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Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order.

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is continuing to defend the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy that results in separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

Nielsen appeared at the White House press briefing on Monday, falsely blaming Democrats for the current crisis and arguing that the impetus is on Congress to pass a law to close legal loopholes.

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As part of his statewide listening tour, Governor Mike Parson made a stop in Cape Girardeau yesterday to hear from Southeast Missouri leaders, including many farmers and local members of the Missouri Farm Bureau.

At the David M. Barton Agricultural Research Center, Parson spoke on both infrastructure and workforce development as two of his main areas of focus. But, he also took many questions regarding the lack of broadband internet in rural areas: an issue he empathized with.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill is scheduled to visit the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau this Memorial Day weekend to announce new results from her Veteran’s Customer Satisfaction Program.

City of Jackson

On Monday, Philip Penzel resigned from his position as an alderman for the city of Jackson. According to a press release, Penzel, who owns Penzel Construction Company, made the move to “free his construction company to pursue new business opportunities.”

The resignation also came from the alderman’s need to abstain from voting processes regarding proposals for the construction of a new city police station, as well as the building process for the project. A possible conflict of interest also played a role in Penzel’s resignation.

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