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Two Candidates Take On Incumbent Billy Long In The MO 7th Congressional District Race

U.S. Congressman Billy Long, a Republican , was elected to the Missouri 7th Congressional District seat in 2010, and in the upcoming Presidental Election he'll face two opponents. KSMU reached out to Long; independent candidate, Audrey Richards ; and Libertarian candidate, Kevin Craig for interviews, and only Richards and Craig responded . Below are the interviews with Richards and Craig. Independent candidate, Audrey Richards: Why did you decide to join the race as a write-in candidate? ...

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Michigan Judge Blocks Ban On Open Carry Of Guns At Polls On Election Day

A Michigan judge has blocked a ban on openly carrying firearms at Michigan polling places on Election Day. Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray granted a preliminary injunction to pro-gun groups who filed motions to block the directive issued by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Oct. 16 . Benson sought to prohibit firearms at polling places, clerk's offices and other locations where absentee ballots will be tallied. Her order also barred individuals openly carrying guns from...

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Turnout for absentee and mail-in voting is already shattering Greene County records this election year. KSMU asked county clerk Shane Schoeller how his office will keep the voting process safe on Election Day. 

 

That’s the sound of the Greene County Clerk’s office, which is busy processing absentee and mail-in ballots. 

The Springfield Police Department is partnering with Convoy of Hope to help those who might need food in the community.

Tuesday the two organizations announced the Patrol Pack Program.  Officers will be able to take tote bags filled with nonperishable food to give to those they encounter on their service calls who need food assistance.

According to a news release, officers often encounter people in need, and they’ve used their own money to buy food or other items for them.  The new program will allow officers to provide immediate assistance.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Another person has died of COVID-19 in Joplin.  The Joplin Health Department said the latest person to die of the illness is a 98-year-old female who was a resident of a Joplin long-term care facility. There have been 35 deaths in Joplin due to COVID-19. 

Two residents of long-term care facilities are the latest deaths from COVID-19 in Greene County, Missouri.  One was a woman in her 60s, and the other was a woman in her 80s.  Sixty-two people have died in Greene County of COVID-19 in October.  There’s been a total of 139 deaths since the pandemic began.

Tensions between Turkey and France are rising, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for a boycott on French good and slams French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a "French Islam."

The increased friction follows the beheading of a teacher in France after he showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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U.S. Congressman Billy Long, a Republican, was elected to the Missouri 7th Congressional District seat in 2010, and in the upcoming Presidental Election he'll face two opponents.  KSMU reached out to Long; independent candidate, Audrey Richards; and Libertarian candidate, Kevin Craig for interviews, and only Richards and Craig responded .  Below are the interviews with Richards and Craig.

When Steve Davis considers the prospects of the world's poorest citizens he is filled with .... hope. The reason: Five promising trends that, he says, are gaining steam even amid deeply worrisome developments that get much more attention.

City of Springfield

As COVID-19 continues spreading in Greene County, the director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said he's cautiously optimistic that a recent slowdown in cases will continue.

Clay Goddard told Springfield City Council Tuesday that the county's seven day rolling average was up one percent compared to the prior seven days, which he called "a very stable percentage."

A Michigan judge has blocked a ban on openly carrying firearms at Michigan polling places on Election Day.

Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray granted a preliminary injunction to pro-gun groups who filed motions to block the directive issued by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Oct. 16.

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Stocks fell sharply on Wednesday as a spike in coronavirus cases deepened fears about the global economy.

As of midmorning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 850 points, a decline of 3.1%, and is in negative territory for the month. The S&P 500 fell 3%, its third consecutive decline.

Reymundo Torres is an Arizonan, a devout Roman Catholic, ethnically Mexican and a staunch supporter of the president.

"The thing that initially attracted me and keeps me tied to him is that he has taught Republicans how to not just win, but no longer throw our faces and bodies in front of every punch that the left is willing to throw," Torres said.

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