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Archive - December 2019



    

        Tuesday, December 31, 2019
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  The 10 biggest stories of the decade:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann talk rise of Republicans and decline of Democrats;  Plus Stenger, Greitens, McCaskill, Akin, Schweich, Ferguson riots, more
          SNL:  Billy Long's campaign will host fundraiser at Springfield's KISS concert X
          SE Missourian:  Local reaction mixed to federal increase in age to buy tobacco products +
          The Missouri Times:  Michela Skelton gives up on state Senate bid
          JCNT:  Michela Skelton quits race for state Senate X
          AP:  New law makes Missouri corporate tax one of lowest in U.S.
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture gives grants to projects in "food deserts" around the state
          JCNT:  Galloway audit:  Missouri's financial, human resources management system is vulnerable X
          Columbia Missourian:  Judge takes 'Right to Farm' claim for denied marijuana grower under advisement
          AP:  Legal marijuana sales may spark Midwest interstate tension
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks community college funding
          P-D:  Illinois push to make daylight savings time permanent rankles some on Missouri border X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jerome Barnes (D-Raytown) wants local sports referees protected from being threatened or attacked
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Study ranks Missouri 15th in utility costs X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislators have better things to do than overturn Clean Missouri X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County):  It's time for Missouri to educate our children on how to navigate this plugged-in world
          P-D op-ed:  Central States Water Resources CEO Josiah Cox on clean water and Missouri X
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri's drug task forces avoid accountability
          SE Missourian letter:  Area doctor agrees with op-ed on "surprise billing" +
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        Monday, December 30, 2019
       
SNL:  Here's what Blunt, Hawley are saying about impeachment X
          Columbia Missourian:  2019 set a record for flooding in Missouri. How bad was the damage?
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) predicts a conservative budget X
          Missourinet:  Toll roads "dead on arrival," says Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff)
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Fear of the unknown looms with Grain Belt Express X
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. John Black (R-Marshfield) could boost investment in nuclear power facilities X
          P-D editorial/endorsement:  From abortion to guns to opioids, Missouri was wrong in 2019;  Democrat Nicole Galloway can change the course set by Gov. Mike Parson X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Former Rep. Phil Tate (D-Gallatin) had the right emphasis for rural Missouri X
          KWMU op-ed:  Missouri lawmakers should change civil asset seizure laws
          P-D letter:  Ferguson sexagenarian says Blunt has sold his soul to Trump X
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        Sunday, December 29, 2019
       
The Hill:  Hawley on impeachment:  "I'm ready to vote now. I think the articles are a joke."
          CDT:  Michela Skelton (D) gives up on bid for Caleb Rowden's seat X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says Conservative Caucus agenda is consistent with Missouri Republican Party platform
          Washington Missourian:  2020 legislative preview:  Nearly 1,000 bills prefiled X
          CDT:  For now, state prison workers won't have union dues subtracted from paychecks X
          JCNT:  State Board of Education:  Raise teacher pay to stay competitive X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty) aims to make promoting suicide a felony
          JCNT:  All systems 'go' on medical marijuana in Missouri X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Medical marijuana cultivation license goes to Caruthersville +
          Joplin Globe:  Southwest Missouri family sues state over denial of cultivation license X
          P-D:  Rejected applicant for marijuana cultivation facility cites 'right to farm' law in suit, challenges Missouri's scoring system X
          Washington Missourian:  State rejects medicinal pot growing sites X
          Washington Missourian:  No bills to legalize recreational marijuana filed in Missouri X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medical marijuana raises questions for law enforcement officers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Data from Sen. Blunt shows how Missouri benefits from defense spending X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Don't let up on flood prevention X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri should allocate more funds to smoking cessation X
          KC Star op-ed:  Support House Bill 567 from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) to allow medical marijuana users to adopt X
          Waters:  The injustice of marijuana distribution X
          SNL letter:  Democrat duo say Billy Long ignores voters X
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        Saturday, December 28, 2019
       
KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders used campaign funds to illegally pay phone bills X
          Columbia Missourian:  Michela Skelton quits bid for Caleb Rowden's seat;  Democrat throws in the towel to focus on "queer, pansexual" issues of LGBTQIA* community
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri's minimum wage to rise yet again next week X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana cultivation facilities in southeast Missouri among those approved by state +
          SNL:  Springfield won't get marijuana cultivation facility X
          Joplin Globe:  Sarcoxie Nursery among those whose medical marijuana applications were denied X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) prefiles school discipline bill to address seclusion, restraint X
          P-D:  Missouri on track to match inmate overdose death tally from 2018 X
          JCNT:  Amtrak ridership down in Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Legislators should ban school district employees from coaching if criminal charges are pending X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri program succeeds at finding work for vets X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Like President Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley defines a new conservative approach to governing +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Survey gives insight into Missouri farmers' priorities, concerns
          Joplin Globe letter:  Neosho's Kevin Wilson responds to SNAP column, says Missourians have a different view of handouts and work ethic than do Chicago liberals X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian says Hawley is taking impeachment too lightly X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman says Ann Wagner puts party above faith X
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        Friday, December 27, 2019
       
Rosenbaum:  2020 preview:  Ann Wagner vs. Jill Schupp;  Gov. Parson vs. Nicole Galloway;  Medicaid expansion;  Clean Missouri fix;  more
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  AG Eric Schmitt's statement on daily opioid death tally rated "Mostly True"
          KWMU:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) says Clean Missouri fix will be a Senate priority
          P-D:  With vigorish no longer subtracted, Missouri's prison guards seeing fatter paychecks;  Union, state still negotiating contract X
          Missourinet:  Double-digit jump in Missourians getting college certificate or degree
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS approves medical marijuana cultivation, transportation facilities
          Missourinet:  Missouri chooses 60 medical marijuana growing operations
          JCNT:  60 medical marijuana cultivation facilities chosen X
          CDT:  Few area medical pot growers to be licensed X
          KC Star:  Missouri licenses medical marijuana growers, transporters, including 8 in KC area X
          SNL:  Missouri to grant medical marijuana cultivation licenses by the end of the week X
          P-D:  More than a dozen awarded licenses to grow medical marijuana in St. Louis X
          Missourinet:  Funeral services set for former state Rep. Phil Tate (D-Gallatin)
          P-D:  Gaming machines spreading across Missouri present new addiction concerns X
          AP:  DOJ oversight of St. Louis County Family Court ends
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson is sitting on a backlog of 3,500 clemency cases. Why won't he act? X
          JCNT editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt puts needed focus on Medicaid fraud X
          KC Star op-ed:  Jonah Golberg:  Senators like Josh Hawley rail against 'elites' to play outsider X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Response to Americans for Prosperity-AARP joint op-ed on doctor shortage and expanding the role of nurses
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        Thursday, December 26, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  2020 flood outlook:  More problems possible X
        SE Missourian:  State OKs permits for medical pot transport +
        Missourinet:  MoDOT, University of Missouri launch new center to expand transportation R&D
        KWMU:  Mark Twain National Forest looking to goats to continue forest improvement
        St. Joseph News-Press:  USDA survey to assess state's cattle numbers X
        JCNT editorial:  MoDOT's silly road signs convey important information X
        SNL op-ed:  Retired Missouri State prof:  Hawley's bills on tech, spying are hypocritical grandstanding X
        P-D letter:  Fenton man wants state to chip in for MLS stadium, says Missouri already helps KC stadiums X
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        Wednesday, December 25, 2019   Merry Christmas!
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau pleased by USMCA
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt praises increased federal health funding
          KC Star:  GOP leaders vow to move quickly to give voters a voice on gerrymandering
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis County sales tax distribution system
          P-D:  Chesterfield must share its sales tax revenues with other cities, Missouri Supreme Court says
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State gets $33.5 million grant for early learning
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri saw higher education graduation rate increase by 15%
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag economist:  Missouri farmers should lock in hemp contracts before investing in crop
          Missourinet:  Missouri Court of Appeals sides with Clean Water Commission's decision about Valley Oaks CAFO
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri rightly touts progress on veterans' employment data
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        Tuesday, December 24, 2019   Christmas Eve
       
SE Missourian:  Brazil's minister of agriculture meets with local farmers +
          P-D:  David Humphreys withdraws effort to thwart pro-life policy, calls ballot referendum effort "no longer viable" X
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Jones jumps into GOP state rep primary for Elaine Gannon's seat
          Missourinet:  Missouri state offices to close at 1 p.m. today
          KWMU:  Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) on gaming machines, sports betting, gun control
          St. Joseph News-Press:  DHSS certifies 21 medical marijuana transportation facilities X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri continues implementation of medical marijuana regulations X
          KWMU:  Legal recreational marijuana in Illinois may cause headaches for Missouri employers
          Missourinet:  Missouri to transition WIC handouts from checks to debit cards
          Missourinet:  Missouri gets $33.5 million grant to boost early learning efforts for kids
          Missourinet:  Missouri state troopers will be visible today and Christmas Day
          Missourinet:  Missouri flu cases spike by 43% from previous week
          P-D editorial:  Blunt's defense of President Trump is disturbing X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man thanks Hawley, Wagner, Clay for maternal/child nutrition funding X
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        Monday, December 23, 2019
       
CNN "State of the Union" transcript:  Sen. Roy Blunt on impeachment, Christianity Today attack on Trump, more
          SE Missourian:  AG Eric Schmitt reflects on first year in office, looks to 2020 +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) predicts gas tax increase plan would raise $144 million annually for Missouri transportation
          P-D:  Doe Run series:  Gov. Parson first statewide official to publicly support Peruvian courts handling Peruvian pollution cases X
          SNL:  Tiny Ozark chub fish found in Missouri won't be listed as endangered species
          Joplin Globe editorial:  State made the right call pulling MLS tax credits;  St. Louis City residents haven't support a soccer stadium, and the St. Louis region already received the gift of GM tax breaks X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City should follow St. Louis City's lead to skirt state gun laws, declare parks "child care facilities" X
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Rep. Chris Carter (D-St. Louis City) to return St. Louis City police to state control should stay in the holster X
          CNN's Allison Gordon:  Blunt dodges questions on Ukraine
          KWMU's Sara Fentem:  Missouri Medicaid expansion on track for victory, will improve health care in urban and rural areas
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian wants Blunt, Hawley to support impeachment X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man declares "blue uprising" in central Missouri, led by woman taking 2020 loss to Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves octogenarian upset at Gov. Parson for siding with the "dark side" via Doe Run X
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        Sunday, December 22, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Missouri on track to hit lowest number of people unemployed in nine years
          Columbia Missourian:  MU to build new bio lab with $24.8 million federal dollars
          AP:  Monthly survey of bankers in Missouri, other Midwest/Plains/Western states shows waning rural economy
          JCNT:  MO HealthNet Director Todd Richardson reflects on agency challenges;  Medicaid's trajectory not sustainable for state budget X
          JCNT:  AG Eric Schmitt's office recovers $25 million in Medicaid fraud cases X
          Joplin Globe:  Legislative preview:  A look at area lawmakers' pre-filed bills X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislative preview:  Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) on 2020 priorities X
          Missourinet:  Former Tarko College in northwest Missouri to re-open as Tarkio Technology Institute
          SNL op-ed:  Area doctor:  Congress' fix for "surprise medical billing" could make Missouri's doctor shortage worse X
          SNL op-ed:  AG Eric Schmitt:  SAFE Kits initiative will ensure backlog of sex-assault kits never happens again X
          KC Star letter:  "Citizens' Climate Lobby-Kansas City" congratulates itself on city council resolution praising congressional carbon tax X
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        Saturday, December 21, 2019
       
KC Star:  Gov. Parson calls impeachment "a scam." Galloway declines to take a position. X
          P-D:  House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) says he'll continue to defend Second Amendment against legislative encroachment X
          SE Missourian:  Medical marijuana testing facilities approved;  none in SEMO +
          KC Star:  Missouri licenses one marijuana testing lab within 30 miles of Kansas City X
          KWMU:  Missouri awards 10 licenses to test state's medical marijuana
          SNL:  New cases of CWD found in Stone, Taney counties X
          Missourinet:  24 cases of a deadly deer disease have popped up in Missouri
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Bill Owen:  Video lottery terminals mean bad news for our communities
          Priddy:  In praise of Mike Moon's outspoken opposition to Ceres (1,380 words)
          KC Star joint op-ed:  Reporters:  Our advocacy series on foster care bureaucracy was great journalism;  here's a list of people who praised us X
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        Friday, December 20, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Ann Wagner gives shout out to St. Louis region's 'Silicon Valley' for ag tech work
          Missourinet:  Cleaver joins delegation's Republicans in supporting USMCA
          JCNT:  President Trump signs bill that will benefit Lincoln University X
          SNL:  'Pretty easy to trigger the liberals':  Billy Long trolls the left with $45 Trump bills X
          Joplin Globe:  Impeachment:  Thoughts from Missouri Republican State Committee Vice Chairman Nick Myers, Southwest Missouri Democrats' Krista Stark X
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Award-winning journalist Christine Byers leaves Post-Dispatch to write weekly column for TV station website
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, announces quarterly results:  Revenue down 11.5%, subscription revenue down 4.6%, compensation down 9.7% X
          AP:  AG candidate Elad Gross (D) to have Sunshine lawsuit heard by appellate court
          KWMU:  Georgetown study highlights Missouri's success in removing unqualified recipients from Medicaid rolls
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Missouri foster kids to see increased protections after legal settlement
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) champions rape kit overhaul bill
          SNL:  Medical marijuana:  Missouri notifies winners of testing lab licenses X
          Missourinet:  See which medical marijuana testing sites have been certified by Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen's praise of Eastern Missouri's probation office rated "Half True"
          KWMU:  Like predecessors Bob Holden and Jay Nixon, Gov. Mike Parson declines to act on clemency requests during first year in office
          KC Star op-ed:  Former public defender Dwight Scroggins:  Newspaper's heartstring-tugging advocacy series wrong on key objective - system won't be fixed by spending more taxpayer money X
          P-D sports columnist Ben Frederickson:  Gov. Mike Parson did not stick to the soccer plan for St. Louis X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wants state to mandate "comprehensive sex education" for all schools X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian demands Gov. Parson grant clemency to murderer Patty Prewitt, other criminals X
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        Thursday, December 19, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Congressman Jason Smith:  'Absolutely no' on impeachment +
          KWMU:  Clay, Cleaver vote to impeach President Trump
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation and communications staffers issue statements on impeachment
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley urges federal help in fighting opioids X
          Missourinet:  Congress passes Hawley, Wagner efforts to clean up untested rape kit piles
          P-D:  Judge:  St. Charles County man who threatened to kill Sen. Josh Hawley competent to stand trial X
          Missourinet:  Federal operation helps Kansas City crack down on violent crime
          P-D:  Rep. Chris Carter (D-St. Louis City) wants state to once again take control of city police department X
          KC Star:  Uniting Missouri covering cost of Gov. Parson's flight to D.C. last week;  Plane is owned by McCaskill pal Rick DeStefane X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri unemployment rate remains unchanged in November
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Activists discuss effort by Reps. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) to modernize state's HIV transmission laws X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Missouri foster kids to see increased protections after legal settlement
          P-D:  With no jaw-dropping jackpots, Missouri lottery revenues lagging X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT getting roads back to near-normal conditions after winter storms
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) want to halt playful highway messages
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves order related to Evergy, Nucor steel mill
          SNL:  Effort by two anti-CAFO councilmen to chastise state legislators fails X
          Columbia Missourian:  Early stages of industrial hemp leave room for growth in Missouri, experts say
          KC Star editorial:  New Missouri bill would let college athletes be paid. The NCAA and Congress should act. X
          KC Star editorial:  State legislators must help stop Clay County's corrupt commissioners X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  AG candidate Elad Gross (D):  I am bringing corruption to light and fighting to take back Missouri X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission's Ron Boyer:  'Missouri Nuclear Clean Power Act' needed for competitive and fair energy marketplace X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit sexagenarian expresses anger over Blunt's support of Trump X
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        Wednesday, December 18, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  MoveOn impeachment rally draws handful of liberal activists +
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 50 outside Luetkemeyer's office X
          KCUR:  Missouri farmers keep close eye on trade negotiations
          JCNT:  Ceres statue returns to top of the state Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  State Tax Commission votes against raising taxes on agricultural land
          KWMU:  State tax credits for St. Louis soccer stadium are in limbo
          P-D:  Missouri officials say $30 million in public money for soccer stadium too much X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Hospital Association offers policy recommendations to address rural health care challenges;  Comments from MHA's Dave Dillon, others
          The Missouri Times:  20 Missouri transportation projects chosen for new cost-share program
          SNL:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) wants MoDOT messages to stick to road conditions X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT, University of Missouri launch Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control series:  Missouri gun-control advocates unhappy with NRA's influence;  Comments from Moms Demand Action, League of Women Voters, et al.
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Missouri activists, lawmakers seek to modernize HIV transmission laws
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee's Summit) on House superminority legislative priorities: abortion, gun control, LGBTQIA* issues, etc.
          The Missouri Times:  Appeals court sides with Missouri PSC over Grain Belt decision
          Missourinet:  Grain Belt Express Transmission line wins in appeals challenge against landowners, Missouri Farm Bureau
          AP:  Appeals court approves Grain Belt power line
          SNL:  SPS coach takes DESE job leading health, PE programs X
          AP:  State, Ameren reach preliminary deal on 144-mile bike trail
          KWMU:  Rock Island Trail takes a step forward but still needs millions
          JCNT:  Missouri DNR to preserve Rock Island Line Corridor X
          CDT:  Moberly prison records another inmate death X
          P-D:  Newspapers, other activists unhappy over fees for public records X
          SNL:  Cheryl Whitsitt departs as News-Leader editor;  Amos Bridges to take over X
          P-D editorial:  Both parties agree that ending surprise medical billing is crucial. Get it done. X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt right to take on Doe Run over Current River pollution X
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        Tuesday, December 17, 2019   MoDOT traveler information map
       
KWMU:  Snowstorm closes schools, businesses;  4 dead on Missouri highways
          Missourinet:  Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City declares end to 2019 flood event
          SNL:  Feds grant 36-hour extension to sign up for Obamacare X
          P-D:  New federal data shows St. Louis County is Missouri's economic giant X
          JCNT:  State offices to close afternoon of Christmas Eve X
          Missourinet:  State creates plan aimed at boosting Missouri teacher pay and keeping them around
          KWMU:  Plan to boost Missouri teacher pay would cost $400 million
          Missourinet:  Twenty local transportation projects chosen to get Missouri cost share funding
          P-D:  After voters rejected a gas tax hike, Missouri taps into general checkbook for road projects X
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Wes Rogers (D-Kansas City) team up with National College Players Association to push for college athlete compensation
          SNL:  Marshfield officials dispute AG Eric Schmitt's ticket-quota lawsuit X
          JCNT:  Some Capitol Complex buildings switch from well-water to American Water X
          P-D editorial:  Whose lives does Gov. Parson value? Peru lead-smelter case forces the question. X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Jeff Shawan (R-Poplar Bluff):  The stakes have never been higher in the war on Christmas
          Columbia Missourian's Xander Negozio:  Missouri should provide more reimbursement money for disabled children's therapy
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says Blunt, Hawley wrong to support Sarah Pitlyk for federal judgeship X
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        Monday, December 16, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Eric Schmitt talks with Scott Faughn about rape kit backlog, traffic-ticket quotas, urban crime, voluntary school prayer;  Panel of Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Mike Jones, GOP Reps. Robert Ross and Mary Elizabeth Coleman talk school choice, illegal aliens voting, Medicaid expansion
           KWMU:  Missouri farmers can begin to grow industrial hemp in 2020
           Missourinet:  DHSS says Missour flu cases double over previous week's total
           SNL:  Springfield Public Schools lays out what it wants from Legislature in 2020 X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Bill Falkner (R-St. Joseph) would have LLCs file every five years X
           SE Missourian editorial:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's office helps residents with unclaimed property +
           KC Star editorial:  Driving while black in Missouri is perilous. Will these changes reduce racial profiling? X
           Messenger:  Christmas fantasy:  Gov. Parson reads children a book about Medicaid X
           Joplin Globe letters:  Webb City sexagenarian supports Clean Missouri;  Joplin Globe sexagenarian disagrees with Billy Long on Russia X
           P-D letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian opposes Clean Missouri fix X
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        Sunday, December 15, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley reflects on first year in U.S. Senate:  China, Facebook, Army Corps of Engineers, more X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Ag Director Chris Chinn on China deal, USMCA
          SNL:  Fact check:  Missouri Democratic Party statement about state's "uninsured young children" is false X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) wants clear ban on illegal-alien voting X
          P-D:  St. Louis City circumvents state gun law, classifies parks as "child-care facilities" X
          KMOX:  St. Louis City surpasses 2018 totals for homicides, shootings
          CDT:  GOP lawmakers sponsor legislation to hire more police X
          Washington Missourian:  DHSS data shows flu cases ramping up across the state X
          KC Star editorial:  To improve foster-parenting system, Missouri should use Quality Parenting Initiative standards, and schools should report foster kids' graduation rates X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Please mind the cannabis gap:  Marijuana on demand, as long as you find a friendly doctor X
          P-D editorial brief:  Mocking Mike Moon X
          P-D letter:  Glendale woman says she is "angry" at Blunt, Hawley and Wagner, demands they "resign immediately" X
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        Saturday, December 14, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt talks mechanics of House impeachment vote, Senate trial
          Missourinet:  Graves applauds move to seal Mexico-Canada trade deal
          P-D:  Gov. Mike Parson, GM President Mark Reuss announce company will invest $1.4 billion in Wentzville, keep 4,000 employees X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  GM President Mark Reuss, Gov. Mike Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe X
          AP:  GM to invest $1.5 billion in Missouri truck plant
          KWMU:  Wentzville GM plant locks in $1.5B investment, securing 4,000 jobs
          KWMU:  6 applicants eligible for new state "nonpartisan" demographer job
          JCNT:  Missouri departments pitch service improvements in Show Me Challenge X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) wants to eliminate vehicle property tax
          KC Star:  Legislative proposals would give homeowners more rights, protections in assessment process X
          KWMU:  State reports school district spending by individual school
          Missourinet:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) wants to ease stress on foster kids
          P-D:  Missouri-based Doe Run wants Peru pollution lawsuit settled in Peru;  Gov. Parson shared thoughts with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC greenlights Evergy's plans for its energy efficiency programs
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Expanding school choice is critical to Missouri's future
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman expresses anger at Blunt and Hawley for support of Trump X
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        Friday, December 13, 2019
       
KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Elizabeth Warren making a serious play to win Missouri in 2020 by opening KC campaign office X
          SNL:  Moms Demand Action holding gun-control rally tomorrow X
          Missourinet:  Gov. Mike Parson, GM president to give update on Wentzville expansion
          AP:  GM president to appear with Gov. Parson today to talk Wentzville expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt reflects on first year as attorney general:  'We're just getting started'
          Missourinet:  Galloway's office uncovers Medicaid fraud, sends information to Schmitt's office for criminal charges
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) seeks to change Missouri constitution to ensure only U.S. citizens can vote in state elections
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau legislative policy focuses on dairy producers, feral hogs
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider radiologic technologist licensure
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools system deals with increasing black, Hispanic populations:  "We do have a number of children who come to us literally not knowing a word of English" X
          SNL:  Dallas County drops drug charge against man with Missouri medical marijuana card X
          Washington Missourian:  Plans for Busch Creek Greenway awaiting MoDOT approval X
          AP:  Five years after first Ferguson riots, feds' public meeting draws just 22 attendees
          Washington Missourian editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt correct to defend voluntary school prayer - and most Missourians agree with him X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Dr. Joel Ray:  'Surprise billing' needs independent dispute resolution +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Blaine Luetkemeyer is "anti-American" for supporting Trump, believes incumbent - re-elected by 32-point margin in 2018 - is vulnerable X
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        Thursday, December 12, 2019
       
KWMU:  Cities buying empty lots in flood-prone areas could save taxpayers money, study claims;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, others
          Missourinet:  Graves says Missouri congressional delegation is pressing feds to be more responsive to northwest Missouri flood victims
          AP:  Flooded farmers face growing dilemma from temperature changes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer predicts impeachment could hurt Democrats in election
          Missourinet:  SEMO poli sci prof says impeachment might have impact on 2020 elections, or not
          KC Star:  Anti-ICE activists protest at UMB bank in downtown KC over company's involvement in illegal-alien detention suit X
          Columbia Missourian:  USDA data:  Food security in Missouri is improving
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Nicole Galloway makes pitch for governor, says Gov. Parson is an "insider," represents "old way" (begins at 22:00)
          P-D:  Economic partnership chooses new lobbyist after Stenger scandal:  Bardgett out, Polsinelli in X
          KC Star:  Galloway audit finds evidence of Medicaid fraud, refers allegations to AG Schmitt's office for criminal charges X
          P-D:  Georgetown study highlights Missouri's success in purging the ineligible from Medicaid rolls X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) hopeful for PDMP passage in 2020
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) opposes PDMP, says St. Louis County results show databases don't help reduce opioid deaths
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Legislative preview:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) opposes PDMP, talks school transportation money and teacher salaries
          The Missouri Times:  O'Laughlin's tax credit committee will continue through legislative session
          P-D:  Gun proposal sputters amid dissent among Missouri Republicans X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers in both chambers push for HIV decriminalization ahead of session
          KWMU:  Missouri legislators seek to change HIV laws
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) seeks to change what records are publicly available on CaseNet
          KC Star editorial:  Mike Moon wrong to oppose Ceres statue X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Mike Moon's religious opposition to false idols deserves to be mocked X
          CDT op-ed:  Air ambulance company VP Joe Grygiel:  On "surprise medical billing" and air ambulances X
          P-D op-ed:  Reps. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette):  This Christmas season, Gov. Parson should give the gift of clemency to murderer Patty Prewitt and other criminals X
          Priddy:  Ode to Ceres
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        Wednesday, December 11, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, AG Eric Schmitt request end to 'standoff' over federal rape kit legislation reauthorization
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri flood recovery group prepares for potential flooding in 2020 X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Nicole Galloway to make her pitch for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Robert Ross officially jumps into state Senate race
          KC Star:  Star to quit publishing Saturday print edition X
          SeekingAlpha:  McClatchy Company, owner of KC Star, headed toward restructuring;  Unfunded pension liability and weak balance sheet too much to overcome
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if Planned Parenthood will receive Medicaid money
          KWMU:  Funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics in hands of state Supreme Court
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs whether Planned Parenthood can receive Medicaid funds X
          P-D:  Office of Administration seeks to modernize call centers, provide "chatbots" to answer inquiries more efficiently X
          Missourinet:  Kansas City Public Schools owes $192,000 for fake attendace records scheme
          KC Star:  Getting Kansas City schools accredited could take four years, superintendent says X
          The Missouri Times:  Ceres returning to Missouri Capitol
          SE Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick's office to host unclaimed property event next week in Cape Girardeau +
          KC Star:  A year later, MoDOT worker's slaying still unsolved X
          JCNT:  Senate staffer pleads guilty in bar fight charges X
          Banner Press:  School hosts coon hunt despite protests;  FFA group receives vulgar e-mails from animal-rights activists outside Missouri +
          P-D:  Organization for Black Struggle, others want Schmitt to give convicted murderer Lamar Johnson a new trial X
          KWMU:  "Color of Change" activists demand Schmitt give murderer a new trial
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  USMCA comes as a relief to Missouri farmers X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Gov. Parson deserves praise for anti-vaping campaign X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri man approved for medical marijuana should not be in jail for pot possession X
          P-D op-d:  California septuagenarian says Missourians should reject pro-gun legislators X
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  State lawmakers don't give enough money to Harris-Stowe, Lincoln
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit sexagenarian wants state legislators to expand Medicaid X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man supports legislation to end "surprise medical billing" X
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        Tuesday, December 10, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith calls impeachment hearings "a sham," says Dem senators running for president are not impartial jurors
          Missourinet:  Smith honors southern Missouri solider seriously injured in Afghanistan
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity criticizes Billy Long over Export-Import Bank vote X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis union leader meets with Trump, administration officials about urban crime:  "Trump is the one actually stepping up"
          KC Star:  Port Authority votes on USDA incentives, but not happy with where the money goes X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics highlights:  Rowden on Medicaid expansion;  Panel on Wagner-Schupp
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun control series:  NRA supports high school trapshooting teams, MU extension;  Poplar Bluff coach:  "We couldn't have done it without them"
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden pre-files bills aimed at funding police officers for some Missouri cities
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) pushing fuel tax to back bond issue
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  AG Eric Schmitt recuses himself in Sunshine case;  In March, "Rep. Peter Meridith [sic]" asked Schmitt for a legal opinion X
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles) could put collar on fake service animals X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway audit:  Special taxing district 'unlawfully' used $300k for private business projects and debts
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Former sales tax district board members used $100k to upgrade their gas station
          P-D:  New report rips use of special taxing districts as 'personal piggy banks' X
          SNL:  Schmitt:  Marshfield has ticket quotas
          AP:  Schmitt sues Marshfield over ticket quotas
          P-D:  DHSS requests more money to defend against deadly Legionnaires' disease X
          SE Missourian:  DHSS:  Three flu-related deaths already reported in Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Three people in Missouri die from flu
          KC Star:  Flu season peaking early in Missouri X
          AP:  Missouri settles lawsuit on foster kids on psychotropic meds
          Missourinet:  Ceres expected to return to Missouri Capitol next week;  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) calls metal statue a "false god"
          SNL:  U.S. Forest Service decision on feral hog hunting prompts major change in MDC policy X
          KWMU:  U.S. Forest Service puts an end to open season on feral hogs in Mark Twain National Forest
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should set basic standards of care for local jail inmates X
          The Missouri Times joint op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady and AARP's Craig Eichelman:  Expand access to health care by expanding the role of nurses
          P-D letter:  Oakville septuagenarian expresses anger over KMOX's conservative talk radio lineup of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Reardon X
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        Monday, December 9, 2019
       
P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Josh Hawley takes on Big Tech X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Scott Faughn about cost of Medicaid expansion, fixing Clean Missouri, congressional redistricting, more;  Panel of Dan Kleinsorge, Jane Dueker, St. Louis City Alderman Tom Oldenburg, Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville) talk Ann Wagner's re-election, Clean Missouri fix, Medicaid expansion, more
           Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments Tuesday in key Planned Parenthood case
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri continues battling opioid epidemic despite programs meant to help X
           KC Star:  Kansas City government to choose lobbyist around Christmastime X
           JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation asks for help counting birds X
           P-D:  Vendor mix-up delays some supplies to Scott County Jail;  Inmate's mother calls to complain about lack of shampoo X
           St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A bully always backs down;  AG Eric Schmitt stands tall against bullies that try to stop voluntary prayer X
           Joplin Globe op-ed:  Liberal activist Sherry Buchanan:  Missouri Legislature should raise taxes, not cut them X
           Messenger:  On Sunshine Law, Clean Missouri, constituent privacy, and airport privatization X
           P-D letter:  St. Louis City sexagenarian unhappy with Medicaid enrollment efficiencies X
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        Sunday, December 8, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association President Mike Moreland says Japan agreement is "great deal" for Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Small group of MU law profs jumps on Trump, again:  Five claim president engaged in "impeachable conduct," while six opposed confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
          JCNT:  Quarterly fundraising recap:  Blaine Luetkemeyer, statewide candidates X
          KC Star:  Marijuana enthusiasts giddy about new freedom to toke up;  Suburban mom, who doesn't work for a living, says smoking a bowl every morning helps alleviate "stress and weight of the day" X
          SNL:  2020 legislative preview:  Clean Missouri fix, urban gun violence, infrastructure, PDMP, charter schools X
          SNL:  2020 legislative preview:  7 bills to watch X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  2020 legislative preview:  Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) to focus on violent crime X
          P-D:  St. Louis City aldermen find workaround to usurp state gun freedoms:  label parks "child care facilities" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Critics unhappy with state's approach to provide accountability, avoid isolation in juvenile facilities X
          SNL:  Insurance company ranks Missouri 12th best state for driving X
          P-D editorial:  Pro-life judge from St. Louis area fits a Trump pattern threatening lasting damage X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  County commissioners should disregard Missouri Legislature and state law when making CAFO decisions X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man backs 'bipartisan' Clean Missouri X
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        Saturday, December 7, 2019   Pearl Harbor Day
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rosenbaum and others break the walls down on Ann Wagner vs. Jill Schupp, Medicaid waivers, KC Star's advocacy series on criminals and public defenders, candidates' theme music, more
          P-D:  UAW abolishes its corruption-plagued regional office in Hazelwood X
          AP:  Missouri's minimum wage to increase yet again on January 1
          The Missouri Times:  Ceres returns to Missouri Capitol on cold December day:  'A part of history here'
          JCNT:  Ceres statue returns to Capitol grounds X
          KWMU:  Ceres statue returns to grace the Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  First Lady Teresa Parson invites Missourians to candlelight tours of Mansion today
          The Missouri Times:  Zim Schwartze named new Missouri Missouri Capitol Police chief, will start in January
          AP:  AG Eric Schmitt backs high school football coach who led players in voluntary prayer
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) files bill to streamline rape kit testing process following AG report
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Medical marijuana rollout causes dispute about legal protections X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Dept. of Ag offers indispensable opportunity for youths interested in industry X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Peter Kinder:  Remembering Pearl Harbor and a Cape Girardeau son 78 years later +
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        Friday, December 6, 2019
       
KC Star:  Hawley grills top Pentagon official about plans to send more troops to Middle East X
          Columbia Missourian:  Dams to release more water under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan
          AP:  Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced
          AP:  6 apply for Missouri's 'nonpartisan' redistricting post
          The Missouri Times:  Rex Sinquefield contributes $185,000 to Curtis Trent;  Springfield Republican competing with Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) for floor leader
          SNL:  Springfield Chamber of Commerce PAC to refund contribution from Springfield News-Leader;  Newspaper calls contribution "clerical error" X
          The Missouri Times:  Marijuana legalization initiative petition approved to circulate
          SNL:  Missouri will award marijuana dispensary licenses in January, most others more quickly X
          P-D:  Missouri will license all marijuana businesses by Feb. 1, officials say X
          KC Star:  22,000 in Missouri with "need" for marijuana can purchase stash soon X
          Columbia Missourian:  Three steps to becoming a Missouri hemp producer, department announces
          Missourinet:  Missouri's commercial hemp program underway
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe:  Seeing restored Ceres at Missouri Capitol this weekend is 'once in a lifetime gift'
          Missourinet:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) to chair House education committee
          KWMU:  Leader of anti-drug group wants Missouri legislators to expand Medicaid
          JCNT editorial:  For practical purposes, 2020 legislative session has already started X
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Laura Ungar:  Multiracial LGBTQIA* hero Laurie Punch campaigns for gun control
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        Thursday, December 5, 2019
       
KWMU:  After ruling out congressional bid, Jill Schupp changes mind to challenge Ann Wagner;  NRCC mocks Dems' "sacrificial lamb"
          P-D:  U.S. Senate confirms St. Louis County lawyer Sarah Pitlyk's appointment as federal judge X
          KWMU:  Reports of perceived 'hate crimes' plummet almost 40% in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Medicare open enrollment ends this Saturday for Missouri olds
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's new, nonpartisan state demographer:  Who has applied?
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) would thwart boys' schemes to compete against girls in high school sports
          KMIZ:  State Board of Education ironing out legislative plans
          The Missouri Times:  Ag groups, utilities ask Missouri State Tax Commission not to raise taxes on agricultural land
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State's focus on industrial hemp continues X
          P-D:  No smoking weed in state parks for Missouri medical marijuana patients
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Evans (R-West Plains) tackles changes to bond, parole rules in pair of bills
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Gaming Commission approves casino license transfer +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Insurance company ranks Missouri in middle of the pack for distracted driving X
          P-D editorial:  Scuttling Clean Missouri would be a GOP step away from ethics and transparency X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislature should give Gov. Parson's gun proposal a chance X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Nonsupport toll extends beyond attorneys;  Missouri's cowardly deadbeat dads create a critical economic challenge X
          P-D op-ed:  National Council of Jewish Women opposes Sarah Pitlyk's confirmation as federal judge, citing abortion stance X
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        Wednesday, December 4, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Jill Schupp volunteers to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          SE Missourian:  EPA:  Jackson company in compliance with emission guidelines +
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment sues EPA, seeking to stop pollution runoff in lakes
          SNL:  Missouri environmental group sues EPA over lake protection rules X
          AP:  Activists sue EPA over water quality in Missouri lakes
          KCUR:  Duck boat owner can't use 19th century maritime law to limit claims in Missouri disaster, judge rules
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Parson promotes Jeff Earl as new legislative director
          KWMU:  St. Louis City asks for $15 million in state tax credits for soccer stadium project
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-elect Trish Gunby (D-St. Louis County) talks with Jo Mannies about special election win, expectations for serving in House superminority
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers float plan to let college athletes get paid X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley talks legislative funding goals, says Gov. Parson understands value of community colleges
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Higher Education and Workforce Development hopes program will get Missourians back to college to finish degrees
          KC Star:  Conservative group says University of Central Missouri does poor job supporting free speech X
          KCUR:  Kansas City Public Schools misses full accreditation, faces fallout from fake attendance numbers
          KC Star:  Falsifying attendance records will cost Kansas City Public Schools nearly $200,000 X
          CDT:  Bill aims to set rules on student restraint X
          Missourinet:  Death certificate legislation is personal for Rep. Donna Pfautsch (R-Harrisonville)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Cold Weather Rule underway to keep heat on for payment derelicts
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves changes to Missouri American Water billing for St. Louis County customers
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson, looking for safety, seeks refuge under a loosely tethered Trump tent X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should allow sports gambling, rein in video terminals in 2020 X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Narrow focus works best on Missouri gun debate X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Gregg Keller's tweets are offensive X
          P-D letter:  St. John man says Post-Dispatch editorial board is hypocritical to oppose death penalty while supporting infanticide X
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        Tuesday, December 3, 2019
       
AP:  UAW says it will bolster controls after embezzlement scandal;  St. Louis-area underbosses spent union dues on cigars, golf green fees, swanky villas and more
          SNL:  Judge says 1851 law does not apply in duck boat cases X
          The Missouri Times:  Kaitlyn Schallhorn named new executive editor of The Missouri Times
          SNL:  News-Leader to experiment with new method of customer feedback - removing reader comments X
          AP:  Moody's Analytics report:  Many states in good shape to weather recession
          AP:  Monthly survey suggests economy slowing in 9 Midwest, Plains states
          The Missouri Times:  Legislative preview:  A look at what's ahead for 2020 session
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks with Scott Faughn about legislative priorities:  Clean Missouri fix, opioids, much more
          JCNT:  Lawmakers flood Capitol with bills on first day of early filing X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on Clean Missouri fix
          Missourinet:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) hopes stand-alone gas-tax measure makes it to ballot in 2020
          CDT:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) seeks to ease vehicle licensing X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bipartisan bill from Reps. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) and Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis) would address schools' "seclusion and restraint" policies
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview series:  Missouri farm bill rooted in history
          Missourinet:  Sports betting and gaming machines addressed in Missouri House committee report
          JCNT:  New watchlist presented of public retirement plans X
          P-D:  With construction looming, state financing on tap for St. Louis soccer stadium X
          P-D:  More Missourians approved for medical marijuana use than predicted X
          KWMU:  'Report for America' advocacy journalism series:  Businesses see profit opportunities in Missouri's cannabis space
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson says he'll listen to Missouri voters on Medicaid expansion. It's about time. X
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson should be leading the campaign for a Missouri vaping tax, not ruling it out X
          The Missouri Times' Kaitlyn Schallhorn:  Gov. Parson's special session fixing vehicle sales issue is one we can all be thankful for this holiday season
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Habilitation Center Parents Association's Mary Vitale:  Disabled Missourians need more habilitation access X
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        Monday, December 2, 2019
       
KWMU:  Missouri farmers still backing President Trump, says Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          KC Star:  Hawley, others push FEMA on flood-payout process X
          KWMU:  Missouri Foundation for Health says cost for Obamacare is rising
          SNL:  Cover Missouri, other advocacy groups to offer in-person help for Obamacare signups X
          KC Star:  'Report for America' to sponsor KC Star's new gun-control series X
          Report for America:  Seeking "gutsy" journalists "to hold powerful institutions accountable"
          Missourinet:  Kansas City mayor looks forward to working with Gov. Parson, says bipartisanship is critical in battling crime
          P-D:  National effort to track police shootings slow to catch on among Missouri departments X
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans considering options for 'Clean Missouri' fix X
          JCNT:  More outreach and promotion for state arts council, including to veterans homes X
          KWMU:  Mental health care dominates Missouri telemedicine field
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) says expanding Medicaid will hurt education
          P-D:  Liberal solution for vaping illnesses:  higher taxes X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri to launch application process this month for hemp production
          P-D:  Earthquake simulator to make Missourians shake X
          CDT:  Boonville police chief defends record on rape kits X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri should capture revenue from online sales taxes X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Prioritize rape victims and end the backlog of untested rape kits X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian says Ukraine issue will give Democrats control of Missouri in 2020 X
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        Sunday, December 1, 2019
       
December 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          December 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  NEW FEATURE:  Post-Dispatch publishing home addresses, telephone numbers of letter to the editor authors X
          KC Star:  College conservatives say their number are growing;  Comments from Missouri Federation of College Republicans Chairman Jeffrey Metzler X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area hospitals prepare for 'tsunami' of expanded Medicare X
          SNL:  2020 politics could force another delay of REAL ID X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) says "surprise billing" legislation is critical
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sen. Blunt had a key role in keeping NGA in St. Louis X
          KC Star letter:  American Bar Association applauds the Star's advocacy journalism series on public defenders X
          CDT letter:  Columbia octogenarian baffled by REAL ID requirements X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian says her fellow senior citizens believe in respecting voters' decisions, and voting straight Republican undermines democracy X
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