Tuesday, August 8, 2023 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times op-ed: Combest: How I learned to stop worrying and love the media

Missourinet: Hawley talks about the massive backlog of passport applications

KCMO: Pete Mundo Show: U.S. Rep. Mark Alford on fentanyl crisis and his public forum in Belton (1:40); “Mexican cartels are in bed with the Chinese communist government” to bring fentanyl through “porous” U.S.-Mexico border (4:10); local opioid deaths and potential for bipartisan legislation (6:10)

Fox Business News: Mark Alford: Democrats ‘scared to death’ Trump is going to start cleaning house if he wins in 2024

St. Louis Public Radio: Photos: Missouri lawmakers find uniting bipartisan cause – beating Illinois in softball

KC Star: Missouri Republican lawmakers sue over estimated cost of abortion rights ballot measure (avoid KC Star paywall by reading free syndicated version on Yahoo! News here)

P-D: New lawsuit further complicates efforts to restore abortion rights in Missouri (get around stltoday paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) and state Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) file lawsuit challenging cost estimate of Missouri abortion-rights amendment

Missourinet: State continues work to address low teacher retention rates

Missourinet: What you need to know about Missouri’s plan to help recover from recent severe weather

Missourinet: Smithfield Foods informs state of plans to close 35 hog operations in Missouri

Reuters: Smithfield Foods closing 35 hog farm sites in Missouri

Southeast Missourian: Tyson Foods to shutter Dexter, Missouri, plant (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

P-D: Tyson plant closures hit two small Missouri towns (get around stltoday paywall here)

SNL: MSU’s Clif Smart gets a ‘well done’ and 5% raise from board, contract end date stays same

Southeast Missourian: Missouri Vietnam Wall Run to be held in September; former statewide GOP candidate Jack Jackson to speak (get around Southeast Missourian paywall here)

Missouri Independent: Three-quarters of Missouri nursing homes have had health inspections in past two years

JCNT: Contractors are expected to finish roadwork in front of the Missouri Capitol Building this week

JCNT: Missouri Department of Conservation to host archery, atlatl course

P-D editorial: St. Louis case of African People’s Socialist Party raises the Trumpian question of when speech becomes criminal (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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