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House passes Hartzler’s bill to fight sex trafficking

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s bill to fight America’s sex trafficking epidemic passed the House of Representatives July 12. The Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, HR 2480, opens up more Department of Justice grant funding so law enforcement can fight sex trafficking on the demand side, arresting the men purchasing sexual acts from

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Collins, McCaskill plan to tackle cost of Rx drugs passes House

Bipartisan legislation mirroring a plan by U.S. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri to increase competition for generic drugs and lower prescription costs has passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill. “The struggles resulting from high prescription drug costs are endless, and

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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: On Thursday evening, July 11, I was asked to present a legislative update to members of the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s monthly meeting. My “Hat’s Off” to the ladies of Valley Center Church for preparing a very fine meal. Another big “thank you” to the St. Clair County State Bank for sponsoring

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Governor Greitens announces statewide prescription drug monitoring program

Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order Monday. July 17, directing the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to begin work creating a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Through partnerships with private sector leaders, the state will be able to monitor prescribers and dispensers to find and eliminate bad actors in the system. “We need

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Before sustainability was cool

by Rebecca French Smith The word “sustainability” has become a buzz word, but the truth is, sustainability is not simple. For farmers and ranchers, it looks different farm to farm, crop to livestock. While the specifics depend on who you ask, the definition of sustainability revolves around four key areas: soil, air, water and habitat.

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Zinnia: From eye sickness to eye candy

In the search for a colorful annual flower that can handle the rigors of a typical Missouri summer, zinnia ranks high on the list, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Zinnias are great flowers for Missouri gardens for several reasons,” said Trinklein. “They adore heat—which is a real plus for a garden plant

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Versatile tomato a summer delight

Though technically the tomato is a fruit, it was officially categorized as a vegetable for taxation purposes in an 1893 Supreme Court ruling, and it has been gaining popularity as a vegetable ever since. The USDA reports that tomatoes are the second most commonly consumed vegetable in the US, second only to potatoes.  Americans consume

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Savvy Senior®

Help for seniors with bladder control problems Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best treatments recommended to help seniors with bladder control problems? Leaking Linda Dear Linda, Incontinence is very common in older adults. According to the CDC, more than half of women and 30 percent of men ages 65 and older are affected by

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President Trump signs McCaskill’s Agro-Terrorism Bill

President Donald Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill led by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, to protect the nation’s agriculture industry by addressing the threat of agro-terrorism and mitigating the risks to food put on tables across

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McCaskill, Blunt praise Missouri extension for REAL ID implementation

Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt praised the decision from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granting Missouri an extension in the time the state has to comply with new REAL ID requirements. McCaskill and Blunt wrote to DHS Secretary John Kelly in late June encouraging his agency to give Missouri the extension. “It’s

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