Thursday, June 2, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times: Holly Thompson Rehder describes ‘growing up on America’s fringe’ in new memoir; pre-order available on Amazon

SE Missourian: Poplar Bluff VA to host suicide prevention summit (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here) Senator Hawley Vs. Diablo Immortal: Junior senator sought to ban “loot boxes” in 2019

P-D: Reps. Cori Bush, Emanuel Cleaver probe Hazelwood factory closure (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: LGBTQIA+ activists hold “Rainbow Kids Youth Meetup” for children

KCMO (Kansas City): Pete Mundo Show: Vicky Hartzler on KC area events, including Josh Hawley fundraiser (0:30), “statistically tied” with Greitens (0:45), agriculture as Missouri’s #1 industry (1:25), distinction as only Royals fan in the primary (2:00), July 13 debate (2:30), speculation on why Greitens and Schmitt are skipping debates (3:25), thoughts on Uvalde and school safety legislation (4:25), advantages over other GOP candidates (8:45)

KOMU (Columbia): Moms Demand Action holds media event; Four men and three women, wearing masks, shuffle into Roy Blunt’s Columbia office

SNL: Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) tells Chamber that business priorities depend on GOP split in Senate

The Heartlander: Highest rate of Missouri state senators facing primary challengers since 2014

The Heartlander: Missouri group’s tracking of extreme ‘woke’ activity for parents brings venomous backlash, death threats, from the left

Columbia Missourian: Department of Economic Development requests public input on broadband program

KC Star: Missouri elections clerk vows to protect voter rolls from people in court guardianships

Missourinet: State budget proposal contains additional federal funding to launch a national 988 crisis hotline

P-D: Enrollment ticking up in Missouri’s expanded Medicaid program (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Missouri hopes to finally shrink months-long wait times for Medicaid coverage

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Hospital Association says St. Louis-area hospitals see an increase in vacant nursing positions

JCNT: State funding two community development projects in Capital City (get around News-Tribune paywall here)

Washington Missourian: MoDOT to seek public input following Highway 100 study

Missouri Ruralist: Avian influenza spread slows in Missouri’s poultry flocks; Missouri Department of Agriculture lifts suspension of waterfowl auctions, shows and swap meets

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis City health director says she’s considering mask mandate as coronavirus spreads again

P-D: COVID-19 hospitalizations still well below last summer’s peak (get around stltoday paywall here)

Spectrum Local News (Charter Communications, St. Louis): Missouri Department of Conservation says wild black bears on the move now

KC Star: Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D): Female criminal shot by Kansas City police on Friday was holding gun

KC Star: Activists rally for woman shot by Kansas City police, say they do not believe photograph showing female pointing gun; Protestor on potential riots/looting: “The block was getting hot” Despite irrationally exuberant “advocacy” from a newspaper columnist, photo shows female with gun fleeing police

KC Star’s Toriano Porter, 5/31/22: KC police officers shot an unarmed pregnant black woman, who was exiting her car peacefully

P-D op-ed: SLU professor/Democratic pollster Ken Warren: Republicans ignore poll data showing clear and overwhelming public support for various gun control measures (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL’s Claudette Riley: Far-right Missouri group’s list of 12 ‘Woke Hotspots’ doesn’t accurately reflect the facts

The Missouri Times op-ed: Citizens for Modern Transit and the Missouri Public Transit Association Executive Director Kim Cella: Transit funding could finally be back on track

P-D op-ed: Kendall Martinez-Wright: Want to talk about resilience? Try being trans in rural Missouri. (get around stltoday paywall here)

SE Missourian letter: Cape Girardeau septuagenarian longs for “the golden age” when Senator Jack Danforth voted with Democrat Tom Eagleton, says Roy Blunt – who is not running for re-election – should not be re-elected (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D letter: St. Louis City septuagenarian says Josh Hawley can’t relate to school shootings because his kids are in private school (get around stltoday paywall here)

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