In The Star:
- Kit Wagar reports on the Missouri House giving preliminary OK to a Medicaid fraud bill. Critics say the measure is largely toothless.
- Wagar also followed the House debate over stem-cell definitions.
- In his column, Mike Hendricks discovers that the Equal Rights Amendment is still alive.
- Mark Morris has a full account of Katheryn Shields' urging that her trial on mortgage fraud charges start soon.
- Russ Pulley reports on the votes yesterday in Blue Springs, which said no to a sales tax to fix streets; in Grain Valley, which approved a school bond issue, and Liberty, where a sales tax for the Liberty Triangle passed.
- Diane Carroll reports that the eight staffers fired by JoCo D.A. Phill Kline are now off the payroll.
- Mark Wiebe summarizes the state of the government address yesterday in WyCo. And here's the text.
Elsewhere: Top pickings from The Hotline's "Wake-Up Call," ABC's The Note and others.
- According to a new Gallup poll, 37 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job; 55 percent disapprove
- The Politico headlines a story: "GOP views Clinton as virtually unbeatable"
- And has Hillary Clinton locked up the big Democratic fund-raisers? The Washington Post reports that the guest list at the Clintons' home last night included "such major Democratic donors as Haim Saban, a Hollywood studio investor, Alan J. Patricof, a New York financier, and Kevin O'Keefe, a Chicago lawyer."
- Al Gore said the Bush administration "is now paying scientists to dispute global warming," CNN reports.
Posted by Keith Chrostowski