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        Thursday, March 23
       
McClatchy:  DSCC, gearing up to defend McCaskill and other vulnerable Dems, releases ad targeting GOP health care bill
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Austin Stukins talks Obamacare repeal, retiring Claire McCaskill, more
          CDT:  Pro-life changes win Hartzler's vote on GOP health care plan
          KTTS (Springfield):  Missouri Health Care for All organizes pro-Obamacare protests outside GOP congressional offices
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Health Care for All turns out sixteen (16) for protest outside Billy Long's office
          CDT:  CoMo for Progress event provides Obamacare supporters opportunity to vent;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) calls President Donald Trump a "con artist"
          Missourinet:  McCaskill undecided on Gorsuch
          P-D:  Liberal groups pressure McCaskill to oppose regulatory overhauls
          Missourinet:  Wagner, Hawley target Federal Reserve agency
          CDT:  Liberal group "Race Matters, Friends" wants Columbia Public Schools to oppose federal enforcement of immigration laws
          P-D:  Phyllis Schlafly's daughter alleges that brothers sabotaged her inheritance in ongoing family fight
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles)
          The Missouri Times:  Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum
          KWMU:  Legislators will tackle federal REAL ID law in second half of session
          SNL:  With no taxes or tolls likely, MoDOT makes due
          Missourinet:  Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says there will not be a major transportation bill this year
          P-D:  University of Missouri System joins the growing list of schools using Common Application
          KC Star:  UM System joins the 'Common App,' and expect an enrollment boost
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System schools to begin using the Common Application
          P-D:  Group opposing Christian sex education materials to hold rally March 28
          The Missouri Times:  More cities line up for Grain Belt Express deals as PSC hears case for a second time
          The Missouri Times:  PSC taks steps to change rules to improve transparency
          KWMU:  Ferguson's next mayor faces repairing city's reputation
          KWMU:  Activists unhappy with speed of implementing Ferguson's federal consent decree
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner's loyalty to financial industry stinks of swamp politics
          Jensen:  State bill looks at driver civility;  Noble legislation underscores sad reality that miscreants have no respect for authority
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Tuition flexibility could help fix higher ed budgets
          P-D op-ed:  Local union rep opposes GOP changes to prevailing wage
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        Wednesday, March 22
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill, other vulnerable Senate Democrats stand firm in opposing GOP health care plan
          SNL:  Billy Long shrugs off GOP divisions over Obamacare replacement X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Local "Show Me Indivisible" group draws fewer than 30 to rally;  Obamacare supporters congregate during what most Missourians consider the work day X
          Vox:  Health care fact checks:  Luetkemeyer comment on state-run health exchanges is inaccurate
          Washington Post:  Mini-profiles of the "vulnerable":  O'Fallon, Mo. Obamacare supporter, once obese and now old, opposes GOP health plan
          CDT:  Local artists' anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 40;  Local thespian says she turned to art as "my therapy" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates protest Trump budget cuts;  Area artist thinks calling and writing letters to congressional offices will make a difference
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  FBI probe should move with haste +
          P-D:  Rep. Ann Wagner takes aim at consumer protection chief
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says Trump will make it to Missouri;  Congressman - who stayed loyal to Trump when other GOP politicos bailed in the fall - wants President to visit southeast Missouri
          Drebes:  Jason Smith on Trump's wiretapping allegations
          The Missouri Times:  Kit Bond shares his thoughts on the current state of Missouri politics:  Greitens, state budget, gas tax, advice for freshmen legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Austin Stukins named new Missouri GOP executive director
          The Missouri Times:  Joe Lakin's Victory Enterprises earns Pollie for Missouri GOTV piece
          The Missouri Times:  Mini-profile:  Q&A with Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Finding Lynn Messer:  Investigation Discovery special airs Sunday
          AP:  Missouri jobless rate drops slightly in February
          St. Louis Record:  Choices for Missouri Supreme Court seat prompt debate over 'elitist' system;  Thoughts from James Harris, others
          KWMU:  Missouri's public defenders to get help with large caseloads
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling prescription drug monitoring proposals on collision course in Legislature
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers backing off Medicaid prescription limit +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer wants more money for addiction caseworkers
          AP:  Federal judge defers ruling on Missouri abortion rules
          Missourinet:  Campaign Life Missouri, NARAL-Missouri view pregnancy resource centers differently
          Missourinet:  Measure to oversee big event ticket purchases could pass Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) would restrict taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers from using some smartphone operations while driving
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers likely to support convention of states X
          CDT:  UM System president warns of closed programs amid budget crunch X
          KWMU:  Webster University to host sex-trafficking seminar
          KC Star editorial:  Tolls? Gas tax? Let's at least have a chat about funding Missouri highways +
          P-D op-ed:  Locs [sic] of Glory proprietor Tameka Stigers:  State of Missouri should get out of braiders' hair
          CDT letter:  Fulton man says ag bills from Munzlinger, McGaugh threaten Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian expresses anger that Post-Dispatch eliminated the children and news beat, especially in light of dastardly Missouri Republicans' reign
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        Tuesday, March 21
       
Ozark Radio News:  Pro-Obamacare group protests outside office of Rep. Jason Smith;  "Stand and Resist" campaign draws crowd of fifteen (15)
        CDT:  Trump's victory lamented at NAACP dinner;  Mary Ratliff:  "We feel that" we're "a nation in mourning" X
        KC Star:  Trump might make stop in KC for World War I centennial +
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Local group takes part in annual fly-in, will meet with McCaskill, Blunt and Graves
        KC Star:  Missouri Republican Party announces new executive director:  Louisiana native Austin Stukins +
        The Missouri Times:  Profile Q&A:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield)
        Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Charter schools, medical malpractice, many more
        The Missouri Times:  Senate postpones confirming gubernatorial appointments over Greitens' executive order
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal to sell bridge, highway naming rights X
        P-D:  At midpoint of session, Missouri Republicans on track with changes to legal system
        The Missouri Times:  Rural Economic Development caucus hopes to expand view on state's economy
        Missourinet:  New Missouri House Rural Economic Development Caucus to raise awareness about farmer suicide rates
        Missourinet:  Newly-formed organization aims to alleviate Missouri public defender system caseloads
        P-D:  Private attorneys pledge to take on some cases from St. Louis public defenders
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) would make juvenile officer an elected position
        Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) would eliminate most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law
        Missourinet:  Emery, Libla disagree on potential rate increase under proposed utility change
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hearings take place this week in Grain Belt Express case
        AP:  Wind energy firm trying again for OK of cross-country line
        Washington (D.C.) Monthly op-ed:  How an obscure Obamacare provision is quietly saving lives, and money, in Missouri
        Messenger:  On family leave, Greitens embraces Obama and wins for Missouri families
        P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian home health care worker, via SEIU communications staff:  Greitens cuts to home health care are "dramatic"
        Environment America press release:  Cars are polluting 40% less than they were 20 years ago;  Instead of accelerating this process, Trump is considering slamming on the brakes
        CDT letter:  Environment Missouri's Taylor Hale:  McCaskill should continue opposing Trump policies;  Talking points lifted verbatim from press release above X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield man wonders if minimum-wage protesters understand their predicament if proposal is enacted
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian grows weary of Post-Dispatch's obsession with street pharmaceuticals salesman/police assailant Michael Brown
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        Monday, March 20
       
SNL:  McCaskill effort allows cities, counties to receive federal money for prescription drug tracking programs X
          Washington Missourian:  Federal funds could be available for county roads;  Trump may unveil program
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kit Bond on Eric Greitens, gas tax, Trump, advice for first-year legislators;  Panel of former Sen. Tim Green (D-Spanish Lake), Reps. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) talk charter schools, "paycheck protection," Greitens' paid-leave push
          Rosenbaum:  Taking the temperature of the Legislature on paid parental leave
          Missourinet:  Auditor's website with daily tracking of general revenue fund will expand details
          SNL:  Existing 'cliff effect' program helped 0 (zero) people in five years, report from MO Dept. of Social Services says X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) expects proposed charter school expansion to fail in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Educators focus on helping adopted children overcome behavior problems, separation anxiety
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Liquor Wars 2.0, tobacco and guns on the docket after Legislature's Spring Break X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider airport alcohol bill
          AP:  Missouri DED program helps exports from small Missouri companies
          AP:  Man gets 25 years for shooting 2 cops in Ferguson protest
          P-D editorial:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), other Missouri Republicans aim to hurt workers
          KC Star editorial:  Bill from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to crack down on TIF development goes way too far +
          KC Star's Scott Canon:  Amid Trump-inspired xenophobia and violence against immigrants, fewer than half as many foreign students apply to UMKC +
          Washington Missourian Editor Bill Miller:  Anti-toll roads fever X
          Waters:  Questioning state tax cuts X
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        Sunday, March 19
       
KMIZ:  Hartzler continues practice of holding town halls via telephone
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hartzler stat about high-speed Internet access rated "Half True"
          Forward:  Eric Greitens, Missouri's first Jewish governor, is eyeing the White House
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. John Mayfield (D-Independence) considering another bid
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  Lawmakers vote to expand charter schools, cut tax credit for the elderly X
          SE Missourian:  Reps. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) back charter school bill;  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) opposes it +
          P-D:  Chesterfield's Alice Liu named champion in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          AP:  Paid parental leave for state workers considered in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri prisons head orders change after harassment claims
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Current Medicaid-funding system is no longer a viable option, and block-grant funding would provide solution X
          SNL editorial:  Push forward on prescription drug monitoring X
          JCNT editorial:  MoDOT's "Pothole Patrol" to the rescue X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton apologizes for not sending out alert after campus rape, acknowledges feelings of campus feminists and LGBTQIA* groups, takes official position against "sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia" +
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says Blunt, other Republicans opposed to Obamacare wish "death sentence" on poor and middle-class Americans +
          P-D letter:  American Cancer Society thanks Ann Wagner for her work on Medicare glitch
          P-D letter:  Millennial planning future state rep bid thanks Greitens for work on higher ed
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        Saturday, March 18
       
The Hill:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad campaign pressures McCaskill, other red-state Dems to back Trump on cutting federal regulations
          Bloomberg:  Bosnians, who chose to immigrate legally, make positive contributions to St. Louis;  Comments from St. Louis County Republican Central Committee's Rene Artman, Mayor Francis Slay, others
          KWMU:  Musicians band together to fight Trump's racist immigration policies;  Public radio station promotes concert with ticket information, free download of anti-Trump group song, more
          Yesterday:  KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          KC Star:  Trump budget could affect Kansas City streetcar expansion +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill statement about importance of small-business job creation rated "True"
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          USA Today:  Military investigating soldiers' same-sex group intercoursing pics on websites;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals' Ray Gruender make appearance at Wash U. Law School event
          SNL:  Law offices of prominent local Republicans Dee Wampler and Joe Passanise honored as "Best Lawyers" X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Kit Bond on Greitens, more;  Panel of former Sen. Tim Green (D-Spanish Lake), David Barklage, Reps. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) talk charter schools, "paycheck protection" and family leave pushes
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt joins partnership to expand MO ABLE program
          KOMU:  MO ABLE program designed to help people with disabilities save money
          The Missouri Times:  House and Senate accomplishments - so far - in the 2017 session
          KWMU:  At the halfway mark, Missouri GOP legislators tout session's successes - and promise more
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Reporter Marshall Griffin recaps most important stories of the Missouri Legislative session;  Host Don Marsh leads off with gathering of twelve (12) transgender students blocking a Capitol bathroom
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers look at task force to dive into state's road problems
          KC Star:  Fate of lobbyist gift-ban legislation unclear +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Legislature raises fines for off-label herbicide application
          P-D:  Ferguson documentary fans the flames surrounding 2014 attack on police officer
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens pursues family-friendly policy;  Washington should follow +
          JCNT editorial:  With leave policy, Greitens provides key benefit to state workers X
          KC Star letter:  Country Club, Mo. octogenarian mocks $80,000 price tag for UMKC basketball coach search +
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        Friday, March 17  Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          KWMU:  Mid-America Arts Alliance opposes Trump budget;  Comments from arts group CEO, no input from Trump budget supporters
          KC Star:  Cleaver, urban officials oppose Trump budget +
          P-D:  Area liberal environmental groups oppose Trump budget;  Comments from Sierra Club's John Hickey, Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Ed Smith, landfill agitator/amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman
          P-D:  Blunt has concerns with nondefense discretionary cuts in Trump budget
          KWMU:  GOP health care bill doesn't account for aging population
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  many Missourians can't afford GOP health care plan
          CDT:  Hartzler:  GOP health plan tax credits are too generous X
          P-D:  San Francisco sexagenarian's pro-Obamacare letter earns response from Blunt
          Messenger:  Area workshops help illegal immigrants avoid law enforcement;  Bill from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) would be hard on illegals
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Dark money in Missouri politics:  Thoughts from UMSL's Wally Siewert, Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael, UC-Irvine prof
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Rising releasing first TV ad in support of tort overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as Spring Break arrives
          Missourinet:  Spinning into Spring Break:  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) provide halftime analysis
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Wasson's job training bill before spring break
          AP:  Missouri House votes to end tax break for old, disabled renters
          AP:  Missouri House OKs bill to limit medical malpractice suits
          The Missouri Times:  House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break
          Missourinet:  Charter school expansion bill passes House by one vote
          AP:  Missouri House passes charter school expansion bill
          P-D:  Charter school expansion plan heads to Missouri Senate
          CDT:  University of Missouri reveals plan for covering budget cuts X
          AP:  Missouri House votes to raise marriage age
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) to add tolls to I-70 draws attention and resistance X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri House passes bill raising fines for pesticide applicators who choose to break the law +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Bill on pesticide application sent to governor's desk +
          Dexter Statesman:  Stoddard County first in region to adopt drug-monitoring program +
          CDT:  County may consider drug-monitoring program X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers react to Greitens' parental-leave order X
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT joins in on paid family leave policy
          Missourinet:  Current Dept. of Corrections employee:  "The system is broken."
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) aims to help inmates return to the workforce
          SNL:  AG's office says it's not the right body to investigate police union allegations X
          AP:  Missouri prosecutor seeks death penalty against woman
          P-D editorial:  Too many tax credits in Missouri?  First, whack poor senior citizens.
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Greitens shows how dark money flows in Jefferson City
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake man opposes GOP minimum wage bill
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man says Medicaid block grant would hurt poors, olds, et al.
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian dislikes rural Missouri legislators' impact on St. Louis region
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        Thursday, March 16
       
Buzzfeed:  After years of running from Obamacare, McCaskill and other vulnerable Democrats find themselves defending the law
          Politico:  McCaskill, other red-state Democrats choosing party over president;  Senior senator has voted against all of Trump's most contentious Cabinet picks, and six of eight GOP regulatory rollbacks
          P-D:  Pro-Gorsuch group makes stop in Missouri, urges vote for Supreme Court nominee
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler continues tradition of holding telephone town halls, takes questions on health care and more
          Columbia Missourian:  Faculty, students weigh making MU a 'sanctuary campus' for illegal aliens
          KWMU:  St. Louis Jewish Community Center receives another bomb threat
          The Missouri Times:  Plan from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) calls for full funding of K-12, major cuts to Medicaid funding
          AP:  House Budget Chair Fitzpatrick proposes full aid for schools
          P-D:  Missouri budget taking shape
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks cell phone tax for cash-strapped 911 services +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers "paycheck protection"/"paycheck deception" legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System would score limited budget relief in House proposal
          KC Star:  Bonds for UMKC downtown arts campus win approval from House, now go to Senate +
          SNL:  Senate committee meets MSU Board of Governors' nominees X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers plan aimed at avoiding school make-up days
          KWMU:  St. Louis City charter school Preclarus granted reprieve by UMSL to stay open
          JCNT:  Disability activists rally at Capitol X
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes rules for vetting expert witnesses
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Senate committee takes up measures limiting multiparty lawsuits
          KWMU:  Group opposed to St. Louis City minimum wage hike want another day in court
          The Missouri Times:  Wieland holds up speedy passage of Uber bill
          The Missouri Times:  House pefects ticket resale legislation
          Missourinet:  Bill in Legislature to speed delivery of new alcoholic beverages to shelves
          Missourinet:  Anti-tobacco group rallies at Capitol;  Comments from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids's Ginny Chadwick
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty) call for more transparency during Sushine Week
          KWMU:  Transgender students visit Capitol, block men's room, chant catchphrases;  Capitol Police called to office of Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) after discussion gets huffy
          SNL:  Video:  Transgender students confront Emery in senator's office, curse him for bathroom bill;  Profanities include references to derrieres, "Jesus Mother<intercoursing> Christ" X
          KWMU:  Some Ferguson residents worry about an understaffed police department
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper asks for donations to support its operations
          P-D editorial:  Greitens is smart to boost funding that keeps Missouri's brightest students in state
          P-D op-ed:  Anti-addiction activist Gary Henson:  Prescription drug monitoring program is a win for Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian criticizes Blunt for opposing Obamacare +
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says film depicting Michael Brown as a drug dealer doesn't cast police assailant in a better light
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        Wednesday, March 15
       
KSDK (St. Louis):  Blunt, Clay weigh in on GOP health care bill
          SNL:  Hartzler treads carefully on GOP health care bill X
          SNL:  How the House GOP health care bill would affect Missourians X
          AP:  Mexican duo busted for growing pot in Missouri federal wildlife refuge area
          SE Missourian:  Area schools look to secure federal funds for new gyms that double as tornado shelters +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime panel:  Thoughts on potential 2018 GOP U.S. Senate candidates:  Ann Wagner, David Wasinger, Todd Richardson, more
          KWMU:  Nixon on Missouri Democratic Party's leftward slide, his legislative legacy, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-life rally at Capitol draws Republican leaders
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens, pro-life groups mending fences
          Missourinet:  Greitens tells pro-life crowd he'll fight attempts at establishing abortion "sanctuary cities"
          Missourinet:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) says bill would address abortion "sanctuary cities"
          Drebes:  Galloway audit of tax returns may answer important questions
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens reminds state workers 'this is the people's money' in e-mail
          SNL:  Greitens to hold live Facebook event today X
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill prohibiting local elected officials from accepting lobbyist gifts
          KC Star:  GOP officials debate best approach to protecting state employees' pension plan +
          Missourinet:  House will debate "senior services protection fund"
          SNL:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) receives "Defender of the 6th Amendment Award" from Missouri State Public Defender Commission and Missouri State Public Defender System X
          P-D:  After 'right to work' passage, lawmakers continue debate on labor topics
          KWMU:  Charter school legislation slowly progressing in Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill proposes statewide charter school expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Facing transportation budget cuts, school districts look to fuel options;  Neosho school district opens up to propane-fueled school buses
          SNL:  Wasson bill could benefit Care to Learn X
          Columbia Missourian:  Resolution from Rep. Rory Rowland (D-Independence) aims to unite Missouri sheltered workshops against federal act
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) pushes bill to stop funeral fraud
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) would raise Missouri marriage age to 17
          AP:  Legislature considers two bills on traffic stops
          P-D:  Proposal would help educate drivers on how to behave when pulled over
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan):  Scottrade Center in St. Louis is in need of upgrade
          P-D:  Slay, Blues president ask legislators for help with Scottrade renovations
          SE Missourian:  Court sides with utility company, affirms 2015 PSC ruling in subdivision rate increase +
          Missourinet:  In wake of filmmakers' agitation, Ferguson City Council meets;  Ferguson sexagenarian:  "If you don't like it here, get out."
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Join Ashcroft, Reps. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) and Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) in supporting voter ID education X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Explaining D.C. staff and its responsibilities X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  It may be time for the state and higher education to part ways
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Ron Calzone:  Privacy and REAL ID in Missouri +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri public defenders crushed by case overload
          Jensen:  Whether Michael Brown was a good guy or a petty drug-dealing thug, new film doesn't change the fact that he assaulted a police officer +
          KC Star letter:  Independence woman declares Blunt and most GOP congressmen "morally corrupt" +
          CDT letter:  Columbia woman wants Hartzler to hold in-person town halls X
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian liberal expesses her "disillusion" at Greitens' success in raising cash
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        Tuesday, March 14
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Lacy Clay oppose House GOP health care bill
          KMBZ (Kansas City):  NAACP holds pro-Obamacare rally outside Blunt's office, draws nearly two dozen
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler continues practice of holding telephone town halls
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Metro Transit System visits D.C., lobbies for more money
          P-D:  McCaskill campaign hires former Koster fundraiser Erika Brees;  Kander urges supporters to pony up for senior senator
          KWMU:  Liberal journalist charged in Jewish bomb threats to remain behind bars until trial
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' executive order on paid parental leave for executive branch employees expected to cost taxpayers more than $1 million
          KWMU:  Greitens grants paid parental leave for executive branch employees
          Kraske:  Greitens remains big on image, weak on policy +
          CDT:  Galloway plans deep look into state budget crisis X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement from Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on employment numbers rated "Mostly True"
          Drebes:  GOP may seek emergency clause on 'right to work' to preempt labor's referendum efforts
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) backs legislation targeting voter rolls X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) wants to close loophole to protect domestic violence victims +
          Missourinet:  Dept. of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer says demand for substance abuse treatment far exceeds spots available in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  House passes bill limiting professional registration and licensing
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Randy Pietzman (R-Troy) would stop expansion of state parks until repairs are made
          SNL:  Lawmakers move to provide suicide prevention training X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee gives green light to "Hailey's Law"
          SNL:  Bill may exempt engagement rings from bankruptcy X
          Missourinet:  About 300 pothole-patching crews work on Missouri roadways in March
          KC Star:  Police ponder how UMKC strip club worker's car ended up in Missouri River +
          KC Star:  UMKC holds media-free safe space session for activists to complain about "rape culture" +
          Columbia Missourian:  Muslim anti-Trump panel at MU draws fewer than 50;  L.A. Times "race and justice" reporter applauds his paper's landmark advances, like use of "LGBTQ" rather than antiquated "LGBT"
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) stiffens penalties for pesticide applicators who choose to break law
          Missourinet:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) calls filmmaker's attempt to promote Michael Brown conspiracy theory "pathetic"
          P-D:  Ferguson police prepare for more attacks on law enforcement after filmmaker's agitation;  North County residents charged with assaulting police officer, attempting to set cop car on fire
          AP:  McCulloch:  Filmmaker's edits to Ferguson robbery video "pathetic"
          KWMU:  McCulloch critical of filmmaker's conspiracy theory
          KWMU:  Election season just warming up in St. Louis County;  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles seeks re-election
          KC Star editorial:  Trump's dismissal of Tammy Dickinson, other U.S. attorneys is not a scandal +
          P-D editorial:  Shortchanging Missouri's public defenders prompts lawsuit
          SNL editorial:  Bipartisan 'cliff effect' bill offers solution X
          KC Star op-ed:  Blunt:  Missourians deserve a better health care system +
          KC Star op-ed:  St. Louis sexagenarian recounts trip to D.C. to let her anti-GOP "anger boil over," wants Blunt to flip-flop on Obamacare +
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  'A day without a woman' just a day to complain;  African-American columnist says self-pitying liberal females should get over the fact Clinton lost +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Chronic malcontent Ken Midkiff gets facts wrong about environmental laws
          SE Missourian letter:  8th Congressional District GOP Chair Eddy Justice invites community to Butler County Republicans' education reform roundtable at noon on March 22 +
          KC Star letter:  Area man dislikes Greitens' use of violent imagery +
          SNL letter:  Area man responds to previous LTE on cost of natural gas, says prices are based on supply and demand X
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        Monday, March 13
       
Fox News:  Video:  Blunt on Russia probe:  Important to answer all questions
          Missourinet:  Hartzler considers House health care plan, waiting on CBO
          P-D:  Ann Wagner supporting Trump on health care overhaul
          Columbia Missourian:  Under-26 provision of Affordable Care Act likely to survive;  Comments from 24-year-old grad student still on her parents' insurance
          Columbia Missourian:  Area pastor wants Blunt, Hartzler to help refugee family members
          KWMU:  Deadline looms again for retired coal workers' health care;  McCaskill co-sponsors Miners Protection Act of 2017
          SNL:  Greene County Democrats to abandon "Jackson Day" moniker after this year's annual dinner;  Missouri Democratic Party's Genevieve Williams says mentioning the former president's name evokes too much "pain and anger" X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lyda Krewson;  Panel of Reps. Donna Baringer (D) and Paul Curtman (R-Union), Husch Blackwell's Jay Atkins, Remington Research's Titus Bond talk Dems' decline in rural Missouri, minimum wage, University of Missouri financial hijinks, and who won the week (Richardson, Haahr, Ann Wagner, Galloway)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) talks with Rosenbaum about minimum wage, marriage age, more
          Drebes:  Justin Brown, running for his dad's GOP state Senate seat, wins friends in Jefferson City
          AP:  State budget leader questions wisdom of 2015 tax break bill
          JCNT:  Alzheimer's caregivers oppose cuts to their funding X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bipartisan bill takes aim at student identity theft X
          The Current (UMSL):  UM System faces scathing criticism in state audit
          P-D:  Conspiracy theory in new Michael Brown film prompts fresh protest outside Ferguson convenience store;  Protesters fire shots, stuff rag in police car gas tank
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's public defender problems a failure of leadership +
          P-D editorial:  Don't dump parole. Wisconsin emphasis on full prison terms is one Missouri should ignore
          P-D editorial:  College administrators and local authorities could curb binge drinking;  Photo of comely coed submitting to man's projectile shot
          JCNT editorial:  Uber, other next-gen ride services come with convenience, baggage X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Local Social Welfare Board reps oppose changes to Obamacare X
          Priddy:  "Day at the Capitol" dreams shattered:  Going office-to-office handing out brochures is pretty much worthless, no matter how good it makes you feel
          The Current (UMSL) editor Kat Riddler:  Greitens doesn't answer enough questions from the press
          SNL's Will Schmitt:  Greitens embraces national media stage while fending off local reporters X
          CDT op-ed:  Bob Roper:  University is in the midst of perilous times;  Galloway audit, lack of legislative clout, inviting "well-known communist" Angela Davis to campus don't help university's cause X
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        Sunday, March 12
       
The Hill:  Senate Republicans eyeing alternative tax reform plan;  Comments from Blunt
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Graves support efforts to roll back regulations X
          KWMU:  Area illegal immigrants and enablers attend workshops, learn tricks to avoid deportation
          Colorado Statesman:  Jason Kander speaks at Colorado Democratic Party dinner
          McClatchy:  Rising-star Dems are caught in red-state trap;  Kander's nationwide promotional tour not the traditional path for those seeking to run statewide again
          Drebes:  Remington Research poll on state energy issues
          SNL:  Governor's tax study group gets organized, picks focus areas and discusses town halls X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers ponder Greitens' staff budgeting X
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid debate in Legislature centers on financing, flexibility
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rowden statement about Medicaid costs rated "Mostly True"
          P-D:  Ashcroft fundraising pitch touts efforts on voter ID
          SE Missourian:  Area GOP lawmakers back bill to block St. Louis City plan to increase minimum wage +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks about stopping cities from creating their own minimum wage
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks passage of tort overhaul bill
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood case moves forward;  Lawsuit seeks to invalidate certain state laws on abortions X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  911 coordinator for Missouri to be appointed;  Comments from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
          JCNT:  MoDOT safety engineer Eileen Rackers retires with 28 years of knowledge X
          P-D:  Film screened at South by Southwest presents new Michael Brown theory:  Violent teen was attempting to settle earlier drug deal, not simply strong-arming and assaulting a minority business owner
          P-D/KC Star joint editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial:  Greitens still governing in the dark, should reveal benefactors
          KC Star editiorial:  Missouri should rein in sweetheart deals for high-ranking state employees +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri lawmakers must protect teachers from violent students' attacks
          SNL letter:  Local octogenarian mocks McCaskill for Russian ambassador statements, calls her "Sen. Shifty" X
          SNL letter:  Local nonagenarian applauds McCaskill for standing up to Trump X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian suggests Greitens is hiding something about The Mission Continues X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Local sexagenarian dislikes Lt. Gov. Mike Parson's plan to allow veterans to access private nursing homes X
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        Saturday, March 11
       
Politico:  17 Democrats join Blunt in push for security funding for Jewish centers
          KC Star:  Hartlzer, Graves not ready to commit to GOP health care bill +
          KWMU:  House GOP health care bill could add another nail in the coffin to Missouri Medicaid expansion;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, state reps
          KC Star:  Obama appointee Tammy Dickinson among 46 U.S. attorneys asked to resign under new administration +
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens has nearly $3 million war chest;  Post-election donations flow in X
          P-D:  Throughout the country, Democrats and Republicans have set up 501(c)(4) organizations to aid policy agendas;  Greitens is the latest
          Messenger:  Jet-setting Gov. Greitens to voters:  My finances are none of your business
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate posting archived audio of debate
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Recap of the week's Associated Press original reporting:  Randall Williams as new DHSS lead, Ron Richard on venue shopping +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' tax credit committee meets for the first time
          Missourinet:  Rowden proposes tax deduction for first-time home buyers
          Missourinet:  Senate passes bill to increase penalties for illegal alien criminals
          The Missouri Times:  House passes Christofanelli's 20-week abortion ban
          KWMU:  Pro-life bills set to be debated in Legislature
          KC Star:  As his city racks up homicides, KC Mayor Sly James "saddened" by GOP legislators' lack of appetite for gun control +
          Drebes:  Liquor War II
          CDT:  University of Missouri System president ends executive incentive pay after critical audit X
          CDT:  UM Faculty Council denounces incentive pay X
          P-D:  University of Missouri abandons incentive pay program for execs
          Columbia Missourian:  New UM president talks tuition hikes, program cuts at first news conference
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri System considers tuition hike, cuts to programs and jobs
          CDT:  MU to use reserve funds to cover $20 million shortfall X
          KC Star:  Missing UMKC coed found dead;  20-year-old strip club worker drove car into Missouri River +
          Missourinet:  AG Josh Hawley applauds repeal of Obama-era environmental rule affecting coal industry
          CDT:  Appeals court upholds ruling in Mamtek case X
          KWMU:  "Behind the Headlines" feature:  Jo Mannies discusses St. Louis City mayoral election, history of women in Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) changes mind, won't run as write-in for St. Louis City mayor
          KWMU:  Bruce Franks will not pursue write-in candidacy for St. Louis mayor
          KC Star editorial:  Holsman correct in wanting to shrink number of state reps, change term limits +
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says Missouri legislators who oppose REAL ID are displaying selective outrage
          SNL letter:  KC "Moms Demand Action" member who lives in bad neighborhood wants Missouri women to push GOP legislators for more gun control X
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        Friday, March 10
       
Bloomberg:  Blunt talks balancing defense spending increase with mental health funding
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  GOP bill first step to replace Obamacare +
          CDT:  Local officials offer caution, concern on GOP health care bill X
          Vox.com:  Vox, Kaiser Health News, ProPublica teaming up on new "fact-check" advocacy campaign;  Obamacare claims from Blunt, other GOP congressmen will be criticized
          Politico:  McCaskill, other Democrats from Trump states seek to partner with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on cutting red tape
          KY3 (Springfield):  Branson businesses appeal to Blunt, Long on H-2B visa program;  Resorts can't hire enough locals to do housekeeping work
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Guns, REAL ID, marijuana, higher ed and K-12 funding, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says Missouri budget shortfall due to 2015 GOP bill on business taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Minimum wage restriction passes through House
          AP:  House moves to block higher minimum wage in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  House passes minimum wage bill
          Missourinet:  House moves to bar cities from increasing minimum wage
          KC Star:  KC Council passes minimum wage increase by 8-4 vote +
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes bill targeting crimes by illegal aliens
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes bills on workers' comp, re-entry of illegals, more
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves health, highway patrol appointees
          AP:  Missouri House passes change to tort lawsuits
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Michael Pace (R-West Plains), Gregg Smith (R-Clinton) swap seats on Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
          Drebes:  Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations' legislative agenda focuses on marijuana, income tax exemption
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College may increase tuition if state budget issues remain
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Western debate team a casualty of state budget cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  New community college network seeks to build skilled workforce
          SNL:  OTC to be part of community college network X
          CDT:  Missouri community colleges sign agreement to collaborate on workforce training X
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe President Dwaun Warmack shares stories from trip to D.C., visit to Oval Office
          KWMU:  "Workforce High" hands young urbanites high school degrees after completion of online tests
          KRES/KWIX:  Bill from Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) would help rural districts find bus drivers
          P-D:  More schools shut out materials from Christian sex ed group
          Missourinet:  Bill would stiffen penalties for protesters who block roadways
          Fort Leonard Wood Guidon (Gannett):  Warm weather means uptick in ticks;  MO Dept. of Conservation provides tips for those who can't avoid dangerous, dirty parasites
          KC Star:  Greitens preaches peace at KC march, says law-abiding urbanites will "take back" the streets +
          AP:  Lawmakers question response to Missouri prison complaints
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU sues Missouri over public-defender funding
          P-D:  Questions swirl around deaths at state halfway house near downtown St. Louis
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) claims he'll run as a write-in for mayor of St. Louis
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Protests lead to more protests;  Trump backers stand up after liberals' displays of anger - but Trump still needs to reach political adulthood X
          KC Star editorial:  UMKC's response to alleged rape was inadequate at every turn +
          CDT's Darkow cartoon:  MU administration pay X
          Springfield Business Journal op-ed:  McCaskill:  Bring back jobs to Missouri, United States
          Waters:  UM audit:  Twisting in the wind X
          P-D op-ed:  Raising the minimum wage will lift St. Louis
          P-D op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  Minimum wage hike will hurt St. Louis
          P-D letter:  West County Community Action Network, a Caucasoid "Black Lives Matter" offshoot, opposes voter ID law
          P-D letter:  Former St. Louis Community College trustee Candace Gardner - who resigned after her failure to pay taxes was revealed - wants Greitens to give more money to higher ed
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        Thursday, March 9
       
P-D:  Blunt talks federal budget priorities
          Tri-City Herald (WA):  McCaskill, others to Energy Secretary Rick Perry:  Reinstate whistleblower rules
          P-D:  Harvard law prof to join Clay's defense of cops-as-animals painting
          AP:  No ruling yet on liberal journalist's bond request in Jewish threats case
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler;  Renee Hoagenson shares dreams of universal health care, election victory ensuring "politics will not be for the rich anymore," etc.
          Huffington Post:  Profile:  Professional wrestler and Bernie Sanders supporter Curtis Wylde, who defeated mainstream Missouri Dems for spot on Democratic National Committee
          KC Star:  Greitens team opens new non-profit policy arm:  "A New Missouri Inc." +
          The Missouri Times:  Centerpoint Medical Center surgeon Jon Patterson to run for House seat of Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit)
          The Missouri Times:  Minimum wage bill gets speedy approval from House
          AP:  Missouri House votes to block St. Louis minimum wage hike
          SNL:  Waterworks flow as women testify on "cliff effect" bill X
          AP:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) says services to poor seasoned citizens and the handicapped can be saved by ending some tax breaks
          The Missouri Times:  As part of Budget Integrity series, Galloway to audit Dept. of Revenue's issuing of tax refunds
          The Missouri Times:  Senate to hold confirmation hearing for new UM curators
          KWMU:  UM System curator appointees poised for Senate confirmation
          CDT:  Senators focus on critical state audit while questioning nominees for University of Missouri curators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou not unique in trend of states trimming higher education budgets
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou has money to cover budget gap with university reserves
          KC Star:  Video:  Pack of UMKC students, unhappy over administration comments regarding supposed rape, push their way into employee's office;  Group surrounds African-American administrator, interrupts his attempts to speak +
          Drebes:  Bill from Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) would let voters choose "None of the Above" on ballots
          Missourinet:  Families, Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta) want answers about Missouri's missing Vietnam War heroes
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) targets TIFs
          KWMU:  ACLU files class-action suit against state over public defender workload
          P-D:  ACLU uses state over public defender funding, workload
          Missourinet:  MoDOT launches pothole patrol;  pothole patching costs about $15 million annually
          P-D:  If the St. Louis Zoo wants more taxes, state lawmakers want to have a say
          AP:  PSC approves Ameren rate increase
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves evidentiary hearing dates in Great Plains merger case
          P-D:  Mizzou journalism professor to speak at National Press Club event;  David Kurpius recounts getting defensive with stranger over importance of reporters
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Plan is a model for choosing judges
          Bolivar Herald-Free Press' Dave Berry:  How simple facts can counter a weak hit piece:  At Missouri Press Association event, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson corrects formulaic, rote criticism from Post-Dispatch's Kurt Erickson
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        Wednesday, March 8
       
P-D:  Blunt, other Republicans express doubts House GOP health care bill can pass
          AP:  Conservative backlash threatens to sink new House GOP health care bill;  Comments from Blunt
          Columbia Missourian:  Kaiser Family Foundation opposes GOP health care plan;  Report highlights potential impact on Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  Senate panel is best place to investigate Russia X
          KC Star:  McCaskill invites Trump's Treasury secretary to meet retired Teamsters +
          KWMU:  Iranian man working at SLU Hospital dislikes Trump's approach to immigration
          KWMU:  Is St. Louis City in danger of becoming a "sanctuary city"?  Thoughts from Governing Magazine's Alan Greenblatt
          KWMU:  Radioactive contamination along Coldwater Creek does not pose health risk - but taxpayers will pay to have it removed by Army Corps anyway
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Lincoln Day dinner April 1 to feature national security, 'right to work' keynote speakers +
          KCTV:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt activates loan program for small businesses impacted by Oak Grove tornado
          AP:  Missouri unemployment ticks down
          SNL:  Senate asks Greitens to absorb COO's salary X
          KWMU:  Bill from Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) would stiffen penalties for deported illegals who enter Missouri and commit crimes;  Immigrant activists visit Capitol to lobby against bill
          KWMU:  Inspired by havoc caused by Ferguson mobs, Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) proposes tougher penalties for protesters who block roadways
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation addresses law-abiding citizens being "unlawfully detained" in their cars by protester mobs
          SNL:  Missouri Senate backs bill for program to fight opioid abuse X
          AP:  Missouri counties do what state won't:  Track opioid sales
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Budget Committee to tackle circuit breaker legislation on Wednesday
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers consider joining movement to push for congressional term limits
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) would clarify protection for religious groups, school activities
          CDT:  Kael Miranda faces tough battle, but repeats as Tribune Regional Spelling Bee champion;  Immigrant student chooses to work hard, outperforms competition X
          One year ago:  11-year-old immigrant student works hard, achieves success in spelling competitions;  Kael Miranda brought strong work ethic from Japan, crushes Caucasoid competition
          P-D:  Colleges do a good job training Missouri's future teachers, new state ratings say
          The Missouri Times:  House committee passes alcohol advertising bill, despite protests
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear tax dispute between St. Louis Rams and state
          P-D editorial:  Good news, bad news as Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis City minimum wage
          Jensen:  Unlike the West Lake Landfill plaintiffs' "chronic stress" maladies, the nation's growing political divide not going away any time soon +
          KC Star letter:  Parkville man disagrees with Sam Graves on 2nd Amendment protections +
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author disagrees with GOP legislators on unemployment benefits X
          P-D letter:  Mid-East Area Agency on Aging opposes cuts to its programs
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian says Post-Dispatch doesn't do enough to promote local feminists' lamentations, activities
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        Tuesday, March 7
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Demo Days report:  Webber talks Trump, Kendrick talks about struggle ofr serving in superminority, more X
          KWMU:  20 months out, Missouri Republicans and Democrats already strategizing around McCaskill's re-election race
          P-D:  Ann Wagner ends 2016 with more cash on hand than any other federal officeholder in Missouri - including McCaskill
          CDT:  Columbia woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Hartzler;  Renee Kennedy Hoagenson hopes to narrow incumbent's 40-point re-election margin X
          Washington Post:  McCaskill calls for investigation of DEA enforcement slowdown amid opioid crisis X
          P-D:  Blunt says answers on wiretapping will come quickly
          Missourinet:  Congressman Jason Smith returns to Missouri Capitol to address House Republicans;  Former state rep talks Trump, Perryville, praises Rep. Ben Harris (D-Hillsboro), more
          CDT:  Missouri Hospital Association says Missouri hospitals could lose billions with Obamacare repeal X
          Chicago Tribune:  Mentally ill Missouri woman shoots, kills father;  Mother blames gun laws
          Riverfront Times:  Post-Dispatch "TRUTH" video goes up, comes down as newsroom fumes;  Ad depicting "newsroom" uses actors, avoids showing any actual Post-Dispatch reporters
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt campaign ad wins Reed Award
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) says she has not endorsed Tony LaForest in GOP primary for her state rep seat +
          Drebes:  Jon Patterson running for seat of Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit)
          The Missouri Times:  50 Years of Gubernatorial Portraits:  Greitens forgoes official headshot, chooses family photo
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Reps. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) and Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) promote voter photo ID education
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis) appears alongside Ashcroft, Alferman to promote voter photo ID education
          P-D:  Franks, Ashcroft, Alferman promote voter photo ID education
          AP:  Ashcroft begins effort to educate voters on photo ID law
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) would change makeup of House and Senate, extend term limits
          Missourinet:  Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  We must preserve services for vulnerable people
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers proposed propane motor fuel tax
          Columbia Missourian:  Arbitration bill voted out of House Litigation Reform committee
          KC Star:  Sly James says only way to raise minimum wage is through statewide petition +
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans continue fight against St. Louis City minimum wage hike
          P-D:  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay makes a trip to Jefferson City, speaks on minimum wage hike
          SNL:  City mayors, state lawmakers at odds over minimum wage increase X
          KRES/KWIX:  Reimbursement bill from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) would benefit a number of counties
          Riverfront Times:  Law banning truthful advertising on booze sales comes under fire in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers propose HOA legislation, but critics say it won't protect homeowners +
          CDT:  University of Missouri defends $2.4 million in extra payments for top administrators after critical audit X
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri System audit reveals more than $2 million in 'hidden bonus pay'
          P-D:  Audit of University of Missouri System highlights problems with former Chancellor Bowen Loftin
          KWMU:  University of Missouri System audit:  Millions in hidden payments to top administrators
          Missourinet:  Scathing audit finds excessive pay for executives in UM system
          AP:  Audit:  $2 million in hidden bonuses at University of Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers respond to Galloway's audit on UM System
          SNL:  Missouri State issues statement on transgender accommodations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) proposes school threat bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia City Council votes to join prescription drug database
          SNL:  Legislation would increase scrutiny on police "bias" X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt must help sort fact from fiction in Trump wiretap claims +
          P-D editorial:  If Christian group's sex education program is effective, parents should demand proof
          KC Star editorial:  Meet the Star's new editorial board Tuesday night at the Plaza library branch +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat's Steve Patton:  Greitens should hold a press conference or two, and grant a few interviews +
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        Monday, March 6
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Democrat Days photo gallery:  Stephen Webber, McCaskill's sister, Wes Shoemyer, more
          Drebes:  At Lincoln Days, potential GOP candidates and their consultants insert names into chatter surrounding 2018 U.S. Senate primary
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle;  Panel of Mindy Mazur, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis), Casey Burns, ACLU's Daniela Velaquez talk school choice, GOP discrimination bill, McCaskill, more
          SE Missourian:  Republican disabled veteran Tony LaForest announces candidacy for Donna Lichtenegger's term-limited seat in 2018 +
          Washington Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will push for private care of vets;  Veterans homes may not be needed X
          P-D:  Alternative prescription drug database could be one of most expensive in the nation
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau members meet with lawmakers at Capitol;  Comments from MFB's Blake Hurst, BJ Tanksley
          P-D:  Robert Ziehmer, former director of Missouri Dept. of Conservation, still getting paid under a separation and release agreement with Missouri Conservation Commission
          Missourinet:  Both sides testify on Missouri medical marijuana legislation
          Missourinet:  Wireless provider trying to stamp out smart phone use behind the wheel;  Comments from AT&T Missouri's John Sondag
          P-D:  Two state troopers injured when tractor trailer hits their vehicle, overturns
          SNL:  Area girl wants to use boys' restroom;  Mother demands public school administrators accommodate daughter's wishes X
          KWMU:  West Lake Landfill group's complaints now include "chronic stress;"  Activist Dawn Chapman laments large credit-card debt she chose to rack up
          KC Star op-ed:  Solar-power company founder applauds McCaskill for opposing Scott Pruitt +
          JCNT op-ed:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft:  Missourians overwhelmingly passed photo voter ID, now what? X
          Messenger:  Reminiscing on the Tony Messenger vs. Ed Martin e-mail battle of 2007
          Midkiff:  Missouri Farm Bureau wrong about Rock Island Trail
          P-D letter:  Olivette woman dislikes Blunt's comments about Democratic Party
          CDT letter:  Citizens Climate Lobby wants Hartzler to support fines on companies for greenhouse gas emissions X
          SE Missourian letter:  Kirkwood woman equates Greitens' school-busing budget cuts with state legislators "stealing your hard-earned cash" +
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        Sunday, March 5
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats face do-or-die scenario in rural Missouri;  Report from Democrat Days in Hannibal
          KWMU:  St. Louis area Trump supporters rally in Ballwin, Jefferson City
          P-D:  Trump supporters rally at Missouri Capitol:  "It's our turn"
          JCNT:  Crowds come to support Trump in Jefferson City X
          KOMU:  Trump supporters rally at Capitol
          CDT:  Trump critic holds pro-media rally;  Jacob Davis-Hannson encourages shaming friends who do not subscribe to newspapers X
          CDT:  Mizzou's Queer Trans People of Color group, others hold Black Trans Women's Lives Matter Vigil, complain about Emery's transgender-accommodations bill X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Women's History Month edition:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle on the Missouri Plan;  Panel of Mindy Mazur, HRCC's Casey Burns, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis), ACLU's Daniela Velazquez talk McCaskill and Russia, GOP discrimination bill, school choice, more
          CDT:  Michela Skelton, filling Dem ballot slot versus Republican Sara Walsh, complains about boundaries of district she seeks to represent:  "They gerrymandered it real good [sic]" X
           Columbia Missourian:  Several gun-related bills filed in General Assembly
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) proposes election-related bills X
           P-D:  Pro-life group provides sex-ed materials at area public schools;  Lindbergh School District parent outraged over abstinence themes
           JCNT:  State shifts to new plan for paying Medicare providers X
           JCNT:  City pushes for state help with Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment X
           P-D obituary:  Former state Sen. John Schneider (D-Florissant)
           Washington Missourian editorial:  On McCaskill and Russian ambassador:  Politicians can't be expected to remember every conversation they have X
           JCNT editorial:  Greitens saves taxpayer money, but who's paying for his air travel? X
           SNL editorial:  A change for endorsements:  News-Leader readers have expressed annoyance with endorsements, so editorial board will make fewer of them X
           P-D's Nicklaus:  Businesses fear long-term harm from city's $11 minimum wage
           CDT letter:  Columbia septuagenarian says he has complained to Hartzler about Trump, but has "not heard boo from her" X
           P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian opposes GOP legislators' discrimination bill
           P-D letter:  Missouri Charter Public School Association's Douglas Thaman:  Closure of charter schools won't benefit students
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        Saturday, March 4
       
WGEM:  46th annual Missouri Democrat Days underway in Hannibal
          McClatchy:  Democrats' 2018 plan:  More bluster, same policy;  Excerpts from Jason Kander's speech to Democratic National Committee
          Mediaite:  Man arrested for JCC bomb threats was liberal journalist fired for fabrication
          Riverfront Times:  Before bomb threats, Juan Thompson unraveled - and called Riverfront Times reporter "white piece of sh!t"
          P-D:  FBI says liberal journalist's threats against Jewish groups was part of campaign against ex-girlfriend
          P-D:  University City police want to question Juan Thompson in cemetery vandalism
          Faughn:  Diversity is a sham as long as Southern Missouri is excluded from the Missouri Supreme Court;  Tax credit programs can be saved if Haahr and Rehder show the courage to stand up for rural Missouri
          Drebes:  Speaker Todd Richardson creates two Dem-chaired subcommittees
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 27
          AP:  Nixon's final months of flights cost taxpayers $50,000
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact Check:  Greitens' statements on crimes rated "Half True"
          KDNL:  The Allman Report:  James Harris on how the Missouri Supreme Court's nominee process is weighted toward non-conservatives
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard wants judge selection process sacked while fellow Republicans seek to reverse recent high court ruling
          Missourinet:  Galloway's audits reveal millions in waste, abuse
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget updates for biodiesel producers, Greenwood Autism Clinic at Truman State
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf's PDMP bill passes through the Senate, Rehder ready to oppose
          KWMU:  Don't expect Missouri to start a prescription drug monitoring program this year
          KC Star:  Monitoring prescription drugs:  Missouri likely to remain only state without program +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At local League of Women Voters meeting, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) shares concerns with REAL ID bill
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Prevailing wage a hot topic;  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock calls law "the single biggest deterrent to construction in Missouri"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan still has concerns over charter school expansion bill
          P-D:  State lawmakers ramp up efforts to nullify St. Louis ordinances
          KWMU:  Greitens says he's open to 'investments' on state land for MLS stadium
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Representatives of OAKS Senior Nutrition Center meet with Lt. Gov. Mike Parson
          KMOX:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation conducts black bear den checks
          KWMU:  National Urban League conference returns to St. Louis this summer
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs prescription drug monitoring program +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections deserved more than a slap on the wrist for slow-walking drug information
          Waters:  New University of Missouri System President Mun Choi is off to a good start X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville woman says GOP legislators' stance on Medicaid is "reprehensible"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman disagrees with GOP legislators on Medicaid
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        Friday, March 3
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill's misfired tweet on contacts with Russian ambassador earns "3 Pinocchios" on scale of 4
          National Review's Charles Cooke:  Claire McCaskill vs. Claire McCaskill on Russia
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on Jeff Sessions
          The Missouri Times:  Stephen Webber, Nicole Galloway will be keynote speakers at 46th Missouri Democrat Days
          AP:  Parent company of Smith & Wesson to expand in central Missouri
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch wins awards for children & families series by Nancy Cambria, other pieces
          P-D's Nancy Cambria:  Post-Dispatch editors have eliminated the children & families beat
          Last week:  Gateway Journalism Review:  As three veteran journalists depart Post-Dispatch, Editor Gilbert Bailon insists paper is dedicated to news reporting;  Paper uses print space to run self-promotional "TRUTH" ads
          KWMU:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Q&A with Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Galloway
          Missourinet:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Greitens takes questions
          SNL:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Statewide officials brief reporters X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Greitens talks funding budget, more
          AP:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  During media Q&A, Greitens says he'll interview Missouri Supreme Court nominees
          The Missouri Times:  Court plan likely up for review after latest panel picks
          P-D:  Ron Richard seeks overhaul of judge selection process
          SNL:  Greitens chooses to not fly on taxpayers' dime;  Missouri State Highway Patrol blocks real-time tracking of state planes X
          P-D:  Greitens leases planes through charter company
          AP:  Galloway launching series of audits to explore reasons state is facing budget shortfall
          Missourinet:  Audits underway target policymaking weaknesses, causes of Missouri budget gap
          CDT:  Galloway says state seized $6.2 million in cash, property in 2016 X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) statement about reduced corporate tax collection rated "Mostly True"
          KWMU:  Workplace discrimination bill heads to Missouri House
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bill for prescription drug tracking
          The Missouri Times:  Bush touts education measures at Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Missouri GOP legislators to "be bold" on school choice
          KWMU:  Jeb Bush touts charter schools and vouchers at Missouri Capitol
          AP:  Jeb Bush:  School choice is in Missouri's future
          Jason Rosenbaum for NPR:  As state budget revenues fall short, higher education faces a squeeze
          CDT:  UM System outlook turns stable, retains AA+ bond rating X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Airport booze bill is probably fine, but not very important X
          JCNT editorial:  A tale of two universities:  MU funded, Lincoln University slighted X
          P-D editorial:  Failure-factory charter networks like Confluence Academy must be held accountable
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  UMSL black history prof shares advice on how civil rights crusaders can fight Trump
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. adjunct prof Susan Craig:  Blunt should support independent commission in Russia investigation
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Weekly update on Greitens' inauguration expenses +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  GOP pro-life bills are an attack on freedom
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area doctor says Hinson is wrong - prescription drug monitoring programs work
          KC Star letter:  Smithville sexagenarian uphappy with Kraus over REAL ID +
          CDT letter:  Area woman supports proposal from Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) to abolish death penalty X
          P-D letter:  Glendale sexagenarian opposes last year's gun bill, now signed into law
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        Thursday, March 2
       
KC Star:  McCaskill bashes ICE boss for not meeting with Senate on illegal-alien murder defendant +
          USA Today:  Widow chronicles husband's murder by illegal Mexican alien;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  After Trump speech, spotlight on murderous illegal immigrants turns to Wentzville widow
          NY Times:  McCaskill wins Quotation of the Day for quip regarding Republicans and Obamacare
          Missourinet:  McCaskill condemns DeVos' comment about history of black colleges and universities
          KC Star:  Teamsters retirees would offer 'earful' to Trump team on failing Central States pension;  Group meets with McCaskill, Cleaver, Hartzler +
          The Missouri Times:  Trump starts process to rescind Waters of U.S. rule, earns kudos from Missouri farmers
          P-D:  Harris-Stowe president reflects on Trump's HBCU order, time in D.C.
          Washington Post:  After Bernie Sanders supporters knock off Hillary Clinton backers in Missouri, progressives chatter about recruiting "populist" into 2018 Democratic primary
          Columbia Missourian:  Social media posts started relationships that ended in Muslim's wannabe-jihadist indictment
          The Missouri Times:  Emilee Lakin leaves HRCC for Victory Enterprises;  Becky Willard joins HRCC as Finance Director
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson explains office refurbishment costs
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt encourages affected Perry County farmers and business to participate in disaster relief program
          Drebes:  Proposal from Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) would provide public employees automatic COLAs
          The Missouri Times:  Benjamin Lipman, Lisa Hardwick, Brent Powell selected by commission in first round of Supreme Court process
          KWMU:  Judges, St. Louis lawyer the 3 candidates for open state Supreme Court seat
          P-D:  Two judges, private attorney are nominees for vacant Missouri Supreme Court seat
          KWMU:  Greitens' appointee for DHSS director questioned about North Carolina job
          SNL:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) wants to stop government agencies from competing with private businesses X
          P-D:  Lawmakers renew push to try 17-year-olds in juvenile court
          P-D:  Senate OKs discrimination bill
          SNL:  Brown Derby among small Missouri liquor companies opposing alcohol advertising bill X
          CDT:  New UM president addresses legislative rally X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri System reclaims stable financial outlook rating from S&P +
          SNL:  Ozarks Technical Community College freezes 19 positions, says tuition increase is likely X
          Columbia Missourian:  State Higher Ed Committee considers requirement to post detailed data about course offerings
          Columbia Missourian:  Tears flow at marijuana legislation hearing;  Waterworks from supporters as they discuss current and potential health impacts
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill to increase fines for farmers breaking herbicide-application laws
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes down LGBT discrimination proposal
          Missourinet:  Proposals from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) address criminal behavior in urban areas
          P-D editorial:  Medicaid block grants would be a disaster. Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) can't wait.
          Waters:  Profile:  Missouri marijuana advocate Dan Viets X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U Law professor Pauline Kim:  Missouri GOP discrimination bill is bad
          P-D op-ed:  Humanist activist James Croft:  Why I love lobbying:  Walking the halls of the Missouri Capitol with the ACLU is not a self-indulgent, feel-good waste of time and will totally change what the GOP supermajority does
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Women's Foundation CEO Wendy Doyle:  It is Women's History Month.
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        Wednesday, March 1
       
Archive:  March 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          Archive:  March 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Archive:  March 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  McCaskill not opposed to Trump's defense spending
          SNL:  McCaskill wants GOP lawmakers to rethink border wall X
          SNL:  Blunt:  White House didn't ask me to spin Russia contacts X
          KWMU:  Mitt Romney speaks at Wash U., talks climate change, Obamacare, more
          KWMU:  LGBTQIA* activists who attacked police officers at rally complain about how they were treated during arrests
          The Missouri Times:  MDP Chair Stephen Webber pokes Greitens over ideological makeover, photo op with Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway says Missouri seized $6.3 million in property in 2016
          KWMU:  Public Insight Network reader input:  'Right to work' brings sense of unease to Missouri's union members
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) pushes his version of drug monitoring bill X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) supports meth monitoring system as alternative to PDMP;  Comments from Consumer Healthcare Products Association's Jim Gwinner
          JCNT:  Pharmacy software works to limit meth production X
          The Missouri Times:  Jeb Bush joins state lawmakers today to discuss school choice
          KWMU:  Missouri NEA, others oppose Emery's bill to provide alternative restroom accomodations for students calling themselves "transgender"
          KWMU:  In competition for students, some area colleges erase in-state tuition parameters
          SNL:  Missouri could stop offering ACT for free X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mike Middleton saw interim president job as calming UM's troubled waters
          Missourinet:  Business and labor groups view arbitration legislation differently
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to discrimination bill
          P-D:  Senate debate on workplace discrimination bill goes past midnight
          KWMU:  Liberal groups speak out against discrimination bill;  Press conference features NAACP, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, et al.
          AP:  NAACP, others oppose discrimination bill
          The Missouri Times:  KCP&L's track to acquire Westar must overcome one more regulatory hurdle
          KC Star:  Bill would bar punitive damages for state employees in discrimination cases +
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections fined $2,500 for dragging feet on Sunshine request
          Missourinet:  With proposal from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), women who claim to be abused could break leases early, change their locks
          Drebes:  Denny Hoskins, Brian Munzlinger and Old Drum the "historic" dog
          Missourinet:  Hawley says Northeast Missouri man sexually assaulted children and an elderly woman
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds minimum wage raises in St. Louis
          KWMU:  St. Louis City minimum wage will rise to $11/hr. by 2018
          AP:  St. Louis City to raise minimum wage after court decision
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis minimum wage hike
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should loosen term limits +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri legislators should reject Schaaf's sham prescription database
          P-D op-ed:  Local liability lawyer opposes GOP discrimination bill
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Missouri tort overhaul proposals are a sad symptom of a litigious society
          CDT letter:  MU social work prof wants Hartzler staff to clean out voice mail box X
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        Tuesday, February 28
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republicans call on McCaskill to confirm Gorsuch
          PBS:  How Americans see Donald Trump, according to three regional newspapers:  St. Joseph News-Press Chairman David Bradley says Trump has made some misstatements, says area residents are largely satisfied and most hope Trump keeps his promises
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area liberals outraged over Bradley's comments about Trump;  Group of nearly 50 gathers outside News-Press office during workday X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Protest photo gallery:  Woman wearing yarn labia atop skull;  More X
          Columbia Missourian:  Kander talks voter rights to liberal lawyers' group
          Helling:  Democrats must find better candidates, or they'll keep losing +
          CDT:  Columbia man arrested after attacking police officer at St. Louis LGBTQIA* parade X
          P-D:  St. Louis woman jumps on back of officer, tries to interfere with arrest at St. Louis LGBTQIA* parade
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber calls on Greitens to condemn Trump's comments about war +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says workers' comp bill will help stop "double-dipping"
          KWMU:  Missouri's chief public defender, Michael Barrett, says he'll close offices around the state unless Legislature gives him more money
          Missourinet:  State Public Defender Michael Barrett requests $70 million in funding
          AP:  Public defenders want more money from legislators
          The Missouri Times:  House approves extensions for pregnancy resource center tax credits
          KSGF:  Nick Reed show:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks about PDMP legislation, addresses Reed's skepticism of program, says she looks forward to Eric Burlison representing Springfield in the Missouri Senate soon
          P-D:  Lincoln County joins prescription drug monitoring database
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) explains REAL ID conundrum
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) gives REAL ID update
          P-D:  Purchases of land for Missouri parks put on hold
          Missourinet:  Missouri House looks at expanding hemp extract use for serious health conditions
          SNL:  State electrician's license discussed in Senate X
          Missourinet:  House endorses tougher fines for those who choose to break herbicide-application laws
          The Missouri Times:  Great Plains files application, PSC sets intervention deadline
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Public Library to allow concealed weapons indefinitely
          AP:  Judge says state knowingly violated Sunshine Law
          U.S. News & World Report:  State rankings:  Missouri #37
          P-D:  U.S. News & World Report ranks Missouri in bottom third of states
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill, Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) stand up for area's bridge needs X
          P-D editorial:  Windfall gives Greitens an opportunity to show compassion for Missouri's olds, disabled and kids
          KC Star op-ed:  Concerned Women for America's Bev Ehlen:  McCaskill should support Gorsuch +
          KC Star op-ed:  NARAL's Alison Dreith:  McCaskill should oppose Gorsuch +
          St. Joseph News-Press's Newton:  REAL ID debate is messy and tiresome X
          Waters:  Mike Middleton deserves credit for more than hanging in there X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Values Project's Molly Teichman:  Politicians' effort to help liquor megastore Total Wine may hurt Missouri families
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man says Post-Dispatch reporter Kurt Erickson's predictably-slanted piece on lt. gov. office furniture appeals to left-leaning, low-information readers
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        Monday, February 27
       
P-D:  Inside the Trump White House, St. Louis native Katie Walsh plays key role
          The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz:  Liberals target GOP congressional offices with phone calls;  KC woman brags about calling Blunt's D.C. office every day, tells reporter she is a "registered Independent" - though Missouri does not have party registration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local immigration attorneys provide advice to illegal aliens hiding out in Missouri:  Don't break more laws by committing other crimes X
          Faughn:  Jay Wasson may be Missouri's most influential senator;  Nixa Republican shares thoughts on Greitens, PQ, 'right to work,' prevailing wage, building trust with Democrats, and the crop of young senators
          Missourinet:  PDMP sponsor Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) shares her own family's battle with drug addiction, opioid abuse
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Assistant Superminority Floor Leader Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on ethics bills, REAL ID, tort overhaul;  Panel of St. Louis City Democratic mayoral campaign staffers
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage):  further scrutiny of St. Louis Community Release Center is in process
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hundreds of local bridges deemed structurally deficient X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) would change county budget process, could remove auditor as budget officer
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) would install abortion exhibit in Missouri Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Special interests are trying, again, to reverse voters' will on campaign cash
          SNL letter:  Bolivar man unhappy that McCaskill, Blunt, Long not holding town halls during break X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia sexagenarian demands Vicky Hartzler hold town halls, says incumbent - who won by forty (40) points in 2016 - is in danger of losing seat
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wants Post-Dispatch to make more frequent reference to Greitens' intellectual, Democratic past
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        Sunday, February 26
       
KWMU:  Missouri GOP has singular message at Lincoln Days:  It's time to get to work
          SNL:  Lincoln Days happenings:  Blunt speech and protest;  Greitens speech;  Ashcroft speaks to GOP attorneys group;  panel of female department heads;  MRP Vice Chair Kay Hoflander on looking toward 2018 X
          KY3:  Missouri Republicans gather for Lincoln Days
          P-D:  At Lincoln Days, Missouri Republicans talk 2018 races
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump rally draws less than three dozen outside Luetkemeyer's office;  Veteran social justice warrior Sue Gibson says she wants GOP to support "Black Lives Matter," transgender campaigns, etc. X
          CDT:  Hartzler's Steve Walsh says congresswoman's one-on-one meetings are more productive than staged "spectacles for the media" X
          Missourinet:  Columbia man who converted to Islam and planned KC ISIS attack being held without bond
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt's Columbia office gets new location
          KWMU:  LGBTQIA* activists rally downtown, express anger over Emery's alternative-facilities bill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on tort overhaul proposals, REAL ID, ethics bills;  Panel of St. Louis City Democratic mayoral candidate staffers
          Drebes:  Nixon holdovers on the way out;  Labor scion Hugh McVey, nephew of longtime Missouri AFL-CIO boss Duke McVey, departs Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  REAL ID, drug monitoring X
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Ethics bills would uphold Greitens' campaign promises X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Tort overhaul proposals
          P-D:  These 14 St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri House passes bill to increase fines for farmers who choose to break herbicide application laws
          AP:  St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy
          KC Star:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) proposes "Never Again Act" to highlight history of abortion X
          P-D:  Tiniest victims of Missouri's heroin epidemic flood into foster care
          P-D editorial:  VP Mike Pence wrong to call Obamacare a "nightmare" during St. Louis visit
          JCNT editorial:  A state family-friendly leave policy is a win-win X
          Waters:  Time for Missouri to comply with REAL ID X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Gasoline tax for transportation should range between 5.9 cents and 10 cents - and still will not solve MoDOT's problems X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian dislikes Blunt, expresses her anger over senator's re-election
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian demands Ann Wagner hold town halls, says incumbent - re-elected in 2016 by 20 points - is in danger of losing seat
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian dislikes fellow Democrats' town-hall campaign, says anti-Trump protesters should behave in a more civil fashion
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian is pleased with Post-Dispatch's criticism of Eric Greitens, wants paper to "drown him with more articles"
          SE Missourian letter:  Palmyra septuagenarian supports eminent domain bills proposed by Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) +
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        Saturday, February 25   The Official 2017 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
The Missouri Times:  Special Lincoln Days print edition:  Lincoln Days schedule, Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies racks up national awards;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Days kicks off in Springfield;  Attendees talk 2018 GOP U.S. Senate primary, more
          Missourinet:  Lincoln Days features U.S. Senate primary hopefuls, celebration of November victories, more
          KSPR:  Video:  Lincoln Days attendees gather in Springfield;  Comments from Republicans Tom Mendenhall, Danette Proctor;  Sexagenarian anti-Blunt protester Rita Bruin says she has been "borderline depressed" since Hillary Clinton's defeat
          P-D:  Liberal groups continue push for congressional town halls
          KWMU:  Local congressional delegation's communications staffers pen statements regarding town hall forums
          SNL:  Transgender rally draws more than 100 in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Amorphous human holds sign declaring "F@CK TERFS" (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists);  Organizer Bethany Johnson wears Captain American shield on back, yarn labia hat atop skull;  More X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of February 20
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens' Parker Briden talks about jobs coming to Northeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens rounds out 10-member tax credit committee:  Policy Director Will Scharf, former GOP state Sens. Jason Crowell and John Lamping, others
          KC Star:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) inquires about Greitens' travel
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget battles, appropriation of settlement monies
          SNL:  Missouri legislators meet at Springfield Expedia facility to tout short-term rental bill X
          SNL:  Greitens appoints pair to MSU governing board X
          SNL:  MSU to raise tuition next year X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) asks UM System to retract support of discrimination bills
          P-D:  Few Missouri public high school students pass AP courses;  2013 photo of Hazelwood East AP government teacher attempting to instruct Spanish Lake youths
          KC Star:  Two non-urban districts in the KC region named to state's Advanced Placement Honor Roll +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Greitens overstates number of students not enrolled in physics
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) wants to create 'History of Abortion' exhibit in Capitol
          P-D:  Push to expand gambling underway in Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  House passes bill to stiffen penalties on farmers who choose to make illegal applications of approved herbicide +
          KWMU:  Bill to strengthen penalties for misuse of herbicides moves forward
          The Missouri Times:  PSC orders Great Plains to file application in merger case
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Three veteran reporters depart Post-Dispatch;  In face of declining subscriptions, paper launches "TRUTH" ad campaign
          P-D editorial:  Some Missouri Republicans agree with ACLU on REAL ID, but the Republicans are being crackpots about it
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) pushes a bill to help landowners pollute without consequences
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City correct to fight Missouri Legislature on abortion +
          P-D letter:  NARAL employee disagrees with Greitens, Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) on abortion
          CDT letter:  Sexagenarian poverty activist applauds newspaper's advocacy journalism and dedication to hard-knock, woe-is-me stories X
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        Friday, February 24   The Official 2017 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
SNL:  Republicans set to swarm Springfield for Lincoln Days X
          SNL:  Liberal "Indivisible" group will protest Blunt at Lincoln Days tomorrow, says it wants him to participate in their "street town hall" X
          KC Star:  Area delegation responds to liberal groups' town-hall campaign +
          CDT:  Liberals protest Hartzler outside local Chamber of Commerce meeting X
          CDT:  Luetkemeyer, Hartzler look to pull back Dodd-Frank X
          Drebes:  Ian Mackey to run for Stacey Newman's safe Democratic seat in Richmond Heights area
          Riverfront Times:  After Post-Dispatch's rush to judgment on rape allegation, Steve Roberts looks to clear his name
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens reflects on his Jewish faith through lens of cemetery vandalism
          KWMU:  Jewish Federation of St. Louis credits Greitens' team for mobilizing quickly after cemetery vandalism;  Local Anti-Defamation League leader blames nationwide incidents on Trump campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens restores some funding to K-12 transportation, home services programs
          KWMU:  Greitens shrinks size of proposed Medicaid, school bus cuts
          Missourinet:  Greitens eyes settlement money to ease cuts to Missouri's home services, school busing
          AP:  Greitens wants to use tobacco money to restore Medicaid cuts
          SNL:  Greitens says $52 million in tobacco money will help undo his cuts;  Protesters gather in Springfield anyway X
          P-D:  Tobacco money will help avoid cuts of in-home care, Greitens says
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to give the unemployed a minimum three months of handouts
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers call for monthly reports on state's lawsuit settlements
          KWMU:  Corrections worker:  Nepotism, fraternization rampant in agency
          Missourinet:  Breakthrough testimony by prison employees after administrators are vague about scandal
          AP:  Missouri prison employees slam work environment
          P-D:  A step toward a prescription drug database in Missouri advances
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) discusses virtual schools
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) wants to prevent public universities from requiring students to live in campus housing past freshman year
          Missourinet:  Families of killer, victim ask Missouri Legislature to expedite Amber Alerts protocol
          Missourinet:  Judge lets Sierra Club intervene in court battle against Ameren
          P-D:  Cracked plaster, damaged hardwood flooring to get repairs in Parson's office;  Office gets refurbishment treatment for first time in at least 12 years
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri farmers would suffer from Trump-inspired trade war +
          KC Star editorial:  Graves should be part of KCI solution +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Vicky Hartzler cares about people who make local economy work, doesn't care much about protesters
          SNL letter:  Republic septuagenarian says Blunt, Long are wrong on Obamacare X
          KC Star letter:  Former Dem lt. gov candidate Winston Apple proposes proportional representation +
          P-D letter:  Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson:  Messenger wrong to criticize Jeff Roorda;  Columnist has luxury of living in Wildwood and avoiding savagery
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        Thursday, February 23
       
KWMU:  VP Mike Pence's message to Missouri:  Small businesses are a priority, as is health care
          Missourinet:  Pence visits company, vandalized Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Pence lauds small business during Missouri visit
          P-D:  Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          KWMU:  While visiting St. Louis area, VP Mike Pence and Gov. Eric Greitens condemn vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          Washington Examiner:  Conservative group targets McCaskill in ads boosting Gorsuch's Supreme Court bid
          Politico:  Conservative group tied to Senate GOP leadership targets GOP, Dem lawmakers - including McCaskill - to repeal Obamacare
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Democrats, peace activists, Indians protest Hartzler outside Chamber of Commerce event;  Trump supporter holds one-man counter-rally, suggests liberals get over their election defeat
          Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare supporters compare medical maladies at rally;  Overweight woman laments hip and knee problems, etc.
          CDT:  Obamacare supporters swap sad stories at rally;  Woman claims "a slip in the mud" and knee injury made her homeless, former city councilwoman weeps, etc. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Blunt's statement on Missouri's health insurance coverage rated "Half True"
          SE Missourian:  Immigrant student is unhappy with Trump, says her father - who speaks English and holds multiple advanced degrees - misunderstood "fine print" of visa law +
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer:  We're losing one community bank a day;  he and Hartzler blast Dodd-Frank
          AP:  Greitens shuns state plane, flies at private costs
          Missourinet:  Greitens' campaign pledge for statewide term limits sees action with Kraus' legislative proposal
          KWMU:  Missouri's male population underrepresented in Greitens' Cabinet picks;  Nominees for major agencies include three men, five women
          AP:  GOP bill would allow the unemployed to hang out on the dole for at least three months
          KWMU:  Greitens' proposed budget cuts spare farmers, but not biodiesel debt
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers face off in REAL ID debates
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans have robust debate on REAL ID measures
          Columbia Missourian:  REAL ID debate stalls in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee questions Governor's Office budget and use of funds
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel proposes vast I-70 overhaul with general revenue funds
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT finishes Highway 13 bridge repairs X
          P-D:  Alzheimers care givers oppose budget cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) blasts Mizzou for endorsing Austin's discrimination suit overhaul bill
          CDT:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty scolds UM for lobbyist's testimony X
          KWMU:  Local attorney says GOP's proposed changes to discrimination law are needed
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances prescription drug monitoring bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State unveils new license plate X
          AP:  Missouri corrections officer charged with false imprisonment;  Ozark Correctional Center employee pushed co-worker into cell, where she stayed alone for several minutes until her co-worker boyfriend set her free
          P-D:  Marquette High grad Erica Cao named Gates Scholar for second time;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success
          P-D:  Jennings man convicted of felony for looting shoe store during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Eric Greitens:  Cannot or will not answer questions?
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Sexagenarian reporter bashes critics of news media, says his job is to provide "truly fair and balanced" journalism while he fights for the "poor, needy and disabled" X
          P-D letter:  Olivette man says Greitens is enamored with himself and should stop whining about the media
          P-D letter:  University City woman wants legislators to spend more money on K-12 schools
          CDT letter:  Administrative law attorney David Woodsmall:  Lawmakers should oppose bill backed by utility companies X
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        Wednesday, February 22
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  McCaskill visits Mexico border to get first-hand look at issues facing border patrol agents
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft weighs in on new immigration order on FOX Business
          KWMU:  Local immigrant-advocacy group calls reality of Trump immigration order "a real tragedy"
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  New Trump immigration rules create fear among immigrants;  Public radio station provides forum for two anti-Trump perspectives, zero voices supporting deportation policy
          KWMU:  Survey:  Public radio station takes part in national investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information
          KC Star:  Columbia man who converted to Islam caught plotting ISIS terror attack on Kansas City +
          Missourinet:  Columbia man who converted to Islam planned terrorist attack on Kansas City
          KMIZ:  Columbia man converted to Islam, planned Presidents' Day attack
          AP:  Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack in KC
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws 250 in Columbia;  McCaskill staff attends
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists protest outside Blunt's office, say they'll target Ann Wagner next
          Missourinet:  Pence to visit St. Louis County today
          AP:  VP Mike Pence to make stop in Fenton today to talk jobs
          P-D:  Greitens says he will talk about jobs during visit with Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Policy Network holds second year of mentor program
          KWMU:  Greitens' team plans volunteer activity at Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Greitens makes statement on vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          P-D:  Vandalism at University City Jewish cemetery draws widespread condemnation
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) offers to personally help any constituent who can't manage to get a voter ID on their own X
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) would mandate e-verify checks to keep employees from hiring illegal aliens;  ACLU opposes bill
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford, other senators push Hawley to fight REAL ID bill +
          SNL:  Issue overview:  What the Missouri Legislature is doing about REAL ID X
          SNL:  Springfield legislators push compliance with REAL ID X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed state amendment would eliminate income tax, cap state spending
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel to propose funding transportation through general revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Holsman calls for $60 million of settlement money to be used to restore funding to Greitens' budget cuts
          Missourinet:  $10 million from court settlement to assist with Missouri budget crunch;  Holsman would like to see more
          Missourinet:  DOC controversy inspires proposal from Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) to monitor state payouts for lawsuit claims
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Today's episode to explore Legislature's proposed discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) proposes alternate facilities for K-12 transgender students
          KWMU:  Senate committee hears Emery's bill to allow public schools to provide alternative facilities for kids calling themselves "transgender"
          AP:  Emery bill provides alternative restroom, locker room options for transgender students
          The Missouri Times:  Bill to provide alternative restrooms for transgender students draws crowd
          KC Star:  Woman raising funds for her transgender-rights group books her 9-year-old boy - dressed up like a girl and calling himself "Avery" - a speaking slot at Senate committee hearing +
          P-D:  Emery bill draws testimony from activists, two boys calling themselves girls, parents
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys deliver prepared speeches on Emery's transgender-facilities bill
          KWMU:  Missouri Board of Education critical of St. Louis' largest charter network, still reauthorizes it
          CDT:  House committee to start work on higher ed budget X
          P-D:  House approves police protections;  Urban legislators unhappy
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate changing booze rules at Lambert
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) takes aim at 'pill mills'
          KWMU:  GOP House bill would strike down St. Louis City's 'abortion sanctuary city' law
          SNL:  Stacey Barfield pushes for 'Hailey's Law' without husband X
          KC Star:  Mom thinks UMKC stripper is a victim of human trafficking +
          AP:  Democrats ask Greitens to allow expanded family leave
          P-D editorial:  A prescription drug database would turn off the drug spigot in St. Louis
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        Tuesday, February 21
       
KC Star:  Hundreds protest Trump at 'Not My President' rally +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Photos, compendium of local news coverage from anti-Trump rally
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay to file suit over painting depicting police as animals
          AP:  Clay intends to sue over removal of painting
          P-D:  Taking down anti-police painting violated 1st Amendment, Clay claims in planned lawsuit
          Japan Times:  Billy Long part of bipartisan delegation visiting with government officials in Tokyo
          Rosenbaum:  The political money pipeline now can flow through Missouri's elected officials
          CDT:  Kit Bond puts mid-Missouri mansion on the market X
          KWMU:  Former AG Chris Koster takes job at Centene
          The Missouri Times:  Koster to work as vice president at Centene Corporation
          AP:  Koster gets new job at Centene Corp.
          The Missouri Times:  The evolution of Rich AuBuchon:  Tort reform and beyond
          Drebes:  Ryan McKenna hangs out a shingle as government consultant
          The Missouri Times:  Former McCaskill, SEIU staffer Brandon Davis joins GPS Impact
          The Missouri Times:  Kansas City Democratic Reps. Jon Carpenter and Lauren Arthur launch podcast;  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) starts all-female podcast inspired by "The View"
          KC Star:  State spent $52 million under Nixon administration to settle discrimination, other lawsuits;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty) wants governors to disclose inaugural-fund donors, calls Humphreys' contribution to Richard inappropriate
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Libla calls out House for lack of action on bridge funding +
          SNL:  In-home medical care group plans rally Thursday to protest budget cuts X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers hear from treatment experts, consider opioid proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide if cities have the right to set their own minimum wage
          P-D:  Greitens yet to say what he'll do with $50 million in tobacco settlement money
          P-D:  Greitens:  St. Louis should not be an 'Abortion Sanctuary City'
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says compromise on charter schools 'possible'
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would allow K-12 schools to provide alternative accomodations for transgender students, keep young men out of girls' restrooms and locker rooms
          Daily American Republic:  Sucker punch during girls' basketball game, caught on video, prompts Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) to propose legislation +
          JCNT:  Protest of higher ed budget cuts draws nearly a dozen outside Governor's Mansion X
          Columbia Missourian:  New profile outlines traits, expectations for MU chancellor
          SNL:  Dixon bill would allow real estate notices to shift from print publications to online X
          CDT:  Emery bill could hinder city efforts to expand broadband X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants gun owners to be required to report lost or stolen firearms
          The Maneater:  MU law professor unhappy with legislature's 2016 gun bill, calls it "macho posturing"
          P-D:  Proposal would add utility vehicles to Missouri 'move over' law
          P-D:  University City police investigate damage to headstones at Jewish cemetery;  Greitens staff posts statement to Facebook
          KC Star editorial:  Work on REAL ID compromise should continue +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri has too many inmates and not enough space or money. Time for some bold thinking.
          P-D editorial:  Men and women of St. Louis law enforcement are wrong to have former Democratic state Rep. Jeff Roorda represent them
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Help St. Louis Women's March organizers fight the Trump agenda by filling out online survey
          Messenger:  Federal judge welcomes immigrants to America in trying times
          The Maneater's Emmett Ferguson:  Higher education cuts means MU is going to need to make up for some serious cash
          Waters:  How to legislate anti-discrimination X
          KC Star letter:  Independence man compares Greitens' budget cuts to foreclosing on widows and shutting down orphanages +
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        Monday, February 20   Presidents' Day
       
CDT:  Democrats see opportunity in resistance to Trump's governing;  Comments from MDP's Stephen Webber, MRP's Todd Graves, Hartzler, local state rep candidates X
          KWMU:  Local artists to complain about Trump's victory at "Not My Presidents' Day" event in St. Louis City;  Public radio station previews tonight's anti-Trump event, provides downloadable audio of anti-Trump artist's song, etc.
          KWMU:  Survey:  Public radio station takes part in national media investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information
          KC Star:  Survey:  Newspaper takes part in national media investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information +
          P-D:  Lacy Clay to file federal lawsuit over display of portrait depicting police as animals
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles);  Panel of Jason Rosenbaum, Reps. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) and Joe Adams (D-University City), Jack Spooner talk Trump, UM Board of Curators, Greitens' approach to handling reporters
          Drebes:  Jay Ashcroft's audacious power move against Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Elected officials seek to determine cost of Missouri voter ID law
          Columbia Missourian:  Profile:  Sheena Greitens
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Mike Parson visits Perryville;  Lt. gov tours local businesses, visits site of proposed Vietnam Memorial
          P-D:  David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher's "Bottom Line" video series:  Sexagenarian business reporters disagree with legislators' 'right to work' push, says GOP is trying to hurt unions
          Missourinet:  House Transporation Committee Chair Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho):  Missouri lawmakers are studying all possibilities for I-70
          Missourinet:  Terminated Missouri corrections officer seeks to testify before legislative committee
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) says charging prisoners a 50-cent copay could cut down on frivolous medical-care visits
          SNL:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) renews pitch for Greene County sales tax X
          St. Louis Review:  Missouri legislation seeks to pre-empt city's 'abortion sanctuary' ordinance
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to state-run virtual education program
          KWMU:  To attract students, UMSL and other schools try moving brick-and-mortar experience online
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis women deserve protection from retaliation for reproductive health decisions
          Columbia Missourian op-ed  New DHSS Director Randall Williams:  How I spent my first day in Missouri
          Priddy:  Thoughts on new Missouri license plate design (1,537 words)
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian says Long is hypocritical on Trump executive orders X
          P-D letter:  University City environmentalist applauds McCaskill for opposing Pruitt
          SE Missourian letter:  Labor advocate opposes GOP prevailing-wage legislation +
          KC Star letter:  KC trial attorney Chris Benjamin opposes GOP collateral source bill +
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        Sunday, February 19
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill, other Dems question Trump's smartphone security
          Capital Press:  McCaskill, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) sponsor bill to end 'duplicative' pesticide permits
          CDT:  Hartzler staff sits through liberals' complaints at listening forum;  Steve Walsh, Spencer Tuma hear from man who wants to use women's restrooms, Clinton supporters who blame election loss on Russia, more X
          KOMU:  Group joins National General Strike Day with flash mob of twelve (12) people downtown;  Organizer laments "carrying around a lot of pain and trauma that has been internalized because of just the legacy of settler colonialism and slavery and racism"
          NBC News:  More than 1,000 sign up for Monday anti-Trump rally in KC
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Bill Eigel;  Panel of Jason Rosenbaum, Reps. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) and Joe Adams (D-University City), Jack Spooner talk Trump, UM Board of Curators, Greitens' relationship with media
          JCNT:  Greitens team taps Harry Otto as director of legislative affairs for Missouri Department of Economic Development X
          JCNT:  Comparing Missouri state workers' jobs to those in other states X
          SNL:  Legislation to block lawsuits, big awards rolls through Missouri House and Senate X
          AP:  Permit interest drops after passage of Missouri gun law
          CDT:  Library changes signs prohibiting guns X
          SE Missourian:  Vargas:  Southeast faces $6.73 million shortfall, looks at possible tuition increases +
          KC Star:  For second year in a row, Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) proposes "personhood" amendment +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley takes California egg case to U.S. Supreme Court
          Washington Missourian editorial:  'Right to work' not a panacea, but not the end of the world either X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Politicians should stop the dressing-down gimmick;  Greitens, at least, put on a tie for his inauguration X
          SNL editorial:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) oversteps boundaries with bill on local jail funding X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Political correctness surrounding Ferguson riots is out of control X
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Gov. Eric Greitens evaded my question about his upcoming trip to D.C., and doesn't spend enough time hanging out with reporters
          P-D letter:  Area feminist "extremely alarmed" by impact HHS nominee Tom Price could have on Planned Parenthood in Missouri
          KC Star letters:  Missouri man, Kansas man criticize GOP legislators for obstinance on REAL ID +
          SNL letter:  Bolivar man suggests potential immigrants' status be dependent upon the cuisine they bring with them X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man unhappy with Hawley over egg policy, sarcastically suggests legislators legalize cockfighting
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        Saturday, February 18
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says national security advisor's resignation was the right move
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt
          CNN:  McCaskill talks 2018 re-election, says she's taking deliberate approach to Trump nominees
          P-D:  Almost two-thirds of St. Louis-built Navy Super Hornets out of service because of wear
          P-D:  Immigration raids net 13 criminal aliens in and around St. Louis;  3 had previously been deported and illegally re-infested the U.S.
          P-D:  University City Muslim dislikes Trump, takes trip to D.C. to complain
          P-D:  Medical marijuana backers gear up for 2018 campaign
          Drebes:  Richard Moore joins Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
          CDT:  Supreme Court of Missouri Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness forum draws four (4) attendees X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office, week of Feb. 13:  New curators, a contentious relationship with the press, and a bill to disclose inaugural donors
          KMOX:  Greitens to meet with Trump next week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) attempted "scolding" him at his desk over charter schools
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn talks state budget cuts, Greitens' priorities
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) talks budget, education funding
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) talks budget cuts, education legislation
          AP:  Overview:  Tort overhaul proposals
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections hearing leaves questions unanswered, irks legislators
          P-D:  Federal suit says Missouri prison officials ignored attacks, sexual assaults of inmate
          CDT:  UM backs bill to limit discrimination suits X
          P-D:  Some higher ed officials support discrimination bill, but most keep quiet
          KC Star:  Capitol briefs:  Missouri Plan, hair braiding, Greitens' support of PDMP +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri legislators aim to rename Jay Nixon State Park
          The Missouri Times:  PSC to order Great Plains Energy to file acquisition applications in Westar merger
          KC Star:  Missouri animal activists unhappy with access to dog-breeding documents +
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens could provide pivotal boost to combat opioid abuse +
          P-D editorial:  Short takes:  On Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola) and Lincoln, Greitens and PDMP, Gateway Pundit
          KC Star editorial:  Missourians deserve to know the source of death penalty drugs +
          JCNT editorial:  Lant's silencing of NAACP president an embarrassment X
          SNL op-ed:  Jay Ashcroft:  Scott Pruitt the right man for the EPA job X
          Messenger:  The Fire Roorda bandwagon grows;  Men and women of the St. Louis police force are wrong to have former Democratic state rep represent them
          P-D letter:  Local liberal wants Ann Wagner to hold public forums to answer for Trump
          JCNT letter:  Local liberal wants congressional reps to hold public forums to answer for Trump X
          CDT letter:  Columbia woman questions Vicky Hartzler's religious faith X
          JCNT letter:  Sexagenarian conservative responds to liberal's letter responding to Luetkemeyer's response to her letter X
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        Friday, February 17
       
KMOX:  McCaskill, Blunt react to Trump's press conference
          Missourinet:  McCaskill seeks to bolster congressional oversight on Russia sanction changes
          KWMU:  McCaskill plans trip to Mexico border
          KWMU:  Tariff talk causes uncertainty among those who do business with Mexico
          KC Star:  Pelosi and other leading Dems sit in on ICE meeting on illegals, but Cleaver fails to make the cut +
          KC Star:  Immigration Q&A with local experts, federal officials:  Green cards, anchor babies, refugees, much more +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of KC "Day Without Immigrants" news coverage
          KC Star:  Kansas City Hispanic families get help with education from Mexican consulate;  KC Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell says schools will be a "safe haven" for aliens +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump rally draws hundreds;  Comments from illegal alien and her anchor baby, others +
          KC Star:  Video:  11-year old muchacha playing hooky from school:  "I am here today because immigrants they [sic] make up the United States ... it is racism there is [sic] rising in our country ... this will help, like, soften it." +
          P-D:  Some Mexican restaurants shut down to mark anti-Trump "Day Without Immigrants"
          CDT:  Photo:  Area sexagenarian holds sign at "Impeach Trump" rally X
          The Maneater:  Editor of MU literary magazine opposes proposed cuts to federal funding
          Rasmussen:  2018 Senate rankings:  McCaskill seat a toss up;  Incumbent "lucked out" in 2012 with Akin, and "some Democrats might actually prefer Jason Kander to McCaskill"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dick Gephardt previews talk to activists at Wash U. this weekend, discusses current state of political discourse, 'right to work,' need for vocational schools, more
           The Missouri Times:  New Approach Missouri to get head start on medical marijuana ballot issue
           AP:  Missouri Democrat wants disclosure of inaugural donations
           Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson to discuss jobs and retirees today in Branson
           The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Plan at center of debate once again;  Thoughts from James Harris, Greitens' Will Scharf, others
           AP:  Lawmakers move forward with proposals to end union-only contracts in public construction
           KWMU:   Capitol briefs:  PLAs, hair braiding, stiffer penalties for attacks on law enforcement
           AP:  Hair braiding bill advances through Missouri House
           AP:  Lawmakers questions officials on prison harassment
           P-D:  Amid sexual harassment hubbub, Missouri prisons deemed 'dysfunctional'
           Missourinet:  Administrators provide little insight at House hearing on DOC
           Missourinet:  Key Missouri lawmakers disagree on quality of inmate health care
           The Missouri Times:  House passes police protection bills:  'We have your backs'
           Columbia Missourian:  House passes two new bills in support of law enforcement
           Missourinet:  Missouri House passes measures to protect law enforcement personnel
           AP:  Missouri House passes increased protections for police
           P-D:  Off-duty St. Louis County officer's killing of Black Lives Matter sympathizer ruled justified
           AP:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D):  Off-duty officer justified in shooting Black Lives Matter intruder
           Columbia Missourian:  Greitens allows visitors to bring guns into Capitol without new law
           Columbia Missourian:  Columbia library to revise gun signage after threat of lawsuit;  Rep. Cheri Reisch (R-Hallsville) was criticized for bringing a gun to forum earlier this month
           CDT:  Reisch discusses bringing gun to library X
           P-D:  State lawmakers could block changes to St. Louis anti-discrimination ordinance
           Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lawyers seek damages from Monsanto after some farmers caused damage using non-Monsanto products despite warnings from Monsanto;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) proposes cracking down on farmers who choose to break the law +
           The Missouri Times:  Opponents call gas ratemaking bills "weather taxes"
           KWMU:  Sierra Club intervenes on federal air quality lawsuit against Ameren Missouri
           SNL:  Applications now accepted for Women Legislators of Missouri scholarship;  Males need not apply X
           P-D:  Experienced reporters departing the Post-Dispatch:  Jim Gallagher, Steve Giegerich, Tim Bryant, others
           KC Star editorial:  Republicans wrong to strip Nixon's name off state park;  Democrats wrong to nitpick Hawley on residency +
           P-D editorial:  Nine GOP state senators show misguided obstinancy on REAL ID
           P-D editorial:  Raising Missouri's marriage age will cut down on sex trafficking
           KC Star editorial:  Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) wrong to cut off microphone of NAACP leader +
           P-D letter:  Fenton sexagenarian says Blunt is right on Michael Flynn, wrong on David Petraeus
           KC Star letter:  Republic septuagenarian says McCaskill is right to be thoughful - not knee-jerk - on Gorsuch +
           P-D letter:  Olivette man suggests Post-Dispatch begin calling violent miscreants rioters, not "protesters"
           SNL letter:  Mansfield man suggests conservatives begin acting like liberals and create havoc whenever an election is lost X
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        Thursday, February 16
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt clash on how to investigate Flynn, Trump administration contacts with Russia
          KWMU:  Trump's travel ban helps block diseased refugees;  Comments from SLU assistant prof
          KWMU:   Cap on refugees may give local foreigner-resettlement organizations some breathing room
          Missourinet:  McCaskill saw 'red flags' on Andrew Puzder, including "not paying taxes on illegal immigrants"
          P-D:  Former St. Louis attorney Andrew Puzder withdraws from consideration as Labor nominee
          KC Star:  Labor groups, minimum-wage activists celebrate Puzder withdrawal;  Fran Marion, BBQ chicken po' boy artist/butterfly shrimp sous chef at local Popeye's, takes partial credit for Labor nominee's decision +
          SE Missourian: Clinton campaign aide's speech at SEMO draws 50;  "Director of Progressive Media" Zerlena Maxwell blames Clinton's loss on racism, sexism, and "rape culture" +
          Roll Call's Nathan Gonzales:  Jason Kander may have made a big mistake;  Signing on to Clinton's super-PAC, enlisting liberals for his own PAC will affect his next campaign
          Drebes:  Nixonite Chris Pieper joins Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch
          JCNT:  Federal advocacy group praises Missouri for volume of taxpayer-subsidized breakfast handouts;  Comments from Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford X
          P-D:  Greitens talks prescription drug monitoring during Facebook Live segment;  Governor answers pre-selected questions for 15 minutes
          Terry Ganey:  Greitens plays hide-and-seek with press
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Jeff Layman, Darryl Chatman and Jamie Farmer as new UM Curators
          CDT:  Greitens fills three of five vacancies on Board of Curators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens appoints three members to UM System Board of Curators
          KWMU:  Former Mizzou football player among Greitens' picks for university system's governing body
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System Review Commission cites lack of stable funding, not leadership, as key shortcoming
          KRES/KWIX:  Moberly Area Community College President Jeff Lashley meets with lawmakers to discuss budget
          P-D:  GoFundMe report highlights stories of coeds crowdfunding tuition;  Teen girl says she accepts tuition payments from "friends"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) opposes bill from Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R-Lee's Summit) expanding charter schools, says it is an attack on rural schools
          Missourinet:  State Children's Division says it can live with budget cut from Greitens
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Transportation cuts costly for Putnam County schools
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says restoring some education cuts a possibility
          Lake Sun:  Budget talk with Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles), Part I:  On why tax credits help big cities but not rural Missouri, the need for more tourism spending, more
          Lake Sun:  Budget talk with Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles), Part II:  On Obamacare's impact, addressing the fact that 10% of Medicaid recipients leech a majority of the program's cost, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) doesn't support fuel tax and highway changes
          The Missouri Times:  Public union certification bill worries police, firefighter labor reps
          SNL:  Lawmakers circulate REAL ID letter to Hawley X
          KC Star:  Federal rules on ID rile some in General Assembly who say Missourians 'want their privacy' +
          Missourinet:  NAACP President Nimrod Chapel praises Greitens and Richardson, disagrees with them on 'right to work'
          KWMU:  GOP bill would remove Nixon's name from new state park
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would bar sex offenders from children's museums, zoos +
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) seeks to ban all abortions in Missouri
          AP:  Hawley says he's appealing egg law
          SNL editorial:  Blunt's leadership needed on NSA probe X
          KC Star editorial:  David Humphrey's pay-to-play politics have no place in debate over lawsuit reform +
          P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian liberal activist Glenn Koenen:  Response to Stacy Washington column on state welfare overhaul
          Priddy:  Thoughts on the new Missouri license plate
          SNL letter:  St. Louis social worker unhappy with Billy Long's position on abortion, wants him to represent views of people outside of his district X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico opposes Greitens' cuts to in-home care
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        Wednesday, February 15
       
SNL:  Blunt:  Intel committee should question ousted NSA chief in probe of Russia ties X
          P-D:  Blunt says ongoing Intelligence probe of Russian influence important in wake of Flynn resignation
          The Hill:  McCaskill calls for select committee to investigate Russia influence in U.S. elections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Russia again at center stage for U.S. foreign policy;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt X
          KBIA:  Neosho doctor among those offering "medical memberships" for those who can't pay for traditional health insurance
          The Missouri Times:  Newly-enacted campaign contribution law bans corporate donations to all candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens names new Dept. of Revenue leader:  Joel Walters of PricewaterhouseCoopers
          Missourinet:  Greitens speaks at NAACP dinner, talks jobs, justice, public safety
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) wants Greitens to replace Lant as committee chair
          P-D:  Superminority leader angry about Lant:  "A white man abused his power to stop a black man from expressing a contrary view"
          Missourinet:  At NAACP event, Richardson says House "was not at its best" when cutting off Nimrod Chapel's microphone
          SNL:  NAACP leader, offended by treatment at House committee hearing, wants an audience with the governor X
          Messenger:  NAACP leader sends message to Republicans - he will not be silenced
          Missourinet:  Gas tax hike unlikely to pass this session
          KWMU:  Advocates for the disabled oppose Greitens budget
          Washington Missourian:  Local K-12, higher ed leaders visit Jefferson City to discuss state budget impacts X
          SE Missourian:  Operator of carGo ride-hailing venture sees benefit of state bill to regulate industry +
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher education on the chopping block, again
          KWMU:  New governor, new momentum for Missouri charter school and school choice advocates
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel approves resolution supporting sheltered workshops
          The Missouri Times:  House perfects police protection bills from Haefner, Hill
          P-D:  Ferguson officer's self-defense shooting of strong-arm robber looms large in debate over police legislation
          Missourinet:  Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) introduces proposal to require special prosecutor for officer shootings
          SNL:  Lawmakers consider making 'revenge porn' a crime X
          P-D:  Missouri gets new license plates celebrating bicentennial
          The Missouri Times:  Court of Appeals reverses ruling, says Sunshine Law was not violated in execution drug case
          KWMU:  Court rules Missouri election officials did not violate Sunshine Law in execution cases
          P-D editorial:  Missouri voter photo ID law could be victim of its own high cost
          JCNT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley makes right call to conform with residency requirement X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas airport plan must lift Missouri off the runway on KCI improvements +
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill:  Our fight against sex trafficking website backpage.com +
          Helling:  Blunt tiptoes away from Trump +
          Springfield Business Journal Editor Eric Olson:  Eric Greitens and team ignore, evade questions from the media and public
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Consumer protection laws are under attack;  Recap of other liberal newspaper columnists' thoughts
          CDT letter:  Fayette man says DeVos purchased her vote from Blunt X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says Ann Wagner sides with Wall Street and big business
          CDT letter:  Anonymous letter-writer asks why Tribune relegates real news to nether region of newspaper to focus on bleeding-heart poverty-tales series
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        Tuesday, February 14
       
P-D:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasts Labor nominee Andrew Puzder as business groups, protesters mobilize;  Unions orchestrate urban march during workday
          SNL:  Activists urge McCaskill to confirm Gorsuch X
          KC Star:  Immigration enforcement surge across Midwest leads to capture of 26 illegals in KC area +
          KWMU:  Refugee shares story:  Korean woman came to the U.S. legally, contributes to society:  North Koreans "are struggling but they are working hard and studying hard"
          The Missouri Times:  Hahn O'Daniel lobbying firm adds Rachel Treppler to staff
          The Missouri Times:  Samuel Wright, Dallas Ernst face off in bid for Missouri Federation of College Republicans chair
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) chats with journoduo about diversity of opinions within GOP caucus, Greitens' eventual evolution to compromiser, prevailing wage, more
          Missourinet:  Prescription drug monitoring program moving through Missouri Legislature again
          KWMU:  House Republicans eye strengthening definition of employment discrimination
          SNL:  Republican asks NAACP president to keep committee testimony pertinent to topic at hand, draws criticism X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) calls Rep. Bill Lant "racist" for cutting off NAACP Missouri President Nimrod Chapel
          Missourinet:  DOC officials claim Missouri prisons are at capacity;  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) says state is "on a collision course for a new prison"
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) wants to raise age of adult crimes to 18 +
          CDT:  Measure aims to create state regulations for Uber, Lyft X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposed bill expands activities for home school students X
          P-D:  Critics of Missouri marriage age seek to raise it
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed bills aim to protect minors affected by prostitution and child abuse
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) would track complaints against law enforcement
          KC Star editorial:  Eric Greitens' confrontational style is no way to govern +
          Helling:  Woody Overton's policy reach was wide in Kansas City +
          P-D op-ed:  SEIU communications staff, signed by janitor:  Puzder betrays working people, from Washington University to Hardee's
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Waiting for 'right to work' to produce X
          Waters:  A new era for University of Missouri funding X
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        Monday, February 13
       
SNL:  Preliminary data:  Missouri Obamacare sign-ups drop almost 16 percent X
          SNL:  With no Obamacare replacement, hospitals in limbo X
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump activists generate Sunday-morning fear among immigrants;  ICE makes it clear enforcement efforts do not target churches +
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith asks Trump to revoke U.S. Fish & Wildlife order:  "It's absolutely ridiculous"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local educators, teachers' union weigh in on impact of Betsy DeVos as Education chief X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gun and knife show comes to town;  Pawn shop owner says most people happy with Trump X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Sly James;  Panel of Reps. Kevin Corlew (R), Jon Carpenter (D), Greg Razer (D), KC Star's Colleen Nelson talk Greitens vs. Missouri Senate, 'right to work,' who won the week, more
          Rosenbaum:  Breaking down Greitens' potential choices to the Missouri Supreme Court
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Board of Curators Chairman Maurice Graham says budget cuts put system in 'challenging' situation
          P-D:  Many transfer students to stay in decent districts despite Riverview Gardens re-accreditation
          P-D editorial:  Higher education and technology are job creators, so why is Greitens cutting their funding?
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  Star readers share why they voted for Donald Trump +
          Messenger:  Injured firefighter has question for County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, Eric Greitens and Josh Hawley:  Who will have her back?
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Missouri's broken consumer protection law must be changed
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        Sunday, February 12
       
NY Times:  State GOP leaders move swiftly as party bickers in Congress;  STL labor boss John Stiffler:  "They're killing us here in the state of Missouri"
          KC Star:  Trump's vows of support resonate with KC-area law enforcement officials +
          Wichita Eagle:  Kansas, Missouri included in national immigration crackdown;  ICE targeted five Midwest states to capture illegals
          KC Star:  High-school foreigners weigh in on Trump's approach to immigration;  Thoughts from Mexican girl whose parents smuggled her across the border, legal Filipino who thinks Trump "could make America great," others +
          KC Star:  Video:  Teenage foreigners talk tough to Trump:  Mexican muchacha calls Trump "childish," says she will not let him "push my people around";  Other spicy Latin backtalk +
          CDT:  Competing local rallies support, oppose Planned Parenthood X
          Columbia Missourian:  Abortion protests draw activists on both sides
          SNL:  "Defund Planned Parenthood" rally draws 50 X
          AP:  Rallies for, and against, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Planned Parenthood protests
          P-D:  Missouri S&T gets $300k Title IX grant;  Taxpayer money earmarked to educate students on "sexual harassment," etc.
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Sly James;  Panel of KC Star Editorial Page Editor Colleen Nelson, Reps. Kevin Corlew (R), Greg Razer (D), Jon Carpenter (D)
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers put prevailing wage in crosshairs;  laborers object +
          CDT:  Curators discuss state budget cuts in dire terms X
          CDT:  UM System Review Commission presents report to curators X
          AP:  Care providers say Medicaid cuts will shift costs
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans would benefit from statutes limiting lawsuits
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for increasing Missouri's marriage age say 15 is too low
          SNL:  Lawmakers argue utility law:  Improvement or 'nightmare' X
          KC Star editorial:  Someone, anyone, needs to take the long view in Missouri;  Term limits make legislators myopic +
          SNL editorial:  Time to measure 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  Oakville man says employee pay is the problem in Missouri Department of Corrections
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        Saturday, February 11
       
KC Star:  Woody Overton, longtime Democratic insider in KC, dies +
          KC Star:  With Trump travel ban lifted, Somali woman and brood arrive in KC;  Bringing along eight (8) kids - father AWOL - nets her $8,325 in taxpayer-funded handouts +
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Weekly recap:  Blunt on Sessions, McCaskill on Gorsuch
          KWMU:  Jason Kander continues raising profile to advance voting rights, Democratic candidates
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office, week of Feb. 6:  'Right to work,' new DHSS head, key code installed on press office door
          Twitter:  Greitens' Parker Briden:  Post-Dispatch reporter Kurt Erickson misleads about "press office" key code installation
          KWMU:  Hawley addresses Democrats' residency concerns, rents apartment
          P-D:  Hawley rents apartment in Jefferson City
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Polsinelli labor and employment attorney Brad Kafka on legal implications of Missouri's 'right to work' law
          KC Star:  Capitol briefs:  Concealed-carry at the Capitol;  Education spending;  Greitens' "your beady little eyes" sweet nothings +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) prefers changes to government instead of service cuts to shore up state budget
          CDT:  Proponents push statewide prescription drug program X
          CDT:  UM Curators approve increase to room and board rates X
          P-D:  University leaders consider waivers for tuition increases
          KWMU:  Curators:  Possible UM System tuition increase a 'Band-Aid'
          P-D:  Truman State names new president
          KC Star:  Richard says bill aims to end frivolous lawsuits +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) seeks to overhaul criminal justice by raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction
          CDT:  Signs posted, but law not clear on guns in libraries X
          Nevada Daily Mail:  Weather creates a high fire danger;  MO Dept. of Conservation warns against unpleasant combination of dryness and windiness
          KWMU:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) advocates for cutting taxes on feminine hygiene products
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway announces new policy to cover domestic violence-related leave for employees
          SNL:  Executive editor Paul Berry leaving for job in Colorado X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  McCaskill on the spot with Trump voters;  Senior senator should vet nominees then let them run their departments X
          P-D editorial:  Proposal from Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) to recognize official state handgun a contender for "Dumbest Bill of the Year"
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Mizzou budget cuts bring sadness
          SNL op-ed:  Missouri Foundation for Health's Bob Hughes:  The future of Medicaid in Missouri X
          Messenger:  In 2007, Ed Martin went 'to war' with a judge - now she holds his fate in her hands
          KC Star letter:  Cameron man compares lawmakers' 'right to work' legislation to that of puppy-mill fix +
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        Friday, February 10
       
KC Star:  McCaskill misses meeting with Trump to meet with teachers union;  Senior senator says she'll vote against EPA, HHS nominees +
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill seeks congressional oversight of Russian sanctions, argues against partisan 'food fight' +
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Overview of McCaskill, Blunt legislation over last two years X
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Area teen tells terrifying jogging tale;  Daughter of illegal aliens claims "some older guy" managed to identify her as a Mexican while she was running, rolled down his truck window, and accurately spat upon her face
          Kraske:  Kander pushing back against voter suppression laws +
          Drebes:  Jeremy LaFaver registers as lobbyist in Kansas
          The Missouri Times:  Anne Precythe promises 'new day' for Dept. of Corrections
          KWMU:  New Corrections chief promises a "new culture" in prisons
          Missourinet:  Anne Precythe outlines improvement plans after scandal
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens appoints former North Carolina State Health Director Dr. Randall Williams to head DHSS
          AP:  Greitens taps North Carolina health chief
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT director says department is treading water
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick wants to increase education funding in governor's proposed budget
          Missourinet:  DESE:  15 Missouri school districts currently have four-day school week
          Missourinet:  Unions look to upend new 'right to work' law through public vote
          The Missouri Times:  House hits police, firefighters with 'paycheck protection' bill
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes public-sector union bill, part of GOP's broad union agenda
          KWMU:  GOP legislators, advocacy groups disagree on Medicare block grants
          AP:  Richard seeks overhaul of consumer law
          The Missouri Times:  PSC welcomes new Office of Public Counsel head in short agenda meeting
          SE Missourian:  Greitens urges universities to follow Purdue's lead on cutting costs +
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Pro-choice advocates unhappy with Missouri's abortion laws
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) to propose expansion of gun rights for some Capitol visitors
          KWMU:  D.A.R.E. mascot under fire;  Ferguson activists say "Daren the Lion" too close to name of officer who put down strong-armed robber in self-defense shooting
          P-D editorial:  Andrew Puzder, local boy made good, has no business being Labor secretary
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Missouri's welfare work requirements help instill personal responsibility
          SE Missourian letter:  Septuagenarian former Democratic state rep candidate opposes GOP 'right to work' legislation +
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        Thursday, February 9
       
AP:  Democrats under pressure from liberal base to obstruct Trump nominees at every turn;  Cleaver:  "We can't afford to lose McCaskill, we can't afford to lose her, but I don't know."
          SNL:  How McCaskill and Blunt have voted on Trump nominees X
          P-D:  McCaskill meets with Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          AP:  State legislators come to Trump's defense;  Legislators in Missouri pass resolution praising Scott Pruitt
          KWMU:  Madeleine Albright speaks at Wash U. and Nerinx Hall;  Hillary Clinton supporter faults Trump travel ban's "unintended consequences"
          AP:  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI):  VA retaliating against Missouri whistleblower
          KY3 (Springfield):  Blunt puts craft beverage bill back on table;  Comments from local craft brewery operator
          KWMU:  Woman who assaulted St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson promotes her "Art House" for protesters' sign-making
          Buffalo Reflex:  GOP picks Sandy Crawford, Dems choose Al Skalicky in state Senate race
          Drebes:  Brett Dinkins to Dept. of Economic Development
          SE Missourian:  Local judge David Dolan a candidate for Missouri Supreme Court +
          Columbia Missourian:  State government weekly issue overview:  Higher ed, 'right to work,' Medicaid, more
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Dept. of Corrections director to testify before House committee today
          The Missouri Times:  With 'right to work' done, Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) moves on to PDMP legislation
          Daily American Republic:  Stoddard County may adopt prescription drug monitoring program +
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee hears testimony on needle exchange legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Details on Capitol's gun policy
          P-D:  Lawmakers question rule on visitors bringing guns to Capitol
          KWMU:  Moms Demand Action protests at Capitol
          Missourinet:  Women's group protests guns
          Missourinet:  Galloway's 2016 review shows all Missouri taxing authorities in compliance with property tax rates
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway says her office can handle increased workload on same budget funding
          AP:  School administrators unhappy with busing cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  As Missouri roads and bridges deteriorate, funding for repairs nowhere in sight
          P-D:  Cost of implementing voter ID remains in question
          The Missouri Times:  Grover Norquist weighs in on Emery and Miller's infrastructure bills
          Missourinet:  Libla measure would change civil court rules
          SNL:  Lawmakers consider upping marriage age to combat sex trafficking X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Helmet law debate continues
          The Missouri Times:  Veterans organization supports Neely's medical cannabis bill
          SNL:  Lawmaker files bill to end jail contract X
          KWMU:  UMSL professor Jerome Morris researching St. Louis' voluntary deseg program
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Ann Wagner wants to protect poor financial guidance
          P-D letter:  Paraquad's Cathy Brown:  Greitens' budget takes aim at critical program for elderly, disabled
          P-D letter:  Democrat who lost St. Charles County state rep race unhappy with Greitens' budget
          KC Star letter:  Belton man offers sarcastic take on Greitens' tough-talking to state senators +
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        Wednesday, February 8
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on DeVos vote
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri senators split on DeVos vote X
          Reuters:  St. Louis-based Arch Coal says Trump administration is positive for its business
          KCUR:  Area Mexicans dislike Trump's approach to immigration
          KSHB (Kansas City):  Area anti-Trump protesters give themselves a name:  "Indivisible KC;"  Leader says group is tired of meeting with Blunt staff, wants face-to-face gripe session with senator
          Missourinet:  Missouri joins lawsuit against Obama administration's land regulations
          SNL:  Kander continues national campaign, launches new campaign fund;  Shane Schoeller rebuts claims X
          P-D:  Kander promotes new tax-exempt 527
          AP:  Jason Kander launches "Let America Vote" campaign
          Drebes:  Initiative petition bits:  Marijuana and prohibiting pay-per-signature approach
          AP:  'Right to work' law could go before voters
          Faughn:  Behind the scenes of the pay-raise fight:  Greitens to Wieland:  "I can see from the pupils in your beady little eyes that you're afraid of me;"  Much more
          KWMU:  Greitens follows predecessors in withdrawing appointees to state boards, commissions
          The Missouri Times:  Barnes, Gaston, Goodman, Ehlmann headline lengthy list of those applying for Missouri Supreme Court vacancy
          P-D:  Steve Ehlmann, Ed Martin among candidates for the vacant seat on Missouri Supreme Court
          Missourinet:  Parson outlines pro-business agenda, wants to see more retirees move to Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri officials' next step:  Deciding how to pay for voter ID law
          The Missouri Times:  State treasurer and secretary of state present budgets before House committee
          Missourinet:  State senators scrutinize Greitens budget
          P-D:  Nursing homes claim Greitens budget plan could trigger closures
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Medical School expansions won't get state funding next year under proposed budget
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget hearing intensifies as lawmakers question use of Capitol improvement bonds to fund security upgrades
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher education collaboration bill could help cut costs
          The Missouri Times:  Tort overhaul measures from McGaugh and Corlew passed out of House
          Missourinet:  SLU Law prof disagrees with Sater on Medicaid global waiver, says he has facts wrong
          SNL:  Lawmakers weigh penalties for attacks on police and their dogs X
          SNL:  CCW permit holders now allowed to carry in Capitol X
          KWMU:  Galloway to examine two special taxing districts in St. Louis area
          KWMU:  Update on Ferguson protester Mya Aaten-White, shot in head by hoodlum during riots
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers in Missouri deserve pay bumps;  Public revulsion to pay increases is short-sighted
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's race to the bottom now includes consumer protection
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Women's March organizers plan follow-up meetings;  Sessions will focus on "conversations," "understanding," "empathy," etc.
          P-D op-ed:  Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith:  Rein in tax credits to balance Missouri's budget
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Greitens budget underfunds key issues
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Instead of trimming government services, lawmakers should methodically eliminate some departments
          Washington Times op-ed:  Missouri models Wisconsin on labor reform
          P-D letter:  Area septuagenarian praises McCaskill for supporting Gorsuch, keeping powder dry for other battles
          SNL letter:  Coal group rep says Scott Pruitt will be good for Missouri X
          KC Star letters:  Man who attended Cleaver town hall writes to newspaper to complain about television coverage;  Area man opposes Brattin's state-school tenure proposal, says GOP only looks out for the wealthy +
          CDT letter:  College student says Greitens is a phony populist, cites Public Policy Polling numbers on Medicaid expansion and 'right to work' X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Anti-death-penalty activist opposed execution of "Mark Christenson [sic]," unhappy with wait times when calling Greitens' office
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        Tuesday, February 7
       
Roll Call:  Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to meet with McCaskill tomorrow
          CDT:  Teachers use "professional development day" to protest outside Blunt's office;  Columbia NEA branch provides form letters to attendees X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-DeVos rally draws 30
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Geriatric woman wears "pink pussyhat" to protest DeVos;  More
          SNL:  Rally outside Blunt's office draws 30 X
          P-D:  Pranksters troll Blunt by editing Wikipedia page, noting his support of DeVos
          KDNL:  The Allman Report:  Mother of student attacked while wearing Trump hat appears in studio, shares more details on incident and Parkway School District's reaction
          P-D's Kristen Taketa:  3 students suspended after Parkway school bus fight involving boy with Trump hat;  Mother "could not immediately be reached by the Post-Dispatch"
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local seniors question politicians at OAKS meeting;  McCaskill's Christy Mercer, Blunt's Darren Lingle, Rep. Andrew McDaniel, others talk Medicare COLAs, concealed-carry, 'right to work' impact on area jobs, more +
          KMIZ:  McCaskill, state legislators take aim at sex trafficking
          Missourinet:  Washington, D.C. Vietnam War Memorial replica planned for Perryville
          KTVI:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says Missouri could lose AAA bond rating
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs 'right to work' bill into law, marking turning point for Missouri organized labor
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  Missouri now "open for business" with 'right to work'
          SNL:  Greitens signs 'right to work' in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Greitens' 'right to work' signing ceremony X
          AP:  Greitens signs bill making Missouri 28th 'right to work' state
          AP:  'Right to work' not the end of Missouri labor bills
          KC Star:  Unions file referendum to overturn 'right to work' +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri becomes 28th state to adopt 'right to work'
          Drebes:  Ron Richard may be re-evaluating stance on tax credits
          Missourinet:  Republican lawmakers look to roll back tax credits, reduce corporate taxes
          Missourinet:  Rep. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) supports push for tax-credit overhaul
          P-D:  Greitens suggests Purdue model as alternative to raising college tuition
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal to nix Jay Nixon namesake state park X
          The Missouri Times:  Hearing held on Munzlinger's captive cervids bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Prescription pills fuel spike in drug cases X
          CDT:  State, county increase use of grand juries X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Number of kids in foster care climbs +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Mexican who disrupted Emanuel Cleaver's immigration town hall should be forgiven;  27-year-old man says Trump has given him "a lot of depression, a lot of anxiety and nervousness" +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says rote criticism of Trump shows Post-Dispatch's laziness
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        Monday, February 6
       
Republic Monitor (Perryville):  Vincentian Marian Youth of Southeast Missouri attend March for Life in D.C.
          JCNT:  Renewed energy from 'pro-life generation' X
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Video:  Sixth-grader attacked on school bus for wearing "Make America Great Again" hat
          Daily Mail (UK):  St. Louis County student attacked on school bus for wearing Trump hat
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Anti-Trump protesters march to the Arch;  Comments from organizer Wes Schnitker of Socialist Alternative St. Louis
          SE Missourian:  Smith seeks to block federal highway dollars to sanctuary cities +
          KCUR:  Cleaver calls for resistance to Trump's immigration policies
          SNL:  Somalis in Noel, Mo. react to Trump executive order X
          P-D:  McCaskill faces dilemma on Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on his contentious one-on-one with Greitens;  Panel of James Harris, Jane Dueker, Reps. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) and Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City) talk 'right to work,' Greitens vs. GOP senators, more
          Drebes:  Missouri Insurance Director Chris Huff leaving
          JCNT:  Double duty in the House:  Sherri Kempf serving needs of two districts after getting a new boss X
          Drebes:  Missouri unions extending contracts in advance of 'right to work' implementation
          SNL:  Greitens to hold Springfield ceremony for 'right to work' X
          Missourinet:  Greitens to hold ceremonies for 'right to work' signing
          P-D:  Greitens to sign 'right to work' bill into law today
          JCNT:  Lawmakers have different remedies to end state's status as only one without drug monitoring X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO Drug Task Force sees rise in meth, hydrocodone, Xanax seizures +
          KWMU:  Missouri bill would expand access to private schools, but also cut tax base
          Missourinet:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) seeks to clear up misinformation and quell hysteria over impact of criminal code updates
          P-D:  St. Louis City Schools taking softer approach to discipline;  District's Deontrel Brownlee says badly-behaved students enter "reflection room" to practice "mindfulness yoga"
          Missourinet:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wants DNR to build state park in Kinloch
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Despite unions' rhetoric, Missouri Republicans are not workers' enemy X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt:  Underfunded state pensions are Missouri's crisis on the horizon +
          Priddy:  Missouri needs an unbiased economic index to guide policymaking
          Columbia Missourian's Claire Mitzel:  Bill from pro-choice hero Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood) targets state crisis pregnancy centers' funding and pro-lifers' misinformation
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        Sunday, February 5
       
CDT:  Hundreds rally against abortion at Midwest March for Life X
          Columbia Missourian:  Midwest March for Life draws hundreds to Jefferson City
          KC Star:  Cleaver holds town hall forum on immigration +
          KC Star:  Video:  Overfed woman, others shout "Shame on you!" at Trump supporter;  Anti-Trump activists disagree on value of protesting amidst anti-Trump crowd;  More +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local reaction to Trump executive order varies;  Iranian man fears potential expiration of non-refundable plane ticket X
          CDT:  Local reaction to Trump executive order:  Comments from Muslim woman, Eighth Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman Eddy Justice, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump protesters congregate, again, downtown
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Anti-Trump protest:  Comely Iraqi drapes American flag over long, flowing Arab locks while ginger Caucasoid attempts wearing American flag as hijab; More
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) on Greitens' high-pressure lobbying approach;  Panel of James Harris, Reps. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country) and Steve Roberts (D-St. Louis City), Jane Dueker talk 'right to work,' Greitens vs. GOP senators, more
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans select Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo) to fill Mike Parson's state Senate seat
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers weigh in on 'right to work;'  GOP Reps. Justin Alferman and Paul Curtman vote in favor, Rep. Nathan Tate against
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Reps. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph), Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) vote against 'right to work' X
          SE Missourian:  Vargas:  SEMO faces $4.4M cut in state funding +
          AP:  UM System hasn't ruled out tuition increases to deal with cuts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bills would transfer lettered routes to counties X
          P-D:  'Normal for me is working,' says 86-year-old MoDOT engineer
          P-D:  Municipal court business is way down after Ferguson riots
          KC Star editorial:  Editorial board seeks comments from Donald Trump voters +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT working to educate about the dangers of distracted driving X
          P-D beauty-product reviewer/family columnist Aisha Sultan:  Missouri mother drags daughter to D.C. March for Life, won't answer tough questions
          SE Missourian's Jon Rust:  A Russian child in Cape, a study of U.S. visa policy +
          P-D's Jim Gallagher:  Missouri consumer law under attack by GOP state legislators;  Thoughts from Consumer Council of Missouri's Cara Spencer, reaction from Missouri Chamber's Brian Bunten
          P-D letter:  Area union member doesn't understand "conservative rational [sic]" of 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Area man who avoided sending children to public schools opposes vouchers
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        Saturday, February 4
       
Kraske:  McCaskill stuck in the middle voting on Trump appointees +
          P-D:  Trump issues orders targeting Dodd-Frank;  Ann Wagner appears alongside President
          SNL:  Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports will impact Missouri;  Comments from state-school profs, Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan X
          P-D:  Iranian high school student unhappy about Trump executive order;  Teen girl takes to Instagram to tell President what's what
          Messenger:  Iraqi Muslim, seeking spousal visa via Missouri woman, unhappy about Trump executive order
          People Magazine:  Iraqi man, seeking spousal visa via Missouri woman, unhappy about Trump executive order
          Hilltop Monitor (William Jewell):  Students attend anti-Trump marches;  Male feminist claims he calls Blunt's office "every couple of days" since Clinton lost, thinks it will make a difference
          CDT:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws small crowd;  Area man says he's been calling congressional offices, thinks it will make a difference X
          Columbia Missourian:  "Save My Care" Obamacare bus makes stop in Columbia, heads to Springfield
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves files bill to restore Squaw Creek name:  Obama official deemed name "offensive" to Indians X
          AP:  Missouri revenue collections up 3 percent so far this year
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 30
          KJFF (Farmington):  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) not pleased by criticism from fellow Republican Greitens
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies breaks down Eric Greitens' proposed state budget
          Missourinet:  Greitens' budget would trim aid for seasoned citizens, disabled
          KC Star:  Advocacy groups oppose Greitens' budget cuts;  Comments from Paraquad's Cathy Brown, Missouri Alliance for Home Care's Carol Hudspeth +
          P-D:  Missouri Technology Corporation affected in draft Greitens budget
          KWMU:  UMSL consider tuition increase amid state funding cuts
          CDT:  Greitens' budget slashes funding for University of Missouri X
          CDT:  State Department of Education begins statewide programs review X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield);  Freshman rep focuses on tort overhaul
          P-D:  GOP lawmakers focus on tort overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  Labor-laws fight to continue with prevailing wage battle
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) wants to keep sex offenders away from children's museums and zoos
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider allowing airport travelers to carry drinks into concourses
          P-D:  Greitens administration dismisses Office of Public Counsel James Owen
          P-D:  Confirmed report of female mountain lion raises questions about the future of the species in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  New data shows health care access improving for women in Missouri
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent of Post-Dispatch, expands buyout offers to union employees
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' initial budget reasonable, with a few glaring exceptions +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislation from Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) will boost rural medicine X
          KC Star op-ed:  Mayor Sly James opposes Trump anti-terrorism order, touts protesters' civilized behavior +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says he disagrees with Trump on many issues, but finds Post-Dispatch editorial board's half-truths about policies misleading
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        Friday, February 3
       
SNL:  Blunt unmoved by criticism of Education nominee Betsy DeVos X
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt split on DeVos +
          P-D:  McCaskill uses opposition to DeVos in fundraising e-mail;  Blunt does the same with Supreme Court fight
          P-D:  McCaskill to oppose Trump's pick for HHS secretary
          KWMU:  Trump's executive order affects foreigners at local universities;  Iranian man laments "painful" hardship of missing out on Persian New Year party next month
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Local reaction to anti-terrorism executive order:  Public radio station gives 30+ minutes to three (3) anti-Trump activists, zero (0) time for pro-order voices
          Student Life (Wash U.):  Protestors block traffic in business district, claim they'll continue protests "every week"
          Drebes:  Former state Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) visits Capitol, plans 2019 KC mayoral bid
          KWMU:  Fight or adapt:  'Right to work' law delivers tough choices for Missouri's labor unions
          The Missouri Times:  House passes 'right to work' bill;  Greitens expected to sign today
          Missourinet:  Greitens' signature will make Missouri the 28th 'right to work' state
          P-D:  Lawmakers send 'right to work' to Greitens' desk
          AP:  Lawmakers send 'right to work' to governor
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' budget calls for more than $500 million in cuts
          KWMU:  Greitens lays out budget proposal, criticizes 'special interests'
          Missourinet:  Snapshot of Greitens' proposed $27 billion budget
          AP:  Greitens' budget sees mix of cuts, small hikes for education
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher education hit with budget cuts under Greitens' proposed budget
          P-D:  Greitens budget plan cuts aid for olds, disabled
          Missourinet:  Sens. Dan Brown (R-Rolla), Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) weigh in on Greitens budget
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Greitens' budget cuts funds for immigration-test prep
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' tax-credit-cutting committee starts to take form
          Missourinet:  Legislative committee hears MoDOT plan and case for more funding
          Columbia Missourian:  League of Women Voters legislative forum draws liberal crowd;  Rowden vows to fight cuts to higher ed, want to ensure LGBTQIA* pendulum doesn't swing "too far"
          CDT:  Greitens withdraws two nominations to UM Board of Curators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Greitens rejects Nixon's picks for UM Board of Curators vacancies
          CDT:  Amazon starts taxing Missouri sales, but local impact is unclear X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) wants to change how often officers must fulfill required training
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies Office of the Public Counsel requests for rehearings
          KC Star editorial:  Rep. Cleaver town hall tomorrow seeks to answer questions from legal immigrants, illegal aliens
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Greitens misleading Missourians about cost of Obamacare
          SE Missourian letter:  SEMO prof applauds boss for statement on Trump executive order +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian applauds career of former Dept. of Corrections chief George Lombardi
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        Thursday, February 2
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt, Graves join Trump in targeting regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  Charter school advocates call on McCaskill to support Betsy DeVos
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill:  Dems boycotted Cabinet vote because new information surfaced +
          Columbia Missourian:  Graduate students protest Trump
          CDT:  International students complain about Trump executive order;  Woman, 28 years old, cries about it X
          KMOV:  Protesters demonstrate in Clayton;  Trump supporter trolls liberals with "Cry Babies" sign
          CDT:  Photo gallery:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks protest:  Signs included attempted pormanteau ("Trump-ler,") calls for "resistance," etc. X
          KSDK (St. Louis):  Bill from Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) would forbid rioters from wearing masks
          Drebes:  Michael Goguen drops case against John Brunner
          Missourinet:  Senate audio sessions not made available on Ashcroft's SOS website
          P-D:  Greitens touts jobs move to Hazelwood from China
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten to become first female superintendent of Missouri State Highway Patrol
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Highway Patrol leader makes history
          AP:  Greitens picks first woman to lead Missouri State Highway Patrol
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's department head selections heard by Appointments Committee
          Missourinet:  Senate committee considers Anne Precythe as Greitens' pick to lead Dept. of Corrections
          Missourinet:  Missouri Public Safety Director Nominee Andrew Juden will seek to find qualified minority recruits
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats look to hold Greitens accountable with ethics bills
          P-D:  'Right to work' law:  Questions and answers
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP lawmakers target St. Louis in fight against liability lawsuits
          Missourinet:  Truck platooning back on the agenda for Missouri lawmakers;  Comments from Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford, others
          SNL:  State Parks Director Bill Bryan fired X
          SNL:  Some lawmakers want state to stop buying park land X
          AP:  Bill allows more breath-test evidence in DWI cases
          P-D:  Missouri joins probe of virus spread by pet rats
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, reports lower revenue;  Advertising and marketing services fall 10% as subscriptions continue to slide
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens' transparency problems grow +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must stop stalling and combat prescription drug abuse;  McCaskill successfully accessed federal dollars to help link Jackson County with St. Louis County effort +
          KC Star op-ed:  Jason Kander:  Trump's focus should be on voter eligibility, not fraud +
          Helling:  'Right to work' law will force labor to look itself in the mirror +
          Priddy:  Thoughts on Citizens Commission on the Compensation of State Elected Officials (1,544 words)
          SNL letter:  Area man, unhappy about Trump's selection of Betty DeVos, dislikes attitude of Blunt's D.C. staff X
          P-D letter:  University City sexagenarian agrees with Post-Dispatch editorial board on Josh Hawley's residency
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        Wednesday, February 1
       
P-D:  With Supreme Court battle looming, McCaskill defends Senate filibuster
          CDT:  Area liberals turn out 60 for protest, urge Blunt to flip-flop on Trump cabinet picks;  Trump supporter attends, holds sign:  "The silent majority stands with Trump."
          Missourinet:  Missouri Sierra Club opposes Trump cabinet pick Scott Pruitt:  "We're losing the EPA"
          SE Missourian:  Area Muslim unhappy about Trump executive order +
          SE Missourian:  SEMO President Carlos Vargas tries to reassure students about travel ban +
          KWMU:  UMSL to international students:  Don't leave the country
          CDT:  Columbia College, Stephens College communications staff write statements regarding Trump executive order X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area Iranian says he wants MU to act more defiantly against Trump executive order
          KWMU:  March for Life participants return from D.C. as a Missouri-based pro-life march gears up;  Comments from Students for Life's Reagan Barklage
          Drebes:  Mark Siettmann joins Dept. of Revenue;  Axion, Kraus alum will serve as legislative director (link fixed)
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens criticizes Hoskins, Wieland for HCR 4 votes
          P-D:  Greitens upset with GOP senators Hoskins and Wieland, writes Facebook post about it
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens to reveal budget in Nixa on Thursday
          Missourinet:  Greitens to release budget plan in Nixa among special-needs children
          P-D:  Greitens to reveal budget Thursday;  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) calls event with special-needs children "a publicity stunt"
          Missourinet:  House committee approves Senate version of 'right to work;'  "grandfather clause" is included
          Columbia Missourian:  House sets sights on repealing prevailing wage
          KC Star:  Greitens attends D.C. event featuring bipartisan public- and private-sector leaders +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee compares House and Senate bills on lobbyist gift restrictions
          Missourinet:  Senators weigh in on ethics legislation;  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) says Greitens' tinkering with gift restrictions ignores shade of dark-money cloud
          AP:  Kehoe proposes $10 limit on lobbyist gifts
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider various ways to limit donor influence
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (R-Odessa) ready to carry next stage of tort-overhaul legislation:  venue and joinder
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) cuts funds from low-income housing, historical preservation tax credits
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers strengthening penalties against those who target first responders
          Missourinet:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) proposes changes to keep domestic abusers from owning guns
          Columbia Missourian:  Students at virtual universities may be able to access state scholarship funds
          AP:  Missouri opens applications for 'assistant physicians'
          Missourinet:  Convicted triple-murderer Mark Christeson executed;  Maries County Sheriff says justice has been served
          KWMU:  Missouri executes Mark Christeson for 1998 triple slayings
          AP:  Missouri executes man for murdering woman, two children in 1998
          P-D:  Slideshow:  Missouri execution scorecard since 2000:  Jay Nixon (21), Bob Holden (15), Matt Blunt (5), Mel Carnahan (4 in 2000), Roger Wilson (1), Eric Greitens (1)
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  State, local sales tax laws face massive transition
          P-D op-ed:  HSUS' Amanda Good:  Missouri needs strict oversight of animal breeders
          P-D letter:  Florissant sexagenarian disagrees with Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp on importance of pro-life issues
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman ecstatic that Post-Dispatch actually covered a pro-life event, for once
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        Tuesday, January 31
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump protest outside Blunt's Springfield office draws 25;  Passerby suggests protesters get a job
          KSMU:  Anti-Trump protesters rally outside Blunt's office;  Liberal groups rally against Jeff Sessions outside local offices of McCaskill, Blunt and Long
          Columbia Missourian:  Statements on executive orders from McCaskill, Blunt, Hartzler communications staff
          P-D:  Statements on executive orders from local corporations' communications staff
          Columbia Missourian:  Local social workers says executive order could decrease their funding
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Iranian Student Association says zero (0) members are affected by Trump executive order
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri offers support to students emotional over Trump's executive order
          KWMU:  Area university leaders oppose Trump's anti-terrorism order
          P-D:  Area immigrants unhappy with Trump executive order;  Woman cries
          KWMU:  Slay speaks out on immigration;  Urban mayor weighs in on presidential executive order
          KWMU:  Two area foreigners oppose Trump executive order
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Wood Martin looks to transition into elected office;  Popular Democratic campaign veteran earns incumbent's endorsement for St. Louis aldermanic seat
          Drebes:  Mark Siettmann joins Dept. of Revenue;  Axiom, Kraus alum will serve as Legislative Director
          The Missouri Times:  Five Senate bills on economic development that aren't 'right to work'
          Columbia Missourian:  'Right to work' headed to final major vote on House floor
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Chamber targets Missouri with new legal reform ad campaign
          Missourinet:  Consumer Council's Cara Spencer critical of bill in legislature to restrict liability lawsuits
          P-D:  Lawmakers move to fix glitch in Missouri drunken driving law
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  Almost half of Missouri municipalities do not meet transparency law
          Missourinet:  Galloway 'disappointed' with local governments not meeting financial reporting requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Conservationists gear up for fight against captive cervid legislation
          KWMU:  Missouri death row inmate appeals today's scheduled execution
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        Monday, January 30
       
KWMU:  St. Louisans among thousands protesting Trump's immigration order nationwide
          P-D:  Protest draws large crowd at Lambert airport;  Area Muslim says anti-terrorism order might keep mother-in-law away
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Woman weeps;  Caucasoid millennial confronts black police officer;  More
          P-D:  Universities issue statements opposing Trump's anti-terrorism order
          KC Star:  Protesters at KCI join nationwide rallies against Trump immigration order +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hundreds gather at KCI;  English prof say Trump doesn't comprehend the intricacies of international politics like she does X
          WDAF:  Hundreds gather at KCI to oppose Trump's immigration order
          CDT:  Hundreds gather to protest Trump's immigration order X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump rally draws 200
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Immigrant woman weeps;  Husky white woman purchases hijab in "solidarity" with Muslims, requires help stretching it around cranium;  More
          SNL:  Blunt on board with Trump's immigration order X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill-Blunt riverboat exemption sails through committee
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Todd Richardson;  Panel of Rep. John Wiemann (R-St. Charles), Joe Lakin, labor's Pat White, STL County Dems' Jim Loomis talk 'right to work,' Uber, online tax, Trump's EPA pick
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Richard Fordyce looks back at long list of accomplishments as ag director, expresses confidence in Missouri ag X
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens banking on lawmakers to pass tighter ethics rules
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers take up Greitens' call to revamp tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) to present 'right to work' bill to Missouri House committee today
          Missourinet:  GOP lawmakers look to trim unemployment eligibility from 20 weeks to 13
          P-D:  Black parents, seeking better opportunities for their children, are turning to Catholic schools
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Carol Comer, Greitens' pick for DNR, will bring more of the same
          P-D letter:  U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform:  Messenger's column regurgitated trial-attorney talking points, but Greitens and GOP lawmakers will bring change anyway
          P-D letter:  Columbia woman says Missouri Dems are stretching with complaints about Hawley's residency
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        Sunday, January 29
       
KWMU:  Over 2,000 St. Louisans attend D.C. March for Life
          Columbia Missourian:  Local students make trek to Washington for March for Life rally
          Columbia Missourian:  Photographer visits D.C. for Trump inauguration, captures video of rioters destroying public and private property
          P-D:  Anti-Trump protest draws 200 downtown;  Woman married to illegal alien weeps
          KC Star:  Area refugees angry about Trump's executive order +
          AP:  Syrian Muslim in KC says Midwesterners have welcomed him warmly
          CDT:  Area Indian Perry "Bigsoldier" Griggs, six (6) paleface kemosabes hold signs outside Bank of American branch office to protest Dakota Access Pipeline;  Man in SUV shouts, "Trump train! Let's go!" X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Speaker Todd Richardson;  Panel of Rep. John Wiemann (R-St. Charles), Joe Lakin, labor's Pat White, STL County Dems' Jim Loomis talk 'right to work,' Uber, online tax, Trump's EPA pick
          AP:  Greitens says he met with VP Mike Pence on Saturday
          The Missouri Times:  Sara Walsh officially earns GOP nomination to run for Caleb Jones' open seat
          CDT:  Republicans nominate Sara Walsh for 50th District special election X
          P-D:  Questions resurface as St. Louis County elections office postpones move to St. Ann
          SNL:  Officials salute legislators as budget cloud darkens X
          CDT:  Proposed bill from Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) could protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits X
          SE Missourian:  Number of area children in care of MO DSS Children's Division has grown steadily +
          SNL:  Stack of Missouri abortion bills going nowhere fast X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Newspaper cuts back print publication schedule to three days a week +
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley finds state Constitution surprisingly malleable
          SE Missourian editorial:  SEMO President Carlos Vargas-Aburto handling state budget cuts commendably +
          CDT op-ed:  Greitens should halt execution of triple-murderer Mark Christeson X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian suggests Post-Dispatch balance its liberal bias
          P-D letter:  Overland sexagenarian opposes 'right to work,' says employers "want to be king"
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone man applauds Silvey for opposing 'right to work' +
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        Saturday, January 28
       
P-D:  Capitol briefs:  McCaskill camp promotes dangers of repealing Obamacare;  Talent still desires Trump defense job;  Wagner says she and Trump are simpatico
          CDT:  Obamacare enrollment deadline looms X
          Missourinet:  Thousands of Missourians attend D.C. pro-life rally
          P-D:  Missourians attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.
          CDT:  Hundreds of mid-Missourians join pro-life march in Washington, D.C. X
          SNL:  Springfield Catholic students participate in pro-life march in Washington, D.C. X
          Washington Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Peaceful pro-life rally in Washington, Mo.:  Zero vulgar signs or vagina-themed headwear
          The Guardian (UK):  The intolerance of the left:  A visit to Linn County's Marceline explains why rural Missourians reject liberalism and support Donald Trump
           KMIZ:  Local officials split on "sanctuary cities," extent of Columbia's illegal-immigrant infestation
           KMOX:   Muslim activists unhappy with Trump over immigration stand
           KDAF (Kansas City):  Local leaders say Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports could affect Americans' access to avocados, pinatas
           The Missouri Times:  Q&A with former Congressman Allen West
           Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Greitens' job approval, 'right to work,' education savings account, term limits for statewides
           The Missouri Times:  The Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Jan. 23
           KC Star:  Greitens yet to disclose details of inauguration donations +
           KWMU:  Pew Research shows nearly 8 of 10 citizens doesn't trust local media;  P-D editor Gilbert Bailon says Americans are confused about what the media does and should recognize Post-Dispatch's superior news-gathering approach (4:30), says reporters should begin catering to "racial, gender, sexual orientation" categories (34:00)
           P-D:  Post-Dispatch offers buyouts to employees;  Only those over 55, and with 10 years employment, can cash in
           St. Louis Business Journal:  Post-Dispatch offers buyouts to 10 employees;  Third quarter numbers show print circulation plummeting
           Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) says charges against DOC are "very disgusting"
           The Missouri Times:  Haahr's professional licensing bill regulates government instead of businesses
           Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri ag impact study revealed to ag committees
           The Missouri Times:  Miller's utility bill looks to benefit customers and utilities
           Missourinet:  St. Charles County homes selling in record numbers;  Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) details Missourians' migration to safe, prosperous communities
           P-D:  Ferguson missed deadlines in deal with Justice Department
           Waters:  MU chancellor search secrecy:  Decision was nonsensical X
           P-D letter:  Jobs With Justice's Martin Rafanan opposes St. Louis' Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary
           CDT letter:  Jefferson City man exposes Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R) as a secret good samaritan X
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        Friday, January 27
       
P-D:  As GOP weighs priorities, activists flock to Washington for pro-life march;  Comments from Missouri Right to Life's Steve Rupp
        The Atlantic:  Examining the divisions within the Women's March crowd:  Black activists angry over lack of enthusiasm for "Black Lives Matter" chants;  Jefferson City's Sue Gibson on cutting Trump-supporting friends out of her life
        Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill claim on tax impact of Obamacare repeal "Mostly False"
        SE Missourian:  Area opinions differ on repealing Obamacare;  Comments from McCaskill, Blunt, Jason Smith, Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, pro-repeal businessman, people with sad stories +
        P-D:  Wash U. prof who served in Obama administration disagrees with Trump on "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants
        AP:  Trump could revive Missouri proposal on deported illegals who commit crimes
        Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers bill targeting alien criminals
        SNL:  John Brunner settles lawsuit with investor who gave $1 million to Eric Greitens X
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Rising shifts focus to pushing for legislative policies;  501(c)(4) not required to disclose donors
        Kraske:  Greitens misses opportunity by staying mum on how to fund Missouri roads +
        NPR's Marketplace:  Jason Rosenbaum:  Missouri could soon join the ranks of 'right to work' states
        The Missouri Times:  Senate sends 'right to work' to House
        KWMU:  'Right to work' passes Senate;  another vote needed in House
        Missourinet:  'Right to work' moves forward in Legislature
        Columbia Missourian:  'Right to work' passes Missouri Senate, moves back to House
        P-D:  'Right to work' a step closer as Missouri Senate approves fast-tracked bill
        KC Star's Rick Montgomery:  An in-depth look at 'right to work' and its impact on union jobs and non-union jobs in Missouri +
        The Missouri Times:  Uber bill passes easily through House
        Missourinet:  Smooth ride through Missouri House for Uber and Lyft bill
        The Missouri Times:  Opposing prescription drug monitoring bills face off in House
        Missourinet:  Proposal would eliminate cable TV in prisons
        SNL:  Lawmakers:  Missouri inmates should keep cable X
        The Missouri Times:  Emery's bill seeks to create Missouri Economic Development and Infrastructure Investment Act;  Comments from Gateway Government Relations' Irl Scissors, others
        CDT:  Foley panned, praised as candidate for chancellor during search committee forum X
        CDT:  University of Missouri says chancellor search committee not subject to Sunshine Law X
        Columbia Missourian:  Listening, communication skills top wish list for next MU chancellor
        CDT:  UM curators might be shorthanded for financial discussions X
        KC Star editorial:  Trump's focus on infrastructure should accelerate KCI discussions +
        Nicklaus:  A ban on Russian investments would hurt Missouri more than the Kremlin
        P-D's Stacy Washington:  It's time to plan for a transition back to local control for St. Louis Public Schools
        P-D letter:  Area Pat says MetroLink wasn't prepared for heft of Women's March crowd
        St. Joseph News-Press letters:  Area woman seeks coverage for pro-life march to match that of feminist protest;  Area man disapproves of Greitens' budget cuts X
        KC Star letter:  Independence sexagenarian thinks Trump and Greitens have something to hide on their tax returns +
        P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wants McCaskill, Blunt to support provisional immigration status for young illegals
        P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man wants legislators to forget about 'right to work,' spend more taxpayer money on education
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        Thursday, January 26
       
KSHB:  Jackson County Election Board says more can be done to stop voter fraud
          KMOV:  Voter fraud rare in St. Louis area
          P-D:  One month ago:  St. Louis Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce (D) uncovers 'important evidence' in voter fraud probe, turns case over to feds
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Smith backs Trump's executive actions +
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Mexican student unhappy about Trump's actions on immigration;  Comments from SEMO poli sci prof Jason Sides
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof theorizes that NASCAR's Carl Edwards could take on McCaskill in U.S. Senate race
          AP:  NASCAR's Carl Edwards does not rule out taking on McCaskill in '18
          Columbia Missourian:  VA opens Patient Education Center in Columbia
          Columbia Missourian:  Amazon to implement Missouri sales tax on Feb. 1
          P-D:  Amazon to begin charging sales tax in Missouri
          P-D:  Greitens will unveil Missouri budget plan next week
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' perfected by Senate as labor supporters do not pursue filibuster
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' nears anticipated completion in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances 'right to work'
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens forms special committee to audit tax credits
          SNL:  GOP supermajority allows Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) to move on 'cliff effect' bill regarding taxpayer-funded handouts X
          Missourinet:  Less direct school choice proposal being considered in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Emery expands Missouri school choice proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Senate might hear dueling legislation on opioids
          The Missouri Times:  'Hailey's Law' seeks to speed up Amber Alert process
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) introduces 'Hailey's Law' X
          Missourinet:  Missouri sex trafficking victim discusses her choice to leave sex trade industry
          The Missouri Times:  House committee to investigate sexual harassment claims in Dept. of Corrections
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford):  "Significant changes" must be made to change culture at DOC
          KWMU:  House committee to investigate Missouri Department of Corrections over harassment claim
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers consider lowering hair braiding regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express gets support from unlikely sources;  Comments from Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers' Diana Vuylsteke, Consumers Council's Cara Spencer
          P-D:  Rate hike push by utilities panned by lawmakers, companies
          AP:  Utilities seek law change on rates
          CDT:  Man who shot another man over cell-phone transaction blames behavior on state gun law X
          SE Missourian:  Cape police view body cameras favorably after year of testing +
          SNL:  Missouri Department of Conservation reports final deer and archery turkey harvest X
          SE Missourian:  Former Clinton aide to speak at SEMO Black History Month event;  Zerlina Maxwell to share theories about "rape culture," other grievances +
          P-D letter:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) dislikes being called pet names
          P-D letter:  Glendale resident dislikes Post-Dispatch going "agog" for feminist march while ignoring annual March for Life
          CDT letter:  Area man says paper should attempt objectivity in coverage of gals-group study, says "pay gap" caterwauling ignores basic economic facts about career choices X
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        Wednesday, January 25
       
KC Star:  KCI makes Trump priority lists for national infrastructure projects +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Highway building plan will go through Graves' panel X
          Lee's Summit Journal:  Local liberal hopes to change Blunt's mind on Obamacare by sending him a scrapbook of sad stories
          KC Star:  Jackson County, St. Louis County team up to track prescription drug abuse;  McCaskill secured resources to put program in action +
          KWMU:  St. Louis County's prescription drug database gets cross-state partner
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou event featuring Angela Davis draws 1,200;  Communist Party USA icon:  "I want to see the same crowd from the women's march stand up for illegal immigrants."
          CDT:  Angela Davis calls for marchers to become a movement X
          Faughn:  Thoughts on Women's Marches;  Greitens, legislators and ethics bills;  Blunt, MSU and the Inauguration;  Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) expecting; Narrative of Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) career follows a George Jones song;  Input on who won the week;  Much more
          The Missouri Times:  Danny Pfeifer's Catalyst Group celebrates 10 years:  Greg Porter, Alex Eaton, Becky Lohmann, Michael Steelman bring high energy, issue expertise, passion to the Capitol
          Drebes:  A.J. Bockelman joins Empower Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri's largest lost-and-found:  Eric Schmitt revamping unclaimed property effort X
          KTRS (St. Louis):  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt talks about new position, how Missourians can get their unclaimed property
          KWMU:  Hawley challenges Obama regulations, dimisses Democratic criticism over living in Columbia
          Missourinet:  GOP calls for tort overhaul prompt response from Patricia Breckenridge in State of the Judiciary
          KWMU:  Breckenridge pushes back against GOP tort overhaul efforts
          AP:  In State of the Judiciary address, Breckenridge says too many poor people kept in jail awaiting trial
          P-D:  Amid calls for change, Missouri's chief justice defends judicial branch
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers look at discrimination law as another step in tort overhaul
          Messenger:  When Greitens says trial lawyers' 'time is up,' real Missourians pay the price
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) will help GOP round up votes for controversial bills X
          Missourinet:  House committee hears testimony on 'paycheck protection'
          The Missouri Times:  REAL ID opposition finally appears in House committee
          Missouinet:  McGaugh, Basye praise Greitens' call to end "frivolous regulations"
          P-D:  New rules for Uber, Lyft on fast track through Missouri House
          AP:  Schaaf wants up to $100 in tax credits for people who contribute to campaigns
          KOMU:  State Senate committee to consider bill to reduce opioid addiction
          CDT:  Missouri universities looking to tuition hikes to cover state funding shortfall X
          CDT:  Show-Me Institute study:  MU ranks in the middle for research, education value X
          Missourinet:  Senate committee to consider proposed educational savings accounts for Missouri K-12 students
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) would prohibit school superintendents from being candidates for school board X
          The Missouri Times:  Romine, Hegeman promote technical education bills in committee
          Missourinet:  Onder, Schupp disagree on abortion-clinic safety
          CDT:  Local non-profit cuts programs, staff after state funding dries up X
          Missourinet:  Rapist/triple-murderer Mark Christeson scheduled to be put down next Tuesday
          P-D editorial:  Jay Ashcroft finds a broker-friendly watchdog to police securities fraud
          KC Star editorial:  Jay Ashcroft should rethink pick for securities watchdog in Missouri +
          Waters:  Eric Greitens must learn that tax cuts do not raise revenue X
          KC Star letter:  KC woman responds to women's marches, suggests that perhaps women lose elections and fail to get jobs because they're simply unqualified +
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat Carl Peterson responds to Stacy Washington column, says charter schools fail to measure up to public schools
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        Tuesday, January 24
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill plunges into tricky territory on cabinet votes
          KSMU:  Rural Missouri to face unique challenges if Obamacare is repealed;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, Missouri Health Care for All's Jen Bersdale
          P-D:  Area teens drag president's name into high school girl drama;  Student at elite all-girls private school takes to social media, touts her "bitch attitude" after receiving anonymous note in locker
          P-D:  Profile:  New Missouri Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves
          The Missouri Times:  Federalist Society holds inaugural Missouri Capitol Forum;  Speaker Todd Richardson emcees as Greitens, Hawley, others speak
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association to gather at Capitol for annual meeting
          KWMU:  'Right to work' backers file suit to block campaign to get repeal on the 2018 ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats hint at filibuster on 'right to work' during floor debate;  Labor looking to referendum
          AP:  Ban on 'right to work' laws in Missouri faces court challenges
          P-D:  'Right to work' advocates file lawsuits against labor-backed ballot initiative
          KWMU:  Ashcroft defends choice for Missouri securities commissioner
          KC Star:  Jay Ashcroft stands by pick for Missouri securities commissioner +
          Missourinet:  Ag Director Chris Chinn:  Missouri agriculture is an $88 billion industry;  average age of Missouri farmer is 58
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to consider 'paycheck protection' bill
          Missourinet:  Proposal would hike Missouri's motor fuel tax, move lettered roads to county control
          Columbia Missourian:  Higher ed officials oppose cuts to their budgets;  House appropriations subcommittee hears testimony
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity to pay for livestream of Communist Party USA leader Angela Davis speech tonight
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source, Daubert standard bills voted out of committee
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to protect First Amendment rights of alternative-to-abortion services +
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood opposes Missouri abortion law passed last year
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill to protect student journalists from censorship returns
          KWMU:  Federal judge says Ameren's upgrades to Rush Island Power Plant violated Clean Air Act rules
          P-D:  Hawley brushes off Democratic pokes about residency;  Attorney general lives in Columbia, not Jefferson City
          CDT:  Gatehouse names Alaska newspaper publisher as new Tribune publisher X
          Missourinet:  Study shows median income for Missouri women trails median income for Missouri men
          P-D editorial:  Angry anti-Trump gals should focus on what they might reasonably be able to accomplish
          SNL editorial:  One fix for Missouri revenue problem:  Streamline sales tax X
          P-D letter:  Shrewsbury man dislikes Post-Dispatch's anti-Trump bias
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        Monday, January 23
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Mexican restaurant has fun with its own border-protecting wall;  Owner Jorge Maya wishes Trump well, suggests hypersenstive thinskins lighten up
          St. Joseph News-Press: St. Joseph native plays saxophone for Trump's inauguration X
          KWMU:  One of four busses headed to D.C. Womens March breaks down in Maryland;  Women spend hours waiting for mechanic to help them, miss march
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jonathon Prouty, Jeff Mazur, Steve Tilley, Jamilah Nasheed talk Trump, McCaskill's re-election, Greitens' budget cuts, 'right to work,' more
          Rosenbaum:  Capitol briefs:  Budget issues, Greitens' camp connections with Sonny Perdue, tax credit pushback, unions, Mike Parson mingling in Capitol cafeteria
          Drebes:  Ethics Commission dismisses charge against Ron Calzone
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could consider 'right to work' testimony quickly
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would require missing weapons be reported X
          AP:  Arch Defenders, a group of urban civil rights lawyers, opposes tougher penalties for attacking police;  Former St. Louis City Police Chief Dan Isom supports legislation
          Missourinet:  House Committee to hear testimony Tuesday on red-light camera legislation
          P-D:  St. Louis City charter schools worry that their success is attracting too many white students
          KWMU:  Despite accreditation, state-appointed board remains in charge of SLPS
          KWMU:  Scientists burn Ozark forest to see if fire creates better places for wildlife to live
          SE Missourian:  New formulas may lessen illegal use of herbicides;  Legislation from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) will address lawbreakers +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Greitens' delay in proposing budget isn't a problem, and Fitzpatrick's approach is correct:  State can't tax-and-spend its way to prosperity X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should heed demands of women's-group study:  Health care, "pay equality," etc.
          SNL letter:  Area Democratic leader disagrees with Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) on 'right to work' X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man dislikes legislators carrying their firearms in the Capitol
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        Sunday, January 22
       
P-D:  Anti-Trump rally draws thousands;  Cape Girardeau woman and galpals weep over Trump's victory
        KMOV:  Women's March photo gallery:  Woman wearing "Pussies are Wonderful" superhero outfit posing for leggy pics;  Women wearing "pink pussyhats;" Other inspirational vaginal references, imagery
        KWMU:  Women's March draws thousands downtown
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Top challenges for KC anti-Trump marchers:  Doubling down on Clinton's defeat, ignoring the majority of working-class women, spurning support from like-minded men, more
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Anti-Trump march fact check:  "Marchers" didn't really march anywhere
        CDT:  Local march attract thousands who oppose Trump X
        KOMU:  Hundreds attend local anti-Trump march;  Comments from Sierra Club's Carolyn Amparan, Mid-Missouri Peacework's Mark Haim, Indian activist Perry Bigsoldier, others
        Columbia Missourian:  Thousands of anti-Trump protesters gather in Columbia;  Grown man says he spent the morning "bawling his eyes out" over Trump victory
        Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  360-degree view of crowd
        Columbia Missourian:  D.C. bus trip update:  Women don "pink pussyhats," drink wine, bond over hatred for "terrible person" Trump
        SNL:  More than 2,000 attend women's march;  Attendees hear from "white woman, black woman, a woman in a hijab, a transgender woman, a woman politician, and a woman pastor" X
        SNL:  Photo gallery:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) speaks to crowd;  area man wears "pink pussyhat;"  more X
        SE Missourian:  Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march +
        JCNT:  Youth pro-life group growing rapidly X
        SNL:  McCaskill treads carefully in Trump confirmation X
        CDT:  How ending Obamacare will affect local health care X
        P-D:  Months after her death, Phyllis Schlafly's followers and family still battle over her legacy
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of Jonathon Prouty, Jeff Mazur, Steve Tilley, Jamilah Nasheed talk Trump, McCaskill's re-election, Greitens' budget cuts, 'right to work'
        Drebes:  Staff changes in office of Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby):  Rich Germinder, Drew Dampf
        JCNT:  Proposal raises state pay without cutting jobs X
        AP:  Missouri gun sales increase while permits decrease
        AP:  Greitens pushing school choice for special needs students
        SNL:  Bill aims to crack down on probation companies X
        Washington Missourian:  Rep. Nate Tate (R-St. Clair) gets to work in Jefferson City, files bill on library-board trustees
        P-D:  Missouri takes steps to prevent misuse of herbicide;  Bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) would increase penalty on farmers who chose to break pesticide-application laws and cause damage to neighbors' crops
        P-D's Nicklaus:  'Right to work' won't magically create jobs in Missouri
        CDT letter:  Blue Springs teacher opposes Kraus' tax-cut proposal X
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        Saturday, January 21
       
West Plains Daily Quill:  Blunt sets stage for Missouri to shine on Trump's Inauguration Day
          SNL:  MSU Chorale delivered its own inaugural message, through music X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missourians of all political stripes attend inauguration;  Springfield man pats Clinton-supporting girlfriend's back to comfort her
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Missourians at Presidential Inauguration
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Roundup of KC area anti-Trump protests
          SNL:  Anti-Trump protest draws only two dozen;  Protester complains that children on school bus shouted "Trump!" at him X
          KWMU:  Social studies class at Kirkwood middle school watches inauguration;  Two white males stand for National Anthem, minority females scowl
          P-D:  Anti-Trump protesters march through downtown St. Louis
          Columbia Missourian:  Twenty liberal groups attract small crowd to anti-Trump protest
          KOMU:  Small group gathers to protest Trump;  Boone County GOP Central Committee's Mike Zweifel talks about Trump's "decisive" victory in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Women's March on Washington to include about 1,000 Missourians
          P-D:  Women take bus trip to D.C.;  Black, transgender activists criticize St. Louis march organizers for lack of inclusion
          TonysKansasCity:  Weekly Power Rankings:  KC area conservatives, anti-Trump marchers, more
          KSHB:  Thousands of aliens who invaded KC illegally could be deported under Trump;  Mexican alien tells story of her mom smuggling seven-year-old into U.S.
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Cleaver wants Trump to apologize for questioning Obama's birthplace
          TonysKansasCity:  KC Week in Review (video):  Kraske, Helling, Mike Ferguson, others discuss Trump inauguration, Greitens' budget cuts, Missouri minimum wage, more
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber visits Caruthersville in effort to rebuild party;  Former state rep talks 'right to work,' education funding, Trump's 'dramatically' lower popularity since election, Jay Ashcroft and David Minnick, more +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association will feature Allen West and Missouri rib eye
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 16
          KSSZ (Columbia):  Former Sen. Budget Chairman Kurt Schaefer:  K-12 education funding cuts likely
          Missourinet:  Missouri Budget Project blames budget problems on GOP tax cuts
          WDAF (Kansas City):  Eric Schmitt becomes first state treasurer to return $1 million in first 11 days in office
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New push to ban texting while driving X
          KC Star editorial:  Introducing the KC Star editorial board:  Four white men, two white women, un Hispanic dama +
          CDT op-ed:  Missouri lone on addiction;  all other states monitor drugs X
          P-D letter:  Criminal Justice Ministry dislikes cuts to its state funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian applauds editorial board for acknowleding 'Ferguson Effect,' says Post-Dispatch helped create it by spreading "Black Lives Matter" lies
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        Friday, January 20   Inauguration Day
       
P-D:  Inauguration Day marks victory, defeat for Missourians;  Comments from Pat Thomas, Ron Fitzwater, anti-Trump protester
          KC Star:  From Missouri to D.C., Donald Trump supporters celebrate victory +
          P-D:  Trump's inauguration day arrives with a Missouri hue
          Missourinet:  Blunt talks inauguration planning, expectations
          KC Star:  Rockhurst High School students get up close at Trump inauguration +
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  Trump will disrupt the status quo
          KMIZ:  Area liberals to hold "Resist!" march tomorrow
          SNL:  Anti-Trump rallies to be held today, tomorrow X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump bus trip series:  Profiles of area gals participating in D.C. march
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Young illegals brace for uncertain future;  Comments from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), Mexican alien who wants Missouri taxpayers to subsidize her education
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) named keynote speaker for 2017 Missouri Lincoln Days
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Farm Bureau's B.J. Tanksley
          Drebes:  Ryan Conway to run for mom Kathie's St. Charles state rep seat
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Foundation for Health seeks Government and Community Affairs Specialist
          The Missouri Times:  KC Caucus selects Jack Bondon, Rory Rowland as co-chairs
          Missourinet:  House passes 'right to work'
          SNL:  No raises for representatives, Speaker Todd Richardson says X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee passes resolution to reject pay hike for legislators, statewide elected officials
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers consider changes to make driver's licenses comply with federal law
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider federal compliance measure to avoid ban on airline travel
          KC Star:  Democratic proposal would restrict who can serve as Missouri's securities commissioner +
          CDT:  University of Missouri leaders working on response to state budget cuts X
          AP:  Audit shows standards for higher-education program lacking
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) files bill on student debt X
          KWMU:  Parents weigh in on St. Louis Public Schools accreditation
          CDT:  Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia) proposes cap on payday loan interest X
          Missourinet:  AG Josh Hawley sues Obama administration over coal mining rule
          P-D:  St. Louis judge grants class action for millions who got movie-promoting robocall from Mike Huckabee
          CDT:  Report:  Women workers fail to keep up with men in salary X
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Foundation releases study on "economic equality"
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri's earned-income credit would help the working poor
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Vouchers are excellent option for expanding school choice in Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian says Clay should hope 1st District never needs help from Trump
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man reacts to Greitens' budget cuts, attempts punchline involving Legislature
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man disagrees with Greitens on taxes, 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian disagrees with Greitens on taxes, 'right to work'
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        Thursday, January 19
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Barack Obama remembrances:  Measuring impact on St. Louis through tangible effects and "matters of the heart"
          KC Star's Scott Canon:  Barack Obama remembrances:  KC-area stops:  Pitching Obamacare, helping Robin Carnahan lose U.S. Senate race by 14 points, more +
          KC Star:  Obama remembrances:  Thoughts from Jason Klumb, Jason Grill, Arthur Bryant's BBQ GM, Richard Martin, "living wage" protester, others +
          SE Missourian:  Obama shortens sentence of area crack dealer;  Christopher DePree could return to Cape Girardeau street pharmaceuticals industry in July +
          P-D:  Greitens to attend Trump inauguration
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Ron Richard on new legislative reality:  Thoughts on 'right to work,' avoiding GOP infighting under Greitens, tort overhaul, and the importance of keeping your word
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens taps Carol Comer to head Dept. of Natural Resources
          Missourinet:  Greitens taps former Pence department head to lead Missouri Department of Natural Resources
          AP:  Greitens announces new DNR head
          P-D:  Greitens announces new DNR director
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' passes through House on inevitable journey to Greitens' desk
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers take big step toward passing 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances 'right to work' bill, final vote expected Thursday
          The Missouri Times:  House committee takes on Blue Alert and hate crimes against police
          KWMU:  Missouri abortion opponents confident that lawmakers will take more action to help their cause
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers consider proposal to protect pro-life pregnancy centers
          P-D:  Senate bill could block proposed changes to St. Louis discrimination ordinance
          The Missouri Times:  Trial attorneys reject 'judicial hellhole' label
          P-D:  Prosecutors say new state laws will not lead to felony charges for students;  Early statements from Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood districts stirred parents of young misbehavers
          P-D:  Chappell-Nadal says she wants sanctions against Russia for election interference
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves Ameren Missouri's ISRS shutdown, customers could see credit
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  More than 260,000 deer harvested during animal hunting season
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation using helicopter to hunt feral hogs;  9mm pistol preferred weapon to put down destructive animals X
          P-D:  Hunters harvest 49 deer during first year in Ladue;  Dept. of Conservation says archery hunting is best way to control wild animals invading decent neighborhoods
          Missourinet:  Freshman Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) says Ferguson Effect doesn't exist, wants Greitens to focus on "black issues"
          Priddy:  Evaluating the first-day speeches from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Speaker Todd Richardson
          KC Star's Sanchez:  God is rooting for local minimum-wage agitators;  "Gov. Eric Greiten [sic]" should care +
          P-D letter:  League of Women Voters promotes anti-Trump march, "action fair" on gals' issues Saturday
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman wants Clay to remember the 1st District also includes police officers
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        Wednesday, January 18
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  Pro-Obamacare rally draws fewer than 20 to Clayton;  Elderly woman calls GOP "heartless"
          SNL:  Nearly 30 Obamacare supporters wave signs on streetcorner, believe their efforts matter;  Missouri Health Care for All's Crystal Brigman:  "It was great. We had honks all around." X
          KWMU:  Missouri hospitals see more insured patients under Obamacare;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon
          NY Times:  'Repeal and replace':  Words still hanging over GOP's health care strategy;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  Cleaver won't be among liberal Democrats boycotting inauguration +
          Missourinet:  Cleaver will attend Trump inauguration
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans call on McCaskill to confirm Pruitt as EPA head
          SE Missourian:  Smith hears call to simplify tax code, reduce tax rates
          KSHB:  McCaskill helps Jackson County secure federal funds for prescription drug monitoring
          P-D:  Police-as-animals painting taken down;  Clay promises appeal
          AP:  Artwork glamorizing Ferguson protests removed from Capitol display
          NY Daily News:  Activists unhappy with Trump adviser's ties to KC Power & Light District;  Some Cordish establishments instituted dress code, encouraged civilized behavior
          KWMU:  Bayer-Monsanto would invest billions in U.S. if deal goes through;  Comments from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
          KWMU:  New Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves outlines challenges, opportunities ahead
          Drebes:  Rachel Hassani, formerly of Rupp's PSC office, now working for AG Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Freshman Rep. Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis City) talks about joining Democratic superminority, future of unions under 'right to work,' more
          KWMU:  In first State of State, Greitens outlines ambitious agenda
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Gov. Eric Greitens' 2017 State of the State address
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats question feasibility of Greitens' State of the State proposals
          SNL:  Greitens delivers his first State of the State address X
          Missourinet:  Top mentions, non-mentions in Greitens' first State of the State address
          Missourinet:  House members react to Greitens on 'right to work,' tax credit stance
          Missourinet:  SOTS reaction from Kraus, Walsh
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  State of the State
          AP:  Greitens focuses on job growth during State of the State
          P-D:  Greitens outlines GOP-led reforms, ethics overhaul in first State of the State address
          KC Star:  Greitens delivers State of the State +
          Missourinet:  Liberal group blames GOP legislators for state budget challenges;  Comments from Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford
          P-D:  With cuts to Missouri's higher ed spending, capping tuition will be a challenge
          SNL:  Colleges:  future uncertain after budget cuts X
          SE Missourian:  Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts +
          P-D:  Missouri school districts will have to cut more transportation costs after budget cuts
          SNL:  'Do no harm' to education funding, program representatives beg state lawmakers X
          The Missouri Times:  House passes HB 60 to limit lobbyist gifts
          AP:  House passes bill banning lobbyist gifts, with exceptions
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source, expert witness standard bills heard in special committee
          SE Missourian:  Cape residents question Ameren's rate-increase request +
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court orders KC to put higher minimum wage on the ballot +
          SNL op-ed:  McCaskill should support Sessions for AG X
          Jensen:  Art and politics:  Leftists complain about Bingham painting, but Clay's backing of police-as-pigs portrait highlights left's obsession with race +
          Messenger:  Greitens wants a new direction for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood man wishes Lacy Clay would attend Trump inauguration
          P-D letter:  Eureka man responds to Stacy Washington column on 'right to work'
          KC Star letter:  Gladstone liberal wants Star to hire liberal columnist to criticize Missouri GOP +
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        Tuesday, January 17
       
TonysKansasCity.com:  Two anti-Trump marches planned for KC:  Saturday stompfest features feminist froth, but Friday rally most likely to see arrests
          KC Star:  Area feminists say Saturday's anti-Trump rally will draw at least 2,000 +
          Columbia Missourian:  More than 20 liberal groups band together to promote anti-Trump protest march on Saturday
          The Missouri Times:  Gov. Bob Holden backs Trump's pick for China ambassador
          Missourinet:  Two state lawmakers back Trump's pick for EPA
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Francis Howell freshman Emma Johnson selected to attend Trump inauguration
          CDT:  Democrats nominate Michela Skelton for Caleb Jones' seat X
          Columbia Missourian:  Skelton wins Democratic nomination, will fill ballot slot against GOP's Sara Walsh
          Faughn:  Five (5!) things Greitens could mention in the State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens withholds $146 million, criticizes Nixon's handling of budget
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers:  State must cut spending to balance budget +
          CDT:  Higher education takes bulk of cuts as Greitens withholds $146 million from state budget X
          KWMU:  On eve of big speech, Greitens swings budget ax
          KC Star:  Greitens announces $146 million in cuts +
          Missourinet:  Greitens:  $146 million in budget restrictions not from K-12 classrooms, instead higher ed and K-12 transportation
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says Greitens' budget restrictions will impact K-12 classrooms
          Missourinet:  House Superminority Leader says higher ed budget restrictions could affect tuition rates
          AP:  Greitens cuts $146 million;  Colleges take hit
          P-D:  Greitens cuts $146 million from budget
          Missourinet:  Kit Bond reflects on $900 million budget shortfall he faced 36 years ago
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source to set to mark start of tort reform effort
          SNL:  Statewide ridesharing rules zoom toward House floor X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislation would move public notices online and out of newspapers
          Missourinet:  Advocacy group wants lawmakers to consider legislation for people with developmental disabilities
          KWMU:  Lobbyist gift ban up for Missouri House vote this week
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers support use of metal detectors at Capitol, defend lawmakers' right to carry guns +
          SE Missourian:  Meat processing plant faces $70K penalty from state for Clean Water Act violations +
          P-D obituary:  Father of former state Rep. Steve Banton (R-Wildwood)
          P-D editorial:  Courts reject another legislative fix to municipal court issues
          AFL-CIO:  Anti-Puzder form letter generator
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch publishes Illinois woman's anti-Puzder form letter
          P-D editorial board letters policy:  "We don't publish form letters."
          P-D letter:  Area vegetarian suggests combating GOP's Obamacare repeal by eating plants
          CDT letter:  Pacific liberal mocks Fraker's country-club tax break proposal X