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  Parma mayor letting go some city employees; says he ‘wants to start fresh’

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said the complaint featured concerns related to the city’s operations under the mayor.

McConnell to propose legislation to raise age to buy smoking products

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Missouri House votes to undo law on attorney general’s home

McConnell proposes raising minimum age for buying tobacco

McAuliffe not running for president

  Lawmakers announce $2M grant to repurpose West Frankfort Mall

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Missouri bill on college rape stalls in Senate

Tennessee, Kentucky govs talk up criminal justice reform

  Senate passes bill that would transfer 94 acres from SIUC to City of Carterville for economic development

Bid to reduce penalties for pot possession fails in Missouri

Bill could force sale of state park in southern Missouri

Missouri Senate passes term-limit proposal for top officials

Missouri Supreme Court upholds appointment of Lt. Gov. Kehoe

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Mike Parson's appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor

Missouri House passes bill to waive penalties for taxpayers

The Missouri House has passed legislation to give taxpayers a break if they can't pay on time this year

Missouri Senate passes bridge funding plan

The Missouri Senate has passed a proposal to pay for bridge repairs across the state

  Formal complaint filed involving Stoddard Co. municipal elections

The Missouri Secretary of State Voting and Elections Office recieved the formal complaint on April 15.

  MO AG announces opioid awareness initiative in Cape Girardeau

Lincoln National Heritage Area including Jonesboro, IL signed into law

  Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

MO Gov. administration makes effort to comply with audit recommendations

Durbin introduces bill promoting lower cost prescriptions

Blunt expresses concern about rural broadband expansion in MO

  President Trump signs executive action on oil, gas industry

President Donald Trump spoke in Texas today where he announced executive action to boost the oil and gas industry.

The Latest: Bevin pension veto disappoints Senate president

The Kentucky Senate's top leader says he's disappointed by Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a pension bill

Proposed Missouri budget includes $8M for recovery

Missouri's top Senate budgeter wants to set aside $8 million for flood recovery and prevention next year

  Bill requiring insurance companies to cover EpiPen alternatives moves to Illinois House

Senate Bill 2047 would require health insurance companies to offer generic alternatives for insulin auto-injectors.

Kentucky governor vetoes pension bill

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed a pension bill that was aimed at providing relief to some state-funded agencies struggling with ballooning retirement payments

  Lawmakers introduce legislation to change constitution, create fair tax system

Pritzker’s proposed fair income tax would address the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit by raising taxes on those making more than $250,000.

Lawmakers ask for funding for locks along Mississippi, Illinois Rivers

Funding is needed so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can move forward with pre-construction engineering and design for the projects.

Carbondale high school students learn process of proposing legislation

The Council invited students from high schools across the 58th Senate District to hear from local leaders, government officials, as well as retired Navy Vice Admiral Nancy Brown.

Chiefs lineman completes internship for Sen. Josh Hawley

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan Hunter has tackled the halls of government

  DMV’s at risk of closing push MO lawmakers to raise fees

The proposal would which boost ‘agent fees’ by $2.50 or $5, depending on the transaction at license office.

  Local vape business endorses new “Tobacco 21” law despite financial losses

The law goes into effect July 1, 2019.

  Illinois to adopt “Tobacco 21” legislation after Gov. Pritzker signs bill

Illinois will become the first Midwest State to raise the buying age of Tobacco products to 21 after Gov. JB Pritzker signed a landmark bill on Sunday, April 7.

  Mid Continent Steel & Wire receives steel tariff exemption

Mid Continent Steel & Wire says they have been granted exemptions from President Trump's steel tariffs.

  Legislation introduced to improve duck boat safety

Senator Josh Hawley introduced the bill following a duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo. that claimed 17 lives.

Missouri bill would give chance at parole for older inmates

A bill advancing in the Missouri Legislature would give certain older prisoners sentenced to life behind bars a chance at parole

  New Franklin County tax to pay for new courthouse

After trying to pass a local sales tax to repair the Franklin County Courthouse over the course of 3 elections, a referendum is finally in place to replace the 144 year old building.

The Latest: Court upholds Kentucky’s ultrasound abortion law

A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients prior to abortions

  Under bill, IL hotel employees would get training to recognize human trafficking

House Bill 3101 creates the Lodging Establishment Human Trafficking Recognition Training Act.

  Businessman Mike Absher shares his plan for Marion, IL as mayor

After Bob Butler’s administration as one of the longest serving mayor in the country, Michael Absher will take up his own legacy.

  How often to do you update your passwords?

An expert at Velocity Electronics tells me changing your passwords often helps keep hackers away.

  Cape Girardeau schools celebrate with Proposition Y passage

The morning after the passing of the proposition, two of the schools showed their appreciation to their supporters.

Missouri bill gives subpoena power to secretary of state

The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would give subpoena power to the secretary of state to investigate alleged violations of election laws

Campus concealed carry bill advances in Missouri House

Concealed carry would be allowed on college campuses under a bill that has won first-round approval in the Missouri House

  Kentucky home birth families celebrate midwife law

It will license certified professional midwives in Kentucky, lay out framework for how home births will be transferred to hospitals if needed and provide oversight through an advisory board.

  RESULTS: Heartland municipal elections

Some of the issues we’ve been following include a city use tax in Jackson, Mo. and Proposition Y in Cape Girardeau.

  City use tax issue on Jackson, MO ballot fails to pass

Jackson voters voted against the use tax on April 2.

  Proposition Y in Cape Girardeau, MO passes

City leaders and Cape Girardeau voters are sounding off on the proposition

  Political expert: Amending the constitution for the Electoral College is politically impossible

A few Democratic U.S. Senators introduced a constitutional amendment to end the Electoral College system and to allow the popular vote to elect the President of the United States.

  Hawley proposes bill to lower prescription drug prices

He says people in the United States pay far more than people in other countries.

Blunt, lawmakers introduce bill to make Work Opportunity Tax Credit permanent

The Act encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment.

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

The allegations by multiple women could leave Biden appearing out of touch with his party as the Democratic presidential primary begins.

Heartland counties gearing up for elections

County election officials in Illinois and Missouri are gearing up and preparing for the April 2 election.

  City of Jackson to build portion of new police station on old cemetery

Officials passed an ordinance on Monday, April 1 allowing it.

  Scott City rental home inspections to begin in 2020

If you're a landlord or renter in Scott City, the city will begin inspecting your homes, starting January, 1 2020.

  Women for Change educates residents about local candidates in Carbondale

It's local election day on Tuesday, April 2. Here's some reasons why voting is so important.

Lawmakers to honor MO Vietnam Veterans in Jefferson City

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Senate bill aims to make child care more affordable in IL

According to the senators, the average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Illinois is $11,982 and $13,474 for infants.

Former MO represenative Marvin Proffer passes at 88

As a legislator, Proffer had been the Chairman of the Budget Committee for 8 years. He served in Jefferson City for 26 years.

  KY Senate leader plans to pre-file teacher pension reform legislation

The chants of teachers concerned about their pensions rang through the halls of the Capitol until the final days of the legislative session, but ask lawmakers if the overall retirement systems are better off after they've adjourned and you get mixed answers.

  Parson signs order to ease requirements during flood recovery

Parson signed an executive order on Friday, March 29 to ease requirements during the state’s flood emergency.

Bill would study reopening Tamms Correctional Center as minimum security facility

House Bill 210 would create a task force to study the reopening and repurposing of the correctional center.

Hawaii weighs nation’s first statewide ban on e-cig flavors

Hawaii is considering a new crackdown on nicotine: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping

Judge extends temporary ban on 2 new Kentucky abortion laws

A federal judge has extended a temporary order preventing two new Kentucky abortion laws from taking effect while the court determines their constitutionality

Missouri House endorses plan for closed primary elections

The Missouri House has advanced a plan to do away with open primary elections and limit future participation only to people who register in advance with a political party

Ivanka Trump coming to Kentucky on Thursday

Ivanka Trump is coming back to Kentucky

  IL lawmakers want to double gasoline tax for road, bridge repair

The proposal could create $2 billion in extra revenue each year and would fund efforts by IDOT to repair roads and bridges.

Hawley calls for major reform after flood meeting with Army Corps

Hawley has raised concerns about the historic flooding.

Missouri House advances plan for $100M for roads, bridges

The Missouri House is advancing a plan to spend $100 million on roads and bridges

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Advocacy Day to be held at Missouri State Capitol

The goal of the Advocacy Day is to encourage legislators to support specific bills relating to criminal justice reform and voter rights.

Missouri lawmaker in critical condition after car crash

A Missouri lawmaker from the Kansas City area has been hospitalized following a car accident

Bill would make AR comply with distracted driving federal law

A Corning state senator researched Arkansas’ distracted driving laws and found that the Natural State doesn’t comply with federal guidelines.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

Bill would ban minors from buying prepaid phones

A new bill hopes to keep children and teens safe by keeping them from buying prepaid phones.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

  Sen. Josh Hawley and NRA leadership attend 50th Lincoln Day Celebration in Cape Girardeau

The 50th Lincoln Day Celebration Dinner was held at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, March 23.

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.

Southern IL counties receive $210K economic development, job creation grant

Southern Illinois counties have revived grant money for economic development and job creation.