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Less than 24 hours after winning the Democratic Primary for Missouri’s 7th Congressional district, Scott Eckersley is challenging his Republican opponent, Billy Long, to a series of “courthouse debates.” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Just as many predicted, two members of high-profile political families will be meeting in the Senate race for a much anticipated showdown in November’s election. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

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In the primary for Missouri’s 7th congressional district seat, Billy Long is the winner of the Republican primary and Scott Eckersley is the winner of the Democratic primary. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

An apparent glitch in at least one of Christian County’s polling places has some voters crying foul: one Libertarian Party candidate says his polling place wasn’t even offering the Libertarian or Constitution Party ballots. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

An important figure in Bluegrass music with close ties to the Ozarks passed away Monday August 2nd in Columbia. Mike Smith has the story:

The Traditional Dance & Music Society of the Ozarks' next contra dance is scheduled for Saturday August 21 from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Franciscan Villa in Springfield. Live music will be performed by Kim and Jim Lansford on piano and fiddle, respectively, along with guitarist Jim Nelson and dance caller Debra Harpe. Basic steps are taught at 7:00pm. Admission is $6 adults, $4 for students, and Dance Society members get in for $4. For more information call 862-8681 or visit www.springfieldcontra.org.

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The Springfield Council of Parent Teacher Associations in collaboration with Kiawanis International will distribute free new and gently used clothing and shoes on August 11th and 18th to help families prepare for the new school year. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has details.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded Dr. Dennis Kear, Dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University, over a half million dollars to fund “Project Access.” KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.

Callers seeking information about the extensions for unemployment benefits may have some trouble getting through to talk to someone. The Missouri Department of Labor has been flooded with calls about the benefits and they say there are thousands of calls each day that can’t be answered. In response, the office has set up a new online tool to get information to those who need it and to lessen the call volume at their offices. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.