Heartland Votes

  Kathy Swan ends Senate race; thanks her supporters

She thanked her supports in a Facebook post.

  Rehder wins Republican primary by slim margin for Senate Dist. 27

Missouri votes on Medicaid expansion; Parson, Galloway win

  Carbondale mayor reacts to Governor Pritzker’s visit

  Volunteers helping sanitize polling locations in Sikeston

  25th Senatorial Dist. debate held in Dexter, Mo.

  Mo. special session resumes Wednesday

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  Mo. lawmakers gather for special session on violent crime

  Amy McGrath makes public stop in Paducah, Ky.

Mo. to consolidate some precincts to larger venues for Aug. 4 election

  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

  US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

  Gov. Parson: “Violent crime is an issue we need to address”

Cape Girardeau County searching for polling place sanitation help

They are offering $10 per hour.

Mo. Primary voting options

Some options require a notarization.

Sen. committee to hold hearing on 2020 Election preparations

State and local election officials will testify before the committee about the steps they are taking to ensure safe, secure and accessible elections.

Senators propose COVID-19 Bias and Anti-Racism Training Act

The COVID-19 Bias and Anti-Racism Training Act would support bias and anti-racism training for individuals involved in COVID-19 testing, treatment, vaccine distribution, and response.

What you need to know about new laws in Kentucky

  County clerks gear up for August 4th election in Missouri

  Gov. Parson signs bill into law that repeals Missouri’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law

Rep. Bost discusses safe truck parking bill

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

  Illinois mail in voting adds another option on how to cast your ballot

Mo. Right to Life endorses Kathy Swan for state senate

Missouri Right to Life State PAC announced its endorsement of Kathy Swan on Monday, June 29.

Michael Adams: Secretary of State blasts out-of-state critics, demands apology from Hillary Clinton

Kentucky’s secretary of state came out swinging a day after Tuesday’s closely-watched primary election.

Injunction to keep polls open late denied

The legal petition was prompted by reports of extensive traffic delays around the Expo Center, which served as the sole polling location in Jefferson Co.

Kentucky Primary voters say #AllEyesOnKentucky message is misguided

Nore Ghibaudy, the spokesman for Jefferson County’s Board of Elections, said the office was unfairly judged after the #AllEyesOnKentucky hashtag started.

Attorney General, Secretary of State warn Ky. voters of election scams asking to cast ballot by email, phone, text

Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Secretary of State Michael Adams alerted Kentuckians to an election-related scam encouraging voters to cast their ballots by email, phone or text.

Voting in Graves County for primary election

The Graves County Health Department director visited the polling location and approved the set up for election day.

19 lawmakers call for a woman to be the next statue placed in Ky. Capitol Rotunda

Kentucky House Democratic Women’s Caucus want a woman to be represented in the Capitol Rotunda in the area where a statue of Jefferson Davis once stood.

  140th Fancy Farm Picnic to be held with COVID-19 modifications

Barbecue and political speeches will continue at the annual event.

Kentucky to supply PPE for June 23 election

The Kentucky Board of Elections asked the governor to help provide PPE for the primary elections.

Gov. Beshear releases tax returns, calls for transparency

Governor Andy Beshear released his tax returns for 2019 and once again called on other office holders to do the same.

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to expand vote by mail, promote safe voting

The legislation, SB 1863 and HB 2238, also expands early voting hours at permanent polling places, improves the signature verification process and makes election day a state holiday.

Election fraud hotline created to report suspected election violations in Ky.

The hotline, 1-800-328-VOTE, is active year round and records messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  Gov. Pritzker visits West Frankfort, Ill.

Gov. Pritzker visited Crosswalk Community Action Agency in West Frankfort on Monday.

Former Mo. Gov. Greitens to run for office in 2024

Former Governor Eric Greitens filed to run for office in 2024.

Sen. Rand Paul says lynching bill is too broad

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is the only lawmaker holding up a lynching bill from passing.

  Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff’s Office gets voter approval for more public safety services

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson said she is very grateful for the support from the citizens of the county that supported this tax.

  CHECK RESULTS: Mo. municipal elections

The municipal elections were moved to June 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  What to expect during the General Municipal Elections in Mo.

After a two-month delay caused by the pandemic, Missouri voters head to the polls Tuesday for the General Municipal Elections.

Ruling means Missouri’s last abortion clinic stays open

Missouri’s only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

Gov. Parson signs proclamation placing Medicaid expansion on August ballot

Governor Mike Parson announced the Medicaid expansion will be placed on a ballot at the August 4 primary election.

Mo. secretary of state certifies petition for Medicaid expansion question to appear on November ballot

A petition regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot in Missouri was certified by the secretary of state.

  Last day for Mo. voters to request absentee ballots for June 2 election

The COVID-19 pandemic is the first time Missourians can make their absentee request 100 percent online.

  Delta School District asking voters for storm shelter

Delta School Superintendent David Heep said this facility will be multi-functional as it will be used as a cafeteria during the school days as well.

  Safety measures to be in place for June 2 election in Mo.

The original General Municipal Election for Missouri was scheduled for April 7 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I Will Not Comply.”: Rep. Bryant criticizes Ill. Gov. Pritzker’s reopening plan for religious gatherings

Rep. Bryant sent a letter to Gov. Pritzker to express her disapproval of the state’s reopening plan when it comes to religious gatherings.

  Sen. Hawley calls on FTC to open antitrust investigation into meatpacking, processing industry

In a letter to the FTC, Senators Hawley and Baldwin argue the domination of four companies in the meatpacking and processing industry creates an anti-competitive atmosphere and undermines the stability of United State’s meat supply.

  Mo. county clerks to safeguard polling places for June election

Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said they will provide a variety of items at polling locations including hand sanitizers, disinfectants, screens and masks to keep them safe.

  Perry County, Mo. consolidates polling locations for June 2 election

This affects close to 5,000 of Perry County’s registered voters.

  Gov. Beshear signs executive order for Kentucky’s June election procedures

Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order on Friday, April 24 that outlined Kentucky’s election procedures.

Senate bill announced to ban universities with large endowments from relief funds

A bill has been announced in the Senate that would ban universities from receiving Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds from the CARES Act if they have an endowment larger than $10 billion, unless they first spend some of their own money on coronavirus-related financial assistance for students.

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most difficult moments. Traumatic anniversaries of the past 27 years are rolling by as Americans experience one of the most disruptive moments in their history: the coronavirus, and the effort to contain it.

ACLU, Mo. Voter Protection Coalition file lawsuit seeking absentee mail-in voting

This is in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

Ivanka Trump traveled with her family from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover despite coronavirus guidelines discouraging discretionary travel, which she's encouraged others to follow.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

  COVID-19 affecting Mo. race for Governor

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the race for governor in Missouri.

  Record numbers for Ill. “voters by mail” in 2020: What’s the future of voting look like?

The future of voting in elections could change with impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

  Illinois elections continued with health safety efforts in mind

Despite concerns about the virus, voters in Illinois were able to exercise their rights in the Illinois Primaries on Tuesday.

AP: Joe Biden wins Illinois Democratic primary

Joe Biden won Illinois’ Democratic presidential primary.

  Senator Hawley announces Emergency Family Relief Plan

Under the act, families experiencing school closures or financial hardships will receive a fully refundable monthly benefit which will last through the coronavirus emergency.

Kentucky primary elections postponed from May to June

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that the state’s primary elections, scheduled for May 19, have been pushed back to June 23.

Agreement reached in Hunter Biden child custody case

A circuit judge this week signed off on an agreement involving a child custody case involving Hunter Biden and an Independence County woman.

Senators push for tax-filing extension

Multiple U.S. senators are pushing to extend the April 15 tax-filing deadline.

Senators push Trump to use FEMA funds for coronavirus outbreak

The letter asks Trump to allow $42.6 billion in disaster funds to help states responding to coronavirus.

  Proposed Perry Co., Ill. public safety sales tax on Tuesday’s ballot

As Illinois residents vote on Tuesday, March 17 on various races and issues, Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis said he is desperately in need of additional funding from the proposed public safety sales tax.

  Carbondale implementing sexual harassment training for all city employees

Sexual Harassment training is now mandatory for all Illinois employees.

Illinois legislative session canceled

The Illinois General Assembly has canceled scheduled legislative sessions next week to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19 among large groups.

Extra health precautions to be taken at polling places in Jackson Co., Ill.

Disinfecting wipes will be placed at each polling location.

  Voter turnout low in Cape Girardeau County for Mo. primary

Heartland election officials paid close attention to Tuesday’s contest to get an idea of what it could mean for other elections later in 2020.

  Significance of Illinois’ primary before March 17

While Missouri is an important state in Tuesday’s primary, Illinois is also a significant state in March 17 Democratic primary.

  What you need to know before the Missouri primaries

Preparing for the Missouri Primaries.

Ill. voters offered free rides to polls for the primary election

Some southern Illinois mass transit companies are offering free rides to the polls on March 17.

Ky. House passes $23 billion spending plan

Instead of a larger, $2,000 raise for teachers, it adds a one percent raise for all public employees from people who work at the capitol.

Bill on immigration policy for children of U.S. servicemembers, civil servants passes Senate

The update would make sure the children, step children and adopted children of military members and civil servants would automatically receive U.S. citizenship.