Former Cape Girardeau mayors back aquatic center project, committee being formed

A group of Cape Girardeau civic leaders have come together in support of the Proposition Y School Bond issue and are formed a fundraising committee.

Parody account soars in popularity following lawsuit

  Downstate IL mostly disapproves of Governor Pritzker job performance

Plan would change how nation chooses President

Federal judge blocks another Kentucky abortion law

MO to recieve nearly $10M in Opioid Response Grants

IL governor, state police take steps to strengthen Forensic Services

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MO lawmakers propose act to regulate its own gun laws

  SIU visiting professor: 2020 census important for state seats, money

Kentucky gov signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit

Lawmakers announce more than $123M in federal funding for IL highway, bridge repair

Former Congressman from southeast MO Bill Burlison passes at 88

Ky gov signs bill limiting Grimes’ power over election board

She’s OK! First lady of Kentucky falls off back of stage

Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin fell off the speaker's platform during the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Lexington, but she's OK. The governor's spokesman says she was just shaken up and didn't need medical attention

Battle begins over strict KY abortion law

A new Kentucky law bans abortions if a heartbeat is detected, which usually happens around six weeks of pregnancy.

For $525, you can have a Bible possibly signed by Donald Trump

The listing says it comes with a certificate of authenticity, though that is not shown in the accompanying photographs.

Superintendent of MO Highway Patrol sworn into office

Col. Eric Olsen was sworn in on March 15.

Proposed bill would require MO residents to own an AR-15

KY House passes fetal heartbeat bill

ACLU seeks to block fetal heartbeat measure in Kentucky

Last day of legislative session keeps KY lawmakers busy

KY education commissioner demands teacher attendance records in wake of sickouts

IL Gov. Pritzker tours Quincy Veterans Home

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

Missouri House, Senate vote to extend coverage for children with disabilities

Expanding therapy options for children with disabilities is gaining support in Jefferson City.

Durbin issues statement about grounding of Boeing 737 planes

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is saying safety comes first after the announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 737 Max series aircraft.

  Gov. Parson signs Executive Order creating School Safety Task Force

According to Gov. Parson’s office the task force will develop a statewide strategic plan for school safety.

Missouri panel trims bill on complaints of rape in college

A panel of Missouri lawmakers has significantly dialed back legislation that backers say is aimed at ensuring those accused of rape and sex-based discrimination in college are treated fairly

Governor Bevin’s post on ‘sick of sickouts’ gets reaction

The governor's social media post was all the buzz in Frankfort. GOP sources said it was really about a deal struck between JCPS and JCTA -- a deal that fell through.

Panel to study possibility of Hyperloop system in Missouri

Missouri elected officials and business leaders are teaming up to study the possibility of connecting Kansas City and St. Louis with an ultra-high-speed Hyperloop system

  Legislation would protect minors from internet spying

Lawmakers said the legislation strengthens privacy protections for children

Former Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Firefighters conference

Former Vice President Joe Biden is in Washington, D.C. speaking at the IAFF conference. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also spoke at the conference this week.

Governor signs KY bill into law allowing concealed carry without permit

It allows anyone 21 and over who can legally own a gun to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in the state of Kentucky.

Sen. Duckworth to deliver address on eve of 16th anniversary of Iraq invasion

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will deliver remarks at the National Press Club on Wednesday, March 13 where she will lay out her vision for a strong military.

Bill requires ‘In God We Trust’ to be displayed in KY schools

The official national motto of the United States, “In God We Trust”, is on some license plates and on the money Americans use everyday. Now, lawmakers in Kentucky want that same motto to be displayed in all public schools across the commonwealth.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Missouri medical marijuana licenses in high demand

Missouri plans to license more than 300 medical marijuana-related businesses this year, and if that's not enough, the program director says more will be approved

Trump: Making daylight saving time permanent is ‘OK with me’

President Donald Trump thinks it's a good idea if daylight saving time becomes permanent

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

VP Pence stumps for Bevin in Lexington

Vice President Mike Pence campaigned in Lexington for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday. Tickets for the fundraiser at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky cost $1,000 apiece.

  Should Missouri require internet safety and behavior classes in school?

Schools teaching kids how to behave and be safe on the internet could become a law in Missouri.

  Gov. Pritzker signs critical access hospital bill in Saline Co., IL

Illinois Gov. Pritzker visited Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado on Friday and signed a bill to strengthen critical access hospitals in rural communities.

  Gov. Parson, employers support “Fast Track” grant proposal

Gov. Parson stopped at two Heartland businesses on Friday, March 8, to promote his "Fast Track" program.

Illinois NRA Gun Owner Lobby Day event to be held in Springfield

According to the Illinois State Rifle Association, they will have buses available in key locations throughout the state.

LGBTQ+ open forum with Carbondale mayoral candidates

All candidates have been invited to participate.

Duckworth, Durbin working on tax cut for families with children

The legislation is aimed at overhauling the existing Child Tax Credit to support middle-class families with kids, and to reduce poverty.

  City use tax issue on Jackson April ballot

In the City of Jackson, if you buy something online from outside the state you are not charged a sales tax.An issue on the April ballot wants to change that.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

MO counties to benefit from $4M grant to combat opioids

The grant will go toward training and hiring participants for temporary disaster-relief positions to address the local workforce impacts of the opioid crisis.

IL Gov. Pritzker unveils Fair Tax Plan

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has unveiled his Fair Tax Plan that ensures 97 percent of taxpayers get tax relief

Missouri lawmakers back drone prohibition near prisons

Missouri lawmakers are advancing legislation that would make it a crime to fly drones near a prison or mental hospital because of concerns they could be used to deliver drugs or weapons

Committee advances medical marijuana bill in Kentucky

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky has won initial committee approval after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from people battling chronic pain and disease

IL lawmaker co-sponsors bill to raise teacher salaries

This would address the teacher shortage, according to co-sponsor Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea).

Durbin reintroduces bill to end student loan crisis

In 2017, 61 percent of Illinois students who attended a public or private non-profit, four-year institution graduated with debt.

Kentucky could make it a crime to ‘dox’ minors

The Kentucky legislature is advancing a bill that would make it a crime to publish personal information of a child online with the intent to harass or intimidate

Political feud complicates Kentucky’s fight against opioids

A political feud between Kentucky's top elected officials is complicating the state's effort to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the opioid epidemic

TN Gov. issues executive order on criminal justice reform

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order to push crime out of Tennessee and reduce the number of people who return to a life of crime after prison.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

  KY Senate passes ‘vaping bill’

The Kentucky Senate passed the “vaping bill” Tuesday.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

  Heartland diabetes patients hope for cheaper insulin

One patient at a medical facility with diabetes is concerned not only about the price of his insulin, but also the complications that come with not having it.

  Here’s who’s in Carbondale’s mayoral race

In Carbondale, a young challenger, Nathan Colombo, is trying to take the mayor's position from incumbent Mayor Mike Henry.

  Trash Issues is concerning Red Star Neighborhood and councilman

A new kind of flood is plaguing downtown Cape Girardeau

Kentucky governor says he will sign concealed carry bill

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he will sign a bill letting people carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training

Vaping-related bill passes without tougher age restrictions

Public health advocates say Kentucky lawmakers missed a chance to combat youth smoking by failing to take up proposals to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products and e-cigarettes

Sen. Durbin, Duckworth press Trump administration to release bridge repair funding

Illinois US. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to release funds for bridge repairs in the state.

Lawmakers introduce bill to restrict kid friendly e-cigarette flavors

The Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids (SAFE Kids) Act would place strong restrictions on e-cigarette flavorings and ban cigar flavorings altogether.

Kentucky Senate committee rejects new spending for parks

The Kentucky Senate's budget-writing panel has rejected a request from Gov. Matt Bevin's administration to borrow $50 million to fix up the state's park system

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Voting experts say time is running short for states to replace voting machines in time for the start of the 2020 presidential primaries

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  Controversial gun control bill draws hundreds to town hall meeting

Illinois Senate Bill 107 is calling for a ban on firearms it defines as “assault weapons.” It drew the most attention during Tuesday’s meeting.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers State of the State address

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is changing up the annual State of the State address this year.

  Illinois Governor looks to join other states in legalizing sports betting

State by state, the U.S. is slowly legalizing sports betting, and Illinois’s Governor J.B. Pritzker is looking to join in on the industry.

Speed trap law changes moving forward in legislation

Sen. Jason Rapert said the proposed bill would amend the Arkansas speed trap law and hold more cities accountable.

Governor announces new child care group after video showing abuse at St. Louis daycare

The new group will make a thorough review of current child care regulations and will report back to the governor.

Kentucky school superintendents oppose tax credit bill

Kentucky's public school superintendents are opposing a bill that would grant tax credits to people who donate to scholarship funds for special-needs children or those in foster care or in low-income homes to attend private schools

Chamber of Commerce hosting candidate forum in Mt. Vernon, IL

The candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 7. Candidates will not be debating, but answering a few questions ahead of the April 2 election.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.