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        Saturday, July 21
       
SNL:  Branson duck boat tragedy:  17 dead;  Reactions from President Donald Trump, McCaskill, Blunt X
          P-D:  At press event hours after tragedy, reporters repeatedly question Gov. Mike Parson and Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) on Missouri life preserver laws X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri pork, cattle associations endorse Hawley for U.S. Senate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosebaum analyze latest in McCaskill-Hawley, Lacy Clay vs. Cori Bush, 2nd Congressional Dem primary
          P-D:  Blunt leadership PAC has spent less than $120k since 2013;  Ann Wagner's leadership PACs spent less than $25k over three years X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  House District 97 Republicans:  Phil Amato, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, David Linton
          The Missouri Times:  Primary Preview:  House District 84 Democrats:  Brad Bakker vs. Wiley Price IV
          Drebes:  Justin Alferman empties campaign account
          Drebes:  Joe Engler leaving Vescovo's office for Sen. Mike Bernskoetter's office
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 16, 2018
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri slashes budget for awarding property restoration tax credits X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State lawmakers notice prison concerns about overstaffing X
          P-D:  St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online;  Missouri's status as one-party consent state provides cover X
          CDT endorsement:  Yes on "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature made the right move on marriage age X
          P-D editorial brief:  State Highway Patrol trooper and 2014 drowning X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Drive to feed kids gearing up at Missouri State Fair
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis octogenarian dislikes "the corporations, big banks and industrialists" and their newfangled "right to work" X
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        Friday, July 20
       
The Missouri Times:  Pence fundraises for Hawley in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Pence champions Trump, Hawley in St. Louis visit
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Jo Mannies to recap, analyze Pence visit
          Missourinet:  During St. Louis visit, Pence highlights tax cuts and Trump's performance on Russia
          P-D:  In St. Louis visit, Pence touts promises made and kept X
          P-D:  McCaskill sponsors Senate move to oppose Hawley-backed lawsuit challenging Obamacare X
          Missourinet:  MU's Peverill Squire on importance of SCOTUS vote to McCaskill's liberal base
          KWMU:  Protesters occupy ICE office downtown
          P-D:  About 70 protesters block downtown intersection, 21 arrested;  Crowd delivers persuasive immigration message by creating traffic jam, screaming in Spanish X
          P-D:  Immigration protest photo gallery:  Obese woman with buzz cut blocks car with hocks;  Androgynous human jumps on hood of moving car, makes vulgar hand gesture;  Middle-aged woman hangs Trump pinata;  Other efficacious acts X
          AP:  Six black bears killed on Missouri roads this year;  Wild animals got in path of automobiles, met painful demise
          The Missouri Times:  Trial attorney cash in the spotlight;  GOP state Senate candidate Cindy O'Laughlin, Missouri Chamber both critical of lawyers' campaign contributions
          The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  GOP candidates Jim Murphy and Ron Rammaha for the late Cloria Brown's seat
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th Senate District Democrats X
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Rep. Bill White's campaign shows candidate leading in GOP primary for Ron Richard's seat
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60 Democrats X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats fire back at Republican megadonor David Humphreys' cease-and-desist letter
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) to resign Sunday to take county government job
          SE Missourian:  Parson talks agriculture, opportunity at Farm Bureau event +
          KWMU:  Parson explains line-item vetoes in Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law intended to provide check on Anthem's ER policy
          CDT:  Criminal age raised to 18 in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 19, 2018
          SE Missourian:  Hawley's office files criminal charges in Wayne County public corruption case +
          The Missouri Times:  Audit discovery leads to AG Josh Hawley filing public corruption charges against former Greenville City Clerk
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's foolish, penny-pinching veto will put stroke, heart attack patients at risk X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton):  Missouri's education policy is failing our children, our future X
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        Thursday, July 19
       
P-D:  VP Pence to speak at forum, attend fundraiser for Hawley today +
          AP:  Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City
          KC Star:  Trump will visit KC on Tuesday to address veterans, raise money for Josh Hawley X
          AP:  Americans for Prosperity releases anti-McCaskill ads
          AP:  Democratic PAC slams Hawley again over claims against donor
          Missourinet:  Third-party ads in U.S. Senate race hit simultaneously
          P-D:  Pro- and anti-McCaskill ads hit TV, digital screens X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says Missouri would be hurt by U.S. Postal Service privatization
          P-D:  Troubled St. Louis City housing slum was at center of drug-trafficking ring, federal indictment alleges;  Area resident eats police's free ice cream handout but won't accept police's anti-crime flyer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  GOP primary for state auditor:  David Wasinger vs. Paul Curtman vs. Saundra McDowell vs. Kevin Roach
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Tony Luetkemeyer's campaign shows candidate with 9-point lead in GOP state Senate primary
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Missouri's 14th Senate District Democratic primary:  Three-way dance between Sharon Pace, Brian Williams and Joe Adams
          Drebes:  16th Senate District:  Justin Brown ad touts "rural values," protecting U.S. from illegal aliens and other anti-American types
          The Missouri Times:  Dems to take lt. gov. challenge to Missouri Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party appealing judge's decision in lawsuit involving Kehoe appointment
          AP:  Democrats appeal lt. gov. ruling
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee discusses messy managed care changes, DSS admits mistakes were made
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers blast 'bungled' rollout of controversial Medicaid amendment X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) is new House Budget Committee vice-chair
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves certificates of need for new assisted living facilities in Farmington, Lee's Summit
          KWMU:  UMSL Title IX coordinator/"Chief Equity Officer" criticizes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for emphasizing rights of the accused
          KWMU:  EPA rule to give more power to states;  Missouri environmental activists unhappy
          The Missouri Times:  Parts of northern Missouri now on drought alert
          Missourinet:  Parson places 47 Missouri counties on drought alert
          Missourinet:  Report shows car thefts on the rise in Missouri, especially urban areas
          P-D editorial:  Eric Greitens is gone, but his dark-money legacy lives on X
          P-D op-ed:  Vice President Mike Pence:  We're delivering for Missouri X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  After 30 years, time to reauthorize National Telecommunications and Information Administration X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Franklin County GOP Central Committee disagrees with state group's decision to support Josh Hawley before primary X
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        Wednesday, July 18
       
SNL:  McCaskill:  Bass Pro's boat business endangered by President Trump's aluminum tariff X
          AP:  McCaskill calls for end to trade war, cites harm to Missouri
          P-D:  Blunt, Clay weigh in on Trump and Putin X
          CDT:  Woman seeking to fill Democratic slot in 4th Congressional District holds "impromptu news conference" to criticize Hartzler, Trump X
          Columbia Missourian:  Democratic primary hopeful Renee Hoagenson asks if Hartzler is on "Team America"
          AP:  Hawley campaign spokeswoman calls Russia 'bad actor'
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 Tip Sheet:  Statewide, state Senate and House
          The Missouri Times:  End-of-quarter briefs:  Greitens, 'right to work,' state auditor, SD 34, Schupp
          AP:  Unions pour millions into Missouri to fight 'right to work'
          P-D:  New 'Nothing to See Here' investigative series:  Medical marijuana push in Missouri gets help from secret donations pouring in X
          JCNT:  Local legislative candidates release fundraising totals X
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee lambastes DHSS and Parson administration over trauma care program
          AP:  Missouri stroke, heart attack program in limbo after gubernatorial veto
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  "There will be hell to pay" if DHSS attempts budget shell game
          Missourinet:  Parson says Missouri time-critical diagnosis funding will come from DHSS budget, despite veto
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court renews Grain Belt Express with unanimous decision
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court reverses decision that blocked massive wind power line
          CDT:  Boone County officials, state lawmakers seek solution to fireworks wars;  Comments from Sen. Caleb Rowden, "Chuck Bayse [sic]" X
          AP:  Ex-trooper in handcuffed-drowning case loses officer permit
          P-D editorial:  Blunt must stand up to Trump and refuse to work with him X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers offer weak bleating after Trump drools on Putin X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Handicapping the 4th Congressional District primary:  Analysis based upon yard signs and "online posts"
          P-D op-ed:  Former union rep:  'Right to work' is a big lie X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man believes liberal group's theory that 'right to work' would hurt working people X
          KC Star letter:  ACLU's Sara Baker responds to editorial on Ferguson and municipal fines, says state lawmakers should spend more money on courts X
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        Tuesday, July 17
       
SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt critical of Trump's comments on Russia and Putin X
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt back finding of Russian interference
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation weighs in on Trump, Russia
          Missourinet:  Hartzler supports Trump's attempt to get NATO countries to boost defense spending
          P-D:  Ann Wagner releases new ad X
          KWMU:  Campaign roundup:  Ann Wagner's new ad;  State auditor finance reports;  Greitens' legal bills
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 filings:  Statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 quarterly filings:  State House
          The Missouri Times:  Parson meets with rural leaders, says he'll be supporting 'right to work' campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Missouri digital ad features Schaaf
          AP:  Greitens' campaign spent $610k on legal fees in final months
          P-D:  Campaign spending:  Highlights from Greitens, Parson reports X
          KC Star:  Greitens' campaign fund spends cash on legal fees, still has $1.1 million on hand X
          P-D:  Campaign finance report summaries:  State auditor, select local state legislative races X
          Drebes:  Jill Schupp set to roll to re-election
          AP:  John Stormer, popular conservative author who moved to Missouri in the 1950s, dies at 90
          SNL:  Lawmakers' plan to replace Thomas Hart Benton statue refers to wrong Benton, governor says X
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee hearing to focus on Medicaid reimbursement
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee to discuss time-critical diagnosis (TCD) funding today
          CDT:  Reisch unblocks constituent on Twitter, calls lawsuit "frivolous" X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should spend more money on schools X
          Priddy:  A Modest Proposal:  Eliminate all sales taxes, including Internet, to boost Missouri income tax revenue
          P-D letter:  Ballwin septuagenarian says changing state motorcycle helmet laws will encourage tourism X
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        Monday, July 16
       
SNL:  Missouri farmers see long-term benefits of trade realignment, stay optimistic through tariff hubbub X
          CDT:  Primary preview:  4th Congressional Democratic primary:  Renee Hoagenson vs. Hallie Thompson X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bernie Sanders supporters going door-to-door for liberal causes in St. Joseph X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe on working with the Parson administration, what it was like to work with Ron Richard, much more
          AP:  Missouri groups clash over "Clean Missouri" plan
          Drebes:  Humphreys vehicle winds down, sends leftover cash to HRCC
          P-D:  Supporters of time-critical diagnosis (TCD) system to attend budget hearing tomorrow in Jefferson City X
          Missourinet:  Company's scheme at Missouri hospital prompts legal action, call for federal probe;  Comments from Auditor Nicole Galloway
          SE Missourian editorial:  On local election races and paid letters X
          CDT editorial:  New tuition-hike law gives higher ed stability X
          KC Star op-ed:  Wickr platform's Audra Grassia:  Greitens misused private messaging, but secure communications are vital in government X
          KC Star influencer series:  Thoughts on universal pre-K, other education issues X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman wants McCaskill and Blunt to vote for women-and-children bill X
          P-D letter:  Labor lawyer responds to Dan Mehan letter on 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, July 15
       
P-D:  Key congressional votes for the week X
          CDT:  McCaskill, Hawley make stops in Columbia X
          P-D:  Pence to attend fundraiser for Hawley on Thursday X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of July 9, 2018
          CDT:  Movement might start soon on child-care rating system X
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections has logged 1 million hours of overtime in 2018 X
          Missourinet:  Wallethub:  Missouri's two biggest cities are poorly managed
          St. Joseph News-Press endorsement:  Yes on Proposition A, 'right to work' X
          JCNT editorial:  Have a say in hemp's future in Missouri X
          KC Star letter:  Eldon man thanks Blunt for cancer-research funding, wants Luetkemeyer to vote for bill X
          P-D letter:  Retired union carpenter accuses Mehan of wanting to "knee-cap" unions X
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian responds to Mehan op-ed on 'right to work,' says business owners seek to hurt workers in exchange for profits X
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        Saturday, July 14
       
AP:  Pence to fundraise for Hawley in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  4th Congressional District Democrats attend forum;  Renee Hoagenson and Hallie Thompson battle to fill Dem slot for Hartzler's re-election
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe
          The Missouri Times:  Proponents of fuel tax increase announce leadership team;  Dan Kleinsorge to serve as campaign manager
          P-D:  Overview:  Proposition A, the 'right to work' proposal X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum break down the 'right to work' campaigns and the GOP primary for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  GOP candidates for state auditor square off at forum, debate qualifications for the office
          Drebes:  Early fundraising numbers:  State Senate and House numbers
          Drebes:  Eric Wilson leaves Missouri Bar, joins Veterans United Home Loans
          P-D:  Parson OKs changes to prevailing wage law for construction projects X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson vetoes two bills, one resolution
          AP:  Glitch leads to veto of Truman statue swap
          AP:  Parson signs bill to raise marriage age in Missouri
          KC Star:  Parson signs law banning marriage of 15-year-olds X
          KWMU:  Watkins wants a different judge for contempt claim against him in Greitens case
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies analyzes former Gov. Greitens' latest legal issues
          P-D:  Missouri prison guard loses harassment suit against state X
          Messenger:  Former inmates point to Missouri prison guard and say #MeToo X
          KC Star letters:  Kansas woman wants McCaskill to vote 'No' on Kavanaugh;  KC octogenarian expresses anger at Pence and support for McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  American Cervid Alliance says MO Dept. of Conservation shows bias with deer-farm regulations X
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        Friday, July 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill heavily outspending Hawley as U.S. Senate contest heats up
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Blame President Trump for intensity of McCaskill-Hawley messaging X
          P-D:  Congressional primary previews:  Clay and Wagner vs. also-rans X
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay urges ICE to temporarily drop plans to deport illegal alien living in Maplewood
          P-D:  Pence scheduled to be in downtown St. Louis next week to tout tax cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2018 Tipsheet:  Statewides and state Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-'right to work' campaign to spend more than $13 million this cycle
          The Missouri Times:  Fuel tax proponents want opportunity to defend measure in court
          P-D:  GOP state auditor candidates share views at St. Louis Area Young Republicans Club X
          The Missouri Times:  Primary update:  Tony Luetkemeyer vs. Harry Roberts for Schaaf's seat
          SNL:  Governor signs Elijah Haahr's tax cut bill X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Parson signs bill to cut Missourians' taxes X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs income tax cut into law, individual income tax rate lowered to 5.4% starting in 2019
          Missourinet:  Parson signs income tax cut in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Parson attends Dollar Tree ribbon-cutting in Warrensburg;  Distribution center will service stores in 11 states
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson:  Agriculture is top industry in the state, must be adequately funded
          SE Missourian:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Sen. Wayne Wallingford talk tariffs, education, skilled workforce issues at press event;  Richardson:  "We don't have a shortage of English majors. We have a shortage of nurses." +
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) headed to new role in Jackson County
          KC Star:  Hospitals fear budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients X
          KC Star editorial:  Creative mail piece from Americans for Prosperity could trick simple-minded voters X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man suggests McCaskill's SCOTUS vote will be based on her own political survival X
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Olivette feminist says McCaskill and Blunt must oppose Kavanaugh because he is wrong on LGBTQIA* and gals' issues X
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Prop A will provide worker freedom and a stronger economy +
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        Thursday, July 12
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump to attend Hawley fundraiser on July 24
          KC Star:  At KC event, Pence promotes Hawley and criticizes McCaskill;  Agitators' disruptions drowned out by patriots chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt on same side for tariff vote
          KC Star:  As opioids poured into Missouri, the DEA failed, McCaskill says X
          P-D:  Inconsistent government oversight fuels opioid crisis, McCaskill report says
          Missourinet:  McCaskill report says 1.6 billion opioids entered Missouri in five years
          SNL:  E-mails suggest Missouri COO Drew Erdmann raised money for Greitens;  Erdmann says no X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) on Greitens investigation and the need for all nonprofits - including liberal ones - to reveal their dark-money donors
          Drebes:  Courtney Curtis may run as Independent in Senate 14
          The Missouri Times:  Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Kehoe's appointment, says action is within governor's authority
          KWMU:  Lawsuit to toss Kehoe from lieutenant governor's office tossed out
          P-D:  Judge dumps Democratic bid to oust Missouri lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign Elijah Haahr's tax cut bill today in Springfield
          CDT:  Missouri DED, Dept. of Higher Ed convene "Talent for Tomorrow" regional meeting X
          Columbia Missourian:  State business, education leaders emphasize student workforce prep
          Missourinet:  New state law provides start to examining radioactive waste at Missouri sites
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves maintenance-focused five-year plan
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 11, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Putnam County hospital ends questionable billing practices, financials still in poor condition
          Missourinet:  Galloway's follow-up reveals end to hospital's questionable lab billings, but poor financial state continues
          P-D editorial:  Josh Hawley lacks substance, is too conservative X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens put Missouri government up for sale to anonymous millionaires X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights liberal mocks value of Elijah Haahr's tax cut X
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        Wednesday, July 11
       
AP:  McCaskill polling her supporters on Supreme Court decision
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill stalls on making SCOTUS decision, Hawley pushes for confirmation
          AP:  Hawley seizes on SCOTUS vacancy in first ad
          KWMU:  Wash U. law prof weighs in on McCaskill's SCOTUS dilemma
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  McCaskill's SCOTUS stalling, Politico's puff piece featuring overdone down-home cursin', more X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill in tough spot on Kavanaugh X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Times poll, conducted by Jeff Roe's Remington Research (R), shows Hawley with slight edge over McCaskill, 'right to work' failing in August
          KC Star:  National unions already positioning Prop A result as "turnaround" for labor X
          The Missouri Times:  Liberal group Economic Policy Institute opposes 'right to work'
          AP:  Pence to speak today in Kansas City
          P-D:  Lacy Clay calls on ICE to stay a deportation order against illegal alien X
          KWMU:  Greitens accused of intentionally skirting state election laws
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit could face huge fines X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes files MEC complaint against Greitens for Missouri, A New Missouri
          JCNT:  Ethics complaint filed against Greitens X
          AP:  Complaint filed by Barnes accuses Greitens of concealing donors
          Missourinet:  Complaint alleges Greitens, campaign teams violated laws
          P-D:  Nick Ayers targeted in new ethics complaint X
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe to host Justin Brown fundraiser on July 16
          SE Missourian:  Primary preview:  Barry Hovis vs. Tony LaForest for Lichtenegger's seat +
          Drebes:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty takes Jackson County government job
          Missourinet:  Parson to meet with rural Missouri mayors today
          KWMU:  New law gives charter schools leeway to enroll more poor and badly-behaved students
          AP:  Prison guard receives $800,000 settlement from state in harassment case
          P-D:  Former Missouri prison guard who sued for sexual harassment, poisoning gets $800,000 settlement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local legislators sit through youth forum, answer questions about favorite food and movies
          KC Star editorial:  Pence's to-do list should include spending more taxpayer money on KC infrastructure X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill has yet to take a clear stand on flood study X
          KC Star op-ed:  Vice President Mike Pence:  The Trump agenda is working for Kansas City X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  The importance of a conservative Supreme Court justice X
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        Tuesday, July 10
       
AP:  Reaction to Kavanaugh nomination:  McCaskill, Blunt, Hawley
          Politico:  A rollicking ride with Claire McCaskill:  Reporter joins McCaskill on campaign trips by land, not air
          The Missouri Time:  Hawley releases first TV ad;  McCaskill fires back
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer says Scott Pruitt did "a great job," talks about liberal/media attacks on former EPA chief
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Trade wars have never benefited any nation
          JCNT:  Jaycees fair abandons theme amid political concerns;  "Making It Great Again" slogan risked injuring feelings X
          Missourinet:  National group travels through Missouri promoting Route 66
          KFVS:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits Cape Girardeau to remind leaders and owners about low-interest state loans
          AP:  Missouri net revenue up 5 percent
          P-D:  Parson poised to sign measure lowering Missouri income tax rates X
          CDT:  Law will allow higher education to recover cuts through tuition X
          KWMU:  Abortion battle heats up again in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri poised to regulate cage fighting after years of lax oversight X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri law allows counties more options to collect 911 fees
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lets Worlds of Fun off easy on toxic water pollution X
          KC Star editorial:  Fatal shooting of UMKC graduate student from India tells the world KC is dangerous;  Dreadlocked criminal still on the loose X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  American security before politics +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  We need to examine broader reasons for health care costs +
          KC Star letters:  Grain Valley sexagenarian wants MO DNR to impose more regulations;  Kansas nonagenarian disagrees with Hartzler on food stamps X
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur septuagenarian agrees with Danforth communications team's op-ed, says candidates should be forbidden from criticizing opponents' proposals X
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        Monday, July 9
       
NBC:  Meet the Press:  Roy Blunt on SCOTUS, Russia and North Korea, more
          NBC:  Meet the Press:  Full transcript
          P-D:  Josh Hawley's first TV ad in U.S. Senate race is aimed at upcoming fight over Supreme Court nominee X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Lauren Arthur on McCaskill-Hawley, Kander, Parson, more;  Panel of Rachael Herndon Dunn, Roy Temple, state rep candidate Jon Patterson talk Prop A, McCaskill-Hawley and SCOTUS vote, Parson, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Local political parties canvass neighborhoods prior to primary election's voter registration deadline
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts, Tony Luetkemeyer emphasize farming issues X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts questions dark-money source of pro-Luetkemeyer mailer X
          Drebes:  Job rumors:  Adam Crumbliss to take job in Parson administration;  Chris Moreland to do communications for Team Parson
          Drebes:  Job rumors:  Alex Curchin to leave Speaker's office and move to lt. gov. office
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court updates media operating rules for court
          KC Star:  Environmental activists unhappy with DNR over water quality permits, say new approach could affect pallid sturgeons X
          KC Star editorial:  "There's no punishment for not showing up to court':  How Missouri defendants get off easy;  After Ferguson, pendulum has swung too far in favor of scofflaws X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Onder letter on 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says 'right to work' will force the handicapped to choose between taking medications or eating X
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        Sunday, July 8
       
The Missouri Times:  How the SCOTUS appointment will impact Missouri's U.S. Senate race;  Thoughts from Jack Cardetti, Gregg Keller, Jeremy LaFaver
          KWMU:  Missouri soybean farmers brace for impact of trade war
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce issues statement on tariffs
          SNL:  Abortion stance tricky for Missouri Democrats X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  House District 60:  Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith for Jay Barnes' open seat X
          Drebes:  Daniel Hartman is Josh Hawley's new chief of staff
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Americans for Prosperity seeks grassroots director
          Columbia Missourian:  Democratic Socialists of America helps local liberals with traffic-stop-avoidance gimmick
          Washington Missourian:  Former state Sen. John Griesheimer (R-Washington) retires after 36 years of public service X
          CDT:  Missouri paid abortion clinics the same day it snubbed higher ed X
          KC Star op-ed:  Husch Blackwell's Jeff Simon:  NAFTA's benefit is an unambiguous positive for Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth's communications team:  How to fix America's political system:  Lengthy McCaskill-Hawley TV interviews, more blocks of TV time for policy discussions, etc. X
          McClellan:  A detective copes with the unsolved mysteries of life;  Man was injured by projectile thrown during last October's race riots X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis conservative wishes Post-Dispatch editorial board would have taken a day off from its usual anti-American anger on July 4 X
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        Saturday, July 7
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking new feature:  Weekly Missouri politics roundup:  SCOTUS vote and U.S. Senate race;  MOGOP supporting Josh Hawley;  Pro-life Missouri Democrats;  more
          P-D:  Election preview:  Earning the suburban woman vote;  Comments from state Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), "U.S. Rep. Anne [sic] Wagner," others X
          KWMU:  Black officials organize second Arch ribbon-cutting photo op
          P-D:  Black politicians hold their own ribbon-cutting X
          The Missouri Times:  Tom Robbins named partner at Strategic Capitol Consulting
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Paul Curtman holds meet & greet/fundraiser in Kennett +
          The Missouri Times:  SD34:  Race to replace Rob Schaaf heating up
          The Missouri Times:  Diane Franklin first to TV in SD16 with 'One Tough Grandma' ad
          SNL:  Parson signs bills in Springfield X
          SNL:  Parson signs bill at Springfield pharmacy to create drug take-back program X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs legislation to aid fight against opioid addiction, support family caregivers
          AP:  Parson expands drug take-back programs
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri "will no longer be the only state without a statewide 911 system"
          Missourinet:  WalletHub promotional study:  Missouri in the middle of the pack for speeding and reckless driving laws
          KC Star editorial:  Why was Missouri conservation director paid for years of comp time after termination? X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man responds to Onder letter on 'right to work' X
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        Friday, July 6
       
AP:  First Arch photo op doesn't cut it, so Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) arranges second one today;  Black politicians to hold separate-but-equal ribbon-cutting, re-enact actual ceremony
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Book review:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander's book points to lessons in 'everyday courage' X
          The Missouri Times:  Casey Wheat named as HRCC's interim executive director
          SNL:  Primary election preview:  'Right to work' initiative X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks budget analyst
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats switch strategy in lawsuit over lieutenant governor appointment
          JCNT:  Judge hears arguments on lt. gov appointment X
          KWMU:  Lawyers argue over validity of lt. governor appointment
          Missourinet:  Cole County judge hears arguments in lawsuit involving lt. gov appointment
          AP:  Judge weighing whether to dismiss lt. gov. case
          P-D:  Judge questions Democratic strategy in fight over Missouri lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Parson signing most legislation sent his way
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Arts Council announces new 2019 budget;  Arts Council of Southeast Missouri director expresses gratitude to lawmakers, Gov. Parson X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocacy group wants Parson to hold state agency liable for mentally-disabled man's death
          The Missouri Times:  Audit finds MDC's separation agreement with former director cost taxpayers more than $120k
          P-D:  Galloway criticizes Conservation chief's separation agreement X
          P-D:  Missouri tax deduction for stillbirths still not adding up after three years X
          AP:  Mishap at Six Flags water park draws attention to lax regulations
          P-D:  Charter school parents deserve a say in lawsuit that threatens their schools, federal appeals court rules X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves electric rate cuts effective next month;  Ameren rates cut by 6 percent
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn talks dicamba damage, says 2018 more successful than 2017
          P-D editorial:  Photo at Arch ceremony underscores why St. Louis' racial divide persists X
          KC Star editorial:  A good bet:  Missouri should get ready to offer sports gambling X
          KWMU Race, Identity and Culture correspondent Ashley Lisenby:  All-Caucasoid Arch photo evokes horrific memories of "when people of color were deliberatly [sic] excluded"
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Expedition into rural Republican territory:  Poplar Bluff residents not sophisticated enough to blame Trump for job-killing tariff X
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst responds to editorial criticizing Vicky Hartzler, explains purpose of Farm Bill X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center wants Congress to support Obamacare and state legislators to expand Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NEA member opposes 'right to work'
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        Thursday, July 5
       
Missourinet:  Creighton University survey says trade concerns a damper, but Missouri economy still growing
          Brownfield Ag News:  Americans for Farmers & Families' Casey Guernsey, a former Missouri state rep, talks trade retaliation and potential effects on farmers
          P-D:  Organizer of Arch ribbon-cutting apologizes for preponderance of Caucasoid faces X
          The Riverfront Times:  Missouri Democrats vote to welcome pro-life members, angering others
          KC Star:  Abortion plank in party platform roils Missouri Dems;  Comments from angry women, Stephen Webber X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Beyond Housing seeks government affairs and public policy manager
          Missourinet:  Parson honors commitment made to hometown Fourth of July event before becoming governor
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Public hearing set Monday in KCP&L rate case X
          KC Star editorial:  Women could outnumber men in Nevada legislature. Missouri should elect more gals. X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  'Right to work' will help make union bosses more accountable to their members X
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        Wednesday, July 4   Independence Day
       
KWMU:  Supreme Court appointment will have impact on Missouri's U.S. Senate contest
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP gives RNC special permission to fund Hawley ahead of primary
          P-D:  State, national Republicans agree to fund Hawley ahead of primaries X
          KC Star:  Woman taking on Lacy Clay in Democratic primary attempts to make body attributes a campaign issue, humblebrags about "my round hips" X
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri town of Bismarck to celebrate 150th anniversary during Fourth of July;  Jason Smith to serve as parade grand marshal
          KWMU:  Hundreds celebrate opening of Arch museum and visitors center
          Missourinet:  Arch rededication ceremony draws hundreds to downtown St. Louis
          AP:  Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project
          P-D:  Arch event draws hundreds;  Ozzie Smith serves as emcee X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) files lawsuit to keep fuel tax increase off the November ballot
          KWMU:  Moon sues to stop referendum to raise Missouri's fuel tax
          The Missouri Times:  Concerned Women for America endorses Georjene Tilton in race to replace term-limited Fraker
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  PROMO seeks communications manager
          KC Star:  E-mail from February 2017 give brief glimpse into early days of Greitens' campaign nonprofit X
          Columbia Missourian:  Trump revokes Obama guidance on race in school admissions
          AP:  Appeals court finds fault with Ferguson-Florissant School District elections;  Traditional at-large elections result in too many Caucasoid winners, so rules must be changed
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant must change how school board is elected
          Twitter.com:  Post-Dispatch K-12 education reporter Kristen Taketa leaves Post-Dispatch for San Diego Union-Tribune
          P-D:  Ameren's 'green tariff' gets the green light, giving cities and large customers better access to renewable energy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Human trafficking feature:  Interviews with Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Norman Murphy, trafficking survivor Katie Rhoades
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's high court rules captive deer are still wildlife
          KC Star editorial:  With local jobs in jeopardy, McCaskill must slow Trump's war on trade X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  The case of the missing soybeans, or why tariffs' Missouri effect is being underestimated X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Retirement of "Supreme Court Justice Robert [sic] Kennedy" means Missouri Democrats must rally around McCaskill this fall UPDATE:  Corrected without attribution
          KC Star letter:  UMKC film professor opposes 'right to work' X
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        Tuesday, July 3
       
KWMU:  Some Missouri soybean farmers fear the worst if Chinese tariffs go into effect
          Columbia Missourian:  Some Missouri soybean farmers fear tariffs will cause soybean prices to collapse
          Missourinet:  Presidential candidate Jason Kander takes break from KC mayoral race to talk federal immigration issues on MSNBC
          P-D:  Jason Kander promotes his book X
          P-D:  Webster Groves parade to feature both NRA, Moms Demand Action X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol preparing for Fourth of July crashes;  26 people died in Missouri wrecks last July 4 weekend
          The Missouri Times:  The Huckabee Show comes to Missouri, Parson talks preserving the 'American Dream'
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs bill establishing Schoolchildren Health, Hunger and Hygiene Tax Credit, extends other tax credits
          CDT:  State unable to transfer withheld funds before fiscal year ended X
          KWMU:  Ozarks-area school administrators want bigger budget, blame Doe Run
          P-D:  Government workers get some whistleblower protection restored X
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Wood named new Missouri Conservation Commissioner
          P-D editorial:  Tariff negotiations should inspire Jason Smith to stop supporting President Trump X
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg septuagenarian accuses Jason Kander of having a Greitens-like ego X
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        Monday, July 2
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Jeremy LaFaver, Reps. Bruce DeGroot and Bruce Franks talk McCaskill's SCOTUS vote conundrum, state auditor race, state Senate primaries
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft testifies before U.S. Senate committee, looks ahead to September summit
          KWMU:  Army Corps of Engineers tracks birds and bats to improve habitats along the Mississippi River
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Algonquin/Liberty/Empire District seeks director of government and public affairs
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Seasoned-citizen business columnists on Missouri's 'right to work' battle;  Timely references to "new governor" Eric Greitens, B-roll of restaurant patrons in winter coats, zero (0) mentions of Proposition A X
          JCNT:  Primary preview:  6th state Senate District (Kehoe's seat) Democratic candidates respond to survey questions X
          Missourinet:  New state budget includes jump in public school safety funding
          P-D editorial:  Negative impact of Trump's trade policy is hitting home locally X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Confederate monument being protected from criminal vandals X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Animal rights activist Elizabeth Enochs on Legislature's real-meat bill:  Discriminating against vegans is like discriminating against black people
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst on Legislature's real-meat bill:  Activists calling fake meat "meat" is a bad idea anyway
          KC Star influencer series:  Survey of opinions on tariffs X
          KC Star influencer series:  Survey of opinions on Missouri economic development X
          P-D letter:  University City feminist wants pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to go away X
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        Sunday, July 1
       
July 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          July 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          AP:  McCaskill faces critical Supreme Court vote
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump activists gather downtown;  Illegal alien dislikes President's immigration policy
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump rally photo:  Children dragged to rally by parents sit on concrete, use protest signs to shield themselves from scorching sun
          KWMU:  Anti-Trump rally photo:  Illegal alien sweats through shirt, shouts unnecessarily into megaphone
          P-D:  Anti-Trump rally draws two of Lacy Clay's Democratic primary opponents X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump photo gallery:  Middle-aged Clayton woman seeks attention by dressing up as Lady Justice;  Other cosplay X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Socialists organize anti-Trump rally;  Illegal immigrant insists on pronouncing "David" as "Da-veed" as homage to alien heritage
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump rally photo gallery:  Middle-aged Columbia woman seeks attention by dressing up as Lady Justice;  Obese millennial wears superhero cape;  Other cosplay
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws nearly 2,000 X
          Drebes:  Senate 32 preview:  Bill White vs. Rob O'Brian
          P-D:  Cases build, outcry grows after disabled Missouri man found dead in block of concrete;  MO Dept. of Mental Health among sued X
          SNL:  Coupons for alcohol could be on their way X
          KC Star:  Urban gun theft "victims" sell guns to pals, report firearms as stolen X
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        Saturday, June 30
       
Delta Dunklin Democrat:  GOP U.S. Senate Courtland Sykes, fiancee hold fundraiser in Kennett +
          The Missouri Times:  Number of waivers granted adds uncertainty to renewable fuel volumes;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Shane Kinne
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' dark money groups face FEC complaint
          KWMU:  Special prosecutor appointed in William Tisaby investigation
          P-D:  Special prosecutor will look into perjury claims against former Greitens investigator X
          Missourinet:  Judge in Greitens' Confide case orders forensic examination of staff phones
          AP:  Barnes, Wash U. cite contrary findings on Greitens book
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  St. Louis Labor Council encourages listeners to vote against 'right to work'
          Drebes:  Senate 18 preview:  GOP battle for Brian Munzlinger's seat
          KWMU:  Parson signs Missouri budget bills as state income unexpectedly goes up
          AP:  Parson signs Missouri budget that boosts school funding
          P-D:  With boost for education and worker salaries, Parson signs state budget X
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood unhappy with state budget X
          AP:  Missouri among states in which Republicans are considering returning sales tax windfall to taxpayers
          KWMU:  Bridgeton Landfill to pay $16 million to settle state lawsuit over underground smoldering fire
          Missourinet:  Hawley announces settlement in Bridgeton landfill case
          P-D:  Bridgeton Landfill agrees to pay $16 million to settle 2013 lawsuit X
          AP:  Hawley settles suit with owner of smoldering landfill
          KC Star editorial:  From guns to abortion, McCaskill and Hawley should debate Supreme Court issues X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The Wall Street Journal's hit piece on Mizzou was sloppy journalism X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Tariffs could hopefully turn southeast Missouri residents against Trump X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian disagrees with Eric Burlison on 'right to work' X
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        Friday, June 29
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley calls on McCaskill to debate Supreme Court issues
          SNL:  Hawley wants to talk about the Supreme Court. McCaskill's staying quiet, for now. X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Josh Hawley opens campaign office in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Hawley challenges McCaskill to debate on Supreme Court nominee while in Springfield
          AP:  Republicans take aim at Cayman investments;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, John Hancock
          SE Missourian:  Man running as "Independent" for U.S. Senate brings self-promotion campaign to Cape Girardeau +
          Missourinet:  Senate passes farm bill;  Comments from McCaskill
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wants to end chain migration, favors building wall +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS Jay Ashcroft talks about ballots, voting and marijuana
          KC Star:  Dark money groups that helped elect Greitens now facing FEC complaint X
          SNL:  Gas tax hike on November ballot gets boost from Gov. Parson in shift from Greitens' policy X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  St. Louis Labor Council's Pat White to deliver anti-'right to work' messages
          Drebes:  Senate 16 preview:  Diane Franklin, Justin Brown, Keith Frederick and the impending Humphreys independent expenditure
          The Missouri Times:  Penman & Winton splitting practice, two new firms emerge
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign next Missouri state budget today
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Parson signs budget bill on port funding +
          P-D:  Fight over appointment of lieutenant governor heads to court next week X
          KWMU:  Uncertain future for efforts to ban lobbyist gifts in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) sued for "permanently blocking [sic]" constituent on Twitter
          CDT:  Reisch sued in federal court for blocking constituent on Twitter X
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit against Legislature's Convention of States resolution tossed
          P-D editorial:  Waste, fraud and abuse in effort to cut waste, fraud and abuse:  MO DSS and McKinsey and Co. contract X
          KC Star editorial:  Poor and need a lawyer in Missouri? The public defender system is failing its clients X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri trooper in drowning case deserves to be fired X
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        Thursday, June 28
       
KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling won't directly affect most Missouri unions
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling will affect Missouri unions
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week has far-reaching impact on Internet sales in Missouri
          KC Star:  Newly open seat on U.S. Supreme Court puts pressure on McCaskill in key Senate race X
          Politico:  Trump's short list for Supreme Court:  Spanish Lake native Ray Gruender, others
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt:  Broadband expansion vital part of Senate farm bill
          P-D:  At public meeting, federal scientists sit through hours of chatter about Coldwater Creek report;  Longtime activist calls report "golden ticket" to "other resources"
          KMBC:  What would 'right to work' mean for Missouri?
          KMIZ:  Fact-checking anti-'right to work' ad:  Union group misleads on jobs, wages
          KC Star:  Sarah Palin urges support for Tony Monetti in GOP's U.S. Senate primary X
          Drebes:  Senate 14 preview:  Joe Adams vs. Sharon Pace
          Columbia Missourian:  Eapen Thampy's Better Way Missouri draws bipartisan crowd to show support for legalizing medical marijuana
          KWMU:  Parson pushes for voter approval of Missouri gas-tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt continues pushing for changes to state pensions
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) seeks to replace Kehoe as majority floor leader
          The Missouri Times:  Opioid deaths in Missouri increased at slower rate than previous year
          KC Star:  Trooper in Lake of the Ozarks drowning death should not have been fired, judge rules X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of June 27, 2018
          KC Star editorial:  With Justice Kennedy's retirement, McCaskill-Hawley race takes on new urgency X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. Medical School's Adie Wilson-Poe:  Cannabis could cure Missouri's opioid problem X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian says 'right to work' will turn Missouri into Upton Sinclair's "jungle" X
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        Wednesday, June 27
       
KWMU:  McCaskill highlights plight of nail company to illustrate tariff challenges
          SNL:  Billy Long, Josh Hawley, Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee laud 'pro-life' Supreme Court decisions, but there could be a catch X
          KWMU:  Legal Roundtable:  Bryan Cave's Barbara Smith, others discuss SCOTUS decisions, Stockley suit
          The Missouri Times:  James Klahr departing from Missouri Ethics Commission
          Drebes:  As August 7 approaches, watch for independent expenditures
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP launches ad against Galloway in race for state auditor
          Missourinet:  Parson supports state employee pay increases
          Missourinet:  Nasheed asks Parson for money to fight urban homicides
          Missourinet:  Poor-performing KC charter school, set to close this week, sues to stay open
          Missourinet:  Ameren, opponents disagree over rate caps and grid modernization
          KC Star editorial:  Farm bill should cap subsidies for rich farmers, including Rep. Vicky Hartzler X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri could see a sales tax windfall X
          P-D editorial:  The law's the law. If Greitens broke it, justice still must be served. X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  University of Missouri Extension taking the lead on wind energy debate X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Don't give up on dark money's corrupting influence in Missouri politics X
          P-D letter:  University City man wants Lacy Clay to convince Maxine Waters to drop the unhinged histrionics X
          SNL letter:  LGBTQIA* activist says 'right to work' is bad for his community X
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        Tuesday, June 26
       
SE Missourian:  Cape business lays off 4 in response to tariff-affected Poplar Bluff nail company +
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri company downsizes in response to business decline from major nail company
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill discusses choking at caucus luncheon and pain from receiving Heimlich
          KC Star:  After Democrats' Sunshine request, Hawley campaign paid for third-party review of 19,000 documents X
          KWMU:  Legal Roundtable preview:  Bryan Cave's Barbara Smith, others discuss SCOTUS activity, Jason Stockley suit
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court affirms decision to bar Curtis' state Senate bid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds decision that Democrat failed to prove wrongdoing when prevented from filing for office
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaints against Hawley, Schaaf's son
          SNL:  Barnes:  Eric Greitens' nonprofit was 'criminal enterprise' X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes says House committee not 'appropriate entity for further investigation into Greitens,' will file MEC complaint
          KWMU:  House committee ends investigation of Greitens, but Barnes will file ethics complaint
          Missourinet:  Barnes issues letter announcing Missouri Ethics Commission complaint about Greitens and completion of House committee's work
          AP:  Leader of House review of Greitens to file ethics complaint
          P-D:  Greitens committed 'impeachable offenses,' nonprofit was 'a criminal enterprise from inception,' letter says X
          P-D:  Barnes highlights likelihood of literary fraud in Greitens' book of "letters";  Former governor's military pal stands by Greitens' version of manuscript story X
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants interim committee to continue investigation of Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis attorney suing A New Missouri for records
          JCNT:  Hanaway rejects separate A New Missouri lawsuit X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Great Flood of '93 retrospective:  Audio from Gov. Carnahan's visit to Brunswick
          KWMU:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation biologists work to control invasive hydrilla plant
          KWMU:  After federal report on Coldwater Creek, some activists still aren't satisfied;  Area woman shares epidemiological theory about dust, showering and lungs
          KC Star editorial:  After 'crimes, misconduct and moral turpitude,' it's time to hold Greitens accountable X
          Priddy:  Online sales tax decision:  A gift, if we want it
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        Monday, June 25
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats, unions join forces against 'right to work' and to help McCaskill, Galloway
          KC Star:  Unions give big to block 'right to work' in expensive Missouri ballot initiative race X
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws hundreds;  Liberal brings "F@CK THIS" sign to event featuring children X
          KCUR:  Anti-Trump activists rally in Midtown
          Missourinet:  Libla says U.S. should tax imports on finished goods
          KC Star:  Kander confirms bid for Kansas City mayor X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lowell Pearson talks legal issues around lt. gov. appointment, online sales tax, more;  Panel of Pat Dougherty, Franc Flotron, Gregg Keller, Renew Missouri's James Owen talk Parson, infrastructure spending, McCaskill, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Harry Roberts hits the airwaves, criticizes Tony Luetkemeyer in GOP state Senate primary X
          Missourinet:  Parson signs five bills, but 61 still await his attention
          Missourinet:  Former Mamtek CEO paroled;  Missouri prosecutors say he scammed investors out of millions
          SE Missourian editorial:  Vargas contract extension a good move by regents +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  On migrant families, McCaskill and Hawley finally find an issue worth arguing over X
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        Sunday, June 24
       
KWMU:  Trade tensions send waves through Missouri;  McCaskill hopes for possible opening to connect with rural voters
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's David Stokes, others to discuss river and floodplain policy
          CDT:  Liberal "John Brown Gun Club" part of antifa movement X
          Columbia Missourian:  Black women organize 'Sister to Sister' chat group to discuss political issues;  Caucasoid woman seeking to fill Dem ballot slot against Hartzler attends, says she wants to represent black issues "in Congress"
          JCNT:  Kehoe talks about transition to statewide job X
          P-D:  St. Louis union members mobilize against 'right to work' X
          JCNT:  Five Republicans, one Democrat seek to succeed Bernskoetter in House X
          Drebes:  No primary opposition for Corlew's re-election
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling may eliminate need for use tax +
          CDT:  Local landscape uncertain after sales tax ruling X
          KWMU:  Opioid-related deaths in St. Louis region rose again in 2017
          SNL:  Hawley's audit finds more untested rape kits X
          Columbia Missourian:  State approves permit for Cooper County CAFO
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Book sees newspaper letters to the editor as vital to democracy X
          Horrigan:  Farewell column;  Post-Dispatch veteran retires, leaves editorial board X
          P-D letter:  Mehlville union member opposes 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal disagrees with Ashcroft on voter ID X
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters septuagenarian disagrees with Ashcroft on voter ID X
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        Saturday, June 23
       
KWMU:  Sen. Kamala Harris keynotes local NAACP dinner;  California liberal praises McCaskill
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Immigration policy debate:  Three (3) Trump critics, zero (0) Trump supporters
          Washington Missourian:  Anti-Trump protest outside Luetkemeyer's office draws fewer than 10 X
          The Missouri Times:  Pruitt, Perdue cancel Friday's event in Northwest Missouri as renewable fuels policy is reassessed
          Clayton Times:  Missouri to host National Election Security Summit in September
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill faces a familiar problem:  Her and her husband's wealth X
          KC Star:  Environmental Working Group criticizes Hartzler for family farm's commodity subsidies X
          JCNT:  Pro-life supporters participate in national bridge event X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Area senior citizen named National Federation of Democratic Women 2018 Member of the Year;  Dorothy Adams joined Democratic Party in Bootheel decades ago, believes in God and respects the American Flag +
          AP:  Parson signs first 5 bills as governor
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 18, 2018
          KWMU:  To appoint, or not to appoint a lieutenant governor:  A Missouri question for nearly 50 years
          Drebes:  Governor Gibbons:  Kirkwood state Senator served as acting governor in 2006 when Blunt was out of the country and Kinder was out of state
          SNL:  Missouri may start taxing online purchases from out-of-state retailers X
          JCNT:  State to expand virtual K-12 course access X
          Columbia Missourian:  Steelman punches back at Wall Street Journal editorial criticizing MU
          Missourinet:  Environmental group claims "clean energy" jobs are growing in Missouri;  Comments from Environmental Entrepreneurs' Tony Wyche
          Missourinet:  Nasheed calls on St. Louis-area residents to protest new movie called "SuperFly"
          Washington Post:  Four years after Michael Brown assaulted police officer Darren Wilson, some Ferguson residents unhappy about distribution of largesse X
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians deserve to know if Greitens administration violated open records laws X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Hawley residency question answered X
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        Friday, June 22
       
The Missouri Times:  Democratic presidential candidate Jason Kander considering KC mayoral bid
          KC Star:  Kander eyeing run for KC mayor;  Comments from Jeremy LaFaver, others X
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Pruitt, Sonny Perdue to discuss biofuels in Northwest Missouri today
          JCNT:  Area farmers praise passage of House farm bill X
          Daily American Republic:  McCaskill announces nail manufacturer's layoffs to make point about Trump tariffs +
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Three (3) guests to lament horror of Trump's migrant policy
          Missourinet:  Parson meets with Trump
          P-D:  Parson says first meeting with Trump was successful one X
          Drebes:  How and why Mike Parson's fresh air removes the foul stench of Greitens' gubernatorial arrogance
          Missourinet:  Parson responds to Missouri Democratic Party's lawsuit over Kehoe appointment
          Missourinet:  UM System President Mun Choi meets with Parson, emphasizes jobs, research and health care
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court ruling paves way for Missouri to collect online sales tax with lawmaker action
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  June 20, 2018
          P-D:  Hundreds of pregnant women hospitalized in Missouri the past two years for opioid abuse X
          Obituary:  Kit Bond veteran Mary Beth Dobbs;  Memorial service to be held Wednesday
          P-D editorial:  Now's the time for Mike Parson to show Missourians what kind of leader he is, and he should start by criticizing President Trump X
          JCNT editorial:  Kehoe a wise choice for lieutenant governor X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawsuit over Parson's lt. gov. appointment a mistake by Missouri Democratic Party X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri COO Drew Erdmann costs taxpayers $125,000. Gov. Parson should let him go. X
          CDT editorial:  Missouri's abortion restrictions are punishment, not prevention X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In 2017, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt returned more unclaimed property to taxpayers than any previous treasurer's first year X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  From nails to soybeans, Missouri is feeling the effects of tariffs X
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        Thursday, June 21
       
AP:  McCaskill's tax-practice taboo is haven for husband
          Missourinet:  McCaskill uses Poplar Bluff business to highlight opposition to Trump tariffs
          SNL:  Anti-Trump protesters gather outside Blunt's office, complain about migrant policy X
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump activists congregate outside Blunt's KC office X
          Missourinet:  Judge says Hawley can live outside Jefferson City;  Some Democrats had made issue of "reside at the seat of government" language
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft calls voter fraud 'exponentially greater threat than hacking' during U.S. Senate hearing
          KC Star:  Voter fraud much greater threat than election hacking, Jay Ashcroft says X
          P-D:  Blunt hearing on election cyberthreats evolves into Ashcroft-led discussion of voter fraud X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis to host National Election Security Summit in September
          Missourinet:  Missouri Foundation for Health provides $1 million grant to Springfield health provider to tackle opioid abuse;  Comments from Hartzler
          Missourinet:  Wash U., Mizzou profs weigh in on Supreme Court's punt on gerrymandering
          SE Missourian:  Voters' forum focuses on pros, cons of 'right to work' ballot measure +
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules against Courtney Curtis' attempt to get on Democratic ballot in SD 14 race
          Drebes:  House 86:  Will the Clay machine torpedo Chappelle-Nadal?
          The Missouri Times:  Parson headed to D.C. to meet with President Trump, Cabinet members
          P-D:  Parson, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger discuss public safety, jobs, Bi-State in brief meeting X
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  One in ten Missourians have unclaimed property
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Department of Conservation uses shallow waters at Schell Lake to kill large number of invasive carp
          P-D:  Galloway gives Kinloch fire district 'poor rating' from Missouri auditor after officials' theft of district money X
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft is dead wrong about voter fraud and election hacking X
          P-D op-ed:  Normandy Schools Collaborative Superintendent Charles Pearson:  Response to Show-Me Institute's James Shuls' piece on inflated test sores X
          P-D letter:  In key Sunshine Law case, Republican politics prevails over transparency X
          P-D letter:  Area woman says 'right to work' is a conspiracy by "white male CEOs" to oppress women X
          SE Missourian letter:  David Steelman:  Wall Street Journal misses the story about Mizzou, strategic reallocation +
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        Wednesday, June 20
       
KC Star:  McCaskill open to GOP plans to end family separation, but says Trump could fix now X
          SNL:  Area liberals to protest outside Blunt, Long offices today X
          KC Star:  McCaskill's husband invested $1 million in hedge fund set up in Caymans X
          The Missouri Times:  Voter fraud takes spotlight in U.S. Senate committee;  Jay Ashcroft to testify
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Shane Schoeller to testify on Capitol Hill today about election infrastructure
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats seek to block Kehoe's appointment, file suit calling for special election
          KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party sues over lieutenant governor appointment
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democratic Party seeks to block appointment of Kehoe
          AP:  Missouri Democrats sue over lieutenant governor appointment
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats file suit challenging appointment of lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard supports Parson's move to fill lt. gov position
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of fuel tax hope voters are more open to idea
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Courtney Curtis' bid to run for state Senate;  Missouri Democratic Party barred Democratic state rep from the race X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) resigns from Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shawn Rhoads resigns
          AP:  Missouri lawmaker who helped investigate Greitens resigns
          The Missouri Times:  Pedroli claims text proves Confide was used to conduct state business
          KWMU:  Lawsuit over use of Confide app moves forward, with limitations
          AP:  Judge sets limits on evidence in Greitens Confide case
          KWMU:  Obamacare advocates unhappy over states' lack of Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  St. Louis County Council calls for federal, state investigations into Northwest Plaza deal X
          Riverfront Times:  Post-Dispatch layoffs claim 5 more in newsroom;  Mike Faulk, health care advocate/reporter Samantha Liss, Bryce Gray among those let go
          P-D editorial:  In the leadership test on migrants, Blunt passes - and Hawley fails badly X
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Parson wants to spend a day in Kansas City. Here's a suggested itinerary. X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's tax cuts to blame for shortage of prison guards X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Vote "No" on 'right to work'
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  The collateral damage of Mizzou's past failures +
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        Tuesday, June 19   Juneteenth
       
SNL:  Elected officials, candidates weigh in on migrant melodrama;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Long, Hawley, Austin Petersen X
          P-D:  Blunt weighs in on border hysteria X
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt share thoughts on border dramatics
          AP:  Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor
          The Missouri Times:  Parson names Mike Kehoe as next lieutenant governor
          SNL:  Missouri has a new lieutenant governor;  Parson picks Kehoe to fill No. 2 role X
          JCNT:  Kehoe named lieutenant governor X
          Missourinet:  Kehoe appointed as Missouri's second in command
          Missourinet:  Kehoe:  "Public service is a privilege no one should take lightly"
          KWMU:  Parson appointes Kehoe as lieutenant governor
          P-D:  Parson picks Kehoe as lieutenant governor X
          AP:  Kehoe appointed Missouri lieutenant governor
          KC Star:  Parson picks his replacement as lieutenant governor, reopening a legal debate X
          AP:  Parson stands by contract for COO's former employer
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson profile:  From Wheatland to the Capitol:  How small-town values are shaping the new governor's role
          P-D:  Even a steak chalupa - a bit player in Greitens' Lyft stunt last year - drew scrutiny from Hawley X
          Missourinet:  Republican state senators lining up to fill leadership position in GOP dominated chamber
          P-D:  Long wait for adoptees seeking birth records in Missouri X
          JCNT:  State updating method to measure schools' success X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Enterprise announces new board chairman, new members
          KWMU:  Federal report:  exposure to radioactive contaminants can increase risk of certain cancers
          P-D:  Report:  Coldwater Creek contamination may raise the risk of cancer in North St. Louis County X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm +
          KC Star:  California-based Juul Labs names Jay Nixon to advisory panel on underage vaping X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt stands up to Trump:  Stop separating migrant families X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson makes a strong pick for lieutenant governor, and Legislature must clarify law X
          KC Star editorial:  How to fix Missouri's transportation dilemma:  Raise gas tax, then raise other taxes too X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Neal Boyd blessed us all with his God-given talent +
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Term Limits' Nicholas Tomboulides:  Don't ditch term limits under the guise of "ethics reform" X
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        Monday, June 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt praises federal tax cut, hears concerns about labor shortage during Jefferson City roundtable
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Hawley ramp up their sparring over health care
          P-D:  Gun-control promotional tour makes stop in St. Louis City X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bill Eigel talks tax cuts, differences between Mike Parson and Eric Greitens, state Senate races, more;  Panel of Mike Hafner, Carpenters' Mark Dalton, state rep candidate Joe Patterson (R), NAACP's John Gaskin talk Parson, McCaskill vs. Hawley, Democrat Courtney Curtis' support of 'right to work,' more
          SNL:  For Missouri prisoners working with broken dogs, healing goes both ways X
          KC Star editorial:  Politicians should stop using social media platforms' 'block' feature X
          Messenger:  Missouri COO Drew Erdmann's former company wins Medicaid bid despite being 3 times higher than others X
          KC Star:  Missouri Influencer series:  Surveying opinions on transportation X
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        Sunday, June 17   Father's Day
       
P-D:  Blunt, Wagner share thoughts on Trump and Greitens X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  GOP state Senate candidates tackle a plethora of topics;  Craig Redmon, Lindell Shumake, Nate Walker seek to fill Munzlinger's seat
          JCNT:  Three seek Democratic nomination for 6th District Senate seat X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Spire seeks government affairs specialist
          CDT:  Some see move toward more charter schools in online course bill X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dept. of Agriculture's Garrett Hawkins gives update on dicamba, 2,4-D monitoring
          P-D editorial:  Former Gov. Eric Greitens should pay his own legal fees X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Peter Kinder:  Saving tax dollars;  Hopefully more with my resignation +
          KC Star op-ed:  Joe Bednar and Lowell Pearson:  We're of different parties, but agree that Parson has the power to name his lieutenant X
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian supports 'right to work,' says unions care only about keeping themselves in power X
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        Saturday, June 16
       
The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Hawley battle over health care coverage
          NPR:  McCaskill, other red-state Democrats hope health care is an election-year lifeline
          Missourinet:  Hawley says Trump's progress on North Korea talks has been "monumental"
          The Missouri Times:  Jane Dueker's ethics complaint against Josh Hawley dismissed
          AP:  Missouri Ethics Commission tosses complaint against Josh Hawley
          KC Star:  Ethics commission dismisses Dems' complaint against Josh Hawley X
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of taxpayer dollars +
          JCNT:  GOP state auditor candidates pitch campaigns X
          Drebes:  Aaron Griesheimer, son of John Griesheimer, to run for Alferman's vacated House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson honored with Legacy Award by St. Louis Regional Chamber
          Washington Missourian:  Former Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says Parson's experience in law enforcement will benefit governor X
          AP:  Galloway backs Steelman's decision to not pay Greitens' lawyers
          SNL:  Impeachment lawyer says Greitens shouldn't pay $153k bill X
          KWMU:  Greitens attorneys say state should pay their bills
          Missourinet:  Another savage attack on St. Louis' MetroLink;  Missouri House committee has been investigating safety issues
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sarah Steelman correct to deny payment for Greitens' lawyers X
          CDT editorial:  University of Missouri must stand alone, not expect more funding from Legislature next year X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  The publisher, the governor:  Bolivar Herald-Free Press' Dave Berry paints a clear picture of Gov. Mike Parson's humility X
          P-D letter:  "Road to Zero Coalition" CEO wants Missouri lawmakers to pass motorcycle helmet law X
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        Friday, June 15
       
The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Republicans criticize McCaskill for use of plane
          KWMU:  Hawley touts Trump support, says he is still investigating Greitens
          P-D:  Anti-Trump immigration protest snarls downtown traffic, interferes with working people trying to do their jobs X
          Drebes:  Teamsters pump $1 million into "We Are Missouri"
          The Missouri Times:  "We Are Missouri" launches first video ad against Proposition A
          JCNT:  GOP candidates introduce themselves at party event X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lauren Arthur talks to Mannies and Marshall Griffin about state Senate victory, union issues, more
          P-D:  Missouri and Illinois legislators compete in first bi-state softball game at Busch Stadium X
          AP:  OA chief Sarah Steelman denies legal bills for lawyers of ex-Gov. Greitens
          Missourinet:  State won't pay lawyers Greitens hired for impeachment defense
          P-D:  Missouri shoots down bills from Greitens' taxpayer-paid impeachment attorneys X
          P-D:  Greitens era brought big changes to Missouri DNR - a place where legacy could linger X
          JCNT:  DNR:  Mokane water situation worst in 30 counties X
          SNL:  Why Peter Herschend wanted back on state school board X
          SNL:  Greitens appointee subpoenaed in Confide case;  Eddy Justice says he never used texting app to communicate with Greitens or governor's staff X
          The Missouri Times:  State Board of Education meets for first time since 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education's fresh start brings drastically different mood
          KWMU:  Missouri State Board of Education gets back to work
          AP:  Education board takes first action since being revived
          SE Missourian:  SEMO University seeks $13.6 million in state funding to renovate Art Building +
          Missourinet:  Rehder hopes to meet with Parson to discuss Missouri's opioid epidemic
          KC Star:  Missouri will ask for another REAL ID extension X
          The Missouri Times:  In reversal, Missouri's high court rules administrative remedies must be exhausted
          AP:  Missouri officials offer tour of Missouri State Penitentiary
          KC Star:  Hawley's office investigating Frank White's personal financial dealings X
          Kraske:  Here's how Parson pleasantly surprised a tough crowd in Kansas City X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Parson event includes media;  Reporters should be included in all "listening post" sessions X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman takes issues with reporter Bryan Lowry's anti-conservative bias X
          JCNT letter:  Woman running as Democrat for state Senate disagrees with Kehoe on state merit system X
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        Thursday, June 14   Flag Day
       
KWMU:  Trump, McCaskill tangle over her campaign use of private plane
          SNL:  'So phony':  Trump slams McCaskill for flying on plane as part of RV tour X
          AP:  Trump slams McCaskill for plane use during RV road trip
          P-D:  Trump weighs in on McCaskill's "RV" plane trip X
          KC Star:  Liberal D.C. group files suit against Missouri's voter ID law;  Legal team includes Marc Elias, general council for Hillary Clinton X
          SE Missourian:  State auditor candidate Kevin Roach makes stop in Cape +
          SE Missourian:  Parson touts need for workforce development, better roads and rural, broadband service +
          Clayton Times:  Parson wraps up statewide listening tour with stop in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Upgrading roads and bridges to be among Parson's top priorities
          Missourinet:  Parson on transportation infrastructure:  'We cannot keep kicking that can down the road'
          P-D:  Parson talks transportation tax, education, use of state plane
X
          SNL:  Parson answers questions about LGBTQIA* issues, religious liberty X
          CDT:  Parson backs higher education funding needs in Columbia visit X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU hosts Gov. Parson on his listening tour of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson looks to fill remaining Missouri Board of Education spots in 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) looks to chair the House Republican Caucus
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) joins race for assistant floor majority leader
          KWMU:  Missouri sues McKee over state tax credits
          P-D:  Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration accused of tax credit fraud in lawsuit by Missouri attorney general X
          Missourinet:  Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood being stripped before Parson signs new law
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 13, 2018
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-Obamacare group pushes for Medicaid expansion, cites study on rural hospital closures
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley wants claims of civil rights violations against state in DeBrodie lawsuit dismissed
          P-D editorial:  Parson's education board appointments reflect a welcome new approach X
          KC Star's Tessa Weinberg:  Missouri's elected officials should stop using "block" tool offered by social media platforms X
          KC Star letter:  Overland Park septuagenarian wishes Kansas congressional delegation was as gracious and humble as Mike Parson X
          P-D letter:  Aligned VP Linda Rallo responds to P-D editorial that blamed legislators for workforce gaps X
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        Wednesday, June 13
       
P-D:  McCaskill disputes claim that her RV tour of Missouri last month was more of a fly-over X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley vows to fight 'anti-ag agenda' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Hawley vows to fight 'anti-ag agenda' X
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes urges state to withhold payment for Greitens' two impeachment attorneys
          KWMU:  Barnes to Steelman:  Don't pay Greitens' attorneys
          Missourinet:  Criticism of Greitens' use of private lawyers in governor's office continues to mount
          AP:  Barnes:  State shouldn't pay Greitens' bills
          KC Star:  Barnes:  Greitens illegally hired impeachment lawyers, should pay them himself X
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis attorney alleging A New Missouri in violation of state's nonprofit laws
          SNL:  Building roads, opening doors are top priorities, Parson says in Springfield stop X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Parson to reconsider bill to fund UMKC arts campus, restore funding to "Missouri Department [sic] Tourism [sic]" X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson establishes Board of Education quorum with two appointments
          Missourinet:  Parson makes Missouri Board of Education functional again;  commissioner search can move forward
          KWMU:  Missouri state school board finally has enough members to meet again
          AP:  Parson revives education board with appointments
          SNL:  Parson reappoints Branson's Peter Herschend to state school board X
          The Missouri Times:  Pardon does not allow convicted felons to run for elected office, court rules
          The Missouri Times:  Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State
          KWMU:  Missouri's restriction on medication abortions can continue, judge rules
          Missourinet:  Judge's decision blocks Planned Parenthood from expanding abortions in Springfield and Columbia
          Missourinet:  New possible case of tick-borne virus renews Fitzpatrick's call for more details
          P-D:  St. Louis County ethics committee wants Hawley to investigate Northwest Plaza deal X
          The Missouri Times:  90 percent of Missouri buses approved by Highway Patrol inspection personnel
          SE Missourian:  Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry Counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD +
          P-D:  Glendale bus stop decorated by girl with Down Syndrome is vandalized;  Caucasoid millennial females caught after spray-painting "Police Lives Murder" message X
          P-D editorial:  Parson, the anti-Greitens, hits all the right notes X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson is giving Missouri a desperately needed fresh start X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Making critical investments in our military X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. gender studies professor Andrea Friedman:  On Bill Clinton, Eric Greitens and definitions of consent X
          KC Star's Jenee Osterheldt:  On decision to leave Kansas City and move to Boston;  Negative Midwest memories include reader feedback on columns, a supposed driving-while-black incident, other harrowing injustices X
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        Tuesday, June 12
       
KWMU:  Parson promises new direction in tone but not policy
          SNL:  Mike Parson says he's ready to help Missouri move on from Eric Greitens X
          CDT:  Parson strikes healing tone X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for unity and a fresh start in first address
          Missourinet:  Audio and transcript of Parson's address to joint session of Missouri Legislature
          Missourinet:  Parson:  'The welfare of the people will be my guiding principle and sole consideration'
          JCNT:  Parson urges a 'fresh start' in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson calls for unity and a 'fresh start'
          AP:  Parson:  'Time for a fresh start' in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri's new governor offers 'fresh start' in first address X
          KC Star:  'Our wounds will heal,' Gov. Parson tells lawmakers gathered in joint session X
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers pleased with Parson speech X
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation, minus Clay, meets with Parson
          The Missouri Times:  Grassroots:  The story of Parson and his longtime campaign treasurer
          Columbia Missourian:  Woman seeking to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler draws fifteen (15) to campaign office grand opening
          SNL:  Woman challenging Mike Moon in GOP primary praises Barack Obama's "intelligence and passion," says priorities include "affordable housing and living wage jobs" X
          SE Missourian:  Former GOP state rep candidate Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Chiropractors seek lobbyist
          CDT:  Greitens panel done with special session X
          Missourinet:  Galloway still investigating Greitens' use of private lawyers
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Dixon call for Legislature to push forward with ethics and corruption-fighting legislation
          Warren County Record:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) makes his case for sports betting in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Evergy, the product of Great Plains and Westar's merger
          SNL:  Big black bear found dead in Current River;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation suspects drowning X
          KC Star:  Fast-food workers complain about wages, make scenes in Kansas City and Jefferson City X
          Priddy:  Selecting a new lieutenant governor:  Lessons from 1825 and other reflections (1,594 words)
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Kudos to Hawley, lawmakers for doing the right thing on Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Victims of sexual assault need legal protections, not humiliation X
          KC Star letters:  On 'right to work' and Eric Greitens X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says merit system changes are part of GOP conspiracy to sabotage government X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area coed claims Missourians disagree with GOP pro-life policies
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        Monday, June 11
       
Messenger:  The birth of a Twitter troll is disturbing side effect of Greitens saga;  In Missouri politics, cowards hide behind pseudonyms and lack courage to put their names on what they write X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  With Trump stirring the pot, the 2018 election is returning to 2016 themes X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kit Bond on Mike Parson, Josh Hawley, transportation taxes, and the St. Louis Cardinals;  Panel of Reps. Tracy McCreery and Nate Walker, Strategic Capitol Consulting's Tommy Robbins, UFCW's Dave Cook talk Parson, SD 17 special election, more
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might drop investigation of Greitens now that he's resigned X
          AP:  Man convicted in 1997 murder received pardon from Greitens
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Legislature moves on taxes, ag issues;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers' Samantha Davis, Missouri Soybean Association's Casey Wasser
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT seeking comment on roads program X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to stop selling federal duck stamps in offices across the state
          P-D editorial:  Getting a fuel tax increase on the ballot was the easy part X
          P-D letter:  Belton woman says virtual learning is right for some Missouri families X
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        Sunday, June 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill sings her praises in St. Joseph:  "I'm the hardest-working Democrat in the party" X
          CNN's Rebecca Berg:  Democrats using Eric Greitens to hit McCaskill's challenger in Missouri
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri farming groups concerned about status of federal farm bill;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Todd Hays, Missouri Corn's Gary Marshall, Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, congressional delegation X
          Washington Missourian:  Filing now open for Alferman's state rep seat
          KC Star:  Missouri may be 'on the hook' for $150k for Greitens' private impeachment attorneys X
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe shares insight on Greitens' decision to resign X
          Washington Missourian:  Bourbon virus now listed as emerging illness in Missouri X
          CDT editorial:  Dropping of Greitens charges will reverberate X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri leaders must not let the dark-money investigation die X
          P-D editorial:  Voters should select a new lieutenant governor X
          McClellan:  Meandering thoughts on Greitens with bonus old-timey newspaperman anecdotes X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian compares McCaskill to Marie Antoinette, urges voters to tell senator to "go fly a kite" X
          SNL letter:  Stockton octogenarian opposes 'right to work' X
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        Saturday, June 9
       
KC Star:  McCaskill on Trump:  'Constitution was written to make sure no one was above the law' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Northwest Democrat Days attendees to hear McCaskill re-election pitch, Jason Kander presidential stump speech today X
          Washington Missourian:  EPA seeking priority list designation for former plant X
          Drebes:  Becky Dunn joining Dept. of Higher Ed
          SE Missourian:  Chris Limbaugh stepping down as prosecutor to take job with Gov. Parson +
          Missourinet:  Consensus could be building around Mike Kehoe to fill vacant lt. gov seat
          KC Star:  Parson to meet with KC leaders during nine-city listening tour X
          The Missouri Times:  Special prosecutor declines to file further charges against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D) won't pursue Greitens on felony charge
          KCUR:  Greitens won't face charges for behavior during 2015 affair
          AP:  Prosecutor won't refile case stemming from Greitens' affair
          KC Star:  Baker declines to charge Greitens despite 'probable cause' for sexual assault X
          P-D:  No further charges against Greitens, prosecutor says X
          P-D:  St. Louis judge threatens to hold Al Watkins in contempt over gag order X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 6, 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Update on Ameren's Mark Twain Transmission Project
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens won't face criminal charges. Missouri knows the truth. X
          KC Star editorial:  Baker declined to charge Greitens, but she did right by the victim X
          CDT editorial:  A win and a loss in the Greitens saga X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri a lousy place to live if you're poor. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) unveiled X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Pulling out of Iran was right thing to do X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  Parson has opportunity to move Missouri forward +
          Messenger:  Despite what GOP legislators say, Missouri's education funding is unfair X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests that instead of caterwauling about 'profiling,' scofflaws start following traffic rules X
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        Friday, June 8
       
Washington Post:  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao pushes to free air traffic control from "government shackles;"  Blunt says pilot training issue is holding up aviation bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill appears on MSNBC, talks Giuliani, trade, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Jay Ashcroft to join Missouri dairy farmers for field day, June Dairy Month celebration today
          Drebes:  Greitens' campaign committee might - potentially - have suffered high burn rate due to billables from Jeff Roe and Austin Chambers
          The Missouri Times:  NAACP, others claim 'right to work' will disproportionately harm black workers
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democrats hoping Tuesday's special election has lasting impact
          JCNT:  Justin Alferman's new job causing changes to ballots X
          Missourinet:  Roger Wilson says having a second-in-command soon is important
          JCNT:  Confide hearing scheduled for June 19 X
          CDT:  Committee members surprised by dropped Greitens subpoena X
          JCNT:  Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) speaks to Jeff City Chamber, recaps 2018 legislative highlights X
          The Missouri Times:  State roughly $4.2 billion under Hancock Amendment limit in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  MOSERS gets new executive director, Fitzpatrick joins board
          P-D:  Parson to announce school board picks next week X
          CDT:  University of Missouri to cut $45.4 million and eliminate 185 jobs on Columbia campus X
          KC Star:  MU eliminates 185 jobs, blames state legislators and enrollment drop X
          Missourinet:  For the third year in a row, Mizzou to slash its budget and jobs
          P-D:  Mizzou makes $45 million in cuts, including 185 jobs X
          SNL:  Pro-choice groups want Planned Parenthood to get more money;  Comments from seasoned feminist M'Evie Mead, Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee X
          SNL:  Missouri approves law to combat Anthem's controversial ER policy X
          KWMU:  Missouri's new coal pollution regulations designed to hold utilities accountable
          The Missouri Times:  New state law cuts and caps electric rates;  Ameren Missouri says customers should see benefits quickly
          KWMU:  Rape-kit rules intended to eliminate confusion, backlog for survivors
          KC Star editorial:  A pardon for Eric Greitens?  Gov. Parson, don't even think about it. X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Freight rail connections give Missouri an edge in global marketplace X
          Waters:  Missouri's racial-profiling histrionics:  Traffic-stop data doesn't prove a point one way or another X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian applauds Messenger column on dark money, says solution is to elect Democrats X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City sexagenarian castigates GOP legislators for "ambushing" Greitens X
          P-D letter:  Microsoft govt. affairs lead applauds Romine, Swan, Libla, Fitzwater, Bahr, Christofanelli, Rizzo, Wasson for STEM efforts X
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        Thursday, June 7
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill co-sponsors bipartisan legislation for disabling terrorist drones in flight
          KWMU:  Parson continues meetings with local and state officials
          The Missouri Times:  Parson to host meet-and-greet on June 11
          The Missouri Times:  Robert Knodell accepts role as Parson's deputy chief of staff, pens letter to HRCC members
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House drops lawsuit against pro-Greitens groups
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee probing Greitens drops subpoenas, for now
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri vs. Illinois:  Legislators face off in first-ever softball matchup
          Washington Missourian:  Bills from local legislators signed, become law
          SNL:  Eric Greitens agreed prosecutors had enough evidence to build a case, settlement says X
          KWMU:  In deal to resign, Greitens admitted state had evidence in donor-list case
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney releases previously sealed portions of agreement with Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens acknowledged there was enough evidence for trial;  defense says admission 'means nothing' X
          The Missouri Times:  Pedroli argues Greitens leaving office doesn't absolve him of alleged crime
          SNL:  Missouri Southern State University faces $1.1M state penalty for 15 percent tuition hike next year X
          Missourinet:  Ameren's efficiency plan backed by clean-energy supporters
          AP:  Missourians granted pardons include abuse victims
          Missourinet:  Convicted murderer's fate on hold after change of Missouri governors;  Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with butcher knife
          SE Missourian:  Report shows racial disparity of traffic stops in area, state;  Officers say they stop cars for violations, not race +
          KC Star editorial:  Help Wanted:  Missouri needs a new lieutenant governor X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's shift on lobbyist gifts is a step toward cleaning up the Capitol X
          SNL op-ed:  Aaron Hedlund:  Greitens did not illegally request foreign donations X
          Washington Missourian's Joe Barker:  Greitens leaves X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  The Greitens soap opera continues
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  MSU Board of Governors to consider removing Greitens from Public Affairs Hall of Fame X
          P-D op-ed:  Stephen Davis:  Office may be called 'light gov,' but it's still needed X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  A Democrat won a Trump district by 19 points. Missouri Republicans should panic. X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Easier tests cost Normandy students the right to transfer X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville sexagenarian surprised to find himself agreeing with Tony Messenger on dark money X
          SNL letter:  Area millennial says 'right to work' will make life tough on him X
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        Wednesday, June 6   D-Day
       
KWMU:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race kicks back into high gear
          Bloomberg TV:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt explans how Missouri tackled its underfunded pension system
          The Missouri Times:  SD17 special election:  Lauren Arthur (D) wins bellwether seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment seeks communications director
          The Missouri Times:  Parson announces Aaron Willard as new chief of staff
          The Missouri Times:  Parson meets with mayors, announces new staff members:  Marylyn Luetkemeyer, Robert Knodell, Justin Alferman, Steele Shippy, Kelli Jones
          Missourinet:  Parson filling key positions;  Robert Knodell to be deputy chief of staff
          KWMU:  Parson meets with mayors, continues hiring staff
          Missourinet:  Parson indicates he'll get behind proposed gas tax increase in Missouri
          P-D:  Parson signals support for gas tax boost, names new staffers X
          CDT:  State education board sets meeting pending appointments X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley:  Undisputed Stipulation constitutes an open record under the Sunshine Law
          Missourinet:  Sealed conditions in agreement to drop charges against Greitens can be disclosed
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis County attorneys remain persistent in Confide lawsuit against former Gov. Eric Greitens
          JCNT:  Lawyer in Confide case seeks sanctions against state X
          The Missouri Times:  After years of legislative work, farmers can once again cultivate industrial hemp
          SNL:  Dead Missourians don't eat, but someone is spending their food stamps, auditor says X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway audit finds inadequate prevention, detection of SNAP abuse
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Missouri wasting milions on incarcerated, out-of-state recipients
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  DSS fails to detect millions in questionable food stamp transactions
          AP:  Galloway criticizes food stamp fraud investigations
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Legislature passes bill from "Rep. John Weimann [sic]" to let Medicare cover chiropractic care
          KWMU:  Changing needs, strategies in foster care as number of children in Missouri's system increases
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri proposes bold long-term energy efficiency plan
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri proposes a six-year program to cut customers' energy costs
          Missourinet:  Transcript:  Bob Priddy's induction speech at Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame
          AP:  Death row inquiry on hold after Greitens resignation
          KC Star editorial:  Josh Hawley plays politics with Trump pardon question X
          JCNT editorial:  End of Greitens administration shouldn't be end of Greitens investigations X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's views on LGBTQIA* issues are a cause for concern X
          KC Star editorial:  'Driving while black' in Missouri is becoming more perilous, traffic stop report shows X
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  Missouri takes a breather as Greitens moves on;  Analysis of johncombest.com headlines shows waves of media reaction +
          Waters:  Who knew what was to come of Eric Greitens? X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Arthur's victory provides hope that GOP grasp on Jefferson City has weakened X
          Messenger:  After 18 years, no progress in Missouri for those "driving while black" X
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        Tuesday, June 5
       
KCUR:  Partial transcript of Steve Kraske's interview with Claire McCaskill
          KCUR:  Partial transcript of Steve Kraske's interview with Josh Hawley
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer evaluates possibility of Trump meeting with North Korean leader
          The Missouri Times:  Parson says he intends to work with current Cabinet members, is considering options for lieutenant governor
          KWMU:  Parson may call special session;  not looking to dump Greitens' cabinet
          Missourinet:  Parson talks cabinet, will meet with KC Mayor Sly James today
          AP:  Parson praises Greitens' cabinet
          P-D:  Parson says he'll keep top agency heads hired by Greitens X
          Washington Missourian:  Justin Alferman will serve in Parson administration X
          The Missouri Times:  Alferman leaving House to join Parson's team as legislative director
          Missourinet:  Parson:  I don't like the state of Missouri being without a lieutenant governor
          Missourinet:  Does Missouri need a lieutenant governor ASAP?  Opinions vary.
          KRCG:  Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has high hopes for Mike Parson
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Conservatives Jim Lembke and Rob Schaaf, along with liberal Sean Nicholson, talk to Rosenbaum about "Clean Missouri" initiative
          The Missouri Times:  Marc Ellinger, Stephanie Bell branch out into their own practice
          KC Star:  "The Influencer Series" to offer political and policy thoughts ahead of elections;  Panel to feature ideas from Scott Charton, Bob Holden, John Hancock, James Harris, Gregg Keller, Dan Mehan, Roy Temple, Jane Dueker, John Danforth's ghostwriters, others X
          AP:  Missouri revenue up 2.1 percent compared to last year
          The Missouri Times:  Sanctions sought in Confide lawsuit for 'unaffirmed answers' by Greitens' defense
          Missourinet:  Hearing set for Greitens' attorney to argue against turning over documents from A New Missouri
          P-D:  Should Greitens resignation agreement with St. Louis City prosecutor be released in full? Hawley asked to decide
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood seeks to block Arkansas abortion law that could affect Missouri
          Missourinet:  Galloway to announce results of probe into Missouri's delivery of food stamps
          KWMU:  Urban groups unhappy with Vehicle Stops Report;  St. Louis City police reported finding contraband more often when searching black drivers
          Missourinet:  NAACP, others complain about traffic stops
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is gone, but investigation into A New Missouri should continue X
          Washington Examiner's Emily Jashinsky:  Claire McCaskill struggles to explain why she wants a third term
          Priddy:  For posterity's sake, the investigation into Greitens must continue
          P-D letter:  Kirksville woman resents smugness of those celebrating Greitens' downfall X
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        Monday, June 4
       
The New York Times:  Senate Republicans are newly hopeful about the midterms - for good reason;  Greitens' resignation deprives Dems of divisive tool
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Farm Bureau VP Todd Hays talks NAFTA, MO DNR and Dept. of Ag regulations, more
          Missourinet:  Parson continues outreach this week;  Cabinet meeting set for today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins, Remole praise Parson
          Washington Missourian:  Lawmakers look forward to working with Parson, say Greitens' resignation was necessary X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron):  Despite "spin" from dramatic types, Greitens no factor in revenge-porn bill X
          Drebes:  Text of Morning Consult op-ed about SCR 43 and utilities' hedging
          KC Star editorial:  With Greitens gone, UMKC's plan for a downtown arts campus could be revived X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri educators must proceed cautiously with virtual learning X
          P-D letter:  Manchester conservative Richard Buckley displeased by Greitens and Gardner over resignation deal X
          SNL letter:  Local IBEW rep opposes 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, June 3
       
KCUR:  U.S. Senate showdown:  Steve Kraske talks with Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Gun-control march ambles through St. Louis City
          P-D:  Gun-control advocates congregate in North St. Louis City X
          Drebes:  What will become of Greitens' war chest?
          P-D:  Greitens' resignation will leave his dark-money mysteries forever unsolved X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Gov. Mike Parson X
          JCNT:  Legal experts disagree if new governor can appoint his successor as lieutenant governor X
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens' resignation result of plea deal;  Computer tampering charges dropped X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill vs. Hawley:  List of issues the candidates should be talking about X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Good luck to Gov. Mike Parson X
          P-D editorial:  Dark money giveth Eric Greitens, and taketh away X
          Horrigan:  Imagining how Eric Greitens learned his 'Republican' values X
          KC Star's Andy Marson:  GOP legislators wrong to oppose Dem proposal to study state's maternal mortality rate X
          P-D letter:  Self-described "ultra-liberal" wishes Parson success X
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian celebrates Greitens' departure, wants Trump gone too X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian dislikes Greitens and Trump, wants voters to pass 'Clean Missouri' initiative X
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian says Greitens and family deserve privacy that has been given to accusers X
          SNL letter:  Springfield octogenarian says media deserves blame for forcing Greitens out, suggests paper rename itself to "Springfield Liberal Democrat" X
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        Saturday, June 2
       
The Missouri Times:  Veterans, guns and abortion framing Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 13:  Season finale
          CDT:  Parson pledges 'honor, integrity, transparency' in governor's office X
          The Missouri Times:  Farmer, sheriff, lawmaker, and now, governor:  Parson takes the reins
          KWMU:  Parson becomes governor with high expectations - and heavy challenges
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Parson's speech
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Q&A with Mike and Teresa Parson
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson pledges "to bring honor, integrity, transparency"
          P-D:  Parson pledges fresh start as he is sworn in as Missouri's new governor X
          KC Star:  Mike Parson takes oath as state's governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens issues pardons and commuted sentences hours before stepping down
          KWMU:  Greitens busy signing bills, issuing pardons in final hours of his tenure
          P-D:  Greitens pardons 5, commutes sentences of 4 more X
          Missourinet:  On last day, Greitens signs more than half the bills passed by the Legislature
          P-D:  List of bills Greitens signed X
          AP:  Greitens resigns in scandal, signs 'revenge porn' law
          AP:  Greitens enacts law against his alleged actions
          CDT:  Legal issues follow Greitens as he departs X
          The Missouri Times:  New information shows Greitens and 19 staffers used Confide app
          Missourinet:  Greitens ordered by judge to provide information concerning Confide app
          KC Star:  Fewer than 20 Greitens staffers used Confide app X
          P-D:  Judge delays decision on whether controversial Greitens nonprofit must turn over records X
          Missourinet:  Judge delays order calling for documents from Greitens' nonprofit to be turned over
          AP:  Parson replaces Greitens, but who replaces Parson?
          Drebes:  Impact of Greitens' resignation on Arthur vs. Corlew
          Missourinet:  Missouri voters to decide if gas-tax increase will be implemented for road upgrades
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Legislature approves tax cuts, pay raise and gas-tax ballot measure +
          Washington Missourian:  Productive session for local legislators as several bills sent to governor X
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley issues 2017 Vehicle Stops Report
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri mess:  What if a Democratic lieutenant governor were succeeding Eric Greitens? X
          Phill Brooks:  Greitens failed to adjust to battlefield realities as governor
          Messenger:  An open letter to Missouri voters about Eric Greitens and dark money X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man glad Greitens is gone, says Kim Garnder still looks very bad X
          P-D letter:  Woman who ran in 7th Congressional District Dem primary criticizes Kim Gardner for focusing on Greitens instead of important urban priorities X
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        Friday, June 1
       
June 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt sign letter to address rural broadband coverage
          USA Today:  Hawley's campaign wanted Greitens to 'go away';  How much will governor's exit help Senate bid?
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay hosts gun-control rally, promotes march set for tomorrow
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  KCUR seeks reporter for Missouri government and politics
          SE Missourian:  GOP state auditor candidate David Wasinger calls for more transparency in state government +
          Missourinet:  Parson's office releases swearing-in ceremony details for today in Jefferson City
          JCNT:  Transition of power on tap today X
          KWMU:  Details announced for Parson's private swearing-in as governor
          P-D:  Low-key swearing-in ceremony planned for Missouri's new governor X
          P-D:  Parson has far different views from Greitens on controversial low-income tax credits X
          SNL:  As governor, Parson will reshape, restart state school board with six appointments X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan explains impact of Greitens' departure, expresses group's satisfaction with legislative session
          Missourinet:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association 'thrilled' Parson to lead the state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens has yet to submit formal resignation letter to Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  Despite Greitens resigning, House says A New Missouri must still provide documents as ordered by court
          KC Star:  House says Greitens' campaign nonprofit must comply with judge's order and turn over records X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway urges lawmakers to pursue influence of dark money and special interests
          Missourinet:  Schaaf on Greitens:  "Dark money wins."
          Missourinet:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) dissects Greitens' resignation speech:  "It sounds like he's admitting he's broken laws"
          AP:  Retrospective:  Greitens took a path less trod to win, lose office
          KWMU:  Gardner defends prosecution of Greitens, says it's cost $65,000 so far
          P-D:  Prosecution of Greitens may cost St. Louis about $100,000, Gardner says X
          Missourinet:  Greitens could still face legal trouble even though he's leaving
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Revenue says they're on pace to issue all tax returns more quickly than last year
          KWMU:  Federal education report aims to compare state standards;  meanwhile, the tests keep changing
          AP:  Lawsuit details alleged atrocities endured by disabled man at private care facility;  Missouri Dept. of Mental Health named as defendant
          Washington Missourian:  Bi-State Development Agency bill sent to governor's desk
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Water priority for commodity groups sees legislative action
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 30, 2018
          SE Missourian editorial:  Greitens did the right thing;  Time for Missouri to move on +
          CDT editorial:  Probe into allegations against Greitens should continue X
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City prosecutor made a secret, no-good deal with Greitens X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens' undoing caused by his own actions X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens complained of 'forces' in his resignation. We should thank them. X
          KC Star editorial:  These people deserve the credit for ousting Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Nearly 5,000 untested rape kits signals ongoing injustice to Missouri victims X
          Kraske:  Missouri voters deserve some blame for electing too-good-to-be-true Eric Greitens X
          Messenger:  The ultimate outsider turns over reins of Missouri government to a man with a record X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff:  Office of lieutenant governor deserves some respect X
          P-D op-ed:  Former assistant AG Elliott Usher:  Hawley can show us why Greitens resigned - it's his duty X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood sexagenarian nonplussed by McCaskill's husband's investments X
          KC Star letter:  KC octogenarian dislikes Greitens' propensity to shift blame for his predicaments X
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        Thursday, May 31
       
Rosenbaum:  Once full of promise, Greitens becomes tarnished footnote of scandal and missed opportunity
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  With Greitens gone, the spin cycle now turns back to Missouri's nationally-watched Senate race X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Hawley for U.S. Senate
          SNL:  Hawley gets pro-life endorsement in U.S. Senate race X
          KWMU:  Missouri candidates and politicians prepare for post-Greitens world
          Terry Ganey:  Greitens runs for cover, still dodging questions
          KWMU:  Deal with St. Louis City prosecutors led to Greitens' resignation
          P-D:  Governor's attorneys approached St. Louis prosecutor with deal:  He'll resign, you drop charges X
          AP:  Greitens' resignation part of deal with prosecutors
          SNL:  Greitens' resignation was the cost for dismissing charge X
          Missourinet:  Gardner dismisses felony computer tampering charge against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Gardner takes offer from Greitens lawyers to drop felony charge for governor's resignation
          Messenger:  On day after Greitens resigns, attorney goes after his phones in Confide lawsuit
          SNL:  Man-on-the-street interviews about Greitens' resignation X
          CDT:  Legislative leaders regroup after Greitens' resignation X
          KWMU:  House, Senate leaders sign off on bills while helping Parson transition to governor
          Missourinet:  House and Senate leaders invite Parson to address joint session of Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Special session 'no longer needs to proceed' following resignation of Greitens
          AP:  Blunt:  Parson 'very prepared' for governor role
          CDT:  McCaskill promotes her work on veterans issues at Columbia stop X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill stays mum on resignation, looks forward to Parson
          SNL:  Parson to reshape Missouri Board of Education X
          KWMU:  Parson expected to soothe relationship with state educators
          Missourinet:  Branson mayor says Parson will be more supportive of tourism than was Greitens
          AP:  Profile:  Governor-in-waiting Mike Parson
          The Missouri Times:  10 years in the making:  How Missouri solidified its role as a red state
          The Missouri Times:  Jacob Turk seeks to fill Republican ballot slot for Emanuel Cleaver's re-election, again
          The Missouri Times:  SD 17 special election:  Less than a week to go
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses case against Schaaf
          P-D:  Lacy Clay hosts gun-control rally;  Attendees include Democratic Committeeman Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, handgun owner Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), others X
          P-D:  Alice Liu is one of 41 national Spelling Bee finalists;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sophia Nguyen on to final round of national bee;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          SNL's Stephen Herzog:  Greitens' resignation is about dark money X
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis City Aldeman Antonio French:  Black and 'progressive' agendas don't always align;  On white aldermen, 'Bernie Bros' and other impediments to progress X
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        Wednesday, May 30
       
KWMU:  Greitens resigns as governor of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Video:  Greitens' resignation announcement
          SNL:  Full text:  What Greitens said at press conference X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens resignation effective Friday, June 1
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens resigning June 1 X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  5 (five!) things you need to know about Greitens' resignation X
          SNL:  <X things> journomeme:  5 (five!) things you need to know about Lt. Gov. Mike Parson X
          SNL:  Why Greitens is resigning:  An overview of major issues X
          SNL:  Timeline:  Greitens' path to resigning X
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers welcome Greitens' resignation, call it a sad day for Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Kehoe react to Greitens resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) surprised Greitens resigned, expresses confidence in Parson
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins and Remole react to governor's resignation
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) surprised with resignation, says investigation must continue
          SNL:  What politicians said about the resignation of Eric Greitens X
          AP:  Greitens resigns amid widening investigations
          KC Star:  Greitens resigns, ending political career once aimed at presidency X
          SNL:  The next Missouri governor, Mike Parson, hailed as 'good man' by both sides of the aisle X
          KC Star:  Profile:  Mike Parson;  Thoughts from Schaaf, former Rep. Mike Talboy (D), others X
          P-D:  Profile:  Mike Parson;  Comments from Matt Blunt X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens team must comply with House subpoenas, judge rules
          Missourinet:  Missouri judge rules Greitens committees must turn over subpoenaed documents
          Missourinet:  Hafner indicates violations of campaign finance laws occurred
          Missourinet:  Hostility in committee hearings on Greitens reaches fever pitch
          P-D:  Greitens resigns;  'resolution' reached in St. Louis X
          KC Star:  St. Louis reaches 'resolution' with Greitens, but Baker's investigation continues X
          Drebes:  Dem PAC attempts to tie Hawley with Greitens
          Missourinet:  Emanuel Cleaver takes to MSNBC to complain about Roseanne Barr tweet
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens presents City of Malden with proclamation after tornado recovery +
          KC Star editorial:  Graves, Hartzler should side with illegal aliens over Trump X
          P-D editorial:  In Greitens' aftermath, a few things become perfectly clear. X
          P-D editorial:  With governor's resignation, a long-awaited end to the Eric Greitens myth X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens resigns at last but feels sorry only for himself X
          Messenger:  Greitens goes out the way he came in, haunted by the specter of dark money X
          Helling:  Greitens' resignation a relief for beleaguered Republicans X
          Priddy:  Governor's collateral damage:  1,589 words on Greitens' trademark arrogance, memories of old-timey administrations, more
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Greitens was too good to be true X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian wishes neighbors would stop obsessing about Greitens and start addressing street savagery X
          SNL letter:  Group of McCaskill campaign volunteers says she delivers for military veterans X
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        Tuesday, May 29
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill survey:  Missouri VA hospitals continue to improve for America's war heroes
          KC Star:  Cleaver speaks at Memorial Day event X
          Missourinet:  Parson praises mid-Missouri emergency communications center
          P-D:  Gas tax hike could pump up construction across Missouri X
          Drebes:  Who won the session?  Readers weigh in.
          AP:  Lawmakers give Greitens a few wins in spite of investigation
          KWMU:  Budget Committee may make restarting low-income housing tax credit harder
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate's special session leaves state school board in continued limbo
          P-D:  Under new Missouri plan, public schools pay for private virtual schools X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mun Choi on challenges and opportunities for UM System
          KWMU:  For Missouri heart attack patients, the nearest hospital isn't always the best;  State's Time-Critical Diagnosis System achieves implementation
          AP:  Rural Missouri cemeteries face financial challenges;  Bill from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) gives cemetery trustees opportunity to earn higher rates of return
          KC Star endorsement:  Lauren Arthur (D) for state Senate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' attorneys are crossing the line X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri falls behind as employers complain of a skills gap schools aren't filling X
          KC Star editorial:  Life vests could have made a difference in fatal Lake of the Ozarks boat crash, and there ought to be a law X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to criticism of Billy Long X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian thinks recent publicity could boost Greitens' presidential aspirations X
          P-D letter:  Maplewood woman wants legislators to address full problem of surprise billing X
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        Monday, May 28   Memorial Day
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill:  Senate farm bill mark-up in June
          CNN's Rebecca Berg:  Greitens scandal looms large in Missouri's U.S. Senate race - and it doesn't show signs of going away
          SNL:  Four big issues coming to Missouri ballots - and the big money being spent to win votes X
          P-D:  Man hopes to change lives with St. Louis syringe exchanges that cut risk of disease outbreak;  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks Safe Syringe Access bill X
          KC Star:  Here's the beef:  Missouri cattle feedlot wants to grow;  Powell Gardens fears the stink X
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group says Missouri among worst states to be a police officer, has several of the most dangerous cities
          Messenger:  Hanaway, now on Team Greitens, has advice:  Stay away from the FBI X
          KC Star letter:  KC septuagenarian unhappy with Greitens' attorneys X
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        Sunday, May 27
       
KWMU:  List of local Memorial Day parades, speakers
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri military air show prepares for takeoff
          Drebes:  NRA upping Missouri presence ahead of midterms
          KC Star:  Republicans fear Greitens will 'burn it all down' ahead of midterms;  Comments from top GOP minds John Hancock, James Harris, Gregg Keller X
          JCNT:  Greitens team continues to demand cross-examination X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) surprises lawmakers with evidence he got from Greitens' legal team X
          JCNT:  Foster care legislation had broad support X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AAA spokesman calls for statewide primary seat belt law
          KC Star editorial:  Federal relief wanted:  KC families are drowning in sky-high water bills X
          CDT op-ed:  Obamacare waiver would help Missouri deal with out-of-control Medicaid costs X
          SNL op-ed:  National Safety Compliance Inc. applauds legislators for SB 982 passage X
          SNL op-ed:  Campaigns for Youth Justice applauds legislators for 'Raise the Age' passage X
          P-D letter:  Former Missouri Right to Life President Pam Fichter:  McCaskill show hypocrisy on late-term abortions X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman grateful for Hawley's inquiry into untested rape kits X
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        Saturday, May 26
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill:  Veterans Affairs medical services improving in Southeast Missouri +
          P-D:  McCaskill's husband invests in conservation tax benefits under IRS scrutiny X
          P-D:  Lacy Clay meets with illegal alien hiding out from immigration authorities X
          KWMU:  Poltically Speaking:  As the Greitens World Turns, Part 12:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk K.S. TV interview, Jean Peters Baker as special prosecutor, Scott Faughn and Al Watkins, much more
          KWMU:  Greitens subpoenaed to appear before Missouri House investigative committee
          JCNT:  Greitens subpoenaed to testify to House committee X
          AP:  Greitens subpoenaed by House investigation
          Missourinet:  Attorneys for Greitens, House committee accuse each other of misinformation
          Missourinet:  House committee investigating Greitens erupts with outrage at defense offering
          KC Star:  Missouri officials scrutinizing Greitens' use of private lawyers paid by taxpayers X
          Delta Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens visits Bootheel to discuss medical services +
          Missourinet:  Greitens, agency officials visit town losing hospital
          Drebes:  GOP state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell sets up third-party PAC for primary election expenditures
          KC Star:  Tax credits for low-income housing are 'dead' amid scrutiny from lawmakers, Greitens X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt right to force members of Congress to pay for their own harassment settlements X
          P-D editorial briefs:  On Greitens' contriteness act and "fake meat" X
          KC Star editorial:  Why have thousands of rape kits gone untested in Missouri? X
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  No-show Greitens tries committee's patience;  it sends him a subpoena
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Texting advice for Greitens' staff was aimed at evading law X
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        Friday, May 25
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill backs Trump's move to pull the plug on North Korea meeting
          P-D:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner attend Trump signing of bill peeling back financial regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  Women's group cheers McCaskill, Blunt for work on sexual harassment procedure overhaul
          SNL:  Lawmakers may lack power to force Greitens to testify, says attorney who warns of 'coup' X
          AP:  Chip Robertson chastises attorney for Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens attorney defends 'disgusting' line of questions posed to former mistress X
          The Missouri Times:  Watkins testifies;  Barnes, Dowd argue about K.S. testimony
          KWMU:  Watkins uses foul language, gets cantankerous before House committee
          Missourinet:  Al Watkins gets heated in appearance before House committee
          SNL:  Legislator and attorney say they've talked to FBI about Greitens X
          AP:  FBI briefed on allegations against Greitens
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers, attorney both contacted FBI over allegations related to Greitens
          P-D:  House committee chairman says he spoke with FBI about Greitens X
          KC Star:  Head of investigative committee says he's talked with FBI about Greitens X
          P-D:  Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) says Greitens told him 'no picture ever taken' of former lover X
          AP:  Greitens approves date change on 'right to work' vote
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Public Safety officer Drew Juden receives award at law enforcement ceremony +
          Missourinet:  Extra Missouri state troopers will patrol roadways, waterways on Memorial Day weekend
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley finds nearly 5,000 rape kits untested in Missouri
          Missourinet:  30-year-old untested rape kit highlights massive backlog in Missouri system
          P-D:  5,000 rape kits sit untested in Missouri, audit finds X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Commission gives approval to Westar-Great Plains merger
          JCNT editorial:  2018 legislative session:  All considering, a good effort X
          P-D editorial:  Shame on Greitens lawyers for trying to shame his accuser X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen:  Why I'm a pro-life agnostic X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau member Andrea Rice:  Rural Missourians to benefit from T-Mobile and Sprint combining
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  Bob Romanik, the FCC has some questions for you X
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        Thursday, May 24
       
P-D:  Blunt-sponsored legislation aims at overhauling the way Capitol Hill treats sexual harassment X
          KWMU:  House panel probing governor questions Faughn's access to $120,000
          SNL:  Faughn testifies he spent his own $100k for audio regarding Greitens affair X
          The Missouri Times:  Under oath, Faughn answers committee questions, reiterates the money was his
          Missourinet:  Faughn says $120,000 payment to attorney was his own money
          JCNT:  Faughn says money delivered to Watkins was his X
          P-D:  Faughn says cash payment was his own money X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee tosses out photos defense allege could be of Greitens' ex-mistress
          SNL:  Greitens' lawyer asked woman about her active participation in sexual activities X
          KC Star:  Greitens team asked woman about wide range of story elements X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge hears suit to enforce House subpoenas, no decision made
          AP:  Investigation of Greitens presses ahead at Capitol and court
          Missourinet:  Galloway still probing Greitens' use of public money for private attorneys
          Columbia Missourian:  Informal survey results:  Some Missourians support Greitens, some don't, most don't know and don't care
          Missourinet:  Several Missouri tax credits see chopping block, including low-income housing
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger says Missouri biodiesel announcement highlights value-added agriculture
          AP:  Federal court rules Missouri must provide hormone therapy to inmate
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt is right on harassment bill:  Taxpayers shouldn't pay for Congress' misdeeds X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens plays the victim role, but the act isn't convincing X
          P-D editorial:  Newly named special prosecutor in the Greitens case is about justice, not convictions X
          P-D editorial:  Insurers are billing unfairly for some ER visits. Missouri legislators offered a good, albeit halfway fix. X
          Helling:  Greitens gets a pass on speeding X
          P-D letter:  University City woman says front-page article on Facebook cattiness shows how low the Post-Dispatch has sunk X
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        Wednesday, May 23
       
KOLR:  Lawmakers consider school security legislation;  Comments from "Rep. Vicki [sic] Hartzler"
          P-D:  Border Patrol agents' seizure of opioids on the rise, McCaskill report says X
          SNL:  GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate Austin Petersen releases poll showing him outpacing Josh Hawley in head-to-head versus McCaskill X
          AP:  "Fight for 15" campaign takes new approach against corporations:  filing sexual harassment claims;  Campaign finds St. Louis teen to claim she was harassed, deserves payout
          KWMU:  House panel won't allow cross-examination by governor's attorneys
          The Missouri Times:  Defense gets their wish on cross-examination, sort of
          Missourinet:  Scott Faughn could appear today before Missouri House committee
          SNL:  Lawmakers re-enact affair testimony as special session on Greitens proceeds X
          The Missouri Times:  Hours of testimony of Greitens' former mistress to be read into committee record
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers re-enact woman's testimony against Greitens in special session
          AP:  Lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers read, aloud, hours of testimony by woman in Greitens case X
          P-D:  Lawyer for Greitens asked woman's lawyer:  'What does your client want out of this?' X
          KWMU:  Greitens attorney on special prosecutor appointment:  Fresh 'set of eyes' is a good thing
          KWMU:  What Jean Peters Baker's record says about how she will approach Greitens case
          The Missouri Times:  As special session gets underway, pro-Greitens ad set to air around state
          Missourinet:  Greitens lobbies to keep his job in television attack ad
          P-D:  Greitens hits the airwaves again in fight for political life X
          KC Star:  Greitens campaign spending six figures on TV ads as lawmakers weigh impeachment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he's 'ready' if Greitens is removed
          KC Star:  Greitens' lawyer waives first appearance in computer tampering case X
          P-D:  'It was a friendly interaction':  Greitens gets pulled over by police in small Missouri town X
          Daily Journal:  After 16-year state legislative career, Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) gives exit interview on constituent service, Greitens, tax credits, right-wingers and their benefactors, much more
          SNL:  Missouri ethics panel has eyes on 'dark money' as donations roll in for ballot measures X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sides gear up for 'right to work' battle X
          Drebes:  Urban scions Wiley Price IV, LaKeySha Bosley seek to begin serving time in Democratic superminority in 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber releases Missouri 2030 report, touts 2018 legislation as step in the right direction
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber study forecasts concerns, solutions for state's workforce X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) promotes Missouri coal at Tennessee meeting
          P-D:  What your license plate can't say in Missouri, including 'NEKK1D' or 'DRUNK' X
          KC Star editorial:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker out to get justice - not Gov. Eric Greitens X
          P-D editorial:  Cole County prosecutor helps governor escape charges for false campaign report X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Bipartisan solutions to fight the opioid crisis X
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Greitens' hairdresser rings true in deposition X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman who fled Chicoms 10 years ago thanks Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) for organ-harvesting resolution X
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        Tuesday, May 22
       
AP's Steve Peoples:  McCaskill courts black voters, uses church sermon to address "haters;"  Comments from "St. Louis city [sic] councilwoman Hazel Erby"
          The Missouri Times:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker agress to serve as special prosecutor in Greitens' case;  Gardner blocked from case
          KWMU:  Kansas City-area prosecutor takes over Greitens case
          Missourinet:  Jackson County prosecutor takes over Greitens' invasion of privacy investigation
          P-D:  Jackson County prosecutor to handle invasion of privacy case against Greitens +
          AP:  Judge appoints special prosecutor in Greitens case
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee investigating Greitens to discuss special session rules today
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers' plans for special session largely ignore Greitens' ideas X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens-connected groups to argue committee subpoena in court
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Woman at center of Greitens case tells her version of story;  KS talks about friendship with Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), more
          KWMU:  Woman in Greitens scandal says she's being used
          SNL:  Woman in Greitens affair speaks out X
          P-D:  In first interview, Greitens' accuser says she is not lying +
          The Missouri Times:  Two weeks out, Lauren Arthur leads Kevin Corlew in SD 17 race
          Drebes:  Democratic state rep candidate sets up Go Fund Me campaign to help cover costs for November loss
          The Missouri Times:  First Lady applauds passage of foster care and adoption overhaul legislation
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) calls for firing after alleged tax bill estimate cover-up
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren Missouri taking major steps toward renewable energy with plans for largest wind farm in state
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri plans to build a large network of wind turbines in northeast Missouri
          P-D:  Ameren to establish state's largest wind farm in northeast Missouri X
          P-D editorial:  A fine legislative year for special interests. Regular interests, not so much. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers gave corporations tax cuts and plenty more. But what about workers? X
          KC Star letters:  Lake Winnebago man displeased by McCaskill's vote on Haspel;  Area women applaud state lawmakers for legislation regardling shackling of pregnant women in active labor X
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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
          Disclosure