Friday, February 17, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: Hawley says Schmitt will “do a great job” on Senate Armed Services Committee

SE Missourian: Peter Kinder honored with Lifetime Achievement award by Missouri GOP (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: At St. Louis conference, Merrick Garland heralds crime “interruption” – in which community activists prevent people from committing crimes before they happen

JCNT: House bill would make checking car door handles illegal; Tom Robbins details how his neighborhood was invaded by pack of marauding teenage hoodlums (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Profile: Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo’s wife

P-D: Lamar Johnson’s exoneration, release from prison prompts legislation for state restitution (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT: Missouri announces child care grants (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Bills to extend health care coverage for pregnant women weighed by lawmakers

SNL: CoxHealth to stay in-network for foster care, Medicaid clients

P-D: Protections for female athletes survives Missouri House panel (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Joseph News-Press: GOP Rep. Mazzie Boyd’s former hair stylist criticizes drag show legislation; Drag queen “Bobbie Bliss” fantasizes about his/her next face-to-face convo with freshman rep John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

Missouri Independent: Missouri House approves bill aimed at blocking local EV charging station mandates

Missourinet: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) wants stiffer penalties for police dog deaths

JCNT: Bill would require fingerprinting for marijuana industry (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KSMU: Civil lawsuit alleging child abuse at Agape boarding school gets trial date

P-D: St. Charles shuts 6th drinking-water well due to contamination; EPA issues new cleanup orders to Ameren (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: Missouri Department of Conservation explains why we’re seeing more mountain lions than usual this winter

P-D editorial: On electric vehicle charging stations, state GOP turns to overregulation as the answer (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: Missouri wrongly convicted them. They shouldn’t need to beg with a GoFundMe to get by

NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait: Fight the anti-trans backlash with accountability, not silence; “if Reed’s allegations are proved correct, it will take its place among the gravest medical scandals in modern American history”

SNL’s Galen Bacharier: Missouri’s Republican supermajorities advance legislation aimed at transgender youth

Missouri Independent’s Annelise Hanshaw: Proposed ban on gender-affirming care expanded to include incarcerated Missourians

Washington Missourian letter: Missouri Tax Relief Now’s Dennis Ganahl supports bills to freeze seniors’ home values

JCNT letter: Lohman octogenarian imagines GOP education legislation will create “a staff of inspectors to prowl about the state schools” (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

KC Star letter: Kansas City man says “national and international” coverage of Missouri’s conservative legislation makes him feel embarrassed (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on AOL here)

Joplin Globe letter: Pacific octogenarian, who lost state rep race in 37-point nailbiter, says Missouri lawmakers “insane” about guns (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

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