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More than 100 absentee ballots bound for Jeffersontown found thrown out

  Sen. McConnell stops in western Ky.

Sen. McConnell votes early in 2020 Election

Hospital to pay employees to work at polls on Election Day

  Early voting begins in Kentucky

Voters to decide on two Ky. constitutional amendments

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  McConnell-McGrath debate in Lexington, Ky.

  Rep. Bost gives update after COVID-19 diagnosis

Mo. gubernatorial debate held in Columbia, Mo.

  Rep. Bost tests positive for COVID-19

Fly on Pence’s head generates buzz in VP debate

  ‘Red Sweater Guy’ Ken Bone shares thoughts on 2020 presidential race

Senate candidate Amy McGrath meets with the public in Mayfield

Senate candidate Amy McGrath met with the public on Wednesday, October 7.

  County clerk discusses early voting turnout in Jackson County, Ill.

Early voting began on September 24 in Illinois. Voting turnout in Jackson County has been high, according to County Clerk Frank Byrd.

  Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus

The Democratic presidential nominee made his second trip to Florida in a little over two weeks on Monday.

  GOP seeks to call off Senate work, but not Barrett hearings

Positive tests among lawmakers have raised fears of virus outbreak.

  Trump’s age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness

  Election poll workers needed in Cape Girardeau County

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

How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate

  Secretary of State explains voting options for Missourians

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

  Jackson County, Ill. unveils ballot retrieval box

Jackson County, Ill. put up a ballot retrieval box on the west side of the courthouse.

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

The Franklin County Republican Party sent out a flier saying Democrats want to legalize methamphetamine.

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

In court papers filed Tuesday, the Trump administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by the president in place.

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

The outdoor festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

Kentucky court hears case challenging coronavirus orders

The case pits the Democratic governor against Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who joined in challenging the orders.

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

The state’s attorney and sheriff’s officers will be monitoring for anyone campaigning in or around polling places or otherwise interfering with the election process.

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

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

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

Leaders in Cape Girardeau County said they want voters to feel secure knowing their vote is counted.

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

About 25,000 face masks will be delivered to election authorities for the November 3 general election.

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

The mailing comes in the aftermath of questions about whether the agency was up to the task and questions from the White House about the validity of mail-in and absentee voting systems in various states.

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

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

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

In reply to President Trump announcing Sen. Hawley on a short list for the Supreme Court, Hawley said he would not accept a nomination.

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this month that would federally decriminalize marijuana.

Illinois mail in ballot requests pass 1 million and counting

The record number during the coronavirus pandemic has left election officials scrambling to adjust.

Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

The mayor of Rochester says reforms are coming to the police department as community elders seek to bring calmer minds to a fifth night of demonstrations over the the March death of Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.

  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.