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Updated at 2:06 a.m. ET Wednesday

Democrats are hopeful about possibly taking total control of Washington after the Associated Press projected that the party had picked up one of two Georgia Senate seats early Wednesday morning.

The Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday were set to decide which party will hold the majority in the upper chamber, with Democrats already winning the presidency and holding a slim House majority.

After a quick holiday break, Missouri lawmakers will head back to Jefferson City for the beginning of the 2021 legislative session on Wednesday.

The coronavirus upended the session in 2020, and despite tens of thousands of Missourians already receiving the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’ll still be a dominating factor this year.

Missouri will soon have the country’s first police academy based at a historically Black university.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Parson and his public safety director, Sandy Karsten, signed a one-year license for the law enforcement basic training center at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

“What I'm hoping is to create a (diverse) pool of law enforcement officers out of our program, to help diversify some of the agencies that we have in the surrounding area and outside the surrounding area,” said Lincoln University Police Chief Gary Hill.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 with House action

For the first time in more than a century, the Missouri House overwhelmingly agreed to censure one of its representatives on Wednesday.

A bipartisan ethics report released last month accused St. Louis Democrat Wiley Price of having sex with an intern and trying to get his now-former legislative assistant to cover up the encounter.

Updated at 9:18 p.m. ET

On the day electors around the country voted to reaffirm his victory, President-elect Joe Biden called for Americans to come together in unity and healing, vowing to help pull the nation through the coronavirus pandemic and criticizing the dangerous and false rhetoric of election malfeasance that some Republicans have promoted.

He delivered a clear rebuke to President Trump, who continues to challenge the results unsuccessfully. "In America, politicians don't take power — people grant power to them," Biden said.