Friday, April 22, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Insurance policy covered sexual assault lawsuit settlement, Steve Roberts’ campaign says; Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo (D-Independence) stands up for Roberts (avoid stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis City), censured by Missouri House after ethics investigation, threatens lawsuit

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Event promo: Come attend the UMKC Pride Breakfast for “LGBTQIA+” next Wednesday

P-D: Ex-teacher’s aide convicted of sodomizing second grader in Florissant; Deonte Taylor, 39, showed autistic boy pornographic videos, then sodomized him and exposed him to HIV; Taylor and his 69-year-old boyfriend then allegedly sought hitman to kill the boy and his family (avoid stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Branson men, both 34, describe Kanakuk sex abuse, call for camp to be held accountable; Camp counselor Peter Newman admitted to grooming and sodomizing boys; Victim advocates and prosecutors say victim count could be in the “hundreds”

KC Star: Event promo: Join Kevin Strickland at the Midwest Innocence Project 2022 Faces of Innocence virtual event next Wednesday; “Remarkable coverage by The Star’s Luke Nozicka helped free Strickland”; Ex-convict still waiting for his Frank White autographed bat

KWOS (Jefferson City):  The KWOS Morning Show with Austin Petersen and John Marsh: Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) on critical race theory legislation (0:45), bill to allow schools to offer Old Testament class as elective (2:45), how legislation affects school boards (4:55), banning puberty blockers for minors and keeping boys out of girls’ sports (5:00), “disastrous” Legal Missouri 2022 initiative petition (8:10)

The Missouri Times: Missouri Chamber report: state recovers most jobs lost during pandemic

Missourinet: Toyota is pumping $109 million in its manufacturing plant in Troy

St. Louis Public Radio: House passes bill providing a one-time tax credit for some Missourians

SNL: Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) cuts funds for AG Eric Schmitt; vaccine restrictions stripped from budget

P-D: Missouri Senate panel trims $500K from AG Schmitt’s budget after wave of school lawsuits (avoid stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Republican infighting makes its way into Senate budget process

SNL: Bill would make adjustments to state’s Sunshine Law

The Missouri Times: Senate holds end-of-week press conference

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) on bill to promote the state’s hardwood products industry

St. Joseph News-Press editorial: Marijuana in Missouri is for medical purposes. The industry needs to act like it.

The Missouri Times op-ed: Missouri State Board of Education’s Charlie Shields: Teacher recruitment and retention in Missouri

Missouri Independent’s Rebecca Rivas: Eviction moratoriums, designed to keep people in their homes during the pandemic, draw the ire of Missouri Republicans

St. Louis Public Radio’s Shahla Farzan: Spire seeks to raise gas rates for Missouri customers, shortly after its last increase – plus, its executives are making millions

P-D letter: Pacific octogenarian, who lost state rep election in 36-point nailbiter, says Democrats “care more about their constituents than Republican lawmakers do” (avoid stltoday paywall here)

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