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        Tuesday, July 28
       
The Hill:  McCaskill, other Dems seek answers on rural postal delivery
          NBC:  Today Show:  Popular chains Hertz, Dollar, Avis renting cars with open recalls;  Comments from McCaskill
          Politico:  Via White House visits and more, Dems went out of their way to cultivate Jon Stewart;  McCaskill lauds comedian's value in propagating anti-GOP messages
          SNL:  Bob Dixon acknowledges being a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and how it led to a period of sexual confusion as a teen X
          Helling:  Nixon will drag his feet in calling special elections for LeVota and Diehl seats - so legislators should hold his feet to the fire +
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) drops Majority Leader bid to run for Senate seat against Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) X
          Drebes:  Noted marijuana advocate Eapen Thampy to officially register as weed lobbyist
          CDT:  Vietnam veteran and pot enthusiast Thomas Mundell shares medical marijuana lobbying tips with NORML X
          KWMU:  KWMU seeks observations, gripes about Jefferson City culture
          P-D:  Missouri Senate committee jump-starts Planned Parenthood investigation
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT earns federal funding with larger-than-expected revenues
          KC Star:  Missouri drownings and traffic deaths increase in 2015 +
          AP:  Less-than-legal aliens face doubt over Missouri college aid
          SNL:  Proposed changes to guardianship law would give wards stronger voice, task members say X
          Missourinet:  Bill meant to prevent shock-drowning in Missouri to be back in 2016
          Missourinet:  Proposed Missouri ban on powdered alcohol to be back in 2016
          P-D:  Committee formed to investigate Nixon's Ferguson actions hasn't met for months
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder goes to Ferguson for "cleanup day"
          KMOX:  Photo Gallery:  Charlie Brennan's Ferguson Clean-Up Day
          AP:  Organization for Black Struggle, others plan day of "civil disobedience" to mark anniversary of Michael Brown robbery/assault/shooting
          KWMU:  Exhibit at Ladue High School will showcase disproven "Hands Up" myth
          P-D editorial:  When bad ideas collide, the economy is collateral damage:  On Missourians for Fair Taxation, Missouri Association of Realtors and preempting Rex Sinquefield
          CDT's Waters:  LeVota, Diehl, et al. - anything new here? Octogenarian weighs in on interns' seduction via "e-mails [sic]", young dames encouraging powerful men to engage in "dilly-dallying [sic]" X
          KC Star letter:  Bernie Sanders supporter who wrote complaint letter to McCaskill's Senate office unhappy with form-letter response +
          SNL letter:  Response to Burlison's criticism of tobacco-tax hike X
          P-D letter:  Foley man's sarcastic reply to minimum-wage caterwauling:  Why not make the minimum wage $30 and boost all poors into the middle class?
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        Monday, July 27
       
KWMU:  Senate backs Export-Import Bank as part of highway bill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill criticizes GOP obsession with Obamacare;  Kander needs cash;  Staffers pen pithy ADA tributes +
          P-D:  Taxpayers picked up the tab for 51 homeless veterans to live in apartments.  How have those men managed their "free" gift?
          AP:  Missouri governor's race no mirror of White House contest
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Should Missouri raise the minimum wage?  Thoughts from Jobs With Justice's Ruth Ehresman, former Fed economist Howard Wall
          Drebes:  Missouri Senate needs a "Higher Office Caucus" to organize ladder-climbers
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants governor to allow National Guardsmen to carry weapons +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  PSC case may impact Missouri American, others X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  First Lady Georganne Nixon to host pie contest at State Fair;  Comments from Missouri Department of Agriculture's Sarah Alsager
          Columbia Missourian:  An era of updated communes takes root in Missouri;  Residents describe life of subsistence, bartering and "alternative currency" at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
          KMOX:  Charlie Brennan's Ferguson clean-up takes place today;  Volunteers should meet at the former QuikTrip site looted and torched by rioters
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Rural mail boosters - especially Roy Blunt - win one X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Republican lawmakers are right - trained military personnel deserve to be armed X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says that in a world where girls get crushes on men, let's remember LeVota is innocent until proven guilty X
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        Sunday, July 26
       
Politico:  Netroots disruption energizes black activists;  Comments from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D)
          Washington Post:  Cleaver, in Africa, will hitch a ride back on Air Force One;  Travel mates include Sheila Jackson Lee, octogenarian John Conyers, et al.
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill on Trump's appeal:  "People say, 'Hey, all of you idiots in Washington aren't getting things done.'" X
          SE Missourian:  Summer ozone levels in region not as bad as feared +
          Kraske:  Will recent screeching over "Jefferson City culture" lead to any real changes?  Full-of-themselves legislators will set new rules, so don't hold your breath. +
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club to host Lincoln Day dinner August 29;  Lineup includes Blunt, Jason Smith, and a "very special guest" +
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Kinder leads gubernatorial field
          KWMU:  Parson switches to lieutenant governor;  Dixon discusses childhood sexual abuse that led to teenage confusion about sexuality
          AP:  Parson dropping governor bid to run for gov lite
          CDT:  Local advocacy group - along with ACLU and Progress Missouri - want UM system to provide illegal immigrants the same scholarship opportunities and tuition breaks as actual Americans X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Southeast's new president visits Kennett campus
          CDT:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) questions removal of state guard flag at Battle of Lexington site X
          JCNT:  New child-on-child sex abuse law in the works X
          P-D:  Camp Zoe, former open-air drug market and dopehead destination, to open as state park next year
          SE Missourian:  Criminal employment series:  Ex-felons face obstacles when seeking jobs;  U.S. probation officer weighs in on pros, cons of "Ban the Box" legislation +
          P-D:  Hundreds show up for free haircuts, hot dogs and junk food in Ferguson
          KMWU:  Free groceries, haircuts draw crowd to Ferguson
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon, state of Missouri gain well-deserved recognition for work to help the developmentally disabled and others with mental issues X
          P-D:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare/Empower Missouri's Glenn Koenen:  Finding work, the hard way;  Missouri will struggle to place the unemployed in solid jobs
          P-D letter:  Physicians for a National Health Program supports Medicaid expansion in Missouri
          SNL letter:  Why are illegal aliens even allowed in Missouri universities at all? State's priority should be to help real Americans. X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis should follow Kansas City's lead and raise the minimum wage
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        Saturday, July 25
       
Washington Missourian:  Area veterans hanging out at local VFW bar not amused by Donald Trump
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt seek solution for highway funding X
          KTVO (Kirksville):  McCaskill speaks out on state of Missouri roads
          KC Star:  Long-term highway funding stalls, leaving Missouri projects out of gas +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          KWMU:  Supporters of Missouri minimum wage hike hope for a replay of 2006's victory;  Comments from Jobs With Justice's Lara Granich, Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten
          The Missouri Times:  John Brunner profile:  2016, 2012, and everything that led up to it
          Riverfront Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) had gay experiences three decades ago, says he had a religious experience in 1988 that set him straight
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) to move to lt. gov race today
          KC Star:  Parson to announce switch from gov race to lt. governor today +
          CDT:  In wake of Hawley announcement, curators approve policy change for UM employees seeking office X
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) faces tough crowd at Muleskinners Democratic club X
          Drebes:  Tim Jones joins Travis Brown's Pelopidas LLC
          KC Star:  Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Independence) resigns amid sexual harassment allegations +
          KC Star:  University report concludes that LeVota most likely propositioned intern +
          CDT:  Title IX investigation concludes LeVota sexually harassed intern X
          KWMU:  LeVota resigning from Missouri Senate;  maintains innocence
          The Missouri Times:  LeVota resigns amid intern controversy
          Missourinet:  LeVota resigns after allegations of sexual misconduct
          AP:  LeVota submits resignation
          P-D:  LeVota resigns seat, continues to deny allegations
          AP:  Aide to Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) accused of choking sex partner
          KWMU:  Missouri schools deal with exam changes, delays
          KC Star:  Less-than-legal immigrants complain about cost of tuition, want same rate as full-fledged Americans;  GoFundMe account set up to accept handouts +
          Missourinet:  Missouri is closer to having its first comprehensive energy plan
          P-D:  Missouri energy efficiency law should be revisited, experts say
          P-D:  Infographic:  Where you're most likely to be victim of a violent crime in Missouri;  St. Louis City, Jackson County lead the state
          P-D:  Local rappers will perform at Mike Brown Benefit Concert;  $10 admission to hear Tef Poe, various pals of Nelly, 2004's J-Kwon, others
          KC Star editorial:  LeVota is of ill repute and had to resign +
          KC Star editorial:  KC Public Schools superintendent search to last until March 2016, so they should pick somebody good +
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        Friday, July 24
       
KWMU:  McCaskill provisions in U.S. Senate highway bill address permitting, rental cars
          P-D:  Candidate to head St. Louis VA hospital withdraws from consideration
          KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on recent Trump comments
          AP:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver heading to Africa on Obama trip
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway calls for special session to respond to Planned Parenthood allegations
          KMOX:  Hanaway calls for penalties on profits of body parts
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt joins 'Sanctity of Life' committee
          KOMU:  MU law professor Josh Hawley announces bid for Missouri attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley officially enters AG race
          KWMU:  Josh Hawley enters Missouri attorney general's race
          AP:  GOP attorney Josh Hawley to run for Missouri attorney general
          KMOX:  Audio:  Josh Hawley talks to Mark Reardon about AG bid (third link from top)
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) opposes tobacco tax hike for universities
          The Missouri Times:  Possible case of voter fraud investigated in Greene County
          KC Star:  LeVota facing increasing pressure to step down today +
          KWMU:  Senate ethics committee will review sexual harassment allegations against LeVota;  Comments from Nixon, McCaskill, Schupp
          CDT:  Schupp calls for LeVota to resign if allegations are true X
          AP:  Senate to review new claims against LeVota
          P-D:  New sexual harassment allegations prompt Senate to renew investigation of LeVota
          KMOX:  Audio:  The Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn on LeVota allegations, fallout (fourth link from top)
          KC Star:  Kinder tweet juxtaposing Diehl/LeVota deleted +
          Carthage Press:  Kolton Babb, aide to Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar), accused of choking woman (link via @ssnich on Twitter)
          CDT:  Late-night sex discussion goes south after 22-year-old GOP aide causes woman to pass out (link via @ssnich on Twitter) X
          KMOX:  Audio:  Rex Sinquefield on 'right to work' (audio via Progress Missouri)
          Missourinet:  Clint Zweifel's plan could create housing for Missouri domestic violence, trafficking victims
          JCNT:  Clint Zweifel seeks more 'transparency' in MOSERS investments X
          Missourinet:  Outgoing, incoming directors on mental health in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri can't block scholarships for less-than-legal students, education officials say +
          P-D:  State in stalemate over illegal-immigrant students
          P-D:  Low-income kids enjoy summer handouts;  Riverview Gardens youth Marvel Dillon critiques taxpayer-funded cuisine provided to him and his 3 (three) brothers for "free"
          JCNT:  Missouri ranks in the middle of child-well-being report;  Advocates say more taxpayer dollars should go to social service programs X
          AP:  Missouri nuclear plant shut down after 'non-emergency' leak
          P-D:  Ferguson to host 'Day of Hope' event Saturday:  Come one, come all for free groceries, haircuts, other handouts
          JCNT letter:  National Organization for Women wants Blunt to stop championing the mere "fetus" and start supporting "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex youth" X
          P-D letter:  City, county could pass laws that challenge pro-gun amendment
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Dan Viets:  Legalizing marijuana would reduce heroin overdoses
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        Thursday, July 23
       
Politico:  McCaskill on Iran deal:  "I'm making sure I'm going to make the right decision, not when I'm going to make it"
          The Hill:  McCaskill co-sponsors bipartisan Homeland Security cyber bill
          AP:  McCaskill, others push cyber bill for Homeland Security after breach
          KWMU:  McCaskill wants to hear consumer stories of hidden hotel fees
          KWMU:  Congressional delegation to Dept. of Energy:  Let Army Corps take over cleanup at West Lake
          P-D:  Waste from feds could merit new West Lake oversight
          P-D:  Blunt in no rush to begin raising name ID of Democratic challenger Jason Kander
          SNL:  Billy Long raises campaign cash at Taylor Swift concert X
          Drebes:  New state rep campaign committees
          KC Star:  Intern from 2015, another from 2010 accuse Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Kansas City) of sexual harassment and retaliation;  LeVota says they're lying +
          CDT:  LeVota says Senate report clears him of sexual harassment claims X
          Missourinet:  Intern alleges misconduct by LeVota
          The Missouri Times:  Senate releases report on harassment complaint against LeVota
          AP:  Missouri Senate report:  Female intern claims sexual harassment
          AP:  LeVota denies sexual harassment claims
          KWMU:  Former intern accuses LeVota of sexual harassment
          P-D:  Intern claims LeVota made sexual advances
          The Missouri Times:  Truman Building evacuated after bomb threat
          CDT:  Legislative committee scrutinizes student aid programs X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to pay former president Ken Dobbins $75,000 for consulting +
          P-D:  As more KIPP charter schools open, partnership with St. Louis district grows
          The Missouri Times:  Child advocacy group ranks Missouri in middle of pack for kids' well-being;  Report lauds Vermont, Massachusetts, et al.
          JCNT:  Supreme Court:  AG, Patrol should be part of sex offender case X
          CDT:  Nixon's son pleads guilty on drunk-driving charge X
          Washington Post:  The real minimum wage in every state:  Missouri ranks #11 in relative value
          KC Star:  Confederate flag issue rises again at Platte County Fair;  Union soldiers burned Platte City in 1861, captured Confederate soldiers there +
          Missourinet:  North Carolina poli sci prof unhappy about Missouri death penalty system
          SNL:  Black bear put down after humans fed it;  Missouri Department of Conservation says large animal was repeatedly seen snooping around for handouts X
          P-D:  Activists who failed to gather valid signatures for mayor recall express anger at Democratically-controlled St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners
          KWMU:  Ferguson finds its new police chief in Glendale, Arizona;  Andre Anderson will serve for six months
          AP:  Ferguson finds black man to serve as interim chief
          KC Star editorial:  Allegations against Paul LeVota bring more disgrace to Missouri government;  Males' quest for young women could be curtailed by mandatory training sessions, lobbyist-gift reform +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Nixon should allow qualified National Guard personnel the authority to carry firearms X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  St. Louis City violence a symptom of some people not respecting life
          Priddy:  Remembering Elson Floyd
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  University-supported tax hike would circumvent public oversight X
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner's selective pro-life stands
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        Wednesday, July 22
       
Washington Post:  Iran deal partly depends upon how much Congress trusts Europe;  Comments from McCaskill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, others view progress on sexual-assault reporting X
          Washington Post Wonkblog:  Why activists think Sanders is more electable than Clinton - and why McCaskill thinks they're wrong
          P-D:  Ann Wagner is giving Trump's $1,000 donation to a VFW post
          Missourinet:  Koster launches investigation of Planned Parenthood
          The Missouri Times:  Koster to investigate Planned Parenthood
          KC Star:  Koster calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood amid questions about aborted fetuses +
          P-D:  Missouri to investigate Planned Parenthood after fetal-parts-for-profit video
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee also to investigate Planned Parenthood
          The Missouri Times:  In wake of Planned Parenthood video, Dempsey forms 'Sanctity of Life' interim committee, names Schaefer chairman
          P-D:  Recent Missouri restrictions spurred plans for Columbia abortion offerings, Planned Parenthood says
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) wins appeal against Obamacare
          Missourinet:  Nixon requests disaster declaration after recent storms
          AP:  Nixon seeks disaster declaration for 70 counties
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Cruz; Schaefer on impending GOP primary bloodbath; Kinder and Rush H. Limbaugh III +
          SE Missourian:  Gov candidate Bob Dixon stops in Cape Girardeau +
          AP:  Eric Greitens campaign mostly funded by non-Missouri donors
          AP:  Senate to release LeVota findings today
          Drebes:  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) may run as a Dem again
          The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Education meets to discuss postsecondary programs
          AP:  Missouri gets $4.2M for AmeriCorps volunteers
          KWMU:  Task force wants $50M in tax breaks for new St. Louis stadium
          Missourinet:  Annie E. Casey Foundation says Missouri ranks higher in child well-being this year
          SNL:  Nixon appoints Jason Brown as Greene County circuit judge X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri Press returns to campus
          JCNT editorial:  The Rx drug abuse/heroin connection;  Legislators must enable a database X
          CDT's Waters:  Kinder, a "pleasant sort," jumps into the alligator pit;  Maybe he'll win, maybe he won't X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Expand health coverage for Missouri's  "poor and dwindling middle class"
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Proposed charter schools for Kansas City's midtown could combine diversity with achievement +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Capital punishment is biased against black murderers X
          Jensen:  Conversations about race should include topics of personal responsibility and accountability +
          P-D letter:  AIM's Ray McCarty:  EPA's water rules are an outrageous power grab
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man responds to North Carolina prof's complaints about Missouri death penalty
          Disclosure


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        Tuesday, July 21
       
Politico:  McCaskill:  'Ted Cruz following Trump around like a lost puppy'
        The Hill:  McCaskill:  Cruz scrounging for Trump's 'leftovers'
        KWMU:  Senate looks for ways to fund highways before August deadline;  Ideas from McCaskill, Blunt
        P-D:  McCaskill speaks to St. Charles County political-civility group founded by Steve Ehlmann (R), Ted House (D)
        KTTS (Springfield):  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) announces bid for governor, says he's the David to the GOP Goliaths
        SNL:  Dixon had pitch for governor's race ready X
        The Missouri Times:  Bob Dixon announces bid for governor
        Missourinet:  Bob Dixon joins crowded GOP gubernatorial field
        KWMU:  Bob Dixon announces run for Republican nomination for Missouri governor
        JCNT:  Bob Dixon jumps into governor's race X
        AP:  Bob Dixon enters race for Missouri governor
        CDT:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) sees difficulty for winner of crowded gubernatorial GOP primary X
        Drebes:  Kinder's primary-base secret weapon:  El Rushbo
        The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Vicki Englund (D) in the race for SD1
        The Missouri Times:  Politics playing a role in UM policy for employees running for state office
        KWMU:  Federal court revives effort from Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) to strip his insurance of birth-control coverage
        AP:  Appeals court reverses lower court on Wieland case
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Jones dispenses words of wisdom on education and leadership in St. Louis
        The Missouri Times:  GOP state senators call to arm National Guardsmen
        AP:  Republicans ask Nixon to arm Missouri Guard
        Missourinet:  Audits of the Missouri House and Senate are underway
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Coverage for eating disorders may expand X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life on new abortion clinic +
        AP:  Missouri drownings on pace to eclipse 2014 mark
        KC Star:  Missouri might drop algebra requirement, let state-schoolers attempt mathletics "more relevant to their field" +
        P-D:  EXCLUSIVE:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) left Missouri House garage during icy February weather and tapped the bumper of a parked car
        P-D:  Ameren spars with critics over future of efficiency program
        KWMU:  County Councilwoman Hazel Erby (D) planning push to raise minimum wage;  County Exec Steve Stenger (D) says notion is impractical
        P-D:  7 killed Sunday and early Monday push St. Louis City's corpse count to 105
        P-D:  Amid wave of criminality and violence, St. Louis City unveils crime-fighting partnership with feds, county
        KWMU:  St. Louis City leaders hope new taxpayer-funded task force will get violent urban behavior under control
        AP:  Joint local-federal effort aims to combat violence in St. Louis City
        P-D editorial:  Nixon's 'no new tax burden' on stadium rings hollow(er)
        P-D letter:  Instead of leeching off taxpayers for a decade (or more), murderous criminals should be put to death sooner
        KC Star letter:  Liberal Raymore woman says poor people who vote Republican should be denied government services +
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        Monday, July 20
       
NY Times:  Senate liberals incensed by committee vote against some auto-safety rules;  McCaskill one of three Dems to join GOP majority
        KWMU:  Ten years after Army Private LaVena Johnson shot herself, Florissant family still in denial;  Father surmises there is a government conspiracy to cover up murder, maybe even rape
        AP:  National Guard launches center for mental health needs
        Washington Post:  Majority of Missourians oppose marijuana legalization;  Poll was commissioned by Show-Me Cannabis
        SE Missourian: Cape County GOP approves resolution supporting 'right to work' +
        AP:  More than a dozen states that expanded Medicaid have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising budget concerns
        Missourinet:  Missouri will have two abortion providers beginning in August
        Missourinet:  Missouri sex education to now include info on predators and sexting
        KC Star:  Long summer school sessions in KC area tackle seasonal learning loss +
        P-D:  UMSL offers scholarship for veterans
        KC Star:  As public defenders complain about workload, ACLU may sue Missouri;  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) says state is doing all it can and must prioritize spending +
        SNL:  Missouri guardianship law could change, public can comment through October X
        SNL:  Former Christian County sheriff stockpiled 3 (three) tons of food in basement of jail to prepare for "end of times" X
        KWMU:  Ferguson commission banks on enthusiasm for implementation as work winds down
        P-D:  St. Louis City eclipses 100-murder mark;  Weekend of savagery adds 6 to tally, including 3 yesterday in North City
        CDT:  CDT hosting 'Trib Talks' session to create in-real-life comment section;  Managing Editor Jim Robertson hopes face-to-face environment will temper keyboard jockeys' talk-toughery X
        KC Star editorial:  Lift the sequestration cap to save Army spending and help Fort Leonard Wood +
        CDT op-ed:  Area consultant paid to promote CDT 'Trib Talks':  Public should attend Thursday event for "citizen-driven dialogue" X
        KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  When a crime victim's own criminal past is fair journalistic game +
        P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Show-Me Institute still opposes Medicaid expansion
        P-D letter:  Young less-than-legals deserve in-state tuition price, just like actual Americans
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        Sunday, July 19
       
P-D:  Double-digit price hikes for some plans raise alarm bells about affordability and success of Obamacare
          KC Star:  Cerner's bid for Pentagon contract carries big rewards - and risks - for area company +
          Farm Futures:  Chris Koster among AGs taking aim at EPA over water rule
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Audio:  Corn Congress taking place in D.C.;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Kevin Hurst
          Daily Journal:  Eric Greitens campaigns in Farmington
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) to announce gov campaign tomorrow;  Greitens still holding out on official announcement
          Drebes:  The latest Nixonite to find a comfortable landing:  John Watson to MOSERS
          KODE (Joplin):  Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin), others call on Nixon to immediately arm Missouri National Guard soldiers
          Dexter Daily Statesman:  Area mother of boy with cranial duplication travels to Colorado for son's seizure medication;  One year after Nixon signed cannabis bill, CBD oil still not available in Missouri
          JCNT:  Two laws modify boating, fuel tax X
          SNL:  Springfield schools reach new high of students qualifying for taxpayer-funded food handouts:  54.6%;  "Heat map" shows expanding geographic creep of the poor X
          AP:  $50 million in tax credits sought for St. Louis stadium
          KMOX:  Radio host Charles Brennan hosting Ferguson clean-up day on Monday, July 27
          KMOX:  Dave Spence's Ferguson 100 holds job fair, attracts 700;  Employers say they met some qualified applicants
          KWMU:  "St. Louis Advocates for Youth" - led by sexagenarian activist Jamala Rogers - wants to know who is getting their hands on Ferguson donations
          JCNT editorial:  Sensible remedy needed on crop insurance;  At Nixon's request, "Christ [sic] Koster" sues USDA on behalf of Missouri farmers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Attorney General Chris Koster's idea for a gun docket is worth a try
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner is posturing over Planned Parenthood
          SNL letter:  Billy Long's positions on COOL and drug advertising show cognitive dissonance X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  MoDOT employees deserve recognition for extra work X
          P-D letter:  Angry young protester celebrating police ambush will grow up to be an angry old man
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        Saturday, July 18
       
KWMU:  In speech to St. Louis Regional Chamber, McCaskill talks highway spending, budget cuts and bid for NGA
          P-D:  Louis Farrakhan visits St. Louis to promote next D.C. march;  Creator of 1995's "(Quarter-)Million Man March" has labeled next parade "Justice or Else"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Planned Parenthood office says it does not donate abortion tissue for research
          Missourinet:  Nixon not joining call for Planned Parenthood investigation
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood issues response to allegations;  Missouri House to investigate
          AP:  State Reps. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester), Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) to investigate Planned Parenthood site
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood to resume offering abortions in August X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Planned Parenthood to offer abortions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Jason Kander promotes business relief on campaign tour X
          Kraske:  Peter Kinder is alive and kicking, eccentricities and all +
          Drebes:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) to announce for governor on Monday
          SNL:  Dixon set to announce gov campaign Monday X
          KSMU (Springfield):  Bob Dixon to announce gubernatorial bid Monday
          AP:  Source:  Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Kansas City) the subject of intern's sexual harassment claim;  Dempsey will release report next week detailing alleged harassment
          KWMU:  Missouri to spend $33 million upgrading veterans' homes
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Via DESE program, taxpayers set to provide up to 100% of Clarkton School District students with "free" taxpayer-funded lunches
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri Department of Agriculture announces grant for spay, neutering
          The Missouri Times:  Courts say Missouri can't conceal source of lethal injection drug
          P-D:  Missouri Press Association pleased with execution ruling
          P-D:  UNC prof issues report on race and executions;  Pro-death-penalty group calls study meaningless
          Washington Missourian editorial:  When it comes to experience in state government, Peter Kinder is the frontrunner
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's cities should stand their ground against gun lobby
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri needs another veterans home, and Franklin County would be an excellent location
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The winner in the Ameren coal ash landfill dispute:  the people
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Young illegals are "twice the men and women that (Missouri) legislators who attack them can ever dream of being" +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp responds to "vicious" P-D editorial
          KC Star letter:  Missourians should support Clean Power Plan +
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        Friday, July 17
       
KSDK (St. Louis):  Military families can wait years for recovery of loved ones;  McCaskill reforming POW/MIA process
          P-D:  Blunt one of 17 no votes on education bill;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
          Bloomberg:  Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles;  McCaskill plan wins out
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Chris Koster stands up for Missouri farmers versus USDA, sues for more crop-reporting time X
          KWMU:  Rex Sinquefield, Peter Kinder hosting fundraising event for presidential candidate Scott Walker
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Clinton's successful Capitol Hill show;  Jay Nixon on admirable discipline of officers not treating brick-throwing Ferguson rioters like Kent State hippies +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Republicans:  video suggests Planned Parenthood violations in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens makes campaign stop in Jefferson City
          CDT:  Eric Greitens attacks 'regurgitated' GOP primary foes X
          JCNT:  Eric Greitens brings 'listen and lead' campaign tour to Jefferson City X
          CDT:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) well-financed for 2016 state Senate election X
          Drebes:  Poll-result details:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' ballot initiative vs. Clint Zweifel's Missouri Promise ballot initiative
          KC Star:  Nixon throws in the towel on going to citizens on ethics overhaul +
          CDT:  Senate panel hears report on LeVota intern investigation in closed-door session X
          AP:  Senate panel to report on LeVota-office harassment investigation
          SNL:  Official:  Nixon's veto of court bill 'upsetting' X
          KC Star:  Missouri law stops colleges from limiting the sites of student protests +
          AP:  UMSL program offers tuition aid for military members
          CDT:  College officials excited by Access Missouri scholarship increase X
          KWMU:  Less-than-legal immigrant students attending state schools will pay out-of-state tuition;  In-state tuition still available to in-state legal Americans
          Missourinet:  Court:  Missouri cannot keep supplier of execution drugs secret
          AP:  Judge:  Missouri broke law keeping execution supplier secret
          KWMU:  Judge says Missouri Department of Corrections cannot shield pharmacy by saying it is part of execution team
          JCNT:  University of North Carolina professor dislikes Missouri's death penalty:  Too many black murderers convicted, white females' lives treated as more valuable, etc. X
          KC Star:  Kansas City approves minimum-wage hike less than activists had sought +
          Missourinet:  Kansas City first in Missouri to approve minimum-wage hike
          AP:  Kansas City approves minimum wage to rise to $13 by 2020
          USA Today:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles will go door-to-door listening to the complaints of those who signed failed recall petition
          AP:  Police catch man who shot police in Central West End ambush
          P-D:  Trigger man, others in custody after ambush on officer;  Marijuana enthusiast Dale Wolford, on probation for burglary crime, was captured hiding in Maplewood
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri launches a foolish, mean-spirited attack on illegal-immigrant students +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare (Empower Missouri) report:  Higher minimum wage would make low-wage workers less likely to accept taxpayer-funded handouts +
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri State Public Defender System's Michael Barrett:  System needs more money to defend poor from prosecutors
          KC Star letter:  Don't marginalize fast-food workers just because of their terrible service +
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        Thursday, July 16
       
Democrat News (Fredericktown):  Rural hospitals, patients closely follow Supreme Court ruling
          Politico:  Hillary Clinton's Capitol Hill mission accomplished;  Comments from McCaskill
          SNL:  Ozarks famers ticked off over EPA water rules X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood
          P-D:  Ann Wagner calls new Planned Parentood video 'monstrous'
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood says it will begin performing abortions in Columbia
          Missourinet:  Dent County backs off 'mourning' same-sex marriage legalization
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Dent County commissioner on same-sex ruling;  Rapist/murderer on how condemned criminals should stop clogging up the judicial system with appeals +
          Missourinet:  Chris Koster sues USDA to give Missouri farmers more crop-reporting time
          Daily Journal (Park Hills):  Wife of Kerry Messer:  One year missing
          KWMU:  Despite Greitens' surge, Koster remains the top money-raiser in battle for Missouri governor
          AP:  Koster has nearly $4M for Missouri governor campaign
          The Missouri Times:  2016 statewide campaign tip sheet:  Candidates' - and potential candidates' - money raised, cash on hand, consultants, more
          The Missouri Times:  July 2015 quarterly reports - 2016 gubernatorial candidates
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov candidate Mike Parson makes campaign stop, says he believes state has money for road fix X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2015 quarterly reports - 2016 statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  July 2015 quarterly reports - 2016 state Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Sneak peek:  2016 Missouri Senate races
          Drebes:  Ed Martin moves from South St. Louis City home into 2nd Congressional, could run for Congress again if Ann Wagner challenges Claire McCaskill
          Drebes:  New committees:  Dem in GOP House district, R and D for Senate 1
          Helling:  Crowded primaries are a decidely mixed blessing in Missouri and the rest of U.S. +
          SE Missourian:  Former congressional candidate Bill Federer (R) to speak to Tea Party group about Islamic State +
          KWMU:  Only one unsigned bill becomes law in Missouri this year;  roundup of other bills at deadline
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State, USDA building reservoir for irrigation +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon touts community college funding X
          Missourinet:  Top amounts for Access Missouri scholarships increase
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon boosts need-based college scholarships
          KWMU:  Normandy weighs reinstating high school dress code
          CDT:  New federal guidelines make it easier for students to get "free" taxpayer-funded meals;  Last week's heat did not deter kids from being drawn to public parks for handouts X
          AP:  KC's minimum wage would rise under proposal
          P-D:  Two in custody after ambush of St. Louis officer, police still searching for two others;  Spanish Lake miscreant Edward Davis captured, while second criminal turns himself in
          P-D:  New Ferguson Starbucks part of chain's make-work program;  Goal is to teach "soft skills" like dressing properly
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Amtrak necessary option for Missourians
          KC Star editorial:  Shorter legislative session could mean less time for trouble in Jefferson City +
          SNL editorial:  Missouri needs a prescription drug database X
          P-D editorial:  It's a grand old flag. Even in Dent County.
          KC Star editorial:  Keep moving forward on a new minimum wage for Kansas City +
          JCNT editorial:  "Captain Obvious" gives 'duh'-worthy summer advice:  Don't overexert in the heat, check on olds, don't leave kids or canines in your car X
          P-D op-ed:  What's at stake in winning the National Geospatial relocation
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Jay Ashcroft's voter-ID petition is a transparent campaign gimmick
          P-D letter:  Woman says Koster should drop pro-farmer stance and start siding with EPA
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        Wednesday, July 15
       
SNL:  Blunt blasts Iran deal, McCaskill vows 'hard look' X
          The Hill:  Senators take sides on Iran deal;  Comments from Blunt
          KC Star:  Reaction to Iran deal coming in;  Statements from McCaskill, Blunt, Graves, Kander +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on standing up for religion versus Supreme Court LGBTQIA decision +
          Feast Magazine (St. Louis):  McCaskill throws support behind the Small BREW Act to encourage Missouri's microbreweries
          P-D:  McCaskill to speak at St. Charles County civilized-discussion group founded by Steve Ehlmann (R) and Ted House (D)
          P-D:  Rural Missouri county won't lower courthouse flag after all
          KWMU:  Blunt outraises, outspends Jason Kander in U.S. Senate contest
          AP:  Blunt touts $3.8M for 2016 re-election campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Top-of-the-ticket candidates tout fundraising hauls ahead of deadline
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder profile:  A career outline of a lifelong conservative Republican
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens explains party switch from D to R;  Paper will livestream candidate's Jefferson City announcement-tour event on Thursday
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) chats with journoduo about municipal court system overhaul, 'right to work,' local wage ordinances, more
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) reflects on 2015 session, says he's meeting with Richardson to repair Dems' bruised feelings over RTW debate
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers to face fewer bills in September veto session
          AP:  A look at bills Nixon has either signed or allowed to become law
          AP:  New Missouri measure will change license office bid practice
          AP:  Nixon signs bill expanding Missouri sex education guidance, including information on the dangers of sexting
          P-D:  Missouri bans college aid to undocumented aliens
          SE Missourian:  Domestic violence victims can use high-tech notification tools +
          AP:  Nixon fills Missouri State University Board of Governors slot
          KC Star:  Nixon names KC lawyer to police board +
          Missourinet:  Missouri executes David Zink for 2001 murder of Strafford woman;  Comments from Gov. Jay Nixon (D), AG Chris Koster (D)
          Missourinet:  Greene County Sheriff reacts to execution of 'monster' David Zink
          KWMU:  Rapist/murderer executed for 2001 crime;  Pentobarbital works flawlessly
          AP:  Rapist/murderer David Zink executed;  Missouri cuts Texas' 2015 execution lead to four
          Missourinet:  Execution set for Missouri killer of Kansas City girl;  Roderick Nunley and pal stole a car, then kidnapped girl from her bus stop before making sure she was raped, stabbed, and left to die in the trunk of the car
          KWMU:  Local filmmaker looks at residents' claims that their health problems are due to 1940s pollution
          CDT:  County plans to move 'Confederate Rock' X
          AP:  U.S. judge narrows Michael Brown family suit against Ferguson;  Judge dismisses family's suit against attack victim Darren Wilson
          P-D editorial:  The Confederate flag may be gone, but Missouri Republicans are still pushing their racist photo ID proposal
          KC Star editorial:  Fewer than 600 votes cast in online poll about minimum wage +
          Peterson:  Nixon right to take a stand for illegal immigrant students
          Jensen:  Misplaced blame in shooting;  When cops see a street tough toting a gun around a playground, what are they supposed to do? +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  McCaskill:  Saving our rural post offices
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Prescribing a cure for American medical innovation
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Even if minimum-wage activists fail, at least they proved a point;  24-year-old cashier with two offspring tells sad story
          P-D letter:  To get fuel tax hike passed, rebuild trust in government
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        Tuesday, July 14
       
KC Star:  Clinton, O'Malley, Sanders talk immigration reform, economic equality to La Raza in Kansas City +
          KC Star:  Photo gallery:  La Raza draws presidential candidates +
          Missourinet:  Democrat POTUS candidates tackle Trump and more in Kansas City
          AP:  Moving past Vermont, Sanders seeks to expand liberal coalition by wooing minority groups
          Helling:  Republicans skipped La Raza, and their campaigns might suffer for it +
          Warrensburg Daily Star Journal:  Drone operators need time to unwind after missions, McCaskill says
          KWMU:  As more women enlist in military service, VA health care system sees changes;  Comments from Blunt
          KWMU:  A touching tribute to one service dog at Scott Air Force Base;  McCaskill bill would give previous handlers the first rights for adoption
          P-D:  Visitation student only Missourian named as U.S. Senate page, was nominated by McCaskill
          P-D:  After Supreme Court gay-marriage decision, Blunt meets with conservative group to discuss next steps
          KC Star:  Dent County, Mo. votes to lower flags in protest of Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQIA marriage +
          Missourinet:  Missouri county's executives vote to lower flags to 'mourn' same-sex legalization
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder unrealistically optimistic about positive campaigning;  Minimum-wage confusion;  Teaching legislators to resist indulging in interns +
          Roll Call:  Former Roy Blunt spokeswoman Amber Marchand has third child, joins Hamilton Place Strategies
          Drebes:  Pamela Merritt, creator of popular "Angry Black Bitch" blog, leaves Progress Missouri for Reproaction;  New group "embraces racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and the moral authority of all who seek abortions"
          Rosenbaum:  Can a vetoed bill have legal significance from beyond the legislative grave?  City counselor, Schaefer, Koster's Nancy Gonder on minimum-wage law
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to increase access to mental health records
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to end fees for Purple Heart license plates
          AP:  Missouri measure changes process to regain driver's license
          Daily American Republic:  State education board ends pact with testing company;  Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-St. Louis) says move is a victory for those who oppose "one-size-fits-all exams"
          CDT:  After miscreants pilfer credit and debit cards from locker room, MU installs iris readers outside rec center club;  Former member wary of MU owning biometric data X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Jury awards $6.7 million in wrongful-death case brought against Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission
          AP:  Parolee who rear-ended woman while driving drunk - then raped her and sliced her spinal cord - wants Nixon to grant clemency;  In 2015 executions, Texas holds 9-4 lead over Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri prepares to execute admitted rapist/murderer David Zink
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission approves 100 'calls to action,' prepares to finish work by September
          P-D:  Kwame Building Group to construct Urban League center at site of QuikTrip rioting/looting/arson
          P-D:  Area rapper Tef Poe, seven others arrested outside police headquarters
          P-D:  St. Louis police officer shot in ambush in Central West End;  police seek black man between 18-22, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, thin build
          P-D letter:  Joan Bray says Roy Blunt should support rental-car safety bill
          CDT letter:  Medicaid-expansion supporter calls Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) a hypocrite X
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        Monday, July 13
       
KC Star:  As the La Raza guest list shows, Hispanics are being courted by politicians +
          KCTV:  La Raza workshop addresses obesity among youth;  Nearly 40 percent of Latino kids are fat
          KC Star:  UAW contract talks to begin, affecting thousands of KC-area workers +
          KWMU:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announces bid for governor
          Missourinet:  Kinder criticizes Jay Nixon, acknowledges Tom Schweich in announcing run for Missouri governor
          P-D:  Kinder will seek governor's office in 2016
          AP:  Kinder announces bid for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Kinder announces for governor;  A look at Missouri GOP consultant line-up, lt. gov candidates (with video of Kinder's announcement)
          Kraske:  Analysis:  With his entrance into GOP primary, Peter Kinder is the front-runner +
          AP:  Eric Greitens raises $800K in quarter, has $1.1M in bank
          KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party removes Jefferson and Jackson as namesakes of party's biggest event;  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) complained that J&J owned slaves
          Drebes:  Ben Murray to run for Mike Colona's open House seat
          P-D:  Police departments required to meet basic standards in new law
          P-D:  After Diehl and LeVota hubbub, Legislature considers revisions to intern programs
          AP:  Analysis:  Missouri stance on local minimum wages unclear
          Columbia Missourian:  Public universities seek smart students who can pay tuition;  "Nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy group" New America Foundation unhappy about it
          SE Missourian:  Region holds a long history of exotic critters turning up in odd places;  Missouri Department of Conservation talks wild animals +
          P-D:  Officer takes down teen with gun at St. Louis City housing project;  Mother of gun-toting 16-year-old laments gun violence, alleges police coverup
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Concern not only for Fort Leonard Wood, but the military budget overall
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill takes the lead on ensuring students learn about safe relationships
          JCNT editorial:  Municipal court reform steps toward greater goal X
          KC Star editorial:  Crackdown on payday loan scams is welcome +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Oversensitive thinskins who get emotional about "politically-incorrect" names should stop imposing their narrow-mindedness on all of us
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Teaching safe relationships a proposed addition to sex education classes +
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake seasoned citizen says higher gas tax is the right way to pay for Missouri roads
          JCNT letter:  Russellville man compares himself to Robin Hood, says he'll lead movement to limit state lawmakers' exorbitant salaries X
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        Sunday, July 12
       
KCUR/Heartland Health Monitor:  Latinos should be enlisted to push for Medicaid expansion, say speakers at Hispanic conference
          AP:  At Hispanic conference, Nixon vetoes bill that would keep illegal immigrants from receiving Missouri A+ scholarships
          KC Star:  Nixon veto ensures illegal immigrants can keep receiving A+ scholarships;  Nixon says hard-working, high-achieving aliens should not be punished +
          The Hill:  Lawmakers push to strip OPM powers after hack;  Comments from McCaskill
          Missourinet:  All Missouri counties will now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
          CDT:  Church marries lesbians, celebrates Supreme Court ruling X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon, McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on same-sex ruling X
          JCNT:  Missouri's adoption laws still subject to debate X
          SNL:  As heroin use spikes, Missouri still lacks prescription-drug database X
          P-D's Gallagher:  Area woman borrowed $100, chose to stop making payments and skipped court date, then paid back $3,592;  Other stories of adults who chose to take out loans they couldn't afford
          P-D:  Ameren has unlikely ally in fight over future of efficiency program
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit alleges Missouri breaks laws in getting execution drug
          P-D:  Chicago art exhibit features life-size depiction of Michael Brown after assault on Officer Darren Wilson
          JCNT editorial:  Circling the elusive math of payday lenders;  Calculating a reasonable rate for payday loans shouldn't be so tough X
          JCNT editorial:  Be on the lookout for late-night stripers X
          CDT op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway:  EPA claims don't hold water;  New regulations clearly overreach X
          CDT's Waters:  Missouri Republicans will use LGBTQIA marriage technicalities as red herrings and take meaningless, symbolic positions against it X
          SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Despite recent national headlines, we still live in a great country;  Rural/suburban residents are doing good things, healthy things, fun things +
          KC Star letter:  Bates City man suggests fixing politics by shunning all lobbyists for every issue +
          P-D letter:  Perpetually-aggrieved thinskins make being offended a cottage industry;  Only Catholics and Christians are fair game today
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        Saturday, July 11
       
St. James Leader Journal:  Fort Leonard Wood force reduction much lower than anticipated
          The Hill:  McCaskill, other Senate Dems seek to protect rural postal delivery
          KC Star:  La Raza CEO Janet Murguia:  GOP candidates declining invites to speak 'a missed opportunity' +
          P-D:  Effects of health insurance merger on Missouri draw local concern
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis), Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) react to gay marriage ruling
          KWMU:  Board approves bill for $20 million loan for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site
          P-D:  Aldermen approve $20 million loan to buy land for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
          AP:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to announce bid for governor tomorrow in Ferguson
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Jay Ashcroft speaks to small group about voter ID;  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) says he's undecided on photo ID petition X
          SNL:  Jay Ashcroft pushes for voter ID law X
          Kraske:  Roy Temple offers quotes on Trump, GOP gov primary +
          Drebes:  Jamilah Nasheed's personal saga, and how her brother's prison sentence was reduced
          JCNT:  John Watson to be new MOSERS director X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ag Director Richard Fordyce talks beef, State Fair to producers X
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes bill targeting local plastic bag regulations X
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill to limit local wage, bag laws
          KC Star:  Nixon's veto jeopardizes Kansas City's push for a higher minimum wage +
          KWMU:  St. Louis Democrats kill $15/hr. minimum wage proposal;  Increase, if passed, may be closer to $11/hr. in five (5) years
          AP:  Nixon vetoes tax break for big laundries
          AP:  Nixon vetoes expanded powers for corporate security officers
          The Missouri Times:  State abandons Common Core testing
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Gosen (R-Ballwin) plans to fight for veto override on HB 1022
          P-D:  UMSL reorganizes programs, eliminates jobs
          The Missouri Times:  Joan Bray, Jeanette Mott Oxford, et al. sue state over lethal injection
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  Virginia Young, Bill McClellan, others take retirement packages from Post-Dispatch
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers choose the unborn over the born, but poor
          P-D editorial:  Missouri says mark your calendars;  A look at the ridonkulous number of "Special-Interest X" days
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's Association's John Boyle:  Blunt leads way to increase funding for Alzheimer's research
          P-D letter:  MoDOT creates fake emergencies to justify tax hikes
          KC Star letter:  Instead of complaining about their wages, entry-level workers should focus on expanding their skillset +
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        Friday, July 10
       
Missourinet:  774 to be cut from Army's Fort Leonard Wood
          KOLR (Rolla):  Army cutting 774 at Fort Leonard Wood;  Economic impact uncertain this soon
          KWMU:  Army to cut 774 uniformed positions at Fort Leonard Wood
          AP:  Fort Leonard Wood to see reduction of 774
          The Hill:  Dems, GOP fight over planned troop cuts;  Comments from McCaskill
          Missourinet:  House reauthorizes 'No Child Left Behind,' issue now moves to Senate;  Comments from McCaskill
          SNL:  Blunt says churches need protection from gay-marriage ruling X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Claire on Cosby +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner joins Lacy Clay in calling for Confederate flag to come down from public grounds
          KWMU:  Record rain in June, but no fear of 1993 flood levels
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders to join Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley in speaking to National Council of La Raza in KC +
          Drebes:  Two new state rep committees filed:  One in KC, one in STL County/St. Charles
          KWMU:  Nixon signs bill from Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) mandating municipal court changes and setting standards
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs municipal court overhaul
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs municipal court reform bill with 'real teeth'
          P-D:  'Sweeping' court reform comes as Nixon signs bill to cap cities' revenue
          AP:  Nixon signs municipal courts overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft pushes forward on petition for photo voter IDs
          JCNT:  Jay Ashcroft brings voter ID pitch to Capitol X
          KWMU:  New film chronicles the decline of Normandy schools
          AP:  Former state Sen. Joan Bray (D-University City), NAACP, Jeanette Mott Oxford, et al. sue Missouri over lethal injection protocol
          KC Star:  Kansas City Council moves ahead toward an increase in minimum wage +
          AP:  KC's minimum wage would rise under draft ordinance
          KWMU:  Slay throws his support behind compromise minimum wage proposal
          P-D:  Slay proposes compromise setting minimum wage at $11 per hour - by 2020
          KWMU:  Franklin County residents reach agreement with Ameren over coal ash landfill in Labadie
          P-D:  Ameren settles lawsuits blocking coal ash landfill
          KC Star:  Koster files civil lawsuit against Northland's Mobile Auto Repair +
          KWMU:  Urban League breaks ground on new center in Ferguson
          P-D:  Video:  Urban League breaks ground on site of QT rioting/looting/arson
          P-D editorial:  Broad coalition paves way for success of Eric Schmitt's municipal court overhaul
          JCNT editorial:  Mileage tax - desperate or creative idea? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  It's galling - the whines about minimum wage from people who never had to make payroll
          Rust:  Kinder vs. Nixon/Koster on RTW would be the most interesting, fun and informative debates since Lincoln-Douglas +
          P-D op-ed:  Former PSC Chairman Kevin Gunn:  Move Missouri forward toward a clean energy future
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man recounts road trip, says Missouri infrastructure deserves gas-tax increase
          P-D letter:  18-year-old Kirkwood girl says young urbanites will improve their behavior if suburbs bus them in during the summer, show them a good time
          P-D letter:  Perryville man says let's not stop with Confederate-flag ban - let's ban the American flag, the rainbow flag, and tell young urbanites to pull up their saggy pants too
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        Thursday, July 9
       
KWMU:  Senate education bill would shift more control back to states
          P-D:  Blunt in the middle of fight over dietary guidelines, environmental concerns
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill pushes for budget solution;  MoDOT on funding catastrophies;  SOS candidate Will Kraus on his push for photo-ID requirement +
          Bloomberg:  Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joins McCaskill in taking aim at Bernie Sanders
          JCNT:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare, GRO turn out small group to protest payday lenders;  Grown man wears shark costume in public X
          P-D:  McCaskill says she'd support effort to take back Cosby's presidential medal
          Helling:  Amtrak just one example of how politicians, by being myopic, can risk everything +
          JCNT:  Area lesbians secure first Callaway County same-sex marriage license X
          CDT:  Lawmakers split on need for anti-discrimination bill after marriage ruling (link via @ssnich on Twitter) X
          Missourinet:  Nixon will seek federal disaster declaration due to floods
          SNL:  Nixon talks "Groundhog Day-ish" rain, flooding X
          Riverfront Times:  How a bungled police investigation led to the Post-Dispatch's shaming of Brittany Burke
          Drebes:  Alex Zumsteg joins Missouri Republican Party as grassroots director;  Jefferson City, St. Louis fundraising events set
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft's SOS campaign seeks 10,000 volunteers to get photo-ID proposal on the ballot
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bills dealing with child sexual assault, protection orders for sexual assault victims
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill adding new protections for sexual assault victims
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to up response to child sex abuse
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon enacts four new child-safety laws X
          AP:  Missouri to require child-safe packaging for liquid nicotine
          Missourinet:  Nixon to announce decision on municipal court reform bill today
          AP:  Nixon set to take action on municipal court bills
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT claims many area highway projects soon will grind to a halt +
          The Missouri Times:  Joint scholarship committee prepping for evaluations, Common Core presentations
          CDT:  University of Missouri Press headed back to campus X
          P-D editorial:  Chris Koster chooses Big Farm over clean water. Maybe he's still a Republican.
          JCNT editorial:  By signing Will Kraus' bill, Nixon gives businesses reasonable tax transparency X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Silver Haired Legislature recommends real Missouri Legislature spend more taxpayer money on olds X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon promotes equality with same-sex marriage stance +
          SNL op-ed:  Unannounced statewide GOP candidate Joshua Hawley:  Those who object to gay marriage need protection X
          CDT op-ed:  League of Women Voters:  Let's encourage more ex-cons to vote in Missouri X
          KC Star letters:  Local EPA employee supports EPA position on water regulation;  Women and men who oppose minimum-wage hikes today are comparable to the white male slaveowners of the 1800s +
          P-D letter:  People who whine about their financial problems should stop blaming others and start taking steps to be successful
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        Wednesday, July 8
       
The Hill:  Dems up pressure to reach budget deal;  McCaskill among 10 Dems to sign letter
          Missourinet:  Study:  flood systems on Midwestern rivers inadequate, based on miscalculations
          P-D:  Cities plan cleanup as area rivers recede from flooded areas
          JCNT:  Cole County eyes federal help for flood-ravaged roads X
          Drebes:  Joseph Knodell retiring from Missouri Education Reform Council
          The Missouri Times:  Travis Zimpfer joins The Missouri Times staff
          Missourinet:  Nixon orders agencies to comply with legalization of same-sex marriage
          KWMU:  Nixon orders local governments to allow same-sex marriage
          KC Star:  Nixon issues order on same-sex marriage +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon issues executive order to enforce same-sex marriage ruling
          AP:  Nixon orders agencies to implement same-sex marriage ruling
          Rudi Keller:  Nixon signs a slew of inconsequential symbolic "days":  Walt Disney Day, Jackie Robinson Day, genetic-disorder day, etc.
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill to increase loan, bank fees
          P-D:  No expansion projects for the next 5 years, says MoDOT
          The Missouri Times:  Resources, products, and heritage dominate new capsule
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools selling 22 of its 30 empty buildings
          KWMU:  Franklin County eases restrictions of Ameren's coal ash landfill, and includes some precautions
          P-D:  Franklin County approves coal ash landfill zoning amendments
          Brownfield Ag News:  Upcoming Missouri State Fair will again be showing off ag
          P-D:  St. Louis aldermen headed for heated showdown on Friday over spy agency, minimum wage
          P-D:  NFL study indicates fans will support a new stadium in St. Louis
          P-D:  Police leaders, DOJ officials have marathon meeting regarding review of Ferguson response
          P-D editorial:  The Missouri-Kansas border war on slamming the poor
          SE Missourian editorial:  Sen. Eric Schmitt's disabilities law an example of bipartisan success +
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City should approve a modest minimum wage boost +
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Lessons from Greece can be applied to U.S. X
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  Missouri economy enjoys green energy growth +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou J-School adjunct:  Memorial for Confederate soldiers is a symbol of black subjugation
          SNL letter:  Rebuttal to U.S. Rep. Billy Long on COOL X
          P-D letter:  Governor tries to bamboozle residents of Suckertown
          SNL letter:  Ozark woman says paper's blatant cheerleading of gay-marriage ruling was a little much X
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        Tuesday, July 7
       
AP:  Head of POW-MIA office favors closer links to private groups;  Comments from McCaskill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on VA issues;  Dempsey on public disclosure of LeVota office intern investigation +
          AP:  Tentative plan to keep Amtrak running in Missouri;  Joint statement from McCaskill, Blunt
          JCNT:  Boone County leads the league in Missouri same-sex marriages with 12 X
          Drebes:  Mike Huckabee coming to Missouri
          Politico:  Senate race rankings:  Missouri still out of the top 10
          KWMU:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder calls for public debates over 'right-to-work' proposal
          Kraske:  Peter Kinder to Jay Nixon and Chris Koster:  Let's thrash it out +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis City) on the road ahead in a post-Ferguson environment
          KWMU:  Deadline just over a week away for Nixon to sign or veto bills from 2015
          AP:  Nixon signs bill requiring business notification of tax changes
          AP:  Nixon signs bill for stillborn baby tax exemption
          Missourinet:  Law requires meningitis vaccinations for students of Missouri colleges
          SNL:  Parks meet with Missouri Dept. of Conservation to weigh goose-control options;  Noisy, rapidly-reproducing animals that accept food handouts from the well-intentioned - then make giant messes - might be best controlled with sprays or dogs X
          KWMU:  Judge halts legal effort to oust St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) from office
          AP:  Judge tosses bid for probe of prosecutor in Ferguson case
          P-D op-ed:  Former PSC Commissioner Terry Jarrett:  State utility commissioners should fight the EPA's "Clean Power Plan"
          P-D letter:  Nixon, Slay trying to bypass the will of the people on stadium funding
          P-D letter:  Publishing yet-to-be-convicted criminals' mugshots is "titillating" but not very nice
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        Monday, July 6
       
KWMU:  Eric Greitens' non-profit helps launch federal veterans' initiative
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt remain skeptical after VA scandal X
          KC Star:  Cleaver:  Barack Obama has not improved race relations +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Salon mocks McCaskill for Sanders hateration;  Nixon says Masons of ebony and ivory lay stone together in perfect harmony +
          AP:  Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely
          P-D:  Investigation into LeVota intern drama continues, with no end or answers in sight
          KC Star:  No consensus emerging in minimum wage fight +
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Patriotic citizens celebrate July 4 in Ferguson;  Zero thefts, arsons at daytime parade
          Rosenbaum:  Thieves steal air conditioners from Ferguson church;  Rep. Tommy Pierson (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on Legislature's focus on non-Ferguson issues
          KC Star's Joe Robertson:  In state proficiency tests, all scores are not created equal +
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Caucasoid Bridgeton councilman says Lacy Clay should stop worrying about Confederate flag and start worrying about West Lake Landfill
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says mopey-mouth underclass complains about "equal opportunity" but really just wants equal results for their sloth
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        Sunday, July 5
       
The Hill:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, others:  Race relations haven't improved under Obama
          KWMU:  Rivers crest after wettest June on record
          AP:  Patrol drops no-wake policy at Lake of the Ozarks
          KOMU:  Boaters return to the water at Lake of the Ozarks
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Region's recorders prepare for same-sex licensees X
          KOMU:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom says their poll shows Missourians oppose same-sex marriage 71%-25%
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says MoDOT funding will be priority when legislators return
          CDT:  Money set aside in state budget to repair Missouri monument at Vicksburg facing legal questions X
          CDT:  Debate over Civil War legacy touches 'Confederate Rock' after 40 years on courthouse lawn X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol cornerstone re-dedicated
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Troy Paino signs four-year deal to remain president of Truman State University
          JCNT:  June state employee of the month:  Missouri Department of Social Services' Jacqueline Morrow X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Governor candidates should vow to do a better job than Nixon of filling vacancies in a timely way X
          P-D editorial:  Massive change coming to St. Louis.  Ferguson Commission leads the way.
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Missouri's Hancock Amendment should be called "Handcuff Amendment" for restricting state spending +
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg man says Rex Sinquefield says Catherine Hanaway will cut taxes +
          P-D letter:  Preserve funding for gifted education program
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        Saturday, July 4   Independence Day
       
KC Star:  Wet weather won't stop Fourth of July plans at most Missouri reservoirs +
          AP:  Flooding causes July Fourth headaches at Missouri parks
          P-D:  High-speed weekend of boating at Lake of the Ozarks begins in idle under no-wake policy
          KC Star:  Death again stirs dock safety concerns at Lake of the Ozarks +
          P-D:  Missouri women, minorities not making the grade on teaching exams;  DESE acknowledges "root causes" of female/black failure, says tests shouldn't be blamed
          KWMU:  Seeds, coal, baseballs and more go into new time capsule at Missouri Capitol
          CDT:  Nixon ensures both white Masons, black Masons take part in time-capsule ceremony X
          KC Star:  Protesters gather outside store where clerk took down thief +
          KMBC:  Teen pilfers cookies from store, gets Glock .32 bullet in his leg for a receipt;  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker seeks highest charges against store clerk, no charges against thief
          JCNT editorial:  Judge correct to rule against Progress Missouri in open-meetings case X
          Salon's Matthew Pulver:  The Bernie Sanders smear campaign has begun;  Clinton mercenaries like Claire McCaskill should get new talking points
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man responds to Clayton woman who questions $15/hr price tag for teen labor, says he knows nine (9) teenagers who volunteer for good causes
          P-D letter:  Tying wages to social issues runs businesses out of the city;  Thankfully, Democrat Joe Vaccaro killed wage hike
          KC Star letter:  Raising minimum wage is the compassionate thing to do;  60 percent of the people who have failed to raise themselves out of a mimimum-wage job are women +
          P-D letter:  Slay should read and heed the inscription on the Confederate memorial, rather than bow to political correctness
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman notices that urban litterbugs enjoy Swisher Sweets cigarillos, suggests Missouri raise tax to discouraging purchasing and subsequent littering
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        Friday, July 3
       
KWMU:  The modern history of U.S. trade with Cuba began on a Missouri rice farm
          KC Star:  Hillary Clinton coming to KC to speak at National Council of La Raza conference +
          SNL:  Anti-GMO rally draws 20 outside Billy Long's office;  Seasoned citizen in sandals holds map mocking "United States of Monsanto" X
          KWMU:  $20M loan for federal property narrowly secures first-round aldermanic approval
          SE Missourian:  Area counties prepare for same-sex marriages +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Catholic Conference leader, SLU prof don't expect suits seeking same-sex marriages in churches
          KWMU:  Unannounced gov candidate Eric Greitens outraises all comers in June
          Drebes:  Brad Ketcher starts another committee:  "Tax Cut for Growth" for 2016 ballot
          KWMU:  Missouri's revenues increased by nearly 9 percent in FY2015
          KC Star:  Missouri side of the Kansas City area accounts for more job growth +
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers raise eyebrows at UM system spending amid tax increase request
          KWMU:  DHSS' Ryan Hobart explains state's summer food-handout program
          SE Missourian:  Flooding expected to continue this weekend +
          AP:  Nixon implements 'no wake' policy at Lake of the Ozarks due to high water
          Columbia Missourian:  High water level puts restrictions on Lake of the Ozarks
          CDT:  State Historical Society of Missouri building project moving ahead in new state fiscal year X
          P-D:  Stadium team quietly lining up land near St. Louis riverfront
          P-D:  Anti-Knowles faction upset about disqualified signatures in failed Ferguson recall attempt
          KC Star editorial:  As Congress makes another run at fixing VA health delays, U.S. must make good on promises to veterans +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The number of Franklin County residents with hands out and mouths open for taxpayer-funded food is alarming
          KC Star editorial:  PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express is a defeat for clean energy +
          JCNT editorial:  Enlightened approach now includes eating disorders X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Supreme Court's disgraceful ruling on gay marriage is an insult to Missouri voters
          P-D letter:  D.C.-based propane group:  Renewable fuel standard affects Missouri landscape contractors, environment
          P-D:  Illinois woman thinks Missouri legislators should expand Medicaid
          Washington Missourian letter:  Confederate flag is part of Missouri history
          CDT letter:  Response to Hank Waters' complaints about proactive policing X
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        Thursday, July 2
       
KWMU:  No longer a bellwether, how significant will Missouri's role be during the 2016 election?
          KWMU:  AG Chris Koster says EPA's "waters of the United States" restrictions go too far
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association supports Koster's stand on behalf of Missouri farmers and ranchers
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster standing up for Missouri farmers versus EPA;  Incoming Supreme Court chief on the way judges work;  More +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon:  Remember the evolution of ethanol
          Independence Examiner:  Amtrak threatens to pull Missouri routes over safety upgrade funding
          Missouinet:  Two Missouri counties denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, one out of a religious objection
          Missourinet:  Flood gates on Missouri's Bagnell Dam opened
          KCUR:  Kraske:  Meet Missouri's new state auditor, Nicole Galloway
          SE Missourian:  Sikeston native Bev Randles is running for lieutenant governor +
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles announces bid for gov lite, pledges two terms
          Drebes:  Progress Missouri to target some voters with mailers referencing voting history
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Jerry Ford (D-Cape Girardeau) wins 2015 Spirit of America award +
          SE Missourian:  Spirit of America nominee:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Todd Richardson on Medicaid expansion, 'right to work,' females and Ferguson
          AP:  Nixon reauthorizes tax that funds Missouri Medicaid services
          KWMU:  Missouri to start offering asthma home assessments to children on Medicaid
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway to audit Missouri General Assembly
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express application denied
          KC Star:  Missouri rejects 'Grain Belt Express' plan for wind power +
          AP:  Public Service Commission rejects plan for multistate wind power line
          KWMU:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D) opts against seeking re-election
          SNL editorial:  Nixon should veto House Bill 722, Missouri Republicans' power grab from local municipalities X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should pass MONA
          KC Star editorial:  Keep valuable KCP&L program that compares energy use for homeowners +
          KC Star letter:  Gas tax is unfair;  instead, people who own luxury vehicles, like "a BMW and a new Cadillac," should pay for new roads +
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        Wednesday, July 1
       
P-D:  McCaskill, others lament impending end of Export-Import Bank
          KC Star:  Blunt touts pace of bipartisan legislation, but Congress still behind last two-year period +
          P-D:  Missouri insurers rake in millions for taking on high-cost clients
          Lake Sun:  Local free clinic helps the uninsured
          Missourinet:  Missouri counties urged to not wait on software to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
          CDT:  Boone County lawmakers split on gay-marriage ruling X
          SE Missourian:  Koster announces Missouri will join lawsuit over EPA's "Waters of the United States" rule +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  EPA and states have tug-of-war over rules X
          AP:  Flooding creates holiday weekend water worries
          SE Missourian:  River predicted to crest Friday morning +
          KWMU:  State Rep. Tommie Pierson (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) will jump into scramble for Missouri lieutenant governor
          Drebes:  Missouri Freedom issues new scorecard ranking state legislators
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court keeps farming, gun rights measures
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds gun rights amendment to state Constitution
          KWMU:  State Supreme Court upholds amendment that broadened gun rights in Missouri
          JCNT:  Patricia Breckenridge takes over as state chief justice X
          CDT:  Missouri to begin fiscal year with surplus, no restrictions on spending X
          Missourinet:  Progress Missouri lawsuit alleging open meetings law violations by Missouri Senate dismissed
          JCNT:  Judge Jon Beetem rules for state Senate in committee complaints X
          AP:  Judge dismisses Progress Missouri's lawsuit on filming Senate committees
          KC Star:  Washington Post reports that Chelsea Clinton received $65k for UMKC speech;  Fee was paid by private donations +
          KC Star:  Departing Superintendent Steve Green sees gains and remaining struggles for KC schools +
          KWMU:  Legislators tell court Nixon is overstepping his power on stadium plan
          P-D:  Nixon's role in St. Louis stadium financing plan debated in court
          Missourinet:  Koster's office says FCC ruling means consumers could expect fewer robocalls and phone scams
          KWMU:  Appeals court permanently blocks vote on ACORN's anti-Peabody charter amendment
          P-D:  Appeals court says anti-Peabody ballot language unconstitutional;  ACORN/MORE unhappy
          KWMU:  Area law enforcement agencies will meet with Justice Department over new Ferguson criticisms
          AP:  Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  On stadium, Nixon turns in his clipboard for pom-poms
          KC Star Mary Sanchez:  Chelsea Clinton's appearance at UMKC was a pricey way to promote a good cause +
          KC Star op-ed:  UCM prof Nicole Nickens:  In the new Missouri teacher licensing tests, results are misleading +
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner wrong to criticize Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon, Mo. reverend:  Don't confuse Charleston tragedy with Michael Brown's violent attack on Darren Wilson
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        Tuesday, June 30
       
KWMU:  Supreme Court says EPA should have considered costs when it set pollution limits for power plants
          The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS rulings on lethal injection, EPA have Missouri impact
          JCNT:  Missouri officials generallly applaud ruling on EPA regulations X
          KWMU:  Supreme Court case upholding Oklahoma's execution protocol could impact Missouri cases
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court's Mary Rhodes Russell explains death-penalty process;  Missouri ended 2014 execution season in first-place tie with Texas
          Missourinet:  30 Missouri counties still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
          The Missouri Times:  More SCOTUS Obamacare reactions:  Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis)
          SNL:  Daughter's Hodgkin's lymphoma leads Billy Long to push for FDA to update rules on drug advertising X
          AP:  13 states, including Missouri, sue over rule giving feds authority on state water
          AP:  Unrelenting rain leads to more flooding in Midwest
          Catanese:  GOP presidential candidates deal with political reality of changing cultural values, sense of "rights";  Comments from Ted Cruz's Jeff Roe
          KCPT:  Former MLB umpire lends support to Missouri cigarette tax increase campaign
          Drebes:  Bill Eigel puts six figures into state Senate primary versus Mark Parkinson, Anne Zerr
          KWMU:  Transportation chief says I-70 is 'completely falling apart' and 'used up'
          P-D:  Interstate 70 is 'falling apart,' says transportation commission chair
          SE Missourian:  Governor signs bill allowing savings accounts for disabilities +
          AP:  Nixon OKs saving accounts for Missourians with disabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Legislators continue autism successes with Nixon's signature
          P-D:  School superintendent pay continues to rise
          Missourinet:  Mystery items in Missouri Capitol time capsule
          AP:  Missouri Press Association names new executive director;  Mark Maassen will replace stalwart Doug Crews
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Assocation names new executive director
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  KC Star print redesign will better help distinguish between reporters' news stories and reporters' opinion pieces +
          KBIA:  Missouri Department of Conservation says Emerald Ash Borers threaten Missouri trees;  Invasive pests burrow deeply, drain valuable resources
          AP:  Lacy Clay takes aim at "this country's racist, oppressive past," wants Mayor Francis Slay to take down Confederate Memorial
          P-D:  Justice Department faults Ferguson protest response
          P-D:  ACORN/MORE complain about 'good old boys' network, target area employers
          CDT's Waters:  Boone County's same-sex posturing is political puffery, but also a commendable statement X
          KC Star letter:  Free-market Missouri Republicans are "darkly ironic" when they cut services for students and the infirm +
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        Monday, June 29
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KC Star health reporter Alan Bavley:  Obamacare will grow faster and stand stronger following Supreme Court ruling +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill says Bernie Sanders deserves more scrutiny +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says that in workforce, olds "have just as much to offer" as youngs;  Senior senator criticizes state Republicans for not expanding Medicaid
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local members of Silver Haired Legislature meet to discuss "legislation" they'll recommend as policies to real legislators X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage (R), Jane Dueker (D), Mike Kelley (D), Lou Hamilton (D) on Dem split on mimimum wage, media's "TMZ" obsession with Jefferson City life, 'right to work,' Uber, Blunt vs. Kander, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Scott Dieckhaus about HRCC's success, Hillary's Missouri campaign, Jeb Bush, Diehl, 'right to work," more
          Drebes:  Missouri School Boards Association gives a plug for the Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative
          P-D:  Nixon tours flooded areas of Lincoln and Pike counties
          Missourinet:  Next for LGBTQIA activists and allies:  Missouri Non-Discrimination Act
          AP:  Missouri changes insurance requirements for eating disorders
          P-D:  Former Rep. Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) praises changes in insurance requirements for eating disorders
          P-D:  Missouri takes districts for a bumpy ride when it comes to bus funds
          Rosenbaum:  Minimum wage split puts new focus on Slay-Stenger relationship
          Neosho Daily News:  Missouri Department of Conservation joins with pallid sturgeon project to tag movements
          SNL:  High-quality pot from legal states flooding market in Springfield X
          JCNT editorial:  Mary Rhodes Russell showed leadership, stewardship of Missouri's court system X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Housing credits improved X
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        Sunday, June 28
       
P-D:  After court ruling, Obamacare faces more certain path;  Comments from Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Missouri Foundation for Health
          Washington Missourian:  Local WIC program adds more dependents;  406 additional people added to the dole
          Nicklaus:  As economy changes, teen summer jobs become scarce;  Taxpayers foot part of the bill for "STL Youth Jobs" placements
          KC Star:  Local civil war buffs, others pontificate over the symbolism of the Confederate flag +
          JCNT:  Keith Schafer leaving Missouri Department of Mental Health for retirement X
          P-D:  Gifted students shouldn't expect as much support from state of Missouri;  In many districts, high-achieving kids are still lumped in daily with the average and the slow
          JCNT:  Capitol time capsule included unexpected glimpse into past X
          CDT:  Grain belt supporters make late push for project X
          P-D:  New eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge span opens
          P-D:  Obituary:  Wayne Withers:  Stepped up to save Missouri's non-partisan court plan
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Area residents' opposition to Obamacare and same-sex marriage doesn't meant they are uncaring or bigoted X
          SE Missourian editorial:  'Major' flood brings annoyance, not disaster +
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon wise to veto student transfer bill X
          CDT's Waters:  On the black community:  A Juneteenth celebration was held, and hardly anyone came X
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        Saturday, June 27   Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-Marlborough) hospitalized after suicide attempt
       
CDT:  Local residents, legislators respond to Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare;  Grown man "skipped in a circle and hoisted a colorful poster board above his head" X
          The Guardian (UK):  Obamacare tales:  Missouri woman says, "I am more scared right now that Republicans ... might kill me rather than my cancer," then weeps
          Drebes:  How long can GOP run against Obamacare?  One more time at least.
          Missourinet:  Missouri leaders react to Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal
          KWMU:  Missouri same-sex couples rejoice as U.S. Supreme Court upholds their right to marry
          AP:  Elected officials react to same-sex marriage ruling
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long reacts to same-sex marriage ruling X
          Missourinet:  Missouri counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses
          P-D:  Missouri counties prepare to comply with sweeping same-sex marriage ruling
          AP:  Missouri moves swiftly to begin same-sex marriages
          CDT:  Boone County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses X
          KWMU:  Committee OKs loan for NGA property;  some aldermen don't want McKee to profit
          JCNT:  River's rise continues in mid-Missouri X
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes school bill, says it doesn't solve transfer problems
          P-D:  Another attempt to fix school transfers is vetoed
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes Missouri student-transfer bill, blocking charter and virtual school expansion +
          AP:  Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfers legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  UM's Tim Wolfe reviews accomplishments, goals after curators approve budget
          CDT:  UM curators approve FY 2016 budget X
          KC Star:  Dozens of women say they were harassed while working in Jefferson City;  Gals tell tales of clueless Capitol creepers making unwanted advances +
          KWMU:  St. Louis minimum-wage push on life support after Democratic alderman cancels hearings
          P-D:  Alderman Joe Vaccaro (D) cancels all future hearings on minimum-wage bill
          KWMU:  Critics of Ferguson mayor fail to gather valid signatures for recall
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch lays off nine employees
          SNL editorial:  Same-sex marriage good for Missouri X
          JCNT editorial:  Law reflects fair solution on tip taxes X
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Star's website design doesn't differentiate between opinion, news well enough +
          CDT's Waters:  If Missouri Republicans want to keep being standoffish on Obamacare, they should at least establish an exchange X
          KC Star op-ed:  Brian Noland:  Lawyer says minimum-wage hike long overdue, quotes Shakespeare +
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        Friday, June 26
       
KWMU:  Reactions to Supreme Court Obamacare ruling;  Comments from elected officials, liberal academic Timothy McBride, two women with struggle stories
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center holds event to celebrate ruling;  MU grad student explains pressure of having to work and pay bills
          KOMU:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) joins group of ladies at Central Missouri Community Action to cheer Obamacare ruling
          AP:  Obamacare supporters cheer Supreme Court ruling;  Republicans not pleased
          Missourinet:  Dem, GOP staffers write statements on Obamacare ruling
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's reaction to Supreme Court ruling
          The Hill:  McCaskill:  Media giving Bernie Sanders a free pass
          KWMU:  McCaskill proposes pay increase for VA facility directors
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner blasts sex-trafficking offenders, calls trafficking 'modern-day slavery'
          Missourinet:  Nixon speaks against EPA proposal to lower ethanol mandate
          KC Star:  Renewable-fuel advocates turn out at hearing, give EPA an earful +
          AP:  Nixon urges EPA to keep renewable fuel standards intact
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jack Oliver and Jeb;  Sam Graves on rural roads;  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) on Confederate flag;  Mike Parson on Obamacare +
          Drebes:  Nixon's Emily Kalmer headed to Auditor Nicole Galloway's office
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers:  Nixon to veto school-transfer bill today
          Missourinet:  Transfer-bill sponsor Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) predicts Legislature is done trying to address issue
          KWMU:  Nixon plans veto of school-transfer bill
          P-D:  Nixon staff says governor will go on veto tour tomorrow, nix school-transfer bill
          AP:  Nixon to veto student transfers bill
          SNL:  Lawmaker says Nixon will veto transfer bill X
          KC Star:  Students in KC Public Schools still underperform versus peers across Missouri;  District will make case that recent uptick means accreditation is deserved +
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Patrick Naeger (R-Perryville) seeks to clarify intent of tax-exemption law he helped write +
          P-D:  Judge hears public vote arguments on St. Louis NFL stadium funding
          KWMU:  Legal fight over NFL stadium heads to judge
          P-D:  MoDOT readies opening of new eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge span
          KWMU:  New river bridge bolsters link to St. Charles County
          CDT:  Former state Rep. Harold Reisch (R) dies at age 94 X
          AP:  Vandals deface Confederate memorials in a half-dozen states, including Missouri
          AP:  Ferguson police chief trying to add diversity;  Black woman promoted to sergeant, with an additional woman and a black guy starting soon
          P-D editorial:  Obamacare ruling gives opening to Missouri Republicans;  GOP should drop its "stubborn and ill-informed reticence" and flip-flop on health-care policy
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Farmers Union's Richard Oswald:  New 'Clean Water Rule' needs to be law of the land;  Also, too many foreigners own Missouri land
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        Thursday, June 25
       
KWMU:  Blunt supports hike in research funding for National Institutes of Health
          JCNT:  Blunt, McCaskill still working for federal transportation funds X
          SNL:  McCaskill:  Drone warfare taking toll on pilots X
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  In Florissant, Hillary Clinton hits a sour note;  Democrat makes the mistake of saying "All lives matter" rather than correct "Black lives matter" +
          CDT:  Obamacare supporters await Supreme Court decision X
          AP:  EPA to hold hearing on Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in KC, KS;  Nixon to speak at rally, will outline opposition to proposed changes
          KWMU:  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency could cost city and state $130 million
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) talks balanced budgets before U.S. House Budget Committee
          Washington Post:  Missouri native Jack Oliver to serve as Jeb Bush's national finance co-chairman
          The Missouri Times:  What's Catherine Hanaway been up to?
          KWMU:  Americans for Prosperity funds TV campaign in support of 'right to work'
          KC Star:  New ad backing 'right to work' runs in Missouri +
          Drebes:  Dan Reuter, running for Mike Leara's open House seat, to kick off campaign today
          KCUR:  Audio:  Steve Kraske, KC Star's Derek Donovan, others discuss Post-Dispatch's decision to run Brittany Burke story (segment begins at 7:50)
          KWMU:  Longtime Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering to retire
          The Missouri Times:  State Budget Director Linda Luebbering to retire
          AP:  Linda Luebbering set to retire
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid enrollment increases, expansion debate continues
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bill increasing crime victims' compensation
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to up compensation for Missouri crime victims
          CDT:  Colleagues remember former UM Chancellor Elson Floyd X
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Decision on student-transfer bill in 'days, not weeks'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver
          JCNT:  Missouri corrections officials defeat Muslim inmate in Ramadan-complaint case X
          SE Missourian:  MO DNR:  "Trucks Gone Wild" off-road event polluted river +
          KWMU:  City aldermen delay vote on minimum wage proposal;  Ald. Antonio French (D) says bill would exacerbate already-high unemployment among poor
          The Missouri Times:  Board of Aldermen hold lengthy hearing on minimum-wage hike;  Democratic bill faces Democratic opposition
          P-D:  Stadium task force started work a year ago, quietly
          CDT:  St. Louis stadium plan challenged in Jefferson City, St. Louis courtrooms X
          KWMU:  "5 Things" journomeme:  "Five things to know about the legal fight over a new NFL stadium"
          P-D:  Army Corps says low-level radioactive matter near Coldwater Creek not a threat;  Group of North County natives blames various health maladies on pollution
          P-D:  Vandals deface historic Forest Park Confederate memorial with "BLACK LIVES MATTER" graffiti
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis region finally adopts underperforming Normandy children as its own
          P-D op-ed:  "Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice" founder Barbara Finch:  School's out, but now's the time to solve problems in the region
          P-D letter:  Warning:  Disregarding science and urging mandatory GMO labeling may make you sound like a Republicans on climate change
          P-D letter:  Missouri House committee puts funding for Title X, related advances in jeopardy
          P-D letter:  Clayton's Rachel Eidelman:  Can you imagine any urbanite teenager being worth $15/hr.?
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        Wednesday, June 24
       
KWMU:  Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop in Florissant
          P-D:  Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop at church near Ferguson
          AP:  At campaign stop, Clinton calls for "common sense" gun control, universal voter registration, even more help for minority entrepreneurs
          Missourinet:  SLU prof Ken Warren says Hillary Clinton has a chance to win Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers make another run at highway bill;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          Bloomberg:  McCaskill blasts Highway Safety Agency, air bag maker Takata Corp. at hearing
          The Hill:  Auto regulators grilled for 'incompetent mismanagement'
          GovExec.com:  McCaskill, others want GSA to catch feds who use plastic at strip clubs
          KWMU:  Kansas company buys McKee properties in National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site for $3.2 million
          SE Missourian:  Floodwaters won't go away soon +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on feds and auto safety, Nixon on failing schools, Kansas commerce chief on border war, more +
          The Missouri Times:  Dawn Nicklas starts new consulting firm
          Drebes:  Paul Harper moves from DOR to Galloway's office;  Jeffrey Earl leaves auditor's office, moves to Department of Corrections
          P-D:  Satan worshippers sue Nixon, Koster over abortion law
          Missourinet:  Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell says better efficiency, going 'undercover' important
          JCNT:  Mary Rhodes Russell reflects on two years as chief justice X
          KWMU:  Mary Russell reflects on term as Chief Justice of Missouri Supreme Court
          KC Star:  FBI is asking about a Jackson County health-care consulting contract awarded to Brittany Burke
          KWMU:  Diehl says FBI has not talked to him about alleged Jackson County probe
          P-D:  FBI asking officials whether Diehl helped Brittany Burke get contract
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs tip tax bill
          The Missouri Times:  UMSL wants tax increase, purchases golf course
          SE Missourian:  Some school districts still waiting for end-of-year assessments +
          KWMU:  State, other districts will aid Normandy and Riverview Gardens
          P-D:  22 school districts offer help to Normandy and Riverview Gardens schools
          AP:  St. Louis-area schools agree to help failing districts
          KC Star:  KCP&L's energy-efficiency letters shake up some customers +
          SNL:  Area lawmakers weigh in on Confederate flag X
          P-D:  Backers, foes give St. Louis aldermen another earful on proposed minimum wage hike
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) on why urban minimum-wage push is not realistic for his county, more
          KWMU:  Army Corps finds no significant radioactive contamination along Coldwater Creek;  Data raises zero "red flags or alarms"
          Columbia Missourian:  Death row inmates turn to neuroscience to bolster their appeals
          KWMU:  Ferguson working group recommends big structural changes to municipal courts
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission seeks 'transformational' changes to municipal courts
          P-D:  As revenue from court fines drops, so does Ferguson's budget
          AP:  Activists that failed to oust Ferguson Mayor James Knowles tries again
          LA Times' David Lazarus:  More help - like McCaskill bill - is needed to stop robocalls, including ones from eBay and PayPal
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Nixon should veto school transfer bill X
          P-D op-ed:  Assistant SLU prof:  The empty rhetoric of increasing the rigor of Missouri teachers
          Jensen:  Conservative columnist offers sarcastic "liberal" take on issues, mocks minimum-wage push, gun control, pantywaist approach to "bruised feelings," more +
          KC Star letter:  Woman says birth-certificate legislation was derailed by a rude Missouri female legislator who shall not be named +
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        Tuesday, June 23
       
KWMU:  Clinton to discuss racial issues in visit to North St. Louis County, then will head to South County to eat dinner and raise money
          P-D:  Clinton to attend "community meeting" at black church, then raise money at private event at scenic Grant's Farm
          Washington Times:  Clinton to join racial debate, campaign near Ferguson
          AP:  Clinton to meet with black leaders
          Horrigan:  Tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how Hillary Clinton should spend her hours-long trip to St. Louis
          Helling:  Does the 2016 Dem nominee stand a chance in Missouri?  "The quick answer is no." +
          P-D:  Clinton Foundation has tapped some of the region's top corporations:  Monsanto, Anheuser-Busch, Centene
          Kraske:  The Chat:  NRSC tweaks Jason Kander over support for Hillary Clinton;  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on weaning welfare recipients off the taxpayer teat +
          Missourinet:  Blunt wants Democrats to allow defense bill to advance
          KWMU:  St. Louis City may take out $20 million loan to buy land for proposed North City site of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
          AP:  Nixon signs bill aimed at keeping National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis
          SE Missourian:  High water causes more problems, including port operations +
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Rivers remain high around St. Louis region
          Drebes:  Bill Eigel, running against Anne Zerr and Mark Parkinson for state Senate, has strong turnout at fundraiser
          Riverfront Times:  UPDATED:  P-D editor Christopher Ave responds to Sarah Fenske's take on Post-Dispatch's Brittany Burke 'slut-shaming,' takes to KMOX to defend Virginia Young's piece
          AP:  Governors' trade missions have uneven record of success
          AP:  For Missouri firm, trade trip brings sales but no big deals
          KRCG:  Progress Missouri challenges state Senate on Sunshine Law (link via @ssnich on Twitter)
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to ease tip tax requirement on restaurants
          Columbia Missourian:  UM system to hold memorial ceremony tomorrow for Elson Floyd
          KWMU:  Retiring Missouri School Board President Peter Herschend reflects on tenure
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) attends Civil War-era remembrace;  Democrats unhappy X
          Columbia Missourian:  Basye addresses Democratic hearsay that he saluted a Confederate flag
          Missourinet:  Missouri conservators working with Capitol time capsule contents
          KWMU:  Aldermen enter 'critical' week for bid to raise St. Louis' minimum wage
          P-D:  'Great Streets' plan advances for West Florissant;  $37,000,000 could be spent to rehab major North County thoroughfare ravaged by looters, arsonists
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission sends its municipal courts group back to the drawing board, seeks 'transformational' changes
          P-D editorial:  A waterlogged nation fails to learn from its repeated floods
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Setting the record straight on trade policy X
          CDT letter:  'Right to work' effects would be tantamount to living in Missouri but not paying any taxes X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man attempts analogy between John Diehl attempting to help Brittany Burke and GOP policy on government handouts
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        Monday, June 22
       
KWMU:  Roy Blunt's campaign zeroes in on Hillary Clinton on eve of her Missouri visit
          KC Star:  Families USA, Kaiser Family Foundation hopeful of Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare;  Aged local "actress," adult couple with daughter on Medicaid tell hard-times tales +
          Drebes:  St. Louis Area Young Republicans form PAC
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Special guest Tom Dempsey;  Panel includes John Hancock (R), Kurt Witzel (R), Tishaura Jones (D), Aaron Willard (R)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking Podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with former Rep. Rodney Hubbard (D) on taking on teacher unions, Chappelle-Nadal vs. Lacy Clay, Antonio French and Chris Carter, Paul McKee, more
          Riverfront Times editor Sarah Fenske:  With the Brittany Burke story, the Post-Dispatch demonstrates the very worst of journalism's "slut-shaming"
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill to better cover eating disorder treatment becomes law
          SNL:  Welfare limits go into effect Jan. 1;  Comments from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), Missouri Association for Social Welfare ("Empower Missouri"), German immigrant with sad story X
          Rosenbaum:  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) says county won't go along with city push to raise minimum wage;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, others
          P-D:  Video:  Seasoned-citizen business reporters David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher drink beer at hipster bar Foam, act out caricatures of minimum-wage debate
          SNL:  Limitations, 'non-compete' clause part of Missouri State University name change X
          KODE (Joplin):  State website offers beach-condition status updates
          KMOX:  'De-stress' is the theme of Ferguson Commission meeting tonight;  Social worker claims that stress is the cause of urbanites' diabetes
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon should veto HB 722 (minimum wage and grocery bags), HB 42 (charter school expansion) +
          SNL editorial:  Best way to address traffic-stop "problem" is to all agree there is a problem X
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri House Banking Committee Chairman Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo):  Changing debit card security +
          JCNT letter:  State legislators should put a moratorium on CAFOs X
          JCNT letter:  Area man constructs narrative involving George Orwell's "1984," Jay Nixon and Common Core X
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        Sunday, June 21   Happy Father's Day!
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Health insurance companies look to consolidate and boost leverage;  Comments from Kaiser Family Foundation, Missouri advocacy group
          Washington Missourian:  City tourism director says area businesses will suffer if Amtrak route is canceled;  McCaskill, Blunt pushing to give Amtrak an extension
          SE Missourian:  River still rising, but forecasted levels drop +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce optimistic about what rains will mean to farmers' soil-moisture profile
          CDT:  Juneteenth celebration with music, free hot dogs draws less than 20;  Area man says paltry turnout shows how little the black community supports each other X
          AP:  Republicans continue criticizing $50K union contribution to Nixon
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AG candidate Scott Sifton speaks to Randolph County Democrats
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on bill refining insurance coverage for eating disorders +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Interview with new Mental Health Director Mark Stringer
          AP:  Former UM President Elson Floyd dies at 59
          Columbia Missourian:  Former UM President Elson Floyd was 'an apostle for public higher education'
          P-D:  Chesterfield residents sound alarm for a sound wall;  MoDOT says it would be too expensive
          P-D:  Special municipal-courts feature:  "A progress report on reforms"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  MoDOT pleas for public input might be desperate, but maybe a good idea is out there X
          SNL letter:  Cattleman disagrees with Billy Long on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) X
          SNL letter:  Area man says entire MO congressional delegation should be "fired," with governor taking control of all state and federal matters;  Author is not named Jay Nixon X
          P-D letter:  Instead of making "bias" excuses for poor grades, prospective teachers should study a little harder
          P-D letter:  Employers won't be able to afford higher city minimum wage
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        Saturday, June 20
       
The Hill:  McConnell calling Dem bluff on trade;  GOP leader banking on support from pro-trade Dems, including McCaskill
          NY Times health blog:  McCaskill targets Alzheimer's supplements
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Pemiscot-Dunklin Cooperative representatives meet with Missouri delegation in D.C. +
          SNL:  New disclosure shows federal lawmakers' wealth, educational trips X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Trump;  Eric Greitens' pre-campaign tour
          SE Missourian:  Corps of Engineers mobilizes to fight flooding +
          Drebes:  Nixon vs. Human Rights Commission over a fired employee
          AP:  Nixon releases more than $22M in blocked funding
          Missourinet:  Arguments presented in Progress Missouri's open-records lawsuit against Missouri Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia officials urge governor to veto bill restricting local governments
          Washington Missourian:  GOP county commissioners disappointed Nixon appointed a Democrat to fill GOP slot
          KC Star:  Action revs up for and against the Kansas City minimum wage proposal +
          The Missouri Times:  Former lawmakers dot local KC elections
          Columbia Missourian:  Retiree Otto Fajen applies Conservation Department experience to his own land
          CDT's Waters:  Nixon should veto bill that would take away local decision-making from city officials X
          CDT letter:  Anonymous letter writer, unable to pay his/her own bills despite living in subsidized housing, thanks McCaskill for voting to expand Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) X
          CDT letter:  Salisbury, Mo. woman supports Grain Belt Express X
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        Friday, June 19   Happy Juneteenth!
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt back infrastructure bill
          JCNT:  Blunt watching budget, environmental issues X
          KWMU:  Bill sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City), four other Missouri lawmakers would set national standards for voluntary labeling of GMOs
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on WWI commemorative stamps, Danforth on campaign finance +
          KWMU:  Mercy lays off up to 350, sites issues related to Obamacare and lack of Medicaid expansion in Missouri
          KWMU:  Obit:  Loretto Wagner, mother-in-law of U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, who fought for decades to end abortion
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) kicks off campaign for state Senate
          Missouirnet:  Nixon declares state of emergency for flooding, rains
          AP:  Nixon declares state of emergency due to flooding
          The Missouri Times:  Rain and flooding impacting Missouri soybean, corn plantings
          P-D:  Weather woes worry Missouri farmers as planting delayed by heavy rain
          KWMU:  Nixon defends veto of 'right-to-work' bill, dismisses Republican criticism over large union donation
          AP:  Nixon appoints Mark Stringer to head Missouri Mental Health Department
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel hears testimony on move to statewide managed care
          SE Missourian:  Nixon approves $10 million for renovations at Southeast +
          P-D:  Police report reveals past Diehl relationship with Nixon staffer
          Missourinet:  Gallery:  Contents removed from 1915 Missouri Capitol time capsule
          The Missouri Times:  Time capsule opened via Periscope
          KWMU:  Time capsule from Missouri Capitol opened
          The Missouri Times:  Slay continues push to require businesses to pay a higher minimum wage
          P-D:  Police union:  Clear link between Ferguson lawlessness and increased crime city rate;  State-school professor says he sees no clear proof
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri schools have reached the point of too much testing
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Print journalism will never die, especially in smaller communities
          SNL letter:  Nixon made good call with veto of 'right to work' X
          JCNT letter:  Man questions value taxpayers are receiving by subsidizing spendthrift state schools X
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        Thursday, June 18
       
KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt propose new agency to leverage private dollars for infrastructure
          SE Missourian:  Provisions by Sen. Blunt would corral ozone, water regulations +
          KMOX:  Committee cuts EPA budget;  Comments from Blunt
          The Hill:  Blunt on latest presidential candidate announcement:  "I have given no thought to Donald Trump's candidacy"
          AP:  McCaskill probes retailers on dubious 'brain' supplements
          P-D:  Big, small beermakers get behind push to lower excise taxes
          Sports Illustrated:  McCaskill calls for no special treatment for athletes in criminal cases
          USA Today:  McCaskill tells college athletic directors:  'Protecting athletes needs to be over'
          KC Star:  Danforth to receive award today;  Prepared remarks list complaints about politics these days +
          Missourinet:  Remnants of Tropical Storm Bill to cause flooding in Missouri
          KWMU:  Rain continues in Missouri;  flooding concerns grow
          SE Missourian:  'Major' river flooding predicted in region +
          Missourinet:  MoDOT:  With more rain coming, avoid flooded roads
          JCNT:  Rains, threat of flash flooding close roads X
          Drebes:  Steve Stoll as next PSC chairman would make the most sense
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Eric Greitens mulls run for governor;  Unannounced candidate "declined to discuss policy specifics" (link via @ssnich on Twitter)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol time capsule to be opened Thursday;  Live streams available
          KWMU:  Thanks to its income tax, Missouri ends fiscal year with budget in good shape
          SNL:  Enhanced school background checks in Missouri speed results, flag new arrests X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers reject bid to drop Nixon from stadium lawsuit X
          P-D:  Program gives Missouri pregnant women diapers as incentive to stop smoking
          P-D:  New Ferguson judge hopes DOJ concerns addressed 'in a month'
          JCNT editorial:  Changes in public education complicate pressing choices X
          P-D letter:  Minimum wage solution:  St. Louis executives should put part of their salary in a pot, and that money should subsidize workers who can't support themselves
          P-D letter:  Fans of the 2nd Amendment should have patience - shrill anti-gun narratives are eventually disproven
          KC Star letter:  Area woman attempts 'right to work' analogy involving country clubs and freeloaders +
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        Wednesday, June 17
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri, unlike other states, has limited options if health subsidies struck down
          SE Missourian:  Report from pro-Obamacare group:  Supreme Court ruling could drop 200,000 from health-insurance subsidy rolls +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Pro-Obamacare group's report forecasts impact of health care ruling X
          JCNT:  Families USA:  Trouble ahead if Obamacare blocked X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  VA town hall tomorrow to address health care questions X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Missouri's transportation infrastructure needs +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Weather conditions, actual precipitation lead Army Corps of Engineers to declare state of emergency in area X
          SE Missourian:  Port, landowner work with FEMA on Scott City floodplain +
          P-D:  Hazelwood USPS employees stole packages;  North County men, girlfriend Che'yron Robinson overlabeled items they hoped contained electronics and drugs
          Columbia Missourian:  'Am I white? Am I black?' event celebrates culture, identity;  Comments on Juneteenth celebration from organizer Curtis "Boogie Man" Soul
          Jensen:  Timing of union donation to Nixon stinks +
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Vicki Englund (D-St. Louis County) running for Sen. Scott Sifton's seat
          AP:  Questions dropped, time added for Missouri teaching exams;  Black candidates scored 18-43 points lower on tests
          P-D:  More prospective teachers in Missouri failing exit exams;  After only 6 percent of black teachers passed all four tests, board to look for signs of "bias"
          Missourinet:  Missouri School Board to ask for funding of district support plan
          KWMU:  State school officials acknowledge they need to do more to build trust in Normandy
          The Missouri Times:  Noranda finalizes Bootheel expansion project after PSC rate relief case
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Ameren not liable for Lake of the Ozarks deaths
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court says Ameren not liable for electrocutions on Lake of the Ozarks
          The Missouri Times:  City of St. Louis to receive $45 million in New Market Tax Credits
          KWMU:  State tax credits helped McKee buy land;  Now the city of St. Louis wants to buy it
          KWMU:  Aldermen hear stark divide over increasing city minimum wage
          P-D:  Proposed St. Louis minimum wage hike presented to aldermanic committee
          KC Star:  Tropical Storm Bill could make it rough for camping, floating in parts of Missouri +
          P-D:  Bridgeton Landfill owner will continue monitoring carbon monoxide
          KC Star:  Judge tosses lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination at the Power & Light District;  Plaintiffs complained about dress code, etc. +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  To improve rural mail service, measure on-time delivery X
          JCNT editorial:  Schmitt's bill to protect seniors and the disabled from fraud is reasonable and practical X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Vet home upgrades a bipartisan success +
          P-D editorial:  Neighboring Legislatures miraculously make Missouri's look good
          SE Missourian editorial:  Join the discussion on higher-ed challenges +
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  COOL reaches a boiling point X
          KC Star letter:  By refusing to expand Medicaid, legislators are hereby responsible for "any health problems" of those unable to pay their own way +
          P-D letter:  MoDOT should focus on big issues, not padlocks on a chain-link fence
          P-D letter:  Messenger's column continues paper's vendetta against police departments
          P-D letter:  Area woman says editorial on campus rape was wrong about women's responsibility;  In fact, females never joke in private about "scoring" with men
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        Tuesday, June 16
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on budget compromise +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler on ending County of Origin Labeling (COOL);  Lacy Clay the only member of Missouri delegation to vote against bill
          P-D:  Recap of Washington Post party-line vote analysis posted here last week
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum talk to David Barklage about Brunner and Kinder, GOP success with non-urbanites, 'right-to-work' prospects, much more
          KC Star:  UAW sends $50,000 to Nixon in wake of 'right to work' veto;  Comments from James Harris +
          KMOX:  Nixon picking up $50K check after veto "business as usual," says Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield)
          Drebes:  Who's next on the PSC?  Nixon will face pressure to find a female
          Rosenbaum:  Kansas' and Illinois' budget brinksmanship not likely in Missouri
          KODE (Joplin):  Nixon signs Senior Savings Protection Act into law;  Comments from Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City)
          AP:  Correction to student-transfers story:  Measure would save the state - not cost the state - $72M in 2017-18
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools board to Nixon:  Veto school transfer bill now X
          KWMU:  Battle lines drawn over St. Louis, Kansas City efforts to raise the minimum wage
          P-D:  Lawmakers say Nixon is accountable for stadium financing plan
          The Missouri Times:  Courts will likely decide the fate of an NFL stadium in St. Louis
          P-D:  Gun rights dispute at St. Louis Zoo could test Missouri's muddled gun laws
          P-D:  Legal action needed to fix up dilapidated cemetery in North St. Louis County, Koster says
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Conservation extends chronic wasting disease combat zone, changes regulations
          CDT letter:  Area woman expresses anger over lack of Medicaid expansion, calls opponents "reckless," "unscrupulous," "irrational" and "mean-spirited" X
          KC Star letter:  Jobs With Justice's Robert Minor:  It's not fair that the women and men who run corporations succeed "on the backs of working people" +
          SNL letter:  Blunt wrong about EPA and power plants;  Meanwhile, unlike income tax, sales taxes are "poorly understood and capriciously applied" X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Grain Belt Express line essential for Missouri energy
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        Monday, June 15
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill warns of federal budget debate conflict, less money for Missouri
          KMOX:  Help Wanted:  VA can't fill 30 key director positions, including St. Louis
          P-D:  Monsanto in the middle of upcoming congressional fight over GMO labeling;  Wagner, Luetkemeyer among 60 co-sponsors of bill
          KWMU:  North City woman living on National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site doesn't want to move
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Things were better back in my day, 78-year-old Jack Danforth says, again +
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Missouri Boys State boasts impressive speaker lineup:  Karl Rove, Jay Nixon, Nicole Galloway, gov candidate Eric Greitens, Ameren's Warner Baxter, more
          KODE (Joplin):  At Joplin GOP picnic, Catherine Hanaway says she's against Medicaid expansion
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia);  Panel of Gate Way Group's David Jackson, Progress Missouri's Sean Nicholson, Rep. John Wiemann (R), union president David Cook
          Missourinet:  Measure meant to protect seniors' savings becomes Missouri law
          SNL:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar):  Bond projects not dazzling, but needed X
          Missourinet:  More Missouri Lottery money for education this year, still off projection
          AP:  Analysis:  Lawmakers and their families make a living outside of the Legislature, and some legislation could impact those industries or occupations
          Missourinet:  State Fair concert tickets go on sale Wednesday
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves offers sensible ideas for helping veterans with employment and medical care X
          P-D editorial:  To combat 'rape culture,' Mizzou should offer self-defense classes to co-eds
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal's Jack Ventimiglia:  Safety push could derail Amtrak service in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Financial services professional Steve Spellman:  Maybe Missouri should get rid of the death penalty, or maybe not
          JCNT letter:  Clean Line Energy project deserves support X
          P-D letter:  Raising the minimum wage is inflationary
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch ignores the harm that anti-police rhetoric does to law enforcement families
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        Sunday, June 14   Flag Day
       
KWMU:  Blunt joins budget battle in weekly Republican address
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  Blunt's weekly conference call;  Junior senator addresses defense spending, Obamacare, Hastert contributions, more
          JCNT:  14 initiative petitions await circulation for Missouri voters' signatures X
          KODE (Joplin):  Catherine Hanaway, in Joplin, talks 'right to work' and its impact on Missouri
          AP:  Nixon gets $50K from UAW days after veto on 'right to work'
          P-D:  Missouri faces hard choice:  Renewable energy highways, or property rights?
          KC Star:  Transgender student visibility has UMKC, other Missouri colleges making accomodations;  All-female Stephens College may begin admitting humanoids with male genitalia who say they are actually women +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers address "concerns" about their families' occupations and livelihoods being impacted by legislation;  Holsman (D) on charter-school bill, Parson (R) on livestock bill, etc.
          KWMU:  Ohio gun-rights activist enters St. Louis Zoo with empty holster;  next steps unclear
          P-D:  On hot day, gun-rights activist decides not to pack heat at zoo
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon should veto the student transfer law X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Nixon, legislators showed they understand the need for capital improvements X
          JCNT editorial:  The meaning of Flag Day in an era of perceived "injustice," an omnipresent selfie mentality and the "outrage industry" X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Chronic complainers may occasionally disrespect our flag, but the vast majoriy of Americans pay respect to Old Glory
          CDT op-ed:  Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman:  Nixon must veto school transfer bill X
          SNL op-ed:  Area man attempts humor, says state legislators work only 70 days each year while taking frequent naps and visiting "cafeteria" a lot X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment:  Claire McCaskill should take a stand against coal
          P-D letter:  Legislators should expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  Lacy Clay keeps perpetuating the myth of Michael Brown as a decent, 'hands-up' youth
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        Saturday, June 13
       
The Hill:  Blunt:  Defense spending a 'moral imperative'
          P-D:  Area congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Washington Post:  Here are the members of Congress who vote against their party the most;  McCaskill the only member of Missouri delegation listed
          KC Star:  Washington Post analysis ranks McCaskill as fourth most likely Democrat to buck her party on votes
          WGEM (Hannibal):  McCaskill discusses bill to crack down on unwanted robocalls
          KWMU:  Home health care workers protest outside Paraquad for higher wages
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) takes lead in fight against higher minimum wage proposals
          KODE (Joplin):  Area small-business owner says he'd reduce staff if minimum wage is raised
          AP:  Nixon signs bill aiming to protect seniors from fraud
          KC Star:  Missouri teaches families how to camp as fewer choose to spend the night at state parks +
          KWMU:  Judge blocks attempt to carry handgun at St. Louis zoo;  legal experts discuss current gun law
          P-D:  City fires back at Dome authority, says it can't build new stadium
          P-D:  Secretary of State's office investigating Shaun Hayes, his day care business and a business partner
          AP:  Missouri eases hunting rules to slow deer disease
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Plug $50,000 hole in MWSU budget X
          P-D editorial:  Slay's go-it-alone minimum wage plan is too much, too fast
          SE Missourian editorial:  "Neighborhood Roll Call" program may help Cape police avoid riotous behavior by those inclined to perceive "injustice" +
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  Raising minimum wage won't cure poverty, but it will lift up many families and give KC a reputation for "fairness" +
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Defeat domestic violence in Ozarks X
          P-D letter:  Response to Planned Parenthood comments on decrease in number of abortions
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        Friday, June 12
       
The Hill:  Spending panel moves toward sequestration relief;  Comments from Blunt on making national defense top priority
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hastert contributions to Blunt don't reach big-deal status;  McCaskill on robocalls targeting seasoned citizens +
          KWMU:  Jason Kander portrays himself as business-friendly as he takes aim at Obama, Brownback
          P-D:  Democrat Kander chides Democrat Obama on business regulations
          KMOX:  McCaskill fights to find do-not-call violators overseas
          Washington Examiner:  McCaskill bill targets telemarketing scammers
          KMOX:  McCaskill supports the Small Brew Act to lower taxes on craft breweries
          KY3:  Interim Christian County sheriff asks for delegation's help in getting Dept. of Defense to take back armored military vehicle
          SNL:  Interim sheriff wants to ditch military truck X
          Drebes:  New state rep campaign committees formed:  Crystal Quade (D) for Charlie Norr's seat, David Cort (R) for Eric Burlison's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Faughn's "This Week in Missouri Politics" expanding to northeast Missouri, will air on KTVO
          SNL:  Intern inquiries won't impact MSU's Capitol program X
          AP:  Taxpayers provided more than 37,000 Missouri kids "free" food handouts on an average summer day last year
          KWMU:  School districts, charters sign up for new collaboration
          P-D:  Board votes to restructure Normandy schools
          AP:  Board votes to restructure Normandy schools
          KC Star:  Trooper who questioned Missouri patrol after Brandon Ellingson drowning hit with discipline +
          Missourinet:  Missouri trooper critical of Highway Patrol after drowning of Iowa man is disciplined
          KC Star:  Interstate 70 to St. Louis will be more constricted this summer +
          P-D:  MoDOT will remove padlocks placed on Page Avenue Bridge fence
          Washington Missourian:  Hearing draws supporters, opponents of coal ash landfill plan
          KWMU:  Franklin County coal ash landfill hearing highlights differing viewpoints, strong emotions
          P-D:  Death row inmate gives chilling murder confession;  David Zink was on parole and driving drunk when he rear-ended a 19-year-old woman, so he killed her
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters charged in City Hall incident must perform community service
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Industrial concerns:  'Right-to-work' would be a factor in attracting businesses to Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Progress on the 'Fix the Legislature' front:  Getting rid of term limits and limiting campaign contributions might make the ballot
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon still dragging his feet on naming commissioner replacement
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Fixing I-70 through "crowdsourcing" is a neat idea, but back to reality:  Allow private industry to fix the problem via toll stations
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Coalition Against Common Core:  Response to P-D "Republicans continue to peddle the Common Core lie" editorial
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  It's time to take on predatory lenders +
          P-D letter:  Slay wants to raise minimum wage to put more tax money into City's coffers
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        Thursday, June 11
       
KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt take different approaches when it comes to controversial campaign donations
          SNL:  Blunt won't return Hastert money X
          P-D:  Blunt says he'll keep Hastert donations
          CDT:  McCaskill survey:  Patients generally pleased with Truman VA service X
          KWMU:  McCaskill to reintroduce bill penalizing phone scams and robocalls
          McClatchy:  As robocalls evolve, McCaskill introduces legislation to keep up
          The Hill:  McCaskill, others pile on the robocall criticism
          P-D:  Blunt, McCaskill weigh in on upcoming Monsanto-Syngenta combination and jobs staying in St. Louis
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Emanuel Cleaver on body cameras, Lacy Clay on racial divisions +
          KWMU:  People's Health Center in St. Louis City to get $2 million in federal taxpayer dollars for psychiatric center
          SE Missourian:  Governor hopeful Mike Parson (R) finds support in Cape +
          The Missouri Times:  In Cape, GOP Sens. Gary Romine, Doug Libla, Wayne Wallingford endorse Mike Parson
          Drebes:  "Maverick PAC" names unannounced AG candidate Joshua Hawley (R) to its "Future 40" list
          AP:  Scott Eckersley, at center of Blunt e-mail/employment issue, charged with felonies;  Grown man caught repeatedly stealing competitor's Utah tourism brochures from resort lobby
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County commissioner frustrated with Nixon's delay in appointing replacement to vacant seat
          AP:  Nixon heading to Paris Air Show
          KC Star:  Former University of Missouri President Elson Floyd battling cancer +
          KWMU:  Normandy says it can continue to operate schools for another year
          AP:  Nixon's office receives hundreds of e-mails, letters regarding student transfers bill
          P-D:  Koster moves to dismiss Nixon from stadium lawsuit
          CDT:  Capitol time capsule removed in preparation for centennial celebration X
          Missourinet:  Nixon says he's still weighing clemency for 14 women
          SE Missourian:  State taking applications for managed deer hunts +
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner puts brokers (and contributors) ahead of investors
          Helling:  Brownback, like Jay Nixon, sees national aspirations disappear +
          CDT's Waters:  To be consistent, conservatives should stop trying to block local governments from setting minimum wage and other policies X
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        Wednesday, June 10
       
SNL:  Billy Long seeks reform of Medicare auditing program X
          Washington Post:  Homeland Security looks for leaker of report on air-checkpoint failures;  McCaskill notes that TSA's budget keeps getting cut
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber continues to make the argument in favor of 'right to work'
          P-D:  Transfer bill leaves some families in a lurch
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jay Nixon on Capitol Cornerstone;  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) on GOP preference to focus on things other than Ferguson +
          Missourinet:  Time capsule removed from Missouri State Capitol Cornerstone
          The Missouri Times:  Time capsule extracted from cornerstone
          JCNT:  State officials remove time capsule from Missouri Capitol Cornerstone X
          AP:  Time capsule removed from cornerstone of Missouri Capitol
          KWMU:  Residents weigh in on plans to scale back Franklin County's coal ash landfill restrictions
          CDT:  Moberly Monitor-Index follows trend of small Missouri papers, eliminates delivery carriers and will reply upon USPS X
          Missourinet:  Missouri carries out execution of Richard Strong
          Missourinet:  Richard Strong's victims' families thank Missouri for his execution;  Comments from Gov. Jay Nixon (D), AG Chris Koster (D)
          KWMU:  Richard Strong chooses fried chicken, cheeseburger and doughnuts for last meal;  Pentobarbital works flawlessly
          AP:  Murderer Richard Strong executed
          P-D:  Slideshow:  Missouri execution scorecard since 2000:  Jay Nixon (18), Bob Holden (15), Matt Blunt (5), Mel Carnahan (4 in 2000), Roger Wilson (1)
          KWMU:  Adversaries of Ferguson mayor fail to gather enough signatures to trigger recall;  Election board says anti-Knowles gang submitted 1,125 invalid signatures
          P-D:  Effort to recall Ferguson mayor hits roadblock
          AP:  Recall effort targeting Ferguson mayor hits snag;  "Ground Level Support" gets 10 more days to find valid signatures
          P-D:  Lacy Clay:  Ferguson revealed 'staggering divisions' in America
          CDT's Waters:  Hammerschmidt and Ron Calzone's lawsuit on "Christmas tree" bill X
          SNL op-ed:  Rabbi Barbara Block, others:  Payday loan laws must be reformed X
          Jensen:  Ferguson looting and other examples of miscreant behavior help reveal progressives' true agenda:  Undermine law enforcement +
          KC Star letter:  Marshall, Mo. farmer thanks McCaskill and Blunt for supporting Trade Promotion Authority, hopes Cleaver does the same +
          SNL letter:  Billy Long should change his position on energy policy, support "fee and rebate strategy" to target carbon X
          CDT letter:  Area woman believes that voting for a state rep candidate based upon their Medicaid-expansion position will totally make a difference X
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood's Linda Raclin:  Abortion restrictions only harm Missouri women
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch fans racial flames by reporting ridiculous "proportionality principal" on arrests
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        Tuesday, June 9
       
KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt pressure VA for a permanent St. Louis director
          Washington Post:  Justice watchdog will publicize employee misconduct investigations online;  McCaskill bill would strengthen independent inspectors general
          SE Missourian:  Area farmers concerned over new EPA clean-water rules +
          P-D:  Washington Post fact-checker says Ann Wagner's statistics on sex-trafficking are exaggerated
          P-D:  Military sexual assault dispute between McCaskill, Gillibrand could arise again
          The Missouri Times:  Preview:  2016 Missouri State Senate races
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Former Sen. Scott Rupp (R) on campaign limits;  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) on the struggle of Capitol women +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Senate seeks communications director
          P-D:  Judge rules that Missouri "Right to Farm" law does not protect potheads
          Drebes:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles to speak to St. Louis Area Young Republican Club on Thursday
          KWMU:  Diehl kept his word and avoided "Ferguson agenda";  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) says Republicans would prefer to not deal with black issues
          KWMU:  For Normandy Middle School students, words of encouragement and apology
          KMWU:  Missouri ranks 10th in high school graduation rate;  A closer look at the numbers
          CDT:  Missouri's Bowen Loftin makes list of highest-paid college executives of 2014 X
          Missourinet:  Proposal aims to help Missouri domestic violence survivors
          The Missouri Times:  PSC Chairman Robert Kenney steps down
          JCNT:  PSC Chairman Robert Kenney announces August departure X
          The Missouri Times:  Celebrations planned to mark centennial of laying of Capitol cornerstone
          P-D:  Gun-rights advocate challenges St. Louis Zoo policy barring weapons
          Missourinet:  Appeals of murderer Richard Strong all before U.S. Supreme Court
          KMWU:  Missouri prepares to execute Richard Strong for double slayings in 2000
          AP:  Execution nears for murderer Richard Strong
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Bullying law still needed X
          P-D letter:  Local school boards bear responsibility for America's substandard education system
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        Monday, June 8
       
Politico:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long wants FDA to update drug-promotion rules to include companies' social-media pitches
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  Sen. Claire McCatskill [sic] on defense bill, national security reforms, St. Louis VA hospital, more
          Washington Post's Cillizza:  The 10 U.S. Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2016:  Not Missouri
          Rosenbaum:  Why Missouri's no-limit campaign contribution culture may be here to stay
          KWMU:  Missouri may join the states embracing pot, or not
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about political courage, "gender pay equity" and corrosive capital culture
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield);  Opinion panel of reporter Collin Reischman, KMOX's Mark Reardon, Joe Keaveny (D), David Barklage (R)
          KODE (Joplin):  Nixon signs bill to help fund renovations in veterans' homes
          AP:  Abortions decline in nearly all states, including Missouri
          CDT:  Once covered, Jesus symbol placed on Missouri vets memorial X
          KTRS:  Video:  What will happen if St. Louis raises its minimum wage to $15?  Thoughts from Gate Way Group's David Jackson
          SNL:  MO DNR officials sign off on $200 million Springfield sewer plan X
          Missourinet:  Richard Strong carved up a 2-year old girl, then stabbed the mother of his daughter 21 times and left the tip of the knife in her skull;  Daughter says Nixon should grant clemency
          KTTS:  Execution opponents to hold vigil tomorrow at noon in Springfield
          P-D editorial:  Republicans continue to peddle the Common Core lie
          JCNT editorial:  Time to submit ideas for Capitol time capsule X
          The Missouri Times' Collin Reischman:  Gov. Jay Nixon racks up wins, is poised for successful summer
          P-D letter:  Nixon correct to veto 'right to work'
          JCNT letter:  Let the free market deal with payday lenders X
          P-D letter:  Slay, socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are right on minimum wage
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        Sunday, June 7
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Stakes are high as Supreme Court nears key Obamacare decision;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health, others
          Missourinet:  McCaskill pleased with TSA leadership change after weapons are snuck through checkpoints
          KMIZ (Columbia):  McCaskill survey says veterans content with VA hospital care in Boone County
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith takes a look at Cape's sinkhole problem +
          P-D:  Damage to Doe Run mine caused sinkholes
          P-D:  After switching positions, Dick Gephardt and his lobbying firm have taken $8 million from Turkish government
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri's seven veterans homes to receive money
          CDT:  Bill extends protection order coverage to sexual assault victims X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Minimum wage hike will cause the most vulnerable workers to lose their jobs;  Instead of magical thinking, Mayor Slay should talk to the people who make payrolls work
          KOMU:  Neighbors file lawsuit against MO DNR, allege misconduct in CAFO appeal
          KWMU:  Proposed stadium plans would demolish four historic registry buildings
          SE Missourian:  Ex-con employment series:  Attitude, programs help felons find jobs +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  What the police arrest-disparity index means for St. Joseph X
          KWMU:  Anti-Jennifer Joyce (D) rally draws 25;  Protesters refuse Joyce's standing offer to meet for civilized discussion
          JCNT:  News Tribune celebrates 150 years in print X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Intern handbook is a good idea, but what Missouri legislators really need is Common Sense 101
          SNL editorial:  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) must take real responsibility for actions to win back public trust X
          JCNT editorial:  Watch for MoDOT highway-striping operations as you drive this summer X
          SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Anonymously, we find out what teachers think about testing;  Anonymous survey sheds lights, while state government's stonewalling leads only to darkness +
          CDT op-ed:  AME pastor:  Nixon should spare the life of Richard Strong;  Condemned murderer sliced up a two-year old girl and the mother of his daughter, but he had a really rough upbringing X
          P-D letter:  Child Care Aware's L. Carol Scott:  True partnership needed to fill preschool needs
          P-D letter:  Area man analogizes Show-Me Institute and minimum wage debate to plantation owners and cotton-picking
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        Saturday, June 6
       
P-D:  Area congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KWMU:  White House issues report supporting Medicaid expansion;  Comments from Tim McBride, Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), Vinita Park woman with sad story
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  McCaskill on VA system, Medicare Advantage, USPS site closures, 2016 presidential race
          SNL:  Blunt:  Springfield fortunate to have a facility like the Jordan Valley Community Health Center X
          KY3:  Jordan Valley Health debuts new wellness center and building expansion
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith addresses federal regulations, other issues during chamber event +
          Missourinet:  U.S. Senate votes to end defense spending on military salutes at sporting events;  Chiefs have received $250k over last four years, while Rams received $60k
          Chicago Sun-Times:  DSCC calls for Blunt to return Hastert cash
          Drebes:  Mark Parkinson, Anne Zerr might have company in state Senate primary
          CDT:  Effort to raise cigarette tax would fund early childhood education;  Comments from Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo, others X
          KWMU:  Nixon signs capital improvement bills into law
          JCNT:  Budget bills include mid-Missouri projects X
          AP:  Nixon OKs more than $300M in bonding for building repairs
          KY3:  State leaders push for quality veteran care;  Comments from Blunt
          Columbia Missourian:  Prescription disposal bin removed from police station lobby per EPA, MO DNR request;  No one from DNR available to provide comment on Friday afternoon
          P-D:  After handing out checks for $2,750 each to 17 Ferguson protesters, Jeff Ordower out as head of ACORN/MORE;  Spokesman Kennard Williams says "no comment"
          P-D:  Proposed St. Louis minimum wage hike could be headed to court
          KC Star:  At City Hall, groups call for a higher minimum wage in Kansas City +
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission to meet in St. Charles City next week
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Who watches the watchers?  McCaskill making effort X
          JCNT editorial:  'To boldly go' forward on I-70 X
          P-D editorial:  A challenge to 'right-to-work' backers:  Put it on the 2016 ballot
          KC Star letter:  D.C.-based group says 'right to work' is wrong for Missouri +
          P-D letter:  "Protester class" of malcontents thinks rules of civility don't apply to them
          SNL letter:  Consequences for Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) underwhelming X
          P-D letter:  Fulton man unhappy with Legislature, attempts state-motto punchline
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        Friday, June 5
       
P-D:  White House issues report highlighting "missed opportunities" for Missouri not expanding Medicaid
          The Hill:  White House urging Dems to back possible Obama defense veto;  Comments from McCaskill
          KOLR (Springfield):  Blunt and Billy Long in town today to dedicate health and wellness center;  Nixon in for VFW convention, will sign bills
          Drebes:  Diehl fallout:  Dems might have been better off with a damaged Speaker hanging around - and impending LeVota coverage ensures intern-indulging isn't a partisan issue
          Drebes:  Dems line up to replace departing Rep. Bill Otto (D-Maryland Heights)
          Missourinet:  Initiative petitions seeking Missouri minimum wage increase cleared for signatures
          CDT:  Muleskinners, a Democratic group, invites Republican lawmakers to speak;  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia):  "I think it'd be fun" X
          KWMU:  Advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender olds merges with PROMO
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes 'right to work' bill, sponsor Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) 'disappointed'
          SNL:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) jabs Nixon over 'right to work' veto, says Missouri's status as RTW state is 'inevitable' X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes 'right to work'
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes 'right to work' legislation
          AP:  Nixon vetoes 'right to work' legislation
          P-D:  'Right to work' proponents to face uphill battle in overriding Nixon's veto
          AP:  Nixon to sign $300M in bonds for building repairs
          KC Star:  Missouri wants ideas for fixing Interstate 70, and how to pay for it +
          SE Missourian:  Public hearing addresses higher-ed challenges in Southeast Missouri +
          KWMU:  Slay unveils minimum wage push amid murky legal environment
          The Missouri Times:  Slay to push for minimum wage hike despite legislature's objectives
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Health Facilities Committee to hold hearing Monday;  Boone Hospital opposes plan for Fulton Medical Center expansion
          Miklasz:  On stadium deal, Nixon says Missouri will be ready
          AP:  Grand juror in Michael Brown case fights gag order anew
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers should uphold Nixon's veto on 'right to work' +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Restrain stadium subsidies;  Nixon "can do better than simply argue he has the authority to do what's best' X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  McCaskill announces victory in Postal Service restructuring
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander (D):  Proposed EPA water regulations would hurt Missouri farmers and ranchers X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Right to work is good for Missouri business and workers +
          P-D letter:  University City woman says Missouri should abolish the death penalty
          P-D letter:  Ameren, MO DNR, and legislators all conspire to make Missouri dirty
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        Thursday, June 4
       
Politico:  Democrats consider filibuster of huge defense bill;  Comments from McCaskill
          Politico:  Democrats steer toward highway funding cliff;  Comments from Blunt
          P-D:  Matt Blunt reiterates Senator Blunt's claim - they don't talk about business
          P-D:  University of Michigan-Flint prof:  Size of Missouri's economy tantamount to Philippines
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics to air in mid-Missouri
          KWMU:  Ballot initiatives to raise Missouri's minimum wage approved for circulation
          CDT:  Local NEA leader Susan McClintic to run against freshman Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) X
          AP:  Missouri Senate adopts new workplace policy manual with details on reporting harassment
          P-D:  First the Missouri House, now Senate joins in to review intern policies
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials ask for outside ideas to rebuild I-70, fund transportation
          AP:  Missouri officials want I-70 to become innovation lab
          KC Star:  Missouri transportation officials solicit ideas, and money, for the future of Interstate 70 +
          KC Star:  Nixon says his St. Joe, St. Louis stadium comparison related to lawsuit, not projects' costs +
          P-D:  Help Wanted:  Judge, to hear stadium funding case
          AP:  Missouri Higher Education Commissioner David Russell announces retirement
          P-D:  Missouri higher ed chief to retire in January
          The Missouri Times:  Bowen Loftin has become a powerful force as Mizzou chancellor
          KWMU:  Departing Hazelwood superintendent was caught between friction on board
          Missourinet:  Missouri to mark 100th anniversary of State Capitol Cornerstone with new time capsule
          AP:  Ameren moves to end contract with New Madrid smelter
          CDT:  Moberly won't 'bail out' Jefferson City contractor for Mamtek losses X
          AP:  St. Louis attorney James M. Dowd picked as Missouri Court of Appeals judge
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare, rebranded as "Empower Missouri," holds event at AME church to discuss traffic-stop report
          JCNT:  Activist groups want Koster's office to plan statewide summit on "racial profiling" X
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters disagree over who should receive donations;  One sect demands that ACORN, rebranded as "MORE," "cut the check"
          AP:  Man who admitted shooting police at Ferguson protest pleads not guilty
          KWMU:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D) says protester histrionics only encourage her to run again, keep standing up for law-abiding citizens
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Forcing religion into government is wrong
          SNL letter:  Billy Long right to sponsor safe food labeling act X
          P-D letter:  MO DNR caving to Ameren and political pressure
          JCNT letter:  Don't want to deal with a municipal court system?  Try following the law. X
          P-D letter:  P-D editorial board puts down law enforcement and sides with criminal element
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        Wednesday, June 3
       
Kraske:  How Missouri's congressional delegation fared in the Lugar Center/Georgetown bipartisan rankings +
          AP:  Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president;  McCaskill votes yes, Blunt votes no
          KC Star:  Health insurance firms propose to increase rates in Missouri +
          Wall Street Journal's Pharmalot blog:  McCaskill, Collins (R-Me.) say FDA guidelines may restrict use of Roche's Avastin
          P-D:  McCaskill, Luetkemeyer help Webster Groves woman get medal of honor for her father
          KWMU:  Medal of Honor awarded to WWI vet is triumph over anti-Semitism, daughter says
          AP:  Proposed initiative petitions would increase Missouri minimum wage
          CDT:  Cock fight:  'Right to farm' defense fails in Boone County trial X
          Drebes:  Ben Murray, treasurer to term-limited Rep. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis City), to run for Colona's seat
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Steve Tilley talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about his tenure and challenges as House Speaker, Diehl, and Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) possibly switching his vote on 'right to work'
          AP:  Budget director:  Missouri revenue collections up 7.5 percent
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate GOP leaders to attempt override of veto of unemployment bill
          P-D:  Missouri Legislature throws Common Core out the window
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri's gifted programs are struggling in era of education budget cuts;  Missouri districts not required to provide extra programs for smart kids
          P-D:  Grayling Tobias retires from Hazelwood schools;  Superintendent left in mid-April for "medical leave"
          AP:  Public Service Commission questions adding multistate wind energy line
          P-D:  Missouri regulators may block wind transmission project
          SE Missourian:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway's office estimates forfeiture money to area police agencies +
          Columbia Missourian:  Prepaid funeral plans on the rise in Missouri;  State regulations offer control over how money is handled
          KWMU:  Slay supports bill from Alderman Shane Cohn to provide $15-an-hour minimum wage for St. Louis City workers by 2020
          P-D:  Slay seeks to raise minimum wage in St. Louis City to $15 an hour
          AP:  St. Louis may be next city to raise minimum wage
          P-D:  Organization for Black Struggle, others want Koster to spend time listening to complaints about "racial profiling"
          AP:  Arraignment set for man who shot police at Ferguson protest;  Jeffrey Williams:  "Nobody aiming at no police"
          AP:  Two men plead guilty to foiled Ferguson bomb plot;  New Black Panther Party members Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin will be sentenced August 31
          P-D:  Two admit plot to blow up police station, McCulloch and Ferguson police chief;  Purchase of trigger mechanism was delayed until Brandon Baldwin could get his next unemployment check
          P-D editorial:  More training and police consolidation would improve racial profiling stats
          CDT's Waters:  Petition fraud discovered in early-voting campaign:  A rare but worthy criminal charge X
          Jensen:  Forged signatures on Missouri Democrat-funded petition show the need for voter ID laws - despite liberals' "disenfranchisement" caterwauling +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale:  Missouri legislators should expand Medicaid
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        Tuesday, June 2
       
P-D:  Blunt one of 17 senators voting no on NSA surveillance overhaul
          P-D:  Lacy Clay's annual job fair next Monday in St. Louis
          Governing Magazine:  Rex Sinquefield's crusade to control Missouri politics sheds light on the power and limits of money in politics link via @ssnich on Twitter
          AP:  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) - the state's first female governor - to speak at Catherine Hanaway fundraiser this month
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  National Organization for Women - Missouri's Seileach Corleigh says Missouri conservatives are fighting an all-out war on women
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri House seeks budget analyst;  Candidates must be willing to work under pressure and deal with legislators, bureaucrats in exchange for $43k/year
          AP:  May economic report suggests slow growth ahead in Midwest
          Brownfield Ag News:  Gov. Jay Nixon recognizes Missouri's beef industry;  Missouri Beef Industry Council's Mark Russell says cattle numbers are growing
          AP:  Ron Calzone files lawsuit targeting wide-ranging "Christmas tree" bill
          JCNT:  Ron Calzone sues state over 2014 law X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's Brian Haeffner says agency in danger of losing federal funds
          KWMU:  TV ads open summer battle over fate of right-to-work legislation
          Missourinet:  Normandy district's state Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills) wants transfer veto, special session
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) pushes for disability legislation
          CDT:  Appeals court ruling upholds denial of DNR grant to Trinity Lutheran X
          The Missouri Times:  Conservation Commission unveils mural, revokes hundreds of outdoor privileges
          P-D:  Black drivers in Missouri still stopped at higher rate
          AP:  Missouri police stopped blacks more than whites in 2014
          KWMU:  Missouri police stopping black drivers at increasingly higher rate
          JCNT:  Local lawmen:  Traffic stop rates reflect local population X
          SNL:  "Slight uptick" in number of black Springfield drivers stopped X
          P-D:  Two "Black Lives Matter" protesters unhappy about being subdued via taser
          P-D's Deb Peterson:  Say yes to free dental care for low-income Missouri residents
          Helling:  Missouri should follow Nebraska's lead and abolish the death penalty +
          P-D letter:  Area woman suggests Missouri legislators listen to lobbyists more than people
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        Monday, June 1
       
SNL:  How Roy Blunt's work as chairman of the Rules Committee has made him "the de facto mayor" of the U.S. Senate X
        Politico:  Blunt on Rand Paul's approach to surveillance legislation
        KMOX:  Lugar Center/Georgetown issue "Bipartisan Rankings":  McCaskill and Blunt rank high, others not so much
        SE Missourian:  Regional Planning Commission's David Grimes says current ozone standard is appropriate, and EPA should leave it alone +
        KODE (Joplin):  U.S. Rep. Billy Long says EPA rule on water is too intrusive, could affect private landowners
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers' Gary Marshall says EPA took two actions this past week against agriculture
        Columbia Missourian:  Federal report:  Branson hospital to repay $123K
        SNL:  Feds:  Illegal alien found in Springfield;  El Salvador export Cipriano Jesus Gomez-Ortega had already been deported once for drug crimes X
        JCNT:  Speakers on topic of "Islamophobia" draw crowd of sixteen X
        Drebes:  Nicole Galloway hires Gena Terlizzi as comms director, Rebecca Gorley as public information officer
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former state Sen. Jeff Smith (D-St. Louis City) talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about Jefferson City life in the '00s, Jetton, Todd Richardson, Scott Sifton, more
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Featured guest is SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft;  Discussion panel of Robert Cornejo (R), Shamed Dogan (R), Nasheed's Blake Lawrence (D), Anne Schweitzer (D)
        AP:  Jobless benefit cuts could test state constitution
        Rosenbaum:  Missouri lawmakers' rocky relationship with 'local control'
        KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) on military bill, more
        KC Star editorial:  Congress loves the Highway Trust Fund, but it shirks responsibility +
        CDT op-ed:  Westminster emeritus professor David Collins:  Missouri lesbians, gays await ruling by U.S. Supreme Court X
        JCNT letter:  Member of National Organization for Women accuses anti-Medicaid-expansion legislators of "hysterical emotional resistance" X
        JCNT letter:  Area liberal says Tom Schweich killed himself because GOP state legislators were "a mess" X
        SNL letter:  Ozark man says Missourians are "insane" for electing an overwhelmingly GOP legislature X
        P-D letter:  St. Ann man says:  Don't like the way St. Ann and other municipalities fine lawbreakers?  Then stop breaking the law.
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        Sunday, May 31
       
Fox4KC:  Kansas City considered for pilot public housing program;  Comments from U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Simon & Schuster on McCaskill's book;  Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) on how KS food-tax increase will help Missouri +
          CDT:  Senate in defensive posture in LeVota intern investigation X
          Washington Missourian:  Disabled will get job experience with new employment program funded by the state
          AP:  Judge gives deadline for sorting out Mamtek claims
          CDT:  Head of Missouri public defender system retiring;  Cathy "Cat" Kelly will open "holistic bookstore" called "Heart, Body and Soul" X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Little impact expected if Kansas City raises minimum wage X
          Washington Missourian:  Scott Holste says Nixon "very close" to appointing someone to vacant seat on Franklin County Commission
          P-D:  Police handle eight "Black Lives Matter" protesters blocking traffic in Washington Avenue entertainment district
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Ideology divides farmers and EPA;  In Missouri, as much as half a million acres could be subjected to new federal oversight X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislature shouldn't have let bullying bill fall through the cracks
          JCNT editorial:  Task force to combat human trafficking X
          KC Star editorial:  Volunteers are needed to help endangered kids after record caseload increase in Missouri +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The youngs spend too much time texting;  Also, Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) is right:  Kids these days need to appreciate the sacrifice made by veterans
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Journalism has lost another "one of a kind" in Martin Duggan
          SE Missourian editor Bob Miller:  Missouri DNR sends out piles of fluff, but didn't bother informing the newspaper about a boil-water alert +
          P-D letter:  Paid solicitors' efforts to remove Mayor James Knowles from office are small, narrow-minded
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        Saturday, May 30
       
KWMU:  Senate to hold rare Sunday session to act on federal surveillance authority;  McCaskill, Blunt differ on Patriot Act
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt want to keep rural mail service vibrant
          KSPR:  McCaskill announces that mail processing center gets reprieve from planned closure
          SNL:  Plans to close mail processing center on hold indefinitely X
          AP:  Italian manufacturer to open in Missouri after trade mission
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate hires attorney for alleged harassment case
          Kraske:  New study shows that isolated capitals like Jefferson City tend to be more corrupt +
          KC Star:  One year after Brandon Ellingson drowned in handcuffs, family still sees a 'lack of accountability' +
          P-D:  Poor adults in Missouri may get better access to health care
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) led effort to free pot felon Jeff Mizanskey
          CDT:  Missouri State Teachers Association survey:  Teachers say there's too much testing X
          CDT:  Contractors seeking share of proceeds from sale of Mamtek site X
          Missourinet:  Missouri's heavy rains wash bacteria into recreational waterways
          AP:  Judge defers ruling on probe into handling of Ferguson case
          P-D:  St. Louis County judge will hear grand jury critic in Michael Brown shooting case
          KWMU:  Federal judge says grand juror argument against secrecy belongs in state court
          JCNT editorial:  New Fulton facility shows a modern approach to mental illness X
          P-D editorial:  Nixon's arrogant tactics may doom the stadium project
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  With the exception of education, Republicans were wrong on every topic this session
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man offers sarcastic take on Ann Wagner's support of stockbrokers
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman says only legislators who support gas-tax hike should see road improvements in their districts
          P-D letter:  Not even state officials are in Normandy students' corner
          P-D letter:  If there is a memorial for Michael Brown, why not another for all lowlifes who died while trying to injure law enforcement?
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        Friday, May 29
       
KWMU:  Blunt expresses support for community health centers in Missouri
          KCUR (Kansas City):  McCaskill encourages pro bono work on behalf of veterans
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill visits Warrensburg, says roads and political advertising need attention in D.C.
          Washington Post:  Simon & Schuster's Priscilla Painton says publisher bought McCaskill book because "she's so blunt on the page, it's scary"
          KODE (Joplin):  Rep. Billy Long discusses transportation with Neosho business leaders
          KC Star:  HUD secretary visits KC, says he believes city's low-cost housing efforts are on the rebound +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on state mental hospital, Richardson on intern-program working group +
          KWMU:  Lawmakers stage all-out blitz on Nixon's ability to extend stadium bonds by fiat
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers sue governor to block state funding for new football stadium
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers sue Nixon over NFL stadium funds
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democratic Party seeks to rally online support for Nixon's upcoming veto of 'right to work'
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union):  Reforms to welfare, municipal court big achievements;  On transportation, everything except a tax increase should be on the table
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) says changes to Medicaid and welfare were among highlights of the session
          AP:  Missouri group to examine human trafficking policies
          KY3 (Springfield):  Pharmacy license of Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Ozark) under probation for state violations
          KOAM (Joplin):  Humanist group files lawsuit against Joplin Schools challenging field trip to Christian sports complex
          Washington Times:  Missouri school officials sued for field trip to Christian sports venue
          AP:  Lawsuit alleges that courts in St. Ann, a St. Louis suburb, violate rights of the poor
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri State Penitentiary database reflects history, volunteerism X
          P-D editorial:  No quarrel with free public preschool in St. Louis
          Christian County Headliner op-ed:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Gov. Nixon can support worker freedom by supporting 'right to work'
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale):  Taxpayers are not ATMs for municipalities
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        Thursday, May 28
       
KWMU:  Martin Duggan obituary:  Former Globe-Democrat editor and provocateur extraordinaire of Donnybrook
          P-D:  Martin Duggan dies;  'an old-fashioned conservative'
          P-D:  Blunt criticizes EPA's "power grab" on water rules;  Comments from MO DNR, others
          KMOX:  McCaskill helps Vietnam war vet get his medal
          JCNT:  HUD secretary in Missouri, will visit Jefferson City and Kansas City X
          KWMU:  Major area GOP donors line up behind Hanaway in 2016 contest for governor
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Mike Parson talks about why he's running for governor;  David Steelman talks about 'right to work' and more
          The Missouri Times:  Joshua Hawley's yet-to-be-announced bid for attorney general at center of Mizzou unpaid leave policy debate
          Drebes:  Former P-D editorial page editor Christine Bertelson leaves Nixon's office for a different job in state government
          AP:  Missouri House intern program under review
          KWMU:  Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Kirkwood) among those on Richardson's intern-program panel
          Fulton Sun:  Nixon, mental health officials break ground on new Fulton State Hospital X
          KWMU:  Ceremony kicks off construction of new Fulton State Hospital
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon breaks ground on new state mental hospital
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) says adding severe immunodeficiency disease to newborn testing should be a no-brainer
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Renewable energy:  Are solar panels welcome in your neighborhood?  Renew Missouri, homeowners associations disagree
          JCNT:  Lawmakers sue Nixon, sports authority over proposed football stadium X
          P-D:  Lawmakers sue Nixon, calling stadium cash 'illegal'
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers file lawsuit over Rams stadium
          CDT:  Appeals court upholds attorney general's power under no-call laws X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Ash borer beetle spread 'inevitable' +
          KWMU:  SIU-Carbondale study:  Blacks and whites saw the attack on Darren Wilson and ensuing riots differently
          P-D:  Michael Brown's parents still seeking money from Ferguson;  'Wrongful death' case moved to federal court
          JCNT editorial:  Timely review of Capitol intern program X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon's welcome act of clemency may spare man a life sentence for marijuana conviction +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Stephen Miller:  Nixon, GOP should link arms for more transportation funding +
          Helling:  Transportation bill remains a bridge too far for federal and state legislators +
          P-D op-ed:  Dr. Randy Jotte:  Medicaid pilot offers cost-saving solution for 'Super Utilizers'
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Without Medicaid expansion, too many of our veterans have no safety net
          CDT op-ed:  Former state Sen. John Loudon (R-Chesterfield):  Missouri Democrats, Republicans should support midwives X
          CDT letter:  Kurt Schaefer demonstrates "showmanship" on Medicaid expansion because he's running for attorney general X
          P-D letter:  Coverage of municipal court overhaul portrays municipalities as the enemy and dopehead scofflaws as sympathetic characters
          KC Star letter:  Obama was wrong to criticize Ferguson and Baltimore rioters, whose outrage was justified +
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        Wednesday, May 27   Software challenges this morning - thanks for your patience.
       
KWMU:  White House delays new rules on emissions opposed by Blunt
          AP:  Nixon delays state energy plan deadline
          KWMU:  D.C. correspondent Jim Howard gives update on congressional actions, what's next
          KWMU:  State Rep. Bill Otto (D-Maryland Heights) says he plans to fill ballot slot against U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R)
          AP:  Otto to give up state rep seat, volunteers to fill Dem ballot slot in safe GOP district
          Drebes:  David Kirby, formerly of Chris Koster's campaign, to join law firm Lewis Rice
          AP:  Missouri Senate hires attorney for 'workplace harassment complaint;'  Lawyer for Keaveny's law firm takes the case
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon to launch construction of new state mental hospital +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) on bid for House majority leader, 'right to work,' more
          AP:  Nixon announces $2 million for road repairs for tornado damages
          P-D:  Missouri hemp oil program slow to take off
          Missourinet:  Database of historic prison records now online
          KWMU:  Normandy Middle School students say they are upset about lowered expectations
          JCNT:  Appeals court backs Koster, overturns ruling on civil investigation X
          KWMU:  Municipal court reform effort gets financial boost from MacArthur Foundation
          KWMU:  Activists say recall effort against Knowles will move forward
          P-D:  Activists pack Ferguson meeting over possibility of mayor's recall
          P-D editorial:  Nebraska's enlightened conservatives abolish the death penalty
          P-D letter:  Smithfield VP says Post-Dispatch reporting is flat wrong
          P-D letter:  Legislators weaken oversight on foreign ownership of Missouri land
          P-D letter:  It's illogical to honor Michael Brown instead of innocent youths who are killed
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        Tuesday, May 26
       
KMBC (Kansas Ciy):  KC observes Memorial Day at National WWI site;  Comments from Blunt
          KOMU (Columbia):  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel's office aims to reunite veterans with military medals
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Blunt weighs in on GOP teaming with Obama on fast-track legislation;  VA hospital problems;  More
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) team up to expand community mental health services +
          Missourinet:  Secretary of State candidate Jay Ashcroft files voter photo ID initiative petition
          KWMU:  MoDOT's rough road to finding more funding continues
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on Foundation Formula funding increase
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) will try again to let human trafficking victims hide addresses
          P-D:  Missouri's prison system deals with contraband drug problem
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  National Fish & Wildlife Service allocation to Missouri Department of Conservation totals nearly $30 million
          Investor's Business Daily's John Merline:  Ferguson 'protesters' are now protesting they didn't get paid;  Millennial Activists United holds sit-in at ACORN (rebranded as "MORE")
          JCNT letter:  Rules about interns should focus on behavior of legislators, not the young coeds X
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        Monday, May 25   Memorial Day
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill knocks Rand Paul's "grandstanding" during NSA debate
          KWMU:  Anti-Monsanto protesters gather at Missouri Botanical Garden;  Dog expresses transspecies behavior by donning bee costume in public
          Drebes:  AFSCME's Jeff Mazur files campaign committee to support 2016 measure on minimum wage and benefits for home-care employees
          AP:  With ethics bills failing in the Legislature, Missourians may get 2016 ballot vote on overhaul
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congress still stumbles on long-term highway bill X
          Rosenbaum:  'Jay won't raise taxes' pledge resurfaces during road funding debate
          KC Star:  Missouri bridge maintenance issues grow +
          Missourinet:  Bonding proposal for new Missouri veterans' home to be back in '16
          Missourinet:  Effort would expand Veterans Memorial at Missouri Capitol
          KC Star:  Liberals, conservatives agree:  Welfare cuts could be a hint of things to come;  Comments from Show-Me Institute's Mike Rathbone, Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) +
          P-D:  Municipalities ticket for trees and toys, as traffic revenue declines;  Revenue limits under Macks Creek law apply only to traffic cases
          KWMU:  UMSL study:  St. Louis Asians achieve higher median income, youth-employment level versus other races;  Authors imagine economic impact of "income equality"
          P-D:  Group claims it has enough signatures on petition for Ferguson recall election
          KC Star editorial:  Diehl, LeVota situations might have been avoided if interns had clearer rules +
          CDT's Waters:  Locus of control:  State Legislature vs. local ordinances;  Plus, non sequitur "kitchen tip" on how to make store-bought cake frosting go further X
          KC Star's Joe Robertson:  Charlie Shields, next state school board president, had Kansas City's back +
          KWMU Race, Culture and Diversity fellow Emanuele Berry:  Students from Seckman and "97 percent African America [sic]" Hazelwood East "are pair up [sic]" in racial-understanding exchange to visit "each others [sic] schools";  Berkeley prof Rodolfo Mendoza Denton [sic] says program won't help much  Update:  Corrected
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        Sunday, May 24
       
SNL:  How Obamacare subsidy case could affect Missouri and Greene County X
          SNL:  Some local police sought - and got - much more military gear X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Veterans Cemetery director passionate about tending to veterans' remains +
          Drebes:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) considering bid for lieutenant governor, could rally core Dem constituencies
          JCNT:  Interns program to be studied for possible improvements X
          AP:  Clock running out for Missouri transportation funding fix
          P-D:  Gas-tax hike is dead. What's next for MoDOT?
          P-D:  Video:  Seasoned reporters David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher have barroom conversation about 'right to work' legislation and effects
          KWMU:  Students want to see badly-behaved peers receive fewer out-of-school suspensions
          P-D:  Critics of Smithfield Foods say company sought to benefit from foreign-ownership legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  HSUS says Missouri puppy-mill laws not strong enough;  Comments from Missouri Deptartment of Agriculture's Sarah Alsager
          CDT:  Mamtek contractor struggling to get paid four years after collapse of factory project X
          Washington Missourian:  Commissioners slam Post-Dispatch editorial on citizen input
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Find road funds, use wisely X
          CDT op-ed:  Retired lobbyist Terry Schlemeier:  Republicans wrong about welfare cuts, Medicaid expansion, transportation funding, 'right to work,' more X
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Missouri has seen five unintentional shootings involving children in 2015, and one death +  
          P-D letter:  To deal with rioters, give police more iron, not less;  McCaskill and Clay should see the savagery that police face
          P-D letter:  Criminal Justice Ministry:  Help released prisoners to help themselves
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman says Diehl worked to help corporations, not the people
          KC Star letter:  Woman who interned in Jeff City in the 1970s not surprised by legislators' interest in interns +
          P-D letter:  Man says angry woman's letter about Diehl's appearance was offensive
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