Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Missouri political news headlines

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SNL: Funeral services announced for Springfield attorney Dee Wampler

The Missouri Times: Schmitt campaign, PAC raise $4M+ since start of campaign

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Vicky Hartzler says $3.5T reconciliation package is full of “socialist schemes,” gives examples including climate change make-work jobs, “electric bicycles,” more

The Missouri Times: Rocheport Bridge construction kicks off with groundbreaking ceremony

Columbia Missourian: I-70 Rocheport Bridge replacement underway to cross the Big Muddy for another century

CDT: Will Rocheport Bridge construction turn Interstate 70 into a parking lot? Officials say no

The Missouri Times: Cabinet Shakeup: Robert Knodell to DSS; Sarah Steelman leaves OA

SNL: Robert Knodell to take the helm at DSS during an eventful time

KC Star: Jennifer Tidball will step down as DSS chief to resume her position as the department’s chief operating officer

Missouri Independent: Gov. Parson announces director changes in five Missouri agencies

P-D: Shake-up in Missouri state government as Gov. Parson announces cabinet changes

SNL: Springfield city officials want Missouri Legislature to limit Sunshine Law, increase local control; City lobbyist Will Marrs predicts unproductive 2022 legislative session: “a lot of grandstanding for political positions in the future, like those in the General Assembly running for Congress”

The Missouri Times: Schmitt encourages local governments to sign on to $500M opioid settlement

Columbia Missourian: Schmitt urges local action following opioid settlement

P-D: Law license of longtime Missouri marijuana legalization advocate Dan Viets suspended in conflict-of-interest case

Missouri Independent: Permit for Ameren Missouri’s Labadie coal plant was issued lawfully, Missouri Clean Water Commission says

KC Star: Kansas City district may close, consolidate schools after years of enrollment decline

Missouri Independent: Missouri students can now ‘test to stay’ to remain in classroom after COVID exposure

SE Missourian: Rebounding from pandemic effect, Cape airport passenger volume on a steady uptick

KC Star: New COVID-19 cases on the decline

P-D: St. Louis-area COVID-19 case rates could drop to June levels by end of year, task force says

SNL: Missouri is getting COVID booster shots in arms as two-dose vaccination rate inches toward 50%; Greene County, Christian County rank above state rate for those declining COVID vaccine

Joplin Globe editorial: Missouri must ensure safety of foster children

JCNT editorial: Jurisdiction makes statement on illegal gambling machines

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: More needed to combat illegal gambling

P-D’s Tony Messenger: Dismissal of Carpenters’ union leader gives whistleblower’s allegations new life

Missouri Independent op-ed: Missouri Federation for Children’s Jean Evans: Rocky start to school year shows need for more choice in Missouri 

P-D letter: Kirkwood “Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice” sexagenarian says AG Eric Schmitt is grandstanding and has “dismal” lawsuit win rate

P-D letter: Frontenac sexagenarian says Missouri’s abortion center safety inspections indicate a “war on women”

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