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        Monday, May 21
       
KC Star:  Cory Booker campaigns for McCaskill as black leaders complain about her neglect;  McCaskill assures squeaky wheels they'll see "resources" X
          P-D:  McCaskill, with Cory Booker in tow, makes brief stop at Annie Malone parade, poses for pictures X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Chris Chinn among state ag directors pushing trade issues
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  National Association of Area Agencies on Aging seeks CEO
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Host Scott Faughn talks with Ray Hartmann, Gregg Keller, J.P. Johnson, Jake Silverman talk Greitens' civil case, impeachment, much more
          Missourinet:  Session recaps:  Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers believe session was productive X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass big tax code changes on last day
          JCNT:  Tax credit passed on Friday could bring sporting events to Jefferson City X
          P-D:  Now what?  Greitens special impeachment session underway as House intensifies investigation;  Governor helps raise profile of Craig Redmon in GOP primary against Nate Walker X
          SNL:  Greitens' pick for state school board, Jennifer Edwards, left in limbo as session ends X
          P-D:  Greitens names Thomas A. McCarthy as associate St. Louis circuit judge X
          KC Star editorial:  The top five reasons Missouri lawmakers must impeach Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  In Missouri, chaos reigns on 'right to work' - by design X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Restoration of autism funding a smart decision by Missouri lawmakers +
          Columbia Missourian's David Webber:  Trump, Greitens show the problems associated with "outsiders"
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Pat McKenna:  Infrastructure investment important to rural America's economy +
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        Sunday, May 20
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill votes no on Haspel nomination
          SNL:  Greitens saved by split vote after FEC attorneys flagged violations in a campaign mailer X
          SNL:  Takeaways from the end of Missouri's legislative session - and the next big thing X
          Missourinet:  Top bills that fizzled during legislative session
          JCNT:  Area lawmakers pleased with outcome of session X
          CDT:  Local bills meet different fates at legislative session's end X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation involving Columbia, Boone County fire district dispute passes at last minute
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wraps up legislative career, provides bit of advice to future lawmakers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks fuel tax proposal
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) talks prevailing wage
          JCNT:  Office of Administration begins planning for Merit System changes X
          JCNT:  DNR specialist lauded for work after tornado X
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports that bow fisherman breaks record for yelllow bullhead catfish X
          KWMU:  Students' "Black Lives Matter" walk draws fewer than 60 participants
          P-D:  Area students block traffic on parade to police headquarters, sing "Happy Birthday" to police assailant Michael Brown X
          P-D editorial:  As possible impeachment looms, Greitens keeps digging his own grave X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Concealed-carry bill not good legislation X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  McCaskill, Hawley both find themselves working to shore up their political bases X
          SNL letter:  Galena sexagenarian calls McCaskill a "moderate" X
          SNL letter:  Battlefield sexagenarian says Billy Long lacks perspective on confirmation process X
          KC Star letters:  Weatherby Lake septuagenarian pleased with McCaskill's vote against Haspel;  Doniphan octogenarian defends Greitens, calls Hawley and state legislators "clowns" X
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        Saturday, May 19
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Farm Bill, Clean Water Rule, more X
          Kraske:  Chaos in the Missouri GOP is propelling Claire McCaskill one more time X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 11:  Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann talk Gardner dropping invasion of privacy case, Hanaway on investigation, impeachment, much more
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley says governor's office has no authority to hire impeachment attorneys;  Greitens spokesman disagrees
          CDT:  Before special session begins, a dispute over pay for Greitens' attorneys X
          KC Star:  Hawley says Greitens illegally hired private impeachment attorneys X
          KWMU:  Cole County prosecutor won't charge Greitens over campaign finance reports
          P-D:  Cole County prosecutor declines to pursue case against Greitens X
          KWMU:  Once a rival, Hanaway details why she signed onto Greitens' legal team
          The Missouri Times:  Special session convenes, rules and procedures moving forward filed
          SNL:  Greitens' request to cross-examine special session witnesses not in the cards X
          KWMU:  Missouri's special session is underway - here's what to expect
          Columbia Missourian:  Special session to consider impeaching Greitens begins
          AP:  Missouri opens session to consider impeachment of governor
          Drebes:  Jeff Roe's team sets up third-party PAC for Justin Brown's state Senate campaign
          KWMU:  Missouri voters will see gas tax proposal on November ballot, prevailing wage law changed
          Columbia Missourian:  Missourians will vote on fuel tax increase to fund infrastructure, law enforcement
          P-D:  On final day, Missouri lawmakers approve gas tax vote, cut business taxes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Individual, corporate income cuts highlight tax overhaul
          KWMU:  Missouri legislative leaders laud, lament achievements
          JCNT:  Area lawmakers bid farewell to Capitol posts X
          Missourinet:  Highlights of the Missouri Legislature's regular session
          P-D:  How major legislation fared in 2018 X
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  GOP lawmakers mark victories in 2018 session;  Comments from "Rep. Kevin Enlger [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Farmers, ranchers, rural Missourians make out well in 2018 session
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers create grant program to spread broadband in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Busy final hours bring tax cuts and union regulations, but no lobbyist-gift restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry convictions soon to be expungable
          CDT:  Lawmakers approve changes to tuition cap X
          KC Star:  Lobbyist gift ban dies X
          KC Star:  Lawmakers let medical marijuana die in last days of session X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Final day of regular session
          KC Star:  Marriage-bill advocacy series:  Missouri outlawing marriage at 15, but critic calls new statute 'a waste of paper' X
          KC Star:  Medicaid payment errors could cost Missouri up to $1.7 million X
          KC Star editorial:  If Greitens wants to keep his job, he owes voters an explanation - under oath X
          JCNT editorial:  'Revenge porn' bill would help to protect victims X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Ethics Commission steps up where the Legislature fails
          Messenger:  In courthouses from St. Louis to Jefferson City, the battle for sunshine intensifies X
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's volunteer wants congressional delegation to support early-detection funding X
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        Friday, May 18
       
CNN:  Blunt, other Senate negotiators nearing sexual harassment legislation deal
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt split on Haspel vote
          KWMU:  What to expect during special impeachment session
          KWMU:  Greitens blames low-income housing program backers for legal, political troubles
          AP:  Greitens strikes SEAL posture, says he won't quit
          Drebes:  Special Investigative Committee gathering information on Greitens' alleged use of Wash U. grant for campaign expenses
          The Missouri Times:  House Special Investigative Committee files civil suit against A New Missouri, Greitens for Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri House committee sues to get documents in Greitens investigation
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers investigating Greitens go to court to get more answers
          P-D:  Missouri House panel sues Greitens campaign, says it is obstructing justice
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway alleges Laub stole donor list for opponents;  Laub denies wrongdoing
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's publicly-paid impeachment lawyer registers as lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' date change to August finalized
          AP:  Legislature schedules 'right to work' vote for August
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislators give final approval on change to 'right to work' voting date
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers move 'right to work vote,' cut taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Fiscal note error could have cost Missouri roughly $50 million in revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Tax cuts are here;  Haahr's bill awaits governor's signature
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers approve income tax cut, poised to slash business taxes X
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes income tax cut as session winds down
          AP:  Lawmakers reduce individual income tax cut wrestle with cut to corporate taxes
          KC Star:  Missouri General Assembly votes to cut individual taxes, sends bill to Greitens X
          The Missouri Times:  Merit system ends for state employees as Kehoe's SB 1007 moves to governor's desk
          P-D:  Lawmakers vote to give governor's administration more leeway in hiring and firing X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes first-time home buyers bill
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri fulfills obligation to biodiesel plants
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature says Missouri meat must meet meat definition
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers address shackling of pregnant inmates, telehealth, opioids
          KWMU:  High school students' Black Lives Matter rally tomorrow to feature complaints about perceived racism
          KC Star editorial:  How, exactly, does Missouri's impeachment process work? It's hard to say. X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' lawyers maneuver for maximum advantage in House impeachment proceedings X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Drug Court plays vital role in many lives X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Robertsville sexagenarian hopes Greitens runs for second term X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian expresses anger at Ameren, PSC, AG's office over speed of refund X
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        Thursday, May 17
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  McCaskill introduces bill aimed at air ambulance rates
          AP:  Truman statue bound for Washington
          SNL:  Jenna Bush Hager, former first daughter, to speak at MSU in September X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Environment America seeks state director
          SNL:  Will Greitens testify before legislators? His lawyers won't say. X
          CDT:  Greitens' attorneys, lawmakers fail to agree on impeachment rules X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes pleas for Greitens to testify as committee looks at procedures moving forward
          JCNT:  Greitens committee talks special session procedures X
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigative committee asks again for Greitens to testify
          P-D:  Lawmakers plead for Greitens to testify as they consider impeachment
          The Missouri Times:  Special investigative committee legal counsel reassures House members of their duties in the event of impeachment
          Missourinet:  Impeachment not a done deal
          KWMU:  House investigative committee grills Greitens' attorneys
          Missourinet:  House committee on impeachment spars with attorneys representing Greitens' office
          AP:  House expands Greitens probe, examines signature
          LA Times:  Lawyer who got $120k to bring down Greitens claims he was told it came from a wealthy Republican
          Missourinet:  Missourinet, KMIZ to partner on live broadcast tonight focused on special impeachment session
          KWMU:  Missouri House votes to rein in tax credits, block stadium aid, curb teen marriages
          The Missouri Times:  Senate arrives at deal on 'paycheck protection' bill
          AP:  Senate passes regulations on public unions
          P-D:  Senate passes 'paycheck protection' X
          KC Star:  Senate could find common ground on labor bills X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature gives final approval to Emery's utility bill
          Missourinet:  Massive utility bill passes Legislature
          P-D:  Ameren critics unhappy with utility bill X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri legislators tentatively agree to raise tuition caps
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) says new Warrenton I-70 interchange highlights MoDOT funding issues
          The Missouri Times:  Less restrictive version of Evans' marriage age bill passes House
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate bill would set state's minimum marriage age to 16
          KC Star:  Missouri House votes to set 16 as minimum age for marriage X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill requiring lessons on consent, sexual assault passed by Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri House endorses term limits for Congress
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' allies launch payback attack on Josh Hawley for doing his job X
          JCNT editorial:  'Revenge porn' bill would help protect victims X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman wants Blunt, other Republicans to criticize Trump more often X
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        Wednesday, May 16
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill:  Border resources don't square with drug crisis
          KWMU:  What is next for Greitens after Monday's shocking announcement
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann, and Michael Wolff analyze Monday's events
          The Missouri Times:  'Shell companies' may have been used to conceal Greitens' donors
          KWMU:  Greitens may have hidden campaign donations through 'shell committees,' committee says
          CDT:  House committee digging into Greitens' campaign finance X
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigation accuses Greitens of campaign law violations
          Missourinet:  Document alleges Greitens used shell companies to hide campaign donors
          Missourinet:  House committee investigating Greitens issues more subpoenas;  Hanaway says Barnes plays politics
          SNL:  Greitens' lawyers want to question witnesses during special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense proposes timeline, recommends committee follow 'hallmarks of due process'
          JCNT:  Greitens' lawyers seeks 'ground rules' for committee meeting X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House looking over Senate plan calling for governor to appoint lieutenant governor if seat is vacant
          Columbia Missourian:  Dropped felony charge won't protect Greitens from impeachment, MU law prof says
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' lawyer to file police report accusing investigator of perjury
          P-D:  St. Louis police open perjury probe into investigator in Greitens case X
          Missourinet:  St. Louis police to investigate St. Louis Circuit Attorney's investigator in Greitens case
          KC Star:  St. Louis police to investigate ex-FBI agent involved in Greitens case X
          CDT:  Galloway seeks information about Greitens' legal team X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway inquires if public funds are being used to pay Greitens' private attorneys
          Missourinet:  Galloway wants info on Greitens' use of state money for private attorneys
          KC Star:  Two private lawyers helping Greitens on impeachment cost state total of $660 an hour X
          SNL:  Lawsuit over Greitens' use of Confide gets answers Hawley's investigators didn't X
          Drebes:  Registered agent change for Greitens' political nonprofit campaign arm
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Community Action Network seeks executive director
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture initiative aims for 'more'
          KWMU:  As session winds down, House focuses on crime and appointments, Senate on financial matters
          The Missouri Times:  Senate signs off on tax overhaul bill, House has final say
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate approves tax cut with days left in session;  bill goes back to House X
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs tax credits for gifts to soup kitchens
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' looks to be a photo finish for Missouri Republicans
          AP:  Missouri House votes to amend constitution for 'right to work'
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) pleased with education funding efforts
          The Missouri Times:  Romine seeks to block the withdrawing of State Board of Education appointees
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers approve bill about special taxing districts
          AP:  Missouri House loosens regulations of security deposits
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly approves of bill aimed at improving breast cancer detection
          Columbia Missourian:  Police officers involved in racial profiling could face penalties
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt right to call for a halt on newspaper tariffs X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' 'great victory' ignores the mountain of legal problems still pending X
          JCNT editorial:  Why we voted to revoke The Missouri Times' membership in Capitol Press Corps X
          JCNT editorial:  State budget represents Missourians' needs X
          Politico's Alex Isenstadt:  Josh Hawley, GOP golden boy, mails it in
          Waters:  Confide app violates the spirit of the law X
          Helling:  The death of shame:  Greitens should be more than sorry for his moral failures X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Eric Greitens should exit Missouri governorship X
          SNL letter:  Monett man thanks Billy Long for hard work on behalf of constituents X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Kim Gardner is incompetent, should be disbarred X
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian disagrees with Schatz on 'right to work' X
          KC Star letter:  Local union official opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, May 15
       
P-D:  Missouri Scout poll:  Greitens' numbers tanking;  McCaskill leads Hawley by 4 X
          KWMU:  Prosecutors drop felony invasion of privacy charges against Gov. Greitens
          SNL:  Invasion of privacy case against Greitens dropped by prosecutor, could be refiled X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' invasion of privacy case dismissed;  Gardner says Burlison made "unpreceded [sic] decision"
          AP:  Invasion of privacy case dropped against Greitens
          P-D:  Invasion of privacy charge dropped against Greitens;  Governor calls it 'great victory' X
          P-D:  Video:  Greitens' defense team makes statement after case is dismissed X
          KC Star:  Case against Greitens dropped for now X
          The Missouri Times:  House leadership says dismissal of trial allows Greitens to 'share his side of the facts'
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway, on client's behalf, partially complies with subpoena, turns over 'substantial amount' of documents
          SNL:  Greitens campaign not fully complying with legislative subpoena, Barnes says X
          KWMU:  Greitens camp not fully cooperating with House investigative committee, Barnes says
          AP:  Mini-profile:  Greitens' lifelong runway to presidential bid
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Greitens and impact on Dems' superminority numbers, special impeachment session, U.S. Census and illegal aliens, more
          SNL:  Greitens holding out on moving ballot issues from November to August X
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate continue drive to protect 'right-to-work' law
          P-D:  Proposed 'right to work' constitutional amendment heads to Missouri Senate X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Legislature restores funding for autism services +
          The Missouri Times:  Tax overhaul sputters on Senate floor in final days of session
          P-D:  Tax cut efforts fizzle in Legislature X
          The Missouri Times:  Historic preservation tax credits bill seeks a conference, gets tabled instead
          P-D:  Nominees to Missouri Board of Education could be banned from serving after Senate action X
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Supreme Court decision paves way for sports betting in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley argues Obama-era livestock rule is illegal, economically unjustifiable
          SNL:  Former Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at Nixa high school graduation X
          SE Missourian:  Scott County state audit underway +
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Department of Conservation promotes free fishing days in June X
          KWMU:  NGA construction progress met with North St. Louis City residents' complaints about dust
          SE Missourian:  David Robinson freed from prison +
          KC Star editorial:  Why the dropped invasion of privacy charge is bad news for Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Even in economic good times, Missouri's budget is stressed;  Legislators must stop cutting taxes X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Terry Jarrett:  Missouri should consider high-tech coal plants +
          KC Star op-ed:  Charter school advocate Rebecca Haessig:  Kansas City can find a middle path between public and charter schools X
          P-D letter:  Ameren's Warren Wood responds to Messenger column, says company is transparent in reporting political contributions X
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        Monday, May 14
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says year-round Pell grant program is helping thousands of Missourians
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mike Hafner talks to Scott Faughn about his experience working for Greitens and ethics investigations into the governor
          SNL:  What to expect as Greitens' historic felony trial begins this week X
          P-D:  Greitens' invasion of privacy trial to center on accuser's testimony X
          Drebes:  Website offers ability to place wager on Greitens' fate
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' measures moving along quickly
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) says budget process produced success
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks about bill to expand access to information on local taxes
          Missourinet:  Gas tax proposal to be discussed this week
          KWMU:  17-year-olds will no longer be tried as adults in Missouri if Greitens signs bill
          P-D:  Preview:  Final week of legislative session X
          KC Star:  Preview:  Final week of legislative session X
          Messenger:  Libla wants a new line on electric bill:  Call it the dark-money surcharge X
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        Sunday, May 13
       
Washington Missourian:  Luetkemeyer talks tariffs, touts Trump tax cuts X
          JCNT:  Greitens conviction wouldn't equal loss of job X
          P-D:  Greitens' invasion of privacy trial to center on accuser's testimony
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          P-D:  A timeline of Greitens' military service and decision to leave Navy reserves X
          KC Star:  Brief overview of impeachment process X
          KC Star:  Brief overview of players in Greitens saga X
          KWMU:  'Right to work' back on lawmakers' agendas
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) says Legislature has accomplished more this session than last
          Washington Missourian:  Industrial hemp bill, sponsored by Curtman, will head to governor
          CDT:  Medical marijuana bill awaits Senate X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers OK bill on capital improvements X
          P-D:  Some environmental activists unhappy with coal ash oversight X
          CDT:  Bob Priddy speaks on adventure of life at MU commencement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper finds woman to fill executive editor job;  51-year-old Ruby Bailey covered local news for Sacramento Bee
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Mike Parson would provide a fresh start for Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and dark money are fueling Missouri's ugly 'right to work' battle X
          SNL op-ed:  Eric Burlison:  Claire McCaskill just another far-left elitist X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian supports Democrat running in GOP primary against Ann Wagner X
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian liberal says Billy Long - re-elected in 2016 by 41-point margin - is out of touch with constituents X
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        Saturday, May 12
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  Former Ag Director Richard Fordyce selected to oversee Farm Service Agency nationwide
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Richard Fordyce named to lead Farm Service Agency X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Perdue names former Missouri Ag Director to key USDA post
          P-D:  Senate candidates' unusual 'drop out' bargain collapses over religion question X
          CDT:  Monetti calls Hawley 'out of line' with higher ed complaints X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 10:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and colleagues discuss jury selection, the lack of alleged photo, Legislature's special impeachment session, more
          P-D:  No photo of woman found on Greitens' phone X
          KWMU:  Day 2 of jury selection continues;  no photo of woman found on Greitens' phone
          AP:  No images of woman found on Greitens' phone
          P-D:  Democrats boot Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) for calling in to controversial radio show X
          AP:  Democrats oust lawmaker from caucus for calling in to controversial radio show
          P-D:  Judge hits shock jock Bob Romanik with protection order X
          Drebes:  Ron Calzone appeals rulings against him
          P-D:  'Right to work' initiatives move through Missouri House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves resolution to move 'right to work' to August ballot despite late-night filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri voters may see second 'right to work' measure on 2018 ballot
          Missourinet:  Senate votes to move date of 'right to work' ballot measure
          AP:  Missouri Legislature advances 'right to work' proposals
          Columbia Missourian:  Missourians could see redistricting changes, conflicting referendums on 'right to work'
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP lawmakers advance two bills aimed at defending 'right to work' from repeal X
          AP:  Missouri House would count only Americans when redistricting
          JCNT:  Lincoln University 'grateful' for its share of higher ed budget X
          AP:  Lawmakers pass bill on sheriff powers
          AP:  Governor says education nominees withdrawn for confirmation
          AP:  Missouri GOP lawmakers try to block Planned Parenthood funding
          AP:  Legislature approves bill on parental rights, rape
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 9, 2018
          AP:  Missouri bill to expand crime victim confidentiality passes
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol Commission picks new stone for renovation project
          SE Missourian:  Hawley says AG's office is reviewing Robinson case +
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Clean Missouri X
          CDT editorial:  Special session was the right call X
          KC Star editorial:  After measles outbreak, why would Missouri consider new protections for unvaccinated children? X
          Messenger:  A shadow of his former self, Greitens avoids answers on multiple fronts X
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        Friday, May 11
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill struggling to woo black voters crucial to her election
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley headed to Indiana for fundraiser with VP Pence
          CDT:  Hawley says higher education should take the rap for fostering liberal ideology X
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt tell 'concerned' Missouri lawmakers they'll talk to Trump about tariffs X
          JCNT:  Blunt agress with state lawmakers' tariff concerns X
          SE Missourian:  Eastern District of Missouri U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen speaks at annual Respect the Law dinner +
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed gets results from feds on St. Louis City housing project
          Drebes:  AT&T's John Sondag retires;  Beloved government affairs leader hangs it up after four decades of success
          P-D:  Big money for failed petition drive went to Greitens' consultants, allies X
          KWMU:  Jury selection begins in Greitens' felony invasion of privacy trial
          The Missouri Times:  Jury selection process begins in felony invasion of privacy case against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Jury selection begins in Greitens trial, could last three days
          AP:  Greitens trial opens with jury selection
          The Missouri Times:  Libla pens letter to Missouri PSC, asking for investigation into campaign contributions by utilities
          The Missouri Times:  MEC opinion is a blow for 'dark money' groups
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says he will take legal action to get on SD 14 ballot
          Perryville Republic Monitor:  At Perry County visit, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says county's enrollment in MOST 529 on rise
          The Missouri Times:  House gives initial approval of measure altering reapportionment criteria
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Fitzpatrick praise $28 billion budget
          KWMU:  Lawmakers trim DHSS funds in hopes to get Bourbon virus information
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes 'revenge porn' bill
          Missourinet:  State auditor praises UM system after previous report slammed executive pay
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway says new UM System administration ended 'secret' initiatives, is improving
          P-D:  Auditor cites improvements in University of Missouri system after critical 2017 audit;  Comments from Nicole "Gallowway [sic]" X
          KWMU:  'Handmaid's Tale' stunt, created by activists in other states, copied by Missouri's Planned Parenthood activists at Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Nasheed objects to weakening of bill restricting when pregnant inmates can be shackled
          P-D endorsement:  Vote 'Yes' on Clean Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  While Greitens case gets all the attention, public defenders say other cases suffer X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Using alleged victim's name humiliates Greitens accuser X
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  Scott Faughn is not a journalist and should be kicked out of Missouri Capitol News Association
          P-D op-ed:  Educational consultant Brian Elsesser:  Incompetent Harris-Stowe leaders fritter away taxpayer money, then guilt-trip state legislators for more X
          KC Star op-ed:  Local union boss opposes 'paycheck protection' X
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        Thursday, May 10
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  For Blunt, it's acts over facts with Trump X
          JCNT:  McCaskill shares state senators' concerns on tariffs X
          P-D:  McCaskill drafts bill aimed at giving states power to regulate air ambulances X
          Riverfront Times:  Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) coming to St. Louis to stump for Claire McCaskill
          KWMU:  St. Louis co-working spaces want congressional delegation to support "Net Neutrality"
          KWMU:  Mike Hafner says Greitens relied on charity donor list, dark money to kick-start campaign
          AP:  Greitens' legal fate may rest in technology, definitions
          KWMU:  Full names, no audio recording, during Greitens trial
          P-D:  Name of Greitens' accuser will be used at trial;  no ruling yet on evidence of her other sexual activities X
          Missourinet:  "Five things" journomeme:  Five things that matter in Greitens' criminal trial next week
          Missourinet:  Judge rules woman's name will be used in Greitens criminal trial;  key audio is out
          P-D:  Greitens to move from Capitol office to courtroom today for jury selection X
          KWMU:  Greitens trial profile series:  Circuit Judge Rex Burlison
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions could cause uptick in voters for November election
          Drebes:  Senate Republicans could see five-way pro tem race
          SNL:  Lawmakers have passed more than 30 bills that Greitens can't sign X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers send $28 billion budget to Greitens
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers approve $28.3 billion budget X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers give final approval to $28 billion state budget
          AP:  House passes $99 million more for K-12
          KC Star:  Missouri House votes to fully fund education, spare colleges from cuts X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final budget approval;  Bourbon virus controversy dominates discussion
          The Missouri Times:  Top takeaways from the General Assembly's passage of the budget
          Missourinet:  Harris-Stowe given $750,000 in taxpayer money for capital improvements
          Missourinet:  'Revenge porn' bill close to clearing Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation wants your comments about fish gigging in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants youth violence declared a public health epidemic
          P-D editorial:  Utilities and opponents are playing hardball with rate reform bill X
          KC Star op-ed:  Student Press Law Center's Frank LoMonte:  Missouri can fix the Supreme Court's mistake about freedom of the student press X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Hawley investigating Greitens again, and hopefully will press social media inquiry further X
          SNL op-ed:  Area woman opposes changes to SNAP X
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action septuagenarian thinks writing letters in support of gun control will change state legislators' approach to Second Amendment X
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        Wednesday, May 9
       
AP:  McCaskill 'concerned' after Trump pulls out of Iran deal
          Daily Journal:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visits Missouri Cobalt mine
          The Missouri Times:  Remembering John Hearne:  Jefferson City attorney, Republican activist, father of Sarah Steelman
          KMOV:  Key witness Michael Hafner:  Greitens wanted me to use Mission Continues list to help build a fundraising plan
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' phone examined in relation to invasion of privacy trial
          AP:  Experts examine Greitens' cell phone
          P-D:  Greitens cell phone examined at St. Louis courthouse X
          KWMU:  Greitens trial profile series:  Greitens attorneys Ed Dowd, Jim Martin, Jack Garvey, Scott Rosenblum
          AP:  Subpoena issued for Hawley's records in Confide case
          SNL:  Greitens releases to-do list for state government as trial, special impeachment session loom X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature holding off delivering truly agreed and passed bills to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  Legislature's attempt to impeach and remove Greitens could take months X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) on special impeachment session
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) on opposing special impeachment session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about Greitens, Clean Missouri, more
          SNL:  Missouri budget writers restore Greitens' education cuts, fight over Bourbon virus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers pare DHSS funding over Bourbon virus dispute
          KC Star:  Legal showdown looms for state agency, Missouri House over Bourbon virus numbers X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers support state pay compromise X
          CDT:  For fifth year in a row, GOP legislators succeed in protecting in-state tuition breaks from illegal aliens X
          Missourinet:  UM System president pleased with Missouri budget recommendations
          Missourinet:  Budget negotiators agree to spending plan, send it to full House and Senate
          AP:  House votes to toughen open records law
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Basye's veterans tuition discount bill heard by Senate Veterans Committee
          AP:  Missouri House votes to empower more school employees as school protection officers
          AP:  House votes to expand sexual assault education
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks sheltered workshops, electric co-op legislation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American says proposed rates still not final X
          SNL:  Police:  Swastika painted on front door a prank, not a hate crime X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans have stood up to Greitens. Why won't DC counterparts take on Trump? X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri GOP leaders need to stand up for Missouri values X
          JCNT editorial:  State honors public workers, threatens pay boost X
          KWMU's Erin Achenbach:  Heroes known as "Medicaid 23" return to the Capitol to support vulnerable Missourians threatened by Republican bills
          P-D op-ed:  Human Rights Watch's Komala Ramachandra:  Missouri Senate should act now on probation flaws X
          P-D letter:  Arnold man says Missouri farmers would benefit from wider use of biofuels X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian agitated by Show-Me Institute piece on minimum wage X
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        Tuesday, May 8
       
KWMU:  McCaskill promotes her town halls in new round of TV ads
          Missourinet:  Blunt touts Trump's pick to head the CIA
          P-D:  Ste. Genevieve gets national park designation, but much remains to do before it will open X
          KWMU:  Judge allows Greitens accuser to testify in next week's invasion of privacy trial
          The Missouri Times:  #GreitensIndictment:  One week from trial
          Clayton Times:  Judge will not strike testimony of Greitens' former lover
          Missourinet:  Judge won't dismiss felony case against Greitens, will allow alleged victim to testify
          P-D:  Greitens judge will allow his accuser to testify in trial set to begin next week X
          KC Star:  Greitens' alleged victim will be allowed to testify at his trial, judge rules X
          KWMU:  Greitens trial profile series:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner
          KWMU:  Hawley's inquiry of Greitens questions whether social media should be in the sunshine
          KWMU:  Missouri's likely ballot measures this year could attract more Democratic voters
          SNL:  State voters may decide marijuana, wage issues X
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of six initiatives turn in signatures seeking the ballot
          AP:  Minimum wage, medical marijuana among Missouri ballot proposals
          Drebes:  Scot Van Meter withdraws
          The Missouri Times:  Amid filing controversy, Scot Van Meter withdraws from Missouri Senate race
          The Missouri Times:  Compromises made, budget still on schedule to pass before deadline
          CDT:  Budget negotiators reject Greitens cuts to education X
          KWMU:  House & Senate agree on $98 million spending hike for K-12 schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri budget negotiators make recommendations on education and state employee pay
          Columbia Missourian:  Latest budget plan fully funds K-12 education, delays state employee pay raises
          AP:  Missouri budget leaders agree on increased K-12 school funding
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers putting final touches on budget
          Missourinet:  Legislature still has major topics on the table as session winds down
          KWMU:  New state office seeks to bring high-speed Internet to rural Missouri
          Missourinet:  Proposal approved by Senate would change merit system for state employees
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's dubious export:  Sex offenders
          P-D:  New Missouri-American Water Company rates expected to take effect later this month X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee unanimously approves psychiatric hospital in Cape Girardeau
          The Missouri Times:  Drivewyze weigh-in-motion technology up and running
          AP:  Missouri Legislature votes for radioactive waste inquiries
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri publisher who made payments in Greitens case shouldn't pretend to be a journalist X
          P-D editorial:  After Galloway audit, Hazelwood School District must hold former officials accountable X
          P-D letter:  Chris Benjamin (D):  Missouri public defender system needs adequate funding X
          KC letter:  KC man says tax on food is immoral X
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        Monday, May 7
       
CNN's State of the Union transcript:  Blunt talks Trump, North Korea, declines to offer guidance to state lawmakers on impeachment vote
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest host Rachael Herndon Dunn and panel of Scott Dieckhaus, David Barklage, Patrick Lynn, Jeff Roorda talk House report, Jay Barnes, more
          SNL:  In Missouri petition season, Ashcroft focuses on his job while avoiding Eric Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin) talks about declining to sign special session petition
          AP:  Choice to act on Greitens not clear cut for some lawmakers
          Drebes:  Senate 34:  GOP seeks to kick Scot Van Meter off ballot
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) winding down career in Legislature
          KWMU:  Few changes to K-12 education pending as Missouri Legislture remains 'bogged down'
          AP:  Legislature passes bill on high school computer science classes
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's B.J. Tanksley on ag bills' advancement
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offender special series:  'Extremely complex' sex offender residency restrictions are challenging to enforce
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offender special series:  Sex offender faces a lifetime on the registry
          P-D:  Obituary:  Former Lacy Clay attorney Richard E. Schwartz X
          CDT editorial:  Missouri Times owner Scott Faughn needs a lesson in journalism X
          Messenger:  Greitens scandal casts 2015 Danforth eulogy of Schweich in new light X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  In Missouri, police officers should not be allowed to use deadly force
          P-D letter:  Fenton woman considers McCaskill a 'moderate' X
          P-D letter:  Villa Ridge septuagenarian suggests gag order be applied to media in Greitens case X
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Philip Oehlerking on research showing minimum-wage increases do not stimulate economy X
          SNL letter:  Gun-control advocate threatens to keep her young children from attending Missouri universities if concealed-carry law passes X
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        Sunday, May 6
       
P-D:  Top-level turmoil at EPA raises local concern about West Lake Landfill progress X
          SNL:  Thieves keep targeting VA clinic despite security upgrades, police say X
          CDT:  Latest Greitens report could help settle important impeachment question:  Were misdeeds committed while in office, or not? X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Greitens confidant Mark Bobak X
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers make case for easing term limits X
          JCNT:  Advocacy group complains that bill makes it harder for consumers to sue X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) invited to coal meeting in Tennessee
          SE Missourian:  Drug court strives to help offenders avoid jail time, rebuild lives and relationships +
          P-D editorial:  As felony trials and impeachment loom, Navy SEAL acrobatics won't help Greitens now X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens has one last chance to do the right thing X
          CDT editorial:  Greitens' attorney owes him a refund X
          JCNT editorial:  Right to protest must be ensured, but so must safety X
          KC Star editorial:  Support Kansas City businesses that pay a wage above the state minimum X
          P-D letter:  Peace Economy Project expresses outrage over defense contractor graft X
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian says Greitens has hubris X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian displeased with Missouri American Water's rate increases and profit margin X
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        Saturday, May 5
       
P-D:  Bad news for McCaskill:  New poll says majority of Missourians think it's time for new senator X
          SE Missourian:  In Cape Girardeau, Hawley calls McCaskill a 'liberal icon' +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 9:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann talk House committee report, impeachment, Wash U. inquiry, Danny Laub, Scott Faughn, more
          KWMU:  Here's who signed the petition for special session (link to pdf)
          JCNT:  All mid-Missouri lawmakers signed special session petition X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) declines to sign special session petition, says decision to resign is up to Greitens X
          SNL:  Lawmakers make historic call to consider impeaching Gov. Greitens X
          Missourinet:  The nuts and bolts of Missouri's impeachment proceedings
          AP:  Washington University reviewing grant funds for Greitens' book
          P-D:  Washington University probing whether Greitens misused grant funds X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens' defense team requests trial by judge again due to 'constant negative publicity'
          AP:  Greitens' office posted document with unauthorized Jay Ashcroft signature
          KWMU:  Medical marijuana advocates get twice the needed signatures for ballot initiative;  Comments from New Approach Missouri's Jack Cardetti
          AP:  Medical marijuana groups submit signatures for November vote
          Drebes:  New MEC opinion on revolving doors
          Missourinet:  Missouri's fallen law enforcement officers to be honored today
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House recognizes importance of sheltered workshops
          SE Missourian:  Missouri AG's office:  No evidence of timecard fraud in Oran +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill doing a good job exposing corruption - especially the Obamaphone program X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Justice for David Robinson +
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Republicans should demand Greitens resign X
          Waters:  Is Greitens a champion of Sunshine reform? X
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        Friday, May 4
       
KWMU:  Greitens likely to face impeachment after lawmakers call historic special session
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers make historic call for special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Special session to consider Greitens impeachment becomes a reality
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard:  Special session process involving Greitens "has monumental consequences"
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers to convene special session on Greitens impeachment
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers agree to call special session to consider Greitens' impeachment X
          KWMU:  Judge denies cameras in the courtroom for Greitens' felony invasion of privacy trial
          Missourinet:  Judge rules against cameras in courtroom during Greitens' upcoming trial
          AP:  Courtroom video request denied for Greitens' trial
          KC Star:  Greitens' legal woes entangle political advisers with ties to Pence's chief of staff X
          Faughn:  Now that everyone knows what I've known all along about Eric Greitens ...
          SNL:  'No huge conspiracy,' says Scott Faughn regarding his purchase of Greitens tapes for upcoming book, available at ScottFaughn.com X
          Kraske:  Jason Kander for President? Why the heck not? X
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri submits 346K signatures for initiative petition
          Missourinet:  Minimum wage ballot measure a step closer to November vote in Missouri
          KWMU:  Signatures delivered for Clean Missouri initiative
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins looks forward to conference committee discussion of budget
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Basye talks budget, transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature gives legalizing industrial hemp final approval
          P-D:  Industrial hemp gets the OK from Missouri lawmakers X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) calls omnibus ag bill significant
          Missourinet:  Rural broadband legislation will be heading to Missouri governor's desk
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of May 2, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Prosecutor:  No acquital in Robinson case;  state could seek new trial +
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Clean Missouri ballot initiative X
          P-D editorial:  'Thelma and Louise' are at it again. A political cliff awaits Trump and Greitens. X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri report is a good first step toward preventing opioid abuse and addiction X
          KC Star editorial:  Has your child's teacher been accused of a crime? Missouri makes it tough to find out X
          KWMU's Mary Delach Leonard:  Dodd-Frank advocacy series, Part I:  Profile of woman who took out loans she could not pay back;  Comments from liberal activist angry about influence of big banks;  More
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Unethical actions by Scott Faughn in Greitens case renew establishment media's complaints X
          P-D letter:  Mehlville septuagenarian suggests Kim Gardner's office spend more time focusing on street crime and less time trying to convict Greitens X
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        Thursday, May 3
       
SE Missourian:  Plans move ahead for new VA health center in Cape Girardeau +
          SE Missourian:  Blunt promotes Pell grants during visit to SEMO University +
          KWMU:  House report says Greitens lied about how he got charity fundraising list
          The Missouri Times:  New investigative committee report claims Greitens lied about The Mission Continues donor list
          The Missouri Times:  The Mission Continues confirms they didn't authorize use of donors' information following release of second House report
          SNL:  Michael Hafner's testimony details Greitens' early fundraising days, lack of Republican credentials X
          P-D:  Greitens lied to Missouri Ethics Commission, took charity donor list, report says X
          The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway, representing Greitens, says report does a 'tremendous disservice' to citizens
          Missourinet:  House committee report indicates Greitens broke campaign finance laws, lied to Missouri Ethics Commission
          Missourinet:  Special House committee will subpoena Greitens' campaign staff
          AP:  House report indicates Greitens' campaign lied about donor list
          KC Star:  Greitens campaign sought to conceal donors identities, Michael Hafner testifies X
          KWMU:  Latest filings in Greitens case lay out strategies as trial approaches
          P-D:  Lawyers on both sides of Greitens invasion of privacy case make final pre-trial push X
          SNL:  Greitens' Sunshine Law attorney Sarah Madden - who used Confide app - leaves for another job in Missouri government X
          CDT:  House report might speed up impeachment process X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) supports special session
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats call for impeachment proceedings to begin
          Missourinet:  Democrats want immediate action on Greitens
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers who want Greitens' resignation grow impatient with new allegations X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor-backed group submits signatures for minimum wage increase
          KWMU:  Signatures submitted for minimum wage ballot initiative
          AP:  Minimum wage group has enough signatures for ballot
          Columbia Missourian:  Minimum wage group submits over 120,000 petition signatures
          SE Missourian:  Former state Sen. Jerry Howard (D) seeks state House seat;  Octogenarian will take on incumbent Rep. Herman Morse (R-Dexter) in November +
          Drebes:  Ashley Bax new chief of staff to Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff)
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes broadband expansion bill despite property right concerns
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation to allow industrial hemp in Missouri gets Senate support
          P-D:  Galloway audit shows how Hazelwood School District lied about attendance to get more state aid, and covered up high school principal's thievery
          KWMU:  State audit finds Hazelwood's weak financial practices set stage for theft
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court orders Robinson released from prison, claims 'constitutional violations' in murder case +
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens scandals are about more than sex. They're about money, too. X
          P-D editorial:  Money drives the Greitens saga and befouls everyone who touches it X
          P-D editorial:  Another damning report puts Greitens in the eye of the legal storm X
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Claire McCaskill:  Combating rising drug prices for Missourians X
          P-D op-ed:  Urban proprietor Joe Edwards:  Raising the minimum wage would revitalize communities X
          KC Star op-ed:  University Academy's Bush Helzberg:  Charter schools deliver results to Kansas City students X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian unhappy with large amounts of cash raised for Missouri's U.S. Senate race X
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman opposes concealed-carry legislation X
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        Wednesday, May 2
       
KWMU:  West Lake Landfill activists angsty after Superfund chief resigns
          KWMU:  Source of Watkins money in Greitens case remains unknown
          Missourinet:  Appeals court says attorney for ex-husband in Greitens case must answer questions about money trail
          SNL:  Greitens petition kept secret for now X
          P-D:  Despite calls for resignation, some GOP lawmakers stay silent on Greitens X
          KC Star:  Greitens financial disclosure docs:  Governor created LLC to provide liability protection for new property;  Stan Herzog paid for some travel;  Other line-item odds and ends X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Capitol dome goes blue to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  'There's plenty of room for compromise' on the Missouri budget
          SNL:  Education funding tops agenda for lawmakers ahead of Missouri budget negotiations X
          KC Star:  With end of session in sight, Missouri lawmakers press forward on tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate signs off on changes to state's Merit system
          The Missouri Times:  To pass tort overhaul, will the Senate use the PQ?
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to give Missourians with debilitating illnesses access to medical marijuana
          KWMU:  Medical marijuana bill passes Missouri House
          KC Star:  Medical marijuana one step closer to being legal in Missouri X
          KWMU:  Minus state action, St. Louis County drug monitoring program expands
          Missourinet:  One-year anniversary for St. Louis County PDMP
          JCNT:  House committee hears Senate solution to Anthem situation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lobbyist gift ban legislation proceeds - with a twist
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation wants your comments about fish gigging X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature passes hair-braiding bill
          P-D:  Missouri set to ease regulations on hair braiders X
          P-D:  Former Missouri prison guard gets $175,000 in discrimination case X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt and fellow Republicans can't let Trump blow it on trade X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers have a lot of nerve criticizing Greitens' drug monitoring program X
          P-D op-ed:  Jim Lembke:  No taxation without representation:  It's time for a Clean Missouri X
          Messenger:  Sordid Greitens saga leaving casualties strewn across the Missouri battlefield X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Recap of previous coverage of Scott Faughn X
          P-D letter:  Group supports efforts by Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith to address air ambulance issues X
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian expresses gratitude to Emanuel Cleaver for "the pork from Washington" to pay for urban "beautification" X
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian blames Ballpark Village shooting on Missouri legislators X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants legislators to kick shock jock off the air for sharing unpopular views X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man disappointed with Post-Dispatch's calls for censorship X
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        Tuesday, May 1
       
May 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          May 2016 Missouri political news headlines
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          May 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          KCUR:  Blunt recognized in Kansas City for work to fund AmeriCorps
          P-D:  McCaskill launches inquiry into air ambulances and insurers X
          CDT:  Hartzler hosts summit to fight human trafficking X
          AP:  Hawley backs census citizenship question
          Missourinet:  Massachusetts poll confirms tight U.S. Senate race in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri Times publisher delivered $50k in cash to attorney of key Greitens witness
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  Scott Faughn on Al Watkins, Post-Dispatch's pay-to-play approach to journalism, Tony Messenger's beef with Steve Tilley, and the new book on Greitens scandal (While Missouri Slept) available at ScottFaughn.com
          Missourinet:  Greitens attorney says newspaper publisher sent $50,000 to lawyer of ex-husband in felony case against governor
          P-D:  Missouri Times publisher delivered $50k to Watkins before Greitens indictment, defense claims X
          The Missouri Times:  Playing catch-up:  The latest in Greitens' woes
          SNL:  Lawmakers defend woman in Greitens' case, say governor's claims 'demonstrably false' X
          SNL:  Full text:  Missouri House committee's new supplemental report on allegations against Eric Greitens X
          KWMU:  House committee again backs woman's account of relationship with Greitens
          AP:  Report:  Woman says Greitens 'coaxed' her as 'a wounded little animal'
          Columbia Missourian:  Committee finds consistency in woman's testimony against Greitens
          P-D:  Missouri committee says woman's claims against Greitens are credible X
          KC Star:  Lawmakers dispute Greitens' claims that woman's statements are contradictory X
          JCNT:  Judge keeps Confide lawsuit going X
          P-D:  Judge rules secrecy case against Greitens can go forward X
          Drebes:  What will happen to Greitens' campaign cash after impeachment?
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules corporations cannot contribute to PACs under Missouri's Amendment 2
          The Missouri Times:  SD 34 Republicans appeal to court to remove Scott Van Meter from ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Term-limited Munzlinger endorses Redmon to replace him in Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Women in Policy panel talks challenges in careers, role of social media
          AP:  Missouri agency seeks more investigators for opioid program
          Missourinet:  Koenig testifies on legislation cutting Missouri's corporate income tax rate
          Columbia Missourian:  House approves controversial pro-Israel bill
          Columbia Missouri:  How a Bill Becomes a Law series:  Conference committees pit chamber against chamber
          KWMU:  Local NAACP chapters want more state funding for historically black universities
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court to hear appear of Russell Bucklew execution case
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        Monday, April 30
       
NBC:  Meet the Press transcript:  Roy Blunt on North Korea, Iran, Eric Greitens
        P-D:  Ad-rate breaks in Missouri Senate campaign amplify McCaskill's fundraising advantages X
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bob Onder on budget, Greitens, more;  Panel of Reps. John Mayfield and Marsha Haefner, David Barklage and state rep candidate Brad Bakker talk McCaskill-Hawley, Greitens and more
        Missourinet:  Ex-husband in Greitens' first felony case to be deposed today
        KC Star:  Hawley investigating Greitens' use of Facebook, other social media X
        Drebes:  Jeff Penland withdraws from Republican state rep primary;  Brenda Shields to carry GOP banner for Galen Higdon's seat
        Missourinet:  Two key Democrats back Rone's call for more Department of Agriculture funding
        P-D:  Opioid epidemic seeps into Missouri prisons X
        Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Fayette resident John Tinker, famous for anti-war student speech case
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Ag, DED debut rural resources guide
        P-D editorial:  Missouri should not reverse hard-fought municipal court reforms X
        Messenger:  The lesson in Al Watkins' secret $100k? Dark money begets dark money. X
        KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Want to know why Greitens isn't giving up? Meet his supporters. X
        P-D letter:  American Cancer Society volunteer thanks Blunt for research funding X
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        Sunday, April 29
       
CDT:  Tribune subpoenaed for Greitens video X
          Platte County Landmark:  Amid controversy, Greitens makes appearance in Platte County;  Governor uses back entrance to avoid media
          P-D editorial:  While the EPA shortchanges St. Louis, Pruitt enjoys the perks of power X
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens blames Josh Hawley for this mess? Is the governor serious? X
          KC Star's Allison Kite:  Missouri senators wrong to oppose opioid drug tracking;  Comments from Schaaf, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis County [sic]) X
          KC Star letter:  Kingsville woman notes Star's sloppiness around naming location of counties X
          P-D letter:  Imperial septuagenarian displeased that Kim Gardner spends money "like a drunken sailor" X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman opposes Taylor's concealed-weapons bill X
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        Saturday, April 28
       
AP:  Senate confirms Timothy Garrison as U.S. Attorney for western Missouri
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 8:  How an investigator, an attorney general and $100,000 in cash affected Greitens' week
          SNL:  Even if he's impeached, Greitens likely to fight to stay on the job X
          Drebes:  Second-guessing Greitens' new turn-and-run approach to news cameras
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Bob Onder talks budget bill and 'paycheck protection';  Panel of David Barklage, Brad Bakker, Reps. John Mayfield and Marsha Haefner talk impeachment, Greitens vs. Hawley, more
          P-D:  Judge says Hawley can continue investigating Greitens X
          AP:  $100,000 to attorney in Greitens case involved client
          P-D:  St. Louis judge in Greitens case orders inquiry into source of $100,000 cash payment X
          AP:  Greitens' lawyers reluctant to release deposition
          KC Star:  Woman who had multiple sexual encounters with Greitens:  Order to give up her phone for examination 'victimizes her again' X
          P-D:  Hawley's office deposes Danny Laub in Washington, D.C. X
          KC Star:  Hawley gave Cole County prosecutor evidence alleging new crime by Greitens X
          The Missouri Times:  SD 17 special election:  Lauren Arthur outraises Kevin Corlew in April quarterly filings
          CDT:  Dem state rep candidate wants Greitens to resign X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers working on budget and other bills as May deadlines loom
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate may not confirm education nominees who did Greitens' 'bidding' X
          P-D:  In Missouri, lawmakers have a beef with fake meat X
          SNL editorial:  Local women's group uses Greitens' scandal to pitch domestic violence education X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators' budget is good news for older Missourians X
          P-D editorial briefs:  MO DNR should not have returned federal funds X
          Messenger:  Missouri regulator 'moved mountains' to help private trucking company X
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        Friday, April 27
       
P-D:  McCaskill votes yes on Pompeo as secretary of state
          SNL:  Gun control advocates to host forum in Springfield tomorrow X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air event promo:  Lawyer to explain why artwork depicting police officers as animals should be displayed at U.S. Capitol
          SNL:  Greitens claims Hawley is too prejudiced to lead investigations into governor X
          KWMU:  Judge hears Greitens restraining order request against Hawley
          Missourinet:  Judge hears arguments in case to remove Hawley from Greitens investigation
          P-D:  Investigator on Greitens' criminal case refuses to answer deposition questions
          Missourinet:  Judge in Greitens' initial felony case won't depose Roy Temple
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson says 'a majority of Republicans' have signed petition for special session
          Missourinet:  Richardson:  House committee investigating Greitens to issue another report
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Superminority Whip Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) share views on special session
          JCNT:  Senate gives first approval to Merit System changes X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood groups continue battle against Missouri's new pro-life law X
          The Missouri Times:  Shared parenting bill moving through Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds MoDOT, Highway Patrol employees engaged in questionable, biased practices;  Drivewyze vs. HELP Inc.
          AP:  Audit calls out agency work with trucking company
          The Missouri Times:  Civil engineers group gives Missouri a C- on infrastructure report card
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri laws make drug take back essential X
          SNL:  Bill would carve out exemption for City Utilities coal ash landfill X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri extends dicamba deadline for SE Missouri;  Dept. of Ag says wet weather means farmers need more time to use popular, effective herbicide
          The Missouri Times:  Juror appreciation week kicks off next week
          P-D editorial:  Radio host with ugly views should be silenced by Congress X
          JCNT editorial:  Hawley erred in calling for Greitens' resignation X
          KC Star editorial:  If Eric Greitens wants to govern, he must actually face Missouri voters X
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Beware of signing liberals' Clean Missouri/Blue Missouri petitions
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. public health student:  Healthy housing is under siege in Missouri X
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        Thursday, April 26
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Russia likely affected all 50 states in 2016 elections
          KWMU:  Alzado Harris, 34, confesses to vandalizing Jewish cemetery
          Missourinet:  Florissant man confesses to vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Man confesses to vandalizing Jewish cemetery
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  On Danny Laub, The Mission Continues, and upcoming book on Greitens controversies
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense team issues notice to depose St. Louis Circuit Attorney's lead investgator
          KWMU:  House committee investigating Greitens hires extra help
          KC Star:  House committee hires Edward 'Chip' Robertson X
          P-D:  Greitens show limps along as governor lobbies lawmakers;  impeachment looms X
          SNL:  GOP to Jim Evans:  You're not a real Republican X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republican Party seeks to remove four candidates from primary elections, saying they are not 'Republican candidates'
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate approves Ethics Commission appointee, but full confirmation on hold
          Missourinet:  Haahr's tax overhaul bill assigned to Missouri Senate Ways and Means Committee
          The Missouri Times:  Senate OKs budget plan cutting back $50 million from education foundation formula
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate forges a plan to fund K-12 and higher education
          KC Star:  Senate budget falls shy of full foundation formula funding X
          KWMU:  Local college students complain about money;  Man who chose to go $60,000 into debt blames his personal financial predicament on Rex Sinquefield and Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears case on transgender demands in schools;  Teenage girl wants to use boys' locker room
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court hears Blue Springs girl's case on locker-room access X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 25, 2018
          P-D editorial:  Prosecution in Greitens case not exactly a well-oiled machine X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Remembering Bobby Kennedy's visit to Cape 50 years ago +
          Jensen:  Hillary Clinton, Eric Greitens each carry their own baggage in election - and Greitens could hurt Hawley this fall +
          P-D letter:  Affton man says Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) should be held to higher standard X
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters opposes state tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Breckenridge Hills man takes note of Post-Dispatch's consistently sloppy editing, questionable headlines and zero institutional knowledge X
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        Wednesday, April 25
       
KWMU:  Greitens' attorneys want Gardner off Mission Continues fundraising case
          The Missouri Times:  No ruling in Greitens team's attempt to disqualify Gardner in felony computer tampering case
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge continues to weigh request to dismiss prosecutor in felony case against Greitens
          AP:  Greitens case:  Judge weighs disqualifying prosecutors
          AP:  Greitens to speak at officer association's prayer breakfast
          P-D:  Greitens to speak at law enforcement breakfast X
          CDT:  On Greitens, Missouri's senior GOP figures remain silent X
          The Missouri Times:  30 Under 30 issue
          KWMU:  St. Louis-based network for women's startups expands to six cities;  St. Louis market led by Robin Carnahan alum Mindy Mazur
          The Missouri Times:  Eddy Justice appointment withdrawn from Senate floor after senators threaten filibuster
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate halts confirmation of Eddy Justice to state education board
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation to move 'right to work' to August ballot advances out of committee
          KWMU:  Proposal to move 'right to work' vote to August advances
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to move 'right to work' vote to August ballot gets initial approval
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Anti-Trump author Sarah Kendzior promotes her book (50 minutes)
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Legislators aren't spending enough taxpayer money on Missouri universities
          P-D:  University officials unhappy about tightening their belts X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) pleased with tax overhaul package, talks fuel tax possibilities
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives first-round approval to bill banning boycott of Israel
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers to examine Missouri Dept. of Agriculture's funding level
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri leaders, agronomists hopeful dicamba training pays off;  Dept. of Ag requiring application training for the herbicide
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature asked to recognize pornography as a public health risk
          KWMU:  Anti-Ameren protest draws small crowd
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear two LGBTQIA* cases:  Man claims to be treated poorly at work because he's gay;  Teenage girl wants to use boys' locker room
          KC Star editorial:  The crew circling Eric Greitens may be questionable, but the governor still needs to go X
          P-D editorial:  Missourians need legislative help to curb air ambulance charges X
          Helling:  Is Claire McCaskill lucky or good?  Maybe Missouri GOP is just lousy at picking candidates X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Congress 1, human trafficking 0 X
          P-D op-ed:  Greitens' lawyers divert attention by attacking investigator X
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        Tuesday, April 24
       
SNL:  Plug pulled on VP Pence appearance in Springfield;  Spokeswoman for Trump nonprofit says she has "no idea" if cancellation is related to Greitens' troubles X
          SNL:  Hawley argues calling on Greitens to resign was 'critical' part of AG's job X
          Missourinet:  Attorney for ex-husband says he was paid $100,000 in Greitens felony case
          AP:  Ex-husband's attorney gets $100,000 payment in Greitens case
          KC Star:  Attorney of ex-husband in Greitens case received $100,000 from unknown source X
          KWMU:  Judge orders investigator to show up Thursday to redo deposition
          Clayton Times:  Prosecution's investigator ordered to appear Thursday for re-deposition in Greitens' invasion of privacy case
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense team seeks to disqualify Gardner in second felony case
          P-D:  Possible perjury cited by Greitens' lawyers, who want prosecutors disqualified X
          JCNT:  Special House committee keeps working X
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Jon Prouty and Shamed Dogan talk about Greitens' political duplicity and lack of party loyalty
          KWMU:  Some Missouri lawmakers not calling on Greitens to resign, despite growing legal troubles
          Missourinet:  Iowa governor says it's up to Missourians to decide Greitens' fate
          The Missouri Times:  Burns has 'no intention of resigning' over call-ins to controversial radio show
          AP:  Burns won't resign over calls to radio show
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Conservative writers Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham explain how liberals' intolerance and lack of humor works to limit free speech
          The Missouri Times:  David Wasinger's campaign picking up steam in state auditor's race
          Drebes:  Two candidates withdraw from their state Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  Home stretch:  Bills to watch as session's end draws near
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to medical marijuana bill
          P-D:  Missouri House endorses medical marijuana measure X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators consider DWI impact panels, revising treatment courts
          SE Missourian:  State budget cuts could reduce autism services +
          Columbia Missourian:  CAFOs wouldn't benefit from proposed exemptions to clean water law
          Columbia Missourian:  How a Bill Becomes a Law series:  Differences between the House and Senate go beyond the surface
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Bostic case on long sentences for juveniles
          AP:  U.S. Supreme Court rejects Missouri man with 241-year prison term
          Missourinet:  State House resolution would denounce Missouri's Dred Scott decision
          KWMU:  At St. Louis conference, liberals complain about federal housing policies and perceived racism
          SNL:  What should you do when you spot a slow-moving turtle on the road? Here's the Missouri Department of Conservation's advice. X
          KWMU:  Missouri tops the nation for black homicide rate, again
          P-D editorial:  Greitens launched his political career by looting a charity X
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) stands in defense of an avowed racist X
          KC Star editorial:  Burns should resign after defending radio host who specializes in racist rants X
          P-D op-ed:  Anti-Trump group:  McCaskill should oppose Pompeo as secretary of state X
          P-D op-ed:  Mizzou law school prof Frank Bowman:  Yes, Greitens can be impeached right now X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian suggests that those complaining about municipal tickets and fines should stop breaking the law X
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        Monday, April 23
       
KWMU:  With political career on virtual life support, some wonder how long Greitens can hang on
          Politico:  Analysis:  Greitens divides Missouri GOP, just in time for McCaskill's re-election;  Comments from John Hancock, James Harris
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jon Prouty, Reps. Bruce Franks and Shamed Dogan, PROMO's Steph Perkins talk Greitens vs. Hawley, much more
          SNL:  Blunt announces that Missouri gets federal grant to fight escalating opioid overdose deaths X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri needs more farmer lawmakers
          Drebes:  Ron Richard endorses David Wasinger for state auditor
          JCNT:  Walk for Life participants forge through rain X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's HBCUs receive more funding per student than MU, other state schools
          AP:  Missouri House votes to regulate powdered alcohol
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz work truck stopped after bill language added limited commercial inspections
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) looks ahead to county service
          CDT:  New hearing set for Mamtek's Bruce Cole X
          JCNT editorial:  Ban lobbyist gifts, leave term limits alone X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers want to cut taxes to win your vote X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should raise the gas tax X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Bill from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) would remedy injustice of air ambulance bills X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Zach Barrett:  Gun bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) a bad idea X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man enjoyed watching Billy Long question Mark Zuckerberg X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man who writes letters to congressional offices believes he is entitled to more thorough responses X
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        Sunday, April 22   Earth Day
       
P-D:  Hawley hires Katie Walsh, St. Louis native and former top Trump aide, to help boost fundraising X
          KC Star:  Missouri Scout poll:  McCaskill 48, Hawley 44;  Trump approval 50%;  Greitens approval 37% X
          P-D:  At Texas County Lincoln Day dinner, Greitens ignores scandal in speech to supporters X
          SNL:  Greitens is fighting multiple scandals. Here's what happened and what's next. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Many lawmakers still reluctant to take public stand on Greitens
          KC Star:  Amid week of distractions, Missouri lawmakers move to isolate embattled governor X
          KWMU:  Democrats demand Rep. Bob Burns (D-Affton) resign after appearing on Bob Romanik's radio show
          SNL:  Democrat asked to leave Legislature for backing radio host known for racist rants X
          P-D:  Democratic leaders want Burns to resign over calls to controversial radio host X
          Drebes:  Kim Tuttle's "Motherputter" ladies' golf apparel line
          Columbia Missourian:  Slashed funding cuts community colleges deeper
          P-D:  Anti-coal activists want Wash U. to divest from fossil-fuel companies;  Protesters in SEIU garb crash alumni event to deliver message to chancellor, who was not there X
          P-D:  Traffic enforcement, court collections continue to drop in post-Ferguson era X
          P-D editorial:  As attention focuses on Greitens, another ruinous tax-cut bill advances X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Credit to House Republicans for strengthening Sunshine Law efforts X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  University of Missouri promotes its economic impact X
          Messenger:  Area veteran featured in pro-pot videos exaggerates tales of military service, gender reassignment surgery, other biographical facts X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville septuagenarian says Trump won't chastise Greitens X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles septuagenarian says Greitens is innocent until proven guilty X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis sexagenarian says state GOP legislators want to worsen health care for Missourians X
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        Saturday, April 21
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill announces $8.7 million in federal money for Cape veterans home
          KWMU:  Greitens charged with felony related to illegally obtaining fundraising list
          The Missouri Times:  Second indictment issued against Greitens
          SNL:  Greitens indicted for stealing donor list
          AP:  Greitens charged over charity donor list
          P-D:  Greitens charged with felony computer tampering
          KC Star:  Greitens charged with second felony after AG investigation into veterans charity
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 7:  4 huge events that diminished Greitens' standing
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week update:  Burlison, Danny Laub, much more from the Stein of Knowledge
          The Missouri Times:  Dark money group targets Schaaf
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers balance regular business with observing Greitens' legal battles
          Drebes:  Ed Emery ties Greitens' alleged red pill/BDSM behavior to pornography
          AP:  Lawmakers consider withholding bills from Greitens
          AP:  Legislators approve numerous changes to elections
          SNL:  4/20 marijuana update:  Missour legislation;  Pot enthusiasts watch Cheech & Chong;  More
          AP:  Missouri designates $3M for sexual assault evidence testing
          KWMU:  Students skip class in the name of gun control, complain about NRA
          SNL editorial:  Lawmakers should agree on these three tax changes
          KC Star editorial:  Here's why lawmakers should legalize medical marijuana in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man compares Greitens to Bill Clinton
          P-D letter:  Glendale feminist expresses anger over slavery and Post-Dispatch's coverage of Greitens
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        Friday, April 20   4/20
       
KWMU:  McCaskill and Hawley among Missouri's top money-raisers
          AP:  Hawley trails McCaskill in fundraising
          KWMU:  Judge refuses to throw out felony charge against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Judge rules criminal case against Greitens will proceed
          P-D:  Judge refuses to dismiss case against Greitens X
          KC Star:  Invasion-of-privacy case will proceed, but judge scolds prosecutors X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) rebukes Greitens defense team's call for Hawley's recusal
          Missourinet:  Richardson:  'I'm not going to put any artificial deadline on this committee'
          CDT:  Petition gains steam in House X
          P-D:  'Substantial' number of House Republicans have signed petition for special session, speaker says X
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford not rushing to judgment on Greitens +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves one appointment to Ethics Commission, quorum re-established
          SNL:  Greitens, Greene County cases ahead for Ethics Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  Photos:  2018 Annual Legislative Softball Tournament
          CDT:  Hazmat team investigates letter sent to Senate office X
          The Missouri Times:  Fire crews called to Capitol for 'suspicious package'
          Missourinet:  Freakout over 'suspicious package' delays Missouri Senate session
          Missourinet:  Nasheed mocks Greitens' alleged tough-guy posturing against Hawley, says AG is 'so small' in stature
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed requests 'additional security' to protect against Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Prescription drug, Sunshine Law, no-call list bills all pass House
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to strengthen Missouri's open records laws
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill and Blunt should protect Mueller from President Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Judge makes the right call to proceed with Greitens' trial X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Greitens' potential impeachment is unprecedented
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  With friends like local radio host Bob Romanik, why does Greitens need lawyers? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian says Greitens has no shame in his heart X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield grandma claims her newborn grandkids want Greitens to resign X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia woman says pro-gun legislators should fear gun-control advocates, who will totally oust them in November
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        Thursday, April 19
       
SNL:  Greitens asks for court order to block Hawley from investigating him X
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens files request for restraining order against Hawley
        P-D:  Greitens' attorneys ask judge to forbid Hawley from investigating him
        KWMU:  Prosecutor facing looming deadline to charge Greitens for charity donor list
        P-D:  Judge to rule today on dismissal of Greitens' criminal case X
        P-D:  Defense lawyers claim former FBI agent being investigated for perjury in case against Greitens X
        SNL:  A look at the Missouri impeachment process X
        CDT:  Boone County House members split on Greitens X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Charlie Shields, Sheila Solon weigh in on Greitens at Buchanan County GOP meeting X
        AP:  Greitens banking on public backing in not resigning post as governor
        P-D:  White House debating how to deal with Greitens, a man who refuses to quit X
        Missourinet:  UCM poli sci prof Robynn Kuhlmann doubts Trump intervenes in Greitens' fate
        KC Star:  Dems seize opportunity to take aim at Hawley, say AG should have been investigating Greitens sooner X
        P-D:  McCaskill says she'd vote to repeal tax cuts aimed at wealthy, but not middle class
        Drebes:  Greitens' faux deregulation continues;  Examples of superficial wordplay used to reach symbolic "reduced regulation by a third" claim
        The Missouri Times:  Tax cuts on Tax Day:  Missouri House approves Haahr's massive revenue overhaul bill
        Columbia Missourian:  Major tax package passes House, moves to Senate
        The Missouri Times:  Tax Day, take two:  How state and federal cuts are affecting revenue
        AP:  House, top Senate budgeter split on school funding
        Columbia Missourian:  Bright Flight scholarship expansion would keep students in Missouri post-graduation
        Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to beef up the state's open records law
        Missourinet:  Coal ash bill heads to House floor
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 18, 2018
        Missourinet:  Legislative aide arrested at Missouri Capitol for online interactions with undercover decoy
        SNL:  Governor's office providing resolution to honor Nixa officer who died X
        KOMU:  Migration is paused for American White Pelicans, says Missouri Department of Conservation
        P-D:  Missouri leads nation in black homicide rate, study finds X
        CDT editorial:  Greitens should resign;  Missouri is bigger than one man X
        Columbia Missourian's Sandy Davidson:  People with baggage should never run for office
        P-D's Raasch:  If a governor falls in a Flyover State, is it national news? X
        P-D op-ed:  CEO of old-folks home wants legislators to spend more money on elderly X
        SNL letter:  Springfield liberal wishes Elijah Haahr and Jay Wasson were more like Hubert Humphrey X
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        Wednesday, April 18
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley says Greitens may have committed a felony in using donor list
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley hands over evidence regarding Greitens' use of donor list to raise money
          KWMU:  Hawley:  Evidence exists to charge Greitens for obtaining charity fundraising list
          SNL:  Hawley says he has evidence Greitens committed a felony X
          This Week in Missouri Politics Mid-Week Update:  A Time to Choose:  Are Republicans with Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Potential criminal acts committed by Greitens using veterans charity donor list
          AP:  Greitens could face charge for charity donor list
          KC Star:  Hawley:  Greitens committed 'potentially criminal acts' involving veterans charity X
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly leadership calls for resignation, Senate wishes to begin impeachment
          SNL:  Missouri Republicans seek Eric Greitens' ouster X
          KWMU:  Top Republican legislative leaders call on Greitens to resign
          Missourinet:  GOP legislative leadership calls on Greitens to resign
          P-D:  Top GOP lawmakers call for Greitens to resign X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers begin circulating petition calling themselves in for special session X
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans choosing sides:  Josh Hawley vs. Eric Greitens X
          KC Star:  Republican legislative leaders call for Greitens to resign X
          Missourinet:  Reps. Lindell Shumake, Cheri Toalson Reisch say they're withholding judgment on Greitens
          AP:  Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities
          KWMU:  Overview of Greitens' political and legal issues
          Missourinet:  Flurry of accusations and charges fuel political and legal upheaval in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard endorses David Wasinger for state auditor
          Drebes:  Damon Shelby Porter, alum of Clint Zweifel and Jay Nixon, promoted at Association of Global Automakers
          P-D:  Amid Greitens turmoil, Missouri House approves tax cut X
          The Missouri Times:  Report puts UM System economic impact at $5.4 billion annual
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri System says it has $5.4 billion annual impact
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Houghton hopeful Missouri working animal bill will pass
          Missourinet:  After passing the Missouri House, state Senators consider bill to fund broadband expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Jefferson City and REALTORS celebrate 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Act
          KC Star editorial:  How many felony charges will Greitens face before he does the right thing and resigns? X
          P-D editorial:  This time, Greitens is accused of cheating on his veterans charity X
          KC Star editorial:  Listen to faith leaders, Missouri legislators:  God and guns don't go together X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Facebook wrong to block conservative views X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Wolff:  Greitens impeachment:  Are we there yet? X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters woman disapproves of both Trump and Greitens X
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        Tuesday, April 17
       
KWMU:  Obituary:  Veteran black activist Eric Vickers dies at 65
          KWMU:  Event promo:  Join St. Louis Public Radio at Left Bank Books to support Sarah Kendzior's new anti-Trump book
          KWMU:  After months of complaints, new administrator named for St. Louis Veterans Home
          Missourinet:  New leadership named for troubled St. Louis Veterans Home
          KWMU:  McCaskill among state's top money-raisers
          CDT:  Hartzler outpacing rivals in fundraising
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  Statewide
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State auditor
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  April 2018 quarterly filings:  State House
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Legislators debate medical marijuana bills;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, Reps. Jim Neely and "Kirk Matthews [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Annual child abuse advocacy event moves to Millbottom
          P-D:  Letter sent to Greitens from Peter Kinder foreshadowed dark-money issues to come;  Governor's supporters created "LG PAC" to make it appear as if Kinder was attacking Brunner
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers return to work under Greitens cloud
          KWMU:  Judge to decide Thursday if Greitens trial continues
          The Missouri Times:  Judge to rule Thursday on whether to dismiss Greitens' felony invasion of privacy case
          Missourinet:  Judge to rule Thursday in request for dismissal of Greitens' criminal case
          P-D:  Judge to rule Thursday on dismissal of Greitens' criminal case
          AP:  Greitens' prosecution:  Relying on investigator was a mistake
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' attorney asks for AG recusal in veterans charity investigation;  Hawley calls request 'frivolous'
          Missourinet:  Greitens attorney says AG 'clearly compromised' probe into donor list;  Hawley calls claim 'frivolous'
          Missourinet:  Greitens supporter Scott Walker:  "It's difficult, if not impossible, for Greitens to continue to govern."
          SNL:  What national liberal and conservative voices are saying about Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Lembke apologizes to friends for supporting Greitens, calls for resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not rushing to judgment after Greitens report
          The Missouri Times:  What the Greitens scandal could mean for Trump and the Republican Party
          AP:  Missouri ethics nominees:  No promises made to Greitens
          Drebes:  Education transportation funding
          Missourinet:  Conservation Federation of Missouri wants to block Missouri lawmakers from involvement in the state Conservation Department
          SE Missourian editorial:  Donna Lichtenegger's pro-life bill a good step toward respecting life
          St. Joseph News-Press' Newton:  Missouri will weather the Greitens storm
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Nursing home operator:  Legislature should fund nursing home services
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis applauds Ann Wagner and Claire McCaskill for efforts to curb sex trafficking
          P-D letter:  Farmington septuagenarian offended that McCaskill was not invited to sex-trafficking bill signing
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian irked by Post-Dispatch's consistent anti-Greitens bias
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        Monday, April 16
       
KCUR:  Missouri lawmakers support Syria airstrikes
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics mid-week update:  Scott Faughn's Stein of Knowledge:  Greitens' next move, Ann Wagner and Josh Hawley, House committee member leaking report to Greitens team, much more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway and Gretchen Bangert, Scott Dieckhaus and Jane Dueker talk House report on Greitens
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gain McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says Legislature has enough votes to call special session about disciplining Greitens
          AP:  Massachusetts academic offers psychological assessment of Greitens' lover, from afar
          Missourinet:  Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City):  Farmer's market bill will help Missouri agriculture and low-income seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  State audit of Columbia finances could cost $750,000 or more
          SE Missourian editorial:  Jordan receives deserved nomination from President Trump +
          P-D editorial:  Claire McCaskill and Ann Wagner played key roles in shutting down Backpage.com X
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Missouri Democrats and Republicans can work together to impeach Gov. Greitens X
          CDT editorial:  Give tax breaks a break X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature moves to limit city's big-verdict industry X
          SNL op-ed:  Scott Charton:  Greitens, the Fifth Amendment and impeachment X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian says Greitens morally unfit to lead X
          P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian says Greitens cannot be trusted and must resign X
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        Sunday, April 15
       
KC Star:  Whether criminal or not-yet-criminal, 'everyone's a target' of ICE these days;  Agents continue to make progress ridding KC of dangerous illegals X
          P-D:  Jason Kander previews presidential stump speech at New Hampshire event
          JCNT:  Local farming groups hope trade deal can stop dueling tariffs X
          JCNT:  Missourians show support for Second Amendment at Capitol rally X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Promo for liberal Sarah Kendzior's new anti-Trump book
          P-D:  McCaskill visits city housing project, hears complaints
          KC Star:  Claire McCaskill roasted by actual Mizzou fans after tweeting mistake about Memorial Stadium X
          SNL:  Wonders of Wildlife to show George W. Bush veteran paintings X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Beyond Housing seeks manager of public policy and special projects
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Panel of Reps. Kathie Conway and Gretchen Bangert, Scott Dieckhaus, Jane Dueker talk Greitens developments
          KC Star:  Experts assess Greitens' impact on state legislative races;  Comments from John Hancock, Ryan Silvey, others X
          P-D:  Veterans of The Mission Continues react to Greitens drama X
          CDT:  Without state credits, tax credit requests grow X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Vacancies remain on Missouri Western's Board of Governors X
          AP:  Missouri considers unprecedented addiction help for moms
          P-D editorial:  Jamie Allman learns the hard way about threatening a teen with assault X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Ameren's $133 million tax windfall should go to consumers X
          SNL letter:  Willard sexagenarian calls Greitens a disgrace, demands he resign X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says Missouri Department of Corrections must do a better job of helping offenders X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur gun-control advocate unhappy with Post-Dispatch use of "anti-gun" in headline X
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        Saturday, April 14
       
Clayton Times:  Veteran black activist Eric Vickers dies
          P-D:  Civil rights attorney and activist Eric Vickers remembered as 'an enemy of injustice' X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 6:  Rosenbaum, others talk House report, Greitens' fate in court, impeachment, more
          The Missouri Times:  White House is taking Greitens situation 'very seriously'
          AP:  Democrats use Greitens' woes to attack Hawley
          KC Star:  Who's tougher on Greitens? McCaskill and Hawley slug it out X
          KWMU:  Payment for ex-husband's legal fees elicits legislative scrutiny
          SNL:  In Gov. Greitens' 'hot potato' criminal case, lawyers accuse opponents of misconduct X
          CDT:  Parson:  No official 'is larger than the state of Missouri' X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) reiterates that Greitens should resign
          Drebes:  List of elected officials who have called for Greitens to resign
          AP:  Analysis:  Acquittal of Greitens wouldn't guarantee political survival
          SNL:  Missouri Democrats to oppose special session in push to impeach Greitens X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Greitens impeached during regular session;  Governor's lawyers want criminal case dismissed
          P-D:  Greitens' woes bring gridlock to Capitol X
          KC Star:  Finding impartial jury for Greitens trial? 'Pretty close to impossible,' experts say X
          Missourinet:  Democratic Sens. Jill Schupp, Jamilah Nasheed provide mental health evaluation of Eric Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republican group calls on Van Meter to quit X
          The Missouri Times:  Herding cats to water:  Vescovo seamlessly transitions to leadership
          Washington Missourian:  Home of Rep. Randy Tate (R-St. Clair) targeted by prowler;  Police say mentally ill man used to live in area, may be lurking around
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to lower corporate tax rate
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes bills tackling term limits and lobbyist gift bans
          The Missouri Times:  Leadership St. Louis, Coro Fellows learn ins and outs of Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Crime victims, survivors, and their advocates honored at ceremony
          SNL editorial:  We have a long way to go to rid Missouri of abusive men. We can start with the governor. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens is finished X
          Messenger:  Greitens doesn't want his board appointments to embarrass him. Wait, what? X
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Greitens' victim screams lessons we should learn about sexual assault X
          P-D letter:  Area doctors applaud Blunt for NIH funding X
          KC Star letter:  KC woman theorizes why Greitens' lover kept coming back to him after "assault" X
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        Friday, April 13
       
KWMU:  If Greitens doesn't go, his fellow Republicans may show him the door anyway
        KWMU:  Senate could see slowdown if Greitens impeachment process doesn't start soon
        The Missouri Times:  Kehoe calls for Greitens to resign
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins calls for Greitens impeachment process to move forward
        The Missouri Times:  Senators say Greitens lacks 'moral fortitude' to lead
        Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers react to House report on Greitens' affair X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) still waiting to pass judgment on Greitens, says there are two sides to every story
        The Missouri Times:  GOP megadonor David Humphreys calls for Greitens' resignation
        SNL:  Calls for Greitens to resign mount X
        KC Star:  GOP donors, electeds weigh in on Greitens;  Comments from Humphreys, Hawley, Hartzler, Graves, "Anne [sic] Wagner" X
        Clayton Times:  Greitens blasts Gardner on Twitter, claiming she 'directly contradicted allegations in the House report'
        KWMU: Greitens attorneys accuse prosecutor of 'gross misconduct'
        SNL:  Greitens claims prosecutor 'hid a video' that undermines allegations in House report X
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens' defense attorneys accuse Gardner of withholding evidence, 'gross misconduct'
        P-D:  Greitens' defense team accuses Gardner of misconduct X
        AP:  Greitens borrows phrases from Trump in criticizing "witch hunt"
        Missourinet:  When deciding next steps for Greitens, Legislature could consider 'moral turpitude'
        SNL:  In House report testimony, woman claims Greitens patted her down when she entered his house before first sexual encounter X
        SNL:  Hawley names Greitens' staffers who used Confide X
        KC Star:  Chappelle-Nadal calls for reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill and Missouri Democrats X
        Missourinet:  McCaskill to tour Clinton-Peabody tomorrow
        Missourinet:  In 'right to work' battle, both sides focus on jobs/wages
        Drebes:  Preview:  Three-way 2023 GOP race for Speaker of the House
        AP:  Missouri Senate approves bill banning lobbyist gifts
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) reacts to potential term limit changes
        Columbia Missourian:  Ag Director Chris Chinn says state looks to cut regulations for farmers
        The Missouri Times:  Legislators stress need to be involved to medical students
        Columbia Missourian:  Curators weigh increasing tuition for fall 2018 to combat budget cuts
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 12, 2018
        P-D editorial:  Politically toxic governor doesn't understand that it's time to go X
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens has responded to scandal with cowardice. Woman and lawmakers have shown courage. X
        Kraske:  Greitens is confused about who the victim is in this case. It's not the governor. X
        Messenger:  Greitens wants his day in court, but seeks to deny the same right to other Missourians X
        Waters:  What's next for Greitens? X
        KC Star op-ed:  Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City):  Missourians don't need the distraction of Greitens
X
        P-D letter:  Illinois septuagenarian dislikes Missouri's MAP test X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian dislikes Jamie Allman, celebrates temporary departure from television X
        P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian says Allman brouhaha show liberals' intolerance, double standards on humor X
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        Thursday, April 12
       
The Missouri Times:  House committee to extend its investigation, Legislature will seek special session
          JCNT:  House leaders talking special session amid calls for Greitens' resignation X
          The Missouri Times:  Woman's story includes a slap, other aggressive behavior from Greitens during multiple encounters
          KWMU:  Woman in Greitens affair says first encounter was not consensual
          SNL:  Greitens report:  Woman details multiple sexual encounters with Greitens X
          AP:  Report:  Greitens was aggressor in unwanted sexual encounter
          KC Star:  Woman:  First sexual encounter with Greitens was not consensual X
          P-D:  Woman details her multiple sexual encounters with Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  House investigative report details woman's sexual encounters with Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens decries House investigative report, calls it 'full of lies'
          JCNT:  Greitens:  House committee's report is product of 'political witch hunt' X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls House committee report 'one-sided tabloid trash gossip'
          KC Star:  Greitens says he's target of 'political witch hunt,' vows to fight X
          SNL:  McCaskill, Hawley say Greitens should resign X
          KC Star:  Hawley calls on Greitens to 'resign immediately' X
          KC Star:  Hartzler:  Report on Greitens 'surpasses disturbing';  McCaskill calls for resignation X
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder calls for resignation or impeachment of governor;  Parson calls for the state to 'move forward'
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder calls for Greitens to resign or face impeachment;  local lawmakers not calling for impeachment yet +
          CDT:  Missouri House Republicans ready to consider impeaching Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Beatty react to Greitens report
          P-D:  What's next?  'Moral turpitude' allows Legislature to impeach officials X
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter bots working overtime on behalf of Greitens
          P-D:  Trump signs Wagner, McCaskill sex-trafficking bill X
          JCNT:  Rallies continue to support pro-gun rights, opposition to anti-gun legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee approves Eddy Justice appointment, now headed to the floor
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate cuts prescription drug monitoring program in budget proposal
          Washington Missourian:  Schatz bill limits commercial vehicle stops performed by Franklin County
          P-D:  Family sues Missouri prison officials, employees over death at St. Louis halfway house X
          The Missouri Times:  House looks to form Bicentennial Commission
          SNL:  'Turkey fans' are legal, but Missouri Dept. of Conservation urges caution X
          Missourinet:  Urban clergy unhappy with gun bill
          P-D:  Local clergy complain about concealed carry proposal from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Money flowing to McCaskill and Hawley would be better spent on other things
          P-D editorial:  Sessions-Kushner feud holds policy implications for Missouri X
          KC Star editorial:  Step down, Gov. Greitens, or prepare to be impeached X
          P-D editorial:  Amid stories of sexual perversion and abuse, Greitens cannot continue as governor X
          CDT op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler:  In the growing digital divide, rural Missouri is getting left behind X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Ray Hartmann is right - Eric Greitens is a coward, and this newspaper identified him as a phony early on X
          Messenger:  House report stings like the slap woman claims Greitens gave her X
          P-D letter:  Affton woman attempts analogy involving a mouse and Eric Greitens X
          KC Star letter:  Grandview sexagenarian still angry over Legislature's decision to honor Rush Limbaugh six (6) years ago X
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        Wednesday, April 11
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over data X
          Missourinet:  Blunt questions Facebook exec during lengthy U.S. Senate panel hearing
          KWMU:  Missouri farmers wait for U.S., China to find common ground
          P-D:  Trump nominates St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark to a federal judgeship X
          SE Missourian:  Trump nominates Sheriff John Jordan for federal marshal post +
          AP:  Jason Kander to release book ahead of presidential campaign
          P-D:  League of Women Voters, 2018 congressional runner-ups, others congregate to dream about "getting money out of politics"
          Drebes:  Empower Missouri adds lobbyists Jeremy LaFaver, Sammy Panettiere and Jeff Brooks
          Clayton Times:  Judge issues tentative gag order in Greitens case
          KWMU:  Judge places partial gag order on participants in Greitens felony trial
          Missourinet:  Temporary gag order against public comment issued in Greitens' criminal case
          P-D:  Wave of Greitens case pretrial publicity prompts partial gag order
          This Week in Missouri Politics mid-week update:  "They went too far":  Scott Faughn on Greitens team's legal strategy, House report holdout, Twistagatory bots, Hawley's approach, much much more
          AP:  Woman's attorney accuses governor's team of 'smear campaign'
          Missourinet:  House GOP, Dems plan press conferences after report's release
          P-D:  Mason-Dixon poll shows Greitens' approval underwater, especially among women X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democratic Party continues push to tie Hawley to Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Is history on the side of appointing a lieutenant governor if it were vacant?
          SE Missourinet:  Missouri Senate to decide fate of bill to ban abortions after baby is capable of feeling pain +
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger optimistic about industrial hemp bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate bill would expand St. Louis Sheriff's reach
          KWMU:  Not much progress for Missouri students on national education assessment
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate adopts proposal to impose term limits on U.S. Congress
          JCNT:  Rally against "pay gap" draws fewer than 50 to Capitol;  Gals complain about "occupational segregation," other injustices X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens can save everyone more embarrassment by just going away X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is dragging his feet on Ethics Commission because of complaint against him X
          Jensen:  HUD secretary's mission to improve department will help Missouri +
          P-D op-ed:  Early childhood education advocates:  Credit to Blunt for pushing Early Head Start funding X
          Messenger:  Greitens' attempt to blindfold Missouri voters could leave a lasting mark on the state X
          Waters:  Who says we need a gas tax increase? X
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        Tuesday, April 10
       
P-D:  Congress returns to battles about old, new economy;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
          AP:  McCaskill raises $3.9 million for re-election bid
          KC Star:  McCaskill rakes in cash ahead of tough re-election fight X
          P-D:  Jamie Allman off the television airwaves after Tweet about Parkland activist X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local immigrants complain about Trump, promote anti-Trump forum
          Drebes:  Northland KC PAC formed to help Kevin Corlew
          The Missouri Times:  First Lady breaks silence on scandal, disputes timeline of ex-husband
          The Missouri Times:  Does the photo exist? The governor refuses to say.
          SNL:  Greitens admitted more than once to taking nonconsensual photo, woman's attorney says X
          KWMU:  Greitens' filing contends ex-mistress may have seen photo in 'dream'
          P-D:  Greitens' lawyers dispute 'dream' evidence X
          The Missouri Times:  After 9 hours of deposition, Greitens' team attempts to discredit photo claim
          The Missouri Times:  Ex-mistress confirms photo again, asking Greitens to accept responsibility for his actions
          Missourinet:  Lawyer for woman accuses Greitens' team of mischaracterizing testimony, wants full transcript released
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office accuses Greitens' defense of attempting to try case in the media
          KC Star:  Greitens' lawyers challenge credibility of woman allegedly photographed while nude X
          The Missouri Times:  Special investigative committee deadline extended, Barnes says 'nothing has changed'
          JCNT:  Barnes:  Greitens report coming this week;  committee's work extended X
          Missourinet:  Barnes:  Missouri House committee will release a Greitens report this week
          KWMU:  Deadline extended for Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens
          P-D:  Legislative report on Greitens expected tomorrow
          AP:  Attorneys seeking information from Confide headquarters
          Brownfield Ag News:  Eric Schmitt's Missouri FIRST change allows loan renewals for small business and ag operations
          Clayton Times:  Krewson, Stenger ask Greitens to fill long-vacated Bi-State Development Board seat
          SNL:  In slow start, 12 rural Missouri schools join Greitens' broadband initiative in first year X
          P-D:  National test results show Missouri sets a lower bar for student proficiency X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks tax overhaul, urges caution to "get it right"
          Columbia Missourian:  Tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers may be reauthorized
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents could temporarily give up custody of children under proposed law
          Columbia Missourian:  Sex offenders register for a lifetime, but a bill would let some petition for removal
          AP:  Missouri Senate calls for term limits in U.S. Constitution
          Missourinet:  MoDOT worker who had a close call:  "I'm begging people to buckle up, put your phones down"
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate committee hears bill to change animal confiscation procedures
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches investigation into Clinton-Peabody conditions
          SE Missourian editorial:  13 new citizens join America with pride, distinction +
          KC Star editorial:  Does Missouri really want to commemorate a racist in the nation's Capitol? X
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian wants Greitens to step down immediately X
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        Monday, April 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Galloway speak at annual event for SW MO Dems
          AP:  McCaskill announces federal grant for housing for homeless veterans
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Reps. Jean Evans and Nick Schroer, Jim Lembke, Sam Gladney talk Missouri GOP tax cuts, Hawley and Clinton-Peabody housing project conditions, House's report on Greitens, raise-the-age legislation, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) tells Mannies & Rosenbaum why Democrats should want Greitens out now, much more
          Missourinet:  Woman at center of Greitens case says memory of photograph might have just been from "a dream," talks about sending erotic pictures to Greitens after basement encounter
          P-D:  Report:  Sheena Greitens says husbands' mistress' ex stalked her X
          KC Star:  Greitens report set for release X
          SNL:  Video:  Capitol reporter Will Schmitt talks budget, Greitens report, Elijah Haahr's tax cuts X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In three-way race, Tony Luetkemeyer brands himself as outsider X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republicans meet to discuss Van Meter candidacy X
          Drebes:  House Budget Chair Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) explains why March 2018 net revenues were below March 2017 revenues
          P-D:  As filing day approaches, Missouri tax office showing improvement
          CDT:  Senate Appropriations Committee to begin budget deliberations X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hansen supports Missouri abortion bill
          KWMU:  Volkswagen settlement could overhaul Missouri's aging fleet of school buses
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Senate discussed motorcycle helmets
          Columbia Missourian:  Why Missouri officials are celebrating U.S. 36 for its innovation
          KC Star editorial:  What we still don't know about the Greitens investigation - and who is paying for his lawyers X
          P-D editorial:  Proposed cuts to tax-credit program would hamper fight against blight X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  A Chinese trade war would be bad for Missouri farmers
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  If Greitens' hairdresser is telling the truth, then governor should be impeached X
          P-D letters:  Septuagenarian couple expresses anger over pro-gun legislation, wants Greitens and state legislators to drop their gun-free zones X
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        Sunday, April 8
       
SNL:  At Democrat Days of the Ozarks, Dems hope 'blue wave' will buoy McCaskill and Galloway - and drown 'right to work' X
          KSDK:  Gun-control group rallies in Kirkwood
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Anti-Trump activists promote "Immigration: Frankenstein Law Tears Families Apart"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview
          P-D:  Greitens' attorneys make last-ditch attempt to delay probe report X
          CDT:  Friends, family celebrate the life of Wendy Noren X
          Columbia Missourian:  Friends and officials remember Noren's steely resolve, expertise and love for Boone County
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Wash U. seeks director of community relations and local government affairs
          KWMU:  Federal, state tax cuts to trim state's income by $218 million in 2018
          CDT:  New health data site drills down into Missouri zip codes;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon X
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers take step to criminalize owners of fake service dogs X
          P-D editorial:  Greitens proves to be his own worst enemy with ill-timed radio ad X
          P-D The Bottom Line video series:  Nicklaus and Gallagher discuss GOP legislation on prevailing wage X
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        Saturday, April 7
       
SE Missourian:  Immigrants embrace citizenship at naturalization ceremony;  Men and women follow well-established process to become Americans +
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer defends Trump tariffs:  "China has been a bully on the playground a long time."
          SE Missourian:  Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen speaks at annual Lincoln Day celebration +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association holding annual steak fry June 9
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 2, 2018
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns, Episode 5:  House committee report anticipation, Curtman complaint versus Gardner, more analysis
          P-D:  Greitens filing suggests accuser was paid X
          P-D:  Greitens' former lover questioned for hours in deposition X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate budget leader Dan Brown skeptical of Greitens' attorney hire
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate plan allows Ethics probe of Greitens even if he stalls commission appointments
          AP:  Greitens' attorney tries to toss Confide case
          KWMU:  Legislature considers child custody, service dog bills as deadline arrives for Greitens committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins talks potential term limit changes
          SNL:  Thanks to Haahr's overhaul bill, Missourians are one step closer to a tax cut X
          AP:  Greitens OKs $700M budget hike, mainly for Medicaid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate votes to restore whistleblower protections for government workers
          The Missouri Times:  House committee hears three bills legalizing sports betting
          Missourinet:  British official emphasizes free trade and security in address to Missouri lawmakers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Atlanta School District reps recognized in the House
          P-D:  After Doe Run:  Former company town adjusts to a new reality X
          Columbia Missourian:  Capitol interns, university staff talk mandatory sexual-harassment training
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Anticipation in the Capitol for House's report on Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Taxpayers deserve greater transparency in state contracting - not less X
          The Missouri Times' Jennifer Bukowsky:  Change the terms of the limits
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        Friday, April 6
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  Hawley in Hannibal:  Middle class way of life 'under threat'
          Brownfield Ag News:  China tariffs a threat to Missouri soybean growers' bottom line
          The Missouri Times:  Tariffs could hurt Missouri farmers
          SNL:  Trade fight with China could hurt Missouri farmers. Upside:  cheaper bacon. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Threatened tariffs could take toll on Missouri farmers
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Trump has entered into a high-risk policy
          Clayton Times:  Democratic challenger for 2nd District earns End Citizens United endorsement;  Cort VanOstran seeks to fill Dem ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment sues Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to release water permits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf, Higdon speak to Tea Party Group;  Higdon says he was offered $35k to switch vote on 'right to work' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Van Meter off the ballot? Not so fast. X
          Drebes:  Free pass list:  The incumbents without primary or general-election opponents
          KWMU:  House committee will release Greitens report next week
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol tense ahead of investigative committee report's release
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens to finish report next week X
          Missourinet:  House investigation of Greitens to be released next week
          JCNT:  House report on Greitens will be released next week X
          P-D:  Jefferson City braces for committee's release of Greitens report
          Missourinet:  Greitens' team again raises questions about investigator, says woman is being victimized
          KWMU:  Greitens subpoenaed as part of investigation into charity donor list
          KC Star:  AG Hawley serves Greitens subpoena as part of probe into charity list X
          SNL:  Soccergate:  Greitens blamed Greene County Lincoln Day tardiness on youth sporting event that was cancelled X
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  MO DSS continues to drop the ball on Medicaid and CHIP provider eligibility checks
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects Haahr's tax overhaul bill
          AP:  Senate approves bill to address ethics conflicts
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA in favor of texting-while-driving bans
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) and fellow Vietnam Vets honored in Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian:  Clean water law changes could remove permit requirements for farmers
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  April 4, 2018
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court rules preventing felon gun ownership is constitutional
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers to blame for 5-year-old shooting his brother X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Abortion survivor to celebrate life at Lincoln Day +
          P-D letter:  Longtime liberal activist Ruth Ehresman opposes SNAP changes X
          KC Star letter:  Raytown octogenarian angry over rural legislators' influence in Missouri, wants KC-area residents to form 51st state X
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        Thursday, April 5
       
KWMU:  Blunt visits Missouri Capitol, says he hopes DACA deal can be reached
          Missourinet:  Blunt says 51 percent of rural Missourians lack access to broadband
          KC Star:  Missouri soybean growers 'at the mercy' of China and Trump as trade positioning escalates X
          AP:  Study blames engineering along Mississippi River for worsened floods
          KWMU:  Mining company ordered to clean up lead contamination in St. Francois County
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mid-week update:  Scott Faughn on Greitens' request to delay House report, Curtman's positioning for dark money, Senate 34 GOP subterfuge and shadiness, much more
          P-D:  Barnes says 'no' to Greitens' request for delay X
          P-D:  Greitens lawyers say investigator lied and may be withholding documents X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Republicans vote to remove Democrat Scot Van Meter from ballot in Senate 34 X
          JCNT:  Residents learn about medical marijuana consequences X
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines former Rep. Bert Atkins (D-Florissant) for multiple violations
          Missourinet:  Honoring Missouri's brave:  Firefighters Day at the state Capitol
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Parson promotes 'Buy Mo!' initiative X
          The Missouri Times:  World Wide Technology challenging Missouri in court on loss of large state contract
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to massive tax plan
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans offer several pro-life bills during second half of session
          Missourinet:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis County) wants to legalize sports betting in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri bills would legalize sports betting
          P-D:  Missouri Senate endorses reversal of 'small portion' of last year's discrimination law X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee signs off on asbestos, venue and joinder bills
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee hears bill to allow promotion of off-label drugs
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee hears Berry's utility bill as House holds Senate version on standby
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears case on future of massive wind energy transmission line
          Missourinet:  Hawley to investigate St. Louis housing complex conditions
          The Missouri Times:  Restaurant association brings 'Taste of Missouri' to Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Trump's trade war will inflict heavy agriculture-sector casualties here X
          KC Star editorial:  Hartzler should do more to stand up to Trump on trade X
          KC Star editorial:  Don't delay:  Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens are right to press ahead with report X
          JCNT editorial:  Raising minimum wage wrong approach to poverty X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Carl Bearden:  Missouri lawmakers should maximize federal tax cuts
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        Wednesday, April 4
       
Missourinet:  Blunt to address Missouri House today
          AP:  Missouri revenue up 3.8 percent
          KWMU:  Missouri's general-revenue income for the year appears to stall
          The Missouri Times:  Razer, Hannegan, Catalyst Group to host first Capitol Pride event
          KC Star:  Greitens wants committee investigating him to hold report until after criminal trial X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House could debate Haahr's tax-overhaul package this week
          The Missouri Times:  Senate weighs resolution to change term limits
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes work requirements for food stamp recipients
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House approves work requirements for those on food stamps
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans are abandoning opposition to the Missouri Plan
          KC Star:  Missouri House votes to bar abortions after baby is capable of feeling pain X
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill restricting abortions 20 weeks after life begins
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta) wants to make it a felony to take minors out of state for abortions
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri bill would require teens under 18 to be prosecuted in juvenile court
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds inaccuracies in unemployment insurance program financial activities
          Missourinet:  Audit finds millions in potential errors of unemployment insurance benefits
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon urges Missouri Supreme Court to overturn order and allow Clean Line to move forward
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to remove roadblock to Grain Belt Express
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court hears oral arguments in fight over stalled transmission line
          Missourinet:  Measure passed by the Missouri Senate addresses industrial waste from coal power plants
          KC Star:  Proposed feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens spurs debate at Missouri DNR hearing X
          P-D:  St. Louis activist Elizabeth Vega arrested in Memphis protest;  Husky Hispanic a fixture at Ferguson/police-involved shooting/illegal-immigrant rallies X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature's food stamp work rules are worse than we thought X
          KC Star editorial:  An expanded feedlot and tons of manure do not belong near Powell Gardens X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Missouri should follow Utah on child neglect law +
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian mocks McCaskill's Beverly Hills fundraiser X
          P-D letter:  Labor lawyer opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, April 3
       
AP:  In Missouri, Senate candidate Josh Hawley walks Trump tightrope
          Missourinet:  Columbia College poli sci prof Terry Smith says GOP is wise to link President Trump to Missouri Senate race
          SNL:  MSU coed hopes gun-control rally will launch her political career;  Feminist Hannah Brashers outraged by guns and "toxic masculinity" X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) says 'right to work' would increase union jobs
          P-D:  Courtney Curtis files suit to get on Senate ballot;  Missouri Democratic Party trying to block state rep X
          Drebes:  Crystal Quade mulls state Senate run
          The Missouri Times:  Hannah Beers joins Clout Public Affairs
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about tax cuts, Ron Richard's comments, Greitens' lack of interaction with legislators, more
          AP:  Missouri measure would limit insurance company payouts
          KC Star:  With tech jobs open in KC, Missouri eyes boost to computer science in high school X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Legislation dealing with protecting children outside of the womb
          P-D:  Missouri pays another six-figure settlement in latest harassment case involving female prison guard
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers consider legislation that would allow death row inmates to donate organs
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley issues subpoena to Facebook seeking answers on data sharing
          KWMU:  Hawley subpoenas Facebook over user data
          Missourinet:  Hawley investigates if Facebook knows and shares too much about its users, Android consumers
          AP:  Hawley demands info from Facebook on data
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Missouri AG Hawley files suit against Facebook;  Photo of Hawley, taken by Jason Rosenbaum for 2016 Politically Speaking podcast, used without attribution X
          Clayton Times:  WalletHub ranks Missouri among best for ROI on state, local taxes
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Missouri can ensure election ballots are secure and every vote gets counted X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Your Missouri tax refund could be late again +
          Clayton Times op-ed:  Consumer Council of Missouri's John Coffman:  Massive political spending by Ameren pushes double-digit rate increase
          KC Star letter:  Kansas woman perturbed by seasoned citizens' letters to the editor X
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        Monday, April 2
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill defends vote against tax cuts, says pharmaceutical industry "took a $50 billion windfall"
          P-D:  McCaskill-Wagner sex trafficking bill prompts online shutdowns, controversy X
          AP:  Clean Line Energy Project turns to Gov. Jay Nixon to revive its project
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) talks about Greitens, 34th District GOP primary shenanigans, more;  Panel of Reps. Kevin Engler, Tom Hannegan, Tracy McCreery, Greg Razer talks Greitens, MONA, state budget, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  After flipping parties, Republicans want Scot Van Meter off ballot X
          Rosenbaum:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) will sue after Democrats block him from filing for state Senate seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Office of Attorney General seeks Assistant Attorney General
          AP:  Hawley warns of phone, e-mail scams seeking tax info
          Washington Missourian:  House passes DHSS budget cuts;  Agency offers no comment to three inquiries from newspaper X
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri House's restoration of higher ed cuts is good news for East Central College X
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill on hiring veterans
          AP:  Missouri House advancing bill on opioids
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) wants to crack down on payday lenders
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans crack down on mythical food stamp slackers X
          P-D editorial:  Activist legislators are trying to move the abortion debate to the Supreme Court X
          Messenger:  After Greitens targets The Satanic Temple, a lecture on the moral high ground follows X
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man attemps nonpartisan analysis of McCaskill's Beverly Hills fundraiser X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City octogenarian pleased with McCaskill vote against tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  Ron Paul supporter praises Rob Schaaf for ethics stand, endorses Clean Missouri initiative X
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        Sunday, April 1   Happy Easter!
       
April 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler:  Tax cuts are working
          JCNT:  Tax cut plan needs Senate vote X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says Eigel's tax bill is revenue-neutral
          KC Star:  GOP lawmakers look to cut taxes and fund transportation X
          SNL:  Eigel's bill would free college sororities, other social clubs from sales taxes on membership dues X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lincoln University given preferential treatment by legislators, but administrators want even more money from state;  School alumni refuse to give back to university with donations
          AP:  Missouri Senate considers banning touchscreen voting
          JCNT:  House passes amended Adrian's Island bill X
          Missourinet:  Part of Highway P in St. Charles County could be named after Waylon Jennings
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Distracted drivers a concern for MoDOT
          P-D editorial:  Lacy Clay correct to question Trump's interest in citizenship question X
          McClellan:  Many political futures wrapped up in Greitens' case X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says he is "sickened" by legislators and staff taking advantage of tuition benefits X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man suggests state invest more money in online education rather than brick-and-mortar institutions X
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        Saturday, March 31
       
Clayton Times:  Lacy Clay speaks to Clayton Democrats, says unions' anti-'right to work' campaign doesn't connect with voters
          P-D:  Labor issues will likely be a focus for Democrats in 2018 X
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Lincoln Day dinner features Luetkemeyer, others;  Curtman circulates petition to protect state monuments from historical revisionists X
          P-D:  GOP Senate candidate Austin Petersen calls for legalization of machine guns X
          Washington Missourian:  Overview of filings for federal, state offices X
          KWMU:  Overbuilt levees are raising flood risks in northeast Missouri
          P-D:  Corps' St. Louis District says all heights are correct for area's Mississippi River levees
          The Missouri Times:  Diane Franklin goes all in with $100k donation to her Senate bid
          Columbia Missourian:  Cathy Richards files for state representative as Republican;  Former Boone County Democratic official says party has been overtaken by radicals and "far-left liberals"
          CDT:  Pro-life activists rally in Columbia ahead of court hearing X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  Weekly update on events in ongoing saga:  Rex Burlison and the jury of peers
          Drebes:  Greitens makes a handful of appointments to boards and commissions
          Missourinet:  Hawley to announce investigation involving a major tech company on Wednesday
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers advance state budget and several other bills after returning from spring break
          AP:  In-home budget cuts affect fewer than 400 senior citizens, handicapped
          Missourinet:  Richard, Kehoe share thoughts on Eigel's tax package
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) wants accused rapists to lose parental rights but still pay child support
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Air Conservation Commission looks to rescind nine obsolete, out-of-date rules
          SNL:  Cops swarm to scene at News-Leader parking lot;  Man on probation for dope drives 49 in a 25 with suspended license, curses police;  Criminal's girlfriend blames racism X
          JCNT editorial:  Federal budget could help Lincoln University X
          P-D editorial briefs:  McCaskill vs. Clinton;  Missouri GOP wrong on foam cups, drunk driving, and statues X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers don't need Greitens;  Legislature doing quite well under Ron Richard and Todd Richardson X
          KC Star editorial:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, other lawmakers shouldn't benefit from college courses on the public's dime X
          Washington Examiner's Emily Jashinsky:  Hawley campaign highlights anniversary of McCaskill's vote against Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man praises Clay and Wagner for supporting anti-poverty program, wants Wagner to support gun control X
          KC Star letter:  Prairie Village trucking company responds to anti-trucking op-ed X
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        Friday, March 30
       
KCUR:  Area illegals fear enforcement of immigration laws;  Advocacy group claims nearly 20,000 anchor babies live in KC area
          JCNT:  Missouri River Regional Library hosts discussion on immigration policy X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Americans for Farmers and Families launches project to protect ag from trade retaliation;  Former Rep. Casey Guernsey (R) spearheads effort
          St. Joseph News-Press:  With November victory, Sam Graves will set record for 6th District terms X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Graves talks guns, border wall and Trump X
          Clayton Times:  Lacy Clay to speak at Clayton Township Democrats monthly meeting
          SE Missourian:  Lincoln Day dinner speaker Alveda King injured, won't attend;  Pro-life advocate Gianna Jensen will headline instead +
          JCNT:  Mollie Freebairn to try again for state Senate;  Democrat came within eighty (80) points of victory in 2014 nail-biter X
          Drebes:  Patricia Churchill to rep Missouri Supreme Court
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Treasurer Eric Schmitt touts loan program for small businesses
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Schmitt's new lending program cuts red tape for small business owners
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers honor scores of Vietnam Veterans X
          The Missouri Times:  In Fox News interview, Hawley calls situation with Greitens 'very grave'
          JCNT:  Special House committee investigating Greitens meets at Capitol X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves $28 billion budget after Bourbon virus takes center stage
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends $28 billion budget to the Senate
          AP:  House GOP budget boosts funding for early education
          P-D:  Missouri House sends its budget to the Senate X
          KC Star:  Education wins in House budget X
          Missourinet:  House debate shows diverse views on sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to tax cut proposal
          AP:  Senate leaders express concerns about plan to overhaul state's taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Senate votes to lower cap on historic tax credits
          SNL:  Citing Greene County's legal bills, Senate votes to give more power to state auditor X
          Columbia Missourian:  Opioid, marijuana legislation making its way through Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  General Assembly rolls back restrictions on college degree programs
          SE Missourian:  Dicamba lawsuits will play out in Cape courtroom +
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Statue of Truman should replace Francis Preston Blair Jr. in Statuary Hall X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Senate makes the same insane tax-cut mistake, hopes for different result X
          KCUR's Dan Margolies:  State of Missouri pays the price for trying to undermine Obamacare
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights septuagenarian urges sophisticated St. Louis liberal youths to educate rural hayseeds about benefits of gun control X
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        Thursday, March 29
       
KC Star:  McCaskill asked black leaders to push back on criticism of her campaign. No one would. X
          Politico:  Obama will appear at McCaskill fundraiser in Beverly Hills
          P-D:  GOP rejoices in news of McCaskill-Obama Beverly Hills party X
          KWMU:  Local National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency leader prepares for new headquarters and more demand for analysis
          Drebes:  Freedom, Inc. fined by Missouri Ethics Commission for botching disclosures on 741 expenditures for 21 campaigns
          P-D:  Greitens goes on offense with new radio ad
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer addresses gathering in Moberly
          The Missouri Times:  Unions rally against 'right to work' at Capitol
          JCNT:  Unions rally against 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Unions rally at Capitol against 'right to work'
          KWMU:  Unions rally against 'right to work,' other bills
          JCNT:  General Laws Committee hears from Rowden, 'right to work' supporters X
          SNL:  Popular Missouri income tax deduction will probably double next year X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate gives initial approval to Eigel's massive tax overhaul measure
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to sweeping tax plan
          P-D:  Missouri Senate passes massive tax-cut package
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate passes income-tax cut X
          KWMU:  Missouri House finishes amending state budget;  vote scheduled today
          P-D:  Gas-tax hike receiving renewed attention from Missouri lawmakers
          JCNT:  MoDOT prepares for 9-bridge repair project X
          The Missouri Times:  Per Rule 47, arbitration bill shelved
          KWMU:  GOP bill would require specific signage at schools where teachers carry firearms
          KC Star:  Bill from Rep. Shawn Rhoades (R-West Plains) would expand right-to-carry areas X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun debate heats up
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AARP pushes for Franklin's CARE Act to aid family caregivers
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden's sports-betting bill advances out of committee
          KC Star:  Bill from Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would help first-time home buyers X
          P-D editorial:  Court ruling frees "retirement investors [sic]" to profit against clients' best interests;  Rep. Ann Wagner wrong to fight regulatory overreach X
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers consider reversing post-Ferguson court reforms passed just three years ago X
          SNL editorial:  Missouri has processes to hold officials accountable. They just don't work. X
          P-D letter:  Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition thanks Blunt for preserving incentives for adoption X
          KC Star letters:  Springfield septuagenarian expresses resentment over young people's "overpriced, fancy phones," says Missouri legislators will put olds and the handicapped in dog shelters;  KC septuagenarian says the 250 voters registered at gun-control rally will flip control of Congress and the Missouri Legislature X
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        Wednesday, March 28
       
The Missouri Times:  Candidate filing ends:  Comprehensive list of all candidates for Missouri's state and federal offices
          KWMU:  No big last-minute surprises as Missouri's candidate filing ends
          JCNT:  Democrats running against incumbent Republican congressmen sign "Our Promise to America" document, use imaginations to describe a world in which they are winners X
          CDT:  Missouri Democrats take realistic view of November success, accept fate as legislative minority;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says 2018 will be "rebuilding" year X
          AP:  Overview of federal, state candidate filings
          SNL:  McCaskill calls for 'common-sense gun safety' at MSU forum X
          P-D:  Clay blasts Dept. of Commerce decision to add citizenship question to 2020 Census, says asking about legal status is "racist"
          SE Missourian:  Naturalization ceremony to take place in April +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mid-week update:  Judge Rex Burlison's wise decision, Greitens' team political and legal strategy, Ike Turner Republicans, much more
          KWMU:  Jefferson County could be canary in coal mine for Missouri GOP
          Missourinet:  Unions to bus in members for anti-'right to work' rally at Capitol today
          Drebes:  Kids Win Missouri seeks director of policy and advocacy
          The Missouri Times:  Budget perfected:  House restores proposed cuts to education, agrees to tuition cap with universities
          SNL:  House, university leaders strike deal to restore Greitens' cuts to colleges X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM stands to get $14 million in exchange for a 1 percent tuition cap
          AP:  Missouri House, state schools work out funding deal
          Missourinet:  Agreement between schools and legislature to boost funding for higher education
          P-D:  House moving to restore proposed cuts to education X
          P-D freelancer Virginia Young:  Missouri legislators can go to school on the state's dime X
          Missourinet:  Budget moving to House floor restores some funding for MoDOT
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawsuit limits earn favor in state legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Curtman's bill legalizing industrial hemp approved by Senate committee
          Missourinet:  MetroLink officials tell Missouri lawmakers they need a dedicated transit police force
          The Missouri Times:  Five expedited Certificate of Needs approved
          KWMU:  How Missouri is making it easier to transfer college credits
          SE Missourian:  Hawley broadens inquiry into Mississippi County jail +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans taking needed steps to lift veil of government secrecy X
          P-D editorial:  Judge Rex Burlison eases concerns about his impartiality in the Greitens case X
          KC Star's Tod Palmer:  State Senate candidate Hillary Shields (D), Lee's Summit students are local heroes in fight for gun control X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Bag Head's not dead yet;  Sexagenarian columnist imagines conversation between himself and fictitious Jheri-curl adorned grifter regarding guns and other hot topics X
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        Tuesday, March 27
       
KWMU:  McCaskill calls for more federal attention to rising drug prices
          SNL:  In Springfield speech, Blunt praises Trump's results and splits with him on trade X
          SNL:  Video:  Blunt on omnibus spending bill, gun-control marches, Kudlow, transportation funding, more X
          The Missouri Times:  As Clinton unfavorability in Missouri hits 62 percent, Missouri Rising pins McCaskill to Clinton
          Missourinet:  Hawley ad links McCaskill to Clinton ripping Trump voters
          The Missouri Times:  Walsh happy with November date for 'right to work' vote
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-corporate ag group leader garners ethics complaint for not registering as lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 19, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Judge denies Greitens' defense team's request for trial by judge
          KWMU:  Jury will hear felony trial of Greitens
          Missourinet:  Greitens trial will be decided by a jury, not a judge
          Missourinet:  Judge rejects request by Greitens' legal team to dismiss felony case
          AP:  Judge lets indictment of Greitens go forward
          JCNT:  1965 ruling backs judge's trial-by-jury decision in Greitens' case X
          P-D:  Judge denies motion to dismiss Greitens case X
          P-D:  Greitens' appointment czar quietly left administration in January X
          Drebes:  Missouri tax policy could use a guy like Joel Walters
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers set to begin hammering out a budget plan
          P-D:  Missouri House endorses abortion ban for unborn babies older than 20 weeks X
          Missourinet:  House gives initial approval to ban most abortions after 20 weeks
          P-D:  New mothers grappling with addiction could get more help getting clean in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Bills to strengthen Sunshine Law heard in committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Sunshine Law would get stronger enforcement under new bill
          KC Star:  After actions by Greitens, lawmakers take up bills to bolster open records laws X
          Missourinet:  Curtman:  Industrial hemp bill would "keep Missouri economic development dollars in Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  Roden unsuccessful in adding 'Champ's Law' as amendment to service dog bill
          KWMU:  Some rural Missouri schools contract with private security firm to teach teachers proper firearms use
          Columbia Missourian:  Update on utility legislation
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers to honor Vietnam veterans Thursday X
          Missourinet:  House committee considers bill with consequences for racial profiling by police
          P-D editorial:  Hawley puts needed distance between himself and Greitens X
          KC Star letters:  Gun-control march reaction:  Teenage girl detests NRA and the "pit" of America;  Septuagenarian woman dislikes "horrible" NRA X
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        Monday, March 26
       
The Hill:  On MSNBC, McCaskill distances herself from Hillary Clinton
          Washington Examiner:  McCaskill slams Hillary Clinton:  She needs to respect all Americans, 'not just the ones who voted for her'
          Washington Missourian:  Feds' new bill would boost military here;  Blunt secures hundreds of millions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Effect of federal tax law could extend to other utilities X
          Columbia Missourian:  At "Wine, Women and Words" event, Black Women with Voices endorse Renee Hoagenson (D) over Vicky Hartzler;  Group members read poems about fried chicken, gardening, other spellbinding imagery
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks prevailing wage, choosing when to filibuster, Greitens, more;  Panel of Aaron Baker, Angela Bingaman, Joe Patterson, Pat White talk prevailing wage, McCaskill vs. Hawley, more
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about cracking down on dark money, heroin, Greitens and Missouri Ethics Commission vacancies, more
          Columbia Missourian:  The dark-money battle over 'right to work':  Business groups vs. "We are Missouri"
          Missourinet:  Court documents outline strategy of Greitens' defense team and St. Louis City prosecutors
          The Missouri Times:  Coalition of media organizations calls for broadcast coverage of Greitens trial
          AP:  Missouri Legislature resumes work amid investigations
          AP:  Bill targets lawsuits in 'plaintiff-friendly' St. Louis City
          AP:  Missouri workplace bill dies amid "#metoo" trend
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate bill would phase out most electronic voting machines
          SNL:  United Healthcare Foundation report:  Too many Missouri women drinking to excess and doing drugs, as well as smoking while pregnant X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill and Wagner battle sex trafficking on Backpage - and score a bipartisan win X
          KC Star letter:  Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri praises Democratic prosecutor Kim Gardner, insists that Greitens will be treated fairly X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man dislikes Elijah Haahr's tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman talks pot brownies, wants Missouri lawmakers to be "a little less uptight" about marijuana X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man notes Post-Dispatch hypocrisy in bashing Facebook while requiring commenters to log into Facebook X
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        Sunday, March 25
       
P-D:  Thousands march in downtown St. Louis for gun control;  McCaskill poses for selfies X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Black Lives Matter activists pound African drums, shout during separate "silent protest" X
          KWMU:  Gun-control rally photo gallery:  Lacy Clay primary opponent Cori Bush attempts to march near incumbent;  Youth raise "Black Power" fists;  More
          KC Star:  Gun-control rally in KC draws thousands;  Pro-2nd Amendment attendee draws "rebukes and stares" X
          SNL:  Former Gov. Bob Holden (D) headlines Springfield gun-control rally X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  "Hey, NRA, Stop Being a DICK," other efficacious signs X
          CDT:  Residents march for gun control X
          Columbia Missourian:  Students lead march for gun control
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Student holds sign blaming "complissit [sic]" legislators;  Caucasoid senior citizen sports Kangol hat; more
          SNL:  Blunt, Long, Greitens speak at Greene County Lincoln Day event;  Hawley attends St. Louis County Lincoln Day X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Sen. Roy Blunt talks with state Senate candidate Eric Burlison, more X
          SNL:  Auditor Galloway, Greene County saga becomes campaign issue for GOP state auditor candidates X
          Drebes:  Former Sen. Rita Days (D) to run for mayor of Bel-Nor
          Washington Missourian:  Preview:  Second half of Missouri legislative session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Industrial hemp bill to be discussed tomorrow
          KC Star:  Medical boards don't post disciplinary actions from other states;  KC doctor was sued 13 times in Illinois X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri's roads, bridges may have to become worse before federal and state legislators do anything X
          Horrigan:  U.S. Senate matchup likely to pit private-school product Josh Hawley versus "Country Claire" McCaskill
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield):  Preserve NAFTA to help agricultural producers X
          SNL op-ed:  Ron Fitzwater:  McCaskill, Blunt have opportunity to help stop opioid overdoses X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield):  Real payday loan reform X
          Sanchez:  Profile:  Cheryl Pilate, attorney for murderer Russell Bucklew X
          KC Star op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  We don't need larger semi-trucks on Missouri roads X
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        Saturday, March 24
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  A look at who voted "Yes" and "Not" [sic] X
          KWMU:  Rural schools getting their cut of federal logging revenue again
          KWMU:  Event promo:  "March for Our Lives" gun-control rally
          KC Star:  Event promo:  "March for Our Lives" gun-control rally X
          Missourinet:  Gun-control groups plan marches in eight Missouri cities today
          SNL:  Springfield school walkouts:  Area girl calling herself "Aaron" says she will shoot NRA;  Counterprotests feature patriotic students waving American flags, vowing to make America safe again X
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  What a federal court's ruling on "dark money" means for Missouri
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  Weekly update on events in ongoing saga
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley confirms 15 subpoenas issued in The Mission Continues investigation
          The Missouri Times:  With subpoena power, Hawley would reopen Confide investigation
          KWMU:  Hawley steps up pressure in The Mission Continues inquiry
          Missourinet:  Hawley calls on those subpoenaed to cooperate in Greitens investigation
          P-D:  Hawley's office has issued subpoenas in investigation of Greitens' veterans charity X
          KWMU:  Gardner alleges Greitens could have used text-erasing app in invasion of privacy case
          Faughn:  Updating the players in the Greitens investigation
          Messenger:  Of judges, appearances of impropriety and Gov. Eric Greitens:  A tale of two cases
          P-D:  Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (D):  Greitens used message-destroying app in invasion of privacy case X
          KC Star:  Prosecutors seek to disqualify Greitens' defense team ahead of his felony trial X
          Drebes:  Ethics complaints against Rep. Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights) dismissed
          JCNT:  Greitens reports possible Blind Pension Fund fraud X
          AP:  Hundreds of licensed Missouri drivers receive blind benefits
          KWMU:  Preview:  Second half of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Democrats preview second half of session;  Thoughts from House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          KC Star:  Marriage-bill advocacy series:  Missouri seeks to toughen child bride law X
          CDT op-ed:  "Phil [sic] Brooks":  The decline of committee hearings X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau physician Richard Martin:  Medical marijuana legislation is a bad idea +
          KC Star letter:  Salisbury farmer glad Blunt, others understand value of NAFTA to Missouri's ag community X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur):  Gun background checks make sense X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian wants Legislature to beef up no-call list enforcement X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Earth Day's Jennifer DeRose:  Time for Legislature to support ban on Styrofoam X
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        Friday, March 23
       
KC Star:  McCaskill undecided on Mike Pompeo as secretary of state X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says metal tariffs will hurt Missouri's manufacturing and agriculture industries
          SNL:  Hawley ad tying McCaskill to Clinton draws praise from Rush Limbaugh X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley's office pushes back against criticism from Democratic lawyers
          CDT:  At hearing, Hartzler highlights Russian troll attack during MU race agitation X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler:  Americans "need to wake up" to nefarious efforts of Russian Twitter trolls
          KC Star:  New census numbers show Kansas City holding ground, St. Louis slipping X
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 2 provision barring businesses from contributing to their own PACs being challenged in court
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  State auditor candidate series:  Nicole Galloway offers election preview:  "I am tough and I am thorough"
          KC Star:  Republicans may move 'right to work' election to August X
          KWMU:  Missouri Ethics Commission in limbo without a quorum
          Missourinet:  Ex-husband of Greitens' lover seeks order of protection from the governor
          P-D:  Top Greitens aides say legal woes are not a distraction
          KWMU:  Schmitt seeks to make state loan program more accessible
          KC Business Journal:  Missouri revamps loan program to better support small businesses, farmers
          Missourinet:  Schmitt launches program to help expand small businesses and farms
          JCNT:  Efforts to changes state's employee culture moving forward X
          KC Star:  Bill from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would protect whistleblowing professors at Missouri universities X
          Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action, other groups recruiting students for gun-control march;  Student "organizer" says Saturday traipse will help candidates "clean of NRA money"
          SNL:  Students hold gun-control rally;  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), local elected officials sit through lectures from teenagers X
          Columbia Missourian:  'How a bill becomes a law' series:  Overview
          Columbia Missourian:  'How a bill becomes a law' series:  Drafting a bill
          Columbia Missourian:  'How a bill becomes a law' series:  Legislative hearings
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation investigating after white pelicans shot X
          Missourinet:  Nasheed asks HUD secretary to come to Missouri for emergency meeting on Clinton Peabody
          P-D:  Nasheed, Franks lead protest over public housing project's living conditions
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri not doing enough to protect elections from foreign meddling X
          CDT editorial:  Let free market decide University of Missouri's tuition X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri prisons shouldn't come equipped with revolving doors
          P-D's Raasch:  McCaskill, Blunt, Hawley camps give statements on Cambridge Analytica
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man sides with lawmakers versus DHSS over Bourbon virus data X
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        Thursday, March 22
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill touts passing of bill targeting sex trafficking +
          P-D:  Long fight against online sex trafficking for McCaskill, Wagner culminates in Senate passage
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt race to avoid sending federal workers home from looming shutdown
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate Tony Monetti talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about his military service, support for more significant tax cuts, more
          Drebes:  Rex Returns:  Sinquefield tosses $250k to Missouri Club for Growth, could play in McCaskill race
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Democrats to attend St. Louis gun-control rally Saturday +
          SNL:  Mystery Springfield statehouse candidate says his main concern in eugenic sterilization;  Dennis Lee Chilton says running as a Democrat meant enduring too much "crap" X
          KWMU:  Census Bureau:  St. Louis no longer among the top 20 most populous metro areas
          P-D:  St. Louis region falls out of the Top 20 metros in the U.S.
          KWMU:  Judge in Greitens' case will not speed up trial date
          P-D:  St. Louis judge keeps May 14 trial date in Greitens case
          AP:  Experts:  Plenty of reasons for Greitens to seek bench trial
          JCNT:  Six Democratic lawyers challenge Hawley's 'Confide' investigation X
          JCNT:  Parson splits with Greitens on sports complex tax credits X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) talks rural broadband
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  March 21, 2018
          KWMU:  Judge finds St. Louis County public defenders have unconstitutionally high caseloads;  ACLU also sued state in federal court last year
          SNL:  Condemned man still wants Missouri to kill him with gas instead of needles X
          SNL:  Galloway renews call for Greene County audit X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri GOP attacks the poor by saying no cigarettes, booze with welfare money X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri earns A+ for adult education X
          KC Star editorial:  Community theater is not sufficient community service in death of Brandon Ellingson X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Claire McCaskill:  Combatting sex trafficking and stopping the next Backpage
          KC Star letters:  KC man thinks students' class-skipping will "make a difference" to GOP legislators;  Lee's Summit man says MO DNR ignores the rights of local residents X
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        Wednesday, March 21
       
KWMU:  Hundreds of veterans in Missouri lost out on care at non-VA facilities, report says
          SNL:  Missouri to get $28 million in federal funding for conservation, outdoor recreation X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  DESE seeks government affairs coordinator
          P-D:  Obituary:  Visitation, funeral arrangements for Rep. Cloria Brown
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt announces Missouri FIRST initiative to help small businesses and farmers
          KY3:  Schmitt promotes loan program in Springfield
          SNL:  Lifting limits on small-business loans will spur economy, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says X
          JCNT:  State program overhaul to benefit farmers, small business owners X
          JCNT:  Galloway launches second audit into income tax refunds process X
          SNL:  Hawley's office:  'Not unusual' that Greitens' lawyer monitored staff's Confide interviews X
          KWMU:  Greitens' attorneys say prosecutor misled grand jurors about the law
          AP:  Greitens attorneys:  No evidence photo was transmitted
          Missourinet:  Greitens' attorneys question whether key photo exists
          KWMU:  A closer look at the House committee that wields power over Greitens' future
          Missourinet:  Dixon overhauling bill to bring LGBT and religious freedom groups together
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rural broadband bill passes out of House
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Senate passes industrial hemp bill
          Missourinet:  Anti-payday-loan group supports bill capping interest
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to let students skip class Friday for gun-control rally X
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court grants second stay of execution for Russell Bucklew
          Missourinet:  Prosecutor calls murderer who escapes execution a "homicidal Energizer bunny"
          KC Star:  U.S. Supreme Court halts execution of Russell Bucklew at last minute X
          AP:  Bucklew gets second stay of execution from high court
          JCNT editorial:  Raise the age for juvenile criminals - it's the right thing to do X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Big shift in remedial higher ed courses at Missouri's state schools X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Basye, Cornejo and some Democrats are wrong on gun control
          Jensen:  Gun control won't solve gun violence;  Comment from MSU coed raises questions about who is to judge "bad guns" and "bad people" +
          P-D letter:  Coalition to Protect the Missouri River calls Messenger's column 'divisive'
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wants more state government regulation of opioids
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas passes judgment on Missouri budget decisions +
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        Tuesday, March 20
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt, other senators keep pressure on Trump over Renewable Fuel Standard
          Missourinet:  Missouri Catholic policy group supports bill to protect pro-life health providers
          JCNT:  'Growing Pains' star charms at Vitae Foundation event X
          The Missouri Times:  In campaign ad, Hawley highlights McCaskill's support of Hillary Clinton
          KC Star:  NRSC event tomorrow will raise money for Hawley X
          KWMU:  Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County) dies after battle with cancer
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians mourn passing of Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson:  "Missouri has lost a humble public servant in Cloria Brown"
          SNL:  Dee Wampler's 10-year-old granddaughter dies after public battle with cancer X
          CDT:  Friends, family remember Lizzy Wampler X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Republican Party seeks administrative assistant
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mini-profiles of local activist youths:  Coed pushing gun control, Black Lives Matter/girl power/LGBTQIA* teen, pro-life Catholic Caucasoid male
          Clayton Times:  Greitens defense team wants to move up trial date
          KWMU:  Greitens' defense team looks to speed up trial - again
          P-D:  Greitens wants trial to start in two weeks and will ask for judge, not jury, to hear case
          AP:  Greitens wants criminal trial moved up to April 3
          KC Star:  Subpoenas issued as part of investigation of Greitens' use of charity donor list X
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans could move 'right to work' vote to August
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Henderson (R-Bonne Terre) wants to ban texting-while-driving in Missouri's school zones
          SE Missourian:  Judge rejects government defendants' arguments in personal-injury lawsuit +
          Missourinet:  Former Missourinet news director Bob Priddy to be inducted into Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame
          Missourinet:  Three options remain for Missouri man scheduled to be executed today
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians can't trust Hawley investigation into Greitens' use of text-destroying app X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri taxpayers deserve more from SNAP recipients abusing the system X
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  Turning pupils into protesters;  Students used as pawns for anti-Trump and anti-NRA liberals +
          KC Star op-ed:  Abortionist Colleen McNicholas:  Missouri's pro-life health clinics must be shut down X
          KC Star's Allison Kite:  Missouri Republicans' budget cuts are punishing your grandma X
          KC Star letter:  Anti-death-penalty group applauds Star's anti-death-penalty editorial X
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        Monday, March 19
       
Politico:  In Missouri and other key states, Republicans bet their Senate majority on Trump
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Charles), Gregg Keller, Mark Dalton, JP Johnson on U.S. Senate race, Haahr's tax cut plan, Greitens and MEC, more
          SNL:  Local officials don't know Springfield candidate who registered as Republican and Democrat X
          P-D:  Halftime report:  Despite Greitens distraction, Missouri Legislature moving forward on key priorities
          Missourinet:  Richardson is hopeful Missouri House will decide on transportation funding solution by May
          P-D:  EPA extends rebates to Missouri schools for cleaner bus upgrades
          SNL:  Activists plan gun-control event Friday;  MSU coed says policy goal is "not to take away all your guns," just "the bad ones" X
          Missourinet:  Still on Missouri Legislature's agenda:  Seat belt law, texting-while-driving, boat dock safety
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Business reporters David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher talk changes at the St. Louis Regional Chamber
          AP:  Bucklew execution scheduled for tomorrow
          Missourinet:  Bucklew set to be executed tomorrow
          P-D editorial:  Immigration officials should give illegal aliens in Missouri a break
          P-D editorial:  It's time for Mike Parson to replace Eric Greitens as governor
          KC Star editorial:  Abolish the death penalty in Missouri X
          KC Star's editorial:  Why Greitens should halt tomorrow's execution of a guilty man X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Courageous St. Louis women take on the gun lobby;  Come support "March for Our Lives" and attend the next Moms Demand Action meeting
          Messenger:  Corporate donations drive Missouri push to limit residents' access to courts
          P-D letter:  Archdiocese maintains opposition to death penalty
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        Sunday, March 18
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Drebes:  Stacy Reliford going to Pfizer
          P-D:  Democrats called his Greitens investigation a 'sham.' Now, the investigator is defending himself.
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks about lack of quorum on Ethics Commission
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers, DHSS battle over Bourbon virus data
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks gas tax, diesel tax
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindall Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks benefits of prevailing wage bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri prisoners to receive smart tablets X
          Washington Missourian:  Students split on gun issues;  Some call for gun control, others want teachers to be able to carry firearms X
          P-D:  Rockwood sixth-grader repeats as winner of Post-Dispatch spelling bee;  Minority female chooses to study hard, achieves goal
          Missourinet:  Bill would make theatre in Arrow Rock the state's official theatre
          CDT:  Galloway's office releases report on civil seizures X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri River flooding:  Not nature, the Corps to blame X
          Waters:  Columbia Public Schools handled school walk-outs correctly X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society supports Schupp's bill on "surprise billing"
          P-D letter:  University City woman upset about decision to live in a state that is "gun-obsessed"
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        Saturday, March 17   Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
       
The Monett Times:  District reps for McCaskill, Blunt, Long talks tariffs, banking bill, gun control at Chamber breakfast;  Fitzpatrick talks state budget, higher ed funding, more
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley becomes latest Republican target for a Democratic ethics complaint
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  American Cancer Society seeks Missouri government relations director
          SNL:  Hawley's office didn't challenge Greitens' executive privilege claim, fearing backfire X
          JCNT:  Assistant AG defends Sunshine probes X
          KWMU:  As the Greitens World Turns:  Miniseries hosted by Mannies & Rosenbaum recaps the week in gubernatorial drama
          KWMU:  Halftime arrives for Missouri 2018 legislative session
          Washington Missourian:  State committee votes for cuts to DHSS budget over Bourbon virus reporting X
          Missourinet:  House to debate Haahr tax bill after Spring Break
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House supports bill cracking down on welfare abuse
          Washington Missourian:  Twin Bi-State Development bills moving quickly through Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  House approves Gregory's bill for state to regulate amateur MMA, kickboxing
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill pushes for mental health services, active shooter training in schools
          Missourinet:  Holiday weekend includes statewide Missouri State Highway Patrol enforcement
          AP:  Activists seek release of inmate Bobby Bostic;  Budding criminal and pal robbed and shot at a group delivering presents for the needy, then carjacked and sexually assaulted a woman, then celebrated with a dope party
          P-D editorial briefs:  Greitens and Missouri Ethics Commission;  GOP crackdown on welfare recipients' frivolous spending
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri may legalize sports betting X
          CDT editorial:  Wendy Noren was a legend X
          KC Star's Max Londberg:  Bobby Bostic should be freed from jail X
          SNL letter:  Joplin feminist angry over Dixon's support of faith-based pregnancy resource centers X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Faucett man urges lawmakers to keep historic tax credits X
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        Friday, March 16
       
P-D:  Democrat lawyer Jane Dueker says Hawley broke the law by not disclosing free legal services he received
          KWMU:  Attorneys for Greitens say they still don't have photo at center of felony case
          SNL:  Greitens gets to choose the people who will investigate him for an ethics violation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators not happy about lame duck Ethics Commission, suggest Lt. Gov. Mike Parson make MEC appointments
          The Missouri Times:  Before losing quorum, Missouri Ethics Commission selects new chair and vice chair
          JCNT:  Senators discuss options without active Ethics Commission X
          AP:  Lawmakers voice concerns about Ethics Commission
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate weighing options for MEC
          P-D:  After complaint, Greitens choosing ethics committee is a "constitutional crisis," Dixon says
          SNL:  NYU Law School report:  Greitens' nonprofit an example of 'secret cash' trend X
          P-D:  Profile:  Lobbyist Edens Davis
          P-D:  Greitens visits Cherokee Street shop whose owner is being harassed for supporting police
          Missourinet:  Spring Break update:  Mid-session comments from Speaker Todd Richardson, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty
          Missourinet:  Missouri House members deliver on threat to cut health department over virus info
          The Missouri Times:  Kolkmeyer's venue and joinder bill moving to Senate
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward on rural broadband grant program
          KWMU:  Senate discusses legislation to bring broadband to rural Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Grant to improve Missouri broadband access passes House
          AP:  House votes to stiffen penalties for welfare fraud
          KWMU:  Some Missouri schools allow teachers to carry firearms to protect themselves, students
          Washington Missourian:  Bill would raise juvenile court age
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate approves bill on industrial hemp
          KWMU:  House Democrats pushing bill to ban foreign ownership of Missouri farmland
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Leadership vacuum:  Response to state employee survey story from SNL's Will Schmitt X
          JCNT editorial:  Senate takes first step toward fixing state roads, bridges X
          KC Star editorial:  GOP lawmaker wrong to want to install porn-blocking software on computers X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill "helped shape" a very bad banking bill X
          Messenger:  Landmark ruling cements flooding reality:  The Missouri River needs room to roam
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  New limits on food stamps will hurt children X
          P-D letter:  Teenage girl who skipped class in name of gun-control activism says playing hooky was "amazing and inspiring"
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        Thursday, March 15
       
KWMU:  Trump touches down in St. Louis to bolster Hawley's Senate bid
          P-D:  At Boeing roundtable, Trump hears about benefits of his tax overhaul package
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Trump visit
          AP:  Trump visits Missouri
          Washington Post:  In St. Louis speech, Trump pokes fun at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, describes negotiations
          KWMU:  Landowners win suit against Army Corps of Engineers for Missouri River flood damage
          KC Star:  Judge says Corps of Engineers is responsible for damaging floods along Missouri River X
          AP:  Judge:  Corps responsible for flooding on Missouri River
          P-D:  Man investigating Greitens affair was himself investigated by the FBI for bigamy
          SNL:  Complaint alleges Greitens lied to Missouri Ethics Commission about donor list X
          AP:  New complaint from Roy Temple cites Greitens' use of charity resources
          The Missouri Times:  Uncertainty surrounds Greitens' legal defense as lobbyist gift from former 'at no cost' attorneys
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes confirms subpoenas have been used in investigation
          Missourinet:  Barnes updates reporters about Missouri House committee investigating Greitens' indictment
          JCNT:  Barnes:  House investigative committee "on track" X
          KWMU:  Committee investigating Greitens indictment has issued subpoenas, but other details scant
          CDT:  No deal on tuition freeze as House panel reviews budget X
          The Missouri Times:  Still waiting on tuition freeze deal, House committee signs off on budget bills
          SNL:  House lawmakers carve out funding for Springfield medical campus, pharmacy school X
          Drebes:  Background on Carol Jones, her Capitol lobbyists and why they're trying to block HB 1650
          KWMU:  Advocates see Missouri case as the next frontier in juvenile sentencing reform
          JCNT:  Communications workers bring state employee complaints to Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  House bill divides Berry's utility bill in two, gives initial approval
          The Missouri Times:  Organizations call on Legislature to pass utility rate caps, House moving forward with bills
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Utility legislation moves further than previous years in Missouri with passage of House bill;  Comments from Rep. "Peter Meredith [sic]"
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Marriage-bill advocacy series:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) supported by U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, House Speaker Pro Tem "Elijah Haar [sic]" X
          Clayton Times:  Clayton High School senior one of three students in the world to land perfect score on AP chemistry test;  Tong Zhao chooses to work hard, achieves success
          KWMU:  Anti-gun protests give area students reason to skip class
          SE Missourian:  Local students skip class in name of activism +
          P-D:  Local class-skipping activities include school assemblies, 'die-ins,' other free time
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Teen girl weeps, leans on male shoulder for support;  Other dramatic adolescent-angst shots
          CDT:  Hundreds of students get free time for walk-out X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photos:  Students laugh, joke during walkout free time
          KWMU:  Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds race-conflict series heaquartered in St. Louis;  Diversity champions took no-whites-need-apply approach to hiring for series on "intersection of race, identify and culture"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Smelter is big news, important economically to region +
          KC Star editorial:  Why is Greitens leaving the Missouri Ethics Commission to languish? X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Josh Hawley launches the Senate campaign we don't need;  GOP candidate must stop deriding "elites on the coasts" X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian wonders:  What if Eric Greitens is innocent? X
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        Wednesday, March 14
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley kicks off U.S. Senate campaign;  Trump to appear with GOP hopeful tonight
          KWMU:  Trump visit expected to bolster bank account, and hopes, of Josh Hawley
          Rosenbaum:  Hawley banking on Trump helping his campaign against McCaskill
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Trump comes to St. Louis for his third Missouri presidential visit;  Comments from Hawley consultant "Bradd [sic] Todd," 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson)
          P-D:  Hawley strikes populist stance at Chesterfield event
          SNL:  At Springfield rally, Hawley vows to take on "D.C. cartel" X
          SNL:  Hawley rally photo gallery:  Protesters hold handwritten signs with same catchphrase;  Morbidly obese protester tests strength of small folding chair;  More X
          Missourinet:  IRS:  More than $23 million in unclaimed Missouri tax refunds about to expire
          SNL:  Christian County GOP troubled by infighting X
          The Missouri Times:  Kristian Starner to join Cerner's government affairs team
          JCNT:  Pro-life movement has day in Capitol X
          The Missouri Times:  Sifton asks Galloway to investigate whether Hawley's records are open under Sunshine Law
          KC Star:  Sifton seeks investigation into Hawley's disclosure of records under Sunshine Law X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) talks Foundation Formula funding, restoring nursing home cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Full repeal of prevailing wage passes House with narrow margin
          P-D:  Repeal of prevailing wage earns bipartisan support in House
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives final passage to prevailing wage repeal, sends bill to Senate
          KWMU:  Benevolent tax credit being weighed by Missouri Senate panel
          Columbia Missourian:  Effort to create state bridge repair fund lacks one thing:  money
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New MoDOT district engineer appointed
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) talks industrial hemp legislation
          JCNT:  Senate education testimony includes local voices X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools transition process officially starts but there's no hard deadline
          SNL:  Regulatory uncertainty surrounds payday loans X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Gaming Commission official:  Your March Madness pool is illegal
          JCNT:  Clean Water Law amendment to hit House floor X
          KWMU:  Environmental regulators are trying to turn a former lead mining site back into a forest
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should make a vow:  Don't be a destination for 15-year-old brides X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri deer hunters again show their generosity X
          KC Star op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Trump tax overhaul reaps benefits for Missourians X
          Messenger:  From Jetton to Greitens, a lesson in the political perils of pride
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Public may never know who's paying Greitens' legal bills X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Conversion therapy bill doesn't go far enough
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian responds to letter about St. Louis County corruption, says corruption lies mostly with Republican Party and Greitens
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        Tuesday, March 13
       
P-D:  Another day, another U.S. Senate poll;  Gravis surveyed fewer than 1,000 Missouri voters, versus Axios' 17,000+
          The Missouri Times:  Gravis polling shows tight U.S. Senate race, Greitens disapproval at 50%
          P-D:  Gravis poll shows poor approve-disapprove number for Greitens
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Austin Petersen talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about running as a Republican, abortion, Trump tax plan, soliciting endorsements from GOP congressmen, more
          AP:  Greitens unlikely to campaign for Hawley;  Comments from SLU polisci prof/Dem consultant Ken Warren
          KC Star:  Trump's St. Louis roundtable event to focus on tax cuts;  Reformatted event to focus on workers' stories, not politicians' messages X
          The Missouri Times:  Soybean, corn associations oppose capping RINs
          CDT:  Tributes to Wendy Noren honor her work to improve elections X
          The Missouri Times:  TWIMP panel talks job, the economy and Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Dowd Bennett no longer defending Greitens in Confide lawsuit
          P-D:  Source:  Prosecutors turn over testimony of former lover and Greitens phone records to defense
          The Missouri Times:  Ways and Means passes Haahr's tax bill with 6-3 vote
          Missourinet:  House committee approves Haahr tax bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Haahr's tax package clears another hurdle in the House
          JCNT:  10-cent fuels tax increase passes first Senate hurdle X
          Missourinet:  GOP House members keep the pressure on DHSS to provide Bourbon virus numbers
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says House will restore much of Greitens' education cuts
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) discusses budget priorities, higher ed spending
          Missourinet:  House approves welfare bill;  Measure would keep those on the dole from spending taxpayer money at liquor stores, strip clubs
          P-D:  Push to allow parole officers to protect themselves with guns wavering in Legislature
          Columbia Missourian:  Supporters say House bill would help rural hospitals and clinics defend against superfluous lawsuits
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger talks omnibus ag bill, hemp legislation
          Missourinet:  Nasheed wants to consolidate all Missouri departments to state data center
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Federation of Missouri holds annual convention
          KC Star editorial:  Forget Trump's proposal. Florida gun law should be the model for Missouri. X
          P-D editorial:  A bad discrimination law prompts federal repercussions for Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kearney man dislikes length of Missouri's tax form X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood woman expresses fear of firearms in bars
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        Monday, March 12
       
SNL:  Josh Hawley will kick off Senate campaign against McCaskill with tour this week X
          P-D:  Josh Hawley kicking off Senate bid with tour tomorrow
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri official fighting for area jobs says Trump tariffs a good thing
          CDT:  Wendy Noren, longtime Boone County clerk, dies after lengthy battle with cancer X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of GOP Reps. John Wiemann and Jean Evans, Dem Reps. Brandon Ellington and Gretchen Bangert talk Trump tariffs, prevailing wage, special investigative committee, industrial hemp, more
          P-D:  Once a selling point, Greitens' charity now under microscope
          Drebes:  Greitens, opponents, Mission Continues fortify their positions
          Missourinet:  Richardson, Kendrick discuss process for Missouri House committee investigating Greitens' indictment
          JCNT:  DSS director still being overpaid X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Wide-ranging discussions at Missouri legislative day
          St. Louis Jewish Light:  Anti-"boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel" bill advances in Missouri Legislature
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill could make drug use during pregnancy a felony
          JCNT:  Arts campus in Kansas City back on legislative agenda X
          KWMU:  School districts' communications staff pen statements on planned walkouts
          SNL:  Springfield's first CBD store touts healing powers of hemp oil. Doctors, a lawyer are wary. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Annual fly-in puts St. Joseph region on D.C. agenda X
          KC Star editorial:  Weapons down:  Missouri lawmakers should curb celebratory gunfire X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Susan Pendergrass:  What's going on with high school graduation rates in Missouri?
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Form letter against asbestos legislation, "written" by Jefferson City man
          Daily Journal letter:  Form letter against asbestos legislation, verbatim language as above, "written" by Hillsboro woman
          CDT letter:  Form letter against asbestos legislation, verbatim language as above, "written" by Columbia sexagenarian X
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