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        Sunday, September 24
       
Communist Party USA's People's World:  Missouri's Blaine Luetkemeyer, GOP colleagues kill payday loan bills
          Drebes:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) sets up leadership PAC
          AP:  Savings from four-day school week not as great as expected
          Reuters:  Riots could derail St. Louis' bid for second Amazon hub
          P-D:  Fighting for the narrative:  St. Louis area police use social media to set the record straight, correct protesters' tales
          Washington Missourian:  Blood samples collected from state park workers to check for tick disease;  Bloodsucking parasites cause untold damage to humans X
          P-D:  Rioters assault police officer, throw trash cans at Galleria protest
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Rioters assault police officers;  Civilized patrons pick up trash cans thrown by rioters;  More
          P-D:  Video:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) delivers stump speech to protesters downtown, reads his professional resume;  Member of Democratic superminority claims he "makes laws"
          KWMU:  Police arrest 22 after riots at Galleria mall
          SNL:  State NAACP meeting features police chief, woman who runs reading program for poor kids X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens' handling of rioters much better than Nixon's X
          SNL op-ed:  Before Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love, there was Democrat Danny Staples - who suggested Lacy Clay's tardiness was due to "stealing hubcaps" X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Journalism students take pictures of rioters destroying property, get detained by police for several minutes - and live to tell the tale
          P-D letter:  University City septuagenarian applauds Bernie Sanders' call for Medicare expansion
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        Saturday, September 23
       
Branson News:  Blunt wants Army Corps of Engineers to suspend Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  More than 2.5 million Missourians affected by Equifax hack
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer visiting mid-Missouri next week X
          KWMU:  Join St. Louis on the Air for a live recording:  Nick Pistor discusses "Shooting Lincoln" on Sept. 27
          Columbia Missourian:  MU evaluating new Title IX guidelines but no immediate changes expected
          KC Star:  McCaskill says DeVos' action makes coeds less safe on campus
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Sept. 17, 2017
          Missourinet:  Greitens headed on trade mission to the Orient
          KWMU:  Galloway's K-12 cybersecurity initiative, two years later
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee irked by governor's funding method for drug monitoring program
          CDT:  Inching forward:  More Missouri cities, counties monitoring painkillers X
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to intervene in effort to expand abortion access in Missouri
          Drebes:  State issues RFP for annual external quality review of Managed Care Programs
          Brownfield Ag News:  Taiwan letters of intent signed with Missouri ag department
          KC Star:  Missouri prisons to go smoke-free as double-murderer wins in court
          SNL:  MO Dept. of Conservation says black bears are preparing for period of dormancy;  Humans must avoid dispensing free food, as wild
animals will become reliant upon handouts X
          KWMU:  Agitators attempt disruption at St. Charles' Oktoberfest, smash car windows with black-liberation flag;  St. Charles residents stand up to rioters, jeer "moment of silence"
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Mob attacks cars driven by white people, breaks windshields
          P-D:  Video:  Woman with bullhorn vows to not let Oktoberfest attendees have fun
          KWMU:  New round of race riots means more political competition for limelight
          KWMU:  St. Louis Board of Aldermen honor heroin dealer
          Missourinet:  ACLU sues City of St. Louis, claims protesters were mistreated
          KWMU:  ACLU of Missouri sues St. Louis police over protest tactics
          P-D:  Several people swept up in protest crowd Sunday night complain about police tactics
          P-D editorial:  Hawley residency hubbub is silly;  Legislators should broaden law
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hardly doom and gloom at Mizzou X
          Fulton Sun op-ed:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  Sanders, Churchill and the battle for economic freedom
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  GOP health care bill would gut funding for those in need
          West Plains Daily Quill op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Dan Cassidy:  Rural broadband poised for success
          CDT Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Trib Talk is repugnant, but I can't kill it yet - so here are some new rules X
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        Friday, September 22
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt prepare for vote on GOP health care plan
          SNL:  Bernie Sanders talks war on terror, climate change and inequality during Missouri speech X
          Missourinet:  Sanders emphasizes diplomacy during Missouri lecture
          Missourinet:  Full audio:  Bernie Sanders at Westminster College
          CDT:  Sanders stresses diplomacy, cooperation over military might X
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  Bernie Sanders speech:  Young man wears "Make America Great Again" hat and Trump jersey, more X
          KWMU:  St. Charles County businesses, property owners enjoy population boom;  Area features state's second-largest GOP voting block, 88% white population, no MetroLink
          The Missouri Times:  Assessing Jacob Turk's chances in 8th Senate district special election;  Thoughts from Palm Strategic's Jonathan Ratliff
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor running for Lindell Shumake's House seat
          SE Missourian:  Anne Limbaugh, wife of former Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, dies;  Reflections from Peter Kinder, former state Rep. Mary Kasten +
          CDT:  Aging election equipment comes with estimated $1 million replacement price tag X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's unique Corporate Apportionment laws may help provide the 'stable, business-friendly environment' Amazon wants
          SNL:  'Let's work together,' state school board member Peter Herschend says to Greitens X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System hired top-tier PR firm Edelman after race agitation of 2015
          The Missouri Times:  Commissioners say Missouri is falling behind in reimbursing counties for jail per diems
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri, Alabama natural gas companies become Spire
          Missourinet:  Despite bipartisan agreement among group of state lawmakers, KC City Council OKs airport plan
          CDT:  Columbia School Board members will be required to sit through "equity" and "inclusion" lectures X
          P-D:  Local students earn Missouri AP award for 2017;  Minority students Haran Kumar, Lucy Zhu choose to work hard, achieve success
          KWMU:  HUD Secretary Ben Carson calls for peaceful resolution of protests
          KWMU:  'White allies' hold separate-but-equal rally;  Caucasoids unironically chant "No justice, no concerts!" whilst concert takes place
          AP:  'White allies' rally outside Billy Joel concert;  Zero broken windows or assaults on police reported
          P-D:  Protesters fail to shut down Billy Joel concert;  Separate group marches through Cheshire Hotel during work day, bangs on guests' doors
          KWMU:  Civil rights leaders gather at forums, complain about police and Krewson
          P-D editorial:  State agencies spend twice what was reported to settle legal disputes. What are they hiding?
          SE Missourian editorial:  Cape, Jackson make right decision to pay for ACT +
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  'Shouty old man' Bernie Sanders still stokes Missouri students' passions
          Messenger:  From the streets to the pulpit:  There can be no peace without justice
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  How has Greitens' handling of St. Louis riots matched campaign rhetoric? Follow-up to theme explored earlier in week by The Missouri Times, KWMU, AP, P-D
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian dislikes how Greitens talks about rioters
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man mocks urban legislators who play protest superhero for TV and social media fame
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        Thursday, September 21
       
Missourinet:  No tickets left for today's Bernie Sanders lecture in Fulton
          SNL:  Blunt, Greitens support new Obamacare repeal
          Talking Points Memo:  McCaskill's path to re-election more complicated thanks to race riots;  Liberals want senior senator to more visibly side with protesters over police
          SNL:  Aaron Hedlund eyes Senate race even as D.C. conservatives warn him to go easy on Josh Hawley
          CDT:  Hawley vote was legal in August special election
          P-D:  Hawley cleared over residency questions
          SNL:  FCC chair, Billy Long talk Internet in Ozark
          SNL:  Billy Long protects Springfield district staff by using locks on office doors
          SNL:  Springfield veterans cemetery gets millions in grant money to expand;  Comments from McCaskill
          CDT:  Local groups afraid they'll get less money for utility-assistance programs under Trump
          Daily American Repubic:  Carter County says FEMA will cover only 50 percent of flood repairs
          Drebes:  Democrat Sam Gladney to run for Stacey Newman's safe Dem seat
          Missourinet:  Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) to resign to take patrol board post
          Missourinet:  Transportation task force meets in Kirksville;  Comments from Chairman Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City), MoDOT's Patrick McKenna
          SNL:  Missouri school board not in 'any rush' to replace commissioner
          CDT:  University of Missouri enrollment figures show decline
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou to hand out college credit hour for students who sit through racism lectures
          SNL:  MSU boasts largest freshman class since mid-1990s
          P-D:  St. Louis City circuit attorney asks state's help prosecuting traffic tickets in legal limbo
          Missourinet:  Missouri state park workers being tested for tick-borne virus;  Blood-sucking parasites cause headaches and fatigue
          KWMU:  Protesters say they used Clayton as "decoy," move disruption to Galleria mall
          P-D:  Protesters block Brentwood Boulevard near Galleria during rush hour, disrupt commute of working people
          AP:  Galleria escapes violence, vandalism at mall protest
          AP:  Analysis:  Greitens' handling of St. Louis riots
          P-D:  Pi Pizzeria owner takes on police union and "Blue Lives Matter fanboy(s)"
          P-D:  Reporter-support series:  Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest
          KWMU:  Protester-support series:  ACLU's Jeffery Mittman offers tips on how to disturb the peace while avoiding arrest
          Missourinet:  More Missouri school districts going to four-day weeks
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri spends millions of taxpayer dollars on legal expenses with no system to track the payments
          SNL editorial:  Greitens must answer on education board moves
          P-D editorial:  Greitens stumbles in bid to politicize the state education board
          KC Star letter:  KC man offended by St. Louis police chief comments, want department control returned to state
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Messenger piece, asks why columnist lives in safe municipality with 2% black population
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        Wednesday, September 20
       
P-D:  GOP seeks to influence McCaskill, other Dems on Graham-Cassidy health care proposal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, GOP leaders back new health bill
          P-D:  Mayor Lyda Krewson calls interim police chief's anti-riot remarks "inflammatory" but stands by him
          KWMU:  Krewson postpones town hall meeting
          Clayton Times:  Clayton Police Department ready in case rioters attack city taxpayers, businesses
          KWMU:  Protesters set up encampment outside of St. Louis City jail
          KWMU:  Business leaders assess riots' economic damage to St. Louis
          P-D:  Black Lives Matter stickers used to agitate restaurant owners through "Whites Only" message
          P-D:  Pi Pizzeria owner mocks police tactical gear, calls officers "dimwits" - then deletes his Twitter account
          KWMU editor Shula Neuman:  Newsroom rules:  Reporters should avoid using words favored by police and taxpayers (e.g. "agitators," "riots," "looting," "thugs") to avoid offending thuggish looting and rioting agitators
          Jensen:  Reimagining Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" as "All About The Race";  Perpetually-offended crowd ignores facts surrounding dope-dealer death, would rather cry racism
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO's Mike Louis:  Submitting petitions "best day I ever had"
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office to investigate Equifax data breach
          AP:  Third Greitens appointee to board of education withdraws
          Missourinet:  Missouri Board of Education proposes $6.1 billion for next fiscal year
          KWMU:  DESE requests nearly $100M more for school next year
          Columbia Missourian:  Minorities potentially discriminated against in Title IX processes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College and and Missouri Dept. of Higher Education reach memorandum of understanding
          Missourinet:  Transportation task force gathers in Kirksville today
          Missourinet:  Missouri state trooper sentenced for 2014 drowning case at Lake of the Ozarks
          KC Star:  Trooper gets 10 days 'shock time' in Brandon Ellingson drowning
          P-D:  Missouri trooper gets 10 days 'shock time' plus two years probation in handcuffed drowning death
          JCNT:  Dept. of Corrections employee gets $1.97M in harassment case
          The Missouri Times:  Agenda items from canceled Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee near automatic approval
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  September 19, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of lawmakers question KCI bid handling
          P-D editorial:  The protests are about police abuse. The response must not be more abuse.
         KC Star editorial:  "Whose streets? Our streets" chant okay for protesters, must not be spoken by law enforcement
         St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri utilities require scrutiny
         KC Star letter:  KC woman mocks faux-diversity posturing of anti-DeVos employees at KC school
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man hopes for more riots, says peace is too much to ask from the oppressed
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man wonders why black pastors don't focus on daily black-on-black murder
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman tired of Post-Dispatch's cheerleading of rioters
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man suggests criminals stop running from police
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves woman dislikes Post-Dispatch's promotion of street savagery
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        Tuesday, September 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Ferguson vs. Stockley riots:  How Greitens' campaign promises are holding up
        The Missouri Times:  Police vs. rioters:  Whose side are legislators on?  Thoughts from union leader Jeff Roorda, St. Louis City Dem Reps. Bruce Franks and Peter Merideth
        P-D:  Protesters unhappy with police tactics used to herd, corral criminals
        P-D:  Protesters, sympathizers outraged by police officers' trolling chant:  "Whose streets? Our streets!"
        Messenger:  St. Louis City needs a new police chief;  Some chanting required
        P-D:  Weekend of riots takes economic toll on St. Louis
        KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Black police group complains about Stockley verdict
        KWMU:  Day 4:  Business clean up after rioters' destruction, students seize opportunity to skip class
        KWMU:  Rainfall keeps rioters at bay Monday night
        P-D:  Monday pics:  Protesters block streets to keep working people from getting to their jobs;  Rainfall keeps nighttime rioters at bay;  More
        Missourinet:  AG Josh Hawley:  "Violence is not protected by the First Amendment"
        Columbia Missourian:  Minority students sound off on DACA at forum;  Latina coed complains about dearth of Latina "authority figures," other travesties
        JCNT:  McCaskill seeks postal service answers X
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Jefferson County) talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about urban riots and legislative response, 'right to work' and other anti-union/worker-freedom laws, more
        Drebes:  Jacob Turk could play spoiler in Mike Cierpiot's Senate election
        SNL:  Greitens swaps out appointees on education board X
        CDT:  Race was most talked-about concern in MU 2016 campus climate survey;  Some white students provide counter-argument to "diversity" dogma X
        Missourinet:  Galloway:  Lawsuits, settlements against state have cost $115 million
        JCNT:  Galloway:  State's legal expense fund fails to ID costs X
        The Missouri Times:  Clean Line asks for rehearing from Missouri PSC
        KWMU:  As harvest season begins, farmers worry how dicamba herbicide could affect next year's crop
        P-D editorial:  Mayhem is not a plan. Protesters need to outline their goals.
        SNL editorial:  Greitens must answer on education board moves X
        KC Star op-ed:  Lessons from DeVos' visit to a KC school with gender-bender bathrooms, farm-to-table lunches
        SNL letter:  Mountain View sexagenarian couple dislikes Jason Smith's fiscal ideology, says incumbent - re-elected by fifty-one (51) point margin - should be booted next year X
        St. Joseph News-Press letter:  St. Joseph man wants legislators to raise taxes to pay for smorgasboard of programs X
        KC Star letter:  Independence man perturbed by St. Louis urbanites rioting over dope-dealer death
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man wonders why angry black pastor doesn't encourage constructive behavior
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man wonders why protesters don't stop tantruming
        P-D letter:  Florissant man suggests that illegal protest actions be treated like the crimes they are
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        Monday, September 18
       
P-D:  St. Louis Riots of 2017, Day 3:  Urban terrorists continue property-destruction spree;  More than 80 arrested
          KWMU:  Riot coverage, Day 3:  Mob trespasses on SLU's campus, destroys property downtown
          AP:  Rioters engage in third day of destruction
          Belleville News-Democrat:  Headed to downtown St. Louis today? Expect to deal with protesters disrupting people who work for a living.
          KMOV:  Police chief:  "We're in control, this is our city and we will protect it."
          KMOV:  Rioters throw chemicals on police officers
          KMOV:  Mob surrounds police vehicle after arrests
          Rosenbaum:  For Greitens and Krewson, riots put campaign promises to the test
          P-D:  St. Louis City pastor celebrates impact of mayhem with catchphrases:  "You kill our kids, we'll kill your economy" and "Resistance closes businesses, closes streets, closes malls."
          KWMU:  Delmar Loop businesses clean up after riot mob's destruction
          P-D:  Greitens:  'You break a window, you're going to be behind bars.'
          P-D:  Legal experts:  Stockley verdict not a surprise
          P-D:  Dept. of Justice won't prosecute Stockley for civil rights violation
          KC Star:  As McCaskill touts record on seniors, donor and family friend runs troubled homes
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  AFL-CIO's Mike Louis;  Panel of Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific), Jim Lembke, JP Johnson, and NAACP's Jimmy Loomis talk Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love, Stockley verdict (pre-riots), 'right to work,' more
          Columbia Missourian:  Retired MU political science prof David Webber debuts play to encourage citizens to 'Practice Democracy'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Locals walk state of Missouri to raise money for veterans X
          P-D:  Missouri schools may be losing out in flawed Lottery contract
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT encourages Missourians to complete 10-minute online survey X
          CDT:  Changes proposed to improve water quality of Missouri lakes X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to carry Narcan X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact check:  NAACP complaint about traffic stops rated "Half True"
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' task force overlooks immigrant entrepreneurs at its own peril
          P-D letter:  Ian Mackey, Democratic candidate for Stacey Newman's seat, criticizes Republicans for in-home care cuts
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        Sunday, September 17
       
P-D:  St. Louis Riots of 2017, Day 2:  Urban terrorists break windows, assault police in Delmar Loop
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Protesters throw paint on police;  Squat woman throws trash can through window, gets tear-gassed;  Adults take out anger on Delmar trash cans, storefront windows;  More
        P-D:  Video:  Police attempt to corral pack of protesters;  Pastor tries using logic to convince rioters to stop destroying property;  View of vandalized storefronts
        P-D:  Metro shuts down service to Delmar Loop after riots
        KTVI:  Rioters breaks windows, throw paint at police officers
        KTVI:  Protesters to reconvene today for another round of "peaceful" demonstrations
        KMOV:  Mob of protesters vandalize businesses, assault police in Delmar Loop
        KMOV:  Photos:  Stores heavily damaged after protesters clash with police in Delmar Loop
        KSDK:  Rioters damage 23 businesses in Delmar Loop
        AP:  Rioters enjoy second night of destroying others' property, assaulting police
        KWMU:  Second day of riots brings more assaults on police officers, more businesses damaged
        KWMU:  Rioters convince U2, Ed Sheeran and St. Louis Symphony to cancel shows
        P-D:  Analysis:  A breakdown of the judge's ruling in Jason Stockley murder case
        KC Star:  Celebration of life for longtime Democratic consultant Steve Glorioso set for Sept. 20
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. John McCaherty (R-High Ridge) resigns his seat, shifts focus to Jefferson County exec race
        P-D:  McCaherty resigns, focuses on county exec race
        SNL:  'Abortion is violence' display coming to MSU
        Columbia Missourian:  Q&A with Ken Burton:  Columbia police chief talks AG's "profiling" numbers, futility of attempting to reason with race agitators, more
        P-D editorial:  Destroying public libraries, other uncivilized behavior undermines protesters' objectives
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should prioritize the funding of in-home care next session
        P-D editorial briefs:  Chappelle-Nadal's well-deserved punishment;  Rappelling stunt is classic Greitens grandstanding and hotdogging
        P-D letter:  Festus man appreciates Post-Dispatch's criticism of black clergy agitation
        SNL letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes the way Trump talks about liberal media
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        Saturday, September 16
       
P-D:  Rioters terrorize St. Louis City after Stockley ruling;  Photo of mob burning American flag, more
          P-D:  Rioters injure 9 police officers, break windows at mayor's home
          KWMU:  Riot updates:  Mob breaks windows at city public library, restaurants
          KSDK's Casey Nolen:  Rioters take aim at St. Louis City public library
          P-D:  Video:  Mob surrounds TV reporter, throws water on him;  Vociferous mob member unironically eschews media coverage:  "Get da f@ck out of my movement, mothaf@cker! And I'm <unintelligible> in yo mothaf@ckin' face!" (0:50)
          KTVI:  Mob threatens Caucasoid male reporter, female videographer
          KMOV:  Video:  Mob surrounds Krewson's home, throws rocks and red paint
          P-D:  Judge's ruling in Stockley case (pdf)
          P-D:  A breakdown of the judge's ruling in the Stockley case
          P-D:  Acquitted officer Stockley:  "Everyone wants someone to blame, but I'm just not the guy"
          The Missouri Times:  Elected officials' communications staffers pen statements on Stockley case
          KWMU:  Collection of elected officials' Stockley/riot statements written by communications staffers
          Missourinet:  Father of police assailant Michael Brown weighs in on Stockley ruling
          Columbia Missourian:  Black students congregate to complain about justice system;  "Social inequalities" prof, others unhappy that administration didn't protest verdict
          JCNT:  Area law enforcement don't anticipate Stockley riots locally
          KC Star:  At Betsy DeVos visit, school offered students "safe room" to hide in if they felt intimidated by Republican woman's presence
          SNL:  Greitens' Board of Education nominee Missy Gelner says governor no longer wanted her to serve, says she was pressured to make "rash leadership decisions"
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe, Hoskins lead effort to ask for Chappelle-Nadal resignation
          CDT:  Federal appeals court blocks order to license Missouri abortion clinics
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Public Counsel alleges Empire Electric lost $100 million due to risky practices
          The Missouri Times:  Judge blocks activists from returning to West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Reasonable doubt set Stockley free. Reasonable outrage is the result.
          KC Star editorial:  Is your doctor struggling with addiction? Missouri should do more to answer that question
          Helling:  Political consultant Steve Glorioso was the essential Kansas Citian
          Phill Brooks:  An unusual summer for the Missouri Legislature
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  At DeVos visit, students' passive-aggressive signs make a big difference
          P-D letter:  Peace Economy Project's Jason Sibert:  Missouri GOP congressional delegation should stop supporting defense spending
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        Friday, September 15  Stockley verdict in:  Not guilty
       
KC Star:  Longtime political consultant Steve Glorioso dies at 70
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Local pols remember Steve Glorioso;  Collection of local media coverage, reflections
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Top contenders to 'take the crown' of Steve Glorioso
          Kraske:  Ethics complaint could derail Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd's career - and potential appointment as U.S. Attorney
          Reuters:  McCaskill, other senators criticize fraud in 'Obamaphone' program
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Blunt's statements on rural broadband rated "True"
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact rating:  Lacy Clay's legal assessment of Maria Chappelle-Nadal's assassination comment rated "Half True"
          KC Star:  Antifa vs. pro-America activists:  A look at open-carry laws and enforcement at protests
          P-D:  Judge decries 'gamesmanship' among Phyllis Schlafly's warring children, denies restraining order
          Drebes:  Lobbyists hold annual meeting, elect AT Strategies' Shannon Hawk as president
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Missouri recovers more than $2.6 million in Medicaid fraud payments
          JCNT:  State retirement package faces changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Security measures and governor's PDMP called into question in House Budget Committee
          AP:  Greitens, lawmakers clash on money for prescription program
          P-D:  Lawmakers urge Greitens to rein in budget changes
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  Lawmakers to seek solution to in-home care funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks House effort to restore in-home care funding
          P-D:  State audit of effort to keep Rams in St. Louis in limbo;  Fitzpatrick says Galloway dropped the ball
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) critical of Greitens' riot prep, claims governor got handsy at clergy-placation meeting
          KWMU:  St. Louis City prepares for riots in wake of Stockley verdict;  Greitens activates National Guard, widow urges protesters to behave in civilized manner
          P-D:  St. Louis region braces for rioters' behavior after court ruling
          P-D:  Catholic schools in St. Louis City cancel classes today to protect children from possible street savagery
          Missourinet:  Greitens moves to protect property, law-abiding Missourians from potential hooliganism
          KSDK:  Station's coverage pledge:  Cover trial fallout while keeping its employees safe from rioters' violence
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Chamber ratings give Missouri low marks for legal climate;  Assessment does not include new laws
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of September 11, 2017
          Washington Missourian:  Washington High School students top Missouri ACT average;  Principal commends kids, teachers for working hard X
          SNL:  MSU overtakes Mizzou as No. 1 choice among Missouri ACT test-takers X
          P-D:  Northwest Missouri State University hops on free-tuition-for-poor-kids bandwagon
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. +
          SNL editorial:  Roy Blunt is right:  National Guard spending is wise investment X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is correct to warn about state pension crisis X
          KC Star editorial:  Mizzou's struggles could spell opportunity for UMKC
          P-D editorial:  Black clergy who tacitly encourage violence are not true leaders
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Hazardous waste storage;  Feds, state demand notification of potential issues but don't offer same courtesy to local governments X
          Waters:  Finally, more abortion-shopping choices in Missouri;  Voters should start terminating pro-life legislators at the ballot box X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  MU's climate is challenged, but changing
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian uphappy with Jason Smith's vote on Harvey disaster aid +
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        Thursday, September 14
       
Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students hold DACA protest
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo:  Man with college degree calls GOP congressional offices to complain about DACA, thinks it matters
          KC Star:  Unions, anti-Trump groups to protest Betsy DeVos appearance in KC
          The Missouri Times:  Dan Wibracht, who ran in Democratic primary against Courtney Curtis, to run again in different district
          JCNT:  Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) takes House oath X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate censures Chappelle-Nadal, but leaves door open for later expulsion
          SNL:  Chappele-Nadal, Love dodge explusion for Facebook posts, but will face more scrutiny X
          KWMU:  Chappelle-Nadal's punishment:  A written reprimand
          AP:  Chappelle-Nadal censured over Trump assassination post
          Missourinet:  Additional attempts expected to oust Chappelle-Nadal, restore elderly budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Matter of Warren Love's Facebook post referred to House Ethics Committee;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City)
          P-D:  Veto session:  Chappelle-Nadal censure vote, in-home care cuts debate
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to not override HCB3 veto
          The Missouri Times:  Republican leadership to look for solution to in-home care cuts
          Missourinet:  Another attempt underway to restore cuts to Missouri's seniors and disabled
          AP:  GOP lawmakers pledge to find way to restore in-home care cuts
          SNL:  Legislators allow nursing-care cuts to stand X
          SNL:  Video:  Dem, GOP legislators talk in-home care cuts X
          SNL:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) given "vice chair" title in Democratic superminority caucus X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers back to drawing board in funding in-home health care
          The Missouri Times:  Committee approves application to name bridge, 3 roadways
          Missourinet:  Schmitt:  State pension system fails to meet funding estimates by $5.2 billion
          AP:  Schmitt says pensions underfunded by $5 billion
          KC Star:  Satanists lead the fight on behalf of Planned Parenthood in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Clean energy industry says jobs are on the rise in Missouri;  Comments from Environment Entrepreneurs' spokesman Tony Wyche
          KC Star:  #1 college choice for Missouri high school grads? Missouri State, not Mizzou
          KC Star editorial:  State should hold more panel meetings, spend more money on olds
          KC Star editorial:  Have you paid a traffic ticket in Missouri?  The state could end up owing you money
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says state, MoDOT are always begging for more taxpayer money
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        Wednesday, September 13
       
The Missouri Times:  Al Franken to headline Missouri Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, rebranded "Truman Dinner"
          KWMU:  Area liberals unhappy with Trump's focus on voter fraud;  Comments from Denise Lieberman, et al.
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt pens piece in support of Trump tax cuts
          The Missouri Times:  New poll sees Greitens' approval rate slip from 53 percent to 49 percent
          SNL:  Unions pour big bucks into "CLEAN Missouri" ballot initiative campaign X
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Arthur pulls out of GOP primary for Bob Dixon's Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Hough jumps into GOP primary for Bob Dixon's Senate seat
          SNL:  Hough shifts focus to different Senate race X
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans pick Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to be next Speaker of the House
          SNL:  Elijah Haahr is GOP colleagues' pick to be next Speaker of the House X
          P-D:  Republicans select Elijah Haahr as next Speaker of the House
          AP:  Missouri Republicans choose Haahr to be next House Speaker
          KWMU:  Elijah Haahr to be Speaker of the House beginning in 2019
          KWMU:  House Democratic superminority members Joe Adams (D-University City) and Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) say GOP won't call special session or override any of Greitens' vetoes
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway's office announces audit of Rams after two-year wait
          SNL:  MOSERS buyout plan calls for half of eligible members to take offer, saving $100 million X
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood expansion efforts face opposition after court ruling
          AP:  Planned Parenthood to begin terminating pregnancies in Kansas City, Columbia
          SE Missourian:  Summit at Show-Me Center focuses on opioid crisis;  Comments from DHSS' Randall Williams, others +
          Missourinet:  Senate Economic Development Committee Chair Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) bullish on Amazon
          KC Star:  Pros and cons for Amazon choosing Kansas City, and why the dream could backfire
          CDT:  Survey:  University of Missouri staff do not feel valued X
          Columbia Missourian:  Campus climate survey shows MU community isn't as comfortable as national average
          KC Star:  UMKC to host "Know Your Rights Day" for youth;  Organizer says, "We don't want there to be a Ferguson in KC;"  Lessons to include how to not assault police officers
          SNL:  Lawmakers mull statewide charter school expansion X
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber event champions early education;  Speakers include former reporter Nancy Cambria, whose job was eliminated by Post-Dispatch this year
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court reverses awards given in Workers' Compensation case over grisly experiences
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) would raise age of juvenile court jurisdiction
          JCNT:  Advocates push raising age of juveniles in court system X
          AP:  Missouri public defender disciplined for neglecting clients;  Columbia's Karl Hinkebein blamed heavy workload, unnamed illness for his choices
          KWMU:  Greitens names panel to examine new DNA evidence in Marcellus Williams' stabbing/throat-slashing murder case
          SNL:  Veteran blogger Randy Turner says man knocked on his door, then punched him in the face X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Clean Line Energy's limited options X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to SNL's DACA coverage, says McCaskill and Blunt should support real Americans and not illegals X
          KC Star letter:  Raytown woman with handicapped mom opposes cuts to in-home care
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        Tuesday, September 12
       
KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt communications staff pen bosses' emotional reflections on 9/11
          KWMU:  DACA advocacy/illegal-immigrant profile:  St. Louis City high school girl who snuck into the U.S. from Honduras
          Missourinet:  Federal agency holding conference in Kansas City on homelessness in region
          Missourinet:  Former state Rep. Mike "Coach" Lair's funeral is today in Jefferson City
          Faughn:  Rocky Miller chose his business over politics, and we should all thank him;  Thoughts on how keeping Chappelle-Nadal around helps Republicans, and more
          The Missouri Times:  If Todd Richardson isn't taking on Nicole Galloway for state auditor, then which Republican will?
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis, Kansas City expected to be among cities competing for Amazon headquarters project
          KWMU:  Greitens meets with clergy as St. Louis region awaits Stockley verdict
          P-D:  Greitens meets with clergy as wait for Stockley verdict continues
          AP:  Greitens:  Rights of peaceful protesters will be protected
          KC Star:  Video:  Greitens attends PBR event in Springfield, basks in spotlight whilst rappelling onto arena floor
          SNL:  Veto session preview:  Activists gather to complain about in-home cuts, swap tales of woe;  legislators contemplate Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love;  More X
          P-D:  Lawmakers set to meet for first time since social media controversies, health care cuts
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford:  Expulsion unlikely for Chappelle-Nadal +
          P-D:  If Chappelle-Nadal resigns, she would keep her state pension;  if not, she may lose it
          The Missouri Times:  Questions about Capitol security appropriation could be answered in upcoming Budget Committee hearing
          KWMU:  Greitens' 'NoMoRedTape.com" crowdsources policy ideas
          KWMU:  State, federal agencies can help stem gun violence, but St. Louis City bears responsibility
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood to offer abortions in KC, Columbia
          Drebes:  Eddy Justice jumping in with both feet to his new role on State Board of Education
          Missourinet:  Charter school expansion arguments to return to Missouri Capitol today
          P-D:  Wash U., SLU move up in U.S. News rankings, while state schools drop down
          KC Star:  UMKC gets poor marks in diversity study;  Employees unhappy about low salary, perceived discrimination, etc.
          CDT:  Committee will consider renaming Columbia's Lee Elementary;  Diversity Awareness Partnership regional manager says she tries to "protect" daughter from U.S. X
          KWMU:  Federal grant to help 3 St. Louis-area districts try to teach Engligh to foreigners;  Ritenour School District has highest percentage of non-English-speaking students
          SE Missourian:  Ameren Missouri workers sent to Florida to help ease power outages +
          KC Star editorial:  Shame on Missouri Republicans for voting against Harvey relief bill
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens should call for a special session X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur):  Best path to restore in-home cuts is to override Greitens' veto
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man says black clergy's threats of violence are reprehensible
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        Monday, September 11
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill emphasizes importance of Fort Leonard Wood hospital and airline service
          CDT:  DACA supporters rally against Trump's "racist ideology;"  Thoughts from Mexican woman who snuck across the border as a young chica X
          Columbial Missourian:  Illegal aliens, supporters rally at courthouse;  Leaders tell crowd that contacting state and local elected officials will influence federal immigration policy
          The Missouri Times:  #moleg Podcast:  Scott Charton talks with hosts Scott Faughn and Becky Lohmann about media vs. Trump and how social media has changed political interactions
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Reps. Alan Green, Crystal Quade, Becky Ruth, John Wiemann talk state auditor's race, veto session, Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love, more
          Drebes:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce hires Justin Arnold as new general counsel
          Missourinet:  Perpetual Medicaid debate to continue into 2018 legislative session
          KWMU:  Satanic Temple challenges 72-hour abortion waiting period
          KC Star:  Planned Parenthood to resume abortion services at midtown Kansas City clinic
          Sikeston Standard Democrat:  Infant death rate in Bootheel is cause for concern;  September declared Infant Mortality Awareness Month +
          P-D:  MoDOT:  Getting better gas mileage could result in paying more for license plates
          Missourinet:  State agency wants public defender disciplined;  Man blames poor performance on caseload, unnamed illness
          P-D editorial:  State legislators - from the mid-1990s to the present - to blame for black students' poor peformance;  Spending more money on in-school health care will totally make a difference
          Messenger:  Missouri should enact former State Treasurer Clint Zweifel's "Missouri Promise" for free college
          P-D letter:  Obamacare recipient unhappy about Anthem's decision to withdraw from marketplace
          P-D letter:  Mid-East Area Agency on Aging's Mary Schaefer:  State can preserve vital services for senior citizens
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        Sunday, September 10
       
KC Star:  KC police disarm Antifa, other groups at Washington Square rally
          Tony's Kansas City:  KC socialists outnumbered by police at protest
          Tony's Kansas City:  Roundup of KC alt-left socialist protest photos, news coverage
          SNL:  DACA supporters hold signs near Battlefield Mall X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  DACA decision could have consequences for local aliens
          Drebes:  Mizzou prof Aaron Hedlund, contemplating bid for GOP U.S. Senate primary bid, pens tax-overhaul piece for National Review
          P-D:  Greitens touts job training, larger innovation fund as economic strategy comes into focus
          P-D:  Report:  Missouri sees strong growth in 'clean energy' jobs
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood could soon perform abortions in Columbia, Kansas City X
          SNL editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt must stand up for local aliens who want DACA X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill correct to try to stop Betsy DeVos's Title IX efforts
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens is right - illegal aliens who served in the U.S. military should be given citizenship X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  McCaskill trying to stem the opioid epidemic
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Missouri innovation fund would be big, bold bet on entrepreneurs
          P-D's Kevin Horrigan:  In the age of Unenlightenment, most Republicans think colleges - including Mizzou - are bad for the country
          Joplin Globe's Crystal Thomas:  State health care cuts hammer area residents, businesses X
          CDT Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland:  For regional newspapers, local content is all that matters;  Paid subscribers who complain about lack of comic strips or other old-timey features are do-nothing dunderheads X
          SNL letter:  Ozark sexagenarian applauds McCaskill's opposition to gun proposal X
          P-D letter:  St. Ann woman responds to Dave Roland's op-ed, wants both Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love gone
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman suggests urban protesters turn their attention to drug dealers
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        Saturday, September 9
       
KC Star:  Several streets near park to close today;  rally "slated to involve numerous groups and hundreds of people from across the political and ideological spectrum"
          Tonys Kansas City:  KCPD top cop:  Police prepared to keep the peace between Antifa and Trump supporters today
          SNL:  MSU students send message to Trump by skipping class;  MSU spokesman says school has fewer than ten (10) illegal aliens X
          KC Star:  Trump's influence figures in potential McCaskill-Hawley matchup;  Comments from James Harris, others
          Dunklin Democrat:  Delta Center Field Day draws top state, federal speakers:  Blunt, Jason Smith, Greitens, MO Dept of Ag's Garrett Hawkins;  McCaskill speaks after late arrival +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Legislature mourns loss of Mike Lair:  educator, reader, friend
          Drebes:  Gov. Jay Nixon re-emerges on Twitter
          The Missouri Times:  W. Brent Powell formally joins the Missouri Supreme Court
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Senate:  Week of September 2, 2017
          KWMU:  Despite calls for expulsion, Chappelle-Nadal may stay in the Missouri Senate after all
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Rosenbaum previews upcoming chapters in the Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love sagas
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Dem superminority members' claim about in-home care cuts rated "Mostly False"
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Greitens' claim of improving business climate rated "Half True"
          KWMU:  Regional leaders discuss what it would take to bring Amazon's 2nd headquarters to St. Louis
          Lake Expo:  Mountain lions in Missouri:  Dept. of Conservation webcast will help sort fact from fiction about black panthers, other wild animals
          P-D:  Black clergy to judge:  'The blood will be on your hands' if activists riot, loot, kill after court verdict
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should help the disabled - and punish two misguided colleagues
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  KC school brainstorms ways to make Betsy DeVos uncomfortable, mock her during visit next week
          KWMU's Willis Ryder Arnold:  Black transsexual's death shows police disregard for trans/people of color/gender non-conforming people
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        Friday, September 8
       
SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder sworn in as head of Delta Regional Authority
          SNL:  Blunt:  Federal health budget benefits Missouri
          Missourinet:  MSU activists to prove a point on DACA by skipping class today
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Northwest Missouri State University college prep program secures $1.77 million in federal funding
          Drebes:  New Missouri Ethics Commission opinions
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson forgoes Auditor's race, intends to focus on role as Speaker
          Clayton Times:  David Wasinger to announce his bid for state auditor
          The Missouri Times:  Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham to run for Lindell Shumake's open House seat
          The Missouri Times:  Parson calls for special session to oust Chappelle-Nadal and restore in-home care budget cuts
          AP:  Missouri special session possible to address in-home budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Parson urges lawmakers to call special session
          P-D:  Momentum builds for session on explusion, reversing cuts
          KWMU:  Despite calls for expulsion, Maria Chappelle-Nadal may stay in the Missouri Senate after all
          KC Star:  KC will make 'aggressive' bid for Amazon's second headquarters, and its 50,000 jobs
          KWMU:  St. Louis City putting together proposal to bring Amazon to town;  Comments from MO Dept. of Economic Development's Rob Dixon
          P-D:  St. Louis will put together a 'very competitive' bid for new Amazon HQ, local officials say
          AP:  St. Louis, Kansas City plan to bid for Amazon headquarters
          KWMU:  "Clean energy" sector jobs in Missouri are rising
          Missourinet:  Asians dominate Caucasoids in ACT scores, with average of 23 vs. 20.8;  Hispanics at 18.8, blacks at 16.5
          The Missouri Times:  Politics come to life as students gather for annual Constitution Project
          Columbia Missourian:  MU student lobbying group pushing modified mental health bill
          AP:  Missouri public defender blames caseload, unnamed "chronic illness" for poor performance
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Both Chappelle-Nadal, Warren Love should go
          P-D editorial:  Hazardous waste illegally deposited in Franklin County requires quick attention
          CDT Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland:  Changes at paper:  Summer layoffs, no more "Arrests and Summonses" section, more
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Warren Love calls to correct misstatements in column
          P-D letter:  Pasasdena Hills sexagenarian dislikes Messenger's take on Trump, Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love
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        Thursday, September 7
       
SNL:  In the Ozarks, young illegals live in 'overwhelming fear' X
          AP:  Greitens:  Immigrants in military should get citizenship
          Sedalia Democrat:  Secretary of the Air Force talks future of Whiteman Air Force Base
          P-D:  Trump taps St. Louis native Emily Murphy to head federal agency
          P-D:  McCaskill says one opioid maker lacked policies to prevent overuse of dangerous painkiller
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Danforth continues promoting anti-Trump campaign, speaking appearances
          SE Missourian:  Former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's papers to be added to Southeast archive;  Celebration planned +
          SE Missourian:  Jackson woman heads to D.C. to push for cancer research funding +
          Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune:  Mike Lair - former teacher and legislator - passes away
          Missourinet:  Former Speaker Tim Jones remembers Mike Lair
          Drebes:  David Martin to run as Republican for Randy Dunn's open House seat
          SNL:  Police:  Ozark man aimed gun at woman whose political bumper stickers he found 'stupid' X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens appoints Jason Crowell to Missouri Housing Development Commission
          AP:  Jason Crowell appointed to Missouri housing commission
          KWMU:  Greitens prepared to call in National Guard if protests follow Stockley verdict;  Activists have suggested mayhem will ensue if court decision doesn't go their way
          Missourinet:  Greitens considers using National Guard if activists riot over court ruling
          P-D:  Greitens may activate National Guard to contain damage caused by rioters, looters
          AP:  Greitens:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Warren Love should leave office
          SNL:  With no precedent for possible Chappelle-Nadal expulsion, Missouri Senate holds the power X
          AP:  Missouri state employee pension program offers some buyouts
          P-D:  Missouri offering lump-sum pension payouts to former workers
          Missourinet:  Three Missouri companies to add 800+ jobs
          KC Star:  Greitens warns about job-killing impact of $15/hr. minimum wage;  Counterpoint by McDonalds chef/freelance macroeconomic analyst Douglesha Nicholson
          Clayton Times:  Greitens' Innovation Task Force releases report, identifies ways to help entrepreneurs in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri panel advises revamping investments to spur economy
          P-D:  Chappelle-Nadal, health care cuts could be on agenda if Missouri Legislature meets in special session
          AP:  Parson wants fix for senior cuts
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) talks Medicaid entitlement mentality, says government isn't supposed "to do all and be all"
          The Missouri Times:  More unanswered questions on Capitol metal detectors
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers prepare to spar again over charter school expansion
          P-D:  Missouri ranks below average in ACT scores, but tested all its graduates
          KC Star:  School-discipline study:  Boys 75 percent more likely to be disciplined than girls;  Activists complain about racial disparities
          The Missouri Times:  ATXI receives approvals for Mark Twain Transmission Project, final route selected
          AP:  Ameren to try again for Missouri approval of new power line
          P-D:  New route for Ameren's northeast Missouri transmission line gains local approval
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of September 6, 2017
          The Missouri Times:  CenturyLink to expand broadband in rural Missouri homes
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian, former editor of Labor Tribune, disagrees with Trump and Josh Hawley on tax cuts
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood social worker opposes death penalty for murderer
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        Wednesday, September 6
       
KWMU:  Illegal immigrants unhappy about Trump and DACA;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Mexican man who snuck across the border as a young alien
          KMOX:  Immigrant rally draws 100;  Mexican co-ed lands speaking gig, says she aspires to become "Face of DACA"
          Messenger:  Alien profile:  Mexico-ed Areli Munoz-Reyes
          KC Star:  Protesters congregate to protest Trump;  Mexican alien who snuck across the border as a teen says he'll spend the next six months protesting
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System releases statement supporting DACA students
          SNL:  Springfield-area police glad Trump reversed Obama's ban on military surplus program X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Former Sen. John Danforth to provide uncontested criticism of President Donald Trump, other complaints
          Missourinet:  Blunt wants hurricane relief paid in multiple installments
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer talks possible tax code revisions
          KC Star:  Jeanne Patterson, wife of Cerner CEO Neal Patterson, dies at 59
          Missourinet's Brian Hauswirth:  Former Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) passes away
          SE Missourian:  Laura Bush to speak in Cape as part of Speakers Series +
          The Missouri Times:  Aaron Baker:  2018 could be the year of the preacher for the Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs) gets a Dem challenger:  Travis Hagewood
          SNL:  Springfield marijuana proponent resigns position after comparing police and the KKK X
          Clayton Times:  State releases August 2017 general revenue report
          AP:  Missouri revenues up 6 percent
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's Innovation Task Force releases report, identifies ways to help entrepreneurs in Missouri
          P-D:  Canadian leader talks with Greitens about Boeing jobs
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt activates Harmed-Area Emergency Loan Program (HELP) for Kansas City region after flash flooding
          Missourinet:  Low-income nursing care to take spotlight during Missouri lawmakers' veto session
          P-D:  When two St. Louis City cops were ambushed by urban criminals, no Blue Alert was issued. Why not?
          AP:  Missouri Lottery:  Someone is holding $1 million ticket
          KC Star 2018 endorsement:  Yes on The Clean Missouri Initiative
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri congressional delegation should support illegals through DACA compromise
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should hold a special session to help elderly and disabled
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Warren Love should resign
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Comparing and contrasting Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love:  What Chappelle-Nadal said was way more specific and way more dangerous X
          P-D op-ed:  Freedom Center of Missouri's Dave Roland:  Legislature should not expel members for offensive remarks
          KC Star letters:  Area liberals want Blunt to oppose Trump tax cuts
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        Tuesday, September 5
       
KMOV (St. Louis):  Minimum-wage group uses Labor Day rally to bemoan Trump, Greitens, "nativism, racism, state violence, Islamophobia, sexism, transphobia," etc.
          KC Star:  Cleaver, Democratic state legislators speak at union Labor Day rally;  Gals swap sad stories of health maladies, budgeting woes
          SNL:  Unions, Democrats keep up optimistic appearance at Labor Day picnic;  Attendees include state legislative candidates, man who seeks to fill Dem ballot slot in Billy Long's re-election, others X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Activists prepare for battle over 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Graves:  Trump's tax plan will give all Missourians a raise
          P-D:  Feds:  Millions of pounds of hazardous waste illegally trucked to Missouri and stored on Franklin County floodplain
          SNL:  Rep. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield) to run for state Senate X
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Connie Johnson (D-St. Louis City) returns to town to work for City Treasurer Tishaura Jones
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri study:  Tweeting during debates increases political knowledge
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) explains difference between Chappelle-Nadal assassination threat and Warren Love's free speech;  Wash U. academic bemoans term limits
          SNL:  New state law:  If tax hike fails, county will have to wait two years before trying again X
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Area handicapped man unhappy about in-home service cuts
          P-D:  Profile:  UM System President Mun Choi
          KWMU:  Where the Internet ends;  Connections slow or nonexistent for rural Missouri schoolkids
          P-D:  Adult education classes teach reading and math to thousands for free - including adults with diplomas
          AP:  Some Missouri school districts to pay for ACT
          KWMU:  New Missouri high school will help teens struggling with with addiction avoid temptations
          KWMU:  Catholics, fleeing St. Louis City and North County for safer areas, leave some schools struggling;  Principal in Normandy district copes with "socioeconomically and spiritually diverse" crowd
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to consider how losing parental rights in the past should impact the future
          KWMU:  With new website, Missouri legislative leaders more confident that interns are safer from harassment
          SNL op-ed:  Area liberal unhappy with Billy Long's support of Trump, expresses outrage over indignity of calling district office and getting voice mail X
          P-D op-ed:  National Right to Work Committee's Mark Mix:  Missouri union bosses double down on forced union dues
          SE Missourian letter:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Natural gas, oil industry has economic benefit to Missouri +
          KC Star letters:  Blue Springs nonagenarian disapproves of Trump's visit to Springfield;  KC sexagenarian defends McCaskill, says Trump's actions are fueled by Obama's jokes at 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner
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        Monday, September 4   Labor Day
       
NBC News:  Transcript of Blunt's appearance on "Meet the Press":  North Korea, debt ceiling, reaction to Danforth's anti-Trump comments, more
          Washington Post's Stephanie McCrummen:  Liberal KC coed, visiting her hometown in Clark County, is forced to interact at County Fair with unenlightened and unsophisticated Trump supporters - and somehow survives
          Missourinet:  All available Missouri state troopers will be on the roads and waterways today
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Law changes punishment for hate offenses X
          SNL:  Mizzou signs pact to cover tuition for low-income students X
          P-D:  Missouri's sexually violent predator treatment program eludes federal scrutiny
          KC Star editorial:  Legislature should raise the gas tax
          P-D editorial:  Mizzou's focus on helping low-income students should help boost enrollment
          Messenger:  Imagining Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love in the Hall of Famous Missourians
          Waters:  Pro-marijuana legislators too timid to support legalization should at least support a ballot initiative X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  MO Dept. of Natural Resources was clueless under Nixon, and will get even worse under Greitens
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        Sunday, September 3
       
SNL:  Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Missouri economists size up Trump's tax overhaul outline X
          SE Missourian:  Thanks to Trump, local police agencies again can acquire surplus military equipment +
          AP:  No shields for whistleblowing state workers in Missouri law
          Columbia Missourian:  Enrollment the prize for MU, Missouri State
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislators should show restraint before tossing out Chappelle-Nadal and/or Warren Love X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jay Nixon deserves credit for resurgence of state parks system, and Greitens should continue building on that momentum
          KC Star editorial:  The Kansas City Star is changing headquarters, but the mission stays the same
          The Guardian (UK):  John Naughton:  With her leadership on sex-trafficking issue, McCaskill strikes fear into the Internet's big boys
          Waters:  MSU vs. MU:  Reaction to Ashley Jost's Post-Dispatch piece X
          SNL letter:  Springfield Mayor Ken McClure thanks citizens for civilized behavior during Trump visit X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian dislikes Trump, applauds McCaskill
          P-D letter:  Area environmentalist wants McCaskill, Blunt to fight Trump on EPA funding, climate change
          SNL letter:  Pierce City woman wants Greitens to show stronger support of state parks X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian opposes state legislators' tort-overhaul campaign
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        Saturday, September 2
       
SNL:  Blunt prefers updating DACA program rather than ending it X
          KWMU:  Aliens fear Trump will end DACA;  Thoughts from Mexican coed whose parents snuck her across the border
          Faughn:  Dear Mr. Danforth, your self-righeous turkey call politics are their own brand of divisive
          SNL:  Woman describes almost ending up in Trump motorcade X
          Washington Post:  Blunt to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" tomorrow morning
          Dunklin Democrat:  Congressman Smith visits Senath farm +
          SNL:  Anthem dials back Obamacare commitment in Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County left with no Obamacare providers next year
          P-D:  Insurers seek steep rate increases on the Missouri Obamacare exchange
          KC Star:  On Obamacare in Missouri and want to stay with Cigna? A 42 percent premium increase is coming
          CDT:  Bernie Sanders to appear in Fulton where Churchill, Gorbachev, Reagan spoke X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sanders to advocate "progressive American foreign policy" at Westminster lecture
          P-D:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Westminster
          Missourinet:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Westminster College later this month
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders to speak at Westminster
          Drebes:  Former Post-Dispatch reporter Nick Pistor registers to lobby
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says Chappelle-Nadal should leave office
          The Missouri Times:  Union advocates organize to repeal 2017 labor bills
          JCNT:  Liberals hold press conference to promote Empower Missouri conference X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) on labor's campaign against 'right to work,' competing with other liberal ballot initiatives, Greitens' cuts to in-home services, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 28, 2017
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Clean Line continues to seek power project X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Mizzou vs. MSU:  Reaction to Ashley Jost's Post-Dispatch piece
          KC Star letter:  Stockton's Kalena Bruce, who leads American Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, prays for Trump tax cuts
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian wants Chappelle-Nadal removed from office
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        Friday, September 1
       
September 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          September 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          SNL:  If President Trump ends DACA, fewer than 4,000 Missouri illegals would be affected;  Alien invaders in state make up less than one-half (1/2) percent of "Dreamer" population nationwide X
          SNL:  Car careened toward Presidential motorcade on Wednesday X
          Hartmann:  "St. Jack" Danforth's impotent criticism of Trump won't amount to much;  A look at aged Republican's posturing, Josh Hawley vs. Ann Wagner tension, more
          SNL:  Oliver North speaks, Roy Blunt recognized at Vitae Foundation event in Springfield X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner includes transportation operations in fight against sex trafficking
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with Bill Haas;  Colorfly gadfly seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's 2018 re-election
          Drebes:  Democrats fantasize about a competitive 30th Senate District race
          Riverfront Times:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch facing more departures
          SNL:  Lawmakers weigh expelling Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Warren Love X
          The Missouri Times:  Love calls for vandals to be 'found and hung from a tall tree'
          Missourinet:  Greitens says Chappelle-Nadal and Love should face same fate, but Parson doesn't go that far
          AP:  Missouri legislator's suggestion that criminals be hanged draws condemnation
          P-D:  Legislators, Democratic party leaders line up to criticize Love
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf on veto session:  "We really need to help the seniors that the governor threw under the bus"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says fuel tax increase could be key to better Missouri roads
          KC Star:  State workers knew Adrian Jones was being abused yet didn't help him, lawsuit says;  Father and stepmom beat boy, then fed dead body to pigs
          SNL:  Local prescription drug monitoring program begins data collection X
          AP:  Credit report suggests University of Missouri System is on track to maintain status quo
          KWMU:  Missouri throws out results of two statewide high school exams
          P-D:  EPA updates public on cleanup plans for West Lake Landfill;  Activists unhappy
          Columbia Missourian:  Changes in Missouri waterfowl hunting seasons begin this year
          Missourinet:  Activist groups unhappy about jury selection process;  Comments from NAACP's Nimrod Chapel, others
          JCNT:  At Empower Missouri event, NAACP's Nimrod Chapel takes aim at Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Analyzing MOScout of the Internet's statewide poll linked here on Sunday X
          KC Star editorial:  Warren Love should join Maria Chappelle-Nadal in resigning
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  A conversation with Springfield radio host Nick Reed about the Trump visit, Soros' paid protesters, more X
          KWMU's Rachel Lippmann:  Guns are to blame for harming four Missouri criminals' lives
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County liberal says Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan, other pro-business voices are hypocritical on government mandates
          KC Star letters:  KC sexagenarian says Danforth's diatribe didn't go far enough;  Kearney septuagenarian wants Chappelle-Nadal gone
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        Thursday, August 31
       
SNL:  Trump talks taxes, McCaskill in Springfield
          SNL:  Trump to country:  Dream big and bold
          SNL:  Timeline of Trump visit to Springfield
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Supporters greet Trump in Springfield
          SNL:  Confrontations remain peaceful during Trump visit
          The Missouri Times:  Trump outlines goals for major tax overhaul
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith on Trump visit and inviting President to 8th District
          JCNT:  Jefferson City supporters, opponents trek to Springfield for Trump speech
          KC Star:  Trump urges McCaskill to vote for tax overhaul
          KC Star:  Video:  Trump calls for McCaskill to vote for tax overhaul
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  On Trump visit, McCaskill, Hawley, Ann Wagner
          SE Missourian:  MLK's niece to speak at 2018 Cape County Lincoln Day
          KC Star:  Democrats pan Josh Hawley's anti-corruption efforts
          AP:  Hawley extends opioid investigation to 7 more companies
          SNL:  DESE will not release results for two key high school exams this year
          AP:  Results from two Missouri high school tests tossed
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation forecasting a poor wild turkey hatch this year
          SNL:  On eve of Trump visit, Confederate monument vandalized at Springfield National Cemetery
          SNL:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) suggests statue vandal "should be hung from a tall tree with a long rope"
          P-D:  Critics unhappy with legislator's remarks about punishing statue vandal
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri Public Service Commission seeks Director of Legislative Affairs;  Winner gets to deal with lawmakers, lobbyists, state bureaucrats for $50-70k/year
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 30, 2017
          KWMU:  State data proves Jefferson County air is in the clear;  Activists unhappy with science
          KC Star editorial:  In Missouri, President Trump preaches the prosperity gospel
          KC Star editorial:  Don't expel Maria Chappelle-Nadal. But she should quit.
          JCNT editorial:  Galloway is right:  Whistleblowers, don't be dissuaded
          SNL editorial:  Veto override needed to protect olds, handicapped
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Hawley conspicuously missing from Trump visit, and Jamie Allman "disparages" Jack Danforth column
          P-D letter:  St. Louis liberal wants Blunt to denounce Trump
          SNL letter:  Sexagenarian feminist thinks Trump timed his Springfield visit to counter her phone calls about "Women's Equality Day"
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian feminist disagrees with Kraske column about Democrats and abortion litmus test, says Democratic Party doesn't cater to women enough
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        Wednesday, August 30
       
SNL:  Before Trump speaks here, a look at current tax overhaul debate X
          SNL:  Missouri Democrats hold press conference in Springfield, focus on health care X
          SNL:  Trump supporters, Democrats shake hands before Trump's Springfield appearance X
          SNL:  Last visit to Springfield by sitting president was 2006;  Photos of George W. Bush speaking, liberals outdoors holding vulgar sign X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith applauds Trump for Missouri visit to champion tax overhaul +
          KC Star's Hunter Woodall and Bryan Lowry:  Expect Trump to avoid providing any details in Springfield speech
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Attempting to speak to unsophisticated Springfield Trump supporters in the city where black men were lynched
          Missourinet:  Lacy Clay unhappy with Trump's move to provide law enforcement more tools
          SNL:  Southwest Missouri chapter of National Organization for Women holds inaugural meeting;  Local NAACP chief, MSU prof/LGBTQIA* expert, other gals gab about Trump, perceived discrimination, etc. X
          KWMU:  Former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell (D) leads anti-corporate "Family Farm Action" 501(c)(4)
          Missourinet:  Groups supporting, opposing 'right to work' begin campaigns
          SE Missourian:  Retired officer announces 2018 candidacy for Lichtenegger's open House seat +
          Drebes:  Sarah Swoboda, former deputy treasurer for Clint Zweifel, joins Public School Retirement System
          KWMU:  Ashcroft seeks dismissal of ACLU's voter ID lawsuit
          P-D:  Vote to expel Chappelle-Nadal from office could be close
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal controversy leads to talk about Legislature calling special election
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway proposes whistleblower protection legislation to fix 'gap' in law
          Missourinet:  Galloway proposes to reinstate whistleblower protections
          CDT:  After state cuts, Columbia Public Schools to pay for ACT for juniors X
          The Missouri Times:  After Greitens stays execution, death penalty film screens across Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Advice for Trump's Missouri visit - learn tax lessons from Kansas' mistakes
          P-D editorial:  Elder statesman Jack Danforth right to trash Trump
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Justin Brown:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal needs to go, and so do her policies
          Jensen:  Imagining the next target for the perpetually-offended politically-correct thinskins - demanding Missouri give its name back to Indian tribe +
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Petty political accusations persist:  A look at the Josh Hawley residency hubbub and Chappelle-Nadal's assassination post
          Priddy:  That time when Missouri almost moved to a unicameral Legislature;  1374 words of reflection, including early-'90s pop-culture punchline "Not!"
          Messenger:  Lawsuit renews Missouri court battle over $3 charge to fund sheriffs' pensions
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Courts, legislatures need to revisit the sales tax problem
          KC Star letters:  Kansas man disagrees with Kraske's suggestion that Missouri Dems drop abortion litmus test;  KC liberal mocks Blunt for not embracing Trump or McConnell
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        Tuesday, August 29
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump protesters say hundreds preparing to demonstrate in Springfield tomorrow X
          SNL:  Trump supporters plan to protest the protesters X
          SNL:  White House releases details for Trump visit X
          SNL:  Merch salesmen seek to profit from Trump visit, set up shop around Springfield X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith previews Trump's Springfield visit +
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley, Ashcroft won't be present at Trump event
          Washington Post:  Claire McCaskill's balancing act:  Portraying a moderate in immoderate times
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer calls Trump an effective leader
          SE Missourian:  Federal government approves SkyWest's air service to Cape Girardeau +
          P-D:  Report:  Spy agency followed guidelines in picking North St. Louis City for new western HQ
          The Missouri Times:  Americans for Prosperity takes aim at 'union bosses' with 'right to work' mailer
          KWMU:  Democratic leaders, activists rally for higher minimum wage;  McDonald's worker explains household budget woes, says she might forgo using electric "for a minute"
          P-D:  Krewson, Stenger throw support behind $12 statewide minimum wage ballot initiative
          Drebes:  Jordan Duecker, formerly of Catherine Hanaway and Phil Christofanelli, joins Greitens' office as a Policy Analyst
          The Missouri Times:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt touts benefits of MOST 529 with "Back to School" tour
          The Missouri Times:  Abuse victim confidentiality program, "Safe at Home," turns 10
          Missourinet:  Domestic violence survivor:  Missouri system saved me in my darkest moment
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) seeks to serve as Speaker of the House, talks leak/hack probe, says female lawmakers can't wine & dine fellow legislators to get their way +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) considering a run for Majority Floor Leader
          AP:  Survey:  State workers think they're underpaid
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At Moberly stop, UM System President Mun Choi talks value of community colleges
          SNL:  Complaint over 'electronic meeting' closed by Hawley's office X
          P-D:  Activists threaten "mass disruption" in St. Louis City if court ruling doesn't go their way;  Veteran street pharmaceuticals salesman Anthony Lamar Smith fled Church's Chicken parking lot/dispensary after spotting cops, was put down by officer
          SNL editorial:  Trump is coming to Springfield. Don't lose your head. X
          SNL op-ed:  Springfield City Manager Greg Burris:  City must be civil during Trump's visit X
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill and Kansas' Pat Roberts:  Working to protect against agro-terrorism
          P-D letter:  Glendale liberal applauds Danforth for criticizing Trump
          P-D letter:  Healthcare Supply Chain Association supports McCaskill effort to lower drug costs
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        Monday, August 28
       
KSMU:  Trump to visit Springfield on Wednesday
          AP:  Trump to promote tax overhaul this week in Missouri
          KC Star:  Local Democratic Socialists of America spokeswoman unhappy with peacekeepers' presence at KC protests
          P-D:  Wisconsin conservative megadonor Foster Friess visits St. Louis to promote "civility" campaign, poses for pics with Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          SNL:  Letter campaign gains steam opposing Table Rock Lake changes X
          Drebes:  New campaign committees for Jay Barnes' state rep seat
          JCNT:  NAACP executes latest stunt:  Mock funeral outside Greitens' home;  Unclear if governor's wife, young child were at home X
          KWMU:  Raft of new Missouri laws take effect:  Workplace discrimination, REAL ID, Uber/Lyft, liquor at airports, minimum wage, more
          Missourinet:  Key Missouri bills become law today
          AP:  New discrimination, overdose laws take effect today in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Law enforcement Blue Alert System to go online today
          KSMU:  Blue Alert System goes into effect today
          Missourinet:  Richard and Munzlinger praise 2017 Missouri State Fair;  Munzlinger wants to upgrade campgrounds
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Dr. Mun Choi speaks to Randolph County Pachyderms, talks future of UM System and his priorities
          KWMU:  Adult education official:  Post-high school training matters more than GED vs. diploma debate
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools may pay for juniors to take ACT after state eliminates funding X
          Missourinet:  In lieu of stricter laws, MoDOT focuses on driver education
          KC Star editorial:  Legislature blocks Kansas City's $10 minimum wage, but local employers should keep payroll expenses higher anyway
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to boost traffic law enforcement during Labor Day weekend X
          Waters:  University of Missouri handouts to poor kids a great idea, will surely help Mizzou X
          SNL letter:  Local union member opposes 'right to work' X
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        Sunday, August 27
       
SNL:  Local liberals brace themselves for trauma of Trump visit;  Member of feminist "Pantsuit Nation" says overwhelming number of her neighbors support "cretin" Trump X
          CDT:  Area transgenders oppose Trump's transgender directive;  Angry 15-year-old "non-binary" girl rejects "he" and "she" pronouns, insists on being called a "they" [sic] X
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  "U.S. Rep. Vicki [sic] Hartzler" praises Trump's transgender directive;  Jason Kander weighs in
          KC Star's Andy Marso:  Jason Kander speaks to liberals at park
          SNL:  Women's Equality Day's "Free the Nipple" protest draws smaller crowd this year X
          SNL:  "Free the Nipple" protest photo:  Obese man, woman expose cellulite rolls in public X
          SNL:  Trump visit preview:  In 2016 visit to St. Louis, Trump made throwaway reference to football X
          SNL:  Trump visit preview:  What Springfield can learn from Phoenix X
          Drebes:  Statewide poll:  Trump approval, Claire McCaskill vs. Josh Hawley, Nicole Galloway vs. Todd Richardson, 'right to work'
          AP:  Thanks to GOP legislators, businesses in Kansas City and St. Louis City freed from being forced to pay higher minimum wage
          P-D:  GOP legislators save local employers from higher minimum wage;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, liberal professors, woman unable to manage her household budget
          SNL:  New law offers some legal protections to 911 callers during an overdose X
          JCNT:  Greitens' 'board of inquiry' in case of murderer Marcellus Williams a rare move X
          JCNT editorial:  New website will benefit Capitol interns X
          P-D letter:  Libertarian leader Tim Barnhart corrects McCaskill misstatement about Hawley and residency, says it was a cheap shot
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        Saturday, August 26
       
SNL:  President Trump coming to Springfield next week to talk taxes
          SNL:  Why did President Trump pick Springfield?
          SNL:  When was Donald Trump last in Springfield?
          The Missouri Times:  Trump to visit Missouri on tax overhaul tour
          Missourinet:  Trump to kick off tax policy campaign next week in Springfield
          P-D:  Trump announces Missouri visit just as former Sen. John Danforth denounces him
          KC Star:  Democrats seek to use Trump visit to create divisions between President, Republicans
          Drebes:  Trump's Missouri approval ratings:  Even after media's Charlottesville push, President's support remains strong
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler previews tax-overhaul push, corporate taxes, taxes on Internet sales
          CDT:  John "Jenna Marie" Bourgeois moves to Missouri, says he'll run as Democrat against Hartzler;  Transgender says current Democrat candidate can't represent transgender issues, compares himself to Jackie Robinson
          KC Star's Melinda Henneberger:  Country Claire, gettin' folksy and workin' hard:  Editorial board member attends McCaskill town hall, mocks rural voters' lack of sophistication and senator's answers
          Kraske:  Struggling Missouri Democratic Party can't afford to impose an abortion litmus test
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of August 21
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger and Curtman to file industrial hemp bill again in 2018
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) preview next session's work on insurance coverage for those with developmental disabilities
          KC Star:  Background on boating bill vetoed by Greitens
          SE Missourian:  SEMO student retention hits record high;  overall enrollment down slightly
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation reminds Missourians that bird hunting season starts next week
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Midwest Innocent Project Director Tricia Bushnell promotes her group
          The Missouri Times:  KC double-murderer claims he is innocent;  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants Hawley to issue a statement
          AP:  Missouri NAACP announces newest stunt:  A mock funeral outside Governor's Mansion on Sunday
          P-D:  Man who shot police during Ferguson riot gets 15 years in prison
          SE Missourian editorial:  Peter Kinder will be good fit for Delta Regional Authority
          P-D editorial:  Ed Martin is back at it
          KC Star editorial:  Tell Greitens that Missouri supports the Rock Island Trail project
          P-D op-ed:  Jack Danforth:  Why Trump is no Republican
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Urge Congress to reauthorize Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian disagrees with pro-'dark money' op-ed
          P-D letter:  Man who lives near Chappelle-Nadal says he likes her
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        Friday, August 25
       
Quincy Herald-Whig:  McCaskill supporters rally at Bowling Green town hall;  Attendees include zero (0) Republicans
          WGEM:  McCaskill talks tariffs, Charlottesville, state legislation on 'right to work,' more
          KTVO (Kirksville):  'Underdog' McCaskill holds Kirksville town hall
          P-D:  War over Backpage moves to a new battleground:  NAFTA
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bioenergy plant officials to Graves:  Some consistency in tax credits needed X
          Clayton Times:  Columbia city councilman speaks to Better Way Missouri PAC, says he'll add marijuana-law overhaul to lobbying agenda
          Drebes:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) hangs real estate shingle
          The Missouri Times:  How does a special legislative session work, and what could it mean for Chappelle-Nadal?
          Rosenbaum:  As paid leave catches on in Missouri agencies, lawmakers wonder about cost
          Missourinet:  Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard:  Brian Munzlinger may be the best Agriculture Committee chair in Missouri history
          KWMU:  What's next for the 4 Missouri state parks in limbo?
          The Missouri Times:  State-school sports taking hits as state budget tightens
          Missourinet:  Missouri Transportation Task Force seeks road funding ideas in Springfield
          Missourinet:  Transportation hearing shows local governments don't want to manage Missouri's lettered roads
          CDT:  University of Missouri launches plan to cut costs for low-income students X
          P-D:  Mizzou to hand out full-tuition grants to low-income students
          KC Star:  University of Missouri to offer free tuition and fees to qualifying students
          AP:  As with previous governors, Greitens appoints some donors to boards and commissions
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Supreme Court:  Week of August 21, 2017
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Midwest Innocence Project promotes its anti-death-penalty views
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race devolving into petty skirmishes between McCaskill and Hawley camps
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal should stop playing victim and resign X
          KC Star editorial:  MU enrollment data offers a glimmer of hope
          CDT editorial:  New evidence should have us all question Marcellus Williams' guilt X
          JCNT editorial:  Greitens makes right call on halting execution X
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        Thursday, August 24
       
KWMU:  McCaskill takes her town hall tour to the once-blue, now-red Northwest Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At Moberly stop, Hartzler talks Obamacare overhaul and her hopes that Senate takes positive action
          SNL:  Analysis:  Typical Springfieldian's demographics would not allow a hypothetical immigration into the U.S. X
          The Missouri Times:  Special election for Will Kraus' seat:  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) vs. Indivisible KC co-founder Hillary Shields
          The Missouri Times:  Former Office of Administration Commissioner Doug Nelson joins Lathrop Gage
          Drebes:  Katie Reichard to Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking Podcast:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann (R) talks county's prosperity, dangers of having poors concentrated in one area, opioids, advice for rural state legislators
          AP:  Greitens makes several board, commission appointments:  Doug Russell, others
          P-D:  Greitens fills rest of Missouri Board of Education spots
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens hosts third public address through Facebook
          AP:  Greitens hints at consequences for Trump assassination post
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) calls for Chappelle-Nadal to resign
          SNL:  Business groups ponder scare tactics to raise Missouri's 'ridiculously low' gas tax X
          KWMU:  Capturing state taxes on online sales:  In Missouri, it's mostly on you
          SE Missourian:  Fiber upgrade helped pave way for AT&T expansion;  Comments from John Sondag +
          KC Star:  Brandon Ellingson's father worries he'll miss sentencing of trooper in son's case
          SNL:  What to do with $130k seized from Asian massage parlors?  Area woman suggests donating it to anti-trafficking efforts X
          The Missouri Times:  Womens' groups create resource to protect interns in workplace
          Columbia Missourian:  New website launches to help prevent sexual harassment of college interns
          AP:  Harassment claims at Missouri Capitol inspire intern website
          KWMU:  Protesters congregate in St. Louis City after man stabs another man and a police officer, gets put down by police
          P-D:  Protesters jump onto Mercedes-Benz in St. Louis City, make a scene
          KC Star op-ed:  Concerned Veterans for America's Dan Caldwell:  Greitens right to protect private political donations in Missouri
          Waters:  Club for Growth's dark money X
          P-D letter:  Crestwood man says Democrats would help themselves by expelling Chappelle-Nadal
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian says that if Chappelle-Nadal resigns, then Trump must resign too;  Area sexagenarian says Chappelle-Nadal deserves another chance after what she wrote "on her computer"
          P-D letter:  Dardenne Prairie man says MSU's increased enrollment from St. Charles County shows that sensible students and parents want an education, not Mizzou's liberal indoctrination
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        Wednesday, August 23
       
Dunklin Democrat:  McCaskill holds town hall in Kennett, talks Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, opioids, more
          SNL:  Health care uncertainty, gun concerns discussed at McCaskill town hall X
          SNL:  Video:  Excerpts from McCaskill town hall in Ozark X
          KCUR:  Three KC Star veterans accept buyouts as 'newsroom reinvention' gets underway;  Health beat renamed "bad medicine" beat, education now "raising Kansas City," other social-justice slants;  Reporters to be rewarded for high-click stories
          The Missouri Times:  August 2017 tip sheet for 2018 statewide, state legislative races now available online
          Drebes:  Joe Maxwell, Wes Shoemyer form dark-money PAC to fight "foreign ownership" of Missouri land, multinational companies selling products to farmers, other atrocities
          P-D:  Oklahoma Indian tribe hires lobbyists in push for Missouri casino
          The Missouri Times:  Hilltop Public Solutions office in St. Louis signals Midwest outreach for Dems;  Ryan Hawkins to lead local office
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson issues letter to senators calling for special session to expel Chappelle-Nadal
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) strips Chappelle-Nadal of committee assignments
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate removes Chappelle-Nadal from committees;  Expulsion still looms
          P-D:  Parson wants special session to remove Chappelle-Nadal
          Jensen:  Chappelle-Nadal receives only mild rebukes because of her protected class - and will play the race card, gender card and every other phony ploy
          The Missouri Times:  GOP caucus vote causes a commotion over issue of seniors' vote;  Copies, screenshots of snippy internecine e-mails
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson honors veterans at Missouri State Fair
          AP:  Greitens to take questions via Facebook today at 11:30 a.m.
          KWMU:  Missouri finally has prescription drug monitoring, but prescribers can't use it
          SE Missourian:  AT&T to hire 150 people at Cape Girardeau call center;  Comments from AT&T Missouri President John Sondag +
          P-D:  MO DNR:  Radioactivity in stormwater runoff is not from West Lake Landfill;  Republic Services' Russ Knocke:  "Science isn't always fast, but it's irrefutable."
          KWMU:  Greitens postpones murderers' execution due to new DNA evidence
          AP:  Greitens halts Marcellus Williams' execution
          Columbia Missourian:  Stay of execution turns protest into celebration
          P-D:  Greitens stops execution after questions about DNA evidence
          SE Missourian editorial:  Rush Limbaugh enters milestone year for radio show +
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens shows courage in decision to stay execution of Marcellus Williams
          P-D editorial:  Greitens steps up to remove doubt in murder case
          KC Star letter:  Cass County septuagenarian says Chappelle-Nadal deserves consequences
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian says Chappelle-Nadal must be punished X
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man says Post-Dispatch editorial board, Messenger should acknowledge hate speech from Chappelle-Nadal and other liberals
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        Tuesday, August 22
       
The Missouri Times:  McCaskill adds three town hall stops to list in effort to reach rural voters
          CDT:  Liberal group CoMo for Progress cancels meeting with Hartzler;  Group refuses to meet with congresswoman unless media captures the performance X
          Missourinet:  Missouri group still hoping Congress will privatize air traffic control system;  Comments from state legislators, Joe Lakin
          KWMU:  'Right to work' is strictly a union issue, but all Missouri voters will have a say in 2018
          Drebes:  Harry Roberts joins Tony Luetkemeyer, Rep. Nick Marshall in GOP state Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Viceroy Government Relations' Jeffrey Altmann talks origins of career, repping "Uber for boats," more
          The Missouri Times:  Photos:  Eclipse at the Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Photos:  Eclipse at the Capitol
          JCNT:  Capitol crowd pleased with what they saw X
          SNL:  MSU sets an opening day enrollment record X
          KC Star:  MU enrollment is down but last year's freshmen came back
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Choi says UM job 'one of the best in academia'
          AP:  Attorneys for Marcellus Williams seek to halt today's execution
          KWMU:  Missouri prepares for second execution of 2017
          Missourinet:  Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel:  Murderer Marcellus Williams might be innocent
          P-D:  Marcellus Williams' lawyers insist he's innocent
          Missourinet:  Missouri Parole Board rejects parole for man convicted of 1991 Moberly murder
          P-D editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal would be a burden to McCaskill's re-election and must resign
          KC Star editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal could do damage to Democratic Party's prospects in 2018 and must resign
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri officials wrong to support Ten Commandments monument on public property
          P-D editorial:  Death-penalty debate hits close to home;  Man who stabbed Post-Dispatch employee to death should be given a break
          P-D op-ed:  SLU associate prof of health care ethics weighs in on climate change and Missouri agriculture
          SNL letter:  Local member of Silver Haired Legislature wants real legislators to expand Medicaid X
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        Monday, August 21   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KTVI:  MoDOT warning drivers to be prepared for the Great American Eclipse
          Missourinet:  Most Missouri state offices in Buchanan and Cole Counties are closed today because of solar eclipse
          SNL:  McCaskill announces three town halls tomorrow X
          P-D:  McCaskill, gearing up for tough re-election fight, turned over Rosie O'Donnell donations to charity
          AP:  McCaskill reaches out to rural Missouri ahead of election
          SNL:  Proposed cuts threaten utilities assistance programs X
          Clayton Times:  Chappelle-Nadal apologizes to Trump
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal apologizes to Trump, stands by refusal to resign
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump activists rally at the Plaza;  Teenager holds vulgar sign, local Indian "Moses Brings Plenty" speaks wisdom to palefaces, etc.
          KWMU:  At St. Louis Black Pride Festival, LGBTQ activists complain about Trump and "white privilege"
          Drebes:  New PACs and treasurers:  Cooperative Owners PAC's Amanda Yoder, others
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  UM System President Dr. Mun Choi talks about Board of Curators, preparing for activist rabblerousing, lessons from his dad in working hard and rejecting handouts;  Panel of David Barklage, John Gaskin, Senate Minority Caucus Counsel Chris Schappe, Gregg Keller talk Chappelle-Nadal, Hawley, much more
           SNL:  Greitens could help public defense in Greene County and beyond X
           Missourinet:  Missouri organization launches system in response to Capitol intern scandals
           KWMU:  Midwest Innocent Project wants Greitens to halt execution of murderer
           SE Missourian editorial:  Bipartisan call for anti-sex-trafficking bill is encouraging +
           KC Star editorial:  Greitens should spare murderer Marcellus Williams
           SE Missourian letter:  Local Moms Demand Action member wants McCaskill, Blunt to support gun control +
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        Sunday, August 20
       
SE Missourian:  At town hall, McCaskill talks Planned Parenthood, Medicare, Trump, more +
        SNL:  Local Democrats change name of 'tone deaf' Jackson Day;  Former President owned slaves, moved Indians off their land X
        KC Star:  Vandalized Confederate monument in KC will be removed soon, park officials say
        The Missouri Times:  HRCC Executive Director Robert Knodell talks 2018 House races, Trump's impact, more
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) withdraws from Floor Leader's race
        Drebes:  Hawley joins amicus brief defending 10 Commandments display
        P-D:  Rural hospitals' financial health is under State Auditor Nicole Galloway's lens
        AP:  Thanks to Sheena Greitens, Missouri child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls
        P-D:  Missouri State takes on Mizzou:  'We want to be the undergraduate choice for Missouri'
        CDT:  KOPN facing 'serious' financial woes;  Public radio station can't pay its bills, hires Bernie Sanders volunteer organizer to right the ship X
        SNL editorial:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal should resign after assassination post X
        KC Star editorial:  Dark money and secret donors could deluge Missouri in 2018
        P-D editorial:  Missouri's parole board doesn't give parolees a fair chance at life outside
        SNL op-ed:  Americans for Prosperity's Jeremy Cady:  'Right to work' benefits everyone X
        Waters:  Questionable Public Service Commission denial of Grain Belt Express seems political
        Horrigan:  Netflix goes to Georgia to trash Missourians and the Lake of the Ozarks
        P-D op-ed:  ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman:  Stop the execution of Marcellus Williams
        SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian disagrees with Tim Jones piece on tax cuts X
        P-D letter:  Mehlville man examines P-D's liberal, anti-Trump bias
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        Saturday, August 19
       
KWMU:  Democratic, Republican leaders call for Chappell-Nadal to resign over Trump assassination comment
          SNL:  Chappelle-Nadal's death wish for Trump brings Parson to Springfield as expulsion looms X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Greitens call on Senate to expel Chappelle-Nadal
          P-D:  Greitens calls for expulsion of Chappelle-Nadal
          Clayton Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson gives Chappelle-Nadal three weeks to resign, or be expelled
          Clayton Times:  Chappelle-Nadal not backing down
          Missourinet:  Parson calls on Senate to remove Chappelle-Nadal
          SNL:  Blunt talks Bannon's exit, Chappelle-Nadal's assassination comment X
          KC Star:  At Harrisonville, McCaskill says she was 'not surprised' by release of Bannon;  Comments from attendee and University of Central Missouri poli sci prof Robynn Kuhlmann
          Rosenbaum:  Missouri's Trump supporters reflect on president's response to Charlottesville
          Clayton Times:  Profile:  Kelli Dunaway seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Ann Wagner's re-election, alleges that primary opponents are "three straight white men"
          P-D's Joe Holleman:  The smoking lamp is out:  Chief Wana Dubie dead at 58
          The Missouri Times:  Unions look to force statewide vote with 310,000 signatures seeking to block 'right-to-work' law
          KWMU:  Missouri's 'right-to-work' law suspended after unions turn in 300k signatures for statewide vote
          AP:  Unions deliver signatures to block 'right to work' in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Unions turn out large crowd for anti-'right to work' rally
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Show-Me Institute seeks policy analysts
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Israeli ambassador, judge appointment, assassination tweet response
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At State Fair, Greitens talks broadband for rural schools
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  State Fair prepares for another packed weekend
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  How MO Dept. of Tourism, Highway Patrol are preparing for eclipse hysteria
          AP:  Missouri State Parks:  Don't use the eclipse glasses we sold
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant superintendent faces fraud charges, is on leave
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant superintendent 'emphatically denies' claims he misused North Carolina district's credit card
          P-D editorial:  Chappelle-Nadal's comments make 2018 elections even harder for Missouri Democrats
          KC Star letter:  Independence man says Cleaver's rhetoric is creating more divisions
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp responds to P-D's pro-Planned Parenthood editorial
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        Friday, August 18
       
The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) calls for President Donald Trump to be assassinated
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Video:  Chappelle-Nadal explains call for presidential assassination:  "I had over 60 hits [sic] of people who liked it" (0:25);  Expresses frustration with interviewer (4:00);  Compares her assassination comments to Trump's criticism of Obama (5:00);  Says constituents will not read or see negative news coverage of her (6:45);  Dismisses county executive's criticism as racially-motivated (10:00);  Says 100% of constituents support her (12:00);  Compares her call for presidential assassination to legislators who have smoked marijuana (13:40);  Much more
          KWMU:  Democratic, GOP leaders call for Chappell-Nadal to resign over Trump assassination comment
          P-D:  Missouri's top Democrats call for Chappell-Nadal to resign for assassination post
          SNL:  Missouri Democrat posts assassination wishes X
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says she will not resign
          AP:  Democratic state senator posts wish for Trump assassination
          KC Star:  Democratic state senator hopes Trump is assassinated
          Washington Post:  A Missouri lawmaker's Facebook comment leads to calls for her resignation
          KC Star:  McCaskill at town hall:  'My job isn't to fight the president'
          Missourinet:  McCaskill to participate in roundtable discussion on agricultural security
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt differ on how to get high-speed Internet to rural Missouri
          AP:  U.S. Senate campaign rivals Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley chat at Ham Breakfast
          P-D:  At Ham Breakfast, media shows most interest in U.S. Senate, state auditor races
          Missourinet:  Parson:  There have been record crowds every day at Missouri State Fair
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panelists talk reapportionment, Stephen Webber's efforts to revive Missouri Democratic Party after years of lackluster leadership, more
          JCNT:  New GOP Executive Director Austin Stukins speaks to Cole County Republicans, says he'll put Claire McCaskill "out to pasture"
          Drebes:  Lobbying firms' new gambit:  Creating their own PACs
          The Missouri Times:  Federalist Society to start new chapter in mid-Missouri
          JCNT:  Michela Skelton launches new campaign for House seat X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislature could override veto this fall
          The Missouri Times:  HCB 3 could once again appear before the Legislature
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT director:  Gas-tax increase could be 'quickest way' to fund roads and bridges +
          Missourinet:  McKenna, Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) talk regional favoritism in road funding
          P-D:  In rare remarks, Jay Nixon says public should voice support for proposed trail project
          KWMU:  Pentobarbital:  A look at Missouri's choice for effective, painless executions
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Palestinian activist says McCaskill is trying to restrict First Amendment rights
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Columnist recaps anti-GOP health care rally, notes that he held the door open for a handicapped woman
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Josh Hawley's vague answers at State Fair Ham Breakfast show he's closer than ever to climbing the same ladder he once denounced
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        Thursday, August 17
       
P-D:  Trump signs bill clearing way for World War II vets' mustard gas claims
          Joplin Globe:  Trump signs McCaskill-backed bill for WWII vet benefits X
          SNL:  Blunt staffers endure activists' complaints about Medicaid cuts;  Handicapped man makes excretory reference X
          SNL:  Austin Petersen, Tony Monetti say they're still running for GOP U.S. Senate nomination X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner on congressional trip to South Korea, China, Japan
          P-D:  Elected officials' communications staff pen statements on Charlottesville
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  KC Dem Reps. Lauren Arthur, Jon Carpenter chat with Mannies & Rosenbaum about life in the superminority, state budget, unions' minimum-wage campaign, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Sara Walsh prepares to serve in the House
          KOMU (Columbia):  Activists hold town-hall rally against home health care cuts
          CDT:  Democratic superminority members Martha Stevens, Kip Kendrick attend health care rally X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens:  Troopers on St. Louis City interstates getting dangerous criminals off the streets
          Clayton Times:  MoDOT asks motorists to plan ahead for eclipse, expects traffic to be heavy
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Interim Committee on labor debates prevailing-wage laws
          SE Missourian:  Voluntary retirement offered for SEMO staff members +
          KWMU:  KIPP high school among 3 new charter schools opening in St. Louis City this week
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  August 16, 2017
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  PSC denies Grain Belt;  Thoughts from company, opposition groups, Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          AP:  Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest power line
          CDT:  Local governments play waiting game after third Grain Belt project rejection X
          P-D:  Despite giving vocal support, state regulators again deny Grain Belt Express transmission line, citing court ruling
          P-D:  Missouri seniors buying up national parks passes before $70 price hike
          KWMU:  Missouri appeals court weighs grand jury secrecy vs. right to contradict officials
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Greitens not doing enough to repudiate Trump
          P-D op-ed:  CEAM's Brian Murphy:  NAACP's attack on charter schools is misguided
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        Wednesday, August 16
       
The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt will not run for U.S. Senate in 2018, paves way for Hawley bid
          SNL:  Schmitt won't run for U.S. Senate, opening door wider for Hawley's candidacy X
          Real Clear Politics' Rebecca Berg:  Schmitt clears way for Hawley in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          Washington Examiner:  Schmitt backs out of Claire McCaskill challenge, citing need for GOP unity
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt out of Missouri's U.S. Senate race, backs Josh Hawley
          JCNT:  Democrats question Hawley's residency and his vote in last week's election X
          KC Star:  Cleaver talks Charlottesville, Trump
          KWMU:  EPA:  No trace of asbestos found in house that burned
          Missourinet:  State agencies brace for massive inflow of visitors for once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
          Drebes:  Mark Milton forms Franklin County Leadership PAC
          JCNT:  Gena Terlizzi takes helm at Missouri National Alliance on Mental Illness X
          Clayton Times:  Greitens talks business with Israeli ambassador at Danforth Plant Science Center, slams violence in Charlottesville
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher say tax credits are "out of control," doubt that Greitens will do anything about it
          JCNT:  Greitens makes appearance at Jefferson City Correctional Center X
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Social Services still reviewing budget to identify places to trim
          P-D:  Another special session not out of the question
          SNL:  Under Greitens, fate of new state parks in limbo X
          The Missouri Times:  Mallinckrodt donates 50,000 drug disposal pouches in Missouri to fight opioid epidemic
          CDT:  UM reaches deadline for new federal lobbyist;  Andy Blunt's $10,500/month no-bid state government lobbying contract still untouchable until June 2018 X
          KWMU:  Missouri education officials hope 'skinny' school improvement plan will satisfy feds
          P-D:  Missouri approves 'skinny plan' to improve worst-performing public schools
          KWMU:  Missouri ed board to stay out of St. Louis Public Schools' local control talks
          P-D:  Missouri sued over lack of attorneys for parole violators
          The Missouri Times:  Certificate of Need subcommittee proposes minimum occupancy requirement for hospital beds
          The Missouri Times:  Experts urge companies to beef up systems at Missouri Chamber's Cybersecurity Summit
          AP:  Overview:  NAACP "travel advisory" details, reactions
          SNL:  Springfield NAACP holds press conference to promote "travel advisory," receives pushback X
          SE Missourian:  Band who cancelled concert appearance due to NAACP "travel advisory" quickly replaced +
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rejects request to stop execution;  Marcellus Williams broke into Post-Dispatch employee's home and stabbed her 43 times in the neck with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court denies murderer's request for stay of execution
          KWMU:  Juror in Michael Brown assault case to ask Missouri appeals court for right to speak
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Department of Conservation marks 80 years of good stewardship X
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  In Missouri, guns are too easy to purchase;  Local man purchased guns for protection in urban areas, but brother-in-law's nefarious hoodlum pal broke into house and shot homeowner
          Jensen:  KWMU piece on urban bloodsports ignores major reason for crime:  Males abandoning the children they created +
          P-D letter:  Jeanette Mott Oxford on GOP discrimination law
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        Tuesday, August 15
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill wants U.S. to invest more in missile defense program
          P-D:  Club for Growth raises $10 million to back Hawley in U.S. Senate race
          The Missouri Times:  As Net neutrality debate continues, Blunt pushes for rural expansion of broadband
          Missourinet:  Clay praises Jason Smith for bipartisanship on civil rights historical sites
          Missourinet:  Cleaver talks Charlottesville, criticizes Trump
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep.-elect Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) talks campaign, voter priorities, MU, more;  Panel of Sarah Martin, Ray Hartmann, Carl Bearden, Robert Knodell talk Walsh's victory, Democratic factions affecting McCaskill's re-election, Nicole Galloway vs. Todd Richardson
          The Missouri Times:  Democrat Jordan Presnell announces candidacy for seat held by term-limited Rep. Gary Cross (R-Lee's Summit)
          JCNT:  Patrick Baker named new Senate administrator
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks Drafting Services Attorney
          KC Star:  Missouri still last among states in employee pay
          P-D:  Unions to hold anti-'right to work' rally at Capitol, submit petition signatures on Friday
          SE Missourian:  Cape County adopts prescription drug database
          KWMU:  Greitens to join other state leaders in drawing attention to corrections workers
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe students, administrator air grievances about "PWIs" (Predominantly White Institutions):  Coed says Caucasoids at her high school were "not understanding (my) hair," other atrocities
          Clayton Times:  Few transfer students from unaccredited school districts remain in Clayton district
          SE Missourian:  Nashville band cancels gig, cites NAACP "travel advisory"
          P-D:  NAACP "travel advisory" hurting tourism, officials say;  Comments from Explore St. Louis' Kitty Ratcliffe, Jerry Hunter, others
          KWMU:  Attorney for man who killed Post-Dispatch reporter requests stay of execution for new DNA evidence
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  Employers can teach cruel Republican legislators a lesson by increasing payroll expenditures
          KC Star letter:  Independence liberal unhappy with GOP legislators' tax cuts, wants Legislature to be disbanded
          SNL letter:  Willow Springs sexagenarian wants GOP legislators to expand Medicaid
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        Monday, August 14
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill:  Army contractor in Afghanistan bought Porsches, Bentleys, prohibited guns and alcohol
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump group turns out fewer than 60 for health care rally X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump group organizes Charlottesville protest X
          SNL:  Springfield liberals organize Charlottesville protest, link Trump to Nazis;  Local Dem leader:  "Probably the cream of the left activists are here" X
          Missourinet:  Deadline is today for Missouri residents to apply for federal disaster relief
          Drebes:  Mark Schwartz leaves Andy Blunt's Statehouse Strategies
          KC Star:  Family of man who receives in-home care opposes cuts to in-home care
          AP:  Sex offender law prompts lawsuit
          SNL:  Springfield Police Department aware of sex trafficking investigation at Asian spas since 2014, chief says X
          KWMU:  St. Louis City crime-data analysis:  More than half of 2017 homicide suspects are black males;  Area woman says spending $4 million in state money will surely help
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri Department of Conservation celebrates 80 years of preserving wildlife +
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Army vet:  Foreign aid makes for a stronger Missouri X
          Messenger:  On Ferguson and Charlottesville
          SNL letter:  Organizer of "Clean Missouri" petition drives touts presence at Route 66 Festival this coming weekend X
          P-D letter:  Union lawyer opposes 'right to work'
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian disagrees with Missouri Republicans on minimum wage, cites Berkeley study
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        Sunday, August 13
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill to hold 25 town halls amid challenges from right and left
          Drebes:  Charlie Hinderliter leaving St. Louis Regional Chamber for St. Louis Realtors
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri State Fair brings attention to hungry children;  Comments from Ag Director Chris Chinn
          Republic-Monitor:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) reflects on freshman session:  'Right to work' victory, urban legislators taking no interest in life-saving rural legislation, more
          CDT:  At MU, efficiency is the new normal due to budget cuts X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to see less than 5 (five) percent cut in funding for high-poverty schools;  Federal taxpayers foot $8,000,000.00 bill to "level the playing field" for poorest SPS schools this year X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools to distribute 20,000 Google Chromebook laptops in first 11 days of schools X
          P-D:  Wentzville School District the fastest-growing in the state;  White, middle-class families flee inner-ring St. Louis County suburbs for St. Charles County
          JCNT editorial:  A renewed call for primary seat belt law in Missouri X
          P-D:  Michael Brown protesters make a scene outside Cardinals game;  Agitators hold obscentity-filled signs, scream as families depart Busch Stadium
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  UM outlook brightens under Choi X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Hard facts to swallow after Ferguson:  Shooting of Michael Brown was justified;  Small pack of Mizzou complainers severely damaged school's reputation;  NAACP "travel advisory" gimmick is misguided;  More X
          KC Star letters:  MATA's Jeannie Brandstetter on GOP discrimination law;  KC man offers sarcastic praise of NAACP "travel advisory," notes that "white folks with common sense" avoid dangerous black areas
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian responds to P-D editorial on GOP discrimination bill
          SNL letter:  Republic nonagenarian responds to former Speaker Tim Jones' op-ed, attempts analogy involving Alice in Wonderland X
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        Saturday, August 12
       
P-D:  McCaskill launches rural Missouri town hall meetings in bid to stake out the middle
          AP:  Fact Check:  Democrats' anti-Hawley ad
          SE Missourian:  Trump names Kinder to Delta Regional Authority leadership post +
          Missourinet:  Local governments, residents nearing deadline to receive federal aid from spring floods
          Deseret News:  Scott Eckersley, at center of 2007 Gov. Blunt controversy, sues local police and prosecutors in brochure dispute
          CDT:  Video:  Sara Walsh 50th District special election victory speech X
          SNL:  Local TV vet talks 'fake news,' media literacy with local Pachyderms X
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-'right to work' group accused of armed intimidation
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' supporters ask state Supreme Court to block union ballot effort
          Ray Hartmann:  Discriminating taste? How Missouri Legislature disgraced the state with Senate Bill 43
          P-D:  State plan to verify welfare recipients' qualifications is delayed
          The Missouri Times:  Office of Administration asking for rule review input from applicants in state's Merit System
          P-D:  Greitens orders flags at half-staff to honor slain Clinton, Mo., officer
          P-D:  New state parks:  Planned by Nixon, on hold by Greitens
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT finalizes eclipse plans X
          P-D:  When it comes to DUI enforcement, Missouri leans to lenient
          Missourinet:  Event hosted by Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) provides free backpacks, school supplies
          The Missouri Times:  As the final KCI decision looms, questions arise around AECOM;  Comments from Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City)
          KC Star editorial:  Despite state minimum-wage law, every KC business should pay workers at least $10/hr.
          Waters:  NAACP's "overblown allegations" in travel-advisory gimmick don't help race relations X
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        Friday, August 11
       
The Missouri Times:  Trump names Peter Kinder as new Alternate Federal Co-Chairperson of the Delta Regional Authority
          P-D:  White House appoints former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to federal economic development
          KWMU:  Through Medicaid, taxpayers will subsidize "free" health clinics at Normandy and two other poorly-peforming schools
          P-D:  Former Obamacare worker claims she'll file against Claire McCaskill in Democratic U.S. Senate primary
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber to speak to local Dems on Monday X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  GOP rally at State Fair ruffles feathers;  Comments from one (1) member of Missouri State Fair Commission, Democrat and longtime Carnahan family ally Sean McGinnis
          CDT:  Taylor Burks oversees first election, settles in as county clerk X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks potential statewide vote on fuel tax for transportation
          The Missouri Times:  Courts could see flurry of anti-discrimination suits before new law takes hold
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) partners with Firefighters, unions in organizing school supply drive
          Columbia Missourian:  UMKC chancellor leaving early;  likely interim backs more system collaboration
          KC Star:  A million out-of-state travelers expected to pack Missouri roads for solar eclipse
          The Missouri Times:  Capital City preparing for total eclipse
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper seeks members of Readers Board "that represent the area's diversity"
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation debunks story of strange creature in Lake Springfield X
          KWMU:  Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson talks about new book, Michael Brown's assault on Officer Darren Wilson, media bias against law enforcement, more
          Pacific Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation:  Trap, euthanize is best solution for animal problem
          KWMU:  Filmmaker promotes Ferguson documentary, says he hopes protesters "are proud of themselves" for what they did
          P-D editorial:  Auditor Nicole Galloway calls out Gov. Nixon's budget poaching and mooching
          SNL editorial:  "Cliff Effect" legislation from Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) could help stop area poors from committing so many crimes X
          P-D op-ed:  2016 Democratic lieutenant governor primary bronze medalist Winston Apple:  'Right to work' an assault on the right to unite
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Gerrymandering cost the energetic, courageous Michela Skelton her rightful state rep victory
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man responds to Clay's Ferguson op-ed, says Michael Brown should not have punched officer in the head
          KC Star letter:  U.S. Travel Association's Roger Dow says NAACP "travel advisory" stunt will hurt Missouri employment
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        Thursday, August 10
       
AP:  McCaskill plans another round of rural Missouri town halls
          P-D:  NRSC's new anti-McCaskill ads have rodeo theme
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump groups draws small crowd for health care protest;  Mayor Sly James, local "Indivisible" leader serve as opening acts for headliner Jason Kander
          KCUR:  Health care bus tour makes stop in KC
          Daily American Republic:  Rep. Jason Smith hears concerns during annual Farm Tour +
          KC Star:  Man who helped with Stephen Colbert PAC gag to serve as treasurer for Josh Hawley's eventual U.S. Senate campaign
          The Missouri Times:  New poll, conducted by Gravis Polling, shows 53 percent approval rating for Greitens
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit gives $100k more to 'right-to-work' group while unions mobilize X
          KWMU:  Unions plan to turn in 300k signatures, likely putting Missouri's 'right-to-work' law in limbo
          KSMU:  The Ways of the Court:  Betsy AuBuchon - the first female to serve as the Supreme Court of Missouri clerk - explains the process
          P-D:  Greitens' "No Mo Red Tape" anonymous comment website draws varied input
          SNL:  Missouri's Blue Alert law takes effect in 3 weeks. Would it have helped in Clinton? X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Area Community College president supports new community college association leader Brian Millner
          Drebes:  DESE issues Request for Information for adult high schools
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 9, 2017
          KC Star:  Audit:  Rural Missouri hospital at heart of $90 million billing scheme
          Missourinet:  State audit raises red flags about Missouri hospital's billing practices
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  The day in Ferguson:  Bluetooth speakers fail during dance performance, march to park cancelled, protesters create disturbance inside McDonald's
          P-D:  Photo:  Protesters make a scene, disturb paying customers at McDonald's
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Thoughts from 2014's riot celebrities
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Compendium of station's previous Ferguson coverage
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens and GOP wrong on subsidizing ACT for all students, wrong on prisoner rehab programs, wrong - then right - on foster care funding
          JCNT editorial:  Encourage government participation by filling panel appointments X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  McCaskill:  Fighting for justice for mustard gas victims
          P-D op-ed:  Humane Society's Kathy Warnick:  Lack of hot car law leaves Missouri pets in danger
          SNL op-ed:  Freshman superminority Reps. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) and Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) want override of Greitens' HCB3 veto X
          P-D letter:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon):  Missouri voters elected governor, Legislature who promised 'right to work'
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        Wednesday, August 9
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill's crackdown on prescription drug price gouging heads to Trump
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panel talks Hawley's U.S. Senate decision
          KWIX/KRES (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer concerned about North Korea's capabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh, Sandy Crawford claim victories for GOP in special elections
          SNL:  Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo) wins special election X
          CDT:  Walsh wins 50th District seat X
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  De rigueur election-day images:  Old person voting, handicapped person voting, extremely old person voting, election officials administering election, victory and defeat parties X
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Senior citizens cast their ballots
          Columbia Missourian:  50th District elects Sara Walsh
          JCNT:  Voters choose Sara Walsh in 50th House district special election X
          P-D:  Republicans win special legislative elections
          KC Star:  Higher minimum wage gets KC voters' support;  Unions begin separate push for statewide initiative petition campaign
          Missourinet:  Activists promote "Save the Raise" campaign to keep wages high;  Supporter compares minimum-wage workers to cans of tomatoes
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Fair opens tomorrow in Sedalia
          Drebes:  MO HealthNet's Jay Ludlum leaving
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force members hope to hash out funding issues in upcoming hearing
          KWMU:  DESE data:  Wentzville the fastest-growing school district in the state
          P-D:  Missouri students make slight gains in English and math
          SNL:  Ozark Farmers Market launches "DoubleUp-SNAP" days, hopes welfare recipients spend portion of taxpayer money on healthy food X
          KWMU:  NAACP "travel advisory" campaign still getting attention
          KDKD (Clinton):  Landowners team with Missouri Dept. of Conservation to control feral hogs;  To protect private property, wild animals must be trapped or shot
          Missourinet:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Activists to march today
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Activists rebuild Michael Brown memorial, place mylar balloons and stuffed animals in middle of public street
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Station hosts call-in show for listeners to share emotions, analysis
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's pro-gun legislators to blame for death of Clinton, Mo. police officer
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Nixon's failure - Missouri's board, commission seats left unfilled
          P-D op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary piece
          Jensen:  Remembering Jerry Litton +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  List of criticisms of Josh Hawley, Greitens, GOP legislators
          P-D letter:  Ladue woman wants McCaskill to fight pro-gun law
          P-D letter:  Union member opposes 'right to work'
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        Tuesday, August 8
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says Senate GOP's bitter "Never Trump" sect holding up good legislation +
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  Corps needs to proceed with area flood-control project, fix levees +
          P-D:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) says she's considering GOP U.S. Senate bid
          Clayton Times:  Q&A with Mark Osmack:  Local man seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Ann Wagner's re-election
          SNL:  Local 25-year-old claims he'll put name on GOP primary ballot against Billy Long;  Area sexagenarian seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot for Billy Long's re-election X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  SOS Jay Ashcroft talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum on getting the word out about new voter ID law
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor Nicole Galloway says boards and commissions fell into "bureaucratic oblivion" under Nixon Administration
          SNL:  Galloway:  Nixon's spending on office was shifty, not thrifty;  state boards face "bureaucratic oblivion" X
          P-D:  Galloway:  Nixon let state boards sink into 'bureaucratic oblivion'
          AP:  Audit says Nixon overspent on office
          Faughn:  On Ashcroft and approach to ballot language, media's sexist hypocrisy toward Abigail Blunt, Will Kraus appointment, media dunderheadedness on lobbyist trinkets and meals, more
          Clayton Times:  Missouri missing out on millions as "Ozark" is filmed in Georgia;  State film production credits ceased in November 2013
          The Missouri Times:  GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) discusses leadership election process
          KC Star:  KC voters to approve minimum-wage hike today
          AP:  KC voters to approve minimum-wage hike today
          Drebes:  Carl Bearden's United for Missouri files lawsuit against St. Charles County's PDMP
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's winter prep to begin
          SNL:  St. Louis County NAACP flip-flops on travel advisory X
          Columbia Missourian:  University responds to NAACP's "travel advisory" campaign
          P-D op-ed:  Time to rethink how Missouri approaches jail sentences for juvenile criminals
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian opposes cuts to 'circuit breaker' program, says Greitens and GOP lawmakers treat olds like a pit bull treats a rag doll
          P-D letter:  Local sexagenarian urbanite wants lawmakers to require police officers to sit through more "implicit bias training"
          KC Star letters:  Local black man sees racism in traffic stops;  Local employer wishes minimum-wage crowd would stop leeching unemployment benefits and welfare when they skip out on the job
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        Monday, August 7
       
KWMU:  Local transgenders in a tizzy over Trump tweets;  Male military veterans, now living as women, express anger at President
        KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to provide you unbiased journalism
        Seeking Alpha:  Lee Enterprises earnings call transcript:  Post-Dispatch parent company kept Q3 costs down by trimming newsroom fat and outsourcing jobs
        KC Star:  Forty years ago this week, Missouri lost a giant in U.S. Rep. Jerry Litton (D)
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jim Talent on national security;  Panel of Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), Steve Tilley, Garrett Webb talk Hawley vs. McCaskill, abortion special session
        KMIZ (Columbia):  Columbia College prof Terry Smith weighs in on Michela Skelton vs. Sara Walsh
        P-D:  Election preview:  Michela Skelton (D) vs. Sara Walsh (R)
        The Maneater:  Greitens appoints two new curators and student representative to Board of Curators
        The Maneater:  Greitens nominates Courtney Lauer to fill student representative position
        P-D:  More than 100 St. Louis businesses claim they'll keep $10 minimum wage, despite new state law
        Hannibal Courier-Post's "Salt River Journal" free weekly:  Area olds complain about changes to Missouri Rx program
        P-D:  State budget trims prison education programs
        SE Missourian:  Missouri Department of Conservation to mark 80th year with open houses tomorrow +
        KOMU:  Columbia says impact of NAACP travel advisory still uncertain
        P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP changes mind on national group's travel advisory, now supports it
        Missourinet:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Ferguson police prepare to protect property, law-abiding residents
        SE Missourian editorial:  Greitens' Innovation Task Force a positive for Missouri business +
        SNL op-ed:  Local anti-Trump group expresses anger with Roy Blunt, Billy Long for supporting Trump agenda X
        Messenger:  As feds strengthen whistleblower protections, Missouri heads the other way
        KC Star editorial writer Melinda Henneberger:  Sly James, Eric Greitens and Donald Trump are all too secretive
        CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian repeats, for second time, original endorsement of 50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D) X
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Michela Skelton, "fond of reminding everyone she's a distant cousin" of Ike Skelton, the best choice for state rep
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU's Aaron Hedlund:  Sara Walsh will make a better state rep than Karl Marx fangirl Michela Skelton
        P-D letter:  Septuagenarian couple still subscribes to Post-Dispatch print edition, expresses frustration in columnist selection
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        Sunday, August 6
       
JCNT:  At local Chamber breakfast, Luetkemeyer says Senate has "dropped the ball" on fixing Obamacare X
          JCNT:  Some rural co-ops investing to bring broadband to rural areas, just as they did electricity X
          The Missouri Times:  Labor groups to present anti-'right to work' ballot signatures August 18
          P-D:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson accepted less than $3,000 in lobbyist gifts in first six months of 2017;  Trinkets and food include commemorative coins, meals with former colleagues
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  50th District candidate Sara Walsh (R)
          SNL:  State law keeps allegations of teacher misconduct out of public view X
          CDT:  Profile:  University of Missouri President Mun Choi X
          SNL:  Given budget, MSU President Clif Smart requests no raise X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Texting is still legal for many drivers X
          P-D:  Express Scripts launches new measures in the battle over the opioid epidemic
          P-D:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Status of race relations in Ferguson
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Public radio station seeks listeners' tales of how assault on Darren Wilson, subsequent riots and looting affected them
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill-Hawley U.S. Senate race would provide Missourians an entertaining political fight X
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on urban minimum-wage hike
          P-D editorial:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  Things are getting better in Ferguson, despite Donald Trump
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill helps veterans who participated in mustard gas experiments X
          Waters:  50th District endorsement, again:  Octogenarian repeats his endorsement of Democrat Michela Skelton, adds new thoughts X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Improved access to behavioral health clinics would help people avoid opioid addiction X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian disagrees with Blunt on Obamacare, resorts to CAPS LOCK to make her point X
          JCNT letter:  Liberal activist Sue Gibson wants Greitens to protect black drivers during eclipse X
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        Saturday, August 5
       
KBIA:  American Medical Association President David Barbe, a Missourian, weighs in on Obamacare fixes, PDMP, more
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt votes for the week
          Missourinet:  Missouri one of 17 states with back-to-school tax-free weekends
          P-D:  The Mission Continues rolls on - without Greitens;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch polisci prof pundit pool (Ken Warren, SLU)
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' groups accuse unions of heavy-handed tactics and secrecy
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP debate:  Why some physicians aren't happy with Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  University of Missouri embezzlement investigation turned over to feds X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU police turn over misappropriation case to federal authorities
          SE Missourian:  Fewer international students expected at SEMO this fall +
          JCNT:  Road-safety group gives Missouri failing grade for laws X
          KC Star:  St. Louis County NAACP objects to travel advisory
          KC Star:  Taxpayers to fund federal "listening sessions" in Blue Springs to heal race-based injured feelings
          KC Star editorial:  Lobbyists spending on the decline, but still too high
          P-D editorial briefs:  On Will Kraus, and Kemper Arena vs. TWA Dome
          Messenger:  Anti-gun gals gather downtown this weekend
          SNL op-ed:  Former House Speaker Tim Jones:  Republicans need a job-creating, wage-growing, tax-cut home run X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood, Centralia mayors support Grain Belt Express
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico opposes cuts to care programs
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man suggests NAACP focus less on "travel advisory" gimmick and more on black-on-black KC crime
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        Friday, August 4
       
AP:  McCaskill plan to help veterans exposed to mustard gas heads to Trump
          SNL:  Jim Evans, who lost twice to Billy Long as a Democrat, holds press conference declaring he is not a Republican but will run in GOP primary X
          Missourinet:  Backpage, illegal alien prostitutes suspected in Missouri sex trafficking ring
          SNL:  Details of sex trafficking case emerge X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines preview:  The unique struggle of African-American transgenders, self-identified "Queers," bisexuals, lesbians and gays
          Drebes:  New PACs formed
          Missourinet:  GOP group accuses unions of "thuggery" in 'right to work' petition battle
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) doubts Senate will back bill for transportation funding X
          Washington Missourian:  Local electrician upset over state license bill;  Schatz's office offers explanation X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to re-open key mid-Missouri bridge;  state officials expect 50,000 visitors in Jefferson City for eclipse
          P-D:  Ask MoDOT:  Just how bad will eclipse traffic be?
          SNL:  Greitens' education pick turns down appointment after learning about state law X
          P-D:  College president declines Missouri Board of Education appointment after state law 'oversight'
          P-D:  175 Missouri localities did not meet financial filing requirements this June, Galloway says
          The Missouri Times:  PSC hears arguments for Clean Line once again
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  August 3, 2017
          Brownfield Ag News:  Monsanto issues "open letter" to growers seeking information about damage caused by illegal application of generic dicamba
          KWMU:  Advocates want criminals with life sentences sprung from jail and on the streets sooner
          P-D:  St. Louis NAACP opposes national group's "travel advisory," says it will hurt local African-Americans who work
          KC Star:  Connecticut liberal e-mails KC Star, claims NAACP "travel advisory" will keep him from visiting Kansas City
          KMOV:  Missouri Department of Conservation investigating two animal deaths;  Animals shot and left laying create controversy
          KWMU:  Michael Brown theft/assault anniversary series:  A look at legal battles post-riots
          P-D editorial:  In fight for a U.S. Senate seat, McCaskill and Hawley find mutual enemy in Backpage
          SE Missourian editorial:  Missouri's sales tax holiday provides shoppers significant savings +
          Messenger:  Former Department of Insurance Director John Huff walks through revolving door, cashes in
          The Missouri Times letter:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove):  Time for voters to boot McCaskill from office
          KC Star letter:  Independence octogenarian not a fan of "Vicki [sic] Hartzler"
          P-D letter:  Eureka sexagenarian accuses Ron Richard of "goose-stepping" for anti-union causes
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        Thursday, August 3
       
KC Star:  Hawley forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate run against McCaskill;  Comments from James Harris, Jack Danforth, McCaskill's David Kirby
          Missourinet:  Report:  Hawley will file paperwork for Senate race tomorrow;  McCaskill campaign blasts AG
          AP:  Hawley moves to challenge McCaskill
          KWMU:  Missourians will soon get the chance to view info on Obamcare premium increases
          KC Star:  Cleaver on students not repaying the loans they chose to take out:  "Congress can fix this"
          Missourinet:  Columbia College poli sci prof Terry Smith weighs in on Trump personnel changes
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity to spend "mid-six-figure" dollar amount fighting unions' anti-'right to work' campaign
          AP:  Greitens sets date to fill vacant legislative seats
          Drebes:  Josiah Bechtold, who ran as a Democrat against Ryan Silvey, considering state rep bid as a Republican
          Rosenbaum:  Lawsuit seeks to pull back curtain on Missouri legislators' e-mails
          SE Missourian:  Missouri tax-free weekend begins Friday +
          AP:  Analysis:  Abortion special session cost less than $100k
          KC Star:  Lobbyist spending down in 2017;  Lawmakers, staff receive less than $350k in gifts from lobbyists first six months of 2017
          Missourinet:  Greitens' "Justice Reinvestment Task Force" will look at how state handles criminals
          The Missouri Times:  Janna Basler, Black Lives Matter sympathizer caught on video bullying student journalist in 2015, target of embezzlement probe at MU
          KWMU:  In St. Louis, public and charter schools are in the business of recruiting students
          Reuters:  Missouri, other state seek to educate farmers about proper use of dicamba, importance of using low-volatility formulations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Soybean farmers learn more about safe dicamba use;  Trial lawyers attend session, encourage litigation X
          Clayton Times:  Clayton tree awarded by the Missouri Department of Conservation as one of the state's finest
          P-D:  St. Louis City Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed claims state "owes" city more than $20 million for prison reimbursement costs
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, reports third quarter results;  Revenue continues to decline, with double-digit drops in retail and classified advertising
          MarketWatch:  Gannett, parent company of Springfield News-Leader, reporters third quarter results;  Revenue up, but at breakeven ($0.00) earnings per share
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is awfully cozy with his big pay-to-play donor Express Scripts
          KC Star editorial:  NAACP travel advisory:  Missouri is the new Mississippi
          SNL op-ed:  Sexagenarian liberal says McCaskill, Blunt, Billy Long too conservative on Medicare spending X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Sexagenarian conservative supports Sara Walsh, opposes Michela Skelton
          Columbia Missourian letter:  League of Women Voters sexagenarian says voter ID law hasn't changed much about voting
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        Wednesday, August 2
       
P-D:  Potential campaign rivals McCaskill and Hawley both up the ante against Backpage
          KWMU:  Investigations of Backpage prompt Missouri officials to file legislation, lawsuits
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill targets site that boosts sex trafficking +
          SNL:  Warrant sheds light on Hawley's bust of Asian sex traffickers X
          Missourinet:  RNC officials visit Missourinet studios, chat about voter data and effort to defeat McCaskill
          SNL:  Jim Evans, who filled Democratic ballot slots against Billy Long in 2012 and 2014, to file as a Republican this time around X
          JCNT:  'Right to work' challenge to petitions rebuffed X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) will not seek re-election
          CDT:  Charges fill direct mail in 50th District race;  Walsh accused of siding with Greitens;  Skelton accused of siding with Mizzou radicals, mocking religion on Facebook X
          Missourinet:  Will Kraus appointed to Missouri State Tax Commission
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) hopes Greitens doesn't call yet another special session
          P-D:  Wallethub ranks Missouri, other states on education factors
          KWMU:  Pew study:  St. Louis County schools among highest at risk of flooding in U.S.
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court may force L.A. Rams to shell out a little more money
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules that Rams could owe state $350k in back taxes
          AP:  Ruling means Rams may owe $352,000 to state of Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court issues opinion in complicated Rams tax dispute
          P-D:  Rams may owe Missouri $352,000 in back taxes
          P-D:  Once too hot, inmates at St. Louis City jail now complaining it's too chilly
          KC Star:  NAACP issues 'travel advisory' for Missouri
          P-D editorial:  Greitens sends wrong message to employers with funding cuts for free testing
          KC Star editorial:  How Eric Greitens' last-minute appointment cast the deciding vote for Kansas City police chief
          JCNT editorial:  Responsible Gaming Education Week:  May the odds be never in your favor X
          KC Star op-ed:  DHSS's Randall Williams:  Missouri has new tools in the fight against opioid abuse
          KC Star letters:  KC septuagenarian compares Greitens unfavorably to Trump;  Smithville sexagenarian attempts anti-Greitens punchline involving "checks and balances"
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        Tuesday, August 1
       
August 2016 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2015 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2014 Missouri political news headlines
        August 2013 Missouri political news headlines
        P-D:  Area schools spending millions of federal Medicaid dollars
        P-D:  Taxpayers to fund $450,000 for soccer fields in Wellston
        The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus steps down as state senator, will join State Tax Commission
        P-D:  Greitens picks three new members for Missouri Board of Education:  Eddy Justice, Delbert Scott, Melissa Gelner
        CDT:  Greitens selects Sunvold, Brncic for UM curator appointments X
        Columbia Missourian:  Courtney Lauer, John Sunvold, Julia Brncic named to UM System Board of Curators
        AP:  Greitens makes University of Missouri curator appointments
        CDT:  Greitens appoints Taylor Burks as Boone County Clerk X
        SE Missourian:  Innovation Task Force seeks to boost tech startups in Missouri
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger shares thoughts on multiple special sessions, value of dicamba in helping farmers manage weeds on their farm, more
        The Missouri Times:  Questions about Capitol security continue to weigh on legislators' minds
        Missourinet:  Wash U. psychology prof, Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), others weigh in on PDMP
        JCNT:  Unions say 'right to work' will lower wages;  businesses say law will help economy grow X
        KWMU:  Hep C lawsuit against Missouri prison system to go forward as class action
        Drebes:  State seeks bids for FirstNet system
        CDT:  Competition, poor reputation contribute to Fulton hospital's demise X
        Missourinet:  6-state campaign results in more than 2,000 speeding tickets issued in Missouri
        SE Missourian editorial:  Resources available to help during heat waves +
        Waters:  50th District state rep endorsement:  Michela Skelton (D) X
        Priddy:  I ran into former Holden staffer Paul Woody at a motel in Kansas
        Columbia Missourian letter:  Kansas man applauds Greitens for abortion law
        SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian reprimands Show-Me Institute with "TSK TSK TSK!" for making education-overhaul suggestions X
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        Monday, July 31
       
Washington Times:  Social conservatives cheer Trump's transgender troop ban;  Hartzler's amendment "touched off the first real debate in Congress"
          KSGF (Springfield):  Eric Burlison talks to host Nick Reed about McCaskill's re-election opioid angle, Josh Hawley and Paul Curtman, problems with PDMP, more
          SNL:  MSU President Clif Smart:  Trump anti-terror travel ban not to blame for drop in international students X
          Fox News:  Video:  Eric Greitens the "Power Player of the Week"
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) talks PDMP, vetoes and more;  Panel of Jack Cardetti, Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis), David Barklage, and The Pathway's Don Hinkle talks abortion, special session, and more
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) seeks intern
          Washington Missourian:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits body shop to talk state's Linked Deposit program X
          SNL:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) to step away from politics, will not run for state Senate X
          P-D:  The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian business columnists David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher say Missouri GOP tax cuts "blew a big hole in the state's budget" (3:10), allege that lawmakers have "cut education other critical services";  GOP lawmakers "had no idea, obviously, what they were doing" (3:30)
          Missourinet:  ACLU still wants Missouri voter ID law thrown out
          Washington Missourian:  ACT will not be free this year X
          JCNT:  Local school districts' unpaid meal policies outlined in light of USDA order, Southern Boone troubles X
          KC Star:  Ranking the most opioid-laden Missouri counties
          KC Star editorial:  Don't be afraid of conservative local TV news
          P-D editorial:  Greitens backers abuse Sunshine Law to go after governor's opponents
          KC Star letter:  Harrisonville septuagenarian wants Hartzler to hold town halls;  Kansas septuagenarian responds to Richard's letter on 'right to work'
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        Sunday, July 30
       
JCNT:  New federal law steps up work on agro-terrorism defense;  McCaskill sponsored bill X
          The Hill:  McCaskill says Trump's trangender announcement "the height of disrespect" to Defense Secretary James Mattis
          STLBJ:  McCaskill expands opioid probe to include Mallinckrodt
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Washington) draws 700 to launch of U.S. Senate exploratory committee
          CDT:  Hartzler proposes bill to ban smoking at low-income housing units X
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump "Indivisible" group holds Saturday rally outside Luetkemeyer's office X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Anti-Trump "Persisterhood" protest draws fifteen (15) females to streetcorner X
          JCNT:  State agencies begin complying with Greitens' order to trim regulations X
          P-D:  More special sessions unlikely this summer
          AP:  Greitens meets pushback on foster care spending
          Washington Missourian:  Sheriff says less political angst over Second Amendment rights has led to fewer concealed carry permits in 2017 X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Board of Curators asks state for $150 million for MU project
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators request $253 million for building needs
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill among moderates seeking a health care compromise
          P-D editorial:  Greitens sets up expensive legal showdown over new abortion law
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Abortion bill a good one
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Eric Greitens' bait-and-switch gambit:  Support transparency when running for governor, then use dark money to attack opponents
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Local grandma, a Second Amendment fan, ready to shoot local thieves;  Granddaughter had her bike stolen X
          SNL letter:  Truman State College Republicans President Ben Terrell:  Truth seems to evade Claire McCaskill X
          SNL letter:  Area Democrat wants Billy Long to hold public forum X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian unhappy with Greitens' support of abortion legislation X
          P-D letter:  Area gals disagree with courts op-ed by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon)
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        Saturday, July 29
       
KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt both claim to want compromise on health care
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof Terry Smith analyzes McCaskill, Blunt stances on health care and McCaskill's re-election bid
          KWMU:  Empower Missouri opposes Trump's budget cuts
          P-D:  Lacy Clay speaks at Urban League event;  Democratic scion says he's fighting Trump's "duplicitous and savage assault on voting rights"
          P-D:  Final NGA site prep to start next month
          KWMU:  A plan to address Mississippi River flooding rests on those who disagree on control measures
          CDT:  Local Democratic party chairwoman resigns X
          The Missouri Times:  Governing Magazing scores new chief execs, gives Greitens 'Surviving' grade
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' opponents score victory with new court ruling
          Missourinet:  Missouri appeals court reverses lower court decision in 'right to work' ballot case
          P-D:  Court sides with Missouri unions in 'right to work' dispute
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says new abortion regulations will help make women safer
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Greitens:  Opioid crisis a call to arms X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican base getting excited for education overhaul
          Columbia Missourian:  State offices and MU plan for the coming eclipse
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Board of Curators asks state for $150 million for MU project
          P-D:  Missouri prison on lockdown after inmate stabs state corrections officer
          Missourinet:  State Fair officials take Missouri's tougher carnival ride inspections seriously
          SNL:  Attorney:  Net cast too wide in Asian massage parlor raids X
          SNL:  Here's what authorities took from Asian massage parlor raids:  Stained table skirt, stained bedding, stained baseboard, samples from stains on a wall, more X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri law enforcement catch almost 2,000 speeders in multi-state campaign
          KC Star:  New Kansas City police chief will be KCPD Maj. Rick Smith
          Washington Missourian:  Former co-publisher of the Missourian dies;  Tom Miller Sr. served as president of Missouri Press Association in 1992 X
          JCNT editorial:  As summer heats up, so does 2018 Senate race;  McCaskill trying to position herself as a moderate X
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens is behaving just like those 'corrupt career politicians'
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Hartzler's stance on military transgenders echoes 1940s arguments against black soldiers
          KC Star letter:  KC sexagenarian dislikes Missouri's rural "farmers and ranchers" having a say over urban minimum wages
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        Friday, July 28
       
Kraske:  What a Democratic wave could mean for McCaskill
          Missourinet:  Hartzler happy Trump is making her transgender-surgery amendment unnecessary
          USA Today:  Hartzler's push on transgender troops draws national attention
          Columbia Missourian:  Woman who seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Hartzler organizes protest
          CDT:  Anti-Hartzler protest draws 45;  Conservative counter-protester succeeds in disrupting speaker, instigating crowd X
          CDT photo gallery:  Anti-Hartzler rally:  Male soldiers who had sex-change operations, Trump supporter agitating liberals, more X
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay, Jason Smith push bill to preserve Civil Rights Movement sites
          KC Star:  Missouri resists bowing to 2016 Obama order forcing politically-correct language;  State documents continue use of "American Indian" rather than "Native American," "Oriental" rather than 'Asian-American"
          The Missouri Times:  National Urban League kicks off annual conference by mistakenly advertising Greitens appearance
          Missourinet:  A look at new abortion legislation:  Privately-owned radio network features views from supporters, opponents of legislation
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  A look at new abortion legislation:  Public radio station to host executives from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, no supporters of legislation
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri moves toward REAL ID compliance X
          SE Missourian:  Funding for free ACT for all juniors cut;  Taxpayers will continue to pick up tab for poor kids +
          KWMU:  School districts, pressured to stop suspending unruly students, turn to new methods;  Bad behavior earns Maplewood Richmond Heights students time in "chill zone" comfy recliner
          KC Star:  Greitens again appoints former federal prosecutor to Kansas City police board
          Missourinet:  Missouri bridge is being renamed for veteran MoDOT employee Lyndon Ebker, killed in the line of duty
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 26, 2017
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With his comments on St. Louis City savagery, Greitens is just stating the obvious
          Messenger:  As National Urban League gathers in St. Louis, NAACP issues a Missouri travel warning
          P-D op-ed:  Drug monitoring in Missouri:  It takes two
          KC Star letter:  Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) says 'right to work' already improving Missouri's business climate
          SE Missourian letter:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  'Right to work' is good for workers +
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        Thursday, July 27
       
KC Star:  Hartzler scores win in push to keep taxpayers from funding soldiers' sex-change operations
          KC Star:  Area man uses VA benefits to transition into womanhood;  Navy vet, already "so angry" with Hartzler, in a tizzy over Trump decision
          P-D:  Blunt praises Sessions, says he should stay on the job
          P-D:  House passes Lacy Clay-Jason Smith bill directing Park Service to commemorate civil rights movement
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt considering bid for U.S. Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MRP Vice Chair Kay Hoflander talks U.S. Senate primary, party's focus on beating Claire McCaskill
          KWMU:  Hawley's office wants to reinstate ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers
          Drebes:  Follow-up on House 60 candidates:  David Griffith and Pat Rowe Kerr in the fray
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says Dollar Tree distribution center a big win for Johnson County, region
          Missourinet:  Abortion bill signed into law by Greitens
          AP:  Greitens signs new abortion regulations into law
          Missourinet:  Democrats want more spending on in-home and nursing home services
          CDT:  Lack of Medicaid expansion played part in Fulton hospital closing X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks about next session's push for transportation funding
          P-D:  St. Louis City accepts Greitens' help on crime, with reservations
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MO Dept. of Revenue warns against phone scammers X
          P-D:  Top academic leader will leave St. Louis Public Schools for Ohio job
          KWMU:  Fast facts on St. Louis City workhouse, state's jail regulations
          KWMU:  Ferguson Community Center opens at site of QuikTrip destroyed by rioters
          AP:  Center called a 'powerful first step' in helping Ferguson recover from havoc wreaked by rioters
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Business, labor theories on impact of GOP bills will be tested X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man unhappy with Hartzler's stance on military and transgenders
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        Wednesday, July 26
       
Politico:  McCaskill plays watchdog ahead of tough 2018 race;  New scrutiny on opioid epidemic could help incumbent in Trump state
          Fox Business:  US taxpayers shell out $28 million on Afghan camouflage uniforms;  McCaskill pens letter to Pentagon
          USA Today:  Pentagon to answer to McCaskill for wasting $28 million on questionable camouflage for Afghan soldiers
          KMZU (Carrollton):  After NAFTA renegotiations, McCaskill and Republican colleagues seek to protect American agricultural producers
          Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill "very worried" about NAFTA renegotiations
          AP:  Key Obamacare insurer Centene urges government to keep customer subsidies
          P-D:  Hawley says he's focusing on doing his job, not U.S. Senate race
          P-D:  Ann Wagner calls sex-ad sites slave auctioneers, and says Justice Department lags in prosecution
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Tem candidate Q&A:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville)
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Tem candidate Q&A:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa)
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Pro Tem candidate Q&A:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon)
          CDT:  Michela Skelton, Sara Walsh promise focus on education X
          Drebes:  Jane Beteem forms committee for Jay Barnes' state rep seat
          KWMU:  New abortion regulations headed to Missouri governor, ending 2nd special session
          The Missouri Times:  Senate resorts to PQ to pass abortion law
          P-D:  Senate sends toughter abortion regulations to Greitens
          AP:  Lawmakers send governor law tightening abortion regulations
          Missourinet:  Senate approves House abortion plan
          KWMU:  Local doctor grapples with Missouri's high rate of deaths in childbirth
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) talks Blue Alert law
          Joplin Globe:  Government departments shuffle around money for Greitens' PDMP;  Lawmakers question move's constitutionality X
          SNL:  Greene County to implement drug monitoring program X
          KWMU:  National Urban League conference to take place in St. Louis
          KWMU:  U.S. appeals court:  Lawsuit against Ferguson, Darren Wilson can go forward
          KC Star editorial:  Don't give up on restoring in-home and nursing care in Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Correction:  Editorial board dramatically exaggerates cost of Missouri special sessions, apologizes eighteen (18) days later
          Waters:  McCaskill vs. Hawley will be a rip-roaring campaign
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  Restoring public accountability to Missouri's courts
          Columbia Missourian Community Outreach Director Matt Dulin:  No more online commenting on articles without logging in to Facebook
          KC Star letter:  Friends of the Missouri Governor's Mansion President Randy Scherr remembers Jim Nutter
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        Tuesday, July 25
       
P-D:  Blunt talks Trump's unconventional approach, GOP effort to roll back regulations;  Comments from 1/2 of P-D polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson), Kander's Abe Rakov, others
          Clayton Times:  Candidate conversation:  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen
          Lake Sun:  Camdenton robotics students visit McCaskill, Blunt while in D.C. for advocacy tips
          P-D:  Matt and Genny Jessee start foundation to help parents of epileptic children pay for health care
          The Missouri Times:  Summer 2017 issue:  50 Political Pros You Need to Know
          Drebes:  Top 25 committees in cash-on-hand, July 2017 quarter
          Missourinet:  Appeals court hearing upcoming on anti-'right to work' ballot measure
          The Missouri Times:  How Express Scripts can get a $250,000 no-bid contract for PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax commission leak update:  Rehder claims e-mail was hacked
          KWMU:  After month-long break, Missouri Senate talks for two hours, waits to address abortion-restriction bill
          The Missouri Times:  Senate returns for special session, postpones vote on abortion bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  GOP Reps. Nate Walker, Lindell Shumake offer predictions on Senate abortion-bill actions
          AP:  Missouri Senate reconvenes to consider abortion bill
          P-D:  Senate showdown over abortion legislation looming
          Missourinet:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  State employee pay raises "to be entirely based on revenues and growth in mandatory spending"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Carol Comer tours Thomas Hill Power Plant;  DNR director talks permitting, says agency is an arm of economic development
          AP:  Missouri Democrats still unhappy about in-home, nursing cuts
          P-D:  Missouri aims for more equitable way to grade public schools
          SNL:  A look at license plate no-nos:  No references to violence, drugs, Nelly's early 2000's ditty "Pimp Juice," or hatred for Chicago Cubs X
          KWMU:  New York based advocacy group:  St. Louis City "definitely above average" when it comes to black women in power
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters, get your photo IDs ready
          P-D editorial:  One solution for jail heat:  Fewer inmates
          Waters:  Getting serious about MU budget cuts X
          SNL letter:  Local union official opposes 'right to work' X
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        Monday, July 24
       
SNL:  Local AARP opposes federal cuts to their budget X
          Missourinet:  Clay, Hartzler partner to battle human trafficking
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Andrew Koenig;  Panel of Reps. Bruce Franks, Marsha Haefner and John McCaherty, with NARAL's Alison Dreith, on Greitens' surprise PDMP fiat and legislative pushback, Missouri Alliance for Freedom's suit against Schaaf, special session, more
          Missourinet:  MDP Chairman Stephen Webber:  Missouri Dems won't turn away pro-life legislative candidates
          Drebes:  Tracy King leaves Missouri Chamber for Travis Brown's group
          The Missouri Times:  Net neutrality debate underway again;  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson picks a side
          CDT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson talks "Buy Missouri" initiative, roads at agritourism conference X
          CDT:  Officials say Greitens' executive order won't affect local PDMP X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Critics:  Drug-monitoring program addresses half the problem X
          SNL:  One of country's most prolific prescribers of opioids works in Springfield, Medicare data says X
          CDT:  Transportation a driving issue for much-needed state road improvements X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) takes part in audit of Natural Bridge traffic
          P-D:  Generous incentives package draws logistics, industrial facilities to Hazelwood;  State lawmakers paved the way a decade ago
          SE Missourian:  Cape council may seek federal grant to fund trolley-rails structure +
          P-D editorial:  CNBC says Missouri is a better place for business but a lousy place to live
          KC Star op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  Missouri voters support slashing immigration to save jobs
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Septuagenarian columnist gives nod to Ashcroft voter ID database issue as segue into career retrospective:  States lived in, never ever voting for a Republican, etc.
          P-D letter:  Sappington man says Post-Dispatch is blatantly anti-American
          P-D letter:  Former journalist Dale Singer:  Greitens' word choices show his lack of accountability
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        Sunday, July 23
       
SNL:  Blunt offers health care update at Springfield TARGET barbecue X
          SNL:  Hawley still not ready to address Senate rumors X
          SNL:  Springfield solar businessman Caleb Arthur announces state Senate run X
          CDT:  Abortion, social issues among hot topics in Skelton-Walsh state rep race X
          KWMU:  Legislators resume abortion-focused special session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) talks next session's transportation focus, need for public support
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Highway panels to hear residents' concerns X
          JCNT:  Capitol renovations continue next year X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Charleston church to honor former First Lady Betty Hearnes' 90th birthday with celebration +
          Washington Missourian:  Local tick virus case now worldwide topic X
          KWMU:  St. Louis City officials hope installing temporary AC at jail will placate activists;  Nasheed met with Greitens, urged state action
          P-D:  Portable AC units ordered to provide more comfort for criminals
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Eric Schmitt, other fiscal conservatives deserve credit for keeping Missouri from becoming Illinois X
          SNL editorial:  Greitens' executive order only part of opioid defense X
          JCNT editorial:  Drug monitoring plan moves the needle forward X
          P-D letter:  Immigration activist applauds Trump's grace for young illegal aliens
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says McCaskill flip-flopped on Waters of the U.S. rule X
          P-D letter:  Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition's Melanie Scheetz approves of Greitens restoring foster care cuts
          KC Star letter:  Union member urges Missourians to teach David Humphreys a lesson by not purchasing his company's professional-grade homebuilder materials
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        Saturday, July 22
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  In conference call with reporters, McCaskill says she wants a health care compromise X
          SNL:  Josh Hawley mum on Senate bid, but others buzzing X
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says he's considering entering GOP state Senate primary, says last primary campaign was "fun"
          KWMU:  Greitens' Q&A with Jason Rosenbaum:  Governor addresses skepticism of his crime plan and prescription drug monitoring program
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' team promotes opioid effort in letter to health care professionals
          Missourinet:  Greitens says Missouri State Penitentiary project will lead to more jobs and higher pay
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MO DNR chief Carol Comer says agency will be "the helper" - no longer "the hammer" - for Missouri stakeholders
          SNL:  Customers, others discuss AG Josh Hawley's raid of Asian sex-trafficking massage parlors;  Woman recounts experience of Asian "masseuse" in miniskirt not speaking English, touching her "in a very personal way" X
          SNL:  Massage parlors could remain open under temporary restraining order sought by Hawley X
          P-D:  Blind Missourians' 11-year court battle for money they're owed may be nearing its end
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT approves 5-year construction plan for Northeast Missouri
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation confirms presence of Emerald Ash Borers;  Invasive pests invade communities, cause long-term damage
          KWMU:  Protesters seek to instigate police at City Workhouse;  Agitators shout into bullhorns, blow whistles in faces of officers
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  McCaskill helps WWII vet exposed to mustard gas
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says McCaskill not a moderate X
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man applauds Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan), Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) for condemning persecution of Falun Gong practitioners
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield octogenarian supports "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative
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        Friday, July 21
       
KMOX:  McCaskill weighs in on Trump's health care struggle, says President shouldn't "go play golf"
          P-D:  Danforth, Bond, Ashcroft, Talent urge Josh Hawley to run for Senate next year
          The Missouri Times:  Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and Missouri:  What you need to know
          P-D:  In DACA case, Missouri appeals court says illegal alien coed must pay international tuition
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Trump Administration's immigration stance causes fear among illegal aliens
          KWMU Intern Lara Hamdan:  Area Muslim unhappy with Trump's anti-terrorism refugee ban
          P-D:  EPA, city health officials:  No airborne asbestos around Clemens House
          P-D:  Schaaf balks at Greitens' $250k no-bid contract for donor Express Scripts
          KC Star:  Greitens' campaign nonprofit gives $250k in dark money to 'right-to-work' PAC
          The Missouri Times:  Pass or veto:  A look at the bills signed by Gov. Greitens, and what could reappear in veto session
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) hopeful about abortion legislation
          AP:  Greitens reverses cuts to foster-care families
          P-D:  Greitens reverses cuts to foster families
          SNL:  Stories of addiction highlight opioid summit
          AP:  Appeals court:  Missouri must pay legal fees in abortion case
          AP:  Springfield, Mo. businesses raided for alleged human trafficking
          P-D:  Federal Reserve Bank report on St. Louis City minimum wage:  Most poor households have zero (0) people working, minimum wage workers are usually youngsters taking their first job, and other fact-based insights
          P-D:  In an area of disruption, University of Missouri curators shift the conversation
          KWMU:  Thanks to bill from Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit), St. Louis City will get adult high school
          Missourinet:  Grant from SOS Jay Ashcroft will save vital documents threatened by spring floods in southeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  The Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 20, 2017
          Missourinet:  Ameren offers tips to keep utility costs in check
          P-D:  Missouri reports first case of West Nile virus in 2017
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group ranks Missouri last in safety
          JCNT editorial:  State, feds cooperate on flood aid, but deadlines loom
          P-D op-ed:  St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann:  Welcome to the fight against urban criminals, Gov. Greitens
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health's Gary Harbison:  Routine dental care is out of reach for many Missourians
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        Thursday, July 20
       
USA Today:  McCaskill says she is open to nixing individual mandate as part of health care compromise
          P-D:  As Senate wrestles with health care, McCaskill says individual mandate could be on table
          AP:  Josh Hawley begins consolidating support for U.S. Senate race
          P-D:  Mizzou economics professor Aaron Hedlund, 33, says he's considering entering GOP U.S. Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  Corporations can still make unlimited contributions to PACs, and here's how
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom hires MRP Chairman Todd Graves' law firm to sue Rob Schaaf, Nicole Galloway over open records request
          P-D:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom files open records suit against Schaaf, Galloway
          Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Federation of Democratic Women honor Judith Vavak as Woman of the Year;  Septugenarian recalls being appointed circuit clerk because she was a woman, praises FDR +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Paraquad seeks director of public policy and advocacy
          SE Missourian:  Greitens calls for coordinated law enforcement effort to tackle drug problem
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rehder reacts to Greitens' executive order
          KWMU:  Prescription drug monitoring programs may or may not actually curb opioid abuse
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson, Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot to tour northeast Missouri today
          Missourinet:  Annual CNBC study says Missouri's business climate has improved;  Rehder says 'right to work' has been economic boost
          JCNT:  Governor's Innovation Task Force seeks new funding, workers for startups X
          CDT:  University of Missouri leaders discuss future look of system X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators, leaders say campuses must work together
          P-D:  Thousands of ticks gathered from Meramec State Park for investigation of tick-borne diseases
          KWMU:  Activists say temperature at St. Louis City jail too warm;  Rep. Josh Peters (D-St. Louis) wants DHSS investigation, asks Speaker Richardson to form commission
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal uphappy with EPA's delay on radioactive waste plan, uses multiple excretory references
          P-D:  EPA tests confirm presence of asbestos in St. Louis City fire debris
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill a moderate still out of step with many Missourians;  Thoughts on Josh Hawley, Eric Schmitt, Paul Curtman, Ed Martin X
          P-D editorial:  Foster care providers confounded by Greitens' mixed message
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  How Medicaid expansion turned into a runaway locomotive
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian praises Greitens' PDMP plan, criticizes P-D editorial board and legislators
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        Wednesday, July 19
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt share thoughts on GOP health care plan
          KWMU:  To survive, rural hospitals need to grow - but the demographics don't add up
          KSMU (Springfield):  "Springfield Indivisible," "Stand and Resist Howell County," other anti-Trump groups protest outside Blunt's office
          SNL:  VA trying to find new future for vacant buildings in Missouri X
          KWMU:  After McKee property catches fire in North St. Louis City, EPA takes samples to check for asbestos;  Nearby resident has already visited hospital for "chest pains" and "stress"
          KWMU:  Filmmaker promotes activists' Coldwater Creek and West Lake Landfill theories, drama
          P-D:  Activists promote "Atomic Homefront" movie
          The Missouri Times:  National poll on governors shows Greitens with 51% approval rating
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ray Scherer:  With the campaign over, so are Greitens' visit to Northwest Missouri X
          P-D:  Speaker of the House Todd Richardson preparing for state auditor bid
          KWMU:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) fined for possible campaign finance violations;  he says he'll appeal
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission slaps Curtis with $100k in fines
          P-D:  Curtis fined $114,000 for campaign finance violations
          AP:  Curtis to appeal fines tied to campaign finances
          CDT:  After last month's pledge to not take lobbyist money, state rep candidate Michela Skelton (D) to keep some contributions from lobbyists, return others X
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters' "How to Run for Office" workshop draws seventeen (17) to library
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson on net neutrality:  "Scrap it"
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft talks voter ID and media bias
          AP:  Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about abortion special session, upcoming use of PQ, and skepticism of PDMP
          Clayton Times:  Greitens' PDMP deal with Express Scripts includes $250k no-bid contract
          SNL:  Here's what to expect at Thursday's opioid summit X
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder praises governor's PDMP program, says hers is still needed
          P-D:  Debate over PDMP isn't over, key lawmakers say
          Columbia Missourian:  City councilmen weigh in on Greitens' PDMP plan
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) wants funding for Missouri Emergency Response Commission
          CDT:  Mun Choi:  University of Missouri in a "very critical period" X
          KWMU:  Missouri appeals court:  State's Human Rights Act does not cover gender identity;  KC high school girl wants to use boys' locker room
          SE Missourian:  Interview tapes of murder suspect missing from Attorney General office
          P-D:  Special master appointed to review misconduct claims in Chain of Rocks Bridge murders;  Reginald Clemons and pals robbed pair of Hazelwood East grads, raped them, then threw them off bridge to their death
          AP:  Special master to probe Missouri death penalty claims
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' PDMP falls short of the model
          JCNT letter:  Local octogenarian supports Hartzler's effort to keep taxpayers from funding sex-change operations X
          KC Star letter:  Will Kraus:  Why union bosses hate 'right to work'
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        Tuesday, July 18
       
The Hill:  Vicky Hartzler won't enter GOP primary for U.S. Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Hartzler seeking re-election, won't run against McCaskill in 2018
          USA Today:  Hartzler opts against Senate bid to challenge McCaskill
          P-D:  Hartzler to seek re-election, won't enter GOP primary field
          AP:  Hartzler running for re-election
          JCNT:  Obamacare supporters rally at Lincoln University forum X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2017 Missouri House and Senate quarterly filings
          P-D:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner have biggest campaign coffers of region's members of U.S. Congress
          KWMU:  Greitens, other candidates fatten bank accounts for 2018 contests
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton outpaces Walsh in fundraising, spending
          The Missouri Times:  Cindy O'Laughlin forms election committee for Brian Munzlinger's Senate seat
          Drebes:  The return of Jeremy LaFaver
          Faughn:  Anatomy of a dumpster fire, continued:  Greitens' team uses Highway Patrol resources to investigate tax-hike plan "hacking," and other thinskin heavy-handed machinations
          SNL:  After legislative quagmire, Greitens creates statewide database to offset opioid crisis X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens launches PDMP with executive order
          KWMU:  Greitens' executive order creates statewide prescription drug monitoring program for Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Greitens orders prescription drug monitoring program;  Local lawmakers say it won't solve opioid addiction +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Drug monitoring program aims to curtail "modern plague" X
          P-D:  Greitens launches painkiller database after lawmakers don't
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs executive order on PDMP
          Missourinet:  Kehoe, Walsh talk abortion legislation and Senate action
          KWMU:  Missouri replaces algebra requirement at state colleges, universities
          P-D:  Hundreds of Missouri students flock to rural school district's free online summer school
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Fair addressing mammoth delays accessing its RV park last year
          P-D editorial:  With regulatory rollback, Luetkemeyer and Wagner are fighting to make sure that the little guy gets crushed
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens orders needed drug monitoring program but stumbles on the details
          P-D editorial:  Illinois' economy stacks up to Missouri's, despite Schmitt's criticism
          KC Star op-ed:  Former state Rep. Myron Neth (R-Liberty):  Greitens' hollow complaints about 'career politicians'
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis City):  Eric Greitens must really have something against St. Louis City
          St. Joseph News-Press op-ed:  Former MO Dept. of Higher Ed Deputy Commissioner:  Higher ed is not a partisan issue X
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri should expand legal uses of CBD oil X
          SNL letter:  Watershed Committee of the Ozarks' Mike Kromney:  Thanks to Rep. Long for protecting water X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian unhappy with Andy Blunt's $10/k month no-bid University of Missouri contract, threatens to withhold vote from Roy Blunt in 2022 re-election +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with pro-life legislation, urges Missourians to call Greitens' office
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        Monday, July 17
       
Missourinet:  MU prof Sheena Greitens:  Missile defense should not be U.S.'s first line of defense with North Korea
          Faughn:  Anatomy of a dumpster fire:  How the robotically on-message Greitens adminstration shot themselves in the foot over tax credits ... with a howitzer (Parts I and II)
          CDT:  Democrats face uphill fight in 50th District X
          CDT:  Profile:  50th District candidate Michela Skelton (D) X
          Nevada Daily Mail:  Former Lt. Gov. Bill "Full Time" Phelps:  From Nevada High athlete to political star
          KC Star:  Fewer than 65,000 to be cut from prescription drug program
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Advocacy group wants state to spend more money on food handouts X
          P-D:  Thousands of out-of-state Mizzou students slash tuition by gaining Missouri residency
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative task force on dyslexia to make recommendations by September
          Drebes:  Tech upgrade coming to Missouri Department of Conservation
          CDT:  Local cities to use Grain Belt for renewable energy cost savings, jobs X
          JCNT:  Jefferson City eyes penitentiary for redevelopment X
          KC Star editorial:  Blue Spring man sees irony in anti-GOP editorial board's plea for Greitens to burn taxpayer money on urban violence effort
          P-D letter:  University City Planned Parenthood supporter opposes Blunt, GOP health care plan
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield liberal dislikes Greitens' spending cuts
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        Sunday, July 16
       
Washington Missourian:  CDC:  Franklin County among the higest in nation for opioid prescriptions X
          Drebes:  Tony Luetkemeyer's team says they'll have strong fundraising numbers this quarter for GOP primary vs. Nick Marshall;  Winner will replace Rob Schaaf
          P-D:  After governor's call for tax credit overhaul, historic tax credit in crosshairs
          Washington Missourian:  Local police chiefs support Blue Alert system
          SNL:  MSU enrollment soars as Mizzou slips X
          JCNT:  Missouri Department of Conservation explains recent work and heavy spending in Cole County X
          JCNT:  Missouri Housing Development Commission, Housing Authority work to provide low-income housing in Jefferson City X
          JCNT:  Missouri Highway Patrol analyst makes sure missing aren't forgotten X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local eclipse safety team seen as state leader X
          SNL editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt should oppose GOP health care bill X
          P-D editorial:  Bipartisan war on human trafficking is a bright spot;  Missouri's congressional delegation plays a key role
          SE Missourian editorial:  State needs to keep close eye on dicamba +
          JCNT letter:  Sexagenarian Dept. of Correction retiree dislikes Anne Precythe's bragging about her performance in North Carolina, says supervised release plan is not feasible X
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        Saturday, July 15
       
Moberly Monitor-Index:  McCaskill tour makes stop in Moberly;  Town hall questions cover health care, Grain Belt Express, sheltered workshops, VA issues, more
          P-D:  "Vicki [sic] Hartzler," Eric Schmitt, Josh Hawley, Paul Curtman among Republicans weighing a challenge to McCaskill
          AP:  House narrowly rejects Hartzler's attempt to ban taxpayer funding of soldiers' sex-change surgeries
          KWMU:  Trump nominates Jeffrey Jensen for U.S. attorney in Eastern District of Missouri
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Stephen Webber talks about past state Democratic party leaders' failure to recruit candidates
          CDT:  State rep candidate Michela Skelton, Greitens' Will Scharf spar over Democrat's Karl Marx quote X
          Drebes:  Paraquad's Cathy Brown leaving to run division of Easter Seals Midwest
          Missourinet:  Liberal groups pressure businesses to keep $10/hour wage
          P-D:  "Save the Raise" campaign wants employers to keep pay at $10/hour
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Host Don Marsh talks with voter-ID critic Denise Lieberman, St. Louis Election Board's Gary Stoff about well-run St. Louis City aldermanic election
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard uncertain chamber will pass House's proposed abortion regulations
          AP:  Confusion over how pro-life bill could affect St. Louis City
          JCNT:  Greitens signs state pension system changes X
          JCNT:  Boat railing bill among Greitens' five vetoes X
          P-D:  Greitens vetoes three proposed laws
          Moberly Monitor-Index:  Dept. of Corrections Director Anne Precythe visits Randolph County to hear, act on input from local DOC employees
          Washington Missourian:  State of Missouri will not longer pay for ACT X
          P-D:  Leader of foster care group says providers are upset over state budget cuts
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri dicamba ban lifted with restrictions
          Brownfield Ag News:  Monsanto stands by new low-volatility herbicide
          Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri's dicamba ban lifted after just one week +
          JCNT editorial:  Opportunities abound with conveyance of Missouri State Penitentiary X
          KC Star op-ed:  MU's 2015 race agitators were modern-day Martin Luther Kings
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit sexagenarian responds to letter on Medicaid, says criticism of program is insulting X
          P-D letter:  Mizzou student says this week's New York Times article on race protests has done more damage to the university than did 2015's race agitators
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        Friday, July 14
       
SNL:  With no clear leader, lesser-known Republicans line up to defeat McCaskill X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Pacific) launches exploratory committee into 2018 U.S. Senate race
          Missourinet:  Curtman forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate bid
          Missourinet:  Advocacy groups oppose GOP health care plan
          P-D:  Wagner, McCaskill ask Justice Department to investigate Backpage.com's sex advertising
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh, Michela Skelton share visions for Missouri in candidate forum
          Drebes:  A new Democratic candidate steps in, breaks streak of Vicki Englund-Cloria Brown battles
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Federal authorities clear Missouri IDs for flight X
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP quick to change law for possible smelter, steel plants, but neither materializing yet
          P-D:  St. Louis City employers face dilemma over minimum wage;  Comments from Local 655's Collin Reischman, others
          AP:  Unions, other advocacy groups launch campaign to pressure St. Louis City businesses to keep $10 minimum wage
          Missourinet:  Task force examines ways to improve Missouri's prisons
          Missourinet:  Between MSP, NASA and the solar eclipse, Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) says it's an exciting time for Jefferson City
          KWMU:  Missouri lifts some restrictions on dicamba herbicide
          Reuters:  Missouri offers new guidance on dicamba applications
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation offers online adult hunter education course X
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with host Don Marsh about serving in Democratic superminority, Greitens, thoughts on various city government issues, more
          Missourinet:  Ameren offers tips on keeping summer utility bills low
          P-D editorial:  Mun Choi will earn his pay at University of Missouri
          SNL op-ed:  Claire McCaskill:  Bipartisan work for Missouri's veterans X
          CDT op-ed:  Assistant MU political science prof Jake Haselswerdt:  Call Blunt's office to tell him to oppose GOP reform bill;  McCaskill deserves credit for publicly shaming Orrin Hatch X
          Waters:  With the Grain Belt Express, who gets to decide? X
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Looking for crime-fighting solutions? Ask a pro, not Eric Greitens
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC's Gerald Wyckoff:  Greitens' veto of UMKC arts campus funding misses the big picture
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Greitens' budget cuts prove he's a bully
          JCNT letter:  Area sexagenarian unhappy with Will Kraus' commitment to tax breaks X
          KC Star letter:  KC man says Star's liberal headlines push concepts like nonexistent "white privilege"
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        Thursday, July 13
       
JCNT:  California first on list of McCaskill's town hall meetings X
          Missourinet:  Blunt says Intelligence Committee's first priority should be investigating allegations of Russian interference in election
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Luetkemeyer sees progress - and promise - for GOP health care bill
          P-D:  McCaskill has worst approval rating of half-dozen Dems facing re-election in Trump states
          KWMU:  McCaskill up to $5.1 million in the bank as she readies for 2018 re-election bid
          Missourinet:  U.S. House passes Vicky Hartzler's sex trafficking bill
          KC Star:  James B. Nutter remembered as 'larger than life' political power broker
          P-D:  At age 86, former Congressman Bill Clay still coherent;  Octogenarian remembers names of seasoned Congressional Black Caucus members, talks about olden days
          Missourinet:  Applications for public aid from spring floods in Missouri due by Friday
          AP:  Greitens' not-for-profit to run TV ads across Missouri
          CDT:  50th District candidates Michela Skelton, Sara Walsh spar at Chamber forum X
          Columbia Missourian:  50th District candidates Sara Walsh, Michela Skelton talk education, taxes at Chamber of Commerce forum
          JCNT:  Walsh, Skelton value small communities, depart on economic role of government X
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn to meet with Chinese delegation in Washington, D.C.
          JCNT:  Ashcroft answers questions on voter ID law X
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft continues voter ID tour, touts successful election in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  Hawley:  Backpage lawsuit 'frivolous,' no First Amendment right to human trafficking
          AP:  Documents cast doubt on Backpage.com defense claims
          SNL:  Greitens wields new website as weapon in war on 'red tape' X
          P-D:  Greitens to attend National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island
          AP:  So far, costs for abortion special session under $75k
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Governor signs Munzlinger's bill to help state get 911 funding, other provisions
          P-D:  Missouri prisoner was repeatedly assaulted while state workers lied about cell checks
          KWMU:  Greitens announces taxpayer-funded "trauma counseling" for urban students;  St. Louis Public Schools says it has waited two (2) whole days for information
          The Missouri Times:  Critics, supporters weigh in on new discrimination law;  Comments from NAACP's Nimrod Chapel, Chamber's Dan Mehan, St. Louis attorney Jerry Hunter
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  July 12, 2017
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Mamtek lawsuit over in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) promoting symposium on violent crime;  KC cop also promoting his own efforts
          SNL:  Area transgender involved in fistfight claims to be victim of 'hate crime;'  Large group of local hoodlums scuffled in public park, with video shared on social media X
          Columbia Missourian:  Paper introduces "Accolades" section;  Regular feature will serve as dumping grounds for press releases, readers' self-promotional items, PR pitches that don't merit staff reporter attention
          KC Star editorial:  Absentee landlords are a drag on Kansas City neighborhoods. Bill signed by Greitens could help.
          KC Star editorial:  Here's how Greitens could help Kansas City combat violent crime
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' plan to battle St. Louis City crime leans heavily on political theatrics
          The Missouri Times letter:  Congress must act to bring broadband to rural Missouri
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club's John Hickey:  State, local governments can work to reduce air pollution
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        Wednesday, July 12
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, McCaskill prepare for revised GOP health care plan
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Budget Project opposes GOP health care plan
          KWMU:  Monroe City residents weigh in on Obamacare, GOP health care plan
          KC Star:  VP Mike Pence urges Josh Hawley to challenge Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate
          USA Today:  Missouri's U.S. Senate race catches Vice President Mike Pence's attention
          P-D:  Area man, woman to spend time and resources competing to fill Democratic ballot slot in Ann Wagner's re-election
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  DESE seeks Senior Policy Advisor - Government Affairs
          P-D:  Eric and Sheena Greitens put Central West End home up for sale
          JCNT:  City takes possession of 32 acres of MSP X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs Kehoe's MSP conveyance bill
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs MSP bill, says it's about more jobs and opportunities for Missourians
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt urges Missouri Legislature:  "Don't be like Illinois"
          AP:  Missouri treasurer to lawmakers:  Don't be like Illinois
          KWMU:  Missouri given extension for REAL ID compliance for military bases, nuclear plants
          AP:  Missouri receives extension on REAL ID mandate
          KC Star:  MU to New York Times:  You left out the good stuff
          The Missouri Times:  Drivewyze's only option will be to install their own weigh-in motion systems
          The Missouri Times:  Dicamba ban affecting farmers, but could soon be lifted
          Brownfield Ag News:  BASF writing Missouri use label for dicamba
          Brownfield Ag News:  CropLife America calls states' decisions on dicamba 'premature'
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules on juvenile prison sentencing
          SNL:  Council to vote on local drug-monitoring program X
          P-D:  Meramec State Park employee dies after catching mysterious tick illness
          KWMU:  Missouri health officials launch tick study in state park amid rise in tick-borne diseases
          P-D:  Backpage sues Missouri attorney general to block investigation into adult ads
          Messenger:  When asked about governor's anti-crime plan, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) chooses to use excrement expletive
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Missouri Republicans move at a glacial pace toward passage of special session abortion bill;  Senate Republicans subject to erratic behavior
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        Tuesday, July 11
       
KCUR:  Urban Institute opposes GOP health care bill, says Missourians would lose coverage
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Budget Project, other advocacy groups oppose Senate GOP health care bill +
          KWMU:  Anthem asks Missourians to think twice before using emergency room as their primary care physician
          AP:  McCaskill raises $3 million for re-election bid
          The Missouri Times:  Panel talks changes in 2018 U.S. Senate landscape
          AP:  Lawsuit:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) negligent in case of illegal alien who murdered 5 in Missouri
          KWMU:  Greitens puts unspecified amound of state money, employees toward stemming St. Louis City crime
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens rolls out St. Louis City 'safety plan,' increasing Highway Patrol presence
          Missourinet:  Crime-fighting initiative underway in St. Louis City
          AP:  State Highway Patrol to help address violence in St. Louis City
          P-D:  Greitens announces crime plan for St. Louis City
          JCNT:  Greitens to sign bill granting MSP property to Jefferson City X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello):  Drug monitoring program should not be addressed during a special session
          KWMU:  Kansas City, St. Louis City take stock of minimum-wage hikes being undone by GOP lawmakers
          NY Times:  Long after protests, students shun the University of Missouri
          CDT:  University of Missouri seeking lobbyist to replace laid-off staff;  Andy Blunt keeps $10,500/month contract through June 2018 X
          KWMU:  In St. Louis City, public and charter schools are in the business of recruiting students
          JCNT:  Audit a win for state lottery commission X
          P-D:  EPA:  New data on West Lake Landfill stormwater show no public-health risk
          SNL editorial:  Adult high school could boost Springfield X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities' Greg Kramer:  Missouri's budget should strengthen community provider system, not weaken it
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Students Association's Nathan Willett:  What the New York Times got wrong about MU and the 2015 race agitation
          P-D letter:  Maplewood sexagenarian responds to editorial on Medicaid funding, applauds Republicans for attempting to rein in costs
          JCNT letter:  Centertown sexagenarian says media outcry over state budget "cuts" shows their ignorance of math X
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        Monday, July 10
       
NY Times:  Health care providers says GOP bill would lock in disparities in federal Medicaid funding;  Missouri Hospital Association's Herb Kuhn says result would be 'have' and 'have not' states
          Missourinet:  Georgetown study analyzes impact of Medicaid program on Missouri's rural elderly
          KC Star:  'A profound loss':  Cerner CEO Neal Patterson dies from cancer at age 67
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Joe Lakin, Jane Dueker, Steven Roberts Sr. talks Missouri's U.S. Senate race, abortion special session, Missouri voter data, Greitens' anti-politician rhetoric, more
          Missourinet:  Greitens and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to hold news conference today about St. Louis City public safety
          Missourinet:  Missouri Rx program extended until at least 2022
          P-D:  First test of Missouri's new voter ID law will come tomorrow with St. Louis City aldermanic election
          Washington Missourian:  Judge:  Heroin a 'cancer' in county;  Drug is sourced from St. Louis City, where addicts purchase drugs in dangerous neighborhoods X
          P-D editorial:  Senate should support McCaskill's legislation for mustard gas victims
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington octogenarian opposes Truman statue, says former president was wrong on Japan, Israel, most other topics X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas octogenarian criticizes Missouri for lack of jail-inspection regulations
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        Sunday, July 9
       
P-D:  St. Louis Democratic Socialists of America, anti-Trump groups hold sit-in inside Blunt's Clayton office
        CDT:  Local impact of Obamacare repeal uncertain
        SNL:  Senate GOP health bill could cost Missouri millions in Medicaid money X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill concerned over North Korea
        KC Star:  James B. Nutter, Kansas City Democratic power broker, dies at age 89
        Drebes:  Austin Montee, son of former state auditor, running for Missouri House
        KWMU:  Ashcroft responds to criticism over