Thursday, January 12, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum: What Jason Smith’s Ways and Means chairmanship win means for Missouri and public policy

KSHB (Kansas City): Sam Graves calls FAA computer outage ‘huge vulnerability in our air transportation system’ (link via

States Newsroom, via Missouri Independent: U.S. House Republicans pass Ann Wagner’s pro-life bill

KCUR: Up to Date: Pro-choice activist says doctors are “terrified” by Missouri’s pro-life laws; Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus’ Laura Loyacono on the brave battle against pro-life lawmakers

KC Star: Hawley calls for special prosecutor to look into Biden’s handling of classified documents

P-D: Josh Hawley, Cori Bush and Hazelwood School Board call for more radioactive testing in schools (get around stltoday paywall here)

AP: More radioactive tests sought at St. Louis County school district

This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update: Scott Faughn on House rules debate (0:20), limit on bills (0:45), how Republicans and Missouri media play a part in terrible legislation (1:45), Vescovo’s shadow committees (3:30), the two real rules of the House (6:25), Patterson and Haffner (7:25); Stephen Webber’s campaign for state Senate (8:30); Chuck Basye’s bid for school board (9:00); more on Webber’s state Senate race and other state Senate candidates, including Phil Christofanelli (12:40); Lucas Kunce’s U.S. Senate campaign (17:45), how Democrats’ anti-white-male narrative hurts Kunce in a primary against Quinton Lucas or Brian Williams (20:00); update on Jefferson City meter-maid scam (24:10)

JCNT: Missouri Legislative Black Caucus event features Missouri Supreme Court Judge Robin Ransom, State Sen. Barbara Anne Washington (D-Kansas City) (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

AP: Missouri governor proposes 8.7% pay raise for state workers

Missouri Independent: Gov. Parson proposes raise for Missouri state employees, extra pay for night work

SNL: Governor calls for lawmakers to raise state employee wages as workforce struggles continue

JCNT: Governor recommends another wage increase for state workforce (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall)

P-D: Missouri governor eyes pay raises to address gaps in state services (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) on tax cuts, teacher pay, child care spending

SNL: Top MO education officials question if 4-day school weeks are ‘right thing for students’; thoughts from Charlie Shields, Margie Vandeven, Peter Herschend, others

Springfield Daily Citizen: Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) files bill to ban foreign entities from buying Missouri farmland (get around Springfield Daily Citizen paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Rep. Joshua Hurlbert (R-Smithville) hopes to eliminate parking meters and fees on Missouri streets

P-D: Missouri hiring private company to provide food for prisoners (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Clarifying the dress code for women legislators debated in Missouri House (get around stltoday paywall here)

SE Missourian: Missouri broadband deadline approaches (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Fox4 KC: Kansas City new home to cannabis manufacturing facility (link via

AP: Missouri boarding school under investigation will shut down

Missouri Independent: Agape Boarding School will close its doors this month after years of abuse allegations

SNL: Agape Boarding School in Stockton makes ‘voluntary’ decision to close, cites finances

KC Star: ‘I can finally sleep at night.’ Former students, others react to boarding school closing

Columbia Missourian: Missouri Department of Conservation confirms mountain lion sighting in Boone County

St. Louis Public Radio: At Martin Luther King Jr. event, Trayvon Martin’s mom urges black St. Louisans to vote and become jurors to settle the score

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Wash U. doctor helps fight systemic racism in menopause research

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho): “Do No Harm Act” would keep Missouri taxpayer-funded medical school standards high, prevent racist indoctrination at schools like Wash U.

KC Beacon’s Maria Benevento: MOScholars program gave out more than 1,000 scholarships this school year – and it could be even bigger next year

Missouri Independent op-ed: Missouri should consider Colorado’s approach to universal school lunch

Columbia Missourian’s David Rosman: Thoughts on GOP Sens. Caleb Rowden and Bill Eigel, I-70 widening and high-speed trains Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available TODAY in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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