Friday, June 2, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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KC Star: Schmitt says he’ll vote against debt limit deal in major Senate vote (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

Fox4 KC: Cleaver’s office handling complaints about passport delays (link via

AP: Federal appeals court halts EPA effort to impose air pollution plan in Missouri

Brownfield Ag News: Drought is getting worse in Missouri; interview with Gov. Parson

JCNT: Acting DSS, DHSS directors elevated to full status

Missourinet: Missouri’s first lady challenges kids to pay it forward this summer

Missourinet: Legislature wants to study converting Route 36 into Interstate 72; thoughts from Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph)

Missouri Independent: Missouri could shed up to 200,000 from Medicaid dole

St. Louis Public Radio: Politically Speaking podcast: House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) on 2023 legislative session KC Star shares LGBT Pride Guide

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: How two gay legislators see a way forward after a session of attacks on LGBTQ rights

Missouri Independent: Gov. Parson appoints staffer to join utility oversight board

JCNT: State Treasurer Vivek Malek trying to connect unclaimed properties, owners

St. Joseph News-Press: Bill would shift tax collection to car dealers

P-D: Car insurance crackdown could be coming to Missouri (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe: Summer camp promotes banned books; effort is sponsored by Missouri Southern State University, Joplin Public Library and Joplin’s League of Women Voters sect (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Missourinet: Missouri’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program manager says e-cigs are tempting kids into addiction

P-D: Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Jon Doolittle says Missouri’s health care staffing shortages will improve (get around stltoday paywall here)

KMIZ (Columbia): Gun-control group cheers Columbia’s “National Gun Violence Awareness Day”; wearing orange curbs urban violence

P-D: St. Louis City aldermen debate plan to rein in open-carry firearms in St. Louis (get around stltoday paywall here)

KCUR: Ralph Yarl campaign renews complaints about racism, says shooting victim now suffering from “morning headaches”

KC Star: Ralph Yarl legal team complains about prosecutor’s handling of case; Yarl participated in fundraising race photo op but “still isn’t allowed to jump on trampolines” (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D editorial: Missouri AG bets that he can keep refusing to do his job on illegal gambling (get around stltoday paywall here)

JCNT editorial: Turning page on new rule for libraries

P-D editorial: Never mind Missouri’s library censorship. That guy in makeup is the real threat. (get around stltoday paywall here)

Joplin Globe editorial: Missouri lawmakers won’t act, so it’s time for a ballot measure on “puppy mills” (get around Joplin Globe paywall here)

Missouri Business Alert’s Katie Quinn, via KBIA (Columbia): Organizations across the state serve meals to kids in need through federal program

P-D 3/8/23: 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) 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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