Wednesday, March 8, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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P-D: Feds probe St. Louis-area church, nonprofit that claimed millions in federal food aid (get around stltoday paywall here)

FLASHBACK: 8/27/22: P-D editorial: Missouri’s worst-in-the-nation stinginess toward poor kids speaks volumes; suspecting foul play in summer lunch program is nonsense (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Event promo: Massive public art exhibition will highlight historical injustices in St. Louis: “Counterpublic” multimillion-dollar display to highlight “environmental racism,” “toxic flooding,” etc.

SNL: Springfield police seized record amount of heroin/fentanyl in 2022; narcotics division leader says majority of meth and heroin is manufactured in Mexico and transported across the border

93.9 the Eagle (Mid-Missouri): Wake Up Mid-Missouri: Jay Ashcroft responds to Missouri Independent piece criticizing state’s withdrawal from Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) (-8:40); paper ballots (-5:00); response to Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon’s criticism (-3:45); why he planned to skip the Missouri Times event honoring J.J. Rizzo: “I have a real problem going to honor someone who was actually elected based on vote fraud” (-2:50)

Columbia Missourian: Missouri voting law changes continue a national trend

KOMU: Gun safety advocates rally at the Capitol for first time since 2020

JCNT: Moms Demand Action turns out 150 for gun-control rally (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT, February 2020: Moms Demand Action turns out 600 for gun-control rally (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT, February 2019: More than 450 Moms Demand Action volunteers flood Capitol to support ‘common sense gun reform’ (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

JCNT: Bill from Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) gives disabled veterans tax exemption (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Fox 2 St. Louis: What’s left as lawmakers approach session’s halfway mark: Open enrollment, initiative petitions, protecting minors from sex-change hormones and surgeries, protecting girls’ sports, more

SNL: Missouri Republicans take a stand against racism, “discriminatory ideology” in hiring

SNL: New Missouri school report cards rank fewer schools at highest level

Missourinet: DESE score report: “low-income, black, Hispanic, English language learning students and students with disabilities” continue to underperform

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri releases new school performance data; University City School District Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley says COVID racism hurts black test scores

Missouri Independent: Latest testing data show K-12 student performance dropped dramatically across Missouri

P-D: New rating system shows decline for Missouri schools as open enrollment gains support (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: House moves open enrollment effort forward

Missouri Independent: Open enrollment legislation wins first-round approval in Missouri House

Columbia Missourian: Senate bills take aim at MSHSAA home school policy

JCNT: Senate Education panel hears bill to move school board elections (get around Jefferson City News Tribune paywall here)

Columbia Missourian: House gives initial approval for stricter sex trafficking laws

P-D: Missouri Senate begins debate on protecting minors from gender transition drugs, mutilation (get around stltoday paywall here)

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri House passes resolution for legislative control over state road fund

Fox News: St. Louis DA shoved ‘aggressive’ racial equity agendas into daily prosecution decisions using Soros-linked org; comments from St. Louis Police Officers’ Association’s Jane Dueker

KC Star: Missouri would be only state in country that taxes food but not guns under GOP bill

KC Star: Federal judge tosses Missouri gun law, ruling it ‘exposes citizens to greater harm’

AP: Federal judge strikes down Missouri gun law as unconstitutional

SNL: Judge rules MO gun law blocking federal statutes is unconstitutional

P-D: Federal judge tosses Missouri gun law panned by St. Louis police, officials (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Federal judge rules Missouri’s ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ unconstitutional

Daily American Republic: Failed gun law had many flaws

P-D: House committee hears testimony on compensation for St. Louis-area residents exposed to radioactive waste (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Two former students suing Agape Boarding School in federal court

KC Star: Kansas City pets are getting sick from weed after MO legalization. Local vet has tips

KC Star editorial: Josh Hawley is right: The GOP is dead. Pompeo and Trump are fighting over its corpse (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version at Columbia Missourian)

KC Star editorial: Landlords sometimes need help, but Missouri needs to protect renters, too

P-D op-ed: UMSL professor emeritus Richard Rosenfeld: Don’t let state control St. Louis City’s police (get around stltoday paywall here)

Midwest Newsroom “investigative reporter” Kavahn Mansouri, via KCUR: Missouri banned police from enforcing federal gun laws. A judge ruled that’s unconstitutional

Columbia Missourian’s Olivia Sklenka: Missouri’s Senate Democrats point out irony of GOP transgender stance – but Republicans dig in their heels

P-D letters: St. Louis City man says Gov. Parson, Andrew Bailey and GOP state lawmakers to blame for urban crime; St. Louis City octogenarian complains about Missouri’s lack of political moderates; LaBarque Creek man wants more state gun control laws (get around stltoday paywall here) John Combest: Stalking, Harassment, Internet Trolling: A Guide to Recovering and Rebuilding After Online Attacks – available in paperback and Amazon Kindle

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