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        Friday, May 22
       
KWMU:  Department of Veterans Affairs 'vetting' candidate for St. Louis health-care system;  Thoughts from McCaskill, Blunt
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri group looks to fill void in health plan review
          KPLR (St. Louis):  Military sex offenders evade registering on state offender list;  Comments from McCaskill
          Missourinet:  McCaskill supports limits on military equipment going to police
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Emanuel Cleaver wants study of young black suicides;  Alternative GOP narratives emerge in Diehl case +
          ABC 30 (St. Louis):  Video:  St. Louis Area Young Republicans pulling in millennials;  Jamie Allman talks with STLYR leaders Pam Dixon, Brittany Wagner
          KWMU:  Jay Ashcroft files initiative petition to require photo IDs
          AP:  Jay Ashcroft files voter ID amendment
          Drebes:  Jacob Turk may run again, this time for Will Kraus' state Senate seat
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Boyfriend proposes to Rep. Shelley Keeney (R-Marble Hill) on floor of House +
          Drebes:  Missouri Legislature's intern non-disclosure agreement was circulated weeks prior to LeVota and Diehl stories breaking
          Missourinet:  LeVota's office under investigation regarding alleged harassment of intern
          The Examiner (Independence):  LeVota says he's open to investigation regarding interns
          P-D:  Missouri Senate, University of Central Missouri investigating case of interns leaving office of Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Independence)
          KWMU:  More on Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Rudi Keller's breaking news of Senate intern
          The Missouri Times:  More hats in the ring in race for majority floor leader
          P-D:  Republicans vie for floor leader's job in Missouri House
          P-D:  Missouri boosts its commitment to startup investing
          Missourinet:  Missouri could face Canadian sanctions over labeling program
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says:  Going to Cards-Royals in KC?  Great, just don't take I-70W.
          Missourinet:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) says he will continue to rebel against EPA BBQ grill study
          JCNT:  Parts of Lincoln University graduation speech plagiarized;  HBCU invited Atlanta "motivational speaker" honored by Black Enterprise magazine X
          P-D:  Ameren and Franklin County join to block legal challenges to coal ash landfill
          The Missouri Times:  PSC discusses Ozark Shores Water sale, auditor request
          KWMU:  McKee pays taxes on Northside properties
          KC Star:  KC buys time to adopt a higher minimum wage, could happen this summer +
          KTVO (Kirksville):  Missouri Department of Conservation helps women pull the trigger on an outdoor skill;  'For women only' classes help women overcome fear of shooting guns
          KWMU:  Ladies' policy group says Missouri women 11th-best in the nation for political participation
          AP:  Damage from looters, arsonists has hurt Ferguson's budget
          P-D:  Heap of stuffed animals from Michael Brown pile wasn't trashed, Urban League says
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Mocking GOP legislators' applauding of Diehl upon departure
          Investor's Business Daily editorial:  Missouri shows strength of right-to-work movement
          Washington Missourian editorial:  GOP Reps. Dave Schatz and Dave Hinson didn't pass transportation bills this year, but at least they tried
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Missouri Legislature's final grade for the year:  C-
          Washington Missourian letter:  Right-to-work laws encourage freeloading
          SE Missourian:  Missouri legislators should expand Medicaid +
          KC Star letters:  Dems are hypocrites on Diehl;  Former PSC Commissioner Terry Jarrett says Nixon should opt out of Clean Power Plan +
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        Thursday, May 21
       
P-D: McCaskill blasts officials who OK'd $36 million command center in Afghanistan
          McClatchy:  McCaskill calls spending "one of the most outrageous, deliberate and wasteful misuses of taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan we've seen"
          CDT:  Missourians to get a look at new health insurance premium increases of 10 percent or more starting June 1 X
          MSNBC:  Video:  "Ambition is ladylike":  McCaskill inspires gals with keynote at Beltway "women's empowerment" event
          AP:  Missouri loses jobs while unemployment increases steadily
          Helling:  Diehl case exemplifies how much more arrogant and entitled St. Louisans are than Kansas Citians +
          CDT:  Senate office under investigation for sexual harassment of intern;  Sen. Paul LeVota (D-Independence) says he's unaware, warns against "sensationalism" X
          St. Louis Business Journal:  Columbia Daily Tribune reports LeVota intern story
          P-D:  Some in GOP broke ranks to oppose Diehl after KC Star printed Katie Graham's screenshots
          KWMU:  Nixon celebrates funding for Missouri Technology Corporation
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) to seek majority leader post in Missouri House X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden will run for House majority leader post
          AP:  Compared to 2014, Missouri legislators sent fewer tax changes to Nixon
          Missourinet:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis City):  Democrats might still be emotional over PQ come next January
          Missourinet:  Missouri to have human trafficking task force, other measure to wait
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers disagree whether transfer bill helps Normandy schools
          P-D:  Q&A about district transfers
          KWMU:  Missouri home health care workers call on Nixon to implement pay hike
          JCNT:  Home care workers want Nixon to activate contract X
          Missourinet:  Missouri sets date to execute man who raped, killed Strafford girl in 2001
          Missourinet:  Koster's office joins nationwide suit against four sham charities
          P-D:  St. Louis hopes stadium progress overcomes L.A. momentum
          KODE (Joplin):  Missouri Department of Conservation warns motorists to be careful and watch for turtles crossing the road
          KWMU:  Plaque to be placed near spot where Michael Brown assaulted officer Darren Wilson
          P-D:  Heap of weathered stuffed animals, mylar balloons creating health and safety hazard removed from road;  Urban League disposes of Michael Brown trash in dumpster
          P-D:  Protesters who made a scene at Jennifer Joyce's home get summonses;  Kareem Jackson, Marcellus Buckley, Antoine White, others charged with peace disturbance, resisting arrest, trespassing
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill's rules to limit police militarization are sound +
          JCNT editorial:  Heal the division between Legislature and Missouri Department of Conservation X
          CDT's Waters:  Legislature should have expanded Medicaid, limited campaign contributions, and raised gas tax X
          P-D op-ed:  Medicaid expansion:  The case for our veterans
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  Increasing minimum wage will increase competition for jobs +
          P-D letter:  With unemployment changes, Missouri GOP throws seasonal workers under the bus
          P-D letter:  Climate change is making Missouri sneeze and wheeze
          CDT letter:  D.C.'s "The Sentencing Project" disagrees with Missouri prosecutors on bill to punish young criminals X
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        Wednesday, May 20
       
KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt concerned with findings in review of VA's St. Louis operations
          KWMU:  Bill to fight human trafficking goes to president with Wagner provision
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Former County Police Chief Tim Fitch says Obama using Ferguson as an example of 'police militarization' is inaccurate
          Missourinet:  Missouri awaits U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision
          Drebes:  Politico piece mentions U.S. Rep. Jason Smith's fondness for smoothies
          Drebes:  Danforth gives $10K to Mike Parson
          AP:  At the height of their power, Missouri Republicans are dealing with tragedy, scandal
          AP:  Missouri fines Aetna for paying for uninsured abortions
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Missouri officials:  State shouldn't owe feds for Medicaid rebates
          KWMU:  Senators address the impact of last week's 'right-to-work' PQ on future of the Senate
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on transportation, Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills) on lack of Ferguson legislation +
          JCNT:  Interest group report says Missouri's roads are just part of a national problem X
          AP:  Missouri State Board of Education selects new president:  Former state Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph)
          KWMU:  State Board of Education blasts school bill, sees hope for Normandy
          P-D:  Efforts to improve Normandy schools have fallen short, state board admits
          KWMU:  Bill from Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) to cover eating disorders awaits Nixon's signature
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri DHSS offers free tests for radon
          P-D:  'Right to try' laws no guarantee patient will get experimental drugs
          KC Star:  Fred Curls, grandfather of Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City), passes away +
          P-D:  Downtown state leaders worry it has become dumping ground for state parolees
          P-D:  St. Louis police release report detailing shooting of VonDerrit Myers;  Details include criminal's movements through ankle monitor, more
          P-D:  Protesters arrested at home of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D);  Police use pepper spray to control pack angry over clearing of officer
          P-D editorial:  Obama/McCaskill/Clay on the right track with police 'militarization' limits
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City should pass a responsible plan to boost the minimum wage +
          Helling:  Missouri Republicans' opposition to Medicaid expansion is based on emotional fear of Obamacare, not sensible policy disagreement +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans did even more harm to the poor this year;  Liberals need to get out the vote next year and teach conservatives a lesson
          P-D letter:  "Text-message" editorial mocking 19-year-old college intern and Diehl was misleading
          P-D letter:  University City man says it's not fair for the Speaker of the Missouri House to have so much influence over legislation
          P-D letter:  Diehl resigned;  Clinton should have
          P-D letter:  Messenger wrong to equate Clinton's abuse of power with Diehl's text messages
          KC Star letter:  Area liberals celebrate, mock Diehl's personal troubles;  Former Rep. Sandra Reeves (D-Trimble) says young female lawmakers are prey to older men +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman wants Diehl to know he is not very attractive
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man mocks Diehl, uses free lobbyist BBQ as punchline
          P-D letter:  Perennial candidate Bill Haas (D) says Diehl-intern texts are nobody's business, suggests Jason Hancock abused his power with reporting
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        Tuesday, May 19
       
Washington Post:  Obama joins Twitter, and should follow Claire McCaskill
          P-D:  Obama unveils police reforms similar to those proposed by McCaskill, Clay
          KWMU:  President set to ban certain military equipment to local police
          USA Today:  Obama bans some military equipment sales to police
          KC Star:  Some residents still displaced as Nixon sees flood damage in Mosby, Mo. +
          KMIZ (Columbia):  Four charged after early-voting backers submitted thousands of forged signatures;  Comments from Secretary of State Jason Kander
          AP:  Early-voting petition workers charged with felonies;  One of the four, Keven Hayes, already in custody
          The Missouri Times:  2016 Outlook:  Analysis of the top statewide candidates, possible contenders, and also-rans
          Missouri Viewpoints:  New ideas for Missouri's justice system:  Thoughts from Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union), Judge Michael Bradley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies, Rosenbaum and Marshall Griffin discuss the bizarre final week of the Missouri Legislature
          KWMU:  On the Air audio:  Mannies, Rosenbaum, Marshall Griffin are joined by UMSL prof Terry Jones
          The Missouri Times:  The biggest accomplishments of the 2015 legislative session
          AP:  Missouri GOP lawmakers used their historic majorities to make changes to welfare, unemployment programs
          Missourinet:  Richardson:  Too early to tell if Legislature could overturn 'right to work' veto
          Columbia Missourian:  How the Missouri Dept. of Conservation found its way:  A look at how proponents, opponents worked in public and private to get their way
          Columbia Missourian:  The Missouri Dept. of Conservation bills, and how they would've worked
          Missourinet:  Funding for transportation to be a priority in 2016 session
          CDT:  Nixon releases $10M to fund MU business school building X
          AP:  University of Missouri to get $10M for new learning center
          KWMU:  An urban clinic buckles in for another year without Medicaid expansion
          AP:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Jackson County court at odds over report
          Missourinet:  Decision on release of Missouri man serving life for pot could come by 'relatively' early summer
          Marshfield Mail:  Spring means black bear sightings will increase across southern Missouri;  Dept. of Conservation reminds Missourians to not be afraid of "a wild animal in the process of doing what all wild animals do"
          P-D:  St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (D) says no charges will be brought against officer who put down VonDerrit Myers
          KWMU:  Myers' mother expresses outrage with "broken-ass" system, says she hoped for justice but "I knew we wasn't [sic] going to get it because the [sic] color of my son's skin"
          JCNT editorial:  Lack of traction leads to three legislative casualties:  Transportation funding, prescription drug database, ethics reform X
          P-D letter:  Virginia Young and the Post-Dispatch were unnecessarily mean to Diehl's family
          P-D letter:  Liberal Post-Dispatch harder on Diehl than they would be on a Democrat
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman offers sarcastic take on welfare and unemployment reform, attempts lobbyist punchline
          SE Missourian letter:  State-school graduation ceremony marred by ruckus and loud noises +
          P-D letter:  Decision to subsidize Noranda amounts to a new tax
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        Monday, May 18
       
KC Star:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) among those helping the Royals salute Negro Leagues with "Dressed to the Nines Day at the K" +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Steve Tilley (R), Dems Tim Green, Jane Dueker, Jeff Rainford applaud Diehl, evaluate Todd Richardson;  Tilley says 'right to work' is not a conservative issue; more
          KWMU:  Jason Rosenbaum's end-of session photos in a slideshow
          Missourinet:  GOP, Dems assess session's successes and failures
          P-D:  Recap:  Top 5 legislative accomplishments
          Kraske:  Another session, another disappointment when it comes to ethics reform in Jefferson City +
          KC Star:  Groups on all sides lobby Nixon on student transfer bill +
          AP:  States saying 'no' to cities seeking to regulate businesses
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers promise review of Capitol intern program
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers assess what Missouri Legislature did for Ferguson
          KWMU:  Some St. Louis schools are looking to substitute their substitute teachers
          P-D:  Municipal court series:  Another drivers license held hostage, this time by Hanley Hills court
          KWMU:  Part one of ongoing series:  Tracking lawbreakers through the public defender system
          P-D:  Ferguson business districts slowly mend after riots
          P-D:  Ferguson home sales drop
          JCNT editorial:  Welfare and unemployment changes were necessary, and categorizing Republicans as "cold-hearted" is unfair X
          JCNT letter:  Missouri Republicans are pompous;  Missourians were wrong to elect an overwhelming Republican majority in both chambers X
          P-D letter:  Franklin County Democrat opposes 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Former state Sen. John Lamping (R):  Diehl situation reminds us of need for ethics legislation
          P-D letter:  Liberal St. Charles woman says boys - both Republicans and Democrats - will be boys, and Katie Graham bears some responsibility for texting
          P-D letter:  Diehl's texting not as bad as Missouri Republicans killing 700 people a year by blocking Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  Area woman attempts analogizing Diehl to Nero
          P-D letter:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri:  School transfer bill rightly expands options for parents
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  MoDOT spending too much taxpayer money defending unethical employees' actions X
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        Sunday, May 17
       
NY Times:  McCaskill on Elizabeth Warren:  "She has sought the spotlight the most," more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on recurring dream involving heated confrontations with men;  Scott Dieckhaus on Todd Richardson;  Nixon on moving on from Diehl episode +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri farmers eager to capitalize on better trade relations with Cuba
          Drebes:  Hanaway hires up, nabs D.C.-based media consultant firm
          JCNT:  Nicole Galloway brings financial experience, young perspective to state auditor's office X
          JCNT:  Observers:  Senate's end both rare and no big deal X
          AP:  Analysis:  Months of work by Missouri lawmakers ends in chaos
          P-D:  Legislative session leaves many frustrated, but GOP got some priorities through
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) the only local state rep to oppose "right to work"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Working class keeps lottery rolling;  MO Lottery says typical player has household income between $25k and $60k X
          P-D:  Student who transferred from Riverview to Kirkwood finds classes are harder at better school
          SE Missourian:  Retiring SEMO President Ken Dobbins says goodbye at gala +
          SNL:  'Robust' gun, ammo sales boost federal funds to state X
          P-D:  Ferguson shooting leads cop and ex-con to find each other's humanity;  Dennis Foster, retiring from Ferguson force due to anti-police environment, gets a "thank you" from man whose life he saved
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Worker rights matter:  'Right to work' promotes personal liberty X
          SNL editorial:  Nixon should veto school-transfer bill X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  With every session's partisan behavior, Missouri Legislature looks more and more like Congress
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Diehl did the right thing by resigning
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Borgia to begin drug-testing high school students, and that's a good thing
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R):  Drowning the EPA's "Waters of the U.S." rule X
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Majority of readers reacting to Star's publishing of Diehl texts are critical of paper rather than supportive +
          KC Star letter:  Grown man expresses glee over reading Diehl texts, pleads for Star to print more personal information:  "Please, oh please, oh please!" +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Charter Public Schools Association's Douglas Thaman:  Missouri education establishment is more interested in protecting the status quo
          SE Missourian letter:  Former regional state office director Gary Gaines:  Nixon controls information flow more than any other administration, but a minority of reporters today can be a real pain +
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        Saturday, May 16
       
Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill plugs millions into bill to consolidate facilities at Whiteman
          KOAM (Joplin):  Blunt tours local manufacturer, talks jobs and national defense
          KODE (Joplin):  Blunt tours Ducommun Incorporated
          P-D:  Votes by area members of Congress this week
          P-D:  With autobiography on sale this summer, McCaskill shares tales at "women's empowerment" conference
          Kraske:  John Diehl not the first Missouri Speaker to take a misstep +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shelley Keeney (R-Marble Hill) gets engaged
          The Missouri Times:  List of final day's Senate actions
          The Missouri Times:  List of final day's House actions
          Rosenbaum:  Lawmakers see promise and possibility in Richardson's rise to power
          The Missouri Times:  Photos:  Richardson takes the reins
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Rather than replace Diehl, Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) nominates Todd Richardson
          KWMU:  Legislative session ends in frustration and unfinished business
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) in midst of shutdown
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers reauthorize tax to fund Medicaid
          P-D:  Lawmakers send Medicaid tax renewal to Nixon, while deadly-force bill fails
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers wrap up ahead of deadline;  deadly force bill fails
          AP:  Lawmakers approve tax-notification requirement
          AP:  Annual end-of-session recap:  What passed, what failed
          KWMU:  Annual end-of-session recap:  What passed, what failed
          KC Star:  Annual end-of-session recap:  What passed, what failed +
          P-D:  Annual end-of-session recap:  What passed, what failed
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers rate session as good X
          Missourinet:  Nixon confirms he will veto 'right to work'
          AP:  Time limits on ballot language challenges sent to governor
          AP:  Lawmakers approve expanding orders of protection
          Missourinet:  Changes to Missouri's lethal force law fall short of passage
          AP:  Missouri deadly force bill fails
          AP:  Man who shot police at Ferguson protest indicted
          P-D:  Author Ken Burns spends Washington University commencement speech on "state-sanctioned racism," "Black Lives Matter," etc.
          CDT:  Paper attempts "Trib Talks" online discussion forum for political issues X
          JCNT editorial:  GOP passes priorities amid political tribulations X
          P-D editorial:  Mocking 19-year-old college freshman Katie Graham and John Diehl by recapping the Missouri Legislative session via "text messages"
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans right on court limits and sales tax for KC, wrong about everything else this year +
          KC Star letters:  People mad about Diehl should take it out on their local House member;  Powerful men get sexual access, and that's just terrible;  Legislators should expand Medicaid +
          P-D letter:  Retired sociology-prof octogenarian enjoyed gun-control piece from Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights)
          P-D letter:  Cranky curmudgeon Combest corrects Stacey Newman's sexagenarian memory
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        Friday, May 15
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt support bill pushing back rail-safety system deadline
          P-D:  Senate committee, following House, pushing for 12 new Super Hornets built in St. Louis
          AP:  Jewish World War I vet to receive Medal of Honor;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  Clay introduces more Ferguson-related legislation
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill tempers fellow Dem's "sexism" stretch;  Missouri leaders weigh in on Diehl resignation +
          KC Star:  Diehl resigning over texts with intern +
          KTRS (St. Louis):  McGraw Milhaven show:  KC Star reporter Jason Hancock gives insight into paper's approach to current and upcoming Capitol intern stories
          AP:  Statements on Diehl's resignation;  Comments from every sect except Missouri Senate Democrats
          Missourinet:  Diehl resigns as Missouri speaker
          KWMU:  Diehl departs;  GOP chooses Rep. Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) as new leader
          P-D:  Diehl resigns, intern breaks silence;  Katie Graham, who took multiple screenshots of ongoing text-message conversations before sharing them, hopes students trust her recommendation of intern program
          The Missouri Times:  Diehl resigns Speaker post
          AP:  Speaker resigns after intern text messaging
          Missourinet:  Rep. Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) is next Missouri Speaker of the House
          The Missouri Times:  Todd Richardson ascends to Speaker post
          AP:  Missouri Republicans pick Todd Richardson as next Speaker
          P-D:  Richardson named as new Missouri House Speaker
          P-D:  Universities plan to use Capitol texting issue as a teaching moment
          KTRS (St. Louis):  McGraw Milhaven show:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) says sexism from Diehl nothing new;  Speaker's "abhorrent" behavior included "waving and winking" at Dems from dais
          AP:  Speaker-controversy blurbs:  Bob Griffin, Rod Jetton, Steve Tilley
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri House
          JCNT:  Dysfunction crowds final day of session X
          AP:  Legislature enters final day
          Missourinet:  Senate leaders negotiating to try and end deadlock
          KWMU:  $3.5 billion could go away today if Missouri Senate doesn't pass medical funding bill
          JCNT:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia):  Special session could change Medicaid X
          KODE (Joplin):  Webb City Chamber's Erin Turner says 'right to work' would level the playing field for Missouri businesses
          KMOX:  Missouri Chamber prepares for Nixon's veto of 'right to work'
          SNL:  Area union boss hopes veto is enough to kill 'right to work' X
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court forms municipal court working group
          KWMU:  Changes coming for Normandy schools, starting with Charles Pearson as superintendent
          P-D:  New superintendent named for Normandy schools
          JCNT editorial:  Senate Dems and Republicans are at a stalemate due to questionable tactics X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  GOP state reps should stop playing politics with transportation funding
          Washington Missourian editorial:  National Police Week a good time to appreciate officers' efforts dealing with violent drunks and dopeheads
          Messenger:  From Scott Muschany to John Diehl, the culture of entitlement in Capitol lives on
          Shelly:  John Diehl episode reflects a culture of entitlement +
          Hartmann:  John Diehl's "apology" was worse than texting with college intern
          Archive:  AP reporter Scott Charton on another Speaker of the House upheaval:  Bob Griffin
          Washington Missouri's Bill Miller:  Washington, Mo. is the perfect place for Truman tribute
          CDT's Waters:  'Right to work' is more about politics than economic issues X
          JCNT letter:  Protester howls aside, law-abiding Americans should point out that police officers' lives also matter X
          JCNT letter:  Area man says Missouri Republicans "could care less [sic]" about workers X
          P-D letter:  Common Core opponent compares test-taking to child labor
          P-D letter:  Society should take an honest view of obesity;  The country's fats are costing less-porky taxpayers millions in health care costs that could be avoided
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        Thursday, May 14
       
P-D:  Congress moves on issues important to region:  Trade deals, EPA regs, Waters of the United States, more
          Roll Call:  Senators rebuff call to open defense bill markup;  McCaskill a leading proponent of opening up markup
          Washington Post:  Defense firm that employed drunk, high contractors in Afghanistan wasted $135M in taxpayer dollars;  McCaskill demands review
          Bloomberg:  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) complains about how Obama referred to Elizabeth Warren;  McCaskill calls Brown's feminist-supplicating yelps "silliness"
          Drebes:  Ronda Stegmann to be new Legislative and Policy Coordinator at MOSERS
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri House
          KC Star:  Diehl says texting with intern demonstrated "poor judgment";  Woman took screenshots of texts, shared them +
          Missourinet:  Diehl admits to texting with intern, asks forgiveness
          P-D:  Diehl on texting with intern:  "It was a stupid thing to do, and I'm sorry"
          The Missouri Times:  Diehl says texting with intern was "a stupid thing to do"
          KWMU:  Diehl hopes to weather texting controversy
          AP:  House Speaker apologizes for flirtatious texts with intern
          KC Star:  List of politicians' reactions to hearing about texts +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) wants Diehl to step down, circulates petition
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Maybe we should pay attention to what politicians do in office rather than who they're texting +
          KC Star:  The Chat:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) critical of KC Star sitting on intern story for weeks then dropping it during 'right to work' week +
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  McCaskill's forthcoming book includes tales of old-timey legislators hitting on interns +
          KWMU:  House passes, but may have killed, 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  'Right to work' bill sent to Nixon to veto
          AP:  GOP 'right to work' bill set for governor's veto
          P-D:  'Right to work' ready for Nixon's veto
          P-D:  Why Missouri unions see 'right to work' as a threat;  Comments from area bosses
          JCNT:  Senate Democrats make good on pledge to stall bills in session's final days X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) updates his policy on recording committee hearings
          AP:  Parson says he would allow recordings of public meetings
          JCNT:  Parson changes recording rules for his committee X
          KC Star:  Parson backs off ban on recording in his committee +
          JCNT:  Medicaid-expansion advocates visit Capitol, march and chant X
          CDT:  Missouri NEA, Missouri School Boards' Association, others urging veto of student transfer bill X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers OK office to advocate for military bases
          KWMU:  With more options for virtual schools, more attention paid to meeting state standards
          AP:  KC schools leader to depart for Atlanta-area district job
          KWMU:  Normandy's plan to move forward:  reopen closed building, move sixth graders to elementary school
          Missourinet:  Missouri reaches settlement with Sprint and Verizon over 'cramming'
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Legislature carves up middle class, serves it on platter to the rich
          KC Star editorial:  Mid-week list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong on 'right to work,' Medicaid expansion;  Diehl should resign after texting with young woman +
          P-D op-ed:  Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals CEO Mark Trudeau:  Time for prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri is now
          P-D op-ed:  "Community organizer" Brittini Gray:  Normandy and other conspiracies:  On Caucasoids attempting "genocide," the "prison-industrial complex" and black people being "sold on the auction block of charter school takeovers," etc.
          P-D letter:  People whining about traffic fees should take responsibility for their actions
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        Wednesday, May 13
       
KWMU:  House approves 'Waters of the United States' bill, rejecting EPA rule;  Hartzler, Luetkemeyer, Wagner are co-sponsors
          AP:  House votes to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands
          Columbia Missourian:  Peoples' Visioning group opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership
          SNL:  Local pastor takes trip to D.C., will try to meet with elected officials - or maybe their staffers - to share his thoughts on payday loans X
          AP:  Investigator:  Probe of Tom Schweich's suicide is over
          KOMU:  Missouri group gains support for tobacco tax increase
          P-D:  Lobbyist gifts plummet 36% from same time period in 2014, 40% since 2013;  Critics still unhappy about trinkets, meals and snacks provided to legislators
          AP:  Liberal advocacy group Progress Missouri files complaint about Rep. Craig Redmond (R-Canton)
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri House
          Jensen:  Budget clears the way for the 800-pound gorilla of 'right to work' and the simple requirement of voter photo ID +
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes 'right to work,' tossing issue back to House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate sends 'right to work' back to House in dramatic fashion
          Missourinet:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) says Dems will shut down legislation the rest of session, but Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) doubts he'll follow through
          The Missouri Times:  Senate advances 'right to work'
          AP:  Senate Republicans pass 'right to work'
          AP:  'Right to work' roll call
          P-D:  Missouri Senate passes 'right to work'
          KOMU:  'Right to work' passes Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking special edition:  Right to Work:  Thoughts from Rep. Jake Hummel, Sen. Joe Keaveny on RTW, unemployment benefits
          Missourinet:  Missouri House overturns unemployment limits bill veto
          KWMU:  House overrides Nixon's veto of bill that lowers unemployment benefits
          AP:  Unemployment benefits roll call
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers urge protection of youth sports officials
          KC Star:  UMKC gets $7.4M in matching state money to build incubator for free enterprise +
          P-D:  Home health workers' fight for higher wage hits roadblock;  Comments from supporters, including AFSCME's Jeff Mazur, Missouri Alliance for Home Care, home care worker
          P-D:  Journalists, activists angry over Senate committee chairman Mike Parson's banning of pictures, video and audio from right-to-work hearing
          P-D:  Critics face tough choices in wake of municipal court bill
          P-D:  City and state to pitch in $250M for new stadium, not $350M
          KOMU:  Missouri battles backlogged sexual assault evidence
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Republicans should pass federal reimbursement allowance, and stop pushing bad voter ID bill X
          P-D editorial:  Tyranny in the courts:  SB5 alone won't fix what ails St. Louis
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri Republicans, Missouri Chamber of Commerce wrong about minimum wage
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Missouri Republicans and Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) wrong to vote for bill tightening standards on A+ scholarships +
          P-D letter:  Area woman says McCaskill is a lapdog - and Blunt is a coward - for supporting Obama trade deal
          P-D letter:  Missouri can meet goal of reducing carbon pollution
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice disagrees with Republicans on Medicaid expansion
          CDT letter:  Area man says that by not expanding Medicaid this session, legislators are responsible for the deaths of exactly 700 Missourians X
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        Tuesday, May 12
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on military's lack of whistleblower progress +
          P-D:  Fraternal Order of Police pushing back on McCaskill-Clay 'militarization' bill
          KWMU:  St. Louis Fed Reserve employees explain 'wealth gap' report's shocking conclusions:  Education may affect a person's income and wealth, and minorities are less likely to be in the job market
          P-D:  Longtime Democratic aide Julie Gibson to lead Missouri Family Support Division
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates from the Missouri House
          KWMU:  Other legislative issues in limbo as Missouri Senate fights over 'right to work'
          JCNT:  Senate endorses 'right to work' bill X
          AP:  Senate panel endorses right-to-work measure
          P-D:  Senate committee passes 'right to work' measure
          Missourinet:  Union workers visit Capitol, oppose 'right to work'
          Missourinet:  Bond plan to pay for repair of Missouri Capitol awaits governor's action
          AP:  Bill to change license fee office bidding passes
          AP:  House OKs bill to exempt gym purchases from taxes
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) to help child and adult sexual abuse victims goes to Nixon
          AP:  House OKs sex trafficking prevention measure
          Missourinet:  Sentencing juveniles for murder still undecided
          JCNT:  Home care workers, clients urge lawmaker support for wage hike X
          KOMU:  Missouri home care workers want higher wages
          AP:  Missouri home care workers want more money
          P-D:  Measure to keep St. Louis convention bids secret shipped to Gov. Jay Nixon
          Missourinet:  Nixon gives opinion on legislation for municipal courts
          P-D:  Municipal courts improperly suspend and hold drivers licenses
          P-D:  Public can comment on proposed changes to Missouri's guardianship law
          KC Star:  Former KC union official sentenced to federal prison for embezzlement;  Jesse Morgan was president of AFSCME local until 2012 +
          KWMU:  Webster adjuncts vote to reject SEIU;  Organizer blames loss on university's "very aggressive PR campaign, with glossy letters and PR stuff produced by some attorney"
          P-D:  SEIU organizers suffer significant defeat
          KOMU:  Grain Belt Express president meets with supporters
          P-D:  Ameren scores better-than-average for customer satisfaction
          KWMU:  State report finds progress being made in Ferguson's court operations
          P-D:  Study on Ferguson court sent to Missouri Supreme Court
          AP:  Court report raises conflict-of-interest concern in Ferguson
          P-D editorial:  With bill on child-care facilities, Missouri Legislature moves to protect children
          P-D editorial:  Lawmakers should fix Missouri's social services, not affix blame
          JCNT editorial:  Bring fairness to municipal court fines X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says Missouri Republicans should be ashamed for cutting handouts
          P-D letter:  Nixon should veto school transfer bill
          SNL letter:  Fair Grove Board of Alderman President Dennis Frame:  Don't punish small rural towns for the sake of passing a "Ferguson bill" of municipal limits X
          P-D letter:  P-D website is cumbersome;  surveys are aggravating
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        Monday, May 11   Final week of Missouri General Assembly Regular Session
       
Archive:  April 2015 Missouri political news daily headlines
        Archive:  March 2015 Missouri political news daily headlines
        Archive:  February 2015 Missouri political news daily headlines
        Archive:  January 2015 Missouri political news daily headlines
        Rosenbaum:  Clay and Cleaver say tide is turning against ticket-happy municipalities
        KWMU:  Missouri political parties retool for 2016 as they seek to recover from recent losses
        Missouri Viewpoints:  Religious freedom vs. legalized discrimination:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom's Ryan Johnson vs. ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman
        Drebes:  Chuck Hatfield proposes two versions of initiative petitions dealing with taxes
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Ron Richard's approach to end-of-session push for RTW, voter ID +
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Session review/end-of-session preview:  Speaker John Diehl, panel of Patrick Lynn (D), Jeff Roorda (D), GOP Reps. Kevin Corlew and Caleb Rowden
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R), former Sen. Jim Lembke (R) preview the General Assembly's final week
        AP:  Lawmakers face Friday deadline for bill passage
        P-D:  Legislature set to discuss "right to work," deadly-force law, sentences for young murderers, more
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says Nixon is a little late jumping on transportation funding proposal, says "ag-friendly" designation bill is dead
        KSGF (Springfield):  Rep. Eric Burlison (R) talks to host Nick Reed about welfare reform (11:00), some GOP state reps' skittishness on RTW (17:45), more
        JCNT:  Missouri NEA, MSBA, others oppose transfer legislation X
        JCNT editorial:  State can make a convincing case for minimum-wage authority, but not so much for grocery bags X
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Prosecuting attorneys:  Tough sentencing options needed for some juveniles
        P-D letter:  Paper's coverage of career criminal Dorian Johnson again fans the flames of Ferguson
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        Sunday, May 10  Mother's Day
       
The Hill:  Summer spending fight looms;  McCaskill says GOP machinations make budget "a fantasy"
          KC Star:  Jason Kander slams Roy Blunt as all-Washington and no-Missouri +
          KCTV:  Blunt donates tractor to help with Kansas City's urban farming
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri farmers fear more 'man-made' floods from Army Corps of Engineers X
          Drebes:  Obama names 141 Presidential Scholars, including two from Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Decades after adoption of term limits, political players debate their impact;  Comments from Gina Loudon, Bob Priddy, Chris Kelly, current legislators
          Kirksville Daily Express:  In first three months, lobbyists provide fewer gifts than same period in 2014;  Rep. Mike Colona (D) leads House with less than $2300, while Bob Dixon (R) leads Senate with less than $1900
          JCNT:  Lawmakers discuss priorities heading into final week X
          JCNT:  Budget includes pay study, but no pay raises X
          Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Medicaid missteps gave opponents an excuse to attack
          SE Missourian:  Southeast regents approve slight increase to tuition +
          Kirksville Daily Express:  House passes spending bill for Truman State's Baldwin Hall
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Welfare can be an agent to promote laziness, and the Legislature was right to cut the hammock
          SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Journalism transparency:  The importance of newspapers owning up to mistakes, from typos to factual errors +
          CDT op-ed:  Boone County Commissioners support fuel-tax increase for transportation X
          The Guardian's Sara Kendzior:  Missouri's predatory payday loan system;  Comments from City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and lawyer for people unhappy with loan contracts they signed (link via @ssnich on Twitter)
          Jensen:  Where is the solution on race?  From Ferguson to Baltimore, the weather is getting warmer and criminals will get more active +
          P-D letter:  Possible threats to electric power grid require state action
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says school curricula in bad neighborhoods must be radically redesigned
          Washington Missourian letter:  Ferguson, Baltimore show how ineffective "kumbaya bleeding hearts" are at stopping savagery
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        Saturday, May 9
       
SNL:  Unions urge McCaskill to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership;  Senior senator says she is still making up her mind X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt trying again to rename D.C. train station after Truman
          McClatchy:  McCaskill, Blunt again propose naming D.C.'s Union Station after Truman
          Drebes:  How Mike Parson could win the GOP primary
          AP:  Brad Bradshaw (D) says he's running for lieutenant governor
          Missourinet:  Nixon approves $26B Missouri FY16 budget
          P-D:  Nixon signs off on $26B budget
          JCNT:  Nixon signs $26B Missouri state budget X
          AP:  Nixon signs $26B spending plan
          Missourinet:  $3.58B at stake in bill to receive federal funds from tax on hospitals
          KWMU:  With budget out of the way, Missouri legislators may take on controversial issues in final week
          AP:  Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) plans right-to-work vote
          P-D:  Bill would fund new headquarters for State Historical Society of Missouri
          KWMU:  Beyond budgets:  New state law may force county municipalities to make major changes
          Brownfield Ag News:  MO Dept. of Agriculture says flock of chickens in Lewis County has strain of Avian Influenza
          P-D:  Losing Ferguson council candidates in spat with campaign manager, Democratic Committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes
          P-D editorial:  Nixon must again veto bill that ignores transfer crisis fix
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon should sign bill to close gap in child abuse laws X
          P-D editorial:  Timely bridge closing, Missouri style
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong about right to work and preemption, but do something right with municipal court traffic-revenue bill +
          CDT letter:  Massachusetts woman says Blunt should join Elizabeth Warren and push for a carbon tax X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  On gun violence and Missouri voters being wrong about gun rights vote last November [sic] Correction requested
          KC Star letter:  Independence man says push for higher minimum wage ignores economic facts +
          CDT letter:  Show-Me Institute's Michael Rathbone makes distinction between 529 plan and education savings accounts for K-12 students X
          CDT letter:  Missouri should wean dairy producers off the state teat X
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        Friday, May 8   Truman Day
       
AP:  McCaskill, Blunt vote for bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal
          Washington Times:  Senate forces Obama to submit Iran nuclear deal for congressional approval;  Comments from Blunt
          CDT:  Family Health Center plans second site in Columbia;  McCaskill says additional resources are fruits of Obamacare X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill's bipartisan committee on aging hears how technology can allow olds to age more safely at home
          P-D:  Blunt names new staffers:  Brian Hart for comms, Stacy McBride as committee staff director, Joelle Cannon for Springfield, Desiree Mowry for health care, Matt Pollard for intel committee
          KWMU:  McCaskill proposes more oversight of federal equipment and aid to local law enforcement
          SNL:  McCaskill:  Police don't need bayonets, mine-resistant vehicles X
          AP:  McCaskill seeks reforms for military police equipment
          SNL:  Billy Long vows to make domestic violence a priority X
          P-D:  Most state offices closed today for Truman Day
          Kraske:  The Chat:  MHA CEO Herb Kuhn on med-mal caps;  Nixon on funding for buildings;  Diehl on municipal court caps +
          KC Star:  Schaaf pushes comprehensive ethics measure +
          Missourinet:  Nixon wants Legislature to send him fuel tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Major bridge closes in Jackson County;  Comments from Nixon, MoDOT
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says it will focus on fewer construction projects
          KWMU:  Nixon signs caps on medical malpractice into law
          AP:  Missouri medical malpractice caps signed into law
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri nurses make final push for APRN prescribing authority
          JCNT:  License office 'pay-to-play' in jeopardy;  Senate debates issue day after judge rules it's illegal X
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers renew tax that funds Kansas City public transit +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Dash, body cams bill sputters in Missouri Senate X
          Missourinet:  Municipal court revenue changes sent to Nixon
          KWMU:  Nixon, Diehl weigh in on municipal court changes
          P-D:  Legislature sends municipal court reforms to Nixon
          AP:  Lawmakers approve municipal court restrictions
          P-D:  Radioactivity testing at West Lake, Bridgeton to begin Monday
          KWMU:  McCulloch and the Michael Brown case:  Most experts say the decision to not charge Wilson was supported by the weight of the evidence
          P-D:  "Hands Up Don't Shoot" inventor Dorian Johnson charged with resisting arrest, assaulting an officer
          P-D editorial:  Legislators are wrong to cut unemployment insurance
          CDT's Waters:  On welfare cuts, both Democrats and Republicans and correct X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri NEA President Charles Smith:  Time to give Normandy back to its community
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman says state failed in its oversight of Normandy schools
          SE Missourian letter:  Man who twice ran unsuccessfully for state rep as a Democrat says he is tired of both parties and refuses to run as anything but an Independent ever again +
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        Thursday, May 7
       
KWMU:  Blunt, Hartzler seek to block Obama's "Waters of the U.S." rule before it is issued
          P-D:  Blunt says U.S. is in 'most dangerous time' for terrorist attack threats
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt build bipartisan bridge to Ohio through legislation with Buckeye State lawmakers X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on trade deals +
          KWMU:  Virginia-based group, North City group ask National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to drop North St. Louis City site
          P-D:  Spy agency will see no welcome wagon in North City neighborhood
          KWMU:  St. Louis Federal Reserve study:  Educated people tend to make more money;  Asians outpace Caucasoids, followed by blacks and Hispanics
          P-D:  McCaskill, Clay to introduce bills inspired by fears of police militarization after Ferguson
          KWMU:  Harvard study:  Hospital closures have little impact on health, unless you're in rural Missouri
          Drebes:  Minor-party candidates say they're considering being also-rans for statewide office
          Missourinet:  Missouri state workers continue calling for a raise
          AP:  Nixon releases student transportation, scholarship funds
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to ease taxes for Missouri-based companies
          P-D:  Legislature passes broad child-protection bill
          JCNT:  Riddle's child-on-child abuse bill sent to governor X
          KWMU:  Nixon has harsh words for Legislature after handout-override
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes bill cutting unemployment time limit;  Override expected
          AP:  House endorses higher caps for some to get Medicaid
          JCNT:  Schaaf proposes major ethics overhaul X
          Missourinet:  Legislature sends governor plan to change transfer law
          KWMU:  Nixon urged to sign school bill, provide more choice to students
          P-D:  Nixon says he will give thorough review to student-transfer bill
          KWMU:  Update on Normandy family profiled last year
          Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) proposes Missouri taxpayers stop subsidizing scholarships for students here illegally
          Missourinet:  Bill blocking minimum wage, bag-banning ordinances sent to Nixon
          AP:  Legislature passes bill to limit local policymaking
          KWMU:  Legislature passes preemption bill
          KC Star:  Civil rights groups complain about minimum wage, want city council to take action +
          JCNT:  Budget bills include mid-Missouri projects X
          AP:  Senate OKs time limit for challenges to ballots
          AP:  Lawmakers OK financial fraud measure for seniors
          KWMU:  Senate sends municipal court reform bill to House;  final vote expected later today
          Missourinet:  Senate green-lights lower municipal court ticket revenue cap
          P-D:  Municipal court bill nearing passage after compromise on ticket cap
          P-D:  Noranda posts smaller loss, expects boost from Ameren rate cut
          JCNT:  Gobbler season nears end;  MO Dept. of Conservation says harvest of wild animals up slightly X
          P-D:  Dorian Johnson, inventor of "Hands Up Don't Shoot" meme, arrested on guns and drugs charge in St. Louis
          AP:  Hearing set for man who shot officers at Ferguson protest
          P-D:  Ferguson StreetFest, delayed by rioters/looters/arsonists, set for Saturday
          KC Star editorial:  Robust revenues in Missouri are a contrast to dire times in Kansas +
          JCNT editorial:  Kander's proposal to reduce filing fees for businesses is a good idea X
          P-D editorial:  Street savagery:  Too many guns, too many killings, too many excuses
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael Rathbone:  Beware Medicaid expansion, even if it is billed as reform
          P-D letter:  Rep. Lacy Clay:  State of Missouri should finish what it started and provide more incentives to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
          KC Star letters:  Hartzler supports predatory payday lenders;  If Missouri Republicans would listen to "Negro spirituals," they would support gay marriage, unions, and other progressive causes +
          P-D letter:  Maplewood woman says Missouri Republicans are mean and cynical
          P-D letter:  Article exploits Normandy student
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        Wednesday, May 6
       
P-D:  Senate passes McCaskill bill encouraging auto-industry whistleblowers to step forward
        The Hill:  Jason Kander disagrees with Roy Blunt on Trans-Pacific Partnership
        National Journal:  Dems strategists hope opposing trade deals will give Dems "a chance to stop the bleeding with working-class white voters"
        KSMU (Springfield):  Stacy Burks, formerly of Kit Bond and Roy Blunt offices, is the new director of American Red Cross of Southern Missouri
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Emanuel Cleaver on raising minimum wage;  Tom Dempsey on gas tax;  Shalonn 'Kiki' Curls on welfare +
        Missourinet:  Legislature completes override of veto of welfare changes
        The Missouri Times:  Republicans override Nixon, enact new welfare standards
        KWMU:  Legislature overrides Nixon veto, cuts in handouts to take effect Jan. 1
        P-D:  Legislature enacts limits to welfare benefits over Nixon's veto
        AP:  Missouri lawmakers override veto to enact welfare limits
        KC Star:  After his welfare limits veto is overridden, Nixon vetoes unemployment changes +
        KWMU:  Nixon vetoes bill limiting unemployment benefits
        AP:  Missouri Legislature passes plan to fix student transfer law
        KC Star:  House approves student transfer bill that would boost charter schools in Jackson County +
        KWMU:  Missouri Legislature sends student transfer fix to Nixon
        P-D:  Legislature sends school transfer bill to Nixon
        KWMU:  Normandy's end a question of whether, or maybe when
        AP:  Republicans in Missouri Senate push to rein in city actions
        The Missouri Times:  Democrats attempt filibuster over preemption bill
        JCNT:  Legislature OKs easing employer tip tax duties X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) on term-limits bill for statewide offices
        JCNT:  Bill could restore licensing board options X
        JCNT:  Bill seeks to allow Missourians to protect passwords X
        SE Missourian:  SEMO President Ken Dobbins prepares to retire +
        Columbia Missourian:  Lawyers use "Right to Farm" amendment to defend cultivation of marijuana
        P-D:  Man stopped with Michael Brown after convenience-store theft sues Ferguson, police, officer;  Dorian Johnson fabricated "Hands Up Don't Shoot" tale, seeks cash for "emotional pain"
        AP:  Ferguson mulls removing "shrine" from middle of street;  Heap of stuffed animals, mylar balloons marks area near where Michael Brown attacked Darren Wilson
        KWMU:  Federal judge says Michael Brown grand juror argument against secrecy belongs in state court
        P-D:  Federal judge says St. Louis County grand juror's request to talk about Ferguson belongs in Missouri court
        KWMU:  PNC Bank files suit against developer/political contributor Paul McKee
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri provides free ACT college entrance exams for juniors;  Taxpayers foot the $3,800,000.00 bill +
        P-D editorial:  Legislature must pass strong muni court reform bill
        CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  Gas-tax increase is sound policy X
        SNL op-ed:  Raising fuel tax is not the solution for funding MoDOT X
        P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice/Current SLU Law School Dean Michael Wolff:  Legislature wrong on punishment for young murderers
        CDT op-ed:  The Missouri Legislature versus the university:  MU Spanish prof says Legislature is composed of "a bunch of yahoos" X
        P-D letter:  Nixon is right on SORTS approach:  Violent sexual predators don't get better
        SE Missourian letter:  Thanks to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, others for attending Missouri Lions state convention +
        P-D letter:  Florissant woman unhappy about Ameren rate increases
        P-D letter:  Maryville man praises letter writers for correct takes on traffic-fee caterwaulers, sexual predators
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        Tuesday, May 5
       
Houston Chronicle:  Ted Cruz consultant Jeff Roe thrives in the school of hard hits (link via Kraske)
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers scrutinize regulatory impact on tractor-trailer crashes;  Comments from Sam Graves X
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Farm Bureau continues promoting trade deals, including Trans-Pacific Partnership;  Comments from MFB's Garrett Hawkins
        AP:  Growth continues as Missouri revenues increase 7.7 percent
        AP:  House OKs bonding plan for state building repairs
        AP:  House approves Jason Kander's proposal to reduce, simplify business fees
        Missourinet:  Dempsey on gas tax for transportation:  We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
        P-D:  Senate moves to enact welfare bill over veto
        AP:  Senate votes to override veto of welfare limits
        KWMU:  Cut in welfare benefits, vetoed by Nixon, now halfway to becoming Missouri law
        Missourinet:  Senate overrides veto of bill shortening limetime limit on welfare
        P-D:  Officials express shame at state of Normandy schools
        SNL:  Confusion, expense could result from amended school transfer bill X
        Drebes:  Americans for Tax Reform's letter opposing 911 fee
        P-D:  Mid-Mo. pot enthusiast says 'right to farm' amendment gives her the right to grow marijuana
        AP:  Lawmakers disagree on murder sentences for minors
        Missourinet:  Lawmakers hope federal program can propel police body camera issue
        P-D editorial:  Leaders say Normandy schools' status quo is 'unacceptable.' But they may not mean it.
        CDT's Waters:  Ameren rate case:  An expanded role for the Public Service Commission X
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Med school student wants Medicaid expanded 
        P-D op-ed:  Community justice courts can be an innovative reform
        JCNT letter:  Legislature should handle some things itself, rather than making everything a proposed constitutional amendment X
        KC Star letter:  Missouri charter school bill would do more harm than good in Jackson County +
        P-D letter:  DESE is a bureaucratic wasteland
        P-D letter:  'This is unacceptable,' responds interim Normandy supe
        P-D letter:  Normandy school district board member:  Nixon, DESE, Legislature perpetuate an accreditation system that is racist
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        Monday, May 4
       
AP:  Capitol food service workers want more money;  Rules Committee Chairman Blunt says he'll consider complaints when company's contract comes up again
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Nuclear experts converge on Warrensburg for symposium
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on progress around military sexual assaults +
          P-D:  With Parson's entrace, GOP gubernatorial field gets bigger
          Drebes:  The talk around Bob Dixon for governor
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  John Brunner chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about his 2012 Senate run, his 2016 gov run, and what he thinks of Kinder and Greitens
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones;  Panel discussion between Robert Cornejo (R), James Harris (R), Katie Casas (D), Vicki Englund (D)
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Missouri welfare reform:  Good for taxpayers or cruel to the poor?  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D) and Carl Bearden (R) share their thoughts
          Drebes:  Gary McElyea promoted at Coca-Cola
          KC Star:  Young people still not voting, civic groups still angsty about it +
          AP:  Missouri building repair plan advances as deadline nears
          P-D:  Normandy's interim superintendent responds to Post-Dispatch story
          P-D:  Sub shortage in Hazelwood hurts students, teachers say
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Capitol Briefs:  Moms Demand Action opposes gun legislation;  Zweifel promotes 529 program;  Lair on Legislature's prerogative to tell welfare recipients how to spend handouts X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) would like to see "Agriculture Friendly" designation bill get out of Senate quickly
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Bill to name part of highway after seasoned citizen is held up because namesake is not yet dead
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would limit police use of deadly force X
          Rosenbaum:  Slay's 'vigorous defense' of stadium ordinance called into question
          P-D editorial:  Missouri spending on mental health goes down;  suicide rate goes up
          P-D letter:  Editorial board should stop projecting blame for "injustices" and take a look in the mirror
          P-D letter:  Editorial board should list specific steps to fix causes of social unrest
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        Sunday, May 3
       
Moberly Monitor-Index:  Vicky Hartzler visits Randolph County Ambulance District facility
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says Legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid is "bad news"
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Grass Roots Organizing, others continue push to expand Medicaid;  Hannibal hospital CEO says GOP opposition based on party politics
          JCNT:  TRIP report outlines need for transportation funding X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Women seek to dissolve sex offender registry X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supporters of LGBT protections say there's "little appetite" in Missouri Legislature for change
          Columbia Missourian:  A closer look at the politics of LGBT protections
          P-D:  A senior year mostly lost for a Normandy honor student
          AP:  Nixon's youngest son charged with DWI
          P-D:  Ferguson secures experienced attorney to deal with DOJ
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters chant about death of Baltimore criminal, block traffic at busy intersection
          KC Star editorial:  UPDATE:  Editorial board responds to yesterday morning's note, adds proper attribution to KRES/KWIX +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Deadly force bill:  Legislators should spend some time with police and take note of the pressures law enforcement faces
          SE Missourian editor Bob Miller:  By controlling whom reporters can interview, public bodies are also controlling messages +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Legislators wrong to propose cutting welfare benefits;  Local recipients tell tales of woe X
          KC Star letter:  Missouri teacher candidate says English test was easy, and recommends dolts stop complaining and start reading +
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors resident wonders what rioters/looters/arsonists are thinking with their destructive behavior
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake woman explains to Associated Press the difference between "deep-seated" and erroneous "deep-seeded"
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        Saturday, May 2
       
KC Star:  Dan Bram, formerly of Jill Schupp's state Senate campaign, to organize Hillary Clinton's efforts in Missouri +
          SNL:  Blunt backs GOP bill to retain health care subsidies should Supreme Court strike them down X
          P-D:  House Armed Services recommending another 12 F/A-18s built in Missouri
          P-D:  Area congressional delegation's votes for the week
          KWMU:  State and city fight to keep National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis
          KWMU:  U.S. Small Business Administration, City agree to boost immigrant entrepreneurship
          AP:  Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell says veterans courts are making an impact in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) visits Cape Girardeau +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes cuts to welfare;  Legislature plans override
          P-D:  UMSL chancellor backs UMSL grad Clint Zweifel's "Missouri Promise" scholarship proposal
          KWMU:  Uncertainty again looms for Normandy schools
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers' trend of placing hot-button issues on the ballot reflects legislative laziness and is dangerous X
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Anti-bullying bill could be better;  Paper takes quotes from Lindell Shumake honey-regulation interview posted here without providing attribution to KRES/KWIX Updated with proper attribution at 1:00 p.m. +
          CDT's Waters:  Race relations:  Most crime in black neighborhoods is perpetrated by blacks;  More spending on "police diplomacy" may be the answer X
          SNL letters:  Missouri Republicans should drop "Right to Work" and instead fight to expand unions, support state exchange for Obamacare, and expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  University City woman says Missouri Republicans should support more "comprehensive" sex education
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        Friday, May 1
       
P-D:  CQ analysis:  McCaskill votes with Obama 90 percent of the time, Blunt 47%;  Clay has voted with president 96%, Luetkemeyer and Wagner 7%
          KWMU:  Vicky Hartzler pushes funding for 12 Boeing F/A 18 Super Hornets
          KC Star:  Jason Kander must overcome 'secretary of state curse' to defeat Roy Blunt +
          SE Missourian:  Groups uses federal grants to prevent homelessness +
          P-D:  Feds have issue with MO DNR plan to clean up Jefferson County air
          Mannies:  Entry of Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) into GOP contest for governor signals rural effort to revamp race
          Kraske:  Parson's aim:  He'll stay positive and focus on integrity +
          Missourinet:  Parson announces campaign for Missouri governor
          AP:  Mike Parson running for Missouri governor
          P-D:  Mike Parson announces 2016 governor bid
          SNL:  Mike Parson says he is running for governor X
          KY3:  Senator from Bolivar plans run for governor
          KOLR:  Parson says his governor campaign will run on integrity
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) on MONA +
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes bill cutting handouts +
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill limiting welfare benefits
          KCUR:  Nixon vetoes bill to cap welfare benefits at 45 months
          Lake News:  Medicaid expansion unlikely this year, says Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla)
          KODE (Joplin):  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City), Missouri Health Care for All's Dottie Elbert talk Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Tiered approach to fuel-tax hike gets Missouri Senate endorsement
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate revives gas-tax proposal
          AP:  Missouri Senate endorses increased fuel tax for road funding
          KWMU:  At press conference, MoDOT says new report shows bad roads cost drivers;  Missouri Senate votes for small gas tax hike
          KC Star:  After officials call for raising Missouri gas tax, bill advances in Missouri Senate +
          JCNT:  MoDOT:  Roads have gone over 'cliff' X
          SNL:  Report assesses cost of poor roads X
          Missourinet:  Proposed expansion of Missouri 'castle doctrine' sent to Senate
          KMOX:  Schmitt's anti-bullying bill passes unanimously in Missouri Senate
          P-D:  Missouri Senate passes measure to keep National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) wants Legislature to have power to approve Missouri energy plan
          Missourinet:  Ameren Missouri electric rate approved, Noranda gets decrease
          SE Missourian:  Man mistakes fellow hunter for turkey;  Missouri Department of Conservation investigating +
          AP:  Second night of Ferguson protests presents another looting opportunity;  Thieves pilfer from Family Dollar, STL Cordless
          Columbia Missourian:  Discussion over Legislature's response to Ferguson draws crowd of 20;  Law prof Chuck Henson says DOJ report should "make you mad as hell"
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon stands up for kids by vetoing bill that cuts welfare benefits +
          P-D editorial:  Electric rates are going up again. It could be worse.
          CDT's Waters:  By refusing to expand Medicaid, Republicans seek to throw Missouri's "neediest residents into a grinder" X
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says Ed Emery's old-timey thinking on public schools doesn't cut it in the modern world +
          P-D letter:  Don't chastise municipalities for enforcing speed limits
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        Thursday, April 30
       
P-D:  Obama threatens veto of Iran arms bill if Blunt amendment is attached
          KC Star:  White House says Iran bill will draw veto if Blunt's prisoner-release amendment is attached +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  At hearing, Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke tells Blunt that flight simulators are coming to Rosecrans X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Club for Growth on Blunt's conservative rating;  Schmitt on bullying;  Nasheed on wayward youths and deadly force +
          P-D/Kaiser Health News:  Study from experts at Kaiser Family Foundation shows Medicaid expansion gives boost to Ascension Health
          KC Star:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) to kick off gubernatorial campaign today +
          Columbia Missourian:  In third term, Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) keeps moving up
          JCNT:  Defendant:  'Right to Farm' cancels marijuana-growing charge X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger says legislators are trying to avoid triggering Hancock Amendment with transportation funding
          AP:  Legislature OKs expanded rights for military voters
          AP:  Missouri House endorses bond funding for new veterans home
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly superintendent talks about state's tougher exams for potential teachers
          Washington Missourian:  Students taking state assessments online
          CDT:  Committee defeats House bill that would stop Grain Belt Express X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers, officer disagree on effect of system to track pseudoephedrine purchases
          The Maneater:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) introduces LGBTQIA non-discrimination bill for the sixth straight year
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ken Wilson (R-Smithville) brings UAVs to Capitol, wants to codify commercial drone use in the state
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) would reduce regulations on small honey bottlers
          Missourinet:  Change to use of deadly force by Missouri police gets initial Senate approval
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill to limit police use of deadly force
          P-D:  Rates rising for Ameren Missouri customers, except Noranda
          AP:  Noranda gets rate cut, other Ameren customers see increase
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri lawmakers unhappy with PSC decision X
          P-D:  New football stadium bills total about $800,000, so far
          JCNT:  Stink bugs invading Missouri;  Invertebrates cause economic damage, emit foul odor when disturbed X
          P-D:  Protesters again return to Ferguson streets;  Tuesday night activities included multiple shootings, looting, destruction of police vehicles, setting Port-a-Potty ablaze
          AP:  Protests return in Ferguson for second night
          P-D:  Caucasoid Illinois teen admits plan to join looting in Ferguson, then sell stolen guns to protesters
          The Maneater editorial:  Legislature should pass Webber's MONA
          P-D editorial:  From Ferguson to Baltimore:  The new civil rights movement emerges
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Sexagenarian columnist discusses Missouri welfare reform with imaginary 300-lb. friend "Bag-Head Jheri" X
          KC Star letters:  Ensure transportation money isn't spent on other projects;  Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline deserves full funding +
          P-D letter:  Response to Martin Rochester's response to P-D editorial on school-transfer issue
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        Wednesday, April 29
       
KC Star:  Blunt wants release of U.S. prisoners as a condition of Iran deal +
          KWMU:  Blunt says he wants less regulatory burden on job creators, would codify executive order
          Roll Call:  Rothenberg/Roll Call rate Blunt's seat as Safe Republican, but Kander supporters insist he has a shot
          P-D:  HUD secretary visits St. Louis, says area may receive taxpayer dollars through "Promise Zone" designation
          AP:  HUD secretary announces 8 new Promise Zone designations
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on Hillary;  Galloway gives a gracious nod to Schweich, Jackson;  Kehoe on state employee compensation +
          CDT:  Nicole Galloway replaces top staffers;  John Luetkemeyer named deputy state auditor, and Michael Moorefield as chief of staff X
          CDT:  Medicaid-expansion rally draws 20 X
          KWMU:  How the Missouri General Assembly's budget differs from governor's proposals
          KWMU:  Senate gives first approval to bill changing state's deadly force law
          The Missouri Times:  New deadly force law gets first approval in Senate
          AP:  Senate passes prison options for kids guilty of murder
          The Missouri Times:  A look at what's next for student transfers
          P-D:  Students in nearly 90 schools across Missouri could transfer under tentatative plan
          KC Star:  High school juniors across Missouri take the ACT exam on the state's dime +
          Missouri Digital News:  Anti-bullying bill passed by state Senate;  Comments from Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale)
          KWMU:  Brookings Institution gives high ranking to Missouri S&T
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers asked to require infant sleeping policy of day cares
          AP:  Missouri House OKs utility tax exemption for food production
          AP:  Missouri Senate hires former Army officer as security aide
          Missourinet:  Proposed reforms of Missouri city courts goes to legislative conference
          KWMU:  Data problem clouds American Lung Association's annual St. Louis air report;  ozone improves but still gets an 'F'
          Missourinet:  Petition:  Release Missouri man in prison 21 years for pot crimes
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), others call for clemency for pot inmate
          CDT:  State documents refute IBM's jobs claims X
          KOLR:  Tick season creeping up earlier this year;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation warns against dangerous blood-sucking parasites
          Drebes:  NY Times wonders why so many black men are killed or incarcerated in Ferguson
          KTVI:  Protesters congregate in Ferguson, 2 people shot
          KTVI:  Looters hit Mobil on the Run overnight;  Video of miscreants breaking windows, pillaging store
          P-D:  Protesters congregate, shootings ensue;  Photos of man bleeding, woman waving upside-down American flag, police dealing with aggression
          KWMU:  Protesters congregate, violence ensues
          KC Star:  Nixon to Baltimore:  Make it through the short-term protester/rioter/looter/arsonist behavior, then don't put your head in the sand +
          JCNT editorial:  Rate request becomes issue for Legislature X
          KC Star letter:  Maybe students whining about their college loans should have thought about the struggle before borrowing huge sums of money +
          JCNT letter:  Area man reveals objective of Missouri Republicans:  To destroy the middle class X
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        Tuesday, April 28
       
P-D:  Iran bill up for Senate debate, but amendments may kill it;  Comments from Blunt
          National Journal:  Corker, Cardin try to hold Iran bill together;  Details on Blunt amendment
          KWMU:  McCaskill talks politics, law enforcement, presidential campaign, Schweich suicide, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about rural parts of district, congressional civility, "revenue-based" policing, Hillary Clinton, more
          Reuters:  U.S. House defense bill funds 12 Boeing fighters, 6 Lockheed F-35s
          The Hill:  Senate Dems send letter to Rules Committee Chairman Blunt, asking Senate to start paying restaurant workers and other contractors a "living wage"
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court showdown on gay marriage likely to reverberate in Missouri
          CDT:  Crowd gathers for Earth Day celebration;  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks organizes "human chain" to end global warming;  Adults play with hula hoops in public
          JCNT:  Nicole Galloway takes oath as 38th auditor X
          AP:  Nicole Galloway sworn in as Missouri auditor
          CDT:  Nicole Galloway sworn in as new auditor X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nicole Galloway officially succeeds Schweich as state auditor
          KOMU (Columbia):  Nicole Galloway sworn in as Missouri auditor
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway sworn in as state auditor
          KWMU:  Galloway sworn in as Missouri auditor
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare, rebranded as "Empower Missouri," draws about a dozen to pro-Medicaid-expansion event +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT's Brian Haefner on transportation funding, possible options for revenue
          AP:  Nixon approves $250M in additional spending
          Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) wants Nixon to let state employee pay study stand
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on state's "record levels" of education funding
          The Missouri Times:  Libraries see state funding woes, again
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate sued over filming of hearings
          KOMU (Columbia Missourian):  Progress Missouri awaits response in lawsuit over cameras in Senate hearings
          Kraske:  Kander wants Legislature to move on legislation to reduce filing fees +
          AP:  State alcohol, tobacco agency could get dedicated funds
          JCNT:  Senate endorses Riddle's immunization notices bill X
          P-D:  For the first time, students across Missouri will take ACT
          CDT:  Common Core criticism muted in Columbia, but still widespread across the state X
          KC Star:  Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) endorses local control for Uber, Lyft +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) seeks to regulate ride-sharing companies statewide
          AP:  Senate backs proposed U.S. balanced budget amendment
          KOMU (Columbia):  IBM employment numbers reveal broken promise to Columbia, state
          Columbia Missourian:  IBM suspended from BUILD incentives for low employment
          KOMU (Columbia):  MoDOT has a new one-stop website for road conditions
          KWMU:  Ferguson Commission adopts new principle:  September report must be written through lens of "racial equality"
          P-D/Feast:  Ferguson BBQ join opens after nearly being ruined by looter/arsonist damage
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's SORTS program for sexually-violent offenders looks a lot like prison
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Adjunct professor:  MU should spend more time talking about race
          P-D letter:  Editorial board's attempt at "Bigfoot" allegory was a little too tryhard
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        Monday, April 27
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on how she because a Hillary surrogate;  Kurt Schaefer relays a tale about Roger Wilson and Chris Kelly +
          KWMU:  Does Earth Day matter?  Festival-goers respond
          P-D:  Sunny skies help fuel turnout for Earth Day celebration
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Catherine Hanaway;  Panel of Michael Kelley (D), Brittany Burke (D), Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R), Ryan Johnson (R) discuss gov race, stadium, municipal-court overhaul
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Learning from Tom Schweich's tragedy:  Thoughts from Missouri Institute of Mental Health's Liz Sale and former U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner
          Drebes:  Reader offers defense of Keith English on Ethics Commission fine
          JCNT:  Debate swirls around whether increase in minimum wage would hurt businesses X
          AP:  Democrats criticize GOP budget process, while esteemed vet Chris Kelly (D) recounts solving a budget dispute via billiards
          JCNT:  Future of Legislative Research modified in budget X
          P-D:  Proposed tax legislation pleases St. Louis County police chief, angers some mayors
          KC Star:  New teacher license tests are tough to pass, and students say they're not prepared +
          KWMU:  School superintendents gather to share ideas on keeping pace with digital changes
          Missourinet:  Bill aims to change policy on youth athlete brain injury assessment
          P-D:  New project seeks to help thousands of Missouri child care providers succeed in business
          KODE (Joplin):  Proposed bill limits access to body camera video
          JCNT editorial:  In support of gas-tax proposal:  Editorial board cannot resist climaxing with "2 cents" punchline X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri budget debate misses the point, and $4 billion
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  College tuition in Missouri going up, but not by much +
          JCNT letter:  Luetkemeyer is a do-nothing representative who only takes shots at the EPA because his donors want to pollute the air X
          P-D letter:  Legislators correct to continue stand against Medicaid expansion
          P-D letter:  City alderwoman says poor children in bad districts should be integrated into decent ones
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        Sunday, April 26
       
Monett Times:  McCaskill's David Stokely, Blunt's Steve McIntosh, Long's Mike Ussery give updates, along with GOP Sen. David Sater, Reps. Scott Fitzpatrick and Mike Moon
          SNL:  A look at the 2014 office expenses of Missouri's congressional delegation X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Vicky Hartzler talks about legislation to nullify EPA's "Waters of the U.S." rule
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  USDA marks Earth Day in mid-Missouri
          JCNT:  Federal program to help downtown plan for permanent farmers market;  Comments from Downtown Association President Stephanie Bell X
          KC Star:  Justice Department to spend $1 million trying to make Kansas City's Prospect Avenue corridor safer +
          CDT:  Nicole Galloway says she'll bring innovation, energy to auditor role X
          SNL:  John Brunner speaks to Greene County Republican Women X
          Drebes:  John Wright won't seek office in 2016
          JCNT:  State Employee of the Month:  Maintenance supervisor Roger Lehnhoff X
          KC Star:  Missouri ponders medical marijuana - and the money to be made selling it +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) on Tax Freedom Day, difference between 2014 transportation ballot issue and current gas-tax proposals, more
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Economic Development suspends IBM incentives after layoffs X
          KC Star:  Testing is at a crossroads as schools take state exams +
          AP:  Students rally around high school senior who left unloaded, disassembled shotgun under the seat of his pickup truck parked on school grounds
          P-D:  With no state standards, getting clear picture of city jails is difficult
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Farmers continue fight against proposed Ameren power line project
          SNL editorial:  Pass the 2-cent fuel tax bill! X
          KC Star editorial:  In Kansas City area, jobs aren't fleeing Missouri after Kansas tax cuts +
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver enlists Kansas City to boost 18th and Vine plan +
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Carl Bearden (R):  Bipartisan bill protecting ticket buyers should be welcome in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times letter:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff):  Gas-tax increase is critical to maintaining Missouri's roads
          KC Star letters:  Show-Me Institute's Brittany Wagner says school choice can help youngsters escape savage bullying;  Liberty man reveals how Jesus Christ feels about Missouri legislators +
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        Saturday, April 25
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill and the power and peril for Clinton surrogates
          Kraske:  Scott Walker has Jim Talent in his corner - and maybe the Koch brothers +
          P-D:  Local congressional delegation's votes for the week
          SE Missourian:  Area officials continue grappling with new ozone standards +
          JCNT:  DNR Earth Day event promotes conservation X
          Missourinet:  Democrats attack - and Republicans defend - accelerated Missouri budget timeline
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Universities react to state budget passed Thursday X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) on budget, tax credits for data centers, state advertising for international businesses
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri Association for Community Action rallies for more spending
          KWMU:  Local transportation officials, mayors support gas-tax increase for roads
          P-D:  Local officials want gas-tax hike, despite long odds against it
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Medicaid-expansion advocates make their case;  Carroll County Memorial Hospital CEO Jeff Tindle says opponents demonstrate "stupidity"
          P-D:  MSSU pulls its legislative interns from Capitol program;  Coed drama may be to blame
          P-D:  Stadium plan advancing, but financing still uncertain
          P-D:  St. Louis County man admits attempted arson of Ferguson market;  Antonio Whiteside sought to burn down store where Michael Brown thieved Swisher Sweets and assaulted minority business owner
          KWMU:  Organization for Black Struggle continues push to oust McCulloch
          Investor's Business Daily editorial:  Blunt among GOP senators giving an inch on Obamacare;  Republicans should push dismantling prior to '16 election, not after
          JCNT editorial:  Audit reveals Nixon's poor spending practices continue X
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) wrong to shift social welfare program spending +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislation to fund 911 systems is needed, and can take time to accomplish
          P-D letter:  Caps on medical malpractice will affect safety of health care
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says paperwork error shows state social workers are not very bright +
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        Friday, April 24
       
KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt at odds over Loretta Lynch confirmation vote in Senate +
          Washington Post:  Video:  McCaskill says opposition to Obama nominee 'disgusting'
          Washington Post:  McCaskill calls attention to issues surrounding senior citizens not paying their student loan debts
          The Hill:  McCaskill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) fret about government's approach to recovering debt from deadbeat seniors
          KC Star:  Kander fundraising pitch quotes Blunt on student loans +
          Drebes:  Anne Zerr far outpacing Mark Parkinson in fundraising for state Senate seat
          KWMU:  Jason Rosenbaum wins regional Murrow award for Ferguson piece
          Missourinet:  Former Joplin chief of police sworn in as Missouri's Public Safety Director
          KWMU:  Lawmakers send state budget to Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers send budget to Nixon
          AP:  Legislature approves $84,000,000.00 more for K-12 basic aid
          AP:  Legislature lays out plan to spend around $26,000,000,000.00
          AP:  Budget breakdown:  How state government will manage to spend $26,000,000,000.00
          JCNT:  No state employee pay raise in new budget X
          KWMU:  Negotiators approve state budget, with House passing court reform and traffic fines bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on prospects for school transfer bill
          SNL:  State:  Springfield, Nixa spending too much to lease buildings X
          The Maneater:  Low state revenue stymies 50-50 fund match capital projects
          KWMU:  In recruitment push, SEIU targets area's less-than-full professors
          The Maneater:  Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) looks to get treatment of eating disorders covered by health plans
          AP:  Missouri House OKs allowing aspiring doctors to retake exam
          KWMU:  Missouri Coalition for the Environment appeals nuclear plant license renewal
          JCNT:  Environmentalists appeal nuclear plant extension X
          Missourinet:  Execution set for Missouri man who killed girlfriend, 2-year-old in 2000;  Richard Strong attempted to saw off toddler's neck with butcher knife, then left tip of knife in girlfriend's skull
          KRCG:  MO Dept. of Conservation says spring hunting looks good, though population of young wild gobblers has decreased
          KWMU:  Parents of Michael Brown file wrongful death suit
          P-D:  Michael Brown's parents seek cash from city of Ferguson, former Police Chief Tom Jackson, and assault victim Darren Wilson
          AP:  Michael Brown's parents seek cash from Ferguson
          The Maneater editorial:  Legislators need to make the 'Missouri Promise;'  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel's initiative provides great hope
          P-D editorial:  Debate over sales and police taxes highlights region's dysfunction
          SNL editorial:  Write a letter to the editor, and maybe it will instigate a conversation or somehow be productive X
          Shelly:  Strugglefaces abound at free clinic;  Republicans who oppose Medicaid expansion should listen to hard-knock stories +
          P-D letter:  UMSL's J. Martin Rochester:  Post-Dispatch editorial writers should look in the mirror when assigning blame for transfer law
          JCNT letter:  Missouri's white men earn too much money compared to everyone else;  Furthermore, "all educated women are cheated out of one million dollars" X
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        Thursday, April 23
       
The Hill:  Business groups call for passage of McCaskill tariff bill
          P-D:  After long delay, Senate OKs trafficking bill
          KWMU:  Senate approves human trafficking bill
          P-D:  Nixon in D.C. pushing Missouri site for new Geospatial facility
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA Rural Development official in Missouri for Earth Day, lauds office's accomplishments
          KC Star:  KC officials lament the loss of $1 million in Homeland Security funding +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on college basketball, Schaaf on deadly force +
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill says campus sexual assaults still an issue
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Jason Crowell talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about his time in Jefferson City, Hanaway, campaign finance limits, state tax credits, more
          The Missouri Times:  Department of Labor honors fallen workers
          JCNT:  Coalition changes tactics in clean energy effort X
          Missourinet:  Audit:  Nixon's office still paying for employees, travel from other agencies, can't justify float trip
          JCNT:  Still footing the bill for Nixon;  Audit:  Governor still spending money from other departments X
          KWMU:  Audit ranks Nixon's office as 'fair,' cites continuing use of funds from other agencies
          AP:  Audit says Nixon has shifted costs to other agencies
          AP:  New State Auditor Nicole Galloway to cut deputy, chief of staff
          Missourinet:  Proposed FY16 Missouri budget set for House and Senate votes
          The Missouri Times:  After delays, conference committee advances budget
          SE Missourian:  State funds release means SEMO Port will add railroad tracks +
          Missourinet:  Legislature proposes limits on medical malpractice awards
          Washington Missourian:  Area legislators weigh in on gas-tax proposals
          The Missouri Times:  House gives first approval to ride-sharing legislation
          AP:  Missouri House endorses statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft
          KWMU:  New exams test Missouri schools, students
          KWMU:  State school officials want to hear about Normandy can improve
          Missourinet:  House and Senate near agreement on 'fix' to school transfer law
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) on welfare cuts, impact of transfer students' poor performance on host school districts
          AP:  Nixon says he's worried TANF cuts will hurt welfare kids
          KWMU:  House gives first approval to bill restricting police body camera footage from public
          Missourinet:  MU professor critical of secrecy in Missouri execution protocol
          The Missouri Times:  Senators weigh changes to deadly force law
          AP:  Missouri House OKs changes to municipal court practices
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal court reforms move closer to Nixon's desk
          SNL:  Hunters who shoot their first wild animal eligible for certificate from Missouri Department of Conservation X
          KWMU:  Michael Brown's parents will sue Ferguson over son's death
          AP:  Civil lawsuit to be filed in Michael Brown's death
          P-D:  Organization for Black Struggle, others ask for special prosecutor to investigate grand jury proceedings in Michael Brown case
          P-D:  Charges filed against looter from second round of Michael Brown riots;  Carlos Hill caught on camera thieving from Dollar Tree
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon to auditors:  Follow the rules?  Who, me? +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon should sign GOP bill and put a stop to frivolous "discrimination" lawsuits
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Joshua Hawley:  Missouri shouldn't sign up for Obama's Clean Power Plan +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Media labels assault on Curt Ford a "hate cime," but savage beating of man on MetroLink was supposedly not
          JCNT letter:  Area man disagrees with Ron Calzone on discrimination protections, quotes Star Trek actor/frequent Howard Stern guest George Takai +
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        Wednesday, April 22   Earth Day
       
Washington Times:  White House won't link Iranian nuclear talks to U.S. prisoners;  Comments from Blunt
          Brownfield Ag News:  Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer speak against EPA's "Waters of the U.S." rule
          Missourinet:  Missouri congressional delegation campaigns to ditch the EPA's "Waters of the U.S" rule
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on health research funding;  Lacy Clay on black struggle;  MoDOT's Roberta Broeker on transportation-funding dreams +
          P-D:  McCaskill contemplating legislative action on NCAA 'one and done' rule
          Washington Post's Cillizza:  A look at 2018 U.S. Senate races;  In a state turning deeper red, McCaskill's decision to not run for governor helps Dems
          Drebes:  Marijuana advocate Eapen Thampy supports pro-pot-reform Brad Bradshaw (D) for gov lite
          JCNT:  Supporters of campaign-financing overhaul promise appeal X
          SE Missourian:  Area folk singers perform at library to protest budget cuts +
          JCNT:  Schaaf proposes toll road option for I-70 X
          Missourinet:  Legislature proposes new limits on unemployment benefits
          KWMU:  House sends bill reducing unemployment benefits to governor
          AP:  Missouri House roll call vote on medical malpractice caps
          P-D:  Senate endorses eating-disorder bill
          The Missouri Times:  Senators weigh changes to deadly force law
          Missourinet:  Bills would allow orders of protection for Missouri rape victims
          P-D:  Class action lawsuit begins over Missouri's treatment of sexually violent predators
          CDT:  Police make arrest in campus groping case:  Luke Kuol among pack of men prowling for victims X
          CDT:  Police catch second sexual assailant from MU campus incident:  Gire Ngezahayo X
          CDT's Ashley Jost:  Final "Learning Curve" column before heading to KC Business Journal:  Remembering Charles McClain, Spence Jackson scholarship fund details, more X
          P-D:  Washington University launches "gun violence" initiative
          The Missouri Times:  Conference committee appointments give some hope for transfer fix
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to make Missouri a competitive filming location
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) on conflict of interest at Missouri Department of Conservation
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) leads late push for Ameren to Public Service Commission
          P-D:  St. Louis County could seek sales tax for law enforcement under House plan
          KWMU:  Missouri House version of traffic fines fix moves forward, singles out 'suburban areas'
          KWMU:  Developer/campaign contributor Paul McKee's Hazelwood development owes millions in court judgment, taxes
          Missourinet:  Veterinarians concerned dog flu outbreak could reach Missouri
          KWMU:  Ferguson's new councilmembers take their oaths - and face tough challenges
          P-D:  Crowds throng Ferguson City Hall
          AP:  Crowd gathers to watch new councilmembers sworn in
          P-D editorial:  Wife of Washington University chancellor wants to study gun violence, and that's special
          CDT's Waters:  Schmitt's bill on course syllabi a good idea X
          CDT op-ed:  Gregg Keller:  In support of Schmitt's syllabi legislation X
          CDT op-ed:  Nixon sells out Missouri cattle farmers X
          SNL letter:  House bill allows pollution from factory farms X
          KC Star letters:  Republicans are mean and self-serving;  McCaskill-Blunt support for nuclear weapons is a "threat to all creation" +
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        Tuesday, April 21
       
KWMU:  Blunt wants to boost funding for National Institutes of Health
          KWMU:  Clay on new Black Caucus economic report:  African-Americans not given same chances as whites, have been hit harder by recesssion, earn less money, etc.
          The Hill:  Republicans assail race disclosures in gun purchases;  Blunt spotted ATF's form change last fall
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on Rubio, Hillary;  Obamacare contractor Lavonne Takatz on playing Pictionary, other board games on the clock +
          The Hill:  Senate fundraising winners and losers:  Jason Kander a winner with an impressive first quarter
          The Maneater:  McCaskill stops by MU, talks about sexual assaults
          P-D:  Environmental law group sets annual fundraiser;  Missouri Conservation Commission Chairman James Blair IV to speak at May event for Great Rivers Environmental Law Center
          AP:  Office of AG Chris Koster (D) will defend Senate in Sunshine Law lawsuit from liberal group
          Missourinet:  MoDOT still hoping for new funding proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Springfield-area hospital threatens job cuts ahead of budget debate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Audio:  Munzlinger on ag bills, budget timeline
          AP:  Corporate headquarters tax bills sent to governor
          AP:  Infighting splits panel for Missouri Common Core goals
          P-D:  Common Core workgroups report mediocre attendance
          Missourinet:  Bill to allow statewide 911 in Missouri nears House passage
          JCNT:  House panel hears testimony for texting-driving ban X
          AP:  House panel OKs traffic fine limits, court rules
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections' "Puppies for Parole" celebrates 3,000th adoption
          P-D:  Gallery:  Post-Dispatch photographers win Pulitzers for Ferguson pics:  Protesters throwing objects at police, looting stores, taunting law enforcement officers, lighting candles at site of assault on Darren Wilson, more
          P-D:  DOJ talks end abruptly in Bellefontaine Neighbors
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Chamber once again gets discrimination all wrong
          P-D editorial:  With 'welfare reform,' Missouri Legislature attacks Bigfoot;  Nixon should veto Republicans' "fact-free meanness"
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon should free career criminal +
          P-D op-ed:  National Council of Jewish Women's Jen Bernstein supports McCaskill on abortion
          Helling:  Sarcastic analogy on welfare reform:  Lawmakers who work for a living are like welfare recipients hanging out on the dole +
          KC Star letters:  "Clean energy," Republican meanness, motorcycle helmets +
          P-D letter:  Republicans who oppose Medicaid expansion lack logic
          P-D letter:  Liberal male says Post-Dispatch editorials are a nice balance to state of Missouri's "rigid conservative nature"
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        Monday, April 20
       
ABC News:  Video and transcript:  Claire McCaskill touts Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, takes aim at Marco Rubio
          NY Times:  McCaskill among several Hillary Clinton surrogates making Sunday morning talking-head rounds
          Washington Post:  Democratic rivals pitch themselves as McCaskill, other Clinton stand-ins do Sunday shows
          The Hill:  Clinton supporter Claire McCaskill:  Benghazi probe a 'political exercise'
          Washington Post:  Claire McCaskill on why she's supporting Hillary Clinton this time around
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on how hard it is to be a woman;  Blunt on Corker's Iran proposal +
          KC Star:  McCaskill gets "weepy" in public paying tribute to nonagenarian former judge Scott Wright +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Audio:  Blunt's weekly conference call with reporters, discussing budget and highway funding
          P-D:  Obamacare contractor paid 13,000 hours of overtime;  Employees spent their time playing Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Interviews with Randy Asbury (R), Brad Bradshaw (D), who say they'll file for statewide offices
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Video:  Featured guest Tom Dempsey;  Panel of Mark Dalton (D), Megan Shackelford (D), Robert Cornejo (R), Scott Dieckhaus (R)
          KC Star:  Unannounced GOP gov candidate Eric Greitens talks with Jon Stewart +
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Money tough to track in anti-Schweich ad
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Jeff Roe says Catherine Hanaway knew nothing of ad that mocked Schweich
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Profile:  1980's state Sen. Stephen Sharp (D-Kennett)
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Audio:  Nixon speaks to FFA convention about foreign markets, education, high-speed Internet service to rural communities
          Rosenbaum:  Urban Democratic prosecutors Jennifer Joyce, Jean Peters Baker criticize Missourians' passage of Amendment 5, while Chris Koster (D) endorses it
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area lawmakers' views mixed on increasing the gas tax for roads X
          KWMU:  Lawmakers to tackle budget, student transfers, and Macks Creek "fix" this week
          Missourinet:  Schaefer:  'Reining in' Missouri social programs more important than accelerated budget timeline
          AP:  Missouri Republicans move forward on Medicaid reforms
          KODE (Joplin):  Legislature proposes limiting time welfare recipients can stay on the dole;  Comments from Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin)
          KODE (Joplin):  Joplin's Sen. Ron Richard (R), Rep. Bill White (R) speak in Webb City about Missouri budget issues
          KOLR:  Springfield mental hospital vows job cuts if Senate budget passes
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on education budget
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Jeff City Beat:  Funding for Truman State's Baldwin Hall remains stalled;  More updates
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia City Council members critical of Schaefer, Rowden proposals
          SE Missourian:  Law change could mean more funds for local domestic violence shelters +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) speaks out against child abuse
          KC Star:  Gay-rights activists continue push +
          JCNT:  Legislature considers how to deal with children who kill X
          KMOX:  Missouri's Black Caucus discusses 2015 agenda:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley):  "Let's make the unions put their money where their mouth is"
          KWMU:  Nine legislators, 35 members of the public show up on time for Black Caucus event;  Rep. Sharon Pace (D-St. Louis) arrives at end of panel discussion
          KOMU (Columbia):  MO Dept. of Conservation proposes new hunting regulations
          KWMU:  After tumultuous start, Ferguson Commission gets down to business
          P-D:  Mini protests erupt at Saul Williams concert at Duck Room;  Artist enraged by audience member saying "All lives matter" instead of acceptable "Black lives matter"
          Kirksville Daily Express editorial:  Legislature should honor Schweich's memory with campaign finance reform
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Legislature is poised to bankrupt Normandy schools again
          P-D letter:  Missouri Republicans and ALEC are mean-spirited, and believe the state motto should be "I've got mine. To hell with you."
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        Sunday, April 19
       
ABC News:  This Week with George Stephanopoulos:  Claire McCaskill begins Sunday-morning talking-head circuit in support of Hillary Clinton
          SE Missourian:  Fraudulent filing of tax returns hits high locally;  McCaskill on panel that is examining issue
          CDT:  Organizers of Earth Day celebration postpone festival due to threat of rain
          CDT:  At MU summit, McCaskill talks sexual assaults
          KMIZ (Columbia):  McCaskill visits campus, talks sexual assaults
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill visits MU, discusses sexual-assault legislation
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission says Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) must pay campaign back $5k
          Washington Missourian:  Local fire district commissioner on importance of raising gasoline tax:  "We need to light a fire under the @ss of everybody in that House"
          P-D:  Despite demand for wind energy, Grain Belt Express transmission line faces uncertainty in Missouri
          AP:  Puppies for Parole marks 3,000th dog adopted
          P-D:  James O'Mara passes away;  Iconic North County labor leader, pol to have visitation tonight, funeral tomorrow in St. Charles
          SNL editorial:  Nixon's release of state dollars a big help
          KC Star editorial:  Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri's roads and bridges
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Ameren landfill revisions:  Residents can rest easy knowing landfill will meet or exceed all state and federal regulations
          SE Missourian Editor Bob Miller:  Missouri:  The Hide-Me State;  How public institutions across the state are making a mockery of the Sunshine Law
          CDT op-ed:  Citizens' Climate Lobby of Columbia/Jefferson City's George Laur says Blunt should drop opposition to carbon tax
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael Rathbone and James Shuls:  Taxing smokers no sign of support for education
          JCNT letter:  Area woman says bill from Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) would hide information on animals and the environment
          CDT letter:  Area woman opposes cuts to social welfare programs
          P-D letter:  Defiance man says Wilson's innocence doesn't require more proof;  Black community should transfer protest/looting energy into stopping black-on-black shootings
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        Saturday, April 18
       
The Hill:  Blunt reacts to Corker's Iran proposal
          USA Today:  Columbia University doctors want Dr. Oz dismissed from med school faculty;  McCaskill continues to call out TV yapper for quackery
          Bloomberg:  Female pols weigh in on the hardships to be endured by Hillary Clinton;  McCaskill:  "I haven't seen anybody write yet on Rand Paul's hair, even though it's very interesting"
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Kraske:  A toast to 'Mister Connection' and 'everybody's friend," Woody Overton +
          AP:  Schweich campaign returns $480,000 to donors
          Drebes:  Brad Ketcher to serve as treasurer for "New Approach Missouri," committee to support statewide marijuana initiative in 2016
          AP:  Judge blocks campaign-limits petition
          AP:  Public gets second chance to weigh in on Common Core
          CDT:  Nixon touts agriculture scholarships at FFA convention X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce tells FFA kids to reach high
          P-D:  Legislature discusses bill protecting gays from discrimination
          SE Missourian:  Koster accuses Fruitland Meat processor of polluting water +
          AP:  Koster sues meat-processing facility
          SNL:  Former state Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) says those opposing LGBTQIA proposals have been marginalized X
          KSGF:  Audio of Kevin Elmer on Nick Reed's show discussing the LGBTQIA push in public schools
          P-D:  State housing commission suggests ways to improve subsidized housing model;  Possibilities include subjecting "affluent" neighborhoods to low-income tenements
          KWMU:  Panel discussion focuses on Ferguson and "economic mobility;"  UMSL prof suggests extending MetroLink even further
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong about welfare cuts and recording of public hearings, might potentially have the chance to be right about heroin-overdose antidote +
          P-D editorial:  Progress in the fair wage campaign, but harder work ahead;  Context for SEIU push from MIT data, Leon Trotsky, Gallup polls, more
          Investor's Business Daily op-ed:  Stephen Moore:  McCaskill's criticism of NCAA-NBA youth athlete complex is spot-on
          CDT's Waters:  Gas-tax proposal from Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) is a sign of progress X
          JCNT letter:  Area woman opposes Senate cuts to social services X
          P-D letter:  Liberal stalwart Ruth Ehresman:  Missouri Republicans wrong to cut social services
          P-D letter:  Parents of badly-behaved children should request documentation from school
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        Friday, April 17
       
MSNBC:  'Imposter' tax scam worse than ever;  Comments from McCaskill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senators focus on scam with IRS impersonators X
          McClatchy:  McCaskill, others target 'imposter' scam
          KC Star:  U.S. House Dems considering Emanuel Cleaver for a leadership post +
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  McCaskill calls for delay in postal closings
          Kraske:  The Chat:  James Harris on Missouri's role in 2016 national elections;  Vicky Hartzler on the "death tax" +
          Drebes:  SOS changes:  John Scott is Kander's new Deputy Chief of Staff;  Elizabeth Zerr promoted to Legislative Director
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  Annual legislative softball tournament
          KC Star:  Dispute over meaning of Tom Schweich's suicide still a topic among some Missouri Republicans +
          AP:  Monthly survey:  Economy slowing in rural areas of Midwest, Plains
          KC Star:  Missouri moves to tighten welfare rules +
          Missourinet:  Legislature proposes shorter time limit for welfare recipients
          KWMU:  Lawmakers send Nixon bill that cuts welfare lifetime eligibility
          AP:  Missouri OKs 15-month reduction in lifetime welfare benefits
          P-D:  Legislature passes bill shortening time welfare recipients can keep taking benefits
          AP:  Senate roll call vote on welfare
          AP:  House roll call vote on welfare
          Missourinet:  Dempsey pulls support for chamber's budget proposal
          AP:  Missouri Senate leaders oppose lump-sum budget proposal
          Missourinet:  Increase for Missouri's fuel tax for transportation runs out of gas
          AP:  Senate leaders uncertain on Missouri transportation gas tax
          CDT:  Bill would require state schools to post course information X
          AP:  Legislature to find compromise for school transfer bill
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools tries to shed vacant buildings
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers advance more school board election bills X
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves changes to license office bidding
          Missourinet:  Tense debate in Missouri over LGBTQIA rights resumes
          P-D:  PSC sounds open to slight rate cut for Noranda
          Columbia Missourian:  Public incentives, private obligations:  IBM's state money
          KWMU:  Koster:  More needs to be done to stamp out irritating phone calls
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds limits on nuisance lawsuits
          P-D:  Civil rights leader Frankie Freeman gets star of St. Louis Walk of Fame
          KWMU:  Nonagenarian Frankie Freeman gets star on Delmar's Walk of Fame
          KWMU:  Sexagenarian wife of Washington University chancellor talks Joni Mitchell lyrics, thoughts on gun restrictions
          KWMU:  Octogenarian Selma James, other aged feminists visit Ferguson
          KC Star editorial:  Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone;  Republicans cutting handouts too deeply, corporations earning too much money, etc. +
          SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Nixon made zero phone calls from public cellphone in 2014 - which raises more questions than it answers +
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Gender pay equity is a topic worth talking about, and Missouri will totally lead the way +
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        Thursday, April 16
       
Mannies:  Missouri's position - and importance - in 2016 presidential contest up for debate
          KWMU:  Koster remains Missouri's fundraising leader, but Blunt close behind
          AP:  Koster leads fundraising for Missouri governor with $3M
          P-D:  A look at Blunt, Kander, Luetkemeyer numbers
          P-D:  Hanaway's decision to pause campaign after Schweich suicide takes a fundraising toll
          The Missouri Times:  Schweich committee returns $480K to donors
          KWMU:  Schweich campaign returns money to major donors, including Danforth
          P-D:  Details of Schweich suicide yield advice for prevention
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe speaks on anti-Schweich radio ad, says he paid for it with his own money +
          AP:  Jeff Roe says he personally paid for anti-Schweich ad
          P-D:  Blunt criticizes Obama decision to take Cuba off state-sponsor-of-terror list
          South Missourian News:  Blunt visits Alton, Mo. school, talks Secure Rural Schools fund
          KWMU:  McCaskill says scammers target seasoned citizens with phone calls
          Drebes:  Kim Tuttle featured in ESPN story on Big 12 basketball tourney
          CBS News:  Claire McCaskill:  Time to reform NCAA basketball
          Kraske:  The Chat:  United States Senator from New Hampshire spends time discussing symbolic gender representation on paper currency;  Nixon on graduation rates +
          KC Star:  Hundreds turn out in KC for a day of '$15 an hour' protests;  Comments from fried-chicken specialist Antoinette Hill, less-than-full UMKC professor Liz Jacquinot +
          KWMU:  St. Louis protesters join national movement for $15 minimum wage;  Comments from renowned Ferguson protester/journeyman hoagie artist Rasheen Aldridge, less-than-full SLU professor Hillary Birdsong
          Helling:  GOP gov candidate field is getting crowded +
          The Missouri Times:  Barklage Cup Final Four:  Vote now for Brian Grace vs. Megan Shackelford, Eric Schmitt vs. Caleb Rowden
          AP:  Liberal group targets Missouri Senate filming policy;  Comments from Progress Missouri's Sean Nicholson, GOP caucus spokeswoman Lauren Hieger
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate faces lawsuit claiming it is violating Sunshine Law +
          AP:  Missouri audit finds schools did not get traffic fine money
          P-D:  Missouri superintendents launch task force to study school accreditation
          AP:  Senate approves student transfer law fix
          P-D:  Former Normandy superintendent Tyrone McNichols takes principal's job at elementary school in Hazelwood
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell remembers former Northeast Missouri State President Charles McClain
          CDT:  Police corner sex offender/parole absconder/failed thief, put him down at MU parking garage +
          KWMU:  Non-discrimination bill gets another hearing in Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers continue to debate non-discrimination act
          JCNT:  LGBTQIA protections divide business interests X
          AP:  Catholic Bishops of Missouri continue to oppose death penalty, ask Nixon and Koster to flip-flop their long-held positions
          KWMU:  Historians bring national conference to St. Louis, hope to 'historicize' Ferguson
          Washington Missourian editorial:  No more lame excuses from legislators - it's time to raise the gas tax
          P-D editorial:  From World Series tickets to Ferguson:  The case for police accountability
          P-D op-ed:  Former U.S. Senator/current health care lobbyist Kit Bond (R):  Missouri should choose common-sense solution on Medicaid
          CDT's Waters:  By not expanding Medicaid or giving education more money, Republicans "are digging a dangerous societal hole" X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri bill for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual rights shows changing moral views
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch points fingers at everyone except minorities
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch's obituary-listing prices are racist
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        Wednesday, April 15   Tax Day
       
MSNBC:  Video:  McCaskill says no one 'is more qualified than Hillary' to run for president
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, others request one-year moratorium on postal consolidation efforts +
          KC Star:  Adjunct professors will join fast-food workers today to complain about wages in their chosen professions +
          Politico:  Twitter's most influential journalists:  Dana Loesch #6 most influential on the right
          97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Peter Kinder tells Dana Loesch he's considering run for governor
          KC Star:  Hanaway takes pledge to fight "any and all taxes" if she's governor +
          Missourinet:  Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway is next Missouri auditor
          Missourinet:  Galloway announces she'll run for re-election in '18
          CDT:  Nixon selects Boone County treasurer for state auditor X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to be next Missouri state auditor
          JCNT:  Nixon tabs Boone County treasurer as next auditor X
          KWMU:  Nixon taps Nicole Galloway, 32, to be new state auditor
          P-D:  Nixon picks Boone County treasurer for state auditor job
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon names Nicole Galloway to state auditor post
          Missourinet:  Tom Schweich suicide investigation continues, no motive found
          AP:  Police:  Schweich talked for years about suicide, left no note
          KWMU:  Police say they can't determine why Tom Schweich killed himself
          P-D:  Schweich told family he had thoughts of suicide for years, police say
          KC Star:  Police say Tom Schweich told his wife "I just need to be dead" before shooting himself +
          Shelly:  If Tom Schweich didn't own a gun, maybe he wouldn't have killed himself +
          Drebes:  Brad Thielemier moves on from Missouri State Troopers Association to Three Rivers College
          KWMU:  Missouri may owe federal government $34.8M after Medicaid audit
          The Missouri Times:  Gas tax increase stalls in Senate
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers struggle to find transportation funding
          JCNT:  Senate sends welfare reform measure to House X
          AP:  Senate approves reduced lifetime limit on welfare
          P-D:  Centene hopeful as lawmakers again weigh expansion of Medicaid managed care
          P-D:  Missouri bill would require day cares to disclose if they enroll children without vaccinations
          The Missouri Times:  Bill would require public universities to post more class info online
          The Missouri Times:  PSC indicates support for lowering Noranda's rate
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express project moves forward
          P-D:  Legal advocacy group leads push for municipal court overhaul
          KMIZ:  Dept. of Conservation under fire for having "illegal relationship" with one of its non-profit entities
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of hog farm
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Youth turkey harvest program gives recognition for helping control population of wild animals
          Missourinet:  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) denies clemency for murderer Andre Cole
          P-D:  Normandy man is executed
          KWMU:  Missouri executes Andre Cole;  Pentobarbital works flawlessly
          AP:  Missouri executes murderer after last-minute appeals rejected
          KWMU:  Ferguson protest draws "scant participants" in St. Louis;  Communist Party leader, others speak;  "Legislation got [sic] to change. Laws got [sic] to change."
          P-D:  Photographer wins award for capturing image of Twitter's "@eyeFLOODpanties" (government name Edward Crawford) throwing flaming projectile at police
          KC Star letter:  Shame on pro-marijuana legislators;  Legalization would result in every town behaving like Ferguson protesters +
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        Tuesday, April 14
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill hails Clinton's entry into presidential race - and with Missouri trending Republican, so does the GOP +
          Drebes:  MOScout poll:  GOP statewide primaries
          SNL:  Eric Greitens to be inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame;  Gov candidate joins "Cal Ripkin, [sic] Jr." and others as part of MSU policy conference X
          The Missouri Times:  Barklage Cup Round 3 results - with Elite 8 voting open until House adjourns today
          The Missouri Times:  Petroleum, clerks opposing proposed EPA ozone standards
          P-D:  Audit slams Medicaid program, says Missouri may have to repay more than $34 million
          KWMU:  Activists oppose Senate budget cuts
          P-D:  Advocates for the handicapped, other groups decry proposed budget cuts
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers debate shorter time limits for welfare recipients +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers move to compromise on welfare cuts
          AP:  Missouri Senate amends bill to limit unemployment benefits
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate works on student transfer fix and unemployment compensation bill
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances bill to fix student transfer law
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) eager to complete work on school transfer bill this week
          AP:  Missouri House OKs broad access to heroin overdose treatment
          AP:  Missouri House approves ending motorcycle helmet requirement
          AP:  Missouri House passes 'Senior Protection Savings Act'
          AP:  Activists says murderer should not be executed;  Andre Cole was unhappy about child support payments, so he stabbed the mother of his children and her lover
          KWMU:  Activists call on Nixon to halt execution, investigate St. Louis County prosecutor's office
          KMOX:  Hazelwood School District Superintendent Grayling Tobias, a member of the Ferguson Commission, takes "medical leave"
          P-D:  Hazelwood School District supe says he's taking "medical leave"
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Senate budget plan a crisis in the making for the poor +
          Washington Post's Greg Sargent:  Liberal columnist says GOP opposition to Obamacare in Missouri, other states is "working brilliantly"
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Meritless lawsuits fuel need for reform +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Brittany Wagner:  Spring into action on school board reform
          KC Star letter:  The Sam Graves/GOP whines about "death tax" have been proven fraudulent +
          SNL letter:  LGBTQIA supporters should channel their energy into supporting "extension of Medicare [sic]" X
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        Monday, April 13
       
AP:  McCaskill:  Hillary Clinton's policy positions "are more in line with what the struggling middle class is interested in"
          P-D:  McCaskill says Clintons get unprecedented scrutiny
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt talks about agriculture, A-10s during Warrensburg visit X
          KWMU:  Tax season is identitity-theft season;  Blunt bill would require businesses to cooperate with government on data-breach cases
          Missouri Viewpoints:  Video:  Fight back against sex trafficking:  Conversation with Rep. Ann Wagner, sex trafficking victim Christine McDonald
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Keaveny talks Senate actions;  David Barklage (R), Dave Spence (R), Jane Dueker (D), Sean Nicholson (D) talk Nixon, MO legislation to date, LGBTQIA rights, more
          KODE (Joplin):  Nixon signs ag bill
          Missourinet:  Audit cools some Missouri lawmakers to gas tax hike idea
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon criticizes GOP's "draconian" cuts;  Trish Vincent pays homage to Spence Jackson +
          CDT:  MO DHSS gives $432,000 grant for respite reinsurance for Alzheimer's caregivers X
          Missourinet:  Debate over changes to Missouri welfare programs continues
          AP:  Republicans look to trim social services spending
          KWMU:  Higher ed group says higher ed funding lacking in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Education majors caught in transition between exit exams and teacher certification +
          P-D:  Legislation would give Missouri Children's Division more power when one child abuses another
          JCNT:  Prosecutors' association takes a deal, compromises with Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) on multi-county jurisdictions X
          Rosenbaum:  With wild election in the books, newly-minted Ferguson council members look to the future
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Wesley Bell talks about winning election in Ferguson, where he was opposed by Organization for Black Struggle/SEIU/ACORN et al.
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt wrong to vote for cybersecurity bill, which would allow more snooping +
          P-D editorial:  Proposed gas-tax increase is too small, but it's a start
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Tax-amnesty bill stinks, but Nixon should still sign it
          JCNT editorial:  Bills from Reps. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) and Bill Lant (R-Pineville) will help prevent child-on-child sexual abuse X
          KC Star op-ed:  Free barbecue at "Good Jobs and $15 for All" rally on Wednesday +
          JCNT letter:  Tell your legislator you don't like "large, corporate, factory farms" X
          KC Star letter:  Grandmothers Against Gun Violence local head "frustrated, incredulous and mad" about Missouri gun legislation +
          P-D letter:  Assault victim Darren Wilson doesn't deserve to be linked to South Carolina shooting
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        Sunday, April 12
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  Iran talks headed 'in a bad direction' X
          KCUR:  Blunt 'optimistic' a multi-year highway bill can pass Congress
          The Examiner:  Blue Springs Chamber members hear federal, state legislative updates;  Blunt on "out of control" regulators, Sheila Solon on patient notification and insurance implications, Mike Cierpiot on transfer law
           P-D:  Memorial service today for Alyson Singfield, outreach director for Lacy Clay
           CDT:  Boone County Republicans gather for Lincoln Day;  Rep. Caleb Jones gives legislative update;  Rep. Caleb Rowden says new pachyderm goal is "to keep Boone County red" X
           Drebes:  Bits:  Black website profiles Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City);  Former senatorial spouse Gina Loudon writes column entitled "Why Do Democrats Hate Veterans?"
           AP:  Speciality, generic drug costs drive Medicaid costs up
           JCNT:  Lawmakers vow to 'fix' superintendents law before it takes real effect X
           JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers could tackle gas tax hike this week X
           KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Munzlinger on Nixon's signing of ag bills
           JCNT:  Bills would restrict creation of gender-segregated spaces X
           Columbia Missourian:  State legislators, public discuss pilot program for medical marijuana
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Schaaf makes effort to add levee repair funds X
           KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers ponder tax that funds Kansas City public transit +
           P-D:  Suit filed to avoid public vote on new stadium
           P-D:  As the job market appears to tighten, wages are rising in St. Louis
           KC Star editorial:  Lobbyist gift limits are just part of needed reform;  Rep. John Rizzo (D) leads the House in gifts/meals, with Brandon Ellington (D) third;  In the Senate, LeVota, Curls and Silvey get honorable mentions +
           Gary Rust:  Which websites you should visit to get a broad view of the news, and which newspapers you should read +
           SE Missourian editor Bob Miller:  More on Nixon's failure-to-communicate issue:  Governor operates in a vault, and only a few people know the combination +
           KC Star letters:  Area councilwoman attempts Bigfoot analogy regarding Legislature and local ordinances;  Man wants to see higher tobacco taxes +
           P-D letter:  Editorial wrongly juxtaposes South Carolina shooting with Michael Brown's savage attack on Darren Wilson
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        Saturday, April 11
       
AP:  Funeral marks Spence Jackson's political passion
          AP:  Missouri health care navigator law pre-empted, court rules
          Missourinet:  Hartzler wants more local control of school lunch
          AP:  North Dakota officials say federal study of Missouri River project has addressed concerns over environmental harm to Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County Republicans honor Lt. Bruce Britt at annual event
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles may announce lt. gov bid next quarter
          The Missouri Times:  Barklage Cup Round 2 results
          Kraske:  Ranking recent performances:  Jason Kander's first-quarter numbers look good +
          AP:  Nixon signs bills to help dairy, agriculture
          KOMU:  Farm bills could improve Missouri agriculture
          Brownfield Ag News:  Dairy, omnibus ag bills signed on dairy farm
          Missourinet:  Nixon calls for Missouri lawmakers to stem proposed budget reductions
          AP:  Nixon calls for reversal of proposed budget cuts
          CDT:  UM system president endorses Zweifel's Missouri Promise proposal X
          KOMU:  Tim Wolfe supports Missouri Promise plan;  Fougere says either tobacco tax increase - or legislative action - are viable options
          CDT:  Missouri higher ed figure Charles McClain dead at age 83 X
          CDT:  Rex Sinquefield donates $10 million to MU's College of Arts and Science X
          KOMU:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) responds to critics of school vaccination-information bill
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana bills picking up steam in Missouri House X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Liberal group's report targets food hardships;  Jeanette Mott Oxford talks hunger issues
          KC Star:  Kansas City faces clash with state of Missouri over proposal to raise minimum wage +
          Missourinet:  Lawsuit seeks to block vote on new St. Louis stadium plan
          KWMU:  To vote or not to vote?  Lawsuit seeks clarity on whether city stadium funding will need referendum
          AP:  Suit seeks clarity on funding for St. Louis stadium
          KMZU (Carrollton):  PSC to hold hearing in KC over new Power & Light cost
          KWMU:  Paul McKee leaves city property taxes unpaid;  Developer received go-ahead from DHSS to build small urgent-care center at former Pruitt-Igoe site
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans wrong on tax amnesty, Medicaid expansion, elections/superintendent bill;  Koster joins GOP in being wrong about California egg rule +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Achieving diversity must be a priority for new journalism dean;  Kouichi Shirayanagi says too many faculty editors are white and Christian
          P-D letter:  Ann Wagner doesn't want to let IRS do its job
          P-D letter:  Bob Onder is wrong about health insurance subsidies
          KC Star letter:  Veteran supports Silvey's bill to benefit veterans +
          P-D letter:  Death penalty is deserved in Andre Cole's case
          P-D letter:  Article's slant doesn't help municipal court discussion;  Disregard of speed limits isn't always a "minor offense"
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        Friday, April 10  Details on Spence Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund
       
Washington Times:  McCaskill, others demand probe into guest-worker program, American layoffs
          The Hill:  McCaskill, others want probe into abuse of visa program
          CDT:  Hartzler lunches with students, talks with Columbia Public Schools officials about regulations X
          KC Star:  Supreme Court's Obamacare decision could increase premium costs in Missouri +
          P-D:  Missouri among top spenders on hepatitis C drugs
          Kraske:  Darlene Green (D-St. Louis City) on Nixon's short list for auditor appointment +
          CDT:  Webber announces plans to seek Senate seat in 2016 X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) announces state Senate bid
          The Missouri Times:  Event for Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) features Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden
          Drebes:  Springfield News-Leader seeks politics reporter;  Applicants must be willing to deal with politicians, staff, lobbyists and other Capitol urchins in exchange for journalist salary
          JCNT:  Missouri to feds:  Don't redefine 'waters of the U.S.' X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Report cites states' success in exports X
          KWMU:  Uncertainty of renewable energy incentives a challenge for Missouri solar companies
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber applauds signing of data-center tax-exemption bill
          AP:  Nixon approves tax incentives for data storage
          AP:  Missouri House endorses tax credit aimed at boosting ports
          AP:  Missouri House sends tax amnesty measure to Nixon
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers send tax amnesty bill to Nixon
          AP:  Missouri House endorses refund application after tax audits
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Higher education panel mapping out future X
          The Maneater:  Missouri Students Association president, ASUM-UMKC testify against Haahr's religious-freedom bill
          AP:  GOP says bill passed by House will help put an end to frivolous "discrimination" lawsuits
          AP:  Senate approves resolution asking California lawmakers to change egg rules
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Schmitt on munis' taxation by citation +
          P-D:  Moline Acres, Normandy dismissed from Macks Creek suit
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances legislation to boost neighborhood watches
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court:  Andre Cole competent to be executed
          AP:  Court finds Missouri death row inmate competent
          AP:  Two more Missouri cities dropped from traffic fines lawsuit
          JCNT editorial:  Tax amnesty:  Practical, but not principled X
          KC Star editorial:  Reject a mismanaged Medicaid proposal in Missouri;  "Sen. Rob Schaaf, of all people, is right this time" +
          P-D editorial:  Too many black murderers sent to death by white juries
          KC Star letters:  Medicaid expansion;  Woman who chooses to live in Kansas dislikes Mizzou athletics budget;  Seafood industry supports seafood for people on the dole +
          P-D letter:  Stories fitting liberal narrative are all lies:  Rolling Stone's erotic fiction, "Hands Up Don't Shoot" fairy tale, etc.
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        Thursday, April 9   Spence Jackson visitation tonight, funeral tomorrow;  Family fund, scholarship fund details
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  GOP lawmakers voice suspicion of Iran deal;  Comments from Blunt, Graves X
          Politico:  Parties play post 'vote-a-rama' gotcha game;  McCaskill one of two Dems to break ranks and support GOP plan to lift wages
          SNL:  Rep. Billy Long's daughter being treated for lymphoma X
          AP:  Veterans awaiting treatment at Missouris VA hospitals are being accomodated in a more timely fashion than the national average
          Columbia Missourian:  Truman VA ranked 13th nationally for fewest appointment delays
          JCNT:  EPA, MoDOT settle clean water complaints;  US 54 work in Osage Beach one of two cited projects X
          NPR:  Coverage of Tom Schweich and Spence Jackson suicides, weeks after the fact
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens hires Meredith Gibbons
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature prepares to deal with big budget differences
          KWMU:  Missouri House rejects Senate version of $26.1B state budget
          AP:  Legislature set to reconcile differences in budget
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate approves budget that would expand Medicaid managed care +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kurt Schaefer on welfare spending;  Elaine Benes on pols' silly "Clinton thumb" gesture;  More +
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on Nixon release of funding, tax credits, transportation funding proposals, Foundation Formula, more
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers override veto of local elections bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers override veto of school bill X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  DNR delays GAF Roofing facility permit again;  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) says he's working with Nixon's office, Diehl to cut through red tape
          AP:  Missouri House OKs lifting motorcycle helmet requirement
          KWMU:  Missouri's top court weighs law limiting municipal revenue from tickets, fees;  Municipal League lawyer Jane Dueker:  "Political expediency should not trump the orderly and constitutional administration of justice"
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to traffic fine law
          P-D:  Municipal court revenue limits debated in Jefferson City
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers reluctant to require police body cameras
          KWMU:  Lawsuit threat seeks St. Louis vote on public financing for new stadium
          P-D:  Civic Progress, Regional Business Council weigh in on new NFL stadium
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court lifts order for May execution;  Attorneys for Kimber Edwards claim their workload is too high to work on his case at the moment
          P-D:  Postmortem blame game begins for failed Ferguson campaigns;  Protester on paid canvassers:  "People were knocking on doors who didn't even know who the candidates were"
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Despite complainers, Nixon showed sound business judgment by withholding funds
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators too timid to enact higher gas tax
          JCNT editorial:  Failure of state agencies, legislators to communicate on budgets serves no one;  Schaefer's approach "not entirely on target" as money is needed for kids, elderly poors, and the handicapped X
          The Maneater editorial:  Bill from Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) is "utterly ridiculous;"  Humans self-identifying as "male" and "female" should be allowed to share bathroom facilities regardless of genitalia
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Relief through diversion;  Baseball Cardinals can help distract the region from St. Louis street savagery
          Rolla Daily News op-ed:  McCaskill:  Protecting Medicare, Social Security, and Missouri's seniors
          KC Star op-ed:  Mental-health nonprofit CEO Tom Petrizzo describes himself as "a leader in the health care field in Kansas City," shares thoughts on MoDOT and Medicaid funding +
          KC Star letter:  Independence man offers sarcastic solutions to gun-control debate:  Put lawmakers at greater risk of getting shot at Capitol, provide "gunslinger" arenas, etc. +
          P-D letter:  SLU law prof's comments on Ferguson statue are petulant;  SLU sends message that campus is open for protesters to disrupt serious students and deface the American flag
          P-D letter:  SLU law prof demonstrates tunnel vision, ignores uncivilized behavior at McCulloch speech
          P-D letter:  P-D description of Ferguson candidates was juvenile;  White candidates labeled "balding, portly"
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        Wednesday, April 8
       
The Hill:  VoteVets gets into 2016 race early;  Group has already contributed to Jason Kander, but co-founder says he's unsure if they'll spend more in MO
        Washington Post:  Jeb Bush doles out campaign cash to GOP candidates;  Blunt gets $5,400
        P-D:  Lacy Clay aide Alyson Singfield dies of breast cancer
        Brownfield Ag News:  USDA gives away $10M in grants for rural water;  University of Missouri-Kansas City gets $149K to develop a soil hydrophobicity system
        Drebes:  Raise Your Hand for Kids issues report making case for tobacco tax increase
        Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri/EU trade mission spotlights GMOs
        CDT:  Libraries celebrate release of state funds X
        Missourinet:  After 6-hour delay, Missouri Social Services budget failed, then passed
        AP:  Senate narrowly passes Missouri Social Services budget
        P-D:  Senate narrowly passes Social Services budget
        AP:  House OKs bill requiring hospital disclosures
        AP:  Senate passes bill giving amnesty to delinquent taxpayers
        AP:  Missouri Senate OKs budget cutting taxpayer-funded scholarships for less-than-legal aliens;  Bill also requires international students to pay international tuition
        AP:  Missouri House advances bill from Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) to teach youngsters the perils of sexual predators and sexting
        AP:  House endorses technical certificate program
        The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) sparks debate over discrimination on college campuses
        AP:  House approves measure to set state standards for a "agriculturally-friendly county" designation
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear challenge to anti-speed-trap law
        The Missouri Times:  PSC considering Grain Belt Express proposal
        Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear Kansas City Chiefs age discrimination case
        Missourinet:  Court rules Larry Flynt can seek Missouri execution records
        AP:  U.S. Court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution info
        KWMU:  Larry Flynt seeks records in Missouri execution case
        KWMU:  Two candidates opposed by protester groups emerge victorious in Ferguson;  Brian Fletcher says law-abiding taxpayers "want their city back"
        AP:  Ferguson City Council candidate supported by Organization for Black Struggle/SEIU/ACORN et al. loses by 34 points
        P-D:  Candidates supported by ACORN/MORE, SEIU, Working Families Party lose
        SNL:  Emotions, drama high as LGBTQIA protections repealed in Springfield X
        KC Star editorial:  Brattin's bill to crack down on welfare excess is "dumbness" +
        JCNT editorial:  Reform municipal courts, restore fairness X
        Jensen:  Missouri overspends on Medicare payments;  Solutions for fixing the larger problem +
        Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  English-only Pledge of Allegiance bill is a waste of time
        KC Star's Sanchez:  Larry Flynt is right about capital punishment +
        P-D letter:  Area man angry at "fossil interests," St. Louis Regional Chamber, McCaskill and Blunt and wants readers to join him for an Earth Day rally in Jefferson City
        SNL letter:  Missouri can afford to spend more on education, transportation, Medicaid expansion
        CDT letter:  Missouri Department of Conservation is infested with "eco-elitists" X
        P-D letter:  Oakville man responds to Eric Vickers' piece:  Ferguson will be remembered as the place a young ruffian attacked a police officer and got what he deserved
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        Tuesday, April 7
       
KC Star:  Jason Kander's Senate campaign collects $783K in first six weeks;  Blunt campaign boasts $1M Q1 tally +
          KC Star:  McCaskill pivotal, but so far noncommittal, on bill to block pact with Iran +
          KY3 (Springfield):  McCaskill creates controversy with basketball tweet;  Missouri's senior United States senator weighs in on how NCAA and NBA should run their operations
          Deadspin:  Claire McCaskill is fighting the wrong battle;  Trio of late-night tweets are "stupid on a couple of levels"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ed Martin on Jeb Bush;  Ryan Silvey on Obamacare and Medicaid expansion +
          AP:  Nixon plans trade mission to Ireland, France
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks to journogang about ethics, the Rams, Columbia City Council, and Medicaid expansion's DOA status
          AP:  Missouri budget plan cuts social welfare programs, makes major shift
          Missourinet:  Money released by Nixon includes $3 million for ports
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on ethics bill, cooling-off period
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers still wrangling prescription drug monitoring program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) on medical-care retainer bill
          Drebes:  Among 16 applicants for Easter District Missouri Court of Appeals judgeship, only three are women and only two are minorities
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rachel Bringer describes judge-selection process
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court to take up Macks Creek Law
          P-D:  Wind Capital Group LLC, formerly a Tom Carnahan joint, sells last two wind farms, winds down operations
          JCNT editorial:  Vote today, lest voting become mandatory X
          P-D editorial:  Blame sexism for women's lower pay;  Of the less than one million Missourians classified as poor, a whopping 55% are female
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU J-school adjunct prof says McCulloch event should have been open to the masses, including protesters
          P-D letter:  Letting 16-year-olds cast actual votes is a terrible idea
          P-D letter:  University City's Jess Rosenberg touts Claire McCaskill, criticizes Roy Blunt
          KC Star letter:  Missouri Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion because they are mean people +
          JCNT letter:  "Religious freedom" bills and their effect on LGBTQIA, Wiccan and atheist rights X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson native says town will heal once Post-Dispatch stops pushing its crusade
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        Monday, April 6
       
The Hill:  Dems enlist military veterans in battle for Senate;  Illinois' Duckworth has a shot at winning, but Jason Kander faces "uphill climb"
          KODE (Joplin):  "Council for Medicare Integrity" says Missouri one of worst states for Medicare waste, with $170M in overpayments
          Kraske:  McCaskill weighs in on state-level Medicaid-expansion battle;  Deputy Auditor Harry Otto on MoDOT misspendings +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Speaker John Diehl;  Discussion panel includes Rep. Joe Adams (D-University City), Braxton Payne (D), Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon), Jack Spooner (R)
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Michael Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan, speaks at Truman
          JCNT:  Providing pastoral care to lawmakers;  Chaplains try to bring a sense of peace to General Assembly X
          Missourinet:  Republicans aim to move budget quickly this week
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) on good revenue numbers
          KC Star:  Missouri legislators consider taxing illegal drugs and legalizing medical marijuana +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) on fuel tax change of plans
          AP:  Months after Missourians passed Amendment 5, discussion over gun rights continues
          KWMU:  Whether required or not, demand for vote on new stadium is growing louder
          P-D:  Bills stimulate discussion of religious rights, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual rights;  Comments from Kerry Messer, Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield), PROMO
          JCNT:  Municipal court reform making legislative progress X
          KMZU (Carrollton):  Missouri landowners could trade easement for profit
          KWMU:  UMSL's student newspaper looks to crowdfunding to stay afloat
          Student Life (Washington U.):  Organizers for $15 minimum wage say they will bring 2,500 people to campus rally;  Students to aid movement by performing poetry
          KC Star:  Cleaver among those making an appearance in Ferguson +
          P-D letter:  McCaskill, Blunt should support SNAP funding
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        Sunday, April 5   Happy Easter!
       
KC Star:  Upset by political gridlock?  Blame the baby boomers;  11 of 16 members of the MO/KS delegation are in "Polarized Grump" generation +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill, ranking Dem on Aging Committee, says panel will spend time listening to complaints about the cost of medication these days
        Drebes:  Sam Fox to host fundraiser for John McCain, rounds up usual host-committee suspects
        P-D:  Utility execs say they're worried that climate-change rules threaten reliability of electrical grid
        P-D:  Experts urge regional approach to EPA climate-change rules
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Moberly business leader on Missouri Chamber's "Missouri 2030" committee
        KSMU:  Medicaid expansion faces uphill battle;  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) on Obamacare costs, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) on impact to lady olds
        St. Joseph News-Press:  A happy ending for library-funding saga X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon vetoes bill that targeted superintendents serving on school boards X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-O'Fallon) could force districts into consolidation X
        KMZU (Carrollton):  MO DED's Amy Susan on energy-efficiency loans
        KNPN (St. Joseph):  Debate over payday loans continues
        AP:  Organization for Black Struggle, SEIU, et al. going door-to-door for Ferguson municipal elections
        KC Star:  Ferguson elections generate attention;  Voter-turnout prognostication from area transplant Latrez Davis, others +
        KWMU:  Lacy Clay shows up in Ferguson;  KC-based political consultant Michele Watley shares her expertise
        P-D:  City of Ferguson says redacting private information in e-mails will be costly
        SE Missourian's Bob Miller:  Simple records request highlights Nixon administration's lack of transparency +
        KC Star letters:  Your friend may die this year, and it just might be Missouri Republicans' fault;  Instead of fixing I-70, improve U.S. 36 from St. Joe to Hannibal +
        Washington Missourian letter:  Labadie man says that if DSS has enough money to pay welfare recipients "too lazy to work," it can find time to weed out abuse
        P-D letter:  Paper's line about Ferguson assailant's body laying in the street shows anti-police bias
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        Saturday, April 4  
Arrangements made for Spence Jackson
       
KY3 (Springfield):  Video:  McCaskill says Hillary "inspirational to many woman," doesn't deserve - and won't get - a Democratic primary challenge
          Kraske:  Sorting out the 2016 presidential bracket;  Cleaver took heat for sticking with Hillary Clinton in '08 +
          Daily Journal:  McCaskill covers senior issues
          Hometown Daily News (Branson):  McCaskill speaks with local seniors;  Audio of entire event, text recap
          Missourinet:  Nixon releases $43M in Missouri's FY15 budget
          KWMU:  Nixon releases $43M, issues first veto of session
          AP:  Higher revenues lead Nixon to release funds
          CDT:  Nixon releases remaining funds for MU med school expansion project X
          JCNT:  Lincoln University, Capitol benefit from Nixon releasing funds X
          AP:  Nixon vetoes limits for former superintendents
          Missourinet:  Audit:  MoDOT misused road funds
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  MoDOT:  Bill to raise fuel tax every year is one solution to funding woes
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) looks to close loophole in juvenile sexual offenses
          P-D:  Republic finishes sewer line from Bridgeton Landfill
          P-D:  Black leaders want Nixon to stall execution of convicted murderers Andre Cole and Kimber Edwards
          P-D:  Feds:  Postal employee Latonya Freechild 'deserted' Jennings mail
          KC Star Capitol Watch editorial:  Weekly list of GOP transgressions:  Republicans are wrong about campaign contribution limits, Pledge of Allegiance +
          P-D editorial:  On Missouri Supreme Court and municipal court reform;  Punchline/gimmick is that it's presented as a legal brief
          Washington Post's Roberto Ferdman:  Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) trying to deny welfare recipients' right to filet mignon and crab legs
          P-D letter:  Missouri organizer for liberal Small Business Majority supports EPA carbon regulations
          P-D letter:  Nixon, GOP legislators weakened state pension system
          CDT letter:  Columbia man says Missouri Republicans are "inept, bigoted and disgusting" X
          JCNT letter:  Fulton State Hospital, St. Louis football stadium show how money burns holes in pols' pockets X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says constant Ferguson protests are getting on people's last nerves
          P-D letter:  Town and Country man wonders when Ferguson looters and arsonists will be brought to justice
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        Friday, April 3
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill pokes Republicans on elderly tour:  Where is GOP's alternative to Obamacare? X
          KTVO (Kirksville):  McCaskill talks to elderly community in Macon
          Branson Tri-Lakes News:  McCaskill explains difference between "jeans and a t-shirt" potheads and more sophisticated tokers, offers insight into Jesus Christ's approach to LGBTQIA rights
          KBIA:  McCaskill talks Alzheimer's, more to seasoned citizens
          KRCG:  McCaskill speaks to area olds
          KWMU:  Federal taxpayer dollars will go to St. Louis public housing complex
          AP:  John Brunner forms exploratory committee for governor
          KC Star:  Brunner inches closer to governor's race;  Successful businessman spent $8 million in loss to Todd Akin +
          P-D:  Brunner forms exploratory committee
          Northwest Missourian (NW Missouri State):  Tobacco tax proposal aims to help early education
          The Missouri Times:  Vote now in annual "Whispering Gallery Invitational" online tournament:  Journos, keyboard jockeys, and elected officials go head-to-head
          Missourinet:  Bacon business expands operations to build new plant in Missouri;  Comments from Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers pledge support for state employee pay raise
          KWMU:  Legislators want a raise in state employee salaries
          JCNT:  AFSCME's Jeff Mazur, lawmakers seek state wage plan X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  State employee pay raise;  Deceased black journalist Lucile Bluford gets her own day +
          JCNT:  House advances resolution honoring civil rights leader Lucile Bluford X
          The Missouri Times:  In light of cuts, Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) invites Nixon to visit
          KWMU:  Audit of MoDOT finds $7M in state road funds used for other expenses
          AP:  Audit says MoDOT misspent $7M meant for highway repair
          KC Star:  Audit says MoDOT has misspent $7.1 million +
          The Missouri Times:  Libla pushes new gas tax for MoDOT funding
          AP:  Missouri Senate panel OKs lump-sum budgets for three departments
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves prescription drug monitoring program
          AP:  Missouri Senate roll call vote on prescription drug database
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to follow WGU Missouri model, may let students learn at their own pace +
          KWMU:  Transfer numbers could spell bankruptcy for Normandy schools
          AP:  Missouri Senate panel advances student transfer solution
          SE Missourian:  State could help pay high school equivalency test fee +
          AP:  House OKs requiring Pledge of Allegiance in English
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers debate 2nd Amendment rights and public transit
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) shares her complaints about GOP approach to gun rights, voter ID, more
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Legislature passes omnibus ag bill
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farmers Union lobby day timing a little off;  Group descends upon Capitol as bill they oppose is passed
          KC Star:  Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gift and cooling-off period +
          P-D:  House passes bill to cap lobbyists' gifts to legislators
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill bulking up ethics requirements
          KWMU:  Missouri House and Senate differ on lobbyist gifts, cooling-off period
          P-D:  Senate bill seeks to make St. Louis City sheriff an appointed position
          AP:  New Black Panther Party members indicted for bomb plot during Ferguson protests
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court seeks public input on municipal court practices
          P-D editorial:  State workers' salaries win race to the bottom. It will be hard to catch up.
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers move cautiously on drug-related bills X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri could learn lessons from Indiana's 'religious freedom' effort +
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  On negotiations with Iran, McCaskill says best approach is wait and see and verify +
          Shelly:  Missouri Republicans are wrong to focus on welfare +
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        Thursday, April 2
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on negative campaigning;  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Erin Brower on cigarette-tax hike +
        KC Star:  McCaskill says Jeff Roe has been "cruel and inappropriate," like a "bully on a playground" +
        Helling:  Some possible common ground between McCaskill and Republicans:  She's worried about overreaching environmental regulations +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  McCaskill embarks on elderly tour, says MO GOP legislators are hypocrites for not expanding Medicaid
        KC Star:  McCaskill, Cleaver, other Dems turn out for Steve Bough's judge ceremony +
        Lake Expo:  Pearce, others react to Spence Jackson's suicide
        SE Missourian:  Remaining postal service operations moving to St. Louis +
        Drebes:  Bill Burlison (D) files paperwork to run for state Senate in Libla's district
        Drebes:  Curtis Trent, former Billy Long staffer, to run for term-limited Eric Burlison's state rep seat
        AP:  Roberta Broeker to take over as MoDOT interim director
        AP:  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) proposes lump-sum budgets for 3 departments
        AP:  Missouri Senate OKs tax amnesty proposal to raise up to $60M
        AP:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) to allow guns on trains;  KC, Springfield public transit officials oppose measure
        Missourinet:  Medical marijuana bill moves through Missouri House with more regulations
        AP:  Missouri House moves bill to expand beer growlers forward
        KMZU (Carrollton):  Conservation Day at the Capitol today
        AP:  Bill from Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) ensures public schools recite Pledge of Allegiance in English
        P-D:  Normandy schools brace for another expensive year
        JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) would change law so people can get passports more easily X
        KWMU:  Nixon bullish about stadium financing - even without St. Louis County's involvement
        P-D:  Nixon emphasizes county has ongoing stadium funding role
        Missourinet:  Missouri House prepares to take on traffic fine limits
        KWMU:  Diehl unveils new proposal to reform municipal courts and reduce cities' reliance upon traffic fines
        P-D:  Municipal court reforms include no new charges for missing court date, Diehl says
        Missourinet:  MO Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Lebanon man;  Jesse Driskill - who killed elderly man, then raped and shot man's wife - wanted trial thrown out due to "anxiety attacks"
        P-D:  MSD expects $75M state loan for sewer fixes through next summer
        SE Missourian:  Koster's office shuts down animal shelter that was "a substantial ongoing risk to (animals') health and welfare" +
        AP:  Attorney for man who shot police surprised by jailhouse audio of client admitting to shooting police
        The Maneater:  Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) talks Ferguson at MU Law event;  Occupy COMO turns out fewer than two dozen to protest
        P-D:  DOJ says it had 'constructive engagement' with Ferguson residents, community groups
        P-D:  FBI arrests man who hacked St. Louis County police union website
        KWMU:  Next steps for the Ferguson police department
        KWMU:  Throughout two rounds of riots, Ferguson library remained unlooted
        KC Star op-ed:  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker (D):  Actions on gun-rights amendment show Schaefer is not a true leader +
        CDT letter:  Special interests hurt school transfer fix X
        P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch is inconsistent on gender legislation;  Why not ban gender-segregated restrooms?
        JCNT letter:  There are plenty of reasons to opposed Medicaid expansion X
        KC Star letter:  Missouri lawmakers want to help the rich and hurt the poor +
        P-D letter:  Ferguson woman IDs cure for misbehaving students:  Fully fund foundation formula, and make sure teachers are "well-paid"
        P-D letter:  Elderly Ferguson native remembers the days when North County youth were civilized and would get out of the street if a policeman asked them to
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        Wednesday, April 1   April Fool's Day
       
KWMU:  Spence Jackson's note says he feared losing his job
          Missourinet:  Jackson's note:  "I just can't take being unemployed again"
          The Missouri Times:  Police release details of Jackson's suicide note
          AP:  Police:  Jackson wrote 'can't take being unemployed again'
          P-D:  Jackson's note said he couldn't face unemployment again
          Shelly:  In wake of Jackson's suicide, we should be careful how we treat each other +
          STLBJ:  McCaskill, Blunt lobby for new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters
          KWMU:  McCaskill continues criticism of Sinquefield, calls for campaign contribution limits
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly);  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says he agrees with Parson on negative campaigning, still stands behind Hancock as GOP chairman
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposed tobacco tax would fund early childhood education X
          AP:  Missouri Senate defeats proposal to expand Medicaid
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to raise caps for some to get Medicaid
          KWMU:  McCaskill at elderly event:  Seniors will be hurt by GOP refusal to expand Medicaid
          SE Missourian:  Fluoridation bill from Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) advances in House +
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) calls on Nixon to release port funds
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass bill to help agriculture industry
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Senate bill would utilize hemp measures in farm bill;  Comments from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
          AP:  Missouri House panel sends medical marijuana bill forward
          The Missouri Times:  Medical marijuana poised for House debate
          CDT:  Group will seek to limit foreign ownership of farmland, already capped at one percent; Woman hops aboard Willie Nelson's tour bus, shares decades-old story and offers him her goodies X
          JCNT:  Funding poses roadblock for synthetic-drug identification program X
          JCNT:  Bill seeks extra marshal at courthouse X
          P-D:  Nixon pulls St. Louis County out of new football stadium financing
          KWMU:  County exec:  STL County off the hook in paying for riverfront football stadium
          KWMU:  Indian groups may complain about location of new stadium
          P-D:  Unions to organize fast-food rally April 15;  Whopper artist/Chicken-Fry chef Terrence Wise promises "the biggest mobilization America has seen in decades"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) on reality of no "Ferguson agenda" under GOP supermajority;  Cleaver wants Google to sign up more poors +
          AP:  Man who shot police at Ferguson protest denied lower bond
          P-D:  Spanish Lake man, 20, charged in attack on MetroLink rider;  Ringleader of beating is 15-year-old delinquent
          CDT:  Mizzou law school officials succeed in keeping McCulloch visit focused on students
          KOMU:  Two dozens protesters express anger over McCulloch visit;  St. Louis County prosecutor visited campus to discuss attack on Darren Wilson, subsequent court case
          JCNT editorial:  Don't give up on pay raise for state workers X
          P-D editorial:  Indiana is getting all the attention, but Missouri GOP discriminates against lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual residents, too
          P-D editorial:  Creative and cooperative policing needed to stop teen intimidation;  Ferguson riots have made corralling youths a thorny topic, but the law is the law
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Unintended consequences of the gun-rights amendment are now biting us
          CDT letter:  Central West End (St. Louis City) resident wants Missouri lawmakers to expand Medicaid X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch decries "racial divide" but ignores miscreants' savage mentality and behavior
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man:  Some white people are racist, and some black people are racist, and that's a real shame.
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