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Sen. McCaskill suffered cracked rib from Heimlich maneuver BY DAVID WEIGEL Washington Post
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told constituents late last week that she’d suffered a cracked rib after a fellow senator used the Heimlich maneuver when she began choking at a Democratic caucus luncheon. Late last week, as she made the rounds at an NAACP dinner in St. Louis, McCaskill said that she would not be hugging people who came up to her, after a colleague accidentally injured her rib when she McCaskill choked. A spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said that the accident occurred on Thursday, when Senate Democrats met for lunch, a gathering that usually excludes most staffers. McCaskill began choking, and Manchin ran over to give her the Heimlich maneuver. That dislodged the blockage in McCaskill’s throat, but unbeknownst to Manchin, it left his colleague injured. McCaskill participated in the day’s ﬁnal votes, and then traveled home to Missouri. McCaskill’s office did not answer a further question on the incident, but she kept up her campaign schedule over the weekend, addressing Democrats at the state party’s annual Truman Dinner in St. Louis on Saturday evening. Manchin and McCaskill are seen as two of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this year, after President Donald Trump won both of their states with landslide margins.
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Illinois finalizes plans to prevent another Russian hack in election State will use some federal funds for training; Missouri will address its needs in September BY SARAH ZIMMERMAN associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. • Local election of-
ﬁcials hoping to use federal cybersecurity funding to upgrade Illinois’ decades-old voting machines will have to keep waiting, as the State Board of Elections announced that the majority of the $13.9 million coming into the state will be funneled to training and bolstering cyber defenses. After Russian hackers breached 76,000 active voter registration records in 2016, State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich said Illinois became the cybersecurity “poster child,” representing the need to secure the country’s vulnerable elections systems. The Prairie State announced its databases were hacked months before the Department of Homeland Security conﬁrmed Russian agents also targeted 20 other states. Congress approved $380 million for states to secure their elections, which the Election Assistance Commission said should be used to expand post-election audits, improve cybersecurity training and replace voting machines. Missouri officials plan to address the state’s needs in September. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced last week that an election security summit has been scheduled for Sept. 10-11.
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Participants will include national, state and local election authorities, who will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Election Assistance Commission and other experts. Ashcroft said the goal is to mitigate threats and vulnerabilities in preparation for the November elections. Because Illinois already conducts audits and uses machines with paper trails, the state will have to devote most of its $13.9 million on cybersecurity upgrades and training. That puts a damper on the state’s initial plans to allow local officials to use some of the money to upgrade deteriorating voting machines, many of which were initially purchased in 2004. Dietrich conﬁrmed the main use of its federal funding will be to “make sure that we at the state level and the local election authorities are using the best cybersecurity practices to make sure that voter registration data is safe.” That’s in line with legislation recently signed by the governor, which requires the state board of elections to use at least half of the money on a so-called Cyber Navigator Program. The program, which is being finalized, will provide training and grants to local election officials. It will also put all participating counties on a centralized, more secure internet network. The state will also conduct risk assessments of each participating county to ensure that clerks are using best practices. The state board of elections will also keep $1.2 million that will be used to fortify voter registration databases and hire a full-time cybersecurity expert. The planned use for the funds may come as a shock to local officials who
have been largely left in the dark about how they can use their grants. Many still hope they can use the money to replace their decades-old voting equipment. Logan County Clerk Sally Turner said local clerks have yet to see any language as to how the state board interprets deﬁnitions of cybersecurity, and whether new voting machines would fall under the term. “We all need new election equipment and I think we’re all hopeful that our state government recognizes the importance of this,” she said. Local officials have complained that equipment can break down or, in some instances, record the wrong vote. And, it’s becoming harder to find replacement parts for malfunctioning machines, many of which were purchased as long ago as 2004. Dietrich said the state still hopes for additional funding down the line for voting machines, noting that “this year’s allotment was pretty small.” But further funding may not come soon. Congress denied an additional $380 million in election grants during an appropriations hearing this month. While more funding may not be in the near future, state and local officials agree that this round of funding is still an important ﬁrst step. “We were elected to run elections — we weren’t elected to run IT,” said Logan County’s Turner, who also recently organized an election cybersecurity conference for local officials. “Training is going to teach us all how to best protect our systems and make sure we have all the best practices in place.”
LOCAL DIGEST MARYLAND HEIGHTS > Deer control measure enacted • The City Council enacted its first deer control measure Thursday night, prohibiting any intentional actions to attract or feed deer. “Some people like to do this because deer are cute. But the practice causes problems for other residents as well as the deer themselves,” Councilman Chuck Caverly said. “Deer can destroy vegetation and create messes and cause traffic accidents. Plus when deer gather at a feeding site they can infect each other with wasting disease.” State law prohibits deer feeding more than 100 feet from occupied buildings without special permission. The ordinance adopted Thursday night prohibits intentional feeding at any location and allows the city to enforce the law through its municipal court. Creve Coeur Park and other low-lying areas in Maryland Heights near the Missouri River often attract deer, but city officials also get periodic complaints about intentional feeding of deer in some residential areas, planning director Mike Zeek said.
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