Wednesday, June 21, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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Missourinet: Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) on secretary of state campaign, “Office of Election Integrity,” more

St. Louis Public Radio: Judge rules Missouri abortion rights ballot initiatives can move forward

AP: State judge orders end to standoff over proposed abortion rights ballot measure

Missouri Independent: Judge: Missouri AG had ‘absolute absence of authority’ to question abortion initiative cost

P-D: Judge rejects Bailey’s bid to rewrite ballot language on abortion issue (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: Judge rules MO AG acted illegally, must approve fiscal note for abortion-rights ballot measure

P-D: Pro-choice advocacy group claims Missourians don’t know if birth control is legal (get around stltoday paywall here)

AP: Republican strongholds, including Utah and Missouri, have or are considering commissioning studies into psychedelics (link via Eapen Thampy on Twitter)

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air: Marijuana activist Dan Viets on expungement

P-D: PrideFest promo: Organizer prepares for protests; Broadway headliner “aware of the animosity aimed at members of the LGBTQ community” (get around stltoday paywall here)

Southeast Missourian: WWII veterans walk through memories at Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

JCNT: Gov. Parson names Jamie Birch new policy director

SNL: Missouri State University names new ‘inclusive engagement’ leader; Algerian Hart bemoans “a lot of noise” from Missouri politicians about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

KC Star: Can you text at a stop light in Missouri? State law says it depends how old you are (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

JCNT: Missouri Capitol Police officer suing agency over handling of internal investigations

P-D: Hay scammers trick Missouri farmers into buying nonexistent bales (get around stltoday paywall here)

P-D: Ameren makes plans to add four new solar projects by 2026, able to power about 95,000 homes (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Ameren Missouri plans solar farms that can power 95,000 homes

JCNT: Union, NAACP at odds with Ameren over workers doing their job on Juneteenth “holiday”

Southeast Missourian: Water level at historic lows, but river traffic clear to continue (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D editorial: St. Louis has a way to confront open-carry of guns. Politics shouldn’t derail it. (get around stltoday paywall here)

KC Star editorial: Josh Hawley knows better about slavery and Juneteenth. But he just wants to fight (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

KC Star op-ed: Joel Mathis: Hawley should drop the schoolboy bluster over US-China diplomacy (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D’s Tony Messenger: From St. Louis to the White House, Mexican alien advocates for fellow DREAMers (get around stltoday paywall here)

Columbia Missourian op-ed: Show-Me Institute’s Susan Pendergrass: Missouri becomes an education island while neighboring states embrace school choice Local election roundup: winners and losers

River City Journalism Fund sponsored content, delivered by St. Louis Public Radio: Extreme heat is coming. What is St. Louis doing about systemic environmental racism and ‘the silent killer’ of climate change?

St. Louis Public Radio “Race, identity & culture” content creator Andrea Henderson: Amazon workers in St. Peters threaten to unionize; 19-year-old former loading dock worker says hardships of her job involved “constantly moving (her) hands and feet” and standing on a concrete surface 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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