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  Freedom Ride for 45 held in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo.

Dozens of motorcycles, Jeeps and other vehicles participated in a rolling event in Cape Girardeau County on Sunday

  Gov. Pritzker stops in Carbondale, Marion to discuss 2020 Census

  Jackson County, Ill. unveils ballot retrieval box

  Some elected officials ‘disappointed’ with Franklin Co. Republican Party ad

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

Annual Parson Family Fall Festival to be held at Missouri Governor’s Mansion

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

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Kentucky court hears case challenging coronavirus orders

  Union County State’s Attorney, Sheriff to monitor polling places

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

  Cape Girardeau Co. Clerk’s Office adds new website feature for absentee voters

Cape Girardeau company to supply 25K face masks to Mo. election authorities for Nov. 3

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix over the film “Cuties.”

Biden endorses Galloway for Missouri Governor

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has received the endorsement for governor from former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin.

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Sen. Hawley says he has ‘no interest’ in serving on Supreme Court

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Illinois mail in ballot requests pass 1 million and counting

  Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

  President Trump stated funding for the Stars and Stripes will not be cut

Combat veteran Blair Moran is voicing his opinion on the ongoing fight to keep the military independent paper known as Stars and Stripes.

  Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

  Protesters gather outside Pelosi’s California home after her salon visit

Hairstylists took to the street outside of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home Thursday.

  Gov. Parson visits Jackson, Mo., talks to school officials

Governor Parson met with school officials.

  New ways to vote in person in Illinois

Jackson County in southern Illinois has multiple ways to vote in person.

Senate candidate McGrath stops in Paducah on statewide tour

McGrath stopped at Port of Paducah Monday afternoon to discuss her “Mission: Rebuild Kentucky” plan.

  Fair Tax proposed in Illinois

Across the nation, 32 states already have a progressive income tax.

Ill. Dept. of Public Health provides guidance for state polling locations

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued guidance for polling locations throughout the state during early voting and election day.

Gov. Parson orders Capitol Dome to shine purple in honor of women’s suffrage

Wednesday was the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote.

US officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence to suggest that foreign countries are working to undermine mail-in voting.

McConnell-McGrath debate may not happen

There’s a growing possibility that Kentucky’s two major U.S. Senate candidates will not debate face-to-face this fall.

WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention

First lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Galloway releases plan to address COVID-19 in Mo.

Galloway announced her "Rebuild and Recover: An Action Plan to Address COVID-19 in Missouri" on Monday, August 24.

Bost co-sponsors bill to defund cities that defund law enforcement

The bill, HR 7632, also known as the Defund Cities that Defund the Police Act, was introduced in the House on July 17.

Petition packets available Aug. 25 for Carbondale City Council election

Three City Councilmember seats will appear on the April 2021 ballot.

City of Carbondale to hold election for 3 councilmembers

The City of Carbondale will hold an election to choose three city councilmembers.

  Congressman Jason Smith tours Scott Co. as part of Ag Summit

On Thursday, August 20 he was in Scott County. He used the time to meet with people and promote the agriculture industry.

Trump wants Supreme Court’s OK to block critics on Twitter

A federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

  Sen. Majority Leader McConnell visits western Ky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in western Kentucky on Thursday, August 20.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

Illinois 12th district candidate tours local post offices

Ray Lenzi, the Illinois 12th District Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, will be touring the following post offices:

WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm

Former President Barack Obama, who picked Biden as his running mate a dozen years ago, has top billing for the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

A US WeChat ban could hurt many in America, not just China

For people in the U.S., WeChat has less functionality than it does in China. But it’s what connects immigrants and students from China to their pasts and to each other.

  Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot.

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday — much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them

Beshear announces plans for November election

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday announced the state's plans for the November general election.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

  Governor candidate, State Auditor Galloway stops in Cape Girardeau on statewide tour

She was in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, August 11 at the Laborers’ International Union at 2:30 p.m.

  Gov. Parson attends broadband development event in Sikeston

Gov. Parson attended a broadband development event at SEMO Electric Cooperative in Sikeston on Tuesday.

Butler County Sheriff’s Dept. to rehire deputies

Chief Deputy Wesley Popp said the department is now able to rehire all of the staff members that were previously laid off due to COVID-19 budget restrictions.

  Kathy Swan ends Senate race; thanks her supporters

She thanked her supports in a Facebook post.

Akers wins Butler Co. Coroner by 30 votes

Jim Akers beat Andy Moore by 30 votes.

  RESULTS: Mo. August 2020 primary election

Results will be tallied on election night; however, they will not be certified until all of the absentee ballots can be counted.

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

The results are unofficial until they’re certified on Friday.

Missouri votes on Medicaid expansion; Parson, Galloway win

Voting is occurring as Missouri has seen a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases.

  Carbondale mayor reacts to Governor Pritzker’s visit

As cases continue to rise, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry has made it mandatory to wear a mask in public settings, if social distancing can not happen.

  Volunteers helping sanitize polling locations in Sikeston

In Sikeston, polling locations used high school volunteers to sanitize the area.

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

Republican candidates include Jason Bean, Steve Cookson, Eddy Justice and Jeff Shawan.

  Mo. special session resumes Wednesday

All of Governor Mike Parson’s law enforcement priorities have been rolled into a single bill, Senate Bill 1.

  Mo. lawmakers gather for special session on violent crime

They will be working to amend several of Missouri’s laws on violent crime.

  Amy McGrath makes public stop in Paducah, Ky.

Senate candidate Amy McGrath made a public stop in Paducah on Friday, July 24.

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

Missouri county clerks are making plans to ensure voters and election judges are safe for the Aug. 4 primary election.

California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.

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

The U.S. Mint is asking for the public to make purchases using exact change.

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

He met with Cape Girardeau leaders and law enforcement at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson.

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

From shipping alcohol to a requirement in the voting process, several new laws are now in effect in Kentucky.

  County clerks gear up for August 4th election in Missouri

Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz who says the last election worked very well protecting everyone and giving them the resources and information for those that were absentee.

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

Governor Mike Parson signed a bill into law on Tuesday, July 14, part of which repeals Missouri’s all-rider motorcycle helmet law.

Rep. Bost discusses safe truck parking bill

The act would direct the Department of Transportation to set aside certain funds through FY2025 for grants to be awarded to states, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and public agencies to provide parking for commercial vehicles.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

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

Voters in Illinois will be able to have another option, mail in Voting was passed in June. Not everyone is a fan of the new law.

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.