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Archive - April 2017



    

        Sunday, April 30   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
P-D:  Cook Political Report analysis shows Missouri's non-urban districts becoming darker red;  SEMO prof says Bootheel area in final stages of transcending Dixiecrat past
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Congress still awaiting budget with Amtrak;  Sen. Matt [sic] Blunt, rest of Missouri delegation supports funding for Essential Air Service program
          Columbia Missourian:  Climate change rally draws small crowd;  Sexagenarian Caucasoid male reads poem encouraging letting grass grow long rather than mowing;  Septuagenarian gender studies prof talks sexism of climate change;  Sexagenarian Caucusoid male attempts to lead rhythmic chant;  More
          KCUR:  Climate change rally features anti-Trump banter, sarcastic signs
          KC Star:  Climate change rally draws Trump critics;  Community college sociology prof offers expertise on global weather trends;  Minimum-wage activist attempts to work in fast-food campaign messaging +
          AP:  Greitens to pay penalty for using The Mission Continues donor list
          P-D:  Greitens fined $1,000 for not disclosing use of The Mission Continues donor list
          AP:  Analysis:  Greitens' aggressive style means intra-party clashes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft explainss voter ID in Randolph County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) talks foundation formula, more
          P-D:  Greitens declares state of emergency as flash flooding continues across Missouri
          Missourinet:  Greitens declares state of emergency in Missouri;  prisoners heading to St. Robert to sandbag
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) praises Highway Patrol, Dept. of Conservation agents for water rescues yesterday
          JCNT:  As session winds down, Missouri Legislature again poised to do nothing on transportation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid patients could face restrictions to access to antipsychotic medication
          SNL:  Capitol briefs:  Cannabis oil, labor reform and Airbnb X
          JCNT:  Solar groups oppose state energy bill;  Comments from former Rep. Zach Wyatt (R-Novinger) X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Brent Powell a good pick for Missouri Supreme Court;  Missouri Plan is working as intended X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Prevailing wage law costs taxpayers, local contractors +
          SNL letter:  Springfield conservative says Schumer ads might reveal his puppeteering of McCaskill X
          SNL letter:  Area man opposes restrictions on pseudoephedrine X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man says Ameren shareholders should fire CEO Warner Baxter for support of coal
          P-D letter:  Conservative Chesterfield septuagenarian expresses pleasure in reading Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson's damnation of street savagery and free-speech hypocrisy
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        Saturday, April 29
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Trump Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks in KC;  Audio of full speech and interview
          Missouri Farmer Today:  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses plans during Missouri visit
          High Plains Journal:  Secretary Perdue visits Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson meets with new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          SNL:  Out-of-state professors visit Drury, criticize Trump X
          Missourinet:  Task Force 1 deploys to help with expected flooding in Missouri
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  ACORN (rebranded "MORE,") other liberal groups get 30 minutes to promote today's "People's Climate March"
          KC Star:  Liberal groups' march may disrupt traffic for working people during Monday rush hour +
          Drebes:  GOP combatants line up to fill Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey responds to Greitens' Taco Bill video with one of his own, talks budget and takes aim at dark-money attacks
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens found guilty of ethics violation
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jason Rosenbaum talks about the rift between Sen. Rob Schaaf and Gov. Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens buys home in Warren County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 24
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 24
          KWMU:  Crunch time:  A look at legislation entering the final two weeks of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Bill for veterans homes stalled in Missouri House
          KC Star:  Bill would allow electronic monitoring of domestic abuse defendants +
          SNL:  Missouri's Case.net now offers text notifications for tracking cases X
          AP:  St. Louis businesses brace for impact of higher minimum wage
          CDT:  Choi:  University of Missouri System not 'retrenching' amid budget trimming X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says fatal motorcycle crashes reach all-time high in Missouri
          CDT:  Columbia pharmacies begin using drug monitoring program X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  OAKS volunteer receives award from Parson +
          KWMU:  Amendment from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) would prohibit publicly-funded facilities from promoting abortion
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  First 100 days for Trump, Greitens show lack of transparency +
          P-D letter:  Schaaf and Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford:  Missouri should not expand Medicaid managed care
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton resident suggests trying other solutions instead of tax credit for poor families
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        Friday, April 28
       
SE Missourian:  Jason Smith praises Trump's inquiry into aluminum imports +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump group disrupts Kansas congressman's speech at UMKC Law School;  UMKC coed says she screamed and stomped to protest "division" +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's human trafficking bill seeks tougher sanctions, more education
          KWMU:  Local scientist who wants federal funding opposes cuts to federal funding
          Missourinet:  Northern Missouri tech company adds 100 new jobs, praises state business climate;  Comments from Sam Graves
          FOX4KC:  Congressional delegation wants local VA to offer mammograms
          KWMU:  ACORN (rebranded "MORE"), others organize "People's Climate March" tomorrow in St. Louis City
          Drebes:  Brian Schmidt registers new organization, Missouri Children's Leadership Council
          Missourinet:  Greitens says he disagrees with his PAC releasing Schaaf's cell phone number
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-cannabis PAC joins Greitens' non-profit, runs social media ad against Schaaf
          KC Star:  Video:  Greitens signs bill while taking a Lyft to get Taco Bell;  Comely blonde chauffeurs governor whilst discussing legislation, economic benefits of part-time jobs +
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers look to finalize budget that doesn't include midyear cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House sends Onder's PLA bill to governor's desk
          KWMU:  Bill would spare public works projects from being forced to use all-union labor;  Other action includes education savings accounts, Zoo bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass limits on public construction
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes school choice, transfer proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Remington Research poll suggests voters could favor education savings accounts for school choice
          AP:  University of Missouri sets new policies in wake of agitators' protests
          CDT:  University of Missouri System to lose millions of dollars to lower enrollment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators will vote on UM System tuition increase next month
          P-D:  Declining enrollment leads to budget woes for University of Missouri System
          KWMU:  UMSL will close $15M deficit ahead of schedule;  UM System proposes tuition increases
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to protect Airbnb, other rentals
          AP:  Missouri House wants more information on state legal costs
          The Missouri Times:  PSC compels Empire to fulfill OPC data requests
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sen. Blunt is right - Blaine Amendment has outlived its time X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gov. Arrogant Greitens is no white knight X
          KC Star editorial:  'Full' funding for Missouri public schools? Sort of. +
          KC Star editorial:  Ride-sharing services still need scrutiny. Is there an app for that? +
          Communist Party USA's People's World bureau chief Tony Pecinovsky:  McCaskill demonstrates the limits of neo-liberal centrism
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Liberal Missouri media shows its bias on guns
          KC Star letter:  Liberal Lee's Summit septuagenarian responds to Todd Graves' response to Star editorial on Ron Richard +
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls responds to letter on teachers' retirement system changes
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian says Missouri legislators are trying to steal her pension money
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Community and Family Partnership's Ruth Ehresman:  Legislature should pass earned income tax credit to help the poor
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        Thursday, April 27
       
The Atlantic:  McCaskill "couldn't disagree more" with DNC chief Tom Perez, says party should not have litmus tests
          The Missouri Times:  Soros group targets Wagner's district with new anti-Trump ads
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer analyzes economy under Trump, Obamacare alternatives, more
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Veterans bill signed by Trump will help rural Missouri veterans
          P-D:  After work by McCaskill and others, deal may be close to cover retired United Mine Workers' health care
          SE Missourian:  State Supreme Court rules against Jason Smith's mother in dog-kennel defamation case +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis' Boeing vies with two others for major defense contract
          KC Star:  Founder of White Privilege Conference issues warning to Caucasoids:  "This is not a 'diversity' conference. It's not a kumbaya experience." +
          KCUR:  Schmitt launches savings program for people with disabilities
          KSHB:  Through State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's program, people with disabilities can put up to $100,000 in savings account
          SNL:  Dixon orders 100 dozen Hurts' donuts to ease Capitol tensions X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes state budget;  Negotiations with the House next
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes state budget, chambers to negotiate differences
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal pushes taxpayer buyout as Fitzpatrick stresses fiscal discipline
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Senate's funding of education could muddy negotiations
          SNL:  Springfield-area senators split over education funding X
          AP:  Missouri House OKs payouts for extra expenses
          P-D:  Managed care expansion on track after vote in Missouri Senate
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Advocates for school choice attend forum
          Columbia Missourian:  Program would create four adult high schools in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs allowing state employees to earn pensions faster
          JCNT:  Deaf advocates stress importance of legislative involvement X
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Hawley, legislative leaders fight court's decision to make abuse victim divulge address to attacker
          AP:  Missouri proposes new protections for domestic abuse victims
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers get involved in fight to protect whereabouts of abuse victims
          AP:  St. Louis City's minimum wage may rise as early as next week
          KWMU:  New St. Louis City minimum wage could begin next week
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for Marcellus Williams amid drug controversy
          AP:  August execution date set for Missouri inmate;  Murderer Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sets August execution date for murderer;  Victim was a former Post-Dispatch reporter
          KWMU:  Cases of syphilis transmitted in pregnancy rise in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Liberal groups complain about conservative legislation;  "Moral Missouri" coalition includes NAACP, NARAL, Sierra Club, et al.
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Ferguson court in 'disarray'
          Missourinet:  Galloway's audit of Ferguson Municipal Court finds $26k in illegal fees, missing money and records
          P-D:  Galloway issues damning report alleging Ferguson court collected illegal fees, lost records
          SNL editorial:  Missouri must move forward on industrial hemp X
          KC Star editorial:  Gimmicky-named "White Privilege Conference" not enough to address real race issues +
          CDT cartoon:  Mocking Greitens' direct-to-voters social media approach X
          P-D op-ed:  Mackinac Center of Public Policy's F. Vincent Vernuccio:  Missouri legislators should not stop with 'right to work' and 'paycheck protection,' should keep pushing forward on pro-worker policies
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Legislators should not pass Romine's discrimination bill
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and other liberals are wrong - there is no constitutional right to commit street savagery in the name of "protest"
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man opposes Trinity Lutheran Church suit, says churches should pay taxes
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        Wednesday, April 26
       
Politico:  How McCaskill, other vulnerable Dems have fared in Trump's first 100 days
          Washington Post:  Blunt says Trump's comments on possible wall delay "helpful" to getting budget deal done
          KWMU:  Area Chinese women impressed by Sheena Greitens' ability to speak Oriental language, express anger over "xenophobic" 2016 ads against Kurt Schaefer
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft speaks to local GOP club, talks voter ID legislation and "Safe at Home" program
          The Missouri Times:  GOP internecine warfare continues as Hoskins, Schaaf take aim at Greitens adviser Austin Chambers
          Missourinet:  Fiery remarks against Greitens and adviser Austin Chambers open key budget debate in Senate
          KWMU:  Schaaf continues to be formidable stumbling block for Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe still optimistic on passing lobbyist gift ban, despite new distractions
          Messenger:  Ethics overhaul in three acts, a Missouri tragedy:  After Schaaf hubbub dies down, Missouri voters must fix what legislators won't
          The Missouri Times' Benjamin Peters:  To PQ or not to PQ:  The Missouri Senate's battle for tradition
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might miss budget deadline, necessitating a special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to increase funding for public K-12 schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate votes to fully fund education
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate fully funds K-12 formula
          KWMU:  State budget fully funds Missouri's K-12 schools, though Greitens can say no
          KC Star:  New education fund in Kansas City just gave nearly $2 million to two charter schools
          KWMU:  Corporate income tax revenues drop in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel scrutinizes all tax credits offered by state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens chooses Brent Powell as next Missouri Supreme Court judge
          KWMU:  Greitens names Jackson County judge to fill Missouri Supreme Court vacancy
          AP:  Judge W. Brent Powell appointed to Missouri Supreme Court
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes abortion legislation, now up to Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says 911 legislation will improve service in rural Missouri
          KC Star:  Most KC taxis to operate like Uber and Lyft in wake of new state law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Progress stalls on paid parental leave in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri bill would raise adult crimes age
          Missourinet:  Missouri House holds moment of silence for two slain Laclede Gas workers;  Criminal Clinton Willis, convicted of burglary and crack-cocaine charges, shot and killed two workers in North St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says dramatic struggle of those who chose to purchase homes near landfill is "very, very, very, very similar" to Ferguson activists' "trauma"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri should do something about violent pit bulls
          KC Star letters:  KC man mocks "White Privilege Conference" organizers' profiteering;  Lee's Summit man wants gas tax for Missouri roads;  Local "Indivisible" leader expresses her anger at Blunt +
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        Tuesday, April 25
       
Reuters:  Trump's wall push may be delayed as government shutdown looms;  Blunt says spending-bill decision must be made by tonight
          Missourinet:  Blunt backs Trump's approach to North Korea threats
          SNL:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Trump's action on Veterans Choice program could help Missouri veterans +
          Joplin Globe:  Immigration officials yet to hold alien roundups in area;  Three arrests since Trump inauguration have enforced Obama-era rules X
          KC Star:  'White Privilege Conference' ready to open in KC +
          Drebes:  State employee moves:  Michael Quinlan, Christine Krug, Ryan Asbridge
          Missourinet:  Schmitt announces savings account program for the disabled
          KMBC:  MO ABLE to help Missourians with disabilities save money
          Columbia Missourian:  MO ABLE opens up chances to save
          JCNT:  Jefferson City man makes case for MO ABLE X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf talks with Scott Faughn about lobbyist gifts, Greitens' dark money, impact on governor's White House bid, more
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys bipartisan contributions continue to draw attention;  Schaaf suggests Greitens revamp ethics approach prior to White House bid
          AP:  Schaaf moving out of room he rented from lobbyist
          Missourinet:  Schaaf not ruling out further filibustering
          KWMU:  Greitens talks anti-Schaaf campaign after signing ride-hailing legislation, says nonprofit "is separate from me"
          P-D:  Greitens:  'I have no day-to-day responsibilities' with nonprofit
          The Missouri Times:  Ridesharing companies celebrate as Greitens signs Uber bill
          KC Star:  New Missouri law overrides city rules, might bring Lyft back to Kansas City
          P-D:  Greitens signs law smoothing the way for Uber, Lyft to operate statewide
          JCNT:  Uber operating in Jefferson City X
          SE Missourian:  Cape school board backs repeal of prevailing-wage law +
          KWMU:  Data privacy concerns may keep Jefferson County from tracking opioid prescriptions
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate ag committee approves Curtman's industrial hemp bill;  Missouri Farm Bureau testifies against it
          Missourinet:  Schupp says utilities industry funded robocalls in her district
          AP:  Missouri House passes legislation to track fetal tissue
          WGEM:  School choice advocates meet in Hannibal, talk HB 634
          KWMU:  Normandy School District officials hope students don't let them down with poor MAP scores
          P-D editorial:  Greitens fails his own ethics test
          KC Star editorial:  Time is running out to explain Missouri's new voter ID rules +
          JCNT editorial:  Alcohol advertising and free speech;  Legislators should pass HB 433 X
          SNL editorial:  Making costly accomodations for girl who wants to use boys' public school restrooms was a wise choice for school district X
          Waters:  Pruitt, Blunt won't win the war on coal - but they may be able to tweak enforcement excesses X
          KC Star op-ed:  MRP Chairman Todd Graves:  Star editorial wrong about Ron Richard +
          Helling:  In church case and ethics fight, Greitens trades policy for politics - and fails at both +
          Newton:  Posting Schaaf's cell phone number was a "bush-league move" by Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  United Way of Greater St. Louis' Orvin Kimbrough:  A state earned income tax credit helps Missouri's working families
          P-D op-ed:  Retired teacher:  Rex Sinquefield takes aim at Missouri teacher pensions
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        Monday, April 24
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) seek to stop financial scams targeting seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  Area olds promote their political involvement;  Thoughts from local liberals at League of Women Voters, Muleskinners
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks about battle with Schaaf;  Panel of state legislators talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  The Legislature's big task this week
          KWMU:  Disabled Missourians can save for long-term care under Schmitt's new MO ABLE program
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate turmoil could limit volume of legislation passed this session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan talks Senate vs. House school funding levels, blocking harmful legislation, more
          P-D:  Missouri Senators move to keep drunk driving checkpoints in budget
          P-D:  Lobbyist gift ban legislation likely to fail again this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) on unemployment insurance funding rated "True"
          KC Star:  Bills seek to address sexual abuse in nursing homes and mental-health facilities +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers grisly experiences in MoDOT worker's compensation case
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri steps up trapping and killing of feral hogs
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  "We need to get to the root cause (of DOC problems,) which is the warden"
          KC Star editorial:  Help wanted in Kansas City, where federal jobs remain unfilled +
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) would make reaching 911 far less frustrating
          SNL op-ed:  Blunt should stop Trump's cuts to Community Development Block Grants X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Bad tax policy at the core of Missouri's budget problems +
          P-D's Mark Schlinkmann:  After losing Jeff City fight to Uber, taxi agency may loosen cab rules
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants state legislators to raise gas tax +
          P-D letter:  Frontenac woman says violence makes her cry, and legislators should pass gun-control laws
          P-D letter:  Florissant nonagenarian wants Legislature to pass 2014 bill sponsored by former Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant)
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        Sunday, April 23
       
The Chart (Missouri Southern):  Immigrant students hold forum to discuss themselves;  Mexican coed laments "constant struggle" of illegal status
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill's statement on refugees rated "False"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler celebrate "new paradigm" of clean air, affordable energy under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
          KSMU (Springfield):  Photos from March for Science rally
          KC Star:  March for Science draws wide array of issue activists +
          P-D:  Thousands gather in downtown St. Louis for St. Louis' March for Science
          CDT:  Activists march in support of scientists X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph joins international March for Science X
          AP:  First 100 days:  Judging Greitens' performance versus campaign promises
          McClatchy:  Greitens' social media draws wide array of assessments;  Republican man says Greitens seems genuine;  SLU prof Ken Warren (D) calls approach to press "arrogant;"  KC woman dislikes tryhard workout showoffery, calls it "gross"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Caleb Rowden gives background on battle versus Schaaf and thoughts on moving forward;  All-legislator panel talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  On Neitzsche, Schaaf and Rowden
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not concerned about compressed budget timeline
          KC Star:  Preview:  Final three weeks of legislative session +
          SNL:  Ten bills that could change education in Springfield X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill to fund Scottrade renovations moving ahead X
          P-D:  Next move is up to Ameren after Missouri opts not to regulate charging stations
          NY Times editorial:  Supreme Court should rule against Missouri church
          KC Star editorial:  Sam Graves should help city with funding for Buck O'Neil bridge +
          P-D op-ed:  Alliance for Defending Freedom's James Gottry explains rationale for Trinity Lutheran Church's lawsuit
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy:  Prevailing wage drives up costs for local projects +
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian applauds Blunt for supporting medical research funding X
          SNL letter:  Area coed disagrees with Billy Long on abortion and Obamacare, says a town hall would give her "a gratifying experience" X
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        Saturday, April 22   Earth Day
       
Knoxville News Sentinel:  Blunt speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner, says occasional dark day is brightened by knowledge that Hillary Clinton isn't president
          SNL:  Springfield's 'March for Science' to draw diverse amalgam of ideologies;  Organizers will deliver message-laden banners to offices of McCaskill, Blunt, Long X
          KWMU:  St. Louis scientists participate in 'March for Science'
          Missourinet:  International science event will have strong presence in Missouri
          Drebes:  Greitens hosts dinner at Governor's Mansion with female leaders, promotes administration's push for more female leaders
          The Missouri Times:  First 100 Days:  A look at how Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Schmitt, Hawley have tracked against their campaign promises
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt prepares to roll out MO ABLE program
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' nonprofit criticizes Schaaf, posts senator's personal phone number online
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit publishes GOP state senator's cellphone phone number X
          KWMU:  Greitens' nonprofit zeroes in on Schaaf in online ad
          P-D:  Some Democrats, Republicans rent sleeping space from lobbyists
          SNL:  D.C. group asks U.S. attorney to investigate Missouri Senate leader X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers may miss May 5 deadline, raising possibility of special session
          P-D:  GOP infighting could delay budget progress
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) on proposed tax on propane and electricity used in electric cars
          SNL:  Transgender-accommodating costs:  Ozark High School will spend more than $20k to renovate restrooms for one (1) girl who refuses to use female facilities X
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. attorney should investigate Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Great Plains-Westar merger delay could cost ratepayers the benefit of operational efficiencies X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should help Jefferson City promote jailhouse tourism
          Messenger:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) switches teams, files bill to help debt-collector clients
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian says McCaskill's constituent "survey" reveals her liberal bent X
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor septuagenarian says Blunt is scared of defending Trump at town halls
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes proposal from Antonio French, liberal college students to make urban area a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council's Will Jordan criticizes Post-Dispatch reporting on Romine's bill
        KC Star letter:  Grandparents Against Gun Violence's Judy Sherry unhappy about newspaper's use of "silver bullet," says society must stop using "70 words and phrases that refer to guns and shooting" +
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        Friday, April 21
       
Missourinet:  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt tells Missouri crowd war on coal is over
          CDT:  EPA chief celebrates rollback of Obama regulations X
          Drebes:  McCaskill faces uphill battle for re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt secures $10 million for Missouri to fight opioid abuse
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  New health-care package could be unveiled soon +
          KWMU:  Missouri Arts Council opposes cuts to its federal funding
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder honored at Boy Scout dinner +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) needs liver transplant +
          Drebes:  House 21 update:  Daniel O'Neill, John Mayfield
          Kraske:  GOP targets Nixon-appointed judges, and the former governor should only blame himself +
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood to offer abortions in Springfield and Joplin X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR turns over documents to Galloway's office
          AP:  DOR gives records after auditor's subpoena
          KWMU:  Missouri revenue department turns over tax refund information
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf raises stakes in managed care fight
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden questions Schaaf's motivation on Senate floor
          The Missouri Times:  Weigh station bill dies on House floor despite FBI inquiry
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles County) chats with Rosenbaum about boosting transportation funding without raising taxes, potential PDMP pitfalls, more
          AP:  Plan to end tax break for Missouri seniors, disabled stalls
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling budgets reflect growing distance between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans fail to take up discrimination bill as session enters crunch time;  McGaugh expects bill to come up next week
          KWMU:  Missouri House delays vote on workplace discrimination bill
          SE Missourian:  County commissioners voice support for repealing prevailing-wage law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hegeman's statement on University of Missouri bonuses rated "Half True"
          Missourinet:  Committee investigating Missouri's prison system wraps up with DOC director
          The Missouri Times:  PSC declares it does not have EVF authority
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' heard in bogged-down Senate X
          Missourinet:  Late in the game, 'Hailey's Law' still pedaling through Missouri Legislature
          AP:  State alters program for abuse victims after court order
          KC Star:  After provocative debate, prospects appear dim for LGBTQIA* rights in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri needs a higher gas tax to pay for better roads and safer bridges
          CDT cartoon:  Milk-carton cliche, featuring Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Bipartisan Uber and Lyft bill passage gives hope for more good legislation
          KC Star op-ed:  Mesothelioma widow opposes HB 333 +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  State legislators fail local residents by failing to pass PDMP X
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal applauds McCaskill's opposition to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman opposes cuts to "circuit breaker" program
          SE Missourian letter:  MEDA's Trey Davis responds to "false and uneducated" op-ed from "highfalutin'" attorney David Woodsmall +
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        Thursday, April 20   4/20
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt makes brief surprise visit to Missouri House;  Junior senator talks EPA, Blaine Amendment, more
          P-D:  Blunt backs Trump's North Korea actions
          KWMU:  Blunt announces $10 million federal grant to Missouri to fight opioid crisis
          SNL:  McCaskill reaffirms opposition to 'dark money' after $500,000 ad buy from secretive Schumer PAC X
          KC Star:  Dark money group launches ad campaign supporting McCaskill days after she pans dark money +
          Rolla Daily News:  Rep. Jason Smith faces constituents at town hall, talks EPA, Trump budget, more
          Missourinet:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to appear with Blunt in northern Missouri today
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists hold mock town hall;  Stunt features mannequin dressed as Blunt, depiction of elephant posterior, etc.
          P-D:  Missouri playground case touches on separation of church and state
          Columbia Missourian:  After arguments, Supreme Court leans toward local church in religious freedom case
          NPR:  Playground case could breach barrier between tax coffers, religious schools
          Drebes:  Former Rep. John Bowman (D-St. Louis), who resigned after bank fraud indictment, lobbying for UAW
          CDT:  Democrat Michela Skelton leads in 50th District fundraising X
          Columbia Missourian:  50th House District candidates file campaign finance reports
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Profile:  Young Democrats of Missouri's Houston Roberts X
          JCNT:  Auditor subpoenas DOR records X
          AP:  Galloway issues subpoena to revenue department
          KWMU:  Galloway goes after DOR over tax refund information
          Missourinet:  State auditor subpoenas DOR, claims Greitens is stonewalling
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway subpoenas DOR
          P-D:  Owner of troubled Festus nursing home admits stealing Medicaid funds, spending cash on strippers and other toys
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), others continue push for Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Pay-to-play allegations against Missouri Senate leader draw complaint
          The Missouri Times' Rachel Herndon Dunn:  HELP vs. Drivewyze:  Backstory of how conflict led to FBI investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf boots House bills off Senate consent calendar:  "Actions have consequences"
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) on Senate personality conflicts, the PQ, and more
          KWMU:  Buckle up:  No major funding increases for fixing Missour's roads, bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Alternative fuels showcased at Capitol;  Proponents call them solutions to state funding issues
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives green light to State Legal Expense Fund bill;  Hawley to issue first report this month
          AP:  Missouri House advances abortion proposal
          KWMU:  Federal judge blocks two of Missouri's abortion restrictions
          AP:  Judge blocks Missouri's abortion-restricting rules
          The Missouri Times:  AIM board visits Capitol for legislative day
          The Missouri Times:  As Missouri PSC awaits Great Plains-Westar merger briefs, Kansas regulators reject combination
          SE Missourian:  Millions at stake over Ameren fight with property tax assessments +
          KWMU:  Ameren begins major upgrades at Lake of the Ozarks dam
          AP:  Work begins on $52 million improvements to Bagnell Dam
          Missourinet:  House committee to hear MONA
          Missourinet:  Powdered alcohol bill heads to Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Galloway begins audit of Hazelwood schools at parents' request
          KC Star editorial:  Urban mayors Sly James and Lyda Krewson must team up to teach Missouri's GOP legislators what's what +
          P-D editorial:  A good-faith effort to help homeowners around West Lake Landfill
          P-D Editorial Board Editor Tod Robberson:  Schaaf does the right thing by criticizing Greitens' dark money
          Priddy:  Remembering Jerry Nachtigal
          P-D letter:  Wash U School of Social Work staff thank McCaskill, Blunt for supporting scientific research funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger at Post-Dispatch for not covering anti-Trump rally
          CDT letter:  Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association thanks local legislators for voting against charter school bill X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to letter responding to PDMP legislation X
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        Wednesday, April 19
       
Politico:  Chuck Schumer's SuperPAC launches radio ads in Missouri supporting McCaskill
          CDT:  Local Democratic National Committee member Persephone Dakopolos files six (6) delinquent campaign finance reports;  "People Over Profits" was created to help Bernie Sanders X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Local sect of national anti-Trump "Indivisible" group to hold town hall tomorrow night
          Columbia Missourian:  Rally for illegal immigrants draws 100
          AP:  Judge rejects Clay's effort to reinstall cops-as-animals painting in Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri House races
          Drebes:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) gets support from prominent businessman David Steward
          The Missouri Times:  Veterans appeal to Greitens to legalize medical marijuana
          P-D:  Woman who accused Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) of assault two years ago seeks $25k payday;  Roberts' attorney calls opportunistic timing "suspect"
          The Missouri Times:  Business community optimistic about future of Missouri's economy;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, AIM's Ray McCarty, national ALEC rep
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops to 3.9 percent
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran case, citing Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  Lawyers:  Trinity Lutheran religious freedom case should proceed despite Greitens' policy change X
          KWMU:  Hawley's office recuses itself from lawsuit
          AP:  Hawley:  Church lawsuit should proceed
          Missourinet:  AG office recuses itself from U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit
          P-D:  Lawyers argue Missouri church-state Supreme Court case should go on;  AG office recuses itself
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate remembers 13 former colleagues X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to take Rehder's PDMP bill to conference
          KC Star:  Program to monitor prescription drugs runs into new roadblocks in Missouri statehouse +
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers clash over details in prescription drug monitoring bill
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force might have traction to get through Missouri Legislature
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says lawmakers may need special session to pass budget
          P-D:  Missouri Senate talks 'circuit breaker' legislation
          Missourinet:  Ride-sharing legislation makes its way to Greitens
          P-D:  House sends student transfer bill to the Senate
          AP:  Missouri House passes changes to student transfer policy
          KWMU:  Missouri education department drops goal of having schools among nation's 10 best
          KBIA (Columbia):  House votes to block new state parks
          KWMU:  Narrower-than-proposed version of St. Louis Zoo tax bill passes in House
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  Missouri has a "very serious problem with homelessness"
          KWMU:  After taking double-digit spanking, failed Ferguson mayoral candidate Ella Jones says she'll work with Mayor James Knowles
          P-D editorial:  State lawmakers should fund Missouri Technology Corp.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Highway funding should be a priority;  Greitens has been too quiet on the issue X
          SNL op-ed:  Drug monitoring won't solve opioid issue X
          CDT op-ed:  Former Missouri Juvenile Justice Association Director Vivian Murphy:  It's time for Missouri to raise the age on juvenile justice X
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian woman who chooses to live in Kansas wants Missouri legislators to ban plastic bags +
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        Tuesday, April 18   Tax Day
       
WSJ:  Fundraising by Senate Democrats - including McCaskill - jumps ahead of 2018 election
          KY3:  McCaskill calls herself 'underdog' in re-election race
          KWMU:  Fundraising reports:  McCaskill, Wagner set strong pace;  State officeholders feel stifling effects of new contribution limits
          P-D:  Summary of congressional delegation's PAC receipts;  Ann Wagner talks fundraising on Scott Faughn's This Week in Missouri Politics
          P-D:  Summary of statewide officeholders' April campaign finance reports
          The Missouri Times:  Working with Trump 'amazing,' says Wagner
          The Missouri Times:  Handicapping 2018:  Who will take on Ann Wagner for GOP U.S. Senate nomination, and which Republican will fill her 2nd District House seat?
          Columbia Missourian:  New website shows Truman Veterans' Hospital wait times
          P-D:  Federal judge denies Clay's lawsuit seeking re-hanging of cops-as-animals painting
          KQED (Northern California):  Queer and undocumented:  Bisexual Mexican muchacha Yahaira Carrillo recounts sneaking across the border into California, then invading Missouri before returning West
          AP:  Jerry Nachtigal, spokesman for Govs. Carnahan, Wilson and Holden, dies of cancer in South Dakota
          Drebes:  Ron Richard appoints Stephen Cale Bradford to Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience board
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate expected to focus on tax credit repeal, budget, changes to labor and education laws
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) talks balance between charter-school legislation and public school funding
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Education bills move through Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  E-mails outline possible additional cuts at Mizzou;  staff travel budgets in some divisions being reviewed
          Missourinet:  Electricians group backs bill that would require greater boat dock safety standards
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider proposal to expand St. Louis offender rehabilitation program
          KC Star editorial:  Supreme Court should remove religious prejudice from Missouri Law +
          P-D editorial:  Court should deny church taxpayer resources
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill waxes nostalgic about Missouri's olden days of John Ashcroft, Harriett Woods and a yet-to-turn-solid-red state X
          Waters:  Greitens on church and state X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Regulators should approve north Missouri infrastructure project
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        Monday, April 17
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill says Trump trade policy could hurt Missouri farmers
          P-D:  Missouri's 2016 congressional incumbents spent significant campaign cash;  Newspaper publishes expense-report details six (6) months after general election
          CDT:  Unitarian Universalist church plans rally to promote 'sanctuary' status for illegal aliens X
          CDT:  New fed website shows wait time for specialty appointments at Truman VA is longer than most state hospitals and clinics X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on Trump, McCaskill, Gorsuch, Hawley and more;  Panel of Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) on state budget, managed care, more
           Drebes:  GOP communicator extraordinaire Jason Klindt moves into marketing role for KCP&L
           AP:  Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear Missouri church-playground case
           Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court will interpret religious freedom in Trinity Lutheran Church case
           KWMU:  Higher ed officials want more state funding for scholarship programs
           KC Star:  Student journalists' rights:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) would strengthen free-speech shield in Missouri +
           Missourinet:  Recreation enthusiasts angry over waterways bill in Legislature
           CDT:  National county-health rankings show Boone County has a high rate of chlamydia, but quality clinical care X
           P-D:  Buyouts could be coming for those who chose to purchase a home near the West Lake Landfill
           JCNT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley takes needed steps against trafficking X
           P-D editorial:  Compromise on ride-hailing companies was the best St. Louis City could expect
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's burdensome abortion regulations deserve to be reversed in court
           SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  No more pseudonyms on semissourian.com;  Local school districts, governments pledge to be more engaged in online discussion if commenters use their real names +
           Messenger:  In battle of Ameren vs. the assessors, school funding is held hostage
           P-D letter:  Town and Country woman applauds Clay and Wagner for supporting global child health programs
           P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants Greitens to compromise on Medicaid expansion
           Columbia Missourian letter:  Glendale man says GOP legislators want to force churches to allow guns
           KC Star letters:  Kansas City sexagenarian says changes to Obamacare would hurt Missourians;  Lee's Summit octogenarian opposes Missouri Gas Energy rate increase +
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian mocks Leonard Pitts column, says Pepsi protest ad should have depicted Kendall Jenner behaving like a savage
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        Sunday, April 16   Happy Easter!
       
KC Star:  Trump administration changes Obamacare rules, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC says more fixes needed +
          Joplin Globe:  Illegal immigrants at MSSU boast about their status at campus forum;  Alien coed unhappy that GOP state legislators won't hand her taxpayer money X
          SNL:  Federal payments to rural Missouri school districts in danger due to change in forestland revenue distribution X
          JCNT:  Federal budget could cut $300K from Jefferson City Public Schools funding X
          JCNT:  Trump's budget could affect area youth programs X
          KC Star:  Union haul:  Boilermakers union bosses' salaries and perks climb as membership sinks;  Former president of KC local:  "There's nothing democratic about what they do" +
          KC Star:  'Mother of all bombs' dropped on radical Muslims is a runt compared to Missouri-based father of all bombs +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Ann Wagner on her U.S. Senate bid;  Panel of Riverfront Times and St. Louis magazine founder Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) discuss Wagner vs. Hawley, state budget, more
           Drebes:  Help Wanted:  National Alliance on Mental Illness of Missouri seeks Executive Director
           JCNT:  Jay Nixon reflects on time in office X
           AP:  Church lawsuit against Missouri uncertain after Greitens' rule change
           KC Star:  A Missouri church's playground is now a First Amendment exercise for Supreme Court +
           Columbia Missourian:  Lobbyists providing fewer gifts to lawmakers;  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee among those providing pure wisdom rather than trinkets, tickets or meals
           CDT:  Lawmakers may restore UM System funding X
           SNL:  Dixon works behind scenes for early childhood education sales tax push X
           KWMU:  In St. Louis Public Schools, too many white and Asian students qualify for gifted programs;  Superintendent Kelvin Adams hopes to rectify grave injustice
           AP:  White Missourians between the ages of 25 to 54 more likely to die from overdose
           AP:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation study finds deep drop in once-common bat species
           JCNT:  State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began X
           Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens correct to streamline state boards X
           P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers in debt for $1 billion from unaccountable tax districts
           P-D's Samantha Liss:  Patients likely to fall through the cracks during Medicaid managed care rollout in Missouri
           P-D op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City):  Romine's bill would cripple Missouri Human Rights Act
           P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch was based on politics, not principle
           SNL letter:  Springfield man wonders why Ozarks Technical Community College raised tuition and gave employees a pay raise X
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts is incorrect regarding Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson
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        Saturday, April 15
       
NY Times:  McCaskill's survival plan in pro-Trump Missouri:  Stay in the center
          KC Star:  McCaskill weighs in on Russia, Syria, state GOP legislators' 'right to work' bill +
          SNL:  McCaskill holds town hall in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  McCaskill supporters cheer senior senator at town hall X
          KSMU:  McCaskill fields questions on abortion, Trump during Springfield town hall
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission continues work to educate on campaign contribution changes
          KC Star:  GOP Sens. Rob Schaaf, Ryan Silvey recommend Greitens be more transparent about anonymous donors +
          Drebes:  Meet Ron Hicks and Associates;  Former GOP state rep has been back to the Capitol, but must wait to register as a lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  April 13, 2017
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin recaps recent legislative happenings
          KC Star:  Legislative briefs:  PDMP, transportation funding, campus concealed-carry +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) previews final month of the legislative session
          KWMU:  New federal law allowing states to deny Planned Parenthood funding won't immediately affect Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri Western, MSSU join trend of schools no longer requiring ACT or SAT +
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) seeks to boost tourism at historic Missouri prison
          Daily Journal:  Missouri Department of Conservation warns against adopting wildlife;  Young animals "are better off in their natural habitats," become dangerous as they get older
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants federal, state funding to help young urbanites deal with "toxic stress"
          KC Star editorial briefs:  Truman State College Republicans had the audacity to invite a conservative speaker to campus, and campus liberals refrained from violence +
          KC Star editorial:  2018 state auditor endorsement preview:  University of Missouri, TDD audits show Democrat Nicole Galloway is "hitting her stride" +
          Waters:  TDD audits are low-hanging fruit X
          Messenger:  State workers failed to disclose their connection to company they regulated
          P-D op-ed:  Mayors from cities in MN, LA:  Mayor Francis Slay's legacy reaches the length of the Mississippi River
          SNL letter:  2016 House District 136 silver medalist Jeff Munzinger (D):  Compassion hard to find in Missouri Legislature X
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        Friday, April 14
       
KC Star:  McCaskill speaks to large group of supporters at KC event, says Missourians voted for Trump out of 'pain' +
          KC Star multimedia journalist Keith Myers:  Video:  Following town hall, Missouri's senior United States senator attempts popular 2015 dance move "The Dab" +
          KC Star:  Video:  McCaskill talks Obamacare, more at KC Star offices;  Editorial Board members Colleen Nelson and Melinda Henneberger nod, giggle and affirm on Obamacare, Cabinet appointments, illegal immigrants, etc. +
          Kraske:  McCaskill goes country - emphasizing rural issues - in first tough U.S. Senate election +
          P-D:  McCaskill raises nearly $3 million in quarter
          KWMU:  United Way report shows 43 percent of Missouri heads-of-households fail to provide enough for their family
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Hardy Billington shows strong fundraising in bid for Todd Richardson's state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) joins #moleg podcast, talks Speaker of the House contenders and Greitens' meddling, Hawley for U.S. Senate, Cardinals baseball, more
          KWMU:  Greitens issues policy change regarding state grants and religious groups
          AP:  Greitens:  Religious organizations can apply for state grants
          P-D:  Greitens instructs DNR to consider religious organizations for grants
          SNL:  Galloway slams tax districts' 'questionable practices,' including one in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Rehder's PDMP bill with major changes
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring program gets long-awaited approval in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program, with some changes
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
          KWMU:  What the Missouri Senate budget committee did this week
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel:  "We're going to have a discussion about transportation, one way or another"
          The Missouri Times:  Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass statewide rules for Uber, Lyft
          KWMU:  Uber, Lyft regulations sent to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  Uber, Lyft proposal heading to Greitens' desk
          Missourinet:  Lichtenegger, McCreery aim to change gun bill's domestic-violence loophole
          AP:  Senate advances new St. Louis Zoo tax rules
          P-D:  Need a job?  Missouri's employment office thinks Clayton firm can help
          P-D:  State settles appeal alleging North St. Louis City facility lacks proper air pollution permit
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) would restrict use of shackles on pregnant inmates
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to resolve execution drug debate
          P-D editorial:  In Jefferson City, ethics reform is for the other guys
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Midwest Energy Consumers' Group's David Woodsmall:  Monopoly utilities lobby for higher rates, seek to undermine Missouri Public Service Commission +
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Financial myopia may make Missouri pension buyout a popular option
          P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian says McCaskill's explanation of Gorsuch vote shows her social bias
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian disagrees with Stacy Washington's column on school choice
          P-D letter:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen says Legislature must correct mistake that hurts fantasy sports companies
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal chastises Blunt for lack of town halls, attempts analogy involving tulips and petunias +
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        Thursday, April 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill's town hall in Jefferson County draws friendly crowd
          P-D:  McCaskill greets friendly crowds at town halls, takes shots at Republican colleagues
          AP:  McCaskill supporters turn out for senator's town halls
          Missourinet:  McCaskill faces few critics at Fulton town hall
          CDT:  McCaskill supporters give warm welcome to senior senator at Fulton town hall X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill talks re-election campaign, more to friendly crowd
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill talks bipartisanship, Trump, health care during town hall meeting +
          KC Star:  Editorial board promotes Facebook Live Q&A with McCaskill to be held today +
          SNL:  Sierra Club members promote McCaskill in Jefferson City, meet with state legislators at Capitol;  Comments from Missouri chapter leader John Hickey X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner sets high mark in fundraising, signaling U.S. Senate run
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, eyeing Senate run, has nearly $3 million in the bank
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith:  Republicans want to 'bust up' IRS;  believes Congress can pass tax-reform bill +
          The Arrow (SEMO):  Federal budget proposal could affect local NPR station KRCU
          KWMU:  A look at how $29.5 million HUD grant will be spent in North St. Louis City;  Urban Strategies' Esther Shin says greenspaces, health education will totally make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glace updates on state legislation:  Discrimination-law updates, REAL ID, higher ed, more
          AP:  Missouri House strikes down proposed gas tax
          P-D:  No appetite in Missouri House to send gas tax hike to voters
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee wades through state budget, delaying some decisions
          AP:  Missouri budgeters plan for reboot and expansion of Amber Alert
          Missourinet:  House next in line to hear employment discrimination bill
          KWMU:  Missouri-wide regulations for Uber, Lyft nearing Greitens' desk
          AP:  Bill would cap fees for contracted state lawyers
          P-D:  St. Louis one of many urban areas across the country hitting roadblocks at statehouses
          KWMU:  Synthetic opioid deaths surge across St. Louis region
          SNL:  Video:  Student-on-the-street interviews about campus concealed carry:  MSU coed:  "I think that, like, students should have the right to carry their guns, but not on, like, a university or public place" X
          The Missouri Times:  Sponsors of licensing bond increase say they hope to protect consumers
          P-D:  Missouri House addressing conflict of interest concerns between state officials, trucking company
          SNL:  Missouri waterways bill perplexes many at House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  McGaugh offers bill changing local health ordinance rulemaking
          AP:  Senators OK home buyouts aimed at St. Louis-area landfills
          KWMU:  State Senate passes bill to buy homes near West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Accountability the main concern should Ferguson's consent decree be scuttled
          P-D:  St. Louis City Hall reporter Koran Addo departs Post-Dispatch, will go to work for mayor-elect whose election campaign he covered
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  Shared parenting bill will benefit Missouri children
          Waters:  Time for passage of liquor-pricing bill X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  St. Louis woman expresses anger at her state legislators for never responding to her petition regarding asbestos
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian McCaskill supporter proud of senior senator's vote on Gorsuch
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        Wednesday, April 12
       
The Pitch:  Stephen Webber tries to lift an impotent Missouri Democratic Party;  Dem candidates dish on how Nixon and recent state party leadership has failed Missouri's most loyal Democrats
           Missourinet:  McCaskill promotes town-hall tour
           SNL:  McCaskill to hold town hall in Springfield on Friday X
           P-D:  Morning Consult polls:  McCaskill at 47 favorable, 39 unfavorable;  Blunt at 47 favorable, 38 unfavorable
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt lauds Trump team in handling of global challenges X
           KC Star:  Blue Cross of Kansas City is close to turning a profit on Obamacare +
           SNL:  Conservative radio host Dana Loesch bringing show to Bass Pro X
           The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield), now serving as a Greene County commissioner, may run for Wasson's state Senate seat in 2018
           Drebes:  Roster moves:  List of state employees switching or starting jobs
           KWMU:  Greitens creates small-government task force, says it won't cost Missouri money
           The Missouri Times:  Greitens targets boards and commissions with latest executive order
           AP:  Greitens creates new panel to reduce state boards
           P-D:  Greitens moves to eliminate unneeded special boards and commissions
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Potosi) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about budget, PDMP, ride-hailing legislation, higher ed funding, Greitens, more
           Missouri Viewpoints:  Should Missouri government track your prescriptions?  Holly Rehder vs. Carl Bearden
           AP:  Legislative budget leaders disagree on education funding
           Columbia Missourian:  As Senate begins digging into state budget, more changes are coming
           Columbia Missourian:  Senate gives UM System some hope for budget restorations
           The Missouri Times:  Missouri Technology Corporation cuts could be sore spot for St. Louis startups, legislators
           SE Missourian:  Local chiefs concerned over possible elimination of DWI-checkpoint funding +
           KWMU:  Senate Republicans support wide-ranging omnibus education bill
           The Missouri Times:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri continues touting charter schools across the state
           P-D:  Truman State grapples with visit from conservative speaker Robert Spencer
           The Missouri Times:  Uber bill gets initial approval in Senate, destined for trip back to House
           AP:  Ride-hailing regulations pass Missouri Senate
           P-D:  Uber and Lyft would get break from local regulations under proposal in Missouri Senate
           Missourinet:  Missouri Corrections Officers advocate, Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) not shocked by graphic DOC report
           Missourinet:  Bill tightening restrictions on sex offenders is approved unanimously by Missouri House committee
           The Missouri Times:  Backers of Emery's grid-modernization bill fund constituent-contact campaign;  Opponents call efforts "utility propaganda"
           P-D:  Laclede Gas files first rate increase in four years
           Delta Farm Press:  Spraying herbicides off-label in Missouri will cost you;  Greitens signs legislation to stiffen penalties for scofflaws
           KWMU:  Missouri House passes industrial hemp bill, but chances in Senate are thin
           AP:  Missouri House votes to extend donations to organ donor fund
           Missourinet:  Bills in Legislature look to rein in racial profiling by law enforcement
           Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants state to establish PTSD education programs for young urbanites dealing with "toxic stress"
           CDT:  Tribune editor Jim Robertson to retire next month X
           KC Star editorial:  Conflicts of interest abound among Missouri officials +
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's latest ethical dilemma:  High-tech truck weighing
           Jensen:  Vote against Gorsuch could hurt McCaskill at ballot box +
           Messenger:  Missouri Supreme Court draws line in the sand on rising court costs
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County Democratic activist Carl Peterson says charter schools have demonstrated little innovation
           KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian dislikes Greitens using Internet website Facebook +
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        Tuesday, April 11
       
KMZU (Carrollton):  Interview with McCaskill:  Rural schools, hospitals and broadband; Missouri Medicaid expansion;  Early positioning of Nicole Galloway's re-election bid;  more
          KZIM (Cape Girardeau):  McCaskill tries to get Missouri ranchers access to the Chinese market
          JCNT:  McCaskill to hold campaign rally at country club after town hall on Wednesday X
          The Missouri Times:  Prominent Missouri Republicans promote "Draft Hawley" letter, want AG to take on McCaskill
          P-D:  Jack Danforth, Peter Kinder, Jane Cunningham, Doug Russell, others sign draft-Hawley letter
          AP:  Hawley supporters urge AG to run for U.S. Senate
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County Lincoln Day dinner put focus on veterans;  Speaker Todd Richardson and other state legislators speak, cap evening with "God Bless America" +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Unitarian Universalist church declares itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants
          CDT:  Local church touts status as hideout for illegal aliens X
          AP:  Liberal ex-journalist pleads not guilty to threatening Jewish groups
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River forecast to cause little flooding in Cape Girardeau +
          Drebes:  March state revenue numbers, and what they mean to the budget
          AP:  Missouri 'right to work' ballot proposal challenged in court
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Holly Rehder:  Speaker candidate talks 'right to work,' tort overhaul, PDMP, Legislature's urban-rural divide, more
          AP:  Missouri discrimination bill passes House committee unchanged
          KWMU:   House to vote on bill to update state definition of workplace discrimination
          Missourinet:  Legislative Black Caucus, House Democratic Superminority hold press conference criticizing Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) and discrimination bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Press conference by opponents fails to stop discrimination bill
          P-D:  Legislation on lobbyist gifts advances, but Greitens' term limits proposal floundering
          SNL:  Pitch for gun-free zones receives House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  Opponents come on strong in House General Laws hearing on gun legislation
          Missourinet:  Gun legislation draws standing-room-only crowd
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun legislation draws a crowd
          JCNT:  Bill targets no-gun businesses for liability X
          Missourinet:  Proposals from Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would offer tax break for first-time homebuyers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau announces opposition to industrial hemp bill
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to allow industrial hemp farming
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill giving immunity for overdose help
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway asks for changes to TDD laws after uncovering massive oversight
          P-D:  Galloway:  Missouri's taxing district law allows unethical practices, poor oversight
          CDT:  Galloway's review flags issue in Columbia transportation district X
          JCNT:  Audit rips Stone Ridge TDD X
          KWMU:  Galloway calls for overhaul of Transportation Development District laws
          Missourinet:  Auditor calls on lawmakers to overhaul TDD legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway blasts transportation development district laws
          AP:  Galloway criticizes transportation-related districts
          P-D editorial:  In a trade war with Mexico, Missouri corn growers could be collateral damage
          P-D op-ed:  Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Ethics legislation needed to hold public officials accountable
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  HB433 would provide truth in alcohol advertising
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Jay Nixon State Park was a political folly
          JCNT letter:  Democrat Sue Gibson says House committee hearings for discrimination bill is a farce X
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        Monday, April 10
       
Washington Times:  Opioid fight unites Democrats, Republicans - even during Gorsuch vote;  McCaskill reached out to Trump's opioid task force leader Chris Christie
          KC Star:  Local mom-daughter heroin-addict duo shares stories:  Life of "soft" and hard drugs, abortion as birth control, forged checks, jail time, more +
          P-D:  Missouri helps heroin addicts via state funding for Vivitrol, a medication-assisted treatment;  State also runs three methadone clinics
          P-D:  'Good Samaritan' and drug database proposals move forward as Missouri grapples with opioid crisis
          KC Star:  After 137 years, Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO to close +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Holly Rehder talks Speaker race, more;  Panel of Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Farmington), Patrick Lynn, UFCW 655 President Dave Cook talk McCaskill re-election bid, Greitens meddling in Speaker race, budget, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with journoduo about prevailing wage, Missouri union members supporting Trump and Greitens, issues with family leave policy, ethics legislation
          Washington Missourian:  A Better Road Forward plans ballot initiative to ban toll roads X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Term limits open up four Buchanan County state legislative seats in 2018 X
          Drebes:  New Dem, GOP state rep campaign committees
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 3
          KCUR:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) talks about pay-to-play allegations against Senate GOP leadership, says matter deserves investigation (21:00), budget, transportation, more
          Missourinet:  Concealed firearms bill expected to draw large turnout at hearing today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks term-limits bill, PDMP
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would have Missouri seeing more ride-hailing companies
          P-D editorial:  Mallinckrodt has connection to America's opioid problem;  Schaaf stood in the way of PDMP, but now even he sees the light
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley gets creative to combat human traffickers
          CDT op-ed:  Edison Electric Institute's David Owens:  A stronger energy grid is a win for all Missourians X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman thanks McCaskill, Blunt, Clay for support of Alzheimer's research funding
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian accuses Blunt, Long of taking payoffs in exchange for telecom vote X
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        Sunday, April 9
       
P-D:  Trump inspires political activism in Missouri across party, worldview spectrum
          SNL:  Greene County Democrats hold final Jackson Day dinner;  66-year-old former supporting actress/labor advocate Tess Harper says Hillary Clinton should have won election "because she was a lot ... smarter than anyone (else) in the room" X
          SNL:  With Obamacare still in place, experts offer advice about your taxes;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health's Nancy Kelley, assistant UM prof Andrew Zumwalt X
          KWMU:  Blunt seeks to retain funding for 4 Missouri regional airports
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt, Long seek funding for Riverside Bridge replacement X
          CDT:  At Boone County Lincoln Day dinner, Republicans talk about keeping up momentum X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Holly Rehder on her bid for Speaker, more;  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Farmington), Patrick Lynn, UFCW 655 President Dave Cook talk U.S. Senate race, Greitens meddling in Speaker race, ethics bills, more
          Drebes:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on MOSERS' threat to state's AAA bond rating
          JCNT:  Schmitt promotes MOSERS revisions X
          KC Star:  Schaaf says his best hope is to reduce "severity of badness" of PDMP bill +
          Columbia Missourian:  Workplace discrimination bill, supported by University of Missouri System, headed for crucial vote
          JCNT:  House budget skips state worker pay raises X
          AP:  Missouri mulls cutting funding for sobriety checkpoints
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would limit use of cell phones by taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers X
          CDT:  Pro-life activists mark end of '40 Days of Life' campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Infant mortality hits new lows nationwide, in Missouri;  Black activist blames "the system" for higher black infant mortality rate compare to whites, Asians, Hispanics, all others
          Columbia Missourian:  Four-day school weeks aid rural Missouri districts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County program gives students an insider view of elections X
          P-D:  Payday loan industry faces headwinds in Missouri
          AP:  Galloway investigating Missouri role in trucking tech company
          P-D's Nicklaus and Gallagher:  Video:  Sexagenarian columnists talk about Legislature's move to block St. Louis City's minimum wage increase
          P-D's Horrigan:  Sexagenarian columnist/editorial board member says Legislature's tax increases for seniors, tax cuts for fantasy sports are wrong
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri MADD's Robbie Pace-Courtright:  Legislative proposal ramps up dangers from drunken driving
          KC Star letter:  KC man says McCaskill gave in to her party's angst on Gorsuch +
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman notes Mizzou enrollment decrease correlates to university's coddling of hypersensitive students
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        Saturday, April 8
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt, Luetkemeyer, Wagner support strikes on Syria;  Clay not ready to offer thoughts
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt, Wagner share thoughts on Syria strikes
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on Gorsuch vote
          KOMU:  McCaskill to hold eight town halls across Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jason Smith presented with National Association of Manufacturers Award in Caruthersville +
          Messenger:  Illegal immigrants in St. Louis region learn tricks to evade the law
          KWMU:  Chelsea Clinton's book tour makes stop in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times Magazine features Top 100 Lobbyists list, op-eds from legislators, activist profiles, more
          The Missouri Times Magazine - Special Edition
          Drebes:  A Better Road Forward enlists Scott Dieckhaus to help oppose toll roads
          KOMU:  Greitens the first Missouri governor to visit statewide technical skills competition
          JCNT:  Greitens praises skills competition, state tech's work X
          The Missouri Times:  Holly Rehder:  "...running for Speaker is in the cards"
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax committee establishes subcommittees
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) regarding technology trust fund enjoys broad bipartisan support
          KWMU:  Republicans provide $6 million for youth summer jobs
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) aims to block forced underage marriages and sex trafficking
          KC Star:  System that may break speed of sound could come to Missouri;  MoDOT's Tom Blair pushed for KC-STL route to be included in Hyperloop's global challenge +
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt - approached at airport by woman who stalked his flight - takes time to listen to sad health-care tale;  McCaskill to hold town halls +
          P-D editorial:  Gorsuch confirmed as Senate affirms the great American divide;  McCaskill laments Missourians' distaste for compromise
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers shouldn't head home until they ban gifts from lobbyists +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should allow every municipality in the state to set their own sprinkler regulations +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Onder's use of abortion reference to make point about zoo funding was not okay
          Helling:  Missouri Republicans continue tradition of supporting pro-business policies +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen:  Legislature must act to protect small businesses in growing fantasy sports industry
          P-D letter:  Town and Country man says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch cements her 2018 defeat
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian wants Post-Dispatch to be harder on Greitens, particularly around shady 501(c)(4) organizations
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        Friday, April 7
       
KC Star:  Blunt, other Republicans oppose Trump plan to cut medical funding +
          Missourinet:  Trump supporters hold pro-Gorsuch rally at Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Organization, which illegally transferred $1.4M to Iraq, has dissolved and divested funds
          KWMU:  Local arts organizations reliant upon federal funding oppose cuts to their programs
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt push steamboat bill
          AP:  Missouri, Mississippi Rivers flood, but damage expected to be minimal
          Drebes:  Republican Brad Hudson to run for Rep. Don Phillips' open seat
          The Missouri Times:  Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit
          Columbia Missourian:  After delay, Senate confirms UM System Board of Curators appointments
          AP:  Senate confirms several Greitens appointees
          The Missouri Times:  House approves state's $27 billion budget, Senate approval to come
          AP:  Missouri House OKs budget with hike in K-12 school funding
          P-D:  Missouri House approves budget, sends $27.8B plan to Senate
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes $27.8B state budget that fully funds schools
          SNL:  Senate budget head:  Fully funding foundation formula not likely X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget, potential Senate opposition to early-childhood education funding
          KWMU:  Area high-tech groups reliant upon state funding oppose cuts to their funding
          KWMU:  Senate suggests boosting current Missouri budget by $241M
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panel compliments Fitzpatrick in work as budget chair
          SNL:  Prevailing wage law repeal meets organized opposition X
          Washington Missourian:  REAL ID bill making progress in Legislature X
          SNL:  In Senate committee, REAL ID remains divisive X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate prepares to hear prescription drug monitoring program bill
          AP:  Missouri Republicans differ on Greitens' family leave policy
          Columbia Missourian:  Planned Parenthood wants to expand abortion services in Missouri
          CDT:  City lobbyist directed to support state transportation bill X
          Missourinet:  Legislation to create four adult high schools is approved by Missouri Senate committee
          The Missouri Times:  Compromise reached between Onder and Wieland on Uber bill
          The Missouri Times:  Battle over booze:  What a South Carolina decision could mean for Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Economic development amendment would add Bootheel support for electric-grid legislation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State, utilities foster safe digging X
          Missourinet:  More problems highlighted at latest hearing over state's prisons
          AP:  Missouri Senate moves to exempt veterans from business fees
          AP:  Legislation on phone-tracking regulations passes Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Bill would allow elderly life-without-parole inmates a hearing on release
          Columbia Missourian:  At Mizzou, Fordham professor complains about gun laws, racial profiling, more
          SE Missourian:  Probable-cause statement details attorney general's charges against Mississippi County sheriff +
          Rust:  Larry Ferrell a strong candidate for U.S. Attorney +
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  D.C.-based elderly-research group supports Blunt in opposition to NIH funding cuts X
          Waters:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway is making a lot of the office X
          Messenger:  FBI investigating Missouri legislative dispute involving truckers
          P-D's conservative columnist Stacy Washington:  Expanding school choice
          P-D op-ed:  "AngryBlackBitch" blogger/"Reproaction" founder Pamela Merritt:  Republicans want to take food from the mouths of poor kids and hand it to pro-life groups
          KC Star op-ed:  Former head of Missouri Juvenile Justice Association:  Missouri fails 17-year-old criminals +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Choi could learn from his predecessors in tackling budget crisis
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        Thursday, April 6
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill says Trump's claims about border wall are "embarrassing"
          Real Clear Politics:  Blunt weighs in on Democrats' obstruction of Trump cabinet picks
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition filed to ban toll roads in Missouri
          SNL:  Group proposes Missouri vote to ban toll roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) throws her name into competitive 2018 Senate District 16 race
          P-D:  North St. Louis County Democratic leader Elbert Walton's law license suspended for 18 months by Missouri Supreme Court
          AP:  House lawyer warns of bribery after donation e-mail;  Solar power advocate Serra-Lesa Ivener suggested campaign cash was available in exchange for vote on legislation
          Missourinet:  Hundreds attend Firefighters Day at Missouri Capitol;  Attendees include Greitens, National Guard Adjutant General Steve Danner, Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains)
          KWMU:  State revenue numbers mean more money for Missouri, fewer possible budget problems for lawmakers
          Missourinet:  House set to pass budget for upcoming fiscal year
          SNL:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) restores AG's funding X
          Missourinet:  Missouri public defender system director not hopeful $6 million would stay in his budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Greitens statement on 'right to work' states and job growth rated "Half True"
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) seeks to bring accountability to foster care system
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) revives plan for Capitol security commission X
          P-D:  Greitens, some GOP lawmakers disagree on family leave policy
          P-D:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) uses abortion reference to make point about zoo funding
          AP:  Judge plans to block Missouri's abortion-restriction rules
          KWMU:  Judge plans to strike down Missouri abortion restrictions
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) would rank Missouri maternal and neonatal hospitals
          AP:  House advances bill pushing medical help for overdoses
          Missourinet:  Unions make their case against prevailing wage repeal
          The Missouri Times:  Curtman still looking for final vote on industrial hemp bill
          AP:  House advances bill to restrict powdered alcohol
          Missourinet:  Mizzou lays off 20 employees;  university cites enrollment drop, decline in state funding
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper seeks anonymous tips about Mizzou job cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  MU sees decline in international graduate student applications;  Iranian man blames Trump
          AP:  AG office:  Mississippi County sheriff arrested on 18 criminal offenses
          P-D editorial:  Children are the collateral damage of nation's opioid epidemic;  Greitens should do more to push for PDMP
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court attorney Bill Thompson:  Response to Messenger's 5-part series:  Legislators, courts acted within the law in regard to Sheriffs' Retirement Fund
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  NFIB's Brad Jones:  The Legislature, not local governments, should set minimum wage
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Charter schools bill needs work
          KC Star letters:  McCaskill and Gorsuch;  Missouri's alternatives to toll roads +
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        Wednesday, April 5
       
Washington Times:  Illegal immigration plummets after Trump inauguration;  McCaskill questions cost of building new border wall
          FOX News:  Border wall 'critical' for reducing crime, former agents testify;  McCaskill says price tag would unfairly burden taxpayers
          Messenger:  Greitens' Cardinals Opening Day appearance is less than transparent;  Campaign pays for six tickets for children of National Guard soldiers serving overseas, four tickets for staff
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces plan to bring high-speed Internet to all Missouri schools
          KBIA:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt launches MO ABLE programs
          AP:  Galloway audit:  Missouri struggles to handle federal money
          P-D:  Audit:  Missouri struggles to oversee federal funds to health care, child care survivors
          JCNT:  State officials told to watch federal funds better X
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Missouri misspends a small portion of federal money
          P-D:  Feds:  Home health care workers were actually gambling, cruising while billing Medicaid;  Demagio Smith, Tammara Bell, four other St. Louis City residents busted for bilking taxpayers
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Medicaid, higher ed funding, charter schools, more
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Debates:  Appropriations bills perfected after long day in the chamber
          AP:  Missouri House budget funds schools, blocks checkpoints
          P-D:  Public schools benefit under House budget plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers show mercy to UM System budget
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf ends opposition to Rehder's PDMP bill
          KWMU:  Schaaf says he'll support Rehder's bill creating prescription drug monitoring program
          Missourinet:  Schaaf ends opposition to Rehder's PDMP bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) pleased with changes made to this session's PDMP bill
          P-D:  Missouri mulling pension payouts for some former state workers
          The Missouri Times:  Taxis desire parity with emerging rideshare companies
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee hears testimony about discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  MoDOT asking public to do its part for safety of workers at highway projects
          CDT:  UM System president warns cuts will require 'bold action' X
          CDT:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, Aurora Organic Dairy issue Columbia plant announcement X
          P-D:  High turnout in Ferguson helps Mayor James Knowles roll to re-election
          KWMU:  Ferguson retains Mayor James Knowles for a third term
          AP:  Ferguson mayor, who handled riots after strong-arm robber Michael Brown's assault on police officer Darren Wilson, re-elected by residents
          KWMU:  Ferguson's federal consent decree among those AG Jeff Sessions wants to review
          Columbia Missourian:  Black Studies Program, others host Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery;  Liberal author of "They Can't Kill Us All" tells tales of riots reporting, social-justice crusading, etc.
          P-D editorial:  For Hawley, grandstanding is more important than protecting consumers
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Schaaf finally relents on PDMP X
          P-D op-ed:  McCaskill should put voters over politics, vote to confirm Gorsuch to Supreme Court
          KC Star op-ed:  National Association of Ticket Brokers' Gary Adler:  Missouri bill would fight bullies in event ticketing +
          P-D op-ed:  National Employment Law Project's Mitchell Hirsch:  Republicans want to steal raises from poor people who need it the most
          KC Star letter:  KC woman says McCaskill story of flushing opioids down the toilet sets a bad example of water contamination +
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        Tuesday, April 4
       
KC Star:  McCaskill calls for GAO report on closing of rural hospitals +
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt get Senate approval for historic River Queen riverboat to resume cruises
          Columbia Missourian:  Local social welfare groups unhappy about Trump budget
          KC Star:  Kansas City to host the national White Privilege Conference +
          KWMU:  Greitens' political noprofits take center stage in Missouri;  501(c)(4) organizations common for governors around U.S.
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens announces broadband access program for schools
          Missourinet:  Greitens announces broadband program for rural schools
          KC Star:  Greitens announces plan to bring broadband Internet to rural Missouri schools +
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley releases details on new fight against human trafficking
          AP:  Hawley measure to control human trafficking
          KWMU:  Hawley proposes rules to prevent human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches initiatives aimed at fighting human trafficking
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley announces new tactics to combat trafficking
          P-D:  Hawley announces new initiatives to combat human trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area Democrat leads local delegation in accepting lobbyist gifts;  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) accepted less than $13,000 since 2011, more than all local legislators combined X
          The Missouri Times:  8 changes to note in the House budget:  Education spending, Medicaid, circuit breaker, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder's PDMP bill gains significant Democratic support
          AP:  House approves prescription drug database for monitoring program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) supports REAL ID legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could vote on unemployment benefits today;  GOP bill would allow nonworkers to stay on the dole for at least three months
          The Missouri Times:  House hearing held on Romine's discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  House discusses discrimination bill
          KWMU:  NAACP President Rod Chapel wraps up testimony
          AP:  House passes ban on red-light cameras
          P-D:  Fantasy-sports operators could see tax cut
          CDT:  UM president outlines timeline for budget cut decisions X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System president:  Cuts could include layoffs for staff, nontenure track faculty
          KWMU:  University of Missouri president:  Layoffs a possibility as budget-cutting process begins
          P-D:  Layoffs aren't off the table as University of Missouri System schools battle budget cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Residential Life to close three more residence halls
          Drebes:  Galloway's audit of Wayne County is not pretty
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Take Missouri's sex trade seriously X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC law prof David Achtenberg:  Lisa Hardwick is not too liberal for Missouri Supreme Court +
          KC Star letter:  Save Haven law has protected nearly 50 babies in Missouri +
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        Monday, April 3
       
Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel:  Blunt to speak at county GOP dinner April 21
          Missourinet:  Petraeus headlines Churchill weekend in Fulton
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Francis Slay;  Panel of Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City), Jeff Mazur, Joe Lakin, St. Louis Police Officer Association's Joe Patterson talk PDMP, budget, utilities legislation, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri voters could consider renewable energy proposal in 2018 X
          P-D:  Lobbyist gifts reached all-time low in 2016;  Less than $600k of trinkets, tickets and food supplied to lawmakers, lowest since recordkeeping began in 2004
          Drebes:  Under Hawley, deputy AGs get pay raises
          The Missouri Times:  First-year House budget leaders find success in numbers
          SE Missourian:  Holly Rehder talks about her bid for Speaker of the House, PDMP legislation +
          Columbia Missourian:  Policy changes help improve Jefferson City climate for interns
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants authorities to investigate fumes from leak in gas station's underground tank
          KC Star:  Census data:  KC area grows, St. Louis metro area shrinks +
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant school board candidates weigh in on voting rights case;  Judge ruled that too many white candidates were winning at-large elections
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Politics poisons Gorsuch vote;  McCaskill, other Democrats still emotional about November election results X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Democrats should stop seeking revenge by filibustering Gorsuch +
          Waters:  Hank Foley leaves MU with good marks X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Republicans take aim at Missourians with disabilities
          P-D's Nicklaus and Gallagher:  Video:  Seasoned citizens drink beer while discussing state tax credits, criticize Banking [sic] Chair Scott Fitzgerald [sic]
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        Sunday, April 2
       
P-D:  St. Louis avoids large influx of immigrants;  Hispanic Chamber President Karlos Ramirez says "less anti-immigrant legislation" from Jefferson City might change that
          KC Star:  Star joins ProPublica effort to solicit reader/activist tales of "hate crimes";  Reporting categories include perceived meanness to immigrants, "status as a trans person," etc. +
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch wins award for "Social Justice Journalism"
          SE Missourian:  Librarian offers tips to identify "fake news," recognize media outlets' blatant bias +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  In Fulton, Gen. David Petraeus says iron curtains remain despite Churchill's legacy
          CDT:  David Petraeus speaks in Fulton X
          JCNT:  "Three (3) Questions" with Gen. Petraeus X
          P-D:  Preview:  Missouri's 2018 U.S. Senate race, 583 days out
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Lincoln Days crowd hears from National Right to Work rep, former deputy national security adviser;  Gary Rust, Peter Kinder receive recognition for decades of service +
          Drebes:  GOP primary shaping up for Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Francis Slay;  Panel of Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis), Joe Lakin, Jeff Mazur, St. Louis Police Officers Association's Joe Patterson talk PDMP, budget, utilities legislation, more
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  Tracking Gov. Greitens' campaign promises with legislative results
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  REAL ID, abortion and more X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens remains firmly against Medicaid expansion +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens to announce rural development programs during tour of outstate schools tomorrow
          SNL:  Solar industry alarmed by net metering bill supported by utility companies X
          AP:  Metal detectors at Missouri Capitol might lose funding
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens signs herbicide bill in Portageville +
          CDT:  Gun shop owners seek to clear up confusion about Missouri's concealed carry law X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO program inspires students to learn more about government +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens hints at possible crack in the Medicaid expansion door
          P-D editorial:  Climax to Tony Messenger's Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series;  Sheriffs have no business generating retirement funds off court fees
          SNL joint op-ed:  Galloway, others:  Ethics legislation needed to hold public officials accountable X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Update on Johnny Lee Wilson, local man pardoned by Gov. Carnahan X
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        Saturday, April 1   April Fools' Day
       
April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  McCaskill joins other Democrats in planning to vote against Gorsuch for Supreme Court
          P-D:  McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch nomination, support Democratic filibuster
          KWMU:  McCaskill to vote against Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          Politico:  McCaskill 'no' on Gorsuch moves Senate toward nuclear fights
          Missourinet:  In speech to law enforcement, AG Jeff Sessions vows to cut down on foreign drug lords and "thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion" to peddle dope
          KWMU:  AG Jeff Sessions brings tough-on-crime message to law enforcement leaders in St. Louis;  Gender-fluid protester twirls desecrated American flag, says he/she can "personally tell" Sessions is "a racist"
          AP:  Sessions:  Ferguson an emblem of tense relationship between criminals and the police
          The Missouri Times:  New contribution limits affect fundraising quarter ending
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 27
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Legislature:  Week of March 27
          Missourinet:  House committees approve State Legal Expense Fund legislation
          KWMU:  Republicans may make concessions on minimum wage bill that would affect St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden, Ruth present bill to assist first-time home buyers
          CDT:  Senate blocks UM curator appointments X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys dominate Missouri Geographic Bee, securing all 10 finalist spots;  Minority student Rohan Rao chooses to work hard, crushes Caucasoid competition
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs bill to protect Missouri farmers from law-breaking pesticide applicators
          AP:  Greitens OKs higher fines for illegal application of herbicide
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) applauds court decision in Mark Twain Transmission project case
          The Missouri Times:  'Hailey's Law' passes Missouri House, heads to Senate
          P-D:  Twelve (12) people make a scence, block trash trucks outside landfills
          JCNT editorial:  Senate should follow House in banning gifts
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        Friday, March 31
       
KC Star:  McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for higher court +
          P-D:  Leaked tape:  McCaskill tells donors she's leery of filibustering Trump's Supreme Court pick
          The Weekly Standard:  McCaskill worried Gorsuch filibuster will backfire
          Politico:  McCaskill agonizes over Gorsuch
          The Hill:  McCaskill to Bernie Sanders supporters:  "I need you, I want you"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt helps question experts on cyberattacks X
          Washington Missourian:  Blunt speaks at Franklin County Lincoln Day dinner X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  Most GOP members on board with health-care bill;  others "holding out for perfection" +
          Politico:  White House shuffles West Wing staff;  Missourian Katie Walsh sent to fix Trump's outside political group, which faltered during health care battle
          Missourinet:  David Petraeus to speak, join Churchill fellows at Westminster College
          JCNT:  Elizabeth Hasselbeck speaks at Vitae Foundation's 25-year anniversary event X
          KC Star:  Federal contractor has 350 job openings in the Kansas City area +
          Drebes:  Dick Doherty retires, for good;  Seasoned lobbyist departs with reputation as "a man of his word and a true gentleman"
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley celebrates Trump's actions against Obama-era environmental regulations
          KC Star:  Hawley to provide monthly report on state payments settling lawsuits +
          P-D:  Hawley to release monthly report on state's legal settlements
          Missourinet:  Soldiers honored during Missouri Vietnam Veterans Day
          AP:  Greitens picks Missouri labor department director;  Anna Hui to be Missouri's first Asian-American cabinet member
          The Missouri Times:  Victims and advocates to be honored during 'Crime Victims' Rights Week'
          AP:  Missouri House passes prevailing wage repeal
          KWMU:  Legislature updates:  Prevailing wage, REAL ID, abortion, minimum wage
          The Missouri Times:  All eyes turn to Senate as House passes REAL ID
          AP:  Missouri House passes REAL ID compliance measure
          KC Star:  REAL ID bill clears Missouri House, but hurdle awaits in Senate +
          Missourinet:  After House passage, REAL ID likely to see slow action in the Senate
          AP:  House passes bill overturning St. Louis abortion ordinance
          Missourinet:  Committee continues investigation into Dept. of Corrections staff complaints
          P-D:  Paying for schools could trigger problems between House and Senate in Missouri budget
          The Missouri Times:  Senate again decides against confirming UM Curators
          KWMU:  Solar Foundation's Andrea Luecke says Missouri has "decent" state-level policies to encourage alternative energy
          Missourinet:  Mother of daughter children at Lake of the Ozarks blames Ameren, wants Missouri Legislature to boost dock safety regulations
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' passes House, heads to Senate X
          Missourinet:  'Hailey's Law' on Amber Alert system is heading to Missouri Senate
          P-D:  Firefighter grazed by bullet while on duty in Ferguson, chief says
          P-D:  Local PBS affiliate pulls plug on public affairs show "Stay Tuned";  Station thought it could stimulate sensible discussion via social media
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill right to plunge ahead with opioid probe +
          JCNT editorial:  New law puts A+ Scholarship Program on equal footing X
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with "David Humphries [sic]" on prevailing wage X
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