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        Friday, October 20
       
Missourinet:  Jason Smith to wrap up southern Missouri tour today
          SNL:  Billy Long brings top federal arts official to Springfield for tour of the town X
          Missourinet:  Liberal group stages event to pester Billy Long
          P-D:  Trumka talks unions' agenda as AFL-CIO convenes in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Open enrollment for Obamacare begins Nov. 1 amid 'daily confusion'
          SNL:  MSU among hundreds of colleges signing pro-DACA letter to Congress X
          KWMU:  Federal grants will help school districts dealing with non-English-speaking immigrants
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Pacific) not running for U.S. Senate, sets sights on auditor race instead X
          Missourinet:  Petition seeks constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid in Missouri is approved;  Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon prescribes dose of realism
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Andrew County Collector Phillip Rogers to run for Delus Johnson's state rep seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  The Kelley Group's Show Me Victories
          The Missouri Times:  Governor pitches Missouri to Amazon, touting hyperloop and the future
          KWMU:  St. Louis and Missouri submit bids for Amazon's 2nd headquarters
          Missourinet:  Missouri pitches to Amazon a three-city innovation corridor
          AP:  Missouri proposed innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home
          AP:  Hyperloop One:  Missouri among top 5 for high-speed track
          P-D:  Missouri banking on futuristic tube travel in bid for Amazon HQ2
          KC Star:  KC area's secret bid for Amazon HQ offers a few sites. Where could it go?
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens appoints Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) as next Associate Circuit Judge for Carroll County
          P-D:  Greitens names Joe Don McGaugh to judicial post
          SNL:  Greitens appoints Amy Dent as new Christian County auditor X
          JCNT:  Earthquake drill highlights some longtime faults in state's preparedness X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Greitens' statement on Veterans Treatment Court graduation rates rated "Mostly True"
          SNL:  U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission says new discrimination law won't imperil Missouri's federal funding X
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender caseloads
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules against public defenders' stunt
          Drebes:  As the State Board of Education Turns:  Team Greitens could boot Margie Vandeven after all
          KWMU:  Special education teachers spread thin in St. Louis region
          CDT:  Members picked to rename Lee school;  Reference to Civil War figure deemed insensitive to certain groups X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of October 19, 2017
          P-D:  At public forum on West Lake Landfill, EPA officials entertain theories from amateur epidemiologists
          KWMU:  Despite overwhelming weight of scientific evidence that no radioactive material moved, EPA to conduct further testing at West Lake Landfill;  Activists celebrate "huge win"
          SNL:  As Missouri's elk herd grows, elk hunting season might be just around the corner X
          P-D:  St. Louis police say their efforts to corral herd of protesters and rioters was lawful and appropriate
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Let's apply fringe West Lake Landfill gals' group "Just Moms STL" logic to Obamacare and frolic in the absurdity
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Trump's decisions on health care likely to hurt Missourians
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Columbia activists freaking out about Robert E. Lee school name should focus on academics instead
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        Thursday, October 19
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill criticizes GOP for not giving specifics about proposed tax changes
          CDT:  Hartzler bills seek to spur VA recruiting X
          CDT:  Few revisions expected by Congress from 2014 farm bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler outlines plans for new farm bill
          The Missouri Times:  Anarchy in the 8th:  Democrats score big win over Republicans by placing Jacob Turk on the ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) to run for Brian Munzlinger's state Senate seat
          Missourinet:  Republicans jockey for position in race to replace Munzlinger
          The Missouri Times:  As many as 7 candidates face off for Republican nomination for Paul Fitzwater's HD 144 seat
          Drebes:  Ryan Nonnemaker leaving Bob Onder's office
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City):  Greitens and GOP knew new law would cause loss of federal funds
          P-D:  Restoring $35 million in cuts affecting old, handicapped proving tough for Republicans
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers, locals look at addressing opioid epidemic X
          Missourinet:  More than 500,000 Missourians prepare for annual earthquake drill today
          P-D:  FBI in St. Louis arrests four sex traffickers, rescues teenage girl
          Missourinet:  Young prostitutes, pimps captured in trafficking crackdown
          Columbia Missourian:  Forum:  MU Title IX leader needs deep understanding of range of people, systems
          KWMU:  Hawley takes dim view of attorney general reviewing police-involved killings
          Columbia Missourian:  "Race Matters, Friends" seek volunteers to sit in on local traffic case hearings, document perceived "unfair treatment"
          P-D:  Top-level EPA officials to sit through West Lake Landfill activists' "community listening session"
          KWMU:  First wave of Stockley verdict protesters and rioters might get off scot-free
          P-D:  Judge:  Testimony about St. Louis City police conduct during protests 'very, very concerning'
          JCNT editorial:  Galloway's audit shows need to improve tracking of tax breaks X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  NARAL's Alison Dreith:  Hawley takes his anti-choice obsession to the U.S. Senate
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee:  Satan worshippers threatening Missouri values
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Blunt, Hartzler should flip-flop on health care
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        Wednesday, October 19
       
The Missouri Times:  October quarterly filings:  What we learned
          Jensen:  McCaskill unwise to kick off campaign with liberal Al Franken
          SNL:  McCaskill gets wooed by White House to join tax-overhaul effort
          P-D:  McCaskill:  'Honest, sloppy' mistake led her to blame cancer ordeal for going MIA on DEA
          SNL:  McCaskill admits 'sloppy' mistake on where she was when DEA bill was signed
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Trump's "sabotage" of Obamacare could be remedied by legislation
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt pitch Kansas City and St. Louis for Amazon's second headquarters
          Missourinet:  Mizzou economist hopes Amazon does not choose Missouri for second HQ:  "Missouri would be the biggest sucker"
          KC Star:  KC wants all $40 million available from feds for Buck O'Neil bridge fix
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Roe's consulting empire expands with acquisition of California-based Revolvis
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Shelbina businesswoman Cindy O'Laughlin (R) enters race for state Senate
          KTVO (Kirksville):  North Missouri businesswoman Cindy O'Laughlin announces state Senate run
          Chicago Tribune:  Tax Foundation report:  Missouri ranks 16th in tax climate for business
          Missourinet:  Transportation task force debates increase in gas tax
          Missourinet:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) reacts to House Ethics Committee
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard:  Not considering filing St. Louis City-County merger 'at this time'
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of October 17, 2017
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College ready for accreditation visit
          JCNT:  High-tech political learning on wheels;  Students board C-SPAN bus
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau's increasing homicide rate tied to drugs
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Fox News contributor's statement about St. Louis City and nation's highest crime rate rated "Mostly True"
          P-D:  Protesters make a scene at court hearing on Galleria arrests;  Pack circles, howls at woman who spoke in support of police
          KWMU:  Protesters' agitation has led to increased earnings for police officers;  Wash U. economics prof calls protesters' economic relevance "miniscule"
          Messenger:  Military officer snubbed by Greitens in quest for answers on violent arrest
          KC Star editorial:  What KC can learn from bidding for Amazon's HQ2
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Hartzler makes herself scarce for town halls, spends time with district youth instead
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man responds to piece on Galloway audit, wants legislators to stop handing out tax breaks
          KC Star letter:  Kansas octogenarian offended by editorial on age limits for elected officials
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        Tuesday, October 17
       
The Missouri Times:  October 2017 Missouri quarterly campaign finance filings
          KWMU:  Missouri auditor candidates amass cash for 2018 election
          JCNT:  Leonard Steinman launches U.S. Senate race;  Key plank involves replacing herbicides with hoes X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt team up to pitch Missouri for new Amazon headquarters
          SNL:  White House to host Speaker-elect Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), others for tax talk today X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Greitens, other GOP governors plead with Trump in Renewable Fuels Standard letter
          The Missouri Times:  Hawthorne Foundation brings Greitens to Europe for second trade mission
          Missourinet:  Greitens to depart for second trade mission
          The Missouri Times:  Ethics Committee to advance to preliminary hearing after Warren Love's Facebook comment
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee will hold hearing about lawmaker's Facebook post
          AP:  Ethics panel to review complaint against Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola)
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmaker who made 'hang 'em' remark on Facebook will face ethics complaint
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe on This Week in Missouri Politics:  Transportation, education, tax-credit overhaul big issues of 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Schroer on TWIMP:  Criminals impeding traffic puts law-abiding Missourians at risk
          CDT:  University of Missouri System picks top GOP aide Dustin Schnieders for staff lobbyist X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri System hires director of governmental relations to oversee day-to-day operations
          SNL:  Safer schools is mission of new group formed in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Webster Groves) lists Democratic superminority's dreams, including ending tax breaks for job creators, raising minimum wage, etc.
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill exposes the unholy alliance between regulators and opioid profiteers
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens needs more transparency;  Blocking woman who used "puke" emoji on Facebook was foolish X
          P-D op-ed:  Judy Baker:  Threatened Medicaid, CHIP programs are vital to our health care system
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  If the EPA wants to excavate the West Lake Landfill, the truck stops here
          P-D letter:  Veteran St. Louis City protesters says urban youth need education, not woe-is-me self-pity "social justice" lessons
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        Monday, October 16
       
Missourinet:  Al Franken to visit Missouri next month to help McCaskill's re-election campaign
          Washington Missourian:  McCaskill talks re-election, voting trends
          P-D:  Profile:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith meets with Pence on tax overhaul, will tour southern Missouri this week
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Luetkemeyer applaud Trump's support of coal;  Comments from Sierra Club's John Hickey, others
          AP:  Joplin haggles with FEMA over tornado repairs
          JCNT:  C-SPAN to wheel into Jefferson City on rolling bus tour of state capitals X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Mike Kehoe on transportation funding, Cierpiot's election, HUD and discrimination bill, Chappelle-Nadal;  Panel of Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Mindy Mazur, David Barklage, Anne Schweitzer talk Trump's health care order and Senate Republicans' lack of testicular fortitude, McCaskill's re-election, discrimination bill and HUD money, bill to stiffen penalties for human roadblocks, more
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Knight wins nomination for special election to replace Sandy Crawford
          Drebes:  Jamilah Nasheed's birthday bash fundraiser today
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) to run for Senate President Pro Tem X
          KC Star:  Criminals are stealing more firearms than ever - and KC gun owners are making it too easy
          P-D:  Two slain, a dozen injured in St. Louis City shootings since Saturday morning;  Shootings lead to zero (0) street protests
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri delegation should oppose NRA on guns
          CDT editorial:  Auditing tax breaks:  Galloway finds another oversight X
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        Sunday, October 15
       
SNL:  Mizzou economics professor Aaron Hedlund, weighing GOP Senate bid, talks to Greene County Pachyderms X
          CDT:  Josh Hawley on similar career path as John Danforth X
          KC Star:  Josh Hawley attends Americans for Prosperity seminar in New York
          P-D:  Paul Curtman could challenge David Wasinger in GOP bid for state auditor nomination
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer expresses frustration with U.S. Senate's lack of action of health care, tax overhaul and immigration protections
          P-D:  Upset by players' disrespect, St. Charles VFW post stops showing NFL games
          Washington Missourian:  Local Korean War Veterans group opposes NFL players being 'disrespectful to the flag, the national anthem and veterans wo served their country"
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Missouri Faith Voices on the warpath for peace, social justice
          P-D:  Missouri farmers talk challenges, opportunities enabled by decades-old weedkiller dicamba and new application regulations
          P-D:  Downtown protesters block traffic
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  Well-fed Caucasoid displays "EAT IT" tattoo whilst blocking traffic, more
          P-D editorial:  Galloway's review of legislative tax breaks lists 8-year cost to Missouri at $8 billion and up
          Messenger:  Protesters' disruptions earn capitulation from Mayor Lyda Krewson
          KC Star letters:  Kansas men criticize Koch brothers and tax cuts
          SNL letter:  Sen. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield):  Teamsters, trial lawyers goad West Lake Activists to caterwaul for costly, unnecessary "excavation" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man says North St. Louis City magnet school is correct to avoid suspensions, focus on teaching kids yoga and social justice
          P-D letter:  UMSL's J. Martin Rochester:  Public schools' focus on "diversity" is really social justice warrior indoctrination
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman responds to piece on school group's slanted curriculum
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        Saturday, October 14
       
KWMU:  St. Louis illegal immigrant profile:  Mexican who snuck into America at age 2 complains about going to school with white children, other atrocities
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Historic Kansas City theatre cancels Milo Yiannapolous event, citing security concerns
          SNL:  Area Elizabeth Warren fan makes her own trading cards of famous gals, rattles online tin cup for cash X
          KWMU:  Big names, big money come through to help medical marijuana initiative;  Comments from New Approach Missouri's Jack Cardetti, others
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Sheila Solon to run for Delus Johnson's open state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 8, 2017
          P-D:  Greitens appoints attorney Katie Fowler as St. Louis judge
          SNL:  Lower license fees for pharmacists, podiatrists and psychologists to cost state $2 million X
          Columbia Missourian:  More than 20 states, including Missouri, remain out of compliance with REAL ID law
          Missourinet:  EPA requires 2018 safeguards for popular weedkiller dicamba
          P-D:  One of three men who assaulted police officers during Ferguson riots gets probation, 'shock time'
          KWMU:  Protesters' Ferguson stunt succeeds, ends in arrests;  Congressional candidate Cori Bush (D) to police:  "You [sic] yanking her around, you could have broke [sic] her arm!"
          P-D:  Protesters block traffic in Ferguson
          P-D:  Protest photo gallery:  Millennial Caucasoids wave desecrated American flag, sit Indian-style in middle of street
          KC Star editorial:  Campaign contribution caps mean the world may never know how much Rex Sinquefield donates to conservatives
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  David Steelman's views deserve a wider airing X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens right to consider Highway Patrol for police investigations, wrong to praise cops who corralled rioters
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  McCaskill's town hall attracts mostly elderly women, features senior Senator's "frank, factual, to-the-point" answers X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man suggests Amazon remove St. Louis City from HQ consideration, look for a city whose mayor stands up to street anarchists
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        Friday, October 13
       
Bloomberg:  Under Trump, Obamacare navigators' funding teat drying up;  Comments from Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging
          SNL:  State senator who wished Trump dead links him to Hitler X
          AP:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal's latest social media post:  Comparing Trump to Hitler
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal's tweet compares Trump to Hitler
          Missourinet:  Blunt says Missouri leads the nation in mental health treatment
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact check:  Blunt statement on length of tax code rated "True"
          KWMU:  McCaskill sets blistering fundraising pace, while rival Hawley files first report
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill breaks record with $2.9 million raised this quarter
          SNL:  McCaskill, Hawley boast of fundraising totals as Missouri Senate race heats up X
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  BREAKING:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race could be expensive, competitive
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans accuse Dems of 'dirty political games' with Jacob Turk as a spoiler in SD 8
          Drebes:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) could get free pass in re-election campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Republican Jack Spooner
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley closer to prosecuting trafficking ring
          The Missouri Times:  Enacting discrimination law means Missouri could lose less than $500k/yr. in HUD funds
          SNL:  Missouri's new discrimination law imperils federal funding, HUD told state in July X
          KWMU:  New discrimination law puts Missouri at odds with HUD
          AP:  Missouri discrimination law change means funding loss
          KC Star:  Discrimination law could cost Missouri less than $500k in federal funds
          Missourinet:  Missouri's new discrimination law not in compliance with federal standards
          SE Missourian:  Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say +
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missourians invited to MDC webcast on invasive species;  Certain plants, animals travel to areas they don't belong, cause headaches and economic damage
          P-D:  Protesters congregate in Clayton outside Greitens' fundraiser, chant "Come outside/We [sic] outside!";  Group plans agitation today in Ferguson
          P-D photo gallery:  Protester howls into the night
          KWMU:  ACLU documents students' misbehavior, punishment
          AP:  Black students more likely to be punished for bad behavior, ACLU claims
          Missourinet:  ACLU report focuses on black students' behavior, punishments
          KC Star editorial:  We may need age limits for politicians, young and old;  U.S. Senate has too many octogenarians
          CDT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley's political maneuver should come as no surprise X
          P-D editorial:  The mayor came for a dialogue. Protesters tried to see who could shout the loudest.
          Columbia Missourian's Phill Brooks:  Good state regulations demand legislative expertise
          P-D letter:  Greenway Networks' Greg Poleski:  Greitens should reopen three new state parks, support new rails-to-trails state park
          KC Star letter:  Kansas woman growing tired of Greitens' incessant "athletic" tryhard chestpuffery
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        Thursday, October 12
       
SNL:  Blunt comes to Springfield to talk mental health push X
          KC Star:  Blunt says new program will help fill treatment gap in mental health care
          KWMU:  McCaskill offers Medicare option for middle-aged people at 46th town hall
          AP:  McCaskill petitions Homeland Security for help at Busch Stadium
          Missourinet:  McCaskill helps Cardinals' anti-terrorism efforts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill to GOP hopeful Josh Hawley:  Talk to Missourians X
          KC Star:  Blunt has kind words for Josh Hawley
          Missourinet:  Columbia woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Vicky Hartzler's re-election
          P-D:  New U.S. attorney vows increased focus on violent crime, opioids
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Cindy O'Laughlin enters Missouri Senate race
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Cindy O'Laughlin announces run for Missouri state Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Lathrop Gage joins with Gallagher Consultants to form new consulting firm
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  National Review's David French talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about anti-free-speech stance of college thinskins and Trump's pro-Pledge stance against NFL owners
          P-D:  National Review columnist tackles free speech, NFL protests in talk at Wash U.
          SNL:  Greitens:  'The flag brings real patriots to their feet, not their knees' X
          P-D:  In video, Greitens makes pitch for Amazon HQ to choose Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  Inaccurate fiscal notes worsen 'budget crisis in Missouri'
          KWMU:  Galloway audit finds Missouri not accurately tracking tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit says tax-incentive system does not adequately show fiscal impact
          AP:  Galloway:  State lacks tracking of tax breaks
          AP:  Missouri gets 4 more months to comply with REAL ID Act
          The Missouri Times:  #moleg podcast:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks transportation, Senate and his bid for pro tem
          Drebes:  Schatz swings for the fences, as annual golf fundraiser brings in six-figure sum
          The Missouri Times:  Transportation Task Force entertains ideas on how to best improve Missouri infrastructure
          Missourinet:  State task force discusses transportation funding options, including gas tax
          Missourinet:  Kehoe:  Plan to preserve care for handicapped Missourians to be submitted soon
          SE Missourian:  Child-custody advocate:  State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody +
          SNL:  MoDOT:  Open-container penalty has done some good X
          KWMU:  Activists demand state officials encroach on EPA jurisdiction and monitor radioactive waste in Bridgeton Landfill stormwater
          KWMU:  Mayor Lyda Krewson attempts to speak with protesters at forum, gets rewarded with screams and chants
          P-D:  Crowd at protester forum gets violent;  Man gets punched for suggesting Mayor Lyda Krewson be heard
          P-D photo gallery:  Angry woman screaming, grown man wearing baseball cap indoors, etc.
          KC Star editorial:  Will Greitens keep his promise to clean up state government?
          P-D editorial:  Former state lawmaker Caleb Jones and current St. Louis City alderman Sarah Wood Martin should not choose to feed their families by lobbying
          KC Star op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  Will McCaskill help fix the broken tax code?
          KCUR's Frank Morris:  Blunt continues pushing for tax cuts despite harm done to middle class, budget deficit
          P-D letter:  Bella Villa octogenarian says herds of protesters on highways could block fire trucks, ambulances
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man responds to Tod Robberson column, says black community is harmed by men who abandon the children they create
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        Wednesday, October 11
       
Missourinet:  Blunt welcomes Trump Administration's support of coal
        KWMU:  On Mental Health Day, Blunt calls for truce between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
        P-D:  Blunt suggests Trump and Corker should play nice
        KC Star:  McCaskill:  Brownback's Kansas should be 'cautionary tale' on taxes
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  In wake of Las Vegas shooting, Luetkemeyer says stories of gun owners fighting off attacks are rarely mentioned by media
        The Missouri Times:  Hawley enters 2018 Missouri Senate race
        The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Courtland Sykes respond to Hawley's U.S. Senate announcement
        SNL:  GOP competitors lob criticisms at Josh Hawley X
        Morning Consult:  Paul Curtman says he's considering state auditor bid, speaks highly of Hawley
        AP:  Hawley must unite GOP factions in Missouri Senate race
        KWMU:  Hawley announces U.S. Senate bid, setting up possible matchup with McCaskill
        KWMU:  High crime rate earns North St. Louis County's Castle Point neighborhood a cool million of taxpayer dollars to try to improve behavior
        The Missouri Times:  Democratic candidate's husband among those signing Jacob Turk's state Senate petition
        Drebes:  Martin Rucker II seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in race for Schaaf's seat
        KWMU:  Greitens isn't dismissing idea of changing who investigates police-involved killings
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) answers questions about his rap lyrics glamorizing violence against fellow African-Americans, thorough intercoursing of females
        P-D:  Protest updates:  Pack marches to location where heroin dealer pulled gun on officer, got put down;  Bruce Franks to speak at panel today, then lead group on streetwalk during business hours
        Missourinet:  Greitens:  800 new National Guard jobs are coming to Missouri
        The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue state over latest abortion law
        P-D:  Planned Parenthood sues Missouri over newest abortion law
        Missourinet:  ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit challenging new abortion regulations
        CDT:  Planned Parenthood Columbia location given green light to terminate fetuses X
        Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) wants to debate use of taxpayer money on NFL teams
        KC Star:  In wake of flag protests, Walker wants to review state money used for Arrowhead
        Messenger:  On Nate Walker, NFL protests and pack of protesters who made a scene in state Senate gallery
        CDT:  University of Missouri calls off search for staff lobbyist, will stick with Andy Blunt X
        Columbia Missourian:  Mistakes of past weak leadership won't be repeated, Steelman says
        CDT:  Curator David Steelman:  University of Missouri events of 2015 "a meltdown" X
        SNL:  MSU's gun-control panel disussion draws fewer than 50 X
        KWMU:  School districts taking responsibility for cost of ACTs after state stops paying the tab
        P-D:  Who should run St. Louis City schools? Appointed and elected school boards trying to figure that out
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Hyperloop Coalition conducting hyper loop study
        Missourinet:  Missouri state trooper accused of having sex with underage boy
        Missourinet:  Dallas Delay case highlights changes in Missouri law regarding first degree murder
        KC Star editorial:  Is it too much to ask that Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley fight fair in U.S. Senate race?
        KC Star editorial:  Don't punish protesting NFL players by cutting state money for Arrowhead Stadium
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        Tuesday, October 10
       
AP:  Josh Hawley announces bid for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Hawley makes Senate bid official X
          SNL:  Ex-Trump strategist Steve Bannon backs Hawley X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  To the surprise of no one, Hawley formally throws his hat in the ring for U.S. Senate;  Thoughts from 1/2 of P-D poli sci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          Missourinet:  Hawley releases video announcing bid for Senate
          KC Star:  Hawley challenging McCaskill for Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Quarterly fundraising numbers begin to roll in;  Analysis from Jack Cardetti and Scott Dieckhaus
          P-D:  Liberal "Media Matters" group takes aim at St. Louis conservative radio host Jamie Allman
          The Missouri Times:  Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts announces bid for SD 34
          AP:  Satanic Temple's abortion lawsuit headed to Missouri Supreme Court
          AP:  Judge rules Missouri owes $26.3 million to blind residents
          SNL:  Missouri's REAL ID waiver just expired, but Greitens says state has a plan X
          KWMU:  Likelihood of another special session getting slimmer
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Greitens to testify against Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola)
          Missourinet:  Superminority Leader invites Greitens to appear before committee to criticize Love
          SE Missourian:  College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum;  2016 Senate bill helped pave the way for flexibility +
          Missourinet:  Nasheed to file legislation regarding officer-involved deaths
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Dave Spence talk "root causes" for riots and protests
          P-D:  Two St. Louis City judges sit through hours of activist complaints involving "unfair" treatment
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri State Highway Patrol must try to find elusive qualified minority applicants X
          Hannibal Courier-Post's Eric Dundon:  Public should be more impressed than they are about journalists' use of Sunshine Law X
          P-D letter:  Black man says Post-Dispatch's milquetoast Caucasoids should stop patronizing African-Americans and start holding criminals accountable for savage behavior
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        Monday, October 9   Columbus Day
       
KWMU:  At St. Charles gun show, 2nd Amendment enthusiasts add facts to 'bump stock' hysteria
        Quincy Herald-Whig:  Local group helping residents sign up for Obamacare
        JCNT:  Rural hospitals continue to struggle in Missouri X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jay Barnes on decision to choose family over state Senate, culture of incivility and "abnormal" people, more;  Panel of Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), Jack Cardetti, Jeff Mazur, Dave Spence on abortion lawsuits, rage agitation and street protests, Josh Hawley vs. Claire McCaskill, more
        Missouri Viewpoints:  Missouri Marijuana Legalization Movement's Tim Gilio talks about campaign for recreational and medical pot;  Missouri Jobs with Justice's Richard von Glahn shares details of liberals' "Clean Missouri" plan
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts (R) to run for Schaaf's seat;  Rep. Delus Johnson (R) says he "probably will not" run X
        Drebes:  Former Rep. Jim Avery (R-Crestwood) registers as lobbyist
        Missourinet:  Columbus Day one of 12 Missouri state holidays
        Columbia Missourian:  Columbus Day now viewed through culturally-sensitive prism;  Comments from Indian coed, others
        KC Star:  Satanist wins transfer of her abortion case to the Missouri Supreme Court
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears argument against law barring convicted felon from having guns
        Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) thinks Missouri should overhaul county jail payment system
        KMOX:  Changing demographics at street protests:  More whites than blacks showing up to disrupt traffic, cause disturbances;  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) says street activation hasn't begun "for real"
        P-D:  Protesters mark 3-year anniversary of police shooting in St. Louis City;  Budding criminal VonDerrit Myers fired shots at officer, was put down
        KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Greitens and unified Legislature making sure Missouri isn't the 'Sue-Me State'
        KC Star letter:  Area pediatrician wants delegation to extend CHIP;  KC man says Hartzler is "mindless"
        P-D letter:  Webster Groves nonagenarian dislikes Blunt's position on guns
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        Sunday, October 8
       
CDT:  Thanks to husband's riches, McCaskill leads Missouri congressional delegation in wealth;  Luetkemeyer, Hartzler lead House delegation in assets X
          SNL:  Joplin's David Humphreys is Missouri's rising Republican mega-donor X
          JCNT:  Frenchman speaks to Missouri Catholic Conference, urges state to be kinder to immigrants X
          Drebes:  Urban shuffling:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis City) to take on incumbent Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter, while Josh Peters and Bruce Franks will battle for Nasheed's state Senate seat
          SNL:  Former Schweich treasurer Joe Passanise receives 'Lawyer of the Year' recognition X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says Legislature will work with Eric Schmitt to keep state pensions strong
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna says smartphones are causing dramatic increases in Missouri fatalities
          SE Missourian:  Missouri State Highway Patrol begins 'preliminary inquiry' into Oran timecard fraud allegations +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt is right to push for a fairer, simpler tax code X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Patriotic stand by College of the Ozarks on National Anthem is refreshing X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Before being judgmental about officer-involved shootings, we should imagine how we would react if faced with street savagery X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC's Allan Katz:  At upcoming "civility" forums, attendees will ring bells when political speakers get hysterical or dramatic
          P-D letter:  Florissant man suggests police impound highway-blocking protesters' cars
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        Saturday, October 7
       
Politico:  In advance of poor Obamacare enrollment numbers, McCaskill accuses GOP of "trying to sabotage the markets"
          P-D:  Federal, state lawmakers weigh in on Trump's new birth control coverage rules
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Missourinet:  GOP Senate candidate Austin Petersen says he feels 'singled out' for gun giveaway
          P-D:  Profile:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Courtland Sykes;  Instigatory online ads, written Q&A take right-wing aim at "Big Media," feminist frumps and Muslim mayhem
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri PSC commissioner - and former NFL Pro Bowler - Bill Kenney talks about anti-Trump kneeling protests
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association, other ag groups denounce Joe Maxwell's liberal "Family Farm Action" group
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of October 2, 2017
          Drebes:  GOP critic says Greitens' anti-red-tape push could be mere window dressing;  Effort likely to culminate in self-glamorizing Facebook video
          SE Missourian:  Missouri DOD Director Rob Dixon speaks at First Friday coffee, talks about need for skilled workforce +
          KWMU:  Some public defenders decline new cases after Missouri Supreme Court disciplines lawyer
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court decision means stealing convictions under state law stay in place
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt appeals PSC decision, asks Court of Appeals to re-establish Commission's authority
          The Missouri Times:  Threat assessment amendment depends on utilities bill
          P-D:  Protesters march in Ferguson, yell at police officers;  Congressional candidate Cori Bush delivers stump speech to throng
          KWMU:  State of the Riots series, Episode 2:  Editor Shula Neuman, reporter Willis Ryder Arnold:  Protesters' highway shutdown and arrests, Board of Aldermen proposal limiting police tools, more
          JCNT editorial:  Paying for college?  Consider MOST +
          P-D editorial briefs:  David Humphreys must pay the price for having lobbyist use a parking lot garage space
          P-D letter:  Missouri Pharmacy Association's Ron Fitzwater:  Pharmacists do their part in fight against meth
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        Friday, October 6
       
Washington Post:  The Axe Files:  David Axelrod talks to Jason Kander about 2020 presidential campaign, guns
          SNL:  A look at NRA activity in Missouri:  Endorsing Chris Koster (D) over Eric Greitens (R), supporting Blunt, opposing McCaskill, more X
          P-D:  List of NRA, gun-control groups' activity in Missouri
          Helling:  Blunt's support of 2nd Amendment in 2016 re-election was "a cutural signal" to voters
          Reuters:  McCaskill drafts bill in response to Allergan patent maneuver
          Politico:  Josh Hawley has a phone chat with Steve Bannon;  Comments from James Harris, Jane Cunningham
          KC Star:  Josh Hawley chats with Steve Bannon about U.S. Senate run;  Ed Martin has not ruled out a primary bid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, Truman Medical Centers' Charlie Shields talk CHIP renewal
          P-D:  Nick Pistor discusses new book 'Shooting Lincoln,' detailing photography during the Civil War
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber holds meeting in Cape Girardeau, talks Medicaid +
          JCNT:  Barnes says no to state Senate race X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) decides against state Senate run
          Dunklin Democrat:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft holds meeting in Kennett +
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt named Rodel Fellow by Aspen Institute
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about campaign-contribution limits, possible special session for in-home cuts, and suggests street-riot crowd attempt to articulate what they want
          KWMU:  Missouri Highway Patrol struggling to find qualified minority and lady applicants;  Both groups more likely than white men to throw in the towel during training
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court denies transfer of 'right to work' cases
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of October 2, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Housing Development Commission committee, annual commission meeting postponed
          Drebes:  Bumps lie ahead for Greitens' Board of Education takeover plan;  Holsman could hinder gov's plans to stack the deck
          SE Missourian:  Southeast president addresses budget challenges, opportunities during state of university address +
          P-D:  Missouri highway signs have jokes;  A look behind the sometimes-lippy humor
          Missourinet:  Study:  Missouri a "high-risk" state for drivers hitting deer;  Feeble-minded animals tend to get in way of traffic, cause damage
          P-D:  Traffic-blocking protesters begin encountering citizen opposition;  Counterprotesters gather to show support for police;  One driver doesn't let pack of protesters stop vehicle's progress
          Washington Post:  Limelight from riots, street stunts help raise urban politicians' profiles:  Mini-profiles of congressional candidate Cori Bush, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City)
          P-D editorial:  Street and mall riots less effective than civilized voting activities
          P-D editorial:  Yes to outside police investigations. No to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's poor money management and sense of entitlement.
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man wonders why anti-police editorial left out the "savagery and brutality" of protesters
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        Thursday, October 5
       
Politico:  Blunt, others unveil bipartisan criminal justice overhaul package
          Washington Post:  Blunt, bipartisan group unveil latest attempt at sentencing overhaul
          SE Missourian:  Local Moms Demand Action leader says Las Vegas shooting ruined her event:  "This was supposed to be a big party, rah-rah" +
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity to run ads targeting McCaskill on taxes
          P-D:  Missouri U.S. Senate campaign bits:  Former Kander spokeswoman Anne Feldman to Dems' superPAC;  Other Kander staffers move to Iowa to lay groundwork for presidential campaign
          AP:  Jeff Jensen confirmed as U.S. attorney for eastern Missouri
          Dunklin Democrat:  MDP Chairman Stephen Webber to hold town hall meeting tonight at Dunklin County Courthouse
          AP:  Greitens hits campaign trail for other GOP governors
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens calls for special election in HD 97, 129, 144
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) kicks off Senate District 6 campaign
          CDT:  Caleb Jones leaving Greitens office for electric co-op post X
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Jones leaving governor's office, takes VP job with Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
          Missourinet:  Caleb Jones heading to Association of Electric Cooperatives
          AP:  Caleb Jones leaves governor's office for Missouri electric co-op job
          The Missouri Times:  To honor gals' group 25-year anniversary, Greitens to hand out 25 appointments to 25 women in 25 days;  Sheena Greitens delivers the news
          Columbia Missourian:  New health care funding proposals would cut from senior tax credits
          The Missouri Times:  UM System looks to hire new in-house lobbyist, but rules could prevent some from taking the job;  Top contenders include Kelly Gillespie, Jeff Davis, David Pearce
          SNL:  Anti-Trump feminist speaks at MSU, makes dire predictions of impending American autocracy X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Statement from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) on Planned Parenthood founder and eugenics rated "Mostly False"
          Drebes:  State bids out security guard services
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) wants to increase penalties for those who block interstates without permits;  Rioters damaged cars in St. Charles last month
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  October 4, 2017
          AP:  Missouri court rules in favor of lesbian seeking custody
          P-D editorial:  Alderman's bill goes overboard to protect protesters, constrain police
          P-D letter:  Perryville sexagenarian says sometimes-columnist Bill McClellan is no longer liberal enough
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian wants state legislators to pass tighter gun laws
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        Wednesday, October 4
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill blasts Trump for saying tax plan won't benefit him
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill continues push for contractor oversight X
          SNL:  Federal CHIP funding could run out in Missouri by March X
          SE Missourian:  Delta Regional Authority to invest $2.4 million to aid economic development in region;  Comments from Peter Kinder, Jason Smith, Eric Greitens +
          Missourinet:  Missouri's Stephen Censky to serve as USDA's second in command
          The Missouri Times:  AFL-CIO announces national convention in St. Louis
          P-D:  GOP looks to hold legislative seats in special elections
          SNL:  Greitens' team creates new official social media accounts X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  student loan debt has surpassed mortgage debt
          Missourinet:  State of Missouri sending out latest wave of county jail reimbursements
          P-D:  Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood score initial win in abortion fight
          The Missouri Times:  Legal victory paves the way for three pregnancy-termination clinics
          Missourinet:  Abortion provider moving quickly to expand termination services after 8th Circuit Court decision
          AP:  New study examines how far women in each state must travel to terminate unborn babies
          SNL:  DHSS memo:  Missouri plans to require abortion providers to have a physician on-call 24/7 X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear challenge to 2008 law banning convicted felons from having guns
          The Missouri Times:  Annual conference discusses ways Missouri can move forward with energy consumption
          KC Star:  Charges dropped against illegal alien accused of on-campus rape of UMKC student;  February incident created hysteria among campus rape activists
          SE Missourian:  State declares test results for schools invalid +
          SNL:  Man nabbed after digging ginseng root on Missouri Dept. of Conservation land X
          KWMU:  Missouri conservation officials propose ban on commercial wild turtle trapping
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says fall turkey hunting could be challenging
          JCNT:  Hundreds of mid-Missouri students pray together;  "See You at the Pole" events lead to zero broken windows or assaults on law enforcement officers X
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), others participate in highway-blocking stunt;  Woman who assaulted police officer during Galleria riot addresses pack of protesters outside jail
          P-D:  Protests block highway;  Police succeed in corralling herd onto side streets
          P-D:  Alderman's proposal would limit police tools used to control rioters
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        Tuesday, October 3
       
Missourinet:  Elected officials, candidates and staff pen statements on Las Vegas
          KY3 (Springfield):  Blunt aims to give more protection to victims of domestic violence
          CNBC:  More scrutiny for Allergan over Indian tribe deal;  McCaskill calls patent partnership an "absurd loophole"
          Missourinet:  NAFTA negotiation critical for Missouri railroad company
          AP:  McCaskill unhappy with DeVos' stance on rights of those accused of campus sex assaults, wants to talk to Trump about it
          AP:  Community college sociology prof peddles book claiming citizens were harmed by mysterious government airplanes spraying chemicals;  Government study shows no evidence, but Lacy Clay wants investigation anyway
          P-D:  New campaign limits spur growth of PACs
          The Missouri Times:  Pat Rowe Kerr (R) to run for Jay Barnes' open state rep seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House seeks Publications Specialist
          AP:  Monthly survey indicates more economic growth ahead for Midwest
          The Missouri Times:  Dose of legislative reality serves as antidote for Democratic superminority's health care plan
          SNL:  Court ruling could speed up pregnancy terminations in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood wins fight to expand abortion in Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks needle-exchange bill
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri American Water case could change how Missouri decides rates
          Missourinet:  Green lender in Missouri cooperating with FBI investigation into contractor
          KWMU:  Union leader Jeff Roorda (D) to run for Jefferson County county executive
          P-D:  Pepper spray deployed effectively during Friday protest;  Black clergy hold press conference to complain
          KWMU:  Small sect of protest crowd attempts to register voters in St. Louis City
          P-D editorial:  To quell riots, St. Louis deploys a commando.
          Waters:  Race at MU:  Cartwright joins the fray X
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club rep opposes Greitens' environmental moves
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man responds to protester caterwauling, says people of his Jewish faith have faced discrimination and still manage to thrive whilst loving America
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        Monday, October 2
       
P-D's Raasch:  McCaskill, Blunt typify how Washington is adjusting to the spontaneity of Donald Trump
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Jim Avery, Judy Baker, Brianna Lennon talk Jacob Turk playing spoiler in state Senate race, Nicole Galloway's first statewide election, Democratic superminority's health care plan, St. Louis riots, more
          Drebes:  Melissa Etheridge lends name to medical marijuana group's fundraising e-mail
          Brownfield Ag News:  Josh Hawley, others attorneys general urge EPA to abolish Obama's "Waters of the U.S." rule
          P-D:  Gov. Jay Nixon reflects:  On legislators' complaints of his "aloof" approach, Ferguson riots, Rams, state parks, more
          SNL:  Restoring care for 8,000 Missourians likely means cutting tax credits for seniors X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nate Tate (R-St. Clair) talks transportation at St. Clair Chamber of Commerce meeting X
          Missourinet:  Missouri falls six months behind in paying county jail bills
          Missourinet:  National Chamber group, MATA weigh in on new GOP-backed lawsuit laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Association awareds:  Columbia Missourian wins Best Online Newspaper or Website
          P-D:  Success of St. Louis police sergeant in outsmarting rioters irks protesters
          P-D editorial:  Congress should change law hindering Missouri's Western Governors University
          P-D editorial:  Target stores right to raise minimum wage, while Missouri GOP legislators are still wrong;  Greitens lacked the courage to actually sign GOP bill
          Washington Missourian editorial:  National Newspaper Week a good time to highlight the value of small newspapers X
          KC Star letter:  Jefferson City man wants state Dept. of Conservation to treat deer the same way they treat mountain lions
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        Sunday, October 1
       
October 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          October 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          CDT:  Rural hospitals on life support in Missouri X
          Columbia Business Times:  Former journalists find life beyond the news cycle:  A look at Scott Charton, John Fougere
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  St. Louis Realtors seeks assistant director of government affairs
          CDT:  Local activists, experts say "ban the box" law is not doing minorities any favors X
          CDT:  State-school minority data:  MU sees decrease in black students since Fall 2015 race agitation;  UMSL Chancellor Tom George addresses high level of minority enrollment X
          SNL:  Drury University speaking series to host Rhode Island conservative;  Tom Nichols has a sense of humor, says many Americans act like "Cheers" know-it-all Cliff Clavin X
          SNL:  Drury University speaking series to host St. Louis liberal;  Sarah Kendzior is a feminist, bemoans Trump's "atrocities" X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Despite street-protester logic, market is best at setting wages X
          SNL editorial:  Missouri State grows, thrives despite cuts X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Ameren Missouri is right on renewables X
          P-D editorial:  Union employee who wrote pro-police tweet should get their "butt" kicked out of the job
          KWMU's David Cazeres:  Heroic protesters won't be deterred as they stomp around Galleria mall, impede traffic in Richmond Heights
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), other protesters should stop blaming white people for their problems and try marching around their own violent neighborhoods
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        Saturday, September 30
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt, Jason Smith, Jay Ashcroft work to further protect domestic violence victims
          P-D:  Blunt says he's more concerned with election-hacking attempts than Ruskies' Facebook ads
          The Missouri Times:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen banned from Facebook for AR-15 giveaway
          The Missouri Times:  New PAC signals a leadership bid for Gary Romine
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears evidence in Missouri Alliance for Freedom vs. Galloway case
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 25, 2017
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) forecasts PDMP prospects for next session
          CDT:  University of Missouri System to announce Jefferson City lobbyists next week
          KC Star:  National search for new UMKC chancellor begins
          Columbia Missourian:  UMSL, MU handed grants to train social workers to work with 'vulnerable populations';  Taxpayers spring for $1.8 million to each school
          SNL:  College of the Ozarks takes a stand for the National Anthem;  Private Christian college won't allow athletic opponents to show signs of disrespect
          AP:  D.C.-based LGBTQIA* group wants Hawley to investigate death of Joseph Matthew "Ally Lee" Steinfeld
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley hires Bryan Cave attorney to investigate alleged wrongdoings in Stockley case
          P-D:  BREAKING:  Bryan Cave among dozens of Missouri law firms contributing to Missouri political candidates
          KWMU:  After Board of Aldermen honor dope peddler who pulled gun on officer, Aldermen Joe Vaccaro and Jack Coatar ask board to honor police department
          P-D:  Aldermen Joe Vaccaro, John [sic] Coatar want board to honor police who endure street riots
          KWMU:  Taser, chemical sprays effective in subduing race agitators outside Cardinals game;  Congressional candidate Cori Bush taunts black police officers, more
          P-D:  Protesters chant "No justice, no baseball!" as baseball game goes on undisturbed
          KWMU:  State of the Riots series:  Editor Shula Neuman, reporter Willis Ryder Arnold share thoughts on agitation and news coverage
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Big Media refuses to state the facts:  Anthony Lamar Smith was a common dope dealer
          Messenger:  White woman thinks her artwork will fix St. Louis' racial divide
          P-D letter:  Brentwood sexagenarian says anti-opioid efforts are too fragmented
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian has seen five (5) people texting while driving despite MoDOT ads, and he's not happy about it
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        Friday, September 29
       
P-D:  Roy Blunt, Jason Smith join in bipartisan federal push to grant address anonymity for victims of domestic abuse
          AP:  Missouri officials push to expand address-secrecy program
          The Missouri Times:  Court to hear Missouri Alliance for Freedom v. Galloway suit over Sunshine Law today
          The Missouri Times:  D.C.-based group calls for criminal investigation into Humphreys' Paul Mouton
          Kraske:  Birthday wish list:  On today's milestone birthday, columnist hopes for Missouri campaign ethics overhaul, an end to petition-initiative nonsense, and other reasonable asks
          Drebes:  Greitens makes State Highways and Transportation appointments
          The Missouri Times:  Parson's 'Buy Missouri' plan puts focus on local goods and services
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials want to eliminate all traffic deaths;  Pedestrian deaths on North St. Louis County road an issue
          SE Missourian:  'Epidemic' of addicted, negligent parents puts pressure on Missouri's juvenile courts +
          P-D:  Missouri auctions off three more planes for nearly $200,000
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators are not counting on state support for funding X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System Board of Curators approves culture-shifting plans
         
P-D:  University of Missouri curators plan an overhaul of governing rules
          The Missouri Times:  Renovate America's business practices being looked at by FBI, SEC
          Missourinet:  Green lender that recently expanded in Missouri under investigation by FBI and SEC
          KWMU:  Protesters congregate, add to list of demands:  Firing of union leader, resignation of mayor, etc.
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) says protesters have caused city $11 million in economic losses, celebrates damage:  "That sounds effective to me."
          P-D:  Apple cider vinegar, milk of magnesia among projectiles thrown at police during riots
          KWMU:  Protester profile series:  Percy Green and Cori Bush;  Octogenarian, Lacy Clay primary opponent reflect on 1960s glory and current campaign, respectively
          KWMU:  Hawley wants independent counsel to investigate dope peddler's death
          Missourinet:  Hawley's outside counsel to review allegations involving drug dealer who pulled gun on cop
          KWMU:  Discretion, interpretation at heart of St. Louis police use of force policy for protests
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Mea culpa:  We were wrong about term limits - they're terrible
          P-D editorial:  Independent probe is justified when police fail to draw the line on abuses
          Columbia Missourian's Tessa Weinberg:  Greitens among elected officials using Twitter's "block" tool to help avoid harassment on personal accounts
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman suggests urban protesters focus on improving their own community, not disrupting traffic in Clayton
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        Thursday, September 28
       
SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt, Long team up to send Riverside Bridge bill to President Trump X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt prepare for work on GOP tax plan
          Missourinet:  McCaskill requests answers about drastic increases in ER billing rates
          KCUR:  McCaskill questions billing practices of company that staffs area hospital ERs
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  McCaskill statement on paid maternity leave rated "True"
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Thoughts on McCaskill's re-election and GOP's U.S. Senate primary field
          SNL:  Trump's August visit to Springfield cost taxpayers less than $7,500 X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber sues for right to contribute to its own PAC
          The Missouri Times:  Federalist Society holds its first meeting in Jefferson City
          Drebes:  Shantel Smith to become new Legislative and Policy Director for Missouri Dental Association;  Katie Reichard to Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health
          KWMU:  Honoring Rev. Barry Lynn, the outgoing executive director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State:  St. Louis Public Radio interview today, ceremony at Wash U. Oct. 1
          The Missouri Times:  Income tax cut starts first phase Jan. 1
          SNL:  Banning passengers from drinking booze could free up money for Missouri roads and bridges X
          Missourinet:  Missouri transportation conference focuses on zero traffic deaths
          The Missouri Times:  Military veteran hopes state officials will consider marijuana for PTSD symptoms, physical ailments
          P-D:  UMSL is 'alive and well' despite budget challenges, chancellor says
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Sept. 27, 2017
          KWMU:  MacArthur Justice Center files suit against Missouri Dept. of Corrections
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments over law allowing prior sex crimes to be used in new cases
          Missourinet:  Tyson Poultry pleads guilty to violating Clean Water Act;  2014 incident killed 108,000 fish in southwest Missouri
          SNL:  Tyson pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violations X
          AP:  LGBTQIA* groups use transgender's death to rekindle hate-crime debate
          AP:  St. Louis City asks for outside investigation of protest response
          KWMU:  Second suit filed over St. Louis police tactics in protests;  city asks feds to help investigate
          KC Star editorial:  Why KC's push to raise wages is a better strategy than Trump's tax cut for businesses
          P-D editorial:  Economic inequality is the undercurrent for the region's unrest;  If handed higher wages, rioters would surely act civilized
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  GOP Senate candidate Courtland Sykes stokes anti-immigrant sentiment, promotes baseless conspiracy theories
          P-D letter:  Natural Resources Defense Council's Ashok Gupta says Ameren, other major utilities see the path forward on renewable energy
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man disagrees with Board of Aldermen's decision to honor heroin dealer
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        Wednesday, September 27
       
Missourinet:  Blunt warns of growing opioid epidemic
          SNL:  Congressional staffer, Navy vet Courtland Sykes announces GOP Missouri Senate run as 'political outsider' X
          SNL:  Austin Petersen says complaints about 'fascist' Trump have receded X
          KWMU:  Convoy of old military vehicles is traveling Route 66 to pay tribute to veterans
          Drebes:  Greitens supporters should be disappointed in governor's lack of follow-through
          The Missouri Times:  #moleg podcast:  Chuck Hatfield explains how campaign-contribution restrictions are making candidates creative, pension crisis and state lawsuit audits
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys consultant Paul Mouton fined for acting as lobbyist without registering
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joe Adams (D-University City) announces 2018 bid for Chappelle-Nadal's open Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley announces campaign to fight human trafficking in local businesses
          JCNT:  Businesses join Hawley's fight on trafficking;  Comments from Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, Missouri American Water's Cheryl Norton X
          Missourinet:  Hawley calls trafficking an epidemic, launches anti-trafficking business coalition
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Feministing.com columnist's claim about abortion law given worst possible rating:  "Pants on Fire"
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick optimistic about plan to preserve care for 8,000 disabled Missourians
          Columbia Missourian:  Mother of "accident-prone" preteen girl enjoys CHIP coverage, hopes the ride doesn't end in March
          AP:  Missouri Democrats unveil health care proposals
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Education episode:  Robbyn Wahby on the charter school debate;  Missouri Online Summer Institute's Mike Brown talks online-classes expansion, policy
          CDT:  University of Missouri office, dedicated to keeping minority students from flunking out, changes its name X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court issues quick decision to suspend attorney over his own felony plea
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation seeks input at forum X
          P-D:  Protesters block traffic downtown, again
          KWMU:  Out-of-town "documentary filmmakers" file suit against St. Louis police after being detained during street riot
          Clayton Times:  Video:  Agitators disrupt St. Louis County Council meeting, complain about police success in shutting down mall riot
          KWMU:  County Council calls for investigation into police conduct during mall riot
          P-D:  Agitators attend County Council meeting, yell catchphrases
          KWMU:  Deciphering protesters' demands, and what's realistic
          KC Star editorial:  The state of Missouri owes Jackson County more than $800,000. Please pay up.
          P-D editorial:  Ameren Missouri makes a timely, welcome commitment to renewable energy
          Helling:  Cleaver, others trying to have it both ways on hurricane relief and other horse-trading votes
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Citizens' Climate Lobby's Robert Overmann:  Left unaddressed, climate change will come for Missouri
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Area doctor wants Republicans to expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Post-Dispatch is too hard on protesters
          P-D letter:  Washington man suggests that instead of blocking streets and chanting catchphrases, protesters should try volunteering to help children
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        Tuesday, September 26
       
SNL:  GOP Senate candidate Austin Petersen says AR-15 giveaway got him banned from Facebook X
          Morning Consult's Eli Yokley:  Sam Fox hosting fundraiser for Josh Hawley, says AG will run for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Sam Fox hosting fundraiser for Hawley X
          KWMU:  Mississippi River islands added to Great Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
          Drebes:  State auditor poll:  A look at how Paul Curtman, Marsha Haefner, Denny Hoskins, Kurt Schaefer, David Wasinger stack up against each other
          The Missouri Times:  Jacob Turk has enough signatures to make 8th District Senate ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Top medicinal cannabis researcher visits Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact fact check:  Statement from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) on "first income tax cut in 100 years" rated Mostly True
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens school transfer program dwindles
          The Missouri Times:  On TWIMP, House members question KCI bid process
          P-D:  Ameren Missouri to spend $1 million on wind generation projects
          Missourinet:  Ameren Missouri announces major move toward renewable energy resources
          KWMU:  Ameren to generate more wind and solar power;  Sierra Club still not happy
          CDT:  Bruce Cole denied hearing in effort to overturn Mamtek conviction X
          KWMU:  Hawley wants independent counsel to review Anthony Smith civil suit
          P-D:  Protesters congregate outside Busch Stadium, block traffic;  Police stymie herd attempting to block highway
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) promises more headaches for area working people:  "We will continue to disturb your peace."
          P-D:  Protesters hold press conference to complain about police tactics at Galleria mall riot
          AP:  Urban leaders unhappy with fallout from weekend mall riot;  Protesters push "police riot" as alternative narrative for mob behavior
          Missourinet:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), others express anger over police success tamping down mall riot
          The Missouri Times:  Union leader Jeff Roorda says urban pols are responsible for riots, street agitation
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Urban pols weigh in on dope dealer death, ensuing riots
          KWMU:  Protesters' new demand:  St. Louis City interim police chief must go
          SNL editorial:  Federal lawmakers should follow state example, protect domestic violence victims by protecting information X
          P-D editorial:  Police badge is not a license to administer street justice
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU ethnomusicology and black studies prof Stephanie Shonekan:  Caucasoids' racist icebergs put black folks up against "a cold hard place";  Two local black girls pulled over by officers, other bone-chilling atrocities
          The Missouri Times letter:  Professional protesters are asking Trump's EPA to dig up an entire landfill and haul it through rural Missouri
          P-D letter:  Dellwood man says Board of Aldermen resolution is a slap in the face to families affected by heroin
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man scoffs at Board of Aldermen honoring heroin peddler, wonders if city will create drug dealer hall of fame
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        Monday, September 25
       
KWMU:  At St. Louis event, Bannon says Trump's biggest enemy is GOP establishment
          AP:  In St. Louis, Bannon takes aim at 'corrupt' GOP establishment
          P-D:  Bannon takes aim at 'liberal' GOP establishment
          Missourinet:  Congress under gun to renew four key health programs that impact Missouri hospitals
          CDT:  Anti-Trump climate march draws nearly 30 in Columbia
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Union leader Jeff Roorda talks about police officers' efforts to control riot mobs, questions "colossal failure" Krewson and other pols who disregard rule of law, more;  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway, Marsha Haefner, Peter Merideth, Steve Roberts discuss dope dealer's death, Josh Hawley's appetite for U.S. Senate race, KCI brouhaha, more
          Drebes:  Willis Jones opens Capitol City Research office in Jefferson City
          SNL:  SOS Jay Ashcroft visits Harmony House, touts state law to protect victims
          Missourinet:  State owes counties $19 million in jail payments;  Missouri sheriff feels the pain
          P-D:  Football fans fill dorms left empty at Mizzou after enrollment drop
          AP:  7 charged with rioting after protest in St. Louis County
          KWMU:  Day 9 after Stockley verdict:  Protesters show solidarity for those arrested
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Citizens must be vigilant over state boards, commissions
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU romance language prof Michael Ugarte:  UM System should not have hired PR firm Edelman after race agitation
          Messenger:  Letters from readers responding to police chief 'help wanted' column
          P-D letter:  Wentzville man says Greitens should have taken a harder line on rioters
          KC Star letter:  KC woman says state should ban dicamba herbicide
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        Sunday, September 24
       
Communist Party USA's People's World:  Missouri's Blaine Luetkemeyer, GOP colleagues kill payday loan bills
          Drebes:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) sets up leadership PAC
          AP:  Savings from four-day school week not as great as expected
          Reuters:  Riots could derail St. Louis' bid for second Amazon hub
          P-D:  Fighting for the narrative:  St. Louis area police use social media to set the record straight, correct protesters' tales
          Washington Missourian:  Blood samples collected from state park workers to check for tick disease;  Bloodsucking parasites cause untold damage to humans X
          P-D:  Rioters assault police officer, throw trash cans at Galleria protest
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Rioters assault police officers;  Civilized patrons pick up trash cans thrown by rioters;  More
          P-D:  Video:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) delivers stump speech to protesters downtown, reads his professional resume;  Member of Democratic superminority claims he "makes laws"
          KWMU:  Police arrest 22 after riots at Galleria mall
          SNL:  State NAACP meeting features police chief, woman who runs reading program for poor kids X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens' handling of rioters much better than Nixon's X
          SNL op-ed:  Before Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love, there was Democrat Danny Staples - who suggested Lacy Clay's tardiness was due to "stealing hubcaps" X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Journalism students take pictures of rioters destroying property, get detained by police for several minutes - and live to tell the tale
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian applauds Bernie Sanders' call for Medicare expansion
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        Saturday, September 23
       
Branson News:  Blunt wants Army Corps of Engineers to suspend Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  More than 2.5 million Missourians affected by Equifax hack
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer visiting mid-Missouri next week X
          KWMU:  Join St. Louis on the Air for a live recording:  Nick Pistor discusses "Shooting Lincoln" on Sept. 27
          Columbia Missourian:  MU evaluating new Title IX guidelines but no immediate changes expected
          KC Star:  McCaskill says DeVos' action makes coeds less safe on campus
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 17, 2017
          Missourinet:  Greitens headed on trade mission to the Orient
          KWMU:  Galloway's K-12 cybersecurity initiative, two years later
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee irked by governor's funding method for drug monitoring program
          CDT:  Inching forward:  More Missouri cities, counties monitoring painkillers X
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to intervene in effort to expand abortion access in Missouri
          Drebes:  State issues RFP for annual external quality review of Managed Care Programs
          Brownfield Ag News:  Taiwan letters of intent signed with Missouri ag department
          KC Star:  Missouri prisons to go smoke-free as double-murderer wins in court
          SNL:  MO Dept. of Conservation says black bears are preparing for period of dormancy;  Humans must avoid dispensing free food, as wild
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          KWMU:  Agitators attempt disruption at St. Charles' Oktoberfest, smash car windows with black-liberation flag;  St. Charles residents stand up to rioters, jeer "moment of silence"
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Mob attacks cars driven by white people, breaks windshields
          P-D:  Video:  Woman with bullhorn vows to not let Oktoberfest attendees have fun
          KWMU:  New round of race riots means more political competition for limelight
          KWMU:  St. Louis Board of Aldermen honor heroin dealer
          Missourinet:  ACLU sues City of St. Louis, claims protesters were mistreated
          KWMU:  ACLU of Missouri sues St. Louis police over protest tactics
          P-D:  Several people swept up in protest crowd Sunday night complain about police tactics
          P-D editorial:  Hawley residency hubbub is silly;  Legislators should broaden law
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hardly doom and gloom at Mizzou X
          Fulton Sun op-ed:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  Sanders, Churchill and the battle for economic freedom
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  GOP health care bill would gut funding for those in need
          West Plains Daily Quill op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Dan Cassidy:  Rural broadband poised for success
          CDT Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Trib Talk is repugnant, but I can't kill it yet - so here are some new rules X
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        Friday, September 22
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt prepare for vote on GOP health care plan
          SNL:  Bernie Sanders talks war on terror, climate change and inequality during Missouri speech X
          Missourinet:  Sanders emphasizes diplomacy during Missouri lecture
          Missourinet:  Full audio:  Bernie Sanders at Westminster College
          CDT:  Sanders stresses diplomacy, cooperation over military might X
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  Bernie Sanders speech:  Young man wears "Make America Great Again" hat and Trump jersey, more X
          KWMU:  St. Charles County businesses, property owners enjoy population boom;  Area features state's second-largest GOP voting block, 88% white population, no MetroLink
          The Missouri Times:  Assessing Jacob Turk's chances in 8th Senate district special election;  Thoughts from Palm Strategic's Jonathan Ratliff
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor running for Lindell Shumake's House seat
          SE Missourian:  Anne Limbaugh, wife of former Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, dies;  Reflections from Peter Kinder, former state Rep. Mary Kasten +
          CDT:  Aging election equipment comes with estimated $1 million replacement price tag X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's unique Corporate Apportionment laws may help provide the 'stable, business-friendly environment' Amazon wants
          SNL:  'Let's work together,' state school board member Peter Herschend says to Greitens X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System hired top-tier PR firm Edelman after race agitation of 2015
          The Missouri Times:  Commissioners say Missouri is falling behind in reimbursing counties for jail per diems
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri, Alabama natural gas companies become Spire
          Missourinet:  Despite bipartisan agreement among group of state lawmakers, KC City Council OKs airport plan
          CDT:  Columbia School Board members will be required to sit through "equity" and "inclusion" lectures X
          P-D:  Local students earn Missouri AP award for 2017;  Minority students Haran Kumar, Lucy Zhu choose to work hard, achieve success
          KWMU:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson calls for peaceful resolution of protests
          KWMU:  'White allies' hold separate-but-equal rally;  Caucasoids unironically chant "No justice, no concerts!" whilst concert takes place
          AP:  'White allies' rally outside Billy Joel concert;  Zero broken windows or assaults on police reported
          P-D:  Protesters fail to shut down Billy Joel concert;  Separate group marches through Cheshire Hotel during work day, bangs on guests' doors
          KWMU:  Civil rights leaders gather at forums, complain about police and Krewson
          P-D editorial:  State agencies spend twice what was reported to settle legal disputes. What are they hiding?
          SE Missourian editorial:  Cape, Jackson make right decision to pay for ACT +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  'Shouty old man' Bernie Sanders still stokes Missouri students' passions
          Messenger:  From the streets to the pulpit:  There can be no peace without justice
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  How has Greitens' handling of St. Louis riots matched campaign rhetoric? Follow-up to theme explored earlier in week by The Missouri Times, KWMU, AP, P-D
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian dislikes how Greitens talks about rioters
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man mocks urban legislators who play protest superhero for TV and social media fame
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        Thursday, September 21
       
Missourinet:  No tickets left for today's Bernie Sanders lecture in Fulton
          SNL:  Blunt, Greitens support new Obamacare repeal
          Talking Points Memo:  McCaskill's path to re-election more complicated thanks to race riots;  Liberals want senior senator to more visibly side with protesters over police
          SNL:  Aaron Hedlund eyes Senate race even as D.C. conservatives warn him to go easy on Josh Hawley
          CDT:  Hawley vote was legal in August special election
          P-D:  Hawley cleared over residency questions
          SNL:  FCC chair, Billy Long talk Internet in Ozark
          SNL:  Billy Long protects Springfield district staff by using locks on office doors
          SNL:  Springfield veterans cemetery gets millions in grant money to expand;  Comments from McCaskill
          CDT:  Local groups afraid they'll get less money for utility-assistance programs under Trump
          Daily American Repubic:  Carter County says FEMA will cover only 50 percent of flood repairs
          Drebes:  Democrat Sam Gladney to run for Stacey Newman's safe Dem seat
          Missourinet:  Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) to resign to take patrol board post
          Missourinet:  Transportation task force meets in Kirksville;  Comments from Chairman Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City), MoDOT's Patrick McKenna
          SNL:  Missouri school board not in 'any rush' to replace commissioner
          CDT:  University of Missouri enrollment figures show decline
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou to hand out college credit hour for students who sit through racism lectures
          SNL:  MSU boasts largest freshman class since mid-1990s
          P-D:  St. Louis City circuit attorney asks state's help prosecuting traffic tickets in legal limbo
          Missourinet:  Missouri state park workers being tested for tick-borne virus;  Blood-sucking parasites cause headaches and fatigue
          KWMU:  Protesters say they used Clayton as "decoy," move disruption to Galleria mall
          P-D:  Protesters block Brentwood Boulevard near Galleria during rush hour, disrupt commute of working people
          AP:  Galleria escapes violence, vandalism at mall protest
          AP:  Analysis:  Greitens' handling of St. Louis riots
          P-D:  Pi Pizzeria owner takes on police union and "Blue Lives Matter fanboy(s)"
          P-D:  Reporter-support series:  Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest
          KWMU:  Protester-support series:  ACLU's Jeffery Mittman offers tips on how to disturb the peace while avoiding arrest
          Missourinet:  More Missouri school districts going to four-day weeks
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri spends millions of taxpayer dollars on legal expenses with no system to track the payments
          SNL editorial:  Greitens must answer on education board moves
          P-D editorial:  Greitens stumbles in bid to politicize the state education board
          KC Star letter:  KC man offended by St. Louis police chief comments, want department control returned to state
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Messenger piece, asks why columnist lives in safe municipality with 2% black population
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        Wednesday, September 20
       
P-D:  GOP seeks to influence McCaskill, other Dems on Graham-Cassidy health care proposal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, GOP leaders back new health bill
          P-D:  Mayor Lyda Krewson calls interim police chief's anti-riot remarks "inflammatory" but stands by him
          KWMU:  Krewson postpones town hall meeting
          Clayton Times:  Clayton Police Department ready in case rioters attack city taxpayers, businesses
          KWMU:  Protesters set up encampment outside of St. Louis City jail
          KWMU:  Business leaders assess riots' economic damage to St. Louis
          P-D:  Black Lives Matter stickers used to agitate restaurant owners through "Whites Only" message
          P-D:  Pi Pizzeria owner mocks police tactical gear, calls officers "dimwits" - then deletes his Twitter account
          KWMU editor Shula Neuman:  Newsroom rules:  Reporters should avoid using words favored by police and taxpayers (e.g. "agitators," "riots," "looting," "thugs") to avoid offending thuggish looting and rioting agitators
          Jensen:  Reimagining Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" as "All About The Race";  Perpetually-offended crowd ignores facts surrounding dope-dealer death, would rather cry racism
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO's Mike Louis:  Submitting petitions "best day I ever had"
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office to investigate Equifax data breach
          AP:  Third Greitens appointee to board of education withdraws
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education proposes $6.1 billion for next fiscal year
          KWMU:  DESE requests nearly $100M more for school next year
          Columbia Missourian:  Minorities potentially discriminated against in Title IX processes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College and and Missouri Dept. of Higher Education reach memorandum of understanding
          Missourinet:  Transportation task force gathers in Kirksville today
          Missourinet:  Missouri state trooper sentenced for 2014 drowning case at Lake of the Ozarks
          KC Star:  Trooper gets 10 days 'shock time' in Brandon Ellingson drowning
          P-D:  Missouri trooper gets 10 days 'shock time' plus two years probation in handcuffed drowning death
          JCNT:  Dept. of Corrections employee gets $1.97M in harassment case
          The Missouri Times:  Agenda items from canceled Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee near automatic approval
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 19, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of lawmakers question KCI bid handling
          P-D editorial:  The protests are about police abuse. The response must not be more abuse.
         KC Star editorial:  "Whose streets? Our streets" chant okay for protesters, must not be spoken by law enforcement
         St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri utilities require scrutiny
         KC Star letter:  KC woman mocks faux-diversity posturing of anti-DeVos employees at KC school
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man hopes for more riots, says peace is too much to ask from the oppressed
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man wonders why black pastors don't focus on daily black-on-black murder
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman tired of Post-Dispatch's cheerleading of rioters
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man suggests criminals stop running from police
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves woman dislikes Post-Dispatch's promotion of street savagery
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        Tuesday, September 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Ferguson vs. Stockley riots:  How Greitens' campaign promises are holding up
        The Missouri Times:  Police vs. rioters:  Whose side are legislators on?  Thoughts from union leader Jeff Roorda, St. Louis City Dem Reps. Bruce Franks and Peter Merideth
        P-D:  Protesters unhappy with police tactics used to herd, corral criminals
        P-D:  Protesters, sympathizers outraged by police officers' trolling chant:  "Whose streets? Our streets!"
        Messenger:  St. Louis City needs a new police chief;  Some chanting required
        P-D:  Weekend of riots takes economic toll on St. Louis
        KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Black police group complains about Stockley verdict
        KWMU:  Day 4:  Business clean up after rioters' destruction, students seize opportunity to skip class
        KWMU:  Rainfall keeps rioters at bay Monday night
        P-D:  Monday pics:  Protesters block streets to keep working people from getting to their jobs;  Rainfall keeps nighttime rioters at bay;  More
        Missourinet:  AG Josh Hawley:  "Violence is not protected by the First Amendment"
        Columbia Missourian:  Minority students sound off on DACA at forum;  Latina coed complains about dearth of Latina "authority figures," other travesties
        JCNT:  McCaskill seeks postal service answers X
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Jefferson County) talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about urban riots and legislative response, 'right to work' and other anti-union/worker-freedom laws, more
        Drebes:  Jacob Turk could play spoiler in Mike Cierpiot's Senate election
        SNL:  Greitens swaps out appointees on education board X
        CDT:  Race was most talked-about concern in MU 2016 campus climate survey;  Some white students provide counter-argument to "diversity" dogma X
        Missourinet:  Galloway:  Lawsuits, settlements against state have cost $115 million
        JCNT:  Galloway:  State's legal expense fund fails to ID costs X
        The Missouri Times:  Clean Line asks for rehearing from Missouri PSC
        KWMU:  As harvest season begins, farmers worry how dicamba herbicide could affect next year's crop
        P-D editorial:  Mayhem is not a plan. Protesters need to outline their goals.
        SNL editorial:  Greitens must answer on education board moves X
        KC Star op-ed:  Lessons from DeVos' visit to a KC school with gender-bender bathrooms, farm-to-table lunches
        SNL letter:  Mountain View sexagenarian couple dislikes Jason Smith's fiscal ideology, says incumbent - re-elected by fifty-one (51) point margin - should be booted next year X
        St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph man wants legislators to raise taxes to pay for smorgasboard of programs X
        KC Star letter:  Independence man perturbed by St. Louis urbanites rioting over dope-dealer death
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man wonders why angry black pastor doesn't encourage constructive behavior
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man wonders why protesters don't stop tantruming
        P-D letter:  Florissant man suggests that illegal protest actions be treated like the crimes they are
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        Monday, September 18
       
P-D:  St. Louis Riots of 2017, Day 3:  Urban terrorists continue property-destruction spree;  More than 80 arrested
          KWMU:  Riot coverage, Day 3:  Mob trespasses on SLU's campus, destroys property downtown
          AP:  Rioters engage in third day of destruction
          Belleville News-Democrat:  Headed to downtown St. Louis today? Expect to deal with protesters disrupting people who work for a living.
          KMOV:  Police chief:  "We're in control, this is our city and we will protect it."
          KMOV:  Rioters throw chemicals on police officers
          KMOV:  Mob surrounds police vehicle after arrests
          Rosenbaum:  For Greitens and Krewson, riots put campaign promises to the test
          P-D:  St. Louis City pastor celebrates impact of mayhem with catchphrases:  "You kill our kids, we'll kill your economy" and "Resistance closes businesses, closes streets, closes malls."
          KWMU:  Delmar Loop businesses clean up after riot mob's destruction
          P-D:  Greitens:  'You break a window, you're going to be behind bars.'
          P-D:  Legal experts:  Stockley verdict not a surprise
          P-D:  Dept. of Justice won't prosecute Stockley for civil rights violation
          KC Star:  As McCaskill touts record on seniors, donor and family friend runs troubled homes
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  AFL-CIO's Mike Louis;  Panel of Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific), Jim Lembke, JP Johnson, and NAACP's Jimmy Loomis talk Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love, Stockley verdict (pre-riots), 'right to work,' more
          Columbia Missourian:  Retired MU political science prof David Webber debuts play to encourage citizens to 'Practice Democracy'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Locals walk state of Missouri to raise money for veterans X
          P-D:  Missouri schools may be losing out in flawed Lottery contract
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT encourages Missourians to complete 10-minute online survey X
          CDT:  Changes proposed to improve water quality of Missouri lakes X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to carry Narcan X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact check:  NAACP complaint about traffic stops rated "Half True"
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' task force overlooks immigrant entrepreneurs at its own peril
          P-D letter:  Ian Mackey, Democratic candidate for Stacey Newman's seat, criticizes Republicans for in-home care cuts
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        Sunday, September 17
       
P-D:  St. Louis Riots of 2017, Day 2:  Urban terrorists break windows, assault police in Delmar Loop
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters throw paint on police;  Squat woman throws trash can through window, gets tear-gassed;  Adults take out anger on Delmar trash cans, storefront windows;  More
        P-D:  Video:  Police attempt to corral pack of protesters;  Pastor tries using logic to convince rioters to stop destroying property;  View of vandalized storefronts
        P-D:  Metro shuts down service to Delmar Loop after riots
        KTVI:  Rioters breaks windows, throw paint at police officers
        KTVI:  Protesters to reconvene today for another round of "peaceful" demonstrations
        KMOV:  Mob of protesters vandalize businesses, assault police in Delmar Loop
        KMOV:  Photos:  Stores heavily damaged after protesters clash with police in Delmar Loop
        KSDK:  Rioters damage 23 businesses in Delmar Loop
        AP:  Rioters enjoy second night of destroying others' property, assaulting police
        KWMU:  Second day of riots brings more assaults on police officers, more businesses damaged
        KWMU:  Rioters convince U2, Ed Sheeran and St. Louis Symphony to cancel shows
        P-D:  Analysis:  A breakdown of the judge's ruling in Jason Stockley murder case
        KC Star:  Celebration of life for longtime Democratic consultant Steve Glorioso set for Sept. 20
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. John McCaherty (R-High Ridge) resigns his seat, shifts focus to Jefferson County exec race
        P-D:  McCaherty resigns, focuses on county exec race
        SNL:  'Abortion is violence' display coming to MSU
        Columbia Missourian:  Q&A with Ken Burton:  Columbia police chief talks AG's "profiling" numbers, futility of attempting to reason with race agitators, more
        P-D editorial:  Destroying public libraries, other uncivilized behavior undermines protesters' objectives
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should prioritize the funding of in-home care next session
        P-D editorial briefs:  Chappelle-Nadal's well-deserved punishment;  Rappelling stunt is classic Greitens grandstanding and hotdogging
        P-D letter:  Festus man appreciates Post-Dispatch's criticism of black clergy agitation
        SNL letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes the way Trump talks about liberal media
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        Saturday, September 16
       
P-D:  Rioters terrorize St. Louis City after Stockley ruling;  Photo of mob burning American flag, more
          P-D:  Rioters injure 9 police officers, break windows at mayor's home
          KWMU:  Riot updates:  Mob breaks windows at city public library, restaurants
          KSDK's Casey Nolen:  Rioters take aim at St. Louis City public library
          P-D:  Video:  Mob surrounds TV reporter, throws water on him;  Vociferous mob member unironically eschews media coverage:  "Get da f@ck out of my movement, mothaf@cker! And I'm <unintelligible> in yo mothaf@ckin' face!" (0:50)
          KTVI:  Mob threatens Caucasoid male reporter, female videographer
          KMOV:  Video:  Mob surrounds Krewson's home, throws rocks and red paint
          P-D:  Judge's ruling in Stockley case (pdf)
          P-D:  A breakdown of the judge's ruling in the Stockley case
          P-D:  Acquitted officer Stockley:  "Everyone wants someone to blame, but I'm just not the guy"
          The Missouri Times:  Elected officials' communications staffers pen statements on Stockley case
          KWMU:  Collection of elected officials' Stockley/riot statements written by communications staffers
          Missourinet:  Father of police assailant Michael Brown weighs in on Stockley ruling
          Columbia Missourian:  Black students congregate to complain about justice system;  "Social inequalities" prof, others unhappy that administration didn't protest verdict
          JCNT:  Area law enforcement don't anticipate Stockley riots locally
          KC Star:  At Betsy DeVos visit, school offered students "safe room" to hide in if they felt intimidated by Republican woman's presence
          SNL:  Greitens' Board of Education nominee Missy Gelner says governor no longer wanted her to serve, says she was pressured to make "rash leadership decisions"
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe, Hoskins lead effort to ask for Chappelle-Nadal resignation
          CDT:  Federal appeals court blocks order to license Missouri abortion clinics
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Public Counsel alleges Empire Electric lost $100 million due to risky practices
          The Missouri Times:  Judge blocks activists from returning to West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Reasonable doubt set Stockley free. Reasonable outrage is the result.
          KC Star editorial:  Is your doctor struggling with addiction? Missouri should do more to answer that question
          Helling:  Political consultant Steve Glorioso was the essential Kansas Citian
          Phill Brooks:  An unusual summer for the Missouri Legislature
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  At DeVos visit, students' passive-aggressive signs make a big difference
          P-D letter:  Peace Economy Project's Jason Sibert:  Missouri GOP congressional delegation should stop supporting defense spending
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        Friday, September 15  Stockley verdict in:  Not guilty
       
KC Star:  Longtime political consultant Steve Glorioso dies at 70
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Local pols remember Steve Glorioso;  Collection of local media coverage, reflections
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Top contenders to 'take the crown' of Steve Glorioso
          Kraske:  Ethics complaint could derail Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd's career - and potential appointment as U.S. Attorney
          Reuters:  McCaskill, other senators criticize fraud in 'Obamaphone' program
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Blunt's statements on rural broadband rated "True"
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Lacy Clay's legal assessment of Maria Chappelle-Nadal's assassination comment rated "Half True"
          KC Star:  Antifa vs. pro-America activists:  A look at open-carry laws and enforcement at protests
          P-D:  Judge decries 'gamesmanship' among Phyllis Schlafly's warring children, denies restraining order
          Drebes:  Lobbyists hold annual meeting, elect AT Strategies' Shannon Hawk as president
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Missouri recovers more than $2.6 million in Medicaid fraud payments
          JCNT:  State retirement package faces changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Security measures and governor's PDMP called into question in House Budget Committee
          AP:  Greitens, lawmakers clash on money for prescription program
          P-D:  Lawmakers urge Greitens to rein in budget changes
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  Lawmakers to seek solution to in-home care funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks House effort to restore in-home care funding
          P-D:  State audit of effort to keep Rams in St. Louis in limbo;  Fitzpatrick says Galloway dropped the ball
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) critical of Greitens' riot prep, claims governor got handsy at clergy-placation meeting
          KWMU:  St. Louis City prepares for riots in wake of Stockley verdict;  Greitens activates National Guard, widow urges protesters to behave in civilized manner
          P-D:  St. Louis region braces for rioters' behavior after court ruling
          P-D:  Catholic schools in St. Louis City cancel classes today to protect children from possible street savagery
          Missourinet:  Greitens moves to protect property, law-abiding Missourians from potential hooliganism
          KSDK:  Station's coverage pledge:  Cover trial fallout while keeping its employees safe from rioters' violence
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Chamber ratings give Missouri low marks for legal climate;  Assessment does not include new laws
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of September 11, 2017
          Washington Missourian:  Washington High School students top Missouri ACT average;  Principal commends kids, teachers for working hard X
          SNL:  MSU overtakes Mizzou as No. 1 choice among Missouri ACT test-takers X
          P-D:  Northwest Missouri State University hops on free-tuition-for-poor-kids bandwagon
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. +
          SNL editorial:  Roy Blunt is right:  National Guard spending is wise investment X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is correct to warn about state pension crisis X
          KC Star editorial:  Mizzou's struggles could spell opportunity for UMKC
          P-D editorial:  Black clergy who tacitly encourage violence are not true leaders
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Hazardous waste storage;  Feds, state demand notification of potential issues but don't offer same courtesy to local governments X
          Waters:  Finally, more abortion-shopping choices in Missouri;  Voters should start terminating pro-life legislators at the ballot box X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  MU's climate is challenged, but changing
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian uphappy with Jason Smith's vote on Harvey disaster aid +
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        Thursday, September 14
       
Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students hold DACA protest
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo:  Man with college degree calls GOP congressional offices to complain about DACA, thinks it matters
          KC Star:  Unions, anti-Trump groups to protest Betsy DeVos appearance in KC
          The Missouri Times:  Dan Wibracht, who ran in Democratic primary against Courtney Curtis, to run again in different district
          JCNT:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) takes House oath X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate censures Chappelle-Nadal, but leaves door open for later expulsion
          SNL:  Chappele-Nadal, Love dodge explusion for Facebook posts, but will face more scrutiny X
          KWMU:  Chappelle-Nadal's punishment:  A written reprimand
          AP:  Chappelle-Nadal censured over Trump assassination post
          Missourinet:  Additional attempts expected to oust Chappelle-Nadal, restore elderly budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Matter of Warren Love's Facebook post referred to House Ethics Committee;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          P-D:  Veto session:  Chappelle-Nadal censure vote, in-home care cuts debate
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to not override HCB3 veto
          The Missouri Times:  Republican leadership to look for solution to in-home care cuts
          Missourinet:  Another attempt underway to restore cuts to Missouri's seniors and disabled
          AP:  GOP lawmakers pledge to find way to restore in-home care cuts
          SNL:  Legislators allow nursing-care cuts to stand X
          SNL:  Video:  Dem, GOP legislators talk in-home care cuts X
          SNL:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) given "vice chair" title in Democratic superminority caucus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers back to drawing board in funding in-home health care
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves application to name bridge, 3 roadways
          Missourinet:  Schmitt:  State pension system fails to meet funding estimates by $5.2 billion
          AP:  Schmitt says pensions underfunded by $5 billion
          KC Star:  Satanists lead the fight on behalf of Planned Parenthood in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Clean energy industry says jobs are on the rise in Missouri;  Comments from Environment Entrepreneurs' spokesman Tony Wyche
          KC Star:  #1 college choice for Missouri high school grads? Missouri State, not Mizzou
          KC Star editorial:  State should hold more panel meetings, spend more money on olds
          KC Star editorial:  Have you paid a traffic ticket in Missouri?  The state could end up owing you money
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says state, MoDOT are always begging for more taxpayer money
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        Wednesday, September 13
       
The Missouri Times:  Al Franken to headline Missouri Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, rebranded "Truman Dinner"
          KWMU:  Area liberals unhappy with Trump's focus on voter fraud;  Comments from Denise Lieberman, et al.
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt pens piece in support of Trump tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  New poll sees Greitens' approval rate slip from 53 percent to 49 percent
          SNL:  Unions pour big bucks into "CLEAN Missouri" ballot initiative campaign X
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Arthur pulls out of GOP primary for Bob Dixon's Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Hough jumps into GOP primary for Bob Dixon's Senate seat
          SNL:  Hough shifts focus to different Senate race X
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans pick Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to be next Speaker of the House
          SNL:  Elijah Haahr is GOP colleagues' pick to be next Speaker of the House X
          P-D:  Republicans select Elijah Haahr as next Speaker of the House
          AP:  Missouri Republicans choose Haahr to be next House Speaker
          KWMU:  Elijah Haahr to be Speaker of the House beginning in 2019
          KWMU:  House Democratic superminority members Joe Adams (D-University City) and Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) say GOP won't call special session or override any of Greitens' vetoes
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway's office announces audit of Rams after two-year wait
          SNL:  MOSERS buyout plan calls for half of eligible members to take offer, saving $100 million X
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood expansion efforts face opposition after court ruling
          AP:  Planned Parenthood to begin terminating pregnancies in Kansas City, Columbia
          SE Missourian:  Summit at Show-Me Center focuses on opioid crisis;  Comments from DHSS' Randall Williams, others +
          Missourinet:  Senate Economic Development Committee Chair Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) bullish on Amazon
          KC Star:  Pros and cons for Amazon choosing Kansas City, and why the dream could backfire
          CDT:  Survey:  University of Missouri staff do not feel valued X
          Columbia Missourian:  Campus climate survey shows MU community isn't as comfortable as national average
          KC Star:  UMKC to host "Know Your Rights Day" for youth;  Organizer says, "We don't want there to be a Ferguson in KC;"  Lessons to include how to not assault police officers
          SNL:  Lawmakers mull statewide charter school expansion X
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber event champions early education;  Speakers include former reporter Nancy Cambria, whose job was eliminated by Post-Dispatch this year
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court reverses awards given in Workers' Compensation case over grisly experiences
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would raise age of juvenile court jurisdiction
          JCNT:  Advocates push raising age of juveniles in court system X
          AP:  Missouri public defender disciplined for neglecting clients;  Columbia's Karl Hinkebein blamed heavy workload, unnamed illness for his choices
          KWMU:  Greitens names panel to examine new DNA evidence in Marcellus Williams' stabbing/throat-slashing murder case
          SNL:  Veteran blogger Randy Turner says man knocked on his door, then punched him in the face X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Clean Line Energy's limited options X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to SNL's DACA coverage, says McCaskill and Blunt should support real Americans and not illegals X
          KC Star letter:  Raytown woman with handicapped mom opposes cuts to in-home care
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        Tuesday, September 12
       
KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt communications staff pen bosses' emotional reflections on 9/11
          KWMU:  DACA advocacy/illegal-immigrant profile:  St. Louis City high school girl who snuck into the U.S. from Honduras
          Missourinet:  Federal agency holding conference in Kansas City on homelessness in region
          Missourinet:  Former state Rep. Mike "Coach" Lair's funeral is today in Jefferson City
          Faughn:  Rocky Miller chose his business over politics, and we should all thank him;  Thoughts on how keeping Chappelle-Nadal around helps Republicans, and more
          The Missouri Times:  If Todd Richardson isn't taking on Nicole Galloway for state auditor, then which Republican will?
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis, Kansas City expected to be among cities competing for Amazon headquarters project
          KWMU:  Greitens meets with clergy as St. Louis region awaits Stockley verdict
          P-D:  Greitens meets with clergy as wait for Stockley verdict continues
          AP:  Greitens:  Rights of peaceful protesters will be protected
          KC Star:  Video:  Greitens attends PBR event in Springfield, basks in spotlight whilst rappelling onto arena floor
          SNL:  Veto session preview:  Activists gather to complain about in-home cuts, swap tales of woe;  legislators contemplate Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love;  More X
          P-D:  Lawmakers set to meet for first time since social media controversies, health care cuts
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford:  Expulsion unlikely for Chappelle-Nadal +
          P-D:  If Chappelle-Nadal resigns, she would keep her state pension;  if not, she may lose it
          The Missouri Times:  Questions about Capitol security appropriation could be answered in upcoming Budget Committee hearing
          KWMU:  Greitens' 'NoMoRedTape.com" crowdsources policy ideas
          KWMU:  State, federal agencies can help stem gun violence, but St. Louis City bears responsibility
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood to offer abortions in KC, Columbia
          Drebes:  Eddy Justice jumping in with both feet to his new role on State Board of Education
          Missourinet:  Charter school expansion arguments to return to Missouri Capitol today
          P-D:  Wash U., SLU move up in U.S. News rankings, while state schools drop down
          KC Star:  UMKC gets poor marks in diversity study;  Employees unhappy about low salary, perceived discrimination, etc.
          CDT:  Committee will consider renaming Columbia's Lee Elementary;  Diversity Awareness Partnership regional manager says she tries to "protect" daughter from U.S. X
          KWMU:  Federal grant to help 3 St. Louis-area districts try to teach Engligh to foreigners;  Ritenour School District has highest percentage of non-English-speaking students
          SE Missourian:  Ameren Missouri workers sent to Florida to help ease power outages +
          KC Star editorial:  Shame on Missouri Republicans for voting against Harvey relief bill
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens should call for a special session X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur):  Best path to restore in-home cuts is to override Greitens' veto
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man says black clergy's threats of violence are reprehensible
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        Monday, September 11
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill emphasizes importance of Fort Leonard Wood hospital and airline service
          CDT:  DACA supporters rally against Trump's "racist ideology;"  Thoughts from Mexican woman who snuck across the border as a young chica X
          Columbial Missourian:  Illegal aliens, supporters rally at courthouse;  Leaders tell crowd that contacting state and local elected officials will influence federal immigration policy
          The Missouri Times:  #moleg Podcast:  Scott Charton talks with hosts Scott Faughn and Becky Lohmann about media vs. Trump and how social media has changed political interactions
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Reps. Alan Green, Crystal Quade, Becky Ruth, John Wiemann talk state auditor's race, veto session, Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love, more
          Drebes:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce hires Justin Arnold as new general counsel
          Missourinet:  Perpetual Medicaid debate to continue into 2018 legislative session
          KWMU:  Satanic Temple challenges 72-hour abortion waiting period
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood to resume abortion services at midtown Kansas City clinic
          Sikeston Standard Democrat:  Infant death rate in Bootheel is cause for concern;  September declared Infant Mortality Awareness Month +
          P-D:  MoDOT:  Getting better gas mileage could result in paying more for license plates
          Missourinet:  State agency wants public defender disciplined;  Man blames poor performance on caseload, unnamed illness
          P-D editorial:  State legislators - from the mid-1990s to the present - to blame for black students' poor peformance;  Spending more money on in-school health care will totally make a difference
          Messenger:  Missouri should enact former State Treasurer Clint Zweifel's "Missouri Promise" for free college
          P-D letter:  Obamacare recipient unhappy about Anthem's decision to withdraw from marketplace
          P-D letter:  Mid-East Area Agency on Aging's Mary Schaefer:  State can preserve vital services for senior citizens
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        Sunday, September 10
       
KC Star:  KC police disarm Antifa, other groups at Washington Square rally
          Tony's Kansas City:  KC socialists outnumbered by police at protest
          Tony's Kansas City:  Roundup of KC alt-left socialist protest photos, news coverage
          SNL:  DACA supporters hold signs near Battlefield Mall X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  DACA decision could have consequences for local aliens
          Drebes:  Mizzou prof Aaron Hedlund, contemplating bid for GOP U.S. Senate primary bid, pens tax-overhaul piece for National Review
          P-D:  Greitens touts job training, larger innovation fund as economic strategy comes into focus
          P-D:  Report:  Missouri sees strong growth in 'clean energy' jobs
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood could soon perform abortions in Columbia, Kansas City X
          SNL editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt must stand up for local aliens who want DACA X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill correct to try to stop Betsy DeVos's Title IX efforts
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens is right - illegal aliens who served in the U.S. military should be given citizenship X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  McCaskill trying to stem the opioid epidemic
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Missouri innovation fund would be big, bold bet on entrepreneurs
          P-D's Kevin Horrigan:  In the age of Unenlightenment, most Republicans think colleges - including Mizzou - are bad for the country
          Joplin Globe's Crystal Thomas:  State health care cuts hammer area residents, businesses X
          CDT Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland:  For regional newspapers, local content is all that matters;  Paid subscribers who complain about lack of comic strips or other old-timey features are do-nothing dunderheads X
          SNL letter:  Ozark sexagenarian applauds McCaskill's opposition to gun proposal X
          P-D letter:  St. Ann woman responds to Dave Roland's op-ed, wants both Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love gone
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman suggests urban protesters turn their attention to drug dealers
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        Saturday, September 9
       
KC Star:  Several streets near park to close today;  rally "slated to involve numerous groups and hundreds of people from across the political and ideological spectrum"
          Tonys Kansas City:  KCPD top cop:  Police prepared to keep the peace between Antifa and Trump supporters today
          SNL:  MSU students send message to Trump by skipping class;  MSU spokesman says school has fewer than ten (10) illegal aliens X
          KC Star:  Trump's influence figures in potential McCaskill-Hawley matchup;  Comments from James Harris, others
          Dunklin Democrat:  Delta Center Field Day draws top state, federal speakers:  Blunt, Jason Smith, Greitens, MO Dept of Ag's Garrett Hawkins;  McCaskill speaks after late arrival +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Legislature mourns loss of Mike Lair:  educator, reader, friend
          Drebes:  Gov. Jay Nixon re-emerges on Twitter
          The Missouri Times:  W. Brent Powell formally joins the Missouri Supreme Court
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Senate:  Week of September 2, 2017
          KWMU:  Despite calls for expulsion, Chappelle-Nadal may stay in the Missouri Senate after all
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Rosenbaum previews upcoming chapters in the Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love sagas
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Dem superminority members' claim about in-home care cuts rated "Mostly False"
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Greitens' claim of improving business climate rated "Half True"
          KWMU:  Regional leaders discuss what it would take to bring Amazon's 2nd headquarters to St. Louis
          Lake Expo:  Mountain lions in Missouri:  Dept. of Conservation webcast will help sort fact from fiction about black panthers, other wild animals
          P-D:  Black clergy to judge:  'The blood will be on your hands' if activists riot, loot, kill after court verdict
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should help the disabled - and punish two misguided colleagues
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  KC school brainstorms ways to make Betsy DeVos uncomfortable, mock her during visit next week
          KWMU's Willis Ryder Arnold:  Black transsexual's death shows police disregard for trans/people of color/gender non-conforming people
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        Friday, September 8
       
SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder sworn in as head of Delta Regional Authority
          SNL:  Blunt:  Federal health budget benefits Missouri
          Missourinet:  MSU activists to prove a point on DACA by skipping class today
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Northwest Missouri State University college prep program secures $1.77 million in federal funding
          Drebes:  New Missouri Ethics Commission opinions
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson forgoes Auditor's race, intends to focus on role as Speaker
          Clayton Times:  David Wasinger to announce his bid for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham to run for Lindell Shumake's open House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for special session to oust Chappelle-Nadal and restore in-home care budget cuts
          AP:  Missouri special session possible to address in-home budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Parson urges lawmakers to call special session
          P-D:  Momentum builds for session on explusion, reversing cuts
          KWMU:  Despite calls for expulsion, Maria Chappelle-Nadal may stay in the Missouri Senate after all
          KC Star:  KC will make 'aggressive' bid for Amazon's second headquarters, and its 50,000 jobs
          KWMU:  St. Louis City putting together proposal to bring Amazon to town;  Comments from MO Dept. of Economic Development's Rob Dixon
          P-D:  St. Louis will put together a 'very competitive' bid for new Amazon HQ, local officials say
          AP:  St. Louis, Kansas City plan to bid for Amazon headquarters
          KWMU:  "Clean energy" sector jobs in Missouri are rising
          Missourinet:  Asians dominate Caucasoids in ACT scores, with average of 23 vs. 20.8;  Hispanics at 18.8, blacks at 16.5
          The Missouri Times:  Politics come to life as students gather for annual Constitution Project
          Columbia Missourian:  MU student lobbying group pushing modified mental health bill
          AP:  Missouri public defender blames caseload, unnamed "chronic illness" for poor performance
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Both Chappelle-Nadal, Warren Love should go
          P-D editorial:  Hazardous waste illegally deposited in Franklin County requires quick attention
          CDT Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Changes at paper:  Summer layoffs, no more "Arrests and Summonses" section, more
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Warren Love calls to correct misstatements in column
          P-D letter:  Pasasdena Hills sexagenarian dislikes Messenger's take on Trump, Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love
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        Thursday, September 7
       
SNL:  In the Ozarks, young illegals live in 'overwhelming fear' X
          AP:  Greitens:  Immigrants in military should get citizenship
          Sedalia Democrat:  Secretary of the Air Force talks future of Whiteman Air Force Base
          P-D:  Trump taps St. Louis native Emily Murphy to head federal agency
          P-D:  McCaskill says one opioid maker lacked policies to prevent overuse of dangerous painkiller
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Danforth continues promoting anti-Trump campaign, speaking appearances
          SE Missourian:  Former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's papers to be added to Southeast archive;  Celebration planned +
          SE Missourian:  Jackson woman heads to D.C. to push for cancer research funding +
          Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune:  Mike Lair - former teacher and legislator - passes away
          Missourinet:  Former Speaker Tim Jones remembers Mike Lair
          Drebes:  David Martin to run as Republican for Randy Dunn's open House seat
          SNL:  Police:  Ozark man aimed gun at woman whose political bumper stickers he found 'stupid' X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens appoints Jason Crowell to Missouri Housing Development Commission
          AP:  Jason Crowell appointed to Missouri housing commission
          KWMU:  Greitens prepared to call in National Guard if protests follow Stockley verdict;  Activists have suggested mayhem will ensue if court decision doesn't go their way
          Missourinet:  Greitens considers using National Guard if activists riot over court ruling
          P-D:  Greitens may activate National Guard to contain damage caused by rioters, looters
          AP:  Greitens:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Warren Love should leave office
          SNL:  With no precedent for possible Chappelle-Nadal expulsion, Missouri Senate holds the power X
          AP:  Missouri state employee pension program offers some buyouts
          P-D:  Missouri offering lump-sum pension payouts to former workers
          Missourinet:  Three Missouri companies to add 800+ jobs
          KC Star:  Greitens warns about job-killing impact of $15/hr. minimum wage;  Counterpoint by McDonalds chef/freelance macroeconomic analyst Douglesha Nicholson
          Clayton Times:  Greitens' Innovation Task Force releases report, identifies ways to help entrepreneurs in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri panel advises revamping investments to spur economy
          P-D:  Chappelle-Nadal, health care cuts could be on agenda if Missouri Legislature meets in special session
          AP:  Parson wants fix for senior cuts
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) talks Medicaid entitlement mentality, says government isn't supposed "to do all and be all"
          The Missouri Times:  More unanswered questions on Capitol metal detectors
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers prepare to spar again over charter school expansion
          P-D:  Missouri ranks below average in ACT scores, but tested all its graduates
          KC Star:  School-discipline study:  Boys 75 percent more likely to be disciplined than girls;  Activists complain about racial disparities
          The Missouri Times:  ATXI receives approvals for Mark Twain Transmission Project, final route selected
          AP:  Ameren to try again for Missouri approval of new power line
          P-D:  New route for Ameren's northeast Missouri transmission line gains local approval
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of September 6, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  CenturyLink to expand broadband in rural Missouri homes
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian, former editor of Labor Tribune, disagrees with Trump and Josh Hawley on tax cuts
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood social worker opposes death penalty for murderer
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        Wednesday, September 6
       
KWMU:  Illegal immigrants unhappy about Trump and DACA;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Mexican man who snuck across the border as a young alien
          KMOX:  Immigrant rally draws 100;  Mexican co-ed lands speaking gig, says she aspires to become "Face of DACA"
          Messenger:  Alien profile:  Mexico-ed Areli Munoz-Reyes
          KC Star:  Protesters congregate to protest Trump;  Mexican alien who snuck across the border as a teen says he'll spend the next six months protesting
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System releases statement supporting DACA students
          SNL:  Springfield-area police glad Trump reversed Obama's ban on military surplus program X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Former Sen. John Danforth to provide uncontested criticism of President Donald Trump, other complaints
          Missourinet:  Blunt wants hurricane relief paid in multiple installments
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer talks possible tax code revisions
          KC Star:  Jeanne Patterson, wife of Cerner CEO Neal Patterson, dies at 59
          Missourinet's Brian Hauswirth:  Former Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) passes away
          SE Missourian:  Laura Bush to speak in Cape as part of Speakers Series +
          The Missouri Times:  Aaron Baker:  2018 could be the year of the preacher for the Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs) gets a Dem challenger:  Travis Hagewood
          SNL:  Springfield marijuana proponent resigns position after comparing police and the KKK X
          Clayton Times:  State releases August 2017 general revenue report
          AP:  Missouri revenues up 6 percent
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's Innovation Task Force releases report, identifies ways to help entrepreneurs in Missouri
          P-D:  Canadian leader talks with Greitens about Boeing jobs
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt activates Harmed-Area Emergency Loan Program (HELP) for Kansas City region after flash flooding
          Missourinet:  Low-income nursing care to take spotlight during Missouri lawmakers' veto session
          P-D:  When two St. Louis City cops were ambushed by urban criminals, no Blue Alert was issued. Why not?
          AP:  Missouri Lottery:  Someone is holding $1 million ticket
          KC Star 2018 endorsement:  Yes on The Clean Missouri Initiative
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri congressional delegation should support illegals through DACA compromise
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should hold a special session to help elderly and disabled
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Warren Love should resign
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Comparing and contrasting Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love:  What Chappelle-Nadal said was way more specific and way more dangerous X
          P-D op-ed:  Freedom Center of Missouri's Dave Roland:  Legislature should not expel members for offensive remarks
          KC Star letters:  Area liberals want Blunt to oppose Trump tax cuts
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        Tuesday, September 5
       
KMOV (St. Louis):  Minimum-wage group uses Labor Day rally to bemoan Trump, Greitens, "nativism, racism, state violence, Islamophobia, sexism, transphobia," etc.
          KC Star:  Cleaver, Democratic state legislators speak at union Labor Day rally;  Gals swap sad stories of health maladies, budgeting woes
          SNL:  Unions, Democrats keep up optimistic appearance at Labor Day picnic;  Attendees include state legislative candidates, man who seeks to fill Dem ballot slot in Billy Long's re-election, others X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Activists prepare for battle over 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Graves:  Trump's tax plan will give all Missourians a raise
          P-D:  Feds:  Millions of pounds of hazardous waste illegally trucked to Missouri and stored on Franklin County floodplain
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) to run for state Senate X
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Connie Johnson (D-St. Louis City) returns to town to work for City Treasurer Tishaura Jones
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri study:  Tweeting during debates increases political knowledge
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) explains difference between Chappelle-Nadal assassination threat and Warren Love's free speech;  Wash U. academic bemoans term limits
          SNL:  New state law:  If tax hike fails, county will have to wait two years before trying again X
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Area handicapped man unhappy about in-home service cuts
          P-D:  Profile:  UM System President Mun Choi
          KWMU:  Where the Internet ends;  Connections slow or nonexistent for rural Missouri schoolkids
          P-D:  Adult education classes teach reading and math to thousands for free - including adults with diplomas
          AP:  Some Missouri school districts to pay for ACT
          KWMU:  New Missouri high school will help teens struggling with with addiction avoid temptations
          KWMU:  Catholics, fleeing St. Louis City and North County for safer areas, leave some schools struggling;  Principal in Normandy district copes with "socioeconomically and spiritually diverse" crowd
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to consider how losing parental rights in the past should impact the future
          KWMU:  With new website, Missouri legislative leaders more confident that interns are safer from harassment
          SNL op-ed:  Area liberal unhappy with Billy Long's support of Trump, expresses outrage over indignity of calling district office and getting voice mail X
          P-D op-ed:  National Right to Work Committee's Mark Mix:  Missouri union bosses double down on forced union dues
          SE Missourian letter:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Natural gas, oil industry has economic benefit to Missouri +
          KC Star letters:  Blue Springs nonagenarian disapproves of Trump's visit to Springfield;  KC sexagenarian defends McCaskill, says Trump's actions are fueled by Obama's jokes at 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner
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        Monday, September 4   Labor Day
       
NBC News:  Transcript of Blunt's appearance on "Meet the Press":  North Korea, debt ceiling, reaction to Danforth's anti-Trump comments, more
          Washington Post's Stephanie McCrummen:  Liberal KC coed, visiting her hometown in Clark County, is forced to interact at County Fair with unenlightened and unsophisticated Trump supporters - and somehow survives
          Missourinet:  All available Missouri state troopers will be on the roads and waterways today
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Law changes punishment for hate offenses X
          SNL:  Mizzou signs pact to cover tuition for low-income students X
          P-D:  Missouri's sexually violent predator treatment program eludes federal scrutiny
          KC Star editorial:  Legislature should raise the gas tax
          P-D editorial:  Mizzou's focus on helping low-income students should help boost enrollment
          Messenger:  Imagining Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love in the Hall of Famous Missourians
          Waters:  Pro-marijuana legislators too timid to support legalization should at least support a ballot initiative X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  MO Dept. of Natural Resources was clueless under Nixon, and will get even worse under Greitens
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        Sunday, September 3
       
SNL:  Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Missouri economists size up Trump's tax overhaul outline X
          SE Missourian:  Thanks to Trump, local police agencies again can acquire surplus military equipment +
          AP:  No shields for whistleblowing state workers in Missouri law
          Columbia Missourian:  Enrollment the prize for MU, Missouri State
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislators should show restraint before tossing out Chappelle-Nadal and/or Warren Love X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jay Nixon deserves credit for resurgence of state parks system, and Greitens should continue building on that momentum
          KC Star editorial:  The Kansas City Star is changing headquarters, but the mission stays the same
          The Guardian (UK):  John Naughton:  With her leadership on sex-trafficking issue, McCaskill strikes fear into the Internet's big boys
          Waters:  MSU vs. MU:  Reaction to Ashley Jost's Post-Dispatch piece X
          SNL letter:  Springfield Mayor Ken McClure thanks citizens for civilized behavior during Trump visit X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian dislikes Trump, applauds McCaskill
          P-D letter:  Area environmentalist wants McCaskill, Blunt to fight Trump on EPA funding, climate change
          SNL letter:  Pierce City woman wants Greitens to show stronger support of state parks X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian opposes state legislators' tort-overhaul campaign
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        Saturday, September 2
       
SNL:  Blunt prefers updating DACA program rather than ending it X
          KWMU:  Aliens fear Trump will end DACA;  Thoughts from Mexican coed whose parents snuck her across the border
          Faughn:  Dear Mr. Danforth, your self-righeous turkey call politics are their own brand of divisive
          SNL:  Woman describes almost ending up in Trump motorcade X
          Washington Post:  Blunt to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" tomorrow morning
          Dunklin Democrat:  Congressman Smith visits Senath farm +
          SNL:  Anthem dials back Obamacare commitment in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County left with no Obamacare providers next year
          P-D:  Insurers seek steep rate increases on the Missouri Obamacare exchange
          KC Star:  On Obamacare in Missouri and want to stay with Cigna? A 42 percent premium increase is coming
          CDT:  Bernie Sanders to appear in Fulton where Churchill, Gorbachev, Reagan spoke X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sanders to advocate "progressive American foreign policy" at Westminster lecture
          P-D:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Westminster
          Missourinet:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Westminster College later this month
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Westminster
          Drebes:  Former Post-Dispatch reporter Nick Pistor registers to lobby
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says Chappelle-Nadal should leave office
          The Missouri Times:  Union advocates organize to repeal 2017 labor bills
          JCNT:  Liberals hold press conference to promote Empower Missouri conference X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) on labor's campaign against 'right to work,' competing with other liberal ballot initiatives, Greitens' cuts to in-home services, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 28, 2017
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Clean Line continues to seek power project X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Mizzou vs. MSU:  Reaction to Ashley Jost's Post-Dispatch piece
          KC Star letter:  Stockton's Kalena Bruce, who leads American Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, prays for Trump tax cuts
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian wants Chappelle-Nadal removed from office
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        Friday, September 1
       
September 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          SNL:  If President Trump ends DACA, fewer than 4,000 Missouri illegals would be affected;  Alien invaders in state make up less than one-half (1/2) percent of "Dreamer" population nationwide X
          SNL:  Car careened toward Presidential motorcade on Wednesday X
          Hartmann:  "St. Jack" Danforth's impotent criticism of Trump won't amount to much;  A look at aged Republican's posturing, Josh Hawley vs. Ann Wagner tension, more
          SNL:  Oliver North speaks, Roy Blunt recognized at Vitae Foundation event in Springfield X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner includes transportation operations in fight against sex trafficking
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with Bill Haas;  Colorfly gadfly seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's 2018 re-election
          Drebes:  Democrats fantasize about a competitive 30th Senate District race
          Riverfront Times:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch facing more departures
          SNL:  Lawmakers weigh expelling Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love X
          The Missouri Times:  Love calls for vandals to be 'found and hung from a tall tree'
          Missourinet:  Greitens says Chappelle-Nadal and Love should face same fate, but Parson doesn't go that far
          AP:  Missouri legislator's suggestion that criminals be hanged draws condemnation
          P-D:  Legislators, Democratic party leaders line up to criticize Love
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf on veto session:  "We really need to help the seniors that the governor threw under the bus"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says fuel tax increase could be key to better Missouri roads
          KC Star:  State workers knew Adrian Jones was being abused yet didn't help him, lawsuit says;  Father and stepmom beat boy, then fed dead body to pigs
          SNL:  Local prescription drug monitoring program begins data collection X
          AP:  Credit report suggests University of Missouri System is on track to maintain status quo
          KWMU:  Missouri throws out results of two statewide high school exams
          P-D:  EPA updates public on cleanup plans for West Lake Landfill;  Activists unhappy
          Columbia Missourian:  Changes in Missouri waterfowl hunting seasons begin this year
          Missourinet:  Activist groups unhappy about jury selection process;  Comments from NAACP's Nimrod Chapel, others
          JCNT:  At Empower Missouri event, NAACP's Nimrod Chapel takes aim at Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Analyzing MOScout of the Internet's statewide poll linked here on Sunday X
          KC Star editorial:  Warren Love should join Maria Chappelle-Nadal in resigning
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  A conversation with Springfield radio host Nick Reed about the Trump visit, Soros' paid protesters, more X
          KWMU's Rachel Lippmann:  Guns are to blame for harming four Missouri criminals' lives
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County liberal says Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, other pro-business voices are hypocritical on government mandates
          KC Star letters:  KC sexagenarian says Danforth's diatribe didn't go far enough;  Kearney septuagenarian wants Chappelle-Nadal gone
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        Thursday, August 31
       
SNL:  Trump talks taxes, McCaskill in Springfield
          SNL:  Trump to country:  Dream big and bold
          SNL:  Timeline of Trump visit to Springfield
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Supporters greet Trump in Springfield
          SNL:  Confrontations remain peaceful during Trump visit
          The Missouri Times:  Trump outlines goals for major tax overhaul
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith on Trump visit and inviting President to 8th District
          JCNT:  Jefferson City supporters, opponents trek to Springfield for Trump speech
          KC Star:  Trump urges McCaskill to vote for tax overhaul
          KC Star:  Video:  Trump calls for McCaskill to vote for tax overhaul
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  On Trump visit, McCaskill, Hawley, Ann Wagner
          SE Missourian:  MLK's niece to speak at 2018 Cape County Lincoln Day
          KC Star:  Democrats pan Josh Hawley's anti-corruption efforts
          AP:  Hawley extends opioid investigation to 7 more companies
          SNL:  DESE will not release results for two key high school exams this year
          AP:  Results from two Missouri high school tests tossed
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation forecasting a poor wild turkey hatch this year
          SNL:  On eve of Trump visit, Confederate monument vandalized at Springfield National Cemetery
          SNL:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) suggests statue vandal "should be hung from a tall tree with a long rope"
          P-D:  Critics unhappy with legislator's remarks about punishing statue vandal
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri Public Service Commission seeks Director of Legislative Affairs;  Winner gets to deal with lawmakers, lobbyists, state bureaucrats for $50-70k/year
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 30, 2017
          KWMU:  State data proves Jefferson County air is in the clear;  Activists unhappy with science
          KC Star editorial:  In Missouri, President Trump preaches the prosperity gospel
          KC Star editorial:  Don't expel Maria Chappelle-Nadal. But she should quit.
          JCNT editorial:  Galloway is right:  Whistleblowers, don't be dissuaded
          SNL editorial:  Veto override needed to protect olds, handicapped
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Hawley conspicuously missing from Trump visit, and Jamie Allman "disparages" Jack Danforth column
          P-D letter:  St. Louis liberal wants Blunt to denounce Trump
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian feminist thinks Trump timed his Springfield visit to counter her phone calls about "Women's Equality Day"
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian feminist disagrees with Kraske column about Democrats and abortion litmus test, says Democratic Party doesn't cater to women enough
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        Wednesday, August 30
       
SNL:  Before Trump speaks here, a look at current tax overhaul debate X
          SNL:  Missouri Democrats hold press conference in Springfield, focus on health care X
          SNL:  Trump supporters, Democrats shake hands before Trump's Springfield appearance X
          SNL:  Last visit to Springfield by sitting president was 2006;  Photos of George W. Bush speaking, liberals outdoors holding vulgar sign X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith applauds Trump for Missouri visit to champion tax overhaul +
          KC Star's Hunter Woodall and Bryan Lowry:  Expect Trump to avoid providing any details in Springfield speech
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Attempting to speak to unsophisticated Springfield Trump supporters in the city where black men were lynched
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay unhappy with Trump's move to provide law enforcement more tools
          SNL:  Southwest Missouri chapter of National Organization for Women holds inaugural meeting;  Local NAACP chief, MSU prof/LGBTQIA* expert, other gals gab about Trump, perceived discrimination, etc. X
          KWMU:  Former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell (D) leads anti-corporate "Family Farm Action" 501(c)(4)
          Missourinet:  Groups supporting, opposing 'right to work' begin campaigns
          SE Missourian:  Retired officer announces 2018 candidacy for Lichtenegger's open House seat +
          Drebes:  Sarah Swoboda, former deputy treasurer for Clint Zweifel, joins Public School Retirement System
          KWMU:  Ashcroft seeks dismissal of ACLU's voter ID lawsuit
          P-D:  Vote to expel Chappelle-Nadal from office could be close
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal controversy leads to talk about Legislature calling special election
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway proposes whistleblower protection legislation to fix 'gap' in law
          Missourinet:  Galloway proposes to reinstate whistleblower protections
          CDT:  After state cuts, Columbia Public Schools to pay for ACT for juniors X
          The Missouri Times:  After Greitens stays execution, death penalty film screens across Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Advice for Trump's Missouri visit - learn tax lessons from Kansas' mistakes
          P-D editorial:  Elder statesman Jack Danforth right to trash Trump
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Justin Brown:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal needs to go, and so do her policies
          Jensen:  Imagining the next target for the perpetually-offended politically-correct thinskins - demanding Missouri give its name back to Indian tribe +
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Petty political accusations persist:  A look at the Josh Hawley residency hubbub and Chappelle-Nadal's assassination post
          Priddy:  That time when Missouri almost moved to a unicameral Legislature;  1374 words of reflection, including early-'90s pop-culture punchline "Not!"
          Messenger:  Lawsuit renews Missouri court battle over $3 charge to fund sheriffs' pensions
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Courts, legislatures need to revisit the sales tax problem
          KC Star letters:  Kansas man disagrees with Kraske's suggestion that Missouri Dems drop abortion litmus test;  KC liberal mocks Blunt for not embracing Trump or McConnell
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        Tuesday, August 29
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump protesters say hundreds preparing to demonstrate in Springfield tomorrow X
          SNL:  Trump supporters plan to protest the protesters X
          SNL:  White House releases details for Trump visit X
          SNL:  Merch salesmen seek to profit from Trump visit, set up shop around Springfield X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith previews Trump's Springfield visit +
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Ashcroft won't be present at Trump event
          Washington Post:  Claire McCaskill's balancing act:  Portraying a moderate in immoderate times
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer calls Trump an effective leader
          SE Missourian:  Federal government approves SkyWest's air service to Cape Girardeau +
          P-D:  Report:  Spy agency followed guidelines in picking North St. Louis City for new western HQ
          The Missouri Times:  Americans for Prosperity takes aim at 'union bosses' with 'right to work' mailer
          KWMU:  Democratic leaders, activists rally for higher minimum wage;  McDonald's worker explains household budget woes, says she might forgo using electric "for a minute"
          P-D:  Krewson, Stenger throw support behind $12 statewide minimum wage ballot initiative
          Drebes:  Jordan Duecker, formerly of Catherine Hanaway and Phil Christofanelli, joins Greitens' office as a Policy Analyst
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt touts benefits of MOST 529 with "Back to School" tour
          The Missouri Times:  Abuse victim confidentiality program, "Safe at Home," turns 10
          Missourinet:  Domestic violence survivor:  Missouri system saved me in my darkest moment
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) seeks to serve as Speaker of the House, talks leak/hack probe, says female lawmakers can't wine & dine fellow legislators to get their way +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) considering a run for Majority Floor Leader
          AP:  Survey:  State workers think they're underpaid
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At Moberly stop, UM System President Mun Choi talks value of community colleges
          SNL:  Complaint over 'electronic meeting' closed by Hawley's office X
          P-D:  Activists threaten "mass disruption" in St. Louis City if court ruling doesn't go their way;  Veteran street pharmaceuticals salesman Anthony Lamar Smith fled Church's Chicken parking lot/dispensary after spotting cops, was put down by officer
          SNL editorial:  Trump is coming to Springfield. Don't lose your head. X
          SNL op-ed:  Springfield City Manager Greg Burris:  City must be civil during Trump's visit X
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill and Kansas' Pat Roberts:  Working to protect against agro-terrorism
          P-D letter:  Glendale liberal applauds Danforth for criticizing Trump
          P-D letter:  Healthcare Supply Chain Association supports McCaskill effort to lower drug costs
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        Monday, August 28
       
KSMU:  Trump to visit Springfield on Wednesday
          AP:  Trump to promote tax overhaul this week in Missouri
          KC Star:  Local Democratic Socialists of America spokeswoman unhappy with peacekeepers' presence at KC protests
          P-D:  Wisconsin conservative megadonor Foster Friess visits St. Louis to promote "civility" campaign, poses for pics with Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          SNL:  Letter campaign gains steam opposing Table Rock Lake changes X
          Drebes:  New campaign committees for Jay Barnes' state rep seat
          JCNT:  NAACP executes latest stunt:  Mock funeral outside Greitens' home;  Unclear if governor's wife, young child were at home X
          KWMU:  Raft of new Missouri laws take effect:  Workplace discrimination, REAL ID, Uber/Lyft, liquor at airports, minimum wage, more
          Missourinet:  Key Missouri bills become law today
          AP:  New discrimination, overdose laws take effect today in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Law enforcement Blue Alert System to go online today
          KSMU:  Blue Alert System goes into effect today
          Missourinet:  Richard and Munzlinger praise 2017 Missouri State Fair;  Munzlinger wants to upgrade campgrounds
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Dr. Mun Choi speaks to Randolph County Pachyderms, talks future of UM System and his priorities
          KWMU:  Adult education official:  Post-high school training matters more than GED vs. diploma debate
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools may pay for juniors to take ACT after state eliminates funding X
          Missourinet:  In lieu of stricter laws, MoDOT focuses on driver education
          KC Star editorial:  Legislature blocks Kansas City's $10 minimum wage, but local employers should keep payroll expenses higher anyway
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to boost traffic law enforcement during Labor Day weekend X
          Waters:  University of Missouri handouts to poor kids a great idea, will surely help Mizzou X
          SNL letter:  Local union member opposes 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, August 27
       
SNL:  Local liberals brace themselves for trauma of Trump visit;  Member of feminist "Pantsuit Nation" says overwhelming number of her neighbors support "cretin" Trump X
          CDT:  Area transgenders oppose Trump's transgender directive;  Angry 15-year-old "non-binary" girl rejects "he" and "she" pronouns, insists on being called a "they" [sic] X
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  "U.S. Rep. Vicki [sic] Hartzler" praises Trump's transgender directive;  Jason Kander weighs in
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  Jason Kander speaks to liberals at park
          SNL:  Women's Equality Day's "Free the Nipple" protest draws smaller crowd this year X
          SNL:  "Free the Nipple" protest photo:  Obese man, woman expose cellulite rolls in public X
          SNL:  Trump visit preview:  In 2016 visit to St. Louis, Trump made throwaway reference to football X
          SNL:  Trump visit preview:  What Springfield can learn from Phoenix X
          Drebes:  Statewide poll:  Trump approval, Claire McCaskill vs. Josh Hawley, Nicole Galloway vs. Todd Richardson, 'right to work'
          AP:  Thanks to GOP legislators, businesses in Kansas City and St. Louis City freed from being forced to pay higher minimum wage
          P-D:  GOP legislators save local employers from higher minimum wage;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, liberal professors, woman unable to manage her household budget
          SNL:  New law offers some legal protections to 911 callers during an overdose X
          JCNT:  Greitens' 'board of inquiry' in case of murderer Marcellus Williams a rare move X
          JCNT editorial:  New website will benefit Capitol interns X
          P-D letter:  Libertarian leader Tim Barnhart corrects McCaskill misstatement about Hawley and residency, says it was a cheap shot
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        Saturday, August 26
       
SNL:  President Trump coming to Springfield next week to talk taxes
          SNL:  Why did President Trump pick Springfield?
          SNL:  When was Donald Trump last in Springfield?
          The Missouri Times:  Trump to visit Missouri on tax overhaul tour
          Missourinet:  Trump to kick off tax policy campaign next week in Springfield
          P-D:  Trump announces Missouri visit just as former Sen. John Danforth denounces him
          KC Star:  Democrats seek to use Trump visit to create divisions between President, Republicans
          Drebes:  Trump's Missouri approval ratings:  Even after media's Charlottesville push, President's support remains strong
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler previews tax-overhaul push, corporate taxes, taxes on Internet sales
          CDT:  John "Jenna Marie" Bourgeois moves to Missouri, says he'll run as Democrat against Hartzler;  Transgender says current Democrat candidate can't represent transgender issues, compares himself to Jackie Robinson
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Country Claire, gettin' folksy and workin' hard:  Editorial board member attends McCaskill town hall, mocks rural voters' lack of sophistication and senator's answers
          Kraske:  Struggling Missouri Democratic Party can't afford to impose an abortion litmus test
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 21
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger and Curtman to file industrial hemp bill again in 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) preview next session's work on insurance coverage for those with developmental disabilities
          KC Star:  Background on boating bill vetoed by Greitens
          SE Missourian:  SEMO student retention hits record high;  overall enrollment down slightly
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation reminds Missourians that bird hunting season starts next week
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Midwest Innocent Project Director Tricia Bushnell promotes her group
          The Missouri Times:  KC double-murderer claims he is innocent;  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants Hawley to issue a statement
          AP:  Missouri NAACP announces newest stunt:  A mock funeral outside Governor's Mansion on Sunday
          P-D:  Man who shot police during Ferguson riot gets 15 years in prison
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder will be good fit for Delta Regional Authority
          P-D editorial:  Ed Martin is back at it
          KC Star editorial:  Tell Greitens that Missouri supports the Rock Island Trail project
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth:  Why Trump is no Republican
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Urge Congress to reauthorize Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian disagrees with pro-'dark money' op-ed
          P-D letter:  Man who lives near Chappelle-Nadal says he likes her
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        Friday, August 25
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  McCaskill supporters rally at Bowling Green town hall;  Attendees include zero (0) Republicans
          WGEM:  McCaskill talks tariffs, Charlottesville, state legislation on 'right to work,' more
          KTVO (Kirksville):  'Underdog' McCaskill holds Kirksville town hall
          P-D:  War over Backpage moves to a new battleground:  NAFTA
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bioenergy plant officials to Graves:  Some consistency in tax credits needed X
          Clayton Times:  Columbia city councilman speaks to Better Way Missouri PAC, says he'll add marijuana-law overhaul to lobbying agenda
          Drebes:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) hangs real estate shingle
          The Missouri Times:  How does a special legislative session work, and what could it mean for Chappelle-Nadal?
          Rosenbaum:  As paid leave catches on in Missouri agencies, lawmakers wonder about cost
          Missourinet:  Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard:  Brian Munzlinger may be the best Agriculture Committee chair in Missouri history
          KWMU:  What's next for the 4 Missouri state parks in limbo?
          The Missouri Times:  State-school sports taking hits as state budget tightens
          Missourinet:  Missouri Transportation Task Force seeks road funding ideas in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Transportation hearing shows local governments don't want to manage Missouri's lettered roads
          CDT:  University of Missouri launches plan to cut costs for low-income students X
          P-D:  Mizzou to hand out full-tuition grants to low-income students
          KC Star:  University of Missouri to offer free tuition and fees to qualifying students
          AP:  As with previous governors, Greitens appoints some donors to boards and commissions
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of August 21, 2017
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Midwest Innocence Project promotes its anti-death-penalty views
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race devolving into petty skirmishes between McCaskill and Hawley camps
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal should stop playing victim and resign X
          KC Star editorial:  MU enrollment data offers a glimmer of hope
          CDT editorial:  New evidence should have us all question Marcellus Williams' guilt X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens makes right call on halting execution X
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        Thursday, August 24
       
KWMU:  McCaskill takes her town hall tour to the once-blue, now-red Northwest Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At Moberly stop, Hartzler talks Obamacare overhaul and her hopes that Senate takes positive action
          SNL:  Analysis:  Typical Springfieldian's demographics would not allow a hypothetical immigration into the U.S. X
          The Missouri Times:  Special election for Will Kraus' seat:  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) vs. Indivisible KC co-founder Hillary Shields
          The Missouri Times:  Former Office of Administration Commissioner Doug Nelson joins Lathrop Gage
          Drebes:  Katie Reichard to Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking Podcast:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann (R) talks county's prosperity, dangers of having poors concentrated in one area, opioids, advice for rural state legislators
          AP:  Greitens makes several board, commission appointments:  Doug Russell, others
          P-D:  Greitens fills rest of Missouri Board of Education spots
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens hosts third public address through Facebook
          AP:  Greitens hints at consequences for Trump assassination post
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) calls for Chappelle-Nadal to resign
          SNL:  Business groups ponder scare tactics to raise Missouri's 'ridiculously low' gas tax X
          KWMU:  Capturing state taxes on online sales:  In Missouri, it's mostly on you
          SE Missourian:  Fiber upgrade helped pave way for AT&T expansion;  Comments from John Sondag +
          KC Star:  Brandon Ellingson's father worries he'll miss sentencing of trooper in son's case
          SNL:  What to do with $130k seized from Asian massage parlors?  Area woman suggests donating it to anti-trafficking efforts X
          The Missouri Times:  Womens' groups create resource to protect interns in workplace
          Columbia Missourian:  New website launches to help prevent sexual harassment of college interns
          AP:  Harassment claims at Missouri Capitol inspire intern website
          KWMU:  Protesters congregate in St. Louis City after man stabs another man and a police officer, gets put down by police
          P-D:  Protesters jump onto Mercedes-Benz in St. Louis City, make a scene
          KC Star op-ed:  Concerned Veterans for America's Dan Caldwell:  Greitens right to protect private political donations in Missouri
          Waters:  Club for Growth's dark money X
          P-D letter:  Crestwood man says Democrats would help themselves by expelling Chappelle-Nadal
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian says that if Chappelle-Nadal resigns, then Trump must resign too;  Area sexagenarian says Chappelle-Nadal deserves another chance after what she wrote "on her computer"
          P-D letter:  Dardenne Prairie man says MSU's increased enrollment from St. Charles County shows that sensible students and parents want an education, not Mizzou's liberal indoctrination
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        Wednesday, August 23
       
Dunklin Democrat:  McCaskill holds town hall in Kennett, talks Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, opioids, more
          SNL:  Health care uncertainty, gun concerns discussed at McCaskill town hall X
          SNL:  Video:  Excerpts from McCaskill town hall in Ozark X
          KCUR:  Three KC Star veterans accept buyouts as 'newsroom reinvention' gets underway;  Health beat renamed "bad medicine" beat, education now "raising Kansas City," other social-justice slants;  Reporters to be rewarded for high-click stories
          The Missouri Times:  August 2017 tip sheet for 2018 statewide, state legislative races now available online
          Drebes:  Joe Maxwell, Wes Shoemyer form dark-money PAC to fight "foreign ownership" of Missouri land, multinational companies selling products to farmers, other atrocities
          P-D:  Oklahoma Indian tribe hires lobbyists in push for Missouri casino
          The Missouri Times:  Hilltop Public Solutions office in St. Louis signals Midwest outreach for Dems;  Ryan Hawkins to lead local office
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson issues letter to senators calling for special session to expel Chappelle-Nadal
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) strips Chappelle-Nadal of committee assignments
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate removes Chappelle-Nadal from committees;  Expulsion still looms
          P-D:  Parson wants special session to remove Chappelle-Nadal
          Jensen:  Chappelle-Nadal receives only mild rebukes because of her protected class - and will play the race card, gender card and every other phony ploy
          The Missouri Times:  GOP caucus vote causes a commotion over issue of seniors' vote;  Copies, screenshots of snippy internecine e-mails
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson honors veterans at Missouri State Fair
          AP:  Greitens to take questions via Facebook today at 11:30 a.m.
          KWMU:  Missouri finally has prescription drug monitoring, but prescribers can't use it
          SE Missourian:  AT&T to hire 150 people at Cape Girardeau call center;  Comments from AT&T Missouri President John Sondag +
          P-D:  MO DNR:  Radioactivity in stormwater runoff is not from West Lake Landfill;  Republic Services' Russ Knocke:  "Science isn't always fast, but it's irrefutable."
          KWMU:  Greitens postpones murderers' execution due to new DNA evidence
          AP:  Greitens halts Marcellus Williams' execution
          Columbia Missourian:  Stay of execution turns protest into celebration
          P-D:  Greitens stops execution after questions about DNA evidence
          SE Missourian editorial:  Rush Limbaugh enters milestone year for radio show +
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens shows courage in decision to stay execution of Marcellus Williams
          P-D editorial:  Greitens steps up to remove doubt in murder case
          KC Star letter:  Cass County septuagenarian says Chappelle-Nadal deserves consequences
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian says Chappelle-Nadal must be punished X
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man says Post-Dispatch editorial board, Messenger should acknowledge hate speech from Chappelle-Nadal and other liberals
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        Tuesday, August 22
       
The Missouri Times:  McCaskill adds three town hall stops to list in effort to reach rural voters
          CDT:  Liberal group CoMo for Progress cancels meeting with Hartzler;  Group refuses to meet with congresswoman unless media captures the performance X
          Missourinet:  Missouri group still hoping Congress will privatize air traffic control system;  Comments from state legislators, Joe Lakin
          KWMU:  'Right to work' is strictly a union issue, but all Missouri voters will have a say in 2018
          Drebes:  Harry Roberts joins Tony Luetkemeyer, Rep. Nick Marshall in GOP state Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Viceroy Government Relations' Jeffrey Altmann talks origins of career, repping "Uber for boats," more
          The Missouri Times:  Photos:  Eclipse at the Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Photos:  Eclipse at the Capitol
          JCNT:  Capitol crowd pleased with what they saw X
          SNL:  MSU sets an opening day enrollment record X
          KC Star:  MU enrollment is down but last year's freshmen came back
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Choi says UM job 'one of the best in academia'
          AP:  Attorneys for Marcellus Williams seek to halt today's execution
          KWMU:  Missouri prepares for second execution of 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel:  Murderer Marcellus Williams might be innocent
          P-D:  Marcellus Williams' lawyers insist he's innocent
          Missourinet:  Missouri Parole Board rejects parole for man convicted of 1991 Moberly murder
          P-D editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal would be a burden to McCaskill's re-election and must resign
          KC Star editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal could do damage to Democratic Party's prospects in 2018 and must resign
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri officials wrong to support Ten Commandments monument on public property
          P-D editorial:  Death-penalty debate hits close to home;  Man who stabbed Post-Dispatch employee to death should be given a break
          P-D op-ed:  SLU associate prof of health care ethics weighs in on climate change and Missouri agriculture
          SNL letter:  Local member of Silver Haired Legislature wants real legislators to expand Medicaid X
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        Monday, August 21   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KTVI:  MoDOT warning drivers to be prepared for the Great American Eclipse
          Missourinet:  Most Missouri state offices in Buchanan and Cole Counties are closed today because of solar eclipse
          SNL:  McCaskill announces three town halls tomorrow X
          P-D:  McCaskill, gearing up for tough re-election fight, turned over Rosie O'Donnell donations to charity
          AP:  McCaskill reaches out to rural Missouri ahead of election
          SNL:  Proposed cuts threaten utilities assistance programs X
          Clayton Times:  Chappelle-Nadal apologizes to Trump
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal apologizes to Trump, stands by refusal to resign
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump activists rally at the Plaza;  Teenager holds vulgar sign, local Indian "Moses Brings Plenty" speaks wisdom to palefaces, etc.
          KWMU:  At St. Louis Black Pride Festival, LGBTQ activists complain about Trump and "white privilege"
          Drebes:  New PACs and treasurers:  Cooperative Owners PAC's Amanda Yoder, others
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  UM System President Dr. Mun Choi talks about Board of Curators, preparing for activist rabblerousing, lessons from his dad in working hard and rejecting handouts;  Panel of David Barklage, John Gaskin, Senate Minority Caucus Counsel Chris Schappe, Gregg Keller talk Chappelle-Nadal, Hawley, much more
           SNL:  Greitens could help public defense in Greene County and beyond X
           Missourinet:  Missouri organization launches system in response to Capitol intern scandals
           KWMU:  Midwest Innocent Project wants Greitens to halt execution of murderer
           SE Missourian editorial:  Bipartisan call for anti-sex-trafficking bill is encouraging +
           KC Star editorial:  Greitens should spare murderer Marcellus Williams
           SE Missourian letter:  Local Moms Demand Action member wants McCaskill, Blunt to support gun control +
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        Sunday, August 20
       
SE Missourian:  At town hall, McCaskill talks Planned Parenthood, Medicare, Trump, more +
        SNL:  Local Democrats change name of 'tone deaf' Jackson Day;  Former President owned slaves, moved Indians off their land X
        KC Star:  Vandalized Confederate monument in KC will be removed soon, park officials say
        The Missouri Times:  HRCC Executive Director Robert Knodell talks 2018 House races, Trump's impact, more
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) withdraws from Floor Leader's race
        Drebes:  Hawley joins amicus brief defending 10 Commandments display
        P-D:  Rural hospitals' financial health is under State Auditor Nicole Galloway's lens
        AP:  Thanks to Sheena Greitens, Missouri child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls
        P-D:  Missouri State takes on Mizzou:  'We want to be the undergraduate choice for Missouri'
        CDT:  KOPN facing 'serious' financial woes;  Public radio station can't pay its bills, hires Bernie Sanders volunteer organizer to right the ship X
        SNL editorial:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal should resign after assassination post X
        KC Star editorial:  Dark money and secret donors could deluge Missouri in 2018
        P-D editorial:  Missouri's parole board doesn't give parolees a fair chance at life outside
        SNL op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  'Right to work' benefits everyone X
        Waters:  Questionable Public Service Commission denial of Grain Belt Express seems political
        Horrigan:  Netflix goes to Georgia to trash Missourians and the Lake of the Ozarks
        P-D op-ed:  ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman:  Stop the execution of Marcellus Williams
        SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian disagrees with Tim Jones piece on tax cuts X
        P-D letter:  Mehlville man examines P-D's liberal, anti-Trump bias
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        Saturday, August 19
       
KWMU:  Democratic, Republican leaders call for Chappell-Nadal to resign over Trump assassination comment
          SNL:  Chappelle-Nadal's death wish for Trump brings Parson to Springfield as expulsion looms X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Greitens call on Senate to expel Chappelle-Nadal
          P-D:  Greitens calls for expulsion of Chappelle-Nadal
          Clayton Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson gives Chappelle-Nadal three weeks to resign, or be expelled
          Clayton Times:  Chappelle-Nadal not backing down
          Missourinet:  Parson calls on Senate to remove Chappelle-Nadal
          SNL:  Blunt talks Bannon's exit, Chappelle-Nadal's assassination comment X
          KC Star:  At Harrisonville, McCaskill says she was 'not surprised' by release of Bannon;  Comments from attendee and University of Central Missouri poli sci prof Robynn Kuhlmann
          Rosenbaum:  Missouri's Trump supporters reflect on president's response to Charlottesville
          Clayton Times:  Profile:  Kelli Dunaway seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Ann Wagner's re-election, alleges that primary opponents are "three straight white men"
          P-D's Joe Holleman:  The smoking lamp is out:  Chief Wana Dubie dead at 58
          The Missouri Times:  Unions look to force statewide vote with 310,000 signatures seeking to block 'right-to-work' law
          KWMU:  Missouri's 'right-to-work' law suspended after unions turn in 300k signatures for statewide vote
          AP:  Unions deliver signatures to block 'right to work' in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Unions turn out large crowd for anti-'right to work' rally
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Show-Me Institute seeks policy analysts
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Israeli ambassador, judge appointment, assassination tweet response
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At State Fair, Greitens talks broadband for rural schools
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  State Fair prepares for another packed weekend
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  How MO Dept. of Tourism, Highway Patrol are preparing for eclipse hysteria
          AP:  Missouri State Parks:  Don't use the eclipse glasses we sold
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant superintendent faces fraud charges, is on leave
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant superintendent 'emphatically denies' claims he misused North Carolina district's credit card
          P-D editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal's comments make 2018 elections even harder for Missouri Democrats
          KC Star letter:  Independence man says Cleaver's rhetoric is creating more divisions
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp responds to P-D's pro-Planned Parenthood editorial
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        Friday, August 18
       
The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) calls for President Donald Trump to be assassinated
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Video:  Chappelle-Nadal explains call for presidential assassination:  "I had over 60 hits [sic] of people who liked it" (0:25);  Expresses frustration with interviewer (4:00);  Compares her assassination comments to Trump's criticism of Obama (5:00);  Says constituents will not read or see negative news coverage of her (6:45);  Dismisses county executive's criticism as racially-motivated (10:00);  Says 100% of constituents support her (12:00);  Compares her call for presidential assassination to legislators who have smoked marijuana (13:40);  Much more
          KWMU:  Democratic, GOP leaders call for Chappell-Nadal to resign over Trump assassination comment
          P-D:  Missouri's top Democrats call for Chappell-Nadal to resign for assassination post
          SNL:  Missouri Democrat posts assassination wishes X
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says she will not resign
          AP:  Democratic state senator posts wish for Trump assassination
          KC Star:  Democratic state senator hopes Trump is assassinated
          Washington Post:  A Missouri lawmaker's Facebook comment leads to calls for her resignation
          KC Star:  McCaskill at town hall:  'My job isn't to fight the president'
          Missourinet:  McCaskill to participate in roundtable discussion on agricultural security
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt differ on how to get high-speed Internet to rural Missouri
          AP:  U.S. Senate campaign rivals Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley chat at Ham Breakfast
          P-D:  At Ham Breakfast, media shows most interest in U.S. Senate, state auditor races
          Missourinet:  Parson:  There have been record crowds every day at Missouri State Fair
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panelists talk reapportionment, Stephen Webber's efforts to revive Missouri Democratic Party after years of lackluster leadership, more
          JCNT:  New GOP Executive Director Austin Stukins speaks to Cole County Republicans, says he'll put Claire McCaskill "out to pasture"
          Drebes:  Lobbying firms' new gambit:  Creating their own PACs
          The Missouri Times:  Federalist Society to start new chapter in mid-Missouri
          JCNT:  Michela Skelton launches new campaign for House seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature could override veto this fall
          The Missouri Times:  HCB 3 could once again appear before the Legislature
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT director:  Gas-tax increase could be 'quickest way' to fund roads and bridges +
          Missourinet:  McKenna, Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) talk regional favoritism in road funding
          P-D:  In rare remarks, Jay Nixon says public should voice support for proposed trail project
          KWMU:  Pentobarbital:  A look at Missouri's choice for effective, painless executions
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Palestinian activist says McCaskill is trying to restrict First Amendment rights
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Columnist recaps anti-GOP health care rally, notes that he held the door open for a handicapped woman
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Josh Hawley's vague answers at State Fair Ham Breakfast show he's closer than ever to climbing the same ladder he once denounced
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        Thursday, August 17
       
P-D:  Trump signs bill clearing way for World War II vets' mustard gas claims
          Joplin Globe:  Trump signs McCaskill-backed bill for WWII vet benefits X
          SNL:  Blunt staffers endure activists' complaints about Medicaid cuts;  Handicapped man makes excretory reference X
          SNL:  Austin Petersen, Tony Monetti say they're still running for GOP U.S. Senate nomination X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner on congressional trip to South Korea, China, Japan
          P-D:  Elected officials' communications staff pen statements on Charlottesville
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  KC Dem Reps. Lauren Arthur, Jon Carpenter chat with Mannies & Rosenbaum about life in the superminority, state budget, unions' minimum-wage campaign, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Sara Walsh prepares to serve in the House
          KOMU (Columbia):  Activists hold town-hall rally against home health care cuts
          CDT:  Democratic superminority members Martha Stevens, Kip Kendrick attend health care rally X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens:  Troopers on St. Louis City interstates getting dangerous criminals off the streets
          Clayton Times:  MoDOT asks motorists to plan ahead for eclipse, expects traffic to be heavy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Interim Committee on labor debates prevailing-wage laws
          SE Missourian:  Voluntary retirement offered for SEMO staff members +
          KWMU:  KIPP high school among 3 new charter schools opening in St. Louis City this week
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  August 16, 2017
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  PSC denies Grain Belt;  Thoughts from company, opposition groups, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          AP:  Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest power line
          CDT:  Local governments play waiting game after third Grain Belt project rejection X
          P-D:  Despite giving vocal support, state regulators again deny Grain Belt Express transmission line, citing court ruling
          P-D:  Missouri seniors buying up national parks passes before $70 price hike
          KWMU:  Missouri appeals court weighs grand jury secrecy vs. right to contradict officials
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Greitens not doing enough to repudiate Trump
          P-D op-ed:  CEAM's Brian Murphy:  NAACP's attack on charter schools is misguided
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        Wednesday, August 16
       
The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt will not run for U.S. Senate in 2018, paves way for Hawley bid
          SNL:  Schmitt won't run for U.S. Senate, opening door wider for Hawley's candidacy X
          Real Clear Politics' Rebecca Berg:  Schmitt clears way for Hawley in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          Washington Examiner:  Schmitt backs out of Claire McCaskill challenge, citing need for GOP unity
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt out of Missouri's U.S. Senate race, backs Josh Hawley
          JCNT:  Democrats question Hawley's residency and his vote in last week's election X
          KC Star:  Cleaver talks Charlottesville, Trump
          KWMU:  EPA:  No trace of asbestos found in house that burned
          Missourinet:  State agencies brace for massive inflow of visitors for once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
          Drebes:  Mark Milton forms Franklin County Leadership PAC
          JCNT:  Gena Terlizzi takes helm at Missouri National Alliance on Mental Illness X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens talks business with Israeli ambassador at Danforth Plant Science Center, slams violence in Charlottesville
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher say tax credits are "out of control," doubt that Greitens will do anything about it
          JCNT:  Greitens makes appearance at Jefferson City Correctional Center X
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Social Services still reviewing budget to identify places to trim
          P-D:  Another special session not out of the question
          SNL:  Under Greitens, fate of new state parks in limbo X
          The Missouri Times:  Mallinckrodt donates 50,000 drug disposal pouches in Missouri to fight opioid epidemic
          CDT:  UM reaches deadline for new federal lobbyist;  Andy Blunt's $10,500/month no-bid state government lobbying contract still untouchable until June 2018 X
          KWMU:  Missouri education officials hope 'skinny' school improvement plan will satisfy feds
          P-D:  Missouri approves 'skinny plan' to improve worst-performing public schools
          KWMU:  Missouri ed board to stay out of St. Louis Public Schools' local control talks
          P-D:  Missouri sued over lack of attorneys for parole violators
          The Missouri Times:  Certificate of Need subcommittee proposes minimum occupancy requirement for hospital beds
          The Missouri Times:  Experts urge companies to beef up systems at Missouri Chamber's Cybersecurity Summit
          AP:  Overview:  NAACP "travel advisory" details, reactions
          SNL:  Springfield NAACP holds press conference to promote "travel advisory," receives pushback X
          SE Missourian:  Band who cancelled concert appearance due to NAACP "travel advisory" quickly replaced +
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects request to stop execution;  Marcellus Williams broke into Post-Dispatch employee's home and stabbed her 43 times in the neck with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court denies murderer's request for stay of execution
          KWMU:  Juror in Michael Brown assault case to ask Missouri appeals court for right to speak
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Department of Conservation marks 80 years of good stewardship X
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  In Missouri, guns are too easy to purchase;  Local man purchased guns for protection in urban areas, but brother-in-law's nefarious hoodlum pal broke into house and shot homeowner
          Jensen:  KWMU piece on urban bloodsports ignores major reason for crime:  Males abandoning the children they created +
          P-D letter:  Jeanette Mott Oxford on GOP discrimination law
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        Tuesday, August 15
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill wants U.S. to invest more in missile defense program
          P-D:  Club for Growth raises $10 million to back Hawley in U.S. Senate race
          The Missouri Times:  As Net neutrality debate continues, Blunt pushes for rural expansion of broadband
          Missourinet:  Clay praises Jason Smith for bipartisanship on civil rights historical sites
          Missourinet:  Cleaver talks Charlottesville, criticizes Trump
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep.-elect Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) talks campaign, voter priorities, MU, more;  Panel of Sarah Martin, Ray Hartmann, Carl Bearden, Robert Knodell talk Walsh's victory, Democratic factions affecting McCaskill's re-election, Nicole Galloway vs. Todd Richardson
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Jordan Presnell announces candidacy for seat held by term-limited Rep. Gary Cross (R-Lee's Summit)
          JCNT:  Patrick Baker named new Senate administrator
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks Drafting Services Attorney
          KC Star:  Missouri still last among states in employee pay
          P-D:  Unions to hold anti-'right to work' rally at Capitol, submit petition signatures on Friday
          SE Missourian:  Cape County adopts prescription drug database
          KWMU:  Greitens to join other state leaders in drawing attention to corrections workers
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe students, administrator air grievances about "PWIs" (Predominantly White Institutions):  Coed says Caucasoids at her high school were "not understanding (my) hair," other atrocities
          Clayton Times:  Few transfer students from unaccredited school districts remain in Clayton district
          SE Missourian:  Nashville band cancels gig, cites NAACP "travel advisory"
          P-D:  NAACP "travel advisory" hurting tourism, officials say;  Comments from Explore St. Louis' Kitty Ratcliffe, Jerry Hunter, others
          KWMU:  Attorney for man who killed Post-Dispatch reporter requests stay of execution for new DNA evidence
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  Employers can teach cruel Republican legislators a lesson by increasing payroll expenditures
          KC Star letter:  Independence liberal unhappy with GOP legislators' tax cuts, wants Legislature to be disbanded
          SNL letter:  Willow Springs sexagenarian wants GOP legislators to expand Medicaid
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        Monday, August 14
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill:  Army contractor in Afghanistan bought Porsches, Bentleys, prohibited guns and alcohol
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump group turns out fewer than 60 for health care rally X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump group organizes Charlottesville protest X
          SNL:  Springfield liberals organize Charlottesville protest, link Trump to Nazis;  Local Dem leader:  "Probably the cream of the left activists are here" X
          Missourinet:  Deadline is today for Missouri residents to apply for federal disaster relief
          Drebes:  Mark Schwartz leaves Andy Blunt's Statehouse Strategies
          KC Star:  Family of man who receives in-home care opposes cuts to in-home care
          AP:  Sex offender law prompts lawsuit
          SNL:  Springfield Police Department aware of sex trafficking investigation at Asian spas since 2014, chief says X
          KWMU:  St. Louis City crime-data analysis:  More than half of 2017 homicide suspects are black males;  Area woman says spending $4 million in state money will surely help
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri Department of Conservation celebrates 80 years of preserving wildlife +
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Army vet:  Foreign aid makes for a stronger Missouri X
          Messenger:  On Ferguson and Charlottesville
          SNL letter:  Organizer of "Clean Missouri" petition drives touts presence at Route 66 Festival this coming weekend X
          P-D letter:  Union lawyer opposes 'right to work'
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian disagrees with Missouri Republicans on minimum wage, cites Berkeley study
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        Sunday, August 13
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill to hold 25 town halls amid challenges from right and left
          Drebes:  Charlie Hinderliter leaving St. Louis Regional Chamber for St. Louis Realtors
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri State Fair brings attention to hungry children;  Comments from Ag Director Chris Chinn
          Republic-Monitor:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) reflects on freshman session:  'Right to work' victory, urban legislators taking no interest in life-saving rural legislation, more
          CDT:  At MU, efficiency is the new normal due to budget cuts X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to see less than 5 (five) percent cut in funding for high-poverty schools;  Federal taxpayers foot $8,000,000.00 bill to "level the playing field" for poorest SPS schools this year X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to distribute 20,000 Google Chromebook laptops in first 11 days of schools X
          P-D:  Wentzville School District the fastest-growing in the state;  White, middle-class families flee inner-ring St. Louis County suburbs for St. Charles County
          JCNT editorial:  A renewed call for primary seat belt law in Missouri X
          P-D:  Michael Brown protesters make a scene outside Cardinals game;  Agitators hold obscentity-filled signs, scream as families depart Busch Stadium
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  UM outlook brightens under Choi X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hard facts to swallow after Ferguson:  Shooting of Michael Brown was justified;  Small pack of Mizzou complainers severely damaged school's reputation;  NAACP "travel advisory" gimmick is misguided;  More X
          KC Star letters:  MATA's Jeannie Brandstetter on GOP discrimination law;  KC man offers sarcastic praise of NAACP "travel advisory," notes that "white folks with common sense" avoid dangerous black areas
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian responds to P-D editorial on GOP discrimination bill
          SNL letter:  Republic nonagenarian responds to former Speaker Tim Jones' op-ed, attempts analogy involving Alice in Wonderland X
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        Saturday, August 12
       
P-D:  McCaskill launches rural Missouri town hall meetings in bid to stake out the middle
          AP:  Fact Check:  Democrats' anti-Hawley ad
          SE Missourian:  Trump names Kinder to Delta Regional Authority leadership post +
          Missourinet:  Local governments, residents nearing deadline to receive federal aid from spring floods
          Deseret News:  Scott Eckersley, at center of 2007 Gov. Blunt controversy, sues local police and prosecutors in brochure dispute
          CDT:  Video:  Sara Walsh 50th District special election victory speech X
          SNL:  Local TV vet talks 'fake news,' media literacy with local Pachyderms X
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-'right to work' group accused of armed intimidation
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' supporters ask state Supreme Court to block union ballot effort
          Ray Hartmann:  Discriminating taste? How Missouri Legislature disgraced the state with Senate Bill 43
          P-D:  State plan to verify welfare recipients' qualifications is delayed
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Administration asking for rule review input from applicants in state's Merit System
          P-D:  Greitens orders flags at half-staff to honor slain Clinton, Mo., officer
          P-D:  New state parks:  Planned by Nixon, on hold by Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT finalizes eclipse plans X
          P-D:  When it comes to DUI enforcement, Missouri leans to lenient
          Missourinet:  Event hosted by Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) provides free backpacks, school supplies
          The Missouri Times:  As the final KCI decision looms, questions arise around AECOM;  Comments from Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City)
          KC Star editorial:  Despite state minimum-wage law, every KC business should pay workers at least $10/hr.
          Waters:  NAACP's "overblown allegations" in travel-advisory gimmick don't help race relations X
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        Friday, August 11
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump names Peter Kinder as new Alternate Federal Co-Chairperson of the Delta Regional Authority
          P-D:  White House appoints former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to federal economic development
          KWMU:  Through Medicaid, taxpayers will subsidize "free" health clinics at Normandy and two other poorly-peforming schools
          P-D:  Former Obamacare worker claims she'll file against Claire McCaskill in Democratic U.S. Senate primary
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber to speak to local Dems on Monday X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  GOP rally at State Fair ruffles feathers;  Comments from one (1) member of Missouri State Fair Commission, Democrat and longtime Carnahan family ally Sean McGinnis
          CDT:  Taylor Burks oversees first election, settles in as county clerk X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks potential statewide vote on fuel tax for transportation
          The Missouri Times:  Courts could see flurry of anti-discrimination suits before new law takes hold
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) partners with Firefighters, unions in organizing school supply drive
          Columbia Missourian:  UMKC chancellor leaving early;  likely interim backs more system collaboration
          KC Star:  A million out-of-state travelers expected to pack Missouri roads for solar eclipse
          The Missouri Times:  Capital City preparing for total eclipse
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper seeks members of Readers Board "that represent the area's diversity"
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation debunks story of strange creature in Lake Springfield X
          KWMU:  Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson talks about new book, Michael Brown's assault on Officer Darren Wilson, media bias against law enforcement, more
          Pacific Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Trap, euthanize is best solution for animal problem
          KWMU:  Filmmaker promotes Ferguson documentary, says he hopes protesters "are proud of themselves" for what they did
          P-D editorial:  Auditor Nicole Galloway calls out Gov. Nixon's budget poaching and mooching
          SNL editorial:  "Cliff Effect" legislation from Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) could help stop area poors from committing so many crimes X
          P-D op-ed:  2016 Democratic lieutenant governor primary bronze medalist Winston Apple:  'Right to work' an assault on the right to unite
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Gerrymandering cost the energetic, courageous Michela Skelton her rightful state rep victory
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man responds to Clay's Ferguson op-ed, says Michael Brown should not have punched officer in the head
          KC Star letter:  U.S. Travel Association's Roger Dow says NAACP "travel advisory" stunt will hurt Missouri employment
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        Thursday, August 10
       
AP:  McCaskill plans another round of rural Missouri town halls
          P-D:  NRSC's new anti-McCaskill ads have rodeo theme
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump groups draws small crowd for health care protest;  Mayor Sly James, local "Indivisible" leader serve as opening acts for headliner Jason Kander
          KCUR:  Health care bus tour makes stop in KC
          Daily American Republic:  Rep. Jason Smith hears concerns during annual Farm Tour +
          KC Star:  Man who helped with Stephen Colbert PAC gag to serve as treasurer for Josh Hawley's eventual U.S. Senate campaign
          The Missouri Times:  New poll, conducted by Gravis Polling, shows 53 percent approval rating for Greitens
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit gives $100k more to 'right-to-work' group while unions mobilize X
          KWMU:  Unions plan to turn in 300k signatures, likely putting Missouri's 'right-to-work' law in limbo
          KSMU:  The Ways of the Court:  Betsy AuBuchon - the first female to serve as the Supreme Court of Missouri clerk - explains the process
          P-D:  Greitens' "No Mo Red Tape" anonymous comment website draws varied input
          SNL:  Missouri's Blue Alert law takes effect in 3 weeks. Would it have helped in Clinton? X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College president supports new community college association leader Brian Millner
          Drebes:  DESE issues Request for Information for adult high schools
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 9, 2017
          KC Star:  Audit:  Rural Missouri hospital at heart of $90 million billing scheme
          Missourinet:  State audit raises red flags about Missouri hospital's billing practices
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  The day in Ferguson:  Bluetooth speakers fail during dance performance, march to park cancelled, protesters create disturbance inside McDonald's
          P-D:  Photo:  Protesters make a scene, disturb paying customers at McDonald's
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Thoughts from 2014's riot celebrities
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Compendium of station's previous Ferguson coverage
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and GOP wrong on subsidizing ACT for all students, wrong on prisoner rehab programs, wrong - then right - on foster care funding
          JCNT editorial:  Encourage government participation by filling panel appointments X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  McCaskill:  Fighting for justice for mustard gas victims
          P-D op-ed:  Humane Society's Kathy Warnick:  Lack of hot car law leaves Missouri pets in danger
          SNL op-ed:  Freshman superminority Reps. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) and Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) want override of Greitens' HCB3 veto X
          P-D letter:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon):  Missouri voters elected governor, Legislature who promised 'right to work'
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        Wednesday, August 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill's crackdown on prescription drug price gouging heads to Trump
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panel talks Hawley's U.S. Senate decision
          KWIX/KRES (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer concerned about North Korea's capabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh, Sandy Crawford claim victories for GOP in special elections
          SNL:  Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo) wins special election X
          CDT:  Walsh wins 50th District seat X
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  De rigueur election-day images:  Old person voting, handicapped person voting, extremely old person voting, election officials administering election, victory and defeat parties X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Senior citizens cast their ballots
          Columbia Missourian:  50th District elects Sara Walsh
          JCNT:  Voters choose Sara Walsh in 50th House district special election X
          P-D:  Republicans win special legislative elections
          KC Star:  Higher minimum wage gets KC voters' support;  Unions begin separate push for statewide initiative petition campaign
          Missourinet:  Activists promote "Save the Raise" campaign to keep wages high;  Supporter compares minimum-wage workers to cans of tomatoes
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Fair opens tomorrow in Sedalia
          Drebes:  MO HealthNet's Jay Ludlum leaving
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force members hope to hash out funding issues in upcoming hearing
          KWMU:  DESE data:  Wentzville the fastest-growing school district in the state
          P-D:  Missouri students make slight gains in English and math
          SNL:  Ozark Farmers Market launches "DoubleUp-SNAP" days, hopes welfare recipients spend portion of taxpayer money on healthy food X
          KWMU:  NAACP "travel advisory" campaign still getting attention
          KDKD (Clinton):  Landowners team with Missouri Dept. of Conservation to control feral hogs;  To protect private property, wild animals must be trapped or shot
          Missourinet:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Activists to march today
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Activists rebuild Michael Brown memorial, place mylar balloons and stuffed animals in middle of public street
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Station hosts call-in show for listeners to share emotions, analysis
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's pro-gun legislators to blame for death of Clinton, Mo. police officer
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Nixon's failure - Missouri's board, commission seats left unfilled
          P-D op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary piece
          Jensen:  Remembering Jerry Litton +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  List of criticisms of Josh Hawley, Greitens, GOP legislators
          P-D letter:  Ladue woman wants McCaskill to fight pro-gun law
          P-D letter:  Union member opposes 'right to work'
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        Tuesday, August 8
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Senate GOP's bitter "Never Trump" sect holding up good legislation +
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Corps needs to proceed with area flood-control project, fix levees +
          P-D:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) says she's considering GOP U.S. Senate bid
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with Mark Osmack:  Local man seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          SNL:  Local 25-year-old claims he'll put name on GOP primary ballot against Billy Long;  Area sexagenarian seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Billy Long's re-election X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS Jay Ashcroft talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum on getting the word out about new voter ID law
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor Nicole Galloway says boards and commissions fell into "bureaucratic oblivion" under Nixon Administration
          SNL:  Galloway:  Nixon's spending on office was shifty, not thrifty;  state boards face "bureaucratic oblivion" X
          P-D:  Galloway:  Nixon let state boards sink into 'bureaucratic oblivion'
          AP:  Audit says Nixon overspent on office
          Faughn:  On Ashcroft and approach to ballot language, media's sexist hypocrisy toward Abigail Blunt, Will Kraus appointment, media dunderheadedness on lobbyist trinkets and meals, more
          Clayton Times:  Missouri missing out on millions as "Ozark" is filmed in Georgia;  State film production credits ceased in November 2013
          The Missouri Times:  GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) discusses leadership election process
          KC Star:  KC voters to approve minimum-wage hike today
          AP:  KC voters to approve minimum-wage hike today
          Drebes:  Carl Bearden's United for Missouri files lawsuit against St. Charles County's PDMP
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's winter prep to begin
          SNL:  St. Louis County NAACP flip-flops on travel advisory X
          Columbia Missourian:  University responds to NAACP's "travel advisory" campaign
          P-D op-ed:  Time to rethink how Missouri approaches jail sentences for juvenile criminals
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian opposes cuts to 'circuit breaker' program, says Greitens and GOP lawmakers treat olds like a pit bull treats a rag doll
          P-D letter:  Local sexagenarian urbanite wants lawmakers to require police officers to sit through more "implicit bias training"
          KC Star letters:  Local black man sees racism in traffic stops;  Local employer wishes minimum-wage crowd would stop leeching unemployment benefits and welfare when they skip out on the job
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        Monday, August 7
       
KWMU:  Local transgenders in a tizzy over Trump tweets;  Male military veterans, now living as women, express anger at President
        KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to provide you unbiased journalism
        Seeking Alpha:  Lee Enterprises earnings call transcript:  Post-Dispatch parent company kept Q3 costs down by trimming newsroom fat and outsourcing jobs
        KC Star:  Forty years ago this week, Missouri lost a giant in U.S. Rep. Jerry Litton (D)
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jim Talent on national security;  Panel of Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), Steve Tilley, Garrett Webb talk Hawley vs. McCaskill, abortion special session
        KMIZ (Columbia):  Columbia College prof Terry Smith weighs in on Michela Skelton vs. Sara Walsh
        P-D:  Election preview:  Michela Skelton (D) vs. Sara Walsh (R)
        The Maneater:  Greitens appoints two new curators and student representative to Board of Curators
        The Maneater:  Greitens nominates Courtney Lauer to fill student representative position
        P-D:  More than 100 St. Louis businesses claim they'll keep $10 minimum wage, despite new state law
        Hannibal Courier-Post's "Salt River Journal" free weekly:  Area olds complain about changes to Missouri Rx program
        P-D:  State budget trims prison education programs
        SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation to mark 80th year with open houses tomorrow +
        KOMU:  Columbia says impact of NAACP travel advisory still uncertain
        P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP changes mind on national group's travel advisory, now supports it
        Missourinet:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Ferguson police prepare to protect property, law-abiding residents
        SE Missourian editorial:  Greitens' Innovation Task Force a positive for Missouri business +
        SNL op-ed:  Local anti-Trump group expresses anger with Roy Blunt, Billy Long for supporting Trump agenda X
        Messenger:  As feds strengthen whistleblower protections, Missouri heads the other way
        KC Star editorial writer Melinda Henneberger:  Sly James, Eric Greitens and Donald Trump are all too secretive
        CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian repeats, for second time, original endorsement of 50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D) X
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Michela Skelton, "fond of reminding everyone she's a distant cousin" of Ike Skelton, the best choice for state rep
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU's Aaron Hedlund:  Sara Walsh will make a better state rep than Karl Marx fangirl Michela Skelton
        P-D letter:  Septuagenarian couple still subscribes to Post-Dispatch print edition, expresses frustration in columnist selection
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        Sunday, August 6
       
JCNT:  At local Chamber breakfast, Luetkemeyer says Senate has "dropped the ball" on fixing Obamacare X
          JCNT:  Some rural co-ops investing to bring broadband to rural areas, just as they did electricity X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor groups to present anti-'right to work' ballot signatures August 18
          P-D:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson accepted less than $3,000 in lobbyist gifts in first six months of 2017;  Trinkets and food include commemorative coins, meals with former colleagues
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  50th District candidate Sara Walsh (R)
          SNL:  State law keeps allegations of teacher misconduct out of public view X
          CDT:  Profile:  University of Missouri President Mun Choi X
          SNL:  Given budget, MSU President Clif Smart requests no raise X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Texting is still legal for many drivers X
          P-D:  Express Scripts launches new measures in the battle over the opioid epidemic
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Status of race relations in Ferguson
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Public radio station seeks listeners' tales of how assault on Darren Wilson, subsequent riots and looting affected them
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill-Hawley U.S. Senate race would provide Missourians an entertaining political fight X
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on urban minimum-wage hike
          P-D editorial:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Things are getting better in Ferguson, despite Donald Trump
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill helps veterans who participated in mustard gas experiments X
          Waters:  50th District endorsement, again:  Octogenarian repeats his endorsement of Democrat Michela Skelton, adds new thoughts X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Improved access to behavioral health clinics would help people avoid opioid addiction X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt on Obamacare, resorts to CAPS LOCK to make her point X
          JCNT letter:  Liberal activist Sue Gibson wants Greitens to protect black drivers during eclipse X
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        Saturday, August 5
       
KBIA:  American Medical Association President David Barbe, a Missourian, weighs in on Obamacare fixes, PDMP, more
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt votes for the week
          Missourinet:  Missouri one of 17 states with back-to-school tax-free weekends
          P-D:  The Mission Continues rolls on - without Greitens;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' groups accuse unions of heavy-handed tactics and secrecy
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP debate:  Why some physicians aren't happy with Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  University of Missouri embezzlement investigation turned over to feds X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU police turn over misappropriation case to federal authorities
          SE Missourian:  Fewer international students expected at SEMO this fall +
          JCNT:  Road-safety group gives Missouri failing grade for laws X
          KC Star:  St. Louis County NAACP objects to travel advisory
          KC Star:  Taxpayers to fund federal "listening sessions" in Blue Springs to heal race-based injured feelings
          KC Star editorial:  Lobbyists spending on the decline, but still too high
          P-D editorial briefs:  On Will Kraus, and Kemper Arena vs. TWA Dome
          Messenger:  Anti-gun gals gather downtown this weekend
          SNL op-ed:  Former House Speaker Tim Jones:  Republicans need a job-creating, wage-growing, tax-cut home run X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood, Centralia mayors support Grain Belt Express
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico opposes cuts to care programs
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests NAACP focus less on "travel advisory" gimmick and more on black-on-black KC crime
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