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        Saturday, April 29
       
Brownfield Ag News:  Trump Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks in KC;  Audio of full speech and interview
          Missouri Farmer Today:  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses plans during Missouri visit
          High Plains Journal:  Secretary Perdue visits Kansas City
          The Missouri Times:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson meets with new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
          P-D:  Congressional delegation votes for the week
          SNL:  Out-of-state professors visit Drury, criticize Trump X
          Missourinet:  Task Force 1 deploys to help with expected flooding in Missouri
          KWMU:  "St. Louis on the Air":  ACORN (rebranded "MORE,") other liberal groups get 30 minutes to promote today's "People's Climate March"
          KC Star:  Liberal groups' march may disrupt traffic for working people during Monday rush hour +
          Drebes:  GOP combatants line up to fill Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Silvey responds to Greitens' Taco Bill video with one of his own, talks budget and takes aim at dark-money attacks
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens found guilty of ethics violation
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jason Rosenbaum talks about the rift between Sen. Rob Schaaf and Gov. Eric Greitens
          P-D:  Greitens buys home in Warren County
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 24
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 24
          KWMU:  Crunch time:  A look at legislation entering the final two weeks of legislative session
          Missourinet:  Bill for veterans homes stalled in Missouri House
          KC Star:  Bill would allow electronic monitoring of domestic abuse defendants +
          SNL:  Missouri's Case.net now offers text notifications for tracking cases X
          AP:  St. Louis businesses brace for impact of higher minimum wage
          CDT:  Choi:  University of Missouri System not 'retrenching' amid budget trimming X
          Missourinet:  MoDOT says fatal motorcycle crashes reach all-time high in Missouri
          CDT:  Columbia pharmacies begin using drug monitoring program X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  OAKS volunteer receives award from Parson +
          KWMU:  Amendment from Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) would prohibit publicly-funded facilities from promoting abortion
          KC Star's Bryan Lowry:  First 100 days for Trump, Greitens show lack of transparency +
          P-D letter:  Schaaf and Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford:  Missouri should not expand Medicaid managed care
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton resident suggests trying other solutions instead of tax credit for poor families
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        Friday, April 28
       
SE Missourian:  Jason Smith praises Trump's inquiry into aluminum imports +
          KC Star:  Anti-Trump group disrupts Kansas congressman's speech at UMKC Law School;  UMKC coed says she screamed and stomped to protest "division" +
          P-D:  Ann Wagner's human trafficking bill seeks tougher sanctions, more education
          KWMU:  Local scientist who wants federal funding opposes cuts to federal funding
          Missourinet:  Northern Missouri tech company adds 100 new jobs, praises state business climate;  Comments from Sam Graves
          FOX4KC:  Congressional delegation wants local VA to offer mammograms
          KWMU:  ACORN (rebranded "MORE"), others organize "People's Climate March" tomorrow in St. Louis City
          Drebes:  Brian Schmidt registers new organization, Missouri Children's Leadership Council
          Missourinet:  Greitens says he disagrees with his PAC releasing Schaaf's cell phone number
          The Missouri Times:  Pro-cannabis PAC joins Greitens' non-profit, runs social media ad against Schaaf
          KC Star:  Video:  Greitens signs bill while taking a Lyft to get Taco Bell;  Comely blonde chauffeurs governor whilst discussing legislation, economic benefits of part-time jobs +
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers look to finalize budget that doesn't include midyear cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House sends Onder's PLA bill to governor's desk
          KWMU:  Bill would spare public works projects from being forced to use all-union labor;  Other action includes education savings accounts, Zoo bill
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass limits on public construction
          The Missouri Times:  Bootheel leaders ask Libla to let SB 190 come to a vote
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes school choice, transfer proposal
          The Missouri Times:  Remington Research poll suggests voters could favor education savings accounts for school choice
          AP:  University of Missouri sets new policies in wake of agitators' protests
          CDT:  University of Missouri System to lose millions of dollars to lower enrollment X
          Columbia Missourian:  Curators will vote on UM System tuition increase next month
          P-D:  Declining enrollment leads to budget woes for University of Missouri System
          KWMU:  UMSL will close $15M deficit ahead of schedule;  UM System proposes tuition increases
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to protect Airbnb, other rentals
          AP:  Missouri House wants more information on state legal costs
          The Missouri Times:  PSC compels Empire to fulfill OPC data requests
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Sen. Blunt is right - Blaine Amendment has outlived its time X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gov. Arrogant Greitens is no white knight X
          KC Star editorial:  'Full' funding for Missouri public schools? Sort of. +
          KC Star editorial:  Ride-sharing services still need scrutiny. Is there an app for that? +
          Communist Party USA's People's World bureau chief Tony Pecinovsky:  McCaskill demonstrates the limits of neo-liberal centrism
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Liberal Missouri media shows its bias on guns
          KC Star letter:  Liberal Lee's Summit septuagenarian responds to Todd Graves' response to Star editorial on Ron Richard +
          P-D letter:  Show-Me Institute's James Shuls responds to letter on teachers' retirement system changes
          P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian says Missouri legislators are trying to steal her pension money
          P-D letter:  St. Louis Community and Family Partnership's Ruth Ehresman:  Legislature should pass earned income tax credit to help the poor
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        Thursday, April 27
       
The Atlantic:  McCaskill "couldn't disagree more" with DNC chief Tom Perez, says party should not have litmus tests
          The Missouri Times:  Soros group targets Wagner's district with new anti-Trump ads
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer analyzes economy under Trump, Obamacare alternatives, more
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Veterans bill signed by Trump will help rural Missouri veterans
          P-D:  After work by McCaskill and others, deal may be close to cover retired United Mine Workers' health care
          SE Missourian:  State Supreme Court rules against Jason Smith's mother in dog-kennel defamation case +
          The Missouri Times:  St. Louis' Boeing vies with two others for major defense contract
          KC Star:  Founder of White Privilege Conference issues warning to Caucasoids:  "This is not a 'diversity' conference. It's not a kumbaya experience." +
          KCUR:  Schmitt launches savings program for people with disabilities
          KSHB:  Through State Treasurer Eric Schmitt's program, people with disabilities can put up to $100,000 in savings account
          SNL:  Dixon orders 100 dozen Hurts' donuts to ease Capitol tensions X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate passes state budget;  Negotiations with the House next
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate passes state budget, chambers to negotiate differences
          The Missouri Times:  Chappelle-Nadal pushes taxpayer buyout as Fitzpatrick stresses fiscal discipline
          Missourinet:  Fitzpatrick says Senate's funding of education could muddy negotiations
          SNL:  Springfield-area senators split over education funding X
          AP:  Missouri House OKs payouts for extra expenses
          P-D:  Managed care expansion on track after vote in Missouri Senate
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Advocates for school choice attend forum
          Columbia Missourian:  Program would create four adult high schools in Missouri
          P-D:  Missouri House OKs allowing state employees to earn pensions faster
          JCNT:  Deaf advocates stress importance of legislative involvement X
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft, Hawley, legislative leaders fight court's decision to make abuse victim divulge address to attacker
          AP:  Missouri proposes new protections for domestic abuse victims
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers get involved in fight to protect whereabouts of abuse victims
          AP:  St. Louis City's minimum wage may rise as early as next week
          KWMU:  New St. Louis City minimum wage could begin next week
          KWMU:  Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for Marcellus Williams amid drug controversy
          AP:  August execution date set for Missouri inmate;  Murderer Marcellus Williams broke into woman's home, stabbed her 43 times with a butcher knife
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court sets August execution date for murderer;  Victim was a former Post-Dispatch reporter
          KWMU:  Cases of syphilis transmitted in pregnancy rise in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Liberal groups complain about conservative legislation;  "Moral Missouri" coalition includes NAACP, NARAL, Sierra Club, et al.
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Ferguson court in 'disarray'
          Missourinet:  Galloway's audit of Ferguson Municipal Court finds $26k in illegal fees, missing money and records
          P-D:  Galloway issues damning report alleging Ferguson court collected illegal fees, lost records
          SNL editorial:  Missouri must move forward on industrial hemp X
          KC Star editorial:  Gimmicky-named "White Privilege Conference" not enough to address real race issues +
          CDT cartoon:  Mocking Greitens' direct-to-voters social media approach X
          P-D op-ed:  Mackinac Center of Public Policy's F. Vincent Vernuccio:  Missouri legislators should not stop with 'right to work' and 'paycheck protection,' should keep pushing forward on pro-worker policies
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Legislators should not pass Romine's discrimination bill
          P-D editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and other liberals are wrong - there is no constitutional right to commit street savagery in the name of "protest"
          P-D letter:  Rock Hill man opposes Trinity Lutheran Church suit, says churches should pay taxes
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        Wednesday, April 26
       
Politico:  How McCaskill, other vulnerable Dems have fared in Trump's first 100 days
          Washington Post:  Blunt says Trump's comments on possible wall delay "helpful" to getting budget deal done
          KWMU:  Area Chinese women impressed by Sheena Greitens' ability to speak Oriental language, express anger over "xenophobic" 2016 ads against Kurt Schaefer
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Jay Ashcroft speaks to local GOP club, talks voter ID legislation and "Safe at Home" program
          The Missouri Times:  GOP internecine warfare continues as Hoskins, Schaaf take aim at Greitens adviser Austin Chambers
          Missourinet:  Fiery remarks against Greitens and adviser Austin Chambers open key budget debate in Senate
          KWMU:  Schaaf continues to be formidable stumbling block for Greitens
          The Missouri Times:  Kehoe still optimistic on passing lobbyist gift ban, despite new distractions
          Messenger:  Ethics overhaul in three acts, a Missouri tragedy:  After Schaaf hubbub dies down, Missouri voters must fix what legislators won't
          The Missouri Times' Benjamin Peters:  To PQ or not to PQ:  The Missouri Senate's battle for tradition
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers might miss budget deadline, necessitating a special session X
          The Missouri Times:  Hourly updates:  Senate budget
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes to increase funding for public K-12 schools
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate votes to fully fund education
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate fully funds K-12 formula
          KWMU:  State budget fully funds Missouri's K-12 schools, though Greitens can say no
          KC Star:  New education fund in Kansas City just gave nearly $2 million to two charter schools
          KWMU:  Corporate income tax revenues drop in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri House panel scrutinizes all tax credits offered by state
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens chooses Brent Powell as next Missouri Supreme Court judge
          KWMU:  Greitens names Jackson County judge to fill Missouri Supreme Court vacancy
          AP:  Judge W. Brent Powell appointed to Missouri Supreme Court
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes abortion legislation, now up to Senate
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says 911 legislation will improve service in rural Missouri
          KC Star:  Most KC taxis to operate like Uber and Lyft in wake of new state law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Progress stalls on paid parental leave in Missouri Legislature
          AP:  Missouri bill would raise adult crimes age
          Missourinet:  Missouri House holds moment of silence for two slain Laclede Gas workers;  Criminal Clinton Willis, convicted of burglary and crack-cocaine charges, shot and killed two workers in North St. Louis City
          Missourinet:  Chappelle-Nadal says dramatic struggle of those who chose to purchase homes near landfill is "very, very, very, very similar" to Ferguson activists' "trauma"
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri should do something about violent pit bulls
          KC Star letters:  KC man mocks "White Privilege Conference" organizers' profiteering;  Lee's Summit man wants gas tax for Missouri roads;  Local "Indivisible" leader expresses her anger at Blunt +
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        Tuesday, April 25
       
Reuters:  Trump's wall push may be delayed as government shutdown looms;  Blunt says spending-bill decision must be made by tonight
          Missourinet:  Blunt backs Trump's approach to North Korea threats
          SNL:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:  Trump's action on Veterans Choice program could help Missouri veterans +
          Joplin Globe:  Immigration officials yet to hold alien roundups in area;  Three arrests since Trump inauguration have enforced Obama-era rules X
          KC Star:  'White Privilege Conference' ready to open in KC +
          Drebes:  State employee moves:  Michael Quinlan, Christine Krug, Ryan Asbridge
          Missourinet:  Schmitt announces savings account program for the disabled
          KMBC:  MO ABLE to help Missourians with disabilities save money
          Columbia Missourian:  MO ABLE opens up chances to save
          JCNT:  Jefferson City man makes case for MO ABLE X
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf talks with Scott Faughn about lobbyist gifts, Greitens' dark money, impact on governor's White House bid, more
          The Missouri Times:  Humphreys bipartisan contributions continue to draw attention;  Schaaf suggests Greitens revamp ethics approach prior to White House bid
          AP:  Schaaf moving out of room he rented from lobbyist
          Missourinet:  Schaaf not ruling out further filibustering
          KWMU:  Greitens talks anti-Schaaf campaign after signing ride-hailing legislation, says nonprofit "is separate from me"
          P-D:  Greitens:  'I have no day-to-day responsibilities' with nonprofit
          The Missouri Times:  Ridesharing companies celebrate as Greitens signs Uber bill
          KC Star:  New Missouri law overrides city rules, might bring Lyft back to Kansas City
          P-D:  Greitens signs law smoothing the way for Uber, Lyft to operate statewide
          JCNT:  Uber operating in Jefferson City X
          SE Missourian:  Cape school board backs repeal of prevailing-wage law +
          KWMU:  Data privacy concerns may keep Jefferson County from tracking opioid prescriptions
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate ag committee approves Curtman's industrial hemp bill;  Missouri Farm Bureau testifies against it
          Missourinet:  Schupp says utilities industry funded robocalls in her district
          AP:  Missouri House passes legislation to track fetal tissue
          WGEM:  School choice advocates meet in Hannibal, talk HB 634
          KWMU:  Normandy School District officials hope students don't let them down with poor MAP scores
          P-D editorial:  Greitens fails his own ethics test
          KC Star editorial:  Time is running out to explain Missouri's new voter ID rules +
          JCNT editorial:  Alcohol advertising and free speech;  Legislators should pass HB 433 X
          SNL editorial:  Making costly accomodations for girl who wants to use boys' public school restrooms was a wise choice for school district X
          Waters:  Pruitt, Blunt won't win the war on coal - but they may be able to tweak enforcement excesses X
          KC Star op-ed:  MRP Chairman Todd Graves:  Star editorial wrong about Ron Richard +
          Helling:  In church case and ethics fight, Greitens trades policy for politics - and fails at both +
          Newton:  Posting Schaaf's cell phone number was a "bush-league move" by Greitens X
          P-D op-ed:  United Way of Greater St. Louis' Orvin Kimbrough:  A state earned income tax credit helps Missouri's working families
          P-D op-ed:  Retired teacher:  Rex Sinquefield takes aim at Missouri teacher pensions
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        Monday, April 24
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) seek to stop financial scams targeting seniors
          Columbia Missourian:  Area olds promote their political involvement;  Thoughts from local liberals at League of Women Voters, Muleskinners
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) talks about battle with Schaaf;  Panel of state legislators talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  The Legislature's big task this week
          KWMU:  Disabled Missourians can save for long-term care under Schmitt's new MO ABLE program
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate turmoil could limit volume of legislation passed this session
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan talks Senate vs. House school funding levels, blocking harmful legislation, more
          P-D:  Missouri Senators move to keep drunk driving checkpoints in budget
          P-D:  Lobbyist gift ban legislation likely to fail again this session
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement from Rep. Allen Andrews (R-Grant City) on unemployment insurance funding rated "True"
          KC Star:  Bills seek to address sexual abuse in nursing homes and mental-health facilities +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court considers grisly experiences in MoDOT worker's compensation case
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri steps up trapping and killing of feral hogs
          Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City):  "We need to get to the root cause (of DOC problems,) which is the warden"
          KC Star editorial:  Help wanted in Kansas City, where federal jobs remain unfilled +
          P-D editorial:  Bill from Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) would make reaching 911 far less frustrating
          SNL op-ed:  Blunt should stop Trump's cuts to Community Development Block Grants X
          KC Star op-ed:  Missouri Budget Project's Amy Blouin:  Bad tax policy at the core of Missouri's budget problems +
          P-D's Mark Schlinkmann:  After losing Jeff City fight to Uber, taxi agency may loosen cab rules
          KC Star letter:  Area woman wants state legislators to raise gas tax +
          P-D letter:  Frontenac woman says violence makes her cry, and legislators should pass gun-control laws
          P-D letter:  Florissant nonagenarian wants Legislature to pass 2014 bill sponsored by former Rep. Keith English (I-Florissant)
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        Sunday, April 23
       
The Chart (Missouri Southern):  Immigrant students hold forum to discuss themselves;  Mexican coed laments "constant struggle" of illegal status
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill's statement on refugees rated "False"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler celebrate "new paradigm" of clean air, affordable energy under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
          KSMU (Springfield):  Photos from March for Science rally
          KC Star:  March for Science draws wide array of issue activists +
          P-D:  Thousands gather in downtown St. Louis for St. Louis' March for Science
          CDT:  Activists march in support of scientists X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  St. Joseph joins international March for Science X
          AP:  First 100 days:  Judging Greitens' performance versus campaign promises
          McClatchy:  Greitens' social media draws wide array of assessments;  Republican man says Greitens seems genuine;  SLU prof Ken Warren (D) calls approach to press "arrogant;"  KC woman dislikes tryhard workout showoffery, calls it "gross"
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Caleb Rowden gives background on battle versus Schaaf and thoughts on moving forward;  All-legislator panel talks Greitens' nonprofit, Senate decorum, more
          Drebes:  On Neitzsche, Schaaf and Rowden
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) not concerned about compressed budget timeline
          KC Star:  Preview:  Final three weeks of legislative session +
          SNL:  Ten bills that could change education in Springfield X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill to fund Scottrade renovations moving ahead X
          P-D:  Next move is up to Ameren after Missouri opts not to regulate charging stations
          NY Times editorial:  Supreme Court should rule against Missouri church
          KC Star editorial:  Sam Graves should help city with funding for Buck O'Neil bridge +
          P-D op-ed:  Alliance for Defending Freedom's James Gottry explains rationale for Trinity Lutheran Church's lawsuit
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy:  Prevailing wage drives up costs for local projects +
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian applauds Blunt for supporting medical research funding X
          SNL letter:  Area coed disagrees with Billy Long on abortion and Obamacare, says a town hall would give her "a gratifying experience" X
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        Saturday, April 22   Earth Day
       
Knoxville News Sentinel:  Blunt speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner, says occasional dark day is brightened by knowledge that Hillary Clinton isn't president
          SNL:  Springfield's 'March for Science' to draw diverse amalgam of ideologies;  Organizers will deliver message-laden banners to offices of McCaskill, Blunt, Long X
          KWMU:  St. Louis scientists participate in 'March for Science'
          Missourinet:  International science event will have strong presence in Missouri
          Drebes:  Greitens hosts dinner at Governor's Mansion with female leaders, promotes administration's push for more female leaders
          The Missouri Times:  First 100 Days:  A look at how Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Schmitt, Hawley have tracked against their campaign promises
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt prepares to roll out MO ABLE program
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  Week of April 17
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' nonprofit criticizes Schaaf, posts senator's personal phone number online
          SNL:  Greitens' nonprofit publishes GOP state senator's cellphone phone number X
          KWMU:  Greitens' nonprofit zeroes in on Schaaf in online ad
          P-D:  Some Democrats, Republicans rent sleeping space from lobbyists
          SNL:  D.C. group asks U.S. attorney to investigate Missouri Senate leader X
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers may miss May 5 deadline, raising possibility of special session
          P-D:  GOP infighting could delay budget progress
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) on proposed tax on propane and electricity used in electric cars
          SNL:  Transgender-accommodating costs:  Ozark High School will spend more than $20k to renovate restrooms for one (1) girl who refuses to use female facilities X
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. attorney should investigate Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Great Plains-Westar merger delay could cost ratepayers the benefit of operational efficiencies X
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should help Jefferson City promote jailhouse tourism
          Messenger:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield) switches teams, files bill to help debt-collector clients
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area septuagenarian says McCaskill's constituent "survey" reveals her liberal bent X
          P-D letter:  Bel-Nor septuagenarian says Blunt is scared of defending Trump at town halls
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area sexagenarian dislikes proposal from Antonio French, liberal college students to make urban area a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens X
        P-D letter:  St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council's Will Jordan criticizes Post-Dispatch reporting on Romine's bill
        KC Star letter:  Grandparents Against Gun Violence's Judy Sherry unhappy about newspaper's use of "silver bullet," says society must stop using "70 words and phrases that refer to guns and shooting" +
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        Friday, April 21
       
Missourinet:  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt tells Missouri crowd war on coal is over
          CDT:  EPA chief celebrates rollback of Obama regulations X
          Drebes:  McCaskill faces uphill battle for re-election
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt secures $10 million for Missouri to fight opioid abuse
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  New health-care package could be unveiled soon +
          KWMU:  Missouri Arts Council opposes cuts to its federal funding
          SE Missourian:  Peter Kinder honored at Boy Scout dinner +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-Poplar Bluff) needs liver transplant +
          Drebes:  House 21 update:  Daniel O'Neill, John Mayfield
          Kraske:  GOP targets Nixon-appointed judges, and the former governor should only blame himself +
          SNL:  Planned Parenthood to offer abortions in Springfield and Joplin X
          The Missouri Times:  DOR turns over documents to Galloway's office
          AP:  DOR gives records after auditor's subpoena
          KWMU:  Missouri revenue department turns over tax refund information
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf raises stakes in managed care fight
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden questions Schaaf's motivation on Senate floor
          The Missouri Times:  Weigh station bill dies on House floor despite FBI inquiry
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles County) chats with Rosenbaum about boosting transportation funding without raising taxes, potential PDMP pitfalls, more
          AP:  Plan to end tax break for Missouri seniors, disabled stalls
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling budgets reflect growing distance between House and Senate
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans fail to take up discrimination bill as session enters crunch time;  McGaugh expects bill to come up next week
          KWMU:  Missouri House delays vote on workplace discrimination bill
          SE Missourian:  County commissioners voice support for repealing prevailing-wage law +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hegeman's statement on University of Missouri bonuses rated "Half True"
          Missourinet:  Committee investigating Missouri's prison system wraps up with DOC director
          The Missouri Times:  PSC declares it does not have EVF authority
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' heard in bogged-down Senate X
          Missourinet:  Late in the game, 'Hailey's Law' still pedaling through Missouri Legislature
          AP:  State alters program for abuse victims after court order
          KC Star:  After provocative debate, prospects appear dim for LGBTQIA* rights in Missouri +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri needs a higher gas tax to pay for better roads and safer bridges
          CDT cartoon:  Milk-carton cliche, featuring Vicky Hartzler X
          P-D's Stacy Washington:  Bipartisan Uber and Lyft bill passage gives hope for more good legislation
          KC Star op-ed:  Mesothelioma widow opposes HB 333 +
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  State legislators fail local residents by failing to pass PDMP X
          P-D letter:  Manchester liberal applauds McCaskill's opposition to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield woman opposes cuts to "circuit breaker" program
          SE Missourian letter:  MEDA's Trey Davis responds to "false and uneducated" op-ed from "highfalutin'" attorney David Woodsmall +
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        Thursday, April 20   4/20
       
The Missouri Times:  Blunt makes brief surprise visit to Missouri House;  Junior senator talks EPA, Blaine Amendment, more
          P-D:  Blunt backs Trump's North Korea actions
          KWMU:  Blunt announces $10 million federal grant to Missouri to fight opioid crisis
          SNL:  McCaskill reaffirms opposition to 'dark money' after $500,000 ad buy from secretive Schumer PAC X
          KC Star:  Dark money group launches ad campaign supporting McCaskill days after she pans dark money +
          Rolla Daily News:  Rep. Jason Smith faces constituents at town hall, talks EPA, Trump budget, more
          Missourinet:  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to appear with Blunt in northern Missouri today
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists hold mock town hall;  Stunt features mannequin dressed as Blunt, depiction of elephant posterior, etc.
          P-D:  Missouri playground case touches on separation of church and state
          Columbia Missourian:  After arguments, Supreme Court leans toward local church in religious freedom case
          NPR:  Playground case could breach barrier between tax coffers, religious schools
          Drebes:  Former Rep. John Bowman (D-St. Louis), who resigned after bank fraud indictment, lobbying for UAW
          CDT:  Democrat Michela Skelton leads in 50th District fundraising X
          Columbia Missourian:  50th House District candidates file campaign finance reports
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Profile:  Young Democrats of Missouri's Houston Roberts X
          JCNT:  Auditor subpoenas DOR records X
          AP:  Galloway issues subpoena to revenue department
          KWMU:  Galloway goes after DOR over tax refund information
          Missourinet:  State auditor subpoenas DOR, claims Greitens is stonewalling
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway subpoenas DOR
          P-D:  Owner of troubled Festus nursing home admits stealing Medicaid funds, spending cash on strippers and other toys
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur), others continue push for Medicaid expansion
          P-D:  Pay-to-play allegations against Missouri Senate leader draw complaint
          The Missouri Times' Rachel Herndon Dunn:  HELP vs. Drivewyze:  Backstory of how conflict led to FBI investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf boots House bills off Senate consent calendar:  "Actions have consequences"
          The Missouri Times:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) on Senate personality conflicts, the PQ, and more
          KWMU:  Buckle up:  No major funding increases for fixing Missour's roads, bridges
          The Missouri Times:  Alternative fuels showcased at Capitol;  Proponents call them solutions to state funding issues
          Missourinet:  Missouri House gives green light to State Legal Expense Fund bill;  Hawley to issue first report this month
          AP:  Missouri House advances abortion proposal
          KWMU:  Federal judge blocks two of Missouri's abortion restrictions
          AP:  Judge blocks Missouri's abortion-restricting rules
          The Missouri Times:  AIM board visits Capitol for legislative day
          The Missouri Times:  As Missouri PSC awaits Great Plains-Westar merger briefs, Kansas regulators reject combination
          SE Missourian:  Millions at stake over Ameren fight with property tax assessments +
          KWMU:  Ameren begins major upgrades at Lake of the Ozarks dam
          AP:  Work begins on $52 million improvements to Bagnell Dam
          Missourinet:  House committee to hear MONA
          Missourinet:  Powdered alcohol bill heads to Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Galloway begins audit of Hazelwood schools at parents' request
          KC Star editorial:  Urban mayors Sly James and Lyda Krewson must team up to teach Missouri's GOP legislators what's what +
          P-D editorial:  A good-faith effort to help homeowners around West Lake Landfill
          P-D Editorial Board Editor Tod Robberson:  Schaaf does the right thing by criticizing Greitens' dark money
          Priddy:  Remembering Jerry Nachtigal
          P-D letter:  Wash U School of Social Work staff thank McCaskill, Blunt for supporting scientific research funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman expresses anger at Post-Dispatch for not covering anti-Trump rally
          CDT letter:  Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association thanks local legislators for voting against charter school bill X
          SNL letter:  Springfield man responds to letter responding to PDMP legislation X
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        Wednesday, April 19
       
Politico:  Chuck Schumer's SuperPAC launches radio ads in Missouri supporting McCaskill
          CDT:  Local Democratic National Committee member Persephone Dakopolos files six (6) delinquent campaign finance reports;  "People Over Profits" was created to help Bernie Sanders X
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Local sect of national anti-Trump "Indivisible" group to hold town hall tomorrow night
          Columbia Missourian:  Rally for illegal immigrants draws 100
          AP:  Judge rejects Clay's effort to reinstall cops-as-animals painting in Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri Senate races
          The Missouri Times:  2018 tip sheet:  Missouri House races
          Drebes:  Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) gets support from prominent businessman David Steward
          The Missouri Times:  Veterans appeal to Greitens to legalize medical marijuana
          P-D:  Woman who accused Rep. Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis City) of assault two years ago seeks $25k payday;  Roberts' attorney calls opportunistic timing "suspect"
          The Missouri Times:  Business community optimistic about future of Missouri's economy;  Comments from St. Louis Regional Chamber's Hart Nelson, AIM's Ray McCarty, national ALEC rep
          AP:  Missouri unemployment drops to 3.9 percent
          The Missouri Times:  Attorney general's office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran case, citing Greitens' executive order
          CDT:  Lawyers:  Trinity Lutheran religious freedom case should proceed despite Greitens' policy change X
          KWMU:  Hawley's office recuses itself from lawsuit
          AP:  Hawley:  Church lawsuit should proceed
          Missourinet:  AG office recuses itself from U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit
          P-D:  Lawyers argue Missouri church-state Supreme Court case should go on;  AG office recuses itself
          JCNT:  Missouri Senate remembers 13 former colleagues X
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to take Rehder's PDMP bill to conference
          KC Star:  Program to monitor prescription drugs runs into new roadblocks in Missouri statehouse +
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers clash over details in prescription drug monitoring bill
          Missourinet:  Transportation Task Force might have traction to get through Missouri Legislature
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says lawmakers may need special session to pass budget
          P-D:  Missouri Senate talks 'circuit breaker' legislation
          Missourinet:  Ride-sharing legislation makes its way to Greitens
          P-D:  House sends student transfer bill to the Senate
          AP:  Missouri House passes changes to student transfer policy
          KWMU:  Missouri education department drops goal of having schools among nation's 10 best
          KBIA (Columbia):  House votes to block new state parks
          KWMU:  Narrower-than-proposed version of St. Louis Zoo tax bill passes in House
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City):  Missouri has a "very serious problem with homelessness"
          KWMU:  After taking double-digit spanking, failed Ferguson mayoral candidate Ella Jones says she'll work with Mayor James Knowles
          P-D editorial:  State lawmakers should fund Missouri Technology Corp.
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Highway funding should be a priority;  Greitens has been too quiet on the issue X
          SNL op-ed:  Drug monitoring won't solve opioid issue X
          CDT op-ed:  Former Missouri Juvenile Justice Association Director Vivian Murphy:  It's time for Missouri to raise the age on juvenile justice X
          KC Star letter:  Septuagenarian woman who chooses to live in Kansas wants Missouri legislators to ban plastic bags +
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        Tuesday, April 18   Tax Day
       
WSJ:  Fundraising by Senate Democrats - including McCaskill - jumps ahead of 2018 election
          KY3:  McCaskill calls herself 'underdog' in re-election race
          KWMU:  Fundraising reports:  McCaskill, Wagner set strong pace;  State officeholders feel stifling effects of new contribution limits
          P-D:  Summary of congressional delegation's PAC receipts;  Ann Wagner talks fundraising on Scott Faughn's This Week in Missouri Politics
          P-D:  Summary of statewide officeholders' April campaign finance reports
          The Missouri Times:  Working with Trump 'amazing,' says Wagner
          The Missouri Times:  Handicapping 2018:  Who will take on Ann Wagner for GOP U.S. Senate nomination, and which Republican will fill her 2nd District House seat?
          Columbia Missourian:  New website shows Truman Veterans' Hospital wait times
          P-D:  Federal judge denies Clay's lawsuit seeking re-hanging of cops-as-animals painting
          KQED (Northern California):  Queer and undocumented:  Bisexual Mexican muchacha Yahaira Carrillo recounts sneaking across the border into California, then invading Missouri before returning West
          AP:  Jerry Nachtigal, spokesman for Govs. Carnahan, Wilson and Holden, dies of cancer in South Dakota
          Drebes:  Ron Richard appoints Stephen Cale Bradford to Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience board
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate expected to focus on tax credit repeal, budget, changes to labor and education laws
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) talks balance between charter-school legislation and public school funding
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Education bills move through Missouri Legislature X
          Missourinet:  E-mails outline possible additional cuts at Mizzou;  staff travel budgets in some divisions being reviewed
          Missourinet:  Electricians group backs bill that would require greater boat dock safety standards
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider proposal to expand St. Louis offender rehabilitation program
          KC Star editorial:  Supreme Court should remove religious prejudice from Missouri Law +
          P-D editorial:  Court should deny church taxpayer resources
          St. Joseph News-Press' Ken Newton:  McCaskill waxes nostalgic about Missouri's olden days of John Ashcroft, Harriett Woods and a yet-to-turn-solid-red state X
          Waters:  Greitens on church and state X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles sexagenarian responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Sunset Hills man responds to letter responding to McCaskill's response to Gorsuch
          P-D letter:  Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan:  Regulators should approve north Missouri infrastructure project
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        Monday, April 17
       
Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill says Trump trade policy could hurt Missouri farmers
          P-D:  Missouri's 2016 congressional incumbents spent significant campaign cash;  Newspaper publishes expense-report details six (6) months after general election
          CDT:  Unitarian Universalist church plans rally to promote 'sanctuary' status for illegal aliens X
          CDT:  New fed website shows wait time for specialty appointments at Truman VA is longer than most state hospitals and clinics X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Ann Wagner on Trump, McCaskill, Gorsuch, Hawley and more;  Panel of Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) on state budget, managed care, more
           Drebes:  GOP communicator extraordinaire Jason Klindt moves into marketing role for KCP&L
           AP:  Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear Missouri church-playground case
           Columbia Missourian:  Supreme Court will interpret religious freedom in Trinity Lutheran Church case
           KWMU:  Higher ed officials want more state funding for scholarship programs
           KC Star:  Student journalists' rights:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) would strengthen free-speech shield in Missouri +
           Missourinet:  Recreation enthusiasts angry over waterways bill in Legislature
           CDT:  National county-health rankings show Boone County has a high rate of chlamydia, but quality clinical care X
           P-D:  Buyouts could be coming for those who chose to purchase a home near the West Lake Landfill
           JCNT editorial:  AG Josh Hawley takes needed steps against trafficking X
           P-D editorial:  Compromise on ride-hailing companies was the best St. Louis City could expect
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's burdensome abortion regulations deserve to be reversed in court
           SE Missourian Publisher Jon Rust:  No more pseudonyms on semissourian.com;  Local school districts, governments pledge to be more engaged in online discussion if commenters use their real names +
           Messenger:  In battle of Ameren vs. the assessors, school funding is held hostage
           P-D letter:  Town and Country woman applauds Clay and Wagner for supporting global child health programs
           P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man wants Greitens to compromise on Medicaid expansion
           Columbia Missourian letter:  Glendale man says GOP legislators want to force churches to allow guns
           KC Star letters:  Kansas City sexagenarian says changes to Obamacare would hurt Missourians;  Lee's Summit octogenarian opposes Missouri Gas Energy rate increase +
           P-D letter:  St. Louis septuagenarian mocks Leonard Pitts column, says Pepsi protest ad should have depicted Kendall Jenner behaving like a savage
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        Sunday, April 16   Happy Easter!
       
KC Star:  Trump administration changes Obamacare rules, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC says more fixes needed +
          Joplin Globe:  Illegal immigrants at MSSU boast about their status at campus forum;  Alien coed unhappy that GOP state legislators won't hand her taxpayer money X
          SNL:  Federal payments to rural Missouri school districts in danger due to change in forestland revenue distribution X
          JCNT:  Federal budget could cut $300K from Jefferson City Public Schools funding X
          JCNT:  Trump's budget could affect area youth programs X
          KC Star:  Union haul:  Boilermakers union bosses' salaries and perks climb as membership sinks;  Former president of KC local:  "There's nothing democratic about what they do" +
          KC Star:  'Mother of all bombs' dropped on radical Muslims is a runt compared to Missouri-based father of all bombs +
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Ann Wagner on her U.S. Senate bid;  Panel of Riverfront Times and St. Louis magazine founder Ray Hartmann, former Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), Reps. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) discuss Wagner vs. Hawley, state budget, more
           Drebes:  Help Wanted:  National Alliance on Mental Illness of Missouri seeks Executive Director
           JCNT:  Jay Nixon reflects on time in office X
           AP:  Church lawsuit against Missouri uncertain after Greitens' rule change
           KC Star:  A Missouri church's playground is now a First Amendment exercise for Supreme Court +
           Columbia Missourian:  Lobbyists providing fewer gifts to lawmakers;  Campaign Life Missouri's Sam Lee among those providing pure wisdom rather than trinkets, tickets or meals
           CDT:  Lawmakers may restore UM System funding X
           SNL:  Dixon works behind scenes for early childhood education sales tax push X
           KWMU:  In St. Louis Public Schools, too many white and Asian students qualify for gifted programs;  Superintendent Kelvin Adams hopes to rectify grave injustice
           AP:  White Missourians between the ages of 25 to 54 more likely to die from overdose
           AP:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation study finds deep drop in once-common bat species
           JCNT:  State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began X
           Washington Missourian editorial:  Greitens correct to streamline state boards X
           P-D editorial:  Missouri taxpayers in debt for $1 billion from unaccountable tax districts
           P-D's Samantha Liss:  Patients likely to fall through the cracks during Medicaid managed care rollout in Missouri
           P-D op-ed:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City):  Romine's bill would cripple Missouri Human Rights Act
           P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch was based on politics, not principle
           SNL letter:  Springfield man wonders why Ozarks Technical Community College raised tuition and gave employees a pay raise X
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County man says syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts is incorrect regarding Michael Brown's attack on Darren Wilson
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        Saturday, April 15
       
NY Times:  McCaskill's survival plan in pro-Trump Missouri:  Stay in the center
          KC Star:  McCaskill weighs in on Russia, Syria, state GOP legislators' 'right to work' bill +
          SNL:  McCaskill holds town hall in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  McCaskill supporters cheer senior senator at town hall X
          KSMU:  McCaskill fields questions on abortion, Trump during Springfield town hall
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Ethics Commission continues work to educate on campaign contribution changes
          KC Star:  GOP Sens. Rob Schaaf, Ryan Silvey recommend Greitens be more transparent about anonymous donors +
          Drebes:  Meet Ron Hicks and Associates;  Former GOP state rep has been back to the Capitol, but must wait to register as a lobbyist
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the General Assembly:  April 13, 2017
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin recaps recent legislative happenings
          KC Star:  Legislative briefs:  PDMP, transportation funding, campus concealed-carry +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) previews final month of the legislative session
          KWMU:  New federal law allowing states to deny Planned Parenthood funding won't immediately affect Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri Western, MSSU join trend of schools no longer requiring ACT or SAT +
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) seeks to boost tourism at historic Missouri prison
          Daily Journal:  Missouri Department of Conservation warns against adopting wildlife;  Young animals "are better off in their natural habitats," become dangerous as they get older
          KMOV (St. Louis):  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants federal, state funding to help young urbanites deal with "toxic stress"
          KC Star editorial briefs:  Truman State College Republicans had the audacity to invite a conservative speaker to campus, and campus liberals refrained from violence +
          KC Star editorial:  2018 state auditor endorsement preview:  University of Missouri, TDD audits show Democrat Nicole Galloway is "hitting her stride" +
          Waters:  TDD audits are low-hanging fruit X
          Messenger:  State workers failed to disclose their connection to company they regulated
          P-D op-ed:  Mayors from cities in MN, LA:  Mayor Francis Slay's legacy reaches the length of the Mississippi River
          SNL letter:  2016 House District 136 silver medalist Jeff Munzinger (D):  Compassion hard to find in Missouri Legislature X
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        Friday, April 14
       
KC Star:  McCaskill speaks to large group of supporters at KC event, says Missourians voted for Trump out of 'pain' +
          KC Star multimedia journalist Keith Myers:  Video:  Following town hall, Missouri's senior United States senator attempts popular 2015 dance move "The Dab" +
          KC Star:  Video:  McCaskill talks Obamacare, more at KC Star offices;  Editorial Board members Colleen Nelson and Melinda Henneberger nod, giggle and affirm on Obamacare, Cabinet appointments, illegal immigrants, etc. +
          Kraske:  McCaskill goes country - emphasizing rural issues - in first tough U.S. Senate election +
          P-D:  McCaskill raises nearly $3 million in quarter
          KWMU:  United Way report shows 43 percent of Missouri heads-of-households fail to provide enough for their family
          The Missouri Times:  Republican Hardy Billington shows strong fundraising in bid for Todd Richardson's state rep seat
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) joins #moleg podcast, talks Speaker of the House contenders and Greitens' meddling, Hawley for U.S. Senate, Cardinals baseball, more
          KWMU:  Greitens issues policy change regarding state grants and religious groups
          AP:  Greitens:  Religious organizations can apply for state grants
          P-D:  Greitens instructs DNR to consider religious organizations for grants
          SNL:  Galloway slams tax districts' 'questionable practices,' including one in Springfield X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Rehder's PDMP bill with major changes
          P-D:  Prescription drug monitoring program gets long-awaited approval in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program, with some changes
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
          KWMU:  What the Missouri Senate budget committee did this week
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel:  "We're going to have a discussion about transportation, one way or another"
          The Missouri Times:  Uber bill breaks through General Assembly, headed to governor's desk
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers pass statewide rules for Uber, Lyft
          KWMU:  Uber, Lyft regulations sent to Greitens' desk
          P-D:  Uber, Lyft proposal heading to Greitens' desk
          Missourinet:  Lichtenegger, McCreery aim to change gun bill's domestic-violence loophole
          AP:  Senate advances new St. Louis Zoo tax rules
          P-D:  Need a job?  Missouri's employment office thinks Clayton firm can help
          P-D:  State settles appeal alleging North St. Louis City facility lacks proper air pollution permit
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette) would restrict use of shackles on pregnant inmates
          AP:  Missouri Supreme Court asked to resolve execution drug debate
          P-D editorial:  In Jefferson City, ethics reform is for the other guys
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Midwest Energy Consumers' Group's David Woodsmall:  Monopoly utilities lobby for higher rates, seek to undermine Missouri Public Service Commission +
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  Financial myopia may make Missouri pension buyout a popular option
          P-D letter:  Glendale septuagenarian says McCaskill's explanation of Gorsuch vote shows her social bias
          P-D letter:  Hazelwood septuagenarian disagrees with Stacy Washington's column on school choice
          P-D letter:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen says Legislature must correct mistake that hurts fantasy sports companies
          KC Star letter:  Area liberal chastises Blunt for lack of town halls, attempts analogy involving tulips and petunias +
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        Thursday, April 13
       
KWMU:  McCaskill's town hall in Jefferson County draws friendly crowd
          P-D:  McCaskill greets friendly crowds at town halls, takes shots at Republican colleagues
          AP:  McCaskill supporters turn out for senator's town halls
          Missourinet:  McCaskill faces few critics at Fulton town hall
          CDT:  McCaskill supporters give warm welcome to senior senator at Fulton town hall X
          Columbia Missourian:  McCaskill talks re-election campaign, more to friendly crowd
          SE Missourian:  McCaskill talks bipartisanship, Trump, health care during town hall meeting +
          KC Star:  Editorial board promotes Facebook Live Q&A with McCaskill to be held today +
          SNL:  Sierra Club members promote McCaskill in Jefferson City, meet with state legislators at Capitol;  Comments from Missouri chapter leader John Hickey X
          The Missouri Times:  Ann Wagner sets high mark in fundraising, signaling U.S. Senate run
          P-D:  Ann Wagner, eyeing Senate run, has nearly $3 million in the bank
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith:  Republicans want to 'bust up' IRS;  believes Congress can pass tax-reform bill +
          The Arrow (SEMO):  Federal budget proposal could affect local NPR station KRCU
          KWMU:  A look at how $29.5 million HUD grant will be spent in North St. Louis City;  Urban Strategies' Esther Shin says greenspaces, health education will totally make a difference
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glace updates on state legislation:  Discrimination-law updates, REAL ID, higher ed, more
          AP:  Missouri House strikes down proposed gas tax
          P-D:  No appetite in Missouri House to send gas tax hike to voters
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee wades through state budget, delaying some decisions
          AP:  Missouri budgeters plan for reboot and expansion of Amber Alert
          Missourinet:  House next in line to hear employment discrimination bill
          KWMU:  Missouri-wide regulations for Uber, Lyft nearing Greitens' desk
          AP:  Bill would cap fees for contracted state lawyers
          P-D:  St. Louis one of many urban areas across the country hitting roadblocks at statehouses
          KWMU:  Synthetic opioid deaths surge across St. Louis region
          SNL:  Video:  Student-on-the-street interviews about campus concealed carry:  MSU coed:  "I think that, like, students should have the right to carry their guns, but not on, like, a university or public place" X
          The Missouri Times:  Sponsors of licensing bond increase say they hope to protect consumers
          P-D:  Missouri House addressing conflict of interest concerns between state officials, trucking company
          SNL:  Missouri waterways bill perplexes many at House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  McGaugh offers bill changing local health ordinance rulemaking
          AP:  Senators OK home buyouts aimed at St. Louis-area landfills
          KWMU:  State Senate passes bill to buy homes near West Lake Landfill
          KWMU:  Accountability the main concern should Ferguson's consent decree be scuttled
          P-D:  St. Louis City Hall reporter Koran Addo departs Post-Dispatch, will go to work for mayor-elect whose election campaign he covered
          P-D op-ed:  National Parents Organization of Missouri's Linda Reutzel:  Shared parenting bill will benefit Missouri children
          Waters:  Time for passage of liquor-pricing bill X
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  St. Louis woman expresses anger at her state legislators for never responding to her petition regarding asbestos
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian McCaskill supporter proud of senior senator's vote on Gorsuch
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        Wednesday, April 12
       
The Pitch:  Stephen Webber tries to lift an impotent Missouri Democratic Party;  Dem candidates dish on how Nixon and recent state party leadership has failed Missouri's most loyal Democrats
           Missourinet:  McCaskill promotes town-hall tour
           SNL:  McCaskill to hold town hall in Springfield on Friday X
           P-D:  Morning Consult polls:  McCaskill at 47 favorable, 39 unfavorable;  Blunt at 47 favorable, 38 unfavorable
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt lauds Trump team in handling of global challenges X
           KC Star:  Blue Cross of Kansas City is close to turning a profit on Obamacare +
           SNL:  Conservative radio host Dana Loesch bringing show to Bass Pro X
           The Missouri Times:  Former Rep. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield), now serving as a Greene County commissioner, may run for Wasson's state Senate seat in 2018
           Drebes:  Roster moves:  List of state employees switching or starting jobs
           KWMU:  Greitens creates small-government task force, says it won't cost Missouri money
           The Missouri Times:  Greitens targets boards and commissions with latest executive order
           AP:  Greitens creates new panel to reduce state boards
           P-D:  Greitens moves to eliminate unneeded special boards and commissions
           KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Potosi) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about budget, PDMP, ride-hailing legislation, higher ed funding, Greitens, more
           Missouri Viewpoints:  Should Missouri government track your prescriptions?  Holly Rehder vs. Carl Bearden
           AP:  Legislative budget leaders disagree on education funding
           Columbia Missourian:  As Senate begins digging into state budget, more changes are coming
           Columbia Missourian:  Senate gives UM System some hope for budget restorations
           The Missouri Times:  Missouri Technology Corporation cuts could be sore spot for St. Louis startups, legislators
           SE Missourian:  Local chiefs concerned over possible elimination of DWI-checkpoint funding +
           KWMU:  Senate Republicans support wide-ranging omnibus education bill
           The Missouri Times:  Children's Education Alliance of Missouri continues touting charter schools across the state
           P-D:  Truman State grapples with visit from conservative speaker Robert Spencer
           The Missouri Times:  Uber bill gets initial approval in Senate, destined for trip back to House
           AP:  Ride-hailing regulations pass Missouri Senate
           P-D:  Uber and Lyft would get break from local regulations under proposal in Missouri Senate
           Missourinet:  Missouri Corrections Officers advocate, Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) not shocked by graphic DOC report
           Missourinet:  Bill tightening restrictions on sex offenders is approved unanimously by Missouri House committee
           The Missouri Times:  Backers of Emery's grid-modernization bill fund constituent-contact campaign;  Opponents call efforts "utility propaganda"
           P-D:  Laclede Gas files first rate increase in four years
           Delta Farm Press:  Spraying herbicides off-label in Missouri will cost you;  Greitens signs legislation to stiffen penalties for scofflaws
           KWMU:  Missouri House passes industrial hemp bill, but chances in Senate are thin
           AP:  Missouri House votes to extend donations to organ donor fund
           Missourinet:  Bills in Legislature look to rein in racial profiling by law enforcement
           Missourinet:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) wants state to establish PTSD education programs for young urbanites dealing with "toxic stress"
           CDT:  Tribune editor Jim Robertson to retire next month X
           KC Star editorial:  Conflicts of interest abound among Missouri officials +
           P-D editorial:  Missouri's latest ethical dilemma:  High-tech truck weighing
           Jensen:  Vote against Gorsuch could hurt McCaskill at ballot box +
           Messenger:  Missouri Supreme Court draws line in the sand on rising court costs
           P-D letter:  St. Charles County Democratic activist Carl Peterson says charter schools have demonstrated little innovation
           KC Star letter:  Lee's Summit septuagenarian dislikes Greitens using Internet website Facebook +
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        Tuesday, April 11
       
KMZU (Carrollton):  Interview with McCaskill:  Rural schools, hospitals and broadband; Missouri Medicaid expansion;  Early positioning of Nicole Galloway's re-election bid;  more
          KZIM (Cape Girardeau):  McCaskill tries to get Missouri ranchers access to the Chinese market
          JCNT:  McCaskill to hold campaign rally at country club after town hall on Wednesday X
          The Missouri Times:  Prominent Missouri Republicans promote "Draft Hawley" letter, want AG to take on McCaskill
          P-D:  Jack Danforth, Peter Kinder, Jane Cunningham, Doug Russell, others sign draft-Hawley letter
          AP:  Hawley supporters urge AG to run for U.S. Senate
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Dunklin County Lincoln Day dinner put focus on veterans;  Speaker Todd Richardson and other state legislators speak, cap evening with "God Bless America" +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Unitarian Universalist church declares itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants
          CDT:  Local church touts status as hideout for illegal aliens X
          AP:  Liberal ex-journalist pleads not guilty to threatening Jewish groups
          SE Missourian:  Mississippi River forecast to cause little flooding in Cape Girardeau +
          Drebes:  March state revenue numbers, and what they mean to the budget
          AP:  Missouri 'right to work' ballot proposal challenged in court
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Holly Rehder:  Speaker candidate talks 'right to work,' tort overhaul, PDMP, Legislature's urban-rural divide, more
          AP:  Missouri discrimination bill passes House committee unchanged
          KWMU:   House to vote on bill to update state definition of workplace discrimination
          Missourinet:  Legislative Black Caucus, House Democratic Superminority hold press conference criticizing Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) and discrimination bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Press conference by opponents fails to stop discrimination bill
          P-D:  Legislation on lobbyist gifts advances, but Greitens' term limits proposal floundering
          SNL:  Pitch for gun-free zones receives House hearing X
          The Missouri Times:  Opponents come on strong in House General Laws hearing on gun legislation
          Missourinet:  Gun legislation draws standing-room-only crowd
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun legislation draws a crowd
          JCNT:  Bill targets no-gun businesses for liability X
          Missourinet:  Proposals from Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), Rep. Becky Ruth (R-Festus) would offer tax break for first-time homebuyers
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau announces opposition to industrial hemp bill
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill to allow industrial hemp farming
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill giving immunity for overdose help
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway asks for changes to TDD laws after uncovering massive oversight
          P-D:  Galloway:  Missouri's taxing district law allows unethical practices, poor oversight
          CDT:  Galloway's review flags issue in Columbia transportation district X
          JCNT:  Audit rips Stone Ridge TDD X
          KWMU:  Galloway calls for overhaul of Transportation Development District laws
          Missourinet:  Auditor calls on lawmakers to overhaul TDD legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  Galloway blasts transportation development district laws
          AP:  Galloway criticizes transportation-related districts
          P-D editorial:  In a trade war with Mexico, Missouri corn growers could be collateral damage
          P-D op-ed:  Auditor Nicole Galloway:  Ethics legislation needed to hold public officials accountable
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Retailers Association's David Overfelt:  HB433 would provide truth in alcohol advertising
          Columbia Missourian's Ken Midkiff:  Jay Nixon State Park was a political folly
          JCNT letter:  Democrat Sue Gibson says House committee hearings for discrimination bill is a farce X
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        Monday, April 10
       
Washington Times:  Opioid fight unites Democrats, Republicans - even during Gorsuch vote;  McCaskill reached out to Trump's opioid task force leader Chris Christie
          KC Star:  Local mom-daughter heroin-addict duo shares stories:  Life of "soft" and hard drugs, abortion as birth control, forged checks, jail time, more +
          P-D:  Missouri helps heroin addicts via state funding for Vivitrol, a medication-assisted treatment;  State also runs three methadone clinics
          P-D:  'Good Samaritan' and drug database proposals move forward as Missouri grapples with opioid crisis
          KC Star:  After 137 years, Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO to close +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Holly Rehder talks Speaker race, more;  Panel of Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Farmington), Patrick Lynn, UFCW 655 President Dave Cook talk McCaskill re-election bid, Greitens meddling in Speaker race, budget, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) talks with journoduo about prevailing wage, Missouri union members supporting Trump and Greitens, issues with family leave policy, ethics legislation
          Washington Missourian:  A Better Road Forward plans ballot initiative to ban toll roads X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Term limits open up four Buchanan County state legislative seats in 2018 X
          Drebes:  New Dem, GOP state rep campaign committees
          This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of April 3
          KCUR:  Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) talks about pay-to-play allegations against Senate GOP leadership, says matter deserves investigation (21:00), budget, transportation, more
          Missourinet:  Concealed firearms bill expected to draw large turnout at hearing today
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks term-limits bill, PDMP
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill would have Missouri seeing more ride-hailing companies
          P-D editorial:  Mallinckrodt has connection to America's opioid problem;  Schaaf stood in the way of PDMP, but now even he sees the light
          P-D editorial:  AG Josh Hawley gets creative to combat human traffickers
          CDT op-ed:  Edison Electric Institute's David Owens:  A stronger energy grid is a win for all Missourians X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman thanks McCaskill, Blunt, Clay for support of Alzheimer's research funding
          SNL letter:  Springfield sexagenarian accuses Blunt, Long of taking payoffs in exchange for telecom vote X
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        Sunday, April 9
       
P-D:  Trump inspires political activism in Missouri across party, worldview spectrum
          SNL:  Greene County Democrats hold final Jackson Day dinner;  66-year-old former supporting actress/labor advocate Tess Harper says Hillary Clinton should have won election "because she was a lot ... smarter than anyone (else) in the room" X
          SNL:  With Obamacare still in place, experts offer advice about your taxes;  Comments from Missouri Foundation for Health's Nancy Kelley, assistant UM prof Andrew Zumwalt X
          KWMU:  Blunt seeks to retain funding for 4 Missouri regional airports
          SNL:  McCaskill, Blunt, Long seek funding for Riverside Bridge replacement X
          CDT:  At Boone County Lincoln Day dinner, Republicans talk about keeping up momentum X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Holly Rehder on her bid for Speaker, more;  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester), former Rep. John Mayfield (D-Farmington), Patrick Lynn, UFCW 655 President Dave Cook talk U.S. Senate race, Greitens meddling in Speaker race, ethics bills, more
          Drebes:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on MOSERS' threat to state's AAA bond rating
          JCNT:  Schmitt promotes MOSERS revisions X
          KC Star:  Schaaf says his best hope is to reduce "severity of badness" of PDMP bill +
          Columbia Missourian:  Workplace discrimination bill, supported by University of Missouri System, headed for crucial vote
          JCNT:  House budget skips state worker pay raises X
          AP:  Missouri mulls cutting funding for sobriety checkpoints
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bill would limit use of cell phones by taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers X
          CDT:  Pro-life activists mark end of '40 Days of Life' campaign
          Columbia Missourian:  Infant mortality hits new lows nationwide, in Missouri;  Black activist blames "the system" for higher black infant mortality rate compare to whites, Asians, Hispanics, all others
          Columbia Missourian:  Four-day school weeks aid rural Missouri districts
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Buchanan County program gives students an insider view of elections X
          P-D:  Payday loan industry faces headwinds in Missouri
          AP:  Galloway investigating Missouri role in trucking tech company
          P-D's Nicklaus and Gallagher:  Video:  Sexagenarian columnists talk about Legislature's move to block St. Louis City's minimum wage increase
          P-D's Horrigan:  Sexagenarian columnist/editorial board member says Legislature's tax increases for seniors, tax cuts for fantasy sports are wrong
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri MADD's Robbie Pace-Courtright:  Legislative proposal ramps up dangers from drunken driving
          KC Star letter:  KC man says McCaskill gave in to her party's angst on Gorsuch +
          P-D letter:  Crestwood woman notes Mizzou enrollment decrease correlates to university's coddling of hypersensitive students
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        Saturday, April 8
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt, Luetkemeyer, Wagner support strikes on Syria;  Clay not ready to offer thoughts
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt, Wagner share thoughts on Syria strikes
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt split on Gorsuch vote
          KOMU:  McCaskill to hold eight town halls across Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Jason Smith presented with National Association of Manufacturers Award in Caruthersville +
          Messenger:  Illegal immigrants in St. Louis region learn tricks to evade the law
          KWMU:  Chelsea Clinton's book tour makes stop in St. Louis
          The Missouri Times:  The Missouri Times Magazine features Top 100 Lobbyists list, op-eds from legislators, activist profiles, more
          The Missouri Times Magazine - Special Edition
          Drebes:  A Better Road Forward enlists Scott Dieckhaus to help oppose toll roads
          KOMU:  Greitens the first Missouri governor to visit statewide technical skills competition
          JCNT:  Greitens praises skills competition, state tech's work X
          The Missouri Times:  Holly Rehder:  "...running for Speaker is in the cards"
          The Missouri Times:  Governor's tax committee establishes subcommittees
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) regarding technology trust fund enjoys broad bipartisan support
          KWMU:  Republicans provide $6 million for youth summer jobs
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) aims to block forced underage marriages and sex trafficking
          KC Star:  System that may break speed of sound could come to Missouri;  MoDOT's Tom Blair pushed for KC-STL route to be included in Hyperloop's global challenge +
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt - approached at airport by woman who stalked his flight - takes time to listen to sad health-care tale;  McCaskill to hold town halls +
          P-D editorial:  Gorsuch confirmed as Senate affirms the great American divide;  McCaskill laments Missourians' distaste for compromise
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers shouldn't head home until they ban gifts from lobbyists +
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri lawmakers should allow every municipality in the state to set their own sprinkler regulations +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Onder's use of abortion reference to make point about zoo funding was not okay
          Helling:  Missouri Republicans continue tradition of supporting pro-business policies +
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  RealTime Fantasy Sports' Tim Jensen:  Legislature must act to protect small businesses in growing fantasy sports industry
          P-D letter:  Town and Country man says McCaskill's vote on Gorsuch cements her 2018 defeat
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield sexagenarian wants Post-Dispatch to be harder on Greitens, particularly around shady 501(c)(4) organizations
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        Friday, April 7
       
KC Star:  Blunt, other Republicans oppose Trump plan to cut medical funding +
          Missourinet:  Trump supporters hold pro-Gorsuch rally at Capitol
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Organization, which illegally transferred $1.4M to Iraq, has dissolved and divested funds
          KWMU:  Local arts organizations reliant upon federal funding oppose cuts to their programs
          Missourinet:  McCaskill, Blunt push steamboat bill
          AP:  Missouri, Mississippi Rivers flood, but damage expected to be minimal
          Drebes:  Republican Brad Hudson to run for Rep. Don Phillips' open seat
          The Missouri Times:  Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit
          Columbia Missourian:  After delay, Senate confirms UM System Board of Curators appointments
          AP:  Senate confirms several Greitens appointees
          The Missouri Times:  House approves state's $27 billion budget, Senate approval to come
          AP:  Missouri House OKs budget with hike in K-12 school funding
          P-D:  Missouri House approves budget, sends $27.8B plan to Senate
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes $27.8B state budget that fully funds schools
          SNL:  Senate budget head:  Fully funding foundation formula not likely X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget, potential Senate opposition to early-childhood education funding
          KWMU:  Area high-tech groups reliant upon state funding oppose cuts to their funding
          KWMU:  Senate suggests boosting current Missouri budget by $241M
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics panel compliments Fitzpatrick in work as budget chair
          SNL:  Prevailing wage law repeal meets organized opposition X
          Washington Missourian:  REAL ID bill making progress in Legislature X
          SNL:  In Senate committee, REAL ID remains divisive X
          Columbia Missourian:  Senate prepares to hear prescription drug monitoring program bill
          AP:  Missouri Republicans differ on Greitens' family leave policy
          Columbia Missourian:  Planned Parenthood wants to expand abortion services in Missouri
          CDT:  City lobbyist directed to support state transportation bill X
          Missourinet:  Legislation to create four adult high schools is approved by Missouri Senate committee
          The Missouri Times:  Compromise reached between Onder and Wieland on Uber bill
          The Missouri Times:  Battle over booze:  What a South Carolina decision could mean for Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Economic development amendment would add Bootheel support for electric-grid legislation
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State, utilities foster safe digging X
          Missourinet:  More problems highlighted at latest hearing over state's prisons
          AP:  Missouri Senate moves to exempt veterans from business fees
          AP:  Legislation on phone-tracking regulations passes Missouri Senate
          Missourinet:  Bill would allow elderly life-without-parole inmates a hearing on release
          Columbia Missourian:  At Mizzou, Fordham professor complains about gun laws, racial profiling, more
          SE Missourian:  Probable-cause statement details attorney general's charges against Mississippi County sheriff +
          Rust:  Larry Ferrell a strong candidate for U.S. Attorney +
          Washington Missourian op-ed:  D.C.-based elderly-research group supports Blunt in opposition to NIH funding cuts X
          Waters:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway is making a lot of the office X
          Messenger:  FBI investigating Missouri legislative dispute involving truckers
          P-D's conservative columnist Stacy Washington:  Expanding school choice
          P-D op-ed:  "AngryBlackBitch" blogger/"Reproaction" founder Pamela Merritt:  Republicans want to take food from the mouths of poor kids and hand it to pro-life groups
          KC Star op-ed:  Former head of Missouri Juvenile Justice Association:  Missouri fails 17-year-old criminals +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Choi could learn from his predecessors in tackling budget crisis
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        Thursday, April 6
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill says Trump's claims about border wall are "embarrassing"
          Real Clear Politics:  Blunt weighs in on Democrats' obstruction of Trump cabinet picks
          The Missouri Times:  Initiative petition filed to ban toll roads in Missouri
          SNL:  Group proposes Missouri vote to ban toll roads X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) throws her name into competitive 2018 Senate District 16 race
          P-D:  North St. Louis County Democratic leader Elbert Walton's law license suspended for 18 months by Missouri Supreme Court
          AP:  House lawyer warns of bribery after donation e-mail;  Solar power advocate Serra-Lesa Ivener suggested campaign cash was available in exchange for vote on legislation
          Missourinet:  Hundreds attend Firefighters Day at Missouri Capitol;  Attendees include Greitens, National Guard Adjutant General Steve Danner, Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-West Plains)
          KWMU:  State revenue numbers mean more money for Missouri, fewer possible budget problems for lawmakers
          Missourinet:  House set to pass budget for upcoming fiscal year
          SNL:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) restores AG's funding X
          Missourinet:  Missouri public defender system director not hopeful $6 million would stay in his budget
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact analysis:  Greitens statement on 'right to work' states and job growth rated "Half True"
          The Missouri Times:  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) seeks to bring accountability to foster care system
          SNL:  Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) revives plan for Capitol security commission X
          P-D:  Greitens, some GOP lawmakers disagree on family leave policy
          P-D:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) uses abortion reference to make point about zoo funding
          AP:  Judge plans to block Missouri's abortion-restriction rules
          KWMU:  Judge plans to strike down Missouri abortion restrictions
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis County) would rank Missouri maternal and neonatal hospitals
          AP:  House advances bill pushing medical help for overdoses
          Missourinet:  Unions make their case against prevailing wage repeal
          The Missouri Times:  Curtman still looking for final vote on industrial hemp bill
          AP:  House advances bill to restrict powdered alcohol
          Missourinet:  Mizzou lays off 20 employees;  university cites enrollment drop, decline in state funding
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper seeks anonymous tips about Mizzou job cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  MU sees decline in international graduate student applications;  Iranian man blames Trump
          AP:  AG office:  Mississippi County sheriff arrested on 18 criminal offenses
          P-D editorial:  Children are the collateral damage of nation's opioid epidemic;  Greitens should do more to push for PDMP
          P-D op-ed:  Former Missouri Supreme Court attorney Bill Thompson:  Response to Messenger's 5-part series:  Legislators, courts acted within the law in regard to Sheriffs' Retirement Fund
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  NFIB's Brad Jones:  The Legislature, not local governments, should set minimum wage
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Charter schools bill needs work
          KC Star letters:  McCaskill and Gorsuch;  Missouri's alternatives to toll roads +
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        Wednesday, April 5
       
Washington Times:  Illegal immigration plummets after Trump inauguration;  McCaskill questions cost of building new border wall
          FOX News:  Border wall 'critical' for reducing crime, former agents testify;  McCaskill says price tag would unfairly burden taxpayers
          Messenger:  Greitens' Cardinals Opening Day appearance is less than transparent;  Campaign pays for six tickets for children of National Guard soldiers serving overseas, four tickets for staff
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens announces plan to bring high-speed Internet to all Missouri schools
          KBIA:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt launches MO ABLE programs
          AP:  Galloway audit:  Missouri struggles to handle federal money
          P-D:  Audit:  Missouri struggles to oversee federal funds to health care, child care survivors
          JCNT:  State officials told to watch federal funds better X
          KWMU:  Galloway:  Missouri misspends a small portion of federal money
          P-D:  Feds:  Home health care workers were actually gambling, cruising while billing Medicaid;  Demagio Smith, Tammara Bell, four other St. Louis City residents busted for bilking taxpayers
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Medicaid, higher ed funding, charter schools, more
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Debates:  Appropriations bills perfected after long day in the chamber
          AP:  Missouri House budget funds schools, blocks checkpoints
          P-D:  Public schools benefit under House budget plan
          Columbia Missourian:  Lawmakers show mercy to UM System budget
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf ends opposition to Rehder's PDMP bill
          KWMU:  Schaaf says he'll support Rehder's bill creating prescription drug monitoring program
          Missourinet:  Schaaf ends opposition to Rehder's PDMP bill
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) pleased with changes made to this session's PDMP bill
          P-D:  Missouri mulling pension payouts for some former state workers
          The Missouri Times:  Taxis desire parity with emerging rideshare companies
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee hears testimony about discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  MoDOT asking public to do its part for safety of workers at highway projects
          CDT:  UM System president warns cuts will require 'bold action' X
          CDT:  Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, Aurora Organic Dairy issue Columbia plant announcement X
          P-D:  High turnout in Ferguson helps Mayor James Knowles roll to re-election
          KWMU:  Ferguson retains Mayor James Knowles for a third term
          AP:  Ferguson mayor, who handled riots after strong-arm robber Michael Brown's assault on police officer Darren Wilson, re-elected by residents
          KWMU:  Ferguson's federal consent decree among those AG Jeff Sessions wants to review
          Columbia Missourian:  Black Studies Program, others host Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery;  Liberal author of "They Can't Kill Us All" tells tales of riots reporting, social-justice crusading, etc.
          P-D editorial:  For Hawley, grandstanding is more important than protecting consumers
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Schaaf finally relents on PDMP X
          P-D op-ed:  McCaskill should put voters over politics, vote to confirm Gorsuch to Supreme Court
          KC Star op-ed:  National Association of Ticket Brokers' Gary Adler:  Missouri bill would fight bullies in event ticketing +
          P-D op-ed:  National Employment Law Project's Mitchell Hirsch:  Republicans want to steal raises from poor people who need it the most
          KC Star letter:  KC woman says McCaskill story of flushing opioids down the toilet sets a bad example of water contamination +
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        Tuesday, April 4
       
KC Star:  McCaskill calls for GAO report on closing of rural hospitals +
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt get Senate approval for historic River Queen riverboat to resume cruises
          Columbia Missourian:  Local social welfare groups unhappy about Trump budget
          KC Star:  Kansas City to host the national White Privilege Conference +
          KWMU:  Greitens' political noprofits take center stage in Missouri;  501(c)(4) organizations common for governors around U.S.
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens announces broadband access program for schools
          Missourinet:  Greitens announces broadband program for rural schools
          KC Star:  Greitens announces plan to bring broadband Internet to rural Missouri schools +
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley releases details on new fight against human trafficking
          AP:  Hawley measure to control human trafficking
          KWMU:  Hawley proposes rules to prevent human trafficking
          Missourinet:  Hawley launches initiatives aimed at fighting human trafficking
          Columbia Missourian:  Hawley announces new tactics to combat trafficking
          P-D:  Hawley announces new initiatives to combat human trafficking
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area Democrat leads local delegation in accepting lobbyist gifts;  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) accepted less than $13,000 since 2011, more than all local legislators combined X
          The Missouri Times:  8 changes to note in the House budget:  Education spending, Medicaid, circuit breaker, more
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder's PDMP bill gains significant Democratic support
          AP:  House approves prescription drug database for monitoring program
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) supports REAL ID legislation
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate could vote on unemployment benefits today;  GOP bill would allow nonworkers to stay on the dole for at least three months
          The Missouri Times:  House hearing held on Romine's discrimination bill
          Missourinet:  House discusses discrimination bill
          KWMU:  NAACP President Rod Chapel wraps up testimony
          AP:  House passes ban on red-light cameras
          P-D:  Fantasy-sports operators could see tax cut
          CDT:  UM president outlines timeline for budget cut decisions X
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System president:  Cuts could include layoffs for staff, nontenure track faculty
          KWMU:  University of Missouri president:  Layoffs a possibility as budget-cutting process begins
          P-D:  Layoffs aren't off the table as University of Missouri System schools battle budget cuts
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Residential Life to close three more residence halls
          Drebes:  Galloway's audit of Wayne County is not pretty
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Take Missouri's sex trade seriously X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC law prof David Achtenberg:  Lisa Hardwick is not too liberal for Missouri Supreme Court +
          KC Star letter:  Save Haven law has protected nearly 50 babies in Missouri +
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        Monday, April 3
       
Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel:  Blunt to speak at county GOP dinner April 21
          Missourinet:  Petraeus headlines Churchill weekend in Fulton
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Francis Slay;  Panel of Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City), Jeff Mazur, Joe Lakin, St. Louis Police Officer Association's Joe Patterson talk PDMP, budget, utilities legislation, more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri voters could consider renewable energy proposal in 2018 X
          P-D:  Lobbyist gifts reached all-time low in 2016;  Less than $600k of trinkets, tickets and food supplied to lawmakers, lowest since recordkeeping began in 2004
          Drebes:  Under Hawley, deputy AGs get pay raises
          The Missouri Times:  First-year House budget leaders find success in numbers
          SE Missourian:  Holly Rehder talks about her bid for Speaker of the House, PDMP legislation +
          Columbia Missourian:  Policy changes help improve Jefferson City climate for interns
          Missourinet:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) wants authorities to investigate fumes from leak in gas station's underground tank
          KC Star:  Census data:  KC area grows, St. Louis metro area shrinks +
          KWMU:  Ferguson-Florissant school board candidates weigh in on voting rights case;  Judge ruled that too many white candidates were winning at-large elections
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Politics poisons Gorsuch vote;  McCaskill, other Democrats still emotional about November election results X
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Democrats should stop seeking revenge by filibustering Gorsuch +
          Waters:  Hank Foley leaves MU with good marks X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Republicans take aim at Missourians with disabilities
          P-D's Nicklaus and Gallagher:  Video:  Seasoned citizens drink beer while discussing state tax credits, criticize Banking [sic] Chair Scott Fitzgerald [sic]
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        Sunday, April 2
       
P-D:  St. Louis avoids large influx of immigrants;  Hispanic Chamber President Karlos Ramirez says "less anti-immigrant legislation" from Jefferson City might change that
          KC Star:  Star joins ProPublica effort to solicit reader/activist tales of "hate crimes";  Reporting categories include perceived meanness to immigrants, "status as a trans person," etc. +
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch wins award for "Social Justice Journalism"
          SE Missourian:  Librarian offers tips to identify "fake news," recognize media outlets' blatant bias +
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          Columbia Missourian:  In Fulton, Gen. David Petraeus says iron curtains remain despite Churchill's legacy
          CDT:  David Petraeus speaks in Fulton X
          JCNT:  "Three (3) Questions" with Gen. Petraeus X
          P-D:  Preview:  Missouri's 2018 U.S. Senate race, 583 days out
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Lincoln Days crowd hears from National Right to Work rep, former deputy national security adviser;  Gary Rust, Peter Kinder receive recognition for decades of service +
          Drebes:  GOP primary shaping up for Ron Richard's state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Francis Slay;  Panel of Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis), Joe Lakin, Jeff Mazur, St. Louis Police Officers Association's Joe Patterson talk PDMP, budget, utilities legislation, more
          The Missouri Times:  Analysis:  Tracking Gov. Greitens' campaign promises with legislative results
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  REAL ID, abortion and more X
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens remains firmly against Medicaid expansion +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens to announce rural development programs during tour of outstate schools tomorrow
          SNL:  Solar industry alarmed by net metering bill supported by utility companies X
          AP:  Metal detectors at Missouri Capitol might lose funding
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Greitens signs herbicide bill in Portageville +
          CDT:  Gun shop owners seek to clear up confusion about Missouri's concealed carry law X
          SE Missourian:  SEMO program inspires students to learn more about government +
          P-D editorial:  Greitens hints at possible crack in the Medicaid expansion door
          P-D editorial:  Climax to Tony Messenger's Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series;  Sheriffs have no business generating retirement funds off court fees
          SNL joint op-ed:  Galloway, others:  Ethics legislation needed to hold public officials accountable X
          SNL's Steve Pokin:  Update on Johnny Lee Wilson, local man pardoned by Gov. Carnahan X
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        Saturday, April 1   April Fools' Day
       
April 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          April 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          KWMU:  McCaskill joins other Democrats in planning to vote against Gorsuch for Supreme Court
          P-D:  McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch nomination, support Democratic filibuster
          KWMU:  McCaskill to vote against Trump's Supreme Court nominee
          Politico:  McCaskill 'no' on Gorsuch moves Senate toward nuclear fights
          Missourinet:  In speech to law enforcement, AG Jeff Sessions vows to cut down on foreign drug lords and "thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion" to peddle dope
          KWMU:  AG Jeff Sessions brings tough-on-crime message to law enforcement leaders in St. Louis;  Gender-fluid protester twirls desecrated American flag, says he/she can "personally tell" Sessions is "a racist"
          AP:  Sessions:  Ferguson an emblem of tense relationship between criminals and the police
          The Missouri Times:  New contribution limits affect fundraising quarter ending
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 27
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Missouri Legislature:  Week of March 27
          Missourinet:  House committees approve State Legal Expense Fund legislation
          KWMU:  Republicans may make concessions on minimum wage bill that would affect St. Louis City
          The Missouri Times:  Rowden, Ruth present bill to assist first-time home buyers
          CDT:  Senate blocks UM curator appointments X
          Columbia Missourian:  Boys dominate Missouri Geographic Bee, securing all 10 finalist spots;  Minority student Rohan Rao chooses to work hard, crushes Caucasoid competition
          Missourinet:  Greitens signs bill to protect Missouri farmers from law-breaking pesticide applicators
          AP:  Greitens OKs higher fines for illegal application of herbicide
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) applauds court decision in Mark Twain Transmission project case
          The Missouri Times:  'Hailey's Law' passes Missouri House, heads to Senate
          P-D:  Twelve (12) people make a scence, block trash trucks outside landfills
          JCNT editorial:  Senate should follow House in banning gifts
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        Friday, March 31
       
KC Star:  McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for higher court +
          P-D:  Leaked tape:  McCaskill tells donors she's leery of filibustering Trump's Supreme Court pick
          The Weekly Standard:  McCaskill worried Gorsuch filibuster will backfire
          Politico:  McCaskill agonizes over Gorsuch
          The Hill:  McCaskill to Bernie Sanders supporters:  "I need you, I want you"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt helps question experts on cyberattacks X
          Washington Missourian:  Blunt speaks at Franklin County Lincoln Day dinner X
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  Most GOP members on board with health-care bill;  others "holding out for perfection" +
          Politico:  White House shuffles West Wing staff;  Missourian Katie Walsh sent to fix Trump's outside political group, which faltered during health care battle
          Missourinet:  David Petraeus to speak, join Churchill fellows at Westminster College
          JCNT:  Elizabeth Hasselbeck speaks at Vitae Foundation's 25-year anniversary event X
          KC Star:  Federal contractor has 350 job openings in the Kansas City area +
          Drebes:  Dick Doherty retires, for good;  Seasoned lobbyist departs with reputation as "a man of his word and a true gentleman"
          The Missouri Times:  Hawley celebrates Trump's actions against Obama-era environmental regulations
          KC Star:  Hawley to provide monthly report on state payments settling lawsuits +
          P-D:  Hawley to release monthly report on state's legal settlements
          Missourinet:  Soldiers honored during Missouri Vietnam Veterans Day
          AP:  Greitens picks Missouri labor department director;  Anna Hui to be Missouri's first Asian-American cabinet member
          The Missouri Times:  Victims and advocates to be honored during 'Crime Victims' Rights Week'
          AP:  Missouri House passes prevailing wage repeal
          KWMU:  Legislature updates:  Prevailing wage, REAL ID, abortion, minimum wage
          The Missouri Times:  All eyes turn to Senate as House passes REAL ID
          AP:  Missouri House passes REAL ID compliance measure
          KC Star:  REAL ID bill clears Missouri House, but hurdle awaits in Senate +
          Missourinet:  After House passage, REAL ID likely to see slow action in the Senate
          AP:  House passes bill overturning St. Louis abortion ordinance
          Missourinet:  Committee continues investigation into Dept. of Corrections staff complaints
          P-D:  Paying for schools could trigger problems between House and Senate in Missouri budget
          The Missouri Times:  Senate again decides against confirming UM Curators
          KWMU:  Solar Foundation's Andrea Luecke says Missouri has "decent" state-level policies to encourage alternative energy
          Missourinet:  Mother of daughter children at Lake of the Ozarks blames Ameren, wants Missouri Legislature to boost dock safety regulations
          SNL:  'Hailey's Law' passes House, heads to Senate X
          Missourinet:  'Hailey's Law' on Amber Alert system is heading to Missouri Senate
          P-D:  Firefighter grazed by bullet while on duty in Ferguson, chief says
          P-D:  Local PBS affiliate pulls plug on public affairs show "Stay Tuned";  Station thought it could stimulate sensible discussion via social media
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill right to plunge ahead with opioid probe +
          JCNT editorial:  New law puts A+ Scholarship Program on equal footing X
          SNL letter:  Area man disagrees with "David Humphries [sic]" on prevailing wage X
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        Thursday, March 30
       
The Hill:  Durbin giving McCaskill, other vulnerable Dems space on Gorsuch
          Washington Post:  McCaskill says McConnell, White House have done little to woo her on Gorsuch
          P-D:  Pro-Trump ads coming to Missouri, nine other states
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court hears case over penalties against longtime North St. Louis County Democratic leader Elbert Walton
          P-D:  Being 'obnoxious and disrespectful' in bankruptcy court could mean discipline for Democratic boss Elbert Walton
          Missourinet:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson pushes for passage of resolution aimed at bringing missing Missouri soldiers home
          The Missouri Times:  Rehder fends off most changes to PDMP as House perfects
          AP:  Opioid drug tracking program advances in House
          Missourinet:  House approves PDMP bill;  critics say a database won't work
          Columbia Missourian:  Debates over prescription drug monitoring program bill continue in Missouri House
          P-D:  Missouri House gives PDMP initial approval, but opposition looms in the Senate
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local physician weighs in on prescription drug bills X
          The Missouri Times:  House committee puts final touches on budget
          AP:  Missouri House OKs $242 million for unexpected expenses
          KWMU:  Missouri's budget for coming fiscal year crosses first hurdle
          Missourinet:  Hawley's office fails to send representative to budget hearing, sees funding cut
          SNL:  House committee moves money from attorney general's budget after office no-shows hearing X
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford says he seek to fix, not repeal prevailing wage +
          AP:  Missouri House votes down Medicaid expansion
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation targeting lobbyist gifts stalls
          The Missouri Times:  Parties battle over Cornejo's alcohol measure
          P-D:  Some legislators look to ban toll roads
          The Missouri Times:  Emery, Romine spar over utilities bill in morning inquiry
          Columbia Missourian:  Reiboldt says ag legislation would protect farmers from local-government meddling
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee approves Scottrade Center legislation
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers advance plan to ban red-light cameras
          P-D:  Missouri House taking another shot at red-light camera ban
          Missourinet:  Missouri House holds moment of silence for Independence office shot in line of duty
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley accepts New York Institute of Technology job
          CDT:  Foley says salary not a major factor in taking NYIT job X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Gov. Bob Holden:  Indonesia rising as import partner
          P-D letter:  Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis):  State can continue to move toward improving access to AP exams
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Rep. Elaine Gannon (R-DeSoto):  Making the high school equivalency exam free would help disadvantaged students
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part V
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  J-School prof Sara Shipley Hiles:  Newspaper funds lead-testing project, hopes results will help advance its agenda
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        Wednesday, March 29
       
KC Star:  McCaskill undecided on Gorsuch confirmation, Democratic filibuster +
          KC Star:  McCaskill, Blunt disagree on Trump's energy order +
          SNL:  McCaskill opens probe of opioid drug makers X
          Missourinet:  McCaskill leads committee investigation into opioid manufacturers
          AP:  McCaskill asks drug makers about opioid sales plans
          The Hill:  McCaskill investigating opioid producers
          Washington Post:  McCaskill to investigate opioid makers' role in drug crisis X
          P-D:  McCaskill sends queries to opioid drug makers about sales, marketing strategies, donations
          CDT:  Hartzler mulls independent investigation into Trump's Russia ties X
          P-D:  Undoing Clean Power Plan could mean short-term savings, long-term uncertainty for Missouri utilities
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Tim Hurst (R-Meta) leads convoy of mid-Missourians to Kansas farmers' aid
          KFVS:  Eric Schmitt discusses saving for college at Cape Girardeau elementary school
          Missourinet:  Galloway audit underway to review state prescription drug expenses through Medicaid and CHIP
          Quincy Herald-Whig:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) pushes statewide program to monitor opioid abuse
          The Missouri Times:  As other states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republicans stand firmly opposed
          Missourinet:  Second-half preview:  A look at Greitens' State of the State priorities and where legislation stands
          AP:  Greitens says Trump might intervene on REAL ID
          KC Star:  Greitens attends Trump bill signing, meets with Pence +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens signs Corlew's expert witness standards bill
          KWMU:  With Greitens' signature, Missouri set to tighten expert-witness rules
          Missourinet:  Greitens says expert-witness law will help create jobs
          AP:  Greitens signs change to expert witness vetting
          Missourinet:  GOP legislators provide workable boost in funding to cash-strapped public defender system
          Columbia Missourian:  Winners, losers emerge from latest round of Missouri budget talks
          The Missouri Times:  House passes gift ban for local government officials, ticket resale bill
          Columbia Missourian:  State legislators advance pursuit of insurance for those with developmental disabilities
          AP:  House votes to repeal prevailing-wage law
          AP:  Bill overturning St. Louis abortion ordinance advances
          KWMU:  Missouri hospitals forgo family planning funds as abortion rules go into effect;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Jane Drummond
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's grid modernization bill begins trip through Senate perfection gauntlet
          P-D:  Proposal from Rep. Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis City) would fund voter ID education with money from lottery advertising budget
          CDT:  International applications lag at UM campuses X
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri must act on drug monitoring +
          CDT op-ed:  Terry Schlemeier:  'Business-friendly' Show-Me State is too tough on labor X
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part IV
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Chillicothe sexagenarian dislikes Graves' approach to the sick and the old X
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        Tuesday, March 28
       
Washington Examiner:  McCaskill, other Democrats dodge questions on Gorsuch
          Bloomberg:  Senate GOP leaders push for health care effort after House plan implodes;  Comments from Blunt
          KWMU:  Trump to loosen Obama carbon regulations for Missouri, other states;  Comments from Sierra Club's John Hickey, Ameren's Ajay Arora
          SE Missourian:  Stephen Webber speaks to SEMO College Democrats;  Missouri Democratic Party leader says Jay Nixon ignored party fundraising in favor of his own campaign +
          P-D:  Greitens meets with Trump cabinet, AIPAC during D.C. visit
          KC Star:  Greitens prefers straight-to-voters approach to media relations;  Comments from press corps' Phill Brooks, veteran GOP consultants James Harris and Jeff Roe +
          The Missouri Times:  Judge rules changes must be made to Kander's 'right to work' ballot language
          SNL:  New Teamsters PAC based in Springfield starts fundraising in 'right to work' era X
          The Missouri Times:  Former Skelton aide Ryan Dillon to run in Democratic primary for GOP state Senate seat
          The Missouri Times:  Sarah Wood Martin wins National Council of Jewish Women award
          The Missouri Times:  New TV special sheds light on Messer investigation
          SE Missourian:  Jay Ashcroft announces grants for summer reading programs +
          P-D:  Greitens set to sign expert-witness law
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers in both parties want more transparency from State Legal Expense Fund;  House's Dept. of Corrections investigation continues
          AP:  Missouri House advances plan for $242 million in extra spending - most for unanticipated Medicaid expenses
          The Missouri Times:  House Rules Committee approves 26 bills, including personhood amendment and alcohol advertising
          CDT:  State Senate to consider tax credit repeal X
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's collateral source bill faces further hurdles despite early passage through Senate
          Missourinet:  Measure to protect privacy of online personal information moving through Legislature
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee considers charter schools expansion bill
          KC Star:  National charter school group ranks Missouri low for laws;  Missouri Public Charter School Association's Douglas Thaman says proposed law will help +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri researcher says lawmakers should incentivize rural nursing homes to improve their technology
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to rule on sexual predator
          KC Star editorial:  McCaskill, Greitens avoid the hard questions +
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Missouri's judge selection process due fresh review X
          P-D's Nicklaus:  Obamacare has a few dents, but it isn't about to explode;  In many rural areas of Missouri, only one company offers insurance on the exchange
          St. Joseph News-Press' Newton:  Ike Skelton set a good model for engaging with constituents X
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part III
          Lake Sun letter:  Camdenton septuagenarian wants MO congressional delegation to know she supports Al Franken versus "ignorant" Trump
          P-D letter:  "St. Louis Anti-Racist Collective" takes Editorial Page Editor Tod Robberson to task for not doing enough to support black causes, showing his "deep paternalism"
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        Monday, March 27
       
Mother Jones:  Republicans, Democrats both seek to raise Elizabeth Warren's profile;  Kander's Abe Rakov says Massachusetts liberal was helpful to challenger's bid
          Missourinet:  Missouri Farm Bureau members meet Missouri congressional delegation, visit Canadian embassy
          Washington Missourian:  Leader of group serving area olds worries about cuts to HHS funding X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis City) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about labor's future, charter school legislation, and value of Greitens' city living experience
          Drebes:  Second-half legislative preview:  Friction between House and Senate over workrate and priorities;  Legislators' antipathy toward Greitens;  more
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State legislators map out the final stretch X
          P-D:  Second-half legislative preview:  Tax credits, school choice, PDMP, more
          SNL:  Americans for Prosperity's Missouri chapter pushes forward with conservative legislative agenda X
          P-D:  GOP legislators to continue pro-life push
          Missourinet:  Legislation to override St. Louis City minimum wage hike could see quick action in state Senate
          Missourinet:  Assistant Truman prof says other options are superior to upholding and implementing Missouri voter ID law
          CDT:  DESE releases new report for teacher preparation programs X
          Stateline:  Missouri, other states see population boomlet among women in their 30s
          P-D endorsement:  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles deserves re-election
          CDT op-ed:  MU biology prof George Smith:  Hartzler goes out of her way for Israeli occupation X
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part II
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man disagrees with Wagner on financial issues, suggests that incumbent - re-elected by 21-point margin - is in election peril come 2018
          Washington Missourian letter:  "A Better Road Forward" anti-tax group:  Say no to double taxes and toll roads X
          P-D letter:  Mother of special needs child thanks lawmakers for passing charter school legislation
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        Sunday, March 26
       
NY Times:  Paul Ryan escapes from health care defeat badly damaged;  Billy Long says critics will blame Speaker "for everything"
          Washington Missourian:  Local library director opposes federal, state cuts to his budget X
          P-D:  Tug-of-war nearly derailed NGA's move to North St. Louis City
          Columbia Missourian/Politifact:  Blunt remark about length of Cabinet-approval process labeled "False"
          KC Star:  Hawley follows through on campaign pledge to push back against federal regulations +
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Eric Schmitt touts Missouri Linked Deposit Program;  Arctic Ice's Jerry Camsenzind says low-interest loan helped his company expand
          AP:  Second-half legislative preview:  Labor, lawsuits, education, budget, other bills
          Columbia Missourian:  Unemployment benefits bill would allow jobless to receive payments for up to 13 weeks
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) makes pitch for prescription drug database during Kirksville stop X
          AP:  Effort to stop 'right to work' dealt a blow in Missouri court
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) would fund Scottrade renovations up to $6 million X
          St. Louis Record:  Missouri Senate bills take on infrastructure fees due to population changes;  Comments from Missouri American Water's Brian Russell, others
          West Plains Daily Quill:  Warm weather stirs activity among snakes, black bears;  Missouri Dept. of Conservation gives tips to avoid dangerous animals
          P-D:  African-American march draws 200 in St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Missouri educators must provide student access to AP coursework and exams
          Messenger:  Sheriffs' Retirement Fund Series, Part I
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Security is expensive at the Missouri Capitol and other government buildings X
          P-D's Samantha Liss:  Missouri Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid - to the detriment of Missouri's poor
          KC Star letter:  Local septuagenarian applauds editorial board's sarcastic invitation to Trump +
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        Saturday, March 25
       
P-D:  Blunt, others champion mental health funding
          Missourinet:  Hartzler wants to see forward movement on GOP health care bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local liberals rally against GOP health care bill X
          KMOX:  McCaskill speaks with border patrol about illegal immigrants
          KC Star:  After KC Public Schools' publicity push, ICE reiterates alien-gathering policy +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Trip to D.C. secures 100 jobs at Rosecrans Memorial Airport;  Group met with McCaskill, Blunt, Graves last year X
          Washington Post:  McCaskill, others get justice for Energy Department whistleblower X
          The Hill:  McCaskill leads bipartisan group investigating military group-intercoursing pics
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Panel of Rep. Dan Houx (R-Warrensburg), Axiom's Travis Smith, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, and Fred Dreiling talks prevailing wage, Missouri Plan, ethics, 'right to work,' budget, and which Republican will take on Claire McCaskill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of March 20
          KWMU:  Greitens to meet with Trump in D.C. over the weekend
          KC Star:  Greitens to make another D.C. trip this weekend +
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove)
          Missourinet:  Ashcroft confident voter ID funding request will be honored
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) talks funding for education, social services
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Sen. Bill Eigel (R-St. Charles) would give roads back to counties;  First District Commissioner Tim Brinker (R) calls move "appalling"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) gives update on special subcommittee looking at Dept. of Corrections
          The Missouri Times:  Emery's bill targets grid modernization
          Brownfield Ag News:  Ag Director Chris Chinn proud of Missouri farmers helping those affected by wildfires
          P-D:  Ferguson activist gets probation for attacking SUV driver who tried to push through blockade
          KC Star editorial:  Graves let constituents down by not taking a position on GOP health care bill +
          P-D editorial briefs:  Revisiting animal-breeding debate;  Public defenders
          CDT letter:  Columbia man wonders why news organizations don't investigate voter fraud involving dead people X
          P-D letter:  Ellisville woman opposes auctioning off state park
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says deaf drivers deserve a special license plate
          P-D letter:  UMSL Dean of Enrollment Services Alan Byrd:  Bright Flight scholarship program wrong to use discriminatory ACT scores
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        Friday, March 24
       
Washington Post:  Blunt, other Senate Republicans hesitant to focus on to House GOP bill until its passage
          PBS:  Mini-profiles of Obamacare supporters, opponents:  Weldon Spring sexagenarian says she supports GOP health care bill
          KRES/KWIX:  Luetkemeyer explains his support of GOP health care bill
          Missourinet:  Billy Long says CBO's uninsured figure is misleading
          CDT:  Missouri Health Care for All turns out fewer than twelve (12) Obamacare supporters for Hartzler protest X
          KBIA (Columbia):  Missouri Health Care for All turns out ten (10) Obamacare supporters to protest Hartzler
          SNL:  Some pro-Obamacare protesters gathered outside Long's office acknowledge futility of their efforts;  Passerby honks horn, points to Trump bumper sticker X
          P-D:  Greitens joins other GOP governors to sign on to pro-AHCA letter
          Missourinet:  St. Louis airport exec testifies before Blunt subcommittee on infrastructure needs
          Politico:  Hill Republicans growing frustrated with Mattis;  Marine general has bristled at nominating Missouri's Jim Talent, other qualified GOP pols for posts
          Drebes:  Update on Ann Wagner for U.S. Senate campaign
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) chats with Mannies & Rosenbaum about PDMP, 'right to work,' her future as Speaker of the House
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty)
          Missourinet:  GOP legislative leaders preview 2017 session's second half
          The Missouri Times:  Tort reform battle heats up in Missouri as Washington gets involved
          Kraske:  It's time for Missouri to rethink all things judicial +
          KWMU:  Legislature yet to pass lobbyist-gift ban
          Missourinet:  Group hopes Legislature will support "convention of states"
          Missourinet:  Missouri prosecutors want changes to laws involving child sex crimes
          Columbia Missourian:  MU Faculty Council debates "validating white people's anxiety," memorial to honor slaves who built campus, etc.
          P-D:  Union organizers file suit against the University of Missouri curators
          KWMU:  UMSL faculty sues UM System, alleges unionization rules are too strict
          AP:  Government:  Ferguson making 'meaningful progress' in reforms
          KC Star editorial:  Trump should visit KC for WWI Centennial and stick around for lectures on infrastructure spending, refugees and immigrants, etc. +
          JCNT editorial:  Blunt's legislation eases transition from military to civilian jobs X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Policymakers in Washington and Jefferson City can use a reminder:  Missouri depends on farm economy X
          P-D's David Nicklaus:  States' economic handouts are poorly targeted;  Comments from University of Missouri's Joseph Haslag
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man says standards for expert witnesses benefit big companies, not individuals
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        Thursday, March 23
       
McClatchy:  DSCC, gearing up to defend McCaskill and other vulnerable Dems, releases ad targeting GOP health care bill
          Missourinet:  New Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Austin Stukins talks Obamacare repeal, retiring Claire McCaskill, more
          CDT:  Pro-life changes win Hartzler's vote on GOP health care plan
          KTTS (Springfield):  Missouri Health Care for All organizes pro-Obamacare protests outside GOP congressional offices
          Joplin Globe:  Missouri Health Care for All turns out sixteen (16) for protest outside Billy Long's office
          CDT:  CoMo for Progress event provides Obamacare supporters opportunity to vent;  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) calls President Donald Trump a "con artist"
          Missourinet:  McCaskill undecided on Gorsuch
          P-D:  Liberal groups pressure McCaskill to oppose regulatory overhauls
          Missourinet:  Wagner, Hawley target Federal Reserve agency
          CDT:  Liberal group "Race Matters, Friends" wants Columbia Public Schools to oppose federal enforcement of immigration laws
          P-D:  Phyllis Schlafly's daughter alleges that brothers sabotaged her inheritance in ongoing family fight
          The Missouri Times:  Five questions with Rep. Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles)
          The Missouri Times:  Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum
          KWMU:  Legislators will tackle federal REAL ID law in second half of session
          SNL:  With no taxes or tolls likely, MoDOT makes due
          Missourinet:  Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) says there will not be a major transportation bill this year
          P-D:  University of Missouri System joins the growing list of schools using Common Application
          KC Star:  UM System schools join the 'Common App,' and expect an enrollment boost
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System schools to begin using the Common Application
          P-D:  Group opposing Christian sex education materials to hold rally March 28
          The Missouri Times:  More cities line up for Grain Belt Express deals as PSC hears case for a second time
          The Missouri Times:  PSC taks steps to change rules to improve transparency
          KWMU:  Ferguson's next mayor faces repairing city's reputation
          KWMU:  Activists unhappy with speed of implementing Ferguson's federal consent decree
          P-D editorial:  Ann Wagner's loyalty to financial industry stinks of swamp politics
          Jensen:  State bill looks at driver civility;  Noble legislation underscores sad reality that miscreants have no respect for authority
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Tuition flexibility could help fix higher ed budgets
          P-D op-ed:  Local union rep opposes GOP changes to prevailing wage
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        Wednesday, March 22
       
Roll Call:  McCaskill, other vulnerable Senate Democrats stand firm in opposing GOP health care plan
          SNL:  Billy Long shrugs off GOP divisions over Obamacare replacement X
          Hannibal Courier-Post:  Local "Show Me Indivisible" group draws fewer than 30 to rally;  Obamacare supporters congregate during what most Missourians consider the work day X
          Vox:  Health care fact checks:  Luetkemeyer comment on state-run health exchanges is inaccurate
          Washington Post:  Mini-profiles of the "vulnerable":  O'Fallon, Mo. Obamacare supporter, once obese and now old, opposes GOP health plan
          CDT:  Local artists' anti-Trump rally draws fewer than 40;  Local thespian says she turned to art as "my therapy" X
          Columbia Missourian:  Advocates protest Trump budget cuts;  Area artist thinks calling and writing letters to congressional offices will make a difference
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  FBI probe should move with haste +
          P-D:  Rep. Ann Wagner takes aim at consumer protection chief
          Missourinet:  Jason Smith says Trump will make it to Missouri;  Congressman - who stayed loyal to Trump when other GOP politicos bailed in the fall - wants President to visit southeast Missouri
          Drebes:  Jason Smith on Trump's wiretapping allegations
          The Missouri Times:  Kit Bond shares his thoughts on the current state of Missouri politics:  Greitens, state budget, gas tax, advice for freshmen legislators
          The Missouri Times:  Austin Stukins named new Missouri GOP executive director
          The Missouri Times:  Joe Lakin's Victory Enterprises earns Pollie for Missouri GOTV piece
          The Missouri Times:  Mini-profile:  Q&A with Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield)
          The Missouri Times:  Finding Lynn Messer:  Investigation Discovery special airs Sunday
          AP:  Missouri jobless rate drops slightly in February
          St. Louis Record:  Choices for Missouri Supreme Court seat prompt debate over 'elitist' system;  Thoughts from James Harris, others
          KWMU:  Missouri's public defenders to get help with large caseloads
          Columbia Missourian:  Dueling prescription drug monitoring proposals on collision course in Legislature
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers backing off Medicaid prescription limit +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer wants more money for addiction caseworkers
          AP:  Federal judge defers ruling on Missouri abortion rules
          Missourinet:  Campaign Life Missouri, NARAL-Missouri view pregnancy resource centers differently
          Missourinet:  Measure to oversee big event ticket purchases could pass Missouri House
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) would restrict taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers from using some smartphone operations while driving
          SNL:  Missouri lawmakers likely to support convention of states X
          CDT:  UM System president warns of closed programs amid budget crunch X
          KWMU:  Webster University to host sex-trafficking seminar
          KC Star editorial:  Tolls? Gas tax? Let's at least have a chat about funding Missouri highways +
          P-D op-ed:  Locs [sic] of Glory proprietor Tameka Stigers:  State of Missouri should get out of braiders' hair
          CDT letter:  Fulton man says ag bills from Munzlinger, McGaugh threaten Missourians X
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian expresses anger that Post-Dispatch eliminated the children and news beat, especially in light of dastardly Missouri Republicans' reign
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        Tuesday, March 21
       
Ozark Radio News:  Pro-Obamacare group protests outside office of Rep. Jason Smith;  "Stand and Resist" campaign draws crowd of fifteen (15)
        CDT:  Trump's victory lamented at NAACP dinner;  Mary Ratliff:  "We feel that" we're "a nation in mourning" X
        KC Star:  Trump might make stop in KC for World War I centennial +
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Local group takes part in annual fly-in, will meet with McCaskill, Blunt and Graves
        KC Star:  Missouri Republican Party announces new executive director:  Louisiana native Austin Stukins +
        The Missouri Times:  Profile Q&A:  Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield)
        Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Charter schools, medical malpractice, many more
        The Missouri Times:  Senate postpones confirming gubernatorial appointments over Greitens' executive order
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Proposal to sell bridge, highway naming rights X
        P-D:  At midpoint of session, Missouri Republicans on track with changes to legal system
        The Missouri Times:  Rural Economic Development caucus hopes to expand view on state's economy
        Missourinet:  New Missouri House Rural Economic Development Caucus to raise awareness about farmer suicide rates
        Missourinet:  Newly-formed organization aims to alleviate Missouri public defender system caseloads
        P-D:  Private attorneys pledge to take on some cases from St. Louis public defenders
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Bill from Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) would make juvenile officer an elected position
        Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Shane Roden (R-Cedar Hill) would eliminate most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law
        Missourinet:  Emery, Libla disagree on potential rate increase under proposed utility change
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Hearings take place this week in Grain Belt Express case
        AP:  Wind energy firm trying again for OK of cross-country line
        Washington (D.C.) Monthly op-ed:  How an obscure Obamacare provision is quietly saving lives, and money, in Missouri
        Messenger:  On family leave, Greitens embraces Obama and wins for Missouri families
        P-D op-ed:  Sexagenarian home health care worker, via SEIU communications staff:  Greitens cuts to home health care are "dramatic"
        Environment America press release:  Cars are polluting 40% less than they were 20 years ago;  Instead of accelerating this process, Trump is considering slamming on the brakes
        CDT letter:  Environment Missouri's Taylor Hale:  McCaskill should continue opposing Trump policies;  Talking points lifted verbatim from press release above X
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield man wonders if minimum-wage protesters understand their predicament if proposal is enacted
        P-D letter:  Chesterfield septuagenarian grows weary of Post-Dispatch's obsession with street pharmaceuticals salesman/police assailant Michael Brown
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        Monday, March 20
       
SNL:  McCaskill effort allows cities, counties to receive federal money for prescription drug tracking programs X
          Washington Missourian:  Federal funds could be available for county roads;  Trump may unveil program
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Kit Bond on Eric Greitens, gas tax, Trump, advice for first-year legislators;  Panel of former Sen. Tim Green (D-Spanish Lake), Reps. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) talk charter schools, "paycheck protection," Greitens' paid-leave push
          Rosenbaum:  Taking the temperature of the Legislature on paid parental leave
          Missourinet:  Auditor's website with daily tracking of general revenue fund will expand details
          SNL:  Existing 'cliff effect' program helped 0 (zero) people in five years, report from MO Dept. of Social Services says X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) expects proposed charter school expansion to fail in Missouri Senate
          KWMU:  Educators focus on helping adopted children overcome behavior problems, separation anxiety
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Liquor Wars 2.0, tobacco and guns on the docket after Legislature's Spring Break X
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers consider airport alcohol bill
          AP:  Missouri DED program helps exports from small Missouri companies
          AP:  Man gets 25 years for shooting 2 cops in Ferguson protest
          P-D editorial:  Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), other Missouri Republicans aim to hurt workers
          KC Star editorial:  Bill from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) to crack down on TIF development goes way too far +
          KC Star's Scott Canon:  Amid Trump-inspired xenophobia and violence against immigrants, fewer than half as many foreign students apply to UMKC +
          Washington Missourian Editor Bill Miller:  Anti-toll roads fever X
          Waters:  Questioning state tax cuts X
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        Sunday, March 19
       
KMIZ:  Hartzler continues practice of holding town halls via telephone
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Hartzler stat about high-speed Internet access rated "Half True"
          Forward:  Eric Greitens, Missouri's first Jewish governor, is eyeing the White House
          Drebes:  Former state Rep. John Mayfield (D-Independence) considering another bid
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  Lawmakers vote to expand charter schools, cut tax credit for the elderly X
          SE Missourian:  Reps. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) back charter school bill;  Rep. Rick Francis (R-Perryville) opposes it +
          P-D:  Chesterfield's Alice Liu named champion in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee;  Minority female chooses to work hard, achieves success
          AP:  Paid parental leave for state workers considered in Missouri
          AP:  Missouri prisons head orders change after harassment claims
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Current Medicaid-funding system is no longer a viable option, and block-grant funding would provide solution X
          SNL editorial:  Push forward on prescription drug monitoring X
          JCNT editorial:  MoDOT's "Pothole Patrol" to the rescue X
          KC Star op-ed:  UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton apologizes for not sending out alert after campus rape, acknowledges feelings of campus feminists and LGBTQIA* groups, takes official position against "sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia" +
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says Blunt, other Republicans opposed to Obamacare wish "death sentence" on poor and middle-class Americans +
          P-D letter:  American Cancer Society thanks Ann Wagner for her work on Medicare glitch
          P-D letter:  Millennial planning future state rep bid thanks Greitens for work on higher ed
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        Saturday, March 18
       
The Hill:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad campaign pressures McCaskill, other red-state Dems to back Trump on cutting federal regulations
          Bloomberg:  Bosnians, who chose to immigrate legally, make positive contributions to St. Louis;  Comments from St. Louis County Republican Central Committee's Rene Artman, Mayor Francis Slay, others
          KWMU:  Musicians band together to fight Trump's racist immigration policies;  Public radio station promotes concert with ticket information, free download of anti-Trump group song, more
          Yesterday:  KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          KC Star:  Trump budget could affect Kansas City streetcar expansion +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  McCaskill statement about importance of small-business job creation rated "True"
          P-D:  Congressional votes for the week
          USA Today:  Military investigating soldiers' same-sex group intercoursing pics on websites;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals' Ray Gruender make appearance at Wash U. Law School event
          SNL:  Law offices of prominent local Republicans Dee Wampler and Joe Passanise honored as "Best Lawyers" X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Kit Bond on Greitens, more;  Panel of former Sen. Tim Green (D-Spanish Lake), David Barklage, Reps. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) and Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) talk charter schools, "paycheck protection" and family leave pushes
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Schmitt joins partnership to expand MO ABLE program
          KOMU:  MO ABLE program designed to help people with disabilities save money
          The Missouri Times:  House and Senate accomplishments - so far - in the 2017 session
          KWMU:  At the halfway mark, Missouri GOP legislators tout session's successes - and promise more
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Reporter Marshall Griffin recaps most important stories of the Missouri Legislative session;  Host Don Marsh leads off with gathering of twelve (12) transgender students blocking a Capitol bathroom
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers look at task force to dive into state's road problems
          KC Star:  Fate of lobbyist gift-ban legislation unclear +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Legislature raises fines for off-label herbicide application
          P-D:  Ferguson documentary fans the flames surrounding 2014 attack on police officer
          KC Star editorial:  Greitens pursues family-friendly policy;  Washington should follow +
          JCNT editorial:  With leave policy, Greitens provides key benefit to state workers X
          KC Star letter:  Country Club, Mo. octogenarian mocks $80,000 price tag for UMKC basketball coach search +
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        Friday, March 17  Happy St. Patrick's Day!
       
KWMU General Manager Tim Eby:  Stand up against the Trump budget so we can continue to bring you unbiased journalism
          KWMU:  Mid-America Arts Alliance opposes Trump budget;  Comments from arts group CEO, no input from Trump budget supporters
          KC Star:  Cleaver, urban officials oppose Trump budget +
          P-D:  Area liberal environmental groups oppose Trump budget;  Comments from Sierra Club's John Hickey, Missouri Coalition for the Environment's Ed Smith, landfill agitator/amateur epidemiologist Dawn Chapman
          P-D:  Blunt has concerns with nondefense discretionary cuts in Trump budget
          KWMU:  GOP health care bill doesn't account for aging population
          Missourinet:  McCaskill:  many Missourians can't afford GOP health care plan
          CDT:  Hartzler:  GOP health plan tax credits are too generous X
          P-D:  San Francisco sexagenarian's pro-Obamacare letter earns response from Blunt
          Messenger:  Area workshops help illegal immigrants avoid law enforcement;  Bill from Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) would be hard on illegals
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Dark money in Missouri politics:  Thoughts from UMSL's Wally Siewert, Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael, UC-Irvine prof
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Rising releasing first TV ad in support of tort overhaul
          The Missouri Times:  GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as Spring Break arrives
          Missourinet:  Spinning into Spring Break:  Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) provide halftime analysis
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes Wasson's job training bill before spring break
          AP:  Missouri House votes to end tax break for old, disabled renters
          AP:  Missouri House OKs bill to limit medical malpractice suits
          The Missouri Times:  House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break
          Missourinet:  Charter school expansion bill passes House by one vote
          AP:  Missouri House passes charter school expansion bill
          P-D:  Charter school expansion plan heads to Missouri Senate
          CDT:  University of Missouri reveals plan for covering budget cuts X
          AP:  Missouri House votes to raise marriage age
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) to add tolls to I-70 draws attention and resistance X
          SE Missourian:  Missouri House passes bill raising fines for pesticide applicators who choose to break the law +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Bill on pesticide application sent to governor's desk +
          Dexter Statesman:  Stoddard County first in region to adopt drug-monitoring program +
          CDT:  County may consider drug-monitoring program X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers react to Greitens' parental-leave order X
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT joins in on paid family leave policy
          Missourinet:  Current Dept. of Corrections employee:  "The system is broken."
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) aims to help inmates return to the workforce
          SNL:  AG's office says it's not the right body to investigate police union allegations X
          AP:  Missouri prosecutor seeks death penalty against woman
          P-D editorial:  Too many tax credits in Missouri?  First, whack poor senior citizens.
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Greitens shows how dark money flows in Jefferson City
          P-D letter:  Spanish Lake man opposes GOP minimum wage bill
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia man says Medicaid block grant would hurt poors, olds, et al.
          P-D letter:  Webster Groves sexagenarian dislikes rural Missouri legislators' impact on St. Louis region
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        Thursday, March 16
       
Buzzfeed:  After years of running from Obamacare, McCaskill and other vulnerable Democrats find themselves defending the law
          Politico:  McCaskill, other red-state Democrats choosing party over president;  Senior senator has voted against all of Trump's most contentious Cabinet picks, and six of eight GOP regulatory rollbacks
          P-D:  Pro-Gorsuch group makes stop in Missouri, urges vote for Supreme Court nominee
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler continues tradition of holding telephone town halls, takes questions on health care and more
          Columbia Missourian:  Faculty, students weigh making MU a 'sanctuary campus' for illegal aliens
          KWMU:  St. Louis Jewish Community Center receives another bomb threat
          The Missouri Times:  Plan from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) calls for full funding of K-12, major cuts to Medicaid funding
          AP:  House Budget Chair Fitzpatrick proposes full aid for schools
          P-D:  Missouri budget taking shape
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) seeks cell phone tax for cash-strapped 911 services +
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate considers "paycheck protection"/"paycheck deception" legislation
          Columbia Missourian:  UM System would score limited budget relief in House proposal
          KC Star:  Bonds for UMKC downtown arts campus win approval from House, now go to Senate +
          SNL:  Senate committee meets MSU Board of Governors' nominees X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers plan aimed at avoiding school make-up days
          KWMU:  St. Louis City charter school Preclarus granted reprieve by UMSL to stay open
          JCNT:  Disability activists rally at Capitol X
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes rules for vetting expert witnesses
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Senate committee takes up measures limiting multiparty lawsuits
          KWMU:  Group opposed to St. Louis City minimum wage hike want another day in court
          The Missouri Times:  Wieland holds up speedy passage of Uber bill
          The Missouri Times:  House pefects ticket resale legislation
          Missourinet:  Bill in Legislature to speed delivery of new alcoholic beverages to shelves
          Missourinet:  Anti-tobacco group rallies at Capitol;  Comments from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids's Ginny Chadwick
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway, Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D-Liberty) call for more transparency during Sushine Week
          KWMU:  Transgender students visit Capitol, block men's room, chant catchphrases;  Capitol Police called to office of Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) after discussion gets huffy
          SNL:  Video:  Transgender students confront Emery in senator's office, curse him for bathroom bill;  Profanities include references to derrieres, "Jesus Mother<intercoursing> Christ" X
          KWMU:  Some Ferguson residents worry about an understaffed police department
          Columbia Missourian:  Newspaper asks for donations to support its operations
          P-D editorial:  Greitens is smart to boost funding that keeps Missouri's brightest students in state
          P-D op-ed:  Anti-addiction activist Gary Henson:  Prescription drug monitoring program is a win for Missouri
          KC Star letter:  Kansas sexagenarian criticizes Blunt for opposing Obamacare +
          P-D letter:  Florissant man says film depicting Michael Brown as a drug dealer doesn't cast police assailant in a better light
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        Wednesday, March 15
       
KSDK (St. Louis):  Blunt, Clay weigh in on GOP health care bill
          SNL:  Hartzler treads carefully on GOP health care bill X
          SNL:  How the House GOP health care bill would affect Missourians X
          AP:  Mexican duo busted for growing pot in Missouri federal wildlife refuge area
          SE Missourian:  Area schools look to secure federal funds for new gyms that double as tornado shelters +
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Overtime panel:  Thoughts on potential 2018 GOP U.S. Senate candidates:  Ann Wagner, David Wasinger, Todd Richardson, more
          KWMU:  Nixon on Missouri Democratic Party's leftward slide, his legislative legacy, more
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-life rally at Capitol draws Republican leaders
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens, pro-life groups mending fences
          Missourinet:  Greitens tells pro-life crowd he'll fight attempts at establishing abortion "sanctuary cities"
          Missourinet:  Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) says bill would address abortion "sanctuary cities"
          Drebes:  Galloway audit of tax returns may answer important questions
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens reminds state workers 'this is the people's money' in e-mail
          SNL:  Greitens to hold live Facebook event today X
          AP:  Missouri House passes bill prohibiting local elected officials from accepting lobbyist gifts
          KC Star:  GOP officials debate best approach to protecting state employees' pension plan +
          Missourinet:  House will debate "senior services protection fund"
          SNL:  Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield) receives "Defender of the 6th Amendment Award" from Missouri State Public Defender Commission and Missouri State Public Defender System X
          P-D:  After 'right to work' passage, lawmakers continue debate on labor topics
          KWMU:  Charter school legislation slowly progressing in Jefferson City
          Columbia Missourian:  Bill proposes statewide charter school expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Facing transportation budget cuts, school districts look to fuel options;  Neosho school district opens up to propane-fueled school buses
          SNL:  Wasson bill could benefit Care to Learn X
          Columbia Missourian:  Resolution from Rep. Rory Rowland (D-Independence) aims to unite Missouri sheltered workshops against federal act
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton) pushes bill to stop funeral fraud
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) would raise Missouri marriage age to 17
          AP:  Legislature considers two bills on traffic stops
          P-D:  Proposal would help educate drivers on how to behave when pulled over
          Missourinet:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan):  Scottrade Center in St. Louis is in need of upgrade
          P-D:  Slay, Blues president ask legislators for help with Scottrade renovations
          SE Missourian:  Court sides with utility company, affirms 2015 PSC ruling in subdivision rate increase +
          Missourinet:  In wake of filmmakers' agitation, Ferguson City Council meets;  Ferguson sexagenarian:  "If you don't like it here, get out."
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Join Ashcroft, Reps. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) and Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) in supporting voter ID education X
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Explaining D.C. staff and its responsibilities X
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  It may be time for the state and higher education to part ways
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Ron Calzone:  Privacy and REAL ID in Missouri +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Missouri public defenders crushed by case overload
          Jensen:  Whether Michael Brown was a good guy or a petty drug-dealing thug, new film doesn't change the fact that he assaulted a police officer +
          KC Star letter:  Independence woman declares Blunt and most GOP congressmen "morally corrupt" +
          CDT letter:  Columbia woman wants Hartzler to hold in-person town halls X
          P-D letter:  Septuagenarian liberal expesses her "disillusion" at Greitens' success in raising cash
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        Tuesday, March 14
       
P-D:  McCaskill, Lacy Clay oppose House GOP health care bill
          KMBZ (Kansas City):  NAACP holds pro-Obamacare rally outside Blunt's office, draws nearly two dozen
          Columbia Missourian:  Hartzler continues practice of holding telephone town halls
          Missourinet:  St. Louis Metro Transit System visits D.C., lobbies for more money
          P-D:  McCaskill campaign hires former Koster fundraiser Erika Brees;  Kander urges supporters to pony up for senior senator
          KWMU:  Liberal journalist charged in Jewish bomb threats to remain behind bars until trial
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' executive order on paid parental leave for executive branch employees expected to cost taxpayers more than $1 million
          KWMU:  Greitens grants paid parental leave for executive branch employees
          Kraske:  Greitens remains big on image, weak on policy +
          CDT:  Galloway plans deep look into state budget crisis X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Statement from Sen. Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) on employment numbers rated "Mostly True"
          Drebes:  GOP may seek emergency clause on 'right to work' to preempt labor's referendum efforts
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) backs legislation targeting voter rolls X
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) wants to close loophole to protect domestic violence victims +
          Missourinet:  Dept. of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer says demand for substance abuse treatment far exceeds spots available in Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  House passes bill limiting professional registration and licensing
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Randy Pietzman (R-Troy) would stop expansion of state parks until repairs are made
          SNL:  Lawmakers move to provide suicide prevention training X
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee gives green light to "Hailey's Law"
          SNL:  Bill may exempt engagement rings from bankruptcy X
          Missourinet:  About 300 pothole-patching crews work on Missouri roadways in March
          KC Star:  Police ponder how UMKC strip club worker's car ended up in Missouri River +
          KC Star:  UMKC holds media-free safe space session for activists to complain about "rape culture" +
          Columbia Missourian:  Muslim anti-Trump panel at MU draws fewer than 50;  L.A. Times "race and justice" reporter applauds his paper's landmark advances, like use of "LGBTQ" rather than antiquated "LGBT"
          P-D:  Bill from Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) stiffens penalties for pesticide applicators who choose to break law
          Missourinet:  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) calls filmmaker's attempt to promote Michael Brown conspiracy theory "pathetic"
          P-D:  Ferguson police prepare for more attacks on law enforcement after filmmaker's agitation;  North County residents charged with assaulting police officer, attempting to set cop car on fire
          AP:  McCulloch:  Filmmaker's edits to Ferguson robbery video "pathetic"
          KWMU:  McCulloch critical of filmmaker's conspiracy theory
          KWMU:  Election season just warming up in St. Louis County;  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles seeks re-election
          KC Star editorial:  Trump's dismissal of Tammy Dickinson, other U.S. attorneys is not a scandal +
          P-D editorial:  Shortchanging Missouri's public defenders prompts lawsuit
          SNL editorial:  Bipartisan 'cliff effect' bill offers solution X
          KC Star op-ed:  Blunt:  Missourians deserve a better health care system +
          KC Star op-ed:  St. Louis sexagenarian recounts trip to D.C. to let her anti-GOP "anger boil over," wants Blunt to flip-flop on Obamacare +
          SE Missourian's Adrienne Ross:  'A day without a woman' just a day to complain;  African-American columnist says self-pitying liberal females should get over the fact Clinton lost +
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Missouri Farm Bureau's Blake Hurst:  Chronic malcontent Ken Midkiff gets facts wrong about environmental laws
          SE Missourian letter:  8th Congressional District GOP Chair Eddy Justice invites community to Butler County Republicans' education reform roundtable at noon on March 22 +
          KC Star letter:  Area man dislikes Greitens' use of violent imagery +
          SNL letter:  Area man responds to previous LTE on cost of natural gas, says prices are based on supply and demand X
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        Monday, March 13
       
Fox News:  Video:  Blunt on Russia probe:  Important to answer all questions
          Missourinet:  Hartzler considers House health care plan, waiting on CBO
          P-D:  Ann Wagner supporting Trump on health care overhaul
          Columbia Missourian:  Under-26 provision of Affordable Care Act likely to survive;  Comments from 24-year-old grad student still on her parents' insurance
          Columbia Missourian:  Area pastor wants Blunt, Hartzler to help refugee family members
          KWMU:  Deadline looms again for retired coal workers' health care;  McCaskill co-sponsors Miners Protection Act of 2017
          SNL:  Greene County Democrats to abandon "Jackson Day" moniker after this year's annual dinner;  Missouri Democratic Party's Genevieve Williams says mentioning the former president's name evokes too much "pain and anger" X
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lyda Krewson;  Panel of Reps. Donna Baringer (D) and Paul Curtman (R-Union), Husch Blackwell's Jay Atkins, Remington Research's Titus Bond talk Dems' decline in rural Missouri, minimum wage, University of Missouri financial hijinks, and who won the week (Richardson, Haahr, Ann Wagner, Galloway)
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Jean Evans (R-Manchester) talks with Rosenbaum about minimum wage, marriage age, more
          Drebes:  Justin Brown, running for his dad's GOP state Senate seat, wins friends in Jefferson City
          AP:  State budget leader questions wisdom of 2015 tax break bill
          JCNT:  Alzheimer's caregivers oppose cuts to their funding X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Bipartisan bill takes aim at student identity theft X
          The Current (UMSL):  UM System faces scathing criticism in state audit
          P-D:  Conspiracy theory in new Michael Brown film prompts fresh protest outside Ferguson convenience store;  Protesters fire shots, stuff rag in police car gas tank
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri's public defender problems a failure of leadership +
          P-D editorial:  Don't dump parole. Wisconsin emphasis on full prison terms is one Missouri should ignore
          P-D editorial:  College administrators and local authorities could curb binge drinking;  Photo of comely coed submitting to man's projectile shot
          JCNT editorial:  Uber, other next-gen ride services come with convenience, baggage X
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Local Social Welfare Board reps oppose changes to Obamacare X
          Priddy:  "Day at the Capitol" dreams shattered:  Going office-to-office handing out brochures is pretty much worthless, no matter how good it makes you feel
          The Current (UMSL) editor Kat Riddler:  Greitens doesn't answer enough questions from the press
          SNL's Will Schmitt:  Greitens embraces national media stage while fending off local reporters X
          CDT op-ed:  Bob Roper:  University is in the midst of perilous times;  Galloway audit, lack of legislative clout, inviting "well-known communist" Angela Davis to campus don't help university's cause X
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        Sunday, March 12
       
The Hill:  Senate Republicans eyeing alternative tax reform plan;  Comments from Blunt
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Graves support efforts to roll back regulations X
          KWMU:  Area illegal immigrants and enablers attend workshops, learn tricks to avoid deportation
          Colorado Statesman:  Jason Kander speaks at Colorado Democratic Party dinner
          McClatchy:  Rising-star Dems are caught in red-state trap;  Kander's nationwide promotional tour not the traditional path for those seeking to run statewide again
          Drebes:  Remington Research poll on state energy issues
          SNL:  Governor's tax study group gets organized, picks focus areas and discusses town halls X
          JCNT:  Lawmakers ponder Greitens' staff budgeting X
          Columbia Missourian:  Medicaid debate in Legislature centers on financing, flexibility
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rowden statement about Medicaid costs rated "Mostly True"
          P-D:  Ashcroft fundraising pitch touts efforts on voter ID
          SE Missourian:  Area GOP lawmakers back bill to block St. Louis City plan to increase minimum wage +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) talks about stopping cities from creating their own minimum wage
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Tim Remole (R-Excello) talks passage of tort overhaul bill
          CDT:  Planned Parenthood case moves forward;  Lawsuit seeks to invalidate certain state laws on abortions X
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  911 coordinator for Missouri to be appointed;  Comments from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown)
          JCNT:  MoDOT safety engineer Eileen Rackers retires with 28 years of knowledge X
          P-D:  Film screened at South by Southwest presents new Michael Brown theory:  Violent teen was attempting to settle earlier drug deal, not simply strong-arming and assaulting a minority business owner
          P-D/KC Star joint editorial:  Annual Sunshine Week editorial:  Greitens still governing in the dark, should reveal benefactors
          KC Star editiorial:  Missouri should rein in sweetheart deals for high-ranking state employees +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Missouri lawmakers must protect teachers from violent students' attacks
          SNL letter:  Local octogenarian mocks McCaskill for Russian ambassador statements, calls her "Sen. Shifty" X
          SNL letter:  Local nonagenarian applauds McCaskill for standing up to Trump X
          SNL letter:  Local sexagenarian suggests Greitens is hiding something about The Mission Continues X
          Washington Missourian letter:  Local sexagenarian dislikes Lt. Gov. Mike Parson's plan to allow veterans to access private nursing homes X
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        Saturday, March 11
       
Politico:  17 Democrats join Blunt in push for security funding for Jewish centers
          KC Star:  Hartlzer, Graves not ready to commit to GOP health care bill +
          KWMU:  House GOP health care bill could add another nail in the coffin to Missouri Medicaid expansion;  Comments from Missouri Hospital Association's Dave Dillon, state reps
          KC Star:  Obama appointee Tammy Dickinson among 46 U.S. attorneys asked to resign under new administration +
          Washington Missourian:  Greitens has nearly $3 million war chest;  Post-election donations flow in X
          P-D:  Throughout the country, Democrats and Republicans have set up 501(c)(4) organizations to aid policy agendas;  Greitens is the latest
          Messenger:  Jet-setting Gov. Greitens to voters:  My finances are none of your business
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate posting archived audio of debate
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Recap of the week's Associated Press original reporting:  Randall Williams as new DHSS lead, Ron Richard on venue shopping +
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens' tax credit committee meets for the first time
          Missourinet:  Rowden proposes tax deduction for first-time home buyers
          Missourinet:  Senate passes bill to increase penalties for illegal alien criminals
          The Missouri Times:  House passes Christofanelli's 20-week abortion ban
          KWMU:  Pro-life bills set to be debated in Legislature
          KC Star:  As his city racks up homicides, KC Mayor Sly James "saddened" by GOP legislators' lack of appetite for gun control +
          Drebes:  Liquor War II
          CDT:  University of Missouri System president ends executive incentive pay after critical audit X
          CDT:  UM Faculty Council denounces incentive pay X
          P-D:  University of Missouri abandons incentive pay program for execs
          Columbia Missourian:  New UM president talks tuition hikes, program cuts at first news conference
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri System considers tuition hike, cuts to programs and jobs
          CDT:  MU to use reserve funds to cover $20 million shortfall X
          KC Star:  Missing UMKC coed found dead;  20-year-old strip club worker drove car into Missouri River +
          Missourinet:  AG Josh Hawley applauds repeal of Obama-era environmental rule affecting coal industry
          CDT:  Appeals court upholds ruling in Mamtek case X
          KWMU:  "Behind the Headlines" feature:  Jo Mannies discusses St. Louis City mayoral election, history of women in Missouri politics
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) changes mind, won't run as write-in for St. Louis City mayor
          KWMU:  Bruce Franks will not pursue write-in candidacy for St. Louis mayor
          KC Star editorial:  Holsman correct in wanting to shrink number of state reps, change term limits +
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man says Missouri legislators who oppose REAL ID are displaying selective outrage
          SNL letter:  KC "Moms Demand Action" member who lives in bad neighborhood wants Missouri women to push GOP legislators for more gun control X
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        Friday, March 10
       
Bloomberg:  Blunt talks balancing defense spending increase with mental health funding
          SE Missourian:  Jason Smith:  GOP bill first step to replace Obamacare +
          CDT:  Local officials offer caution, concern on GOP health care bill X
          Vox.com:  Vox, Kaiser Health News, ProPublica teaming up on new "fact-check" advocacy campaign;  Obamacare claims from Blunt, other GOP congressmen will be criticized
          Politico:  McCaskill, other Democrats from Trump states seek to partner with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on cutting red tape
          KY3 (Springfield):  Branson businesses appeal to Blunt, Long on H-2B visa program;  Resorts can't hire enough locals to do housekeeping work
          Columbia Missourian:  At-a-glance updates on Missouri legislative issues:  Guns, REAL ID, marijuana, higher ed and K-12 funding, more
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) says Missouri budget shortfall due to 2015 GOP bill on business taxes
          The Missouri Times:  Minimum wage restriction passes through House
          AP:  House moves to block higher minimum wage in St. Louis City
          KWMU:  House passes minimum wage bill
          Missourinet:  House moves to bar cities from increasing minimum wage
          KC Star:  KC Council passes minimum wage increase by 8-4 vote +
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes bill targeting crimes by illegal aliens
          The Missouri Times:  Senate passes bills on workers' comp, re-entry of illegals, more
          AP:  Missouri Senate approves health, highway patrol appointees
          AP:  Missouri House passes change to tort lawsuits
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Michael Pace (R-West Plains), Gregg Smith (R-Clinton) swap seats on Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
          Drebes:  Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations' legislative agenda focuses on marijuana, income tax exemption
          Washington Missourian:  East Central College may increase tuition if state budget issues remain
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri Western debate team a casualty of state budget cuts X
          The Missouri Times:  New community college network seeks to build skilled workforce
          SNL:  OTC to be part of community college network X
          CDT:  Missouri community colleges sign agreement to collaborate on workforce training X
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe President Dwaun Warmack shares stories from trip to D.C., visit to Oval Office
          KWMU:  "Workforce High" hands young urbanites high school degrees after completion of online tests
          KRES/KWIX:  Bill from Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) would help rural districts find bus drivers
          P-D:  More schools shut out materials from Christian sex ed group
          Missourinet:  Bill would stiffen penalties for protesters who block roadways
          Fort Leonard Wood Guidon (Gannett):  Warm weather means uptick in ticks;  MO Dept. of Conservation provides tips for those who can't avoid dangerous, dirty parasites
          KC Star:  Greitens preaches peace at KC march, says law-abiding urbanites will "take back" the streets +
          AP:  Lawmakers question response to Missouri prison complaints
          The Missouri Times:  ACLU sues Missouri over public-defender funding
          P-D:  Questions swirl around deaths at state halfway house near downtown St. Louis
          P-D:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) claims he'll run as a write-in for mayor of St. Louis
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Protests lead to more protests;  Trump backers stand up after liberals' displays of anger - but Trump still needs to reach political adulthood X
          KC Star editorial:  UMKC's response to alleged rape was inadequate at every turn +
          CDT's Darkow cartoon:  MU administration pay X
          Springfield Business Journal op-ed:  McCaskill:  Bring back jobs to Missouri, United States
          Waters:  UM audit:  Twisting in the wind X
          P-D op-ed:  Raising the minimum wage will lift St. Louis
          P-D op-ed:  Stacy Washington:  Minimum wage hike will hurt St. Louis
          P-D letter:  West County Community Action Network, a Caucasoid "Black Lives Matter" offshoot, opposes voter ID law
          P-D letter:  Former St. Louis Community College trustee Candace Gardner - who resigned after her failure to pay taxes was revealed - wants Greitens to give more money to higher ed
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        Thursday, March 9
       
P-D:  Blunt talks federal budget priorities
          Tri-City Herald (WA):  McCaskill, others to Energy Secretary Rick Perry:  Reinstate whistleblower rules
          P-D:  Harvard law prof to join Clay's defense of cops-as-animals painting
          AP:  No ruling yet on liberal journalist's bond request in Jewish threats case
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Vicky Hartzler;  Renee Hoagenson shares dreams of universal health care, election victory ensuring "politics will not be for the rich anymore," etc.
          Huffington Post:  Profile:  Professional wrestler and Bernie Sanders supporter Curtis Wylde, who defeated mainstream Missouri Dems for spot on Democratic National Committee
          KC Star:  Greitens team opens new non-profit policy arm:  "A New Missouri Inc." +
          The Missouri Times:  Centerpoint Medical Center surgeon Jon Patterson to run for House seat of Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit)
          The Missouri Times:  Minimum wage bill gets speedy approval from House
          AP:  Missouri House votes to block St. Louis minimum wage hike
          SNL:  Waterworks flow as women testify on "cliff effect" bill X
          AP:  House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) says services to poor seasoned citizens and the handicapped can be saved by ending some tax breaks
          The Missouri Times:  As part of Budget Integrity series, Galloway to audit Dept. of Revenue's issuing of tax refunds
          The Missouri Times:  Senate to hold confirmation hearing for new UM curators
          KWMU:  UM System curator appointees poised for Senate confirmation
          CDT:  Senators focus on critical state audit while questioning nominees for University of Missouri curators X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou not unique in trend of states trimming higher education budgets
          Columbia Missourian:  Mizzou has money to cover budget gap with university reserves
          KC Star:  Video:  Pack of UMKC students, unhappy over administration comments regarding supposed rape, push their way into employee's office;  Group surrounds African-American administrator, interrupts his attempts to speak +
          Drebes:  Bill from Rep. Bart Korman (R-High Hill) would let voters choose "None of the Above" on ballots
          Missourinet:  Families, Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta) want answers about Missouri's missing Vietnam War heroes
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposal from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) targets TIFs
          KWMU:  ACLU files class-action suit against state over public defender workload
          P-D:  ACLU uses state over public defender funding, workload
          Missourinet:  MoDOT launches pothole patrol;  pothole patching costs about $15 million annually
          P-D:  If the St. Louis Zoo wants more taxes, state lawmakers want to have a say
          AP:  PSC approves Ameren rate increase
          The Missouri Times:  PSC approves evidentiary hearing dates in Great Plains merger case
          P-D:  Mizzou journalism professor to speak at National Press Club event;  David Kurpius recounts getting defensive with stranger over importance of reporters
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Plan is a model for choosing judges
          Bolivar Herald-Free Press' Dave Berry:  How simple facts can counter a weak hit piece:  At Missouri Press Association event, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson corrects formulaic, rote criticism from Post-Dispatch's Kurt Erickson
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        Wednesday, March 8
       
P-D:  Blunt, other Republicans express doubts House GOP health care bill can pass
          AP:  Conservative backlash threatens to sink new House GOP health care bill;  Comments from Blunt
          Columbia Missourian:  Kaiser Family Foundation opposes GOP health care plan;  Report highlights potential impact on Missouri
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt:  Senate panel is best place to investigate Russia X
          KC Star:  McCaskill invites Trump's Treasury secretary to meet retired Teamsters +
          KWMU:  Iranian man working at SLU Hospital dislikes Trump's approach to immigration
          KWMU:  Is St. Louis City in danger of becoming a "sanctuary city"?  Thoughts from Governing Magazine's Alan Greenblatt
          KWMU:  Radioactive contamination along Coldwater Creek does not pose health risk - but taxpayers will pay to have it removed by Army Corps anyway
          SE Missourian:  Cape County Lincoln Day dinner April 1 to feature national security, 'right to work' keynote speakers +
          KCTV:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt activates loan program for small businesses impacted by Oak Grove tornado
          AP:  Missouri unemployment ticks down
          SNL:  Senate asks Greitens to absorb COO's salary X
          KWMU:  Bill from Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) would stiffen penalties for deported illegals who enter Missouri and commit crimes;  Immigrant activists visit Capitol to lobby against bill
          KWMU:  Inspired by havoc caused by Ferguson mobs, Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) proposes tougher penalties for protesters who block roadways
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation addresses law-abiding citizens being "unlawfully detained" in their cars by protester mobs
          SNL:  Missouri Senate backs bill for program to fight opioid abuse X
          AP:  Missouri counties do what state won't:  Track opioid sales
          Missourinet:  Missouri House Budget Committee to tackle circuit breaker legislation on Wednesday
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers consider joining movement to push for congressional term limits
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislation from Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) would clarify protection for religious groups, school activities
          CDT:  Kael Miranda faces tough battle, but repeats as Tribune Regional Spelling Bee champion;  Immigrant student chooses to work hard, outperforms competition X
          One year ago:  11-year-old immigrant student works hard, achieves success in spelling competitions;  Kael Miranda brought strong work ethic from Japan, crushes Caucasoid competition
          P-D:  Colleges do a good job training Missouri's future teachers, new state ratings say
          The Missouri Times:  House committee passes alcohol advertising bill, despite protests
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to hear tax dispute between St. Louis Rams and state
          P-D editorial:  Good news, bad news as Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis City minimum wage
          Jensen:  Unlike the West Lake Landfill plaintiffs' "chronic stress" maladies, the nation's growing political divide not going away any time soon +
          KC Star letter:  Parkville man disagrees with Sam Graves on 2nd Amendment protections +
          CDT letter:  Anonymous author disagrees with GOP legislators on unemployment benefits X
          P-D letter:  Mid-East Area Agency on Aging opposes cuts to its programs
          P-D letter:  Clayton octogenarian says Post-Dispatch doesn't do enough to promote local feminists' lamentations, activities
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        Tuesday, March 7
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Demo Days report:  Webber talks Trump, Kendrick talks about struggle ofr serving in superminority, more X
          KWMU:  20 months out, Missouri Republicans and Democrats already strategizing around McCaskill's re-election race
          P-D:  Ann Wagner ends 2016 with more cash on hand than any other federal officeholder in Missouri - including McCaskill
          CDT:  Columbia woman seeks to fill Democratic ballot slot against Hartzler;  Renee Kennedy Hoagenson hopes to narrow incumbent's 40-point re-election margin X
          Washington Post:  McCaskill calls for investigation of DEA enforcement slowdown amid opioid crisis X
          P-D:  Blunt says answers on wiretapping will come quickly
          Missourinet:  Congressman Jason Smith returns to Missouri Capitol to address House Republicans;  Former state rep talks Trump, Perryville, praises Rep. Ben Harris (D-Hillsboro), more
          CDT:  Missouri Hospital Association says Missouri hospitals could lose billions with Obamacare repeal X
          Chicago Tribune:  Mentally ill Missouri woman shoots, kills father;  Mother blames gun laws
          Riverfront Times:  Post-Dispatch "TRUTH" video goes up, comes down as newsroom fumes;  Ad depicting "newsroom" uses actors, avoids showing any actual Post-Dispatch reporters
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt campaign ad wins Reed Award
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) says she has not endorsed Tony LaForest in GOP primary for her state rep seat +
          Drebes:  Jon Patterson running for seat of Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee's Summit)
          The Missouri Times:  50 Years of Gubernatorial Portraits:  Greitens forgoes official headshot, chooses family photo
          The Missouri Times:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Reps. Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) and Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis City) promote voter photo ID education
          KWMU:  Rep. Bruce Franks (D-St. Louis) appears alongside Ashcroft, Alferman to promote voter photo ID education
          P-D:  Franks, Ashcroft, Alferman promote voter photo ID education
          AP:  Ashcroft begins effort to educate voters on photo ID law
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) would change makeup of House and Senate, extend term limits
          Missourinet:  Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob):  We must preserve services for vulnerable people
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee considers proposed propane motor fuel tax
          Columbia Missourian:  Arbitration bill voted out of House Litigation Reform committee
          KC Star:  Sly James says only way to raise minimum wage is through statewide petition +
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans continue fight against St. Louis City minimum wage hike
          P-D:  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay makes a trip to Jefferson City, speaks on minimum wage hike
          SNL:  City mayors, state lawmakers at odds over minimum wage increase X
          KRES/KWIX:  Reimbursement bill from Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) would benefit a number of counties
          Riverfront Times:  Law banning truthful advertising on booze sales comes under fire in Missouri
          KC Star:  Missouri lawmakers propose HOA legislation, but critics say it won't protect homeowners +
          CDT:  University of Missouri defends $2.4 million in extra payments for top administrators after critical audit X
          The Missouri Times:  University of Missouri System audit reveals more than $2 million in 'hidden bonus pay'
          P-D:  Audit of University of Missouri System highlights problems with former Chancellor Bowen Loftin
          KWMU:  University of Missouri System audit:  Millions in hidden payments to top administrators
          Missourinet:  Scathing audit finds excessive pay for executives in UM system
          AP:  Audit:  $2 million in hidden bonuses at University of Missouri
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers respond to Galloway's audit on UM System
          SNL:  Missouri State issues statement on transgender accommodations X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) proposes school threat bill
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia City Council votes to join prescription drug database
          SNL:  Legislation would increase scrutiny on police "bias" X
          KC Star editorial:  Blunt must help sort fact from fiction in Trump wiretap claims +
          P-D editorial:  If Christian group's sex education program is effective, parents should demand proof
          KC Star editorial:  Meet the Star's new editorial board Tuesday night at the Plaza library branch +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat's Steve Patton:  Greitens should hold a press conference or two, and grant a few interviews +
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        Monday, March 6
       
Hannibal Courier-Post:  Missouri Democrat Days photo gallery:  Stephen Webber, McCaskill's sister, Wes Shoemyer, more
          Drebes:  At Lincoln Days, potential GOP candidates and their consultants insert names into chatter surrounding 2018 U.S. Senate primary
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle;  Panel of Mindy Mazur, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis), Casey Burns, ACLU's Daniela Velaquez talk school choice, GOP discrimination bill, McCaskill, more
          SE Missourian:  Republican disabled veteran Tony LaForest announces candidacy for Donna Lichtenegger's term-limited seat in 2018 +
          Washington Missourian:  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will push for private care of vets;  Veterans homes may not be needed X
          P-D:  Alternative prescription drug database could be one of most expensive in the nation
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri Farm Bureau members meet with lawmakers at Capitol;  Comments from MFB's Blake Hurst, BJ Tanksley
          P-D:  Robert Ziehmer, former director of Missouri Dept. of Conservation, still getting paid under a separation and release agreement with Missouri Conservation Commission
          Missourinet:  Both sides testify on Missouri medical marijuana legislation
          Missourinet:  Wireless provider trying to stamp out smart phone use behind the wheel;  Comments from AT&T Missouri's John Sondag
          P-D:  Two state troopers injured when tractor trailer hits their vehicle, overturns
          SNL:  Area girl wants to use boys' restroom;  Mother demands public school administrators accommodate daughter's wishes X
          KWMU:  West Lake Landfill group's complaints now include "chronic stress;"  Activist Dawn Chapman laments large credit-card debt she chose to rack up
          KC Star op-ed:  Solar-power company founder applauds McCaskill for opposing Scott Pruitt +
          JCNT op-ed:  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft:  Missourians overwhelmingly passed photo voter ID, now what? X
          Messenger:  Reminiscing on the Tony Messenger vs. Ed Martin e-mail battle of 2007
          Midkiff:  Missouri Farm Bureau wrong about Rock Island Trail
          P-D letter:  Olivette woman dislikes Blunt's comments about Democratic Party
          CDT letter:  Citizens Climate Lobby wants Hartzler to support fines on companies for greenhouse gas emissions X
          SE Missourian letter:  Kirkwood woman equates Greitens' school-busing budget cuts with state legislators "stealing your hard-earned cash" +
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        Sunday, March 5
       
KWMU:  Missouri Democrats face do-or-die scenario in rural Missouri;  Report from Democrat Days in Hannibal
          KWMU:  St. Louis area Trump supporters rally in Ballwin, Jefferson City
          P-D:  Trump supporters rally at Missouri Capitol:  "It's our turn"
          JCNT:  Crowds come to support Trump in Jefferson City X
          KOMU:  Trump supporters rally at Capitol
          CDT:  Trump critic holds pro-media rally;  Jacob Davis-Hannson encourages shaming friends who do not subscribe to newspapers X
          CDT:  Mizzou's Queer Trans People of Color group, others hold Black Trans Women's Lives Matter Vigil, complain about Emery's transgender-accommodations bill X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Women's History Month edition:  Women's Foundation's Wendy Doyle on the Missouri Plan;  Panel of Mindy Mazur, HRCC's Casey Burns, Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis), ACLU's Daniela Velazquez talk McCaskill and Russia, GOP discrimination bill, school choice, more
          CDT:  Michela Skelton, filling Dem ballot slot versus Republican Sara Walsh, complains about boundaries of district she seeks to represent:  "They gerrymandered it real good [sic]" X
           Columbia Missourian:  Several gun-related bills filed in General Assembly
           St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) proposes election-related bills X
           P-D:  Pro-life group provides sex-ed materials at area public schools;  Lindbergh School District parent outraged over abstinence themes
           JCNT:  State shifts to new plan for paying Medicare providers X
           JCNT:  City pushes for state help with Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment X
           P-D obituary:  Former state Sen. John Schneider (D-Florissant)
           Washington Missourian editorial:  On McCaskill and Russian ambassador:  Politicians can't be expected to remember every conversation they have X
           JCNT editorial:  Greitens saves taxpayer money, but who's paying for his air travel? X
           SNL editorial:  A change for endorsements:  News-Leader readers have expressed annoyance with endorsements, so editorial board will make fewer of them X
           P-D's Nicklaus:  Businesses fear long-term harm from city's $11 minimum wage
           CDT letter:  Columbia septuagenarian says he has complained to Hartzler about Trump, but has "not heard boo from her" X
           P-D letter:  Clayton septuagenarian opposes GOP legislators' discrimination bill
           P-D letter:  Missouri Charter Public School Association's Douglas Thaman:  Closure of charter schools won't benefit students
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        Saturday, March 4
       
WGEM:  46th annual Missouri Democrat Days underway in Hannibal
          McClatchy:  Democrats' 2018 plan:  More bluster, same policy;  Excerpts from Jason Kander's speech to Democratic National Committee
          Mediaite:  Man arrested for JCC bomb threats was liberal journalist fired for fabrication
          Riverfront Times:  Before bomb threats, Juan Thompson unraveled - and called Riverfront Times reporter "white piece of sh!t"
          P-D:  FBI says liberal journalist's threats against Jewish groups was part of campaign against ex-girlfriend
          P-D:  University City police want to question Juan Thompson in cemetery vandalism
          Faughn:  Diversity is a sham as long as Southern Missouri is excluded from the Missouri Supreme Court;  Tax credit programs can be saved if Haahr and Rehder show the courage to stand up for rural Missouri
          Drebes:  Speaker Todd Richardson creates two Dem-chaired subcommittees
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of Feb. 27
          AP:  Nixon's final months of flights cost taxpayers $50,000
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact Check:  Greitens' statements on crimes rated "Half True"
          KDNL:  The Allman Report:  James Harris on how the Missouri Supreme Court's nominee process is weighted toward non-conservatives
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard wants judge selection process sacked while fellow Republicans seek to reverse recent high court ruling
          Missourinet:  Galloway's audits reveal millions in waste, abuse
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget updates for biodiesel producers, Greenwood Autism Clinic at Truman State
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf's PDMP bill passes through the Senate, Rehder ready to oppose
          KWMU:  Don't expect Missouri to start a prescription drug monitoring program this year
          KC Star:  Monitoring prescription drugs:  Missouri likely to remain only state without program +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  At local League of Women Voters meeting, Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) shares concerns with REAL ID bill
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Prevailing wage a hot topic;  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock calls law "the single biggest deterrent to construction in Missouri"
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan still has concerns over charter school expansion bill
          P-D:  State lawmakers ramp up efforts to nullify St. Louis ordinances
          KWMU:  Greitens says he's open to 'investments' on state land for MLS stadium
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Representatives of OAKS Senior Nutrition Center meet with Lt. Gov. Mike Parson
          KMOX:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation conducts black bear den checks
          KWMU:  National Urban League conference returns to St. Louis this summer
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri needs prescription drug monitoring program +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections deserved more than a slap on the wrist for slow-walking drug information
          Waters:  New University of Missouri System President Mun Choi is off to a good start X
          P-D letter:  Wentzville woman says GOP legislators' stance on Medicaid is "reprehensible"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman disagrees with GOP legislators on Medicaid
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        Friday, March 3
       
Washington Post:  McCaskill's misfired tweet on contacts with Russian ambassador earns "3 Pinocchios" on scale of 4
          National Review's Charles Cooke:  Claire McCaskill vs. Claire McCaskill on Russia
          KWMU:  McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on Jeff Sessions
          The Missouri Times:  Stephen Webber, Nicole Galloway will be keynote speakers at 46th Missouri Democrat Days
          AP:  Parent company of Smith & Wesson to expand in central Missouri
          P-D:  Post-Dispatch wins awards for children & families series by Nancy Cambria, other pieces
          P-D's Nancy Cambria:  Post-Dispatch editors have eliminated the children & families beat
          Last week:  Gateway Journalism Review:  As three veteran journalists depart Post-Dispatch, Editor Gilbert Bailon insists paper is dedicated to news reporting;  Paper uses print space to run self-promotional "TRUTH" ads
          KWMU:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Q&A with Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Galloway
          Missourinet:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Greitens takes questions
          SNL:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Statewide officials brief reporters X
          Columbia Missourian:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  Greitens talks funding budget, more
          AP:  Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol:  During media Q&A, Greitens says he'll interview Missouri Supreme Court nominees
          The Missouri Times:  Court plan likely up for review after latest panel picks
          P-D:  Ron Richard seeks overhaul of judge selection process
          SNL:  Greitens chooses to not fly on taxpayers' dime;  Missouri State Highway Patrol blocks real-time tracking of state planes X
          P-D:  Greitens leases planes through charter company
          AP:  Galloway launching series of audits to explore reasons state is facing budget shortfall
          Missourinet:  Audits underway target policymaking weaknesses, causes of Missouri budget gap
          CDT:  Galloway says state seized $6.2 million in cash, property in 2016 X
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) statement about reduced corporate tax collection rated "Mostly True"
          KWMU:  Workplace discrimination bill heads to Missouri House
          AP:  Missouri Senate passes bill for prescription drug tracking
          The Missouri Times:  Bush touts education measures at Missouri Capitol
          Missourinet:  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Missouri GOP legislators to "be bold" on school choice
          KWMU:  Jeb Bush touts charter schools and vouchers at Missouri Capitol
          AP:  Jeb Bush:  School choice is in Missouri's future
          Jason Rosenbaum for NPR:  As state budget revenues fall short, higher education faces a squeeze
          CDT:  UM System outlook turns stable, retains AA+ bond rating X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Airport booze bill is probably fine, but not very important X
          JCNT editorial:  A tale of two universities:  MU funded, Lincoln University slighted X
          P-D editorial:  Failure-factory charter networks like Confluence Academy must be held accountable
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  UMSL black history prof shares advice on how civil rights crusaders can fight Trump
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U. adjunct prof Susan Craig:  Blunt should support independent commission in Russia investigation
          KC Star's Jason Hancock:  Weekly update on Greitens' inauguration expenses +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  GOP pro-life bills are an attack on freedom
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area doctor says Hinson is wrong - prescription drug monitoring programs work
          KC Star letter:  Smithville sexagenarian uphappy with Kraus over REAL ID +
          CDT letter:  Area woman supports proposal from Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) to abolish death penalty X
          P-D letter:  Glendale sexagenarian opposes last year's gun bill, now signed into law
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        Thursday, March 2
       
KC Star:  McCaskill bashes ICE boss for not meeting with Senate on illegal-alien murder defendant +
          USA Today:  Widow chronicles husband's murder by illegal Mexican alien;  Comments from McCaskill
          P-D:  After Trump speech, spotlight on murderous illegal immigrants turns to Wentzville widow
          NY Times:  McCaskill wins Quotation of the Day for quip regarding Republicans and Obamacare
          Missourinet:  McCaskill condemns DeVos' comment about history of black colleges and universities
          KC Star:  Teamsters retirees would offer 'earful' to Trump team on failing Central States pension;  Group meets with McCaskill, Cleaver, Hartzler +
          The Missouri Times:  Trump starts process to rescind Waters of U.S. rule, earns kudos from Missouri farmers
          P-D:  Harris-Stowe president reflects on Trump's HBCU order, time in D.C.
          Washington Post:  After Bernie Sanders supporters knock off Hillary Clinton backers in Missouri, progressives chatter about recruiting "populist" into 2018 Democratic primary
          Columbia Missourian:  Social media posts started relationships that ended in Muslim's wannabe-jihadist indictment
          The Missouri Times:  Emilee Lakin leaves HRCC for Victory Enterprises;  Becky Willard joins HRCC as Finance Director
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Lt. Gov. Mike Parson explains office refurbishment costs
          Missourinet:  State Treasurer Eric Schmitt encourages affected Perry County farmers and business to participate in disaster relief program
          Drebes:  Proposal from Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) would provide public employees automatic COLAs
          The Missouri Times:  Benjamin Lipman, Lisa Hardwick, Brent Powell selected by commission in first round of Supreme Court process
          KWMU:  Judges, St. Louis lawyer the 3 candidates for open state Supreme Court seat
          P-D:  Two judges, private attorney are nominees for vacant Missouri Supreme Court seat
          KWMU:  Greitens' appointee for DHSS director questioned about North Carolina job
          SNL:  Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) wants to stop government agencies from competing with private businesses X
          P-D:  Lawmakers renew push to try 17-year-olds in juvenile court
          P-D:  Senate OKs discrimination bill
          SNL:  Brown Derby among small Missouri liquor companies opposing alcohol advertising bill X
          CDT:  New UM president addresses legislative rally X
          KC Star:  University of Missouri System reclaims stable financial outlook rating from S&P +
          SNL:  Ozarks Technical Community College freezes 19 positions, says tuition increase is likely X
          Columbia Missourian:  State Higher Ed Committee considers requirement to post detailed data about course offerings
          Columbia Missourian:  Tears flow at marijuana legislation hearing;  Waterworks from supporters as they discuss current and potential health impacts
          Columbia Missourian:  House passes bill to increase fines for farmers breaking herbicide-application laws
          AP:  Missouri Senate votes down LGBT discrimination proposal
          Missourinet:  Proposals from Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) address criminal behavior in urban areas
          P-D editorial:  Medicaid block grants would be a disaster. Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) can't wait.
          Waters:  Profile:  Missouri marijuana advocate Dan Viets X
          P-D op-ed:  Wash U Law professor Pauline Kim:  Missouri GOP discrimination bill is bad
          P-D op-ed:  Humanist activist James Croft:  Why I love lobbying:  Walking the halls of the Missouri Capitol with the ACLU is not a self-indulgent, feel-good waste of time and will totally change what the GOP supermajority does
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Women's Foundation CEO Wendy Doyle:  It is Women's History Month.
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        Wednesday, March 1
       
Archive:  March 2016 Missouri political news headlines
          Archive:  March 2015 Missouri political news headlines
          Archive:  March 2014 Missouri political news headlines
          Missourinet:  McCaskill not opposed to Trump's defense spending
          SNL:  McCaskill wants GOP lawmakers to rethink border wall X
          SNL:  Blunt:  White House didn't ask me to spin Russia contacts X
          KWMU:  Mitt Romney speaks at Wash U., talks climate change, Obamacare, more
          KWMU:  LGBTQIA* activists who attacked police officers at rally complain about how they were treated during arrests
          The Missouri Times:  MDP Chair Stephen Webber pokes Greitens over ideological makeover, photo op with Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway says Missouri seized $6.3 million in property in 2016
          KWMU:  Public Insight Network reader input:  'Right to work' brings sense of unease to Missouri's union members
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) pushes his version of drug monitoring bill X
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) supports meth monitoring system as alternative to PDMP;  Comments from Consumer Healthcare Products Association's Jim Gwinner
          JCNT:  Pharmacy software works to limit meth production X
          The Missouri Times:  Jeb Bush joins state lawmakers today to discuss school choice
          KWMU:  Missouri NEA, others oppose Emery's bill to provide alternative restroom accomodations for students calling themselves "transgender"
          KWMU:  In competition for students, some area colleges erase in-state tuition parameters
          SNL:  Missouri could stop offering ACT for free X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mike Middleton saw interim president job as calming UM's troubled waters
          Missourinet:  Business and labor groups view arbitration legislation differently
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate gives initial approval to discrimination bill
          P-D:  Senate debate on workplace discrimination bill goes past midnight
          KWMU:  Liberal groups speak out against discrimination bill;  Press conference features NAACP, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, et al.
          AP:  NAACP, others oppose discrimination bill
          The Missouri Times:  KCP&L's track to acquire Westar must overcome one more regulatory hurdle
          KC Star:  Bill would bar punitive damages for state employees in discrimination cases +
          P-D:  Missouri Dept. of Corrections fined $2,500 for dragging feet on Sunshine request
          Missourinet:  With proposal from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City), women who claim to be abused could break leases early, change their locks
          Drebes:  Denny Hoskins, Brian Munzlinger and Old Drum the "historic" dog
          Missourinet:  Hawley says Northeast Missouri man sexually assaulted children and an elderly woman
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds minimum wage raises in St. Louis
          KWMU:  St. Louis City minimum wage will rise to $11/hr. by 2018
          AP:  St. Louis City to raise minimum wage after court decision
          P-D:  Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis minimum wage hike
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri should loosen term limits +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri legislators should reject Schaaf's sham prescription database
          P-D op-ed:  Local liability lawyer opposes GOP discrimination bill
          Columbia Missourian's Steve Spellman:  Missouri tort overhaul proposals are a sad symptom of a litigious society
          CDT letter:  MU social work prof wants Hartzler staff to clean out voice mail box X
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        Tuesday, February 28
       
The Missouri Times:  Missouri Republicans call on McCaskill to confirm Gorsuch
          PBS:  How Americans see Donald Trump, according to three regional newspapers:  St. Joseph News-Press Chairman David Bradley says Trump has made some misstatements, says area residents are largely satisfied and most hope Trump keeps his promises
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Area liberals outraged over Bradley's comments about Trump;  Group of nearly 50 gathers outside News-Press office during workday X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Protest photo gallery:  Woman wearing yarn labia atop skull;  More X
          Columbia Missourian:  Kander talks voter rights to liberal lawyers' group
          Helling:  Democrats must find better candidates, or they'll keep losing +
          CDT:  Columbia man arrested after attacking police officer at St. Louis LGBTQIA* parade X
          P-D:  St. Louis woman jumps on back of officer, tries to interfere with arrest at St. Louis LGBTQIA* parade
          KC Star:  Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber calls on Greitens to condemn Trump's comments about war +
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says workers' comp bill will help stop "double-dipping"
          KWMU:  Missouri's chief public defender, Michael Barrett, says he'll close offices around the state unless Legislature gives him more money
          Missourinet:  State Public Defender Michael Barrett requests $70 million in funding
          AP:  Public defenders want more money from legislators
          The Missouri Times:  House approves extensions for pregnancy resource center tax credits
          KSGF:  Nick Reed show:  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) talks about PDMP legislation, addresses Reed's skepticism of program, says she looks forward to Eric Burlison representing Springfield in the Missouri Senate soon
          P-D:  Lincoln County joins prescription drug monitoring database
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) explains REAL ID conundrum
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) gives REAL ID update
          P-D:  Purchases of land for Missouri parks put on hold
          Missourinet:  Missouri House looks at expanding hemp extract use for serious health conditions
          SNL:  State electrician's license discussed in Senate X
          Missourinet:  House endorses tougher fines for those who choose to break herbicide-application laws
          The Missouri Times:  Great Plains files application, PSC sets intervention deadline
          Columbia Missourian:  Columbia Public Library to allow concealed weapons indefinitely
          AP:  Judge says state knowingly violated Sunshine Law
          U.S. News & World Report:  State rankings:  Missouri #37
          P-D:  U.S. News & World Report ranks Missouri in bottom third of states
          Washington Missourian editorial:  McCaskill, Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) stand up for area's bridge needs X
          P-D editorial:  Windfall gives Greitens an opportunity to show compassion for Missouri's olds, disabled and kids
          KC Star op-ed:  Concerned Women for America's Bev Ehlen:  McCaskill should support Gorsuch +
          KC Star op-ed:  NARAL's Alison Dreith:  McCaskill should oppose Gorsuch +
          St. Joseph News-Press's Newton:  REAL ID debate is messy and tiresome X
          Waters:  Mike Middleton deserves credit for more than hanging in there X
          The Missouri Times op-ed:  Missouri Values Project's Molly Teichman:  Politicians' effort to help liquor megastore Total Wine may hurt Missouri families
          P-D letter:  Bridgeton man says Post-Dispatch reporter Kurt Erickson's predictably-slanted piece on lt. gov. office furniture appeals to left-leaning, low-information readers
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        Monday, February 27
       
P-D:  Inside the Trump White House, St. Louis native Katie Walsh plays key role
          The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz:  Liberals target GOP congressional offices with phone calls;  KC woman brags about calling Blunt's D.C. office every day, tells reporter she is a "registered Independent" - though Missouri does not have party registration
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local immigration attorneys provide advice to illegal aliens hiding out in Missouri:  Don't break more laws by committing other crimes X
          Faughn:  Jay Wasson may be Missouri's most influential senator;  Nixa Republican shares thoughts on Greitens, PQ, 'right to work,' prevailing wage, building trust with Democrats, and the crop of young senators
          Missourinet:  PDMP sponsor Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) shares her own family's battle with drug addiction, opioid abuse
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Assistant Superminority Floor Leader Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on ethics bills, REAL ID, tort overhaul;  Panel of St. Louis City Democratic mayoral campaign staffers
          Missourinet:  Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage):  further scrutiny of St. Louis Community Release Center is in process
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Hundreds of local bridges deemed structurally deficient X
          Washington Missourian:  Bill from Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) would change county budget process, could remove auditor as budget officer
          Missourinet:  Bill from Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) would install abortion exhibit in Missouri Capitol
          P-D editorial:  Special interests are trying, again, to reverse voters' will on campaign cash
          SNL letter:  Bolivar man unhappy that McCaskill, Blunt, Long not holding town halls during break X
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Columbia sexagenarian demands Vicky Hartzler hold town halls, says incumbent - who won by forty (40) points in 2016 - is in danger of losing seat
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man wants Post-Dispatch to make more frequent reference to Greitens' intellectual, Democratic past
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        Sunday, February 26
       
KWMU:  Missouri GOP has singular message at Lincoln Days:  It's time to get to work
          SNL:  Lincoln Days happenings:  Blunt speech and protest;  Greitens speech;  Ashcroft speaks to GOP attorneys group;  panel of female department heads;  MRP Vice Chair Kay Hoflander on looking toward 2018 X
          KY3:  Missouri Republicans gather for Lincoln Days
          P-D:  At Lincoln Days, Missouri Republicans talk 2018 races
          JCNT:  Anti-Trump rally draws less than three dozen outside Luetkemeyer's office;  Veteran social justice warrior Sue Gibson says she wants GOP to support "Black Lives Matter," transgender campaigns, etc. X
          CDT:  Hartzler's Steve Walsh says congresswoman's one-on-one meetings are more productive than staged "spectacles for the media" X
          Missourinet:  Columbia man who converted to Islam and planned KC ISIS attack being held without bond
          Columbia Missourian:  Blunt's Columbia office gets new location
          KWMU:  LGBTQIA* activists rally downtown, express anger over Emery's alternative-facilities bill
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on tort overhaul proposals, REAL ID, ethics bills;  Panel of St. Louis City Democratic mayoral candidate staffers
          Drebes:  Nixon holdovers on the way out;  Labor scion Hugh McVey, nephew of longtime Missouri AFL-CIO boss Duke McVey, departs Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations
          SNL:  Legislative roundup:  REAL ID, drug monitoring X
          CDT:  Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia):  Ethics bills would uphold Greitens' campaign promises X
          Columbia Missourian:  Overview:  Tort overhaul proposals
          P-D:  These 14 St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Missouri House passes bill to increase fines for farmers who choose to break herbicide application laws
          AP:  St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy
          KC Star:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) proposes "Never Again Act" to highlight history of abortion X
          P-D:  Tiniest victims of Missouri's heroin epidemic flood into foster care
          P-D editorial:  VP Mike Pence wrong to call Obamacare a "nightmare" during St. Louis visit
          JCNT editorial:  A state family-friendly leave policy is a win-win X
          Waters:  Time for Missouri to comply with REAL ID X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Gasoline tax for transportation should range between 5.9 cents and 10 cents - and still will not solve MoDOT's problems X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights sexagenarian dislikes Blunt, expresses her anger over senator's re-election
          P-D letter:  Manchester sexagenarian demands Ann Wagner hold town halls, says incumbent - re-elected in 2016 by 20 points - is in danger of losing seat
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood septuagenarian dislikes fellow Democrats' town-hall campaign, says anti-Trump protesters should behave in a more civil fashion
          P-D letter:  Ladue octogenarian is pleased with Post-Dispatch's criticism of Eric Greitens, wants paper to "drown him with more articles"
          SE Missourian letter:  Palmyra septuagenarian supports eminent domain bills proposed by Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) +
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        Saturday, February 25   The Official 2017 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
The Missouri Times:  Special Lincoln Days print edition:  Lincoln Days schedule, Jeff Roe's Axiom Strategies racks up national awards;  more
          The Missouri Times:  Lincoln Days kicks off in Springfield;  Attendees talk 2018 GOP U.S. Senate primary, more
          Missourinet:  Lincoln Days features U.S. Senate primary hopefuls, celebration of November victories, more
          KSPR:  Video:  Lincoln Days attendees gather in Springfield;  Comments from Republicans Tom Mendenhall, Danette Proctor;  Sexagenarian anti-Blunt protester Rita Bruin says she has been "borderline depressed" since Hillary Clinton's defeat
          P-D:  Liberal groups continue push for congressional town halls
          KWMU:  Local congressional delegation's communications staffers pen statements regarding town hall forums
          SNL:  Transgender rally draws more than 100 in Springfield X
          SNL:  Photo gallery:  Amorphous human holds sign declaring "F@CK TERFS" (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists);  Organizer Bethany Johnson wears Captain American shield on back, yarn labia hat atop skull;  More X
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in the Governor's Office:  Week of February 20
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Greitens' Parker Briden talks about jobs coming to Northeast Missouri
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens rounds out 10-member tax credit committee:  Policy Director Will Scharf, former GOP state Sens. Jason Crowell and John Lamping, others
          KC Star:  Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) inquires about Greitens' travel
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Rep. Craig Redmon (R-Canton) talks budget battles, appropriation of settlement monies
          SNL:  Missouri legislators meet at Springfield Expedia facility to tout short-term rental bill X
          SNL:  Greitens appoints pair to MSU governing board X
          SNL:  MSU to raise tuition next year X
          Columbia Missourian:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) asks UM System to retract support of discrimination bills
          P-D:  Few Missouri public high school students pass AP courses;  2013 photo of Hazelwood East AP government teacher attempting to instruct Spanish Lake youths
          KC Star:  Two non-urban districts in the KC region named to state's Advanced Placement Honor Roll +
          Columbia Missourian:  Fact check:  Greitens overstates number of students not enrolled in physics
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) wants to create 'History of Abortion' exhibit in Capitol
          P-D:  Push to expand gambling underway in Missouri
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  House passes bill to stiffen penalties on farmers who choose to make illegal applications of approved herbicide +
          KWMU:  Bill to strengthen penalties for misuse of herbicides moves forward
          The Missouri Times:  PSC orders Great Plains to file application in merger case
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Three veteran reporters depart Post-Dispatch;  In face of declining subscriptions, paper launches "TRUTH" ad campaign
          P-D editorial:  Some Missouri Republicans agree with ACLU on REAL ID, but the Republicans are being crackpots about it
          P-D editorial:  Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) pushes a bill to help landowners pollute without consequences
          KC Star editorial:  St. Louis City correct to fight Missouri Legislature on abortion +
          P-D letter:  NARAL employee disagrees with Greitens, Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) on abortion
          CDT letter:  Sexagenarian poverty activist applauds newspaper's advocacy journalism and dedication to hard-knock, woe-is-me stories X
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        Friday, February 24   The Official 2017 Missouri Lincoln Day Bingo Card
       
SNL:  Republicans set to swarm Springfield for Lincoln Days X
          SNL:  Liberal "Indivisible" group will protest Blunt at Lincoln Days tomorrow, says it wants him to participate in their "street town hall" X
          KC Star:  Area delegation responds to liberal groups' town-hall campaign +
          CDT:  Liberals protest Hartzler outside local Chamber of Commerce meeting X
          CDT:  Luetkemeyer, Hartzler look to pull back Dodd-Frank X
          Drebes:  Ian Mackey to run for Stacey Newman's safe Democratic seat in Richmond Heights area
          Riverfront Times:  After Post-Dispatch's rush to judgment on rape allegation, Steve Roberts looks to clear his name
          Rosenbaum:  Greitens reflects on his Jewish faith through lens of cemetery vandalism
          KWMU:  Jewish Federation of St. Louis credits Greitens' team for mobilizing quickly after cemetery vandalism;  Local Anti-Defamation League leader blames nationwide incidents on Trump campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens restores some funding to K-12 transportation, home services programs
          KWMU:  Greitens shrinks size of proposed Medicaid, school bus cuts
          Missourinet:  Greitens eyes settlement money to ease cuts to Missouri's home services, school busing
          AP:  Greitens wants to use tobacco money to restore Medicaid cuts
          SNL:  Greitens says $52 million in tobacco money will help undo his cuts;  Protesters gather in Springfield anyway X
          P-D:  Tobacco money will help avoid cuts of in-home care, Greitens says
          The Missouri Times:  House votes to give the unemployed a minimum three months of handouts
          The Missouri Times:  Lawmakers call for monthly reports on state's lawsuit settlements
          KWMU:  Corrections worker:  Nepotism, fraternization rampant in agency
          Missourinet:  Breakthrough testimony by prison employees after administrators are vague about scandal
          AP:  Missouri prison employees slam work environment
          P-D:  A step toward a prescription drug database in Missouri advances
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) discusses virtual schools
          Missourinet:  Rep. Jason Chipman (R-Steelville) wants to prevent public universities from requiring students to live in campus housing past freshman year
          Missourinet:  Families of killer, victim ask Missouri Legislature to expedite Amber Alerts protocol
          Missourinet:  Judge lets Sierra Club intervene in court battle against Ameren
          P-D:  Cracked plaster, damaged hardwood flooring to get repairs in Parson's office;  Office gets refurbishment treatment for first time in at least 12 years
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri farmers would suffer from Trump-inspired trade war +
          KC Star editorial:  Graves should be part of KCI solution +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Vicky Hartzler cares about people who make local economy work, doesn't care much about protesters
          SNL letter:  Republic septuagenarian says Blunt, Long are wrong on Obamacare X
          KC Star letter:  Former Dem lt. gov candidate Winston Apple proposes proportional representation +
          P-D letter:  Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson:  Messenger wrong to criticize Jeff Roorda;  Columnist has luxury of living in Wildwood and avoiding savagery
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        Thursday, February 23
       
KWMU:  VP Mike Pence's message to Missouri:  Small businesses are a priority, as is health care
          Missourinet:  Pence visits company, vandalized Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Pence lauds small business during Missouri visit
          P-D:  Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          KWMU:  While visiting St. Louis area, VP Mike Pence and Gov. Eric Greitens condemn vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          Washington Examiner:  Conservative group targets McCaskill in ads boosting Gorsuch's Supreme Court bid
          Politico:  Conservative group tied to Senate GOP leadership targets GOP, Dem lawmakers - including McCaskill - to repeal Obamacare
          Columbia Missourian:  Local Democrats, peace activists, Indians protest Hartzler outside Chamber of Commerce event;  Trump supporter holds one-man counter-rally, suggests liberals get over their election defeat
          Columbia Missourian:  Obamacare supporters compare medical maladies at rally;  Overweight woman laments hip and knee problems, etc.
          CDT:  Obamacare supporters swap sad stories at rally;  Woman claims "a slip in the mud" and knee injury made her homeless, former city councilwoman weeps, etc. X
          Columbia Missourian:  Politifact:  Blunt's statement on Missouri's health insurance coverage rated "Half True"
          SE Missourian:  Immigrant student is unhappy with Trump, says her father - who speaks English and holds multiple advanced degrees - misunderstood "fine print" of visa law +
          Missourinet:  Luetkemeyer:  We're losing one community bank a day;  he and Hartzler blast Dodd-Frank
          AP:  Greitens shuns state plane, flies at private costs
          Missourinet:  Greitens' campaign pledge for statewide term limits sees action with Kraus' legislative proposal
          KWMU:  Missouri's male population underrepresented in Greitens' Cabinet picks;  Nominees for major agencies include three men, five women
          AP:  GOP bill would allow the unemployed to hang out on the dole for at least three months
          KWMU:  Greitens' proposed budget cuts spare farmers, but not biodiesel debt
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri lawmakers face off in REAL ID debates
          KWMU:  Missouri Republicans have robust debate on REAL ID measures
          Columbia Missourian:  REAL ID debate stalls in Senate
          The Missouri Times:  House Budget Committee questions Governor's Office budget and use of funds
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel proposes vast I-70 overhaul with general revenue funds
          St. Joseph News-Press:  MoDOT finishes Highway 13 bridge repairs X
          P-D:  Alzheimers care givers oppose budget cuts
          The Missouri Times:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) blasts Mizzou for endorsing Austin's discrimination suit overhaul bill
          CDT:  House Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty scolds UM for lobbyist's testimony X
          KWMU:  Local attorney says GOP's proposed changes to discrimination law are needed
          AP:  Missouri Senate advances prescription drug monitoring bill
          St. Joseph News-Press:  State unveils new license plate X
          AP:  Missouri corrections officer charged with false imprisonment;  Ozark Correctional Center employee pushed co-worker into cell, where she stayed alone for several minutes until her co-worker boyfriend set her free
          P-D:  Marquette High grad Erica Cao named Gates Scholar for second time;  Minority student chooses to work hard, achieves success
          P-D:  Jennings man convicted of felony for looting shoe store during Ferguson riots
          P-D editorial:  Gov. Eric Greitens:  Cannot or will not answer questions?
          St. Joseph News-Press' Alonzo Weston:  Sexagenarian reporter bashes critics of news media, says his job is to provide "truly fair and balanced" journalism while he fights for the "poor, needy and disabled" X
          P-D letter:  Olivette man says Greitens is enamored with himself and should stop whining about the media
          P-D letter:  University City woman wants legislators to spend more money on K-12 schools
          CDT letter:  Administrative law attorney David Woodsmall:  Lawmakers should oppose bill backed by utility companies X
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        Wednesday, February 22
       
KTVI (St. Louis):  McCaskill visits Mexico border to get first-hand look at issues facing border patrol agents
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Ashcroft weighs in on new immigration order on FOX Business
          KWMU:  Local immigrant-advocacy group calls reality of Trump immigration order "a real tragedy"
          KWMU Diversity Fellow Jenny Simeone:  New Trump immigration rules create fear among immigrants;  Public radio station provides forum for two anti-Trump perspectives, zero voices supporting deportation policy
          KWMU:  Survey:  Public radio station takes part in national investigation, asks why readers do not trust them for unbiased information
          KC Star:  Columbia man who converted to Islam caught plotting ISIS terror attack on Kansas City +
          Missourinet:  Columbia man who converted to Islam planned terrorist attack on Kansas City
          KMIZ:  Columbia man converted to Islam, planned Presidents' Day attack
          AP:  Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack in KC
          Columbia Missourian:  Pro-Obamacare rally draws 250 in Columbia;  McCaskill staff attends
          P-D:  Anti-Trump activists protest outside Blunt's office, say they'll target Ann Wagner next
          Missourinet:  Pence to visit St. Louis County today
          AP:  VP Mike Pence to make stop in Fenton today to talk jobs
          P-D:  Greitens says he will talk about jobs during visit with Trump
          The Missouri Times:  Women's Policy Network holds second year of mentor program
          KWMU:  Greitens' team plans volunteer activity at Jewish cemetery
          AP:  Greitens makes statement on vandalism at Jewish cemetery
          P-D:  Vandalism at University City Jewish cemetery draws widespread condemnation
          CDT:  Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) offers to personally help any constituent who can't manage to get a voter ID on their own X
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) would mandate e-verify checks to keep employees from hiring illegal aliens;  ACLU opposes bill
          SE Missourian:  Wallingford, other senators push Hawley to fight REAL ID bill +
          SNL:  Issue overview:  What the Missouri Legislature is doing about REAL ID X
          SNL:  Springfield legislators push compliance with REAL ID X
          Columbia Missourian:  Proposed state amendment would eliminate income tax, cap state spending
          The Missouri Times:  Eigel to propose funding transportation through general revenue
          The Missouri Times:  Holsman calls for $60 million of settlement money to be used to restore funding to Greitens' budget cuts
          Missourinet:  $10 million from court settlement to assist with Missouri budget crunch;  Holsman would like to see more
          Missourinet:  DOC controversy inspires proposal from Superminority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) to monitor state payouts for lawsuit claims
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air:  Today's episode to explore Legislature's proposed discrimination