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        Tuesday, September 2
       
Missourinet:  Cleaver leads meeting of U.S., Mexican lawmakers on children crossing the border
          KC Star:  BuzzChatter:  Cleaver says he's convinced "major changes" are on the way for Ferguson +
          P-D:  At Labor Day parade, sparse crowds and gloomy skies "could have been a metaphor for the state of the union movement"
          AP:  SEIU plans civil disobedience in 150 cities Thursday as union seeks to organize fast-food workers
          Rosenbaum:  Amid anger, a structurally-limited mayor vows to make changes
          KSDK:  Brown supporters block traffic;  A different group of protesters plans to block traffic next week
          NY Times:  Few in Missouri try to disrupt traffic
          P-D:  Official Michael Brown protest postponed, but at least one brief blockade forms anyway
          Columbia Missourian:  "Artists for Justice" congregate in Peace Park;  Blues performer laments "era of the new Jim Crow" while adults play with hula hoops
          Truman Index:  Students from Ferguson, and those who claim to be from somewhere nearby, discuss how Michael Brown case has affected them
          The Arrow (SEMO):  Students from Ferguson, and those who claim to be from somewhere nearby, discuss how Michael Brown case has affected them
          P-D:  Survey of how local colleges are acknowledging Michael Brown case
          LA Times:  Fundraising web pages for Ferguson cop still closed, though it's unclear why;  Rep. Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) is officer of "Shield of Hope"
          SE Missourian:  Police use cameras for evidence and training;  Area officers say video evidence helps convict criminals, disprove perpetrators' lies +
          AP:  Breaking:  People project their own worldviews onto Michael Brown case, regardless of facts
          KC Star:  Breaking:  People who live in the same neighborhood often share same socioeconomic status, worldview +
          P-D:  Centene to build new claims center in Ferguson, will attempt to find 200 qualified people
          KC Star:  Manufacturing jobs are open, but "skills gap" holds back high-tech industry;  Potential employees not qualified and/or not interested +
          Columbia Missourian:  Area state reps to attend Thursday forum on transportation funding
          P-D:  Spotlight on Missouri Lottery reveals far-flung travel by employees;  May Scheve Reardon responds, says her department's administrative costs are among lowest in the country
          Drebes:  Missouri Municipal League sues to block legislation - again
          Joplin Globe:  Some local schools see rise in ACT scores, percentage of test-takers X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri wrestles with challenges raised by prairie chicken declines;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Webb City), Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) help make Kander's military-entrepreneur plan a reality X
          P-D editorial:  Annual school report cards highlight St. Louis disparity in poverty
          P-D editorial:  Adjunct professors unite for better education
          P-D op-ed:  American Automotive Policy Council President Matt Blunt:  Currency manipulation must end to create jobs in Missouri
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) Chancellor Cheryl Schrader:  Let's get more girls qualified for STEM jobs
          P-D letter:  Ferguson : Nixon :: Hurricane Katrina : Bush
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 1 supporter seeks to clarify what "Right to Farm" will do X
          P-D letter:  Those who signed Amendment 3 petition were rushing out of the grocery store and didn't know what they were doing
          P-D letter:  Steps to improve child care in Missouri
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        Monday, September 1   Labor Day
       
P-D:  Unions in St. Louis a shadow of what they once were;  Once-powerful movement now seeking to organize fast-food workers, while "union enemies are scoring victories"
          P-D's Raasch:  With incumbents re-elected, Missouri will see quiet November elections;  Columnist quotes a political science professor not named Connor or Robertson
          Joplin Globe:  Challenger seeks to raise profile, challenges incumbent to debate;  Incumbent says he is busy doing the people's work;  Challenger complains to media X
          KTVI:  Ferguson protesters hoping to stop traffic on highways around St. Louis today
          MSNBC:  Mini-profiles of local pols:  Ferguson Dem committeewoman Patricia "Patricialicous" Bynes says Antonio French should listen to actual residents, says he won't return her calls
          Drebes:  Rich AuBuchon, vet of Blunt and Kinder administrations, leaves Polsinelli to start his own legal and lobbying firm
          P-D:  Call center wait times climb as Medicaid applicants seek answers;  Union unhappy that Nixon administration has outsourced work to Mississippi-based company
          Washington Missourian:  Caseload issues cause delays, inefficiencies, public defender says;  Area woman hopeful Legislature will override Nixon's veto of contractor funding
          SNL:  County levy decline could increase impact of tax breaks X
          The Missouri Times:  Ag, small business groups sign letter in support of farm bill veto override
          Missourinet:  Updated funeral protest law now in place
          SNL:  State funding for colleges falls, but costs still rising X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri minimum wage is higher than the federal standard, but that's still not good enough +
          KC Star's Mara Rose Williams:  Feds cut a new tuition break for some veterans;  Comments from University of Missouri rep +
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  Ferguson deserves attention to facts, not conjecture +
          CDT op-ed:  Nixon should stop execution;  Earl Ringo admits he's a murderer, but he had a really rough upbringing X
          P-D letter:  Chris Rock should visit Ferguson and present his educational "How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked By the Police" routine:  "Obey the law," "Use common sense," "Be polite"
          P-D letters:  If the P-D wants to examine percentages, how about calculating % of Ferguson residents who voted for McCulloch over his black female primary opponent?
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        Sunday, August 31
       
NY Times:  Democrats seek to register black voters in Ferguson;  McCaskill plans "candidate school" to educate inhabitants
          AP:  Hundreds in Ferguson mark three-week anniversary of strong-arm robbery, shooting, looting
          P-D:  Nation of Islam, NAACP, others march in Ferguson;  "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands Up United" pay a visit to the doorstep of Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Ferguson march compendium;  Protesters will honor Mike Brown on Labor Day by shutting down highways and creating traffic problems
          Washington Missourian:  Police:  Need to keep military surplus program precisely because of Ferguson-type behavior
          P-D:  Profile:  Antonio French;  Comments from local pols;  Callow on "Twitter video star('s)" campaign-finance and ethics woes;  Lacy Clay gives no comment
          JCNT:  Area sexagenarians recount '68 protest, offer nostalgic comparisons to Ferguson X
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Photo gallery:  Unity Picnic:  Mike Sanders, other area Dems
          CDT:  Lawmakers considering strategy to override Nixon on spending items X
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) responds to American Cancer Society report recommendations including higher tobacco tax, Medicaid expansion, tanning restrictions, etc.
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau schools see big jump in annual scores +
          JCNT:  State grades Jefferson City public schools a high 'C' X
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools looks at ways to get better, compete regionally X
          SNL:  Mixed results for Springfield's "focus" schools, which cater to slow and disruptive students X
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant, University City on downward slide to unaccredited status
          KC Star:  State trooper training criticized following Lake of Ozarks death;  Issue has gotten worse since Water Patrol merged into Highway Patrol in early 2011 +
          KC Star:  Kim Case, once a victim herself, is changing the way Missouri cares for rape victims +
          CDT:  Bruce Cole to enter plea on Mamtek-related criminal charges Tuesday X
          P-D:  Pavement blowups occur during hot summer days;  Comments from MoDOT
          P-D:  Exelon doubts EPA will order removal of West Lake radioactive waste
          P-D:  Republic Services struggles to gain trust as it deals with landfill headache
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must stop subsidies to illegal day cares
          SNL editorial:  McCaskill is right - body-worn cameras for police must be funded X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Addressing needs of Cape's troubled black neighborhoods might help prevent Ferguson-type situation +
          SNL letter:  Amendment 3 is part of Rex Sinquefield's plot to attack public schools X
          P-D:  A nonprofit system could address needs of area uninsured
          P-D letter:  Woman who says she can't work because she lost one (1) leg says home-care workers should get a raise
          P-D letter:  Response to P-D "Lessons from Ferguson: We earned this" editorial:  Nothing is more dangerous to young blacks than liberal Democrats promising handouts
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        Saturday, August 30
       
Kraske:  Claire McCaskill flirts with a run for governor;  Senator has been "dropping hints all over the state," criticizing Nixon - and faces minority status in U.S. Senate after November +
          Mahoney:  Ted Cruz hires Jeff Roe for 2016 presidential campaign (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          The Hill:  Blunt:  Stop Obama's executive 'overreach'
          KTVO:  Blunt weighs in on ISIS
          KTVO:  East Locust Creek Reservoir project to move forward;  Blunt announces federal grant worth $2.5M
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Brinkley
          SNL:  Challenger seeks to raise profile, challenges incumbent to debate;  Incumbent says he is busy doing people's work;  Challenger complains to media X
          AP:  "Five things" journomeme:  Things to know about Missouri's November elections
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 3, teacher evaluations;  Comments from MSTA's Mike Wood, Teach Great's Katie Casas, opposition campaign's Minnesota-based consultant Mike Sherman
          Drebes:  North County's Bert Atkins (D) other would-be candidates seeking to gather enough signatures to run as independents fail
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Weekly Power Rankings:  Winners include Jason Kander's wife, Diana, for a powerful and captivating speech
          Joplin Globe:  Half of Missouri school districts improve under state accountability measures X
          KC Star:  Kansas City area school districts celebrate report cards - unlike St. Louis area laggards
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          Joplin Globe:  Graduation rates for many schools inch higher X
          AP:  Nixon asks feds for disaster declaration
          P-D:  Nixon requests help from SBA for damage caused by looters
          Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg:  Nixon was 'uninvited' from Michael Brown's funeral
          P-D:  Paper requests juvenile court records;  Inquiry will help determine if Michael Brown had arrests prior to strong-arm robbery
          Poynter Institute:  "Five things" journomeme:  Lessons the Post-Dispatch learned from covering Ferguson
          CDT:  Lewis County press to shut down Macon Chronicle-Herald X
          TonysKansasCity.com:  KC's  "Ruckus" public affairs show includes - for the first time - TKC as panelist (video)
          JCNT editorial:  Broadstrokes of the debate on Amendment 2, dealing with child sex abuse cases X
          KC Star editorial:  Maintaining state accreditation will get tougher for area school districts +
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Brief nuggets on new laws that went into effect this week X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State law should require that small-town police forces be accredited - much like public schools
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Donations on both sides of Brown-Wilson show extent of emotions;  Politicians fanned the flames without having many facts
          CDT's Waters:  Hopefully the override of dairy-deer bill will fail - but then again, maybe it should pass and then get invalidated, because that would totally teach legislators a lesson X
          P-D letter:  Amendment 3:  Octogenarian Percy Pascoe says measure is a risky gamble that would make teachers pawns
          P-D letter:  American Lung Association board member:  E-cig bill would have advanced tobacco industry's agenda
          KC Star letters:  Woman opposes open carry;  Man hurt himself, sent mass e-mail to large group of officials, and is unhappy his troubles were not addressed sooner +
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        Friday, August 29
       
Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Blunt asks Holder for money to repair Ferguson +
          P-D:  McCaskill calls Sept. 9 hearing on police "militarization," while Blunt seeks federal taxpayer dollars
          Missourinet:  Loan program announced to bolster Ferguson businesses impacted by riots, looting
          KWMU:  Ferguson offered help from state and others
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon and Zweifel announce small-business relief for Ferguson
          P-D:  Nixon and others unveil $1 million no-interest loan program for Ferguson businesses
          Priddy:  Sarcastic take on Nixon and his "Communications Ministry" pushing DPS chief Jerry Lee in front of a bus to fill a racial quota
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Jamilah Nasheed takes aim at Nixon +
          P-D:  Profile:  Maria Chappelle-Nadal basks in controversy
          P-D:  Group delivers 950,000 signatures on Ferguson petitions to the White House
          Houston Herald:  Sen. Blunt visits Houston
          Drebes:  Jeffrey Earl to guide Schweich camp through unopposed re-election
          AP:  ACLU sues to stop early-voting measure
          KWMU:  Church coalition to seek Medicaid expansion, school improvements - and more voters
          Missourinet:  Union wants more money for home-care workers
          KWMU:  Advocates seek higher pay for home-care workers paid under Medicaid program
          The Missouri Times:  Home-care workers seek wage increase
          SNL:  Union wants higher pay for home-care workers;  Cartessie Johnson relays struggle of balancing a checkbook, cries X
          KSMU:  At media event, home care worker explains budgeting plight, says she works hard and wants more money to spend
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany) leading dairy bill override
          Missourinet:  Dairy industry, rural lawmakers confident of veto overturns on ag, captive-deer bills
          CDT:  Dairy industry urges override on bill to provide subsidies, scholarships X
          P-D:  SEIU seeks to unionize adjunct professors;  Comments from administrators, full-fledged professors, man unhappy with his car and salary
          KSHB:  Follow-up from Schweich audit:  Grandview superintendent accepted free tickets from district vendor;  Federal agency is investigating
          P-D:  Most school districts earn high marks on review, while a few have subpar student performance
          Columbia Missourian:  Achievement gap on MAP:  District-defined "subgroups" of blacks, Hispanics, slow, and those taking free-food handouts drag down district averages
          KWMU:  Normandy falls, Riverview and St. Louis rise in newest school report cards
          AP:  State report:  Normandy district still declining
          KC Star:  Report card holds mixed bag for Kansas City area districts +
          P-D:  Searchable database:  MAP scores
          P-D:  Interactive:  2014 MAP scores by district
          KWMU:  "Five Things" journomeme:  Takeaways from schools' annual progress reports
          KWMU:  NPR hosts forum in Ferguson;  Man who claims to have been hit by rubber bullet shows crowd his undergarments, supposed flesh wound
          KWMU:  Lawyers seek $40 million from Ferguson, St. Louis Co. for supposed injustices;  Man tells tale of fire, beatings:  "All I seen was [sic] flames!"
          P-D:  "Black Lawyers for Justice" file suit over alleged police misdeeds
          AP:  Lawsuits begin for alleged police abuse;  Dwayne Anton Matthews Jr. says he was beaten, called a racial slur and a "mophead"
          JCNT editorial:  Credit Koster's office for enforcing Missouri's laws for animals X
          P-D/Guardian U.S. joint opinion piece:  "I could have been Mike Brown":  Papers aim to "spur empathy" by printing readers' anonymous tales of harassment
          P-D letter:  Neither Nixon nor McCulloch want the Michael Brown shooting case
          P-D letter:  City resident gives sarcastic take on Ferguson and city-county merger, says city doesn't need cost and hassle of suburban savagery
          P-D letter:  P-D needs to start deleting comments that might be biased
          P-D letter:  Suggested follow-up to P-D police percentages:  A look at percentage of crimes committeed by blacks versus black population percentage
          KC Star letters:  Instead of racial quotas for police, maybe hire the most qualified and competent;  Sinquefield's Show-Me Institute seeks to eliminate the middle class +
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        Thursday, August 28
       
Columbia Missourian:  Failure to reauthorize international bank could affect Missouri companies
          CDT:  McCaskill makes pitch for Export-Import Bank at Paris Road manufacturer X
          KCUR:  McCaskill says not reauthorizing Export-Import Bank would hurt Missouri businesses
          Northeast News:  McCaskill talks Export-Import Bank, criticizes Tea Party (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Joplin Globe:  McCaskill tours Joplin company to promote Export-Import Bank X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Jason Smith's farm tour stops in Braggadocio;  Congressman addresses constituent questions on "Right to Farm," immigration, Noranda, more
          P-D:  Environmental activists want endangered species protection for butterflies;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation
          AP:  Thousands submit public comments on potential Fort Leonard Wood reductions
          Vandalia Leader:  Audrain County Farm Bureau annual meeting draws Rep. Jay Houghton (R), reps from Blunt, Hartzler, Riddle's office
          Cassville Democrat:  Eggs and Issues Breakfast draws Sen. David Sater (R), Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R), rep from Blunt's office
          Drebes:  American Water Company sets up PAC
          KWMU:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) says Nixon's choice of Dan Isom for Public Safety post is "pandering" to black elected officials
          KC Star:  McCaskill:  Nixon's lack of diversity "unfortunate;"  "Five days ago he was asked if he had any African-Americans in his cabinet. Five days later, we have an African-American in his cabinet" +
          The Guardian (UK):  Ferguson fallout:  Governor appoints only black cabinet member (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Missourinet:  Role that Isom will play in Ferguson peacekeeping not defined
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon names Isom to Public Safety post
          AP:  Governor names new public safety director;  Dan Isom becomes Nixon's second black cabinet member in six years
          P-D:  Isom becomes Nixon's only black cabinet member
          KWMU:  A look at the names, origins of Ferguson agitators;  McDonald's sandwich artist Jeanina Jenkins explains concept of peaceful bottle-throwing, says police were actually the agitators
          P-D:  Bills for extra law enforcement for Ferguson riots coming due
          P-D:  State and county police to scale back presence in Ferguson
          P-D:  SLU black student group holds forum on Ferguson;  Law prof says Missouri law is "pro-police"
          CDT:  Students march in silence X
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri students hold silent march
          KWMU:  New Missouri laws - about 130 in total - about to go into effect
          Missourinet:  Changes to higher education funding formula take effect today
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Kansas City Public Schools beset by bullying, beating;  Video of beating garnered 100K shares on Facebook
          P-D:  St. Peters may sideline its red-light cameras until Supreme Court clarifies state law
          The Missouri Times:  KCP&L appears before PSC to discuss details of renewable energy plan
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill complaint about police "militarization" was an emotional, knee-jerk reaction to Ferguson hysteria
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon, legislators should support Koster's effort to recruit black officers;  Black parents must start teaching "respect for the law and those enforcing it"
          CDT's Waters:  Response to P-D criticism of Nixon;  Governor was correct to ignore histrionics and, instead, take a sensible and measured approach X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri DNR needs to do more to protect citizens from coal ash pollution
          Washington Missourian letter:  Retiree remembers when Ferguson was white, says she'd rather not drive by old neighborhood and see "what the reality has become"
          KC Star letter:  Journalists tried hard to make Ferguson all about them +
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        Wednesday, August 27
       
KOLR:  McCaskill visits steel company, says Export-Import Bank affects Missouri jobs
          SNL:  McCaskill visits Springfield to talk Missouri jobs;  Media asks about Ferguson X
          Drebes:  Danforth, Schweich meet with Obama's choice for Ireland ambassador
          P-D:  Blunt asked to provide taxpayer money to "bail out" Ferguson
          Missourinet:  McCaskill to investigate police militarization
          Missourinet:  Koster calls for diversity meetings
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Political types second-guess decisions by Nixon, Koster to skip celebrity-heavy Michael Brown funeral
          The Maneater:  Summary of primary election, which was held three weeks ago
          SE Missourian:  Kander and team create website to help the public track recounts +
          The Missouri Times:  "Right to Farm" headed to recount
          Missourinet:  "Right to Farm" will see recount
          The Missouri Times:  General election ballot achieves final form;  A look at language for Amendments 2, 3, 6 and 10
          Missourinet:  Prosecutors' and law enforcement groups back Amendment 2, which deals with child sex abuse
          KWMU:  Law enforcement officials back Amendment 2, to allow more evidence in some sex-crime cases
          The Missouri Times:  Prosecutors, sheriffs discuss support of Amendment 2
          AP:  Law groups support child sex-abuse amendment
          The Missouri Times:  Absentee, provisional ballots throw wrench in Mims race
          KC Star:  Missouri, eight other states propose compact to give them free hand in running health care programs;  Comments from Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) +
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) says Nixon will name former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom to cabinet
          KC Star:  Schweich audit says Grandview School District mishandled bond projects +
          KSHB:  New audit criticizes Grandview School District's use of funds
          JCNT:  American Cancer Society report says Missouri's anti-cancer laws are insufficient X
          Joplin Globe:  DNR specialist tells environmental group that Joplin elevation might be factor in ozone levels X
          KWMU:  Water utilities push for new infrastructure;  Rates could rise
          P-D:  Aging pipes around St. Louis will push water bills up, report says
          P-D's Deb Patterson:  Amendment 1 might threaten success of puppy-mill regulations
          P-D op-ed:  University of California-Berkeley prof:  Nixon must remove Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
          SNL op-ed:  DeWayne Wickham, prof at Maryland HBCU state school:  Ferguson's black voters can't leave decisions to the white elected officials X
          Jensen:  Failures in Ferguson:  Liberals for fanning flames, Clay for jumping to conclusions, Ferguson police for not revealing potential injuries inflicted by strong-arm robber +
          KC Star letters:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare wants more federal taxpayer money to support Section 8 housing;  Nicastro conspired to bring in CEE-Trust all along +
          JCNT letter:  Loose Creek woman finds it "scary" that city folks had influence over Amendment 1's fate X
          Joplin Globe letter:  Fate of rehab center rests in governor's hands X
          P-D letter:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) shouldn't curse so much
          P-D letter:  Nasheed shouldn't have injected herself into Ferguson issue
          P-D letter:  Since the Post-Dispatch is so concerned with police-force diversity, maybe the paper should apply racial quotas to their own staff
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        Tuesday, August 26
       
P-D:  No arrests in Ferguson
          AP:  Mourners remember Michael Brown:  "a 'gentle giant' and aspiring rapper"
          AP:  Ferguson seeks to change the 'ritual' of black deaths
          P-D:  Politicians, celebrities attend Michael Brown's funeral
          KWMU:  Michael Brown buried
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Claire McCaskill stays winning with approach to Michael Brown;  Mainstream media acknowledges Claire-for-gov talk
          P-D:  Judge denies request from Post-Dispatch and Bloomberg to release more detail about grand jury;  Demographics reflect racial makeup of St. Louis County
          P-D:  Students honor Mike Brown by skipping class
          KWMU:  Brown's death marked by rallies at Wash U, SLU;  Hoosier congratulates herself and others for taking part despite "the sun and the heat and everything"
          AP:  Recount requested on "Right to Farm"
          KWMU:  Wes Shoemyer requests recount on "Right to Farm"
          Drebes:  Shoemyer upset that Protect the Harvest founder compared animal-rights activists to terrorists
          The Missouri Times:  A look at the disappearance of Kerry Messer's wife, Lynn
          SE Missourian:  State representatives create financial plan for Cottonwood +
          CDT:  MU accepts more students than ever before X
          CDT:  Pride Fest:  Photo:  Obese men dressed up as women perform 1982's "It's Raining Men" X
          P-D editorial:  The mourning of Michael Brown can help us find common language;  People should stop using the words "thug" and "racist"
          KC Star editorial:  All police departments should mirror ethnic makeup of the community +
          SNL op-ed:  Area man gives tips to politicians:  Taxes should have a sunset provision;  Billy Long should get out and about as much as McCaskill and Blunt do X
          KWMU op-ed:  SLU Law Assistant Prof Chad Flanders:  Missouri's use of force statute goes against constitutional rulings
          KC Star letter:  If an ID is required to purchase a gun, an ID should be required to vote +
          SNL letter:  Man from Oldfield, Mo. warns:  PROMO, other gay advocates seek to lure you "subliminally" into their "emotional web" X
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        Monday, August 25
       
KWMU:  Live updates from Ferguson;  Brown funeral begins at 10 a.m. Central
          AP:  Al Sharpton to speak at Brown funeral today
          P-D:  Black legislators air frustrations in meeting with Nixon;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City):  "He's pretending he cares"
          NBC:  Transcript:  Gov. Jay Nixon on Meet the Press
          NBC:  Video clip:  On Meet the Press, Nixon says he has no plans to replace Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
          KC Star:  Koster plans diversity workshops in KC, St. Louis +
          AP:  Koster to hold workshop aimed at increasing the number of black officers
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Tips to not get killed by police, plus weekend compendium of KC and national Ferguson coverage
          P-D:  Riot profile:  Edward Crawford, Twitter handle @eyeFLOODpanties, captured in iconic image throwing tear gas canister at police whilst holding bag of Red Hot Riplets
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant set to start school today
          Daily Journal:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) addresses chamber luncheon, talks of learning to span party divides in Washington D.C.
          Drebes:  Chris Carter Sr. fined $1,470 for filing inaccuracies
          Drebes:  Matt Morrow, former aide to U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft and recently head of Springfield Home Builders, to lead Springfield Chamber of Commerce
          KSMU:  New Chamber President Matt Morrow supports "Right to Work" for job creation
          Columbia Missourian:  Pride Fest gallery:  Drag queens, "Gayest Dog" contest, shirtless minor in public fountain, hula hoops, more;  Comments from 17-year-old "very lipstick lesbian"
          KCUR:  Missouri school district MAP scores to be released this week (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D letter:  Sharpton, Clay, Nixon rush to judgement without facts of Michael Brown strong-arm robbery/shooting
          P-D letter:  Publishing personal info on Officer Darren Wilson's parents was uncalled for;  Perhaps paper should look at arrest record of Michael Brown's parents, too
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        Sunday, August 24
       
KWMU:  NAACP marches;  Pro-Wilson group raises money
        P-D:  NAACP march is peaceful
        P-D:  Darren Wilson supporters rally in South St. Louis
        KWMU:  Group of Ferguson protesters releases list of demands, calls for national "Walk Out";  Taurean Russell says, "We have nothing but time on our hands"
        AP:  Tensions subside after peaceful Ferguson protests
        AP:  Ferguson residents share hard-knock stories
        KC Star:  Cleaver's son gathers panel to discuss interaction with police;  Woman tells tale of negative experience with police, weeps +
        AP:  Obama will send aides to Brown funeral
        P-D:  Nixon's political future may have taken a hit thanks to Ferguson
        P-D:  Statistics:  Area police departments' racial makeup
        KC Star:  Statistics:  Area police departments' racial makeup +
        SE Missourian:  Secretary of State Jason Kander speaks to Dem group, talks voter ID and minimum wage +
        SE Missourian:  County Dems elect officers +
        SNL:  Amendment 3 overview:  "Local control" vs. "Big Brother" X
        JCNT:  Rural economic development grant heads to fall veto session;  Comments from Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) X
        KC Star:  Eyewitnesses recall the day Brandon Ellington drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks;  Paper obtains taped interviews conducted by Missouri Highway Patrol +
        JCNT:  Several factors contribute to fewer deaths on Missouri roads +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Michael Brown's interaction with officer shows how far society has slipped;  Civilians should say "Yes sir" and "No sir" to police
        JCNT editorial:  State, city share exemplary Missouri State Penitentiary project X
        Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  If Ferguson cop was black, there would have been no looting or destruction of property
        Horrigan:  Emerson Electric should do more to help Ferguson
        KC Star's Steve Rose:  Too many white people - elected by black people - are in charge of Ferguson, and have turned it into "a plantation" +
        P-D's Nicklaus:  Examining the extent to which Ferguson riots has soured businesses on St. Louis
        Priddy:  The fox is guarding the chicken coop:  Missouri DNR's Air Pollution Control program
        Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  There's no point in sending a reporter to Ferguson if they're not going to write anything substantive
        SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  From Ferguson:  Reflections on a summertime stroll X
        P-D letter:  Former County Executive Gene McNary (R):  McCulloch demonstrates a calm determination to see justice prevail
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        Saturday, August 23
       
KC Star:  Politicians feel the heat from Ferguson crisis +
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers plan Ferguson committee
          CDT:  Legislators see need for action in wake of Ferguson X
          P-D:  Nation of Islam members push to Ferguson's frontlines;  Minister Louis Farrakhan says government conspires to kill black men
          P-D:  Shields of Hope named as official non-profit for those seeking to support Officer Darren Wilson;  Contributions may be tax-deductible
          AP:  Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights
          P-D:  Protest scene gets quieter Friday night
          AP:  Grand jury consists of six white men, three white women, two black women, one black man;  Nine votes needed to indict
          AP:  New worry:  How bad will riots get if Darren Brown isn't charged?
          P-D:  Captain Ron Johnson talks about his background, process of restoring order to Ferguson, crying by himself at age 51, more
          P-D:  St. Louis County officer suspended over video;  35-year veteran boasts that McCaskill and Blunt "won't even talk to me," says he "got me [sic] a gold star"
          Drebes:  Shawn D'Abreu leaves Missouri Centers for Independent Living, opens up lobbying shop
          SNL:  Lawmakers seek to delay closing of Mount Vernon center X
          KC Star:  Firm reviewing UMKC rankings has worked many years for university system +
          KC Star:  Alternative charter high schools are disappearing in Missouri +
          The Missouri Times:  Judge grants 14 temporary restraining orders in Normandy transfer case
          KMBC:  Koster warns of phone scam
          JCNT:  Area public defenders say they work too hard X
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  Political types taking ALS ice bucket challenge
          P-D editorial:  Lessons from Ferguson:  We earned this
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri Public Service Commission rejects Noranda's misdirected, unfair proposal X
          KC Star letter:  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton treat Jay Nixon like "a flat-footed nerd" +
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        Friday, August 22
       
KWMU:  Q&A with Gov. Jay Nixon on decision to withdraw National Guard troops, more
          P-D:  Nixon begins withdrawing Missouri National Guard from Ferguson
          AP:  National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson after dark:  Five minor arrests
          P-D:  Ferguson updates:  Story links, reporters' tweets
          KWMU:  Ferguson updates:  Compendium of coverage
          SNL:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) presents 70,000 signatures to remove McCulloch from case;  Comments from Nation of Islam's Akbar Muhammad X
          The Missouri Times:  Ferguson briefs:  National Guard out, Kinder calls for bipartisan committee, McCaskill to hold Senate hearings, McCulloch will remain on case
          TonyKansasCity.com:  KC's Top 5 Winners in Ferguson Strong-Arm Robbery/Shooting/Riot Hot Mess:  Rep. Brandon Ellington, Sen. Jason Holsman, more
          CDT:  Area NAACP leader says cops knowingly violate civil rights of blacks "every day, every day';  Area attorney says McCulloch's prosecution is a "hustle" X
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP holds rally;  Crowd sings "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody [sic] Turn Me 'Round"
          KWMU:  Clay, Cleaver meet with Defense Secretary on 'militarization' of local law enforcement
          WSJ:  Nixon's political ambitions tested
          KWMU:  "Politically Speaking" audio:  Journo gang talks with state Sen.-to-be Bob Onder about his political comeback, labor's failure to defeat him in GOP primary, more
          Drebes:  Rep. Steve Hodges (D) suffers setback, loses Dem primary for Mississippi County Public Administrator
          P-D:  Missouri Foundation for Health names new VP of Strategic Communications;  Courtney Z. McCall comes from Harris-Stowe State University
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri's landmark dairy bill may survive;  Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany) optimistic of override
          P-D:  Missouri' DNR's Air Pollution Control Program backtracks on proposed permit fee hike
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Higher Education gives away $823,751 in grants to teach students about debt X
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin say school changing sex-assault reporting
          Columbia Missourian:  Commercial dog breeding in Missouri, Part 1:  What a difference a law makes
          Columbia Missourian:  Commercial dog breeding in Missouri, Part 2:  The cost of doing business
          Columbia Missourian:  Commercial dog breeding in Missouri, Part 3:  What you need to know as a consumer
          The Missouri Times:  Capitol crowd takes part in ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge"
          CDT:  Columbia to host "Go Topless Parade";  Breasts will be exposed in "Peace Park," will belong to feminists X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon needs to be a more decisive leader in Ferguson +
          The Missouri Times' Scott Faughn:  How does Gov. Nixon pull out of his second-term slump?  Ten ideas pooled from subscribers.
          KC Star's Sanchez:  McCulloch should let others prosecute Ferguson case;  County prosecutor's father, a St. Louis cop, was killed by savage criminal +
          SNL op-ed:  Author of health care books weighs in on "Right to Farm" passage, says results show people want government to be run by corporations X
          P-D letter:  Nixon should apologize to Officer Wilson for suggesting "vigorous prosecution" before having the facts
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        Thursday, August 21
       
KMOX:  Ferguson after dark:  With only 6 arrests, Capt. Ron Johnson declares it "a very good night"
          P-D:  Ferguson after dark:  Officer hit with bottle, but uninjured
          KWMU:  Ferguson after dark:  Calmer than the nights before
          KMOX:  State taxpayers will likely be asked to foot part of the bill for Ferguson riot protection
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) leads collection drive for Ferguson officers +
          The Missouri Times:  Ferguson briefs:  Holder visits;  GOP divided on voter registration efforts;  Nixon defends McCulloch
          KMOX:  Ferguson looter:  'I'm proud of us, we deserve this.'
          P-D:  In Ferguson, day is different than night
          P-D:  Ferguson updates:  Story links, reporters' tweets
          KWMU:  Ferguson updates:  Compendium of coverage
          P-D:  Few details available about Darren Wilson
          KWMU:  Ferguson protest moves to Clayton to demand officer be charged
          KWMU:  Attorney General Eric Holden visits, meets with Nixon, McCaskill, Blunt, Clay, Cleaver
          KWMU:  Speaker Tim Jones calls for McCulloch to be replaced
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP to hold Michael Brown rally tonight;  President Mary Ratliff believes Wilson should be indicted, based on some things she's heard
          P-D:  Joe Brazil is new St. Charles County GOP chairman
          CDT:  County GOP chooses new leaders;  Caleb Rowden's dad begins reign X
          P-D:  More transfer students can go back to Francis Howell schools
          Missourinet:  State health department data shows that most schoolchildren have their proper immunization shots
          CDT:  University of Missouri Curators extend President Tim Wolfe's contract to 2018 X
          KWMU:  Noranda loses bid to obtain lower electrical charge from Ameren
          P-D:  Missouri regulators deny Noranda rate request
          The Missouri Times:  Noranda rate relief complaint denied
          CDT:  Don Stamper starts job with Missouri Department of Economic Development X
          P-D:  Police investigate 'suspicious' fire at state probation-parole office in St. Charles
          P-D editorial:  Eric Holder comes to Ferguson. Change is coming.
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon was right to call in the National Guard
          KC Star editorial:  Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Private schools save taxpayers money
          Washington Missourian editorial:  State crime lab takes too long to confirm that contraband is indeed an illegal drug
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  The Blue Book is back - in printed form
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Let's blame both sides for the Ferguson riots
          Priddy:  Let's not talk about Ferguson just for the sake of talking about Ferguson
          P-D letter:  Bellyaching about law enforcement's treatment of media underscores Post-Dispatch's self-involved mopeyness
          KC Star letter:  Former police officer says looting types are barbaric, uncivilized +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Michael Brown shooting was an excuse for young criminals to loot;  Media rushes to judgement with few facts about shooting
          Washington Missourian letter:  Missouri a testing ground for gay agenda;  Lottery tickets and same-sex intercoursing are both big problems for America
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        Wednesday, August 20
       
KMOX:  Ferguson after dark:  'Time to kill a cop':  Ferguson protesters throw urine, bottles at police
          Washington Post:  Ferguson after dark:  Capt. Ron Johnson:  Mostly peaceful in Ferguson until urine thrown at police
          P-D:  Ferguson after dark:  Outburst interrupts night of peace;  Bottles of urine thrown, protester smashes TV camera, 47 arrested
          SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  A calmer night;  No confrontations in Ferguson, as pattern of violence is broken with a peaceful, pleasant evening (corrected by reporter at 8 a.m.) X
          KSDK:  47 arrested after protests escalate in Ferguson
          P-D:  Ferguson updates:  Story links, reporters' tweets
          TonysKansasCity.com:  National updates:  Ways to help Ferguson, officer Darren Wilson's alleged Brown-inflicted injuries, more
          SNL:  Online support grows for Officer Darren Wilson X
          KWMU:  Pandemonium or peace in Ferguson?  Depends on if it's night or day.
          KC Star's Abouhalkah:  Media now part of the problem in Ferguson;  Compendium of reporters' Twitter caterwauling +
          NY Times:  MOGOP Executive Director Matt Wills calls voter registration in Ferguson "disgusting" (link via Kraske on Twitter)
          KWMU:  Nixon sticking with McCulloch, who has no plans to step out of Ferguson case
          Missourinet:  Nixon not calling on McCulloch to step aside
          P-D:  Jay Nixon won't remove Robert McCulloch as Brown case goes to grand jury
          Missourinet:  McCaskill defends Bob McCulloch, says he will be fair on Michael Brown case
          NY Times via KC Star:  Grand jury may hear varying accounts of Ferguson shooting
          Missourinet:  Nixon:  Civilized Missourians will not be defeated by bricks, guns, Molotov cocktails
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Black Caucus Chair Tommie Pierson (D) supports Nixon;  Speaker Tim Jones on veto session +
          SE Missourian:  SEMO to allow students from Ferguson, Florissant to seek early refuge in campus housing +
          KWMU:  Michael Brown rally at Webster University draws 75
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith touts agricultural industry during farm tour, says passage of Amendment 1 will help alleviate concerns about overregulation +
          Drebes:  Gregg Keller is working for Tom Schweich
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission orders House Democratic Campaign Committee to pay $10,000 for inaccurate reporting
          SE Missourian:  Defunct Democratic campaign committee fined +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Recount in Dem state rep primary shows Bonnaye Mims stays winning
          The Missouri Times:  In Dem KC state rep primary, Bonnaye Mims and India Williams face recount
          SE Missourian:  Cape County GOP Central Committee elects officers +
          CDT:  Boone County lawmakers to hold forum on transportation funding X
          KC Star:  State review faults Missouri education department's handling of CEE-Trust contract +
          P-D:  Audit says Missouri education department contract with CEE-Trust failed the independence test
          The Missouri Times:  Judge ruling against state board could re-open Normandy transfers
          KC Star:  Missouri state schools construct new dorms +
          P-D:  Missouri utilities look to Kansas wind to comply with carbon proposal
          AP:  EPA launches probe of Tyson's role in polluting a Missouri creek
          Missourinet:  State Historical Society prepares for Missouri's 200th birthday in 2021
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Nixon come lately;  Governor's attention should have been on Ferguson all along X
          P-D editorial:  An old-school idea for Ferguson protesters:  Please lie down;  Today's crop of agitators should be more like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
          Messenger:  The search for an American story in Ferguson
          Jensen:  Nixon, others blame law enforcement before facts are revealed;  Regardless of outcome, liberals' solution will involve spending lots more taxpayer money +
          P-D letter:  State and federal taxpayers should subsidize programs to recruit more black officers
          P-D letter:  Pasadena Hills woman laments area districts cancelling classes, concedes that once hubbub dies down, not much will change
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        Tuesday, August 19
       
P-D:  Ferguson after dark:  2 shot, 2 fires, 31 arrested:  Capt. Ron Johnson:  "Our officers came under heavy fire"
          Riverfront Times:  Ferguson after dark:  Police under attack:  31 protesters arrested
          KWMU:  Ferguson after dark:  Tear gas flies again
          AP:  Ferguson after dark:  Police under heavy fire;  Crowd shoots at cops, throws bottles and Molotov cocktails
          KWMU:  Attorney General Eric Holder to visit Ferguson today
          AP:  Unusually swift and aggressive DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm
          Missourinet:  Brown family attorney says there is a "real possibility" Brown and officer struggled over officer's gun
          KC Star:  Lt. Gov. Kinder critical of Nixon's actions +
          P-D:  Ferguson updates:  Story links, reporters' tweets
          KWMU:  Ferguson updates:  Compendium of station's coverage
          Riverfront Times:  Ferguson updates:  Compendium of coverage
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Ferguson updates:  Compendium of national outlets' coverage
          SNL:  Local NAACP leader says city poised to become role model on diversity;  Cheryl Clay praises police department, where three African-Americans have successfully joined force of 320 X
          JCNT:  Lincoln University students gather, march to Capitol;  Area woman says Ferguson protests are peaceful and that police are inciting riots X
          CDT:  MU students pose for "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" photo;  Next photo op to take place Thursday at "Welcome Black Barbecue"
          KWMU:  With school canceled, parents give children a life lesson
          P-D:  Normandy students back in school, some parents on edge
          Missouri Ruralist:  EPA administrator visits Missouri, visits with Missouri DNR, rides tractor
          P-D:  Ameren:  1,200 megawatts needed to comply with EPA emissions rules
          Drebes:  Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) declares his candidacy for House Dems Caucus Secretary
          Drebes:  Administrative Hearing Commission rulings:  Robin Wright Jones' appeal of fine successful, now owes only $230K;  Man entitled to "SEX DOC" license plate
          Joplin Globe's Allie Hinga:  Sarah Palin to visit Joplin in September for pregnancy counseling fundraiser X
          CDT:  Boone County Democrats retain most officers on central committee X
          SE Missourian:  Tea Party group to meet tonight;  Speaker believes feds are monitoring her use of kitchen blender, exhaust fans, other seemingly-private AC/DC behavior +
          Missourinet:  Speaker Tim Jones not concerned about support from members targeted by Rex Sinquefield
          Missouri Ruralist:  Groups say governor turned his back on ag;  Legislators gear up to override veto
          P-D:  Ritenour, Pattonville will admit previous transfers
          SE Missourian:  Area mom says cannabis oil for medical use is a good start toward legalizing marijuana +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Food Bank Association says food banks need more food
          CDT:  Judge rules Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain proceeds from Mamtek bonds X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon makes right call to quell unrest in Ferguson +
          P-D editorial:  Path to long-term peace in Ferguson is paved with diplomas:  A to-do list for Missouri Legislature
          JCNT editorial:  Offering prizes to voters is a bad idea;  Let's not encourage the uninformed to cast ballots X
          CDT's Waters:  Missouri test scores:  Still looking for neat answers X
          NY Times op-ed:  Former state Sen. Jeff Smith (D-St. Louis City):  In Ferguson, black town, white power
          P-D op-ed:  Regional Anti-Defamation League (ADL):  Changes to Missouri's racial-profiling law will help fix institutional racism
          Helling:  A dollar goes farther in Missouri than it does in Kansas +
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        Monday, August 18
       
Missourinet:  "War on Poverty" celebrates anniversary:  Fifty years of food stamps, other taxpayer-funded programs
          KWMU:  Rev. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton lead electrifying rally for Michael Brown;  Brown's father sports "No Justice, No Peace" t-shirt
          Reuters:  National Guard called in to Ferguson:  Capt. Ron Johnson:  "Molotov cocktails ... shootings, looting, vandalism" and premeditated violence
          Missourinet:  Capt. Ron Johnson:  "no alternative but to elevate the level of our response"
          P-D:  Nixon calls in National Guard in response to "deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property"
          KWMU:  National Guard called in as "organized, growing number" of protesters plot and execute violence;  KWMU reporter Stephanie Lecci recounts being scared, crying
          AP:  Nixon sends National Guard to Ferguson
          Twitter:  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D):  "It is my belief that Ron Johnson was used as pawn to cover up for Nixon's failure. Last night might have been a set up. Please tell Obama."
          KC Star's Diuguid:  Gov. Jay Nixon was right to appoint African-American to oversee security in Ferguson;  Peace has prevailed +
          SNL's Rolllins:  Springfield chief keeping an eye on Ferguson riot behavior;  Despite aggressive effort to recruit minorities, only 2 of 320 officers is black X
          P-D:  Live Twitter feed of reporter updates, story links
          KWMU:  Live Twitter feed of reporter updates, story links
          KWMU:  Compendium of all Michael Brown stories
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of national news stories plus biggest Ferguson losers:  Nixon, convenience stories, dead-tree media, more
          NY Times:  Private autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot at least 6 times;  Results contradict witness Dorian Johnson's account of shooting
          KWMU:  McCulloch plans to start grand jury proceedings in Brown case quickly
          KWMU:  Officials battle over who's in charge;  Koster says McCulloch can't be removed from probe
          AP:  Area's top black elected Democrats - Clay, Nasheed, Chappelle-Nadal, Dooley - express doubts about County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D)
          KSDK:  Protest outside KSDK supports officer Wilson;  News station aired video of Wilson's home, then apologized
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Catherine Hanaway signs up "top grassroots warriors" for gubernatorial campaign X
          KWMU:  Lobbyists spend less in first half of 2014 than in 2013;  Top individual recipients are Schaefer (R), Curls (D), Silvey (R), Munzlinger (R), Roorda (D)
          KC Star:  Public Service Commission staff recommends no ban for Missouri payday lenders accepting utility payments +
          KC Star:  Missouri's public defense lawyers are overworked, bar association study finds +
          SE Missourian:  MoDOT invites residents to comment on proposed bridge projects +
          SNL:  St. Louis lesbian couple speaks at LGBTQIA meeting;  State-school benefits a decades-long quest for Tang X
          KC Star:  Former coffee shop owner sues KC police after synthetic marijuana busts;  Manufacturers finds workarounds to deal with Missouri legislators' efforts +
          P-D editorial:  A 'generational event' demands a generational change from complacency
          KWMU op-ed:  Bill Freivogel:  A rational look at why Wilson wasn't arrested, and other popular questions
          P-D letter:  Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia):  Legislature, not Public Service Commission, should make any decisions on utility subsidies
          JCNT letter:  Man still opposes Amendment 7, which was defeated two weeks ago X
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        Sunday, August 17
       
P-D:  Overnight update:  Group defies curfew, fires shots at police car, man critically injured, more
          AP:  Overnight update:  Johnson:  "I was disappointed in the actions of tonight;"  Protesters break into BBQ joint and prowl roof;  Shots fired at police car;  More
          KWMU:  Night one of curfew:  Shots fired, one in critical condition
          KWMU:  Protester hits female reporter in the face, tries to steal her cell phone
          NY Times:  Police in Ferguson arrest protesters who defied curfew;  Dem committeewoman @Patricialicious:  "I don't know what the answer is, but there has to be some type of response"
          Fox News:  Video:  Nixon's curfew press conference goes off the rails as protesters shout down Missouri's governor
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon's attempt to hold civilized press conference turns sour
          P-D:  Governor declares curfew in hopes of bringing order to Ferguson streets
          P-D:  Compendium of Michael Brown coverage
          KWMU:  Compendium of Michael Brown coverage
          KC Star:  Violence in Ferguson didn't have to happen;  A look at the factors leading up to Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery, shooting, looting, and police reaction +
          CDT:  Ferguson shooting hits close to home for Columbia resident;  In 1985, Kimberly Linzie drove a stolen car through a police barricade before cops put her down X
          P-D:  Congress will review program that led to transfer of military equipment to local police
          P-D:  Missouri's child care subsidies are going to illegal day cares;  On day of reporter visit, St. Louis City subsidy-taker says dozen kids are "relatives" who just happen to be there for "birthday party"
          P-D:  Normandy again starts school year at center of turmoil
          SNL:  Koster won't offer legal opinion on Springfield Public Schools board terms X
          Joplin Globe:  A look at how local universities handle alleged sexual assaults X
          SNL:  Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) optimistic of abortion waiting-period bill X
          P-D:  Missouri lags behind in insurance pricing transparency
          JCNT:  Ameren:  Contaminated water leak contained on site;  Environmental group wants more proof X
          SE Missourian:  Transformer explodes at Noranda plant in New Madrid +
          KC Star editorial:  Lessons from Ferguson:  Diversity matters - Capt. Ron Johnson has restored peace and order. +
          SNL editorial:  Rights lost in Ferguson riots X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  To condemn the police in Ferguson is to ignore their side of the story
          CDT op-ed:  Westminster prof Tobias Gibson:  Why Amendment 9 matters X
          P-D letter:  Illinois man says McCulloch's criticism of Nixon was unfair
          KC Star letters:  Man is critical of Missouri officials blaming future deaths on Amendment 7's failure;  Woman supports Nixon's veto of 72-hour abortion waiting period +
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        Saturday, August 16
       
P-D:  Release of information changes dynamics in Ferguson shooting
          P-D:  Video:  Michael Brown commits robbery, assaults minority business owner
          KMOX:  Attorneys for Michael Brown's family:  Law enforcement's release of robbery information "devious"
          Missourinet:  Police chief:  Officer might have realized Michael Brown was robbery suspect
          P-D:  Looting begins again overnight in Ferguson;  Looters smash car windows, break into market where Michael Brown committed his crime
          KWMU:  Updates from overnight actions:  Looters hit store where Michael Brown stole Swisher Sweets;  Men with guns keep looters away from meat market;  More
          Kraske:  Nixon gets low marks for his slow response to Ferguson +
          KMOX:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) compares Nixon's Ferguson response to George W. Bush and Hurricane Katrina
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) praises Nixon, demands McCulloch step aside
          AP:  County's top elected official wants Koster to replace McCulloch as lead in Brown case
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed gathers regional lawmakers to discuss Ferguson
          P-D:  Nixon had leverage in taking Ferguson security from St. Louis County
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Tom Schweich on law enforcement perspective
          P-D:  Celebrity appearance  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey
          P-D:  Celebrity appearance:  NFL Hall of Famer Aenas Williams
          P-D:  Celebrity appearance:  Dick Gregory
          P-D:  Celebrity appearance:  Jesse Jackson
          CDT:  Group congregates at Speaker's Circle;  "Hands up" symbolic photo-op to take place Sunday, with volunteering/fundraising for Ferguson planned for some other time X
          P-D:  Compendium of Michael Brown coverage
          KWMU:  Compendium of Michael Brown coverage
          SE Missourian:  Post office delays draw attention;  Blunt sends letter to postmaster +
          CDT:  Opponents dominate crowd at hearing on Grain Belt Express project X
          P-D:  With violence around the corner, Riverview Gardens students went to school
          P-D:  Judge rules in favor of Normandy families who want to transfer schools
          JCNT:  Protestors who disrupted Senate businesses in May charged with misdemeanors X
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri Senate seeks someone willing to staff committees, draft legislation, analyze proposals, deal with legislators for $47,000
          P-D editorial:  Answer the 'unheard' with an investment in their education;  Spending more money on Ferguson kids would make a difference
          P-D's Gilbert Bailon:  Post-Dispatch editor congratulations Post-Dispatch staff for reporting news, touts high traffic numbers
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  Editorial page editor recognizes efforts of all journalists, including Post-Dispatch's David Carson, for putting themselves in the line of fire +
          CDT letter:  Wealthy men and women, like Rex Sinquefield, have too much influence X
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        Friday, August 15
       
KWMU:  Nixon puts Missouri Highway Patrol - fronted by Capt. Ronald S. Johnson - in charge of Ferguson
        Missourinet:  Nixon puts North County native Ronald Johnson in charge of civilizing Ferguson
        P-D:  Vowing 'different tone,' Nixon announces state takeover of Ferguson security
        Vox:  St. Louis County Prosector Bob McCulloch (D) says Nixon's actions "illegal, disgraceful"
        NY Times:  For Missouri governor, test at an uneasy time
        Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg:  Long-held tensions with black voters come to a boil for Gov. Jay Nixon
        CDT:  Nixon under fire early for perceived inaction;  Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) tweets:  "Hey governor, you spent 6 million on a plane, use the damn thing to get to Ferguson now" X
        AP:  Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson
        AP:  Timeline overview:  Shooting, looting, mob/police tactics, fallout
        P-D:  Briefs:  Wash U. student visits Ferguson, receives "Knockout Game" punch;  KMBC cameraman punched repeatedly;  Black Panthers direct traffic;  More
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Video:  Walking the gauntlet of angry protesters in Kansas City
        P-D:  Lacy Clay calls killing of Michael Brown "a murder"
        P-D:  Compendium of Michael Brown coverage
        KWMU:  Compendium of Michael Brown coverage
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of national news coverage of fed reaction
        TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of national news coverage of Nixon's actions
        SNL:  Springfield's Ferguson protest draws mostly MSU students, some homeless and olds
        SE Missourian:  Commerce officials make stop in Cape +
        KTVO:  Blunt listens to community concerns, takes aim at EPA
        Sedalia Democrat:  At State Fair, Blunt and Hartzler discuss opposition to EPA water rule
        Sedalia Democrat:  Nixon nixes his appearance;  Blunt, Schweich, Jones attend ham breakfast
        KRCG:  Ham Breakfast survives without governor's presence
        Brownfield Ag News:  State Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) proud to have State Fair in his district
        Missourinet:  House Speaker Tim Jones discusses possible veto overrides on budget items, tax policy bills
        Drebes:  Longtime lobbyist Terry Schlemeier is retiring
        Drebes:  Update from Brian Nieves:  Outgoing state senator says he's set to "unapologetically make TONS of money"
        The Missouri Times:  At PSC hearing, Grain Belt hearings set, no discussion of electric rate adjustment case
        Joplin Globe:  State to audit city of Joplin X
        P-D:  Fox School District to get state audit
        P-D editorial:  In Ferguson, a new sheriff in town. About time.
        KC Star editorial:  Command change in Ferguson comes none too soon. +
        SE Missourian editorial:  Lessons from Ferguson;  Cape police should look at crime-ridden pocket and try to build relations +
        Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart:  McCaskill shows leadership in Ferguson;  MSNBC contributor felt "paralyzed" until he saw photo of senator hugging young man
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        Thursday, August 14
       
P-D:  Another night of unrest in Ferguson;  Thrown bottle prompts police to fire smoke bombs at crowd
          P-D:  Compendium of paper's Ferguson coverage
          KWMU:  Compendium of station's Ferguson coverage
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of national outlets' Ferguson coverage
          AP:  Protests turn violent in Ferguson;  Crowd throws Molotov cocktails, law enforcement responds with tear gas and smoke bombs
          Missourinet:  Amid criticism, Nixon skips State Fair today;  Chappelle-Nadal:  Gov "doesn't care about black people or the black community unless it's politically expedient"
          Twitter:  Gov. Jay Nixon weighs in
          Twitter:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) responds to Nixon:  "F@CK you, Governor. I'm calling your bullsh!t!"
          Missourinet:  County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D):  Grand jury will decide whether to file charges in Michael Brown death
          McClellan:  All shootings should spark outrage;  If Michael Brown had been shot hours later by another young black man, there would have been no looting or violence
          AP:  Man who pointed gun at police faces felony assault charge
          AP:  Ferguson-Florissant school district delays start of classes due to area violence
          AP:  Two out-of-town reporters arrested at Ferguson McDonald's
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Outrage over two out-of-town reporters getting arrested - meanwhile, everyone gets their news from social media anyway
          SE Missourian:  Blunt touts river's future, expounds on 'executive overreach' +
          WGEM:  Blunt tours Hannibal's wastewater treatment plant, talks EPA standards
          CDT:  Blunt touts congressional lawsuits as way to reign in executive power X
          Dexter Daily Statesman:  Postal concerns about for some Dexter neighborhoods;  City adminstrator asks residents to contact McCaskill, Blunt
          P-D:  Report from Michigan consulting company says Missouri businesses have a low tax burden
          St. Joseph News-Press (which forbids any level of free access) via P-D website:  Missouri gets grant to help with AP exams
          P-D:  Former Fox superintendent says she welcomes state audit
          CDT:  Trial for Shelter Insurance claims over Mamtek bonds postponed X
          KSMU:  City Utilities dedicates largest solar farm in Missouri
          SNL:  Springfield city councilman:  City shouldn't be a leader on LGBTQIA (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual) nondiscrimination bill X
          P-D:  St. Louis-based company that places computer programmers hires Robin Carnahan as "strategic advisor"
          P-D editorial:  Rev. Al Sharpton is right:  St. Louis has issues
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Ferguson demonstrators should have waited for more facts;  Michael Brown incident a good excuse for some to engage in violence, looting
          SE Missourian letter:  Semo Port Executive Director Dan Overbey thanks McCaskill, Blunt for their interest +
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man applauds anti-Amendment 3 (teacher tenure) editorial X
          JCNT letter:  Further debate over Amendment 7, defeated 9 days ago X
          JCNT letter:  Farmed deer should be classified as livestock X
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        Wednesday, August 13
       
KSDK:  Nixon speaks on Ferguson looting, unrest:  "feels like an old wound that has been torn open afresh"
          P-D:  Nine charged with looting-related felonies:  Mugshots of alleged thieves who broke into Princess Beauty Supply, Foot Locker, Nu Fashion Beauty Supply
          KTVI:  FBI alert says New Black Panther Party is advocating violence against police
          AP:  Pack of males in black sedan perform drive-by, shoot woman in the head
          Missourinet:  Al Sharpton arrives, leads rally
          P-D:  Al Sharpton brings his brand of activist to area
          P-D:  1 a.m. update:  Man pulls handgun on police, gets shot
          KWMU:  Live updates via Twitter feeds of reporters, activists
          P-D:  Thread for all Ferguson stories
          KMOX:  Owner of gun shop says sales have quadrupled;  Metro Shooting's Steven King says blacks, whites, Asians picking up handguns, shotguns, AR-15s for self-defense
          TonysKansasCity:  Preview of tomorrow's KC rally/vigil, plus highlights of national news coverage
          TonysKansasCity:  KC gets million-dollar grant for low-income kids;  Steve Paul named new editorial page editor for KC Star;  More
          JCNT:  Blunt promotes "Enforce the Law" Act;  Comments from Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan X
          SE Missourian:  Blunt to visit Semo Port today +
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 3 preview:  "Education reform advocates" versus "public education establishment"
          SE Missourian:  Amendment 3 preview:  Measure pushes teacher tenure into the spotlight +
          KSGF's Nick Reed:  Audio:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on Ferguson riots, outlook for veto session override, spectrum of GOP conservatives to moderates, more
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Uncertainty over veto session having local impact
          AP:  Libraries feeling pinch of state budget fight
          CDT:  MU Health Care to close Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mount Vernon;  Officials say uncertainty over state funding was one factor X
          KOLR:  Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon closing
          KTTS:  Springfield Public Schools board urges lawmakers to sustain Nixon's veto of tax cuts
          SNL's Claudette Riley:  Springfield school board passes resolution requesting lawmakers not override Nixon's veto X
          SNL's Rance Burger:  Nixon:  State will give nearly $1 million for Christian County preschool X
          KWMU:  Statewide MAP test scores down in English, math and science, up in social studies
          Missourinet:  Education officials to state board:  drop in student assessment scores not cause for concern
          P-D:  Fox School Board seeks state audit
          P-D:  Missouri sees biggest drop in Medicaid enrollment compared to other states
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee meets in St. Louis, small business owners ask for help with Department of Revenue
          Drebes:  Andy Zellers, formerly at Public Service Commission, has joined Brightergy as General Counsel and VP for Regulatory Affairs
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Wonk's Brian Schmidt releases study, says prescription-only laws cost consumers
          Missourinet:  Comment time running out on deer farming regs
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farmers Care hosts food drive at state fair
          P-D:  More odor lawsuits filed against Bridgeton landfill owner
          P-D editorial:  Nixon must let Ferguson be where better begins
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  A majority of Missourians support gay marriage;  Those who don't should "grow up"
          KC Star letter:  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the modern-day Ku Klux Klan +
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        Tuesday, August 12
       
KWMU:  Live, ongoing updates on Ferguson (mobile version)
          KWMU:  Live, ongoing updates on Ferguson (laptop/desktop version)
          P-D:  Ongoing updates:  Monday's tear gas and rubber bullets, Galleria disturbance, more
          P-D:  Thread for all Ferguson stories
          P-D:  Police use tear gas to control crowd;  Black union carpenter laments "disturbed group of young people ... about 95 percent of these people don't even vote"
          KWMU:  Interactive map:  Road closures, protests, violent protests, looting, more
          P-D:  Looting spreads to South St. Louis as mob of 30 to 40 invade shoe store;  Pack of thieves also attempts to break into Radio Shack in same plaza
          LA Times:  Ferguson, Mo:  A witness to the face-off in the darkness
          St. Louis Business Journal:  Compendium of national news coverage of Ferguson riots
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) attends rally, holds large photo of Nixon's head:  "Your governor doesn't care about you - where is he?"
          Missourinet:  Vigil's calls for peace lead to looting (w/video of QuikTrip ransacking);  Nixon calls for investigation
          KC Star:  McCaskill D.C. staff pens statement for media pickup on Ferguson issue +
          KC Star:  Blunt D.C. staff pens statement for media pickup on Ferguson issue +
          KWMU:  Schools cope with Ferguson violence;  Hazelwood supe Grayling Tobias says uncivilized behavior cast a negative light on North County "for all the country to see"
          AP:  City of Ferguson profile:  Suburban municipality has been ravaged by white flight to St. Charles;  City is now 70% black, with 25% of all current residents below poverty level
          KTVI:  Violence at Galleria mall prompts police presence
          Yesterday:  TonysKansasCity.com notes social media planning of Galleria riot
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Compendium of most important Ferguson stories
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Intention of KC councilman's "Hurt People!!! Hurt People!!! #StLouisRiots" post unclear
          TonysKansasCity.com:  TKC responds to allegations that linking to news stories about uncivilized behavior is racist
          Joplin Globe:  Rehab center Mount Vernon to close in fall;  VA lease for on-site clinic also set to expire X
          SNL:  Hundreds could lose jobs when Mount Vernon rehab closes X
          Drebes:  Speaker John Boehner coming to Missouri next month for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
          KWMU:  Diehl leads $800,000 blitz for Missouri House GOP
          Drebes:  A lower-profile Rex Sinquefield group - Aaron Willard's Grow Missouri - did very well last Tuesday
          Priddy:  Club for Growth is a bludgeon - but campaign finance changes won't happen, anyway
          KCUR:  Kraske talks to Rep. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) about Amendment 7's loss, future prospects for funding
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) debuts first TV ad in state Senate race vs. Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial)
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life highlights primary victories
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist profile:  Brent Hemphill & Associates' Kristian Starner is "petite, clever and always helpful"
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) to hold committee meeting on DOR in St. Louis today
          P-D editorial:  Get it right about the terrible wrong in Ferguson
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Keep money out:  Rex Sinquefield's targets were all re-elected, but Missouri needs campaign contribution limits anyway X
          JCNT editorial:  Voters are disenchanted, apathy is widespread, disengaging from the process won't help the situation, etc. X
          P-D letter:  Mayor Francis Slay needs to apologize to animals for supporting Amendment 1
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves woman "deeply disappointed" with Missouri voters over Amendment 1
          SNL letter:  Amendment 1 fallout:  Pierce City woman anticipates knowing, from her future gravesite, the moment National Guard will deliver water to Missouri residents X
          KC Star letter:  Kansas woman unhappy with Koster and Missouri voters over Amendment 1;  Blue Springs man unhappy with Missouri voters over Amendment 8 +
          P-D letter:  Missouri should keep welcoming visitors by forgoing toll roads
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        Monday, August 11
       
P-D:  Violence breaks out near site of vigil for teen killed by police;  Pre-looting comments from state Sens. Jamilah Nasheed, Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          KWMU:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis):  "Self-destructive behavior is a major setback for progress"
          SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  Reporter, granted access by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to her protected account, publishes screenshot of her message:  "When shall I start going off on Gov. Nixon?  Absent A$$!" X
          AP:  Al Sharpton making his way to Ferguson this week
          KMOV:  'Anonymous' prepared to launch cyber-attacks against Ferguson police department
          KMOV:  Video:  Mob surrounds police car in Ferguson
          KMOX:  Rioting, looting intensify in Ferguson
          P-D:  Gallery:  Action shots of thieves looting QuikTrip, Dobbs, other businesses
          P-D:  Video:  Looters steal from area businesses
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Sympathy protests planned for Kansas City, with goal of keeping crowd "peaceful"
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Association for Social Welfare plans to open chapter in Cape Girardeau, invites public to first meeting Thursday +
          SE Missourian:  Vets greet VA law with enthusiasm +
          AP:  Missouri led nation in Medicaid roll reductions;  Missouri's program switched to new computer system, also experienced delays in verifying referrals
          KC Star:  Blunt to focus on Obama in nine-stop swing this week +
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Nixon on Amendment 7 defeat;  John Britton on lobbyist lessons;  Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R) on Sinquefield money +
          AP:  Analysis:  Statewide voting patterns on Amendment 1, Amendment 5
          Rosenbaum:  Scoreboard:  How did Sinquefield-backed candidates fare?
          Missourinet:  Sinquefield's targets  - Messenger, Rowland - comment on their victories, call for finance reform
          SNL:  Kansas tax experiment marches on as Missouri watches X
          P-D:  Missouri teachers to be evaluated on their students' achievements
          P-D:  School districts adapt to teen sleep patterns
          P-D:  Students turn to crowdfunding to pay tuition
          Missourinet:  State agriculture officials want parts of omnibus bills saved
          P-D editorial:  Michael Brown case deserves a federal investigation
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  MoDOT vastly overstates its need for funding
          P-D letter:  "Right to Farm" will hurt farmers;  Defeated transportation sales tax was bad, too
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City woman shares "one last comment" on last Tuesday's Amendment 1 X
          JCNT letter:  On Amendment 1, critters and cat ladies X
          JCNT letter:  Missourians do, indeed, care about roads - MoDOT just needs a better story that includes accountability X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Republicans should raise fuel tax, raise cigarette tax, and accept federal Medicaid money
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man says being a Democrat makes him feel discouraged
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        Sunday, August 10
       
P-D:  Proposed amendments to Missouri Constitution are proliferating
          KWMU:  Transportation tax may have been doomed by being placed on August ballot
          KWMU:  Nixon refutes argument that transportation tax failed because of his decision
          JCNT:  A look at why transportation sales tax failed X
          JCNT:  Rejection of transportation sales tax affects cities, counties X
          JCNT:  MoDOT:  Funding shortfall will mean system-maintenance problems;  Nixon "hasn't offered any suggestions, so far" X
          The Missouri Times:  Victorious GOP primary candidate receives flack for photo;  Shane Roden posed with "known aviation enthusiast" Sam Graves
          Drebes:  John Britton wisdom:  Excerpt from "What it Takes to Be a Lobbyist"
          P-D:  Ameren still interested in nuclear, despite natural gas's ascendance
          P-D:  Missouri appeals court upholds local primary seat belt law
          Joplin Globe:  Bar report injects new standards into public defender debate X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Lake Saint Louis) sends letter to FCC on broadband access
          CDT:  Missouri Supreme Court ruling hailed for ending court bias against victims of sex crimes X
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Conservation changes some deer hunting regulations X
          CDT:  Gaza conflict brings public responses;  Occupy CoMo, Peaceworks, others protest X
          Missourinet:  It's a nice summer for ticks;  Missouri health officials encourage protection against bloodsucking parasites
          P-D:  Angry crowd takes to streets after Ferguson police shoot 18-year-old male;  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) calls for federal investigation
          AP:  Missouri crowd after shooting:  "Kill the police"
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Amendment 7 postmortem:  Missouri is a failure in transportation due to lack of leadership
          SNL editorial:  Voter turnout is pathetic X
          JCNT editorial:  November ballot issue on teacher tenure undermines local control X
          SNL's Deirdre Shesgreen:  Billy Long's bill a symptom, symbol of gridlock X
          CDT's Waters:  Analyzing Missouri's geopolitical regions;  Once-red Greene County now "infected" with Columbia-nik liberalism X
          Priddy:  The four:  Rex Sinquefield tried to buy seats in House
          SNL letter:  Rep. Kevin Austin (R-Springfield) should have known the cost of tax cuts X
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        Saturday, August 9
       
ABC 17 (Jefferson City):  State Fair moves forward following last year's rodeo clown "controversy"
          P-D:  State Fair enters 113th year
          KCUR public radio via Kansas Health Institute's "editorially independent reporting program":  Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Missouri, Kansas hospitals billions
          Kraske:  Liberals are unhappy with Chris Koster over support for farmers and guns, feign 2016 non-support +
          TonysKansasCity:  Primary Week Power Rankings:  Freedom, Inc. flexes muscle;  Show-Me Institute analysis wins out;  Jeff Roe's "Remington Research" polling sect is perfect
          Helling:  Tea Party, mainstream Republicans look for common ground;  Ryan Johnson of "Missouri Alliance for Freedom" on GOP's approach, Dana Loesch on "pansies"
          CDT's Ashley Jost's "Learning Curve" column:  University of Missouri's post-election analysis;  UMKC's make-believe "rankings";  More X
          CDT:  University of Missouri plans second "Show Me Value Tour;"  First one saw state-school leader Tim Wolfe spend $18,000 on chartered flights X
          P-D:  Missouri has no answers on lower student scores
          KC Star:  KC Star series prompts discussion for Missouri lawmakers on prohibiting probation for killers +
          P-D:  Plans not complete for delayed barrier between burning and radioactive Bridgeton landfills
          JCNT editorial:  Another controversial ballot issue emerges:  Let's spend three months hearing Sinquefield Inc. and unions argue over teacher tenure X
          P-D editorial:  It's time to go big:  A road map to rebuilding Missouri through higher taxes
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  MoDOT should drop scare tactics and get on with the business of finding reasonable, workable solutions X
          P-D letter:  Legislators should be wary of billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who lost every GOP primary challenge this week
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        Friday, August 8
       
P-D:  Luetkemeyer lauds progress on Operation Choke Point;  McCaskill targets National Guard sponsorship of NASCAR
          KFVS:  Postal workers say mail was intentionally misdirected in protest of efficiency efforts;  Worker, union leader meet with Blunt and Smith offices to seek action
          JCNT:  Fed report:  Consumer spending sees modest increase in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  HRCC Summer Caucus meets in Kansas City;  Veto session among top topics
          KWMU:  Monthly food/ticket/trinket-disclosure story:  Missouri lobbyists support Missouri BBQ shops, Mizzou athletics, Branson entertainment industry
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Top reasons why Claire McCaskill might run for governor
          P-D:  Former state Rep. and County GOP chairman Jon Bennett loses his committee seat to Ron Paul supporter
          CDT:  Yet-to-be-counted ballots unlikely to change Amendment 1 outcome X
          P-D:  Animal-rights activists unhappy Slay supported "Right to Farm";  Rainford says yelps from Amendment 1 critics "a little irritating"
          Shelly:  Emanuel Cleaver (D), Chris Koster (D), Jason Kander (D), Mayor Francis Slay (D) were pandering with "Right to Farm" support;  HSUS' Wayne Pacelle blames Dems
          P-D:  Man who lost GOP state rep primary unhappy with winning candidate's lit;  Shane Roden will taken on Rep. Michael Frame (D-Eureka)
          AP:  Missouri gay marriage case moved to federal court;  Koster says he personally supports gay marriage, but will defend Missouri law
          CDT:  Judge rules in favor of virtual-school teachers X
          Missourinet:  After Worthington execution, Melinda Griffin's parents tell her 'it's over';  Victim's family thanks Nixon, Koster, DOC's George Lombardi for supporting the law of the land
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court swaps out condemned murderers for September execution
          KWMU:  Missouri to receive close to $700,000 as part of nationwide kidney drug settlement
          P-D:  Woman who blamed her appendix cancer on Coldwater Creek pollution dies
          JCNT editorial:  Election postmortem:  MoDOT haunted by its own broken promises;  Lawmakers prefer referendums over making tough choices;  Voter turnout is dismal X
          P-D editorial:  Rural child care costs too much, delivers too little
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City schools must continue to improve academically +
          CDT's Waters:  For fixing roads, fuel tax a good place to start - maybe combined with a small sales tax increase, too X
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  41 years ago, a guy born in Missouri was involved in Watergate
          KWMU's Margie Freivogel:  Close vote on "so-called Right to Farm," despite supporters' spending advantage, shows Missouri voters are smarter than consultants think
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  "Right to Farm" passed because people were fooled;  on other amendments, those same voters were smart
          KC Star letter:  Kansas man cancels insurance policy with company that supports ALEC, believes such actions will slow down legislative juggernaut +
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        Thursday, August 7
       
KWMU:  EPA official talks carbon emissions with St. Louis business leaders
          Washington Post:  National Guard dumps Dale Earnhardt, Jr.;  McCaskill says data is clear - No recruits coming from NASCAR events
          Drebes:  Dem-aligned groups dumped $700,000 into failed early-voting petition-gathering;  Contributors included SEIUs, Teamsters, AFT, NEA, CWA, UAW, more
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Early Voter Fund fails to gather enough signatures
          KWMU:  PROMO launches Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex/Asexual-marriage website
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri set for debate on teacher tenure
          SE Missourian:  Proposed teacher evaluation system draws opponents +
          P-D:  Maps:  How each amendment fared in each Missouri county
          KWMU:  Audio, text:  Mannies, Marshall Griffin, UMSL's Dave Robertson discuss results of Amendments 1, 5 and 7
          Missourinet:  "Right to Farm" could face recount
          AP:  Right-to-farm opponents weigh recount;  HSUS' Joe Maxwell says closing early gap, then losing, is encouraging
          KWMU:  Slay's team explains principled support for Amendment 1;  Rainford says mayor consistently transcends party lines, urban-rural divide
          AP:  Transportation leaders say Amendment 7's loss will lead to deaths
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT officials:  Other highway funding options back on table
          P-D:  Tax defeat leaves future Missouri road funding in slow lane
          CDT:  Transportation funding needs remain, advocates say after Amendment 7 defeat X
          KWMU:  Back to the drawing board for Missouri's transportation leaders
          AP:  FBI director:  Electronic privacy good for Missouri
          KWMU:  Preview:  24th Senate District:  Jill Schupp (D) vs. Jay Ashcroft (R)
          AP:  Kansas City schools get accreditation;  Superintendent Stephen Green:  "Today we shed the shackle of unaccreditation"
          KC Star:  Kansas City school district gains provisional accreditation +
          P-D:  State school board grants provisional accreditation to Kansas City schools
          KWMU:  Normandy families blocked from student transfers argue their case in court
          P-D:  Once again, a judge holds the fate of hundreds of student transfers
          The Missouri Times:  Jetton releases second edition of book
          SNL editorial:  Tax breaks cost too much X
          P-D editorial:  St. Charles County points the way to ethics reform in Missouri
          National Review op-ed:  AEI's Caroline Kitchens:  McCaskill & Co. are well-intentioned with rape "statistics," but are silencing the mothers of the falsely accused
          SNL's Jonathan Shorman:  Billy Long wins, but results point to unhappy Republicans X
          P-D letter:  Woman who attended pro-Palestine rally says Post-Dispatch story was biased in favor of Israel
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Shawnee, KS says Missouri legislators cater to "Southern, white, conservative, Republican males", pontificates on "oligarchies" and "kakotopia" +
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        Wednesday, August 6
       
Secretary of State Jason Kander's Election Results page
          Missourinet:  Broad overview:  Amendment outcomes
          P-D:  Broad overview:  Amendment outcomes
          Missourinet:  Narrow "Right to Farm" victory triggers recount
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Farmers Care's Dan Kleinsorge thanks farmers for their hard work;  Opposition's Rhonda Perry says that in her mind, "No" campaign's loss was actually a symbolic victory
          AP:  Gun-rights amendment approved
          Missourinet:  Transportation tax increase crushed
          KWMU:  Well-funded transportation tax loses big at the polls
          P-D:  Transportation tax proposal soundly defeated
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  No consensus on how to fund roads +
          AP:  After tax defeat, what next for Missouri roads?
          AP:  Missouri voters reject lottery to help veterans
          AP:  Congressional delegation learns November opponents' names
          AP:  30-year-old defense contractor to fill GOP ballot slot versus Lacy Clay
          AP:  Arthur Lieber to appear on ballot versus Ann Wagner
          AP:  Courtney Denton to carry Dem banner through November against Luetkemeyer
          SNL:  Billy Long turns away primary challenger, takes 61% X
          AP:  GOP regains veto-proof majority in Missouri House
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Nate Walker "grateful" and "humbled" by victory in state rep race
          SNL:  Rep. Jeff Messenger wins Republican primary against upstart challenger X
          Branson Tri-Lakes News:  Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) keeps seat in House
          JCNT:  In GOP state rep primary, Tom Hurst defeats Bruce Sassman X
          KWMU:  Onder completes comeback with landslide victory for Senate seat;  incumbents fare well in other races
          P-D:  Local legislative race roundup:  Winners include Onder, Ashcroft, Dogan, Bahr, Joe Adams, Joshua Peters
          SE Missourian:  Holly Rehder retains District 148 seat;  Tila Rowland-Hubrecht wins 151st +
          CDT:  Chuck Basye takes Republican nomination in 47th District X
          AP:  Rote "5 Things" meme:  Answers to yesterday's questions
          Missourinet:  Early voting initiative petition falls short of needed signatures for November ballot
          P-D:  Missouri voters to consider teacher tenure, evaluations in November
          KWMU:  Constitutional amendment on teacher evaluation approved for November ballot
          SNL:  With November ballot initiative, teacher pay could be dependent upon student performance X
          Missourinet:  No delays as Missouri executes Michael Shane Worthington
          Missourinet:  Gov. Jay Nixon (D):  "There is no question about the brutality of this crime - or doubt of Michael Worthington's guilt"
          Missourinet:  AG Chris Koster (D):  "Tonight, Michael Worthington paid the price for his callous brutality"
          Missourinet:  Investigators:  'No doubt' executed murderer Michael Worthington was guilty
          AP:  Rapist-murderer Michael Worthington executed
          Missourinet:  Family of Melinda Griffin speaks after confessed killer's execution
          P-D:  State school board adjusts Normandy's accreditation
          KC Star:  Transfer law confusion keeps KC families on hold as school year approaches +
          KC Star:  Longtime lobbyist John Britton dies +
          P-D:  Lobbyist John Britton dies after a half-century as one of the most powerful people in Missouri
          KWMU:  John Britton:  Super-lobbyist convinced generations of legislators to see things his way
          P-D editorial:  Split the utility baby in Noranda-Ameren dispute
          CDT's Waters:  John Wright's campaign finance dreams are admirable - too bad "he can't even get his Democrat friends to sign his little pledge" X
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        Tuesday, August 5   SOS Election Results Page
       
Joplin Globe:  Overview:  Long, Hartzler re-elections X
          AP:  Congressional delegation's primary opponents fail to raise money
          P-D:  New study shows state-by-state effect of Import-Export Bank
          AP:  McCaskill, Blunt back World War I coin
          CDT:  Party committee filings might point to future success of GOP X
          AP:  Rote "5 things" meme:  Election Day edition
          Joplin Globe:  Hypothesis:  If people are interested in ballot issues, then voter turnout will increase X
          The Missouri Times:  Both sides fighting to the bitter end on Amendment 1
          AP:  Road taxes are rising, even in tax-averse states
          KWMU:  Missouri income shoots up in July, but not enough to protect budget
          SNL:  Council:  Do not override Nixon's veto of tax breaks X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Nixon at Greene County Public Safety Center X
          KWMU:  Normandy schools collaborative holds pep rally, orientation promising a brand-new start
          AP:  Missouri, Texas successfully carrying out executions using sedative;  Pentobarbital's effectiveness raises questions about why it has not been more widely adopted
          P-D:  Parents of murdered Lake Saint Louis woman near end of 19-year wait for killer's execution;  Mindy Griffin was raped and strangled to death by Michael Worthington
          Missourinet:  Rapist-murderer Michael Worthington says he's ready to die tonight
          AP:  Ameren finds elevated levels of radioactive materials near Callaway plant
          P-D:  Bridgeton landfill odor settlement is approved
          AP:  Media company Gannett to split newspapers off from broadcast, digital businesses
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's experience shows flaws in Paul Ryan's poverty plan
          KC Star's Steve Paul:  Death penalty is wrong, and Missouri should be ashamed +
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Charter Public School Association's Douglas Thaman:  Charter school students deserve equity in public funding
          CDT letter:  Young Palestinian is pleased with Hartzler for answering petition;  McCaskill and Blunt form letters leave man feeling bereft X
          KC Star letter:  UMKC should be ashamed of "top ranking" flim-flam +
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        Monday, August 4
       
Rosenbaum:  Lessons learned in Missouri's relatively tranquil primary season
          Kraske:  Six things to watch for Tuesday night +
          NY Times:  Missouri weighs "Right to Farm"
          Washington Missourian:  Several local farmers backing Amendment 1
          Drebes:  Third-party spending on primary races
          Priddy:  Four state rep primary results will tell us if the entire state of Missouri believes in Abraham Lincoln or Rex Sinquefield
          AP:  Through tomorrow's special elections for Missouri House seats, Republicans seek veto edge
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Dems Gary Gaines, Blake Hopper seek to fill November ballot slot against Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          TonysKansasCity:  Area union rage as firefighters support some Republicans
          P-D:  2nd Senate District GOP primary candidates create confusion over judge endorsement;  Onder never actually endorsed, while Schneider's support wasn't intended to be public
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Briefs:  Area legislators receive high marks from Missouri Chamber;  Area Dems offer free rides to the old and the carless X
          Fulton Sun:  Local officials share concerns over legislative actions during Nixon's visit;  Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) calls gov's tour "a political stunt"
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt support veterans bill
          P-D:  Rival rallies on Israel and Gaza draw 600 to Clayton;  "St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee" marches to Blunt's office, which is closed on the Sabbath
          Missourinet:  USDA says Missouri farmers' markets flourishing
          Fulton Sun:  Missouri Conservation Commission asks for public feedback on proposed regulations to captive-deer industry
          P-D:  State government preparing for winter's road salt price hike
          SNL:  Activists continue push against City Utilities on coal ash landfill X
          Kirksville Daily Express endorsements:  No endorsement in Nate Walker - John Bailey GOP primary;  No on Amendments 1 and 5;  Yes on Amendments 7, 8, and 9
          KC Star's Maria Williams:  Community colleges are making credits count;  University of Missouri has agreements with 16 schools +
          P-D letter:  Preserve tax credits for low-income working families
          P-D letter:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM):  Have state auditor check Normandy, Riverview Gardens school districts
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        Sunday, August 3
       
KWMU:  House Republicans pass border, immigration package - but victory may be symbolic;  Comments from Ann Wagner, Hartzler, Long, Luetkemeyer
          AP:  Missouri among five states not using federal water money;  MO DNR says some projects listed as fundable are not ready for construction
          P-D:  Ameren criticizes EPA carbon rule
          P-D:  Carbon captured from power plants potential key to future oil production;  Comments from Peabody Energy, Arch Coal
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Kennett lawsuit against EPA moving slowly
          Neosho Daily New:  Man who finished last in 2012 2nd Congressional Dem primary now appearing on GOP primary ballot versus Billy Long
          JCNT:  No statewide turnout prediction issued;  Kander's office releases prediction from all 116 individual election officials X
          CDT:  County Clerk Wendy Noren (D) not making a turnout prediction X
          P-D:  Did you know?  Missouri ballot will include not only candidates, but constitutional amendments, too
          Columbia Missourian:  Update:  Columbia Missourian fixes error (sans "Correction" note or acknowledgement), notes that Koster is running for governor
          JCNT:  Chart:  How Amendment 7 would affect local sales taxes X
          Drebes:  8-day reports for key GOP primaries - plus, Drebes picks the winner:  Nate Walker vs. John Bailey, Jeff Messenger vs. Loren Hunt, Mike Moon vs. Julie Ruzicka, more
          CDT:  Overview:  Chuck Basye vs. Betsy Phillips in GOP primary for Wright's seat X
          KWMU:  International caviar underground faces off against game wardens in the Ozarks;  Comments from Missouri Department of Conservation's Rob Farr
          AP:  Supreme Court silent over execution drug secrecy
          P-D endorsement recap:  Vote no, no, no, no and no
          Washington Missourian endorsements:  No on Amendments 1 ("Right to Farm") and 5 (guns);  Yes on Amendments 7 (transportation tax), 8 (veterans' lottery ticket) and 9 (privacy rights/data)
          CDT repeat endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Court of Appeals punts on Ameren coal ash case
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Prediction:  Amendment 7 will be defeated +
          SE Missourian letter:  Wisconsin think tank responds to editorial on sales tax holiday, says tax-free weekends are insignificant and poorly targeted +
          Washington Missourian letter:  If you're receiving conflicting opinions on Amendment 1, play it safe and vote "No"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Amendment 1 supporter seeks to refute critics' misinformation about foreign ownership of Missouri land
          Washington Missourian letter:  No on Amendment 7;  If St. Louis and KC residents want streetcars and biking/hiking trails, they can pay for them themselves
          Washington Missourian letter:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) and ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman:  Yes on Amendment 9
          KC Star letter:  Missouri's condemned killers should be executed in a timely manner +
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        Saturday, August 2
       
NY Times:  Congress off for the exits, but few cheer;  McCaskill says she's among select group of Dems who don't mind taking tough votes
          P-D:  McCaskill introduces bill to toughen auto safety penalties
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis to house refugee children
          AP:  St. Louis offers temporary help for child migrants
          P-D:  St. Louis region seeks federal grant to offer temporary shelter to undocumented children
          P-D:  Health services program for St. Louis' low-income residents receives $30M in taxpayer dollars;  CEO says funding is "a bridge" until Legislature expands Medicaid
          CDT:  Overview:  Vicky Hartzler's re-election X
          Kraske:  Decisions, derision and dollars;  Pressure is on for Nixon to help Dems this year +
          KWMU:  Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) joins Attorney General Chris Koster (D) in supporting "Right to Farm"
          CDT:  Shoemyer, Missouri Farm Bureau's Dan Cassidy debate Amendment 1;  Former state senator dislikes villainous "son of a gun sitting out on a yacht in the middle of the ocean" X
          SNL:  Police officers remove Amendment 1 opponent from Ozark Empire Fair for trespassing X
          P-D:  Supporters, opponents of 'Right to Farm' referendum have raised more than $1.5M
          Columbia Missourian:  Koster supports Amendment 5, will "likely run against (Kurt) Schaefer in the 2016 election for attorney general [sic]"
          KWMU:  High volume of olds, other absentee voters flock to St. Louis County Election Board office
          Drebes:  In Dems' House 112 primary, firefighters reject one of their own - Larry Steinkamp - for Robert Butler
          KC Star:  Curators will commission an independent review of UMKC business school rankings +
          KWMU:  Bridgeton landfill owner to pay more than $4.6 million to neighboring landowners
          KC Star:  Former Jackson County car dealer gets 15-year prison penalty in identify theft case;  Koster says scam underscores need for consumers to check their credit scores +
          CDT:  American Bar Association says public defenders have excessive caseloads X
          KC Star:  Scrutiny flares as next Missouri execution looms +
          CDT endorsement:  No on Amendment 5 X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis region welcomes child immigrants
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Rep. Paul Curtman (R):  Yes on Amendment 9 X
          SNL letter:  Dogs offer unconditional love, and Big Ag should get over itself;  Vote no on Amendment 1 X
          Columbia Missourian letter: Self-described "small farmer" opposes Amendment 1
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live to Ottawa, KS calls legislators "knotheads and fools," urges vote against Amendment 7 +
          JCNT letter:  Dem opponent of Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) supports fuel tax over Amendment 7 X
          JCNT letter:  Ameren vs. Noranda:  Private-sector businesses are under attack from government X
          P-D letter:  Every liberal politician who supports handouts should be forced to spend a week with the lazies in once-civilized Baden
          SNL letter:  Voting decisions are difficult - it seems as if opposing campaigns explain the exact same amendment in a way that is biased toward their point of view X
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        Friday, August 1
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congress returns home to the divided states of America;  Obama-Blunt rhetoric underscores chasm
          P-D:  House decision to sue Obama split down partisan lines
          Joplin Globe:  Denied request for National Guard visit draws attention from Fox News host X
          KWMU:  St. Louis region could offer refuge to young migrants;  Comments from Mayor Francis Slay, Rep. Lacy Clay (D)
          P-D:  Migrant youths enter St. Louis region
          P-D:  As part of Obamacare expansion, three health centers in Missouri given $749,999 of federal taxpayer money
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, others file campus sexual assault bill
          AP:  Voter turnout predicted at 27 percent
          AP:  Backers of early voting may have failed to gather enough signatures;  Jeff Roe calls shortfall "a stunning example of Democrat incompetence"
          KWMU:  St. Louis County could determine outcome of "Right to Farm"
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center hosts three farmers who oppose Amendment 1
          AP:  Former state Rep. Tom Loehner (R) says he came up with the idea of "Right to Farm" years ago, whilst riding tractor
          KC Star:  Nixon meets with editorial board, discusses problems with transportation tax, dealing with complaints from anti-death penalty crowd, more +
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Nixon says he'll be active, will help Dem state legislative candidates this cycle +
          P-D:  Overview:  2nd Senate GOP primary:  Chuck Gatschenberger vs. Bob Onder vs. Vicki Schneider
          P-D:  Primary opponent of Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-O'Fallon) gets support from labor union group
          Drebes:  Linda Rallo calls into NPR show, says moderate Republicans like her face primary threats from radicals
          CDT:  Rep. John Wright (R-Rocheport) holds town hall to discuss lobbyist gifts, ethics law changes X
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) repays $658 of meals and lobbyist gifts X
          KC Star:  KC Council votes to ban 'open carry' of firearms +
          AP:  Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms
          P-D:  Some Normandy parents drop from lawsuit against school districts
          KC Star:  Gov. Nixon calls for inquiry into UMKC business school rankings;  State school allegedly purchased one top honor, and submitted false data on Princeton Review application +
          AP:  Missouri's top banking regulator is retiring;  Rich Weaver started in the Finance Division's mailroom in 1985
          KWMU:  EPA concludes Bridgeton baseball fields pose no radiation health risk
          P-D:  EPA tests of Bridgeton baseball fields shows no radiation concern
          Missourinet:  School supplies sales tax holiday starts
          P-D:  A sales tax holiday?  No thanks!  Some would rather pay tax than deal with throngs of proletariat penny-pinchers
          AP:  Schweich:  At least $12,000 in funds missing in Clark County
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  No on Amendment 5 X
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill, others craft serious bipartisan effort to address campus sexual assaults
          KC Star editorial:  ALEC meeting in Dallas provides a preview for next legislative session +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  HSUS' Joe Maxwell:  Vote no on Amendment 1 to stand up against New Yorkers and foreign corporations
          Missouri Ruralist's Mindy Ward:  Keep Missouri farming, for food's sake
          High Plains Journal's Doug Rich:  Vote yes on Amendment 1
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Boone County Prosecutor Daniel Knight:  Amendment 5 could lead to very dangerous consequences
          Shelly:  Amendment 7 is study in bad behavior +
          SNL op-ed:  Brad Pitt's brother:  Vote no on Amendment 7 X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Loose gun laws arm bad guys as well as good guys +
          Priddy:  The "thousand-watt lifers":  Reflections on the decline of local radio and news reporting
          KC Star letter:  Obama's KC visit was a complete waste of everyone's time +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Ballot is full of proposed amendments because the Legislature didn't do its job
          Washington Missourian letter:  Vote no on Amendment 1 and crack down on factory farms and puppy mills
          SE Missourian letter:  Vote no on Amendment 1 because it's frivolous +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Vote no on Amendment 1;  Jefferson City woman discovers that "right to farm" rhymes with "right to harm"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Vote no on Amendment 7;  Legislature shouldn't have passed tax cuts, either
          Washington Missourian letter:  Vote no on Amendment 7;  Sales tax is better for swim pools than roads
          SE Missourian letter:  Vote no on Amendment 7;  Sales tax is regressive +
          Washington Missourian letter:  "Right to Work" already exists in Missouri
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        Thursday, July 31
       
KC Star:  In Kansas City, President Obama urges opponents to stop 'hating all the time' +
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Obama visits KC edition +
          Mahoney:  So what was that all about?  Banner should have just read "Stop Hatin'";  Supposed economic focus sounded more like a mid-term exiting campaign
          KC Star:  Comments from several speech attendees +
          KC Star:  Comments from three speech attendees +
          P-D:  Obama says GOP should stop hating;  Blunt compares it to a junior-high taunt
          Missourinet:  President Obama bashes Congress, calls for end to cynicism
          SNL:  Obama offers good news on economy, but not all buy it X
          KMBC:  Local business owners say Obama's call for higher minimum wage could put them out of business
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Full video of Obama appearance at Uptown Theater, plus collection of early stories
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Collection of local coverage
          KC Star:  On his way to KCI, President Obama stops in Parkville +
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Seriously, does anybody know why Obama visited Kansas City, and what did he accomplish?
          Fox 4 KC:  Woman says dinner with Obama gave her a fresh perspective;  Valerie McCaw e-mails the White House her lamentations over racking up six-figure debt, wins free meal
          KC Star:  Oklahoma Joe's fills $1,400 order for Air Force One +
          Fox 4 KC:  Busy dinner rush at Arthur Bryant's led to "Slaw-gate";  Leader of free world denied access to side item
          Missourinet:  Sen. Roy Blunt responds, on behalf of GOP, to Obama's Kansas City visit
          KTVI:  Video:  John Hancock, Mike Kelley interview Claire McCaskill for 30 minutes
          Washington Post's "She the People" blog:  Four Republicans, four Dems sponsor bill on campus sexual assault;  Comments from McCaskill
          NY Times:  Senators offer bill to curb campus sexual assault
          P-D:  McCaskill's college sexual assault bill introduced after months of work
          KWMU:  McCaskill, others push for sexual-assault legislation
          McClatchy:  Senate introduces bipartisan campus sexual assault bill;  Comments from McCaskill
          U.S. News & World Report:  Senators seek crackdown on college sexual assaults
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Journo gang discusses McCaskill's hefty contribution to state party, Joshua Peters vs. Chris Carter, Sr.
          KC Star:  Overview:  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's re-election +
          KWMU:  Backers of "Right to Farm" beef up donations, highlight support
          KMOX:  Amendment 1:  Humane Society says measure will turn back the clock on animal rights;  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) says it will protect Missourians from PETA, other radicals
          Twitter:  AG Chris Koster supports Amendment 5
          Missourinet:  Overview:  Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket)
          Missourinet:  Overview:  Amendment 9 (privacy rights/data)
          CDT:  Legislative candidates appear at local NAACP forum X
          P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) spent nearly $20,000 on campaign against state rep candidate Joe Adams
          The Missouri Times:  GOP primary for Dwight Scharnhorst's seat features heated debate over campaign mailer;  Dogan says Rea Scharnhorst took tweets far out of context
          CDT:  Dem seeking to defeat Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) gets mixed up on campaign finance report due date, eventually reports $833 in the bank X
          Drebes:  2016 Watch:  House 45:  Republican Cory McMahon, former intern for Rep. Sue Allen (R), considering run for Columbia state rep seat
          KSDK:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) says Pennysylvania congressman's CBD bill is "historic"
          P-D:  Gambling on credit comes to Missouri next month
          P-D:  Pattonville schools near West Lake Landfill cleared in radiation testing
          KC Star editorial:  Obama rightly slams 'hating' Congress in KC speech +
          P-D editorial:  Nixon pokes at Sinquefield again. This time he has to win;  Governor denounces "anti-public education forces"
          JCNT letter:  Luetkemeyer wrong to support tax cuts and oppose minimum-wage hike X
          JCNT letter:  God invented crops, and Monsanto was wrong for making them insect-resistant;  Vote no on Amendment 1 X
          JCNT letter:  "Progressive Populist" paper is right:  Amendment 1 is a plot for "corporate plunder" X
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        Wednesday, July 30
       
KC Star:  Obama meets with four letter-writers, chosen by the White House, for BBQ at Arthur Bryant's +
          AP:  President eats BBQ in KC
          Mahoney:  White House pool report:  Obama asked for slaw, but they were out
          KMBC:  Obama spends the night at Crowne Plaza (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          AP:  In KC speech, Obama will prod Congress to fix corporate loopholes
          SNL:  5 things to look for in Obama's KC speech X
          P-D:  Blunt bills on religious freedom, child protection headed for Obama signature
          AP:  Blunt touts renewal of child advocacy law
          P-D:  St. Louis-area members of Congress support new VA spending
          KMOX:  Overview:  Amendment 1
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 7 +
          Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) says Amendment 7 is critical to Missouri's future
          P-D:  Biking groups disagree on sales tax for transportation
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket)
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 9 (privacy rights/data) +
          SNL:  Overview:  Amendment 9 X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) involved in race for Rory Ellinger's open seat, as well as Josh Peters vs. Chris Carter Sr.
          SE Missourian:  Two Dems, two Republicans seek Hodges' seat +
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  Attorney Nathan Beard is unopposed in bid to fill seat of Rep. Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia)
          CDT:  Republicans Betsy Phillips, Chuck Basye seek to fill ballot slot vs. Rep. John Wright (D-Rocheport) X
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP holds candidate forum;  Rep. John Wright (D) says "Ban the Box" felon-employment proposal would obscure information to employers
          The Missouri Times:  34 of the Best Senators in the Past 25 years - Part 4
          The Missouri Times:  34 of the Best Senators in the Past 25 years - Part 5
          KWMU:  Nixon faces backlash against latest appointment to Board of Education;  Maynard Wallace is not a woman
          AP:  Nixon urges school chiefs to oppose tax breaks
          CDT:  Nixon gives pep talk to school administrators X
          P-D:  Nixon:  Worst session for education in 'recent memory'
          SNL:  Nixon praises superintendents who criticized Rex Sinquefield X
          The Missouri Times:  Funding issues dominate DESE school administrators' conference
          Missourinet:  Watching for-profit higher education
          JCNT:  State law to require meningitis vaccines for college students X
          JCNT:  PSC staff testimony questions overearnings claim X
          P-D:  Noranda supports rate-cut compromise
          Drebes:  List of major newspapers' endorsements on each proposed Constitutional Amendment
          KC Star endorsement:  No on Amendment 1 +
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  No on Amendment 9 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri needs a prescription-drug database
          SNL editorial:  Missouri needs a prescription-drug database X
          SE Missourian editorial:  State, counties wise to offer sales tax holiday +
          KC Star op-ed:  Sen. John Lamping (R-Ladue):  Amendment 7 is a cynical grab by special interests +
          KC Star letter:  No on Amendment 1 +
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 1 supporter corrects misinformation on GMOs and "corporate farms" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Amendment 1 is a ploy by foreign corporations, biotech seed makers, corporate farms and cloners +
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        Tuesday, July 29
       
KWMU:  Changes to Veterans Affairs department passes first hurdle;  Comments from McCaskill, Ann Wagner
          P-D:  Capitol Hill negotiators unveil deal to fix VA medical crisis;  Comments from Wagner, area vets
          AP:  Obama picks four area letter-writers for dinner:  Student-loan recipient, mother running business, GED teacher, community volunteer
          KC Star:  Obama to meet letter-writers in Kansas City +
          KC Star:  Obama supporters line up early trying to get tickets for KC speech;  Darlene Ford believes her work "pounding the pavement" to help Obama lose Missouri is a reason he's president +
          Helling:  In KC, Obama will blather on about fixing the economy - just like he did a year ago in Warrensburg, and four years ago in KC ... +
          AP:  Report:  Kansas City airport terrorist travel hub
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Sam Graves on federal land grabs;  McCaskill's large contribution puts pressure on Nixon to buck up +
          AP:  Campaign finance update:  Summary of 8-days-out reports for statewide ballot issues
          KWMU:  Transportation tax campaign spent more than $2 million - just in July
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 5 (guns), Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket) +
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 9 (privacy rights/data)
          Drebes:  A look at the AFL-CIO's endorsements in Dem, GOP state legislative primaries
          Rosenbaum:  Self-funding for legislative seats raises eyebrows;  Among other races, Gatschenberger, Onder, Schneider notable for spending hundreds of thousands of their own dollars
          P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) campaigns against candidate in another race;  Senator funds "No Mo' Joe (Adams)" website, pays former P-D reporter Jake Wagman
          KWMU:  Shadow of Clay and Carter dynasties looms over Peters, Carter race for state House seat
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R) vs. Duston Stone in GOP primary +
          SNL:  Three area superintendents complain about Rex Sinquefield X
          KWMU:  Nixon appears at Express Scripts expansion event
          AP:  Express Scripts expansion could mean 1,500 jobs
          CDT:  Missouri Foundation for Health funds area organizations' Obamacare efforts X
          P-D:  Missourians still face delays seeking Medicaid coverage;  Nixon blames 2010's Proposition C, which passed with 71% of the vote
          P-D:  Ameren overearnings case may hinge on audit
          JCNT:  Attack begins on Ameren "overearnings" X
          JCNT endorsement:  No on Amendment 1, No on Amendment 5 X
          KC Star editorial:  UMKC has made significant progress over the last decade, which makes ratings fiasco even sadder +
          Messenger:  Maynard Wallace's significant qualifications for Board of Education aside, Nixon should have found a woman instead
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Rebecca French Smith:  Yes on Amendment 1 X
          Kirksville Daily Express op-ed:  "Closing argument" to voters:  Incumbent Nate Walker (R)
          Kirksville Daily Express op-ed:  "Closing argument" to voters:  Challenger John Bailey (R)
          SNL op-ed:  It's time for AG Chris Koster to find the perpetrator of 1990 Chillicothe slaying X
          P-D letter:  Humane Society of Missouri's Kathy Warnick:  No on Amendment 1
          KC Star letters:  No on Amendment 1;  No on Amendment 7 +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Society of Professional Engineers supports Amendment 7
          P-D letter:  All campaigns exaggerate, but Amendment 7 supporters' jobs claims are absurd
          SE Missourian letter:  No on Amendment 7 +
          P-D letter:  Veteran GOP activist Herman Kriegshauser:  Fuel tax, not sales tax, should fund transportation improvements
          P-D letter:  Regressive sales tax is the wrong way to pay for roads
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Sales tax increase is unfair
          Joplin Globe letter:  Amendment 7 opponent makes folksy analogy;  Transportation tax increase : Taxpayers :: Boiling water : Frog X
          P-D letter:  Missouri ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman supports Amendment 9
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        Monday, July 28
       
KWMU:  McCaskill becomes top donor to state Dem party with $240K check
          AP:  Blunt touts passage of religious envoy legislation
          SNL:  Billy Long has well-stocked campaign account;  Ann Wagner holds cash-on-hand lead among incumbents X
          AP:  Congressional also-rans not putting up much of a fight this year
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 5:  Comments from Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 7:  Comments from Jewell Patek (yes), Tom Shrout (no)
          Missourinet:  Amendment 7:  Interview with Tom Shrout of Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket)
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 9 (privacy rights/data)
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Gov hopefuls Chris Koster, Catherine Hanaway, Tom Schweich make area stops;  Billy Long's opponents discuss campaign efforts X
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Tila Hubrecht (R) vs. Ryan Holder (D) for Fowler's open seat;  Holly Rehder's re-election +
          Drebes:  Hart Nelson backfills Christine Page at St. Louis Regional Chamber
          KC Star:  Fast-food workers' pitch for higher pay turning into civil rights issue;  Comments from area protesters, Dem group +
          Missourinet:  Convicted killer compares Gov. Nixon, Missouri to Hitler, Mengele, Auschwitz
          KY3:  Bolivar fixes finances after Schweich releases awful audit results
          KSPR:  Schweich delivers new report on Bolivar's finances
          SNL:  Bolivar making progress after Schweich's audit X
          AP:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation says cases of rabies lower this year
          CDT endorsements:  No on every amendment, except yes on Amendment 7 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri and the nation should adopt open primary system
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association's Mike Deering:  HSUS using "slimy" tactics against Amendment 1
          SNL letter:  Amendment 1 would set bad precedent X
          JCNT letter:  "Right to Farm" is a tool of corporate agriculture X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce contribution to Amendment 7 campaign was inappropriate X
          JCNT letter:  Sales tax is an unfair method to fund road improvements X
          JCNT letter:  Transportation sales tax is part of a larger conspiracy to aid the wealthy X
          SE Missourian letter:  Times are tough - vote no on Amendment 7 +
          P-D letter:  Voting no on Amendment 7 will teach Wall Street and out-of-state interests a lesson
          P-D letter:  Letting murderer gasp and snort for two hours might, in fact, be a better way of execution
          P-D letter:  Illinois man opposes capital punishment, suggests Missouri use double-barrel shotgun to ensure execution efficiency
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        Sunday, July 27
       
SE Missourian:  McCaskill urges building of new VA clinics, including one in Cape Girardeau
          AP:  Obama to visit KC's Uptown Theater on Wednesday
          KSMU:  Blunt:  Amendment 1 will protect Missouri farms from "crazy rules that make no sense"
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life calls state rep candidate Bob Johnson "anti-life"
          Drebes:  Missouri law still allows donors to hide contributions through front groups - this time, to "Missourians for Responsible Government" for anti-KC streetcar campaign
          The Missouri Times:  34 of the Best Senators in the Past 25 years - Part 2
          The Missouri Times:  34 of the Best Senators in the Past 25 years - Part 3
          The Missouri Times' Upon Adjournment magazine:  Profile:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce's Jay Atkins
          The Missouri Times' Upon Adjournment magazine:  Profile:  Military veteran and former state Sen. Vincent Baker (R)
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers congregate for annual Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Conference
          SNL:  New York Times reports on lack of Missouri prescription drug database X
          SE Missourian:  Efforts ramp up to keep Cottonwood facility open +
          KC Star:  UMKC's misleading march to the top;  A close look at fudged "rankings" shows state-school business program not really that great +
          P-D:  Ameren faces overearning hearings
          Washington Missourian:  Labadie Environmental Organization appeals 'illegal' zoning board decision on coal ash landfill
          KC Star endorsements:  Republicans should choose Michael Burris to lose to Cleaver;  Dems should pick W.A. "Bill" Hedge to take the L vs. Sam Graves +
          SNL endorsement:  No on Amendment 1 X
          SE Missourian endorsements:  Yes on Amendments 1 ("Right to Farm"), 5 (guns), and 9 (data);  No on Amendments 7 (transportation tax) and 8 (veterans' lottery ticket) + 
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 X
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  No on Amendment 8 X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill right to try to eliminate NTIS - and surely, there are other worthless agencies to axe
          Washington Missourian letter:  There's not enough information available on amendments, so people will be voting blind
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area hog producer encourages "Yes" vote on Amendment 1
          P-D letter:  Amendment 7 a superior option compared to raising gas tax
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        Saturday, July 26
       
KWMU:  St. Louis disability advocates reflect on the 24th anniversary of the ADA;  Comments from Paraquad, others
          AP:  Audit finds mismanaged claims at St. Louis VA
          SE Missourian:  AG Chris Koster visits Cape for Amendment 1 "Right to Farm" tour +
          CDT:  At anti-"Right to Farm" event, HSUS' Wes Shoemyer denounces "irresponsible sell-out" politicians X
          KWMU:  Opponents of "Right to Farm" launch TV campaign in St. Louis
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 7 +
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 8 +
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 9 +
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) involving truck
          CDT:  University of Missouri curators approve state appropriation requests X
          AP:  Ex-Rep. Maynard Wallace (R-Thornfield) named to Missouri education board
          KWMU:  Labadie residents win one legal challenge against Ameren's coal ash landfill - and file another
          KC Star:  In major emergencies, police say, Kansas-Missouri state line shouldn't be a barrier +
          JCNT:  Nixon pays visit to barber shop to award medal X
          Washington Missourian endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7
          KC Star endorsements:  State rep primaries:  Brandon Ellington (D), Bob Johnson (R), others +
          CDT's Waters:  Thoughts on Chuck Basye vs. Betsy Phillips:  GOP candidates seek to fill ballot slot against Rep. John Wright (D) X
          P-D editorial:  Brief sarcastic take on Powerball, tax cuts and education funding
          KC Star op-ed:  Join Tom Schweich and others in the campaign to end predatory payday loans +
          P-D letter:  Missouri should sent National Guard to Texas to help keep illegal aliens out
          KC Star letter:  Pacific, Mo.'s Susan Cunningham copies Washington Missourian letter about "Red Scare" and Amendment 1, submits it as her own (original letter here)
          P-D letter:  "Right to Farm" will guarantee groundwater pollution, antibiotic resistance, puppy mills, other horrors
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Response to anti-truck sentiments of Amendment 7 opponents
          P-D letter:  Former RCGA topper Chip Casteel supports Amendment 7
          SE Missourian letter:  Analogizing higher-ed funding to road funding;  Vote against Amendment 7 +
          JCNT letter:  Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) drives a big, gas-guzzling SUV, and he should support an increase in the gasoline tax X
          P-D letter:  Ameren is to blame for asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia
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        Friday, July 25
       
Politico:  Blunt offers anti-carbon tax amendment
          AP:  Kansas woman working at Kansas City Dept. of Ag office sentenced in theft from co-workers
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan on how he got his start, term limits, unemployment insurance, Amendments 1 and 7, right to work, more
          KC Star:  HSUS gives $375K to opponents of "Right to Farm" +
          CDT:  Overview:  Amendment 5 X
          KWMU:  By the numbers:  Expect lots of road work if transportation tax passes;  Detailed breakdown of projects, with comments from supporters and opponents
          Drebes:  League of Women Voters opposes Amendments 1, 5 and 7
          Columbia Missourian:  Area League of Women Voters group holds forum on constitutional amendments
          KWMU:  An in-depth look at Missouri's 2nd Senate District GOP primary:  Chuck Gatschenberger, Bob Onder, Vicki Schneider
          KWMU:  Overview:  24th Senate District GOP primary:  Jay Ashcroft vs. Robb Hicks vs. Jack Spooner
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Jay Ashcroft
          The Missouri Times:  Overview:  Deb Lavender (D) vs. Gina Jaksetic (R) for Rick Stream's state rep seat
          SNL:  Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) critical of Club for Growth's involvement in GOP primaries;  Todd Abrajano responds to Fraker, Jeff Messenger and "other fiscally liberal comrades" X
          Missourinet:  Not all agree that Missouri should monitor prescription drugs;  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) says five states have had databases hacked
          AP:  Missouri Lottery says game choices affect funding
          P-D:  With student transfers cut off, families seek to move to better schools;  Shalonda Smith, others lament high cost of renting in Francis Howell School District
          KWMU:  Would-be teachers flock to Normandy job fair:  Top prospects include warehouse worker, 2014 college grad, Riverview Gardens teacher in wheelchair scooter
          Missourinet:  State Supreme Court sets execution date for murderer Leon Taylor;  KC man shot gas station attendant in the head, tried to kill attendant's 8-year-old daughter
          AP:  Sept. 10 execution date set for Leon Taylor;  Florida and Texas are tied for 2014 execution lead with 7, with Missouri at 6
          P-D:  Despite problems elsewhere, Missouri says it will proceed with executions;  Nixon (D), Koster (D) stand by Missouri law
          AP:  Attorney for Missouri death row inmates called lethal injection "experiments on human subjects"
          P-D:  Missouri regulators oppose Noranda's rate reduction request
          The Missouri Times:  Possible breakthrough in Noranda rate relief case
          KC Star editorial:  Handing kids free breakfast and lunch, regardless of their need, will erase stigma +
          P-D editorial:  If kids do count in Missouri, lawmakers must reverse trends
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Discord in Kansas over border war bill details +
          SNL op-ed:  "Right to Farm" has bad smell;  Former city council member uses excretory entendres, potty puns to renounce Amendment 1 X
          P-D letter:  Both Missouri GOP and Obama follow the lobbyist money
          P-D letter:  Kaiser Health News/P-D story on health insurance decisions show predictably biased reporting
          JCNT letter:  Luetkemeyer probably doesn't care about small farmers X
          JCNT letter:  Don't forget that HSUS are a bunch of vegetarians X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Franklin County Constitution Party Chairman Keith Mueller:  Vote no on Amendment 1, "Right to Farm"
          KC Star letters:  Say no to Monsanto, Cargill and "Right to Farm";  Say no to Will Kraus and ALEC;  Say no to Sinquefield;  Say no to Amendment 5;  Say no to Amendment 7 + 
          P-D letter:  Amendment 7 gives politicians a chance to enrich themselves
          JCNT letter:  Transportation funding should include fuel and sales taxes X
          SNL letter:  Campaign against Rep. Jeff Messenger (R) shows Rex Sinquefield is a puppeteer X
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        Thursday, July 24
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt react to rulings on federal health care subsidies
          KODE:  Koster says it's unclear exactly what health care rulings mean, says Supreme Court will ultimately decide
          SNL:  MU prof Joshua Hawley, attorney in Hobby Lobby case, weighs in on new rulings X
          KCUR:  Health insurance enrollees in Missouri, Kansas to get more than $18M in rebates (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          JCNT:  Blunt:  Senate failing on highway funding bill X
          The Hill:  McCaskill teams with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), for "Let Me Google That for You Act";  Senators say it could eliminate superfluous National Technical Information Service
          P-D:  Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack names Wash U. dean to agriculture board
          P-D:  Wall Street Journal:  Nixon is a potential also-ran for president
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Vicky Hartzler's re-election;  Process will include a GOP primary opponent, Libertarian Party primary, Dem
          Drebes:  Fundraising quarters:  Dems terminate House, Senate committees, raise money through party;  MOGOP raises less than $17K in three months whilst spending $45K
          SNL:  AG Chris Koster (D) makes case for "Right to Farm";  Handful of protesters gather outside event X
          KY3:  Koster visits Springfield in support of Amendment 1
          KSMU:  Koster touts Amendment 1;  Area activists Sarah and Sheila Nichols denounce corporations and Missouri groups representing cattlemen and farmers
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lively debate sparked at local "Right to Farm" town hall meeting
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 7, transportation sales tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  2nd Senate District GOP primary debate:  Chuck Gatschenberger vs. Bob Onder vs. Vicki Schneider
          The Missouri Times:  Video:  Post-debate roundtable:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Charles County), Jane Dueker, Gregg Keller, Ryan Burke
          KSHB:  Missouri's PROMO says 60% of Missourians support gay marriage (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Lobbyist Andy Blunt talks about growing up in Jefferson City +
          The Missouri Times' Upon Adjournment magazine:  Profile:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City)
          The Missouri Times:  34 of the Best Senators in the Last 25 Years:  Part 1
          KC Star:  Missouri claims another victory in border war with Kansas;  Business-services firm, CPA firm could claim up to $25.4M and $660K in incentives, respectively +
          AP:  Missouri Lottery gave less to education in 2014
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon orders review of Missouri Lottery after revenues plummet
          P-D:  Nixon orders review of Missouri lottery operations
          AP:  State delays vote on KC schools' accreditation
          KC Star:  Kansas City, Hickman Mills school districts to hand out free meals to all students, regardless of need +
          The Missouri Times' Upon Adjournment magazine:  Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City) on top 5 places to visit in his district
          AP:  Execution of Arizona murderer takes longer than expected;  Gov. Jay Nixon (D) says he'll continue to support Missouri's single-drug execution protocol
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James pushes for an open carry ban in Kansas City +
          KSDK:  Koster's office sues softball tournament organizer;  Elmo Green set up "Black Ice Organization" to take kids' cash, then canceled tournament
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale):  Vote yes on "Right to Farm"
          SNL op-ed:  Gateway Farms' Ruell Chappell:  There is nothing good for Missouri in Amendment 1;  The Chinese already own 50,000 acres of Missouri farm land X
          P-D letter:  AP's David Lieb and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provide biased coverage in favor of large corporations and against activists opposing "Right to Farm"
          KC Star letters:  Gas tax more equitable than sales tax;  Amendment 1 would bring back puppy mills +
          JCNT letter:  Loose Creek woman supporting Amendment 1 seeks to correct misinformation about "corporate farms" vs. "family farms" X
          P-D letter:  Metropolitan Congregations United's Lisa Mack Thompson:  Applaud school boards that accepted transfer students back
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        Wednesday, July 23
       
Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Conflicting rules on health subsidies leave residents worried in Missouri
          KWMU:  Health care for St. Louis veterans is expanding, says acting head of VA
          AP:  VA chief, in St. Louis, pledges end to whistleblower retaliation
          P-D:  Local VA whistleblower questions acting secretary during St. Louis visit
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Blunt on VA fiasco +
          KC Star:  Obama is headed to KC area next week +
          Missourinet:  Obama to visit KC area Tuesday to discuss economy
          Drebes:  St. Louis Regional Chamber's speakers series to host Gov. Nixon and gov wannabes Chris Koster, Tom Schweich and Catherine Hanaway
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times hosts SD2 debate
          The Missouri Times:  5 questions with state Senate candidate Jill Schupp (D)
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Republicans Betsy Phillips and Chuck Basye compete to fill ballot slot against Rep. John Wright (D-Rocheport)
          SNL:  139th District candidates talk issues at forum;  Winner of GOP primary will replace Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Lobbyist Andy Blunt
          AP:  Nixon tours Iowa ethanol plant
          KC Star:  Missouri declines to give Kansas City Public Schools temporary provisional accreditation +
          AP:  Missouri delays vote on KC schools' accreditation
          P-D:  Missouri school board restores transfer rights for certain students
          P-D:  Despite pleas to Missouri Legislature for financial relief, Normandy School District ended 2013-14 school year with $1.5 million of cushion
          P-D:  Normandy Schools Collaborative to hold job fair for teachers;  Prospective educators can apply in person at Barack Obama Elementary School
          KWMU:  Labadie residents win legal challenge against Ameren's coal ash landfill - for now
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court to review Labadie coal ash suit
          Missourinet:  Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual rankings for child welfare rank Missouri #29
          P-D endorsements:  Vote no on Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket), no on Amendment 9 (data)
          SNL endorsements:  No on Amendment 5 (guns), no on Amendment 8 (veterans' lottery ticket), yes on Amendment 9 (data) X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  NY Times reporting shows that Missouri needs prescription-drug database X
          Messenger:  Court gets it wrong on Obamacare;  Blunt was right to encourage enrollment in exchanges
          Priddy:  Guilt by association:  Republicans taking tobacco checks with brazen timing, and Rex Sinquefield primary-election money
          CDT's Waters:  Tobacco-company checks are much ado about nothing;  Reps. Caleb Jones (R), Caleb Rowden (R) were going to vote with tobacco company anyway X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau):  Give taxpayers all the facts on the budget +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar):  Vote yes on "Right to Farm"
          Columbia Missourian's Rosman:  Vote "No" on amendments changing Missouri Constitution, except vote "yes" on transportation tax
          Columbia Missourian's Rose Nolen:  Octogenarian fondly recalls days of farm-fresh food, will vote "No" on Amendment 1;  "If I want to farm ... I'll get me [sic] a spot in the community garden"
          KC Star letters:  McCaskill is great at asking GM tough questions - she should have tried it with Sebelius;  "Right to Farm" only benefits Monsanto shareholders +
          JCNT letter:  "Right to Farm" is a tool of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) X
          P-D letter:  Don't risk deer health;  uphold veto of bills
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        Tuesday, July 22
       
Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt tell vets that nation owes them
          The Hill:  McCaskill, Blunt slam 'shameful' VA crisis response
          Missourinet:  Biden speaks at VFW convention in St. Louis
          KWMU:  In lengthy speech at VFW convention, Biden defends withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Afghanistan
          P-D:  In St. Louis speech, vice president touts nominee for troubled VA
          AP:  Biden:  U.S. won't rest until VA problems fixed
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Missouri GOP and veto overrides, McCaskill and campus sexual assault +
          Helling:  Pro-transportation tax campaign seems sluggish, and it's getting late in the game +
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 9, data privacy
          The Missouri Times:  Personality profile:  Kip Kendrick, Dem replacing Chris Kelly, is "always laughing and very passionate," says Batman is his favorite superhero
          The Missouri Times:  Briefs:  "Right to Try";  CBD bill;  Amendment 9;  Prescription drug database;  tobacco Master Settlement Agreement;  "Right to Farm"
          NY Times:  Missouri alone in resisting prescription drug database
          KWMU:  Exploration of Missouri and prescription drug databases
          SNL:  Glenn Beck's anti-Common Core movie to be shown in Springfield;  Joplin, KC will also have viewings X
          Joplin Globe:  State audit of Joplin School District begins X
          KC Star:  KC school district asks Missouri for temporary provisional accreditation +
          P-D:  Kirkwood school board maintains tuition for transfer students
          KWMU:  Progress report:  Normandy school hiring hits 80 percent, will try 'flipped' classrooms
          P-D:  Normandy High School to get 'flipped' classrooms
          Columbia Missourian:  Empathetic approach yields results for Missouri's at-risk youth
          P-D:  Slideshow:  35 murderers executed since 2000;  Holden (15) maintains 5-injection lead over Nixon (10), followed by Blunt (5), Carnahan (4), and Wilson (1)
          P-D:  Cleanup of lead pollution at St. Joe State Park nearing an end
          P-D:  Barrier between fire and nuclear waste at West Lake Landfill is delayed
          NY Times editorial:  GM rightly rebuked in the Senate by McCaskill, others
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies
          P-D editorial:  Timing of campaign check - this time, to Rep. Caleb Jones (R-California) - trips up Missouri GOP again
          Joplin Globe letter:  Amendment 5 (gun rights) is deceptive X
          JCNT letter:  Various reasons to vote against Amendment 7 X
          P-D letter:  Lottery participation decreases as people get smarter
          P-D letter:  Paper prints form letter submitted by O'Fallon woman demanding health insurance for anorexia, bulimia    (original letter here)
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        Monday, July 21
       
Kaiser Health News/P-D:  Health insurance campaigns face new obstacles with tighter budget;  Cover Missouri might keep FleishmanHillard, or choose one of four other firms
          P-D:  Spy agency's move could leave historic St. Louis complex vacant
          KWMU:  In wake of yet another flood, Clarksville renews quest for a permanent solution
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Returning to normal:  Flood gates to be pulled today
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Hobby Lobby lawyer to join Schweich, Ron Richard at Thursday's annual GOP watermelon feed X
          KWMU:  Overviews:  Amendment 8 (lottery ticket) and Amendment 9 (data)
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. Gracia Backer (D) loses local school board race, will face Travis Fitzwater (R) in November state rep matchup
          Rosenbaum:  Legislators may have numbers to counter Nixon's vetoes;  A bill-by-bill analysis
          Missourinet:  Chamber applauds signing of bill redifining 'misconduct';  Comments from VP of Govt. Affairs Tracy King
          P-D:  Missouri doesn't collect data to check success of summer-school programs
          Fox 4 KC:  Marchers push for legalized medical cannabis in Missouri and Kansas;  Comments from Show-Me Cannabis' Amber Langston (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          KSMU:  Missouri shelters, facing staggering demand, turn abuse victims away at ratio of 2 to 1 (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          JCNT editorial:  Consider Nixon's vetoes individually, not collectively X
          SNL op-ed:  Sales tax for MoDOT is too much X
          P-D's Deb Peterson:  University City rights its wrong on Normandy transfer students
          JCNT letter:  Amendment 7 would hit working families instead of trucking industry X
          P-D letter:  Payday loan company responds to editorial critical of payday loan bill
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        Sunday, July 20
       
The Hill:  Border bill divides Dems;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Protecting business vs. protecting consumers:  Luetkemeyer leads GOP charge against "Operation Choke Point"
          Washington Missourian:  No controversy at local clinic for veterans
          P-D:  Ronnie White's road to the federal bench;  61-year-old will get to serve several years
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri Senate seeks staff writer;  Requirements include ability to work on tight deadlines, tolerance for legislators, willingness to accept salary of $30K
          KC Star:  On taxes and education policies, Rex Sinquefield's clout is growing;  Billionaire contributes to Chris Koster ($260K), Catherine Hanaway ($50K), many others +
          JCNT:  Overview:  Luetkemeyer's re-election X
          JCNT:  Luetkemeyer, other 3rd Congressional GOP candidates on issues X
          JCNT:  3rd Congressional Dem candidates on issues;  Response from Velma Steinman, no response from Courtney Denton X
          SNL:  Overviews:  Amendment 5 (guns) and Amendment 8 (lottery ticket) X
          P-D:  How much more can Missouri Lottery grow?  Voters will decide on new lottery ticket to raise money for Missouri Veterans Commission
          SE Missourian:  If history repeats itself, Amendment 7's transportation sales tax will not pass +
          JCNT:  Campaign finance update:  Amendment 7 X
          JCNT:  Campaign finance updates:  Kehoe receives sizable checks;  Riddle outraises Schieffer X
          Washington Missourian:  Campaign finance updates:  Area state House, Senate seats
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Area forum focuses on state rep race, "Right to Farm;"  Dem candidate compares Republicans to 1960s Southern racists who opposed civil rights
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) blames reporting error for timing on tobacco company donation X
          CDT:  Missouri CBD law highlights gray area of federal law enforcement X
          JCNT:  Judge acquits pro-life woman of trespassing at Planned Parenthood clinic X
          Washington Missourian:  City, Missouri DNR broker deal on landfill
          SE Missourian:  Data from Koster's office suggests area police stop minority drivers at higher rates;  Sheriff says police taking radar 100 yards away are focused on vehicle, not driver +
          SNL endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 X
          CDT endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 X
          JCNT editorial:  Zweifel warns Missourians of unclaimed-property scammers X
          CDT op-ed:  Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions' Terry Ganey:  Vote no on Amendment 7 X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  Amendment 7 is bad policy for improving roads +
          Lee's Summit Journal's John Beaudoin:  GOP candidates for Grisamore's open seat to appear at forum on Tuesday
          P-D letter:  Keep Nixon's vetoes on deer bills
          SNL letter:  Pleasant Hope woman says GOP blocked Medicaid expansion and gave tax cuts to the rich - vote "No" against every amendment except Amendment 9 (data) X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man opposes Amendment 1, notes that Smithfield is owned by the Chinese
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian opposes Amendment 1, recounts "Red Scare":  Chinese own Missouri farmland and Smithfield, and "Right to Farm" signs are red
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        Saturday, July 19
       
KWMU:  Durbin, McCaskill call for tougher actions against Russia in wake of airliner crash
          Missourinet:  McCaskill says GM's legal team ''killed innocent customers"
          KMOX:  Blunt encourages media to raise awareness of search for Lynn Messer, wife of veteran Missouri activist Kerry Messer
          P-D:  How area congressional delegation voted on this week's issues
          SNL:  PROMO's AJ Bockelman tells supporters that Missouri will legalize gay marriage within one year X
          JCNT:  Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Amendment 5
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          AP:  Missouri gun measure wording will not be changed
          Missourinet:  Amendment 5 cleared for ballot
          CDT:  Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorses Amendment 7 transportation sales tax proposal X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Bob Johnson, running for GOP nomination for Grisamore's seat, is endorsed by Planned Parenthood
          Drebes:  State rep candidate complains about yard signs;  Candidates kvetching over insignificant topics was covered in area blogger's "Ten Campaign Commandments"
          Joplin Globe:  Nixon appoints MSSU board member X
          P-D:  Missouri education department hires transition officer for Normandy
          KWMU:  Will Normandy students be able to attend University City?  Despite policy change, answer not clear
          P-D:  Through federal program, taxpayers will provide free lunches to all students - regardless of need - in St. Louis Public Schools, Riverview Gardens, Ferguson-Florissant
          CDT:  Nixon appoints area lawyers Craig Chval to Public Defender Commission X
          Missourinet:  Ruling against California death penalty could be raised in Missouri execution cases
          KWMU:  Residents' tenacity sparked North Sarah community revival;  Comments from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis)
          SNL:  Missouri's largest solar farm is producing power X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Electric co-op sends local student to state Capitol for conference +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area Girls' State attendees enjoy hearing from founder of teddy-bear company, Rep. John Wright (D-Columbia), others +
          NY Times editorial:  At long last, justice for Ronnie White
          P-D editorial:  Time for Nixon and some north-side aldermen to put aside petulance and support NorthSide location for federal geospatial agency site
          KC Star letter:  Show-Me Cannabis will host public forum in Independence on Monday night +
          P-D letter:  National Council of Jewish Women's Fritzi Lainoff opposes Amendment 7
          P-D letter:  West County Democrats' Terry Gates, David Steinberg on opposition to Amendment 7
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man analogizes Amendment 7 doubts:  Diverted lottery money: schools :: Future sales tax funds : highways
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man analyzes Amendment 7 campaign finance numbers, theorizes that perhaps TV ads may run, concludes "it will be interesting"
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        Friday, July 18
       
P-D:  GM CEO Mary Barra appears before McCaskill subcommittee, says she won't replace general counsel;  Comments from Blunt
        Washington Post:  General Motors legal team comes under fire at McCaskill-led hearing
        AP:  Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer
        The Missouri Times:  Poll from D.C. firm concludes that ballot date will have no impact on transportation tax outcome
        Drebes:  America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne disses state rep candidate Neal Boyd (R);  Boyd:  "Sometimes friends let you down ... love them anyway ..."
        KC Star:  Ecco Select to add jobs, expand;  Comments from Nixon +
        AP:  KC firm to add 100 jobs;  Ecco Select could get $2.2M in incentives through Missouri Works
        SNL:  Inaugural report:  Compared to nation as a whole, Missourians more pessimistic about the economy X
        SNL:  County:  Veto override could force 'unpopular' tax hike X
        Missourinet:  State to limit pension advance operators;  Issue was top legislative priority for Treasurer Clint Zweifel
        KC Star:  Missouri weighs ban on payday loan outlets collecting utility bills +
        P-D:  University City school board reverses decision, will take Normandy transfers
        Joplin Globe:  Koster takes action on home repair complaints +
        AP:  Missouri, four other states to offer duck hunters stamps online
        JCNT editorial:  E-cigarette regulations:  Err on the side of caution X
        CDT's Waters:  Republicans should stop opposing early voting X
        KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  New, dismal jobs reports for Nixon and KC area +
        Shelly:  Nixon correct to veto e-cig, payday loan bills +
        McClellan:  Should a victim's family have influence in saying yes or no to death?  Columnist, others play Monday-morning executioner
        Washington Missourian letter:  Independent-voter organization will have a presence at some Missouri polls, seek to change state's primary ballot system
        JCNT letter:  Eldon man supports "Right to Farm," urges Missourians to oppose HSUS X
        Joplin Globe letters:  Vote for Amendment 1 and you'll get a hog farm on your block;  Vote for Amendment 7 and you'll subsidize truckers X
        Washington Missourian letter:  Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) supports Amendment 7
        P-D letter:  Citizens for Modern Transit supports Amendment 7
        P-D letter:  St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable opposes Amendment 7
        KC Star letters:  No on Amendment 7;  Show-Me Institute's Michael Rathbone on public pensions;  Missouri GOP only cares about "super rich" +
        P-D letter:  Wildwood man dislikes payday lenders, makes oceanographical allegories
        P-D letter:  St. Peters woman dislikes Democrat Pat Conway's bill on jumping jacks, criticizes Legislature for not passing Medicaid expansion
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        Thursday, July 17
       
Washington Post:  GM execs to face grilling from McCaskill, others about why top executives were unaware of defects
          Roll Call:  Democrats want jail time for executives hiding safety risks;  McCaskill to chair subcommittee hearing today
          AP:  Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White confirmed as district judge
          P-D:  Senate confirms Ronnie White as district judge
          AP:  Senate confirms Ronnie White as federal judge
          P-D:  Token opponents to area congressmen fail to raise money;  Wagner's leadership PAC makes contributions, Clay's PAC gives money to Joe Adams' state rep campaign
          Rosenbaum:  We asked five questions about campaign finance reports.  Here are the answers.
          KODE:  "Right to Farm" debated;  Comments from Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho), HSUS' Wes Shoemyer
          CDT:  Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) hosts forum on "Right to Farm";  Area liberal attends, debates supporters during Q&A X
          SE Missourian:  Area Pachyderms to host public forum on "Right to Farm" today +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Area labor leader Jeff Aboussie talks about transportation sales tax campaign, working with business leaders on Boeing, more
          SNL:  Primary challenger to Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Springfield) receives 97% of campaign cash from Rex Sinquefield;  Updates on other area state rep races X
          Drebes:  Jim Anderson, recently with Springfield Chamber of Commerce, moves to Cox Health as Vice President of Marketing - Public Affairs
          SNL:  Teacher union suit could set state precedent X
          JCNT:  Veto clears smoke on e-cigs X
          CDT:  Reynolds American tobacco company contributes to Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) same day as passage of e-cig bill X
          KSDK:  Eric Schmitt's son spurs passage of CBD oil bill
          Missourinet:  Backers, critics argue significance of Missouri's new "right to try" law for terminally-ill patients
          Missourinet:  Missouri executes convicted murderer John Middleton after delays
          Missourinet:  Family remembers John Middleton's victims
          KWMU:  After delays, Missouri carries out sixth execution this year;  Nixon denies clemency for John Middleton, who gov says murdered victims "in cold blood"
          AP:  Missouri executes killer;  Nixon says case shows "monstrous" effect of methamphetamines
          P-D:  Health researchers to look into Coldwater Creek cancer questions;  North County natives blame their health problems on contamination
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republicans favor Medicaid expansion for a favored few
          JCNT editorial:  Investigating Common Core condemnation;  Eight advisory panels will spend time and money, with little substantive change X
          P-D letter:  Ameren should speed up closing of Meramec coal plant
          P-D letter:  Catholic minister responds to letter on Missouri same-sex marriage, opposes non-vaginal intercoursing
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        Wednesday, July 16
       
P-D:  Congress takes another step in Growler funding
          St. Louis Business Journal:  U.S. Senate subcommittee adds $1.3B for Boeing Growler
          AP:  Veterans crisis center comes to St. Louis
          KWMU:  American Legion sending VA task force members to D.C.
          JCNT:  Blunt consolidates constituent services;  For first time in years, neither of Missouri's U.S. Senators will have an office in Jefferson City X
          KC Star:  U.S. Senate to vote today to confirm Ronnie White for federal judgeship +
          P-D:  St. Louis lawyer, Ireland ambassador nominee, answers questions at Foreign Relations hearing
          Washington Post:  Capitol Hill staffers ravage McCaskill icebox;  Delectable goodies now only available to visiting constituents
          USA Today:  Feds press colleges on handling of sex assault cases
          SE Missourian:  Campus sex-assault series:  SEMO code of conduct obscures nature of students' offenses +
          KWMU:  Koster, transportation tax backers lead campaign money-raising
          P-D:  Quarterly fundraising totals:  2016 gov candidates, transportation tax
          SNL:  Overview:  7th Congressional primaries:  Billy Long's challenger criticizes incumbent's travel;  Retired teacher, college student compete to fill Dem ballot slot X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm"
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  2nd Senate District's Chuck Gatschenberger
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  24th Senate District's Jack Spooner
          JCNT:  Missouri River Regional Library weighs impact of Nixon's withholdings X
          SNL:  Greene County:  Tax breaks would put future budget below $0 X
          SNL:  Woman who supervises child abuse investigators says DHSS' Children's Division agency is not fully staffed X
          CDT:  State to expand A+ program to 'lawfully present' students
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes e-cigarette bill X
          CDT:  Marijuana extract becomes legal for epilepsy treatment X
          KWMU:  Citing mental health concerns, federal judge stays Missouri execution
          Missourinet:  Appeals court considering Middleton stay
          AP:  Appeals court to take up Missouri execution case
          P-D editorial:  The collateral damage of Missouri's race to the bottom
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Nixon correct to veto guns-in-schools measure X
          KC Star editorial:  Foolish gun measure in Missouri draws welcome opposition +
          CDT's Waters endorsement:  No on Amendment 1, "Right to Farm" X
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Gun-toting teachers and open-carry folly vetoed by Jay Nixon +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man to Akin:  "Take your comb-over and go back to the little Shangri-La you live in"
          KC Star letters:  "No" on Amendment 1;  Blunt better stop backing coal producers "before it's too late" +
          SNL letter:  To know how farmers feel about Amendment 1, listen to an actual farmer - not an animal-rights activist X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Deer Association's Sam James says legislators should override Nixon's vetoes on deer bills
          P-D letter:  PETA's Jennifer O'Connor of Virginia tells Missouri legislators how they should handle issue of exotic animals
          SE Missourian letter:  Fund roads without sales tax;  "What the heck" is a "Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund"? +
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        Tuesday, July 15
       
Brownfield Ag News:  EPA talks water rule on Missouri farm
          P-D:  Utilities await Missouri's approach to EPA carbon proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  E15 now legal to sell in Missouri, but don't expect it to be widely available
          P-D:  Veterans criticize care at St. Louis VA hospitals
          P-D:  Akin, promoting his book, compares himself to Sen. Joseph McCarthy
          KWMU:  For Republicans, silence is golden when in comes to Akin's book
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) to speak tomorrow about "Right to Farm" before Democratic group at union hall X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears gun rights amendment arguments
          JCNT:  High court asked to change gun amendment X
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  2nd Senate District's Bob Onder
          JCNT:  State House candidate Valerie Howell, who filed against Penny Hubbard (D-St. Louis), wants Court ruling to keep her on Aug. 5 ballot X
          SNL:  Wife of state rep candidate Michael Hope (R) charged with felony stealing X
          Drebes:  Analyzing the Missouri Right to Life primary endorsement list
          The Missouri Times:  Wife of Kerry Messer is still missing
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Diana Kander's book breaks Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Top 10
          AP:  Missouri, other states told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog
          P-D:  Missouri answers feds on Medicaid backlog
          Fox 4 KC:  Sales tax changes result in dance studio owner being hit with thousands in back taxes (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes record number of bills
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes school protection officer bill, signs Common Core changes
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes teacher gun measure, signs Common Core reform X
          AP:  Nixon vetoes teacher gun legislation
          AP:  Nixon endorses school standards measure
          KWMU:  Normandy parents sue for students' rights to transfer out
          P-D:  Normandy parents sue state, area districts in attempt to keep transfer students in new schools
          AP:  Normandy parents sue over school-transfer changes
          AP:  Nixon approves cannabis extract law
          P-D:  Nixon signs hemp oil legislation
          KMBC:  Mom pleased by Missouri's move to legalize cannabis extract (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          AP:  Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes e-cig bill, signs two others
          AP:  Lawyers for condemned murderer John Middleton want a new trial
          Missourinet:  Sixth execution of the year scheduled for tonight
          Washington Times:  Former House Speaker Denny Hastert:  The fight against meth needs Luetkemeyer's bipartisan bill
          KC Star letter:  Independence woman encourages fellow gun-control advocates to battle NRA and "hillbillies," suggests that 2nd Amendment supporters are on antidepressants
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        Monday, July 14
       
Rosenbaum:  Five things to look for in tomorrow's campaign finance reports
          AP:  Money flowing to transportation tax group
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 5, gun rights
          KC Star:  Nixon:  2016 presidential field needs "a voice in the Heartland" +
          Missourinet:  St. Louis VA whistleblower tells congressional committee about retaliation
          KC Star:  Akin book criticizes Blunt;  Blunt doesn't plan to read it +
          SE Missourian:  Campus sex-assault series:  Discrepancies in sex-crime data explained by SEMO Department of Public Safety +
          KC Star:  UMKC doing more to reduce cost of college for low-income students:  "We are subsidizing students at a higher rate in 2012-13 than we were in 2010-11" +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Kidsfirst Deputy Director Emily van Schenkhof says Missouri Supreme Court reverses decision that endangered children
          Joplin Globe's Redden:  Nixon signs child abuse legislation;  Americans for Prosperity-Missouri gives award to Emery;  GOP ice cream social, watermelon feed coming up X
          Drebes:  Eric Greitens, former head of The Mission Continues, floats name as possible GOP gov candidate
          P-D:  Overview:  24th Senate District primary:  Jay Ashcroft vs. Jack Spooner vs. Robb Hicks
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Four vie in GOP primary for Rep. Mike Thomson's open seat X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Allen Andrews X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Kathy DeVault X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Roger Parshall X
          Maryville Daily Forum:  Candidate profile:  Stan Sportsman X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Nixon's record number of vetoes +
          AP:  Measure allowing specially-trained teachers and administrators to carry guns, other bills face action today by Nixon
          Kirksville Daily Express:  City prepares for steep budget cuts;  Nixon says city would see $740K less in sales tax revenues if Legislature overrides vetoes
          KCUR:  Dental funds for the poor caught in Missouri budget battle
          Forbes:  Conservative think tank says Missouri's Buchanan County saw highest individual rate hike in the country for males - 271% (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          Joplin Globe endorsement:  No on Amendment 1, "Right to Farm" X
          Des Moines Register "Roses and Thistles" editorial theme:  A "thistle" to Missouri agriculture advocates for "Right to Farm"
          P-D editorial:  Preserving health of Mississippi River should be national priority
          P-D editorial:  Unscrupulous lenders take it on the chin for a change
          SNL op-ed:  Let's execute the monsters;  Drugs used to euthanize loyal pets are certainly humane enough for savage killers X
          P-D letter:  A sales-tax/fuel-tax compromise would have been better than Amendment 7
          JCNT letter:  "Right to Farm" backers are a bunch of anti-animal sore losers;  Also, Smithfield Foods sold out to China X
          P-D letter:  Oversight of Missouri day cares is a good thing
          JCNT letter:  Nixon signing religous freedom bill opens to door to believers in "supernatural folly," namely Christians and satanists X
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        Sunday, July 13
       
KC Star:  McCaskill has a knack for grabbing headlines;  A look inside spokesman John LaBombard's successful operation +
          SNL:  Loss of loan lifeline may hurt state exporters X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri group marches in protest against Middle East violence
          CDT:  Local protesters fire back at Israeli violence X
          KC Star:  Documents reveal Kansas City's spending plans and maneuvering for the 2016 Republican convention +
          Kaiser Health News via P-D:  Feds demand Medicaid backlog fix from Missouri
          JCNT:  MoDOT tax would give cities millions X
          JCNT:  17 Lake area projects on MoDOT's finalist list X
          JCNT:  With 7 bills remaining, Nixon's 31 vetoes sets new personal high;  31 vetoes don't include line-item vetoes in 13 bills X
          JCNT:  Legislature's final fiscal notes generally agree with Nixon's estimates X
          CDT:  Area superintendents welcome signing of early childhood education bill X
          AP:  St. Louis Board of Education perseveres despite takeover
          KC Star:  Plan to remake former Southwest High School comes with big questions for Kansas City +
          KC Star:  Payday loan case showcases brutal interest rates in an industry under fire +
          KC Star endorsement:  Yes on Amendment 7 sales tax increase +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Veterans should attend VA meeting tomorrow in St. Louis City - and demand change
          SNL editorial:  Nixon and Republicans are both wrong sometimes, they should work together more often, government requires compromise, etc. X
          Kraske:  Former U.S. Rep. Richard Bolling (D) was a political giant, especially in civil rights
          CDT's Waters:  TIF veto and Hammerschmidt;  Publisher vows to keep acting as a "public pest" on the topic X
          P-D letter:  Higher gas tax is best way to pay for roads
          P-D letter:  Missouri's legislative leaders should have less influence on bills
          KC Star letter:  Resident of Kansas offers Missourians some transportation funding possibilities +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Shame on Franklin County officials "who sold us down the river - literally [sic]"
          P-D letter:  Teach Ameren a lesson and make them spend money on "energy of the future"
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        Saturday, July 12
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill proposes whistleblower-protection bill for VA
          The Hill:  McCaskill bill would protect VA whistleblowers
          P-D:  Meramec coal plant, once celebrated, draws cheers with closure announcement
          AP:  Extent of farmland damage from floods trickles in
          P-D:  Missouri GOP secretary Pat Thomas chides Chairman Ed Martin over his Mississippi 'infringement'
          Drebes:  Amalgamated notes from the week:  Regional Business Council supports transportation tax;  Washington Post covers amnesty plea from Missouri pot folk hero
          TonysKansasCity.com:  Weekly power rankings:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) and pro-pot movement
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt rakes in $350k in first nine days since announcing state treasurer bid, has more than $1M on hand
          The Call:  Eric Schmitt to seek state treasurer's post
          Washington Missourian:  Nixon decries 'poor fiscal policy' from Legislature
          P-D:  Nixon signs $600M bonding bill
          SNL:  Missouri Catholic Conference slams Nixon veto of bill that would increase tax credits for maternity homes and food pantries X
          AP:  At National Governors Association meeting, Nixon to lead panel discussion on employing military veterans
          JCNT:  'Telehealth' bill signed into law, but lacks funding X
          CDT:  Nixon signs meningitis vaccination bill for Missouri college students X
          CDT:  Missouri Bright Flight scholarships to be fully funded for first time in six years X
          Communist Party USA's People's World:  AFT local battles Missouri anti-teacher tenure initiative (link via TonysKansasCity.com)
          P-D:  Second KIPP school to open in St. Louis
          Joplin Globe:  Local libraries target early childhood literacy with Jason Kander's "Racing to Read" program X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt, Luetkemeyer seek answers on Obamacare processor
          KC Star editorial:  Stunts from the likes of Sam Graves should be ignored, but EPA needs to clarify Clean Water Act for Missouri farmers +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  PSC decision on coal ash landfill is filled with "reason, wisdom and a healthy dose of Missouri common sense"
          CDT's Waters:  Nixon, Rep. Chris Kelly (D) right on deer management X
          KC Star letters:  Show-Me Institute and public pensions;  transportation tax;  KC woman applauds self for noticing "ALEC/aleck" homophone in 2014 +
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        Friday, July 11
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy trivializing farmers' concerns
          Missouri Ruralist:  EPA administrator clarifies intent of Waters of the U.S. rule, denounces "silly contentions"
          AP:  EPA chief defends proposed clean water rules
          Politico:  McCaskill finds colleges failing on alleged sexual assaults
          CDT:  MU student government to tackle issue of alleged sexual assaults X
          SE Missourian:  Official 'pretty proud' of SEMO efforts to address sexual violence +
          AP:  Todd Akin promotes his book
          Politico:  Todd Akin returns to national stage, seeks to sell books
          Politico:  GOP to Todd Akin:  Shut up
          SE Missourian:  Corps of Engineers responds to pubic input on floodway project report +
          AP:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) running for secretary of state
          KWMU:  SOS Jason Kander promotes early literacy program, says he hopes for high voter turnout in August
          AP:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm":  Comments from a Missouri farmer and HSUS' Joe Maxwell
          KWMU:  Koster's support for "Right to Farm" draws praise and criticism
          CDT:  Highways Commission approves Amendment 7 project list X
          P-D:  Overview:  Amendment 8, lottery tickets to fund veterans' programs
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) supports state rep candidate Rebecca Roeber, is "a secret weapon almost ensuring (Roeber) campaign's success"
          P-D:  Missouri psychiatric center for youth closing under state budget woes
          Missourinet:  Budget restrictions mean no raise for transportation employees, either
          CDT:  Engineering school building dependent on sustaining tax vetoes, Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) says X
          SNL:  Nixon defends withholding education funding X
          AP:  Nixon signs Show-Me Healthy Babies Program championed by pro-life groups;  Comments from Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee
          AP:  Missouri enacts law requiring meningitis vaccine
          Missourinet:  Agriculture groups gear up to fight vetoes
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes payday loan bill, sets new veto record
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes payday loan bill, says it is not 'meaningful reform'
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes payday loan bill
          AP:  Nixon vetoes legislation on payday loaning
          JCNT:  Nixon vetoes two bills of local import:  alcohol and LAGERS X
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes bill to allow sale of alcohol in State Capitol, historic penitentiary
          KC Star:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) making the jumping jack the official state exercise +
          KWMU:  Missouri honors general and his jumping jacks
          P-D:  Ritenour school district decides against Normandy transfers
          P-D:  Isle of Capri may be for sale
          P-D editorial:  McCaskill's crusade proves colleges have some learning to do in protecting alleged sexual assault victims
          P-D editorial:  Give Todd Akin the attention he deserves - which is none.
          St. Louis Review editorial:  Nixon's vetoes mean now is the time to act
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon's veto removes threat to deer posed by inane bills X
          Shelly:  Nixon should veto sneaky cigarette bill +
          SNL op-ed:  Texas A&M prof Don Davis:  Time is right for Missouri Department of Agriculture to take over deer oversight from Department of Conservation X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Anti-death penalty group to hold vigil outside Nixon's office prior to execution of murderer John Middleton
          P-D op-ed:  Episcopal priest:  Repeal amendment that bans same-sex marriage;  Gay couples are the brave modern-day Jackie Robinsons, and we should all be Branch Rickeys
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson family farmer disputes HSUS' "corporate farming" meme +
          SE Missourian letter:  SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence's Mathew Rigdon:  Nixon's budget cuts hurt Missourians +
          P-D letter:  On GOP state rep candidate Ron Bohn and Rex Sinquefield money
          Washington Missourian letter:  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee:  Wait periods reduce abortions
          Joplin Globe letter:  Nixon's veto is tragic for unborn children X
          P-D letter:  Ameren's request for rate increase is galling
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        Thursday, July 10 
       
SNL:  Obama's EPA chief, Massachusetts Democrat Gina McCarthy, calls Farm Bureau worries hogwash X
          SNL:  Cattleman knows cows, manure - opposes proposed EPA rules X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Rep. Sam Graves "welcomes" Obama's EPA boss to Missouri;  Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) on deer regulations +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area electric cooperative leader urges citizens to speak out against Obama administration's "choking" regulations +
          Time:  Blunt among Republicans supporting Import-Export Bank
          KWMU:  McCaskill says survey of college campuses shows many do not investigate alleged sexual assault
          AP:  Survey:  Alleged assaults not investigated at 2 in 5 campuses
          SNL:  McCaskil:  Schools in denial, or incompetent, on alleged sexual assaults X
          Missourinet:  Sexual assault survey claims improvements needed
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill denounces universities' handling of alleged sexual assaults +
          P-D:  McCaskill criticizes colleges and universities on alleged sexual assaults
          Washington Post:  McCaskill questions athletic-department role in alleged sex-assault cases involving athletes
          McClatchy:  Colleges fall short in investigating alleged sexual assaults, McCaskill says
          US News & World Report:  McCaskill:  Colleges don't take alleged sexual assault seriously
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          KWMU:  Forecasters predict lower water levels for Mississippi River towns
          P-D:  Missouri GOP boss Ed Martin defends Tea Party candidate in divisive Mississippi race
          JCNT:  AG Chris Koster announces support for "Right to Farm" amendment X
          CDT:  Koster endorses "Right to Farm" measure;  Nixon skeptical X
          The Missouri Times:  Koster endorses "Right to Farm" measure
          KOLR:  "Right to Farm":  Comments from HSUS' Joe Maxwell (opposed);  Farmer, representative of pork producers, representative of dairy producers (in support)
          KWMU:  Missouri transportation commissioners approve final transportation tax project list
          Missourinet:  Highway Commission approves Amendment 7 project list
          Missourinet:  Highway Commission's role, post-project-list approval, is to "educate" public
          SE Missourian:  Tax-funded transportation project list finalized +
          JCNT:  Amendment 7 transportation project list finalized X
          P-D:  Hundreds of Missouri road projects approved ahead of possible sales tax hike
          Columbia Missourian:  Final list for transportation tax includes Boone County projects
          KC Star:  Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit) announces he'll run for secretary of state in 2016
          Drebes:  GOP donor Stan Herzog's contributions to Dan Hegemen redirected;  Senator-to-be, who is unopposed, now contributing to other GOP candidates
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life releases primary endorsement list
          Monett Times:  Nixon vetoes Sater's abortion bill;  Senator confident Legislature will overturn veto
          AP:  Nixon signs Missouri building bond measure
          SNL:  Nixon signs off on giving caseworkers more time on cases X
          KC Star:  Missouri gets more time to protect abused children +
          P-D:  Nixon signs law requiring state oversight of thousands of Missouri day cares
          AP:  Nixon signs child-care requirement
          CDT:  Nixon vetoes changes for TIF in Boone County X
          The Missouri Times:  Waiting lists for low income housing tax credits approach three years
          AP:  Park Hill School District warns 10,000 of data breach
          AP:  Missouri Department of Conservation warns pet owners of prowling coyotes
          Joplin Globe:  Organizers say petition drive seeking Joplin audit is done X
          P-D:  St. Louis County gun instructor who skirted training requirements now charged with tax evasion
          Messenger:  With egregious incompetence in bill-writing/copying, Missouri Republicans show their loyalty to ALEC
          USA Today:  McCaskill:  40% of colleges don't investigate alleged sexual assault
          P-D op-ed:  Jazmin Hoey, Derion Tabb and Daisha Tankins:  Stopping "summer melt" among low-income high school graduates
          JCNT letter:  Area woman says "help" offered by HSUS' Joe Maxwell and Wes Shoemyer would put farmers out of business X
          P-D letter:  Area Catholic opposes death penalty for murderer John Middleton
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        Wednesday, July 9
       
KC Star:  Moves afoot in Missouri, Kansas to rein in 'patent trolls';  McCaskill calls shady shakedown artists "pond scum" +
          The Hill:  Senators attend closed-door Iraq briefing;  McCaskill says there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to Middle East
          P-D:  St. Louis VA whistleblower tells Congress of retaliation
          Kraske:  McCaskill on VA bonuses +
          SNL:  EPA chief visiting state to dispel water rule "myths" X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) asks DNR to delay EPA water plan
          P-D:  Feds to provide additional $100M for Missouri health centers
          The Maneater:  McCaskill backs bill to lower student loans
          KWMU:  Department of Defense mapping agency announces six possible sites for new facility
          KC Star:  Bannister Federal Complex moves forward with closing +
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin Redevelopment Corporation extends sale date on Coca-Cola property;  Developer says McCaskill has committed to help with Post Office deal X
          P-D:  McCaskill:  One-third of colleges do not train students about sexual assault
          KWMU:  Rising water slows Mississippi River navigation
          P-D:  Clarksville braces for crest as Mississippi River creeps into town
          AP:  Nixon leaning against "Right to Farm" amendment, says both sides are exaggerating potential impact
          Drebes:  More on AG Pac:  Sarah Steelman as treasurer, Mike Parson's hefty commitment, and role in "Right to Farm" campaign
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  Journo gang discusses transportation tax, National Journal article suggesting Nixon and McCaskill for higher office
          KWMU:  Campaign contribution updates:  Transportation tax campaign, Eric Schmitt for state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Nixon will keep flying:  "I will not be cloistered in my office as governor of the state"
          P-D:  Nixon signs law blocking anti-coal-related ballot measures
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes captive deer bill;  Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) calls for special session fix
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes two agriculture bills, cites opposition to captive cervid language
          Missourinet:  Video, audio of Nixon explaining vetoes
          Missourinet:  Sponsors of ag bills expect to overturn vetoes, defend deer language
          AP:  Nixon vetoes change to deer oversight
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes bills intended to change oversight of deer farms +
          AP:  Nixon signs bill closing records of fraud tips
          AP:  Nixon signs financial protection bills
          AP:  Nixon signs measure that targets arrest mugshot websites
          P-D:  EPA says Crystal City lake - at which coal ash was dumped - is safe
          P-D:  Nixon signs bill that could exempt St. Charles casino from smoking ban
          SNL:  North Carolina-based Democratic polling firm says half of Missouri residents oppose extended waiting period for abortion X
          SNL:  SOS Jason Kander stops by area school, touts reading program X
          SNL non-endorsement:  Editorial board will not endorse primary candidates this election X
          P-D endorsement:  No on Amendment 7:  MoDOT's list of shiny objects can't obsure problems with tax increase
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri Farmers Care should send someone to Democratic event X
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon vetoes copycat ALEC bill that legislators shouldn't have passed +
          KC Star op-ed:  Mayor Sly James:  Votes yes on Amendment 7 transportation tax increase +
          P-D op-ed:  Vote no on Amendment 7 and stop Missouri's highway robbery
          Shelly:  Nixon vetoes move to exploit captive deer +
          P-D letter:  Ladue woman appreciates Nixon's veto of abortion waiting-period bill
          P-D letter:  Paper's website includes too many ads, incites reader to use excretory language
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        Tuesday, July 8
       
P-D:  EPA head to visit Missouri to push new definition of water covered under Clean Water Act
          AP:  Nixon signs bill that could provide Missouri relief from stringent EPA emissions rules
          The Hill:  Bill from McCaskill, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) forces repayment of VA bonuses
          AP:  McCaskill, others questions Hanford Nuclear Reservation legal fees
          KWMU:  Rising Mississippi River prompts sandbagging and road closures
          AP:  Flooding closes two Mississippi River bridges
          P-D:  Volunteers stockpile sandbags to bolster levee protecting St. Charles soccer fields
          Drebes:  Missouri Republican Party members elect Susie Eckelkamp to be national committeewoman
          KWMU:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm":  Comments from Missouri Farmers Care, Reiboldt, HSUS, Shoemyer, Sierra Club, MU law prof
          KC Star:  Heavy Constructors kick in another $170K for Missouri tax - aiding streetcar project they've fought in the past +
          AP:  MoDOT updates project list for transportation tax, including $124M for streetcar lines in Kansas City
          AP:  List of updates to MoDOT project list:  KC streetcar lines, hiking and biking trail, more
          AP:  List of most costly MoDOT projects to be funded by tax increase
          The Missouri Times:  Candidate profile:  Senate District 2 GOP primary candidate Vicki Schneider
          SNL:  Michael Hope series:  State rep candidate attempts to raffle off hot tub;  Area nemesis claims Hope and wife harassed him;  More X
          AP:  Former Missouri AFL-CIO boss Hugh McVey joins Nixon's labor department
          AP:  Nixon vetoes health navigator limits
          KWMU:  Gov. Nixon signs religious freedom bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield)
          Missourinet:  Nixon to act on bills including captive deer language
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-life groups confident in override;  Comments from Missouri Right to Life's Pam Fichter and Patti Skain, Missouri Family Network's Kerry Messer
          KWMU:  Missourians residing overseas, or in the military, can now register and vote online
          P-D:  Missouri launches website to ease military voting
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Bootheel communities, school districts adding solar power to help cut costs;  Alabama company profits from Missouri's solar program
          KWMU:  Normandy board starts planning for new school year
          P-D:  University City school board to reconsider turning away Normandy students
          Missourinet:  Death penalty opponent, analyst consider reasons for limit to Missouri executions
          Missourinet:  State has list of 330 people missing
          KC Star:  Cass County Circuit Clerk Wendy Bell (R) resigns, 'adamantly' denies any wrongdoing;  Koster agrees to drop charges +
          P-D:  Pat Buchanan's new book shares St. Louis ties
          P-D's Nicklaus:  To improve Missouri's economy, invest in the kids
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Vote no on "Right to Farm" and say no to Monsanto, China and Brazil X
          SNL letter:  Response to editorial criticizing Nixon;  Missouri budget problems are Republicans' fault X
          SNL letter:  "Right to Farm" measure might protect Missouri farmers from California-like fiasco X
          P-D letter:  Response to letters criticizing the trucking industry and Amendment 7
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri's sales tax should have no exemptions +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Nixon was correct to veto abortion-wait bill
          P-D letter:  State law requiring long list of unclaimed property an embarrassment
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        Monday, July 7
       
P-D:  McCaskill to release survey on college sexual assaults
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Mid-Mo. feminists angry about Supreme Court's ruling on Hobby Lobby;  Jeanette Mott Oxford weighs in on transportation sales tax +
          Drebes:  Update from Dem state rep primary:  Former Rep. Chris Carter (D) calls Lacy Clay (D) a drug addict
          SE Missourian:  Overview:  Amendment 1, "Right to Farm":  Comments from area farm family, Missouri Farm Bureau, HSUS +
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 5, gun issue:  Comments from conservatives, Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), UMKC law prof, others +
          KC Star:  Overview:  Amendment 9, electronic privacy:  Comments from conservatives, ACLU, UMKC law prof, others +
          AP:  August elections could provide case study for ability of governors to affect proposed ballot measures, both politically and legally
          Missourinet:  Prosecutors' association urges digital warrants in DWI cases
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to allow bistate police response
          Missourinet:  Supreme Court decides it will not order more than one execution per month
          AP:  Push to keep incoming college students on track;  Comments from young urbanites, guidance counselor
          P-D:  Area criminals steal EPA air monitors from neighborhood near Bridgeton, West Lake landfills
          Washington Missourian:  Ameren expansion approved - for ash landfill
          AP:  Missouri insurance department targets distracted driving
          P-D letter:  University City woman opposes upcoming July 16 execution of murderer John Middleton
          SE Missourian:  Liberty Gas Co. rate increase request is too high +
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        Sunday, July 6
       
KMOV:  Controversial Obamacare contractor, with location in Wentzville, receives contract extension from government
          JCNT:  National Organization for Women (NOW) protest against Hobby Lobby draws 10 X
          KRCG:  Ten feminists protest outside Hobby Lobby, hold signs for "Religous [sic] freedom";  NOW rep says, "Forced motherhood is slavery, and we won't stand for it!"
          SE Missourian:  State water management plan causes worry on county level +
          SNL:  Overview:  Campaigns for and against Amendment 7, the transportation tax increase X
          JCNT:  Nixon:  Vetoes aimed at new programs X
          Drebes:  Job postings:  Administrative Hearing Commission; General Assembly's Joint Committee on Education
          P-D editorial:  Jay Nixon and Barack Obama share dubious legacy - secrecy
          JCNT editorial:  Healthy approach to mental health services pairs liaisons, law enforcement X
          SNL op-ed:  Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" organizer Sara Edgar:  Time to crack down on energy companies X
          KC Star letter:  Area Republican says Tampa was a good host for GOP convention, but Kansas City probably wouldn't have been +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington University OB-GYN David Eisenberg agrees with Nixon on abortion waiting period
          SNL letter:  Nixon should sign anti-Common Core bill;  "people's revolution is beginning to gain momentum," 2014 elections will totally see a groundswell of democracy, etc. X
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        Saturday, July 5
       
P-D:  Serco contract to process Obamacare applications renewed for a year
          Kraske:  Here's what you had to say for how to fix our government +
          KY3:  Brewer Science expands to create printable electronics in Springfield;  Comments from Sen. Roy Blunt
          KOLR:  Brewer Science expansion has positive implications for any technology user;  Comments from Rep. Billy Long
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Mary Kasten (R-Cape Girardeau) accepts newspaper's Spirit of America award +
          P-D:  Flooding closes Mo 79 south of Hannibal and Louisiana
          AP:  State sending inmates to help sandbagging effort
          CDT:  Cybercrime unit jobs, relief for public defenders at stake in governor's budget moves X
          CDT:  Loftin requests $3.8M back from MU divisions to make up for funding shortfalls, restrictions X
          KC Star:  A deadly mix:  Drinking alcohol and driving boats;  Comments from Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Tim Hull +
          KC Star:  MoDOT proposes deal to avoid sharp sales tax increase for KC streetcar district +
          Joplin Globe:  Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says he won't appear at area Dems' "Right to Farm" forum with HSUS' Joe Maxwell X
          Missourinet:  ACLU opposes early-voting proposal;  Audio of interview with Jeffrey Mittman
          JCNT:  ACLU challenges lawmakers' version of early voting X
          The Missouri Times:  Overview:  14th House district:  Winner of Josh Catton-Kevin Corlew GOP primary will take on Dem Stephanie Isaacson
          P-D:  Tilley keeps campaign fund open, says he may run for office in 2016
          Drebes:  Earl Simms, formerly of Missouri Charter Public School Association, moves to University of Missouri Charter School Operations
          KC Star:  Cass County Circuit Clerk Amy Bell (R) resigns in settlement with Koster +
          Joplin Globe:  GOP donor David Humphreys leads petition drive calling for state audit of Joplin X
          Park Hills Daily Journal:  Doe Run addresses sinkholes at West Fork mine
          KC Star editorial:  By freezing state spending, Nixon shows he's more fiscally conservative than Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback +
          Washington Post's Wonkblog:  In all but six Missouri counties, gun stores outnumber museums and libraries
          KC Star letter:  "Right to Farm" supporters include those who want to use chemicals and abuse animals +
          P-D letter:  Normandy resident says Nixon's actions show he cares more about beer than providing quality education
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        Friday, July 4   Independence Day  
       
Washington Examiner:  Democrat vs. Democrat:  Alaska's Mark Begich mocks Claire McCaskill in unusual personal attack
          Politico:  Mark Begich:  Claire McCaskill doesn't understand;  Alaska Dem mocks Missouri's senior senator for waste-and-fraud investigations
          SNL:  Brewer Science celebrates expansion in Springfield;  Roy Blunt, Billy Long among leaders in attendance X
          AP:  Corps closing lock and dam amid flooding
          P-D:  Mississippi River faces climate change, funding problems
          P-D:  St. Louis Section 8 voucher waiting list opens for first time since 2007
          Missourinet:  ACLU challenges Missouri's early voting proposal
          Drebes:  Dems upset with Keith English's override vote float the idea of former Rep. Bert Atkins as independent candidate
          St. Louis Review:  Missouri Catholic Council aims for override of abortion wait veto
          AP:  Nixon signs bill on heroin overdose antidote
          P-D:  Nixon signs bill removing small portion of St. Charles County sales tax from TIFs
          P-D:  Ameren files $264M rate increase
          AP:  Ameren seeking $264M rate increase
          Missourinet:  Building that housed death row is back on historic prison tour route
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri inks truce in costly border war X
          KC Star editorial:  KCP&L's partnership with city to save energy is a winner +
          Priddy:  Missouri Supreme Court Chief Mary Rhodes Russell's Independence Day reflection on her famous ancestor and the Declaration
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-coal activist Ron Fein:  Peabody's Fred Palmer, megadonor Rex Sinquefield give too much money;  Campaign contribution system must be changed X
          SNL op-ed:  Commercial Street Merchants Association's Lyle Foster:  Missouri's hair-braiding rule makes my hair stand on end X
          KWMU op-ed:  Editor Margie Freivogel:  A kind acknowledgement of you - johncombest.com readers - and your influence
          KC Star letter:  To fund road improvements, use tax superior to sales tax +
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        Thursday, July 3
       
McClatchy:  McCaskill investigates troubled power plant in Afghanistan
          KMOX:  Audio:  Ann Wagner discusses Obama's executive order on immigration;  Eric Schmitt announces bid for state treasurer
          JCNT:  'Pork Barrell' goes from politics to grill;  Former GOP staffers Brett Thompson, Heath Hall find continued success with BBQ venture X
          P-D:  Mississippi River threatening towns north of St. Louis area
          AP:  Tiny Clarksville, Mo. opts to not pay for flood insurance;  Comments from FEMA, Missouri SEMA
          AP:  Feds Missouri S&T over sexual assault response
          CDT:  Judge rejects challenges to ballot language for tax, gun rights measures X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Troopers' Association endorses transportation tax increase
          KWMU:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) announces GOP bid for Missouri treasurer in 2016
          Missourinet:  Treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt says he welcomes debate about tax-cut proposals
          KMOX:  Eric Schmitt announces he's running for state treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt announces candidacy for state treasurer
          KC Star:  Eric Schmitt off and running for state treasurer +
          AP:  Eric Schmitt announces bid for state treasurer
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt to run for state treasurer
          Drebes:  24th District GOP primary candidate Jack Spooner attempting out outflank young Ashcroft on the right
          SNL:  GOP state rep candidate's defense of wife does not jibe with records;  Michael Hope's wife allegedly passed bad check, stole from employer X
          SE Missourian:  Former state Rep. Mary Kasten (R-Cape Girardeau) honored with Spirit of America award +
          KWMU:  Missouri ends fiscal year with less income than expected, threatens spending plans
          Missourinet:  State tallies last of the fiscal year's bad news
          The Missouri Times:  State revenues continue to lag
          AP:  Missouri revenues fall short of projections
          P-D:  Missouri state revenue down $79.4M from last year
          P-D:  Nixon signs off on Israel trade office
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes "extreme and disrespectful" bill lengthen abortion waits
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes bill mandating 72-hour waiting period for abortions
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes 72-hour abortion waiting period +
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) on Nixon's waiting-period veto +
          AP:  Nixon vetoes 72-hour abortion wait
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes abortion waiting-period bill
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes 72-hour waiting period for abortions in Missouri
          KWMU:  Missoui Public Service Commission gives go-ahead to Ameren's coal ash landfill plans
          P-D:  PSC approves Franklin County coal ash dump
          P-D:  Owner of Bridgeton landfill says analyst "either misinformed or irresponsibly sensationalizing limited data"
          P-D editorial:  Hospital CEO tells Missouri Legislature it is wrong on Medicaid
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Time to celebrate dense-breast notification success;  Uplifting result shows that by pushing together, Nixon and Legislature can make a nice pair X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Supreme Court decision will lead to more frivolous lawsuits and higher cost of doing business
          SE Missourian editorial:  Congratulations to Mary Kasten, paper's 2014 Spirit of America award winner +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Local transportation committee has effectively strengthened area's relationship with MoDOT
          National Journal's Josh Kraushaar:  McCaskill, Nixon should run against Hillary for Dem presidential nomination
          P-D op-ed:  Francis Howell CFO:  District's decision gives Normandy best chance to succeed
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        Wednesday, July 2
       
SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith hosts forum about new air-quality regulations +
          CDT:  MU law professor who worked on Hobby Lobby case reflects on court ruling X
          SNL:  Group upset at contraception case protests Hobby Lobby;  Area man chastises company for "mistaken religious beliefs," doubts his efforts will have any impact X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter:  Blunt on Obamacare, Nixon on border war +
          Kraske:  What's next for Jay Nixon?  Possibilities include private law practice, spot in Hillary's cabinet, leading University of Missouri system +
          KWMU:  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:  Inaction on Highway Trust Fund could be disastrous
          Missourinet:  Court dismisses challenges to transportation tax, gun issues, one appeal filed
          AP:  Judge rejects challenges to ballot items
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawsuit seeks to block vote on teacher tenure
          Missourinet:  Supporters of Amendment 9 say it would go farther than recent Supreme Court ruling
          AP:  Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis win injunction in birth control case
          KWMU:  Missouri AFL-CIO chooses new leaders, both from St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  Mike Louis, Jake Hummel take new positions at AFL-CIO
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Club for Growth backs Onder, other GOP primary candidates
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers received less than $700K in lobbyist gifts during session, a 10 percent decline from 2013:  Missouri Hospital Association biggest supplier of free food
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs Silvey's bill creating a truce with Kansas on incentives
          AP:  Missouri offers truce in Kansas business battle
          SE Missourian:  New University of Missouri chancellor visits Jackson +
          KWMU:  New Normandy begins with advice, determination to change
          P-D:  Normandy schools get a fresh start
          KWMU:  Charter school in St. Louis dismisses top officials
          Brownfield Ag News:  Deer controversy clouds Missouri ag bill
          KY3:  Schweich gives Taney County 'poor' rating for finances
          KOLR:  Taney County receives 'poor' rating on state audit
          KWMU:  State concerned about potential for surface fire at Bridgeton Landfill
          KSN-TV:  Joined by Patty Richard, wife of Ron Richard, Nixon signs breast cancer bill
          AP:  New law mandates that Missouri women receiving mammograms will receive information on dense breast tissue
          P-D editorial:  Ladue School Board leads the way with Normandy decision
          P-D editorial:  Good news on St. Louis schools' enrollment
          CDT's Waters:  Medicaid expansion not quite dead in Missouri;  Deal from federal government is too good to refuse X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:  Democratic governor seeks to scuttle Cottonwood +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe congratulates Extension on centennial anniversary +
          SNL letter:  Congressman Billy Long and his staff provided exemplary constituent service to help area missionary group X
          P-D letter:  Transportation sales tax would unfairly benefit trucking industry
          JCNT letter:  Area octogenarian suspects that Missouri budgeting process might involve some political calculations X
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        Tuesday, July 1
       
KWMU:  Politically Speaking:  James Harris on his start in politics, his work for Blunt, GOP prospects for 2016, more
        KWMU:  Collateral impact of the EPA's proposed carbon rule:  Barge companies are already adapting
        P-D:  McCaskill says GM compensation plan "necessary step"
        Missourinet:  MU law prof Joshua Hawley:  Hobby Lobby ruling favors 'religious liberty,' 'personal freedom'
        St. Louis Review:  Court issues injunction in archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate
        KC Star:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision:  JE Dunn, McCaskill, Blunt, National Organization for Women - Missouri chapter's Seileach Corleigh +
        P-D:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision
        KWMU:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision
        SNL:  Local reaction to SCOTUS decision X
        SE Missourian:  Hobby Lobby:  Woman/man-on-the-street reaction +
        P-D:  Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees
        The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS decision likely to shape labor debate in Missouri
        Missourinet:  Same-sex marriage ban fight moves to KC
        SE Missourian:  Time running short to comment on transportation tax project list +
        The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  24th District Dem candidate Jill Schupp
        Drebes:  Don't forget about third candidate in Senate 24 GOP primary:  Life coach Bill Hicks drops $50K of his own money
        SNL:  Former Akin field director/wife of GOP state rep candidate Michael Hope allegedly passed bad check, stole from employer X
        KC Star:  Nixon dinged by journalist group for his secrecy +
        The Missouri Times:  PROMO and its supporters see hope for MONA next year;  Comments from PROMO's Stephanie Perkins, Catalyst Group's Greg Porter
        SE Missourian:  After budget cuts, lawmakers look for ways to keep Cottonwood afloat +
        KWMU:  Nicastro explains Normandy decisions;  Ferguson-Florissant drops Normandy transfers
        P-D:  Normandy restarts as new school district
        AP:  Normandy schools won't need state bailout
        CDT:  Incidents of student restraint more common in some area schools than others X
        AP:  Missouri sets August execution for St. Louis man;  Michael Shane Worthington broke into college student's home, raped her, then strangled her to death
        Missourinet:  Missouri sets execution date for Michael Shane Worthington
        Missourinet:  Mother of condemned man's victim reacts to setting of his execution date
        KC Star editorial:  In narrow Supreme Court decisions, women and unions are losers +
        P-D op-ed:  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:  Highway Trust Fund is running on empty
        Priddy:  More on Nixon's "award" for government secrecy
        The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia):  Nixon's decision-making is politically motivated - and he refuses to work with Legislature during session
        P-D letter:  Transportation sales tax increase is promoted by the wealthy
        KC Star letters:  Republicans care only about the wealthy and guns;  Sunday dinner should not glow in the dark, so vote no on "Right to Farm" +
        P-D letter:  Vote no on "Right to Farm";  Corporations want to pollute the water and force you to clean it up
        SNL letter:  Paper bestows "Golden Pen" letter of the week to pro-"Right to Farm" piece X
        P-D letter:  With same-sex showboating, Slay thinks he knows better than Missouri voters
        P-D letter:  Board of Education is composed of males;  ipso facto, Chris Nicastro should be admired
        P-D letter:  Paper forces subscribers to pay for digital service whether it's wanted or not
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        Monday, June 30
       
The Hill:  Rep. Sam Graves presses HHS for small-business health insurance data
          Washington Times:  Rep. Sam Graves:  I still want those small-business Obamacare numbers
          Drebes:  White House Intership Program includes four kids with Missouri connections
          Joplin Globe's Susan Redden:  Tom Schweich to headine annual Newton County watermelon feed;  Attendees can enter to win ammunition X
          Kraske:  BuzzChatter analysis:  Linda Luebbering on budget shortfall;  Neal Boyd on being called "colored boy" +
          Missourinet:  MSU prof:  Same-sex marriage issue put AG Chris Koster in 'awkward' position
          KWMU:  St. Louis' newly wed gay couples reflect on why attitudes on gay marriage have shifted
          Rosenbaum:  Five things you need to know about transportation tax
          SNL:  Overview of Amendment 1, the "Right to Farm" amendment X
          SNL:  Sinquefield's Missouri Club for Growth supporting primary challenger to Rep. Jeff Messenger (R-Republic) X
          KC Star:  Missouri enters debate over e-cigarette regulations +
          AP:  Analysis:  Funds questioned for struggling Normandy
          KWMU:  Nicastro:  Decisions made for Normandy were best of bad options
          KC Star:  Gordon Parks charter school rises after near-death experience +
          KC Star endorsement:  No on Amendment 8 lottery proposal +
          McClellan:  Challenging Lacy Clay may be lost cause, but it's noble;  Columnist attends North County GOP candidate forum
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        Sunday, June 29
       
SNL:  EPA water rule roils Missouri farmers;  Blunt co-sponsors measure to aimed at blocking the rule X
        Hannibal Courier-Post:  EPA water rule, which would have significant local impact, is slowed X
        JCNT:  Transportation tax discussed at MoDOT forum X
        Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) responds to P-D story on contributions, says paper may be seeking multiple ways to undermine Amendment 7
        Drebes:  State rep candidate/reality show crooner Neal Boyd (R) shares story of convincing resident to vote for "colored boy," declares day a success
        CDT:  Kit Bond to step up lobbying effort for Medicaid reform, expansion X
        KWMU:  Nixon named among most secretive officials in U.S. with "award"
        JCNT:  Nixon:  Variety of reasons for income shortfall this year X
        JCNT:  State unsure of where job cuts will be X
        JCNT:  Health care, social services say funding cuts will be devastating X
        Kirksville Daily Express:  Nixon's reductions to Department of Mental Health means elimination of nine jobs at Kirksville Regional Office
        Columbia Missourian:  Legislature gives, governor takes away public defender system increase
        SE Missourian:  Children's services take budget cuts on the chin +
        P-D:  Profile:  Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro shakes up the system
        KC Star:  Concerned about nervous tourists, Lake Ozark is banning the open carry of firearms;  Comments from Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee's Summit), anti-gun group, others +
        Washington Missourian:  Environmental group may appeal ruling on coal ash landfill
        SNL editorial:  Stop the chicanery of annual Missouri budget roller coaster X
        SE Missourian editorial:  Nixon using school cuts for political purposes;  Governor is more interested in in power than leadership +
        Washington Missourian editorial:  Gas-tax hike for roads is an unrealistic option;  Where is Nixon's leadership on transportation funding issue?
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Columbia Climate Change Coalition's Monta Welch:  Five reasons to vote against "Right to Farm"
        KC Star letter:  Missouri Republicans wrong to cut taxes then put transportation tax on the ballot +
        P-D letter:  Missouri Group Against Smoking Pollution (GASP):  Don't let industry set e-cig laws
        P-D letter:  O'Fallon, Mo. woman says Normandy's students, teachers are ignored
        SNL letter:  Nixon should veto deer-livestock bill X
        SNL letter:  Response to pro-death penalty op-ed X
        SNL letter:  Response to anti-death penalty response to pro-death penalty op-ed:  Death penalty too good for "monsters" X
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        Saturday, June 28
       
Kraske:  McCaskill camp gives update on Hillary-Claire frienemy/BFF status:  "They're all good" this month +
        Horrigan:  McCaskill, Hillary, and the right to cash in on the American Dream
        Washington Post:  McCaskill, others explore proposals to combat sex assaults at colleges
        P-D:  Ann Wagner may have to buck GOP leadership on re-authorization of Import-Export Bank
        The Missouri Times:  Overview:  24th Senate District GOP primary:  Jack Spooner vs. Jay Ashcroft
        The Missouri Times:  Overview:  2nd Senate District GOP primary:  Bob Onder vs. Vicki Schneider vs. Chuck Gatschenberger
        CDT:  GOP establishment lines up behind Chuck Basye in 47th District GOP primary X
        AP:  Missouri bill preserves shared-work program
        P-D:  State problem, federal program;  Experts provide options, hope for UnitedHealthcare Medicare patients
        P-D:  Nixon eliminates budget items he initially endorsed
        P-D:  Thanks to Nixon's budget cuts, tax assistance office to close on Tuesday
        Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  State cuts throw wrench into Three Rivers College budget +
        Washington Missourian:  Due to state budget kerfuffle, funding for Franklin County assessor's office in jeopardy
        Priddy:  Poli Sci 101 on current Nixon vs. Legislature budget battle
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Rep. Kent Hampton (R-Malden) hears lunch-program issues
        AP:  ACLU challenges Missouri ban on gay marriages
        CDT:  Boone County Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson (D) not issuing same-sex marriage licenses X
        SNL:  Greene County Recorder of Deeds Cheryl Dawson (R):  'I follow what the law tells me' X
        P-D:  A-B gets its wish:  Missouri law will allow sale of single beer bottles and pouches
        AP:  Missouri to allow single-bottle beer sales
        P-D:  School transfer proponent, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), votes to not allow Normandy transfers in U. City school district
        P-D:  Ladue will continue accepting about half of Normandy transfer students
        KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools make headway, but plenty of work remains
        CDT:  Missouri Public Service Commission sets hearings on Grain Belt project X
        JCNT editorial:  With state-airplane nitpicking, GOP raises childish bickering to new heights X
        P-D editorial:  Court should send dangerous gun amendment back to Legislature
        KC Star editorial:  St. Louis mayor is impatient, and correct, on gay marriage +
        KC Star editorial:  KC school district strikes promising partnership with Academie Lafayette +
        Messenger:  U. City school board turns its back on poor black children;  Chappelle-Nadal "likes poor black kids from Normandy as long as she doesn't have to educate them"
        KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Protect Missouri farmers by passing Amendment 1 +
        KC Star letter:  Reader mocks McCaskill for Dr. Oz attention;  Deer-as-livestock legislation;  Armed teachers +
        Joplin Globe letter:  Dem state rep candidate Charles "Hugh" Shields:  Rich people like Rex Sinquefield want to take your money;  Vote no on transportation tax X
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        Friday, June 27
       
KWMU:  Ann Wagner named to House Deputy Whip team
          P-D:  Ann Wagner named to House Republican leadership post
          AP:  Rep. Ann Wagner named to House leadership
          P-D:  Blunt says he supports Boehner plan to sue Obama regarding president's constitutional duties
          Washington Missourian:  Insurance costs fall in Franklin County under Obamacare;  Reaction from Americans for Prosperity's Patrick Werner
          Politico:  King Rex:  A stock baron goes all in on Missouri politics
          Missourinet:  Challenges to transportation tax increase and gun rights amendment heard in court
          AP:  Missouri judge hears challenge to ballot language for transportation sales tax, gun issues
          SE Missourian:  With funding cuts, Cottonwood employees fear for their child patients +
          SNL:  State tax office closed to public for good on Tuesday X
          P-D:  St. Louis' same-sex marriage challenge tricky for Koster;  AG says he supports gay marriage, but takes steps to enforce Missouri's ban
          P-D:  Video:  Slay challenges state ban on gay marriage
          Missourinet:  St. Louis sets up test to Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage