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        Tuesday, March 26, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt, Hawley weigh in on Mueller report X
          KCUR:  The Missouri River is now primed for catastrophic spring floods
          KCUR:  10 failed levees in Midwest flood zone were not inspected by federal government
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement by Rep. Tommie Pierson, Jr. (D-St. Louis) on lack of African-American success in attaining state department leadership rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe "enthused" after Hyperloop task force holds first meeting
          JCNT:  Hyperloop group begins study of high-speed cross-state transportation X
          SNL:  Galloway finds "ongoing failure" by state to adequately review child care providers X
          P-D:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce report says state is in top 10 for technology job growth X
          AP:  REAL ID-compliant licenses now available in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres) proposes lobbyist gift ban;  League of Women Voters members shuffle into hearing room to "groan" in disapproval
          Washington Missourian:  Cities get zoning questions regarding medical marijuana X
          The Missouri Times:  Matthew Charles, President Trump's State of the Union guest, advocates for criminal justice overhaul in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Trump State of the Union guest visits Missouri to support proposed criminal justice system overhaul
          JCNT:  Ex-inmate joins Missouri justice overhaul effort X
          Columbia Missourian:  First man freed from prison under First Step Act calls for Missouri reforms
          P-D:  Lawmakers studying plan to give judges more flexibility on prison tems X
          P-D:  Missouri's money woes could help effort to make sports betting legal X
          The Missouri Times:  Bill honoring the late Rep. Cloria Brown signed into law
          P-D:  Stretch of Lindbergh Boulevard named for former Rep. Cloria Brown X
          Washington Missourian:  Increase in drug use linked to STD rise in Franklin County and statewide X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Blunt correct to fight for consumer protection regarding facial recognition technology X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin):  Fighting the smears against those improving Title IX
          P-D op-ed:  Man who ran unsuccessful campaign in urban state rep district unhappy with GOP's efforts on Amendment 1 X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Cassville Chamber of Commerce's Rachael Freeman:  Video lottery machines aren't going to bring prosperity to rural Missouri
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        Monday, March 25, 2019
       
KC Star:  "It's in our soul":  Missouri farmers tormented by floods will not give up the land X
          AP:  Midwest flood risk may persist for months +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT surveying road conditions as waters recede X
          KWMU:  North St. Louis County man gets probation for cemetery vandalization;  2017 incident sparked histrionic "hate" headlines
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest host Brittany Robbins leads panel of David Barklage, Kathie Conway, Jane Dueker, and Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) through discussion on charter schools, Better Together, infrastructure, more
          Missourinet:  Missourians can officially get REAL IDs
          Missourinet:  Parson to sign Cloria Brown Highway bill today
          SNL:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview X
          Missourinet:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview
          JCNT:  Rep. Kent Haden (R-Mexico) to carry legislation clarifying regulatory authority over animal ag X
          KWMU:  Rules changed to help black candidates in Ferguson-Florissant school board elections;  ACLU cheers victory over "white voting bloc"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Wind farm taxes should stay local X
          SE Missourian's Lucas Presson:  High school freshman Layton Lipke, son of former Rep. Scott Lipke (R-Jackson), uses camera skills to tell veteran's stories +
          Messenger:  Better Together plans to file a new statewide petition - and Steve Stenger won't be king X
          SNL letter:  Kirkwood sexagenarian angry over GOP attempts to clean up Amendment 1 X
          P-D letter:  Bonne Terre sexagenarian disagrees with conceal-carry legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kansas City marijuana enthusiast disagrees with Onder legislation regarding edibles X
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        Sunday, March 24, 2019
       
KWMU:  Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio embraces his controversial past in speech to St. Louis County GOP;  Better Together also a hot topic among attendees
          SE Missourian:  Oliver North extols virtues of United States during 50th annual Lincoln Day celebration +
          SNL:  Party leaders attempt to motivate Greene County Dems;  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade says her Monday press conferences are worth the effort X
          P-D:  Pro-life youth group marches from abortion facility to Gateway Arch X
          KC Star:  Farmers, elected officials, activists weigh in on Army Corp of Engineers and flooding X
          P-D:  Man who toppled headstones at Jewish cemetery in U. City gets probation;  Northwoods resident Alzado Harris blames behavior on drugs and alcohol X
          P-D:  State legislative update:  Second-half preview X
          Joplin Globe:  REAL ID driver's licenses to become available Monday X
          SNL:  Bill from Sen. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) aims to help city weed out unkempt lawns, offer more tools to fight nuisances X
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Neosho octogenarian says 401(k) freedom bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Republic) puts Missourians in "imminent danger" X
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        Saturday, March 23, 2019
       
P-D:  Feds say NGA project still on schedule for 2023 completion X
          KC Star:  Flooding forces evacuations in northwest Missouri towns X
          The Missouri Times:  New initiative petitions look to alter medical marijuana amendment, ethical standards
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 18, 2019
          P-D:  Parson visits three state prisons to promote pay-raise plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri to issue REAL ID-compliant licenses starting Monday
          JCNT:  Old Capitol cafeteria space becoming hearing room X
          KWMU:  HIV remains persistent problem in Missouri;  Blacks, gay men lead infection rankings
          P-D editorial briefs:  Blunt and border-emergency proposal, McDaniel and gun legislation X
          KC Star editorial:  Serious or not, AR-15 bill is a new low for Missouri Legislature X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Missouri River floods prove need for more protection
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Conservation Federation of Missouri's Tyler Schwartze:  Feral hogs are bad news
          Messenger:  Two days after debtors' prison ruling, Missouri judge tries to collect pay-to-stay bills X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County sexagenarian dislikes conceal-carry legislation X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman thinks calling Jefferson City offices might change legislators' positions on conceal-carry X
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        Friday, March 22, 2019  Former Lt. Gov. Bill Phelps passes away
       
The Missouri Times:  Parson declares state of emergency due to flooding
          Missourinet:  Worsening flood conditions prompt Parson to declare state of emergency in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Parson and Graves tour flood-damaged northwest Missouri;  St. Joseph under flash flood warning
          Missourinet:  Graves:  Flooding worse than in 1993
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Graves, residents speak out against Army Corps of Engineers' river management X
          KC Star:  Parson declares state of emergency as floods force evacuations in northwest Missouri X
          KWMU:  EPA provides feedback on state's coal ash and landfill regulations
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City)
          The Missouri Times:  Chamber 2030 report projects Missouri in top 10 states for technology growth
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Parson statement about academic degrees in Missouri rated "True"
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers tackle joinder and venue issue
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's system for impeachment doesn't need fixing X
          P-D op-ed:  ACLU's Tony Rothert:  Changing election rules can help ensure fewer whites win school board elections X
          P-D's Raasch:  Blunt should criticize Trump more often X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian skeptical of Blunt's motives on border-emergency vote X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian disagrees with Hawley vote on border wall, attempts "con law" punchline X
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        Thursday, March 21, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Parson, Graves, Cleaver tour flood damage
          AP:  Flooding alters Amtrak's KC-to-STL service
          SNL:  Christian County GOP leader changes tune, says Blunt is welcome at Lincoln/Trump Day dinner X
          KWMU:  Fort Leonard Wood adds staff and increases communication to fix base housing issues
          Missourinet:  Parson orders flags at half-staff to honor Missouri Army Reservist killed in Kuwait
          KWMU:  Looking to 2030, Parson and tech leaders aim to put Missouri on top
          JCNT:  Missouri Chamber Foundation report:  Missouri to be among top 10 tech states within 5 years X
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade talks with Kraske about Parson, taxes and House Dems' quest for relevance
          P-D:  Democrats lead the way in House absences;  Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) misses 48 of 188 votes, says rough schedule makes her more likely than colleagues to fall ill X
          P-D:  St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler hires former Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair Steve Webb (D-Florissant), who departed House after felony theft X
          The Missouri Times:  What's next for the Missouri Department of Revenue and taxpayers
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) says he faced "hate, vile attacks" after proposing change to teacher pensions X
          CDT:  Clean Missouri backers hire Planned Parenthood's polling firm to help fight GOP legislative fixes X
          AP:  Missouri approves Midwest wind-energy power line
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves massive transmission project facilitating renewable energy, economic growth
          KWMU:  PSC approves Grain Belt Express
          KC Star:  State moves forward on wind energy transmission line X
          KCUR:  Celebrating 100th General Assembly and 100 years at the Capitol:  Comments from House Chief Clerk Dana Rademan Miller, Bob Priddy, others
          KWMU:  Missouri State Board of Nursing expands five of state's nursing programs
          JCNT editorial:  Frustration with Missouri Department of Revenue boils over X
          KC Star editorial:  Before expanding charter schools, lawmakers should make some fixes first X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Casey Guernsey:  Let's let Trump & DeVos overhaul Title IX, not Gary Romine
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Hannibal Mayor James Hark:  Grain Belt Express approval by PSC benefits all Missourians
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Mizzou "peace studies" professor dislikes bipartisan effort on Title IX
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man disagrees with Post-Dispatch's logic on conceal-carry X
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        Wednesday, March 20, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Flooding causes major roadblocks for Missouri farmers
          The Missouri Times:  Eddy Justice launches 2020 campaign for state Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka)
          JCNT:  Parson:  Reorganization effort progressing X
          The Missouri Times:  Restructuring of state agencies moves into next phase
          Missourinet:  Parson touts state government restructuring, says DED is being outperformed by other states
          SNL:  When will patients be able to step into a Missouri marijuana dispensary? Hint: It's not January 1, 2020;  Comments from MoCannTrade's Jack Cardetti, DHSS' Lisa Cox, others X
          SNL:  Video:  What you should know about Missouri's marijuana rules X
          Columbia Missourian:  Supporters of joint lawsuit limitations headed for first major victory
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court rules those unable to pay jail debts cannot be sent back to prison
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court strikes down jail time for jail debts
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court rules that courts cannot threaten more jail time for failure to pay jail debt X
          Missourinet:  Senate bill would create Missouri steamboat and state museums - funded by casino boat fees
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Congress should demand Army Corps of Engineers prioritize flood control over wildlife habitat X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Hear Blunt out, don't shut him out X
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should stop filing "fake" legislation intended to prove a point X
          P-D editorial:  Billington's legislation seeking greater transparency reeks of hypocrisy X
          Jensen:  Missouri study could shine light on "family tradition" of welfare dependency +
          SE Missourian letter:  Marble Hill man says Blunt "wimped out" on border-emergency vote +
          P-D letter:  Moms Demand Action sexagenarian dislikes conceal-carry legislation X
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        Tuesday, March 19, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Former U.S. Rep. Bill Burlison (D) dies;  Loss in 1980 election to Bill Emerson changed Bootheel's partisan trajectory +
          KC Star:  Christian County GOP members split on Blunt's border-emergency vote X
          KWMU:  Pelosi joins Clay in Ferguson to stump for voting-rights legislation
          P-D:  Pelosi promotes House election-law package, endorses Lacy Clay in visit to Ferguson X
          Missourinet:  Pelosi visits Ferguson to promote voting-rights bill
          Missourinet:  Missouri flooding update:  Road outage list, governor warns of water dangers
          JCNT:  Mid-Missouri flood conditions mild compared to northern part of state X
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D-Kansas City)
          Missourinet:  Legislative session halftime report:  Analysis from Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to ban drivers from texting +
          Missourinet:  North St. Louis County day care files appeal with DHSS in attempt to remain open;  Video captured behemoth tossing three-year old against cabinet, splitting girl's head open
          P-D editorial:  Parson should veto bipartisan Title IX bills X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring):  Conservatives agree that Missouri colleges must protect due process
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) responds quickly to Sunshine Law request
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        Monday, March 18, 2019
       
AP:  More evacuations in Midwest as flood waters move downstream
          Missourinet:  Mid-Missouri judge hears arguments in Hawley subpoena case
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe talks to Rosenbaum about relationship with Parson, school safety task force, hyperloop, workforce development, more
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Robbyn Wahby talks charter schools;  Panel of MOGOP Executive Director Jean Evans and Reps. Shamed Dogan, Wiley Price IV, and Steven Roberts talk charter schools, DOR tax withholding errors, Title IX due process legislation, more
          Missourinet:  MO DHSS releases proposed rules for medical marijuana facilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Title IX legislation finds support from UM curator, NAACP chapter
          SNL:  Libla calls for gas-tax hike X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Luetkemeyer bill would apply term limits to all statewide officeholders X
          Joplin Globe:  Sports-betting bill from Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) supported by Cardinals, Royals, MLB X
          KCUR:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) talks constituent-privacy bill
          Washington Missourian:  "Ebker Bill" passes House by wide margin, with bipartisan support X
          SNL:  House OKs poaching bill with even higher fines than initially proposed X
          P-D:  Alice Liu becomes three-time St. Louis spelling bee champion;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          AP:  Since Ferguson riots, six activists and agitators have died - three by suicide, two by homicide, one by dope overdose
          CDT editorial:  DOR case shows that Sunshine Law matters X
          Messenger:  The Flood of 2019 begins as Missouri and Mississippi rivers swell. Downstream, we wait. X
          Phill Brooks:  State lawmakers return to tradition of following calendar order of bills X
          SNL op-ed:  Area liberal disagrees with Burlison on union issues, compares lawmakers to mules X
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        Sunday, March 17, 2019   Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
SNL:  Blunt, Hawley differ on Trump's national emergency declaration X
          JCNT:  Todd Richardson shares what he learned about Medicaid from touring state X
          JCNT:  Missouri searches for path to contain Medicaid spending X
          JCNT:  Rep. Rudy Veit (R-Wardsville):  Revenue director's resignation leaves questions X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation keeps adding tech to connect people with outdoors +
          Columbia Missourian:  New task force fights for $238 million Missouri River bridge near Rocheport
          CDT:  Ameren refutes activist group's rumors that nuclear power plants may close X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt shows courage and common sense in vote against Trump border emergency X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Blunt and Hawley differ on emergency declaration, but Trump will probably be the winner X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Don't buy into Title IX reform fear;  Red herrings on "dark money" and "conflicts of interest" distract from substantive policy issue X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  AG Eric Schmitt should investigate Neosho City Council text messages X
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        Saturday, March 16, 2019
       
KWMU:  Blunt votes against Trump's emergency declaration on border wall
          KC Star:  Blunt votes to block Trump's use of emergency powers to build wall X
          P-D:  Blunt votes against Trump's emergency declaration X
          P-D:  Cori Bush to challenge Lacy Clay in 2020 Democratic primary;  2018 primary silver medalist unsure if Ocasio-Cortez will endorse X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 11, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Ken Zellers named acting director of DOR
          Missourinet:  Walters resigns, and COO gets chance to stabilize agency
          KC Star:  Spring break legislative update:  Parson, GOP lawmakers have diverse views on transportation funding, DOR issues X
          AP:  NAACP branch supports adding due process to Title IX inquisitions
          P-D:  NAACP branch backs effort to change Title IX persecutions:  John Gaskin III:  "The denial of due process at Missouri's colleges disproportionately impacts African-American men" X
          The Missouri Times:  Title IX bill gains momentum
          The Missouri Times:  Senate bill aims to protect Missourians from illegal alien invaders
          AP:  Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) says gun bill proves a point on government mandates
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS releases drafts of rules for medical marijuana facilities
          SNL:  Missouri posts draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, grow facilities and more X
          SNL:  DNR reps attempt to explain science at TCE forum;  Area man wants payday for those with "strange diseases" X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators approve harsh pro-life measure X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Let's give local business level playing field with out-of-state companies
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gregg Keller:  Missouri's college students don't lose their constitutional rights when they step on campus
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  MU Journalism School's Sandy Davidson:  "Eek!" and "Gag!", OMG! Musings on dogs, "faux paws," and Clean Missouri
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger over GOP pro-life legislation X
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        Friday, March 15, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt, Hawley split on Trump emergency declaration vote
          P-D:  Mental health program being tried in Missouri gets support from Roy Blunt X
          P-D:  Mexican admits transporting illegal aliens caught on Interstate 44 near Six Flags X
          CDT:  Draft news release shows state toned down taxpayer warning X
          CDT:  Joel Walters to resign as director of revenue X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR Director Joel Walters expected to resign today
          Missourinet:  DOR director to resign today
          KWMU:  Lawmakers go on spring break with fights on abortion, transportation and finances ahead
          The Missouri Times:  At halfway point, roughly 100 bills volley between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Senate approves supplemental budget, sends bill back to the House
          The Missouri Times:  Libla proposes fuel tax increase spread over multiple years
          Columbia Missourian:  New fuel tax proposal gets support in hearing;  Comments from "Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Franklin [sic]), Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles [sic])
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) pushes for earned income tax credit program
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers reconsider low-income housing tax credit
          AP:  House considers trimming impeachment power after Greitens case
          KWMU:  Missouri House wants to allow school districts to offer elective class on the Bible
          SNL:  House considers allowing medical marijuana patients to expunge old possession charges X
          The Missouri Times:  State nursing board approves major program expansions to address statewide workforce shortage
          Columbia Missourian:  House bill could reverse Missouri death penalty law
          SE Missourian:  State ponders more punitive poaching penalties;  Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau) one of few opponents +
          P-D editorial:  Blunt joins in a rebuke of Trump. Hawley chooses loyalty over the Constitution. X
          CDT editorial:  Joel Walters finally makes the right call in stepping down X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  When it comes to transportation funding, Missouri is a backwards state X
          Messenger:  Missouri Republicans get new rallying cry for gun-porn legislation:  Not a Good Choice X
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        Thursday, March 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  FEMA urges St. Louisans to buy flood insurance
          P-D:  Obituary:  Former Rep. Cindy Ostmann (R-St. Peters) passes away;  Visitation and funeral this weekend
          P-D:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) to kick off bid for state Senate on Saturday X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson appoints Munzlinger to Probation and Parole Board, fills education board
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe to lead school-safety task force
          JCNT:  Parson fast-tracks school-safety task force X
          SE Missourian:  Bill aims for due process in college sexual assault cases +
          P-D:  'John Doe' sues Washington U. over being suspended without hearing after sexual-assault tale;  University opposes due-process legislation X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators hold up Koenig's Empowerment Scholarship Account legislation for hours;  Republicans say they'll continue to block it
          Missourinet:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) wants to spend more money on Access Missouri
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate online-behavior mandate for schools X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would allow districts to offer elective classes on the Bible
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Lawmakers debate elective Bible classes;  Comments from "Maria Chappell-Nadal [sic]" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers allocate $200k for schools to use career-exploration app
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) correct about lack of functional kitchen at school for disabled children
          Missourinet:  Missouri income tax penalty legislation has bipartisan support;  Revenue director to testify again
          The Missouri Times:  Eggleston's vehicle-inspection bill perfected for second time this session
          SNL:  Some lawmakers support no-excuse absentee voting X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers want to let medical marijuana patients expunge their records
          The Missouri Times:  House moves to protect medical marijuana cardholder information from federal government
          JCNT:  Senate committee considers transfer of state land for Heartland Port X
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers look to raise awareness of endangered salamanders X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 13, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt looks for political cover instead of rejecting Trump border emergency X
          P-D editorial:  Aide demonstrates why lawmakers shouldn't expand conceal-carry venues X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri bill would allow guns in bars, churches, day cares. What could possibly go wrong? X
          P-D letter:  Area gals complain about Trump's changes to family-planning program rules X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian unhappy that Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Smith voted against House Dem proposals X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis sexagenarian applauds Raasch's lamentations on journalism, says all students should be forced to read column X
          P-D letter:  Affton sexagenarian outraged that editorial page's "thumbs-up" graphic depicts a Caucasoid thumb X
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        Wednesday, March 13, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley-backed bill strengthens privacy protections X
        KC Star:  Flood warnings issued along Missouri River near Kansas City after rain and snow melt X
        SNL:  National cannabis lobbyist tells St. Louis audience he sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' X
        SNL:  Smattering of southwest Missouri cannabis entrepreneurs take part in St. Louis trade show X
        The Missouri Times:  Vescovo announces bid for House Speaker
        The Missouri Times:  Parson to issue executive order for School Safety Task Force
        JCNT:  Parson appoints 3 to Lincoln University Curators Board X
        The Missouri Times:  Bill moving impeachment trials to Senate causes consternation among some lawmakers
        CDT:  Revenue woes, garnishment in background as committee approves budget X
        The Missouri Times:  Scaled-back Title IX bill voted out of House committee
        KWMU:  Missouri House committee approves changes to how colleges handle sexual assault reports
        Columbia Missourian:  Proposed Title IX changes revised;  Comments from "Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-St. Louis [sic])
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) wants to push hemp over the hump for farmers +
        SNL:  Missouri House votes to make it easier to refill birth control X
        SE Missourian:  New legislation addresses 911-funding sources +
        The Missouri Times:  Public-private task force to look into feasibility of hyperloop in Missouri
        JCNT:  Missouri House forms Hyperloop committee X
        AP:  Panel to study possibility of Hyperloop in Missouri
        Missourinet:  New group aims to accelerate construction of Hyperloop in Missouri
        KC Star:  Panel formed to accelerate Missouri Hyperloop construction X
        Missourinet:  Missouri Gold Star Families legislation stalls in House;  key term is "official"
        Columbia Missourian:  Two years before Missouri's bicentennial, setup for statewide celebration begins
        JCNT:  State senator's aide arrested after bar fight X
        P-D editorial:  Parson and the Legislature should try again to ask voters for a fuel tax hike X
        JCNT editorial:  House should follow Senate on public notices X
        KC Star editorial:  Bill that would gut Title IX written by dark-money lobbyist with a conflict X
        P-D op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  As a sexual assault survivor, I support campus due process protections X
        Priddy:  Lawmakers should support a National Steamboat Museum in Jefferson City
        P-D letter:  University City woman wants Blunt and Hawley to oppose Trump on border move X
        KC Star letter:  Independence man wants Legislature to put stand-alone gas-tax measure on ballot X
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau man disappointed by Democrats' lack of support for pro-life bills +
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        Tuesday, March 12, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Parson speaks at IAFF annual legislative conference in D.C.
          AP:  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee continues post-election bid against Hawley, this time focused on open records
          P-D:  Four months after election, DSCC takes another shot at Josh Hawley X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt, Haahr celebrate Sunshine Week by highlighting transparency efforts
          P-D:  Cannabis trade show at Union Station draws hundreds X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Kevin Windham (D-Hillsdale) talks with Rosenbaum about felons voting, GOP's pro-life legislation, the problems with St. Louis City-County merger, more
          JCNT:  Judge Beetem blocks merit overhaul in unions' lawsuit X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee signs off on budget bills, funding pay increases and Fast-Track grants
          AP:  Missouri House Dems oppose Parson plan to pay for roads
          CDT:  Attorney says bank must honor $118M garnishment of state funds X
          P-D:  Missouri faces $118 million bill for prison guards' back pay X
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Sen. Karla May (D-St. Louis City) team up on criminal justice overhaul proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Model prisoners could get another chance with increased parole board discretion
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Herman Morse (R-Dexter) wants to study generational effects of welfare:  "Welfare is supposed to be a safety net, not necessarily a hammock"
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) confident "paycheck protection" law will stand X
          SE Missourian:  Legislation seeks statewide mission designation for three academic programs at SEMO +
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes measure that would extend prescriptions for birth control
          SNL:  TV shows and movies about Missouri aren't filmed here. Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would help change that. X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers eyeing hike in driver's license fees X
          The Missouri Times:  With feasibility determined, Hyperloop to take in-depth look at Missouri reality
          JCNT:  Senate panel hears Bernskoetter's poaching fines bill X
          Missourinet:  'Missouri Sliced Bread Day' bill advances to Missouri Senate
          P-D editorial:  Secrecy behind medical marijuana licensing opens door for abuses X
          SE Missourian letter:  Community Caring Council's Melissa Stickel clarifies information in housing-assistance story +
          SE Missourian letter:  Jackson man responds to letter from Cape Girardeau septuagenarian who complained about GOP's pro-life legislation +
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        Monday, March 11, 2019
       
KC Star:  Flood warnings issued as rivers rise across Kansas City region and northwest Missouri X
          Joplin Globe:  FEMA approves $3.5 million in storm shelter grants for area districts X
          P-D:  Former St. Louisan Dick Gephardt aiding electric car maker who is trying to build SUV X
          P-D:  Marijuana industry attracts hopefuls from across Missouri - and beyond;  Comments from Jack Cardetti, DHSS Director Randall Williams X
          P-D:  State releases list of IT consulting companies vying for marijuana-software contracts X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus), LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis City), Barklage's Steven McCullough, ACLU's Sara Baker talk infrastructure spending, Title IX changes, pro-life legislation, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Low-income housing tax credits closer to being revived X
          Columbia Missourian:  Uncertainty looms over Missouri charter school expansion
          Missourinet:  Missouri House set to debate private college campus security legislation
          KWMU:  Dicamba herbicide an effective tool for those who use it properly;  MO Dept. of Ag takes action against those who choose to break application guidelines
          Missourinet:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) proposes bill intended to keep kids off adult websites
          KC Star:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) files "hands up, don't shoot" bill X
          KC Star editorial:  Plan to reduce the size of the Missouri Legislature has merit X
          SE Missourian editorial:  911 funding should be higher priority for Missouri safety X
          Keller:  Uncovering the garnishment of state bank accounts X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Effects of marijuana legalization deserve serious discussion X
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        Sunday, March 10, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag New:  Former Ag Director Richard Fordyce, now chief of USDA's Farm Service Agency, says implementation of farm bill is FSA's top priority
          JCNT:  Lincoln University receives federal grant for new agriculture building X
          AP:  Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight;  Ruthless corporations destroy newspapers with mean-spirited principles like budgeting, profit-lost analysis
          JCNT:  State officials still seeking ways to improve employees' salaries X
          Joplin Globe:  Parson still optimistic about infrastructure deal after House introduces its own funding plan X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Wind farms add to Missouri's road woes X
          SNL:  GOP lawmakers pitch plan for tax-bill relief X
          CDT:  Supporters take aim at Missouri's tax-credit calculator X
          Columbia Missourian:  Nonprofit backing Title IX changes ramps up educational effort
          KC Star's Edward McKinley:  Lincoln University among Richard McIntosh's clients;  Comments from "Greg [sic] Keller" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) discusses his rural broadband bill
          KWMU:  Missouri S&T robots may help state inspect bridges
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) looks at expanding concealed-carry freedoms X
          SNL:  Missouri Sierra Club unhappy with CU's coal ash storage plan X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Downsizing the General Assembly X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should not punish owners of fuel-efficient cars with higher registration fees X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Why are some newspapers dying? Blame GateHouse Media X
          P-D's Raasch:  Lamentations on publishers trimming newsroom fat:  You readers depend on journalists, even if you're too stingy to pay X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  The 'Green New Deal' would cost a lot of green
          KC Star op-ed:  Park University President Greg Gunderson:  Missouri bills, while well-intended, could weaken Title IX and hurt students X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Hemp Trade Association's Boyd Vancil and Tyler Morgan:  20 years later, a freedom to farm hemp
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        Saturday, March 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Illegal aliens, Ilhan Omar, more X
          KCUR:  Three KC-area hospitals penalized by Medicare for high complication rates
          The Missouri Times:  To date, roughly one-third of initiative petitions approved to gather signatures
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Better Together's Kyle Juvers says Galloway's fiscal note is a 'push forward' for pro-merger plan
          The Missouri Times:  Judges temporarily halt 'paycheck protection' law, merit system overhaul
          AP:  Missouri judge blocks restrictions in HB 1413
          P-D:  Judges block laws involving unions X
          CDT:  Judge:  Missouri Department of Corrections to be garnished $118 million X
          SNL:  DHSS holds medical marijuana forum in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 4, 2019
          SE Missourian:  Parson addresses bridge funding at Jackson stop touting workforce development +
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  AG Eric Schmitt gives crime-fighting update at Lathrop Gage breakfast;  Schatz, Grier, Mulligan, McKenna provide legislative update
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzwater's bill to reduce the size of state House moves forward
          P-D:  Group seeking to advance Title IX changes begins campaign to educate lawmakers +
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) joins University of Missouri Extension's Marshall Stewart on panel to discuss state ag issues
          SE Missourian:  GOP lawmakers differ on plan to scrap vehicle inspections +
          KWMU:  MoDOT plans for more construction along I-44 in 2019, other work on I-70, I-270
          The Missouri Times:  House committee to hear 'Breakfast After the Bell' bills
          JCNT editorial:  Don't expand concealed-carry X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Missouri should suspend - not cancel - Medicaid for prisoners X
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        Friday, March 8, 2019
       
P-D:  Clay calls on Commerce Secretary to resign after another federal judge rules against Census citizenship question X
          P-D:  Fearing another 1993 disaster, Mississippi River mayors calling for more flexibility on federal flood mitigation spending X
          Twitter.com:  P-D Political and National Editor Christopher Ave departs
          AP:  Schmitt announces $30 million settlement in sweepstakes scam aimed at elderly
          The Missouri Times:  Supporters of "Clean Missouri" oppose GOP legislation on drawing districts;  Comments from League of Women Voters, others
          Missourinet:  Proposal to reduce Missouri House's size gets green light from a House committee
          The Missouri Times:  House approves $483 million supplemental budget
          SNL:  MSU, OTC notch early wins in House budget drafts X
          P-D:  Schatz raises red flag over new House plan to fix roads and bridges in Missouri X
          Missourinet:  Another attempt to boost gas tax makes its way to Missouri House committee
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) hopes to set scene for new film and television production in Missouri +
          The Missouri Times:  Senate closes week without tackling anticipated education bills
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers again consider law honoring concealed-carry permits
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers back drone prohibition near prisons
          Washington Missourian:  Electronic gaming machines in use in Franklin County - and they're not regulated by Missouri Gaming Commission X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  After day-care savagery caught on tape, Missouri needs strong focus on child care X
          JCNT editorial:  Child health data shouldn't just be kept, it should be used X
          CDT op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Andrew Wilson:  'Green New Deal' would be a raw deal for Missouri farmers X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit):  Taking steps to end the costly border war with Kansas
          Messenger:  On Greitens, dark money, Title IX due process, and St. Louis City's Lewis Reed X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Missouri farmers should face consistent rules for raising livestock
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        Thursday, March 7, 2019
       
KCUR:  Woodrow Wilson Foundation study claims 61 percent of Missourians would fail history portion of U.S. citizenship test
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Lathrop Gage to host legislative update breakfast tomorrow:  Schmitt, MoDOT's Patrick McKenna, Higher Ed's Zora Mulligan, Schatz, Derek Grier
          JCNT:  State leaders salute those keeping Missouri safe X
          KCUR:  New Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent brings crime-fighting background to post
          KCUR:  Fiending to get doctor's approval for your marijuana "need"?  Missouri says hold your lighters.
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Chair Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage) proposes $100 million in general revenue to fund infrastructure
          Missourinet:  Smith:  The solution to Missouri's roads isn't to go further into debt
          AP:  House budget plan includes $100M for road, bridge repairs
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee takes deep dive into state's tax credits
          The Missouri Times:  Senate Democrats say they'll keep fighting bill modifying state's minimum wage
          SNL:  Republicans focus on gerrymandering elements of Clean Missouri X
          P-D:  Lawmakers debate charter schools;  Rep. Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City):  "There's been some fierce-@ss conversations" X
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill to delay start of school
          The Missouri Times:  Bill on due process and Title IX hearings draws large crowd during House hearing
          CDT:  Attorneys Chris Slusher, Mike Colona weigh in on proposed Title IX changes X
          P-D:  Washington University opposes bipartisan effort on due process in Title IX investigations X
          KC Star:  Mini-profiles:  Due-process advocates Richard McIntosh, Chris Slusher are married to women with distinguished legal and public service careers, serving under Democratic administrations X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) presents vehicle hijacking bill in committee
          P-D:  Proposal from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would expand areas where concealed-carry licenses are honored X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would lower sales tax on feminine hygiene products, as well as diapers for babies and olds
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of March 6, 2019
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Chris Dinkins (R-Annapolis):  For stronger families, it's time for Republicans to rally behind Trump's plan for paid family leave
          Priddy:  Musings on steamboat museum and Parson's infrastructure bonds
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau septuagenarian disapproves of GOP House members' pro-life priorities +
          KC Star letters:  Ozark septuagenarian outraged over GOP efforts to clean up Amendment 1;  Kansas man says Star reporters have transferred their angry liberal bias from Brownback to Hawley X
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        Wednesday, March 6, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders disbarred
        P-D:  Gephardt says focus on Ocasio-Cortez overshadowing important stories X
        The Missouri Times:  Beetem takes Confide lawsuit under advisement
        P-D:  Galloway begs off Better Together fight, calls cost savings "unknown" X
        KC Star:  With witness' consent, AG's office had staff member present during Ashcroft investigation of Hawley X
        The Missouri Times:  Active superintendent of Highway Patrol tapped for role permanently
        Missourinet:  Lt. Col. Eric Olson takes over as superintendent of Missouri Highway Patrol
        The Missouri Times:  Senate adopts rule change allowing senators to abstain from votes
        P-D:  Democrats stall GOP move on minimum wage X
        SE Missourian:  Loss of grant closes door on housing assistance program;  Grown woman says she assumed government subsidies would always cover 100% of her rent +
        The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks to bring back tax credits for film production companies
        Columbia Missourian's Natasha Vyhovsky:  Bipartisan nonprofit backs effort to improve Title IX process at universities;  Key players include Richard McIntosh, "Joe Larkin [sic]"
        KC Star:  Bipartisan group seeks to fight for due process in Title IX investigations X
        P-D:  Bipartisan group says it hopes to bring fairness to Title IX processes X
        The Missouri Times:  Victory Enterprises poll shows majority of Missourians oppose Title IX witch hunts
        The Missouri Times:  Empowerment scholarship account programs see success as Missouri lawmakers contemplate implementing similar awards
        P-D:  Bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags and straws X
        Missourinet:  'Sliced Bread Day' bill to go before Missouri House today
        P-D editorial:  Protecting juvenile criminals' right to legal representation X
        Waters:  UM caucus ushers in a new day for university support X
        P-D op-ed:  Ascension's Nick Ragone:  Confidence Checkmate:  Chess is positioning Ferguson-Florissant students for success X
        P-D letter:  Pacific septuagenarian mocks GOP legislators for pro-life legislation X
        P-D letter:  Springfield feminist attempts humor involving vasectomies X
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        Tuesday, March 5, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Lincoln Days 2019:  Grassroots, grassroots, grassroots
          KWMU:  Three Lincoln Days takeaways:  Parson's plans, city-county merger and ballot initiatives
          Missourinet:  New federal broadband funds can help rural Missouri - if utilities buy in
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson, lawmakers looking for ways to make child care safer
          JCNT:  Parson names working group on day-care abuse X
          Missourinet:  Parson weighs in on Pine Lawn day care workers' savage behavior
          P-D:  State moves to close Pine Lawn day care where behemoth tossed 3-year-old girl, splitting head open X
          P-D:  Missouri shells out another $600,000 in harassment case filed by prison worker X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe pleased with progress and tone of current legislative session
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks with Rosenbaum about sports betting's revenue benefits, PDMP, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hoskins looks to end border war with Kansas
          P-D:  Missouri Senate approves long-sought legal changes X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) proposes 'good government' resolution reducing size of state House, increasing number of senators
          JCNT:  Fitzwater proposes amendment to reshape House, Senate X
          Missourinet:  Fitzwater's proposed constitutional amendment would reduce the size of the Missouri House
          AP:  Eigel pitches alternative road repair plan
          P-D:  Effort to crack down on county 'debtors' prisons' clears the Missouri House X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton) looks to adjust reimbursement rates for nursing homes that invest in improvements
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) presents bill stopping dog ban laws
          KC Star op-ed:  Former Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights):  Editorial was wrong to criticize abortion extremists on both sides of issue X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. associate "social anthropology" professor Bret Gustafson:  Join environmental activists in protesting Ameren's dirty fossil fuels X
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        Monday, March 4, 2019
       
SNL:  At Lincoln Days, Republicans offer preview of 2020 campaigns X
          Columbia Missourian:  Liberal activist Cori Bush declares 2020 primary challenge to Lacy Clay, claims Clay supporters threatened to kill her
          The Maneater (Mizzou) "Move" Magazine:  True/False Film Fest features documentary of liberal female candidates;  2018 Democratic primary silver medalist Cori Bush touts her vuluptuous hips, other relevant qualifications
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  2020 Dem gov frontrunner Scott Sifton talks with Scott Faughn about statewide campaign, tort legislation and Senate filibuster, more;  Panel of Richard McIntosh, Jake Hummel, Lou Hamilton and Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) talk pro-life bills, tort-bill debate, Title IX and due process, more
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri marks FFA week with future focus;  Thoughts from Gov. Parson, Ag Director Chris Chinn
          JCNT:  Bobbie Herman shares memories from 30 years of rubbing elbows with Missouri governors X
          Missourinet:  Walters:  Missourians who prefer bigger tax refunds need to take proactive action
          P-D:  Who's charging you sales taxes? Attempt by Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) to make a Missouri tax map meets confusion, resistance X
          Washington Missourian:  'Heartbeat' bill passes in House X
          P-D:  GOP bills could keep released inmates from returning to jail, overdosing on drugs or experiencing a relapse of mental illness X
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) would end breed-specific dog legislation X
          SNL:  Missouri DNR says more TCE-extraction wells planned X
          P-D editorial:  Bill to allow Bible study in public school classrooms puts the First Amendment last X
          CDT editorial:  Title IX continues to leave us in the dark X
          Keller:  Walters changes story on income tax receipts X
          Phill Brooks:  How social media has negatively impacted young journalists and state government X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  'Big Ag' has purchased Republican state lawmakers' votes in exchange for favorable CAFO legislation
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        Sunday, March 3, 2019
       
KWMU:  At Lincoln Days, Missouri Republicans gear up to defend their gains
          CDT:  In visit to Ralls County, Blunt talks rural broadband, Trump emergency declaration, more X
          P-D's Raasch:  In the warming 'Green New Deal' debate, a tale of coasts vs. midlands;  Comments from 100% of Post-Dispatch's polisci prof pundit pool (UMSL's Dave Robertson) X
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week X
          SNL:  REAL IDs are almost here. Here's how to get one. X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri bill would outlaw abortions if Roe v. Wade overturned X
          Washington Missourian:  Prosecutor keeping tabs on House bill;  Convicts could be released early X
          JCNT:  MU Health Care doesn't rule out future legislation for hospital sale X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Carjacking rare in our area, but state law is needed;  Crime has a way of moving out of St. Louis City into Franklin County X
          Waters:  Republican legislators wrong to propose pro-life legislation and oppose "Rowe [sic] vs. Wade";  Octogenarian says he doesn't want to blow his "whole wad on the end of Rowe [sic]" X
          SNL op-ed:  Former city councilman opposes Burlison's 'Stop Socialism Act' X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Union, Mo. sexagenarian disagrees with eliminating state auto safety inspections, supports eliminating emissions testing X
          SNL letters:  Battlefield sexagenarian dislikes GOP attempts to improve ballot initiatives;  Springfield octogenarian offended by Elijah Haahr's testament to Christianity and pro-life principles X
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        Saturday, March 2, 2019
       
Kraske's farewell column:  Here's why I covered politics for so many years:  The hope for better days ahead
          KC Star:  Hawley takes the stage at CPAC X
          KWMU:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finishes cleanup of Manhattan Project site
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission issues two advisory opinions, dismisses complaint against Jamilah Nasheed
          The Missouri Times:  Mr. Missouri:  A conversation with Mike Kehoe
          The Missouri Times:  Movers and Shakers:  The Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) talks with Rosenbaum about abortion legislation, constituent privacy, and fentanyl penalties
          Missourinet:  Missouri to begin offering REAL IDs this month
          AP:  Missouri 'on track' to offer REAL ID licenses this month
          KC Star:  GOP lawmakers hope Missouri keeps investing in Chiefs, Royals stadiums X
          KCUR:  Steamboat Arabia Museum charts course away from City Market, toward Jefferson City
          SNL:  Rep. Hardy Billington (R-Poplar Bluff) wants to ban anonymous church-and-state lawsuits X
          KCUR:  Thousands of Missouri inmates whose paroles were revoked may be entitled to relief, judge rules
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt and Hawley must uphold the Constitution and block Trump emergency X
          CDT editorial:  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) puts needs above politics with disabled-kids legislation X
          SNL op-ed:  House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield):  Standing for the unborn X
          CDT op-ed:  Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple:  GOP senators wrong to introduce Title IX legislation X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man wants state law banning cell-phone use while driving X
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        Friday, March 1, 2019
       
March 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          March 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          P-D:  Hawley votes 'yes' on Trump federal court nominee Neomi Rao X
          KWMU:  Clay says Cohen hearing should be a wake-up call for Americans about Trump
          KWMU:  Ashcroft finds Hawley didn't improperly use AG's office for statewide bid
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft closes investigation into Hawley, says no probable cause law was violated
          P-D:  Ashcroft:  Investigation shows Hawley did not misuse public resources X
          AP:  Ashcroft:  No evidence Hawley misused public resources
          KC Star:  Ashcroft investigation concludes that Hawley didn't violate election law X
          CDT:  Parson continues statewide tour of problem bridges X
          JCNT:  Parson visits Cole County bridge on repair list X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson fills Conservation Commission vacancy with CEO of Orscheln Industries
          AP:  Missouri proposes truce with Kansas in business battle
          JCNT:  Kehoe encourages NFIB members to keep talking to legislators X
          The Missouri Times:  House adds sunset to Fast Track program, sends bill to Senate
          AP:  House approves scholarship for older adults
          P-D:  Missouri House gives green light to governor's 'Fast Track' job program X
          AP:  DOR director says he was in error, not tax withholding tables
          P-D:  With Missourians facing smaller refunds, state tax chief admits changes were his idea X
          Columbia Missourian:  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) looks to expand concealed-carry rights
          Columbia Missourian:  Fuel-efficient cars would cost more to register under new proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Prairie) pushes to roll back pit-bull laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators debate Medicaid work requirements
          KWMU:  Missouri Budget Project and Missouri Foundation for Health continue push for Medicaid expansion
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Josh Hawley shows he's willing to buck his own party's leadership
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislature should stop policing-for-profit cash grab X
          P-D's Raasch:  Hawley's declarations of independence riling up his party's right wing X
          P-D op-ed:  Michael Wolff and Dave Roland:  How to fix the initiative petition process X
          SNL's Christopher Dixon:  Car inspections boost tax revenue, not safety X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights man dislikes GOP's pro-life bill X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man wants Legislature to expand Medicaid X
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        February 28, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional briefs:  Blunt on emergency declaration;  Clay on "Green New Deal";  82-year-old Jack Danforth, who left Senate 24 years ago, weighs in on legislation X
          Missourinet:  Clay garners national spotlight for questioning of Cohen
          P-D:  Clay seizes spotlight, says Trump will be prosecuted for bank fraud X
          P-D:  Farm slump holds down third-quarter GDP in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt names M. Keithley Williams coordinator of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt appoints leader of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
          P-D:  Schmitt spearheads effort to clear rape-kit testing backlog X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit)
          CDT:  DOR Director Joel Walters changes story about refund issue, credits Fitzpatrick for correcting him X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lower-income families hit by state's tax mix-up
          The Missouri Times:  Senate compromises on tort overhaul following filibuster
          The Missouri Times:  House gives omnibus abortion bill overwhelming approval
          KWMU:  House approves sweeping pro-life bill
          AP:  House passes pro-life legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Abortion bill heads to Senate, where another fight looms
          P-D:  Pro-life legislation headed for showdown in Senate X
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would let Pharmacy Board experiment with technology X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) wants to give school districts the freedom to add elective Bible classes X
          P-D:  Missouri children are waiving their right to legal counsel. That's a problem, some lawmakers say X
          Columbia Missourian:  Rep. Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) wants to do away with property taxes;  Some colleagues worry about effect on school funding
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) would allow some child death statistics to be public information X
          Joplin Globe:  New human trafficking poster law to take effect X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold) statement on sex trafficking and life expectancy rated "False"
          The Missouri Times:  House committee advances proposal for funding convention, sports centers
          KWMU:  Q&A regarding activist complaints about coal ash containment
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Bridge program isn't a long-term fix
          JCNT editorial:  Stronger carjacking laws would make streets safer X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Give student journalists a voice with Walter Cronkite New Voices Act X
          P-D editorial:  Don't deny newspapers ad revenue from public notices X
          CDT op-ed:  Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri's Jerry Dowell:  Alzheimer's families need state support X
          P-D letter:  SEIU activist:  Legislature wrong for seeking minimum-wage adjustments X
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        February 27, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley to meet with Trump nominee Neomi Rao prior to committee vote
          KC Star:  Hawley campaign offers to pay back state $27 in incidental travel expenses from 2017 X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) talks with Rosenbaum about the Nexus of Internet sales tax, as well as charter schools and Clean Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  DOR proposes $263k net reduction to department budget
          Missourinet:  Missouri House oversight committee to hold third hearing on DOR tax issue today
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with 'strongest pro-life bill in the country'
          KC Star:  After emotional debate, Missouri House poised to pass 'strongest pro-life bill' in U.S. X
          AP:  Missouri House advances pro-life legislation
          SNL:  Missouri House passes baby-heartbeat bill, with additional provisions added on X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri House members debate, amend abortion bill
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Missouri House moves closer to passing pro-life legislation;  Comments from Rep. Nick Schroer of "St. Charles [sic]" X
          SNL:  Wallingford, Onder see budget savings in tax-credit adjustment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Parkville) could elevate student voter to Board of Curators
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Emery's number on Missouri impeachments against judges needs more context
          Missourinet:  Oh, the things you'll find in Missouri's Unclaimed Property division:  Clown suit, ski mask and handgun, other treasures
          SE Missourian:  Missouri Budget Project study promotes benefits of SNAP handouts +
          SNL:  Missouri medical marijuana cards:  Answers to frequently asked questions X
          KC Star:  Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of transgender student in Blue Springs case;  Girl began demanding to be treated as a boy in fourth grade, sued school district over being blocked from boys' locker room X
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court sides with girl who wants to dress with boys in locker room
          P-D:  LGBTQIA* groups cheer Missouri Supreme Court ruling X
          P-D editorial:  Taxpayers should foot the bill for female criminals' tampons X
          P-D letter:  Ameren President Michael Moehn says Post-Dispatch piece on coal ash lacked accuracy and context X
          P-D letter:  Oakland man wants Koenig to stop supporting charter schools and start advocating for workforce development X
          P-D letter:  Clayton sexagenarian opposes GOP lawmakers' state tax cuts X
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        February 26, 2019
       
KWMU:  Above-normal chance of major flooding in Missouri this spring
          KC Star:  Some conservative groups urge Hawley to support Trump nominee X
          P-D:  Judicial Crisis Network wants Hawley to support Trump nominee X
          KC Star:  Hawley to speak on tech industry at CPAC X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Janie Dunning:  Federal money for rural broadband a big help
          P-D:  Onetime St. Louis County resident admits sending money to terrorists overseas;  Bosnian man and family rallied support for Islamic State X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  On bridge tour, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe highlights state's needs:  "You don't do a mic drop in Northwest Missouri. You do a bridge drop."
          SE Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) aims to boost military jobs +
          P-D:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) want redistricting czar to accept input from public X
          Missourinet:  Schmitt, GOP lawmakers take steps to fight carjackings in Missouri
          KWMU:  Carjackers could get 10 years to life in prison under proposed law
          P-D:  Proposed Missouri law would better track, consistently sentence carjackers, backers say X
          AP:  Schmitt supporting statute aimed at slowing carjackings
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider awareness training, Internet's role in human trafficking
          JCNT:  House Democrats hold press conference, list qualms with GOP legislation;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) X
          CDT:  Insurance therapy bill makes headway in the House X
          KWMU:  Missouri utilities deal with unpredictable regulatory environment, incessant complaints from activists
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature attacks Sunshine Law
          JCNT editorial:  Lawmakers should support Bernskoetter's bill to increase poaching penalties X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Bill moves to reduce prison population X
          P-D editorial:  Parson should pardon woman who hired hitman to murder husband X
          KC Star letter:  Town and Country woman wants Cleaver, Graves and Hartzler to join Ann Wagner in fight against tuberculosis X
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        February 25, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Roy Blunt on Trump, tariffs, rural broadband, filibusters, more;  Panel of Brittany Robbins, Joe Lakin, Reps. David Gregory (R-St. Louis County) and Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) on Blunt, Dem presidential candidates, Parson and workforce development, Better Together, more
          Missourinet:  Blunt, Cleaver weigh in on Trump's emergency declaration
          Reuters:  How a Missouri Supreme Court ruling could help Johnson & Johnson defeat St. Louis talc lawsuits
          AP:  National Weather Service:  High flood risk in Missouri this spring
          SNL:  Here's what you need to know about the trouble with Missouri taxes this year X
          P-D:  Parson's 'Fast Track' scholarship program slowed by budget concerns, skeptics X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Video:  Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) seeks to add transparency to new redistricting process
          Missourinet:  Missouri House could give final approval today to fentanyl and date-rape drug legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives initial thumbs-up to ending required vehicle inspections
          Joplin Globe:  Legislators file bills to extend arts district deadline X
          CDT:  Hickman sophomore aces ACT on first try;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          SNL:  Monster brown trout smashes Missouri records X
          KC Star:  Missouri Highway Patrol used special phone call and messaging app during St. Louis-area riots X
          Messenger:  The accidental governor inherits a broken budget. What is he to do? X
          SNL letters:  Ozark man and Springfield man oppose GOP efforts to change voter-approved policies X
          P-D letter:  Multi-time Democratic candidate Glenn Koenen says Missouri bureaucrats make people go hungry X
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        February 24, 2019
       
KC Star:  Parson named to Trump's bipartisan Council of Governors X
          P-D:  Fourth inmate's lawsuit says Missouri prison guards groped her, and court filing says FBI is investigating X
          JCNT:  Scott Fitzpatrick settling in as state treasurer X
          KC Star:  Rep. Jon Carpenter (D-Gladstone) to run for Clay County commission seat X
          JCNT:  $9 million worth of property seized statewide in 2018 criminal activity X
          KWMU:  Missouri medical marijuana hopefuls have already earned state $3 million;  Comments from Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association's Jack Cardetti
          CDT:  Medical marijuana rules move ahead X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legal weed leaves employees unprotected
          CDT:  Hemp rules likely to allow cultivation for 2020 growing season;  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) hopes to cut red tape X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) tour local brewery, part of 'Buy Missouri' program
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) would give the poor access to hearing aids X
          P-D:  A private school turns charter, 20 years after the first charter schools opened in Missouri X
          KWMU:  A successful St. Louis City charter school has big plans to grow
          KRES/KWIX:  State Ag Director Chris Chinn speaks to FFA chapters at Western Farm Show in Kansas City
          P-D:  Activists unhappy with plan to bring regulatory authority over coal ash to state - rather than federal - officials X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's Title IX bill a work in progress
          Keller:  Deja vu all over again with property tax credit X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County septuagenarian dismayed that Missouri voters keep electing Republicans X
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        February 23, 2019
       
Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Blunt, Smith herald mental-health services project at FCC Behavioral Clinic +
          KC Star:  FBI and DOJ investigating Missouri prison where workers are accused of sexual assault X
          The Missouri Times:  Bruce Franks promotional video plays at Montana indy film festival;  28-minute clip documents Franks' valiant efforts against "overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives," hits the big screen at Missoula Elks Lodge
          AP:  Greitens subpoenaed in open records dispute
          SNL:  Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefield) says 'Stop Socialism Act' will help protect businesses from government poaching X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) opposes charter-schools expansion bill +
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri explores legalized sports betting X
          The Missouri Times:  National association supports towing-law overhaul in Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill aims to track sex offenders when moving between counties
          CDT:  Judge denies Planned Parenthood order to resume Columbia abortions X
          SNL:  Free tampons for prison inmates? Missouri House gives initial yes X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats plan Monday news conference to discuss blocking GOP legislation
          JCNT editorial:  Claim your unclaimed property X
          Messenger:  Public defender alleges Missouri judge is ignoring double jeopardy protections X
          SNL letters:  Springfield man says Blunt is soft on illegal aliens;  Kimberling City sexagenarian opposes Taylor's retirement-fund choice bill and GOP efforts to protect constituent privacy X
          P-D letter:  Frontenac man wants Blunt, Hawley and Wagner to oppose Trump's border wall funding X
          SNL letter:  Springfield septuagenarian feminist expresses anger at Missouri Right to Life for opposing ERA X
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says Messenger, editorial board demonstrate paper's liberal bias X
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        February 22, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt talks border-wall funding scenarios X
          P-D:  Parson honors British man who spent decades remembering St. Louis pilot's sacrifice X
          The Missouri Times:  Freshman profile:  Rep. Dale Wright (R-Farmington)
          The Missouri Times:  Farm Bureau legislative briefing previews future ag growth, legislator relationships
          Brownfield Ag News:  State ag department funding among Missouri Farm Bureau priorities
          CDT:  Committee hears Parson bridge plan X
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to cap low-income housing tax credits
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Missouri Legislature's pro-life bills
          AP:  Missouri bill on minimum prison sentences heads to Senate
          Columbia Missourian:  For Missourians serving life without parole, a second chance could be coming
          P-D:  Asset forfeiture without a conviction would be banned under proposal from Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin)
          CDT:  New caucus formed to promote University of Missouri X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM Caucus hoped to lead to better relations between university and lawmakers
          AP:  Rowden, Razer form University of Missouri Caucus
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Universities struggle to find balance between federal, state medical marijuana law
          SNL:  Medical marijuana forum coming to Springfield X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American Water Co.'s filing will bring regulators into reservoir plan for first time X
          SNL:  DNR plans public meeting on TCE pollution X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Stop the initiative petition madness
          KC Star editorial:  Bible classes don't belong in Missouri's public high schools X
          JCNT editorial:  Increase penalties for deadly drugs X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Missouri schools need CBD policies now X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Public corruption in Missouri must be investigated X
          Keller:  Without a fuel tax, toll roads may gain traction X
          Messenger:  Supreme Court 'adds teeth' to criminal justice reform in Missouri X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Labadie anti-Ameren activist wants DNR to require 'clean closure' of ash ponds X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Pacific septuagenarian disputes modern-day energy technology with memories of shoveling fireplace ashes X
          P-D letter:  University City man opposes Lee Enterprises decision to centralize newspaper layout work in Indiana, attempts "hoosier" punchline X
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        February 21, 2019
       
KC Star:  Pelosi:  Trump's move on border security would divert millions from Missouri military projects X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Jason Smith statement on overpaid federal workers rated "Mostly True"
          The Missouri Times:  Lucinda Luetkemeyer, Eddie Greim join redistricting fight in SCOTUS
          AP:  Schmitt investigates day care 'fight club';  Urban day care workers caught on video encouraging children to assault each other
          Missourinet:  Schmitt launches investigation into St. Louis City day care 'fight club'
          P-D:  'Day care fight club' in St. Louis City will be investigated by Schmitt;  Workers Mickala Guliford and Tena Dailey encouraged toddlers to batter each other in the face X
          JCNT:  Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick highlights unclaimed property finds from safe deposit boxes X
          The Missouri Times:  Discussion with DOR regarding withholding error continues in special committee
          Missourinet:  Walters:  DOR has not done a good job communicating about tax issue
          P-D:  Parson says some legislators are using DOR issue to grandstand X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers tentatively remove $4 million from Fast Track allocation
          The Missouri Times:  House committee considers closed primaries for Missouri elections
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) seeks to close primaries X
          AP:  Missouri bill targets fentanyl, date-rape drug possession
          Missourinet:  Missouri works to develop computer science standards for K-12 schools
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Commission agrees they have Clean Line jurisdiction
          The Missouri Times:  What's happening in legal battle between State Auditor Nicole Galloway and Clay County
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association's Andrew Mullins:  More medical marijuana profit opportunities coming to Missouri
          Priddy:  On felons voting, and memories of Bob Griffin (1,326 words)
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City woman says medical marijuana will lead Missouri down a slippery slope of drug abuse X
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        February 20, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri GOP to honor Ron Richard with Lifetime Achievement Award
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Federal spending bill offers some resources for region;  Comments from Blunt
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' gets a co-sponsor:  Lacy Clay, the University City "Republican [sic]" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler advocates for statewide prescription drug monitoring program
          KCUR:  Steve Kraske among KC Star employees taking buyouts;  Veteran reporter/columnist to continue hosting KCUR's "Up to Date"
          P-D:  Proposal from Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) calls on legislators to oppose statewide vote on St. Louis City-County merger X
          The Missouri Times:  Gun-control advocates rally at Capitol
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin group joins Moms Demand Action rally;  Local ladies shuffle around Capitol, believe courtesy meetings with legislators will make a difference X
          JCNT:  Moms Demand Action members take day trip to Capitol, kibbitz about gun control X
          The Missouri Times:  During National FFA Week, Parson and ag leaders talk workforce development
          Brownfield Ag News:  Governor's tractor ride kicks off FFA Week
          JCNT:  Parson drives tractor to Capitol to support Missouri FFA X
          Washington Missourian:  State, local officials welcome Parson's transportation tour X
          SE Missourian:  State senators roll out idea for video lottery terminals;  some fear they would hurt casino revenue +
          SNL:  Quade bill would wave fines and fees for some taxpayers X
          P-D:  Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) sponsors bill to allow high schools to offer elective course on the Bible X
          Columbia Missourian:  House committee advances two pro-life bills
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Title IX officials oppose changes to their processes
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears proposed changes to how colleges handle assault, sexual misconduct allegations
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers move to correct language that placed added burden on community colleges
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) would limit property tax credit to homeowners
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill would allow children with disabilities outside autism spectrum to access funds
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would allow feral hogs to be processed into food X
          AP:  Missouri House approves bill to revamp minimum sentencing laws
          AP:  Missouri bill would require free tampons in prisons
          Columbia Missourian:  State education board meets to hear updates from computer science work group
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools could be back under jurisdiction of city school board in April
          AP:  Keystone restarts pipeline after repairing Missouri leak
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Republican legislators wrong on minimum wage X
          Waters:  Thoughts on Title IX, "Betsy DeVoss [sic]," and investigating assault tales X
          SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  An update on Southeast Missourian's changes in moderating comments +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian seeks to persuade Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley and Ann Wagner to oppose Trump by calling them "cowards" X
          P-D letter:  Former Federal Reserve official John Tatom says Legislature should not restore housing tax credits X
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        February 19, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Ron Richard to be honored at Missouri Lincoln Days celebration in St. Louis X
        SE Missourian:  Kathy Swan, Holly Rehder to square off for state Senate seat +
        The Missouri Times:  MEC fines Virginia-based conservative group for campaign finance violations during August primary
        AP:  Tax incentive bill passes House, stalls in Senate
        The Missouri Times:  House approves changes to competitive bidding on state projects
        JCNT:  Missouri Legislature's joint education committee hears about computer science's potential future in state X
        Columbia Missourian:  Flying a drone over a prison could get you a criminal record of your own
        P-D:  Missouri prisons and jails are one step closer to becoming no-drone zones X
        KWMU:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report says installing solar panels is fastest-growing job in Missouri
        P-D:  Better Together merger plan would lead to 'illegitimate' government, UMSL's Terry Jones argues X
        KSMU:  Two elk poached in Shannon County;  MO Dept. of Conservation seeking information
        The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers talk Black History Month, related legislation
        Missourinet:  Rep. Tommie Pierson (D-St. Louis) wants Parson to hand out agency slots to African-Americans
        Columbia Missourian:  Pierson:  Parson must prioritize handing out appointments to African-Americans
        P-D editorial:  West Lake Landfill cleanup is being studied to death X
        SNL op-ed:  League of Women Voters sexagenarian:  Republicans wrong to change Amendment 1 X
        P-D op-ed:  SLU prof:  Report card numbers don't tell the whole story on Missouri schools X
        SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau Democratic Party leader angry at Republicans over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts +
        P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian mocks GOP legislators' Christianity X
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        February 18, 2019
       
Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 50 in Columbia;  Featured speakers include 2018 electoral silver medalists Renee Hoagenson and Michela Skelton
          St. Joseph News-Press:  From cattle to the Capitol:  Gov. Mike Parson reflects on past year
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. John Rizzo (D-Independence) on initiative petitions, state revenue, Rowden's leadership, more;  Panel of Dem Reps. Greg Razer and Jon Carpenter, Victor Callahan, KC Councilwoman Heather Hall on transportation funding, Medicaid, initiative petitions, more
          P-D:  Savings from Missouri's tax credit shift are not factoring into the budget X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House oversight committee plans second hearing on Department of Revenue tax issue
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County residents to attend hearing on coal ash regulations X
          Missourinet:  Ameren Missouri undertakes major upgrades expected to create thousands of jobs
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri voters have spoken on 'right to work' law. Why do Republicans want a do-over? X
          P-D letter:  Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice Co-president Ruth Ehresman wants Missouri Republicans to expand Medicaid X
          Washington Missourian letter:  St. Clair woman opposes charter school expansion X
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        February 17, 2019
       
KCUR's Andrea Tudhope: Trump takes action on border security;  Thoughts from U.S. Reps. "Bill [sic] Graves," "Vicki [sic] Hartzler"   Corrected
          P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congressional action for the week:  Josh Hawley's home state corrected, without acknowledgment of error X
          P-D:  Lee Enterprises, parent company of Post-Dispatch, finds efficiencies;  Eight union employees, including "copy editors," sent packing X
          Sikeston Standard-Democrat:  Holly Rehder plans run for state Senate +
          JCNT:  Food drive led by Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson nets 3,000 pounds for food pantry X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson says bridge outside St. Clair is worst he's seen on his statewide tour X
          Joplin Globe:  Cunningham bill would adjust minimum-wage rules X
          SNL:  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville):  Able-bodied adults should work for Medicaid X
          SNL:  GOP abortion bills focus on heartbeats, pain sensitivity, other aspects of child's life X
          JCNT:  Dept. of Corrections officials say threats to staff real, constant X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical pot poses policy issues for schools;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Kelli Hopkins, others X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan shares thoughts on charter school expansion, "tax credit voucher scheme"
          P-D:  Ameren reports strong interest in solar energy 'subscription' program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Meth makes a quiet resurgence in Missouri;  Mexicans succeed in pushing dope across border
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  A reality check on Missouri marijuana
          P-D editorial:  Galloway's audit shows troubling signs at Harris-Stowe;  HBCU employees fritter away taxpayer dollars on entertainment expenses, gift cards, club memberships, etc. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should restore felons' voting rights after prison X
          KC Star editorial:  Amazon won't come to Missouri until state passes LGBTQIA* legislation X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says Post-Dispatch's editorializing begins on front page X
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        February 16, 2019
       
P-D's Chuck Raasch:  Congressional action for the week:  Photo of AG nominee William Barr with Josh Hawley of "Mississippi [sic]" X
          P-D:  Blunt says emergency declaration from Trump could set negative precedent X
          P-D:  Hawley's attorneys say former AG shouldn't be forced to be deposed in open-records case X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 11, 2019
          CDT:  Rowden:  Another gas tax try, then toll roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Corrections launches new website to track assaults on officers, major incidents
          Joplin Globe:  State association:  Hospital's online price lists confusing;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon X
          P-D:  Missouri legislation would increase penalties for wildlife crimes X
          KWMU:  Q&A on Better Together:  Elements of potential statewide vote, much more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 14, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Ameren unveils $5.3 billion grid upgrade plan spurred by changes to utility laws
          KWMU:  Ameren to invest $5 billion to improve statewide electrical grid
          JCNT:  Ameren launches 5-year 'upgrade' program X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers consider lower water, sewer bills for low-income residents;  Comments from Missouri American Water's Jim Foley
          KC Star op-ed:  Sen. Roy Blunt:  Misguided changes to national liver allocation policy will hurt KC-area patients X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Fighting the opioid crisis in rural America +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Fairfax, Mo. hospital COO Ann Schlueter:  Let's reimagine rural health care in Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kansas City sexagenarian wants Blunt and Hawley to oppose border wall X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants state legislation to prevent "surprise" medical bills X
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        February 15, 2019
       
KC Star:  Blunt, Hawley disagree on border compromise bill X
          P-D:  Hawley votes 'no' on border security deal X
          AP:  State and federal officials expand efforts to fight violent crime
          Missourinet:  Schmitt expands new program aimed at violent crime
          KWMU:  Parson's bridge-repair barnstorming tour makes stop in Jefferson County
          KWMU:  State aims to boost correctional officers' pay to help fill vacancies
          The Missouri Times:  Hundreds share concerns, expertise, recommendations on medical cannabis
          The Missouri Times:  Richardson addresses recent Medicaid report at MO HealthNet Oversight Committee meeting
          AP:  Lawmakers ponder impact of abortion legislation on federal Medicaid funding
          The Missouri Times:  Senate makes several changes to controlled substances, drug-trafficking laws
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) would allow employers to test for medical marijuana
          SNL:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would give new teachers freedom to contribute to 401(k) accounts rather than traditional pensions X
          JCNT:  Missouri joins 'Technology First' movement in disability services X
          AP:  Conservation agents report elk poaching in Shannon County
          P-D editorial:  Blunt exposes his hypocrisy with tweets of outrage over Democrats' 'obstruction' X
          CDT editorial:  Lawmakers should not roll back minimum wage X
          P-D editorial:  Medicaid eligibility crackdown pushes out genuinely needy Missouri families X
          SNL op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield):  Missourians in for a tax-time surprise X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville):  Missouri's new minimum wage prices youth out of jobs
          P-D op-ed:  Race activist:  Missouri's medical marijuana licensing process needs racial quotas X
          P-D letter:  Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities' Erika Leonard wants more state money for those who work with handicapped X
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills liberal opposes GOP's state tax cuts X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles Democrat, who lost state Senate election to Bill Eigel, angry over GOP approach to Medicaid X
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        February 14, 2019  Valentine's Day
       
KCUR:  Local minimum wage activist Terrence Wise testifies before U.S. House committee, claims he is the first person with a job to speak to members of Congress
          Joplin Globe:  Joplin VA clinic to open its doors X
          KCUR:  A member of The Satanic Temple loses her challenge to Missouri's abortion law
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court throws out pro-choice challenge from The Satanic Temple
          P-D:  Missouri's high court tosses case alleging abortion law violated Satanic Temple member's rights X
          Columbia Missourian:  Accessibility, local commerce emphasized at medical marijuana forum
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana forum seeks regulation input X
          KCUR:  "Health clinic" opens doors months before marijuana is available in Missouri;  KC docs will certify customers' ailments after $299 "consultation"
          The Missouri Times:  Parson, Schatz stress infrastructure at annual Missouri Municipal League conference
          JCNT:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe explains small business successes X
          SNL:  Todd Graves leads push on 'right to work' petition X
          The Missouri Times:  Senators propose raising the standard for petitions
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers criticize Missouri Dept. of Revenue over tax calculation error
          Joplin Globe:  Lawmakers demand answers on potential tax surprises X
          Columbia Missourian:  DOR criticized for tax miscalculation, lack of transparency
          JCNT:  House committee begins exploring revenue-withholding issues X
          P-D:  Tax refunds in Missouri lower this year after tax changes, mistakes X
          The Missouri Times:  Amended low-income housing tax credit fix perfected by the Senate
          KC Star:  Senate sets cap on low-income housing tax credits X
          P-D:  Missouri Senate endorses tax credit plan axed by Greitens X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee's turn to wrestle over proposed charter school expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Secretary of state would have subpoena power under House bill
          The Missouri Times:  House committee tackles joinder venue bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Should able-bodied Medicaid recipients have to work for coverage? Some senators say yes.
          KCUR:  Advocates still pushing for Medicaid expansion
          The Missouri Times:  House begins vetting proposal to move art council to lieutenant governor's office
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers ignoring will of voters on minimum wage X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man disagrees with Nicklaus on film tax credits X
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        February 13, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt has "real concern" about withdrawals of troops in Syria and Afghanistan
          KC Star:  Trump wants more money for border security, and Blunt knows where to look X
          P-D:  Blunt says Trump can find money for border security X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Raychel Proudie (D-Ferguson) talks with Rosenbaum about her opposition to Clean Missouri and why it hurts African-Americans, more
          AP:  Bill from Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby) would allow public to submit ideas on redrawing district lines
          The Missouri Times:  Report says state could save up to $1 billion annually in Medicaid costs
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Lake Saint Louis) looks to transition Missouri away from income tax to consumption tax
          AP:  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) says bill would protect constituent privacy
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmaker wants to see more veteran treatment courts in the state;  Comments from "Rep. David Evans (R-West [sic])"
          SNL:  House gives first approval to 'Hailey's Law' as 5-year anniversary nears X
          Columbia Missourian:  Legal sports gambling, video lottery terminal bill loses momentum in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Stakeholders ask for fix to certificate of need laws, not repeal at public hearing
          The Missouri Times:  House committee hears bill creating council on school safety
          Missourinet:  Democrats seek to change criminal laws;  Comments from House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          KWMU:  Study of groundwater toxins planned for West Lake Landfill
          P-D editorial:  Plan to undermine new minimum wage is latest display of contempt for voters X
          CDT's Philip Joens:  Republicans attack minimum-wage law from several directions - including bill from "Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Hannibal [sic])" X
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        February 12, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Blunt says negotiations over shutdown have stalled
          KWMU:  Better Together refiles statewide proposal with Ashcroft's office
          P-D:  Better Together refiles statewide petition to merge St. Louis City and St. Louis County X
          Missourinet:  Most state and county offices closed today for Lincoln Day
          Missourinet:  Parson:  Missouri must keep moving forward on workforce development
          P-D:  Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) says his proposed minimum-wage improvements can help young workers X
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill for opioid prescription tracking
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes PDMP
          P-D:  New report recommends $1 billion in annual savings with overhaul of Medicaid in Missouri X
          The Missouri Times:  Scott Sifton makes Medicaid push
          SNL:  Rep. Steve Helms (R-Springfield) wants more transparency on health care costs X
          JCNT:  Blind Missourians present 2019 agenda to lawmakers X
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) says "this could be the year" Hailey's Law passes X
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers mull early start dates for school districts +
          P-D:  Small St. Louis County police departments would consolidate under House proposal X
          SNL:  DNR offers e-mail updates on Litton site groundwater X
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats partner with Black Caucus on criminal justice overhaul
          CDT:  Reisch Twitter lawsuit to go to trial;  Centralia man angered after Reisch blocked him on social media platform X
          P-D editorial:  Tackling the hate and vitriol aimed at conservative students at Washington University X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles County man disagrees with Chipman on PDMP X
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon man disagrees with Schroer on constituent-privacy protections X
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        February 11, 2019
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley says no need for shutdown, is encouraged by trade talks with China
          Brownfield Ag News:  Hawley wants commitment from EPA's Andrew Wheeler on WOTUS and more
          P-D:  Feds to pay for half of work on approach to downtown St. Louis bridge;  Blunt, Clay secure funding X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) talks with Scott Faughn about constituent-privacy protections, minimum sentencing, fentanyl, more;  Panel of Reps. Phil Christofanelli and Jim Murphy, Jeff Smith, Jeff Rainford on constituent-privacy protections, PDMP, charter schools, Better Together, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Schroer seeks to stiffen penalties for fentanyl trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill proposes some marijuana charges be expunged
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Missouri Corn Growers Association leaders see value in meeting with legislators
          Missourinet:  Missouri agriculture groups back bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) to increase Dept. of Agriculture fees
          CDT:  Ameren program part of effort to relieve electric car 'range anxiety' X
          KC Star:  Psychiatrist suspended in Kansas still can practice in Missouri, for now X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt wants to speed confirmation of Trump appointees. Democrats should say yes X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Newspaper to host tours of printing press for school groups +
          Messenger:  On Jason Crowell vs. Kurt Schaefer, Better Together, and old parochial vendettas
          CDT op-ed:  MU School of Journalism's Sandy Davidson:  Republicans wrong for proposing Sunshine Law changes X
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  New Title IX rules collide with Missouri law
          Kaiser Health News' Phil Galewitz:  Missouri is pushing thousands off Medicaid - including children
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        February 10, 2019
       
SE Missourian:  Thanks to U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, deceased veteran's family receives medals earned during World War II +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hartzler talks ending government shutdown, supports Trump declaring national emergency
          JCNT:  State Tech president looks at workforce development X
          KC Star:  With eye on Supreme Court, Missouri Republicans file pro-life bills X
          JCNT:  Parson suggests Sunshine Law need privacy revisions X
          JCNT:  State legislators seek tweaks to Sunshine Law, want privacy protections X
          Washington Missourian:  Area House members vote to keep constituent correspondence private X
          Joplin Globe:  House members vote to approve constituent-privacy protections X
          P-D:  Ameren's pitch to promote electric vehicle charging efforts gets partial approval from state X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Behavioral health experts share concerns over marijuana's future impact on Missouri
          SNL:  Fly a drone at an MDC nature area? Now you can - with a permit X
          KWMU:  Activists promote CDC data on Missouri gun deaths
          P-D editorial:  Luetkemeyer, Wagner enable radical rollbacks of payday lending rules X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's child-heartbeat bills in House and Senate demonstrate pro-life extremism X
          CDT editorial:  Caleb Rowden must save Missouri from Sunshine Law darkness X
          SNL's Content Coach Amos Bridges:  House Republicans wrong on constituent-privacy measure;  Burlison, Hough should oppose provisions in Senate X
          Waters:  Lawmakers should stop trying to change Amendment 1 X
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        February 9, 2019
       
P-D:  Congressional votes for the week X
          P-D:  Hawley co-authors letter probing tech giants' privacy policies X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petitions regarding 'freedom to work,' judicial elections, Medicaid expansion receive OK to circulate
          P-D:  Better Together withdraws its petition to merge city and county, says will refile on Monday X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 4, 2019
          SNL:  Parson, Haahr talk $22 million scholarship plan X
          The Missouri Times:  Parson withdraws Conservation Commission appointee
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks Sunshine Law and challenges of dealing with Greitens administration
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  Non-violent criminals could get out of jail sooner under Missouri legislation;  Comments from criminal defense attorney "Shannon Normam [sic]" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks PDMP provisions, says bill could be approved in House next week
          Joplin Globe:  Agency on Aging wants more funding;  Bill from Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) would help X
          KWMU:  Ameren Missouri gets green light to build electric-vehicle charging stations along highways
          P-D:  Missouri, Ameren will have more time to negotiate agreement on 144-mile Rock Island Trail X
          AP:  TransCanada says Keystone likely source of Missouri oil leak
          P-D:  Federal jury finds for St. Louis County police in Ferguson rioter's claims of excess force;  In original suit, troop of rioters sought $41.5 million payday X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri still needs prescription drug monitoring program X
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Gov. Mike Parson:  "Fast-Track' opens doors for Missourians +
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  GOP legislators trying to undermine Missouri's petition process X
          KC Star letter:  Grandview man wants to see Blunt, Hawley, Cleaver display more empathy on gun violence X
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        February 8, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hartzler discusses opioid epidemic, transportation and broadband with Missouri legislators
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer, Cleaver weigh in on illegal-immigration crisis
          Brownfield Ag News:  Graves:  China the exception to good faith trade bargaining
          KC Star:  Former Missouri Democratic Party Chair Mike Sanders sought to pay legal fees out of same campaign fund he looted X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson enjoys unexpected role leading the state, looks forward to legislative session
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick, Rep. Jon Patterson (R-Lee's Summit) look to clarify MO ABLE accounts' usage
          SNL:  Missouri collects $3 million in medical marijuana fees X
          KWMU:  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) talks to KCUR's Brian Ellison about sports betting legislation, fake 'service animals,' more
          KWMU:  House votes to subject local officials to lobbying and campaign contribution limits, protect constituent privacy
          AP:  House passes bill on constituent privacy and Sunshine Law
          KC Star:  House passes constituent-privacy protections X
          Joplin Globe:  MoDOT announces $36 million plan for bridges on I-44 section X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parents make the case for insurance for those with developmental disabilities
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation would put voluntary medical symbols on drivers' licenses
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers look to ease burdens of poor in justice system
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court weighs issue of jail debt
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  February 6, 2019
          KWMU:  TransCanada shuts down Keystone Pipeline to investigate oil spill in St. Charles County;  Comments from Missouri DNR's Brad Harris
          P-D:  Tony Messenger wins newspaper guild writing award X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should not attempt to fix Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri law should reflect today's medical and societal advances on HIV X
          Kraske:  A look at Mel Carnahan's blackface controversy X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Modern Missouri agriculture requires better infrastructure
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox:  Legislature should address Internet sales tax issue X
          Priddy:  I am a lobbyist:  Veteran newsman registers as lobbyist thanks to climate created by Clean Missouri
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        February 7, 2019
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  "We need to have strong border security"
          KC Star:  Blunt proposal would help expedite approval process for president's nominees X
          P-D:  Federal court nominee Stephen Clark, from St. Louis, approaching a year waiting for confirmation X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner to try a fresh push for a House vote on late-term abortions X
          AP:  Lawmakers trying again to replace U.S. Capitol's Benton statue with one of Harry Truman
          Missourinet:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) weighs in on Virginia governor controversy
          SNL:  Austin Huguelet to cover Missouri politics for the News-Leader X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks with Rosenbaum about low-income housing tax credits, Sunshine Law and privacy, Clean Missouri's gerrymandering, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Republican lawmakers try again for tort overhaul;  Comments from Rich AuBuchon, others
          The Missouri Times:  House debates statewide PDMP, Senate version fails in committee
          KWMU:  PDMP yet again a sticking point for Missouri legislators
          AP:  Rehder's opioid bill passes first test, but faces perils
          Columbia Missourian:  PDMP progresses in House, fails in Senate
          P-D:  Once again, Missouri legislators are at loggerheads over prescription drug monitoring program X
          KC Star:  Missouri House tentatively approves program to monitor opioid prescriptions for abuse X
          Missourinet:  Missouri woman who lost son to addiction says helping others get drug treatment is her 'saving grace'
          P-D:  Missouri lottery officials fighting cuts to ad budget X
          SNL:  State will fix, replace 19 bridges on I-44 starting this summer X
          Columbia Missourian:  Student journalists testify for New Voices Act;  Comments from "Rep. Peter Meredith [sic]"
          The Missouri Times:  Some with criminal record could get "fresh start" under bill from Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield)
          SNL:  Missouri officials will hold medical marijuana forum in Jefferson City next week X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS to hold public forum on medical marijuana rules
          KWMU:  Missouri to regulate coal ash ponds for the first time
          Columbia Missourian:  Rowden takes to Senate floor to condemn NCAA for Missouri football ruling
          P-D:  'Debtors' prison' debate lands in front of Missouri Supreme Court X
          KC Star editorial:  Honoring concealed-carry rights on public transportation is too scary to consider X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon):  It is vital constituent communications remain confidential
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau):  Workforce challenge must be met with coordinated effort +
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Legislature should address Internet sales tax issue +
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves septuagenarian wants Parson to pardon woman who murdered husband in his sleep X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian wants Parson to pardon Patty Prewitt, says murderer has made great contributions to prison's theatre program X
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        February 6, 2019
       
Joplin Globe:  Local reaction to State of the Union:  Comments from Carthage Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Elliff, MSSU prof William Delehanty X
          KC Star:  Missourians named Trump know bullying;  Former Mizzou student received death threats, transferred to more tolerant school X
          KC Star:  Pompeo talks trade at Missouri-Kansas Forum breakfast X
          Missourinet:  Hartzler weighs in on NCAA sanctions against Mizzou
          KWMU:  Jean Evans leaving Missouri House to become executive director of Missouri Republican Party
          AP:  Evans to resign to lead Missouri Republican Party
          Twitter:  Austin Huguelet is the new Springfield News-Leader state government reporter
          AP:  Missouri revenues down 7 percent compared to last year
          KC Star:  Speaker Elijah Haahr creates oversight panel on revenue issues X
          P-D's Lexi Churchill:  Burlison's "Stop Socialism Act" aims to reduce local government competition with private businesses;  Comments from Sen. Doug Libla of "Popular [sic] Bluff," Ed Smith of "Missouri Coalition of [sic] the Environment" X
          Columbia Missourian:  $351 million bond plan for Missouri bridges avoids speed bumps in its initial discussions
          The Missouri Times:  Hearing on charter schools draws standing-room-only crowd
          Missourinet:  Missouri mother fights for special needs son's education, charter school expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Charter school expansion on the table again in Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) focuses on informing would-be grandparents that daughter plans to abort child
          Missourinet:  Law enforcement backs bill from Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) that would toughen penalties on fentanyl
          The Missouri Times:  Stakeholders pack hearing room for Hoskins' video lottery bill
          P-D:  Critics of constituent-privacy bill weigh in on proposed Sunshine Law changes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Constituent privacy protections divide Missouri House along party lines
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake Saint Louis) throws support behind proposed St. Louis Major League Soccer team
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) is an enemy of the Sunshine Law, and he must be stopped X
          P-D op-ed:  AG Eric Schmitt:  Working toward safer streets X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin woman praises feral hogs' intelligence, says pictures of carcasses were "distressing" X
          P-D letter:  University City man wishes report on feral hogs would have included more nuanced reference to cannibalism X
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        February 5, 2019
       
P-D:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) leaves seat to become executive director of Missouri Republican Party X
          SNL:  Blunt visits new Springfield VA clinic X
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's constituent guest at State of the Union is woman who started immune-disease philanthropy X
          P-D's Raasch:  20 years before Northam's blackface scandal, Mel Carnahan addressed his minstrel-show experience X
          The Missouri Times:  House debates constituent privacy, Clean Missouri provisions
          AP:  Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) says bill would protect constituent privacy
          The Missouri Times:  Bills from Reps. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would update Missouri's HIV law
          JCNT:  McCreery, Rehder look to update criminal code concerning HIV X
          CDT:  Bills would update HIV transmission law X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposals to reduce criminal penalties for HIV exposure encourage prevention
          P-D:  HIV advocates support GOP and Dem legislation X
          JCNT:  Parson, Kehoe celebrate Chinese New Year at the Capitol with students X
          Missourinet:  Asians dominate whites in K-12 testing across every subject matter;  Hispanics, blacks bring up the rear
          Washington Missourian:  Legislation from Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) would allow home-school students to play on public school teams X
          KC Star:  Kids can now report abuse via text line;  Experts will study its success in Missouri X
          KCUR:  Bill from Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) would honor Missourians' concealed-carry permits on public transit
          Columbia Missourian:  Having a fake service animal could become a misdemeanor under law proposed by Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg)
          SE Missourian:  Farm Bureau's BJ Tanksley:  Federal regulations for dicamba will not be too difficult for farmers +
          The Missouri Times:  House Democrats file assortment of health care bills;  Comments from Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          Missourinet:  House Democrats offer health care wishlist
          SNL:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources hope extraction wells pull chemical out of northwest Springfield water X
          KWMU:  Local academics want state lawmakers to pay more attention to their environmental research, pass more regulations
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  For safer roads, trade vehicle inspections for a texting ban
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Midwest Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Sarah Wood Martin:  MOLEG Cyber Week:  Innovations in Education and Workforce Development
          P-D's Jack Suntrup:  Missouri Republicans seek to weaken Sunshine Law X
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        February 4, 2019
       
This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Bill Eigel on Senate Conservative Caucus, Parson's bonding proposal, St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger, more;  Panel of Reps. Doug Beck (D-Affton), Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City), Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), GOP consultant Jake Silverman talk Better Together, sentencing overhaul, sex trafficking legislation, more

          Washington Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe (R) favors vouchers for vets in facilities, won't commit to new care home X
          AP:  Rule change enhances privacy protections for those making sexual harassment allegations against House members
          P-D:  Movies and TV shows set in Missouri aren't filmed here, but reboot of incentive program could change that X
          Columbia Missourian:  Access Missouri recipients want more taxpayer money
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill from Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) would provide easier access to birth control
          Washington Missourian:  House committee hears Ebker bill testimony X
          P-D:  Some school bus cameras are already on the lookout for illegal passing in the St. Louis area, and one bill in the Legislature would provide more X
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis County GOP should have nothing to do with Sheriff Joe Arpaio X
          Messenger:  Missouri leaves taxpayers in a smoky haze when it comes to marijuana licenses X
          P-D op-ed:  Former Dept. of Corrections Director George Lombardi:  Parson should pardon woman who murdered husband X
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        February 3, 2019
       
JCNT:  1,000+ people join ninth annual Midwest March for Life X
          JCNT:  Parson, Kehoe, Schmitt discuss their new state roles at annual Missouri Press Association event X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) would establish pilot program to help introduce agriculture into state elementary school standards
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) on city-school bus pacts a point of contention in Columbia mayoral race
          CDT:  Columbia's black, Hispanic and poor students disappoint on annual tests X
          KC Star:  Missouri court makes new rules for jailing suspects X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri American chooses eastern site for planned reservoir X
          Joplin Globe:  Landowners in proposed reservoir site still have questions X
          P-D:  In-depth look at Missouri's feral hog problem X
          P-D:  Judge orders state to release lab reports related to Stockley riots X
          KC Star editorial:  Place your bet:  Will Missouri legalize sports gambling before next Super Bowl? X
          Rudi Keller:  This old cynic believes Parson's sincerity X
          Phill Brooks:  How to win money for highways X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon):  Cutting back the mismanagement of state government
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian disapproves of GOP attempts to clean up Amendment 1 X
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        February 2, 2019
       
KC Star:  Cleaver's new role gives him power to push for stronger sanctions on Russia X
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week:  Shutdowns, foreign policy, more X
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition looks to address St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 28, 2019
          Joplin Globe:  Parson visits Ozark Center, Range Line bridge to discuss workforce development, infrastructure X
          Washington Missourian:  Local lawmakers get committee assignments;  Legislature ends third week X
          KC Star:  Former Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) testifies before Senate's Government Reform committee X
          The Missouri Times:  Chinese New Year celebration to be held at Capitol
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reminds anglers to properly discard old fishing line X
          JCNT:  MO DHSS violated Sunshine Law, Cole County judge rules X
          KC Star:  Hawley critics continue campaign over January 2017 office records X
          Messenger:  In Missouri, road to debtors' prisons starts with cash bail X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood councilwoman says Better Together's plan for statewide vote is dealbreaker X
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        February 1, 2019
       
February 2018 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2017 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          February 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          KC Star:  Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks:  Democrats love him X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Service Agency says that with shutdown detente, payments are on track
          SNL:  HUD renews funding for local homeless programs X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Doug Beck (D-Affton) seeking state Senate seat;  District's term-limited incumbent, Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), running for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Some Missouri newspapers significantly increased ad price for state
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch sues Parson's administration, wants medical marijuana applicant names;  DHSS abiding by privacy language in medical marijuana constitutional amendment X
          Missourinet:  Parson takes nearly 45 minutes of questions at Missouri Press Association event
          CDT:  Parson discusses road bond plan, more in Q&A with press X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Association highlights:  Schmitt on urban violent crime and clearing rape-kit backlog;  Kehoe on DED and economy
          KCUR:  Parson's push for higher state employee wages could lead to less turnover
          JCNT:  Parson says bridge bonding first step in infrastructure improvements X
          AP:  Parson, senators split on Missouri bridge repairs
          The Missouri Times:  Bill aimed at combatting sex trafficking heading to Senate
          CDT:  State Senate considers sports wagering bill X
          P-D:  Missouri students bomb new test;  State promises no more changes X
          KC Star:  Kansas City school district celebrates its highest state performance score ever X
          KCUR:  After another good report card, accreditation for Kansas City Public Schools seems likely
          KWMU:  What your school's report card actually means is 'pretty confusing'
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed bill could reduce prison populations in Missouri
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Agribusiness Association supports fee increase bill
          P-D:  Parson, state legislators weigh in on proposed St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger X
          The Missouri Times:  Bernskoetter wants to relocate Arabia Steamboat Museum to Jefferson City
          P-D:  Phishing attack reported at state government offices X
          The Missouri Times:  In Missouri, workplace fatalities drop, injury accidents increase in 2018
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt could avert another government shutdown, or cede governing to Donald Trump X
          P-D editorial:  High cash bail without due process violates defendants' fundamental rights X
          Kraske:  'It's huge.' Kansas City Public Schools superintendent delivers monster test scores X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina):  I support school choice in areas with failing schools
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman corrects factual errors in beauty-product reviewer/adjunct editorial board member Aisha Sultan's anti-Covington Catholic piece X
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        January 31, 2019
       
KC Star:  Video:  Blunt on border security:  'Nobody gets everything they want' X
          The Missouri Times:  State of the Judiciary 2019:  Zel Fischer emphasizes changes to bail rules
          JCNT:  Fischer asks lawmakers to support increase in funding for court operations X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court chief justice:  the state of the judiciary is good
          AP:  Chief justice changes rules governing pretrial release
          P-D:  Bail will go down in Missouri courts under new plan X
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers look to tighten amendment petitioning process
          The Missouri Times:  Gubernatorial appointments advance to floor for Senate approval
          Missourinet:  Parson's plan to fix Missouri bridges includes about $100 million in interest
          P-D:  GOP bill enforces work requirements for those receiving handouts X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senators take another shot at encouraging work for welfare
          KWMU:  UMSL rep wants lawmakers to show "more generosity" by spending more taxpayer money on social services
          CDT:  Tourism lobbying for later school start date X
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Bill White (R-Joplin) would require public water systems to have asset management plan
          JCNT:  Team AgStop is winner of inaugural Show Me Challenge X
          KC Star:  Woman who claims she was raped by prison workers won't be sent back there X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri legislation would gut Title IX and use it to discriminate against women X
          KC Star editorial:  Expunge convictions for medical marijuana patients in Missouri. But don't stop there. X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston):  Those boys from Covington could have been my sons
          Joplin Globe op-ed:  Speaker Elijah Haahr:  Building Missouri's bold future X
          Priddy:  State should fund steamboat museum (1,774 words)
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor sexagenarian threatens to boycott MetroLink if concealed carry is allowed X
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        January 30, 2019
       
P-D:  Hawley says he'd welcome joining with Ocasio-Cortez in challenging big social media companies;  Industry rep bashes "hipster antitrust" X
          P-D:  Black college in Virginia wants to honor George H.W. Bush with statue, but Lacy Clay and his father seek to block it X
          Missourinet:  Democrat Cleaver wants Trump to deliver "aspirational" State of the Union address
          The Missouri Times:  'New normal' impacting state revenues, DOR chief Joel Walters tells Senate committee
          AP:  Parson's plan for adult tuition grants questioned
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate and House committees to tackle PDMP today
          KC Star:  Proposed Title IX changes would make Missouri a leader in protecting due process for the accused X
          Columbia Missourian:  Teachers pay for classroom supplies;  GOP proposals would help pay them back
          SE Missourian:  Missouri's rural license agents:  Offices risk closing without fee hike +
          KWMU:  Rural Missouri businesses need better Internet access to expand, but solutions aren't so easy
          JCNT:  Bill from Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) proposes steamboat museum for Jefferson City X
          P-D:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) wants to make raise electoral bar for St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger X
          KWMU:  Better Together's Dave Leipholtz, others debate St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          KWMU:  Additional Q&A on proposed St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger
          The Missouri Times:  House moves forward with updates to ethics procedures
          SNL:  Flu season update:  Confirmed cases in Missouri are way down X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson and Kansas governor should end border war by meeting in Kansas City X
          KC Star op-ed:  Joseph Haslag:  Missouri's income tax rates are not the problem X
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        January 29, 2019
       
JCNT:  Parson urges Missourians to prepare for dangerously cold weather X
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules Galloway did not knowingly violate Sunshine Law
          Missourinet:  Judge strikes down lawsuit alleging Galloway violated open records laws
          P-D:  Judge tosses lawsuit alleging Galloway broke Sunshine Law X
          KWMU:  Proposed St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger could go to statewide vote
          KWMU:  Q&A on proposed city-county merger
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air preview:  Better Together's David Leipholtz to discuss benefits of merger
          P-D:  Better Together launches campaign to merge St. Louis City with St. Louis County X
          AP:  Better Together launches $25 million campaign to put St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger on 2020 statewide ballot
          JCNT:  Show Me Challenge seeks to trim state bureaucracy, save money X
          Washington Missourian:  Parson proposes state cost-share program for 2020, which could include Highway 47 project X
          P-D:  Missouri's nursing homes for veterans, abiding by federal law, will not allow medical marijuana X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) presents bill establishing Fast-Track Workforce Incentive Grant program
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers discuss scholarship program for adults X
          Missourinet:  Trump tweets support for various states' Bible-study bills;  Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) sponsoring Missouri legislation
          CDT:  House Democrats push higher ed package X
          KC Star:  UMKC, UMSL and Rolla set to raise food and housing prices X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hearing for Hoskins' sports-wagering bill set for Thursday
          The Missouri Times:  Judge halts portions of meat law, says enforcement would be Legislature usurping constitutional authority
          The Missouri Times:  Dept. of Agriculture lays out proposed regulations for industrial hemp
          AP:  Bill would require evaluations in some animal-abuse cases
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Legislature should make tax amnesty a priority this year
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Even if bill in Legislature fails, Missouri drivers should set an example and put their cell phones down X
          P-D editorial:  Parson should grant clemency to woman who arranged to have her husband murdered X
          P-D op-ed:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors):  DOR's miscalculation was compounded by miscommunication X
          P-D letter:  Florissant man responds to Galloway op-ed, says voters should be required to pass competence test X
          P-D letter:  Affton septuagenarian responds to Galloway op-ed, says elected officials should take class on government X
          P-D letter:  Oakville man hopes Post-Dispatch newsroom distances itself from editorial board's merger cheerleading X
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        January 28, 2019
       
Fox News Sunday:  Sen. Roy Blunt on border security (video)
          Fox News Sunday:  Sen. Roy Blunt on border security (transcript)
          P-D:  Blunt on panel that will try to work out border-security deal X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Jamilah Nasheed discusses Parson, bid for Board of Aldermen president, more;  Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles) on personalities of Haahr and Vescovo;  Panel of Reps. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis City) and Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte), Angela Bingaman and Hannah Beers talk DOR mistake, adding fairness to Title IX persecutions, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State taxpayers may pay for withholding error
          P-D:  Advocacy group says Missouri's disability services rise to be among nation's best X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates for the elderly share legislative goals
          Missourinet:  Senate committee hears Chiefs bill;  Schatz hopes to get Mahomes to Missouri Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Parson's bridge plan lacks KC spending X
          P-D editorial:  States' policies should be countering the anti-vaccine movement, not coddling it X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Local League of Women voters group disappointed in black lawmakers, Republicans attempting to clean up Amendment 1
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City octogenarian opposes statewide vote on city-county consolidation X
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        January 27, 2019
       
AP:  Kay Hoflander chosen as chairwoman of Missouri Republican Party;  Nick Myers to serve as vice chair, Derrick Good as secretary and Pat Thomas as treasurer
          KC Star:  Missouri GOP chooses Kay Hoflander to serve as chair X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt co-sponsors bill to reduce estate tax rate
          P-D:  Gateway Arch will open today, National Parks Service says X
          KWMU:  Even after shutdown compromise, government employees can still cash in on local freebies;  List of charity drives, restaurant marketing gimmicks
          JCNT:  New VA clinic to open tomorrow X
          AP:  Number of female legislators increases in Missouri
          AP:  Across state legislatures, women make gains in achieving leadership positions;  Comments from Missouri House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          CDT:  Bills from Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) seek to add fairness to Title IX inquisitions X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan on Internet sales tax, talk of additional tax cuts, Foundation Formula
          Columbia Missourian:  Local lawmakers learn committee assignments
          SE Missourian:  Amanzi farms utilizes hydroponics to produce fresh produce;  Pilot program of employing incarcerated men to be replicated across Missouri +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  DHSS data indicates that more Missourians are killed by opioids than by car accidents
          KWMU:  Advocacy group reports low vaccination rates among Missouri teens
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Parson, despite being a former sheriff, should start embracing clemency X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Killing streets! AG Eric Schmitt should be commended for effort to reduce urban violence X
          KC Star op-ed:  State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick:  Setting the record straight on Missouri tax revenue;  Lackluster journalists, liberals and bureaucrats are spreading misinformation about tax withholdings X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Changes in state law give assault victims more options X
          P-D letter:  University City octogenarian suggests Vladmir Putin is blackmailing Roy Blunt X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian wants legislators to ban cell phone use while driving X
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights sexagenarian says he'll withdraw financial support from NAACP if organization continues to attack newscaster who flubbed King's name X
          KC Star letter:  Chesterfield man responds to editorial on Curls' "official pro football team" proposal, wonders why newspaper doesn't perform simple research before publication X
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        January 26, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Delegation weighs in on shutdown agreement;  Collection of statements written by communications staffers
          P-D's Raasch:  Government shutdown damaged the Republican-controlled Senate;  Comments from Hawley, Blunt X
          SNL:  Local veteran reacts to temporary end to shutdown X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Liberals rally at Clay's St. Louis City office hours before shutdown compromise
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  Liberals hold anti-Trump rally at Clay's St. Louis City office X
          P-D's Raasch:  Votes for the week of "July [sic] 21" X
          P-D:  Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) eyeing 2020 governor's race, unlikely to face serious primary opposition X
          The Missouri Times:  Four initiative petitions approved for circulation
          KCUR:  Up to Date:  Gov. Mike Parson talks to Steve Kraske about ending the Missouri-Kansas "border war," explains bonding proposal for transportation and the rural-urban divide, workforce development, more
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 21, 2019
          Washington Missourian:  Franklin County highway administrator says lack of communication between county and MoDOT is ridiculous X
          JCNT:  Former HR director files discrimination suit against Lincoln University;  White male details violations of compensation policy, jobs being handed to unqualified African-Americans, other unlawful acts by state school X
          Joplin Globe:  New Missouri law, sponsored by Rep. Dean Plocher (R-Town and Country), requires insurance coverage of 3D mammograms X
          P-D:  More abuse survivors and witnesses step forward in Schmitt's Missouri Catholic clergy probe X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 23, 2019
          Missourinet:  Missouri traffic fatalities take a slight dip in 2018
          Columbia Missourian:  Feral hog kills increase in Missouri
          P-D:  Local newscaster on indefinite leave after mispronouncing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name;  Kevin Steincross apologizes "for the pain (he) caused" with one flubbed syllable X
          KC Star editorial:  United States VA, KC VA Medical Center must answer questions about veteran's death X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Agriculture's 2019 legislative policy priorities
          P-D letter:  WGU-Missouri Chancellor Angie Besendorfer says Parson's grant program would strengthen workforce X
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        January 25, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Rep. Billy Long invites Trump to deliver State of the Union in Springfield
          KC Star:  Galloway slams GOP push to change how voters amend constitution X
          AP:  GOP state senators form Conservative Caucus
          The Missouri Times:  The #moleg Podcast:  Rep. Dale Wright (R-Farmington) on his background and motivation
          Missourinet:  House honors Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          Columbia Missourian:  State tax error drove $536 revenue deficit, 'April surprise'
          Missourinet:  $536 million deficit is eye-opener for Missouri lawmakers
          P-D:  Onder, Eigel encourage more equitable distribution of transportation projects X
          KWMU:  Missouri bill aims to protect babies with heartbeat
          The Missouri Times:  Bill aimed at protecting minors, combatting sex trafficking moves out of House committee
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Title IX bill proposes alternate hearing outside of schools
          JCNT:  Missouri awarded federal early education grant X
          The Missouri Times:  Policy panel rallies for school choice
          JCNT:  State hosts education retreat for lawmakers X
          KWMU:  Five education issues to watch in Jefferson City this year
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia legislators, UM president call for more state higher ed funding
          CDT:  University of Missouri preparing for possible cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer to deliver State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday
          Columbia Missourian:  State could see increases in penalties for drug dealing, manufacturing
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger on "debtors' prisons"
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun-control group promotes study blaming Missouri's gun laws for deaths
          P-D editorial:  It's not Missouri's job to aid furloughed federal workers. It should anyway. X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri is shrouding medical marijuana in secrecy, hiding who wants to grow and dispense it X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Galloway:  Don't change Clean Missouri
          KC Star op-ed:  Greg Razer (D-Kansas City):  My House colleagues voted no equality for me. X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Readers ask:  Why isn't state law about front license plate enforced? X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  St. Louis Police Officers Association's Jeff Roorda:  Hold Kim Gardner, all prosecutors accountable
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man predicts licensed use of marijuana will increase unlicensed use X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Washington septuagenarian says Missouri Republicans are "devils" X
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        January 24, 2019
       
KWMU:  Local transsexual activists unhappy with Trump's military policy
          Missourinet:  Parson's budget would help 1,529 families with early childhood development services
          Missourinet:  House GOP leaders confident $500 million budget shortfall will turn around
          KC Star:  Bill from Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit) seeks end to economic 'border war' with Kansas X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Democrats call for more school transportation funding
          The Missouri Times:  DOR blasted for lack of communication on withholding error
          KC Star:  Missouri taxpayers to see lower refunds this year;  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) predicts "April surprise" for taxpayers X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers frustrated as impact of state withholding error sinks in X
          KC Star:  Clash over Parson's budget veto may lead to penalty against "Missouri Department of Health [sic];"  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-St. Louis County) details "line in the budge [sic]" X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) named Veterans Committee chair, talks legislative priorities
          The Missouri Times:  Senate committee approves several interim gubernatorial appointments
          The Missouri Times:  First bill out of House honors late Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          P-D editorial:  Missouri should join other states in banning cell phone use while driving X
          KC Star editorial:  The Kansas City Chiefs are KC's team, not Missouri's - and the losers in St. Louis can eat their hearts out X
          P-D's Kevin McDermott:  Local NAACP should rethink dramatics around newscaster's on-air pronunciation flub X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte):  Title IX investigations are medieval in their lack of due process
          P-D letter:  University City man proposes unicameral state legislature X
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        January 23, 2019
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt on shutdown impasse:  Broaden the options
        KC Star:  Blunt:  VA's response to query about vet's death "totally insufficient" X
        KC Star:  Cleaver on getting paid during shutdown:  "Me taking my paycheck has nothing to do with anything going on" X
        KWMU:  Shutdown hardship:  Local federal employee details trauma of having one (1) delayed paycheck
        The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission questioning authority on two Clean Missouri changes related to lawmakers
        Missourinet:  GOP lawmakers express concerns about Clean Missouri's impact on constituent correspondence
        The Missouri Times:  Schmitt announces Safer Streets initiative
        Missourinet:  Schmitt forms partnership to battle violent crime in St. Louis region
        KWMU:  Schmitt pledges lawyers to prosecute violent crime in St. Louis region
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) reacts to Parson's "ambitious" State of the State
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) says being only non-lawyer on Judiciary Committee provides panel a different perspective
        The Missouri Times:  GOP lawmakers file bill requiring due process for Title IX hearings
        Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers propose changes to Title IX process
        CDT:  Margie Vandeven prepares for release of test scores X
        The Missouri Times:  House Democrats file plethora of education bills
        P-D:  Missouri House superminority leaders want more money for K-12 funding X
        Columbia Missourian:  Democrats seek to require public vote for charter school expansion
        SNL:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis County) wants to lower state's mandatory school age by two years X
        P-D:  Put down the phone, say Missouri legislators who want to ban cell phone use while driving X
        KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court to decide whether a part of the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional
        The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers consider designating the Chiefs as Missouri's official NFL team
        KC Star:  Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) wants Chiefs to be Missouri's official pro football team X
        St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  To the Missouri Western student employees complaining about lack of minimum-wage increase:  Sorry kids, nothing is free
        KC Star editorial:  Parson should try again to pass a gas tax for crumbling Missouri highways X
        Priddy:  Imagine if the campaign against Josh Hawley is successful, and his career turns out like Bill Webster's
        Helling:  Rural interests are over-represented in Missouri politics;  Urban areas should not be pressured to care about rural broadband X
        P-D op-ed:  Missouri's civil engineers want to see more infrastructure spending X
        KC Star op-ed:  Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) former national director:  Eric Schmitt should fix Josh Hawley's feeble Catholic Church investigation X
        Keller:  So long, Mamtek's Bruce Cole. It hasn't been sweet. X
        P-D letter:  New Haven septuagenarian angry at Gov. Parson for not returning phone messages about gun control X
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        January 22, 2019
       
KWMU:  Martin Luther King, Jr. rally draws fewer than 50 downtown
          P-D:  MLK march is brief, with sparse crowd X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  MLK parade:  Signs include "Impeach Trump Now," "Trump Kidnaps Babies," other unifying and uplifting messages X
          SNL:  Mayor on MLK Day:  "Progress continues to be made" X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  MLK parade:  Signs include "Protect Black Trans Women," "No Human is Illegal," etc. X
          CDT:  MLK march draws crowd of 40;  Speaker at rally praises unsigned NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick for heroic acts in the face of rampant patriotism X
          JCNT:  Dozens attend MLK tribute;  Speaker criticizes push to protect country's borders, blames Missouri prison system for black incarceration rate, other outrages X
          P-D:  St. Louis County NAACP wants TV newscaster Kevin Steincross fired for mispronouncing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name X
          AP:  St. Louis County NAACP wants newscaster fired for flubbing MLK's name
          KWMU:  Leader of local airport employees group claims federal workers won't stop showing up for their jobs
          Missourinet:  New State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick receives bipartisan praise
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) plays key role in Gov. Parson's workforce development plan +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Michael Bugalski, interim president of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, pleased by Parson's DED reorg
          The Missouri Times:  House leaders standing firm on new rule regarding open records
          KC Star:  Democrats push for no-reason absentee voting X
          KWMU:  Lawmakers seek funding source for pre-K expansion
          Missourinet:  No plans for Missouri prison space after inmates and workers move out
          AP:  Urban prosecutors end most pot cases
          CDT:  Settlement could bring close to Mamtek saga X
          JCNT editorial:  Proposed state pay raises a good start X
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        January 21, 2019   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day - A state holiday, per Gov. John Ashcroft
       
P-D:  Farmers weigh in on trade deal, government shutdown X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Rep. John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon) gives perspective on Elijah Haahr and Rob Vescovo, shares thoughts on Parson's agenda and Todd Richardson's Medicaid overhaul, initative petition changes;  Panel of Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R-Oakville), Joe Lakin, Jane Dueker, and NAACP's John Gaskin III talk Parson's State of the State, LGBTQIA* proposal from Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), St. Louis County letting chronic deadbeat dads abdicate their responsibility as fathers, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local lawmakers learn committee assignements
          P-D:  Historic tax credit bottleneck stalling redevelopment projects, delaying reimbursement X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri PSC to hold hearing on billion-dollar wind farm X
          AP:  Man who took part in murderous robbery wants out of jail;  Budding criminal Norman Brown joined a pal in robbing Chesterfield jewelry shop, where the duo killed owner and left owner's wife for dead
          KC Star editorial:  KC families on the dole could see handouts cut if shutdown continues X
          Messenger:  Thanks to GOP legislators, when it comes to Sunshine Law, Missouri is Show-Me State no more X
          SNL letter:  Ozark septuagenarian says Blunt is a "commie sympathizer";  Springfield septuagenarian says ALEC has purchased GOP state legislators, uses ALL CAPS to emphasize IMPORTANT POINTS X
          KC Star letters:  KC man unhappy with Blunt over vote on Russia sanctions;  KC septuagenarian unhappy with gas tax proposal's language, says he wants "clean" proposal to vote on X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles octogenarian expresses anger at GOP state legislators over election success X
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        January 20, 2019
       
SNL:  Anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 100 X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Feminist holds sign proclaiming "Right too [sic] choice" X
          P-D:  Anti-Trump march draws smaller crowd than previous years;  Comments from Florissant woman who calls herself "Emmett," others X
          KWMU:  Feminists march in St. Louis City;  Black feminist hopes more black women show up next year
          KC Star:  Feminists hold anti-Trump rally downtown X
          Columbia Missourian:  Anti-Trump immigrant group joins feminists for rally;  Former state rep runner-up/Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Vice Chair Michela Skelton attempts to lead crowd in chant about breathing
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Dottie Bailey (R-Eureka) talks with Rosenbaum about "Bryce's Law," criminal justice proposals, statewide vote on city-county merger, more
          JCNT:  Capitol awash in 'Clean Missouri' concerns X
          Joplin Globe:  Medical marijuana cultivation site proposed for Sarcoxie X
          SNL:  "Answer Man" feature:  Why does Missouri require two license plates when many other states only mandate one? X
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Sen. Scott Sifton (D-Affton), targeting transparency in state government contracts, is worthy of passage X
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers should pass ban on texting while driving X
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        January 19, 2019
       
AP:  Temporary government shutdown means SNAP recipients will get their handouts early
          SNL:  Local charities discuss new mission:  Explaining to SNAP recipients why they're receiving two (2) months of taxpayer-funded handouts at one time X
          SE Missourian:  Smith apologizes for chiding Democrats about Puerto Rico junket +
          SNL:  Profile:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Salem) X
          KWMU:  Organizers of 3rd annual feminist march say chilly weather won't negatively impact hefty crowd:  "We're women, come on"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 14, 2019
          SNL:  Parson:  Education a 'key factor' in fighting Missouri opioid crisis;  House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Superminority Leader Crystal Quade join governor at event X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Gov. Mike Parson at Discovery Center X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Danny Busick (R-Newtown) likes Parson's talk of trimming government, emphasizing workforce development, building emergency fund
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) hopes to see $10 million allocated for rural broadband expansion
          JCNT:  Officials:  Prison merger to improve pay, safety X
          Columbia Missourian's Laura Murgatroyd:  New minimum wage offers relief for workers;  Comments from two (2) advocates of wage increase, zero (0) perspectives from small-business owners
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Western spared from minimum wage increase - for now
          The Missouri Times:  Court preliminarily halts feedlot expansion near Powell Gardens
          KC Star editorial:  No more shutdowns. Sen. Roy Blunt's bipartisan plan could help avert future budget disasters X
          KC Star editorial:  Lawmakers rush to undo Clean Missouri open records regulations. That's unconstitutional X
          CDT editorial:  Gov. Parson's budget gambit X
          P-D editorial briefs:  Parson wrong on allowing legal guns at Capitol;  Dept. of Revenue wrong to request office move to protect employees X
          Phill Brooks:  Parson a far more substantive governor than Greitens;  New gov should make himself available for interviews after State of the State X
          P-D letter:  St. Peters man says those who oppose LGBTQIA* employment laws are the same religious types who supported slavery X
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        January 18, 2019
       
AP:  Hawley to keep home in Springfield, will bring wife and sons to D.C. so family can be together while Senate is in session
          Politico:  Jason Smith chides House Democrats for taking 30-member jaunt to Puerto Rico during shutdown
          The Missouri Times:  Parson signs executive order initiating major restructuring of four state agencies
          KWMU:  Parson pares Economic Development Department's portfolio to sharpen purpose
          JCNT:  Parson reorganizes DED, narrows focus X
          AP:  Parson plans to move several hundred employees from Dept. of Economic Development to Dept. of Higher Education
          Missourinet:  Parson to vastly reorganize numerous state agencies
          P-D:  Parson revamps Missouri's economic development efforts X
          P-D:  Missouri government makeover includes moving state oversight of public radio and TV X
          The Missouri Times:  State plans to shutter Crossroads Correctional Center, transfer inmates and employees to Western
          Missourinet:  Parson to provide details on prison plan today
          The Missouri Times:  State leaders applaud appeals court decision upholding Safe at Home address confidentiality program
          AP:  Missouri court reverses ruling on victim protection program
          CDT:  MNEA legislative forum focuses on funding, charter schools X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri PSC:  Week of January 9, 2019
          KC Star editorial:  Hawley right, Blunt wrong on Russia-sanctions vote X
          P-D editorial:  Parson's infrastructure focus is correct, but debt-funding it is a mistake X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Eric Bohl:  Trump touts work for farmers at American Farm Bureau Convention
          Messenger:  Parson wants to close a prison. It's a good start. X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  If you teach sex ed in Missouri public schools, you must discuss consent X
          JCNT letter:  Jefferson City man irked by Missourinet reporter's blatant anti-Trump bias X
          P-D letter:  Post-Dispatch subscriber highlights the company's inability to consistently deliver the newspaper on time X
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        January 17, 2019
       
P-D:  'It's such an inconvenience':  Illinois mom drags kids to Arch before comprehending shutdown effects X
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  Local artist devastated by impact of federal goverment shutdown;  Kirkwood man, traipsing around the country to photograph national parks, describes emotional hardship caused by "Park Temporarily Closed" signs
          KC Star:  Missouri medical marijuana:  Bills from KC Dems Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, Barbara Washington would give preferential treatment to minorities, women X
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis) to speak to Clayton Township Democrats next week
          KWMU:  Parson pledges to 'chart Missouri's future' in State of the State speech
          JCNT:  Parson proposes 3 percent pay raise for all Missouri state employees X
          JCNT:  Parson finds efficiency in closing Cameron's Crossroads Correctional facility X
          The Missouri Times:  State of the State 2019:  Parson focuses on infrastructure, workforce development
          P-D:  Bridge repair tops Parson's budget plan, along with money for schools X
          P-D:  Photo gallery:  State of the State address:  Curtain jerkers, preliminary festivities and the main event X
          AP:  Parson proposes $351 million bond for bridges
          AP:  Democrats respond to Parson's speech by taking digs at former Gov. Eric Greitens
          Missourinet:  Audio:  Gov. Mike Parson's 2019 State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  State of the State address
          Missourinet:  Parson calls for state worker pay hike, spending on bridge repairs
          Missourinet:  Parson proposes shuttering Missouri prison
          Missourinet:  Republicans, Democrats react to Parson address
          CDT:  Higher ed to maintain funding levels in state budget X
          Columbia Missourian:  Parson emphasizes infrastructure, workforce development in first State of the State
          Joplin Globe:  Parson outlines 'bold' policy goals in State of the State address X
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz names committee chairs
          KC Star:  UMKC professor resigns amid allegations he used students as 'slave labor' X
          The Missouri Times:  Martin Luther King Jr. celebration delivers on theme of legacy and focus
          KC Star editorial:  Report from gun-control group shows cost of firearms to Missouri;  Legislators should pass gun-control laws, dump more money into urban governments for anti-violence programs X
          KC Star editorial:  Parson's vision includes more spending for infrastructure but not much else;  Governor should push to expand Medicaid, raise taxes X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should not attempt to alter Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Legislators wrong to pass document-confidentiality protections X
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Thoughts on 4th Congressional District silver medalist Renee Hoagenson, campaign fundraising, and Caleb Rowden's "new potion [sic] as Senate floor majority leader"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri's death penalty jury deadlock provision is unconstitutional X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville septuagenarian mocks Post-Dispatch's hypocrisy regarding statewide vote on city-county merger X
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        January 16, 2019
       
Missourinet:  Hawley defends Trump, calls accusations against president 'stomach turning'
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hawley joins in questioning of AG nominee
          Missourinet:  McCaskill reports to work at MSNBC, will join group of panelists criticizing Trump's State of the Union on January 29
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  Statewide
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  Committees
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  January 2019 quarterly filings:  State House
          The Missouri Times:  19-year-old from St. Louis suburb says he's running against Jay Ashcroft in 2020 GOP secretary of state primary
          Joplin Globe:  (Jay) Nixon hall opens to students at Missouri Southern X
          P-D:  Preview:  Gov. Mike Parson's State of the State address X
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court looks at case claiming Legislature writes bills too broadly
          JCNT:  State high court considers legislative powers X
          The Missouri Times:  First bill moving through the House honors the late Rep. Cloria Brown (R-St. Louis County)
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate leaders pan proposal for statewide vote on city-county merger
          P-D:  Missouri House votes to protect privacy of constituent case files, declines to advance LGBT proposal X
          AP:  House takes voice votes on document confidentiality, expanding LGBT "protections," more
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner, other Republicans wrong to minimize effects of shutdown X
          KC Star editorial:  With investigations and tough questions looming, will Josh Hawley learn from his mistakes? X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Hawley attacks FBI, uses attorney general confirmation hearing to steal spotlight X
          Jensen:  Requiring Medicaid recipients to work is a smart move - and, predicitably, the Post-Dispatch hates it +
          Waters:  The Missouri Department of Revenue's fortuitous tax mistake X
          Messenger:  Thoughts on Twitter discussion with Robert Cornejo regarding "Clean Missouri" and beer X
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        January 15, 2019
       
KSDK:  McCaskill joins MSNBC as political analyst
          KSMU:  Shutdown means Missouri food stamp recipients will get taxpayer-funded handouts early
          SNL:  Federal employees can use temporary government shutdown to get zero-interest loans at local credit union X
          SE Missourian:  Shutdown causing temporary cash-flow crunch for some Missouri farmers +
          KC Star:  Missouri Republican Party wants investigation into Jean Peters Baker;  Executive Director Ray Bozarth says union's strong-arming amounts to "pay to play politics" X
          AP:  GOP:  FBI should review union's pay-to-play demands on Dem chair
          The Missouri Times:  Fitzpatrick sworn in as state treasurer
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick:  "Government works for the people, not the other way around"
          AP:  Fitzpatrick sworn in as Missouri state treasurer
          JCNT:  Fitzpatrick, Galloway sworn in X
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway begins second term as auditor, announces Public Corruption and Fraud Division
          AP:  Galloway sworn in for another term as Missouri auditor
          Missourinet:  Galloway sworn into office:  "If you steal from taxpayers, my office will find you"
          Missourinet:  Galloway slams Missouri Dept. of Revenue mistake
          P-D:  Nicole Galloway, lone statewide Democrat in Missouri, sworn into four-year term X
          P-D:  Parson's budget does not include funds for DOR office move;  Agency wants to move from St. Louis City to Clayton to protect employees from crime X
          AP:  House looks to undo some minimum sentences
          AP:  Springfield News-Leader publisher gets $1.36 billion buyout bid
          P-D:  New House rules largely forbid dogs;  Ban on smoking in offices a possibility X
          P-D editorial:  Young futures hang in the balance as Warren County adopts four-day school week X
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        January 14, 2019
       
KWMU:  MoDOT warns of slick roadways as melting snow refreezes
          Missourinet:  MoDOT brings in extra crews for Monday;  Missouri troopers assist about 1,800 stranded motorists
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  State Treasurer-to-be Scott Fitzpatrick talks with Scott Faughn about getting the call, priorities as treasurer, advice for rookie legislators, more;  Panel of freshman Reps. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), Dirk Deaton (R-Noel), Steve Butz (D-St. Louis City) and Wiley Price IV (D-St. Louis City) on legislative priorities, Speaker Elijah Haahr's leadership, federal government shutdown, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  House Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) on playing defense in Legislature, split with black Dems on effects of "Clean Missouri," DOR's tax withholding error, more
          JCNT:  Profile:  Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones embraces fast pace of governor's office X
          JCNT:  At session-opening speech, Jay Ashcroft challenges leaders to act with integrity, humility, grace X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Tony Luetkemeyer dives into the Senate
          JCNT:  State agencies still considering red-tape cutbacks X
          AP:  Meat producers seek to make Missouri's "real meat" bill a model for other states
          P-D:  Warrenton becomes latest Missouri school district to move to four-day school weeks X
          CDT editorial:  Columbia should pay for Trump's campaign stop - this time X
          P-D editorial:  State's secrecy behind medical marijuana permitting is a bad start to new law X
          SNL op-ed:  Anti-death-penalty activist Donna Walmsley:  State lawmakers should give responsibility for capital punishment sentencing to jurors, not judges X
          KC Star letter:  Independence liberal says Josh Hawley has no spine X
          P-D letter:  Fenton septuagenarian applauds Schmitt, Tony Messenger for work on 'debtors' prisons' X
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        January 13, 2019   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KSMU:  Blunt co-sponsors bill that would change president's role in budget process
          SNL:  New VA clinic in Springfield expects 350,000 outpatient visits by end of first year X
          KC Star:  Poor revenue outlook complicates upcoming budget deliberations for Missouri lawmakers X
          Joplin Globe:  Advocacy group:  Missouri ranks low in money spent on tobacco prevention X
          CDT:  Inmates seek bill allowing chance for parole or death X
          Joplin Globe:  State regulators yet to play role in reservoir talks X
          P-D editorial:  Let Missouri voters decide on a St. Louis City - St. Louis County merger X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Legislators should spend more tobacco-tax settlement money, and voters should support raising taxes X
          SNL letter:  Joplin septuagenarian unhappy with Gov. "Parsos [sic]" over Amendment 1 cleanup efforts X
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        January 12, 2019   MoDOT Travel Map
       
KC Star:  KC labor leaders claim union-busting by Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker, vow to withhold support X
          P-D:  Federal shutdown leads to early food stamp handouts X
          NY Times:  Shutdown profiles:  St. Louis County woman, who earns nearly $50k as federal government paperwork processor, laments inability to budget past next paycheck
          KWMU:  Local union boss complains about shutdown
          P-D:  Weekly congressional delegation update:  Ann Wagner to White House for anti-trafficking bill;  House votes on rural broadband;  More X
          P-D:  Anti-NRA group claims organization coordinated with Hawley campaign X
          P-D:  Illegal Chinese alien gets time served for employing illegal Mexican aliens, faces possible deportation X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Parson supports Trump's trade discussions with China
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of January 7, 2019
          The Missouri Times:  Seven new initiative petitions filed, bringing total to 37
          Washington Missourian:  Three rookie lawmakers take oath of office X
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Revenue seeks to protect state workers by moving them from downtown St. Louis City location;  New office in Clayton would provide safer environment X
          AP:  Court:  State of Missouri, governor can't be sued over public defender complaints
          SNL:  DNR promises public meeting on Litton pollution X
          KWMU:  Longtime St. Louis journalist Linda Lockhart reflects on career and current state of journalism:  From good old days of copyboys running errands to present day of too many white men making decisions
          KWMU:  Newspaper veteran Tim O'Neil, formerly of the Post-Dispatch, talks about paper's office downsizing
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Make sure Missouri benefits from sports betting
          KC Star editorial:  How bad are starting salaries for Missouri teachers? Even Mississippi pays more X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Tim Jones:  Missouri should look to low- and no-income-tax states to experience expansive economic growth
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        January 11, 2019
       
KWMU:  Longtime political journalist Jo Mannies reflects on career, major stories
          P-D:  Local federal workers claim they are delaying retirement, facing other hardships due to one (1) postponed paycheck X
          KC Star:  Local federal workers use free time to protest time off X
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 Legislative Ball's Grand March
          The Missouri Times:  Photo gallery:  2019 swearing-in
          Missourinet:  Governor's prayer breakfast draws packed house;  St. Louis City Sheriff Vernon Betts notes that real men "have got to be careful" these days
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Speaker Elijah Haahr talks to Rosenbaum about criminal-sentencing overhaul, black legislators' desire to clean up Amendment 1, more
          The Missouri Times:  Schatz stresses quality over quantity for 2019 legislative session
          AP:  Missouri Senate debates proposal to add four new committee positions
          P-D's Kurt Erickson:  Senate debates four new committee positions;  Expansion has support of "Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellfontaine [sic] Neighbors) X
          The Missouri Times:  DHSS begins rulemaking process for medical marijuana program
          Missourinet:  Early interest in Missouri's legalized medical marijuana is robust
          AP:  Strong interest in medical marijuana in Missouri
          CDT:  Ben Hurst resigns from Missouri Clean Water Commission X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the PSC:  January 9, 2019
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  UMSL's Terry Jones gives background on St. Louis City-County merger attempts and challenges of current push
          The Missouri Times - Clayton edition:  Tony Messenger to speak at Clayton Chamber of Commerce event Jan. 22
          P-D:  Hawley, other Republicans wrong on pre-existing conditions X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Legislators should keep their hands off Amendment 1 X
          P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers deserve a break after the state's withholding glitch X
          KC Star editorial:  Demand answers to why a 53-year-old man died in a Missouri jail, and why it was kept secret X
          KC Star op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver:  Facts vs. myths in the debate over immigration X
          Kraske:  No more free meals? Life in the 'Clean Missouri' statehouse will never be the same X
          CDT op-ed:  Missourians can now talk medical marijuana with their doctors X
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson-Florissant School District attorney Cindy Reeds Ormsby responds to editorial advocating fixing elections help prevent white representation X
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        January 10, 2019
       
P-D:  Blunt, Hawley, Clay weigh in on shutdown X
          KWMU:  Ann Wagner sees suburban St. Louis district trending blue, urges GOP to stem national tide
          AP:  Government shutdown will keep HUD Secretary Ben Carson from speaking at Governor's Prayer Breakfast
          SNL:  Area union leader complains about shutdown X
          Farm Journal:  Farmers battling the Muddy Missouri and the Army Corps of Engineers
          Brownfield Ag News:  U.S. Supreme Court won't hear state animal ag challenges;  Comments from Attorney General Eric Schmitt
          KSMU:  Parson appoints John Russell, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, as Greene County commissioner
          KWMU:  Parson promotes black female judge to Missouri Court of Appeals
          AP:  Parson appoints Robin Ransom to appeals court
          KWMU:  Missouri Legislature opens 2019 with an ambitious agenda
          The Missouri Times:  Haahr takes role as Speaker, promises "bold solutions"
          Missourinet:  Speaker Elijah Haahr outlines 2019 priorities
          AP:  Lawmakers convene, pledge to work on improving education and creating jobs
          SNL:  Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (D), Superminority Leader Crystal Quade (D) carry Springfield voices to Capitol X
          KSMU:  On Day One in the Missouri House, Greene County takes center stage
          Missourinet:  Springfield will have strong clout in Missouri House in 2019
          JCNT:  State House optimistic about 100th session X
          P-D:  With new leaders in place, Missouri lawmakers launch 100th session of the General Assembly X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri lawmakers kick off new legislative session with pomp and promises
          Missourinet:  Schatz gives glimpse into GOP's direction this session
          Missourinet:  Schatz says 'right to work' passage this session "probably unlikely"
          CDT:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) assumes new role as Senate majority leader X
          JCNT:  Senate launches session with 9 new members X
          Missourinet:  Democratic legislative leaders hold realistic expectations as superminority
          P-D:  MO DHSS following the law, will not disclose medical marijuana applications despite reporter's request X
          P-D:  Parson's staff does not use "Silent Phone" app;  Missouri Highway Patrol recommended Greitens staff install security app prior to traveling to China and Middle East X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  DESE Deputy Commissioner Roger Dorson says fully funding foundation formula is a priority
          P-D:  State says air ambulance companies overly aggressive in pursuing payments X
          P-D:  Gateway Journalism Review event features impressive liberal lineup:  Environmentalist Kay Drey, former Sen. Wayne Goode (D-St. Louis), PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor X
          Columbia Missourian:  MoDOT to hold informational meeting about proposed construction on bridge on U.S. 63
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Earmarking online sales taxes for transportation
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Suggestions for GOP supermajority:  Fund transportation, create PDMP, don't change Clean Missouri, more X
          JCNT editorial:  Suggestions for GOP majority:  Fund transporation, create PDMP, overhaul criminal sentencing, more X
          P-D editorial:  'Clean Missouri' means what it says, Gov. Parson. Don't mess with it. X
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  Josh Hawley - unlike his predecessor Claire McCaskill - can't answer questions on his feet;  McCaskill did a better job dishing, spending time with reporters X
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        January 9, 2019   First day of legislative session
       
Priddy:  Convening the session:  Words of wisdom from Jay Barnes and Jeff Smith
          KWMU:  Lacy Clay, black state legislators among those hoping to fix "Clean Missouri" gerrymandering
          SE Missourian:  Retiring Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) embraces 'my government,' talks term limits and Greitens +
          P-D:  Advice from former legislators Jake Hummel, Jay Barnes, Kevin Engler, Gail McCann Beatty +
          The Missouri Times:  Ashcroft says he plans to overhaul initiative petition process in a content-neutral way
          Missourinet:  Marijuana bills on the upswing in Missouri Legislature
          SNL:  Missouri medical marijuana trade show announced X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R) aims to protect minors while combatting sex trafficking
          KWMU:  Missouri Board of Education says you can't buy lower teacher turnover
          Missourinet:  Pennsylvania-based rankings/review site claims most neighboring states pay teachers more than Missouri;  Comments from Missouri School Boards' Association's Melissa Randol
          CDT:  Federal shutdown not affecting Missouri school breakfast/lunch handouts X
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs) would institute instant runoff voting method
          The Missouri Times:  Former MOGOP Chair David Cole joins Health Facilities Review Committee;  5 new Certificate of Need applications approved
          Missourinet:  Capitol renovation project running on schedule
          KC Star editorial:  Temporary government shutdown affecting residents of Missouri, Kansas;  Kansas Indian tribe could face delayed improvements to HVAC system, other harrowing atrocities
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  The case for career politicians:  We could use more like Mike Parson and fewer like Eric Greitens
          P-D editorial:  Schmitt's stand against debtors' prisons is an apt start to his new job X
          P-D editorial:  Changing the election system will help prevent voters from choosing white candidates for Ferguson-Florissant school board X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  On the Dept. of Revenue tax-withholding tables snafu
          Messenger:  Schmitt joins the fight against debtors' prisons in Missouri X
          Helling:  Statewide vote on St. Louis area merger is silly;  "Old and poor" St. Louis City combining with "rich and growing" St. Louis County is of little interest to most Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says lobbyists have been purchasing Missouri lawmakers' votes via sports tickets, free food and "who knows what else" X
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        January 8, 2019
       
The Missouri Times:  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to speak at 2019 Missouri Lincoln Days
          P-D:  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to keynote Missouri Lincoln Days X
          SE Missourian:  Oliver North to speak at Cape County Lincoln Day in March +
          Missourinet:  Cleaver, Hartzler weigh in on border wall
          AP:  Missouri revenue down 2.9 percent through first half of fiscal year
          Missourinet:  Schmitt wants to stop modern-day 'debtors' prisons'
          Columbia Missourian:  Schmitt files first amicus brief opposing 'debtors' prisons'
          P-D:  Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says House Dems looking into allegations against Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City);  KMOV report showed Franks falsified timesheets at taxpayer-funded job, hid income on bankruptcy filing X
          Missourinet:  County officials don't want lawmakers to transfer road maintenance to local governments
          KWMU:  Judge:  15,000 inmates eligible to join lawsuit over Missouri parole practices
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) says higher ed background will be a plus
          AP:  Ferguson school district must change election board method;  Traditional at-large elections resulted in voters choosing too many Caucasoids
          KWMU:  U.S. Supreme Court upholds ruling on Ferguson-Florissant School Board elections
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU responds to Supreme Court denial of elections case appeal
          P-D:  Parkway West eighth grader Wilson Gao earns perfect score on SAT;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success X
          KWMU:  State officials sit through another public meeting on Bridgeton Landfill;  Woman who chose to purchase house near landfill complains about odor
          P-D:  Adam Crumbliss, other public servants hear from landfill neighbors who dislike findings of scientific report X
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch to downsize, move to smaller office building in St. Louis City X
          KC Star editorial:  Suggestions for GOP legislative agenda:  Repeal tax cuts, expand Medicaid, leave Clean Missouri's gerrymandering as is, other fantasies X
          JCNT editorial:  Legislature bolsters local economy X
          Joplin Globe editorial:  Specifics needed from Missouri Department of Conservation on Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman wonders why family columnist/beauty-product reviewer Aisha Sultan is the sole diversity-quota selection for editorial board - and relegated to "adjunct member" status X
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        January 7, 2019
       
KWMU:  Parson's PAC goes public as it raises big dollars from big donors
          KWMU:  Forecasting legislative issues:  Early childhood education, transportation, low income housing tax credits, redistricting, 'right to work,' more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature opens with new governor, old problems
          Missourinet:  Parson shares thoughts on transportation funding, opportunies presented by Panama Canal expansion
          AP:  Lawmakers to consider redistricting, sports betting
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Lawmakers to consider sports betting proposals
          P-D:  Annual legislative preview X
          KC Star:  Annual legislative preview X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Panel of David Barklage, Reps. Jean Evans, Tracy McCreery and Donna Baringer talk about personalities of Scott Fitzpatrick, Elijah Haahr and Crystal Quade;  Tort overhaul;  "Clean Missouri";  Statewide vote on St. Louis City-St. Louis County merger;  More
          Washington Missourian:  Legislative rookies, veteran head to Capitol for first week of session
          KWMU:  Galloway finds changes to home health care saved far less than expected
          CDT:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) would set limits on how early school districts can begin classes X
          JCNT:  Medical marijuana a step closer to reality today;  Pre-filing for license applications begins X
          Phill Brooks:  The art of Missouri budget compromise:  Lessons from Bob Holden and Mel Carnahan X
          SNL letters:  Area feminist thinks legislators should take Equal Rights Amendment proposal seriously;  St. Louis County liberal opposes Medicaid standards;  Battlefield woman threatens to vote against Parson if he supports Amendment 1 cleanup X
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        January 6, 2019
       
P-D:  Trump supporters rally in Clayton for border wall X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  New to Congress, Hawley settles in
          P-D:  U.S. House opens 116th Congress with party-line votes X
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Minimum wage increase already costing Missouri jobs;  Local auto shop, hardware store letting employees go due to higher wage costs
          SE Missourian:  Local business leaders discuss negative effects of Missouri's minimum wage increase +
          Lake Sun:  Businesses brace for damage caused by minimum wage increase
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers have filed 10 marijuana bills since Amendment 2 passed. Here's a roundup. X
          JCNT:  100th General Assembly convenes Wednesday X
          JCNT:  Jay Barnes reflects on 8 years in Missouri Legislature:  "I will not miss this at all";  Thoughts on Mamtek, Greitens, life after politics X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep.-elect Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) talks primary victory, freshman bus tour
          Columbia Missourian:  State program for special-needs students has failed to help a single one;  Comments from former Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst (R-High Ridge)
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) aims to help DNR move faster on business permits
          Joplin Globe:  Federal, state agencies will weigh in on plans for reservoir;  Growing demand from Joplin-area residents requires new water source X
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation:  No timeline for reopening of Wildcat Glades nature center X
          AP:  Joplin Globe has new owner:  Alabama pension fund
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Most counties in Missouri don't look like Kansas City or St. Louis City;  Great Northwest Day at the Capitol provides an important forum for rural issues
          JCNT editorial:  Department of Corrections continues to embarrass our state, and problems need immediate attention X
          McClellan:  On decision to vote for Roy Blunt over Jason Kander, and St. Louis County Republicans hosting Joe Arpaio +
          CDT's Rudi Keller:  Missouri lawmakers' days of free meals are over X
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