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Legislation filed in Mo. to fight call ‘spoofing’

House Bill 2175 would add call spoofing to Missouri’s existing no-call list statute.

  Mo. Governor delivers 2020 State of the State address

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

Ky. bill would ban plastic bags, containers, straws; release of plastic balloons

$5M for rural EMS funding added to year-end funding bill

Bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 now goes to Pres. Trump for signature

U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell delivers remarks on impeachment

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Tax relief extended for Ky. distillers, brewers

U.S. Senate passes bill to end rape kit backlog

  Mo. lawmaker wants to add fees, gather more signatures for initiative petitions

Gov. Pritzker writes letter to Pompeo, welcomes refugees to Ill.

Cameron becomes Kentucky’s first African American AG

POW/MIA flag to fly permanently at Kentucky state capitol

Mo. lawmakers file 2 HIV modernization bills

The two bills, HB 1691 and 1692, were filed by State Representatives Holly Rehder and Tracy McCeery.

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

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

  Andy Beshear publicly sworn in as governor of Ky.

A public swearing-in ceremony was held on Tuesday afternoon, December 10.

Senate leaders ask for input on ways to address climate change

The letters where sent to environmental justice leaders.

  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

Illinois governor signs bill to create ethic reform

Governor JB Pritzker signed an ethic reform into law.

Resolution to name November as National Runaway Prevention Month passes Senate

A bipartisan resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Scott (R-SC), that recognizes Nov. as National Runaway Prevention Month, passed the U.S. Senate this week.

Celebrate the season with Mitch McConnell wrapping paper

A small donation to Senator Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign can gain someone a unique gift for the holidays.

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

Cairo families received turkey meals and doughnuts.

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

High students at Cairo Junior and Senior High aren’t just getting a lesson about the government in class. Instead, they are getting visits from Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton.

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

Courts ruled Missouri must streamline existing voter registration services offered in-person at state Motor Vehicle offices.

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. Parson has launched "Clear the Air" public awareness campaign to deter the use of vaping devices among Missouri's youth.

  Gov. Bevin concedes gubernatorial election

Governor Matt Bevin concedes the gubernatorial election.

Beshear announces transition website, Bevin awaits recanvass

As a recanvass requested by Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin approaches, Democrat Andy Beshear continues to move forward with his plans to take over the governor's office

Anna, Ill. company approved to grow recreational marijuana

Wellness Group Pahrms, LLC in Anna, Ill. was issued an early license to grow marijuana for recreational adult-use.

Dealing with GOP legislature next challenge for Beshear

Preparing to assume the Kentucky governor's post, Democrat Andy Beshear faces the new challenge of dealing with a Republican-dominated legislature determined to set its own agenda

Hemp Summit hosted by Ill. Department of Agriculture

Tickets for the Summit are $25 and include lunch.

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