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Archive - June 2016


    

       
       
Thursday, June 30
       
KC Star:  Missouri Democrats:  Where was sponsor Roy Blunt during Zika negotiations? +
          Kraske:  Kander on Blunt and Zika;  Missouri Ethics Commission on complaint against Josh Hawley +
          P-D:  Blunt the first U.S. candidate to use new Facebook ad feature
          P-D:  VA pushes back on McCaskill bill to help WWII vets who claim mustard gas exposure
          Brownfield Ag News:  Brexit vote likely will impact US ag exports;  Comments from University of Missouri's Scott Brown
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith letter urges Koster to join lawsuit opposing transgender bathroom rule;  Missouri GOP delegation co-signs letter
          P-D:  Senate committee passes McCaskill-Blunt plan for Delta Queen to again steam the Mississippi
          AP:  Delta Queen closer to cruising again after Senate panel's vote
          AP:  Greitens' bumper-sticker gimmick:  "ISIS hunting permit"
          P-D:  Greitens campaign distributes "ISIS hunting permit" stickers;  Spokesman Austin Chambers notes that by mocking campaign gimmick, media give candidate valuable column space and air time
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Rick Stream about his state Senate bid, right to work, school transfer bill, more
          CDT:  Martha Stevens and Cathy Richards battle for Stephen Webber's safe Dem seat;  Richards on Stevens' establishment support:  "Here goes another time that somebody's chosen and I don't really know why, and I don't like it" X
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying firm Dentons goes nationwide;  Comments from Brian Grace
          Drebes:  Katie Gamble, daughter of Bill Gamble, becomes full-fledged Missouri lobbyist
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County clerk searches for additional poll workers
          AP:  Supreme Court's impact on Missouri abortion laws unsettled
          P-D:  Clinic vows to resume abortions in Columbia after Supreme Court ruling
          Missourinet:  Nixon to restrict 'tens of millions' of spending in new state budget
          Missourinet:  Key bills awaiting action by Nixon before deadline
          Missourinet:  Nixon to respond this week to Legislature's defunding of Planned Parenthood
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon gun-bill veto brings reaction;  Comments from owner of Bootheel Guns and Ammo, override preview from Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) +
          KWMU:  Nixon signs bill restricting use of local tax incentives
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor gets more tools under bill signed by Nixon
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon signs bill that could affect local community improvement districts
          AP:  Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy
          CDT:  House leader Richardson names final members of University of Missouri Review Commission;  House Minority Leader Jake Hummel not impressed, says gang is product of "ongoing GOP temper tantrum" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Speaker Todd Richardson appoints last four people to review the UM system
          Missourinet:  Final appointments to University of Missouri Review Commission made, including Jeanne Sinquefield
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson names four to University of Missouri commission
          CDT:  Animal-rights group "Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!" calls for fines after University of Missouri inspection X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies Great Plains request for expedited answer on Westar deal
          P-D:  Employee mugged, carjacked on Post-Dispatch parking lot at Martin Luther King Dr.;  Black male, age 20-23, 6'1" and 175 pounds on the loose
          Waters:  On SCOTUS ruling and impact to Missouri abortion laws X
          P-D op-ed:  State Treasurer Nicole Galloway:  Overhaul promises more transparency of special taxing districts
          P-D letter:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Nixon gets it wrong in vetoing common-sense gun bill
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Health Care for All's Rachael Baker says GOP legislators are killing two (2) Missourians each day by not expanding Medicaid +
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man wonders when woe-is-me whiners will start taking responsibility for their criminal mentality and savage behavior
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        Wednesday, June 29
       
P-D:  Zika funding falls in Senate, explodes in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KC Star:  Blunt played key role in shaping bipartisan Zika-funding bill;  Kander uses loss to attack Blunt +
          Washington Post:  Efforts to fight Zika fail as lawmakers play politics with looming health crisis X
          Missourinet:  Veterans continue Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life's Patty Skain and SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft on SCOTUS rulings;  Payday loan lender on stifling impact of federal regulations +
          SE Missourian:  Democratic attorney general candidate Teresa Hensley makes stop in Cape Girardeau, touts courtroom experience +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) on his time in the House - and his bid for the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Fight for Mike Colona's seat highlights Dem divide;  Ben Murray calls himself "a little more lefty," while Peter Merideth warns against Dems becoming "the Tea Party of the left"
          Drebes:  2016 watch:  Alderman Megan Green endorses Ben Murray for Mike Colona's safe Dem state rep seat
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Kinder to present Veterans Service Award to Rev. Ronn Pashia;  Hannibal man chose to overcome his alcohol addiction and serve others X
          AP:  Nixon to freeze millions of spending in new Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  Nixon acts on 15 bills, including agriculture, taxes and military
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon takes action on 15 bills, vetoing 8 and signing 7
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes 8 bills, signs 7, several involving tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes litigation reforms backed by business groups
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber frustrated by Nixon vetoes
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes stricter rules for expert witnesses
          AP:  Nixon vetoes Missouri tax break, litigation bills
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes changes to Clean Water Commission +
          SE Missourian:  Swan, Lichtenegger say GOP likely has the votes to override Nixon's gun veto +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster calls for Legislature to get prescription drug monitoring program done;  Comments from Holly Rehder, Rob Schaaf
          AP:  Appeals court upholds dismissal of challenge to Senate rules;  Three-judge panel says liberal Progress Missouri cannot record state Senate committee meeting because public already has access to footage
          The Missouri Times:  Court upholds Senate committee recording rules
          KC Star:  Court rules on Senate committee-recording dispute +
          AP:  Nixon says he does not want to be University of Missouri System president
          KWMU:  Outsourcing substitute teachers deemed a success
          Missourinet:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) recalls "tense" relationship with outgoing conservation director
          P-D:  Missing records, improper fees:  Audit says Pine Lawn probably owes state $400,000
          Missourinet:  Missouri to receive part of $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen
          The Missouri Times:  WalletHub ranks Missouri #19 in patriotism
          Messenger:  St. Louis jury sends $17.6 million message in opioid abuse verdict
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian dislikes guns, says Missouri legislators have been bought and paid for by the NRA
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        Tuesday, June 28
       
P-D:  U.S. Senate fundraising:  Bush in for Blunt, reaction from Kander camp, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on Blunt and Trump;  Nixon on guns +
          Rosenbaum:  Democratic National Convention chief talks about putting together a party platform
          P-D:  In wake of Orlando massacre, Washington D.C. man threatens to shoot Blunt, other Republicans
          SNL:  Top MSU, Ozarks Technical College officials support federal push to reinstate year-round Pell Grants X
          KSMU:  Blunt pushes for changes to Pell Grants
          KWMU:  Supreme Court action likely to toss Missouri's abortion restrictions back into court
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling could affect Missouri's abortion clinic law
          The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS decision on abortion could affect Missouri
          CDT:  Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion laws that mirror Missouri restrictions X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court abortion ruling could impact similar Missouri laws
          AP:  Supreme Court ruling throws Missouri abortion laws into question
          P-D:  Supreme Court ruling could impact Missouri laws
          KC Star:  Activists react to SCOTUS ruling +
          Missourinet:  Missouri NARAL:  SCOTUS abortion clinic ruling adds to importance of elections
          Missourinet:  Missouri advocates praise Supreme Court ruling on taking guns from wife-beaters
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids prepares for final stage on tobacco tax ballot measure
          Drebes:  Marijuana advocates form Better Way Missouri PAC;  Eapen Thampy to serve as deputy treasurer, Josh Schisler as treasurer
          Drebes:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) to run for Senate Republican Caucus Chair
          Drebes:  Doug Beck to take over Genise Montecillo's House seat;  Pipefitter also serves on Affton School Board in safe Dem district
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes Missouri gun-rights expansion bill
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Burlison expect override of Nixon's veto
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes constitutional-carry bill;  GOP vows to override
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes gun bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon vetoes concealed-carry, 'stand your ground' bill
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP leaders forecast override of Nixon gun veto +
          KC Star:  Nixon veto sets up showdown with Legislature +
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans vow override of Nixon veto
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) suspicious about timing of income tax refunds
          P-D:  New law mandates dyslexia screening in Missouri;  Piece omits information about bill sponsors - Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), GOP Reps. Kathy Swan and Eric Burlison
          The Missouri Time:  Cities file reports in compliance with SB 5
          The Missouri Times:  Former owner of Jefferson City's Capitol Plaza hotel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
          AP:  Hammons hotel chain declares bankruptcy to focus on legal issues
          P-D editorial:  Time for Texas - and Missouri - to stop blocking abortion access with claims of protecting women's health
          P-D editorial:  Nixon's veto is a step forward for sensible gun laws
          KC Star editorial:  Blueprint to Missouri gun-control victory:  Simply convince pro-2nd Amendment GOP legislators to flip-flop on concealed carry +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NARAL organizer:  Missouri's legislative "extremists" hurt women
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico:  Legislators should spend more taxpayer money on olds and the handicapped, voters should care, etc.
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        Monday, June 27
       
KMOV:  George W. Bush to appear at fundraiser for Roy Blunt in St. Louis tonight
          SNL:  Democrats hope Trump will hurt Blunt in Missouri X
          KWMU:  "Yes, we are giving away free [sic] money!" Taxpayer-funded program giving double dollars for fruits and veggies to expand into urban grocery stores;  Organizers think they'll convince welfare recipients to replace sugary treats with healthy food
          SE Missourian:  Area employers enthused about prospect of new technical schools;  Companies are "hurting greatly" in search of Missourians who want to work for a living +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on cable company shenanigans;  Missouri Right to Life on repeated attempts to contact Eric Greitens +
          P-D:  Dem gov primary preview:  Seasoned citizens Charlie Wheeler, Leonard Steinman compete for silver medal;  Summary of fundraising, recap of 2014 NYT story on Koster campaign contributions
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Statewide debate series:  Bev Randles, Mike Parson argue over Club for Growth and lobbyist gifts;  Panelists Mark Siettmann, David Barklage, Andrew Koenig, Paul Curtman get into heated discussion over gov and lt. gov race, Curtman's votes, lobbyist gifts, more
          AP:  As expected, Nixon to veto gun-rights bill today
          P-D:  Nixon to veto gun bill today
          KWMU:  Cattle tax credit renewed, other agriculture measures signed by Nixon
          Columbia Missourian:  R. Bowen Loftin moves out and on to a new chapter;  Photos of former chancellor getting eyebrows trimmed, cooking chicken, attempting to maintain balance on stability ball, sorting bow-tie gimmicks, more
          SE Missourian:  New heroin-overdose drug will save lives, area health officials say +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Lynch (R-Waynesville) wants Missouri to mirror St. Louis City's 'Good Samaritan' drug overdose law
          AP:  Drug that killed Prince leads Missouri law enforcement to change drug-handling procedures;  Fentanyl, used by dopeheads to increase potency of other drugs, can be deadly if absorbed through skin or inhaled
          Missourinet:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) calls ban on hunting feral hogs "frustrating"
          KC Star op-ed:  MSU coed says she's "afraid of the world I live in," wants Missouri lawmakers to push gun-control measures +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian dislikes both Blunt and Kander
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        Sunday, June 26
       
CDT:  At Columbia campaign stop, Jason Kander calls for federal balanced budget amendment X
          P-D:  Area congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Washington Post:  A sex misconduct case exposes flaws in how the Naval Academy scrutinizes instructors;  Comments from McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Mike Parson vs. Bev Randles for lt. gov;  Panel of David Barklage, Mark Siettmann, Paul Curtman, Andrew Koenig
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidates highlight priorities at Farm Bureau Strawberry Festival:  Hanaway on protecting Missourians from violent immigrants, and ending Planned Parenthood;  Stephen Webber for expanding Medicaid and LGBTQIA rights;  Caleb Rowden on cutting taxes and limiting spending
          Fulton Sun:  Missouri to allow rating systems for preschools X
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College, St. Francis Borgia officials laud bill from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) to expand A+ scholarships X
          AP:  Proposal from Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) will help train teachers in how to deal with emotionally-fragile kids
          CDT:  Columbia Public Schools dispute federal agency's report of high chronic absenteeism X
          CDT:  Chronic absenteeism less than 10 percent in majority of Boone County districts X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Portman right to push cable companies;  Providers have demonstrated that they can't be trusted +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Education bill - featuring CPR, civics test, and students showing some respect to the American flag - is a good one X
          P-D editorial:  "Toxic stress" is the reason some youngsters grow up to cause trouble and leech off taxpayers;  Medical schools should treat it like a real thing
          Washington Missourian editorial:  County must take advantage of MoDOT's Missouri Moves Cost Share Program X
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  Paper's "Public Editor" moved to another project, won't return until November elections are over +
          P-D's Gallagher:  New rules likely to force some payday and title lenders out of business;  Comments from area business owner who provides loans to Missourians in need
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        Saturday, June 25
       
Helling:  KC Star introduces weekly "Trailwatch" recapping Missouri campaign news;  Blunt vs. Kander, gov primary, NARAL endorses gals over guys, more +
          P-D:  National Democrats covene in St. Louis to draft party platform;  Clinton, Sanders factions split on minimum wage
          P-D:  Former St. Charles County GOP leader Eugene Dokes admits disability fraud;  Man who botched 2012 presidential caucus and his wife, Kenyota, bilked taxpayers for $48k while claiming fake disability
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Mannies on Missouri GOP activists' anti-Trump effort;  Mannies, Rosenbaum, SLU assistant prof Amber Hinsley on social media in campaigns and news coverage
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer:  economic impact unknown after SCOTUS ruling on Obama immigration order
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  More than 10,000 Missourians overcharged by cable providers
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide candidates answer questions about LGBTQIA rights:  No responses from Eric Greitens, Russ Carnahan, Jay Ashcroft
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Kinder, Hanaway, Brunner ... but not Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway again calls for halt to Syrian refugee relocation
          CDT:  Catherine Hanaway, Jay Ashcroft, Will Kraus attend Strawberry Festival X
          The Missouri Times:  On weekly radio segment, Axiom's Aaron Baker makes Star Wars analogies for gov candidates
          KC Star:  Sinquefield's Missouri Club for Growth hammers Mike Parson over lobbyist gifts
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lt. Gov. candidate Bev Randles visits Kennett
          CDT:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Rancor hits TV airwaves in Missouri GOP's battle for attorney general
          Drebes:  Freedom Inc. plays role in battle between Bonnaye Mims and Richard Brown for urban seat in Dem superminority
          CDT:  Medicaid and marijuana divide Dems seeking to replace Rep. Steven Webber (D-Columbia);  Cathy Richards unenthusiastic about Medicaid expansion, says Missourians will be stuck with the tab X
          SNL:  After inquiry, GOP state rep candidate takes down campaign sign on church property X
          The Missouri Times:  Unions launch prevailing ad campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs ag bills at Missouri State Fair
          Brownfield Ag News:  Some Missouri livestock bills signed into law
          KC Star:  Missouri extends tuition-free college offer to private high school students +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) celebrates "home run" higher education bill
          CDT:  Sen. David Pearce, educators celebrate bill during appearance at MU X
          CDT:  Melissa Click appeals denial of unemployment benefits for firing by University of Missouri X
          CDT:  Nixon signs bills naming roads for highway patrol trooper, fallen military members X
          Missourinet:  Tom Draper named Interim Director at Missouri Department of Conservation
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation bans feral hog hunting on state lands
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri bans hunting of feral hogs on public land
          P-D:  Records documenting Michael Brown's juvenile criminal behavior released to lawyers
          P-D editorial:  Blunt supports Pell Grants:  "Yes, a Republican wants to restore a social program that a Democrat cut"
          P-D family columnist/household-and-beauty product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Area woman unable to tune out street preachers' "hateful" barking in Delmar Loop;  Also, Missouri's gun laws are really scary
          KC Star op-ed:  South Kansas City man says human/sex trafficking is slavery;  Posters for Dept. of Homeland Security "Blue Campaign" employ comely Caucasoid with lithe frame and dark red lipstick +
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        Friday, June 24
       
Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer says House Dems' sit-in stunt was an attack on gun rights;  McCaskill disagrees
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, Senate subcommittee go after cable companies for overcharging customers +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate hearing focuses on pay-TV services;  Comments from McCaskill X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Ohio's Portman criticize cable companies' billing, customer service
          AP:  Blunt, Kander back balanced budget amendment
          SNL:  Blunt to appear at Jordan Valley Health Center groundbreaking today X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Internet access important to agriculture, rural communities;  Missouri Farm Bureau's Garrett Hawkins on requests to FCC
          The Missouri Times:  Parson event features agriculture advocate - and founder of Lucas Oil - Forrest Lucas
          Kraske:  Jay Ashcroft failed to vote in seven elections from 2000 to 2012;  Campaign sends written statement, declines request for interview +
          The Missouri Times:  New ads intensify GOP race for attorney general
          CDT:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley ad wars highlight bitterness in GOP AG race X
          P-D:  Lead attorney:  Josh Hawley played little or no role in terrorist-defense case
          The Missouri Times:  While Republicans tear each other apart in AG race, Democrats campaign
          KWMU:  Voter registration for August primary ends July 6
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on human trafficking;  Annie E. Casey Foundation on number of poor Missourians who do not provide for their offspring +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State investigation finds area woman stole $18,155 in taxpayer money by filing for fraudulent welfare benefits X
          Columbia Missourian:  Census data ranks fastest-growing counties in Missouri:  Platte, Boone, Christian, St. Charles
          P-D:  More election judges needed in rapidly-expanding St. Charles County
          Heat Street, via Fox News:  Mike Middleton:  Those who didn't support race protests were 'bitter, angry people'
          KWMU:  Expanded A+ scholarships, daily Pledge of Allegiance among new provisions signed by Gov. Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs four bills, including ride-sharing insurance requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes omnibus bill for dispute over fees
          Missourinet:  Nixon expected to act on at least two agriculture bills today
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans hold firm on commitment to not expand Medicaid;  Comments from director of public health clinic, black diabetes patients, etc.
          JCNT:  First portion of Fulton State Hospital complete X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon tours first completed part of Fulton State Hospital rebuild
          KWMU:  Fulton State Hospital set to move emergency command and other services into new building
          The Missouri Times:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway touts progress in cybersecurity campaign
          JCNT:  MoDOT considers solar roadways X
          Drebes:  Missouri House of Representatives bidding out janitorial services
          Waters:  By praising Concerned Student 1950 protesters, Mike Middleton irritates many white people X
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman praises Billy Long and Ann Wagner for sponsoring women & children legislation, wants McCaskill and Blunt to do the same
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        Thursday, June 23
       
CDT:  Sanders' Boone County leader Persephone Dakopolos wins seat on Democratic National Committee;  Jennifer Bukowsky and Sara Walsh will serve as delegates to GOP convention X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  "Black Men for Bernie" draws double-digit (12) crowd in St. Louis;  Carl Bearden on effort to deny Trump GOP nomination +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis labor boss Jeff Aboussie holds fundraiser for Roy Blunt in D.C.;  Union stalwart says Blunt "has a long record of being a friend of the building trades"
          P-D:  Ed Martin argues for removal of law firm trying to dump him from Schlafly's Eagle Forum board
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver is literally sitting on the floor of the U.S. House;  71-year-old man proves point by resting on carpet for a while +
          P-D:  Lacy Clay, age 59, sits on House floor
          SNL:  Billy Long critical of House Dems' "publicity stunt" X
          P-D:  After Obama voter complains, Gasconade County sheriff removes parody pics of Obama and Clinton
          KWMU:  Health insurance marketplace aggressively seeks millennial shoppers;  St. Louis Effort for AIDS targets gay pride parades, bars looking for sign-ups
          KWMU:  Four in St. Louis charged as part of a nationwide crackdown on health care fraud;  Azeem Meo set up shell company to fleece taxpayers, while others wrote phony prescriptions for dope
          Gawker:  Everything we know about the shady "Draper Sterling" getting paid by the Trump campaign - including ties to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov debate at Boys State includes discussion of transgender restroom choice;  Brunner gets biggest applause of night by suggesting he'd defend his granddaughters from men entering ladies' restroom
          The Missouri Times:  Drebes-Jeff Roe poll of GOP statewide primaries:  Brunner, Randles, Ashcroft, Schaefer lead by various margins
          Sedalia Democrat:  Mike Parson talks agriculture on the Missouri State Fairgrounds
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles, Mike Parson launch TV spots in lieutenant governor's race
          P-D:  Super PAC enters fray in attorney general race, adding to growing campaign ad war
          Drebes:  NARAL Missouri makes primary endorsements:  Judy Baker over Pat Contreras, Jessica Podhola over former Rep. John Rizzo (D), Rachel Johns over Rep. Joshua Peters (D), more
          The Missouri Times:  New PAC takes aim at anti-SJR 39 Republicans;  Caleb Rowden, Jim Hansen, Anne Zerr
          CDT:  At GOP meeting, man who says he's voting for Rowden expresses displeasure with incumbent's SJR 39 vote;  Rowden says he's unsure how he would have voted on "personhood" amendment X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Former Missouri Dept. of Social Services worker ordered to pay $52,000 in restitution for food-stamp fraud;  Pamela O'Dell worked out of Dunklin County office +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Task Force 1 receives $1.25 million in state funding
          P-D:  Nixon lifts ban on rating system for Missouri child cares
          AP:  New law requires civics test, CPR for high-schoolers
          The Missouri Times:  Omnibus education bill includes remedial education program, civics requirement
          P-D:  City schools chief says district leaders intend no harm against charters
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs Haahr's bill to combat human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) hopes Nixon will soon sign bill meant to save children from hot cars
          KWMU:  Missouri Capitol gets facelift that goes below skin deep
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies transfer of customers from TNCI to Matrix
          Columbia Missourian:  Street photographer's images of student protests join museum collection;  Subjects include wealthy student who chose to starve himself, other scenes from fall drama
          Waters:  MU budget:  Not the end of the world X
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        Wednesday, June 22
       
KTRS (St. Louis):  "Black Men for Bernie" draws crowd of twelve (12) to Old Courthouse steps;  Stepmom of Michael Brown shows up to promote "change" but won't endorse Sanders
        KWMU:  Veteran conservative leader Carl Bearden leads anti-Trump "free the delegates" campaign to deny GOP primary winner the nomination
        KC Star:  Missourians now part of effort to seek GOP alternative to Donald Trump +
        P-D:  Trump campaign made payment to firm with ties to anti-Greitens attack site
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Trump adviser disputes notion Hillary could win Missouri;  MU professor blames lack of black interest in state parks on segregation +
        P-D:  Rep. Clay holds annual job fair Monday at Harris-Stowe;  Annual event will feature over 100 employers looking for people who want to work for a living
        The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates debate for the first time since Orlando
        The Missouri Times:  Video:  Missouri GOP governor candidates debate at Missouri Boys State
        The Missouri Times:  Scott Faughn:  On Eric Greitens' connection to Hank Monsees, Pat Contreras' active effort against Judy Baker, and the need for Missouri Press Association to demonstrate some testicular fortitude on the Sunshine Law
        The Missouri Times:  Kurt Schaefer visits recipients of first responder funding
        CDT:  Schaefer gets kudos for help securing state funds for rescue task forces X
        Missourinet:  Report says an increasing number of Missouri adults fail to provide for their offspring;  Annie E. Casey Foundation suggests state spend more taxpayer money "investing in kids"
        Missourinet:  Missouri bill to make opioid overdose antidote more available becomes law
        KWMU:  Bill expanding use of overdose-fighting drug signed into law in Missouri
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill increasing access to opiate treatment drug
        P-D:  Nixon signs new law for drug overdoses
        Columbia Missourian:  Bill expanding access to naloxone signed into law
        AP:  Nixon signs bill for more access to anti-overdose medicine
        Missourinet:  Nixon to sign bill making advertising sex with trafficking victims a crime
        CDT:  Mike Middleton blames complacent leaders, 'perfect storm' for outcome of University of Missouri protests X
        Missourinet:  Middleton 'not surprised' University of Missouri censured by academic group
        AP:  Mizzou's interim president discusses racial discord, future
        P-D:  UM interim president calls Mizzou problems part of struggle on race
        Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action, Race Matters gather to view anti-gun movie;  Advocates believe they will influence Missouri gun laws by filling out form-letter postcards
        CDT:  Grain Belt Express Clean Line project prepares for second round X
        P-D:  St. Louis County poised to move Board of Elections to Northwest Plaza
        KWMU:  KWMU wins award for website
        KC Star editorial:  Anti-gun groups are "re-energized" by recent debate and could totally defeat Roy Blunt +
        KC Star editorial:  Lobby hard to spend taxpayer money on UMKC arts campus +
        P-D editorial:  Don't let the drug that killed Prince get a foothold in Missouri;  State legislators need to spend more taxpayer money on preventative programs
        SE Missourian editorial:  Step-therapy law a middle ground for patients, insurance companies +
        Waters:  Whoever wins the GOP gov primary, he or she will lose to Chris Koster X
        P-D letter:  Maplewood man thinks the reason Roy Blunt is wealthy is because of NRA campaign contributions
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        Tuesday, June 21   First (Full) Day of Summer
       
Missourinet:  Adviser disputes notion Trump could cause Missouri to support a Democratic presidential candidate
          Drebes:  Hillary Clinton campaign suggests it's looking to buy ad time in Missouri, hires Seattle native Ansley Lacitis as state director
          KC Star:  Gloves coming off in Blunt vs. Kander U.S. Senate race +
          KC Star:  Jason Kander, Roy Blunt joust via Twitter +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri emergency physician urges safety during hot weather
          KC Star:  Missouri health officials watch for local Zika bites +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Boys State to host GOP gubernatorial candidate forum tonight;  Scott Faughn to moderate
          The Missouri Times:  LG PAC is anti-Brunner, treasurer says;  Hank Monsees hangs up on reporter
          KC Star:  Mysterious PAC in Missouri denies link with Eric Greitens +
          AP:  PAC treasurer denies ties to Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Absentee voting for Missouri's primaries begins today
          The Missouri Times:  New economic indicators show potential for Missouri
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Municipal court overhaul bill becomes law
          Missourinet:  Monday marked last day for Senate to view Planned Parenthood documents
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber endorses Green Line project
          Carthage Press:  Kinder presents Veterans Service Award to local artist
          The Missouri Times:  Renee Hulshof sees role of UM Review Commission as 'huge undertaking'
          Columbia Missourian:  NORML chapter clashes with Mizzou over proposed t-shirt design
          Columbia Missourian:  MU internal audit highly critical of CAFNR
          Missourinet:  MU researcher:  Black people avoid visiting state parks due to slavery, segregation;  Study focused on one (1) park in Texas, so researcher wants more money
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local districts prepare for state-mandated CPR training +
          P-D:  Not in class:  Chronic absenteeism a problem throughout region;  Suburban North Conference dominates rankings, with Normandy High School edging out Hazelwood East at top of the list
          Washington Post:  Transgender restroom overview;  Former principal at St. Louis County elementary school talks about allowing third-grade boy - who decided he was a female - to use girls' restroom
          Obituary:  Richard Sifton, father of Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis)
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must keep the 'public' in Public Service Commission;  Relaxing rules is a shady move
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-University City) on guns and abortion;  Sexagenarian recounts her efforts to end violence by live-tweeting 15 hours of U.S. Senate floor debate
          Waters:  Melissa Click, redux;  Many, if not most, agreed with the curators decision, so who cares what AAUP says? X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  MU censure may ruin its ability to recruit a diverse faculty;  Columnist compares GOP legislators to members of the Mafia
          KC Star letter:  Area man dislikes Greitens' gun ad, says guns should be confiscated +
          P-D letter:  Area woman applauds herself for visiting White House, commends herself for being "on the front lines in Missouri," says it was "humbling [sic]" to take a trip and gab with other gals
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        Monday, June 20
       
Missourinet:  Sanders delegates outnumber Clinton delegates at Missouri Democratic Party convention
          P-D:  A look at Blunt, Kander fundraising;  Data from campaign reports, spin from spokespeople;  Newspaper spells name of future U.S. Senate endorsee incorrectly
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt take legislative steps to reduce opioid addiction
          SNL "Answer Man" column:  After 10.25 years of state service, Blunt earns $3,060/month pension X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Kinder spokeswoman Pam Dixon, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles debate GOP primary, Kinder vs. Koster, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) vs. white labor power structure, more
          AP:  AG Chris Koster (D) successfully fights to keep murderer in jail;  Rodney Lincoln stabbed woman to death before sodomizing her with a broomstick, then slashed 7-year-old girl's genitals, then cut 4-year-old girl's throat
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on voter ID legislation +
          Missourinet:  Bill expanding Missouri municipal court overhaul signed, critics call it 'unnecessary'
          Washington Missourian:  First aid, CPR training currently taught at Washington High School - new legislation now requires it
          SNL:  Reject transgender bathroom order, letter-writers tell Springfield school officials;  Most letters are generic form letters X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Noranda seeks bidders for Southeast Missouri plant +
          P-D:  He has manufacturing jobs in Hazelwood - but filling them is another matter;  Comments from men and women who choose to work for a living
          P-D's Gallagher:  How to get a skill - and a decent-paying job - on the cheap;  St. Louis Building Trades and Construction Council's Jeff Aboussie says high-paying apprenticeships are plentiful for minorities who want to work
          KC Star op-ed:  Payday loan operator say federal regulations will hurt needy Missourians struggling for access to cash +
          KC Star "Letter of the Week":  Area woman says that with swimsuit season upon us, parents should tell oinky offspring that it's okay to be fat +
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        Sunday, June 19   Father's Day and Juneteenth
       
CDT:  Juneteenth event draws less than 50;  Mizzou student:  "I don't celebrate July 4, I celebrate Juneteenth because my ancestors weren't free on July 4." X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Parks and Recreation Department sponsors Juneteenth event;  Black culture celebrated through artifact displays, African music, and preteen hip-hop dance group "jumping, spinning and shaking their hips"
          JCNT:  Attendance down at this year's Juneteenth celebration;  Photos of children making crafts and playing games, obese man preparing fried food, more X
          Rosenbaum:  At convention, Democrats look past primary fight to focus on Trump;  Bernie Sanders supporters make clean sweep of state's DNC committeepeople spots
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic state party convention works through logistical snafus;  Clinton caucus chair Jack Coatar expresses disappointment over lack of participation from Clinton supporters
          AP:  First GOP ads for governor hit airwaves
          The Missouri Times:  New information links LG PAC with Eric Greitens;  Website was designed to implicate Peter Kinder's campaign as culprit of anonymous attack
          KMBC transcript/video:  Reporter Micheal Mahoney on the coordination between Eric Greitens and LG PAC (link via The Missouri Times)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics Preview:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, and Kinder campaign manager Pam Dixon discuss GOP primary, Kinder vs. Koster matchup, more
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield event for Mike Pence draws usual GOP suspects
          CDT:  Melissa Click firing lands University of Missouri on association censure list for third time X
          KWMU:  AAUP votes to censure Mizzou over firing of Melissa Click
          P-D:  National academic group censures Mizzou over Click firing
          SE Missourian:  Programs help students stay on track to attend college;  Comments from state Dept. of Higher Education's Jessican Duren +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In an age of terrorism from Islamic radicals, school CPR bill more important than ever X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Displaying the Confederate flag is a harmless display of our past history;  The politically-correct crowd should stop trying to make an issue out it X
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) wants Nixon to allow concealed-carry bill to become law X
          P-D op-ed:  University City Mayor Shelley Welsch:  Nixon should veto gun bill
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man suggests working people become outraged over Rex Sinquefield and "his ethically challenged Missouri Republicans" for trying to cut taxes
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman recaps slavery and Dred Scott, suggests Missourians be more supportive of desegregation program
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        Saturday, June 18   Juneteenth Eve
       
KWMU:  Where Missouri's members of Congress stand on proposals to change gun policies
          SNL:  Blunt fundraising team keeps candidate's schedule packed with fundraisers;  A look at past and upcoming events X
          P-D:  George W. Bush to appear at Blunt fundraiser at Hunter Farms on June 27
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democrats gather in Sedalia for state convention;  34 presidential delegates bound to vote for Sanders, 34 bound to Clinton at national convention
          CDT:  Missouri to receive $7.5 million in taxpayer money - spread across 20 health centers - to improve oral health care services X
          SNL:  Drury books political heavyweights Carl Bernstein ("All the President's Men") and P.J. O'Rourke for September event X
          Drebes:  Brunner campaign asks stations to drop LG PAC ad;  LG PAC attorneys respond
          The Missouri Times:  Self-professed bin Laden killer to appear with Eric Greitens;  Gov candidate and Robert O'Neill are both repped by same speakers' bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus receives endorsement from Missouri Cattlemen's Association
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri NORML to suspend local petition initiative drive while awaiting word on statewide effort X
          JCNT:  Fathers' rights advocates hope Nixon signs bill to support 50/50 parenting in custody cases X
          KC Star:  Mental health advocates complain about lack of Missouri Medicaid expansion +
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators seek $718 million in state funding for FY18
          KC Star:  MU curators ask the state for $48 million to build UMKC's downtown arts campus +
          KWMU:  Diversity takes up time on curators' agenda;  Board also approves request to Legislature for $133 million in capital improvements
          CDT:  Middleton claims progress in rebuilding University of Missouri's image since November protests X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators sit through talks on diversity
          CDT:  MU free speech policy draft up for comment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Coalition for Graduate Workers to launch campaign complaining about budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bill from Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) to help Missouri college students graduate on time
          KWMU:  A look at what the region's school desegregation program can legally do to make it last longer
          The Missouri Times:  SB 5 municipal court overhaul signed by Nixon
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to limit Missouri cities' profit from fines
          JCNT:  Nixon OKs Lake Mykee-Holts Summit merger X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC modifies Ameren order so utility can take advantage of more favorable markets
          JCNT editorial:  Prioritize protecting kids in hot cars;  Nixon should sign bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) X
          Messenger:  Recap of conversation with octogenarian woman unhappy about West Lake Landfill
          P-D letter:  Octogenarian woman wants to see more good news on the front page of the Post-Dispatch
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        Friday, June 17
       
Washington Post:  Thanks to McCaskill bill, there may be an end in sight for controversial - and often invisible - resort fees X
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver raises questions about Airbnb +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Claire McCaskill on guns;  Jay Barnes on Josh Hawley;  Jeanette Mott Oxford on welfare recipients +
          SE Missourian:  Area Pachyderms sit through talk from seasoned citizen challenging Jason Smith in primary;  Hal Brown lists top priorities as flat tax, EPA overhaul, other issues on which incumbent has led +
          Fox News blog:  At Mizzou vigil for Orlando victims, Black Lives Matter activist takes stage to criticize white attendees;  Gay activist speaks out, says he's tired of self-entitled chronic malcontents dividing communities by color
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis woman arrested in connection with threats toward detention center employees;  Kiwanese Williams promised to make Orlando massacre "look like nothing"
          KC Star:  Labor unions are spending big on Chris Koster's campaign for Missouri governor +
          The Missouri Times:  Eagle Forum endorses Jay Ashcroft for secretary of state
          JCNT:  AG candidate Jake Zimmerman makes pitch to area Democrats X
          WTAD (Quincy/Hannibal):  Audio:  Axiom Strategies' Aaron Baker on opposition to Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax initiative
          The Missouri Times:  30 women changing politics;  Christine Page, Ellie Glenn, Erin Brower, Jane Dueker, Jessica Pabst, Kim Tuttle, Katie Casas, Megan Shackelford, Mindy Mazur, Tracy King, Tricia Workman, Monica Combest, more
          P-D:  New rules help wean thousands of Missourians from teat of taxpayer-funded handout program
          The Missouri Times:  $262 million going to Missouri colleges and universities
          Missourinet:  Nearly 500 state facilities will receive upgrades;  Comments from House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
          AP:  New Missouri law aimed at helping college transfer students
          Missourinet:  Four appointed to University of Missouri review commission
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard announces appointments to UM System Review Commission
          CDT:  Renee Hulshof, Dave Spence named to University of Missouri Review Commission X
          Columbia Missourian:  Renee Hulshof, three others named to UM System Review Commission
          CDT:  Consultant surprised by number of people willing to take on University of Missouri president job X
          Columbia Missourian:  Number of people interested in UM president job a "pleasant surprise"
          KWMU:  University of Missouri official claims next president will be chosen based on "talent," "skill" and "knowledge";  UMSL's Tom George discusses drop in enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Student given probation for Yik Yak threat against blacks
          CDT:  Muslim student drops lawsuit alleging professor made racist comments;  Fatma El-Walid's original tale claimed she felt anxiety from "discriminatory, sexist, demeaning, humiliating comments" from Latino man X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools can't manage to get civil rights paperwork together on time;  Obama's Education Department says it's no problem, district can just turn it in later
          Columbia Missourian:  Hands-only CPR training now a requirement for Missouri high school students
          JCNT:  PSC modifies order on Ameren debt X
          JCNT:  New rules try to reduce feral pigs in state X
          Missourinet:  One of Missouri's most wanted is no longer on the loose;  Cops capture Caucausoid career crook Vernon Phelps
        Washington Missourian editorial:  First editorial board in Missouri to publish biennial "Election is coming/You must get informed/Purchase our newspaper" piece of primary campaign cycle X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri Southern rightly restarts legislative internships at the Capitol +
        Priddy:  A list of criticisms of GOP gov ads, and a recap of Missouri Times and Jo Mannies coverage of shady "LG PAC"
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        Thursday, June 16
       
Missourinet:  Heat and humidity creating dangerous conditions across Missouri;  Avoid working outside in the afternoon, stay hydrated, and look out for your neighbors - especially olds
          P-D:  Public Policy Polling (D) numbers:  McCaskill approval 48, disapproval 38, no opinion 15
          Missourinet:  McCaskill participates in Democratic filibuster over gun law proposals
          P-D:  McCaskill joins Democratic filibuster
          CDT:  Kander calls for ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists X
          SE Missourian:  Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson waives conceald-carry fees after Islamic terrorist's Orlando shooting spree +
          Drebes:  Campaign-limits initiative petition may be flawed
          The Missouri Times:  Stem-cell proponent makes $100,000 contribution to Eric Greitens
          SEMO Times:  Eric Schmitt stumps in Poplar Bluff
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Judy Baker's primary opponent uses "Trump Hates Me" fundraising line +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dem AG candidate Teresa Hensley on her 25-point loss to Vicky Hartzler in 2012, experience as county prosecutor, gun-docket proposal, more
          CDT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) questions Hawley's legal experience, readiness to be attorney general X
          JCNT:  Barnes presses Hawley on courtroom experience X
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Roepe to join John Bardgett & Associates
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) receives Missouri Centurion Award;  Comments from Missouri Century Foundation Chairman Gregg Keller
          The Missouri Times:  Kander convenes Elections Integrity Task Force;  Members include STL and KC feds, KC Police Chief Darryl Forte, Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, others
          SE Missourian:  Missouri employment drops after reaching all-time high +
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs law meant to fight child abuse and neglect
          The Missouri Times:  Child abuse bill gets Nixon's signature
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT's "Missouri Moves" cost-share program starts accepting applications
          P-D:  Missouri inmate loses case against Parole Board over vacant seats
          CDT:  Proposed University of Missouri budget shows $2 million cut in system payroll X
          CDT:  Profile:  Board of Curators student representative appointee Patrick Graham X
          CDT:  Minority internship program designed to inspire CPS students to become educators;  Whites need not apply, but superintendent says program will break stereotypes X
          Washington Missourian:  National health group claims food insecurity among seniors rose 3 percent in Missouri;  Franklin County official says it's not a problem there X
          The Missouri Times:  Jury rules with soybean farmers in checkoff case
          P-D:  Document shows some EPA officials saw West Lake waste removal as 'feasible'
          KWMU:  What's driving up homicides in the U.S.?  UMSL's Rick Rosenfeld on the 'Ferguson Effect' and emboldened instincts of the criminal element
          P-D editorial:  In wake of Islamic terrorist's attack, Eric Greitens should pull ad featuring gun
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon should sign bill to give criminal offenders a second chance X
          Roll Call op-ed:  McCaskill:  The next step in curbing sexual assaults in the military
          National Review op-ed:  Former Sen. Jim Talent on Orlando
          P-D op-ed:  Reimagining integration based on economic status;  People who pay to live in decent school districts should welcome poor kids into those schools
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        Wednesday, June 15
       
KC Star:  McCaskill, others say whistleblowers in Defense Department deserve better +
          P-D:  Senate defense authorizing bill has Missouri provisions
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jeff Roe on mainstream media and Trump;  Urban Democrat opposes GOP gun bill +
          KC Star:  Over 18 years, Blunt received less than $61k from NRA +
          KWMU:  In wake of Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's terrorist attack, candidates for governor - including Chris Koster - stand by their positions on 2nd Amendment
          Missourinet:  Missouri State prof:  Candidates will talk about guns this election cycle
          KC Star:  Kansas City Democrats oppose GOP gun bill +
          Helling:  Parody of Eric Greitens' gun ad will make you do a spit-take +
          AP:  Rex Sinquefield gives $278k to Catherine Hanaway
          Drebes:  Judy Baker polling memo:  We're winning, and Pat Contreras is "virtually unknown"
          P-D:  Pat Contreras fundraising gimmick:  "Donald Trump hates me."
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) strikes at Josh Hawley for lack of experience
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Barnes' letter to Hawley
          P-D:  Missouri voters could OK two cigarette tax hikes;  then what?
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys gives $25k to opponent of Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Victory Digital's Joe Lakin hires Charles Puyear
          The Missouri Times:  In-state tuition status to be given to National Guard, Reserves
          The Missouri Times:  CTE took work from across the board to become a law, lobbyist says
          KWMU:  High school grads in Missouri will soon have to have basic CPR training
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs CPR bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri to begin requiring CPR training for high school graduates
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens will have to wait on accreditation upgrade
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Drone operators deserve credit;  McCaskill serves as advocate
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon must veto bad changes to Missouri's Clean Water Commission +
          KC Star editorial:  Taxpayers must spend more on lead-paint cleanup;  Paint dust is the reason young urbanites catch STDs, perform poorly in school, steal, etc. +
          P-D op-ed:  AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka:  The real reason Republicans want voter ID is to keep blacks and olds from voting
          Messenger:  The solution to America's gun violence epidemic should start with empathy;  Nixon should veto terrible gun bill on his desk
          P-D letter:  WWII vet dislikes attitude dispensed by St. Louis VA secretarial staff
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        Tuesday, June 14   Flag Day
       
The Huffington Post:  Gurus for Cruz, Bush, Rubio campaigns reflect on loss to Trump;  Behind-the-scenes insight from Jeff Roe and Missouri's 2004 George W. Bush spokesman Danny Diaz
          SE Missourian:  Area LGBTQIA bar, Muslims seek to help Orlando victims +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's attack
          KC Star:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's attack +
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James fights terror by wearing rainbow bow tie;  Social justice warriors join in by posting Twitter selfies +
          Missourinet:  Local Muslim leader shows up at St. Louis vigil
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on case of woman who drank herself into oblivion and got raped behind a dumpster;  Nixon on serving as UM president;  Jay Barnes on criminal redemption +
          KWMU:  Wildwood unhappy with EPA effort to delist Superfund site
          SNL:  EPA praises Springfield's environmental cleanup X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates maintain arm's reach of Trump, still lend support
          The Missouri Times:  Stephen Webber and Caleb Rowden fight for the soul of Columbia
          Drebes:  New PAC aims to punish Republicans who opposed SJR 39
          Rosenbaum:  Nixon reflects on failure to expand Missouri's Medicaid program
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to cut college costs for military members
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs military tuition, yoga, and more bills into law
          SE Missourian:  Nixon signs career, technical education measure into law +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs laws intended to improve technical job-readiness
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Jon Sundvold's first interview since appointment to University of Missouri Board of Curators
          CDT:  University of Missouri diversity officer to serve dual role X
          Columbia Missourian:  It's a rebuilding year:  MU turnover has affected all parts of administration
          CDT:  Libraries set to deal with University of Missouri budget cuts X
          Missourinet:  "Step therapy" bill will bar requiring Missourians to repeat ineffective medications
          The Missouri Times:  PSC considering changes to 'ex parte' rules
          P-D editorial:  Sane gun laws are possible, but only if outrage replaces apathy
          Waters:  UM curators:  Short-term work to do X
          Priddy:  One thing is clear in the Missouri death penalty debate:  Pentobarbital exterminates murderers flawlessly.
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman dislikes Greitens' use of gun
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman dislikes GOP gov candidates' use of guns
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes Greitens' use of gun, says African-American track athletes are terrified by the sound of a starting gun
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man laments political ads:  Republicans feature too many guns and dogs, while Democrats a little too in-your-face with the "multicultural multiracial multisexual" stuff +
          SE Missourian letter:  Laws should strengthen the ability of grandparents to protect their grandkids from dopehead parents +
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man says Missouri is superior to Kansas in most regards - except that in low-tax Kansas, the roads are paved, police are patrolling and the young restaurant help acts civilized and knows how to make change +
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author dislikes Missouri traffic-stop report coverage, says races differ on their decisions to violate the law X
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        Monday, June 13
       
KC Star:  Omar Mir Seddique Mateen opens fire at Florida LGBTQIA nightclub;  Comments from Missouri delegation's communications staffers +
        P-D:  Florida LGBTQIA nightclub shooting reaction:  Missouri congressional delegation's communications staffers write empathy/tolerance/policy statements
        KC Star:  Mayor Sly James says today will be "rainbow" day;  Bridge named to honor U.S. Sen. Kit Bond will be lit with LGBTQIA colors +
        KC Star:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Islamic terrorist attack +
        KWMU:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Islamic terrorist attack
        SNL:  Local LGBTQIA group plans Friday vigil X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder on Limbaugh endorsement;  Mike Parson on GOP internecine acrimony +
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest John Brunner;  Martin Casas, Angela Bingaman, David Barklage, Ken Waller discuss Brunner, GOP campaigns, more
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Solar Energy Industry Organization seeks executive director
        JCNT:  Profile:  Missouri House photographer Tim Bommel X
        KWMU:  "Curious Louis" Q&A feature:  Jason Rosenbaum explores why Missourians are forced to pay taxes on their personal property
        SE Missourian:  Step therapy overhaul bill may help patients who need prescribed medication +
        KWMU:  Nixon wants new curators to get to work in finding new UM System president
        AP:  Criminal record-sealing bill awaits action on Nixon's desk
        St. Joseph News-Press:  New MoDOT app shows drivers estimated BAC after drinking X
        P-D:  PSC deals with questions about the $150 water bill proposal and the businessman behind it
        KC Star:  In efforts to fight payday loans, local nonprofits attempt to teach poor people about "interest" and "contracts";  Last week's session draws few attendees +
        P-D editorial:  Missouri Medicaid recipients should have freedom to flake on their taxpayer-subsidized doctor's appointments without penalty
        KC Star op-ed:  Platte County's Bill Flynt:  Concealed carry can help protect law-abiding Missourians from criminal savagery +
        P-D op-ed:  Former MO Lt. Gov/current HSUS Senior Political Director Joe Maxwell:  Nixon should veto bill that would protect ag data
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        Sunday, June 12
       
Politico:  Claire McCaskill weighs in on Stanford University case;  Story of assault on drunk woman gained national attention
          SNL:  Billy Long's re-election to include primary victory over 7 GOP opponents;  Three Democrats seek to fill November ballot slot X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest John Brunner;  Panel of Martin Casas, Angela Bingaman, David Barklage, Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller discuss Brunner and GOP gov campaigns
           Sedalia Democrat:  Jay Ashcroft talks to area Pachyderms
           JCNT:  Nixon, DED's Mike Downing, Ag Director Richard Fordyce work to expand Cuba trade agreements for Missouri farmers;  Retired prof who fled Cuba in the early '60s offers criticism X
          CDT:  University of Missouri budget cuts hit man, woman in theater faculty hard X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri denies potheads' request to peddle t-shirts with marijuana leaf next to university's name +
          JCNT:  DESE's Ronald Lankford recounts education career X
          KC Star:  Missouri spends more taxpayer money than Kansas on lead-paint cleanup;  Researchers claim paint dust is to blame for young urbanites' violent behavior, STDs, poor peformance in school, etc. +
           P-D editorial:  Post-Dispatch editorial board has waited "an entire century" for deals like NGA and McKee's NorthSide Regeneration - and now North St. Louis City will totally turn around
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon appoints diverse group to Board of Curators, and they deserve fair treatment from Senate X
          Waters:  Roy Blunt shows his true colors - a pragmatic lawmaker willing to work across the aisle X
          CDT op-ed:  American Academy of Pediatrics' Kristin Sohl:  Nixon should sign bill to increase meningitis awareness X
          SNL letter:  Prolific anti-Blunt letter-writer MJ Grinstead expresses frustration upon seeing Blunt's grassroots supporters out knocking doors, talking to voters last weekend X
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        Saturday, June 11
       
P-D:  Despite infighting, Eagle Forum hosting annual event in Ladue;  Janet Ashcroft to speak at "Sweethearts Luncheon"
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  Area Senior Games competitor is running as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate
          Drebes:  Longtime Nixon aide Ted Ardini one step closer to judgeship
          KWMU:  UMSL's "Behind the Headlines" podcast:  Mannies, UMSL's Dave Robertson, Sue Shear Institute's Vivan Eveloff discuss Missouri gov ads and campaign finance laws, Trump, Hillary's gender, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rush Limbaugh endorses Peter Kinder for governor
          P-D:  Rush Limbaugh radio endorsement of Peter Kinder in Missouri governor's race airing statewide
          Moberly Monitor-Index:  Local reps endorse Kinder's stance on transgender restrooms;  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says he worries about the dangers his grandkids - each in Missouri public schools - could face
          Columbia Missourian:  Russ Carnahan skips Muleskinners lieutenant governor forum;  Tommy Pierson, Winston Apple make time for local Democrats
          CDT:  Muleskinners president says Russ Carnahan declined invite to speak to grassroots Dems;  Pierson:  "You can't dis me in the primary then it's lock arms and 'Kumbaya' in the general. It is not going to happen." X
          SE Missourian:  Mike Parson laments campaign vitriol at Cape GOP meeting +
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Mike Parson's campaign shows candidate leading Bev Randles 25-16, with 60 percent undecided
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft event draws 500 - include Mike Huckabee - to farm;  Former U.S. Senator performs cover of Lee Greenwood song:  "I'm Proud to be a Republican"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Genise Montecillo will not seek fourth term, decides to return to teaching
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) calls out Koster, DNR over response to gas leak
          KC Star:  Ellington calls for action and answers on East Side gas contamination;  Koster's office:  "Rep. Ellington appears to be unaware of the facts." +
          KWMU:  Meeting federal standards for state IDs not yet a priority for Missouri lawmakers
          AP:  Missouri Southern to resume intern program at state Capitol
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to soon consider projects for resumption of cost-share program
          Missourinet:  Daily fantasy sports industry will have to pay to operate in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs daily fantasy sports law
          CDT:  UMSL, other state schools to see enrollment decline X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools missed deadline to report civil rights information
          KWMU:  Time running out - eventually - for school deseg transfer program
          KWMU:  Cyber security audit launched at Orchard Farm schools, part of state safety check
          JCNT:  State expands meningitis vaccine mandate X
          P-D:  Tony Messenger wins University of Missouri journalism award
          P-D editorial:  Pension bill clears final hurdle
          P-D's Aisha Sultan:  Making child custody more fair to divorced fathers;  Columnist praises Missouri legislation, does not identify sponsor (Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron)
          P-D letter:  St. Charles union official:  GOP gov candidates wrong to support 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Imperial woman responds to piece on obesity numbers, rationalizes reasons for female flabbiness
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        Friday, June 10
       
KWMU:  At annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner (rebranded "Truman Dinner" because aforementioned Democrats owned and/or intercoursed slaves in the 1700s), Missouri Democrats focus on Trump
        KTVI (St. Louis):  Lindenwood professor Joe Cernik thinks Missouri GOP donors will choose to allocate their cash to Blunt and gov candidates rather than Trump
        P-D:  Group aligned with McConnell, Rove boosts pro-Blunt ad spending in Missouri
        Politico:  On MSNBC, McCaskill delivers punchline referencing her victory over Todd Akin four (4) years ago
        Washington Times:  McCaskill campaign site still hawking hats with anti-Trump catchphrase
        Reuters:  McCaskill, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) scrutinize pay TV billing, competitive practices
        Washington Missourian:  East Central College president applauds Blunt's work on Pell Grant restoration
        Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on TSA bonuses +
        P-D:  No boss at VA facilities?  Then no bonuses for leaders, Luetkemeyer urges
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At EPA hearing, Missouri Ag Director Gary Fordyce lauds positive impact of Renewable Fuels Standard on Missouri
        Brownfield Ag News:  In Kansas City, EPA weighs testimony on ethanol volume
        AP:  EPA plan to boost ethanol use gets hearing
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) testifies in D.C. about negative impact of Clean Power Plan
        P-D:  In quickie smartphone vid, John Brunner mocks Eric Greitens' gun ad, stands in front of anti-aircraft relic
        KSMU:  Profile:  Secretary of state candidate Will Kraus (R)
        Columbia Missourian:  Stoddard County Prosecutor Russell Oliver hopes complaint against Josh Hawley will promote political transparency
        The Missouri Times:  Clay County GOP primary could come down to 'right to work';  Incumbent Nick King vs. Mary Hill
        The Missouri Times:  Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies team breaks up monotony of work day with "Fountain Ball" competition
        Drebes:  Appeal by Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis City) of Missouri Ethics Commission fines affirmed
        SE Missourian:  Nixon signs GOP bill to allow more elderly, blind, disabled to qualify for Medicaid assistance +
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) to expand services for disabled, seniors
        Missourinet:  Bill from Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) to help domestic violence victims signed into law
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Nixon announces $5.5 million for Kirksville autism clinic
        P-D:  As summit on gun violence in St. Louis convenes, grandson of former state Rep. Betty Thompson (D-St. Louis) shot and killed
        P-D:  Tyrell Thompson, grandson of Rep. Betty Thompson (D-St. Louis), shot and killed;  Police say three men involved, but do not release descriptions of perps
        Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks about specifics of lifetime concealed-carry permits, decent people seeking to protect themselves vs. criminal types, more
        P-D:  St. Louis desegregation program headed for phase-out
        The Missouri Times:  PSC to examine communications rules
        P-D:  Missouri regulators want looser rules on meeting with utilities
        Missourinet:  Two additional Zika virus cases confirmed in Missouri:  Man who traveled to Puerto Rico and man who traveled to Dominican Republic
        Columbia Missourian:  Columbia working to prevent and educate on Zika
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Keep moving this summer to avoid "Dormant Butt Syndrome";  Comments and data from area gluteal experts, University of Missouri
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers made progress in cleaning up Jefferson City this year, but need to pass more ethics laws next session +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT funds for cost-sharing should be spent on Highway 47 project +
        P-D editorial:  Milking the poor with subprime car loans;  Story of man who chose to purchase a car at 29 percent interest rate is very sad and a real shame
        KC Star editorial:  MU must do better at hiring at retaining black faculty, and should spend more taxpayer money to do it +
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says that GOP gov primary is not about Trump, but the Post-Dispatch sure wants it to be
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        Thursday, June 9
       
Politico:  McCaskill, other Hillary Clinton surrogates to Trump:  Bring it on
          MSNBC:  McCaskill on Hardball:  "I do not" want to be Clinton's VP
          KC Star:  McCaskill:  Hillary Clinton's success 'a very special moment' for gals +
          Missourinet:  Missouri volunteer for Bernie Sanders weighs in on recent developments, today's meeting between Obama and Sanders, more
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democrats to gather in St. Louis tonight for Truman Dinner;  Executive Director Crystal Brinkley promises "high energy" event
          KC Star:  Missouri delegation makes pitch for F-35 fighter base at Whiteman +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Former Sen. Jim Talent among those pushing for Renewable Fuels Standard compliance
          KC Star:  Republicans running for governor launch TV ads +
          P-D:  GOP gov candidates take to the airwaves
          KWMU:  Fresh batch of attack ads are funded by anonymous donors;  Monsees' anti-Brunner campaign, "One Nation," "Missouri Rising"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Catherine Hanaway on tax cuts +
          KWMU:  KWMU to host GOP gov debate July 6
          The Missouri Times:  Koster urges SCOTUS review of Title IX case brought by transgender student
          AP:  Realtors push state amendment that would bar sales tax on services;  Comments from Scott Charton
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield subsidiary will oppose realtors' effort
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs health care related bills
          CDT:  Nixon appoints three to open University of Missouri curator posts:  Jon Sunvold, Mary Nelson, Tom Voss X
          Missourinet:  Former MU basketball star Jon Sunvold, others appointed to Board of Curators
          KWMU:  New curators named to fill UM board vacancies
          AP:  Nixon appoints 3 new curators to UM board
          P-D:  Nixon names 3 new UM curators
          P-D:  Two Missouri districts will attempt to get more black students to take AP classes
          The Missouri Times:  'Road to Tomorrow' goes through Missouri and could generate revenue for the state's highways
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves cost-share program, asks questions about future funding
          SE Missourian:  Law enforcement officers say I-55 skews data on race and car stops +
          Quincy Herald-Whig editorial:  Veterans exposed to mustard gas deserve better, and McCaskill's bill is a good start
          Waters:  Statistics on "racial profiling" deserve healthy skepticism X
          Priddy:  Update on Senate's effort to provide reporters new workspace
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        Wednesday, June 8
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill, others probe five drugmakers on price of overdose antidote
          Missourinet:  McCaskill questions executive bonuses, whistleblower treatment at TSA
          KWMU:  Paul McKee announces new partnership and housing near NGA
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Retired Teachers Association opposes RYH4K tobacco tax amendment
          P-D:  Fact check from the GOP gov debate:  Eric Greitens vs. Catherine Hanaway vs. Chris Koster
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bills to combat identity theft, help domestic abuse victims
          CDT:  MoDOT convoy highlights alternative fuels X
          JCNT:  Nixon signs bill allowing local governments to transfer "closed" retirement plans into LAGERS X
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri summer enrollment up 2%
          CDT:  Audit finds weak oversight led to embezzlement from University of Missouri X
          CDT:  Retreat sought answers for low morale, distrust among University of Missouri engineering faculty X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Student Center offers transgender students hormone replacement therapy;  Self-identified male, saddled with vagina at birth, recounts emotional pain of doctor assuming he was a female
          SNL:  With $5 million of DESE money, Nixa will own early childhood building in five years X
          KWMU:  State appeals court says Missouri education officials erred in Normandy accreditation change
          P-D:  Missouri appeals court upholds transfer rights of Normandy students
          KMOV:  Video:  Fight between adults and students caught on camera at Normandy High School;  WARNING:  Catfight among participants of various weight classes includes violent hair-pulling, slapping, shrieking
          KWMU:  Fight at Normandy high school leads to student suspension, lawsuit, questions about security
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens will remain unaccredited
          P-D:  After state review, Riverview Gardens will remain unaccredited
          The Missouri Times:  Law enforcement agencies report $12 million from federal asset forfeiture
          KWMU:  Army Corps of Engineers says it can't speed cleanup of West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Another GOP gubernatorial debate is short on policy, weak on fact
          KC Star editorial:  Criticisms of GOP candidates for governor (e.g. "tax-phobic"), attorney general +
          Messenger:  Predatory lenders find happy hunting in Missouri;  Photo of Ferguson man who chose to purchase a BMW at 19 percent interest
          KC Star op-ed:  Transgender writer/artist/poet Jordan Hanson:  KC to host leadership development summit for black self-identifying females burdened with male genitalia +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City Alderman Jeffrey Boyd (D):  Blunt should work to find someone willing to take the St. Louis VA director job
          P-D letter:  NRA responds to criticisms from gun-control groups on concealed-carry bill
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        Tuesday, June 7
       
KOLR:  McCaskill investigates mustard gas tests
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill defends embattled VA secretary;  Jay Barnes on Missouri campaign finance laws
          KWMU:  NGA decision spurs mixture of grief and anger in residents fearful of change
          P-D:  With NGA deal done, officials endure residents' "less specific feedback and general frustration"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Regional Chamber's Joe Reagan:  Inclusion is key for St. Louis economy
          Missourinet:  Raise Your Hand for Kids awaits confirmation of signatures
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel opposes Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative petition
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Video:  John Brunner, Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway, Eric Greitens debate
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidates debate Trump, Mizzou turmoil
          The Missouri Times:  GOP governor candidates debate in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP gov candidates will, and might not, campaign with Donald Trump +
          P-D:  GOP hopefuls for governor stand by Trump, but not all say they'd campaign with him
          AP:  GOP governor candidates talk Nixon, Mizzou and Ferguson, more
          The Missouri Times:  New ads mark escalation in governor's race
          KC Star:  PAC behind anti-Brunner ad claims 'wrong number' when reached by phone at Kansas office;  Treasurer is Richard Monsees +
          KC Star:  New ad from Eric Greitens features gun, explosion +
          KWMU:  AG candidate Joshua Hawley on battling the 'Jefferson City cartel'
          CDT:  Ethics complaint targets Joshua Hawley over use of not-for-profit groups X
          The Missouri Times:  Joshua Hawley target of new ethics complaint
          The Missouri Times:  David Humphreys contributes $50,000 to Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson)
          The Missouri Times:  House District 47 profile:  Republican Chuck Basye
          Drebes:  GOP candidate for Tom Flanigan's state rep seat is buying air time
          KWMU:  Stricter measure against identity theft is among new laws signed by Gov. Nixon
          AP:  Nixon signs bill targeting credit card fraud
          Missourinet:  Missouri Conservation Director Robert Ziehmer reflects on career ahead of resignation
          AP:  Missouri Conservation Director resigning in July
          KC Star:  Bill would expand Missourians' access to concealed carry, create 'stand your ground' law +
          Missourinet:  Former University of Missouri employee embezzled more than $716k over 9 years;  Mount Vernon woman set up fake businesses through SOS office, then sent invoices to university
          Columbia Missourian:  More than $700,000 embezzlement from MU draws questions of accountability
          P-D:  Missouri budget could help ease pressure on public defender system
          P-D:  Army Corps says it won't clean up landfill faster than EPA
          P-D:  Federal judge orders Michael Brown investigation information released, with restrictions
          P-D editorial:  The Tilley Shuffle and Missouri's still-lax ethics laws
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  Shared parenting bill is best for families
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man wonders how the Post-Dispatch would react if a Republican questioned NGA site's "security" in the same manner Democrat Dick Durbin did
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man dislikes concealed-carry proposal
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        Monday, June 6
       
Missourinet:  KC Mayor Sly James (D) applauds Blunt's legislative efforts on federal criminal justice reforms:  "I think it's great that we have a senator that's willing to do that."
          P-D:  St. Louis prepares for NGA's billion-dollar move
          JCNT:  MoDOT, port cities buoyed by increased barge traffic X
          AP:  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) to raise cash at event hosted by Rex Sinquefield
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Video:  Raise Your Hand for Kids proposes tobacco tax increase in Missouri
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov candidate series, Part I:  Barry Aycock, Jeff Mazur, Sarah Steelman, Caleb Rowden discuss Eric Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Anonymous committee begins attack on Brunner;  Treasurer is Kansas City's Hank Monsees
          P-D:  GOP gov candidates to debate tonight on St. Louis' Fox 2 (KTVI)
          Kraske:  The Chat:  NARAL touts Kurt Schaefer's anti-abortion credentials, boosts Joshua Hawley's name ID;  Brunner's Mike Hafner on unprecedented number of GOP gov forums/debates +
          KC Star:  ACLU-Missouri's Gillian Wilcox says group is "working really hard on lobbying" Missouri legislators on transgender restroom/shower issue +
          P-D:  Led by Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), lawmakers put cuffs on Missouri ticket quotas
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) would protect those who save kids in hot cars
          KWMU:  Unaccredited districts put focus on summer school;  City, Normandy, Riverview parents appreciate ability to get kids out of house/daycare for "academics and cultural experience around dance, fun and different games"
          KWMU:  Elected board may run city schools again;  Upcoming talks could mean big changes
          Missourinet:  Black lawmakers say unbiased police measures needed
          P-D editorial:  Blunt caught in the middle of Zika budget plans and demands
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helps America own up to its dirty chemical-weapons secret
          SNL op-ed:  Claire McCaskill on veterans and mustard-gas experiments X
          Priddy:  Retired broadcaster recounts debate inside his own head regarding Missouri abortion proposals (SPOILER:  climaxes with 1951 Jack Benny reference);  Word count = 1413
          P-D letter:  Belleville man wants NGA decision overturned, says criteria never listed "urban renewal" as a criteria
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says expanding Medicaid would decrease emergency health care visits
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        Sunday, June 5
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill says VA secretary shouldn't resign
          CDT:  Local business leaders wary of new federal overtime regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics gov candidate series:  Panel of Barry Aycock, Jeff Mazur, Sarah Steelman and Caleb Rowden discuss Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Former Speaker of the House Steve Tilley continues to follow letter of the law in managing campaign contributions;  Critics of Missouri campaign finance laws express anger, angst
          JCNT:  Nixons encourage Missourians to join 100 Missouri Miles challenge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State of Missouri continues work with Truckers Against Trafficking X
          Columbia Missourian:  Child ID kits can provide peace of mind for Missouri parents
          JCNT:  Lincoln University race discrimination case begins Monday;  Black female allegedly forced white female to "resign or be fired" because of skin color X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri - Columbia struggles to hire black faculty;  With qualified black candidates few and far between, price to lure them to Mizzou is high +
          JCNT:  Moniteau County Library helps residents learn English;  DESE helps fund program for legal immigrants X
          JCNT:  DESE report says drug incidents increase at Fulton High School X
          P-D editorial:  Final NGA decision means the real work is only just beginning
          P-D editorial:  Nixon should veto this year's crazy gun bill
          P-D letter:  Unflattering picture of Ann Wagner makes paper's bias clear
          SNL letter:  Ballwin man says concealed-carry bill will make Missouri safer X
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        Saturday, June 4
       
P-D:  What's behind the Blunt-Kander vets' tempest;  A closer look at the "props" word choice and subsequent brouhaha
          KWMU:  McCaskill seeks to give VA more flexibility in pay range for directors
          P-D:  Wanted:  Good VA medical director that will work in St. Louis
          CDT:  Koster's absence riles Muleskinners during candidate forum;  President says group wants to hear from candidates, not surrogates;  Leonard Steinman says running for governor "keeps me out of the mental institution" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Koster passes on Muleskinners gov forum;  Seasoned citizens Charlie Wheeler, Leonard Steinman spend twilight years competing for Democratic primary silver medal
          KC Star:  Once estranged, David Humphreys and Peter Kinder are friends again +
          SNL:  Catherine Hanaway opens campaign office in Springfield;  Peyton Andrews to run it X
          CDT:  Josh Hawley uses prosecutor endorsements to shore up credentials on crime X
          CDT:  Abortion rights groups target Schaefer over Planned Parenthood documents X
          The Missouri Times:  House District 47 profile, Part I:  Democrat Susan McClintic
          CDT:  Mayor criticizes concealed-carry bill at rally;  Martha Stevens, running in Dem primary for House seat, attends but refuses to comment on guns X
          Missourinet:  Nixon mum on signing or vetoing gun rights bill
          KWMU:  Bill sent to Nixon requires hospitals to disclose cost estimates
          P-D:  Missouri municipal utilities sign up for Grain Belt Express
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal utility commission green-lights purchase to transmit wind power
          AP:  Missouri utility group joins transmission line
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country) to address school bullying and youth suicide
          JCNT:  Sue Allen's bill aims to prevent youth suicide, bullying X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU committee releases draft of free expression policy
          KWMU:  Deseg agency says it has no role in keeping black student in county from city charter school
          Missourinet:  KC Mayor Sly James:  Traffic stop report shows 'systematic racism' in law enforcement
          KC Star editorial:  Get tougher in reforming the disgraceful payday loan industry +
          Waters:  Opening up Cuba could mean greater access to better rum:  Havana Club, Pusser's, more X
          P-D letter:  American Cancer Society volunteer:  McCaskill must stand up to the tobacco industry, support more FDA regulations
          SNL letter:  Area man mocks John Brunner for Christian beliefs X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman defends St. Louis City Democrat, criticizes Post-Dispatch for accepting Riverfront Times' "sexism" spin without examination
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        Friday, June 3
       
Missourinet:  Creighton professor:  Obama's overtime pay rule could cause some Missouri businesses to close
          CDT:  No summer break for taxpayer-funded lunches;  "Lunch in the Park" and "Summer Food 4 Kids" offer "free" handouts to kids X
          KC Star:  Payday lenders, activists attend KC hearing +
          KC Star:  Video:  Caucasoid millennial attempts rhythmic chant;  Sly James speaks at hearing;  More +
          Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action picnic draws 60 to park;  Activists write dry-erase messages honoring "Gabby Gifford [sic]," others
          KWMU:  NGA makes it official - new home will be in St. Louis
          P-D:  NGA will stay in St. Louis
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials applaud spy agency's decision to stay in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  NGA location in St. Louis finalized
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt vs. Kander race attracting national attention
          KC Star:  Chris Koster has more large donors than any other candidate;  Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council has donated more than $750,000 +
          AP:  Humphreys family contributes to Peter Kinder, Bev Randles, Joshua Hawley
          KWMU:  Ad blitz about to begin in Missouri GOP primary contest for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus touts endorsements in secretary of state bid
          Drebes:  Mike Colona vs. Nixon's Deborah Price - and others - in competition for judge slot
          Messenger:  Fred Sauer vs. Rex Sinquefield is the best battle in St. Louis
          AP:  Missouri budget director says state revenues up 3.4 percent
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on opening up Cuba market to benefit Missouri;  St. Louis NAACP leader complains about law enforcement +
          Missourinet:  Missouri law enforcement aims to ensure sex offenders comply with law
          KC Star:  MU committee offers glimpse at new free speech policy to stop campout protests +
          KY3 (Springfield):  Bats emerge for summer months;  Missouri Department of Conservation reminds residents to leave disease-carrying nocturnal predators alone
          The Missouri Times:  Black legislators weigh in on racial-profiling report
          P-D editorial:  Crackdown is comeuppance for payday predators
          Cincinnati Enquirer:  Obama economist:  Obama saved Ohio economy
          Providence Journal:  Obama economist:  Obama saved Rhode Island economy
          P-D op-ed:  Obama economist:  Verbatim template from above, with Missouri numbers dropped in
          Priddy:  Ethics bills include no enforcement mechanisms or penalties
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Lafayette County GOP Chair Kay Hoflander:  Analyzing the statewides:  Greitens doesn't bother with local GOP events;  Hawley may not be ready for AG job;  More
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat Ken Kielty criticizes Blunt, GOP on Zika funding
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants Nixon to veto ag-information bill +
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        Thursday, June 2
       
SNL:  McCaskill touts veterans survey, benefits for mustard gas survivors during Springfield visit
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill wants VA to care for those in mustard gas experiments
          KMBC:  McCaskill seeks compensation for WWII mustard gas test subjects
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith presents Korean War veteran with medals for service
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Springfield's approach to mental health treatment
          KC Star:  Loans are focus of public hearing in Kansas City today;  Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeks to protect adults from choosing to enter "payday debt traps"
          Drebes:  Harvey Tettlebaum's actions against SJR 39 led to his exclusion from 2016 GOP delegate list
          KWMU:  Arch riverfront reopens on higher ground with upgrades
          P-D:  Rebuilt and elevated Arch riverfront should mean less flooding
          ABC 30 (St. Louis):  Video:  Jamie Allman and Tim Jones discuss GOP gov debate
          JCNT:  George Mason University study ranks Missouri 14th best for state 'fiscal health'
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon returns from Cuba trade mission optimistic about agriculture
          KWMU:  Nixon looks to Cuba as market for Missouri goods
          P-D:  Nixon makes pitch for trade with Cuba to help Missouri farmers, other businesses cash in
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber, others hope Nixon signs tax breaks to incent employee ownership of companies
          KWMU:  Missouri Chamber pushes for governor to sign employee ownership tax break
          SE Missourian:  Local Republican legislators Wayne Wallingford, Kathy Swan to provide legislative updates at First Friday coffee
          The Missouri Times:  KC Board of Election Commissioners welcomes new chair:  Husch Blackwell's J. Casey Martin
          Columbia Missourian:  Area immigrants choose to learn English;  Woman from East African country:  "I live in America. I need to speak English. I need everything about America."
          KWMU:  United Negro College Fund talks about national, local efforts;  Group has opened up scholarships to other non-white minorities, though Caucasoids still need not apply
          KC Star:  Closed Kansas City public schools:  Sold, up for sale, demolished
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Marion County participating in state road reimbursement program
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission opts, for the moment, not to look at grid modernization
          SNL:  Missouri poacher fined only $99.50 for killing black bear;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation's Larry Yamnitz says laws about mistreating wild animals need "more teeth"
          KWMU:  Missouri vehicle stops report could lead to legislation;  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) says laws about stopping minority drivers need "sharper teeth"
          P-D:  Experts discuss data flaws in police-stops report
          JCNT:  Cole County Sheriff's Department stops white drivers at disproportionally high rate;  Jefferson City police pull over more males than females
          Missourinet:  Missouri report:  Black drivers more likely than white drivers to be stopped
          AP:  Report:  Black drivers get stopped more often
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Police Department's Latisha Stroer:  Traffic-stop data should not be taken at face value
          KWMU:  Missouri Foundation for Health commits $6 million to Ferguson efforts, including those around "toxic stress" and "recognizing implicit racial bias"
          P-D:  Missouri Foundation for Health to hand out $6 million to address Ferguson health issues
          P-D editorial:  Blunt can't have it both ways on veterans issues
          P-D op-ed:  SLU Law's Mike Wolff:  Public schools vs. charter schools:  Missouri Republicans' tax-cutting mentality is to blame for funding challenges
          P-D letter:  Mehlville septuagenarian admires Michelle Obama, wants Missouri congressional delegation to oppose cuts to food-handout programs
          P-D letter:  Veteran pot activist Dan Viets says medical marijuana can help reduce opioid overdoses
          P-D letter:  Area woman dislikes GOP proposal to hold Medicaid recipients accountable for flaking on doctor appointments
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wonders why black community doesn't teach "Black Lives Matter" to its own rapists, dope dealers and murderers
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        Wednesday, June 1
       
SNL:  Blunt applauds Springfield response to mental health issues X
          KY3:  Blunt cites Springfield Police Department mental health program as example for nation
          KSMU:  Blunt, law enforcement address mental health services
          KC Star:  McCaskill says she is stunned by U.S. treatment of service members exposed to WWII chemical weapons +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill proposing help for WWII veterans exposed to mustard gas
          KWMU:  McCaskill highlights troubles facing WWII veterans involved in mustard-gas experiments
          AP:  McCaskill pushes to help vets exposed to mustard gas
          P-D:  McCaskill to introduce bill aiding WWII vets claiming exposure to mustard gas
          KWMU:  NGA victory means relocation for black church
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-Greitens SuperPAC under FEC, MEC investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Huckabee's daughter to help John Brunner's campaign
          Drebes:  Senate 1 not a slam dunk for Dems;  Scott Sifton leads in poll and is still the favorite over Republican Randy Jotte
          KC Star:  Rex Sinquefield continues big-money contributions to candidates, causes +
          Priddy:  Rex Sinquefield writes a lot of checks, and it's a shame that voters don't care
          Missourinet:  Seven killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes in Missouri
          P-D:  Overhaul of firearms laws could provide law-abiding Missourians with lifetime concealed-carry permits
          KWMU:  St. Louis City and County forming regional prescription drug database;  Mayoral candidate calls state Legislature's refusal to pass bill "embarrassing"
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP measures signed in St. Louis City and County
          The Missouri Times:  Charter schools file motion to intervene in lawsuit over desegregation tax in St. Louis
          P-D:  Charter school parents move to intervene in lawsuit that threatens their schools
          The Missouri Times:  PSC to approve Ameren request to issue up to $150 million in bonds
          KWMU:  Two charter-school parents to join lawsuit that could disrupt funding for their schools
          JCNT:  Lawmakers designate 'Phyllis Shelley' highway;  Area native, who died in 1987, was first Missouri ambulance employee killed in the line of duty X
          P-D:  Missouri Governor's Mansion ranks high in landscaping survey
          KC Star editorial:  Change the way districts are drawn in Missouri - or else Republicans will control the Legislature again +
          Jensen:  As the politically-correct crowd seeks to get rid of Confederate memorials, let's remove Black Lives Matters displays for the very same reason +
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