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Only 27 percent of Franklin County’s 71,962 registered voters went to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election.

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On Tuesday, Missouri voters will be asked to approve or deny an expansion of Medicaid services across the state, but local lawmakers are concerned the costs associated with the expansion are far more than the public is being told by television commercials promoting passage of the referendum.

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Attorneys Ben Hotz, Washington, and A. David Arand, Union, worked at the same law firm at one time and now are squaring off in the Republican primary for Franklin County municipal judge.

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Franklin County’s Second District has fielded several Republican candidates vying for the commissioner post.

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As federal authorities are being dispatched to Kansas City amid an increase in violent crime, the Missouri Legislature will convene Monday for a special session on that topic.

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Candidates running for Franklin County Second District commissioner have spent just over $20,000 to win votes in the Aug. 4 Republican primary.

As the list of everyday activities affected by the coronavirus grows, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill to allow expanded absentee voting in August and November.

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A perfect storm of circumstances led to a dismal 7.3 percent voter turnout at Franklin County polls Tuesday.

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Over the past few months, St. Clair School District officials have worried whether Prop STC Safe and Secure, a $12,750,000 no-tax increase bond issue, would be affected due to low voter turnout in June’s municipal election.

Voters in Pacific voted down two propositions and added a new face to the board of aldermen.

For those who enjoy a variety of choices on their ballots, election day Tuesday, June 2, might have been a bit disappointing.

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One challenger won, while one incumbent easily held his position on the Union Board of Aldermen in the Tuesday, June 2, election. Also, a use tax on online purchases failed and Union R-XI School Board of Education members held their seats.

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Voters in Pacific voted down two propositions and added a new face to the board of aldermen.

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With the first election day during the COVID-19 pandemic coming Tuesday, many questions will be answered about the future of elections in Franklin County and statewide in 2020.

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Franklin County Clerk Tim Baker says there are many unknowns going into the general municipal election Tuesday, but encourages county residents to get out and vote.

Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended through Monday, June 15. 

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Eastern District Court of Appeals Judge Roy L. Richter has ordered the Franklin County Commission to fully fund the budget request of Presiding Judge Ike Lamke.

On the June 2 ballot, Pacific voters face a potentially pivotal police issue. Pacific “marshals,” or police chiefs, have been elected by citizens in the past; that could change with the results of the upcoming municipal election.

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Three incumbents will face one newcomer in the race for three open seats on the Union R-XI School Board of Education. 

Two newcomers — Harold Frick and Christopher “C.J.” Ruyle are seeking the Pacific Board of Aldermen Ward 1 seat in the April 7 election.

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Barbara E. Laberer is challenging incumbent Ward 2 Alderman William “Bill” Isgriggs for the Ward 2 seat he was elected to in 2018.

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A longtime member of the Union Board of Aldermen is being challenged by a relative newcomer to the city in the Tuesday, June 2, election.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft admits he saw the long line outside the Union License Office, where some were not wearing masks or social distancing while waiting to get a driver’s license or registration, when he drove into town Friday, May 15.

As part of an ongoing effort to examine Missouri’s spending of federal funds provided by the coronavirus relief bill, State Auditor Nicole Galloway unveiled a new online tool to give Missourians a detailed look at how state government is using those funds.

Opinions vary on the abbreviated 2020 Missouri legislative session, but it is coming down to the wire for a few key issues.

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There were more new Franklin County unemployment claims in March than any month in the past 12 years and claims were nearly 13 times higher than February.