Good morning, thanks for joining me for KRPS news headlines for Tuesday, August 4th. 

Mostly sunny and nice once again today throughout Southeast Kansas, a high of 80. Another mainly clear night tonight, a cooler low of 57. Mostly to partly sunny on Wednesday and Thursday, 30 percent chance of thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon, highs in the lower to mid-’80s. 

Kansas election officials expect a record number of mail-in ballots in today’s primary election. 

The Sedgwick County Health Department is now relying on state disease investigators for its COVID-19 contact tracing. 

Missouri and Kansas are among five states that will hold primary elections. Amendment 2 will be decided today, Missouri residents will choose whether the state will become the 37th state in the country to expand Medicaid. 

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Katie Koupal says they’ve sent out more than 315 thousand mail-in ballots. That’s more than five times the number of people who chose that option in the 2018 primary. 

The state of Kansas added more than 1000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. Brian Grimmett of the Kansas News Service has more. 

At Mondays, Joplin COVID-19 update was a mixture of good and bad news about the city’s response to the pandemic. With 13 days remaining on  Joplin’s mask ordinance, the city is seeing improving active COVID-19 case number. 

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