Good Friday, April 15, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missouri Independent’s Jason Hancock: ‘Defunding the police is totally wrong’: Trudy Busch Valentine sees Senate race as a chance to heal divisions

SNL: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lucas Kunce picks up endorsements ahead of Missouri primary election

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Book-signing event promo: California woman who moved to Missouri promotes book complaining about Donald Trump, climate change, white people eating seafood, etc.

St. Louis Public Radio: Urban school districts complain about Internet service, want federal money

CDT: University of Missouri nursing school gets $70k from CDC to teach COVID vaccine persuasion techniques; Missouri School of Journalism helps to “identify credible sources of information”

SNL: Greene County COVID-19 daily case average drops to lowest point since 2020

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Missouri truckers find themselves in the driver’s seat amid national shortage: Thoughts from Missouri Trucking Association President Tom Crawford

JCNT: State security experts call on public for support (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O’Fallon) on Rickrolling the Missouri House (0:15); red-light camera ban (2:30); concerns about $500 tax credit (5:00); election changes and initiative petitions (6:00); boys in girls’ sports (7:00); Gov. Parson and Chiefs incentives (8:15); congressional redistricting (9:00)

JCNT: Lawmakers progress biweekly pay for state employees (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

The Missouri Times: Republican Senate leadership holds end of week press conference

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House approves shortening minimum unemployment handouts to 8 weeks

Columbia Missourian: House passes bill that could rein in unemployment handouts

St. Joseph News-Press: Weekly unemployment claims increase in Missouri as legislation seeks to limit handouts (hop over News-Press paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Senate committee cuts Rock Island Trail funding until next fiscal year

Missouri Independent: Despite concerns over cost, Missouri charter school funding boost still expected to move

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R-Shelbina) explains benefits of open enrollment bill

KC Star: Missouri bill allows school district elections to keep boys out of K-12 girls’ sports

SNL: Missouri bill would allow school districts to hold elections on protecting girls’ K-12 sports

P-D: Culture issues, voting take center stage in Missouri House

JCNT: Katy Trail bike ride with state lawmakers on tap April 25 (hop over News-Tribune paywall here)

P-D editorial: Senate decorum falls by the wayside to set the record straight on Josh Hawley (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

P-D editorial board’s “Up for Discussion” video series: Tod Robberson and Kevin McDermott cheer Hawaii senator’s roasting of Josh Hawley

Joplin Globe editorial: We share Bill White’s frustration with Missouri Senate’s Conservative Caucus

P-D’s Tony Messenger: On Jan. 6 sentences, definition of justice depends on one’s point of view (hop over Post-Dispatch paywall here)

Missouri Independent’s Phill Brooks: Rethinking Missouri Senate filibusters

KC Star’s Kacen Bayless: Missouri’s ‘parents bill of rights’ follows national GOP strategy of attacking critical race theory and public education

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