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        Monday, March 2
       
KC Star:  Senate race highlights changing attitude about candidates' military service;  MSU prof George Connor says Kander's vet status not enough to overcome (D) label +
          Missourinet:  Missourians, elected officials to rally against Fort Leonard Wood cuts
          AP:  February report:  Economic growth likely for Midwest states
          KSHB:  "STANDUP KC" draws small crowd to hear wage complaints;  Sandwich artist Terrance Wise shares hard-knock story, microeconomic theory
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Fact check:  How the fight for $15/hr. could cost jobs in the long run
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Lighting up another tobacco tax increase effort in Missouri;  Host Mike Ferguson talks with Brian Schmidt, Carl Bearden
          Drebes:  Talk of Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) running for SOS likely untrue
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Messenger on Schweich;  Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare could affect Missouri +
          Kraske:  The politics surrounding Schweich's death will emerge post-funeral +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on school transfer bill and Schweich
          P-D:  No solid tuition fix in school transfer bills
          Missourinet:  Senators threaten budget cuts for schools that fail to stop bullying
          The Maneater:  Hundreds of UM System alumni descend upon Capitol for lobbying day
          Washington Missourian:  County Clerk Debbie Door (R) supports photo ID, says requiring identification is not a barrier to voting
          AP:  Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities on plastic bags, other regulations
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger weighs in on toll road proposal
          SE Missourian:  Regional panel urges no change in air-quality rules +
          NY Times:  Eric Holder to blame Ferguson police for racial tensions
          AP:  Eric Holder set to announce thoughts on Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In Memoriam:  Tom Schweich
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill is right to support Keystone XL
          JCNT editorial:  Governing principles caught in political crossfire;  Allowing legislative leaders to "intervene" in lawsuits leads to political one-upsmanship X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT's stripped-down plan will lead to more lawsuits
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City School District makes a steady march toward full accreditation +
          P-D op-ed:  Bevis Schock:  Acting like beggars for a football stadium
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau is attacking Department of Conservation X
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian suggests that SLU also build a monument for police who endured protester savagery
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        Sunday, March 1
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Outcome of Obamacare subsidy case could have 'drastic' consequences for Missouri
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  Tony Messenger's statement on his conversations with - and final voice mail from - Tom Schweich
          P-D:  Political tensions Schweich faced had mounted
          KC Star's Barb Shelly:  What a tragedy:  Schweich's suicide means Missourians will end up with Rex Sinquefield-owned Gov. Chris Koster or Gov. Catherine Hanaway +
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens opens exploratory committee - plus, the list of domain names he registered for himself back in 2009
          KWIX (Kirksville):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) files "Get Government Off My Back" bill
          AP:  Missouri GOP bristles at mandates, but sometimes uses them
          JCNT:  Legislators push bonds as way to fund more projects X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) sponsors bill to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers:  School transfers debate important for entire state X
          P-D:  In St. Louis County, number of nonwhite first-graders on the rise
          SE Missourian:  Programs help ex-cons try to re-enter society +
          JCNT:  Fulton State Hospital work expected to begin in spring X
          JCNT editorial:  In Memoriam:  Tom Schweich X
          SNL editorial:  Public video records at risk in state Senate X
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Right to Work:  Freedom to work gives us freedom to grow X
          KC Star letter:  Whoever pushed Tom Schweich over the edge should feel really bad about it +
          P-D letter:  Missouri needs far better transportation planning
          P-D letter:  Nasheed's comments are insulting to Isom's intelligence
          P-D letter:  Mehlville School District president:  State should not give failing school districts a discount
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman attempts analogy involving right-to-work legislation and purse-snatching from "my granny" X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says that when Planned Parenthood M'Evie Mead says "no patient was at risk," she's forgetting about the babies getting killed
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        Saturday, February 28
       
Kraske:  Do we expect too much of our politicians? +
          Lieb:  Why would Schweich kill himself?
          AP:  A look at some of Schweich's top audit findings
          P-D:  In wake of Schweich's death, politics pushed aside by grief
          KC Star:  Schweich reactions, Day Two +
          CDT:  Schweich remembered by friends, rivals for tenacity, lengthy public service
          AP:  Funeral for Schweich set for Tuesday
          KWMU:  Nixon names longtime adviser John Watson as temporary auditor;  Hancock communicates with state's grassroots GOP leaders regarding Schweich
          CDT:  Nixon appointes longtime aide as interim auditor to replace Schweich X
          AP:  Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor
          AP:  Hanaway cancels campaign events
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon changes travel plans after Schweich's suicide, will send wife to Cuba instead
          Columbia Missourian:  Georganne Nixon to take governor's place on Cuba trip
          Washington Post:  McCaskill, others introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general
          KC Star:  Mend loophole on wireless auctions, McCaskill warns FCC +
          SNL:  Immigration showdown tests Blunt's vow to end dysfunction X
          KWMU:  McCaskill introduces new bill to address sexual violence on campus
          CDT:  Former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) announces committee to advocate for infrastructure ballot issues X
          P-D:  St. Louis judge tosses out gun case, citing Amendment 5
          CDT:  UM President Tim Wolfe taking a one-month vacation X
          KSHB:  Schmitt wants accountability after Liberty boy with autism beaten up
          The Missouri Times:  Bills involving Missouri High School Athletics Association move forward
          KWMU:  Missouri Highway Patrol seeks minority candidates
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of Missouri GOP transgressions:  Plastic bags, gay marriage, California egg rule +
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian remembers Schweich, then criticizes Koster and Hanaway for taking Sinquefield money X
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Candidate's suicide holds up unflattering mirror to our politics +
          P-D letter:  Twelve GOP state legislators respond to P-D editorial on Missouri Department of Conservation
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says GOP legislators don't care if Missourians die
          SNL letter:  Library employee dislikes Nixon's funding cut for libraries X
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        Friday, February 27
       
Messenger:  From voicemail to voicemail:  The short political life and times of Tom Schweich
        KWMU:  State auditor Tom Schweich dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound
        Missourinet:  Schweich called reporters minutes before apparent suicide
        P-D:  Auditor Tom Schweich called seeking an interview just before his suicide
        KC Star:  Schweich dead of apparent suicide +
        AP:  Schweich dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Only one quote worth mentioning:  Rest in peace, Mister Auditor. +
        KWMU:  Schweich remembered as dedicated public servant;  Came out swinging in bid for governor
        Missourinet:  Missouri leaders react to Schweich suicide
        JCNT:  Capitol remembers Schweich in brief prayer service X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) reacts to Schweich's death
        KWMU:  Nixon will soon have to pick Schweich's successor
        JCNT:  Nixon to fill vacancy in auditor's office X
        AP:  Schweich's death leaves vacancy
        SNL:  Challenge to health care subsidies could mean a new headache for GOP;  Comments from Blunt X
        AP:  Akin nixes bloggy clickbait, affirms he's not running for Senate in 2016
        CDT:  Recovering legislator Chris Kelly, now a lobbyist, will lead support of Columbia ballot issues
        CDT:  State Supreme Court hears challenges to voter-passed gun and farming amendments
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) on defending gun rights amendment
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jay Nixon appoints Steve Sokoloff, Caucasoid former prosecutor, to fill spot vacated by black cop
        Washington Missourian:  Weed, right to work, prescription drug monitoring discussed at Chamber government forum
        CDT:  State ag department issues license to grow cannabis for epilepsy patients X
        JCNT:  Scrambled California egg law hurts Missouri farmers;  Kehoe resolution would send message to California, HSUS X
        CDT:  Senate approves Schaefer bill to keep Nixon out of UM presidency X
        The Missouri Times:  Schmitt, lawmakers blast Liberty Schools in child's attack, promise anti-bullying bill
        AP:  Schmitt faults district after autistic boy beaten
        Fox 4 KC:  Schmitt outraged over beating of Liberty Middle School boy
        KCTV:  Schmitt condemns school for failing to prevent savage beating of Liberty boy
        LA Times:  Missouri lawmakers outraged by apparent bullying attack on boy
        The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri hosts Lobby Day
        AP:  Sale of $38.5M in bonds for University of Missouri approved
        P-D:  Missouri agency suggests new priorities in awarding subsidized housing projects
        P-D:  Missouri lawmakers eye earlier health insurance rate disclosure
        Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) allows 911 call centers to consolidate
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Audits from Schweich's office will put more emphasis on local taxing entities, and that's good news
        KC Star editorial:  Eulogy of Tom Schweich, gratuitious swipe at Rex Sinquefield +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Lack of leadership on transportation from Nixon, Legislature is pathetic
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Raising speed limits, allowing no helmets will cost Missouri lives
        JCNT letter:  Legislature should dedicate energy to things other than regulation of plastic grocery bags X
        KC Star letter:  Palmyra man attempts sarcasm regarding Kinder and per diem +
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Murderer with "deteriorating mental capacity" shouldn't be executed
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        Thursday, February 26
       
KOLR (Rolla):  McCaskill pushes to end trade embargo with Cuba
          KWMU:  U.S. Commerce Dept. approves Missouri rice shipment to Cuba
          Wall Street Journal:  FCC's net neutrality rules expected to unleash court challenges;  McCaskill says both sides "are being completely demagogic"
          P-D:  State legislators push to keep federal agency in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter interview with John Hancock:  Thoughts on MRP changes, GOP primaries, name association about state leaders, Cards-Royals predictions, more
          The Missouri Times:  Twitter interview with Catherine Hanaway:  Thoughts on "sexual permissiveness" blip, Sinquefield, Schweich, name association about state leaders, more
          Drebes:  Feedback on Speaker of the House 2019 list:  Don't forget the first Madam Speaker
          Kraske:  Missouri journalists criticize Nixon's approach to press;  D.C. journalists satiate Akin's need for external validation;  Eric Greitens talks upcoming campaign +
          KWMU:  Dan Isom stepping down as head of Missouri Dept. of Public Safety (DPS);  Nasheed disappointed in Nixon, says Isom not "given the leeway to make reforms"
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed says Isom set to resign;  Phone calls to DPS go unanswered
          P-D:  Former St. Louis City police chief resigns as Nixon's public safety chief after six months
          AP:  Public safety director chosen amid Ferguson unrest resigns
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce offers long-term plan to rev up economy;  Dan Mehan explains "Missouri 2030" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri gun rights, 'right to farm' challenges highlight procedural issues
          JCNT:  Missouri's farming, gun rights challenged X
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court weighing farming, gun-rights measures
          KWMU:  Gun rights and 'right to farm' amendments misled voters, critics tell Supreme Court
          P-D:  Opponents want Missouri Supreme Court to throw out gun-rights amendment
          The Missouri Times:  House considers drug-monitoring program
          KC Star:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), other lawmakers to schools:  Stop bullies or lose funding +
          KMBC:  Support grows for student savagely beaten;  Schmitt wants schools that don't curb bullying held financially accountable
          AP:  Missouri House panel wants more for K-12 education
          AP:  Diehl wants to strip $4.5M in funding for membership to group that makes Common Core tests
          KWMU:  Missouri schools chief Margie Vandeven:  Normandy is 'fixable';  approach must balance all districts' needs
          KWMU:  Senate gives first approval to Schaefer's bill keeping Nixon from becoming University of Missouri president
          CDT:  House budget eliminates staff for research committee X
          The Missouri Times:  House leaders look to cut legislative research
          CDT:  Lawmakers tour space pegged for potential new member offices X
          P-D:  Ameren, Missouri Public Counsel resolve energy efficiency program dispute
          The Missouri Times:  Certified nurse anesthetists crowd Capitol for lobbying effort
          JCNT:  Legislative bills pit health care professionals against each other X
          AP:  Missouri House approves annual inspection of abortion clinic
          P-D:  Bill would require annual inspections at St. Louis abortion facility
          The Missouri Times:  Concerned Women for America supports pro-life bill
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid-expansion supporters seek to persuade lawmakers by distributing mock "death certificates"
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Medicaid advocates hand out "death certificates" to lawmakers, but pleas "are likely to fall on deaf ears"
          SNL:  Nixon pushes renewal of state parks sales tax X
          Missourinet:  Proposal to slash Missouri Conservation permit fees slashed
          Missourinet:  Execution date set for Missouri man who murdered over child support;  Andre Cole stabbed ex's new lover to death, then tried to kill her
          Missourinet:  Changes to Missouri deadly force law debated
          P-D:  Seven months after first round of Ferguson riots, students continue talking about race;  Hazelwood East Spartan Dwayne McCowan:  "Is there hope for St. Louis?  I'd say heck yeah!"
          KWMU:  St. Louis County to launch health survey of residents near Bridgeton Landfill;  EPA already concluded air quality is no different, but North Countians still complaining about nosebleeds and tummyaches
          P-D:  State to get more landfill data;  Republic says new report shows fire contained
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill and Nixon right to support Cuba
          P-D editorial:  By giving in to Ferguson protesters' demands, SLU president is acting in the honorable tradition of universities
          SNL op-ed:  Cost of expanding Medicaid will lower standard of living X
          P-D letter:  Area woman notes Republicans don't want to expand Medicaid - even though it would help businesses - so they're a bunch of hypocrites
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        Wednesday, February 25
       
The Hill:  McCaskill will vote to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL
          SNL:  Missouri delegation responds to DHS bill free of immigration measures X
          P-D:  McCaskill may go along with plan to end DHS funding impasse
          JCNT:  McCaskill:  Time for U.S. to end Cuban embargo X
          KC Star:  McCaskill says U.S. overture to Cuba has Havana government worried +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri delegation heads to Cuba on Sunday;  Comments from Nixon, Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          KOLR (Rolla):  McCaskill talks Cuba, state rep's resolution quoting phrase from Declaration of Independence, "71 cents for every dollar a man makes" femimeme, more
          NY Times:  Hillary '16 will spend even more time talking about gender than did Hillary '08;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  St. Louis man pleads guilty to theft of government funds;  Michael Leon Adkins abused HUD programs
          P-D:  For first time since 2010, St. Louis County will open up Section 8 waiting list for housing vouchers
          CDT:  Kander aims at Blunt's Washington ties in opening round of Senate campaign X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander vs. Blunt begins;  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) on ethics overhaul +
          P-D:  Eric Greitens set to announce GOP bid for governor
          JCNT:  Attorney general candidate Kurt Schaefer asks Koster to get involved in Texas immigration suit X
          Drebes:  The five top contenders to take over for Speaker Todd Richardson in 2019
          Columbia Journalism Review:  How limited access to state officials hurts reporting in Missouri;  Veteran journalists say things have changed for the worst under Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
          CDT:  Rowden bill for video streaming of Legislature heard by House committee X
          AP:  Missouri judge rules pact with Common Core testing 'illegal'
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to throw out gun rights amendment
          KC Star:  Doing much of the teaching but failing to lift themselves up financially, adjunct faculty joins unions;  SEIU says it has not established a foothold in KC area +
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers have a long way to go in the school transfer debate
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate give first-round approval to student transfer fixes
          AP:  House, Senate initially approve student transfer bills
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers approve two school transfer bills
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schweich's audit revealed millions of dollars in stipends awarded to district employees without board approval X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia's black students help lead district to top tier in suspension rankings
          Missourinet:  Proposals target fraud against Missouri seniors and disabled
          KWMU:  Missouri Hospital Association organizes "telephone town hall" to tout Silvey's legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers tour potential new locations for state offices
          The Missouri Times:  Bag-ban bill gives freshman Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) national attention
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court says state went too far to tax gym
          SE Missourian:  Change in state law allows small towns to opt out of uncontested elections +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Dept. of Conservation to hold meetings on deer-hunting regulations
          AP:  In response to Michael Brown theft/assault/shooting, Senate panel considers change to deadly force law
          P-D:  Deadly force changes get airing in Missouri Senate
          JCNT:  Senate committee hears two proposals on sentencing juvenile killers X
          P-D:  Protesters test the leadership of SLU's new president;  Leader of "Tribe X" sect praises Fred Pestello's acquiescence
          P-D editorial:  Closing police video records is wrong step for Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel:  "Missouri Promise" program would allow anyone of functional wits - and a decent work ethic - the opportunity to go to college
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Columnist chats with imaginary friend about payday loans, references "former Rep. Mary Stills [sic]"
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Look at suspension data with critical eye;  For example, area whites in secondary school are punished more frequently than Latinos +
          KC Star op-ed:  Create the I-70 of the future:  Electric cars that drive themselves +
          P-D letter:  Response to P-D editorial:  Only 47 percent of people are taking "assistance" - only 53 percent more to go to please the socialists
          P-D letter:  SLU law students who jeered McCulloch are asinine, are suited to join the mobs that overran Ferguson streets
          P-D letter:  Protesters blocking the street are lawless thugs - so what happens if a law-abiding driver just so happens to "panic" and runs them over?
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        Tuesday, February 24
       
KWMU:  McCaskill:  Ending embargo against Cuba would be 'boon' for Missouri businesses
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill supports ending Cuba embargo +
          SNL:  After Cuba visit, McCaskill more convinced embargo should be lifted X
          P-D:  Just returned from Cuba trip, McCaskill calls for lifting trade embargo
          AP:  McCaskill supports legislation to end trade embargo with Cuba
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Consulting group issues report claiming Missouri can reach EPA goals for carbon reduction
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Dems hold annual chili supper;  Kander speaks
          CDT:  Sara Walsh, Gary Harris appointed to Missouri GOP executive committee X
          Drebes:  Who is Eric Greitens, and how soon is he announcing his bid for governor?
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear farming amendment challenge tomorrow
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) reacts to Kinder's "gradual impoverishment" request
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel releases midterm report
          CDT:  House committee advances bill to ban lobbyist-paid travel outside Missouri X
          JCNT:  Senate ethics bill on way to House floor X
          KWMU:  Two different Missouri Senate proposals to require photo IDs for voting;  Comments from GOP Sens. Will Kraus, Rob Schaaf
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes legislation limiting welfare benefits;  TANF recipients would be allowed only four years to hang out on the dole
          AP:  Missouri's black grade-schoolers lead the nation in suspensions
          KC Star:  Missouri's black grade-schoolers dominate national suspension rankings;  St. Louis City, Normandy, Riverview Gardens and KC districts drive top numbers +
          P-D:  When it comes to suspensions, black grade-schoolers in Missouri far outdo peers in other states
          Missourinet:  Missouri House fast-tracks Amber Alert bill inspired by Hailey Owens
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Committee hears testimony on medical marijuana
          AP:  Lawmakers hear testimony on medical marijuana:  Former TV host Montel Williams:  "I could care less [sic] about anybody who wants to get high"
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana bill heard before committee
          AP:  Missouri House endorses annual inspection of abortion clinic
          AP:  Missouri bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags
          P-D:  Ameren rate increase could be lower than first thought
          CDT:  State stages disaster drill at dormant fairground X
          P-D:  Protesters go to County Executive Steve Stenger's home at 6:30 a.m. as part of "Monday Mourning" stunt series
          P-D:  Activist warns:  Return of warm weather to St. Louis will stir more protester violence
          KWMU:  Civil rights oversight body hears full day of complaints
          P-D editorial:  Times are tough for Missouri women;  Women make "71 cents for every dollar a man makes" (not accounting for differences in occupation, education, hours worked per week), other sad stats
          Shelley:  Rex Sinquefield has his tentacles in University of Missouri research numbers, and that's not fair +
          CDT's Waters:  Besides the fact he's running for attorney general, why does Kurt Schaefer care about Uber? X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman offers sarcastic advice to Kinder re: budgeting
          P-D letter:  Florissant man manufactures sarcastic punchline on Nixon, National Guard and Ferguson
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape woman supports "Death with Dignity" bill +
          KC Star letters:  Union member opposes right to work;  GOP bill on plastic bags is hypocritical +
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        Monday, February 23
       
P-D:  Temporary truce:  Catherine Hanaway, Tom Schweich hold their fire at Lincoln Day
          CDT:  Likely AG candidate Joshua Hawley:  Nixon, Koster 'fundamentally dishonest' on gay marriage X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Hancock and Kelley:  On Kander's bid, Obamacare, McCaskill and Cuba, Ferguson
          P-D:  Kerry Messer, prominent pro-family lobbyist, searches for his missing wife
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed;  Panel discussion between Katie Casas (D), Anne Schweitzer (D), Jeremy Lafaver (D), Ron Hicks (R)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear 'right to farm' challenge Wednesday
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Kehoe talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about transportation, unemployment benefits and his political future
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Cell phones, tablets and thieves:  Does Missouri need new laws to catch up?  Discussion from Rep. Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights), AT&T's John Sondag
          AP:  Under GOP budget, taxpayers won't fund Nixon's Ferguson "Office of Community Engagement"
          Missourinet:  Medical marijuana to get Missouri House hearing today
          KWMU:  KC, rural legislators don't share Nixon's bullishness on St. Louis stadium
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Legislature asks:  Paper or plastic? X
          P-D:  Missouri tests a carrot-and-stick approach to higher education
          St. Joseph News-Press:  In wake of Schweich audit, district moves to fire supe X
          Washington Missourian:  Residents express concerns about water at Ameren permit hearing
          KC Star:  St. Louis looks to Kansas City for help with homicide onslaught +
          Student Life (Washington U.):  "Fossil Free WashU" complains about Peabody;  Comments from freshman who says private university should maximize investment return and not cave to activist demands
          JCNT editorial:  Kinder should have known better than to ask for per diem X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association's Mike Deering:  Hold Missouri Department of Conservation accountable for tax money
          P-D letter:  Leave the Missouri Department of Conservation alone
          P-D letter:  Fenton man says Brian Munzlinger, Bryan Spencer and Wanda Brown are enemies of Missouri sportsmen
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        Sunday, February 22
       
KWMU:  John Hancock elected as next Missouri GOP chairman;  State committee members favor Scott Walker for president, Catherine Hanaway for governor
        CDT:  Republicans choose Hancock as party chairman;  Valinda Freed wins vice-chair spot over Schweich Chief of Staff Trish Vincent X 
        CDT:  State committee gov vote:  Hanaway 29, Schweich 14, Eric Greitens and John Brunner tied at 5, Kinder 4 X
        AP:  John Hancock elected party chair of MOGOP;  GOP vet starts with party $77,189 in the red
        The Missouri Times:  Hancock elected GOP chairman
        P-D:  John Hancock elected chairman of Missouri GOP
        P-D:  At Lincoln Day, Blunt still mum on challenge from Kander
        AP:  At Lincoln Day, Hanaway and Schweich avoid taking shots at each other
        CDT:  John Webb will challenge Vicky Hartzler in primary again, says incumbent is too liberal X
        Kraske:  A walk through the gauntlet of Lincoln Day display tables:  Women and weed, "Alliances" and also-rans +
        AP:  Fort Leonard Wood job cuts to be discussed at Nutter Field House on March 2
        P-D:  North St. Louis City neighborhood struggles with prospect for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency;  Area was ground zero for infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project
        Drebes:  Weekly poll from February 7
        Drebes:  Weekly poll from February 14
        KC Star:  Sinquefield critics complain about budget numbers coming from University of Missouri's Economic & Policy Analysis Research Center (EPARC) +
        AP:  State seeks alternatives for highway, bridge funding;  Comments from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair)
        AP:  Summary of alternative ways to pay for highway, bridge funding
        Columbia Missourian:  Columbia, MoDOT search for scarce road money
        Ashley Jost's Learning Curve:  Zweifel visits MU to talk financial aid;  Senior Jamon Finley laments struggle of borrowing money, then having to work to pay it back X
        CDT:  MU medical school expansion tied up in budget fight X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Jason Kander is a bright young man who will run a spirited campaign
        P-D editorial:  If facts mattered, Medicaid expansion in Missouri would be a slam dunk - unfortunately, opponents can't handle the truth
        P-D editorial:  Missouri student transfer bill needs simple tuition fix
        KC Star:  Conservation Commission expansion is reasonable, but major fixes aren't needed in a Missouri success story +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Unions, Ameren put forth solid effort to keep Rams in St. Louis
        SNL letter:  Jobs with Justice opposes right to work X
        P-D letter:  Retired union official opposes right to work
        SNL letter:  Right to work hurts unions, wages X
        SNL letter:  Right to work gives workers a choice X
        P-D letter:  Plenty of blame to go around for letting criminal element destroy Ferguson
        P-D letter:  Governor's no-win Ferguson conundrum:  If Nixon had used the National Guard, people would whine about looters/arsonists being put down
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        Saturday, February 21
       
KWMU:  Missouri Republicans take verbal aim at Kander, Obama
          CDT:  Missouri Republicans focus on Obama policies at Kansas City gathering X
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans take on Barack Obama in KC meeting +
          Fox 4 KC:  Jeff Roe poll, via Drebes, shows Blunt leading Kander
          Washington Post:  With loss to Blunt, Kander may be setting himself up for another race in the future
          Kraske:  Kander hopes Blunt is vulnerable;  Hancock wants to move state primaries;  What will Peter Kinder choose? +
          CDT:  Joshua Hawley prepares to challenge Kurt Schaefer in MO GOP AG primary X
          USA Today:  GM names new top lawyer;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  Illinois county plans to offer land near Scott AFB at no cost for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency relocation
          Drebes:  Weekly poll results:  Minimum wage, tax credit for student loans, more
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) gives select legislators the ability to intervene in lawsuits
          KC Star:  Second Bloch School faculty member resigns in wake of rankings scandal +
          AP:  Second professor quits amid ranking scandal at Missouri college
          CDT:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) seeks to overturn local rules on Uber-style ride services X
          KWMU:  Anti-drug agency looks to state legislators, law enforcement for help combating heroin
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) wants to let Missouri homeschoolers play public school sports
          KOMU (Columbia):  Parents want home-school students in public-school activities
          P-D:  OPPS!  Ameren accidentally discloses settlement negotiations with regulators
          Washington Missourian:  Alderman:  Utilities relocation bill from Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) would be costly
          KOMU (Columbia):  MoDOT says increase in fatal accidents is related to seat belt use
          CDT:  Group opposing death penalty draws 25 to hear local law prof speak X
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) wants to abusive traffic ticket schemes
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          P-D:  McCulloch, at SLU, shares insight into Michael Brown's theft/assault/shooting case
          KWMU:  Protesters yell, sing as McCulloch explains his office's approach to Michael Brown case
          AP:  Protesters:  "Black lives matter!"  McCulloch:  "I'm pretty sure all lives matter."
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Kinder and per diem;  Voter ID proposal +
          P-D editorial:  Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize more Kinder-Kare
          P-D editorial:  Republicans are the "Mean Boys & Girls Club," and are full of "pure meanness"
          CDT's Waters:  Kinder's folly X
          CDT's Waters:  Photo ID puts an additional burden on voters X
          JCNT editorial:  Virtual schools won't solve real education puzzle X
          P-D letter:  Early childhood education should be funded
          P-D letter  Kirkwood man share octogenarian wisdom - if you don't like traffic tickets, perhaps you should not break the law
          P-D letter:  Thanks to Nixon's inaction in Ferguson, citizens will have to shoot looters themselves
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says that if Nixon had used National Guard, lowlife looters would have "run like roaches"
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        Friday, February 20   Toward a more memorable, meaningful Lincoln Day Weekend
       
Reuters:  McCaskill returns from Cuba, says business and ag support can help make push more bipartisan
          SE Missourian:  Nixon to explore opportunities for international trade with Cuba +
          P-D:  McCaskill fires back on GOP claims Democrats are holding up homeland security vote
          KWMU:  North City residents can stay if National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) doesn't choose city for relocation
          KWMU:  Jason Kander announces bid for U.S. Senate in 2016
          The Missouri Times:  Jason Kander announces United States Senate bid
          Missourinet:  Jason Kander announces run for Senate seat held by Roy Blunt
          P-D:  Kander announces he'll seek Senate seat held by Blunt
          SNL:  Jason Kander announces he will run for U.S. Senate in 2016 X
          Kraske:  Kander's bid is audacious - and enormously challenging. +
          AP:  Jay Ashcroft now says he's running for secretary of state;  Will Kraus announced bid last July
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft enters GOP primary for secretary of state
          KC Star:  Jay Ashcroft says he'll take on Will Kraus in GOP SOS primary +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) uses his role as senator and potential attorney general to rein in federal overreach
          Drebes:  Zech Hockersmith, who lost House bid as a Dem, to run as a Republican for Sen. Dan Brown's open seat in 2018
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder wants an allowance +
          The Missouri Times:  Slideshow:  Capitol Gala 2015
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol staffers Stephanie Boeth (Barnes) and David Willis (Richardson) to wed Nov. 14
          KWMU:  Gun rights amendment had unintended outcomes;  High court to decide fate
          P-D:  Want a 50-cent doctor visit copay?  Become a Missouri inmate.
          Missourinet:  Missouri House sends voter photo ID proposal to Senate
          Missourinet:  How state reps voted on voter ID bill
          KWMU:  Critics call voter ID bill racist;  Sponsor Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), who is black, disagrees
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes cutoff for changes to ballot measures
          AP:  Demspey will allow vote on right to work
          CDT:  Schaefer seeks to block Columbia from creating high-speed Internet utility X
          AP:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) wants disclosure of unvaccinated children
          P-D:  Payday lending volume in Missouri decreases, but installment lenders increase
          The Missouri Times:  CTE diplomas could become a reality
          AP:  Missouri House panel approves bill on student transfers
          KWMU:  State extends deadline for Normandy students to transfer
          P-D:  New deadline for Normandy transfer students
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) would free man with life sentence for marijuana case
         P-D:  Dogan wants to free man serving life without parole for marijuana
         KWMU:  Labor unions promise 24-hour workdays to build riverfront stadium
         P-D:  Justice Department hasn't briefed Ferguson on the results of the agency's investigation, Mayor James Knowles says
         AP:  Ferguson officials:  No word on federal investigations
         KC Star:  Staff of Butler, Mo. newspaper walk out on employer, start competitive newspaper +
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Republicans who blasted McCaskill over Homeland Security should stop playing games
          JCNT editorial:  Blunt's government advertisement proposal:  What, exactly, is the transparency we seek? X
          P-D editorial:  Turning around the police department battleship
          Shelly:  Whoever put together long list of Medicaid-expansion supporters wasted their time;  It will take wholesale changes in 2016 elections to see any expansion +
          KC Star letters:  Blunt, Graves, other GOP reps should push for big changes;  Government would be in better shape if people sent more letters via snail mail to their congressional offices +
          CDT letter:  Kudos to Tim Wolfe for taking a stand against tax cuts X
          JCNT letter:  Right to work and declining union membership X
          P-D letter:  Editorial overlooks important factors against NGA deal
          P-D letter:  Missouri Legislature should pass "Death with Dignity" bill
          JCNT letter:  Costs of toll roads may exceed benefits X
          JCNT letter:  Republicans are mean, and wrong about a lot of things X
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        Thursday, February 19
       
KC Star:  Enrollment in Obamacare jumps in Missouri +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill's Cuba trip aims to promote trade X
          CDT:  Blunt visits Jefferson City, urges House to dig at roots of race and economic issues X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Blunt visits Salisbury, talks government overreach and Keystone XL
          KC Star:  Blunt at center of immigration policy spat +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly:  Luetkemeyer announces his bid for re-election, talks opportunities and threats of Cuban trade
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner visits Jefferson City, joins with Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to push new penalties for sex trafficking
          KOMU (Columbia):  Wagner, Haahr want crackdown on child sex trafficking in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Wagner, Haahr push making sex trafficking ads illegal
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jake Zimmerman (D) on campaign for attorney general, more
          The Missouri Times:  Yancy Williams brings campaign successes to the Senate
          Helling:  Stadium issues show that St. Louis brings a battle sword to Jefferson City, while KC brings a pocketknife;  Mayor Sly James, tightwad-donor rep don't help
          AP:  Kinder wants same daily allowance that legislators get
          KC Star:  Missouri voter ID law gets initial House approval +
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans look to open door to new voter ID laws
          AP:  Missouri House endorses voter photo ID requirements
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole says there's talk more federal money for MoDOT is possible
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council joins national group to lobby for federal and state transportation issues
          The Current (UMSL):  UMSL students face tuition increase
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) says he wants to improve education by raising teachers' salaries and more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf calls for charges from district audit;  Schweich gave district "poor" rating X
          KWMU:  Two-day conference, supported by DESE, will address "inequality" issues;  Topics include hiring more black teachers, etc.
          KMZU (Carrollton):  MO DHSS looking for organizations to serve free and reduced-price meals over the summer;  Comments from Ryan Hobart
          The Maneater:  Nursing educators want state to spend more money;  Comments from Missouri Nurses Association's Sarah Felts
          KOLR (Rolla):  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) sponsors "Right to Try" law for terminally ill;  Nixon:  "We want to do what we can ... to have as few limitations at the state level"
          KOLR (Rolla):  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) wants to streamline communication between local law enforcement and state highway patrol when a child goes missing
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) shoulders non-discrimination fight
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Bill from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) looks to eliminate hunting permit fees
          P-D:  Lindenwood University announces $625,000 in scholarships for North St. Louis County students
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill would bar police camera mandate, public access to videos
          CDT:  Bill to close police body and dash camera video opposed by press, civil liberties groups X
          P-D:  Media unhappy about police-camera access
          KOMU (Columbia):  Fulton police weigh in on Missouri body camera bill;  Comments from Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff), others
          P-D:  Revelations about National Guard mission in Ferguson anger local businesses, leaders
          KWMU:  Nixon on National Guard inaction:  "Not the best path forward to get into a gunfight on the street"
          Missourinet:  Reports:  U.S. Justice Department preparing to sue Ferguson police
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Holder on Ferguson findings +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri shouldn't limit welfare before making other changes +
          P-D editorial:  The Missouri Department of Conservation is working just fine.  The Legislature should leave it alone.
          Washington Missourian editorial:  If budgets are about priorities, Nixon doesn't care very much about libraries
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Nixon must fix the Kansas City Police Board mess +
          Platte County Landmark's Foley:  Local school district may enlist Axiom Strategies to promote tax measure;  Columnist and Jeff Roe engage in witty banter involving toilet O-rings
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D) worked to achieve compromise with Republicans on welfare bill, and is therefore selfish +
          P-D letter:  Right to work undermines workers' dignity
          Washington Missourian letter:  Hinson should drop pot support;  Missouri already has a problem with alcohol and prescription drugs and shouldn't add a third
          P-D letter:  Kirkton's day care training bill is needed
          CDT letter:  MO DNR is passing the hot potato on Hinson Creek X
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        Wednesday, February 18
       
USA Today:  Republicans hail court ruling on immigration;  Blunt says he will "keep fighting to stop President Obama's illegal amnesty"
          P-D:  GOP U.S. House members from Missouri criticize McCaskill for blocking vote on Homeland Security bill
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) tout new restrictions on government-funded ads
          JCNT:  Blunt, Rep. Paul Curtman promote "transparent" government ads X
          SNL:  Blunt has clear primary path X
          KWMU:  Highlight of Missouri Lincoln Day to include presidential straw poll, election of new MRP chairman
          Drebes:  Job opening:  MO Dept. of Higher Education general counsel;  Job pays $72-78K
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Restaurant tip crackdown +
          JCNT:  Ethics bill out of the Senate, into the House X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) adds dose of reality to right-to-work push
          KWMU:  Missouri Medicaid enrollments starting to rise, but challenges remain
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill to free data centers from sales tax
          Missourinet:  Proposed Missouri medical child abuse law prompts sharp division
          JCNT:  Lawmakers again asked to allow some older retirement plans to join LAGERS X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schweich delivers St. Joseph School District audit - the lowest possible rating of "poor" - to stunned crowd X
          KWMU:  State Board of Education will wait to make decision on Normandy schools
          P-D:  Tesla seeks to intervene in Missouri auto dealers' lawsuit
          P-D:  DNR finally moving forward with Ameren water discharge permit
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if Ameren is responsible for electrocutions at Lake of the Ozarks
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) spars with Democratic mayors over court reforms
          KMOV (St. Louis):  TV investigation of traffic ticket quotas prompted action by Sen. Schmitt
          AP:  Missouri House panel approves added state emergency funds
          P-D:  Missouri committee puts $8.5M into funds depleted by Ferguson response
          KWMU:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles sounds off on impact of unrest - and the future of his city
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar confirms that police wanted National Guard in Ferguson after grand jury decision
          AP:  Records:  Police wanted Guard in Ferguson neighborhood
          P-D:  Missouri National Guard lack authority to protect Ferguson properly
          Missourinet:  Holder still expects Ferguson investigations' release before his departure
          P-D:  Holder confirms separate Ferguson probes to be finished before he leaves office
          AP:  Holder says he expects to finish Ferguson probes soon
          P-D:  Lindenwood to hand out $600,000 in scholarships to North County students;  Mayor James Knowles and Lindenwood prez to announce program today
          KWMU:  Area police officers log time inside schools chatting with black students;  Comments from after-school program director Jazminique Holley, sixth-grader Jmarria Franklin
          JCNT editorial:  Cooperation essential on mental health initiatives X
          KC Star editorial:  KC taxpayers should keep an eye on St. Louis stadium deal, make sure the other side of the state doesn't make out too well +
          CDT's Waters:  Republican legislators really need to start thinking about raising taxes X
          Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) should support raising Missouri's minimum wage to $10.10, which is $2.85/hr. above federal standard
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-St. Louis County):  Legislators can play a role in preventing overdose deaths
          CDT letter:  Data from "nonpartisan Missouri Budget Project" proves that Missouri needs Medicaid expansion X
          KC Star letter:  Library director dislikes Nixon's budget cut for libraries +
          P-D letter:  Doctors ignore Missouri's online system for death certificates
          P-D letter:  McCulloch stifles speech by keeping grand juror from talking
          P-D letter:  In the case of "two thugs riding around with guns and dope," officers did the job they're supposed to do
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        Tuesday, February 17
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Feds gift another week to adults who can't manage to sign up for Obamacare on time
        Helling:  U.S., Missouri tax policy has 50 Shades of Grey (area) +
        KRCG:  More than 200 turn out for Cole County Lincoln Day dinner
        JCNT:  Blunt, statewides speak at area Lincoln Day X
        The Missouri Times:  2016 Statewide Tip Sheet:  Established contenders, plus possible entrants like Eric Greitens, Joshua Hawley, others
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon working with GOP this year on tax bills;  Randy Asbury on run for gov +
        Columbia Missourian:  A month after its passage, Amendment 10 still raises questions
        AP:  Missouri lawmakers talk virtual school option for students
        Missourinet:  House proposal would alter Missouri law on renters' security deposits
        KMOV (St. Louis):  Missouri cracks down on underreported restaurant tips
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Restaurant rage against Missouri tip audit talk
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate bills would address juvenile sentencing issues in Missouri
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court again asked to consider felons having firearms
        KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers look to child-proof e-cigarettes +
        KC Star:  Nixon to restore Missouri subsidies for Bartle Hall, Chiefs and Royals stadiums +
        KWMU:  After 16 years with lapsed power plant permit, Ameren's new wastewater proposal gets public hearing
        The Missouri Times:  Public Service Commission prepares for a week of Empire Electric hearings
        CDT:  Grass Roots Organizing, ACORN/MORE continue anti-coal campaign X
        KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Department of Conservation presents "Discover Nature Girls Camp"
        Rosenbaum:  Bill limiting traffic fine revenue includes risk of 'death penalty' for municipalities
        KMOV (St. Louis):  Bellefontaine Neighbors officer said city had quota for tickets;  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) is calling for investigation
        P-D:  Ferguson riots exhausted emergency fund;  now Nixon and lawmakers square off over more
        Missourinet:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles wants Justice Department findings released
        Drebes:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal withdraws remonstrance of Jay Nixon
        P-D:  Union leader muzzled when it comes to civilian review
        P-D:  Students' Presidents' Day march to protest "injustice and inequalities" draws total of eight (8), including family members;  Teen speaks into bullhorn to reach attendees gathered three feet away
        P-D editorial:  Time for Nixon, lawmakers to rally around National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project in St. Louis
        Ray Hartmann:  Stan Kroenke's forgotten options;  Why any new-stadium idea is dead unless the Rams leave St. Louis
        Slate op-ed:  St. Louis should doesn't belong in Missouri, should move to Illinois
        SNL letter:  Beta (male) version of McCaskill's "man up" meme:  Area man says it's up to males to protect the "vulnerable";  Therefore, GOP legislators must support Medicaid expansion X
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Affton man knows how to fix government:  Elect state reps to four-year terms
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        Monday, February 16
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Cuba opportunities;  Schweich on right to work;  Nixon on Ferguson and National Guard +
          NY Times:  Senate Dems want reprieve for people who took too long to sign up for Obamacare;  Comments from Missouri Association of Health Underwriters' Emily Black Bremer
          Missourinet:  Former state Rep. Randy Asbury (R-Higbee) says he'll follow through, file for governor next year
          Drebes:  Rep. Kevin McManus (D-Kansas City) to run for KC Council seat
          AP:  House, Senate call off proceedings due to weather
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) discusses franchise law, transportation proposals, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R), Rep. Shamed Dogan (R), Sen. Gina Walsh (D), Susan Montee (D) discuss franchise law, legislative session, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown):  Changing welfare laws will make more efficient use of taxpayer dollars
          KOLR (Rolla):  Southwest Missouri Task Force sees increase in cyber crime;  Nixon releases funds "after six long months"
          AP:  Missouri Republicans take second look at tax code changes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on right to work
          Missouri Viewpoints:  State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven talks with host Mike Ferguson about Nixon-GOP funding battles, Common Core, more
          Missourinet:  Senate to debate school transfer bill this week
          KWMU:  Normandy urged to extend transfer deadline
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) wants proof of tax payment before businesses bid on public projects +
          NY Times:  Law enforcement concerns create unlikely alliances in Missouri and beyond;  Schmitt's bill aligns right, left against "taxation by citation"
          KC Star:  Mike Sanders on Jackson County Sports Complex controversy:  We'll work it out +
          The Maneater:  ACORN/MORE promotes anti-Peabody petition
          JCNT editorial:  In support of right to work;  "Workers should be free to join a labor union, but not compelled" X
          The Maneater editorial:  Higher education remains a low priority for Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Court should allow Ferguson grand juror to speak
          JCNT letter:  Right to work would be good for Missouri X
          JCNT letter:  Right to work would be bad for Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman supports bill requiring safe-sleep guidelines in day cares
          P-D letter:  Local police - not Nixon - to blame for letting looting arsonists burn Ferguson
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        Sunday, February 15
       
Missourinet:  Obamacare sign-up period ends today
          KCUR (KC):  Urban League CEO Gwendolyn Grant says local African-Americans have "lack of progress," acknowledges that Medicaid expansion won't happen in Missouri
          JCNT:  Jim Moody, Andy Blunt merge lobbying firms X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon, Ag Director Richard Fordyce talk ag opportunities in Cuba
          Washington Missourian:  Area lawmakers weigh in on "right to work"
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to stricter welfare rules;  Recipients can currently receive handouts for five years
          JCNT:  Budget cuts concern state librarians X
          JCNT:  State lawmakers consider federal balanced budget amendment X
          JCNT:  Nixon's choice as next Missouri Highway Patrol commander discusses leadership ideas
X
          P-D:  Local "Queer and Trans People of Color" chapter turns out small crowd for protest
          P-D:  Prison services are profitable niche for Bridgeton company
          KWMU:  Dave Spence's Ferguson 1000 Jobs tries to match applicants to employers;  Comments from job-seeking ex-con Robert Crawley
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Unions are on the decline in Missouri, and right-to-work will eventually be the law of the land
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Schweich wins more style points than Hanaway;  First female Speaker of the House must demonstrate more confidence, stop reading from notes
          CDT op-ed:  Area doctor wants Medicaid expansion now, not later X
          KC Star letters:  MoDOT should stop complaining;  Area rabbi opposes right to work +
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        Saturday, February 14
       
KWMU:  McCaskill travels to Cuba, hopes to push agricultural trade
          AP:  McCaskill going to Cuba on trade mission
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          Scripps:  House bill would require DOD to publish names of military sex offenders, while McCaskill bill would place offenders on FBI database
          P-D:  "National Divestment Day" draws few;  Group targeting local employers draws ten (10) downtown
          Kraske:  Missouri lawmakers take (baby) steps on ethics +
          KWMU:  At Missouri Press Association meeting, GOP gov candidates outline priorities
          CDT:  At Missouri Press Association event, Nixon defends Ferguson outcome as lawmakers look into response to unrest X
          P-D:  New campaign to raise Missouri's tobacco tax would fund early childhood programs
          KC Star:  CO, WA having a hard time keeping their marijuana inside their borders and away from children;  Missouri ranked first in number of Colorado pot-smuggling cases +
          Drebes:  Nixon's Office of Administration vs. KC Sports Complex:  Chief dispute is if state should throw up the stop sign, hold funding at 25 years
          Missourinet:  Legislative leaders consider how far they can push right-to-work this year
          CDT:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) seeks to keep undocumented immigrants from receiving state scholarships X
          KC Star:  Amid ranking scandal, Michael Song resigns from UMKC +
          AP:  UMKC business professor resigns amid ranking scandal
          KWMU:  Departed Normandy Superintendent Tyrone McNichols gets $78,000 severance payment
          Missourinet:  Proposed 'no call list for minors' debated by Missouri Senate committee
          KMOX:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale):  Committee not satisfied with Nixon's National Guard explanation
          KWMU:  Traffic revenue limit passes Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Pharmaceutical industry promotes its position on pseudoephedrine tracking
          KWMU:  Board of Aldermen approves use of eminent domain for possible new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency site
          P-D:  City aldermen approve clearing homes for National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
          P-D:  Republic takes earnings hit as costs increase for Bridgeton Landfill
          AP:  Antonio Whiteside indicted for trying to set fire to Ferguson market
          KC Star Capitol Watch:  Weekly update on GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong to pass right to work and to reference Declaration of Independence, but somehow get it right on muni court reform +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area woman thinks Kurt Schaefer should start supporting Medicaid expansion
          SNL letter:  Member of local Missouri Faith Voices chapter opposes right to work X
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        Friday, February 13
       
KC Star:  Blunt to Obama on ISIS:  What's your plan? +
          AP:  Blunt, Senate Republicans skeptical of ISIS plan
          KWMU:  Blunt opposes President's picks for Defense, Justice
          P-D:  Blunt, four other senators vote against new Defense secretary
          Politico:  The Pentagon's new whiz kids:  McCaskill:  "It's a dream team of wonkiness, and I am thrilled"
          KC Star:  Filibuster complaints flip now that Senate control has switched;  Comments from Blunt +
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP Chairman Ed Martin reminisces as he heads to Eagle Forum
          Rudi Keller:  Nixon displays sense of humor at Missouri Press Association gathering, touts ability to be "stunningly unquotable"
          JCNT:  Nixon says he and legislators cooperate more than most believe X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates speak to Missouri Press Association;  Hanaway releases list of state legislator endorsements
          CDT:  Debate over large campaign donations dominates GOP race for governor in 2016 X
          AP:  At press gathering, Hanaway and Schweich display differences on education policy
          KWMU:  Since 2004, St. Louis City has purged 25 percent of its voters
          Drebes:  Keith English (I) gets committees
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schaefer on Nixon's "insulting" approach to Ferguson destruction;  UM President Tim Wolfe on state priorities +
          JCNT:  Local caterers lose business after ban on lobbyist meals for House committees X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker John Diehl (R) chats about right-to-work passage
          Missourinet:  Roll call vote on "right to work" legislation
          New York Times:  Missouri House passes 'right to work' bill despite threat of veto (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt says SB4's "broad-based tax relief" will make Missouri more competitive
          CDT:  Bill to bar Nixon, future governors from UM presidency heard in Senate committee X
          CDT:  House committee approves higher ed spending with no increase for universities X
          P-D:  Budget recommendation for Foundation Formula not enough to counteract new law
          AP:  Missouri Senate would limit welfare benefits to four years
          KWMU:  Judge rules Normandy schools unaccredited
          KC Star:  KC Urban Institute's "Equality Index" notes average black ACT score is 14.5, with whites averaging 22.8;  Group attributes difference to "low-performing inner-city schools" +

          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill to require sales tax notification
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers set to spar with Department of Conservation over deer, land ownership, and more
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill for allergic reaction treatment
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves bill to limit fines in city budgets
          CDT:  Prosecutors discuss changes to Missouri criminal code X
          Columbia Missourian:  City of Columbia's Black History Month celebration draws twelve (12) people, including children
          P-D:  Antonio Whiteside, caught on tape attempting to set Ferguson Market on fire, is in custody
          P-D:  Controversy notwithstanding, Ferguson police still a draw
          KC Star editorial:  New year brings same wasteful border war over jobs +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The real landfill story
          P-D editorial:  The night Ferguson burned:  Nixon owes public answers
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Applause for SLU law school:  Officials won't give into Black Law Students Assocation demands to disinvite Bob McCulloch
          Miklasz:  Nixon fully engaged in stadium, Rams
          KC Star letter:  Goal of Republicans is to kill working people's voice +
          JCNT letter:  Area man offers thoughts on MoDOT and tax redistribution, makes reference to his previous letters to the editor X
          JCNT letter:  Right intention, wrong solution on civics testing X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Woman urges readers to contact Nixon, legislators about the "un-American, un-Christian and unconstitutional" dangers of Common Core
          P-D letter:  Reaction to Ferguson activists' coffin stunt:  If white activists had done the same to a black mayor, it would be viewed as a hate crime
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        Thursday, February 12
       
SNL:  Springfield-area lawmakers split on Obama military force request;  Debate is already dividing along partisan lines X
          KWMU:  Senate Republicans, Democrats divided on bill to fund Homeland Security
          KC Star:  Cleaver assumes new role as ranking member on housing subcommittee +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Lacy Clay on Selma and modern-day battles;  Wash U. law prof on the decline of unions in Missouri +
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Jason Kander's wife left legal profession to mentor students, others
          The Missouri Times:  Montel Williams, a popular 1990s daytime talk show host, to film documentary about Missouri medical marijuana fight
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes Democrat's labor bill
          The Missouri Times:  House passes two right-to-work bills;  Sponsor of one, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley), says Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King would fight against "the system of injustice and failure of the building trades"
          KC Star:  Missouri House gives initial approval to two right-to-work bills +
          KWMU:  Missouri House approves right-to-work bill, but lacks veto-proof margin
          AP:  Missouri takes a step toward becoming a right-to-work state
          AP:  Missouri Senate endorses monitoring Medicaid eligibility
          CDT:  Tim Wolfe asks lawmakers to back 5 percent funding hike for higher education X
          P-D:  Virtual, charter education options expanded in school transfer law approved by committee
          Drebes:  Diehl installs Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) as chair of Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues
          KWMU:  Ameren wants more time to meet new EPA carbon emission goal
          P-D:  Ameren report outlines issues with carbon rules
          Missourinet:  Missouri murder victim's family:  'courts play politics and protect murderers'
          KC Star:  Koster sets conditions for sale of St. Joseph and St. Mary's medical centers
          P-D:  Ascension agrees to Koster's terms for hospital sale
          Missourinet:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says he couldn't reach Nixon to get Guard to respond while city burned
          KWMU:  Knowles couldn't reach Nixon or get needed help after grand jury announcement
          AP:  Knowles said he tried in vain to get National Guard to town
          P-D:  Firefighters tell Missouri lawmakers that they couldn't fight Ferguson fires unprotected
          Missourinet:  Schaefer criticizes Nixon for "trained to kill" comment
          Missourinet:  Nixon defends state response on night of grand jury decision
          KWMU:  Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle announces retirement ahead of Ferguson hearing
          Missourinet:  Head of Missouri Highway Patrol stepping down
          AP:  Head of Missouri State Highway Patrol to step down in May
          KWMU:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice to hold "White Privilege" seminar;  YWCA sponsors "Witnessing Whiteness" program to help the melanin-deficient confess and correct their Caucasoidism
          SE Missourian editorial:  Southeast to open Center for Excellence in Mass Media +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri municipal court reform bill plays a winning hand
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian says Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) is guilty of "political gimcrackery" but is right on campaign ethics X
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law profs:  Steps to a sensible use of force law
          P-D letter:  Former state Sen. John Lamping (R):  Lobbying bill should apply to current legislators, too
          CDT letter:  Reader wonders if Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act will impose a sales tax X
          P-D letter:  Government should stay out of Tesla dispute
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        Wednesday, February 11
       
National Journal:  Republicans go full steam at Obama's energy and climate agenda;  Comments from Blunt
          Stars and Stripes:  Military lawyers lose the 'good soldier' defense;  Comments from McCaskill
          KWMU:  Missouri's union membership drops to lowest level in decades
          Missourinet:  Former state Rep. Randy Asbury (R-Higbee) says he's running for governor
          KWMU:  Marijuana lobbyists push to legalize medical marijuana
          KMZU (Carrollton):  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel on MOST 529 Matching Grant Program
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Will Cuba be able to pay for Missouri goods?  And will departing legisators be forced to wait two years before they can feed their families as lobbyists? +
          The Missouri Times:  Diehl, Keaveny cover wide range of issues at Missouri League Legislative Conference
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' debate anticipated in Missouri House today
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Local Missouri doctors will soon feel Medicaid pay cuts
          KC Star:  House member's use of phrase from Declaration of Independence "drew chuckles ... and a few frowns as well" +
          SNL:  26 years after leaving the Missouri Legislature, Missouri's senior United States senator weighs in on a Missouri House of Representatives resolution
          KOLR (Joplin):  Area drivers react to MoDOT's "325 System" approach
          The Maneater:  Tuition, fees to increase system-wide
          SE Missourian:  National security expert to speak tonight as part of SEMO Speakers Series +
          CDT:  Lawmakers hear bills advocating citizenship test X
          P-D:  Vacant building mandate added to transfer bill passed by Missouri House committee
          JCNT:  State pressed to pay more for county prisoners X
          Drebes:  A working compromise may be possible on Jamilah Nasheed's "ban the box" bill
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) on his 2015 Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri bill would lift motorcycle helmet mandate
          KWMU:  State high court says lawmakers acted too fast to limit renewable energy law
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Lawmakers can't change ballot initiatives prior to vote
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules Legislature violated ballot rights
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Lower court can consider same-sex divorce
          AP:  No ruling from Supreme Court on whether same-sex divorces are OK
          P-D:  Missouri Senate:  Cities shouldn't use courts to raise money
          KWMU:  Traffic revenue limits get first-round approval in Missouri Senate
          AP:  Senate advances bill to limit fines in city budgets
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon announces his steps to move forward with a new NFL stadium
          KWMU:  Nixon pushes to keep St. Louis an NFL city
          P-D:  Power lines, railroad to move for new stadium, Nixon says
          AP:  Nixon announces deals in hopes of keeping Rams
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Ameren officials share Mark Twain Transmission line plans
          P-D:  Fire official says Bridgeton Landfill hotspots are close to radioactive waste
          AP:  Koster announces $19 million to clean up contaminated Springfield site
          KWMU:  Nixon (D) denies clemency for Walter Storey;  Koster (D):  "The level of violence and utter disregard for life that (throat-slashing murderer) displayed ... demanded he pay the ultimate sentence"
          Missourinet:  Missouri carries out first execution of the year
          AP:  Missouri execution drug works flawlessly
          P-D:  St. Louis County police release new looting video:  Criminals running wild in Prime Sole Shoe Store
          AP:  Hearings start on Nixon's tactics for Ferguson riots
          The Maneater:  After Ferguson, Rep. Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) introduces special-prosecutor bill
          P-D:  Lacy Clay joins other Black Caucus members meeting with Obama, then criticizes Bob McCulloch in speech at American University
          SE Missourian editorial:  State officials should find ways to save on air travel +
          KC Star editorial:  If Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) was really a man, he would would support Medicaid expansion +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri aligned with Alabama in denying same-sex marriage rights
          KC Star's Diuguid:  National Resources Defense Council paints dire picture of Missouri's climate future +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Nixon, Ag Director Richard Fordyce, commodity and agribiz leaders:  Opening the door to a historic opportunity for Missouri agriculture through Cuba
          SNL op-ed:  State-school sociology professor:  Legislators too concerned with the rich, should provide pathways to the poor, etc. X
          CDT's Waters:  Koster should not limit access to police body cameras X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man targets Hanaway, makes masturbatory reference
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        Tuesday, February 10
       
P-D:  Roy Blunt reports more than $2.2M cash on hand for re-election
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer talks Keystone XL pipeline
          KOLR (Rolla):  Communities fight proposed cut of 5,400 jobs at Fort Leonard Wood
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate sends proposed ethics changes to House
          CDT:  Ethics bills move ahead in Senate, House committee X
          P-D:  Ethics debate centers on lobbying careers for former legislators
          AP:  Missouri bill on lawmakers becoming lobbyists advances
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Freshman Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) chats with journogang on corralling lobbyists, shrinking cities and rethinking pot crimes
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Caleb Rowden would ban local laws that raise the minimum wage
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans take on some public employee unions in 'paycheck protection' bill +
          The Missouri Times:  "Paycheck protection" bills heard in House committee
          KWMU:  Missouri House to take on 'right-to-work' measure
          AP:  Correction to paraphrased quote from union boss in right-to-work piece
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ferguson leadfoot laments traffic tickets;  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) on perennial right-to-work debate +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks transportation, acknowledges that additional money from feds would be helpful
          JCNT:  Chairman justifies MoDOT plane use X
          KC Star:  UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton apologizes for use of flawed data in pursuit of rankings +
          AP:  Missouri panel approves proposal to help charter schools
          Drebes:  Eating disorder treatment mandate
          P-D:  Bill targets sleep hazards in Missouri licensed child cares
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) gives options for disposal of dead bodies +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) to file bill expanding Medicaid through block grant
          CDT:  In anti-Obamacare resolution, Rep. Mike Moon (R) borrows phrase from Declaration of Independence, calls for "manly firmness" to repeal X
          CDT:  State lawmakers file competing bills as Columbia's plastic bag debate heats up X
          P-D:  Nixon to announce progress on new riverfront stadium today
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Insurance Director John Huff to head national association next year
          AP:  Death penalty opponents seek to spare cat-burglar-turned-throat-slasher Walter Storey
          CDT:  Hunting season could be shortened in Missouri X
          P-D:  Region marks six months since Michael Brown's theft/assault/shooting
          P-D:  Protesters show up at Mayor Slay's home, plant fake tombstones in his yard six months after Ferguson theft/assault/shooting/looting
          KTVI:  Protesters knock on Slay's door at 6:00 a.m. as part of "Monday Mourning Wake-Up Call"
          P-D:  Video:  Beauty World in Ferguson reopens after damage from riots
          AP:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) to take time out of his day to speak to SLU law students;  Black Law Students Association demands university rescind invite
          KC Star editorial:  UMKC learns hard lesson about college rankings +
          Helling:  Republicans in Missouri, other states reject Obamacare and Medicaid expansion while chipping away at public services for the middle class +
          P-D editorial:  Editorial was hit piece on Hanaway;  Editorial board wrong to use tired 2011 expression "cray-cray"
          P-D letter:  Bills from Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D), Rep. Don Gosen (R) do not represent true payday loan reform
          P-D letter:  Pro-life response to pro-choice response to pro-life letter
          P-D letter:  Area woman supports Keaveny's death-penalty legislation
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says most residents have respect for cops, despite protesters hurling objects and insults
          P-D letter:  Former Suburban Journals Managing Editor Bill Phelan wishes someone "would have the guts to write about the slow, agonizing disappearance" of Journals under Lee Enterprises
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        Monday, February 9
       
Roll Call:  Blunt's Senate Rules and Administration Committee plans to address cybersecurity in the Capitol
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on robocalls;  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) on "anti-corruption" bills +
          The Missouri Times:  Bob Holden's Midwest U.S.-China Association sends Missouri students to China
          Drebes:  In the era of seven-figure donations and "independent" groups, here's the role the state parties can play
          Missouri Viewpoints:  MO Money, MO Priorities:  Mike Ferguson talks to Americans for Prosperity's Patrick Werner, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) about how Missouri should spend taxpayer dollars
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) on his bid for attorney general, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  SEMO Mafia panel:  David Barklage (R), Russ Oliver (R), Roy Temple (D), Missy McDaniel (D) on AG primaries, ethics proposals, Tesla, GOP takeover of SEMO
          KTRS (St. Louis):  Video:  American Commitment's Phil Kerpen on Tesla, state lawsuits and federal subsidies
          AP:  Right-to-work becoming a perennial issue in the Missouri Legislature
          P-D:  Preschool law could mean big cuts for school districts
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) proposes limits on gifts to Missouri city officials
          P-D:  Ferguson home sales fell after riots
          KWMU:  Civil rights lawyers sue Ferguson over conspiracy "to brutalize, to punish, and to profit;"  Comments from people who broke the law and chose not to pay their fines
          P-D:  Lawsuits call Ferguson, Jennings jails "debtors' prisons"
          KWMU:  SLU law profs dislike Nasheed's deadly-force bill
          P-D:  Minority students at Washington University make demands;  Black Studies major Jacqui German, a senior at age 24, laments struggle of attending elite university and enduring "micro-aggressions"
          P-D editorial:  Tesla and traditional car dealers should try working together
          JCNT letter:  Questions about state salary commission X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  MU undergrad studying social work wishes for Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Doctor who deals with Medicaid patients wants to see Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Pro-choice woman disagrees with pro-life woman on abortion legislation
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        Sunday, February 8
       
JCNT:  Fort Leonard Wood could see additional 5,400 job cuts X
          P-D:  Big pay cut puts doctors, patients in difficult spot;  Medicaid payments were "slashed in half"
          KC Star:  Cleaver wants more federal dollars for heating aid;  Taxpayers already subsidize households making up to 135% of poverty level +
          KTVI:  Post Scripts:  Post-Dispatch's Christopher Ave, Kevin McDermott discuss Hanaway-Schweich, Missouri Democratic Party's "disarray," notion of Kander taking on Blunt
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats re-elect Roy Temple;  Since being elected in 2013, Fired Up! founder "has been largely silent" +
          KWMU:  Missouri Democrats vote to retain Roy Temple as chairman
          Drebes:  Kristian Starner joins Grow Missouri
          P-D:  An election junkie seeks to restore bipartisanship to St. Louis County election board;  Eric Fey says he'll make better decisions than Rita Days
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers blast fee offices as 'pay-to-play' scheme;  Comments from Sens. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors), Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City)
          JCNT:  MoDOT's new "Tough Choices Ahead" plan won't help most of system X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Truman State's Troy Paino says it's important state schools present a united front to legislators
          SE Missourian:  Trust fund for children's cancer research does well in its first year;  Bill sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) went into effect last year +
          CDT:  Schaefer bill targets organized crime with new authority for attorney general X
          P-D:  Ferguson and Dellwood struggle to recover from six months of savagery;  Business owners contemplate whether it's worth sticking around and rebuilding
          Columbia Missourian:  Rec center hosts Black History event;  East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore on transparency:  "I got [sic] an open-door policy ... I don't have no [sic] 15 doors on lockdown"
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Bill from Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) recognizes reality:  Medicaid marijuana will be legalized in Missouri.  It's only a matter of time.
          SE Missourian editorial:  Rejecting state pay raises was the right, only choice +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Limiting lawyers on curator board:  Maybe Nixon wants to be MU prez, or maybe he just wants to pass out rewards to friends
          JCNT editorial:  Catered meals are unlikely to change a member's vote, but banning them during hearings is probably a good idea anyway X
          CDT op-ed:  Jay Nixon should listen to "Mercy Now" by caterwauler Mary Gauthier, and then spare man who broke woman's ribs, bashed her skull and slashed her throat X
          SNL letter:  State failing in duty to fund law enforcement, roads X
          P-D letter:  Legislators listen to ALEC, but should favor full disclosure of lobbyist gifts
          P-D letter  Improve organization, customer service at Missouri's license bureaus
          P-D letter:  Nixon should free up money for Missouri Scholars Academy
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        Saturday, February 7
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week of Feb. 2-6
          P-D:  St. Louis considers eminent domain to keep federal agency in city
          The Missouri Times:  Eddy Justice, Nick Myers take on John Hancock in race for Missouri Republican Party chairman
          CDT:  In speech to Muleskinners, man who recently moved to mid-MO tells fellow Dems what they need to do;  Jim White, who plans to fill ballot slot against Hartzler, disagrees with speech X
          KWMU:  UM President Tim Wolfe responds to social media response to Post-Dispatch response to his response to state budget situation
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) seeks to outlaw local 'ban the box' laws, minimum wage hikes X
          CDT:  Ethics debate must include campaign donor limits, Webber says at League of Women Voters' forum X
          KC Star:  Bloch school leader:  No. 1 ranking lacked credibility +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Faster Internet could come to rural Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights) wants to restrict use of plastic bags
          AP:  Missouri changes execution times to start earlier
          Missourinet:  State sets execution date for killer of Barry County deputy;  Cecil Clayton lost his temper over a woman, shot law enforcement officer in head
          Missourinet:  Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) proposes repeal of death penalty
          KMWU:  Koster offers six ways to hire more black cops:  "Law Enforcement Scholarship and Education" for the poor, etc.
          KC Star:  Koster makes recommendations to increase number of black officers +
          P-D:  Koster recommends barring public access to police camera footage to protect privacy
          AP:  Koster on black officer recruitment:  changes needed to deadly force law, more scholarships, etc.
          P-D:  Flordell Hills man rammed Ferguson officer's vehicle
          Columbia Missourian:  Black History Month celebration held today at rec center;  Speech about law enforcement and racial tension on the menu, along with "all-you-can-eat soul food" and DJ Curtis "Boogie Man" Soul
          P-D:  Ritenour students use journalism to sort through racial tension
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Springfield News-Leader seeks Capitol reporter
          KC Star:  Capitol Watch editorial:  Republicans wrong about Tim Wolfe and "race to the bottom," campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts +
          P-D editorial:  Time for Ferguson Commission to rally the region
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City):  Protecting against the dangers of wrongful convictions
          KC Star letter:  Missouri legislators, controlled by Rex Sinquefield, seek to keep the 99% down +
          P-D letter:  University City woman says Rep. Kathy Swan (R) opposes women's health
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        Friday, February 6
       
CNN:  Long, Hartzler, Smith vote to repeal Obamacare
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver urges Google to close Kansas City's digital divide +
          P-D:  Frankie Freeman joins dozens on Commission on Presidential Scholars;  McCaskill paid tribute to nonagenarian last year
          Drebes:  Surgeon/lawyer Brad Bradshaw, star of ubiquitous daytime TV commercials, may seek to fill Dem ballot slot for Lt. Gov.
          Warren County Record:  Nixon pledges to include local communities in toll road discussions
          AP:  MoDOT Director Dave Nichols to retire in May
          P-D:  MoDOT director retires two years before department budget woes hit
          AP:  Missouri Senate confirms Nia Ray as director of Missouri Department of Revenue
          CDT:  Ray approved as Revenue Director;  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) upset that Rotary Club in her area was replaced by a for-profit company X
          P-D:  Nixon recommended cuts to education programs that currently have money withheld
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on Missouri's status as leading truck and van manufacturer;  UM President Tim Wolfe on "race to the bottom" +
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators approve tuition fee increases X
          KC Star:  Tuition goes up at University of Missouri System schools +
          AP:  State schools see less than 1 percent tuition rise
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) on Truman State University Day at the Capitol
          CDT:  Missouri Senate confirms 2 of 3 curator nominees X
          AP:  7 of 9 University of Missouri curators to be attorneys
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators approve tuition increases
          The Missouri Times:  Maurice "Marcy" Graham confirmed to board of curators
          KC Star:  Professor calls on UMKC to return another Bloch school honor +
          KMWU:  St. Louis' education startup scene gains traction
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters klatch hears legislators discuss tax credit reform, campaign contribution limits, more
          KMWU:  Ethics overhaul moving forward in Missouri Legislature
          JCNT:  Local lawmakers OK with committee food ban X
          AP:  Panel OKs Missouri bill to limit traffic fine collection
          KWMU:  Mayors of municipalities fight back against consolidation, revenue proposals
          P-D:  ACORN/MORE organizes protest in Pine Lawn;  Group of 75 "called the police criminals, or worse;"  Qiana Williams, others swap tales of being persecuted for crimes they didn't mean to commit
          Missourinet:  Bill to 'revitalize' Missouri dairy farmers advancing
          Feast Magazine:  Growler sales in Missouri could become legal, thanks to push from Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) and Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale)
          Columbia Missourian:  'Growler bill' would expand Missouri retail sales of draft beer
          KWMU:  Ameren, Franklin County strike back in the legal battle over Labadie's coal ash landfill
          Fox News' Ryan Gidursky:  McCaskill's bipartisan "Let Me Google That For You" would abolish agency and save money
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Catherine Hanaway's paternalistic, offensive view of women +
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        Thursday, February 5
       
KWMU:  Democrats block GOP funding bill for Homeland Security;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
        The Hill:  Unity for Senate Republicans cracks on immigration bill;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
        P-D:  New environmental group attacks Monsanto's Roundup for monarch decline;  Comments from Blunt
        Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on senior fraud;  KC state rep wants to honor former KC Call publisher;  MoDOT laments financial situation +
        Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg:  Gregg Keller joins Scott Walker's team
        P-D:  Has Koster stuck to his promise of self-imposed campaign limits?  It's anyone's guess.
        KWMU:  Missouri groups with secret donors have public impact;  Liberal Progress Missouri, conservative Missouri Century Foundation won't reveal who is funding them
        Drebes:  Jordan Overstreet, who ran Dem House legislative races last cycle, is headed for the exit
        CDT:  War of words erupts after UM President Tim Wolfe says Missouri is in 'race to the bottom' X
        The Missouri Times:  Diehl announces action on jobs, Rams stadium, transportation
        Missourinet:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves "Tough Choices Ahead" plan
        JCNT:  Commission approves MoDOT austerity plan X
        KWMU:  Scaled-back maintenance system adopted for Missouri roads and bridges
        CDT:  Senate approves lobbying changes as ethics bill moves ahead X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate ethics proposal wins initial approval
        KC Star:  Senate gives initial approval to ethics bill, rebukes push for contribution limits +
        AP:  Missouri Senate approves bill to ramp up state ethics laws
        AP:  Missouri House panel endorses "right to work" bills
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Senate to require notification of tax changes;  Comments from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Ag omnibus bill arrives in House;  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says he's confident Nixon will sign it
        The Missouri Times:  Advocates of Medicaid expansion visit Capitol
        JCNT:  Medicaid-expansion supporters bus in 150 for rally;  Victims share tales of unemployment, natural disasters, various woeful circumstances X
        CDT:  UM Curators to vote on tuition, fees this week X
        KWMU:  Mild inflation means moderate UM tuition hike
        CDT:  Senate rejects UM curator nominee Mary Nelson;  confirmation of two others uncertain X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Third floor awash with purple on Truman State University Day at the Capitol;  Troy Paino says he's pushing capital improvements bonding package
        Missourinet:  Missouri House panels to dig into St. Louis stadium, transportation funding
        AP:  Missouri House committee will analyze stadium benefits
        P-D:  What do the St. Louis Rams do for the state of Missouri?  House committee will analyze that.
        The Missouri Times:  PSC gets update on Rock Island Rail
        KCTV (Kansas City):  Schmitt bill would limit speed traps
        AP:  Panel OKs Missouri bill to limit traffic fine collection
        KC Star:  Missouri firearm deaths surpass motor vehicle deaths in 2013, part of national trend +
        P-D:  Ferguson police cautiously considering less-lethal device for pistols
        KWMU:  United Way looking to assist displaced employees affected by Ferguson, Dellwood looting and arson
        P-D editorial:  Catherine Hanaway channels her inner Todd Akin.  How sad.
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Municipal court problems didn't lead to Michael Brown assault/shooting, but reform would be helpful anyway
        JCNT letter:  Early Hanaway-Schweich rhetoric underscores need to put principle before party X
        SNL letter:  Missouri is a third-world state;  Nixon and legislators should stop pacifying lobbyists and help the poor X
        KC Star letters:  Missouri legislators need to stop cutting taxes;  Making I-70 a toll road would create the "most deadly highway in the Midwest" +
        P-D letter:  Retired educator says people who are truly motivated will use A+ program, other means to attain higher education
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        Wednesday, February 4
       
KSMU (Springfield):  Legislation would repeal Obamacare;  Comments from Blunt, Billy Long
          Politico:  Democrats learn to love the filibuster, change tune now that they're in minority;  Comments from Blunt
          Washington Post:  Dems block bill to fund DHS in immigration fight;  Blunt:  "This is just a vote to debate the bill. Democracy doesn't work if you don't debate."
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill, Blunt differences personify Homeland Security funding impasse
          Washington Post:  McCaskill, Virginia' Tim Kaine (D) introduce bill inspired by U-Va. efforts to prevent rape;  Education could become positive legacy from Rolling Stone's erotic fiction controversy
          KWMU:  Log Cabin Republicans leader, former first-daughter contestant Meghan McCain stop by Wash U. campus, express discontent over GOP handling of LGBTQIA (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual) issues
          Missourinet:  Ford adding jobs, upping salaries building the F-150 in Kansas City
          KC Star:  Ford will add 900 workers at Claycomo plant to build the F-150 +
          AP:  Ford adds 900 jobs at Missouri plant
          KC Star:  Rick Santorum, Kelly Ayotte to headline Missouri Lincoln Days in Kansas City +
          P-D:  Jason Kander evaluating a challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Catherine Hanaway, speaking to conservative group, on "culture of permissiveness;"  Hummel on meals;  Schaefer on Capitol security;  More +
          Drebes:  Brian Bunten leaves Kinder's office, joins Missouri Chamber of Commerce as Assistant General Counsel
          Missourinet:  Tom Schweich's audit:  handling of Missouri early childhood spending is 'poor'
          JCNT:  Schweich:  $1.5M wasted in Head Start program X
          AP:  Scheich's audit shows Missouri overpaid $1.5M for Early Head Start contractors
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Settlement triggers release of restricted funds
          CDT:  Nixon releases $21.5M after settlement announcement X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), advocate praise release of money for Internet crimes unit
          The Missouri Times:  House approves changes to unemployment benefits
          AP:  Missouri House revives effort to limit jobless benefits
          Missourinet:  House hears testimony on "right to work"
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) would require DNR to submit a regulatory impact report when submitting implementation plan to EPA
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jeanie Lauer (R-Blue Springs) wants wireless phone fee to fund 911 services X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances one abortion bill, considers more
          AP:  Missouri House panel endorses video for abortion seekers
          SNL:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) adds amendment to elections bill to keep SPS board terms at three years X
          KC Star:  Diehl bans lobbyist-funded meals in House committees +
          Missourinet:  Diehl puts an end to meals being served during House committee hearings
          P-D:  Diehl bans free lobbyist meals at hearings
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate considering wider range of ethics proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) says he is filing 56-page amendment for ethics overhaul
          CDT:  Schaaf sees little chance for effective action by lawmakers X
          Missourinet:  Missouri panel to consider requiring police to wear body cameras
          Missourinet:  Missouri death sentence upheld, with state Supreme Court mum on cell phone pinging
          KC Star:  KC schools' long and contentious struggle for proficiency seeks simpler, deeper focus +
          AP:  2014 Missouri park attendance hits record 18.5M visitors
          KWMU:  Court decision could throw a wrench in Ameren's coal ash landfill plans
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court orders new hearing on Ameren coal ash lawsuit
          AP:  Missouri justices send coal ash case back to circuit court
          P-D:  Police release more photos, video of looters after Ferguson grand jury announcement;  Pack of thieves break windows, contort themselves through small openings to pillage liquor store
          P-D:  Ferguson looting and arson investigations could take years
          P-D:  Planned statue honoring Ferguson protesters/campus squatters at SLU prompts backlash
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  McCaskill stands on the side of common sense, votes her conscience in favor of Keystone XL
          KC Star editorial:  Keep Amtrak passenger service rolling in Missouri +
          JCNT editorial:  Kander, Schmitt, Barnes want to protect seniors from financial fraud X
          Sanchez:  McCaskill bill will help public schools teach teen girls how to avoid being abused by boys +
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) says Ryan Silvey is using veterans as pawns in a "petty, desperate effort" +
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        Tuesday, February 3
       
KC Star:  Compromise might be coming between Obama, Blunt on overseas corporate taxes +
          P-D:  Obama's budget includes a tax and infrastructure idea similar to one pushed by Blunt, others
          McClatchy:  Dispute over rail service mandate could halt Amtrak service in Missouri;  Comments from McCaskill
          Politico:  To help McConnell better handle colleagues, McCaskill offers Senatemarmish "behavior modification" advice
          Jensen:  Moderate McCaskill has far too much common sense to attract support from most of the country's Democrats +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on racial tolerance, Nixon on preschool funding, MoDOT on inability to match federal funds +
          Helling:  Blunt communications team reacts to Helling's piece last week, adds "paid for by taxpayer dollars" to press release boilerplate +
          Helling:  Dems split on Kander as U.S. Senate candidate;  some dislike idea of rising star committing career-ending suicide-by-incumbent, while others in the party would be pleased if he took on Blunt +
          KWMU:  Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin to take over the reins of Eagle Forum
          The Missouri Times:  Ed Martin won't seek another term as MOGOP chair, will take over Phyllis Schalfly's Eagle Forum;  John Hancock set to lead Missouri Republican Party
          AP:  Missouri GOP Chairman Ed Martin to join Eagle Forum
          Drebes:  Stream of Conscience:  Which Missouri GOP heavyweight(s) should pay off STL County Exec campaign debt?
          AP:  Monthly survey:  Modest economic growth likely in Midwest
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) on lobbyist gifts, human trafficking, Keith English's reputation as a drama king, more
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) calls Nixon's budget  "smoke and mirrors," talks pay-raise vote
          SE Missourian:  Senior centers face budget cuts +
          KMIZ (Columbia):  Lawmakers want more security at the Capitol
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) would block free tuition for illegal immigrants:  "If they're here illegally, they shouldn't be getting public money to go to college"
          KC Star:  Princeton review strips UMKC of top rankings +
          The Missouri Times:  Burlison, Hummel share thoughts on right-to-work legislation
          Missourinet:  Seven ethics proposals debated in Missouri House committee
          JCNT:  Senators:  Ethics bill unlikely to limit finances X
          KWMU:  Slate of GOP-backed ethics bills being considered by Missouri House committee
          AP:  Lawmakers express support for ethics proposals
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri drivers could see a change in texting-while-driving regulations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Today is Great Northwest Day at the Capitol;  More than 250 people from 18 NW MO counties expected to take part X
          P-D:  Municipal court reforms gaining momentum, but activists still not happy;  ACORN/MORE holds press conference outside Stenger's office, issues report called "Transforming St. Louis County's Racist Municipal Courts"
          KMOX:  Missouri Highway Patrol declines to help St. Louis Police
          P-D:  St. Louis' call for Highway Patrol help denied;  Dotson says request misunderstood
          AP:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce wants the media's help in identifying violent public-hearing attendees
          AP:  Washington man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Darren Wilson;  Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar:  "We really need to start killing the police ... OOooopppss [sic] I mean our oppressors," etc.
          P-D:  Rapper-turned-Ferguson-activist Tef Poe named S.L.U.M. Fest's Artist of the Year;  Uplifting ditty "War Cry" called out Ron Johnson as a "a muthaf@cking house n!gga," passionately endorsed gubernatorial intercoursing of "cracker" Jay Nixon
          P-D editorial:  Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D) goes too far with subpoenas.  Shield Law would help.
          KC Star editorial:  Princeton Review's rankings downgrade damages UMKC's reputation +
          KC Star letter:  Area seasoned citizen remembers when using a toll road only cost a dime, says Nixon's proposal is due to his inability to work with Legislature +
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        Monday, February 2
       
KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Foundation for Health's "Cover Missouri" reminds Missourians that Obamacare insurance deadline is approaching
          Communist Party USA's People's World:  Postal union, allies go 'back to the future' with USPS;  Rep. Sam Graves (R) introductes resolution to keep Saturday pickup and delivery
          St. Louis Review:  10-year-old's dream to attend March for Life comes true;  Billy Long, Ann Wagner make time for youngster
          Kraske:  Analysis:  Tom Schweich is running against the Missouri GOP, but wants Republican votes +
          Drebes:  Missouri Hospital Association names Ted Wedel - recent General Counsel of the House and former chief of staff to several top House Dems - as VP of Policy Development
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Former Speaker Tim Jones, Missourians for Government Reform's John Messmer talk with host Mike Ferguson about ethics overhaul in Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Democrats, Republicans leaving elected office and using their niche skillset to make a living through lobbying angers some +
          Rosenbaum:  By sponsoring right-to-work legislation, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) says he is "drawing a line in the sand - The question really is, are we a big-tent party or not?"
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) on leaving the Missouri Democratic House Caucus
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Carl Bearden (R), Scott Pearson (R), Crystal Brinkley (D), Jack Cardetti (D) on third-wheel me-too candidates set to enter GOP gov primary (9:40) and Dem AG primary (10:50), more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Nixon:  Cuba trade mission about more than just ag exports - Missouri trucks could soon be sold on the island
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger weighs in on proposed Cuba trade trip
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Jeff City Beat:  Weekly updates on Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) and Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton)
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schaaf on pay-raise debate +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate proposes $400 million in building repairs
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  More governors accept Medicaid expansion, but with changes;  Comments from Silvey, Missouri Foundation for Health's Tom McAuliffe
          KWMU:  Jobs with Justice, others spend time canvassing districts of John Diehl and other Republicans;  House Speaker has already made it clear Medicaid expansion is not on the agenda
          AP:  Nixon's promises on preschool fall short
          KWMU:  Charter schools add capacity, could reach record enrollment in fall
          P-D's Koran Addo:  Coverage of Obama's community college proposal, which was announced four weeks ago;  Missouri, local officials react
          AP:  Missouri bill would bar access to police camera footage
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) would mandate school districts set policies for suicide awareness and prevention
          AP:  Rates for payday loan usage:  At 11 percent, Missouri among states with highest percentage of adults choosing to enter into payday loan contracts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation investigates shooting of bald eagle in Clinton County X
          JCNT editorial:  Near miss reveals state pay raise conundrum X
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Dan Cassidy:  Ending embargo with Cuba will benefit Missouri farmers, consumers X
          P-D letter:  Legislators should spend more money on schools and enforce higher standards
          P-D letter:  Ferg-Flor should get local candidates for superintendent
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        Sunday, February 1
       
SNL:  Blunt's bipartisan proposal could break highway funding gridlock X
          SNL:  Missouri could lose millions in federal highway funds, MoDOT warns X
          KOLR (Rolla):  Blunt:  Use off-shore corporate profits to fix highways
          TonysKansasCity.com:  In National Journal, Emanuel Cleaver talks political diversity and minority representation
          KC Star:  Obama's work permit plan for immigrants meets job competition fears from African-Americans;  Janitor:  "They're over here illegally. They're taking jobs from us, and we're here struggling. It's not right." +
          Washington Missourian:  Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer reminds McCaskill field rep Brendan Fahey that county wants bridge demolished, does not want partier types turning up on structure
          P-D's Ken Leiser:  Federal rail mandate threatens Missouri Amtrak service
          P-D:  ATF says crime sweep "unquestionably" put "the worst of the worst" in jail;  Public defenders unhappy that large percentage of captured criminals are black
          KOMU (Columbia):  Former Peace Corps volunteers host liberal film festival, focus on global warming and other "social issues"
          Kraske:  Kander floats his name as possible challenger to Blunt, but young secretary of state "would find himself in a highly partisan race in a state that has increasingly favored Republicans" +
          Drebes:  Jeff Grisamore (R) joins ranks of newly-retired-legislators-turned-lobbyists:  Chris Kelly (D), Jay Swearingen (D), Noel Torpey (R), Chris Molendorp (R), Dwight Scharnhorst (R)
          Missouri Ruralist:  Missouri agriculture the first to knock on Cuba's door;  Nixon, state ag leaders itching to be the first state to capitalize on improving trade relations
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Cuban ties to Missouri;  Nixon sites need for first-mover advantage:  "They're going to buy rice, cotton, corn and beans ... if we're there first, we'll get a piece of the action"
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  MO Dept. of Ag Deputy Director Darryl Chatman speaks at Chamber's Farmer Recognition Luncheon;  Kenny Hulshof's kin wins Farm Family of the Year +
          KRCG (Jefferson City):  Pro-life activists pack the Capitol;  GOP state Sens. Jeanie Riddle, Mike Kehoe among those in attendance
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Putnam County Health Department Administrator Ericka Klinger says lack of Medicaid expansion one of several challenges for rural counties
          CDT:  Bill offering Medicaid to veterans and families generates new current in debate X
          Ray Hartmann:  The price of hating Obamacare;  It's up to Ryan Silvey, Jay Barnes and other "non-Neanderthal conservatives" to expand Medicaid
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Group seeks expanded Medicaid coverage;  Organizers want citizens to spend time and effort trying to change Rob Schaaf's mind X
          CDT:  Canvassers push for Medicaid expansion, target Kurt Schaefer and Chuck Basye X
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri Medicaid Coalition goes door-to-door to promote Medicaid expansion;  Comments from Missouri Nurses Association's Sarah Felts
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Medicaid Coalition canvasses neighborhoods statewide
          SE Missourian:  Advocates make pitch for Medicaid expansion;  Group aims to convince area's 100% GOP delegation to switch positions +
          JCNT:  A reader's guide to the Missouri budget X
          Washington Missourian:  At WashMo roundtable, Nixon says transportation will be a top priority
          JCNT:  State workers one focus of anti-pay raise debate X
          JCNT:  Senate budget leaders challenge Nixon to release 'Cyber crimes' money X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Sikeston R-6 elementary school reaps benefits of Missouri Leadership for Excellence, Achievement and Development (MoLEAD) +
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Corn Growers Association's Shane Kinne says state-by-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws would be "a nightmare"
          SE Missourian:  Chamber holds annual banquet;  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau), Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) help present awards +
          SEMO Times:  SEMO Times introduces political columnist:  Scott Pearson
          P-D:  Group of 30 Ferguson protesters instigate at RV show, confuse black and white attendees with message;  Adults wear magic-marker messages on their faces, seek to gain reaction from others
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon's effort to gain toll roads or fuel tax will require herculean effort - and one which could define his legacy
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Diehl putting a stop to country club hearings should be a wake-up call for out-of-touch legislators
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian says Tom Schweich sure is "a smart, stern cookie" and Catherine Hanaway "has energy";  Meanwhile, the state needs Chris Koster to temper "suffocating" GOP majorities X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Use of state's aircraft makes sense;  With access to plane, Missouri governors and other officials can visit more towns and better serve the people
          Scott Faughn:  SEMO Times announces new publisher:  Rachael Herndon
          P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian retired social worker offers suggestions for Ferguson Commission:  To-do list includes books to read, movies to watch, retreats to attend, Internet stories to read
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas attempts sarcasm regarding Blunt and community college proposal +
          P-D letter:  Jobs for Justice opposes Diehl's agenda
          P-D letter:  Union doesn't want a civilian review board because they have too much to hide
          P-D letter:  Glendale woman would like police union leader Jeff Roorda and Ferguson protesters to work harder to get along, move forward, come together as one community, etc.
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        Saturday, January 31
       
SNL:  As Senate showdown over immigration looms, Blunt pushes hard line;  McCaskill says GOP is "playing a very dangerous game of politics" X
          P-D:  How the local congressional delegation voted this week
          CDT:  Hartzler outlines priorities at Pachyderm meeting, targets "these crazy regulations" on 4th District businesses X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler says it's exciting to have House, Senate "on the same page"
          Kraske:  Government has been sold, and folks like Rex Sinquefield have the receipts +
          KMOX:  Audio:  Tom Schweich says Hanaway's pre-Sinquefield fundraising numbers were "very, very bad" (3:55), difference between her Rex money and his Sam Fox money (5:30), Medicaid expansion (10:00), more
          Shelly:  Tom Schweich, disrupter;  Liberal columnist applauds candidate's criticism of top GOP donor +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer not interested in governor's race in '16, plans to run for re-election
          Drebes:  Missouri State Council of Firefighters' Tony Kelly starts Firefighters for MO Governor PAC
          Missourinet:  Lawmaker who left House Democrats says more could follow;  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) says liberals "don't want to hear the moderates"
          CDT:  Senate bond plan moves ahead as lawmakers raise concerns about Capitol security X
          AP:  Correction to building repairs-bonding story:  Amount set aside is actually $40,000,000.00, not $40,000.00 - three decimal places, or $39,960,000.00, off
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers reject pay raise
          Missourinet:  Proposal to eliminate Missouri Conservation sales tax withdrawn
          KC Star:  UMKC Bloch School submitted false data for rankings, but results might not have changed, auditors say +
          KMOX:  Audio:  University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe says Missouri is "trending to the bottom in key areas" (2:20), acknowledges Schaefer as "great supporter" of higher ed (4:05), more
          SE Missourian:  Rust Communications teams with university, KFVS to create student media lab +
          KWMU:  Municipal court personnel get first peek at proposed reforms post-Ferguson
          KWMU:  Public comment period for Missouri state energy plan ends today
          KC Star:  "Small crowd" of liberal women gather to push gun-control measures:  Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), Brady group, et al. +
          KMOX:  Army Corps seeks to sooth Coldwater Creek concerns
          SE Missourian:  Local counselor settles Medicaid fraud suit +
          AP:  Ferguson-Florissant schools seek new leader, healing after Brown death
          P-D:  Police apprehend protester who threw brick at officer;  Marquis Davion Williford charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, a felony
          P-D:  After delay caused by Ferguson riots, Guns N' Hoses comes back swinging
          P-D editorial:  University president seeks to end Missouri's race to the bottom:  Tim Wolfe says legislators must stop being beholden to Rex Sinquefield, wants to see tobacco tax increase for education
          KC Star "Capitol Watch" editorial:  MO Senate better than House on ethics;  Newman's latest gun-control bill won't go anywhere this time, either;  Lawmakers correct to reject pay raise +
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  Kickoff to Missouri press corps' 2016 Overanalyzation Series:  Claire McCaskill's communications team does an outstanding job getting her message out, so maybe she's running for president +
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        Friday, January 30
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt continues fight in Senate against Obama's Executive Order on immigration
          AP:  New push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of U.S. aid agency;  Comments from McCaskill
          NY Times:  U.S. suddenly goes quiet on effort to bolster Afghan forces;  McCaskill:  "I'm offended this previously unclassified information is not being classified"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill scoffs at turn toward military spending secrecy +
          Columbus (OH) Dispatch:  McCaskill teams up with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to simplify permitting process
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Dr. Oz linked to weight loss supplement that doesn't work;  McCaskill was ahead of curve in calling out TV quack's hucksterism
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, others urge justice to 'dismantle' website they say pushes sex trafficking
          KWMU:  Anti-trafficking advocates want more money
          Helling:  Blunt calls for agency ads to carry "paid for by" tag, but uses taxpayer-funded email to communicate that message;  Ipso facto, Roy Blunt is a hypocrite. +
          Missourinet:  Schweich talks candidacy for Missouri governor
          KMOX:  Schweich announces candidacy for governor
          P-D:  Day after announcing gubernatorial campaign, Schweich rakes it in - to the tune of $366,000 in new donations
          SE Missourian:  Schweich discusses gubernatorial aspirations during Cape visit +
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Schweich makes stop in Cape Girardeau, will take on Katherine [sic] Hanaway
          KODE (Joplin):  Schweich makes campaign stop in Joplin
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  GOP secretary of state candidate Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit)
          KC Star:  Former state rep/current Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D) will not run for attorney general;  Mike Sanders still considering race +
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist profile:  Richard McIntosh of Flotron & McIntosh
          CDT's Ashley Jost:  Learning Curve column:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) spearheads Senate weight-loss challenge X
          JCNT:  Midwest March for Life set for Saturday X
          KTVO (Kirksville):  'Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax increase campaign stops in Kirksville
          KTRS (St. Louis):  Video:  Show-Me Cannabis' John Payne talks about Missouri marijuana legalization campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  NORML's Benton Berigan:  Reporter Emma Reynolds notes "clean-cut" activist's "big green eyes," dark hair, "gentle demeanor," and "kind voice"
          Riverfront Times:  Ideological differences spark controversy inside Missouri's marijuana movement
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Even in ag-friendly Missouri, HSUS state councils look to target producers
          Brownfield Ag News:  Egg prices skyrocketing in California;  Protect the Harvest's Brian Klippenstein talks about animal activists' efforts in Missouri
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri trade trip to Cuba in March
          AP:  Farming groups highlight Cuban trade possibilities
          KWMU:  Nixon announces Missouri trade mission to Cuba
          AP:  Senate passes bill aimed to help Missouri dairy farmers
          Drebes:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) files bill which would weaken labor organizations in the construction industry - "an unusual move for a Democrat"
          Missourinet:  After dramatic buildup, Senate rejects raise for legislators and elected officials
          CDT:  Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges X
          AP:  Pay raise for Missouri lawmakers, state officials blocked
          AP:  Senate OKs building repair plan for $400M in bonds
          P-D:  State Capitol could gain annex with MoDOT building takeover
          P-D:  School choice debate continues to be a sticky one
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Macon Superintendent Chuck Stockton visits with new DESE Commissioner Margie Vandeven
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) pushes for telehealth services in schools +
          JCNT:  Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education holds third public hearing to formulate statewide plan X
          CDT:  Curator nominations blocked by Senate objections to heavy lawyer presence on board X
          The Maneater:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) appointed top Democratic member of Higher Education Appropriations Committee
          The Maneater:  ASUM continues lobbying legislators for student curator vote;  President Trey Sprick optimistic about passing a student vote bill this year
          Truman Index:  University President Troy Paino says unless state funding and other factors change in five-year plan, university on pace to be $3M in debt
          The Maneater:  Students who choose to attend four-year university while making conscious decision to borrow money tell tales of struggle, including having to work to pay bills
          Washington Missourian:  Area reps have mixed opinions on texting-while-driving ban
          Missourinet:  Nixon says he could, but doesn't want to, go it alone on stadium bonds
          KMOX:  Loud 'no' coming from Missouri Senate concerning new STL football stadium
          P-D:  Diehl prefers legislative vote if stadium bonds extended
          Northeast News:  Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) files bill to halt Missouri executions (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Corn Growers push for higher hauling limits;  Comments from Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter)
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) proposes captive deer reclassification
          P-D:  Program from St. Louis Regional Chamber, U.S. Green Building Council aims to cut building energy use by 25 percent
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant supe finalists give their pitches to public
          P-D:  Civilian oversight board appears headed for passage, despite police union opposition
          The Maneater editorial:  It's (seriously) time for a student vote on Board of Curators;  Efforts of Trey Sprick's ASUM, others should be applauded
          JCNT editorial:  Everyone should get behind Kander's initiative to protect victims of trafficking X
          P-D editorial:  Melee over law enforcement is a disgrace
          JCNT letter:  Blunt should push for more taxpayer funding of cancer research X
          P-D letter:  Vianney chaplain pleased with local participation in D.C. pro-life march
          P-D letter:  Olivette octogenarian says Missouri Legislature is composed entirely of "spineless hypocrites"
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man asks:  If Nixon moved swiftly to repair tornado-damaged Joplin, why not do the same for protester-ravaged Ferguson?
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        Thursday, January 29
       
The Hill:  Blunt on immigration vote:  "You don't know how these legislative battles go if you don't have them, and we intend to have this one"
          USA Today:  Blunt's bipartisan bill could break highway funding gridlock
          The Missouri Times:  Obama drops Zweifel-opposed proposal to 529s
          KCUR:  KC program focuses on 'healthy women, healthy babies;'  McCaskill, Bond wrote letter supporting funding
          The Missouri Times:  Open enrollment events hosted with deadline looming
          Missourinet:  Tom Schweich enters 2016 race for Missouri governor
          KWMU:  Tom Schweich lambastes Rex Sinquefield as he outlines bid for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Schweich announces run for governor
          P-D:  It's official:  Tom Schweich in GOP primary battle with Catherine Hanaway
          AP:  Tom Schweich joins Catherine Hanaway in GOP contest for governor
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schweich calls himself "the true anti-corruption candidate," but Hanaway is not impressed;  Kraus releases SOS campaign video;  Blunt on better coordination of Medicaid doctors +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Journogang has a chat with Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) about attorney general bid, state budgets, Ferguson, more
          Drebes:  Bev Randles stepping down from Missouri Club for Growth opens up spot for Tim Jones
          CDT:  Grass Roots Organizing turns out eleven (11) to protest Missouri payday loan rules X
          SE Missourian:  Nixon touts workforce training designation during visit +
          CDT:  Kander, lawmakers push privacy protections for victims of human trafficking X
          Missourinet:  Diehl puts an end to out-of-Capitol hearings
          KWMU:  Diehl puts a stop to committees meeting in restaurants
          AP:  House to halt committee hearings at restaurants, country club
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) about changing venues for committee hearings
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate Democrats talk new life into proposed lawmaker raises
          JCNT:  Pay hikes go into effect unless senators pass resolution today X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers, elected officials likely to get raise
          KC Star:  Missouri sees temporary truce over Common Core standards +
          Missourinet:  Nixon's involvement spurs Missouri transfer law discussion
          P-D:  Dialogue with Nixon on school transfer law could prove helpful to lawmakers
          AP:  House endorses measure aiding Missouri dairy farmers
          Missourinet:  Republicans propose new requirements for abortions in Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  PSC rate hike hearing draws crowd in Dexter
          KWMU:  Army Corps to update public on cleanup of Coldwater Creek;  Segment of North County natives blame their poor health on 1940s radiation
          KWMU:  North City site for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency faces opposition from residents
          AP:  Koster sues cemetery over maintenance
          KC Star:  Women's state-school group gathers statistics about women, calls it "data with a soul" +
          Twitter:  Post-Dispatch reporter Alex Stuckey reacts to having yesterday's typo pointed out:  "didn't write that part of the story so I have no idea what you're talking about"
          Twitter:  Post-Dispatch reporter Stephen Deere reacts to having yesterday's typo pointed out:  "That was my mistake. Should be fixed now."
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  Jefferson City press corps wants The Missouri Times to end parties, draft newsroom independence policy;  Comments from Collin Reischman
          AP:  With increase in violent crime downtown, St. Louis police chief seeks help from Missouri State Highway Patrol
          P-D:  St. Louis cops seek highway patrol's help to restore order to downtown streets
          KWMU:  Police say releasing videos of looting has helped apprehend seven thieves
          KWMU:  Chaos at St. Louis City hearing on civilian oversight bill;  Video of uncivilzed behavior, expletive-laden and indecipherable gibber, more
          P-D:  Public hearing on civilian review board ends in chaos;  Union leader Jeff Roorda calls for order, as protesters call for his arrest
          JCNT letter:  It's time to ground excessive state flights X
          P-D editorial:  Speaker John Diehl flip-flops on committee restaurant hearings
          P-D letter:  Missouri Republicans should embrace Medicaid expansion because it's the humanitarian thing to do
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man says Missouri DNR is not looking out for citizens on landfill issue
          Washington Missourian letter:  Recent events show black communities cannot or will not contol themselves;  People should stop committing crimes against people who are black, white or "pea green"
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        Wednesday, January 28
       
P-D:  Blunt leading Republicans on immigration fight
          National Journal:  Senate set to join immigration fight;  Comments from Blunt
          SNL:  Billy Long set to launch border-security bill X
          Kraske:  Blunt reports $2.2M on hand;  No primary fight, no Dems in sight +
          AP:  209K Missourians sign up for health care through Obamacare exchange
          KWMU:  County Assessor Jake Zimmerman (D) announces bid for attorney general
          Kraske:  Will Mike Sanders jump in to attorney general race?  Cleaver may hold on to congressional seat to help pay off massive debt +
          KWMU:  Schweich set to declare for governor
          P-D:  State Auditor Tom Schweich to kick off campaign for governor this afternoon at UMSL
          Drebes:  Mark Ellebracht set to challenge Rep. Nick King (R-Liberty) in 2016 rematch
          CDT:  Committee OKs ethics bill to close 'revolving door' of lawmakers becoming lobbyists X
          Missourinet:  Another lawmaker leaves Missouri House Democrats
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Keith English of Florissant leaves Democratic party to become Independent
          KWMU:  Amid anger from colleagues, Florissant state rep leaves Democratic Party
          Missourinet:  Missouri House members react to Keith English's party switch
          AP:  Missouri Democratic House member switches to independent
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Reps. Jake Hummel, Brandon Ellington react to English's departure +
          Missourinet:  House committee hears voter photo ID arguments
          KWMU:  Legislators once again consider photo-ID mandate for voters
          KC Star:  Year-end numbers show jobs rose, joblessness fell in Missouri +
          The Missouri Times:  Road closed:  The uncertain future of transportation funding
          CDT:  Boone County commissioners:  MoDOT maintenance cuts will have 'substantial' budget hit X
          KWMU:  Bills to combat human trafficking filed in Missouri Legislature, passed by U.S. House
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri bill aims to protect human trafficking survivors
          JCNT:  Kander proposes expanding privacy rights to human trafficking victims X
          AP:  Missouri bill would shield human trafficking victims' info
          JCNT:  Rural prosecutors oppose bills to restructure offices X
          AP:  Missouri GOP lawmakers seek to expand abortion notifications
          P-D:  Missouri schools making progress on sports concussions
          P-D:  Missouri to drop expensive Hepatitis C drug
          AP:  Missouri Medicaid to save $4.2 million by switching Hepatitis C drug
          P-D:  Country club committee hearings again raise questions about Missouri lobbying laws
          P-D:  Nixon official:  State can spend for stadium without legislative vote
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers bristle at idea state could spend money on new stadium without them
          STL BJ:  Ferguson consultants handed no-bid contracts:  Vector Communications (Laurna Godwin and Jessica Perkins), AHC Consulting (Allison Collinger), Emerging Wisdom (Rebeccah Bennett)
          P-D:  Money for groups addressing Ferguson issues becoming source of controversy;  Certified Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firm Victor [sic] Communications, others handed no-bid contracts
          AP:  Dave Spence works to help Ferguson recovery
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant set to select new supe;  Suspense builds as protest-torn district must choose between black guy, white guy
          AP:  Koster endorses body cameras for police
          P-D:  Police release more images from Ferguson looting;  Thief perfoms high jump over counter, other criminal feats captured at Mickey's Gas-N-Go
          JCNT editorial:  Pass legislation requiring students to pass civics test X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Region is well-represented in Senate, House leadership +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman disagrees with Onder on Obamacare, Missouri Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Area woman says McCaskill, P-D editorial board, other Dems criticize Hanaway to cover up Koster's NY Times ethics issues
          KC Star letter:  Area woman dislikes GOP stance on abortion, urges KC women to not vote in state rep elections for Town and Country's John Diehl or Harrisonville's Rick Brattin +
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        Tuesday, January 27
       
Politico:  Keystone vote fails in Senate;  McCaskill absent due to weather
          SE Missourian:  As Obamacare enrollment deadline looms, navigators help consumers sign up
          KTRS (St. Louis):  Jake Zimmerman set to announce bid for attorney general
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell (D), now working for HSUS, strikes surprising stance on meat
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Mike Sutherland (R-Warrenton) joins Missouri Budget Project
          Missourinet:  State has too many planes, allows unauthorized passengers
          CDT:  Schweich's audit of state airplane use highlights costs for highway, conservation commissioners
          P-D:  Schweich's audit:  Missouri state government has too many airplanes
          AP:  Schweich audit:  $376K spent flying commissioners to meetings
          KC Star:  Schweich:  Missouri owns too many aircraft
          Missourinet:  Nixon outlines plans to reduce wait list at state's veterans' homes
          JCNT:  New veterans home proposed
          The Missouri Times:  Bond, young veterans stop by Capitol to support Silvey's Medicaid bill
          CDT:  Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) embarks on new career as lobbyist;  First client is Ameren Missouri
          Missourinet:  Committee chairman Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) defends holding hearing at local country club
          Missourinet:  Diehl hints that practice of holding evening committee hearings at restaurants may come to an end later in session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  State representatives reject pay raise;  Comments from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport)
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri House improves bill-crafting process;  Comments from Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton)
          AP:  Missouri panel endorses limits to unemployment benefits
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Budget crunch to hit MoDOT in 2017;  Engineer explains "Missouri 325 System"
          The Missouri Times:  Agriculture omnibus bill poised to move through Senate
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) would mandate citizenship exam
          The Missouri Times:  New House Judiciary Committee Chairman Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) looks forward to judicial improvements
          AP:  Proposal exempts banks from Missouri consumer protection law
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate could complicate extending bonds to fund new stadium
          Missourinet:  Special prosecutor looking again at drowning in Missouri Patrol custody
          Missourinet:  State honors Winston Churchill on 50th anniversary of his death
          KWMU:  Interview with outgoing Slay COS Jeff Rainford on role of the media, more
          AP:  Rams notify St. Louis they'll go year-to-year on dome lease
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports 2 more cases of deadly deer disease
          KWMU:  SLU announces concessions to Ferguson protesters:  Will hand out more money to attract and retain black students, will build sculpture to honor squatters, more
          P-D editorial:  Missouri legislators give ethics bill the silent treatment;  Country club to host committee hearing of Rep. Lyndal [sic] Fraker (R-Marshfield)
          SNL op-ed:  Spanking proposal from Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) is unnecessary;  Senator serving in minority is either seeking attention, or needs more to do
          The Missouri Times letter:  Kerry Messer pens open letter to Capitol friends
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's Association wants delegation to support "significant increases" in funding
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) responds to BJC CEO op-ed on Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  It's not fair that Missouri state workers earn so little while state legislators earn so very much
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch perpetuating "Hands Up" fairy tale does nothing to heal Ferguson wounds
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        Monday, January 26
       
Bloomberg:  Revving up, Jeb Bush rolls through Washington;  Missouri native Jack Oliver, Dubya's money man, helping herd fat cats
        National Journal:  For Jeb Bush, all's (perhaps too) quiet on Capitol Hill;  Blunt says it's still a little early to name congressional campaign chairs
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Clint Zweifel stands up for Missouri on 529;  Ron Richard on ethics;  Mike Parson on using MoDOT building;  More +
        AP:  Share of U.S. workers in unions slips again;  Drop in union membership even more pronounced in Missouri
        KWMU:  Uninsured last year?  You may pay a penalty on your taxes
        KWMU:  Journalism sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health:  "The Listening Project" will provide coverage on "racial disparities in education, income and health"
        KODE (Joplin):  Secretary of State Jason Kander speaks at Dem event, talks Medicaid expansion
        Drebes:  Brad Ketcher (D) files three initiative petition campaigns for 2016 ballot:  Missouri Medical Marijuana, Smaller Government, and Missouri Research:  Jobs, Health and Lower Taxes
        Missouri Viewpoints:  Toll roads vs. higher taxes:  Thoughts on infrastructure improvements from MoDOT's Greg Horn, Show-Me Institute's Joe Miller
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R), Aaron Willard (R), Sen. Joe Keaveny (D), Vicky Englund (D) discuss Medicaid expansion, more
        JCNT:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell:  Courts' future work must include protecting seniors X
        P-D:  Former Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources employees say regulator stifles public information;  Implications for Koster, others
        KC Star:  Either warn businesses about tax changes or give them a pass, says Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) responds to Nixon's state of the state, targets governor's withholdings for Cyber Crimes Task Force
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Area higher education officials optimistic over Nixon's state budget plan X
        P-D:  Judge order Kansas City charter school operator to pay nearly $1 million
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Ports bill from Rep. John McCaherty (R-High Ridge) could benefit St. Joseph facility X
        KC Star:  Police use of sobriety eye exams is under fire in Missouri +
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) talks Ferguson
        P-D editorial:  Don't let CHIP funding run out for poor children and families
        JCNT editorial:  State of state workers remains stagnant;  Nixon's SOTS offered something for everyone, except state employees X
        CDT letter:  Missouri NORML's Dan Viets disagrees with JCNT's anti-pot editorial X
        P-D letter:  Clayton woman suggests that contacting Missouri legislators and advocating pro-choice positions is a good use of time
        P-D letter:  After months of protester howling, few file for Ferguson offices - probably because it would require hard work
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        Sunday, January 25
       
WSJ:  Blunt, other Republicans weigh expanding 'nuclear option' for Supreme Court nominees
        P-D:  At Fort Leonard Wood, gender targets push female drill sergeants up the ranks
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill prepares for Cuba trip, hopes to clear way for Missouri farmers to sell their soybeans, rice, poultry, pork, and beef
        Brownfield Ag News:  Former MO Lt. Gov.-turned-HSUS VP Joe Maxwell:  People should stop eating so much meat
        Brownfield Ag News:  HSUS' Joe Maxwell responds to Brownfield piece on animal activists' losses, Missourians' passage of "Right to Farm"
        Brownfield Ag News:  Protect the Harvest is leading the charge against animal activists;  Comments from Brian Klippenstein, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
        JCNT:  Mike Kehoe, Rocky Miller push back against EPA water regulation proposals X
        KODE (Joplin):  Alliance for Childhood Education meets with Joplin leaders to discuss potential statewide vote to increase Missouri tobacco tax
        Drebes:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom and Americans for Tax Reform team up to expand "no-new-taxes" pledge
        CDT:  Fight over supplemental budget puts focus on Medicaid funding X
        Washington Missourian:  Washington School District supe says district will lose $414K in funding unless Nixon and legislators reach agreement
        Columbia Business Times:  Mid-Missouri colleges prepare to tackle the nursing shortage;  Obamacare will dump thousands of attention-seeking patients into waiting rooms
        AP:  MU:  Missouri has restrictive laws that require physicians to oversee nurse practitioners' work
        Washington Missourian:  School safety director is hired to shepherd first-in-Missouri crisis incident program
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri ag bill advances;  Munzlinger says proposal includes dairy provision but not controversial deer piece
        KC Star:  Death of Brandon Ellingson, who drowned in handcuffs, gets another look +
        JCNT:  Proposed Missouri hiking, biking trail draws mixed response X
        KWMU:  Police supporters rally in Clayton
        P-D:  Pro-police rally draws 200;  Pack of 30 counter-protesters shows up to chant catchphrases, yell into bullhorn
        P-D:  After Ferguson, police consider tactical retreat instead of force;  Officers regard it as 'shameful,' and even advocates recognize potential dangers
        CDT:  After Ferguson, MU Legion of Black Collegians wants more black students granted admission, more black faculty hired, more of administration's time spent sitting around talking about race, etc. X
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Is Obama actually serious with "free" co-co proposal?  Missouri already has scholarship programs for motivated students
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Hinson's bill to close tax loophole is grounded in common sense - and likely to be opposed by education lobby and local governments
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Deer like Missouri - and Missourians like killing deer
        CDT op-ed:  University of Missouri's Tim Wolfe, others:  Medical shortage is fixable X
        Jensen:  Nixon's actions deserve explanation;  McCaskill attended pre-verdict meeting, so what was her involvement in Nixon's do-nothing decision?
        SNL letter:  To improve Missouri transportation infrastructure, higher gas taxes - not toll roads - are the way to go X
        P-D letter:  Keep deer under Missouri Department of Conservation management
        P-D letter:  Member of Riverview Gardens Special Administration Board welcomes positive article about students, uses Biblical allegory
        KC Star letter:  Missouri "moms against guns" groups are cowards for holding their carping klatches in safe areas rather than urban war zones +
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        Saturday, January 24
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt and Clay get oversight slots
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill embraces seat on investigative panel X
          Politico:  Blunt spearheading push to abolish Supreme Court filibusters
          The Hill:  White House readies crackdown on financial advisers;  Ann Wagner will again sponsor proposal requiring Dept. of Labor to wait until SEC issues rules
          P-D:  How St. Louis area congressional delegation voted for Jan. 19-23
          Marshall Democrat-News:  Tax consequences of Obamacare broken down at Chamber of Commerce breakfast
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Suburban St. Louis, Springfield lead way in Obamacare sign-ups
          P-D:  Dem vet Julie Gibson heads to troubled Family Support agency
          KC Star:  Missouri retailers relish the prospect of higher taxes on smokes and booze in Kansas +
          CDT:  Ethics bill gets early hearing as Senate leader pushes changes in lobbying rules X
          Missourinet:  Missouri agriculture bill set to be first on Senate floor
          AP:  Nixon's budget faces challenges in months ahead;  Comments from Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia)
          AP:  Nixon proposes modest increase in higher education funding
          CDT:  Bond proposal would convert MoDOT building into space for Legislature X
          The Missouri Times:  Proposed judicial reforms go far beyond Macks Creek Law
          SE Missourian:  State hosts Cape hearing Monday on Ameren rate request +
          AP:  Settlement reached in so-called "hot fuel" litigation
          Columbia Missourian:  New member profile:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport)
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri foster children are given higher-than-average amounts of psychiatric drugs
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Economic Development reaches out to employees at Nordyne, where layoffs began Jan. 15 X
          KWMU:  New data:  Missouri men earn more than women;  Economist Jacqueline Michael-Midkiff:  "What these numbers do not reflect is a man and a woman at the same job at the same company ... so it's not comparing apples to apples"
          KWMU:  Gay-rights group ranks Missouri on LGBTQIA equality categories:  Bottom in most, tops in one
          KWMU:  Area group complains about landfill, wants legislators to give authority to Army Corps of Engineers
          P-D:  Police release more photos of looters running wild after ruling in Michael Brown assault/shooting case
          KC Star editorial:  Weekly "Capitol" Watch editorial:  Silvey, unlike rest of GOP, has "seen the light" on Medicaid expansion;  Committee hearing held at country club thanks to Rep. Lyndall "Fracker" [sic] Update:  Fixed at 9:15 a.m. +
          P-D editorial:  A new football stadium requires a vote
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenerian publisher commits High Broderism on Missouri budget:  "Shall we point fingers in both directions?" "(S)ome stuff must get done," etc. X
          Messenger:  Welfare of the people should drive court reform
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Hospital Association's Herb Kuhn:  Missouri is not prepared to take care of its olds
          KC Star letter:  When legislators support lower taxes, they are hurting Missourians +
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        Friday, January 23
       
SNL:  Blunt, McCaskill land powerful committee posts X
          NY Times:  Senate rejects Blunt amendment to nullify U.S.-China carbon-emission agreement
          KWMU:  Zweifel sounds alarm bells over Obama's changes to 529 plans
          NBC:  McCaskill wants phone companies to offer robocall-blocking technology
          The Hill:  McCaskill signs onto municipal Internet bill
          KWMU:  Missouri marchers reaffirm opposition to abortion;  McCaskill calls out role of Wagner and Hartzler on abortion bill
          P-D's Raasch:  McCaskill narrative suggests Senate election 3 1/2 years from now could be factor in today's abortion restriction bill
          The Missouri Times:  Gregg Keller, stable of political vets create anti-Obamacare group:  Missouri Century Foundation
          Drebes:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) considers embarking on department-by-department review of state government to identify best practices, mission creep, other intel
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) presents ethics bill
          AP:  New home for Missouri veterans proposed to ease waiting list
          KWMU:  Nixon proposes expanding hands-on learning in science, technology
          CDT:  Budget battle joined on supplemental spending, Medicaid expansion X
          P-D:  MO state senators balk at cost of hepatitis C drug, other mid-year expenses
          KC Star:  Funding dilemma divides state school districts into winners, losers +
          KWMU:  Normandy Supe Tyrone McNichols resigns
          P-D:  Tyrone McNichols resigns as Normandy superintendent
          P-D:  Auto dealers sue Missouri over Tesla car sales
          STL BJ:  Auto dealers sue Missouri over Tesla licensing
          AP:  Missouri car dealers sue state over Tesla's direct sales
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Automotive Dealers Association says Missouri Department of Revenue's approach to Tesla violates equal protection rights
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell calls for review of municipal courts
          JCNT:  Mary Rhodes Russell urges lawmakers to follow courts' successes X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers, courts focus on possible municipal court changes X
          CDT:  Small-town officials defend ticketing in municipal court bill hearing X
          KWMU:  Debate begins on traffic revenue limits in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri cities added to lawsuits over traffic fine revenues
          AP:  Missouri Senate confirms Dan Isom as Public Safety Director despite racial-discrimination lawsuit
          SE Missourian:  Deaths by suicide appear to be increasing across Missouri +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court halts upcoming execution of Marcellus Williams
          Missourinet:  Attorney awaits Missouri high court's next move after death warrant pulled
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court stays execution for murderer Marcellus Williams
          AP:  Court halts execution of man who murdered Post-Dispatch reporter
          KWMU:  Missouri used midazolam in its most recent successful execution
          P-D:  Federal investigation of Ferguson coming to an end
          P-D editorial:  The state of the state of Missouri?  Losing ground
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon's budget proposal spells trouble for Missouri schools +
          JCNT editorial:  Recreational marijuana points in wrong direction;  Responses to potheads' dopey claims X
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  McCaskill steps up to top-ranking role on Senate panel once known as Truman Committee +
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law student Erica Mazzotti:  Nixon should grant clemency to criminals more often
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Even without indictments, Ferguson could move the country forward +
          SE Missourian letter:  Union member dislikes Rehder's position on "paycheck protection" +
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says Missouri teachers shouldn't be expected to work wonders with poor kids
          JCNT letter:  Area woman applauds crowd of two (2) "brave feminists" at pro-choice gathering, says local pro-lifers are "a patriarchal people" X
          P-D letter:  Instead of blaming guns, Post-Dispatch should consider investigating social reasons for savage violence and looting
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        Thursday, January 22
       
P-D's Raasch:  Obama's SOTU was combination victory lap and warning to GOP;  Comments from delegation fall along predictable lines
          P-D:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (D) chides Obama over college savings
          KRCG (Jefferson City):  State officials skeptical of Obama's "free" school proposal;  Comments from Blunt, MO Community College Association's Rob Dixon
          P-D:  Catholic youth travel to Washington to participate in March for Life
          KWMU:  More than 2,000 area Catholics to pro-life rally in Washington, D.C.
          Warren County Record:  Gov. Bart Korman?  State rep's interest in state's top position done as tribute to friend
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Journogang chats with former state Sen. Sam Page (D-Creve Coeur) on his '08 run against Kinder, success in the Legislature, EPA and West Lake Landfill, more
          Drebes:  Shannon Weber, formerly of Carpenters' union and MO AFL-CIO, will help new STL County exec with state legislative affairs
          Text of Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address
          Text of House Speaker John Diehl's response to State of the State address
          KWMU:  Nixon focuses on legacy from Ferguson as he outlines priorities
          KC Star:  In State of the State speech, Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion +
          CDT:  Nixon hits ethics, education and Ferguson themes in State of the State address X
          P-D:  Nixon calls for building plan, municipal court reform, change in use-of-force law
          Missourinet:  Nixon revisits familiar themes, calls for bipartisanship
          Missourinet:  Diehl's unscripted comments during press availability offer 'real' response to Nixon
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate Leader Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) not overly concerned with Nixon's speech:  "We've got the numbers to really dictate our agenda"
          AP:  Nixon urges "healing and hope" after Ferguson
          JCNT:  Local lawmakers generally pleased with many elements of speech X
          Shelly:  Nixon gives a strong speech ... "but really, where has he been the last six years?" +
          AP:  Nixon proposes 'modest' budget with more education money
          CDT:  Nixon budget proposes 1.3 percent increase for University of Missouri X
          JCNT:  Nixon's budget:  No pay hike for state workers, more job cuts X
          AP:  Nixon recommends no pay increase for Missouri state workers
          P-D:  Nixon's budget, by the numbers
          Missourinet:  Amendment 10 changes how Nixon proposes spending
          CDT:  Budget hearing highlights difference between Nixon, lawmakers on spending X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House rejects elected official raises, Senate could allow them
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) wants to fix tax rate 'loophole'
          AP:  State transportation officials say heavier truck cargo could hurt roads
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) pushes civics test for high school students +
          The Missouri Times:  Civics education initiative in Missouri is a bipartisan effort
          SE Missourian:  Open carry of guns remains prohibited in many places +
          P-D:  Municipal court proposal draws crowd to Missouri Senate hearing
          The Missouri Times:  Senate hears bills aimed at Macks Creek Law reform
          AP:  Municipal courts targeted after Ferguson
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Noranda, Ameren remain at odds over electric rates +
          KWMU:  Media outlets still pushing state to release name of pharmacy that supplies lethal-injection drugs
          P-D:  Cole County judge hears arguments for, against execution drug disclosure
          JCNT:  NAACP, ACLU, et al. support bill to end executions in Missouri X
          NY Times:  Obama's Justice Department not expected to fault Officer Darren Wilson in assault/shooting case
          AP:  Source:  FBI completes federal probe of Michael Brown-Darren Wilson assault/shooting
          P-D:  NAACP's Adolphus Pruitt says it would be "unfortunate" if Justice Department didn't find fault with Wilson
          KC Star editorial:  KC Power & Light's right move on coal helps customers and the environment +
          KC Star letter:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, others who support Keystone XL pipeline should be removed from office for "fraud" +
          P-D letter:  Rex Sinquefield and his "minions" don't make any economic sense
          P-D letter:  Illinois man disagrees with Rex Sinquefield's Missouri tax approach
          JCNT letter:  Home-schooling story lacks quality X
          JCNT letter:  Proposed changes to MO Dept. of Conservation have merit X
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        Wednesday, January 21
       
KWMU:  President's address generates usual partisan split
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation/communications staff respond to SOTU
          Politico:  GOP seeking Plan B on immigration;  Comments from Blunt
          KC Star:  Missouri man one of several guests at SOTU, gets to say cursory hello to President +
          USA Today:  McCaskill investigation shows couple games military recruiting program for $4 million
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Blunt plays large role in creating mental health grant
          KMBC (Kansas City):  Blunt:  Obama's "free" community college proposal unlikely to pass
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hagel on modernization;  More +
          AP:  In State of the State, Nixon to call for increased education funding
          Missourinet:  "5 Things" journomeme:  Things to listen for in Nixon's State of the State
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) proposes stand-alone veterans Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey proposes Medicaid expansion for veterans
          KWMU:  Silvey proposal would expand Medicaid to veterans in Missouri
          JCNT:  Silvey:  Expand Medicaid, at least for veterans X
          AP:  Silvey proposes Medicaid expansion for veterans
          The Missouri Times:  House rejects pay increase
          JCNT:  Missouri House votes against own pay raises X
          AP:  Missouri House votes to forego pay increases
          AP:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) proposes restricting welfare benefits
          AP:  Advocacy groups plea with lawmakers to release millions in restricted funding
          P-D:  Advocacy groups criticize Nixon's budget decisions
          KC Star:  MO Chamber seeks regulatory uniformity to avoid hodgepodge of local laws;  Group wants statewide standard for discrimination laws, minimum wage, employee benefits +
          JCNT:  Ameren proposes new Noranda rate plan X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers push for civics test requirement for graduation
          KWMU:  STL County Election Chief says new Dem county exec ordered her removal;  Rita Days (D) oversaw ballot shortages and mix-ups, late reporting, wildly inaccurate statements about registration, etc.
          P-D:  Rita Days is out, Eric Fey is in as director of St. Louis County elections
          SNL:  Koster announces that Tyson Foods will pay Missouri $530K in fish kill settlement X
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court orders hearing for Missouri inmate in halted execution;  Mark Christeson slashed woman's throat in front of her children, then slashed and suffocated the kids
          KWMU:  Low air pollution risk near West Lake Landfill
          AP:  EPA:  No air quality problems at Bridgeton landfill
          P-D:  EPA says air around Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills is safe
          AP:  Few candidates file for Ferguson election despite protests
          KWMU:  Ferguson Commission focuses on economic, racial divides in the classroom
          KWMU:  St. Louis to spend $50K more on minority recruitment program
          P-D:  Gannett to close printing plant;  Post-Dispatch plant will now print USA Today
          P-D editorial:  Five years on, Citizens United is worse than anyone imagined
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's diversion of tobacco funds is unconscionable X
          CDT's Waters:  Republican legislators' budget process, designed to finish early, will be worth continuing year after year X
          KC Star's Diuguid:  "Southern Education Foundation" numbers show that 55 percent of Missouri public school children are not low-income +
          KC Star's Diuguid:  KCP&L compares neighbors' energy use and helps cheer people to lower electricity bills +
          P-D letter:  North American Elk Breeders Association President Travis Lowe says Missouri's ag department should regulate deer farmers
          P-D letter:  Oakville woman notes that Post-Dispatch gave attention to 18 students in Atlanta for MLK junket, but no mention of hundreds of pro-life students in D.C.
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man says racist-courts conspiracy theory has no evidence
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says criminals' savage behavior can't be cured by courts
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        Tuesday, January 20
       
SNL:  McCaskill, MO GOP delegation applaud/denounce proposals in Obama's yet-to-be-delivered State of the Union X
          P-D:  Obama to mention policing in SOTU, but no Ferguson-related guests in audience
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes questions from crowd at Whiteman Air Force Base
          The Missouri Times:  Farmington Republicans speak out against EPA's lead remediation attempts
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Video:  Human Trafficking is destroying lives in Missouri;  Thoughts from anti-trafficking advocate and trafficking victim
          Drebes:  Ex-lawmakers lobbyist registration series:  Former Rep. Chris Molendorp (R-Belton)
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Anne Schweitzer (D), Megan Shackelford (D), Scott Dieckhaus (R), Danny Pfeifer (R) discuss Koster, new House committee structure, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics expands to SEMO, will begin airing on Fox 23 KBSI starting in February
          SE Missourian:  New Missouri House committee structure aims to strengthen bill-drafting process +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  School choice awareness week set for end of January;  Comments from National School Choice's Andrew Campanella
          Missouri Famer Today:  Legislature re-examines dairy act;  Comments from Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho), Missouri Farm Bureau's Ashley McDonald
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee to hear municipal court reform proposal
          P-D:  Lowering cap on municipal ticket revenue to get hearing
          The Missouri Times:  Legislator spouse profile:  Wife of Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Charles) changes diet, loses weight
          KWMU:  Professional football's future in St. Louis - Questions, and answers
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Jeff Rainford, the departing COS for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, on the Rams, Ferguson, and more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Black Caucus member compares Ferguson to Selma;  More +
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters disrupt MLK event;  Harris-Stowe student Shaquell Humphries:  "They came in here being so very disrepectful."
          Washington Post:  Angy protesters disrupt event celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., block parade;  Rev. Cleo Willis:  "Well, what can I say? Our parade was hijacked."
          KWMU:  Peaceful Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration clashes with Ferguson protesters
          KSDK:  Video:  Protesters disrupt King celebration;  Former Rep. Betty Thompson (D-St. Louis City) says Dr. King would not be pleased with disrespectful shenanigans
          KC Star:  Activist group "One Struggle KC" marches around town, carries coffin labeled "AmeriKKKa" +
          P-D:  After early national exposure in Ferguson, St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French shifts attention back to his district
          KC Star:  After lack of indictment in Michael Brown case, Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants to abolish grand jury system +
          P-D editorial:  In Rex Sinquefield's vision, mom's generation is written off
          KC Star editorial:  Scott Tucker helped Kansas City become an early hub for the payday loan industry +
          P-D editorial:  The death penalty comes close to home;  Marcellus Williams stabbed a former Post-Dispatch reporter 43 times and left her for dead, but should get a break
          Helling:  Partisanship drives ballot-"reform" proposal in Kansas;  KS straight-ticket proposal contradicts strategy of former MO state Sen. John Loudon (R-Chesterfield) +
          SNL letter:  Charging tolls is the fairest way to fund roads X
          KC Star letters:  Missouri leads the nation in black homicides, but Al Sharpton is only concerned with Ferguson;  Share the Harvest provides hunters a chance to donate +
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        Monday, January 19   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day MO State Holiday via Gov. John Ashcroft, attested by SOS Roy Blunt
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Federal funding for CHIP in serious jeopardy;  Area 10-year-old's inability to sit still and pay attention costs $400/month in drugs
        KWMU:  Veterans optimistic about their effort to keep bowling at Jefferson Barracks VA
        Columbia Missourian:  Federal data theft legislation would differ from Missouri law
        Missourinet:  SLU law prof Marcia McCormick on what U.S. Supreme Court decision to rule on gay marriage could mean in Missouri
        JCNT:  Petition seeks statewide vote on marijuana legalization X
        Helling:  One election season ends, and another one starts;  Caitlin Legacki says permanent campaign "makes it harder to govern" +
        JCNT:  Kehoe campaign committee paperwork updated to note possible 'statewide' race X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Rowden on likelihood of state subsidies for the Rams;  David Steelman on curator appointment +
        Drebes:  Former Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst (R-St. Louis County) registers as lobbyist
        SNL:  Local education leaders eager to hear Nixon's funding proposals X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Briefs:  Kander's winter-photo display;  Nixon promotes Missouri's auto industry;  Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) to host Joshua Hawley speaking tour/campaign events X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) seeks to clear up confusion about his Dept. of Conservation proposal
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says Missouri Senate ready to get to work
        Missourinet:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) proposes a 'no-call list for minors'
        KWMU:  U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx.), others meet with protesters in Ferguson
        AP:  Members of Congressional Black Caucus stop by Ferguson
        P-D:  Black Caucus members drop by Ferguson;  Comments from Dem Committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes
        P-D:  Riverview Gardens students gets free trip to King Center annual gala
        P-D editorial:  In Missouri, highway funding debate is about more than taxes, tolls
        SNL op-ed:  Area doctor:  Legislators should expand Medicaid X
        P-D letter:  Ameren President Michael Moehn responds to editorial
        P-D letter:  Society should be willing to pay just a little bit more to raise the minimum wage
        P-D letter:  Area female says Missouri's stance on Second Amendment "makes me so sad"
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        Sunday, January 18
       
KC Star:  Butler, Mo. man among Obama's SOTU storytelling tools;  Victor Fugate gets free trip to wave, smile and nod following student-loan segment +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Mother of Rep. Vicky Hartzler passes away;  Visitation today, services tomorrow
        P-D:  At $37 million and counting, mega-donor Rex Sinquefield says he's not going anywhere
        Drebes:  Former Rep. Jay Swearingen (D-Kansas City) registers as lobbyist
        St. Louis Business Journal:  Home care provider settles Missouri Medicaid fraud allegations
        CDT:  Legislative leaders continue to pursue mid-April deadline for finishing work on state budget X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  State budget work to begin in earnest X
        Kirksville Daily Express' Jason Hunsicker:  Missouri GOP proposes anti-union legislation
        AP:  Lawsuit caps get renewed attention from Republican lawmakers
        JCNT:  Rural prosecutors challenge proposed changes X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) says his committee will see legislation encouraging research at state universities
        JCNT:  Transportation officials seek input on '325 System' plan X
        SNL:  As MoDOT funding falls, cities focus on local roads X
        SNL:  Search still on for alternate road funding X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Sen. Rob Schaaf (R) targets red-light cameras, license readers X
        Washington Missourian:  Keaveny's no-spanking bill a non-issue in WashMo district
        KC Star:  More than 1,100 mourners remember 'Fuzzy' Thompson as a civil rights pillar +
        SE Missourian:  Hunting season ends with shooters taking down 3 percent more wild animals +
        Boston Globe:  Activists get angry, point fingers at Harvard forum on Michael Brown
        KC Star:  The tools of criminals are almost always ill-gotten guns +
        JCNT editorial:  Correct training deficiencies for troopers X
        CDT's Waters:  McCaskill made a good call not taking on Koster X
        JCNT letter:  Story on the growing home-school movement was biased X
        P-D letter:  Pay for roads with higher fuel tax, not sales tax
        P-D letter:  Spend money on better roads, not a new stadium
        P-D letter:  Giving away tax dollars to stadium developers is wrong
        P-D letter:  Time for Ferguson residents to step up and start identifying looters caught on camera
        KC Star letter:  "Poor and disabled" woman says there is no way to contact members of Congress via mail;  Only "rich capitalists" can send letters via USPS +
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        Saturday, January 17
       
P-D:  Congressional briefs:  Blunt wants Obama to talk transportation, taxes at SOTU;  McCaskill enters MO emancipation anniversary into Congressional Record
        Washington Post:  Top 10 competitive Senate races list:  Missouri not among them
        Bloomberg:  McCaskill exemplifies the case of the elusive female governor
        KWMU:  HUD provides $500K in taxpayer money to help improve area around North St. Louis City Section 8 tenement;  Urban Strategies prez says O'Fallon has become a strain on surrounding neighborhoods
        SE Missourian:  Pro-life group to mark Roe v. Wade decision with prayer +
        The Missouri Times:  Dems target Hanaway;  MO Dems ED Crystal Brinkley says gov candidate "has let one wealthy extremist" fund her entire campaign
        The Missouri Times:  Reps discuss dealing with social media rage, trolling
        Drebes:  House to disapprove pay raise
        P-D:  Missouri revamps teacher preparation
        The Missouri Times:  David Steelman confirmed as University of Missouri curator
        KWMU:  Isom's confirmation as Missouri Public Safety Director delayed
        AP:  Hearings stall for official chosen after Ferguson shooting;  Jury awarded white police sergeant $420K after Isom told him whites need not apply
        KWMU:  St. Louis football stadium proposal getting cold shoulder from Missouri Capitol
        Miklasz:  Political leaders have been silent on new stadium;  Where are Nixon, Slay?
        AP:  Credit card companies to pay $2.2M to Missouri
        P-D:  Small group of protesters gather in Central West End;  Protesters hold "die-in" by sprawling their carcasses across lounge furniture at Weekends Only
        P-D:  August, November riots hurt McCluer dance team
        KWMU:  Organization for Black Struggle says McCulloch "expertly administered a miscarriage of justice," wants to see him punished
        AP:  Clay, Cleaver, others to visit Ferguson tomorrow for MLK service
        SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club hosts black female speaker on MLK +
        P-D editorial:  Nasheed's adopt-a-stray tax credit not a very good idea
        P-D editorial:  Homicide series:  Time to pull out all the stops;  Missouri lawmakers' pro-gun stance has made city savagery even worse
        P-D's Nicklaus:  With immigration issue solved, entrepreneurial couple are happy to be in St. Louis;  McCaskill wrote letter of support for visas
        P-D letter:  Response to pro-Medicaid-expansion op-ed:  What's good for BJC is not necessarily good for Missouri taxpayers
        P-D letter:  Local colleges and universities should start handing out scholarships all around North County
        KC Star letter:  The court system is to blame for people getting frustrated and then committing crimes +
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        Friday, January 16
       
KCUR (Kansas City):  Obamacare insurance enrollment increases in Missouri
          The Hill:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver:  Democrats "pretty much locked in behind" Hillary Clinton candidacy
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Cleaver ranks as third-poorest member of Congress;  Jackson County Clerk was forced to garnish septuagenarian's U.S. House wages
          KC Star:  Cleaver urges Obama to increase heating help for the poor;  Program helps foot the tab for adults who can't pay their own bills +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau members eye federal regulatory overreach
          KWMU:  Rex Sinquefield is top Missouri campaign donor in 2014;  McCaskill top donor to Dems
          AP:  Catherine Hanaway has $1.3M cash on hand;  Schweich has about $1M
          Mannies:  Criminal(s) shattered my windows, broke into my car while I taped "Stay Tuned St. Louis" in city
          JCNT:  Lawmakers:  Medicaid expansion's future unknown X
          AP:  Missouri panel opposes pay increases for elected officials
          Missouri Farmer Today:  At summit, Nixon shares vision for state's beef industry
          KC Star:  After man's drowning in handcuffs, legislators urge changes to improve safety on Missouri lakes, rivers +
          Missourinet:  Committee finds Missouri Water Patrol merger hurt training, didn't save money
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers question merger of Missouri Highway Patrol, Water Patrol
          AP:  Report:  Water, highway patrol merger meant less training
          Missourinet:  MoDOT's "Tough Choices Plan":  Provide more money or receive less road maintenance
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT:  Limited maintenance will cause smaller highways to deteriorate
          CDT:  Local officials worry about MoDOT's threatened cuts X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Young farmer sees benefit in proposed start-up tax credits
          JCNT:  Missouri auto dealers launch campaign to protect franchise marketing;  MADA takes on Tesla over the issue X
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) would ban spanking, paddling in public schools
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) says 'vile, nasty' messages were response to 'all comers' policy ban
          CDT:  UM curators question supplemental fee increases X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System Board of Curators considers tuition increase for 2016-17
          Columbia Missourian:  MO Dept. of Revenue says Columbia license office was busiest in the state;  Second Columbia office could help relieve pressure
          Washington Missourian:  New Haven to seek $50,000 MO DNR grant to study water infiltration issue
          P-D:  EPA wants to map radioactive waste in Bridgeton Landfill
          KWMU:  Money? Pride? Both? Gauging the value of professional football in St. Louis
          P-D:  NFL exec:  St. Louis must build new stadium to keep NFL
          SNL:  Kander halts Springfield investment scheme X
          P-D:  Next man slated for execution in Missouri seeks DNA testing
          Drebes:  Nasheed's bills would prohibit employers from considering criminals' past, while allowing expungement of some criminal records
          KWMU:  In wake of August and November riots, hiring freeze remains at UMSL
          Washington Times:  George Soros funds Ferguson protests
          St. Louis Business Journal:  Billionaire funded group that spurred Ferguson protests
          KWMU:  EducationPlus invites white and black schools to "first of its kind race summit";  Hazelwood East scholar says she had never before talked to a white person
          P-D:  Summit enables students to skip a day of school work, share decade-and-a-half wisdom on race relations
          KC Star editorial:  Find better ways to support education in rural counties +
          P-D editorial:  Obamacare II:  The Rise of the Community Colleges
          SNL letter:  Legislators only go to Jefferson City to enrich themselves, and can't be trusted to reform ethics laws X
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Department of Conservation is a star among state agencies, and doesn't need change X
          SNL letter:  90-year-old is disgruntled that Ferguson protesters are "having fun looting, burning and destroying everything" while she picks up the tab X
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KMOX:  Blunt:  No more excuses for Obama on Keystone XL pipeline
          KC Star:  Blunt gives "free" juco a failing grade +
          Missourinet:  Missouri delegation votes party lines on Obama's immigration policies
          Washington Post:  Patent reform advocates are launching a 'super-coalition' to whack patent trolls;  McCaskill calls predatory shysters "bottom-feeders"
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  In staying in Senate, McCaskill occupies shrinking moderate ground
          SNL:  Billy Long asks National Zoo to help save injured bald eagle in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), new Vice Chair of Budget Committee, shares thoughts on fiscal priorities, Nixon's estimates, more
          P-D:  Missouri House committee approves measure against legislative pay raise
          KC Star:  MoDOT seeks more funding, says highway needs far exceed dollars available +
          KWMU:  MoDOT proposes scaled-back road maintenance;  Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Chair Steve Miller calls budget prioritization "transportation triage"
          AP:  Reduced road maintenance plan proposed for Missouri highways
          P-D:  Chart:  MoDOT's annual construction budgets
          P-D:  MoDOT chief lays out plan for looming fiscal cliff
          P-D:  Lawmakers share thoughts on interior decorating of Capitol offices
          Columbia Missourian:  Opinions vary on proposal to raise speed limit
          CDT:  Board of Curators appointee appears before committee X
          AP:  Ameren Missouri raises energy efficiency charges
          JCNT:  Majority at PSC hearing oppose Ameren rate increase plan X
          CDT:  Sides reach settlement in Mamtek trial X
          CDT:  Legal battles over Mamtek continue despite federal court settlement X
          Missourinet:  Settlement reached in suit over failed Mamtek project
          AP:  Mamtek lawsuit settled
          KWMU:  Court fights end for failed development in mid-Missouri
          KODE (Joplin):  Missouri offers low-income home energy assistance
          AP:  More than 40 Missouri bills filed in wake of Michael Brown case;  Speaker John Diehl gives assurances that law enforcement won't be handcuffed
          KWMU:  Larry Flynt seeks records in Missouri execution case
          AP:  News groups back Larry Flynt's push for execution info
          KC Star:  In study of 2012 data, Missouri repeats as national leader in black homicide rate +
          KWMU:  Slay Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford steps down;  Reign of Mary Ellen Ponder to begin next month
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Doubtful that Congress will approve Obama's "free" community college proposal;  Missouri already has A+ program
          Washington Missourian editorial:  2016 gov race showdown between Chris Koster and Catherine Hanaway means a lot of talk about campaign contributions and ethics
          JCNT editorial:  Finding our way among priorities for transportation X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Rams owner Stan Kroenke is no Gussie Busch;  For cranks to deny that sports teams have a significant economic impact is naive
          P-D:  Civic community steps up in Ferguson.  Heavy lifting remains.
          P-D op-ed:  Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Dan Glazier:  The importance of equal access to justice for all
          P-D letter:  Medicaid expansion adds to nation's debt
          KC Star letter:  MLK picture illustrates what protesters used to be:  Dignified men and women with civilized deportment, with no "droopy pants" or flag-desecrating behavior +
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        Wednesday, January 14
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill among centrist Dems on McConnell's list of potential collaborators
          Roll Call:  McCaskill, other Senate Dems blast new House rule on Social Security
          KC Star:  Blunt meets with Obama, sees a chance to act on a narrow bipartisan agenda +
          KC Star:  Congressional Wealth Rankings:  Cleaver one of the poorest, worth negative $2.3M; McCaskill worth $23.4M; Hartzler at $8.3M; Blunt at $3.9M; Graves at $1.7M +
          AP:  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's farewell tour stops at Whiteman Air Force Base
          AP:  Eastern Missouri man named Les Turulli Jr. claims he will run for governor as Independent, plans to burn through $20K of family business money
          Drebes:  Jay Ashcroft files paperwork to run for unnamed statewide office in 2016
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Sinquefield says tax cuts didn't cause Kansas budget problems;  Schweich says he'll announce gubernatorial bid early next month;  Webb takes responsibility for ethics penalty +
          The Missouri Times:  Devil in the details:  Missouri's campaign finance debate has many nuances;  Koster among many with good Sinquefield relationship
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) urges Koster to join states' lawsuit against Obama administration over immigration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon promotes mental health initiative X
          Missourinet:  Diehl to respond to Nixon's State of the State address
          P-D:  Diehl's rules to spread power draw bipartisan praise
          CDT:  Area lawmakers land roles as committee chairs X
          Missourinet:  Bills expected to move early include agriculture provisions, municipal court rule changes, and welfare reform
          P-D:  MoDOT Director Dave Nichols to warn of 'tough choices ahead' financially
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College President Jeff Lashley says he thinks lawmakers are committed to keeping A+ program going
          AP:  Missouri will test schoolchildren using national Common Core educational standards;  DESE's Michael Muenks sets expectations, says scores will take a hit
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) expands sexual assault reporting X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) is optimistic that the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) will pass
          Missourinet:  MONA finds optimistic new sponsor
          AP:  Missouri court limits tax exemptions for construction
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers shaky on Rams proposal
          CDT:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) wins MU alumni award X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri leads the nation in lowest amount spent on tobacco prevention
          P-D:  Jeff Rainford, Mayor Slay's fierce chief, to resign;  Mary Ellen Ponder to take over
          KWMU:  Murderer set to be executed files suit seeking DNA testing;  Marcellus Williams stabbed Post-Dispatch reporter 43 times
          KWMU:  NAACP Legal Defense Fund still calling for a Michael Brown grand jury do-over
          P-D:  St. Louis County Police release looting photos, will post more weekly;  This week's batch shows thieves running loose inside liquor store and pharmacy
          P-D editorial:  Schmitt's tax-cut proposal is twice as bad as last year's
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should keep tolls in the mix as a way to improve and expand Interstate 70 +
          P-D op-ed:  BJC Healthcare CEO Steven Lipstein:  Missouri legislators should expand Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans better stop playing "Anything but Obama" game and start expanding Medicaid
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Brenda Talent:  State subsidies to private business choke economic growth
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Annual MLK column:  Discrimination must be vanquished, police are guilty of "slayings," etc. +
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        Tuesday, January 13
       
KCUR:  Audio with text summary:  Claire McCaskill, on Steve Kraske's show, announces she's not running for governor in 2016
          KC Star:  McCaskill's decision not to run for governor narrows field for Dems;  Senior senator says Catherine Hanaway "can't salt her meat without asking Rex Sinquefield if it's okay" +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill a 'firm no' on run for Missouri governor in 2016
          KWMU:  McCaskill not running for governor in 2016, pledges to lead effort to reinstate state campaign contribution limits
          SNL:  Staying in Senate, McCaskill says her focus will be on campaign finance overhaul X
          AP:  McCaskill says she won't run for governor in 2016, says it is "very likely" she'll run for re-election in 2018
          Politico:  McCaskill won't run for Missouri governor
          Shelly:  Thoughts on McCaskill's announcement:  Koster-Hanaway now the most likely matchup;  Hanaway "tough as nails";  Koster takes Sinquefield money, too;  More +
          Helling:  Cracking down on wealthy candidates' lending to themselves would be a good start toward reform +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill's announcement;  Diehl confirms that Medicaid expansion is D.O.A.;  Koster speaks at MLK Dinner +
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  Cuba could be - but isn't - a good market for Missouri
          KWMU:  Tom Schweich begins second term as Missouri auditor
          AP:  Schweich sworn in for second term
          Drebes:  Megan Werner to take the reins of Missouri Growth Association;  Ron and Ann Auer delete their lobbyist registrations
          The Missouri Times:  Staffer profile:  Scott Pearson, legislative assistant to Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield)
          AP:  Missouri Ethics Commission rulings:  Former Rep. Steve Webb (D-Florissant) fined $100,000;  Rep. Mark Parkinson (R-St. Charles) to pay $270 within 45 days for failing to report some contributions in a timely manner
          AP:  List of Missouri Senate, Missouri House committee chairs
          JCNT:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) heads Energy panel X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) propose $12 million in new agriculture tax credits
          Brownfield Ag News:  Bills to assist beginnning farmers filed
          AP:  Proposed Missouri tax credits aimed at enlisting new farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) would apply new tax credit to student loan repayment
          SNL:  Springfield, regional schools brace for less state funding X
          KWMU:  Jennings, Riverview Gardens report progress in student achievement
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would protect Missourians from speed-trap schemes in other states
          Missourinet:  Proposed bill would increase speed limits on Missouri rural interstates and freeways
          Missourinet:  Missouri traffic fatalities in 2014 one off of 2013 total
          P-D:  Legislators, staffers get training on how to respond in case of 'active shooter' incident
          Missourinet:  Inmate to challenge three death sentences in Missouri high court;  Robbie Blurton bound and gagged his aunt and uncle - and their 15-year-old daughter - and shot each in the head
          KWMU:  Crime in St. Louis City was down in 2014 - except homicides, which increased by 32%
          P-D:  Crime down in St. Louis City - except violent crime
          Missourinet:  Four from Missouri are charged in deadly shootout at gun store:  Niquan Midgyett, Londro Patterson, De'Anthony Wiley, and Hakeem Malik
          KC Star:  Judge appoints lawyers for defendants in deadly robbery attempt at gun store +
          KWMU:  Black mayors are wary of push for municipal consolidation in St. Louis County
          JCNT editorial:  Secretary of State Jason Kander's plan - sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) - to reduce fees for businesses presents opportunity X
          P-D editorial:  Homicide series:  One state, two cities, two different trends in homicide
          P-D editorial:  North County mayors worried about court reform doth protest too much
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  New adult ed programs put degrees, certifications in the hands of more graduates +
          P-D op-ed:  Cool Valley Mayor Viola Murphy responds to criticism of North County municipal court systems
          KC Star mini-opeds:  Under Our Skin race series' "diverse" panel:  Gay black man, two black women, white man raising biracial kids, white male playright who works at "Unicorn Theatre" +
          P-D letter:  Bills from Redmon, Munzlinger would would jeopardize funding for Department of Conservation
          CDT letter:  Abortion bill from Brattin is "dangerous rubbish" X
          SLU Center for Health Law Studies' pro-Medicaid-expansion talking points document (pdf)
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Zach Rubin's pro-Medicaid-expansion letter using verbatim language from Medicaid talking-points document
          CDT letter:  Zach Rubin's pro-Medicaid-expansion letter using verbatim language from Medicaid talking-points document X
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        Monday, January 12
       
Bloomberg:  Obamacare enrollment groups shift focus to tax liabilities;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health's Ryan Barker
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Speaker John Diehl (R) on approach to session, voters' opinion of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, the Rams, transportation tax increases, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters), Gregg Keller (R), Sean Nicholson (D), Patrick Lynn (D) discuss Koster vs. McCaskill, Medicaid expansion, more
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Associated Industries of Missouri's Ray McCarty, AFL-CIO's Joe Mueller talk to host Mike Ferguson about right to work, other business and labor issues
          Drebes:  Brittany Burke starts Tactas, a public and government advocacy firm;  Former Nixon spinvixen specializes in media relations, social media, and reputation management
          JCNT:  Profile:  Missouri Ethics Commission Director James Klahr X
          P-D:  Missouri's 'undercover judge' - Mary Rhodes Russell - praised for customer surveys, reforms
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Nixon says Missouri loses "billions" every year to states that finish cows born here;  Comments from Missouri Beef Industry Council's Mark Russell
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Children at risk:  Kirksville computer crimes unit funding tied up as Nixon withholds funds
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri NEA's Otto Fajen relives Amendment Three's loss, says gap in funding for foundation formula not likely to close any time soon
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Nixon appoints Kirksville's Pete Detweiler to MOHELA board
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) wants funding for higher education scholarships connected to performance standards
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) would ban domestic assailants from owning guns
          SNL:  A year after politicians were raising alarm, here's why Missouri isn't experiencing a propane crisis this winter X
          JCNT:  PSC to hear Ameren rate case on Wednesday night X
          P-D:  Police supporters rally in front of Ferguson police department;  Crowd of 200 loots zero stores, commits zero arsons
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission hears from youth;  Kievonn Monger, other teens tell tales of perceived bias
          P-D:  Body cameras may correct police memories, but they still have limits
          JCNT editorial:  Opening-of-session piece:  Processes should be simplified, elected officials should communicate, Nixon and Republicans should work together, etc. X
          P-D editorial:  Homicide series:  Solving murder.  It's time for St. Louis to try something new.
          JCNT letter:  Toll roads not the right answer for Missouri;  Instead, expand U.S. 50 to four lanes and increase fuel taxes for truckers X
          JCNT letter:  Response to Dept. of Conservation editorial:  Legislature has the right to appropriate money for all government entities, including DOC X
          P-D letter:  Stream and Schmitt fought for medical issues that affected them, but not Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Nixon should not offer to help Rams, because Kroenke should build "his own damn stadium"
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        Sunday, January 11
       
CDT:  Missouri slaves gained freedom 150 years ago X
          CDT:  Old issues, complaints about racism and unfairness remain on anniversary of Missouri slave emancipation X
          P-D:  Annual MLK Dinner at Harris Stowe HBCU;  Blunt, Clay, Koster, Kander attend;  McCaskill sends rep;  Nixon does not attend
          Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) amps up;  Nixon speaks at National Press Club on potential benefits for Missouri farmers and ranchers
          KSNF (Joplin):  Crowder College reacts to Obama's free community college proposal;  Able-bodied coed says lenders are "crippling" her by providing student loans
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Former Congressman Bill Burlison (D), now 83, stops by Rotary Club +
          The Missouri Times:  Patrick Lynn (D), Sean Nicholson (D), Gregg Keller (R) to discuss Missouri Times' governor's race poll today on This Week in Missouri Politics;  Show airs in STL at 11 a.m. on KDNL, available online at 11:30 a.m.
          Drebes:  Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) elected 1st Vice President of State Rural and Agriculture Leaders
          JCNT:  What's the true meaning of legislative success?  Missouri lawmakers say it's about more than sponsoring, passing bills X
          JCNT:  Senators ponder meaning of Wednesday's break in gallery decorum;  Schaaf suggests protesters might be more successful if they explain a specific legislative agenda X
          P-D:  Boeing may reap $229 million in new subsidies from Missouri;  Comments from MO Dept. of Economic Development's Mike Downing, others
          KC Business Journal:  KC hospitals petition General Assembly for Medicaid expansion
          Washington Missourian:  Mercy plans to explore ways to assist Hermann hospital;  Official explains impact of Obamacare and lack of Missouri Medicaid expansion
          Monett Times:  Session priorities for Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) include A+ funding, bill to change how constitutional amendments are passed
          Washington Missourian:  St. Clair R-XIII officials pleased with A+ funding news
          KC Star:  Home-school numbers on the rise;  MO DESE makes it clear on website that it does not regulate home schools +
          AP:  Efforts to cut prison population working, but not yet saving money;  Comments from Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield)
          JCNT:  Lawmakers consider value of grand juries;  Comments from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City), Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) X
          CDT:  Trial to begin Tuesday on Mamtek class action case X
          CDT:  Columbia resident Brian Jamison (R) among four Missourians appointed by Nixon to Missouri Gaming Commission X
          CDT:  Opponents of Callaway County hog farm seek new hearing X
          P-D:  Creativity and hope:  How St. Louis will fund a $985 million football stadium
          AP:  Losing Rams would be blow to St. Louis' pride, not economy
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon's press team was wise to offer no comment on Chappelle-Nadal's silly "resign or be impeached" grandstanding
          P-D's Leiser:  The time may be right to raise Missouri's gas tax, or maybe not
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Stadium may sparkle, but it's not an investment
          KC Star letters:  St. Louis region should consolidate municipalities;  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) is wrong to oppose Medicaid expansion +
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        Saturday, January 10
       
KWMU:  U.S. House approves Keystone XL pipeline;  Clay, Cleaver are delegation's only 'no' votes;  McCaskill, Blunt are co-sponsors
          Missourinet:  Missouri House delegation votes along party lines for Keystone XL
          KWMU:  Blunt assumes chairmanship of powerful Senate Rules Committee
          P-D:  Back to getting secret briefings, Blunt says world is 'scary place right now'
          P-D:  Area congressional votes for the week
          P-D:  Former Congressman Bill Clay relives 1991, blasts Clarence Thomas and Jack Danforth;  Octogenarian to peddle score-settling book Friday at Harris-Stowe
          KWMU:  Nixon joins bipartisan coalition looking to expand trade to Cuba
          KWMU:  Praise, skepticism meet Obama's community college plan;  UMSL's James Shuls:  "You're not pulling community college out of a hat ... somebody's paying for it."
          Kraske:  Pat Gray had a profound impact on Kansas City +
          KWMU:  Missouri Lincoln Day to feature battle between Ed Martin, John Hancock for control of MO GOP;  Dem Chairman Roy Temple may run unoppsed in February
          Drebes:  Mike Leara joins Rick Stream, Andrew Koenig in GOP crowd for Schmitt's seat
          JCNT:  Report from Central Missouri Community Action:  Missouri unemployment shrinks as poverty grows X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt looks to double 2014 tax cut as Republicans debate 2015 priorities
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Keith English (D-Florissant) would prohibit food-stamp recipients from using handouts to purchase energy drinks
          AP:  Additional $4.5M of taxpayer money used to pay heating bills for Missourians earning up to 135 percent of the poverty level
          P-D:  St. Louis loses a corporate headquarters as Patriot Coal leaves for West Virginia
          P-D:  More data to be collected at burning Bridgeton Landfill
          KWMU:  Task force appointed by Nixon unveils plans for new riverfront NFL stadium
          Missourinet:  Governor's task force shares vision for new football stadium, but questions still linger on the future of the NFL in St. Louis
          P-D:  Nixon team proposes open-air stadium, and no new taxes
          AP:  New football stadium would cost at least $860M
          KWMU:  Fundraising efforts for Ferguson businesses continue;  Zweifel's Small Business Relief Program and Kander's #FergusonRebuild
          AP:  Missouri leaders sought resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson
          AP:  Organization for Black Struggles invites all 20 members of Legislative Black Caucus to Ferguson;  Five attend
          KC Star editorial:  Hoping for the best from a dysfunctional Congress;  McCaskill, Nixon deserves credit for seeking progress on Cuba +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill - who doesn't need a salary after marrying a "very successful businessman" - right to call for an end to automatic pay raises
          JCNT editorial:  Protesters' uncivilized chanting of "This is what democracy looks like!" should really have been "This is what anarchy looks like!" X
          KC Star's new "Midwest Voices" lineup for 2015:  'Diverse' group of Missourians include Democratic operative Brian Noland, social worker, public school teacher, "tolerance and anti-bigotry" activist, writer for "poverty and policy" journal +
          P-D letter:  Lindenwood University's think tank director Howard Wall:  Response to Chris Sommers' piece on minimum wage
          P-D letter:  To solve Missouri's transportation-funding conundrum, charge trucking industry more
          SNL letter:  Man shares thoughts on teacher-tenure legislation, says legislators are whores X
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        Friday, January 9
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Keystone XL, Cuba;  Sen. Marie Chappelle-Nadal (D) says Nixon has "disdain for children of color" +
          Missourinet:  Nixon joins push for lifting embargo on trade with Cuba
          P-D:  Nixon in D.C. promoting Cuban trade, but Blunt reiterates opposition to normalizing relations
          KC Star:  Blunt chosen to lead Senate rules committee +
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Federal health law still faces major hurdles in 2015;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health's Ryan Barker
          KC Star:  Definiton of 'full-time' work varies widely, debate on shifting Obamacare to 40 hours points out;  Comments from UMKC program's Judy Ancel +
          Washington Post:  Missouri's Jack Oliver working behind the scenes for Jeb Bush's campaign
          Drebes:  Veteran Dem fundraiser Margaret Onken leaves Koster's campaign, will focus on corporate and non-profit clients
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Pat Gray, Kansas City's top Democratic campaign consultant, passes away
          Columbia Missourian:  Infographic:  Legislative lobbying in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  The 2015 Inaugural Ball Grand March
          Missourinet:  Freshman state Rep. Randy Pietzman (R-Troy) takes 14-year-old cancer survivor to the Inaugural Ball
          Kraske:  Nixon turning a new page, says he'll provide more attention to legislators' needs +
          AP:  Secretary of State Jason Kander aims to cut business fees;  Comments from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau), MO Chamber's Tracy King
          KSGF:  Audio:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) talks to host Nick Reed about P-D editorial board's hypocrisy on campaign contributions (31:00), past leadership races (19:30), likelihood of Legislature helping keep Rams (16:30), more
          Washington Missourian:  Over 6,400 gun permits issued in Franklin County since 2004 law passed
          KWIX/KRES (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) outlines 2015 priorities:  educational benefits for families of emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty, more
          P-D:  UMSL says reported rape on campus did not happed;  Coed fabricated tale about backseat encounter with svelte blue-eyed stranger
          KOMU (Columbia):  National Organization for Women's Seileach Corleigh, Rep. Stephen Webber address "gender inequality";  Eight local Republicans decline to be interviewed  (link via Twitter: @ssnich)
          KC Star:  How the public might help pay for a new stadium in St. Louis +
          AP:  Delegation to present findings in St. Louis' bid to keep Rams
          P-D:  Customers weigh in on Ameren Missouri rate request
          KWMU:  State takes more legal action over concerns landfill fire may be spreading
          AP:  Bridgeton Landfill owner disputes state's emergency claim
          Missourinet:  Blunt reiterates call for Justice Department to wrap Michael Brown investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal files scathing remonstrance against Nixon
          P-D:  North County municipalities under attack for their courts say they will work on own reforms
          P-D:  Public relations company hired for Ferguson says it didn't get paid;  The Devin James Group files breach of contract suit against PR firm Elasticity
          P-D editorial:  Laws of ecology should guide landfill, coal-ash decisions
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch must test DNA evidence before Missouri execution +
          CDT's Waters:  Nixon, Slay should let Rams go and then lure another team X
          P-D letter:  Response to Chris Sommers' piece on higher minimum wages
          P-D letter:  Response to Chris Sommers' piece on higher minimum wages
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man displeased that Nixon, others allowed thieves to pillage his town
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        Thursday, January 8
       
SNL:  McCaskill plans Cuba trip to explore how Missouri farmers can benefit from eased relations X
          P-D:  McCaskill to travel to Cuba to assess markets for Missouri agriculture
          KC Star:  Missouri and other farm states:  Let us sell to Cuba +
          KWMU:  McCaskill warns GOP not to 'overreach' on Keystone, other issues
          KWMU:  Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) to run for Schmitt's open state Senate seat
          AP:  GOP opens Missouri legislative session with historic numbers
          CDT:  Nixon lists 2015 priorities, sees himself taking larger role in persuading lawmakers X
          Columbia Missourian:  Governor's prayer breakfast kicks off legislature's Opening Day
          KWMU:  Opening Day recap:  Prayer breakfast;  Brief fit of yelling in Senate gallery;  Diehl assures taxpayers there will be no "Ferguson agenda";  Dems "soldier on" with super-minority status
          CDT:  Opening Day recap:  Comments from Nixon;  Medicaid-expansion supporters perform "die-in" theatrics;  Minority Leader Jake Hummel takes realistic approach to working with GOP X
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative leaders address Ferguson riots, potential for municipal court rule changes
          KC Star:  Opening Day recap:  Lawmakers kick off session with Republicans fully in command +
          P-D:  Opening Day recap:  Legislators set priorities
          The Missouri Times:  Opening Day recap:  Senate leaders discuss priorities
          JCNT:  Opening Day recap X
          The Missouri Times:  Diehl takes the reins;  Text of speech
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Opening Day notable quotables from Ron Richard, Jake Hummel, Jason Kander +
          AP:  Protesters stall opening of Missouri Senate session;  Organization for Black Struggle's Kayla Reed says she hopes yelling, chanting will encourage legislators to take her group seriously
          Missourinet:  Video:  Protesters yell, hold banner:  "Pledge Allegiance to Black People"
          AP:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) calls for Nixon's resignation over Ferguson
          CDT:  Chappelle-Nadal urges Nixon resign or be impeached X
          P-D:  Chappelle-Nadal calls for Nixon's resignation
          Missourinet:  Nixon wants Justict Dept. to release findings of Ferguson investigations
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative preview:  Reps. Stephen Webber (D), Caleb Jones (R), Caleb Rowden (R), Kip Kendrick (D) list priorities
          AP:  Missouri House Chief Clerk Adam Crumbliss:  formal inaugural ball cost taxpayers less than $3,000
          KWMU:  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay talks about school transfers, toll-road proposal, having to deal with litany of post-Ferguson complaints
          KWMU:  Want do less-than-full professors want?  Washington University will find out.
          JCNT:  Darryl Chatman, a member of Armstrong Teasdale's litigation group, becomes first African-American to serve as deputy director of Missouri Department of Ag X
          Washington Missourian:  Anti-drug crusader Jason Grellner:  E-cigarettes used to smoke pot oil
          P-D:  Koster asks court to force Bridgeton Landfill owner to collect more data
          Missourinet:  Nixon, state leaders discuss keeping Rams in St. Louis
          AP:  St. Louis leaders:  Rams owner won't return our calls;  Nixon says he's not giving up hope
          KC Star:  About 200,000 in KC area can now apply for refunds from American Traffic Solutions over red-light tickets +
          AP:  St. Charles OKs body cameras for its police
          JCNT editorial:  Legislative proposals are meddlesome, unnecessary threats to Conservation Dept. X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Growing counties can be hamstrung by outdated state statutes;  St. Charles County will benefit from appointed police chief
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Landfill permit for Ameren was inevitable
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court wades into Ferguson.  Excellent.
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Toll roads are the only feasible way to improve I-70 - but achieving that goal will require legislative leaders to have vision
          P-D op-ed:  HSUS' Washington, D.C.-based Paul Shapiro:  Missouri pork producers should drop inhumane practices
          Miklasz:  Recommendation for Rams fans:  Don't be mad at Los Angeles
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood man says that though Missourians elected Republicans to a supermajority, that might not actually be what the voters want
          P-D letter:  There are greater threats to driver safety than higher speed limits
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area man says he is fed up with protesters' savagery
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake man suggests those who support police officers hold their own rallies - inside Ferguson, and at Berkeley gas stations
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        Wednesday, January 7   Missouri General Assembly Opening Day
       
The Hill:  Mitch McConnell finds his go-to Dems:  McCaskill a co-sponsor of Keystone XL bill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Obama's Keystone XL position;  McCaskill opposes automatic pay raises for lawmakers +
          SNL:  114th Congress preview:  Thoughts from Hartzler, Long X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer on Scalise controversy
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Joshua Hawley;  35-year-old is key attorney in Hobby Lobby, King v Burwell cases
          Drebes:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) amends MO Ethics paperwork, lists office sought as "Governor"
          KC Star:  Nixon salutes Northland program that gives students job training, college fast track +
          Missourinet:  2015 Missouri legislative session preview
          JCNT:  2015 Missouri legislative session preview:  Comments from area elected officials X
          AP:  "5 Things" journomeme:  Things to know for 2015 legislative session
          P-D's Virginia Young:  List of elected officials to follow on Twitter
          P-D:  Republicans have upper hand with Nixon as budget battles loom
          KRES (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says supplemental spending bill is critical
          AP:  Deer as livestock bill returns to Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Safety group wants primary seat-belt law;  Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) may or may not file bill again
          Columbia Missourian:  Interactive graphic:  The state of abortion in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Medicaid expansion in Missouri continues to look unlikely +
          KRCG (Jefferson City):  Medicaid-expansion rally draws two dozen
          JCNT:  Rally braves cold to plead for Medicaid expansion X
          Missourinet:  Some still want Medicaid discussion in new Missouri legislature
          AP:  Insurance company to pay Missouri $161K for false statements
          KRES (Moberly):  Supportive Services for Veteran Families to help homeless Missouri veterans
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court eases penalty for not paying court fines
          P-D:  St. Louis County police release video, photos of looters
          AP:  Judge extends order limiting Missouri police use of tear gas
          KWMU:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's latest round of Twitstigation sparks controversy;  Insight from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis)
          CDT:  In wake of Ferguson, lawmakers to spend time discussing complaints about race, law enforcement, etc. X
          KWMU:  Michael Brown grand juror Doe may have a case, say legal experts
          JCNT editorial:  Don't rush to judgment on raising speed limits X
          KWMU op-ed:  Nature Conservancy's Doug Ladd:  Current River deserves vigorous support and protection
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  On taxes, Missouri's neighbors raise the stakes
          Jensen:  Building a movement around "Hands up, don't shoot" lie is a good sign of stupidity
          P-D letter:  It's a shame that "Hands up, don't shoot" lie will influence Legislature
          JCNT letter:  In wake of Ferguson, self-described "old white man" sarcastically wonders what he should apologize for - black juveniles' violent crimes, inability to read, and what else? X
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        Tuesday, January 6   Missouri Legislature Opening Day Eve
       
P-D:  Legislative ball set for tomorrow night at Capitol
        Resource/Recommended reading:  May 2014 Missouri political news headlines
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        KSPR (Springfield):  Session preview;  GOP Reps. Eric Burlison, Kevin Austin on budget, taxes, Ferguson, more;  Rep. Charlie Norr (D) is mentally prepared for "a long session"
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Journogang previews 2015 legislative session, more
        CDT:  Session preview:  Lawmakers speed budget process to assert authority on spending
        KRES (Moberly):  Missouri Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mehan lists priorities:  Workforce training and development, workers' comp reform, civil justice reform, more
        Drebes:  Ashley McDonald to serve as Missouri Farm Bureau's new state lobbyist
        The Missouri Times:  Legislator profile:  Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter)
        KC Star:  Activist profile:  Missouri marijuana legalization activist Amber Iris Langston
        KWMU:  December sees more money flow into Missouri coffers
        The Missouri Times:  State revenue on the rise
        AP:  Missouri revenue up five percent, on par with spending freezes
        CDT:  Bills address health care for students in schools
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Kansas' experience with higher speed limits seems to contradict claim from Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar)
        CDT:  Nixon seeks ideas for promoting beef production, processing
        Columbia Missourian:  Panelists discuss beefing up cattle industry at MU summit
        Missourinet:  Designer:  new Fulton state hospital will be better, safer
        The Maneater:  Nixon appoints two new members to Board of Curators
        P-D:  SEIU organizing campaign succeeds, as Washington University's less-than-full professors vote to unionize
        KWMU:  Adjuncts at Washington U. vote to unionize
        KWMU:  St. Louis Schools' appointed and elected board start working together to transfer authority
        P-D:  Meeting offers little to signal shift in St. Louis schools governance
        KWMU:  After reports of an L.A. stadium deal, Nixon promises response to keep Rams in St. Louis
        P-D:  Missouri officials will fight for Rams - but not in a bidding war
        Miklasz:  Kroenke shows his hand
        Helling:  Issue of Rams stadium another headache for Nixon
        KWMU:  State to take more legal action over concerns landfill fire may be spreading
        KWMU:  Area delegation summarizes priorities for 114th Congress
        ABC News:  McCaskill's work on sexual assaults makes her one of top 6 women to watch this year
        KC Star:  Ferguson businesses to AG Eric Holder:  Wrap it up
        KTVI (St. Louis):  "Black People's Grand Jury" indicts Darren Wilson in fantasy trial;  Organizers announce decision whilst donning fur hats bearing Communist hammer and sickle
        KC Star:  NAACP calls for new Ferguson grand jury, investigation
        Missourinet:  Member of Michael Brown grand jury sues for right to speak publicly
        P-D:  Michael Brown case grand juror sues St. Louis County prosecutor, asking to speak out on case
        AP:  Ferguson grand juror sues to be allowed to talk about case
        Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt do an excellent job communicating with the public
        KC Star editorial:  Legislative wish list:  Missouri Republicans should suddenly begin supporting Medicaid expansion, campaign-contribution limits, and an end to "corporate welfare"
        P-D op-ed:  Clergy Coalition, et al.:  Missouri Repubicans should suddenly begin supporting Medicaid expansion, "economic dignity," payday loan limits, etc.
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Area man's MoDOT funding solution:  State workers should pick up recyclable bottles roadside, then haul them to Iowa for $0.05 deposit
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        Monday, January 5
       
KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers continue opposition to Obamacare and Medicaid expansion +
          Washington Missourian:  Lawmakers:  Reform needed before Medicaid is expanded;  Comments from GOP Reps. Paul Curtman, Justin Alferman, Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Host Mike Ferguson talks with Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union), Missouri Budget Project's Jay Hardenbrook about Medicaid expansion, tax policy, transportation funding
          P-D:  Seventh time could be a charm for eating-disorder coverage;  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) to carry bill pushed for six years by Rick Stream
          KWMU:  Missouri legislative overview:  Medicaid expansion, school transfers, campaign-contribution limits, more
          AP:  Ethics on Missouri lawmakers' 2015 agenda
          Drebes:  MoScout 2014 Readers Poll:  Lobbyists;  Firm on the ascent, most underrated, best QB for big issue, more
          KODE (Joplin):  Group wants tax increase for Missouri tobacco sales;  Comments from Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City)
          KC Star:  College endowments bounce back after big loss during recession;  Comments from UMKC spokesman John Martellaro +
          KODE (Joplin):  Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) proposes bill to increase highway speed limit
          KWMU:  With a possible hike in electric bills, Missouri Public Service Commission wants to hear from the public
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  MO DHSS labels influenza as widespread across the state +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Federal funds for rural broadband still flowing X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat's Laura Ford:  Through decades of name changes, this newspaper "has never lost its roots - DEMOCRAT" +
          JCNT letter:  Legislators targeting Department of Conservation are attempting a power grab X
          P-D letter:  Missouri should allow sales of growlers of beer
          P-D letter:  Legislature must change laws regarding municipal courts
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon, Mo. man recounts MetroLink experiences:  Prostitution, "boisterous game of craps," stolen liquor and boom-box music
          JCNT letter:  If Michael Brown had been "John White" there would have been no riots nor hysteria;  Majority of people stand with law enforcement X
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        Sunday, January 4
       
The Hill:  GOP prepares Keystone blitz;  McCaskill one of seven Dems expected to join all 54 Republicans in voting "Yes"
          KRES (Moberly):  Blaine Luetkemeyer previews 114th Congress, including continuing-resolution fallout and his committee assignments
          JCNT:  100,000 Missourians enrolled for health insurance but uninsured number stays high X
          KC Star:  United Health Foundation report says Missouri health is going downhill +
          P-D:  Tolls on I-70?  Rev up this debate again.
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  To-do list of Rep. Holly Rehder (R) includes prescription drug monitoring program, paycheck protection, grandparent guardianship bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Chris Kelly's replacement set to serve in super-minority;  Kip Kendrick enjoys gardening, biking, listening to "Most [sic] Def" (Updated 9:01 a.m. with correct spelling)
          JCNT:  Proposed legislation targets Missouri Department of Conservation funding, commission X
          CDT:  Ethics issues high on legislative agenda as session approaches X
          CDT:  Publisher's parties highlight reporting issues in Missouri ethics laws;  MATA reported spending $550 for food and drink to honor Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) X
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Faughn responds to CDT piece on parties, questions timing of Rudi Keller's reporting
          P-D:  Frustration with EPA handling of West Lake growing
          KC Star:  Video of Missouri drug task force arrest raises concerns about police violence +
          Washington Post:  Protesters slam Oprah over comments that they lack 'leadership';  Man decries self-made mogul's diet of "truffles and grilled unicorn ass"
          AP:  A look at post-riot Ferguson:  Comments from residents, elected officials, small-business owners, more
          P-D:  Ferguson could set tone for Missouri legislative session
          AP:  Brown shooting prompts array of Missouri bills
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters' playbook "has puzzled many in the St. Louis area"
          KWMU:  African People's Socialist Party convenes make-believe "grand jury" to indict Darren Wilson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Balance is needed in creating pro-business environment;  Missouri must not follow Kansas, where the pendulum swung too far
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Proposal from Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) to give tax credits for pet adoption is a real laugher
          P-D editorial:  When Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal waves a cutout of Nixon and curses in public, she's serving only to divide - not make any meaningful point
          CDT's Waters:  Having Tim Wolfe's business expertise in the president's office brings great value to the UM system X
          JCNT's Bob Watson:  Living Capitol life without Bob Priddy X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:  P-D editorial gets it wrong on New Madrid Floodway
          SNL letter:  Republicans' 10 years of control in Missouri - with 6 of those years under Nixon - has brought bad news to Missouri X
          P-D letter:  Paper has an obligation to stop calling criminal miscreants "protesters"
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        Saturday, January 3
       
KOLR (Springfield):  U.S. Postal Service to begin cuts in service Monday;  McCaskill, Blunt criticize agency for not performing feasibility studies
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt, Graves lend voice to levees project X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner standing behind embattled GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
          KRZK (Branson):  Billy Long asks Corps for extension on behalf of group managing Table Rock recreation areas
          AP:  Monthly report shows improved Midwest economic outlook
          Drebes:  MoScout 2014 Readers Poll:  Legislators;  Who does their homework, who gets things done, freshmen to watch, more
          KC Star:  Nixon tries to reverse opposition to I-70 tolls in Missouri +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  I-70 toll study gets mixed reviews;  Schaaf calls tolls "lesser of two evils";  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) suggests higher fuel tax, MoDOT admin cuts;  more X
          KODE (Joplin):  2015 legislative preview:  Joplin Chamber President Rob O'Brian suggests a state fund to lure businesses;  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) sponsors voter ID bill
          CDT:  Nixon announces final two curator appointments:  Lawyers Maurice Graham (D-Clayton) and Phillip Snowden (D-Kansas City) X
          Columbia Missourian:  Two MU law graduates appointed to UM System Board of Curators
          CDT:  With higher ed funding on the Missouri legislative docket, Rob Dixon takes the helm of Missouri Community College Association X
          P-D:  Legislature to tackle Missouri's school transfer conundrum again
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri could become a feedlot state;  State Ag Director Richard Fordyce previews Missouri Beef Summit, which starts Monday
          Washington Missourian:  State approves new coal ash landfill in Franklin County
          P-D:  State regulators approve coal ash landfill in Franklin County
          P-D:  PSC holds public hearings Monday on Ameren rate hike
          KSMU:  Missouri Lottery tallies 2014 prizes
          KSMU:  Nixon pardons 9, including 2 convicted in Southwest Missouri
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Area urbanites upset that Nixon's pardons didn't include KC criminals
          P-D:  Nixon names new Ferguson Commission member:  Byron Watson
          AP:  Missouri History Museum capturing Ferguson history as it happens
          Mexico Ledger:  Longtime Ledger Managing Editor Janeen Sims dies
          Columbia Missourian:  Columnist Rose Nolen dies;  Windsor, Mo. native best known for classic tome "Hoecakes, Hambone, and All That Jazz"
          KC Star editorial:  Gov. Jay Nixon (D), AG Chris Koster (D), GOP legislative leaders are wrong to support the death penalty +
          Kraske:  The Newsmaker of the Year is Police Chief Darryl Forte +
          P-D:  Great Rivers Environmental Law Center's Kathleen Henry:  Anti-fossil-fuel crusaders are the modern-day abolitionists
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Jobs With Justice's Lara Granich on minimum wage +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves woman wants Missouri legislators to expand Medicaid
          P-D letter:  Des Peres man says Medicaid is a human right, and should be placed on Missouri ballot
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says we must seek equitable society, "whilst simultaneously rejecting inexcusable criminal behavior"
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        Friday, January 2
       
KWMU:  GOP Congress likely to flex new muscles with Keystone Pipeline vote;  McCaskill lone area Democrat to support project
          Helling:  Dems give Blunt a free pass in 2016 +
          Kraske:  2015's top question answered:  McCaskill to pursue life-long dream of being Missouri's first female governor, shoves Koster out of her way +
          KWMU:  Local group continues efforts to honor Missourians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Winners and Losers of 2014:  Winners include KC's Ferguson and minimum wage protesters, KC Dem Reps. John Rizzo and Brandon Ellington
          KTRS (St. Louis):  Audio:  Alliance for Childhood Education's Erin Brower discusses Missouri tobacco tax increase
          SE Missourian:  Nixon's State of the State likely to focus on education, health care +
          AP:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) pushes for school health clinics
          Washington Missourian:  Fresh effort being launched to establish prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri;  Comments from Reps. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair)
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep.-elect Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) seeks public vote to fill vacated commission seats
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee's Summit):  Attack on son raises bar-camera question for Legislature
          KC Star:  Obscure state law pushes the Independence courthouse expansion forward +
          P-D:  Missouri could become the next state to increase top highway speeds
          CDT:  DOR awards contract for Columbia license office to Koester & Koester, which operates seven other state license offices X
          KWMU:  Missouri shooting range users asked to take exit survey on needs, possible improvements
          AP:  11K Missouri deer killed with alternative methods;  Spear-throwers, crossbows help harvest animals
          KC Star:  Amid a crackdown on violent criminals, Kansas City homicides sharply decline +
          P-D:  Friendly crowd gathers in St. Louis to support police, who return the favor;  170 adults, zero arsons
          AP:  St. Louis City man charged Thursday after advocating for "New Years [sic] Eve Massacre Kill A Pig Night"
          KWMU:  Swearing-in ceremony location moved after "multiple" security threats;  Audio of speeches from Bob McCulloch, Steve Stenger
          The Missouri Times:  Dave Spence's "1000 Ferguson Jobs" releases holiday wish list:  School transfer legislation, increase in cigarette tax to benefit scholarships, more
          Daily American Republic:  Poplar Bluff cops now wearing body cams
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Juxtaposing KC, STL 2014 murder seasons:  KC has fewer, even with a population much higher than "long-declining St. Louis" +
          P-D letter:  High Ridge woman says officer who called stuffed-animal heap "trash" was right - why honor "a thug who was trying to beat up a cop"?
          P-D letter:  Governor, police chiefs are emasculated by mobs
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        Thursday, January 1   Happy New Year!
       
Kraske:  Blunt bullish on 2015 legislative prospects;  Toll roads would require a heavy lift from Nixon, help from GOP leaders +
          CDT:  Blunt urges public support for hunger relief during tour of food bank X
          Helling:  McCaskill, Blunt claims about Keystone XL's positive effects are dubious +
          KCUR (Kansas City):  Half of Obamacare enrollees in Missouri are new
          AP:  McCaskill, Klobuchar make stripped-down, single-item wager on Mizzou-Minnesota bowl game:  Tiger Stripe ice cream versus some kind of "frozen hot [sic?]" dessert Klobuchar claims is her "signature"
          Shelly:  2014 recap:  Koster only cared about campaign-finance ethics once he got busted;  Cleaver needs to do more;  Sinquefield's influence is bad;  more +
          Drebes:  Jeremy Cady joins Missouri Alliance for Freedom as legislative director
          AP:  New Missouri laws in effect today:  Minimum wage rises, again;  Women with dense breasts get extra attention;  More
          AP:  Report:  Double-digit tolls could fund I-70 repairs
          KWMU:  MoDOT report explores adding tolls to I-70
          P-D:  Highway Commission:  I-70 tollway across Missouri is "worthy of consideration"
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon exploring options for tolls along I-70
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview of 2015 legislation affecting Missouri education
          AP:  Missouri's second execution of 2015 set for Feb. 11;  Walter Storey invaded neighbor's apartment, broke her ribs and pummeled her face, then slashed her throat until she bled to death
          JCNT:  Missouri Conservation Commission sets 2015 hunting seasons X
          KTVI:  Video:  Pack of charging protesters controlled by pepper spray;  Police Chief Sam Dotson says instigators keep police from doing work that matters
          P-D:  Protesters charge at police protecting headquarters
          AP:  Police use pepper spray to subdue protesters storming police headquarters
          P-D:  Protesters post list of demands:  "1)  Immediate meeting with the Dotson [sic], Slay or Lewis Reed."
          P-D:  Mini-profile of Berkeley's Ted Hoskins (D);  Mayor says that despite facts of Antonio Martin's demise, "There are some who will not believe anything"
          P-D:  Incoming Democratic county executive forced to move inaugural ceremonies due to security concerns
          KC Star' Yael Abouhalkah:  What won't happen in 2015:  Missouri-Kansas border war won't end;  Royals won't repeat as AL Champions;  More +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Liberal columnist disagrees with Brattin on abortion
          SNL letter:  Protesters should keep doing their thing, but just stop blocking the travel and activities of normal people X
          Washington Missourian letter:  There's a sign missing from Ferguson protests:  "Stop the violence. Obey the law!"
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