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Top Democrat: Auditor Galloway plans to run for governor

A top Missouri Democrat says that Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is planning to run for governor in 2020

Missouri Rep. Clay co-sponsors resolution to impeach Trump

Ill. Gov. signs 3 immigrant protection bills

  Missouri denies clinic’s abortion license

Gov. Pritzker: Steps being taken to help farmers hurt by flooding

Release date set for new Kentucky ID

Ill. Sen. opposes Trump nominee, Matthew Kacsmaryk

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  Cape Girardeau City Councilman announces resignation

Woman held on capital murder, abuse of corpse charges in Arkansas lawmaker’s death

Raising tobacco product age enters new debate in Congress

Push for public vote on Missouri abortion law hits roadblock

  Gov. Parson takes first Trade Mission trip to Europe

Kentucky Supreme Court voids victims’ rights amendment

  Cape Girardeau Co. democrats raise $10k to attract presidential candidate

The Cape Girardeau County Democrats want to bring the race to the White House through Cape Girardeau.

Ill. Gov. Pritzker signs legislation reinstating 5-hour minimum school day

According to the state Board of Education, the law also allows school districts statewide to utilize e-learning days in lieu of emergency days.

Democrats show unity amid GOP squabbles in Kentucky

While Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has run into resistance from Republican lawmakers on pension legislation, and faced a messy dispute with his lieutenant governor, his Democratic challenger has forged alliances with his former rivals.

Mo. requests joint damage assessments due to flooding, tornadoes

Missouri has asked for the assessments due to worsening flooding, and also tornado damage and severe storms.

Effort to repeal Missouri 8-week abortion ban hits roadblock

  Businesses react to new Illinois gas tax hike

Bevin writes to lawmakers to outline changes to pension plan

  Ill. Gov. Pritzker Signs bipartisan balanced budget

Chemical castration bill awaiting Ala. governor’s signature

Sen. Hawley urges pressure on China’s human rights violation, 3 decades after Tiananmen Square Massacre

Sen. Hawley writes to Apple CEO for “Do Not Track” option for customers

The letter asks Cook to provide Apple customers with a “Do Not Track” option for their products.

Bevin says he’s agreed to changes to his pension proposal

Gov. Matt Bevin says he's agreed to changes to his pension-relief plan in an effort to win support from lawmakers whose votes would be needed to pass it in a special legislative session

  Ill. lawmakers push to bring casino to Walker’s Bluff Resort

Another hurdle was cleared to bring a casino to southern Illinois.

Gov. Parson to assess flooding in three MO cities

Gov. Parson stopped in Hannibal, Canton and Clarksville, all communities battling floodwaters from the Mississippi River.

Ill. General Assembly passes educational legislation

It’s known as HB 2719 or the Higher Ed-Diverse Faculty Grant.

Bryant votes no on FOID gun legislation in Ill. House, bill doesn’t make it out Senate

The lawmaker says the law will likely be challenged in court.

Lawmakers pass Illinois abortion bill, heads to governor’s desk

Senate Bill 25 passed the Senate with 34 voting in favor, 20 voting against and 3 voting present.

Illinois House passes $40B FY 2020 budget

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a $40 billion budget package for the FY 2020 fiscal year on Friday night

Illinois Senate passes bill allowing World Shooting Complex to compete for major shooting events

The bill provides specific exemptions for businesses and firearms sales at events held at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta.

Missouri limits local regulations on large livestock farms

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed legislation preventing local officials from enacting more stringent regulations than the state does on large farms that raise hogs, poultry and cattle

Mo. Gov. Parson signs Senate Bill 391

The bill is said to “create a consistent regulatory framework for producers and encourages investment in our rural communities.”

Ill. Senate passes legislation to expand youth hunting

House Bill 3623 would create a pilot program that expands the existing 3-day, youth-only hunting season statewide.

SC governor suspends newly sworn-in mayor of Dillon; city council elects mayor pro-tem

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Wednesday suspending the city of Dillon’s embattled mayor-elect.

  Carbondale business owner reacts as recreational marijuana bill passes Ill. senate

The bill passed 38-17 on Wednesday, May 29.

Missouri governor amassing campaign funds ahead of 2020

Republican Gov. Mike Parson's fundraising outpaces that of those who were seeking the GOP nomination at this point in the 2016 race

7 rural development grants for southern Ill. announced

U.S. Representative Mike Bost along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the seven federal grants to local governments on Tuesday, May 29.

Mo. Gov. to proclaim May as Beef Month

Gov. Parson will make the proclamation Tuesday, May 28 on his Beef Promotion Tour.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

Ill. governor attends Quincy Veterans’ Home family picnic

This was the governor’s second tour of the home. He first visited on March 14.

  MO Governor signs bill prohibiting abortion past 8 weeks, opposition reacts

Planned Parenthood advocates called the bill one of the nation’s most restrictive

Ill. Senate passes bill to study reopening Tamms Correctional Center as minimum security facility

House Bill 210 would create a task force to study the reopening and repurposing of the correctional center.

Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed one of the nation's most restrictive abortion bills, banning the procedure on or beyond eight weeks of pregnancy

Former Missouri governor returns to Navy, but not as a SEAL

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will return to the Navy but not as one of the elite Navy SEAL team

  Bill awaiting Mo. Gov’s signature could help low income people get hearing aids

Hearing aids could soon be more accessible to Missourians who can’t afford them.

Blunt recieves update on Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park priorities

Legislation to designate the Historic Park as a unit of National Park Service was signed into law in March 2018.

Bill addressing veteran suicide prevention passes House

The bi-partisan (HR 2333) was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12).

  RESULTS: Ky. primary elections

Several state office races will be on the ballot.

Gov. Parson declares State of Emergency response to severe weather and ongoing flooding

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather and continue flooding across Missouri.

Missouri Sen. Hawley to introduce bill against data tracking

Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is introducing legislation to give internet users the ability to opt out of tracking and collection of personal data

Governor, attorney general among statewide races in Kentucky

Candidates in Tuesday's primary election in Kentucky are seeking party nominations for governor, attorney general and other statewide races

Missouri governor gets most of his agenda

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson largely accomplished his agenda in his first legislative session as governor

  Bill would give health care to foster kids who move to Missouri

A bill that has passed both the state House and the state Senate would give Medicaid coverage to young adults in the foster care system who move to Missouri.

A look at bills passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2019

The Missouri Legislature wrapped up its 2019 legislative session on Friday after passing a variety of bills, including new limits on abortions

  Mo. Governor says he will sign abortion bill; lawmaker clarifies remarks about ‘consensual rape’

Regarding the abortion bill, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said if legislators send the bill to his desk he will sign it.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

Missouri AG ends probe of former Gov. Greitens’ use of staff

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is closing an investigation into whether former Gov. Eric Greitens improperly used his office staff to work on his campaign's social media accounts

Ill. lawmaker’s bill protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions passes House

The Bill is HR 1010. It would overturn an Administration rule that expands short-term, limited-duration insurance, commonly known as “junk plans.”

  Time runs out on Mo. drug monitoring bill, supporters still fighting

A Missouri bill that will likely not make it across the finish line this year is the ‘Narcotics Control Act,’ but supporters of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program are not giving up the fight.

Pawpaw and hellbender could gain Missouri recognition

An oddly named tree and an odd-looking salamander could soon gain fame in Missouri

Senate votes to relax helmet law, vehicle safety inspections

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would do away with vehicle safety inspections for thousands of Missourians and let adults ride motorcycles without helmets

A look at provisions in Missouri’s anti-abortion legislation

Missouri senators have passed a wide-ranging bill to limit abortion, including a ban on the procedure at eight weeks of pregnancy

Grimes predicts about 12.5% turnout for Kentucky primary

Kentucky's chief election official is projecting about 12.5% of the state's registered voters will turn out for next week's primary election

Elder Abuse Task Force could come to IL

Stuart said elder abuse is severely underreported.

Bill imposes duties on Missouri redistricting demographer

Missouri lawmakers have approved new requirements for a state demographer responsible for drawing state House and Senate districts under a voter-approved constitutional amendment

Planned Parenthood condemns abortion ban approved by Mo Senate

The organization called the bill dangerous and extreme.

Sen. Blunt welcomes court decision on liver distrobution policy

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) welcomed a Georgia District Court injunction that prevents changes in the national liver distribution policy prior to an appellate court ruling on the case.

McConnell co-sponsors resolution for ‘National Police Week’

Thousands of officers gathered in Washington D.C. to honor fallen officers.

  Gov. Parson: ‘Time to make Missouri the most pro-life state in the country’

The Missouri Senate considered legislation on Wednesday, May 15 to ban most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy.

  Former deputy clerk takes legal action against Stoddard County, Stoddard County clerk

A former deputy clerk is taking legal action against Stoddard County and the Stoddard County Clerk after being fired from her position in April.

Ill. lawmaker introduces gun regulation legislation

Under Senate Bill 1139, the legislation would also provide additional aid to members of the military and law enforcement.

  Sen. Hawley delivers first speech on Senate floor

The speech took place at 9:45 a.m. CT in the United States Senate Chamber.

Ky. gov. orders flags at half-staff in honor of soldier killed in Syria

Pfc. Michael Thomason, 28, of Lincoln Park, Michigan died on April 29 after a non-combat incident.

Pro-abortion rights banner flies after near-total ban passes Ala. Senate

A banner supporting abortion flew over Montgomery after a bill banning nearly all abortions in the state passed in the Senate.

Lawmakers vote to make hearing aids more accessible

Hearing aids would be easier to get for poor Missourians under a bill awaiting the governor's signature

‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban to be debated in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators are set to take up one of the nation's most restrictive proposed abortion bans

  Bill would allow food stamps to be used at restaurants in Illinois

If passed, restaurants could choose to accept food stamps

Sen. Blunt calls for passage of disaster relief in wake of flooding

Blunt discussed his recent visits to communities on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on Tuesday, May 14.