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Kentucky bill aims to curb violence toward sports officials

Three Republican lawmakers in Kentucky say they plan to introduce a bill that would make intimidating sports officials a misdemeanor offense

  Gov. Parson launches youth vaping awareness campaign

  Gov. Bevin concedes gubernatorial election

Beshear announces transition website, Bevin awaits recanvass

Anna, Ill. company approved to grow recreational marijuana

Dealing with GOP legislature next challenge for Beshear

Hemp Summit hosted by Ill. Department of Agriculture

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Potential McConnell opponent goes off air after complaint

  Senator Hawley calls for sanctions on Mexico

Gov. Bevin discussed election results, recanvassing request in news conference on Wednesday

  Check Results: November 2019 General Election

Close race, few public polls lead to heightened speculation on outcome of gubernatorial election

No internal audit yet under Missouri attorney general

Trump to stump for Bevin in Lexington

President Donald Trump will visit Lexington to stump for Gov. Matt Bevin.

Bevin promotes school-choice efforts during Louisville stop

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has promoted school-choice efforts as a way to uplift urban neighborhoods as he campaigned in Kentucky's largest city.

“Hemp’s course into the future” USDA implements new hemp initiative

the initiative allows hemp to be cultivated nationwide.

Bevin, Beshear continue combative exchanges in final debate

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear are sticking to their main campaign themes in a televised debate coming a week before their election showdown in Kentucky

Bevin, Beshear square off in combative televised debate

Kentucky gov’s race stirs clash over casino suicide claims

Bevin touts Kentucky economy in reelection pitch in Kentucky

Lawyers sue Missouri House over public records rule

Mo. lawmaker proposes bill to help working college students

In-person absentee voting open statewide in Kentucky

  Millersville Rural Fire Protection District says they need a new station

Many small communities depend on rural fire protection districts, and one local department hopes the community will support them back.

Bevin lays out priorities in second term if he’s reelected

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has laid out some of his top priorities if Kentucky voters give him a second term in next month's election

Mo., Tenn. senators want most federal agencies moved out of Washington, D.C.

Sen. Hawley and Sen. Blackburn believe the relocation of some federal agencies will save billions tax dollars and increase employment retention.

Report of Amtrak’s on-time performance sparks letter from Ill. lawmaker

Freight interference has lowered Amtrak’s financial stability, as well as reliability.

Absentee Voting open statewide in Kentucky’s general election

It allows anyone who will not be able to go to the polls on Tuesday November 5 to vote.

Kentucky governor candidates talk Trump ahead of visit

Donald Trump will be coming to the Bluegrass state to stump for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin as he defends his office against Attorney General Andy Beshear.

  Gov. Pritzker, IDOT announce $23.5B road, bridge plan

The new six year plan details where $23.5 billion will be invested across the state.

  Gov. Parson makes stop in the Heartland

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson toured the Buzzi Unicem Plant in Cape Girardeau and met with managers and workers.

Bevin, Beshear land body blows in second debate

Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear threw haymakers in a televised debate at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Missouri leaders to raise awareness about vaping risks

Missouri officials are developing a public safety campaign aimed at making young people aware of the risks of vaping

Former Trump press secretary campaigns for Kentucky governor

President Donald Trump's former press secretary has made a pitch for Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection campaign during a visit to Kentucky's largest city

Parson’s campaign manager to be questioned in abortion case

Gov. Mike Parson's former spokesman will be questioned by lawyers representing Planned Parenthood about his involvement in a decision to deny a new license to Missouri's only abortion provider

Optometrist, winery owner announces bid for Ill. State Rep. seat in 115th District

Dr. Paul Jacobs announced his candidacy for Illinois State Representative in the 115th District.

Report: President Trump, Vice President Pence to visit Kentucky before November election

The president and vice president are planning trips to Kentucky, reports say.

  Carbondale city leaders approve sale of recreational marijuana

The ordinance goes into effect Sept. 1, 2020.

  Bevin, Beshear attend forum in Paducah

The two candidates answered questions from a panel.

  New plans for indoor aquatic center in Cape Girardeau

Glenn said once the consultant comes back with the final estimates the committee will send the report to city council and the school board.

Company cited for workplace violations at Missouri Capitol

The contractor overseeing stone restoration on the Missouri state Capitol plans to appeal federal fines for workplace safety violations

Kentucky Hospital Association cancels Beshear fundraiser

The Kentucky Hospital Association has canceled a fundraiser for Democrat Andy Beshear’s gubernatorial campaign after a news report that the association said a donation would “assure access” to the winner of November’s election

Annual Parson Family Fall Festival at the Mo. Governor’s Garden

The free event features several vendors, children’s activities, and bluegrass musical entertainment.

Illinois law to offer new program to train new correctional officers

The legislation also requires correctional officer and law enforcement training programs giving preference to those who have served in the U.S. military.

Kentucky Attorney General’s Office granted $1.4 million for sexual assault investigations

The three-year grant from the Department of Justice will go toward his sexual assault cold case unit.

Missouri governor signs bill to save car tax break

A Missouri tax break for trading-in multiple vehicles will continue now Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill preserving it

Mo. governor signs vehicle sales tax legislation into law

HB 1 will take effect in 90 days

Sen. Durbin discusses need for immigrant labor

Sen. Durbin discusses need for immigrant labor

Special Missouri legislative session cost roughly $71K

A special Missouri legislative session on vehicle tax breaks cost roughly $70,000 to hold

  Gov. Parson speaks at Missouri Vietnam Wall Run in Perryville, Mo.

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

  Ill. governor urges residents not to vape

This comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to investigate respiratory illnesses associated with vaping.

Case: Should 18- to 21-year-olds be eligible for execution

Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case Thursday revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21

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

In the address, Duckworth’s office said the Senator will also urge her colleagues to replace Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.

Beshear releases plan aimed at boosting Kentucky tourism

Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear has released a plan aimed at boosting tourism as a way to build economic growth

House passes bill to help low income veterans

The legislation extends programs for one year so that vulnerable veterans do not see a gap in support.

Court document says computer seized from Grimes’ office

Attorneys for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes say Kentucky State Police seized a computer from her office this week in an investigation of how she and her aides used voter data

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

One southern Illinois lawmaker believes the bills will boost the local economy and create jobs.

Bevin plays up immigration, abortion in new ads

Reinserting immigration into his campaign, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has embraced an issue that Donald Trump rode to the presidency while acknowledging that illegal immigration isn't "a huge issue" for a state far from the nation's borders

Mayor Pete Buttigieg to campaign in Louisville next week

Pete Buttigieg, also known as "Mayor Pete," will be the latest 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to campaign in Louisville next week.

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

“This defamation suit arises from intentionally fabricated, false, and politically motivated statements made by Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson," the lawsuit says.

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

The father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was found guilty on all counts in a federal trial over illegal contributions.

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

The old phones are recycled to fund the purchase of calling cards for soldiers stationed abroad.

Kentucky candidates focus on abortion, gambling

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear returned to familiar themes _ abortion and gambling _ on Thursday as they compete to set the tone for their hard-fought campaign in Kentucky

  Poplar Bluff nail factory helps Mo. capitol recover from tornado

As a Heartland nail factory bounces back from the harmful affects of steel tariffs they’re contributing to a tornado recovery effort in Jefferson City, Missouri.

  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

Parson launched his campaign for Missouri governor reaffirming his commitment to the hard work of governing and his belief that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

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

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson says he's running to keep his seat.

Missouri GOP Gov. Parson expected to make strong 2020 bid

Missouri's Republican governor, Mike Parson, is expected to announce that he's running for a full term in office

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

The group toured a number of facilities in the Rio Grande Valley

Governor, St. Louis leaders meet amid gun violence concerns

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is pledging more resources and Missouri State Highway Patrol help to counteract a rash of gun violence and child murders that have shaken St. Louis, but is noncommittal on whether cities can enact their own gun control laws

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

A new law in Illinois says you will get fined if you smoke in a car with child under 18 years old, even if the vehicle is at rest.

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.