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        Sunday, September 25
       
SNL:  Obamacare a flashpoint in Blunt-Kander U.S. Senate race X
          SNL:  U.S. Senate third-party profiles:  Island of Misfit Candidates includes Thomas Jefferson impersonator, Libertarian drug criminal, Black Lives Matter sympathizer, man who thinks Roy Blunt is too liberal X
          KC Public Television (PBS):  Trump tried to buy a KC casino - 17 years ago
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City);  Panel of Ray Hartmann, Tishaura Jones, David Wasinger, Rep. Elaine Gannon (R-DeSoto) talk about Koster vs. Greitens, 'right-to-work' legislation, more
          P-D:  For Koster, experience is his selling point in a year of outsiders
          KC Star:  John Brunner takes aim at Eric Greitens via subtweet;  Jeff Mazur's pro-Kinder Missouri Times op-ed leads to vet-on-vet twitstigation +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon visits Senath to announce nearly $1 million grant for early childhood education +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) speaks at addiction recovery rally, talks new PDMP strategy +
          P-D:  State lauds work readiness programs, but critics say poor Missourians need more help
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Audits find excess Medicaid payments to Mosaic Life Care X
          P-D:  Parent Derrick Good dives into Jefferson County transgender saga, helps create new school policy;  Republican's proposal would provide alternative accommodations upon request, help keep male genitalia out of daughters' locker rooms and restrooms
          P-D:  Olivette parents who let their toddler son dress up in girl clothes say boy, now 11, still wants to be a girl
          P-D:  Suspected herbicide damage begins to come into focus for Bootheel soybean farmers;  MO Dept. of Agriculture investigating cases of farmers choosing to violate herbicide label directions
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. Senate race pits "conservative insider with proven accomplishments" vs. "progressive outsider with good potential" +
          P-D editorial:  Voters must revolt against candidates supported by the NRA
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens "apparently hasn't made any attempts to bring unity" to GOP, and his relationship with California donor is questionable X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court blinks on reforming municipal courts
          CDT op-ed:  MU emeritus professor David Webber:  Whites can do more for race relations;  A list of tangible, reasonable steps Caucusoids can take X
          P-D letter:  Veterans for Koster Co-Chair Sam Gladney says veterans should be "a problem solver, not a problem identifier"
          P-D letter:  Wentzville farmer says Thursday editorial on insurance legislation was inaccurate
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        Saturday, September 24
       
Palm Beach Post:  Claire McCaskill offers debate advice for Hillary Clinton:  Smile
          KWMU:  VA appoints permanent director for St. Louis
          P-D:  St. Louis VA names medical center director after long search
          SNL:  Man who claims credit for shooting Osama bin Laden to appear at Eric Greitens fundraiser next week X
          The Missouri Times:  A closer look:  Koster's "Missouri Exile Proposal"
          Missourinet:  Koster, Greitens disagree on 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Five Democratic county clerks join Jay Ashcroft's advisory committee;  Jefferson County Clerk Wes Wagner (D) says Robin Smith has not demonstrated "a willingness and readiness" to cooperate with local election officials
          CDT:  James Harris speaks to Muleskinners about Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco-tax proposal X
          Columbia Missourian:  Raise Your Hand for Kids promotes Amendment 3 at Muleskinners meeting
          KC Star:  Cursory overview of November amendment proposals +
          Missourinet:  Kander announces election efficiency grants
          SNL:  MSU may modify Glass Hall project if full state funding isn't restored X
          CDT:  Confucius Institute celebrates five years at MU with several events;  Chinese students' display of cultural pride results in zero disturbances or arrests X
          CDT:  Tribune sold to GateHouse Media after 115 years of local ownership X
          CDT:  Buyouts of family-owned newspapers like Columbia Daily Tribune part of national trend X
          Missourinet:  Columbia Daily Tribune is being sold
          P-D:  Bridgeton Landfill gives payments to 34 more homeowners;  Adults who chose to purchase homes next to landfill complain about smell
          AP:  Nixon issues 9 more pardons;  Former dopeheads, thieves earned state forgiveness after repenting and behaving
          P-D:  Stewards of Ferguson's beloved Whistle Stop move on;  Young couple endured vandalism, other typical North St. Louis County challenges
          P-D:  North St. Louis County woman laughs about burning Normandy police officer with cigarette
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  139th Airlift Wing needs funding fix;  McCaskill continues to be a champion for local center
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislature was wrong to override SB 656 veto X
          NY Times' Gail Collins:  Septuagenarian liberal laments seeing guns in Blunt-Kander ads, expresses her fears about Missourians bringing their guns to Manhattan
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jeff Mazur:  My fond fairwell (really) to Peter Kinder;  Lt. gov was a hero to rank-and-file Republicans, and a far cry from today's self-glorifying showoffs and big-donor hood ornaments
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area woman lends name to anti-Blunt minimum-wage letter campaign X
          SNL letter:  Climax Springs septuagenarian urges vote against Amendment 3 X
          P-D letter:  Stream Teams United President Danelle Haake disagrees with override of Clean Water Commission veto
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        Friday, September 23
       
KWMU:  McCaskill goes all-in to help Jason Kander beat Roy Blunt, and to pass campaign contribution limits
          AP:  Kander:  Time for state legislators to pass medical-marijuana law
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay says killing police has helped push Republicans to talk about criminal justice laws
          Missourinet:  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren (D) warns against erroneous mailers;  Noren notes that left-wing D.C.-based "Voter Participation Center" sent mailer with incorrect registration deadline, has history of sending registration materials to dead people and family pets
          CDT:  Liberal activist group's voter-registration letters sent to wrong residents;  Noren says group's sloppy outreach is doing more harm than good X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Jay Ashcroft's claim that MO secretary of state is responsible for St. Louis County election snafu is rated false
          The Missouri Times:  After hard-fought House primary victory, Martha Stevens prepares for her prize: spending the next eight years of her life playing defense in Democratic superminority
          SE Missourian:  Nixon's budget move means schools will face transportation funding cuts;  How much is unknown +
          The Missouri Times:  Departing reflections:  Nixon touts state's progress in autism
          Missourinet:  Departing reflections:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says he's most proud of bill aimed at helping those fighting eating disorders
          The Missouri Times:  GOP Reps. Tim Remole, Travis Fitzwater host Capitol visit for longtime pal with Down syndrome
          KC Star:  Missouri joins anti-speeding enforcement blitz, starting today +
          CDT:  Liberal columnist Leonard Pitts speaks at Mizzou, complains about Republicans X
          KC Star:  UMKC fundraising surpasses goal by raising $302.5 million +
          CDT:  Columbia Public Schools to focus on narrowed Missouri Learning Standards X
          KWMU:  Plaintiffs in Ferguson-Florissant voting-rights case considering four school board election options
          P-D:  Proposals on Ferguson-Florissant School District elections outlined
          CDT:  Boone County officials researching options for prescription monitoring X
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court issues new rules for municipal courts
          The Missouri Times:  Department of Economic Development names recipients of energy loan programs
          Priddy:  Codgerpodge of curmudgeonly crankings on Koster-Greitens, timely teaser of "new" Ray Hartmann column linked here five (5) weeks ago, more
          Messenger:  Remembering Lawrence Strawbridge:  Young man successfuly escaped St. Louis City schools through transfer program, but each nightfall brought a return trip to the city and he and his mom were eventually stabbed to death
          Valley Breeze (Rhode Island) letter:  Local gal takes trip to D.C., urges congressional delegation to spend more money on cancer research
          Scottsdale Independent (Arizona) letter:  Local gal takes trip to D.C., urges congressional delegation to spend more money on cancer research
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Local gal takes trip to D.C., signs her name to form letter above and submits it to newspaper as her own
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        Thursday, September 22
       
AP:  Blunt's election no slam dunk this time around;  GOP forced to spend cash to ensure incumbent's re-election
          P-D:  Campaign volunteer profiles:  Ole Miss Rebel Patrick Waters - a St. Peters native - helping out Roy Blunt;  Mizzou coed Jamie Seibert - a St. Charles native - lending a hand to Jason Kander
          SNL:  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) to appear at Billy Long fundraiser in Nevada X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wants Clinton, Trump to visit Ferguson while they're in St. Louis for debate
          P-D:  Companion House push could boost McCaskill's bill to help WWII mustard gas victims
          KC Star:  In Senate floor speech, McCaskill recognizes the late Ewing Kauffman on his birthday +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster extends lead in Missouri Times poll to 47-37;  Ashcroft, Hawley lead Dem opponents
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens refills war chest after contentious primary
          SNL:  David Humphreys contributes $500k to Eric Greitens X
          SNL:  Eric Schmitt calls for stronger anti-terror investment controls X
          KTTS:  Eric Schmitt announces 'Defund Iran' plan
          KODE:  Eric Schmitt makes stop in Southwest Missouri
          KOLR:  Missouri Supreme Court rules tobacco tax hike can go on November ballot;  Comments from Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo, Missouri Petroleum and Convenience Store Marketers Association's Ron Leone
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Local lawmakers, urban mayors, others weigh in on Amendment 3
          KOMU:  Missouri Supreme Court decides to keep tobacco tax on the ballot
          KSHB:  What you need to know about Missouri's two tobacco tax proposals
          Drebes:  What happens if both tobacco tax increases pass in November?
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jane Dueker on Big Tobacco vs. Little Tobacco and Amendment 3 +
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana initiative petition will not make ballot
          Missourinet:  Proposed medical marijuana issue won't appear on ballot
          AP:  Missouri voters won't see medical marijuana on ballot
          CDT:  Legislative candidates speak at "Youth Community Coalition" forum;  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) attributes lack of prescription drug monitoring program in part to Missouri Alliance for Freedom, say he and group "don't get along that well" X
          Rosenbaum:  Lessons learned from Bruce Franks' thunderous victory
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Bruce Franks on what his state rep victory means for St. Louis
          SE Missourian:  Nixon's budget cuts derail Jackson's LED streetlight program +
          CDT:  Area school districts prepare for impact of Nixon's cuts to transportation programs X
          The Missouri Times:  Urbanites lament failure to stop SB 656
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Ag Committee Chair Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) disagrees with Nixon, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) on ag disaster bill impact
          AP:  Judge rules against Missouri hair braiders;  Appeal planned
          The Missouri Times:  House and Senate clerks and secretaries visit Idaho for convention
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State's freshman enrollment rises +
          P-D:  Environmental Working Group complains about chemicals in water;  St. Louis County Department of Heath's Dr. Faisal Khan, Missouri American Water's Brian Russell respond with facts
          SNL:  Galloway gives city of Sparta worst rating X
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. grasslands will receive needed attention at Kansas City meeting +
          JCNT editorial:  Raising minimum wage to $15/hr. would be burdensome, short-sighted and counter-productive for low-income workers X
          P-D editorial:  Crop insurance is taxpayer-subsidized and now state tax-free, too
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court could help defendants by disciplining judge
          P-D op-ed:  Kit Bond:  Missouri business owners should take advantage of federal R&D credits
          KC Star letter:  Woman who chooses to live in Kansas says she's so angered by Trump supporters that she now sympathizes with Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) +
          CDT letter:  Area sexagenarian says SB 656 shows how NRA has changed its ways for the worse since he was a kid X
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        Wednesday, September 21
       
P-D:  US. Senate ad themes:  Blunt the insider, Kander the Clinton ally;  Comments from one-half of local polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          P-D:  Weekly U.S. Senate ad recap:  Blunt on Kander
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Video:  Kander hears from small-business owners at St. Joseph roundtable
          Kraske:  The Chat:  GOP source on tying Kander to Clinton;  Koster's Andrew Whalen on Greitens' out-of-state cash;  Susan Montee on Missouri Democratic Party's lackluster ground game +
          KWMU:  "We Live Here" series:  North St. Louis City residents complain about NGA site
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri sociology researcher Colleen Heflin says feds should expand taxpayer funding for handouts:  "WIC is not a very expensive program"
          KWMU:  Federal taxpayer dollars will subsidize costs of AP tests for poor kids
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corrections Officers Association endorses Eric Greitens for governor
          Missourinet:  Jay Ashcroft event in KC today will feature Karl Rove
          Missourinet:  Iran issue getting attention in state treasurer's race
          CDT:  Schmitt wants to pull Missouri investments, tax credits from Boeing if airliner deal goes through X
          The Missouri Times:  Fraternal Order of Police endorses Teresa Hensley for attorney general
          KWMU:  Both campaign contribution limits and tobacco-tax proposals can go on November ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 3 to remain on ballot after unanimous Supreme Court decision
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court rules tobacco-tax proposal will go before voters
          The Missouri Times:  110 legislators join Amendment 3 opposition
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers weigh in on dueling tobacco-tax measures +
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court rules tobacco tax hike proposal should remain on ballot
          KOMU:  Amendment 4 would limit additional sales taxes
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana backers close to throwing in the hemp towel +
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana supporters appear to be ending fight for ballot access
          AP:  Campaign says marijuana likely won't be on Missouri ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court decision allows J. Ranen Bechtold to stay on ballot, take November loss to Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City)
          Drebes:  Silvey on why he should be Senate Appropriations chairman
          P-D:  National poll on gov popularity shows Nixon near the middle
          The Missouri Times:  New House Conservative Caucus leadership setting up agenda
          P-D:  Medicaid co-pays, fees for flaking could be a long way off
          SNL:  Share the Harvest helps feed needy Missourians;  Deer hunters donate extra venison to meat processors, who send to food banks throughout the state X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local student aces the ACT;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success
          CDT:  Search committee leaders say little after second round of University of Missouri president interviews X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission begins process of creating new action plan
          Houston Herald:  MO Dept. of Conservation offers tips to deal with increased black bear population:  Be aware of your surroundings, don't attempt to engage with animals, more
          P-D:  Reginald Clemons to face retrial in 1991 murder;  Hazelwood East sisters spoke to Clemons and pals on Chain of Rocks Bridge, then were robbed, raped and pushed off bridge to their death
          AP:  New trial for Reginald Clemons pushed back six months
          Messenger:  Region, nation struggle to embrace shared responsibility of flooding
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Sexagenarian columnist says SB 656 will lead to road-rage shootings, includes pop-culture reference to 1950s TV show "The Rifleman" X
          P-D op-ed:  NARAL Missouri's Alison Dreith:  Blunt, Wagner should stop playing politics with Zika
          P-D letter:  Olivette woman says GOP voter ID bill would disenfranchise thousands of Missourians
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        Tuesday, September 20
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Biweekly assessment of national political environment effects on Blunt vs. Kander, comments from one-half of local polisci prof pundit pool (Dave Robertson, UMSL)
          Politico:  GOP spends to shield Blunt from tough challenge
          KC Star:  Records show employees of Koch Industries have contributed $41,700 to Roy Blunt +
          KC Star:  Blunt, Kander campaigns donate candidates' time to "Young Invincibles" interview project;  D.C.-based group partners with KC Star, thinks it will convince millennials to vote +
          Missourinet:  Former U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft says weekend attacks show bond between law enforcement and community is critical
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Auditor Susan Montee talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about deleterious impact of sharing the ballot with Robin Carnahan, the failure of current Missouri Democratic Party leadership to run a ground game, Eric Greitens' Democratic bona fides, and why Chris Koster is wrong on guns
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Greitens' claim of Democrats investing in primary checks out
          The Missouri Times:  September tip sheet:  Status of each statewide campaign, campaign-finance totals, and forecast of what to expect
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court denies appeal of campaign-finance limits
          Missourinet:  Deadline nears on fate of medical marijuana issue
          AP:  Backers fight to get medical marijuana on ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 3 announces more endorsements
          The Missouri Times:  J. Ranen Bechtold offers sarcastic support for extreme firearms measures;  Man taking November loss to Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) gets cute about rocket-propelled grenade launchers, other artillery
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Aboussie starts government relations firm;  John Stiffler new top man at St. Louis Building Trades Council
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon says Missouri still on good economic track +
          Missourinet:  Both sides weigh in on Missouri's new livestock trespassing liability law
          SE Missourian:  Nixon urges state to OK safe-room proposal at Jackson school +
          CDT:  University of Missouri presidential candidate interviews continue at Renaissance St. Louis Airport hotel X
          The Missouri Times:  New skilled nursing facility draws debate at Certificate of Need meeting
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce looks for big soybean yields this year
          KC Star editorial:  Koster, Greitens go heavy on attack ads but skimpy on issues in Missouri governor's race +
          P-D editorial:  Activist's primary-election victory in one urban state rep district underscores voter disgust with machine politics
          P-D editorial:  Saturday Michael Brown event featured "well-known television actors Reg. E. Cathey and Gloria Reuben" and "a queer woman of color;"  Drama was inspired by police decision to let strong-arm robber's carcass remain in street for hours
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Missouri council ready to push for trade with Cuba +
          Priddy:  A fruit basket of legislation;  1,458-word recap of special session, with punchlines involving GOP xenophobia, crackers and cumquats
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur octogenarian expresses anger over veto override and gun manufacturers' business model
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian lectures Rs and Ds:  politics should not be about "us vs. them," shared challenges transcend partisanship, the world is so complex and serious, etc.
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas questions decisionmaking of Missouri legislators +
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        Monday, September 19
       
KWMU:  National money and local action may be crucial in Missouri's U.S. Senate contest
          KC Star:  Obama wants more refugees to come to U.S.;  Sam Graves wants to stop them +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Dave Schatz;  Panel of Eddy Justice, Danny Pfeifer, Angela Bingaman, Sam Gladney talks Koster-Greitens, voter ID and gun bill
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Post Scripts:  Fox 2's John Brown alleges that lobbyists might be paying lawmakers in exchange for votes (3:10);  Tony Messenger on Nixon's lack of engagement with both parties (1:30);  P-D's Christopher Ave on the problem with term limits (3:20) (Segment 3)
          P-D:  Columnist Tony Messenger to discuss politics at Post-Dispatch speaker series this Thursday night in Kirkwood
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ron Richard says Gov. Chris Koster would sign this year's gun bill;  Jake Hummel on voter ID +
          Drebes:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) set to run for state Senate
          Drebes:  Former GOP state Rep. Tony Dugger filed LLC paperwork in June
          Missourinet:  Washington University sociology prof Jake Rosenfeld talks about study from liberal Economic Policy Institute explaining why businesses move to 'right-to-work' states
          KWMU:  Livestock bill debate featured brief verbal battle between GOP Sens. Mike Parson and Rob Schaaf
          Missourinet:  MO DHSS developing state plan involving Zika
          CDT:  E-mails help pierce secrecy of University of Missouri presidential search;  Between five and nine candidates made the cut to be semifinalists X
          Columbia Missourian:  Censorship, free speech topics of two-day symposium;  University of Chicago prof says era of "political correctness" is rife with thinskin "trigger warnings" and "micro-aggressions"
          KMOX:  Pattonville middle-schooler sets world record for largest afro;  North St. Louis County school district promotes achievement of avoiding barber for five (5) years
          Washington Missourian editorial:  If Jamilah Nasheed doesn't want to stand for the American flag, she should "find life in another country" X
          P-D op-ed:  Federal Highway Administration's Gregory Nadeau:  St. Louis is key to nation's freight future
          P-D letter:  Millennial environmentalist thinks Nixon should use remaining political capital to push for Obama's Clean Power Plan
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man opposes tobacco tax increase
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian says she wants to know how much NRA paid to influence pro-gun legislators to vote for pro-gun legislation
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian dislikes Nasheed's "child-like pouting," suggests she be censured by the Senate
          SE Missourian letter:  Scott City man says Nasheed's American-flag grandstanding doesn't deserve attention, writes a letter to the editor about it +
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        Sunday, September 18
       
NY Times:  In Missouri Senate race, challenger Jason Kander makes his point with a blindfold and a rifle
          Politico:  Senate Dems pull cash from lost-cause raises in Ohio and Florida, will spend some in Missouri
          KOLR:  Emerson College poll claims Kander is leading Blunt by two points
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan);  Panel of Eddy Justice, Danny Pfeifer, Angela Bingaman, Sam Gladney talk veto session, gun control, Koster vs. Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens holsters his military themes, looks for wider audience in general election campaign
          AP:  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) contributes $100k to Eric Greitens
          KBIA:  Missouri Supreme Court to rule on tobacco tax hike;  Comments from Raise Your Hand for Kids' founder Linda Rallo
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Raise Your Hand for Kids leaders confident in initiative;  Comments from Erin Brower X
          KQ2 (St. Joseph):  Proposed amendment would boost funding for early childhood education
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Missouri in good financial shape, despite latest budget restrictions
          P-D:  State seeks to protect seniors from financial scams;  North St. Louis County woman who worked at Regions Bank stole tens of thousands from man with dementia, walked away with five years probation
          SNL:  Success of Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) in passing gun legislation draws national attention X
          The Missouri Times:  Deadline for intervenors to apply in Clean Line case passes
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Hoodlums spray-paint "Cops Must Die," "BLM (Black Lives Matter)," "Pig Lover" on Florissant man's van
          P-D:  Funeral held for Ferguson activist found fatally shot inside burned car;  Father suggests community stop blaming police for its self-inflicted problems:  "We are killing each other. We got [sic] to step up."
          P-D editorial:  Liberals' vapid "go vote" messages after veto session belie the fact that very few votes actually matter;  Thanks to foresight of GOP map-drawers, Republicans will continue to dominate Legislature for years to come
          P-D editorial:  Remnants of the past mar Ferguson's efforts to gain credibility
          Messenger:  Former East-West Gateway Council of Governments leader wants legislators to pass new sales tax on gasoline - and raise vehicle registration fees, and also institute toll roads - to pay for new North-South St. Louis MetroLink route
          P-D letter:  Missouri Community Action Network Executive Director Kurt Brewer:  Legislators should spend more taxpayer money giving things to poor people
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man expresses anger at success of pro-gun legislators in Missouri, says they are corrupt
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian shares her fears about gun legislation and NRA, suggests legislators might get shot
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian says gun-control advocates will totally throw pro-gun legislators out of office in November
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian claims to be a registered Republican, despite the fact Missouri does not have party registration
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian woman - who chooses to live in Kansas - criticizes Missouri legislators for their choices +
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        Saturday, September 17
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill addresses Air Guard funding problem X
          P-D:  Clay attends Black Caucus event, talks voter rights
          The Missouri Times:  Paul Berry blames 1st Congressional GOP primary loss on Chris Howard;  Consultant disputes allegations, says quixotic Clay-chaser never took advice
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri to offer 26 different health plans next year;  Pharmacy owner speaks at senior center about Medicare Part D, offers advice to area olds +
          The Missouri Times:  Retiring Rep. Jeremy LaFaver moves from House chamber to photo studio;  Prints of Capitol at sunset, other shots - captured via drone - will be available for purchase soon
          The Missouri Times:  Gravis poll:  Koster up 8, Carnahan up 4, Schmitt up 11;  Analysis from Catalyst Group's Alex Eaton, Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello)
          The Missouri Times:  Ahead of bill prohibiting legislators from applying their skills as consultants, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) ends formal business relationship with Raise Your Hand for Kids
          Drebes:  Missouri GOP Senate PAC targeting Rizzo may be designed to divert Dem money from fundraising frontrunners Scott Sifton, Stephen Webber
          The Missouri Times:  A look at how Victory Enterprises made Andrew Koenig a state senator;  Comments from Victory's Charlie Puyear, Steve Michael
          The Missouri Times:  Mid-MO GOP candidates rally to celebrate override of Nixon gun veto
          CDT:  Independent candidate for state rep shows up at Muleskinners meeting;  Kendrick opponent William Lee says hypothetical Muslim bakery owner shouldn't be forced to put bacon atop cakes X
          Columbia Missourian:  45th District candidates debate issues at Muleskinners forum
          KWMU:  Bruce Franks wins re-do primary in 78th House District
          The Missouri Times:  Franks easily defeats Hubbard in special election
          P-D:  Franks wins big in re-do election for 78th District state rep seat
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Bruce Franks' jubilant victory party:  Candidate hugging his mother;  Caucusoid woman sporting expansive "Peaceful" tricep tattoo;  Grown men wearing hats indoors;  More
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules in favor of Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold);  Dem opponent filed complaint over two companies' back taxes
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) on veto session, how gun bill could have been better, Nixon's lack of engagement with legislators, dubious approach of 'right-to-work' forces, more
          Missourinet:  Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force will hold Columbia hearing;  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) says effort has bipartisan support
          KWMU:  Parents who choose to teach their children at home talk about curriculum, time investment, getting their kids to interact with peers like normal children, social pressure from other parents, more
          SE Missourian:  Children's exposure to meth via parents is growing;  Missouri Children's Division seeing effects of dopehead parents who breed hyperactive crank babies +
          P-D:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment unhappy with Clean Water Commission legislation
          Missourinet:  Deer hunting season now open for bows and arrows;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Conservation's Joe Jerek
          KWMU:  Ferguson activists still not happy, say city's efforts not "authentic" enough;  Ebony and ivory gals say town isn't living together in perfect harmony
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  Why I'm supporting Eric Greitens
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Jobs With Justice's Richard von Glahn participates in pro-Kander minimum wage letter-to-the-editor campaign (see Thursday's Springfield News-Leader letter below)
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian Sierra Club paleface says Missourians should care what a tribe of Indians in North Dakota thinks about water
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        Friday, September 16
       
Politico:  McCaskill calls Trump, Dr. Oz a 'marriage made in heaven'
          Washington Post:  That time McCaskill and others railed on Dr. Oz for quackery
          P-D:  McCaskill mocks Trump, Dr. Oz as snake-oil salesmen
          KC Star:  Senate approves money for Kansas City flood control project;  Blunt, Cleaver, Graves push for funding +
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill urges funding to prevent opioid addiction
          The Missouri Times:  Kander launches new ads, gets national attention
          KC Star:  In new ad, Kander assembles gun whilst blindfolded +
          SNL:  Provocative ads focus on gun rights in U.S. Senate race X
          AP:  Jason Kander assembles gun in new TV ad
          SE Missourian:  Koster makes campaign stop in Cape, tours downtown +
          KC Star:  FTC settled claims against two Missouri payday-loan operators last year, and is investigating two more +
          P-D:  Federal taxpayer dollars to be spent shielding youth from the trauma of "toxic stress" in St. Louis City, Ferguson-Florissant and other North St. Louis County schools
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court prepares to determine fate of tobacco tax ballot proposal
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to weigh in on ballot measure to raise cigarette tax
          AP:  Proposed tobacco-tax hike goes to Missouri Supreme Court
          Columbia Missourian:  At fundraising events, GOP state rep candidates Cheri Reisch and Don Waterman praise override of gun veto
          P-D:  Walton lawsuit against Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) dismissed
          Drebes:  Total Legalization Missouri seeks to go beyond medical marijuana
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Government affairs manager for Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
          Rosenbaum:  We had questions about Missouri's veto session. Now we have answers.
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Hummel discuss veto session's impact on November election
          SE Missourian:  Local state reps - including Swan and Lichtenegger - support concealed-carry veto override +
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia), other GOP reps support veto override on gun bill X
          P-D:  New Missouri gun law changes the rules, but many restrictions remain
          P-D:  Missouri voters will get a say on voter ID, but law could still be challenged in court
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Hummel offer differing post-vote analysis on voter ID bill
          The Missouri Times:  Two court-related bills fail to reach veto session finish line
          Missourinet:  Education, farmers roads take hits in Nixon's $57.2 million budget restrictions
          P-D:  Nixon slashes spending on schools, roads after Missouri lawmakers enact tax breaks
          KWMU:  Nixon wields budget axe after lawmakers approve tax breaks
          AP:  Nixon cuts $59 million in funding after tax-break veto override
          P-D's Joe Holleman:  Conservative talk radio KFTK expands reach in St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill, Portman put the heat on Backpage.com to halt human trafficking
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Veto session reaction:  Voter ID is bad for democracy, and more guns equal more violence
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Kander wrong to display firearms in his campaign ad +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says voter ID will help make elections more fair
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman expresses anger at GOP legislators over gun bill, voter ID
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        Thursday, September 15
       
KC Star:  McCaskill takes to Senate floor with new prop:  a calendar, to highlight GOP's lack of effort this year +
          KMBZ:  McCaskill promotes civilian recruitment for tech security
          SNL:  New ad attacks Blunt on draft deferments X
          Missourinet:  Proposed state tobacco tax increase heads to the Missouri Supreme Court
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court arguments on Amendment 3 set for today
          KSMU:  "Yes" on Amendment 4 means no new taxes on services in Missouri
          AP:  Court rejects challenge to Missouri donation limit appeal
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Eigel hopes to consolidate St. Charles GOP after contentious primary
          KWMU:  Franks and Hubbard battle it out in historic state House primary
          P-D:  Hubbard family election success challenged by another defeated opponent;  Ferguson activist Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge - whose mom lost to Tamika Hubbard in 2011 - says his August loss for committeeman was unfair too
          The Missouri Times:  Senate hourly updates:  Veto Session edition
          The Missouri Times:  House hourly updates:  Veto Session edition
          CDT:  Lawmakers override Nixon on gun, voter ID bills X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun bill becomes law in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Photos:  Caucasoid women, elderly Caucasoid men wearing "Moms Demand Action" shirts sit in gallery and watch gun legislation pass;  More
          KWMU:  General Assembly expands gun rights, require photo ID for voters
          The Missouri Times:  Gun bill becomes law after both chambers vote to override veto
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers override Nixon's veto of gun measure
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans vote to override veto of gun bill +
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly votes to override veto on photo ID
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers override governor's vetoes +
          P-D:  Lawmakers override Nixon on guns, voter ID
          AP:  Lawmakers override Nixon on gun bill, voter ID
          AP:  Overview of key overrides
          Missourinet:  Legislators override Nixon's veto of bill affecting Medicaid recipients;  Those receiving subsidized care will be held accountable when flaking on appointments
          JCNT:  Override sets up new Medicaid fees X
          Missourinet:  Democrats and Republicans disagree about ag disaster bill impact
          Missourinet:  Seven of Nixon's vetoes sustained
          CDT:  Lawmakers look at role of University of Missouri in new degree programs X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves renewable energy standard compliance reports
          AP:  Appeals court to rehear Missouri execution drug dispute
          AP:  State says hunters in 7 counties should test for sick deer
          P-D endorsement:  Bruce Franks over Penny Hubbard in Dem state rep primary;  Franks' "casual style of dress and various facial tattoos" will help counter Missouri's "soybeans and suburbs"
          KC Star editorial:  University of Missouri takes needed steps in diversity;  Handing out jobs to minorities, conducting annual suveys, offering "Diversity 101" sessions are a wise investment +
          KC Star's Sanchez:  If it's serious about ending child sex trafficking, Backpage.com should cooperate with McCaskill-Portman push +
          SNL letter:  Methodist pastor supports Kander over Blunt, thinks Missouri voters care about minimum wage X
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        Wednesday, September 14   Veto Session
       
Delta Farm Press:  Blunt:  U.S. farmers need to "take advantage of our advantages"
          Roll Call:  Ad hammers Blunt for family lobbying ties
          Politico:  Dems signal next round of attacks on Blunt:  Contributions from for-profit colleges
          KC Star:  National group says online poll shows McCaskill at 46% approval/38% disapproval, Blunt at 46% approval/32% disapproval +
          KC Star:  McCaskill trumpets positive economic news +
          The Hill:  McCaskill, Collins want details on how seniors were affected by Wells Fargo fraud
          P-D:  Supreme Court denies Backpage.com request in legal fight with Portman, McCaskill
          P-D:  Taxpayers to fund health clinic at MetroLink stations;  Service unavailable at stations outside North St. Louis County
          Columbia Missourian:  Protest against Dakota pipeline draws 40;  Group marches down street, stops to yell at local Bank of America branch office
          SE Missourian:  Area lawyer urges businesses to prepare for new federal overtime rules +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate tip sheet:  30 days after primary
          The Missouri Times:  House tip sheet:  30 days after primary
          KWMU:  Appeals court OKs re-do in 78th House District
          P-D:  Appeals court will not block do-over election for 78th District Democratic state rep primary
          P-D:  Hubbard opponents outline complaints:  Family members were inside polling places, one used the word "b!tch," other transgressions.;  Reporters mention Rodney Hubbard Sr.'s luxury car (Mercedes-Benz) four times
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Heather McKnelly, legislative assistant to GOP Reps. Elaine Gannon and Lyndall Fraker
          Drebes:  Former Speaker Tim Jones converts campaign committee
          P-D:  Revenue growth still a concern for Nixon administration
          The Missouri Times:  Michael Barrett asks legislative committee for increased funding for public defenders
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cierpiot on overriding Nixon;  Nixon on future plans +
          SNL:  Nixon defends vetoes in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Veto session preview:  House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit)
          AP:  KC Mayor Sly James reiterates opposition to gun bill, says legislators are "doubling down on stupid"
          Missourinet:  Urban mayor expresses anger that GOP legislators will "double-down on stupid"
          KWMU:  Veto session gun bill:  Thoughts from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), Missouri Fraternal Order of Police's Kevin Ahlbrand
          The Missouri Times:  NRA makes SB 656 their top national priority as debate comes down to the wire
          SE Missourian:  GOP Reps. Kathy Swan, Donna Lichtenegger say they have reservations about gun bill +
          P-D:  Nasheed will sit during Pledge of Allegiance
          CDT:  University of Missouri to spend $1 million trying to find qualified minority faculty X
          KWMU:  UM System diversity goal:  hand out more faculty jobs to minorities
          KC Star:  MU leaders to spend more money trying to double minority faculty +
          Columbia Missourian:  MU hopes handing out more jobs to minorities will placate race complaints
          CDT:  Activities association promises to review start date for high school sports X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers discuss how State Fair overlaps with student practice schedule
          KWMU:  State board member warns elected SLPS board transition talks could be on hold until April
          KC Star editorial:  GOP legislators should flip-flop on guns, voter ID, and Clean Water Commission bills +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans can't have it both ways on illegal-alien workers
          Messenger:  Area paraplegic wants state legislators to spend more money on caseworkers
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson:  Legislators should uphold veto of gun bill
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  If SB 656 is overridden, there will be a spike in gun violence rates
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Legislature should spend more money on K-12 education
          KC Star letters:  Area readers oppose gun bill, voter ID bill +
          P-D letter:  Area man says new state law on divorce won't help much, and dads will continue to get the short end of the stick
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        Tuesday, September 13   Veto Session Eve
       
January 2016 headlines
          February 2016 headlines
          March 2016 headlines
          April 2016 headlines
          May 2016 headlines
          June 2016 headlines
          September 2015 headlines:  Last year's veto session:  'Right-to-work' fails, journalists complain about legislators hosting and attending fundraisers, more
          Rosenbaum:  Five (5!) things to look for during this week's veto session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum preview veto session
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Annual veto-session fundraiser story +
          Missourinet:  Veto session preview
          KC Star:  Veto session preview +
          AP:  Final veto showdown for Missouri's most-overridden governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators to discuss voter ID proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers to review veto of concealed-carry permits
          CDT:  Women's group opposes SB 656;  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) says he's uncertain how he'll vote X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to discuss funding for Missouri State Public Defender system
          CDT:  Missouri legislative committee to hold hearing on school start dates X
          Missourinet:  Legislative hearing to discuss how high schools' sports practice calendar affects tourism
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on cracking down on urban gun felons;  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on importance of electing a Republican governor +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council endorses Amendment 3
          KWMU:  Area appeals court weighs re-do primary in 78th House district;  Man who seeks to serve as state representative wears comic-book t-shirt in court of law
          The Missouri Times:  Richard Brown attributes Democratic primary victory over Bonnaye Mims to hard work, faith
          The Missouri Times:  Paul Wieland wins case against Missouri Ethics Commission
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Reichard to become partner at Statehouse Strategies
          P-D:  Nixon buys home in decent part of University City
          KWMU:  Demonstrators at Missouri Capitol call for $15/hr. minimum wage;  McGriddle artist Terrance Wise blames co-worker's death on "our bosses, CEOs," Jefferson City officials as a whole
          SNL:  Outside groups pour money into Blunt-Kander Senate race X
          P-D:  Dem campaign group pulls money out of lost-cause Senate races, will spend $1.5M on independent expenditures for Kander
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Dems renew push for hearing of Obama's Supreme Court nominee
          SNL:  Witty P.J. O'Rourke, solemn Carl Bernstein talk Trump, Clinton and journalism at Drury University X
          KWMU:  2016-17 Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Area Indians protest progess on Dakota pipeline by burning incense, handing out tobacco, urging attendees to speak to water
          Columbia Missourian:  Area activists outline plan to stop Dakota Access Pipeline:  Walk the streets with "DAPL" signs;  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks chief:  "If they look it up, it's a win."
          KWMU:  State board could decide future of SLPS transition talks
          P-D:  Taxpayers from other school districts paying for staff to work in Normandy
          The Missouri Times:  Renovate American, a private partner of Missouri Clean Energy District, coming to Kansas City, Jackson County;  Comments from Tom Dempsey
          P-D:  Restaurants plan a round of dining fundraisers for Ballwin officer;  Michael Flamion was ambushed in July by career criminal Antonio Taylor
          P-D editorial:  Veto session challenges lawmakers to do the right thing;  Unfortunately, many will have the audacity to feed themselves and catch up with friends at fundraising events
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area octogenarian supports Democrat filling ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler
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        Monday, September 12
       
SNL:  Carl Bernstein, P.J. O'Rourke to talk politics at Drury University tonight X
          CDT:  Peace protesters hold event on 9/11;  Iraqi man complains about U.S. response to terrorist attacks X
          KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt communications staff write and distribute statements re:  9/11 anniversary
          The Missouri Times:  'Aspirational biography' raises questions about Diana Kander's desire to lobby
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Farm Bureau releases State Fair poll results:  Conservative, GOP-leaning crowd prefers Blunt, Parson and Hawley by 30-point margins, with Koster edging Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Eric Greitens calls Chris Koster a liar +
          KMOX:  Koster campaign launches "fact check" website
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt;  Panel of Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis), Mark Dalton, Jeff Aboussie and Robert Knodell discuss NRA and Koster, Greitens vs. Richard, veto session and gun bill
          Messenger:  Judy Baker stops payment on campaign check to the Hubbards' ward committee, but it gets tallied anyway
          KWMU:  "<X> things" journomeme:  Four (4!) things to know about the never-ending 78th District House Democratic primary
          P-D:  Republicans confident about overriding Nixon vetoes
          Missourinet:  Nixon, Hoskins disagree over extended vehicle warranty bill language
          KWMU:  St. Charles County considers joining regional prescription drug database
          Missourinet:  Missouri prison programs aim to instill positive qualities in criminals
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Data continues to influence policing;  Criminology prof:  Predictive policing is "predicting who the risky offenders are, and that can be controversial" X
          Priddy:  Alleged vote fraud in 78th District Democratic primay should not impact voter ID debate
          CDT op-ed:  Veteran Dem Terry Schlemeier makes Missouri election predictions:  Clinton, Kander, Koster, Hensley win in November X
          KC Star op-ed:  Urban mayors Sly James and Francis Slay oppose override of SB 656 veto +
          KC Star letter:  Rep from liberal Small Business Majority says Obamacare benefits small businesses in Missouri +
          JCNT letter:  National Organization for Women's Susan Gibson opposes 'right-to-work' veto override X
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian Calverton Park Mayor Jim Paunovich disagrees with Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), P-D's Tony Messenger on "speed-trap" bill
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        Sunday, September 11
       
P-D:  Trump, family and friends mourn Phyllis Schlafly, a St. Louis icon
          P-D:  Tweetstream from inside and outside Schlafly service via Ashley Jost, Kristen Taketa, others
          KWMU:  Service for Phyllis Schlafly draws Trump, area conservatives, and the kind of people who would protest at a woman's funeral
          KWMU:  Jill Stein renews pitch to get on stage during presidential debates
          SE Missourian:  Kander campaign stop focuses on education +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Russ Carnahan makes case to Bootheel voters, labels Mike Parson a "long-term state legislator who's frankly been part of the problem" in Jefferson City X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Eric Schmitt;  Panel of Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis), Mark Dalton, Robert Knodell, Jeff Aboussie talk NRA and Koster, Greitens vs. Richard, veto session and gun bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tax backers detail state parks' needs X
          P-D:  What's at stake in Hubbard-Franks do-over election
          JCNT:  Veto session preview:  Voter ID, guns, extra-long trucks, service contract changes X
          JCNT:  Details on bills that can be considered during veto session X
          SE Missourian:  State audit shines light on rising costs at Southeast, other public universities +
          SE Missourian:  New mass media center at Southeast Missouri State University named after Gary Rust +
          KC Star:  Lawsuit against Nixon and former department director alleges age, gender discrimination +
          SE Missourian:  Missouri may soon allow hunting for black bears;  Thoughts from Missouri Dept. of Conservation's Aaron Jeffries +
          CDT:  Black Columbians, public safety officials disagree over "racial profiling";  Sheriff says patrolling bad areas to hunt for known miscreants is "not racial profiling, that's criminal profiling" X
          CDT:  Traffic-stop data X
          SE Missourian's Gary Rust:  Phyllis Schlafly set an example for us all +
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Ban on Tesla sales is anti-consumer and anti-competition
          P-D's Gallagher:  RedDough aims to provide an alternative to payday lenders;  Non-profit CEO thinks lending poor people money and "going easy on them" will turn out well
          Waters:  No need to fret over lower ACT scores;  Lesser students simply diluted this year's numbers
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Pam Fichter:  Phyllis Schlafly leaves behind a pro-life legacy
          SNL letter:  Springfield Republican Asher Allman responds to Kander's criticism of NRA X
          P-D letter:  Eureka Democrat thinks Chris Koster is not liberal enough
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        Saturday, September 10
       
Kraske:  Remembering Sen. Ed Quick (D-Liberty) - and an era when Jefferson City pols were more than just short-timers +
          KWMU:  VP Joe Biden praises LaunchCode for linking people to technology jobs
          The Missouri Times:  VP Biden visits LaunchCode to discuss tech jobs
          P-D:  Tech training focus of Biden's LaunchCode visit
          NY Times:  The Run-Up podcast:  McCaskill on Clinton's bid for president, challenges facing gals running for executive-office positions, more
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Clinton misspoke about defeating ISIS without American soldiers
          KWMU:  Trump expected to attend services for Phyllis Schlafly
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks about what it was like covering Phyllis Schlafly
          P-D:  After McCaskill push, Lambert airport police to get Social Security benefits after all
          KMOV:  Airport employees will keep benefits thanks to McCaskill
          AP:  McCaskill-Portman panel opens inquiry into Epipen pricing
          KWMU:  Missouri's Sierra Club chapter joins Indians in opposing North Dakota pipeline construction;  Area woman serenades group with song from her childhood, calls energy project "crazy"
          AP:  Federal government halts work on part of pipeline project;  JP American Horse, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard joined by paleface kemosabes in opposing progress on energy project
          P-D:  Governor candidates snipe over building repairs while $600 million problem awaits winner
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats parody Greitens with new website;  "Mr. Motivational Speaker" tumblr mocks candidate's own self-promotional clips of situps, martial-arts moves
          SE Missourian:  Independent governor candidate Lester Turilli makes stop in Cape +
          The Missouri Times:  Transfer to Supreme Court caps week's Amendment 3 action
          KWMU:  As re-do election looms in 78th District, Hubbard breaks her silence;  Incumbent talks to Rosenbaum about absentee ballots, voting with GOP on some issues, Doe Run, much more
          The Missouri Times:  State rep candidates Byron DeLear (D), Mark Matthiesen (R) pitch solutions to West Lake issue
          CDT:  44th District race heats up as Cheri Reisch (R), Tom Pauley (D) battle at Muleskinners debate;  Republican upset about Dem supporters' online comments X
          P-D:  Annual veto-session-fundraisers story
          Missourinet:  House Appropriations Committee on Public Safety and Corrections - chaired by Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) - to discuss inmate health care contract, neighborhood watch fund
          CDT:  Boone County officials want in on St. Louis prescription drug monitoring program X
          The Missouri Times:  Empire acquisition by Liberty approved, with clean energy provisions
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri students continue to disappoint with poor test scores;  "More rigorous instruction" and longer school days will totally reverse the trend +
          Waters:  Voters should reject Greitens not because he took a salary from charity, but because of his inexperience X
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Firearms Coalition's Curt Frazier hopes legislators override veto of SB 656 +
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man responds to piece on Catholic schools and special-needs students
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        Friday, September 9
       
KC Star:  Hillary Clinton speaks to black church group in KC +
          KC Star:  Transcript of Hillary Clinton's prepared remarks before National Baptist Convention +
          KMBC:  Hillary Clinton focuses on faith in speech to National Baptist Convention
          KWMU:  Green Party's presidential candidate to visit St. Louis tomorrow;  Jill Stein has warrant for arrest in North Dakota after she joined angry Indians in trespassing and defacing private property
          Missourinet:  Washington University in St. Louis in its own class for presidential debates
          KTVI (St. Louis):  VP Joe Biden to visit LaunchCode in Delmar Loop this morning
          The Missouri Times:  Campaigns uses social media platforms old and new;  Insight, advice from GOP communications gurus Rich Chrismer and Joe Lakin
          Missourinet:  McCaskill wants to boost retirement savings
          P-D:  House passes controversial Wagner measure to streamline reporting for companies seeking investors
          P-D:  Wagner:  $1.7B payment to Iran further endangers her son, other U.S. personnel
          KWMU:  A look at how federal opioid funding could help St. Louis area
          The Missouri Times:  Gubernatorial campaigns focus on new issues:  Charity administrative costs vs. office renovation expenses
          SNL:  Greitens supporters twitstigate Koster team with new hashtag:  #CouchesForKoster X
          Missourinet:  Hubbard-Franks rematch set for Sept. 16
          P-D:  Bruce Franks failed to pay back taxes or file campaign finance report, chalks it up to being an outsider:  "This is my first time around, and there are some things that we didn't understand."
          Drebes:  Former Senate staffer working against photo ID campaign
          Missourinet:  Minority, poor students continue to disappoint on achievement tests
          KC Star:  ACLU is suing KC Public Schools, saying bullied child, 7, was handcuffed for misbehaving then crying +
          SNL:  New Springfield Public Schools building dedicated to former state Sen. Roseann Bentley (R-Springfield) X
          CDT:  Search committee wraps up two days of interviews for University of Missouri president X
          Columbia Missourian:  Two-day free speech symposium to be held on MU campus
          KC Star:  Ozarks lake drowning case whistleblower says Missouri Highway Patrol wanted him to lie +
          P-D:  Spire says Laclede Gas rates haven't increased
          AP:  State appeals court order to reveal execution-drug source
          P-D:  Commission rules officer can be disciplined for pointing gun at Ferguson protesters;  St. Ann cop used rifle to keep mob at bay
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Phyllis Schlafly was a true conservative X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Jay Ashcroft for secretary of state X
          P-D editorial:  New law helps put dads back in their family pictures following divorce;  Editorial board praises legislation, omits bill sponsor and political party (Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau)
          P-D editorial:  Galloway's audit another chapter in Wellston's sad history
          Messenger:  In St. Louis City, purging election board commissioners is a long tradition
          P-D op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay:  Don't penalize voters when the system fails
          P-D letter:  Former UMSL administrator Betty Van Uum weighs in on Schlafly's death;  Septuagenarian feminist says anti-ERA crusader made feminists smarter
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Post-Dispatch editorial on campus political correctness and safe spaces
          CDT letter:  Area sexagenarian says she finds her "Race Matters, Friends" chat group to be educational, despite what white males may think X
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        Thursday, September 8
       
KMBC:  Kander talks college costs in KC campaign stop
          KCUR:  Kander blames Congress for high college tuition debt
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Kander meets with local veterans X
          P-D:  Coal miners descend upon Washington to push for bill to shore up retiree health care, pensions;  Blunt says he'll review whatever bill comes out of Finance Committee
          AP:  High court temporarily blocks McCaskill-Boehner subpoena over sex ads
          Bloomberg:  Supreme Court stays McCaskill-Boehner backpage.com subpoena enforcement
          KWMU:  Wash U. sociology prof talks about liberal Economic Policy Union report on decline of unions, migration of manufacturing jobs to 'right to work' states and St. Louis no longer being a "union city"
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times announces #MOGOV polling series
          The Missouri Times:  Weekly poll:  Koster up 47-41 over Greitens;  Scott Sifton up 7 over Randy Jotte, Stephen Webber up 4 over Caleb Rowden
          KWMU:  Koster's NRA endorsement over Greitens is hardly a surprise
          Drebes:  Koster reaching out to talented Republicans, Democrats to fill key administration spots
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard defends Senate Republicans against Greitens' attacks, says campaign is 'not well-informed'
          AP:  Democrats question salary Greitens paid himself from The Mission Continues
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on St. Louis City election board appointees +
          P-D:  Absentee voting to begin Thursday in special election in 78th District race
          KWMU:  Kander urges continued investigation into 78th District absentee ballots
          AP:  Potential vote fraud 'troubles' Kander
          Missourinet:  Nixon previews his final veto session as governor
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon urges lawmakers to consider his stances before veto session
          KWMU:  Nixon focuses on lesser-known dead bills one week before veto session
          P-D:  Veto session should focus on more than guns and voter ID, Nixon says
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon discusses voter ID, concealed carry before veto session
          AP:  Nixon 'optimistic' some vetoes will stick
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri state employee pay below market average
          P-D:  Missouri could launch overhaul of state worker pay in January
          KWMU:  Missouri students do poorly in math;  "Super subgroup" of minority/"disabled"/poor kids continues to underperform in every subject
          P-D:  Missouri releases first glimpse of 2016 test scores;  Minority students - and those who claim to be poor - trail other students by double digits
          CDT:  Search committee continues meeting to interview University of Missouri presidential hopefuls X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections Director George Lombardi touts work-release program
          P-D:  Koster asks Missouri Supreme Court to reconsider felony stealing ruling
          KWMU:  Galloway details major problems with Wellston's municipal court
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Missouri Department of Conservation adds major changes to harvesting deer this season
          KWMU:  Prominent Ferguson activist Darren Seals found dead in North St. Louis County
          AP:  Police probe death of Darren Seals;  Hoodlum(s) - still on the loose - shot Ferguson activist, then burned car
          KWMU:  Ferguson gets mixed reviews on consent decree compliance
          P-D:  Progress on Ferguson consent decree compliance mixed, both sides say
          P-D editorial:  Fear of REAL ID is exaggerated;  inconvenience is not
          P-D editorial:  With tuition frozen, Missouri colleges use the fee-hike ploy
          SE Missourian editorial:  Expanded ACT testing will benefit students;  Students who previously doubted their abilities might be inspired to attend college +
          Waters:  Yes on Amendment 2;  McCaskill says she'll put her money where her mouth is to pass restriction of campaign contributions X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman suggests absentee voters vouch for hand-delivery of ballot
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says election workers who took questionable ballots should be fired
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        Wednesday, September 7
       
KWMU:  Pence goes for the gusto as he lauds Trump and lambastes Clinton
          P-D:  Pence makes stop in Chesterfield
          SNL:  Pence rails against Clinton in Springfield X
          KC Star:  Washington Post poll:  Donald Trump leads comfortably in Missouri +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's Green Party leaders make familiar election-year pitch:  America is at a critical juncture, people are tired of R and D parties and will choose to vote for losing candidates, etc.;  Comments from editor of "Compost-Dispatch" newsletter
          The Missouri Times:  Obituary:  Phyllis Schlafly, a great Missourian
          P-D:  Questions surround breakoff super-PAC set up day of Schlafly's death
          KC Star:  In KC for black church convention, Jesse Jackson speaks to black students about importance of voting +
          Politico:  Backpage.com seeks Supreme Court intervention in McCaskill-Portman Senate probe
          The Missouri Times:  New Blunt ad uses 2008 footage to target Kander's "liberal values"
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Koster endorsed by the National Rifle Association
          KC Star:  NRA endorses Chris Koster in race for governor +
          P-D:  NRA endorses Democrat Koster over Republican Greitens in governor race
          AP:  NRA endorses Democrat Chris Koster - not Republican Eric Greitens - for governor
          The Missouri Times:  GOP poll shows GOP candidates - and Chris Koster - doing well
          KC Star:  Remington Research poll shows lead for Trump, Blunt;  Koster leads Greitens in race for governor +
          The Missouri Times:  Karl Rove to appear at Jay Ashcroft fundraiser in KC
          The Missouri Times:  Child Care Aware endorses Amendment 3
          P-D:  Elbert Walton lawsuit alleges Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) doesn't live in district
          Drebes:  Jeff Aboussie retiring
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  City of Wentzville seeks lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  Amid concerns, Nixon appoints two new members to St. Louis City Elections Board
          KWMU:  Nixon names two new members of St. Louis City election board:  Erwin Switzer (D) and Al Johnson (R)
          P-D:  Nixon shakes up St. Louis City elections board by adding two seasoned Caucasoid males
          The Missouri Times:  Trent Watson appointed to Capitol Commission
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to look at study showing low state worker pay
          CDT:  Area school districts make adjustments to accomodate Pledge of Allegiance requirement X
          CDT:  MU decline in season ticket sales attributed, in part, to last fall's race histrionics and Pinkel's reaction X
          CDT:  Search committee in St. Louis to interview University of Missouri presidential candidates X
          P-D:  University of Missouri presidential search effort comes to St. Louis
          Missourinet:  Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force to meet today in Mehlville
          CDT:  Voided law could negate many stealing convictions X
          SNL:  Transgender inmate sues Greene County jail staff over strip search;  "J.G." says she was treated "like a baby chick on a production line" X
          KWMU:  Six months in, Ferguson gets ready for progress report on consent decree
          P-D editorial:  Phyllis Schlafly, 1924-2016
          P-D editorial:  Voter ID stops voters, not election fraud
          KC Star editorial:  Public schools must work harder to boost student attendance;  Young urbanites' truancy will be fixed by more administrator meetings, youth mentoring programs, attendance prizes of fuel-efficient economy cars +
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Taking politics out of education X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Liberal columnist displeased by Chris Koster and Eric Greitens
          Messenger:  Speed trap highlights policing-for-profit dilemma;  Drivers deserve Eric Schmitt's SB 5
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says merger between Anthem, Cigna would be good for Missourians
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        Tuesday, September 6
       
P-D:  Conservative Phyllis Schlafly cut her own pathway
          KWMU:  Obituary for Phyllis Schlafly
          KC Star:  Phyllis Schlafly's voice was a beacon for conservatives for half a century +
          AP:  Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly dies at age 92
          KC Star:  Collection of reactions to Phyllis Schlafly's passing:  Missouri Republican Party's John Hancock, and candidates' communications staff +
          KMOX:  Mike Pence to make stop in Chesterfield at 1:30 p.m. today
          KTTS:  Mike Pence to make stop in Springfield at 10:30 a.m. today
          KC Star:  Hillary Clinton to speak Thursday in KC at National Baptist Convention +
          P-D:  Labor Day parade draws sparse crowd
          Kraske:  The Chat:  SLU's Ken Warren on Blunt, Kander and election-administration issues;  McCaskill on campaign-finance limits;  Former U.S. Senate candidate Alan Wheat on race +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) opposes Koster, joins fight for Raise Your Hand for Kids' Amendment 3
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jake Hummel on Trump-Clinton, 'right to work," Sifton-Jotte;  Panel of Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson), labor leader Pat White, former Speaker Steve Tilley, state rep candidate Mark Milton (R) talk 'right to work,' voter ID, Greitens' criticism of GOP legislators' food fund, more
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Mark Milton says fund to feed legislators doesn't represent corruption
          Missourinet:  Outgoing Rep. Tommy Pierson (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) gives advice to incoming Democrats:  "Just vote your conscience on bills and move on. Nine times out of ten you lose."
          Missourinet:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) reflects upon Iraq deployment
          Rosenbaum:  Bruce Franks claims vote fraud, but says photo ID bill isn't the answer;  Republicans might have the votes to put the measure on the ballot anyway
          Missourinet:  With Dugger's resignation, photo ID bill will have one less vote at veto session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Stacey Newman (R-Richmond Heights) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about disagreeing with Koster and Greitens on guns, her opposition to photo ID, more
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) hopeful for SB 641 override;  Nixon describes it as "poor fiscal policy"
          AP:  Responding to college-cost audit, Nixon touts affordability
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting in St. Louis this morning
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools getting closer to elected control
          KC Star:  Fewer orange cones:  New law enabling design-build may speed up projects +
          AP:  Deer disease prompts mandatory testing in parts of Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt should keep pushing for federal funding to fight opioid abuse +
          P-D editorial:  Federal review needed for Missouri death row inmate
          SNL op-ed:  Democratic state rep candidate Crystal Quade:  Photo ID bill designed to keep minorities, olds, poors from voting X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man points out that Post-Dispatch rails against guns while accepting firearms advertisements
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        Monday, September 5   Labor Day
       
SNL:  Jason Kander to headline AFL-CIO's local Labor Day parade X
          P-D:  Blunt, Kander, area profs weigh in on St. Louis City vote fraud
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies got $2.7 million from Cruz campaign +
          P-D:  Judge rules in favor of McCaskill, Portman in backpage.com contempt of Senate fight
          KC Star:  It's midnight on the first of the month, and the urban ATM rush for taxpayer-funded "disability" checks is on;  Police Dept. Crisis Intervention rep:  "There's a lot of riffraff hanging around, and a lot of them are going to be high and drunk" +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Pew Charitable Trust:  Probation, parole sentences decrease without risking public safety X
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Area woman sticks around to see 100th birthday;  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) presents a cake to mark centenarian status
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill to run again;  Senior senator is hardworking, leans to the center rather than the far left X
          P-D editorial:  Annual Labor Day editorial:  "Union-friendly states like Missouri find themselves in the dust as employers increasingly choose 'right to work' states"
          KC Star editorial:  Annual Labor Day editorial:  Times are tough, workers deserve more money, "gender gap" is real, etc. +
          Messenger:  NAACP seeks Justice Department help for St. Louis transit funding
          SNL letter:  Former state Rep. Mike Schilling (D-Springfield):  Missouri legislators should increase minimum wage to at least $10 X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White:  Rex Sinquefield, David Humphreys "accumulated their wealth on the backs of hard-working people" and are trying to keep the working man down
          P-D letter:  Greenville man says real objective of 'right to work' is to eliminate unions
          Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  Atlanta's Anthony Nash:  "While often regarded as a day for one last barbeque, Labor Day should be about celebrating the contributions of all working people"
          Ashtabula (OH) Star Beacon:  Local union reps:  "While often regarded as a day for one last barbeque, Labor Day should be about celebrating the contributions of all working people"
          Naples Daily News:  Naples' Michael Nagle:  "While often regarded as a day for one last barbeque, Labor Day should be about celebrating the contributions of all working people"
          P-D letter:  Florissant resident LaKeesha Griffin copies language - verbatim - from above letters, congratulates herself for her "hard work"
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        Sunday, September 4
       
KC Star:  Fall election preview:  Blunt vs. Kander +
          P-D:  Fall election preview:  Blunt vs. Kander
          SNL:  Democratic poll shows Blunt leading Kander, Trump over Clinton in Missouri X
          P-D:  Activists still complaining about West Lake Landfill;  Clay, Wagner would shift responsibility from EPA to Army Corps of Engineers
          AP:  BREAKING:  Robin Smith is black;  Veteran journalist, running for secretary of state, declines reporter's invitation to caterwaul about race
          P-D:  Missouri's revenue wobbles in August
          CDT:  Melissa Click lands post as lecturer at Gonzaga University X
          P-D:  More electric cars could spark need for more charging stations;  Ameren requested approval for six "pay at the pump" charging stations on I-70 from Jefferson City to St. Louis
          P-D:  Clinton County panel restricts wind farms
          AP:  Appeals court rules againt Missouri in execution drug case
          SE Missourian editorial:  New divorce law to help dads, but requires 50/50 custody +
          P-D editorial:  One university stands up to the politically correct thought police;  University of Chicago will avoid milquetoasty pantywaist "safe zones" pushed by Melissa Click types
          Waters:  MU campus speech rules and ramshackle shantytowns X
          P-D op-ed:  Moms Demand Action's Pamela Merritt:  SB 656 would lead to more shootings
          P-D letter:  Area septuagenarian says SB 656 would make her feel unsafe
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man fears SB 656 will lead to some "nut" shooting people willy-nilly
          P-D letter:  69-year-old female angry that story about female-owned lingerie company featured photo of lithe brunette of breedable age
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        Saturday, September 3
       
KWMU:  Mike Pence to make stop in Chesterfield next week
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt choose to invest their families' money in D.C.-area real estate
          Columbia Missourian:  Jason Kander speaks to MU class;  University provides U.S. Senate candidate platform to campaign before 500 students
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Roy Blunt, Jason Smith and Todd Richardson speak to Dunklin County Farm Bureau +
          CDT:  McCaskill backs campaign contribution limits, says she'll get dedicate her own resources to passing state ballot initiative X
          The Missouri Times:  30 Days after Primary Election report:  Lieutenant Governor
          P-D:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) holds wide fundraising lead;  Incumbent has four (4) times as much cash on hand as opponent
          CDT:  Stephen Webber's fundraising exceeds $1 million X
          Columbia Missourian:  Campaign finance reports:  Webber, Rowden
          Columbia Missourian:  Area state rep campaign finance reports
          The Missouri Times:  New election ordered in Franks-Hubbard case
          The Missouri Times:  What happens from here in Franks-Hubbard case?
          KWMU:  Judge orders new election in Penny Hubbard vs. Bruce Franks state rep race
          P-D:  Judge orders new election in Democratic state rep primary
          KWMU:  Behind the headlines:  Media outlet talks to other media outlet about coverage of Hubbard-Franks vote fraud story
          KWMU:  Missouri's income numbers for August hold good and bad news
          P-D:  Where are the National Merit scholars of 1986?  Updates on students who chose early on to work hard, make something of themselves
          KC Star:  Fired MU professor Melissa Click hired at Gonzage University +
          Columbia Missourian:  False robbery report at MU residence hall leads to arrest, charge;  Caucasoid female shares fantasy of being assaulted, causes unnecessary alerts
          KC Star:  Missouri Highway Patrol violated Sunshine Law in Ellingson case, judge rules +
          CDT:  Ag Director Richard Fordyce speaks at inaugural Missouri Agribusiness and Policy Symposium
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Farmers, scientists detail affect of use of dicamba before Missouri House Committee;  Area man says one percent of fellow farmers choose to break the law in applying approved herbicide in unapproved fashion +
          CDT:  Grain Belt Express files third application for wind-power project X
          KC Star:  State must reveal source of execution drug;  Three-judge panel rules Missouri must disclose its connect for pentobarbital, used to make murderers assume room temperature +
          P-D:  St. Louis police successfully put down criminal who shot at officer;  Incident marks second time in one week in which a criminal has opened fire at St. Louis City law enforcement officer
          Messenger:  Court ruling puts Missouri confidentiality for rape victims in question
          P-D letter:  Area septuagenarian mocks Nixon, Koster for funding of public defenders
          P-D letter:  Florissant man responds to woman's demand that St. Louis Fed hand more to black woman, suggests that accepting responsibility is part of moving up the ladder
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        Friday, September 2
       
KWMU:  Vote fraud:  Blunt, Kander familiar with limits of Missouri secretary of state's powers
          P-D:  Case of alleged vote fraud in St. Louis City Democratic state rep primary now in judge's hands
          Missourinet:  ACLU takes issue with suspension of student with Trump sign
          The Missouri Times:  Betting markets offer alternative gauge of Missouri contests:  Trump vs. Clinton, Blunt vs. Kander, Greitens vs. Koster
          P-D:  Missouri ID won't be enough to enter Scott Air Force Base as new REAL ID standards land this month
          Kraske:  Six big Missouri issues Koster and Greitens must address +
          KWMU:  Final tally for most expensive Missouri primary contest for governor
          The Missouri Times:  30 Days After Primary Election report:  Governor
          AP:  Governor candidates report fundraising, expenditures
          P-D:  In race for governor, Koster holds big fundraising lead over Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on Greitens' approach to state government +
          The Missouri Times:  30 Days After Primary Election report:  Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  30 Days After Primary Election report:  Treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  30 Days After Primary Election report:  Attorney General
          The Missouri Times:  Judge keeps Democrat on state Senate ballot despite residency issue;  J. Ranen Bechtold cleared to take November loss to Ryan Silvey
          The Missouri Times:  In race to replace Caleb Rowden, Tom Pauley (D) and Cheri Reisch (R) look to avoid petty politics
          Missourinet:  MoDOT reminds drivers to give themselves extra time during the Labor Day weekend
          Missourinet:  Gun-control group promotes its poll prior to veto session
          The Missouri Times:  GOP lawmakers speak out against MU football coach Barry Odom's perceived 'no gun' policy
          Missourinet:  Reporters get to experience brand-new Senate gallery work area during veto session
          Missourinet:  Renee Hulshof hopes University of Missouri Review Commission can receive deadline extension
          Washington Missourian:  ACT scores show Washington High School students superior to state's average
          CDT:  Area ACT averages down as lesser students are forced to take exam X
          AP:  Judge says Tesla can't sell directly to Missouri customers
          KWMU:  Missouri State Highway Patrol flying with advanced technology
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Legislative committee studies impact of those who break state and federal law by using approved herbicide in unapproved manner;  Monsanto's Duane Simpson notes company has sold no dicamba, gives overview of education and training efforts +
          P-D:  PSC:  Laclede Gas customers pay extra for parent company Spire's out-of-state acquisitions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New wind farm on pace for fall finish X
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit shows road project in Southwest Missouri marred by mismanagement
          KWMU:  Activist leader who wiped pepper spray on St. Louis police chief will face sentencing in November;  Elizabeth Vega called black female officer a "black b!tch," shouted, "(Intercourse) the police!"
          AP:  Filling police vacancies is latest struggle for Ferguson;  Mayor James Knowles says finding applicants is tough, and finding non-white candidates qualified to hold jobs continues to be a goal
          JCNT editorial:  Late start, big ask for task force on cybersecurity X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man dislikes SB 656
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man agrees with Jamilah Nasheed, thinks Republicans should expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  Clayton man mocks idea that lead in old pipes is due to racism
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        Thursday, September 1
       
Missourinet:  On tour of Missouri's military bases, McCaskill slams House Republicans, predicts Democratic victory in elections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill visits to learn needs at Rosecrans X
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Groundbreaking likely in Spring for proposed Whiteman facility;  Comments from McCaskill
          KMOX:  Webster University expanding cybersecurity programs to combat "brain drain";  Thoughts from McCaskill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on election-security threats and defense spending;  Nixon on cybersecurity +
          KOLR:  McCaskill:  A lot of these for-profit schools are ripping students off
          CDT:  Hartzler pledges support to secure FAA funding for airport terminal X
          CDT:  Man filling Democratic ballot slot against Hartzler issues "news release" sharing thoughts on EpiPen pricing X
          P-D:  Festus High student suspended after holding up Trump sign at school pep assembly
          SNL:  Koster says Greitens will 'blow up' Missouri government X
          KC Star:  Koster, Greitens talk urban crime, support for Second Amendment, Ferguson behavior +
          SE Missourian:  Jay Ashcroft accuses Kander of election mismanagement +
          SNL:  Kander:  Missouri election system safe after hackers target other states X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt points to Kaiser Family Foundation report in criticism of Obamacare advocate Judy Baker
          The Missouri Times:  19th District Senate race:  Police union endorses Caleb Rowden (R);  Stephen Webber (D) releases ad highlighting military service
          CDT:  Jeff Roe's Remington Research doing polling in 19th District Senate race X
          The Missouri Times:  Franks-Hubbard election-fraud controversy may give Republicans leverage on photo voter ID
          KWMU:  After Democrat's election-fraud charges, judge starts weighing new election in 78th District House race
          P-D:  Grand jury to investigate fraud allegations in Democratic state rep primary
          The Missouri Times:  A look at David Humphreys' post-primary contributions
          KC Star:  Gun-control group pushes poll hoping to sway Missouri Republicans;  Moms Demand Action rep expresses anger that Silvey won't flip-flop +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) seeks override vote on work zone bill
          CDT:  MU wins NGA contract to train intelligence workers;  School will receive $12 million over five years X
          P-D:  Mizzou wins $12 million, 5-year contract to train NGA employees in St. Louis, Washington
          P-D:  UMSL sees enrollment dip;  Incoming freshman enrollment drops 14 percent from last year
          AP:  Former KWMU reporter Christopher McDaniel teams up with ACLU to sue Missouri's state prison chief after being excluded from execution watch party
          The Missouri Times:  PSC sets intervention deadline in Grain Belt Express Clean Line case
          SE Missourian:  Boiled over:  Hillcrest residents furious over alerts after huge water rate fee increases +
          SE Missourian:  MO DSS catches area food-stamp recipient lying to leech more taxpayer-funded handouts;  Chaffee woman charged with felony theft +
          P-D editorial:  Time for a shakeup as St. Louis City election board proves its incompetence
          KC Star editorial:  Weak ethics laws and Missouri lawmakers go hand in hand +
          SNL editorial:  Lack of transparency hurts democracy;  Calling or writing a legislator's office will totally make a difference X
          Salem News' Donald Dodd:  Support Amendment 4, the Taxpayer Protection Amendment
          P-D letter:  Area man responds to pro-Blunt ad claims about Medicare reimbursements
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian touts work of state's public defenders
          P-D letter:  Columbia sexagenarian, who served as public defender, says Nixon disregards will of the people on funding issue
          P-D letter:  Area woman wants Ameren to abandon "courtroom high jinks" and replace coal with solar and wind energy
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        Wednesday, August 31
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Merrick Garland and Senate confirmation;  Nicole Galloway on college costs;  Missouri House and Senate leadership on workers who blow the whistle +
          KMBZ:  McCaskill concerned about election security
          KMBC:  McCaskill:  Military gets its money's worth in Missouri
          KCUR:  McCaskill calls on Congress to get serious about military funding
          SNL:  McCaskill praises Missouri soldiers, declines reporter's invitation to criticize Trump or Blunt while making stop at military facility X
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt offices warn against social-media conmen;  Female mark fell for Facebook version of decades-old wire-transfer scam +
          KWMU:  St. Louis Fed begins big hiring push, filling more than 200 positions over next two years
          KC Star:  Senior Americans helping to fuel firearms industry growth;  Comments from Missouri seasoned citizens looking to protect themselves, their families and their property from criminal types +
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' an issue in governor race
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Koster receives $100,000 checks from Sam Fox, Bill Danforth, Boeing's John McDonnell
          AP:  GOP donor Sam Fox gives Chris Koster $100,000
          P-D:  Complaints against Greitens dismissed
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt forms coalition to reach out to farmers
          KWMU:  Overview:  The 6 questions currently on Missouri's November ballot
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch investigation reveals multiple cases of voting problems;  Some St. Louis City voters say they never intended to vote absentee, while others say someone else filled out their ballots
          KC Star:  Former Democratic state Rep. Ray Salva, a felon, loses round in legal battle over state pension +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Highway Patrol will be visible on roads and waterways during Labor Day weekend
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon opens first Missouri Governor's Cybersecurity Summit
          JCNT:  Nixon opens first cybersecurity summit X
          Missourinet:  Nixon speaks to group focused on cybersecurity
          CDT:  Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Universities use course fees as 'loophole' to avoid tuition caps X
          KWMU:  Audit finds Missouri campuses raise fees when they can't raise tuition
          AP:  Audit:  Less help from state hurts college affordability
          SE Missourian:  SEMO students weigh in on national anthem controversy;  Black female attending four-year university says she is "enslaved" +
          P-D:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) vows to continue push for a ban on texting while driving
          KWMU:  State board says Missouri pharmacies can offer opioid overdose antidote without a prescription now
          P-D:  St. Charles County likely to join prescription drug monitoring program
          The Missouri Times:  Centralia joins cities participating in Grain Belt Express' Clean Line
          The Missouri Times:  Rule change to improve communication with utilities
          KWMU:  Collaborative helps "under-resourced" people in St. Louis achieve financial independence without predatory payday loans;  Heroic "RedDough Money Centers" offers cash to those in dire straits at miniscule 36 percent interest rate
          P-D:  Jury hears case of protester who wiped pepper spray on St. Louis police chief;  Elizabeth Vega organized demonstration outside the home of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D) last year
          P-D editorial:  Auditor rates Legislature's management as 'good.' Asterisks abound.
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis City):  Lead-testing issue shows black lives don't matter to the EPA
          Messenger:  St. Louis County residents are being fleeced by rural sheriffs;  Problem stems from fund created by state legislators in 2008
          P-D letter:  Olivette man mocks P-D editorial's claim that it is "fiercely nonpartisan," points to upcoming endorsement of Democrats
          P-D letter:  St. Jacob man thinks P-D editorial board should try acknowledging that Democrats don't have a lock on all the good ideas
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man responds to P-D editorial board claims
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Journalism Review founder Charles Klotzer:  Once upon a time, having a reader's advocate helped the Post-Dispatch to be self-critical
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood sexagenarian thinks P-D editorial board is doing a fine job
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        Tuesday, August 30
       
SE Missourian:  Blunt:  America would be better off with Trump +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Kander's record;  Rep. Steve Lynch (R-Waynesville) on heroin antidote +
          P-D:  At Tea Party rally, Ed Martin talks illegal immigrants, Islamic terrorism
          KWMU:  McCaskill wants military to fight cybersecurity brain drain
          P-D:  McCaskill:  Military culture must change to keep the best cyber warriors
          USA Today:  Sex-swinger general slipped past security screeners;  Comments from McCaskill on search for "gaping holes"
          KWMU:  Blunt, McCaskill expect quick action on Zika when congressional recess ends next week
          NY Times:  Beware:  That in-room coffee might cost you;  McCaskill bill would roll resort fees into room rate for more transparency
          Columbia Missourian:  Springfield man files as write-in candidate for lieutenant governor, mocks the office
          Missourinet:  Jay Ashcroft criticizes Kander in bid for secretary of state
          The Missouri Times:  With Parks, Soil and Water tax renewal on the ballot, traditional foes become allies
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum on the lay of the land before veto session:  Guns, voter ID, more
          KC Star:  Republicans hope for voter-ID override;  Comments from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann), Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) +
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov Peter Kinder reflects on Sen. Ed Quick's service and legacy
          KC Star:  Service for Ed Quick scheduled +
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Zach Wyatt (R-Novinger) returns to Missouri with Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association
          KC Star:  More than one year after resigning his state Senate seat, Tom Dempsey will lobby for California company +
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to handle winter storms with beefed-up staff
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) helps Missouri adoptees access their birth certificates
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway awards House, Senate "good" ratings in audits
          AP:  Audit:  Missouri Senate should keep better records
          Missourinet:  Audit offers legislators several ideas for improving operations
          SNL:  Galloway:  Legislators too generous in giving staff time off X
          KC Star:  Galloway audit looks at House, Senate operations +
          P-D:  Audit:  Over two-year period, lobbyist-funded account provided less than $7,000 for legislator meals
          The Missouri Times:  Kraus returns to Senate with more tax-busting measures
          SE Missourian:  Missouri's composite ACT score dips;  Numbers dragged down by thousands of lesser students +
          Drebes:  Four Missouri teachers among hundreds given "Presidential Award" for math and science teaching
          KWMU:  Transition talks for St. Louis Public Schools remain on hold
          CDT:  Forums scheduled for proposed University of Missouri speech policies X
          SNL:  New law aims to give decent, non-deadbeat fathers a fair shot in custody disputes X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate utilities hearing opening door to grid modernization
          Columbia Missourian:  For Missouri Dept. of Conservation, it's all hands on deck for mandatory deer testing
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture testifies that their goal is to work with Missouri's licensed breeders
          AP:  Transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment;  Missouri murderer James Hicklin, now living prison life as "Jessica," says she has intrusive thoughts of cutting off her own testicles
          P-D editorial:  Circuit judge should grant a new election for Bruce Franks;  Enough red flags about vote fraud have been raised
          Priddy:  Campaign finance initiative petition and rights vs. privileges
          P-D op-ed:  Area ammunition research and design consultant:  SB 656 gives Missourians more options to defend themselves
          P-D letter:  Messenger, others ignore accurate statistics for Ferguson-Florissant:  District's taxpayer burden falls on more white homeowners than black homeowners
          KC Star letter:  Area man hopes new editorial page editor will help bring Star's far-left slant to the center +
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        Monday, August 29
       
Missourinet:  Blunt makes campaign stop in Holts Summit, takes aim at Obama administration regulations
          Columbia Missourian:  At campaign stop in Columbia, Blunt talks job, agriculture and the importance of the Supreme Court
          P-D:  Gregg Hartley's "Heartland Resurgence" to make independent expenditures on behalf of Blunt
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Conversations with incoming GOP state Sens. Andrew Koenig and Bill Eigel;  Panel of Jeff Mazur, Gregg Keller, Wash U's Jimmy Loomis (D) and Truman State's Jake Buxton (R)
          Student Life (Washington University):  Senior Jimmy Loomis talks about attending Democratic National Convention
          Drebes:  A look at Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition's campaign report:  Contributions to candidates and itemized payments to poll workers
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Newspaper covers Democratic state rep candidate Susan McClintic's canvassing efforts
          KWMU:  106 new laws take effect in Missouri
          KWMU:  Despite new law, access to overdose antidote remains limited without a prescription in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Koster says lead in pipes could have been avoided, if only schools were properly funded
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on public defender funding skirmish;  Nixon defends legacy of school funding from Koster criticism +
          Messenger:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) sticks up for head of Missouri public defender system in battle with Nixon
          P-D:  New law, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), pushes divorce judges to establish equal custody time;  Missouri grandmother:  "The bias in family court is unbelievable against fathers"
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers say there was a strong demand for campground space at 2016 State Fair
          AP:  Enrollment up at other Missouri universities as MU drops
          Missourinet:  Former UM System President Gary Forsee discusses Review Commission's work
          The Maneater:  Independent diversity, equity and inclusion audit conducted over UM system
          The Maneater:  Failed fee and budget cuts cause changes at MU libraries
          The Arrow (Southeast Missouri State):  New gender-neutral bathrooms not quite enough for LGBTQIA activist:  "To see how much further the other schools have progressed is disappointing"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dicamba injury complaints now spread beyond Bootheel;  Lawmakers to hold hearing in Portageville on Wednesday
          The Huffington Post:  Suit takes aim at Jason Grellner for allegedly forcing people in drug treatment to work as informants
          SE Missourian:  Assaults on inmates, officers rise as area's jail population increases +
          SNL editorial:  Voter ID bill not needed, probably, but lawmakers should spend taxpayer money on a study X
          P-D editorial:  Judge gives Nixon a pass on defense duty. Too bad.
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Regulations create a nightmare for farmers
          The Current (UMSL) op-ed:  Both tobacco tax proposals deserve support
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        Sunday, August 28
       
SNL:  Blunt, Kander offer clear contrast on pocketbook issues X
          P-D:  'Right to work' puts national spotlight on Missouri governor's race
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Chris Koster speaks at union event, vows to fight 'right to work' X
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens finishes cross-state campaign office tour;  Former state Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-Cameron), HSUS rep attend Columbia event
          CDT:  Greitens draws 100 to campaign kickoff event in Columbia X
          CDT:  Josh Hawley should 'resign immediately,' will lose tenure if he wins election, Foley writes X
          P-D:  Complaint about vote fraud in Democratic state rep primary hinges on use of envelopes
          KC Star:  Ed Quick, long-time Democratic Missouri state legislator who represented Clay County, passes away at age 81;  Reflections from Scott Charton, Roy Temple, Jim Mathewson +
          JCNT:  Mike McGill chosen as State Employee of the Month;  Sikeston investigator caught inmates conspiring with Iowa jailbird to commit check fraud X
          Missourinet:  Dozens of new Missouri laws begin today
          AP:  Highlights of new state laws
          AP:  Audit:  State buildings not maintained due to poor funding
          KWMU:  Regional Chamber seeks to encourage college grads to stay in St. Louis area after graduation
          JCNT:  Juvenile detention alternatives appear to be working;  Youth Empowerment Zone leader says young black men can't help but get into trouble because "deck (is) stacked against them" X
          P-D:  Judge calls for swift reworking of Ferguson-Florissant school board elections
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri Pride Fest turns 13;  Board secretary says event is a safe place for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual attendees to "let their freak flags fly" X
          P-D editorial:  Adhering to Pulitzer's platform means embracing liberal candidates;  Democracy has been hurt by "video games, YouTube kittens, porn and blogging pseudo-journalism"
          SNL letter:  Area pediatrician wants Medicaid expansion in Missouri X
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas wants Missouri legislators to stop showing up for work +
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        Saturday, August 27
       
Missourinet:  Cleaver doesn't buy Trump's softening on immigration
          CDT:  Blunt talks Supreme Court vacancy at Columbia stop X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democrats look to reorganize, increase rural involvement
          Rosenbaum:  As Franks-Hubbard saga continues, debate emerges over releasing absentee applications
          KWMU:  Nixon, Koster at odds over public school funding
          P-D:  New Koster ad, recast from old Koster ad, still claims credit for trial he didn't attend
          Washington Missourian:  Local GOP lawmakers will back Greitens, say he needs to mend fences X
          CDT:  Jay Ashcroft makes Columbia campaign stop X
          The Missouri Times:  Medical cannabis supporters looking to connect with conservatives;  Eapen Thampy continues statewide outreach with speech to Columbia Pachyderms
          SNL:  Medical marijuana advocates:  Let voters decide X
          KC Star:  Missouri campaign contribution limit amendment one step closer to ballot +
          Drebes:  Follow-up on Silvey vs. Bechtold
          Missourinet:  2016 Missouri State Fair included two record attendance days;  Comments from Missouri Department of Agriculture's Tony Benz
          Missourinet:  10 state laws taking effect tomorrow
          The Missouri Times:  SB 656 override vote brings out coalition of opponents
          KWMU:  Five years later, Emerald Automotive is still promising a plant and new jobs in Hazelwood
          P-D:  New law gives Missouri murderers convicted as juveniles the chance for parole
          P-D:  After public defender dust-up, Nixon takes aim at commission
          Columbia Missourian:  Circuit court denies attempt to make governor serve as public defender
          CDT:  As MU numbers drop, other Missouri universities gain enrollment X
          CDT:  After role remained unfilled for a year, MU settles on enrollment-office candidate;  Pelema Morrice will earn $255,000/yr. X
          P-D:  Rapid rise in newborns dependent on opioids has hospitals scrambling;  Ferguson woman demonstrates discipline, changes smackhead ways to improve life of her child
          KC Star editorial:  End economic border war that is wasting KC area taxpayers' dollars +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Before she skips town for Minnesota gig, Melanie Adams deserves thanks for trying to help St. Louis Public Schools
          Waters:  UM review:  Budget details undermine legislators' desire to dish out spankings X
          P-D letter:  Area woman responds to local lead stories, says schools should receive more funding
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian responds to lead stories, shares tales from the 1970s
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        Friday, August 26
       
USA Today:  Facebook scam uses McCaskill as bait to solicit money;  Grown woman fell for money-wiring ruse, called senator's office in a huff
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on improving Washington by deleting Blunt +
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway joins Trump's call to investigate Clinton Foundation
          KWMU:  Gateway Arch is focus of celebrations for 100 years of National Parks
          The Missouri Times:  Farm Bureau releases Missouri State Fair straw poll results:  Rural-heavy crowd chooses Republicans in every race - except gov, where Koster edges Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Teachers, pork farmers rally behind Koster
          KWMU:  Chris Koster and Eric Greitens both run parallel campaigns:  One positive, one negative
          KWMU:  Both campaign contribution limits and tobacco-tax proposals can go on November ballot
          AP:  Campaign-limit measure should stay on Missouri ballot
          P-D:  Judge tosses out effort to keep Missouri campaign contribution limits off ballot
          SE Missourian:  Supporters:  Cigarette-tax hike offers good investment in early-childhood programs +
          KTVO:  Heartland residents meet to discuss Amendment 4;  Comments from Missourians for Fair Taxation's Scott Charton
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum chats with incoming state Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D) about her upcoming freshman session, running a positive campaign, and her desire to serve constituents as a "policy wonk"
          KC Star:  Silvey, Corlew seek to have opponents removed from ballots based on residency +
          Missourinet:  New House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) not sure if deficit can be avoided
          Riverfront Times:  Nixon doesn't have to serve as public defender, says no-fun judge
          P-D:  Court rules public defender can't appoint Nixon as a defense attorney
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missourian, Rust family's rustmedia host more than 200 women at first Flourish summit;  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) takes part in panel on leadership +
          Missourinet:  ACT report:  Two-thirds of Missouri high school grads are not college-ready;  Only 35% are college-ready in math, and only 32% college-ready in science
          KWMU:  Local school districts to spend taxpayer money testing for lead in pipes;  Ferguson-Florissant among districts not yet blaming lead for students' poor performance or bad behavior
          KWMU:  Background on lead testing
          P-D:  Schools are looking at lead in pipes
          CDT:  UM Review Commission trudges forward despite lack of funding X
          Missourinet:  MU to get federal grant to provide mental health care in rural areas;  School will spend $700,000 delivering services for drug addicts, people with anxiety disorders, etc.
          P-D:  After Supreme Court ruling, public defenders may get their thieving clients' felony charges knocked down to misdemeanors
          Missourinet:  House Select Committee on Agriculture to hold Wednesday hearing on illegal application of approved herbicide
          KWMU:  State wins approval to test groundwater near radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Environmental lawyers renew call for state ban on turtle trapping
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, bipartisan group right to push for answers on EpiPen profiteering +
          P-D op-ed:  "Fed Up" campaign's Angela McCall:  St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard should consider the needs of black women when making interest-rate decisions;  Woman recounts crippling "mental stress" of herculean tasks like working for a living
          SE Missourian letter:  Area man dislikes sales-tax portion of marijuana-legalization proposal +
          P-D letter:  University City woman responds to Democratic judge's ruling on Ferguson-Florissant:  If black residents want more representation, maybe they should get out and vote.
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        Thursday, August 25
       
Missourinet:  Columbia College prof says recent poll underestimates support for Trump, Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on mission to turn Missouri blue;  Silvey on getting out-of-district opponent off ballot +
          KC Star:  New "Deep Background" podcast:  Kraske & Helling - along with Scott Canon and national pollster Neil Newhouse - talk presidential race and more +
          Washington Post:  McCaskill leads bipartisan push to investigate EpiPen price hike
          KC Star:  Eric Greitens launches statewide tour +
          Rosenbaum:  Was Koster 'absent' from Ferguson? No.
          KC Star:  Former state Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence) vows opposition to Koster and "Farm Bureau buddies";  Dem who led failed fight against "Right to Farm" amendment says he wants a meeting with Greitens +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters endorses Eric Schmitt (R) over Judy Baker (D) for state treasurer
          KC Star:  National GOP group drops $1 million into Hawley's race +
          The Pitch:  Missouri has the lowest tobacco tax in the country. Why does a tobacco company want to raise it?
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 4 would ban sales tax on services
          Drebes:  How Schaefer vs. Hawley affects Rowden vs. Webber
          P-D:  St. Louis Election Board to produce records Thursday;  Democratic state rep candidate claims vote fraud
          Missourinet:  Missouri leads OSHA region in workplace deaths since October
          Missourinet:  MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley tells University of Missouri Review Commission he'll continue push to drive down percentage of white students
          Columbia Missourian:  Chancellor asks UM Review Commission to polish university's image
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Review Commission member Renee Hulshof asks questions about "diversity" approach, student retention rates, more
          Columbia Missourian:  MU changes bathroom labels;  Student government "social justice chair" says the word "unisex" is offensive to people who do not identify as male or female
          KWMU:  UM search committee still expects new president by year's end
          KWMU:  Average Missouri ACT score down by a point and a half;  Requirement for all graduating students to take test added 18,000 poor performers to pool
          CDT:  Area high schools say civics test requirement means little change X
          KWMU:  Ladue schools settle harassment claim;  Family nabs $75k reward after son is called mean names, complains
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) gets hearing on illegal use of approved herbicide
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation studying state's black bear population
          AP:  Prosecutors want photos of Michael Brown's carcass restricted;  Attorney Linda Wasserman expresses concern for law-abiding citizens, fears 'grisly' photos would serve as excuse for "unbridled violence" from rioter-looter crowd
          Columbia Missourian:  Area gals mark "African-American Women's Equal Pay Day" with hashtag;  McCaskill tweets her support
          P-D editorial:  No surprise. Public dislikes being shut out by utility regulators.
          Waters:  MU enrollment numbers offer something for everyone X
          Washington Post's Joe Davidson:  Federal sexual violence stats sow confusion;  McCaskill requested GAO report and urged departments to develop standards for sexual violence data
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Federal policies stifling strength of agriculture X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  Expanding Medicaid shows basic benevolence and simple economic sense
          Priddy:  Remembering Betty Sims
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        Wednesday, August 24
       
KWMU:  At Clinton office opening in St. Louis City, Democratic politicos fantasize about candidate spending money to turn out votes
          P-D:  Democrats gather in St. Louis City, say they'll defeat Trump in Missouri;  Slay:  "We've been a 'red' state for too long!"
          KC Star:  Monmouth poll:  Trump doing even better among white women than white men in Missouri;  Blunt, Koster lead in Senate, gov races +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Aaron Willard on Trump campaign and Missouri;  Nicole Galloway on succeeding Tom Schweich;  Phill Brooks on lobbyists feeding lawmakers at Capitol +
          P-D:  New Blunt ad slams Kander for St. Louis County ballot shortage
          KWMU:  Blood tests show all employees at VA office fall within normal range of lead
          The Missouri Times:  Koster, Greitens court NRA endorsement
          KC Star:  Pro-life, pro-union candidate to appear on gov ballot;  Meramec Caverns' Lester Turilli supports campaign-donation limits +
          The Missouri Times:  Independent candidates, including Lester Turilli and Keith English, qualify for ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids gets legal victory, still on the ballot
          KWMU:  Tobacco-tax proposal can go on November ballot;  ruling on campaign limits pending
          Missourinet:  Judge reject challenge to ballot initiative to raise cigarette tax
          P-D:  Judge rules tobacco tax hike belongs on Missouri ballot, but critics vow to appeal
          AP:  Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge
          P-D:  Campaign limits ballot question challenged
          Drebes:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) files suit against his general-election opponent
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey challenges opponent's residency
          P-D:  Judge rules that absentee ballot applications and their envelopes are public record;  Man who lost state rep race to Penny Hubbard chooses to wear "Trust Me - I'm a Superhero" comic-book t-shirt into court
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) on Trump criticism, voter ID, proposed laws involving law enforcement and police-involved killings
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) named new Budget Committee chair;  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis) named chair of Fiscal Review
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats jockey for leadership positions in House minority
          KC Star:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) calls for special session for public defender funding +
          Missourinet:  Dixon wants special session to ask for public defender system pilot program and to fix DWI law
          Missourinet:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) previews his final veto session
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri's minimum wage set to rise;  Missouri one of 29 states with wage floor higher than the federal minimum
          SE Missourian:  Court ruling, state suggest businesses may apply use, sales tax to deliveries +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  The Silver Haired Legislature works to achieve priorities;  Olds lobby actual legislators in hopes to get more money for home-delivered meals, more money for Medicaid home-delivered meals, more money for Medicaid, restriction of payday loans, etc. +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Review Commission to hear from MU Chancellor Hank Foley today
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) seeks probe into crop damage caused by illegal use of approved herbicide +
          P-D:  Lawmakers reopen discussions on utility-rate hikes
          P-D:  St. Louis stadium financing fight sent back to lower court;  Residents, including "Jeanette Mott-Oxford" [sic] attempted to join public board's 2015 suit
          KC Star:  KC Star hires Jayhawk couple;  KU grad Eric Nelson to lead digital news operation, while wife will head editorial board;  Husband claims the family won't skip town if other opportunities come along +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Public must pressure legislators to let vetoes stand;  Gun bill would lead to "Wild West," and voter ID bill is racist
          Messenger:  Voting rights case shines light on separate and unequal schools;  People who chose to purchase homes in decent school districts should subsidize students in lesser areas
          P-D op-ed:  UMSL social work degree candidate:  Stop making it so hard for good kids to transfer to decent schools
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        Tuesday, August 23
       
KWMU:  Trump hires GOP veterans Aaron Willard, Todd Abrajano to run campaign in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Trump staffs up in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Trump ramps up campaign in Missouri, calls state key battleground
          P-D:  Blunt, other GOP Senate candidates honing in on Iran nuclear deal and ransom questions
          Helling:  Mysterious "dark money" shadows elections in Missouri +
          KWMU:  Democratic stalwart Joyce Aboussie part of latest release of old Clinton e-mails
          P-D:  Clinton e-mails include appeals for meetings with Peabody Energy from St. Louis Democratic operative Joyce Aboussie
          KWMU:  McCaskill wants better reporting of sexual assault
          P-D:  EPA tells judge why Ameren should install new pollution controls at plant near Festus
          KWMU:  St. Louis City gives businesses varying deadlines to move from NGA site
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats hit Eric Greitens for violent ad images;  Greitens airs spot of his own +
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt's campaign purchased JudyBaker.com;  Democrat is not amused
          Drebes:  Childrens Firearm Safety Alliance PAC formed;  Stacey Newman's husband's name used for "treasurer"
          SE Missourian:  Cape County GOP Central Committee elects new officers +
          KWMU:  Former state legislator Betty Sims (R-Ladue) dies after brief illness at age 80
          Kraske:  The Chat: Nixon on budget cost of potential override
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom calls for stronger "revolving-door" ban
          KC Star:  Kansas continues trying to bring Missouri businesses across state line +
          Missourinet:  Reps. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi), Jim Neely (R-Cameron) help free man falsely accused of sex crimes
          Missourinet:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg):  Texting-while-driving is a "huge safety issue";  Departing lawmaker hopes another legislator will sponsor bill
          CDT:  MU enrollment figures show freshman decline X
          AP:  University of Missouri projects drop in freshman enrollment
          KWMU:  Appointed board that runs St. Louis Public Schools needs a new member
          KWMU:  Citing voting rights, judge orders halt to school board elections in Ferguson-Florissant;  Rodney Sippel (D) says at-large elections not fair to black candidates
          P-D:  Judge stops school board elections in Ferguson-Florissant, says they're stacked against black voters
          Missourinet:  Court stops Ferguson-Florissant elections
          AP:  Court told money short for death-row inmate defense
          P-D editorial:  Dugger resigns, hoping revolving door will swing his way
          P-D editorial:  Education officials' meeting seemed designed to skirt Sunshine Law
          The Current (UMSL) op-ed:  Editor Kat Riddler:  UM System Review Commission includes too many Republicans
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Faith Voices' Cassandra Gould on "Medicaid 23" stunt, consequences
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Retired doc wants Blunt, Hartzler to pass Zika funding
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman defends constituent lobbying, says Blunt has been helpful on fighting AIDS and polio - and she'd be happy to work with Kander on those issues, too
          KC Star letters:  Area man disagrees with Graves on guns;  Area woman says Koster sounds too conservative +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man reveals he suffers from a tick-borne illness, wants Koster to stop suing EPA
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian wants Republicans to expand Medicaid
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        Monday, August 22
       
SNL:  Blunt, McCaskill, Long seek to help family of fallen Vietnam pilot find his remains;  White House ignores inquiry from Blunt's office, News-Leader X
          KWMU:  Trial begins in federal lawsuit against Ameren today;  EPA alleges that company installed boiler equipment in 2007 and 2010 without proper permits
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Incoming state Reps. Peter Meredith (D), Steve Roberts (D), Hannah Kelly (R) and Nick Schroer (R) talk expectations for freshman session, Koster vs. Greitens, Blunt vs. Kander, more
          KC Star:  Dems, GOP react to Koster's strong list of post-primary endorsements +
          Missourinet:  Cursory overview:  State treasurer race:  Judy Baker (D) vs. Eric Schmitt (R)
          AP:  Missouri judge weighing cigarette tax hike ballot proposal
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) on veto-session overrides +
          Missourinet:  Libla says he'll continue push for increased fuel tax for transportation;  Poplar Bluff senator says he prefers "use tax" concept rather than toll roads
          Missourinet:  Former Senate President Pro Tem Jim Mathewson (D-Sedalia) recalls working with Gov. Kit Bond (R) to promote 1982 bond issue;  Missouri State Fairgrounds among beneficiaries
          Columbia Missourian:  Class of 2020 'walk' into their future at MU;  Photo of students taking photos, video for social media showoffery rather than enjoying once-in-a-lifetime moment
          Messenger:  National group visits Missouri, hopes to change state campaign finance laws
          Priddy:  Speculation on how Jesus Christ felt about 2014 Missouri Senate gallery disruptions (word count:  1,591)
          SNL letter:  Area woman disagrees with Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on concealed-carry X
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        Sunday, August 21
       
P-D:  A broader look at Missouri's insurance exchange and what Aetna's exit means
          P-D:  Wait times for medical care now shorter for St. Louis veterans
          KC Star:  HUD to hear complaints about rising rents;  Overfed fast-food worker who chose to spawn four (4) children with convenience-store employee complains about budget struggles +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Incoming state Reps. Peter Meredith (D), Steve Roberts (D), Hannah Kelly (R), and Nick Schroer (R) talk about expectations for their freshman sessions, Koster, Blunt, more
          AP:  Greitens' work 'in Bosnia' was mostly in Croatia
          Missourinet:  Nixon mum about possibility of special session to fix typo in drunk driving laws
          P-D's Gallagher:  Why are there so many uninsured drivers on Missouri's roads?  Missouri Dept. of Revenue officials are "clueless," won't give an interview or answer questions via e-mail
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local educators prep for state's new dyslexia regulations +
          JCNT:  Missouri schools deal with Obama restroom mandate;  Jefferson City schools prepare bureaucratic steps to stymie "ornery" boys claiming transgender status X
          KC Star:  Kansas City Public Schools dumps Daye Transportation after buses fail safety inspections +
          CDT:  MU classes start tomorrow amid projections of lower enrollment X
          P-D:  New MU students, families forecast school year's racial drama - or lack thereof:  Comments from four black students/families, two white students/families
          P-D:  Race-dramatics season preview:  Thoughts from Reps. Caleb Rowden (R) and Stephen Webber (D), others
          AP:  Attorneys clash over document release in Ferguson lawsuit
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt speaks out about Obama's Iran "ransom payment" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Koster growing broad base of support, including ag groups;  For Greitens, "just being a former SEAL isn't going to elect him!" X
         SNL:  Prioritize streamlined sales tax X

          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers need to sustain Nixon's veto on gun bill X
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield):  We must address public defense problem X
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian Democrat attends Missouri State Fair, says GOP tent displayed no Donald Trump yard signs +
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with Blunt, NRA X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills woman finds Missouri campaign spending "obscene"
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton septuagenarian supports "Medicaid 23"
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        Saturday, August 20
       
KWMU:  VA officials says veterans' care is improving
          SNL:  In Greene County, health insurance exchange options to drop from four companies to two X
          KWMU:  SLU law profs speculate on what's next for Missouri's health care exchange
          The Missouri Times:  Post-Dispatch editorial board criticizes Kander by name, then changes its mind;  Reaction from P-D's Tod Robberson, Rich Chrismer, Kander's Chris Hayden
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber endorses Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics complaint against Schaefer dismissed
          Missourinet:  Circuit court ruling on cigarette tax initiative expected quickly
          P-D:  Opponents and backers of tobacco tax hike make their case in court
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Democrat filling ballot slot against incoming Sen. Bill Eigel;  Richard Orr talks opposition to 'right to work' and skepticism over transfer law that lets Normandy youths into Francis Howell schools
          KWMU:  Nixon preaches against expected veto overrides by Missouri lawmakers
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville) resigns, citing "revolving-door" legislation
          KC Star:  Dugger steps down +
          P-D:  Dugger steps down, cites law that would require six-month wait to lobby
          Missourinet:  Dugger resigns, prepares for lobbying career
          KC Star:  Kansas City Election Board names Lauri Ealom new Democratic director +
          Missourinet:  Nixon grants eight pardons
          KC Star:  Decades after bitter, vindictive woman forced boy to make up stories of sexual abuse, Earnest Leap is a free man;  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) took up man's cause and fought for justice +
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens adds bus stops to accomodate transfer students
          P-D:  Area group seeking buyouts begins complaining about Champ Landfill;  Residents who choose to live near landfills complain about odor
          Ozark County Times letter:  Theodosia man thanks McCaskill and Springfield office staff for getting veterans their health care at local clinic
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man speculates on Paul McKee's flim-flam plan:  Buy deserted land, then sell it back to gullible St. Louis City or feds at a handsome profit
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        Friday, August 19
       
KC Star:  Blunt accuses Obama administration of misleading Congress on Iran 'ransom' payment +
          P-D:  International Trade Commission rules for steel pipe makers;  McCaskill testified on behalf of Missouri companies
          KWMU:  Q&A with NGA Director Robert Cardillo
          KWMU:  White House reps' Asian-American community listening tour makes stop in Creve Coeur tomorrow
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Rehash of Wikileaks-DNC-McCaskill "backbone" story from three (3) weeks ago
          KWMU:  Nixon talks ag education, points out Missouri's superiority to Kansas at last State Fair as governor
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association endorses Koster;  Group endorses GOP candidate in each of the other statewide races
          Missourinet:  Koster nabs Missouri Cattlemen's Association endorsement;  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) stops short of saying he'll vote for Greitens
          P-D:  Candidates shake hands, sharpen pitches at Missouri State Fair;  Greitens stays for an hour, offers no comment to reporter
          Missourinet:  At State Fair, Missouri Farm Bureau talks about support for state parks, soil and water sales tax
          The Missouri Times:  Bruce Franks alleges absentee ballot fraud in loss to Penny Hubbard
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Kurt Schaefer
          CDT:  MEC dismisses complaint against Kurt Schaefer X
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Basye say they'll seek override of Nixon's gun-bill veto
          CDT:  Koster's office backs MU professor in concealed carry lawsuit X
          KC Star:  Koster supports allowing professor to conceal and carry on campus +
          SE Missourian:  Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Missouri hopes selling state tax credits will help expansion into Scott City +
          KWMU:  Ameren project to allow electric vehicle drivers more access to charging stations
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Department of Revenue to open new license office in Columbia
          P-D:  Koster calls North County cemetery conditions "deplorable," says grounds will be renovated by new owner
          AP:  Senate-gallery disruptors to get fines, not jail time
          P-D editorial:  Credible allegations of voter fraud deserve immediate answers
          Messenger:  Group that made a scene in Senate gallery will be vindicated;  Missouri House GOP members support Medicaid expansion, and it will totally pass in Missouri
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Jury wrong to hold Senate disruptors accountable for their behavior +
          Hartmann:  Mizzou quiet about honor student athletes received for racial protest;  A look at why the university ignored prestigious ESPN honor
          P-D letter:  Former state Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield):  Response to Sierra Club's anti-coal letter:  Moving 'beyond coal' means leaving people behind
          SE Missourian letter:  Elk breeders group criticizes Missouri Department of Conservation +
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman suggests Rex Sinquefield, David Humphreys conspire to control the masses through "poverty and fear" X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says Post-Dispatch editorial board, and Tony Messenger, should know better than to side with anti-police protesters or believe whiners' fishy tales
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian male - who did not take part in Senate Medicaid protest - compares himself to 8-year-old female literary character Scout Finch +
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        Thursday, August 18
       
KC Star:  Tim Kaine - who attended private high school in KC - returns to town +
          Washington Post:  After McCaskill and others advocate for seniors, Social Security backs off text messaging requirement X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Social Security reverses its texting requirement X
          KMOV (St. Louis):  McCaskill checking up on phone companies to stop robocalls
          Missourinet:  Blunt, GOP members of congressional delegation will join Missouri Farm Bureau today to talk about EPA regulations
          AP:  Flooding threatens levee at Poplar Bluff
          Daily Journal:  Numbers matter in Missouri's feral hog fight;  MO Dept. of Conservation says one female hog produces average litter of six (6) destructive piglets each
          KWMU:  Area illegal, who spawned five (5) anchor babies, shares her fears of breaking the law and being deported
          KWMU:  Democratic state rep candidate Bruce Franks alleges vote fraud in his primary loss to Penny Hubbard
          CDT:  Boone County GOP re-elects Mike Zweifel as party chair X
          Columbia Missourian:  Males hold only 6 of 13 positions in Boone County Government;  Comments from area gals
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Incoming state Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis) on his work history, primary victory;  Freshman member of Democratic minority says he'll help convince Republicans to expand Medicaid
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) seeks House Democratic Leadership position
          Kraske:  The Chat:  St. Louis Police Officers Association's Jeff Roorda says that Chris Koster stood tall for law and order during Ferguson riots +
          Missourinet:  Koster sues to protect concealed carry rights on Mizzou campus
          KC Star:  Catholic bishops oppose gun bill +
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol:  Pay attention around school buses
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens makes transportation logistics harder for students who want to transfer to decent suburban schools
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State now offering 35 gender-neutral restrooms +
          Missourinet:  Man opposes juvenile sentencing law, says it doesn't go far enough
          CDT:  State offices must move from Vandiver Drive location;  Office building for welfare benefits, other taxpayer-funded handouts was conveniently located on bus route X
          KWMU:  Group that made a scene in Senate gallery convicted of trespassing
          AP:  Medicaid protesters found guilty of trespassing
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Ferguson celebrity Brittany Packett talks about new case of supposed police brutality, getting handed a promotion at Teach for America, more
          KWMU:  Real estate agents say home sales on the rise in Ferguson;  Comments from black homebuyers
          P-D editorial:  Prospects improve for the wasteland where Pruitt-Igoe once stood;  With new "urban village" buildings, North St. Louis City residents will totally turn their neighborhood around
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with Blunt on abortion, environmental regulations X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Post-Dispatch should stop referring to violent miscreant Michael Brown as "unarmed"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman responds to life-expectancy piece, says coal industry - not poor individual lifestyle decisions - is to blame for African-Americans' health
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Caucasoid sexagenarian says she'll miss Carl Kenney's columns, says she enjoyed younger black man inflicting pain on her "privileged white class"
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        Wednesday, August 17
       
P-D:  Aetna chooses to ditch Obamacare;  Comments from area insurance brokers
          P-D:  Clinton wikileaks:  Hillary said "a bunch of women Senators" - including McCaskill - were worried about Obamacare costs;  Reaction from McCaskill, Blunt, Kander
          KMOX:  Sex trafficking business faces legal action after picking fight with McCaskill
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber offers webinar meant to help businesses prepare for federal overtime rule
          SNL:  Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich to speak at College of the Ozarks this fall X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) to serve on Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Kander talks military, guns and Trump in bid to unseat Roy Blunt
          KC Star:  Group with anonymous donors - calling itself "One Nation" - plans $1 million in pro-Blunt ads;  Group is concerned with change in Medicare reimbursements +
          The Missouri Times:  National partisans weigh in on Missouri races;  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's communications staff writes sentences complimenting Greitens;  Biden's communications staff pens sentences complimenting Kander
          KC Star:  Biden lends name to Kander fundraising letter +
          The Missouri Times:  The agricultural community's endorsement of Chris Koster matters. Here's why.
          KWMU:  Koster touts endorsement from Missouri Fraternal Order of Police
          The Missouri Times:  Fraternal Order of Police endorses Koster
          Missourinet:  After police union endorsement, Koster pledges to boost officer pay
          SNL:  Chris Koster stops in Springfield to tout endorsement from police union X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fraternal Order of Police endorses Koster
          CDT:  Koster, receiving police union endorsement:  Greitens is "self-serving and relatively arrogant" in comments about Ferguson riots X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life's Dave Plemmons on Greitens' arrogance toward pro-life community;  Office of Public Counsel's James Owens on Ameren's car-charging proposal +
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof:  Governor's race will be expensive
          The Missouri Times:  Treasurer candidates prepare campaign kickoffs
          P-D:  Schmitt continues push for Iran investment ban in bid for Missouri treasurer
          P-D:  Democratic state rep candidate alleges vote fraud in St. Louis City district
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Hornersville fish fry stump speeches:  Woman filling Democratic ballot slot against Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering);  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) on increasing fines for rogue pesticide applicators;  McDaniel on Ferguson lawlessness and importance of supporting law enforcement +
          Drebes:  Previewing Missouri House leadership races
          KC Star:  Union boss calls for head of Missouri Veterans Commission to resign +
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers voice concern over Hillcrest utility rate increase +
          Messenger:  Kurt Schaefer is star witness for group of protesters who made a scene in Senate gallery
          P-D letter:  University City Democrat says there's nothing wrong with Kander meeting with lobbyists
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        Tuesday, August 16
       
AP:  Heavy rains cause flooding, evacuations in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Cape man to serve at least 21 months in prison for food-stamp fraud;  Businessman provided welfare recipients their desired cigarettes and cash in exchange for SNAP benefits +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on Greitens' ag ignorance;  D.C. pundit on Blunt vs. Kander +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life holds firm on Greitens non-endorsement
          KC Star:  Greitens campaign presents its first fall TV spot +
          P-D:  Greitens debuts general election ad
          The Missouri Times:  Legal fight still looms for Raise Your Hand for Kids despite making ballot
          KWMU:  A tax on lawn care?  Never, if Missourians vote to ban sales tax on services
          Riverfront Times:  Kander's office, FBI asking questions about St. Louis City Democratic state rep primary
          Missourinet:  More than 100 applications submitted to MoDOT's cost share program
          Missourinet:  Mother of daughter killed by young hoodlums dislikes new juvenile sentencing law:  "I feel like the criminals are treated like the victims"
          CDT:  Pew Charitable Trusts study claims reducing parole for nonviolent offenders makes system more efficient X
          SE Missourian:  Prospective Missouri teachers face new testing for certificates +
          KWMU:  City school transition talks set to continue behind closed doors
          Missourinet:  Missouri regulators could derail KCP&L's purchase of Kansas company
          Missourinet:  Ameren files with PSC to construct electric car charging stations on I-70
          P-D:  Ameren seeks to install six electric vehicle charging stations along I-70
          Missourinet:  SOS' Consumer Protection Division warns against scammers hacking into personal computers
          AP:  Case against Missouri Capitol protesters moves forward;  Group yelled, made a scene in Senate gallery
          P-D:  Protesters go to court after acting out in Senate gallery
          KWMU:  EPA officials sit through more complaining about West Lake Landfill;  Local group wants buyouts
          P-D:  Al-Jazeera reporters file lawsuit claiming mistreatment by St. Charles County officers during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  Special interests have hijacked citizens' petition process
          Waters:  The Odd Couple:  Roy Blunt and Wayne LaPierre X
          Sanchez:  Making clergy group pay for Capitol protest is wrong;  No penalty needed for yelling, making a scene to disrupt Senate business +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Columnist Carl Kenney says he's skipping town because Columbia is too tough for him:  Race relations haven't improved, he failed to earn more than $30k a year, there's too much white privilege, etc.
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        Monday, August 15
       
P-D:  With mobile units, federal taxpayers foot the bill for even more "free" lunches this summer;  Photos of adults, children in various states of undress lining up for handouts
          KC Star:  McCaskill says Trump and "his friend Putin" are more to blame for ISIS than Obama, Clinton +
          Missourinet:  GOP poll shows Blunt with seven-point lead over Kander;  D.C. pundit weighs in on perceived Trump effect
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on seeking votes from Trump supporters +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jason Crowell talks Trump's chances, Greitens, more;  Panel of Byron DeLear, Gregg Keller, Matt Lieberman (D) and Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri State Fair kickoff touts agriculture's importance to Missouri;  Comments from Nixon
          SE Missourian:  Kander, Koster boost attendance at Cape County Democratic dinner;  Koster touts NRA rating and Farm Bureau endorsement, says Greitens is "still trying to figure out the difference between a tractor and a combine" +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Incoming state Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Peters) on 'right to work,' replacing income tax with sales tax, lobbying gifts and lobbying bans, more
          Drebes:  Follow-up on Michael Barrett stunt:  Nixon could flex if he wanted to
          SE Missourian:  Crime victims can apply for state compensation, but few get it +
          Stateline.org:  States consider access to birth records;  Comments from Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin)
          P-D:  Corps, conservationists bring back river wetlands
          Missourinet:  Marijuana enthusiast Jeff Mizanskey celebrates one year out of the clink
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's crazy incentive 'war' with Kansas set to resume
          KC Star op-ed:  Area woman wants McCaskill to spend more time talking about mental health care +
          Priddy:  "The End of White Christian America" could help liberals understand why GOP legislators propose pro-life, pro-family legislation;  1,789-word review of first 80 pages of book
          SE Missourian letter:  Dexter woman says expanding Medicaid will help Missouri get free money from the federal government +
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        Sunday, August 14
       
AP:  Democrats hope Trump at top of ticket will help Kander
        KC Star:  Green Party thinks its presidential candidate will appear on Missouri ballot +
        P-D:  Follow-up to Roll Call's original reporting on Kander and Podesta Group;  Dems point to Blunt family's lobbying activities
        Pacific Missourian:  Blunt lauds success of Husky plant X
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jason Crowell on Trump's chances, Greitens, more;  Panel of Byron DeLear, Gregg Keller, Democrat Matt Lieberman, Conservation Federation's Brandon Butler
        P-D's Joe Holleman:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway and husband Jon are expecting their third child
        Washington Missourian:  Nixon, Luetkemeyer, local elected officials take part in Missouri River Bridge groundbreaking X
        P-D:  Illegal use of herbicide may threaten survival of Missouri's largest peach farm;  Farm's owner calls for Legislature to raise fine for applicators who knowingly break the law
        P-D:  McKee buys Pruitt-Igoe site;  Opened in 1956, taxpayer-funded "poor man's penthouses" in North St. Louis City took less than 20 years to be destroyed
        KC Star editorial:  Rah-rah rallies will totally get KC public school students to start performing better;  Higher taxes will also be needed +
        SNL editorial:  A few good-news items in Missouri higher education at MSU, OTC X
        CDT op-ed:  MU sociology and religious studies profs:  Legislature needs to spend more taxpayer money on MU X
        P-D's Gallagher:  How to keep your clueless student out of debt;  Mizzou adviser, woman who counsels poor kids talk about teaching concepts of budgeting, needs vs. wants
        KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Area poor women congregate monthly to gab about how hard their jobs are, how they deserve better pay, how mean their bosses are, etc. +
        JCNT letter:  Area sexagenarian expresses anger that McCaskill, Luetkemeyer offices ignore his e-mails - but at least Blunt's office answers some X
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        Saturday, August 13
       
P-D:  Kander hits Blunt for his Trump support, while coveting Trump's voters
          CDT:  Hartzler campaign says incumbent "will not be providing daily commentary on the presidential race" X
          P-D:  Paul Berry - who lost 1st Congressional District GOP primary - has not filed federally required campaign reports;  Campaign cash from GOP legislators never reported
          CDT:  Boone County Democrats pick chair as party looks to Sanders backers for new energy;  Septuagenarian committeeman Bill Romjue doesn't see enough "black or Hispanic faces" X
          Rosenbaum:  Analyzing the gubernatorial aspirants' pitches - and the weight of endorsements
          AP:  Republican Governors Association gives $1M to Greitens
          SE Missourian:  GOP treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt says Missouri should invest in 'Main Street' +
          CDT:  Cheri Reisch, GOP candidate for Caleb Rowden's seat, says she backs 'right to work' and opposes Medicaid expansion X
          The Missouri Times:  Doug Beck replaces Montecillo on ballot in 92nd District
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  DED's Mike Downing to receive award from Missouri Economic Development Financing Association
          P-D:  As one St. Louis charter school expands, so does a movement
          KC Star:  School supply giveaway grows with poverty in suburban school districts +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis PACE gives preliminary approval to three projects;  Comments from Byron DeLear
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rosenbaum, two other KWMU reporters discuss what it's like reporting on Ferguson
          Columbia Missourian's Maggie Walters:  As interactive news editor leaves Missourian, "Show Me the Errors" feature will be discontinued
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says voters should avoid tobacco-tax backers' heartstring-tugs and ignore "for the kids" moaning
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        Friday, August 12
       
Politico:  After loss to Blunt in November, Jason Kander could be among candidates for President Hillary Clinton's U.S. Trade Representative cabinet spot (link via Drebes' MoScout.com subscription service)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Green Party says it gathered enough votes to put presidential candidate on ballot
          CDT:  Kander holds Columbia listening session for veterans X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Blunt talks agriculture, business with citizens
          The Missouri Times:  NRA's Wayne LaPierre shows support for Blunt in Columbia
          CDT:  LaPierre weighs in on Trump's comments regarding Second Amendment supporters voting against Clinton X
          SE Missourian:  Blunt, NRA:  Feds should enforce existing gun laws +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wayne LaPierre, NRA deliver endorsement to Blunt X
          SNL:  NRA leaders stump for Blunt X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  NRA, DSCC on Blunt +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Backpage.com continues to fight subpoena for trafficking investigation
          KWMU:  EPA orders Maryland Heights' Champ Landfill to pay $1.6M to improve air quality
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association endorses Chris Koster for governor
          Kraske:  Smart money moving toward Chris Koster in gov matchup +
          The Missouri Times:  Unlimited campaign contributions in crosshairs of new initiative petition
          Missourinet:  Koster, Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) on ballot measure to limit campaign contributions
          Drebes:  Staff changes in the office of Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-to-be Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City) looks forward to serving in Democratic minority, says he'll help convince Republicans to expand Medicaid
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) resigns from House
          Missourinet:  Hicks resigning after moving out of district
          The Missouri Times:  Preschools getting more attention in Missouri;  Comments from Missouri Children's Leadership Council's Judy Dungan, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau)
          KWMU:  Georgia Tech report claims that making buildings more efficient could cut utility costs in Missouri
          Waters:  Thoughts on last week's GOP primaries for governor, attorney general X
          Columbia Missourian's Matt Dulin:  Paper seeks applicants for "Readers' Board":  Candidates must reveal their gender and race, "experience and perspectives," etc.
          P-D op-ed:  Competitive marketplace for energy could drive lower cost, cleaner air for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Webster Groves Democrat dislikes ads from Roy Blunt and Eric Greitens
          SNL letter:  Springfield liberal disagrees with Blunt on guns, abortion, gay marriage X
          P-D letter:  Muny season-ticket holders disapprove of Michael Brown supporters' disruption, actor's left-wing screed from stage
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        Thursday, August 11
       
P-D:  New DSCC ad to target Blunt's "D.C. mansion," family's success in lobbying
          KZRG:  NRA's Wayne LaPierre to campaign with Blunt today in Joplin
          SE Missourian:  Blunt to appear at grand opening of Cape GOP headquarters Saturday +
          KC Star:  Ethics complaints filed against Chris Koster and a D.C.-based PAC +
          P-D:  Ethics complaint filed against Chris Koster
          Drebes:  Some context on the ethics complaint filed by Democrats against Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on Nixon-as-public-defender stunt +
          CDT:  Local anti-marijuana group says efforts are not aimed at defeating possible ballot measure X
          Missourinet:  Nixon doubles down on voter ID and gun law vetoes
          Missourinet:  Pew Charitable Trusts puts Missouri in 8th place in the country in election administration rankings
          AP:  Missouri Revenue Director Nia Ray picked for same job in Oregon
          KWMU:  COLA fizzles:  Retired Missouri teachers won't get pension increase in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Preschools getting more attention in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  15% of Jackson students will be drug-tested;  Eight discipline incidents involved drugs last year +
          P-D:  Gifted school takes root in Ferguson-Florissant;  New program will help foster skills of smart kids who choose to challenge themselves and work hard
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  Court records susceptible to compromise and early prisoner release
          KWMU:  Suit takes aim at 'debtors' prisons' in St. Louis County cities;  Sad tales from people who choose to break the law and can't manage to pay their fines
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit filed against St. Louis municipalities for 'debtors' prison scheme'
          KPLR:  Beware of ticks this summer and fall;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation gives tips on avoiding disease-spreading, blood-sucking parasites
          P-D:  More details emerge from incidents involving protester blocking traffic and getting hit by car, protesters firing shots at cars, protesters disrupting Muny performance, etc.
          SNL editorial:  Michael Barrett's stunt was for show, but should bring change for defenders X
          P-D editorial:  "Angry mob" of Ferguson protesters failed to police their own behavior Tuesday night
          KC Star letter:  Area octogenarian dislikes Greitens' use of gun in TV commercial +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health's Gary Harbison:  Legislature, Nixon succeed with oral health policy
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        Wednesday, August 10
       
McClatchy:  Donald Trump's Second Amendment remarks stoke controversy;  Missouri GOP veteran James Harris recommends GOP nominee "stop saying stupid things"
          SNL:  Opposing TV ads in Senate race put spotlight on Jason Kander X
          KC Star:  Kander pops up his first TV ad +
          P-D:  Kander touts military service in first general election TV ad
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on bipartisan housing bill;  Missouri Corn Growers on Koster's longtime support for Missouri farmers;  Nixon no-sells public-defender stunt +
          KWMU:  Missourians could vote on four ballot issues - if the courts don't nix them
          The Missouri Times:  Kander approves four of five initiative petitions for Missouri ballot
          KC Star:  Contribution limits, tobacco tax increase gain enough signatures to appear on ballot +
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids celebrates early childhood education measure's certification
          AP:  Campaign donation limits, tobacco taxes to go on Missouri ballot
          P-D:  Kander certifies four petitons for ballot, including tobacco tax hikes, campaign donation cap
          Missourinet:  National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse opposes marijuana backers' lawsuit
          Missourinet:  Proposal banning "service" sales taxes to be on November ballot
          AP:  Koster says he backs limits on campaign donations
          The Missouri Times:  State Democrats launch new site criticizing Greitens
          JCNT:  Koster:  Nixon not likely to defend criminal case X
          The Missouri Times:  Nurse anesthetists strike back at anesthesiologists over VA rule change
          P-D:  Despite heavy verdict for harassment and discrimination, Missouri veterans chief back on job
          CDT:  Former House legislative aide gets suspended sentence for domestic assault;  Kolton Babb argued with girlfriend about sex, then choked her out X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri researchers study obesity in lesbians;  Experts in fatness say girls who like girls enjoy freedom to let themselves go, pack on the blubber
          Missourinet:  MoDOT removes unapproved "Home of Jason Bourne" tag from Nixa road sign after travelers stop for selfies
          KWMU:  Franklin County residents to file suit to protect endangered gray bat
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary behavior:  Female driver's car helps remove protester from road, then crowd reacts with gunfire;  Group disrupts performance at Muny;  More
          AP:  Protesters fire shots during Michael Brown assault anniversary event
          P-D editorial:  Time for a crackdown as Uber refuses to play by the rules
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill:  More money needed to fight opioids +
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Fixing Medicaid for kids with complicated medical conditions X
          Priddy:  Magic 8 Ball predicts Missouri elections
          USA Today op-ed:  Eric Schmitt:  No more taxation by citation in Ferguson
          Messenger:  Area man shares idea to help reduce city crime:  Raise property taxes for those who choose to live in decent suburban neighborhoods, so their money can go to the urban core
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman notes that paper can't seem to take a shot at Lacy Clay without also taking one at Trump
          SNL letter:  Area septuagenarian says Big Tobacco is using Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative as tool to make money X
          P-D letter:  Hunger activist wants more school districts to provide "free" meals
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        Tuesday, August 9
       
KMOX:  Blunt talks Zika funding, smaller government
          Missourinet:  Blunt discusses Mississippi River, transportation and jobs during Missouri Farm Bureau speech
          CDT:  NRA to hold event in Columbia on Thursday to support Blunt X
          JCNT:  Cleaver, Luetkemeyer pleased with housing changes bill X
          SE Missourian:  Electric co-op finds CEO to replace Jo Ann Emerson, who suffered a brain hemorrhage last year +
          P-D:  Phyllis Schlafly loses trademark dispute with nephew's craft brewery
          CDT:  New Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital director eyes off-site town hall meetings X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corn Growers Association endorses Chris Koster;  Group also endorses Roy Blunt, Mike Parson
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats jump into governor's race in on-line attack mode;  Microsite targets Eric Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Koster, Greitens campaigns launch into attack mode
          Brownfield Ag News:  Koster, Greitens speak to Missouri Farm Bureau;  Group makes Koster its first statewide Democratic endorsement
          CDT:  Marijuana group apparently short of signatures needed to force November vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Marijuana group looks to overturn invalidated signatures
          P-D:  Pot backers turn to courts after proposal falls short of required signatures for ballot
          CDT:  Independent candidate files against Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Incumbent:  "If he is a serious candidate, then I will campaign vigorously." X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) on standing up to unions, disagreeing with Koster on tobacco tax increase, more
          P-D:  Nixon hit again over cuts to state workforce
          P-D:  Nixon decries public defender 'sideshow,' will ignore move to make him defense attorney
          AP:  Nixon defends record on public-defender budget
          KWMU:  Missouri test scores, district report cards will be delayed again
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents, offspring line up for "free" backpacks, electronics at back-to-school event
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  Missouri Dept. of Higher Education failed to collect $5 million in student loans
          KWMU:  State audit finds inadequate oversight of Advantage Missouri loan program
          Missourinet:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) sets expectations for constituents' behavior today
          P-D editorial:  Annual post-Ferguson editorial
          SNL op-ed:  Blunt, Billy Long should renounce their party's presidential nominee X
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian dislikes successful businessmen David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield, says they are mean-spirited +
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        Monday, August 8
       
SNL:  Greene County Libertarians seek to recruit those disaffected by GOP, Dems X
          Drebes:  Obama's commutations:  Crack dealers dominate list of Missouri's forgiven
          P-D:  Kander seeks to tie Blunt to Trump, while Blunt seeks to tie Kander to Clinton;  Formulaic piece with requisite quotes from D.C. Dems, D.C. GOP, D.C. pundit
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Shamed Dogan continues criticizing Trump, Koster begins criticizing Greitens +
          P-D:  Kinder, Hanaway assess Greitens' "outsider" campaign, talk about life after the governor's race
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ryan Johnson, Jack Spooner discuss statewide primary results and preview fall elections
          KC Star:  Bubs Hohulin, formerly of Mike Parson's Senate staff, is still upset at former boss +
          Drebes:  Don Calloway leaves Anheuser-Busch to start his own firm
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) running for House Speaker Pro Tem
          Missourinet:  Maximum awards increase for Access Missouri scholarships
          P-D:  Federal data shows high number of teacher absences in Missouri;  Man who chooses to substitute teach in Hazelwood expresses sympathy for full-time teachers
          AP:  Researchers find no evidence of Zika in Missouri mosquitos
          KWMU:  Black bishop to promote Black Lives Matter in speech tonight
          P-D editorial:  Republicans' effort to cut handouts is shameful;  Welfare recipients should be allowed at least five months hanging out on the dole
          P-D editorial:  Missouri right to improve access to heroin antidote;  When smackheads are revived, "maybe they'll realize this is rock-bottom" and totally turn their lives around
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers should sustain Nixon's veto of gun bill +
          JCNT editorial:  The defense calls Jay Nixon X
          SE Missourian letter:  Peter Kinder is a true public servant +
          P-D letter:  Illinois woman believes post-election Post-Dispatch headline was biased toward Eric Greitens and ignored Democrats
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        Sunday, August 7
       
KC Star:  Party leaders, candidates, academics theorize Trump's impact on Republican party and GOP ballot +
          Sikeston Standard Democrat:  Jason Smith includes Sikeston peanut farm on farm tour;  Congressman talks EPA regulations, free trade, re-election, more +
          CDT:  Less than two dozen attend Mid-America Peaceworks event to lament U.S. military's success in Hiroshima, Nagasaki;  Sexagenarian peacenik takes off his shirt in public X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Missouri primary analysis from Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ryan Johnson, Jack Spooner
          Rosenbaum:  Assessing Koster's - and Greitens' - positions on school vouchers, tobacco tax increase
          P-D:  Health insurers seek rate increases as Missouri readies for regulatory authority
          KC Star:  KC Public Schools hold handout event;  More than 6,000 urbanites show up to grab "free" stuff +
          Sikeston Standard Democrat:  Sikeston student gets perfect score on ACT;  Julius Hoang chooses to work hard, achieves success +
          KSPR:  Missouri Department of Conservation helps black bear population rebound;  Collars help monitor females, who pop out an average of two black bears each year
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Ferguson marches:  Mothers of strong-arm robber/police assailant Michael Brown and career criminals Eric Garner and Marlon Brown walk the streets
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary series:  City government changes, Ferguson commission, municipal court overhaul, policing, more
          P-D editorial:  Congress - along with Zika-carrying mosquitos - should be swatted;  Blunt's compromise on spending failed to pass
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Post-primary assessment of tired Missouri campaign cliches:  "Take back our government" not always sensical, and "outsiders" are acting quite like insiders X
          KC Star editorial:  Annual Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows Missouri should spend more taxpayer money on kids +
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson anniversary:  Some things have changed, more work still to be done, etc.
          Hannibal Courier-Post's Doug Wilson:  Remembering a time when conservative "blue dog Democrats" existed in Missouri;  Blunt has excellent chances for re-election, with Kander faring well in urban areas X
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        Saturday, August 6
       
Kraske:  40 years ago this week, Missouri lost a giant:  A look back at Jerry Litton, his career, and the plane crash +
          CDT:  Mid-Missourians for Bernie not sure how it spent its campaign cash, or how to file reports;  New Democratic National Committeewoman:  "It's just me being an idiot, and I wish I had a better excuse than that" X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) continues to criticize GOP presidential nominee
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Koster, Josh Hawley earn Farm Bureau endorsement
          KWMU:  Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Koster for governor, Hawley for attorney general
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau hears from both gov candidates, endorses Chris Koster
          KC Star:  Koster becomes the first statewide Democrat to earn Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement +
          AP:  Democrat Chris Koster wins Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement
          CDT:  Koster launches Columbia campaign with show of Democratic unity X
          SNL:  Greene County voters bucked statewide trend;  John Brunner, Bev Randles won county X
          P-D:  Koster, Greitens agree on at least one thing:  State worker wages need boost
          KC Star:  Backers of Missouri tobacco tax hike tout new poll +
          SNL:  Hobbs concedes to Quinn in District 132 primary X
          KC Star:  Missouri's solar roadways to begin with sidewalk at historic Route 66 Welcome Center +
          CDT:  Access Missouri grants to increase 21 percent, Nixon says X
          AP:  Missouri increases money available in college scholarship
          P-D:  Judge rules Missouri is on the hook for $156k in Planned Parenthood legal fees
          P-D:  Public defender says Nixon-as-defense-attorney stunt not a "stunt"
          KC Star:  "Cowboys for Cops" downtown ride honors Kansas City law enforcement +
          KWMU:  Youth event - held in coordination with anniversary of Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson - provides "safe space" from "structural violence"
          P-D:  Ferguson event features speech from sister of strong-arm robber/police assailant, others
          P-D editorial briefs:  Lacy Clay was classless to spike the football after huge win over Maria Chappelle-Nadal;  Giving every student a "free" lunch helps protect their delicate self-esteem
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers led abortion battles that wasted public funds +
          Messenger:  Ferguson anniversary piece:  Caucasoids are opening their hearts to the black struggle, times are still really tough for the oppressed, more work must be done, etc.
          P-D letter:  Pacific Democrat wants to see more Republicans criticizing GOP nominee Donald Trump to reporters
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        Friday, August 5
       
SNL:  Democrats want Blunt to go back to Washington and address Zika virus X
          SNL:  Blunt talks jobs, small government in Nixa X
          JCNT:  Kander holds opioid roundtable X
          Kraske:  Blunt on Kander, Kander on Blunt;  Greitens on Koster's "fear", Koster on Greitens' Rocky Balboa gimmick +
          The Missouri Times:  Brunner retracts 'sex slave' claim against Greitens donor
          P-D:  Emotional wounds between John Brunner, Eric Greitens yet to heal
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple files ethics complaints against Greitens
          Missourinet:  UCM prof theorizes that some of Greitens' votes may have come from Democrats
          Missourinet:  Missouri SOS candidates Jay Ashcroft, Robin Smith show clear differences;  Son of former officeholder, retired newsreader differ on voter ID
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt announces Defund Iran Plan with Sarah Steelman and Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel
          CDT:  Mizzou softball coach Ehren Earleywine contributes $50k to his brother-in-law, Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant);  Incumbent says he decided to run for re-election since others were unqualified, and he didn't get that job he was hoping for X
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks to mark anniversary of atomic bombings on Saturday;  Group to read passages regarding life-saving Hiroshima, Nagasaki strikes X
          P-D:  Blind Missourians still waiting for back pension payment as state appeals $19 million ruling
          Missourinet:  Another court battle could be next for Missouri Public Defender Director Michael Barrett and Jay Nixon
          KWMU:  Missouri public defender assigns Nixon to criminal case
          Missourinet:  Mizzou spending federal taxpayer dollars to prop up "at-risk" students with more financial aid
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood wins attorney fees for lawsuit over Columbia clinic license X
          P-D:  Legislation from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) would increase fines for farmers who intentionally disregard pesticide label directions
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Public Safety gives a green light after trampoline accident at Mid Rivers Mall
          KMOV:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation warns of young skunk population rising;  Stinky animals destroy property, annoy landowners
          KWMU:  Ferguson prepares to mark anniversary of Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery, assault on police officer
          P-D:  St. Louis County murders, which surged in 2015, are running higher this year;  Chief:  12-14 year olds "so brazen that they don't care about being caught"
          P-D:  2016 homicide map (scroll down):  St. Louis City at 110;  St. Louis County at 47;  St. Charles County at 0 (zero)
          KWMU:  Black Pride Weekend offers "safe space" for black LGBTQIA humans who find Pride St. Louis not quite inclusive enough
          Priddy:  In defense of "activist judges";  Ron Richard, other Republicans need to stop whining
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Primary election analysis:  Mocking, undermining GOP statewide candidates and donors
          P-D letter:  Area sexagenarian says she didn't see many other voters when she arrived at her polling place;  Ipso facto, Trump and Sanders supporters are just big talkers
          P-D letter:  Steelville septuagenarian:  Missouri campaigns are too negative, voters are turned off, candidates should focus on positive ideas, etc.
          P-D letter:  Florissant man wants GOP campaign money to be spent on body cameras instead of conservative candidates
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        Thursday, August 4
       
Rosenbaum:  Following up on the 10 big questions from Missouri's primaries
          KWMU:  Rosenbaum, KWMU's Rachel Lippmann, UMSL's Dave Robertson discuss Tuesday's results, ramifications
          Faughn:  Winners and losers from primary night - and those with awkward Wednesdays
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hanaway on Greitens;  Blunt on Kander, Kander on Blunt;  Greitens on Koster, Koster on Greitens +
          AP:  Voter turnout for Tuesday's primary was 25%;  Kander's office predicted 31%
          USA Today:  General election preview:  Roy Blunt vs. Jason Kander
          Missourinet:  Jason Kander says Washington is broken
          KC Star:  Kander challenges Blunt to series of debates +
          KOLR:  Blunt back on the campaign trail in Barry County
          CDT:  Vicky Hartzler says Trump should focus on economy, stop trying to respond to every critic X
          The Missouri Times:  With primary over, Koster takes the spotlight;  Dem AG runs his own new ad, gets targeted by Republican Governors Association
          AP:  GOP candidate goes macho to win Missouri governor primary
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Baptist Convention's Don Hinkle criticizes Eric Greitens, says GOP base will likely skip voting in gubernatorial race
          Lebanon Daily Record:  Eric Schmitt hopes to make 'a bigger difference' as Missouri treasurer
          Missourinet:  Josh Hawley targets Chris Koster, says Dem statewide officeholders are to blame for lack of economic growth
          CDT:  After primary win, Hawley must decide future with University of Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) wins state Senate primary
          P-D:  Pro-business push leaves incumbent lawmakers on the sidelines
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Dan Stacy, the man who ousted Sheila Solon
          SNL:  Recount possible in House District 132:  Thomas Quinn vs. Tyler Hobbs X
          P-D:  Assessing the value Rex Sinquefield received for his $11 million in contributions to Missouri campaigns
          Drebes:  Ken McClure, former chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, to run for mayor of Springfield
          KC Star:  Democrats remember stalwart Dutch Newman +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Budget Project says revenues won't fill state's budget hole
          P-D:  Missouri's head public defender assigns case to Gov. Nixon, cites overburdened staff
          AP:  Zora Mulligan named Missouri's Commissioner of Higher Education
          P-D:  University of Missouri System leader named state higher education chief
          KWMU:  Taxpayer-funded federal program aims to improve St. Louis City students' AP scores
          SE Missourian:  In budget-saving move, Perry County district allowing students to bring own computer devices to class +
          P-D:  Ballwin officer Michael Flamion flown to Colorado for special treatment;  Career criminal Antonio Taylor of St. Louis City held on $1 million bail
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports lower revenue in its fiscal third quarter;  Subscription revenue continues decline
          SNL editorial:  Blunt must talk about Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Two smart gubernatorial candidates and a wide open middle ground;  Greitens should ditch vain tryhard approach and show he's more than "muscles, boxing gloves and guns"
          Waters:  Photo ID proposal shows Missouri Republicans will try to get away with as much mischief as possible X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Hey, Koster and Greitens, let's be adults;  Both should moderate their positions on the Second Amendment and "court the middle" +
          P-D letter:  "Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice" septuagenarian promotes gun locks
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Member of racial justice group says liberal columnist's piece on law enforcement matters was sexist
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Member of racial justice group expresses her anger that liberal columnist called local gadfly a "gadfly"
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        Wednesday, August 3
       
SOS.mo.gov:  Final unofficial primary election results
          KCUR:  Kansas City Star lets go of another dozen employees;  Layoff announcement made on eve of Missouri election
          KWMU:  Greitens vs. Koster, Blunt vs. Kander will top Missouri's November ballot
          KWMU:  Jason Rosenbaum, reporter Rachel Lippmann, UMSL's Dave Robertson to break down election results today on air
          SNL:  Blunt:  98 days to ensure Republican victory
          SNL:  Blunt says he'll spend the fall talking about his priorities for Missouri, not "talking about every position Donald Trump has"
          P-D:  Blunt, Kander easily win their Senate nominations
          Missourinet:  Blunt easily wins GOP primary for U.S. Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt campaign to unveil two new ads today
          Roll Call:  Lobbyists woo potential freshmen, long before election day;  Kander "can already count some K Street lobbyists among his political confidants"
          P-D:  Lacy Clay rolls in 1st District Democratic primary;  Incumbent calls Chappelle-Nadal's campaign "comical"
          CDT:  Hartzler wins 4th Congressional GOP primary;  Gordon Christensen to fill Dems' ballot slot in November
          SNL:  Genevieve Williams to fill Democrats' ballot slot in Billy Long's re-election
          Missourinet:  Greitens, Koster face off in Missouri governor race
          P-D:  Greitens wins GOP battle for governor
          AP:  Eric Greitens wins GOP gov primary
          P-D:  County-by-county map of Dem, GOP gov primary results
          Missourinet:  GOP lt. gov nominee Mike Parson:  We must change the tone of Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Russ Carnahan cruises to victory in Dem lt. gov primary
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft tops Will Kraus in GOP SOS primary
          P-D:  Former KMOV newsreader Robin Smith defeats also-rans in Democratic SOS primary
          The Missouri Times:  Judy Baker beats Pat Contreras in Democratic primary for state treasurer
          CDT:  Josh Hawley victorious over Kurt Schaefer in GOP AG primary
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley outlasts Kurt Schaefer in bloody primary battle
          The Missouri Times:  Teresa Hensley wins Democratic primary for attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Eight state senators set to win in November, return in January
          The Missouri Times:  John Rizzo defeats Jessica Podhola in Dem state Senate primary;  Rizzo says Democrats no longer need building trade council support to win
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Eigel defeats Anne Zerr in Senate District 23
          P-D:  Bill Eigel, Andrew Koenig win key GOP state Senate primaries
          The Missouri Times:  Andrew Koenig tops Rick Stream in state Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  KC-area Reps. Bonnaye Mims, Nick King, Sheila Solon upset in primaries
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP House candidates funded by pro-right-to-work donor David Humphreys defeat two incumbents
          CDT:  Newcomer Martha Stevens defeats Cathy Richards in 46th District race
          SNL:  Fraker cruises to victory over newcomer
          SNL:  Quade wins Democratic primary in 132nd District
          SNL:  Curtis D. Trent takes Republican primary in 133rd District
          Riverfront Times:  Penny Hubbard wins Democratic state rep primary - but opponent unlikely to let it go
          Riverfront Times:  St. Louis City Democratic Committee elections update:  Outsider topples Brian Wahby;  Missouri NARAL Director Alison Dreith, Ferguson celebrity Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, others on Bernie Sanders/protester slate fail to win
          CDT:  Boone County Democratic Party Chairman Homer Page loses committee seat
          P-D:  Man who dresses up like Abe Lincoln at GOP events loses Jefferson County Council primary
          Missourinet:  No problems reported at St. Louis County polling locations;  Election board demonstrates competency in conducting an election
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer's bill to modernize HUD regulations becomes law
          Missourinet:  July budget report shows initial progress toward balancing deficit
          Missourinet:  Survey indicates decline in Midwest's economy
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood awarded attorney's fees in case over Columbia clinic
          CDT:  Nixon addresses school administrators for last time as governor
          P-D:  University City joins other districts in providing "free" meals to all students;  DESE expects more Missouri districts to hop on taxpayer-funded handout trend
          KWMU:  Ernest Lee Johnson seeks to die by poisonous gas;  Crack-cocaine enthusiast - who beat three people to death by bashing their skulls with a hammer - says lethal injection might cause him too much pain
          KWMU:  Academics blame North Countians' low life expectancy on "environmental factors" rather than their poor health choices
          Messenger:  More column space for Jack Danforth;  79-year-old complains about state of Missouri politics, explains how much better things were when he and his friends ran the show
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  On finding the common ground between law-and-order Republicans and Black Lives Matter crowd
          KC Star op-ed:  Area divorce attorney:  Payday lenders are to blame for financial stress, and therefore divorce, in Missouri
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        Tuesday, August 2   Primary election results (available after 7 p.m.)
       
SOS.mo.gov:  Primary candidate filing list
          AP:  Blunt advises Trump to focus on jobs and national security, not Muslim man who spoke at DNC
          KC Star:  Graves, Hartzler decline to weigh in on Donald Trump vs. Khzir Khan brouhaha +
          P-D:  Clay campaign levels last-minute campaign finance complaint against Maria Chappelle-Nadal for allegedly using state Senate campaign money to benefit congressional bid
          KWMU:  North St. Louis City pastor to attend EPA field hearing in Chicago, wants taxpayers to fund a solar-panel handout program
          The Missouri Times:  At This Week in Missouri Politics debate, candidates make final pitch
          The Missouri Times:  Governor candidates make final pitch to voters
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Catherine Hanaway says country's recent epidemic of street savagery can be traced back to Ferguson +
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof:  Peter Kinder would be toughest GOP opponent for Democrat Chris Koster
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James 'bothered' by Chris Koster's pro-Second Amendment, pro-NRA stance +
          The Missouri Times:  KC-area primary candidates make last-minute push:  Rizzo vs. Podhola, Kevin Corlew vs. Sean Pouche, Nick King vs. Mary Hill
          The Missouri Times:  Mail piece in St. Charles County GOP state rep primary lifts Wisconsin firefighter pic without attribution
          Drebes:  Former state Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia) rips Nixon for appointing former state Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) to judgeship
          KWMU:  Missouri budget project warns of potential for worse revenue growth drop
          KWMU:  A 'Jetsons'-like future may be closer than you think for innovation in travel along Missouri's roads
          CDT:  Jay Nixon not on list for University of Missouri presidential search X
          KC Star:  A new Kansas City Public Schools is looking to pump up enrollment +
          KWMU:  Mini-profile:  2016-17 Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone;  Fellowship is designed to "make the station's content and staff more inclusive"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio to hold first "listening table" August 4;  Station invites citizens to drive to Ferguson, leave cars unattended in public lot, share story ideas
          P-D:  Primary election endorsement list
          KC Star:  Primary election endorsement list +
          P-D editorial:  Voter ID laws are falling, but Missouri is still trying;  Requiring a photo ID is too much for minorities, the handicapped and senior citizens to handle
          Priddy:  A look at WalletHub's statistical assessment of Missouri:  Data on personal spending, "women's equality," joke from old-timey comedian Myron Cohen (b. 1902)
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        Monday, August 1
       
June 2016 headlines
          May 2016 headlines
          August 2015 headlines
          August 2014 headlines
          Drebes:  DNC wikileaks reveal:  McCaskill "doesn't have a backbone"
          Rosenbaum:  10 big questions about Missouri's wild primary election
          KWMU:  Links to statewide candidates' Politically Speaking podcast appearances
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  John Brunner, Catherine Hanaway, Peter Kinder make their closing arguments to GOP primary voters
          Politico:  In Missouri, Ferguson is still burning;  GOP gov candidates highlight their dedication to enforcing rule of law, stand against looters' behavior and Nixon's lack of decisive action
          Missourinet:  A snapshot of key races in tomorrow's primary elections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) to face primary challenger X
          Riverfront Times:  Inside liberals' not-so-secret plot to take over St. Louis City Democratic Party;  Bernie Sanders supporters, Ferguson celebrities criticize Missouri Democratic Party and the city operatives who have spent decades working to elect Democrats
          KWMU:  St. Louis County aims to avoid election problems of April
          SE Missourian:  Area election officials predict low voter turnout tomorrow;  Cape County Clerk Kara Clark Summers says some adults are mystified by the concept of choosing one (1) party's primary ballot +
          P-D:  Jamilah Nasheed, Rex Sinquefield, and Mayor Francis Slay join forces to eliminate St. Louis City's recorder of deeds office - with hopes of using savings to fund police body cameras
          AP:  MO Dept. of Agriculture program helps immigrant farmers extend growing season;  Hardworking Hmong people look for ways to stay productive and stimulate economy into winter months
          KWMU:  Area poet plans "Strike for Black Lives;"  Activists hope to convince black workers and consumers to not work or spend money for a week - which will prove a point about "racial inequality"
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club's Rajiv Ravulapati:  Missouri should move beyond coal, promote "clean" energy
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        Sunday, July 31
       
Kirksville Daily Express:  Kander says Blunt should be fired;  Democratic candidate promotes middle-class tax cut, closing "gender wage gap," more X
          The Examiner (Independence):  Primary preview:  Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves re-election formalities
          P-D:  Poll finds GOP gov race tight;  Newspaper prints poll weekend prior to election, with meager sample size of four hundred (400) voters
          Rolla Daily News:  Hanaway outlines plans to bring jobs to Missouri
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Peter Kinder
          P-D:  Pressure is on as St. Louis County election board struggles to regain public trust
          JCNT:  Study proposes improvements to state pay plan X
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Mental Health investigates suicide at Fulton State Hospital X
          KC Star:  Missouri prisons forced to deal with the mentally ill;  Mini-profile of criminal smackhead Sarah Jackson, who will totally beat heroin and turn her life around +
          KWMU:  Missouri school safety official calls for more funding and planning to prevent attacks
          AP:  State park debuts in Southern Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri debuts new state park
          SE Missourian:  About 200 attend Stop the Violence prayer march;  Cape's black community focuses on improving behavior rather than blaming law enforcement or guns +
          SNL editorial:  Everyone should cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, voter turnout is too low, etc. X
          P-D letter:  Mehlville septuagenarian says Missourians should be outraged by amount of money spent in GOP gov primary
          JCNT letter:  Meta, Mo. octogenarian dislikes GOP gov candidates, legislators and Rex Sinquefield X
          JCNT letter:  Missouri NOW's Sue Gibson:  Mike Parson should care about "police killings of people of color" X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin responds to Show-Me Institute piece on tax cuts
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        Saturday, July 30
       
KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jason Rosenbaum on the biggest takeaways from Democratic National Convention;  Local public radio station provided community with daily, in-depth coverage of both GOP and Democratic National Conventions
        P-D Gilbert Bailon:  Newspaper editor touts expenditures for "exclusive" Mason-Dixon poll, other priorities including a 32-page craft beer guide - but not enough money to send a reporter to either the Democratic or Republican National Conventions
        CDT:  Newly-elected Missouri National Democratic Committeewoman Persephone Dakopolos says she is disappointed by proof of rigged primary system X
        Columbia Missourian:  Local millennial female:  Being a Bernie Sanders delegate "was like the must fun and depressing and stressful week of my life, really"
        P-D:  KTVI photographer/reporter Bobby Hughes "no longer at KTVI (Fox 2)" after social-media post regarding Michael Brown's mother appearing at DNC
        CDT:  Democrats seek to revive stump speaking tradition at Hallsville event;  Fewer than 50 show up for free ice cream, hear from man filling ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler X
        Missourinet:  Kander's office predicts election turnout for Tuesday's primary expected to reach 31%
        Drebes:  Meet Franklin & Lee, the shady SuperPAC with hidden donors
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens skips GOP gov debate;  Press conference outside Missouri Democratic Party HQ greeted with "Welcome Back!" trolling from Dems
        The Missouri Times:  Hanaway criticizes Greitens for skipping debate;  Republicans Hanaway, Kinder and Brunner tape debate to air tomorrow
        KWMU:  Greitens holds press conference outside Dem headquarters;  Democratic Governors Association offshoot gives $1M in in-kind contributions to Koster
        P-D:  Records suggest Koster involvement in last-minute ad blitz against Greitens;  Missouri Dems appear at press conference held outside their office
        The Missouri Times:  White House logs show five visits from Greitens during Obama administration
        CDT:  Columbia Pachyderm Club meeting features talk of Greitens' Democratic bona fides, Kraus vs. Ashcroft, more X
        AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Peter Kinder
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) says state AFL-CIO rewarded his "100% pro-labor" record with negative ads against him
        P-D:  Primary preview:  Rick Stream vs. Andrew Koenig
        P-D:  Money continues to pour into GOP state Senate race featuring Bill Eigel, Anne Zerr and Michael Carter
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) changes mind, will now run for re-election
        P-D:  St. Louis City Election Board sued to release absentee ballot records from past four years;  Ferguson Twitter celebrity Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, others dislike Hubbard family's success in turning out voters
        P-D:  Study commissioned by Nixon's office says it would take $13.7M of taxpayer money to bring state employee salaries in line with marketplace
        Missourinet:  Study:  Missouri ranks last in state worker pay
        Missourinet:  Fulton State Hospital project is on schedule
        Missourinet:  MoDOT says completion of bridge project in Jefferson City to be delayed
        P-D:  Nixon's office returns stuffed and mounted bald eagle to the Missouri Department of Conservation
        P-D:  Fundraiser for Ballwin officer draws more than $9,000 in donations;  Michael Flamion was ambushed by St. Louis City resident and career criminal Antonio Taylor
        P-D editorial briefs:  Billy Long wrong to raise money in Las Vegas;  Attorney Dave Roland takes on Hubbards' absentee-ballot success
        CDT endorsement:  4th District Democratic primary:  Gordon Christensen best choice to take November loss X
        KC Star's Diuguid:  Emanuel Cleaver makes KC proud with "full whooping black United Methodist minister" schtick +
        KC Star op-ed:  "Business intelligence firm" owner Lisa Hays:  It's really sad when parents can't provide for their own spawn;  Citizens should "make their voices heard," take action at the ballot box, etc. +
        P-D letter:  Ferguson man says ads about "career politicians" distract voters from legitimate issues
        P-D letter:  Texas man responds to Show-Me Institute's glorification of Texas budget solutions
        P-D letter:  Sierra Club intern Eli Horowitz;  Ameren's $2 million settlement better be just the beginning
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        Friday, July 29
       
Rosenbaum:  Missouri delegates weigh Clinton's impact up and down the ballot;  A Dem nominee hasn't won Missouri in 20 years, and the state continues moving right
          KC Star:  Tim Kaine tells Missouri delegates that he's a Truman Democrat
          KC Star:  "Full Cleaver" again on display for Democrats;  KC liberal given less than five (5) minutes early in Thursday program, says Clinton "won't stay throwed [sic]"
          P-D:  McCaskill, other Dem gals given stage time on DNC's final night
          CDT:  NAACP hosts candidate forum:  Comments from woman losing Tuesday's primary to Jason Kander, man filling November ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler, Dem candidates vying for Webber's seat
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch poll claims Clinton is virtually tied with Trump in Missouri;  Sample size was just 625 voters
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch poll claims Kander is within striking distance of Blunt;  Sample size was just 625 voters
          SE Missourian:  Primary preview:  Three candidates compete for second place in Jason Smith's primary victory
          KWMU:  St. Louis makes progress on ozone, but now must meet tougher federal standards
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Anesthesiologists oppose proposed VA rule
          KWMU:  Property owners on NGA site get paid in St. Louis eminent domain suit
          P-D:  Primary preview:  GOP gubernatorial candidates
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Catherine Hanaway
          SNL:  Greitens distances self from GOP opponents at Springfield rally
          KWMU:  Democratic group to begin launching TV ads against Eric Greitens
          KC Star:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley
          P-D:  Petition enlists Missouri abortion opponents in push for renewable energy
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  Stephen Webber, Caleb Rowden uncontested on Tuesday
          Columbia Missourian:  Demoratic primary for Stephen Webber's seat pits liberal vs. moderate
          Missourinet:  DSS Director Brian Kincade to investigate phone complaints;  Welfare-recipient constituents of Reps. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson), Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) wasted precious minutes on the phone trying to obtain their handouts
          Missourinet:  Embattled Missouri Veterans Commission director on paid leave
          Missourinet:  After court throws out lethal injection lawsuit, plaintiffs consider further appeals
          Missourinet:  State audit:  many citizens incorrectly charged by Missouri's municipal courts
          AP:  Judge rejects conspiracy claims against highway patrol in 2014 drowning of handcuffed man
          P-D:  Weekend fundraisers to raise money for Ballwin officer;  Michael Flamion was shot and left paralyzed by St. Louis City resident and career criminal Antonio Taylor
          KWMU:  "Faces Not Forgotten" provides pictures of dead children to anti-gun groups
          KC Star endorsements:  Roy Blunt, Jason Kander, Emanuel Cleaver over vanity candidate also-rans
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Fact-checking Jason Kander's "5th-Generation Missourian" claim
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford:  Tolling talk must end
          SNL letter:  Area Republican responds to Democrat's complaint about Blunt
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian wants Nixon to restore foster-care cuts
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        Thursday, July 28
       
SNL:  Springfield's Bernie Sanders supporters 'in pain' trying to figure out how they can go on X
          KWMU:  KC Mayor Sly James decries urbanites' self-inflicted 'slow motion mass murder' in speech to Missouri's convention group
          KC Star:  Sly James:  Race plays a role in lack of action on urbanites' self-inflicted violence +
          KC Star:  Al Franken speaks to Missouri delegation, calls Trump's approach to problems 'childlike' +
          KWMU:  Missouri delegates see VP nominee Tim Kaine as 'good guy,' 'principled,' 'centrist'
          P-D:  KTVI overnight photographer posts Facebook comment regarding DNC and strong-arm robber/police assailant Michael Brown;  Black reporter at another outlet reacts negatively, shares thoughts on white people
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Limbaugh III composes music, takes part in anti-Hillary Clinton film +
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party attacks Blunt for silence on Trump's Russia remarks +
          SNL:  In Springfield, Jason Kander says Roy Blunt is not the same person elected Greene County clerk X
          KSMU:  Kander touts support for middle class, blasts Congress' vacation
          KZRG:  Jason Kander makes campaign stop in Joplin
          AP:  Blunt campaign pokes Kander with Jayhawk mascot
          Drebes:  Why do coastal hedge-funders seek a relationship with Eric Greitens?
          KZRG:  Kinder says he's running positive ads, will refuse to engage in his primary opponents' tear-down approach
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens complies with cease-and-desist order after St. Louis Police Officers Association endorsement 'misunderstanding'
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Eric Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  KSDK, News-Leader polls show gov candidates close
          The Missouri Times:  Polling shows Dem, GOP primaries for attorney general in a virtual tie
          SNL:  Advocates says they have enough signatures to get tobacco tax increase on Missouri ballot;  Comments from new Raise Your Hand for Kids spokeswoman Jane Dueker X
          The Missouri Times:  New Missouri Times poll shows Rick Stream leading Andrew Koenig in state Senate primary
          KWMU:  Preview:  Competitive state rep primaries in the St. Louis metro area
          Drebes:  Sean Soendker Nicholson, formerly of Progress Missouri, to serve as treasurer of Clean Missouri PAC
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis Regional Chamber hands out 'Champion' awards including 'SJR Six'
          Missourinet:  Kander says St. Louis County election problems being dealt with
          Monett Times:  Kinder presents service award to Berry County sheriff
          P-D:  Meeting on new welfare law shifts to conversation about inefficiencies in Department of Social Services
          Missourinet:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) wants to override Nixon on brain injury funding
          Missourinet:  Senate interim committee begins work to trim state's cost of prescription aid
          Missourinet:  Almost 10,000 Missourians to receive jobless benefits previously taken away
          KWMU:  Missouri gaming commission rolls out emergency rules for new daily fantasy sports law
          P-D:  Legalized fantasy sports in Missouri expected to get underway in September
          P-D:  Missouri's newest state park to open on storied piece of the Ozarks
          KWMU:  Municipal court problems spread throughout Missouri, auditor says
          P-D:  Shared outrage over shooting of officer brings Ballwin police, residents 'closer than ever'
          CDT endorsement:  Peter Kinder in GOP gov primary X
          SNL endorsements:  House primariees Curtis Trent in GOP primary (District 133);  Crystal Quade in Dem primary (District 132);  Tyler Hobbs in GOP primary (District 132) X
          Priddy:  Eric Greitens - who is a former Navy SEAL, if he hasn't mentioned it enough - is a Republican if he says he is, despite shady PAC's junk-mail claims
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Remembering Dutch Newman:  How she guided Kansas City's Democrats +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man disagrees with Wieland on contraceptive suit, attempts sarcasm
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        Wednesday, July 27
       
KWMU:  Missouri delegation at Democratic National Convention, Day Two:  Roll call of states, Pennsylvania gov speaks at breakfast, more
          Missourinet:  State Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills):  DNC e-mails - showing system rigged against Sanders - were "very disheartening"
          SNL:  Clinton delegate from Missouri:  Most Bernie Sanders supporters won't vote for Hillary, but Clinton should aim for converting 20% X
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders pays surprise morning visit to Missouri delegates +
          P-D:  Michael Brown's mother appears at DNC, prompting police ire
          KWMU:  Democratic delegates mull Clinton's ability to change law enforcement policy
          SE Missourian:  Local delegate profile:  Rebecca Reed +
          CDT:  Kander questions lengthy congressional recess as he seeks Senate seat X
          KOMU:  Jason Kander visits Columbia in 50-stop bus tour;  Kansas Jayhawk mocks candidate's claim to be a "5th-generation Missourian"
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP crowd saves loudest cheers for Kander's opponent, Democratic primary also-ran Cori Bush
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jason Smith's annual Farm Tour stops in Senath;  Congressman visits cotton gin, talks EPA wood-stove regulations and more +
          KWMU:  First District's only congressional forum focuses on Clay legacy
          P-D:  Clay appears with primary opponents, GOP also-rans at forum
          P-D:  Members of Missouri's congressional delegation set to score primary, general election victories over candidates of the vanity and/or quixotic variety
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Reporters Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann join UMSL's Dave Robertson to offer thoughts
          The Missouri Times:  The last debate:  GOP gov hopefuls to battle on This Week in Missouri Politics
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens donor sues John Brunner over 'sex slave' moniker
          P-D:  California investor sues Brunner over 'sex slave' comment
          CDT:  After losing two campaigns, Judy Baker confident of success in state treasurer race X
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Leaders of Asian groups unhappy with "racist" GOP AG ads targeting Josh Hawley, "Kurt Schafer [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Legal battle over signatures of early childhood education petition continues
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions come into the home stretch to become ballot measures
          KWMU:  Two new lawsuits filed to stop cigarette tax ballot initiative
          P-D:  Right-to-work legislation fuels GOP state Senate primary:  Anne Zerr vs. Bill Eigel
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court tosses out state Senate vote that cut state's unemployment benefits
          AP:  Court strikes down Missouri law trimming jobless benefits
          KWMU:  Appeals court throws out challenge to Missouri's execution protocol
          CDT:  Juvenile justice system clogged with 5.4 times the number of black males than white criminal counterparts X
          CDT endorsements:  Roy Blunt in GOP U.S. Senate primary;  Judy Baker in Democratic state treasurer primary X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Veterans Commission Director Larry Kay needs to go
          Messenger:  Verdict lets veterans advocate refocus on her mission of love
          P-D op-ed:  Rex Sinquefield's communications staff:  Missouri should follow Texas' example on taxes
          Joplin Globe's Mike Pound:  Larry Glaze gets awarded Veteran's Service Award from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder X
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        Tuesday, July 26
       
KWMU:  For some Show-Me State supporters, Sanders campaign leaves a big mark
          AP:  Missouri Sanders delegates reluctant to support Clinton
          Missourinet:  Bernie Sanders supporters announce their DNC arrival with rallies
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver to speak at Democratic National Convention
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver, always for Hillary Clinton, bonded with Obama, Claire McCaskill's first pick +
          Missourinet:  Michael Brown's mother to speak at Democratic National Convention
          KC Star:  McCaskill:  Liberals should give Tim Kaine a chance +
          Columbia Missourian:  People who met Tim Kaine at Mizzou forty (40) years ago try to remember stories, embellish their level of friendship
          Missourinet:  Fresh off Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says voters want an outsider in the White House
          KWMU:  Kander launches bus tour while Blunt prepares to head out on his own
          AP:  Senate hopeful Jason Kander on bus tour, not at Democratic convention
          P-D:  Primary preview:  Lacy Clay vs. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          P-D:  Wikileaks' DNC e-mails show Dems considered using Ferguson celebrity Deray Mckesson as DNC surrogate
          Scott Faughn:  On DNC e-mails postulating McCaskill has "no backbone";  Roger Ailes' impact;  Jake Hummel shows nice guys can finish first;  GOP legislators focus on gays, when they should be cutting taxes;  Fallout from John Rizzo's win in next Tuesday's state Senate primary;  more
          KWMU:  Big money flows in, and out, of statewide primaries:  A look at gov, lt. gov, AG and SOS fundraising and expenditures
          The Missouri Times:  MEC complaint filed against Greitens for "SEALs for Truth" donation
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  John Brunner
          The Missouri Times:  Tip sheet:  Statewide races, 8 days out
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Lt. governor
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Secretary of state
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  State treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley and Kurt Schaefer battle on KMOX
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Senate contested primaries
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  15th District state Senate:  GOP to choose between Rick Stream and Andrew Koenig;  Dems decide between Mark Boyko and Tom Eagleton's nephew
          The Missouri times:  8 days before primary report:  House 20 hottest primaries
          Drebes:  Richard McIntosh on writing RFPs and helping clients win contracts
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) injured in car crash
          P-D:  Special scholarship program helps UMSL meet diploma-handout target;  "Finish Your Degree" scholarships handed out to second-semester seniors who failed to save enough money on their own
          P-D:  After $2.8M verdict, panel meets in secret to discuss future of Missouri's veterans chief
          KWMU:  State Dept. of Agriculture investigators looking into off-label pesticide use;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) wants to increase penalties for farmers who choose to violate application laws
          AP:  Monitor chosen to oversee Ferguson's police, court reform
          P-D:  Federal judge approves monitor for Ferguson consent decree
          P-D:  Ferguson's new Code of Conduct to be put to the test at meeting tonight
          KWMU:  Missouri women start new publication focused on "flyover country";  Gals think "The New Territory" will thrive by soliciting sponsorships and selling monthly issues at $15/pop
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian says she dislikes Catherine Hanaway, and especially Hanaway's support for gun rights
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian dislikes negative tone of candidates' TV commercials
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Give Missouri patients better access to out-of-state doctors
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        Monday, July 25
       
KWMU:  Amid leadership shift, Missouri delegates file in for Democratic National Convention
          KC Star:  Sanders crowd feeling burned on eve of Democratic convention;  Missouri delegate Vicke Kepling:  "I will never reconcile with Hillary Clinton." +
          Missourinet:  Missouri's Bernie Sanders supporters arrive in Philadelphia, are unsurprised that national party sought to take down Sanders
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democratic National Convention preview:  Thoughts from Sanders delegates Andrea Cole and Jennifer Squires, at-large delegate Derek Evans X
          Missourinet:  Several Missouri Democratic delegates still seeking handouts via GoFundMe
          AP:  Two years after attack on Darren Wilson and subsequent riots, GOP gov candidates promise law and order
          P-D:  Primary preview:  Democratic State Treasurer primary:  Judy Baker vs. Pat Contreras
          P-D:  Asian-American groups decry 'xenophobic' Missouri political ads
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Debate between GOP state Senate candidates Andrew Koenig and Rick Stream;  Panel of MO Dems' David Turner, David Barklage, Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon), Dem J.P. Johnson discuss Koenig vs. Stream and gov race
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime edition:  Panel makes predictions in statewide races
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime edition:  More debate between Andrew Koenig vs. Rick Stream
          KWMU:  'Right to work' is playing a big role in St. Charles-based Senate race
          Drebes:  New health-industry PAC features familiar names
          P-D:  Free shopping spree gives free stuff to poor kids;  Liberal ladies' group hands out gun locks
          KWMU:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice attends event for poor kids, hands out gun locks
          P-D endorsements:  Russ Carnahan, Jake Zimmerman, Pat Contreras, Robin Smith;  Mike Parson, Josh Hawley, Jay Ashcroft
          KC Star endorsement:  Jessica Podhola for 11th District State Senate Democratic primary +
          KC Star endorsements:  GOP incumbents who opposed right-to-work;  Dem Richard Brown, challenging Rep. Bonnaye Mims (D-Kansas City);  Paper describes African-American Rep. Randy Dunn (D) as "articulate" +
          KC Star op-ed:  Empower Missouri's Don Love:  Police should care about traffic-stop data +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Kander spokesman Chris Hayden responds to editorial regarding candidate's "fifth-generation Missourian" claim X
          P-D letter:  MoPIRG dislikes Ann Wagner's financial-services legislation
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        Sunday, July 24
       
KC Star:  McCaskill on the Clinton-Kaine ticket:  "They are the grown-ups" +
          P-D:  Democratic National Convention preview:  Comments from local delegates on Sanders vs. Clinton, Rich Chrismer on Jason Kander and Hillary Clinton
          AP:  Quadrennial Missouri's-youngest-delegate profile:  Rachel Gonzalez
          AP:  U.S. Senate primary preview:  Blunt, Kander prevail over also-ran vanity candidates
          CDT:  Pork, politics meet at annual Boone County Fair ham breakfast X
          The Missouri Times:  Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds campaigns with Bev Randles
          KWMU:  Democratic committee members nominate Jake Hummel to replace Keaveny in Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Jake Hummel headed to the Missouri Senate
          SNL:  Southwest Missouri's most interesting race:  No incumbent makes District 132 one to watch X
          SNL:  District 132 Democratic primary:  Crystal Quade vs. Bob Sweere X
          SNL:  District 132 Republican primary:  Tyler Hobbs vs. Thomas Quinn X
          CDT:  Education officials excited by planned review of finance learning standards;  Comments from State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, DESE's Sarah Potter X
          P-D:  Local company spearheads biogas project on northern Missouri hog farms
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter rally draws less than 50 X
          P-D endorsements:  Gubernatorial primaries:  Chris Koster (D) and Catherine Hanaway (R)
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Why is so much money being spent in the Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley race? X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman praises Ameren for handling of storms
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        Saturday, July 23
       
KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Mannies and Rosenbaum look back to the RNC and ahead to the DNC
        Columbia Missourian:  Local delegates Sara Walsh, Jennifer Bukowsky wowed by Republican National Convention experience
        KC Star:  Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, who grew up in Missouri then left +
        KC Star:  Newspaper hastily gathers facts about area native Tim Kaine, prints them as a list without additional local insight or effort +
        Missourinet:  Clinton running mate Tim Kaine was born in Kansas City, went to Mizzou, then left for good
        CDT:  McCaskill holds town hall on opioid epidemic X
        Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill, Vilsack talk opioids
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  GOP state Senate candidates Rick Stream vs. Andrew Koenig;  Panel of David Turner, Slay spokesman JP Johnson, David Barklage, Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) discuss gov race, more
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life PAC tells voters not to vote for Eric Greitens
        P-D:  Videos:  Interviews with GOP gov candidates - except Eric Greitens, who declined to meet with editorial board
        CDT:  At campaign stop, Brunner says his GOP opponents are beholden to big-bucks donors X
        The Missouri Times:  Mike Huckabee endorses John Brunner for governor
        JCNT:  Mike Parson:  Targeting police should be a hate crime X
        KWMU:  Primary preview:  State treasurer:  Democrats Judy Baker vs. Pat Contreras
        The Missouri Times:  People's Mujahedin of Iran wants anti-Hawley ad removed from TV;  Schaefer's campaign responds
        CDT:  Tobacco gax campaign makes pitch to youth health advocates X
        The Missouri Times:  National Organization for Marriage to go after Anne Zerr for vote on SJR 39
        The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  Andrew Koenig vs. Rick Stream in GOP state Senate primary
        P-D:  Missouri pays penalty for tax refund delays
        P-D:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial), wife win contraceptive insurance suit
        KSSZ (Columbia):  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) says House might lack votes to override veto of gun bill
        CDT:  University of Missouri curators set themes to guide presidential search X
        KWMU:  Curators detail top priorities for next UM system president
        KWMU:  Ameren comments on Sierra Club settlement
        KC Star editorial:  Blunt, Kander skip their conventions +
        Messenger:  Campaign finance in Missouri goes from absurd to obscene
        P-D letter:  Octogenarian reverend wants everyone to "cool it" with all the divisive words these days
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        Friday, July 22
       
KWMU:  Missouri delegates happily hop aboard the Trump Train
          KWMU:  Missouri delegates react to Cruz's decision to not yet endorse Trump
          Missourinet:  Missouri delegates Bev Ehlen, Jason Crowell express disappointment in Cruz
          KC Star:  Most Missouri delegates think Cruz made a mistake with non-endorsement speech +
          SE Missourian:  Area delegates - including former Cruz supporters - describe non-endorsement speech as "classless" and "selfish" +
          Rosenbaum:  Previewing next week's Democratic National Convention
          KWMU:  Mother of Michael Brown holds "test run" in St. Louis before reading speech in Philadelphia next week
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt push measure to get federal money for opioid monitoring in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt want federal money for opioid monitoring
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt both in St. Louis to talk opioid abuse
          KOLR:  McCaskill seeks delay in Medicaid termination for Ozarks Community Hospital
          KSPR:  McCaskill seeks solution for Ozarks Community Hospital layoffs
          CDT:  Federal funds sent to University of Missouri to train health care providers to work with "diverse populations" X
          P-D:  NGA director signals closer ties with community at new north side headquarters
          KC Star:  See the KC Royals' White House visit through the players' eyes +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster outlines tax cuts and economic development on KMOX, says John Ashcroft supports raising gas tax
          SE Missourian:  Eric Greitens, Bev Randles make separate stops in Cape Girardeau +
          AP:  GOP lieutenant governor candidate Mike Parson slams shootings of police, says he'd make Black Lives Matter targeting of officers a hate crime
          SNL:  Invoking "All Lives Matter," Mike Parson wants to make assaults on police a hate crime X
          KY3:  Ozarks leaders call for tougher penalties for violence against officers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Sheriffs' Association endorses Kurt Schaefer for attorney general
          CDT:  Iranian group calls Schaefer ad 'defamatory and scandalous' in letter demanding it be pulled from air X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri and Sierra Club reach $2 million settlement over air quality lawsuit
          Drebes:  What Missouri politicos can learn from the fall of Noranda
          Missourinet:  MO Dept. of Agriculture investigating numerous complaints about off-label use of pesticides in southeast Missouri;  Bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) would increase penalties for bad actors
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  It will take years to control feral hogs
          P-D:  Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt traffic at two intersections
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Obese women in ill-fitting clothes, Caucasoid man making "Black Power" fist, more
          P-D editorial:  Tennessee as tax-cut role model for Missouri?  Never mind.
          P-D editorial:  Public Policy Polling promotes Missouri poll to raise its profile
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian dislikes Show-Me Institute, says think tank promotes economic inequality
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man responds to letter from gun-class instructor
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        Thursday, July 21
       
KWMU:  Billy Long:  "The Democrats can't beat Donald J. Trump, but the Republicans can. That's why the Republicans need to get over their hard feelings."
          Missourinet:  Billy Long says Trump's messages are popular with 7th District constituents
          CDT:  Local Republicans unite behind Trump nomination;  Thoughts from Tom Mendenhall, Sara Walsh, Jennifer Bukowsky, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport), others X
          AP:  Missouri delegation updates:  Dave Spence on John Kasich, Bev Ehlen on Hillary Clinton
          KC Star:  Ben Carson speaks to Missouri delegation +
          P-D:  Mother of police assailant Michael Brown to speak at Democratic National Convention, says she doesn't know yet what she's supposed to read
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' $2M contribution from "SEALs for Truth" highlights difference between Missouri and federal systems
          The Missouri Times:  Infographic:  Shady money in GOP gov primary:  "Patriots for America," "SEALs for Truth," "LG PAC"
          CDT:  Hanaway speaks to area Pachyderms;  Hanaway, Kinder react to Greitens' temporarily-anonymous $2M contribution X
          The Missouri Times:  New Brunner ad highlights Eric Greitens' Democratic past
          AP:  Primary preview:  State treasurer:  Democrats Judy Baker and Pat Contreras
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Term-limited Rep. Margo McNeil (D-Florissant) on Dem convention, spending eight years serving in a legislative minority, her next bid for office, more
          The Missouri Times:  New state Senate primary poll shows Democrat John Rizzo with 25-point lead over Jessica Podhola
          KWMU:  "Young Turks" in the city look to shape Democratic party, one seat at a time;  Liberal "Mobilize Missouri" looks to boot most incumbents out of committee spots
          AP:  Missouri unemployment up, but still below national average
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers and state agencies to discuss land acquisitions and spending
          KWMU:  St. Louis Regional Chamber wants to boost college completion
          KWMU:  Judge rejects efforts by charter-school parents to join education funding suit
          Missourinet:  Columbia police chief:  Attorney general's data on "racial profiling" is flawed and gives biased picture of reality
          Washington Missourian:  Due to recent ambushes, city police officers to pair up on all calls X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jason Kander's claim to be a "fifth-generation Missourian" is, at best, stretching the truth X
          P-D editorial:  Of all people, ex-Navy SEALs should have the courage to not hide political money
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman supports Clay, Wagner efforts on landfill
          P-D letter:  Area woman supports Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax proposal
          P-D letter:  Area woman opposes Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax proposal
          P-D letter:  Area woman who adopted Chinese kid dislikes Hawley ad's use of "sneaky" Chinaman stereotype
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        Wednesday, July 20
       
KWMU:  Phyllis Schlafly praises Trump as the change GOP needs, talks about power struggle at Eagle Forum:  Opponents "were planning on me dying quickly"
          KC Star:  Missouri's delegation, like the rest of the convention, goes big for Donald Trump +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) emphasizes unity in Cleveland
          Missourinet:  Delegate updates:  Thoughts from Joplin's Nick Myers, KC's Jennifer Finch
          KC Star:  Missouri's John Hancock corrects Kansas delegation, which attempted to claim the Kansas City Royals as their own +
          KWMU:  St. Louis' "Nuns on the Bus" take road trip to Cleveland, Philadelphia for conventions
          Missourinet:  Quadrennial Missouri's-youngest-delegate profile:  Jeremy Wiggins
          KC Star:  Missouri delegates uninterested in media's obsession with Melania Trump's speech +
          SE Missourian:  Three 8th District GOP candidates compete for silver medal in Jason Smith's primary victory +
          The Missouri Times:  Kander to skip convention, continues to support Clinton after FBI investigation
          KC Star:  Kander will skip Democratic convention, cites scheduling conflict +
          SNL:  Kander makes campaign stop at local organic food store X
          P-D:  1st potential debate host pulls out, citing concerns over protester behavior;  Wash U. October debate unchanged
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  attacks on police show need for greater access to mental health services for military
          KWMU:  Big bucks continue to flow in governor's race;  Koster lands $500k check from AFSCME
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens supporter's LG PAC takes aim at Hanaway
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley, Jake Zimmerman vs. Teresa Hensley
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley
          AP:  Primary preview:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer requests Hawley pull ads with 'exaggerations' about Supreme Court experience
          KWMU:  Kander won't disqualify cigarette tax ballot initiative, despite court decisions
          KWMU:  New law makes breaking kids out of hot cars legal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon, legislators secure $10 million in funding for mental health initiative X
          CDT:  New University of Missouri division pulls together civil rights offices X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New law requires schools to test for dyslexia X
          KWMU:  Judge dismisses suit against race-based restrictions of St. Louis' deseg program
          Waters:  Members of the UM Review Commission are respectable, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri gun bill will harm public safety
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        Tuesday, July 19
       
KC Star:  Kansas City ponders what might have been as Cleveland opens its doors to GOP +
          KSSZ (Columbia):  Local delegate Sara Walsh:  Strong Trump support in Cleveland
          CDT:  Local delegates praise Pence, accept Trump as convention begins X
          KC Star:  "Never Trump" forces lose rules fight on convention floor +
          U.S. News & World Report:  A rocky start to GOP unity in Cleveland
          KC Star:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner describes Hillary Clinton as "unfit" +
          SE Missourian:  Medicare cuts pose problems for medical-equipment suppliers, users;  Comments from former state Rep. Pat Naeger (R-Perryville) +
          The Missouri Times:  Kander finalizes Raise Your Hand for Kids petition to be on ballot
          KODE (Joplin):  GOP gov candidates attend Jasper County Lincoln Ladies Republican Women's Club event
          The Missouri Times:  Big-money updates:  $1M to Kinder, $310k to Hanaway, more
          P-D:  Kinder receives $1M from David Humphreys
          AP:  Primary preview:  Dem, GOP candidates for lieutenant governor
          KY3:  Former sheriff Mike Parson concerned about emotional toll of shootings on law enforcement
          CDT:  Backyard brawl:  Columbia is epicenter of Josh Hawley vs. Kurt Schaefer knock-down drag-out fight X
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley releases two new ads
          CDT:  Fact check:  Hawley donor also sponsoring independent ad campaign targeting Schaefer X
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Nixon endorses John Rizzo over Jessica Podhola in state Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  GOP state Senate candidate Michael Carter focus of MEC complaint
          The Missouri Times:  House race tip sheet:  A look at the 20 hottest primaries
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) says he caught opponent stealing yard signs;  Derron Black gained infamy in 2013 for taking microphone during James' "State of the City" speech and shouting obscenities
          P-D:  GOP, rural Dem groups and candidates enjoy popularity of gun raffles as fundraisers
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri House seeks budget analyst;  Candidates must be willing to deal with appropriations bills, interact with legislators, staff and the public in exchange for $44k/yr.
          Missourinet:  Kraus predicts Missouri Legislature will override Nixon's veto of photo ID bill
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's diversity division begins to take shape;  New office will oversee departments dealing with handicapped, LGBTQ, "relationship and sexual violence prevention," Title IX complainers, etc.
          P-D:  Murderer transfered to St. Louis jail to await retrial;  Reginald Clemons and pals gang-raped two Hazelwood East grads, then pushed them off Chain of Rocks bridge to their death
          Missourinet:  Missouri police union official:  double-digit increase in police officers killed
          KWMU:  Ambush leaves Ballwin officer paralyzed from the waist down
          P-D:  Diners turn out en masse for fundraiser for Ballwin officer;  Michael Flamion was ambushed by career criminal and St. Louis City resident Antoine Taylor
          P-D:  Gun lockup truck owner says he's getting runaround from St. Louis;  Entrepreneur seeks to offer those venturing downtown a place to keep firearms, other valuables away from thieves
          P-D op-ed:  Carol Size:  Your right to vote doesn't mean you can berate the poll workers
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri needs to face its growth challenge;  State needs to pluck "low-hanging fruit" to stimulate economy
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Remembering Gavin Long:  KC man was willing to die on his 29th birthday, a product of "a continuing war against black men and women"
          P-D letter: