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Archive - January 2016



    

       
        Sunday, January 31
       
SNL:  McCaskill cheers Clinton;  Blunt neutral in GOP primary X
          The Missouri Times:  Graves talks transportation options
          SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, Sen. Wayne Wallingford, Rep. Kathy Swan take part in Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet +
          SNL:  GOP candidates for governor debate in Springfield X
          SNL:  Road fix needn't include tax hike, say GOP candidates for governor X
          KSPR:  Republican candidates for governor visit Springfield
          Washington Missourian:  St. Clair Mayor Ron Blum, Alderman Nathan Tate to face off in GOP primary for Dave Hinson's seat
          Drebes:  Hart Nelson, Greg Laposa earn promotions at St. Louis Regional Chamber
          CDT:  Pro-life event draws 800 to Missouri Capitol X
          JCNT:  Midwest March for Life draws hundreds;  Knights of Columbus share in pro-life cause X
          CDT:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) hopes bill shines spotlight on statewide candidates using their committee chairs as campaign tools X
          AP:  Work requirements start kicking in for those accepting handouts;  Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) says lawmakers saw many on the dole who "weren't even trying to get a job"
          AP:  A state-by-state look at taxpayer-funded food handouts
          AP:  Q&A on rules requiring able-bodied adults to work for their handouts
          SE Missourian:  Lawmakers:  No bill can ensure ethical behavior;  Comments from Wayne Wallingford, Holly Rehder, Kathy Swan +
          KWMU:  Bill from Rep. Ken Wilson (R-Smithville) would define open records access for police cameras
          KC Star:  Harvard report proposes less emphasis on test scores, more on "passion" and "caring";  Some Missouri students lament their struggle, while others explain how they chose to work hard and achieved success +
          P-D:  An unusual insanity plea highlights the limits of state mental health services
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers look to pump up sales of craft beer
          SE Missourian:  Kander warns seniors of sophisticated fraud schemes +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Missouri American seeks recoup of water investments X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Investment tax-credit bill from Rep. Craig Redmond (R-Canton) would help northwest Missouri X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Mizzou status:  Situation Normal, All Fouled Up;  Also, where is the leadership? X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Savage behavior hits Washington;  City's third robbery in four months may not sound like much to urbanites, but Wash Mo. residents must stand on guard X
          CDT's Matt Sanders:  Taxpayers pick up the tab for 84.2 percent of Blue Ridge Elementary's lunches;  Only 15.8 percent of breeders can manage to feed their own offspring X
          P-D letter:  Rep. Jay Barnes:  Preserve medical privacy while tracking prescription abuse
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        Saturday, January 30
       
P-D:  Blunt, State Department arguing over source and intent of Iran payment
          KC Star:  On MSNBC, veteral reporter Al Hunt calls Jeff Roe a potential "rock star" +
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          KWMU:  Court hears arguments for and against clearing land for federal spy agency
          The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Jason Smith;  Panelists Eapen Thampy, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), Jay Atkins, Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville)
          CDT:  Chuck Graham questions Jeff Harris' experience, loyalty in text declining judicial endorsement;  Graham says fellow Dem was petulant over Chris Koster, showed lack of friendship during hard times X
          Drebes:  Former St. Louis City Alderman Fred Wessels starts campaign committee for Jake Hummel's safe Dem state rep seat
          KWMU:  No new taxes on Missouri agricultural lands
          AP:  Update on week's ethics bills
          P-D:  Missouri appeals block on abortion license revocation
          Missourinet:  Ron Richard says Legislature's relationship with University of Missouri 'terrible'
          KWMU:  St. Louis seat on UM Board of Curators remains empty;  Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) says she'll push to make sure slot is filled by non-Caucasoid
          CDT:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) files bill to expand "equal pay" protections X
          KWMU:  "Beyond the Headlines":  Rosenbaum and others discuss Ferguson and consent decree;  Marshall Griffin expresses anger over Missouri Senate providing journalists with new work space
          CDT:  Concerned Student 1950 threatens curators on Melissa Click vote, says they'll use "any means necessary" to destroy "white supremacist patriarchal capitalism" X
          CDT:  City prosecutor reaches deal with Melissa Click X
          Missourinet:  Agreement would let Missouri professor Click avoid assault charge
          Columbia Missourian:  City prosecutor forgoes criminal charge against Melissa Click
          KC Star:  Melissa Click avoids assault prosecution +
          Columbia Missourian:  Local leader of Black History Month, Juneteenth celebrations arrested;  Curtis "Boogeyman" Soul Brown out on bail after shooting at man
          P-D:  Teen gets five years probation for looting Dellwood gas station;  Area thieves stole from Mobil Mart during all three rounds of Ferguson rioting
          P-D:  Ferguson residents weigh cost of consent decree
          KC Star editorial:  Here's who loses with voter ID proposals:  List of types of grown men and women who might not overcome insurmountable obstacle of getting an ID +
          SNL editorial:  Schaaf may have a point about prescription drug monitoring X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Melissa Click should be fired;  Curators should not have caved to demands of protesters in the first place X
          P-D editorial:  College education remains vital, despite enrollment drops;  UMSL, Mizzou see less student interest and bigger budget holes
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Lawmakers won't embrace lower BAC any time soon X
          KC Star editorial:  Charter schools offer exciting choices as KC district struggles +
          P-D editorial:  Ferguson facing critical - and expensive - decisions
          Waters:  On the Missouri Senate providing new work space to reporters X
          Columbia Missourian editor Tom Warhover:  Surge of university news keeps staff from writing about important things like "enterprise articles around race and diversity"
          P-D letter:  Cedar Hill man says photo IDs make election judges' jobs easier - plus, IDs are already required to check out a library book, board a plane, cash a check, other functional-human tasks
          P-D letter:  Area man responds to area man's response to P-D abortion coverage
          P-D letter:  Joan Bray says Ameren wants to radically change law governing utility rates
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Area activist says number of Missouri payday loan shops is "frightening";  Adults who choose to borrow money at unfavorable rates and terms should be protected by legislation
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman says Wieland, Gosen benefit from insurance bill
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        Friday, January 29
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  Energy bill follows process, still raises concerns;  Comments from Blunt X
          SNL:  Feds offer few answers on trafficking of migrant children;  McCaskill, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) hold hearing X
          Washington Post:  Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, McCaskill-Portman report says
          P-D:  McCaskill, other senators fault government for mistreatment of migrant children
          AP:  Bipartisan probe faults government for migrant child abuse
          Washington Post:  Candidate in Maryland Dem congressional primary gets heat for past contribution to Blunt
          Kraske:  McCaskill's woman-of-the-people jury-duty tweets;  Nixon on KC earnings tax;  Dogan on ethics bill +
          The Missouri Times:  Koster denounces Brunner's renewable fuel stance
          The Missouri Times:  Brad Bradshaw drops bid for lieutenant governor, says he'll hold off on his marijuana petition too
          KWMU:  Bradshaw drops campaign for lieutenant governor and for legalizing marijuana
          Drebes:  Byron DeLear leads money chase in House 70 Dem primary;  Bill Otto giving up seat to fill Dem ballot slot against Ann Wagner
          The Missouri Times:  MoDOT, House leadership kick off transportation conference
          The Missouri Times:  Transportation funding alternatives explored at conference
          JCNT:  Missouri transportation officials hopeful for funding solution X
          AP:  House advances another round of ethics-related bills
          KWMU:  Nixon's stadium plan leads to another proposed change in ethics laws
          Missourinet:  Missouri House abortion bills filed;  Dems call them unnecessary, political
          The Missouri Times:  Municipal courts bill heads to House
          P-D:  Schmitt's bill putting cap on non-traffic violation revenue passed by Missouri Senate
          KC Star:  Senate bill no longer targets Kansas City earnings tax +
          KWMU:  Revamped earnings tax bill would phase out St. Louis earnings tax in 10 years;  Kansas City no longer targeted
          P-D:  St. Louis earnings tax would be phased out under proposal
          Columbia Missourian:  Concerned Student 1950 defends Melissa Click;  Group says society should learn from "evil past" and dismantle "white supremacist patriarchal capitalism"
          Columbia Missourian:  National NAACP group to honor Concerned Student 1950 at "Image Awards" next week
          P-D:  Former MU [sic] president wanted soft landing, didn't get it (Nomenclature help proffered at 7:20 a.m. via Twitter) Correction made at 8:45 a.m. without attribution
          CDT:  Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) calls for Galloway to do "deep dive" into University of Missouri finances X
          KWMU:  Normandy School Board wants more public input
          The Missouri Times:  German Heritage Corridor bills seek to celebrate tradition
          Rosenbaum:  As Ferguson mulls consent decree, a city and a region's fate hang in the balance
          AP:  Ferguson police agree to overhaul policies, training
          KWMU:  DEA forges stronger community partnerships in St. Louis in new fight against drug trafficking
          P-D:  STLBJ names Patricia Miller as publisher;  Her father, Bill Miller, is publisher of the Washington Missourian
          P-D editorial:  Former University of Missouri president does himself no favors
          SE Missourian editorial:  Early graduation requires a plan, dedication for high school students +
          JCNT editorial:  Expert-witness legislation and the quest for truth X
          P-D editorial:  In pursuing charges against rapist-murderer Reginald Clemons, Jennifer Joyce should have taken death penalty off the table
          Messenger:  Bitter shakedown letter damages university Wolfe says he loves
          Shelly:  Why the University of Missouri is in big trouble, and why it will survive +
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Columnist apologizes to Caleb Rowden for mischaracterizing position on University of Missouri, then criticizes Rowden for other things
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Associate professor of ethnomusicology and black studies:  In support of Melissa Click as she supported us
          Priddy:  A changing tide in Missouri against the death penalty, maybe
          Diuguid:  From unrest, agreement with with Justice Department should make Ferguson more credible, accountable to residents +
          P-D letter:  Creve Coeur man says gun crimes need mandatory sentence
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says Wieland's bill aids insurance industry, not citizens
          KC Star letter:  Show-Me Institute's John Wright says government employees deserve to vote in regular union elections +
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        Thursday, January 28
       
Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  Blunt continues to bash arms deal with Iranians
          P-D:  McCaskill's tweets about jury duty will end as case is closed
          P-D:  Nixon plans talk this week with Major League Soccer commissioner about expansion
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Chamber of Commerce to host conference on transportation today
          KC Star:  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says fellow House Dem Michael Butler assaulted him after AFL-CIO event +
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying gift ban passes in the House
          The Missouri Times:  Mitten wants to bar statewide candidates from chairing committees
          KWMU:  Bill to allow concealed carry on Missouri campuses sparks strong reactions for and against
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers consider concealed carry rights on campuses
          SNL:  MSU president opposes concealed carry on campus X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate review gubernatorial appointments
          Missourinet:  Senate considers proposals to expand Missouri expungement law
          The Missouri Times:  Missourians for the Unborn holds "All Lives Matter" rally in Capitol rotunda
          KWMU:  Patricia Breckenridge cites municipal court progress in annual State of the Judiciary address
          AP:  Missouri judge education to include race bias training
          The Missouri Time:  Breckenridge delivers her first State of the Judiciary address
          The Missouri Times:  Text of State of the Judiciary address
          AP:  Lawmakers consider audits of University of Missouri System
          The Missouri Times:  Former University of Missouri president criticizes Kurt Schaefer, school officials in e-mail
          CDT:  In e-mail, Wolfe criticizes MU officials over fall turmoil X
          KC Star:  Tim Wolfe:  Kurt Schaefer pressured me to undermine primary foe's candidacy for attorney general +
          KMIZ:  AG candidates Kurt Schaefer, Josh Hawley respond to Wolfe's claims
          Missourinet:  Highlights of former UM System President Tim Wolfe's e-mail slamming football team, curators, Mike Middleton, others
          Columbia Missourian:  Wolfe criticizes UM System leaders, Loftin in e-mail to university supporters
          P-D:  Tim Wolfe criticizes current leaders
          KC Star:  In letter, Tim Wolfe rips colleagues +
          Missourinet:  University of Missouri Curators suspend professor who assaulted journalist
          P-D:  UM board suspends Melissa Click
          KC Star:  Melissa Click suspended days after assault charge +
          CDT:  UM curators suspend Melissa Click pending investigation X
          Columbia Missourian:  Click suspended pending further investigation
          Columbia Missourian:  UM curator Yvonne Sparks resigns after two months
          P-D:  UM curator Yvonne Sparks resigns, says she cannot devote adequate time to role
          The Missouri Times:  Bill to repeal death penalty moves to Senate floor
          The Missouri Times:  Keaveny seeks to "appease" Ron Richard's concerns on MONA
          Columbia Missourian:  Legislative debate on LGBTQIA rights continues
          AP:  Business groups divided on LGBTQIA discrimination ban
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Farm Bureau lists legislative priorities:  Farmland value disapproval, telehealth, more
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri 'Corn Roots' member visits state Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Students take a trip to Capitol, talk about sex-ed legislation
          The Missouri Times:  Galloway:  Local governments not filing financial reports correctly
          P-D:  Audit:  Low compliance with new municipal reform law in St. Louis area
          AP:  State finds landfill radiation in lower end of range
          KWMU:  Ferguson releases draft of federal consent decree
          Missourinet:  Ferguson is closer to settling with U.S. Justice Department
          P-D:  Ferguson releases proposed settlement with the Justice Department
          AP:  Ferguson, U.S. reach tentative deal on police overhaul
          P-D:  In Ferguson, vote to replace deceased councilman exposes racial divide
          KC Star editorial:  Tim Wolfe's blame-casting e-mail dodges his own role in University of Missouri upheaval +
          Sanchez:  Tim Wolfe's letter shows a University of Missouri president who did not lead and resigned out of fear +
          Columbia Missourian's Carl Kenney:  There's no reason to punish Melissa Click any longer;  Prof was courageously acting as a "mama bear" to protect students in their safe space
          P-D op-ed:  Ferguson Caucasoid Blake Ashby takes aim at notion of "white privilege," says ridiculous term is itself a form of "microaggression"
          P-D letter:  Right to Life marcher praises God for keeping group safe and helping put spotlight on their cause
          P-D letter:  Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future's Irl Scissors responds to P-D editorial on energy rates
          KC Star letter:  Rep. Nick King (R-Liberty) urges common sense when signing petitions +

          P-D letter:  Webster Groves man says getting a voter ID isn't too tough
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        Wednesday, January 27
       
Washington Post:  Pundits assess the impact of Trump at the top of GOP ticket;  Comments from Blunt on voter attitudes X
          Columbia Missourian:  Mid-Missouri organizations to host Obamacare sign-up event
          Messenger:  Black pastor says that without National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, St. Louis will become as bad as Detroit
          Drebes:  David Poger the new senior political director for Lacy Clay
          The Missouri Times:  Casey Burns named new HRCC political director
          Kraske:  Greitens on Nixon and Ferguson;  Budget Director Dan Haug on state's higher Medicaid spending;  Hank Foley on Melissa Click +
          KWMU:  St. Louis on the Air show:  Host Don Marsh hears thoughts on election from UMSL's Terry Jones, Missouri Jobs with Justice's Lara Granich, Ferguson pastor
          Drebes:  Missouri Realtors group kicks off campaign
          The Missouri Times:  New NAACP Missouri President Nimrod Chapel names executive committee;  Names include Jane Dueker, former Rep. Esther Haywood
          P-D:  Missouri lawmaker accuses colleague of starting fight outside bar;  Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Ferguson) says Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) was the aggressor in fightfight that started after labor event
          AP:  Democrats engage in fistfight after AFL-CIO event at bar;  Curtis says he was not drinking and sustained cuts and bruises to his face X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Richmond Heights) criticizes Nixon's State of the State, new House internship standards, ethics legislation, more
          P-D:  MoDOT director says "tidal wave" of repairs on horizon, urges lawmakers to act
          Missourinet:  Pay hike for legislators, elected officials could be pulled from Missouri budget
          CDT:  Senators seek ways to reduce Medicaid supplemental spending X
          Missourinet:  More ethics legislation advancing in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift ban perfected by House
          KC Star:  Missouri House advances ban on lobbyist gifts +
          CDT:  Missouri House appoves lobbyist gift ban as ethics debates continue X
          AP:  Proposed lobbyist gift ban moves forward in Missouri House
          KWMU:  Missouri Senate committee hears testimony on abortion legislation
          AP:  Missouri bill would ban abortions for Down syndrome
          Missourinet:  Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) applauds indictment of Planned Parenthood video makers
          CDT:  Attorney:  Melissa Click to plead not guilty to misdemeanor assault charge X
          Columbia Missourian:  Plea of not guilty entered for Melissa Click in MU incident
          CDT:  Demands for firing, support for student protesters mark Senate debate over Melissa Click X
          CDT:  Melissa Click video becomes prime exhibit in hearing on free speech course requirement X
          Missourinet:  Mizzou dramatics lead Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) to propose freedom of speech as a college graduation requirement
          Columbia Missourian:  MU's Foley to deliver "State of the University" today
          P-D:  Office of Civil Rights investigating alleged bullying at Francis Howell School District;  Kabir Muhammed says mean words have made his 15-year-old son "emotionally distraught," wants to make a federal case about it
          JCNT:  Senate committee hears bills on clearing felon records X
          JCNT:  Organization calls for more investigators of child-on-child sexual abuse X
          KWMU:  This year's limits on municipal fine revenue get first approval in Missouri Senate
          P-D:  Schmitt's bill further limiting municipal court revenue approved by Missouri Senate
          AP:  Missouri Senate debates limiting municipal fines
          P-D:  Riding-hailing regulation, nixing taxi commission on Legislature's radar
          The Missouri Time:  Sen. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) hoping to stop homeowners' associations prohibitions on solar panels
          SNL:  Advocates press again for bill banning LGBT discrimination X
          The Missouri Times:  Legislators, activists rally against sex trafficking
          Missourinet:  Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports new record set for largest gizzard shad
          P-D:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants state to buy out homes near West Lake Landfill
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) introduces legislation to address "wage gap"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  Will Kraus' proposed tax break for elderly requires analysis X
          P-D editorial:  Melissa Click protested for justice. Now she'll get it.
          CDT op-ed:  Phill Brooks:  Journalists lose clout at state Capitol;  Newfound lack of respect will only hurt both parties X
          Jensen:  Newspaper endorsements of candidates losing influence +
          Priddy:  On public records and journalists' access to them
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Area woman disagrees with Sen. Kurt Schaefer (D-Columbia) on everything
          P-D letter:  O'Fallon may says verifying the ID of voters is important
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael:  Ethics overhaul seems a real possibility
          P-D letter:  Planned Parenthood rep questions "integrity and professionalism" of P-D reporter Alex Stuckey
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        Tuesday, January 26
       
KOMU:  Time running out to sign up for Obamacare;  Deadlines do not apply to Native Americans or native Alaskans, who can sign up whenever they want
        KOAM (Joplin):  Obamacare counselors provide health enrollment assistance
        Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on mental health funding;  Peter Kinder on Greitens' "bicoastal" contributors;  MU prof on Nixon's final year in office +
        P-D:  Missouri seeks extra federal help for flood damage to public works
        P-D:  McCaskill tweets her jury-duty experience in St. Louis County
        The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  A closer look at University of Missouri's problems;  More on Jeff Roe, SOTS response, Peter Kinder, more
        KSMU (Springfield):  GOP gubernatorial candidates blast feds during forum in Ozark
        KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Eric Greitens talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about campaign contribution limits, school vouchers, transparty switch from Democrat to Republican, more
        KMWU:  Democratic lawmakers will push for Medicaid expansion, higher minimum wage, other bills with no chance of passage
        The Missouri Times:  Democrats announce legislative priorities
        Missourinet:  Legislators criticize size of requests for Missouri mid-year budget
        Missourinet:  Legislative budget chairs question money in proposed budget beyond revenue projection
        The Missouri Times:  Appropriations committee hears Nixon's budget recommendations
        The Missouri Time:  Budget leaders cautiously using recommendations
        P-D:  Panel OKs union paycheck proposal
        JCNT:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) seeks up to 10 days paid leave for state employees with new child X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislator proposes property tax break for elderly;  Kraus, Spencer proposal would cut a break to olds north of 72 years X
        CDT:  City prosecutor files assault charge against Melissa Click X
        CDT:  Chancellor:  Melissa Click's job safe during tenure process X
        The Missouri Times:  MU professor Click charged with assault
        The Missouri Time:  Mizzou assembles task force to assess Click tenure
        KC Star:  MU professor Melissa Click, who called for "muscle" to bully reporter, charged with assault +
        AP:  Melissa Click charged with assault
        P-D:  Melissa Click charged for assaulting journalist
        KC Star:  Koster's office suing former Kansas City charter school +
        KWMU:  Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce (D) will seek death penalty, try case against rapist-murderer Reginald Clemons
        P-D:  Democrat Jennifer Joyce will seek death penalty for Chain of Rocks murders;  Reginald Clemons and three pals raped Hazelwood East grads, then pushed them off bridge to their death
        Missourinet:  Death penalty case to be retried in 1991 Chain of Rocks Bridge murders
        AP:  Prosecutors will re-try Reginald Clemons for his rapes, murders
        SE Missourian:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith speaks against land purchase by Missouri DNR +
        The Missouri Times:  Smith testifies on bill to sell ASARCO lands
        P-D:  Proposal for new state park in Oregon County gets panned at legislative hearing
        SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) and her husband petition for jury trial in condemnation case +
        Brownfield Ag News:  Producers raise Missouri state beef checkoff concerns
        Waters:  On state regulation of fantasy sports X
        P-D editorial:  Ferguson faces reality, drops cases it would have had a hard time winning
        SNL "Answer Man" column:  Why does MoDOT use so many mile marker signs?  To make it easier for first responders to save lives, it says. X
        P-D letter:  Mayor Francis Slay:  St. Louis in best position to help NGA meet its mission
        P-D letter:  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence opposes Barnes' bill on prescription drug monitoring
        P-D letter:  Unionville man says Missouri needs to raise its fuel tax more to maintain roads
        P-D letter:  St. Louis College of Pharmacy associate prof says opportunities are available to responsibly dispose of opioids
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        Monday, January 25
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill positions Clinton as "underdog";  McCaskill and Gillibrand on sex assaults;  Tommy Pierson on role as diversity candidate +
          KC Star:  Jeff Roe featured as ruthless but teary Cruz campaign chief on Fox News Sunday +
          P-D:  Volunteers rushed to help place sandbags during the flood. Now they need to be removed.
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder;  Panel of Linda Rallo, Angela Bingaman, James Harris, Justin Alferman discuss voter ID, expert witness bill, Koster, GOP gov primary
          KMOX:  Reardon Roundtable:  Jane Dueker, Scott Faughn, Brenda Talent, Lewis Reed discuss Nixon's State of the State, the Rams, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, more
          Missourinet:  Nixon's final address looked back on accomplishments, ahead to potentially tough session
          KOLR (Springfield):  Nixon honors two SW Missouri troopers for saving life in Christmas floods
          Missourinet:  Senate expected to complete block of proposed ag land tax value increase
          P-D:  Layoffs coming at UMSL as budget hole grows
          SE Missourian:  State's age rule for judges boots seasoned citizen off the bench +
          P-D:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Three (3!) factors that sunk the St. Louis effort to keep the Rams
          P-D editorial:  Bill requiring photo ID at the polls is a solution looking for a problem
          JCNT editorial:  Legislators should act on pay raise for state employees X
          SE Missourian editorial:  Death penalty should not be a partisan issue +
          KC Star editorial:  Tougher road ahead this time for Kansas City's earnings tax campaign;  Rex Sinquefield has too much money, and voters are too "angry" +
          Messenger:  Government stonewalls while former Guard employee waits;  McCaskill's office tries to help
          The Missouri Times' Travis Zimpfer:  Stan Kroenke:  The most hated man in Missouri
          SNL op-ed:  Hank Billings:  89-year-old reflects upon career in Missouri newspapers, shares tales of "Mr. Olds" and others X
          P-D letter:  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel:  Legislature sets up bureaucratic hurdles to updating education standards
          P-D letter:  Wildwood man dislikes P-D use of "anti-abortion" rather than "pro-life," suggests paper be consistent and call pro-choicers "anti-life"
          P-D letter:  Wash Mo doctor says emphasis on treating pain leads to prescription narcotic overuse
          P-D letter:  St. Charles liberal bothered by new editorial page editor's "centrist" self-description
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        Sunday, January 24
       
SNL:  Blunt backs gun bill that could complicate mental health push X
          SNL:  Blunt sees sliver of consensus with Obama to curb gun violence X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Gun show draws huge crowds X
          Brownfield Ag News:  McCaskill a co-sponsor of bill to lift Cuban trade embargo
          CDT:  Caleb Jones takes on multistate role in Rubio presidential campaign X
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant School District product Chingy throws in, throws out his Donald Trump support;  Composer of hotel-party homage "Holidae In" says endorsement brouhaha just another day in "live [sic] of a celeb"
          P-D:  Missouri group stranded 25 hours in storm on way home from national March for Life
          SE Missourian:  Federal action opens door for flood aid in area +
          JCNT:  Flood-affected residents pursuing disaster aid through FEMA, local agencies X
          KWMU:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Five (5!) things to know about applying for flood aid from FEMA
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Preview of today's show:  Guest Peter Kinder;  Panel of Linda Rallo, Angela Bingaman, James Harris, Justin Alferman discuss voter ID, expert witness bill, gubernatorial race
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Study says Missouri is one of cheapest states to be a smoker X
          Brownfield Ag News:  Supportive Nixon comments on ag bode well for funding chances;  Comments from Ag Director Richard Fordyce, Missouri Dairy Association's Larry Schmidt
          Missouri Digital News via CDT:  Nixon at odds with fantasy sports industry over push for regulation
          P-D:  Legislators look to control medical costs with 'gatekeeper' law
          JCNT:  Bill from Rep. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit) focuses on STEM careers X
          P-D:  City school students continue to disappoint, with half of schools still performing below state standards for accreditation;  Worst schools rewarded with extra "nurses, counselors, social workers, reading and math specialists"
          AP:  Dustin Allison to leave public counsel's office
          SNL:  Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixon) races to split judicial district X
          AP:  Missouri Democrats to try to ban LGBT discrimination
          SE Missourian editorial:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is one to watch in Washington +
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Stubbornness on ethics reforms:  Missouri "wallows in failure land" X
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        Saturday, January 23
       
Chicago Tribune:  Alarmed by Sanders' rise, Clinton backers rush to Iowa;  McCaskill positions former First Lady as "underdog"
          Riverfront Times:  Chingy endorsed Donald Trump on Twitter, and all hell broke loose;  North St. Louis County native, best known for 2003 rap ditty "Right Thurr," says "country is a business an [sic] needs to be ran [sic] by a businessman"
          Brownfield Ag News:  Blunt shows water map before override attempt
          P-D:  Missouri flood victims can get federal aid, volunteers still needed today for cleanup
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  North St. Louis County misses out on $38 million disaster grant;  State requested money with plea that area is poor and houses are old
          KOLR (Springfield):  Missouri university seeks religious exemption from Obamacare mandate
          Washington Missourian:  Local students attend March for Life
          CDT:  Abortion foes drop lawsuit over use of amplifier outside Planned Parenthood X
          CDT:  Radio station, "Guild of Silly Heathens," Planned Parenthood attract small crowd to hear abortion tales;  Event backdrop includes protest signs reading "Vaginas are Precious, "Alot [sic] of things are actually pretty well," etc. X
          STLBJ:  McCaskill to kick off BJ Women's Conference on Friday;  For $300, area gals can learn about creating "personal brand," improving exercize routines, etc.
          P-D:  McCaskill says new study should set aside doubts about campus assault claims
          Drebes:  Chuck Hatfield, representing "Little Tobacco" company, files suit against Raise Your Hand for Kids' initiative petition
          The Missouri Times:  Democrats ask Eric Greitens to return contribution from CEO under federal investigation
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A:  Lt. gov candidate Tommy Pierson on his campaign, possibility of being first black elected statewide official, defeating well-funded Russ Carnahan with a "strong grassroots campaign," more
          KNPN (St. Joseph):  Video:  Secretary of state candidate Will Kraus talks about his support for voter ID
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Susan Montee to speak to area Democratic women's group X
          KWMU:  St. Louis County Dems to get new party leader;  Hazelwood's Matt Robinson stepping down, endorses fellow North County Dem vet Mary Elizabeth Dorsey
          KWMU:  Behind the Headlines:  Jo Mannies talks about Nixon's final State of the State
          Riverfront Times:  In his final State of the State, Nixon ignores the Ferguson Commission he created
          KWMU:  Fast start for Missouri lawmakers this year
          P-D:  Nixon talks stadium, finally
          P-D:  St. Louis aldermanic president asks NFL to pay for Edward Jones dome debt
          Brownfield Ag News:  Senate Ag Chair Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says tax bill on fast track
          KWMU:  Another municipal governance overhaul clears Senate committee
          KC Star:  Rep. Sheila Solon (R-Blue Springs) pushes to ban alcohol, smoking in Capitol +
          CDT:  Boone County House members promise to oppose UM budget cuts X
          KOMU:  "Chats with the Chancellor" begin at MU;  Hank Foley to spend one (1) hour each week listening to students, staff
          CDT:  MU faculty members/Moms Demand Action activists attend Foley's first informal chat, say chancellor told them he opposes Munzlinger-Dixon gun proposals X
          Columbia Missourian:  First MU Chat with the Chancellor draws diverse crowd
          KWMU:  UMSL may choose to handle budget cuts by making layoffs
          KWMU:  City earnings tax to be on April ballot;  Alderwoman:  "It's ridiculous we even have to vote on this"
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  There is no harm in Missouri implementing a fair voter ID law X
          P-D editorial:  A sweetheart deal for a few could drive up utility rates for the many;  Legislature should not give Ameren-Noranda odd couple what they want
          Waters:  Nixon's budget reminds us that he has provided needed balance to Legislature;  Missouri is "arguably the most culturally regressive state in the nation" X
          KC Star Public Editor Derek Donovan:  A paper's "balance" is more than left vs. right - it's also positive vs. negative +
          SNL op-ed:  Area man presents list of topics on which he disagrees wth Billy Long X
          P-D letter:  Ballwin man says Republicans push voter ID to suppress the vote
          SNL letter:  Battlefield man dislikes voter ID push, warns:  "It is about to get real, for real" X
          P-D letter:  Des Peres man says St. Louis benefits from Superintendent Kelvin Adams losing his bid for L.A. schools job
          P-D letter:  St. Louis man responds to sensitivity over "thug" label:  "If a personal acts like a brutal hoodlum or gangster he is a thug, whatever his race"
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        Friday, January 22
       
St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill, Blunt split on "Waters of the U.S." vote X
          KWMU:  Both sides mark 43rd anniversary of Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion
          CBS News:  Price-hiking pharma exec gets White House subpoena;  Comments from McCaskill
          NY Times:  Congress calls Martin Shkreli to tesify on rapid rise in drug prices;  Comments from McCaskill
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Nixon predicts Sanders nomination would cause "meltdown" for Dems;  Curtman pokes Nixon for lack of accessibility +
          Missourinet:  President grants disaster declaration for Missouri
          Drebes:  New TV ad buys:  "One Nation" and American Chemistry Council
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens campaign volunteers for flood relief
          P-D:  Primary preview:  Lieutenant governor
          KMIZ:  Missourians for Fair Taxation gather in Jefferson City;  Missouri realtors petitioning for amendment addition
          The Missouri Times:  Pot group says it has raised enough money to start gathering signatures
          Riverfront Times:  Pro-pot Sinquefield son continues father's tradition of bankrolling campaigns, gives $40k to marijuana initiative
          Kraske:  Missouri legislators must pass campaign contribution limits +
          Rosenbaum:  Key takeaways from Nixon's final State of the State speech
          SE Missourian:  Nixon backs 'common sense' plan to raise state's fuel taxes +
          SE Missourian:  Nixon touts railroad upgrade at SEMO Port +
          CDT:  Rep. Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) calls for Schaefer to step down as appropriations chair, cites AG-race grandstanding X
          The Missouri Times:  Alferman, Republicans push last voter ID measure through House
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes bill to put voter photo ID requirement on ballot as constitutional amendment
          JCNT:  Senate won't delay on voter ID issue X
          Missourinet:  Schaefer says Nixon's budget proposes extravagant welfare increases, says request for $277M in Medicaid funding is not realistic
          SE Missourian:  Local lawmakers push for drug database, regulations against "pill mills" +
          The Missouri Times:  Reps. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) and Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) team up to raise awareness for mental health
          The Missouri Times:  Expert witness bill heads to the House
          Missourinet:  Governor, Democrats want nondiscrimination act;  Richard says 'not in the Senate'
          Missourinet:  Execution date set for Earl Forrest;  Methamphetamine connoisseur got into drunken dispute over lawnmower, then killed sheriff's deputy and two others
          JCNT:  PSC hearing set on $51M water rate hike X
          P-D:  Ferguson lets activists off the hook
          P-D:  Wrongful death suit filed over off-duty St. Louis officer's shooting of VonDerrit Myers;  Family of the deceased maintains criminal was armed only with turkey sandwich
          KC Star editorial:  Nixon uses speech to look back, but cooperation is needed to go forward in Missouri +
          JCNT editorial:  Libla's proposal marks a realistic step to help fund transportation X
          P-D editorial:  As the nation confronts opioid addiction, Missouri dithers;  Legislature should pass bill from Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City)
          Shelly:  Nixon's State of the State call for "risk taking" rings hollow +
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  On voter ID and Real ID +
          P-D op-ed:   Midwest Innocence Project:  Change the laws around eyewitness identification of criminals
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Self-described "deep-dyed, dues-paying Democrat" pleased with Nixon's State of the State
          Columbia Missourian op-ed:  Self-described "white, older lesbian" wants University of Missouri Curators to cut ties with Missouri Farm Bureau for LGBTQIA stance
          SE Missourian op-ed:  Sikeston-Standard Democrat sports editor chooses to read comment section of race-based story, is surprised to find dearth of fact-based intellectual dialogue +
          SNL letter:  Area woman says MoDOT has frittered away taxpayer dollars on bike helmets and other non-highway items, says agency doesn't deserve more money X
          KC Star letter:  Anti-death penalty group weighs in on execution issues +
          SE Missourian letter:  Cape Girardeau woman supports "Anti-Smart Meter" bill, says it helps utility customers reclaim "sovereignty of their homes" +
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        Thursday, January 21
       
NY Times:  Alarmed Clinton supporters begin focusing on Bernie Sanders' socialist edge;  McCaskill, Nixon take aim at surging senator
          NBC News:  McCaskill:  "Absolutely impossible" for Sanders to win key swing states
          US News & World Report:  As Dem race heats up, gloves come off;  Comments from McCaskill
          KC Star:  The New Republic profiles Jeff Roe:  "Ted Cruz's Howitzer" +
          Missourinet:  Obama vetoes Blunt's bill to end "Waters of the U.S." rule
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on protecting Americans from refugees;  Graves on KCI airport;  Libla on gas tax +
          USA Today:  Report cites wasted Pentagon money in Afghanistan;  McCaskill calls natural gas-station program "dumb on its face"
          CDT:  McCaskill hearing highlights efforts to combat rising narcotics addiction X
          Brownfield Ag News:  USDA adds Missouri to its "StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity" anti-poverty initiative
          P-D:  Courts need to help fight gun violence, St. Louis police chief says at mayor's meeting in D.C.
          KWMU:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Six (6!) ways the floods of 2015 and 1982 were similar
          KOMU:  Proposed amendment would stop sales tax on services in Missouri;  Comments from Missourians for Fair Taxation's Scott Charton
          Drebes:  Raise Your Hand for Kids likely to hire National Petition Management to gather signatures
          KC Star:  Missouri group forms to support women in state politics;  Christine Page's Women's Policy Network of Missouri will connect young women with mentors +
          AP:  Union leader in Missouri admits to embezzlement;  AFSCME affiliate president wrote checks to himself, pals for personal use
          Missourinet:  Nixon delivers his last proposed Missouri budget
          KWMU:  Nixon plays it safe with his final state budget
          The Missouri Times:  Prepared text of Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address
          CDT:  Nixon reflects on career, hits familiar themes in final State of the State address X
          KC Star:  Nixon calls for ethics legislation, LGBTQIA rights in final State of the State +
          JCNT:  Nixon pitches state pay raise, Medicaid expansion, education funds X
          Missourinet:  What Nixon did, did not mention in State of the State address
          AP:  Nixon focuses on ethics in final State of the State speech
          P-D:  Nixon highlights his legacy in final State of the State
          CDT:  Nixon budget proposal includes almost $27M increase for University of Missouri X
          Missourinet:  In State of the State, Nixon says daily fantasy sports should be regulated, taxed in Missouri
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative Democratic leaders respond to Nixon's State of the State
          Missourinet:  Missouri legislative Republican leaders respond to Nixon's State of the State
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon's State of the State panned by Republicans
          Missourinet:  State of the State photo gallery
          The Missouri Times:  Voter ID discussed in House, HJR moves to Senate
          AP:  Voter ID proposals move forward in Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Voter ID bill heard in Senate
          KC Star:  House Republicans advance voter ID bills over Democratic opposition +
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri House rejects proposed ag land tax hike
          Missourinet:  "Paycheck protection" proposal returns;  Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills):  "This could bankrupt some unions."
          CDT:  MoDOT director discusses funding shortfall with Columbia Chamber of Commerce X
          CDT:  Senate committee approves fuel tax increase;  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) votes "present," says she's holding out to see how measure "is going to benefit urban areas" X
          The Missouri Times:  Senate perfects measure to strengthen expert witness standards
          P-D:  Further limits on municipal court revenue approved by Missouri Senate committee
          CDT:  Senate committee hears support, concerns about industrial hemp production X
          Columbia Missourian:  Interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley forms committee to explore free speech, regulation of public space on campus
          KC Star:  KC school board picks new superintendent;  Mark Bedell says he will turn unaccredited district around by "engaging people" with "authentic dialogue" +
          KWMU:  Ferguson gives short window to apply for Councilman Brian Fletcher's vacant seat
          P-D editorial:  NGA. Three letters that are far more critical for the city than NFL.
          KC Star editorial:  KC school board makes a wise superintendent choice +
          Jensen:  Missouri voters likely to approve voter ID measure +
          Waters:  MU woes;  Black football players' protest and subsequent resignations show "the animals are in charge of the zoo" X
          P-D op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Michael McShane:  No Child Left Behind is gone. What now for Missouri?
          P-D letter:  Missouri Right to Life's Pam Fichter on upcoming March for Life
          P-D letter:  Richmond Heights man says Missouri should require education for new gun owners
          KC Star letter:  KC man responds to millennial caterwauling about college costs, offers advice:  Try working, pick a college you can afford, and stop spending so much money +
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        Wednesday, January 20  
       
P-D:  McCaskill holds U.S. Senate field hearing in Jefferson City, lobbies for prescription drug monitoring
          AP:  McCaskill says Missouri needs tighter drug monitoring
          The Missouri Times:  McCaskill hears testimony from Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) on opioid abuse
          Kraske:  Cleaver on criminal sentencing;  Todd Richardson on Dems' "Golidlocks" ethics demands;  Nixon's refusal to take a stand on Melissa Click +
          KWMU:  Deputy director of St. Louis VA temporarily assumes top job
          KWMU:  Slay in D.C. for mayors' conference, talks NGA with Missouri delegation
          Missourinet:  USDA holding meetings in Missouri this week on flooding
          CDT:  Pot initiative conceals campaign funding through not-for-profit X
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  Trying to find rhyme or reason in the confusing contribution patterns of David Humphreys
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Association of Realtors' "Missourians for Fair Taxation" kicks off statewide anti-tax campaign today
          The Missouri Times:  Updates on special-elect Reps. Dean Plocher (R), DaRon McGee (D), Rory Rowland (D) campaign reports
          Missourinet:  Livestream link for Gov. Nixon's State of the State address tonight at 7 p.m.
          Missourinet:  "<X> Things" journomeme:  Seven (7!) things to watch for or listen for or think about in Nixon's State of the State
          Columbia Missourian:  Analyzing Nixon's State of the State addresses:  Education, taxes have been common themes
          P-D:  Missouri voter ID plan could be among the strongest in the country
          The Missouri Times:  Kander releases legislative proposals
          Missourinet:  Lobbyist gift ban, other proposed reforms headed to Missouri House
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbyist gift bill heads to the House, campaign committee bill stagnates
          AP:  Ban on lobbyist gifts passes Missouri House committee
          P-D:  Lobbyist gift ban heads to full House for vote
          AP:  Second parent would be notified about abortion under measure
          SE Missourian:  Group of young conservatives, including SEMO student, push for end of Missouri death penalty +
          KWMU:  Bill to abolish death penalty in Missouri being considered
          P-D:  Panel votes against home care worker raises
          P-D:  Nixon's stadium task force under microscope
          CDT:  MU to subsidize graduate student health insurance for another year X
          JCNT:  Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) revives her bill for high school civics test requirement X
          KWMU:  Judge will decide whether to change Ferguson-Florissant school board voting;  Black woman who managed to get elected dismisses NAACP's gripes
          P-D:  Ferguson-Florissant school district lawsuit decision months away;  NAACP unhappy with election outcomes
          KC Star:  Final KC superintendent candidate to be named;  Winner guaranteed to be black man +
          P-D:  Ameren working with Noranda, lawmakers to save smelter
          KWMU:  Galloway slams Carpenter's office for renovation contract and sloppy bookkeping
          P-D:  State audit blasts St. Louis Recorder of Deeds for financial mismanagement
          CDT:  Koster's office to prosecute Fulton hail repair complaints X
          SNL op-ed:  U.S. Rep. Billy Long:  Confronting America's growing opioid abuse crisis X
          P-D op-ed:  New editorial page editor Tod Robberson:  Self-described centrist says he dislikes unworkable knee-jerk extremist positions
          Messenger:  Curators adopt Melissa Click approach to presidential search:  When in doubt, shut the public out
          Priddy:  Missouri Monocracy:  1736 words on representative democracy, state legislative voting districts, campaign finance, much much more
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Latest in series on GOP meanness:  Republicans are mean to women, "pro-life" should extend to universal health care, etc.
          P-D letter:  Bellefontaine Neighbors resident says ban on development in flood plains is good idea
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        Tuesday, January 19
       
The Missouri Times:  Republicans announce Lincoln Days' Friday night speaker
          KWMU:  Cleaver says he thinks there's a chance Ferguson/Baltimore/Chicago dramatics may persuade Congress to make grand jury, sentencing changes
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Missouri gun salesman on Obama's unwitting help;  Author says use of "thug" is racist;  Ron Richard on working with Nixon +
          KC Star:  MU self-starver Jonathan Butler speaks at MLK celebration;  Son of Union Pacific executive VP says he has "so much invested in the movement"
          P-D:  MLK celebration becomes rallying cry:  Speakers proclaim, "Black lives matter," "We are going to engage the community," etc.
          KWMU:  Part 3/3 of MLK series:  The effort to turn around MLK Drive;  Activists insist, "we're at a crossroads," "we don't need much - a little bit of money can go a long way," etc.
          KMOX:  Reardon Roundtable:  Jane Dueker, Scott Faughn, Jack Cardetti talk presidential primary, the Rams departing St. Louis, and Missouri politics (Jan. 15)
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 Tip Sheet:  Statewide races
          CDT:  Columbia candidates raising large sums of money in quest for statewide offices;  A look at the fundraising quarters of Judy Baker, Joshua Hawley, Kurt Schaefer X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Alliance for Freedom holds online poll
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Charter Public School Association seeks director of development and communications
          Missourinet:  More ethics action in Missouri House this week;  Richardson says Dems are playing Goldilocks, waiting for something that's "just right"
          The Missouri Times:  Republicans push for death penalty reconsideration
          Missourinet:  Committee will consider bill that would end death penalty in Missouri
          KMOX:  David Steelman, member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, talks to host Mark Reardon about Mizzou and Melissa Click
          Missourinet:  Nixon says it's not his place to call for firing of Mizzou professor who verbally assaulted a minority student
          KWMU:  Harris-Stowe fails on four of five performance-funding criteria
          P-D:  Pay hikes for home health care workers may get axed
          AP:  Missouri casino operators seek tweaks to credit rules
          Missourinet:  Bill would allow domestic violence victims to keep cell phone numbers
          P-D:  Joan Bray leaving Consumers Council of Missouri
          P-D:  Rep. Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) calls for big flags on bikes
          SE Missourian:  Newspaper launches new website design, will be more compatible with mobile and tablet devices +
          P-D editorial:  Time for Missouri to get Real with ID security
          Darkow cartoon:  Verbal assailant Melissa Click and her "safe space" X
          Waters:  Thoughts on selecting the next University of Missouri president X
          Jon Rust:  Reasons behind the SE Missourian redesign:  59 percent of site visitors now accessing via mobile device +
          P-D letter:  University City man says more money for Army Corps of Engineers means more flooding
          P-D letter:  Clayton woman disagrees with Missouri legislators' "privileged position" on abortion
          P-D letter:  Area reverend opposes death penalty
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        Monday, January 18   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day   Missouri State Holiday via Gov. John Ashcroft, attested by Secretary of State Roy Blunt
       
KWMU:  MLK Drive:  In 1972, meant to be an honor, now embarrassing;  "Even that consistently staunch promoter of liberal causes," the Post-Dispatch, changed its address from Franklin to N. 12th St. when Franklin became MLK Drive
          P-D:  Speaker at MLK event explains her distaste for the word "thug"
          Columbia Missourian:  Vendors say sales are up at this weekend's gun show after Obama's executive action
          P-D:  The flood is gone, but long slog to recovery just beginning
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Brandon Butler from Conservation Federation of Missouri;  Panel of Mark Dalton, Jeff Rainford, Reps. Rocky Miller and Ron Hicks talk ethics legislation, Rams, presidential primaries, more
          Drebes:  David Humphreys gives $50k to Bev Randles
          Drebes:  'Right to work' groups meet in Jefferson City, plot strategy
          Missourinet:  Nixon prepares to release FY 2017 Missouri budget proposal
          KWMU:  Short week at the Capitol features State of the State Address and hearings
          AP:  Restricting lobbyist gifts next target for state lawmakers
          KC Star:  Missouri Capitol sees an influx of interns despite a year of scandal;  Legislators expected to improve behavior after two-hour PowerPoint presentation +
          KWMU:  Too soon to tell whether region's drop in opiate deaths could start a downward trend
          SE Missourian:  Diversity panel gives findings to Southeast +
          Columbia Missourian:  State wildlife vet is part of elk poaching investigation
          Missourinet:  Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) wants as much attention on Ferguson as abortion
          KWMU:  Group seeks cash to print Ferguson books;  Kickstarter campaign has raised $2k of $25k goal
          SE Missourian editorial:  What would MLK say about black unemployment, Ferguson rioting, Chicago gun violence? +
          KC Star editorial:  In a city plagued by violence, putting Dr. King's words on billboards and/or digital streetcar kiosks would make a difference +
          KWMU op-ed:  The decline of MLK Drive:  "There is no use playing as if we live in a color-blind and equitable society;"  Photo of "a man cross [sic] Martin Luther King Drive"
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        Sunday, January 17
       
Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on opioid abuse;  Bike-club rep dislikes bike-flag proposal +
        Missourinet:  McCaskill supports bill allowing graduates to refinance student loans
        SE Missourian:  Management of the river creates pros and cons +
        KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri River management a challenge
        KWMU:  Affordable-housing advocates use flood disaster to push their cause
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics preview:  Guest Brandon Butler from Conservation Federation;  Panel of Mark Dalton, Jeff Rainford, GOP Reps. Ron Hicks and Rocky Miller discuss ethics, Rams, presidential race, more
        SNL:  Dixon, Wasson, Burlison want to tackle federal budget X
        AP:  Missouri sees many options, little consensus on road funding
        P-D:  Emotional debate over abortion continues in 2016
        JCNT:  Jefferson City Public Schools target student attendance;  State law has no mechanism in place to hold parents accountable for students' chronic absenteeism X
        The Maneater:  No final decision on search process for next UM System president
        CDT:  As new semester is about to start, MU grad students' demands unanswered X
        CDT: Graduate student benefits mixed at other universities X
        CDT:  UM System, labor union approach mediation over contract X
        St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislature's ethics proposals are on track X

        Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Rams' Stan slams St. Louis, state X
        Waters:  Stand Kroenke:  The devil in very nice duds X
        P-D letter:  Ballwin man says state should end foolish cycle of repeated flooding, repeated assistance
        P-D letter:  Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph):  Restore voting rights for ex-cons
        P-D letter:  Gender studies teacher at all-girls school says female columnist's piece on dealing with bad bosses reinforces "discriminatory patriarchal systems"
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        Saturday, January 16
       
P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          Missourinet:  McCaskill's U.S. Senate hearing on prescription drug trafficking to be held in Jefferson City
          P-D:  D.C. roundup:  Blunt, Wagner stand up for Missouri coal;  Blunt to kick off re-election around late-Feb. filing
          Kraske:  Ted Cruz's "New York Values" line brings back another Jeff Roe gem:  Kay Barnes, Nancy Pelosi and "San Francisco Values" +
          CDT:  Gun vendors attribute rising sales to upcoming elections, regulations;  Comments from Confederate Firearms, other vendors X
          Missourinet:  Nixon requests major disaster declaration to assist Missourians impacted by historic flooding
          KWMU:  Greitens outpaces all rivals for governor with latest fundraising tally
          AP:  Koster keeps financial lead in Missouri's governor's race
          KWMU:  Russ Carnahan to run for lt. gov
          The Missouri Times:  Carnahan enters lt. gov race;  Brad Bradshaw (D) says former congressman is a "career politician" seeking to use office as "ceremonial bench"
          AP:  Former Congressman Russ Carnahan creates lieutenant governor campaign committee
          P-D:  Russ Carnahan running for lt. governor, will hold "listening tour" prior to formal announcement
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Governor
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Lieutenant Governor
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Secretary of State
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Treasurer
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  Attorney General
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  State Senate
          The Missouri Times:  January 2016 quarterly reports:  State House of Representatives
          P-D:  Marijuana advocate with Missouri ties sued by business partners in Oregon court;  Company gave $26k to Missouri pot initiative for polling
          AP:  Businessman challenges proposal for tobacco tax amendment
          CDT:  Democrats Stephen Webber, Susan McClintic report fundraising advantages in legislative races X
          Missourinet:  Nixon's 2017 budget proposal includes additional funding for Missouri's developmentally disabled
          CDT:  Nixon proposes funding to expand Thompson Center for Autism X
          AP:  Nixon calls for $131 million in new disability spending
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City) seeks to make Real ID an option for Missourians
          Rosenbaum:  Rams' departure prompts re-evaluation of the Edward Jones Dome
          KWMU:  Station begins new Friday show for reporters to discuss their stories;  Debut edition features Rosenbaum discussing Rams departure, stadium conundrum
          KMOX:  Rep. Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles) wants to make sports owners who skip town pay
          The Missouri Times:  Zerr hopes to prohibit incentives from abandoned stadium owners
          P-D:  Zerr:  Future team owners would have to pay debt before leaving
          CDT:  Local government leaders, business leaders oppose legislative cuts to MU X
          SE Missourian:  Job fair set to help former Noranda employees +
          P-D:  Police catch Ferguson looter;  Roy Brown expanded criminal resume to include 14 recent violent robberies in downtown St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Reducing urbanites' criminal behavior will take money and will, not just a commission and a plan
          Terry Ganey:  Missouri Senate exiles press to the bleachers
          P-Ds Nicklaus:  Losing the Rams should be an economic nonevent for St. Louis
          NY Times' Joe Nocera:  In losing the Rams, St. Louis wins; Slay correct to have "no real interest in the NFL"
          Waters:  More on Melissa Click:  David Steelman weighs in X
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood man says legislation is needed to protect NFL fans from greedy owners
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        Friday, January 15
       
Politico:  Rachel Maddow touts Claire McCaskill as one of five female potential Hillary Clinton veep selections
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt has role in 'cancer moonshot' effort X
          P-D:  McCaskill to hold field hearing on opioid abuse in Jefferson City;  Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), others to testify
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill takes aim at Kroenke;  Nixon talks up Missouri in Detroit +
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Farmers assess damage after historic flooding
          Drebes:  Brad Green heads to Missouri Chamber;  Josh Foster from Sen. Emery's office to pitch in for Ron Richard
          KWMU:  Kinder first out of gubernatorial gate with latest finance figures, takes swipe at Hanaway, Brunner and Greitens
          Kraske:  Missouri stands strong against Medicaid expansion +
          Missourinet:  Bill would verify eligibility of Medicaid recipients
          P-D:  Voter photo ID bill advances to Missouri House floor
          SE Missourian:  Area election officials support voter photo ID legislation;  Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz (R):  "I honestly don't know anyone who doesn't have a photo ID" +
          The Missouri Times:  Schaaf introduces bill to restore voting rights to ex-cons
          CDT:  House approves ethics package including Rowden proposal limiting lobbying X
          The Missouri Times:  First four ethics bills pass the House
          KWMU:  Missouri House passes first group of ethics bills
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers take aim at their ethics practices
          AP:  Missouri House passes first bills of session on ethics
          CDT:  Curator David Steelman calls for dismissal of Melissa Click;  Faculty member was caught on video committing macroaggressions against minority journalist X
          CDT:  MU faces 'financial crisis' of lost enrollment and state support, official says
          KWMU:  UM curators set details for presidential search
          Columbia Missourian:  Gun advocates, opponents disagree on merits of guns on college campuses
          Missouri Farmer Today:  Rural schools face challenges, enjoy community support;  Comments from DESE officials, others
          KC Star:  Kansas City meets the finalists for superintendent of schools;  Veteran African-American educators explain how they'll lead district back to accreditation +
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Nixon sets Jan. 24-30 as "School Board Recognition Week" +
          Missourinet:  St. Louis, Kansas City mayors defend earnings taxes to Missouri Legislature
          The Missouri Times:  Standing room only as earnings tax bill gets committee hearing
          The Missouri Times:  Earnings tax 'unconstitutional' according to former solicitor general
          KWMU:  Push begins in Missouri Senate to eliminate earnings taxes in St. Louis City and Kansas City
          KC Star:  KC leaders oppose elimination of earnings tax +
          The Missouri Times:  Jackson County sheriff hopes to see legislative legalization of medical marijuana
          P-D:  Missouri to add new park in Oregon County
          Washington Missourian:  Board of Public Works says two proposed House bills would be detrimental X
          SE Missourian:  Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) blames unfair trade laws for Noranda's woes +
          KWMU:  Black Jew, white Jew unite to preserve stories from Ferguson riots through legacy of Judaism
          JCNT editorial:  A shorter legislative session won't end lawmaker shenanigans, but might save taxpayers some money X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Passage of ethics bills marks a step forward X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Curtman's bill to require a House review of state audits is unnecessary X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Paper's website sets new traffic record in December;  Most visits come from outside city X
          KC Star editorial:  Ignore the drivel of earnings tax foes in Jefferson City +
          Waters:  Kurt Schaefer, Joshua Hawley and abortion machinations X
          Priddy:  Imagining Korman's lobbyist-lawmaker sex reporting form:  Consuming foodstuffs off erogenous zones, intercoursing in front of mirrors, etc.
          Messenger:  St. Louis business owner wants region to learn from stadium failure
          Missouri Farmer Today op-ed:  Missouri Rural Crisis Center's Roger Allison opposes beef checkoff
          KC Star letter:  UMKC prof applauds Cleaver's pro-earmarks stance +
          SE Missourian letter:  Missouri Coalition for Oral Health pleased that dental benefits are back into Medicaid +
          CDT letter:  Area woman says expanding Medicaid will help poor women who choose to breed X
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        Thursday, January 14
       
KC Star:  Missouri politicos fantasize about a world in which the Missouri primaries matter +
          KWMU:  Blunt maintains campaign-finance edge over Kander
          AP:  Blunt touts $5M for Senate race;  Kander at $2M
          The Atlantic:  Among Senate Dem hopefuls, Kander offers most critical reaction to Obama's gun announcement
          Missourinet:  SOTU:  Delegation's communications staffers pen reactions in the voices of their bosses
          Kraske:  The Chat:  McCaskill on student loan debt;  Nixon on Rams' departure;  Mizzou official on race histrionics' impact on freshman applications +
          P-D:  Relocating sports teams should pay back public funds, McCaskill says
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens names campaign leadership team:  Jane Cunningham, Steelmans, Paul DeGregorio, Bert Walker, John Lamping, Nate Walker, College Republican campus leaders, many more
          The Missouri Times:  Early education cigarette tax petitions approved for circulation
          The Missouri Times:  List of 2016's active campaign committees
          The Missouri Times:  Brad Green joins Missouri Chamber of Commerce as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon sharing Missouri automotive manufacturing rebound in Detroit
          Missourinet:  Politico ranks states by public data, says Missouri falls to "35th best":  Residents got fatter in 2015 and will die sooner than in most states, but average income rises to $26k
          AP:  Liberal think tank issues report highlighting economic struggle in St. Louis, other urban areas;  Study concludes that poor people do not earn enough money
          AP:  Missouri jobless aid dependent on constitutional challenge
          P-D:  Lawmakers begin to tackle Real ID conundrum
          AP:  Missouri lawmakers consider Real ID changes
          Missourinet:  Missouri House advances ethics bills;  Democrats complain they were blocked out
          The Missouri Times:  Revolving-door legislation perfected by House;  McCreery adds more ethics language
          The Missouri Times:  Travel expenses ethics bill to be voted on by House today
          The Missouri Times:  Personal-disclosure bill perfected by House
          The Missouri Times:  Legislator-consultant ban bill advances
          CDT:  House approves Rowden bill imposing waiting period before officials may lobby X
          AP:  One-year lobbying ban for Missouri lawmakers moves forward
          KWMU:  Ethics bills receive first-round approval in Missouri House
          CDT:  Fuel tax increase wins favor from industry groups X
          Missourinet:  Discussion of fuel-tax hikes resumes in Missouri Capitol
          The Missouri Times:  Gas tax bill gets first committee hearing
          AP:  Missouri business groups voice support for gas tax hike
          KWMU:  Fuel-tax hike being considered by Missouri Senate committee
          CDT:  Curators begin charting course to find next UM System president X
          KC Star:  Race protests at Mizzou will stunt freshman enrollment +
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) one of five Republicans sponsoring bill to end death penalty +
          CDT:  Attorneys argue skull-bashing murderer's case before appellate panel X
          P-D:  Missouri lawmakers respond with legislation to 'secretive' state land purchases
          P-D:  Lawmakers hear testimony on Schmitt's bill further limiting municipal court revenue
          KTVI (St. Louis):  Eric Schmitt leads push in Jefferson City to cap revenue cities and towns can collect from fines
          The Missouri Times:  Schmitt continuing municipal-courts overhaul, points to Pagedale
          AP:  Missouri legislation would further limit fines cities keep
          Missourinet:  Missouri Senate committee vote cancelled on stadium bill
          KWMU:  For some, the NFL's departure from St. Louis is a 'gut punch;'  Comments from Alderman Jack Coatar, Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), others
          AP:  Slay:  No interest in trying again on NFL
          P-D:  Consensus among regional leaders:  St. Louis is done with professional football
          AP:  Q&A about Rams' move to Los Angeles
          The Missouri Times:  Noranda to lay off 530 employees;  Ameren expected to ask PSC for rate increase
          SE Missourian:  Noranda to lay off 350;  Plant may halt operations +
          P-D:  Noranda slashing over half of smelter workforce, may close plant
          P-D:  State Auditor Nicole Galloway says Winfield exceeded state cap on traffic ticket revenue
          AP:  Koster says people who bought Macaroni Grill gift cards can seek refunds
          KWMU:  St. Louis earnings tax likely to headline April election in the city
          JCNT:  Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Starsky Wilson outlines racial-disparity fixes:  Expanding Medicaid, forcing businesses to pay a higher minimum wage, etc. +
          KWMU:  2015 St. Louis City crime numbers show few surprises;  North City neighborhoods rack up highest homicide totals
          KC Star editorial:  Full accreditation must top list for next Kansas City schools leader +
          P-D editorial:  Money talked. The Rams head west. Now what, St. Louis?
          KC Star's Lewis Diuguid:  St. Louis' loss of Rams will lead diehard fans to Kansas City to enjoy the Chiefs +
          KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah:  Don't let King Rex Sinquefield kill Kansas City's earnings tax +
          P-D letter:  Chesterfield man says pro-gun state legislators lack courage to allow weapons in Capitol
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        Wednesday, January 13
       
KWMU:  SOTU reaction:  Blunt, Cleaver
          St. Joseph News-Press:  McCaskill pushes student loan debt relief X
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal:  McCaskill reacts to Iran taking U.S. Navy personnel hostage X
          Drebes:  Robin Carnahan scissors old campaign committee, donates remaining funds to her new PAC, Democracy 2.0
          The Missouri Times:  'Right to work' advocacy campaign ends first ad campaign against Republican incumbents
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis) on campaign finance restrictions, Mayor Francis Slay on urbanites' prolific 2015 homicide performance +
          JCNT:  Missouri Dept. of Social Services works on welfare verification system X
          JCNT:  Medicaid waiver proposed to treat mental illness X
          The Missouri Times:  Voter photo ID moves out of first committee
          Missourinet:  Bills to create Missouri voter photo ID system advance in House
          KWMU:  Missouri House committee passes voter ID bills
          P-D:  Missouri House panel approves voter ID bill
          AP:  Missouri voter photo ID measures pass House committee
          Missourinet:  Proposed abortion regulation changes challenged in Missouri hearing
          The Missouri Times:  Committee hears Onder's bill on abortion regulations
          AP:  Senators review bill to ban fetal-tissue donations
          CDT:  Lawmakers hear bill to increase regulation of abortion clinics, doctors X
          P-D:  Goodbye, St. Louis Rams;  next stop, LA
          KWMU:  It's over:  Kroenke is moving the Rams to Los Angeles
          Missourinet:  Nixon's statement on vote by NFL owners
          Missourinet:  Stadium task force releases statement on #NFL decision to allow Rams to move to LA
          The Missouri Times:  Rams set to leave St. Louis;  Stadium proponents disappointed
          KWMU:  UM curators set to begin presidential search
          CDT:  Curators to discuss search for next UM System president X
          CDT:  Fewer freshmen apply to MU;  officials expect enrollment decrease X
          SNL:  MSU legislative priorities:  6 percent funding increase, more X
          Missourinet:  Proposal from Sen. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa) aims to close gap on Missouri's school funding shortfall
          AP:  St. Louis schools improve, but not enough for accreditation
          P-D:  Ferguson Commission and St. Louis Public Schools share common reform goals;  Leaders say racial disparities are a shame, everyone must work together, the time to act is "now," etc.
          KWMU:  Riverview Gardens accreditation status raises questions
          P-D:  State Board of Education sets goals for Riverview Gardens schools
          AP:  Riverview Gardens could get accreditation upgrade in June
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) and husband Reg say city is acquiring their land unfairly +
          KWMU:  Galloway announces audits of Ferguson, Pine Lawn municipal courts
          Missourinet:  Federal Court to hear arguments today on Ernest Lee Johnson's death sentence;  Lawyers for man who bashed three skulls with a hammer say pentobarbital might cause their client pain
          KWMU:  SLU's Keon Gilbert teams with Maryland's Rashawn Ray, offers solutions to reduce number of black males killed by police:  More spending on "mental and preventative health services," weakening stand-your-ground laws for the law-abiding, etc.
          SNL op-ed:  Billy Long:  Putting the Ozarks first in the 114th Congress X
          Priddy:  Illustrating the closing of a campaign-finance loophole, using Disney characters
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Ethics bills worthless unless campaign contributions are limited
          Helling:  Voters' voices were never heard in St. Louis stadium push +
          CDT op-ed:  MU faculty make a bad case worse;  Colleagues look foolish trying to defend Melissa Click X
          Messenger:  NAACP/ACLU lawsuit over Ferg-Flor at-large voting districts draws attention to race issues
          P-D letter:  Black sorority rep weighs in on Nixon, Legislature and school-funding formula
          P-D letter:  St. Ann woman dislikes Korman's proposal on lawmaker-lobbyist intercoursing
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        Tuesday, January 12
       
SNL:  Ahead of Obama speech, McCaskill, Blunt, and Billy Long lay out their legislative agendas X
          KWMU:  McCaskill chooses Howard University student as SOTU guest;  Sable Givens chosen to symbolize struggle of adults who choose to borrow large sums of money and are expected to pay it back
          SE Missourian:  Rep. Jason Smith's SCRUB Act seeks to scrap burdensome regulations +
          P-D:  McCaskill, three other female senators to appear in Iowa for Hillary Clinton
          KC Star:  McCaskill headed to Iowa to campaign for Clinton +
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Local gun owners react to Obama X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Cleaver on lack of "anti-murder" sentiment;  Hanaway, Greitens on ethics;  Ron Richard on senators' predictable election-year speechifying +
          P-D:  St. Louis cancer expert takes trip to D.C., is one of 15 granted the honor of talking with Joe Biden staffers
          Brownfield Ag News:  Nixon named chairman of national Governors' Biofuels Coalition
          Columbia Missourian:  Tobacco tax proposals seek to buck trend of defeats on previous ballots
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail:  The Expectations Game:  Setting fundraising targets for statewide and state legislative candidates;  More
          Drebes:  Readers' Poll:  Jeff City Life:  Best place for lunch, best place to have a drink and not see other people, more
          Rosenbaum:  Do Missouri lawmakers have the political fortitude to pass a transportation tax hike?
          AP:  Cheap gas, federal action boost Missouri transportation plan

          Missourinet:  Four ethics proposals advance in Missouri House
          KC Star:  Missouri House moves on ethics bills +
          KWMU:  House committee passes 4 ethics bills;  GOP gov candidates Hanaway, Greitens among those weighing in
          CDT:  Ethics bills clear committee despite criticism over lack of campaign limits X
          The Missouri Times:  Lobbying bills referred from committee
          AP:  Missouri House panel OKs 'cooling-off' period for legislators
          P-D:  Current Missouri lawmakers exempt themselves from lobbying ban
          Missourinet:  Missouri House committee to hear voter ID proposals today
          Missourinet:  Missouri House and Senate to hold hearings on abortion today
          CDT:  Josh Hawley, Kurt Schaefer spar over impact of Planned Parenthood investigation X
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Right to Life announces priority legislation
          Missourinet:  Lawmakers want to reject increase on Missouri ag land property values
          The Missouri Times:  NRA-ILA releases bills to watch:  Various "pro-gun" bills from GOP reps across Missouri, three "anti-gun" proposals from Richmond Heights' Stacey Newman (D)
          CDT:  Education advocates eye bills in General Assembly;  Thoughts from Missouri NEA's Otto Fajen, Missouri School Boards' Association's Brent Ghan X
          KWMU:  Accreditation consideration:  Riverview Gardens, St. Louis Public Schools top state school board agenda
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams passed over for L.A. job
          P-D:  NAACP, ACLU take aim at at-large elections;  Groups say black candidates' failure to win shows system's bias
          Missourinet:  Limits on TANF handouts could encourage more Missourians to give to food pantries;  Thoughts trom Missouri Association for Social Welfare/Empower Missouri's Jeanette Mott Oxford
          KWMU:  Slay names Crime Commission members as crime numbers come out;  Panel includes STL City schools supe Kelvin Adams, Mack Bradley, Missy Kelley, security director for Cardinals, more
          P-D:  St. Louis crime increased in 2015
          KC Star:  Amid deadly start to new year, Kansas City task force prepares to tackle violence +
          P-D:  Posthumous profile:  Brian Fletcher displayed passion for Ferguson when criticism of the city was most intense
          KC Star editorial:  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) must get over his preference for pork +
          P-D editorial:  Missouri laws limiting taxpayer-funded benefits for the poor and unworking are "truly shameful"
          CDT's Waters:  Road money:  It's a disgrace that the Legislature won't do anything substantial X
          P-D op-ed:  Waterways Council President Michael Toohey:  Commentary about river report card fails to concentrate on facts
          SNL letter:  Springfield woman writes to Columbia paper to criticize Springfield state Rep. Eric Burlison X
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says state and federal elected officials are greedy, we need people to represent the interests of the public, etc.
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        Monday, January 11
       
KWMU:  Attacks question how Blunt, Kander conduct their offices
          Politico:  U.S. Senate race ranked 9th most likely to change hands
          KWMU:  After record-breaking floods, how to prevent the next one isn't clear
          This Week in Missouri Politics:  Guest Todd Richardson;  Panel of David Jackson, Jason Rosenbaum, David Barklage, Mark Milton discuss proposed state campaign-finance and lobbyist-gift overhauls, St. Louis stadium issue, more
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) talks with Mannies & Rosenbaum about support for raising fuel tax, flood preparations, constituents' lack of interest in changing campaign-finance laws, more
          Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Catherine Hanaway visits with area farmers +
          Drebes:  Tom Dempsey gives $60k to St. Charles committee;  Group gave $2,500 to Anne Zerr
          AP:  With several elected officials running for higher office, legislative forecast calls for heavy bloviating
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri NAACP elects new president for first time in decades
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) on proposed cooling-off period for departing legislators +
          P-D:  Missouri House members to sit through 47-slide sexual harassment PowerPoint presentation
          KMZU (Carrollton):  GOP Sens. Dan Hegeman, Rob Schaaf talk transportation funding
          Washington Missourian:  Right to carry on campus, sales tax breaks for firearms discussed by lawmakers
          Drebes:  New pre-filed bills:  GOP opposition to death penalty;  Caller ID spoofing
          Columbia Missourian:  MU reports fewer students applying for fall
          KWMU:  ACLU sues Ferguson-Florissant School District, says at-large districts discriminate against black candidates
          KWMU:  Does the NFL have a future in St. Louis?  We'll find out this week.
          Missourinet:  Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) proposes another gun-control bill
          P-D:  Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher dies
          JCNT editorial:  Missouri's amnesty policy helps collect taxes, but coddles and coaxes scofflaws X
          P-D editorial:  We all favor better policing, but the goals must be realistic
          KC Star editorial:  Voters should renew an earnings tax that's critical to Kansas City's future +
          Priddy:  Reporters should have a table on the floor of the Senate, and should feel free to grab senators as they come off the floor
          JCNT letter:  Area woman says roads should be funded by those who use them, not just smokers X
          JCNT letter:  Area seasoned citizen mocks Diehl, LeVota, other "frat boys" X
          JCNT letter:  Area beef producer opposes checkoff X
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        Sunday, January 10
       
The Hill:  Republicans say State of the Union response is an outdated vehicle;  Comments from Billy Long
        JCNT:  Obama's gun control executive orders not universally welcomed X
        KC Star:  KC gun show bustles in wake of Obama's move for more background checks;  Vietnam vet:  "You know who the world's best gun salesman is?  Barack Obama." +
        P-D:  Emanuel Cleaver uses opening address at MLK event to criticize Donald Trump:  "We're more anti-Muslim than we are anti-murder."
        P-D:  North St. Louis City registers first homicide of the year;  Man on porch offers advice to witness:  "Say less, man. Say less."
        P-D:  North St. Louis City's Gwendolyn Webb, Spanish Lake's Alkesha Anderson charged with stealing Missouri child-care funds
        KMOX:  St. Louis Clergy Coalition, Lacy Clay launch petition drive to keep NGA in North St. Louis City
        Belleville News-Democrat:  Democrat Durbin, Republican Kirk making direct pleas to decisionmaker in NGA case;  Durbin says IL leads on merits, with MO relying on emotional revitalize-our-downtrodden-area plea
        P-D:  Nimrod "Rod" Chapel to serve as new president of Missouri NAACP
        Daily Dunklin Democrat:  Area students visit D.C., get White House visit with Rep. Jason Smith +
        KWMU:  VA program gives St. Louis vets direct access to opiate antidote
        KMWU:  Cold, high water volume lessen environmental impact of historic floods
        P-D:  As the river water recedes, calls for new approaches rise
        The Missouri Times:  This Week in Missouri Politics teaser:  Guest Todd Richardson;  Panel of Jason Rosenbaum, David Jackson, David Barklage, state rep candidate Mark Milton (R)
        KC Star:  Paul LeVota creates new campaign committee +
        CDT:  Cathy Richards self-reports campaign violation;  Boone County official running in Dem primary for Webber's seat sent campaign message in county envelope X
        SE Missourian:  Kinder, Hanaway favor freeing highway-patrol money for roads, bridges +
        JCNT:  MoDOT, lawmakers look at funding options for improving state's highways X
        JCNT:  Nixon proposes shorter legislative sessions as part of ethics bill X
        CDT:  Bill from Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) aims to prevent mistaken arrests on old warrants X
        SNL:  How the Missouri school funding formula works X
        SNL:  Why school funding cap was removed and the problems it created X
        SNL:  Full funding of schools this year?  Probably not. X
        SE Missourian:  Fewer-class-periods series:  Part one:  Fewer class periods at Cape aim to boost pay +
        P-D:  NFL's Goodell:  St. Louis stadium plan inadequate, NFL won't step in to block Rams move
        JCNT editorial:  Galloway's audit shows that follow-through is needed to lift Missouri Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board's "sub-par" performance X
        KC Star editorial:  Surge in murders, violent crimes demands new strategies;  KC urbanites take early 5-1 homicide lead over cross-state counterparts +
        CDT's Waters:  Republicans will forget about Melissa Click and Janna Basler soon, and busy themselves with other nonsense X
        Columbia Missourian's Maggie Walter:  Columbia Missourian's "Show Me the Errors" contest underscores editorial staff's humility, sense of humor in acknowledging mistakes
        Twitter:  KC Star editorial board fixes yesterday's "Ron Richards [sic]" typo without acknowledgment
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        Saturday, January 9
       
KC Star:  Jeff Roe moves from Kansas City to national stage +
          P-D:  McCaskill, Blunt differed on key votes in 2015
          P-D:  Area delegation's votes for the week
          P-D:  Mayor Francis Slay to visit New Hampshire, show support for Hillary Clinton
          Missourinet:  Missouri to receive emergency money for post-flood road repairs
          P-D:  Feds grant $1 million in road assistance for Missouri flooding
          AP:  Missouri receives $1 million for road, bridge repairs after floods
          AP:  Most Missouri Guardsmen return home after flood fight
          The Missouri Times:  Greitens makes more noise with criticism of Koster
          Drebes:  The new Paul LeVota campaign-cash vehicle
          Washington Missourian:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) to run for Franklin County Commission
          P-D:  Dave Hinson to run for Franklin County Commission
          CDT:  Boone County Public Administrator Cathy Richards enters Democratic primary for Stephen Webber's House seat X
          CDT:  Incoming Muleskinners president pushes for a less white, less old membership;  Group considers that midday meeting times might not be ideal for people who work for a living X
          Gateway Journalism Review:  Ten years after Pulitzer:  Staff cuts, declining circulation, low morale;  How the Post-Dispatch drives good journalists away
          P-D:  New Post-Dispatch editorial page editor Tod Robberson describes himself as a "centrist"
          KC Star:  Meet the "Midwest Voices" columnists for 2016:  Community organizer, social worker, self-described "millennial progressive," self-described "humanitarian" immigration lawyer, self-described defender of "the vulnerable," etc. +
          AP:  Old driver's license?  You can still fly for two more years.
          P-D:  In ethics conversation, lawmakers disagree over length of "cooling off" period
          CDT:  Senate studying contempt proceedings against Planned Parenthood X
          Missourinet:  Record Powerball jackpot powering other Missouri games, education
          The Missouri Times:  Q&A with Sen. Gary Romine (R-Farmington) about ASARCO settlement and Oregon County land purchase
          P-D:  After race histrionics, early indicators show downward trend in Mizzou enrollment
          AP:  Trial in suit against Ferguson-Florissant district;  NAACP unhappy with at-large school board elections, in which voters elected Caucasoids to five of seven seats
          KWMU:  Stadium task force refutes Rams' claim abouts about rent, revenue
          P-D:  Task force lambastes Kroenke for 'cruel attack'
          KWMU:  Annotating Stan Kroenke's 'love letter' to St. Louis
          P-D editorial:  Legislature should pass ethics overhaul
          KC Star editorial:  Missouri General Assembly has a lot to prove as 2016 session begins;  Thoughts on Speaker Todd Richardson, "Ron Richards [sic]", more Update:  "Ron Richards" corrected Saturday morning without attribution
          JCNT editorial:  You can help improve Missouri's traffic-fatality rate;  Try to not die this year. X
          CDT's Waters:  Ethics proposals and reality X
          P-D letter:  St. Charles woman opposes 'right to work'
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        Friday, January 8
       
KWMU:  Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie to top presidential ballots in Missouri
          KC Star:  Cleaver wants to bring back earmarks, putting him at odds with McCaskill +
          AP:  McCaskill calls for tax relief after Missouri flooding
          CDT:  Taxpayers to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students at seven Columbia schools - regardless of whether students qualify for free and reduced-price meals X
          SE Missourian:  Helping hands vs. sticky fingers:  the lowdown on flood looting +
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt speech may bolster focus on Missouri's ports
          The Missouri Times:  Blunt speaks to House on mental health, transportation
          AP:  Blunt speaks to Missouri House
          P-D:  Annual MLK kick-off program held tomorrow at Harris-Stowe;  University of Missouri interim president Mike Middleton to be handed award;  Emanuel Cleaver to speak;  Choir from unaccredited Normandy High School to sing
          The Missouri Times:  Eric Greitens attacks ethics reform push from both sides
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Greitens pokes at Nixon's ethics stance;  Richardson on House-cleaning plans +
          AP:  Paul LeVota moves more than $100K from his campaign committee to PAC
          CDT:  State senate opponents Caleb Rowden, Stephen Webber clash on road funding during Chamber event X
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair) will not seek re-election, will run for county commission
          Drebes:  Brendan Cossette headed to Missouri Chamber to become new COO
          SE Missourian:  Local changes uncertain as Real ID deadline approaches +
          KWMU:  Missouri driver's licenses do not meet federal security requirements;  Commercial air travel not affected
          AP:  Nixon wants license law changed
          Missourinet:  Missouri bill calls sexual relations with lobbyists a gift;  Recreational intercoursing would be reported to Missouri Ethics Commission
          CDT:  Bill requires reporting sex between lawmakers and lobbyists on ethics forms X
          AP:  Missouri bill calls for reporting of lobbyist, lawmaker sex
          Missourinet:  Little legislative support for splitting Missouri Water and Highway Patrols
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) files Sunshine Law request for St. Louis and Kansas City earnings tax data
          Missourinet:  Missouri Supreme Court to consider unemployment bill veto override
          The Missouri Times:  SOS office receives "good" rating on audit, corrects overpayment
          The Missouri Times:  Jeff Mizanskey visits Capitol to thank legislators
          P-D:  Nixon responds to Kroenke's proposal to move the Rams to Los Angeles
          P-D:  Slay to NFL's Goodell:  'I cannot ever remember meeting Stan Kroenke'
          KC Star:  Mayor Sly James talks about his city's gun violence on 'Nightline' +
          SE Missourian:  Commissioners call for city to pay $67,200 to Kathy Swan and her husband for land +
          P-D:  Ameren bills to drop as efficiency program ends
          KC Star:  Bipartisan vote provides reporters new space from which to cover Missouri Senate +
          P-D:  In bipartisan vote, senators provide reporters new working space
          Missourinet:  Press corps to move off the Missouri Senate floor
          KWMU:  In bipartisan move, Senate votes to provide reporters space in gallery
          AP:  Missouri Senate moves reporters off floor
          JCNT editorial:  Legislators giving lots of lip service to ethics, again X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Unclear if Missouri legislators have the intestinal fortitude to pass ethics legislation X
          Washington Missourian's Bill Miller:  Not much middle ground in gun-law debate X
          P-D op-ed:  Community Builders Network's Thomas J. Pickel:  Energy efficient affordable housing:  An opportunity Missouri must not miss
          Messenger:  99 problems, and Kroenke ain't one
          Messenger:  Video:  Missouri Senate vs. the press
          KC Star letter:  Area woman says white males' desire to own guns fueled by bigoted white supremacy +
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        Thursday, January 7
       
The Hill:  Blunt, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) propose bipartisan bill to boost mental health funding
          KFVS (Cape Girardeau):  Blunt visits Southeast Missouri State to highlight NIH funding, talk flood
          KOLR:  Blunt visits Springfield, celebrates increase in cancer funding
          Kirksville Daily Express:  Blunt meets with local leaders on mental health
          Politico:  Democrats mine Pentagon files for dirt on Blunt, other GOP senators
          Missourinet:  Congressional Republicans support bill to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood
          KWMU:  'Operation Recovery' to remove 500,000 tons of flood debris from St. Louis area
          Missourinet:  State lawmakers talk Missouri flooding as 2016 session begins
          The Missouri Times:  Jay Hahn, Whit O'Daniel announce new government relations firm
          Missourinet:  Videos:  Missouri legislative leaders' opening-day remarks
          The Missouri Times:  Speaker Todd Richardson delivers opening day address
          Missourinet:  Missouri House, Senate GOP plan to work closely in '16 session
          AP:  Legislature starts session under new leadership
          KWMU:  Jefferson City opening day notes;  moving quickly on ethics legislation and other priorities
          Missourinet:  Ethics bills to take lead out of the gate in Missouri legislative session
          JCNT:  Fast start predicted at Capitol;  Debate on ethics overhaul could start next week X
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics overhaul at top of agenda for state lawmakers
          KC Star:  Ethics bill defines sex between lobbyists, lawmakers as a gift +
          KC Star:  Senate to give staff more room to work on Senate floor;  Journalists can watch Senate proceedings from public gallery +
          KWMU:  Missouri lawmakers begin annual state budget battles
          CDT:  Possible fuel tax increase one of top budget issues as lawmakers begin session X
          Missourinet:  Missouri lawmakers studying Real ID issue
          P-D:  Missouri driver's licenses still valid to enter federal courthouse;  U.S. Marshal's office is not changing procedures in response to Real ID
          Columbia Missourian:  Bills face complex path to becoming law;  A look at last year's plastic-bag/minimum-wage mash-up
          CDT:  Session preview:  Democrats criticize Schaefer's criticism of MU;  Minority party suggests statewide candidate might be grandstanding in an election year X
          CDT:  Some MU faculty counter calls for Melissa Click's removal with letter of support X
          The Missouri Times:  State legislators react to Obama gun proposal
          P-D:  St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams on short list to lead L.A. schools
          KWMU:  St. Louis Public Schools supe mentioned in search for L.A. job
          KWMU:  'Not a 3 professional team market.' Why the Rams want to leave St. Louis
          KWMU:  Mayor Slay on Rams' bid for L.A.:  'Make no mistake - St. Louis is a great city, a great sports town'
          P-D:  St. Louis to Kroenke:  You're 'preposterous'
          Columbia Missourian:  2015 deaths in Missouri vehicle crashes highest since 2009
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Ellington on grand juries and police-involved shootings +
          The Missouri Times:  Nasheed, Dogan, ACLU team up to fight police profiling
          Missourinet:  ACLU, "Don't Shoot Coalition" back police-profiling bill
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Mannies & Rosenbaum have a chat with St. Louis City Alderman Cara Spencer on restricting guns, city earnings tax, more
          JCNT editorial:  GOP call for Melissa Click's scalp is a good example of political posturing X
          P-D editorial:  Silent Stan unloads, offers to show NFL the money
          Priddy:  Retired scribe offers sarcasm on Kurt Schaefer, guns on campus, more
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  If Missouri legislators pick off Melissa Click, it's not a win for education +
          Columbia Missourian's David Rosman:  Insight into legislative session:  There are a number of issues, and Rex Sinquefield will attempt to persuade legislators, and there will be a lot to write about
          KC Star letter:  Man who chooses to live in Kansas criticizes Missouri's occupational licensing regulations +
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        Wednesday, January 6   Missouri General Assembly Opening Day
       
KMOX:  Obama weeps during gun-control speech;  Comments from Blunt, Clay
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Blunt, Graves react to Obama's gun proposal X
          KCUR:  Blunt talks guns, health research during KC stop
          Missourinet:  Congressional delegation reacts to President's orders on gun control
          KC Star:  KC Mayor Sly James weighs in on Obama proposals, says, "There are no gun laws in this state" +
          KWMU:  List of Missouri gun laws:  Concealed-carry application regulations;  rules on owning, selling and transporting firearms;  other Missouri gun laws
          SNL:  Greene County Sheriff scoffs at Obama's 'knee-jerk' executive action on guns X
          The Missouri Times:  GOP gubernatorial candidates chime in on potential gun control actions
          SE Missourian:  Cape Girardeau man federally indicted on food-stamp fraud charges;  Convenience store owner redeemed $800,000 in SNAP handouts +
          SE Missourian:  Homeowners, companies gear up for flood cleanup efforts +
          KC Star:  Kurt Schaefer, Josh Hawley spar over Iranian militant group +
          Drebes:  Help Wanted:  Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence seeks communications coordinator
          Drebes:  MoScout Readers Poll on Lobbyists:  Most Effective, Happy Warrior, Lovable Curmudgeon, Best Superhero Duo, more
          KWMU:  Legislative session preview:  Contribution limits;  Regulating how and when departing legislators can use their skillset to earn a living;  Guns;  Transportation;  More
          AP:  Legislative session preview:  One-sentence summaries of key topics
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Speaker Todd Richardson optimistic about session's productivity;  MSTA's Bruce Moe on teacher pay +
          CDT:  Nixon makes ethics top priority for his final legislative session X
          The Missouri Times:  Nixon enthused, but wary, on proposed lobbying changes
          KC Star:  Nixon renews call for legislative ethics overhaul +
          Columbia Missourian:  Ethics overhaul at top of agenda for state lawmakers
          AP:  Nixon says ethics changes should be priority this session
          JCNT:  Nixon:  2016 is the year for ethics reform +
          AP:  Nixon supports bill to raise Missouri gas tax 1.5 cents
          SNL:  Lawmakers:  Road funding a top priority for session X
          AP:  Missouri general revenue up for first half of budget year
          Missourinet:  Missouri amnesty program will bring in $35 million in back taxes
          AP:  Nixon says state tax amnesty program will bring in $35 million this year for health care
          Missourinet:  Nixon opposes splitting Missouri water, highway patrols
          CDT:  Subpoena fight sets tone for legislative debate on abortion X
          KC Star:  Group of University of Missouri faculty members defend colleague who verbally assaulted minority journalist +
          KWMU:  Galloway investigating small business advocacy board
          Missourinet:  Kroenke lays out details as to why it's time for Rams to leave St. Louis - and it's harsh
          SNL:  Springfield Public Schools names office building for former Sen. Roseann Bentley (R) X
          KWMU:  Nasheed, Dogan propose major overhaul of state traffic stop data
          AP:  Missouri measure seeks to address policing "bias"
          The Missouri Times:  Rep. Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) files bill to forbid grand juries from hearing police cases
          SE Missourian editorial:  Neighbors, infrastructure help fight flood;  A positive, optimistic look at flood preparations and recovery +
          JCNT editorial:  Applying new federal law to local schools X
          Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal editorial:  State has obligation to fully fund schools X
          P-D op-ed:  Rep. Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood):  Thoughts on economic woes, fear of gunfire, Star Wars' depiction of women, other aspects of the female struggle
          P-D op-ed:  Washington University senior lecture [sic] Michael Gordinier:  Permit holders should be allowed to carry guns on college campuses
          KC Star letter:  KC man attempts analogy:  Legislators opposing contribution limits are like Bill Cosby drugging and raping women +
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County woman says editorial board opposes woe-is-me culture only when a white male shows entitlement
          P-D letter:  St. Charles man responds to victim-culture editorial, says editorial board can manage to blame anything on white male Republicans
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        Tuesday, January 5   Session Eve
       
KMIZ:  Blunt visits Jefferson City;  Junior senator discusses GOP disagreements on REAL ID, flooding, his push for more mental-health funding
          KWMU:  Outgoing director says access is better at St. Louis VA, but needs to be monitored
          Missourinet:  Many roads re-open in Missouri, but flooding expected could lead to closures
          SE Missourian:  Area counties begin to assess flood damage +
          CDT:  Initiative petitions might force lawmakers into action on ethics overhaul X
          The Missouri Times:  Texts from the Trail column:  Brunner's hefty check to himself makes it clear it's 'game on;'  a look at recent entrants into state legislative races
          The Missouri Times:  In-depth series on statewide candidates:  Catherine Hanaway, Missouri's Red-State Architect:  Insight from Chuck Caisley, Carl Bearden, former Reps. Larry Crawford (R) and Esther Haywood (D), more
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Steve Roberts Jr.;  Son of St. Louis City real estate figure to run in primary for Kim Gardner's safe Democratic seat
          The Missouri Times:  Profile:  Nick Schroer:  Brother-in-law of Rep. Robert Cornejo (R) to run in primary for Ron Hick's safe Republican seat
          P-D:  Dean Plocher, Republican filling Diehl's vacated seat, to be sworn in tomorrow
          Rosenbaum:  Richardson looks to defy legislative expectations;  Dems, Republicans, and the Speaker himself preview Poplar Bluff native's first full session as leader
          KWMU:  Reporters Jo Mannies and Marshall Griffin, along with UMSL's Terry Jones, preview the legislative session
          KC Star:  Legislative-session preview:  Overview of top issues +
          JCNT:  Nixon sets Jan. 20 for State of the State X
          KWMU:  Politically Speaking podcast:  Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) talks with journoduo about Webber vs. Rowden, voter ID, stadium funding, uncompassionate nature of proposed "cooling-off" livelihood-restriction proposals, more
          Missourinet:  Rep. Dianne Franklin (R-Camdenton) proposes reversing merger of Missouri Highway and Water patrols
          The Missouri Times:  Franklin pre-files bill to re-establish water patrol
          KC Star:  Franklin files bill to reverse merger of water patrol into Highway Patrol +
          JCNT:  Franklin files bill to re-establish State Water Patrol X
          The Missouri Times:  Republican legislators demand termination of MU professor for role in protests;  Melissa Click was caught on video verbally assaulting minority journalist
          Columbia Missourian:  State lawmakers want 2 of MU staff fired for protest actions;  Caucasoid females Melissa Click, Janna Basler commited macroaggressions against minority student
          CDT:  Lawmakers call for termination of Mizzou prof, Student Life employee for behavior caught on camera;  Lawmakers poke at prof's academic focus on BDSM chick lit, poppy topics X
          AP:  GOP lawmakers want Mizzou professor fired for threatening minority journalist
          SNL:  In wake of report showing "no credible evidence" of discrimination, Missouri State University's top black official says he'll go away;  School officials say breakup was mutual X
          JCNT:  Missouri State Teacher's Association says MO teachers rank 42nd in pay X
          AP:  Bill from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) would criminalize using drugs while pregnant
          AP:  GOP-led panel wants Planned Parenthood leader held in contempt for refusing to share documents
          The Missouri Times:  Schupp criticizes Schaefer over Sanctity of Life recommendations
          P-D:  Red-light camera ban up for debate by Missouri lawmakers
          KWMU:  It's official:  The St. Louis Rams want to move to Los Angeles
          Missourinet:  Rams apply to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles
          P-D:  Rams apply for move to L.A.
          SNL:  Springfield woman says gun rights prevented tragedy;  Knife-wielding ruffian threatened woman and her children at gas station - until the miscreant was run off by legally-armed husband X
          Missourinet:  Five killed in Missouri crashes over New Year's weekend
          Missourinet:  Traffic fatalities, drownings increase in Missouri in 2015
          P-D editorial:  A river city perpetually surprised by floods should wise up
          CDT's Waters:  GOP voter ID bill will help suppress turnout among minorities, the poors and the olds X
          KC Star's Mary Sanchez:  Proposal from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis City) and Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin) seeks more data on police bias, but numbers don't fix problems +
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        Monday, January 4
       
Missourinet:  U.S. Rep. Jason Smith:  flood protection along Mississippi is adequate, but more needs to be done
          P-D:  Recovery underway in wake of holidays marred by flooding
          AP:  Missouri assesses damage, cleanup after flood
          Kraske:  The Chat:  Blunt on historic flooding +
          STLBJ:  Missouri health exchange enrollment topping last year's figures
          AP:  Survey gives continuing signs of economic doldrums in Missouri, other Midwest states
          KC Star:  Tobacco companies line up on both sides of Missouri tax debate +
          KWMU:  Q&A with Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard:  Value of PQ to shut off filibusters;  role of Senate sobriety in tempering House actions;  colleagues obsessed with staring at their phones and managing their social-media images instead of working;  more
          AP:  Legislators submit ethics proposals, again;  Nixon says overhaul of rules could totally happen this year
          Columbia Missourian:  PolitiFact:  Will Kraus' statement on voter fraud, made during appearance on Scott Faughn's This Week in Missouri Politics, rated "Half True"
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Rep. Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph) on "living wage" proposals:  More than $9/hr. not realistic "unless we do a progressive increase" X
          Missourinet:  Groups discuss more control for videos of Missouri child sex abuse victims in court cases
          The Maneater:  After stepping down as chancellor, Loftin isn't dwelling on the past
          KRES/KWIX (Moberly):  Missouri Department of Conservation wants decent citizens to report poachers;  Comments from area conservation agent
          KC Star:  Jolie Justus announces meeting of anti-violence task force +
          P-D:  A look at the child victims of St. Louis City's record-breaking 2015 homicide season
          P-D editorial:  St. Louis City should forget about funding stadium, and focus on providing city employees paid family leave
          Priddy:  Meaningful ethics overhaul unlikely to happen
          Messenger:  Lawmakers target Tilley as ethics debate is revived in Missouri;  A look at contributions to Democrats, Republicans
          P-D letter:  Ohio man offers Missouri a sandbag-filling tip:  Use machines manned by prisoners
          JCNT letter:  Area octogenarian says Missouri GOP stance on Medicaid is "inconsiderate," cites "known fact" that over 100,000 veterans in Missouri can't afford health insurance X
          P-D letter:  Maryland Heights woman dislikes Rep. Jered Taylor's (R-Nixa) proposal for gun-tax holiday, suggests diaper-tax holiday to benefit poor tykes
          P-D letter:  Kirkwood woman says more guns lead to more murder, suggests pro-gun state legislators have problems with their "hearts and minds and souls"
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County resident says Rams owners should not count on stadium funding
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        Sunday, January 3
       
Missourinet:  Nixon requests federal emergency declaration for historic flooding in Missouri
          Missourinet:  President signs emergency decaration to assist with Missouri flood relief
          KWMU:  President declares state of emergency in Missouri
          SE Missourian:  River slowly retreats after setting record in Cape +
          Kraske:  Unlike his performance in Ferguson, Nixon appears fully engaged in flooding crisis +
          JCNT:  Legislative preview:  Lawmakers to invade Capitol on Wednesday;  Issues will include transportation, ethics overhaul, Planned Parenthood X
          JCNT:  Area state senators list legislative priorities X
          JCNT:  Area state reps list legislative priorities X
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Legislative preview:  Lawmakers to consider gas tax ideas X
          CDT:  Legislative preview:  GOP and 'right to work' prospects;  Ballot initiatives targeted at campaign contributions, size of the Legislature and more;  Predictions of statewide-candidate showboating;  More X
          AP:  Legislative preview:  Missouri, other states to consider wide variety of issues in their Legislatures:  Guns, Planned Parenthood, LGBTQIA rights, police body cameras
          JCNT:  Lawmakers facing 'REAL ID' challenge X
          SNL:  Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) wants to add criminal penalties for drug use during pregnancy X
          JCNT:  New education act promises more local control;  Comments from DESE's Chris Neale, others X
          KWMU:  Music therapists' 5-year push for state certification continues
          JCNT:  Fulton State Hospital project on budget, schedule;  Comments from Office of Administration's Ryan Burns X
          St. Joseph News-Press editorial:  From TANF cuts to limiting unemployment benefits, state Republican proposals are reasonable and defensible - but GOP leaders must be more vocal X
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Gas-tax debate to begin - and current proposals aren't nearly enough X
          JCNT editorial:  Ridiculous number of initiative petitions gradually is dismantling representative government X
          P-D editorial:  When everyone's a victim, no one is a victim;  Mizzou protesters' caterwauling over "safe space" - in the middle of a public university - is one example
          McClellan:  2016 predictions:  Jeb Bush carries Missouri over Hillary Clinton;  Koster over Hanaway;  Rams leave St. Louis;  Obama makes sure Illinois takes NGA away from Missouri
          Messenger:   North Side location could bring NGA history full circle
          KC Star's Steve Rose:  Survey examines Missourians' views on climate change topics +
          SNL op-ed:  Show-Me Institute's Joseph Miller:  Drivers should pay for new Missouri highways X
          P-D op-ed:  Solving racial tension in Missouri:  University City man believes that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way
          SE Missourian:  Area man says national Republicans have not been conservative about spending, credits state GOP leaders for "holding the line" on spending +
          P-D letter:  American Cancer Society volunteer thanks Blunt for support of funding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis County man says "zoning czars," developers, elected officials to blame for flooding
          P-D letter:  St. Louis City man says Confederate memorial teaches lesson about traitors
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        Saturday, January 2
       
KWMU:  Meramec River reaches crest;  Interstates reopened
          AP:  Interstate highways reopen in flood-ravaged St. Louis area
          Missourinet:  River flooding disrupts critical shipping time for Missouri farmers
          Missourinet:  Photo gallery:  Flooding in eastern Missouri yesterday
          P-D:  Levee breaks near St. Mary, Mo.;  Historic high water expected in Cape Girardeau
          SE Missourian:  Flood of '16 breaks record in Cape, surpasses Great Flood of 1993 +
          Washington Missourian:  Floods had major impact on county roads, highway official says X
          Missourinet:  Missouri State Patrol requests citizens not fly drones in flood-affected areas
          CDT:  Blunt visits area food bank as part of official duties, declines to answer questions about son's lobbying or U.S. Senate campaign opponent Jason Kander X
          Kraske:  The Chat:  End-of-quarter fundraising beg-for-cash edition +
          AP:  Annual new-laws overview:  Welfare recipients can stay on the dole for nearly four years;  Unworking adults can choose to accept unemployment benefits for more than three months;  Tax, traffic-fine, dog-breeding updates
          P-D editorial:  Gun sales tax-holiday idea from Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa) is dumb
          Washington Missourian editorial:  Top 10 AP stories are a matter of opinion;  Race histrionics at Mizzou - or "Cave-In University" - was big news X
          CDT's Waters:  Planned Parenthood:  University of Missouri should reinstate "refer and follow" privileges X
          Columbia Missourian's George Kennedy:  Latest in let's-spend-more-time-talking-about-race series;  Septuagenarian columnist refers to "aggressively ambitious" ideological assailant Kurt Schaefer without mentioning his name
          P-D letter:  St. Louis woman says taxpayers would be on the hook when Rams PSL sales fall short
          P-D letter:  Ferguson man offers sarcastic take on Nixon and National Guard
          P-D letter:  Sappington man dislikes coverage of Tamir Rice incident, objects to "Trayvonification":  "posting innocent child pictures of criminals in an attempt to sway opinion"
          Washington Missourian letter:  Area resident lists targets of grievances:  Black parents who don't control violent offspring;  Gun sellers who provide tools of violence;  Local gas-station owners seeking to maximize profits X
          P-D letter:  Lake Saint Louis man says that while the politically-correct crowd is at it, take away the statue of Union Gen. Sigel
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          KWMU:  Meramec River reaches crest;  I-55 closed
          KWMU:  Flood information at a glance:  Road closings, volunteer info
          Brownfield Ag News:  Missouri farmers work together amid flooding
          Missouri Ruralist:  Video:  Missouri farm family faces floodwaters
          Missourinet:  Iowa National Guard soldiers to help 6500 Missourians get clean drinking water
          SE Missourian:  River forecast at Cape now at 50 feet;  would break '93 record
          P-D:  State officials, lawmakers unsure of monetary impact of flooding
          Columbia Missourian:  The Year in Pictures:  Lesbian newlyweds celebrate with selfie;  Activists disrupt MU Homecoming Parade;  Caucasoid female MU employee verbally assaults minority journalist;  Grown man wears homemade Star Wars costume in public;  More
          Kraske:  The Great Kraskini's 2016 predictions:  Clinton over Cruz, Koster over Kinder, Blunt over Kander;  Todd Richardson, Ron Richard, Jason Kander impress
          KWMU:  John Brunner infuses $3.6M of own money into his GOP bid for governor
          The Missouri Times:  Brunner donates $3.6M to gubernatorial campaign
          AP:  Brunner puts $3.6M of his own money into gov campaign
          The Missouri Times:  Missouri Family Policy Council names AG candidate Kurt Schaefer "Missouri Family Champion of the Year"
          Drebes:  Initiative petition would keep Syrian refugees out of Missouri
          Missouri Farmer Today:  2016 legislative session could look at dairy funding, farmland tax, ag issues;  Comments from Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho), Missouri Farm Bureau's Ashley McDonald
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Opposition to St. Louis stadium plan grows
          JCNT:  House members prefile full slate of proposed legislation
          JCNT:  Senators prefile hundreds of bills for upcoming session
          KWMU:  Education bill would keep male genitalia out of girls' locker rooms
          SNL:  Report:  'No credible evidence' MSU discriminated against top black official;  State school spends time, resources addressing one man's online petition
          KMZU (Carrollton):  New drug legislation may put life-saving overdose medication into the hands of citizens;  Interview with Rep. Steven Lynch (R-Waynesville)
          Missourinet:  Missouri committee on Planned Parenthood wants contempt proceedings, more hearings
          AP:  Missouri launches health care program for pregnant women
          P-D:  Missouri taxpayers set to pick up the tab for pregnant-women health care;  Program will prop up nearly 1,800 women - earning up to three times the poverty level - who can't manage to purchase health care on their own
          P-D:  Ameren Missouri energy efficiency program ends
          AP:  Missouri casinos attribute higher arrest totals to better training
          KWMU:  EPA to build a physical firebreak at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton
          P-D:  EPA proceeds with long-delayed barrier between burning landfill and radioactive waste
          AP:  EPA orders isolation barrier at St. Louis-area landfill
          Columbia Missourian:  Hunters kill 11,061 deer during alternative weapons season;  Missouri Department of Conservation provides county-level data on wild animals removed from population
          KC Star:  2015 was Kansas City's deadliest year for homicides since 2011;  Black males comprise 63% of the 109 murder victims
          P-D:  St. Louis City boosts homicide total 14 percent over 2014, with 188 total;  St. Louis County increases murders 78 percent, for total of 66 slayings
          P-D:  Ferguson men apprehended after robbing man of cell phone;  Perps taken into custody without assaulting officers
          St. Joseph News-Press:  Kwanzaa ends today, with few celebrating locally;  Local activist says Afrocentric celebration "doesn't have the permanency" of religious holidays
          Messenger:  Pied piper of failed river policies saw this flood coming
          Shelly:  Pessimistic predictions for 2016;  Seasoned sexagenarian's top 2015 Missouri themes (Rex Sinquefield, Kurt Schaefer) persist into new year
          P-D op-ed:  Missouri should roll back occupational-licensing regulations
          St. Joseph News-Press letter:  Area woman thanks Sam Graves staffer Wesley Shaw for listening to her views and responding in a respectful manner
          P-D letter:  Illinois woman says David Lieb's piece on wind energy was more like an advertorial by American Wind Energy Association
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Block Grain Belt Express President Russell Pisciotta details group's opposition to transmission line
          Columbia Missourian letter:  Oak Grove woman says curbing access to cold medicines won't curb meth addictions
          SNL letter:  Battlefield man says Nixon not to blame for Brandon Ellingson's drowning
          P-D letter:  Crestwood resident opposes P-D push for metro super-government, says "big is not beautiful"
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