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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is urging the General Assembly to prohibit local election workers from helping absentee voters correct mistakes, a move that would mean some votes aren't counted.

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Having visited Scenic Regional Library’s Union branch for its September 2019 ribbon cutting, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said he enjoyed getting the chance to take a closer look at the building Tuesday.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported 225 new cases of COVID-19 from Aug. 21-27, slightly more than the 210 new cases reported last Friday. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin County to 10,945, with an additional 2,696 probable cases, since the pandemic began.

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Even though it has had some of the money for months, Franklin County officials are still not sure what they can spend funds from the American Rescue Plan Act on.

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Amy Ryan, of Wildwood, has launched an exploratory committee to study the possibility of running for Missouri Senate District 26, an office held by Dave Schatz since 2014.

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Missouri lawmakers began a special session in Jefferson City Wednesday that will revolve around funding the state’s Medicaid program.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says addressing the clemency petition for a man who’s been behind bars for a triple murder for more than four decades is not a “priority,” even though prosecutors say he didn't commit the crime.

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Franklin County has sold much of the land near a Washington County radio tower it purchased in 2019.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion. Guns. Religion. A Trump-fortified conservative majority is making its presence felt at the Supreme Court by quickly wading into high-profile social issues that have been a goal of the right for decades.

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Representatives serving Franklin County were split on a fuel tax increase that was approved this week by the state Legislature.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday put the kibosh on his predecessor's planned “National Garden of American Heroes" and revoked former President Donald Trump's executive orders aimed at social media companies' moderation policies and branding American foreign aid.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Legislature wrapped up its 2021 session Friday by passing a bill granting legal protections to businesses and health care providers from COVID-19 liability lawsuits. Here's a look at that and other bills that passed during the 2021 session.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's gas tax would increase for the first time in decades under a bill passed late Tuesday by the GOP-led Legislature.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers approved a $35 billion budget on Friday that includes no funding for a Medicaid expansion approved by voters, putting Gov. Mike Parson's administration in a position to decide what to do next about the health care program for low-income residents.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tishaura Jones has called systemic racism the biggest obstacle to progress in St. Louis, and the city’s new mayor used her inauguration speech on Tuesday to pledge to fight back against all types of discrimination.

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More than 220 votes separated the winner of the Pacific police chief race from the second-highest candidate, and winner Scott Melies said he is “elated and honored.” The other candidates were Andrew “Drew” Whitman, who received 180 votes, and Greg Hurst, who received 124.

Sullivan voters elected Sarah Steinbach its new city collector with over 70 percent of the vote Tuesday. Steinbach received 117 votes to Felicia “Lisa” Witt-Koepke’s 45 votes. The two were vying for the seat left vacant by Judy McPherson, who did not seek reelection.

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Union Ward 3 Alderman Dennis Soetebier was elected to a third term on the board against political newcomer Christian Dunn.

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Franklin County Clerk Tim Baker went so far as to make a video of himself singing to remind people it was municipal election day on Tuesday, April 6.

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More than 220 votes separated the winner of the Pacific police chief and city marshal race from the second-highest candidate, and winner Scott Melies said he is "elated and honored" to receive the "strong support." The other candidates were Andrew "Drew" Whitman, who received 180 votes, and …

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Two Sullivan residents are running to be the city’s next collector, a position with a two-year term, in the upcoming general municipal election Tuesday, April 6.