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Hartzler Announces New VA Reform Legislation

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) announced Wednesday the introduction of the VA Fairness in Hiring Act (HR 4037), new legislation that will address the Veterans Affairs hiring shortage. Hartzler made the announcement at a press conference at the Truman VA Hospital in Columbia where she emphasized the importance of taking care of our veterans and cutting

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Sovereign Immuity used to skirt law

by Sen Claire McKaskill Folks – this week a federal judge in Texas, while issuing a ruling that invalidated patents on Allergan’s dry-eye medicine Restasis, made some scathing comments about the company’s exploitation of a legal loophole in transferring its patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to block challenges—a move opposed by a growing

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Plant daffodils now for early spring color

Fall is an ideal time to establish daffodils for a glorious show of color next spring. With adequate drainage, daffodils thrive in most Missouri soils for years and are relatively pest-free, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “They are one of the most vigorous, colorful spring flowers and provide great pleasure with minimal

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Capitol Perspectives: Regulating private business

by Phill Brooks This fall, a story broke that has reminded me of the long history and complexities involving state government regulation of businesses and professions. The story, by my colleague Kurt Erickson at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, uncovered a state administration proposal to merge some environmental protection agencies. Environmental regulation has a long history

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MU Extension guide offers helps on hiring, keeping employees

University of Missouri Extension recently released its 2017 Farm Labor Guide. Finding and keeping dependable workers is one of the largest challenges today for farm owners and managers, says MU Extension agricultural economist Joe Horner. “As farms grow in size, learning to recruit, manage and retain high-quality employees becomes even more critical.” The free online

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Questions about the ACA? MU Extension can help

Recent news may have some consumers confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance, said Brenda Procter, co-director of University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative. Missouri’s health insurance marketplace is still

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Seal gaps and cracks to save money

The fair weather of autumn offers the best time to get outside and inspect our homes and businesses for gaps and cracks that can allow unwelcome outdoor air, dust, moisture and insects to enter “Air leaks in our homes can lead to higher utility bills, mold, rot, bug and dust problems.  The answer can be

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Hartzler statement on conscience protections

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s agency actions on conscience protections and religious freedom. “This executive action ensures that religious freedom protections remain the bedrock of American society. Today’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rules relieve undo pressure from the previous administration, allowing educational institutions,

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians My wife, Marla, and I were blessed on Sunday to attend the 125th Anniversary Celebration of New Hope United Methodist Church in Edwards.  The original church was constructed in 1892 with free labor.  There have been many loving additions and expansions; and just recently, they doubled the fellowship hall area with

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Hyacinth’s fragrant punch makes scents

Few flowers pack the fragrance punch of hyacinth. “Planting just a few can be very rewarding to the senses of both sight and smell,” says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. October is an ideal month to plant hyacinth, either outdoors or for indoor fragrance before the growing season. Mild fall temperatures allow a

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