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Gov. signs ‘Illinois Works’ legislation to increase workforce diversity

The law makes a $25 million investment and works through community-based organizations.

  U.S. Supreme Court denies Ky. abortion clinic’s petition in ultrasound informed consent law

Sen. Duckworth introduces bill for body armor, equipment to fit female service members

Gov. Bevin, Gov.-elect Beshear both attend to light Capitol Tree in Frankfort

Winner of “I Voted” sticker contest in Cape Girardeau County announced

  Former Mo. Director of Public Safety announces run for Cape Girardeau County Sheriff

Gov. Bevin signs executive order prohibiting pension spiking

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Illinois governor signs bill to create ethic reform

Resolution to name November as National Runaway Prevention Month passes Senate

Celebrate the season with Mitch McConnell wrapping paper

  Turkey, doughnuts and more delivered to families in Cairo, Ill.

  Ill. lieutenant governor visits Cairo Jr./Sr. High schools

  Missouri to widen access to online and in-person voter registration

Beshear makes initial appointments for governor’s office

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has made his first round of appointments for high-level jobs once he takes office, and all four appointees will be moving with him from the attorney general’s office to the governor’s office

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

Beshear praises Bevin administration’s help in transition

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear says Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is giving its “best efforts” to assist his transition team as he prepares to become Kentucky’s governor next month

Audit reviews Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Systems

A report by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon shows the pension system for teachers is on more solid ground

  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

Potential McConnell opponent goes off air after complaint

A Kentucky radio host who is considering a run against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is off the air after Republicans accused him of campaign violations

  Senator Hawley calls for sanctions on Mexico

He said sanctions need to be imposed on officials in Mexico who will not confront cartels

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

Matt Bevin officially requested a recanvass of the governor’s race results.

  Check Results: November 2019 General Election

A general election for parts of Missouri and the state of Kentucky was on Tuesday, November 5.

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

The Commonwealth’s 2019 gubernatorial election appears to be heading down to the wire with no clear front-runner.

No internal audit yet under Missouri attorney general

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office has not audited his compliance with conflict-of-interest rules, despite a policy calling for that

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

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear have wrangled over casino gambling, education funding and pensions in a combative debate

Kentucky gov’s race stirs clash over casino suicide claims

Entering the final days of Kentucky's bitter race for governor, Republican incumbent Matt Bevin has exposed himself to a new attack by denying his recorded claim that suicides happen nightly in casinos

Bevin touts Kentucky economy in reelection pitch in Kentucky

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has started making his closing case for a second term in Kentucky

Lawyers sue Missouri House over public records rule

A Missouri attorney has filed a lawsuit claiming the state House acted unconstitutionally by blocking the public from accessing some lawmaker records

Mo. lawmaker proposes bill to help working college students

If approved, HB 4849 would allow employed students to accept up to $11,500 a year in tax-free education assistance from their employer.

In-person absentee voting open statewide in Kentucky

Kentucky's top elections official says absentee voting is open statewide ahead of the Nov. 5 election

  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.