Wednesday, March 2, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: Josh Hawley sits out State of the Union because he didn’t want to be tested for COVID-19

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: U.S. Rep. Billy Long on being relegated to gallery for SOTU viewing

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler on being punished by Twitter for stating biological facts (1:45); Biden’s “scare tactics” on COVID restrictions and SOTU (5:00); top issues including inflation, illegal aliens from Mexico, fentanyl, energy crisis (5:45); Biden’s mistakes on Russia-Ukraine (6:45)

Missouri Independent: Missourians can now apply for mortgage handouts via federal COVID-relief funds

SNL: MSU professor Stephanie Hein (D) running against GOP Rep. Craig Fishel in southeast Springfield

P-D: Missouri lawmaker involved in FBI tracking probe not seeking reelection; Dottie Bailey says she is moving out of Eureka district

JCNT: Gov. Parson selects acting DHSS director from within the department

St. Louis Public Radio: Longtime Missouri health department administrator Paula Nickelson named acting director

Columbia Missourian: Paula Nickelson takes on acting DHSS director post

P-D: Missouri governor names new health chief after GOP faction sank previous pick

Missouri Independent: Missouri governor picks new acting health director after ouster of his original choice

JCNT: Missouri state employee retirement system to meet on Russian investments

Columbia Missourian: MOSERS to hold emergency meeting about divesting Russian investments; Comments from State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick

Missouri Independent: Scott Fitzpatrick calls on Missouri pension funds to sell Russian investments in wake of Ukraine war

P-D: Missouri state officials join push to put financial pressure on Russia

KC Star: Missouri pushes to shed Russian holdings from pension funds, but it will take time

P-D: Republicans seek new route to impose work requirements on Missouri Medicaid recipients

The Missouri Times: Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee’s Summit) introduces legislation to protect families from having their children ‘abducted by Children’s Mercy Hospital’

Missourinet: “Save Women’s Sports Act” from Sen. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) would prohibit males from participating in female athletic sports

P-D: Bill to keep males from competing in female sports up for debate

Columbia Missourian: Deadly force bill resurfaces in House hearing

Missouri Independent: Bill that would decriminalize needle exchange programs passes Missouri Senate committee

Columbia Missourian: House debates bill that would ban drones from filming personal property

JCNT: February storms used over half of MoDOT’s winter funds

SE Missourian: State road fatalities down from 2021 so far

Brownfield Ag News: Feral hog elimination efforts increase in Missouri

SNL: Bennett Spring State Park sees 1,250 trout tags sold March 1 with more expected opening day

KC Star editorial: Dear Sen. Hawley: Increasing US oil production would have no impact in Ukraine

JCNT editorial: State pay hikes welcome

SNL op-ed: Missouri State University assistant sociology professor Kyler Sherman-Wilkins: Critical race theory, under attack by state lawmakers, is “quite relevant to black liberation”

KCUR’s Dan Margolies: Justice Department says Missouri’s gun law is causing ‘significant harm’ to public safety

KCUR’s Jodi Fortino: Transgender kids testify against Missouri bill banning them from sports

Columbia Missourian’s Connor Giffin: Bill restricting trans athletes sees strong resistance from LGBTQ groups, and NPR poll proves such bills are unpopular

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: UMKC scores $500k contract to investigate if Missouri is once again failing to equitably employ minority-owned and women-owned businesses

P-D letter: St. Louis City septuagenarian thinks Missouri Republicans should ban Josh Hawley, Eric Greitens from GOP ticket

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