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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.

Parson’s campaign manager to be questioned in abortion case

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

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

  Carbondale city leaders approve sale of recreational marijuana

  Bevin, Beshear attend forum in Paducah

  New plans for indoor aquatic center in Cape Girardeau

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Company cited for workplace violations at Missouri Capitol

Kentucky Hospital Association cancels Beshear fundraiser

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

Illinois law to offer new program to train new correctional officers

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

Missouri governor signs bill to save car tax break

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

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

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

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.

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.