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  Parson to speak at Missouri Vietnam Wall Run in Perryville, Mo.

It is the first statewide motorcycle run to the new Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville.

Sen. Duckworth to address tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran during speech

Beshear releases plan aimed at boosting Kentucky tourism

House passes bill to help low income veterans

Court document says computer seized from Grimes’ office

State agencies required to buy Illinois, American-made products under proposed bills

Bevin plays up immigration, abortion in new ads

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg to campaign in Louisville next week

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax sues CBS for $400 million

Jerry Lundergan found guilty on federal charges related to daughter’s US Senate campaign

Ill. State Rep. Reitz partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers

Kentucky candidates focus on abortion, gambling

  Poplar Bluff nail factory helps Mo. capitol recover from tornado

  Audit of former Mo. Governor Eric Greitens’ office released

In the report, Greitens’ office was given a fair rating for the period of Jan. 9, 2017 to June 1, 2018.

  Gov. Parson signs measure to hire more disabled Missourians

A Missouri as a Model Employer Talent Showcase will take place at the state Capitol on Oct. 10.

Missouri lawmakers take up sales tax break for car trade-ins

Missouri lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to bring back a tax break for multiple vehicle trade-ins

Beshear attacks Bevin on education in new TV ad

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear shares the spotlight with running mate Jacqueline Coleman in a TV ad promoting their support for public education

  Parson announces re-election campaign for Mo. governor in 2020

The Latest: Missouri Gov. Parson announces bid for full term

Missouri GOP Gov. Parson expected to make strong 2020 bid

Blunt, other lawmakers visit U.S., Mexico border to assess funding needs

Governor, St. Louis leaders meet amid gun violence concerns

  New Illinois law states drivers can get fined for smoking in car with minors

Gov. Pritzker grants clemency to U.S. veteran deported to Mexico

Miquel Perez was deported in March 2018.

Illinois Congressman will not seek re-election

Shimkus has served the 15th Congressional District since 2013.

Parson told not to use First Amendment to redact information

The Missouri attorney general's office says Gov. Mike Parson should stop using the First Amendment to justify withholding some public information

Court rules against Beshear in dispute over opioid suits

Gov. Matt Bevin's administration and lawmakers acted within their authority when rejecting Attorney General Andy Beshear's hiring of outside lawyers to assist in suing manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, the state's Supreme Court ruled.

  Gov. Pritzker requests federal disaster declaration for 2019 flooding

If approved for a federal disaster declaration, residents and businesses affected by historic flooding would be allowed to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related expenses and losses.

  Mo. Gov. Parson holds news conference on statewide reorganization

The news conference was at 3 p.m. in the State Capitol.

  Nearly $160K in federal funding to go to rural development in southern Ill.

$158,800 in federal funding will help improve public safety and facilities in some southern Illinois communities.

Gov. Pritzker signs bill requiring health insurers to cover donated breast milk

The legislation goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020

Missouri Gov. Parson: No special session for gun violence

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he will not call a special legislative session to address gun violence in St. Louis and Kansas City

  Tamms Task Force bill signed into law

Tamms Minimum Security Unit could see renewed purpose

State Rep. Terri Bryant expected to announce State Senate run

Bryant will announce her candidacy during the Illinois Republican Party’s Barbecue

Missouri attorney general: Law doesn’t protect LGBTQ people

Missouri's Republican attorney general believes that federal law does not protect LGBTQ people from discrimination

Bevin responds to Bernie Sanders Louisville visit

United States senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders held a rally in Louisville on Sunday afternoon.

Kentucky to announce law enforcement education initiative

Kentucky officials say they are planning to announce a new law enforcement education initiative

Bernie Sanders criticizes Mitch McConnell during Louisville rally

Thousands of supporters filled the Muhammed Ali Center as Sanders spoke out against “corporate power” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Pres. Trump Signs Hawley-Hartzler Bill to support first responders

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that gives FEMA access to more volunteers.

Kentucky governor’s remark stirs spat with ex-GOP challenger

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, running the risk of alienating a large swath of voters he'll need to win a second term

Missouri election official fires back over abortion lawsuit

Missouri's top election official is firing back after abortion-rights advocates sued him for allegedly impeding their work to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote

  Sen. Josh Hawley makes stops in Malden, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Sen. Hawley visited both Malden and Poplar Bluff, to touch base with his constituents.

Arview announces run for Ill. State Representative

Arview is running as a Republican.

  Auditor pushes for armed school resource officer in every Missouri school

Should every school in Missouri have its own armed resource officer?

Bevin not bothered by Democrats’ criticism of Wednesday’s Trump fundraiser

During the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau ham auction Thursday morning, Gov. Matt Bevin talked about President Donald Trump’s visit, saying Wednesday was a good day for the Commonwealth.

Duckworth to have mobile office at Du Quoin State Fair on Sunday

Representatives will be onsite to assist residents with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits.

  Minimum salary for Ill. teachers raised to $40,000

The new law phases in the increases over four years

Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group to hold first meeting

This will provide input on the state’s short, medium and long-term flood recovery priorities and give feedback on the state’s current levee system with suggested changes.

Ill. second state to enact Immigrant tenant Protection Act

The new law will prohibit landlords from evicting or retaliating against a tenant based on their citizenship or immigration status.

Kentucky lawmakers push for $15 minimum wage

Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, and Rep. Kathy Hinkle, D-Louisa, filed Bill Request 132 and Bill Request 237, respectively.

Kentucky Democratic Party files complaint over Bevin fundraiser ‘scheme’

The Kentucky Democratic Party has filed a complaint over Gov. Matt Bevin's campaign fundraiser with President Donald Trump at the Seelbach Hotel on Wednesday.

Judge pauses new Missouri law on large farm regulations

A judge has put a temporary pause on a new Missouri law that sought to shield large farms from stringent local health rules

Trial over new Missouri voter photo ID law begins

A trial over whether election officials are doing enough to help voters navigate Missouri's new voter photo identification law has begun

  Flags ordered at half-staff in honor of Ky. serviceman

On Aug. 19, he will be buried in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  New Illinois license plate to raise awareness for pediatric cancer

License plate sales will fund pediatric cancer treatment and research at the Cancer Center at Illinois

  Illinois Governor signs Executive Orders

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signs two executive orders aimed at helping first responders.

Paducah Neighborhood Walk with the mayor

The walks are one of the tactics listed in the Strategic Plan regarding neighborhood enhancement projects.

Ferrell appointed to Public Defender Commission

Larry Ferrell of Cape Girardeau, Missouri was appointed to the Public Defender Commission

  Sen. McConnell shoulder surgery a success

The Kentucky Senator underwent surgery in Louisville, Ky. on Aug. 15.

Kentucky lt. gov. sues governor over staff dismissals

Kentucky's outgoing lieutenant governor has sued Gov. Matt Bevin in an effort to win reinstatement of her two staff members who were dismissed by Bevin's administration

Public vote on new Missouri abortion law faces time crunch

Missouri's top election official says abortion-rights advocates can start collecting signatures for a public vote on a new law restricting abortions

Police search Missouri lawmaker’s land for missing woman

Authorities are searching property owned by Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler for a missing woman.

New Ill. legislation allows registered students to take medical marijuana at or before school activities; adds to medical cannabis program

Legislation signed on Friday, August 9 and Monday, August 12 would strengthen Illinois’ medical cannabis program.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Members of Elder Abuse Task Force in Ill. announced

The task force will analyze the effectiveness of elder protective services

Galloway takes first step to run for Missouri governor

Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has taken a first, official step toward running for governor in next year's election

  Former Illinois governor joins son in walk across state for homelessness

A former governor of the state of Illinois is walking in support of his son to raise awareness for homelessness

LGBTQ history to be taught in Illinois public schools starting next year

The bill states that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory.

  Mo. Gov. Parson concludes Australia trade mission trip

Australia is the Show Me State’s 9th largest international market with over $308 million in exports in 2018.

  Gov. Parson orders flags at half-staff in Mo. in honor of Rep. Roeber

Rep. Roeber passed away unexpectedly on July 30. The flags will be flown at half-staff on the day she is laid to rest.

KY Gov. Bevin signs 4 anti-abortion bills

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will sign four new pro-life bills on Thursday.

Kentucky lawmakers to introduce gun safety legislation

Proposed legislation would included protection orders that could keep guns away from people that a judge deemed unfit to have them.

Twitter locks Sen. Mitch McConnell campaign account

'Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell's campaign account'

President Trump visits Dayton following mass shooting

President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooter's politics

SAFE Kits inventory nearly complete in Mo.

This is part of AG Eric Schmitt’s SAFE Kits initiative.

Southern Ill. senators urge MLB to report foul ball injury data

Senators Dick Durbin and Taymmy Duckworth wrote to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred following repeated incidents of fans being hit by foul balls.

  RESULTS: Aug. 6 special election in Mo.

Some of the ballot issues we’ve highlighted include ones in Cape Girardeau County, Butler County and Dunklin County.

  Portageville votes “yes” to approve funding for a school resource officer

Folks in Portageville may feel some Deja Vu when they head out to vote in the upcoming special election. That's because they will be voting on an issue, they approved last year regarding a student resource officer for Portageville schools.

Pence to visit Kentucky on Thursday

The Vice President is coming to Kentucky this week.

  Voters pass $1 surcharge to all cell phones to help fund 911 services in New Madrid County, Mo.

Voters say yes to srucharged.

Beshear cites his faith in debut ad of fall campaign

In his debut ad of Kentucky's general-election campaign for governor, Democrat Andy Beshear stresses his faith and vows to treat people with "dignity and respect."