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Jackson city officials broke ground on a new police station site on Thursday.

Located behind the existing fire and police station on 525 S Hope Street, the facility has been nearly five years in the making, according to police chief Jamie Humphreys.

“I’ve mentioned to my employees that this is a historic occasion,” said Humphreys. “This has been a major endeavor, as it should be.”

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Parole boards across the state could have more discretion on reducing sentence length for eligible felonies. A senate committee heard bills Monday afternoon that seek to modify mandatory minimum sentence laws.

Republican Senator Ed Emery and Democratic Senator Karla May worked on specific details about which violent offenders are eligible with the help of the Department of Corrections and the governor’s office. Crimes such as murder and kidnapping would not be eligible.

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Violent crimes in Cape Girardeau have dropped by nearly 17% over the past year.

That’s according to Cape Girardeau Police chief Wes Blair, who spoke to the city council on Monday night regarding the Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

There's a countdown clock on the website for RW Arms, a Texas-based seller of firearms accessories. It tracks the days, hours, minutes and seconds until they're no longer permitted to sell bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire almost as fast as illegal machine guns.

Promotional emails from RW Arms also include the countdown clock, urging customers to "order now" to "enjoy this unique firing experience" while they can.

There have been so many big developments this week in the Russia story that it's tough to keep them all straight.

Here's what you need to know.

Cohen admits lying to Congress

What happened? Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he and others working for Trump negotiated with important Russians over a possible Trump Tower in Moscow well into the presidential campaign in 2016.