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        Thursday, June 30
       
KC Star:  Missouri Democrats:  Where was sponsor Roy Blunt during Zika negotiations? +
          Kraske:  Kander on Blunt and Zika;  Missouri Ethics Commission on complaint against Josh Hawley +
          P-D:  Blunt the first U.S. candidate to use new Facebook ad feature
          P-D:  VA pushes back on McCaskill bill to help WWII vets who claim mustard gas exposure
          Brownfield Ag News:  Brexit vote likely will impact US ag exports;  Comments from University of Missouri's Scott Brown
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith letter urges Koster to join lawsuit opposing transgender bathroom rule;  Missouri GOP delegation co-signs letter
          P-D:  Senate committee passes McCaskill-Blunt plan for Delta Queen to again steam the Mississippi
          AP:  Delta Queen closer to cruising again after Senate panel's vote
          AP:  Greitens' bumper-sticker gimmick:  "ISIS hunting permit"
          P-D:  Greitens campaign distributes "ISIS hunting permit" stickers;  Spokesman Austin Chambers notes that by mocking campaign gimmick, media give candidate valuable column space and air time
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Rick Stream about his state Senate bid, right to work, school transfer bill, more
          CDT:  Martha Stevens and Cathy Richards battle for Stephen Webber's safe Dem seat;  Richards on Stevens' establishment support:  "Here goes another time that somebody's chosen and I don't really know why, and I don't like it" X
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying firm Dentons goes nationwide;  Comments from Brian Grace
          Drebes:  Katie Gamble, daughter of Bill Gamble, becomes full-fledged Missouri lobbyist
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County clerk searches for additional poll workers
          AP:  Supreme Court's impact on Missouri abortion laws unsettled
          P-D:  Clinic vows to resume abortions in Columbia after Supreme Court ruling
          Missourinet:  Nixon to restrict 'tens of millions' of spending in new state budget
          Missourinet:  Key bills awaiting action by Nixon before deadline
          Missourinet:  Nixon to respond this week to Legislature's defunding of Planned Parenthood
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon gun-bill veto brings reaction;  Comments from owner of Bootheel Guns and Ammo, override preview from Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) +
          KWMU:  Nixon signs bill restricting use of local tax incentives
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor gets more tools under bill signed by Nixon
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon signs bill that could affect local community improvement districts
          AP:  Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy
          CDT:  House leader Richardson names final members of University of Missouri Review Commission;  House Minority Leader Jake Hummel not impressed, says gang is product of "ongoing GOP temper tantrum" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Speaker Todd Richardson appoints last four people to review the UM system
          Missourinet:  Final appointments to University of Missouri Review Commission made, including Jeanne Sinquefield
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson names four to University of Missouri commission
          CDT:  Animal-rights group "Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!" calls for fines after University of Missouri inspection X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies Great Plains request for expedited answer on Westar deal
          P-D:  Employee mugged, carjacked on Post-Dispatch parking lot at Martin Luther King Dr.;  Black male, age 20-23, 6'1" and 175 pounds on the loose
          Waters:  On SCOTUS ruling and impact to Missouri abortion laws X
          P-D op-ed:  State Treasurer Nicole Galloway:  Overhaul promises more transparency of special taxing districts
          P-D letter:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Nixon gets it wrong in vetoing common-sense gun bill
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Health Care for All's Rachael Baker says GOP legislators are killing two (2) Missourians each day by not expanding Medicaid +
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man wonders when woe-is-me whiners will start taking responsibility for their criminal mentality and savage behavior
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        Wednesday, June 29
       
P-D:  Zika funding falls in Senate, explodes in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KC Star:  Blunt played key role in shaping bipartisan Zika-funding bill;  Kander uses loss to attack Blunt +
          Washington Post:  Efforts to fight Zika fail as lawmakers play politics with looming health crisis X
          Missourinet:  Veterans continue Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life's Patty Skain and SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft on SCOTUS rulings;  Payday loan lender on stifling impact of federal regulations +
          SE Missourian:  Democratic attorney general candidate Teresa Hensley makes stop in Cape Girardeau, touts courtroom experience +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) on his time in the House - and his bid for the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Fight for Mike Colona's seat highlights Dem divide;  Ben Murray calls himself "a little more lefty," while Peter Merideth warns against Dems becoming "the Tea Party of the left"
          Drebes:  2016 watch:  Alderman Megan Green endorses Ben Murray for Mike Colona's safe Dem state rep seat
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Kinder to present Veterans Service Award to Rev. Ronn Pashia;  Hannibal man chose to overcome his alcohol addiction and serve others X
          AP:  Nixon to freeze millions of spending in new Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  Nixon acts on 15 bills, including agriculture, taxes and military
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon takes action on 15 bills, vetoing 8 and signing 7
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes 8 bills, signs 7, several involving tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes litigation reforms backed by business groups
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber frustrated by Nixon vetoes
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes stricter rules for expert witnesses
          AP:  Nixon vetoes Missouri tax break, litigation bills
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes changes to Clean Water Commission +
          SE Missourian:  Swan, Lichtenegger say GOP likely has the votes to override Nixon's gun veto +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster calls for Legislature to get prescription drug monitoring program done;  Comments from Holly Rehder, Rob Schaaf
          AP:  Appeals court upholds dismissal of challenge to Senate rules;  Three-judge panel says liberal Progress Missouri cannot record state Senate committee meeting because public already has access to footage
          The Missouri Times:  Court upholds Senate committee recording rules
          KC Star:  Court rules on Senate committee-recording dispute +
          AP:  Nixon says he does not want to be University of Missouri System president
          KWMU:  Outsourcing substitute teachers deemed a success
          Missourinet:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) recalls "tense" relationship with outgoing conservation director
          P-D:  Missing records, improper fees:  Audit says Pine Lawn probably owes state $400,000
          Missourinet:  Missouri to receive part of $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen
          The Missouri Times:  WalletHub ranks Missouri #19 in patriotism
          Messenger:  St. Louis jury sends $17.6 million message in opioid abuse verdict
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian dislikes guns, says Missouri legislators have been bought and paid for by the NRA
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        Tuesday, June 28
       
P-D:  U.S. Senate fundraising:  Bush in for Blunt, reaction from Kander camp, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on Blunt and Trump;  Nixon on guns +
          Rosenbaum:  Democratic National Convention chief talks about putting together a party platform
          P-D:  In wake of Orlando massacre, Washington D.C. man threatens to shoot Blunt, other Republicans
          SNL:  Top MSU, Ozarks Technical College officials support federal push to reinstate year-round Pell Grants X
          KSMU:  Blunt pushes for changes to Pell Grants
          KWMU:  Supreme Court action likely to toss Missouri's abortion restrictions back into court
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling could affect Missouri's abortion clinic law
          The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS decision on abortion could affect Missouri
          CDT:  Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion laws that mirror Missouri restrictions X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court abortion ruling could impact similar Missouri laws
          AP:  Supreme Court ruling throws Missouri abortion laws into question
          P-D:  Supreme Court ruling could impact Missouri laws
          KC Star:  Activists react to SCOTUS ruling +
          Missourinet:  Missouri NARAL:  SCOTUS abortion clinic ruling adds to importance of elections
          Missourinet:  Missouri advocates praise Supreme Court ruling on taking guns from wife-beaters
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids prepares for final stage on tobacco tax ballot measure
          Drebes:  Marijuana advocates form Better Way Missouri PAC;  Eapen Thampy to serve as deputy treasurer, Josh Schisler as treasurer
          Drebes:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) to run for Senate Republican Caucus Chair
          Drebes:  Doug Beck to take over Genise Montecillo's House seat;  Pipefitter also serves on Affton School Board in safe Dem district
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes Missouri gun-rights expansion bill
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Burlison expect override of Nixon's veto
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes constitutional-carry bill;  GOP vows to override
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes gun bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon vetoes concealed-carry, 'stand your ground' bill
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP leaders forecast override of Nixon gun veto +
          KC Star:  Nixon veto sets up showdown with Legislature +
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans vow override of Nixon veto
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) suspicious about timing of income tax refunds
          P-D:  New law mandates dyslexia screening in Missouri;  Piece omits information about bill sponsors - Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), GOP Reps. Kathy Swan and Eric Burlison
          The Missouri Time:  Cities file reports in compliance with SB 5
          The Missouri Times:  Former owner of Jefferson City's Capitol Plaza hotel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
          AP:  Hammons hotel chain declares bankruptcy to focus on legal issues
          P-D editorial:  Time for Texas - and Missouri - to stop blocking abortion access with claims of protecting women's health
          P-D editorial:  Nixon's veto is a step forward for sensible gun laws
          KC Star editorial:  Blueprint to Missouri gun-control victory:  Simply convince pro-2nd Amendment GOP legislators to flip-flop on concealed carry +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NARAL organizer:  Missouri's legislative "extremists" hurt women
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico:  Legislators should spend more taxpayer money on olds and the handicapped, voters should care, etc.
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        Monday, June 27
       
KMOV:  George W. Bush to appear at fundraiser for Roy Blunt in St. Louis tonight
          SNL:  Democrats hope Trump will hurt Blunt in Missouri X
          KWMU:  "Yes, we are giving away free [sic] money!" Taxpayer-funded program giving double dollars for fruits and veggies to expand into urban grocery stores;  Organizers think they'll convince welfare recipients to replace sugary treats with healthy food
          SE Missourian:  Area employers enthused about prospect of new technical schools;  Companies are "hurting greatly" in search of Missourians who want to work for a living +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on cable company shenanigans;  Missouri Right to Life on repeated attempts to contact Eric Greitens +
          P-D:  Dem gov primary preview:  Seasoned citizens Charlie Wheeler, Leonard Steinman compete for silver medal;  Summary of fundraising, recap of 2014 NYT story on Koster campaign contributions
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Statewide debate series:  Bev Randles, Mike Parson argue over Club for Growth and lobbyist gifts;  Panelists Mark Siettmann, David Barklage, Andrew Koenig, Paul Curtman get into heated discussion over gov and lt. gov race, Curtman's votes, lobbyist gifts, more
          AP:  As expected, Nixon to veto gun-rights bill today
          P-D:  Nixon to veto gun bill today
          KWMU:  Cattle tax credit renewed, other agriculture measures signed by Nixon
          Columbia Missourian:  R. Bowen Loftin moves out and on to a new chapter;  Photos of former chancellor getting eyebrows trimmed, cooking chicken, attempting to maintain balance on stability ball, sorting bow-tie gimmicks, more
          SE Missourian:  New heroin-overdose drug will save lives, area health officials say +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Lynch (R-Waynesville) wants Missouri to mirror St. Louis City's 'Good Samaritan' drug overdose law
          AP:  Drug that killed Prince leads Missouri law enforcement to change drug-handling procedures;  Fentanyl, used by dopeheads to increase potency of other drugs, can be deadly if absorbed through skin or inhaled
          Missourinet:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) calls ban on hunting feral hogs "frustrating"
          KC Star op-ed:  MSU coed says she's "afraid of the world I live in," wants Missouri lawmakers to push gun-control measures +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian dislikes both Blunt and Kander
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        Sunday, June 26
       
CDT:  At Columbia campaign stop, Jason Kander calls for federal balanced budget amendment X
          P-D:  Area congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Washington Post:  A sex misconduct case exposes flaws in how the Naval Academy scrutinizes instructors;  Comments from McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Mike Parson vs. Bev Randles for lt. gov;  Panel of David Barklage, Mark Siettmann, Paul Curtman, Andrew Koenig
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidates highlight priorities at Farm Bureau Strawberry Festival:  Hanaway on protecting Missourians from violent immigrants, and ending Planned Parenthood;  Stephen Webber for expanding Medicaid and LGBTQIA rights;  Caleb Rowden on cutting taxes and limiting spending
          Fulton Sun:  Missouri to allow rating systems for preschools X
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College, St. Francis Borgia officials laud bill from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) to expand A+ scholarships X
          AP:  Proposal from Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) will help train teachers in how to deal with emotionally-fragile kids
          CDT:  Columbia Public Schools dispute federal agency's report of high chronic absenteeism X
          CDT:  Chronic absenteeism less than 10 percent in majority of Boone County districts X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Portman right to push cable companies;  Providers have demonstrated that they can't be trusted +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Education bill - featuring CPR, civics test, and students showing some respect to the American flag - is a good one X
          P-D editorial:  "Toxic stress" is the reason some youngsters grow up to cause trouble and leech off taxpayers;  Medical schools should treat it like a real thing
          Washington Missourian editorial:  County must take advantage of MoDOT's Missouri Moves Cost Share Program X
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  Paper's "Public Editor" moved to another project, won't return until November elections are over +
          P-D's Gallagher:  New rules likely to force some payday and title lenders out of business;  Comments from area business owner who provides loans to Missourians in need
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        Saturday, June 25
       
Helling:  KC Star introduces weekly "Trailwatch" recapping Missouri campaign news;  Blunt vs. Kander, gov primary, NARAL endorses gals over guys, more +
          P-D:  National Democrats covene in St. Louis to draft party platform;  Clinton, Sanders factions split on minimum wage
          P-D:  Former St. Charles County GOP leader Eugene Dokes admits disability fraud;  Man who botched 2012 presidential caucus and his wife, Kenyota, bilked taxpayers for $48k while claiming fake disability
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Mannies on Missouri GOP activists' anti-Trump effort;  Mannies, Rosenbaum, SLU assistant prof Amber Hinsley on social media in campaigns and news coverage
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer:  economic impact unknown after SCOTUS ruling on Obama immigration order
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  More than 10,000 Missourians overcharged by cable providers
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide candidates answer questions about LGBTQIA rights:  No responses from Eric Greitens, Russ Carnahan, Jay Ashcroft
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Kinder, Hanaway, Brunner ... but not Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway again calls for halt to Syrian refugee relocation
          CDT:  Catherine Hanaway, Jay Ashcroft, Will Kraus attend Strawberry Festival X
          The Missouri Times:  On weekly radio segment, Axiom's Aaron Baker makes Star Wars analogies for gov candidates
          KC Star:  Sinquefield's Missouri Club for Growth hammers Mike Parson over lobbyist gifts
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lt. Gov. candidate Bev Randles visits Kennett
          CDT:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Rancor hits TV airwaves in Missouri GOP's battle for attorney general
          Drebes:  Freedom Inc. plays role in battle between Bonnaye Mims and Richard Brown for urban seat in Dem superminority
          CDT:  Medicaid and marijuana divide Dems seeking to replace Rep. Steven Webber (D-Columbia);  Cathy Richards unenthusiastic about Medicaid expansion, says Missourians will be stuck with the tab X
          SNL:  After inquiry, GOP state rep candidate takes down campaign sign on church property X
          The Missouri Times:  Unions launch prevailing ad campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs ag bills at Missouri State Fair
          Brownfield Ag News:  Some Missouri livestock bills signed into law
          KC Star:  Missouri extends tuition-free college offer to private high school students +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) celebrates "home run" higher education bill
          CDT:  Sen. David Pearce, educators celebrate bill during appearance at MU X
          CDT:  Melissa Click appeals denial of unemployment benefits for firing by University of Missouri X
          CDT:  Nixon signs bills naming roads for highway patrol trooper, fallen military members X
          Missourinet:  Tom Draper named Interim Director at Missouri Department of Conservation
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation bans feral hog hunting on state lands
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri bans hunting of feral hogs on public land
          P-D:  Records documenting Michael Brown's juvenile criminal behavior released to lawyers
          P-D editorial:  Blunt supports Pell Grants:  "Yes, a Republican wants to restore a social program that a Democrat cut"
          P-D family columnist/household-and-beauty product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Area woman unable to tune out street preachers' "hateful" barking in Delmar Loop;  Also, Missouri's gun laws are really scary
          KC Star op-ed:  South Kansas City man says human/sex trafficking is slavery;  Posters for Dept. of Homeland Security "Blue Campaign" employ comely Caucasoid with lithe frame and dark red lipstick +
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        Friday, June 24
       
Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer says House Dems' sit-in stunt was an attack on gun rights;  McCaskill disagrees
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, Senate subcommittee go after cable companies for overcharging customers +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate hearing focuses on pay-TV services;  Comments from McCaskill X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Ohio's Portman criticize cable companies' billing, customer service
          AP:  Blunt, Kander back balanced budget amendment
          SNL:  Blunt to appear at Jordan Valley Health Center groundbreaking today X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Internet access important to agriculture, rural communities;  Missouri Farm Bureau's Garrett Hawkins on requests to FCC
          The Missouri Times:  Parson event features agriculture advocate - and founder of Lucas Oil - Forrest Lucas
          Kraske:  Jay Ashcroft failed to vote in seven elections from 2000 to 2012;  Campaign sends written statement, declines request for interview +
          The Missouri Times:  New ads intensify GOP race for attorney general
          CDT:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley ad wars highlight bitterness in GOP AG race X
          P-D:  Lead attorney:  Josh Hawley played little or no role in terrorist-defense case
          The Missouri Times:  While Republicans tear each other apart in AG race, Democrats campaign
          KWMU:  Voter registration for August primary ends July 6
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on human trafficking;  Annie E. Casey Foundation on number of poor Missourians who do not provide for their offspring +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State investigation finds area woman stole $18,155 in taxpayer money by filing for fraudulent welfare benefits X
          Columbia Missourian:  Census data ranks fastest-growing counties in Missouri:  Platte, Boone, Christian, St. Charles
          P-D:  More election judges needed in rapidly-expanding St. Charles County
          Heat Street, via Fox News:  Mike Middleton:  Those who didn't support race protests were 'bitter, angry people'
          KWMU:  Expanded A+ scholarships, daily Pledge of Allegiance among new provisions signed by Gov. Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs four bills, including ride-sharing insurance requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes omnibus bill for dispute over fees
          Missourinet:  Nixon expected to act on at least two agriculture bills today
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans hold firm on commitment to not expand Medicaid;  Comments from director of public health clinic, black diabetes patients, etc.
          JCNT:  First portion of Fulton State Hospital complete X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon tours first completed part of Fulton State Hospital rebuild
          KWMU:  Fulton State Hospital set to move emergency command and other services into new building
          The Missouri Times:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway touts progress in cybersecurity campaign
          JCNT:  MoDOT considers solar roadways X
          Drebes:  Missouri House of Representatives bidding out janitorial services
          Waters:  By praising Concerned Student 1950 protesters, Mike Middleton irritates many white people X
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman praises Billy Long and Ann Wagner for sponsoring women & children legislation, wants McCaskill and Blunt to do the same
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        Thursday, June 23
       
CDT:  Sanders' Boone County leader Persephone Dakopolos wins seat on Democratic National Committee;  Jennifer Bukowsky and Sara Walsh will serve as delegates to GOP convention X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  "Black Men for Bernie" draws double-digit (12) crowd in St. Louis;  Carl Bearden on effort to deny Trump GOP nomination +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis labor boss Jeff Aboussie holds fundraiser for Roy Blunt in D.C.;  Union stalwart says Blunt "has a long record of being a friend of the building trades"
          P-D:  Ed Martin argues for removal of law firm trying to dump him from Schlafly's Eagle Forum board
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver is literally sitting on the floor of the U.S. House;  71-year-old man proves point by resting on carpet for a while +
          P-D:  Lacy Clay, age 59, sits on House floor
          SNL:  Billy Long critical of House Dems' "publicity stunt" X
          P-D:  After Obama voter complains, Gasconade County sheriff removes parody pics of Obama and Clinton
          KWMU:  Health insurance marketplace aggressively seeks millennial shoppers;  St. Louis Effort for AIDS targets gay pride parades, bars looking for sign-ups
          KWMU:  Four in St. Louis charged as part of a nationwide crackdown on health care fraud;  Azeem Meo set up shell company to fleece taxpayers, while others wrote phony prescriptions for dope
          Gawker:  Everything we know about the shady "Draper Sterling" getting paid by the Trump campaign - including ties to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov debate at Boys State includes discussion of transgender restroom choice;  Brunner gets biggest applause of night by suggesting he'd defend his granddaughters from men entering ladies' restroom
          The Missouri Times:  Drebes-Jeff Roe poll of GOP statewide primaries:  Brunner, Randles, Ashcroft, Schaefer lead by various margins
          Sedalia Democrat:  Mike Parson talks agriculture on the Missouri State Fairgrounds
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles, Mike Parson launch TV spots in lieutenant governor's race
          P-D:  Super PAC enters fray in attorney general race, adding to growing campaign ad war
          Drebes:  NARAL Missouri makes primary endorsements:  Judy Baker over Pat Contreras, Jessica Podhola over former Rep. John Rizzo (D), Rachel Johns over Rep. Joshua Peters (D), more
          The Missouri Times:  New PAC takes aim at anti-SJR 39 Republicans;  Caleb Rowden, Jim Hansen, Anne Zerr
          CDT:  At GOP meeting, man who says he's voting for Rowden expresses displeasure with incumbent's SJR 39 vote;  Rowden says he's unsure how he would have voted on "personhood" amendment X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Former Missouri Dept. of Social Services worker ordered to pay $52,000 in restitution for food-stamp fraud;  Pamela O'Dell worked out of Dunklin County office +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Task Force 1 receives $1.25 million in state funding
          P-D:  Nixon lifts ban on rating system for Missouri child cares
          AP:  New law requires civics test, CPR for high-schoolers
          The Missouri Times:  Omnibus education bill includes remedial education program, civics requirement
          P-D:  City schools chief says district leaders intend no harm against charters
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs Haahr's bill to combat human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) hopes Nixon will soon sign bill meant to save children from hot cars
          KWMU:  Missouri Capitol gets facelift that goes below skin deep
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies transfer of customers from TNCI to Matrix
          Columbia Missourian:  Street photographer's images of student protests join museum collection;  Subjects include wealthy student who chose to starve himself, other scenes from fall drama
          Waters:  MU budget:  Not the end of the world X
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        Wednesday, June 22
       
KTRS (St. Louis):  "Black Men for Bernie" draws crowd of twelve (12) to Old Courthouse steps;  Stepmom of Michael Brown shows up to promote "change" but won't endorse Sanders
        KWMU:  Veteran conservative leader Carl Bearden leads anti-Trump "free the delegates" campaign to deny GOP primary winner the nomination
        KC Star:  Missourians now part of effort to seek GOP alternative to Donald Trump +
        P-D:  Trump campaign made payment to firm with ties to anti-Greitens attack site
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Trump adviser disputes notion Hillary could win Missouri;  MU professor blames lack of black interest in state parks on segregation +
        P-D:  Rep. Clay holds annual job fair Monday at Harris-Stowe;  Annual event will feature over 100 employers looking for people who want to work for a living
        The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates debate for the first time since Orlando
        The Missouri Times:  Video:  Missouri GOP governor candidates debate at Missouri Boys State
        The Missouri Times:  Scott Faughn:  On Eric Greitens' connection to Hank Monsees, Pat Contreras' active effort against Judy Baker, and the need for Missouri Press Association to demonstrate some testicular fortitude on the Sunshine Law
        The Missouri Times:  Kurt Schaefer visits recipients of first responder funding
        CDT:  Schaefer gets kudos for help securing state funds for rescue task forces X
        Missourinet:  Report says an increasing number of Missouri adults fail to provide for their offspring;  Annie E. Casey Foundation suggests state spend more taxpayer money "investing in kids"
        Missourinet:  Missouri bill to make opioid overdose antidote more available becomes law
        KWMU:  Bill expanding use of overdose-fighting drug signed into law in Missouri
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill increasing access to opiate treatment drug
        P-D:  Nixon signs new law for drug overdoses
        Columbia Missourian:  Bill expanding access to naloxone signed into law
        AP:  Nixon signs bill for more access to anti-overdose medicine
        Missourinet:  Nixon to sign bill making advertising sex with trafficking victims a crime
        CDT:  Mike Middleton blames complacent leaders, 'perfect storm' for outcome of University of Missouri protests X
        Missourinet:  Middleton 'not surprised' University of Missouri censured by academic group
        AP:  Mizzou's interim president discusses racial discord, future
        P-D:  UM interim president calls Mizzou problems part of struggle on race
        Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action, Race Matters gather to view anti-gun movie;  Advocates believe they will influence Missouri gun laws by filling out form-letter postcards
        CDT:  Grain Belt Express Clean Line project prepares for second round X
        P-D:  St. Louis County poised to move Board of Elections to Northwest Plaza
        KWMU:  KWMU wins award for website
        KC Star editorial:  Anti-gun groups are "re-energized" by recent debate and could totally defeat Roy Blunt +
        KC Star editorial:  Lobby hard to spend taxpayer money on UMKC arts campus +
        P-D editorial:  Don't let the drug that killed Prince get a foothold in Missouri;  State legislators need to spend more taxpayer money on preventative programs
        SE Missourian editorial:  Step-therapy law a middle ground for patients, insurance companies +
        Waters:  Whoever wins the GOP gov primary, he or she will lose to Chris Koster X
        P-D letter:  Maplewood man thinks the reason Roy Blunt is wealthy is because of NRA campaign contributions
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        Tuesday, June 21   First (Full) Day of Summer
       
Missourinet:  Adviser disputes notion Trump could cause Missouri to support a Democratic presidential candidate
          Drebes:  Hillary Clinton campaign suggests it's looking to buy ad time in Missouri, hires Seattle native Ansley Lacitis as state director
          KC Star:  Gloves coming off in Blunt vs. Kander U.S. Senate race +
          KC Star:  Jason Kander, Roy Blunt joust via Twitter +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri emergency physician urges safety during hot weather
          KC Star:  Missouri health officials watch for local Zika bites +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Boys State to host GOP gubernatorial candidate forum tonight;  Scott Faughn to moderate
          The Missouri Times:  LG PAC is anti-Brunner, treasurer says;  Hank Monsees hangs up on reporter
          KC Star:  Mysterious PAC in Missouri denies link with Eric Greitens +
          AP:  PAC treasurer denies ties to Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Absentee voting for Missouri's primaries begins today
          The Missouri Times:  New economic indicators show potential for Missouri
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Municipal court overhaul bill becomes law
          Missourinet:  Monday marked last day for Senate to view Planned Parenthood documents
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber endorses Green Line project
          Carthage Press:  Kinder presents Veterans Service Award to local artist
          The Missouri Times:  Renee Hulshof sees role of UM Review Commission as 'huge undertaking'
          Columbia Missourian:  NORML chapter clashes with Mizzou over proposed t-shirt design
          Columbia Missourian:  MU internal audit highly critical of CAFNR
          Missourinet:  MU researcher:  Black people avoid visiting state parks due to slavery, segregation;  Study focused on one (1) park in Texas, so researcher wants more money
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local districts prepare for state-mandated CPR training +
          P-D:  Not in class:  Chronic absenteeism a problem throughout region;  Suburban North Conference dominates rankings, with Normandy High School edging out Hazelwood East at top of the list
          Washington Post:  Transgender restroom overview;  Former principal at St. Louis County elementary school talks about allowing third-grade boy - who decided he was a female - to use girls' restroom
          Obituary:  Richard Sifton, father of Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis)
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must keep the 'public' in Public Service Commission;  Relaxing rules is a shady move
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-University City) on guns and abortion;  Sexagenarian recounts her efforts to end violence by live-tweeting 15 hours of U.S. Senate floor debate
          Waters:  Melissa Click, redux;  Many, if not most, agreed with the curators decision, so who cares what AAUP says? X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  MU censure may ruin its ability to recruit a diverse faculty;  Columnist compares GOP legislators to members of the Mafia
          KC Star letter:  Area man dislikes Greitens' gun ad, says guns should be confiscated +
          P-D letter:  Area woman applauds herself for visiting White House, commends herself for being "on the front lines in Missouri," says it was "humbling [sic]" to take a trip and gab with other gals
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        Monday, June 20
       
Missourinet:  Sanders delegates outnumber Clinton delegates at Missouri Democratic Party convention
          P-D:  A look at Blunt, Kander fundraising;  Data from campaign reports, spin from spokespeople;  Newspaper spells name of future U.S. Senate endorsee incorrectly
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt take legislative steps to reduce opioid addiction
          SNL "Answer Man" column:  After 10.25 years of state service, Blunt earns $3,060/month pension X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Kinder spokeswoman Pam Dixon, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles debate GOP primary, Kinder vs. Koster, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) vs. white labor power structure, more
          AP:  AG Chris Koster (D) successfully fights to keep murderer in jail;  Rodney Lincoln stabbed woman to death before sodomizing her with a broomstick, then slashed 7-year-old girl's genitals, then cut 4-year-old girl's throat
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on voter ID legislation +
          Missourinet:  Bill expanding Missouri municipal court overhaul signed, critics call it 'unnecessary'
          Washington Missourian:  First aid, CPR training currently taught at Washington High School - new legislation now requires it
          SNL:  Reject transgender bathroom order, letter-writers tell Springfield school officials;  Most letters are generic form letters X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Noranda seeks bidders for Southeast Missouri plant +
          P-D:  He has manufacturing jobs in Hazelwood - but filling them is another matter;  Comments from men and women who choose to work for a living
          P-D's Gallagher:  How to get a skill - and a decent-paying job - on the cheap;  St. Louis Building Trades and Construction Council's Jeff Aboussie says high-paying apprenticeships are plentiful for minorities who want to work
          KC Star op-ed:  Payday loan operator say federal regulations will hurt needy Missourians struggling for access to cash +
          KC Star "Letter of the Week":  Area woman says that with swimsuit season upon us, parents should tell oinky offspring that it's okay to be fat +
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        Sunday, June 19   Father's Day and Juneteenth
       
CDT:  Juneteenth event draws less than 50;  Mizzou student:  "I don't celebrate July 4, I celebrate Juneteenth because my ancestors weren't free on July 4." X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Parks and Recreation Department sponsors Juneteenth event;  Black culture celebrated through artifact displays, African music, and preteen hip-hop dance group "jumping, spinning and shaking their hips"
          JCNT:  Attendance down at this year's Juneteenth celebration;  Photos of children making crafts and playing games, obese man preparing fried food, more X
          Rosenbaum:  At convention, Democrats look past primary fight to focus on Trump;  Bernie Sanders supporters make clean sweep of state's DNC committeepeople spots
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic state party convention works through logistical snafus;  Clinton caucus chair Jack Coatar expresses disappointment over lack of participation from Clinton supporters
          AP:  First GOP ads for governor hit airwaves
          The Missouri Times:  New information links LG PAC with Eric Greitens;  Website was designed to implicate Peter Kinder's campaign as culprit of anonymous attack
          KMBC transcript/video:  Reporter Micheal Mahoney on the coordination between Eric Greitens and LG PAC (link via The Missouri Times)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics Preview:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, and Kinder campaign manager Pam Dixon discuss GOP primary, Kinder vs. Koster matchup, more
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield event for Mike Pence draws usual GOP suspects
          CDT:  Melissa Click firing lands University of Missouri on association censure list for third time X
          KWMU:  AAUP votes to censure Mizzou over firing of Melissa Click
          P-D:  National academic group censures Mizzou over Click firing
          SE Missourian:  Programs help students stay on track to attend college;  Comments from state Dept. of Higher Education's Jessican Duren +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In an age of terrorism from Islamic radicals, school CPR bill more important than ever X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Displaying the Confederate flag is a harmless display of our past history;  The politically-correct crowd should stop trying to make an issue out it X
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) wants Nixon to allow concealed-carry bill to become law X
          P-D op-ed:  University City Mayor Shelley Welsch:  Nixon should veto gun bill
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man suggests working people become outraged over Rex Sinquefield and "his ethically challenged Missouri Republicans" for trying to cut taxes
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman recaps slavery and Dred Scott, suggests Missourians be more supportive of desegregation program
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        Saturday, June 18   Juneteenth Eve
       
KWMU:  Where Missouri's members of Congress stand on proposals to change gun policies
          SNL:  Blunt fundraising team keeps candidate's schedule packed with fundraisers;  A look at past and upcoming events X
          P-D:  George W. Bush to appear at Blunt fundraiser at Hunter Farms on June 27
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democrats gather in Sedalia for state convention;  34 presidential delegates bound to vote for Sanders, 34 bound to Clinton at national convention
          CDT:  Missouri to receive $7.5 million in taxpayer money - spread across 20 health centers - to improve oral health care services X
          SNL:  Drury books political heavyweights Carl Bernstein ("All the President's Men") and P.J. O'Rourke for September event X
          Drebes:  Brunner campaign asks stations to drop LG PAC ad;  LG PAC attorneys respond
          The Missouri Times:  Self-professed bin Laden killer to appear with Eric Greitens;  Gov candidate and Robert O'Neill are both repped by same speakers' bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus receives endorsement from Missouri Cattlemen's Association
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri NORML to suspend local petition initiative drive while awaiting word on statewide effort X
          JCNT:  Fathers' rights advocates hope Nixon signs bill to support 50/50 parenting in custody cases X
          KC Star:  Mental health advocates complain about lack of Missouri Medicaid expansion +
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators seek $718 million in state funding for FY18
          KC Star:  MU curators ask the state for $48 million to build UMKC's downtown arts campus +
          KWMU:  Diversity takes up time on curators' agenda;  Board also approves request to Legislature for $133 million in capital improvements
          CDT:  Middleton claims progress in rebuilding University of Missouri's image since November protests X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators sit through talks on diversity
          CDT:  MU free speech policy draft up for comment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Coalition for Graduate Workers to launch campaign complaining about budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bill from Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) to help Missouri college students graduate on time
          KWMU:  A look at what the region's school desegregation program can legally do to make it last longer
          The Missouri Times:  SB 5 municipal court overhaul signed by Nixon
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to limit Missouri cities' profit from fines
          JCNT:  Nixon OKs Lake Mykee-Holts Summit merger X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC modifies Ameren order so utility can take advantage of more favorable markets
          JCNT editorial:  Prioritize protecting kids in hot cars;  Nixon should sign bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) X
          Messenger:  Recap of conversation with octogenarian woman unhappy about West Lake Landfill
          P-D letter:  Octogenarian woman wants to see more good news on the front page of the Post-Dispatch
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        Friday, June 17
       
Washington Post:  Thanks to McCaskill bill, there may be an end in sight for controversial - and often invisible - resort fees X
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver raises questions about Airbnb +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Claire McCaskill on guns;  Jay Barnes on Josh Hawley;  Jeanette Mott Oxford on welfare recipients +
          SE Missourian:  Area Pachyderms sit through talk from seasoned citizen challenging Jason Smith in primary;  Hal Brown lists top priorities as flat tax, EPA overhaul, other issues on which incumbent has led +
          Fox News blog:  At Mizzou vigil for Orlando victims, Black Lives Matter activist takes stage to criticize white attendees;  Gay activist speaks out, says he's tired of self-entitled chronic malcontents dividing communities by color
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis woman arrested in connection with threats toward detention center employees;  Kiwanese Williams promised to make Orlando massacre "look like nothing"
          KC Star:  Labor unions are spending big on Chris Koster's campaign for Missouri governor +
          The Missouri Times:  Eagle Forum endorses Jay Ashcroft for secretary of state
          JCNT:  AG candidate Jake Zimmerman makes pitch to area Democrats X
          WTAD (Quincy/Hannibal):  Audio:  Axiom Strategies' Aaron Baker on opposition to Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax initiative
          The Missouri Times:  30 women changing politics;  Christine Page, Ellie Glenn, Erin Brower, Jane Dueker, Jessica Pabst, Kim Tuttle, Katie Casas, Megan Shackelford, Mindy Mazur, Tracy King, Tricia Workman, Monica Combest, more
          P-D:  New rules help wean thousands of Missourians from teat of taxpayer-funded handout program
          The Missouri Times:  $262 million going to Missouri colleges and universities
          Missourinet:  Nearly 500 state facilities will receive upgrades;  Comments from House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
          AP:  New Missouri law aimed at helping college transfer students
          Missourinet:  Four appointed to University of Missouri review commission
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard announces appointments to UM System Review Commission
          CDT:  Renee Hulshof, Dave Spence named to University of Missouri Review Commission X
          Columbia Missourian:  Renee Hulshof, three others named to UM System Review Commission
          CDT:  Consultant surprised by number of people willing to take on University of Missouri president job X
          Columbia Missourian:  Number of people interested in UM president job a "pleasant surprise"
          KWMU:  University of Missouri official claims next president will be chosen based on "talent," "skill" and "knowledge";  UMSL's Tom George discusses drop in enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Student given probation for Yik Yak threat against blacks
          CDT:  Muslim student drops lawsuit alleging professor made racist comments;  Fatma El-Walid's original tale claimed she felt anxiety from "discriminatory, sexist, demeaning, humiliating comments" from Latino man X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools can't manage to get civil rights paperwork together on time;  Obama's Education Department says it's no problem, district can just turn it in later
          Columbia Missourian:  Hands-only CPR training now a requirement for Missouri high school students
          JCNT:  PSC modifies order on Ameren debt X
          JCNT:  New rules try to reduce feral pigs in state X
          Missourinet:  One of Missouri's most wanted is no longer on the loose;  Cops capture Caucausoid career crook Vernon Phelps
        Washington Missourian editorial:  First editorial board in Missouri to publish biennial "Election is coming/You must get informed/Purchase our newspaper" piece of primary campaign cycle X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri Southern rightly restarts legislative internships at the Capitol +
        Priddy:  A list of criticisms of GOP gov ads, and a recap of Missouri Times and Jo Mannies coverage of shady "LG PAC"
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        Thursday, June 16
       
Missourinet:  Heat and humidity creating dangerous conditions across Missouri;  Avoid working outside in the afternoon, stay hydrated, and look out for your neighbors - especially olds
          P-D:  Public Policy Polling (D) numbers:  McCaskill approval 48, disapproval 38, no opinion 15
          Missourinet:  McCaskill participates in Democratic filibuster over gun law proposals
          P-D:  McCaskill joins Democratic filibuster
          CDT:  Kander calls for ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists X
          SE Missourian:  Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson waives conceald-carry fees after Islamic terrorist's Orlando shooting spree +
          Drebes:  Campaign-limits initiative petition may be flawed
          The Missouri Times:  Stem-cell proponent makes $100,000 contribution to Eric Greitens
          SEMO Times:  Eric Schmitt stumps in Poplar Bluff
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Judy Baker's primary opponent uses "Trump Hates Me" fundraising line +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dem AG candidate Teresa Hensley on her 25-point loss to Vicky Hartzler in 2012, experience as county prosecutor, gun-docket proposal, more
          CDT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) questions Hawley's legal experience, readiness to be attorney general X
          JCNT:  Barnes presses Hawley on courtroom experience X
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Roepe to join John Bardgett & Associates
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) receives Missouri Centurion Award;  Comments from Missouri Century Foundation Chairman Gregg Keller
          The Missouri Times:  Kander convenes Elections Integrity Task Force;  Members include STL and KC feds, KC Police Chief Darryl Forte, Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, others
          SE Missourian:  Missouri employment drops after reaching all-time high +
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs law meant to fight child abuse and neglect
          The Missouri Times:  Child abuse bill gets Nixon's signature
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT's "Missouri Moves" cost-share program starts accepting applications
          P-D:  Missouri inmate loses case against Parole Board over vacant seats
          CDT:  Proposed University of Missouri budget shows $2 million cut in system payroll X
          CDT:  Profile:  Board of Curators student representative appointee Patrick Graham X
          CDT:  Minority internship program designed to inspire CPS students to become educators;  Whites need not apply, but superintendent says program will break stereotypes X
          Washington Missourian:  National health group claims food insecurity among seniors rose 3 percent in Missouri;  Franklin County official says it's not a problem there X
          The Missouri Times:  Jury rules with soybean farmers in checkoff case
          P-D:  Document shows some EPA officials saw West Lake waste removal as 'feasible'
          KWMU:  What's driving up homicides in the U.S.?  UMSL's Rick Rosenfeld on the 'Ferguson Effect' and emboldened instincts of the criminal element
          P-D editorial:  In wake of Islamic terrorist's attack, Eric Greitens should pull ad featuring gun
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon should sign bill to give criminal offenders a second chance X
          Roll Call op-ed:  McCaskill:  The next step in curbing sexual assaults in the military
          National Review op-ed:  Former Sen. Jim Talent on Orlando
          P-D op-ed:  Reimagining integration based on economic status;  People who pay to live in decent school districts should welcome poor kids into those schools
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        Wednesday, June 15
       
KC Star:  McCaskill, others say whistleblowers in Defense Department deserve better +
          P-D:  Senate defense authorizing bill has Missouri provisions
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jeff Roe on mainstream media and Trump;  Urban Democrat opposes GOP gun bill +
          KC Star:  Over 18 years, Blunt received less than $61k from NRA +
          KWMU:  In wake of Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's terrorist attack, candidates for governor - including Chris Koster - stand by their positions on 2nd Amendment
          Missourinet:  Missouri State prof:  Candidates will talk about guns this election cycle
          KC Star:  Kansas City Democrats oppose GOP gun bill +
          Helling:  Parody of Eric Greitens' gun ad will make you do a spit-take +
          AP:  Rex Sinquefield gives $278k to Catherine Hanaway
          Drebes:  Judy Baker polling memo:  We're winning, and Pat Contreras is "virtually unknown"
          P-D:  Pat Contreras fundraising gimmick:  "Donald Trump hates me."
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) strikes at Josh Hawley for lack of experience
          The Missouri Times:  Text of Barnes' letter to Hawley
          P-D:  Missouri voters could OK two cigarette tax hikes;  then what?
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys gives $25k to opponent of Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  Victory Digital's Joe Lakin hires Charles Puyear
          The Missouri Times:  In-state tuition status to be given to National Guard, Reserves
          The Missouri Times:  CTE took work from across the board to become a law, lobbyist says
          KWMU:  High school grads in Missouri will soon have to have basic CPR training
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs CPR bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri to begin requiring CPR training for high school graduates
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens will have to wait on accreditation upgrade
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  Drone operators deserve credit;  McCaskill serves as advocate
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon must veto bad changes to Missouri's Clean Water Commission +
          KC Star editorial:  Taxpayers must spend more on lead-paint cleanup;  Paint dust is the reason young urbanites catch STDs, perform poorly in school, steal, etc. +
          P-D op-ed:  AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka:  The real reason Republicans want voter ID is to keep blacks and olds from voting
          Messenger:  The solution to America's gun violence epidemic should start with empathy;  Nixon should veto terrible gun bill on his desk
          P-D letter:  WWII vet dislikes attitude dispensed by St. Louis VA secretarial staff
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        Tuesday, June 14   Flag Day
       
The Huffington Post:  Gurus for Cruz, Bush, Rubio campaigns reflect on loss to Trump;  Behind-the-scenes insight from Jeff Roe and Missouri's 2004 George W. Bush spokesman Danny Diaz
          SE Missourian:  Area LGBTQIA bar, Muslims seek to help Orlando victims +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's attack
          KC Star:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen's attack +
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James fights terror by wearing rainbow bow tie;  Social justice warriors join in by posting Twitter selfies +
          Missourinet:  Local Muslim leader shows up at St. Louis vigil
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on case of woman who drank herself into oblivion and got raped behind a dumpster;  Nixon on serving as UM president;  Jay Barnes on criminal redemption +
          KWMU:  Wildwood unhappy with EPA effort to delist Superfund site
          SNL:  EPA praises Springfield's environmental cleanup X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates maintain arm's reach of Trump, still lend support
          The Missouri Times:  Stephen Webber and Caleb Rowden fight for the soul of Columbia
          Drebes:  New PAC aims to punish Republicans who opposed SJR 39
          Rosenbaum:  Nixon reflects on failure to expand Missouri's Medicaid program
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to cut college costs for military members
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs military tuition, yoga, and more bills into law
          SE Missourian:  Nixon signs career, technical education measure into law +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs laws intended to improve technical job-readiness
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Jon Sundvold's first interview since appointment to University of Missouri Board of Curators
          CDT:  University of Missouri diversity officer to serve dual role X
          Columbia Missourian:  It's a rebuilding year:  MU turnover has affected all parts of administration
          CDT:  Libraries set to deal with University of Missouri budget cuts X
          Missourinet:  "Step therapy" bill will bar requiring Missourians to repeat ineffective medications
          The Missouri Times:  PSC considering changes to 'ex parte' rules
          P-D editorial:  Sane gun laws are possible, but only if outrage replaces apathy
          Waters:  UM curators:  Short-term work to do X
          Priddy:  One thing is clear in the Missouri death penalty debate:  Pentobarbital exterminates murderers flawlessly.
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman dislikes Greitens' use of gun
          P-D letter:  Florissant woman dislikes GOP gov candidates' use of guns
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes Greitens' use of gun, says African-American track athletes are terrified by the sound of a starting gun
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man laments political ads:  Republicans feature too many guns and dogs, while Democrats a little too in-your-face with the "multicultural multiracial multisexual" stuff +
          SE Missourian letter:  Laws should strengthen the ability of grandparents to protect their grandkids from dopehead parents +
          KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit man says Missouri is superior to Kansas in most regards - except that in low-tax Kansas, the roads are paved, police are patrolling and the young restaurant help acts civilized and knows how to make change +
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author dislikes Missouri traffic-stop report coverage, says races differ on their decisions to violate the law X
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        Monday, June 13
       
KC Star:  Omar Mir Seddique Mateen opens fire at Florida LGBTQIA nightclub;  Comments from Missouri delegation's communications staffers +
        P-D:  Florida LGBTQIA nightclub shooting reaction:  Missouri congressional delegation's communications staffers write empathy/tolerance/policy statements
        KC Star:  Mayor Sly James says today will be "rainbow" day;  Bridge named to honor U.S. Sen. Kit Bond will be lit with LGBTQIA colors +
        KC Star:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Islamic terrorist attack +
        KWMU:  Local LGBTQIA reaction to Islamic terrorist attack
        SNL:  Local LGBTQIA group plans Friday vigil X
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Kinder on Limbaugh endorsement;  Mike Parson on GOP internecine acrimony +
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest John Brunner;  Martin Casas, Angela Bingaman, David Barklage, Ken Waller discuss Brunner, GOP campaigns, more
        Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Solar Energy Industry Organization seeks executive director
        JCNT:  Profile:  Missouri House photographer Tim Bommel X
        KWMU:  "Curious Louis" Q&A feature:  Jason Rosenbaum explores why Missourians are forced to pay taxes on their personal property
        SE Missourian:  Step therapy overhaul bill may help patients who need prescribed medication +
        KWMU:  Nixon wants new curators to get to work in finding new UM System president
        AP:  Criminal record-sealing bill awaits action on Nixon's desk
        St. Joseph News-Press:  New MoDOT app shows drivers estimated BAC after drinking X
        P-D:  PSC deals with questions about the $150 water bill proposal and the businessman behind it
        KC Star:  In efforts to fight payday loans, local nonprofits attempt to teach poor people about "interest" and "contracts";  Last week's session draws few attendees +
        P-D editorial:  Missouri Medicaid recipients should have freedom to flake on their taxpayer-subsidized doctor's appointments without penalty
        KC Star op-ed:  Platte County's Bill Flynt:  Concealed carry can help protect law-abiding Missourians from criminal savagery +
        P-D op-ed:  Former MO Lt. Gov/current HSUS Senior Political Director Joe Maxwell:  Nixon should veto bill that would protect ag data
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        Sunday, June 12
       
Politico:  Claire McCaskill weighs in on Stanford University case;  Story of assault on drunk woman gained national attention
          SNL:  Billy Long's re-election to include primary victory over 7 GOP opponents;  Three Democrats seek to fill November ballot slot X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest John Brunner;  Panel of Martin Casas, Angela Bingaman, David Barklage, Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller discuss Brunner and GOP gov campaigns
           Sedalia Democrat:  Jay Ashcroft talks to area Pachyderms
           JCNT:  Nixon, DED's Mike Downing, Ag Director Richard Fordyce work to expand Cuba trade agreements for Missouri farmers;  Retired prof who fled Cuba in the early '60s offers criticism X
          CDT:  University of Missouri budget cuts hit man, woman in theater faculty hard X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri denies potheads' request to peddle t-shirts with marijuana leaf next to university's name +
          JCNT:  DESE's Ronald Lankford recounts education career X
          KC Star:  Missouri spends more taxpayer money than Kansas on lead-paint cleanup;  Researchers claim paint dust is to blame for young urbanites' violent behavior, STDs, poor peformance in school, etc. +
           P-D editorial:  Post-Dispatch editorial board has waited "an entire century" for deals like NGA and McKee's NorthSide Regeneration - and now North St. Louis City will totally turn around
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon appoints diverse group to Board of Curators, and they deserve fair treatment from Senate X
          Waters:  Roy Blunt shows his true colors - a pragmatic lawmaker willing to work across the aisle X
          CDT op-ed:  American Academy of Pediatrics' Kristin Sohl:  Nixon should sign bill to increase meningitis awareness X
          SNL letter:  Prolific anti-Blunt letter-writer MJ Grinstead expresses frustration upon seeing Blunt's grassroots supporters out knocking doors, talking to voters last weekend X
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        Saturday, June 11
       
P-D:  Despite infighting, Eagle Forum hosting annual event in Ladue;  Janet Ashcroft to speak at "Sweethearts Luncheon"
          P-D:  Congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  Area Senior Games competitor is running as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate
          Drebes:  Longtime Nixon aide Ted Ardini one step closer to judgeship
          KWMU:  UMSL's "Behind the Headlines" podcast:  Mannies, UMSL's Dave Robertson, Sue Shear Institute's Vivan Eveloff discuss Missouri gov ads and campaign finance laws, Trump, Hillary's gender, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rush Limbaugh endorses Peter Kinder for governor
          P-D:  Rush Limbaugh radio endorsement of Peter Kinder in Missouri governor's race airing statewide
          Moberly Monitor-Index:  Local reps endorse Kinder's stance on transgender restrooms;  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says he worries about the dangers his grandkids - each in Missouri public schools - could face
          Columbia Missourian:  Russ Carnahan skips Muleskinners lieutenant governor forum;  Tommy Pierson, Winston Apple make time for local Democrats
          CDT:  Muleskinners president says Russ Carnahan declined invite to speak to grassroots Dems;  Pierson:  "You can't dis me in the primary then it's lock arms and 'Kumbaya' in the general. It is not going to happen." X
          SE Missourian:  Mike Parson laments campaign vitriol at Cape GOP meeting +
          The Missouri Times:  Poll from Mike Parson's campaign shows candidate leading Bev Randles 25-16, with 60 percent undecided
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft event draws 500 - include Mike Huckabee - to farm;  Former U.S. Senator performs cover of Lee Greenwood song:  "I'm Proud to be a Republican"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Genise Montecillo will not seek fourth term, decides to return to teaching
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) calls out Koster, DNR over response to gas leak
          KC Star:  Ellington calls for action and answers on East Side gas contamination;  Koster's office:  "Rep. Ellington appears to be unaware of the facts." +
          KWMU:  Meeting federal standards for state IDs not yet a priority for Missouri lawmakers
          AP:  Missouri Southern to resume intern program at state Capitol
          Missourinet:  MoDOT to soon consider projects for resumption of cost-share program
          Missourinet:  Daily fantasy sports industry will have to pay to operate in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs daily fantasy sports law
          CDT:  UMSL, other state schools to see enrollment decline X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools missed deadline to report civil rights information
          KWMU:  Time running out - eventually - for school deseg transfer program
          KWMU:  Cyber security audit launched at Orchard Farm schools, part of state safety check
          JCNT:  State expands meningitis vaccine mandate X
          P-D:  Tony Messenger wins University of Missouri journalism award
          P-D editorial:  Pension bill clears final hurdle
          P-D's Aisha Sultan:  Making child custody more fair to divorced fathers;  Columnist praises Missouri legislation, does not identify sponsor (Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron)
          P-D letter:  St. Charles union official:  GOP gov candidates wrong to support 'right to work'
          P-D letter:  Imperial woman responds to piece on obesity numbers, rationalizes reasons for female flabbiness
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        Friday, June 10
       
KWMU:  At annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner (rebranded "Truman Dinner" because aforementioned Democrats owned and/or intercoursed slaves in the 1700s), Missouri Democrats focus on Trump
        KTVI (St. Louis):  Lindenwood professor Joe Cernik thinks Missouri GOP donors will choose to allocate their cash to Blunt and gov candidates rather than Trump
        P-D:  Group aligned with McConnell, Rove boosts pro-Blunt ad spending in Missouri
        Politico:  On MSNBC, McCaskill delivers punchline referencing her victory over Todd Akin four (4) years ago
        Washington Times:  McCaskill campaign site still hawking hats with anti-Trump catchphrase
        Reuters:  McCaskill, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) scrutinize pay TV billing, competitive practices
        Washington Missourian:  East Central College president applauds Blunt's work on Pell Grant restoration
        Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on TSA bonuses +
        P-D:  No boss at VA facilities?  Then no bonuses for leaders, Luetkemeyer urges
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At EPA hearing, Missouri Ag Director Gary Fordyce lauds positive impact of Renewable Fuels Standard on Missouri
        Brownfield Ag News:  In Kansas City, EPA weighs testimony on ethanol volume
        AP:  EPA plan to boost ethanol use gets hearing
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) testifies in D.C. about negative impact of Clean Power Plan
        P-D:  In quickie smartphone vid, John Brunner mocks Eric Greitens' gun ad, stands in front of anti-aircraft relic
        KSMU:  Profile:  Secretary of state candidate Will Kraus (R)
        Columbia Missourian:  Stoddard County Prosecutor Russell Oliver hopes complaint against Josh Hawley will promote political transparency
        The Missouri Times:  Clay County GOP primary could come down to 'right to work';  Incumbent Nick King vs. Mary Hill
        The Missouri Times:  Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies team breaks up monotony of work day with "Fountain Ball" competition
        Drebes:  Appeal by Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis City) of Missouri Ethics Commission fines affirmed
        SE Missourian:  Nixon signs GOP bill to allow more elderly, blind, disabled to qualify for Medicaid assistance +
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) to expand services for disabled, seniors
        Missourinet:  Bill from Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) to help domestic violence victims signed into law
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Nixon announces $5.5 million for Kirksville autism clinic
        P-D:  As summit on gun violence in St. Louis convenes, grandson of former state Rep. Betty Thompson (D-St. Louis) shot and killed
        P-D:  Tyrell Thompson, grandson of Rep. Betty Thompson (D-St. Louis), shot and killed;  Police say three men involved, but do not release descriptions of perps
        Washington Missourian:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks about specifics of lifetime concealed-carry permits, decent people seeking to protect themselves vs. criminal types, more
        P-D:  St. Louis desegregation program headed for phase-out
        The Missouri Times:  PSC to examine communications rules
        P-D:  Missouri regulators want looser rules on meeting with utilities
        Missourinet:  Two additional Zika virus cases confirmed in Missouri:  Man who traveled to Puerto Rico and man who traveled to Dominican Republic
        Columbia Missourian:  Columbia working to prevent and educate on Zika
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Keep moving this summer to avoid "Dormant Butt Syndrome";  Comments and data from area gluteal experts, University of Missouri
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers made progress in cleaning up Jefferson City this year, but need to pass more ethics laws next session +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  MoDOT funds for cost-sharing should be spent on Highway 47 project +
        P-D editorial:  Milking the poor with subprime car loans;  Story of man who chose to purchase a car at 29 percent interest rate is very sad and a real shame
        KC Star editorial:  MU must do better at hiring at retaining black faculty, and should spend more taxpayer money to do it +
        P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says that GOP gov primary is not about Trump, but the Post-Dispatch sure wants it to be
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        Thursday, June 9
       
Politico:  McCaskill, other Hillary Clinton surrogates to Trump:  Bring it on
          MSNBC:  McCaskill on Hardball:  "I do not" want to be Clinton's VP
          KC Star:  McCaskill:  Hillary Clinton's success 'a very special moment' for gals +
          Missourinet:  Missouri volunteer for Bernie Sanders weighs in on recent developments, today's meeting between Obama and Sanders, more
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Democrats to gather in St. Louis tonight for Truman Dinner;  Executive Director Crystal Brinkley promises "high energy" event
          KC Star:  Missouri delegation makes pitch for F-35 fighter base at Whiteman +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Former Sen. Jim Talent among those pushing for Renewable Fuels Standard compliance
          KC Star:  Republicans running for governor launch TV ads +
          P-D:  GOP gov candidates take to the airwaves
          KWMU:  Fresh batch of attack ads are funded by anonymous donors;  Monsees' anti-Brunner campaign, "One Nation," "Missouri Rising"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Catherine Hanaway on tax cuts +
          KWMU:  KWMU to host GOP gov debate July 6
          The Missouri Times:  Koster urges SCOTUS review of Title IX case brought by transgender student
          AP:  Realtors push state amendment that would bar sales tax on services;  Comments from Scott Charton
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield subsidiary will oppose realtors' effort
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs health care related bills
          CDT:  Nixon appoints three to open University of Missouri curator posts:  Jon Sunvold, Mary Nelson, Tom Voss X
          Missourinet:  Former MU basketball star Jon Sunvold, others appointed to Board of Curators
          KWMU:  New curators named to fill UM board vacancies
          AP:  Nixon appoints 3 new curators to UM board
          P-D:  Nixon names 3 new UM curators
          P-D:  Two Missouri districts will attempt to get more black students to take AP classes
          The Missouri Times:  'Road to Tomorrow' goes through Missouri and could generate revenue for the state's highways
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves cost-share program, asks questions about future funding
          SE Missourian:  Law enforcement officers say I-55 skews data on race and car stops +
          Quincy Herald-Whig editorial:  Veterans exposed to mustard gas deserve better, and McCaskill's bill is a good start
          Waters:  Statistics on "racial profiling" deserve healthy skepticism X
          Priddy:  Update on Senate's effort to provide reporters new workspace
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        Wednesday, June 8
       
Bloomberg:  McCaskill, others probe five drugmakers on price of overdose antidote
          Missourinet:  McCaskill questions executive bonuses, whistleblower treatment at TSA
          KWMU:  Paul McKee announces new partnership and housing near NGA
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Retired Teachers Association opposes RYH4K tobacco tax amendment
          P-D:  Fact check from the GOP gov debate:  Eric Greitens vs. Catherine Hanaway vs. Chris Koster
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bills to combat identity theft, help domestic abuse victims
          CDT:  MoDOT convoy highlights alternative fuels X
          JCNT:  Nixon signs bill allowing local governments to transfer "closed" retirement plans into LAGERS X
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri summer enrollment up 2%
          CDT:  Audit finds weak oversight led to embezzlement from University of Missouri X
          CDT:  Retreat sought answers for low morale, distrust among University of Missouri engineering faculty X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Student Center offers transgender students hormone replacement therapy;  Self-identified male, saddled with vagina at birth, recounts emotional pain of doctor assuming he was a female
          SNL:  With $5 million of DESE money, Nixa will own early childhood building in five years X
          KWMU:  State appeals court says Missouri education officials erred in Normandy accreditation change
          P-D:  Missouri appeals court upholds transfer rights of Normandy students
          KMOV:  Video:  Fight between adults and students caught on camera at Normandy High School;  WARNING:  Catfight among participants of various weight classes includes violent hair-pulling, slapping, shrieking
          KWMU:  Fight at Normandy high school leads to student suspension, lawsuit, questions about security
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens will remain unaccredited
          P-D:  After state review, Riverview Gardens will remain unaccredited
          The Missouri Times:  Law enforcement agencies report $12 million from federal asset forfeiture
          KWMU:  Army Corps of Engineers says it can't speed cleanup of West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Another GOP gubernatorial debate is short on policy, weak on fact
          KC Star editorial:  Criticisms of GOP candidates for governor (e.g. "tax-phobic"), attorney general +
          Messenger:  Predatory lenders find happy hunting in Missouri;  Photo of Ferguson man who chose to purchase a BMW at 19 percent interest
          KC Star op-ed:  Transgender writer/artist/poet Jordan Hanson:  KC to host leadership development summit for black self-identifying females burdened with male genitalia +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City Alderman Jeffrey Boyd (D):  Blunt should work to find someone willing to take the St. Louis VA director job
          P-D letter:  NRA responds to criticisms from gun-control groups on concealed-carry bill
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        Tuesday, June 7
       
KOLR:  McCaskill investigates mustard gas tests
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill defends embattled VA secretary;  Jay Barnes on Missouri campaign finance laws
          KWMU:  NGA decision spurs mixture of grief and anger in residents fearful of change
          P-D:  With NGA deal done, officials endure residents' "less specific feedback and general frustration"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Regional Chamber's Joe Reagan:  Inclusion is key for St. Louis economy
          Missourinet:  Raise Your Hand for Kids awaits confirmation of signatures
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel opposes Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative petition
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Video:  John Brunner, Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway, Eric Greitens debate
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidates debate Trump, Mizzou turmoil
          The Missouri Times:  GOP governor candidates debate in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP gov candidates will, and might not, campaign with Donald Trump +
          P-D:  GOP hopefuls for governor stand by Trump, but not all say they'd campaign with him
          AP:  GOP governor candidates talk Nixon, Mizzou and Ferguson, more
          The Missouri Times:  New ads mark escalation in governor's race
          KC Star:  PAC behind anti-Brunner ad claims 'wrong number' when reached by phone at Kansas office;  Treasurer is Richard Monsees +
          KC Star:  New ad from Eric Greitens features gun, explosion +
          KWMU:  AG candidate Joshua Hawley on battling the 'Jefferson City cartel'
          CDT:  Ethics complaint targets Joshua Hawley over use of not-for-profit groups X
          The Missouri Times:  Joshua Hawley target of new ethics complaint
          The Missouri Times:  David Humphreys contributes $50,000 to Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson)
          The Missouri Times:  House District 47 profile:  Republican Chuck Basye
          Drebes:  GOP candidate for Tom Flanigan's state rep seat is buying air time
          KWMU:  Stricter measure against identity theft is among new laws signed by Gov. Nixon
          AP:  Nixon signs bill targeting credit card fraud
          Missourinet:  Missouri Conservation Director Robert Ziehmer reflects on career ahead of resignation
          AP:  Missouri Conservation Director resigning in July
          KC Star:  Bill would expand Missourians' access to concealed carry, create 'stand your ground' law +
          Missourinet:  Former University of Missouri employee embezzled more than $716k over 9 years;  Mount Vernon woman set up fake businesses through SOS office, then sent invoices to university
          Columbia Missourian:  More than $700,000 embezzlement from MU draws questions of accountability
          P-D:  Missouri budget could help ease pressure on public defender system
          P-D:  Army Corps says it won't clean up landfill faster than EPA
          P-D:  Federal judge orders Michael Brown investigation information released, with restrictions
          P-D editorial:  The Tilley Shuffle and Missouri's still-lax ethics laws
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  Shared parenting bill is best for families
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man wonders how the Post-Dispatch would react if a Republican questioned NGA site's "security" in the same manner Democrat Dick Durbin did
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man dislikes concealed-carry proposal
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        Monday, June 6
       
Missourinet:  KC Mayor Sly James (D) applauds Blunt's legislative efforts on federal criminal justice reforms:  "I think it's great that we have a senator that's willing to do that."
          P-D:  St. Louis prepares for NGA's billion-dollar move
          JCNT:  MoDOT, port cities buoyed by increased barge traffic X
          AP:  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) to raise cash at event hosted by Rex Sinquefield
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Video:  Raise Your Hand for Kids proposes tobacco tax increase in Missouri
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Gov candidate series, Part I:  Barry Aycock, Jeff Mazur, Sarah Steelman, Caleb Rowden discuss Eric Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Anonymous committee begins attack on Brunner;  Treasurer is Kansas City's Hank Monsees
          P-D:  GOP gov candidates to debate tonight on St. Louis' Fox 2 (KTVI)
          Kraske:  The Chat:  NARAL touts Kurt Schaefer's anti-abortion credentials, boosts Joshua Hawley's name ID;  Brunner's Mike Hafner on unprecedented number of GOP gov forums/debates +
          KC Star:  ACLU-Missouri's Gillian Wilcox says group is "working really hard on lobbying" Missouri legislators on transgender restroom/shower issue +
          P-D:  Led by Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), lawmakers put cuffs on Missouri ticket quotas
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) would protect those who save kids in hot cars
          KWMU:  Unaccredited districts put focus on summer school;  City, Normandy, Riverview parents appreciate ability to get kids out of house/daycare for "academics and cultural experience around dance, fun and different games"
          KWMU:  Elected board may run city schools again;  Upcoming talks could mean big changes
          Missourinet:  Black lawmakers say unbiased police measures needed
          P-D editorial:  Blunt caught in the middle of Zika budget plans and demands
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helps America own up to its dirty chemical-weapons secret
          SNL op-ed:  Claire McCaskill on veterans and mustard-gas experiments X
          Priddy:  Retired broadcaster recounts debate inside his own head regarding Missouri abortion proposals (SPOILER:  climaxes with 1951 Jack Benny reference);  Word count = 1413
          P-D letter:  Belleville man wants NGA decision overturned, says criteria never listed "urban renewal" as a criteria
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says expanding Medicaid would decrease emergency health care visits
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        Sunday, June 5
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill says VA secretary shouldn't resign
          CDT:  Local business leaders wary of new federal overtime regulations X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics gov candidate series:  Panel of Barry Aycock, Jeff Mazur, Sarah Steelman and Caleb Rowden discuss Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Former Speaker of the House Steve Tilley continues to follow letter of the law in managing campaign contributions;  Critics of Missouri campaign finance laws express anger, angst
          JCNT:  Nixons encourage Missourians to join 100 Missouri Miles challenge X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State of Missouri continues work with Truckers Against Trafficking X
          Columbia Missourian:  Child ID kits can provide peace of mind for Missouri parents
          JCNT:  Lincoln University race discrimination case begins Monday;  Black female allegedly forced white female to "resign or be fired" because of skin color X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri - Columbia struggles to hire black faculty;  With qualified black candidates few and far between, price to lure them to Mizzou is high +
          JCNT:  Moniteau County Library helps residents learn English;  DESE helps fund program for legal immigrants X
          JCNT:  DESE report says drug incidents increase at Fulton High School X
          P-D editorial:  Final NGA decision means the real work is only just beginning
          P-D editorial:  Nixon should veto this year's crazy gun bill
          P-D letter:  Unflattering picture of Ann Wagner makes paper's bias clear
          SNL letter:  Ballwin man says concealed-carry bill will make Missouri safer X
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        Saturday, June 4
       
P-D:  What's behind the Blunt-Kander vets' tempest;  A closer look at the "props" word choice and subsequent brouhaha
          KWMU:  McCaskill seeks to give VA more flexibility in pay range for directors
          P-D:  Wanted:  Good VA medical director that will work in St. Louis
          CDT:  Koster's absence riles Muleskinners during candidate forum;  President says group wants to hear from candidates, not surrogates;  Leonard Steinman says running for governor "keeps me out of the mental institution" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Koster passes on Muleskinners gov forum;  Seasoned citizens Charlie Wheeler, Leonard Steinman spend twilight years competing for Democratic primary silver medal
          KC Star:  Once estranged, David Humphreys and Peter Kinder are friends again +
          SNL:  Catherine Hanaway opens campaign office in Springfield;  Peyton Andrews to run it X
          CDT:  Josh Hawley uses prosecutor endorsements to shore up credentials on crime X
          CDT:  Abortion rights groups target Schaefer over Planned Parenthood documents X
          The Missouri Times:  House District 47 profile, Part I:  Democrat Susan McClintic
          CDT:  Mayor criticizes concealed-carry bill at rally;  Martha Stevens, running in Dem primary for House seat, attends but refuses to comment on guns X
          Missourinet:  Nixon mum on signing or vetoing gun rights bill
          KWMU:  Bill sent to Nixon requires hospitals to disclose cost estimates
          P-D:  Missouri municipal utilities sign up for Grain Belt Express
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal utility commission green-lights purchase to transmit wind power
          AP:  Missouri utility group joins transmission line
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Sue Allen (R-Town and Country) to address school bullying and youth suicide
          JCNT:  Sue Allen's bill aims to prevent youth suicide, bullying X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU committee releases draft of free expression policy
          KWMU:  Deseg agency says it has no role in keeping black student in county from city charter school
          Missourinet:  KC Mayor Sly James:  Traffic stop report shows 'systematic racism' in law enforcement
          KC Star editorial:  Get tougher in reforming the disgraceful payday loan industry +
          Waters:  Opening up Cuba could mean greater access to better rum:  Havana Club, Pusser's, more X
          P-D letter:  American Cancer Society volunteer:  McCaskill must stand up to the tobacco industry, support more FDA regulations
          SNL letter:  Area man mocks John Brunner for Christian beliefs X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman defends St. Louis City Democrat, criticizes Post-Dispatch for accepting Riverfront Times' "sexism" spin without examination
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        Friday, June 3
       
Missourinet:  Creighton professor:  Obama's overtime pay rule could cause some Missouri businesses to close
          CDT:  No summer break for taxpayer-funded lunches;  "Lunch in the Park" and "Summer Food 4 Kids" offer "free" handouts to kids X
          KC Star:  Payday lenders, activists attend KC hearing +
          KC Star:  Video:  Caucasoid millennial attempts rhythmic chant;  Sly James speaks at hearing;  More +
          Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action picnic draws 60 to park;  Activists write dry-erase messages honoring "Gabby Gifford [sic]," others
          KWMU:  NGA makes it official - new home will be in St. Louis
          P-D:  NGA will stay in St. Louis
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials applaud spy agency's decision to stay in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  NGA location in St. Louis finalized
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt vs. Kander race attracting national attention
          KC Star:  Chris Koster has more large donors than any other candidate;  Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council has donated more than $750,000 +
          AP:  Humphreys family contributes to Peter Kinder, Bev Randles, Joshua Hawley
          KWMU:  Ad blitz about to begin in Missouri GOP primary contest for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus touts endorsements in secretary of state bid
          Drebes:  Mike Colona vs. Nixon's Deborah Price - and others - in competition for judge slot
          Messenger:  Fred Sauer vs. Rex Sinquefield is the best battle in St. Louis
          AP:  Missouri budget director says state revenues up 3.4 percent
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on opening up Cuba market to benefit Missouri;  St. Louis NAACP leader complains about law enforcement +
          Missourinet:  Missouri law enforcement aims to ensure sex offenders comply with law
          KC Star:  MU committee offers glimpse at new free speech policy to stop campout protests +
          KY3 (Springfield):  Bats emerge for summer months;  Missouri Department of Conservation reminds residents to leave disease-carrying nocturnal predators alone
          The Missouri Times:  Black legislators weigh in on racial-profiling report
          P-D editorial:  Crackdown is comeuppance for payday predators
          Cincinnati Enquirer:  Obama economist:  Obama saved Ohio economy
          Providence Journal:  Obama economist:  Obama saved Rhode Island economy
          P-D op-ed:  Obama economist:  Verbatim template from above, with Missouri numbers dropped in
          Priddy:  Ethics bills include no enforcement mechanisms or penalties
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Lafayette County GOP Chair Kay Hoflander:  Analyzing the statewides:  Greitens doesn't bother with local GOP events;  Hawley may not be ready for AG job;  More
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat Ken Kielty criticizes Blunt, GOP on Zika funding
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants Nixon to veto ag-information bill +
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        Thursday, June 2
       
SNL:  McCaskill touts veterans survey, benefits for mustard gas survivors during Springfield visit
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill wants VA to care for those in mustard gas experiments
          KMBC:  McCaskill seeks compensation for WWII mustard gas test subjects
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith presents Korean War veteran with medals for service
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Springfield's approach to mental health treatment
          KC Star:  Loans are focus of public hearing in Kansas City today;  Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeks to protect adults from choosing to enter "payday debt traps"
          Drebes:  Harvey Tettlebaum's actions against SJR 39 led to his exclusion from 2016 GOP delegate list
          KWMU:  Arch riverfront reopens on higher ground with upgrades
          P-D:  Rebuilt and elevated Arch riverfront should mean less flooding
          ABC 30 (St. Louis):  Video:  Jamie Allman and Tim Jones discuss GOP gov debate
          JCNT:  George Mason University study ranks Missouri 14th best for state 'fiscal health'
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon returns from Cuba trade mission optimistic about agriculture
          KWMU:  Nixon looks to Cuba as market for Missouri goods
          P-D:  Nixon makes pitch for trade with Cuba to help Missouri farmers, other businesses cash in
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber, others hope Nixon signs tax breaks to incent employee ownership of companies
          KWMU:  Missouri Chamber pushes for governor to sign employee ownership tax break
          SE Missourian:  Local Republican legislators Wayne Wallingford, Kathy Swan to provide legislative updates at First Friday coffee
          The Missouri Times:  KC Board of Election Commissioners welcomes new chair:  Husch Blackwell's J. Casey Martin
          Columbia Missourian:  Area immigrants choose to learn English;  Woman from East African country:  "I live in America. I need to speak English. I need everything about America."
          KWMU:  United Negro College Fund talks about national, local efforts;  Group has opened up scholarships to other non-white minorities, though Caucasoids still need not apply
          KC Star:  Closed Kansas City public schools:  Sold, up for sale, demolished
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Marion County participating in state road reimbursement program
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Public Service Commission opts, for the moment, not to look at grid modernization
          SNL:  Missouri poacher fined only $99.50 for killing black bear;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation's Larry Yamnitz says laws about mistreating wild animals need "more teeth"
          KWMU:  Missouri vehicle stops report could lead to legislation;  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) says laws about stopping minority drivers need "sharper teeth"
          P-D:  Experts discuss data flaws in police-stops report
          JCNT:  Cole County Sheriff's Department stops white drivers at disproportionally high rate;  Jefferson City police pull over more males than females
          Missourinet:  Missouri report:  Black drivers more likely than white drivers to be stopped
          AP:  Report:  Black drivers get stopped more often
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Police Department's Latisha Stroer:  Traffic-stop data should not be taken at face value
          KWMU:  Missouri Foundation for Health commits $6 million to Ferguson efforts, including those around "toxic stress" and "recognizing implicit racial bias"
          P-D:  Missouri Foundation for Health to hand out $6 million to address Ferguson health issues
          P-D editorial:  Blunt can't have it both ways on veterans issues
          P-D op-ed:  SLU Law's Mike Wolff:  Public schools vs. charter schools:  Missouri Republicans' tax-cutting mentality is to blame for funding challenges
          P-D letter:  Mehlville septuagenarian admires Michelle Obama, wants Missouri congressional delegation to oppose cuts to food-handout programs
          P-D letter:  Veteran pot activist Dan Viets says medical marijuana can help reduce opioid overdoses
          P-D letter:  Area woman dislikes GOP proposal to hold Medicaid recipients accountable for flaking on doctor appointments
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wonders why black community doesn't teach "Black Lives Matter" to its own rapists, dope dealers and murderers
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        Wednesday, June 1
       
SNL:  Blunt applauds Springfield response to mental health issues X
          KY3:  Blunt cites Springfield Police Department mental health program as example for nation
          KSMU:  Blunt, law enforcement address mental health services
          KC Star:  McCaskill says she is stunned by U.S. treatment of service members exposed to WWII chemical weapons +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill proposing help for WWII veterans exposed to mustard gas
          KWMU:  McCaskill highlights troubles facing WWII veterans involved in mustard-gas experiments
          AP:  McCaskill pushes to help vets exposed to mustard gas
          P-D:  McCaskill to introduce bill aiding WWII vets claiming exposure to mustard gas
          KWMU:  NGA victory means relocation for black church
          The Missouri Times:  Anti-Greitens SuperPAC under FEC, MEC investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Huckabee's daughter to help John Brunner's campaign
          Drebes:  Senate 1 not a slam dunk for Dems;  Scott Sifton leads in poll and is still the favorite over Republican Randy Jotte
          KC Star:  Rex Sinquefield continues big-money contributions to candidates, causes +
          Priddy:  Rex Sinquefield writes a lot of checks, and it's a shame that voters don't care
          Missourinet:  Seven killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes in Missouri
          P-D:  Overhaul of firearms laws could provide law-abiding Missourians with lifetime concealed-carry permits
          KWMU:  St. Louis City and County forming regional prescription drug database;  Mayoral candidate calls state Legislature's refusal to pass bill "embarrassing"
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP measures signed in St. Louis City and County
          The Missouri Times:  Charter schools file motion to intervene in lawsuit over desegregation tax in St. Louis
          P-D:  Charter school parents move to intervene in lawsuit that threatens their schools
          The Missouri Times:  PSC to approve Ameren request to issue up to $150 million in bonds
          KWMU:  Two charter-school parents to join lawsuit that could disrupt funding for their schools
          JCNT:  Lawmakers designate 'Phyllis Shelley' highway;  Area native, who died in 1987, was first Missouri ambulance employee killed in the line of duty X
          P-D:  Missouri Governor's Mansion ranks high in landscaping survey
          KC Star editorial:  Change the way districts are drawn in Missouri - or else Republicans will control the Legislature again +
          Jensen:  As the politically-correct crowd seeks to get rid of Confederate memorials, let's remove Black Lives Matters displays for the very same reason +
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        Tuesday, May 31
       
Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Missourians remember veterans on Memorial Day
          KC Star:  Third-party dreamers fantasize about a world in which they matter;  Centrist Project's Charlie Wheelan claims former St. Louis Mayor Vince Schoemehl has interest in independent campaigns +
          P-D:  Missouri, other states unsure of cost of Obama's new overtime rules;  Comments from Jay Nixon's Ryan Burns, Jason Kander's Stephanie Fleming
          Missourinet:  With legislative attempt at medical marijuana dead, ballot could be next step
          97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Raise Your Hand 4 Kids' Linda Rallo on cigarette tax increase for early childhood education
          97.1 FM (St. Louis):  Missouri National Education Association's Mark Jones on cigarette tax increase for early childhood education
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mike Parson talks to Mannies & Rosenbaum about decision to run for lieutenant governor, importance of agriculture, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Gov. Jay Nixon on speeding up tax returns +
          Columbia Missourian:  Barge traffic makes a resurgence on Missouri River;  County, regional authorities will receive state money to establish or improve terminals not currently in use
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke (R) has concerns with new gun bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate panel to consider utilities regulations, setting of rates
          AP:  Uber, Lyft:  Fail of Missouri bill makes growth unlikely
          P-D editorial:  Political parties wisely consider overhauling primary system
          P-D editorial:  Missouri congressional delegation should vote against GOP bill to take food out of the mouths of the poor;  Photo of morbidly-obese woman and normal-sized children at North St. Louis City food-handout event
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Possible ballot issues for election X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill's campus sexual-assault legislation a necessary nudge for universities X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Payday loans disproportionally affect black Missourians;  Adults who choose to borrow money "lack the intelligence necessary to say no to higher interest"
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        Monday, May 30   Memorial Day
       
KWMU:  Missouri Libertarian Party chair attends convention;  Third party says this is their year, people are fed up and looking for a change, etc.
          Messenger:  Man seeking to fill Dem ballot slot against Ann Wagner says he totally has a chance to win;  Bill Otto insists this election year is unlike any other, anything could happen, etc.
          Drebes:  MoScout poll:  Trump leads Clinton in Missouri;  Blunt approval at 34%;  More
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on Donald Trump;  Panel of Mark Dalton, Joe Lakin, Kelley Group's Braxton Payne, and Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) on Trump, Clinton and the labor vote, Koster's renewed focus on business, more
          Missourinet:  Blunt backs provision in budget proposal to ease military family moves
          Columbia Missourian:  Vietnam veterans visit D.C. memorials as part of Central Missouri honor flight;  Man recounts returning from war and being spat upon by hippies
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Democrats:  Superminority makes it harder to recruit candidates and keep them from leaving early
          KWMU:  MoDOT has work following legislative session:  restart cost-share program and educate lawmakers
          P-D:  Bill on Nixon's desk would help Medicaid providers hold patients accountable for missed appointments and late cancellations
          P-D:  Obituary:  Former state Rep. Robert Snyder (R-Kirkwood)
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Nixon should sign shared-parenting bill
          P-D letter:  Area Democrat dislikes Blunt's "bluster" on veterans' issues
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City teenager wants Blunt to make sure CDC keeps spending grownups' tax money on anti-smoking commercials
          P-D letter:  Olivette octogenarian disagrees with Republican legislators on gun laws
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        Sunday, May 29
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  All gaffes are local, as Missouri pols take issue with VA secretary's "Disneyland" analogy
          AP:  KC-based Foutch Brothers development firm seek to get Kemper Arena placed on National Register of Historic Places
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Three road fatalities, one drowning statewide to start holiday weekend
          CDT:  Raise Your Hand for Kids campaign draws opposition from teachers union X
          Blue Springs Examiner:  'Candy Man' receives Missouri Senior Service Award from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder;  Korean War veteran Tom Christopher spends time with nursing home residents, serves as hospice volunteer for homebound and skilled-nursing patients
          AP:  Bill provides Missouri agency review of Obamacare rate hikes
          AP:  Drug, addiction policy makes mixed progress in Legislature
          KBIA (Columbia):  Activist for heroin-antidote availability celebrates passage of latest bill
          SE Missourian:  Casino operation provides millions of dollars in revenue to City of Cape Girardeau +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill, Blunt, Luetkemeyer need to find money for Highway 47 bridge +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Chris Koster shows disappointing lack of courage on Obama transgender bathroom order X
          SNL editorial:  Time to regulate payday loans X
          Waters:  More on the University of Missouri presidential search X
          KC Star op-ed:  Community organizer hopes for high turnout at anti-payday-loan event +
          P-D letter:  Manchester man responds to letter from Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael on paycheck protection/deception
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        Saturday, May 28
       
The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Ann Wagner endorses Donald Trump;  Panel of Joe Lakin, Mark Dalton, Kelley Group's Braxton Payne, and Rep. Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles)
          P-D:  Blunt to meet with CDC head as funding to fight Zika still undecided
          P-D:  Final NGA decision coming next week as bi-state fight continues
          Missourinet:  Embattled Missouri hospital forgiving debt for 5,070 patients
          Missourinet:  Flooding concerns prompt Nixon to declare state of emergency
          AP:  Sinquefield makes fresh batch of contributions:  $1.5M to Club for Growth;  $2.8M to Great St. Louis;  $2.5M to Excellence in Government, whose only donations this year are to State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) and local union
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri NEA to oppose tobacco tax initiative
          The Missouri Times:  David Humphreys donates $250,000 to Kinder campaign
          KWMU:  UM sued over response to open records request, GOP attorney general contest at issue
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri Law School Dean Gary Myers resigns post after Sunshine lawsuit filed
          Columbia Missourian:  Gary Myers to step down as MU law school dean
          Columbia Missourian:  Court documents show Elmer sought to track Hawley's movements and activities
          P-D:  Mizzou law dean steps down
          KC Star:  David Humphreys gives $25,000 to Ryan Silvey's Democratic opponent +
          The Missouri Times:  No love lost between two women fighting for Stephen Webber's state rep seat;  Liberal Martha Stevens vs. moderate Cathy Richards in safe Dem district
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon announces funds for veterans ahead of Memorial Day
          St. Joseph News-Press:  General Assembly approves $500,000 for new veterans' home
          SNL:  Nixon announces money, improvements for Springfield veterans' cemetery X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon pardons nine criminals X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Housing Development Commission adds LGBT to protected classes
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon should veto dangerous concealed-carry bills +
          Waters:  Next UM president must be more than just a manager X
          CDT letter:  Sociology grad student dislikes both Kurt Schaefer and Joshua Hawley X
          KC Star letter:  Neosho native Moo Cho, M.D. gives advice to young chunks:  Stop playing on your smartphones and start exercising, unless you want to grow up to be even fatter and develop sleep apnea +
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        Friday, May 27
       
KC Star:  McCaskill among Dems not impressed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, says party chair should play productive "supporting role" rather than grandstanding and hotdogging "starring role" +
          ABC News:  Daughters for sale:  How McCaskill and others are fighting against Backpage.com and sex trafficking
          KMIZ (Columbia):  McCaskill talks about efforts to curb sexual assaults in military
          KWMU:  Missouri Oncology Society, others weigh in on new Medicare drug-cost proposal
          KWMU:  One Missouri cigarette tax hike proposal hurt by lack of teachers' union support and judge's ruling
          KMIZ:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former state Sen. Joe Moseley (D-Columbia) help dedicate housing complex for disabled veterans
          Missourinet:  Missouri GOP lawmakers join Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder asking Obama to rescind transgender student bathroom directive
          The Missouri Times:  GOP legislators support Kinder's letter to Obama
          AP:  Missouri GOP lawmakers, Kinder slam Obama bathroom guidance
          SNL:  Local lawmakers join Kinder to oppose Obama bathroom letter X
          CDT:  Lawsuit alleges University of Missouri, Joshua Hawley conspired to conceal information X
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit against Hawley, Mizzou alleges conspiracy to hide public documents
          KMIZ:  Hawley, MU law school dean sued over Sunshine Law
          Drebes:  Notes on GOP state Senate primary:  Mike McGhee vs. Denny Hoskins
          Missourinet:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce:  Cuba trip goals to build relationships, promote Missouri goods
          P-D:  Nixon to tax agency:  Speed it up
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Revenue gets additional resources to fight fraud
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard creates three new committees for interim
          Missourinet:  State Senate committee to look for ways to cut costs of state prescription aid
          AP:  Missouri Senate begins scrutinizing Planned Parenthood files
          Missourinet:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) to offer again 'life begins at conception' amendment
          The Missouri Times:  Public Service Commission schedules Empire Electric rate case hearings
          KWMU:  EPA says material found in West Lake Landfill drainage ditch does not pose concern;  Retired air traffic controller Bill Otto disagrees with scientists, wants more tests
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Video:  A real gun + no training = alarming law in Missouri;  Sexagenarian liberal plays with unloaded gun, points it at camera +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Republican legislators - especially Kurt Schaefer - are bullies
          P-D op-ed:  Area law school students:  The push for paid medical and family leave in Missouri
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        Thursday, May 26
       
AP:  McCaskill, Blunt, Jason Smith help Congress consider Ste. Genevieve for National Parks System
          P-D:  Missouri delegation pushing for national historic site in Ste. Genevieve
          NBC News:  Democrats Claire McCaskill, Kirsten Gillibrand headed for rematch of military sexual assualt prosecutions
          Kraske:  The Chat:  MoDOT's Patrick McKenna on transportation-tax ballot initiative +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NEA announces opposition to Raise Your Hand 4 Kids early childhood education petition
          St. Louis Magazine:  Kinder tells Obama to revoke new policy on transgender restroom/locker room access in public schools
          CDT:  Area school districts have differing policies on transgender restrooms;  Columbia schools allow students to use whichever restrooms and locker rooms they choose;  Harrisburg district allows students to choose new names, pronouns X
          Drebes:  Jake Zimmerman poll shows Zimmerman leading Teresa Hensley 24%-15%
          Rosenbaum:  A simple guide to the complex process for replacing a Missouri state senator;  Inside the battle over Jake Hummel's election to Joe Keaveny's seat
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee sunshine law appeal heard;  Progress Missouri has been blocked from recording public meetings
          Missourinet:  Senate committees to study long-term care & veterans homes, utility ratemaking, state pharmacy aid costs
          Missourinet:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors):  Closed primaries would exclude some voters
          AP:  Oklahoma, Kansas-Missouri Planned Parenthood groups to merge
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Insurance rules Aetna-Humana merger in Missouri anticompetitive
          KWMU:  Missouri says it will block some health plans from a merged Aetna-Humana
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon to travel to Cuba on trade mission
          SE Missourian:  SEMO president to take part in Nixon's Cuba ag mission, will pursue higher-ed partnerships +
          JCNT:  Legislative leaders look to summer MU review X
          KWMU:  Galloway audit finds misspending in Fox school district
          P-D:  State audit finds more than $100,000 in iffy spending by ex chief of Fox schools;  Details of Dianne Critchlow's shampoo purchases, raising her own salary and that of her husband, other egregious acts
          AP:  New state park in Shannon County set to open in July
          AP:  Missouri court upholds limits on cell phone tower regulations
          KWMU:  Complaints over low-level, inconsequential radiation from Coldwater Creek inspire woman to choreograph dramatic dances
          Waters:  Kurt Schaefer was right about one (1) thing:  Funding for State Historical Society of Missouri X
          P-D op-ed:  Legislature should put an end to shackling of young miscreants in court
          P-D letter:  Man responds to story on AP classes in black schools, says schools shouldn't be blamed for students' easy-way-out choices
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        Wednesday, May 25
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri GOP slowly lining up behind Donald Trump +
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt, Kander trade barbs over VA director's comments
          KC Star:  Uproar over "Disney" comments from VA secretary grows;  McDonald compared veterans' wait-times at medical centers to standing in line at Disneyland +
          Missourinet:  Officials hope summer brings more information on fighting Zika virus;  Comments from Blunt
          P-D:  NGA head tells Illinois congressional delegation that north St. Louis site meets security requirements;  Federal workers will commute to, from North St. Louis City
          P-D:  St. Louis leaders struggle to shake downtown's violent image
          P-D:  Homicide map:  Visual representation of St. Louis City's homicides
          Missourinet:  One Missouri road funding effort dies, another could be on ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Kinder asks Obama to rescind transgender-restroom letter
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with GOP attorney general candidates Kurt Schaefer and Joshua Hawley on SJR 39 and protecting religious liberty
          JCNT:  Nicole Galloway - and man seeking to fill Dem ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler - speak to area Dems;  Group hands out lifetime achievement awards to senior citizens, sings "Happy Birthday" to 90-year-old woman X
          Missourinet:  Nixon to lead trade mission to Cuba;  Agriculture - particularly rice - will be focus of visit
          Drebes:  Missouri Dept. of Insurance meeting to discuss Aetna-Humana merger draws all-star cast and crowd;  Jay Angoff, Chuck Hatfield, Jane Drummond, David Smith, Tom Holloway, Missy Panettiere, more
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis Labor Council hires Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) to improve relationship with black community;  SLLC boss Pat White says state rep was hired because he is "not very controversial" and speaks well
          CDT:  Bill awaiting Nixon's signature would clear up campaign finance filing issue X
          P-D:  Tax refund wait in Missouri hits 10 weeks
          Missourinet:  Galloway:  small business board not meeting its obligations
          The Missouri Times:  Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board fails state audit
          AP:  Galloway audit finds Missouri small business advocacy board failing
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative leaders considering MU study commission membership
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System to spend $1.1 million on diversity audit
          CDT:  Columbia's Kael Miranda says he's ready for Scripps National Spelling Bee;  Immigrant student chooses to work hard, outperforms competition X
          JCNT:  Increase in services for deaf-blind awaits Nixon OK X
          Missourinet:  Bill to protect rescuers of children in hot cars awaits governor's action
          SE Missourian:  Inaction on highway funding bill disappointing +
          P-D editorial:  Nationally, conservatives see danger in opioid epidemic. In Missouri, 'liberty' reigns supreme.
          Waters:  Statewide GOP primary candidates are too conservative;  Octogenarian offers criticism of each Republican gov, AG candidate X
          P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian liberals Risa Zwerling (D-Washington University Chancellor's Residence) and Stacey Newman oppose Missouri concealed-carry legislation
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NARAL volunteer disagrees with GOP legislators on abortion
          CDT letter:  Septuagenarian sociology prof disagrees with GOP legislators on abortion, Medicaid expansion, more X
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        Tuesday, May 24
       
The Missouri Times:  State Republicans unite at convention and elect slate
          AP:  Missouri GOP panel backs closed primaries
          P-D:  VA secretary says pay, politics a problem in filling long-vacant St. Louis medical center job
          The Missouri Times:  Voter photo ID to appear on November ballot
          P-D:  Nixon sets voter ID question for November ballot
          AP:  Voter ID proposal to go before Missouri voters Nov. 8
          Drebes:  Complaint filed against Patriots for America;  Anti-Greitens group run by former Brunner aide has not filed with Missouri Ethics Commission
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  State treasurer candidate Judy Baker (D) on her 2008 congressional campaign, current voter mood, savings accounts for prisoners, more
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor report explores how Missouri measures up against the rest of the country in areas of economy, education, civic involvement, health, crime and transportation
          JCNT:  How Missouri stacks up;  Galloway:  Missouri has a variety of results in national comparisons X
          KWMU:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) says Missouri's lack of prescription drug monitoring program hurts other states
          KC Star:  Critics question impact of Missouri's 'revolving door' lobbyist law +
          JCNT:  Hindus ask Nixon to sign yoga tax exemption X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves adjustments to Laclede, Missouri Gas Energy infrastructure system replacement surcharges
          CDT:  State asks Missouri Supreme Court to consider insanity plea X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Koster critical of Obama;  Transgender restroom issue should be handled by local districts X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Missouri another example of why gun laws and common sense rarely mix;  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) to take trip to D.C. for gun-control chats +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves woman expresses anger toward Republican legislators regarding a wide range of issues
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        Monday, May 23
       
Missourinet:  Missouri GOP leaders urge Republicans to support Trump
          KC Star:  McCaskill puts her anti-Trump catchphrase on hats, gives them away;  Senior United States Senator tries to make "Risky and Reckless" happen +
          SNL:  Jason Kander announces "Veterans and Military Families for Kander" group X
          KWMU:  The St. Louis link to the costly, innovative opioid addiction treatment awaits FDA approval
          Rosenbaum:  Missouri House Democrats face a tough slog out of the superminority;  A look at the demise of the rural Democratic base and the the difficulties recruiting quality candidates
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Urban Dems Cora Faith Walker, Michael Butler and suburban Republicans John Wiemann and Andrew Koenig discuss 'Stand Your Ground" bill, governor's race, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dem state treasurer candidate Pat Contreras seeks to become first Latino statewide officeholder, talks "Missouri values," outreach to millennials, more
          Drebes:  Missouri Right to Life shakes fist at Senate
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rex Sinquefield on earnings tax +
          AP:  Nixon pushes back against new tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Action on clemency requests "relatively soon"
          KC Star editorial:  Many closed Kansas City schools get new life serving the urban core +
          KC Star op-ed:  Wind-energy company CEO:  Green energy spurs job growth in Midwest, U.S. +
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  GOP legislative leaders talk a big game on labor reform, but fail to back it up
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America dislikes Missouri concealed-carry proposal
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman wants Nixon to veto bill regarding access to agricultural data
          P-D letter:  Local asthma and allergy foundation rep says pseudoephedrine prescriptions unnecessary, and that the current NPLEx system is working just fine
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        Sunday, May 22
       
KWMU:  Missouri GOP begins to coalesce behind Trump in quest to block Clinton
          KC Star:  Outside groups take a harder look at 2016 campaign spending +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Eric Schmitt;  Panel of Reps. Michael Butler (D), John Wiemann (R) and Andrew Koenig (R), incoming Dem state Rep. Cora Faith Walker discuss "Stand Your Ground," gov race, more
           JCNT:  Potential MoDOT grant cuts could impact Jefferson City X
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Local schools deal with transgender bathroom demands;  St. Joseph School District superintendent says district is "meeting individual accomodations for individual restroom time" X
           P-D:  Across region, few black students enrolled in advanced placement classes;  Teachers, students comment on why students choose to take easier classes
           AP:  Bill to expand industry say in water regulations drew bipartisan support
           JCNT:  Former Missouri state park director dead at 97;  Joe Jaeger responsible for Lake of the Ozarks toll bridge X
           St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  On roads funding, Missouri lawmakers kick can down crumbling roads X
           P-D editorial briefs:  Regulatory agencies should hold no more meetings to explain science of landfills, and instead should just excavate the waste
           P-D op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner:  Fighting the growing epidemic of overdoses
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        Saturday, May 21
       
Missourinet:  Missouri GOP convention to select candidates, could consider closed primary
          Politico:  How a deadly tropical virus - Zika - became another Washington mess;  Comments from McCaskill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Businesses will face tough decisions thanks to Obama's overtime-pay rule X
          P-D:  U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) speaks at Washington University commencement
          KWMU:  Judge's ruling may keep larger cigarette tax initiative off Missouri ballots
          AP:  Judge strikes blow to Missouri cigarette tax initiative
          KC Star:  Missouri tobacco tax campaigns face court battles, ethics complaints +
          P-D:  Koster receives $250,000 from AFSCME
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft event featured his dad and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach
          Drebes:  Update on Dan Brown and David Humphreys' cash
          CDT:  At Pachyderm meeting, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) talks voter ID, castle doctrine, MU race hysterics and its impact on enrollment, more X
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court finds against Rachel Johns' candidacy
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court backs voter-registration requirement in Rachel Johns case
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis City Alderman Cara Spencer takes over for Joan Bray at Consumers Council of Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  David Jackson leaves Pelopidas for Gamble and Schlemeier
          SNL:  Local lawmakers reflect on session, offer insight into bill-passing process X
          JCNT:  Program changes encourage diversity in state projects;  Comments from Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch's Stephanie Bell X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Highway Patrol unveils new safety app X
          KWMU:  Former McDonnell Douglas employees join group seeking payouts for supposed damages caused by radiation
          KWMU:  Robert Duffy says goodbye to St. Louis Public Radio
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Department of Conservation issues tortoise caution;  Males hit the road looking for territories to stake and fertile turtles to breed X
          P-D:  Ferguson protest busted for prostitution, sex trafficking;  Underage female says Charles Wade was her "manager"
          P-D:  Berkeley man gets 6 years for break-in, looting during Ferguson riots;  Career criminal Andrew Henry was out on parole for several felony convictions at the time of his thievery
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman opposes idea that men can "sashay into a women's restroom at will and claim they identify as women"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says allowing men in women's restrooms frees males from "the role imposed by their sexual organs"
          KC Star letters:  Ladies weigh in on guns, prescription drug database, "Stand Your Ground" and "Ban the Box" +
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        Friday, May 20
       
The Hill:  McCaskill:  Nevada Democratic convention violence an 'aberration'
          CBS News:  Video:  McCaskill agrees Sanders campaign is not pushing violence
          Politico:  McCaskill, other Hillary Clinton supporters nudge Sanders toward dropping out
          Washington Post:  Inside Harry Reid's hands-off approach to Bernie Sanders;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  Missouri delegation counters in border war over NGA site
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Retailers Association and St. Louis nonprofit want McCaskill and Blunt to oppose Obama overtime rule
          KWMU:  NGA site will eliminate old Buster Brown building;  Man holds fundraiser to move historic edifice, imports Los Angeles midget dressed as shoe mascot
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh talks to former Secret Service agent about new book;  Seasoned citizens discuss Eisenhower, Kennedy, Jackie O, other half-century-old topics
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters) on municipal overhaul legislation, ethics bills, Missouri GOP vs. Missouri Dem infrastructure, more
          The Missouri Times:  Court vacates fiscal note for early childhood amendment;  Fiscal note will be returned to state auditor for revision
          JCNT:  Circuit court judge:  Tobacco tax petition's fiscal summary unfair
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court hears state rep case;  Rachel Johns, who seeks to challenge Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) in primary, claims she meets residency requirements
          The Missouri Times:  MO Supreme Court hears oral arguments in state rep primary;  Attorney for Rachel Johns says she delayed registering to vote as a sign of protest against the government
          The Missouri Times:  2016 House tip sheet:  Details on each district - including primary battles - cash on hand, and who's going to win
          The Missouri Times:  Interact with state legislative election maps
          The Riverfront Times:  Mounting delays in Missouri Crime Victim Compensation Program leave crime victims waiting;  Average processing time nearly doubles in three years
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans who cast pro-labor votes discuss their rationale;  Thoughts from Sen. Gary Romine, Rep. Elaine Gannon (R-De Soto)
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt reflects on SB 5 and SB 572
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to lead further efforts against human trafficking
          The Maneater:  Board of Curators approves tuition hike for fall 2016
          P-D:  Charter school parents ask St. Louis Public Schools leaders to drop legal action
          P-D:  Missouri Healthcare for All promotes pro-Medicaid-expansion video
          Brownfield Ag News:  Beef contributes $3.8 billion to Missouri economy;  Comments from Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          Missourinet:  Joplin tornado anniversary events coming this weekend
          KC Star:  Joplin anniversary summary
          AP:  Charges dropped against two out-of-town reporters covering Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  Administration's transgender directive pushes too hard, too fast
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Legislature passed some good - and some bad - laws;  Overall, Legislature earns a "C"
          Messenger:  Fired Missouri National Guard contractor gets new legal strategy
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri courts need a higher standard- for justice and jobs
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Missouri Republicans are wrong about Sunshine Laws
          P-D letter:  University City man says too much legislative power is in the hands of its elected leaders
          P-D letter:  Area man says Missouri Legislature is worse than just 'average' on abortion issue
          JCNT letter:  Area man supports voter photo ID, suggests crooks will oppose it
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        Thursday, May 19
       
KWMU:  Missouri GOP to focus on issues, and future of primaries, at convention
          P-D:  Trump unveils his list of top Supreme Court picks - including Spanish Lake native Ray Gruender
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on Obama's transgender directive;  Missouri employment numbers;  More +
          Washington Post:  McCaskill presses personnel agency on planned revamp of background investigations
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Federal Highway Administration plan advances to replace Champ Clark Bridge
          P-D:  13 St. Louis area Muslims sue, claiming secret immigration "blacklist"
          KWMU:  "<X Things>" journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about the region from the new Census numbers:  St. Louis City loses residents, while St. Charles County cities make impressive gains
          Columbia Missourian:  Hospitals learn to deal with porky patients;  CDC numbers show 3 out of 10 Missourians choose to be fat
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Tools to move obese patients include ceiling-mounted lifts, heavy-duty slings
          KWMU:  Rex Sinquefield praises Chris Koster's pro-business approach, talks campaign-contribution limits and more
          The Missouri Times:  Debate over transgender restroom policy heats up in Missouri;  Comments from Koster, Eric Greitens
          KC Star:  Eric Greitens knocks Koster over transgender restroom issue +
          The Missouri Times:  Randy Jotte kicks off campaign against Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton)
          Drebes:  Candidate withdraws from primary for Jake Hummel's St. Louis City seat
          KWMU:  GOP bill will expand Medicaid eligibility for Missouri's elderly and disabled
          Missourinet:  Nixon on Missouri voter photo ID:  "It's a concept I disagree with"
          Missourinet:  Bill to protect Missouri farm data awaits Nixon's action
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators set tuition, fees for coming school year X
          Columbia Missourian:  Board of Curators approves tuition and fee increases
          KWMU:  UM curators approve flat tuition for in-state students this fall
          AP:  University of Missouri freezes in-state undergraduate tuition
          CDT:  Vintage attorneys from 1980s shantytown case question constitutionality of camping-ban enforcement X
          CDT:  Professors' group:  Curators bowed to political pressure in Melissa Click firing X
          KWMU:  Professors' group expresses displeasure with firing of Melissa Click
          Columbia Missourian:  AAUP blames Missouri lawmakers, curators in Melissa Click firing
          CDT:  Animal rights group sues MU, alleging repeated Sunshine Law violations X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County voters won't decide on law enforcement sales tax;  County exec Steve Stenger (D) says there is "no rational explanation for (Chappelle-Nadal's) conduct and behavior"
          AP:  Court considers Missouri's lethal injection protocol;  says execution drugs obtained illegally
          Missourinet:  Missouri officials increase testing for fatal deer disease
          P-D editorial:  Missouri lawmakers improve day care quality by approving a rating system
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  McClatchy sends paper's public editor - who handles reader feedback and complaints - off to another project until after elections are over +
          P-D op-ed:  Taxpayers should subsidize Internet access for poor Missouri households
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Mizzou has shown before that it can successfully address protests, with shanties and all +
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        Wednesday, May 18
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill praises prohibition on some war-zone projects X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill, Josh Hawley weigh in on Obama directive on transgenders in public-school restrooms;  Gina Walsh on Legislature's efforts to help shield interns from Capitol creepery +
          Roll Call:  Blunt works with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to pass $1.1 billion emergency spending to fight Zika virus
          Washington Post:  Congress struggles to strike deal on Zika;  Comments from Blunt X
          P-D:  Senate moves closer to devoting money to fight Zika virus
          The Hill:  McCaskill flubs while deflecting from tight KY race;  Senior senator forgot that GOP contest took place months ago, takes ownership of mistake via Twitter
          KWMU:  EPA skips West Lake meeting after activist makes death threats;  Organizer Dawn Chapman says threats came from familiar account, but she has no idea who they are
          KC Star:  Anti-payday-loan group to hold event tomorrow;  Man who chose to borrow money at high interest rate will share sad story +
          KC Star:  How-to ads on voting out unions rile Missouri's labor bosses;  David Humphreys' campaign includes swipe at Chris Koster +
          AP:  Koster say Obama moved too quickly on transgenders-in-bathrooms issue, says he's not convinced Nixon should veto "Stand Your Ground" bill
          CDT:  Koster seeks go-slow approach on transgender bathroom issue X
          Messenger:  Peter Kinder adopts age-old 'bathroom panic' strategy made famous by Schlafly;  Columnist learned important lesson about tolerance and male gender-benders after stumbling upon "cross-dressers convention"
          JCNT:  South Calloway superintendent:  "Very unclear what state is doing" on transgender issue;  Some districts are already allowing gender-assigned males who self-identify as females to play competitive sports against gender-assigned females X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP statewides speak at Christian rally;  Organizers of Franklin Graham's "Decision America" tour say crowd totalled nearly 6,000
          JCNT:  Franklin Graham encourages voters to cast ballot for Christian candidates X
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact analysis:  Koster claim on "wage gap" rated "Mostly True"
          Drebes:  Brunner goes up on TV with small Springfield buy
          Missourinet:  Kurt Schaefer denies claim of blocking rival from running
          Drebes:  Betsy AuBuchon named new Missouri Supreme Court clerk
          AP:  Missouri employment reaches record high
          The Missouri Times:  The Graveyard:  Major bills that died in 2016
          The Missouri Times:  Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) marks legislative victories of 2016 session
          KWMU:  For some, Missouri Legislature's ethics push still has a long way to go
          Missourinet:  Baby bumper ban runs out of time in Missouri Legislature;  will be back in 2017
          Missourinet:  Inaction by Missouri Legislature could affect thousands of DUI cases
          CDT:  University of Missouri to consider tuition hikes for nonresident and graduate students X
          KWMU:  State school board signals that control of St. Louis Public schools could return to an elected school board
          KWMU:  State school board members comment on de-emphasizing test scores in school accreditation
          Missourinet:  Arkansas disease sampling findings prompt Missouri to increase sample collecting
          KWMU:  Man who shot police in Ferguson opts to go to trial
          P-D:  Judge Joe Dueker hands down more not-guilty verdicts in cases stemming from Ferguson protests
          P-D:  Woman unhappy about successful drug raid will serve as face of first-ever complaint to new police oversight board;  Clara Williams-Norise blames pot and drug paraphernalia on her husband
          P-D editorial:  Illinois offers NGA the loving embrace of a budgetary chokehold
          P-D op-ed:  St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Education Council:  State day-care standards are racist;  Also, Missouri should spend more taxpayer money on early childhood education
          Jensen:  The race and gender cards;  Liberals have a simple rebuttal to valuable voter ID and law-and-order bills:  Call conservatives names +
          Priddy:  Photo ID proposal is a solution in search of a problem (1,286 words)
          Waters:  Short-term budget struggles will help make University of Missouri leaner and meaner X
          P-D letter:  Manchester man attributes health problems to Agent Orange, criticizes EPA over Wildwood site
          P-D letter:  Prolific liberal LTE author Ric Haberstroh wants Legislature to stop focusing on transgenders in bathrooms and start banning texting-while-driving
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        Tuesday, May 17
       
KC Star:  Jeff Roe:  "No regrets" as Cruz campaign winds down +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Roe on Cruz campaign;  Missouri Faith Voices on voter ID;  Justin Alferman on prohibiting lobbyist gifts;  David Wood on SJR 39's resurrection in 2017 +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill supports Obama direction on transgender student bathroom use
          P-D:  Notes on federal legislation with St. Louis impact:  McCaskill bill on tariff relief, F/A-18 Super Hornets, more
          SE Missourian:  Cape businessman pleads guilty to food-stamp fraud +
          P-D:  EPA cancels appearance at West Lake Landfill meeting after activist threatens to kill officials
          AP:  GOP attorney general candidates Josh Hawley, Kurt Schaefer agree:  No to medical marijuana, abortions, allowing men in women's restrooms
          CDT:  During radio debate with Hawley, Schaefer takes credit for ending abortions in Columbia X
          Rosenbaum:  Some big takeaways from Missouri General Assembly's final week
          The Missouri Times:  Winners and losers from the 2016 session
          KC Star:  Winners and losers from the 2016 session +
          The Missouri Times' Rachael Herndon:  How Speaker Todd Richardson restored order in the House
          Missourinet:  Legislative leaders:  Capitol environment for interns has improved
          SE Missourian:  Area lawmakers express dismay over lack of action on highway funding +
          Missourinet:  Supporters, opponents react to failure of abortion measures in Missouri Legislature
          P-D:  Quality rating system will provide info on Missouri day cares;  Comments from Missouri Children's Leadership Council's Judy Dungan
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) to repeal certificate of need exemption awaiting Nixon's action X
          CDT:  University of Missouri says it will not tolerate protesters camping out on campus X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri vows to enforce long-standing rule preventing tent cities on campus +
          KWMU:  De-emphasize test scores in school accreditation, task force urges
          P-D:  Group urging Nixon to veto fantasy sports measure
          Missourinet:  Controversial beer cooler legislation awaits Nixon's action
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) fares well in first St. Louis mayoral poll
          P-D editorial:  Legislative report card:  Missouri Republicans wrong about almost everything
          Waters:  After Schaefer's bullying, a welcome decision on Planned Parenthood X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Republicans supporting voter ID laws are "dancing on Grandma's grave"
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health's Gary Harbison thanks General Assembly for passing legislation
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        Monday, May 16
       
KC Star:  Trade policy issues are blurring old lines, turning politics in 2016 inside out;  Blunt, Kander show how neither party marches in lockstep +
          KQTV (St. Joseph):  Blunt speaks at ceremony for fallen firefighters
          Brownfield Ag News:  National "coalition" push shows Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is losing steam, says Missouri Farmers Care's Ashley McCarty
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jack Cardetti, Stoddard Co. Prosecutor Russ Oliver, incoming state Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), Public Eye's Anne Schweitzer on voter ID, end of session, political campaigns, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on not raising taxes during his eight years as governor;  Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) on expanding concealed carry;  Jamilah Nasheed on "paycheck deception" +
          Rosenbaum for KWMU's "We Live Here" series:  Rhetoric vs. Reality:  Which is winning post Ferguson?  A state policy update
          JCNT:  Black leaders oppose photo ID measure;  Missouri Faith Voices' Cassandra Gould predicts ballot initiative will lose in November, says GOP legislators are "dancing on my ancestors' graves" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative leaders reflect on achievements, disappointments of 2016 session
          Missourinet:  Missouri abortion legislation left on table despite GOP supermajorities
          AP:  Canoe-rental companies could face state of Missouri as new competitor
          AP:  Lawmakers pass bills affecting public access to some records
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce says timing played role in beef checkoff failure
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon must make a education bill a high priority:  Measure will expand A+ program to private school kids, allow Pledge of Allegiance each school day, and require citizenship test X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Gift ban at Capitol overdue X
          P-D letter:  Prolific liberal LTE author Martin Walsh on Ann Wagner and "bribes" from financial services industry
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        Sunday, May 15
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters backs Roy Blunt for re-election X
          KQTV (St. Joseph):  Largest firefighter union in Missouri endorses Blunt
          P-D:  Federal, state experts agree:  Radiation risks from West Lake, Coldwater Creek low
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Jack Cardetti, Stoddard Co. Prosecutor Russ Oliver, incoming GOP state Rep. Phil Cristofanelli (R-St. Peters), Public Eye's Anne Schweitzer talk voter ID, union issues, petition intiatives, more
          JCNT:  Raise Your Hand 4 Kids petitions to raise Missouri tobacco taxes, addresses criticisms X
          Drebes:  Nixon vets Ted Ardini, James Layton interview for Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District opening
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT:  Improvements in funding are allowing better maintenance of highways and bridges X
          JCNT:  Session is over, but controversial bills not done X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass ethics bills, save lobbyist gift ban for next year
          SNL:  Session recap:  Ethics bills, fuel tax, ballot initiatives, more X
          CDT:  Webber, GOP lawmakers says relationship with University of Missouri remains strained;  Curator Chair Pam Henrickson says board will review whether Andy Blunt has been earning his keep with $10k/month no-bid contract X
          P-D:  "University of the People" concept perfect for Missouri, founder says;  Israel entrepreneur says Missouri stance on less-than-legal students is unfair, believes "education is a right, not a privilege"
          CDT:  Graduation photo gallery:  Family makes a scene with airhorns as civilized attendees wince and cover ears;  Coed unzips robe and strikes cowgirl pose atop tiger statue;  More X
          P-D:  Ferguson protesters' suit against St. Louis County police should be dismissed, lawyers say;  Dwayne Matthews, caught on video walking into tear gas cloud and falling into culvert, wants payout for "gruesome" injuries
          KC Star editorial:  Republican legislators wrong about voter ID, guns, abortion, more;  Uber guilty of bullying;  Voters should punish GOP legislators in November +
          P-D editorial:  Kurt Schaefer is wrong about abortion, plus he's being investigated for alleged ethics violations
          JCNT editorial:  Elijah Haahr's bill will crack down on sex trafficking X
          SNL letter:  Mizzou med school student:  Missouri needs prescription drug monitoring program X
          JCNT letter:  Area man disagrees with Rep. Jay Barnes (R) on minimum wage, KC and STL earnings taxes X
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman says St. Louis County election directors aren't treated fairly
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        Saturday, May 14
       
KC Star:  Blunt, Kander pick up firefighter union endorsements +
          CDT:  Area Democrats hear from congressional candidate;  Gordon Christensen seeks nomination to fill D ballot slot in Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          P-D:  Bost suggests Congress could cut funding to thwart new NGA site in St. Louis
          AP:  Mexican who killed five men in a two-state crime spree to stand trial;  Koster calls first dibs on opportunity to put illegal immigrant Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino to death
          The Missouri Time:  Peter Kinder denounces Obama administration's decree on transgender bathroom use
          The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus says Jay Ashcroft failed where he succeeded;  Kraus says son of Missouri GOP icon failed to follow through on voter-ID petition promise
          P-D:  Conservative radio host Dana Loesch back on St. Louis air
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats collect $3,000 worth of canned food - and $1,000 in cash - in response to GOP handout cuts
          KC Star:  Voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' highlight GOP wins as 2016 session ends +
          KWMU:  General Assembly ends session:  Now, what will Nixon do?
          P-D:  Summary of final day of legislative session
          P-D:  How major legislation fared in the Missouri Legislature
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri legislators look back on 2016 session X
          Missourinet:  Nixon pleased by failure of "paycheck protection/deception" union dues legislation
          P-D:  Session recap:  Hummel, Nixon praise Richardson;  Nasheed touts filibuster victories over GOP's "old men";  More
          Missourinet:  Speaker Todd Richardson says lobbyist gift ban will be first bill out of House in 2017
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers grant new powers to secretary of state +
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo ID requirements pass Legislature, head to public ballot
          KWMU:  Joe Keaveny chooses final day of session to announce he's quitting early;  Jake Hummel will seek Dem nomination
          P-D:  Keaveny quits, says hours and pay as a judge will be better for him;  Multiple women claim they might step up to challenge Jake Hummel
          The Missouri Times:  Keaveny walks away from Senate seat early, predicts Democrats will pick up Senate and House seats in November
          Missourinet:  Gas tax increase proposal dies in Legislature
          KWMU:  St. Louis City could green-light regional prescription drug database
          Missourinet:  Legislature passes 'Stand Your Ground,' other gun law changes on final day of session
          KC Star:  'Stand Your Ground' law wins Missouri Senate approval;  Florida version of law helped protect neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin case +
          The Missouri Times:  House grants final passage to controversial gun bill
          KWMU:  Missouri General Assembly votes to expand legal use of deadly force known as Stand Your Ground
          P-D:  GOP sends gun bills to Nixon
          SNL:  Lawmakers pass 'Stand Your Ground' and concealed carry X
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass expanded gun rights on final day
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers successfully push passage of 'joint-custody' bill +
          P-D:  Legislature passes new restrictions on TIF incentives to developers
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John McCaherty (R-Murphy) praises final passage of ports bill
          KWMU:  As they did the previous two years, UM curators hold offsite meeting
          P-D:  Parents pull kids out of school to protest "school-to-prison pipeline";  Grown man paints face, defaces American flag with "F#CK" and other musings
          P-D:  "The Move" high school kicks off at Vashon;  Photos of female student popping derriere near anti-violence sign, male student with a live python around his neck, other uplifting images
          SE Missourian:  Attorney in St. Louis Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce's office speaks at Respect for Law event +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri taxes on cigarettes and gasoline are too low X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislature's small steps on ethics are better than none X
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City's urban core needs better access to fresh food to battle diabetes;  Fat people who gorge on sugary and salty foods would totally choose veggies if they could +
          SNL letter:  Increase in local crime due to Missouri Republicans' cuts to welfare X
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        Friday, May 13  Final Day of Session
       
January 2016 headlines
          February 2016 headlines
          March 2016 headlines
          KC Star:  U.S. Senate campaigns have simple playbook:  Kander seeks to tie Blunt to Trump;  Blunt seeks to tie Kander to Clinton +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Sam Graves on Obamacare;  David Pearce on campaign contribution limits;  Jake Hummel on GOP's voter ID push +
          KWMU:  Congressman Mike Bost on NGA location:  "This isn't over"
          KWMU:  Shoe factory sale price set in city's NGA eminent domain case
          KMOX:  Lacy Clay weighs in on Chris Carter's domestic case, calls for alderman to resign
          P-D:  Lacy Clay calls on former state Rep. Chris Carter to resign
          KTVI:  McCaskill talks about breast cancer
          KY3 (Springfield):  Group submits proposal to raise Missouri's cigarette tax;  Comments from Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo, We Deserve Better's Brad Ketcher
          Drebes:  After backing out of state treasurer race, Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) still sitting on pile of benefactor David Humphreys' money
          Priddy:  Tramping to oblivion:  Legislators ending their term must accept that once they leave the Capitol, "there will be no one who remembers them enough to talk to"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City) throws hat in the ring for majority whip
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Day 4 of final week:  Photo ID to the ballot;  Beer, fantasy sports bills go to governor;  paycheck protection/deception dies
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature sends voter photo ID question to voters
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes voter photo ID proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Final piece of voter photo ID puzzle passes the House
          P-D:  Voters will decide on photo ID this year
          Missourinet:  Paycheck protection/deception veto override fails by one vote
          Missourinet:  How they voted on paycheck protection/deception
          KC Star:  Missouri Senate blocks paycheck protection/deception +
          KWMU:  Missouri Legislature adds restrictions on municipalities, changes tax sharing
          KWMU:  One step forward, one step back for anti-opioid legislation in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  PDMP stalls in Senate
          KC Star:  Prescription drug monitoring stalls in the Senate +
          P-D:  Prescription monitoring hits roadblock in Missouri Senate
          KC Star:  Missouri House, Senate can't agree on banning lobbyist gifts +
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed deflates Dixon's crime bill
          KWMU:  Missouri House expands legal use of deadly force;  Stand Your Ground now in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  With municipal help, 'SB5, Part 2' sent to governor
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature proposes letting adoptees get birth certificates
          The Missouri Times:  Shared custody measure heads to Nixon's desk
          P-D:  Vote on statewide rules for Uber could be filibustered
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicinal pot, distracted driving, other hot-button bills might die in Legislature
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood awaiting decision on privileges, Supreme Court ruling to provide Columbia abortions X
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood wins suit over Columbia clinic license X
          Missourinet:  Federal judge lets Columbia Planned Parenthood keep abortion license
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators hear advice on presidential search, board conduct X
          Columbia Missourian:  A look at the confounding mysteries of MU's graduation gap;  Ronecia Duke chose to have a child after her freshman year, while Jaylen Johnson couldn't handle workload and transferred to Chicago community college
          KWMU:  Old desegregation settlement generates new rivalry between St. Louis Public Schools and charters
          P-D editorial:  Harris-Stowe president should focus on safety and academic achievement
          Waters:  State budget:  The good and the bad X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  MU budget:  Missouri legislators' approach "not only ideological but idiotic"
          KWMU Ferguson Fellow Maria Stewart:  Jailhouse profile of Ferguson peace activist/rioter Josh Williams, who pled guilty to first-degree arson and other crimes after attempting to burn down QuikTrip
          P-D letter:  Rev. Teresa Danieley disagrees with Missouri Republican priorities
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man responds to Nicklaus column on minimum wage, says there's no evidence an increase will cause loss of jobs
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        Thursday, May 12
       
Wall Street Journal:  McCaskill, McCain urge U.S. to approve Gulf fighter deal
          Politico:  McCaskill bill would cap budget for FCC Lifeline program;  Missouri's senior senator has been critical of rampant fraud in "Obamaphone" program
          KMOV:  McCaskill working to restore Social Security benefits for 70 workers at Lambert
          KWMU:  Blunt predicts more federal spending soon to fight Zika
          USA Today:  'Cancer moonshot' to start crowdfunding stories, studies on blog platform Medium.com;  Comments from McCaskill
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri House of Representatives seeks accountant;  Winning mathlete can manage expense accounts, vendor payments, and more for nearly $30,000/yr.
          The Missouri Times:  Kander releases findings on St. Louis County election fiasco
          P-D:  Kander submits proposals to avoid repeat of flawed St. Louis County election
          KWMU:  Missouri executes Earl Forrest for 2002 triple slayings;  Comments from Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Attorney General Chris Koster (D)
          Missourinet:  Nixon denies clemency for murderer
          Missourinet:  Missouri carries out execution of killer of three
          AP:  Missouri man put to death for killing deputy, 2 others
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT adds projects to 5-year plan for road maintenance
          P-D:  Pew study:  In St. Louis, middle class shrinks;  Upper-income population grows 1.5 percent, lower-income grows 3.4 percent
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Taxpayers to continue providing kids with free breakfasts and lunches throughout the summer via Summer Food Service program
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Key legislation tracker
          KWMU:  Day 3 of Missouri Legislature's last week:  photo IDs, guns, adoption
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jake Hummel on campaign contribution limits +
          AP:  Missouri Senate debates $40 limit on lobbyist-bought meals
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban bill stymied in Senate, campaign contribution limit amendment discarded
          P-D:  Proposal to limit campaign contributions defeated in Missouri Senate
          AP:  Legislature passes tax incentives for small businesses
          AP:  Missouri House rejects medical marijuana plan for 2nd time
          Missourinet:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) expects expansion of Missouri gun rights laws to pass before session ends tomorrow
          AP:  Legislature votes to allow adoptees to access birth records
          P-D:  Bill easing adoptees' access to birth records sent to governor
          AP:  Legislature tightens schools' anti-bullying policies
          KC Star:  Missouri regulations for Uber and Lyft face long odds +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes fantasy sports regulatory bill, sends it back to House
          The Missouri Times:  Port bill passes through Senate
          KWMU:  Senate passes bill to let Chesterfield keep more of its sales tax
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) asks Nixon to pardon registered sex offender
          Columbia Missourian:  Police brutality debate;  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) calls Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) a bigot;  Rhoads says Ellington is acting childish
          KWMU:  Ameren wants to raise electric rates
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood wins suit over Columbia clinic license X
          CDT:  University of Missouri estimates show enrollment decline to cost campus $36 million X
          CDT:  University officials discuss race hysterics, other factors leading to Mizzou enrollment drop X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU fall enrollment now expected to drop by 2,600 students
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area students promote earthquake awareness;  Caucasoid female chooses to wear "The Struggle is Real" t-shirt for newspaper picture +
          KWMU:  'Graying of St. Louis' means by 2045, 1 in 4 people in region will be old;  A look at services for the "vulnerable" who failed to save enough money to provide for themselves
          P-D:  Democratic committeewoman calls for former state Rep. Chris Carter (D) to resign alderman seat after arrest
          JCNT:  State destroys 100 hogs on mid-Missouri farm;  Ag officials suspect herd infested with pseudorabies X
          AP:  Journalists arrested in Ferguson settle lawsuit with county
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  McCaskill right to push military sexual assault legislation X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Closure of records not in the public interest +
          P-D editorial:  Time for a big shakeup on the St. Louis County Election Commission
          KC Star editorial:  Area man had negative experience with local community mental health center, wants Missouri legislators to do something about it +
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        Wednesday, May 11
       
KC Star:  Blunt to meet with Trump in DC Thursday
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Jason Kander on Roy Blunt;  Jack Cardetti on pot initiative
          KWMU:  National Endowment for the Arts announces grants;  Taxpayers will fund Ferguson students dressing up in circus gear, other critical community needs
          Drebes:  Ethelmae Humphreys, the matriarch of the Humphreys clan, tosses 1,000 dime bags to pot group
          AP:  Peter Kinder backs North Carolina bathroom law
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft weighs in on local city marshal case
          P-D:  Former state Rep. Chris Carter (D-St. Louis City) arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse;  Wife had a bruise on her arm
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Journoduo visits Capitol, talks to House Minority Leader Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) about MoDOT, ethics bills, campaign contribution limits, gearing up to win Keaveny's Senate seat in 2018
          KC Star:  Fourth-grader visiting Capitol chooses to walk along ornamental fence, impales arm
          SE Missourian:  Taxpayers to once again subsidize summer child care throught Missouri Child Care Assistance program
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Key legislation tracker
          KWMU:  Day 2 of Missouri Legislature's last week:  Municipal courts overhaul, fantasy sports, body cameras
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal courts bill passes Senate, sent back to fiscal review
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Health Care for All cheers Health Insurance Rate Review passage
          AP:  Missouri Senate OKs bill to up asset cap for Medicaid
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bill for more access to prescriptions
          AP:  Legislature passes civics, CPR requirements for high school
          KC Star:  Lawmakers continue push for regulations on Uber, Lyft
          Missourinet:  Measure to help victims of trafficking, child sex crimes sent to Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr's sex-trafficking measure heads to Nixon's desk
          The Missouri Times:  Heroin-antidote bill sent to Nixon
          AP:  Lawmakers pass farm exemptions to open records laws
          AP:  Legislature passes grant to attract conventions
          AP:  Missouri Legislature tightens tow-company regulations
          AP:  Legislature OKs restrictions to body cameras
          Columbia Missourian:  Inside the SJR 39 vote from two weeks ago
          CDT:  University of Missouri to hold development meeting
          Columbia Missourian:  Social justice groups begin turning on Concerned Student 1950, say protest group "acted rashly;"  Black student says he was criticized for not being "black fist" militant
          KWMU:  Activists still pushing for investigation into McCulloch's handling of grand jury in Ferguson case
          Missourinet:  Attorneys ask U.S. Supreme Court to block Missouri execution of Earl Forrest;  Defense lawyers say brain injury caused meth enthusiast to kill two people, injure two others
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), others push for "pay equity"
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans follow GOP trend of diversionary issues, including spins on ballot integrity and 2nd Amendment
          JCNT editorial:  Dixon correct to push "Miller fix" on juvenile offenders
          Priddy:  Ron Richard deserves praise for plan to fund Capitol improvements;  Also, reporters should get to sit at a table on the Senate floor
          CDT letter:  Area man says voters should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and should support Raise Your Hand for Kids' initiative
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman expresses disgust with Trump and Missouri Republican legislators, particularly the males
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        Tuesday, May 10
       
Washington Post:  Blunt faces tough post-Trump reality:  No seat is safe
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis' story on Blunt vs. Kander "doesn't plow much new ground," and his "sudden notice" shows how far ahead the Post-Dispatch is
          KWMU:  NGA site property owners learn how much they'll get from city with eminent domain report
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition campaigns turn in signatures for certification
          The Missouri Times:  Petition submitted to ban sales taxes on services
          P-D:  Tobacco tax increase for kids moves forward with November ballot bid
          CDT:  Proposal for early childhood education battling foes on several fronts X
          Columbia Missourian:  Competing tobacco-tax proposals immediately spark fiery debate
          The Missouri Times:  Opponents of Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative make noise
          The Missouri Times:  Koster campaign releases video criticizing Legislature
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on "paycheck protection";  Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) on GOP's unimpressive ethics bills +
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Final-week-of-session preview
          The Missouri Times:  Final-week-of-session preview
          The Missouri Times:  Key legislation tracker:  Continuous updates on top 10 pieces of remaining legislation
          Missourinet:  Fuel tax hike proposal advances to Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate expected to debate prescription monitoring program in final days
          AP:  Campaign-finance reporting bill approved;  tax break for military passes
          Missourinet:  Proposed utility changes lingering in last week of Missouri legislative session
          JCNT:  Lawmakers could add judge in Cole, 9 other Missouri circuits X
          P-D:  Bill from Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) would tweak "continuing authority" for animal ag
          P-D:  Civic Progress hands out money to help North St. Louis County youth:  $164K to UMSL, $100K to unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District, $50K to accredited Ferguson-Florissant School District, $0 for accredited Hazelwood School District
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers still working on sentences for juvenile murderers in final days of Missouri session
          Rosenbaum:  Through turmoil and chaos, Ferguson's new police chief sees opportunity
          P-D:  New Ferguson police chief has no 'magic pill' for curing city's problems
          AP:  New police chief says he felt called to help Ferguson
          KWMU:  Ferguson protesters go to City Attorney Stephanie Karr's house
          AP:  Lezley McSpadden peddles new book entitled Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil;  Mother of strong-arm robber/police assailant Michael Brown talks about what a sweet child she raised
          SNL:  News-Leader names Springfield native Allen Jones as new president X
          JCNT editorial:  Photo ID an unnecessary, partisan ploy X
          KC Star editorial:  Keep local control of Uber and other ride-hailing companies in Missouri +
          P-D op-ed:  Florida woman says Missouri legislators should honor Trayvon Martin - and others - by opposing concealed-carry bills
          CDT op-ed:  National Parents Organization's Linda Reutzel on shared-parenting bill X
          P-D op-ed:  Local gynos dislike Tila Hubrecht's comments regarding children born to rape victims
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        Monday, May 9
       
Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact analysis:  Blunt statement on Kander and Guantanamo Bay rated "False"
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Abe Rakov on Kander-Blunt baseball hat diversion;  McCaskill on military sexual assaults +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jeff Mazur, Jason Crowell, Joe Lakin, Rep. Bob Burns (D-St. Louis) on Trump, paycheck protection/deception, voter ID, GOP statewides
          KWMU:  Five initiative-petition efforts await decision over which gets on the ballot
          AP:  Three more groups submit initiative-ballot petitions;  measures involve medical marijuana and cigarette taxes
          Drebes:  Campaign contribution update:  Clash of megadonor GOPbots:  Rex Sinquefield's Kurt Schaefer vs. David Humphreys' Joshua Hawley
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Kurt Schaefer ethics investigation ranked #2;  Gay rights;  Black columnist urging black people to stop criticizing black administrators;  more
          Missourinet:  Final-week-of-session preview:  Paycheck protection/deception, abortion, voter ID, more
          KWMU:  Final-week-of-session preview:  Paycheck protection/deception, fuel tax, voter ID, more
          P-D:  Final-week-of-session preview:  Ethics, fuel tax, more
          AP:  Final-week-of-session preview
          Daily American Republic:  Ozark Riverways give big boost to regional economy +
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Betsey Bruce still a TV news junkie;  St. Louis television icon talks about how broadcast journalism has changed since 1970
          CDT op-ed:  Chuck Graham:  Devil is in the details for early childhood petition;  Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax increase is an "anti-science Trojan Horse" X
          Priddy:  1,244 words on the parallels in roles between the U.S. Senate and Missouri Senate on advise and consent
          P-D letter:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse's Brandon Costerison wants Legislature to pass prescription drug monitoring program, Good Samaritan law
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Missouri should change rule on assistant physicians
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        Sunday, May 8   Mother's Day
       
KC Star:  Most voters have decided who they'll pick in November, complicating strategies;  Thoughts from Gregg Keller, University of Central Missouri's Robynn Kuhlmann +
          Missourinet:  Missourians for Cruz shift support to Trump
          P-D:  Obama speechwriters insert name of Ferguson activist Brittany Packnett into Howard University address
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Jeff Mazur, Jason Crowell, Joe Lakin, Rep. Bob Burns (D-St. Louis) on Trump as GOP nominee, paycheck protection/deception, voter ID, more
          AP:  Raise Your Hand for Kids submits push to raise Missouri cigarette taxes
          CDT:  Campaigns submit tobacco, sales tax, marijuana initiatives X
          CDT:  Election initiatives at a glance X
          SE Missourian:  John Ashcroft making the rounds of election-year Lincoln Day circuit +
          Missourinet:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway launches map to help Missourians access tax rates
          Missourinet:  Final-week-of-session preview:  Kehoe uncertain about advancing personhood and PDMP measures
          AP:  Final-week-of-session preview:  Union rules, abortion laws
          Washington Missourian:  Legislature adopts voter ID measure
          The Missouri Times:  Mini-profile:  Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) making early impact as senator
          JCNT:  Lawmakers discussing bill to give Legislature more control over Capitol operations X
          P-D:  Harris-Stowe State University one of the worst-performing schools in the nation;  Career conwoman/welfare scammer hired as head of HR, while new public safety official lost cop job after being too "drunk and belligerent" for East St. Louis
          CDT:  Park service support for Missouri monument at Vicksburg makes state repair funds unnecessary X
          KC Star:  MoDOT mistakenly reopens Grand Boulevard bridge, then closes it again +
          KWMU:  Race-dialogue group promotes itself outside of sporting events
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Drop in enrollment at Mizzou is significant - but race histrionics aren't important to a majority of students, and the campus will recover X
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        Saturday, May 7
       
Politico:  Food, ag industry to to bat for Blunt
          P-D:  Kander campaign strikes out in Twitter tweak of alleged Nationals fan;  Abe Rakov takes responsibility for mix-up, says he'll wear Webster Groves hat in parade
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids to turn in 330,000 signatures despite opposition
          KC Star:  As accusations fly, campaign to raise Missouri's tobacco tax pushes forward +
          The Missouri Times:  After failure in House, Missouri medical marijuana initiative petition gets its signatures
          AP:  Kurt Schaefer's ties to Mizzou are under investigation
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs Missouri budget for FY 2017, portends restrictions
          KWMU:  Nixon signs $27.2 billion state budget into law, and two more ethics bills
          AP:  Nixon signs $27 billion budget despite concerns
          Missourinet:  Nixon reviewing defunding of Planned Parenthood in state budget
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood denounces plan to defund Planned Parenthood
          AP:  Missouri enacts waiting period before lawmakers can lobby
          KWMU:  SNAP cuts lead to "not much of an uptick" in demand at Valley Park food pantry;  Able-bodied 48-year-old North St. Louis City woman - raising three grandkids - laments budget struggles, cries
          P-D:  Washington Post ranks most challenging high schools in Missouri
          Washington Missourian:  State law now requires meningitis vaccines;  School nurses receive update
          AP:  Senate passes bill to lower traffic violation fines
          The Missouri Times:  Uber bill with new fingerprint amendment sent to Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Roofer registration legislation could help consumers
          JCNT:  Lawmakers endorse Holts Summit, Lake MyKee merger X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County earns Certified Work Ready status;  DED Director Mike Downing visits Kennett +
          KC Star editorial:  Republicans wrong on guns, abortion, voter ID;  Earned income tax credit deserves support +
          Waters:  School-funding formula cap:  An exercise in image-making X
          KC Star letter:  Easter Seals Midwest CEO Wendy Sullivan supports disability-program funding X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman dislikes Legislature's denial of raise for home health workers
          Washington Missourian letter:  Union, Mo. woman dislikes Jim Hansen's "tearful" anti-SJR 39 testimony X
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        Friday, May 6
       
KSSZ (Mid-Mo.):  Cruz delegate Sara Walsh on GOP caucus process, Prouty and Hancock's success in educating caucus leaders and attendees, eventual support of GOP nominee, more
          Messenger:  Blunt's lukewarm support of Trump puts him in tough spot
          P-D:  Ann Wagner says Trump, with 'slurs and attacks,' has not earned her support
          Brownfield Ag News:  Bill from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith would repeal FDA feed directive
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith opposes new policy on animal antibiotics +
          Washington Post:  Obama commutes sentences of 58 dope dealers, including Missouri cocaine capitalist Jessie Lee Robinson
          KWMU:  Local Girl Scouts visit White House
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact rating:  Koster claim about cost of tobacco loophole rated "True"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Bev Randles on Rex Sinquefield, opposition to most tax cuts, more
          CDT:  Ethics Commission reverses course, agrees to investigate complaint against Schaefer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Ethics Commission reverses course, will investigate Schaefer
          KC Star:  Legal group says ethics complaint against Kurt Schaefer will now be pursued +
          KC Star:  Proposal to cap political donations in Missouri may be headed to voters +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates seeks executive director
          The Missouri Times:  Yesterday's Senate actions:  Hourly updates
          The Missouri Times:  Yesterday's House actions:  Hourly updates
          Missourinet:  Legislature sends voter photo ID bill to Nixon
          P-D:  In wake of race protests, Mizzou's enrollment plummet is more drastic than previously projected
          AP:  Legislature funds autism centers at MU and Truman State
          JCNT:  Missouri lawmakers OK $1 billion for capital projects X
          Missourinet:  Legislature overturns veto on growth cap on K-12 funding formula
          CDT:  Legislature overrides Nixon's veto of bill that would change school funding formula X
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes proposed change to school funding formula, Legislature promptly overrides
          AP:  Lawmakers undo veto to enact school-funding measure
          KWMU:  Uncertainty surrounds Riverview accreditation and transfer students
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens backers, doubters speak out at public hearing
          KWMU:  In lieu of statewide law, St. Louis City could green-light regional prescription drug database
          AP:  House passes bill to allow full-time employees to carry guns on college campuses, with some exceptions
          P-D:  House passes bill to expand university employees' freedom to carry guns
          KWMU:  House sends 'Personhood' constitutional amendment to the Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri House passes 'personhood' amendment
          AP:  State House passes 'personhood' measure
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats criticize comments from Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) about children of rape victims
          The Missouri Times:  CPR bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) faces uphill struggle
          CDT:  Bill to name parts of Highway 63 for Boone County servicemen awaits Nixon's signature X
          P-D editorial:  After Senate Democrats cut a deal and give in on voter photo ID, Missouri softens hard line on criminals who have paid their debt to society
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  New University of Missouri president must be able to endurse "anti-intellectual" Republicans, should stand up for the Melissa Clicks of campus
          P-D letter:  Area woman disagrees with Legislature's move to limit handouts to able-bodied unworking Missourians
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        Thursday, May 5
       
KWMU:  Ann Wagner declining to endorse Trump, as Missouri Cruz backers shift focus
          JCNT:  Bus with anti-GOP message parks on Jefferson City street X
          AP:  Supporters of campaign contribution limits submit signatures for November ballot initiative
          Drebes:  David Humphreys' new ad campaign focuses on how to de-certify workplace unions
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer campaign responds to ethics complaint
          The Missouri Times:  On the record:  Lobbyist Kerry Messer volunteers wide range of details on case of missing wife, status of law enforcement's questioning, whether or not he is intercoursing galpal, other candid and personal revelations
          P-D:  Former state Rep. Russell Gunn (D-Northwoods) pulled gun during road rage incident;  Seasoned citizen in pickup truck had nerve to merge in front of Gunn's BMW, got pistol-whipped
          Columbia Missourian:  Deaf advocates rally at Capitol
          JCNT:  Deaf group holds rally X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Member of House superminority on Dems' canned-food drive +
          P-D:  Tax credit for poor people who choose to work advances in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Photo voter ID law passes General Assembly
          P-D:  Voter ID gets final go-ahead in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Legislature passes photo ID requirement for voters
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson leads House to override of Nixon's "paycheck protection" veto
          Missourinet:  How they voted:  "Paycheck protection"/"paycheck deception"
          KWMU:  Missouri House overrides paycheck protection veto
          P-D:  Heated vote in Missouri House ends with narrow vote to override "paycheck protection" veto
          AP:  Missouri House votes to override veto on public union dues
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetos bill in clash over elementary and secondary school funding
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes proposed change to school funding formula
          AP:  Nixon vetoes bill to cap school-funding goal
          SE Missourian:  State auditor still gathering cybersecurity data at Cape public schools +
          SE Missourian:  School officials successfully subdue violent and aggressive girl, get sued for their troubles;  Mother of Ta'Brea Harris seeks $25,000 payday from district +
          SE Missourian:  Gifted program out at Central High;  State requires schools provide gifted programs K-8, but not high school +
          KWMU:  Suit calls race-based restrictions on school transfers 'flat-out unconstitutional'
          Missourinet:  After damage done by race protests, Legislature approves University of Missouri study commission
          AP:  Mizzou projects low freshman enrollment
          CDT:  Presidential search committee uses race turmoil as selling point, believes it will filter out unsuitable candidates;  Insight from committee member/associate professor of ethnomusicology Stephanie Shonekan X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System presidential search committee approves position profile;  Next president expected to "lead a statewide conversation about diversity, inclusion, equity and respect"
          The Missouri Times:  Dixon pleased with omnibus crimes bill moving into House
          SE Missourian:  Closed-records bill has no chance of becoming law, Wallingford says +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri Republicans are mean to the poor, and should change their positions on minimum wage and welfare restrictions +
          Priddy:  1,697 words on abortion, Mike Moon's amendment, parallels to a 1947 motion picture, much more
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man dislikes concealed-carry laws, predicts Missouri will turn into Wild West
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man dislikes guns, Missouri legislators
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights resident says Ameren at risk with short-sided commitment to fossil fuel
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman says SJR 39 supporters represent Missourians' opposition to same-sex marriage
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        Wednesday, May 4
       
KC Star:  Democratic group protests outside Blunt's office;  Crowd of twelve (12) says it wants him to fill vacant Supreme Court seat +
          KC Star:  Area high school junior to serve as delegate for Hillary Clinton at Dem convention;  Underage female goes online looking for money, hopes other people pay her way  +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri Foundation for Health, local university extension having positive impact on community health;  Missouri has one of the highest rates of people who choose to be fat +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri makes $100 million bond sale to Build Missouri capital-improvement program
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          KWMU:  Legislative updates:  Voter ID, fuel tax hike, home health care workers, more
          The Missouri Times:  Photo voter ID bill overcomes filibuster
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) challenges cost to implement voter photo ID requirement
          AP:  Despite deal, lawmakers predict voter ID fight to keep going
          P-D:  Inside the possible deal on voter ID and expungement laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature's veto override blocks wage increase for home health workers
          The Missouri Times:  House overrides veto of home care rule
          AP:  Legislature overrides Nixon to block home-care wage hike
          The Missouri Times:  Chamber, groups, businesses voice support for grid modernization
          The Missouri Times:  Comprehensive energy bill stalled by Senate filibuster
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial approval to 'personhood' amendment
          AP:  Missouri House advances 'personhood' legislation
          P-D:  'Personhood' amendment approved by Missouri House
          P-D:  Missouri to spend more taxpayer money on child care for poor people, but providers still want even more;  Comments from Ferguson-based Training Up [sic] a Child Development Center's Kebra Ferguson, Missouri Budget Project, etc.
          CDT:  University of Missouri freshman class likely to be smallest since 2006 X
          Columbia Missourian:  MU freshman enrollment deposits down almost 1,500 for fall semester
          SNL:  Missouri State employees can expect a pay raise X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could consider 911 funding bill
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri resolution condemns California egg law;  Comments from Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar), Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg)
          JCNT:  State appeals court upholds sheriff's retirement fund charges X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill helps provide another layer of protection for military sexual assault victims
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Legislature solves school funding crisis with voodoo economics
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri is in good financial shape, and can't afford tax cuts proposed by Eric Schmitt and Rex Sinquefield +
          Messenger:  Missourians are living on taxing levels $3.9 billion less than they lived on in 1981 - and that's a bad thing
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Gun proposal from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) won't make us safer
          P-D op-ed:  SJR 39 would have made life even rougher for LGBTQIA kids
          P-D op-ed:  SLU law prof Chad Flanders on possible SJR 39 compromises
          KC Star letter:  DESE celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week +
          P-D letter:  Local Easter Seals CEO applauds Nixon, Legislature for showing support for disability services
          P-D letter:  Area Libertarian says charter schools are a valuable oasis for St. Louis City parents who would rather not subject their children to typical city students
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        Tuesday, May 3
       
KWMU:  Blunt will support GOP presidential nominee, but is skipping trip to Cleveland
          P-D:  Like McCaskill in 2012, Blunt to skip party's nominating convention during re-election campaign
          KC Star:  In KC appearance, U.S. Chamber official endorses Blunt, blisters Kander;  Democrat's campaign calls Blunt 'insider' +
          NPR:  Top 10 Senate races to watch:  Blunt vs. Kander ranks #8
          KWMU:  Interview with Gov. Jay Nixon:  On not running for another office, Sanders vs. Clinton, voter ID, Ferguson riots, University of Missouri budget, more
          P-D:  Nixon rails on school funding change Republicans seek
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republicans using tailor-made tech on campaign trail;  Jonathan Ratliff shows how door-to-door walklists have moved from pen-and-paper to smartphone
          The Missouri Times:  Jessica Podhola, taking on John Rizzo in Democratic state Senate primary, files personal financial disclosure late;  Comments from anonymous critic
          AP:  Midwest economic survey index figure drops after 3 increases
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis) on defeat of 'religious shield' - and legislative service
          Missourinet:  Supporters have until end of Missouri House business today to try to save same-sex marriage objector question
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Missouri House
          SNL:  Legislative updates:  Voter ID, "personhood" bill, prescription drug monitoring X
          KWMU:  Voter photo ID moving again in Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri voter photo ID advances
          P-D:  Agreement reached in Missouri Senate over voter ID
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel votes to make it illegal to take minors out of state for abortions
          SNL:  'Privilege' posters stir questions at MSU;  Campaign aims to inform Caucasoid Christian able-bodied males - who enjoy intercoursing with females - how good they have it X
          KWMU:  Education Plus cooperative panel calls for better accounting practices
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation might scrap Columbia ordinance for Uber, other transportation companies
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson should get over it, drop failure-to-comply cases
          Waters:  Missouri Press Association's Doug Crews retiring, surrounded in love X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) wrong to critique performance of MU's African-American administrators:  "Don't fight against the black man who is doing the best he can."
          P-D op-ed:  Area executives' communications staff:  Celebrating defeat of SJR 39
          KC Star letter:  Area woman pleased by SJR 39 defeat +
          P-D letter:  Area woman pleased by SJR 39 defeat
          SNL letter:  Area woman responds to payday loan coverage, wonders how Missouri legislators can sleep at night knowing adults are choosing to borrow money at unfavorable interest rates X
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        Monday, May 2
       
Rosenbaum:  Tying up loose ends from Missouri's congressional caucuses
          KWMU:  Woman who lives on NGA site wants city to pay to move her house
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon gives no hints to life after governor
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Anti-Kurt Schaefer ads, earned income tax credit, weepy SJR 39 testimony +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) talks with Scott Faughn about SJR 39, voter ID, Uber, more
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Show-Me Institute seeks tax policy analyst
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact analysis:  Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) half-right on pay for Missouri workers
          AP:  Agenda for final two weeks of session:  Tax breaks for small businesses, yoga, deer urine, more
          P-D:  Legislation from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would make Missouri an open-carry state
          KWMU:  "We Live Here" series:  School desegregation:  Thoughts from black students who went to white schools, white couple who sends their children to city schools, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Most-read stories of the week:  Wild animals on the loose, minority-student/diversity programs, Schaefer, more
          The Maneater:  MU LGBTQ parade attendance down;  Pride Month event draws only 60
          Washington Missourian:  Religious freedom bill dies in committee
          Missourinet:  Missouri House revives beer cooler proposal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wind farms to bolster future grid X
          P-D:  Missouri American Water rate plan questioned amid meter problems
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Producers reject state beef checkoff
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Healthy watersheds influence farm economics, environment;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, others
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri celebrates "Juror Appreciation Week" X
          P-D:  Legal bills mount as Ferguson stands by 'failure-to-comply' cases
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs more restrictions on campaign contributions, and tighter limits on when former legislators can make a living as lobbyists +
          P-D editorial:  GOP lawmakers wrong to call for study of programs for the poor
          Hannibal Courier-Post editorial:  Legacy of Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) will be his "No" vote on SJR 39 X
          Priddy:  On Kurt Schaefer vs. Joshua Hawley
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Low-wage cities will feel most pain from $15 minimum wage
          Washington Missourian letter:  Union, Mo. man says SB 1028 will benefit electric customers X
          P-D letter:  Jefferson City man says SB 1028 benefits utilities' shareholders, not their customers
          P-D letter:  Response to Raise Your Hand for Kids' response to P-D response to initiative-language argument
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        Sunday, May 1
       
KWMU:  Cruz forces outflank Trump and fill his delegate slots with Cruz supporters
          AP:  Trump won 2nd Congressional District, but delegates support Ted Cruz
          Daily American Republic:  8th District delegates chosen in Poplar Bluff
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Video:  Man who seeks to fill GOP ballot slot against Lacy Clay brushes off questions about bankruptcy;  Paul Berry talks to reporter about suit vs. Kander and Koster, then says he only talks to "real journalists"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Exclusive interview with Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on SJR 39, Ted Cruz, more
          JCNT:  A new standard in learning for Missouri students;  Common Core supporters achieve implementation of many elements under different name X
          P-D:  Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act bills ex-cons for costs associated with their imprisonment
          AP:  Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight;  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) calls Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains) a bigot;  Rhoads labels Ellington's behavior "childish"
          P-D editorial:  Voter ID bill could sink Legislature's last weeks, to no good end
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs a total ban on dangerous texting while driving +
          P-D editorial:  Essential information one legislator doesn't want you to know;  Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) wrong about coverage of her suicide attempt
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  Columnist pens Missouri's first young-people-should-vote piece of the election season X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says Blaine Luetkemeyer - a banker who serves on the Financial Services committee - doesn't understand fiscal policy;  Septuagenarian uses phrase "Katy bar the door" X
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Industry talking points on developmental-disabilities funding, attributed to Lynn Smith of Progressive Community Services X
          P-D letter:  Exact same industry talking points as letter above - copied verbatim - attributed to Lynn Anne Brook of Behavior Intervention Services
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says some supporters of SJR 39 are "scoundrels" who fake their religious beliefs
          P-D letter:  Greendale woman attemps analogy involving SJR 39, guns, Catholicism and the Supreme Court
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        Saturday, April 30
       
The Missouri Times:  Inside the Eagle Forum internecine war:  Trump/Martin and Cruz/Roe, copies of e-mails, a look at Martin's history at MRP, more
          SNL:  Activists to protest drone attacks;  McCaskill defends program +
          P-D:  Blunt says 'comprehensive look' at military draft registration is due
          P-D:  Ann Wagner gives Hastert donation to kids' charity
          P-D:  U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to give commencement speech at Wash U.
          Columbia Missourian:  Schaefer meet and greet moves to MU Student Center;  Seasoned-citizen feminist holds sign comparing Schaefer to ISIS;  Younger feminists hold signs featuring excretory curse words, references to their vaginas, other unappetizing topics
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Cora Faith Walker, running in Dem state rep primary for Sharon Pace's North St. Louis County seat
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joshua Peters (D-St. Louis) wins case against Rachel Johns, will run unopposed
          CDT:  In speech to Columbia Muleskinners, Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) credits Missouri's Republican primary voters for controlling political and policy dialogue in the state X
          Columbia Missourian:  Documentary focuses on the final week in the career of Missouri Press Association's Doug Crews
          P-D:  Nixon signs mid-year budget adjustment
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Reporters Marshall Griffin, Nancy Fowler discuss fuel tax, SJR 39, parents who supported 4-year-old boy's decision to start dressing up like a girl
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon announces No Kids Hungry Missouri program;  Federal grant to help provide food to children whose parents fail to feed their offspring
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  DED's Mike Downing to be in Kennett Thursday to discuss workforce readiness accomplishments
          CDT:  License office contract in dispute;  White male business owner says state discriminates by handing out contracts to less-qualified minority- and women-owned businesses X
          KWMU:  St. Louis looking at different ways to control addiction crisis, in lieu of statewide prescription drug monitoring program
          CDT:  University of Missouri campus diversity chief Henson to return to law school post in fall X
          KWMU:  African-American students weigh in on UMSL cutting dance program;  Professor says move will crush coeds' dreams of "dancing backup for Beyonce and Nicki Minaj"
          Missourinet:  Genetically modified mosquitos to help fight Zika;  Comments from Missouri DHSS
          P-D:  New programs will let customers help Ameren build solar power
          P-D:  State prisons' "Puppies for Parole" program modeled for England
          KC Star:  Former state Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), others now pushing for LGBTQIA non-discrimination law +
          P-D editorial:  Keep Missouri legislative bills focused on one topic, and one topic only
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) a hero for opposing SJR 39;  Paper applauds tear-soaked testimony from "tall and silver-haired former basketball star"
          Waters:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' initiative compromised X
          Waters:  House committee right to kill SJR 39 X
          Columbia Missourian's Ellen Cagle:  Statehouse reporter offers advice for stalking fictional legislator - known as "Mr. XYZ" - for interviews
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man says P-D's anti-Raise Your Hand for Kids editorial exposes radical pro-abortion position
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur woman dislikes Republicans and gas-tax proposal
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Missouri criminals already carry concealed, permit or not
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman says SJR 39 defeat saved Missouri economy from disaster
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        Friday, April 29
       
KWMU:  Missouri's newly-elected Sanders, Clinton delegates highlight different objectives
          KWMU:  While St. Louis officials celebrate, Illinois officials continue to push for NGA
          SE Missourian:  USDA to spend $14.4 million to help pay for sewer system in Fruitland +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on prescription-drug "hogs";  MU study on "food insecurity";  Nixon on SJR 39 +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill proposal would fight retaliation against sexual assault victims, reporters
          The Hill:  McCaskill bill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims
          P-D:  McCaskill pushing new military sexual assault reforms, but new report questions basis for previous ones
          P-D:  Group conducts online poll, says McCaskill approval 48% with disapproval at 38%;  Blunt approval 49%, disapproval 29%
          CDT:  Columbia physician Gordon Christensen to fill Dem ballot slot in Hartzler's re-election X
          The Missouri Times:  Dan Brown quits race for state treasurer, endorses Eric Schmitt
          P-D:  Senator drops out of race for treasurer
          CDT:  Ad campaign targets Schaefer as battle over Hawley leave issue escalates X
          KC Star:  Dispute in Schaefer-Hawley race may get legal scrutiny +
          The Missouri Times:  Kraus, Republicans confident voter photo ID will pass despite Democrats' stall
          P-D:  Missouri House task force issues report on botched St. Louis County election
          The Missouri Times:  Expert witness bill passes House, heads toward Nixon veto
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon declares victory on higher education budget for FY17
          KC Star:  Legislative Black Caucus' Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) urges students to rethink going to Mizzou +
          KWMU:  UMSL to cut up to 85 positions in cost-cutting move
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Take Back the Night march raises awareness of sexual assault on campus;  Photos of women and one (1) man marching with clever signs, women crying and hugging
          KWMU:  Normandy students show worst performance of any district in Missouri;  Autistic student who transferred to Francis Howell lauds superiority of St. Charles County's warm-hearted, civilized environment
          P-D:  Normandy students continue to underperform, even compared to other North St. Louis County schools;  Barack Obama Elementary School parent dislikes seeing students prowling the hallways
          Missourinet:  Criminal offense proposal would include 'stand your ground' provision
          The Missouri Times:  'Stand your ground' measure added onto crime bill, passed
          Missourinet:  Richardson expects same-sex marriage objector ballot issue won't be resurrected
          KWMU:  Sequel to 2015's municipal overhaul bill passes Missouri House
          KWMU:  Beer cooler bill returns, passes Missouri House
          P-D:  Big beer scores win in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  'Beer bill' makes it through House as an amendment
          P-D:  Missouri's public counsel accuses Laclede of excess profits
          KWMU:  Laclede Gas changes its name to Spire
          KWMU:  EPA puts Republic Services on a deadline for barrier at Bridgeton Landfill
          Rosenbaum:  After the Ferguson Commission, a new group steps forward:  Forward Through Ferguson
          Messenger:  Addressing allegations of hypocrisy, and responding to reader suggestions that bleeding-heart liberals should subject themselves to living amidst city savagery
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        Thursday, April 28
       
KWMU:  Possible Cruz coup could upset Trump's plans to capture - and keep - Missouri delegates
          P-D:  Blunt's campaign to give $11,000 in Hastert donations to group fighting child abuse;  Former Speaker of the House sexually abused boys while he was a high-school wrestling coach
          Wall Street Journal:  Under questioning from McCaskill, Valeant's Michael Pearson admits aggressive drug-price increases were a mistake
          The Hill:  McCaskill takes on drugmaker:  "It's time to slaughter some hogs."
          USA Today:  McCaskill panel told Valeant drug prices hurt patients
          KHQA:  McCaskill pushes Congress to pass Campus Accountability and Safety Act
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  McCaskill pushes bipartisan sexual assault measure to protect campus coeds;  Clay pushes bipartisan act to designate bison as national mammal
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on campus sexual assault;  Eric Burlison on concealed carry +
          KWMU:  Taxpayer-funded apprenticeship pilot program to train child care workers in St. Louis
          Drebes:  Anti-Greitens PAC with ties to Brunner alums never filed with Missouri Ethics Commission
          The Missouri Times:  David Humphreys launches new anti-union ad campaign
          The Missouri Times:  State found compliant with Hancock Amendment in 2015
          AP:  Democrats filibuster, stall voter ID measure in Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Proposed joint panel would focus on Missouri's handout programs;  Dems oppose move, say data is already available
          The Missouri Times:  Zweifel welcomes leaders to poverty summit
          JCNT:  Poverty summit explores how to aid Missouri's impoverished X
          P-D:  Report shows Missouri outpaces nation in citizens failing to provide for themselves;  Study author calls for higher wages, more money for Social Security and housing assistance, etc.
          Missourinet:  Mizzou study says nearly one million Missourians worry about access to food;  Sociology professor talks about "stigma," hungry children, seasoned citizens who failed to save enough money to provide for themselves after retirement, etc.
          CDT:  Nixon signs higher education spending plan with tuition freeze X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon approves higher education funding;  UM System's appropriation to be cut $3.8 million
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs FY2017 Missouri higher education budget
          CDT:  New Missouri Learning Standards will require some adjustments at Columbia Public Schools X
          AP:  Missouri Legislature passes bill to add expert witness rule
          JCNT:  A look at "Ban the Box" legislation and its impact on recidivism X
          The Missouri Times:  Solon birth control measure passes the House
          KWMU:  SJR 39, 'religious shield' proposal, defeated in Missouri House committee
          Missourinet:  On tie vote, same-sex marriage objector ballot issue dies in Missouri House committee
          Missourinet:  Three Republicans vote with Democrats to defeat same-sex ballot amendment:  Anne Zerr, Caleb Rowden, Jim Hansen
          Missourinet:  Onder hopes Missouri same-sex ballot issue is resurrected
          Missourinet:  SJR 39 reaction:  Statements from Missouri legislators, Nixon's communications staff
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) brought to tears discussing gay family members and SJR 39 conundrum
          KC Star:  SJR 39 defeated in House committee +
          P-D:  'Religious freedom' measure defeated in committee
          Columbia Missourian:  'Religious liberty' proposal dies in House committee
          AP:  Missouri religious-objections measure fails in committee
          KWMU:  Local LGBT film festival features area biracial transgender 10-year-old;  Mother supported 4-year-old boy's idea to dress up like a girl, who now calls herself "Mazy"
          JCNT:  Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) wants sex offenders to know when they must register X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sierra Club holds lobbying day at Capitol;  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) responds to group's criticism of House Bill 2187
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren to build 95-mile transmission line through 5 northeast Missouri counties
          P-D editorial:  Legislature wants to extend gun rights to guests, parking lots and admitted felons;  Measure from "reliably gun-happy Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would do several bad things"
          SE Missourian editorial:  Meth remains an issue despite prescription laws +
          Waters:  Republicans wrong on Medicaid expansion, Planned Parenthood, and - except for Eric Greitens - wrong about SJR 39 too X
          P-D op-ed:  Raise Your Hand for Kids' Linda Rallo:  Clearing up any confusion on tobacco tax initiative
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says charter schools should not be getting public money
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        Wednesday, April 27
       
P-D:  Schlafly's Eagle Forum board sues to remove Ed Martin as director
          CDT:  Kander uses Senate campaign to bring discussion of student debt to campus;  Music major Symmone Sparks forced to put her singing dreams on hold after choosing to max out her student loans X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Peter Kinder to speak to Mountain Grove Property Rights Coalition tomorrow;  Co-chair endorses Kinder for governor
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics Commission declines to investigate Kurt Schaefer, says allegations are not under commission's jurisdiction
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri State Teachers Association seeks government relations manager
          The Missouri Times:  30 Under 30 list:  Brittany Wagner, Brad Green, Casey Burns, Jonathan Ratliff, Josh Foster, Kelsey Robinson, Phil Arnzen, many more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) on SJR 39 and Senate slowdown over ethics
          The Missouri Times:  Jake Hummel reflects on time as minority floor leader, offers thoughts on SJR 39, working with Richardson, and bid for state Senate;  Joe Keaveny declines to take a stand to endorse longtime supporter and fellow city Democrat
          AP:  Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri Supreme Court again;  Koster's office defends law against AFL-CIO's law firm
          KWMU:  Senate-approved fuel tax hike gets hearing before Missouri House committee
          The Missouri Times:  Gas tax gets its hearing in the House
          The Missouri Times:  Concealed carry passes the House
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill to expand concealed carry
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes expansion of concealed carry, castle doctrine
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to expand access to birth control
          Missourinet:  Abortion bills still in play in final weeks of Missouri legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Fetal-tissue regulation bills heard in the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Argument over Planned Parenthood bodypart-sales videos persists
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Feminist founder of Guild of Silly Heathen on abortion dialogue;  Schaaf on prescription drug database opposition +
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr, Emerging Issues draw praise from around the Capitol
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans and their traditional allies in big business show diversity of opinions on SJR 39
          KC Star:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) targets university travel expenses +
          KWMU:  Financial downturn at Education Plus school district cooperative led to director's departure
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Collateral source legislation passed in the House
          Missourinet:  Senate committee considers regulations for ride-sharing companies
          P-D:  Body camera legislation advances
          The Missouri Times:  Monsanto withdraws opposition to comprehensive state energy plan
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes farm exemptions to open-records laws
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger:  50-cent-per-head Missouri beef checkoff might have passed
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears plan to add mid-Missouri judge X
          KWMU:  Koster's West Lake Landfill suit sent back to circuit court
          P-D:  DeRay Mckesson fails in bid to become Baltimore's next mayor;  Social justice warrior/Ferguson riots Twitter celebrity garners two (2) percent of Democratic primary vote
          P-D editorial:  Legislature considers tax breaks for the poor. Really.
          CDT op-ed:  Area geriatrician supports prescription drug monitoring program X
          P-D op-ed:  Newt Gingrich:  Missouri should give 17-year-old criminals a break, and assign them to juvenile justice system
          Priddy:  Brunner alums' "Patriots for America" shows the folly of lukewarm campaign-finance legislation
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Updated list of things Kurt Schaefer is wrong about
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says Legislature's failure to cash in on tobacco money is just another sign of incompetence
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        Tuesday, April 26
       
KMOX:  McCaskill:  Pentagon can't close military bases
          Columbia Missourian:  Kander campaign holds roundtable on student debt;  Area millennials who chose to borrow large sums of money explain struggle of paying it back
          Kraske:  The Chat:  John Brunner on Eric Greitens' fluid political views +
          Drebes:  David Hale joins Centene
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP unhappy with election board debacle;  Group expresses anger that black female Rita Days lost her job in 2014, while Caucasoid Eric Fey was merely suspended
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill;  Voters may have a say +
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer's Planned Parenthood investigation proceeding
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes tax incentives for small businesses
          P-D:  Court motion to recover millions of dollars from charter schools continues to spark anger
          P-D:  Clayton High School students score perfect on college tests;  Gabrielle Choo-Kang, Omkar Venkatesh choose to work hard, achieve success
          KWMU:  'Use of force' overhaul faces uncertain fate in Missouri House
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill to expand castle doctrine law
          SNL:  Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri takes bus trip to Capitol, meets with legislators on payday-loan issue;  Woman with hard-knock story of financial failure gets frustrated with Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to vote on same-sex marriage objector issue later this week
          KC Star:  As vote on SJR 39 nears, Republicans feel pressure from both sides of issue +
          Missourinet:  Missouri House proposes tax exemption on utilities for making food
          AP:  Chappelle-Nadal filibusters bill that would have paved way for sales tax to help law enforcement
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri cattlemen vote to block state checkoff
          AP:  Missouri producers reject creating state beef checkoff
          P-D editorial:  The legal case against SJR 39
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        Monday, April 25
       
P-D:  State GOP panel rejects Trump challenges of caucus results in St. Charles, St. Louis Counties
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ann Wagner vs. Claire McCaskill in 2018;  Bob Onder on gift-limit compromise;  Jeremy LaFaver on cash payments to execution squads +
          SNL:  The expensive federal fix of one rural dirt road welcomed - and questioned;  Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) on USDA's funding of repairs X
          KWMU:  Greitens and gay rights generate only sparks at latest GOP gov forum
          P-D:  GOP candidates for governor spar over SJR 39 in GOP debate
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact rating:  Hanaway's statement that her office handled more than 4,000 cases rated "True"
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Kurt Schaefer chats with journoduo about state budget, Planned Parenthood and his attorney general bid
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kurt Schaefer;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jane Dueker, Robert Cornejo and Tracy McCreery talks SJR 39, Greitens, Planned Parenthood, medical marijuana
          Drebes:  Palm Strategic Group debuts;  Scott Dieckhaus, Jonathan Ratliff working for John Brunner, Kurt Schaefer, Caleb Rowden, others
          Drebes:  Dem state rep candidate Cora Faith Walker hires Bree Bowen, recent St. Louis grassroots organizer for Hillary Clinton
          P-D:  Preview:  Final three weeks of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Missouri colleges' and universities' funding hike in proposed budget plan, broken down
          Columbia Missourian:  Race initiatives at MU and UM:  A Missourian guide
          KC Star:  KC area urban schools get new teacher-in-residency program +
          AP:  State pays millions to bar Medicaid from Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Fuel tax increase proposal to be considered by Missouri House committee
          KWMU:  A look at what's next after defeat of medical marijuana bill
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee vote expected this week on domestic violence reporting
          P-D:  Minority day care operators see bias in regulatory enforcement
          P-D editorial:  Unacceptable poison pill in tobacco tax initiative
          KC Star editorial:  MU nabs notorious awards for stifling freedom of expression;  Melissa Click's behavior wins top award, with Kurt Schaefer earning dishonorable mention +
          SNL op-ed:  Dem state rep candidate Jeff Munzinger:  Legislature should pass ethics measures, but it won't X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man says SB1028 would restrict PSC oversight X
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        Sunday, April 24
       
P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          CDT:  Area man among vets attending May rally in D.C.;  Navy men attribute various health maladies to theory:  Agent Orange molecules drifted off the coast of Vietnam, survived the desalination process then worked their way into drinking water X
          SE Missourian:  Cape, Scott Counties receive $1.7M in flood relief +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Kurt Schaefer;  Panel of Gregg Keller, Jane Dueker, Robert Cornejo and Tracy McCreery discuss Greitens and SJR 39, Planned Parenthood, medical marijuana legislation
          KWMU:  Schaaf opposes prescription drug monitoring program
          CDT:  Cuts mean open positions, search for revenue at University of Missouri X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks dyslexia screenings for children +
          JCNT:  Tax credit discussion looks to maintain Capitol X
          JCNT:  Local pro-life stories shared on the big screen X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-abortion group, Planned Parenthood supporters face off;  Professor dresses up as nun to mock pro-lifers;  Fellow feminist dresses up as Cleopatra, "Queen of Denial"
          Columbia Missourian:  Photo gallery:  Adults spend a sunny Saturday holding signs reading, "Honk if You're Horny," "Down With Zippers, Up With Kilts," more
          AP:  Pressure builds before SJR 39 vote
          JCNT:  Law professors question SJR 39 X
          P-D:  Monsanto ready to make deal on Ameren-backed legislation
          KC Star:  Zika virus hasn't been contracted in KC, but mosquitos that can carry it are here +
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal to hold presentation Monday at Capitol on Bridgeton landfill;  State senator says radioactive mutants are being born with no eyeballs and "double sets of teeth"
          JCNT editorial:  Today is Tax Freedom Day X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Ethics overhaul should be a priority for Missouri;  Speaker Todd Richardson deserves praise for making moves happen +
          P-D editorial:  Time to pass prescription database bill
          KC Star editorial briefs:  Supporters of SJR 39 are bigots;  Kurt Schaefer still wrong about Planned Parenthood +
          Waters:  Down and out in Boone County;  42 percent of students in public schools getting food handouts, area black teenagers getting pregnant even more frequently than in other parts of the state, other hard-knock numbers X
          P-D letter:  Man who serves as polling place supervisor says St. Louis County election board has superior record of performance
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights woman says state legislation is hurtful to immigrant students
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        Saturday, April 23
       
AP:  McCaskill:  Federal elections official lacked authority to change policy on voter registration forms
          P-D:  George Will to speak at Anti-Defamation League event in Clayton ;  Jack Danforth to receive award
          Columbia Missourian:  Earth Day to be celebrated in Peace Park tomorrow
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative's Colin Wellenkamp on how river system is currently used and how it is changing
          P-D:  Anti-Greitens super PAC is as mysterious as it is aggressive;  Former Brunner staffer Adam McClain runs "Patriots for America"
          Kraske:  Presidential race clutter benefits Kinder in GOP primary;  Brunner appearance in KC drew zero (0) attendees +
          CDT:  Complaint suggests Kurt Schaefer tried to illegally influence Univerity of Missouri policy in order to keep Joshua Hawley from running for attorney general X
          CDT:  Man who lost state rep race to Caleb Rowden by 26 points will fill ballot slot again in '16;  Democrat Tom Pauley calls Republican legislators "stupid," says GOP is "a cult" X
          The Missouri Times:  Budget clears House and Senate
          JCNT:  Lincoln University, State Tech get performance funding in state budget X
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Discussion of this week's stories on state budget, learning standards
          Missourinet:  Execution payment stipulations removed from Missouri budget proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Bipartisan Senate team to review Planned Parenthood documents
          SNL:  Prescription drug monitoring bills compete X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to limits on lobbyist gifts for lawmakers
          P-D:  Internal Mizzou e-mails depict concern as Mizzou race histrionics grew;  E-mails include passive-aggressive Loftin heat with Wolfe, Missourians disappointed in mob rule, more
          Washington Missourian:  Grid Modernization Act calls for rate increases, with average increase of 3.5 percent each year
          The Missouri Times:  Former state Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) appointed as circuit judge
          CDT:  Nixon appoints Jeff Harris to open judicial seat X
          CDT:  Missouri DHSS officials confirm fourth case of Zika virus in Missouri X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Social justice warrior DeRay Mckesson's mayoral run;  Ferguson riots' Twitter celebrity says he'll be the next mayor of Baltimore
          Washington Missourian editorial:  By allowing guns in the state Capitol, Missouri Republicans will have blood on their hands X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Missouri legislators let tobacco money go up in smoke
          JCNT editorial:  Tardy, theatrical resolutions;  "Impeach Koster" posturing is silly and a waste of time X
          Messenger:  SJR 39 fails the constitutional test of balance
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Ron Calzone:  Legislature's 'feeding frenzy' of last-minute activity needs close scrutiny
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        Friday, April 22   Earth Day
       
SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith opposes federal agency 'slush fund' +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt says he's optimistic Congress will get work done this year X
          KMBC:  McCaskill calls for airports to get breastfeeding facilities
          The Hill:  Ann Wagner supporters tout GOP congresswoman as 2018 McCaskill opponent;  McCaskill:  "I see her at airports a lot and I talk to her lobbyist husband."
          St. Joseph News-Press:  WIC income guidelines increased;  Taxpayers could potentially provide handouts to even more recipients X
          KWMU:  Tobacco companies bankrolling rival efforts to hike Missouri's tobacco tax
          The Missouri Times:  Mr. Smith Returns to St. Louis;  Former state senator nabs gig with well-funded Concordance Academy, will help ex-cons assimilate into society
          P-D:  Program for ex-con hires an ex-con to help run it;  Former Wells Fargo CEO Danny Ludeman has raised $12M to help crooks evolve into productive taxpayers
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources' Earth Day celebration slated for today on Capitol lawn;  Event open to all ages, but geared toward fifth-graders X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers send $27B state budget to Nixon
          JCNT:  State budget includes pay raise for state employees, other mid-Missouri provisions X
          CDT:  Boost for University of Missouri budget passes easily as legislative rancor ebbs X
          CDT:  Budget plan includes funding for reactor building, other area projects X
          AP:  Legislature boosts education money, cuts Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Missouri Legislature's budget plan cuts Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Planned Parenthood agrees to give some documents to Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood reaches agreement with Missouri Senate, contempt proceedings suspended
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood official won't appear before Missouri Senate on Monday
          The Missouri Times:  Planned Parenthood, Senate reach agreement over documents
          P-D:  'Illegal reentry' of deportees would be new crime under measure advanced by Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Missouri House rejects limited medical marijuana proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Compassionate Care Act fails, future of medical marijuana in Missouri uncertain
          AP:  Medical marijuana bill fails in Missouri House
          P-D:  Medical marijuana bill goes up in smoke
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers send ethics bills to governor
          Kraske:  Schaaf on ethics proposals;  Cape County sheriff on shackling pregnant women +
          KWMU:  St. Louis County's GOP elections chief plans to retire this year
          The Missouri Times:  Husch Blackwell memo finds SJR 39 language 'overly broad'
          The Missouri Times:  Results of annual audit of treasurer's office released;  Performance of Zweifel's office earns "excellent" rating
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri House passes call for constitutional convention
          P-D editorial:  EPA recognizes Cardinals for reducing environmental footprint
          Messenger:  North City kids ingest lead, develop lead poisoning;  Man with two children claims epilepsy prevents him from getting a job and providing for his family;  Woman who chose to have two kids quit her job, accepts $500 in taxpayer money each month
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Heartland Institute's Logan Elizabeth Pike responds to PolitiFact rating of Hanaway's statement on Missouri welfare
          P-D letter:  Pacific woman says Missouri Republican legislators "are destroying our society. On purpose."
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area man weighs in on Missouri legislation on behalf of Jesus Christ X
          JCNT letter:  Area woman responds to piece on child obesity, says today's girls "lack self-control and appear just plain lazy";  Young "butterballs" should stop stuffing their fat faces with "not one but two cheeseburgers" X
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        Thursday, April 21
          SNL:  Air Force to recognize Whiteman drone pilots as 'attack squadron';  Comments from McCaskill X
          McClatchy:  McCaskill pushes for better breastfeeding spaces in aiports
          Drebes:  Slay's departure will hurt St. Louis' interests in the Legislature;  Mayor cultivated a produtive working relationship with Republicans
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Huckabee will make appearance at John and Janet Ashcroft's farm to support Jay
          Drebes:  Mary Hill, primary opponent of Rep. Nick King (R-Liberty), pressures incumbent to back "Paycheck Protection" again
          AP:  Missouri sheds 26,000 from the dole;  New welfare law requires able-bodied men and women without dependents to make an effort to get a job
          AP:  One St. Louis County elections director suspended, another may retire
          Missourinet:  Richard, Richardson say legislative focus goes beyond social issues
          Kraske:  The Chat:  P-D editorial board on small ethics steps;  Jake Hummel on GOP legislators kicking the transportation-funding can down the road +
          P-D:  Lawmaker-to-lobbyist ban headed to Nixon's desk
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers rebuff Brownback's 'border war' peace offering +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers reject Brownback's "border war" proposal
          KWMU:  Prescription drug monitoring program one step closer to law, but obstacles still remain
          Missourinet:  Schaaf threatens filibuster on prescription drug monitoring program
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring proposal begins arduous journey through Missouri Senate
          AP:  Missouri House advances bill to expand birth control access
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) would prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates +