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Every month, we sit down with Cape Girardeau mayor Bob Fox to find out what’s happening in city government. In our latest conversation, we discussed how the city is becoming more developer-friendly, the final approval of a TIF project on the Esquire Theatre, and the possibility of a new sculpture for Ivers Square. We also talk about the quarterly crime report.

Missouri’s U.S. Senate contest is attracting more outside money – at least $25 million so far –  than any other Senate race in the country.

More than half of the money is being spent by a conglomerate of Republican-leaning groups seeking to help the state’s GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.

The rest is mainly coming from a political-action committee tied to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat aiding the incumbent, Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Office of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson

Mark Welker has been appointed by Gov. Mike Parson as Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney.

According to a press release, Welker is running for the position unopposed in the November general election after winning in the August primary.

Welker is an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University, and has been practicing law in Cape County since 2013.

Cape Girardeau City Attorney Eric Cunningham will serve as president of the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association for the 2018-2019 term.

Russian hackers trying to influence the 2018 elections made an unsuccessful attempt to breach the computer system of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of this fall's most vulnerable Democrats.

The Daily Beast reported that McCaskill is the first known target of the Kremlin's plot to interfere in this fall's midterm elections after targeting the U.S. in the 2016 presidential election.