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        Friday, August 28
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Missouri's lead in mental health;  Ann Wagner, James Knowles on Donald Trump +
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner keeps her name-calling in check, advises Trump to do the same
          Missourinet:  Federal court blocks implementation of clean water rule, granting injunction in Missouri and 12 other states
          AP:  Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted
          P-D:  Work Colleges may be an answer to rising higher-education costs;  Comments from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith
          NY Times:  Hillary Clinton handling of e-mail issue frustrates Democrats;  Kander:  "I think obviously the sooner (Hillary) can get this behind her, the better"
          KC Star:  A look at digital ads for 2016 races;  Examples include NRSC's Snapchat vids targeting Kander via "pandering panda" +
          Harper's Bazaar:  Promoting "Plenty Ladylike," Missouri's Senior United States Senator dishes about girls-only "bathroom power meetings" and telling male senators what's what
          Governing Magazine:  A look at why Missouri Republicans do well in state legislative races and poorly in statewide bids
          SNL:  Advocates seek to raise Missouri's tobacco tax - in competing proposals X
          Missourinet:  New Missouri laws go into effect
          KWMU:  Most Missouri laws passed this year now in effect
          AP:  New Missouri law expands who can get orders of protection
          The Missouri Times:  Veto session:  By the numbers
          KWMU:  Focus on 'right to work' gets more intense as legislators consider override attempt
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood says videos were edited;  Schaefer says investigation will continue
          P-D:  Report claims state did not receive required lab report on fetal tissue
          KWMU:  As legislative threats mouth to stadium plan, Nixon brushes criticism aside
          Missourinet:  Missouri House budget leaders vow to fight stadium funding that lacks voter, lawmaker approval
          AP:  Credit impact unclear amid fight over new St. Louis stadium
          P-D:  Nixon announces $5 million for upgrades at St. Louis Community College
          Columbia Missourian:  MU administrators apologize for mishandling grad insurance communication
          KWMU:  Normandy officials reflect on students' poor performance, hope next year will be better
          AP:  KC summit to discuss problem of high school students changing schools frequently
          P-D:  St. Louis nonprofits say forcing minimum wage for disabled workers could cost jobs
          Nicklaus:  The progressive case against a minimum-wage increase;  Ald. Antonio French (D):  "I do have a lot of poor folks who think the minimum wage is a great idea, but I know it's not."
          KWMU:  Jennings settles federal lawsuit over its municipal court;  voluntary reforms coming elsewhere
          P-D:  Court changes rain down in final day before law takes effect
          P-D:  Cops nab man who killed 9-year-old Ferguson girl;  Budding criminal De'Eris Brown was on probation for robbery, and had also been charged with threatening an ex-girlfriend with a gun
          KWMU:  Police catch man who shot 9-year-old girl
          P-D editorial:  Efforts to thwart Obamacare hurt Missouri and its people
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Submit the St. Louis stadium deal to the General Assembly X
          KC Star editorial:  New Kansas City charter school holds promise, but many questions remain +
          P-D editorial:  Progress and skepticism on police use-of-force investigations
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman says stadium money would be better spent "to flood the streets of St. Louis with police and police dogs"
          P-D letter:  Imperial man thanks police officers for dealing with protester types
          P-D letter:  Protesters who stop traffic affect people of all races
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        Thursday, August 27
       
KTRS (St. Louis):  Former state Sen. Anita Yeckel (R-South St. Louis County) dies at age 72
          SE Missourian:  Brother of U.S. Rep. Jason Smith found safe yesterday
          KSMU (Springfield):  Blunt hears about mental health successes and concerns in Springfield
          SE Missourian:  Blunt during Cape stop:  No excuse for homeless vets, expanded care needed
          KFVS:  Blunt visits Cape Girardeau, discusses ways to improve health care
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Blunt surveys locals about veteran issues
          WGEM (Hannibal):  Blunt visits Hannibal, talks veterans' health care
          KWMU:  McCaskill weighs in on expanding Jefferson Barracks cemetery
          P-D:  McCaskill urges county to approve plan to expand Jefferson Barracks
          Politico:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles taunts Trump over gang comments
          P-D:  Donald Trump blames gangs of illegal immigrants for woes in Ferguson, St. Louis
          P-D:  Ann Wagner calls Trump comments on women 'Neanderthal'
          P-D:  Congressional staffers get ground-level look at agriculture;  Comments from St. Louis Agribusiness Club President Nick Weber
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill gets area student a gig as U.S. Senate page;  Kid shares post-pubescent wisdom on how Congress can overcome gridlock, bipartisanship
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on homeless veterans;  Ellington on Capitol creepers
          The Missouri Times:  Jack Danforth sends $10K to Peter Kinder
          KC Star:  Danforth backs Kinder with $10K donation
          CDT:  Joshua Hawley would get tenure upon return from AG race, chancellor tells lawmakers
          The Missouri Times:  Joe Lakin to head new digital division at Victory Enterprises
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) joins race for Assistant Majority Floor Leader
          CDT:  MU chancellor promises to review privileges for Planned Parenthood doctor
          P-D:  Nixon announces $12M in building upgrades at Missouri S&T
          SE Missourian:  Southeast enrollment drops for first time since 1994
          Columbia Missourian:  "Forum on Graduate Rights" group:  Increase representation, regroup
          CDT:  MU graduate students complaints in spotlight at march, rally
          CDT's Darkow cartoon:  "The Graduate" analogy;  MU grad students: Benjamin Braddock's desires :: MU administration : Mrs. Robinson's delicious gams
          AP:  Missouri students' average ACT score:  21.7;  Once state offered test to all 11th-graders, nearly 800 more students took the test
          P-D:  Teach for America failing to attain sufficient number of recruits;  Comments from executive director/Ferguson activist Brittany Packnett
          SE Missourian:  Schools work to place state-mandated child-abuse hotline posters by Friday deadline
          The Missouri Times:  DESE members present timeline for curriculum changes
          KWMU:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants focus on educating kids instead of bureaucracy of replacing Common Core standards
          Rosenbaum:  Five takeaways from SB5, the sweeping, significant and complex municipal courts bill
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage) opposes stadium funds
          AP:  Opposition from lawmakers casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium
          P-D:  A postmark could doom St. Louis' proposed minimum wage hike
          AP:  State will offer six public hearings for input on police training
          P-D:  New alibi from lawyers of teen who ran from dope house and pointed gun at officers involves severed spine
          SNL editorial:  We must adopt legislation to feed more kids in the summer;  Blunt co-sponsoring measure, while McCaskill spox says senior senator is waiting to see
          KC Star editorial:  Virginia deaths caused by madman angry about perceived racism show need for stricter gun laws in Missouri
          CDT's Waters:  Joshua Hawley, Kurt Schaefer, and university e-mails;  Documents should be turned over quickly, at minimal cost
          SNL op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Why I was the only 'No' vote on original taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis
          P-D letter:  Paper doesn't cover protest against Planned Parenthood
          P-D letter:  Former teacher says it is 'ludicrous' to rate a teacher based on how students perform
          KC Star letter:  KC woman expresses anger with Missouri lawmakers, tries to make 'lecherators' happen
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        Wednesday, August 26
       
SE Missourian:  Brother of U.S. Rep. Jason Smith reported missing +
          Politico:  Kander splits with McCaskill on Iran, says he - like Blunt - opposes Obama's deal
          Missourinet:  At Missouri Farm Bureau event, Chris Koster joins Republicans in bashing the EPA
          KODE (Joplin):  Veterans listen to Blunt's plans to address their health concerns
          KMIZ (Columbia):  Blunt speaks at future site of veterans housing complex and shelter
          SNL:  Local pizza purveyors push Billy Long on menu-labeling bill X
          The Maneater:  McCaskill still talking about sexual assault
          Drebes:  New faces in Nixon's office:  William Miller, policy adviser, and Aaron Blunt, director of operations
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Tilley cash;  Scott Fitzpatrick and stadium funding;  Nixon and law-enforcement standards +
          CDT:  Local Republican Party leadership changes as Rowden gears up for Senate bid;  Mike Zweifel selected as new county GOP chairman X
          JCNT:  Americans for Prosperity begins running ads touting "Right to Work" X
          KWMU: Politically Speaking podcast:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway speaks with journoduo about Joplin audit, muni court overhaul, running for election in 2018, intern policies, more
          The Maneater:  Missouri Capitol internship program sees changes following sexual harassment scandals
          Drebes:  The Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) plan for legislators dealing with interns:  Don't be a creeper and, instead, live in reality
          KC Star:  Paul LeVota's former chief of staff back on the job in Missouri Senate +
          AP:  Ron Berry, LeVota's former chief of staff, re-hired
          Missourinet:  Tax amnesty period begins soon for eligible delinquent Missouri taxpayers
          JCNT:  Missouri House committee examines new Medicaid system X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee questions license for abortion resumption in Columbia, University of Missouri involvement
          Missourinet:  Videos from Senate committee hearing
          CDT:  MU chancellor promises to review privileges for Planned Parenthood doctor X
          The Missouri Times:  Sanctity of Life Committee hears testimony from MU chancellor
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers question Planned Parenthood abortion doctor's hospital privileges
          KWMU:  GOP-led committee questions legality of granting privileges to Planned Parenthood doctors
          AP:  Missouri abortion licensing law splits GOP, health officials
          The Maneater:  Undocumented immigrants to face tuiton hike
          The Missouri Times:  Committees meet to learn how the Lottery funds education
          P-D:  Missouri students fail to improve disappointing ACT numbers;  White kids average 22.6, black kids 17.3
          KWMU:  Why it's hard to judge charter schools on MAP test numbers
          Missourinet:  Ruling doesn't decide whether some Missouri felons can have guns
          KWMU:  St. Louis City Aldermen vote to increase minimum wage in city to $11 an hour by 2018;  Sponsor Shane Cohn accuses bill opponent Antonio French of believing in supply-side economics
          P-D:  Minimum-wage-increase proponents fail to gain support for $15/hour, settle for $11 an hour - by 2018;  Antonio French says issue is not wage, but lack of jobs
          KWMU:  Callaway nuclear plant to shift some waste to dry storage - but not all
          Missourinet:  Several changes in place for this year's deer hunting season in Missouri
          AP:  Guns used by St. Louis City's violent criminals are often stolen;  Law-abiding citizens can't bring firearms into baseball games, making gun thefts from cars common
          P-D editorial:  Transit, NGA and north-side:  A recipe for economic growth
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  The consequences of selective immigration law enforcement X
          P-D op-ed:  Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni:  If Missouri legislators want to keep Obamacare working, expand Medicaid in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  "True office romance" can happen in the workplace, but it's a rarity and the Senate should makes some intern rules too
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Capitol intern Taylor Hirth:  Male legislators "should acknowledge the grievances of those who have been taken advantage of and hear our plea for justice" +
          CDT letter:  EPA Clean Power Plan is good for Missouri X
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas attempts Missouri Capitol dress code/Taliban joke +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman says P-D editorial blamed everyone for 9-year-old Ferguson girl's death except the savage that perpetrated the murder
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        Tuesday, August 25
       
NY Times:  Inspector critiques U.S. spending in Afghanistan, to dramatic effect;  Comments from McCaskill
          AOL:  "MAKERS Minute" Q&A with inspiring women: 60-second rapid-fire with McCaskill on topics like coffee vs. tea, "if you were a man," etc.
          CDT:  Through HUD program, taxpayers subsidize home-repair loans;  Area woman shares hard-knock tale, says funds "pretty much did CPR for this house" X
          KWMU:  Demolition begins at Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis;  EPA overseeing cleanup
          P-D:  Veterans' grave markers used to pave Missouri patio are removed;  No charges filed
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics Returns:  governor's race, veto session, and Capitol culture
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guests Sarah Martin (D), Jeff Mazur (D), Steve Tilley (R), Joe Lakin (R)
          KMOX:  Black elected officials support an increase in tobacco tax
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Peter Kinder on his status as GOP's "proven winner" +
          SE Missourian:  Butler County Republicans organize gov forum:  Six of broad field have committed to attend +
          AP:  Former House Speaker Steve Tilley (R) gives $562K to GOP committee
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Rowden officially kicks off state Senate campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) running for Missouri Senate
          SE Missourian:  Lincoln Day dinner set for Saturday:  Roy Blunt, Jason Smith, Lloyd Smith, more +
          Missourinet:  Gail Vasterling responds to Schaefer, Sanctity of Life Committee inquiry
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri prof shares thoughts on impact of Planned Parenthood videos
          The Missouri Times:  State legislators, other officials unveil Jennings Place senior living center
          JCNT:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) unhappy with Nixon's lack of movement on Board of Probation & Parole appointment;  Nixon camp offers non-responsive response X
          SE Missourian:  Nixon touts Southeast campus improvements during visit +
          SNL:  Nixon celebrates $19M in projects at MSU X
          Missourinet:  Mizzou experiences record-breaking enrollment
          CDT:  MU starts school year with record enrollment, threat of graduate student walkout X
          Missourinet:  More legislators opposing new NFL stadium funds
          KWMU:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) vows to fight Nixon on using bond money to fund new NFL stadium
          AP:  Bonds for new St. Louis stadium opposed by budget leader
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John McCaherty (R-Murphy) calls on Nixon to reconsider stadium funding plan
          KWMU:  St. Louis aldermen reconvening to debate minimum wage hike;  Comments from Ferguson activist, opponents like Joe Vaccaro (D) and St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson
          KWMU:  With state municipal overhaul looming, Ferguson makes changes to court
          P-D:  Ahead of new law, Ferguson municipal court announces major changes
          AP:  Ferguson municipal judge announces sweeping changes
          Missourinet:  Nixon wants law enforcement standards to be more sensitive to minorities
          P-D:  Attorneys try to pick apart police narrative of fatal shooting;  Crack and stolen guns found at house where 18-year-old pointed gun at officer
          KWMU:  After uproar, Hazelwood closes St. Cin Park during cleanup of soil;  Comments from area residents and people who understand science
          P-D:  Hazelwood closes St. Cin Park during cleanup
          P-D editorial:  New civil rights movement finds its political voice
          Shelly:  Alluring interns are not the only distraction in the Capitol - others include free baseball tickets, campaign donations, barbecue, more +
          CDT's Waters:  Red-light cameras:  State legislature should change the law X
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury woman wants Ann Wagner to support stricter EPA rules
          P-D letter:  Local UAW official:  Right-to-work law could put Army base at risk of closing
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian female suggests dress code for male legislators:  "metal suspenders and no zippers" +
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch shows hypocrisy on wages;  Platform should read, "Do as we say, not as we do"
          P-D letter:  Trailnet exec director:  Still a need for red-light, speed cameras
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man asserts that despite what the Post-Dispatch and the "professional/career protest class" think, municipal court meeting is a private proceeding
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        Monday, August 24
       
KRCG:  Blunt opposes EPA "Clean Power Plan"
          P-D:  Carter Carburetor, industrial powerhouse-turned-environmental nightmare, finally coming down
          Missourinet:  Most Missouri GOP gubernatorial hopefuls turn out for Governor's Ham Breakfast
          SE Missourian:  Missouri unemployment benefits bill looks set for override +
          P-D:  Missouri likely can't cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Human trafficking task force prepares to meet
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Grad-student insurance-subsidy hubbub;  Ag Director Richard Fordyce on renewable-energy consortium +
          Columbia Missourian:  Unimpressed with administrators' efforts, MU grad students extend walkout plan to all day
          KC Star:  Nurses in KC and nationwide say staffing is in critical condition;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, others +
          KWMU:  It's time to put the "T" first in LGBTQIA, transgender groups say;  Queer and Trans People of Color "still feel marginalized, even within the larger Queer community"
          SE Missourian:  Area health groups ID local priorities;  Cape Girardeau County boasts more residents who choose to be overweight - but fewer who choose to be obese - than state average +
          SE Missourian:  State may allow crossbows next deer, turkey hunting season +
          KWMU:  Area attorney speaks at series on "Ferguson Effect," complains about law enforcement standards, etc.
          CDT:  Paper invites public to participate in online forum Thursday to discuss/argue race and policing issues with local leaders, anonymous strangers X
          CDT:  Police union - in spotlight for honoring fellow officer with "Darren Wilson Day" - was created to provide cops advocacy, legal aid X
          CDT:  Council allocates more taxpayer dollars for "social equity," policing efforts X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The Killing Roads:  Missouri driving fatalities increase, what with everyone playing on their "cellphones and iPads"
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Get graduate students on university subsidized health plans or pay up, IRS says +
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  St. Louis Fed study finds blacks, Hispanics with college degrees do not earn or accumulate wealth on par with whites;  Sexagenarian columnist's sarcastic conclusion:  "America, what a country!" +
          JCNT letter:  Holts Summit man says Luetkemeyer, Hartzler are wrong - Missourians prefer "clean" energy X
          JCNT letter:  Area white woman offers views on race:  Michael Brown stole from convenience store because he was leaving for "college," and systemic racism is visible when one considers that Band-Aids are "white" [sic] X
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        Sunday, August 23
       
WGEM (Hannibal):  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves pushes long-term transportation funding
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Graves confident on highway bill
          KHQA (Hannibal):  Graves tours district, touts American manufacturers' role in fixing crumbling infrastructure
          AP:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith wants EPA eliminated
          Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Mass.):  Scott Brown responds to McCaskill's comments in NY Mag girl-talk piece, says it's "typical" for Claire to swill beer and dish
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Mike Parson campaigns for lieutenant governor, says running a positive campaign is possible
          The Examiner (Independence):  Winston Apple drops Independent bid for Torpey's seat;  Man who lost Dem primary in '14 says, "It's hard not to be an Independent when one party is crazy and the other is useless"
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Pols attend Governor's Ham Breakfast;  Thoughts from First Lady Georganne Nixon, SOS candidate Will Kraus, Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte), others
          SNL:  For donors and lobbyists, Missouri has less-restrictive environment than its neighbors;  List of lobbyist-gift totals to area lawmakers, employees or family X
          KWMU:  Richardson:  No new intern dress code, but final recommendations will get public airing
          CDT:  Videos, license controversy draw protesters to Planned Parenthood clinic;  Crowd includes Catherine Hanaway, Randy Asbury, Chuck Basye, Mike Moon X
          SNL:  Protesters, supporters turn out at Planned Parenthood location X
          CDT:  PrideFest revelers say struggle didn't end with marriage-rights victory X
          Columbia Missourian:  Gallery:  PrideFest finale drag show:  "Muffie Beaverhausen," other made-up males perform
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Truman State's president will stay longer
          KC Star:  Ongoing student churn staggers charter schools and the Kansas City district +
          SE Missourian:  Assessment scores in Cape schools can't be compared to past years +
          P-D:  Mentoring program seeks to stabilize teaching force in Ferguson
          P-D:  Municipal court overhaul takes effect this week
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ameren Missouri, others see power form corn stover-based biocoal
          P-D:  Police union slams circuit attorney over investigation into shooting of man who pointed gun at officers
          KC Star editorial:  After anti-violence block party is marred by hooliganism, Mayor Sly James says 'knuckleheads" shouldn't deter city from summer programs +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blaming interns' dress for sexual harassment is silly;  Male legislators unable to control themselves around coeds should find another job
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Missouri House must take responsibility for its own behavior, not shift onus to interns X
          Kraske:  Forty-one years after Jeff City guys allegedly flirted with a comely Claire McCaskill, a few lecherous men are still giving women a hard time at the Capitol +
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Kansas dominates Missouri in multiple treating-gals-right categories +
          CDT's Waters:  Paying for a new St. Louis football stadium is worth it, probably X
          KC Star public editor Derek Donovan:  Setting reasonable expectations for how newspapers will identify transgenders - especially when preferred identity can't be verified +
          KC Star letter:  Excelsior Springs man says even "heartless Republicans" should support KC minimum-wage increase +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says protesters, reporters had no right to enter closed-door meeting;  P-D editorial was "amateurish and pathetic"
          P-D letter:  Pacific man says 9-year-old Ferguson girl's black life mattered just as much as that of gun-wielding man at dope house
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        Saturday, August 22
       
The Missouri Times:  McCaskill, Blunt take different sides on Iran deal
          AP:  Attorneys argue powers during hearing on federal water rule;  Missouri among states joining lawsuit
          P-D:  National AFL-CIO president endorses north St. Louis site for spy agency
          Priddy:  In today's campaign-finance climate, state political parties are like pastprime blondes who sit at a bar drinking and smoking alone while men seek out more breedable targets
          CDT:  Convenience stores seek to limit tobacco tax hike with competing proposal X
          Missourinet:  New partnership aims to develop renewable energy in Missouri
          CDT:  Schaefer:  Health department relied on 'bad advice' to license abortion clinic X
          CDT:  University of Missouri backtracks, will restore health insurance subsidies to graduate students X
          P-D:  University of Missouri backtracks, restores graduate insurance subsidy
          Columbia Missourian:  Loftin says he learned of cancelled insurance subsidies on social media
          The Missouri Times:  Pro Tem candidate Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) comes out against stadium funding
          KC Star:  Opponents of Kansas City's minimum wage increase submit signatures for referendum +
          P-D:  Ferguson police chief urges public to help solve slaying of 9-year-old girl
          KWMU:  Preliminary investigation shows man who pointed gun at police was eventually shot in back;  Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce launches her own review
          P-D:  Joyce's office launches investigation into death of Spanish Lake man who fled drug house;  Thursday protests featured cars damaged, people attacked
          P-D:  American Federation of Teachers takes on 'racial justice';  Second-largest teachers union has 'Racial Equity Task Force' meeting in St. Louis
          P-D:  Ferguson social-media celebrities publish anti-police violence demands;  Thoughts from Twitter's @nettnaaaaaaaa, @MsPackyetti, @deray
          Washington Missourian editorial:  On transportation, the Show-Me State is the Do-Nothing State
          P-D editorial:  Missouri office seekers use abortion for political gain
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City has a stake in the future of St. Louis stadium +
          P-D editorial:  On 9-year-old girl shot in Ferguson:  Violent environments, savage behavior could totally change if St. Louis "invests" more money
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Many allegations of police "brutality" are absurd, and some tales are fabricated
          KC Star op-ed:  SLU prof Amber Hinsley:  Journalism students learn many lessons from Ferguson +
          JCNT letter:  Chamois man suggests Blaine Luetkemeyer is a pawn of the dreaded "U.S. Meat Packing Cartel" X
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        Friday, August 21
       
P-D:  McCaskill to support Obama's Iran deal
          Politico:  McCaskill, other red-state Dems back Obama on Iran
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt on opposite sides of Obama's Iran deal
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Roy Blunt gathers with survivors, MU administrators to call for increase in cancer research funding
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Black clergy organizer on Rev. Jeremiah Wright's visit;  Wash U. doc on Legislature's Planned Parenthood "witch hunt" +
          NY Magazine:  McCaskill profile:  Spending time with Missouri's senior U.S. Senator at a Cardinals game:  a peek into girls-only dish session on Scott Brown's obsession with his own body, thoughts on Amy Schumer, etc.
          AP:  Ag groups announce support for Blunt at Missouri State Fair
          KWMU:  In Missouri's U.S. Senate race, attacks are largely outsourced
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Cigarette tax hike sees renewed effort
          CDT:  Bumper crop of candidates seek support at annual Governor's Ham Breakfast X
          The Missouri Times:  Pols campaign at Missouri State Fair
          KWMU:  Nixon, other pols take part in Missouri State Fair festivities
          The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway touts support from agriculture leaders, farmers and ranchers
          Drebes:  Amy and Kevin Gunn to hold fundraiser for Chris Koster
          The Missouri Times:  Second season of This Week in Missouri Politics kicks off August 23:  Guest are Steve Tilley, Jeff Mazur, Sarah Martin, Joe Lakin
          AP:  Nixon says Missouri's AAA credit rating reaffirmed
          CDT:  State health department defends license for Columbia abortion clinic X
          P-D:  Hinson's case took three times longer to file in court
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff):  There was never any intention to create a separate dress code for interns
          KC Star:  T-shirt maker hawks dress-code themed item, recycles well-worn "This is my (fill-in-the-blank) shirt" gimmick +
          P-D:  Normandy gives more students OK to transfer
          Missourinet:  City of Joplin receives poor rating in state audit
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri deer farmers win fight against Missouri Department of Conservation regulations
          P-D:  For the first time in four years, Missouri minimum wage won't rise next year
          KC Star:  Minimum wage petition is approved for KC's November ballot, but it could get withdrawn +
          KWMU:  State, federal, county officials hold public meeting on Coldwater Creek;  Area residents blame their various health maladies on radiation
          P-D:  Residents near Coldwater Creek share their theories on nuclear science and epidemiology
          P-D:  Taxpayers' bill for Justice Department's Ferguson report:  More than $1 million
          P-D:  Crowd urges peace, healing at vigil for 9-year-old girl killed in Ferguson shooting
          AP:  No arrest days after shooting of innocent girl in Ferguson;  Mayor James Knowles, others hold vigil
          KWMU:  St. Louis City neighborhood reflects on shooting;  Aunt of man who pointed gun at police says, "I can't see him with no [sic] gun, because he ain't that type"
          P-D:  Man who pointed gun at police was put down with gunshot in the back;  Man's cousin, Shonetda Ball, says she has no idea why he was there
          KWMU:  Police chief calls for calm after shooting causes riotous behavior
          AP:  St. Louis police chief defends officer taking down man who pointed gun
          P-D:  SLU law prof, "a staunch ally of the protest movement", urges protesters to get lawyers, file claims against St. Louis police
          JCNT editorial:  Dress-code hysteria:  Let sensible, professional standards prevail X
          P-D editorial:  Supreme Court offers road map for Legislature on red-light cameras
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian columnist gets a kiss from McCaskill;  Most Jefferson City women resent objectification, while others enjoy using their "sexual leverage" X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Proposed tobacco tax increase:  I'd like to hear from you +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Kansas City's minimum wage has a middle ground, so let's find it +
          SNL letter:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  Blunt's legislation helps underserved pharmacists X
          P-D letter:  Tobacco tax is an unfair way to address transportation needs
          P-D letter:  Conundrum:  No smoking means no more tobacco tax money
          P-D letter:  Voter ID requirement would disenfranchise the poor
          P-D letter:  Protesters' illegal behavior takes away their credibility
          P-D letter:  Black lives matter - though judging by Michael Brown's lifestyle, he didn't necessarily agree
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        Thursday, August 20
       
Licking News:  On annual farm tour, Rep. Jason Smith visits garlic farm in Licking
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Congressional delegation spends summer break listening to constituents X
        KWMU:  HUD Secretary Castro gives St. Louis County $26M in taxpayer funds for development including multi-family units, business development loans, more
        AP:  Taxpayers give St. Louis County $26M for projects in distressed areas
        CDT:  Rev. Jeremiah Wright to speak at local conference;  President Obama's former pastor gained attention with "God damn America!" sermon X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  NRSC takes aim at Jason Kander with "Jason Kander the Pandering Panda";  Discovery Channel-esque video blends tracker footage, actual panda, adult dancing in furry costume +
        KWMU:  Raise Your Hand for Kids seeks to raise Missouri tobacco taxes for early-childhood education programs
        Drebes:  DaRon McGee to take Kevin McManus' seat in Legislature
        Helling:  Credit card maxing out for Missouri government;  Seeking STL stadium funds without public accountability is "fiscal calamity" +
        Drebes:  The "Appointments" project could help Nixon fill more boards and commissions with females
        The Missouri Times:  MU chancellor responds to Schaefer, has "refer and follow" with Planned Parenthood
        CDT:  Schaefer says MU documents don't answer Planned Parenthood questions X
        The Missouri Times:  House committees hold joint hearing on Planned Parenthood allegations
        Missourinet:  Missouri Republicans defend Planned Parenthood investigations
        KC Star:  Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) calls for public hearings on Missouri House intern policy, sexual harassment +
        The Missouri Times:  Rizzo (D-Kansas City) wants broader scope, public hearings for intern policy task force
        P-D:  Rizzo wants public testimony on new intern policies
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  Sen. Claire McCaskill doesn't like an intern dress [sic] in Jefferson City
        P-D:  University of Missouri grad students threaten walkout if demands are not met
        Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students to stage walkout protest unless MU meets insurance demands
        KWMU:  Shifting state standards make student progress hard to map
        P-D:  St. Louis to refund motorists for $5.6M in red-light camera tickets
        P-D:  St. Peters officials repeat intention to keep red-light cameras turned off
        P-D:  Army Corps of Engineers confirms low-level radiation in yards by Coldwater Creek
        KWMU:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finds "a handful" of yards along Coldwater Creek have low-dose radioactive contamination;  Remediation to take place in near future
        P-D:  Shots fired into Ferguson home kill 9-year-old girl, injure mother;  No reports of neighborhood protests, marching, "Blacks Lives Matter" chants
        KWMU:  Spanish Lake man gets put down after pulling gun on officers in North St. Louis City;  Protesters quickly fill street, block traffic, burn car, loot businesses
        AP:  Spanish Lake man killed in North St. Louis City drug bust;  Nearby reaction includes burglaries, arson
        P-D:  Man fleeing drug bust pulls gun on police, gets put down;  Angry crowd lights fires, throws bricks at police
        P-D:  Photo gallery:  Crowd sets fire to various objects:  Buildings, American flag, trees, trash bins
        KWMU:  Analysis:  Even with public disclosure, Ferguson donations are hard to track
        P-D editorial:  Lawmakers behold the mote in their interns' eyes;  Dangers abound for "pudgy, middle-aged" legislators, but Kevin Engler - a Republican! - has some good ideas
        SNL editorial:  Intern dress code would blame victims, excuse lawmaker behavior X
        CDT's Waters:  On highway funding and Ron Leone's "minions" X
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael McShane and James Shuls:  Don't over-regulate charter schools, learn from them
        P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says Post-Dispatch's bias is showing, particularly on coverage of criminal "protesters" beating female motorist
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man says Post-Dispatch reporting keeps getting more slanted, particularly its whining about "economic opportunity"
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says "Black Lives Matter" movement is "the biggest pity party in America" X
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        Wednesday, August 19
       
CBS:  HHS sends Blunt letter assuring "no violation" of fetal-tissue sales laws
        CDT:  McCaskill greets old friends in Columbia book signing visit X
        The Missouri Times:  John Brunner drops new video:  "We're going to win an election"
        KWMU:  St. Louis County Republicans choose candidate in 89th District;  Dean Plocher will replace John Diehl
        SE Missourian:  Pachyderms to host Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) on Thursday +
        The Missouri Times:  Masquerade ball coming to the Missouri Capitol
        Missourinet:  Missouri makes trade agreement with Canada
        KWMU:  Nixon promotes trade, transportation and pipelines during Canadian trip
        KODE (Joplin):  Galloway's office issues audit report on the city of Joplin
        AP:  Audit:  Millions of dollars mismanaged after Joplin tornado
        KC Star:  Missouri legislators suggest an intern dress code, but Speaker nixes the idea +
        KWMU:  Backlash prompts Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) to nix dress code change for Capitol interns
        The Missouri Times:  Dress code suggestion takes spotlight as House looks to make new rules targeting sexual harassment
        JCNT:  No dress code change for House interns X
        P-D:  Missouri legislative internship program still worth it despite risks, former interns say
        KC Star:  Former LeVota interns Taylor Hirth, Alissa Hembree weigh in on dress code proposal +
        KC Star:  McCaskill blasts statehouse dress code idea;  Missouri's senior United States senator weighs in on skinterngate debate +
        Twitter, 8/16:  Blogger suggests a hypothetical dress-code proposal will elicit emotional reactions, uncivil debate;  Former staffer responds, calls blogger "piece of shit"
        The Missouri Times:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) talks transportation with St. Louis Regional Chamber
        KWMU:  Fulton State Hospital's non-discrimination policy includes gender identification
        CDT:  Schaefer asks MU for papers on Planned Parenthood abortion license X
        CDT:  Graduate students, employees hold forum regarding loss of insurance subsidies X
        KBIA:  On book tour, McCaskill weighs in on University of Missouri graduate student insurance-subsidy issue
        KWMU:  Board approves first tax breaks for new St. Louis stadium;  Kinder only member of board to vote against proposal
        P-D:  $15M in tax credits approved for St. Louis riverfront stadium
        Missourinet:  Lawmakers vow to block St. Louis stadium project
        The Missouri Times:  MDFB approves tax credits for new St. Louis stadium
        AP:  Missouri board OKs $15M in tax credits for St. Louis stadium
        SNL:  Hippie haven gets radical makeover as new state park;  Former home of budget-Woodstock "Schwagstock" gets cleaned up X
        KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court strikes down red-light cameras in St. Louis
        P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court strikes down red-light ordinances
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court says red-light camera ordinance is invalid
        KC Star:  Kansas City red-light cameras could resume, but in line with Missouri high-court ruling +
        AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules on traffic-camera challenges
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court answers one felons-possessing-guns issue, leaves one undecided
        AP:  Missouri Supreme Court:  felon-in-possession law stands
        Missourinet:  Death sentence vacated for Missouri man who killed grandparents
        KWMU:  ACLU, other activist groups blast county decision to charge protesters a year after events
        P-D:  ACLU blasts county for belatedly charging Ferguson protesters
        KC Star editorial:  State testing turmoil in Missouri obscures student performance +
        Jensen:  McCaskill hitching herself to Clinton candidacy +
        KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Focus on men to change sexist Jefferson City culture;  Dress-code proposal implies "men will be men," and that's totally not true +
        P-D op-ed:  ACORN/MORE demands 1% of St. Louis City GDP - about $1.4B - to be invested in "social justice"
        KC Star letter:  Gas-tax increase won't hurt the poor, as long as they don't drive very much +
        P-D letter:  Boston-based education group leader:  Missouri politicians shouldn't be driving Missouri school testing policy
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        Tuesday, August 18
       
Brownfield Ag News:  EPA water rule worse than expected, says national farm group;  Map showing impact on Missouri to be revealed Thursday at State Fair
          Missourinet:  Missouri opponent of EPA power plant rule says the fight is growing
          KC Star:  Fired clerk NaNette Chaney says VA hospital in KC made her its 'waiting list' scapegoat +
          P-D:  A Missouri patio is paved in military headstones;  Some veterans upset, VA investigating
          Helling:  U.S. Rep. Sam Graves' opposition to new KCI terminal still on the tarmac +
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill's book tour hits Columbia
          JCNT:  McCaskill brings book tour to Jefferson City, says she's running for re-election in 2018 X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  John Hancock, Catherine Hanaway on GOP gov free-for-all +
          KWMU:  Group that led drive to kill off earlier tobacco-tax hikes now proposing increase
          AP:  Missouri petroleum marketers back 23-cent cigarette tax hike
          The Missouri Times:  All eyes on tobacco as groups gear up for 2016 ballot initiatives
          P-D:  New campaign to raise Missouri's tobacco tax could fund transportation projects
          AP:  States raising taxes, fees and debt to pay for road repairs;  Missouri transportation chair Stephen Miller warns of "huge problem" and "no ready solution"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) gets a challenger:  Mark Milton
          Drebes:  Expect 'right to work' debate to heat up as veto session nears;  A look at anti-RTW ad
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) loses sight in right eye
          KC Star:  Missouri legislators considering intern dress code
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) proposes new intern policies as house considers harassment issues X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer asks UM Chancellor for documents linking Mizzou to Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Schaefer looks for connection between University hospital and abortions
          P-D:  University of Missouri ends funding for graduate student health insurance, blames feds
          Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students stage walkout after losing insurance subsidies;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says he got so emotional Sunday night that he lost sleep
          P-D:  Results on new Common Core standards are in for school districts in Missouri
          P-D:  Data:  2015 MAP scores by school
          KWMU:  District-by-district MAP results show Normandy, Riverview Gardens students continue to fail;  West County, Ladue, Lindbergh, St. Charles County students exceed state averages
          Missourinet:  Achievement tests show low-income and minority students still performing poorly
          AP:  Students at failing Missouri schools continue to disappoint with embarrassing test scores across the board
          KC Star:  Students at Kansas City Public Schools far below state averages on MAP, "but administrators say they are not worried" +
          P-D:  Missouri's first all-girls public school opens in North St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Wash U. law prof wants Missouri juvenile court reforms
          KWMU:  Vote expected on $50M in tax breaks for new St. Louis stadium
          P-D:  State set to approve stadium tax credits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf takes aim at St. Louis stadium bonds X
          AP:  Missouri official says earthquake insurance 'critical'
          KWMU:  State regulators want landfill owners to do more to contain fire;  Republic Services says situation is under control
          P-D:  Missouri regulators order new measures to prevent spread of Bridgeton Landfill fire
          P-D:  Man who was shot and killed after "Stop the Violence" march drove to meet the shooter at 9 p.m. and argued about an unknown topic
          KMOX:  Mayor Francis Slay's brother passes away at age 58
          SE Missourian editorial:  Local sheriff part of Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) task force on human trafficking +
          P-D editorial:  Fake committee makes real municipal court reform more likely
          P-D letter:  Glencoe man says functional humans already have an ID, so requiring one to vote is hardly discrimination
          KC Star letter:  Let's stop making martyrs out of worthless lawbreakers +
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        Monday, August 17
       
ABC News 'This Week':  McCaskill says Hillary Clinton is a victim of 'witch hunt'
        P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) says she may take on Lacy Clay;  Incumbent laughs off notion, says he'd enjoy "entertainment value" of beating her
        KWMU:  Veterans court provides help for post-service problems
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  In Missouri, changing marijuana legislation creates new challenges
        P-D:  Seven GOP candidates jockey for money, attention in 2016 Missouri governor race
        KWMU:  Catherine Hanaway campaigns below the radar in everchanging GOP battle for governor
        CDT:  Becket Fund connections help Joshua Hawley land first large donation X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Tackling voter fraud has widespread appeal - and Jay Ashcroft gets in on the act +
        Drebes:  Music news:  Vox profiles Rob Monsees' band;  Drebes' album now available for download on iTunes
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Cloria Brown (R-South St. Louis County) on 'right to work,' school-transfer prospects, intern-indulging, more
        P-D:  Churn of Missouri state tests puts school accountability on hold
        KWMU:  Veiled Prophet Foundation, Regional Business Council sponsor Beyond Housing's resource fair for Normandy families - prior to start of third unaccredited year
        P-D:  Man found fatally shot near North St. Louis City park, hours after anti-violence march ended there
        JCNT:  Scores rally round Confederate battle flag X
        SE Missourian editorial:  Voter ID laws make sense;  Critics' caterwauling about "disenfranchisement" not backed by facts +
        JCNT editorial:  Uphold Nixon's veto of increased court costs;  Higher fees make access to justice too costly X
        SNL op-ed:  Billy Long is incorrect - Missouri can and should support EPA's Clean Power Plan X
        KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  UMKC prof says student debt a "safe" topic for presidential candidates to address +
        P-D letter:  President of solar power company supports EPA's Clean Power Plan
        P-D letter:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters):  University's tobacco tax increase is the wrong choice
        P-D letter:  Protests should inspire, not divide, community;  Shutting down I-70 was counterproductive
        P-D letter:  In light of how Ferguson protesters behave, media should give police some backing
        JCNT letter:  Loose Creek woman says Ferguson whiners need to move on - and if "black lives matter," then black folks need to show they mean it themselves X
        JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says 'Black Lives Matter' protesters should pitch their fits outside Planned Parenthood X
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        Sunday, August 16
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  McCaskill tells all in new memoir;  Senior senator "writes about the adversity she faced as a woman politician"
          SE Missourian:  Funding of dredging, levees dominate discussions at Army Corps visit +
          AP:  Lower Missouri River flooding ends, focus shifts to repairs
          Drebes:  Phil LeVota's current two-year lobbying contract with City of Independence is out for RFP
          Reuters:  State pension plans putting politics above retirements
          CDT:  University balks at disclosing 'personal' e-mails sought under Sunshine Law X
          KODE (Joplin):  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) talks about new dairy law in effect, says he'll seek more funding next session
          Fulton Sun:  Finding value in state's 'most dangerous' work place;  State employee works to improve lives of mentally ill
          KC Star:  Missouri House is developing new intern rules to address sexual harassment +
          KWMU:  As state of emergency ends, Stenger's fans and foes debate wisdom of order
          AP:  Ferguson protest-shift pay helps officers provide more for their families;  Officer Todd Bakula talks about treating his pregnant wife to a bed and breakfast
          AP:  Lawsuit seeks e-mails from McCulloch in Michael Brown case
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Mothers and supporters march against killings, violence;  Kecia Hamilton hopes urban community stops its "unheard-of foolishness"
          KMOX:  Mothers march against killings in St. Louis;  Comments from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) on "ban the box" legislation, more
          P-D:  "Thousand Woman March" draws hundreds
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP turns out 18 people for "Journey for Justice" rally
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James holds a block party for youth - and shuts it down early due to violent behavior +
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Department of Agriculture demonstrates its leadership by putting an emphasis on ag stewardship X
          SE Missourian editorial:  2015's Ferguson protesters are driven by anger, and should find a more constructive outlet than being violent or blocking interstates +
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  Missouri needs to learn to prioritize spending;  Stadium-funding process is an issue affecting all state taxpayers X
          KC Star letter:  Man says raising minimum wage will trap workers in 'menial' jobs, says he improved his economic lot in life and fast-food workers can too +
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        Saturday, August 15
       
KC Star:  Free-trade spat between McCaskill, labor suggests changing relationship between Dems and unions;  Cleaver:  "organized labor today is not what it was 25 years ago"
          KC Star:  Conservative group files complaint against 2012 McCaskill-Akin collaboration
          SNL:  Blunt, Kander scoop up big dollars on campaign trail
          KC Star:  Democrats criticize Blunt for airplane travel
          Kraske:  As area activist Dutch Newman turns 95, she looks back at a life in politics
          Missourinet:  USDA to consider whether to add more Missouri counties to ag disaster declaration
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri program verifies farm sustainability;  Comments from Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          Missourinet:  Nixon and Missouri delegation headed to Canada to push for expanded exports
          AP:  Nixon to travel to Canada for trade mission
          Missourinet:  State Public Defender Director wants another $10M added to this year's budget
          Drebes:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) outlines potential compromise on prescription drug monitoring program
          CDT:  UM President Tim Wolfe to receive Missourian award
          P-D:  Slay, city supe team up to boost first day of school attendance
          P-D:  After two nights of civilized behavior, Stenger ends 'state of emergency' for Ferguson
          P-D:  Woman who expressed annoyance over Ferguson protesters/I-70 human roadblocks keeps her job
          AP:  Mustafa Abdullah upset about being arrested at I-70 protest, claims he was there simply to provide legal observation
          P-D:  Municipal court officials keep Post-Dispatch reporter out of meeting;  ACORN makes noises in hallway, then moves along
          AP:  Ferguson defends Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson after concerns raised about 1990s allegations
          P-D:  Ferguson defends interim chief after online site reveals early disciplinary problems
          KWMU:  Psychologists exploring link between Ferguson riots and "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"
          P-D:  Left Bank Books selling "Black Lives Matter" signs
          P-D editorial:  Most of white St. Louis still hasn't acknowledged its role in the problems of black St. Louis
          CDT's Waters:  MAP test and Common Core:  Continuing to shuffle the deck
          KC Star's Shelly:  Missouri loves secrecy, except for Planned Parenthood
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Stories such as Ferguson are difficult to discuss as news, not opinion
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man on Ferguson savagery:  Stop bending over backward to be politically correct while empowering the criminal element
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        Friday, August 14
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Blunt talks the future of health care in Hannibal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  Congress now prepared to debate health care X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Obamacare realities;  McCaskill on Iran-deal deliberance +
          KWMU:  McCaskill "probably slightly in favor" of Iran deal;  Senior senator again recounts 2012 Akin-related machinations, calls her moves "strategic" and "smart"
          Kraske:  McCaskill says she's ready to run again in 2018 +
          The Missouri Times:  Jake Zimmerman hopes to emerge as Dems' AG primary frontrunner
          Drebes:  GOP meeting to pick Diehl replacement will take place Tuesday
          AP:  Missouri Senate hires Anne Marie Moy as communications director
          AP:  Missouri state fair opens its 11-day run in Sedalia
          The Missouri Times:  Tom Coburn to lobby for Convention of States Action in Missouri, nationally
          Missourinet:  Senators say state oversight of fetal remains is lacking
          Missourinet:  Schaefer threatens agency head with contempt after abortion investigation hearing
          CDT:  Schaefer threatens legal action to reveal Columbia abortion clinic records X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer, Vasterling clash in Sanctity of Life Committee hearing
          AP:  Schaefer pushes health director on abortion center
          P-D:  Judge dismisses Nixon in stadium case, gives planners 'a lot of momentum'
          AP:  Judge dismisses Nixon from St. Louis stadium lawsuit
          KC Star:  $15 minimum wage proposal could go on November ballot in Kansas City +
          P-D:  Man who shot at police is recovering in hospital;  Tyrone Harris was already on bail for other criminal acts
          JCNT:  Seniors reflect on experiences with race relations;  Nearly 60 olds gather in Jefferson City to swap tales of yore X
          P-D editorial:  Top public defender builds a case against Nixon, Legislature
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Shooting incident shows how Ferguson protests attract the violent criminal element
          KC Star's Shelly:  Kurt Schaefer is the scariest person in Missouri government +
          CDT's Waters:  Police union was guilty of "Facebook foolishness" but Columbia can't boss the union around X
          Washington Post's Radley Balko:  St. Louis County, a year later:  Schmitt on municipal-court overhaul
          P-D op-ed:  FOCUS St. Louis' Yemi S. Akande-Bartsch:  How to fix Ferguson:  More talking, "citizen engagement," etc. will "ensure social justice and equality for everyone"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Hinson's DUI rationalizations are a little too much
          P-D letter:  Instead of whining and looking for reasons to be offended, people should try to find common ground
          Washington Missourian letter:  Michael Brown was a bully, a thug and a criminal - but it's no surprise when you look at the man who spawned him
          P-D letter:  Blocking traffic is a good way for Ferguson protesters to annoy reasonable people
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        Thursday, August 13
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill defends deliberation on Iran deal
          KC Star:  Watchdog warns of Afghan power plant's 'catastrophic failure';  McCaskill calls plant "an egregious waste" +
          JCNT:  Blunt focuses on health care issues;  Junior senator emphasizes need for a system more about patients and doctors than insurance X
          AP:  Blunt says Senate doesn't have votes to ax Obamacare
          KC Star:  McCaskill-Akin tale raising questions in legal, political communities +
          Washington Post's Jonathan Adler:  Did McCaskill confess to illegal campaign coordination?
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri seeks injunction to block Waters of the U.S. implementation;  AG Chris Koster (D) takes stand on behalf of Missouri farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri AFL-CIO chief:  We don't donate to Planned Parenthood
          AP:  AG candidate Joshua Hawley says his Mizzou e-mails and other documents are not subject to state open records laws
          KWMU: Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Rep. Vicki Englund (D-Green Park) has a chat with journoduo on right to work, school transfers, recent attention to intern-indulging, more
          KWMU:  Tom Dempsey joins David Jackson's Clayton-based lobbying firm, Gate Way Group
          The Missouri Times:  Tom Dempsey joins Gate Way Group
          AP:  Tom Dempsey joins Gate Way Group lobbying firm
          P-D:  Tom Dempsey joins Gate Way Group
          AP:  Missouri panel to review managed care Medicaid services
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson's task force draws "tongue-in-cheek" response from Dems;  Hummel creates clever, sarcastic retort
          P-D:  Mississippi River bridge on state's critical list, but it's just one of 600 statewide
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon trumpets $4.8M in Missouri Western renovations X
          AP:  Missouri to get $150,000 in federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize advanced placement tests for "historically underserved students," particularly non-whites
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Peter Herschend on Common Core +
          KWMU:  Court fees veto gains publicity from Nixon letter;  Bills had enough votes to override
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon writes letter to thank Missouri Bar president
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  North County mayors speak out against municipal court overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  Port committee holds first interim hearing
          AP:  Gov. Jay Nixon confident in St. Louis as 'NFL city'
          P-D:  NFL seeks 'certainty' in St. Louis
          KWMU:  Prominent protest couple faces charges in attack on I-70 driver;  Alexis Templeton punched woman in the face, while wife Brittany Ferrell did $5,000 worth of damage to vehicle
          CDT:  Rally in support of Darren Wilson, police officers draws 85;  NAACP, GRO Missouri counter-rally draws 40;  Angry blood roils when news reporter asks potty-mouthed youths to stop swearing on camera
          KMIZ:  Supporters of law enforcement rally at City Hall;  "Pro-police group was countered by another group - and they had very different messages"
          CDT:  Police union attorney claims city manager violated constitutions X
          Columbia Missourian:  Attorney for police union alleges city manager violated constitutional rights
          P-D:  Despite quiet night in Ferguson, Stenger extends state of emergency through Thursday
          P-D:  Stenger restates his opposition to Missouri's open-carry laws
          AP:  Ferguson briefs:  Protest organizer Nabeehan Azeez says groups will keep pushing for boycotts, are still upset about Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D)
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Sexagenarian columnist relays conversation with imaginary friend "Bag-Head Jheri" about the innocence of Ferguson shooter Tyrone Harris, etc. X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri's National Association of Women President Seileach Corleigh demands a "full and public apology" from police union for comments honoring Darren Wilson
          P-D letter:  "Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice" dislikes GOP attention on Planned Parenthood
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        Wednesday, August 12
       
KY3:  Sen. Blunt surprises Cassville Senior Center with new American flag;  Miscreants stole the center's old flag last week
          Cassville Democrat:  Blunt donates flag to senior center
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sam Graves meets with generic herbicide manufacturer to discuss tariff issue X
          KC Star:  Democratic poll shows Blunt leading Kander, Kinder over Koster, Obama at 36% approval/59% disapproval +
          KWMU:  Former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R) suffers brain hemorrhage while on vacation, undergoes surgery
          JCNT:  Area student gets trip to D.C. to "lobby" against tobacco;  Girl claims McCaskill, Luetkemeyer staffers were "totally amazed" by her knowledge X
          CDT:  Joshua Hawley seeks to prevent release of e-mails in AG race X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton)
          SE Missourian:  Sheriff's vehicles get 'In God We Trust' decals +
          Columbia Missourian:  After six-year push, rural Missouri still waits for high-speed Internet
          The Missouri Times:  Public defender director appeals to Nixon for $10 million in new funds
          KC Star:  Missouri's public defender office hints at lawsuit over funding levels +
          The Missouri Times:  House committee on ports to hold inaugural meeting today
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee hearing to focus on resumption of abortions in Columbia
          SE Missourian:  Scott County sheriff joins human-trafficking task force +
          KWMU:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) on his efforts to keep state money from subsidizing illegal students;  Girl who snuck into the U.S. from Mexico unhappy about law change
          JCNT:  Common Core still generates debate X
          SNL:  Test results released amid Common Core backlash X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  KC Public Schools officer on the long slog back to accreditation;  P-D reporter Paul Hampel on his savage beating +
          KC Star:  As Missouri releases results of standardized tests, comparisons are difficult to make +
          P-D:  New Missouri test scores are in, but interpreting results trickier this year
          CDT:  First results from new online MAP released X
         
KWMU:  White students outscore "super subgroup" of minorities/handicapped on MAP tests
          KWMU:  MoDOT looking for a few good snow plow drivers in St. Louis

          Missourinet:  Man serving life in prison for marijuana charges granted parole
          KWMU:  Slay defends decision not to appeal ruling on stadium financing vote
          CDT:  Tribune's "Trib Talks" show to air on public television X
          Missourinet:  Police release video of Tyrone Harris pulling gun from waistband
          P-D:  Surveillance video catches criminal with gun before he shot at police
          AP:  Man who shot at police caught on video with gun;  Father of Tyrone Harris disputed police account Monday, had nothing to say Tuesday
          KWMU: Quiet night in Ferguson;  Stenger says he may lift state of emergency if civilized behavior continues
          AP:  After two nights of acting out, a peaceful protest in Ferguson
          P-D:  Police keep the peace in Ferguson:  Zero stores looted overnight
          AP:  Oath Keepers return to Ferguson;  Protest organizer Nabeehah Azeez not pleased
          KSGF:  Audio:  Where is Gov. Jay Nixon?  Host Nick Reed talks to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder about Ferguson, Chris Koster, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Police union leader says protests, city manager threats won't make him resign
          CDT:  City manager calls for board to fire union director after "Darren Wilson Day" Facebook post X
          P-D:  Hazelwood teacher suspended after someone complains about Ferguson tweet;  Stacey Brixey expressed annoyance over protesters blocking I-70
          KWMU:  Missouri will retrieve two Humvees from Ferguson
          Missourinet:  Owner of Ferguson Burger Bar:  Give leaders time to do their jobs
          P-D editorial:  Voter ID laws, already bogus, ruled racist and discriminatory
          National Review editorial:  Josh Hawley for Missouri AG:  An easy conservative choice
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Billy Long:  Stricter EPA rule means tighter Ozarks budgets X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  "Darren Wilson Day" was insensitive
          KC Star letter:  West Plains man says Jackson County sheriff takes too long processing concealed-carry permits +
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        Tuesday, August 11
       
P-D:  Secretary of State John Kerry says he understands indecisiveness of senators like McCaskill on Iran nuke deal
          SNL:  13 Dems send a letter to Bass Pro complaining about gun sales;  McCaskill not among them X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Trump-Akin comparison;  Nixon on Ferguson savagery +
          AP:  Missouri, 12 other states ask judge to delay new federal water rule
          Brownfield Ag News:  Disaster declaration approved for 68 Missouri counties
          AP:  Progress Missouri's ethics complaint against Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) dismissed
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) to seek pro tem post
          The Missouri Times:  Independence business consultant nominated by Democrats to take Torpey's vacant seat
          CDT:  Nixon appoints business owner as new county treasurer X
          AP:  Missouri public defender director asks Nixon for $10M
          P-D:  Missouri Public Defender System director wants $10M more
          The Missouri Times:  In midst of tax-increase debate, University of Missouri moves to purchase radio station
          The Missouri Times:  Confusion over 'historic agreement' on school transfers leaves House Budget Committee frustrated
          P-D:  Lawmakers want tuition agreement for Normandy, Riverview Gardens in writing
          KWMU:  Superintendents' goal:  Make state school reports fairer and simpler
          P-D:  St. Louis school teachers, staff inspired to change lives
          KC Star:  Business Insider ranking puts Missouri 47th in economic health
          Missourinet:  Execution date reset for man convicted in 2000 murder-for-hire killing;  Kimber Edwards was unhappy about paying child support
          AP:  Missouri court sets execution for man in ex-wife's slaying
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch reporter attacked while covering looting:  "I got swarmed, beaten down really bad"
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Tyrone Harris showed off guns on Facebook, was out on bond for other felony charges;  Pre-shooting post:  "I (expletive) around go [sic] on West Florissant tonight"
          P-D:  Tyrone Harris called himself "Ty Glocks," posted braggadocious boasts on Facebook:  "Rob Me, Better Prey [sic] My Boys Don't Rob You," "Iont [sic] Talk ... I Send Shots" "I Only Shoot Dem [sic] Glock S&W & Dem [sic] Rugers"
          AP:  Man who shot at police use gun reported stolen in Cape;  Father of stolen-car/stolen-gun enthusiast says evidence "all a bunch of lies ... they're making my son look like a criminal"
          The Missouri Times:  Violence leads St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger to declare state of emergency
          Missourinet:  Democratic Committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes dislikes state of emergency
          AP:  Fourth night of Ferguson protests brings confrontation, arrests
          KWMU:  Dozens arrested in what some are calling "Ferguson August"
          P-D:  Protester activities include blocking traffic, throwing rocks and frozen water bottles at police
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Black police officer taunted, upside-down American flag, white girl in Fall Out Boy t-shirt, other scenes
          KTVI:  Video:  Driver grows tired of protesters blocking I-70, breaks through line;  Protesters kick, attack vehicle
          P-D:  Ferguson businesses 'hanging in there' after weekend violence
          KMOV:  "Oath Keepers" take to the streets, armed, to protect Ferguson businesses
          CDT:  'Darren Wilson Day' sparks controversy in Columbia;  Union suggested showing appreciation to officer attacked by Michael Brown X
          P-D:  Police union's 'Darren Wilson Day' sparks protest, criticism
          KC Star editorial:  Stuff the vindictive Missouri legislative threat against Kansas City's earnings tax +
          Priddy:  An eyewitness account of Jay Nixon engaging on an issue:  Capitol repairs
          SNL op-ed:  GOP's voter ID law is not needed X
          P-D letter:  Slay, Nixon ignore the will of the people on stadium
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch's one-sided reporting on anniversary of Michael Brown's savage attack is embarrassing
          P-D letter:  Another example of third-class journalism:  Showing protesters' pig with "Darren Wilson" scrawled on the side
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        Monday, August 10   Tyrone Harris, a pal of Michael Brown, opens fire on law enforcement officers in Ferguson
       
NBC News:  Meet the Press:  McCaskill:  Democrats don't feel pressured by Schumer decision on Iran
          P-D:  McCaskill appears on Meet the Press to promote her book;  Senior senator talks Trump, Biden vs. Clinton, more
          Washington Examiner:  McCaskill still undecided on Iran deal
          Washington Times:  McCaskill:  Schumer won't sway other Dems on Iran nuclear deal
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Quotes from McCaskill's book regarding the struggle of being a female;  Bob McCulloch on social media and Ferguson +
          KSGF:  Audio:  Host Nick Reed talks to Peter Kinder about EPA regulations:  "We need a governor who will push back" on "environmental radicals"
          KC Star:  Some GOP lawmakers want to end KC's earnings tax because of minimum-wage increase +
          KSGF:  Audio:  Host Nick Reed talks with Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on Trump, the rise of Springfield native and GOP activist Jeremy Cady, Planned Parenthood, unions, more
          P-D:  "Economic diversity" on college campuses is an elusive goal;  In Missouri, number of low-income students vary widely
          P-D:  18-year-old opens fire on detectives in SUV;  Father of Tyrone Harris says his son and Michael Brown "were real close"
          P-D:  Video:  Shots fired in Ferguson
          AP:  Tyrone Harris shoots detectives in Ferguson
          P-D:  Protesters attack police:  Two officers pepper sprayed, one cut in the face when a rock was thrown at him
          KWMU:  Protesters marching down West Florissant throw objects at police, damage several businesses
          Missourinet:  Cash register stolen from beauty-supply store;  Post-Dispatch reporter robbed and assaulted
          P-D:  Two teens walking by Michael Brown Memorial wounded in drive-by shooting
          KC Star:  KC activities marking Ferguson:  Rally, four arrested for blocking traffic, more +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Rep. Dave Hinson's (R-St. Clair) truth evasion made the whole situation worse
          P-D editorial:  Best solution for West Lake Landfill is to give control to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
          Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale):  'Taxation by Citation' undermines trust between cops and citizens
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        Sunday, August 9
       
NBC:  McCaskill to appear on Meet the Press to promote her book, discuss Iran deal
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks turns out 75 for anti-nuke event;  Peacenik picnic focuses on ending "threat of nuclear annihilation," lamenting America's role in Hiroshima and Nagasaki X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area prepares for National WIC Breastfeeding Week +
          CDT:  Sunshine law requests for records target AG candidates Kurt Schaefer, Joshua Hawley X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers to reconsider court fees for repairs
          P-D:  Farmers, livestock producers get more leeway to haul their products under new law
          KC Star:  Consumers save on back-to-school items during Missouri's 12th annual sales tax holiday +
          P-D:  South County woman complains about the costs associated with sending a kid to school these days
          P-D:  Peace disrupted in Ferguson as man shot, vehicle window shattered, at Family Dollar store
          AP:  Protesters carve, eat roasted pig's head outside police department
          AP:  Protesters taunt police with "Pigs in a blanket fry like bacon" chants
          P-D:  A look at how the "Ferguson effect" has impacted area commerce
          KWMU:  Michael Brown Sr. leads 4.8 mile march from Ferguson
          KWMU:  South St. Louis march remembers VonDerrit Myers, who was put down after shooting at officer last October
          KC Star:  Ferguson local-angle piece:  Hairdresser LaDonna Adams offers insight "in the middle of trims and styles and weaves" +
          CDT:  Ferguson local-angle piece:  Black leaders weigh in on lack of socioeconomic success, police insensitivity, etc. X
          JCNT editorial:  After 10 years of Missouri sales tax holiday, it's time to revisit participation X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislators should be applauded for not going too far after Ferguson:  Not all communities have the obvious problem of North St. Louis County X
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson Commission co-chairs:  Update on commission activities
          P-D letter:  McCaskill deserves credit for work on Medicare
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman supports Obama's Clean Power Plan
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller on stadium deal
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        Saturday, August 8
       
Kraske:  Democrats vs. Republicans might as well be Broncos vs. Chiefs:  Policy and principle be damned, as long as my team wins +
          P-D:  McCaskill still undecided about Iran nuclear deal
          P-D:  Key vote in Senate:  Defunding Planned Parenthood;  McCaskill votes no, Blunt votes yes
          Missourinet:  Mizzou communications prof weighs in on GOP presidential debate
          SNL:  Drury poli sci prof, Mizzou communications prof weigh in on GOP presidential debate X
          Missourinet:  Major disaster declaration approved for 68 Missouri counties
          AP:  Missouri gets disaster declaration for severe storms, floods
          Drebes:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) on decentralizing the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Robert Kenney heads for the coast as new vice president at Pacific Gas and Electric Company
          AP:  Nixon names Daniel Hall as new Public Service Commission chairman to replace outgoing chief
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) changed his story about driving while intoxicated, report says
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) subpoenas DHSS director for Planned Parenthood investigation
          P-D:  State director subpoenaed to speak on Columbia Planned Parenthood abortions
          KC Star:  Missouri cases moving through courts highlight the rising threat of domestic terrorism +
          SNL:  Nixon names Springfield Police Department chief to state police commission X
          AP:  Councilman:  Federal reform plan could bankrupt Ferguson
          P-D:  Events surrounding anniversary of Brown shooting get off to civilized start
          P-D:  Ferguson photo gallery:  Marching, Michael Brown's father at volunteer event, sign-making ("Anoter [sic] world is possible"), more
          P-D:  Live Twitter stream of journalist reports from Ferguson
          KC Star:  Motorcade on Sunday will mark anniversary of Brown-Wilson attack/shooting +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  Police attitude hasn't changed since last summer's riots
          P-D:  NAACP to provide representation to juvenile accused criminals
          AP:  Ferguson clerk fired for e-mails hired by nearby city;  Mayor on hiring the best candidate:  "I don't care if she is black, white, blue or green"
          P-D:  Former Ferguson clerk hired by Vinita Park;  Reaction from Universal African People's Zaki Baruti, Democratic Committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes
          Washington Missourian editorial:  A Missouri prescription-drug database is long overdue - so where is Gov. Nixon on this issue?
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Support Missouri outdoor education X
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson, a year later
          KC Star editorial:  Ferguson, a year later +
          KC Star letter:  Legislators who oppose Medicaid expansion are definitely mean-spirited and probably inhumane +
          P-D letter:  Socialist Bernie Sanders is right - a financial transaction tax might help fund urban minimum-wage hikes
          P-D letter:  All lives matter, not just black lives
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        Friday, August 7
       
Kraske:  McCaskill book promo and details on KC stop +
          P-D political & national editor Christopher Ave:  McCaskill book an accounting of her "feisty ascent through what had been a male-dominated political realm";  Details on STL stop
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith adamant floodway project needs to move forward +
          CDT:  Anti-nuke activists call for support of Iran accord;  Blunt and Hartzler oppose, McCaskill undecided
          CDT:  D.C. spending battle threatens future of Columbia housing aid program;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ascroft challenges Robin Smith to debate on voter ID
          CDT:  Former local NEA president Susan McClintic to run against Chuck Basye in 47th X
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  MOSERS seeks Deputy Executive Director
          AP:  Missouri agency will not recover $1.5M in overpayments
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants Justice Dept. investigation, urges support for school transfer bill
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri sheriffs vote to add "In God We Trust" to squad cars
          KWMU:  Missouri Hospital Association report:  Poor kids more likely to take up emergency-room space and time with asthma complaints
          NPR:  Jason Rosenbaum:  Community divides are still wide a year later in Ferguson
          Rosenbaum:  Ferguson feels the agony and toil of healing its broken soul
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Bob McCulloch reflects on Michael Brown saga - and what needs to be done next
          KWMU:  Convention and Visitors Convention's Kitty Ratcliffe says Ferguson riots hurt region's reputation
          KWMU:  Capt. Ron Johnson, Chief Jon Belmar look back on Ferguson and a long road yet ahead
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon calls for new police training standards
          KWMU:  Training for police officers in Missouri to get an upgrade
          P-D:  Nixon directs commission to boost police officer training
          KC Star:  Nixon calls for updated police training and expands Missouri commission +
          AP:  Ferguson, a year after first round of riots:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) says she has seen "drastic" improvements
          AP:  Michael Brown-Darren Wilson timeline:  Cigarillo theft, assault on officer, Brown put down, riots and looting, more
          P-D op-ed:  Freelance journalist does her own investigation, concludes that DOJ was wrong and Michael Brown had his hands up
          P-D letter:  Clean Power Plan is good for Missouri
          KC Star letter:  McCaskill, Blunt should pay attention to endangered species issues +
          P-D letter:  Darren Wilson should receive an apology
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        Thursday, August 6
       
SNL:  Exclusive book promo interview:  McCaskill plugs "Plenty Ladylike" X
        USA Today:  On book promo tour, McCaskill says Clinton will beat Joe Biden in hypothetical primary
        SNL:  Ozarks utilities:  Too early to know costs of carbon rules X
        P-D:  St. Louis bond issue failure creates financial question for spy agency site
        KC Star:  National Dems target gov races in hopes of rejiggering congressional maps;  Current Clay/Cleaver/GOP map became law in 2011 +
        SE Missourian:  Jay Ashcroft stumps in Cape for voter ID proposal +
        Drebes:  Diehl campaign cash - and where it might go
        CDT:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) apologizes to judge after claiming innocence in DWI crash X
        The Missouri Times:  Republicans circle the wagons as veto session approaches
        Missourinet:  Effort to pass a Missouri transportation funding plan to resume in 2016
        The Missouri Times:  Funding deadlock continues for MoDOT, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
        The Missouri Times:  Robert Kenney departs from Missouri PSC
        AP:  Missouri student transfers up slightly this school year
        AP:  Nixon hands $1,000,000 in Missouri taxpayer money to nonprofit with goal of reducing St. Louis City students' arrests, expulsions, violent behavior
        P-D:  Slay:  Stadium is a good deal for the city
        KWMU:  St. Louis Workforce Report says employers finding fewer skilled workers
        KWMU:  Lessons in leadership from Ferguson:  Nixon, Koster, state legislators weigh in on what went wrong and what might be learned
        Rosenbaum:  The year-long education of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles
        P-D:  Ferguson turns down initial Dept. of Justice plan, wants time to come up with an alternative
        Riverfront Times:  Dorian Johnson, one year later:  Q&A with criminal whose "Hands Up Don't Shoot" lie created a national meme
        P-D:  Rapper Common joins Michael Brown benefit concert at FUBAR;  Other acts include popular '90s lyricist Bun B, Pharoahe Monch, Nappy DJ Needles, others
        AP:  NAACP to offer free legal aid to St. Louis County kids
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri is 'unique' in failing to protect consumers from health insurance rate hikes +
        P-D editorial:  Data showing area's whites outpacing blacks in key economic categories is a tragedy - but efforts are underway to change that
        Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Students who snuck into the U.S. illegally should not be denied access to A+ scholarships or in-state tuition
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Male legislators should really stop viewing Capitol interns as "fresh young meat"
        P-D letter:  Missouri Jobs With Justice's Martin Rafanan opposes 'right to work'
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        Wednesday, August 5
       
Missourinet:  University of Missouri professor previews GOP presidential debate
          The Hill:  McCaskill, other Dems grill federal prisons chief
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on feds and drug courts;  Sifton on Dempsey;  Engler on impending legislator-intern worktime-playtime restrictions +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Defunding Planned Parenthood would increase abortions
          CDT:  McCaskill's book tour begins;  Columbia, Mo. stop set for August 17 X
          The Missouri Times:  Vicki Englund switches to House campaign, announces kickoff event
          P-D:  Police report:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) changed story about February night that led to DWI guilty plea
          The Missouri Times:  Dempsey's career transcends eras in Jefferson City;  GOP's Senate leader was shaped by experience in House minority
          The Missouri Times:  State revenue report - July
          KWMU:  Missouri revenues down first month of FY16;  Luebbering's final report
          KWMU:  Joint effort to help Normandy, Riverview impresses Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon meets with school leaders on efforts for failing schools
          P-D:  Nixon bullish on Normandy and Riverview Gardens school finances
          Missourinet:  Missouri high court dismisses challenge to 2003 municipal court law
          KWMU:  Missouri's top court rejects challenge to Macks Creek enforcement
          SE Missourian:  33 injured as blast rocks Noranda plant +
          Missourinet:  Parole hearing is Thursday for marijuana criminal Jeff Mizanskey
          KWMU:  Updates on Ferguson businesses ravaged by looters:  Owner of Ferguson Market & Liquor - where Michael Brown stole cigarillos and bullied a minority clerk - says decent customers have fled area
          KWMU:  StoryCorps:  Update on iconic Ferguson picture, one year after riots:  Raging screamer shares touching story of being temporarily tamed by corpulent Latina
          Jensen:  Notion of renegade cops oppressing innocent black men is a sad urban myth;  the real institutional problem is a lack of personal responsibility and a slothy embrace of welfare lifestyle +
          P-D editorial:  Clean Power Plan gives the world a shot. Maybe a last shot.
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Strengthening VA accountability for veterans X
          St. Louis Magazine:  Ray Hartmann:  Why can't we all be friends?  St. Louis stadium project survives pseudo-lawsuit
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Area ladies' group holds fundraising event in name of deceased liberal activist Vicki Watson Walker +
          P-D letter:  Immigrant students should pay more for college education
          CDT letter:  Chuck Basye and other Republicans who oppose Medicaid expansion are turning their backs on the poor X
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas says fellow Sunflower Staters should spend their money in Missouri +
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        Tuesday, August 4
       
KWMU:  Supporters and opponents in Missouri weigh in on Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'
          P-D:  White House makes carbon-emission cut case for Missouri
          P-D:  Obama outlines plan to cut carbon emissions
          AP:  Blunt slams new power plant emissions limits
          KWMU:  VA health care system showing improvements in St. Louis
          Government Executive:  McCaskill's permit streamlining bill clears Senate
          P-D:  Thanks to McCaskill, a WWII soldier gets posthumous Bronze Star
          KSDK:  Man killed in WWII awarded Bronze Star
          AP:  Man who died in WWII gets receives Bronze Star 71 years later
          CDT:  Protesters out in force to oppose abortions resuming at Planned Parenthood X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Scott Sifton about why he dropped his AG bid, Hensley vs. Zimmerman, Englund, Dempsey, more
          KWMU:  Teresa Hensley enters fray in fast-moving race for attorney general
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) says "Sanctity of Life" committee is starting from impartial spot, suggests Schaefer will prolong process for his own statewide purposes
          The Missouri Times:  Longtime TV anchor Robin Smith to run for secretary of state
          P-D:  As originally reported by KCTV last week, LeVota has left his job at credit union
          KC Star:  Special election to replace Paul LeVota unlikely this year +
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Republicans get first look at intern policy changes:  Current draft proposal includes ombudsman program, orientation, texting restrictions, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Elijah Haahr's (R-Springfield) Human Trafficking Task Force gear up to fight modern-day slavery in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri task force on human trafficking set to begin work
          P-D:  Missouri Department of Higher Education promoting financial literacy for college students
          The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Education to chart path forward on new standards
          P-D:  Normandy transfer students left in the lurch
          P-D:  Judge says no vote needed on stadium funding
          The Missouri Times:  STL judge:  No city vote to spend city funds on stadium
          KWMU:  Judge rejects city law requiring vote on funding for stadium
          AP:  Judge:  St. Louis residents don't need a vote on stadium funds
          Missourinet:  Judge rules approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for St. Louis NFL stadium
          P-D:  A look at national coverage of Ferguson anniversary:  How Darren Wilson is doing a year after he was attacked, more
          AP:  Two reporters arrested during Ferguson protests settle suits
          P-D:  Man claims he rammed St. Louis police car 'for the black people';  Career criminal performed violent stunt with his 5-year-old daughter, others in the car
          KWMU:  Organization for Black Struggle, et al. plan "United We Fight" starting this weekend, peaking with a day of civil disobedience during what most people consider the work week
          P-D editorial:  In county's Family Court, justice delayed is justice denied;  State lawmakers should read DOJ report to better understand plight of budding criminals
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Former Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright Jr., best known for "God damn America!" sermon, headed to Columbia for black clergy event
          P-D op-ed:  Planned Parenthood Missouri's CEO:  Orchestrated attempt to restrict safe, legal abortion
          KC Star letters:  Legislators oppose local ordinances because they are "bought off my corporate interests" +
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        Monday, August 3
       
Politico:  McCaskill on Schumer and Iran deal:  "I think he's conflicted. Many of us are. It's hard."
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Vicky Hartzler on federal-local highway-funding partnerships
        Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill has a chuckle relaying female senators' mind games with men;  Ron Richard on seeking Dempsey's post +
        AP:  Correction to state-party fundraising story
        KSGF (Springfield):  Audio:  Nick Reed asks:  What kind of sick people work at the News-Leader, and why are they so obsessed with Bob Dixon's childhood sexual abuse?
        KMWU:  Local TV anchor Robin Smith to run for secretary of state;  Sexagenarian black female retired from KMOV-TV last month
        AP:  Former TV news anchor Robin Smith to run for secretary of state
        Rosenbaum:  Some worry Dempsey's departure is an end to the 'Old Senate';  Plus, an update on selection of LeVota's replacement
        Missourinet:  Ron Richard on Tom Dempsey:  "Diplomats like that are rare, and we'll try to just forge ahead."
        Missourinet:  New Missouri House Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) on legislative priorities, moving on after Diehl, more
        Drebes:  Missouri Public Service Commission seeks Senior Counsel
        P-D:  Activists want Corps of Engineers to take over West Lake
        P-D:  Man who claimed he'd sit atop billboard until St. Louis City murders stop throws in the towel
        KWMU:  More than 50 municipalities to clear outstanding warrants for lawbreakers;  St. Louis City resident Eric Bass, 47, tells hard-knock story of "ducking and dodging" his warrant
        AP:  Ferguson robbery/assault/shooting/looting anniversary week series:  Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures;  activists still not happy
        AP:  Ferguson robbery/assault/shooting/looting anniversary week series:  Recap of legislative actions
        P-D:  Ferguson robbery/assault/shooting/looting anniversary week series:  Then and now:  A look at looted and burned properties
        KWMU:  Ferguson robbery/assault/shooting/looting anniversary week series:  A historical look at Ferguson
        KWMU:  Ferguson robbery/assault/shooting/looting anniversary series:  What's changed in Ferguson?  Thoughts from black man, black woman, white "social justice" teacher, white U. City discrimination attorney
        P-D editorial:  One spiffy new state park and 87 others in need of help
        JCNT editorial:  Preserving the Capitol's structural integrity X
        KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  The Star's print and online editions are quite different - by design +
        AP op-ed:  Jim Salter reflects on being a reporter during the Ferguson riots
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        Sunday, August 2
       
KWMU:  Blunt highlights veterans' medical care during visit to Jefferson Barracks
          KOMU:  U.S. Senate extends funding for highway projects;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  In a culture deeply dependent on surveys, accurate polling gets more elusive;  Comments from Jeff Roe's Titus Bond, others +
          AP:  State political parties broke, as fundraising takes a less-important role;  Comments from John Hancock, Roy Temple, UMSL's Terry Jones
          Drebes:  Former Rep. T.J. McKenna (D) decries negative campaigning, says he won't run for state rep but will run for countywide office
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri farmers facing a tough season;  Nixon asks Koster to sue USDA over unreasonable crop insurance deadline
          KC Star:  Data shows doctors at UMKC med school accepted free meals and more in 2014;  Missouri numbers dwarfed by freebies accepted at KU Medical Center +
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou Online extends discount to community college grads
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American seeks rate increase X
          P-D/Ford Foundation-sponsored piece:  A year of chaos tests veteran teachers:  Educators in U. City program discuss their decision to work with badly-behaved, violent preschoolers
          CDT:  NAACP "Journey for Justice" satellite rally draws small crowd X
          P-D:  Ferguson, one year later
          JCNT editorial:  Prescription-drug database is overdue X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  $15 minimum-wage push looks like a job killer
          SNL letter:  Response to Burlison on tobacco-tax increase X
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        Saturday, August 1
       
KWMU:  McCaskill chairs Senate hearing marking Medicare's 50th anniversary
          P-D:  McCaskill, local health leaders look for ways to improve Medicare
          KWMU:  Blunt says Congress needs to act on cybersecurity
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay joins House Natural Resources Committee
          Kraske:  Who's up and who's down?  Jay Nixon is up, but the anniversary of Michael Brown's attack on police officer is just around the corner +
          The Missouri Times:  Former Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley (D) announces AG bid, gets immediate endorsement of Scott Sifton
          AP:  Democrat Teresa Hensley says she'll primary Jake Zimmerman for Dem AG slot
          KCTV:  LeVota quits job as management trainer for credit union
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Noel Torpey (R-Independence) will not run for LeVota's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) on his fender-bender
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Kansas City) ascends to floor leader post
          KWMU:  Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) stepping down to 'return to private life'
          CDT:  Dempsey steps down from top Senate job, cites need to spend time with family X
          The Missouri Times:  Tom Dempsey set to resign
          Missourinet:  Dempsey is resigning
          AP:  Tom Dempsey to resign
          P-D:  Tom Dempsey set to join private sector
          KC Star:  At the University of Missouri, online-only tuition gets cheaper +
          P-D:  Mizzou offers online-tuition reduction to community college transfers
          KOMU (Columbia):  Immigrant students deliver petitions to Gov. Nixon;  Reaction from "Boone County Pacadyrms" [sic]
          CDT:  Petitioners seek Nixon's help fighting tuition, aid limits for immigrant students;  Chica, chico hablan sobre struggles de dinero X
          KWMU:  Ameren drops plans for second nuclear reactor
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren withdraws bid for new nuclear plant in Callaway County
          P-D:  Missouri American Water files for $51M rate increase
          AP:  Federal court claims St. Louis County Family Court discriminates against black kids
          KWMU:  Federal court finds St. Louis County Family Court discriminates against black children
          P-D:  Feds accuse St. Louis County Family Court of rights violations and racial bias
          P-D editorial:  Needed:  a serious ethics reform movement in Missouri
          JCNT editorial:  Ethical, moral issues similar but different;  Editorial board cites Wikipedia as source for slang definition X
          KC Star editorial page editor Steve Paul:  McCaskill book review:  High-achieving multi-millionaire relays the struggle of being a woman, the joy of being gifted Todd Akin as an opponent, more +
          KC Star letter:  KC Star tries to bury the fact that LeVota is a Democrat +
          P-D letter:  Response to woman who suggested kids perform community service in return for taxpayer-funded food
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors woman says truly needy children should receive food handouts - not every kid whose parents are afflicted with sloth
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        Friday, July 31
       
Roll Call:  U.S. spends scores of millions annually on unused Afghan buildings;  Comments from McCaskill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver dazzled by Obama's reception in Africa;  Bob Dixon on being a victim of childhood sexual abuse +
          P-D:  Durbin urges EPA veto of New Madrid levee
          KWMU:  Proposed rate increases for health insurance in Missouri draw ire from Joan Bray
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Congressional candidate charged in drug case;  Donnie Swartz claimed he was going to run against Sam Graves X
          The Missouri Times:  AG candidate Kurt Schaefer writes letter requesting Planned Parenthood's license be suspended
          KMWU:  Scott Sifton drops out of AG race
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis County) to forgo AG run
          AP:  Sifton drops out of AG race
          KC Star:  Names begin to surface to succeed LeVota +
          CDT:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) pleads guilty to DWI X
          P-D:  After less than a year leading Nixon's "Office of Community Engagement," Maida Coleman appointed to PSC
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis City) appointed to Public Service Commission
          KWMU:  Nixon will appoint Maida Coleman to serve on PSC
          The Missouri Times:  Cornejo wants to put 'fresh face' on House Republican party leadership
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) hopes to bring experience to Majority Floor Leader role
          Missourinet:  Advocates speak about importance of bill to treat eating disorders
          KWMU:  Immigrant students tell tuition tribulation tales;  Naomi Carranza and her parents snuck into the U.S. from Mexico, now she wants in-state tuition break
          KC Star:  Demoted trooper who spoke out after Brandon Ellingson's death hires Chet Pleban;  Attorney says Koster has conflict +
          P-D:  State gives first close-up look at new Missouri park taking shape on Camp Zoe site
          KC Star:  Texas company asks Missouri for a rehearing on Grain Belt Express +
          KWMU:  Anti-coal activist makes stop in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Petitioners want a November vote in Kansas City on a minimum wage of $15 per hour +
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia NAACP to hold kickoff event to coincide with march from Selma to D.C.
          P-D:  Dispute breaks out at town hall meeting in Ferguson;  Crowd spills out into parking lot, makes a scene
          JCNT editorial:  Traffic fatalities, drownings demand attention X
          KC Star's Diuguid:  HUD should award Kansas City $30,000,000 of taxpayer money to spend on neglected, downtrodden areas +
          CDT's Waters:  Octogenarian weighs in on predictable nature of Ferguson's rioter/looter types, Planned Parenthood investigation, says he is a "Kurt Schaefer fan" with caveats X
          P-D op-ed:  Scholarship Foundation's Karissa Anderson:  If Missouri doesn't offer in-state tuition to undocumented aliens, those students just might go to another state
          P-D letter:  Des Peres resident says it's understandable that LeVota had "male impulses" toward intern, but the silver lining is that UCM did a Title IX investigation
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        Thursday, July 30
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  On Medicare milestone, a look a saving the system;  McCaskill holding field hearing in St. Louis tomorrow
          CDT:  Grass Roots Organizing draws a dozen to party for Medicare;  Adults without mental disabilities blow noisemakers, eat cake to celebrate "birthday" of a law +
          NPR:  Progress for bill to bolster Medicare patients' rights;  Comments from McCaskill
          The Hill:  McCaskill spars with Obama administration officials over funding request for State Department training facility
          JCNT:  Blunt pleased with U.S. Senate budget work X
          KWMU:  Blunt joins effort to defund Planned Parenthood
          KC Star:  Cerner is part of team that wins huge contract to revamp military's health records +
          Branson Tri-Lakes News:  McCaskill using #MissouriSpotlight to highlight state's coolest vacation spots
          Washington Post:  McCaskill on bipartisan sexual-assault bill:  33 co-sponsors "a bipartisan coalition we don't see every day in the U.S. Senate"
          SNL:  Bob Dixon answers questions about his childhood sexual abuse, clarifies statements about teen sexual confusion X
          Drebes:  There are no GOP gov candidates from KC - for now
          The Missouri Times:  Tip Sheet:  Replacing Paul LeVota
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) has a chat with journoduo on state Senate race, 'right to work,' school transfers, intern-indulging, more
          The Missouri Times:  GOP freshmen call for changes to special-election law
          KWMU:  Improvements coming to century-old facilities at the Missouri State Fair
          JCNT:  State begins work to plan Capitol renovations X
          Missourinet:  Nixon wants Legislature to support veto on A+ scholarships bill, says students shouldn't be judged on immigration status
          Columbia Missourian:  Tips for freshmen:  How to get Missouri residency and in-state tuition
          CDT:  State task force:  Don't force state-schoolers to endure the rigors of algebra X
          Missourinet:  Curriculum being developed to help prevent child abuse in Missouri
          KWMU:  Report says St. Louis-area whites more likely than minorities to avoid poverty, hold a job
          P-D:  St. Louis-area blacks three times as likely as whites to live in poverty;  Report summary labels success disparity "a problem"
          P-D editorial:  Ending us-versus-them mentality key to improving St. Louis schools
          JCNT editorial:  Good intentions do not justify ending judicial elections X
          KC Star editorial:  Minimum wage is a fight worth having in Kansas City +
          P-D op-ed:  AFL-CIO leader opposes 'right to work'
          SNL letter:  Missouri teacher pensions becoming more risky X
          P-D letter: The "Keep Me in College Coalition" praises Nixon for releasing Access Missouri funds
          P-D letter:  Seasoned citizen remembers tuition costs from half a century ago, recommends students be frugal
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas passes judgment on Missouri's immigration debate +
          P-D letter:  More money should be spent on road maintenance, improvements
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner supports global poverty initiatives, and should also sign on to support SNAP funding
          P-D letter:  "Blitz(ing) the world with free birth control" will help keep the poor from spawning needy little sucklers
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        Wednesday, July 29
       
KWMU:  House set to vote on three-month highway plan, veterans health change included
          JCNT:  McCaskill:  Long-term transportation bill needed X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Graves on rural post offices;  McCaskill on Dems' feelings about Jon Stewart's liberal-talking void;  Kehoe on Planned Parenthood +
          KWMU:  McCaskill calls for advocacy group so Jefferson City interns can talk about their feelings
          KC Star:  McCaskill says her U.S. Senate staff will spend time creating an emotional-support system for Jefferson City interns +
          CDT:  McCaskill, UCM intern discuss plan to support Jefferson City interns;  UCM intern counselor:  "There is a need for reflection and getting yourself together" X
          The Missouri Times:  Catherine Hanaway, Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) attend pro-life rally outside Columbia Planned Parenthood
          AP:  Hanaway urges stricter penalty for sale of fetal organs
          The Missouri Times:  Kurt Schaefer, Eric Schmitt, Bob Onder attend pro-life rally at St. Louis Planned Parenthood
          CDT:  Senate committee includes Columbia clinic license in Planned Parenthood investigation X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri KidsFirst's Emily van Schenkhof weighs in on Bob Dixon's childhood sexual abuse
          Kraske:  Dixon's admission of childhood sexual abuse leads to round of media coverage +
          The Missouri Times:  Caleb Rowden to face Stephen Webber in 2016
          KWMU:  Diehl's vacant House seat in St. Louis County to be filled Nov. 3;  Potential GOP candidates include Dean Plocher, David Wasinger
          Kraske:  Nixon calls special elections immediately after Dave Helling tells him he should +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis City) uses campaign website to put the focus on community resources, not himself
          Drebes:  Eddy Justice the treasurer of new PAC:  Missouri Majority PAC
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Jeff Roorda, who gained attention for standing up for police officers in wake of Ferguson riots, to run for Jefferson County Council
          P-D:  E-mails:  How and why Paul LeVota fired chief of staff Ron Berry
          CDT:  Nixon seeks support from superintendents against immigrant-scholarship override X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon speaks at school administrators' conference;  Governor touches on charter schools, scholarships for less-than-legal immigrants, Jefferson City shenanigans, more
          AP:  Nixon calls for ethics law changes after Diehl, LeVota incidents
          Missourinet:  Fatalities on Missouri's waterways and roadways increase
          SE Missourian:  Parents, stores prepare for sales-tax holiday +
          KWMU:  To help boost scores of minority teaching candidates, state will cut the number of questions and provide more time to take the tests
          KWMU:  Mizzou wants workplace terminology that doesn't offend anyone;  "The Gender Unicorn," other tools teach transgender vs. transvestite, intersex vs. hermaphrodite, more
          The Missouri Times:  After PSC rate case, Noranda CEO buys $99K in NOR stock
          JCNT:  Confederate flag rally planned for Saturday X
          KWMU:  County Council ends, for now, any action on proposed minimum-wage hike;  Hazel Erby (D) upset over lack of support from council's two union Dems
          P-D:  Hazel Erby's minimum-wage bill rejected by St. Louis County Council
          KC Star:  Restaurant and business group files petition challenging Kansas City's new minimum-wage law +
          P-D:  Curtis Jackson, B/K/A Gorilla Unit founder 50 Cent, presents $5,050 check to St. Louis Area Foodbank in Ferguson
          KWMU:  Black police officer after ambush:  "Doesn't MY life matter?"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Planned Parenthood investigation is necessary +
          P-D editorial:  Calls for Planned Parenthood investigation are political posturing
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Notorious Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act turns 5 X
          Columbia Journalism Review's Deron Lee:  Why reporters should let potential sexual assault victims talk off the record:  The Brittany Burke case
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Wanted:  "an elected official with a bit of gumption" to pressure Koster on giving in-state tuition breaks to immigrants +
          SNL op-ed:  O'Fallon woman:  St. Charles County's Republican legislators deny climate change exists X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Hiding "Confederate Rock" would be hiding a piece of history
          KC Star letter:  Missouri's transportation conundrum could be solved by gas tax, toll roads, bi-state tax, and investment in mass transportation +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says that if legislators were involved in state parks, we'd see guns everywhere and tarts in miniskirts
          P-D letter:  Des Peres woman says youth should do some community service before feeding their faces with "free" taxpayer-funded handouts
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        Tuesday, July 28
       
The Hill:  McCaskill, other Dems seek answers on rural postal delivery
          NBC:  Today Show:  Popular chains Hertz, Dollar, Avis renting cars with open recalls;  Comments from McCaskill
          Politico:  Via White House visits and more, Dems went out of their way to cultivate Jon Stewart;  McCaskill lauds comedian's value in propagating anti-GOP messages
          SNL:  Bob Dixon acknowledges being a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and how it led to a period of sexual confusion as a teen X
          Helling:  Nixon will drag his feet in calling special elections for LeVota and Diehl seats - so legislators should hold his feet to the fire +
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) drops Majority Leader bid to run for Senate seat against Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) X
          Drebes:  Noted marijuana advocate Eapen Thampy to officially register as weed lobbyist
          CDT:  Vietnam veteran and pot enthusiast Thomas Mundell shares medical marijuana lobbying tips with NORML X
          KWMU:  KWMU seeks observations, gripes about Jefferson City culture
          P-D:  Missouri Senate committee jump-starts Planned Parenthood investigation
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT earns federal funding with larger-than-expected revenues
          KC Star:  Missouri drownings and traffic deaths increase in 2015 +
          AP:  Less-than-legal aliens face doubt over Missouri college aid
          SNL:  Proposed changes to guardianship law would give wards stronger voice, task members say X
          Missourinet:  Bill meant to prevent shock-drowning in Missouri to be back in 2016
          Missourinet:  Proposed Missouri ban on powdered alcohol to be back in 2016
          P-D:  Committee formed to investigate Nixon's Ferguson actions hasn't met for months
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder goes to Ferguson for "cleanup day"
          KMOX:  Photo Gallery:  Charlie Brennan's Ferguson Clean-Up Day
          AP:  Organization for Black Struggle, others plan day of "civil disobedience" to mark anniversary of Michael Brown robbery/assault/shooting
          KWMU:  Exhibit at Ladue High School will showcase disproven "Hands Up" myth
          P-D editorial:  When bad ideas collide, the economy is collateral damage:  On Missourians for Fair Taxation, Missouri Association of Realtors and preempting Rex Sinquefield
          CDT's Waters:  LeVota, Diehl, et al. - anything new here? Octogenarian weighs in on interns' seduction via "e-mails [sic]", young dames encouraging powerful men to engage in "dilly-dallying [sic]" X
          KC Star letter:  Bernie Sanders supporter who wrote complaint letter to McCaskill's Senate office unhappy with form-letter response +
          SNL letter:  Response to Burlison's criticism of tobacco-tax hike X
          P-D letter:  Foley man's sarcastic reply to minimum-wage caterwauling:  Why not make the minimum wage $30 and boost all poors into the middle class?
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        Monday, July 27
       
KWMU:  Senate backs Export-Import Bank as part of highway bill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill criticizes GOP obsession with Obamacare;  Kander needs cash;  Staffers pen pithy ADA tributes +
          P-D:  Taxpayers picked up the tab for 51 homeless veterans to live in apartments.  How have those men managed their "free" gift?
          AP:  Missouri governor's race no mirror of White House contest
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Should Missouri raise the minimum wage?  Thoughts from Jobs With Justice's Ruth Ehresman, former Fed economist Howard Wall
          Drebes:  Missouri Senate needs a "Higher Office Caucus" to organize ladder-climbers
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants governor to allow National Guardsmen to carry weapons +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  PSC case may impact Missouri American, others X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  First Lady Georganne Nixon to host pie contest at State Fair;  Comments from Missouri Department of Agriculture's Sarah Alsager
          Columbia Missourian:  An era of updated communes takes root in Missouri;  Residents describe life of subsistence, bartering and "alternative currency" at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
          KMOX:  Charlie Brennan's Ferguson clean-up takes place today;  Volunteers should meet at the former QuikTrip site looted and torched by rioters
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Rural mail boosters - especially Roy Blunt - win one X
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Republican lawmakers are right - trained military personnel deserve to be armed X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says that in a world where girls get crushes on men, let's remember LeVota is innocent until proven guilty X
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        Sunday, July 26
       
Politico:  Netroots disruption energizes black activists;  Comments from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D)
          Washington Post:  Cleaver, in Africa, will hitch a ride back on Air Force One;  Travel mates include Sheila Jackson Lee, octogenarian John Conyers, et al.
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill on Trump's appeal:  "People say, 'Hey, all of you idiots in Washington aren't getting things done.'" X
          SE Missourian:  Summer ozone levels in region not as bad as feared +
          Kraske:  Will recent screeching over "Jefferson City culture" lead to any real changes?  Full-of-themselves legislators will set new rules, so don't hold your breath. +
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club to host Lincoln Day dinner August 29;  Lineup includes Blunt, Jason Smith, and a "very special guest" +
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Kinder leads gubernatorial field
          KWMU:  Parson switches to lieutenant governor;  Dixon discusses childhood sexual abuse that led to teenage confusion about sexuality
          AP:  Parson dropping governor bid to run for gov lite
          CDT:  Local advocacy group - along with ACLU and Progress Missouri - want UM system to provide illegal immigrants the same scholarship opportunities and tuition breaks as actual Americans X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Southeast's new president visits Kennett campus
          CDT:  Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) questions removal of state guard flag at Battle of Lexington site X
          JCNT:  New child-on-child sex abuse law in the works X
          P-D:  Camp Zoe, former open-air drug market and dopehead destination, to open as state park next year
          SE Missourian:  Criminal employment series:  Ex-felons face obstacles when seeking jobs;  U.S. probation officer weighs in on pros, cons of "Ban the Box" legislation +
          P-D:  Hundreds show up for free haircuts, hot dogs and junk food in Ferguson
          KMWU:  Free groceries, haircuts draw crowd to Ferguson
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon, state of Missouri gain well-deserved recognition for work to help the developmentally disabled and others with mental issues X
          P-D:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare/Empower Missouri's Glenn Koenen:  Finding work, the hard way;  Missouri will struggle to place the unemployed in solid jobs
          P-D letter:  Physicians for a National Health Program supports Medicaid expansion in Missouri
          SNL letter:  Why are illegal aliens even allowed in Missouri universities at all? State's priority should be to help real Americans. X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis should follow Kansas City's lead and raise the minimum wage
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        Saturday, July 25
       
Washington Missourian:  Area veterans hanging out at local VFW bar not amused by Donald Trump
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt seek solution for highway funding X
          KTVO (Kirksville):  McCaskill speaks out on state of Missouri roads
          KC Star:  Long-term highway funding stalls, leaving Missouri projects out of gas +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          KWMU:  Supporters of Missouri minimum wage hike hope for a replay of 2006's victory;  Comments from Jobs With Justice's Lara Granich, Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten
          The Missouri Times:  John Brunner profile:  2016, 2012, and everything that led up to it
          Riverfront Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) had gay experiences three decades ago, says he had a religious experience in 1988 that set him straight
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) to move to lt. gov race today
          KC Star:  Parson to announce switch from gov race to lt. governor today +
          CDT:  In wake of Hawley announcement, curators approve policy change for UM employees seeking office X
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) faces tough crowd at Muleskinners Democratic club X
          Drebes:  Tim Jones joins Travis Brown's Pelopidas LLC
          KC Star:  Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Independence) resigns amid sexual harassment allegations +
          KC Star:  University report concludes that LeVota most likely propositioned intern +
          CDT:  Title IX investigation concludes LeVota sexually harassed intern X
          KWMU:  LeVota resigning from Missouri Senate;  maintains innocence
          The Missouri Times:  LeVota resigns amid intern controversy
          Missourinet:  LeVota resigns after allegations of sexual misconduct
          AP:  LeVota submits resignation
          P-D:  LeVota resigns seat, continues to deny allegations
          AP:  Aide to Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) accused of choking sex partner
          KWMU:  Missouri schools deal with exam changes, delays
          KC Star:  Less-than-legal immigrants complain about cost of tuition, want same rate as full-fledged Americans;  GoFundMe account set up to accept handouts +
          Missourinet:  Missouri is closer to having its first comprehensive energy plan
          P-D:  Missouri energy efficiency law should be revisited, experts say
          P-D:  Infographic:  Where you're most likely to be victim of a violent crime in Missouri;  St. Louis City, Jackson County lead the state
          P-D:  Local rappers will perform at Mike Brown Benefit Concert;  $10 admission to hear Tef Poe, various pals of Nelly, 2004's J-Kwon, others
          KC Star editorial:  LeVota is of ill repute and had to resign +
          KC Star editorial:  KC Public Schools superintendent search to last until March 2016, so they should pick somebody good +
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        Friday, July 24
       
KWMU:  McCaskill provisions in U.S. Senate highway bill address permitting, rental cars
          P-D:  Candidate to head St. Louis VA hospital withdraws from consideration
          KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on recent Trump comments
          AP:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver heading to Africa on Obama trip
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway calls for special session to respond to Planned Parenthood allegations
          KMOX:  Hanaway calls for penalties on profits of body parts
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt joins 'Sanctity of Life' committee
          KOMU:  MU law professor Josh Hawley announces bid for Missouri attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley officially enters AG race
          KWMU:  Josh Hawley enters Missouri attorney general's race
          AP:  GOP attorney Josh Hawley to run for Missouri attorney general
          KMOX:  Audio:  Josh Hawley talks to Mark Reardon about AG bid (third link from top)
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) opposes tobacco tax hike for universities
          The Missouri Times:  Possible case of voter fraud investigated in Greene County
          KC Star:  LeVota facing increasing pressure to step down today +
          KWMU:  Senate ethics committee will review sexual harassment allegations against LeVota;  Comments from Nixon, McCaskill, Schupp
          CDT:  Schupp calls for LeVota to resign if allegations are true X
          AP:  Senate to review new claims against LeVota
          P-D:  New sexual harassment allegations prompt Senate to renew investigation of LeVota
          KMOX:  Audio:  The Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn on LeVota allegations, fallout (fourth link from top)
          KC Star:  Kinder tweet juxtaposing Diehl/LeVota deleted +
          Carthage Press:  Kolton Babb, aide to Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar), accused of choking woman (link via @ssnich on Twitter)
          CDT:  Late-night sex discussion goes south after 22-year-old GOP aide causes woman to pass out (link via @ssnich on Twitter) X
          KMOX:  Audio:  Rex Sinquefield on 'right to work' (audio via Progress Missouri)
          Missourinet:  Clint Zweifel's plan could create housing for Missouri domestic violence, trafficking victims
          JCNT:  Clint Zweifel seeks more 'transparency' in MOSERS investments X
          Missourinet:  Outgoing, incoming directors on mental health in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri can't block scholarships for less-than-legal students, education officials say +
          P-D:  State in stalemate over illegal-immigrant students
          P-D:  Low-income kids enjoy summer handouts;  Riverview Gardens youth Marvel Dillon critiques taxpayer-funded cuisine provided to him and his 3 (three) brothers for "free"
          JCNT:  Missouri ranks in the middle of child-well-being report;  Advocates say more taxpayer dollars should go to social service programs X
          AP:  Missouri nuclear plant shut down after 'non-emergency' leak
          P-D:  Ferguson to host 'Day of Hope' event Saturday:  Come one, come all for free groceries, haircuts, other handouts
          JCNT letter:  National Organization for Women wants Blunt to stop championing the mere "fetus" and start supporting "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex youth" X
          P-D letter:  City, county could pass laws that challenge pro-gun amendment
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Dan Viets:  Legalizing marijuana would reduce heroin overdoses
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        Thursday, July 23
       
Politico:  McCaskill on Iran deal:  "I'm making sure I'm going to make the right decision, not when I'm going to make it"
          The Hill:  McCaskill co-sponsors bipartisan Homeland Security cyber bill
          AP:  McCaskill, others push cyber bill for Homeland Security after breach
          KWMU:  McCaskill wants to hear consumer stories of hidden hotel fees
          KWMU:  Congressional delegation to Dept. of Energy:  Let Army Corps take over cleanup at West Lake
          P-D:  Waste from feds could merit new West Lake oversight
          P-D:  Blunt in no rush to begin raising name ID of Democratic challenger Jason Kander
          SNL:  Billy Long raises campaign cash at Taylor Swift concert X
          Drebes:  New state rep campaign committees
          KC Star:  Intern from 2015, another from 2010 accuse Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Kansas City) of sexual harassment and retaliation;  LeVota says they're lying +
          CDT:  LeVota says Senate report clears him of sexual harassment claims X
          Missourinet:  Intern alleges misconduct by LeVota
          The Missouri Times:  Senate releases report on harassment complaint against LeVota
          AP:  Missouri Senate report:  Female intern claims sexual harassment
          AP:  LeVota denies sexual harassment claims
          KWMU:  Former intern accuses LeVota of sexual harassment
          P-D:  Intern claims LeVota made sexual advances
          The Missouri Times:  Truman Building evacuated after bomb threat
          CDT:  Legislative committee scrutinizes student aid programs X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to pay former president Ken Dobbins $75,000 for consulting +
          P-D:  As more KIPP charter schools open, partnership with St. Louis district grows
          The Missouri Times:  Child advocacy group ranks Missouri in middle of pack for kids' well-being;  Report lauds Vermont, Massachusetts, et al.
          JCNT:  Supreme Court:  AG, Patrol should be part of sex offender case X
          CDT:  Nixon's son pleads guilty on drunk-driving charge X
          Washington Post:  The real minimum wage in every state:  Missouri ranks #11 in relative value
          KC Star:  Confederate flag issue rises again at Platte County Fair;  Union soldiers burned Platte City in 1861, captured Confederate soldiers there +
          Missourinet:  North Carolina poli sci prof unhappy about Missouri death penalty system
          SNL:  Black bear put down after humans fed it;  Missouri Department of Conservation says large animal was repeatedly seen snooping around for handouts X
          P-D:  Activists who failed to gather valid signatures for mayor recall express anger at Democratically-controlled St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners
          KWMU:  Ferguson finds its new police chief in Glendale, Arizona;  Andre Anderson will serve for six months
          AP:  Ferguson finds black man to serve as interim chief
          KC Star editorial:  Allegations against Paul LeVota bring more disgrace to Missouri government;  Males' quest for young women could be curtailed by mandatory training sessions, lobbyist-gift reform +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Nixon should allow qualified National Guard personnel the authority to carry firearms X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  St. Louis City violence a symptom of some people not respecting life
          Priddy:  Remembering Elson Floyd
          SNL op-ed:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  University-supported tax hike would circumvent public oversight X
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner's selective pro-life stands
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        Wednesday, July 22
       
Washington Post:  Iran deal partly depends upon how much Congress trusts Europe;  Comments from McCaskill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, others view progress on sexual-assault reporting X
          Washington Post Wonkblog:  Why activists think Sanders is more electable than Clinton - and why McCaskill thinks they're wrong
          P-D:  Ann Wagner is giving Trump's $1,000 donation to a VFW post
          Missourinet:  Koster launches investigation of Planned Parenthood
          The Missouri Times:  Koster to investigate Planned Parenthood
          KC Star:  Koster calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood amid questions about aborted fetuses +
          P-D:  Missouri to investigate Planned Parenthood after fetal-parts-for-profit video
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee also to investigate Planned Parenthood
          The Missouri Times:  In wake of Planned Parenthood video, Dempsey forms 'Sanctity of Life' interim committee, names Schaefer chairman
          P-D:  Recent Missouri restrictions spurred plans for Columbia abortion offerings, Planned Parenthood says
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) wins appeal against Obamacare
          Missourinet:  Nixon requests disaster declaration after recent storms
          AP:  Nixon seeks disaster declaration for 70 counties
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Cruz; Schaefer on impending GOP primary bloodbath; Kinder and Rush H. Limbaugh III +
          SE Missourian:  Gov candidate Bob Dixon stops in Cape Girardeau +
          AP:  Eric Greitens campaign mostly funded by non-Missouri donors
          AP:  Senate to release LeVota findings today
          Drebes:  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) may run as a Dem again
          The Missouri Times:  Joint Committee on Education meets to discuss postsecondary programs
          AP:  Missouri gets $4.2M for AmeriCorps volunteers
          KWMU:  Task force wants $50M in tax breaks for new St. Louis stadium
          Missourinet:  Annie E. Casey Foundation says Missouri ranks higher in child well-being this year
          SNL:  Nixon appoints Jason Brown as Greene County circuit judge X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri Press returns to campus
          JCNT editorial:  The Rx drug abuse/heroin connection;  Legislators must enable a database X
          CDT's Waters:  Kinder, a "pleasant sort," jumps into the alligator pit;  Maybe he'll win, maybe he won't X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Expand health coverage for Missouri's  "poor and dwindling middle class"
          KC Star's Sanchez:  Proposed charter schools for Kansas City's midtown could combine diversity with achievement +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Capital punishment is biased against black murderers X
          Jensen:  Conversations about race should include topics of personal responsibility and accountability +
          P-D letter:  AIM's Ray McCarty:  EPA's water rules are an outrageous power grab
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man responds to North Carolina prof's complaints about Missouri death penalty
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        Tuesday, July 21
       
Politico:  McCaskill:  'Ted Cruz following Trump around like a lost puppy'
        The Hill:  McCaskill:  Cruz scrounging for Trump's 'leftovers'
        KWMU:  Senate looks for ways to fund highways before August deadline;  Ideas from McCaskill, Blunt
        P-D:  McCaskill speaks to St. Charles County political-civility group founded by Steve Ehlmann (R), Ted House (D)
        KTTS (Springfield):  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) announces bid for governor, says he's the David to the GOP Goliaths
        SNL:  Dixon had pitch for governor's race ready X
        The Missouri Times:  Bob Dixon announces bid for governor
        Missourinet:  Bob Dixon joins crowded GOP gubernatorial field
        KWMU:  Bob Dixon announces run for Republican nomination for Missouri governor
        JCNT:  Bob Dixon jumps into governor's race X
        AP:  Bob Dixon enters race for Missouri governor
        CDT:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) sees difficulty for winner of crowded gubernatorial GOP primary X
        Drebes:  Kinder's primary-base secret weapon:  El Rushbo
        The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Vicki Englund (D) in the race for SD1
        The Missouri Times:  Politics playing a role in UM policy for employees running for state office
        KWMU:  Federal court revives effort from Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) to strip his insurance of birth-control coverage
        AP:  Appeals court reverses lower court on Wieland case
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Jones dispenses words of wisdom on education and leadership in St. Louis
        The Missouri Times:  GOP state senators call to arm National Guardsmen
        AP:  Republicans ask Nixon to arm Missouri Guard
        Missourinet:  Audits of the Missouri House and Senate are underway
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Coverage for eating disorders may expand X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life on new abortion clinic +
        AP:  Missouri drownings on pace to eclipse 2014 mark
        KC Star:  Missouri might drop algebra requirement, let state-schoolers attempt mathletics "more relevant to their field" +
        P-D:  EXCLUSIVE:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) left Missouri House garage during icy February weather and tapped the bumper of a parked car
        P-D:  Ameren spars with critics over future of efficiency program
        KWMU:  County Councilwoman Hazel Erby (D) planning push to raise minimum wage;  County Exec Steve Stenger (D) says notion is impractical
        P-D:  7 killed Sunday and early Monday push St. Louis City's corpse count to 105
        P-D:  Amid wave of criminality and violence, St. Louis City unveils crime-fighting partnership with feds, county
        KWMU:  St. Louis City leaders hope new taxpayer-funded task force will get violent urban behavior under control
        AP:  Joint local-federal effort aims to combat violence in St. Louis City
        P-D editorial:  Nixon's 'no new tax burden' on stadium rings hollow(er)
        P-D letter:  Instead of leeching off taxpayers for a decade (or more), murderous criminals should be put to death sooner
        KC Star letter:  Liberal Raymore woman says poor people who vote Republican should be denied government services +
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        Monday, July 20
       
NY Times:  Senate liberals incensed by committee vote against some auto-safety rules;  McCaskill one of three Dems to join GOP majority
        KWMU:  Ten years after Army Private LaVena Johnson shot herself, Florissant family still in denial;  Father surmises there is a government conspiracy to cover up murder, maybe even rape
        AP:  National Guard launches center for mental health needs
        Washington Post:  Majority of Missourians oppose marijuana legalization;  Poll was commissioned by Show-Me Cannabis
        SE Missourian: Cape County GOP approves resolution supporting 'right to work' +
        AP:  More than a dozen states that expanded Medicaid have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising budget concerns
        Missourinet:  Missouri will have two abortion providers beginning in August
        Missourinet:  Missouri sex education to now include info on predators and sexting
        KC Star:  Long summer school sessions in KC area tackle seasonal learning loss +
        P-D:  UMSL offers scholarship for veterans
        KC Star:  As public defenders complain about workload, ACLU may sue Missouri;  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) says state is doing all it can and must prioritize spending +
        SNL:  Missouri guardianship law could change, public can comment through October X
        SNL:  Former Christian County sheriff stockpiled 3 (three) tons of food in basement of jail to prepare for "end of times" X
        KWMU:  Ferguson commission banks on enthusiasm for implementation as work winds down
        P-D:  St. Louis City eclipses 100-murder mark;  Weekend of savagery adds 6 to tally, including 3 yesterday in North City
        CDT:  CDT hosting 'Trib Talks' session to create in-real-life comment section;  Managing Editor Jim Robertson hopes face-to-face environment will temper keyboard jockeys' talk-toughery X
        KC Star editorial:  Lift the sequestration cap to save Army spending and help Fort Leonard Wood +
        CDT op-ed:  Area consultant paid to promote CDT 'Trib Talks':  Public should attend Thursday event for "citizen-driven dialogue" X
        KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  When a crime victim's own criminal past is fair journalistic game +
        P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Show-Me Institute still opposes Medicaid expansion
        P-D letter:  Young less-than-legals deserve in-state tuition price, just like actual Americans
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        Sunday, July 19
       
P-D:  Double-digit price hikes for some plans raise alarm bells about affordability and success of Obamacare
          KC Star:  Cerner's bid for Pentagon contract carries big rewards - and risks - for area company +
          Farm Futures:  Chris Koster among AGs taking aim at EPA over water rule
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Audio:  Corn Congress taking place in D.C.;  Comments from Missouri Corn Growers Association's Kevin Hurst
          Daily Journal:  Eric Greitens campaigns in Farmington
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) to announce gov campaign tomorrow;  Greitens still holding out on official announcement
          Drebes:  The latest Nixonite to find a comfortable landing:  John Watson to MOSERS
          KODE (Joplin):  Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin), others call on Nixon to immediately arm Missouri National Guard soldiers
          Dexter Daily Statesman:  Area mother of boy with cranial duplication travels to Colorado for son's seizure medication;  One year after Nixon signed cannabis bill, CBD oil still not available in Missouri
          JCNT:  Two laws modify boating, fuel tax X
          SNL:  Springfield schools reach new high of students qualifying for taxpayer-funded food handouts:  54.6%;  "Heat map" shows expanding geographic creep of the poor X
          AP:  $50 million in tax credits sought for St. Louis stadium
          KMOX:  Radio host Charles Brennan hosting Ferguson clean-up day on Monday, July 27
          KMOX:  Dave Spence's Ferguson 100 holds job fair, attracts 700;  Employers say they met some qualified applicants
          KWMU:  "St. Louis Advocates for Youth" - led by sexagenarian activist Jamala Rogers - wants to know who is getting their hands on Ferguson donations
          JCNT editorial:  Sensible remedy needed on crop insurance;  At Nixon's request, "Christ [sic] Koster" sues USDA on behalf of Missouri farmers X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Attorney General Chris Koster's idea for a gun docket is worth a try
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner is posturing over Planned Parenthood
          SNL letter:  Billy Long's positions on COOL and drug advertising show cognitive dissonance X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  MoDOT employees deserve recognition for extra work X
          P-D letter:  Angry young protester celebrating police ambush will grow up to be an angry old man
          Disclosure


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        Saturday, July 18
       
KWMU:  In speech to St. Louis Regional Chamber, McCaskill talks highway spending, budget cuts and bid for NGA
          P-D:  Louis Farrakhan visits St. Louis to promote next D.C. march;  Creator of 1995's "(Quarter-)Million Man March" has labeled next parade "Justice or Else"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Planned Parenthood office says it does not donate abortion tissue for research
          Missourinet:  Nixon not joining call for Planned Parenthood investigation
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood issues response to allegations;  Missouri House to investigate
          AP:  State Reps. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester), Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) to investigate Planned Parenthood site
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood to resume offering abortions in August X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Planned Parenthood to offer abortions
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Jason Kander promotes business relief on campaign tour X
          Kraske:  Peter Kinder is alive and kicking, eccentricities and all +
          Drebes:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) to announce for governor on Monday
          SNL:  Dixon set to announce gov campaign Monday X
          KSMU (Springfield):  Bob Dixon to announce gubernatorial bid Monday
          AP:  Source:  Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Kansas City) the subject of intern's sexual harassment claim;  Dempsey will release report next week detailing alleged harassment
          KWMU:  Missouri to spend $33 million upgrading veterans' homes
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Via DESE program, taxpayers set to provide up to 100% of Clarkton School District students with "free" taxpayer-funded lunches
          KOMU (Columbia):  Missouri Department of Agriculture announces grant for spay, neutering
          The Missouri Times:  Courts say Missouri can't conceal source of lethal injection drug
          P-D:  Missouri Press Association pleased with execution ruling
          P-D:  UNC prof issues report on race and executions;  Pro-death-penalty group calls study meaningless
          Washington Missourian editorial:  When it comes to experience in state government, Peter Kinder is the frontrunner
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's cities should stand their ground against gun lobby
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri needs another veterans home, and Franklin County would be an excellent location
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The winner in the Ameren coal ash landfill dispute:  the people
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Young illegals are "twice the men and women that (Missouri) legislators who attack them can ever dream of being" +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp responds to "vicious" P-D editorial
          KC Star letter:  Missourians should support Clean Power Plan +
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        Friday, July 17
       
KSDK (St. Louis):  Military families can wait years for recovery of loved ones;  McCaskill reforming POW/MIA process
          P-D:  Blunt one of 17 no votes on education bill;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt
          Bloomberg:  Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles;  McCaskill plan wins out
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Chris Koster stands up for Missouri farmers versus USDA, sues for more crop-reporting time X
          KWMU:  Rex Sinquefield, Peter Kinder hosting fundraising event for presidential candidate Scott Walker
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Clinton's successful Capitol Hill show;  Jay Nixon on admirable discipline of officers not treating brick-throwing Ferguson rioters like Kent State hippies +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Republicans:  video suggests Planned Parenthood violations in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens makes campaign stop in Jefferson City
          CDT:  Eric Greitens attacks 'regurgitated' GOP primary foes X
          JCNT:  Eric Greitens brings 'listen and lead' campaign tour to Jefferson City X
          CDT:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) well-financed for 2016 state Senate election X
          Drebes:  Poll-result details:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' ballot initiative vs. Clint Zweifel's Missouri Promise ballot initiative
          KC Star:  Nixon throws in the towel on going to citizens on ethics overhaul +
          CDT:  Senate panel hears report on LeVota intern investigation in closed-door session X
          AP:  Senate panel to report on LeVota-office harassment investigation
          SNL:  Official:  Nixon's veto of court bill 'upsetting' X
          KC Star:  Missouri law stops colleges from limiting the sites of student protests +
          AP:  UMSL program offers tuition aid for military members
          CDT:  College officials excited by Access Missouri scholarship increase X
          KWMU:  Less-than-legal immigrant students attending state schools will pay out-of-state tuition;  In-state tuition still available to in-state legal Americans
          Missourinet:  Court:  Missouri cannot keep supplier of execution drugs secret
          AP:  Judge:  Missouri broke law keeping execution supplier secret
          KWMU:  Judge says Missouri Department of Corrections cannot shield pharmacy by saying it is part of execution team
          JCNT:  University of North Carolina professor dislikes Missouri's death penalty:  Too many black murderers convicted, white females' lives treated as more valuable, etc. X
          KC Star:  Kansas City approves minimum-wage hike less than activists had sought +
          Missourinet:  Kansas City first in Missouri to approve minimum-wage hike
          AP:  Kansas City approves minimum wage to rise to $13 by 2020
          USA Today:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles will go door-to-door listening to the complaints of those who signed failed recall petition
          AP:  Police catch man who shot police in Central West End ambush
          P-D:  Trigger man, others in custody after ambush on officer;  Marijuana enthusiast Dale Wolford, on probation for burglary crime, was captured hiding in Maplewood
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri launches a foolish, mean-spirited attack on illegal-immigrant students +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare (Empower Missouri) report:  Higher minimum wage would make low-wage workers less likely to accept taxpayer-funded handouts +
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri State Public Defender System's Michael Barrett:  System needs more money to defend poor from prosecutors
          KC Star letter:  Don't marginalize fast-food workers just because of their terrible service +
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        Thursday, July 16
       
Democrat News (Fredericktown):  Rural hospitals, patients closely follow Supreme Court ruling
          Politico:  Hillary Clinton's Capitol Hill mission accomplished;  Comments from McCaskill
          SNL:  Ozarks famers ticked off over EPA water rules X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood
          P-D:  Ann Wagner calls new Planned Parentood video 'monstrous'
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood says it will begin performing abortions in Columbia
          Missourinet:  Dent County backs off 'mourning' same-sex marriage legalization
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Dent County commissioner on same-sex ruling;  Rapist/murderer on how condemned criminals should stop clogging up the judicial system with appeals +
          Missourinet:  Chris Koster sues USDA to give Missouri farmers more crop-reporting time
          Daily Journal (Park Hills):  Wife of Kerry Messer:  One year missing
          KWMU:  Despite Greitens' surge, Koster remains the top money-raiser in battle for Missouri governor
          AP:  Koster has nearly $4M for Missouri governor campaign
          The Missouri Times:  2016 statewide campaign tip sheet:  Candidates' - and potential candidates' - money raised, cash on hand, consultants, more
          The Missouri Times:  July 2015 quarterly reports - 2016 gubernatorial candidates
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gov candidate Mike Parson makes campaign stop, says he believes state has money for road fix X
          The Missouri Times:  July 2015 quarterly reports - 2016 statewide candidates
          The Missouri Times:  July 2015 quarterly reports - 2016 state Senate candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Sneak peek:  2016 Missouri Senate races
          Drebes:  Ed Martin moves from South St. Louis City home into 2nd Congressional, could run for Congress again if Ann Wagner challenges Claire McCaskill
          Drebes:  New committees:  Dem in GOP House district, R and D for Senate 1
          Helling:  Crowded primaries are a decidely mixed blessing in Missouri and the rest of U.S. +
          SE Missourian:  Former congressional candidate Bill Federer (R) to speak to Tea Party group about Islamic State +
          KWMU:  Only one unsigned bill becomes law in Missouri this year;  roundup of other bills at deadline
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State, USDA building reservoir for irrigation +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon touts community college funding X
          Missourinet:  Top amounts for Access Missouri scholarships increase
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon boosts need-based college scholarships
          KWMU:  Normandy weighs reinstating high school dress code
          CDT:  New federal guidelines make it easier for students to get "free" taxpayer-funded meals;  Last week's heat did not deter kids from being drawn to public parks for handouts X
          AP:  KC's minimum wage would rise under proposal
          P-D:  Two in custody after ambush of St. Louis officer, police still searching for two others;  Spanish Lake miscreant Edward Davis captured, while second criminal turns himself in
          P-D:  New Ferguson Starbucks part of chain's make-work program;  Goal is to teach "soft skills" like dressing properly
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Amtrak necessary option for Missourians
          KC Star editorial:  Shorter legislative session could mean less time for trouble in Jefferson City +
          SNL editorial:  Missouri needs a prescription drug database X
          P-D editorial:  It's a grand old flag. Even in Dent County.
          KC Star editorial:  Keep moving forward on a new minimum wage for Kansas City +
          JCNT editorial:  "Captain Obvious" gives 'duh'-worthy summer advice:  Don't overexert in the heat, check on olds, don't leave kids or canines in your car X
          P-D op-ed:  What's at stake in winning the National Geospatial relocation
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Jay Ashcroft's voter-ID petition is a transparent campaign gimmick
          P-D letter:  Woman says Koster should drop pro-farmer stance and start siding with EPA
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        Wednesday, July 15
       
SNL:  Blunt blasts Iran deal, McCaskill vows 'hard look' X
          The Hill:  Senators take sides on Iran deal;  Comments from Blunt
          KC Star:  Reaction to Iran deal coming in;  Statements from McCaskill, Blunt, Graves, Kander +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on standing up for religion versus Supreme Court LGBTQIA decision +
          Feast Magazine (St. Louis):  McCaskill throws support behind the Small BREW Act to encourage Missouri's microbreweries
          P-D:  McCaskill to speak at St. Charles County civilized-discussion group founded by Steve Ehlmann (R) and Ted House (D)
          P-D:  Rural Missouri county won't lower courthouse flag after all
          KWMU:  Blunt outraises, outspends Jason Kander in U.S. Senate contest
          AP:  Blunt touts $3.8M for 2016 re-election campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Top-of-the-ticket candidates tout fundraising hauls ahead of deadline
          The Missouri Times:  Peter Kinder profile:  A career outline of a lifelong conservative Republican
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens explains party switch from D to R;  Paper will livestream candidate's Jefferson City announcement-tour event on Thursday
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) chats with journoduo about municipal court system overhaul, 'right to work,' local wage ordinances, more
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City) reflects on 2015 session, says he's meeting with Richardson to repair Dems' bruised feelings over RTW debate
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers to face fewer bills in September veto session
          AP:  A look at bills Nixon has either signed or allowed to become law
          AP:  New Missouri measure will change license office bid practice
          AP:  Nixon signs bill expanding Missouri sex education guidance, including information on the dangers of sexting
          P-D:  Missouri bans college aid to undocumented aliens
          SE Missourian:  Domestic violence victims can use high-tech notification tools +
          AP:  Nixon fills Missouri State University Board of Governors slot
          KC Star:  Nixon names KC lawyer to police board +
          Missourinet:  Missouri executes David Zink for 2001 murder of Strafford woman;  Comments from Gov. Jay Nixon (D), AG Chris Koster (D)
          Missourinet:  Greene County Sheriff reacts to execution of 'monster' David Zink
          KWMU:  Rapist/murderer executed for 2001 crime;  Pentobarbital works flawlessly
          AP:  Rapist/murderer David Zink executed;  Missouri cuts Texas' 2015 execution lead to four
          Missourinet:  Execution set for Missouri killer of Kansas City girl;  Roderick Nunley and pal stole a car, then kidnapped girl from her bus stop before making sure she was raped, stabbed, and left to die in the trunk of the car
          KWMU:  Local filmmaker looks at residents' claims that their health problems are due to 1940s pollution
          CDT:  County plans to move 'Confederate Rock' X
          AP:  U.S. judge narrows Michael Brown family suit against Ferguson;  Judge dismisses family's suit against attack victim Darren Wilson
          P-D editorial:  The Confederate flag may be gone, but Missouri Republicans are still pushing their racist photo ID proposal
          KC Star editorial:  Fewer than 600 votes cast in online poll about minimum wage +
          Peterson:  Nixon right to take a stand for illegal immigrant students
          Jensen:  Misplaced blame in shooting;  When cops see a street tough toting a gun around a playground, what are they supposed to do? +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  McCaskill:  Saving our rural post offices
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Prescribing a cure for American medical innovation
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Even if minimum-wage activists fail, at least they proved a point;  24-year-old cashier with two offspring tells sad story
          P-D letter:  To get fuel tax hike passed, rebuild trust in government
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        Tuesday, July 14
       
KC Star:  Clinton, O'Malley, Sanders talk immigration reform, economic equality to La Raza in Kansas City +
          KC Star:  Photo gallery:  La Raza draws presidential candidates +
          Missourinet:  Democrat POTUS candidates tackle Trump and more in Kansas City
          AP:  Moving past Vermont, Sanders seeks to expand liberal coalition by wooing minority groups
          Helling:  Republicans skipped La Raza, and their campaigns might suffer for it +
          Warrensburg Daily Star Journal:  Drone operators need time to unwind after missions, McCaskill says
          KWMU:  As more women enlist in military service, VA health care system sees changes;  Comments from Blunt
          KWMU:  A touching tribute to one service dog at Scott Air Force Base;  McCaskill bill would give previous handlers the first rights for adoption
          P-D:  Visitation student only Missourian named as U.S. Senate page, was nominated by McCaskill
          P-D:  After Supreme Court gay-marriage decision, Blunt meets with conservative group to discuss next steps
          KC Star:  Dent County, Mo. votes to lower flags in protest of Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQIA marriage +
          Missourinet:  Missouri county's executives vote to lower flags to 'mourn' same-sex legalization
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder unrealistically optimistic about positive campaigning;  Minimum-wage confusion;  Teaching legislators to resist indulging in interns +
          Roll Call:  Former Roy Blunt spokeswoman Amber Marchand has third child, joins Hamilton Place Strategies
          Drebes:  Pamela Merritt, creator of popular "Angry Black Bitch" blog, leaves Progress Missouri for Reproaction;  New group "embraces racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and the moral authority of all who seek abortions"
          Rosenbaum:  Can a vetoed bill have legal significance from beyond the legislative grave?  City counselor, Schaefer, Koster's Nancy Gonder on minimum-wage law
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to increase access to mental health records
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to end fees for Purple Heart license plates
          AP:  Missouri measure changes process to regain driver's license
          Daily American Republic:  State education board ends pact with testing company;  Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-St. Louis) says move is a victory for those who oppose "one-size-fits-all exams"
          CDT:  After miscreants pilfer credit and debit cards from locker room, MU installs iris readers outside rec center club;  Former member wary of MU owning biometric data X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Jury awards $6.7 million in wrongful-death case brought against Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission
          AP:  Parolee who rear-ended woman while driving drunk - then raped her and sliced her spinal cord - wants Nixon to grant clemency;  In 2015 executions, Texas holds 9-4 lead over Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri prepares to execute admitted rapist/murderer David Zink
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission approves 100 'calls to action,' prepares to finish work by September
          P-D:  Kwame Building Group to construct Urban League center at site of QuikTrip rioting/looting/arson
          P-D:  Area rapper Tef Poe, seven others arrested outside police headquarters
          P-D:  St. Louis police officer shot in ambush in Central West End;  police seek black man between 18-22, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, thin build
          P-D letter:  Joan Bray says Roy Blunt should support rental-car safety bill
          CDT letter:  Medicaid-expansion supporter calls Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) a hypocrite X
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        Monday, July 13
       
KC Star:  As the La Raza guest list shows, Hispanics are being courted by politicians +
          KCTV:  La Raza workshop addresses obesity among youth;  Nearly 40 percent of Latino kids are fat
          KC Star:  UAW contract talks to begin, affecting thousands of KC-area workers +
          KWMU:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announces bid for governor
          Missourinet:  Kinder criticizes Jay Nixon, acknowledges Tom Schweich in announcing run for Missouri governor
          P-D:  Kinder will seek governor's office in 2016
          AP:  Kinder announces bid for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Kinder announces for governor;  A look at Missouri GOP consultant line-up, lt. gov candidates (with video of Kinder's announcement)
          Kraske:  Analysis:  With his entrance into GOP primary, Peter Kinder is the front-runner +
          AP:  Eric Greitens raises $800K in quarter, has $1.1M in bank
          KWMU:  Missouri Democratic Party removes Jefferson and Jackson as namesakes of party's biggest event;  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) complained that J&J owned slaves
          Drebes:  Ben Murray to run for Mike Colona's open House seat
          P-D:  Police departments required to meet basic standards in new law
          P-D:  After Diehl and LeVota hubbub, Legislature considers revisions to intern programs
          AP:  Analysis:  Missouri stance on local minimum wages unclear
          Columbia Missourian:  Public universities seek smart students who can pay tuition;  "Nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy group" New America Foundation unhappy about it
          SE Missourian:  Region holds a long history of exotic critters turning up in odd places;  Missouri Department of Conservation talks wild animals +
          P-D:  Officer takes down teen with gun at St. Louis City housing project;  Mother of gun-toting 16-year-old laments gun violence, alleges police coverup
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Concern not only for Fort Leonard Wood, but the military budget overall
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill takes the lead on ensuring students learn about safe relationships
          JCNT editorial:  Municipal court reform steps toward greater goal X
          KC Star editorial:  Crackdown on payday loan scams is welcome +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Oversensitive thinskins who get emotional about "politically-incorrect" names should stop imposing their narrow-mindedness on all of us
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Teaching safe relationships a proposed addition to sex education classes +
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake seasoned citizen says higher gas tax is the right way to pay for Missouri roads
          JCNT letter:  Russellville man compares himself to Robin Hood, says he'll lead movement to limit state lawmakers' exorbitant salaries X
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        Sunday, July 12
       
KCUR/Heartland Health Monitor:  Latinos should be enlisted to push for Medicaid expansion, say speakers at Hispanic conference
          AP:  At Hispanic conference, Nixon vetoes bill that would keep illegal immigrants from receiving Missouri A+ scholarships
          KC Star:  Nixon veto ensures illegal immigrants can keep receiving A+ scholarships;  Nixon says hard-working, high-achieving aliens should not be punished +
          The Hill:  Lawmakers push to strip OPM powers after hack;  Comments from McCaskill
          Missourinet:  All Missouri counties will now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
          CDT:  Church marries lesbians, celebrates Supreme Court ruling X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon, McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on same-sex ruling X
          JCNT:  Missouri's adoption laws still subject to debate X
          SNL:  As heroin use spikes, Missouri still lacks prescription-drug database X
          P-D's Gallagher:  Area woman borrowed $100, chose to stop making payments and skipped court date, then paid back $3,592;  Other stories of adults who chose to take out loans they couldn't afford
          P-D:  Ameren has unlikely ally in fight over future of efficiency program
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit alleges Missouri breaks laws in getting execution drug
          P-D:  Chicago art exhibit features life-size depiction of Michael Brown after assault on Officer Darren Wilson
          JCNT editorial:  Circling the elusive math of payday lenders;  Calculating a reasonable rate for payday loans shouldn't be so tough X
          JCNT editorial:  Be on the lookout for late-night stripers X
          CDT op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Leslie Holloway:  EPA claims don't hold water;  New regulations clearly overreach X
          CDT's Waters:  Missouri Republicans will use LGBTQIA marriage technicalities as red herrings and take meaningless, symbolic positions against it X
          SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Despite recent national headlines, we still live in a great country;  Rural/suburban residents are doing good things, healthy things, fun things +
          KC Star letter:  Bates City man suggests fixing politics by shunning all lobbyists for every issue +
          P-D letter:  Perpetually-aggrieved thinskins make being offended a cottage industry;  Only Catholics and Christians are fair game today
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        Saturday, July 11
       
St. James Leader Journal:  Fort Leonard Wood force reduction much lower than anticipated
          The Hill:  McCaskill, other Senate Dems seek to protect rural postal delivery
          KC Star:  La Raza CEO Janet Murguia:  GOP candidates declining invites to speak 'a missed opportunity' +
          P-D:  Effects of health insurance merger on Missouri draw local concern
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis), Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) react to gay marriage ruling
          KWMU:  Board approves bill for $20 million loan for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site
          P-D:  Aldermen approve $20 million loan to buy land for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
          AP:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to announce bid for governor tomorrow in Ferguson
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Jay Ashcroft speaks to small group about voter ID;  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) says he's undecided on photo ID petition X
          SNL:  Jay Ashcroft pushes for voter ID law X
          Kraske:  Roy Temple offers quotes on Trump, GOP gov primary +
          Drebes:  Jamilah Nasheed's personal saga, and how her brother's prison sentence was reduced
          JCNT:  John Watson to be new MOSERS director X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ag Director Richard Fordyce talks beef, State Fair to producers X
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes bill targeting local plastic bag regulations X
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill to limit local wage, bag laws
          KC Star:  Nixon's veto jeopardizes Kansas City's push for a higher minimum wage +
          KWMU:  St. Louis Democrats kill $15/hr. minimum wage proposal;  Increase, if passed, may be closer to $11/hr. in five (5) years
          AP:  Nixon vetoes tax break for big laundries
          AP:  Nixon vetoes expanded powers for corporate security officers
          The Missouri Times:  State abandons Common Core testing
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Gosen (R-Ballwin) plans to fight for veto override on HB 1022
          P-D:  UMSL reorganizes programs, eliminates jobs
          The Missouri Times:  Joan Bray, Jeanette Mott Oxford, et al. sue state over lethal injection
          Gateway Journalism Review's Terry Ganey:  Virginia Young, Bill McClellan, others take retirement packages from Post-Dispatch
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers choose the unborn over the born, but poor
          P-D editorial:  Missouri says mark your calendars;  A look at the ridonkulous number of "Special-Interest X" days
          P-D letter:  Alzheimer's Association's John Boyle:  Blunt leads way to increase funding for Alzheimer's research
          P-D letter:  MoDOT creates fake emergencies to justify tax hikes
          KC Star letter:  Instead of complaining about their wages, entry-level workers should focus on expanding their skillset +
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        Friday, July 10
       
Missourinet:  774 to be cut from Army's Fort Leonard Wood
          KOLR (Rolla):  Army cutting 774 at Fort Leonard Wood;  Economic impact uncertain this soon
          KWMU:  Army to cut 774 uniformed positions at Fort Leonard Wood
          AP:  Fort Leonard Wood to see reduction of 774
          The Hill:  Dems, GOP fight over planned troop cuts;  Comments from McCaskill
          Missourinet:  House reauthorizes 'No Child Left Behind,' issue now moves to Senate;  Comments from McCaskill
          SNL:  Blunt says churches need protection from gay-marriage ruling X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Claire on Cosby +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner joins Lacy Clay in calling for Confederate flag to come down from public grounds
          KWMU:  Record rain in June, but no fear of 1993 flood levels
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders to join Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley in speaking to National Council of La Raza in KC +
          Drebes:  Two new state rep committees filed:  One in KC, one in STL County/St. Charles
          KWMU:  Nixon signs bill from Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) mandating municipal court changes and setting standards
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs municipal court overhaul
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs municipal court reform bill with 'real teeth'
          P-D:  'Sweeping' court reform comes as Nixon signs bill to cap cities' revenue
          AP:  Nixon signs municipal courts overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft pushes forward on petition for photo voter IDs
          JCNT:  Jay Ashcroft brings voter ID pitch to Capitol X
          KWMU:  New film chronicles the decline of Normandy schools
          AP:  Former state Sen. Joan Bray (D-University City), NAACP, Jeanette Mott Oxford, et al. sue Missouri over lethal injection protocol
          KC Star:  Kansas City Council moves ahead toward an increase in minimum wage +
          AP:  KC's minimum wage would rise under draft ordinance
          KWMU:  Slay throws his support behind compromise minimum wage proposal
          P-D:  Slay proposes compromise setting minimum wage at $11 per hour - by 2020
          KWMU:  Franklin County residents reach agreement with Ameren over coal ash landfill in Labadie
          P-D:  Ameren settles lawsuits blocking coal ash landfill
          KC Star:  Koster files civil lawsuit against Northland's Mobile Auto Repair +
          KWMU:  Urban League breaks ground on new center in Ferguson
          P-D:  Video:  Urban League breaks ground on site of QT rioting/looting/arson
          P-D editorial:  Broad coalition paves way for success of Eric Schmitt's municipal court overhaul
          JCNT editorial:  Mileage tax - desperate or creative idea? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  It's galling - the whines about minimum wage from people who never had to make payroll
          Rust:  Kinder vs. Nixon/Koster on RTW would be the most interesting, fun and informative debates since Lincoln-Douglas +
          P-D op-ed:  Former PSC Chairman Kevin Gunn:  Move Missouri forward toward a clean energy future
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man recounts road trip, says Missouri infrastructure deserves gas-tax increase
          P-D letter:  18-year-old Kirkwood girl says young urbanites will improve their behavior if suburbs bus them in during the summer, show them a good time
          P-D letter:  Perryville man says let's not stop with Confederate-flag ban - let's ban the American flag, the rainbow flag, and tell young urbanites to pull up their saggy pants too
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        Thursday, July 9
       
KWMU:  Senate education bill would shift more control back to states
          P-D:  Blunt in the middle of fight over dietary guidelines, environmental concerns
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill pushes for budget solution;  MoDOT on funding catastrophies;  SOS candidate Will Kraus on his push for photo-ID requirement +
          Bloomberg:  Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joins McCaskill in taking aim at Bernie Sanders
          JCNT:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare, GRO turn out small group to protest payday lenders;  Grown man wears shark costume in public X
          P-D:  McCaskill says she'd support effort to take back Cosby's presidential medal
          Helling:  Amtrak just one example of how politicians, by being myopic, can risk everything +
          JCNT:  Area lesbians secure first Callaway County same-sex marriage license X
          CDT:  Lawmakers split on need for anti-discrimination bill after marriage ruling (link via @ssnich on Twitter) X
          Missourinet:  Nixon will seek federal disaster declaration due to floods
          SNL:  Nixon talks "Groundhog Day-ish" rain, flooding X
          Riverfront Times:  How a bungled police investigation led to the Post-Dispatch's shaming of Brittany Burke
          Drebes:  Alex Zumsteg joins Missouri Republican Party as grassroots director;  Jefferson City, St. Louis fundraising events set
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft's SOS campaign seeks 10,000 volunteers to get photo-ID proposal on the ballot
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bills dealing with child sexual assault, protection orders for sexual assault victims
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill adding new protections for sexual assault victims
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to up response to child sex abuse
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon enacts four new child-safety laws X
          AP:  Missouri to require child-safe packaging for liquid nicotine
          Missourinet:  Nixon to announce decision on municipal court reform bill today
          AP:  Nixon set to take action on municipal court bills
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT claims many area highway projects soon will grind to a halt +
          The Missouri Times:  Joint scholarship committee prepping for evaluations, Common Core presentations
          CDT:  University of Missouri Press headed back to campus X
          P-D editorial:  Chris Koster chooses Big Farm over clean water. Maybe he's still a Republican.
          JCNT editorial:  By signing Will Kraus' bill, Nixon gives businesses reasonable tax transparency X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Silver Haired Legislature recommends real Missouri Legislature spend more taxpayer money on olds X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon promotes equality with same-sex marriage stance +
          SNL op-ed:  Unannounced statewide GOP candidate Joshua Hawley:  Those who object to gay marriage need protection X
          CDT op-ed:  League of Women Voters:  Let's encourage more ex-cons to vote in Missouri X
          KC Star letters:  Local EPA employee supports EPA position on water regulation;  Women and men who oppose minimum-wage hikes today are comparable to the white male slaveowners of the 1800s +
          P-D letter:  People who whine about their financial problems should stop blaming others and start taking steps to be successful
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        Wednesday, July 8
       
The Hill:  Dems up pressure to reach budget deal;  McCaskill among 10 Dems to sign letter
          Missourinet:  Study:  flood systems on Midwestern rivers inadequate, based on miscalculations
          P-D:  Cities plan cleanup as area rivers recede from flooded areas
          JCNT:  Cole County eyes federal help for flood-ravaged roads X
          Drebes:  Joseph Knodell retiring from Missouri Education Reform Council
          The Missouri Times:  Travis Zimpfer joins The Missouri Times staff
          Missourinet:  Nixon orders agencies to comply with legalization of same-sex marriage
          KWMU:  Nixon orders local governments to allow same-sex marriage
          KC Star:  Nixon issues order on same-sex marriage +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon issues executive order to enforce same-sex marriage ruling
          AP:  Nixon orders agencies to implement same-sex marriage ruling
          Rudi Keller:  Nixon signs a slew of inconsequential symbolic "days":  Walt Disney Day, Jackie Robinson Day, genetic-disorder day, etc.
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill to increase loan, bank fees
          P-D:  No expansion projects for the next 5 years, says MoDOT
          The Missouri Times:  Resources, products, and heritage dominate new capsule
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools selling 22 of its 30 empty buildings
          KWMU:  Franklin County eases restrictions of Ameren's coal ash landfill, and includes some precautions
          P-D:  Franklin County approves coal ash landfill zoning amendments
          Brownfield Ag News:  Upcoming Missouri State Fair will again be showing off ag
          P-D:  St. Louis aldermen headed for heated showdown on Friday over spy agency, minimum wage
          P-D:  NFL study indicates fans will support a new stadium in St. Louis
          P-D:  Police leaders, DOJ officials have marathon meeting regarding review of Ferguson response
          P-D editorial:  The Missouri-Kansas border war on slamming the poor
          SE Missourian editorial:  Sen. Eric Schmitt's disabilities law an example of bipartisan success +
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City should approve a modest minimum wage boost +
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Lessons from Greece can be applied to U.S. X
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  Missouri economy enjoys green energy growth +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Mizzou J-School adjunct:  Memorial for Confederate soldiers is a symbol of black subjugation
          SNL letter:  Rebuttal to U.S. Rep. Billy Long on COOL X
          P-D letter:  Governor tries to bamboozle residents of Suckertown
          SNL letter:  Ozark woman says paper's blatant cheerleading of gay-marriage ruling was a little much X
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        Tuesday, July 7
       
AP:  Head of POW-MIA office favors closer links to private groups;  Comments from McCaskill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on VA issues;  Dempsey on public disclosure of LeVota office intern investigation +
          AP:  Tentative plan to keep Amtrak running in Missouri;  Joint statement from McCaskill, Blunt
          JCNT:  Boone County leads the league in Missouri same-sex marriages with 12 X
          Drebes:  Mike Huckabee coming to Missouri
          Politico:  Senate race rankings:  Missouri still out of the top 10
          KWMU:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder calls for public debates over 'right-to-work' proposal
          Kraske:  Peter Kinder to Jay Nixon and Chris Koster:  Let's thrash it out +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Former Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis City) on the road ahead in a post-Ferguson environment
          KWMU:  Deadline just over a week away for Nixon to sign or veto bills from 2015
          AP:  Nixon signs bill requiring business notification of tax changes
          AP:  Nixon signs bill for stillborn baby tax exemption
          Missourinet:  Law requires meningitis vaccinations for students of Missouri colleges
          SNL:  Parks meet with Missouri Dept. of Conservation to weigh goose-control options;  Noisy, rapidly-reproducing animals that accept food handouts from the well-intentioned - then make giant messes - might be best controlled with sprays or dogs X
          KWMU:  Judge halts legal effort to oust St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) from office
          AP:  Judge tosses bid for probe of prosecutor in Ferguson case
          P-D op-ed:  Former PSC Commissioner Terry Jarrett:  State utility commissioners should fight the EPA's "Clean Power Plan"
          P-D letter:  Nixon, Slay trying to bypass the will of the people on stadium funding
          P-D letter:  Publishing yet-to-be-convicted criminals' mugshots is "titillating" but not very nice
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        Monday, July 6
       
KWMU:  Eric Greitens' non-profit helps launch federal veterans' initiative
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt remain skeptical after VA scandal X
          KC Star:  Cleaver:  Barack Obama has not improved race relations +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Salon mocks McCaskill for Sanders hateration;  Nixon says Masons of ebony and ivory lay stone together in perfect harmony +
          AP:  Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely
          P-D:  Investigation into LeVota intern drama continues, with no end or answers in sight
          KC Star:  No consensus emerging in minimum wage fight +
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Patriotic citizens celebrate July 4 in Ferguson;  Zero thefts, arsons at daytime parade
          Rosenbaum:  Thieves steal air conditioners from Ferguson church;  Rep. Tommy Pierson (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on Legislature's focus on non-Ferguson issues
          KC Star's Joe Robertson:  In state proficiency tests, all scores are not created equal +
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Caucasoid Bridgeton councilman says Lacy Clay should stop worrying about Confederate flag and start worrying about West Lake Landfill
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says mopey-mouth underclass complains about "equal opportunity" but really just wants equal results for their sloth
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        Sunday, July 5
       
The Hill:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, others:  Race relations haven't improved under Obama
          KWMU:  Rivers crest after wettest June on record
          AP:  Patrol drops no-wake policy at Lake of the Ozarks
          KOMU:  Boaters return to the water at Lake of the Ozarks
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Region's recorders prepare for same-sex licensees X
          KOMU:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom says their poll shows Missourians oppose same-sex marriage 71%-25%
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) says MoDOT funding will be priority when legislators return
          CDT:  Money set aside in state budget to repair Missouri monument at Vicksburg facing legal questions X
          CDT:  Debate over Civil War legacy touches 'Confederate Rock' after 40 years on courthouse lawn X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Capitol cornerstone re-dedicated
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Troy Paino signs four-year deal to remain president of Truman State University
          JCNT:  June state employee of the month:  Missouri Department of Social Services' Jacqueline Morrow X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Governor candidates should vow to do a better job than Nixon of filling vacancies in a timely way X
          P-D editorial:  Massive change coming to St. Louis.  Ferguson Commission leads the way.
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Missouri's Hancock Amendment should be called "Handcuff Amendment" for restricting state spending +
          KC Star letter:  Warrensburg man says Rex Sinquefield says Catherine Hanaway will cut taxes +
          P-D letter:  Preserve funding for gifted education program
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        Saturday, July 4   Independence Day
       
KC Star:  Wet weather won't stop Fourth of July plans at most Missouri reservoirs +
          AP:  Flooding causes July Fourth headaches at Missouri parks
          P-D:  High-speed weekend of boating at Lake of the Ozarks begins in idle under no-wake policy
          KC Star:  Death again stirs dock safety concerns at Lake of the Ozarks +
          P-D:  Missouri women, minorities not making the grade on teaching exams;  DESE acknowledges "root causes" of female/black failure, says tests shouldn't be blamed
          KWMU:  Seeds, coal, baseballs and more go into new time capsule at Missouri Capitol
          CDT:  Nixon ensures both white Masons, black Masons take part in time-capsule ceremony X
          KC Star:  Protesters gather outside store where clerk took down thief +
          KMBC:  Teen pilfers cookies from store, gets Glock .32 bullet in his leg for a receipt;  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker seeks highest charges against store clerk, no charges against thief
          JCNT editorial:  Judge correct to rule against Progress Missouri in open-meetings case X
          Salon's Matthew Pulver:  The Bernie Sanders smear campaign has begun;  Clinton mercenaries like Claire McCaskill should get new talking points
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man responds to Clayton woman who questions $15/hr price tag for teen labor, says he knows nine (9) teenagers who volunteer for good causes
          P-D letter:  Tying wages to social issues runs businesses out of the city;  Thankfully, Democrat Joe Vaccaro killed wage hike
          KC Star letter:  Raising minimum wage is the compassionate thing to do;  60 percent of the people who have failed to raise themselves out of a mimimum-wage job are women +
          P-D letter:  Slay should read and heed the inscription on the Confederate memorial, rather than bow to political correctness
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman notices that urban litterbugs enjoy Swisher Sweets cigarillos, suggests Missouri raise tax to discouraging purchasing and subsequent littering
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        Friday, July 3
       
KWMU:  The modern history of U.S. trade with Cuba began on a Missouri rice farm
          KC Star:  Hillary Clinton coming to KC to speak at National Council of La Raza conference +
          SNL:  Anti-GMO rally draws 20 outside Billy Long's office;  Seasoned citizen in sandals holds map mocking "United States of Monsanto" X
          KWMU:  $20M loan for federal property narrowly secures first-round aldermanic approval
          SE Missourian:  Area counties prepare for same-sex marriages +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Catholic Conference leader, SLU prof don't expect suits seeking same-sex marriages in churches
          KWMU:  Unannounced gov candidate Eric Greitens outraises all comers in June
          Drebes:  Brad Ketcher starts another committee:  "Tax Cut for Growth" for 2016 ballot
          KWMU:  Missouri's revenues increased by nearly 9 percent in FY2015
          KC Star:  Missouri side of the Kansas City area accounts for more job growth +
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers raise eyebrows at UM system spending amid tax increase request
          KWMU:  DHSS' Ryan Hobart explains state's summer food-handout program
          SE Missourian:  Flooding expected to continue this weekend +
          AP:  Nixon implements 'no wake' policy at Lake of the Ozarks due to high water
          Columbia Missourian:  High water level puts restrictions on Lake of the Ozarks
          CDT:  State Historical Society of Missouri building project moving ahead in new state fiscal year X
          P-D:  Stadium team quietly lining up land near St. Louis riverfront
          P-D:  Anti-Knowles faction upset about disqualified signatures in failed Ferguson recall attempt
          KC Star editorial:  As Congress makes another run at fixing VA health delays, U.S. must make good on promises to veterans +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  The number of Franklin County residents with hands out and mouths open for taxpayer-funded food is alarming
          KC Star editorial:  PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express is a defeat for clean energy +
          JCNT editorial:  Enlightened approach now includes eating disorders X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Supreme Court's disgraceful ruling on gay marriage is an insult to Missouri voters
          P-D letter:  D.C.-based propane group:  Renewable fuel standard affects Missouri landscape contractors, environment
          P-D:  Illinois woman thinks Missouri legislators should expand Medicaid
          Washington Missourian letter:  Confederate flag is part of Missouri history
          CDT letter:  Response to Hank Waters' complaints about proactive policing X
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        Thursday, July 2
       
KWMU:  No longer a bellwether, how significant will Missouri's role be during the 2016 election?
          KWMU:  AG Chris Koster says EPA's "waters of the United States" restrictions go too far
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association supports Koster's stand on behalf of Missouri farmers and ranchers
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster standing up for Missouri farmers versus EPA;  Incoming Supreme Court chief on the way judges work;  More +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon:  Remember the evolution of ethanol
          Independence Examiner:  Amtrak threatens to pull Missouri routes over safety upgrade funding
          Missouinet:  Two Missouri counties denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, one out of a religious objection
          Missourinet:  Flood gates on Missouri's Bagnell Dam opened
          KCUR:  Kraske:  Meet Missouri's new state auditor, Nicole Galloway
          SE Missourian:  Sikeston native Bev Randles is running for lieutenant governor +
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles announces bid for gov lite, pledges two terms
          Drebes:  Progress Missouri to target some voters with mailers referencing voting history
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Jerry Ford (D-Cape Girardeau) wins 2015 Spirit of America award +
          SE Missourian:  Spirit of America nominee:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Todd Richardson on Medicaid expansion, 'right to work,' females and Ferguson
          AP:  Nixon reauthorizes tax that funds Missouri Medicaid services
          KWMU:  Missouri to start offering asthma home assessments to children on Medicaid
          The Missouri Times:  Nicole Galloway to audit Missouri General Assembly
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express application denied
          KC Star:  Missouri rejects 'Grain Belt Express' plan for wind power +
          AP:  Public Service Commission rejects plan for multistate wind power line
          KWMU:  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D) opts against seeking re-election
          SNL editorial:  Nixon should veto House Bill 722, Missouri Republicans' power grab from local municipalities X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should pass MONA
          KC Star editorial:  Keep valuable KCP&L program that compares energy use for homeowners +
          KC Star letter:  Gas tax is unfair;  instead, people who own luxury vehicles, like "a BMW and a new Cadillac," should pay for new roads +
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        Wednesday, July 1
       
P-D:  McCaskill, others lament impending end of Export-Import Bank
          KC Star:  Blunt touts pace of bipartisan legislation, but Congress still behind last two-year period +
          P-D:  Missouri insurers rake in millions for taking on high-cost clients
          Lake Sun:  Local free clinic helps the uninsured
          Missourinet:  Missouri counties urged to not wait on software to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
          CDT:  Boone County lawmakers split on gay-marriage ruling X
          SE Missourian:  Koster announces Missouri will join lawsuit over EPA's "Waters of the United States" rule +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  EPA and states have tug-of-war over rules X
          AP:  Flooding creates holiday weekend water worries
          SE Missourian:  River predicted to crest Friday morning +
          KWMU:  State Rep. Tommie Pierson (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) will jump into scramble for Missouri lieutenant governor
          Drebes:  Missouri Freedom issues new scorecard ranking state legislators
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court keeps farming, gun rights measures
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds gun rights amendment to state Constitution
          KWMU:  State Supreme Court upholds amendment that broadened gun rights in Missouri
          JCNT:  Patricia Breckenridge takes over as state chief justice X
          CDT:  Missouri to begin fiscal year with surplus, no restrictions on spending X
          Missourinet:  Progress Missouri lawsuit alleging open meetings law violations by Missouri Senate dismissed
          JCNT:  Judge Jon Beetem rules for state Senate in committee complaints X
          AP:  Judge dismisses Progress Missouri's lawsuit on filming Senate committees
          KC Star:  Washington Post reports that Chelsea Clinton received $65k for UMKC speech;  Fee was paid by private donations +
          KC Star:  Departing Superintendent Steve Green sees gains and remaining struggles for KC schools +
          KWMU:  Legislators tell court Nixon is overstepping his power on stadium plan
          P-D:  Nixon's role in St. Louis stadium financing plan debated in court
          Missourinet:  Koster's office says FCC ruling means consumers could expect fewer robocalls and phone scams
          KWMU:  Appeals court permanently blocks vote on ACORN's anti-Peabody charter amendment
          P-D:  Appeals court says anti-Peabody ballot language unconstitutional;  ACORN/MORE unhappy
          KWMU:  Area law enforcement agencies will meet with Justice Department over new Ferguson criticisms
          AP:  Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  On stadium, Nixon turns in his clipboard for pom-poms
          KC Star Mary Sanchez:  Chelsea Clinton's appearance at UMKC was a pricey way to promote a good cause +
          KC Star op-ed:  UCM prof Nicole Nickens:  In the new Missouri teacher licensing tests, results are misleading +
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner wrong to criticize Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon, Mo. reverend:  Don't confuse Charleston tragedy with Michael Brown's violent attack on Darren Wilson
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        Tuesday, June 30
       
KWMU:  Supreme Court says EPA should have considered costs when it set pollution limits for power plants
          The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS rulings on lethal injection, EPA have Missouri impact
          JCNT:  Missouri officials generallly applaud ruling on EPA regulations X
          KWMU:  Supreme Court case upholding Oklahoma's execution protocol could impact Missouri cases
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court's Mary Rhodes Russell explains death-penalty process;  Missouri ended 2014 execution season in first-place tie with Texas
          Missourinet:  30 Missouri counties still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
          The Missouri Times:  More SCOTUS Obamacare reactions:  Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis)
          SNL:  Daughter's Hodgkin's lymphoma leads Billy Long to push for FDA to update rules on drug advertising X
          AP:  13 states, including Missouri, sue over rule giving feds authority on state water
          AP:  Unrelenting rain leads to more flooding in Midwest
          Catanese:  GOP presidential candidates deal with political reality of changing cultural values, sense of "rights";  Comments from Ted Cruz's Jeff Roe
          KCPT:  Former MLB umpire lends support to Missouri cigarette tax increase campaign
          Drebes:  Bill Eigel puts six figures into state Senate primary versus Mark Parkinson, Anne Zerr
          KWMU:  Transportation chief says I-70 is 'completely falling apart' and 'used up'
          P-D:  Interstate 70 is 'falling apart,' says transportation commission chair
          SE Missourian:  Governor signs bill allowing savings accounts for disabilities +
          AP:  Nixon OKs saving accounts for Missourians with disabilities
          The Missouri Times:  Legislators continue autism successes with Nixon's signature
          P-D:  School superintendent pay continues to rise
          Missourinet:  Mystery items in Missouri Capitol time capsule
          AP:  Missouri Press Association names new executive director;  Mark Maassen will replace stalwart Doug Crews
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Assocation names new executive director
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  KC Star print redesign will better help distinguish between reporters' news stories and reporters' opinion pieces +
          KBIA:  Missouri Department of Conservation says Emerald Ash Borers threaten Missouri trees;  Invasive pests burrow deeply, drain valuable resources
          AP:  Lacy Clay takes aim at "this country's racist, oppressive past," wants Mayor Francis Slay to take down Confederate Memorial
          P-D:  Justice Department faults Ferguson protest response
          P-D:  ACORN/MORE complain about 'good old boys' network, target area employers
          CDT's Waters:  Boone County's same-sex posturing is political puffery, but also a commendable statement X
          KC Star letter:  Free-market Missouri Republicans are "darkly ironic" when they cut services for students and the infirm +
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        Monday, June 29
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KC Star health reporter Alan Bavley:  Obamacare will grow faster and stand stronger following Supreme Court ruling +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill says Bernie Sanders deserves more scrutiny +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says that in workforce, olds "have just as much to offer" as youngs;  Senior senator criticizes state Republicans for not expanding Medicaid
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local members of Silver Haired Legislature meet to discuss "legislation" they'll recommend as policies to real legislators X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  David Barklage (R), Jane Dueker (D), Mike Kelley (D), Lou Hamilton (D) on Dem split on mimimum wage, media's "TMZ" obsession with Jefferson City life, 'right to work,' Uber, Blunt vs. Kander, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Scott Dieckhaus about HRCC's success, Hillary's Missouri campaign, Jeb Bush, Diehl, 'right to work," more
          Drebes:  Missouri School Boards Association gives a plug for the Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative
          P-D:  Nixon tours flooded areas of Lincoln and Pike counties
          Missourinet:  Next for LGBTQIA activists and allies:  Missouri Non-Discrimination Act
          AP:  Missouri changes insurance requirements for eating disorders
          P-D:  Former Rep. Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) praises changes in insurance requirements for eating disorders
          P-D:  Missouri takes districts for a bumpy ride when it comes to bus funds
          Rosenbaum:  Minimum wage split puts new focus on Slay-Stenger relationship
          Neosho Daily News:  Missouri Department of Conservation joins with pallid sturgeon project to tag movements
          SNL:  High-quality pot from legal states flooding market in Springfield X
          JCNT editorial:  Mary Rhodes Russell showed leadership, stewardship of Missouri's court system X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Housing credits improved X
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        Sunday, June 28
       
P-D:  After court ruling, Obamacare faces more certain path;  Comments from Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Missouri Foundation for Health
          Washington Missourian:  Local WIC program adds more dependents;  406 additional people added to the dole
          Nicklaus:  As economy changes, teen summer jobs become scarce;  Taxpayers foot part of the bill for "STL Youth Jobs" placements
          KC Star:  Local civil war buffs, others pontificate over the symbolism of the Confederate flag +
          JCNT:  Keith Schafer leaving Missouri Department of Mental Health for retirement X
          P-D:  Gifted students shouldn't expect as much support from state of Missouri;  In many districts, high-achieving kids are still lumped in daily with the average and the slow
          JCNT:  Capitol time capsule included unexpected glimpse into past X
          CDT:  Grain belt supporters make late push for project X
          P-D:  New eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge span opens
          P-D:  Obituary:  Wayne Withers:  Stepped up to save Missouri's non-partisan court plan
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Area residents' opposition to Obamacare and same-sex marriage doesn't meant they are uncaring or bigoted X
          SE Missourian editorial:  'Major' flood brings annoyance, not disaster +
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon wise to veto student transfer bill X
          CDT's Waters:  On the black community:  A Juneteenth celebration was held, and hardly anyone came X
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        Saturday, June 27   Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-Marlborough) hospitalized after suicide attempt
       
CDT:  Local residents, legislators respond to Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare;  Grown man "skipped in a circle and hoisted a colorful poster board above his head" X
          The Guardian (UK):  Obamacare tales:  Missouri woman says, "I am more scared right now that Republicans ... might kill me rather than my cancer," then weeps
          Drebes:  How long can GOP run against Obamacare?  One more time at least.
          Missourinet:  Missouri leaders react to Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal
          KWMU:  Missouri same-sex couples rejoice as U.S. Supreme Court upholds their right to marry
          AP:  Elected officials react to same-sex marriage ruling
          SNL:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long reacts to same-sex marriage ruling X
          Missourinet:  Missouri counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses
          P-D:  Missouri counties prepare to comply with sweeping same-sex marriage ruling
          AP:  Missouri moves swiftly to begin same-sex marriages
          CDT:  Boone County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses X
          KWMU:  Committee OKs loan for NGA property;  some aldermen don't want McKee to profit
          JCNT:  River's rise continues in mid-Missouri X
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes school bill, says it doesn't solve transfer problems
          P-D:  Another attempt to fix school transfers is vetoed
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes Missouri student-transfer bill, blocking charter and virtual school expansion +
          AP:  Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfers legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  UM's Tim Wolfe reviews accomplishments, goals after curators approve budget
          CDT:  UM curators approve FY 2016 budget X
          KC Star:  Dozens of women say they were harassed while working in Jefferson City;  Gals tell tales of clueless Capitol creepers making unwanted advances +
          KWMU:  St. Louis minimum-wage push on life support after Democratic alderman cancels hearings
          P-D:  Alderman Joe Vaccaro (D) cancels all future hearings on minimum-wage bill
          KWMU:  Critics of Ferguson mayor fail to gather valid signatures for recall
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch lays off nine employees
          SNL editorial:  Same-sex marriage good for Missouri X
          JCNT editorial:  Law reflects fair solution on tip taxes X
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Star's website design doesn't differentiate between opinion, news well enough +
          CDT's Waters:  If Missouri Republicans want to keep being standoffish on Obamacare, they should at least establish an exchange X
          KC Star op-ed:  Brian Noland:  Lawyer says minimum-wage hike long overdue, quotes Shakespeare +
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        Friday, June 26
       
KWMU:  Reactions to Supreme Court Obamacare ruling;  Comments from elected officials, liberal academic Timothy McBride, two women with struggle stories
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center holds event to celebrate ruling;  MU grad student explains pressure of having to work and pay bills
          KOMU:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) joins group of ladies at Central Missouri Community Action to cheer Obamacare ruling
          AP:  Obamacare supporters cheer Supreme Court ruling;  Republicans not pleased
          Missourinet:  Dem, GOP staffers write statements on Obamacare ruling
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's reaction to Supreme Court ruling
          The Hill:  McCaskill:  Media giving Bernie Sanders a free pass
          KWMU:  McCaskill proposes pay increase for VA facility directors
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner blasts sex-trafficking offenders, calls trafficking 'modern-day slavery'
          Missourinet:  Nixon speaks against EPA proposal to lower ethanol mandate
          KC Star:  Renewable-fuel advocates turn out at hearing, give EPA an earful +
          AP:  Nixon urges EPA to keep renewable fuel standards intact
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jack Oliver and Jeb;  Sam Graves on rural roads;  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) on Confederate flag;  Mike Parson on Obamacare +
          Drebes:  Nixon's Emily Kalmer headed to Auditor Nicole Galloway's office
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers:  Nixon to veto school-transfer bill today
          Missourinet:  Transfer-bill sponsor Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) predicts Legislature is done trying to address issue
          KWMU:  Nixon plans veto of school-transfer bill
          P-D:  Nixon staff says governor will go on veto tour tomorrow, nix school-transfer bill
          AP:  Nixon to veto student transfers bill
          SNL:  Lawmaker says Nixon will veto transfer bill X
          KC Star:  Students in KC Public Schools still underperform versus peers across Missouri;  District will make case that recent uptick means accreditation is deserved +
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Patrick Naeger (R-Perryville) seeks to clarify intent of tax-exemption law he helped write +
          P-D:  Judge hears public vote arguments on St. Louis NFL stadium funding
          KWMU:  Legal fight over NFL stadium heads to judge
          P-D:  MoDOT readies opening of new eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge span
          KWMU:  New river bridge bolsters link to St. Charles County
          CDT:  Former state Rep. Harold Reisch (R) dies at age 94 X
          AP:  Vandals deface Confederate memorials in a half-dozen states, including Missouri
          AP:  Ferguson police chief trying to add diversity;  Black woman promoted to sergeant, with an additional woman and a black guy starting soon
          P-D editorial:  Obamacare ruling gives opening to Missouri Republicans;  GOP should drop its "stubborn and ill-informed reticence" and flip-flop on health-care policy
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Farmers Union's Richard Oswald:  New 'Clean Water Rule' needs to be law of the land;  Also, too many foreigners own Missouri land
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        Thursday, June 25
       
KWMU:  Blunt supports hike in research funding for National Institutes of Health
          JCNT:  Blunt, McCaskill still working for federal transportation funds X
          SNL:  McCaskill:  Drone warfare taking toll on pilots X
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  In Florissant, Hillary Clinton hits a sour note;  Democrat makes the mistake of saying "All lives matter" rather than correct "Black lives matter" +
          CDT:  Obamacare supporters await Supreme Court decision X
          AP:  EPA to hold hearing on Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in KC, KS;  Nixon to speak at rally, will outline opposition to proposed changes
          KWMU:  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency could cost city and state $130 million
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) talks balanced budgets before U.S. House Budget Committee
          Washington Post:  Missouri native Jack Oliver to serve as Jeb Bush's national finance co-chairman
          The Missouri Times:  What's Catherine Hanaway been up to?
          KWMU:  Americans for Prosperity funds TV campaign in support of 'right to work'
          KC Star:  New ad backing 'right to work' runs in Missouri +
          Drebes:  Dan Reuter, running for Mike Leara's open House seat, to kick off campaign today
          KCUR:  Audio:  Steve Kraske, KC Star's Derek Donovan, others discuss Post-Dispatch's decision to run Brittany Burke story (segment begins at 7:50)
          KWMU:  Longtime Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering to retire
          The Missouri Times:  State Budget Director Linda Luebbering to retire
          AP:  Linda Luebbering set to retire
          The Missouri Times:  Medicaid enrollment increases, expansion debate continues
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bill increasing crime victims' compensation
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to up compensation for Missouri crime victims
          CDT:  Colleagues remember former UM Chancellor Elson Floyd X
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Decision on student-transfer bill in 'days, not weeks'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver
          JCNT:  Missouri corrections officials defeat Muslim inmate in Ramadan-complaint case X
          SE Missourian:  MO DNR:  "Trucks Gone Wild" off-road event polluted river +
          KWMU:  City aldermen delay vote on minimum wage proposal;  Ald. Antonio French (D) says bill would exacerbate already-high unemployment among poor
          The Missouri Times:  Board of Aldermen hold lengthy hearing on minimum-wage hike;  Democratic bill faces Democratic opposition
          P-D:  Stadium task force started work a year ago, quietly
          CDT:  St. Louis stadium plan challenged in Jefferson City, St. Louis courtrooms X
          KWMU:  "5 Things" journomeme:  "Five things to know about the legal fight over a new NFL stadium"
          P-D:  Army Corps says low-level radioactive matter near Coldwater Creek not a threat;  Group of North County natives blames various health maladies on pollution
          P-D:  Vandals deface historic Forest Park Confederate memorial with "BLACK LIVES MATTER" graffiti
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis region finally adopts underperforming Normandy children as its own
          P-D op-ed:  "Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice" founder Barbara Finch:  School's out, but now's the time to solve problems in the region
          P-D letter:  Warning:  Disregarding science and urging mandatory GMO labeling may make you sound like a Republicans on climate change
          P-D letter:  Missouri House committee puts funding for Title X, related advances in jeopardy
          P-D letter:  Clayton's Rachel Eidelman:  Can you imagine any urbanite teenager being worth $15/hr.?
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        Wednesday, June 24
       
KWMU:  Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop in Florissant
          P-D:  Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop at church near Ferguson
          AP:  At campaign stop, Clinton calls for "common sense" gun control, universal voter registration, even more help for minority entrepreneurs
          Missourinet:  SLU prof Ken Warren says Hillary Clinton has a chance to win Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers make another run at highway bill;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          Bloomberg:  McCaskill blasts Highway Safety Agency, air bag maker Takata Corp. at hearing
          The Hill:  Auto regulators grilled for 'incompetent mismanagement'
          GovExec.com:  McCaskill, others want GSA to catch feds who use plastic at strip clubs
          KWMU:  Kansas company buys McKee properties in National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site for $3.2 million
          SE Missourian:  Floodwaters won't go away soon +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on feds and auto safety, Nixon on failing schools, Kansas commerce chief on border war, more +
          The Missouri Times:  Dawn Nicklas starts new consulting firm
          Drebes:  Paul Harper moves from DOR to Galloway's office;  Jeffrey Earl leaves auditor's office, moves to Department of Corrections
          P-D:  Satan worshippers sue Nixon, Koster over abortion law
          Missourinet:  Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell says better efficiency, going 'undercover' important
          JCNT:  Mary Rhodes Russell reflects on two years as chief justice X
          KWMU:  Mary Russell reflects on term as Chief Justice of Missouri Supreme Court
          KC Star:  FBI is asking about a Jackson County health-care consulting contract awarded to Brittany Burke
          KWMU:  Diehl says FBI has not talked to him about alleged Jackson County probe
          P-D:  FBI asking officials whether Diehl helped Brittany Burke get contract
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs tip tax bill
          The Missouri Times:  UMSL wants tax increase, purchases golf course
          SE Missourian:  Some school districts still waiting for end-of-year assessments +
          KWMU:  State, other districts will aid Normandy and Riverview Gardens
          P-D:  22 school districts offer help to Normandy and Riverview Gardens schools
          AP:  St. Louis-area schools agree to help failing districts
          KC Star:  KCP&L's energy-efficiency letters shake up some customers +
          SNL:  Area lawmakers weigh in on Confederate flag X
          P-D:  Backers, foes give St. Louis aldermen another earful on proposed minimum wage hike
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) on why urban minimum-wage push is not realistic for his county, more
          KWMU:  Army Corps finds no significant radioactive contamination along Coldwater Creek;  Data raises zero "red flags or alarms"
          Columbia Missourian:  Death row inmates turn to neuroscience to bolster their appeals
          KWMU:  Ferguson working group recommends big structural changes to municipal courts
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission seeks 'transformational' changes to municipal courts
          P-D:  As revenue from court fines drops, so does Ferguson's budget
          AP:  Activists that failed to oust Ferguson Mayor James Knowles tries again
          LA Times' David Lazarus:  More help - like McCaskill bill - is needed to stop robocalls, including ones from eBay and PayPal
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Nixon should veto school transfer bill X
          P-D op-ed:  Assistant SLU prof:  The empty rhetoric of increasing the rigor of Missouri teachers
          Jensen:  Conservative columnist offers sarcastic "liberal" take on issues, mocks minimum-wage push, gun control, pantywaist approach to "bruised feelings," more +
          KC Star letter:  Woman says birth-certificate legislation was derailed by a rude Missouri female legislator who shall not be named +
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        Tuesday, June 23
       
KWMU:  Clinton to discuss racial issues in visit to North St. Louis County, then will head to South County to eat dinner and raise money
          P-D:  Clinton to attend "community meeting" at black church, then raise money at private event at scenic Grant's Farm
          Washington Times:  Clinton to join racial debate, campaign near Ferguson
          AP:  Clinton to meet with black leaders
          Horrigan:  Tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how Hillary Clinton should spend her hours-long trip to St. Louis
          Helling:  Does the 2016 Dem nominee stand a chance in Missouri?  "The quick answer is no." +
          P-D:  Clinton Foundation has tapped some of the region's top corporations:  Monsanto, Anheuser-Busch, Centene
          Kraske:  The Chat:  NRSC tweaks Jason Kander over support for Hillary Clinton;  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on weaning welfare recipients off the taxpayer teat +
          Missourinet:  Blunt wants Democrats to allow defense bill to advance
          KWMU:  St. Louis City may take out $20 million loan to buy land for proposed North City site of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
          AP:  Nixon signs bill aimed at keeping National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis
          SE Missourian:  High water causes more problems, including port operations +
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Rivers remain high around St. Louis region
          Drebes:  Bill Eigel, running against Anne Zerr and Mark Parkinson for state Senate, has strong turnout at fundraiser
          Riverfront Times:  UPDATED:  P-D editor Christopher Ave responds to Sarah Fenske's take on Post-Dispatch's Brittany Burke 'slut-shaming,' takes to KMOX to defend Virginia Young's piece
          AP:  Governors' trade missions have uneven record of success
          AP:  For Missouri firm, trade trip brings sales but no big deals
          KRCG:  Progress Missouri challenges state Senate on Sunshine Law (link via @ssnich on Twitter)
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to ease tip tax requirement on restaurants
          Columbia Missourian:  UM system to hold memorial ceremony tomorrow for Elson Floyd
          KWMU:  Retiring Missouri School Board President Peter Herschend reflects on tenure
          CDT:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) attends Civil War-era remembrace;  Democrats unhappy X
          Columbia Missourian:  Basye addresses Democratic hearsay that he saluted a Confederate flag
          Missourinet:  Missouri conservators working with Capitol time capsule contents
          KWMU:  Aldermen enter 'critical' week for bid to raise St. Louis' minimum wage
          P-D:  'Great Streets' plan advances for West Florissant;  $37,000,000 could be spent to rehab major North County thoroughfare ravaged by looters, arsonists
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission sends its municipal courts group back to the drawing board, seeks 'transformational' changes
          P-D editorial:  A waterlogged nation fails to learn from its repeated floods
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Setting the record straight on trade policy X
          CDT letter:  'Right to work' effects would be tantamount to living in Missouri but not paying any taxes X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man attempts analogy between John Diehl attempting to help Brittany Burke and GOP policy on government handouts
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        Monday, June 22
       
KWMU:  Roy Blunt's campaign zeroes in on Hillary Clinton on eve of her Missouri visit
          KC Star:  Families USA, Kaiser Family Foundation hopeful of Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare;  Aged local "actress," adult couple with daughter on Medicaid tell hard-times tales +
          Drebes:  St. Louis Area Young Republicans form PAC
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Special guest Tom Dempsey;  Panel includes John Hancock (R), Kurt Witzel (R), Tishaura Jones (D), Aaron Willard (R)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking Podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with former Rep. Rodney Hubbard (D) on taking on teacher unions, Chappelle-Nadal vs. Lacy Clay, Antonio French and Chris Carter, Paul McKee, more
          Riverfront Times editor Sarah Fenske:  With the Brittany Burke story, the Post-Dispatch demonstrates the very worst of journalism's "slut-shaming"
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill to better cover eating disorder treatment becomes law
          SNL:  Welfare limits go into effect Jan. 1;  Comments from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), Missouri Association for Social Welfare ("Empower Missouri"), German immigrant with sad story X
          Rosenbaum:  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D) says county won't go along with city push to raise minimum wage;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, others
          P-D:  Video:  Seasoned-citizen business reporters David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher drink beer at hipster bar Foam, act out caricatures of minimum-wage debate
          SNL:  Limitations, 'non-compete' clause part of Missouri State University name change X
          KODE (Joplin):  State website offers beach-condition status updates
          KMOX:  'De-stress' is the theme of Ferguson Commission meeting tonight;  Social worker claims that stress is the cause of urbanites' diabetes
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon should veto HB 722 (minimum wage and grocery bags), HB 42 (charter school expansion) +
          SNL editorial:  Best way to address traffic-stop "problem" is to all agree there is a problem X
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri House Banking Committee Chairman Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo):  Changing debit card security +
          JCNT letter:  State legislators should put a moratorium on CAFOs X
          JCNT letter:  Area man constructs narrative involving George Orwell's "1984," Jay Nixon and Common Core X
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        Sunday, June 21   Happy Father's Day!
       
P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Health insurance companies look to consolidate and boost leverage;  Comments from Kaiser Family Foundation, Missouri advocacy group
          Washington Missourian:  City tourism director says area businesses will suffer if Amtrak route is canceled;  McCaskill, Blunt pushing to give Amtrak an extension
          SE Missourian:  River still rising, but forecasted levels drop +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce optimistic about what rains will mean to farmers' soil-moisture profile
          CDT:  Juneteenth celebration with music, free hot dogs draws less than 20;  Area man says paltry turnout shows how little the black community supports each other X
          AP:  Republicans continue criticizing $50K union contribution to Nixon
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  AG candidate Scott Sifton speaks to Randolph County Democrats
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on bill refining insurance coverage for eating disorders +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Interview with new Mental Health Director Mark Stringer
          AP:  Former UM President Elson Floyd dies at 59
          Columbia Missourian:  Former UM President Elson Floyd was 'an apostle for public higher education'
          P-D:  Chesterfield residents sound alarm for a sound wall;  MoDOT says it would be too expensive
          P-D:  Special municipal-courts feature:  "A progress report on reforms"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  MoDOT pleas for public input might be desperate, but maybe a good idea is out there X
          SNL letter:  Cattleman disagrees with Billy Long on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) X
          SNL letter:  Area man says entire MO congressional delegation should be "fired," with governor taking control of all state and federal matters;  Author is not named Jay Nixon X
          P-D letter:  Instead of making "bias" excuses for poor grades, prospective teachers should study a little harder
          P-D letter:  Employers won't be able to afford higher city minimum wage
          Disclosure