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        Friday, June 23
       
KRZG (Joplin):  Audio:  Blunt talks 'repair and replace' of Obamacare, lack of help from Democrats;  Also talks support of Hawley's opioid lawsuits
          The Hill:  Blunt:  Democrats have shut themselves out of health care legislation process
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt differ on GOP health care plan
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Health care roundtable discussion focuses on federal, state issues;  Staffers from Blunt and Graves office attend, as well as GOP state Reps. Craig Redmon and Jim Hansen
          P-D:  Advocacy group says St. Louisans use the ER too often for unnecessary care
          P-D:  Veterans groups support McCaskill World War II mustard gas bill
          Joplin Globe:  Crowder College seeks to name energy technology center for Roy Blunt X
          Kraske:  Why Cleaver, other members of Congress need protection:  "I'm going to blow your f-cking office up"
          KWMU:  Annual PrideFest celebration riddled with internal conflict over race, gender issues;  Union leader Jeff Roorda says LGBTQIA* community and police officers have much in common as "all are pronounced victims of hate crimes"
          AP:  Missouri judge rewords 'right to work' referendum summary
          P-D:  Circuit court judge rules 'right to work' repeal petition language is misleading
          Missourinet:  Recovering opioid addicts talk about support for Hawley's lawsuits, PDMP
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens encourages Senate to pass House version in abortion special session
          AP:  Greitens backs ramped-up Missouri abortion bill
          The Missouri Times:  #TWMP Live:  Q&A with Jay Barnes;  Full video plus transcript of Q&A regarding abortion special session
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg):  Pregnancy resource centers must be protected
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs 'Foster Care Bill of Rights' into law
          KWMU:  Greitens signs foster care measure
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol metal detectors go guardless as of July 1
          The Missouri Times:  Questions for the Transportation Task Force ahead of first meeting
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) questions Mizzou's vote on rescinding Cosby's honorary degree
          P-D:  To offset lost revenue from freshmen fleeing, Mizzou to rent empty dorm rooms for football games
          SE Missourian:  State wants sheriff's bond revoked after inmate death +
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation to celebrate 25 years with former UN ambassador guest speaker
          AP:  Ferguson making progress, Justice Department attorneys say
          KWMU:  Judge hears mixed opinions on Ferguson's compliance with federal consent decree
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley holds drug companies accountable for Missouri's opioid-addiction crisis
          P-D's Samantha Liss and Blythe Bernard:  GOP plan, shrouded in secrecy, would weaken patient protections and hurt Missouri women - among other harmful effects
          P-D's Tod Robberson:  Governor Doublespeak Eric Greitens does Orwell proud
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Josh Peters (D-St. Louis):  Guilty until proven innocent:  a reflection on a visit to St. Louis' workhouse
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City liberal wants Blunt to hold more town halls, encourages readers to call D.C. office to complain
          P-D letter:  Moscow Mills septuagenarian says Ann Wagner deserves no sympathy for death threats
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        Thursday, June 22
       
P-D:  On eve of Senate health care bill reveal, White House brings in Missourians to talk about problems with Obamacare
          KC Star:  Missourians in 25 counties losing coverage voice Obamacare concerns at White House
          KWMU:  In Northeast Missouri, Trump, economy help end Democrats' dominance
          SNL:  GOP donor Sam Fox woos Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate, urges donors withhold money from Ann Wagner until AG makes decision on race X
          AP:  AG Josh Hawley sues drug companies over opioids
          KWMU:  Hawley sues three opioid drug makers over false claims, advertising
          P-D:  Missouri sues three drug companies for pushing painkillers
          Missourinet:  Audit shows state has lost billions in revenue over 25-year period due to tax credits
          AP:  State audit shows Missouri faces $3B tax-credit revenue loss
          SNL:  Galloway:  Complaints about late tax refunds pour in X
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of senators - focused on Greitens' nonprofit campaign committee - looks to change the conversation on dark money
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  Can Greitens and the Legislature find some common ground?
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Charles County GOP senators Bob Onder, Bill Eigel talk abortion special session, Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, tax credits, transportation
          The Missouri Times:  Schupp, Senate Dems looking to block House changes to abortion bill
          Missourinet:  St. Louis City alderwoman dislikes Legislature's actions on abortion, says state legislation doesn't matter
          AP:  Greitens to sign bill banning sex offenders from kids' museums
          AP:  Greitens signs bill on college police training
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for public feedback. Here are the political reasons why.
          CDT:  MU moves to rescind Bill Cosby honorary degree X
          Missourinet:  Black Democratic lawmakers suggest MU's Choi is manufacturing Bill Cosby honorary degree drama to distract from UMKC rape
          KC Star editorial:  Federal help welcome in combating Kansas City's violent crime problem
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley lawsuit is an important tool in Missouri's fight against opioid abuse
          P-D op-ed:  Normandy teacher Inda Schaenen responds to Fordham Institute piece on charter schools
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice uses gun locks to help fight Missouri's gun epidemic
          P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian says he doesn't condone violence against Republican congressmen, but understands rage against Ann Wagner and others
          P-D letter:  Area pediatrician wants Missouri legislators to expand Medicaid
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        Wednesday, June 21   First Day of Summer
       
Politico:  Fate of Obamacare repeal uncertain in Senate;  Comments from Blunt
          SNL:  Financial disclosure reports show congressional members' approach to investments;  Billy Long, son of a stockbroker, moves from buy-and-hold to more active trading philosophy X
          SNL:  Army Corps of Engineers:  No, we're not draining Table Rock Lake. That's fake news. X
          Faughn:  The fix is in for Greitens' Commission on Raising Taxes, but a few courageous souls could stand up for rural Missouri
          KODE (Joplin):  Schmitt's office working to return unclaimed property
          The Missouri Times:  House passes altered version of Senate abortion bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri House approves abortion bill
          P-D:  Annual inspections of abortion clinics, pre-empting St. Louis City ordinance part of House proposal
          KWMU:  Missouri House sends expanded abortion bill back to Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  House returns amended abortion bill to the Senate
          KC Star:  Missouri House approves new abortion regulations
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) on House improvements to abortion legislation and potential for Senate PQ
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood, Campaign Life Missouri talk impact of Trump on their efforts
          JCNT:  68 bills still await Greitens' pen X
          The Missouri Times:  A look at what's next for REAL ID
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on possibility of toll roads, gas tax hike next session
          The Missouri Times:  Annual Boys State kicks off in Warrensburg once again
          Drebes:  Marty Oetting lands role with MU chancellor-designate
          Columbia Missourian:  After Legislature takes no action, Columbia City Council seeks to tighten rules on payday lenders
          The Missouri Times:  Politically Speaking podcast:  St. Louis City alderman says urban areas should fight Missouri Legislature on abortion, other issues
          P-D:  Michael Brown wrongful death lawsuit settled
          KWMU:  Parents of Michael Brown get payoff
          JCNT editorial:  Sunshine Law violations unacceptable X
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Trump breaks campaign promise, extends DACA;  Comments from local illegal alien, immigration lawyer Jim Hacking, Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  18,000 to lose coverage in Missouri's 'bare counties;'  Missouri Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid, while U.S. Senate GOP pushes for quick vote on secret bill
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area liberal opposes Greitens' pro-life push
          P-D letter:  Maplewood resident disagrees with governor on special sessions, expresses distaste for Greitens' upcoming presidential bid
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        Tuesday, June 20
       
P-D:  Anthem will sell insurance on Missouri Obamacare exchange in 2018 - at least for now
          P-D:  Like a lot of Washington, beer industry bill on hold until bigger pieces are moved;  Blunt a co-sponsor
          AP:  Height of Illinois levees concerns some in Missouri
          Drebes:  Octogenarian former U.S. Rep. Bill Burlison (D) contemplates taking his final electoral loss again Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) next year;  David Cort (R) files committee to run for Dixon's Senate seat
          Missourinet:  Schmitt aims to return almost $1 billion in unclaimed property
          KC Star:  Video:  KC Star editorial board members Steve Kraske, Colleen Nelson talk with AG Josh Hawley about sex trafficking, PDMP and opioids, abortion, potential U.S. Senate bid
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' campaign circulates petition to support governor's special session
          The Missouri Times:  Onder's abortion bill and Koenig's final product hold significant differences
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) on special session's abortion legislation
          KWMU:  Missouri House committee passes amended version of Senate abortion bill
          AP:  Missouri House members toughen proposed abortion regulations
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee toughens GOP abortion bill that passed in the Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) on differences between Senate and House legislative pace, approaches
          SNL:  Greitens to bring tech task force to Springfield X
          JCNT:  Greitens announces new innovation task force X
          The Missouri Times:  Tax commission, nearing end, holds mostly closed sessions
          Missourinet:  Argument in Missouri Supreme Court to throw out Sexually Violent Predator law
          P-D:  State troopers will begin patrolling interstates withing St. Louis City limits, freeing up city police for violent crime
          P-D:  Settlement near in civil suit over death of Michael Brown
          KC Star editorial:  The ghost of anti-abortion crusader Phill Kline is going to haunt Missouri
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Deer Association's Jacques deMoss:  Deer import ban is not about fighting disease
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says she disagrees with Greitens on abortion X
          P-D letter:  St. John woman not happy with election of Trump and Greitens, but says electoral losers should stop acting like children
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        Monday, June 19   Juneteenth
       
P-D:  St. Louis' Juneteenth gathering celebrates the end of slavery, the power of family and more
          JCNT:  Juneteenth honors black history, talent X
          Politico:  Jason Kander might be the future of the Democratic party - if only he can figure out how
          Roll Call:  Why Ann Wagner and other House members aren't rushing to announce for Senate
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (D);  Panel of Rachel Herndon Dunn, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Erica Engelby, and Jeff Shawan talk abortion, legislative priorities, and special session
          KWMU:  What you need to know about Missouri's new voter ID law
          Missourinet:  Americans for Prosperity wants special session for union-certification measure
          Columbia Missourian:  Minority- and women-owned businesses handed an increasingly-large slice of state contract pie
          P-D:  Red-light cameras in Missouri are down - but not necessarily out
          Missourinet:  Former Mamtek CEO to be paroled from a Missouri prison in 2018
          AP:  Ex-inmate alleges mistreatment at southwest Missouri jail
          KC Star editorial:  New Missouri law undercuts police efforts to stop drunk driving
          Columbia Missourian's Lucy Shanker:  Missouri Department of Conservation hosts firearms session for women:  A first-hand account
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian responds to St. Charles' woman's response to Maplewood city council's response to Trump climate announcement
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian wants legislators to stay out of St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger talks
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City septuagenarian says voter ID bill is intended to disenfranchise minorities
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        Sunday, June 18   Father's Day
       
JCNT:  Father, son advise each other in government positions:  Ron and Travis Fitzwater
          Messenger:  Of baseball, fathers and sons, and the passage of time
          Daily American Republic:  Some FEMA denial letters might be error +
          SNL:  Pachyderms celebrate 50th birthday;  Group talks recruiting younger members, the legacy of founder George Parker, defending Trump, more X
          Drebes:  Brian Bunten to run UnitedHealth's government affairs operation in Missouri, Oklahoma
          Rosenbaum:  Democrats mull whether pro-life candidates would gain political ground in rural areas
          AP:  Tensions high between Greitens and lawmakers
          P-D:  Greitens' tactics grate on some Missouri lawmakers
          SE Missourian:  Pinhook reclaimed:  State grants set to help former village residents relocate +
          P-D:  Profile:  Caleb Arthur, the young conservative behind Missouri's fastest-growing solar company
          SNL editorial:  Don't fix state budget by nixing housing credits X
          JCNT editorial:  Another backward step for Missouri Department of Corrections X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Charlie Shields reminds local leaders of top priority:  Career readiness for students X
          P-D op-ed:  Normandy Schools Collaboratives' Parents as Teachers' Christopher Chambers:  Nurturing fatherhood:  The power of fathers who play
          SNL op-ed:  Center for Competitive Politics' Luke Wachob:  Privacy for nonprofits, including Greitens', should be common sense X
          Horrigan:  On Don Ruzicka and Mike Moon
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian disagrees with Billy Long on GOP health care bill X
          Washington Missourian letter:  New Haven septuagenarian expresses anger at Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) for extravagant Jefferson City lifestyle, including "chomping away on $40 dinners" X
          SNL letter:  Ron Calzone pans second special session X
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        Saturday, June 17
       
Washington Post:  At Congressional Baseball Game, McCaskill talks about value of sincere hugs and bipartisan legislation
          P-D:  Before Scalise shooting, Ann Wagner had reported five death threats to Capitol Police
          Sedalia Democrat:  Warrensburg's Tony Monetti speaks to local Pachyderms, says he's running in GOP U.S. Senate primary
          KC Star:  Missouri doctor named head of American Medical Association
          P-D:  Small-town Missouri doctor now leads one of the nation's most influential medical organizations
          Drebes:  Arthritis Foundation seeks State Director, Advocacy and Access
          KC Star:  KC Star editorial board to hold Facebook Live Q&A with Attorney General Josh Hawley at 3 p.m. Monday
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 12
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of June 12
          Missourinet:  Some lawmakers express dissatisfaction with multiple special sessions
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger talks about value of abortion-facility inspections, says House will probably change Senate bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks REAL ID, K-12 funding, prescription drug monitoring program, tax breaks
          CDT:  Cuts lead to crunch in MU communications X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge finds DNR guilty of 'purposeful violation' of Sunshine Law
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri loses ground on regulatory credit ratings
          The Missouri Times:  PSC to review rules, wants input from public
          KC Star editorial:  All of Kansas City should celebrate Juneteenth
          KC Star editorial:  Vacancies show the absurdity of letting the state control Kansas City police
          P-D editorial:  Mike Moon's video lacks message clarity
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's foster care families are being set up for failure
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian dislikes Emanuel Cleaver's flip-flop on rhetoric and civility
          P-D letter:  Rep. Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury):  Women's health care aims to decrease number of abortions
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        Friday, June 16
       
P-D:  Blunt and other Republicans push back on other Trump adminstration health cuts
          AP:  Advocacy group ranks Missouri in top 10 for not providing taxpayer-funded summer meal handouts
          CDT:  Area congressional candidate says she supports legalization of most drugs;  Renee Hoagensen seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot in Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway report:  DHSS on top of cybersecurity for vital record keeping
          AP:  Audit:  Department of Health needs better security for vital records
          Drebes:  Kip Kendrick takes job with Columbia College
          CDT:  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren submits resignation letter X
          Columbia Missourian:  After 35 years, Wendy Noren resigns as Boone County clerk
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs steel mill bill from last extraordinary session
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs steel mill bill, heads to D.C. to talk jobs
          AP:  Greitens among governors meeting with Trump
          AP:  Greitens signs electric rate break for metal makers
          The Missouri Times:  Long day (and night) in Senate led to compromise on abortion bills
          KWMU:  Closed-door negotiations produce abortion bill no Missouri legislator is happy with
          Missourinet:  House to debate abortion legislation on Tuesday
          AP:  Senate passes legislation on annual abortion-clinic inspections
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers back sheltered workshops;  Facilities' future less certain
          Missourinet:  Greitens yet to sign Missouri State Penitentiary tourism bill
          CDT:  Democratic lawmakers protest rules requiring some students on live on campus X
          KC Star:  Greitens may or may not sign bill on UMKC downtown arts campus
          Columbia Missourian:  After regulators deny Ameren request, legislators and the governor accomodate it
          AP:  Missouri DNR to pay $5,000 fine;  Members of Clean Water Commission were taken on tour of hog farms without proper public notice
          KC Star:  Bigger boats, bigger wakes breed conflict on Lake of the Ozarks;  Comments from Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton), others
          P-D:  Galloway cites improvements in Wellston municipal court after investigation, consolidation
          KC Star editorial:  No one should tell Ash Grove residents how to vote, but Mike Moon's constituents should vote him out in 2018
          KC Star op-ed:  Cleaver and GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder:  We remain unified in yesterday's baseball game and today's debates
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  State budget cuts will hurt disabled residents X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman mocks Maplewood's attention-seeking on Trump and climate change
          P-D letter:  Local deacon responds to Stacey Newman letter on abortion and killing
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        Thursday, June 15
       
KSHB (Kansas City):  Delegation responds to shooting of Republicans;  Comments from McCaskill, written statements from Blunt and Cleaver communications staff
          Missourinet:  Delegation members, communications staff tweet condemnations of anti-GOP shooting
          Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Tone in Washington might have propelled shooting of Republican congressman
          Drebes:  FREE Missouri Scout special session edition:  Senate's pro-life contingency plans, Brian Bunten's new gig, Greitens team circles the wagons, Josh Hawley in D.C., peanut gallery speculates on Silvey's intentions, new client for Mike Talboy, more
          KC Star:  Join the KC Star editorial board via Facebook Live to talk voter ID with Jay Ashcroft today at 1:30 p.m.
          SNL:  Area voter ID opponents hold press conference, compare law to past lynching of African-Americans X
          Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) not happy about special-sessions gimmick, says governor not communicating well X
          KC Star:  Greitens, state party respond to complaints about campaign use of The Mission Continues donor list
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood says it hopes to provide abortions in Springfield starting this summer X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens, Planned Parenthood hold opposing rallies to bolster support for special session
          KWMU:  Activists hold dueling rallies over abortion legislation
          AP:  As lawmakers debate abortion legislation, both sides rally
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes abortion bill
          Missourinet:  Activists on both sides of abortion issue rally
          P-D:  Dueling rallies in Capitol as Senate approves abortion law changes
          KWMU:  Suggested policy changes for Missouri Department of Corrections slow to take hold
          KWMU:  Hawley looking for state court's help in going after alleged sex-trafficking website
          P-D:  St. Louis area drivers, garages hit snags amid rocky rollout of new emissions testing software
          CDT:  Choi rolls out plan to address enrollment, MU's public image X
          SE Missourian:  Racial disparity of traffic stops inches upward in Cape +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Eric Greitens' self-promotion session:  Presidential hopeful uses taxpayers as extras in his perpetual campaign ad X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri senators to Greitens - come out of the shadows
          SNL editorial:  Mike Moon's chicken video latest in bizarre history X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis liberal opposes financial-regulation policies of Trump, Luetkemeyer, Wagner
          SNL letter:  Social-justice group opposes state's electric-vehicle industry, says poor people rely on "abundant and reliable coal" X
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author, afraid to use his/her name, criticizes Greitens' religious pro-life push X
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian labor lawyer opposes Missouri's 'right to work' law
          P-D letter:  Ladue sexagenarian supports Planned Parenthood, opposes Bob Onder's legislation
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian says he is still waiting for his state tax refund and wants the Post-Dispatch to investigate
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        Wednesday, June 14   Flag Day
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Jeff Sessions faces tough questions from Blunt, others on Senate panel X
          P-D:  Amid loss of insurers, Centene to enter Missouri Obamacare market;  Comments from McCaskill
          KCUR:  As other insurers flee, Centene to enter Obamacare exchange in Missouri
          CDT:  Centene to offer Obamacare insurance plans in 2018 X
          The Hill:  Watchdog report requested by McCaskill:  Federal agencies made $132B in improper payments
          P-D:  McCaskill questions whether VA anti-fraud initiative would have caught St. Louis scheme
          Politico:  McCaskill breaks from party as Senate backs weapons sales to Saudi Arabia
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt, Smith seek historic site designation for Ste. Genevieve
          P-D:  Missouri delegation reintroduces bill that would make Ste. Genevieve a National Historic Site
          P-D:  Sinquefields meet with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
          P-D:  Maplewood, population 8,000, promotes its climate disagreement with President Donald Trump
          Missourinet:  Missouri jobless rate steady and low at 3.9%, and down from one year ago
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan group of senators request formal investigation of Gov. Greitens
          SNL:  Bipartisan group of legislators, including Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), pushes to investigate Gov. Greitens X
          KWMU:  Divide over Greitens, abortion apparent as 2nd special session begins
          P-D:  Bipartisan group of senators calls for probe of Greitens
          KC Star:  Recap of previous The Mission Continues fundraising-list coverage +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee passes abortion bills;  action on floor set for Wednesday
          The Missouri Times:  On This Week in Missouri Politics, Onder details the need for urgency regarding special session on abortion
          CDT:  Committee trims, then approves abortion regulations X
          AP:  Missouri Senate panel advances abortion regulations
          Missourinet:  Abortion bills move to Senate floor
          P-D:  Abortion measures advance in special session
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate abandons several of Greitens' abortion proposals
          SNL:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) beheads chicken to make a point about abortion X
          KCUR:  Greitens yanks police board appointees ahead of special session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) still has privacy concerns about REAL ID
          CDT:  Sobriety checkpoints are drying up X
          KWMU:  Missouri taking minimalist approach with its plan for new federal education requirements
          Missourinet:  MoDOT:  347 Missouri pedestrians died between 2013-2016
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), city of Cape Girardeau settle condemnation case +
          P-D:  Lawyer for Reginald Clemons discussing plea deal in Chain of Rocks killings
          P-D editorial:  A special session designed to advance Eric Greitens' trajectory
          P-D editorial:  More city-county governance talk. This time the Legislature wants to play.
          P-D op-ed:  Great Rivers Habitat Alliance's James Blair:  Another proposal that would destroy irreplaceable flood plain
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  By pushing pro-life proposals, what kind of a Reform Jew is Eric Greitens?
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        Tuesday, June 13
       
Roll Call:  Insurer exits in Missouri, other states bolster GOP case for Obamacare repeal
        Helling:  Emanuel Cleaver among those "ducking" town halls
        Daily American Republic:  Some opioid procedures not followed at Poplar Bluff VA center +
        The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden, Maxine Waters to receive lifetime achievement awards from St. Louis County NAACP
        Missourinet:  Unions promote anti-'right to work' petition
        Drebes:  Ron Calzone sues again, this time over tax-credit bill
        The Missouri Times:  ACLU challenging Missouri's voter ID law in court
        The Missouri Times:  Second special session begins in Senate with questions of Greitens' motives
        Missourinet:  Silvey questions Greitens' special-session call
        The Missouri Times:  Holsman files legislation for year-long session to protest governor's call
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) beheads chicken ahead of special session
        The Missouri Times:  Silvey on Greitens ' REAL ID ceremony snub:  "I'm just a part-time legislator, but he's a full-time politician, so he needs the cameras more than I do."
        Missourinet:  REAL ID bill becomes the real deal
        AP:  Missouri takes steps toward compliance with federal ID law
        P-D:  Greitens signs REAL ID law
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says Senate colleagues' antics can be "excruciating," anticipates some increased fees for agriculture next session
        The Missouri Times:  Half attendance at Greitens' tax committee hears about gross receipts taxes and low-income housing tax credits
        Missourinet:  Missouri Parole Board Member Don Ruzicka resigns amid uproar over behavior at prisoner meetings
        P-D:  Don Ruzicka resigns amid word game allegations
        AP:  Ruzicka resigns spot on Missouri Parole Board
        St. Joseph News-Press:  PLA bill won't create savings on Blacksnake project X
        P-D:  Missouri wraps up plan to fix failing schools
        KWMU:  Lawsuit claims Missouri foster kids are prescribed too many medications
        AP:  Missouri sued over psychotropic drugs for foster care kids
        P-D editorial:  Greitens should demand answers over reports of game-playing at parole hearings
        KC Star editorial:  Kansas City's police board gets new members but faces familiar challenges +
        Columbia Missourian's C.W. Dawson:  A call for better fathers;  Men - particularly black men - should stop abandoning the children they create
        P-D letter:  Wildwood septuagenarian says she is outraged by parole board's behavior during hearings
        P-D letter:  Area gals say Fordham Institute's proposed remedies for schools haven't worked
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        Monday, June 12
       
KC Star:  Cleaver calls Trump "a tiny little bully that borders on being a tiny little criminal" +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves touts KCI plan, revival of the coal industry X
          Bloomberg:  America's health care crisis is a gold mine for crowdfunding;  Comments from Physicians for a National Health Program-Missouri Chair Ed Weisbart
          Washington Missourian:  FEMA reinstating denied flood funds
          The Hill:  Qatar hires John Ashcroft for 'crisis response'
          Missourinet:  Wash U environmental law prof dislikes Trump's stance on Paris climate agreement
          SNL:  Liberal Springfield couple, distraught over Trump's election, travels U.S. and Canada in Winnebago X
          CDT:  Area LGBTQIA* activists attend march in D.C. X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bob Onder on women's health and abortion sanctuary cities;  Panel of Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), Chuck Hatfield, Virvus Jones, Jack Spooner talk special session, term limits, dark money coordination, more
          Missourinet:  Legislature's special session on abortion-related issues begins today
          KWMU:  Missouri's second special session sets up another fight over St. Louis City's actions
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) looks back on rookie session, says lobbyists "aren't the devil," House action and Senate holdups, more X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Board of Education's Charlie Shields to speak at St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce breakfast X
          KWMU:  Publicity starts early for some St. Louis charter schools
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens wastes time and money with another special session +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens promised jobs and wages. He's delivering the opposite.
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Department of Revenue's tax refund problems X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Columbia mayor deserves praise for opposing President Donald Trump
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian unhappy with News-Leader coverage of McCaskill-Schumer-Tester vacation X
          KC Star letters:  Lee's Summit man wants legislators to pass PDMP;  Lee's Summit woman unhappy with Greitens' call for special session +
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        Sunday, June 11
       
Politico:  McCaskill, other Senate Democrats try to spark rural comeback in 2018
        P-D:  Ann Wagner tells conservative faith group that the modern sex trade is slavery
        Drebes:  Greitens names Patrick Baker as Missouri's Flood Recovery Coordinator
        Dunklin Democrat:  Jay Ashcroft makes Bootheel stop on voter ID informational tour
        JCNT:  Petition aims to halt 'right to work' law;  Ballot language approved by "Secretary of State John [sic] Ashcroft" X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) recaps constituent feedback from town hall forum
        CDT:  Local use tax would depend on state, federal legislation X
        P-D editorial:  Blunt, Greitens MIA when a veteran needs help
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens should sign UMKC arts campus bill, veto minimum-wage and discrimination bills
        SE Missourian editorial:  Tailor Institute dealing with challenge of losing state funds +
        SNL's Steve Pokin:  The governor who cried weasel;  Greitens guilty of the same "weaselly" behavior he once accused John Brunner of X
        Waters:  Greitens wants to "play god to his anti-choice base," and legislators should stay home during special session X
        P-D letter:  Affton resident applauds Onder's pro-life stance
        P-D letter:  St. Charles County Democrat responds to Fordham Institute piece on charter schools
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        Saturday, June 10
       
KC Star:  McCaskill tirade about GOP health plan goes viral +
          KC Star:  Missouri Hospital Association study:  GOP health bill shorts state on Medicaid;  Comments from VP Dave Dillon +
          KC Star:  Trump administration solicits public suggestions on Obamacare policies +
          Sedalia Democrat:  MRP Executive Director Austin Stukins says Missouri is "ruby red" state, takes aim at McCaskill;  Comments from Pettis County GOP's Carla Young, volunteer award winner Abe Kropp
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Club for Growth treasurer - and potential state Senate candidate - Cindy O'Laughlin
          Drebes:  Greitens donor considers bid for St. Louis County Executive - as a Democrat
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of June 5
          SNL:  Greitens urges pro-life action, asks Springfield crowd to pray for lawmakers X
          P-D:  Greitens rallies supporters in St. Charles in advance of special session on pro-life provisions
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's special-session call includes game-changing provision for AG's office
          KWMU:  Ashcroft responds to ACLU complaints about voter ID law
          JCNT:  Public defenders' budget in limbo X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) to bring back prescription drug monitoring program bill
          KWMU:  At local meeting of health executives, panel chastises Missouri Republicans for failing to pass PDMP, not spending enough on treatment centers
          SE Missourian:  Cape County commissioners considering prescription-drug monitoring program +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri isn't the only state fighting over liquor laws
          Missourinet:  State safety efforts underway prior to August's total solar eclipse
          P-D:  August eclipse has Missouri officials planning for influx of viewers
          CDT:  Local legislators sit through kids' panel, entertain questions about lawmaking and favorite ice cream X
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Democrats, Republicans visit library, take questions from kids
          KC Star:  Greitens names two to Kansas City police board +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) says drug house has "set up shop" next to his district office
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature correct to hold pesticide applicators accountable for off-label herbicide applications X
          SNL op-ed:  Center for Diversity and Reconciliation's Emily Bowen-Marler:  Sign petition limiting campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian says AG report on traffic stops can provide multiple groups -including men - an opportunity to act indignant X
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        Friday, June 9
       
SNL:  Blunt challenges Comey during hearing on Russia, Trump and more X
        P-D:  Blunt-Comey exchange a microcosm of the political-legal tangle of Russian investigation
        Missourinet:  Blunt questions former FBI director about private conversation with Trump
        Missourinet:  Cleaver:  Comey's testimony was 'riveting'
        Missourinet:  Columbia's Brian Treece joins "Climate Mayors" opposing Trump on Paris withdrawal
        The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Jacob Scott, Chief of Staff for Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles)
        SNL:  Greitens and Huckabee to appear at VFW convention before abortion rally X
        The Missouri Times:  Huckabee joins Greitens on tour for special session rallies
        The Missouri Times:  Republicans, Democrats predictably split on abortion special session
        SE Missourian:  Area reps:  Special session a 'woodshed' moment for senators, represents 'new way of doing things' +
        P-D:  Greitens tours local pregnancy center, talks special session
        KC Star:  ACLU sues Missouri to temporarily halt new voter ID law +
        P-D:  ACLU, NAACP sue over voter ID law
        SNL:  Don't kill economic incentives, Springfield tells Greitens' tax committee X
        Drebes:  Opioid manufacturers prepare to defend themselves from legislative action
        KC Star:  Anti-opioid march to take place Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium +
        P-D:  Missouri parole board played word games during hearings with inmates;  Key phrases included "hootenanny," "manatee," Hank Williams Jr. song, more
        The Missouri Times:  Captain Erik J. Anthes to be honored as Distinguished Member of the Regiment for historic 16th Infantry
        P-D editorial:  Greitens recalls legislators to burnish his anti-abortion credentials
        Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal Published Joe Warren:  Flying birds should be grounded;  Local teacher should know better than to flip off the White House X
        Messenger:  Missouri Guard loses again as feds says whistleblowers were illegally fired
        Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Greitens' call for special session on abortion not clear on all intentions
        P-D letter:  Clayton attorney Susan Block says SOS Jay Ashcroft wrong on "Safe at Home"
        P-D letter:  St. Peters woman says latest special session is part of Greitens' plan to discriminate against women
        KC Star letter:  West Coast transplant says she won't start attending Royals games due to pro-life advertisements +
        P-D letter:  Brentwood man responds to Messenger column on violence, says fathers must stop abandoning the children they create
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        Thursday, June 8
       
P-D:  Blunt:  What Comey won't talk about could be a problem in showdown hearing
          Missourinet:  McCaskill plan to provide DC insurance access gets companion legislation in U.S. House
          KC Star:  Warrensburg Middle School teacher takes trip with students, holds up middle fingers toward White House +
          Faughn:  Insult to injury:  Greitens' shots at legislators unnecessary for Bootheel bill passage;  Notes on dark money, CDT's Jim Robertson, Tony Messenger, more
          SNL:  Ashcroft holds voter ID education session in Springfield X
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  Missouri tax refund problems cause drastic spike in Whistleblower Hotline calls
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens brings legislators back for second special session
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-choice groups ramp up efforts ahead of special session
          SNL:  Greitens' rallies in Springfield, Joplin to feature Mike Huckabee X
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls special session on abortion
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  Blocking St. Louis City ordinance is about protecting pregnancy care centers
          AP:  Greitens calls special session on abortion
          KWMU:  Abortion focus of second special legislative session
          P-D:  Targeting abortion laws, Greitens calls another special session
          KC Star:  Greitens calls special session to focus on abortion +
          Drebes:  DHSS Director Randall Williams says previous administrations have failed to comply with abortion law
          KWMU:  Loss of funding for DWI checkpoints in Missouri draws mixed reviews
          The Missouri Times:  The case for and against St. Louis' re-entry;  Comments from legislators
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State's highway panel hears local updates X
          The Missouri Times:  Osage Nation's efforts for a casino already have opposition
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  June 7, 2017
          AP:  Galloway:  More than $100,000 missing from Viburnum
          SNL editorial:  Voter ID dramatics aside, the goal is still to get voters to the polls X
          P-D editorial:  Enjoy this year's budget cuts? Just wait until next year.
          P-D op-ed:  Fordham Institute's Brandon Wright and Michael Petrilli:  Missouri's plan to fix its failing schools falls flat
          SNL letter:  Housing developer Stacy Jurado-Miller:  Governor's tax committee should support State Low Income Housing Tax Credit program X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian responds to piece on "poverty," suggests those profiled give up their cable TV and cellphones
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        Wednesday, June 7
       
The Hill:  Missouri among five places most likely to lose Obamacare insurers
          KC Star:  There's more to BlueKC's Obamacare exit than just financial losses +
          Missourinet:  Blunt prepares to question ousted FBI director
          Missourinet:  Blunt tells Trump's education secretary that budget cuts won't fly
          JCNT:  Illegal immigrant attacks mentally-challenged woman in Jefferson City;  Salvador Hernandez-Nevarro pushed woman in an alley, fondled her, pinned her to door of business, threw her down, taunted her before police arrived X
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith encourages Missourians impacted by flooding to apply for disaster assistance
          P-D:  McCaskill amends past personal financial reports, including reports on stock of opioid manufacturer
          The Missouri Times:  What you need to know about Missouri's evolving campaign finance laws
          SNL:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talks voter ID in Springfield X
          KFVS:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt visits Cape Girardeau to introduce MO ABLE program
          JCNT:  Galloway to DOR:  Don't keep Missourians waiting for tax refunds X
          Drebes:  Greitens' bill-review process
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens poised to call special session on abortion
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks MU budget cuts
          SNL:  Mizzou cuts affect some lobbying contracts;  Andy Blunt's contract will remain in effect X
          The Missouri Times:  KCU opens doors to first new medical school in nearly 50 years in Joplin
          AP:  $5 million award upheld in white professor's discrimination case
          SNL:  Willard superintendent suspended for praying at graduation X
          SNL:  Springfield closer to launching prescription drug monitoring program X
          Missourinet:  Activist group Race Matters, Friends wants Columbia police chief fired after AG report
          JCNT editorial:  Disaster declaration a key step to healing X
          KC Star editorial:  Ashcroft's voter-ID education tour should include a stop in KC +
          KWMU op-ed:  Commonwealth Fund's health care fellow Bram Sable-Smith:  For rural hospitals already on the brink, GOP's proposed Medicaid cuts would hit hard
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  CDT cartoonist Darkow let go
          P-D letter:  Center for Competitive Politics' David Keating:  Complaints about "dark money" are really complaints against free speech
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman says special session was all about corporate welfare for Ameren
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        Tuesday, June 6
       
The Hill:  Senate GOP eyes July vote on health care;  Comment from Blunt
          P-D:  Blunt agrees with Trump decision to not invoke authority to keep Comey from testifying
          The Missouri Times:  Kansas City company awarded major VA contract
          KC Star:  Cerner wins big VA health records contract +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rural Missourians facing doctor shortage X
          Missourinet:  FEMA asks Missouri residents recovering from floods to register for aid
          Missourinet:  John Danforth to receive Winston Churchill Leadership Medal on Thursday
          P-D:  Former Speaker Tim Jones lands regular gig at KFTK radio
          KWMU:  Who's running Missouri now?  A brief look at Greitens' cabinet picks to date
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax committee hears case for historic preservation tax credits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Ashcroft tours state to educate voters on ID law X
          CDT:  Ashcroft visits Columbia to promote voter ID education X
          Columbia Missourian:  Ashcroft's voter ID education tour makes stop in Columbia
          JCNT:  Ashcroft begins voter ID education tour X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) believes prescription drug monitoring program will return
          P-D:  Fewer than 65,000 to be affected by prescription drug benefit cut
          The Missouri Times:  Energy groups request 'timely decision' in Grain Belt case
          Columbia Missourian:  News of MU layoffs begins trickling in
          Missourinet:  Empower Missouri focuses on traffic stops
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State wisely ends checkpoint funding X
          CDT op-ed:  Law prof Robert Jerry:  Protecting speech (and protest) at MU X
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        Monday, June 5
       
Fox News:  Blunt:  Comey testimony will bring probe to conclusion
          Washington Times:  On Fox News Sunday, Blunt urges Muslim communities to confront extremism
          P-D:  Food vans help distribute taxpayer-funded meals to urban youth
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Mike Cierpiot announces bid for Kraus' seat, talks Bootheel jobs bill, more;  Panel of former Rep. Jeremy Lafaver, Sens. Jason Holsman and Ryan Silvey, and KCUR's Brian Ellison on Bootheel jobs session, dark money
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  GOP consultant Gregg Keller on Greitens and dark money, sanctuary cities status, McCaskill's re-election bid, more
           KWMU:  The St. Louis Fed weighs in on potential $10-an-hour minimum wage
           Drebes:  Incentives not a dirty word for Greitens administration
           Missourinet:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson wants Greitens to call special session to boost police officer pay
           KC Star:  KC theater community unhappy with UMKC budget cuts +
           St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Voter ID is now the law;  Politically-motivated attacks on Jay Ashcroft undermine bipartisan support for elections process X
           P-D editorial:  'Stand your ground' law is a license to kill, and will likely surface in Missouri
           Messenger:  On poverty, compassion, and taking responsibility for the children you create
           P-D op-ed:  UMSL students:  Trump's immigration stance scares local Indian tech students
           SNL letter:  Lebanon man says those seeking meeting with Billy Long should ask questions in a civilized manner X
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian says she supports toll roads, increased gas tax
           KC Star letter:  Oak Grove octogenarian responds to "lunch-shaming" article, says it makes her want to cry +
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        Sunday, June 4
       
P-D:  Eyes on Centene to fill void after Obamacare insurer bails on parts of Missouri
        CDT:  Boone Hospital trustees eye legal changes, insurance limitations as they decide new lease;  A look at the impact of Obamacare, lack of Medicaid expansion X
        AP:  Mayors group criticizes Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement
        CDT:  Local anti-Trump "March for Truth" draws fewer than 60 participants X
        JCNT:  Anti-Trump march draws fewer than 25 participants X
        KWMU:  Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence group holds rally in St. Louis City
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Local Democrats hear from Nicole Galloway, Scott Sifton, state rep candidate Austin Montee X
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Office of Lieutenant Governor seeks Director of Marketing and Tourism
        JCNT:  Profile:  Secretary of State's Julie Stegeman's path from yearbook to state director of publications X
        AP:  State funding eliminated for Missouri sobriety checkpoints
        KC Star editorial:  Greitens makes risky wager on dark money donations +
        P-D editorial:  Greitens stashes his sneaky money behind the First Amendment
        SE Missourian editorial:  Electric rate bill worth the effort if jobs come +
        KC Star editorial:  Early childhood education takes backseat to corporate tax cuts in Missouri +
        JCNT editorial:  By seeking input on regulations, Chris Chinn's Department of Agriculture will set strong precedent for other agencies X
        Waters:  Consensus among close observers is that Blunt will offer a fair assessment of Trump-Russia connection X
        Helling:  While Washington fiddles, Kansas City's infrastructure crumbles +
        P-D letter:  Blunt says he's working to extend education grants
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        Saturday, June 3
       
P-D:  Trump approves request for federal aid to Missouri flood victims
        KC Star:  Downtown rally against Trump's Paris announcement draws nearly fifteen +
        Columbia Missourian:  'Fair chase' hunting group submits initiative petitions for statewide vote on captive deer operations
        P-D:  Jay Ashcroft launches educational campaign to help inform citizens about state's voter ID law
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces Rob Dixon as new director for Missouri Dept. of Economic Development
        SNL:  Former Springfield chamber official named director of state Economic Development Department X
        AP:  Report:  Missouri revenues not on pace to fully fund budget
        KWMU:  Missouri bringing in slightly less money than expected, but cuts before June 30 unlikely
        AP:  Most Missouri state tax refunds should be returned soon
        Washington Missourian:  Result of special session may be higher utility rates X
        CDT:  University of Missouri budget plan eliminates 474 jobs X
        Columbia Missourian:  Choi outlines UM System budget plans for fiscal 2018
        P-D:  Details on University of Missouri cuts:  474 jobs cut;  Mizzou takes the biggest hit
        Missourinet:  Mizzou takes biggest hit in UM budget plan that slashes 474 jobs
        KC Star:  UM System cutting $101 million from its four campuses +
        KWMU:  More than 470 jobs being eliminated from University of Missouri System
        Columbia Missourian:  Legislators to take questions at town hall for youth, by youth
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation to hold open house to mark 80th anniversary X
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  State's report on traffic stops leaves more questions than answers X
        St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Social-media chatter has local illegal immigrants worried about enforcement X
        Messenger:  Sgt. Joe Schicker was Missouri's forgotten hero. Now he's the forgotten soldier.
        The Missouri Times letter:  SSM's Jessica Pabst and Mike Rosenblatt thank Romine and Libla for keeping utility rates low
        P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to Messenger's court-overhaul column:  What kind of a man abandons the children he created?
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        Friday, June 2
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation has partisan divide on Trump's climate accord withdrawal;  Statements from delegation's communications staff
          KC Star:  Communications staff pen statements reacting to Trump's Paris announcement +
          Missourinet:  Sierra Club opposes Trump's decision on Paris agreement;  Comments from President John Hickey
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith expects federal disaster declaration +
          Missourinet:  Greitens' flood recovery team says federal relief is on the way
          KWMU:  Local school district opposes cuts to its after-school federal funding
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft fires back at voter ID opposition, launches law
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft on new voter ID law:  "If you're registered to vote, you can vote"
          AP:  Ashcroft:  IDs available for those who need them
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about first year as legislator, minimum wage, Ferguson protests, more
          The Missouri Times:  A look at what's next for the steel mill and smelter
          Columbia Missourian:  Recent special session cost the state less than $67k
          Missourinet:  Dozens of Missouri bills await the governor's action
          AP:  Missouri health chief pledges crackdown on abortion law
          The Missouri Times:  American Gaming Association touts benefits in Show-Me State as Osage seeks new casino
          P-D:  Few details emerge ahead of University of Missouri layoff announcements
          CDT:  University lays off communications, lobbying staff;  John Fougere among those whose jobs were eliminated X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System strategic communications workers laid off
          KWMU:  What charter school a parent chooses may say more about them than the school
          P-D:  Tax refund wait in Missouri may not be as bad as 2016
          AP:  New state report:  After being pulled over, minority drivers more likely to be arrested than whites
          The Missouri Times:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Dept. of Ag kicks off public comment on rules and regulations overhaul
          P-D editorial:  Keep tolls on the table in discussion about raising money for Missouri's roads
          CDT editorial:  Remembering Jim Robertson as he leaves the Tribune X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  New minimum-wage study has fodder for both sides of debate
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Republican state legislators should abandon their position on taxes, end rewards for businesses
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau sexagenarian says lawmakers' special session vote was all about corporate welfare +
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights septuagenarian wants legislators to raise gas tax for infrastructure
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man responds to letter chastising Wallingford for not being conservative enough +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City woman disagrees with Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on abortion
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says lobbyists, activists are the ones trying to replace districts' abstinence-based programs
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman applauds Ed Martin's op-ed on West Lake Landfill and the role of the federal government
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        Thursday, June 1
       
June 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          June 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Donald Trump's victory causes mental-health hardships for local illegal aliens
          KC Star:  Local disability groups complain about GOP health bill;  Comments from McCaskill's Sarah Feldman, area woman with sad story, etc. +
          The Missouri Times:  Renew Missouri's PJ Wilson stepping down, James Owen taking over
          The Missouri Times:  Rocky Miller seeking seat on Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
          AP:  Survey shows slight decline in Midwest economic conditions
          KWMU:  Missouri's term limits blamed for short-circuiting legislative relationships
          Drebes:  Ron Richard says hypothetical St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger must include oversight to keep urban bureaucrats from frittering cash away "on a bunch of umbrellas and stuff"
          P-D:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), Rep. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) want to pin down Greitens on Obamacare repeal
          SE Missourian:  Funding ax for Tailor Institute for autism services was 'oversight' +
          KWMU:  Liberal groups unhappy as voter ID provisions become law of the land;  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) says law especially hard on transgenders
          P-D:  Local liberals congregate downtown to complain about voter ID law, compare it to 'Jim Crow'
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) to host voter ID seminar in Jackson on June 7 +
          Missourinet:  Retiring Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) shares thoughts on state health care regulations, Medicaid expansion
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to speak at First Friday Coffee +
          CDT:  New petition filed in campus concealed weapons case X
          P-D:  University of Missouri System begins layoffs at headquarters
          Missourinet:  Chesterfield student Alice Liu advances to National Spelling Bee finals;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          P-D:  Chesterfield speller Alice Liu, 10, makes finals of Scripps National Spelling Bee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sylvia Nguyen makes mark at National Spelling Bee;  Minority female takes temporary setback in stride, maintains positive outlook X
          CDT:  Kael Miranda makes it to third round of National Spelling Bee;  Minority student chooses to not blame others for outcome, says loss motivates him to do better next time X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  May 31, 2017
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit of Wellston underscores city's legacy of incompetence
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voter ID law could sow confusion;  Concept of "identification" too much for some Missourians to handle +
          P-D op-ed:  National Down Syndrome Society's Sara Weir and State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  MO ABLE opens windows of opportunity for Missouri families
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Jon Carpenter (D-Kansas City):  Greitens should veto minimum-wage bill
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor:  Missouri DHSS statement on abortion clinics is meandering
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor resident responds to Messenger column on municipal-court overhaul, says not all North St. Louis County towns have Section 8 infestations
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        Wednesday, May 31
       
KWMU:  Republican health care plan would hurt St. Louisans;  Three hard-knock tales underscore GOP heartlessness
          KWMU General Manager Tim Eby, two months ago:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          SNL:  News-Leader joins ProPublica campaign to solicit reader/activist tales of "hate crimes";  Reporting categories include perceived meannesss to immigrants, "status as a trans person," etc. X
          P-D:  McCaskill paid for Cancun vacation for Chuck Schumer, Jon Tester
          USA Today:  McCaskill took Senate pals on pricey trip
          KWMU:  Hawley will appeal ruling striking down parts of Missouri campaign finance law
          Missourinet:  Hawley breaks with GOP leaders in appeal of court judgement
          Drebes:  New campaign committees:  Kristen Blanchard Ansley's PAC, state rep campaigns, more
          Missourinet:  Winston Apple, who finished third in last year's Democratic lt. gov primary, attempts ballot initiative to reduce number of state rep seats, have state senators run statewide, more
          KTVI (St. Louis):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says we can honor veterans by not letting medals go unclaimed
          P-D:  Proposed state pension changes in Missouri trigger delay in cost of living adjustment;  Schmitt says more work remains to be done
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs project labor agreement bill into law with former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker watching
          KWMU:  Greitens signs project labor agreements bill into law
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs PLA bill with Walker alongside him
          Missourinet:  GOP govs Greitens and Walker - who's grooming whom?
          AP:  Greitens signs public construction bill
          P-D:  Greitens signs PLA bill
          The Missouri Times:  Tax committee hears from MoDOT, NAACP with near-perfect attendance
          Missourinet:  Bootheel bill could give new Missouri companies electric rate deals
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers, including Schaaf, reflect on session during Chamber forum X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) to hold post-session town hall today
          KWMU:  Missouri expects more abortion clinics, along with push for more restrictions
          Columbia Missourian:  Mun Choi to address MU budget plan on Friday
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court declines to her complaint about death-penalty drug
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court won't take case about state's execution drug pharmacy
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court's Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission doesn't go far enough
          P-D op-ed:  Ed Martin:  Drain the swamp by cleaning up West Lake without a bailout;  Blunt, Clay, Wagner wrong to ask taxpayers to foot the bill for oversight
          Messenger:  Woman handed $2.8 million in state discrimination case wants Greitens to veto discrimination bill
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Cost of special session does not justify jobs bill
          SNL letter:  Springfield Democrat wants Blunt and Long to hold town halls in the same fashion as McCaskill X
          P-D letter:  Glendale man says discrimination bill would put whistleblowers in even more danger
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield physician criticizes orthopedic surgeon Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) for assistant physician bill
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        Tuesday, May 30
       
Detroit News:  Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) credits Billy Long for convincing Trump to compromise on amendment to health care bill
          NY Times:  A look at major drug-pricing proposals;  McCaskill-Collins bill would speed approval of generic drugs
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  McCaskill statement on steel industry rated "True"
          Columbia Missourian:  Peace activist cited for disrupting Memorial Day event
          Missourinet:  Hartzler speaks at rededication of Missouri monument in Mississippi
          Missourinet:  Libla:  Steel mill company will invest at least $82 million in infrastructure
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Dept. of Agriculture launches MORE campaign to enhance quality of life in rural Missouri;  Thoughts from Director Chris Chinn
          Drebes:  Critics say education savings accounts benefit those who contribute
          JCNT:  Missouri's state universities face dual woes X
          P-D:  Missouri targets doctor shortage, expands first-in-nation law
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New state law tightens herbicide use;  Farmers who choose to apply herbicide on crops for which it is not approved will face stiffer penalties X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Danforth deservingly recognized with Churchill award +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri board must halt juvenile death-in-prison parole practices
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Blunt, Billy Long should meet with anti-Trump activists X
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian wants Blunt to meet with anti-Trump activists +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants Ann Wagner to meet with anti-Trump activists
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County woman wants Blunt to support Planned Parenthood
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        Monday, May 29   Memorial Day
       
NBC News:  Blame game is driving up health care costs;  Comments from Blunt
          P-D:  Gephardt stops lobbying for Turkey as St. Louis delegation seeks action against security guards
          KWMU:  St. Louis' International Institute blames Trump for decrease of immigrants to region, seeks volunteers to spread talking points
          SNL:  Springfield to host 50th birthday of Pachyderms, a Republican club with Missouri roots;  Comments from former local president Eric Burlison, Greene County GOP Central Committee's Danette Proctor X
          Drebes:  Former Rep. Jim Avery (R-Crestwood) says he's considering primary bid against Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester)
          Missourinet:  Mini-profile:  Eric Greitens talks about being a Navy SEAL, "spiritual pain" vs. "being in a gym and knocking out a hard set," love for Rambo and Top Gun, etc.
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt encourages military families to check for unclaimed medals
          P-D:  Proposed state pension changes in Missouri trigger delay in cost of living adjustment
          KWMU:  A recap of why education overhaul measures didn't get through the 2017 Missouri Legislature;  Comments from Missouri Education Reform Council's Jerry Hobbs, Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan, others
          P-D:  Opponents want to kill idea of I-70 as a toll road;  Comments from elected officials, A Better Road Forward's David Barklage, MoDOT's Bob Brendel
          P-D:  Dozens of projects on hold because lawmakers didn't pass spending bill
          KWMU:  SEMO project uses songbirds to investigate lead levels near old mines
          KC Star:  University of Missouri struggles to rebuild image after hits to reputation;  Race-based agitation led to decline in enrollment +
          KWMU:  St. Louis-area schools adopt new behavior policies based on change to Missouri criminal code
          KWMU:  Missouri Court of Appeals to weigh whether state's Human Rights Act covers gender identity;  KC girl, who decided at age nine (9) that she felt like a boy, says single-stall restrooms aren't good enough, demands school district let her use boys' facilities
          P-D editorial:  In Missouri, as everywhere else, Trump's budget is an exercise in selfishness;  Less money for welfare handouts shows GOP heartlessness
          KC Star editorial:  Long list of challenges awaits MU's new chancellor +
          Messenger:  Municipal-court overhaul tale:  St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Brooke Hurst is heartless for seeking warrant against geriatric black woman with dope charge, multiple unpaid traffic tickets
          KC Star letter:  Springfield cancer survivor thanks Blunt for championing medical research +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger over existence of the wealthy and Republicans, says David Humphreys is the "enemy of all working families" in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man is scared of coal ash, wants lawmakers to be harder on Ameren
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        Sunday, May 28
       
CDT:  Anthem considers leaving Obamacare marketplace X
          KC Star:  Health care issues take center stage in early ads for McCaskill race +
          Drebes:  Former Kinder campaign chief Pam Dixon joins Trump administration as Press Secretary for General Services Administration
          Monett Times:  Monett Chamber forum draws reps from McCaskill, Blunt, Long offices as well as state legislators;  Comments from Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), others
          AP:  Flooding costs in Missouri estimated at $68 million
          Columbia Missourian:  Political candidates' spending gets little scrutiny under Missouri ethics laws
          AP:  Missouri OKs more than $6M of business incentives for 680 jobs
          CDT:  Electricity incentive could cost local residents X
          Missourinet:  Greitens says he is undecided on employment discrimination bill
          P-D:  Jefferson County joins drug monitoring program
          P-D:  Statewide database of missing kids in Missouri paints unreliable picture
          Missourinet:  "Uber on the Water" type service starting up at Lake of the Ozarks;  No known opposition from taxi industry
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC decision upends market X
          KC Star editorial:  Hastening Obamacare's demise isn't a solution;  McCaskill's plan to allow some Missourians to buy into D.C. exchange is a good one +
          P-D editorial:  Electric-rate boost for Bootheel jobs is a tax increase in disguise
          KSPR's Sheena Elzie:  Roy Blunt won't meet with anti-Trump group, and won't grant me an interview
          P-D op-ed:  Former Mizzou assistant prof Karen King:  Blunt, colleagues should support STEM funding
          Helling:  Brainstorming ideas for a hypothetical Missouri constitutional convention:  Slash the number of state reps, get rid of the Hancock amendment, other fantasies +
          Quincy Herald-Whig's Doug Wilson:  Greitens' shrill attacks on "career politicans" ring hollow during special session
          KC Star letter:  Parkville sexagenarian wonders why KC Star isn't freaking out over voter ID requirements for streetcar expansion vote +
          SNL letter:  Ozark octogenarian says school superintendent shouldn't have to apologize for graduation prayer X
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        Saturday, May 27
       
KC Star:  With Blue KC out of Obamacare, attention turns to Medica and Cigna +
          Sedalia Democrat:  Insurance changes impact area residents
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blue Cross change has many looking for coverage X
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Insurers abandon Obamacare markets as rates climb
          KMOX:  McCaskill survey says local vets more satisfied with VA
          Missourinet:  McCaskill reports improving care at VA facilities
          P-D:  McCaskill survey says area VA hospitals showing steady improvement
          SNL:  Critic drops off alleged cremains as McCaskill talks vets, health care and 'dark money' X
          P-D:  McCaskill sends letter to Mallinckrodt seeking information on drug price
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          USA Today:  Democrats focus on voting rights to fight Trump's voter fraud commission;  Jason Kander to chair 13-member commission
          SNL:  Former Rep. Eric Burlison confirms state Senate run X
          Drebes:  Capital Enhancement seeks fundraising account manager
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of May 22
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel jobs bill heads to Greitens' desk after Senate passes HB1 unchanged
          The Missouri Times:  As one special session ends, Greitens strongly suggests more to come
          SE Missourian:  Senate passes electric-rate bill to benefit possible Bootheel aluminum smelter, steel mill +
          KWMU:  Legislature's special session ends with smelting plant bill sent to Greitens
          Missourinet:  Governor poised to sign electric utility legislation for Bootheel region
          P-D:  Senate send Bootheel bill to Greitens, ends special session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (R-Olivette) takes dim view of utilities-based special session, says future special sessions this year are a waste of taxpayer dollars, more
          AP:  Some urban activists unhappy with 'Blue Lives Matter' laws;  Comments from Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains)
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri lawmakers respond to attacks on police with 'Blue Lives Matter' legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Harrisonville Board of Education should be embarrassed for lunch-shaming practices +
          Messenger:  Osage Nation hopes $50,000 gift to Greitens paves way for casino in Cuba
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        Friday, May 26
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation asks Trump for disaster assistance for Missouri floods
          Washington Missourian:  Washington city officials meet with FEMA to discuss flood damage X
          P-D:  New NGA facility in North St. Louis City would get $382 million in Trump's 2018 budget
          Politico:  Lawmakers, led by McCaskill, say Turkey must waive diplomatic immunity for security guards involved in D.C. crash
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt, Clay, Wagner sponsor radioactive waste site bills
          SNL:  McCaskill to visit MSU to to discuss veterans' views of Missouri VA facilities X
          P-D:  New ads praise McCaskill on veterans issues, but she says she wants voters to ignore all dark-money ads
          The Missouri Times:  Senate's Commerce committee sends HB1 to the floor unchanged
          The Missouri Times:  Thursday Senate session begins as an airing of grievances
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford pushes for passage of electric-rate bill +
          Missourinet:  Reps. Rocky Miller, Tila Hubrecht, Peter Meredith weigh in on scrapped, contentious portion of special session bill
          KC Star:  Latest allegations against Ron Richard involve parking-spot access;  Senate president used influence to reserve a parking spot for a visiting constituent thirteen (13) times this year +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri legislative session was light on agriculture issues;  Thoughts from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          SE Missourian:  Institute for autistic students sees funding cut by state, will remain open;  Tailor Institute seeks explanation from local lawmakers +
          The Missouri Times:  Expedited certificate-of-need decision fast-tracks approval of $2.3M MRI machine in KC
          Missourinet:  3M to launch $40 million expansion in Springfield;  MO DED says expansion will create 90 new jobs
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol to place state troopers at 20-mile intervals on interstates today
          P-D editorial:  Western Missouri becomes canary in Obamacare coal mine
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Republican health care plan's risk pools will hurt Missourians, and Eric Greitens' office didn't return my call
          P-D op-ed:  D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability's Daniel Stevens:  Conservative Republicans Bob Onder, Ron Richard, Holly Rehder, Rob Vescovo show they're on the take by supporting pro-business legislation
          Nicklaus:  State funding cut puts St. Louis' startup momentum at risk
          P-D letter:  University City liberal wants McCaskill, Blunt to support Medicaid spending
          P-D letter:  St. Peters conservative wonders why liberals supported cops-as-animals painting but want local Confederate monument removed
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        Thursday, May 25
       
KC Star:  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC is pulling out of Obamacare exchange in 2018 +
          WDAF (Kansas City):  Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC's departure from Obamacare leaves thousands without coverage next year;  Comments from Blunt, Cleaver, NRSC
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City will not offer individual Obamacare plans in 2018
          AP:  Insurer pulls out of Missouri Obamacare exchange
          Helling:  Simple fix for Missourians without Obamacare in their counties:  Let them buy into Medicare +
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Trump budget will hurt St. Louis Urban League
          McClatchy:  McCaskill says Trump might not understand impact his budget has on rural voters
          KWMU:  New Census numbers:  Residents flee St. Louis City, with big population gains for Wentzville, O'Fallon, other safe areas
          P-D:  Clay announces new winner of annual art contest;  Ferguson teenager depicts black girl being abused by standards of white-woman beauty
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia group to offer training to aid illegal aliens
          Missourinet:  Greitens requests federal disaster declaration for Missouri flooding
          Missourinet:  GOP primary for Ron Richard's state Senate seat already heating up
          Drebes:  Brad Hudson running for Don Phillips' state rep seat
          KWMU:  Radio station seeks constructive input, complaints and gripes about Missouri voter ID law
          P-D:  Greitens nonprofit lobbies for legislation, but isn't registered to lobby
          The Missouri Times:  House considering changes to Rone's steel mill bill
          The Missouri Times:  House complies with half of Greitens' call, rejects other half
          Missourinet:  House approves Noranda/steel mill bill;  McCreery describes bill as "giveaway" to Ameren
          AP:  Missouri House advances power-rate bill
          KWMU:  Missouri House hands Noranda bill to Senate
          P-D:  "Inspired" by Greitens, Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) borrows Post-It note gimmick for minimum-wage messages
          AP:  Gun control group unhappy with lack of movement on Missouri Democrats' gun-control legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Berry, Kolkmeyer seek meeting on weight-in-motion scales;  HELP, Inc. declines
          The Missouri Times:  PSC gives update on Clean Line case, slaps Summit with $75k fine
          CDT:  Choi names permanent Columbia campus chancellor X
          CDT:  Greitens:  University needs strong leadership X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU welcomes Cartwright as new chancellor
          P-D:  With new leadership, Mizzou promises to move beyond dysfunction
          AP:  University of Missouri-Columbia names Alexander Cartwright chancellor;  Caucasoid male says he'll champion diversity
          Missourinet:  New Mizzou chancellor touts school's work on diversity
          KWMU:  Tougher expectations from sponsors lead to fewer charter school applications in St. Louis
          SE Missourian editorial:  Mixed results from Missouri legislative session;  "Sharp and well-educated" Greitens should stop lowering himself to petty sound-bite attacks on lawmakers +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens' self-serving antics during special session are very weird
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens' special session X
          The Pitch:  Former KC Star columnist Barbara Shelly:  With special session bravado, Greitens finally has the breakout action-hero film role he craved;  Sexagenarian feminist imagines scenes involving Greitens' "muscular neck," passion
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  The immediate need for action on life
          P-D letter:  Ballwin octogenarian unhappy with Ann Wagner's support of GOP health care bill
          P-D letter:  Des Peres conservative Carol Size:  Post-Dispatch's coverage of Ann Wagner shows paper's contempt for conservative Christian women
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood opposes Missouri Republicans' budget
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        Wednesday, May 24
       
P-D:  Trump's budget freshly ignites the guns vs. butter argument for the St. Louis region
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill applauds Trump decision to maintain Office of National Drug Control Policy funding X
          Politifact:  McCaskill statement on Trump's Mar-a-Lago trip and Meals on Wheels rated "False"
          P-D:  Rolla, Mo. unfairly denied marijuana campaign group's room request, ACLU suit says
          Drebes:  Jay Atkins hired as new VP of Government Affairs for AutoReturn
          P-D:  Missouri's new campaign finance limits law changes again
          SNL:  Eric Greitens compares 'dark money' to 'dark voting' X
          The Missouri Times:  Curious comments from Greitens on campaign finance disclosures spark ire of Democrats
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens takes aim at 'career politicians' at special session rally
          Missourinet:  Southeast Missouri residents rally with Greitens on Noranda issue;  Rone predicts House will approve bill today
          P-D:  Amid governor's rally, House committee advances Bootheel proposal
          Missourinet:  Utility proposal headed to Missouri House without contentious part - for now
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel jobs bill passes House committees with ease
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers set quick plan to move aluminum plant bill to Greitens
          AP:  House, Greitens push utilities proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Attendance hits a new low at Governor's Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes
          KSMU:  Shortage of psychiatrists leads patients to costly ER, hospitalization;  Comments from MO Dept. of Mental Health's Mike Neitzel
          CDT:  New York higher education official to be next University of Missouri chancellor X
          CDT:  UM curators increase tuition by 2.1% X
          P-D:  University of Missouri curators approve 2.1% tuition increase
          KCUR:  UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton announces retirement
          P-D:  UMKC chancellor announces retirement
          P-D editorial:  Spurned by Supreme Court, irate Missouri megadonor David Humphreys threatens jobs
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Mid-Missourians must rally to defeat Vicky Hartzler;  Local Democrat Renee Kennedy Hoagensen totally has a shot to unseat incumbent, who won 2016 re-election by forty (40) points
          Missourinet's Jason Taylor op-ed:  Taxpayers charged $22k/day for governor to strong-arm legislators;  Lawmakers have grown weary of Greitens' treatment
          P-D letter:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Make sure legislators pass a real lobbyist gift ban
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        Tuesday, May 23
       
P-D:  Missouri delegation to try again to shift cleanup of West Lake to Corps of Engineers
        Missourinet:  EPA will announce plans soon to address West Lake Landfill
        KWMU:  EPA funds St. Louis Community College training program to clean up hazardous waste
        KWMU:  St. Louis 'abortion sanctuary' opponents take their fight to federal court
        Missourinet:  Lawsuit seeks to reverse St. Louis City ordinance
        The Missouri Times:  Republican Tony Luetkemeyer announces bid for Schaaf's open Senate seat
        Drebes:  Nick Marshall vs. Tony Luetkemeyer for Rob Schaaf's GOP seat
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin) in the running for Ron Richard's Senate seat
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) resigning from Legislature after special session
        AP:  Hubrecht to resign after special session
        The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Speaker of the House candidate Robert Cornejo:  Why he's running, legislative priorities, much more
        Rosenbaum:  Ron Richard says the state should redesign St. Louis region;  local officials balk
        Missourinet:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton):  Calling multiple special sessions would be purely political
        SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit busing local Republicans to Jefferson City for rally X
        The Missouri Times:  Senate defends Libla from attacks by Greitens nonprofit in first day of special session
        Columbia Missourian:  Tension carries over into special session
        The Missouri Times:  A closer look at what's in Don Rone's Bootheel-jobs bill language
        Missourinet:  Consumers Council of Missouri:  Special session is a smokescreen for legislation to benefit utilities
        AP:  Missouri lawmakers power up for electric special session
        The Missouri Times:  PDMP autopsy:  How Rehder's bill failed to make it to Greitens' desk
        The Missouri Times:  A look at the future of Missouri state workers' salaries
        The Missouri Times:  Opponents call net metering bill's failure a 'victory for consumers'
        Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst analyzes 2017 session:  dicamba legislation, biodiesel, Clean Line, eminent domain, more
        P-D:  Departing Lincoln University president complains about state budget cuts
        KWMU:  St. Charles school district bucks area trend, keeps sex ed program tied to pro-life group
        P-D:  Missouri to remove hundreds of GPS monitoring devices recently put on sex offenders
        P-D:  Murderers says Missouri is not giving them fair shot at parole
        P-D editorial:  EPA's findings around West Lake Landfill prompt conflict-of-interest questions
        KC Star editorial:  Advice for the Missouri Legislature's special session:  Keep it short +
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  Taxpayer-funded West Lake buyouts aren't the answer
        Fox News op-ed:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft:  Yes, voter fraud is a real threat
        KWMU opinion:  Formula grades lawmakers on how many bills passed, not leadership or other non-quantifiable factors:  Todd Richardson earns "D," Ron Richard "F" for not putting their names on enough bills
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Randolph County Commissioner Wayne Wilcox:  Grain Belt Transmission Line important for Missouri
        St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Leader of local Bernie Sanders "Our Revolution" sect wants Greitens to veto minimum-wage bill X
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        Monday, May 22
       
Washington Times:  As Obamacare markets tighten, lawmakers feel squeeze for quick fixes;  McCaskill wants Missouri residents to be able to buy coverage on D.C. exchange
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lt. Gov. Mike Parson;  Panel of Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City), Hannah Beers, Mark Reardon, and Mark Dalton on education funding formula, discrimination bill, MONA, special session, PDMP, more
          Missourinet:  Efforts underway to get medical and recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2018
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about special session, Greitens, lobbyist-gift ban, more
          KWMU:  As special session begins, top Republicans disagree on key points
          Missourinet:  Greitens and Schaaf clash over PSC language issue
          Missourinet:  Special session preview:  Comments from Schaaf, Libla, Romine, others
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers react to special session;  Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph):  "This is just another special interest thing." X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) gives 2017 regular session a grade of "A-" X
          SNL:  Springfield lawmakers look back at 2017 regular session X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Local school superintendent praises rural lawmakers for foundation formula funding
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nathan Tate (R-St. Clair) named Legislator of the Year for Transportation - after first year in Legislature X
          KC Star editorial:  Needed reforms could fix Missouri's perverted prison system +
          CDT letter:  School nurse wants state lawmakers to expand Medicaid X
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        Sunday, May 21
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          P-D:  Floods raise concern about coal ash disposal along Mississippi, Missouri rivers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Field still open for 2018 GOP state Senate seat;  Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph):  "I wouldn't go back to (Jefferson City) if they paid me three times the amount. I'm finished with them. All the lying, the bribery, the threats ..." X
          The Missouri Times:  Over 500 attend Greitens rally in the Bootheel;  GOP Reps. Rone, Cornejo, Lichtenegger, Cookson, McDaniel on hand
          The Missouri Times:  Rone says, "In the Bootheel, a deal is a deal" on special session language
          SE Missourian:  Greitens:  Special session key to more area jobs;  may call second session for drug-monitoring program +
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens calls special session for Monday, with focus on steel mill in Bootheel X
          JCNT:  Greitens' first special session to mull Ameren electric rate for proposed steel mill X
          Messenger:  Greitens calls out career politicians. Takes one to know one.
          SNL:  Governor's tax committee coming to Springfield X
          JCNT:  Health care, tech jobs available outpace Missourians who want them X
          JCNT:  Counties pick up opioid monitoring as state legislative fight continues X
          AP:  Missouri headed toward more pre-K funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia), other state lawmakers believe transportation will be addressed next session
          SNL  Managed care expansion creates anxiety for some Ozarks clinics X
          CDT:  $6.1M (million) of current $27.8B (billion) budget directed to family-planning services;  Liberal groups unhappy X
          Fulton Sun:  Dept. of Mental Health opened abuse inquiries at Second Chance Homes
          SE Missourian editorial:  Appreciating the floodwall, and leaders who built it +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Raising the minimum wage in "urban centers" like STL and KC a bad idea, but conservative pundit Scott Faughn is right - Republicans' idea of local control is Jefferson City control X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. adjunct professor wants Ann Wagner to host anti-Trump activists
          KC Star op-ed:  "End Citizens United" organizer says her group has 48,000 "members," wants to pass "Clean Missouri" ballot initiative +
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian wants Billy Long to call for special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia connection X
          SNL letter:  Missouri Public Transit Association's Kimberly Cella says state lawmakers are moving in the wrong direction on funding X
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        Saturday, May 20
       
AP:  Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of the jitters;  Comments from Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst
          Politico:  McCaskill says Senate discussion on Obamacare overhaul should include Democrats
          Missourinet:  McCaskill weighs in on special prosecutor, FBI picks
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry analysis:  Republicans Sam and Todd Graves, Democrats Claire McCaskill and Emanuel Cleaver hold differing views on President Donald Trump +
          KCUR:  Local anti-Trump artist mocks President's immigration policy by creating a "wall" of stitched-together paintings
          The Missouri Times:  EPA releases another report showing no radiation danger outside West Lake Landfill
          Drebes:  Which other Springfield Republican will join Eric Burlison in the Missouri Senate come 2019?
          SNL:  Rep. Kevin Austin to run for state Senate X
          JCNT:  Greitens appoints Social Services, Financial Institutions directors X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies previews special legislative session
          SE Missourian:  Greitens:  Mill bill opposition based on 'petty philosophical points';  jobs are crucial +
          Missourinet:  Greitens to rally southeast Missouri residents Saturday on steel mill special session issue
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  Missouri could have multiple special sessions this year
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) to donate per diem from special session
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU, NAACP, Auditor Nicole Galloway urge Greitens to veto SB 43 over 'Whistleblower Protection Act'
          Columbia Missourian:  Draft budget for MU calls for cutting 328 jobs
          AP:  UMKC to cut about 30 jobs to save money
          KWMU:  UMSL to trim another 2.5% from its budget
          KWMU:  Nasheed vows to pass municipal court overhaul bill that will survive legal tests;  North St. Louis County mayors say legislators should leave municipalities alone
          Washington Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Public Safety making progress on fixing communication coverage gap
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts by Hawley to remove him from office +
          SNL:  Uber expands operations across southern Missouri X
          P-D:  Telepsychiatry helps with mental health burdens in rural Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Senate-gallery disruptors are heroes +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Republican lawmakers fail to pass Shamed Dogan's hair-braiding legislation because the small-business owners are black
          P-D letter:  Warrenton man wants Greitens to sign bill banning toll roads
          P-D letter:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse's Dan Duncan praises Holly Rehder, criticizes Missouri Legislature
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian says she has forgotten what she used to do to service a young John Danforth, but he's a real dandy
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        Friday, May 19
       
KWMU:  McCaskill seeks way to cover about 40 counties that may lose individual Obamacare insurers
          SNL:  McCaskill bill would help consumers in 'bare' insurance markets
          KC Star:  McCaskill proposes letting people buy insurance from same exchange as Congress
          Missourinet:  McCaskill announces plan for Obamacare health care exchanges
          CDT:  McCaskill:  Too early to talk about impeaching Trump
          Missourinet:  McCaskill seeks to push Greitens on state prescription drug monitoring program
          KWMU:  EPA reports no evidence of Manhattan Project waste in Bridgeton homes;  Activist/amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman not swayed by scientific data
          AP:  EPA:  No contamination in homes near West Lake Landfill
          P-D:  EPA tests show no radioactive waste in Bridgeton homes
          The Missouri Times:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says agency will soon have plan for West Lake Landfill
          SNL:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to run for Speaker of the House
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Speaker of the House candidate Elijah Haahr:  Economic development, ethics legislation, challenges as Speaker Pro Tem, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) to resign, pursue community development career:  "Despite serving in the superminority, I loved the work I did in the Legislature."
          Drebes:  House 55 GOP primary for Rick Brattin's seat:  Forecast calls for ugly battle between Ryan Johnson and Mike Vinck
          P-D's Christopher Ave:  Help wanted:  Celeste Bott, the longest-tenured Post-Dispatch statehouse reporter at nearly one (1) year, leaving post
          Missourinet:  Schmitt:  Dollar Tree's Warrensburg decision highlights Missouri's place as distribution hub
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens calls special session next week to pass steel mill bill
          SE Missourian:  Greitens calls special session for job-creation bill to boost Bootheel economy
          Missourinet:  Greitens calls special legislative session to address power rate proposal, more southeast Missouri jobs
          KWMU:  Greitens calls special legislative session on Noranda smeltering plant
          Missourinet:  Libla outlines position on Noranda/steel issue
          JCNT:  A historical look at Missouri's special sessions
          Kraske:  Wielding snark and chutzpah, Eric Greitens takes dead aim at lawmakers
          JCNT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City):  General Assembly did a good job
          AP:  Missouri, other states scramble to comply with REAL ID law
          KWMU:  Judge says no to Missouri's request to stay order blocking abortion restrictions
          The Missouri Times:  No established timeline for PSC ruling on Clean Line
          KC Star:  KC officer will walk to Jefferson City in order to stop urban youth murders
          KWMU:  Remaining "Medicaid 23" defendants receive probation for Missouri Capitol protest;  2014 stunt featured singing, yelling in Senate gallery for attention
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air recap:  Gender-identity expert gives update on latest LGBTQIA* nomenclature:  "Transgendered" no longer okay, could be hurtful to transgenders
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Liberal columnist unhappy with list of GOP legislative accomplishments
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Liberal columnist unhappy with list of GOP legislative accomplishments
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        Thursday, May 18
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Blunt, Wagner have divergent opinions on Trump;  Comments from 1/2 of Post-Dispatch poli sci prof pundit pool (David Robertson, UMSL)
          The Hill:  Ann Wagner, other female lawmakers flee the House for higher office
          KMOX:  Ann Wagner says activists are drawing dead-body chalk outlines on her driveway
          SE Missourian:  Greitens still gathering data needed for federal disaster declaration +
          AP:  Senior U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill weighs in on state PDMP legislation
          AP:  Liberal groups, unions push ballot initiative on district boundaries, campaign contributions, lobbyist gifts
          The Missouri Times:  Cierpiot officially announces 2018 state Senate run
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens' relationship with the Legislature could use some repair
          KC Star:  GOP Sen. Ryan Silvey, House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty chat with KC Star ed board members about Greitens' dark money, term limits, more +
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt's first months in office helped influence business legislation;  Implementation of MO ABLE another big win
          The Missouri Times:  Elijah Haahr announces bid for Speaker of the House
          Columbia Missourian:  End-of-session recap of major legislation
          Missourinet:  Ethics bills fail in Legislature
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) asks Richardson to keep DOC subcommittee intact
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers release recommendations to address Missouri prison issues
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers fail to pass hair braiding proposal;  Lawsuits pending
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly Superintendent Matt Miller pleased with foundation formula funding, skeptical of special-session chatter
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to close St. Louis outreach office as part of budget cuts +
          CDT:  Bill would repeal state law barring some with criminal records from running for office X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  May 17
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American wants to get the lead out - of service lines;  Comments from PSC's Kevin Kelly, American Water's Jody Carlson X
          KWMU:  Bridgeton residents seeking cash payouts unhappy with failure of buyout legislation
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal seeks to win support for buyout legislation, calls Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) and others "baby killers"
          KC Star editorial:  Amid budget cuts and bad publicity, the University of Missouri-Columbia sits at a critical juncture +
          P-D editorial:  Shackling sex offenders for life is no way to administer justice
          P-D op-ed:  Cato Institute Project on Criminal Justice's Tim Lynch:  A solution exists for Missouri's indigent defense crisis
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Greitens fails on ethics, hides from questions +
          P-D letter:  Operation Food Search responds to "lunch shaming" piece, wants federal legislation to help prevent hurt feelings
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County resident responds to "lunch shaming" piece, suggests irresponsible parents apologize to school officials for manufacturing hubbub
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian questions Wallingford's fiscal conservatism +
          P-D letter:  Fenton resident wonders why Messenger doesn't support state legislators' call for city-county merger
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian dislikes Missouri House's paper-toss tradition, says lawmakers' annual moment of exhilaration annoys her
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        Wednesday, May 17
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt join in questioning what Trump told the Russians;  Wagner defends president
          KC Star:  Blunt critical of Trump decision to share intelligence with Russian officials +
          SNL:  McCaskill says American military put at risk by Trump disclosure of intelligence to Russians X
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer at forefront of GOP effort to overhaul Dodd-Frank regulations
          P-D:  Georgetown group ranks federal lawmakers according to "Bipartisan Index;"  Blunt scores high in reaching across aisle
          The Missouri Times:  Former Speaker of the House Rod Jetton heading to Greece in search of Master's degree
          Drebes:  Former state Sen. Jeff Smith's (D-St. Louis City) book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, now out in paperback
          AP:  Missouri adds counties in flooding, storm damage assessments
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft made his mark in first legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway speaks to Columbia Chamber, talks about her Budget Integrity Series
          Faughn:  The afterglow of special session broken down by national pastime:  Naming names of legislators that had World Series-level performances, and those who earned a last-place finish
        SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers reveal highs, lows of legislative session +
        KWMU:  Analysis:  GOP lawmakers achieve goals in passing pro-business legislation
        Missourinet:  House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) offer their post-session analysis
        KC Star:  Editorial Board members Colleen Nelson, Dave Helling to host Facebook Live chat at 4 p.m. today with Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City), House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty +
        P-D:  Political Fix audio:  Reporter Celeste Bott offers unbiased analysis of legislative session;  Reporter Kurt Erickson mocks Greitens' direct-to-voter communication approach, offers sarcastic "good luck" (9:30)
        KWMU:  St. Louis Lambert International Airport's Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge talks REAL ID, more
        CDT:  PDMP proponents see hope for statewide database X
        P-D:  Galloway says a 2016 fee hike could trigger tax refunds
        AP:  Galloway says state expungement fees could violate state constitution
        P-D:  Hundreds of Missouri sex offenders now required to wear GPS monitoring devices for life
        Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Statement from Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) on industrial hemp rated "Half True"
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds most provisions of municipal court overhaul law
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court tosses out parts of 2015 law for traffic fines, fees in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds portion of ruling about 2015 traffic ticket legislation for state, St. Louis County
          P-D:  Court-overhaul law survives Missouri Supreme Court, but no longer targets St. Louis County
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers make recommendations for overhauling state's embattled prison system
          KWMU:  Normandy students continue to disappoint;  School district will remain under state control another 3 years
          SE Missourian:  Hawley seeks bond revocation for embattled sheriff +
          KC Star:  HSUS criticizes Missouri over "puppy mills" +
          P-D editorial:  Shame on the lunch shamers;  Taxpayers should foot the bill for all urban student lunches, to avoid possibility of hurt feelings
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Senate is disintegrating into a body of angry chaos +
          Waters:  Legislature wraps up session before May 31 [sic] deadline X
          KC Star letter:  Macon, Mo. liberal wants Sam Graves to be more vocal about Trump topics +
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        Tuesday, May 16
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Boeing selects St. Louis to build new T-X jets;  McCaskill, Greitens attend announcement
          KWMU:  T-X training jet could be assembled in St. Louis, if Boeing gets the contract
          Missourinet:  Boeing hopes to add 2,000 jobs if awarded military contract
          P-D:  If it wins trainer contract, Boeing will assemble T-X in St. Louis
          KMOX:  McCaskill, Clay weigh in on firing of Comey
          USA Today:  Trump missing the mark on opioids, critics say;  McCaskill says she's concerned by "warning signs"
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump group targets Blunt, other GOP elected officials at fundraisers;  Noisemaking tactics include honking horns, blowing whistles to disrupt grown-ups' activities +
          AP:  Jack Danforth gets Churchill Leadership Medal
          Rosenbaum:  Key takeaways from an unruly, but substantial, Missouri legislative session
          KWMU:  Putting the 2017 legislative session in perspective with Jo Mannies
          KWMU:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin review the legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Five topics that may prompt Greitens to call a special session
          The Missouri Times:  Rone seeking special session to attract smelter to Bootheel
          Missourinet:  Rone calls for special session on Bootheel aluminum/steel plant issue
          KC Star:  Greitens to attend Republican Governors Association event in Miami +
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax commission to hold first town hall this week
          KC Star:  Legislators succeed in passing minimum-wage law +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Right to Life wants to see more action on pro-life bills
          AP:  GOP budget could expand pre-K funding
          KWMU:  Charter school sponsorship not always seen as higher education's higher calling
          SNL:  Four (4) students complain about prayer at high school graduation;  Teen girl says she felt "extremely ostracized" by superintendent's invocation X
          CDT:  University of Missouri enrollment to decline 7 percent;  400 jobs to be eliminated X
          P-D:  Mizzou to cut hundreds of positions amid expected 7 percent enrollment drop
          KC Star:  University of Missouri to cut 400 positions at Columbia campus +
          Drebes:  Ron Calzone sues on last year's SB 638
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes bill to continue organ donor checkoff program
          Missourinet:  Missouri's 'Hailey's Law' supporters to try again in 2018
          Missourinet:  ACLU:  More allegations of eastern Missouri jail inmate mistreatment could surface
          SE Missourian:  Hawley to review request to probe Oran timecard allegations +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens should veto GOP discrimination bill
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Hypocritical GOP legislators trample on local sovereignty;  Photo of female Democratic superminority members weeping on House floor
          KWMU's Durrie Bouscaren:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon), other GOP legislators hurt Missouri women with budget legislation
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Med school student disagrees with Billy Long on GOP health care bill
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        Monday, May 15
       
AP:  More price hikes likely for Obamacare markets;  Missouri among eight states down to one insurer
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  The Nature Conservancy seeks external affairs manager
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Carl Bearden, Joe Lakin, Jeff Mazur, Anne Schweitzer talk legislative session
          AP:  Greitens' ethics priorities fail to gain passage
          Missourinet:  Greitens says lawmakers deserve grade of "incomplete," calls some lawmakers third-graders
          Missourinet:  Last-minute bills pass Legislature;  Greitens could call special session
          JCNT:  Local legislators applaud 'right to work,' tort overhaul X
          AP:  Missouri targets doctor shortage, expands first-in-nation law
          AP:  State won't make some flooded districts make up lost days
          P-D:  School districts deal with complaints about 'lunch shaming;'  Thoughts from parents who can't manage to keep track of spawn's lunch tabs
          SE Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to 18 new American citizens +
          Helling:  Trump, Greitens, Sly James should answer more of reporters' questions +
          SNL letter:  Joplin sexagenarian says Billy Long's health care vote was cowardly, suggests incumbent - who won re-election in 2016 by forty-one (41) points - is in trouble X
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        Sunday, May 14
       
KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 50 outside Blunt's office +
        Drebes:  Ryan Johnson may be folding Missouri Alliance for Freedom
        SNL:  Greitens not happy with GOP legislators' performance X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf shoots back:  Senator claims Greitens acted in illegal, unconstitutional way X
        P-D:  End-of-session recap:  Greitens gets mixed results
        Missourinet:  Rehder plans to file PDMP bill again next year
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) says he plans to bring back prevailing wage legislation
        JCNT:  Prevailing wage repeal fails;  Local contractors react X
        KRES/KRES (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) reflects on session, special Dept. of Corrections committee, praises new DOC Director Anne Precythe
        JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers pleased with pension changes X
        P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) tweets that landfill buyout opponents are 'baby killers,' should 'burn in hell'
        Washington Missourian:  Legislature passes bill to name bridge for MoDOT worker
        CDT:  Columbia begins to see impact of declining enrollment at MU X
        JCNT:  DHSS employee Cindy Reese honored for career in early childhood advocacy X
        KC Star editorial:  Legislative scorecard:  Failing grades for Legislature and governor +
        P-D editorial:  Missouri Chamber enjoys successful session, but everyone else will suffer
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature failed Missourians by ignoring transportation funding and killing PDMP X
        JCNT editorial:  State workers might get pay raises ... next year X
        SE Missourian op-ed:  Consumer Energy Alliance's Brydon Ross supports SB 190 +
        Messenger:  Missouri removes its conflict in trucking dispute, but the taint remains
        SNL letter:  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) praises McCaskill for work on retired miners X
        SNL letter:  Local "Indivisible" organizer unhappy with Billy Long X
        SNL letter:  Ozark man disagrees with Billy Long on health care vote X
        P-D letter:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri's Laura Slay:  Failed study gives wrong picture about school vouchers
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        Saturday, May 13
       
KC Star:  McCaskill sends letter to Trump on opioid epidemic, says she wants to work with him on issue +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Washington Post:  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee uses YouTube ads to hit Senate hopefuls Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner on health care
          Drebes:  Josh Hawley the early favorite in GOP U.S. Senate primary
          JCNT:  Jay Ashcroft seeks high court's support in concealing assault victim's address X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Final day of session recap:  What passed, what died, and who took credit
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens forces boxing analogy into post-session press conference, says he finished "the first round of a 10-round fight"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens hints at special session
          The Missouri Times:  Legislators share thoughts on value of a special session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) says REAL ID was example of good compromise, says he's proud of funding foundation formula
          SNL:  Legislature's final day marked by chaos X
          P-D:  Missouri legislative session ends in chaos, accomplishment
          P-D:  How major legislation fared in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day
          The Missouri Times:  Senate's final hours of session saw a PQ and a budget win
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature passed much of pro-business agenda, flailed on other items
          Columbia Missourian:  Bills targeting medical lawsuits, drug overdoses pass
          KC Star:  Republicans pass budget, minimum wage measure +
          Missourinet:  Recap of Senate battles:  Schaaf vs. Greitens;  Ryan Silvey;  Jamilah Nasheed;  Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers pass ban on minimum wage hikes
          P-D:  Legislature sends bill blocking minimum wage hike to Greitens
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks about minimum-wage victory
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring proposal dies on session's final day
          The Missouri Times:  West Lake Landfill bill dies in the House
          KWMU:  State appeals decision blocking abortion restrictions
          SE Missourian:  Southeast regents approve tuition increase +
          CDT:  For first time in 30 years, CDT to get new managing editor;  To fill Jim Robertson's shoes, paper turns to Alaska Legislature's IT employee Charles Westmoreland X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri seals fate as only state without a drug monitoring program +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri highway task force will be a giant waste of time +
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  2017 session's winners and losers +
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal angry at Ann Wagner for declining to attend anti-Trump rally
          P-D letter:  Arnold conservative applauds Ann Wagner for standing up to local Democrats' "organized hysteria"
          P-D letter:  Pacific man says white people's desire to live in safe neighborhoods causes flood damage
          KC Star letter:  Springfield lesbian expresses anger at GOP Rep. Rick Brattin, attempts analogy involving sapphic kisses and werewolves +
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        Friday, May 12
       
KC Star:  Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield undecided about participating in Obamacare exchange in Missouri +
          Drebes:  Unions create "We Are Missouri" campaign committee to overturn "right to work;"  Former state Rep. Tom George (D-Florissant) to serve as treasurer
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democrat Days hopes to resuscitate party in region;  Stephen Webber, Nicole Galloway, Scott Sifton to speak X
          The Missouri Times:  Pat Contreras, who ran in 2016 Democratic state treasurer primary against Judy Baker, to lobby for construction firm
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) the latest to join race for Majority Floor Leader
          Kraske:  Pushup puffery:  At post-session press conference, Greitens will take credit for GOP successes - but the governor is more lucky than good +
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  REAL ID passes through the House
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes REAL ID bill in the nick of time
          P-D:  Missouri House sends REAL ID fix to Greitens' desk
          KC Star:  House passes REAL ID +
          SNL:  Cuts to disabilities care could be restored if Missouri makes enough money this year X
          The Missouri Times:  House and Senate remain at odds on senior services;  Silvey calls House GOP plan "dumb"
          Missourinet:  House, Senate yet to agree on in-home care
          AP:  Missouri House backs proposal to restore in-home care cuts
          The Missouri Times:  Senators sign off on Blue Alert bill and amendment
          Missourinet:  Legislators pass Blue Alert as part of illegal re-entry bill
          SNL:  Hailey's Law added to Blue Alert bill in Senate X
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP headed to conference after all
          The Missouri Times:  House Conservative Caucus reaffirms opposition to PDMP bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Statewide prescription drug monitoring program in peril as deadline nears
          P-D:  State worker pension changes advance in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers seek to limit medical costs in lawsuits;  Comments from Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten
          P-D:  Lawmakers send Greitens more pro-business legislation
          KWMU:  Legislative briefs:  REAL ID, Blue Alert, zoo tax, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rone attempts last lifeline for Bootheel jobs against Libla opposition
          The Missouri Times:  Hundreds of jobs in Missouri's Bootheel at stake as session winds down
          Missourinet:  Rone blasts Libla, Romine, Schaaf in emotional floor speech
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source makes it to Greitens in final days of session
          P-D:  Missouri is poised to fully fund its school formula, but only after reducing its costs
          KC Star:  Hefty budget cuts in store for University of Missouri campuses +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, DNR Director Carol Comer among Mizzou commencement speakers
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College Board of Trustees awaits Greitens' signature on budget
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) wants to continue organ donor checkoff donations
          P-D:  St. Louis Zoo bill heads to Greitens
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson hopeful about public safety tax legislation
          Missourinet:  Hawley investigating sheriff in Bootheel after inmate dies in altercation
          P-D editorial:  Campaign donation limits remain. So do loopholes.
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Reporters should not let their liberal bias be obvious
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Seasoned Democrat columnist hopes Stephen Webber runs for office soon
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Traci Gleason:  Missouri Senate acts to protect seniors X
          P-D op-ed:  David Warner criticizes GOP Reps. Justin Hill and Scott Fitzpatrick, says he lives in Clayton
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  David Warner criticizes GOP Reps. Justin Hill and Scott Fitzpatrick, says he lives in Columbia
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        Thursday, May 11
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt react to Comey firing
          KCUR:  Congressional delegation weighs in on Comey;  No response from Sam Graves' office
          KODE (Joplin):  Southwest Missouri Democrats want Billy Long to hold town hall
          P-D:  Local "Indivisible" rally turns out small crowd to hear Comey "cover-up" conspiracy complaints
          SE Missourian:  Local Tea Party group to host discussion about Sharia law +
          AP:  Disaster specialists assessing Missouri storm, flood damage
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission issues two new opinions:  Guidance on taking primary and general contributions at the same time, and third parties paying for travel
          KMOV (St. Louis):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's MO ABLE a 'game-changer' for people with disabilities
          KOMU (Columbia):  Launch of MO ABLE program brings relief to Columbia families
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Legislative updates:  Robert Cornejo announces bid for Speaker of the House;  House bans 'sanctuary cities' for illegals;  Democratic superminority complains about discrimination bill;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed, House Democratic superminority want Greitens to veto GOP discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  Democrats write letters to Greitens, ask him to veto discrimination bill
          SNL:  Discrimination bill complicates lawsuit against Springfield police X
          Missourinet:  Nasheed filibusters minimum-wage bill
          Faughn:  Funds-sweep proposal shows legislators' faith in Sarah Steelman;  Richardson's leadership evident on discrimination-bill passage;  GOP legislators show courage on MONA;  PQs on deck for Senate
          Missourinet:  Rowden says senators need to learn "to pick their fights a little better"
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass REAL ID compliance measure
          SNL:  Drug-monitoring proposal stalls in Missouri House X
          P-D:  PDMP in doubt in Legislature's final days
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers target out-of-state plaintiffs
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives stamp of approval to create transportation task force
          The Missouri Times:  Public employees leave HELP, Inc. Board, Drivewyze ready to install;  Comments from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Industrial hemp could be re-legalized in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  PSC finds compromise in KCPL rate case, still says they lack authority on electric-vehicle stations
          Missourinet:  Hawley:  Mississippi County sheriff has been ousted
          CDT editorial:  CDT editorial board - comprised of "top editors and the publisher" - will now pen editorials, with Hank Waters jettisoned to thrice-weekly sidebar X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature breathes new life into shelved Missouri State Penitentiary plan X
          KC Star editorial:  AG Josh Hawley sends strong message to jailers - but Jackson County facility may require federal, not state, intervention +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Missourians elected Republicans, in part, to dismantle Obamacare
          P-D letter:  St. James woman says House GOP health care bill would harm rural Missourians
          P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian applauds Jason Kander's statements on Democrats and empathy, cites study showing liberals are superior because they "care more" than conservatives
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City septuagenarian says state lawmakers are "backward" on REAL ID, and everything else X
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        Wednesday, May 10
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate begins its health care considerations;  Comments from Blunt X
          P-D:  Feds OK $2 million for bridge, road repairs as MoDOT continues looking for damage;  Comments from McCaskill
          KMOV:  Veterans at risk, tax dollars wasted at new VA facility;  McCaskill puts pressure on VA for answers
          Columbia Missourian fact check:  McCaskill claim on opioid use rated "False"
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer at forefront of GOP effort to overhaul Dodd-Frank regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson steps up to respond to floods
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate Greitens vs. Governor Greitens:  A look at how State of the State promises are tracking in Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly update:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly update:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Legislative briefs:  Senate passes REAL ID;  Rehder accepts PDMP changes;  Legislators eat food
          The Missouri Times:  Senate picks up REAL ID ... and then puts it back down
          The Missouri Times:  REAL ID passes Senate after midnight, now returns to the House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes REAL ID bill;  Measure goes back to House
          P-D:  Missouri Senate passes REAL ID bill, overcoming staunch opposition
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP falters at finish line as Rehder dissolves conference committee
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) expresses doubt about PDMP's chances
          The Missouri Times:  Port authority bill, now turned economic development omnibus, heads to conference
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Senate unlikely to repeal prevailing wage law +
          P-D:  Facing cuts to senior programs, Missouri Senate puts budget pressure on House
          KC Star:  House, Senate differ on funds-sweep gambit +
          KWMU:  The Missouri Partnership, the state's business-recruiting arm, gets no funding in state budget
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) doubts passage of bonds for veterans homes this session
          Missourinet:  Democrats unhappy with discrimination legislation headed to Greitens
          Drebes:  Americans for Tax Reform approves overhaul of liquor-advertising regulations
          SNL:  Bill to classify cities and counties by population heads to Greitens X
          Columbia Missourian:  Efforts underway to expand access to virtual education
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal eyes new tactics to pass West Lake bill
          KWMU:  Chappelle-Nadal threatens filibuster unless West Lake demands are met
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says she'll halt Senate business unless House acquiesces on West Lake payoffs
          P-D:  Missouri officials removed from trucking company board that does business with state
          AP:  Missouri officials leave trucking tech company board
          P-D:  Hawley to investigate Backpage with new human trafficking unit
          SE Missourian:  Federal suit:  Lack of medical care by jailers led to woman's death +
          SE Missourian:  Hawley seeks to remove embattled sheriff after inmate's death +
          JCNT editorial:  Shine a light on dark money X
          KC Star editorial:  Republican Rick Brattin's statement on proposed LGBTQIA* legal protections is deplorable, and he had better apologize +
          KC Star op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  Judge's ruling puts Safe at Home participants in jeopardy +
          Jensen:  MU's fall due to cowardly leadership, media narrative +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Sierra Club's Ravi Ravulapati applauds Claire McCaskill for opposing Trump on energy issues
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says Post-Dispatch's treatment of Stacy Washington shows how worthless the paper has become
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood sexagenarian expresses frustration at paper's treatment of Stacy Washington, recalls golden days of the conservative St. Louis Globe-Democrat
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        Tuesday, May 9
       
The Missouri Times:  Will Missouri be declared a federal disaster zone? It all depends on Trump.
          AP:  Roads gradually reopen as floodwaters recede in many areas
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio joins ProPublica campaign to solicit reader/activist tales of "hate crimes";  Reporting categories include perceived meanness to immigrants, "status as a trans person," etc.
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Charles) says Republicans across the state want better choices for Speaker of the House
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) has a chat with Rosenbaum about education funding, suggests Greitens would best serve conservative agenda by not meddling in House matters during final week
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Senate funds-sweep gambit unconstitutional
          P-D:  Fitzpatrick's warning about funds sweep sends Senate scrambling
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers face Friday deadline to pass legislation X
          KWMU:  Legislative briefs:  Discrimination bill, PDMP, in-home health care, other bills
          SNL:  Several members of Missouri House Democratic superminority protest discrimination bill by not voting;  Measure heads to Greitens X
          The Missouri Times:  House sends Romine's discrimination bill to Greitens
          Missourinet:  Workplace discrimination bill heads to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers send discrimination bill to Greitens
          KC Star:  Republicans pass discrimination bill +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK ban on sex offenders by kids' museums
          KRES/KWIX:  Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Jeff Lashley says cuts to higher ed funding put more emphasis on enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou students talk enrollment decline, higher tuition
          SNL:  Mayor's Commission for Children highlights early education gender gap;  Heading into kindergarten, girls more likely to be ready to learn than boys, 83 percent to 66 percent X
          AP:  Motorcycle helmet exemptions stall in Missouri Legislature
          Missourinet:  Schupp, Rep. Judy Morgan (D-Kansas City) oppose GOP abortion language
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature demographics feature:  Small business dominates Missouri legislators' occupation
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislature demographics feature:  Female elected officials talk recruitment, perceived discrimination
          P-D:  Law firm claims "independent" studies show elevated levels of radioactivity in Bridgeton homes;  Actual scientists from EPA, CDC, MO DHSS say levels are safe
          P-D editorial:  FCC shouldn't bless the huge Sinclair-Tribune media marriage;  Editorial board chooses photo of 97.1FM host Jamie Allman to accompany editorial
          Six Months Ago:  Jamie Allman corrects misinformation from Post-Dispatch staff about TV show production and station ownership
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's mentally ill will be worse off under U.S. House health care bill +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Real ID's time has come X
          CDT Darkow cartoon:  Missouri's decline in enrollment and freshman coeds packing on the pork X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice's Mary Clemons opposes Ann Wagner's vote on health care bill, claims grandchildren are distraught over congressional action
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian wants Blunt and Smith to stop supporting military, and instead spend taxpayer money on health care +
          KC Star letter:  Belton sexagenarian says Missouri Republicans' stance on campaign finance laws shows bias toward corporations +
          P-D letter:  Clayton man who lost children to drunk driver thanks Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) for defending sobriety checkpoints
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        Monday, May 8   Truman Day
       
NBC's Meet the Press:  Sen. Roy Blunt (17:00) says House health care bill is not dead on arrival, talks Russian interference in elections
          SNL:  How Billy Long ended up at the center of health care fight X
          AP:  Vicksburg memorial to Missouri soldiers to be rededicated
          Jason Rosenbaum for NPR:  Secretive nonprofits back governors in Missouri and across the country
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Robert Cornejo (R-St. Charles) signals bid for Speaker of the House (4:30), talks Greitens' relationship with House (8:15);  Panel of Mindy Mazur, Sam Gladney, R. Gregg Keller and Aaron Baker talk foundation formula, dark money
          Missourinet:  Truman Day is a Missouri state holiday
          KWMU:  The final countdown:  What to look for in the last 5 days of the Missouri legislative session
          Missourinet:  Dixon, Libla take aim at Greitens' dark money
          SNL:  Missouri Senate unifies to pass budget but argues over 'dark money' X
          P-D's The Bottom Line video series:  Sexagenarian columnist Jim Gallagher reveals he is nearing retirement age, suggests state employees who take MOSERS pension buyout could end up "eating peanut butter and dog food"
          Missourinet:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) praises two major economic development projects in his district
          The Maneater:  Year in Review, Top Disappointments:  Budget cuts continue to plague the university
          The Maneater:  Year in Review, Top Disappointments:  UM System officials given inappropriate bonuses
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) is "cautiously optimistic" about Scottrade Center bill;  time may be its biggest opponent
          Missourinet:  Bill addresses costs for solar customers;  Comments from Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), former state rep/current solar energy official Zach Wyatt
          CDT:  Advocates:  State guardianship law should focus on well-being X
          KC Star editorial:  The top eight things Missouri lawmakers should do this week +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Thanks to Eric Schmitt, disabled receive a lifeline X
          Messenger:  Greitens' promises on ethics come back to haunt him
          Priddy:  Hundred-year-old article details strife, ungentlemanly decorum in Missouri Senate
          Springfield Business Journal:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  After 10 long years, Missouri House must move on employment law overhaul
          SNL letter:  Area man agrees with Billy Long on opioids, says legalizing marijuana would help solve issue X
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian says Billy Long should have opposed health care bill X
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian says Missouri Legislature has been "sold" to corporate interests, expresses anger at President Ronald Reagan
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        Sunday, May 7
       
The Hill:  Blunt to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" this morning
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Contrary to initial hysteria, school lunch changes smaller than expected X
          P-D:  River constriction and wetter climate leave area vulnerable to more frequent major floods
          Drebes:  Young Guns Missouri PAC formed;  Treasurer is Jeff Roe's James Thomas III
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Pacific) joins Vescovo in majority floor leader race
          AP:  Overview:  Status of legislation still before Missouri Legislature:  REAL ID, PDMP, gift ban, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks about fully-funded foundation formula
          Washington Missourian:  Higher ed bill moves to Greitens' desk;  East Central College to get 6.5 percent budget cut X
          JCNT:  Higher education cuts less than governor's proposal X
          JCNT:  Contractors weigh in on prevailing wage repeal X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri State Highway Patrol embracing Twitter to get information to drivers
          P-D editorial:  Now's the time to demand legislative action on REAL ID
          KC Star editorial:  A list of questions for Eric Greitens, Missouri's man of mystery +
          Horrigan:  To understand Missouri's governor, turn to EGO (Eric Greitens Organization) boosters;  Sexagenarian editorial board member takes aim at governor's dark money duplicity, workout showoffery, and more
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian wants Blunt to stop representing Missouri employers like Cargill, Monsanto and Walmart, and instead promote "an earth-friendly economy as gentle and survivable as possible" X
          SNL letter:  Springfield nonagenarian unhappy with Billy Long's vote on GOP health care bill X
          KC Star letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Ryan Silvey, other obstructionists should "grow up" +
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        Saturday, May 6
       
P-D:  How the new health care fight resembles 2010 - and how it doesn't;  Perspectives from McCaskill, Blunt, Clay
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on health care debate;  In video, McCaskill says Democrats have been excluded from talks +
          Joplin Globe:  Anti-Trump organizers draw 30 outside Billy Long's office;  Amorphous human dresses up as Grim Reaper to protest health care bill X
          KSMU:  Group protests outside Billy Long's office;  Elderly woman's sign suggests incumbent - who won 2016 general election by forty-one (41) points - is politically dead
          Washington Missourian:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws six (6) outside Luetkemeyer's office;  Woman's sign suggests incumbent - who won 2016 general election by forty (40) points - could lose next election X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area man promotes online petition, wants Columbia School Board to oppose immigration-enforcement efforts
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River to see lower crest;  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says levee system works +
          KWMU:  Residents near Meramec River fear levees, development will cause more floods;  Comments from Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Executive Director David Stokes, others
          CDT:  Speaking at Muleskinners meeting, MDP Chair Stephen Webber says Dems needs to build enthusiasm X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Pony Express Chapter of the Friends of NRA to hold first banquet to raise funds
          The Missouri Times:  Campaign contribution limit largely overturned in federal court
          KC Star:  Federal judge blocks part of Missouri law meant to curb influence of money in politics +
          P-D:  Campaign donation limits stay, but other parts of Missouri's new campaign finance law blocked by federal judge
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Dark money debate turns into a question of honor on the Senate floor
          P-D:  Senators tee off on Greitens' nonprofit as dark-money disclosure effort fizzles
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics debate stalls over fight on dark money
          KWMU:  Missouri budget:  A look at funding for each state department
          SNL:  Video:  Reporter Will Schmitt gives recap of week's dark-money controversies and Greitens nonprofit's planned attacks on GOP senators, budget debate, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel reps Holly Rehder, Tila Hubrecht oppose cuts to social services
          The Missouri Times:  Amended West Lake Landfill buyout bill moves forward in House
          The Missouri Times:  Rob Vescovo tosses his hat into majority floor leader race
          P-D:  Freshman enrollment at Mizzou to take a steep drop in August
          Columbia Missourian:  For second year since protester agitation, MU expects smaller freshman class
          JCNT:  Lawmakers to prioritize finding state MIAs X
          P-D:  Unions celebrate, business owners worry on first day of new city minimum wage;  Comments from St. Louis Zoo's Billy Brennan, Regional Chamber's Austin Walker, others;  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) joins small group of workers in mini-march
          Columbia Missourian:  Faith Voices criticizes legislators of both parties for failing to move on payday-loan restrictions;  Area man blames lenders for his poor financial choices
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Cora Walker (D-Ferguson) says she'll keep pressuring Ferguson to improve court performance
          Waynesville Daily Guide:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports success in eliminating feral hogs from population;  Death of wild animals helps avoid destruction of property, spread of diseases
          P-D:  Edward Crawford, captured in iconic Ferguson photo, kills himself;  Twitter's "eyeFLOODpanties" gained fame for throwing tear gas canister at riot officers
          P-D letter:  Ameren supplier applauds company's effort on alternative energy
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        Friday, May 5
       
Washington Examiner:  Blunt says Senate Republicans will write their own health care bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  House GOP celebrates Obamacare repeal;  Pithy catchphrases from Cleaver and Graves written by communications staff X
          Joplin Globe:  Area liberals to protest Long's health care vote today X
          SNL:  Security concerns cancel Dana Loesch's live show at Bass Pro X
          The Missouri Times:  Government officials, private sector both look to provide relief to flood victims
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  West Plains is a blueprint for disaster management
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' dark money group set to attack Libla despite extensive record of supporting law enforcement
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The House
          The Missouri Times:  House passes balanced budget, touts full funding of formula
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass $3.4B in basic aid for K-12 schools
          Washington Missourian:  Education bill not good for district, Washington superintendent says X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate delivers circuit breaker along with budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature beats clock to get key pieces of budget to governor by deadline
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate strikes deal on final budget issue:  Aid for the elderly, disabled +
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate compromises on Medicaid cuts while rushing to beat budget deadline
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers sign off on key pieces of $27.8 billion budget
          SNL:  Senate dysfunction might close Springfield clinic X
          KC Star:  Residents who chose to purchase homes near landfill see taxpayer pie sliced +
          Kraske:  Overview of Ryan Silvey vs. Ron Richard +
          KRES/KWIX:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says obstructionist senators have no respect for the rest of the body
          Missourinet:  REAL ID bill sits before Senate
          KRES/KWIX:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says REAL ID needs to happen
          AP:  Missouri may be most entrenched holdout on REAL ID mandate
          KWMU:  For St. Louis charter schools, success is in the eye of the beholder
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis City minimum wage increase takes effect today
          AP:  Judge allows St. Louis City minimum wage hike, will start today
          KWMU:  $10 minimum wage to take effect in St. Louis City
          P-D:  New St. Louis City minimum wage goes into effect today
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch parent company Lee Enterprises reports drop in revenue, earnings, subscriptions;  Stock loses nearly 25% of value in one day
          Talking New Media:  McClatchy, publisher of Kansas City Star, announces drop in revenue, steep decline in advertising sales
          SE Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to Peter Kinder for Boy Scouts of America award +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  K-12 funding is a contentious issue in the Legislature;  Thoughts from "Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine [sic]"
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        Thursday, May 4
       
SNL:  Billy Long reverses position on Obamacare repeal bill to 'yes' X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner votes no on budget bill, criticizes Republican leadership
          Politico:  McCaskill, other red-state Dems seek to scrape out legislative wins;  Senior senator frustrated that Republicans leave vulnerable Dems out of policy debates
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Dept. of Transportation revises lobbying, subscription rules for grantees
          The Missouri Times:  'Holly PAC' and the campaign contribution atmosphere after Amendment 2;  Jeff Roe's team will run and staff Sikeston Republican's Speaker of the House vehicle
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  The House
          The Missouri Times:  House, Senate compromise on budget, still on schedule to pass before deadline
          Missourinet:  House, Senate negotiators approve $27 billion budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri budget back on track to meet deadline
          AP:  House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
          P-D:  Democrats unhappy with some budget provisions
          The Missouri Times:  Senators present list of bills they will not filibuster
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate moves at a snail's pace as 2017 session ticks away
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys denies knowledge of Richard's Joplin airport hangar line item
          SNL:  Missouri Senate infighting gets increasingly personal X
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey takes part in The Missouri Times Facebook live interview, talks skirmish with Ron Richard, ethics, Greitens, more
          The Missouri Times:  Hailey's Law, other bills in the balance as Senate squabbles persist
          Missourinet:  Rally for 'Hailey's Law' looks to draw attention to slow-moving Senate
          Missourinet:  Greitens not ruling out special session to handle REAL ID, other issues
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity begins direct mail and digital in support of 'paycheck protection' bill X
          CDT:  Judge orders state of Missouri to process abortion license applications 'promptly' X
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood to move quickly to offer abortions in Kansas City, Columbia
          AP:  Eleven (11) women dress up as characters from Hulu TV show to protest pro-life legislation
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch owner Lee Enterprises reports disappointing earnings, lower revenue
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Eric Greitens' dark money epitomizes Sunshine vs. Secrecy;  Nondisclosure rapidly becoming his albatross
          KC Star editorial:  Romine's bill would allow employers to discriminate +
          P-D editorial:  Sens. Schaaf and Silvey should keep standing up against Greitens and Ron Richard
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City man unhappy about Greitens' small ethics fine +
          P-D letter:  Disabled woman opposes cuts to Consumer Directed Services program
          P-D letter:  Florissant septuagenarian expresses her anger over teacher pension control, Missouri lawmakers' extravagant $36k/yr salary
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        Wednesday, May 3
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on Obamacare changes, Trump's shutdown threat
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt critical of Trump's shutdown talk
          KWMU:  Blunt softens stance on piecemeal Obamacare repeal
          Missourinet:  Long's opposition to health care plan not swayed by Trump's call
          SNL:  Billy Long attacked, praised for opposing GOP health care bill X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph improvements get mentions in Washington by McCaskill, Blunt X
          Roll Call:  Democrats take omnibus victory lap;  Blunt talks NIH funding
          The Missouri Times:  The ten best - and five worst - days of the Greitens administration so far
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens named to Council of Governors by Trump
          AP:  'Right to work' backers fundraising to protect Missouri law
          Drebes:  Conservative groups urge Greitens to take on public unions
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Ryan Silvey "thanks" Ron Richard for leaving him off budget conference committee
          KC Star:  Silvey pens sarcastic letter to Richard +
          SNL:  'Dark money' bill finally gets hearing after secretive attack ads, Senate slowdown X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf gets hearing on 'dark money' legislation
          P-D:  Senators push for 'dark money' disclosure in final days of legislative session
          Columbia Missourian:  Schaaf gets hearing on 'dark money'
          AP:  Work in Missouri Senate slows as end of session nears
          The Missouri Times:  Vintage Dick Webster C-Span clip shows why Missouri Senate is unique
          The Missouri Times:  Budget conference scheduled again, House members find out through tweet
          KWMU:  Critics of managed care sound off on shift
          Missourinet:  Bill to boost coverage for developmentally disabled children dead, but could return
          AP:  Missouri House advances proposal with pro-life provisions
          KWMU:  Missouri House provisions address fetal tissue, parental consents
          KWMU:  Charter school 101:  The basics
          P-D:  After two years of wrangling, St. Louis' new $10 minimum wage could be in effect within days
          KWMU:  Court fees and fines studied as part of new multi-state report, including Missouri
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens should sign measure for UMKC arts campus +
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens should stay out of Kansas City police chief search +
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Stacy Washington columns will no longer appear after she failed to disclose conflict of interest
          P-D op-ed:  Nursing home administrator opposes Medicaid cuts and caps
          KC Star op-ed:  Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City):  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) is corrupt, shows audacious display of abuse +
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Online Summer Institute helps rural students
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman says Rex Sinquefield and Show-Me Institute are trying to turn teachers against each other
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        Tuesday, May 2   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
SNL:  Billy Long to oppose new GOP Obamacare replacement bill X
          KC Star:  McCaskill-requested audit finds Dept. of Energy is lax in fighting fraud +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump groups rally downtown for May Day march +
          SE Missourian:  18 take oath of citizenship at Cape courthouse ceremony;  Asians, Europeans and Africans follow U.S. immigration laws to become Americans +
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, others to complain about Trump policies at Thursday night potluck dinner
          SNL:  Report shows local use of federal seizure dollars X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sheltered workshops persevere under pressure from federal rules
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says he's had multiple conversations with White House about federal disaster declaration
          Missourinet:  State officials expect number of road closures to increase
          SE Missourian:  Severe floods ravage Doniphan, Van Buren;  river at Cape keeps rising +
          KWMU:  As Meremec rises again, environmentalists say levees make flooding worse
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden to receive lifetime achievement award from St. Louis County NAACP
          KWMU:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway preps for 2018 election
          Drebes:  Phil LeVota appointed to local college board of trustees
          AP:  Monthly survey suggests improvement in Midwest economic conditions
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Senate leadership snubs Silvey, keeps him off budget conference committee
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate focuses on ethics squabbles
          Columbia Missourian:  Major steps are still left as budget deadline approaches
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on bills in Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Despite absences, Greitens' tax committee close to doing work
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau City Council unanimously backs repeal of prevailing-wage law +
          Missourinet:  Legislation to create education savings accounts heads to House committee
          Missourinet:  Bill requiring transparency in land purchases for parks still alive in Missouri Legislature
          CDT:  Falling short:  State share of school funding shrinks while local burden grows X
          JCNT:  Transfer of historic prison sent to Greitens X
          Washington Missourian:  Jason Grellner, longtime anti-drug advocate, joins Mercy as security manager after 25 years in law enforcement X
          CDT:  Federal judge dismisses execution challenge in Columbia case X
          KC Star editorial:  Poor Missourians will have to pay for lawmakers' budget mistakes +
          Priddy:  Relax - a special session to finish the budget isn't that big of a deal
          P-D op-ed:  Mental Health America's Mark Utterback:  Balancing the budget on the backs of those living with mental illnesses
          P-D op-ed:  Mesothelioma series, St. Louis edition:  Ladue woman signs op-ed against state legislation
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        Monday, May 1   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
P-D:  Without Anthem, many Missourians would have no Obamacare options;  Company may pull out of unprofitable markets
          Roll Calll:  Former Blunt communications director Brian Hart to serve as new director of media relations at Federal Communications Commission
          CDT:  Veterinarian shortage:  Federal, state programs aim to combat lack of rural practices X
          SE Missourian:  Rise in region's household income outpaces state, nation +
          KC Star:  Relentless rain swamps Missouri as Greitens declares state of emergency +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Doug Libla talks foundation formula;  Panel of Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Washington), David Barklage, Jane Dueker, AFL-CIO's Mike Louis talk education funding, dark money and Greitens' anti-Schaaf campaign, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) chats with Rosenbaum about dark money, term limits, PDMP, discrimination bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Schmitt's program helps with disability expenses X
          KWMU:  Unions hold out hope they'll get voter repeal of 'right to work'
          AP:  New Medicaid system set to take effect today for 240,000 Missourians
          KC Star:  Budget battles looming in final two weeks of session +
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau City Council to take stand on prevailing wage repeal effort +
          Drebes:  Dixon suggests "Blue Alert" is superfluous, window-dressing puffery
          CDT:  MU braces for small class of first-time freshmen X
          Columbia Missourian:  Recent arrests at north Columbia brothel raise questions about extent of sex trafficking
          Washington Post's Joe Davidson:  Trump could save big bucks following GAO report's recommendations;  Comments from McCaskill
          SE Missourian letter:  Ameren Missouri Division Director Russ Burger on SB 190 +
          P-D letter:  Warrenton sexagenarian opposes changes to teachers' retirement system
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights retired teacher says "fat cats of Jefferson City" are trying to steal pensions
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man disappointed that Post-Dispatch editorial board is unaware of columnist Stacy Washington's compensation from NRA
          P-D letter:  Labadie man responds to anti-gun letter, says stricter laws won't stop hoodlums from violence
          KC Star letters:  Lee's Summit conservative imagines editorial board's hysteria if city hosted "Black Entitlement Conference";  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt says Kansas tobacco tax hike could be great for Missouri +
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        Sunday, April 30   MoDOT travel map - flooded roads
       
P-D:  Cook Political Report analysis shows Missouri's non-urban districts becoming darker red;  SEMO prof says Bootheel area in final stages of transcending Dixiecrat past
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Congress still awaiting budget with Amtrak;  Sen. Matt [sic] Blunt, rest of Missouri delegation supports funding for Essential Air Service program
          Columbia Missourian:  Climate change rally draws small crowd;  Sexagenarian Caucasoid male reads poem encouraging letting grass grow long rather than mowing;  Septuagenarian gender studies prof talks sexism of climate change;  Sexagenarian Caucusoid male attempts to lead rhythmic chant;  More
          KCUR:  Climate change rally features anti-Trump banter, sarcastic signs
          KC Star:  Climate change rally draws Trump critics;  Community college sociology prof offers expertise on global weather trends;  Minimum-wage activist attempts to work in fast-food campaign messaging +
          AP:  Greitens to pay penalty for using The Mission Continues donor list
          P-D:  Greitens fined $1,000 for not disclosing use of The Mission Continues donor list
          AP:  Analysis:  Greitens' aggressive style means intra-party clashes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft explainss voter ID in Randolph County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) talks foundation formula, more
          P-D:  Greitens declares state of emergency as flash flooding continues across Missouri
          Missourinet:  Greitens declares state of emergency in Missouri;  prisoners heading to St. Robert to sandbag
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) praises Highway Patrol, Dept. of Conservation agents for water rescues yesterday
          JCNT:  As session winds down, Missouri Legislature again poised to do nothing on transportation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid patients could face restrictions to access to antipsychotic medication
          SNL:  Capitol briefs:  Cannabis oil, labor reform and Airbnb X
          JCNT:  Solar groups oppose state energy bill;  Comments from former Rep. Zach Wyatt (R-Novinger) X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Brent Powell a good pick for Missouri Supreme Court;  Missouri Plan is working as intended X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Prevailing wage law costs taxpayers, local contractors +
          SNL letter:  Springfield conservative says Schumer ads might reveal his puppeteering of McCaskill X
          SNL letter:  Area man opposes restrictions on pseudoephedrine X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man says Ameren shareholders should fire CEO Warner Baxter for support of coal
          P-D letter:  Conservative Chesterfield septuagenarian expresses pleasure in reading Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson's damnation of street savagery and free-speech hypocrisy
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        Saturday, April 29
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Trump Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks in KC;  Audio of full speech and interview
          Missouri Farmer Today:  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses plans during Missouri visit
          High Plains Journal:  Secretary Perdue visits Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson meets with new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          SNL:  Out-of-state professors visit Drury, criticize Trump X
          Missourinet:  Task Force 1 deploys to help with expected flooding in Missouri
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  ACORN (rebranded "MORE,") other liberal groups get 30 minutes to promote today's "People's Climate March"
          KC Star:  Liberal groups' march may disrupt traffic for working people during Monday rush hour +
          Drebes:  GOP combatants line up to fill Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey responds to Greitens' Taco Bill video with one of his own, talks budget and takes aim at dark-money attacks
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens found guilty of ethics violation
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jason Rosenbaum talks about the rift between Sen. Rob Schaaf and Gov. Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens buys home in Warren County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 24
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 24
          KWMU:  Crunch time:  A look at legislation entering the final two weeks of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Bill for veterans homes stalled in Missouri House
          KC Star:  Bill would allow electronic monitoring of domestic abuse defendants +
          SNL:  Missouri's Case.net now offers text notifications for tracking cases X
          AP:  St. Louis businesses brace for impact of higher minimum wage
          CDT:  Choi:  University of Missouri System not 'retrenching' amid budget trimming X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says fatal motorcycle crashes reach all-time high in Missouri
          CDT:  Columbia pharmacies begin using drug monitoring program X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  OAKS volunteer receives award from Parson +
          KWMU:  Amendment from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) would prohibit publicly-funded facilities from promoting abortion
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  First 100 days for Trump, Greitens show lack of transparency +
          P-D letter:  Schaaf and Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford:  Missouri should not expand Medicaid managed care
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton resident suggests trying other solutions instead of tax credit for poor families
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        Friday, April 28
       
SE Missourian:  Jason Smith praises Trump's inquiry into aluminum imports +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump group disrupts Kansas congressman's speech at UMKC Law School;  UMKC coed says she screamed and stomped to protest "division" +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's human trafficking bill seeks tougher sanctions, more education
          KWMU:  Local scientist who wants federal funding opposes cuts to federal funding
          Missourinet:  Northern Missouri tech company adds 100 new jobs, praises state business climate;  Comments from Sam Graves
          FOX4KC:  Congressional delegation wants local VA to offer mammograms
          KWMU:  ACORN (rebranded "MORE"), others organize "People's Climate March" tomorrow in St. Louis City
          Drebes:  Brian Schmidt registers new organization, Missouri Children's Leadership Council
          Missourinet:  Greitens says he disagrees with his PAC releasing Schaaf's cell phone number
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-cannabis PAC joins Greitens' non-profit, runs social media ad against Schaaf
          KC Star:  Video:  Greitens signs bill while taking a Lyft to get Taco Bell;  Comely blonde chauffeurs governor whilst discussing legislation, economic benefits of part-time jobs +
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers look to finalize budget that doesn't include midyear cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House sends Onder's PLA bill to governor's desk
          KWMU:  Bill would spare public works projects from being forced to use all-union labor;  Other action includes education savings accounts, Zoo bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass limits on public construction
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes school choice, transfer proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Remington Research poll suggests voters could favor education savings accounts for school choice
          AP:  University of Missouri sets new policies in wake of agitators' protests
          CDT:  University of Missouri System to lose millions of dollars to lower enrollment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators will vote on UM System tuition increase next month
          P-D:  Declining enrollment leads to budget woes for University of Missouri System
          KWMU:  UMSL will close $15M deficit ahead of schedule;  UM System proposes tuition increases
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to protect Airbnb, other rentals
          AP:  Missouri House wants more information on state legal costs
          The Missouri Times:  PSC compels Empire to fulfill OPC data requests
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sen. Blunt is right - Blaine Amendment has outlived its time X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gov. Arrogant Greitens is no white knight X
          KC Star editorial:  'Full' funding for Missouri public schools? Sort of. +
          KC Star editorial:  Ride-sharing services still need scrutiny. Is there an app for that? +
          Communist Party USA's People's World bureau chief Tony Pecinovsky:  McCaskill demonstrates the limits of neo-liberal centrism
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Liberal Missouri media shows its bias on guns
          KC Star letter:  Liberal Lee's Summit septuagenarian responds to Todd Graves' response to Star editorial on Ron Richard +
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls responds to letter on teachers' retirement system changes
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian says Missouri legislators are trying to steal her pension money
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Community and Family Partnership's Ruth Ehresman:  Legislature should pass earned income tax credit to help the poor
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        Thursday, April 27
       
The Atlantic:  McCaskill "couldn't disagree more" with DNC chief Tom Perez, says party should not have litmus tests
          The Missouri Times:  Soros group targets Wagner's district with new anti-Trump ads
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer analyzes economy under Trump, Obamacare alternatives, more
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Veterans bill signed by Trump will help rural Missouri veterans
          P-D:  After work by McCaskill and others, deal may be close to cover retired United Mine Workers' health care
          SE Missourian:  State Supreme Court rules against Jason Smith's mother in dog-kennel defamation case +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis' Boeing vies with two others for major defense contract
          KC Star:  Founder of White Privilege Conference issues warning to Caucasoids:  "This is not a 'diversity' conference. It's not a kumbaya experience." +
          KCUR:  Schmitt launches savings program for people with disabilities
          KSHB:  Through State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's program, people with disabilities can put up to $100,000 in savings account
          SNL:  Dixon orders 100 dozen Hurts' donuts to ease Capitol tensions X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes state budget;  Negotiations with the House next
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes state budget, chambers to negotiate differences
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal pushes taxpayer buyout as Fitzpatrick stresses fiscal discipline
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Senate's funding of education could muddy negotiations
          SNL:  Springfield-area senators split over education funding X
          AP:  Missouri House OKs payouts for extra expenses
          P-D:  Managed care expansion on track after vote in Missouri Senate
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Advocates for school choice attend forum
          Columbia Missourian:  Program would create four adult high schools in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs allowing state employees to earn pensions faster
          JCNT:  Deaf advocates stress importance of legislative involvement X
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Hawley, legislative leaders fight court's decision to make abuse victim divulge address to attacker
          AP:  Missouri proposes new protections for domestic abuse victims
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers get involved in fight to protect whereabouts of abuse victims
          AP:  St. Louis City's minimum wage may rise as early as next week
          KWMU:  New St. Louis City minimum wage could begin next week
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for Marcellus Williams amid drug controversy
          AP:  August execution date set for Missouri inmate;  Murderer Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sets August execution date for murderer;  Victim was a former Post-Dispatch reporter
          KWMU:  Cases of syphilis transmitted in pregnancy rise in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Liberal groups complain about conservative legislation;  "Moral Missouri" coalition includes NAACP, NARAL, Sierra Club, et al.
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Ferguson court in 'disarray'
          Missourinet:  Galloway's audit of Ferguson Municipal Court finds $26k in illegal fees, missing money and records
          P-D:  Galloway issues damning report alleging Ferguson court collected illegal fees, lost records
          SNL editorial:  Missouri must move forward on industrial hemp X
          KC Star editorial:  Gimmicky-named "White Privilege Conference" not enough to address real race issues +
          CDT cartoon:  Mocking Greitens' direct-to-voters social media approach X
          P-D op-ed:  Mackinac Center of Public Policy's F. Vincent Vernuccio:  Missouri legislators should not stop with 'right to work' and 'paycheck protection,' should keep pushing forward on pro-worker policies
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Legislators should not pass Romine's discrimination bill
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and other liberals are wrong - there is no constitutional right to commit street savagery in the name of "protest"
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man opposes Trinity Lutheran Church suit, says churches should pay taxes
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        Wednesday, April 26
       
Politico:  How McCaskill, other vulnerable Dems have fared in Trump's first 100 days
          Washington Post:  Blunt says Trump's comments on possible wall delay "helpful" to getting budget deal done
          KWMU:  Area Chinese women impressed by Sheena Greitens' ability to speak Oriental language, express anger over "xenophobic" 2016 ads against Kurt Schaefer
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft speaks to local GOP club, talks voter ID legislation and "Safe at Home" program
          The Missouri Times:  GOP internecine warfare continues as Hoskins, Schaaf take aim at Greitens adviser Austin Chambers
          Missourinet:  Fiery remarks against Greitens and adviser Austin Chambers open key budget debate in Senate
          KWMU:  Schaaf continues to be formidable stumbling block for Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe still optimistic on passing lobbyist gift ban, despite new distractions
          Messenger:  Ethics overhaul in three acts, a Missouri tragedy:  After Schaaf hubbub dies down, Missouri voters must fix what legislators won't
          The Missouri Times' Benjamin Peters:  To PQ or not to PQ:  The Missouri Senate's battle for tradition
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might miss budget deadline, necessitating a special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to increase funding for public K-12 schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate votes to fully fund education
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate fully funds K-12 formula
          KWMU:  State budget fully funds Missouri's K-12 schools, though Greitens can say no
          KC Star:  New education fund in Kansas City just gave nearly $2 million to two charter schools
          KWMU:  Corporate income tax revenues drop in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel scrutinizes all tax credits offered by state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens chooses Brent Powell as next Missouri Supreme Court judge
          KWMU:  Greitens names Jackson County judge to fill Missouri Supreme Court vacancy
          AP:  Judge W. Brent Powell appointed to Missouri Supreme Court
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes abortion legislation, now up to Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says 911 legislation will improve service in rural Missouri
          KC Star:  Most KC taxis to operate like Uber and Lyft in wake of new state law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Progress stalls on paid parental leave in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri bill would raise adult crimes age
          Missourinet:  Missouri House holds moment of silence for two slain Laclede Gas workers;  Criminal Clinton Willis, convicted of burglary and crack-cocaine charges, shot and killed two workers in North St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says dramatic struggle of those who chose to purchase homes near landfill is "very, very, very, very similar" to Ferguson activists' "trauma"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri should do something about violent pit bulls
          KC Star letters:  KC man mocks "White Privilege Conference" organizers' profiteering;  Lee's Summit man wants gas tax for Missouri roads;  Local "Indivisible" leader expresses her anger at Blunt +
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        Tuesday, April 25
       
Reuters:  Trump's wall push may be delayed as government shutdown looms;  Blunt says spending-bill decision must be made by tonight
          Missourinet:  Blunt backs Trump's approach to North Korea threats
          SNL:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Trump's action on Veterans Choice program could help Missouri veterans +
          Joplin Globe:  Immigration officials yet to hold alien roundups in area;  Three arrests since Trump inauguration have enforced Obama-era rules X
          KC Star:  'White Privilege Conference' ready to open in KC +
          Drebes:  State employee moves:  Michael Quinlan, Christine Krug, Ryan Asbridge
          Missourinet:  Schmitt announces savings account program for the disabled
          KMBC:  MO ABLE to help Missourians with disabilities save money
          Columbia Missourian:  MO ABLE opens up chances to save
          JCNT:  Jefferson City man makes case for MO ABLE X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf talks with Scott Faughn about lobbyist gifts, Greitens' dark money, impact on governor's White House bid, more
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys bipartisan contributions continue to draw attention;  Schaaf suggests Greitens revamp ethics approach prior to White House bid
          AP:  Schaaf moving out of room he rented from lobbyist
          Missourinet:  Schaaf not ruling out further filibustering
          KWMU:  Greitens talks anti-Schaaf campaign after signing ride-hailing legislation, says nonprofit "is separate from me"
          P-D:  Greitens:  'I have no day-to-day responsibilities' with nonprofit
          The Missouri Times:  Ridesharing companies celebrate as Greitens signs Uber bill
          KC Star:  New Missouri law overrides city rules, might bring Lyft back to Kansas City
          P-D:  Greitens signs law smoothing the way for Uber, Lyft to operate statewide
          JCNT:  Uber operating in Jefferson City X
          SE Missourian:  Cape school board backs repeal of prevailing-wage law +
          KWMU:  Data privacy concerns may keep Jefferson County from tracking opioid prescriptions
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate ag committee approves Curtman's industrial hemp bill;  Missouri Farm Bureau testifies against it
          Missourinet:  Schupp says utilities industry funded robocalls in her district
          AP:  Missouri House passes legislation to track fetal tissue
          WGEM:  School choice advocates meet in Hannibal, talk HB 634
          KWMU:  Normandy School District officials hope students don't let them down with poor MAP scores
          P-D editorial:  Greitens fails his own ethics test
          KC Star editorial:  Time is running out to explain Missouri's new voter ID rules +
          JCNT editorial:  Alcohol advertising and free speech;  Legislators should pass HB 433 X
          SNL editorial:  Making costly accomodations for girl who wants to use boys' public school restrooms was a wise choice for school district X
          Waters:  Pruitt, Blunt won't win the war on coal - but they may be able to tweak enforcement excesses X
          KC Star op-ed:  MRP Chairman Todd Graves:  Star editorial wrong about Ron Richard +
          Helling:  In church case and ethics fight, Greitens trades policy for politics - and fails at both +
          Newton:  Posting Schaaf's cell phone number was a "bush-league move" by Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  United Way of Greater St. Louis' Orvin Kimbrough:  A state earned income tax credit helps Missouri's working families
          P-D op-ed:  Retired teacher:  Rex Sinquefield takes aim at Missouri teacher pensions
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        Monday, April 24
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) seek to stop financial scams targeting seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  Area olds promote their political involvement;  Thoughts from local liberals at League of Women Voters, Muleskinners
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks about battle with Schaaf;  Panel of state legislators talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  The Legislature's big task this week
          KWMU:  Disabled Missourians can save for long-term care under Schmitt's new MO ABLE program
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate turmoil could limit volume of legislation passed this session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan talks Senate vs. House school funding levels, blocking harmful legislation, more
          P-D:  Missouri Senators move to keep drunk driving checkpoints in budget
          P-D:  Lobbyist gift ban legislation likely to fail again this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) on unemployment insurance funding rated "True"
          KC Star:  Bills seek to address sexual abuse in nursing homes and mental-health facilities +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers grisly experiences in MoDOT worker's compensation case
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri steps up trapping and killing of feral hogs
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  "We need to get to the root cause (of DOC problems,) which is the warden"
          KC Star editorial:  Help wanted in Kansas City, where federal jobs remain unfilled +
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) would make reaching 911 far less frustrating
          SNL op-ed:  Blunt should stop Trump's cuts to Community Development Block Grants X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Bad tax policy at the core of Missouri's budget problems +
          P-D's Mark Schlinkmann:  After losing Jeff City fight to Uber, taxi agency may loosen cab rules
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants state legislators to raise gas tax +
          P-D letter:  Frontenac woman says violence makes her cry, and legislators should pass gun-control laws
          P-D letter:  Florissant nonagenarian wants Legislature to pass 2014 bill sponsored by former Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant)
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        Sunday, April 23
       
The Chart (Missouri Southern):  Immigrant students hold forum to discuss themselves;  Mexican coed laments "constant struggle" of illegal status
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill's statement on refugees rated "False"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler celebrate "new paradigm" of clean air, affordable energy under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
          KSMU (Springfield):  Photos from March for Science rally
          KC Star:  March for Science draws wide array of issue activists +
          P-D:  Thousands gather in downtown St. Louis for St. Louis' March for Science
          CDT:  Activists march in support of scientists X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph joins international March for Science X
          AP:  First 100 days:  Judging Greitens' performance versus campaign promises
          McClatchy:  Greitens' social media draws wide array of assessments;  Republican man says Greitens seems genuine;  SLU prof Ken Warren (D) calls approach to press "arrogant;"  KC woman dislikes tryhard workout showoffery, calls it "gross"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Caleb Rowden gives background on battle versus Schaaf and thoughts on moving forward;  All-legislator panel talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  On Neitzsche, Schaaf and Rowden
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not concerned about compressed budget timeline
          KC Star:  Preview:  Final three weeks of legislative session +
          SNL:  Ten bills that could change education in Springfield X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill to fund Scottrade renovations moving ahead X
          P-D:  Next move is up to Ameren after Missouri opts not to regulate charging stations
          NY Times editorial:  Supreme Court should rule against Missouri church
          KC Star editorial:  Sam Graves should help city with funding for Buck O'Neil bridge +
          P-D op-ed:  Alliance for Defending Freedom's James Gottry explains rationale for Trinity Lutheran Church's lawsuit
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy:  Prevailing wage drives up costs for local projects +
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian applauds Blunt for supporting medical research funding X
          SNL letter:  Area coed disagrees with Billy Long on abortion and Obamacare, says a town hall would give her "a gratifying experience" X
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        Saturday, April 22   Earth Day
       
Knoxville News Sentinel:  Blunt speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner, says occasional dark day is brightened by knowledge that Hillary Clinton isn't president
          SNL:  Springfield's 'March for Science' to draw diverse amalgam of ideologies;  Organizers will deliver message-laden banners to offices of McCaskill, Blunt, Long X
          KWMU:  St. Louis scientists participate in 'March for Science'
          Missourinet:  International science event will have strong presence in Missouri
          Drebes:  Greitens hosts dinner at Governor's Mansion with female leaders, promotes administration's push for more female leaders
          The Missouri Times:  First 100 Days:  A look at how Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Schmitt, Hawley have tracked against their campaign promises
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt prepares to roll out MO ABLE program
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' nonprofit criticizes Schaaf, posts senator's personal phone number online
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit publishes GOP state senator's cellphone phone number X
          KWMU:  Greitens' nonprofit zeroes in on Schaaf in online ad
          P-D:  Some Democrats, Republicans rent sleeping space from lobbyists
          SNL:  D.C. group asks U.S. attorney to investigate Missouri Senate leader X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers may miss May 5 deadline, raising possibility of special session
          P-D:  GOP infighting could delay budget progress
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) on proposed tax on propane and electricity used in electric cars
          SNL:  Transgender-accommodating costs:  Ozark High School will spend more than $20k to renovate restrooms for one (1) girl who refuses to use female facilities X
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. attorney should investigate Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Great Plains-Westar merger delay could cost ratepayers the benefit of operational efficiencies X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should help Jefferson City promote jailhouse tourism
          Messenger:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) switches teams, files bill to help debt-collector clients
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian says McCaskill's constituent "survey" reveals her liberal bent X
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor septuagenarian says Blunt is scared of defending Trump at town halls
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes proposal from Antonio French, liberal college students to make urban area a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council's Will Jordan criticizes Post-Dispatch reporting on Romine's bill
        KC Star letter:  Grandparents Against Gun Violence's Judy Sherry unhappy about newspaper's use of "silver bullet," says society must stop using "70 words and phrases that refer to guns and shooting" +
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        Friday, April 21
       
Missourinet:  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt tells Missouri crowd war on coal is over
          CDT:  EPA chief celebrates rollback of Obama regulations X
          Drebes:  McCaskill faces uphill battle for re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt secures $10 million for Missouri to fight opioid abuse
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  New health-care package could be unveiled soon +
          KWMU:  Missouri Arts Council opposes cuts to its federal funding
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder honored at Boy Scout dinner +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) needs liver transplant +
          Drebes:  House 21 update:  Daniel O'Neill, John Mayfield
          Kraske:  GOP targets Nixon-appointed judges, and the former governor should only blame himself +
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood to offer abortions in Springfield and Joplin X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR turns over documents to Galloway's office
          AP:  DOR gives records after auditor's subpoena
          KWMU:  Missouri revenue department turns over tax refund information
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf raises stakes in managed care fight
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden questions Schaaf's motivation on Senate floor
          The Missouri Times:  Weigh station bill dies on House floor despite FBI inquiry
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles County) chats with Rosenbaum about boosting transportation funding without raising taxes, potential PDMP pitfalls, more
          AP:  Plan to end tax break for Missouri seniors, disabled stalls
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling budgets reflect growing distance between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans fail to take up discrimination bill as session enters crunch time;  McGaugh expects bill to come up next week
          KWMU:  Missouri House delays vote on workplace discrimination bill
          SE Missourian:  County commissioners voice support for repealing prevailing-wage law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hegeman's statement on University of Missouri bonuses rated "Half True"
          Missourinet:  Committee investigating Missouri's prison system wraps up with DOC director
          The Missouri Times:  PSC declares it does not have EVF authority
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' heard in bogged-down Senate X
          Missourinet:  Late in the game, 'Hailey's Law' still pedaling through Missouri Legislature
          AP:  State alters program for abuse victims after court order
          KC Star:  After provocative debate, prospects appear dim for LGBTQIA* rights in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri needs a higher gas tax to pay for better roads and safer bridges
          CDT cartoon:  Milk-carton cliche, featuring Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Bipartisan Uber and Lyft bill passage gives hope for more good legislation
          KC Star op-ed:  Mesothelioma widow opposes HB 333 +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  State legislators fail local residents by failing to pass PDMP X
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal applauds McCaskill's opposition to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman opposes cuts to "circuit breaker" program
          SE Missourian letter:  MEDA's Trey Davis responds to "false and uneducated" op-ed from "highfalutin'" attorney David Woodsmall +
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        Thursday, April 20   4/20
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt makes brief surprise visit to Missouri House;  Junior senator talks EPA, Blaine Amendment, more
          P-D:  Blunt backs Trump's North Korea actions
          KWMU:  Blunt announces $10 million federal grant to Missouri to fight opioid crisis
          SNL:  McCaskill reaffirms opposition to 'dark money' after $500,000 ad buy from secretive Schumer PAC X
          KC Star:  Dark money group launches ad campaign supporting McCaskill days after she pans dark money +
          Rolla Daily News:  Rep. Jason Smith faces constituents at town hall, talks EPA, Trump budget, more
          Missourinet:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to appear with Blunt in northern Missouri today
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists hold mock town hall;  Stunt features mannequin dressed as Blunt, depiction of elephant posterior, etc.
          P-D:  Missouri playground case touches on separation of church and state
          Columbia Missourian:  After arguments, Supreme Court leans toward local church in religious freedom case
          NPR:  Playground case could breach barrier between tax coffers, religious schools
          Drebes:  Former Rep. John Bowman (D-St. Louis), who resigned after bank fraud indictment, lobbying for UAW
          CDT:  Democrat Michela Skelton leads in 50th District fundraising X
          Columbia Missourian:  50th House District candidates file campaign finance reports
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Profile:  Young Democrats of Missouri's Houston Roberts X
          JCNT:  Auditor subpoenas DOR records X
          AP:  Galloway issues subpoena to revenue department
          KWMU:  Galloway goes after DOR over tax refund information
          Missourinet:  State auditor subpoenas DOR, claims Greitens is stonewalling
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway subpoenas DOR
          P-D:  Owner of troubled Festus nursing home admits stealing Medicaid funds, spending cash on strippers and other toys
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), others continue push for Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Pay-to-play allegations against Missouri Senate leader draw complaint
          The Missouri Times' Rachel Herndon Dunn:  HELP vs. Drivewyze:  Backstory of how conflict led to FBI investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf boots House bills off Senate consent calendar:  "Actions have consequences"
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) on Senate personality conflicts, the PQ, and more
          KWMU:  Buckle up:  No major funding increases for fixing Missour's roads, bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Alternative fuels showcased at Capitol;  Proponents call them solutions to state funding issues
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives green light to State Legal Expense Fund bill;  Hawley to issue first report this month
          AP:  Missouri House advances abortion proposal
          KWMU:  Federal judge blocks two of Missouri's abortion restrictions
          AP:  Judge blocks Missouri's abortion-restricting rules
          The Missouri Times:  AIM board visits Capitol for legislative day
          The Missouri Times:  As Missouri PSC awaits Great Plains-Westar merger briefs, Kansas regulators reject combination
          SE Missourian:  Millions at stake over Ameren fight with property tax assessments +
          KWMU:  Ameren begins major upgrades at Lake of the Ozarks dam
          AP:  Work begins on $52 million improvements to Bagnell Dam
          Missourinet:  House committee to hear MONA
          Missourinet:  Powdered alcohol bill heads to Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Galloway begins audit of Hazelwood schools at parents' request
          KC Star editorial:  Urban mayors Sly James and Lyda Krewson must team up to teach Missouri's GOP legislators what's what +
          P-D editorial:  A good-faith effort to help homeowners around West Lake Landfill
          P-D Editorial Board Editor Tod Robberson:  Schaaf does the right thing by criticizing Greitens' dark money
          Priddy:  Remembering Jerry Nachtigal
          P-D letter:  Wash U School of Social Work staff thank McCaskill, Blunt for supporting scientific research funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger at Post-Dispatch for not covering anti-Trump rally
          CDT letter:  Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association thanks local legislators for voting against charter school bill X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to letter responding to PDMP legislation X
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        Wednesday, April 19
       
Politico:  Chuck Schumer's SuperPAC launches radio ads in Missouri supporting McCaskill
          CDT:  Local Democratic National Committee member Persephone Dakopolos files six (6) delinquent campaign finance reports;  "People Over Profits" was created to help Bernie Sanders X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Local sect of national anti-Trump "Indivisible" group to hold town hall tomorrow night
          Columbia Missourian:  Rally for illegal immigrants draws 100
          AP:  Judge rejects Clay's effort to reinstall cops-as-animals painting in Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri House races
          Drebes:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) gets support from prominent businessman David Steward
          The Missouri Times:  Veterans appeal to Greitens to legalize medical marijuana
          P-D:  Woman who accused Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) of assault two years ago seeks $25k payday;  Roberts' attorney calls opportunistic timing "suspect"
          The Missouri Times:  Business community optimistic about future of Missouri's economy;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, AIM's Ray McCarty, national ALEC rep
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops to 3.9 percent
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran case, citing Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  Lawyers:  Trinity Lutheran religious freedom case should proceed despite Greitens' policy change X
          KWMU:  Hawley's office recuses itself from lawsuit
          AP:  Hawley:  Church lawsuit should proceed
          Missourinet:  AG office recuses itself from U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit
          P-D:  Lawyers argue Missouri church-state Supreme Court case should go on;  AG office recuses itself
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate remembers 13 former colleagues X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to take Rehder's PDMP bill to conference
          KC Star:  Program to monitor prescription drugs runs into new roadblocks in Missouri statehouse +
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers clash over details in prescription drug monitoring bill
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force might have traction to get through Missouri Legislature
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says lawmakers may need special session to pass budget
          P-D:  Missouri Senate talks 'circuit breaker' legislation
          Missourinet:  Ride-sharing legislation makes its way to Greitens
          P-D:  House sends student transfer bill to the Senate
          AP:  Missouri House passes changes to student transfer policy
          KWMU:  Missouri education department drops goal of having schools among nation's 10 best
          KBIA (Columbia):  House votes to block new state parks
          KWMU:  Narrower-than-proposed version of St. Louis Zoo tax bill passes in House
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  Missouri has a "very serious problem with homelessness"
          KWMU:  After taking double-digit spanking, failed Ferguson mayoral candidate Ella Jones says she'll work with Mayor James Knowles
          P-D editorial:  State lawmakers should fund Missouri Technology Corp.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Highway funding should be a priority;  Greitens has been too quiet on the issue X
          SNL op-ed:  Drug monitoring won't solve opioid issue X
          CDT op-ed:  Former Missouri Juvenile Justice Association Director Vivian Murphy:  It's time for Missouri to raise the age on juvenile justice X
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian woman who chooses to live in Kansas wants Missouri legislators to ban plastic bags +
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        Tuesday, April 18   Tax Day
       
WSJ:  Fundraising by Senate Democrats - including McCaskill - jumps ahead of 2018 election
          KY3:  McCaskill calls herself 'underdog' in re-election race
          KWMU:  Fundraising reports:  McCaskill, Wagner set strong pace;  State officeholders feel stifling effects of new contribution limits
          P-D:  Summary of congressional delegation's PAC receipts;  Ann Wagner talks fundraising on Scott Faughn's This Week in Missouri Politics
          P-D:  Summary of statewide officeholders' April campaign finance reports
          The Missouri Times:  Working with Trump 'amazing,' says Wagner
          The Missouri Times:  Handicapping 2018:  Who will take on Ann Wagner for GOP U.S. Senate nomination, and which Republican will fill her 2nd District House seat?
          Columbia Missourian:  New website shows Truman Veterans' Hospital wait times
          P-D:  Federal judge denies Clay's lawsuit seeking re-hanging of cops-as-animals painting
          KQED (Northern California):  Queer and undocumented:  Bisexual Mexican muchacha Yahaira Carrillo recounts sneaking across the border into California, then invading Missouri before returning West
          AP:  Jerry Nachtigal, spokesman for Govs. Carnahan, Wilson and Holden, dies of cancer in South Dakota
          Drebes:  Ron Richard appoints Stephen Cale Bradford to Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience board
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate expected to focus on tax credit repeal, budget, changes to labor and education laws
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) talks balance between charter-school legislation and public school funding
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Education bills move through Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  E-mails outline possible additional cuts at Mizzou;  staff travel budgets in some divisions being reviewed
          Missourinet:  Electricians group backs bill that would require greater boat dock safety standards
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider proposal to expand St. Louis offender rehabilitation program
          KC Star editorial:  Supreme Court should remove religious prejudice from Missouri Law +
          P-D editorial:  Court should deny church taxpayer resources
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill waxes nostalgic about Missouri's olden days of John Ashcroft, Harriett Woods and a yet-to-turn-solid-red state X
          Waters:  Greitens on church and state X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Regulators should approve north Missouri infrastructure project
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        Monday, April 17
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill says Trump trade policy could hurt Missouri farmers
          P-D:  Missouri's 2016 congressional incumbents spent significant campaign cash;  Newspaper publishes expense-report details six (6) months after general election
          CDT:  Unitarian Universalist church plans rally to promote 'sanctuary' status for illegal aliens X
          CDT:  New fed website shows wait time for specialty appointments at Truman VA is longer than most state hospitals and clinics X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on Trump, McCaskill, Gorsuch, Hawley and more;  Panel of Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) on state budget, managed care, more
           Drebes:  GOP communicator extraordinaire Jason Klindt moves into marketing role for KCP&L
           AP:  Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear Missouri church-playground case
           Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court will interpret religious freedom in Trinity Lutheran Church case
           KWMU:  Higher ed officials want more state funding for scholarship programs
           KC Star:  Student journalists' rights:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) would strengthen free-speech shield in Missouri +
           Missourinet:  Recreation enthusiasts angry over waterways bill in Legislature
           CDT:  National county-health rankings show Boone County has a high rate of chlamydia, but quality clinical care X
           P-D:  Buyouts could be coming for those who chose to purchase a home near the West Lake Landfill
           JCNT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley takes needed steps against trafficking X
           P-D editorial:  Compromise on ride-hailing companies was the best St. Louis City could expect
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's burdensome abortion regulations deserve to be reversed in court
           SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  No more pseudonyms on semissourian.com;  Local school districts, governments pledge to be more engaged in online discussion if commenters use their real names +
           Messenger:  In battle of Ameren vs. the assessors, school funding is held hostage
           P-D letter:  Town and Country woman applauds Clay and Wagner for supporting global child health programs
           P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants Greitens to compromise on Medicaid expansion
           Columbia Missourian letter:  Glendale man says GOP legislators want to force churches to allow guns
           KC Star letters:  Kansas City sexagenarian says changes to Obamacare would hurt Missourians;  Lee's Summit octogenarian opposes Missouri Gas Energy rate increase +
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian mocks Leonard Pitts column, says Pepsi protest ad should have depicted Kendall Jenner behaving like a savage
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        Sunday, April 16   Happy Easter!
       
KC Star:  Trump administration changes Obamacare rules, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC says more fixes needed +
          Joplin Globe:  Illegal immigrants at MSSU boast about their status at campus forum;  Alien coed unhappy that GOP state legislators won't hand her taxpayer money X
          SNL:  Federal payments to rural Missouri school districts in danger due to change in forestland revenue distribution X
          JCNT:  Federal budget could cut $300K from Jefferson City Public Schools funding X
          JCNT:  Trump's budget could affect area youth programs X
          KC Star:  Union haul:  Boilermakers union bosses' salaries and perks climb as membership sinks;  Former president of KC local:  "There's nothing democratic about what they do" +
          KC Star:  'Mother of all bombs' dropped on radical Muslims is a runt compared to Missouri-based father of all bombs +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Ann Wagner on her U.S. Senate bid;  Panel of Riverfront Times and St. Louis magazine founder Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) discuss Wagner vs. Hawley, state budget, more
           Drebes:  Help Wanted:  National Alliance on Mental Illness of Missouri seeks Executive Director
           JCNT:  Jay Nixon reflects on time in office X
           AP:  Church lawsuit against Missouri uncertain after Greitens' rule change
           KC Star:  A Missouri church's playground is now a First Amendment exercise for Supreme Court +
           Columbia Missourian:  Lobbyists providing fewer gifts to lawmakers;  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee among those providing pure wisdom rather than trinkets, tickets or meals
           CDT:  Lawmakers may restore UM System funding X
           SNL:  Dixon works behind scenes for early childhood education sales tax push X
           KWMU:  In St. Louis Public Schools, too many white and Asian students qualify for gifted programs;  Superintendent Kelvin Adams hopes to rectify grave injustice
           AP:  White Missourians between the ages of 25 to 54 more likely to die from overdose
           AP:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation study finds deep drop in once-common bat species
           JCNT:  State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began X
           Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens correct to streamline state boards X
           P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers in debt for $1 billion from unaccountable tax districts
           P-D's Samantha Liss:  Patients likely to fall through the cracks during Medicaid managed care rollout in Missouri
           P-D op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City):  Romine's bill would cripple Missouri Human Rights Act
           P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch was based on politics, not principle
           SNL letter:  Springfield man wonders why Ozarks Technical Community College raised tuition and gave employees a pay raise X
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts is incorrect regarding Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson
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        Saturday, April 15
       
NY Times:  McCaskill's survival plan in pro-Trump Missouri:  Stay in the center
          KC Star:  McCaskill weighs in on Russia, Syria, state GOP legislators' 'right to work' bill +
          SNL:  McCaskill holds town hall in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  McCaskill supporters cheer senior senator at town hall X
          KSMU:  McCaskill fields questions on abortion, Trump during Springfield town hall
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission continues work to educate on campaign contribution changes
          KC Star:  GOP Sens. Rob Schaaf, Ryan Silvey recommend Greitens be more transparent about anonymous donors +
          Drebes:  Meet Ron Hicks and Associates;  Former GOP state rep has been back to the Capitol, but must wait to register as a lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  April 13, 2017
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin recaps recent legislative happenings
          KC Star:  Legislative briefs:  PDMP, transportation funding, campus concealed-carry +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) previews final month of the legislative session
          KWMU:  New federal law allowing states to deny Planned Parenthood funding won't immediately affect Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri Western, MSSU join trend of schools no longer requiring ACT or SAT +
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) seeks to boost tourism at historic Missouri prison
          Daily Journal:  Missouri Department of Conservation warns against adopting wildlife;  Young animals "are better off in their natural habitats," become dangerous as they get older
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants federal, state funding to help young urbanites deal with "toxic stress"
          KC Star editorial briefs:  Truman State College Republicans had the audacity to invite a conservative speaker to campus, and campus liberals refrained from violence +
          KC Star editorial:  2018 state auditor endorsement preview:  University of Missouri, TDD audits show Democrat Nicole Galloway is "hitting her stride" +
          Waters:  TDD audits are low-hanging fruit X
          Messenger:  State workers failed to disclose their connection to company they regulated
          P-D op-ed:  Mayors from cities in MN, LA:  Mayor Francis Slay's legacy reaches the length of the Mississippi River
          SNL letter:  2016 House District 136 silver medalist Jeff Munzinger (D):  Compassion hard to find in Missouri Legislature X
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        Friday, April 14
       
KC Star:  McCaskill speaks to large group of supporters at KC event, says Missourians voted for Trump out of 'pain' +
          KC Star multimedia journalist Keith Myers:  Video:  Following town hall, Missouri's senior United States senator attempts popular 2015 dance move "The Dab" +
          KC Star:  Video:  McCaskill talks Obamacare, more at KC Star offices;  Editorial Board members Colleen Nelson and Melinda Henneberger nod, giggle and affirm on Obamacare, Cabinet appointments, illegal immigrants, etc. +
          Kraske:  McCaskill goes country - emphasizing rural issues - in first tough U.S. Senate election +
          P-D:  McCaskill raises nearly $3 million in quarter
          KWMU:  United Way report shows 43 percent of Missouri heads-of-households fail to provide enough for their family
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Hardy Billington shows strong fundraising in bid for Todd Richardson's state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) joins #moleg podcast, talks Speaker of the House contenders and Greitens' meddling, Hawley for U.S. Senate, Cardinals baseball, more
          KWMU:  Greitens issues policy change regarding state grants and religious groups
          AP:  Greitens:  Religious organizations can apply for state grants
          P-D:  Greitens instructs DNR to consider religious organizations for grants
          SNL:  Galloway slams tax districts' 'questionable practices,' including one in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Rehder's PDMP bill with major changes
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring program gets long-awaited approval in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program, with some changes
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
          KWMU:  What the Missouri Senate budget committee did this week
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel:  "We're going to have a discussion about transportation, one way or another"
          The Missouri Times:  Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass statewide rules for Uber, Lyft
          KWMU:  Uber, Lyft regulations sent to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  Uber, Lyft proposal heading to Greitens' desk
          Missourinet:  Lichtenegger, McCreery aim to change gun bill's domestic-violence loophole
          AP:  Senate advances new St. Louis Zoo tax rules
          P-D:  Need a job?  Missouri's employment office thinks Clayton firm can help
          P-D:  State settles appeal alleging North St. Louis City facility lacks proper air pollution permit
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) would restrict use of shackles on pregnant inmates
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to resolve execution drug debate
          P-D editorial:  In Jefferson City, ethics reform is for the other guys
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Midwest Energy Consumers' Group's David Woodsmall:  Monopoly utilities lobby for higher rates, seek to undermine Missouri Public Service Commission +
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Financial myopia may make Missouri pension buyout a popular option
          P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian says McCaskill's explanation of Gorsuch vote shows her social bias
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian disagrees with Stacy Washington's column on school choice
          P-D letter:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen says Legislature must correct mistake that hurts fantasy sports companies
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal chastises Blunt for lack of town halls, attempts analogy involving tulips and petunias +
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        Thursday, April 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill's town hall in Jefferson County draws friendly crowd
          P-D:  McCaskill greets friendly crowds at town halls, takes shots at Republican colleagues
          AP:  McCaskill supporters turn out for senator's town halls
          Missourinet:  McCaskill faces few critics at Fulton town hall
          CDT:  McCaskill supporters give warm welcome to senior senator at Fulton town hall X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill talks re-election campaign, more to friendly crowd
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill talks bipartisanship, Trump, health care during town hall meeting +
          KC Star:  Editorial board promotes Facebook Live Q&A with McCaskill to be held today +
          SNL:  Sierra Club members promote McCaskill in Jefferson City, meet with state legislators at Capitol;  Comments from Missouri chapter leader John Hickey X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner sets high mark in fundraising, signaling U.S. Senate run
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, eyeing Senate run, has nearly $3 million in the bank
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith:  Republicans want to 'bust up' IRS;  believes Congress can pass tax-reform bill +
          The Arrow (SEMO):  Federal budget proposal could affect local NPR station KRCU
          KWMU:  A look at how $29.5 million HUD grant will be spent in North St. Louis City;  Urban Strategies' Esther Shin says greenspaces, health education will totally make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glace updates on state legislation:  Discrimination-law updates, REAL ID, higher ed, more
          AP:  Missouri House strikes down proposed gas tax
          P-D:  No appetite in Missouri House to send gas tax hike to voters
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee wades through state budget, delaying some decisions
          AP:  Missouri budgeters plan for reboot and expansion of Amber Alert
          Missourinet:  House next in line to hear employment discrimination bill
          KWMU:  Missouri-wide regulations for Uber, Lyft nearing Greitens' desk
          AP:  Bill would cap fees for contracted state lawyers
          P-D:  St. Louis one of many urban areas across the country hitting roadblocks at statehouses
          KWMU:  Synthetic opioid deaths surge across St. Louis region
          SNL:  Video:  Student-on-the-street interviews about campus concealed carry:  MSU coed:  "I think that, like, students should have the right to carry their guns, but not on, like, a university or public place" X
          The Missouri Times:  Sponsors of licensing bond increase say they hope to protect consumers
          P-D:  Missouri House addressing conflict of interest concerns between state officials, trucking company
          SNL:  Missouri waterways bill perplexes many at House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  McGaugh offers bill changing local health ordinance rulemaking
          AP:  Senators OK home buyouts aimed at St. Louis-area landfills
          KWMU:  State Senate passes bill to buy homes near West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Accountability the main concern should Ferguson's consent decree be scuttled
          P-D:  St. Louis City Hall reporter Koran Addo departs Post-Dispatch, will go to work for mayor-elect whose election campaign he covered
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  Shared parenting bill will benefit Missouri children
          Waters:  Time for passage of liquor-pricing bill X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  St. Louis woman expresses anger at her state legislators for never responding to her petition regarding asbestos
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian McCaskill supporter proud of senior senator's vote on Gorsuch
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