist chicken liver
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Tracking political and policy changes 5 years after Michael Brown's assault on police officer Darren Wilson
          JCNT editorial:  Nicole Galloway is right - no reason to close state records X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Road repairs were a long time coming - and state lawmakers should prioritize long-term funding next session X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Guns in Missouri schools are not an answer X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man wants Post-Dispatch to stop perpetuating mythology of Michael Brown's innocence X
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        Thursday, August 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Post office in northern Missouri will be named after Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan;  Comments from U.S. Rep. Sam Graves
          SE Missourian:  Stars and Stripes Museum hosts Spirit of Democracy celebration in Cape this fall;  Gov. Mike Parson to keynote, with Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe also appearing +
          P-D:  Galloway hangs 'help wanted' sign for state's new political map-making job X
          P-D:  Galloway says Schmitt missed deadline on Sunshine Law question X
          Missourinet:  117th annual Missouri State Fair begins today
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri State Fair still focused on being showcase for agriculture
          KWMU:  Missouri's medical marijuana businesses off to mellow start;  Fewer than 5% of those who paid application fee have managed to complete paperwork
          SNL:  Medical marijuana in Missouri:  What you need to know X
          SNL:  Video:  How to get a Missouri medical marijuana card X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri makes effort to boost rural Internet;  Comments from Ag Director Chris Chinn
          KCUR:  Every year, half of Missouri's workers who care for the developmentally disabled quit
          Columbia Missourian:  Statewide 'rape kit' inventory nears completion
          P-D:  Ferguson riots anniversary series:  Photo gallery:  Congressional candidate Cori Bush (D), others place items in Ferguson roadway X
          JCNT editorial:  Countering Missouri's stagnant growth:  Maintaining low taxes a key step for brighter future X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Stan Herzog's impact extended far and wide X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Why do Missouri's best school superintendents head for the exit? X
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        Wednesday, August 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Residents in six more Missouri counties eligible to apply for federal aid
          JCNT:  Callaway County approved for FEMA individual assistance X
          AP:  Army Corps of Engineers to keep water releases into Missouri River high
          AP:  Opponents of USDA move to Kansas City say transfers are designed to cut jobs
          KWMU:  Former NGA Director Robert Cardillo aims to boost St. Louis geospatial 'ecosystem' in new role
          Washington Missourian:  Kirk Mathews appointed to new Medicaid post X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to exercise caution near school buses
          Brownfield Ag News:  Moniteau County health board stops short of regulating CAFOs
          Columbia Missourian:  CAFO debate continues;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway, farmers, activists
          KWMU:  Access to pig-manure powered energy grows in northern Missouri
          P-D:  Northern Missouri manure-to-energy project starts distributing natural gas X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Federal funding necessary for clearing rape kit backlog X
          Rust:  Ban high-caliber magazines, implement 'red flag' laws +
          Priddy:  Remembering Bob Watson
          Washington Missourian letter:  New Haven sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt on value of ethanol X
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        Tuesday, August 6, 2019
       
JCNT:  Reporter Bob Watson dies;  Journalist's words, acts of kindness fondly remembered X
          Missourinet:  Longtime reporter and Missourinet friend Bob Watson dies
          USA Today:  GateHouse Media owner to acquire Gannett, publisher of USA Today, Springfield News-Leader and other newspapers X
          AP:  GateHouse, Gannett to merge, build newspaper giant
          KC Star:  Opponents of USDA move to Kansas City say process violated federal law X
          SE Missourian:  Cape airport lands $600,000 in federal aid +
          Daily American Republic:  Poplar Bluff VA director accepts new position, replacement to be announced +
          SNL:  Parson set to kick off 2020 re-election campaign Sept. 8 in Bolivar X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) talks with Scott Faughn about flooding, highway funding and Parson's re-election;  Panel discussion with Reps. Robert Sauls (D-Independence) and Robert Ross (R-Yukon)
          Missourinet:  Parson task force recommends school-based mental health care to boost safety in schools
          KWMU:  Summer camp operators will adjust to later school start date
          P-D:  Hemp industry taking root at 7 University of Missouri research stations across the state X
          Waters:  The Rocheport bridge is possible after all X
          P-D's Beth O'Malley:  We're changing the comments on Post-Dispatch articles;  Commenters can receive higher status by doling out "compliments" X
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        Monday, August 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler hopeful that Trump won't nix NAFTA
          KC Star:  Market Facilitation Program helps Missouri farmers, including Hartzler, in face of China's punitive trade actions X
          KC Star:  Associated Press database shows Market Facilitation Program payments X
          KC Star:  A look at Josh Hawley's social-media bills X
          Missourinet:  $8 million in upgrades planned at Missouri State Fairgrounds;  2019 fair opens Thursday
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tax-free weekend boosts back-to-school sales X
          SNL:  Local liberal groups go fishing for school-discrimination tales, land whoppers;  Activists demand Springfield Public Schools eliminate "overly gendered" language, etc. X
          KC Star editorial:  Wherever the Kansas City Chiefs hold future training camps, tax breaks shouldn't be part of the deal X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Important for students to understand post-high school opportunities +
          KC Star editorial:  Did rich Missouri families give up custody of kids to get college aid? How's that legal? X
          P-D letter:  Eureka man encourages Post-Dispatch lefties Gilbert Bailon, Tod Robberson to accept Trump's 2016 election victory X
          P-D letter:  Environment Missouri's Bridget Sanderson applauds Lacy Clay for opposing Trump X
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        Sunday, August 4, 2019
       
KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith touts more affordable health care, praises America's strong trade stance in visit with farmers
          SE Missourian:  American Queen docks at Cape after alternate course caused by flooding +
          Missourinet:  Federal prosecutors memo reveals Stenger conversations, conduct in corruption case, connections to Better Together
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Pro-choice activists congregate outside Ashcroft's downtown office Friday during work hours;  Androgynous humanoid holds "Abortion is normal" sign;  Group litters paper "votes" upon office steps;  State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) shouts unnecessarily into voice-amplifying megaphone;  other efficacious acts +
          KC Star:  Pro-choice advocates highlight how rare diseases may be affected by 'no exceptions' abortion law X
          KWMU:  Parson says Obamacare waiver task force may consider expanding Medicaid
          JCNT:  Low job growth a factor in state's stagnant population X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Bill Falkner (R-St. Joseph) reflects on first year as state lawmaker X
          P-D editorial:  Hawley's radical intrusive solution fixes a problem that might not exist X
          SNL op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Enforcement of sex offender registry laws rise X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Missouri's pro-life laws create black market of "veterinarian-school dropouts operating abortion mills in motel rooms" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County Police Association's Joe Patterson:  AG Eric Schmitt's initiative might be the answer to urban crime crisis X
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man agrees with criticism of paper's Ferguson coverage, says Kevin McDermott's byline a tipoff to liberal bias X
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        Saturday, August 3, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  The Flood of 2019 - by the (really big) numbers +
          JCNT:  Missouri residents have until next week to apply for disaster unemployment assistance X
          KWMU:  Feds seek max sentence for Stenger, say corruption scheme started before he took office
          P-D:  Feds say Stenger's crass, mercenary behavior should earn him no break in prison time X
          KC Star:  Stan Herzog, St. Joseph businessman and GOP donor, dies at the age of 70 X
          KC Star:  Pro-choice activists send message to Ashcroft:  "a large poster of a pink uterus putting up two middle fingers" X
          JCNT:  ACLU rally draws fewer than 30 to Capitol X
          Columbia Missourian:  ACLU rally organizer says disappointing turnout for rally a plus:  "I think it made it more personal"
          Missourinet:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D):  Economic border war between Missouri and Kansas is over
          KC Star:  Kelly orders end to Missouri-Kansas border war X
          AP:  Missouri-Kansas truce over jobs conflict appears shaky
          KWMU:  Bayer says job expansion in Missouri starts immediately;  Exec:  "Missouri stepped up aggressively to encourage that"
          SNL:  Crunch time for Missouri medical marijuana businesses X
          CDT:  Medical marijuana application window opens X
          P-D:  Labor union wants to recruit newly-hired prison workers, sues to get greater access X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberal advocacy groups unhappy with AG's position on public defender suit settlement
          P-D:  New Champ Clark bridge at Louisiana, Mo., to open tonight X
          KC Star editorial:  Neighbors are right to raise a stink about the feedlot near Missouri's Powell Gardens X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian disagrees with Hawley on social media policy, attempts punchline involving Trump tweets X
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        Friday, August 2, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley, Graves seek answers about FEMA's disaster aid policies
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley legislation would address currency manipulation X
          KWMU:  A new tool can help Mississippi River cities plan for future floods
          P-D:  Parson taps Steele Shippy as campaign manager for gov race;  Kelli Jones to serve as communications director X
          P-D:  Parson calls special election for vacant Democratic House seats X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) talks with Rosenbaum and new reporter Jaclyn Driscoll about Medicaid enrollment drop, state revenue situation, more
          JCNT:  Value of armed officers emphasized in Missouri school safety report
          P-D:  Missouri taxpayers hit with $300k legal bill after state denied transsexual man's hormone therapy
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Liberal advocacy group rep, reporter to discuss Missouri public defender caseload suit
          KC Star:  Probe:  Dozens of rich students likely 'gamed' system to get free tuition at Missouri state schools X
          SNL:  Attorney general investigating allegations surrounding Missouri State parking ticket quotas X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation certifies new state record bullhead catfish X
        KMOV:  Missouri Department of Conservation cautioning residents as black bear sightings increase

          KC Star:  KC drivers tell emotional tales of  'racial profiling' at hearing;  Missouri Sheriff's Association leader attempts to persuade by using facts, explaining study methodologies X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Roy Blunt is a champion of community health care center funding X
          SE Missourian editorial:  What you need to know about REAL ID licenses X
          KC Star editorial:  Armed guards or teachers in all Missouri schools? Who thinks more guns are a good idea? X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's tax-free weekend a lesson in savings X
          JCNT editorial:  Big rig safety:  MoDOT wise to remind drivers to "respect the load, share the road" X
          P-D letter:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), now head of "Progress Women," expresses outrage over abortion legislation X
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        Thursday, August 1, 2019
       
August 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2013 Missouri political news headlines
        KWMU:  EPA clears path for former mine in Missouri's lead belt to be reopened for cobalt mining
        SNL:  Ball State University professor/Medicaid-spending advocate:  Missouri gets "A" for low taxes, but should expand Medicaid X
        Missourinet:  Parson headed on trade mission to Australia, seeks insight on novel infrastructure and workforce development programs
        KWMU:  Galloway takes aim at Parson over delay in state tax refunds
        Missourinet:  Eric Greitens' Dept. of Public Safety Director Drew Juden sidestepped Missouri's bidding process to benefit charity he once led
        KC Star:  Audit:  Greitens' public safety director abused state contracting process, audit says X
        SE Missourian:  Audit:  Drew Juden abused purchasing methods, claimed to be working during vacations +
        P-D:  Audit blasts no-bid contract won by group tied to Greitens' former top cop X
        KWMU:  Task force says every Missouri public school should have an armed guard to help protect children
        P-D:  Task force recommends school safety steps, including armed guards X
        Joplin Globe:  Missouri high school equivalency exam offered free to first-time test takers X
        Missourinet:  Dept. of Social Services warns of genetic-testing scam
        SE Missourian editorial:  Missourians should take advantage of tax-free weekend +
        Messenger:  Nanny State champion Josh Hawley takes on Snapchat so we don't have to X
        Waters:  Confucius say:  Hawley, lay off X
        P-D op-ed:  ACLU-Missouri's Emily Hanson:  School discipline is racist and the reason black children underperform X
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        Wednesday, July 31, 2019
       
MSNBC:  Claire McCaskill:  Democrats will lose voters by promising free health care for illegal aliens
          Columbia Missourian:  Josh Hawley proposes bill to ban 'addictive' social media features
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visits local peach orchard as part of annual ag tour +
          JCNT:  FEMA disaster recovery center to open in Boone County today X
          Missourinet:  Federal data says 1.6 billion pain pills pour into Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri sees decline in opioid overdose deaths X
          AP:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) dies 4 months after car crash
          Missourinet:  Haahr:  Roeber "will forever be remembered for being a champion for Missouri's students"
          KC Star:  Lee's Summit lawmaker dies in her sleep months after car crash X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  More than two months after announcing resignation, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) to leave state payroll today
          P-D:  Former Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) tapped to oversee changes to Missouri Medicaid program X
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over baby-heartbeat bill
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue to overturn Missouri's 8-week abortion ban
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Missouri over abortion law X
          AP:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU suing over Missouri abortion law
          JCNT:  State education boards discuss teacher, workforce development at joint meeting X
          P-D:  Carden Group, which has trained leaders at some of America's top corporations, has Missouri state government contract extended X
          Columbia Missourian:  First-ever industrial hemp growing conference held in Columbia
          SE Missourian editorial:  Flood 2019:  On to the cleanup and recovery +
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. associate social work prof:  To fix opioid epidemic, Missouri legislators must expand Medicaid, spend more money on "social safety net," etc. X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says state should not spend money to repair Missouri State Penitentiary X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman wonders why "Black Lives Matter" protestors ignore black-on-black homicides X
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        Tuesday, July 30, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cleaver calls for Trump impeachment inquiry X
          AP:  Cleaver calls for impeachment inquiry
          P-D:  Pro-life lawyer front runner for next federal judgeship in St. Louis X
          CDT:  Cooper County man seeking to fill Dem ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler says he's superior to previous challengers;  Missouri Democratic Party's Lauren Gepford says man will get primary opposition X
          Missourinet:  FEMA approves Missouri's request for disaster assistance to local agencies
          KWMU:  Introducing Sarah Fenske:  New St. Louis on the Air host says she won't be a cheerleader for the region
          JCNT:  Parson recognizes Missouri astronaut for service X
          SNL:  Over 4,000 get Missouri medical marijuana cards in program's first month X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana clinic opens in Cape Girardeau;  One-time fee of $149 gets patients access to dope +
          CDT:  MU concealed-carry trial on for August X
          SNL:  Proposed hog-hunting ban prompts 1,000 comments X
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Roy Blunt so nonchalant about cyber threats and 2020 election security? X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's new rule on reporting Legionnaire's disease gets it exactly right X
          KWMU's Corinne Ruff:  Medical marijuana industry biased against blacks;  Blind application process based on merit, qualifications is unfair
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman wants Blunt and Hawley to support Democratic bills on election security X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says Hawley ignores China's value to martial arts history, says senator sounds like a "beer-chugging, gun-toting redneck" X
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        Monday, July 29, 2019
       
KWMU:  Why FEMA buys flood-prone property in Missouri and what becomes of it
          Missourinet:  Parson and Cleaver to meet to discuss Missouri flooding and infrastructure issues
          KC Star:  DEA report shows Missouri drug overdose deaths increasing X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt on attempting to stymie St. Louis City crime;  Panel of Jeff Roorda, Casey Wheat, St. Louis County Police Association's Joe Patterson, Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talk urban crime, Medicaid enrollment, Blunt's win on transportation funding, more
          KWMU:  Union vs. union skirmish involves giant inflatable rat, other intellectual appeals
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Business reporters David Nicklaus, Jim Gallagher discuss Missouri's special taxing districts lack of transparency X
          Missourinet:  Missouri will become third state to force insurers to cover therapies for disabled kids
          P-D:  Missouri health officials increase urgency in reporting Legionnaire's disease X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri law says fake meat should be labeled. How is that a free speech issue? X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  New CAFO law 'a tale told by an idiot'
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  State officials mishandled ambulance district tax X
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        Sunday, July 28, 2019
       
KWMU:  Creighton University survey:  Majority of rural bank presidents in Missouri, other states still support Trump tariffs
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri region receives 152 million opioid pills;  Cape, Butler and Scott counties receive more than half of them +
          Washington Missourian:  Opiate prescriptions high in Franklin County X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Lyndall Fraker leads Missouri's medical marijuana program X
          SNL:  ACLU may terminate ballot referendum effort, downshift ambitions to "voter registration" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Rocheport bridge funding signals a big boost for transportation X
          Waters:  The road to a settled abortion law:  Missouri lawmakers should stop being so recalcitrant X
          SNL op-ed:  Planned Parenthood/NARAL/SEIU et al.:  Ashcroft wrong to block pro-choice referendum X
          SNL letters:  Jamestown farmer responds to anti-CAFO letter;  Springfield woman thinks attempting "everything in her power" will expand Medicaid X
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        Saturday, July 27, 2019
       
Missourinet:  President Trump signs Hawley's bill aimed at addressing police officer suicides
          KC Star:  Blunt explains advancements in election security;  Cleaver unconvinced, says thinking about Russians bots "actually hurts me" X
          Joplin Globe:  Blunt tours expanded Access Family Care Center;  CEO praises senator's support of community health centers X
          AP:  Tornado and flood repairs to Missouri government buildings could cost almost $13 million
          JCNT:  Missouri State Penitentiary tornado damage repairs may cost $9.4 million X
          Columbia Missourian:  FEMA and SEMA offer free legal assistance to Boone County residents affected by weather events
          KWMU:  Dept. of Defense report:  On-base housing complaints down at Fort Leonard Wood
          AP:  Jason Kander talks PTSD, philanthropy
          KC Star's "Deep Background" podcast:  Reporter Jason Hancock summarizes ongoing campaign against former Gov. Eric Greitens staffers' use of Confide app in 2017 X
          KWMU:  Cora Faith Walker departs Missouri House to join St. Louis County government
          AP:  Bruce Franks promotional video to air on MTV this fall
          KWMU:  Missouri drug deaths increase as national numbers fall for the first time in decades
          AP:  Ameren scraps planned wind farm in northwest Missouri
          KWMU:  West Lake Landfill activists' latest demand:  Taxpayer-funded "relocation" payouts
          Joplin Globe editorial:  New League of Women Voters chapter will fuel more engaged voters X
          Messenger:  Millions in tax credits awarded to National Guard nonprofit tied to top general's son X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Parson and state legislators are right - Mid-August school return shortens family time, fun X
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        Friday, July 26, 2019
       
KCUR:  Illegal alien, successfully captured in Kansas City by ICE agents, deported to Mexico for second time
          KC Star:  ICE confirms that illegal alien sent back to where he came from X
          KWMU:  Missouri works for better census participation in 2020
          CDT:  After Hawley critique, Webster University defends Confucius Institute X
          Missourinet:  Independent candidate hopes to run against Vicky Hartzler;  35-year-old complains about two-party system, proposes saving Social Security via hemp taxes, etc.
          AP:  ACLU seeks to pressure Ashcroft to process abortion petition
          KCUR:  Despite pending deal, Missouri and Kansas may not be done with border war
          JCNT:  Col. Levon Cumpton named Missouri's senior military officer X
          Missourinet:  Iraq war veteran, Purple Heart recipient to take over Missouri National Guard
          AP:  Parson names Lt. Col. Levon Cumpton as new adjutant general
          JCNT:  Parson reminds agencies, companies to give fair shake to veterans X
          P-D:  Some minorities push for special advantages in Missouri's marijuana license application process;  Activists want state to handicap white male business owners in selection process X
          SNL:  Area liberal group teams up with Planned Parenthood, Jobs With Justice, et al. to gather signatures for Medicaid expansion ballot issue X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Doug Clemens (D-St. Ann) talks about Medicaid enrollment, West Lake landfill, abortion legislation, more
          KC Star:  Speaker Elijah Haahr entertains Democratic demands for legislative investigation into Medicaid enrollment drop X
          Missourinet:  Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) addresses Democrats' hysteria over Medicaid, attempts to persuade via logic and numbers
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Clean Missouri cleaned up unclean practices in Jefferson City X
          KC Star editorial:  New effort aims to reduce violent crime in Kansas City. Will this one move the needle? X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man wonders why Post-Dispatch calls for North St. Louis City "investments" but doesn't contribute itself X
          P-D letter:  Oakville woman wonders why Post-Dispatch doesn't tell the real story on Ferguson anniversary:  A violent thief attacked a store owner and a police officer X
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        Thursday, July 25, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Hawley calls for MU to cut ties with Confucius Institute over Chinese espionage
          CDT:  Hawley asks University of Missouri to 'reconsider' ties to Confucius Institute X
          Missourinet:  Vicky Hartzler says new I-70 Rocheport bridge is critical for travelers and truckers
          Missourinet:  FEMA says payouts to central Missouri tornado victims average $4,000 to $5,000
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Parson's new flood advisory task force isn't just for Missouri
          P-D:  Greg Robb, hired to oversee revamp of state government operations, swaps high-paying corporate job for state salary X
          Missourinet:  Missouri to get new leader of National Guard today
          SE Missourian:  REAL ID still raising confusion +
          SNL:  Here are Missouri's most popular specialty license plates:  God Bless America, Don't Tread on Me, St. Louis Cardinals, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  Wildlife officials from Missouri, other Midwest states gather to discuss chronic wasting disease
          P-D:  Missouri to offer very limited elk hunt next year X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County residents complain about "racial profiling" at public hearing
          KC Star editorial:  ICE agents broke the rules when capturing fugitive X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's forgotten drug scourge:  Methamphetamines X
          P-D op-ed:  East Coast law professor:  Josh Hawley wrong on social media fixes X
          JCNT op-ed:  Cole County Democratic Central Committee's Joshua Dunne:  Medicaid expansion would be good for Missouri X
          CDT op-ed:  Gatehouse Media Regional Editor Allen Fennewald:  Our newspapers are keeping paywalls, for better or for worse X
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women septuagenarian says Missourians disagree with Jay Ashcroft on abortion referendum, cites "polling" X
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        Wednesday, July 24, 2019
       
P-D:  Proposed tweak of Missouri Constitution could put immigration in spotlight in 2020;  Comments from John Loudon X
          KC Star:  Illegal-immigration activists rally in KC;  ICE agents successfully captured fugitive who had been twice deported X
          AP's Margaret Stafford:  Illegal immigrant successfully detained in Kansas City;  Comments from "Rep. Emmanuel [sic] Cleaver"
          Missourinet:  Northwest Missouri begins removing sandbags there to battle flooding
          JCNT:  U.S. Corps of Engineers meets with Callaway County entities over flooding concerns X 
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri River bridge replacement near Rocheport will move forward
          CDT:  State looks for funds to cover bridge shortfall X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Branson mayor, fire chief talk duck boat tragedy and community healing
          KWMU:  Bruce Franks, still on state payroll, says he's leaving Missouri for parts unknown;  Plans include looking for work while honing battle-rap skills
          AP:  Two months after announcing resignation, Franks submits paperwork
          SNL:  Former Branson Mayor Karen Best announces statehouse run;  Incumbent Rep. Jeff Justus (R-Branson) is term-limited X
          Missourinet:  2020 legislative preview:  PDMP, Grain Belt Express, sports wagering, film tax credits, B-corp designations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Politicians talk opioid monitoring program at summit X
          KC Star:  Local school districts will adapt to later start date in 2020 X
          P-D:  New members bring fresh thinking, leadership to MO Healthnet Oversight Committee X
          Joplin Globe:  Close encounters:  Missouri's black bear population has nearly doubled X
          KWMU:  House committee to hold local hearing on "racial profiling"
          P-D editorial:  Mallinckrodt to blame for opioid addiction X
          JCNT editorial:  Clean Missouri gift cap working as promised X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  McCaskill, other Medicare Advantage critics complain about local company's billing practices
          P-D letter:  Missouri Faith Voices endorses Galloway's audit of Parson, encourages voters to oust governor X
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        Tuesday, July 23, 2019
       
KC Star:  ICE agents successfully capture illegal alien;  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) finds situation "very concerning" X
          CDT:  Missouri lands federal grant for Rocheport bridge X
          AP:  Feds grant state $81 million for Missouri River bridge
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets $81 million grant, avoiding lengthy I-70 backups
          JCNT:  Federal funding approved to replace I-70 bridge at Rocheport X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan):  8-hour backups on I-70 Rocheport bridge would have had "astronomical costs"
          Joplin Globe:  Bridges a big target for new MoDOT District Engineer Steve Campbell X
          AP:  New flooding concerns in Missouri after latest rain
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Recap of national women's political meeting in St. Louis
          P-D:  Local video-game business begins making political contributions X
          SNL:  Who will be Missouri's 'blind scorer' for medical marijuana licenses? X
          Missourinet:  Missouri unclaimed property helps to pay $2 billion in overdue child support
          AP:  Nearly 90k children, 23k adults progress off Medicaid roles;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) displeased over drop in government dependency
          KC Star:  Quade alarmed by drop in number of Missourians relying on Medicaid X
          Missourinet:  Missouri finds about 1,000 missing sex offenders - a 21% decline from 2018 probe
          P-D:  St. Louis City improves sex offender tracking, Galloway report shows X
          SNL:  At least 16 counties now oppose hog-hunting ban X
          KWMU:  Missouri's black bear population is rising and wandering to more parts of the state
          CDT:  Data shows millions of painkillers delivered to central Missouri counties X
          JCNT editorial:  Local entities should take a cautious approach to state's legalization of medical marijuana X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Parson's veto won't end motorcycle helmet fight X
          KC Star editorial:  Opaque law shouldn't be written to benefit one company, even if it's Burns & McDonnell X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood sexagenarian wants Ann Wagner to disavow President Trump X
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        Monday, July 22, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis City plans street improvements near new NGA site
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jack Cardetti, MO Dems Executive Director Lauren Gepford, David Barklage, Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) discuss Parson vs. Galloway, criminal justice legislation, and Bayer's expansion in Missouri;  Gepford states that Gov. Mike Parson failed to show up for Bayer jobs expansion announcement (3:00)
          Six Days Ago:  Missourinet:  Parson hosts Bayer jobs expansion announcement
          CDT:  Jason Davidson (R) running to replace term-limited Rep. Dave Muntzel (R-Boonville) X
          Missourinet:  DED Director Rob Dixon optimistic about General Motors expansion in Wentzville
          JCNT:  Missouri's low unemployment, high job growth create hiring challenges for businesses X
          P-D:  Cannabis-derived CBD shops are turning up all over St. Louis, as laws, science try to catch up X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Treatment vs. imprisonment:  Bill brings focus to veterans courts in Missouri X
          CDT:  Consent decree would set rules for public defenders X
          P-D editorial:  With school-calendar change, tourism trumped education in Missouri X
          Forbes op-ed:  Missouri State University President Emeritus Michael Nietzel:  Josh Hawley's very bad higher education bills
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Burns & McDonnell's use of longstanding Missouri tax credit is unfair - and Gov. Parson should spend more time answering my questions X
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        Sunday, July 21, 2019
       
SNL:  Following tragedy in Branson, future of duck boat rides in Missouri uncertain X
          SNL:  Duck boat tours still operate in U.S. after Branson tragedy X
          Joplin Globe:  Opponents of new Missouri abortion law ready to launch petition drive X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee to explore local taxation policies
          SE Missourian:  Cape, Jackson face school-calendar changes, result of new state law +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri law stymies collection of traffic fines X
          KC Star:  Dentists prescribing opioids:  Missouri limits dosage, type X
          JCNT:  Gun-control advocates seek more restrictions, paperwork X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Emanuel Cleaver, Mr. Civility, explodes X
          SNL op-ed:  CAFO law unfair;  Missourians should cancel Farm Bureau insurance X
          SNL letter:  Cape Fair octogenarian warns Missourians of impending otter crisis X
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        Saturday, July 20, 2019
       
AP:  Blunt urges federal agencies to wrap up duck boat probe
          KC Star:  Republican Jewish Coalition praises Josh Hawley:  "Not only are you a mensch, but you are an aspiring Zionist!" X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  FEMA encourages citizens to seek additional help X
          P-D:  Parting shots:  in Facebook post, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) gives middle-finger emoji to "white progressives," "the media," "politicians and political insiders," others conspiring against him X
          Joplin Globe:  Leaders of new League of Women Voters chapter say top priority is fighting GOP legislation on Clean Missouri X
          AP:  Parson's trip from Columbia to Kansas City cut short due to plane issues
          Columbia Missourian:  Governor's plane forced to return to Columbia after takeoff
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Drew Juden defends tenure in DPS draft audits
          AP:  Missouri officials announce increase in college scholarships
          JCNT editorial:  Parson tackles health care costs X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says Post-Dispatch's anti-Trump editorial should have included coal ash complaints X
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        Friday, July 19, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt wants USMCA passed
          KC Star:  USDA pledges to grow research;  Democratic senators continue to complain about jobs moving to Kansas City X
          Brownfield Ag News:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick launches LIFT program to help disaster recovery
          Missourinet:  New Missouri loan program aims to give a lift to farmers, businesses with disaster losses
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick announces natural disaster business loan program X
          KWMU:  New loan program to help farmers and small business owners recover after damaging spring
          AP:  New Missouri program offers loans for disaster recovery
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Date discrepancy frustrates those seeking flood help X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson establishes flood recovery advisory group
          P-D:  MoDOT says flood repair costs haven't affected other road projects X
          P-D:  2020 gov challenger Nicole Galloway blasts Gov. Mike Parson for his spending during time as lieutenant governor;  Current gov was reimbursed for mileage to Chiefs game and Branson theater opening X
          SNL:  Galloway goes after 2020 opponent Mike Parson for 'questionable' spending as lt. gov. X
          AP:  Galloway slams Parson for travel, expenses
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) on economic development legislation, pushback from some GOP lawmakers, 2020 priorities, low-income housing tax credits, more
          KCUR:  How Missouri Republicans took ownership of - and action on - the criminal justice issue
          Missourinet:  Two northwest Missouri prisons officially consolidated
          P-D:  Ashcroft's office opens investigation into marijuana company seeking "investments" from residents X
          Missourinet:  DHSS:  Extreme heat especially dangerous for Missouri's elderly and young children
          Columbia Missourian:  Public share concerns about traffic, cost and environment at I-70 bridge repair meeting
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's GOP congressional delegation must denounce Trump's racist tweets X
          KCUR's Luke X. Martin:  President Trump's tweets are racist, and are scaring Kansas City minorities
          P-D letter:  Eureka woman says EPA money should be spent on community gardens, thinks poor people would prefer vegetables over junk food X
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        Thursday, July 18, 2019
       
KC Star:  After fight over Trump tweets, Cleaver struggles with civility in 'post-truth era' X
          KWMU:  With eye on 2020 and abortion laws, feminists from around the country convene in St. Louis
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Feminist author promotes book tour, chats with producer Evie Hemphill about perceived sexism, "microaggressions," etc.
          Missourinet:  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg makes campaign stop in Kansas City
          JCNT:  Stakeholders seek Missouri River study X
          CDT:  Democrat Kip Kendrick will not challenge Caleb Rowden in 19th District X
          SE Missourian:  Former Cape councilman John Voss to run for House seat, setting up primary against Wayne Wallingford +
          JCNT:  Parson establishes task force to innovate health care X
          AP:  Parson creates task force on Obamacare waiver
          Missourinet:  Parson creates health care task force
          KC Star:  Missouri officials had "meet-and-greet" discussions with FBI about medical marijuana program and contracting X
          P-D:  State officials provided FBI an educational program on state purchasing processes X
          KC Star:  New opioid fraud law includes exception for those seeking paper prescriptions X
          KWMU:  As anti-vax movement grows in Missouri, families with sick children fear for their lives
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit finds northwest Missouri bookkeeper used embezzled money on cruises, credit cards
          Missourinet:  MoDOT prepares for major backups when I-70 Rocheport work begins
          KC Star editorial:  Cleaver spoke for us with gavel drop amid Trump debate:  'I'm through with this mess' X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Congress should follow Roy Blunt's lead on mental health X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri helmet law survives on a technicality. Advocates must be ready to defend it again. X
          JCNT editorial:  Settlement on medication would protect foster children X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State should address certified nursing assistant shortage X
          P-D op-ed:  Blake Ashby:  DOJ must live up to its agreement with Ferguson X
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        Wednesday, July 17, 2019
       
Business Insider:  'I abandon the chair':  Emanuel Cleaver, presiding over the House, got sick of partisan fighting and dropped the gavel
          Missourinet:  Cleaver on partisan escalation:  'We just want to fight. I abandon the chair.'
          Washington Examiner:  Video:  Cleaver drops his gavel and 'abondons the chair' after Pelosi attacks Trump
          KC Star:  Fewer than half of USDA workers will follow agency to Kansas City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler advocates for more Missouri counties to receive disaster aid
          Missourinet:  Missouris requests federal disaster declaration to include additional counties
          KWMU:  FBI hopes event in St. Louis will encourage more women to join the Bureau
          KWMU:  Stenger campaign donor pleads guilty in corruption case
          P-D:  Stenger crony John Rallo pleads guilty to fraud related to pay-to-play scheme X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Gamble & Schlemeier's David Jackson, UMSL prof Anita Manion talk lobbyist spending limits
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Jaclyn Driscoll hired as new Missouri statehouse reporter
          Brownfield Ag News:  Bayer announces move to St. Louis
          Missourinet:  Parson praises Bayer's decision to bring 500 new jobs to Missouri
          P-D:  Bayer to shift 500 jobs from North Carolina to Creve Coeur;  Comments from Gov. Parson, DED's Rob Dixon X
          JCNT:  Parson, Dixon say whole state benefits from Bayer jobs announcement X
          KWMU:  Bayer to add 500 jobs to Creve Coeur
          AP:  Bayer to move 500 jobs from North Carolina to St. Louis
          KC Star:  Most people hoping to peddle medical marijuana around KC will not be awarded licenses X
          SNL:  Newer cars will get break on inspections X
          SNL:  Missouri schools to start later - but what about spring break? X
          JCNT:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) supports family's Fulton Public Schools lawsuit X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Planned wind project gains boost from supporters X
          JCNT editorial:  Dept. of Revenue's tax refund delays unacceptable X
          P-D editorial:  Unregulated, untaxed video gambling is a clear violation of Missouri law, and should be treated that way X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Trump's tweet regarding minority congresswomen was racist X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants GOP lawmakers to denounce Trump, calls them 'cowards' X
          P-D letter:  Labadie environmental activist wants Ameren to dig up coal ash and haul it to new location X
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        Tuesday, July 16, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt:  Trump best served by focusing on policies, not personalities X
          SNL:  ICE offices coming to west Springfield;  Building will feature workspaces for agents, space for processing illegals X
          SE Missourian:  Flood of 2019 sets record for duration +
          Joplin Globe:  FEMA responds to Jasper County after disaster declaration X
          KWMU:  Kander to lead expansion for group trying to end veterans homelessness
          KC Star:  Kander to lead expansion for KC group combating veterans' homelessness X
          P-D:  Stenger crony John Rallo to plead guilty to criminal charges X
          Columbia Missourian's Lauren Tronstad:  Democrat Jacque Sample to run for state rep, hopes to challenge "Rep. Cheri Reich [sic]"
          KC Star:  Missouri one of few states in nation making sure kids get needed disability therapy X
          Missourinet:  'Hailey's Law' to become law in Missouri
          CDT:  Farm technology touted at legislative hearing X
          SNL:  Tough new poaching law goes into effect in August X
          SNL:  Missouri's feral hog population out of control X
          P-D:  State gambling regulators say slot machines spreading across Missouri are illegal X
          P-D:  Lawsuit claiming Missouri officials overused psychotropic drugs on foster children has been settled X
          AP:  Missouri works to settle lawsuit on medicine for foster kids
          P-D:  Fee for Missouri driver's license annual registration increases to $6 X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Way to aim high, Missouri - pushing back school start date ironic X
          P-D editorial:  Trump's racist rant crosses a new line;  Missouri GOP delegation predictably silent X
          KC Star's Jonathan Shorman:  Trump's tweet was racist, but Missouri GOP delegation won't condemn X
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        Monday, July 15, 2019
       
P-D:  FEMA offers aid door to door in flood-affected St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike counties X
          Washington Missourian:  County exec says Parson's office indicates "no chance" of new veterans homes being built anywhere in the state X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson signs legislation sponsored by local lawmakers:  certified teacher externships, legal discovery process X
          JCNT:  Bondsmen object to new pre-trial release rules, procedures creating them X
          Missourinet:  Outdoor cremation bill vetoed by Parson
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New low-flow shower system could save state prisons $62 million;  Inmates currently manipulate showers to run all day X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jobs bill could have positive impact, needs keen oversight X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State lawmakers should ban use of Confide, other message-destroying apps X
          Messenger:  Missouri judge declares open season on the destruction of public documents X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman wants Sam Graves to push for more spending on "green infrastructure" X
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        Sunday, July 14, 2019
       
JCNT:  Deadline for most federal disaster assistance programs is Sept. 9 X
          SNL:  Marshfield woman stopped working for federal disaster relief agency, but kept collecting checks X
          KC Star:  Should duck boats return to Branson? A year after 17 died, a divided community grieves X
          CDT:  A half-century later, Vietnam protestors and student leaders return to campus;  Septuagenarians swap tales of hippies as human speed bumps, other counterculture antics X
          SNL:  Helmet law repeal nixed by Parson's veto X
          JCNT:  Missouri's Insurance Department concerned about earthquake coverage X
          JCNT:  Earthquake insurance questions remind Missourians to prepare X
          CDT:  University of Missouri Sunshine Law practices go on trial X
          P-D:  Missouri American Water makes headway in replacing lead service lines;  Comments from spokesman Brian Russell, others X
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary series:  Five years after Michael Brown attacked Officer Darren Wilson, challenges remain X
          CDT:  Agriculture community rallies around feral hog eradication X
          CDT:  Missouri Chamber hosts Women in Leadership conference;  Gals gather in Jefferson City to hear speeches on "pay equity," more X
          JCNT editorial:  Criminal justice overhaul benefits state X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Ahead of ICE raids, many illegals in Kansas City go into hiding X
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        Saturday, July 13, 2019
       
Salon:  Lacy Clay says Ocasio-Cortez should stop playing 'race card' against Pelosi
          AP:  Lacy Clay wants feds to grant citizen status to Honduran illegal
          P-D:  Clay files bill to free illegal immigrant;  Department of Homeland Security wants alien deported X
          Columbia Missourian's Galen Bacharier:  Liberal groups organize protest against alien-detention camps;  Speakers urge calls to offices of Blunt, Hawley, "Vickey [sic] Hartzler"
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court may have dealt big blow to bid to overturn 8-week abortion ban
          AP:  ACLU:  Timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court denies ACLU request to rush approval of abortion ban referendum X
          SE Missourian:  Saint Francis to forbid physicians from medical marijuana certification;  SoutheastHEALTH 'exploring' subject +
          Missourinet:  Missouri motorcycle helmet repeal bill vetoed
          KWMU:  Effort to repeal Missouri's mandatory bicycle helmet law fails after Parson's veto
          AP:  Parson blocks repeal of motorcycle helmet law
          P-D:  Parson vetoes motorcycle helmet law bill X
          Missourinet:  Red light given to bill that would let drivers turn left on red;  Parson objects to piece involving fines and license revocations
          Missourinet:  New law to strip licenses of drivers for striking a road worker in construction zones
          SNL:  Parson signs 'Hailey's Law' to bolster Amber Alert system X
          KWMU:  Parson signs law to improve missing children alert system
          Missourinet:  Missouri's in-home day cares will have new capacity restrictions
          KC Star:  Missouri's 'Jedi Disposal Act' goes up in flames with Parson's veto X
          P-D:  'Viking funerals' idea buried by Parson X
          KC Star:  Before property assessments soared in Jackson County, state declared them too low X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT changes course on center junction closure +
          SNL:  Three counties so far oppose ban on hog hunting in Mark Twain Forest X
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley bill to prevent police suicides will support those who protect and serve us X
          KC Star op-ed:  Michael Ryan:  Pro-life activists should embrace a public referendum on Missouri abortion law X
          P-D letters:  Breckenridge Hills man wants to pay higher taxes, urges voters to turn Missouri into "a progressive state" X
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        Friday, July 12, 2019
       
The Hill:  Lacy Clay unloads on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'using the race card'
          Politico:  Lacy Clay blasts Ocasio-Cortez caterwauling:  "What a weak argument"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley scrutinizes Silicon Valley for 'child exploitation' X
          KC Star:  Hawley bill to prevent police suicides heads to Trump's desk after House passage X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  U.S. House panel hears Missouri perspectives on flood control X
          SE Missourian:  FEMA awards funds to county for food, shelter after flooding +
          SNL:  Nearly a year after duck boat tragedy, healing continues X
          AP:  Investigation involving St. Louis City prosecutor is ongoing
          KWMU:  Kim Gardner defends conduct in case against Greitens
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) talks with Rosenbaum about bridge bonding plan, autism legislation, school start date, mid-Missouri's GOP shift, more
          JCNT:  ACLU asks Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments in abortion referendum case X
          KCUR:  Lobbyist-spending limits hamper lawmaker education;  Missouri Biotechnology Association's Kelly Gillespie explains negative effects
          AP:  Parson signs bill pushing back school start date
          P-D:  In bid for more tourism, Missouri schools set to start later in the summer in 2020 X
          KC Star:  State auditor criticizes Parson's signing of contracting bill;  Comments from Galloway spokesman Scott Hogste X
          P-D:  With new law, Parson declares not just any bourbon can be called 'Missouri bourbon' X
          Washington Missourian:  Capping coal ash ponds safest option for Franklin County;  Activists prefer 35-year/$3 billion plan to dig up waste and transport it across Missouri roads X
          SNL:  As black bears return to Missouri, Dept. of Conservation offers info X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  League of Women Voters seasoned citizens discuss women's suffrage, etc.
          KC Star editorial:  If lawsuit destroys Obamacare, Missourians who lose coverage have Josh Hawley to thank X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  On Missouri hunting and fishing fees, poaching restitution X
          KC Star op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  Gov. Mike Parson fails to root out dark money in Jefferson City X
          Messenger:  Amid turbulent political times, criminal justice overhaul forges common ground X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman claims Blunt/Hawley/Wagner position on illegal aliens is forcing her to lose sleep, spend witching hours "seething" X
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        Thursday, July 11, 2019
       
AP:  Missouri officials say flood damage to roads more than $29 million
          P-D:  Residents in 20 Missouri counties eligible for flood assistance programs X
          JCNT:  Callaway County may gets second chance at FEMA assistance X
          Missourinet:  Insured losses from Missouri's May tornadoes expected to reach at least $139 million
          SE Missourian:  State data shows local medical marijuana applications +
          Missourinet:  Parson signs GM bill in hopes of clinching major Missouri expansion
          AP:  Parson signs GM tax break bill
          Missourinet:  Parson signs bill to create veterans treatment courts in Missouri
          JCNT:  Parson signs several lawsuit, court overhaul, and business-related bills X
          AP:  Fewer vehicles will need inspections under new Missouri law
          P-D:  More than one million Missouri cars soon to be exempt from inspections X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs bill helping Missouri victims with potential lease problems
          Washington Missourian:  Governor signs "Lyndon's Law," inspired by New Haven resident
          P-D:  Missouri's second big bike trail gets boost, but not with tax dollars X
          P-D:  After 22-year run, end is near for one Missouri prison X
          SNL:  Ripley agrees to settle most duck boat lawsuits X
          KC Star:  Duck boat owner reaches settlements over Branson disaster that killed 17 last summer X
          SNL:  Missouri landowner backs feral hog eradication plan X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hawley, Arizona governor right to condemn Nike and Colin Kaepernick;  Malcontent has-been "should move to another country" X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State shouldn't mandate school-start dates X
          P-D editorial:  Jailing defendants for poverty will soon be illegal in Missouri. It's far past time. X
          KC Star sports columnist Pete Grathoff:  Legislature's resolution praising Chiefs a silly idea X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Local Missouri Right to Life member applauds pro-life legislation X
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        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
       
KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri farmer Adam Jones, Illinois mayor/pro wrestling promoter Herb Simmons offer updates, perspectives on flooding
          KWMU:  President Donald Trump approves disaster aid for Missouri residents hit by flooding and tornadoes
          Missourinet:  Federal disaster declaration granted for 20 Missouri counties
          Missourinet:  Emergency work to begin soon on two heavily-damaged Missouri levees
          Missourinet:  Hawley to YouTube:  "Stop recommending videos of kids to pedophiles"
          KC Star:  KC homicide detective investigating why veteran died after VA police confrontation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area man hopes to fill Dem ballot slot against Graves for second time;  Henry Martin calls district "winnable" after 30-point drubbing X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Event promo for "racial equity" discussion:  FOCUS St. Louis' Wally Siewert, others
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, DSS announce system to divert deadbeats' unclaimed property toward child support payments
          KC Star:  Woman at DMV in Kansas City began shooting because line was too slow, police say X
          AP:  Missouri report warns of earthquake insurance collapse
          JCNT:  Parson signs numerous bills X
          AP:  Missouri law could spring hundreds from jail
          Missourinet:  Parson signs 'debtor's prisons' bill
          P-D:  Missouri outlaws jail debt turning into jail time, following action by Gov. Mike Parson X
          AP:  Parson signs law to excuse people age 75 and older from jury duty
          SNL:  Retired patrolman warns Missouri educators about medical marijuana X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County group divided over CAFO issue X
          SNL:  Springfield NAACP takes aim at Springfield Public Schools, solicits stories of perceived racism for August complaint session X
          P-D editorial:  A court sees through Missouri abortion 'emergency.' Now it's up to the voters. X
          KC Star editorial:  A Missouri judge just gave the OK for more secrecy, corruption in state government X
          KC Star editorial:  From beyond the political grave, Eric Greitens is still hurting Missouri X
          Messenger:  Amid investigation into 'electronic devices,' Missouri general seeks quick exit X
          P-D op-ed:  East Coast law prof:  Hawley's approach the wrong way to fix social media X
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man wants Hawley to apologize to Nike, stop defending racist United States X
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        Tuesday, July 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Damage inspections underway in flood-affected areas around St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Emergency work to begin soon on two heavily-damaged Missouri levees
          SE Missourian:  River falls below 40 feet;  Illinois highways still weeks away from reopening +
          KCUR/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Michelle Tyrene Johnson:  Kansas City LGBTQIA* activist touts transition from "uppity gay white boy" to "very sexy Latina woman"
          KWMU:  Referendum aimed at overturning 8-week abortion ban can move forward
          Missourinet:  Missouri court sides with ACLU in abortion-referendum suit
          AP:  ACLU effort to put abortion ban to vote can proceed
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Dem AG candidate's lawsuit against Parson, says stunt exemplifies "threadbare, speculative and conjectural allegations of conspiracy" X
          KC Star:  Former Gov. Greitens' use of Confide didn't violate Sunshine Law, judge says X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana licenses sought for nearly 20 southwest Missouri locations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters):  Online map highlights Missouri's high number of taxing districts
          KCUR:  Promising better service to residents, Missouri's government fast-tracks manager training
          Missourinet:  Hundreds on waiting list to get into a Missouri veterans home
          CDT:  CAFO lawsuit on hold while Missouri Supreme Court hears similar case X
          SNL:  House committee discusses civil asset forfeiture, "racial profiling" X
          KWMU:  Missouri hunters could apply for elk hunting permits next year
          P-D:  Urban group handed $400k for "gun violence prevention" spending;  St. Louis City on pace to match last year's homicide tally X
          KWMU:  Better Family Life CEO warns of 'major skid' in region, rakes in another $200k for urban "de-escalation" campaign
          SNL:  Nature Center open house to focus on black bears;  Dept. of Conservation officials to teach tactics for managing conflicts with wild animals X
          KC Star editorial:  Act now to put repeal of Missouri abortion ban on the ballot X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri legislators passed pro-life legislation due to payouts from Missouri Right to Life
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        Monday, July 8, 2019
       
SNL:  Sen. Josh Hawley is taking on tech giants like Facebook and Google;  What you need to know X
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer praises Trump on foreign relations, says president is a "master at keeping the dialogue moving"
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets federal grant to retain nursing assistants at veterans homes
          SNL:  Republic hoping feds will fund pedestrian bridge over U.S. 60 X
          Washington Missourian:  EPA to host Sporlan Valve plant meeting X
          KC Star:  Future of Missouri low-income tax credit still in flux X
          P-D food reporter Daniel Neman:  ACLU begins fight against Missouri's abortion ban X
          KOAM (Joplin):  Multiple black bear sightings in area has residents worried;  Missouri Department of Conservation offers tips to stymie thieving animals and stay safe
          P-D:  Deadly turn:  UMSL study show violent crime growing deadlier in St. Louis City X
          P-D op-ed:  University City man with philosophy degree:  Missouri pro-life legislation is wrong - a heartbeat does not make a human X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Local environmental activists:  Lawmakers who support CAFO legislation are hypocrites X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says lawmakers sided with "bankers and agri-business lobbyist" on CAFO legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman recounts story of son's head injury, urges Parson to veto helmet legislation X
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        Sunday, July 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith defends Betsy Ross's legacy in response to attacks from former NFL quarterback
          SNL:  Two area teachers selected for White House tour, training X
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T part of federal government's research effort on roads
          Joplin Globe:  Anti-trafficking group says Missouri is active in prosecuting, convicting trafficking crimes X
          CDT:  Applications show strong competition for medical pot licenses X
          JCNT:  After tornado, Capitol Avenue National Register of Historic Places designation at risk X
          P-D:  Ameren considering options for coal ash ponds;  Removal method demanded by activists could cost ratepayers up to $5 billion X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man dismayed by Post-Dispatch's "increasingly radically partisan" bias X
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian says state's pro-life policies make her "ashamed to be a Missourian" X
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        Saturday, July 6, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  D.C.-based Environmental Working Group unhappy with USDA support for area farmers +
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Local race activists bring slavery-reminder campaign into urban schools, hope anger leads to action on reparations
          Washington Missourian:  'I wanted to pay back the veterans';  Cadets from JROTC programs serve as guardians for veterans on Franklin County Honor Flight Trips, express gratitute and love of country X
          KWMU:  Dispute between USDA and Iron County Medical Center could lead hospital to close
          P-D:  Republican Mitchell Kohlberg, a former campus police officer, says he's running for Scott Sifton's open Senate seat X
          JCNT:  Handful of local medical marijuana applications filed X
          AP:  Ameren says Missouri customers should see slight rate cut
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Hollywood doesn't want to film in pro-life states. More reason to refuse their handouts. +
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        Friday, July 5, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Soybean CEO Gary Wheeler:  China trade talks a work in progress
          Joplin Globe:  Profile:  Jake Heisten:  Experience working for U.S. Rep. Billy Long, Sen. Gary Nodler prepared new Grow Neosho CEO X
          The Missouri Times:  Fewer initiative petitions filed this year than last;  Ashcroft says it's 'expected'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's legal expense fund report highlights May payments, including multi-million dollar settlement
          Missourinet:  State sues roofing company for fraud
          SNL:  Missouri school safety forum explores medical marijuana, suicide, active shooter issues X
          SNL:  Online petition urges federal, state lawmakers to help free dope producer from jail;  Charles White grew more than 1,000 marjuana plants on Polk County farm X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With the number of homicides in Lacy Clay's district, it's a surprise there's not more demand for gun-control laws X
          KC Star editorial:  As the body count continues to rise, why can't Kansas City write its own gun laws? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT should consider Highway 47 as a relief measure for I-270 X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  After proposing 3 gold bugs, Trump selects a Fed insider from St. Louis X
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        Thursday, July 4, 2019   Happy Independence Day!
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith to present medals to late veteran's family on Fourth of July
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Fair St. Louis and the VP Parade may seem like fun, but they're actually racist
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants Swan's House seat after reaching term limits in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  What are Missouri's fireworks laws?  A look at regulations across the state
          AP:  Missouri closes budget year with most money in a decade
          AP:  More than 500 applicants vie to sell legal pot in Missouri
          SNL:  Rural Ozarks sees 70 weed license applications X
          SNL:  Which Springfield businesses want marijuana licenses? X
          Columbia Missourian:  Businesses seek entry into medical marijuana industry in Missouri
          KC Star:  A look at KC-area marijuana license applicants X
          P-D:  Former beer industry executive Bradford Goette among those seeking marijuana business licenses;  "Relax PAC" gave contributions to 2018 ballot campaigns, candidates X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri releases first prevailing wage rates following 2018 overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  2020 state legislative preview:  Clean Missouri
          P-D:  Democrat Chuck Hatfield, Republican Todd Graves awarded rightful compensation for lawsuit over campaign contribution limits X
          AP:  Settlement negotiations on Missouri meat law falter
          Missourinet:  "The Offsets" destination near Fredericktown remains closed;  owner appeals ruling
          P-D op-ed:  Brain Injury Association of Missouri's Maureen Cunningham:  Motorcycle helmets save lives and prevent brain injuries X
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        Wednesday, July 3, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley takes on Nike after company abandons patriotic shoe design
          Columbia Missourian:  Area liberals rally outside Hartzler's office to complain about illegal-immigrant detention centers;  CoMo for Progress turns out nearly twenty (20) protesters
          KWMU:  Flooding affects Fair St. Louis events
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton declines bid for governor, endorses Nicole Galloway instead
          P-D:  Geri-Rothman Serot dies;  Former wife of Lt. Gov. Ken Rothman (D) lost 1992 U.S. Senate election to Kit Bond X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to conduct DWI enforcement during Fourth of July holiday
          KC Star:  Hearing on Missouri Planned Parenthood's abortion license pushed to October X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood promotes Colleen McNicholas to "chief medical officer," will focuse on "inclusive and specialized care for LGBTQ people"
          SNL:  How to home grow marijuana under Amendment 2 X
          SNL:  What legal weed in Illinois means in Missouri X
          P-D:  Missouri releases names of marijuana-license applicants X
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT likely to shut down U.S. 61 for 7 months for overpass project;  Jackson leaders object +
          KSMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation proposes framework for elk-hunting season
          JCNT:  Missouri approved women's right to vote 100 years ago today X
          P-D editorial:  Lacy Clay's bill would restore local power when states strip ability to go after felons with guns X
          JCNT editorial:  To control spending, feds should look to Show-Me State X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  As Missouri implements medical marijuana laws, there should be no rush to legalize recreational use +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley:  Missouri highway funding priorities should include making roads and bridges disaster-ready
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        Tuesday, July 2, 2019
       
Politico:  Josh Hawley:  The Republican lawmaker rattling Silicon Valley
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  20 veterans a day are commiting suicide
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Economy may yet benefit from USDA office move X
          SE Missourian:  A new water mark:  Flood of 2019 to 'easily' set a record for duration +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with Rosenbaum about Parson, avoiding PQs, and Missouri's 2020 elections
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway's soft launch for governor continues with endorsement from Scott Sifton X
          AP:  Creighton survey suggests Midwest economic growth will continue
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Revenue offers online sales tax-finding tool X
          KC Star:  Dad's reaction to state trooper's second appeal in handcuffed drowning:  'Pretty disgusting' X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Medical marijuana issue for doctor, patient X
          P-D op-ed:  Illinois Policy Institute's Brad Weisenstein:  Illinoisans can exercise freedom to choose lower taxes - in Missouri X
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        Monday, July 1, 2019
       
July 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  Army Corps of Engineers pegs costs to restore levee sytem at $1B, for now
          Missourinet:  Missouri enters a new budget year
          Missourinet:  Nucor steel plant will be anchor tenant for Sedalia's new industrial park
          SNL:  A look at what's next for Ozark Mountain State Park X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Kehoe signs executive order creating food and beverage task force
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Feral hogs menacing southern Missouri +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian says state GOP lawmakers to blame for rural hospital closures X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman suggests that "racial profiling" data should explore why scofflaws are pulled over X
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        Sunday, June 30, 2019
       
KC Star:  'Queen of cover-ups':  Head of Kansas City VA hospital has history of withholding info X
          JCNT:  Current flooding similar to 1993, meaning long road ahead X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for the pallid sturgeon fret over national, state flood management policies
          P-D:  Profile:  Show-Me Victories' Mike Kelley X
          Missourinet:  Flags will be at half-staff tomorrow to honor fallen officer;  Michael Langsdorf was shot and killed in Wellston by career criminal Bonette Weeks
          Washington Missourian:  State data shows 22 businesses in Franklin County seek marijuana permits X
          SNL:  On Parson's desk:  pushing back the first day of school X
          CDT:  New bail rules take effect Monday X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The myth of marijuana incarceration;  Popular pothead policy point inaccurate X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri suicide rate is higher than the national average +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  To improve Missouri's overall status, leaders should examine what other states are doing X
          KC Star's Sam Mellinger:  The challenges and potential of legalized sports betting in Missouri X
          Waters:  CAFOs:  Wallowing toward resolution X
          SNL letters:  Alzheimer's-care advocate thanks Billy Long and Blaine Luetkemeyer for funding support;  Springfield septuagenarian mocks Missouri's marijuana "medical" clinics X
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        Saturday, June 29, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Flood, sweat and tears:  Combination of weather, trade disputes have farmers reeling +
          AP:  Lacy Clay introduces gun-control bill
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay says state lawmakers are "being held hostage by the NRA"
          P-D:  Lacy Clay pushes gun-control bill X
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action, others cheer Clay's gun-control proposal
          AP:  After U.S. Supreme Court ruling, states poised to take up fight over partisan gerrymandering
          The Missouri Times:  Dem primary for Greg Razer's seat:  Attorney Drew Rogers enters race
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 24, 2019
          JCNT:  Kehoe signs 4 bills into law while acting as governor X
          JCNT:  Kehoe establishes food manufacturing task force X
          AP:  Judge George Draper set to be next Missouri Supreme Court chief justice
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood allowed to continue providing abortions for now, state panel rules
          P-D:  Order allows abortions at Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis until at least August 1 X
          AP:  Order:  Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood clinic
          KWMU:  Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood until at least August
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood in St. Louis granted stay to provide abortions during licensing case X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Matt Sain (D-Kansas City) looks to serve as assistant superminority floor leader
          SNL:  Missouri Conservation Commission tentatively OKs first elk hunts X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Elitist and entitled USDA employees show disdain for heartland X
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        Friday, June 28, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cost from river flooding already tops $1 billion. And that's just for levee damage. X
          JCNT:  Levee breaks in north Jefferson City X
          AP:  Levee breaks near Jefferson City as Missouri River swells
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rosecrans project included in national defense bill X
          KWMU:  Supreme Court redistricting ruling is mixed bag for Missouri critics of gerrymandering
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberals discuss Missouri's new pretrial rules
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio hires Riverfront Times Editor Sarah Fenske as new host of St. Louis on the Air;  Executive Producer Alex Heuer emphasizes that station pushed "diverse" candidates, but ultimately chose competency over race
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway's soft launch for governor begins with demand that Parson combat "dark money" X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Karla May on the push to overhaul Missouri's criminal justice system;  St. Louis City Dem weighs in on abortion legislation, "racial profiling," more
          The Missouri Times:  Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole launches Senate campaign for District 29;  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) is term-limited
          CDT:  Democrat plans to challenge Sara Walsh in 50th District;  Kari Chesney describes herself as "very liberal," supports "Medicare for All" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices will be closed on July 4-5
          KWMU:  With St. Louis abortion clinic's license set to expire, Planned Parenthood seeks extension
          P-D:  Profile:  DHSS Director Randall Williams X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri roughly $3.9 billion under Hancock Amendment limit in 2018
          Missourinet:  Kansas City business leaders hopeful about end to "border war" between Missouri and Kansas
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway urges veto to state's contracting process
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association sues state over access
          SE Missourian:  24 medical marijuana applications filed in 8th Congressional District +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri to start allowing people to apply for medical cannabis X
          SNL:  Mercy 'not recommending' medical marijuana X
          SNL:  Cox 'will not be certifying' for medical pot X
          P-D letter:  Wash U. Med School prof wants St. Louis abortion clinic to stay open X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants GOP state legislators to raise taxes +
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        Thursday, June 27, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri native Seth Appleton confirmed as HUD Assistant Secretary
          KC Star:  Union underboss predicts "catastrophic attrition" from USDA move to Kansas City X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on Capitol Hill to testify against union bill;  U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) gets emotional
          KWMU's Nancy Fowler:  PrideFest promo:  President Donald Trump, state of Missouri still oppressing LGBTQIA* community
          Columbia Missourian:  PrideFest promo:  Drag pageant adds "regent" title to "king" and "queen" for those who identify as "gender-fluid";  "Gayest Pet" competition among highlights
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway gears up for gubernatorial race
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) makes 2020 re-election bid following serious car accident
          JCNT:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association suing state X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS rolls out interactive medical marijuana map
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri leans on federal law, not state, for medical marijuana advertising
          P-D:  St. Louis County has second-most marijuana business applications in Missouri X
          JCNT:  Moniteau County health board weighs CAFO regulation X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at Missouri's death penalty laws, history
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reduces number of counties in disease management zone X
          Priddy:  Event promo:  State Historical Society building dedication (889 words)
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        Wednesday, June 26, 2019
       
KC Star:  U.S. House passes budget with no money for USDA move to Kansas City X
          Morning Consult's Eli Yokley:  Gun-control activist Becky Morgan seeks to fill Dem ballot slot for Ann Wagner's 2020 re-election
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Gun control activists promote priorities;  Wash U. prof thanks KWMU for promoting agenda (27:30)
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Liberal bookstore Left Bank Books' 50-year anniversary:  Reflections on 1969 anti-war movement, LGBTQIA* community, current social justice warrior spirit, more
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for 40th Anniversary of St. Louis PrideFest:  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, others share thoughts on press conference with "Mayor Lyda Krewsom [sic]"
          AP:  Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns
          SNL:  Army Corps of Engineers to open all 10 spillway gates at Table Rock Lake as more water coming from Beaver Lake X
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway set to launch campaign for governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Patty Lewis launches 2020 bid for Greg Razer's open House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Details of second annual Missouri vs. Illinois Bi-State Softball Showdown next month
          The Missouri Times:  Erica Engelby, aide to Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, launches clothing line geared toward conservative women
          The Missouri Times:  Changes to Missouri's fledgling hemp program signed into law
          SNL:  Missouri reveals a bit more about where dispensaries and other marijuana companies will locate X
          P-D:  Missouri, other states adopt "don't ask, don't tell" policy on obtaining seeds for marijuana cultivation X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe signs bill expanding timeframe for museum, cultural district creation
          Joplin Globe:  Arts district amendment signed into law X
          Missourinet:  Schatz talks Rocheport bridge funding, PDMP
          P-D:  License dispute over Missouri's last abortion clinic heads to state commission X
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for 'Wayfair' Internet sales tax
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Giffords Law Center unhappy with Missouri gun regulations X
          SE Missourian:  Russell Bucklew scheduled for execution again;  U.S. Supreme Court denied appeal in April +
          KCUR:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for rapist/murderer Russell Bucklew
          Missourinet:  Missouri murderer scheduled to be executed in October
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's traffic-stop racial disparities suggest much work remains to be done X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Why is Kansas City's ego so fragile? Don't take USDA employees' reaction so personally X
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        Tuesday, June 25, 2019
       
CNN:  Lacy Clay endorses Kamala Harris for president
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture follows EPA, allows for sale of E15 during summer months
          Missourinet:  Kehoe makes state's second request for federal disaster declaration
          AP:  Missouri requests second federal disaster declaration
          KWMU:  St. Louis On the Air preview:  Local gun-control advocates to promote their policies
          The Missouri Times:  In Missouri, jobs continue to grow while wages increase
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe takes over as governor while Parson is on vacation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to leave chamber this summer, will be sworn in as Kansas City councilman August 1
          CDT:  Former GOP legislative aide Carter Ballman sentenced for child porn X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge kicks Planned Parenthood case to Administrative Hearing Commission
          SNL:  Battle over Missouri's lone abortion clinic is heading to a new court this week X
          P-D:  Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep license through Friday as it appeals to state commission X
          KWMU:  Judge sends abortion dispute to state commission
          AP:  Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh says pro-life bill is 'pretty scary'
          Missourinet:  Hyperloop study group considers potential effect of flooding on system
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation scientists fight to save a fish with teeth like an alligator
          JCNT:  7 counties removed from Missouri Department of Conservation's chronic wasting disease management zone X
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  Arch City Defenders' "Racial Justice Film Series" highlights how white people and "corporate intenties [sic]" conspire to oppress blacks
          JCNT editorial:  Parson has served Missouri well in his first year X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission makes the right call on wind farm X
          P-D editor's desk:  An apology to our readers for sharing video of dying officer's last minutes X
          Nicklaus:  A rural Missouri hospital has a plan to stay alive, but the federal government is objecting X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury) says Republicans should expand Medicaid X
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        Monday, June 24, 2019
       
CDT:  Missouri River rising again as flooding continues X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with Scott Faughn about working with Parson and Schatz, transportation legislation, next year's gov race, more;  Panel of David Barklage, Angela Bingaman, Willis Jones, and Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talk Galloway/Sifton vs. Parson, Kim Gardner/William Tisaby and Greitens, Dem presidential campaigns' impact on Missouri, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer reflects on first legislative session X
          SNL:  Why Missouri medical marijuana ads won't be on TV X
          KWMU:  Four charter schools opening in August;  One closing
          P-D:  A lawsuit by Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd could help slow spread of video gambling terminals in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Hyperloop study group to have recommendations ready in September
          P-D editorial:  Hawley offers a dangerous solution to a non-existent problem of social-media bias X
          New York Daily News editorial:  Social-media poison pill:  Hawley's foolish attempt to police Internet speech
          SE Missourian editorial:  Flood of 2019 leaves its mark +
          Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Former U.S. Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.):  Hawley's bad idea to protect speech
          KC Star letters:  Wisconsin feminist outraged by Missouri's pro-life legislation, says she won't visit state; Archie septuagenarian unhappy with quality of responses from Blunt and Hartzler offices X
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        Sunday, June 23, 2019
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill defends Biden by comparing Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz to segregationists:  "Stinky, creepy people"
          KC Star:  USDA employees share thoughts on move to Kansas City X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats avoid Senate District 15 primary as Mark Osmack waves white flag to Deb Lavender
          Washington Missourian:  MoDOT says flooding has pushed back Highway 47 bridge removal by two months X
          P-D:  Missouri prison tours on hold after May tornado damages historic structures X
          KC Star op-ed:  Government employee union leader at USDA:  I'm from Missouri and don't want to move back X
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian sociology professor:  City should put pressure on state legislators to restrict payday lenders X
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        Saturday, June 22, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Sam Graves wants Army Corps of Engineers funding change in wake of catastrophic flooding
          JCNT:  Blunt holds community roundtables, talks cancer-research funding X
          P-D:  Lacy Clay files articles of impeachment against President Trump X
          AP:  Lacy Clay co-sponors resolution to impeach Trump
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 17, 2019
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Dept. of Public Safety's Sandy Karsten speak to Missouri Highway Patrol graduating class X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri denies St. Louis Planned Parenthood license
          KWMU:  Missouri denies Planned Parenthood abortion license, but clinic remains open for now
          P-D:  Fate of Planned Parenthood's lone termination facility in hands of judge after state denies license X
          AP:  Missouri rejects license renewal for lone abortion clinic
          Missourinet:  Missouri denies renewal of Planned Parenthood abortion clinic
          KC Star:  Missouri relaxes pelvic-exam requirement;  Planned Parenthood official calls for Parson to remove Randall Williams from DHSS post X
          P-D:  State investigating five cases of E. coli illness potentially linked to Grant's Farm X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri PSC gives Liberty-Empire go-ahead for wind project X
          P-D:  Judge says Missouri should open some medical marijuana records X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment scams show state employees need a return to merit system X
          SE Missourian letter:  Male Planned Parenthood organizer says verbal misstep by Rep. Barry Horvis (R-Cape Girardeau) gave activist a "gaping wound" +
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        Friday, June 21, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt's U.S. Senate committee approves emergency border funding bill
          KC Star:  A look at how Trump's transportation priorities have affected Kansas City area projects X
          Missourinet:  Missouri farmer Ronnie Russell testifies in Washington, D.C. about impact of trade war
          Missourinet:  Gov. Bob Holden honored for global efforts, asks Congress to preserve State Department funding
          KCUR:  Georgetown University report shows Missouri succeeds in getting children off Medicaid and CHIP at second-highest rate in the nation
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions related to abortion, prison sentences filed with Ashcroft's office
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood won't follow state law, corporate officials say
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood flouts state law as license renewal looms
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with state law X
          SNL:  Two more Ripley employees indicted on federal charges after duck boat tragedy X
          Missourinet:  Two more workers of Missouri duck boat company indicted in deadly duck boat sinking
          P-D:  Eapen Thampy terminates state lobbyist registration X
          GoFundMe:  Eapen Thampy's legal defense fund;  Online contributions accepted, attributed or anonymous
          Columbia Missourian:  Pot clinic's gimmick:  Free "medical examinations" for military veterans
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's last abortion clinic right to defy order on 'dehumanizing' pelvic exams X
          JCNT editorial:  Outdoor cremation bill shouldn't offend X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says state and federal officials should give Missouri River a wide berth X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin couple displeased by Post-Dispatch's derisive treatment of pro-life activists X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann:  Missouri's drug bust policy needed to combat epidemic X
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        Thursday, June 20, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  How 2019 flood levels compare to 1993
          Missourinet:  Missouri River reopened to traffic;  Mississippi River restrictions continue
          Missourinet:  Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright to deliver lecture at Westminster College in September
          The Missouri Times:  Bill on wind farm taxes awaits governor's signature
          Brownfield Ag News:  Moniteau County ag teacher and farmer says local anti-CAFO regulations would harm next generation
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley assaults free speech with misguided bill aimed at political bias in big tech X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  On state corrections workers and pay:  Watching prisoners, watching the budget X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Blunt/Hawley/Cleaver/Graves/Hartzler:  A warm welcome for federal ag research agencies in K.C.
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Farmers are grateful for federal aid after disaster but need more help
          Priddy:  Briefs:  Eric Schmitt vs. Fatty Perkins
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Prepare yourself:  Compliant ID will soon be required in Missouri
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        Wednesday, June 19, 2019   Juneteenth
       
The Missouri Times:  Republican National Committee touts re-election efforts for Trump:  A look at Missouri's numbers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Hawley weigh in on Iran and military tech readiness X
          KC Star:  Hawley's bill requires audits for Facebook, other sites to prove no political bias X
          KWMU:  FEMA data shows Missouri gets buyouts for flood-prone homes more than any other state
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Event promo:  Rally for paid family leave legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Stan Herzog moves $150,000 into conservative nonprofit American Democracy Alliance
          AP:  Some black activists blame racism for perjury charges against William Tisaby and criticism of Kim Gardner;  Police union leader Jeff Roorda says allegations of racism are "absurd"
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for civil asset forfeiture proposals
          CDT:  Moniteau County debates CAFO rules before state law kicks in X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Counties looks for new office after tornado decimated downtown building
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt says 'impressive progress' made in tackling untested rape kits
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The risk of going to paperless ballots X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Municipalities grappling with how to handle state's medical marijuana law +
          KC Star op-ed:  Anthropocene Alliance's Harriet Festing:  St. Louis Mills mall flooding, closure products of TIF policy X
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        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
       
JCNT:  Gov. Bob Holden gets national award for supporting diplomacy X
          SNL:  Libertarian presidential candidates talk abortion, smaller government in Springfield;  State convention draws crowd of two dozen X
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick talks 2020 plans, "proactive" approach to unclaimed property
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt files Sunshine Law violation suit against Garden City
          KC Star:  Schmitt sues Cass County town for disbanding police force 'behind closed doors' X
          The Missouri Times:  Joe Driskill elected Association of Defense Communities president
          KWMU:  St. Louis prosecutor's investigator in Greitens case charged with perjury, evidence tampering
          AP:  William Tisaby indicted on 7 counts for lying under oath about Greitens investigation
          P-D:  Former FBI agent who investigated Greitens indicted in St. Louis as part of perjury investigation X
          KC Star:  Investigator on Greitens case indicted on perjury charges X
          KC Star:  Court filing reveals details of botched abortions at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis facility X
          KCUR:  St. Louis judge says Missouri lawmakers unlawfully cut off Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding
          AP:  Planned Parenthood wins in suit over Missouri funding
          P-D:  St. Louis judge sides with Planned Parenthood X
          AP:  Parson appoints conservative ex-judge to Administrative Hearing Commission
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri corrections officers may see 3-13% salary increase X
          JCNT:  Former Lincoln University employee sues over job loss, says she was discriminated against for being white X
          P-D:  Dorian Johnson loses round as court rules his lawsuit should be tossed;  Man who concocted "hands up" tale sought payday from City of Ferguson and assault victim Darren Wilson X
          KC Star editorial:  The border war is back:  It's Kansas vs. Missouri in a pointless battle for USDA jobs X
          P-D editorial:  New report from Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Missouri's GOP legislators are not 'pro-life' X
          KWMU's Evie Hemphill:  Join the Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), and others to advocate for paid family leave legislation
          P-D op-ed:  Septuagenarian animal-rights activist wants more state regulations X
          Columbia Missourian's Ruby Bailey:  A new way to support the Missourian:  Create an account with Seattle's "XeePay," give the company access to your bank account information, and send us money after reading stories you like
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        Monday, June 17, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau praises USDA's Kansas City relocation proposal
          KWMU:  Flooding slows business and barges along the river
          KC Star:  More rain this week in KC area could worsen Missouri River flooding X
          Washington Missourian:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft proposes eliminating Missouri's presidential primaries, wants Parson to call special session this summer X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans talks with Jason Rosenbaum about state party's role, Ann Wagner's upcoming re-election, pro-life legislation, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Scott Faughn about state revenue, MO ABLE, and more;  Panel of Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Victory Enterprises' Brett Dinkins, and former Dem Reps. Jeff Roorda and Bruce Franks on abortion battles, state budget, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) making a name for herself in the Missouri House X
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana patients in Missouri can apply for the drug earlier than planned
          P-D:  Area clinics set market prices for marijuana access;  Brentwood "alternative medicine clinic" to charge $99 for dope prescription X
          P-D's "The Bottom Line" video series:  Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus say Missouri is mired in economic slump, recommend state legislators raise taxes X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Former Missouri PSC Commissioner Terry Jarrett:  There is still a need for coal in America's power grid;  73% of Missouri energy comes from coal +
          Columbia Missourian's Morgan Keith and Janice Zhou:  Train hits 9-year-old girl walking on tracks;  Railroad, lobbyists, and Sam Graves are to blame
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        Sunday, June 16, 2019   Father's Day
       
KC Star:  On which side of Missouri-Kansas border will USDA offices be located?  Feds yet to decide. X
          Washington Missourian:  Ashcroft talks abortion petition, raising approval threshold for all referendums during county visit X
          JCNT:  Gov. Mike Parson looks back on first year as governor X
          JCNT:  Parson reflects on future, life in Capital City X
          P-D:  Voters said no to gas take hike, so Missouri will start limited bridge replacement program X
          Joplin Globe:  Medicaid advocates unhappy with decline in enrollment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill to repeal motorcycle helmet law is on Parson's desk
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Millions for infrastructure shows Parson is in line with most Missourians X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's health chief asserts 'safety' to justify GOP's dirty work X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue:  Moving USDA jobs to Kansas City:  All wisdom does not reside in Washington X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Now that Better Together's plan is dead, let's create something that's truly better X
          McClellan:  Area nonagenarian attempts to attain a REAL ID-compliant drivers license - and wacky government bureaucracy ensues X
          SNL letter:  Missouri Health Care for All displeased by drop in Medicaid recipients X
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        Saturday, June 15, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Disaster payments to Missouri farmers limited by appropriations
        Missourinet:  Graves optimistic about USDA moving to Kansas City region
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 10, 2019
        The Missouri Times:  Parson takes off for first overseas trade mission to Europe
        The Missouri Times:  Who serves in Missouri's executive branch? A look at the 22 positions
        KC Star:  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly plans action to end Kansas-Missouri border war, after Parson signed truce bill X
        The Missouri Times:  Cole County judge dismisses second referendum lawsuit
        AP:  Push to overturn pro-life law hits roadblock
        SNL:  Missouri will take online applications for marijuana ID cards a week early X
        The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana patient, caregiver applications to be accepted early by DHSS
        CDT:  State moves up date for medical pot applications X
        Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association's Jack Cardetti explains licensing process
        SNL:  How City of Springfield's legislative priorities fared in Jefferson City X
        SE Missourian:  Like Vikings and Jedi:  Missouri to allow outdoor cremations +
        SNL:  Now Missourians can renew hunting, fishing, trapping permits online automatically X
        Washington Missourian letter:  Union man pleased with Ameren's transparency on coal ash science X
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        Friday, June 14, 2019   Flag Day
       
The Missouri Times:  Kansas City selected as new home for two USDA labs:  What that means for Missouri
          Missourinet:  Kansas City wins future sites of USDA research headquarters - and hundreds of jobs
          Brownfield Ag News:  Cleaver says funding needed to secure ERS/NIFA move
          Missourinet:  Cleaver says USDA move to Kansas City region isn't a done deal
          Brownfield Ag News:  Chinn pleased with USDA's relocation choice
          KC Star:  Hundreds of USDA jobs headed to Kansas City after 'united effort' by Missouri and Kansas X
          KC Star:  Some federal employees unhappy with USDA relocation;  Small group tantrums during employee meeting, turn their backs to USDA chief X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley says U.S. should be wary of China's nefarious intentions X
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden to receive national award for diplomacy, state economic development programs
          KC Star:  Truman Library and Museum to undergo massive renovation X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Jason Rosenbaum about state budget picture, low-income housing tax credits, MO ABLE, unclaimed property
          P-D:  Better Together taps new chief:  Dave Leipholtz X
          P-D:  Parson to hand off power to Kehoe while on overseas trip later this month X
          The Missouri Times:  Cole County judge dismisses one lawsuit seeking to put abortion bill on ballot
          P-D:  Abortion vote lawsuit dismissed X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS asks judge to reconsider in Planned Parenthood case, cites 'deficiencies' with clinic
          P-D:  State asks St. Louis judge to rescind order in abortion clinic's license fight X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Moniteau County to consider CAFO ordinance before state law kicks in
          KC Star:  Missouri set to legalize outdoor funerals X
          CDT:  PSC holds meeting on Ameren rate hike X
          KWMU:  Advocacy group claims flooding may have polluted more than 140,000 residential wells in Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  USDA move makes sense X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Blunt's adoption legislation deserves support X
          Nicklaus:  Missouri taxing districts may be 'special,' but they're certainly not transparent X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis woman says pro-life legislation is devastating to women X
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        Thursday, June 13, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley confident his skepticism of tech companies will gain congressional momentum
          KC Star:  Michigan attorney withdraws name from federal bench consideration, blames Hawley and others
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) launches campaign for state Senate;  Former teacher seeks Jeanie Riddle's open seat
          KWMU:  Legal Roundtable:  Show-Me Institute's Brenda Talent, others discuss abortion law
          Missourinet:  Parson says Missouri and Kansas have both spent more than $100 million on border war
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 12, 2019
          SNL:  What's new about Missouri black bears? Missouri Department of Conservation plans open house meetings X
          SNL:  Liberal group issues annual health care rankings, says Missouri should expand Medicaid X
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization:  Lawmakers should pass shared-parenting legislation X
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-CAFO activists:  Missouri Clean Water Commission is a tool of agriculture interests X
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        Wednesday, June 12, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt:  Trump's Mexico deal is a message to China
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft rejects third referendum petition seeking to put abortion bill to vote
          P-D:  Secretary of state rejects third abortion petition X
          The Missouri Times:  Abortion referendum lawsuits back in court next week with amended petitions
          KWMU:  Abortion clinic employees, Georgetown University feminist angry over state's approach to Planned Parenthood and safety
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs 'border wars' bill restricting tax incentives for certain businesses moving across state lines
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Medical marijuana advocates promote industry, talk prescription process
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Hemp Association to host conference covering cultivation to marketing;  Executive Director Dale Ludwig talks "Seed to Sale" event
          KWMU:  State school board denies Riverview Gardens' appeal for full accreditation
          Missourinet:  Parson offers Massachusetts governor a friendly wager on NHL's Stanley Cup Game 7
          P-D:  Former St. Louis County jail inmate dies shortly after arriving at state prison X
          P-D:  Missouri Press Association, others want movement on public-records ruling request X
          P-D:  State-ranking survey of the day:  WalletHub says Missouri not a good state to live in X
          Priddy:  I woke up with a brilliant, original idea:  Politicians should incorporate NASCAR-like sponsorships to show who is paying them;  868 words on corporate influence of Ameren, Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto [sic], others
          Reddit archives, 2014:  When was the first use of the tired, overdone cliche that politicians should incorporate NASCAR-like sponsorships to show who is paying them?
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on the Star's campaign against Title IX changes and the all-out war on young men X
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        Tuesday, June 11, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  FCC announces additional funding for rural broadband:  what that means for Missouri
          CDT:  FCC grants $24.1 million for broadband expansion X
          KWMU:  Mississippi River crested, but the waters remain high for now
          SE Missourian:  The work begins after floodwaters recede +
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley calls for overhaul of U.S. asylum process
          P-D:  New Missouri GOP leadership tightens belt after $200k flows to Todd Graves' group X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) talks with Jason Rosenbaum about legislative session, Nathan's Law, pro-life legislation, Clean Missouri, and hopes for a Dem comeback in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Abortion referendum lawsuit hearings set for today
          KC Star:  Pro-choice activists say regulations will worsen infant mortality rate X
          KC Star:  Missouri lab records show evidence of failed abortion at clinic with 're-aspiration' X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis judge gives state deadline to make decision on Planned Parenthood's license
          AP:  Judge says abortion clinic can remain open
          KWMU:  Judge temporarily allows abortions at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic
          P-D:  St. Louis abortion clinic can stay open, for now X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs $29.7 billion state budget, giving pay boost to state workers
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Medical marijuana advocates to promote industry
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) praises passage of criminal justice bills
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation to increase shooting range prices by $1 X
          SE Missourian:  AG report shows whites more likely to be stopped in Charleston than blacks +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Sheriffs' Association responds to traffic-stops report, wants valid benchmarks
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ygrene Energy Fund's Byron DeLear:  Lawmakers must help Missourians prepare for future tornados and floods
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Disasters and decisions weigh heavily in farm country
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting:  The health care crisis in rural Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman expresses outrage over pro-life legislation, demands six months paid maternity leave X
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        Monday, June 10, 2019
       
CBS "Face the Nation":  Video and transcript:  Sen. Roy Blunt talks trade tariffs, immigration
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner talks to Scott Faughn about immigration crisis and national pro-life legislation;  Panel of Scott Dieckhaus and Reps. Gretchen Bangert (D), Jim Murphy (R), Steven Roberts (D) talk pro-life legislation, Galloway's gubernatorial primary bid, Roberts' state Senate bid, special election for Jean Evans' seat, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Levees 'overwhelmed' as river levels stay high X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nearly 700 witness ceremonial signing of CAFO legislation in Sedalia
          SNL:  Meetings set about future of new state parks X
          KWMU:  Rock Island Trail gets option to raise money, but no state funds;  Comments from Missouri State Parks Deputy Director Mike Sutherland
          P-D:  In the Missouri Capitol, a shoeshine stand could return X
          P-D editorial:  State site for school-performance assessments is incomplete, inaccessible X
          KC Star editorial:  Medical marijuana dispensaries are arriving soon. Will Kansas City be ready? X
          Waters:  Nicole Galloway claimed she wanted to serve four years as auditor, but senses the lure of higher office X
          Messenger:  Patch of dry ground adjacent to Mississippi River is monument to bad flood policy X
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        Sunday, June 9, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party refocusing structure on grassroots, voter contact
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long backs state PDMP in Springfield visit X
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River crest forecast for Monday;  weekend rain could alter river levels +
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Hodgepodge of liberal groups hold protest to complain about abortion laws, perceived racism, gun control, etc. X
          Washington Post:  MSNBC's Rachel Maddow calls pelvic exams "state-sanctioned sexual assault" X
          SE Missourian:  Jobs to juries:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) discusses bills passed by Missouri lawmakers +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State owes county more than $500,000 in jail costs X
          SNL:  Cedar County activists unhappy about CAFO legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's Republicans are afraid of voters on abortion - and everything else X
          P-D editorial:  GOP radicals are muzzling public opposition to Missouri's new abortion law X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Trump's tariffs mean a positive turnaround for steel pipe manufacturer in St. Charles X
          KC Star's Ed McKinley and Jason Hancock:  How the Star helped overcome lobbyists and dark money forces to defeat Title IX legislation X
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        Saturday, June 8, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Overcrowded detention centers, overwhelmed agents on the southern border +
          Missourinet:  Missouri requests joint damage assessments for flooding, tornados
          AP:  Central U.S. flooding hits tourism in Missouri, other states
          JCNT:  Pro-life activists celebrate Missouri law X
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys contributes $1 million to committee seeking to put abortion ban to vote
          KC Star:  Humphreys gives $1 million to overturn abortion law, sues Ashcroft X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Planned Parenthood-contracted lab briefly loses accreditation as state, federal officials investigate botched abortions
          AP:  Missouri abortion clinic's lab re-accredited after review
          KWMU:  Women who received abortion services at Planned Parenthood's clinic remained pregnant
          P-D:  Missouri investigating 'multiple' botched abortions at St. Louis Planned Parenthood X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 3, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians should be outraged over traffic-stop data X
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian says Navy would never tolerate Greitens' behavior X
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        Friday, June 7, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  What the federal aid package means for Missouri as devastating flooding continues
          KC Star:  Missouri requests FEMA's help with flood, tornado damage assessments across the state X
          CDT:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler talks federal aid and flood control X
          KWMU:  As floodwaters remain high, some in St. Louis wonder if they'll reach Flood of '93 levels
          KWMU:  Hawley seeks to bar YouTube from recommending videos featuring minors
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long describes opioids as "scourge," supports PDMP
          KWMU:  Referendums to overturn new abortion ban rejected by Missouri secretary of state
          The Missouri Times:  Two abortion bill referendum petitions rejected, third still under review
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU files legal challenge to rejection of abortion bill referendum
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft rejects two referendum petitions against abortion bill
          JCNT:  Ashcroft:  2 petitions seeking abortion bill referendum don't meet Constitution requirements X
          AP:  Effort to repeal abortion rules hits roadblock
          KC Star:  ACLU of Missouri sues "John [sic] Ashcroft" for rejecting abortion bill referendum X
          The Missouri Times:  State agriculture agency selects new state veterinarian
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 5, 2019
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        Thursday, June 6, 2019   D-Day
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt:  Mexican tariffs would not help U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
          KWMU:  Rivers expected to crest at St. Louis tomorrow
          KC Star:  Nicole Galloway taking aim at Parson in op-ed, stump speeches X
          KWMU:  Mark Osmack, Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) angling to take on Koenig in Missouri Senate contest
          The Missouri Times:  Lavender flip-flops on re-election stance;  Kirkwood rep says her state Senate agenda would focus on abortion laws, climate change, and gun control
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans nominate Scott Cupps to fill Fitzpatrick's vacant House seat
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to speak at First Friday coffee tomorrow +
          The Missouri Times:  Jackson County Democrats honor Victor Callahan
          P-D:  Cannabis lobbyist Eapen Thampy pleads not guilty to drug charges X
          The Missouri Times:  Revenue collections up 2.1 percent so far from 2018
          P-D:  Missouri budget numbers on plus side heading toward final weeks of fiscal year X
          AP:  DHSS's Randall Williams stresses safety over access
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood lawyers:  Missouri officials are not following licensing procedures
          The Missouri Times:  Renew Missouri seeks to change PSC solar rules
          The Missouri Times:  Invenergy acquisition of Grain Belt project gets approval from state regulatory committee
          AP:  Missouri OKs Invenergy's acquisition of wind power project
          Missourinet:  Energy line project clears major Missouri regulatory hurdle
          KC Star editorial:  How Missouri harasses women seeking abortions X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Flood aid finally provides a boost X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman angry at Parson, says pelvic exams are "state-sponsored rape" X
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        Wednesday, June 5, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  What the federal disaster aid package means for Missouri as devastating flooding continues
          The Missouri Times:  Judge quells subpoenas of abortion clinic doctors, sets hearing for whether lone facility can remain operational
          AP:  Judge:  Doctor testimony not needed in Missouri abortion case
          KWMU:  Court rules doctors don't have to testify in Planned Parenthood license case
          P-D:  St. Louis judge calls Planned Parenthood hearing for this morning X
          Missourinet:  Galloway says Missourians are calling her office to complain about late state tax refunds
          SNL:  Missouri posts medical marijuana applications for patients, businesses X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri rolls out medical marijuana applications
          P-D:  Cannabis advocate Eapen Thampy faces charges in marijuana case X
          CDT:  Rocheport bridge rehab could be 'poison pill';  Comments from Blunt, MoDOT's Patrick McKenna, Parson's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Teresa Parson to give commencement address as inmates complete entrepreneurship program
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for criminal justice legislation
          P-D op-ed:  Conservative author Rachel Bovard:  Hawley's due diligence draws unfair criticism X
          P-D op-ed:  BJC CEO Richard Liekweg and Wash U. Med School's David Perlmutter:  Pro-life legislation intrudes into doctor-patient relationship X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves "nonbinary lesbian" student expresses disdain for state of Missouri, says she only applied to Mizzou as a "safety school" X
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        Tuesday, June 4, 2019
       
P-D:  Officials voice both confidence and caution as rivers continue near-historic rise X
          Missourinet:  Missouri River closed to shipping from St. Louis to Kansas City
          KC Star:  Federal aid headed to Missouri as disaster bill passes X
          P-D:  Schmitt settles state tax credit fraud lawsuit against McKee's Northside Regeneration X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) announces bid for floor leader
          The Missouri Times:  MEC advisory opinions clarify Clean Missouri amendment
          KWMU:  Abortion ban opponents could face referendum snag
          SNL:  Springfield police investigating abortion-rights rally violence;  Lateya King, others charged after assaulting police officers and resisting arrest X
          SNL:  Video:  Protestor holding "Hoes Before Embryos" sign captures Lateya King punching, kicking police officer X
          KWMU:  Democratic state Senator from Illinois says Missouri lawmakers should "reconsider" pro-life policies
          Missourinet:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) praises bipartisan oversight committee for DOR investigation
          SNL:  State to post medical marijuana application forms for would-be patients today X
          P-D:  Today is the first day to apply to use, grow or sell medical marijuana in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Seventeen Missouri nursing homes on national list for poor care
          KWMU:  Missouri DNR pulls plan to regulate coal ash ponds and landfills
          KMBC:  Missouri Department of Conservation provides guidelines to stay safe in black bear country
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers, activists issue statements regarding AG traffic-stops report
          P-D op-ed:  Nicole Galloway:  By signing pro-life bill, Gov. Parson delivers another dose of Todd Akin X
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        Monday, June 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  Advocacy groups prepare for 2020 Census
          P-D:  Wentzville shows greatest growth of all cities in St. Louis region;  Residents flock to St. Charles County town for safety, prosperity X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov. Mike Parson talks with Scott Faughn about pro-life legislation and reflects on first year in office;  Panel of Jane Dueker and Reps. Dottie Bailey (R), Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) and Wiley Price IV (D) talk pro-life legislation, Parson's first year
          P-D:  One year later:  Whereabouts of Eric Greitens and former staffers X
          KC Star editorial:  The state of Missouri owes Jackson County almost $2 million. When will it pay up? X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Parson's supporters are mostly men, and state lawmakers are "Neanderthals"
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas and Bryan Lowry:  Gov. Parson should not have appeared on This Week in Missouri Politics;  Photo of Scott "Faun [sic]", via "Missouri House of Republicans [sic]" X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian expresses anger over GOP opposition to Clean Missouri, attempts punchline involving 1967 Aretha Franklin song X
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        Sunday, June 2, 2019
       
KC Star:  In Independence, son of late Sen. John McCain accepts Truman award on behalf of his father X
          Columbia Missourian:  2020 census ramps up;  Democrats fret over potential question on citizenship
          SNL:  Overview:  State of Missouri's abortion debate:  Facility safety, pro-life legislation, and national context X
          P-D:  Parson wraps up first year facing outrage from pro-choice activists X
          KC Star:  Abortion business may pick up in Illinois;  a look inside one termination facility X
          SNL:  Some Springfield-area doctors eager to provide medical marijuana certification notices;  Clinic fees begin at $100 for diagnosis X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Advocates say bill delaying first day of school would help Missouri tourism X
          JCNT:  Medicaid-expansion advocates promote favorable national study X
          KC Star op-ed:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to support proposals to ban "big money" in politics, mandate same-day voter registration, other nonstarters X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Missouri should regulate short-term lenders X
          P-D letter:  American Tort Reform Association wants continued tort-overhaul legislative success next year X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian displeased by pro-life legislation X
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        Saturday, June 1, 2019
       
June 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  Stenger chief of staff Bill Miller pleads guilty to felony charge in pay-to-play scheme X
          KWMU:  Bill Miller pleads guilty in pay-to-play scheme over lobbying contract
          KC Star:  Greitens case triggers Navy review of how to handle misconduct allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats pick their candidate to flip Fitzpatrick's vacant House seat:  Lisa Kalp, a vegetarian from Boston
          P-D:  David Humphreys endorses effort to overturn Missouri abortion law X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 27, 2019
          P-D:  St. Louis unemployment rises slightly, but Missouri shows uptick in job openings X
          SE Missourian:  State of Missouri owes Cape County more than $500k;  state is $35M behind paying local governments X
          SNL:  Doping while destitute:  laws invovling medical marijuana and welfare unclear;  Drug could violate policy for those who choose to accept taxpayer-funded handouts X
          SNL:  Five arrested, law enforcement assaulted at abortion-rights protest X
          SNL:  Pro-choice protest photo gallery:  Organizer declares Missouri a "filth-wallowed uncultured backwoods state";  Puns involving intercoursing male elected officials;  other persuasive messaging X
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood allowed to continue abortion services in Missouri, judge rules
          KWMU:  Judge's order keeps Missouri's sole abortion clinic open - for now
          P-D:  Missouri's only abortion clinic keeps its license for now, judge rules X
          AP:  Judge says Missouri clinic can keep performing abortions
          KC Star:  Missouri's new law is sending more rape kits to lab X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs protections for livestock operations into law
          AP:  Parson to sign livestock bill June 8 at Missouri Cattlemen's annual steak fry
          JCNT:  Missouri Conservation Commission proposes hunting, fishing rules changes X
          The Missouri Times:  AG's office releases annual report on traffic stops
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Jobs With Justice wants University of Missouri to capitulate on "living wage," unions for graduate students, etc. X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City sexagenarian says Gov. Parson makes her "blood boil" X
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        Friday, May 31, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri National Guard fans out across state in wake of natural disasters
          Joplin Globe:  Blunt visits Briarbrook area in wake of tornado damage X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Josh Hurlbert launches 2020 bid to represent Smithville in Missouri House;  District currently represented by term-limited Ken Wilson
          P-D:  Bill Miller, chief of staff to Steve Stenger, pleading guilty to bribery scheme;  Former policy director for Jay Nixon at center of John Bardgett & Associates lobbying controversy X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition walking back pro-life policies seeks approval to circulate
          SE Missourian:  Optimist Club honors area law enforcement officers;  Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) praises good law enforcement +
          KWMU:  Tensions high as activists await decision on Missouri's sole abortion clinic
          KWMU:  Q&A on abortion facilities safety dispute and pro-life policies
          SNL:  How abortion law in Missouri compares to those in bordering states X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood asks St. Louis judge to keep abortion clinic open X
          P-D:  St. Louis City alderwoman, others arrested as part of protest X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rollout of medical marijuana has been spotty in other states
          Missourinet:  Tornado damage forces popular Missouri penitentiary tours to get sidelined
          Columbia Missourian:  Ameren holds public meetings on coal ash management;  Environmental activists explain their theories on physics and chemistry to actual scientists
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Republican Party responds to Tony Messenger's "suburban moms" column
          P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian expresses outrage over pro-life legislation in Missouri and other states, threatens to never visit Alabama X
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        Thursday, May 30, 2019
       
SNL:  Blunt talks economy in Springfield visit, answers reporter questions regarding state abortion legislation X
          Missourinet:  Parson urges Corps to give states a seat at the table
          Joplin Globe:  Tornado recovery efforts progressing in Carl Junction, but still no word from FEMA X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says Planned Parenthood must comply with safety standards, shouldn't get 'special treatment'
          Missourinet:  Video:  Gov. Parson press conference on Planned Parenthood lawsuit
          SNL:  Parson responds to Planned Parenthood lawsuit X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood asks court to keep Missouri from closing abortion clinic
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson urges Planned Parenthood to comply with law ahead of hearing
          P-D:  Hearing on fate of St. Louis City abortion clinic to take place today X
          Joplin Globe:  Residents claim $13,000 in lost property through Treasurer Fitzpatrick's visit X
          P-D:  Governor's Mansion in line for long-awaited repairs X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Conservation Commission preliminarily approves fees for trout, nonresident permits
          P-D editorial:  Pro-life policy success is a reminder:  Elections have consequences X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt correct to fix elderly/disabled abuse hotline X
          P-D letter:  Springfield septuagenarian admires House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade, says GOP has "unfair" majorities in Legislature X
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        Wednesday, May 29, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missourians recall 1993 as they prepare for more 'historic' flooding
          JCNT:  U.S. Corps increasing Missouri River releases as flooding persists X
          JCNT:  Blunt surveys Jefferson City storm damage X
          JCNT:  State commission releases $104k to help find housing for tornado victims X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) to run for Jamilah Nasheed's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  From lawmaker to lobbyist, Joe Ortwerth retiring from public life in Missouri
          CDT:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick:  Housing tax credits need retooling
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) talks with Rosenbaum about abortion legislation and legal challenges, GM incentives, upcoming re-election, more
          NPR:  Missouri could become first state without abortion clinic
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri has opportunity to become first state without abortion provider
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood sues Missouri, says state is 'illegally weaponizing licensing process'
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood could stop performing abortions as early as this week X
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU seeks to get abortion referendum on 2020 ballot
          SNL:  ACLU pushes for public vote on new abortion law X
          The Missouri Times:  Rules for Missouri's medical marijuana program finalized
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri finalizes medical marijuana rules
          The Missouri Times:  2020 session preview:  Next steps for Grain Belt Express legislation
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's attempt to close state's last abortion clinic and a shameful attack on women X
          P-D editorial:  It makes no sense to suspend driver's licenses to force payment of court fines X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Closing state's last abortion clinic is bad for Missouri women
          Priddy:  Gov. Parson and ag community should change their talking point - agriculture is not really the backbone of Missouri's economy
          KC Star letters:  Minnesota woman claims she and pals were going to attend Chiefs game this fall, but are cancelling trip due to abortion legislation;  Kansas City man angry over possible helmet-law repeal X
          P-D letter:  Overland octogenarian applauds Bruce Franks for "mental health" departure X
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        Tuesday, May 28, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley, state lawmakers praise volunteer response after Jefferson City tornado
          Missourinet:  Video:  Hawley walks through tornado-damaged streets
          Missourinet:  Parson activates National Guard in storm recovery and preparation
          KC Star:  Cleaver, other Midwest Dems tread cautiously on Trump, impeachment X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) on Better Together, abortion legislation, more
          KC Star editorial:  Parson could make a deadly mistake with repeal of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law X
          Columbia Missourian's Danielle Pycior and Jamie Hobbs:  Ameren and its lobbyists are the villains in coal ash dispute
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disagrees with pro-life legislation, wants lawmakers to spend more taxpayer money on entitlements +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman wonders why Post-Dispatch ignores pro-life activists X
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        Monday, May 27, 2019   Memorial Day
       
Missourinet:  Hawley wants Congress to approve disaster aid
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long describes Carl Junction as 'total devastation'
          Joplin Globe:  Man-on-the-street interviews regarding Mueller Report:  Sexagenarian liberal playing guitar on college campus, "freelance photographer" at coffee shop with no opinions, etc. X
          KWMU:  Missouri steps up seat belt enforcement
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri farmers are in the voodoo with this trade impasse X
          JCNT editorial:  DHSS failing with hotline X
          P-D editorial:  Promoting Christianity in public schools isn't just unconstitutional. It's un-American. X
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        Sunday, May 26, 2019
       
KC Star:  "I want to be a majority party." Ann Wagner's plan to save the suburbs for the GOP X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst on stalled disaster relief bill
          SNL:  Pro-life leaders expect challenges to legislation X
          P-D:  Feminists march in downtown St. Louis to protest pro-life legislation X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Woman with blue/green hair holds sign proclaiming that her vagina is disgruntled;  Man wears model vagina atop head;  Obese speaker says she believes in women's health;  etc. X
          P-D editorial:  David Humphreys should lead the charge to take GOP back from its extremists X
          SNL letters:  Battlefield sexagenarian expresses disdain for white males;  Springfield sexagenarian threatens to leave Missouri over abortion laws X
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        Saturday, May 25, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  MO Ag Director Chris Chinn joins Trump at announcement of trade aid package for farmers
          Missourinet:  Parson's update on storm recovery, damage assessments:  Missouri is making strong progress
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 20, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs sweeping pro-life bill into law during private ceremony
          KWMU:  Parson signs abortion bill into law
          Missourinet:  Parson signs abortion legislation
          KC Star:  Parson signs pro-life bill X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt says judge has ordered popular swimming hole closed
          KC Star editorial:  The Navy doesn't need Eric Greitens. Former governor's return sends disturbing message. X
          Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  Let's stop talking about abortion
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian unhappy with legislators over pro-life legislation X
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        Friday, May 24, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Area farmers stand with Trump on China trade issue X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley measures would affect Missouri River management X
          Missourinet:  Hawley to tour tornado-damaged Carl Junction today
          Missourinet:  Video:  Parson, law enforcement discuss tornado recovery in Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Navy confirms Greitens' return X
          KWMU:  David Humphreys wants Parson to veto abortion legislation
          P-D:  GOP donor David Humphreys wants Parson to veto pro-life legislation X
          KCUR:  Missouri Department of Corrections to counties:  the check's in the mail for housing inmates, eventually
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers set later start date for schools
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers debate repeal of motorcycle helmet law X
          JCNT:  National advocacy group says Missouri roads are in poor shape X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Parson should veto motorcycle-helmet repeal X
          P-D editorial:  Navy should tell Greitens thanks for your offer of service. But no thanks. X
          Priddy:  Thoughts on tornadoes, in-state tuition for young illegals, state lawmakers as cattle, steamboat museum legislation, the joy of napping, more (1,369 words)
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says pro-life legislation has turned Missouri into Iran, also dislikes "Todd Aiken [sic]" X
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        Thursday, May 23, 2019
       
KWMU:  Liberal groups oppose Hawley's efforts on flood management, want senator to prioritize pallid sturgeon
          The Missouri Times:  Mark Osmack says he's running in 15th Senate District primary;  Democrat garnered 25% in congressional primary last year
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Major tornado hit Jefferson City;  Rescue efforts continue this morning
          Missourinet:  New mental health hospital to bear Jay Nixon's name;  Former governor was tireless advocate for better facilities
          KC Star:  Greitens says he will deploy with Navy X
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt launches investigation into state's elder abuse hotline
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana seed-to-sale bid protest rejected by state
          P-D:  Pro-choice, pro-life advocates disagree on legal implications of abortion legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at some of the low-profile measures passed this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Understaffing takes a toll on Missouri's corrections officers
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 22, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Advocacy group says Missouri's transportation system ranks among lower half of states
          AP:  Judge reverses Missouri trooper's loss of officer's license after man's drowning
          P-D editorial:  Parson should leave Missouri's motorcycle helmet law firmly strapped in place X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Wind, not government, in your hair:  Adult motorcycle riders should have the freedom to go helmetless X
          P-D letter:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  Trade agreement vital for Missouri agriculture X
          P-D letter:  Overland woman says pro-life bill is misogynist, racist, and classist X
          P-D letter:  St. Ann sexagenarian compares pro-life legislators to slave owners X
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        Wednesday, May 22, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley bill would allow people to opt out of data tracking
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  KCUR's Brian Ellison joins Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to recap the ups and downs of the 2019 Missouri Legislature
          P-D:  Abortion rally photo gallery:  Morbidly obese woman rolls onto hindquarters, claims she is withholding intercourse from all male suitors due to abortion legislation;  other efficacious messaging X
          JCNT:  Pro-choice rally draws 30 in Jefferson City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-choice rally draws 50 in Columbia
          SNL:  Abortion rally draws 50 in Springfield;  Planned Parenthood rep tells crowd that calling Parson's office will make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's elderly population a target for scammers;  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) aims to help victims
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators say budget boost could help adult abuse hotline
          P-D:  Insurance group says motorcycle helmet law change will mean more deaths
          Messenger:  Sarcastic take on 2019 legislative session X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man expresses disdain for white male Republicans X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wants Parson to flip-flop on pro-life principles X
          P-D letter:  Self-described "women's studies scholar" opposes pro-life legislation X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist claims she and cohorts will kick Republicans' "sorry butts to the curb" next year X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman makes pro-life argument devoid of rage, hatred or threats X
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        Tuesday, May 21, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley wants to institute an Internet 'do-not-track' list for personal data
          Missourinet:  Major disaster declaration approved for 13 Missouri counties
          KC Star:  Trump approves disaster declaration for 13 Missouri counties, bringing funds for repair X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association's Mark Scott:  A trade win for corn industry
          Missourinet:  Schmitt's office joins FBI efforts to fight human trafficking
          SNL:  GOP says efforts to improve "Clean Missouri" will be back next year X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers celebrate passage of pro-life legislation +
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats, in political exile, hope pro-life legislation will help them generate cash, interest X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at criminal justice measures passed this session
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers green-light partial motorcycle helmet repeal, vehicle fee increase, inspection triggers
          P-D:  In Missouri, some officials want to curtail feel-good Capitol color show X
          Joplin Globe:  Editor Carol Stark to be inducted into Missouri Press Hall of Fame X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislative session was about more than abortion X
          P-D editorial:  Abortion bill notwithstanding, Missouri dodged some big bullets this session X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R):  The right to exist:  In support of Israel +
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Missouri should join 49 other states in passing PDMP
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri lawmakers are usually wrong, which is why their constituents end up re-electing them
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        Monday, May 20, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Memorial honoring Vietnam veterans holds grand opening in Perryville +
          Rosenbaum:  6 observations as Gov. Parson finds success in first legislative session
          P-D:  In his first session as governor, Parson scores big wins X
          Missourinet:  Post-session analysis:  Thoughts from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) and House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Ray Hartmann, David Barklage, Jay Kanzler, and St. Louis County Council Democratic candidate Kelli Dunaway talk GM incentives, pro-life legislation, Bruce Frank's departure, more
           KC Star:  Feminists gather at Plaza to protest pro-life bill;  Organizer celebrates her success gathering the "pissed off" after legislation is already passed X
           KWMU:  Cities prepare for legalized medical marijuana in Missouri
           Missourinet:  'Nathan's Law' to restrict capacity at in-home day cares goes to Parson's desk
           Missourinet:  Drones are one signature away from being banned near Missouri prisons, mental hospitals
           Missourinet:  The helmets could soon come off for many motorcyclists in Missouri
           KC Star:  Washington University law prof, allies continue campaign against Title IX due process legislation X