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        Thursday, August 25
       
Missourinet:  Columbia College prof says recent poll underestimates support for Trump, Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on mission to turn Missouri blue;  Silvey on getting out-of-district opponent off ballot +
          KC Star:  New "Deep Background" podcast:  Kraske & Helling - along with Scott Canon and national pollster Neil Newhouse - talk presidential race and more +
          Washington Post:  McCaskill leads bipartisan push to investigate EpiPen price hike
          KC Star:  Eric Greitens launches statewide tour +
          Rosenbaum:  Was Koster 'absent' from Ferguson? No.
          KC Star:  Former state Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence) vows opposition to Koster and "Farm Bureau buddies";  Dem who led failed fight against "Right to Farm" amendment says he wants a meeting with Greitens +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters endorses Eric Schmitt (R) over Judy Baker (D) for state treasurer
          KC Star:  National GOP group drops $1 million into Hawley's race +
          The Pitch:  Missouri has the lowest tobacco tax in the country. Why does a tobacco company want to raise it?
          The Missouri Times:  Amendment 4 would ban sales tax on services
          Drebes:  How Schaefer vs. Hawley affects Rowden vs. Webber
          P-D:  St. Louis Election Board to produce records Thursday;  Democratic state rep candidate claims vote fraud
          Missourinet:  Missouri leads OSHA region in workplace deaths since October
          Missourinet:  MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley tells University of Missouri Review Commission he'll continue push to drive down percentage of white students
          Columbia Missourian:  Chancellor asks UM Review Commission to polish university's image
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Review Commission member Renee Hulshof asks questions about "diversity" approach, student retention rates, more
          Columbia Missourian:  MU changes bathroom labels;  Student government "social justice chair" says the word "unisex" is offensive to people who do not identify as male or female
          KWMU:  UM search committee still expects new president by year's end
          KWMU:  Average Missouri ACT score down by a point and a half;  Requirement for all graduating students to take test added 18,000 poor performers to pool
          CDT:  Area high schools say civics test requirement means little change X
          KWMU:  Ladue schools settle harassment claim;  Family nabs $75k reward after son is called mean names, complains
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) gets hearing on illegal use of approved herbicide
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation studying state's black bear population
          AP:  Prosecutors want photos of Michael Brown's carcass restricted;  Attorney Linda Wasserman expresses concern for law-abiding citizens, fears 'grisly' photos would serve as excuse for "unbridled violence" from rioter-looter crowd
          Columbia Missourian:  Area gals mark "African-American Women's Equal Pay Day" with hashtag;  McCaskill tweets her support
          P-D editorial:  No surprise. Public dislikes being shut out by utility regulators.
          Waters:  MU enrollment numbers offer something for everyone X
          Washington Post's Joe Davidson:  Federal sexual violence stats sow confusion;  McCaskill requested GAO report and urged departments to develop standards for sexual violence data
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Federal policies stifling strength of agriculture X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  Expanding Medicaid shows basic benevolence and simple economic sense
          Priddy:  Remembering Betty Sims
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        Wednesday, August 24
       
KWMU:  At Clinton office opening in St. Louis City, Democratic politicos fantasize about candidate spending money to turn out votes
          P-D:  Democrats gather in St. Louis City, say they'll defeat Trump in Missouri;  Slay:  "We've been a 'red' state for too long!"
          KC Star:  Monmouth poll:  Trump doing even better among white women than white men in Missouri;  Blunt, Koster lead in Senate, gov races +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Aaron Willard on Trump campaign and Missouri;  Nicole Galloway on succeeding Tom Schweich;  Phill Brooks on lobbyists feeding lawmakers at Capitol +
          P-D:  New Blunt ad slams Kander for St. Louis County ballot shortage
          KWMU:  Blood tests show all employees at VA office fall within normal range of lead
          The Missouri Times:  Koster, Greitens court NRA endorsement
          KC Star:  Pro-life, pro-union candidate to appear on gov ballot;  Meramec Caverns' Lester Turilli supports campaign-donation limits +
          The Missouri Times:  Independent candidates, including Lester Turilli and Keith English, qualify for ballot
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids gets legal victory, still on the ballot
          KWMU:  Tobacco-tax proposal can go on November ballot;  ruling on campaign limits pending
          Missourinet:  Judge reject challenge to ballot initiative to raise cigarette tax
          P-D:  Judge rules tobacco tax hike belongs on Missouri ballot, but critics vow to appeal
          AP:  Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge
          P-D:  Campaign limits ballot question challenged
          Drebes:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) files suit against his general-election opponent
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey challenges opponent's residency
          P-D:  Judge rules that absentee ballot applications and their envelopes are public record;  Man who lost state rep race to Penny Hubbard chooses to wear "Trust Me - I'm a Superhero" comic-book t-shirt into court
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) on Trump criticism, voter ID, proposed laws involving law enforcement and police-involved killings
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) named new Budget Committee chair;  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis) named chair of Fiscal Review
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats jockey for leadership positions in House minority
          KC Star:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) calls for special session for public defender funding +
          Missourinet:  Dixon wants special session to ask for public defender system pilot program and to fix DWI law
          Missourinet:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) previews his final veto session
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri's minimum wage set to rise;  Missouri one of 29 states with wage floor higher than the federal minimum
          SE Missourian:  Court ruling, state suggest businesses may apply use, sales tax to deliveries +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  The Silver Haired Legislature works to achieve priorities;  Olds lobby actual legislators in hopes to get more money for home-delivered meals, more money for Medicaid home-delivered meals, more money for Medicaid, restriction of payday loans, etc. +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Review Commission to hear from MU Chancellor Hank Foley today
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) seeks probe into crop damage caused by illegal use of approved herbicide +
          P-D:  Lawmakers reopen discussions on utility-rate hikes
          P-D:  St. Louis stadium financing fight sent back to lower court;  Residents, including "Jeanette Mott-Oxford" [sic] attempted to join public board's 2015 suit
          KC Star:  KC Star hires Jayhawk couple;  KU grad Eric Nelson to lead digital news operation, while wife will head editorial board;  Husband claims the family won't skip town if other opportunities come along +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Public must pressure legislators to let vetoes stand;  Gun bill would lead to "Wild West," and voter ID bill is racist
          Messenger:  Voting rights case shines light on separate and unequal schools;  People who chose to purchase homes in decent school districts should subsidize students in lesser areas
          P-D op-ed:  UMSL social work degree candidate:  Stop making it so hard for good kids to transfer to decent schools
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        Tuesday, August 23
       
KWMU:  Trump hires GOP veterans Aaron Willard, Todd Abrajano to run campaign in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Trump staffs up in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Trump ramps up campaign in Missouri, calls state key battleground
          P-D:  Blunt, other GOP Senate candidates honing in on Iran nuclear deal and ransom questions
          Helling:  Mysterious "dark money" shadows elections in Missouri +
          KWMU:  Democratic stalwart Joyce Aboussie part of latest release of old Clinton e-mails
          P-D:  Clinton e-mails include appeals for meetings with Peabody Energy from St. Louis Democratic operative Joyce Aboussie
          KWMU:  McCaskill wants better reporting of sexual assault
          P-D:  EPA tells judge why Ameren should install new pollution controls at plant near Festus
          KWMU:  St. Louis City gives businesses varying deadlines to move from NGA site
          KC Star:  Missouri Democrats hit Eric Greitens for violent ad images;  Greitens airs spot of his own +
          P-D:  Eric Schmitt's campaign purchased JudyBaker.com;  Democrat is not amused
          Drebes:  Childrens Firearm Safety Alliance PAC formed;  Stacey Newman's husband's name used for "treasurer"
          SE Missourian:  Cape County GOP Central Committee elects new officers +
          KWMU:  Former state legislator Betty Sims (R-Ladue) dies after brief illness at age 80
          Kraske:  The Chat: Nixon on budget cost of potential override
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom calls for stronger "revolving-door" ban
          KC Star:  Kansas continues trying to bring Missouri businesses across state line +
          Missourinet:  Reps. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi), Jim Neely (R-Cameron) help free man falsely accused of sex crimes
          Missourinet:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg):  Texting-while-driving is a "huge safety issue";  Departing lawmaker hopes another legislator will sponsor bill
          CDT:  MU enrollment figures show freshman decline X
          AP:  University of Missouri projects drop in freshman enrollment
          KWMU:  Appointed board that runs St. Louis Public Schools needs a new member
          KWMU:  Citing voting rights, judge orders halt to school board elections in Ferguson-Florissant;  Rodney Sippel (D) says at-large elections not fair to black candidates
          P-D:  Judge stops school board elections in Ferguson-Florissant, says they're stacked against black voters
          Missourinet:  Court stops Ferguson-Florissant elections
          AP:  Court told money short for death-row inmate defense
          P-D editorial:  Dugger resigns, hoping revolving door will swing his way
          P-D editorial:  Education officials' meeting seemed designed to skirt Sunshine Law
          The Current (UMSL) op-ed:  Editor Kat Riddler:  UM System Review Commission includes too many Republicans
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Faith Voices' Cassandra Gould on "Medicaid 23" stunt, consequences
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Retired doc wants Blunt, Hartzler to pass Zika funding
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman defends constituent lobbying, says Blunt has been helpful on fighting AIDS and polio - and she'd be happy to work with Kander on those issues, too
          KC Star letters:  Area man disagrees with Graves on guns;  Area woman says Koster sounds too conservative +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man reveals he suffers from a tick-borne illness, wants Koster to stop suing EPA
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian wants Republicans to expand Medicaid
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        Monday, August 22
       
SNL:  Blunt, McCaskill, Long seek to help family of fallen Vietnam pilot find his remains;  White House ignores inquiry from Blunt's office, News-Leader X
          KWMU:  Trial begins in federal lawsuit against Ameren today;  EPA alleges that company installed boiler equipment in 2007 and 2010 without proper permits
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Incoming state Reps. Peter Meredith (D), Steve Roberts (D), Hannah Kelly (R) and Nick Schroer (R) talk expectations for freshman session, Koster vs. Greitens, Blunt vs. Kander, more
          KC Star:  Dems, GOP react to Koster's strong list of post-primary endorsements +
          Missourinet:  Cursory overview:  State treasurer race:  Judy Baker (D) vs. Eric Schmitt (R)
          AP:  Missouri judge weighing cigarette tax hike ballot proposal
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) on veto-session overrides +
          Missourinet:  Libla says he'll continue push for increased fuel tax for transportation;  Poplar Bluff senator says he prefers "use tax" concept rather than toll roads
          Missourinet:  Former Senate President Pro Tem Jim Mathewson (D-Sedalia) recalls working with Gov. Kit Bond (R) to promote 1982 bond issue;  Missouri State Fairgrounds among beneficiaries
          Columbia Missourian:  Class of 2020 'walk' into their future at MU;  Photo of students taking photos, video for social media showoffery rather than enjoying once-in-a-lifetime moment
          Messenger:  National group visits Missouri, hopes to change state campaign finance laws
          Priddy:  Speculation on how Jesus Christ felt about 2014 Missouri Senate gallery disruptions (word count:  1,591)
          SNL letter:  Area woman disagrees with Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) on concealed-carry X
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        Sunday, August 21
       
P-D:  A broader look at Missouri's insurance exchange and what Aetna's exit means
          P-D:  Wait times for medical care now shorter for St. Louis veterans
          KC Star:  HUD to hear complaints about rising rents;  Overfed fast-food worker who chose to spawn four (4) children with convenience-store employee complains about budget struggles +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Incoming state Reps. Peter Meredith (D), Steve Roberts (D), Hannah Kelly (R), and Nick Schroer (R) talk about expectations for their freshman sessions, Koster, Blunt, more
          AP:  Greitens' work 'in Bosnia' was mostly in Croatia
          Missourinet:  Nixon mum about possibility of special session to fix typo in drunk driving laws
          P-D's Gallagher:  Why are there so many uninsured drivers on Missouri's roads?  Missouri Dept. of Revenue officials are "clueless," won't give an interview or answer questions via e-mail
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local educators prep for state's new dyslexia regulations +
          JCNT:  Missouri schools deal with Obama restroom mandate;  Jefferson City schools prepare bureaucratic steps to stymie "ornery" boys claiming transgender status X
          KC Star:  Kansas City Public Schools dumps Daye Transportation after buses fail safety inspections +
          CDT:  MU classes start tomorrow amid projections of lower enrollment X
          P-D:  New MU students, families forecast school year's racial drama - or lack thereof:  Comments from four black students/families, two white students/families
          P-D:  Race-dramatics season preview:  Thoughts from Reps. Caleb Rowden (R) and Stephen Webber (D), others
          AP:  Attorneys clash over document release in Ferguson lawsuit
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt speaks out about Obama's Iran "ransom payment" X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Koster growing broad base of support, including ag groups;  For Greitens, "just being a former SEAL isn't going to elect him!" X
         SNL:  Prioritize streamlined sales tax X

          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers need to sustain Nixon's veto on gun bill X
          SNL op-ed:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield):  We must address public defense problem X
          KC Star letter:  Sexagenarian Democrat attends Missouri State Fair, says GOP tent displayed no Donald Trump yard signs +
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with Blunt, NRA X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills woman finds Missouri campaign spending "obscene"
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton septuagenarian supports "Medicaid 23"
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        Saturday, August 20
       
KWMU:  VA officials says veterans' care is improving
          SNL:  In Greene County, health insurance exchange options to drop from four companies to two X
          KWMU:  SLU law profs speculate on what's next for Missouri's health care exchange
          The Missouri Times:  Post-Dispatch editorial board criticizes Kander by name, then changes its mind;  Reaction from P-D's Tod Robberson, Rich Chrismer, Kander's Chris Hayden
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber endorses Greitens
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics complaint against Schaefer dismissed
          Missourinet:  Circuit court ruling on cigarette tax initiative expected quickly
          P-D:  Opponents and backers of tobacco tax hike make their case in court
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Democrat filling ballot slot against incoming Sen. Bill Eigel;  Richard Orr talks opposition to 'right to work' and skepticism over transfer law that lets Normandy youths into Francis Howell schools
          KWMU:  Nixon preaches against expected veto overrides by Missouri lawmakers
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartsville) resigns, citing "revolving-door" legislation
          KC Star:  Dugger steps down +
          P-D:  Dugger steps down, cites law that would require six-month wait to lobby
          Missourinet:  Dugger resigns, prepares for lobbying career
          KC Star:  Kansas City Election Board names Lauri Ealom new Democratic director +
          Missourinet:  Nixon grants eight pardons
          KC Star:  Decades after bitter, vindictive woman forced boy to make up stories of sexual abuse, Earnest Leap is a free man;  Rep. Jim Neely (R-Cameron) took up man's cause and fought for justice +
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens adds bus stops to accomodate transfer students
          P-D:  Area group seeking buyouts begins complaining about Champ Landfill;  Residents who choose to live near landfills complain about odor
          Ozark County Times letter:  Theodosia man thanks McCaskill and Springfield office staff for getting veterans their health care at local clinic
          P-D letter:  Brentwood man speculates on Paul McKee's flim-flam plan:  Buy deserted land, then sell it back to gullible St. Louis City or feds at a handsome profit
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        Friday, August 19
       
KC Star:  Blunt accuses Obama administration of misleading Congress on Iran 'ransom' payment +
          P-D:  International Trade Commission rules for steel pipe makers;  McCaskill testified on behalf of Missouri companies
          KWMU:  Q&A with NGA Director Robert Cardillo
          KWMU:  White House reps' Asian-American community listening tour makes stop in Creve Coeur tomorrow
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Rehash of Wikileaks-DNC-McCaskill "backbone" story from three (3) weeks ago
          KWMU:  Nixon talks ag education, points out Missouri's superiority to Kansas at last State Fair as governor
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Cattlemen's Association endorses Koster;  Group endorses GOP candidate in each of the other statewide races
          Missourinet:  Koster nabs Missouri Cattlemen's Association endorsement;  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) stops short of saying he'll vote for Greitens
          P-D:  Candidates shake hands, sharpen pitches at Missouri State Fair;  Greitens stays for an hour, offers no comment to reporter
          Missourinet:  At State Fair, Missouri Farm Bureau talks about support for state parks, soil and water sales tax
          The Missouri Times:  Bruce Franks alleges absentee ballot fraud in loss to Penny Hubbard
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Kurt Schaefer
          CDT:  MEC dismisses complaint against Kurt Schaefer X
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Basye say they'll seek override of Nixon's gun-bill veto
          CDT:  Koster's office backs MU professor in concealed carry lawsuit X
          KC Star:  Koster supports allowing professor to conceal and carry on campus +
          SE Missourian:  Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Missouri hopes selling state tax credits will help expansion into Scott City +
          KWMU:  Ameren project to allow electric vehicle drivers more access to charging stations
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Department of Revenue to open new license office in Columbia
          P-D:  Koster calls North County cemetery conditions "deplorable," says grounds will be renovated by new owner
          AP:  Senate-gallery disruptors to get fines, not jail time
          P-D editorial:  Credible allegations of voter fraud deserve immediate answers
          Messenger:  Group that made a scene in Senate gallery will be vindicated;  Missouri House GOP members support Medicaid expansion, and it will totally pass in Missouri
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Jury wrong to hold Senate disruptors accountable for their behavior +
          Hartmann:  Mizzou quiet about honor student athletes received for racial protest;  A look at why the university ignored prestigious ESPN honor
          P-D letter:  Former state Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield):  Response to Sierra Club's anti-coal letter:  Moving 'beyond coal' means leaving people behind
          SE Missourian letter:  Elk breeders group criticizes Missouri Department of Conservation +
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman suggests Rex Sinquefield, David Humphreys conspire to control the masses through "poverty and fear" X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says Post-Dispatch editorial board, and Tony Messenger, should know better than to side with anti-police protesters or believe whiners' fishy tales
          KC Star letter:  Area septuagenarian male - who did not take part in Senate Medicaid protest - compares himself to 8-year-old female literary character Scout Finch +
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        Thursday, August 18
       
KC Star:  Tim Kaine - who attended private high school in KC - returns to town +
          Washington Post:  After McCaskill and others advocate for seniors, Social Security backs off text messaging requirement X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Social Security reverses its texting requirement X
          KMOV (St. Louis):  McCaskill checking up on phone companies to stop robocalls
          Missourinet:  Blunt, GOP members of congressional delegation will join Missouri Farm Bureau today to talk about EPA regulations
          AP:  Flooding threatens levee at Poplar Bluff
          Daily Journal:  Numbers matter in Missouri's feral hog fight;  MO Dept. of Conservation says one female hog produces average litter of six (6) destructive piglets each
          KWMU:  Area illegal, who spawned five (5) anchor babies, shares her fears of breaking the law and being deported
          KWMU:  Democratic state rep candidate Bruce Franks alleges vote fraud in his primary loss to Penny Hubbard
          CDT:  Boone County GOP re-elects Mike Zweifel as party chair X
          Columbia Missourian:  Males hold only 6 of 13 positions in Boone County Government;  Comments from area gals
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Incoming state Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis) on his work history, primary victory;  Freshman member of Democratic minority says he'll help convince Republicans to expand Medicaid
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) seeks House Democratic Leadership position
          Kraske:  The Chat:  St. Louis Police Officers Association's Jeff Roorda says that Chris Koster stood tall for law and order during Ferguson riots +
          Missourinet:  Koster sues to protect concealed carry rights on Mizzou campus
          KC Star:  Catholic bishops oppose gun bill +
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Highway Patrol:  Pay attention around school buses
          P-D:  Riverview Gardens makes transportation logistics harder for students who want to transfer to decent suburban schools
          SE Missourian:  Southeast Missouri State now offering 35 gender-neutral restrooms +
          Missourinet:  Man opposes juvenile sentencing law, says it doesn't go far enough
          CDT:  State offices must move from Vandiver Drive location;  Office building for welfare benefits, other taxpayer-funded handouts was conveniently located on bus route X
          KWMU:  Group that made a scene in Senate gallery convicted of trespassing
          AP:  Medicaid protesters found guilty of trespassing
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Ferguson celebrity Brittany Packett talks about new case of supposed police brutality, getting handed a promotion at Teach for America, more
          KWMU:  Real estate agents say home sales on the rise in Ferguson;  Comments from black homebuyers
          P-D editorial:  Prospects improve for the wasteland where Pruitt-Igoe once stood;  With new "urban village" buildings, North St. Louis City residents will totally turn their neighborhood around
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with Blunt on abortion, environmental regulations X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Post-Dispatch should stop referring to violent miscreant Michael Brown as "unarmed"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman responds to life-expectancy piece, says coal industry - not poor individual lifestyle decisions - is to blame for African-Americans' health
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Caucasoid sexagenarian says she'll miss Carl Kenney's columns, says she enjoyed younger black man inflicting pain on her "privileged white class"
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        Wednesday, August 17
       
P-D:  Aetna chooses to ditch Obamacare;  Comments from area insurance brokers
          P-D:  Clinton wikileaks:  Hillary said "a bunch of women Senators" - including McCaskill - were worried about Obamacare costs;  Reaction from McCaskill, Blunt, Kander
          KMOX:  Sex trafficking business faces legal action after picking fight with McCaskill
          Missourinet:  Missouri Chamber offers webinar meant to help businesses prepare for federal overtime rule
          SNL:  Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich to speak at College of the Ozarks this fall X
          Missourinet:  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) to serve on Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Kander talks military, guns and Trump in bid to unseat Roy Blunt
          KC Star:  Group with anonymous donors - calling itself "One Nation" - plans $1 million in pro-Blunt ads;  Group is concerned with change in Medicare reimbursements +
          The Missouri Times:  National partisans weigh in on Missouri races;  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's communications staff writes sentences complimenting Greitens;  Biden's communications staff pens sentences complimenting Kander
          KC Star:  Biden lends name to Kander fundraising letter +
          The Missouri Times:  The agricultural community's endorsement of Chris Koster matters. Here's why.
          KWMU:  Koster touts endorsement from Missouri Fraternal Order of Police
          The Missouri Times:  Fraternal Order of Police endorses Koster
          Missourinet:  After police union endorsement, Koster pledges to boost officer pay
          SNL:  Chris Koster stops in Springfield to tout endorsement from police union X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fraternal Order of Police endorses Koster
          CDT:  Koster, receiving police union endorsement:  Greitens is "self-serving and relatively arrogant" in comments about Ferguson riots X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life's Dave Plemmons on Greitens' arrogance toward pro-life community;  Office of Public Counsel's James Owens on Ameren's car-charging proposal +
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof:  Governor's race will be expensive
          The Missouri Times:  Treasurer candidates prepare campaign kickoffs
          P-D:  Schmitt continues push for Iran investment ban in bid for Missouri treasurer
          P-D:  Democratic state rep candidate alleges vote fraud in St. Louis City district
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Hornersville fish fry stump speeches:  Woman filling Democratic ballot slot against Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering);  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) on increasing fines for rogue pesticide applicators;  McDaniel on Ferguson lawlessness and importance of supporting law enforcement +
          Drebes:  Previewing Missouri House leadership races
          KC Star:  Union boss calls for head of Missouri Veterans Commission to resign +
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers voice concern over Hillcrest utility rate increase +
          Messenger:  Kurt Schaefer is star witness for group of protesters who made a scene in Senate gallery
          P-D letter:  University City Democrat says there's nothing wrong with Kander meeting with lobbyists
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        Tuesday, August 16
       
AP:  Heavy rains cause flooding, evacuations in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  Cape man to serve at least 21 months in prison for food-stamp fraud;  Businessman provided welfare recipients their desired cigarettes and cash in exchange for SNAP benefits +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on Greitens' ag ignorance;  D.C. pundit on Blunt vs. Kander +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life holds firm on Greitens non-endorsement
          KC Star:  Greitens campaign presents its first fall TV spot +
          P-D:  Greitens debuts general election ad
          The Missouri Times:  Legal fight still looms for Raise Your Hand for Kids despite making ballot
          KWMU:  A tax on lawn care?  Never, if Missourians vote to ban sales tax on services
          Riverfront Times:  Kander's office, FBI asking questions about St. Louis City Democratic state rep primary
          Missourinet:  More than 100 applications submitted to MoDOT's cost share program
          Missourinet:  Mother of daughter killed by young hoodlums dislikes new juvenile sentencing law:  "I feel like the criminals are treated like the victims"
          CDT:  Pew Charitable Trusts study claims reducing parole for nonviolent offenders makes system more efficient X
          SE Missourian:  Prospective Missouri teachers face new testing for certificates +
          KWMU:  City school transition talks set to continue behind closed doors
          Missourinet:  Missouri regulators could derail KCP&L's purchase of Kansas company
          Missourinet:  Ameren files with PSC to construct electric car charging stations on I-70
          P-D:  Ameren seeks to install six electric vehicle charging stations along I-70
          Missourinet:  SOS' Consumer Protection Division warns against scammers hacking into personal computers
          AP:  Case against Missouri Capitol protesters moves forward;  Group yelled, made a scene in Senate gallery
          P-D:  Protesters go to court after acting out in Senate gallery
          KWMU:  EPA officials sit through more complaining about West Lake Landfill;  Local group wants buyouts
          P-D:  Al-Jazeera reporters file lawsuit claiming mistreatment by St. Charles County officers during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  Special interests have hijacked citizens' petition process
          Waters:  The Odd Couple:  Roy Blunt and Wayne LaPierre X
          Sanchez:  Making clergy group pay for Capitol protest is wrong;  No penalty needed for yelling, making a scene to disrupt Senate business +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Columnist Carl Kenney says he's skipping town because Columbia is too tough for him:  Race relations haven't improved, he failed to earn more than $30k a year, there's too much white privilege, etc.
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        Monday, August 15
       
P-D:  With mobile units, federal taxpayers foot the bill for even more "free" lunches this summer;  Photos of adults, children in various states of undress lining up for handouts
          KC Star:  McCaskill says Trump and "his friend Putin" are more to blame for ISIS than Obama, Clinton +
          Missourinet:  GOP poll shows Blunt with seven-point lead over Kander;  D.C. pundit weighs in on perceived Trump effect
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on seeking votes from Trump supporters +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Jason Crowell talks Trump's chances, Greitens, more;  Panel of Byron DeLear, Gregg Keller, Matt Lieberman (D) and Conservation Federation of Missouri's Brandon Butler
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri State Fair kickoff touts agriculture's importance to Missouri;  Comments from Nixon
          SE Missourian:  Kander, Koster boost attendance at Cape County Democratic dinner;  Koster touts NRA rating and Farm Bureau endorsement, says Greitens is "still trying to figure out the difference between a tractor and a combine" +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Incoming state Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Peters) on 'right to work,' replacing income tax with sales tax, lobbying gifts and lobbying bans, more
          Drebes:  Follow-up on Michael Barrett stunt:  Nixon could flex if he wanted to
          SE Missourian:  Crime victims can apply for state compensation, but few get it +
          Stateline.org:  States consider access to birth records;  Comments from Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin)
          P-D:  Corps, conservationists bring back river wetlands
          Missourinet:  Marijuana enthusiast Jeff Mizanskey celebrates one year out of the clink
          P-D editorial:  Missouri's crazy incentive 'war' with Kansas set to resume
          KC Star op-ed:  Area woman wants McCaskill to spend more time talking about mental health care +
          Priddy:  "The End of White Christian America" could help liberals understand why GOP legislators propose pro-life, pro-family legislation;  1,789-word review of first 80 pages of book
          SE Missourian letter:  Dexter woman says expanding Medicaid will help Missouri get free money from the federal government +
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        Sunday, August 14
       
AP:  Democrats hope Trump at top of ticket will help Kander
        KC Star:  Green Party thinks its presidential candidate will appear on Missouri ballot +
        P-D:  Follow-up to Roll Call's original reporting on Kander and Podesta Group;  Dems point to Blunt family's lobbying activities
        Pacific Missourian:  Blunt lauds success of Husky plant X
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jason Crowell on Trump's chances, Greitens, more;  Panel of Byron DeLear, Gregg Keller, Democrat Matt Lieberman, Conservation Federation's Brandon Butler
        P-D's Joe Holleman:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway and husband Jon are expecting their third child
        Washington Missourian:  Nixon, Luetkemeyer, local elected officials take part in Missouri River Bridge groundbreaking X
        P-D:  Illegal use of herbicide may threaten survival of Missouri's largest peach farm;  Farm's owner calls for Legislature to raise fine for applicators who knowingly break the law
        P-D:  McKee buys Pruitt-Igoe site;  Opened in 1956, taxpayer-funded "poor man's penthouses" in North St. Louis City took less than 20 years to be destroyed
        KC Star editorial:  Rah-rah rallies will totally get KC public school students to start performing better;  Higher taxes will also be needed +
        SNL editorial:  A few good-news items in Missouri higher education at MSU, OTC X
        CDT op-ed:  MU sociology and religious studies profs:  Legislature needs to spend more taxpayer money on MU X
        P-D's Gallagher:  How to keep your clueless student out of debt;  Mizzou adviser, woman who counsels poor kids talk about teaching concepts of budgeting, needs vs. wants
        KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Area poor women congregate monthly to gab about how hard their jobs are, how they deserve better pay, how mean their bosses are, etc. +
        JCNT letter:  Area sexagenarian expresses anger that McCaskill, Luetkemeyer offices ignore his e-mails - but at least Blunt's office answers some X
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        Saturday, August 13
       
P-D:  Kander hits Blunt for his Trump support, while coveting Trump's voters
          CDT:  Hartzler campaign says incumbent "will not be providing daily commentary on the presidential race" X
          P-D:  Paul Berry - who lost 1st Congressional District GOP primary - has not filed federally required campaign reports;  Campaign cash from GOP legislators never reported
          CDT:  Boone County Democrats pick chair as party looks to Sanders backers for new energy;  Septuagenarian committeeman Bill Romjue doesn't see enough "black or Hispanic faces" X
          Rosenbaum:  Analyzing the gubernatorial aspirants' pitches - and the weight of endorsements
          AP:  Republican Governors Association gives $1M to Greitens
          SE Missourian:  GOP treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt says Missouri should invest in 'Main Street' +
          CDT:  Cheri Reisch, GOP candidate for Caleb Rowden's seat, says she backs 'right to work' and opposes Medicaid expansion X
          The Missouri Times:  Doug Beck replaces Montecillo on ballot in 92nd District
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  DED's Mike Downing to receive award from Missouri Economic Development Financing Association
          P-D:  As one St. Louis charter school expands, so does a movement
          KC Star:  School supply giveaway grows with poverty in suburban school districts +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis PACE gives preliminary approval to three projects;  Comments from Byron DeLear
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Rosenbaum, two other KWMU reporters discuss what it's like reporting on Ferguson
          Columbia Missourian's Maggie Walters:  As interactive news editor leaves Missourian, "Show Me the Errors" feature will be discontinued
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says voters should avoid tobacco-tax backers' heartstring-tugs and ignore "for the kids" moaning
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        Friday, August 12
       
Politico:  After loss to Blunt in November, Jason Kander could be among candidates for President Hillary Clinton's U.S. Trade Representative cabinet spot (link via Drebes' MoScout.com subscription service)
          Missourinet:  Missouri Green Party says it gathered enough votes to put presidential candidate on ballot
          CDT:  Kander holds Columbia listening session for veterans X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Blunt talks agriculture, business with citizens
          The Missouri Times:  NRA's Wayne LaPierre shows support for Blunt in Columbia
          CDT:  LaPierre weighs in on Trump's comments regarding Second Amendment supporters voting against Clinton X
          SE Missourian:  Blunt, NRA:  Feds should enforce existing gun laws +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wayne LaPierre, NRA deliver endorsement to Blunt X
          SNL:  NRA leaders stump for Blunt X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  NRA, DSCC on Blunt +
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  Backpage.com continues to fight subpoena for trafficking investigation
          KWMU:  EPA orders Maryland Heights' Champ Landfill to pay $1.6M to improve air quality
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Soybean Association endorses Chris Koster for governor
          Kraske:  Smart money moving toward Chris Koster in gov matchup +
          The Missouri Times:  Unlimited campaign contributions in crosshairs of new initiative petition
          Missourinet:  Koster, Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) on ballot measure to limit campaign contributions
          Drebes:  Staff changes in the office of Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep.-to-be Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City) looks forward to serving in Democratic minority, says he'll help convince Republicans to expand Medicaid
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters) resigns from House
          Missourinet:  Hicks resigning after moving out of district
          The Missouri Times:  Preschools getting more attention in Missouri;  Comments from Missouri Children's Leadership Council's Judy Dungan, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau)
          KWMU:  Georgia Tech report claims that making buildings more efficient could cut utility costs in Missouri
          Waters:  Thoughts on last week's GOP primaries for governor, attorney general X
          Columbia Missourian's Matt Dulin:  Paper seeks applicants for "Readers' Board":  Candidates must reveal their gender and race, "experience and perspectives," etc.
          P-D op-ed:  Competitive marketplace for energy could drive lower cost, cleaner air for Missouri
          P-D letter:  Sexagenarian Webster Groves Democrat dislikes ads from Roy Blunt and Eric Greitens
          SNL letter:  Springfield liberal disagrees with Blunt on guns, abortion, gay marriage X
          P-D letter:  Muny season-ticket holders disapprove of Michael Brown supporters' disruption, actor's left-wing screed from stage
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        Thursday, August 11
       
P-D:  New DSCC ad to target Blunt's "D.C. mansion," family's success in lobbying
          KZRG:  NRA's Wayne LaPierre to campaign with Blunt today in Joplin
          SE Missourian:  Blunt to appear at grand opening of Cape GOP headquarters Saturday +
          KC Star:  Ethics complaints filed against Chris Koster and a D.C.-based PAC +
          P-D:  Ethics complaint filed against Chris Koster
          Drebes:  Some context on the ethics complaint filed by Democrats against Greitens
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Koster on Nixon-as-public-defender stunt +
          CDT:  Local anti-marijuana group says efforts are not aimed at defeating possible ballot measure X
          Missourinet:  Nixon doubles down on voter ID and gun law vetoes
          Missourinet:  Pew Charitable Trusts puts Missouri in 8th place in the country in election administration rankings
          AP:  Missouri Revenue Director Nia Ray picked for same job in Oregon
          KWMU:  COLA fizzles:  Retired Missouri teachers won't get pension increase in 2017
          The Missouri Times:  Preschools getting more attention in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  15% of Jackson students will be drug-tested;  Eight discipline incidents involved drugs last year +
          P-D:  Gifted school takes root in Ferguson-Florissant;  New program will help foster skills of smart kids who choose to challenge themselves and work hard
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  Court records susceptible to compromise and early prisoner release
          KWMU:  Suit takes aim at 'debtors' prisons' in St. Louis County cities;  Sad tales from people who choose to break the law and can't manage to pay their fines
          The Missouri Times:  Lawsuit filed against St. Louis municipalities for 'debtors' prison scheme'
          KPLR:  Beware of ticks this summer and fall;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation gives tips on avoiding disease-spreading, blood-sucking parasites
          P-D:  More details emerge from incidents involving protester blocking traffic and getting hit by car, protesters firing shots at cars, protesters disrupting Muny performance, etc.
          SNL editorial:  Michael Barrett's stunt was for show, but should bring change for defenders X
          P-D editorial:  "Angry mob" of Ferguson protesters failed to police their own behavior Tuesday night
          KC Star letter:  Area octogenarian dislikes Greitens' use of gun in TV commercial +
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health's Gary Harbison:  Legislature, Nixon succeed with oral health policy
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        Wednesday, August 10
       
McClatchy:  Donald Trump's Second Amendment remarks stoke controversy;  Missouri GOP veteran James Harris recommends GOP nominee "stop saying stupid things"
          SNL:  Opposing TV ads in Senate race put spotlight on Jason Kander X
          KC Star:  Kander pops up his first TV ad +
          P-D:  Kander touts military service in first general election TV ad
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on bipartisan housing bill;  Missouri Corn Growers on Koster's longtime support for Missouri farmers;  Nixon no-sells public-defender stunt +
          KWMU:  Missourians could vote on four ballot issues - if the courts don't nix them
          The Missouri Times:  Kander approves four of five initiative petitions for Missouri ballot
          KC Star:  Contribution limits, tobacco tax increase gain enough signatures to appear on ballot +
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids celebrates early childhood education measure's certification
          AP:  Campaign donation limits, tobacco taxes to go on Missouri ballot
          P-D:  Kander certifies four petitons for ballot, including tobacco tax hikes, campaign donation cap
          Missourinet:  National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse opposes marijuana backers' lawsuit
          Missourinet:  Proposal banning "service" sales taxes to be on November ballot
          AP:  Koster says he backs limits on campaign donations
          The Missouri Times:  State Democrats launch new site criticizing Greitens
          JCNT:  Koster:  Nixon not likely to defend criminal case X
          The Missouri Times:  Nurse anesthetists strike back at anesthesiologists over VA rule change
          P-D:  Despite heavy verdict for harassment and discrimination, Missouri veterans chief back on job
          CDT:  Former House legislative aide gets suspended sentence for domestic assault;  Kolton Babb argued with girlfriend about sex, then choked her out X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri researchers study obesity in lesbians;  Experts in fatness say girls who like girls enjoy freedom to let themselves go, pack on the blubber
          Missourinet:  MoDOT removes unapproved "Home of Jason Bourne" tag from Nixa road sign after travelers stop for selfies
          KWMU:  Franklin County residents to file suit to protect endangered gray bat
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary behavior:  Female driver's car helps remove protester from road, then crowd reacts with gunfire;  Group disrupts performance at Muny;  More
          AP:  Protesters fire shots during Michael Brown assault anniversary event
          P-D editorial:  Time for a crackdown as Uber refuses to play by the rules
          KC Star op-ed:  McCaskill:  More money needed to fight opioids +
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Fixing Medicaid for kids with complicated medical conditions X
          Priddy:  Magic 8 Ball predicts Missouri elections
          USA Today op-ed:  Eric Schmitt:  No more taxation by citation in Ferguson
          Messenger:  Area man shares idea to help reduce city crime:  Raise property taxes for those who choose to live in decent suburban neighborhoods, so their money can go to the urban core
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman notes that paper can't seem to take a shot at Lacy Clay without also taking one at Trump
          SNL letter:  Area septuagenarian says Big Tobacco is using Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative as tool to make money X
          P-D letter:  Hunger activist wants more school districts to provide "free" meals
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        Tuesday, August 9
       
KMOX:  Blunt talks Zika funding, smaller government
          Missourinet:  Blunt discusses Mississippi River, transportation and jobs during Missouri Farm Bureau speech
          CDT:  NRA to hold event in Columbia on Thursday to support Blunt X
          JCNT:  Cleaver, Luetkemeyer pleased with housing changes bill X
          SE Missourian:  Electric co-op finds CEO to replace Jo Ann Emerson, who suffered a brain hemorrhage last year +
          P-D:  Phyllis Schlafly loses trademark dispute with nephew's craft brewery
          CDT:  New Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital director eyes off-site town hall meetings X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Corn Growers Association endorses Chris Koster;  Group also endorses Roy Blunt, Mike Parson
          P-D:  Missouri Democrats jump into governor's race in on-line attack mode;  Microsite targets Eric Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Koster, Greitens campaigns launch into attack mode
          Brownfield Ag News:  Koster, Greitens speak to Missouri Farm Bureau;  Group makes Koster its first statewide Democratic endorsement
          CDT:  Marijuana group apparently short of signatures needed to force November vote X
          The Missouri Times:  Marijuana group looks to overturn invalidated signatures
          P-D:  Pot backers turn to courts after proposal falls short of required signatures for ballot
          CDT:  Independent candidate files against Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Incumbent:  "If he is a serious candidate, then I will campaign vigorously." X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) on standing up to unions, disagreeing with Koster on tobacco tax increase, more
          P-D:  Nixon hit again over cuts to state workforce
          P-D:  Nixon decries public defender 'sideshow,' will ignore move to make him defense attorney
          AP:  Nixon defends record on public-defender budget
          KWMU:  Missouri test scores, district report cards will be delayed again
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents, offspring line up for "free" backpacks, electronics at back-to-school event
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit:  Missouri Dept. of Higher Education failed to collect $5 million in student loans
          KWMU:  State audit finds inadequate oversight of Advantage Missouri loan program
          Missourinet:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) sets expectations for constituents' behavior today
          P-D editorial:  Annual post-Ferguson editorial
          SNL op-ed:  Blunt, Billy Long should renounce their party's presidential nominee X
          KC Star letter:  Liberty sexagenarian dislikes successful businessmen David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield, says they are mean-spirited +
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        Monday, August 8
       
SNL:  Greene County Libertarians seek to recruit those disaffected by GOP, Dems X
          Drebes:  Obama's commutations:  Crack dealers dominate list of Missouri's forgiven
          P-D:  Kander seeks to tie Blunt to Trump, while Blunt seeks to tie Kander to Clinton;  Formulaic piece with requisite quotes from D.C. Dems, D.C. GOP, D.C. pundit
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Shamed Dogan continues criticizing Trump, Koster begins criticizing Greitens +
          P-D:  Kinder, Hanaway assess Greitens' "outsider" campaign, talk about life after the governor's race
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ryan Johnson, Jack Spooner discuss statewide primary results and preview fall elections
          KC Star:  Bubs Hohulin, formerly of Mike Parson's Senate staff, is still upset at former boss +
          Drebes:  Don Calloway leaves Anheuser-Busch to start his own firm
          Missourinet:  Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) running for House Speaker Pro Tem
          Missourinet:  Maximum awards increase for Access Missouri scholarships
          P-D:  Federal data shows high number of teacher absences in Missouri;  Man who chooses to substitute teach in Hazelwood expresses sympathy for full-time teachers
          AP:  Researchers find no evidence of Zika in Missouri mosquitos
          KWMU:  Black bishop to promote Black Lives Matter in speech tonight
          P-D editorial:  Republicans' effort to cut handouts is shameful;  Welfare recipients should be allowed at least five months hanging out on the dole
          P-D editorial:  Missouri right to improve access to heroin antidote;  When smackheads are revived, "maybe they'll realize this is rock-bottom" and totally turn their lives around
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers should sustain Nixon's veto of gun bill +
          JCNT editorial:  The defense calls Jay Nixon X
          SE Missourian letter:  Peter Kinder is a true public servant +
          P-D letter:  Illinois woman believes post-election Post-Dispatch headline was biased toward Eric Greitens and ignored Democrats
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        Sunday, August 7
       
KC Star:  Party leaders, candidates, academics theorize Trump's impact on Republican party and GOP ballot +
          Sikeston Standard Democrat:  Jason Smith includes Sikeston peanut farm on farm tour;  Congressman talks EPA regulations, free trade, re-election, more +
          CDT:  Less than two dozen attend Mid-America Peaceworks event to lament U.S. military's success in Hiroshima, Nagasaki;  Sexagenarian peacenik takes off his shirt in public X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Missouri primary analysis from Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ryan Johnson, Jack Spooner
          Rosenbaum:  Assessing Koster's - and Greitens' - positions on school vouchers, tobacco tax increase
          P-D:  Health insurers seek rate increases as Missouri readies for regulatory authority
          KC Star:  KC Public Schools hold handout event;  More than 6,000 urbanites show up to grab "free" stuff +
          Sikeston Standard Democrat:  Sikeston student gets perfect score on ACT;  Julius Hoang chooses to work hard, achieves success +
          KSPR:  Missouri Department of Conservation helps black bear population rebound;  Collars help monitor females, who pop out an average of two black bears each year
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Ferguson marches:  Mothers of strong-arm robber/police assailant Michael Brown and career criminals Eric Garner and Marlon Brown walk the streets
          P-D:  Ferguson anniversary series:  City government changes, Ferguson commission, municipal court overhaul, policing, more
          P-D editorial:  Congress - along with Zika-carrying mosquitos - should be swatted;  Blunt's compromise on spending failed to pass
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Post-primary assessment of tired Missouri campaign cliches:  "Take back our government" not always sensical, and "outsiders" are acting quite like insiders X
          KC Star editorial:  Annual Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows Missouri should spend more taxpayer money on kids +
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson anniversary:  Some things have changed, more work still to be done, etc.
          Hannibal Courier-Post's Doug Wilson:  Remembering a time when conservative "blue dog Democrats" existed in Missouri;  Blunt has excellent chances for re-election, with Kander faring well in urban areas X
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        Saturday, August 6
       
Kraske:  40 years ago this week, Missouri lost a giant:  A look back at Jerry Litton, his career, and the plane crash +
          CDT:  Mid-Missourians for Bernie not sure how it spent its campaign cash, or how to file reports;  New Democratic National Committeewoman:  "It's just me being an idiot, and I wish I had a better excuse than that" X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) continues to criticize GOP presidential nominee
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Koster, Josh Hawley earn Farm Bureau endorsement
          KWMU:  Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Koster for governor, Hawley for attorney general
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau hears from both gov candidates, endorses Chris Koster
          KC Star:  Koster becomes the first statewide Democrat to earn Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement +
          AP:  Democrat Chris Koster wins Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement
          CDT:  Koster launches Columbia campaign with show of Democratic unity X
          SNL:  Greene County voters bucked statewide trend;  John Brunner, Bev Randles won county X
          P-D:  Koster, Greitens agree on at least one thing:  State worker wages need boost
          KC Star:  Backers of Missouri tobacco tax hike tout new poll +
          SNL:  Hobbs concedes to Quinn in District 132 primary X
          KC Star:  Missouri's solar roadways to begin with sidewalk at historic Route 66 Welcome Center +
          CDT:  Access Missouri grants to increase 21 percent, Nixon says X
          AP:  Missouri increases money available in college scholarship
          P-D:  Judge rules Missouri is on the hook for $156k in Planned Parenthood legal fees
          P-D:  Public defender says Nixon-as-defense-attorney stunt not a "stunt"
          KC Star:  "Cowboys for Cops" downtown ride honors Kansas City law enforcement +
          KWMU:  Youth event - held in coordination with anniversary of Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson - provides "safe space" from "structural violence"
          P-D:  Ferguson event features speech from sister of strong-arm robber/police assailant, others
          P-D editorial briefs:  Lacy Clay was classless to spike the football after huge win over Maria Chappelle-Nadal;  Giving every student a "free" lunch helps protect their delicate self-esteem
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers led abortion battles that wasted public funds +
          Messenger:  Ferguson anniversary piece:  Caucasoids are opening their hearts to the black struggle, times are still really tough for the oppressed, more work must be done, etc.
          P-D letter:  Pacific Democrat wants to see more Republicans criticizing GOP nominee Donald Trump to reporters
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        Friday, August 5
       
SNL:  Democrats want Blunt to go back to Washington and address Zika virus X
          SNL:  Blunt talks jobs, small government in Nixa X
          JCNT:  Kander holds opioid roundtable X
          Kraske:  Blunt on Kander, Kander on Blunt;  Greitens on Koster's "fear", Koster on Greitens' Rocky Balboa gimmick +
          The Missouri Times:  Brunner retracts 'sex slave' claim against Greitens donor
          P-D:  Emotional wounds between John Brunner, Eric Greitens yet to heal
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple files ethics complaints against Greitens
          Missourinet:  UCM prof theorizes that some of Greitens' votes may have come from Democrats
          Missourinet:  Missouri SOS candidates Jay Ashcroft, Robin Smith show clear differences;  Son of former officeholder, retired newsreader differ on voter ID
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt announces Defund Iran Plan with Sarah Steelman and Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel
          CDT:  Mizzou softball coach Ehren Earleywine contributes $50k to his brother-in-law, Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant);  Incumbent says he decided to run for re-election since others were unqualified, and he didn't get that job he was hoping for X
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri Peaceworks to mark anniversary of atomic bombings on Saturday;  Group to read passages regarding life-saving Hiroshima, Nagasaki strikes X
          P-D:  Blind Missourians still waiting for back pension payment as state appeals $19 million ruling
          Missourinet:  Another court battle could be next for Missouri Public Defender Director Michael Barrett and Jay Nixon
          KWMU:  Missouri public defender assigns Nixon to criminal case
          Missourinet:  Mizzou spending federal taxpayer dollars to prop up "at-risk" students with more financial aid
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood wins attorney fees for lawsuit over Columbia clinic license X
          P-D:  Legislation from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) would increase fines for farmers who intentionally disregard pesticide label directions
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Public Safety gives a green light after trampoline accident at Mid Rivers Mall
          KMOV:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation warns of young skunk population rising;  Stinky animals destroy property, annoy landowners
          KWMU:  Ferguson prepares to mark anniversary of Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery, assault on police officer
          P-D:  St. Louis County murders, which surged in 2015, are running higher this year;  Chief:  12-14 year olds "so brazen that they don't care about being caught"
          P-D:  2016 homicide map (scroll down):  St. Louis City at 110;  St. Louis County at 47;  St. Charles County at 0 (zero)
          KWMU:  Black Pride Weekend offers "safe space" for black LGBTQIA humans who find Pride St. Louis not quite inclusive enough
          Priddy:  In defense of "activist judges";  Ron Richard, other Republicans need to stop whining
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Primary election analysis:  Mocking, undermining GOP statewide candidates and donors
          P-D letter:  Area sexagenarian says she didn't see many other voters when she arrived at her polling place;  Ipso facto, Trump and Sanders supporters are just big talkers
          P-D letter:  Steelville septuagenarian:  Missouri campaigns are too negative, voters are turned off, candidates should focus on positive ideas, etc.
          P-D letter:  Florissant man wants GOP campaign money to be spent on body cameras instead of conservative candidates
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        Thursday, August 4
       
Rosenbaum:  Following up on the 10 big questions from Missouri's primaries
          KWMU:  Rosenbaum, KWMU's Rachel Lippmann, UMSL's Dave Robertson discuss Tuesday's results, ramifications
          Faughn:  Winners and losers from primary night - and those with awkward Wednesdays
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Hanaway on Greitens;  Blunt on Kander, Kander on Blunt;  Greitens on Koster, Koster on Greitens +
          AP:  Voter turnout for Tuesday's primary was 25%;  Kander's office predicted 31%
          USA Today:  General election preview:  Roy Blunt vs. Jason Kander
          Missourinet:  Jason Kander says Washington is broken
          KC Star:  Kander challenges Blunt to series of debates +
          KOLR:  Blunt back on the campaign trail in Barry County
          CDT:  Vicky Hartzler says Trump should focus on economy, stop trying to respond to every critic X
          The Missouri Times:  With primary over, Koster takes the spotlight;  Dem AG runs his own new ad, gets targeted by Republican Governors Association
          AP:  GOP candidate goes macho to win Missouri governor primary
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Baptist Convention's Don Hinkle criticizes Eric Greitens, says GOP base will likely skip voting in gubernatorial race
          Lebanon Daily Record:  Eric Schmitt hopes to make 'a bigger difference' as Missouri treasurer
          Missourinet:  Josh Hawley targets Chris Koster, says Dem statewide officeholders are to blame for lack of economic growth
          CDT:  After primary win, Hawley must decide future with University of Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) wins state Senate primary
          P-D:  Pro-business push leaves incumbent lawmakers on the sidelines
          The Missouri Times:  Meet Dan Stacy, the man who ousted Sheila Solon
          SNL:  Recount possible in House District 132:  Thomas Quinn vs. Tyler Hobbs X
          P-D:  Assessing the value Rex Sinquefield received for his $11 million in contributions to Missouri campaigns
          Drebes:  Ken McClure, former chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, to run for mayor of Springfield
          KC Star:  Democrats remember stalwart Dutch Newman +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Budget Project says revenues won't fill state's budget hole
          P-D:  Missouri's head public defender assigns case to Gov. Nixon, cites overburdened staff
          AP:  Zora Mulligan named Missouri's Commissioner of Higher Education
          P-D:  University of Missouri System leader named state higher education chief
          KWMU:  Taxpayer-funded federal program aims to improve St. Louis City students' AP scores
          SE Missourian:  In budget-saving move, Perry County district allowing students to bring own computer devices to class +
          P-D:  Ballwin officer Michael Flamion flown to Colorado for special treatment;  Career criminal Antonio Taylor of St. Louis City held on $1 million bail
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports lower revenue in its fiscal third quarter;  Subscription revenue continues decline
          SNL editorial:  Blunt must talk about Trump X
          P-D editorial:  Two smart gubernatorial candidates and a wide open middle ground;  Greitens should ditch vain tryhard approach and show he's more than "muscles, boxing gloves and guns"
          Waters:  Photo ID proposal shows Missouri Republicans will try to get away with as much mischief as possible X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Hey, Koster and Greitens, let's be adults;  Both should moderate their positions on the Second Amendment and "court the middle" +
          P-D letter:  "Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice" septuagenarian promotes gun locks
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Member of racial justice group says liberal columnist's piece on law enforcement matters was sexist
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Member of racial justice group expresses her anger that liberal columnist called local gadfly a "gadfly"
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        Wednesday, August 3
       
SOS.mo.gov:  Final unofficial primary election results
          KCUR:  Kansas City Star lets go of another dozen employees;  Layoff announcement made on eve of Missouri election
          KWMU:  Greitens vs. Koster, Blunt vs. Kander will top Missouri's November ballot
          KWMU:  Jason Rosenbaum, reporter Rachel Lippmann, UMSL's Dave Robertson to break down election results today on air
          SNL:  Blunt:  98 days to ensure Republican victory
          SNL:  Blunt says he'll spend the fall talking about his priorities for Missouri, not "talking about every position Donald Trump has"
          P-D:  Blunt, Kander easily win their Senate nominations
          Missourinet:  Blunt easily wins GOP primary for U.S. Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt campaign to unveil two new ads today
          Roll Call:  Lobbyists woo potential freshmen, long before election day;  Kander "can already count some K Street lobbyists among his political confidants"
          P-D:  Lacy Clay rolls in 1st District Democratic primary;  Incumbent calls Chappelle-Nadal's campaign "comical"
          CDT:  Hartzler wins 4th Congressional GOP primary;  Gordon Christensen to fill Dems' ballot slot in November
          SNL:  Genevieve Williams to fill Democrats' ballot slot in Billy Long's re-election
          Missourinet:  Greitens, Koster face off in Missouri governor race
          P-D:  Greitens wins GOP battle for governor
          AP:  Eric Greitens wins GOP gov primary
          P-D:  County-by-county map of Dem, GOP gov primary results
          Missourinet:  GOP lt. gov nominee Mike Parson:  We must change the tone of Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Russ Carnahan cruises to victory in Dem lt. gov primary
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft tops Will Kraus in GOP SOS primary
          P-D:  Former KMOV newsreader Robin Smith defeats also-rans in Democratic SOS primary
          The Missouri Times:  Judy Baker beats Pat Contreras in Democratic primary for state treasurer
          CDT:  Josh Hawley victorious over Kurt Schaefer in GOP AG primary
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley outlasts Kurt Schaefer in bloody primary battle
          The Missouri Times:  Teresa Hensley wins Democratic primary for attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Eight state senators set to win in November, return in January
          The Missouri Times:  John Rizzo defeats Jessica Podhola in Dem state Senate primary;  Rizzo says Democrats no longer need building trade council support to win
          The Missouri Times:  Bill Eigel defeats Anne Zerr in Senate District 23
          P-D:  Bill Eigel, Andrew Koenig win key GOP state Senate primaries
          The Missouri Times:  Andrew Koenig tops Rick Stream in state Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  KC-area Reps. Bonnaye Mims, Nick King, Sheila Solon upset in primaries
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP House candidates funded by pro-right-to-work donor David Humphreys defeat two incumbents
          CDT:  Newcomer Martha Stevens defeats Cathy Richards in 46th District race
          SNL:  Fraker cruises to victory over newcomer
          SNL:  Quade wins Democratic primary in 132nd District
          SNL:  Curtis D. Trent takes Republican primary in 133rd District
          Riverfront Times:  Penny Hubbard wins Democratic state rep primary - but opponent unlikely to let it go
          Riverfront Times:  St. Louis City Democratic Committee elections update:  Outsider topples Brian Wahby;  Missouri NARAL Director Alison Dreith, Ferguson celebrity Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, others on Bernie Sanders/protester slate fail to win
          CDT:  Boone County Democratic Party Chairman Homer Page loses committee seat
          P-D:  Man who dresses up like Abe Lincoln at GOP events loses Jefferson County Council primary
          Missourinet:  No problems reported at St. Louis County polling locations;  Election board demonstrates competency in conducting an election
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer's bill to modernize HUD regulations becomes law
          Missourinet:  July budget report shows initial progress toward balancing deficit
          Missourinet:  Survey indicates decline in Midwest's economy
          KWMU:  Planned Parenthood awarded attorney's fees in case over Columbia clinic
          CDT:  Nixon addresses school administrators for last time as governor
          P-D:  University City joins other districts in providing "free" meals to all students;  DESE expects more Missouri districts to hop on taxpayer-funded handout trend
          KWMU:  Ernest Lee Johnson seeks to die by poisonous gas;  Crack-cocaine enthusiast - who beat three people to death by bashing their skulls with a hammer - says lethal injection might cause him too much pain
          KWMU:  Academics blame North Countians' low life expectancy on "environmental factors" rather than their poor health choices
          Messenger:  More column space for Jack Danforth;  79-year-old complains about state of Missouri politics, explains how much better things were when he and his friends ran the show
          CDT op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  On finding the common ground between law-and-order Republicans and Black Lives Matter crowd
          KC Star op-ed:  Area divorce attorney:  Payday lenders are to blame for financial stress, and therefore divorce, in Missouri
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        Tuesday, August 2   Primary election results (available after 7 p.m.)
       
SOS.mo.gov:  Primary candidate filing list
          AP:  Blunt advises Trump to focus on jobs and national security, not Muslim man who spoke at DNC
          KC Star:  Graves, Hartzler decline to weigh in on Donald Trump vs. Khzir Khan brouhaha +
          P-D:  Clay campaign levels last-minute campaign finance complaint against Maria Chappelle-Nadal for allegedly using state Senate campaign money to benefit congressional bid
          KWMU:  North St. Louis City pastor to attend EPA field hearing in Chicago, wants taxpayers to fund a solar-panel handout program
          The Missouri Times:  At This Week in Missouri Politics debate, candidates make final pitch
          The Missouri Times:  Governor candidates make final pitch to voters
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Catherine Hanaway says country's recent epidemic of street savagery can be traced back to Ferguson +
          Missourinet:  Columbia College prof:  Peter Kinder would be toughest GOP opponent for Democrat Chris Koster
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James 'bothered' by Chris Koster's pro-Second Amendment, pro-NRA stance +
          The Missouri Times:  KC-area primary candidates make last-minute push:  Rizzo vs. Podhola, Kevin Corlew vs. Sean Pouche, Nick King vs. Mary Hill
          The Missouri Times:  Mail piece in St. Charles County GOP state rep primary lifts Wisconsin firefighter pic without attribution
          Drebes:  Former state Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia) rips Nixon for appointing former state Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) to judgeship
          KWMU:  Missouri budget project warns of potential for worse revenue growth drop
          KWMU:  A 'Jetsons'-like future may be closer than you think for innovation in travel along Missouri's roads
          CDT:  Jay Nixon not on list for University of Missouri presidential search X
          KC Star:  A new Kansas City Public Schools is looking to pump up enrollment +
          KWMU:  Mini-profile:  2016-17 Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone;  Fellowship is designed to "make the station's content and staff more inclusive"
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Radio to hold first "listening table" August 4;  Station invites citizens to drive to Ferguson, leave cars unattended in public lot, share story ideas
          P-D:  Primary election endorsement list
          KC Star:  Primary election endorsement list +
          P-D editorial:  Voter ID laws are falling, but Missouri is still trying;  Requiring a photo ID is too much for minorities, the handicapped and senior citizens to handle
          Priddy:  A look at WalletHub's statistical assessment of Missouri:  Data on personal spending, "women's equality," joke from old-timey comedian Myron Cohen (b. 1902)
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        Monday, August 1
       
June 2016 headlines
          May 2016 headlines
          August 2015 headlines
          August 2014 headlines
          Drebes:  DNC wikileaks reveal:  McCaskill "doesn't have a backbone"
          Rosenbaum:  10 big questions about Missouri's wild primary election
          KWMU:  Links to statewide candidates' Politically Speaking podcast appearances
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  John Brunner, Catherine Hanaway, Peter Kinder make their closing arguments to GOP primary voters
          Politico:  In Missouri, Ferguson is still burning;  GOP gov candidates highlight their dedication to enforcing rule of law, stand against looters' behavior and Nixon's lack of decisive action
          Missourinet:  A snapshot of key races in tomorrow's primary elections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) to face primary challenger X
          Riverfront Times:  Inside liberals' not-so-secret plot to take over St. Louis City Democratic Party;  Bernie Sanders supporters, Ferguson celebrities criticize Missouri Democratic Party and the city operatives who have spent decades working to elect Democrats
          KWMU:  St. Louis County aims to avoid election problems of April
          SE Missourian:  Area election officials predict low voter turnout tomorrow;  Cape County Clerk Kara Clark Summers says some adults are mystified by the concept of choosing one (1) party's primary ballot +
          P-D:  Jamilah Nasheed, Rex Sinquefield, and Mayor Francis Slay join forces to eliminate St. Louis City's recorder of deeds office - with hopes of using savings to fund police body cameras
          AP:  MO Dept. of Agriculture program helps immigrant farmers extend growing season;  Hardworking Hmong people look for ways to stay productive and stimulate economy into winter months
          KWMU:  Area poet plans "Strike for Black Lives;"  Activists hope to convince black workers and consumers to not work or spend money for a week - which will prove a point about "racial inequality"
          P-D letter:  Sierra Club's Rajiv Ravulapati:  Missouri should move beyond coal, promote "clean" energy
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        Sunday, July 31
       
Kirksville Daily Express:  Kander says Blunt should be fired;  Democratic candidate promotes middle-class tax cut, closing "gender wage gap," more X
          The Examiner (Independence):  Primary preview:  Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves re-election formalities
          P-D:  Poll finds GOP gov race tight;  Newspaper prints poll weekend prior to election, with meager sample size of four hundred (400) voters
          Rolla Daily News:  Hanaway outlines plans to bring jobs to Missouri
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Peter Kinder
          P-D:  Pressure is on as St. Louis County election board struggles to regain public trust
          JCNT:  Study proposes improvements to state pay plan X
          CDT:  Missouri Department of Mental Health investigates suicide at Fulton State Hospital X
          KC Star:  Missouri prisons forced to deal with the mentally ill;  Mini-profile of criminal smackhead Sarah Jackson, who will totally beat heroin and turn her life around +
          KWMU:  Missouri school safety official calls for more funding and planning to prevent attacks
          AP:  State park debuts in Southern Missouri
          KWMU:  Missouri debuts new state park
          SE Missourian:  About 200 attend Stop the Violence prayer march;  Cape's black community focuses on improving behavior rather than blaming law enforcement or guns +
          SNL editorial:  Everyone should cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, voter turnout is too low, etc. X
          P-D letter:  Mehlville septuagenarian says Missourians should be outraged by amount of money spent in GOP gov primary
          JCNT letter:  Meta, Mo. octogenarian dislikes GOP gov candidates, legislators and Rex Sinquefield X
          JCNT letter:  Missouri NOW's Sue Gibson:  Mike Parson should care about "police killings of people of color" X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin responds to Show-Me Institute piece on tax cuts
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        Saturday, July 30
       
KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jason Rosenbaum on the biggest takeaways from Democratic National Convention;  Local public radio station provided community with daily, in-depth coverage of both GOP and Democratic National Conventions
        P-D Gilbert Bailon:  Newspaper editor touts expenditures for "exclusive" Mason-Dixon poll, other priorities including a 32-page craft beer guide - but not enough money to send a reporter to either the Democratic or Republican National Conventions
        CDT:  Newly-elected Missouri National Democratic Committeewoman Persephone Dakopolos says she is disappointed by proof of rigged primary system X
        Columbia Missourian:  Local millennial female:  Being a Bernie Sanders delegate "was like the must fun and depressing and stressful week of my life, really"
        P-D:  KTVI photographer/reporter Bobby Hughes "no longer at KTVI (Fox 2)" after social-media post regarding Michael Brown's mother appearing at DNC
        CDT:  Democrats seek to revive stump speaking tradition at Hallsville event;  Fewer than 50 show up for free ice cream, hear from man filling ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler X
        Missourinet:  Kander's office predicts election turnout for Tuesday's primary expected to reach 31%
        Drebes:  Meet Franklin & Lee, the shady SuperPAC with hidden donors
        The Missouri Times:  Greitens skips GOP gov debate;  Press conference outside Missouri Democratic Party HQ greeted with "Welcome Back!" trolling from Dems
        The Missouri Times:  Hanaway criticizes Greitens for skipping debate;  Republicans Hanaway, Kinder and Brunner tape debate to air tomorrow
        KWMU:  Greitens holds press conference outside Dem headquarters;  Democratic Governors Association offshoot gives $1M in in-kind contributions to Koster
        P-D:  Records suggest Koster involvement in last-minute ad blitz against Greitens;  Missouri Dems appear at press conference held outside their office
        The Missouri Times:  White House logs show five visits from Greitens during Obama administration
        CDT:  Columbia Pachyderm Club meeting features talk of Greitens' Democratic bona fides, Kraus vs. Ashcroft, more X
        AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Peter Kinder
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) says state AFL-CIO rewarded his "100% pro-labor" record with negative ads against him
        P-D:  Primary preview:  Rick Stream vs. Andrew Koenig
        P-D:  Money continues to pour into GOP state Senate race featuring Bill Eigel, Anne Zerr and Michael Carter
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) changes mind, will now run for re-election
        P-D:  St. Louis City Election Board sued to release absentee ballot records from past four years;  Ferguson Twitter celebrity Rasheen "SheenBean" Aldridge, others dislike Hubbard family's success in turning out voters
        P-D:  Study commissioned by Nixon's office says it would take $13.7M of taxpayer money to bring state employee salaries in line with marketplace
        Missourinet:  Study:  Missouri ranks last in state worker pay
        Missourinet:  Fulton State Hospital project is on schedule
        Missourinet:  MoDOT says completion of bridge project in Jefferson City to be delayed
        P-D:  Nixon's office returns stuffed and mounted bald eagle to the Missouri Department of Conservation
        P-D:  Fundraiser for Ballwin officer draws more than $9,000 in donations;  Michael Flamion was ambushed by St. Louis City resident and career criminal Antonio Taylor
        P-D editorial briefs:  Billy Long wrong to raise money in Las Vegas;  Attorney Dave Roland takes on Hubbards' absentee-ballot success
        CDT endorsement:  4th District Democratic primary:  Gordon Christensen best choice to take November loss X
        KC Star's Diuguid:  Emanuel Cleaver makes KC proud with "full whooping black United Methodist minister" schtick +
        KC Star op-ed:  "Business intelligence firm" owner Lisa Hays:  It's really sad when parents can't provide for their own spawn;  Citizens should "make their voices heard," take action at the ballot box, etc. +
        P-D letter:  Ferguson man says ads about "career politicians" distract voters from legitimate issues
        P-D letter:  Texas man responds to Show-Me Institute's glorification of Texas budget solutions
        P-D letter:  Sierra Club intern Eli Horowitz;  Ameren's $2 million settlement better be just the beginning
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        Friday, July 29
       
Rosenbaum:  Missouri delegates weigh Clinton's impact up and down the ballot;  A Dem nominee hasn't won Missouri in 20 years, and the state continues moving right
          KC Star:  Tim Kaine tells Missouri delegates that he's a Truman Democrat
          KC Star:  "Full Cleaver" again on display for Democrats;  KC liberal given less than five (5) minutes early in Thursday program, says Clinton "won't stay throwed [sic]"
          P-D:  McCaskill, other Dem gals given stage time on DNC's final night
          CDT:  NAACP hosts candidate forum:  Comments from woman losing Tuesday's primary to Jason Kander, man filling November ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler, Dem candidates vying for Webber's seat
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch poll claims Clinton is virtually tied with Trump in Missouri;  Sample size was just 625 voters
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch poll claims Kander is within striking distance of Blunt;  Sample size was just 625 voters
          SE Missourian:  Primary preview:  Three candidates compete for second place in Jason Smith's primary victory
          KWMU:  St. Louis makes progress on ozone, but now must meet tougher federal standards
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Anesthesiologists oppose proposed VA rule
          KWMU:  Property owners on NGA site get paid in St. Louis eminent domain suit
          P-D:  Primary preview:  GOP gubernatorial candidates
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Catherine Hanaway
          SNL:  Greitens distances self from GOP opponents at Springfield rally
          KWMU:  Democratic group to begin launching TV ads against Eric Greitens
          KC Star:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley
          P-D:  Petition enlists Missouri abortion opponents in push for renewable energy
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  Stephen Webber, Caleb Rowden uncontested on Tuesday
          Columbia Missourian:  Demoratic primary for Stephen Webber's seat pits liberal vs. moderate
          Missourinet:  DSS Director Brian Kincade to investigate phone complaints;  Welfare-recipient constituents of Reps. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson), Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) wasted precious minutes on the phone trying to obtain their handouts
          Missourinet:  Embattled Missouri Veterans Commission director on paid leave
          Missourinet:  After court throws out lethal injection lawsuit, plaintiffs consider further appeals
          Missourinet:  State audit:  many citizens incorrectly charged by Missouri's municipal courts
          AP:  Judge rejects conspiracy claims against highway patrol in 2014 drowning of handcuffed man
          P-D:  Weekend fundraisers to raise money for Ballwin officer;  Michael Flamion was shot and left paralyzed by St. Louis City resident and career criminal Antonio Taylor
          KWMU:  "Faces Not Forgotten" provides pictures of dead children to anti-gun groups
          KC Star endorsements:  Roy Blunt, Jason Kander, Emanuel Cleaver over vanity candidate also-rans
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Fact-checking Jason Kander's "5th-Generation Missourian" claim
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri Trucking Association's Tom Crawford:  Tolling talk must end
          SNL letter:  Area Republican responds to Democrat's complaint about Blunt
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian wants Nixon to restore foster-care cuts
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        Thursday, July 28
       
SNL:  Springfield's Bernie Sanders supporters 'in pain' trying to figure out how they can go on X
          KWMU:  KC Mayor Sly James decries urbanites' self-inflicted 'slow motion mass murder' in speech to Missouri's convention group
          KC Star:  Sly James:  Race plays a role in lack of action on urbanites' self-inflicted violence +
          KC Star:  Al Franken speaks to Missouri delegation, calls Trump's approach to problems 'childlike' +
          KWMU:  Missouri delegates see VP nominee Tim Kaine as 'good guy,' 'principled,' 'centrist'
          P-D:  KTVI overnight photographer posts Facebook comment regarding DNC and strong-arm robber/police assailant Michael Brown;  Black reporter at another outlet reacts negatively, shares thoughts on white people
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Limbaugh III composes music, takes part in anti-Hillary Clinton film +
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party attacks Blunt for silence on Trump's Russia remarks +
          SNL:  In Springfield, Jason Kander says Roy Blunt is not the same person elected Greene County clerk X
          KSMU:  Kander touts support for middle class, blasts Congress' vacation
          KZRG:  Jason Kander makes campaign stop in Joplin
          AP:  Blunt campaign pokes Kander with Jayhawk mascot
          Drebes:  Why do coastal hedge-funders seek a relationship with Eric Greitens?
          KZRG:  Kinder says he's running positive ads, will refuse to engage in his primary opponents' tear-down approach
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens complies with cease-and-desist order after St. Louis Police Officers Association endorsement 'misunderstanding'
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  Eric Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  KSDK, News-Leader polls show gov candidates close
          The Missouri Times:  Polling shows Dem, GOP primaries for attorney general in a virtual tie
          SNL:  Advocates says they have enough signatures to get tobacco tax increase on Missouri ballot;  Comments from new Raise Your Hand for Kids spokeswoman Jane Dueker X
          The Missouri Times:  New Missouri Times poll shows Rick Stream leading Andrew Koenig in state Senate primary
          KWMU:  Preview:  Competitive state rep primaries in the St. Louis metro area
          Drebes:  Sean Soendker Nicholson, formerly of Progress Missouri, to serve as treasurer of Clean Missouri PAC
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis Regional Chamber hands out 'Champion' awards including 'SJR Six'
          Missourinet:  Kander says St. Louis County election problems being dealt with
          Monett Times:  Kinder presents service award to Berry County sheriff
          P-D:  Meeting on new welfare law shifts to conversation about inefficiencies in Department of Social Services
          Missourinet:  Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-Oakville) wants to override Nixon on brain injury funding
          Missourinet:  Senate interim committee begins work to trim state's cost of prescription aid
          Missourinet:  Almost 10,000 Missourians to receive jobless benefits previously taken away
          KWMU:  Missouri gaming commission rolls out emergency rules for new daily fantasy sports law
          P-D:  Legalized fantasy sports in Missouri expected to get underway in September
          P-D:  Missouri's newest state park to open on storied piece of the Ozarks
          KWMU:  Municipal court problems spread throughout Missouri, auditor says
          P-D:  Shared outrage over shooting of officer brings Ballwin police, residents 'closer than ever'
          CDT endorsement:  Peter Kinder in GOP gov primary X
          SNL endorsements:  House primariees Curtis Trent in GOP primary (District 133);  Crystal Quade in Dem primary (District 132);  Tyler Hobbs in GOP primary (District 132) X
          Priddy:  Eric Greitens - who is a former Navy SEAL, if he hasn't mentioned it enough - is a Republican if he says he is, despite shady PAC's junk-mail claims
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Remembering Dutch Newman:  How she guided Kansas City's Democrats +
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man disagrees with Wieland on contraceptive suit, attempts sarcasm
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        Wednesday, July 27
       
KWMU:  Missouri delegation at Democratic National Convention, Day Two:  Roll call of states, Pennsylvania gov speaks at breakfast, more
          Missourinet:  State Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills):  DNC e-mails - showing system rigged against Sanders - were "very disheartening"
          SNL:  Clinton delegate from Missouri:  Most Bernie Sanders supporters won't vote for Hillary, but Clinton should aim for converting 20% X
          KC Star:  Bernie Sanders pays surprise morning visit to Missouri delegates +
          P-D:  Michael Brown's mother appears at DNC, prompting police ire
          KWMU:  Democratic delegates mull Clinton's ability to change law enforcement policy
          SE Missourian:  Local delegate profile:  Rebecca Reed +
          CDT:  Kander questions lengthy congressional recess as he seeks Senate seat X
          KOMU:  Jason Kander visits Columbia in 50-stop bus tour;  Kansas Jayhawk mocks candidate's claim to be a "5th-generation Missourian"
          Columbia Missourian:  NAACP crowd saves loudest cheers for Kander's opponent, Democratic primary also-ran Cori Bush
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jason Smith's annual Farm Tour stops in Senath;  Congressman visits cotton gin, talks EPA wood-stove regulations and more +
          KWMU:  First District's only congressional forum focuses on Clay legacy
          P-D:  Clay appears with primary opponents, GOP also-rans at forum
          P-D:  Members of Missouri's congressional delegation set to score primary, general election victories over candidates of the vanity and/or quixotic variety
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Reporters Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann join UMSL's Dave Robertson to offer thoughts
          The Missouri Times:  The last debate:  GOP gov hopefuls to battle on This Week in Missouri Politics
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens donor sues John Brunner over 'sex slave' moniker
          P-D:  California investor sues Brunner over 'sex slave' comment
          CDT:  After losing two campaigns, Judy Baker confident of success in state treasurer race X
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  Leaders of Asian groups unhappy with "racist" GOP AG ads targeting Josh Hawley, "Kurt Schafer [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Legal battle over signatures of early childhood education petition continues
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions come into the home stretch to become ballot measures
          KWMU:  Two new lawsuits filed to stop cigarette tax ballot initiative
          P-D:  Right-to-work legislation fuels GOP state Senate primary:  Anne Zerr vs. Bill Eigel
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court tosses out state Senate vote that cut state's unemployment benefits
          AP:  Court strikes down Missouri law trimming jobless benefits
          KWMU:  Appeals court throws out challenge to Missouri's execution protocol
          CDT:  Juvenile justice system clogged with 5.4 times the number of black males than white criminal counterparts X
          CDT endorsements:  Roy Blunt in GOP U.S. Senate primary;  Judy Baker in Democratic state treasurer primary X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Veterans Commission Director Larry Kay needs to go
          Messenger:  Verdict lets veterans advocate refocus on her mission of love
          P-D op-ed:  Rex Sinquefield's communications staff:  Missouri should follow Texas' example on taxes
          Joplin Globe's Mike Pound:  Larry Glaze gets awarded Veteran's Service Award from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder X
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        Tuesday, July 26
       
KWMU:  For some Show-Me State supporters, Sanders campaign leaves a big mark
          AP:  Missouri Sanders delegates reluctant to support Clinton
          Missourinet:  Bernie Sanders supporters announce their DNC arrival with rallies
          Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver to speak at Democratic National Convention
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver, always for Hillary Clinton, bonded with Obama, Claire McCaskill's first pick +
          Missourinet:  Michael Brown's mother to speak at Democratic National Convention
          KC Star:  McCaskill:  Liberals should give Tim Kaine a chance +
          Columbia Missourian:  People who met Tim Kaine at Mizzou forty (40) years ago try to remember stories, embellish their level of friendship
          Missourinet:  Fresh off Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says voters want an outsider in the White House
          KWMU:  Kander launches bus tour while Blunt prepares to head out on his own
          AP:  Senate hopeful Jason Kander on bus tour, not at Democratic convention
          P-D:  Primary preview:  Lacy Clay vs. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          P-D:  Wikileaks' DNC e-mails show Dems considered using Ferguson celebrity Deray Mckesson as DNC surrogate
          Scott Faughn:  On DNC e-mails postulating McCaskill has "no backbone";  Roger Ailes' impact;  Jake Hummel shows nice guys can finish first;  GOP legislators focus on gays, when they should be cutting taxes;  Fallout from John Rizzo's win in next Tuesday's state Senate primary;  more
          KWMU:  Big money flows in, and out, of statewide primaries:  A look at gov, lt. gov, AG and SOS fundraising and expenditures
          The Missouri Times:  MEC complaint filed against Greitens for "SEALs for Truth" donation
          AP:  Gubernatorial candidate profile:  John Brunner
          The Missouri Times:  Tip sheet:  Statewide races, 8 days out
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Lt. governor
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Secretary of state
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  State treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Attorney general
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley and Kurt Schaefer battle on KMOX
          The Missouri Times:  8 days before primary report:  Senate contested primaries
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  15th District state Senate:  GOP to choose between Rick Stream and Andrew Koenig;  Dems decide between Mark Boyko and Tom Eagleton's nephew
          The Missouri times:  8 days before primary report:  House 20 hottest primaries
          Drebes:  Richard McIntosh on writing RFPs and helping clients win contracts
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) injured in car crash
          P-D:  Special scholarship program helps UMSL meet diploma-handout target;  "Finish Your Degree" scholarships handed out to second-semester seniors who failed to save enough money on their own
          P-D:  After $2.8M verdict, panel meets in secret to discuss future of Missouri's veterans chief
          KWMU:  State Dept. of Agriculture investigators looking into off-label pesticide use;  Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) wants to increase penalties for farmers who choose to violate application laws
          AP:  Monitor chosen to oversee Ferguson's police, court reform
          P-D:  Federal judge approves monitor for Ferguson consent decree
          P-D:  Ferguson's new Code of Conduct to be put to the test at meeting tonight
          KWMU:  Missouri women start new publication focused on "flyover country";  Gals think "The New Territory" will thrive by soliciting sponsorships and selling monthly issues at $15/pop
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian says she dislikes Catherine Hanaway, and especially Hanaway's support for gun rights
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian dislikes negative tone of candidates' TV commercials
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Give Missouri patients better access to out-of-state doctors
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        Monday, July 25
       
KWMU:  Amid leadership shift, Missouri delegates file in for Democratic National Convention
          KC Star:  Sanders crowd feeling burned on eve of Democratic convention;  Missouri delegate Vicke Kepling:  "I will never reconcile with Hillary Clinton." +
          Missourinet:  Missouri's Bernie Sanders supporters arrive in Philadelphia, are unsurprised that national party sought to take down Sanders
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Democratic National Convention preview:  Thoughts from Sanders delegates Andrea Cole and Jennifer Squires, at-large delegate Derek Evans X
          Missourinet:  Several Missouri Democratic delegates still seeking handouts via GoFundMe
          AP:  Two years after attack on Darren Wilson and subsequent riots, GOP gov candidates promise law and order
          P-D:  Primary preview:  Democratic State Treasurer primary:  Judy Baker vs. Pat Contreras
          P-D:  Asian-American groups decry 'xenophobic' Missouri political ads
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Debate between GOP state Senate candidates Andrew Koenig and Rick Stream;  Panel of MO Dems' David Turner, David Barklage, Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon), Dem J.P. Johnson discuss Koenig vs. Stream and gov race
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime edition:  Panel makes predictions in statewide races
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime edition:  More debate between Andrew Koenig vs. Rick Stream
          KWMU:  'Right to work' is playing a big role in St. Charles-based Senate race
          Drebes:  New health-industry PAC features familiar names
          P-D:  Free shopping spree gives free stuff to poor kids;  Liberal ladies' group hands out gun locks
          KWMU:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice attends event for poor kids, hands out gun locks
          P-D endorsements:  Russ Carnahan, Jake Zimmerman, Pat Contreras, Robin Smith;  Mike Parson, Josh Hawley, Jay Ashcroft
          KC Star endorsement:  Jessica Podhola for 11th District State Senate Democratic primary +
          KC Star endorsements:  GOP incumbents who opposed right-to-work;  Dem Richard Brown, challenging Rep. Bonnaye Mims (D-Kansas City);  Paper describes African-American Rep. Randy Dunn (D) as "articulate" +
          KC Star op-ed:  Empower Missouri's Don Love:  Police should care about traffic-stop data +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Kander spokesman Chris Hayden responds to editorial regarding candidate's "fifth-generation Missourian" claim X
          P-D letter:  MoPIRG dislikes Ann Wagner's financial-services legislation
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        Sunday, July 24
       
KC Star:  McCaskill on the Clinton-Kaine ticket:  "They are the grown-ups" +
          P-D:  Democratic National Convention preview:  Comments from local delegates on Sanders vs. Clinton, Rich Chrismer on Jason Kander and Hillary Clinton
          AP:  Quadrennial Missouri's-youngest-delegate profile:  Rachel Gonzalez
          AP:  U.S. Senate primary preview:  Blunt, Kander prevail over also-ran vanity candidates
          CDT:  Pork, politics meet at annual Boone County Fair ham breakfast X
          The Missouri Times:  Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds campaigns with Bev Randles
          KWMU:  Democratic committee members nominate Jake Hummel to replace Keaveny in Missouri Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Jake Hummel headed to the Missouri Senate
          SNL:  Southwest Missouri's most interesting race:  No incumbent makes District 132 one to watch X
          SNL:  District 132 Democratic primary:  Crystal Quade vs. Bob Sweere X
          SNL:  District 132 Republican primary:  Tyler Hobbs vs. Thomas Quinn X
          CDT:  Education officials excited by planned review of finance learning standards;  Comments from State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, DESE's Sarah Potter X
          P-D:  Local company spearheads biogas project on northern Missouri hog farms
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter rally draws less than 50 X
          P-D endorsements:  Gubernatorial primaries:  Chris Koster (D) and Catherine Hanaway (R)
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Why is so much money being spent in the Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley race? X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman praises Ameren for handling of storms
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        Saturday, July 23
       
KWMU:  Behind the Headlines podcast:  Mannies and Rosenbaum look back to the RNC and ahead to the DNC
        Columbia Missourian:  Local delegates Sara Walsh, Jennifer Bukowsky wowed by Republican National Convention experience
        KC Star:  Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, who grew up in Missouri then left +
        KC Star:  Newspaper hastily gathers facts about area native Tim Kaine, prints them as a list without additional local insight or effort +
        Missourinet:  Clinton running mate Tim Kaine was born in Kansas City, went to Mizzou, then left for good
        CDT:  McCaskill holds town hall on opioid epidemic X
        Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill, Vilsack talk opioids
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  GOP state Senate candidates Rick Stream vs. Andrew Koenig;  Panel of David Turner, Slay spokesman JP Johnson, David Barklage, Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) discuss gov race, more
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life PAC tells voters not to vote for Eric Greitens
        P-D:  Videos:  Interviews with GOP gov candidates - except Eric Greitens, who declined to meet with editorial board
        CDT:  At campaign stop, Brunner says his GOP opponents are beholden to big-bucks donors X
        The Missouri Times:  Mike Huckabee endorses John Brunner for governor
        JCNT:  Mike Parson:  Targeting police should be a hate crime X
        KWMU:  Primary preview:  State treasurer:  Democrats Judy Baker vs. Pat Contreras
        The Missouri Times:  People's Mujahedin of Iran wants anti-Hawley ad removed from TV;  Schaefer's campaign responds
        CDT:  Tobacco gax campaign makes pitch to youth health advocates X
        The Missouri Times:  National Organization for Marriage to go after Anne Zerr for vote on SJR 39
        The Missouri Times:  Primary preview:  Andrew Koenig vs. Rick Stream in GOP state Senate primary
        P-D:  Missouri pays penalty for tax refund delays
        P-D:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial), wife win contraceptive insurance suit
        KSSZ (Columbia):  Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant) says House might lack votes to override veto of gun bill
        CDT:  University of Missouri curators set themes to guide presidential search X
        KWMU:  Curators detail top priorities for next UM system president
        KWMU:  Ameren comments on Sierra Club settlement
        KC Star editorial:  Blunt, Kander skip their conventions +
        Messenger:  Campaign finance in Missouri goes from absurd to obscene
        P-D letter:  Octogenarian reverend wants everyone to "cool it" with all the divisive words these days
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        Friday, July 22
       
KWMU:  Missouri delegates happily hop aboard the Trump Train
          KWMU:  Missouri delegates react to Cruz's decision to not yet endorse Trump
          Missourinet:  Missouri delegates Bev Ehlen, Jason Crowell express disappointment in Cruz
          KC Star:  Most Missouri delegates think Cruz made a mistake with non-endorsement speech +
          SE Missourian:  Area delegates - including former Cruz supporters - describe non-endorsement speech as "classless" and "selfish" +
          Rosenbaum:  Previewing next week's Democratic National Convention
          KWMU:  Mother of Michael Brown holds "test run" in St. Louis before reading speech in Philadelphia next week
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt push measure to get federal money for opioid monitoring in St. Louis County
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt want federal money for opioid monitoring
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt both in St. Louis to talk opioid abuse
          KOLR:  McCaskill seeks delay in Medicaid termination for Ozarks Community Hospital
          KSPR:  McCaskill seeks solution for Ozarks Community Hospital layoffs
          CDT:  Federal funds sent to University of Missouri to train health care providers to work with "diverse populations" X
          P-D:  NGA director signals closer ties with community at new north side headquarters
          KC Star:  See the KC Royals' White House visit through the players' eyes +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster outlines tax cuts and economic development on KMOX, says John Ashcroft supports raising gas tax
          SE Missourian:  Eric Greitens, Bev Randles make separate stops in Cape Girardeau +
          AP:  GOP lieutenant governor candidate Mike Parson slams shootings of police, says he'd make Black Lives Matter targeting of officers a hate crime
          SNL:  Invoking "All Lives Matter," Mike Parson wants to make assaults on police a hate crime X
          KY3:  Ozarks leaders call for tougher penalties for violence against officers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Sheriffs' Association endorses Kurt Schaefer for attorney general
          CDT:  Iranian group calls Schaefer ad 'defamatory and scandalous' in letter demanding it be pulled from air X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri and Sierra Club reach $2 million settlement over air quality lawsuit
          Drebes:  What Missouri politicos can learn from the fall of Noranda
          Missourinet:  MO Dept. of Agriculture investigating numerous complaints about off-label use of pesticides in southeast Missouri;  Bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) would increase penalties for bad actors
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  It will take years to control feral hogs
          P-D:  Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt traffic at two intersections
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Obese women in ill-fitting clothes, Caucasoid man making "Black Power" fist, more
          P-D editorial:  Tennessee as tax-cut role model for Missouri?  Never mind.
          P-D editorial:  Public Policy Polling promotes Missouri poll to raise its profile
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon sexagenarian dislikes Show-Me Institute, says think tank promotes economic inequality
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man responds to letter from gun-class instructor
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        Thursday, July 21
       
KWMU:  Billy Long:  "The Democrats can't beat Donald J. Trump, but the Republicans can. That's why the Republicans need to get over their hard feelings."
          Missourinet:  Billy Long says Trump's messages are popular with 7th District constituents
          CDT:  Local Republicans unite behind Trump nomination;  Thoughts from Tom Mendenhall, Sara Walsh, Jennifer Bukowsky, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport), others X
          AP:  Missouri delegation updates:  Dave Spence on John Kasich, Bev Ehlen on Hillary Clinton
          KC Star:  Ben Carson speaks to Missouri delegation +
          P-D:  Mother of police assailant Michael Brown to speak at Democratic National Convention, says she doesn't know yet what she's supposed to read
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' $2M contribution from "SEALs for Truth" highlights difference between Missouri and federal systems
          The Missouri Times:  Infographic:  Shady money in GOP gov primary:  "Patriots for America," "SEALs for Truth," "LG PAC"
          CDT:  Hanaway speaks to area Pachyderms;  Hanaway, Kinder react to Greitens' temporarily-anonymous $2M contribution X
          The Missouri Times:  New Brunner ad highlights Eric Greitens' Democratic past
          AP:  Primary preview:  State treasurer:  Democrats Judy Baker and Pat Contreras
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Term-limited Rep. Margo McNeil (D-Florissant) on Dem convention, spending eight years serving in a legislative minority, her next bid for office, more
          The Missouri Times:  New state Senate primary poll shows Democrat John Rizzo with 25-point lead over Jessica Podhola
          KWMU:  "Young Turks" in the city look to shape Democratic party, one seat at a time;  Liberal "Mobilize Missouri" looks to boot most incumbents out of committee spots
          AP:  Missouri unemployment up, but still below national average
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers and state agencies to discuss land acquisitions and spending
          KWMU:  St. Louis Regional Chamber wants to boost college completion
          KWMU:  Judge rejects efforts by charter-school parents to join education funding suit
          Missourinet:  Columbia police chief:  Attorney general's data on "racial profiling" is flawed and gives biased picture of reality
          Washington Missourian:  Due to recent ambushes, city police officers to pair up on all calls X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Jason Kander's claim to be a "fifth-generation Missourian" is, at best, stretching the truth X
          P-D editorial:  Of all people, ex-Navy SEALs should have the courage to not hide political money
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman supports Clay, Wagner efforts on landfill
          P-D letter:  Area woman supports Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax proposal
          P-D letter:  Area woman opposes Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax proposal
          P-D letter:  Area woman who adopted Chinese kid dislikes Hawley ad's use of "sneaky" Chinaman stereotype
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        Wednesday, July 20
       
KWMU:  Phyllis Schlafly praises Trump as the change GOP needs, talks about power struggle at Eagle Forum:  Opponents "were planning on me dying quickly"
          KC Star:  Missouri's delegation, like the rest of the convention, goes big for Donald Trump +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) emphasizes unity in Cleveland
          Missourinet:  Delegate updates:  Thoughts from Joplin's Nick Myers, KC's Jennifer Finch
          KC Star:  Missouri's John Hancock corrects Kansas delegation, which attempted to claim the Kansas City Royals as their own +
          KWMU:  St. Louis' "Nuns on the Bus" take road trip to Cleveland, Philadelphia for conventions
          Missourinet:  Quadrennial Missouri's-youngest-delegate profile:  Jeremy Wiggins
          KC Star:  Missouri delegates uninterested in media's obsession with Melania Trump's speech +
          SE Missourian:  Three 8th District GOP candidates compete for silver medal in Jason Smith's primary victory +
          The Missouri Times:  Kander to skip convention, continues to support Clinton after FBI investigation
          KC Star:  Kander will skip Democratic convention, cites scheduling conflict +
          SNL:  Kander makes campaign stop at local organic food store X
          P-D:  1st potential debate host pulls out, citing concerns over protester behavior;  Wash U. October debate unchanged
          Missourinet:  Blunt:  attacks on police show need for greater access to mental health services for military
          KWMU:  Big bucks continue to flow in governor's race;  Koster lands $500k check from AFSCME
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens supporter's LG PAC takes aim at Hanaway
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley, Jake Zimmerman vs. Teresa Hensley
          Columbia Missourian:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley
          AP:  Primary preview:  Primary preview:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer requests Hawley pull ads with 'exaggerations' about Supreme Court experience
          KWMU:  Kander won't disqualify cigarette tax ballot initiative, despite court decisions
          KWMU:  New law makes breaking kids out of hot cars legal
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Nixon, legislators secure $10 million in funding for mental health initiative X
          CDT:  New University of Missouri division pulls together civil rights offices X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New law requires schools to test for dyslexia X
          KWMU:  Judge dismisses suit against race-based restrictions of St. Louis' deseg program
          Waters:  Members of the UM Review Commission are respectable, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt X
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri gun bill will harm public safety
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        Tuesday, July 19
       
KC Star:  Kansas City ponders what might have been as Cleveland opens its doors to GOP +
          KSSZ (Columbia):  Local delegate Sara Walsh:  Strong Trump support in Cleveland
          CDT:  Local delegates praise Pence, accept Trump as convention begins X
          KC Star:  "Never Trump" forces lose rules fight on convention floor +
          U.S. News & World Report:  A rocky start to GOP unity in Cleveland
          KC Star:  U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner describes Hillary Clinton as "unfit" +
          SE Missourian:  Medicare cuts pose problems for medical-equipment suppliers, users;  Comments from former state Rep. Pat Naeger (R-Perryville) +
          The Missouri Times:  Kander finalizes Raise Your Hand for Kids petition to be on ballot
          KODE (Joplin):  GOP gov candidates attend Jasper County Lincoln Ladies Republican Women's Club event
          The Missouri Times:  Big-money updates:  $1M to Kinder, $310k to Hanaway, more
          P-D:  Kinder receives $1M from David Humphreys
          AP:  Primary preview:  Dem, GOP candidates for lieutenant governor
          KY3:  Former sheriff Mike Parson concerned about emotional toll of shootings on law enforcement
          CDT:  Backyard brawl:  Columbia is epicenter of Josh Hawley vs. Kurt Schaefer knock-down drag-out fight X
          The Missouri Times:  Josh Hawley releases two new ads
          CDT:  Fact check:  Hawley donor also sponsoring independent ad campaign targeting Schaefer X
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Nixon endorses John Rizzo over Jessica Podhola in state Senate primary
          The Missouri Times:  GOP state Senate candidate Michael Carter focus of MEC complaint
          The Missouri Times:  House race tip sheet:  A look at the 20 hottest primaries
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) says he caught opponent stealing yard signs;  Derron Black gained infamy in 2013 for taking microphone during James' "State of the City" speech and shouting obscenities
          P-D:  GOP, rural Dem groups and candidates enjoy popularity of gun raffles as fundraisers
          Drebes:  Help wanted:  Missouri House seeks budget analyst;  Candidates must be willing to deal with appropriations bills, interact with legislators, staff and the public in exchange for $44k/yr.
          Missourinet:  Kraus predicts Missouri Legislature will override Nixon's veto of photo ID bill
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's diversity division begins to take shape;  New office will oversee departments dealing with handicapped, LGBTQ, "relationship and sexual violence prevention," Title IX complainers, etc.
          P-D:  Murderer transfered to St. Louis jail to await retrial;  Reginald Clemons and pals gang-raped two Hazelwood East grads, then pushed them off Chain of Rocks bridge to their death
          Missourinet:  Missouri police union official:  double-digit increase in police officers killed
          KWMU:  Ambush leaves Ballwin officer paralyzed from the waist down
          P-D:  Diners turn out en masse for fundraiser for Ballwin officer;  Michael Flamion was ambushed by career criminal and St. Louis City resident Antoine Taylor
          P-D:  Gun lockup truck owner says he's getting runaround from St. Louis;  Entrepreneur seeks to offer those venturing downtown a place to keep firearms, other valuables away from thieves
          P-D op-ed:  Carol Size:  Your right to vote doesn't mean you can berate the poll workers
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Missouri needs to face its growth challenge;  State needs to pluck "low-hanging fruit" to stimulate economy
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  Remembering Gavin Long:  KC man was willing to die on his 29th birthday, a product of "a continuing war against black men and women"
          P-D letter:  Union rep/Anne Zerr supporter dislikes Sinquefield, Humphreys contributions to Bill Eigel in GOP state Senate primary
          CDT letter:  Local liberal dislikes Waters' approach to race, praises Concerned Student 1950 X
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        Monday, July 18
       
KWMU:  Security high on delegates' minds as Republican National Convention gets underway;  Missouri delegation gives standing ovation to law enforcement representative
        KC Star:  Delegates to GOP convention applaud law enforcement, hope to hear Trump address topic of domestic terrorism +
        KC Star:  Cleveland rocks - in-low key fashion - for convention;  Downtown lacks over-the-top Trumpism +
        KC Star:  Carl Bearden still holding out hope for "Never Trump" movement's success +
        Missourinet:  Jason Smith has one-on-one meeting with Trump;  Congressman will speak to millennials, rural delegates at convention this week
        Riverfront Times:  Bernie Sanders supporters will march in St. Louis this month
        KC Star:  KC man kills three Baton Rouge police officers;  Gavin Long's YouTube videos applauded murder of Dallas officers, hinted at "the sacrifices (he) will make" for black women and black youth +
        KC Star:  "<X> things" journomeme:  Six (6) things to know about police assassin Gavin Long +
        Missourinet:  KC resident Gavin Long kills three Baton Rouge police officers
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sarah Steelman on Eric Greitens, past battles with Gov. Matt Blunt, why Democrats' "ridiculous" views lost them rural Missouri, more
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Catherine Hanaway;  Mike Carter vs. Bill Eigel vs. Anne Zerr;  Panel of Jane Dueker, Tracy McCreery, Matt Schelp, Carl Bearden
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime edition:  Mike Carter vs. Bill Eigel vs. Anne Zerr
        This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime edition:  Panel discusses Catherine Hanaway, how GOP candidates stack up against Chris Koster, more
        The Missouri Times:  Kinder receives endorsement from Navy SEALs
        P-D:  SEALs of approval:  Three members of elite force endorse Kinder for governor
        KODE:  Kinder campaigns in Joplin with support of former Navy SEALs
        The Missouri Times:  NRA grades lead to Twitterfighting in GOP gov race;  Greitens claimed "highest rating" from NRA
        P-D:  Attorney general primary previews:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley, Jake Zimmerman vs. Teresa Hensley
        P-D:  Case of Kerry Messer's possibly-murdered wife tears apart conservative lobbying team
        AP:  Gun-making plant to fill economic void in Boonville, Missouri
        Riverfront Times:  Your Missouri drug conviction could go away, thanks to new law signed by Gov. Jay Nixon
        P-D editorial:  Eric Greitens, you're better than this;  Candidate refuses to meet with Post-Dispatch editorial board
        SE Missourian editorial:  SB 921 will increase safety and accountability +
        WSJ op-ed:  Fred Barnes:  Josh Hawley would be another attorney general for the conservative legal army
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man says legalizing marijuana will benefit Missouri
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        Sunday, July 17
       
KC Star:  Republican National Convention preview:  Thoughts from anti-Trump organizer Carl Bearden, Jackson County GOP leader Mark Anthony Jones, SW MO's Danette Proctor +
          Columbia Missourian:  Republican National Convention preview:  Thoughts from Sara Walsh, Jennifer Bukowsky
          P-D:  Republican National Convention preview:  Thoughts from MRP Chairman John Hancock
          SNL:  Republican National Convention preview:  Thoughts from Gordon Kinne, Chris Yaudas X
          SE Missourian:  Carl Bearden seeks to dump Trump;  Fellow delegates Pat Thomas, Kay Hoflander say state delegation should honor rules +
          Drebes:  Massive heatwave may help prevent overdone, cringeworthy global warming "jokes" from Republicans in Cleveland
          KWMU:  Complaint alleges local landlord protected some properties - but not others - from Section 8 residents
          AP:  Kander deciding what to do on tobacco tax after court ruling
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Catherine Hanaway;  State senate primary candidates Anne Zerr, Bill Eigel and Michael Carter; Panel discusses GOP gov primary, presidential race
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide tip sheet:  Each campaign's trajectory, cash on hand, consultants, more
          CDT:  Fact check:  Schaefer's anti-Hawley ad is factually true, but misleading X
          The Missouri Times:  State Senate tip sheet:  Bill Eigel vs. Anne Zerr, Rick Stream vs. Andrew Koenig, John Rizzo vs. Jessica Podhola, Scott Sifton's re-election, more
          Drebes:  David Humphreys contributes $25k to woman running for judge against Kevin Elmer;  Elmer filed Sunshine lawsuit against Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Judge dismisses suit against race-based restrictions of St. Louis' deseg programs
          P-D:  Judge rejects black woman's suit over charter school admission
          SE Missourian:  Body cameras prove useful to area law-enforcement agencies +
          P-D:  Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt traffic in downtown St. Louis;  Hazelwood man:  "Good for them. I'm just trying to get to my son's baseball game."
          Washington Missourian editorial:  It's time for GOP gov candidates to stop avoiding transportation issue X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Mizzou enters "interim" era X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian dislikes Schaefer and Hawley, says they should both go back to law school
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman disagrees with Show-Me Institute's James Shuls on school choice
          P-D letter:  Olivette man dislikes Post-Dispatch coverage of Mizzou
          P-D letter:  Breckenridge Hills man wonders why Post-Dispatch is on a "witch hunt" against Steve Stenger regarding election tablets, election board location
          KC Star letter:  Raymore nonagenarian offers life tips:  Use your brain, stop overindulging in alcohol and tobacco, and take a nap after lunch +
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        Saturday, July 16
       
KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies previews Republican National Convention
          KC Star:  Nonprofit's 'street medics' head to Republican National Convention in case they're needed;  Professionals will stand by to help decent people impacted by savagery +
          P-D:  Blunt, other Republicans praise Trump's selection of Pence
          The Missouri Times:  Public Policy Polling (D) issues poll numbers for Donald Trump, "Deez Nuts," "a meteor crashing into the Earth," other attention-seeking polling gimmicks
          KC Star:  Democrats promote Democratic poll on "equal pay," U.S. Senate race, more +
          Faughn:  On Public Policy Polling's gambit to help Dem candidates raise money in "close" races;  Imagining the ridiculousness of Josh Hawley in the AG office;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids ballot issue opponents declare victory;  supporters urge Kander to approve signatures
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court will not weigh in on ruling that could kill proposed tobacco tax hike
          The Missouri Times:  July quarterly reports:  Governor
          The Missouri Times:  July quarterly reports:  Lieutenant governor
          The Missouri Times:  July quarterly reports:  Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  July quarterly reports:  State Treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  July quarterly reports:  Attorney general
          KWMU:  GOP candidates for governor embark on TV ad spending spree
          SE Missourian:  Former Navy SEALs endorse Kinder for governor +
          AP:  Koster raises $3.5M in quarter
          CDT:  Judy Baker attends Dem candidate forum, while opponent Pat Contreras does not;  Former state rep says she'd push for "equal pay" for women and minorities X
          CDT:  Martha Stevens, Stephen Webber outpace opponents in quarterly fundraising X
          CDT:  Cathy Richards seeks to pin 'liberal' label on Martha Stevens in 46th District race X
          Rosenbaum:  In city state rep race, Bruce Franks mounts latest challenge to the Hubbards
          AP:  Nixon names longtime aide Ted Ardini of Columbia to Missouri appeals court
          Missourinet:  Jeanne Sinquefield chosen as chair, Gary Forsee as vice chair of UM commission
          CDT:  Jeanne Sinquefield to lead University of Missouri Review Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  Sinquefield, Forsee leading UM Review Commission
          Columbia Missourian:  University of Missouri Review Commission to look at governance, diversity, distance learning, academic programs
          P-D:  Panel reviewing University of Missouri has first meeting despite slashed funding
          P-D:  Vaccine to prevent meningitis added to school requirements;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services' Ryan Hobart
          CDT:  Nixon signs Missouri adoptee rights bill;  Paper includes several quotes from bill sponsor Don Phillips, but omits his political party (Republican) X
          KWMU:  Federal data shows heated nuclear waste from West Lake Landfill does not produce more radiation;  Comments from Republic Services, area activist/amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman
          KC Star:  Black Lives Matter demonstrators congregate, take a walk, yell +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon should not have signed bill that restricts access to police videos X
          Columbia Missourian's Tom Warhover:  Crime-spree coverage highlights sensitivity policy:  Paper didn't report race of crime suspects because it could have "nurture(d) negative images of an entire race"
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        Friday, July 15
       
P-D:  McCaskill says Ginsburg "maybe went a little too far" in displaying her anti-Trump bias
          KC Star:  Missouri Republicans applaud Trump's apparent selection of Mike Pence;  Jack Oliver:  Pence is "yang to Trump's yin" +
          KC Star:  GAO report - requested by McCaskill - criticizes Energy Department's handling of whistleblower complaints +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on anti-opioid funding;  Brunner and Greitens on their mutual disdain;  Nixon on deadly-force bill +
          P-D:  Local issues unresolved as Congress splits for summer break
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Greitens visits St. Joseph, touts his success in recent poll
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens releases two new ads
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Jay Ashcroft vs. Will Kraus in GOP SOS primary
          The Missouri Times:  Police groups endorse Eric Schmitt
          KRCG:  Josh Hawley says outsider needed in AG office
          KMIZ:  Fact-check:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley ads
          KOLR:  Fact-check:  PAC ties AG candidate Kurt Schaefer to legislation allowing foreign ownership of farms
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court decision on RYH4K leaves Koster with unprecedented choice
          Columbia Missourian:  Dems Cathy Richards and Martha Stevens debate;  Stevens wants Medicaid expansion, while Richards shuns "progressive" label
          Drebes:  Man running against Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) in primary raises no money
          P-D:  Rep. Don Gosen (R-Chesterfield) considering comeback after getting his life together
          KMOX:  Hancock and Kelley headline "Pints and Politics" event in Webster Groves
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Holste takes over as Nixon's director of communications;  Dem veteran has provided steady hand for Nixon for more than two decades
          KSDK:  Kinder recognizes St. Louis Sheriff Jim Murphy (D) for years of service
          Missourinet:  State Patrol warns Missourians to be safe while playing Pokemon Go app
          AP:  New Missouri law will require review of welfare rolls
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs landlord-tenant bill, others
          KWMU:  University review commission to hold first meeting Friday at Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) wants to explore expansion of child court advocates
          AP:  Missouri regulators reject portion of multistate power line
          KWMU:  "Witnessing Whiteness" author pushes new book;  Caucasoid woman talks about white privilege
          P-D editorial:  Of course Andy Blunt took his clients to Washington
          P-D editorial:  Regulatory agencies treating West Lake Landfill like a hot potato;  Ann Wagner must keep "pounding the table" on behalf of residents
          KC Star editorial:  University of Missouri system had a terrific year;  GOP gov candidates wrong to criticize MU +
          Priddy:  Greitens' "ISIS Hunting Permits" are sick;  The idea of killing radical Islamic terrorists is not the least bit funny, at all
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls:  Outsourcing public education
          Waters:  Response to "black anger" and Brandon Ellington's complaints about police:  Maybe black people should stop killing each other;  "(W)e need reform of the black culture just as surely" X
          SE Missourian letter:  Area woman applauds child-custody bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) +
          P-D letter:  Tim Barnhart, f/k/a political blogger "St. Louis Oracle":  County should keep using new elections software, but Stenger should return campaign donation from vendor
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        Thursday, July 14
       
KMOX:  Hillary Clinton holds fundraiser in St. Louis City's Lafayette Square area
          The Missouri Times:  Public Policy Polling (D) to release strong Clinton, Kander, Koster numbers at liberal Netroots Nation event in St. Louis tomorrow
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Roll Call notes that Washington, D.C. Dems praise Kander;  John Bolton on anti-Hawley ads +
          KWMU:  Mobile food trucks bring "free" meals to young urbanites;  Parents unable to provide for their offspring send kids to the street for taxpayer-funded handouts
          KWMU:  Clay, Wagner lose patience as bill to transfer authority of West Lake Landfill remains in limbo
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court declines to hear tobacco-tax case, leaving ballot measure in limbo
          The Missouri Times:  Supreme Court refuses transfer on RYH4K petition case
          KC Star:  GOP gov candidates debate in St. Louis +
          P-D:  Allegations fly between Greitens, Brunner in latest Missouri gov debate
          The Missouri Times:  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley joins Catherine Hanaway on campaign tour
          The Missouri Times:  Gun Owners of America endorses John Brunner
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Will Kraus on his SOS bid, Jay Ashcroft's failure to follow through on voter ID petition, Hillary Clinton helping Republicans turn out GOP base, more
          KC Star:  Kit Bond endorses Josh Hawley in GOP AG primary +
          KC Star:  In Missouri AG race, Kurt Schaefer facing barrage of attack ads by out-of-state groups +
          The Missouri Times:  Schaefer celebrates as pro-Hawley ad removed from airwaves
          Missourinet:  Missouri Public Defender Commission sues Nixon for withholding budget funds
          CDT:  Budget restriction will not slow plans for historical society move X
          KWMU:  Nixon signs use of force update, 6 other bills into law
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill to update Missouri's use-of-force statute
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs fix for sentencing of juvenile murderers
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs Schmitt's legislation banning ticket quotas
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) fears MoDOT could stop using sheltered workplaces
          CDT:  Two large contributions offset decline in Mizzou donations X
          P-D:  Big donations provide cover for poor Mizzou fundraising;  Gifts of $25M, $14M offset loss of smaller donations
          KWMU:  Judge weighing legal standing of charter-school parents in education funding suit
          P-D:  Judge considers letting charter school parents enter funding dispute
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri's Department of Insurance Director John Huff nominated to national board
          KWMU:  Schupp, Nasheed, Newman seek to repeal abortion laws after similar rules struck down in Texas
          Missourinet:  Todd Scott, General Counsel to Senate Majority Republicans, says Dem gals' abortion effort will go nowhere
          Missourinet:  Shooting in St. Louis:  2 dead, 1 hospitalized, officer hit by ricochet
          P-D:  St. Louis City career criminal shoots and injures cop, also kills two city residents hanging out on porch
          P-D:  University City man points gun at officers, tries to carjack motorist
          P-D:  St. Louis City criminal, arrested for parole violation, charged with assaulting police officer
          KWMU:  Former law enforcement officials - including former St. Louis City Police Chief Dan Isom - discuss recent police controversies
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  "Witnessing Whiteness" author promotes her second book about the atrocities of white privilege:  "Living in the Tension"
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Black Studies Department plays 1990 Flavor Flav/Chuck D ditty "Fear of a Black Planet";  Fifteen (15) people share their interpretations
          KC Star editorial:  GOP contest for attorney general is nasty, costly;  Dem primary is calmer +
          KC Star letter:  Area couple says Laura Herrick's advice to help women avoid rape should be posted on every sorority bulletin board +
          SNL letter:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Anthem-Cigna merger makes sense X
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        Wednesday, July 13
       
P-D:  Nixon communications director Channing Grate to serve as deputy chief of staff for Hillary Clinton campaign
          KWMU:  New U.S. Senate numbers:  Roy Blunt raises $2.3M in quarter, with $7M on hand;  Jason Kander raises $1.75M with $4M on hand
          KC Star:  Money rains down in Missouri's U.S. Senate race +
          P-D:  Blunt outpaces Kander in fundraising
          P-D:  GOP gov candidates to debate tonight at Lindenwood University
          Kraske:  Peter Kinder on keeping grown men out of girls' restrooms;  Chuck Basye on GOP AG primary +
          KWMU:  Lt. gov primary previews:  Russ Carnahan vs. Tommy Pierson, Mike Parson vs. Bev Randles
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to weigh in on tobacco tax case
          The Missouri Times:  Kander files motion for rehearing in Raise Your Hand for Kids initiative petition
          Drebes:  Missouri Ethics Commission fines Democratic committeewoman and Ferguson media celebrity Patricia "Patricialicious" Bynes $9,679
          Missourinet:  Medicaid eligibility verification bill awaits Nixon's action
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Senath-Hornersville, Clarkton hold local migrant summer school;  Missouri departments help provide opportunities for hardworking Mexicans who choose to enter the U.S. legally +
          The Missouri Times:  A look at what's next for Uber in Missouri
          Missourinet:  New law might force company to stop offering fantasy sports games in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  PSC forces Office of Public Counsel to defend overearnings complaint
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Programs help farmers protect land, resources;  Comments from Missouri Dept. of Conservation Interim Director Tom Draper
          KWMU:  Public has two days to comment on potential monitors of Ferguson consent decree
          P-D:  Ballwin officer shot by St. Louis City resident/career criminal Antoine Taylor "forever changed" by injuries, department says
          AP:  National Black Prosecutors group meets in St. Louis
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Black Studies Department hosts "Fear of a Black Planet" open-mic event;  Ethnomusicology professor expects millennials to be inspired by 1990 song co-written by Flavor Flav
          P-D editorial:  Forget rinky-dink "revolving door" proposals:  Chris Koster, GOP candidates taking too much money in the form of large donations
          KC Star editorial:  New charter school holds great promise in Kansas City's urban core +
          Waters:  Observations on expensive, over-the-top Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley GOP AG primary X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Voter ID proposal is costly, discriminatory
          CDT op-ed:  Black Caucus Chair Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City):  Time for a revolution is upon us;  Black Americans will care enough to rise up, fight injustice, "deconstruct the very institutions that have been used for suppression," etc. X
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        Tuesday, July 12
       
P-D:  Man who broke into officer's home made online threats:  "Look man you better leave me alone or imma [sic] coming looking for yoy [sic]"
          KMOX:  Children's lemonade stand raises $4,000 for injured Ballwin officer;  Community unites to support man shot by career criminal Antoine Taylor
          Missourinet:  Nixon to represent Missouri at memorial service for officers murdered in Dallas
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon pays respects to fallen Dallas officers;  AFL-CIO boss on MO gov race;  More +
          KWMU:  Police union, NAACP seek different police policy changes
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  After airing Harris-Stowe theatre professor's theories on proper policing, station hosts actual law enforcement officers to discuss law enforcement
          Missourinet:  Republicans gather in Cleveland to debate whether to make Missouri a closed primary state
          KC Star:  Hillary Clinton makes history, but young women are lukewarm;  Insight from McCaskill, Kay Barnes +
          AP:  Tobacco tax faces uncertainty after court ruling
          Drebes:  Update on statewide candidates' $5k+ totals for July quarter
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP candidates for governor launch new ads, gain new outside help and engage in new debate
          The Missouri Times:  Remington poll:  Outsiders lead in Republican primary:  21% still undecided in governor's race
          AP:  Missouri GOP gov candidates respond to questions about SJR 39, self-identifying females using women's restrooms, more
          AP:  Former U.S. AG Michael Mukasey, assistant AG John Bolton criticize Kurt Schaefer's anti-Hawley "Taliban" ad
          CDT:  GOP primaries become heated;  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) says Schaefer vs. Hawley could get "even nastier" X
          Missourinet:  Missouri KidsFirst's Emily van Schenkhof:  Freeze of money for Missouri Children's Division coud hurt kids
          KWMU:  With new law, Missouri sheriffs will be able to help each other with less red tape
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill to help adoptees get birth certificates signed into law
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Innovation Campus:  Education at the speed of business;  Program offers millennials opportunity to gain employment, graduate debt-free
          KMOV:  Thanks to law sponsored by Schmitt, cannabis oil helping St. Louis boy with epilepsy
          The Missouri Times:  Certificate of Need meeting sees over $300 million approved for projects
          CDT:  Proposed psychiatric hospital gets go-ahead from state panel X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farmers Care names Cooper County an 'Agri-Ready County'
          KWMU:  Five years after bringing back endangered beetle species, Missouri Dept. of Conservation assesses success
          Missourinet:  FEMA urges Missourians to use mobile app for severe weather help
          KC Star editorial:  Kansas City needs Uber, with rules attached +
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis County election-tablet contract doesn't pass the smell test
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says Post-Dispatch has been fanning flames of race ever since Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson
          KC Star letters:  Paper wrong to apologize for column suggesting women exert some self-control;  Matt Blunt's administration cut state spending +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Ed Meese, Michael Mukasey:   Schaefer jab at Hawley unfair, misleading
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        Monday, July 11
       
P-D:  Black Lives Matter supporter breaks into officer's home, gets killed
          KWMU:  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visits St. Louis;  Labor leader talks Trump's appeal, defending anti-'right-to-work' GOP state reps, Koster and Kander, more
          KWMU:  Primary preview:  Lacy Clay vs. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
          The Missouri Times:  John Brunner calls Eric Greitens 'just another liberal'
          P-D:  SOS primary preview:  Jay Ashcroft vs. Will Kraus for Republicans, Robin Smith and others for Dems
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Democratic AG candidate Teresa Hensley;  Democratic state treasurer candidates Judy Baker and Pat Contreras
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Democratic AG candidate Jake Zimmerman chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about campaign finance, calming racial tensions, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Budget withhold may delay Little Otter Creek X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Series of Missouri meetings assess mood in agriculture;  Comments from MO Ag Director Richard Fordyce
          SE Missourian:  Thanks to new law, Southeast must put sex-crime agreements with police in writing +
          KWMU:  In the shadow of provisional accreditation, St. Louis magnet high schools have plenty of open seats
          AP:  Nixon signs bill limiting access to police videos
          Missourinet:  Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) hopes recent violence will give renewed attention to body-camera and other police-related bills
          KCTV:  Social media erupts after KC Star publishes piece on rape prevention
          KCTV:  Text of Laura Herrick's op-ed suggesting women exercise self-control, watch their alcohol intake and not drink themselves into oblivion
          JCNT editorial:  Block unnecessary, undesirable photo ID X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should avoid contracting with private prisoner-transport companies
          Priddy:  On Nixon and budget withholds
          P-D op-ed:  Jeanette Mott Oxford responds to Heartland Institute's response to Post-Dispatch response to welfare cuts
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        Sunday, July 10
       
KWMU:  Officer ambushed by St. Louis City resident and parolee Antoine Taylor identified
          P-D:  Officer ambushed in attack identified
          P-D:  St. Louis area officers, support groups hold vigil for slain police
          KWMU:  St. Louis police chaplains minister to officers after Ballwin shooting
          SNL:  Black Lives Matter rally brings 200 downtown:  Signs include "Dear pigs:  What goes around comes around," "Color blind = white privilege," etc. X
          CDT:  Despite split on profiling, police and black leaders vow cooperation to improve relations X
          Columbia Missourian:  Area NAACP chapter, police hold joint press conference to discuss "healing"
          P-D:  Man-on-the-street interviews re:  police putting down criminals and the targeting of white officers
          KC Star:  Man-on-the-street interviews re:  police putting down criminals and the targeting of white officers +
          P-D:  Photo galleries:  Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt peaceful Ferguson concert, block downtown St. Louis commute of people who work, more
          KWMU:  Monday deadline looms for tobacco-tax backers to appeal devastating court ruling
          CDT:  Court-ordered changes create uncertain future for early childhood education initiative X
          SNL:  In crowded gov race, GOP contenders woo Springfield voters X
          Drebes:  Charlie Wheeler, whose name will appear on Dem primary ballot for governor, files campaign committee
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Dem AG candidate Teresa Hensley;  Dem treasurer candidates Judy Baker and Pat Contreras discuss their campaigns
          SE Missourian:  Josh Hawley, Kurt Schaefer spar over 'terrorist' ad claim +
          KWMU:  Nixon signs police video shield legislation
          P-D:  GOP veteran Scott Leiendecker's election-equipment company wins county contract;  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) says County Exec Steve Stenger (D) guilty of "pay to play"
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri joins other states pushing "zipper merge" when approaching lane closures
          KC Star editorial:  Overview of GOP gov primary +
          KC Star's Tony Berg:  Paper's publisher apologizes for Saturday op-ed, removes it from website;  Area woman suggested that women who don't want to get raped might try some self-control and not get themselves blackout drunk +
          Waters:  MU Review Commission members won't get to "force themselves" on entire community;  Commission might not escalate to level of choking, but won't reach satisfactory pain threshold either X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Response to recent police controversies:  Black communities should do more to curb their own violence;  Franklin County residents understandably avoid going into St. Louis, "a high-crime city where there are killings just about every night" X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man says Hanaway is a career politician
          P-D letter:  Site director for local charity wants Rex Sinquefield to stop with the political contributions and give even more to charity
          Washington Missourian letter:  Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke (R) explains his concerns over concealed-carry bill X
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        Saturday, July 9
       
P-D:  Ballwin police officer fighting for his life after shooting;  Career criminal Antoine Taylor of St. Louis City captured;  McCulloch (D):  "It was clearly an ambush"
          Missourinet:  Officials:  St. Louis City's Antoine Taylor ambushed police officer
          Missourinet:  Union leader Jeff Roorda:  Law enforcement has been "irresponsibly demonized" since Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson
          P-D:  Nixon delays overseas trip after St. Louis City criminal ambushes police officer
          KC Star:  Two years after Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery of minority business owner, locals react to Ballwin ambush;  Comments from Eric Schmitt, others +
          KC Star:  At downtown event, some Black Lives Matters protesters not impressed with pastors' "unity" message +
          P-D:  Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown, disrupt rush-hour commute of people who work
          P-D editorial board editor Tod Robberson:  Urban survival tips for living in the "Caution Zone" of "integrated, diverse" St. Louis City neighborhoods:  Do not carry a firearm to protect yourself, and give muggers everything they demand
          Columbia Missourian:  'Grieve-in' draws 150 in Columbia
          CDT:  'Grieve-in' features complaints about police brutality X
          Columbia Missourian:  Social-media reaction to police controversies:  Area millennial takes selfie to help make controversy about him, etc.
          Drebes:  White House interns with Missouri connections:  KC girl who goes to Wellesley, East Coast boys who go to Wash U.
          The Missouri Times:  Early childhood initative petition rewritten by appeals judge;  Reaction from James Harris, Ron Leone
          CDT:  Josh Hawley, Kurt Schaefer landing big donations as GOP primary for attorney general intensifies X
          SE Missourian:  Josh Hawley:  Schaefer has run "sleaziest" campaign in Missouri +
          P-D:  As she leaves Democratic Committewoman role, Patricia Bynes admits to multiple ethics violations;  Ferguson media sensation/Twitter celebrity "Patricialicious" paid $1,539 to psychic from campaign account
          P-D:  To balance budget, Nixon cuts brain injury funding a second time
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs omnibus public safety bill that includes police recording provisions
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approves 2017-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
          Columbia Missourian:  Planned Parenthood looks to ask court to clear way to resume abortions in Columbia
          P-D:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters), not running for re-election, moves into new house outside of his district;  Rep. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis):  "It's probably not that big of a deal"
          P-D:  Gay man sets up scholarship program for LGBTQIA students
          P-D editorial:  Response to Ballwin ambush and other violence against white police officers:  Do not fan the flames of fear, this is a time for unity, etc.
          KC Star editorial:  Response to Dallas sniper's murder of white police officers:  Don't react with anger, let's continue to push for more gun-control laws, this is a time for unity, etc. +
          P-D editorial briefs:  PDMP and heroin antidote
          KC Star op-ed:  Teacher/author Laura Herrick:  Are you a woman that doesn't want to get raped?  Maybe exert some self-discipline and don't drink yourself into oblivion. +
          P-D letter:  Response to Post-Dispatch cartoon criticizing police officers for "itchy trigger finger"
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        Friday, July 8
       
KWMU:  Today's "St. Louis on the Air":  How to talk to your children about police shootings;  No guests representing law enforcement, but expert insight from Harris-Stowe State University theatre professor
          P-D:  After Dallas "Black Lives Matter" rally ends with 11 cops shot and five dead, St. Louis officers will work only in pairs
          Riverfront Times:  In Ferguson, Caucasoid protester blocks traffic and gets bumped for his troubles;  Woman driving sedan goes along with her day after overcoming human speed bumps
          Columbia Missourian:  Race protest draws less than 50 in Columbia;  Organizers hope for more at "Grieve-In" tonight, promise event will be "loud"
          KC Star:  Blunt, Hartzler meet with Trump;  No immediate response from Graves' office +
          AP:  Ann Wagner attends Trump talks, confirms she's voting for him
          P-D:  Andy Blunt came to Washington - was it lobbying?  Dems say yes, Blunt says no
          Faughn:  Predicting Trump's margin of victory in non-urban Missouri areas;  If former Barack Obama cheerleader Eric Greitens is a conservative outsider, Scott Faughn is a skinny male model;  more
          Hannnibal Courier-Post:  Seasoned citizen seeks attention for independent U.S. Senate campaign;  Patrick Lee's gimmicks include green shoes, dressing up like Thomas Jefferson, "kick the can" gag, etc. X
          KCUR:  Fact-checking Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidates on Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway outlines economic plan in Holts Summit
          JCNT:  Hanaway announces jobs plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens donor carries connection to Trump, but also controversy
          P-D:  New "Political Fix" podcast:  Political/national editor Christopher Ave, political reporter Kevin McDermott discuss GOP gov primary
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt launches "Protect Life Coalition"
          KC Star:  Kurt Schaefer, Josh Hawley attract big bucks from top benefactors Rex Sinquefield and David Humphreys +
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon officially names Keaveny to judgeship;  Rep. Karla May (D-St. Louis) will have name on ballot against Jake Hummel in September special election
          Missourinet:  Keaveny leaves early, takes job as Workers' Comp judge
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes voter photo ID bill
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes voter photo ID law
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes photo ID voting requirement
          AP:  Nixon vetoes photo ID requirement
          Missourinet:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) will seek veto override on Missouri Medicaid bill, says he'd like to see recipients "change (their) behavior a little bit" and stop flaking on doctors/medical staff
          Missourinet:  Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) to seek override of veto on Missouri public employee administrative leave changes
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide offices to be audited in anticipation of transitions
          KWMU:  UMSL institutes "quick admit" program to boost enrollment numbers
          SE Missourian:  Ameren seeks increase in gas, electric rates +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri Democratic Party is not trustworthy;  State party officials misattribute liberal Post-Dispatch anti-Blunt comments to Missourian, then "slander" the paper X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Schatz - and GOP legislators - need to listen to sheriffs;  Gun bill is reckless and deserved Nixon's override X
          Messenger:  Kurt Schaefer shows his cards on Planned Parenthood inquiry. He's got nothing.
          Forbes op-ed:  Is Kurt Schaefer importing shady Illinois values into Missouri?  AG candidate takes in hefty haul from those receiving state contracts
          SNL letter:  Springfield man says Blunt should support giving SCOTUS nominee a hearing X
          SNL letter:  Area septuagenarian applauds Blunt for supporting Zika funding, but isn't so fond of other Congresscritters X
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        Thursday, July 7
       
P-D:  Roy Blunt radio ads tie Jason Kander to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton;  Kander campaign offers refutation of key points
        KWMU:  Missouri GOP contenders for governor mince no words during heated debate
        Rosenbaum:  Takeaways from a combative and illuminating GOP gubernatorial debate
        P-D:  Greitens' debate opponents put him on defense over campaign donor, gun commercial
        AP:  Days after Louisiana police put down career criminal, candidates for governor spend portion of debate talking about officer-involved shootings and oversight
        P-D:  Sinquefield and subsidiaries contribute $4.45 million in June;  Top beneficiaries are Catherine Hanaway, Kurt Schaefer, Bev Randles
        KWMU:  Appeals court to decide fate of cigarette tax increase
        KMOX:  Lobbyist Kerry Messer says police are trying to implicate him in case of missing wife
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Kurt Schaefer on Planned Parenthood investigation +
        The Missouri Times:  Progress Missouri mocks "Kurt's Kangaroo Kourt"
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill to enable state review of Obamacare
        Missourinet:  Voter photo ID bill awaits Nixon's action;  Kraus says he expects a veto
        KWMU:  Missouri government's 'roller coaster' income prompts delay in tax cut
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon restricts $115.5 million to balance budget
        Missourinet:  Nixon freezes $115.5 million in Missouri budget
        Missourinet:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) agrees:  Missouri budget withholds are needed
        KWMU:  Nixon withholds $115 million from Missouri's new budget
        AP:  Nixon restricts $115.5 million in new or increased spending
        SNL:  Money for local schools, colleges hung up as governor withholds $115 million from budget X
        P-D:  Less new money for public defenders in Missouri as Nixon slashes $115 million from budget
        SE Missourian:  Nixon signs bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) to equalize child-custody criteria +
        The Missouri Times:  'Bring Jobs Home Act' and port investment bill signed by Nixon
        CDT:  University of Missouri Review Commission members pledge to carry on despite Nixon's budget restriction X
        Missourinet:  University of Missouri projects fall enrollment to drop by 2,600
        P-D:  With fall enrollment looking 'grim,' Mizzou hopes to convince international students to attend
        Washington Missourian:  As program undergoes changes at state level, A+ program thrives at Union High School;  Hardworking students choose to challenge themselves X
        KC Star:  Uber and Kansas City are poised to battle again over regulations +
        P-D editorial:  For Missouri budget, bad news is good news if tax cuts get reversed
        Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Social worker says Missouri's lack of Medicaid expansion is so sad that it made her weep while driving and daydreaming
        KC Star letter:  Man who lives in Emanuel Cleaver's district says all members of Congress should be kicked out in November +
        P-D letter:  Webster Groves liberal mocks GOP gov candidates' priorities
        P-D letter:  Sierra Club's John Hickey says EPA continues to let Ameren plant pollute the air
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        Wednesday, July 6
       
Roll Call:  The Democratic Party's Hillary Clinton problem;  Jason Kander - running in a state expected to back Trump - calls Clinton's e-mail server choice "a mistake"
          KC Star:  MRP's John Hancock, candidates' communications staff weigh in on Loretta Lynch's no-prosecute call +
          NBC Nightly News:  Video:  McCaskill fighting for WWII vets exposed to mustard gas
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Vicky Hartzler on economic impact of Alzheimer's;  Hanaway on "revolving-door" restrictions +
          KWMU:  Voter registration for August primary ends today;  St. Louis City Elections Director Mary Wheeler-Jones (D) recommends not relying on USPS employees to get paperwork delivered on time
          Drebes:  Missouri Taxpayer Protection Amendment revs up;  Move would cement services' state-tax-free status
          KWMU:  Missouri GOP gov candidates to debate tonight at 7 p.m.;  Debate available via old-timey radio frequency or Facebook stream
          KC Star:  Will Kraus opens blistering attack on Jay Ashcroft, suggests SOS rival was dismissed from Merchant Marines for bad behavior +
          The Missouri Times:  John Rizzo, seeking to finish off Jessica Podhola in Dem state Seante primary, buys big in KC TV markets
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mark Boyko (D) takes on Tom Eagleton's nephew for right to fill Dem ballot slot against either Andrew Koenig or Rick Stream
          Missourinet:  Nixon announces bipartisan delegation to U.K., Ireland and Switzerland
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon to tour European nations with legislators
          P-D:  Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) to add 365 jobs
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs Rowden's "Meet in Missouri Act" to attract more conventions to state
          Columbia Missourian:  "Let's Talk About Driving" aids challenging conversations;  Campaign helps get olds off the road
          AP:  Nixon vetoes charging for missed Medicaid appointments;  Those receiving taxpayer-subsidized care can continue to flake on doctors, support staff without penalty
          The Missouri Times:  Sanctity of Life Committee members release findings on Planned Parenthood
          Missourinet:  Senate Republicans:  Investigation of Planned Parenthood protocols raises red flags;  GOP's next step unknown
          CDT:  Senate Republicans questions Planned Parenthood's handling of fetal remains X
          P-D:  Senate Republicans:  Planned Parenthood probe led to 'more questions than it has answers'
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations' annual conference to feature Nicole Galloway, former Seattle Supersonic Isaac "Bud" Stallworth, others
          KWMU:  So long, Special Administrative Board?  Talks to move less-than-accredited St. Louis Public Schools back to elected board called positive and cooperative
          KWMU:  Kelvin Adams signs new 3-year contract as St. Louis Public Schools superintendent;  Supe will subsist on $225,000/yr. salary, but monthly car allowance rises from $300/month to $800/month
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren files rate case in response to Noranda closing
          P-D:  Six months in, St. Louis' criminal crowd matches their 2015 homicide performance;  St. Louis City homicides lead St. Louis County tally 94-31
          KWMU:  KWMU announces new arts/culture/health/science editor:  Newcomer David Cazares describes his perceived problems with St. Louis suburbs' "apparent wealth" and "disparity of economic fortunes rooted in unequal history"
          P-D editorial:  Service-injured vets are getting the runaround - but McCaskill is doing her best to help
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U associate psychology prof:  Missouri gun proposal could be deadly in scenarios where a gun owner was easily spooked
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake woman wants Ameren to give her a break
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman says Ameren's impact on air quality a more important issue than "guns, abortion and terrorism"
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        Tuesday, July 5
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on his advice to Trump;  Greitens on bumper-sticker gimmick;  MO Budget Director Dan Haug on state revenue growth +
          SE Missourian:  Blunt speaks at annual naturalization ceremony:  "Legal immigration is one of the things that made our country as great as it is." +
          KWIX/KRES (Moberly):  Vicky Hartzler on Alzheimer's research, as well as defense bill's impact on Whiteman AFB and Boeing jets
          Missourinet:  Digs at NGA site turn up evidence of urban history;  North St. Louis City was once home to middle-class business owners and others that worked for a living
          KWMU:  Missouri Farm Bureau:  Cookout-food prices lower in Missouri than national average
          P-D:  Koster, GOP gov candidates seek to restrict how and when ex-legislators can make a living after leaving office
          KC Star:  Summary of David Humphreys' contributions:  Cash to Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson), Silvey's Dem opponent, candidates challenging pro-union GOP state reps in primaries +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) will seek veto overturn on Missouri employee ownership tax break bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate GOP to discuss Planned Parenthood investigation
          JCNT editorial:  Bill providing oversight of taxing entities is welcomed X
          SNL editorial:  Springfield is ready for Uber;  As company seeks to change Missouri law, city takes methodical and measured approach to open up X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin accountant says Missouri's taxing of 401(k) cash flow helps state budget
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        Monday, July 4  Independence Day
       
KC Star:  McCaskill communications staff writes inspiring July 4 message on national unity;  Eric Schmitt on beer growlers;  Missouri farmer on the sustainability and yield advantages of GMO crops +
          Columbia Missourian:  Immigrant profiles:  Six Columbia families who came to America legally and choose to work for a living
          KY3 (Springfield):  Blunt says he offered Trump advice on improving tone, talking more about his kids
          KOLR (Springfield):  Roy Blunt celebrates 100th anniversary of Marshfield Community Center
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay announces $370,000 worth of Dept. of Homeland Security grants for area Jewish institutions;  Taxpayers foot the bill to improve lighting, add security cameras
          KTVI:  Hancock and Kelley:  Bipartisan duo talks Blunt vs. Kander, destructive GOP gov primary, Nixon's gun veto;  St. Charles County Exec Steve Ehlmann talks about his county's economic growth and safety
          KTVI:  Area Muslim leader helps promote Eric Greitens' "ISIS Hunting Permit" gimmick with TV appearance, says bumper stickers will possess Christians to attack Muslim families inside area Wal-Marts
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jay Ashcroft and Will Kraus debate issues;  Panel of Pat Thomas, Dave Spence, Joe Lakin, Justin Alferman talk SOS and gov primaries, tax cuts, more
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) will ensure students who transfer get credit
          Missourinet:  Washington University in St. Louis helps develop app to fight human trafficking
          Washington Missourian:  Ameren confident SO2 emissions are below EPA limits;  Sensors monitor Labadie emissions 24/7 X
          KWMU:  Sierra Club's John Hickey chalks up EPA ruling on Ameren to "political shenanigans"
          P-D:  Missouri criminals raise money for vocational program by producing U.S. flags
          KC Star:  Wanting to kill wild pigs itself, Missouri bans public hog hunting +
          P-D:  UMSL criminologist says "Ferguson effect" drove murder surge
          P-D letter:  Imperial septuagenarian dislikes Missouri gun proposal, attempts analogy involving driver's licenses
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        Sunday, July 3
       
P-D:  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay marches beside Sen. Roy Blunt in VP Parade;  Veiled Prophet organization continues proud history of providing fun, philanthropy for all St. Louisans
          KC Star: Gallup:  Number of U.S. adults who say they're "extremely proud" to be an American hits all-time low of 52%;  Insight from area prof, local "musician" DeWaun Harvey, others +
          P-D:  MO DNR warns that Meramec River can be deadly;  12 people - most of whom lived in St. Louis City - have drowned within 50-foot radius of treacherous spot since 2004
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Federal SNAP changes could impact convenience stores;  Government wants retailers to fill valuable shelf space with fruits, vegetables X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Jay Ashcroft and Will Kraus debate;  Panel of Pat Thomas, Dave Spence, Joe Lakin, Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) talk SOS and gov primaries, tax cuts, more
          AP:  Even tax-wary states like Missouri are looking at smokers to fill budget gaps;  "We B Smokin" clerk/local burnout says proposed ballot initiatives have already convinced him to stop smoking and start vaping
          AP:  Cigarette-tax list:  Missouri ranks #1 for lowest taxes
          P-D:  Craft brewers unhappy with Missouri's new beer law
          SNL op-ed:  Seasoned Dem activist Edward Janosik:  Blunt cares about Blunt, Inc. - not Missouri X
          P-D's Jim Gallagher:  Overbilling and upselling have pay-TV customers - including Claire McCaskill - hopping mad
          Messenger:  Opiate epidemics cross paths in St. Louis courtroom
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian expresses her anger with Missouri legislators over gun regulations
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area couple unhappy about Nixon's support of Grain Belt Express, says he sold out in exchange for "blood money" X
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        Saturday, July 2
       
KWMU:  St. Louis swears in new citizens for Independence Day;  Iraqi woman, 23 others put their hands over their hearts and pledge allegiance to the United States of America
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon to read Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia
          KWMU:  Nixon to recreate first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, a family legacy
          KC Star:  Fiberglass Dem donkey heading to Philadelphia for Dem convention will feature Missouri symbols - including St. Louis Arch +
          KC Star:  Parents, KC police saw bullet holes at nearly every home they visited from celebratory gunfire;  Urbanites embrace July 4 make-it-rain-bullets tradition +
          Missourinet:  MADD volunteer lost sister and niece in crash, urges designated drivers for July 4 weekend
          Missourinet:  Mother reminds holiday celebrators of shock danger on Lake of the Ozarks
          P-D:  EPA spares Ameren's Labadie Energy Center from costly emission controls;  Anti-coal groups angry at EPA, Missouri DNR
          CDT:  Columbia church, State of Missouri prepare for Supreme Court battle;  DNR rejected church's grant application for recycled tire scraps for playground X
          KOLR:  Kinder urges Legislature to override Nixon's veto of gun bill
          The Missouri Times Scott Faughn:  Campaign notes:  Josh Hawley trots out 79-year-old moderate Jack Danforth when it's convenient;  Curtman takes umbrage at being called a Greitens supporter;  Stenger's opposition to North-South MetroLink invasion is in line with his constituents
          KC Star:  John Rizzo rolls the dice on big TV buy in Dem state Senate primary +
          Drebes:  Justin Brown may seek to inherit dad Dan Brown's state Senate seat in 2018
          Helling:  Trailwatch column:  Odds and ends from the week in Missouri campaigns:  Blunt vs. Kander, Schaefer vs. Hawley +
          P-D:  Lower-than-expected growth means no Missouri income tax cut next year
          Missourinet:  House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick:  Medicaid dollars still going to Planned Parenthood is illegal
          KWMU:  Next spring is the earliest that Planned Parenthood can be tossed out of Missouri's Medicaid program
          KWMU:  Some heat-battered Missouri roads plagued by concrete blow-ups
          KC Star:  On his first day leading KC schools, Mark Bedell launches full-day pre-K program;  Taxpayers subsidize seven-hour "free" day care through state funds, Head Start +
          AP:  Nixon vetoes change to E-verify requirement in Missouri
          AP:  Nixon signs bill expanding where beer growlers can be sold
          P-D:  Nixon signs change to St. Louis County sales-tax pool
          The Missouri Times:  Grain Belt Express Clean Line application submitted to Public Service Commission
          AP:  State of Missouri ordered U.S. flag flown at half-staff 12 times in 2015
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Allen Engineering bringing more jobs to both Missouri and Arkansas;  Company received $100,000 grant from Arkansas State Economic Development Department +
          KC Star:  National study notes homicide spike in Kansas City, but local experts call it more of the same ugly problem +
          KWMU:  Asthma, other illnesses not statistically worse near Bridgeton Landfill, survey says
          P-D:  Living near Bridgeton Landfill does not increase risk of asthma;  Area woman disagrees, says her daughter's asthma was cured only by fresh St. Charles County air
          Waters:  Missourians should show a little bit of good faith in the University of Missouri Review Commission X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis Democrat says Post-Dispatch coverage of Roy Blunt is too positive
          P-D letter:  Heartland Institute disagrees with Democratic Party/Post-Dispatch reporter's view of Missouri welfare changes
          SNL letter:  Nixa man believes Missouri will abolish the death penalty X
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        Friday, July 1
       
KC Star:  Despite losing, Jeff Roe ran a presidential campaign of his dreams +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Top fundraising lines from campaigns' end-of-quarter beg-for-bucks e-mails;  Jake Hummel on GOP "temper tantrum" surrounding Mizzou +
          Salem News:  Chief Wana Dubie kicks off campaign for U.S. Senate;  Nearly 100 turn out to Dent County Courthouse to hear pothead puns (link via KTVI)
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Groundhog Day in D.C.:  Pelosi's complaints about Republicans mirror Blunt's complaints about Dems eight years ago
          KC Star:  Cleaver:  Banning gun purchases by terror watch listees not a Second Amendment issue +
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Rural towns accomodate legal immigrants;  Missouri's outstate regions enriched by minorities who seek to work for a living
          KWMU:  In Missouri's Wild West of campaign spending, Rex Sinquefield and David Humphreys shoot the most bullets;  A look at top donors' sponsored slates, info on Sinquefield subsidiaries, more
          The Missouri Times:  A look at interest groups' impact on four campaigns:  AFL-CIO withholds endorsement from Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) despite perfect pro-labor voting record;  Schaefer and pro-life groups, Scott Sifton and Anne Zerr on SJR 39
          The Missouri Times:  Early Childhood Education Initiative announces $5 million ad campaign
          Missourinet:  Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics to continue getting tax dollars for now
          P-D:  Planned Parenthood could receive Medicaid funding through 2017, Nixon says
          AP:  Missouri won't halt Planned Parenthood funding immediately
          CDT:  University of Missouri Review Commission members rebuke claims of partisan agenda X
          Missourinet:  African-Americans achieve overrepresentation on University of Missouri Review Commission;  Missouri's black population is 11.8%, but comprises 25% of state-school panel
          KC Star:  MU will pay $2.2M to federal government to settle radiology case, plus another $3M in unrelated billing case +
          Columbia Missourian:  Settlements require MU to pay $5.2M to U.S. for alleged hospital billing violations
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon names MU English prof poet laureate
          AP:  Company tries again to build power line in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Clean Line project adds Nixon to list of endorsements
          Missourinet:  Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) still hopes to block liability for loose animals' owners
          P-D editorial:  Zika becomes a Congress-borne disease
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Nixon right to veto gun bill;  Bill made sense only to Missouri's "criminal element" X
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        Thursday, June 30
       
KC Star:  Missouri Democrats:  Where was sponsor Roy Blunt during Zika negotiations? +
          Kraske:  Kander on Blunt and Zika;  Missouri Ethics Commission on complaint against Josh Hawley +
          P-D:  Blunt the first U.S. candidate to use new Facebook ad feature
          P-D:  VA pushes back on McCaskill bill to help WWII vets who claim mustard gas exposure
          Brownfield Ag News:  Brexit vote likely will impact US ag exports;  Comments from University of Missouri's Scott Brown
          The Missouri Times:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith letter urges Koster to join lawsuit opposing transgender bathroom rule;  Missouri GOP delegation co-signs letter
          P-D:  Senate committee passes McCaskill-Blunt plan for Delta Queen to again steam the Mississippi
          AP:  Delta Queen closer to cruising again after Senate panel's vote
          AP:  Greitens' bumper-sticker gimmick:  "ISIS hunting permit"
          P-D:  Greitens campaign distributes "ISIS hunting permit" stickers;  Spokesman Austin Chambers notes that by mocking campaign gimmick, media give candidate valuable column space and air time
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum chat with Rick Stream about his state Senate bid, right to work, school transfer bill, more
          CDT:  Martha Stevens and Cathy Richards battle for Stephen Webber's safe Dem seat;  Richards on Stevens' establishment support:  "Here goes another time that somebody's chosen and I don't really know why, and I don't like it" X
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying firm Dentons goes nationwide;  Comments from Brian Grace
          Drebes:  Katie Gamble, daughter of Bill Gamble, becomes full-fledged Missouri lobbyist
          Columbia Missourian:  Boone County clerk searches for additional poll workers
          AP:  Supreme Court's impact on Missouri abortion laws unsettled
          P-D:  Clinic vows to resume abortions in Columbia after Supreme Court ruling
          Missourinet:  Nixon to restrict 'tens of millions' of spending in new state budget
          Missourinet:  Key bills awaiting action by Nixon before deadline
          Missourinet:  Nixon to respond this week to Legislature's defunding of Planned Parenthood
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon gun-bill veto brings reaction;  Comments from owner of Bootheel Guns and Ammo, override preview from Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) +
          KWMU:  Nixon signs bill restricting use of local tax incentives
          The Missouri Times:  Auditor gets more tools under bill signed by Nixon
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon signs bill that could affect local community improvement districts
          AP:  Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy
          CDT:  House leader Richardson names final members of University of Missouri Review Commission;  House Minority Leader Jake Hummel not impressed, says gang is product of "ongoing GOP temper tantrum" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Speaker Todd Richardson appoints last four people to review the UM system
          Missourinet:  Final appointments to University of Missouri Review Commission made, including Jeanne Sinquefield
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson names four to University of Missouri commission
          CDT:  Animal-rights group "Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!" calls for fines after University of Missouri inspection X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies Great Plains request for expedited answer on Westar deal
          P-D:  Employee mugged, carjacked on Post-Dispatch parking lot at Martin Luther King Dr.;  Black male, age 20-23, 6'1" and 175 pounds on the loose
          Waters:  On SCOTUS ruling and impact to Missouri abortion laws X
          P-D op-ed:  State Treasurer Nicole Galloway:  Overhaul promises more transparency of special taxing districts
          P-D letter:  Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield):  Nixon gets it wrong in vetoing common-sense gun bill
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Health Care for All's Rachael Baker says GOP legislators are killing two (2) Missourians each day by not expanding Medicaid +
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man wonders when woe-is-me whiners will start taking responsibility for their criminal mentality and savage behavior
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        Wednesday, June 29
       
P-D:  Zika funding falls in Senate, explodes in Missouri's U.S. Senate race
          KC Star:  Blunt played key role in shaping bipartisan Zika-funding bill;  Kander uses loss to attack Blunt +
          Washington Post:  Efforts to fight Zika fail as lawmakers play politics with looming health crisis X
          Missourinet:  Veterans continue Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri Right to Life's Patty Skain and SOS candidate Jay Ashcroft on SCOTUS rulings;  Payday loan lender on stifling impact of federal regulations +
          SE Missourian:  Democratic attorney general candidate Teresa Hensley makes stop in Cape Girardeau, touts courtroom experience +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) on his time in the House - and his bid for the Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Fight for Mike Colona's seat highlights Dem divide;  Ben Murray calls himself "a little more lefty," while Peter Merideth warns against Dems becoming "the Tea Party of the left"
          Drebes:  2016 watch:  Alderman Megan Green endorses Ben Murray for Mike Colona's safe Dem state rep seat
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Kinder to present Veterans Service Award to Rev. Ronn Pashia;  Hannibal man chose to overcome his alcohol addiction and serve others X
          AP:  Nixon to freeze millions of spending in new Missouri budget
          Missourinet:  Nixon acts on 15 bills, including agriculture, taxes and military
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon takes action on 15 bills, vetoing 8 and signing 7
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes 8 bills, signs 7, several involving tax breaks
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes litigation reforms backed by business groups
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber frustrated by Nixon vetoes
          P-D:  Nixon vetoes stricter rules for expert witnesses
          AP:  Nixon vetoes Missouri tax break, litigation bills
          KC Star:  Nixon vetoes changes to Clean Water Commission +
          SE Missourian:  Swan, Lichtenegger say GOP likely has the votes to override Nixon's gun veto +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster calls for Legislature to get prescription drug monitoring program done;  Comments from Holly Rehder, Rob Schaaf
          AP:  Appeals court upholds dismissal of challenge to Senate rules;  Three-judge panel says liberal Progress Missouri cannot record state Senate committee meeting because public already has access to footage
          The Missouri Times:  Court upholds Senate committee recording rules
          KC Star:  Court rules on Senate committee-recording dispute +
          AP:  Nixon says he does not want to be University of Missouri System president
          KWMU:  Outsourcing substitute teachers deemed a success
          Missourinet:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) recalls "tense" relationship with outgoing conservation director
          P-D:  Missing records, improper fees:  Audit says Pine Lawn probably owes state $400,000
          Missourinet:  Missouri to receive part of $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen
          The Missouri Times:  WalletHub ranks Missouri #19 in patriotism
          Messenger:  St. Louis jury sends $17.6 million message in opioid abuse verdict
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian dislikes guns, says Missouri legislators have been bought and paid for by the NRA
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        Tuesday, June 28
       
P-D:  U.S. Senate fundraising:  Bush in for Blunt, reaction from Kander camp, more
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Kander on Blunt and Trump;  Nixon on guns +
          Rosenbaum:  Democratic National Convention chief talks about putting together a party platform
          P-D:  In wake of Orlando massacre, Washington D.C. man threatens to shoot Blunt, other Republicans
          SNL:  Top MSU, Ozarks Technical College officials support federal push to reinstate year-round Pell Grants X
          KSMU:  Blunt pushes for changes to Pell Grants
          KWMU:  Supreme Court action likely to toss Missouri's abortion restrictions back into court
          Missourinet:  U.S. Supreme Court ruling could affect Missouri's abortion clinic law
          The Missouri Times:  SCOTUS decision on abortion could affect Missouri
          CDT:  Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion laws that mirror Missouri restrictions X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court abortion ruling could impact similar Missouri laws
          AP:  Supreme Court ruling throws Missouri abortion laws into question
          P-D:  Supreme Court ruling could impact Missouri laws
          KC Star:  Activists react to SCOTUS ruling +
          Missourinet:  Missouri NARAL:  SCOTUS abortion clinic ruling adds to importance of elections
          Missourinet:  Missouri advocates praise Supreme Court ruling on taking guns from wife-beaters
          The Missouri Times:  Raise Your Hand for Kids prepares for final stage on tobacco tax ballot measure
          Drebes:  Marijuana advocates form Better Way Missouri PAC;  Eapen Thampy to serve as deputy treasurer, Josh Schisler as treasurer
          Drebes:  Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) to run for Senate Republican Caucus Chair
          Drebes:  Doug Beck to take over Genise Montecillo's House seat;  Pipefitter also serves on Affton School Board in safe Dem district
          Missourinet:  Nixon vetoes Missouri gun-rights expansion bill
          Missourinet:  Munzlinger, Burlison expect override of Nixon's veto
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes constitutional-carry bill;  GOP vows to override
          KWMU:  Nixon vetoes gun bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Nixon vetoes concealed-carry, 'stand your ground' bill
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP leaders forecast override of Nixon gun veto +
          KC Star:  Nixon veto sets up showdown with Legislature +
          P-D:  Missouri Republicans vow override of Nixon veto
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) suspicious about timing of income tax refunds
          P-D:  New law mandates dyslexia screening in Missouri;  Piece omits information about bill sponsors - Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), GOP Reps. Kathy Swan and Eric Burlison
          The Missouri Time:  Cities file reports in compliance with SB 5
          The Missouri Times:  Former owner of Jefferson City's Capitol Plaza hotel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
          AP:  Hammons hotel chain declares bankruptcy to focus on legal issues
          P-D editorial:  Time for Texas - and Missouri - to stop blocking abortion access with claims of protecting women's health
          P-D editorial:  Nixon's veto is a step forward for sensible gun laws
          KC Star editorial:  Blueprint to Missouri gun-control victory:  Simply convince pro-2nd Amendment GOP legislators to flip-flop on concealed carry +
          Columbia Missourian letter:  NARAL organizer:  Missouri's legislative "extremists" hurt women
          P-D letter:  Missouri Coalition for Quality Care's Dave Damico:  Legislators should spend more taxpayer money on olds and the handicapped, voters should care, etc.
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        Monday, June 27
       
KMOV:  George W. Bush to appear at fundraiser for Roy Blunt in St. Louis tonight
          SNL:  Democrats hope Trump will hurt Blunt in Missouri X
          KWMU:  "Yes, we are giving away free [sic] money!" Taxpayer-funded program giving double dollars for fruits and veggies to expand into urban grocery stores;  Organizers think they'll convince welfare recipients to replace sugary treats with healthy food
          SE Missourian:  Area employers enthused about prospect of new technical schools;  Companies are "hurting greatly" in search of Missourians who want to work for a living +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on cable company shenanigans;  Missouri Right to Life on repeated attempts to contact Eric Greitens +
          P-D:  Dem gov primary preview:  Seasoned citizens Charlie Wheeler, Leonard Steinman compete for silver medal;  Summary of fundraising, recap of 2014 NYT story on Koster campaign contributions
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Statewide debate series:  Bev Randles, Mike Parson argue over Club for Growth and lobbyist gifts;  Panelists Mark Siettmann, David Barklage, Andrew Koenig, Paul Curtman get into heated discussion over gov and lt. gov race, Curtman's votes, lobbyist gifts, more
          AP:  As expected, Nixon to veto gun-rights bill today
          P-D:  Nixon to veto gun bill today
          KWMU:  Cattle tax credit renewed, other agriculture measures signed by Nixon
          Columbia Missourian:  R. Bowen Loftin moves out and on to a new chapter;  Photos of former chancellor getting eyebrows trimmed, cooking chicken, attempting to maintain balance on stability ball, sorting bow-tie gimmicks, more
          SE Missourian:  New heroin-overdose drug will save lives, area health officials say +
          Missourinet:  Rep. Steve Lynch (R-Waynesville) wants Missouri to mirror St. Louis City's 'Good Samaritan' drug overdose law
          AP:  Drug that killed Prince leads Missouri law enforcement to change drug-handling procedures;  Fentanyl, used by dopeheads to increase potency of other drugs, can be deadly if absorbed through skin or inhaled
          Missourinet:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) calls ban on hunting feral hogs "frustrating"
          KC Star op-ed:  MSU coed says she's "afraid of the world I live in," wants Missouri lawmakers to push gun-control measures +
          Washington Missourian letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian dislikes both Blunt and Kander
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        Sunday, June 26
       
CDT:  At Columbia campaign stop, Jason Kander calls for federal balanced budget amendment X
          P-D:  Area congressional delegation's votes for the week
          Washington Post:  A sex misconduct case exposes flaws in how the Naval Academy scrutinizes instructors;  Comments from McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Mike Parson vs. Bev Randles for lt. gov;  Panel of David Barklage, Mark Siettmann, Paul Curtman, Andrew Koenig
          Columbia Missourian:  Candidates highlight priorities at Farm Bureau Strawberry Festival:  Hanaway on protecting Missourians from violent immigrants, and ending Planned Parenthood;  Stephen Webber for expanding Medicaid and LGBTQIA rights;  Caleb Rowden on cutting taxes and limiting spending
          Fulton Sun:  Missouri to allow rating systems for preschools X
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College, St. Francis Borgia officials laud bill from Rep. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) to expand A+ scholarships X
          AP:  Proposal from Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) will help train teachers in how to deal with emotionally-fragile kids
          CDT:  Columbia Public Schools dispute federal agency's report of high chronic absenteeism X
          CDT:  Chronic absenteeism less than 10 percent in majority of Boone County districts X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Portman right to push cable companies;  Providers have demonstrated that they can't be trusted +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Education bill - featuring CPR, civics test, and students showing some respect to the American flag - is a good one X
          P-D editorial:  "Toxic stress" is the reason some youngsters grow up to cause trouble and leech off taxpayers;  Medical schools should treat it like a real thing
          Washington Missourian editorial:  County must take advantage of MoDOT's Missouri Moves Cost Share Program X
          KC Star's Derek Donovan:  Paper's "Public Editor" moved to another project, won't return until November elections are over +
          P-D's Gallagher:  New rules likely to force some payday and title lenders out of business;  Comments from area business owner who provides loans to Missourians in need
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        Saturday, June 25
       
Helling:  KC Star introduces weekly "Trailwatch" recapping Missouri campaign news;  Blunt vs. Kander, gov primary, NARAL endorses gals over guys, more +
          P-D:  National Democrats covene in St. Louis to draft party platform;  Clinton, Sanders factions split on minimum wage
          P-D:  Former St. Charles County GOP leader Eugene Dokes admits disability fraud;  Man who botched 2012 presidential caucus and his wife, Kenyota, bilked taxpayers for $48k while claiming fake disability
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Mannies on Missouri GOP activists' anti-Trump effort;  Mannies, Rosenbaum, SLU assistant prof Amber Hinsley on social media in campaigns and news coverage
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer:  economic impact unknown after SCOTUS ruling on Obama immigration order
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  More than 10,000 Missourians overcharged by cable providers
          The Missouri Times:  Statewide candidates answer questions about LGBTQIA rights:  No responses from Eric Greitens, Russ Carnahan, Jay Ashcroft
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life endorses Kinder, Hanaway, Brunner ... but not Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Hanaway again calls for halt to Syrian refugee relocation
          CDT:  Catherine Hanaway, Jay Ashcroft, Will Kraus attend Strawberry Festival X
          The Missouri Times:  On weekly radio segment, Axiom's Aaron Baker makes Star Wars analogies for gov candidates
          KC Star:  Sinquefield's Missouri Club for Growth hammers Mike Parson over lobbyist gifts
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Lt. Gov. candidate Bev Randles visits Kennett
          CDT:  Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint about Josh Hawley
          KWMU:  Rancor hits TV airwaves in Missouri GOP's battle for attorney general
          Drebes:  Freedom Inc. plays role in battle between Bonnaye Mims and Richard Brown for urban seat in Dem superminority
          CDT:  Medicaid and marijuana divide Dems seeking to replace Rep. Steven Webber (D-Columbia);  Cathy Richards unenthusiastic about Medicaid expansion, says Missourians will be stuck with the tab X
          SNL:  After inquiry, GOP state rep candidate takes down campaign sign on church property X
          The Missouri Times:  Unions launch prevailing ad campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs ag bills at Missouri State Fair
          Brownfield Ag News:  Some Missouri livestock bills signed into law
          KC Star:  Missouri extends tuition-free college offer to private high school students +
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) celebrates "home run" higher education bill
          CDT:  Sen. David Pearce, educators celebrate bill during appearance at MU X
          CDT:  Melissa Click appeals denial of unemployment benefits for firing by University of Missouri X
          CDT:  Nixon signs bills naming roads for highway patrol trooper, fallen military members X
          Missourinet:  Tom Draper named Interim Director at Missouri Department of Conservation
          KWMU:  Missouri Department of Conservation bans feral hog hunting on state lands
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri bans hunting of feral hogs on public land
          P-D:  Records documenting Michael Brown's juvenile criminal behavior released to lawyers
          P-D editorial:  Blunt supports Pell Grants:  "Yes, a Republican wants to restore a social program that a Democrat cut"
          P-D family columnist/household-and-beauty product reviewer Aisha Sultan:  Area woman unable to tune out street preachers' "hateful" barking in Delmar Loop;  Also, Missouri's gun laws are really scary
          KC Star op-ed:  South Kansas City man says human/sex trafficking is slavery;  Posters for Dept. of Homeland Security "Blue Campaign" employ comely Caucasoid with lithe frame and dark red lipstick +
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        Friday, June 24
       
Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer says House Dems' sit-in stunt was an attack on gun rights;  McCaskill disagrees
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill, Senate subcommittee go after cable companies for overcharging customers +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Senate hearing focuses on pay-TV services;  Comments from McCaskill X
          P-D:  McCaskill, Ohio's Portman criticize cable companies' billing, customer service
          AP:  Blunt, Kander back balanced budget amendment
          SNL:  Blunt to appear at Jordan Valley Health Center groundbreaking today X
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Internet access important to agriculture, rural communities;  Missouri Farm Bureau's Garrett Hawkins on requests to FCC
          The Missouri Times:  Parson event features agriculture advocate - and founder of Lucas Oil - Forrest Lucas
          Kraske:  Jay Ashcroft failed to vote in seven elections from 2000 to 2012;  Campaign sends written statement, declines request for interview +
          The Missouri Times:  New ads intensify GOP race for attorney general
          CDT:  Kurt Schaefer vs. Josh Hawley ad wars highlight bitterness in GOP AG race X
          P-D:  Lead attorney:  Josh Hawley played little or no role in terrorist-defense case
          The Missouri Times:  While Republicans tear each other apart in AG race, Democrats campaign
          KWMU:  Voter registration for August primary ends July 6
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on human trafficking;  Annie E. Casey Foundation on number of poor Missourians who do not provide for their offspring +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State investigation finds area woman stole $18,155 in taxpayer money by filing for fraudulent welfare benefits X
          Columbia Missourian:  Census data ranks fastest-growing counties in Missouri:  Platte, Boone, Christian, St. Charles
          P-D:  More election judges needed in rapidly-expanding St. Charles County
          Heat Street, via Fox News:  Mike Middleton:  Those who didn't support race protests were 'bitter, angry people'
          KWMU:  Expanded A+ scholarships, daily Pledge of Allegiance among new provisions signed by Gov. Nixon
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs four bills, including ride-sharing insurance requirements
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon vetoes omnibus bill for dispute over fees
          Missourinet:  Nixon expected to act on at least two agriculture bills today
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans hold firm on commitment to not expand Medicaid;  Comments from director of public health clinic, black diabetes patients, etc.
          JCNT:  First portion of Fulton State Hospital complete X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon tours first completed part of Fulton State Hospital rebuild
          KWMU:  Fulton State Hospital set to move emergency command and other services into new building
          The Missouri Times:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway touts progress in cybersecurity campaign
          JCNT:  MoDOT considers solar roadways X
          Drebes:  Missouri House of Representatives bidding out janitorial services
          Waters:  By praising Concerned Student 1950 protesters, Mike Middleton irritates many white people X
          P-D letter:  Town and Country woman praises Billy Long and Ann Wagner for sponsoring women & children legislation, wants McCaskill and Blunt to do the same
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        Thursday, June 23
       
CDT:  Sanders' Boone County leader Persephone Dakopolos wins seat on Democratic National Committee;  Jennifer Bukowsky and Sara Walsh will serve as delegates to GOP convention X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  "Black Men for Bernie" draws double-digit (12) crowd in St. Louis;  Carl Bearden on effort to deny Trump GOP nomination +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis labor boss Jeff Aboussie holds fundraiser for Roy Blunt in D.C.;  Union stalwart says Blunt "has a long record of being a friend of the building trades"
          P-D:  Ed Martin argues for removal of law firm trying to dump him from Schlafly's Eagle Forum board
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver is literally sitting on the floor of the U.S. House;  71-year-old man proves point by resting on carpet for a while +
          P-D:  Lacy Clay, age 59, sits on House floor
          SNL:  Billy Long critical of House Dems' "publicity stunt" X
          P-D:  After Obama voter complains, Gasconade County sheriff removes parody pics of Obama and Clinton
          KWMU:  Health insurance marketplace aggressively seeks millennial shoppers;  St. Louis Effort for AIDS targets gay pride parades, bars looking for sign-ups
          KWMU:  Four in St. Louis charged as part of a nationwide crackdown on health care fraud;  Azeem Meo set up shell company to fleece taxpayers, while others wrote phony prescriptions for dope
          Gawker:  Everything we know about the shady "Draper Sterling" getting paid by the Trump campaign - including ties to Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gov debate at Boys State includes discussion of transgender restroom choice;  Brunner gets biggest applause of night by suggesting he'd defend his granddaughters from men entering ladies' restroom
          The Missouri Times:  Drebes-Jeff Roe poll of GOP statewide primaries:  Brunner, Randles, Ashcroft, Schaefer lead by various margins
          Sedalia Democrat:  Mike Parson talks agriculture on the Missouri State Fairgrounds
          The Missouri Times:  Bev Randles, Mike Parson launch TV spots in lieutenant governor's race
          P-D:  Super PAC enters fray in attorney general race, adding to growing campaign ad war
          Drebes:  NARAL Missouri makes primary endorsements:  Judy Baker over Pat Contreras, Jessica Podhola over former Rep. John Rizzo (D), Rachel Johns over Rep. Joshua Peters (D), more
          The Missouri Times:  New PAC takes aim at anti-SJR 39 Republicans;  Caleb Rowden, Jim Hansen, Anne Zerr
          CDT:  At GOP meeting, man who says he's voting for Rowden expresses displeasure with incumbent's SJR 39 vote;  Rowden says he's unsure how he would have voted on "personhood" amendment X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Former Missouri Dept. of Social Services worker ordered to pay $52,000 in restitution for food-stamp fraud;  Pamela O'Dell worked out of Dunklin County office +
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Task Force 1 receives $1.25 million in state funding
          P-D:  Nixon lifts ban on rating system for Missouri child cares
          AP:  New law requires civics test, CPR for high-schoolers
          The Missouri Times:  Omnibus education bill includes remedial education program, civics requirement
          P-D:  City schools chief says district leaders intend no harm against charters
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs Haahr's bill to combat human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) hopes Nixon will soon sign bill meant to save children from hot cars
          KWMU:  Missouri Capitol gets facelift that goes below skin deep
          The Missouri Times:  PSC denies transfer of customers from TNCI to Matrix
          Columbia Missourian:  Street photographer's images of student protests join museum collection;  Subjects include wealthy student who chose to starve himself, other scenes from fall drama
          Waters:  MU budget:  Not the end of the world X
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        Wednesday, June 22
       
KTRS (St. Louis):  "Black Men for Bernie" draws crowd of twelve (12) to Old Courthouse steps;  Stepmom of Michael Brown shows up to promote "change" but won't endorse Sanders
        KWMU:  Veteran conservative leader Carl Bearden leads anti-Trump "free the delegates" campaign to deny GOP primary winner the nomination
        KC Star:  Missourians now part of effort to seek GOP alternative to Donald Trump +
        P-D:  Trump campaign made payment to firm with ties to anti-Greitens attack site
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Trump adviser disputes notion Hillary could win Missouri;  MU professor blames lack of black interest in state parks on segregation +
        P-D:  Rep. Clay holds annual job fair Monday at Harris-Stowe;  Annual event will feature over 100 employers looking for people who want to work for a living
        The Missouri Times:  GOP gov candidates debate for the first time since Orlando
        The Missouri Times:  Video:  Missouri GOP governor candidates debate at Missouri Boys State
        The Missouri Times:  Scott Faughn:  On Eric Greitens' connection to Hank Monsees, Pat Contreras' active effort against Judy Baker, and the need for Missouri Press Association to demonstrate some testicular fortitude on the Sunshine Law
        The Missouri Times:  Kurt Schaefer visits recipients of first responder funding
        CDT:  Schaefer gets kudos for help securing state funds for rescue task forces X
        Missourinet:  Report says an increasing number of Missouri adults fail to provide for their offspring;  Annie E. Casey Foundation suggests state spend more taxpayer money "investing in kids"
        Missourinet:  Missouri bill to make opioid overdose antidote more available becomes law
        KWMU:  Bill expanding use of overdose-fighting drug signed into law in Missouri
        The Missouri Times:  Nixon signs bill increasing access to opiate treatment drug
        P-D:  Nixon signs new law for drug overdoses
        Columbia Missourian:  Bill expanding access to naloxone signed into law
        AP:  Nixon signs bill for more access to anti-overdose medicine
        Missourinet:  Nixon to sign bill making advertising sex with trafficking victims a crime
        CDT:  Mike Middleton blames complacent leaders, 'perfect storm' for outcome of University of Missouri protests X
        Missourinet:  Middleton 'not surprised' University of Missouri censured by academic group
        AP:  Mizzou's interim president discusses racial discord, future
        P-D:  UM interim president calls Mizzou problems part of struggle on race
        Columbia Missourian:  Moms Demand Action, Race Matters gather to view anti-gun movie;  Advocates believe they will influence Missouri gun laws by filling out form-letter postcards
        CDT:  Grain Belt Express Clean Line project prepares for second round X
        P-D:  St. Louis County poised to move Board of Elections to Northwest Plaza
        KWMU:  KWMU wins award for website
        KC Star editorial:  Anti-gun groups are "re-energized" by recent debate and could totally defeat Roy Blunt +
        KC Star editorial:  Lobby hard to spend taxpayer money on UMKC arts campus +
        P-D editorial:  Don't let the drug that killed Prince get a foothold in Missouri;  State legislators need to spend more taxpayer money on preventative programs
        SE Missourian editorial:  Step-therapy law a middle ground for patients, insurance companies +
        Waters:  Whoever wins the GOP gov primary, he or she will lose to Chris Koster X
        P-D letter:  Maplewood man thinks the reason Roy Blunt is wealthy is because of NRA campaign contributions
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        Tuesday, June 21   First (Full) Day of Summer
       
Missourinet:  Adviser disputes notion Trump could cause Missouri to support a Democratic presidential candidate
          Drebes:  Hillary Clinton campaign suggests it's looking to buy ad time in Missouri, hires Seattle native Ansley Lacitis as state director
          KC Star:  Gloves coming off in Blunt vs. Kander U.S. Senate race +
          KC Star:  Jason Kander, Roy Blunt joust via Twitter +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri emergency physician urges safety during hot weather
          KC Star:  Missouri health officials watch for local Zika bites +
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Boys State to host GOP gubernatorial candidate forum tonight;  Scott Faughn to moderate
          The Missouri Times:  LG PAC is anti-Brunner, treasurer says;  Hank Monsees hangs up on reporter
          KC Star:  Mysterious PAC in Missouri denies link with Eric Greitens +
          AP:  PAC treasurer denies ties to Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Absentee voting for Missouri's primaries begins today
          The Missouri Times:  New economic indicators show potential for Missouri
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Municipal court overhaul bill becomes law
          Missourinet:  Monday marked last day for Senate to view Planned Parenthood documents
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber endorses Green Line project
          Carthage Press:  Kinder presents Veterans Service Award to local artist
          The Missouri Times:  Renee Hulshof sees role of UM Review Commission as 'huge undertaking'
          Columbia Missourian:  NORML chapter clashes with Mizzou over proposed t-shirt design
          Columbia Missourian:  MU internal audit highly critical of CAFNR
          Missourinet:  MU researcher:  Black people avoid visiting state parks due to slavery, segregation;  Study focused on one (1) park in Texas, so researcher wants more money
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Local districts prepare for state-mandated CPR training +
          P-D:  Not in class:  Chronic absenteeism a problem throughout region;  Suburban North Conference dominates rankings, with Normandy High School edging out Hazelwood East at top of the list
          Washington Post:  Transgender restroom overview;  Former principal at St. Louis County elementary school talks about allowing third-grade boy - who decided he was a female - to use girls' restroom
          Obituary:  Richard Sifton, father of Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis)
          P-D editorial:  Missouri must keep the 'public' in Public Service Commission;  Relaxing rules is a shady move
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-University City) on guns and abortion;  Sexagenarian recounts her efforts to end violence by live-tweeting 15 hours of U.S. Senate floor debate
          Waters:  Melissa Click, redux;  Many, if not most, agreed with the curators decision, so who cares what AAUP says? X
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  MU censure may ruin its ability to recruit a diverse faculty;  Columnist compares GOP legislators to members of the Mafia
          KC Star letter:  Area man dislikes Greitens' gun ad, says guns should be confiscated +
          P-D letter:  Area woman applauds herself for visiting White House, commends herself for being "on the front lines in Missouri," says it was "humbling [sic]" to take a trip and gab with other gals
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        Monday, June 20
       
Missourinet:  Sanders delegates outnumber Clinton delegates at Missouri Democratic Party convention
          P-D:  A look at Blunt, Kander fundraising;  Data from campaign reports, spin from spokespeople;  Newspaper spells name of future U.S. Senate endorsee incorrectly
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt take legislative steps to reduce opioid addiction
          SNL "Answer Man" column:  After 10.25 years of state service, Blunt earns $3,060/month pension X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Kinder spokeswoman Pam Dixon, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles debate GOP primary, Kinder vs. Koster, Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) vs. white labor power structure, more
          AP:  AG Chris Koster (D) successfully fights to keep murderer in jail;  Rodney Lincoln stabbed woman to death before sodomizing her with a broomstick, then slashed 7-year-old girl's genitals, then cut 4-year-old girl's throat
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon on voter ID legislation +
          Missourinet:  Bill expanding Missouri municipal court overhaul signed, critics call it 'unnecessary'
          Washington Missourian:  First aid, CPR training currently taught at Washington High School - new legislation now requires it
          SNL:  Reject transgender bathroom order, letter-writers tell Springfield school officials;  Most letters are generic form letters X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Noranda seeks bidders for Southeast Missouri plant +
          P-D:  He has manufacturing jobs in Hazelwood - but filling them is another matter;  Comments from men and women who choose to work for a living
          P-D's Gallagher:  How to get a skill - and a decent-paying job - on the cheap;  St. Louis Building Trades and Construction Council's Jeff Aboussie says high-paying apprenticeships are plentiful for minorities who want to work
          KC Star op-ed:  Payday loan operator say federal regulations will hurt needy Missourians struggling for access to cash +
          KC Star "Letter of the Week":  Area woman says that with swimsuit season upon us, parents should tell oinky offspring that it's okay to be fat +
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        Sunday, June 19   Father's Day and Juneteenth
       
CDT:  Juneteenth event draws less than 50;  Mizzou student:  "I don't celebrate July 4, I celebrate Juneteenth because my ancestors weren't free on July 4." X
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Parks and Recreation Department sponsors Juneteenth event;  Black culture celebrated through artifact displays, African music, and preteen hip-hop dance group "jumping, spinning and shaking their hips"
          JCNT:  Attendance down at this year's Juneteenth celebration;  Photos of children making crafts and playing games, obese man preparing fried food, more X
          Rosenbaum:  At convention, Democrats look past primary fight to focus on Trump;  Bernie Sanders supporters make clean sweep of state's DNC committeepeople spots
          The Missouri Times:  Democratic state party convention works through logistical snafus;  Clinton caucus chair Jack Coatar expresses disappointment over lack of participation from Clinton supporters
          AP:  First GOP ads for governor hit airwaves
          The Missouri Times:  New information links LG PAC with Eric Greitens;  Website was designed to implicate Peter Kinder's campaign as culprit of anonymous attack
          KMBC transcript/video:  Reporter Micheal Mahoney on the coordination between Eric Greitens and LG PAC (link via The Missouri Times)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics Preview:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Mike Kelley, Mindy Mazur, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, and Kinder campaign manager Pam Dixon discuss GOP primary, Kinder vs. Koster matchup, more
          Drebes:  Rex Sinquefield event for Mike Pence draws usual GOP suspects
          CDT:  Melissa Click firing lands University of Missouri on association censure list for third time X
          KWMU:  AAUP votes to censure Mizzou over firing of Melissa Click
          P-D:  National academic group censures Mizzou over Click firing
          SE Missourian:  Programs help students stay on track to attend college;  Comments from state Dept. of Higher Education's Jessican Duren +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  In an age of terrorism from Islamic radicals, school CPR bill more important than ever X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Displaying the Confederate flag is a harmless display of our past history;  The politically-correct crowd should stop trying to make an issue out it X
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) wants Nixon to allow concealed-carry bill to become law X
          P-D op-ed:  University City Mayor Shelley Welsch:  Nixon should veto gun bill
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man suggests working people become outraged over Rex Sinquefield and "his ethically challenged Missouri Republicans" for trying to cut taxes
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman recaps slavery and Dred Scott, suggests Missourians be more supportive of desegregation program
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        Saturday, June 18   Juneteenth Eve
       
KWMU:  Where Missouri's members of Congress stand on proposals to change gun policies
          SNL:  Blunt fundraising team keeps candidate's schedule packed with fundraisers;  A look at past and upcoming events X
          P-D:  George W. Bush to appear at Blunt fundraiser at Hunter Farms on June 27
          Missourinet:  Missouri Democrats gather in Sedalia for state convention;  34 presidential delegates bound to vote for Sanders, 34 bound to Clinton at national convention
          CDT:  Missouri to receive $7.5 million in taxpayer money - spread across 20 health centers - to improve oral health care services X
          SNL:  Drury books political heavyweights Carl Bernstein ("All the President's Men") and P.J. O'Rourke for September event X
          Drebes:  Brunner campaign asks stations to drop LG PAC ad;  LG PAC attorneys respond
          The Missouri Times:  Self-professed bin Laden killer to appear with Eric Greitens;  Gov candidate and Robert O'Neill are both repped by same speakers' bureau
          The Missouri Times:  Will Kraus receives endorsement from Missouri Cattlemen's Association
          CDT:  Mid-Missouri NORML to suspend local petition initiative drive while awaiting word on statewide effort X
          JCNT:  Fathers' rights advocates hope Nixon signs bill to support 50/50 parenting in custody cases X
          KC Star:  Mental health advocates complain about lack of Missouri Medicaid expansion +
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curators seek $718 million in state funding for FY18
          KC Star:  MU curators ask the state for $48 million to build UMKC's downtown arts campus +
          KWMU:  Diversity takes up time on curators' agenda;  Board also approves request to Legislature for $133 million in capital improvements
          CDT:  Middleton claims progress in rebuilding University of Missouri's image since November protests X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators sit through talks on diversity
          CDT:  MU free speech policy draft up for comment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Coalition for Graduate Workers to launch campaign complaining about budget cuts
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs bill from Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) to help Missouri college students graduate on time
          KWMU:  A look at what the region's school desegregation program can legally do to make it last longer
          The Missouri Times:  SB 5 municipal court overhaul signed by Nixon
          AP:  Nixon signs bill to limit Missouri cities' profit from fines
          JCNT:  Nixon OKs Lake Mykee-Holts Summit merger X
          The Missouri Times:  PSC modifies Ameren order so utility can take advantage of more favorable markets
          JCNT editorial:  Prioritize protecting kids in hot cars;  Nixon should sign bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) X
          Messenger:  Recap of conversation with octogenarian woman unhappy about West Lake Landfill
          P-D letter:  Octogenarian woman wants to see more good news on the front page of the Post-Dispatch
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        Friday, June 17
       
Washington Post:  Thanks to McCaskill bill, there may be an end in sight for controversial - and often invisible - resort fees X
          KC Star:  Emanuel Cleaver raises questions about Airbnb +
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Claire McCaskill on guns;  Jay Barnes on Josh Hawley;  Jeanette Mott Oxford on welfare recipients +
          SE Missourian:  Area Pachyderms sit through talk from seasoned citizen challenging Jason Smith in primary;  Hal Brown lists top priorities as flat tax, EPA overhaul, other issues on which incumbent has led +
          Fox News blog:  At Mizzou vigil for Orlando victims, Black Lives Matter activist takes stage to criticize white attendees;  Gay activist speaks out, says he's tired of self-entitled chronic malcontents dividing communities by color
          Columbia Missourian:  St. Louis woman arrested in connection with threats toward detention center employees;  Kiwanese Williams promised to make Orlando massacre "look like nothing"
          KC Star:  Labor unions are spending big on Chris Koster's campaign for Missouri governor +
          The Missouri Times:  Eagle Forum endorses Jay Ashcroft for secretary of state
          JCNT:  AG candidate Jake Zimmerman makes pitch to area Democrats X
          WTAD (Quincy/Hannibal):  Audio:  Axiom Strategies' Aaron Baker on opposition to Raise Your Hand for Kids' tobacco tax initiative
          The Missouri Times:  30 women changing politics;  Christine Page, Ellie Glenn, Erin Brower, Jane Dueker, Jessica Pabst, Kim Tuttle, Katie Casas, Megan Shackelford, Mindy Mazur, Tracy King, Tricia Workman, Monica Combest, more
          P-D:  New rules help wean thousands of Missourians from teat of taxpayer-funded handout program
          The Missouri Times:  $262 million going to Missouri colleges and universities
          Missourinet:  Nearly 500 state facilities will receive upgrades;  Comments from House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
          AP:  New Missouri law aimed at helping college transfer students
          Missourinet:  Four appointed to University of Missouri review commission
          The Missouri Times:  Ron Richard announces appointments to UM System Review Commission
          CDT:  Renee Hulshof, Dave Spence named to University of Missouri Review Commission X
          Columbia Missourian:  Renee Hulshof, three others named to UM System Review Commission
          CDT:  Consultant surprised by number of people willing to take on University of Missouri president job X
          Columbia Missourian:  Number of people interested in UM president job a "pleasant surprise"
          KWMU:  University of Missouri official claims next president will be chosen based on "talent," "skill" and "knowledge";  UMSL's Tom George discusses drop in enrollment
          Columbia Missourian:  Student given probation for Yik Yak threat against blacks
          CDT:  Muslim student drops lawsuit alleging professor made racist comments;  Fatma El-Walid's original tale claimed she felt anxiety from "discriminatory, sexist, demeaning, humiliating comments" from Latino man X
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools can't manage to get civil rights paperwork together on time;  Obama's Education Department says it's no problem, district can just turn it in later
          Columbia Missourian:  Hands-only CPR training now a requirement for Missouri high school students
          JCNT:  PSC modifies order on Ameren debt X
          JCNT:  New rules try to reduce feral pigs in state X
          Missourinet:  One of Missouri's most wanted is no longer on the loose;  Cops capture Caucausoid career crook Vernon Phelps
        Washington Missourian editorial:  First editorial board in Missouri to publish biennial "Election is coming/You must get informed/Purchase our newspaper" piece of primary campaign cycle X
        KC Star editorial:  Missouri Southern rightly restarts legislative internships at the Capitol +
        Priddy:  A list of criticisms of GOP gov ads, and a recap of Missouri Times and Jo Mannies coverage of shady "LG PAC"
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        Thursday, June 16
       
Missourinet:  Heat and humidity creating dangerous conditions across Missouri;  Avoid working outside in the afternoon, stay hydrated, and look out for your neighbors - especially olds
          P-D:  Public Policy Polling (D) numbers:  McCaskill approval 48, disapproval 38, no opinion 15
          Missourinet:  McCaskill participates in Democratic filibuster over gun law proposals
          P-D:  McCaskill joins Democratic filibuster
          CDT:  Kander calls for ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists X
          SE Missourian:  Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson waives conceald-carry fees after Islamic terrorist's Orlando shooting spree +
          Drebes:  Campaign-limits initiative petition may be flawed
          The Missouri Times:  Stem-cell proponent makes $100,000 contribution to Eric Greitens
          SEMO Times:  Eric Schmitt stumps in Poplar Bluff
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Judy Baker's primary opponent uses "Trump Hates Me" fundraising line +
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Dem AG candidate Teresa Hensley on her 25-point loss to Vicky Hartzler in 2012, experience as county prosecutor, gun-docket proposal, more
          CDT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) questions Hawley's legal experience, readiness to be attorney general X
          JCNT:  Barnes presses Hawley on courtroom experience X
          The Missouri Times:  Chris Roepe to join John Bardgett & Associates
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) receives Missouri Centurion Award;  Comments from Missouri Century Foundation Chairman Gregg Keller
          The Missouri Times:  Kander convenes Elections Integrity Task Force;  Members include STL and KC feds, KC Police Chief Darryl Forte, Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, others
          SE Missourian:  Missouri employment drops after reaching all-time high +
          Missourinet:  Nixon signs law meant to fight child abuse and neglect
          The Missouri Times:  Child abuse bill gets Nixon's signature
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT's "Missouri Moves" cost-share program starts accepting applications
          P-D:  Missouri inmate loses case against Parole Board over vacant seats
          CDT:  Proposed University of Missouri budget shows $2 million cut in system payroll X
          CDT:  Profile:  Board of Curators student representative appointee Patrick Graham X
          CDT:  Minority internship program designed to inspire CPS students to become educators;  Whites need not apply, but superintendent says program will break stereotypes X
          Washington Missourian:  National health group claims food insecurity among seniors rose 3 percent in Missouri;  Franklin County official says it's not a problem there X
          The Missouri Times:  Jury rules with soybean farmers in checkoff case
          P-D:  Document shows some EPA officials saw West Lake waste removal as 'feasible'
          KWMU:  What's driving up homicides in the U.S.?  UMSL's Rick Rosenfeld on the 'Ferguson Effect' and emboldened instincts of the criminal element
          P-D editorial:  In wake of Islamic terrorist's attack, Eric Greitens should pull ad featuring gun
          JCNT editorial:  Nixon should sign bill to give criminal offenders a second chance X
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