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President Trump says he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, spurring what's likely to be a bitter confirmation fight just weeks before the presidential election.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 48-year-old judge will solidify the court's conservative majority, shaping the trajectory of health care law, abortion rights and many corners of American life for generations to come.

ROLLA — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is encouraging voters to ignore national stories and trust their local election officials.

On the same day President Donald Trump again claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to fraud and questionable election results, the fellow Republican was traveling around Missouri advocating a safe process.

Cape Girardeau Residents Mourn The Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 23, 2020
Jan Salmon, Southeast Arrow

Members of the community gathered together in Capaha Park Sunday for a candlelight vigil in memory of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Event organizer and local activist Aaron Lerma said Ginsburg's decisions and voting record align with the issues he holds close at heart — specifically Ginsburg’s work securing marriage equality.


Updated at 6:07 p.m. Sept. 23

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday afternoon that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

His wife, Teresa, also tested positive after displaying mild symptoms, described as “the sniffles,” earlier in the day. She decided to take a rapid test, and the results came back positive, Parson’s staff said.

The governor said he does not have any symptoms at this time and feels fine. He is in isolation and is postponing all future events, including a gubernatorial debate that was scheduled for Friday.

Five organizations advocating for voting rights are suing Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft over how absentee and mail-in ballots are handled.

The Organization for Black Struggle, Missouri Faith Voices, the St. Louis and Greater Kansas City chapters of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis section joined as plaintiffs on the lawsuit.