Saturday, September 4, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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SE Missourian: Updated: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith to join Eric Schmitt, Jay Ashcroft at Bootheel Conservative Republicans event on 9/11

Columbia Missourian: Liberal groups to hold special entitlement rally Tuesday night; CoMo for Progress, others demand more federal handouts for “local marginalized communities that have been disproportionally hurt by social inequities”

St. Joseph News-Press: In an era of pandemic government handouts, local businesses wonder: Where have all the workers gone? Thoughts from Missouri Office of Workforce Development’s Dr. Mardy Leathers, others

SNL: Marijuana industry group says Missouri cannabis companies filled more than 4,500 jobs since last year

St. Louis Public Radio: 25 years of “St. Louis on the Air”

Joplin Globe: Gov. Parson awards Lamar church members public safety medals

Missouri Independent: Missouri launches Office of Childhood to expand services for children and families; Thoughts from Aligned’s Linda Rallo, Children’s Trust Fund’s Emily van Schenkhof, Kids Win Missouri’s Casey Hanson, others

The Missouri Times: What does the Texas abortion law mean for Missouri?

St. Louis Public Radio: Pro-life lawmakers, pro-choice groups weigh in on Texas abortion controversy; Thoughts from Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), others

The Missouri Times: ‘Next steps’ series: Ombudsman fund for students with disabilities

Missouri Independent: LGBTQ display finds new home at Lohman Building; Sen. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) tops himself with new “closet” metaphor

KC Star: LGBTQ history exhibit gets new home

P-D: DNR moves gay display to adjacent state building Greg Razer’s superminority party status “gives him almost zero influence in Jeff City and his work on behalf of Kansas City, Missouri could be documented on the back of a matchbook” – but he successfully stirred outrage and got himself nationwide attention

Columbia Missourian: As gay display tizzy subsides, local lawmakers reflect

CDT: Columbia Public Schools parent group, who has led opposition to Critical Race Theory, succeeds in getting Black Lives Matter and gay pride promo items removed from Columbia Public Schools

SNL: Regional China virus update: Greene County reports show weekly average number of cases, and deaths, dropped in August

KC Star: Regional China virus update: Seven-day rolling average of cases continues to drop

SE Missourian: Regional China virus update

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Jackson): Transportation funding hike makes new Missouri school choice law a win for rural districts

P-D American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow/Oregon State University “urban greenspaces” scholar/PhD candidate Aaron Anderson: How the fight to save endangered species on the Mississippi River lost its funding: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley, others to blame

P-D’s Tony Messenger: In Missouri, LGBTQ stories aren’t allowed in the ‘people’s house’ while GOP is in charge

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: For decades, the Missouri AG’s office has blocked justice for the wrongly convicted

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