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February 2016





        Monday, February 29
       
The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Days wraps up with Legislator of the Year honors:  Sen. Eric Schmitt and Rep. Eric Burlison
        P-D:  Delegation's leadership PACs accept, donate money;  Clay's PAC spent $19,500 on "legal fees" for Ferguson municipal elections
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Mike Kehoe;  Panel of GOP gov consultants/staffers David Barklage, Craig Arnzen and Nick Maddux plus KMOX host Mark Reardon
        Kraske:  The Chat:  In speech to Heritage Foundation, Rex Sinquefield calls Missouri's governor "an idiot," then says he regrets it;  Rolling Stone dredges up memory of Schweich's suicide, criticizes consultants one year later;  Nixon on home health care worker pay increase +
        AP:  States, including Missouri, trim the number of months the unworking can draw benefits;  Comments from GOP leaders, liberal New York group, non-breadwinning male
        AP:  A state-by-state look at unemployment benefits:  Missouri provided handouts to 173,000 unworking people last year
        AP:  Bill to undo mergers of state patrols gets mixed reviews
        Missourinet:  Bill aimed at preventing shock-drownings in Missouri refiled
        KC Star:  Weekly legislative preview:  "Stand your ground" self-defense proposal, budget, Uber, constitutional convention, more +
        Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  6 of 10 deal with Melissa Click and race controversies
        Missouri Farmer Today:  Ethanol fuels Missouri corn checkoff success
        P-D:  Obituary:  Rep. Jay Russell (D-Florissant):  Marine was strong pro-life, pro-gun, pro-union Democratic voice for North St. Louis County in pre-white-flight era
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Texting while driving is a serious threat, but legislators probably won't pass another law X
        JCNT editorial:  Noranda's troubles - and possible solutions - are more than a matter of utility rates X
        Messenger:  Fired Guard employee is vindicated with U.S. Senate inquiry
        P-D op-ed:  Property and power:  The Army Corps of Engineers' Master Manual and the Missourians
        Priddy:  Psychological advice for first-time candidates
        KC Star's Sanchez:  Legislature should pass latest gun-control bill from Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) +
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man wants investigation into federal highway trust fund spending, dislikes Missouri bike trails and other "vote-buying" expenditures X
        KC Star letter:  Area organizer for "Moms Clean Air Force" wants Blunt to support Obama energy plan +
        JCNT letter:  Area Mizzou alum won't be giving money - or buying football tickets - after mishandling of "mob" behavior X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says that if editor Gilbert Bailon wants to brag about the paper's historical archives, he should make them available to the public
        Columbia Missourian:  Randolph County cattle producer urges "no" vote in beef checkoff referendum
        P-D letter:  St. Charles resident says caterwauling poors should stop spawning progeny they cannot afford to support
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        Sunday, February 28
       
KWMU:  Missouri Republicans confident they can tie Koster to Clinton's 'liberal agenda'
          AP:  Missouri GOP candidates for governor talk Ferguson, MU
          CDT:  Hanaway ties University of Missouri events, Ferguson and murders together in 'epidemic of lawlessness' X
          P-D:  GOP faithful find few differences among gubernatorial candidates
          JCNT:  Dan Brown creates GOP state treasurer primary by filing against Eric Schmitt;  Pat Contreras takes on Judy Baker in Dem primary X
          The Missouri Times:  Kurt Schaefer, Josh Hawley do battle at Lincoln Days AG forum
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Sen. Mike Kehoe;  Reps for Brunner, Hanaway and Kinder pitch their candidates, with KMOX's Mark Reardon making the case for Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KWMU:  Muslims meet in St. Louis, express fear about Trump supporters' "lack of education"
          P-D:  Nation's largest insurers knock Obamacare marketplaces, but Centene succeeds;  St. Louis-based company thrives through narrow, strategic focus
          P-D:  Iran investment ban advances in Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would help pregnant drug addicts get help they need;  Comments from former dopehead who chose to overcome her addiction, law enforcement, local experts on heroin and opioid abuse X
          KC Star:  Profile of a Missouri opioid addict:  Rachelle Allen's cycle of getting clean, then relapsing +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Truman Senate president leads delegation to Capitol
          JCNT:  HBCU official, technical college rep oppose concealed carry on campus X
          SNL:  Disciplined by Missouri State University, diversity official Juan Meraz apologizes X
          SNL:  Answer Man column:  Why the long wait for a concealed-carry appointment in Greene County? X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce:  Western Farm show focuses on technology and innovation
          P-D:  Slay's efforts to decrease childhood lead poisioning have proven successful;  Rare exception was one area youth who chose to eat paint chips
          P-D editorial:  Be careful fixing a utility regulatory system that might not be broken
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Confidence in University of Missouri is slowly being restored
          CDT's Waters:  Now is as good a time as any to cut University of Missouri's bloat X
          P-D op-ed:  Sierra Club youth volunteer Ashley Wineland:  Missourians must act locally to solve climate change
          CDT op-ed:  Mizzou grad living in Ohio says Mizzou is not a "laughingstock," insists that protesting students' antics should be taken seriously X
          P-D's Gilbert Bailon:  Newspaper editor congratulates his paper for sponsored "toxic stress" series;  Push across brand platforms resulted in nearly 60 people showing up at free event
          P-D letter:  Ladue woman says Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Ferguson Mayor James Knowles disrespect the public
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman disagrees with pro-Clinton op-ed attributed to Jean Carnahan
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says Ameren should be treated the same as any other business
          KC Star letter:  Blue Springs woman sets up GOP criticism to execute "Concerned Student" punchline +
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        Saturday, February 27
       
KWMU:  At Lincoln Days, Republican faithful wonder about Trump's impact on Missouri
          P-D:  GOP gov candidates take opportunity to speak to elected officials, activists at Lincoln Days
          P-D:  Alleged intern harasser David Poger, who worked for U.S. Reps. Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, among those in lobbying gray zone
          KWMU:  Area man will fast until NGA makes decision on site location;  White male who chooses to live in North St. Louis City thinks stunt will speed feds' timeline
          Washington Missourian:  Two FEMA disaster recovery centers are still operating
          Drebes:  Barnes' bill redefines qualifications for attorney general - and not all current candidates may reach that bar
          Drebes:  Handicapping Rick Stream vs. Andrew Koenig for Schmitt's seat
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Martin Rucker II running for state rep X
          P-D sports columnist Ben Frederickson:  Former Mizzou footballer Martin Rucker II decides to run for office, thinks he'd enjoy serving in minority
          P-D:  Missouri Senate takes up voter ID
          Missourinet:  Nixon's veto would allow health worker wage hike, override likely
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers look for road money beyond usual places
          The Missouri Times:  New bill cuts restrictions for universities to make graduate programs
          CDT:  Area lawmakers seek to reverse University of Missouri cuts in the wake of Click firing X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County reps push for restored funding
          Columbia Missourian:  Bryan Cave report fact-checks Melissa Click's revised version of bullying incident
          KC Star:  National professors group wants University of Missouri to rehire Melissa Click +
          Columbia Missourian:  National professors group:  Bring back Melissa Click
          Columbia Missourian:  Interim UM president, diversity officer to Concerned Student 1950:  Stop making demands
          Columbia Missourian:  Great people and moments in Columbia black history:  Blind piano player;  Mike Middleton;  protests following Michael Brown's assault on Darren Wilson;  Concerned Student 1950 disruptions;  more
          KWMU:  Obituary:  Jeremiah 'Jerry' Nixon, a staunch ally in his son's political advancement, is dead at 90
          Missourinet:  Obituary:  Nixon's father dies
          JCNT editorial:  On Mizzou, Conservation Commission and Capitol Complex, legislators should stop trying to expand their influence X
          P-D editorial:  Robert Ross' sarcasm on legislators-as-lawyers bill
          Messenger:  Opioid dilemma catches Wildwood couple in its web
          Waters:  Thoughts on student freedom of expression bill, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, and old-timey First Amendment memories X
          Columbia Missourian executive editor Tom Warhover:  The coverage of Melissa Click will continue until you stop talking about her
          KC Star letter:  Area man says Eric Schmitt's plan to cut taxes is bad for Missouri +
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man suggests Melissa Click take her attitude and "obnoxious" voice behind a fast-food counter
          P-D letter:  Early childhood group enjoys USC-sponsored "toxic stress" series
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        Friday, February 26   The Official 2016 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
KMZU (Carrollton):  Hillary Clinton's Missouri campaign hosts LGBTQIA event at gay bar in KC
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith draws token opposition ahead of re-election +
          P-D:  David Poger receives restraining order after "weird-ing out" Capitol females;  Clay's office says Poger was never an employee, as FEC records show payments as "consultant"
          Missourinet:  Democrat David Poger, who claimed to be Lacy Clay's "Senior Political Director," gets restraining order for harassing Capitol women;  Clay's office says Poger has never worked for congressman "in any capacity"
          KC Star:  Restraining order issued against Democrat David Poger +
          USA Today:  McCaskill introduces bill against hidden resort fees
          P-D:  McCaskill, Grassley pushing case of fired Missouri National Guard contractor
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment sues EPA
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment sues EPA over clean water rules
          AP:  Missouri group sues EPA over nutrient levels in lakes
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes' bill establishes qualifications for AG office
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Catherine Hanaway on Ferguson, Mizzou and her way forward in a crowded governor's race
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder says he would have called Mizzou football players' bluff +
          SE Missourian:  Mental health series:  Missouri spends $636 million a year on mental health, implements new initiatives +
          SE Missourian:  Mental health series:  Shortage of beds, clinicians challenge mental illness care in region, state +
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators vote to fire Melissa Click X
          CDT:  Melissa Click complains that investigation by University of Missouri curators was unfair X
          CDT:  Foley grilled by faculty for curators' decision to fire Melissa Click X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators fire Melissa Click
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators applaud firing of Melissa Click
          Columbia Missourian:  Foley addresses concerns about Melissa Click at MU Faculty Council meeting
          Columbia Missourina:  Mike Middleton, Chuck Henson suggest Concerned Student 1950 end demands
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri Board of Curators fires Melissa Click
          KWMU:  University of Missouri fires Melissa Click
          Missourinet:  Foley:  Click's firing doesn't set a precedent
          AP:  University of Missouri fires Melissa Click
          KC Star:  Mizzou fires Melissa Click +
          P-D higher ed reporter Koran Addo:  Board of Curators fires Melissa Click;  Comments from "state Rep. [sic] Kurt Schaefer"
          P-D:  Last week:  Higher ed piece misspells "Columbia"
          P-D:  Four weeks ago:  Higher ed piece confuses Mizzou and University of Missouri System
          CDT:  MSU seeks to overturn key provisions of 2005 name change law X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Truman State students debate campus concealed carry bill
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Senate bill grants Missouri residents lifetime concealed carry permit
          P-D:  Foundation Formula would be easier to fund under proposal from Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles)
          P-D:  Welfare rolls in Missouri would be scrubbed for dead, ineligible under proposal
          KWMU:  Heroin antidote, drug registry get some support, but legislative passage remains elusive in Missouri
          KWMU:  Legislation to end sex trafficking ads wins first-round approval in Missouri Senate
          KC Star:  Proposal would undo merger of Missouri state patrols +
          P-D:  Utilities push for overhaul of Missouri rate regulation
          The Missouri Times:  After years of opposition, Ameren and Noranda reach historic pact
          KWMU:  St. Louis Boat Show provides glimpse of life after the Rams
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway releases second local government report
          Brownfield Ag News:  Audrain, Carroll are Missouri's first Agri-Ready counties;  Designation shows commitment from commissioners that no county regulations will be stricter than state law
          P-D:  St. Louis Regional Chamber announces Arcus award winners;  Achievement in Public Policy to David Leipholtz and Better Together
          P-D editorial:  Eric Schmitt's push for more tax cuts would double the size of Missouri's looming budget crisis
          P-D editorial:  University and curators cave on Melissa Click, and academic freedom is the loser
          Messenger:  One year after his son decided to kill himself, Julius Schweich sends hateful note to Catherine Hanaway - wishing her a bad 2016
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  When it comes to Mizzou, state GOP legisaltors are "petty, vindictive and short-sighted"
          Shelly:  Bill from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Summersville) on elected officials becoming judges and lawyers is "bizarre" +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man dislikes Blunt's comments on SCOTUS
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says Rep. Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage) shouldn't criticize University of Missouri while his colleagues are acting up
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes Tony Messenger, longs for the days of amiable hippie Bill McClellan
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        Thursday, February 25
       
KC Star:  Bernie Sanders brings campaign against the 1 percent to Kansas City +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Links to local news coverage of Bernie Sanders visit
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Photo gallery and video highlights of Bernie Sanders' visit to KC
          P-D:  Hillary Clinton hires Antonio French;  North St. Louis City Alderman says Bernie Sanders is "absent the reality of today's America"
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  #mogovdebate shows intensity of GOP enthusiasm;  Greitens skips debate, but makes it to Jeff City the next day;  Thoughts on David Humphreys' campaign contributions
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens changes tone, still supports closing Gitmo;  Brunner criticizes "Obama-Greitens plan"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Opponents jump on Greitens for Gitmo positioning;  Kinder touts conservative record and election success at GOP gov debate +
          CDT:  Kinder:  Wolfe should have 'called players' bluff' rather than resign X
          KWMU:  Statewide office filing-day roundup:  Each statewide race attracts also-rans;  David Humphreys finds candidate to take on Schmitt;  Leonard Steinman and Chief Wana Dubie run, again
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft event features his dad and Donald Rumsfeld;  David Humphreys throws in $150k to narrow Will Kraus' significant fundraising advantage
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) - who had endorsed Eric Schmitt - decides to enter state treasurer primary
          KWMU:  State legislative filing-day roundup:  Scott Sifton vs. Randy Jotte;  Three-way Dem skirmish for Colona's seat;  Four-way GOP schmoz in Gosen's district;  Notes on other primary contests
          Drebes:  MoScout post-filing update:  Subscriber report FREE one day only;  Notes, quotes and anecdotes on state legislative races, Schmitt vs. Brown, much much more
          The Missouri Times:  PROMO sticks with Steph Perkins as executive director
          KWMU:  State's lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual group names new executive director:  Steph Perkins, formerly known as Stephanie Perkins
          SNL:  Steph Perkins becomes first transgendered human to lead PROMO X
          KC Star:  Liberal group Progress Missouri challenges limits on recording of public Senate hearings +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments over recording of Senate hearings
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate considers right to record Senate committee hearings
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to video limits by Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court to rule on liberal group's right to film Senate hearings
          P-D:  Voter ID clears last hurdle before Senate floor debate
          Columbia Missourian:  Mental health rally at Capitol draws 100
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield), Sen. Eric Schmidt [sic] would let MSU create doctoral programs without University of Missouri consent X
          CDT:  Curators make selections for Presidential Search Committee:  Two black faculty members, one black student X
          Columbia Missourian:  Head of MU Black Studies named to UM president search committee:  Stephanie Shonekan is assistant professor of ethnomusicology
          CDT:  Curators won't reveal University of Missouri presidential search consultant X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Budget Committee reviews proposed UM System budget cuts
          P-D:  Cutting Melissa Click's salary not 'enforceable hammer'
          AP:  Race protests help create another diversity job:  University will pay former footballer $150,000/yr. to serve as "assistant vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity"
          Missourinet:  Democrat opposes spending cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) would make professors' syllabi public
          Missourinet:  Concerned Student 1950 reissues old demands, makes up new ones:  "Academic bankruptcy" rule to give failing students a semester mulligan;  10% of faculty must be black;  etc.
          CDT:  Concerned Student 1950 warns they will be "ensuring our demands are met by any means necessary" X
          AP:  Legislation from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) seeks to allow concealed-carry permit holders to protect themselves on public transit
          Missourinet:  Missouri House bill would give felons gun rights back, 'violent' felons could petition for them
          SE Missourian:  Noranda, Ameren appeal to lawmakers for electric-rate changes +
          JCNT:  Ameren, Noranda ask lawmakers to help stabilize energy rates X
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch hosts community forum in conjunction with USC-sponsored series:  "Parenting and Grandparenting Under Stress"
          P-D editorial:  The despair epidemic:  Solutions to fix a case of the sads include state legislation on opioid abuse, spending more taxpayer money on education "investments," taxing high achievers to better distribute "America's bounty"
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers have not earned the right to exercise greater control over Capitol Complex X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  The true intent of voter ID laws:  common sense
          KC Star's Jenee Osterheldt:  Activists black and brown unite against racism, sexism, other -isms for an event of art and healing;  Woman wears "Black Thighs Matter" shirt in public +
          P-D letter:  Radiology professor shares her thoughts on how legislators should handle Mizzou dramatics
          JCNT letter:  Area man criticizes "Sen. Schaeffer [sic]", creates state-school analogy:  Abusive animal owner : dog :: Missouri legislators : Melissa Click X
          P-D letter:  Area nonprofit CEO enjoys Post-Dispatch's University of Southern California-sponsored "toxic stress" series
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        Wednesday, February 24
       
SOS.mo.gov:  List of candidates who have filed for August primary
          KWMU:  First day of filing:  A historical look from the era of camping out to the modern-day system
          AP:  Candidate filing begins
          KC Star:  Details on Bernie Sanders' visit to KC today +
          JCNT:  Hillary Clinton's campaign says it supports Missouri prescription-drug monitoring program X
          P-D:  U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander breaks with Obama over Guantanamo Bay closure
          P-D:  At The Missouri Times' debate, Missouri GOP's field for governor mostly in sync on the issues
          The Missouri Times:  Monday night GOP gov debate rocks social media realm;  #mogovdebate generates more than 2.6 million social media impressions
          JCNT:  Leonard Steinman running for governor instead of president X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  AG candidate Josh Hawley vows to clean up Capitol +
          CDT:  Columbia candidates caught up in year's hottest political rivalries;  Schaefer vs. Hawley and more X
          Columbia Missourian:  23 candidates for state, local offices file for August primary on first day
          JCNT:  Area legislative candidates file X
          Drebes:  Missouri Energy Development Association has filed suit against Kander and Galloway to stop Renew Missouri ballot initiatives
          KWMU:  Some question the limits to legislating the Missouri Legislature:  Debate over whether laws on "cooling off" and campaign contributions can positively affect the human nature of people who seek and hold office
          KOLR:  Ethics-overhaul push attempts to influence behavior, change Capitol culture
          AP:  Senate committee backs end to lobbyist-catered group events
          KWMU:  Senate passes one House ethics bill, stalls another
          P-D:  Ethics push again falters in Missouri Senate
          Messenger:  Missouri ethics debate vanishes in cloud of 'hocus-pocus'
          Missourinet:  House rejects Dems' early voting proposal
          CDT:  Budget plan targets Click salary and University of Missouri administration for cuts X
          Missourinet:  More cuts to University of Missouri in House budget proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee proposes $8M in cuts to UM System funding
          P-D:  UM could see $8M cut under Missouri House budget plan
          AP:  Budget plan would cut $8M from University of Missouri system
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Campus Interfaculty Council calls for due process for Melissa Click
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Romine on University of Missouri budget cuts;  Ellington on death penalty and race +
          AP:  House considers fetal tissue donation ban
          Missourinet:  House considering longer sentences for child sex offenders
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield):  Bill would protect kids from sexual predators X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer defends religious liberty bill
          P-D:  Missouri voters could decide on greater religious exemptions to same-sex marriage ceremonies
          AP:  Bill seeks religious exemptions on gay marriage
          Missourinet:  House Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage):  State payment on St. Louis dome will be made
          P-D:  House panel hears anti-Kroenke proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill to allow ATVs, golf carts on Katy Trail draws opposition
          Missourinet:  House proposes exemptions to Sunshine Law for farms and ranches
          KWMU:  Protestors make a scene at Ferguson City Council's first meeting since being sued
          P-D:  Protestors disrupt council meeting;  Activists shout expletives in public, use props as punchlines, other theatrics
          SE Missourian:  Diversity speaker series hosts rapper Common;  Author of iconic ditty "The Bitch in Yoo [sic]" weighs in on campus gun debate, more +
          KWMU:  A look at the struggle of transgendered African-Americans;  Teenager self-identifying as female - but saddled with male genitalia at birth - explains pressure of showing cleavage, other oppressive societal expectations
          P-D editorial:  NGA can find security in the heart of St. Louis
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers factor revenge toward MU into state's budget +
          JCNT editorial:  Preserve tranquility of Katy Trail X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  MoDOT ruling on 'irregular' bid prompts concern X
          P-D editorial:  In Justice Department showdown, Ferguson finds excuses in inflated numbers
          Waters:  Punishing MU:  Overreaction all around X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Ugly mess at MU has long been fermenting
          CDT op-ed:  Domestic violence group:  Missouri should expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  University City woman disagrees with Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) on voter ID, legislators becoming lobbyists
          P-D letter:  "Toxic stress" series, funded by USC group, is important
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman responds to "toxic stress" series' focus on poor woman who chose to have ten (10) kids:  "People who continue to crank out one child after another will most likely fail"
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        Tuesday, February 23
       
KWMU:  Sen. Claire McCaskill announces she has breast cancer
          Missourinet:  McCaskill announces that she has breast cancer and expects a full recovery
          Missourinet:  Support for McCaskill pours out after she announces she has breast cancer
          AP:  McCaskill says she has breast cancer
          KC Star:  McCaskill announces she has breast cancer +
          P-D:  McCaskill announces she has breast cancer
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders to appear in KC tomorrow +
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt announces re-election campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Photos:  Blunt announces re-election campaign
          KRCG:  Blunt visits Columbia on final leg of re-election tour
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Missouri Republican Gubernatorial Debate (raw livestream feed begins at 1 hr. 14 min.):  John Brunner, Catherine Hanaway, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder
          KC Star:  Eric Greitens criticizes Republican leaders over ethics legislation +
          JCNT:  Hanaway, Kinder lay out transportation plans at Missouri Chamber event;  Brunner states position on website, while Greitens and Koster have not addressed issue recently X
          Drebes:  Rick Francis to run for Shelley Keeney's open House seat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) on organizing the House's agenda, ethics legislation, campaign-contribution caps, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-St. Louis) introduces bill to cut union exemption for lobbying
          AP:  Missouri Democrat wants union members to report lobbying
          JCNT:  Ron Calzone says two court victories protect people from legislative mistakes X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage) re-introduces tiered budget approach
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators set to begin presidential search X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) says budget cuts might force Mizzou to improve on racial issues
          P-D:  Race histrionics cause Mizzou to lose at least $2 million in donations
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) pushes State Board of Education transparency requirements
          SE Missourian:  State to test cybersecurity of Cape school district +
          Missourinet:  House abortion bills to be heard today;  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) stands by Planned Parenthood videos
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers oppose state park plan, allege improper spending +
          P-D:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific):  Missouri Uber regs moving forward after bloodbath
          Missourinet:  Debate resumes in Missouri House on limits to body camera footage
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee hears bills on body camera footage, pilot police grant
          AP:  Lawmakers weigh public's right to police footage
          AP:  Lawmakers vote to exempt state agency data on animal health and environmental impact of farms from open record laws
          Missourinet:  Proposed state beef checkoff referendum lawsuit dismissed
          JCNT:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City), NAACP want race assessed in death penalty reviews X
          SE Missourian:  Group wants state to expand Medicaid for young adults with mental illnesses +
          P-D:  USC Center for Health Journalism sponsored journalism:  "Toxic Stress" series
          P-D editorial:  Opioid and heroin problem poses national security nightmare;  Legislature should pass prescription-drug database
          P-D editorial:  Even if the state does nothing, St. Louis County can be a leader in prescription drug monitoring
          P-D letter:  University City man says Ferguson's own reform efforts are a mirage
          P-D letter:  Area doc enjoys sponsored "Toxic Stress" journalism
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        Monday, February 22   Livestream:  The Missouri Times' GOP gov debate, 7 p.m.
       
KMIZ (Columbia):  Blunt campaign tour to stop in Columbia today
        Student Life (Washington University):  Former Obama adviser David Axelrod visits campus, talks politics, ideals, Trump
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Don Gosen reveals his story;  Panel of Katie Casas, Ron Hicks, Will Kraus and Jeremy LaFaver talk Gosen, 'paycheck protection,' collateral source debate, and LaFaver's decision to not seek re-election
        Rosenbaum:  Loose ends from the Capitol:  Relative quality of humans running for office;  Coburn's push for convention of states;  Pinkel's contract;  what it's like to be stuck in a Capitol elevator
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Richardson on split with Senate on ethics;  Progress Missouri's Laura Swinford on recording public meetings;  Kerry Messer on parental permission for abortions +
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri TANF legislation limits time on the dole;  Comments from sociology prof, unworking woman with story of struggle X
        Columbia Missourian:  MU and Missouri Legislature forge contentious relationship during period of campus unrest
        Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  6 of 10 focused on Melissa Click and race drama
        AP:  Missouri public defender director says his department is in crisis due to underfunding
        Missourinet:  Lawmakers discuss liquidating St. Louis NFL dome's operators
        Brownfield Ag News:  Court denies request to stop MO beef checkoff refendum process
        KMZU (Carrollton):  Koster's office says Cole County man has been indicted for defrauding customers
        KWMU:  Costs and opportunities of Ferguson's disputed consent decree
        P-D:  Lawyers on both sides of Michael Brown wrongful-death suit want grand jury witness names
        P-D editorial:  Missouri senators vote to keep the lobby door revolving
        P-D editorial:  With earnings tax, Legislature once again meddles with the city's finances
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri's appealing option for college savings just got better +
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Jeanette Mott Oxford:  In support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the effort to limit campaign contributions
        KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Eric Schmitt is wrong to push for even more tax cuts +
        SNL letter:  Former state Rep. Larry Crawford (R-Centertown):  Catherine Hanaway has been crucial in the fight for Missourians' gun rights X
        KC Star letter:  Moms Demand Action opposes guns on Missouri campuses +
        P-D letter:  Florissant man says Republicans don't want to preserve public lands
        JCNT letter:  Centertown man disputes education myths, says black schools receive more funding than others and students still manage to disappoint X
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        Sunday, February 21
       
SE Missourian:  Blunt touts veterans legislation during re-election campaign stop +
          KOAM:  Blunt makes campaign stop in Joplin;  Veteran Dem activist, one (1) pal hold anti-Blunt sign on street
          P-D:  After jury duty, McCaskill introduces legislation taking away lawmakers' exemption
          The Hill:  McCaskill, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) want to remove Congress' jury exemption
          Drebes:  Former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Independence) working for City of Independence
          JCNT:  John Ashcroft speaks at Scouting event, reflects upon career of public service X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics, airing today:  Don Gosen speaks out about his resignation
          AP:  Analysis:  A look at what - if any - effect the Gosen situation will have on ethics-law push
          JCNT:  Economist at MO Chamber event:  Missouri continues middling rank in job growth among states X
          SNL:  State NAACP says positive changes for group are coming;  Nimrod Chapel says top issue is fighting "Jim Crow" voter ID proposals X
          CDT:  University of Missouri fundraising takes $6 million hit in December;  Vice chancellor notes most common observation:  "inmates are running the asylum" X
          CDT:  Donor discontent not being felt at University of Missouri campuses outside Columbia;  UMKC, Rolla and UMSL avoid dramatics, say they are doing quite well X
          CDT:  Decline in donations hits University of Missouri athletic department X
          CDT:  University of Missouri tries to ensure no more boycotts X
          P-D:  Noranda Aluminum closure marks the end of an era in the Missouri Bootheel
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Smelter or no smelter, utility legislation shouldn't be rushed
          P-D:  "Toxic stress" syndrome:  Wash U researcher says poor kids have smaller brain volumes;  A collection of hard-knock Ferguson tales involving violent gunplay, the unworking, unpaid bills, etc.
          P-D:  Analysis:  Newspaper alleges that Ferguson inflated the cost of federal consent decree
          P-D:  Hundreds rally in St. Louis to support Chinese-American NYPD officer who shot unarmed black man;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) makes appearance
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri presidential primary turnout will be light, or maybe not X
          SNL editorial:  Dixon's campus gun bill is not the answer X
          KC Star:  Remedy for Missouri economy:  Spending more money on K-12, higher ed, transportation;  Seasoned editorial board fails to resist aged "Missouri-misery" pun
          P-D editorial:  Solutions for kids' "toxic stress":  Provide Section 8 vouchers to move the poor into decent neighborhoods;  more taxpayer funding of prenatal classes;  more taxpayer money for those who can't manage to pay their own utility bills;  etc.
          Waters:  Melissa Click's hysterical freakout leads university system to valuable introspection
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  A Tale of Two Taxes:  A closer look at transportation sales tax vs. gas tax X
          P-D op-ed:  Community college sociology prof:  Ferguson's rejection of negotiated deal is a mystery
          P-D op-ed:  Blake Ashby:  Loretta Lynch represents a cancer in the social justice movement;  Ferguson malcontents, other agitators thrive on anger and outrage
          P-D letter:  Des Peres woman wants Nixon to support Obama's Clean Power Plan
          SE Missourian:  Missourians are overtaxed, especially compared to Tennessee residents +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says commentary on deadly force wrongly rehashes Ferguson case
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        Saturday, February 20
       
KWMU:  Blunt highlights his record - and ignores his opponent - in re-election kickoff
        P-D:  Blunt announces re-election bid
        SNL:  Blunt kicks off campaign tour in Springfield X
        KC Star:  Blunt makes re-election announcement, weighs in on SCOTUS matter +
        KC Star:  Life is much easier for Emanuel Cleaver in 2016 than it was eight years ago - when he chose Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama +
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Leara (R-St. Louis County) chooses to not run for state Senate
        P-D:  Nixon may not call special election for Gosen seat
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear open meetings case brought against state Senate
        Columbia Missourian:  Politifact truth-o-meter:  Speaker Todd Richardson's assessment on This Week in Missouri Politics regarding Missouri families' earning power was "Mostly True"
        SNL:  Missouri's welfare changes allow recipients to stay on the dole for three years and nine months;  Comments from grown woman who got pregnant "out of the blue," others with hard-knock tales X
        Missourinet:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) says he plans to hold fast on one-year 'cooling off' period
        P-D:  Changes to lobbying bill cloud ethics agenda's future
        KC Star:  Schmitt's proposal would double tax cuts for individuals and businesses +
        P-D:  GOP split on prescription drug monitoring, debate delayed again in Missouri House
        The Missouri Times:  What you need to know about the debate that kept the Senate up all night
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Guns on campus:  Thoughts from Missouri Western risk manager, junior male, teenage girl X
        Columbia Missourian:  Wieland's charge won't initiate disciplinary action against Melissa Click
        Missourinet:  Bill would toughen consent requirement for minor to have an abortion
        St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT, planning partners discuss future X
        The Missouri Times:  Wallingford co-sponsors effort to help former soldiers find jobs in the oil and natural gas industries
        P-D:  Nixon receives award from Mental Health America
        Drebes:  Noranda not interested in PSC rate cut
        KWMU:  Australian anti-nuclear activist visits area, will share thoughts at symposium
        Columbia Missourian:  Pittsburgh rapper/Ferguson protest celebrity Jasiri X speaks on police brutality;  Crowd of 30 provides "snaps, claps and affirming murmurs" to plaintive dittys
        JCNT letter:  Missouri prisoners' gardening shows that restorative justice provides transformations X
        CDT:  Darkow cartoon:  Oversexed legislators - who wear shirts with no pants a la Winnie the Pooh - are hypocritical for criticizing Mizzou X
        KC Star's Diuguid:  Mizzou Alumni Association should be applauded for highlighting race protests in its magazine +
        Messenger:  Missouri Supreme Court faces its reputation-defining moment:  Municipal-court overhaul and fines for lawbreakers
        P-D letter:  Legal Services of Eastern Missouri fact-checks food-stamp hysteria, says 60,000-victim number is too high
        St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Missouri Budget Project's Traci Gleason:  Congress, state both need to pass sales tax X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Stenger has no credibility on prescription databases
        CDT letter:  Anonymous author:  Melissa Click demonstrated her arrogant white privilege with protest actions;  Non-Caucasoids would have known to not touch police X
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        Friday, February 19
       
P-D:  McCaskill speaks at opening of Hillary Clinton's St. Louis City campaign office, says Republicans are attacking female Dem with "chain saws"
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Cruz supporter Sam Graves says Trump talks the talk but won't walk the walk X
        P-D:  EPA could tighten pollution limits at Ameren's largest plant
        JCNT:  Candidates for governor make pitches to state chamber X
        The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway outlines economic development plan
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) declines to run for third term, says his priority is to be the best husband and father he can be
        Messenger:  Don Gosen just the latest to fall in Capitol's den of iniquity;  Husband, father opens up to columnist about what happened
        Missourinet:  Missouri House gives veto-proof support to 'paycheck protection' legislation
        The Missouri Times:  'Paycheck protection' bill passes with veto-proof majority
        KWMU:  Missouri House passes bill on public employee union fees
        AP:  House passes limits on union fees in paychecks
        KWMU:  Ethics overhaul gets skeptical reception from Missouri senators;  House, Senate disagree over elements
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate backs off of 'cooling off' period for lawmakers becoming lobbyists
        KC Star:  Senate rejects waiting period for legislators to become lobbyists +
        P-D:  Republicans disagree on ethics legislation
        Washington Missourian:  Superintendent concerned about state funding drop X
        CDT:  University of Missouri leaders face tough questioning in legislative hearing X
        Missourinet:  University of Missouri projecting $20 million loss due to down enrollment; Foley says would-be students express "fear of turmoil"
        KC Star:  Legislators express disappointment in Gary Pinkel;  Mizzou football coach, who led team to 1-7 SEC record in failure of a final season, sided with protesting players in race drama +
        CDT:  Lawmaker targets Gary Pinkel as source of University of Missouri troubles X
        CDT:  MU staff members take responsibility for mixed messages attributed to Foley X
        The Missouri Times:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) files complaint against Melissa Click
        Columbia Missourian:  Black Lives Matter founders visit Mizzou campus;  Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza laud efforts of "queer women," tackle pressing issues of low life expectancies for transgender blacks, tragedy of "food deserts," etc.
        KC Star:  Melissa Click's image-makeover team nabs CBS This Morning segment;  Click maintains message discipline, sticks to talking points on making mistakes, fighting for "what is fair," etc. +
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Nurses Association holds annual lobby day
        KCBJ:  Missouri hospitals' uncompensated care jumps 469 percent
        KC Star:  Missouri HPV vaccination rates are low;  Fewer boys than girls receive disease protection +
        SNL:  Nixon signs bill approving judicial district split X
        KWMU:  Former Ferguson PR strategist peddles "my version of my truth" in book;  Devin James blames public roasting on other PR agencies, political leaders, racism, etc.
        P-D editorial:  State makes right call on renewing Special Administrative Board mandate
        KC Star editorial:  Don't give in to bullying by Uber and Lyft in Jefferson City +
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Affordable gasoline is something to celebrate X
        P-D op-ed:  Missouri PTA's Sarah Day:  Bill from Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) offers second chance for teens in trouble
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU School of Journalism Professor Emeritus Brian Brooks:  Melissa Click disgraced herself and needs to resign
        Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Proposal to allow ATVs on Katy Trail is 'asinine'
        KC Star letter:  St. Charles man says MoDOT should stop pushing toll roads +
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says Real ID issue shows Missouri "languishes in the backwater of progress" X
        P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian says Legislature should not cut funding for University of Missouri
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says prescription drug monitoring is needed X
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City woman says prescription drug monitoring is not needed X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County resident says prescription databases need a way to correct any errors
        P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says felony case - in which urbanite left her two toddlers alone before apartment fire - has a clear culprit:  Phyllis Schlafly
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        Thursday, February 18
       
KWMU:  Clinton sets up St. Louis City office in union building;  Sanders office in St. Louis City hit by vandals
          P-D:  McCaskill backs Hillary Clinton, says Sanders can't build consensus
          Kraske:  Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville) on national popular vote;  Hanaway on 'right to work';  Pearce on campaign limits +
          SE Missourian:  Medicare cuts hit home for area medical-equipment users, suppliers;  Comments from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, former state Rep. Pat Naeger (R) +
          KWMU:  Preliminary EPA designation says Labadie coal plant exceeds federal pollution standard
          KRES/KWIX:  Zika not a current threat in Missouri
          P-D:  Federal aid after December floods is $43 million and rising
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Gosen (R-Chesterfield) resigns
          KWMU:  Don Gosen (R-Chesterfield) resigns
          Missourinet:  Gosen resigns;  Richardson says decision was the right one
          P-D:  Gosen resigns, says he does not want to distract from important issues
          AP:  Don Gosen resigns
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers "cooling off" period before legislators become lobbyists
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Todd Richardson reaches historic 107 votes for 'paycheck protection'
          Missourinet:  House gives initial approval to bill on public employee union dues
          AP:  Senate backs limits to medical costs in court cases
          JCNT:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) leads 13-hour filibuster X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU loses $2 million in donations after race-protest botchamania last fall
          Columbia Missourian:  Faculty Council asks for review of MU's relationship with University of Missouri System
          KWMU:  University of Missouri officials feel the legislative heat during committee hearing
          Missourinet:  Sen. Paul Weiland (R-Imperial) files complaint about Melissa Click, says Gary Pinkel may be next
          AP:  University of Missouri leaders address state lawmakers
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri administrators assure legislators of improvements at MU
          P-D's Koran Addo:  Lawmakers push for firing of Melissa Click;  Piece on higher education misspells "Columbia"
          Columbia Missourian:  MU faculty say Melissa Click deserves due process, fair treatment from administrators
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Truman board preparing to search for Paino's successor
          SNL:  For MSU, investigation into Hispanic official now closed;  Black student withdraws complaint, had gathered total of 49 petition signatures X
          SNL:  Students and citizens debate guns on campus as part of MSU Talks program X
          KWMU:  McSpadden provides an assist for Nasheed's body camera bill
          Missourinet:  Michael Brown's mother testifies for required police body cameras
          P-D:  Nasheed, Michael Brown's mother urge Missouri lawmakers to pass police body camera requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed presents legislation mandating police body cameras
          CDT:  Senate committee cool to bill requiring police body cameras X
          Columbia Missourian:  Michael Brown's mother joins push for body cameras
          AP:  Michael Brown's family pushes for body camera bill
          KC Star:  Bill creating statewide regulations for Uber and taxis clears Missouri House committee +
          The Missouri Times:  Executive council considers locations for National Register
          KWMU:  Army Corps to Coldwater Creek residents:  One park clean, more work to come
          P-D:  Ferguson protestors granted audience with Obama
          P-D editorial:  Fred Sauer catches Nixon's punt on campaign donation limits
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Schmitt wrong to push for tax cuts for Missouri residents, small business owners +
          P-D editorial:  Time to overhaul structure for economic development incentives
          Waters:  The balance swings against Melissa Click hanging on X
          CDT Darkow cartoon:  Imagining Melissa Click, pre-makeover, on Allen Funt's seminal "Candid Camera" X
          SNL op-ed:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo:  Help improve early childhood health in Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  NFIB's Brad Jones:  Missouri trial lawyers, judges fight for 'junk science'
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Associate professor of English attempts allegory connecting Shakespeare's "Richard III" with Melissa Click dramedy
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law student and SLU Law associate prof:  Ban use of deadly force to stop fleeing felons
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man disagrees with McCaskill on Obama and SCOTUS nomination
          P-D letter:  Troy man says editorial wrong to support keeping guns from nonviolent felons
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        Wednesday, February 17
       
P-D:  Blunt to kick off re-election this weekend
        KWMU:  McCaskill, St. Louis County Council zero in on prescription-drug addiction
        P-D:  McCaskill, St. Louis County take aim at prescription database
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens suggests Brunner camp was behind anonymous video;  Nixon talks character in final address to Eagle Scouts +
        JCNT:  John Ashcroft speaks at breakfast, promotes Scouting's benefits X
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Consumers Council of Missouri seeks Executive Director to replace Joan Bray
        JCNT:  Cole County Democrats to hold voter reg/GOTV event today at Lincoln University theater;  Free screening of Selma movie plus appearances by NAACP President Nimrod Chapel, Reps. Brandon Ellington and Stacey Newman expected to draw large crowd X
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon, DED Director Mike Downing, Commissioner of Adminstration Doug Nelson return home after signing trade agreements +
        KWMU:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) wants to end 'grand experiment' of limitless campaign contributions
        Missourinet:  Pearce wants more focus on campaign checks, not lobbyist meals
        The Missouri Times:  National popular vote compact gets committee hearing
        Missourinet:  Politicians excluded from proposed pay increase for Missouri employees
        Missourinet:  Silvey's bill would make REAL ID an option for Missourians
        AP:  Schaefer pushes terrorism bills
        JCNT:  Schaefer proposes tougher punishments for sex offenders X
        AP:  Missouri public defenders want twice as many lawyers to handle their caseload, say Nixon's proposed budget increase isn't enough
        Columbia Missourian:  Missouri prisoners grew and distributed nearly 100 tons of produce last year
        CDT:  Lawmakers pan MU Health's opposition to House bill X
        AP:  University of Missouri leaders to address lawmakers during hearing today
        CDT:  Chancellor sends mixed messages on Melissa Click in separate statements X
        CDT:  Third and final diversity candidate speaks at forum;  G. Christine Taylor was fired from Purdue University last summer X
        Columbia Missourian:  Diversity officer candidate urges communication, success models
        The Missouri Times:  Cheryl Schrader moves Missouri S&T forward while keeping race dramatics away;  School's first female chancellor says she doesn't believe in diversity for diversity's sake
        P-D:  Activist group demands Washington University, a private institution, cut ties with Enterprise's Andy Taylor;  "Decarcerate St. Louis" angry about profit margin of prison snacks and toiletries
        KWMU:  Plans expected to transition St
. Louis Public Schools back to control by elected board
          P-D:  Appointed boards to continue at St. Louis and Riverview Gardens school districts
          AP:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) wants stronger safeguards around legal guardians approving minors' abortions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would pilot truck platoon system, improving fuel economy and safety;  Comments from sponsor Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would ease tax on dance, fitness centers X
          The Missouri Times:  Oregon County land sale bill perfected in the House
          P-D:  Land sale bill passes Missouri House
          AP:  House endorses auction of land bought for park
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Bob Burns (D-St. Louis) could pave the way for sales tax hike for cop salaries
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Linda Black (R-Park Hills) presents new anti-poaching measures to committee
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Royals' World Series trophy brought to the Capitol
          KWMU:  Federal agencies to update residents at Coldwater Creek meeting
          P-D editorial:  Tobacco-tax hike idea designates money for kids, not abortions
          JCNT editorial:  Aiding welfare beneficiaries by removing those who game the system X
          KC Star editorial:  Why are 'free speech' advocates so eager to silence Melissa Click? +
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Putting patients over politics in cancer fight X
          CDT op-ed:  Terry Schlemeier:  Reflections on Kurt Schaefer, the Lone Ranger, and MU days of yore X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Legislature should help fill open curator spots quickly
          Diuguid:  Obama should fly to Ferguson to bring about needed changes +
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        Tuesday, February 16
       
KOLR:  Blunt, Kander, MSU prof Brian Calfano weigh in on Scalia-replacement issue
          Missourinet:  University of Central Missouri prof who penned book about Scalia calls him a unique conservative
          KC Star:  Presidential campaigns eye Missouri +
          KWMU:  Voter-registration deadline looms in advance of presidential primary
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves to speak to Northwest Missouri GOP Club X
          Drebes:  Missouri's electric co-ops form campaign committee, get ready to rumble
          KOMU:  Group seeks to raise cigarette tax to pay for early childhood programs;  Comments from Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo
          KWMU:  John Brunner responds to Eric Greitens' response to anonymous anti-Greitens video
          P-D:  Greitens suggests anonymous video fits Brunner camp's "pattern";  Brunner campaign categorically denies involvement
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Brunner says MoDOT needs to find "efficiencies";  Chancellor Hank Foley on Melissa Click's "appalling" antics +
          JCNT:  Proposal from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  Make amendment signatures harder to get X
          JCNT:  Hundreds of Eagle Scouts honored at Capitol;  Gov. Nixon, Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) address crowd X
          SNL:  Week's legislative preview:  Ethics bills, prescription drug monitoring program, Greene County sales tax for early childhood education X
          P-D:  If Missouri's legislature operated like West Virginia's, right to work might be law
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  With needle in his arm to give blood, Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) defends state's death penalty
          Riverfront Times:  Bill from Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedar Creek) would help Missouri's deaf-blind community with support service providers
          Columbia Missourian:  Child safety bills focus on terrorist threats, suicide prevention
          CDT:  Chancellor, curator "appalled" by new Melissa Click body camera footage X
          The Missouri Times:  Latest Click video leads to renewed calls for resignation
          P-D:  UM Curator David Steelman, others weigh in on latest Click video
          KOMU:  Click media tour:  Prof discusses behavior
          CDT:  Bill targets hospitals' exemptions from certificate of need law X
          Missourinet:  House panel votes to strip payment for former Rams stadium
          KWMU:  House committee strips out Edward Jones Dome funding
          P-D:  Payment for Edward Jones Dome stripped from 2017 Missouri budget
          AP:  House panel OKs cutting $12M for St. Louis football stadium
          KRCG:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) blasts lawsuit against court overhaul bill
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) would exempt Uber drivers from St. Louis City earnings tax
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana bill again presented to House committee
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee hears bill on legalizing medical marijuana
          P-D:  Missouri could opt out of time change
          SNL:  House approves judicial district split for area counties X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri may ban hunting of feral hogs on public lands +
          KWMU:  Shula Neuman takes over as new executive editor of St. Louis Public Radio
          P-D editorial:  If St. Louis wants to win NGA, message must be loud and clear
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri understands part, but not all, of new job-creation math
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says proposal from Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) to allow ATVs on Katy Trail is a terrible idea
          P-D letter:  Clayton man says Houghton legislation amounts to harassing hikers, bicyclists
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says bureaucracy, quarreling hurts MSU diversity program X
          P-D letter:  Des Peres woman says DOJ bully Loretta Lynch chooses vindictiveness over forgiveness
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        Monday, February 15
       
P-D:  Blunt, others weigh in on Scalia
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith brings area leaders together to discuss Noranda and area fallout;  Session includes talk of federal regulations, 'right to work,' more +
          Riverfront Times:  Dispute over voter data leaves some black Missouri Democrats frustrated
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greene County Dem criticizes Roy Blunt +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kurt Schaefer;  Panel of Reps. Shawn Rhoads and Tracy McCreery, Byron DeLear, Rob Johnson talk national popular vote, presidential primary, MO AG race, ethics legislation
          KC Star:  Eric Greitens fights back against anonymous attack video +
          SE Missourian:  Brunner visits Cape Girardeau, speaks to GOP women's club +
          KC Star:  Teresa Hensley attacks Kurt Schaefer based on erroneous campaign research, apologizes +
          Drebes:  David Humphreys gives $50k to pro-RTW Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold)
          Drebes:  Josiah Bechthold, former intern for Rep. Trent Skaggs (D), seeks to fill Dem ballot slot against Ryan Silvey
          KC Star:  Lawmakers to talk medical marijuana, campaign limits this week +
          KWMU:  Six ethics proposals could be set for final passage when the Missouri Senate starts work today
          SE Missourian:  Rehder holds drug-monitoring bill because of rising opposition +
          Columbia Missourian:  Chancellor to confer with Board of Curators about body camera footage of Melissa Click
          AP:  Interim Chancellor Hank Foley calls Click's behavior in new video "appalling"
          Rosenbaum:  Legislative angst places University of Missouri in a tough spot
          The Maneater:  House committee votes to deny UM system a budget increase
          The Maneater:  Higher ed group says freshman class most likely to protest in past 50 years;  Photos of College Republicans posing with statue of Thomas Jefferson, angry students screaming and disrupting meetings, more
          KWMU:  Retiring higher ed commissioner David Russell on higher ed funding, Mizzou race dramatics, more
          Daily American Republic:  Bill from Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) seeks to limit school superintendent pay +
          JCNT:  Bill from Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) would prohibit punishment for opting out of state test +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-St. Joseph) would protect Good Samaritans from damages when freeing kids from locked car X
          Missourinet:  Missouri bills on daily fantasy sports don't go as far as Nixon wants
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee wants to hear from St. Louis Sports Authority about Rams bid
          AP:  Uber, Lyft look to Legislature to bypass city rules
          P-D:  St. Louis earnings tax facing fresh scrutiny
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit seeks to stop voting process on proposed Missouri beef checkoff
          P-D editorial:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal challenging Lacy Clay is a good thing
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Some good news from Jefferson City thanks to Clint Zweifel:  MOST 529 updates X
          Priddy:  Mitten's bill to stop committee-chair showboating won't pass, but it's a good idea
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area woman dislikes Ron Richard's position on campaign contribution limits, says he is acting like a dictator X
          JCNT letter:  Area man disagrees with GOP on voter ID X
          P-D letter:  Olivette grad student says she supports Ameren's energy-efficiency plan
          SNL:  Cape Fair man mocks diversity group's petition:  100 signatures at a university of 24,000 X
          P-D letter:  Area man says stadium proposal cost the public, not its leaders
          P-D letter:  Animal activist says House bill would keep citizens from seeing puppy-mill data
          P-D letter:  Criminal Justice Ministry case manager says Missouri could be a leader in criminal justice overhaul
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        Sunday, February 14   Valentine's Day
       
P-D:  Blunt says new Supreme Court justice should be chosen by next president
          KWMU:  Blunt's bipartisan bill would improve access to mental health care
          P-D:  A look at the Obamacare tax penalty
          P-D:  St. Louis vying for $50 million U.S. Dept. of Transportation jackpot
          Missourinet:  Missouri's legislative budget leaders plan to fight EPA's Clean Power Plan
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Kurt Schaefer;  Panel of Tracy McCreery, Byron DeLear, Rob Johnson, Shawn Rhoads
          The Pitch (KC):  Teresa Hensley's campaign thought it found a connection between payday loan crook and Kurt Schaefer - but whiffed
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo talks tobacco tax, addresses abortion misinformation
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) says MO HealthNet bill could save billions annually
          CDT:  University of Missouri seeks $10 million to support budding nuclear medicine supply industry;  Dem Reps. Stephen Webber, Kip Kendrick urge Nixon to support project X
          Columbia Missourian:  Melissa Click hires Texas-based image-rehab company;  "Status Labs Image Management" outlines strategy of influencing Google search results with less-frightening photos
          CDT:  After refusing interviews for months, Melissa Click begins image-rehab tour X
          CDT:  Political pressure on curators' investigation troubles Click X
          KWMU:  DESE wants to keep appointed boards in St. Louis, Riverview Gardens
          SNL:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) wants police to obtain a warrant before tracking cell phones X
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Senator wants to expand state's texting ban
          JCNT:  Ameren, Noranda now working together;  Missouri customers could see jump in electric rates X
          JCNT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City):  Six weeks into session, no harassment complaints referred to committee X
          JCNT:  LGBT advocates push for non-discrimination act X
          JCNT:  Public school employees to benefit from non-discrimination bill;  Comments from Missouri NEA's "Otto Fagen [sic]", others X
          P-D:  Portrait of a speed trap:  Foley, Mo.
          P-D:  Audits show municipal court issues extend beyond St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  State reps from Ferguson, Black Jack, St. Louis search for funding to help Ferguson comply with DOJ reforms
          JCNT editorial:  Half measures shortchange safe driving X
          P-D's Jim Gallagher:  Which to choose:  Cheapo State or Fancy U?  Thoughts on the value propositions of Wash U., Rolla and lesser state schools
          Columbia Missourian's Maggie Walter:  "Show Me the Errors" feature keeps paper as mistake-free as possible;  Columnist appreciates feedback from readers, does not demonstrate insecurity or defensiveness when mistakes happen
          Messenger:  The new civil rights movement has an anthem:  'We comin [sic]"
          P-D letter:  Illinois resident responds to P-D NGA editorial, suggests federal employees might enjoy being surrounded by decent schools and civilized behavior
          P-D letter:  Area woman says House bill would keep vital information hidden from public
          P-D letter:  Prolific LTE author and Bridgeton octogenarian Rowan Raftery says DOJ should worry about its own constitutional compliance
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says DOJ not operating in good faith
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian says she dislikes Nixon's "flippant" approach to Missourians' guns
          P-D letter:  Washington, D.C. based Sentencing Project supports "ban the box" approach to boost criminals' employment chances
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        Saturday, February 13
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week:  Internet taxes, menu labeling, more
          SNL:  David Humphreys donates $1 million to Marco Rubio X
          KC Star:  Hillary Clinton campaign says plan could manufacture 53,000 jobs for young Missouri urbanites willing to work for a living +
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College president takes a trip to D.C., engages in 'lobbying' X
          KWMU:  Waterways Council:  Obama's budget request 'disappointing'
          SE Missourian:  FEMA recovery center in Cape Girardeau closing today +
          KWMU:  GOP deals with primary rumors:  Anonymous hit video targets Eric Greitens, while those opposing Bev Randles spread inaccurate rumor that she was disbarred
          P-D:  Video:  Nixon with P-D editorial board
          JCNT:  Cole County, state unemployment rate dropping X
          The Missouri Times:  House handles bill to stop opiate addiction
          CDT:  Library director informs board of effort to lobby lawmakers for increased state funding X
          KWMU:  DESE wants to keep appointed boards in St. Louis City, Riverview Gardens
          CDT:  Faculty council seeks review of University of Missouri system, campus relationship X
          CDT:  Student who captured Melissa Click's hysteria on video asks lawmakers to relent on University of Missouri budget X
          CDT:  Members of football team that finished 1-7 in SEC earn segment on ESPN show for race protest;  Episode features various entertainers complaining about guns, racial profiling, stereotypes, etc. X
          CDT:  MU Black Culture group talks about lynching that happened 93 years ago X
          Columbia Missourian:  Event recounts race-based event that happened in 1923
          Drebes:  Rep. Penny Hubbard (D-St. Louis City) withdraws bill to double salary of license collector
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center sues state over beef checkoff process
          P-D:  Missouri sends 17 residents' blood samples for Zika virus testing
          P-D:  Son of Missouri Supreme Court justice caught after firing weapon, making terroristic threats
          KWMU:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles:  'There was no agreement' with DOJ
          P-D editorial:  The Clean Power Plan meets some Supreme skeptics;  Planet should win over states' rights
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Overdose deaths up across Missouri;  State needs prescription drug law X
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should pass civics requirement for students X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Ron Richard is wrong:  A cell phone tax is needed to fund 911 services X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Heroin a national problem, not just a WashMo or Missouri problem X
          P-D letter:  SchoolReboot.com leader supports proposal from Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) to limit superintendent salaries, dislikes Hazelwood largesse
          P-D letter:  Area man says Noranda owners are not the good type of rich people
          P-D letter:  Arnold resident compares DOJ to NFL
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        Friday, Februay 12
       
KWMU:  Campaign news roundup:  Blunt vs. Kander;  Schmitt goes on TV;  Hancock, others discuss value of endorsements, digital ads vs. TV ads, more
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  New Hampshire prolongs it, making Missouri's primary more relevant
          SNL:  Greene County Dems take issue with Blunt's student deferments in the late 1960s X
          KC Star:  Minimum wage group holds rally, registers less than 25 voters;  Insight from nurse assistant La La Manning, others +
          Missourinet:  House proposes outside company verification of welfare recipients' eligibility
          JCNT:  Welfare anti-fraud bill passes House X
          P-D:  Plan to check on welfare scammers advances
          P-D:  TANF changes help kick 4,000 recipients off taxpayers' tab;  Adults unable to provide for their offspring still receive up to three years and nine months of "temporary" handouts
          Drebes:  Silvey introduces outline of new regulatory framework for utilities
          Missourinet:  House votes to allow pharmacists to sell overdose-fighting drug
          SNL:  Narcan bill passes;  prescription drug monitoring bill stalls X
          JCNT:  Prescription drug monitoring bill on pause X
          KC Star:  Missouri drug monitoring program runs into renewed opposition +
          P-D:  Debate on prescription drug monitoring held up in Missouri House
          KWMU:  Parole hearings, aid for juvenile offenders among items before Senate Judiciary Committee
          Kraske:  Melissa Click on being "flustered";  Nixon on legislative threats to cut university funding +
          Missourinet:  Student journalist fact-checks Melissa Click's claims about her verbal assault
          KWMU:  Transcript of Melissa Click interview:  MU prof weighs in on her decision to side with protesters, her version of interaction with journalist, relative merits of her Lady Gaga and BDSM erotic fiction research, much more
          CDT:  Diversity candidate sees conflict resolution as a key skill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Diversity candidate addresses Concerned Student 1950 demands, touts accomplishments
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, Islamic Center, et al. to hold "Loving All Our Neighbors" event to criticize "Islamophobia," etc. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) would require students to recite Pledge of Allegiance every day
          AP:  House panel calls to increase basic K-12 spending by $76M
          KC Star:  Lee's Summit superintendent sits atop Missouri's salary rankings at $397,000/yr. +
          AP:  Senators consider bills on road safety
          The Missouri Times:  Dental hygienists lobby for extension, teledentistry
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) bails out beer bill
          P-D:  Criminals in Missouri prisons get opportunity to taste-test new items
          KWMU:  Federal leave act mandates time, not pay;  Proposal from female Dems would add wages
          The Missouri Times:  Schupp, McCreery to offer paid leave initiative
          KWMU:  "Behind the Headlines" podcast:  Rosenbaum, others recap their stories of the week
          AP:  Nixon, Kinder commend Ferguson's efforts at police overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  Kinder slams DOJ legal action against Ferguson
          KWMU:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Five (5!) questions we had after DOJ sued Ferguson
          JCNT editorial:  Legislators should not micromanage Missouri Conservation Commission X
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson in a futile fight with the hammer of justice
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson council works behind closed doors to undermine public trust
          P-D editorial:  To shoot or not to shoot, police reformers ask;  Examining use of lethal force to put down suspects
          Priddy:  If the University of Missouri System was driven into a ditch, there were plenty of hands on the wheel
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Compromise needed to settle dispute between DOJ and Ferguson +
          P-D letter:  Illinois resident takes offense at P-D NGA editorial referencing Metro East "cornfields"
          P-D letter:  Belleville man offers rebuttal to P-D NGA editorial, provides views on cost savings, forcing employees to deal with violent North City environment, cybersecurity, more
          CDT letter:  Area man enjoys ironic juxtaposition of "small radicalized group of black MU students" with separate story of dignified African-Americans leading productive lives X
          KC Star letter:  Area man disputes notion that Mizzou is "broken" +
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        Thursday, February 11
       
Drebes:  Mannies reports on Donald Trump's Missouri campaign leader
          The Missouri Times:  Obama's Clean Power Plan stayed by SCOTUS;  Koster, Todd Richardson criticize regulations
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer unhappy with IRS answer on closed office X
          Missourinet:  Committee backs McCaskill resolution to hold ad site in contempt
          P-D:  Ad site Backpage says it welcomes contempt citation from McCaskill, Senate
          KC Star:  Blunt's Vietnam-era draft deferments become issue in 2016 campaign +
          P-D:  Roy Blunt's draft deferments more than four decades ago enter U.S. Senate campaign
          Missourinet:  FEMA approves Nixon's request to expand Missouri's federal disaster declaration
          AP:  Center for Public Integrity study claims lobbying rises in state capitols, declines in D.C.
          KCTV:  Two separate pushes to raise tobacco tax in Missouri;  Comments from Erin Brower, Ron Leone
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times to host first Republican gubernatorial debate;  Event will feature true debate format, with candidates provided rebuttal time to defend against attacks
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Brunner on Koster and crime;  Ron Richard on Koster's tobacco-settlement spending plan +
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Otto endorsing Byron DeLear for state rep seat
          Missourinet:  Missouri House wants Congress to fight President's gun order
          The Missouri Times:  House passes resolution defying Obama's gun orders
          KWMU:  Missouri House to Obama:  Missouri will fight for the Second Amendment
          P-D:  Legislature dumps wage hikes for home health workers
          P-D:  Missouri's college savings plan to cut fees, offer new investment options;  Comments from State Treasurer Clint Zweifel
          P-D:  Nixon chats with P-D editorial board;  Governor says university should have moved more quickly on Melissa Click, says legislators are grandstanding on higher ed funding, more
          CDT:  Lawmakers upset over protests, Melissa Click deny budget boost to University of Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers vote to eliminate budget increase for University of Missouri
          P-D:  UM System stripped of performance funding increase
          Missourinet:  In TV interview, Melissa Click says she wasn't suggesting physicality when she called for "some muscle";  Grown woman chalks up bullying behavior to being "flustered"
          KMIZ:  Video:  Melissa Click describes why she verbally assaulted minority journalist
          CDT:  Faculty:  MU education dean's departure not tied to university issues X
          KWMU:  UMSL Chancellor Tom George talks tough times:  Ferguson effect on enrollment, budget shortfall, time spent dealing with "arena of diversity, arena of inclusion," more
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), Josh Peters (D-St. Louis) look to secure state funding for Lincoln University
          SNL:  Sens. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa), Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) stump for education funding fix X
          KC Star:  Kansas City Public Schools officials offer master plan for district:  African-centered school saved, attendance boundaries changed, more +
          P-D:  Missouri House committee votes to cut park director's salary in half
          The Missouri Times:  Potential traffic laws weigh safety, state overreach
          JCNT:  Lawmakers asked to allow sheriff's deputies to work other counties X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer introduces parental rights constitutional amendment
          P-D:  Ameren to restart efficiency program
          P-D:  Federal suit seeks reimbursement from Rams for personal seat licenses
          KC Star:  KC payday lenders Scott Tucker and Richard Moseley Sr. indicted in federal crackdown +
          Missourinet:  DOJ sues Ferguson;  Loretta Lynch says fine system "literally [sic] breaking (lawbreakers') backs"
          P-D:  DOJ sues Ferguson after council votes to revise consent decree
          KWMU:  DOJ sues Ferguson
          AP:  DOJ sues Ferguson
          KWMU:  Council votes to appoint Laverne Mitchom to seat
          KC Star editorial:  Don't buy 'solutions' from critics trying to kill Kansas City's earnings tax +
          Sanchez:  It's clear Backpage.com would rather fight with Senate than stop sex trafficking +
          Waters:  Mandating what profession curators represent is a frivolous step X
          Waters:  Middleton strikes a pretty good compromise, so why the rush to replace him? X
          P-D op-ed:  Women in Transition's Barbara Baker:  Missouri employers should not ask potential employees about criminal convictions
          P-D letter:  Affton man suggests gas tax be increased by 10 cents while prices are low
          JCNT letter:  Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) responds to JCNT editorial on caregivers X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says Ameren falls behind in transition to cleaner energy
          P-D letter:  Missouri man responds to Illinois man who responded to P-D's Mizzou-centric coverage
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        Wednesday, February 10
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court blocks EPA's carbon emissions plan;  AG Chris Koster (D) pleased Missouri ratepayers won't be "forced to bear the burden of compliance"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local levee finally getting repairs;  City manager praises McCaskill, Blunt, Graves X
          KWMU:  Obama DOD budget includes more work for Boeing
          P-D:  McCaskill, Portman pushing contempt of Congress for website that advertises sex
          KWMU:  Clay primary opponent Maria Chappelle-Nadal calls Missouri Democratic Party "undemocratic" for blocking her access to congressional district voter data file
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal the only member of Missouri Senate to vote against bipartisan resolution urging NGA to stay in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Activists to picket outside EPA offices today;  Local organizer/amateur epidemiologist correlates asthma, bloody noses, rashes, headaches to landfill
          P-D:  West Lake Landfill activists join Flint protestors to pressure EPA;  Republic spokesman criticizes "stunt," says EPA should be allowed to "finish its work, quickly"
          KWMU:  County to fund survey of residents near Bridgeton Landfill;  Survey-takers will go door-to-door listening to complaints
          P-D:  St. Louis County to begin respiratory health survey near Bridgeton Landfill
          JCNT:  State sheriffs group votes to oppose efforts to legalize marijuana X
          The Missouri Times:  John Brunner says AG Chris Koster is soft on crime, points to St. Louis City data
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association endorses Kurt Schaefer for attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life rally draws hundreds to Capitol rotunda;  Kinder, Kraus, Onder, others speak
          JCNT:  Photo:  Show Me Life rally draws 200 X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Pearce, Wieland offer realistic takes on campaign contribution limits and death penalty, respectively +
          Missourinet:  Republicans want more info on $50 million settlement before filing tobacco bill
          P-D:  Koster tobacco settlement faces hard sell in Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe confident in ethics legislation strategy
          KWMU:  Bill to abolish death penalty assumes room temperature
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) could allow attempts to defund the death penalty
          AP:  Missouri House considers expanding overdose medicine access
          Missourinet:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) wants more DNA sampling in felony arrests
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Amendment 5 doesn't give nonviolent felons gun rights
          KWMU:  State Supreme Court upholds Missouri's felon-in-possession law
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court says Amendment 5 did not extend gun rights to non-violent felons
          AP:  Missouri ban on felons carrying guns ruled constitutional
          CDT:  Forum features first of three candidates for University of Missouri "diversity, equity and inclusion" officer X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU holds forum for first of three diversity candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Noranda files bankruptcy, legislative action likely only avenue for survival
          CDT:  Morgan Keegan settlement with Kander's office ends liability in Mamtek factory X
          KWMU:  Ferguson puts conditions on consent decree, gets tepid reaction
          AP:  Ferguson City Council seeks changes to DOJ agreement
          P-D:  Ferguson suggests changes to consent decree
          P-D:  Protester acquitted in Ferguson case
          KWMU:  SLU profs author groundbreaking study:  People caught breaking the law are not pleased about paying fines;  Race colors perception among lawbreakers
          P-D editorial:  Corps of Engineers best suited to handle West Lake toxic waste cleanup
          KC Star editorial:  Crazy conspiracy theory threatens to derail worthy tobacco tax increase +
          CDT op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Rex Sinquefield's reach is far and wide in state politics X
          Waters:  The money Sinquefield gives to MU dwarfs his political contributions;  Perhaps it's possible to admire the cultural contributions of the people you disagree with politically X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Requiring a photo ID would have a chilling effect on Democratic vote +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man criticizes Brunner's memory of campaign events from 44 years ago
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman laments fact that Missouri chooses to elect anti-tax legislators
          P-D letter:  Affton woman offers practical tip to counter opioid addiction:  Lock your medicine cabinet
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        Tuesday, February 9
       
KCUR:  Blunt talks mental health funding during preschool visit
          KC Star:  John McCain to receive Truman Good Neighbor Award in KC on May 9 +
          KC Star:  Campaign to raise tobacco tax caught in anti-abortion snag;  Missouri Right to Life neutral on proposal, but tax opponents spread contrary messages +
          Neosho Daily News:  Anticipating big crowd, organizers move Jasper-Newton County Lincoln Day to larger venue;  Lineup features Blunt, Long, Hanaway, Kinder, Parson, Kraus
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt releases first downballot TV ad, takes on Islamic terrorism
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Gosen (R-Chesterfield) will run for re-election rather than seek Schmitt's Senate seat
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-Life Action Day to take place at Capitol today
          KWMU:  EPA to focus on groundwater contamination, conduct more tests at West Lake Landfill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ron Richard on being Speaker of the House vs. Senate president pro tem +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Study claims Missouri loses the most in tax revenue due to Amazon sales X
          Missourinet:  Koster says Legislature must finish $50 million tobacco agreement
          KWMU:  Bill would eliminate Missouri's prevailing wage law
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to veterans home bonding proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Appropriations uncovers new info on stadium funding
          AP:  Prescription drug tracking bill up again in Jefferson City
          KWMU:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Three (3!) keys to the latest legal fight over Missouri's school transfer law
          P-D:  Online college students could receive needs-based scholarships under proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Dean of MU College of Education to escape Columbia, departing for University of Iowa
          CDT:  Bill targets lack of professional diversity among University of Missouri curators;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville):  "You need farmers, you need lawyers, you need CPAs, you need all kinds of occupations on board" X
          KWMU:  Advocacy group issues report on poverty in Missouri;  St. Charles County leads the way with lowest poverty ranking among counties
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate to debate death penalty repeal this week
          P-D:  Senate debates death penalty, but abolition not yet on horizon
          Columbia Missourian:  Death penalty debated on Missouri Senate floor
          P-D:  Uber pushes for change in state taxi law
          JCNT:  Bill adds boat docks to trespassing law X
          KWMU:  Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers files complaint at PSC to lower Noranda's rate
          P-D:  New Madrid smelter to shut down next month after Noranda files for bankruptcy
          KWMU:  Ferguson in the balance:  Councilmembers set to vote on consent decree
          AP:  DOJ agreement could cost Ferguson $3.7 million in first year
          P-D:  As debate over Ferguson consent decree winds down, a decision looms
          P-D:  Man from Massachusetts who took part in Ferguson protests takes failure-to-disperse case to trial
          P-D editorial:  Making the city's best case to keep the NGA
          KC Star editorial:  Epidemic of prescription drug abuse gets needed attention +
          P-D op-ed:  Gov. Jay Nixon:  Missouri leading the way on higher education quality, affordability
          Waters:  Latest stunt from Concerned Student 1950 leads group down the path to being ignored X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Adjunct journalism professor offers psychoanalysis of Tim Wolfe:  Caucausoid male lived "under the umbrella of privilege" and couldn't relate to intense struggles of kids on a college campus
          Priddy:  Reflections from former state Sen. Richard Webster (R) - via 1986 newspaper clip - on how much better things were back in the olden days;  Tales of congeniality, the existence of conservative Democrats, and the importance of keeping your word
          SNL letter:  University supporter says MSU, University of Missouri, other schools are wrong to cater to politically-correct complainer crowd X
          P-D letter:  Middle-class mom defends Bright Flight, says hardworking daughter deserves the award she earned
          P-D letter:  National Association for Gifted Children applauds city schools' attention to bright kids, says education system should not just cater to the dimmest
          P-D letter:  ArchCity Defenders:  Ferguson should acquiesce and submit to DOJ consent decree
          P-D letter:  30-year Ferguson resident suggests DOJ types want "payback" against Ferguson
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        Monday, February 8
       
P-D:  Missouri primaries will be in a divisive season;  Thoughts from Georgetown academic
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer talks about continuing battle against Obamacare
          CDT:  Hotline, FBI report different stats on human trafficking reports X
          KWMU:  The future of former Pruitt-Igoe site rests with Paul McKee
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston);  Panel of Laura Swinford, Mindy Mazur, Tim Jones, Shamed Dogan discuss presidential politics, Rehder's drug bill, state-school dramatics
          SNL:  Opiod abuse catches Missouri politicians' attention X
          AP:  After suicide attempt, Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) speaks out
          Missourinet:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia):  Use Medicaid reform savings for roads
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area leaders, legislators recap Great Northwest Day X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Interim President Mike Middleton insists student rabble-rousers "are neither inmates nor animals";  Galloway on audits of state schools +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown):  Constituents know that University of Missouri is on the wrong track, and want action
          Columbia Missourian:  Pictures of the week:  GOP Reps. Ron Hicks and Jack Bondon discuss student journalism bill
          Drebes:  Lyft, Uber and the Taxicab Commission:  A look at proposed regulatory framework, as well as lobbyists
          KC Star:  With only 29 students, Catholic school in Montrose, Mo. hangs on +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks about his HJR 54 for Missouri veterans' home
          STLBJ:  Noranda files for bankruptcy
          P-D editorial:  Instead of punishing those on welfare to pay for roads, raise the gas tax just eight cents a gallon
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Haahr's bill would keep students from being silenced X
          JCNT editorial:  Expedite bill to intercept prescription drug abuse X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri conservatives should lead the way on criminal justice overhaul
          KC Star public editor Derek Donovan:  Readers are already watching for bias in election coverage, while others just want it to go away +
          Columbia Missourian's Katie Pohlman:  Week's most-read stories:  Asian students choose to study rather than complain;  Race dramatics;  David Steward quits;  More
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Executive editor praises his paper for winning journalism awards in "Missourio [sic]";  Correction made sans humility, humor or attribution
          P-D letter:  Glendale man says Bill Clay Sr. and Lacy Clay have presided over a half-century of North St. Louis City decay
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man responds to campaign contribution editorial, wonders why editorial board doesn't target big-money Democrats too
          P-D letter:  Fenton man says Republicans are mean-spirited, suggests they raise the gas tax
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit man says Kehoe is trying to micromanage University of Missouri policies X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area grad student wants legislators to expand Medicaid for women who can't manage to buy their own health care
          KC Star letter:  Mallinckrodt CEO calls for prescription drug monitoring program +
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        Sunday, February 7
       
SE Missourian:  Presidential executive actions spur sales local, sheriff and dealers say +
          The Hill:  Outrage builds over wealthy families in taxpayer-subsidized housing;  Comments from Luetkemeyer
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer has two bills on the floor in same week:  Reining in agencies and changing HUD policies
          JCNT:  VFW praises Blunt's support for veterans X
          SE Missourian:  Local military members discuss women registering for draft;  Female veteran urges realistic physical expectations for gals, says lowering bar for some elements could make miliary weaker +
          P-D:  Missouri World War II vet has mustard gas exposure claims denied by VA;  Comments from McCaskill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Former PSC member Terry Jarrett says Obama and EPA are waging "war on coal"
          P-D:  Ameren planning for carbon rules while pushing back legally;  AG Chris Koster (D) stood up againt Obama administration's mandate last year
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Housing Development Commission gives $100,000 to East Missouri Action Agency to help flood victims +
          SNL:  Medical marijuana advocates seek signatures in Springfield X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, John Ashcroft, John Brunner speak at GOP dinner X
          KC Star:  Sinquefield group begins running anti-earnings tax radio ads +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) drops restraining order against Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis)
          P-D:  New NAACP President Nimrod Chapel promises inclusion, appoints prominent Caucasoids - including Gov. Bob Holden (D) and Jane Dueker (D) - to executive committee
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Corn Growers discuss state issues at annual meeting;  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) says ag will continue to remain Missouri's biggest economic driver
          JCNT:  Ron Richard:  Speaker of the House is the best job in the Capitol X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Via Nixon's budget, port funding continues to move forward X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Leaders from NE, NW MO visit with lawmakers to discuss economic priorities;  Comments from Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville)
          JCNT:  State employee pay is top priority for Jefferson City lobbyist X
          SNL:  Bill requiring photo ID at polls advances X
          The Missouri Times:  Allocable share fund repeal questioned
          JCNT:  Three bills address dyslexia disorder X
          Washington Missourian:  School officials say Bright Flight scholarships are important to students;  Educators support merit-based awards +
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to help vocational students enter the workforce +
          KC Star:  A look at the process by which the next University of Missouri System president will be chosen +
          AP:  Missouri considers easing adoptee birth certificate access
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Senate Bill 816 looks to repeal death penalty in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri defends law capping cities' traffic ticket revenue
          KC Star:  KC officials scared that state legislation restricting municipal courts would prolong blight +
          JCNT:  Legislature eyes expanding Conservation Commission X
          AP:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) proposes gun ban for domestic abusers
          KWMU:  Passion, worry reign at Ferguson's second consent decree forum;  Grown man speaks while wearing sunglasses indoors
          KC Star:  As task force listens, citizens speak out about gunplay, police, "poverty pimpin'," more +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Ron Richard makes it clear:  There will be no limiting of campaign contributions. +
          Waters:  Lawmakers should not cut higher ed funding X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield):  Winning the fight against human traffickers X
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Executive editor praises his own paper's journalism awards, spells "Missouri" incorrectly UPDATE:  Corrected without acknowledgement or attribution
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says welfare changes should be kept separate from transportation spending
          P-D letter:  Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford:  Legislature's stance on handouts reduces quality of life for all Missourians
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man suggests that students angry about Bright Flight standards should have tried a little harder
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood woman says anti-Bright Flight carpers are wrong to criticize merit-based scholarships
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        Saturday, February 6
       
KCUR:  Obamacare enrollment climbs in Missouri, from around 254k last year to 290k this year
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week:  Obamacare repeal, Luetkemeyer's banking-fraud bill, others
          The Missouri Times:  The national popular vote could make Missouri politically relevant again
          P-D:  Ann Wagner says Super Bowl is a magnet for sex trafficking
          KWMU:  Procedural change at HUD could plop more Section 8 housing down in St. Charles and Jefferson Counties
          KWMU:  Sen. Blunt's lobbyist son Andy sets up new firm in Jefferson City
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Rosenbaum, others talk NGA site visit, Ferguson consent decree, Mizzou protester behavior
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Holly Rehder on prescription drug monitoring, Jeff Roe, more;  Panel features Progress Missouri's Laura Swinford, Mindy Mazur, Tim Jones, and Shamed Dogan
          Drebes:  FEC paperwork for anti-Greitens front group "Patriots for America" makes references to Mad Men characters
          P-D:  GOP gov campaign oppo dump series, Part II:  Forty-four (44) years ago, John Brunner served as poll watcher for American Party, which forty-eight (48) years ago ran George Wallace for president
          Columbia Missourian:  Kurt Schaefer outraises Josh Hawley;  Hawley points to "culture of corruption"
          Drebes:  Central Missouri Senate Republican PAC set up to serve Caleb Rowden's campaign
          Drebes:  Candidate emerges for Penny Hubbard's safe Dem state rep seat:  Battle rapper Bruce Franks, AKA "Ooops" [sic?]
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Despite claims, local director registers as lobbyist X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Activists complain about Bright Flight scholarship program, say ACT score standard is unfair to black students X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway to audit University of Missouri spending
          KWMU:  University of Missouri to spend $921,000 on "diversity initiatives" in St. Louis, KC, Columbia
          CDT:  Curators seek to calm racial issues, legislative criticism X
          CDT:  Curators Chair Pam Henrickson says board will not cave to Wolfe's demands on severance package X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators sit through student panel, hear ideas:  Mandatory course on "inclusiveness," two-course "diversity" requirement, etc.
          SNL:  MSU announces diversity events:  Native Americans lament the horror of Indian mascots, Illini black studies prof on police oppression, etc. X
          KWMU:  Lawsuit challenging new traffic fine caps in Missouri argued in Jefferson City
          AP:  State Senate votes to ban traffic-ticket quotas
          P-D:  Ferguson consent decree, after months of negotiations, may be derailed because of unforseen costs
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Put Democrats' cynicism aside and praise the ethics actions of the Legislature X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Black curators walking off the job, budget battles on the horizon - University of Missouri needs firm leadership X
          Shelly:  Eleven months after Tom Schweich chose to kill himself, the consultants blamed by Danforth are doing quite well +
          SNL op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  The illusory goal of a fully-funded K-12 formula X
          P-D letter:  National ID card would end debate over voting requirements
          P-D letter:  Lemay woman says Obamacare requires photo ID for health care, so why not for voting?
          P-D letter:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis):  Consider a graduated earnings tax in St. Louis
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        Friday, February 5
       
NY Post:  Hillary used to support registering women for the draft, now she's not sure;  McCaskill supports women registering
          Politico:  McCaskill says more Dems will take aim at Sanders, says she is not part of "establishment"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ann Coulter discovers Jeff Roe, decides Cruz should get rid of him +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill targets 'deceptive' hotel fees X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Secretary of State candidate Jay Ashcroft targets voter fraud X
          KWMU:  GOP AG candidates Kurt Schaefer and Josh Hawley rip off the gloves
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Mizzou administration, University of Missouri funding, school transfers, limiting campaign contributions
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden joins Missouri NAACP executive board
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association celebrates 50 years at annual meeting, honors legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Travis Brown and Kent Gaines start First Rule Sports, which will focus on advocating sports and technology
          JCNT:  Nixon says South American trip yields results for Missouri - over $1 billion in new business X
          Missourinet:  Missouri poverty rate declines;  Three Bootheel counties lead urban areas in percentage of adults unable to provide for themselves
          KWMU:  Nixon, GOP don't see eye-to-eye on transportation
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT clashes with Senate appropriations on questionable expenditures
          JCNT:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) proposes changes to state worker health plan operations X
          CDT:  Auditor Nicole Galloway to begin performance review of UM System operations X
          Missourinet:  Audit to 'start at the top' of University of Missouri System, not 'deep dive' lawmakers want
          Missourinet:  Galloway expands audits of Missouri higher education
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System to undergo two audits
          Columbia Missourian:  Reps. Chuck Basye, Kip Kendrick, Caleb Rowden and Stephen Webber attend town hall forum;  Topics include state-school histrionics, Medicaid expansion
          CDT:  Members of Concerned Student 1950 disrupt curators meeting to show support for Melissa Click;  Group shouts, "If we don't get it, shut it down!" X
          CDT:  Curators give students, faculty and staff votes on presidential search committee X
          CDT:  Political pressure provides backdrop as curators ponder presidential search X
          Columbia Missourian:  Black rights activists disrupt curators' meeting
          Columbia Missourian:  After entertaining protesters' disruption, curators have adult discussion on credit outlook, presidential search
          KWMU:  Demonstrators at Mizzou disrupt meeting where curators discuss picking a president
          P-D:  Protesters create a scene at curators meeting
          JCNT:  Protests force new Mizzou football coach Barry Odom to have challenging conversations with potential recruits X
          AP:  Legislators push to keep university seats vacant
          P-D:  Nixon hopes to move quickly on UM curator vacancies
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes bill to battle medical students' suicide, depression
          The Missouri Times:  Compassionate Medical Education Act brings emotional discussion to the House
          Missourinet:  House passes bill making sex trafficking advertising illegal
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge appointed to national task force on court fees
          P-D:  Newspapers tout their journalism awards:  D-I battle pits P-D vs. KC Star;  D-II sees St. Joseph News-Press vs. SNL;  D-III has CDT vs. JCNT;  More
          JCNT editorial:  Caregiver bill needs structure to prevent abuse X
          P-D editorial:  University of Missouri Board of Curators too old, too white, too male;  After two black curators walk off the job, remaining curators are seasoned-citizen Caucasoids
          P-D editorial:  Violating juveniles' rights, just because they can
          P-D letter:  Area woman wants Legislature to stop being so partisan and pass Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  35-year Ferguson resident says city should reject consent decree
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Ferguson consent decree doesn't address real problems:  Lack of black father figures, kids dropping out of school, violent gunplay
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors man says consent decree favors lawyers, suggest Occupy Wall Street types should aim their rage at attorneys
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says state-school university administrators are running a racket
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man expresses disappointment with several players in University of Missouri drama
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says P-D should change its name to "Daily Columbian" or "Tiger Rag;"  People who didn't attend Mizzou are uninterested in its self-obsessed triflings
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        Thursday, February 4
       
Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare supporters say Missouri has too many uninsured, want state to expand Medicaid
        KWMU:  Cleaver, Luetkmeyer sponsor bill focused on public-housing programs;  Measure passes House 427-0
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on bipartisan public housing bill;  Macroaggression victim Tim Tai on rights of student journalists +
        P-D:  In criticizing Luetkemeyer bill on banking, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) invokes man who assaulted Darren Wilson
        KWMU:  U.S. Senate approves bill to put Army Corps in charge of West Lake landfill
        AP:  Senate bill to shift oversight of nuclear waste in landfill
        The Missouri Times:  Son of Billy Graham to hold prayer rally at Capitol in May
        The Missouri Times:  Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts to speak at Cole County Lincoln Day Dinner Feb. 15
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattleman's Association endorses Mike Parson in lieutenant governor bid
        The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt lists GOP endorsements in state treasurer bid
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corn Growers gives out awards to state legislators
        P-D:  Former state Rep. Craig Kilby (R-Lake Saint Louis) dies at age 56
        P-D:  Missouri Republicans push no-tax road funding plan
        Missourinet:  Senate Democrats threaten to filibuster voter ID proposals
        AP:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) wants to make it easier for women to obtain birth control
        Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  daily fantasy sports is a game of skill, not gambling
        The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick hopes to protect daily fantasy sports site
        KWMU:  Missouri House considers whether fantasy sports require skill - or luck and regulations
        P-D:  Taxing Missourians who play fantasy sports would bring in millions in revenue
        JCNT:  Prescription drug monitoring bill moves to next phase X
        P-D:  City schools chief suggests third gifted school, improving access to gifted education;  Area parent complains that gifted schools may include too many white kids
        P-D:  Ferguson boy brings a gun to school, gets caught, runs away
        KWMU:  Activists complain about merit-based scholarship program, say too many white students are earning Bright Flight awards
        Missourinet:  Minority students say Bright Flight bar - scoring 31 on ACT - is too tough for them to achieve
        CDT:  Middleton seeks to reassure lawmakers as they mull UM budget X
        CDT:  Melissa Click case continues to plague curators as criticism of suspension escalates X
        CDT:  University sets forum with diversity candidates:  Black woman vs. black man vs. black woman X
        NY Times:  After Mizzou histrionics, blunt discussions on race;  3,000-word piece delves into black prof's juxtaposition of Maria Sharapova's facial beauty with Serena Williams' gluteal endowment, much more
        SNL:  After complaints, MSU adds "gender identity" to non-discrimination policy X
        JCNT:  Nasheed, others want to update deadly force laws X
        The Missouri Times:  St. Louis payroll tax comes under fire
        Missourinet:  Pals give Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) mock award for catching record spotted sucker fish
        P-D:  St. Louis native fired for 'pattern of deception' at online news site;  North St. Louis City native made up elements of supposed race-based violence, St. Louis NGA site, more
        P-D:  Post-Dispatch parent Lee Enterprises reports decrease in revenue, advertising sales
        P-D editorial:  Big money celebrates 40 years of undermining American democracy;  Hanaway picks up Sinquefield help, while Lacy Clay and Ann Wagner roll in incumbent dough
        Messenger:  Pain med epidemic touches too many Missouri families, including mine
        P-D op-ed:  Civil engineers group:  Spend more money on Missouri roads and bridges
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Melissa Click seems to have learned her lesson
        P-D letter:  Clayton woman says photo ID proposals discriminate against olds, others
        St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area man says those alleging welfare fraud are like the villains of the Salem witch trials X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Nixon to follow Obama on energy
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        Wednesday, February 3
       
The Missouri Times:  Jeff Roe leads Cruz campaign to Iowa caucus victory
          P-D:  Jeff Roe in spotlight after Cruz win
          The Hill:  Blunt wants Obama to explain Iran 'ransom payment'
          Washington Post:  Army and Marine Corps chiefs under questioning by McCaskill:  It's time for women to register for the draft
          The Hill:  Army, Marine chiefs in response to McCaskill:  Women should register for draft
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hartzler, Cleaver offer partisan rhetorical flourishes on Obamacare +
          P-D:  House passes Luetkemeyer housing reform measure
          KWMU:  Ron Richard to Slay:  'Do what you've got to do' to keep NGA in St. Louis
          P-D:  Senate votes to move West Lake cleanup from EPA to Army Corps
          AP:  FEMA approves more than $6 million for flood assistance
          P-D:  Missouri Club for Growth begins radio ads for Catherine Hanaway
          SNL:  Haahr amasses hefty war chest X
          KWMU:  Missouri's general-revenue income picture improving
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Roads top priority at Great Northwest Day X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tila Hubrecht (D-Dexter) proposing ban on fetus-dismemberment tied to allegation of Planned Parenthood tissue sales
          AP:  Lawmakers debate abortion process involving forceps removing limbs from live fetus
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) would let Missouri adoptees get copies of birth certificates
          JCNT:  Adoption advocates plead for birth certificate access X
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to opt out of wearing helmets
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Asian students endure racism and discrimination, take it in stride;  Some young adults choose to handle hardships without complaining:  "We are here to study, not to cause a problem"
          P-D:  Activists complain about state's scholarship program;  Students say Bright Flight - based on ACT scores - discriminates against the poor
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) seeks to restore First Amendment rights of student media X
          AP:  University of Missouri System's credit outlook is lowered
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri football recruiting class feels fallout of campus protests
          Columbia Missourian:  University professors' organization calls for Melissa Click's reinstatement
          CDT:  David Steward resigns from University of Missouri Board of Curators X
          CDT:  Ron Richard says curator vacancies open for next governor, Senate leader X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Mike Middleton +
          CDT:  City, county adopt resolution pleading for legislators to not cut University of Missouri funding X
          SNL:  New MSU petition:  Keep diversity official Juan Meraz;  More than 1,000 signatures gathered to support Hispanic official X
          SNL:  Activist group says that if Hispanic man isn't fired from diversity post, they will act out and maybe even sue X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers discuss state-school living requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) files bill to alleviate student debt
          CDT:  Kendrick proposes plan to extend payments, cut interest on student loan debt X
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears testimony about sentencing teen criminals X
          AP:  Lawsuit challenges St. Louis payroll tax paid by employers
          Brownfield Ag News:  Koster files complaint in water diversion case
          KWMU:  Ferguson residents sharply divided in first public forum on proposed consent decree
          AP:  Ferguson residents worried about costs of U.S.-mandated changes
          P-D:  In Ferguson, consent-decree meeting draws overflow crowd
          P-D editorial:  Funding capital punishment with cash-stuffed envelopes
          Priddy:  Current ethics bills are practically meaningless unless campaign contributions are limited
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Conflict with the Legislature doesn't bode well for MU
          Waters:  Final thoughts on Melissa Click drama;  Concerned Student 1950 will learn some limits
          Shelly:  Mizzou may have caught a break with interim chancellor Hank Foley +
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Troubling questions arise after two black curators resign;  Surely, there must be more to the story
          P-D letter:  Missouri State Workers Union President Bradley Harmon says Gov. Nixon lacks courage in providing higher wages
          P-D letter:  Manchester resident says photo IDs restrict the Constitutional right to vote
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man offers sarcastic take on Melissa Click's "punishment"
          P-D letter:  PROMO supports MONA
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man says only the state - not DOJ or Ferguson - can revoke an officer's license
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        Tuesday, February 2
       
The Hill:  McCaskill:  Bernie Sanders has no 'interest in foreign policy'
          AP:  McCaskill says Bernie Sanders is making promises he knows he can't keep
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rand Paul wrong about Ferguson fines;  Speaker Todd Richardson on Missouri Senate transportation plan +
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay hosts tour of NGA site;  Congressman declines to chat with ACORN (rebranded "MORE") protesters
          P-D:  Clay makes case for billion dollar spy agency;  McKee to protester:  "Just get out of here."
          P-D:  Doe Run cutting 75 Missouri jobs due to low lead prices, regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  Jason Smith's star is rising;  Potential candidates for Wagner's seat when she runs against McCaskill;  Ron Richard should be UM President;  more
          KWMU:  Congressional incumbents hold large fundraising lead;  No report from Bill Otto, filling Dem ballot slot against Ann Wagner
          P-D:  Campaign finance reports:  Area congressional incumbents vs. electoral silver-medalists
          The Missouri Times:  John Brunner runs new radio ad targeting evangelicals
          Drebes:  Bob Sweere uncertain about the state rep district in which he might run;  Candidate tells Springfield BJ he doesn't use e-mail
          AP:  Midwest economic figures rise for first time in months
          P-D:  No quick resolution for high overtime costs at Missouri Department of Mental Health
          KWMU:  Rams may be gone, but efforts to limit governor's power on stadium debt remain
          The Missouri Times:  House voter ID bill begins journey in Senate
          P-D:  Mizzou protesters damage university's credit rating
          KC Star's Diuguid:  It's fitting for NAACP to honor Concerned Student 1950 for what they've done +
          P-D:  Mizzou's relationship with lawmakers 'terrible,' but new chancellor says he hopes to move forward anyway
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) would bar censorship of student journalists;  Witnesses testifying include minority journalist assaulted by Melissa Click
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr bill on student journalism draws wide support
          Missourinet:  Macroaggression victim Tim Tai testifies in favor of Haahr's anti-censorship bill
          KWMU:  Melissa Click's actions inspire Cronkite New Voices Act to ensure press rights for students;  Advocates include former Hazelwood East Spectrum editor Cathy Kuhlmeier of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier infamy
          AP:  Melissa Click's assault on minority journalist inspires bill to stop censorship of student reporters
          KWMU:  Another resignation means St. Louis area has just one member on UM Board of Curators
          KWMU:  With three members gone, UM curators face big issues
          KC Star:  Latest resignation leaves no black curators +
          AP:  Last black curator steps down
          P-D:  Second University of Missouri curator steps down in less than a week
          AP:  Students complain about Hispanic MSU official;  Group representing fewer than 100 students issues "press release" lacking contact information
          SNL:  Students want Hispanic official removed from multicultural office X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections chief:  Execution team members don't get IRS forms
          P-D letter:  Area woman wants legislators to focus on water safety rather than election integrity and Second Amendment
          P-D letter:  Mizzou alum says he won't write another check until university gets its act together
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says absurdity of Ferguson consent degree shows what Obama's Department of Justice is all about
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman encourages fellow Caucasoids to attend her YWCA "Witnessing Whiteness" classes
          P-D letter:  Female Caucasoid responds to male Caucasoid's response to "white privilege" meme
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        Monday, February 1
       
January 2016 headlines
          February 2015 headlines
          February 2014 headlines
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Iran's "ransom";  Ron Richard on Mizzou's relationship with lawmakers;  Bob Onder on free speech and campaign contributions +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest U.S. Rep. Jason Smith;  Panel of Eapen Thampy, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D), Jay Atkins, Rep. Bryan Spencer (R) on marijuana initiative, sex trafficking, presidential politics
          KWMU:  Ferguson and presidential politics:  A look a Rand Paul's assumptions;  Suggestion that Ferguson derives major part of budget from fines is untrue
          AP:  With Rams gone, St. Louis City fights to keep federal spy agency
          KWMU:  Congressional campaign finance reports:  Lacy Clay leads Maria Chappelle-Nadal, and other unsurprising fundraising outcomes
          Drebes:  Clifford McMurray becomes third Dem to pursue John Rizzo's Dem state rep seat
          Missourinet:  Missouri House to develop transportation proposal during budget work
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Pearce says now is not the time to raise tax on agricultural land
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Legislature nixes tax commission's land valuation
          AP:  Welfare verification requirement gains momentum in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Republicans will hold hearing on campaign contribution limits, but oppose concept
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Munzlinger pushes to allow concealed-carry on college campuses
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger on juvenile court changes, Real ID
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Senate takes action on expert-witness legislation
          The Missouri Times:  David Steward to leave seat on University of Missouri Board of Curators
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Wolfe, actions to eliminate unsightly feral hogs, Melissa Click, more
          SE Missourian:  Local officials react to State of Judiciary, say bias training is not as needed in county juvenile system +
          KC Star:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) aims to keep public schoolgirls' locker rooms, restrooms free of male genitalia +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia), others Dems offer bills targeting "equal pay";  Associated Industries of Missouri explains opposition
          P-D:  White officers slower to shoot black suspects, new study finds
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  On Missouri American's water-rates request X
          Priddy:  Journalists should not have tweeted exchange, but reporters should still be afforded workspace on Senate floor
          Messenger:  St. Charles County Exec Steve Ehlmann tries to stop development in the flood plain
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says legislators should address Real ID issue before tackling voter ID
          JCNT letter:  Area man disagrees with Kehoe on expert-witness bill X
          JCNT letter:  Area man says legislators are "hypocritical boneheads" on guns, and should allow public to bring firearms into Capitol X
          P-D letter:  Glendale resident shares thoughts on Down syndrome and abortion
          Columbia Missourian letter:  MU student says Nixon should fund Missouri Scholars Academy
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice responds to op-ed critical of "white privilege" notion
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        Sunday, January 31
       
SNL:  McCaskill cheers Clinton;  Blunt neutral in GOP primary X
          The Missouri Times:  Graves talks transportation options
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, Sen. Wayne Wallingford, Rep. Kathy Swan take part in Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet +
          SNL:  GOP candidates for governor debate in Springfield X
          SNL:  Road fix needn't include tax hike, say GOP candidates for governor X
          KSPR:  Republican candidates for governor visit Springfield
          Washington Missourian:  St. Clair Mayor Ron Blum, Alderman Nathan Tate to face off in GOP primary for Dave Hinson's seat
          Drebes:  Hart Nelson, Greg Laposa earn promotions at St. Louis Regional Chamber
          CDT:  Pro-life event draws 800 to Missouri Capitol X
          JCNT:  Midwest March for Life draws hundreds;  Knights of Columbus share in pro-life cause X
          CDT:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) hopes bill shines spotlight on statewide candidates using their committee chairs as campaign tools X
          AP:  Work requirements start kicking in for those accepting handouts;  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) says lawmakers saw many on the dole who "weren't even trying to get a job"
          AP:  A state-by-state look at taxpayer-funded food handouts
          AP:  Q&A on rules requiring able-bodied adults to work for their handouts
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers:  No bill can ensure ethical behavior;  Comments from Wayne Wallingford, Holly Rehder, Kathy Swan +
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Ken Wilson (R-Smithville) would define open records access for police cameras
          KC Star:  Harvard report proposes less emphasis on test scores, more on "passion" and "caring";  Some Missouri students lament their struggle, while others explain how they chose to work hard and achieved success +
          P-D:  An unusual insanity plea highlights the limits of state mental health services
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers look to pump up sales of craft beer
          SE Missourian:  Kander warns seniors of sophisticated fraud schemes +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American seeks recoup of water investments X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Investment tax-credit bill from Rep. Craig Redmond (R-Canton) would help northwest Missouri X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Mizzou status:  Situation Normal, All Fouled Up;  Also, where is the leadership? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Savage behavior hits Washington;  City's third robbery in four months may not sound like much to urbanites, but Wash Mo. residents must stand on guard X
          CDT's Matt Sanders:  Taxpayers pick up the tab for 84.2 percent of Blue Ridge Elementary's lunches;  Only 15.8 percent of breeders can manage to feed their own offspring X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Jay Barnes:  Preserve medical privacy while tracking prescription abuse
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        Saturday, January 30
       
P-D:  Blunt, State Department arguing over source and intent of Iran payment
          KC Star:  On MSNBC, veteral reporter Al Hunt calls Jeff Roe a potential "rock star" +
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          KWMU:  Court hears arguments for and against clearing land for federal spy agency
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jason Smith;  Panelists Eapen Thampy, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), Jay Atkins, Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville)
          CDT:  Chuck Graham questions Jeff Harris' experience, loyalty in text declining judicial endorsement;  Graham says fellow Dem was petulant over Chris Koster, showed lack of friendship during hard times X
          Drebes:  Former St. Louis City Alderman Fred Wessels starts campaign committee for Jake Hummel's safe Dem state rep seat
          KWMU:  No new taxes on Missouri agricultural lands
          AP:  Update on week's ethics bills
          P-D:  Missouri appeals block on abortion license revocation
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard says Legislature's relationship with University of Missouri 'terrible'
          KWMU:  St. Louis seat on UM Board of Curators remains empty;  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) says she'll push to make sure slot is filled by non-Caucasoid
          CDT:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) files bill to expand "equal pay" protections X
          KWMU:  "Beyond the Headlines":  Rosenbaum and others discuss Ferguson and consent decree;  Marshall Griffin expresses anger over Missouri Senate providing journalists with new work space
          CDT:  Concerned Student 1950 threatens curators on Melissa Click vote, says they'll use "any means necessary" to destroy "white supremacist patriarchal capitalism" X
          CDT:  City prosecutor reaches deal with Melissa Click X
          Missourinet:  Agreement would let Missouri professor Click avoid assault charge
          Columbia Missourian:  City prosecutor forgoes criminal charge against Melissa Click
          KC Star:  Melissa Click avoids assault prosecution +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local leader of Black History Month, Juneteenth celebrations arrested;  Curtis "Boogeyman" Soul Brown out on bail after shooting at man
          P-D:  Teen gets five years probation for looting Dellwood gas station;  Area thieves stole from Mobil Mart during all three rounds of Ferguson rioting
          P-D:  Ferguson residents weigh cost of consent decree
          KC Star editorial:  Here's who loses with voter ID proposals:  List of types of grown men and women who might not overcome insurmountable obstacle of getting an ID +
          SNL editorial:  Schaaf may have a point about prescription drug monitoring X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Melissa Click should be fired;  Curators should not have caved to demands of protesters in the first place X
          P-D editorial:  College education remains vital, despite enrollment drops;  UMSL, Mizzou see less student interest and bigger budget holes
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers won't embrace lower BAC any time soon X
          KC Star editorial:  Charter schools offer exciting choices as KC district struggles +
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson facing critical - and expensive - decisions
          Waters:  On the Missouri Senate providing new work space to reporters X
          Columbia Missourian editor Tom Warhover:  Surge of university news keeps staff from writing about important things like "enterprise articles around race and diversity"
          P-D letter:  Cedar Hill man says photo IDs make election judges' jobs easier - plus, IDs are already required to check out a library book, board a plane, cash a check, other functional-human tasks
          P-D letter:  Area man responds to area man's response to P-D abortion coverage
          P-D letter:  Joan Bray says Ameren wants to radically change law governing utility rates
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area activist says number of Missouri payday loan shops is "frightening";  Adults who choose to borrow money at unfavorable rates and terms should be protected by legislation
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman says Wieland, Gosen benefit from insurance bill
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        Friday, January 29
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Energy bill follows process, still raises concerns;  Comments from Blunt X
          SNL:  Feds offer few answers on trafficking of migrant children;  McCaskill, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) hold hearing X
          Washington Post:  Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, McCaskill-Portman report says
          P-D:  McCaskill, other senators fault government for mistreatment of migrant children
          AP:  Bipartisan probe faults government for migrant child abuse
          Washington Post:  Candidate in Maryland Dem congressional primary gets heat for past contribution to Blunt
          Kraske:  McCaskill's woman-of-the-people jury-duty tweets;  Nixon on KC earnings tax;  Dogan on ethics bill +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster denounces Brunner's renewable fuel stance
          The Missouri Times:  Brad Bradshaw drops bid for lieutenant governor, says he'll hold off on his marijuana petition too
          KWMU:  Bradshaw drops campaign for lieutenant governor and for legalizing marijuana
          Drebes:  Byron DeLear leads money chase in House 70 Dem primary;  Bill Otto giving up seat to fill Dem ballot slot against Ann Wagner
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT, House leadership kick off transportation conference
          The Missouri Times:  Transportation funding alternatives explored at conference
          JCNT:  Missouri transportation officials hopeful for funding solution X
          AP:  House advances another round of ethics-related bills
          KWMU:  Nixon's stadium plan leads to another proposed change in ethics laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri House abortion bills filed;  Dems call them unnecessary, political
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal courts bill heads to House
          P-D:  Schmitt's bill putting cap on non-traffic violation revenue passed by Missouri Senate
          KC Star:  Senate bill no longer targets Kansas City earnings tax +
          KWMU:  Revamped earnings tax bill would phase out St. Louis earnings tax in 10 years;  Kansas City no longer targeted
          P-D:  St. Louis earnings tax would be phased out under proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Concerned Student 1950 defends Melissa Click;  Group says society should learn from "evil past" and dismantle "white supremacist patriarchal capitalism"
          Columbia Missourian:  National NAACP group to honor Concerned Student 1950 at "Image Awards" next week
          P-D:  Former MU [sic] president wanted soft landing, didn't get it (Nomenclature help proffered at 7:20 a.m. via Twitter) Correction made at 8:45 a.m. without attribution
          CDT:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) calls for Galloway to do "deep dive" into University of Missouri finances X
          KWMU:  Normandy School Board wants more public input
          The Missouri Times:  German Heritage Corridor bills seek to celebrate tradition
          Rosenbaum:  As Ferguson mulls consent decree, a city and a region's fate hang in the balance
          AP:  Ferguson police agree to overhaul policies, training
          KWMU:  DEA forges stronger community partnerships in St. Louis in new fight against drug trafficking
          P-D:  STLBJ names Patricia Miller as publisher;  Her father, Bill Miller, is publisher of the Washington Missourian
          P-D editorial:  Former University of Missouri president does himself no favors
          SE Missourian editorial:  Early graduation requires a plan, dedication for high school students +
          JCNT editorial:  Expert-witness legislation and the quest for truth X
          P-D editorial:  In pursuing charges against rapist-murderer Reginald Clemons, Jennifer Joyce should have taken death penalty off the table
          Messenger:  Bitter shakedown letter damages university Wolfe says he loves
          Shelly:  Why the University of Missouri is in big trouble, and why it will survive +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Columnist apologizes to Caleb Rowden for mischaracterizing position on University of Missouri, then criticizes Rowden for other things
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Associate professor of ethnomusicology and black studies:  In support of Melissa Click as she supported us
          Priddy:  A changing tide in Missouri against the death penalty, maybe
          Diuguid:  From unrest, agreement with with Justice Department should make Ferguson more credible, accountable to residents +
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man says gun crimes need mandatory sentence
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says Wieland's bill aids insurance industry, not citizens
          KC Star letter:  Show-Me Institute's John Wright says government employees deserve to vote in regular union elections +
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        Thursday, January 28
       
Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Blunt continues to bash arms deal with Iranians
          P-D:  McCaskill's tweets about jury duty will end as case is closed
          P-D:  Nixon plans talk this week with Major League Soccer commissioner about expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce to host conference on transportation today
          KC Star:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says fellow House Dem Michael Butler assaulted him after AFL-CIO event +
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying gift ban passes in the House
          The Missouri Times:  Mitten wants to bar statewide candidates from chairing committees
          KWMU:  Bill to allow concealed carry on Missouri campuses sparks strong reactions for and against
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers consider concealed carry rights on campuses
          SNL:  MSU president opposes concealed carry on campus X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate review gubernatorial appointments
          Missourinet:  Senate considers proposals to expand Missouri expungement law
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians for the Unborn holds "All Lives Matter" rally in Capitol rotunda
          KWMU:  Patricia Breckenridge cites municipal court progress in annual State of the Judiciary address
          AP:  Missouri judge education to include race bias training
          The Missouri Time:  Breckenridge delivers her first State of the Judiciary address
          The Missouri Times:  Text of State of the Judiciary address
          AP:  Lawmakers consider audits of University of Missouri System
          The Missouri Times:  Former University of Missouri president criticizes Kurt Schaefer, school officials in e-mail
          CDT:  In e-mail, Wolfe criticizes MU officials over fall turmoil X
          KC Star:  Tim Wolfe:  Kurt Schaefer pressured me to undermine primary foe's candidacy for attorney general +
          KMIZ:  AG candidates Kurt Schaefer, Josh Hawley respond to Wolfe's claims
          Missourinet:  Highlights of former UM System President Tim Wolfe's e-mail slamming football team, curators, Mike Middleton, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Wolfe criticizes UM System leaders, Loftin in e-mail to university supporters
          P-D:  Tim Wolfe criticizes current leaders
          KC Star:  In letter, Tim Wolfe rips colleagues +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Curators suspend professor who assaulted journalist
          P-D:  UM board suspends Melissa Click
          KC Star:  Melissa Click suspended days after assault charge +
          CDT:  UM curators suspend Melissa Click pending investigation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Click suspended pending further investigation
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curator Yvonne Sparks resigns after two months
          P-D:  UM curator Yvonne Sparks resigns, says she cannot devote adequate time to role
          The Missouri Times:  Bill to repeal death penalty moves to Senate floor
          The Missouri Times:  Keaveny seeks to "appease" Ron Richard's concerns on MONA
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative debate on LGBTQIA rights continues
          AP:  Business groups divided on LGBTQIA discrimination ban
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau lists legislative priorities:  Farmland value disapproval, telehealth, more
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri 'Corn Roots' member visits state Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Students take a trip to Capitol, talk about sex-ed legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  Local governments not filing financial reports correctly
          P-D:  Audit:  Low compliance with new municipal reform law in St. Louis area
          AP:  State finds landfill radiation in lower end of range
          KWMU:  Ferguson releases draft of federal consent decree
          Missourinet:  Ferguson is closer to settling with U.S. Justice Department
          P-D:  Ferguson releases proposed settlement with the Justice Department
          AP:  Ferguson, U.S. reach tentative deal on police overhaul
          P-D:  In Ferguson, vote to replace deceased councilman exposes racial divide
          KC Star editorial:  Tim Wolfe's blame-casting e-mail dodges his own role in University of Missouri upheaval +
          Sanchez:  Tim Wolfe's letter shows a University of Missouri president who did not lead and resigned out of fear +
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  There's no reason to punish Melissa Click any longer;  Prof was courageously acting as a "mama bear" to protect students in their safe space
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson Caucasoid Blake Ashby takes aim at notion of "white privilege," says ridiculous term is itself a form of "microaggression"
          P-D letter:  Right to Life marcher praises God for keeping group safe and helping put spotlight on their cause
          P-D letter:  Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future's Irl Scissors responds to P-D editorial on energy rates
          KC Star letter:  Rep. Nick King (R-Liberty) urges common sense when signing petitions +

          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says getting a voter ID isn't too tough
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        Wednesday, January 27
       
Washington Post:  Pundits assess the impact of Trump at the top of GOP ticket;  Comments from Blunt on voter attitudes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri organizations to host Obamacare sign-up event
          Messenger:  Black pastor says that without National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, St. Louis will become as bad as Detroit
          Drebes:  David Poger the new senior political director for Lacy Clay
          The Missouri Times:  Casey Burns named new HRCC political director
          Kraske:  Greitens on Nixon and Ferguson;  Budget Director Dan Haug on state's higher Medicaid spending;  Hank Foley on Melissa Click +
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air show:  Host Don Marsh hears thoughts on election from UMSL's Terry Jones, Missouri Jobs with Justice's Lara Granich, Ferguson pastor
          Drebes:  Missouri Realtors group kicks off campaign
          The Missouri Times:  New NAACP Missouri President Nimrod Chapel names executive committee;  Names include Jane Dueker, former Rep. Esther Haywood
          P-D:  Missouri lawmaker accuses colleague of starting fight outside bar;  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) was the aggressor in fightfight that started after labor event
          AP:  Democrats engage in fistfight after AFL-CIO event at bar;  Curtis says he was not drinking and sustained cuts and bruises to his face X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) criticizes Nixon's State of the State, new House internship standards, ethics legislation, more
          P-D:  MoDOT director says "tidal wave" of repairs on horizon, urges lawmakers to act
          Missourinet:  Pay hike for legislators, elected officials could be pulled from Missouri budget
          CDT:  Senators seek ways to reduce Medicaid supplemental spending X
          Missourinet:  More ethics legislation advancing in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban perfected by House
          KC Star:  Missouri House advances ban on lobbyist gifts +
          CDT:  Missouri House appoves lobbyist gift ban as ethics debates continue X
          AP:  Proposed lobbyist gift ban moves forward in Missouri House
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee hears testimony on abortion legislation
          AP:  Missouri bill would ban abortions for Down syndrome
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) applauds indictment of Planned Parenthood video makers
          CDT:  Attorney:  Melissa Click to plead not guilty to misdemeanor assault charge X
          Columbia Missourian:  Plea of not guilty entered for Melissa Click in MU incident
          CDT:  Demands for firing, support for student protesters mark Senate debate over Melissa Click X
          CDT:  Melissa Click video becomes prime exhibit in hearing on free speech course requirement X
          Missourinet:  Mizzou dramatics lead Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) to propose freedom of speech as a college graduation requirement
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Foley to deliver "State of the University" today
          P-D:  Office of Civil Rights investigating alleged bullying at Francis Howell School District;  Kabir Muhammed says mean words have made his 15-year-old son "emotionally distraught," wants to make a federal case about it
          JCNT:  Senate committee hears bills on clearing felon records X
          JCNT:  Organization calls for more investigators of child-on-child sexual abuse X
          KWMU:  This year's limits on municipal fine revenue get first approval in Missouri Senate
          P-D:  Schmitt's bill further limiting municipal court revenue approved by Missouri Senate
          AP:  Missouri Senate debates limiting municipal fines
          P-D:  Riding-hailing regulation, nixing taxi commission on Legislature's radar
          The Missouri Time:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) hoping to stop homeowners' associations prohibitions on solar panels
          SNL:  Advocates press again for bill banning LGBT discrimination X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislators, activists rally against sex trafficking
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports new record set for largest gizzard shad
          P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants state to buy out homes near West Lake Landfill
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) introduces legislation to address "wage gap"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Will Kraus' proposed tax break for elderly requires analysis X
          P-D editorial:  Melissa Click protested for justice. Now she'll get it.
          CDT op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Journalists lose clout at state Capitol;  Newfound lack of respect will only hurt both parties X
          Jensen:  Newspaper endorsements of candidates losing influence +
          Priddy:  On public records and journalists' access to them
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Area woman disagrees with Sen. Kurt Schaefer (D-Columbia) on everything
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon may says verifying the ID of voters is important
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Ethics overhaul seems a real possibility
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood rep questions "integrity and professionalism" of P-D reporter Alex Stuckey
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        Tuesday, January 26
       
KOMU:  Time running out to sign up for Obamacare;  Deadlines do not apply to Native Americans or native Alaskans, who can sign up whenever they want
        KOAM (Joplin):  Obamacare counselors provide health enrollment assistance
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on mental health funding;  Peter Kinder on Greitens' "bicoastal" contributors;  MU prof on Nixon's final year in office +
        P-D:  Missouri seeks extra federal help for flood damage to public works
        P-D:  McCaskill tweets her jury-duty experience in St. Louis County
        The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  A closer look at University of Missouri's problems;  More on Jeff Roe, SOTS response, Peter Kinder, more
        KSMU (Springfield):  GOP gubernatorial candidates blast feds during forum in Ozark
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Eric Greitens talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about campaign contribution limits, school vouchers, transparty switch from Democrat to Republican, more
        KMWU:  Democratic lawmakers will push for Medicaid expansion, higher minimum wage, other bills with no chance of passage
        The Missouri Times:  Democrats announce legislative priorities
        Missourinet:  Legislators criticize size of requests for Missouri mid-year budget
        Missourinet:  Legislative budget chairs question money in proposed budget beyond revenue projection
        The Missouri Times:  Appropriations committee hears Nixon's budget recommendations
        The Missouri Time:  Budget leaders cautiously using recommendations
        P-D:  Panel OKs union paycheck proposal
        JCNT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) seeks up to 10 days paid leave for state employees with new child X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislator proposes property tax break for elderly;  Kraus, Spencer proposal would cut a break to olds north of 72 years X
        CDT:  City prosecutor files assault charge against Melissa Click X
        CDT:  Chancellor:  Melissa Click's job safe during tenure process X
        The Missouri Times:  MU professor Click charged with assault
        The Missouri Time:  Mizzou assembles task force to assess Click tenure
        KC Star:  MU professor Melissa Click, who called for "muscle" to bully reporter, charged with assault +
        AP:  Melissa Click charged with assault
        P-D:  Melissa Click charged for assaulting journalist
        KC Star:  Koster's office suing former Kansas City charter school +
        KWMU:  Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce (D) will seek death penalty, try case against rapist-murderer Reginald Clemons
        P-D:  Democrat Jennifer Joyce will seek death penalty for Chain of Rocks murders;  Reginald Clemons and three pals raped Hazelwood East grads, then pushed them off bridge to their death
        Missourinet:  Death penalty case to be retried in 1991 Chain of Rocks Bridge murders
        AP:  Prosecutors will re-try Reginald Clemons for his rapes, murders
        SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith speaks against land purchase by Missouri DNR +
        The Missouri Times:  Smith testifies on bill to sell ASARCO lands
        P-D:  Proposal for new state park in Oregon County gets panned at legislative hearing
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) and her husband petition for jury trial in condemnation case +
        Brownfield Ag News:  Producers raise Missouri state beef checkoff concerns
        Waters:  On state regulation of fantasy sports X
        P-D editorial:  Ferguson faces reality, drops cases it would have had a hard time winning
        SNL "Answer Man" column:  Why does MoDOT use so many mile marker signs?  To make it easier for first responders to save lives, it says. X
        P-D letter:  Mayor Francis Slay:  St. Louis in best position to help NGA meet its mission
        P-D letter:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence opposes Barnes' bill on prescription drug monitoring
        P-D letter:  Unionville man says Missouri needs to raise its fuel tax more to maintain roads
        P-D letter:  St. Louis College of Pharmacy associate prof says opportunities are available to responsibly dispose of opioids
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        Monday, January 25
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill positions Clinton as "underdog";  McCaskill and Gillibrand on sex assaults;  Tommy Pierson on role as diversity candidate +
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe featured as ruthless but teary Cruz campaign chief on Fox News Sunday +
          P-D:  Volunteers rushed to help place sandbags during the flood. Now they need to be removed.
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder;  Panel of Linda Rallo, Angela Bingaman, James Harris, Justin Alferman discuss voter ID, expert witness bill, Koster, GOP gov primary
          KMOX:  Reardon Roundtable:  Jane Dueker, Scott Faughn, Brenda Talent, Lewis Reed discuss Nixon's State of the State, the Rams, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, more
          Missourinet:  Nixon's final address looked back on accomplishments, ahead to potentially tough session
          KOLR (Springfield):  Nixon honors two SW Missouri troopers for saving life in Christmas floods
          Missourinet:  Senate expected to complete block of proposed ag land tax value increase
          P-D:  Layoffs coming at UMSL as budget hole grows
          SE Missourian:  State's age rule for judges boots seasoned citizen off the bench +
          P-D:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Three (3!) factors that sunk the St. Louis effort to keep the Rams
          P-D editorial:  Bill requiring photo ID at the polls is a solution looking for a problem
          JCNT editorial:  Legislators should act on pay raise for state employees X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Death penalty should not be a partisan issue +
          KC Star editorial:  Tougher road ahead this time for Kansas City's earnings tax campaign;  Rex Sinquefield has too much money, and voters are too "angry" +
          Messenger:  Government stonewalls while former Guard employee waits;  McCaskill's office tries to help
          The Missouri Times' Travis Zimpfer:  Stan Kroenke:  The most hated man in Missouri
          SNL op-ed:  Hank Billings:  89-year-old reflects upon career in Missouri newspapers, shares tales of "Mr. Olds" and others X
          P-D letter:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel:  Legislature sets up bureaucratic hurdles to updating education standards
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man dislikes P-D use of "anti-abortion" rather than "pro-life," suggests paper be consistent and call pro-choicers "anti-life"
          P-D letter:  Wash Mo doctor says emphasis on treating pain leads to prescription narcotic overuse
          P-D letter:  St. Charles liberal bothered by new editorial page editor's "centrist" self-description
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        Sunday, January 24
       
SNL:  Blunt backs gun bill that could complicate mental health push X
          SNL:  Blunt sees sliver of consensus with Obama to curb gun violence X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gun show draws huge crowds X
          Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill a co-sponsor of bill to lift Cuban trade embargo
          CDT:  Caleb Jones takes on multistate role in Rubio presidential campaign X
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant School District product Chingy throws in, throws out his Donald Trump support;  Composer of hotel-party homage "Holidae In" says endorsement brouhaha just another day in "live [sic] of a celeb"
          P-D:  Missouri group stranded 25 hours in storm on way home from national March for Life
          SE Missourian:  Federal action opens door for flood aid in area +
          JCNT:  Flood-affected residents pursuing disaster aid through FEMA, local agencies X
          KWMU:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about applying for flood aid from FEMA
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Preview of today's show:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Linda Rallo, Angela Bingaman, James Harris, Justin Alferman discuss voter ID, expert witness bill, gubernatorial race
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Study says Missouri is one of cheapest states to be a smoker X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Supportive Nixon comments on ag bode well for funding chances;  Comments from Ag Director Richard Fordyce, Missouri Dairy Association's Larry Schmidt
          Missouri Digital News via CDT:  Nixon at odds with fantasy sports industry over push for regulation
          P-D:  Legislators look to control medical costs with 'gatekeeper' law
          JCNT:  Bill from Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) focuses on STEM careers X
          P-D:  City school students continue to disappoint, with half of schools still performing below state standards for accreditation;  Worst schools rewarded with extra "nurses, counselors, social workers, reading and math specialists"
          AP:  Dustin Allison to leave public counsel's office
          SNL:  Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixon) races to split judicial district X
          AP:  Missouri Democrats to try to ban LGBT discrimination
          SE Missourian editorial:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is one to watch in Washington +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Stubbornness on ethics reforms:  Missouri "wallows in failure land" X
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        Saturday, January 23
       
Chicago Tribune:  Alarmed by Sanders' rise, Clinton backers rush to Iowa;  McCaskill positions former First Lady as "underdog"
          Riverfront Times:  Chingy endorsed Donald Trump on Twitter, and all hell broke loose;  North St. Louis County native, best known for 2003 rap ditty "Right Thurr," says "country is a business an [sic] needs to be ran [sic] by a businessman"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt shows water map before override attempt
          P-D:  Missouri flood victims can get federal aid, volunteers still needed today for cleanup
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  North St. Louis County misses out on $38 million disaster grant;  State requested money with plea that area is poor and houses are old
          KOLR (Springfield):  Missouri university seeks religious exemption from Obamacare mandate
          Washington Missourian:  Local students attend March for Life
          CDT:  Abortion foes drop lawsuit over use of amplifier outside Planned Parenthood X
          CDT:  Radio station, "Guild of Silly Heathens," Planned Parenthood attract small crowd to hear abortion tales;  Event backdrop includes protest signs reading "Vaginas are Precious, "Alot [sic] of things are actually pretty well," etc. X
          STLBJ:  McCaskill to kick off BJ Women's Conference on Friday;  For $300, area gals can learn about creating "personal brand," improving exercize routines, etc.
          P-D:  McCaskill says new study should set aside doubts about campus assault claims
          Drebes:  Chuck Hatfield, representing "Little Tobacco" company, files suit against Raise Your Hand for Kids' initiative petition
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats ask Eric Greitens to return contribution from CEO under federal investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  Lt. gov candidate Tommy Pierson on his campaign, possibility of being first black elected statewide official, defeating well-funded Russ Carnahan with a "strong grassroots campaign," more
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Video:  Secretary of state candidate Will Kraus talks about his support for voter ID
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Susan Montee to speak to area Democratic women's group X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Dems to get new party leader;  Hazelwood's Matt Robinson stepping down, endorses fellow North County Dem vet Mary Elizabeth Dorsey
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks about Nixon's final State of the State
          Riverfront Times:  In his final State of the State, Nixon ignores the Ferguson Commission he created
          KWMU:  Fast start for Missouri lawmakers this year
          P-D:  Nixon talks stadium, finally
          P-D:  St. Louis aldermanic president asks NFL to pay for Edward Jones dome debt
          Brownfield Ag News:  Senate Ag Chair Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says tax bill on fast track
          KWMU:  Another municipal governance overhaul clears Senate committee
          KC Star:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) pushes to ban alcohol, smoking in Capitol +
          CDT:  Boone County House members promise to oppose UM budget cuts X
          KOMU:  "Chats with the Chancellor" begin at MU;  Hank Foley to spend one (1) hour each week listening to students, staff
          CDT:  MU faculty members/Moms Demand Action activists attend Foley's first informal chat, say chancellor told them he opposes Munzlinger-Dixon gun proposals X
          Columbia Missourian:  First MU Chat with the Chancellor draws diverse crowd
          KWMU:  UMSL may choose to handle budget cuts by making layoffs
          KWMU:  City earnings tax to be on April ballot;  Alderwoman:  "It's ridiculous we even have to vote on this"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  There is no harm in Missouri implementing a fair voter ID law X
          P-D editorial:  A sweetheart deal for a few could drive up utility rates for the many;  Legislature should not give Ameren-Noranda odd couple what they want
          Waters:  Nixon's budget reminds us that he has provided needed balance to Legislature;  Missouri is "arguably the most culturally regressive state in the nation" X
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  A paper's "balance" is more than left vs. right - it's also positive vs. negative +
          SNL op-ed:  Area man presents list of topics on which he disagrees wth Billy Long X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says Republicans push voter ID to suppress the vote
          SNL letter:  Battlefield man dislikes voter ID push, warns:  "It is about to get real, for real" X
          P-D letter:  Des Peres man says St. Louis benefits from Superintendent Kelvin Adams losing his bid for L.A. schools job
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to sensitivity over "thug" label:  "If a personal acts like a brutal hoodlum or gangster he is a thug, whatever his race"
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        Friday, January 22
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt split on "Waters of the U.S." vote X
          KWMU:  Both sides mark 43rd anniversary of Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion
          CBS News:  Price-hiking pharma exec gets White House subpoena;  Comments from McCaskill
          NY Times:  Congress calls Martin Shkreli to tesify on rapid rise in drug prices;  Comments from McCaskill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon predicts Sanders nomination would cause "meltdown" for Dems;  Curtman pokes Nixon for lack of accessibility +
          Missourinet:  President grants disaster declaration for Missouri
          Drebes:  New TV ad buys:  "One Nation" and American Chemistry Council
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens campaign volunteers for flood relief
          P-D:  Primary preview:  Lieutenant governor
          KMIZ:  Missourians for Fair Taxation gather in Jefferson City;  Missouri realtors petitioning for amendment addition
          The Missouri Times:  Pot group says it has raised enough money to start gathering signatures
          Riverfront Times:  Pro-pot Sinquefield son continues father's tradition of bankrolling campaigns, gives $40k to marijuana initiative
          Kraske:  Missouri legislators must pass campaign contribution limits +
          Rosenbaum:  Key takeaways from Nixon's final State of the State speech
          SE Missourian:  Nixon backs 'common sense' plan to raise state's fuel taxes +
          SE Missourian:  Nixon touts railroad upgrade at SEMO Port +
          CDT:  Rep. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) calls for Schaefer to step down as appropriations chair, cites AG-race grandstanding X
          The Missouri Times:  Alferman, Republicans push last voter ID measure through House
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes bill to put voter photo ID requirement on ballot as constitutional amendment
          JCNT:  Senate won't delay on voter ID issue X
          Missourinet:  Schaefer says Nixon's budget proposes extravagant welfare increases, says request for $277M in Medicaid funding is not realistic
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers push for drug database, regulations against "pill mills" +
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) and Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) team up to raise awareness for mental health
          The Missouri Times:  Expert witness bill heads to the House
          Missourinet:  Governor, Democrats want nondiscrimination act;  Richard says 'not in the Senate'
          Missourinet:  Execution date set for Earl Forrest;  Methamphetamine connoisseur got into drunken dispute over lawnmower, then killed sheriff's deputy and two others
          JCNT:  PSC hearing set on $51M water rate hike X
          P-D:  Ferguson lets activists off the hook
          P-D:  Wrongful death suit filed over off-duty St. Louis officer's shooting of VonDerrit Myers;  Family of the deceased maintains criminal was armed only with turkey sandwich
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon uses speech to look back, but cooperation is needed to go forward in Missouri +
          JCNT editorial:  Libla's proposal marks a realistic step to help fund transportation X
          P-D editorial:  As the nation confronts opioid addiction, Missouri dithers;  Legislature should pass bill from Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City)
          Shelly:  Nixon's State of the State call for "risk taking" rings hollow +
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  On voter ID and Real ID +
          P-D op-ed:   Midwest Innocence Project:  Change the laws around eyewitness identification of criminals
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Self-described "deep-dyed, dues-paying Democrat" pleased with Nixon's State of the State
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Self-described "white, older lesbian" wants University of Missouri Curators to cut ties with Missouri Farm Bureau for LGBTQIA stance
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sikeston-Standard Democrat sports editor chooses to read comment section of race-based story, is surprised to find dearth of fact-based intellectual dialogue +
          SNL letter:  Area woman says MoDOT has frittered away taxpayer dollars on bike helmets and other non-highway items, says agency doesn't deserve more money X
          KC Star letter:  Anti-death penalty group weighs in on execution issues +
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau woman supports "Anti-Smart Meter" bill, says it helps utility customers reclaim "sovereignty of their homes" +
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        Thursday, January 21
       
NY Times:  Alarmed Clinton supporters begin focusing on Bernie Sanders' socialist edge;  McCaskill, Nixon take aim at surging senator
          NBC News:  McCaskill:  "Absolutely impossible" for Sanders to win key swing states
          US News & World Report:  As Dem race heats up, gloves come off;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  The New Republic profiles Jeff Roe:  "Ted Cruz's Howitzer" +
          Missourinet:  Obama vetoes Blunt's bill to end "Waters of the U.S." rule
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on protecting Americans from refugees;  Graves on KCI airport;  Libla on gas tax +
          USA Today:  Report cites wasted Pentagon money in Afghanistan;  McCaskill calls natural gas-station program "dumb on its face"
          CDT:  McCaskill hearing highlights efforts to combat rising narcotics addiction X
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA adds Missouri to its "StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity" anti-poverty initiative
          P-D:  Courts need to help fight gun violence, St. Louis police chief says at mayor's meeting in D.C.
          KWMU:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Six (6!) ways the floods of 2015 and 1982 were similar
          KOMU:  Proposed amendment would stop sales tax on services in Missouri;  Comments from Missourians for Fair Taxation's Scott Charton
          Drebes:  Raise Your Hand for Kids likely to hire National Petition Management to gather signatures
          KC Star:  Missouri group forms to support women in state politics;  Christine Page's Women's Policy Network of Missouri will connect young women with mentors +
          AP:  Union leader in Missouri admits to embezzlement;  AFSCME affiliate president wrote checks to himself, pals for personal use
          Missourinet:  Nixon delivers his last proposed Missouri budget
          KWMU:  Nixon plays it safe with his final state budget
          The Missouri Times:  Prepared text of Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address
          CDT:  Nixon reflects on career, hits familiar themes in final State of the State address X
          KC Star:  Nixon calls for ethics legislation, LGBTQIA rights in final State of the State +
          JCNT:  Nixon pitches state pay raise, Medicaid expansion, education funds X
          Missourinet:  What Nixon did, did not mention in State of the State address
          AP:  Nixon focuses on ethics in final State of the State speech
          P-D:  Nixon highlights his legacy in final State of the State
          CDT:  Nixon budget proposal includes almost $27M increase for University of Missouri X
          Missourinet:  In State of the State, Nixon says daily fantasy sports should be regulated, taxed in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative Democratic leaders respond to Nixon's State of the State
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative Republican leaders respond to Nixon's State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon's State of the State panned by Republicans
          Missourinet:  State of the State photo gallery
          The Missouri Times:  Voter ID discussed in House, HJR moves to Senate
          AP:  Voter ID proposals move forward in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Voter ID bill heard in Senate
          KC Star:  House Republicans advance voter ID bills over Democratic opposition +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri House rejects proposed ag land tax hike
          Missourinet:  "Paycheck protection" proposal returns;  Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills):  "This could bankrupt some unions."
          CDT:  MoDOT director discusses funding shortfall with Columbia Chamber of Commerce X
          CDT:  Senate committee approves fuel tax increase;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) votes "present," says she's holding out to see how measure "is going to benefit urban areas" X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects measure to strengthen expert witness standards
          P-D:  Further limits on municipal court revenue approved by Missouri Senate committee
          CDT:  Senate committee hears support, concerns about industrial hemp production X
          Columbia Missourian:  Interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley forms committee to explore free speech, regulation of public space on campus
          KC Star:  KC school board picks new superintendent;  Mark Bedell says he will turn unaccredited district around by "engaging people" with "authentic dialogue" +
          KWMU:  Ferguson gives short window to apply for Councilman Brian Fletcher's vacant seat
          P-D editorial:  NGA. Three letters that are far more critical for the city than NFL.
          KC Star editorial:  KC school board makes a wise superintendent choice +
          Jensen:  Missouri voters likely to approve voter ID measure +
          Waters:  MU woes;  Black football players' protest and subsequent resignations show "the animals are in charge of the zoo" X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael McShane:  No Child Left Behind is gone. What now for Missouri?
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Pam Fichter on upcoming March for Life
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man says Missouri should require education for new gun owners
          KC Star letter:  KC man responds to millennial caterwauling about college costs, offers advice:  Try working, pick a college you can afford, and stop spending so much money +
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        Wednesday, January 20  
       
P-D:  McCaskill holds U.S. Senate field hearing in Jefferson City, lobbies for prescription drug monitoring
          AP:  McCaskill says Missouri needs tighter drug monitoring
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill hears testimony from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) on opioid abuse
          Kraske:  Cleaver on criminal sentencing;  Todd Richardson on Dems' "Golidlocks" ethics demands;  Nixon's refusal to take a stand on Melissa Click +
          KWMU:  Deputy director of St. Louis VA temporarily assumes top job
          KWMU:  Slay in D.C. for mayors' conference, talks NGA with Missouri delegation
          Missourinet:  USDA holding meetings in Missouri this week on flooding
          CDT:  Pot initiative conceals campaign funding through not-for-profit X
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  Trying to find rhyme or reason in the confusing contribution patterns of David Humphreys
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Realtors' "Missourians for Fair Taxation" kicks off statewide anti-tax campaign today
          The Missouri Times:  Updates on special-elect Reps. Dean Plocher (R), DaRon McGee (D), Rory Rowland (D) campaign reports
          Missourinet:  Livestream link for Gov. Nixon's State of the State address tonight at 7 p.m.
          Missourinet:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Seven (7!) things to watch for or listen for or think about in Nixon's State of the State
          Columbia Missourian:  Analyzing Nixon's State of the State addresses:  Education, taxes have been common themes
          P-D:  Missouri voter ID plan could be among the strongest in the country
          The Missouri Times:  Kander releases legislative proposals
          Missourinet:  Lobbyist gift ban, other proposed reforms headed to Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift bill heads to the House, campaign committee bill stagnates
          AP:  Ban on lobbyist gifts passes Missouri House committee
          P-D:  Lobbyist gift ban heads to full House for vote
          AP:  Second parent would be notified about abortion under measure
          SE Missourian:  Group of young conservatives, including SEMO student, push for end of Missouri death penalty +
          KWMU:  Bill to abolish death penalty in Missouri being considered
          P-D:  Panel votes against home care worker raises
          P-D:  Nixon's stadium task force under microscope
          CDT:  MU to subsidize graduate student health insurance for another year X
          JCNT:  Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) revives her bill for high school civics test requirement X
          KWMU:  Judge will decide whether to change Ferguson-Florissant school board voting;  Black woman who managed to get elected dismisses NAACP's gripes
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant school district lawsuit decision months away;  NAACP unhappy with election outcomes
          KC Star:  Final KC superintendent candidate to be named;  Winner guaranteed to be black man +
          P-D:  Ameren working with Noranda, lawmakers to save smelter
          KWMU:  Galloway slams Carpenter's office for renovation contract and sloppy bookkeping
          P-D:  State audit blasts St. Louis Recorder of Deeds for financial mismanagement
          CDT:  Koster's office to prosecute Fulton hail repair complaints X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Confronting America's growing opioid abuse crisis X
          P-D op-ed:  New editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Self-described centrist says he dislikes unworkable knee-jerk extremist positions
          Messenger:  Curators adopt Melissa Click approach to presidential search:  When in doubt, shut the public out
          Priddy:  Missouri Monocracy:  1736 words on representative democracy, state legislative voting districts, campaign finance, much much more
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Latest in series on GOP meanness:  Republicans are mean to women, "pro-life" should extend to universal health care, etc.
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors resident says ban on development in flood plains is good idea
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        Tuesday, January 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Republicans announce Lincoln Days' Friday night speaker
          KWMU:  Cleaver says he thinks there's a chance Ferguson/Baltimore/Chicago dramatics may persuade Congress to make grand jury, sentencing changes
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri gun salesman on Obama's unwitting help;  Author says use of "thug" is racist;  Ron Richard on working with Nixon +
          KC Star:  MU self-starver Jonathan Butler speaks at MLK celebration;  Son of Union Pacific executive VP says he has "so much invested in the movement"
          P-D:  MLK celebration becomes rallying cry:  Speakers proclaim, "Black lives matter," "We are going to engage the community," etc.
          KWMU:  Part 3/3 of MLK series:  The effort to turn around MLK Drive;  Activists insist, "we're at a crossroads," "we don't need much - a little bit of money can go a long way," etc.
          KMOX:  Reardon Roundtable:  Jane Dueker, Scott Faughn, Jack Cardetti talk presidential primary, the Rams departing St. Louis, and Missouri politics (Jan. 15)
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 Tip Sheet:  Statewide races
          CDT:  Columbia candidates raising large sums of money in quest for statewide offices;  A look at the fundraising quarters of Judy Baker, Joshua Hawley, Kurt Schaefer X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom holds online poll
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Charter Public School Association seeks director of development and communications
          Missourinet:  More ethics action in Missouri House this week;  Richardson says Dems are playing Goldilocks, waiting for something that's "just right"
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans push for death penalty reconsideration
          Missourinet:  Committee will consider bill that would end death penalty in Missouri
          KMOX:  David Steelman, member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, talks to host Mark Reardon about Mizzou and Melissa Click
          Missourinet:  Nixon says it's not his place to call for firing of Mizzou professor who verbally assaulted a minority student
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe fails on four of five performance-funding criteria
          P-D:  Pay hikes for home health care workers may get axed
          AP:  Missouri casino operators seek tweaks to credit rules
          Missourinet:  Bill would allow domestic violence victims to keep cell phone numbers
          P-D:  Joan Bray leaving Consumers Council of Missouri
          P-D:  Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) calls for big flags on bikes
          SE Missourian:  Newspaper launches new website design, will be more compatible with mobile and tablet devices +
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to get Real with ID security
          Darkow cartoon:  Verbal assailant Melissa Click and her "safe space" X
          Waters:  Thoughts on selecting the next University of Missouri president X
          Jon Rust:  Reasons behind the SE Missourian redesign:  59 percent of site visitors now accessing via mobile device +
          P-D letter:  University City man says more money for Army Corps of Engineers means more flooding
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman disagrees with Missouri legislators' "privileged position" on abortion
          P-D letter:  Area reverend opposes death penalty
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        Monday, January 18   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day   Missouri State Holiday via Gov. John Ashcroft, attested by Secretary of State Roy Blunt
       
KWMU:  MLK Drive:  In 1972, meant to be an honor, now embarrassing;  "Even that consistently staunch promoter of liberal causes," the Post-Dispatch, changed its address from Franklin to N. 12th St. when Franklin became MLK Drive
          P-D:  Speaker at MLK event explains her distaste for the word "thug"
          Columbia Missourian:  Vendors say sales are up at this weekend's gun show after Obama's executive action
          P-D:  The flood is gone, but long slog to recovery just beginning
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Brandon Butler from Conservation Federation of Missouri;  Panel of Mark Dalton, Jeff Rainford, Reps. Rocky Miller and Ron Hicks talk ethics legislation, Rams, presidential primaries, more
          Drebes:  David Humphreys gives $50k to Bev Randles
          Drebes:  'Right to work' groups meet in Jefferson City, plot strategy
          Missourinet:  Nixon prepares to release FY 2017 Missouri budget proposal
          KWMU:  Short week at the Capitol features State of the State Address and hearings
          AP:  Restricting lobbyist gifts next target for state lawmakers
          KC Star:  Missouri Capitol sees an influx of interns despite a year of scandal;  Legislators expected to improve behavior after two-hour PowerPoint presentation +
          KWMU:  Too soon to tell whether region's drop in opiate deaths could start a downward trend
          SE Missourian:  Diversity panel gives findings to Southeast +
          Columbia Missourian:  State wildlife vet is part of elk poaching investigation
          Missourinet:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants as much attention on Ferguson as abortion
          KWMU:  Group seeks cash to print Ferguson books;  Kickstarter campaign has raised $2k of $25k goal
          SE Missourian editorial:  What would MLK say about black unemployment, Ferguson rioting, Chicago gun violence? +
          KC Star editorial:  In a city plagued by violence, putting Dr. King's words on billboards and/or digital streetcar kiosks would make a difference +
          KWMU op-ed:  The decline of MLK Drive:  "There is no use playing as if we live in a color-blind and equitable society;"  Photo of "a man cross [sic] Martin Luther King Drive"
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        Sunday, January 17
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on opioid abuse;  Bike-club rep dislikes bike-flag proposal +
        Missourinet:  McCaskill supports bill allowing graduates to refinance student loans
        SE Missourian:  Management of the river creates pros and cons +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri River management a challenge
        KWMU:  Affordable-housing advocates use flood disaster to push their cause
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Brandon Butler from Conservation Federation;  Panel of Mark Dalton, Jeff Rainford, GOP Reps. Ron Hicks and Rocky Miller discuss ethics, Rams, presidential race, more
        SNL:  Dixon, Wasson, Burlison want to tackle federal budget X
        AP:  Missouri sees many options, little consensus on road funding
        P-D:  Emotional debate over abortion continues in 2016
        JCNT:  Jefferson City Public Schools target student attendance;  State law has no mechanism in place to hold parents accountable for students' chronic absenteeism X
        The Maneater:  No final decision on search process for next UM System president
        CDT:  As new semester is about to start, MU grad students' demands unanswered X
        CDT: Graduate student benefits mixed at other universities X
        CDT:  UM System, labor union approach mediation over contract X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature's ethics proposals are on track X

        Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Rams' Stan slams St. Louis, state X
        Waters:  Stand Kroenke:  The devil in very nice duds X
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man says state should end foolish cycle of repeated flooding, repeated assistance
        P-D letter:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Restore voting rights for ex-cons
        P-D letter:  Gender studies teacher at all-girls school says female columnist's piece on dealing with bad bosses reinforces "discriminatory patriarchal systems"
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        Saturday, January 16
       
P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          Missourinet:  McCaskill's U.S. Senate hearing on prescription drug trafficking to be held in Jefferson City
          P-D:  D.C. roundup:  Blunt, Wagner stand up for Missouri coal;  Blunt to kick off re-election around late-Feb. filing
          Kraske:  Ted Cruz's "New York Values" line brings back another Jeff Roe gem:  Kay Barnes, Nancy Pelosi and "San Francisco Values" +
          CDT:  Gun vendors attribute rising sales to upcoming elections, regulations;  Comments from Confederate Firearms, other vendors X
          Missourinet:  Nixon requests major disaster declaration to assist Missourians impacted by historic flooding
          KWMU:  Greitens outpaces all rivals for governor with latest fundraising tally
          AP:  Koster keeps financial lead in Missouri's governor's race
          KWMU:  Russ Carnahan to run for lt. gov
          The Missouri Times:  Carnahan enters lt. gov race;  Brad Bradshaw (D) says former congressman is a "career politician" seeking to use office as "ceremonial bench"
          AP:  Former Congressman Russ Carnahan creates lieutenant governor campaign committee
          P-D:  Russ Carnahan running for lt. governor, will hold "listening tour" prior to formal announcement
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Governor
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Lieutenant Governor
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Attorney General
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  State House of Representatives
          P-D:  Marijuana advocate with Missouri ties sued by business partners in Oregon court;  Company gave $26k to Missouri pot initiative for polling
          AP:  Businessman challenges proposal for tobacco tax amendment
          CDT:  Democrats Stephen Webber, Susan McClintic report fundraising advantages in legislative races X
          Missourinet:  Nixon's 2017 budget proposal includes additional funding for Missouri's developmentally disabled
          CDT:  Nixon proposes funding to expand Thompson Center for Autism X
          AP:  Nixon calls for $131 million in new disability spending
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) seeks to make Real ID an option for Missourians
          Rosenbaum:  Rams' departure prompts re-evaluation of the Edward Jones Dome
          KWMU:  Station begins new Friday show for reporters to discuss their stories;  Debut edition features Rosenbaum discussing Rams departure, stadium conundrum
          KMOX:  Rep. Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles) wants to make sports owners who skip town pay
          The Missouri Times:  Zerr hopes to prohibit incentives from abandoned stadium owners
          P-D:  Zerr:  Future team owners would have to pay debt before leaving
          CDT:  Local government leaders, business leaders oppose legislative cuts to MU X
          SE Missourian:  Job fair set to help former Noranda employees +
          P-D:  Police catch Ferguson looter;  Roy Brown expanded criminal resume to include 14 recent violent robberies in downtown St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Reducing urbanites' criminal behavior will take money and will, not just a commission and a plan
          Terry Ganey:  Missouri Senate exiles press to the bleachers
          P-Ds Nicklaus:  Losing the Rams should be an economic nonevent for St. Louis
          NY Times' Joe Nocera:  In losing the Rams, St. Louis wins; Slay correct to have "no real interest in the NFL"
          Waters:  More on Melissa Click:  David Steelman weighs in X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says legislation is needed to protect NFL fans from greedy owners
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        Friday, January 15
       
Politico:  Rachel Maddow touts Claire McCaskill as one of five female potential Hillary Clinton veep selections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt has role in 'cancer moonshot' effort X
          P-D:  McCaskill to hold field hearing on opioid abuse in Jefferson City;  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), others to testify
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill takes aim at Kroenke;  Nixon talks up Missouri in Detroit +
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Farmers assess damage after historic flooding
          Drebes:  Brad Green heads to Missouri Chamber;  Josh Foster from Sen. Emery's office to pitch in for Ron Richard
          KWMU:  Kinder first out of gubernatorial gate with latest finance figures, takes swipe at Hanaway, Brunner and Greitens
          Kraske:  Missouri stands strong against Medicaid expansion +
          Missourinet:  Bill would verify eligibility of Medicaid recipients
          P-D:  Voter photo ID bill advances to Missouri House floor
          SE Missourian:  Area election officials support voter photo ID legislation;  Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz (R):  "I honestly don't know anyone who doesn't have a photo ID" +
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf introduces bill to restore voting rights to ex-cons
          CDT:  House approves ethics package including Rowden proposal limiting lobbying X
          The Missouri Times:  First four ethics bills pass the House
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes first group of ethics bills
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers take aim at their ethics practices
          AP:  Missouri House passes first bills of session on ethics
          CDT:  Curator David Steelman calls for dismissal of Melissa Click;  Faculty member was caught on video committing macroaggressions against minority journalist X
          CDT:  MU faces 'financial crisis' of lost enrollment and state support, official says
          KWMU:  UM curators set details for presidential search
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun advocates, opponents disagree on merits of guns on college campuses
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Rural schools face challenges, enjoy community support;  Comments from DESE officials, others
          KC Star:  Kansas City meets the finalists for superintendent of schools;  Veteran African-American educators explain how they'll lead district back to accreditation +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon sets Jan. 24-30 as "School Board Recognition Week" +
          Missourinet:  St. Louis, Kansas City mayors defend earnings taxes to Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Standing room only as earnings tax bill gets committee hearing
          The Missouri Times:  Earnings tax 'unconstitutional' according to former solicitor general
          KWMU:  Push begins in Missouri Senate to eliminate earnings taxes in St. Louis City and Kansas City
          KC Star:  KC leaders oppose elimination of earnings tax +
          The Missouri Times:  Jackson County sheriff hopes to see legislative legalization of medical marijuana
          P-D:  Missouri to add new park in Oregon County
          Washington Missourian:  Board of Public Works says two proposed House bills would be detrimental X
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) blames unfair trade laws for Noranda's woes +
          KWMU:  Black Jew, white Jew unite to preserve stories from Ferguson riots through legacy of Judaism
          JCNT editorial:  A shorter legislative session won't end lawmaker shenanigans, but might save taxpayers some money X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Passage of ethics bills marks a step forward X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Curtman's bill to require a House review of state audits is unnecessary X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Paper's website sets new traffic record in December;  Most visits come from outside city X
          KC Star editorial:  Ignore the drivel of earnings tax foes in Jefferson City +
          Waters:  Kurt Schaefer, Joshua Hawley and abortion machinations X
          Priddy:  Imagining Korman's lobbyist-lawmaker sex reporting form:  Consuming foodstuffs off erogenous zones, intercoursing in front of mirrors, etc.
          Messenger:  St. Louis business owner wants region to learn from stadium failure
          Missouri Farmer Today op-ed:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center's Roger Allison opposes beef checkoff
          KC Star letter:  UMKC prof applauds Cleaver's pro-earmarks stance +
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health pleased that dental benefits are back into Medicaid +
          CDT letter:  Area woman says expanding Medicaid will help poor women who choose to breed X
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        Thursday, January 14
       
KC Star:  Missouri politicos fantasize about a world in which the Missouri primaries matter +
          KWMU:  Blunt maintains campaign-finance edge over Kander
          AP:  Blunt touts $5M for Senate race;  Kander at $2M
          The Atlantic:  Among Senate Dem hopefuls, Kander offers most critical reaction to Obama's gun announcement
          Missourinet:  SOTU:  Delegation's communications staffers pen reactions in the voices of their bosses
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on student loan debt;  Nixon on Rams' departure;  Mizzou official on race histrionics' impact on freshman applications +
          P-D:  Relocating sports teams should pay back public funds, McCaskill says
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens names campaign leadership team:  Jane Cunningham, Steelmans, Paul DeGregorio, Bert Walker, John Lamping, Nate Walker, College Republican campus leaders, many more
          The Missouri Times:  Early education cigarette tax petitions approved for circulation
          The Missouri Times:  List of 2016's active campaign committees
          The Missouri Times:  Brad Green joins Missouri Chamber of Commerce as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon sharing Missouri automotive manufacturing rebound in Detroit
          Missourinet:  Politico ranks states by public data, says Missouri falls to "35th best":  Residents got fatter in 2015 and will die sooner than in most states, but average income rises to $26k
          AP:  Liberal think tank issues report highlighting economic struggle in St. Louis, other urban areas;  Study concludes that poor people do not earn enough money
          AP:  Missouri jobless aid dependent on constitutional challenge
          P-D:  Lawmakers begin to tackle Real ID conundrum
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers consider Real ID changes
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances ethics bills;  Democrats complain they were blocked out
          The Missouri Times:  Revolving-door legislation perfected by House;  McCreery adds more ethics language
          The Missouri Times:  Travel expenses ethics bill to be voted on by House today
          The Missouri Times:  Personal-disclosure bill perfected by House
          The Missouri Times:  Legislator-consultant ban bill advances
          CDT:  House approves Rowden bill imposing waiting period before officials may lobby X
          AP:  One-year lobbying ban for Missouri lawmakers moves forward
          KWMU:  Ethics bills receive first-round approval in Missouri House
          CDT:  Fuel tax increase wins favor from industry groups X
          Missourinet:  Discussion of fuel-tax hikes resumes in Missouri Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Gas tax bill gets first committee hearing
          AP:  Missouri business groups voice support for gas tax hike
          KWMU:  Fuel-tax hike being considered by Missouri Senate committee
          CDT:  Curators begin charting course to find next UM System president X
          KC Star:  Race protests at Mizzou will stunt freshman enrollment +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) one of five Republicans sponsoring bill to end death penalty +
          CDT:  Attorneys argue skull-bashing murderer's case before appellate panel X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers respond with legislation to 'secretive' state land purchases
          P-D:  Lawmakers hear testimony on Schmitt's bill further limiting municipal court revenue
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Eric Schmitt leads push in Jefferson City to cap revenue cities and towns can collect from fines
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt continuing municipal-courts overhaul, points to Pagedale
          AP:  Missouri legislation would further limit fines cities keep
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee vote cancelled on stadium bill
          KWMU:  For some, the NFL's departure from St. Louis is a 'gut punch;'  Comments from Alderman Jack Coatar, Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), others
          AP:  Slay:  No interest in trying again on NFL
          P-D:  Consensus among regional leaders:  St. Louis is done with professional football
          AP:  Q&A about Rams' move to Los Angeles
          The Missouri Times:  Noranda to lay off 530 employees;  Ameren expected to ask PSC for rate increase
          SE Missourian:  Noranda to lay off 350;  Plant may halt operations +
          P-D:  Noranda slashing over half of smelter workforce, may close plant
          P-D:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway says Winfield exceeded state cap on traffic ticket revenue
          AP:  Koster says people who bought Macaroni Grill gift cards can seek refunds
          KWMU:  St. Louis earnings tax likely to headline April election in the city
          JCNT:  Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Starsky Wilson outlines racial-disparity fixes:  Expanding Medicaid, forcing businesses to pay a higher minimum wage, etc. +
          KWMU:  2015 St. Louis City crime numbers show few surprises;  North City neighborhoods rack up highest homicide totals
          KC Star editorial:  Full accreditation must top list for next Kansas City schools leader +
          P-D editorial:  Money talked. The Rams head west. Now what, St. Louis?
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  St. Louis' loss of Rams will lead diehard fans to Kansas City to enjoy the Chiefs +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Don't let King Rex Sinquefield kill Kansas City's earnings tax +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says pro-gun state legislators lack courage to allow weapons in Capitol
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        Wednesday, January 13
       
KWMU:  SOTU reaction:  Blunt, Cleaver
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill pushes student loan debt relief X
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill reacts to Iran taking U.S. Navy personnel hostage X
          Drebes:  Robin Carnahan scissors old campaign committee, donates remaining funds to her new PAC, Democracy 2.0
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' advocacy campaign ends first ad campaign against Republican incumbents
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on campaign finance restrictions, Mayor Francis Slay on urbanites' prolific 2015 homicide performance +
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Social Services works on welfare verification system X
          JCNT:  Medicaid waiver proposed to treat mental illness X
          The Missouri Times:  Voter photo ID moves out of first committee
          Missourinet:  Bills to create Missouri voter photo ID system advance in House
          KWMU:  Missouri House committee passes voter ID bills
          P-D:  Missouri House panel approves voter ID bill
          AP:  Missouri voter photo ID measures pass House committee
          Missourinet:  Proposed abortion regulation changes challenged in Missouri hearing
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears Onder's bill on abortion regulations
          AP:  Senators review bill to ban fetal-tissue donations
          CDT:  Lawmakers hear bill to increase regulation of abortion clinics, doctors X
          P-D:  Goodbye, St. Louis Rams;  next stop, LA
          KWMU:  It's over:  Kroenke is moving the Rams to Los Angeles
          Missourinet:  Nixon's statement on vote by NFL owners
          Missourinet:  Stadium task force releases statement on #NFL decision to allow Rams to move to LA
          The Missouri Times:  Rams set to leave St. Louis;  Stadium proponents disappointed
          KWMU:  UM curators set to begin presidential search
          CDT:  Curators to discuss search for next UM System president X
          CDT:  Fewer freshmen apply to MU;  officials expect enrollment decrease X
          SNL:  MSU legislative priorities:  6 percent funding increase, more X
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) aims to close gap on Missouri's school funding shortfall
          AP:  St. Louis schools improve, but not enough for accreditation
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission and St. Louis Public Schools share common reform goals;  Leaders say racial disparities are a shame, everyone must work together, the time to act is "now," etc.
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens accreditation status raises questions
          P-D:  State Board of Education sets goals for Riverview Gardens schools
          AP:  Riverview Gardens could get accreditation upgrade in June
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) and husband Reg say city is acquiring their land unfairly +
          KWMU:  Galloway announces audits of Ferguson, Pine Lawn municipal courts
          Missourinet:  Federal Court to hear arguments today on Ernest Lee Johnson's death sentence;  Lawyers for man who bashed three skulls with a hammer say pentobarbital might cause their client pain
          KWMU:  SLU's Keon Gilbert teams with Maryland's Rashawn Ray, offers solutions to reduce number of black males killed by police:  More spending on "mental and preventative health services," weakening stand-your-ground laws for the law-abiding, etc.
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Putting the Ozarks first in the 114th Congress X
          Priddy:  Illustrating the closing of a campaign-finance loophole, using Disney characters
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Ethics bills worthless unless campaign contributions are limited
          Helling:  Voters' voices were never heard in St. Louis stadium push +
          CDT op-ed:  MU faculty make a bad case worse;  Colleagues look foolish trying to defend Melissa Click X
          Messenger:  NAACP/ACLU lawsuit over Ferg-Flor at-large voting districts draws attention to race issues
          P-D letter:  Black sorority rep weighs in on Nixon, Legislature and school-funding formula
          P-D letter:  St. Ann woman dislikes Korman's proposal on lawmaker-lobbyist intercoursing
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        Tuesday, January 12
       
SNL:  Ahead of Obama speech, McCaskill, Blunt, and Billy Long lay out their legislative agendas X
          KWMU:  McCaskill chooses Howard University student as SOTU guest;  Sable Givens chosen to symbolize struggle of adults who choose to borrow large sums of money and are expected to pay it back
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith's SCRUB Act seeks to scrap burdensome regulations +
          P-D:  McCaskill, three other female senators to appear in Iowa for Hillary Clinton
          KC Star:  McCaskill headed to Iowa to campaign for Clinton +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local gun owners react to Obama X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on lack of "anti-murder" sentiment;  Hanaway, Greitens on ethics;  Ron Richard on senators' predictable election-year speechifying +
          P-D:  St. Louis cancer expert takes trip to D.C., is one of 15 granted the honor of talking with Joe Biden staffers
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon named chairman of national Governors' Biofuels Coalition
          Columbia Missourian:  Tobacco tax proposals seek to buck trend of defeats on previous ballots
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  The Expectations Game:  Setting fundraising targets for statewide and state legislative candidates;  More
          Drebes:  Readers' Poll:  Jeff City Life:  Best place for lunch, best place to have a drink and not see other people, more
          Rosenbaum:  Do Missouri lawmakers have the political fortitude to pass a transportation tax hike?
          AP:  Cheap gas, federal action boost Missouri transportation plan

          Missourinet:  Four ethics proposals advance in Missouri House
          KC Star:  Missouri House moves on ethics bills +
          KWMU:  House committee passes 4 ethics bills;  GOP gov candidates Hanaway, Greitens among those weighing in
          CDT:  Ethics bills clear committee despite criticism over lack of campaign limits X
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying bills referred from committee
          AP:  Missouri House panel OKs 'cooling-off' period for legislators
          P-D:  Current Missouri lawmakers exempt themselves from lobbying ban
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to hear voter ID proposals today
          Missourinet:  Missouri House and Senate to hold hearings on abortion today
          CDT:  Josh Hawley, Kurt Schaefer spar over impact of Planned Parenthood investigation X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life announces priority legislation
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers want to reject increase on Missouri ag land property values
          The Missouri Times:  NRA-ILA releases bills to watch:  Various "pro-gun" bills from GOP reps across Missouri, three "anti-gun" proposals from Richmond Heights' Stacey Newman (D)
          CDT:  Education advocates eye bills in General Assembly;  Thoughts from Missouri NEA's Otto Fajen, Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan X
          KWMU:  Accreditation consideration:  Riverview Gardens, St. Louis Public Schools top state school board agenda
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams passed over for L.A. job
          P-D:  NAACP, ACLU take aim at at-large elections;  Groups say black candidates' failure to win shows system's bias
          Missourinet:  Limits on TANF handouts could encourage more Missourians to give to food pantries;  Thoughts trom Missouri Association for Social Welfare/Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford
          KWMU:  Slay names Crime Commission members as crime numbers come out;  Panel includes STL City schools supe Kelvin Adams, Mack Bradley, Missy Kelley, security director for Cardinals, more
          P-D:  St. Louis crime increased in 2015
          KC Star:  Amid deadly start to new year, Kansas City task force prepares to tackle violence +
          P-D:  Posthumous profile:  Brian Fletcher displayed passion for Ferguson when criticism of the city was most intense
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) must get over his preference for pork +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri laws limiting taxpayer-funded benefits for the poor and unworking are "truly shameful"
          CDT's Waters:  Road money:  It's a disgrace that the Legislature won't do anything substantial X
          P-D op-ed:  Waterways Council President Michael Toohey:  Commentary about river report card fails to concentrate on facts
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman writes to Columbia paper to criticize Springfield state Rep. Eric Burlison X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says state and federal elected officials are greedy, we need people to represent the interests of the public, etc.
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        Monday, January 11
       
KWMU:  Attacks question how Blunt, Kander conduct their offices
          Politico:  U.S. Senate race ranked 9th most likely to change hands
          KWMU:  After record-breaking floods, how to prevent the next one isn't clear
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Todd Richardson;  Panel of David Jackson, Jason Rosenbaum, David Barklage, Mark Milton discuss proposed state campaign-finance and lobbyist-gift overhauls, St. Louis stadium issue, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about support for raising fuel tax, flood preparations, constituents' lack of interest in changing campaign-finance laws, more
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Catherine Hanaway visits with area farmers +
          Drebes:  Tom Dempsey gives $60k to St. Charles committee;  Group gave $2,500 to Anne Zerr
          AP:  With several elected officials running for higher office, legislative forecast calls for heavy bloviating
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NAACP elects new president for first time in decades
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) on proposed cooling-off period for departing legislators +
          P-D:  Missouri House members to sit through 47-slide sexual harassment PowerPoint presentation
          KMZU (Carrollton):  GOP Sens. Dan Hegeman, Rob Schaaf talk transportation funding
          Washington Missourian:  Right to carry on campus, sales tax breaks for firearms discussed by lawmakers
          Drebes:  New pre-filed bills:  GOP opposition to death penalty;  Caller ID spoofing
          Columbia Missourian:  MU reports fewer students applying for fall
          KWMU:  ACLU sues Ferguson-Florissant School District, says at-large districts discriminate against black candidates
          KWMU:  Does the NFL have a future in St. Louis?  We'll find out this week.
          Missourinet:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) proposes another gun-control bill
          P-D:  Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher dies
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's amnesty policy helps collect taxes, but coddles and coaxes scofflaws X
          P-D editorial:  We all favor better policing, but the goals must be realistic
          KC Star editorial:  Voters should renew an earnings tax that's critical to Kansas City's future +
          Priddy:  Reporters should have a table on the floor of the Senate, and should feel free to grab senators as they come off the floor
          JCNT letter:  Area woman says roads should be funded by those who use them, not just smokers X
          JCNT letter:  Area seasoned citizen mocks Diehl, LeVota, other "frat boys" X
          JCNT letter:  Area beef producer opposes checkoff X
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        Sunday, January 10
       
The Hill:  Republicans say State of the Union response is an outdated vehicle;  Comments from Billy Long
        JCNT:  Obama's gun control executive orders not universally welcomed X
        KC Star:  KC gun show bustles in wake of Obama's move for more background checks;  Vietnam vet:  "You know who the world's best gun salesman is?  Barack Obama." +
        P-D:  Emanuel Cleaver uses opening address at MLK event to criticize Donald Trump:  "We're more anti-Muslim than we are anti-murder."
        P-D:  North St. Louis City registers first homicide of the year;  Man on porch offers advice to witness:  "Say less, man. Say less."
        P-D:  North St. Louis City's Gwendolyn Webb, Spanish Lake's Alkesha Anderson charged with stealing Missouri child-care funds
        KMOX:  St. Louis Clergy Coalition, Lacy Clay launch petition drive to keep NGA in North St. Louis City
        Belleville News-Democrat:  Democrat Durbin, Republican Kirk making direct pleas to decisionmaker in NGA case;  Durbin says IL leads on merits, with MO relying on emotional revitalize-our-downtrodden-area plea
        P-D:  Nimrod "Rod" Chapel to serve as new president of Missouri NAACP
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area students visit D.C., get White House visit with Rep. Jason Smith +
        KWMU:  VA program gives St. Louis vets direct access to opiate antidote
        KMWU:  Cold, high water volume lessen environmental impact of historic floods
        P-D:  As the river water recedes, calls for new approaches rise
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics teaser:  Guest Todd Richardson;  Panel of Jason Rosenbaum, David Jackson, David Barklage, state rep candidate Mark Milton (R)
        KC Star:  Paul LeVota creates new campaign committee +
        CDT:  Cathy Richards self-reports campaign violation;  Boone County official running in Dem primary for Webber's seat sent campaign message in county envelope X
        SE Missourian:  Kinder, Hanaway favor freeing highway-patrol money for roads, bridges +
        JCNT:  MoDOT, lawmakers look at funding options for improving state's highways X
        JCNT:  Nixon proposes shorter legislative sessions as part of ethics bill X
        CDT:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) aims to prevent mistaken arrests on old warrants X
        SNL:  How the Missouri school funding formula works X
        SNL:  Why school funding cap was removed and the problems it created X
        SNL:  Full funding of schools this year?  Probably not. X
        SE Missourian:  Fewer-class-periods series:  Part one:  Fewer class periods at Cape aim to boost pay +
        P-D:  NFL's Goodell:  St. Louis stadium plan inadequate, NFL won't step in to block Rams move
        JCNT editorial:  Galloway's audit shows that follow-through is needed to lift Missouri Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board's "sub-par" performance X
        KC Star editorial:  Surge in murders, violent crimes demands new strategies;  KC urbanites take early 5-1 homicide lead over cross-state counterparts +
        CDT's Waters:  Republicans will forget about Melissa Click and Janna Basler soon, and busy themselves with other nonsense X
        Columbia Missourian's Maggie Walter:  Columbia Missourian's "Show Me the Errors" contest underscores editorial staff's humility, sense of humor in acknowledging mistakes
        Twitter:  KC Star editorial board fixes yesterday's "Ron Richards [sic]" typo without acknowledgment
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        Saturday, January 9
       
KC Star:  Jeff Roe moves from Kansas City to national stage +
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt differed on key votes in 2015
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  Mayor Francis Slay to visit New Hampshire, show support for Hillary Clinton
          Missourinet:  Missouri to receive emergency money for post-flood road repairs
          P-D:  Feds grant $1 million in road assistance for Missouri flooding
          AP:  Missouri receives $1 million for road, bridge repairs after floods
          AP:  Most Missouri Guardsmen return home after flood fight
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens makes more noise with criticism of Koster
          Drebes:  The new Paul LeVota campaign-cash vehicle
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) to run for Franklin County Commission
          P-D:  Dave Hinson to run for Franklin County Commission
          CDT:  Boone County Public Administrator Cathy Richards enters Democratic primary for Stephen Webber's House seat X
          CDT:  Incoming Muleskinners president pushes for a less white, less old membership;  Group considers that midday meeting times might not be ideal for people who work for a living X
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Ten years after Pulitzer:  Staff cuts, declining circulation, low morale;  How the Post-Dispatch drives good journalists away
          P-D:  New Post-Dispatch editorial page editor Tod Robberson describes himself as a "centrist"
          KC Star:  Meet the "Midwest Voices" columnists for 2016:  Community organizer, social worker, self-described "millennial progressive," self-described "humanitarian" immigration lawyer, self-described defender of "the vulnerable," etc. +
          AP:  Old driver's license?  You can still fly for two more years.
          P-D:  In ethics conversation, lawmakers disagree over length of "cooling off" period
          CDT:  Senate studying contempt proceedings against Planned Parenthood X
          Missourinet:  Record Powerball jackpot powering other Missouri games, education
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) about ASARCO settlement and Oregon County land purchase
          P-D:  After race histrionics, early indicators show downward trend in Mizzou enrollment
          AP:  Trial in suit against Ferguson-Florissant district;  NAACP unhappy with at-large school board elections, in which voters elected Caucasoids to five of seven seats
          KWMU:  Stadium task force refutes Rams' claim abouts about rent, revenue
          P-D:  Task force lambastes Kroenke for 'cruel attack'
          KWMU:  Annotating Stan Kroenke's 'love letter' to St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should pass ethics overhaul
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri General Assembly has a lot to prove as 2016 session begins;  Thoughts on Speaker Todd Richardson, "Ron Richards [sic]", more Update:  "Ron Richards" corrected Saturday morning without attribution
          JCNT editorial:  You can help improve Missouri's traffic-fatality rate;  Try to not die this year. X
          CDT's Waters:  Ethics proposals and reality X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman opposes 'right to work'
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        Friday, January 8
       
KWMU:  Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie to top presidential ballots in Missouri
          KC Star:  Cleaver wants to bring back earmarks, putting him at odds with McCaskill +
          AP:  McCaskill calls for tax relief after Missouri flooding
          CDT:  Taxpayers to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students at seven Columbia schools - regardless of whether students qualify for free and reduced-price meals X
          SE Missourian:  Helping hands vs. sticky fingers:  the lowdown on flood looting +
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt speech may bolster focus on Missouri's ports
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt speaks to House on mental health, transportation
          AP:  Blunt speaks to Missouri House
          P-D:  Annual MLK kick-off program held tomorrow at Harris-Stowe;  University of Missouri interim president Mike Middleton to be handed award;  Emanuel Cleaver to speak;  Choir from unaccredited Normandy High School to sing
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens attacks ethics reform push from both sides
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens pokes at Nixon's ethics stance;  Richardson on House-cleaning plans +
          AP:  Paul LeVota moves more than $100K from his campaign committee to PAC
          CDT:  State senate opponents Caleb Rowden, Stephen Webber clash on road funding during Chamber event X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) will not seek re-election, will run for county commission
          Drebes:  Brendan Cossette headed to Missouri Chamber to become new COO
          SE Missourian:  Local changes uncertain as Real ID deadline approaches +
          KWMU:  Missouri driver's licenses do not meet federal security requirements;  Commercial air travel not affected
          AP:  Nixon wants license law changed
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill calls sexual relations with lobbyists a gift;  Recreational intercoursing would be reported to Missouri Ethics Commission
          CDT:  Bill requires reporting sex between lawmakers and lobbyists on ethics forms X
          AP:  Missouri bill calls for reporting of lobbyist, lawmaker sex
          Missourinet:  Little legislative support for splitting Missouri Water and Highway Patrols
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) files Sunshine Law request for St. Louis and Kansas City earnings tax data
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to consider unemployment bill veto override
          The Missouri Times:  SOS office receives "good" rating on audit, corrects overpayment
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Mizanskey visits Capitol to thank legislators
          P-D:  Nixon responds to Kroenke's proposal to move the Rams to Los Angeles
          P-D:  Slay to NFL's Goodell:  'I cannot ever remember meeting Stan Kroenke'
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James talks about his city's gun violence on 'Nightline' +
          SE Missourian:  Commissioners call for city to pay $67,200 to Kathy Swan and her husband for land +
          P-D:  Ameren bills to drop as efficiency program ends
          KC Star:  Bipartisan vote provides reporters new space from which to cover Missouri Senate +
          P-D:  In bipartisan vote, senators provide reporters new working space
          Missourinet:  Press corps to move off the Missouri Senate floor
          KWMU:  In bipartisan move, Senate votes to provide reporters space in gallery
          AP:  Missouri Senate moves reporters off floor
          JCNT editorial:  Legislators giving lots of lip service to ethics, again X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Unclear if Missouri legislators have the intestinal fortitude to pass ethics legislation X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Not much middle ground in gun-law debate X
          P-D op-ed:  Community Builders Network's Thomas J. Pickel:  Energy efficient affordable housing:  An opportunity Missouri must not miss
          Messenger:  99 problems, and Kroenke ain't one
          Messenger:  Video:  Missouri Senate vs. the press
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says white males' desire to own guns fueled by bigoted white supremacy +
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        Thursday, January 7
       
The Hill:  Blunt, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) propose bipartisan bill to boost mental health funding
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Blunt visits Southeast Missouri State to highlight NIH funding, talk flood
          KOLR:  Blunt visits Springfield, celebrates increase in cancer funding
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Blunt meets with local leaders on mental health
          Politico:  Democrats mine Pentagon files for dirt on Blunt, other GOP senators
          Missourinet:  Congressional Republicans support bill to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood
          KWMU:  'Operation Recovery' to remove 500,000 tons of flood debris from St. Louis area
          Missourinet:  State lawmakers talk Missouri flooding as 2016 session begins
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Hahn, Whit O'Daniel announce new government relations firm
          Missourinet:  Videos:  Missouri legislative leaders' opening-day remarks
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Todd Richardson delivers opening day address
          Missourinet:  Missouri House, Senate GOP plan to work closely in '16 session
          AP:  Legislature starts session under new leadership
          KWMU:  Jefferson City opening day notes;  moving quickly on ethics legislation and other priorities
          Missourinet:  Ethics bills to take lead out of the gate in Missouri legislative session
          JCNT:  Fast start predicted at Capitol;  Debate on ethics overhaul could start next week X
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics overhaul at top of agenda for state lawmakers
          KC Star:  Ethics bill defines sex between lobbyists, lawmakers as a gift +
          KC Star:  Senate to give staff more room to work on Senate floor;  Journalists can watch Senate proceedings from public gallery +
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers begin annual state budget battles
          CDT:  Possible fuel tax increase one of top budget issues as lawmakers begin session X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers studying Real ID issue
          P-D:  Missouri driver's licenses still valid to enter federal courthouse;  U.S. Marshal's office is not changing procedures in response to Real ID
          Columbia Missourian:  Bills face complex path to becoming law;  A look at last year's plastic-bag/minimum-wage mash-up
          CDT:  Session preview:  Democrats criticize Schaefer's criticism of MU;  Minority party suggests statewide candidate might be grandstanding in an election year X
          CDT:  Some MU faculty counter calls for Melissa Click's removal with letter of support X
          The Missouri Times:  State legislators react to Obama gun proposal
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams on short list to lead L.A. schools
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools supe mentioned in search for L.A. job
          KWMU:  'Not a 3 professional team market.' Why the Rams want to leave St. Louis
          KWMU:  Mayor Slay on Rams' bid for L.A.:  'Make no mistake - St. Louis is a great city, a great sports town'
          P-D:  St. Louis to Kroenke:  You're 'preposterous'
          Columbia Missourian:  2015 deaths in Missouri vehicle crashes highest since 2009
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ellington on grand juries and police-involved shootings +
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed, Dogan, ACLU team up to fight police profiling
          Missourinet:  ACLU, "Don't Shoot Coalition" back police-profiling bill
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum have a chat with St. Louis City Alderman Cara Spencer on restricting guns, city earnings tax, more
          JCNT editorial:  GOP call for Melissa Click's scalp is a good example of political posturing X
          P-D editorial:  Silent Stan unloads, offers to show NFL the money
          Priddy:  Retired scribe offers sarcasm on Kurt Schaefer, guns on campus, more
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  If Missouri legislators pick off Melissa Click, it's not a win for education +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Insight into legislative session:  There are a number of issues, and Rex Sinquefield will attempt to persuade legislators, and there will be a lot to write about
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas criticizes Missouri's occupational licensing regulations +
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        Wednesday, January 6   Missouri General Assembly Opening Day
       
KMOX:  Obama weeps during gun-control speech;  Comments from Blunt, Clay
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Graves react to Obama's gun proposal X
          KCUR:  Blunt talks guns, health research during KC stop
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation reacts to President's orders on gun control
          KC Star:  KC Mayor Sly James weighs in on Obama proposals, says, "There are no gun laws in this state" +
          KWMU:  List of Missouri gun laws:  Concealed-carry application regulations;  rules on owning, selling and transporting firearms;  other Missouri gun laws
          SNL:  Greene County Sheriff scoffs at Obama's 'knee-jerk' executive action on guns X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gubernatorial candidates chime in on potential gun control actions
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau man federally indicted on food-stamp fraud charges;  Convenience store owner redeemed $800,000 in SNAP handouts +
          SE Missourian:  Homeowners, companies gear up for flood cleanup efforts +
          KC Star:  Kurt Schaefer, Josh Hawley spar over Iranian militant group +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence seeks communications coordinator
          Drebes:  MoScout Readers Poll on Lobbyists:  Most Effective, Happy Warrior, Lovable Curmudgeon, Best Superhero Duo, more
          KWMU:  Legislative session preview:  Contribution limits;  Regulating how and when departing legislators can use their skillset to earn a living;  Guns;  Transportation;  More
          AP:  Legislative session preview:  One-sentence summaries of key topics
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Speaker Todd Richardson optimistic about session's productivity;  MSTA's Bruce Moe on teacher pay +
          CDT:  Nixon makes ethics top priority for his final legislative session X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon enthused, but wary, on proposed lobbying changes
          KC Star:  Nixon renews call for legislative ethics overhaul +
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics overhaul at top of agenda for state lawmakers
          AP:  Nixon says ethics changes should be priority this session
          JCNT:  Nixon:  2016 is the year for ethics reform +
          AP:  Nixon supports bill to raise Missouri gas tax 1.5 cents
          SNL:  Lawmakers:  Road funding a top priority for session X
          AP:  Missouri general revenue up for first half of budget year
          Missourinet:  Missouri amnesty program will bring in $35 million in back taxes
          AP:  Nixon says state tax amnesty program will bring in $35 million this year for health care
          Missourinet:  Nixon opposes splitting Missouri water, highway patrols
          CDT:  Subpoena fight sets tone for legislative debate on abortion X
          KC Star:  Group of University of Missouri faculty members defend colleague who verbally assaulted minority journalist +
          KWMU:  Galloway investigating small business advocacy board
          Missourinet:  Kroenke lays out details as to why it's time for Rams to leave St. Louis - and it's harsh
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools names office building for former Sen. Roseann Bentley (R) X
          KWMU:  Nasheed, Dogan propose major overhaul of state traffic stop data
          AP:  Missouri measure seeks to address policing "bias"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) files bill to forbid grand juries from hearing police cases
          SE Missourian editorial:  Neighbors, infrastructure help fight flood;  A positive, optimistic look at flood preparations and recovery +
          JCNT editorial:  Applying new federal law to local schools X
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  State has obligation to fully fund schools X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood):  Thoughts on economic woes, fear of gunfire, Star Wars' depiction of women, other aspects of the female struggle
          P-D op-ed:  Washington University senior lecture [sic] Michael Gordinier:  Permit holders should be allowed to carry guns on college campuses
          KC Star letter:  KC man attempts analogy:  Legislators opposing contribution limits are like Bill Cosby drugging and raping women +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says editorial board opposes woe-is-me culture only when a white male shows entitlement
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man responds to victim-culture editorial, says editorial board can manage to blame anything on white male Republicans
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        Tuesday, January 5   Session Eve
       
KMIZ:  Blunt visits Jefferson City;  Junior senator discusses GOP disagreements on REAL ID, flooding, his push for more mental-health funding
          KWMU:  Outgoing director says access is better at St. Louis VA, but needs to be monitored
          Missourinet:  Many roads re-open in Missouri, but flooding expected could lead to closures
          SE Missourian:  Area counties begin to assess flood damage +
          CDT:  Initiative petitions might force lawmakers into action on ethics overhaul X
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail column:  Brunner's hefty check to himself makes it clear it's 'game on;'  a look at recent entrants into state legislative races
          The Missouri Times:  In-depth series on statewide candidates:  Catherine Hanaway, Missouri's Red-State Architect:  Insight from Chuck Caisley, Carl Bearden, former Reps. Larry Crawford (R) and Esther Haywood (D), more
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Steve Roberts Jr.;  Son of St. Louis City real estate figure to run in primary for Kim Gardner's safe Democratic seat
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Nick Schroer:  Brother-in-law of Rep. Robert Cornejo (R) to run in primary for Ron Hick's safe Republican seat
          P-D:  Dean Plocher, Republican filling Diehl's vacated seat, to be sworn in tomorrow
          Rosenbaum:  Richardson looks to defy legislative expectations;  Dems, Republicans, and the Speaker himself preview Poplar Bluff native's first full session as leader
          KWMU:  Reporters Jo Mannies and Marshall Griffin, along with UMSL's Terry Jones, preview the legislative session
          KC Star:  Legislative-session preview:  Overview of top issues +
          JCNT:  Nixon sets Jan. 20 for State of the State X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) talks with journoduo about Webber vs. Rowden, voter ID, stadium funding, uncompassionate nature of proposed "cooling-off" livelihood-restriction proposals, more
          Missourinet:  Rep. Dianne Franklin (R-Camdenton) proposes reversing merger of Missouri Highway and Water patrols
          The Missouri Times:  Franklin pre-files bill to re-establish water patrol
          KC Star:  Franklin files bill to reverse merger of water patrol into Highway Patrol +
          JCNT:  Franklin files bill to re-establish State Water Patrol X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican legislators demand termination of MU professor for role in protests;  Melissa Click was caught on video verbally assaulting minority journalist
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers want 2 of MU staff fired for protest actions;  Caucasoid females Melissa Click, Janna Basler commited macroaggressions against minority student
          CDT:  Lawmakers call for termination of Mizzou prof, Student Life employee for behavior caught on camera;  Lawmakers poke at prof's academic focus on BDSM chick lit, poppy topics X
          AP:  GOP lawmakers want Mizzou professor fired for threatening minority journalist
          SNL:  In wake of report showing "no credible evidence" of discrimination, Missouri State University's top black official says he'll go away;  School officials say breakup was mutual X
          JCNT:  Missouri State Teacher's Association says MO teachers rank 42nd in pay X
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would criminalize using drugs while pregnant
          AP:  GOP-led panel wants Planned Parenthood leader held in contempt for refusing to share documents
          The Missouri Times:  Schupp criticizes Schaefer over Sanctity of Life recommendations
          P-D:  Red-light camera ban up for debate by Missouri lawmakers
          KWMU:  It's official:  The St. Louis Rams want to move to Los Angeles
          Missourinet:  Rams apply to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles
          P-D:  Rams apply for move to L.A.
          SNL:  Springfield woman says gun rights prevented tragedy;  Knife-wielding ruffian threatened woman and her children at gas station - until the miscreant was run off by legally-armed husband X
          Missourinet:  Five killed in Missouri crashes over New Year's weekend
          Missourinet:  Traffic fatalities, drownings increase in Missouri in 2015
          P-D editorial:  A river city perpetually surprised by floods should wise up
          CDT's Waters:  GOP voter ID bill will help suppress turnout among minorities, the poors and the olds X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Proposal from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) and Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) seeks more data on police bias, but numbers don't fix problems +
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        Monday, January 4
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  flood protection along Mississippi is adequate, but more needs to be done
          P-D:  Recovery underway in wake of holidays marred by flooding
          AP:  Missouri assesses damage, cleanup after flood
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on historic flooding +
          STLBJ:  Missouri health exchange enrollment topping last year's figures
          AP:  Survey gives continuing signs of economic doldrums in Missouri, other Midwest states
          KC Star:  Tobacco companies line up on both sides of Missouri tax debate +
          KWMU:  Q&A with Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard:  Value of PQ to shut off filibusters;  role of Senate sobriety in tempering House actions;  colleagues obsessed with staring at their phones and managing their social-media images instead of working;  more
          AP:  Legislators submit ethics proposals, again;  Nixon says overhaul of rules could totally happen this year
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact:  Will Kraus' statement on voter fraud, made during appearance on Scott Faughn's This Week in Missouri Politics, rated "Half True"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) on "living wage" proposals:  More than $9/hr. not realistic "unless we do a progressive increase" X
          Missourinet:  Groups discuss more control for videos of Missouri child sex abuse victims in court cases
          The Maneater:  After stepping down as chancellor, Loftin isn't dwelling on the past
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Department of Conservation wants decent citizens to report poachers;  Comments from area conservation agent
          KC Star:  Jolie Justus announces meeting of anti-violence task force +
          P-D:  A look at the child victims of St. Louis City's record-breaking 2015 homicide season
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis City should forget about funding stadium, and focus on providing city employees paid family leave
          Priddy:  Meaningful ethics overhaul unlikely to happen
          Messenger:  Lawmakers target Tilley as ethics debate is revived in Missouri;  A look at contributions to Democrats, Republicans
          P-D letter:  Ohio man offers Missouri a sandbag-filling tip:  Use machines manned by prisoners
          JCNT letter:  Area octogenarian says Missouri GOP stance on Medicaid is "inconsiderate," cites "known fact" that over 100,000 veterans in Missouri can't afford health insurance X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman dislikes Rep. Jered Taylor's (R-Nixa) proposal for gun-tax holiday, suggests diaper-tax holiday to benefit poor tykes
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman says more guns lead to more murder, suggests pro-gun state legislators have problems with their "hearts and minds and souls"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County resident says Rams owners should not count on stadium funding
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        Sunday, January 3
       
Missourinet:  Nixon requests federal emergency declaration for historic flooding in Missouri
          Missourinet:  President signs emergency decaration to assist with Missouri flood relief
          KWMU:  President declares state of emergency in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  River slowly retreats after setting record in Cape +
          Kraske:  Unlike his performance in Ferguson, Nixon appears fully engaged in flooding crisis +
          JCNT:  Legislative preview:  Lawmakers to invade Capitol on Wednesday;  Issues will include transportation, ethics overhaul, Planned Parenthood X
          JCNT:  Area state senators list legislative priorities X
          JCNT:  Area state reps list legislative priorities X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislative preview:  Lawmakers to consider gas tax ideas X
          CDT:  Legislative preview:  GOP and 'right to work' prospects;  Ballot initiatives targeted at campaign contributions, size of the Legislature and more;  Predictions of statewide-candidate showboating;  More X
          AP:  Legislative preview:  Missouri, other states to consider wide variety of issues in their Legislatures:  Guns, Planned Parenthood, LGBTQIA rights, police body cameras
          JCNT:  Lawmakers facing 'REAL ID' challenge X
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) wants to add criminal penalties for drug use during pregnancy X
          JCNT:  New education act promises more local control;  Comments from DESE's Chris Neale, others X
          KWMU:  Music therapists' 5-year push for state certification continues
          JCNT:  Fulton State Hospital project on budget, schedule;  Comments from Office of Administration's Ryan Burns X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  From TANF cuts to limiting unemployment benefits, state Republican proposals are reasonable and defensible - but GOP leaders must b