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        Wednesday, May 22, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley bill would allow people to opt out of data tracking
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  KCUR's Brian Ellison joins Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to recap the ups and downs of the 2019 Missouri Legislature
          P-D:  Abortion rally photo gallery:  Morbidly obese woman rolls onto hindquarters, claims she is withholding intercourse from all male suitors due to abortion legislation;  other efficacious messaging X
          JCNT:  Pro-choice rally draws 30 in Jefferson City X
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-choice rally draws 50 in Columbia
          SNL:  Abortion rally draws 50 in Springfield;  Planned Parenthood rep tells crowd that calling Parson's office will make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's elderly population a target for scammers;  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) aims to help victims
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators say budget boost could help adult abuse hotline
          P-D:  Insurance group says motorcycle helmet law change will mean more deaths
          Messenger:  Sarcastic take on 2019 legislative session X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man expresses disdain for white male Republicans X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wants Parson to flip-flop on pro-life principles X
          P-D letter:  Self-described "women's studies scholar" opposes pro-life legislation X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist claims she and cohorts will kick Republicans' "sorry butts to the curb" next year X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman makes pro-life argument devoid of rage, hatred or threats X
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        Tuesday, May 21, 2019
       
KWMU:  Hawley wants to institute an Internet 'do-not-track' list for personal data
          Missourinet:  Major disaster declaration approved for 13 Missouri counties
          KC Star:  Trump approves disaster declaration for 13 Missouri counties, bringing funds for repair X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers Association's Mark Scott:  A trade win for corn industry
          Missourinet:  Schmitt's office joins FBI efforts to fight human trafficking
          SNL:  GOP says efforts to improve "Clean Missouri" will be back next year X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers celebrate passage of pro-life legislation +
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats, in political exile, hope pro-life legislation will help them generate cash, interest X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at criminal justice measures passed this session
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers green-light partial motorcycle helmet repeal, vehicle fee increase, inspection triggers
          P-D:  In Missouri, some officials want to curtail feel-good Capitol color show X
          Joplin Globe:  Editor Carol Stark to be inducted into Missouri Press Hall of Fame X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislative session was about more than abortion X
          P-D editorial:  Abortion bill notwithstanding, Missouri dodged some big bullets this session X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R):  The right to exist:  In support of Israel +
          KWMU op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Lauren Weber:  Missouri should join 49 other states in passing PDMP
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Missouri lawmakers are usually wrong, which is why their constituents end up re-electing them
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        Monday, May 20, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Memorial honoring Vietnam veterans holds grand opening in Perryville +
          Rosenbaum:  6 observations as Gov. Parson finds success in first legislative session
          P-D:  In his first session as governor, Parson scores big wins X
          Missourinet:  Post-session analysis:  Thoughts from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) and House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Ray Hartmann, David Barklage, Jay Kanzler, and St. Louis County Council Democratic candidate Kelli Dunaway talk GM incentives, pro-life legislation, Bruce Frank's departure, more
           KC Star:  Feminists gather at Plaza to protest pro-life bill;  Organizer celebrates her success gathering the "pissed off" after legislation is already passed X
           KWMU:  Cities prepare for legalized medical marijuana in Missouri
           Missourinet:  'Nathan's Law' to restrict capacity at in-home day cares goes to Parson's desk
           Missourinet:  Drones are one signature away from being banned near Missouri prisons, mental hospitals
           Missourinet:  The helmets could soon come off for many motorcyclists in Missouri
           KC Star:  Washington University law prof, allies continue campaign against Title IX due process legislation X
           Columbia Missourian:  Northwest Missouri wind-power projects a boon to some, a bane to others
           P-D:  Despite attacks, coal stands strong as power source for Missouri X
           Joplin Globe editorial:  State lawmakers did the right thing and prioritized education funding X
           P-D op-ed:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon):  The General Motors deal is a Great Deal - but only for GM X
           P-D's Nicklaus:  Yes, GM subsidy is corporate welfare, but it's necessary in a competitive world X
           P-D's David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher:  "The Bottom Line" video:  Is GM subsidy corporate welfare or necessary investment? X
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        Sunday, May 19, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Obamacare, Title IX, judges X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith supports Trump trade policy, says China responsible for farm woes +
          JCNT:  Child poverty declines in Missouri;  Advocacy group complains about "living wage," Medicaid expansion, etc. X
          AP:  Investigation into Greitens' staff's social media use ends
          AP:  Analysis:  Parson achieves most of his 2019 legislative agenda
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers reflect on 'successful year' in Jefferson City X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers look back at 2019 session X
          Joplin Globe:  MSSU, Crowder poised for more state funding for nursing, health sciences programs X
          SNL:  Waynesville, Kennett are both seeking direct deals with marijuana companies X
          P-D editorial:  Lessons for future leaders from the sad downfall of Bruce Franks, Jr.:  "Mental health" tearjerker a flimsy alibi for federal investigation X
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians subsidize Kansas City stadiums to the tune of $3 million per year. When will Kansas chip in? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural Missouri celebrates successful legislative session
          Waters:  Hammerschmidt - an unholy blend of tax credits X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Legislation needed to stop excessive robocalls X
          CDT op-ed:  Gatehouse Media Regional Editor Allen Fennewald:  CAFO debate divides rural ideals X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian opposes Dohrman proposal for "In God We Trust" in public schools, says students are oblivious to all signage X
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        Saturday, May 18, 2019
       
KC Star:  Missouri farmers, federal lawmakers weigh in on continued trade tensions X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Actress Glenn Close bolsters message for Blunt-backed bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  FCC approves funds to fill gaps in broadband access around area X
          KWMU:  Debate continues on Missouri medical marijuana supply and demand
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House live blog
          KWMU:  Live blog:  The last day of the Missouri Legislature
          KWMU:  Last day of session:  Abortion, bridge bonding bill, term limits, and missed opportunities
          Missourinet:  2019 legislative session:  What passed, what failed
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative session ends;  A look at what passed, what failed
          P-D:  How key legislation fared in 2019 Missouri legislative session X
          The Missouri Times:  Sweeping pro-life bill given final legislative approval
          SNL:  House passes pro-life legislation;  Parson to sign X
          Missourinet:  Abortion bill heading to Parson's desk
          AP:  House passes abortion bill
          P-D:  Abortion legislation approved by Missouri House, heads to governor X
          KC Star:  Parson says he'll sign abortion legislation soon X
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-life legislation set to become law in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Pro-choice activists, media allies seize upon verbal slip from Rep. Steve Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          P-D:  Urban municipal officials unhappy with Missouri Legislature's pro-life legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Bonding compromise sent to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK $301M in bonds for bridge repairs
          P-D:  Legislative briefs:  School start date, bridge funding, motorcycle helmet law, motor vehicle inspections X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly sends constitutional amendment on term limits to ballot
          AP:  Missouri voters to decide on term limits for state officials
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers vote to have insurance plans cover kids with disabilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Therapy options for disabled children to be expanded with bill's passage
          AP:  Bill delaying school start date passes Missouri Legislature
          JCNT:  Bill requiring treatment courts passes Missouri Legislature X
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to stop Grain Belt Express' use of eminent domain fails
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  To my pro-life friends:  This brutal Missouri abortion ban is where we part ways X
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        Friday, May 17, 2019
       
KC Star:  U.S. Senate passes Hawley bill to fund suicide prevention programs for police officers X
          KWMU:  Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to hold college "climate summit" at Wash U. next year
          P-D:  Bloomberg teams with Wash U. to expand climate-change activism X
          JCNT:  Missouri School Safety Task Force holds last public hearing before report to governor X
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) resigns, cites mental health
          The Missouri Times:  Franks resigns, cites stress
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks to resign
          P-D:  Bruce Franks quits Missouri House X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers enter final day with major unfinished business
          SE Missourian:  Rehder rips Republican colleagues for avoiding PDMP bill +
          Faughn:  One more day, one day more:  Explaining Senate actions and motivations;  Greitens meeting with supporters, feeling out 2020 and 2022;  More
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House live blog
          CDT:  Lawmakers make final push as session nears end X
          Missourinet:  House expected to debate abortion bill today
          SNL:  Abortion measure back in Missouri House X
          P-D:  Vote on abortion bill expected today X
          KC Star:  Abortion bill headed for passage X
          KC Star:  Q&A on abortion legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  'Border War' bill advances through Senate
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly moves to make redistricting process more transparent
          SNL:  Bill inspired by Hailey Owens clears Missouri Senate, heads to Parson X
          The Missouri Times:  Omnibus 'child protection' bill receives final legislative approval
          P-D:  'Nathan's Law,' designed to crack down on dangerous day cares, headed to Missouri governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate again approves added protections for domestic, sexual violence victims
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate approves bill that helps trafficking victims expunge their records
          The Missouri Times:  Senate green-lights partial motorcycle helmet law repeal despite minor roadblocks on the floor
          AP:  Senate votes to relax helmet law, vehicle inspections
          AP:  State proceedings on hold for duck boats
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's extreme abortion bill rivals Alabama in cruelty and doing harm to women X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislature's CAFO bill is a bad odor rising X
          P-D letter:  University City woman who works for abortion provider opposes pro-life legislation X
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        Thursday, May 16, 2019
       
St. Louis Business Journal:  St. Louis attorney takes prominent Trump re-election role:  Q&A with Jack Oliver
          KC Star:  Hawley delivers first major Senate floor speech, focuses on hardworking middle-class Americans X
          Missourinet:  Video:  Blunt calls for quick passage of federal disaster aid bill
          SE Missourian:  Soybean farmers brace for 'train wreck' of China tariffs and bad weather +
          P-D:  Parson's Uniting Missouri PAC attracts top talent;  Michael Hafner on board X
          KWMU:  Galloway to investigate St. Louis County contracts in wake of Stenger plea;  Port Authority, Economic Development to be included in audit
          Columbia Missourian:  AG Eric Schmitt intervenes in public defender agreement, says criminals could walk free
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Senate live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House live blog
          Missourinet:  House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) outlines priorities for session's final two days
          KWMU:  Senate votes to substantially curtail abortion in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate passes abortion legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes abortion ban bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate passes abortion bill;  Back to House for final vote
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate abortion debate timeline
          AP:  Missouri Senate joins national pro-life wave with 8-week ban
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats filibuster pro-life bill before it's even brought to the floor
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly approves changes to Missouri's fledgling hemp program
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature votes to continue funding convention, sports centers
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers approve state aid for Enterprise Center
          AP:  Lawmakers OK state aid for St. Louis Blues arena
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams aims to reverse trend of teachers getting "older and whiter";  Percentage of experienced Caucasoids simply unacceptable
          P-D editorial:  Real-life 'Handmaid's Tale' looms larger as lawmakers push draconian abortion laws X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson gets the facts wrong with happy talk about tariffs that hurt Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt wants to punish the poor by overworking and underfunding public defenders X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Missourians deserve a Senate vote on PDMP
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian wants Blunt to stop supporting Trump policies X
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        Wednesday, May 15, 2019
       
P-D:  Hawley to deliver his first Senate floor speech today X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump toilet paper sent to McCaskill at local NBC affiliate;  'Suspicious package' causes scare X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, GOP leaders urge flood relief vote X
          AP:  FCC authorizes $22 million for broadband in rural Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Jennifer Tidball to serve as acting director of DSS
          JCNT:  Jennifer Tidball to head Department of Social Services again X
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the Senate:  Live blog
          The Missouri Times:  Final week in the House:  Live blog
          KWMU:  GM incentives approved as Senate turns attention to abortion
          The Missouri Times:  GM workforce development bill survives Senate conservatives' marathon filibuster
          Missourinet:  First Missouri Senate deadlock of final week is over with deal reached on GM bill
          Missourinet:  Parson, DED's Rob Dixon:  This plan benefits all Missouri, not just GM
          P-D:  Senators end 27-hour filibuster on GM incentives X
          KC Star:  After 27-hour filibuster, GM incentive package passes X
          Columbia Missourian:  With filibuster behind them, Senate prepares to debate abortion
          P-D:  Time running out for GOP to make changes to 'Clean Missouri' this session X
          KC Star:  GOP effort on Clean Missouri stalls in Senate X
          P-D:  Missouri is on the verge of making hearing aids more accessible to the poor X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly moves changes to expungements to governor
          JCNT:  House sends Bernskoetter's CAFO bill to governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Protections for large livestock operations sent to governor's desk
          AP:  Lawmakers OK bill on livestock rules
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) uses CAFO debate to question colleagues' integrity:  "Not everyone in here has the right intentions"
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Grain Belt Express power lines would not be taller than the Statue of Liberty
          P-D:  Missouri extends special oversight of Riverview Gardens School District through 2022 X
          KWMU:  Education briefs:  DESE teacher survey results;  Riverview Gardens still needs state oversight;  Computer science no longer an elective
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to change Clean Water Commission membership X
          SE Missourian:  What's up with flashing yellow arrows?  MoDOT explains +
          P-D:  Ferguson, nearing fifth anniversary of attack on police officer and subsequent riots, searches for a new brand identity X
          P-D editorial:  In-state tuition for Dreamers just makes good business sense X
          P-D op-ed:  Regional Chamber's Tom Chulick:  GM and Gov. Parson want to keep Wentzville plant open. Why play games? X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Washington Post publisher Donald Graham:  I set up scholarships in my home town, and then I set up a nationwide scholarship program, and Missouri lawmakers should be as generous and compassionate and selfless as me X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian thinks state economy would improve if lawmakers raised taxes X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian angered by Eigel's proposal for Bangert Island X
          KC Star letters:  Raytown sexagenarian upset over drop in Medicaid enrollment numbers;  Warrensburg sexagenarian thinks writing to legislators about LGBTQ legislation will make a difference X
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        Tuesday, May 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  Mayors of river towns talk flooding, solutions
          KWMU:  Maxine Waters returns to St. Louis, speaks at Vashon High School
          Show Me Missourah:  Cooper County:  Scott Faughn talks with leaders about county's history, political composition and evolution, landmarks and tourist destinations, more
          KCUR:  Missouri joins multi-state lawsuit against generic drug companies
          KC Star:  Editorial board names new member:  Caucasoid male Michael Ryan
          The Missouri Times:  Bills to watch in the final days of session
          The Missouri Times:  Senate live blog for Monday
          The Missouri Times:  House live blog for Monday
          The Missouri Times:  GM workforce, incentive 'vehicle' causes strife in General Assembly
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves second Wentzville GM bill;  overnight Senate filibuster continues
          AP:  Missouri Senate in stalemate over GM incentive package
          KWMU:  General Assembly actions:  GM incentives, criminal sentencing, Clean Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate stuck on Fast Track, GM incentive legislation
          P-D:  Disagreement over General Motors incentives brings work in Missouri Senate to a halt X
          JCNT:  Despite filibuster, mid-Missouri lawmakers still hoping for some legislative success X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly sends criminal justice overhaul measure to governor
          AP:  Lawmakers vote to ease prison and jail sentences
          P-D:  'Debtors' prison' legislation sent to Parson's desk X
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to address Clean Missouri face hurdles in final week of session
          Columbia Missourian:  'Debtor prison,' Simon's Law sent to governor
          The Missouri Times:  Simon's Law given unanimous approval, sent to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri passes parental rights in do-not-resuscitate cases
          KWMU:  ACLU and state reach agreement on public defender workloads
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri can't afford to risk losing GM plant. Tax incentives are a small price to pay X
          KC Star editorial:  After lawmakers fail to pass drug-monitoring bill, Missouri remains in a class by itself X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators head home this week, leaving LGBT discrimination legal in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Rural broadband closer to becoming reality
          Columbia Missourian's Sky Chadde and Yue Yu:  Business lobbyists get sympathy from powerful legislators in Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian's Sky Chadde:  New Columbia Missourian database exposes which lobbyists testified before committees since 2013
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man dislikes tax incentives for film companies and GM +
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        Monday, May 13, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt weighs in on China tariffs, Army Corps' river management
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Cleaver correct on student loan approval data
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Joe Lakin, Brittany Robbins, Gregg Keller, Sam Gladney talk GM incentives, Better Together, in-state tuition for aliens, pro-life bills
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Ald. Jack Coatar:  St. Louis City wunderkind talks with Rosenbaum about Better Together's collapse, medical marijuana, more
          P-D:  State of Missouri accuses Stenger crony of bilking investors out of $1.2 million;  Five area residents duped by John Rallo scam involving Oriental "coconut water slurry" X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) continues to recover from March car crash
          Missourinet:  End-of-session preview:  GM incentives, Grain Belt Express, redistricting
          Missourinet:  National spelling bee whiz kids prepare to take the stage;  Missouri's delegation dominated by minority females
          CDT:  Mamtek case takes new twist with objections to settlement X
          P-D editorial:  Revival of Missouri's low-income housing tax credit is urgent, but so is overhaul X
          Rudi Keller:  Unwelcome mat remains out for young illegals X
          Waters:  Sunshine Law:  Galloway vs. Parson X
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        Sunday, May 12, 2019   Mother's Day
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Import-Export bank, funding for young illegals, more X
          KC Star:  Veteran's group leader says KC VA's yearlong silence on Missouri vet's death could be a coverup X
          JCNT:  Income tax collections jumped in April;  state revenues continue ascent X
          SE Missourian:  Parson to graduating SEMO students:  "We can all work together to ensure the future is bright" +
          KC Star:  Senate's Conservative Caucus remains steadfast in opposition to Parson's workforce-training bill X
          Joplin Globe:  End-of-session preview:  Pro-life bills, workforce development, bridge bonding, cultural districts, more X
          P-D:  End-of-session preview:  GM subsidies, pro-life legislation, redistricting, charter schools X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock and Crystal Thomas:  End-of-session preview:  Comments from "Sen. Jeannie [sic] Riddle" X
          SNL:  MSU notches win in state budget, could cut tuition hikes X
          JCNT:  Dept. of Revenue urges employees to review their withholding instructions X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Restore low-income housing tax credits X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The 'better' in Better Together was never clearly explained X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  GM incentives and low-income housing tax credits are pure cronyism X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Pacific man disagrees with sale of Eleven Point River State Park X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis food-stamp recipient disagrees with Missouri Republicans on Medicaid eligibility X
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        Saturday, May 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Sam Graves breaks with GOP to support disaster aid bill critical for Missouri X
          AP:  Missouri River causes new problems in areas levees broke
          KWMU:  Key figures in Stenger case facing their own federal charges
          P-D:  St. Louis economic development chief Sheila Sweeney pleads guilty in pay-to-play scheme;  Stenger donor John Rallo indicted
          AP:  Sheila Sweeney pleads guilty to federal felony for role in pay-to-play scam
          SNL:  Missouri may license many more marijuana testing facilities than required by Amendment 2 X
          P-D:  Missouri could license 10 marijuana testing facilities;  Wednesday is deadline to suggest marijuana rules X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 6, 2019
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass $30 billion budget proposal
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate passes Rock Island Trail funding bill X
          SE Missourian:  Drug-monitoring bill faces Senate opposition as end of session looms +
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers support effort to give voters a voice on redistricting X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 9, 2019
          KWMU:  Pallid sturgeon released into Missouri River in effort to save the endangered species
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Gatehouse Media unloads Courier-Post to Quincy Media, which operates Quincy Herald-Whig X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP scrambles to do the wrong thing and bar Dreamers from in-state tuition X
          P-D's Raasch:  Farewell column series, Part V:  Earmarks:  Thoughts from Blunt, former Talent Chief of Staff Mark Strand X
          CDT op-ed:  Lindenwood prof R.W. Hafer:  Missouri is overdue to revise its tax structure X
          Phill Brooks:  Remembering Ken Rothman X
          Messenger:  Rural Missouri judges are still holding on to debtors prison scheme X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man angered by Alzheimer's nonprofit's ad thanking Blunt for support X
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        Friday, May 10, 2019
       
Vanity Fair:  Jack Oliver organizes unofficial kick-off to Trump's 2020 campaign
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley bill helping law enforcement heads to full Senate X
          Missourinet:  Graves talks impact of flood on farmers
          KWMU:  EPA to conduct more testing at West Lake Landfill
          P-D:  Federal charges against Sheila Sweeney and John Rallo in Stenger's pay-to-play scam;  Port Authority's sham "marketing consultant" contracts in focus X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican lawmakers welcome author Michael Knowles to Capitol after UMKC incident
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) announces bid for floor leader, says he "wants to give back"
          The Missouri Times:  FY 2020 budget finalized, sent to governor's desk
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers approve $29 billion budget;  tuition for alien students was key issue
          The Missouri Times:  DACA language in budget sent back to conference committee
          Missourinet:  House rejects conference committee report on alien tuition
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans reverse move to grant in-state tuition to illegals X
          Columbia Missourian:  Illegal aliens unlikely to be offered same tuition rate as legal Missourians
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to re-start low-income housing
          The Missouri Times:  House approves incentive package aimed to attract GM Wentzville expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri House hits the gas on incentives plan for GM expansion
          P-D:  Missouri House approves incentives for Wentzville GM plant X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Republicans, House Rules chairs trade volleys over stalled bills
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee advances bill from Rep. Chris Dinkins (R-Annapolis) to aid domestic violence victims
          JCNT:  Missouri River port bill still alive as session winds down X
          Columbia Missourian:  Statement from Rep. Patricia Pike (R-Adrian) on powdered alcohol rated "True"
          Columbia Missourian:  Feral hogs are destroying Missouri farmland, and stakeholders seek consensus on fighting them
          SNL:  Anti-discrimination bill gets hearing X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's new marijuana industry already seeding state politics with cash;  Donors gave a whopping $15k to Parson's PAC X
          KC Star editorial:  'We have a God-given right to discriminate.' Is this the state Missouri wants to be? X
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Missouri GOP was pressured by the right to break Dreamers' hearts X
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        Thursday, May 9, 2019
       
KWMU:  Don Marsh whistleblower/anti-lookism advocate Evie Hemphill:  Democratic congressional primary losers promote Netflix special;  2018 Silver Medalist Cori Bush brags about her hips, complains about hordes of men flocking to hug her
          P-D:  Parson surveys St. Louis area flooding, as waters recede but another crest looms X
          KWMU:  Amid floods, St. Louis area governments work to update regional disaster plans
          P-D:  EPA to do additional testing at West Lake Landfill;  Activists hope potential payday not in danger X
          The Missouri Times:  General Motors incentive bill targets entire automotive industry
          KWMU:  Parson seeks Wentzville GM plant expansion with tax incentive proposal
          Missourinet:  Missouri unveils incentives plan to attract major GM expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Hoskins on PDMP bill:  Bring it on
          CDT:  Lawmakers poised to pass state budget X
          SNL:  MSU poised to receive $10 million boost in state funding X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill funding higher education in FY2020 scheduled for another conference committee meeting
          JCNT:  Missouri House briefly considers gas tax to help repair infrastructure X
          JCNT:  Abortion takes center stage at Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate stalls on 'comprehensive' abortion bill - but supporters say it'll be back soon
          Columbia Missourian's Caitlyn Rosen:  Final confrontation over abortion legislation postponed in Senate;  Comments from "Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Couer [sic])"
          Columbia Missourian:  Campus carry legislation unlikely to pass this session
          P-D:  Emissions testing in the St. Louis region could be dropped next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature passes bill from Rep. Greg Sharpe (R-Ewing) providing more funding for utility training programs
          SNL:  House sends poaching bill to Parson X
          KOMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation begins effort to increase pallid sturgeon population
          Missourinet:  Both sides on sexual orientation bill testify before House committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Committee hears testimony on MONA
          P-D:  Lawmakers consider sexual orientation legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is hiding behind the First Amendment to keep public records secret X
          P-D editorial:  Parson tries to evade Sunshine Law compliance by invoking First Amendment X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Eminent domain bill would undermine local city councils X
          SNL op-ed:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt:  Fighting the opioid crisis and how people can help X
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        Wednesday, May 8, 2019
       
NY Times:  Trump embraces the traditional fundraising he once shunned:  Jack Oliver says campaign has been "strategic, focused and on point" with new approach
        Rosenbaum:  5 takeaways from a St. Louis City-County merger plan that never got to voters
        KWMU:  Despite suspension, St. Louis County NAACP backs John Gaskin III
        The Missouri Times:  Republicans nominate Lee Ann Pitman for Jean Evans' vacant seat
        The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Spring)
        KWMU:  St. Louis County Council heeds Sam Page's call for state audit
        The Missouri Times:  Galloway requests legal opinion on Sunshine Law exceptions
        KC Star:  Galloway:  Schmitt must decide if 1st Amendment can be used to redact public records X
        SNL:  Audit:  Former Miller chief steals, loses money X
        KC Star:  Galloway:  Ex-police chief, lieutenant brother stole thousands from taxpayers X
        Missourinet:  Parson heading to Wentzville to discuss GM legislation
        P-D:  In pursuit of an expansion of GM's Wentzville plant, Missouri offering up to $50 million in subsidies X
        P-D:  Senate leaders in Missouri pledge to get redistricting question on 2020 ballot X
        The Missouri Times:  Senate conservatives continue 'defense' filibuster against House bills, avoid PDMP
        Columbia Missourian:  With session winding down, lawmakers discuss PDMP and other topics
        The Missouri Times:  Does 'Fast Track' have a path forward? Not without education overhaul, conservatives say
        The Missouri Times:  Finishing touches:  Conference committee hashes out budget differences
        JCNT:  Bridge bonding plan still in Missouri budget bills X
        AP:  Lawmakers may end high tuition rate for aliens in Missouri
        KC Star:  Missouri budgeters lift in-state college tuition ban for aliens X
        Columbia Missourian:  Budget compromise includes funding plan for Rocheport Bridge, MU medical complex, consensus on alien tuition
        The Missouri Times:  Senate considers changes to parole option for elderly inmates
        KC Star:  Texting-app legislation not a priority at end of session X
        Missourinet:  Four months remain for Missouri to gather number of untested rape kits or lose $2 million in federal funding
        P-D editorial:  Suspending Better Together was smart, but the effort needs to continue X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Clean Missouri opponents X
        P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian expresses anger over GOP efforts on animal breeding in 2011, recent action on Clean Missouri, etc. X
        SNL letter:  Area liberal disagrees with "House Majority Leader [sic] Elijah Haahr" on Clean Missouri X
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        Tuesday, May 7, 2019
       
Wall Street Journal:  Trump campaign woos GOP donors who sat out 2016;  Trump team's cash pipeline built upon advice and guidance from Missouri's Jack Oliver
          P-D:  Hawley says Silicon Valley offers little good while monetizing social media addictions X
          AP:  Midwest rivers recede, but flooding danger lingers
          Missourinet:  U.S. House to debate disaster aid to help states, including flood-stricken Missouri
          KC Star:  Trump's pick to head ICE attended UMKC Law, served as deputy sheriff in Platte County X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) on Better Together and the damage that Clean Missouri would do to African-American voters
          KWMU:  Better Together pulls St. Louis City-County merger plan, will aim for local vote if revived
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers keep focus on local vote in wake of Better Together withdrawal
          AP:  Plan for St. Louis City-County merger pulled back
          P-D:  Better Together pulls St. Louis City-County merger proposal X
          P-D:  Medical marijuana advocates contribute to campaigns, including Parson's PAC X
          Missourinet:  End-of-session preview:  'tough path' for charter schools;  sports betting not dead;  GM package to be fast-tracked
          Columbia Missourian:  Conservative Caucus filibuster stops Senate action
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers trying to finalize language on GM Wentzville legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Differences between Senate, House budgets heading into conference committee
          CDT:  Tax credits bill moves toward House vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Eminent domain bill, targeting Grain Belt project, survives Senate committee vote
          JCNT:  Bernskoetter's Rock Island Trail bill goes back to Senate X
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears 'religious liberty' lawsuits bill X
          SNL:  Lawmakers, city leaders seek tax option for possible convention center X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Fischer visits Joplin, solicits feedback on rule changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Certificate of Need approved for psychiatric care facility in Maryland Heights
          SE Missourian:  Isle Casino Cape Girardeau one of several casinos named in class-action lawsuit over wages +
          P-D editorial:  State should spend more money on student services, which would improve behavior X
          P-D op-ed:  Farmers to blame for flooding X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cameron City Councilwoman Julie Ausmus:  Expanding gambling with new slot machines won't help veterans, and it shouldn't be done without voter approval
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Blunt too obedient to Trump X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Lacy Clay to support impeachment X
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        Monday, May 6, 2019
       
KWMU:  Floodwaters inundate Missouri river towns
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dem Reps. Tracy McCreery and LaKeySha Bosley, along with David Barklage and Jared Brown, talk with Scott Faughn about Stenger corruption, CAFOs, "Clean Missouri," more
           P-D:  Efforts underway to tighten requirement that candidates pay their taxes X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers negotiate education funding, broadband expansion ahead of budget deadline X
           P-D:  Missouri moving closer to restarting low-income housing tax credit program X
           Columbia Missourian:  Liberal institutions oppose Medicaid work requirements
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph) taks aim at eminent domain X
           KWMU:  Local academics study the toll that prisoners put on jail officers' mental health
           Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) wants Legislature to pass sexual orientation bill
           Washington Missourian editorial:  Family farming is thriving in Missouri X
           KC Star editorial:  Missouri taxpayers should provide more higher-quality feminine products to female prisoners X
           P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian disagrees with Post-Dispatch and Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) on robocall legislation, says citizens should simply ignore spam calls X
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        Sunday, May 5, 2019   Cinco de Mayo
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  House Dems' environmental bills;  Senate war-powers bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt visits region, talks improvements to rural health care X
          AP:  4 killed in Midwest flooding;  roads closed, levees strained
          AP:  Missouri loses appeal over large North Dakota water project
          P-D:  Investigation into Greitens case shows St. Louis City prosecutor's office lied about testimony, evidence X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition to expand Medicaid approved to gather signatures
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 29, 2019
          JCNT:  Safety, quality lead concerns of Parson's Child Care Working Group X
          JCNT:  Legislature moves forward on tort overhaul X
          CDT:  Senate passes bill on CAFO rules X
          Joplin Globe:  Gambling bills in Legislature appear to have minimal impact on region X
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) would honor state's agreement with Nixa on childhood education center lease X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 1, 2019
          P-D op-ed:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann:  Background on state oversight of St. Louis Public Schools:  history of irresponsible spending, patronage jobs, deseg nightmare, and more X
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        Saturday, May 4, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Mississippi River expected to reach major flood stage by Tuesday +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Flooding getting worse
          KWMU:  River town mayors nervously watch rising water, want more funding for flood prevention
          Brownfield Ag News:  Agencies converge to meet with northwest Missouri farmers regarding flood recovery
          Missourinet:  Inmates sandbagging again in northeast Missouri's Clarksville;  Mississippi River to crest there Sunday
          Missourinet:  St. Louis, Kansas City among narrowed list for future USDA research sites;  Comments from Blunt
          KC Star:  U.S. Dept. of Transportation sends $2 million to Missouri for flood-damaged roads
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA narrows relocation sites for ERS/NIFA
          KWMU:  Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) pleads guilty;  Sentencing in August
          P-D:  Stenger pleads guilty to pay-to-play charges;  Sham Port Authority contract scam, lobbying contract among criminal schemes X
          P-D:  Stenger timeline:  Elections, payoff to Lacy Clay capo John Cross, more X
          P-D:  Off-the-books bake sale leads to ethics fine for urban Democrat candidate;  Kimberly-Ann Collins says she'll challenge Steve Roberts again in 2020 X
          The Missouri Times:  Revenue collections bounce back in April
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would increase visitation rights for grandparents
          The Missouri Times:  Senate adopts resolution pertaining to elective Bible classes in public high schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center unhappy with CAFO bill
          The Missouri Times:  Judge who sentenced man to 241 years meets with lawmakers seeking his clemency
          KC Star editorial:  In Barr hearing, Josh Hawley stirs the same partisan contempt he ran against X
          KC Star editorial:  After Title IX brouhaha, wife of Richard McIntosh must resign X
          SNL op-ed:  New Approach Missouri's John Payne:  Missouri's medical marijuana law one of the best X
          SNL's Claudette Riley:  Putting guns in the hands of teachers is an extreme measure X
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        Friday, May 3, 2019
       
AP:  Flood approaches, tops 1993 levels in some locations
          CDT:  Democratic activist Nate Irvin arrested for child pornography;  Former campaign manager for Renee Hoagensen's bid against Vicky Hartzler used file-sharing site to swap videos of toddlers being sexually abused
          KWMU:  Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) to plead guilty today;  Prosecutors do not rule out future indictments of others in pay-to-play contracts scheme
          P-D:  Stenger to plead guilty today X
          Brownfield Ag New:  Dave Drennan retires from Missouri Dairy Association
          The Missouri Times:  100-year-old World War II veteran joins Missouri's Day of Prayer event
          JCNT:  Day of Prayer at Capitol acknowledges need for prayer, sacrifices of service members
          The Missouri Times:  Audit rates Missouri State Treasurer's Office performance as 'excellent'
          The Missouri Times:  Officials looking at potential incentive package to win $1B GM expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri competing for billion-dollar GM plant expansion
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr optimistic about GM legislation
          AP:  GM discusses expansion plan with state leaders
          The Missouri Times:  Senate reaches 'genuine compromise' on tort overhaul bill during another late-night debate
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) would put national motto in schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate adopts resolution on elective Bible classes, OKs CAFO bill
          Brownfield Ag New:  CAFO bill advances to Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances contentious CAFO bill after overnight filibuster
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Pork Association's Don Nikodim says science won the CAFO debate
          KWMU:  Missouri House backs requiring local approval for St. Louis City-County merger
          The Missouri Times:  House passes resolution requiring local vote for St. Louis City-County merger
          SNL:  Senate passes tough poaching bill, with minor change X
          AP:  Title IX legislative strategy included highlighting false reports from jilted "victims"
          Columbia Missouria's Laura Murgatroyd:  Fact-check:  Statement on vehicle inspections from GOP Rep. Dave Muntzel from "Booneville [sic]"
          KC Star editorial:  Parson has opportunity - and experience - to show leadership on "NAACP travel advisory" X
          Messenger:  Bangert Island proposal recalls floodplain boondoggles of the past X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian says thoughts and prayers are unhelpful, wants more gun control X
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        Thursday, May 2, 2019
       
Fox News:  Hawley calls ex-FBI agent's 'open disdain' for Trump the 'real crisis' during Barr testimony
          P-D:  The $30,000 mystery:  Lacy Clay capo John Cross given no-show job for support of Stenger's 2014 campaign;  Operative's resume includes work for SEIU, ACORN, et al. X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Attorney General Eric Schmitt talks with Rosenbaum about crime crackdown, municipal courts, pro-life "heartbeat" bills, more
          KWMU:  St. Louis Community College employee stole $5.4 million in state money
          P-D:  St. Louis Community College employee stole $5.4 million;  Cash orginated from DED's job-training fund X
          SE Missourian:  Parson to speak at SEMO commencement +
          JCNT:  Parson recognizes veterans with Silver Star Service banners X
          KWMU:  Parson attends event to congratulate high-school graduates joining the armed forces
          JCNT:  Stakeholders provide input through Parson's Child Care Working Group X
          P-D:  General Motors in talks with state over expansion at Wentzville plant X
          KWMU:  Clean Missouri debate zeros in on impact on minority representation
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support effort to give voters a say in redistricting +
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee starts vetting bonding compromise for bridge repairs
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) on bridge funding plan:  "We've maxed out the MoDOT credit card"
          Columbia Missourian:  Borrow money to build bridges?  Senate says yes, but House isn't so sure
          The Missouri Times:  Joinder and venue alterations headed to governor's desk
          Columbia Missourian:  Joinder and venue legislation headed to Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Fast Track workforce bill stalls in Senate over charter school impasse
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) requires companies to prove they aren't boycotting Israel
          Missourinet:  Rowden legislation would authorize independent audit of Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway
          P-D:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) says sale of state-owned property in Ozarks will likely be litigated X
          CDT:  Lawmakers take on Grain Belt quarrel X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) would require Amber Alert oversight committee to meet at least annually
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statements from Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina) on PDMP and other states rated "Half True"
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators wrong to change Clean Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man "disgusted" by efforts to give voters a voice in redistricting X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman unhappy with GOP efforts on Clean Missouri, says she has spoken to "thousands" of people who support measure X
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        Wednesday, May 1, 2019
       
May 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          Politico:  Meet the woman behind the Pete Buttigieg media frenzy:  Koster/McCaskill alum Lis Smith
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congress returns to discord, hint of cooperation X
          P-D:  Federal investigation finds people exposed to North St. Louis County's Coldwater Creek radiation had risks "small and unlikely to affect overall cancer rates," don't need additional health screenings;  Activists still plan to seek payday from feds X
          KWMU:  New St. Louis County Executive Sam Page questions statewide vote on city-county merger
          AP:  House plan hinges St. Louis City-County merger on local voter approval
          P-D:  St. Louis Democratic Central Committee opposes Better Together plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats nominate Trish Gunby for Jean Evans' state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Senate doorkeeper Bill Wyrick retires after 25 years
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate allocates $8 million in flood aid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation expected to escape proposed funding changes
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers consider whether conservation tax should be renewable
          Columbia Missourian:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick wants more changes before reviving low-income housing tax credits
          KC Star:  Conservative Caucus hopes for charter-schools compromise in exchange for Fast Track scholarships support X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fast Track workforce grant program slowed by GOP filibuster
          Columbia Missourian:  NEA study shows Missouri teachers raking in more cash than last year
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would put U.S. motto on display at public schools
          P-D:  'In God We Trust' could be a part of all Missouri public schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators consider plan to allow high school students to take city transit to and from school
          JCNT:  House bill seeks to expand protections against sexual abuse by school staff X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) to expand child abuse protections in schools passes House
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) focuses on unlicensed day cares
          JCNT:  Senate committee hears liability lawsuit limits bill X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects CAFO legislation following 12-hour filibuster
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to proposed local restrictions for large livestock operations
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center says there is "huge outpouring" of opposition to CAFO bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances bill on industrial farm rules
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Kent Haden (R-Mexico) says CAFO legislation would clarify who has inspection power
          JCNT:  Lawmakers:  Keep marijuana away from industrial hemp X
          JCNT:  State publishes draft rules for medical marijuana facilities X
          KC Star:  Title IX due process bills likely on hold until next session X
          SNL:  Fake post claims mushroom hunting banned on Missouri public lands X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Winfield Police Chief Betty Taylor:  Closing civil forfeiture loophole would enable law enforcement to build public trust X
          Priddy:  Steamboat museum campaign series:  Legislators must stand up against casino interests (only 711 words)
          Messenger:  An obituary for Better Together, smothered by the shadow of Steve Stenger X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) slips $2 million economic development provision into state's $30 billion budget X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man wants Onder to bring drug syringe service program bill up in committee X
          JCNT letter:  Centertown septuagenarian shares thoughts on campus free speech bill, toll roads X
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        Tuesday, April 30, 2019
       
Daily American Republic:  Mid-Continent Nail thanks Blunt for tariff work:  "Welcome to our family. You worked hard for us." +
          KCUR:  Belton School District deals with flood of Mexicans;  Nearly one-fifth of students require ESL training
          SNL:  Local seed company cancels appearance from Cliven Bundy;  Planned speech on growing watermelon seeds triggered area liberals, who began threatening sponsors X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) resigns, pleads not guilty in federal pay-to-play charge
          KWMU:  Former state Rep. Sam Page (D) picked to succeed Stenger as St. Louis County Exec;  Sreenu Dandamudi performs swearing-in
          P-D:  Pay-to-play case sinks St. Louis County Exec Steve Stenger;  Comments from John Bardgett & Associates X
          P-D:  Key players in the Stenger corruption sting:  SEIU's John Cross, Sorkis Webbe Jr., Corey Christanell, Jeff Wagener, Bill Miller X
          Messenger:  Feds heed age-old advice in Stenger probe and follow the money X
          KC Star:  Rep. Daron McGee (D-Kansas City) resigns following investigation of sexual harassment complaint X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) on GOP's "Clean Missouri" fix:  "I'm actually going to vote for this because I care about black districts"
          KCUR:  House votes to give voters voice on redistricting changes
          JCNT:  House endorses constitutional amendment to give voters a say on redistricting X
          P-D:  Missouri House approves plan to take redistricting changes to voters X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects federal reimbursement authorization (FRA) following lengthy debates
          The Missouri Times:  Newest perfected tort overhaul bill:  punitive damages
          AP:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) says punitive-damages bill is "pro-worker," "pro-business" and "pro-Missouri economy"
          Columbia Missourian:  DeGroot says punitive-damages bill is good for Missouri economy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances expanded child protection, anti-trafficking legislation
          KC Star:  Senate Republican caucus boasts diverse opinions on PDMP X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers advance bills allowing Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustments for care facilities
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) advocates for mandatory suicide prevention training for primary care physicians
          KWMU:  Liberal and conservative students weigh in on campus concealed-carry proposal
          Missourinet:  Missouri seat belt legislation debate involves safety and freedom
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate TIF overhaul moves to House committee
          CDT:  Trail fund bill heard by Senate committee X
          JCNT:  Anti-CAFO Lobby Day argues for more local control X
          CDT:  CAFO foes fight bill X
          P-D:  Senate debates ag regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would remove death penalty option for mentally ill
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS finalizes number of medical marijuana facilities to be licensed
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) statement on area unemployment is consistent with Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American files document in reservoir pursuit X
          KCUR:  Lawyers and coders team up to help ex-offenders clear their records in Kansas City
          AP:  Social media post saying Dept. of Conservation is banning mushroom hunting is a hoax
          The Missouri Times:  Womens' groups hold roundtable at Capitol
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans should stop trying to take local control of school calendar away from local districts X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis County government for sale - contact Steve Stenger X
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        Monday, April 29, 2019   4/29/92
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Significant progress with Corps on flooding
          P-D:  Earth Day festival:  "Impeach Trump" stickers, theories on the dangers of safe herbicides and plastic straws, etc. X
          Columbia Missourian:  At Earth Day festival, environmentalists share lifestyle recommendations:  Households should use "family cloth" after toilet use instead of tissue paper, other totally sane and sanitary ideas
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) on Internet sales tax, charter schools, relationship with Parson;  Panel of Reps. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), Rep. Don Mayhew (R-Crocker), Angela Bingaman, Gregg Keller talk Title IX and due process, "Clean Missouri," anti-trafficking, charter schools, more
          Missourinet:  PDMP could go to Missouri Senate floor for debate this week
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's humorous highway signs include, "Get your head out of your apps," more;  MoDOT seeks punny suggestions from public
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Farewell column series, Part III:  I'm one of only two independent journalists covering D.C. for Missouri, and that's a real shame X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Wash U. Med School's Dr. Rupa Patel:  To improve Missouri's health, we must decriminalize HIV
          KC Star op-ed:  Urban health center's LaTrischa Miles:  Bills from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) and Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) help bring Missouri's HIV policies into the 21st century X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City mother recounts savagery her daughter faced in St. Louis Public Schools, thanks Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) for work on Empowerment Scholarship Accounts X
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman dislikes coal and Ameren X
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        Sunday, April 28, 2019
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Sam Graves' forum focuses on rural broadband;  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) talks potential effects on Medicaid costs, transportation, and slowing the demographic rural brain drain
          SNL:  Voters could get chance to make voices heard on redistricting X
          Joplin Globe's Joe Hadsall "ICYMI" podcast:  Mark Pedroli promotes his Sunshine Law lawsuits X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri moves step closer to restoring film tax credits;  Rep. Kathy Swan's bill faces final action in House +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State may seek to prop up pot prices to discourage black-market arbitrage
          Missourinet:  Big turnout expected tomorrow at Capitol for conservation tax hearing
          JCNT:  Governor's Mansion to undergo renovations, repairs X
          P-D:  Legislation would pay for female inmates' feminine products X
          Messenger:  NAACP suspends county branch president after contradictory positions on Title IX due process and Better Together X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man jabs KWMU for hypsensitivity over Don Marsh's friendly greeting X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles feminist triggered by Blunt office's response to her e-mail, condemns him for "misogyny" X
          SNL letter:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Ed Smith opposes Lincoln Hough's bill on infrastructure vandalism X
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        Saturday, April 27, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS declines to take up case on Missouri's campaign finance restrictions
          KWMU/Corporation for Public Broadcasting "Sharing America" racism reporter Andrea Henderson:  President Donald Trump's racism inspires local theatre troupe's immigration play
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT working to assure access for farmers after flood
          Missourinet:  Another victim of the flood:  Tax revenue for rural Northwest Missouri counties
          P-D:  Former House Speaker and lieutenant governor Kenneth Rothman dies X
          AP:  Greitens' Austin Chambers to lead Republican State Leadership Committee
          SE Missourian:  Primary battles begin as third-party attack ads target Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Matt Sain (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers fear hidden college costs, want to wrap fees into tuition
          SNL:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Springfield) plans to bring vaccine bill back next year X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Burlison's anti-spoofing bill would help hang up the robocallers X
          P-D op-ed:  D.C.-based civil liberties group:  Additional penalties keep former Missouri prisoners long after release X
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        Friday, April 26, 2019
       
P-D:  Cori Bush denies responsibility for erroneous FEC report, blames campaign staff for "clerical error" X
          P-D:  Entire Missouri congressional delegation requests federal flood disaster declaration X
          Missourinet:  Parson, Hegeman urging Corps to focus on flood control
          JCNT:  Federal transportation representative offers local officials advice X
          KMOV:  Director of St. Louis City "workforce training" department quits abruptly amid federal investigation;  KMOV was first to report allegedly-falsified timesheets from Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City)
          P-D:  Feds, state auditor's office investigating St. Louis City no-show job scheme X
          The Missouri Times:  State leaders commemorate 50th anniversary of Vietnam war
          JCNT:  Vietnam War veterans remember and are remembered at Capitol X
          Columbia Missourian:  Vietnam veterans honored at the Capitol
          Missourinet:  Video:  Vietnam veterans talk about Capitol ceremony
          KC Star:  Parson's office protects Missourians' personal information from media inquiries;  Governor's team invoked confidentiality in fewer than 10% of requests X
          KCUR:  Higher ed, transportation still on the table in state budget discussions
          Missourinet:  Highlights of $30 billion state budget passed by Senate
          JCNT:  Senate endorses 'Capitol Complex tax credit' X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances expanded child protection, anti-trafficking legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) optimistic legislators will give school districts freedom to offer elective classes on the Bible
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) says legislation would provide low-cost, short-term insurance
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives nod to bill adding certain nonviolent offenses to potential expungement list
          The Missouri Times:  Advisory committee approves medical marijuana officer background application questions
          KC Star:  Legislation would ban anyone under 18 from using commercial tanning beds X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  CAFO bill should be defeated X
          KC Star op-ed:  Eagle Forum's Anne Schlafly Cori:  The Equal Rights Amendment is an outdated relic. Women don't need it. X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Empower Missouri's Tracy Morrow:  Wallingford wrong to propose Medicaid work requirement +
          Columbia Missourian's Gaelle Fournier:  Rep. Dave Griffith (R-Jefferson City) wrong about exact number of veterans courts in Texas
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        Thursday, April 25, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson asks for federal disaster declaration
          KC Star:  DSCC, allies still advancing complaints about Hawley's 2017 office e-mails X
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick promotes savings accounts for Missourians with disabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes budget as revenues start trending up
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher ed funding stable, K-12 funding up under Senate budget
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot's 'border war' bill passes through House
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to issue final report about Department of Revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look to force insurance companies to cover therapies for disabled kids
          Washington Missourian:  'Lyndon's Law' clears Senate committee, with full vote scheduled next week
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects federal reimbursement allowance reauthorization after lengthy debate
          P-D:  Movie-makers might be tempted to return to Missouri if lawmakers revive tax-credit program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers debate film tax credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) says free-speech bill would help ensure campus guests are treated with respect
          P-D:  Legislators weigh in on Title IX due process legislation X
          KC Star:  Timeline for passage of due-process protections unclear X
          The Missouri Times:  Former major league hurler Chris Young visits legislators to advocate for sports betting
          Daily American Republic:  Law enforcement, bail bond agents and the public brace for changes to bail policies
          P-D:  Liberals unhappy with Medicaid renewal system process;  Comments from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, SLU law prof, others X
          KBIA:  Missouri Department of Conservation launches "Be Bear Aware" campaign as black bears begin prowling for food;  Missourians advised to avoid infested areas
          P-D:  Caucasoids hold "Black Lives Matter" signs outside Ladue Schnucks;  Female thieves, male accomplice stole from grocery store X
          KC Star:  Petty fights in Congress could delay disaster relief for Missouri flood victims X
          P-D editorial:  Captain awaits justice from Missouri National Guard after sexual assault X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lobbyist tried to gut Title IX protections to help his son. He almost got away with it. X
          P-D op-ed:  Congressional candidate Cort VanOstran (D):  Pass "Equality Act" for LGBTQIA* rights X
          Columbia Missourian's Sidney Steele:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) is a liar - female babies are not "women"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri Gaming Association's Mike Winter:  Proposed gambling expansion would bypass Missouri voters and casino regulations X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian says Rex Sinquefield purchases politicians, "strives to wreak havoc and destroy the state" X
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        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay challenger Cori Bush touts fundraising on Twitter, but reports raising no money to FEC X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Matt Blunt talks to Rosenbaum about American auto industry, Missouri Medicaid, and his legacy
          St. Joseph News-Press:  River roundtable, hosted by Rep. Sam Graves, finds Corps policies wanting
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee admonishes Army Corps of Engineers regarding flood control
          JCNT:  Hegeman asks Senate committee to endorse flood control resolution
          SNL:  Parson calls election for Ozarks House seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Robert Sauls (D-Independence)
          Columbia Missourian:  State revenue figures up from last year, letting legislators breathe easier
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Republicans in House seek to give Missouri voters a voice on redistricting;  Comments from "Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Mayfield [sic])" X
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans say legislation improves "Clean Missouri"
          Missourinet:  GOP legislation seeks to give voters a voice on redistricting changes
          Columbia Missourian:  House moves to give voters a say on redistricting process
          The Missouri Times:  House passes changes to initiative petition process
          SNL:  Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Republic) says he'll bring back retiree-recruitment legislation next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Massive criminal justice overhaul bill clears another hurdle
          KC Star:  Son's battle against Washington University inquisitions helped inspire Democrat's legislative efforts;  Richard McIntosh seeks justice for Title IX victims X
          JCNT:  Legislators ride Katy Trail to drum up support for Rock Island Trail X
          The Missouri Times:  Inside the Senate's federal reimbursement allowance program battle
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers advance bills allowing Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustments for care facilities
          P-D editorial:  State should change position on confidentiality and turn over marijuana application information to Post-Dispatch X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri NAACP Environmental Justice Committee Chair Bruce Morrison:  Trump's move on Waters of the U.S. rule discriminates against blacks X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Eddy Justice:  "Red Flag" laws are a giant red flag - and have no place in Missouri
          Messenger:  Battle against mass incarceration is making a dent in Missouri's prison population X
          Priddy:  Missouri casinos are bad corporate citizens and are cheating everyone (957 words)
          P-D letter:  Fenton woman with dementia thanks Hawley for supporting Alzheimer's research X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson sexagenarian opposes efforts to expand charter schools X
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        Tuesday, April 23, 2019
       
Politico:  Trump wins over big donors who snubbed him in 2016;  Missouri's Jack Oliver plays a key role
          KCUR:  Flooded farmers in Missouri want federal disaster assistance like Nebraska and Iowa
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for November 5 special election for vacant House seats
          The Missouri Times:  'Women in Policy' roundtable event to be held at Capitol next week;  Panel to include Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, Kate Casas, Rowden Chief of Staff Alex Cypert
          KWMU:  Group of black leaders call for St. Louis County NAACP leader John Gaskin III to resign after Better Together endorsement;  Gaskin supporters point to "Clean Missouri," say payola-for-endorsement setup is common
          P-D:  Area black leaders denounce merger plan and call for NAACP president to resign X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with Rosenbaum about opposition to Better Together, support for Clean Missouri, more
          Missourinet:  Senate could debate CAFO bill today
          Joplin Globe:  Senate bill focuses on CAFO regulations X
          SNL:  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) would curb judges' death penalty power X
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana facility application questions revised for economic impact and competitiveness
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana seed-to-sale tracking contract under protest
          The Missouri Times:  In expedited ballot, Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approves MRI replacement
          KWMU:  A look at MoDOT's roadkill-pickup process
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers introduce flood of prisoner-tampon bills
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans' effort to change Clean Missouri is infuriating X
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans will do anything - even tricking black Democrats - to overturn Clean Missouri X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Everything Phyllis Schlafly warned the Equal Rights Amendment would do happened anyway X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Biotechnology Association's Kelly Gillespie:  Life sciences respect essential to Missouri patients and economy X
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        Monday, April 22, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional Democrats target energy companies, including Ameren, over industry's lobbying efforts X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) talks with Scott Faughn about Senate Conservative Caucus, charter schools, transportation funding, attack on UMKC campus;  Panel of Jeremy LaFaver, John Mayfield, Reps. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City), Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) discuss UMKC attack, Title IX due process, transportation bonding
          KC Star:  Some black Democrats join Republicans in fighting Clean Missouri gerrymandering X
          Daily American Republic:  Local officials, bail bond agents react to coming changes in criminal justice
          SNL:  House Republicans seek sale of Eleven Point State Park X
          P-D:  Awarding of medical marijuana administration contract draws lawsuit over process X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Work requirements for Medicaid make sense +
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian questions Ann Wagner's motives for family-leave bill X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to letter supporting charter schools X
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        Sunday, April 21, 2019   Happy Easter!
       
P-D:  Boeing getting its North St. Louis County site ready to build F-15s X
          AP:  Census:  52 Missouri counties lost population in 2018
          KC Star:  Profile:  Septuagenarian feminist Carolyn McGowan spins yarns of male microaggressions, dreams of ERA passage to settle the score X
          JCNT:  'Clean Missouri' group upset over proposed amendment X
          Missourinet:  Fathers of Springfield murderer and victim urge Missouri lawmakers to pass "Hailey's Law"
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative fix to fire services confusion not certain this year
          JCNT:  Bernskoetter confident CAFO bill will pass X
          CDT:  Medical marijuana facilities:  How close is too close to schools, day cares and churches? X
          CDT:  Tribune managing editor to depart;  Charles Westmoreland lasted nearly two years at paper X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With Clean Missouri legislation, Republicans move to keep it partisan X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  For-profit coding boot camp hopes VA approval will lead to growth X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Populist politics is the perfect breeding ground for anti-vaccination nonsense X
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        Saturday, April 20, 2019   4/20
       
P-D:  Beyond exonerating Trump, Mueller Report mentions Russian Twitter bot with Missouri handle
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service declares local disaster in five counties
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri AG Eric Schmitt joins 17-state coalition seeking new Waters of the U.S. rule
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions on ranked voting, renewable energy approved to circulate
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) defends blocking Twitter accounts that annoy her X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 15, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee hears pair of bills modifying death penalty guidelines
          The Missouri Times:  Senate hears proposal changing minimum wage requirements for private schools
          AP:  Missouri measures could affect local rules regarding large farms
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 17, 2019
          Columbia Missourian:  MU study suggests smaller market for medical marijuana
          AP:  Speaker:  Discipline done for Missouri lawmaker over gossip
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Transportation proposal is, at least, a start X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Flood protection must come first on Missouri River
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman complains about "wage gap" and state's minimum wage X
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        Friday, April 19, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Missouri's delegation reacts to Mueller report
          KWMU:  Full federal appeals court to decide whether unpaid lobbyists in Missouri must register
          The Missouri Times:  Steve Corsi resigns as head of DSS, takes position with faith-based non-profit
          JCNT:  DSS director resigns X
          P-D:  Missouri's social services chief leaving in June X
          KC Star's Edward McKinley:  Title IX due process bill runs into filibuster in Senate;  Comments from "Sen. Bob [sic] Eigel" X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) seeks to close domestic violence gun 'loophole'
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers hear testimony on concealed-carry legislation
          KWMU:  City-County merger plan could face big hurdles from Missouri lawmakers
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes St. Louis City-County merger resolution
          P-D:  Statewide vote on St. Louis City-County merger gets thumbs-down in Missouri Senate X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County NAACP endorses St. Louis City-County merger
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP endorses merger - then its president admits he's paid to advocate for it X
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with bill limiting use of eminent domain
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final approval to Grain Belt legislation
          AP:  House backs landowners fighting wind energy line
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers briefed on national agriculture outlook
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider regulating drones
          SNL:  Puff, puff, live:  MoDOT to celebrate stoner holiday by cracking down on weed-impaired drivers X
          AP:  Bill to reduce penalties for pot possession fails in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Bill updating Missouri's HIV laws moves out of committee
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt awards dozens of medical centers for compliance with rape kits
          SNL:  Woman who arranged mother's murder wants Parson to shorten prison sentence X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans are right to protect property owners from eminent domain abuse X
          Messenger:  President of NAACP adding voice to those trying to protect Title IX in Missouri X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Missouri Republicans blast UMKC chancellor over protest, but he did nothing wrong X
          KC Star op-ed:  Minorities for Medical Marijuana's Erik Range:  Minorities are entitled to profits from Missouri's cannabis industry X
          KWMU:  Kaiser Health News unsigned op-ed:  Gay men's "Dominoes Gang" sex parties, drug users help spread syphllis throughout rural Missouri;  State lawmakers to blame
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        Thursday, April 18, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt stresses workforce development, broadband access, and more in address to Missouri House
          JCNT:  Blunt to Missouri House:  Nation's economy best it's been in years X
          Missourinet:  Blunt calls for Missouri PDMP bill, emphasizes importance of broadband
          KWMU:  In Jefferson City, Blunt promotes workforce development programs
          JCNT:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst testifies about flooding at U.S. Senate hearing X
          SNL:  Parson urges OTC graduates to stay in Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Schmitt seeks anecdotes for opioid lawsuit +
          KCUR:  Berkeley, CA group unhappy with amount of dark money spent to influence Missouri elections
          P-D:  Don Marsh declines St. Louis Public Radio lifetime achievement award after station's hypersensitive histrionics X
          SNL:  Senate legislation seeks changes on term limits X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition changes move forward in House, stall in Senate
          AP:  Missouri House backs filing fees for initiative petitions
          Columbia Missourian:  House legislation addresses initiative petition processes
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects sweeping criminal justice overhaul bill
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to place limits on lawsuits alleging harm from products
          CDT:  Senate boosts MU research center funding X
          KC Star:  UM System President Mun Choi defends UMKC chancellor before Missouri House committee;  Initial statement from C. Mauli Agrawal criticized conservative speaker's "extreme views" X
          Columbia Missourian's Ashlyn O'Hara:  Lawmakers question Choi, UMKC's "C. Mauli Argawal [sic]"
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) says legislation would save students from forced fee payments
          Missourinet:  Bill on Title IX inquisitions stalls in Missouri Senate
          Washington Missourian:  ECC president opposes proposal to expand concealed-carry freedoms to campus X
          KC Star:  Charter schools say they are losing millions in tax revenue to KC district X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules lawmakers unconstitutionally cut funding for specific executive branch employee
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves seven questions for dispensary applications
          The Missouri Times:  Committee unanimously approves amended questions for cultivator applications
          KWMU:  Obituary:  John E. 'Jack' Galmiche III led Nine Network of public media into the digital age
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit):  Reaching compromise and maintaining local control
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri Republicans desperate to undo much-needed ethics measures X
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        Wednesday, April 17, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Senate committee hearing in Iowa to focus on Missouri River flooding
          AP:  U.S. Senate hearing to focus on preventing more Missouri River flooding
          Missourinet:  Missouri flood aid package stalls in Congress, but Blunt expects eventual passage
          KMOX:  Charlie Brennan show:  Veteran newsman Don Marsh names names, describes behind-the-scenes "millennial ambush" from hypersensitive KWMU employees that led to his departure (begins around 14:30)
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  What we learned
          Missourinet:  Parson announces new effort to train 500 Missouri manufacturing technicians
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri high court affirms governor's ability to appoint lieutenant governor
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds appointment of Lt. Gov. Kehoe
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Parson had authority to appoint Kehoe
          AP:  Missouri bill would undo law on where attorney general lives
          AP:  Schmitt's office seeks stories about ravages of opioids
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes term-limit proposal for statewide officials
          SNL:  Republicans want transparency rules for Clean Missouri's new redistricting czar
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Burlison's petition numbers check out
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) calls on University of Missouri System President Mun Choi to ask for UMKC chancellor's resignation
          KC Star:  GOP lawmakers seek to hold UMKC chancellor accountable after dismissive statement on campus attack X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate budget chair proposes $10 million for MU medical complex
          The Missouri Times:  Senate unanimously passes domestic violence, sexual abuse protection bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate debates Title IX due process bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate holds hearing on freedom for school districts to choose to offer elective Bible classes
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot, Conservative Caucus still working through disagreements
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri farmers, ranchers join together to lobby lawmakers at Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Crowd backs private property rights
          Missourinet:  Kehoe emcees rally in favor of bill to halt Grain Belt Expressway
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with bill limiting use of eminent domain
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol braces for Grain Belt fight:  What to know about the proposed project
          Columbia Missourian:  House wants to stop Grain Belt Express from using eminent domain
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to Grain Belt-related legislation
          AP:  Missouri House erects barrier to wind power line
          CDT:  House passes bill restricting Grain Belt project X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fast-track scholarship bill faces stalemate from school-choice supporters in the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Wieland moves to address air ambulance costs billed to insured patients
          AP:  Court says Missouri lawmakers wrongly cut administrative law judge's salary
          SE Missourian:  Trap, don't hunt:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation discourages hunting of destructive feral hogs invading area counties +
          KWMU:  State school board ends decade-long oversight of St. Louis City schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education votes to return control of St. Louis Public Schools to elected board
          P-D editorial:  The Missouri GOP defends local control - unless a hog farm wants to move in +
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  DOR failure left individual taxpayers in the dark
          Priddy:  On sports betting and casino admission figures in Missouri (2,083 words)
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        Tuesday, April 16, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  In wake of assault on campus, Sater suggests UMKC chancellor resign
          KC Star:  Schmitt seeks to dismiss DSCC suit against Hawley X
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  April 2019 quarterly filings:  Committees
          P-D:  He's gone from office, but Greitens is still paying legal bills X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) talks to Rosenbaum about Better Together, infrastructure bonding, low-income housing tax credits, more
          The Missouri Times:  Senate officially passes infrastructure bonding bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bridge-funding plan
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot lambasts Senate's Conservative Caucus, cites 'inconsistencies' with legislative priorities
          KC Star:  Cierpiot talks about challenges of compromising with Conservative Caucus X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers form new caucus to aid local governments
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to waive penalties for taxpayers
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes carjacking, tax extension, digital license bills
          The Missouri Times:  House committee advances sports betting bill with royalty fee
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal places limits on open state demographer position
          Washington Missourian:  School start date should be decided locally, Washington superintendent says
          The Missouri Times:  JCAR acts as 'quasi-judicial' oversight on agency rulemaking
          Columbia Missourian:  United by tragedy, two fathers support Amber Alert bill from Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield)
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmaker amends Gold Star Families monument bill in compromise
          SNL:  How businesses will apply to sell medical pot X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hoskins right that state still owes tens of millions on bonds issued to build The Dome at America's Center
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger wins Pulitzer Prize for series on "debtors' prisons" X
          KC Star:  Star columnist Melinda Henneberger named Pulitzer Prize finalist for thoughts on "institutional sexism and misogyny," etc. X
          P-D editorial:  Honoring Tony Messenger X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says national popular-vote campaign is wrong for Missouri X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Blunt on debate time for Trump nominees X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man disappointed by editorial board's suggestion that black voters should vote for only black candidates X
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        Monday, April 15, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hydrologist warns flooding along the Missouri River is far from over
        KC Star:  "I'm just not going to be bullied." Sen. Josh Hawley's first 100 days in the U.S. Senate X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Dave Schatz on transportation compromise, workforce development, Senate personalities, more;  Panel of Joe Lakin, Don Hinkle, Lindsay Pattan, Jeff Rainford talk infrastructure spending, pro-life bills, workforce development, more
        KMWU:  Missouri lawmakers hope to provide relief for unexpected tax bills
        Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says state departments use slush fund from unfilled jobs
        KWMU:  St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners gearing up for upgrades
        Missourinet:  Missouri House expected to vote tomorrow on Grain Belt bill;  rally planned
        P-D:  Missouri hopes to lasso national rodeo event with upgrades to state fairgrounds;  Comments from MO Dept. of Ag's Sami Jo Freeman X
        Joplin Globe editorial:  Wrong process for concealed-carry bill X
        Phill Brooks:  Let Parson be Parson X
        Messenger:  The Missouri River is a 'mad elephant' that won't be tamed by 'bigger and better' levees X
        SE Missourian letter:  Burfordville woman opposes closed-primary proposal +
        P-D letter:  St. Louis woman opposes proposal to expand concealed-carry freedoms X
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia liberal questions state lawmakers' Christianity, says Mizzou should be forced to pay employees $15/hour minimum wage
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau liberal responds to pro-life response to original letter +
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        Sunday, April 14, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Net neutrality, Trump nominees X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses multiple complaints
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 8, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  DOR drafting emergency amendment, revised regulation for withholding tax calculation
          JCNT:  DOR official:  Missouri taxpayers are owing less X
          SNL:  GOP lawmakers seek to create a day of remembrance for those harmed by Communist regimes X
          SNL:  At Springfield preschool, Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven hails kids' needs for 'proper start' X
          P-D:  In-depth look at Missouri Dept. of Corrections recruitment, training X
          P-D:  What it will take to license or sell marijuana in Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Drone-use policy allows hobby in state conservation areas +
          SNL:  State purchasing 1,192 acres in Shannon County X
          KC Star editorial:  In Missouri, a D-list conservative was sad to be squirted with the makings of a bubble bath X
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should focus on increasing immunization rates X
          SNL op-ed:  Brewer Science's Terry Brewer:  Benefit Corporations can help Missouri workforce X
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City):  Collecting e-sales taxes is not a tax hike X
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        Saturday, April 13, 2019
       
AP:  UMKC student charged after attacking conservative speaker during speech
          KC Star:  Conservative speaker attacked on UMKC campus;  LGBTQIA* activists offended by Michael Knowles' presentation on biology of men and women
          KWMU:  Former Ferguson activist packs protesters in rental van, heads to El Paso to complain about border-security efforts
          KWMU:  More details emerge regarding Don Marsh's decision to leave station over "you look good" histrionics;  Producer Evie Hemphill sent e-mail scolding Marsh for commenting on 75-year-old Karen Foss' appearance;  Veteran newsman told KWMU reporter Bob Duffy to "get a room" after fellow senior citizen hugged co-worker in 2016;  Other unforgiveably sexist acts
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) on bridge-funding compromise, Better Together, much more
          AP:  No Missouri politicians suspected of wrongdoing in Arkansas charity-fraud case;  Alleged shysters made contributions to three former GOP elected officials
          Missourinet:  Parson says soldiers will not tame St. Louis City criminals:  "We can't take over the law enforcement jobs"
          Joplin Globe:  Senate finds compromise on infrastructure plan;  vote in offing X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects domestic violence, sexual assault protection bill
          P-D:  Parson names associate judge to St. Louis circuit judge post X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Lots of talk, but still no road plan
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  St. Louis County NAACP's John Gaskin III:  Lack of due process in Title IX inquisitions continues to impact African-Americans
          P-D letter:  Illinois man disappointed by KWMU's lack of transparency in Don Marsh brouhaha X
          P-D letter:  House Springs sexagenarian expresses anger at Paul Wieland over 911 funding, voters for electing him X
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        Friday, April 12, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay, Wagner aggressively fundraising in anticipation of 2020 election challenges X
          CDT:  Fellow farmers tell Hartzler that federal rules hamper flood control efforts X
          KWMU:  New U.S. attorneys to bring federal weight to St. Louis Safer Streets cases
          Missourinet:  Schmitt teams up with federal prosecutors in attempt to tackle St. Louis' violent crime
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Institutions
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee's Summit)
          AP:  Planned Parenthood wants stay in Columbia abortion-facility case
          SNL:  State names medical pot advisory committees X
          P-D:  Missouri wants feedback on medical marijuana rules, applications for licenses X
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana advocates dispute University of Missouri study;  Jack Cardetti questions report's hazy math X
          KC Star:  St. Louis real estate reporter duped into covering Greitens-comeback hoax;  Trademark 'oh-snap!' quotables from Jeff Smith X
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz forges compromise on highway funding
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to bridges bonding plan X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate strikes deal on governor's proposed bridge funding plan
          AP:  Missouri Senate reaches accord on funding to fix 250 bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri One Start program, a governor priority, given initial Senate approval
          P-D:  Hellbender could become state's official endangered species X
          The Missouri Times:  One year after legislation, hair braiding video and certificate become available
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 10, 2019
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Second Amendment rights don't stop at the edge of campus
          KC Star editorial:  With measles on the rise, why is Missouri lawmaker kowtowing to the anti-vaccine crowd? X
          P-D editorial:  Get ready for elected-board rule over St. Louis Public Schools X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:  Lawmakers should address Clean Line Energy decision
          Ray Hartmann:  Better Together can be stopped - and a 'reasonable Republican' in Jefferson City has a way to do it
          Messenger:  Who holds the key to the jailhouse doors in Missouri's debtors' prisons? X
          SNL op-ed:  Area feminist touts her performance reading statement against pro-life bill, praises herself for being "forceful" X
          The Missouri Times letter:  Missouri Charter Public School Association's Doug Thaman:  The only thing to fear is the mediocrity we already have
          P-D letter:  Valley Park septuagenarian praises Don Marsh, agrees with Karen Foss that older folks like being told they look good X
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        Thursday, April 11, 2019
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Josh Hawley talks to Jason Rosenbaum about first few months in U.S. Senate:  Debate efficiency moves, Rao, Facebook and Google, Mueller, more
          KWMU:  Fed agency:  Missouri producing less carbon pollution than a decade ago
          SE Missourian:  Army Corp of Engineers:  Mississippi River levels to remain high through May +
          AP:  Proposed Missouri budget includes $8 million for flood recovery
          KC Star:  Top Missouri budgeter allots money for flood aid X
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Forces
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Lifesavers
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  Navigators
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 legislative softball tournament
          JCNT:  Governor's Mansion hosts Holocaust commemoration event X
          JCNT:  Parson:  Work remains for crime victims' rights X
          The Missouri Times:  At event for crime victims, Schmitt reiterates commitment to testing rape kits
          AP:  Satanic Temple challenges Missouri abortion law
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood seeks stay in Columbia clinic case X
          CDT:  State budget waits on tax surge as Senate considers spending X
          KWMU:  Senate trying to make progress on finding a way to fix Missouri's bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans discuss transportation bonding bill overnight
          KC Star:  After hours of robust debate, Republicans close to agreement on bridge funding X
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill easing burden of unexpected tax bills
          SNL:  House moves to address 'surprise' tax bills X
          AP:  Missouri House votes to stall fees for late tax payments
          Columbia Missourian:  House members want to give taxpayers extra time, but the clock is ticking
          Missourinet:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) praises Parson's government restructuring plan
          The Missouri Times:  House conservative caucus backs changes to Title IX
          AP:  House backs measure to hold tax votes in general elections
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers discuss return to paper ballots
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) wants 'PSA' on hazardous waste sites X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee discusses Senate's fentanyl, medical marijuana bills
          P-D:  State-school study claims Missouri will license twice as many marijuana growers as it needs X
          Columbia Missourian:  Use the force, Jason Holsman:  Senate debates his 'Jedi bill' on open-air cremations
          P-D editorial:  School start-date bill prioritizes tourism dollars over education X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  The Bible belongs only in Sunday school, not public school X
          CDT editorial:  There's a cure for state legislators' anti-vax ignorance X
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization-Missouri chapter's Linda Reutzel:  Missouri poised to give our children what they deserve - shared time with both parents X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Electricity choice would be good for Missouri consumers
          P-D letter:  Freedom Center of Missouri's Dave Roland:  Second Amendment proposal is founded on legal principles X
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  Lawmakers are defying parents who want charter schools X
          P-D letter:  Eureka woman expresses fear of "loaded, hidden weapons" X
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        Wednesday, April 10, 2019
       
KC Star:  Judge rejects Dem candidate's request to subpoena Hawley, says 2020 AG hopeful provided "no evidence" X
          P-D:  Judge denies Dem candidate's request for Hawley deposition X
          Missourinet:  Parson wants outside agency to review Army Corps of Engineers river management
          AP:  Midwest states bracing for renewed flooding impact
          KWMU:  A first look at the NGA headquarters in St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  2019 100 list:  The playmakers
          KC Star:  State won't institutionalize discrimination when distributing medical marijuana licenses;  DHSS to judge proposals based on the content of their character, not the color of the author's skin X
          KCUR:  University of Missouri study claims supply of Missouri medical marijuana will outpace demand
          Missourinet:  GOP's diversity of opinions on Parson's bridge plan sparks lengthy filibuster
          P-D:  Senators debate transportation funding X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican senators join together in push for Internet tax
          Columbia Missourian:  House gives initial OK to online sales tax
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) says "informed consent" legislation is neither pro- nor anti-vaccine X
          SE Missourian:  Area schools see little opposition to childhood vaccines +
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would limit use of restraints, seclusion rooms in Missouri schools
          P-D:  Shrinking summer vacations spur call for Missouri schools to start later X
          SNL:  High school LGBTQIA* group to visit Capitol today;  Teens to explain emotional hardship of having one (1) paper poster removed from school wall, other harrowing atrocities X
          The Missouri Times:  House gives initial approval to carjacking bill from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County)
          P-D:  Anti-carjacking proposal one step closer to becoming law in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to clear needle exchange programs to fight IV drug use, disease
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Missouri Public Utilities Alliance addresses recent approval of Grain Belt Express by PSC
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers push for a local vote on St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          Missourinet:  MoDOT uses new tool in fight against work zone construction traffic crashes
          KWMU:  State officials ban lead shot on conservation areas to reduce effects on wildlife
          P-D editorial:  Softly killing public education by sending taxpayer money to private schools X
          P-D editorial:  Common-sense bill would ban tax incentives for floodplain construction X
          Priddy:  A few thoughts on state funding for steamboat museum (2,085 words)
          Columbia Missourian's Alexis Hamby:  State legislators, tobacco lobbyists to blame for Missouri's lack of anti-smoking measures
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Local Alzheimer's-research advocate impressed by Blunt's knowledge of topic
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man says senators are doing corporations' bidding on CAFOs
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        Tuesday, April 9, 2019
       
P-D:  St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark could get Senate vote soon as a result of Blunt effort on debate efficiency X
          KC Star:  Chiefs lineman recently completed internship with Sen. Josh Hawley
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Feminist coalition invents "Repro Week of Action";  Gal groups to perform "poetry slams," open mic nights, other efficacious theatrics
          KWMU:  Transgenders cheer February Missouri Supreme Court ruling that allows students to use opposite sex's locker rooms and bathrooms;  Comments from "nonbinary transgender"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis County)
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Sally Hemenway, Nexus Group's new economic development finance advisor
          P-D:  New road and bridge funding plan surfaces in Missouri Senate X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) proposes Internet sales tax, reducing income tax in 'revenue-neutral' bill
          KC Star:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr says probe into state tax refund issue will continue X
          The Missouri Times:  House OKs concealed carry on college campuses
          P-D:  House votes to expand conceal-carry freedom to university grounds X
          P-D:  Anti-vaccine proposals aired in Missouri Legislature X
          AP:  Missouri bill would bar discrimination for not vaccinating
          Columbia Missourian's Rosemond Crown:  Bill would make it illegal to refuse unvaccinated children;  Comments from "Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nexa [sic])
          SNL:  Medical pot:  Missouri drafts doctor paperwork rules X
          The Missouri Times:  State to source blind scorer for medical marijuana license applications
          P-D:  Who will grow commercial cannabis in Missouri?  Few farmers, but other green thumbs may have a role X
          KWMU:  Obituary:  UMSL leader and KWMU founder Don Driemeier dies at 80
          SE Missourian editorial:  Poll volunteers play important role in our elections +
          P-D op-ed:  Lacy Clay:  On the Fair Housing Act, the city of Black Jack and "disparate impact" X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Missouri conservatives should unite behind campus due process
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Boycotts of Israel are not the answer +
          Columbia Missourian's Tessa Weinberg:  Black students outpace whites in suspensions;  Racism and poverty - not behavior or bad choices - to blame
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian applauds Ann Wagner for creating suburban Republican caucus X
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian offended by Wallingford's gas-tax proposal +
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        Monday, April 8, 2019
       
Washington Times:  Lawmakers consider resurrecting budget supercommittee;  Comments from Blunt
          Washington Missourian:  At Washington stop, State Auditor Nicole Galloway talks DOR, Clean Missouri, initiative-petition changes, more X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) on charter schools, Senate compromises, more;  Panel of Reps. Gretchen Bangert (D-Florissant), Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) on charter schools, Galloway's first move in gov campaign, geriatric parole, more
          SNL:  House moves to hike driver's license fees in bid to save rural offices X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislators eyeing tax on Internet purchases X
          P-D:  Missouri's charter schools say they miss out on millions in local revenue X
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal group says charter schools contribute to segregation
          P-D editorial:  Greitens showed us the impeachment system is just fine. Leave it alone. X
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft stealing Kris Kobach's lousy ideas? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville):  Lack of common ground in Senate's charter school debate
          Messenger:  Missouri Republicans loathe to take guns out of domestic abusers' hands X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Ameren is like a fox managing a hen house +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri taking the lead on fighting misleading labeling
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        Sunday, April 7, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Obamacare, Yemen, more X
          P-D's Raasch:  Thoughts on Biden brouhaha:  Comments from Claire McCaskill on MSNBC, tweets posted to Jean Carnahan's account X
          KC Star:  New details of Branson's sunken duck boat revealed in Coast Guard safety records X
          SNL:  "Anti-commandeering" bill aims to protect Second Amendment, Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) says X
          Joplin Globe:  Bill from Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) inspires discussion of religious freedom in education, Bible's influence on founding of America X
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools expected to return to control of elected board;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local House members look to advance their legislation X
          JCNT:  CAFO bill from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) ready for debate X
          P-D editorial:  Parole bill would save state money, right old wrongs X
          P-D letter:  Former Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle:  State legislators wrong to oppose federally-funded sobriety checkpoints X
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        Saturday, April 6, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson seeks federal flooding assessments
          P-D:  St. Charles County man threatened to kill Hawley in Facebook post, feds say X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Real estate/class envy beat:  McCaskill's Washington condo for sale for $3.2 million X
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Real estate/class envy beat:  Josh Hawley sells house in Columbia X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri women reflect on landmark voting rights anniversary;  Comments from Reps. Tracy McCreery and Brenda Shields, St. Louis Children's Hospital's Ellie Glenn, BJC's Leann Chilton, others
          The Missouri Times:  Former Speaker of the House Jim Kreider to give Teddy Roosevelt performance this month
          The Missouri Times:  Petition updates:  Daylight savings time, reduced jail terms
          AP:  Ethics panel says Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) spread false rumor
          The Missouri Times:  Stagnant revenue collections for FY19 could have greater impact on FY20
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Statewide online tax overhaul unlikely this year +
          JCNT:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick:  Withholding conflict dates back decades X
          P-D:  In Missouri, more discussion over tax changes X
          The Missouri Times:  House approves bill meant to stop school-to-school movement of child abusers
          The Missouri Times:  Bill prohibiting anonymous freedom of religion lawsuits ignites heated debate
          KWMU:  Missouri DHSS releases report on elderly hunger
          JCNT:  Missouri faces vaccination hesitation amid measles cases X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 3, 2019
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center's Roger Allison:  Bernskoetter's bill would let CAFO operators run amuck X
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        Friday, April 5, 2019
       
AP:  Poplar Bluff nail manufacturer granted steel tariff exemption
          Missourinet:  Missouri nail company to boost production after federal exemptions granted
          KWMU:  Missouri company secures trade exemption
          P-D:  Missouri nail maker wins tariff exemption and begins planning a comeback X
          KCUR:  As Missouri recovers from devastating floods, a Dutch architect suggests dramatic changes
          P-D:  Hawley's bill aims to make duck boats safer X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor advocate Tim Luebbert passes
          Missourinet:  Todd Richardson to be honored today in Poplar Bluff;  Former Speaker to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Three Rivers College
          Columbia Missourian:  UPDATED:  Newspaper posts correction regarding yesterday's Clean Missouri story, fixes district of "Tracy McCreer [sic]"
          P-D:  Parson meets with tax-cut advocates X
          KCUR:  Secretary of state could get more authority to investigate Missouri's voter fraud;  Comments from Jay Ashcroft
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill addresses automatic voter registration;  Comments from Ashcroft's Nikolas Shores
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) aims to protect infrastructure from vandals' attacks X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers debate nuances of bill to expand treatment for disabled children
          KWMU:  Missouri student journalists, teachers hope GOP bill will stop censorship from school administrators
          The Missouri Times:  House approves changes to Missouri's industrial hemp law
          SNL:  Springfield employers respond to medical marijuana X
          P-D:  Pot possession would not mean jail time in Missouri under proposal from Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) X
          AP:  House passes bill giving parole chance for older inmates
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt sues Wood Heights over alleged Sunshine Law violation
          Joplin Globe:  DNR monitoring Joplin's odor issues X
          KC Star editorial:  Ann Wagner deserves credit for voting in favor of Violence Against Women Act X
          P-D editorial:  Anti-vandalism bill aims to silence environmentalists X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Libla's deregulation-initiative bill could ultimately harm consumers
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        Thursday, April 4, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Governors emphasize flood control and more state involvement in meeting with Corps
          Missourinet:  Parson joins Iowa and Nebraska governors to meet with Army Corps officials on flood prevention
          AP:  Governors want more authority over Missouri River system
          AP:  Missouri proposes tax-break ban for flood plain development
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Josh Hawley touts bill to bring down drug prices X
          KC Star:  Blunt supports move to improve appointee-approval times X
          P-D:  Blunt leads effort to speed appointee-approval process X
          Missourinet:  Tweets sent from Jean Carnahan's account express support for Joe Biden;  Perfectly-punctuated eight-tweet thread attributes cogent, coherent thoughts to 85-year-old
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf's new "Show Me Integrity" group to hold Capitol advocacy day next week
          Columbia Missourian's Isabel Lohman and Samantha Bowers:  Lawmakers debate Clean Missouri provisions;  Comments from "Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Jefferson City [sic])"
          KWMU:  Galloway finds uncertainty and confusion when it comes to Missouri income taxes
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill giving SOS subpoena power in voter fraud investigations
          P-D:  House votes to give secretary of state's office more power to investigate fraud X
          Columbia Missourian:  House abortion bill expanded, heard in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  "Border War" bill from Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) forges ahead
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects bill increasing fees for licenses, vehicle titles
          P-D:  House proposal seeks to expand concealed-carry freedoms to college campuses X
          SNL:  "Campus carry" wins initial House approval X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Lawmakers hear both sides of transmission line argument
          AP:  Missouri bill would bar condemnation for wind energy line
          Missourinet:  Nasheed:  Legislation dealing with St. Louis City-County merger "absolutely the most important bill that I have filed this year"
          SNL:  Poaching bill fails in Senate ag committee X
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Day at the Capitol marked as another success
          Joplin Globe:  Area feminist angry after drive to Jefferson City proves all for naught;  ERA supporter says her statement to committee would have included powerful language and clever historical anecdotes X
          P-D editorial:  Changing election rules to handicap white candidates doesn't always work X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Legislators should make life harder for asbestos companies, not mesothelioma victims
          KC Star's Toriano Porter:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) wrong to disagree with notion of 'white privilege';  Legislator's comments questioning theory are "so damn disrespectful"  X
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        Wednesday, April 3, 2019
       
Washington Post:  Lacy Clay brushes off challenge from Cori Bush and far-left supporters:  "I'm gonna kick their [rump] again, okay?"
          P-D:  As Mississippi River crests, St. Louis area could dodge major flood impacts - at least temporarily X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Sen. Justin Brown (R-Rolla)
          The Missouri Times:  Parson fills judicial vacancy on 7th, 21st circuits with O'Hara, Lay
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Another slip by DOR - this time, an illegal one
          AP:  Galloway:  Missouri tax withholding change didn't follow law
          CDT:  Audit:  Missouri could see $63 million more withheld this year X
          SNL:  Galloway says state broke law in tweaking withholding without public input X
          P-D:  Galloway says DOR illegally changed tax withholding tables this year X
          KC Star:  Galloway:  DOR broke the law by changing tax withholding tables;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) weighs in X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate filibusters charter school bill for hours
          Columbia Missourian:  Charter school legislation faces filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  House gives initial approval to bill altering college campus policies
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would limit who can use eminent domain
          Missourinet:  Legislators fast-track bill to block Grain Belt Express use of eminent domain
          Columbia Missourian:  House gives initial approval to allowing concealed carry on college campuses
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers try again to ban state contracts with businesses that boycott Israel
          Columbia Missourian:  GOP lawmakers discuss elective Bible classes, "In God We Trust" legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) still promoting rape-kit legislation
          Missourinet:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City) talks about Better Together legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court issues ruling in Marvin Rice death penalty case
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol renovation project reaching halfway mark
          P-D:  Election briefs:  New voting rules have no effect on Ferguson-Florissant School Board outcome;  Lesley McSpadden, mother of police assailant Michael Brown, finishes last in Ferguson City Council race X
          Jensen:  KWMU's handling of Don Marsh's compliment shows absurdity of political correctness +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Carl Bearden:  Don't fall for Title IX lies
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Briefs:  Google selects paper as 1 of 10 in North America;  Newspaper seeks business reporter +
          P-D op-ed:  Charter school advocate Michael Petrilli:  Let's irrigate North County's 'charter school deserts' X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood octogenarian responds to editorial brief on border wall, says he won't vote to re-elect Blunt X
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        Tuesday, April 2, 2019
       
AP:  More rain causes new flood worries along the Mississippi
          KC Star:  "Make America Great Again" hat triggers liberal at Missouri Western;  Militant woman caterwauls about "white supremacy" to visiting high school student X
          P-D's Raasch:  Congress spins in circles as partisans keep forcing pointless 'show' votes;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          KCUR:  U.S. Supreme Court rules Missouri's lethal injection method of execution is not 'cruel and unusual'
          AP:  SCOTUS rules against Russell Bucklew;  Rapist/murderer says injection method is a threat to his delicate capillaries
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City) talks with Rosenbaum about early impressions of serving in House superminority
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly takes initiative petition alterations under consideration
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate considers initiative petition bill
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) says incremental gas taxes raises through Legislature could fund roads +
          JCNT:  Missouri corrections officers still waiting on $118 million payout from DOC X
          Missourinet:  Proposal to limit impeachment to crime, corruption clears one chamber
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would remove growing restrictions on hemp
          The Missouri Times:  Sweeping criminal justice overhaul package prepared for consideration
          AP:  Missouri to cover more non-opioid treatments for pain
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) would protect access to anti-psychotic medications for the poor X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) files bill deregulating Missouri's energy market
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee considers increasing protections for student freedom of speech, politics
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers respond after day care tries to open next to facility with 17 sex offenders
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis Cardinals want drones banned from flying near Busch Stadium
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Cardinals want no-fly zone for drones near major sporting events
          JCNT:  Missouri legislative committee discusses funding for state steamboat museum X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missourian to work with Google, other select papers on subscriptions project +
          Joplin Globe's Andy Ostmeyer:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long recalls summer guiding mule riders in Grand Canyon X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Ben Chavis:  Missouri's Title IX overhaul efforts can help stop invisible lynchings in America
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Remembering Rep. Marvin Proffer X
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        Monday, April 1, 2019   April Fool's Day
       
April 2018 Missouri political news headlines
        April 2017 Missouri political news headlines
        April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood gets first black female leader
        P-D:  Don Marsh opens up about leaving KWMU, says producer complained about off-air comment;  Veteran newsman told longtime friend Karen Foss, 75, that she "looked great" X
        KWMU, July 2018:  Executive Editor Shula Neuman:  St. Louis Public Radio has too many experienced white male reporters, and we're working to change that
        KC Star:  Machinations begin in 2020 gov race X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Justin Brown (R-Rolla) on pro-business legislation, DOR, more;  Panel of Reps. Alan Green (D-Florissant), Jim Murphy (R-St. Louis), along with Scott Dieckhaus and Jeff Roorda on charter schools, making deadbeat dads take responsibility for their children, more
        KC Star:  Missouri gets ready for medical marijuana rollout X
        CDT:  Missourians line up to get in cannabis game X
        P-D:  In debate over online sales taxes, some in Missouri GOP want to give it back X
        Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) angry over rejection of his summer-jobs bill
        P-D editorial:  Serious or not, bill to invalidate federal gun laws in Missouri is repugnant X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri officials 'almost have to go to jail to be impeached' under half-baked bill X
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association's Mike Deering:  Stop the Missouri Rural Crisis Center from gut-punching progress and flipping the bird to science
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester):  Protect due process for students at our private, religious colleges and universities
        Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  McDaniel's pro-gun proposal not a laughing matter
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        Sunday, March 31, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Transsexuals in the military, border security, other issues X
          SNL:  Hawley renews effort to make duck boats safer X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson allows DNR waivers, seeks ag damages
          JCNT:  Parson calls for unified Missouri River management X
          KC Star:  Activist groups, elected officials weigh in on Missouri's ballot initiative process X
          SNL:  College of the Ozarks president criticizes Title IX due-process legislation X
          Joplin Globe:  Army Corps of Engineers to look at environmental issues when considering permit for Missouri American's reservoir X
          P-D editorial:  Expanding charter schools to metro counties could hurt suburban school districts X
          P-D editorial:  Stenger pay-to-play/bribery investigation shows why Legislature should ban data-scrubbing apps from government phones X
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        Saturday, March 30, 2019
       
AP:  Flooding prompts criticism of way Missouri River dams run;  Comments from Josh Hawley, others
          Missourinet:  Blunt tours Atchison County, where flood recovery slowly - and fearfully - begins
          Missourinet:  Parson signs executive order to ease requirements during, after flooding
          JCNT:  Parson signs executive order allowing DNR to waive some rules during state of emergency X
          Missourinet:  State budget committee members consider aid to Missouri communities damaged by flooding
          KWMU:  Secretary Ben Carson tours St. Louis City HUD developments, Opportunity Zones
          P-D:  Carson touts Opportunity Zones in St. Louis City visit X
          Missourinet:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits St. Louis City to promote Opportunity Zones program
          KC Star:  Hawley wants Google to reveal what it told Trump in private meeting X
          P-D:  Veteran newsman Don Marsh, host of KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air," quits with little notice X
          The Missouri Times:  Petition-filing updates:  Better Together, Medicaid expansion
          CDT:  Hemp series, Part II:  Hemp market grows as restrictions fall X
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Marvin Proffer (D-Jackson) dies +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 25, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Senate considers reviving film tax credit
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NEA supports bill from Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) to 'improve current system' for charter schools
          Columbia Missourian:  Measles cases are on the rise in Missouri, other states
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) pushes for more screening, treatment of postpartum depression
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Flood highlights importance of air base X
          KC Star editorial:  Special Olympics funding isn't partisan. Why couldn't Roy Blunt tell Betsy DeVos that? X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Hawley speaks on Congressional dysfunction, Neomi Rao and pro-life issues +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missourians should continue to lead in fight against WOTUS
          P-D op-ed:  Kaiser Health News' Phil Galewitz:  Moving troubled kids from Medicaid to managed care could lead to more suicides in Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman says Missouri liberals should blame feds, not state legislators, for lack of Medicaid expansion X
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        Friday, March 29, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Parson to meet with Iowa and Nebraska governors over Corps flood policy
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Promo for event at UMSL featuring anti-Trump headliners;  Liberal woman decries "the horror of the moment we're living in"
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Conservation Commission appointee Barry Orscheln
          SNL:  FAQ:  How Missouri will award pot dispensary licenses X
          CDT:  Hemp series (Part I):  Hemp was once a cash crop in mid-Missouri, and it could be back soon X
          CDT:  Parson talks workforce development, infrastructure in talk at MU X
          CDT:  Parson:  State revenue picture murky X
          The Missouri Times:  House sends 2020 budget onward as DOR uncertain if state will meet 2019 revenue estimates
          Missourinet:  Transportation and Corrections pay among highlights of budget passed by Missouri House
          KC Star's Crystal Thomas:  Missouri House passes $30 billion budget;  Comments from DOR Legislative Director "Mark Seittmann [sic]" X
          P-D:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) continues effort to link work requirements to Medicaid X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill moving impeachment trials to Senate advances to House
          AP:  Legislation would limit impeachment criteria for top officials
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate votes to limit impeachment X
          P-D:  Bill would make impeaching Missouri governor tougher X
          SNL:  Republicans seek to raise bar for initiative petitions X
          P-D:  Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) says bill would help protect 'critical infrastructure' from activists' attacks and vandalization X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NAACP, St. Louis County NAACP differ on Title IX due process legislation
          KWMU:  Criminal justice measures advance in House
          KWMU:  After years of state intervention, school board to regain control of St. Louis Public Schools;  Missouri School Boards' Association does its best to prepare city officials for job duties
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office to expand in Cape Girardeau County Park North +
          JCNT editorial:  We're hyped about a Missouri Hyperloop, but at what cost? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  Basin states need to speak with unified voice on Missouri River management
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's-awareness activist wants Blunt to vote for more research funding X
          KC Star letter:  Sugar Creek sexagenarian angry over Blunt's opposition to Obamacare, threatens to vote against him in 2022 X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian mocks Hawley's education, cites 1952 Supreme Court case X
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        Thursday, March 28, 2019
       
P-D:  Hawley critical of Corps' handling of flood control X
          CDT:  As flood recedes, federal aid issues rise X
          AP:  EPA:  No toxic releases at Superfund sites in Missouri, other flooded states
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri hemp producers launch statewide association
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Activist profile:  Moms Demand Action
          JCNT:  Parson provides support for blood drives X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gubernatorial committee advances some appointments, puts others off for week
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Former lawmakers succeed in gaining gubernatorial appointments;  Reshuffling of statewide officeholders included "Eric Scmitt [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield), Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) speak on legislation giving all Missourians access to 'meaningful work'
          JCNT:  House Elections Committee considering proposed changes to initiative petitions system X
          KWMU:  House committee looks to raise bar on initiative petitions
          AP:  Legislation from Missouri Republicans focuses on ballot initiative petitions
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans give initial approval to closed primary elections
          P-D:  Republicans seek closed primaries in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances bill reducing burden placed on Missouri community colleges
          KC Star:  Missouri considers electronic prescriptions to curb opioid abuse;  doctors wary X
          P-D:  Better Together faces another challenge:  backlash from lawmakers in Jefferson City X
          JCNT:  Programs highlighted during Corrections day at the Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to add some statewide oversight on private probation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill looks to change animal confiscation process
          The Missouri Times:  Senate votes to establish pilot program aimed at helping homeless population
          Missourinet:  House endorses proposed changes to vehicle inspection requirements
          AP:  Missouri bill could exempt 1 million cars from inspections
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 27, 2019
          P-D editorial:  Trump, Hawley bid to kill Obamacare endangers America's health - and the GOP's X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature conjures magic money to fund a make-believe 2020 budget X
          JCNT editorial:  Sentencing overhaul making progress X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  REAL ID a needed option X
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        Wednesday, March 27, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt secures change in disaster relief bill to include flood victims;  Hawley meets with senior Army Corps of Engineers officials X
          AP:  EPA assessing Superfund sites in flooded areas
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for event at UMSL featuring anti-Trump headliners
          P-D:  Federal subpoena regarding Stenger pay-to-play operation also seeks personnel records for former Lacy Clay aide Lou Aboussie, source says X
          The Missouri Times:  After car accident, Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) in serious condition but not 'out by any stretch of the imagination'
          Missourinet:  Rebecca Roeber in serious condition after vehicle crash
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club honors Kathy Swan, Donna Lichtenegger +
          SE Missourian:  Democratic candidate for attorney general Elad Gross speaks to Southeast Missouri State University College Democrats +
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft calling for initiative petition overhaul
          SNL:  After success in other states, liberals mull statewide vote to expand Medicaid X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) announces bid for floor leader, promises to act as "servant" of House
          KWMU:  How Missourians can get REAL ID licenses, and what that means for air travel
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects FY 2020 budget, endorses general revenue for roads, uses Lottery fund for Fast-Track
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs $30 billion budget for 2020 X
          AP:  House advances plan for $100M for roads, bridges
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) talks with Rosenbaum about her problems with Republican budgets, etc.
          FOX 4 KC:  Two bills before Missouri Legislature help fight back against non-consensual towing
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg) pushes anti-"boondoggle" bill disclosing status of state projects
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) seeks change in limit on linked deposits
          The Missouri Times:  Enhanced penalties for attacks on first responders spurs fierce debate in Senate
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres):  No on statewide vote to force St. Louis City-County merger
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City gun-control activist opposes conceal-carry legislation X
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        Tuesday, March 26, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt, Hawley weigh in on Mueller report X
          KCUR:  The Missouri River is now primed for catastrophic spring floods
          KCUR:  10 failed levees in Midwest flood zone were not inspected by federal government
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement by Rep. Tommie Pierson, Jr. (D-St. Louis) on lack of African-American success in attaining state department leadership rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe "enthused" after Hyperloop task force holds first meeting
          JCNT:  Hyperloop group begins study of high-speed cross-state transportation X
          SNL:  Galloway finds "ongoing failure" by state to adequately review child care providers X
          P-D:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce report says state is in top 10 for technology job growth X
          AP:  REAL ID-compliant licenses now available in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) proposes lobbyist gift ban;  League of Women Voters members shuffle into hearing room to "groan" in disapproval
          Washington Missourian:  Cities get zoning questions regarding medical marijuana X
          The Missouri Times:  Matthew Charles, President Trump's State of the Union guest, advocates for criminal justice overhaul in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Trump State of the Union guest visits Missouri to support proposed criminal justice system overhaul
          JCNT:  Ex-inmate joins Missouri justice overhaul effort X
          Columbia Missourian:  First man freed from prison under First Step Act calls for Missouri reforms
          P-D:  Lawmakers studying plan to give judges more flexibility on prison tems X
          P-D:  Missouri's money woes could help effort to make sports betting legal X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill honoring the late Rep. Cloria Brown signed into law
          P-D:  Stretch of Lindbergh Boulevard named for former Rep. Cloria Brown X
          Washington Missourian:  Increase in drug use linked to STD rise in Franklin County and statewide X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Blunt correct to fight for consumer protection regarding facial recognition technology X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Fighting the smears against those improving Title IX
          P-D op-ed:  Man who ran unsuccessful campaign in urban state rep district unhappy with GOP's efforts on Amendment 1 X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cassville Chamber of Commerce's Rachael Freeman:  Video lottery machines aren't going to bring prosperity to rural Missouri
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        Monday, March 25, 2019
       
KC Star:  "It's in our soul":  Missouri farmers tormented by floods will not give up the land X
          AP:  Midwest flood risk may persist for months +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT surveying road conditions as waters recede X
          KWMU:  North St. Louis County man gets probation for cemetery vandalization;  2017 incident sparked histrionic "hate" headlines
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest host Brittany Robbins leads panel of David Barklage, Kathie Conway, Jane Dueker, and Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) through discussion on charter schools, Better Together, infrastructure, more
          Missourinet:  Missourians can officially get REAL IDs
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign Cloria Brown Highway bill today
          SNL:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview X
          Missourinet:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview
          JCNT:  Rep. Kent Haden (R-Mexico) to carry legislation clarifying regulatory authority over animal ag X
          KWMU:  Rules changed to help black candidates in Ferguson-Florissant school board elections;  ACLU cheers victory over "white voting bloc"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Wind farm taxes should stay local X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  High school freshman Layton Lipke, son of former Rep. Scott Lipke (R-Jackson), uses camera skills to tell veteran's stories +
          Messenger:  Better Together plans to file a new statewide petition - and Steve Stenger won't be king X
          SNL letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian angry over GOP attempts to clean up Amendment 1 X
          P-D letter:  Bonne Terre sexagenarian disagrees with conceal-carry legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kansas City marijuana enthusiast disagrees with Onder legislation regarding edibles X
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        Sunday, March 24, 2019
       
KWMU:  Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio embraces his controversial past in speech to St. Louis County GOP;  Better Together also a hot topic among attendees
          SE Missourian:  Oliver North extols virtues of United States during 50th annual Lincoln Day celebration +
          SNL:  Party leaders attempt to motivate Greene County Dems;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade says her Monday press conferences are worth the effort X
          P-D:  Pro-life youth group marches from abortion facility to Gateway Arch X
          KC Star:  Farmers, elected officials, activists weigh in on Army Corp of Engineers and flooding X
          P-D:  Man who toppled headstones at Jewish cemetery in U. City gets probation;  Northwoods resident Alzado Harris blames behavior on drugs and alcohol X
          P-D:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview X
          Joplin Globe:  REAL ID driver's licenses to become available Monday X
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) aims to help city weed out unkempt lawns, offer more tools to fight nuisances X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Neosho octogenarian says 401(k) freedom bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Republic) puts Missourians in "imminent danger" X
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        Saturday, March 23, 2019
       
P-D:  Feds say NGA project still on schedule for 2023 completion X
          KC Star:  Flooding forces evacuations in northwest Missouri towns X
          The Missouri Times:  New initiative petitions look to alter medical marijuana amendment, ethical standards
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 18, 2019
          P-D:  Parson visits three state prisons to promote pay-raise plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri to issue REAL ID-compliant licenses starting Monday
          JCNT:  Old Capitol cafeteria space becoming hearing room X
          KWMU:  HIV remains persistent problem in Missouri;  Blacks, gay men lead infection rankings
          P-D editorial briefs:  Blunt and border-emergency proposal, McDaniel and gun legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Serious or not, AR-15 bill is a new low for Missouri Legislature X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri River floods prove need for more protection
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Tyler Schwartze:  Feral hogs are bad news
          Messenger:  Two days after debtors' prison ruling, Missouri judge tries to collect pay-to-stay bills X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian dislikes conceal-carry legislation X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman thinks calling Jefferson City offices might change legislators' positions on conceal-carry X
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        Friday, March 22, 2019  Former Lt. Gov. Bill Phelps passes away
       
The Missouri Times:  Parson declares state of emergency due to flooding
          Missourinet:  Worsening flood conditions prompt Parson to declare state of emergency in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson and Graves tour flood-damaged northwest Missouri;  St. Joseph under flash flood warning
          Missourinet:  Graves:  Flooding worse than in 1993
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves, residents speak out against Army Corps of Engineers' river management X
          KC Star:  Parson declares state of emergency as floods force evacuations in northwest Missouri X
          KWMU:  EPA provides feedback on state's coal ash and landfill regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Chamber 2030 report projects Missouri in top 10 states for technology growth
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Parson statement about academic degrees in Missouri rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers tackle joinder and venue issue
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's system for impeachment doesn't need fixing X
          P-D op-ed:  ACLU's Tony Rothert:  Changing election rules can help ensure fewer whites win school board elections X
          P-D's Raasch:  Blunt should criticize Trump more often X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian skeptical of Blunt's motives on border-emergency vote X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian disagrees with Hawley vote on border wall, attempts "con law" punchline X
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        Thursday, March 21, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Parson, Graves, Cleaver tour flood damage
          AP:  Flooding alters Amtrak's KC-to-STL service
          SNL:  Christian County GOP leader changes tune, says Blunt is welcome at Lincoln/Trump Day dinner X
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood adds staff and increases communication to fix base housing issues
          Missourinet:  Parson orders flags at half-staff to honor Missouri Army Reservist killed in Kuwait
          KWMU:  Looking to 2030, Parson and tech leaders aim to put Missouri on top
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber Foundation report:  Missouri to be among top 10 tech states within 5 years X
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade talks with Kraske about Parson, taxes and House Dems' quest for relevance
          P-D:  Democrats lead the way in House absences;  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) misses 48 of 188 votes, says rough schedule makes her more likely than colleagues to fall ill X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler hires former Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair Steve Webb (D-Florissant), who departed House after felony theft X
          The Missouri Times:  What's next for the Missouri Department of Revenue and taxpayers
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) says he faced "hate, vile attacks" after proposing change to teacher pensions X
          CDT:  Clean Missouri backers hire Planned Parenthood's polling firm to help fight GOP legislative fixes X
          AP:  Missouri approves Midwest wind-energy power line
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves massive transmission project facilitating renewable energy, economic growth
          KWMU:  PSC approves Grain Belt Express
          KC Star:  State moves forward on wind energy transmission line X
          KCUR:  Celebrating 100th General Assembly and 100 years at the Capitol:  Comments from House Chief Clerk Dana Rademan Miller, Bob Priddy, others
          KWMU:  Missouri State Board of Nursing expands five of state's nursing programs
          JCNT editorial:  Frustration with Missouri Department of Revenue boils over X
          KC Star editorial:  Before expanding charter schools, lawmakers should make some fixes first X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Casey Guernsey:  Let's let Trump & DeVos overhaul Title IX, not Gary Romine
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Hannibal Mayor James Hark:  Grain Belt Express approval by PSC benefits all Missourians
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Mizzou "peace studies" professor dislikes bipartisan effort on Title IX
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man disagrees with Post-Dispatch's logic on conceal-carry X
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        Wednesday, March 20, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Flooding causes major roadblocks for Missouri farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Eddy Justice launches 2020 campaign for state Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka)
          JCNT:  Parson:  Reorganization effort progressing X
          The Missouri Times:  Restructuring of state agencies moves into next phase
          Missourinet:  Parson touts state government restructuring, says DED is being outperformed by other states
          SNL:  When will patients be able to step into a Missouri marijuana dispensary? Hint: It's not January 1, 2020;  Comments from MoCannTrade's Jack Cardetti, DHSS' Lisa Cox, others X
          SNL:  Video:  What you should know about Missouri's marijuana rules X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supporters of joint lawsuit limitations headed for first major victory
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules those unable to pay jail debts cannot be sent back to prison
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court strikes down jail time for jail debts
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court rules that courts cannot threaten more jail time for failure to pay jail debt X
          Missourinet:  Senate bill would create Missouri steamboat and state museums - funded by casino boat fees
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Congress should demand Army Corps of Engineers prioritize flood control over wildlife habitat X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Hear Blunt out, don't shut him out X
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should stop filing "fake" legislation intended to prove a point X
          P-D editorial:  Billington's legislation seeking greater transparency reeks of hypocrisy X
          Jensen:  Missouri study could shine light on "family tradition" of welfare dependency +
          SE Missourian letter:  Marble Hill man says Blunt "wimped out" on border-emergency vote +
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action sexagenarian dislikes conceal-carry legislation X
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        Tuesday, March 19, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Former U.S. Rep. Bill Burlison (D) dies;  Loss in 1980 election to Bill Emerson changed Bootheel's partisan trajectory +
          KC Star:  Christian County GOP members split on Blunt's border-emergency vote X
          KWMU:  Pelosi joins Clay in Ferguson to stump for voting-rights legislation
          P-D:  Pelosi promotes House election-law package, endorses Lacy Clay in visit to Ferguson X
          Missourinet:  Pelosi visits Ferguson to promote voting-rights bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri flooding update:  Road outage list, governor warns of water dangers
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri flood conditions mild compared to northern part of state X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Legislative session halftime report:  Analysis from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to ban drivers from texting +
          Missourinet:  North St. Louis County day care files appeal with DHSS in attempt to remain open;  Video captured behemoth tossing three-year old against cabinet, splitting girl's head open
          P-D editorial:  Parson should veto bipartisan Title IX bills X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  Conservatives agree that Missouri colleges must protect due process
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) responds quickly to Sunshine Law request
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        Monday, March 18, 2019
       
AP:  More evacuations in Midwest as flood waters move downstream
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri judge hears arguments in Hawley subpoena case
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks to Rosenbaum about relationship with Parson, school safety task force, hyperloop, workforce development, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Robbyn Wahby talks charter schools;  Panel of MOGOP Executive Director Jean Evans and Reps. Shamed Dogan, Wiley Price IV, and Steven Roberts talk charter schools, DOR tax withholding errors, Title IX due process legislation, more
          Missourinet:  MO DHSS releases proposed rules for medical marijuana facilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Title IX legislation finds support from UM curator, NAACP chapter
          SNL:  Libla calls for gas-tax hike X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Luetkemeyer bill would apply term limits to all statewide officeholders X
          Joplin Globe:  Sports-betting bill from Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) supported by Cardinals, Royals, MLB X
          KCUR:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) talks constituent-privacy bill
          Washington Missourian:  "Ebker Bill" passes House by wide margin, with bipartisan support X
          SNL:  House OKs poaching bill with even higher fines than initially proposed X
          P-D:  Alice Liu becomes three-time St. Louis spelling bee champion;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          AP:  Since Ferguson riots, six activists and agitators have died - three by suicide, two by homicide, one by dope overdose
          CDT editorial:  DOR case shows that Sunshine Law matters X
          Messenger:  The Flood of 2019 begins as Missouri and Mississippi rivers swell. Downstream, we wait. X
          Phill Brooks:  State lawmakers return to tradition of following calendar order of bills X
          SNL op-ed:  Area liberal disagrees with Burlison on union issues, compares lawmakers to mules X
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        Sunday, March 17, 2019   Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
SNL:  Blunt, Hawley differ on Trump's national emergency declaration X
          JCNT:  Todd Richardson shares what he learned about Medicaid from touring state X
          JCNT:  Missouri searches for path to contain Medicaid spending X
          JCNT:  Rep. Rudy Veit (R-Wardsville):  Revenue director's resignation leaves questions X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation keeps adding tech to connect people with outdoors +
          Columbia Missourian:  New task force fights for $238 million Missouri River bridge near Rocheport
          CDT:  Ameren refutes activist group's rumors that nuclear power plants may close X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt shows courage and common sense in vote against Trump border emergency X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt and Hawley differ on emergency declaration, but Trump will probably be the winner X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Don't buy into Title IX reform fear;  Red herrings on "dark money" and "conflicts of interest" distract from substantive policy issue X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt should investigate Neosho City Council text messages X
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        Saturday, March 16, 2019
       
KWMU:  Blunt votes against Trump's emergency declaration on border wall
          KC Star:  Blunt votes to block Trump's use of emergency powers to build wall X
          P-D:  Blunt votes against Trump's emergency declaration X
          P-D:  Cori Bush to challenge Lacy Clay in 2020 Democratic primary;  2018 primary silver medalist unsure if Ocasio-Cortez will endorse X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 11, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Ken Zellers named acting director of DOR
          Missourinet:  Walters resigns, and COO gets chance to stabilize agency
          KC Star:  Spring break legislative update:  Parson, GOP lawmakers have diverse views on transportation funding, DOR issues X
          AP:  NAACP branch supports adding due process to Title IX inquisitions
          P-D:  NAACP branch backs effort to change Title IX persecutions:  John Gaskin III:  "The denial of due process at Missouri's colleges disproportionately impacts African-American men" X
          The Missouri Times:  Title IX bill gains momentum
          The Missouri Times:  Senate bill aims to protect Missourians from illegal alien invaders
          AP:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) says gun bill proves a point on government mandates
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS releases drafts of rules for medical marijuana facilities
          SNL:  Missouri posts draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, grow facilities and more X
          SNL:  DNR reps attempt to explain science at TCE forum;  Area man wants payday for those with "strange diseases" X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators approve harsh pro-life measure X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Let's give local business level playing field with out-of-state companies
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gregg Keller:  Missouri's college students don't lose their constitutional rights when they step on campus
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU Journalism School's Sandy Davidson:  "Eek!" and "Gag!", OMG! Musings on dogs, "faux paws," and Clean Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger over GOP pro-life legislation X
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        Friday, March 15, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley split on Trump emergency declaration vote
          P-D:  Mental health program being tried in Missouri gets support from Roy Blunt X
          P-D:  Mexican admits transporting illegal aliens caught on Interstate 44 near Six Flags X
          CDT:  Draft news release shows state toned down taxpayer warning X
          CDT:  Joel Walters to resign as director of revenue X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR Director Joel Walters expected to resign today
          Missourinet:  DOR director to resign today
          KWMU:  Lawmakers go on spring break with fights on abortion, transportation and finances ahead
          The Missouri Times:  At halfway point, roughly 100 bills volley between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves supplemental budget, sends bill back to the House
          The Missouri Times:  Libla proposes fuel tax increase spread over multiple years
          Columbia Missourian:  New fuel tax proposal gets support in hearing;  Comments from "Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Franklin [sic]), Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles [sic])
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) pushes for earned income tax credit program
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers reconsider low-income housing tax credit
          AP:  House considers trimming impeachment power after Greitens case
          KWMU:  Missouri House wants to allow school districts to offer elective class on the Bible
          SNL:  House considers allowing medical marijuana patients to expunge old possession charges X
          The Missouri Times:  State nursing board approves major program expansions to address statewide workforce shortage
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill could reverse Missouri death penalty law
          SE Missourian:  State ponders more punitive poaching penalties;  Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) one of few opponents +
          P-D editorial:  Blunt joins in a rebuke of Trump. Hawley chooses loyalty over the Constitution. X
          CDT editorial:  Joel Walters finally makes the right call in stepping down X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  When it comes to transportation funding, Missouri is a backwards state X
          Messenger:  Missouri Republicans get new rallying cry for gun-porn legislation:  Not a Good Choice X
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        Thursday, March 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  FEMA urges St. Louisans to buy flood insurance
          P-D:  Obituary:  Former Rep. Cindy Ostmann (R-St. Peters) passes away;  Visitation and funeral this weekend
          P-D:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) to kick off bid for state Senate on Saturday X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson appoints Munzlinger to Probation and Parole Board, fills education board
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe to lead school-safety task force
          JCNT:  Parson fast-tracks school-safety task force X
          SE Missourian:  Bill aims for due process in college sexual assault cases +
          P-D:  'John Doe' sues Washington U. over being suspended without hearing after sexual-assault tale;  University opposes due-process legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators hold up Koenig's Empowerment Scholarship Account legislation for hours;  Republicans say they'll continue to block it
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) wants to spend more money on Access Missouri
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate online-behavior mandate for schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would allow districts to offer elective classes on the Bible
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Lawmakers debate elective Bible classes;  Comments from "Maria Chappell-Nadal [sic]" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers allocate $200k for schools to use career-exploration app
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) correct about lack of functional kitchen at school for disabled children
          Missourinet:  Missouri income tax penalty legislation has bipartisan support;  Revenue director to testify again
          The Missouri Times:  Eggleston's vehicle-inspection bill perfected for second time this session
          SNL:  Some lawmakers support no-excuse absentee voting X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers want to let medical marijuana patients expunge their records
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to protect medical marijuana cardholder information from federal government
          JCNT:  Senate committee considers transfer of state land for Heartland Port X
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers look to raise awareness of endangered salamanders X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 13, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt looks for political cover instead of rejecting Trump border emergency X
          P-D editorial:  Aide demonstrates why lawmakers shouldn't expand conceal-carry venues X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri bill would allow guns in bars, churches, day cares. What could possibly go wrong? X
          P-D letter:  Area gals complain about Trump's changes to family-planning program rules X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian unhappy that Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Smith voted against House Dem proposals X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian applauds Raasch's lamentations on journalism, says all students should be forced to read column X
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian outraged that editorial page's "thumbs-up" graphic depicts a Caucasoid thumb X
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        Wednesday, March 13, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley-backed bill strengthens privacy protections X
        KC Star:  Flood warnings issued along Missouri River near Kansas City after rain and snow melt X
        SNL:  National cannabis lobbyist tells St. Louis audience he sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' X
        SNL:  Smattering of southwest Missouri cannabis entrepreneurs take part in St. Louis trade show X
        The Missouri Times:  Vescovo announces bid for House Speaker
        The Missouri Times:  Parson to issue executive order for School Safety Task Force
        JCNT:  Parson appoints 3 to Lincoln University Curators Board X
        The Missouri Times:  Bill moving impeachment trials to Senate causes consternation among some lawmakers
        CDT:  Revenue woes, garnishment in background as committee approves budget X
        The Missouri Times:  Scaled-back Title IX bill voted out of House committee
        KWMU:  Missouri House committee approves changes to how colleges handle sexual assault reports
        Columbia Missourian:  Proposed Title IX changes revised;  Comments from "Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-St. Louis [sic])
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) wants to push hemp over the hump for farmers +
        SNL:  Missouri House votes to make it easier to refill birth control X
        SE Missourian:  New legislation addresses 911-funding sources +
        The Missouri Times:  Public-private task force to look into feasibility of hyperloop in Missouri
        JCNT:  Missouri House forms Hyperloop committee X
        AP:  Panel to study possibility of Hyperloop in Missouri
        Missourinet:  New group aims to accelerate construction of Hyperloop in Missouri
        KC Star:  Panel formed to accelerate Missouri Hyperloop construction X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Gold Star Families legislation stalls in House;  key term is "official"
        Columbia Missourian:  Two years before Missouri's bicentennial, setup for statewide celebration begins
        JCNT:  State senator's aide arrested after bar fight X
        P-D editorial:  Parson and the Legislature should try again to ask voters for a fuel tax hike X
        JCNT editorial:  House should follow Senate on public notices X
        KC Star editorial:  Bill that would gut Title IX written by dark-money lobbyist with a conflict X
        P-D op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  As a sexual assault survivor, I support campus due process protections X
        Priddy:  Lawmakers should support a National Steamboat Museum in Jefferson City
        P-D letter:  University City woman wants Blunt and Hawley to oppose Trump on border move X
        KC Star letter:  Independence man wants Legislature to put stand-alone gas-tax measure on ballot X
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man disappointed by Democrats' lack of support for pro-life bills +
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        Tuesday, March 12, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Parson speaks at IAFF annual legislative conference in D.C.
          AP:  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee continues post-election bid against Hawley, this time focused on open records
          P-D:  Four months after election, DSCC takes another shot at Josh Hawley X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt, Haahr celebrate Sunshine Week by highlighting transparency efforts
          P-D:  Cannabis trade show at Union Station draws hundreds X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kevin Windham (D-Hillsdale) talks with Rosenbaum about felons voting, GOP's pro-life legislation, the problems with St. Louis City-County merger, more
          JCNT:  Judge Beetem blocks merit overhaul in unions' lawsuit X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee signs off on budget bills, funding pay increases and Fast-Track grants
          AP:  Missouri House Dems oppose Parson plan to pay for roads
          CDT:  Attorney says bank must honor $118M garnishment of state funds X
          P-D:  Missouri faces $118 million bill for prison guards' back pay X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) team up on criminal justice overhaul proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Model prisoners could get another chance with increased parole board discretion
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Herman Morse (R-Dexter) wants to study generational effects of welfare:  "Welfare is supposed to be a safety net, not necessarily a hammock"
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) confident "paycheck protection" law will stand X
          SE Missourian:  Legislation seeks statewide mission designation for three academic programs at SEMO +
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes measure that would extend prescriptions for birth control
          SNL:  TV shows and movies about Missouri aren't filmed here. Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would help change that. X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers eyeing hike in driver's license fees X
          The Missouri Times:  With feasibility determined, Hyperloop to take in-depth look at Missouri reality
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears Bernskoetter's poaching fines bill X
          Missourinet:  'Missouri Sliced Bread Day' bill advances to Missouri Senate
          P-D editorial:  Secrecy behind medical marijuana licensing opens door for abuses X
          SE Missourian letter:  Community Caring Council's Melissa Stickel clarifies information in housing-assistance story +
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man responds to letter from Cape Girardeau septuagenarian who complained about GOP's pro-life legislation +
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        Monday, March 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Flood warnings issued as rivers rise across Kansas City region and northwest Missouri X
          Joplin Globe:  FEMA approves $3.5 million in storm shelter grants for area districts X
          P-D:  Former St. Louisan Dick Gephardt aiding electric car maker who is trying to build SUV X
          P-D:  Marijuana industry attracts hopefuls from across Missouri - and beyond;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, DHSS Director Randall Williams X
          P-D:  State releases list of IT consulting companies vying for marijuana-software contracts X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus), LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City), Barklage's Steven McCullough, ACLU's Sara Baker talk infrastructure spending, Title IX changes, pro-life legislation, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Low-income housing tax credits closer to being revived X
          Columbia Missourian:  Uncertainty looms over Missouri charter school expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri House set to debate private college campus security legislation
          KWMU:  Dicamba herbicide an effective tool for those who use it properly;  MO Dept. of Ag takes action against those who choose to break application guidelines
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) proposes bill intended to keep kids off adult websites
          KC Star:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) files "hands up, don't shoot" bill X
          KC Star editorial:  Plan to reduce the size of the Missouri Legislature has merit X
          SE Missourian editorial:  911 funding should be higher priority for Missouri safety X
          Keller:  Uncovering the garnishment of state bank accounts X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Effects of marijuana legalization deserve serious discussion X
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        Sunday, March 10, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag New:  Former Ag Director Richard Fordyce, now chief of USDA's Farm Service Agency, says implementation of farm bill is FSA's top priority
          JCNT:  Lincoln University receives federal grant for new agriculture building X
          AP:  Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight;  Ruthless corporations destroy newspapers with mean-spirited principles like budgeting, profit-lost analysis
          JCNT:  State officials still seeking ways to improve employees' salaries X
          Joplin Globe:  Parson still optimistic about infrastructure deal after House introduces its own funding plan X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wind farms add to Missouri's road woes X
          SNL:  GOP lawmakers pitch plan for tax-bill relief X
          CDT:  Supporters take aim at Missouri's tax-credit calculator X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nonprofit backing Title IX changes ramps up educational effort
          KC Star's Edward McKinley:  Lincoln University among Richard McIntosh's clients;  Comments from "Greg [sic] Keller" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) discusses his rural broadband bill
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T robots may help state inspect bridges
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) looks at expanding concealed-carry freedoms X
          SNL:  Missouri Sierra Club unhappy with CU's coal ash storage plan X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Downsizing the General Assembly X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should not punish owners of fuel-efficient cars with higher registration fees X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Why are some newspapers dying? Blame GateHouse Media X
          P-D's Raasch:  Lamentations on publishers trimming newsroom fat:  You readers depend on journalists, even if you're too stingy to pay X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  The 'Green New Deal' would cost a lot of green
          KC Star op-ed:  Park University President Greg Gunderson:  Missouri bills, while well-intended, could weaken Title IX and hurt students X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Hemp Trade Association's Boyd Vancil and Tyler Morgan:  20 years later, a freedom to farm hemp
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        Saturday, March 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Illegal aliens, Ilhan Omar, more X
          KCUR:  Three KC-area hospitals penalized by Medicare for high complication rates
          The Missouri Times:  To date, roughly one-third of initiative petitions approved to gather signatures
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Better Together's Kyle Juvers says Galloway's fiscal note is a 'push forward' for pro-merger plan
          The Missouri Times:  Judges temporarily halt 'paycheck protection' law, merit system overhaul
          AP:  Missouri judge blocks restrictions in HB 1413
          P-D:  Judges block laws involving unions X
          CDT:  Judge:  Missouri Department of Corrections to be garnished $118 million X
          SNL:  DHSS holds medical marijuana forum in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 4, 2019
          SE Missourian:  Parson addresses bridge funding at Jackson stop touting workforce development +
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  AG Eric Schmitt gives crime-fighting update at Lathrop Gage breakfast;  Schatz, Grier, Mulligan, McKenna provide legislative update
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater's bill to reduce the size of state House moves forward
          P-D:  Group seeking to advance Title IX changes begins campaign to educate lawmakers +
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) joins University of Missouri Extension's Marshall Stewart on panel to discuss state ag issues
          SE Missourian:  GOP lawmakers differ on plan to scrap vehicle inspections +
          KWMU:  MoDOT plans for more construction along I-44 in 2019, other work on I-70, I-270
          The Missouri Times:  House committee to hear 'Breakfast After the Bell' bills
          JCNT editorial:  Don't expand concealed-carry X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Missouri should suspend - not cancel - Medicaid for prisoners X
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        Friday, March 8, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay calls on Commerce Secretary to resign after another federal judge rules against Census citizenship question X
          P-D:  Fearing another 1993 disaster, Mississippi River mayors calling for more flexibility on federal flood mitigation spending X
          Twitter.com:  P-D Political and National Editor Christopher Ave departs
          AP:  Schmitt announces $30 million settlement in sweepstakes scam aimed at elderly
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of "Clean Missouri" oppose GOP legislation on drawing districts;  Comments from League of Women Voters, others
          Missourinet:  Proposal to reduce Missouri House's size gets green light from a House committee
          The Missouri Times:  House approves $483 million supplemental budget
          SNL:  MSU, OTC notch early wins in House budget drafts X
          P-D:  Schatz raises red flag over new House plan to fix roads and bridges in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Another attempt to boost gas tax makes its way to Missouri House committee
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) hopes to set scene for new film and television production in Missouri +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate closes week without tackling anticipated education bills
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers again consider law honoring concealed-carry permits
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers back drone prohibition near prisons
          Washington Missourian:  Electronic gaming machines in use in Franklin County - and they're not regulated by Missouri Gaming Commission X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  After day-care savagery caught on tape, Missouri needs strong focus on child care X
          JCNT editorial:  Child health data shouldn't just be kept, it should be used X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  'Green New Deal' would be a raw deal for Missouri farmers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit):  Taking steps to end the costly border war with Kansas
          Messenger:  On Greitens, dark money, Title IX due process, and St. Louis City's Lewis Reed X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Missouri farmers should face consistent rules for raising livestock
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        Thursday, March 7, 2019
       
KCUR:  Woodrow Wilson Foundation study claims 61 percent of Missourians would fail history portion of U.S. citizenship test
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Lathrop Gage to host legislative update breakfast tomorrow:  Schmitt, MoDOT's Patrick McKenna, Higher Ed's Zora Mulligan, Schatz, Derek Grier
          JCNT:  State leaders salute those keeping Missouri safe X
          KCUR:  New Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent brings crime-fighting background to post
          KCUR:  Fiending to get doctor's approval for your marijuana "need"?  Missouri says hold your lighters.
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Chair Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) proposes $100 million in general revenue to fund infrastructure
          Missourinet:  Smith:  The solution to Missouri's roads isn't to go further into debt
          AP:  House budget plan includes $100M for road, bridge repairs
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee takes deep dive into state's tax credits
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats say they'll keep fighting bill modifying state's minimum wage
          SNL:  Republicans focus on gerrymandering elements of Clean Missouri X
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate charter schools;  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City):  "There's been some fierce-@ss conversations" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill to delay start of school
          The Missouri Times:  Bill on due process and Title IX hearings draws large crowd during House hearing
          CDT:  Attorneys Chris Slusher, Mike Colona weigh in on proposed Title IX changes X
          P-D:  Washington University opposes bipartisan effort on due process in Title IX investigations X
          KC Star:  Mini-profiles:  Due-process advocates Richard McIntosh, Chris Slusher are married to women with distinguished legal and public service careers, serving under Democratic administrations X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) presents vehicle hijacking bill in committee
          P-D:  Proposal from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would expand areas where concealed-carry licenses are honored X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would lower sales tax on feminine hygiene products, as well as diapers for babies and olds
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 6, 2019
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Chris Dinkins (R-Annapolis):  For stronger families, it's time for Republicans to rally behind Trump's plan for paid family leave
          Priddy:  Musings on steamboat museum and Parson's infrastructure bonds
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disapproves of GOP House members' pro-life priorities +
          KC Star letters:  Ozark septuagenarian outraged over GOP efforts to clean up Amendment 1;  Kansas man says Star reporters have transferred their angry liberal bias from Brownback to Hawley X
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        Wednesday, March 6, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders disbarred
        P-D:  Gephardt says focus on Ocasio-Cortez overshadowing important stories X
        The Missouri Times:  Beetem takes Confide lawsuit under advisement
        P-D:  Galloway begs off Better Together fight, calls cost savings "unknown" X
        KC Star:  With witness' consent, AG's office had staff member present during Ashcroft investigation of Hawley X
        The Missouri Times:  Active superintendent of Highway Patrol tapped for role permanently
        Missourinet:  Lt. Col. Eric Olson takes over as superintendent of Missouri Highway Patrol
        The Missouri Times:  Senate adopts rule change allowing senators to abstain from votes
        P-D:  Democrats stall GOP move on minimum wage X
        SE Missourian:  Loss of grant closes door on housing assistance program;  Grown woman says she assumed government subsidies would always cover 100% of her rent +
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to bring back tax credits for film production companies
        Columbia Missourian's Natasha Vyhovsky:  Bipartisan nonprofit backs effort to improve Title IX process at universities;  Key players include Richard McIntosh, "Joe Larkin [sic]"
        KC Star:  Bipartisan group seeks to fight for due process in Title IX investigations X
        P-D:  Bipartisan group says it hopes to bring fairness to Title IX processes X
        The Missouri Times:  Victory Enterprises poll shows majority of Missourians oppose Title IX witch hunts
        The Missouri Times:  Empowerment scholarship account programs see success as Missouri lawmakers contemplate implementing similar awards
        P-D:  Bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags and straws X
        Missourinet:  'Sliced Bread Day' bill to go before Missouri House today
        P-D editorial:  Protecting juvenile criminals' right to legal representation X
        Waters:  UM caucus ushers in a new day for university support X
        P-D op-ed:  Ascension's Nick Ragone:  Confidence Checkmate:  Chess is positioning Ferguson-Florissant students for success X
        P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian mocks GOP legislators for pro-life legislation X
        P-D letter:  Springfield feminist attempts humor involving vasectomies X
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        Tuesday, March 5, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lincoln Days 2019:  Grassroots, grassroots, grassroots
          KWMU:  Three Lincoln Days takeaways:  Parson's plans, city-county merger and ballot initiatives
          Missourinet:  New federal broadband funds can help rural Missouri - if utilities buy in
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson, lawmakers looking for ways to make child care safer
          JCNT:  Parson names working group on day-care abuse X
          Missourinet:  Parson weighs in on Pine Lawn day care workers' savage behavior
          P-D:  State moves to close Pine Lawn day care where behemoth tossed 3-year-old girl, splitting head open X
          P-D:  Missouri shells out another $600,000 in harassment case filed by prison worker X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe pleased with progress and tone of current legislative session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks with Rosenbaum about sports betting's revenue benefits, PDMP, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins looks to end border war with Kansas
          P-D:  Missouri Senate approves long-sought legal changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) proposes 'good government' resolution reducing size of state House, increasing number of senators
          JCNT:  Fitzwater proposes amendment to reshape House, Senate X
          Missourinet:  Fitzwater's proposed constitutional amendment would reduce the size of the Missouri House
          AP:  Eigel pitches alternative road repair plan
          P-D:  Effort to crack down on county 'debtors' prisons' clears the Missouri House X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) looks to adjust reimbursement rates for nursing homes that invest in improvements
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) presents bill stopping dog ban laws
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Editorial was wrong to criticize abortion extremists on both sides of issue X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. associate "social anthropology" professor Bret Gustafson:  Join environmental activists in protesting Ameren's dirty fossil fuels X
          Disclosure