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Love note from Jeff City

Posted April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

My Fellow Missourians,

This past Friday on my In-District day, I was invited to Skyline School by Elementary Counselor Tammy Smith. I was given a tour and saw first-hand the Elementary students taking the new state mandated testing. The testing I observed was the new online grade level assessment for Missouri students. It is the new version of the MAP assessment. In years past, Missouri students completed a similar assessment in a paper pencil format. The results of the old format took several weeks to be processed and returned to the school districts. With the new online version, schools will receive student results 10 days after the testing is complete. All students grades 3-8 who attend public school in the state of Missouri are required to take this assessment. The Missouri Assessment Program is used to assess

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    Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 approved

    The General Assembly approved its final version of the state’s $26.1 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016, and a supplemental budget for the rest of this fiscal year. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees worked late into the evening Wednesday hashing out the final details. Finishing the budget is always a tough task because of the size of our state government and the many needs that various state departments and agencies present to committee members. I am pleased with the work of my colleagues because we

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    General Assembly sends bill to restore malpractice lawsuit caps to the governor

    Three years after a Missouri Supreme Court decision put Missouri’s medical community at risk, the General Assembly has completed work on a bill that would protect health care providers from unlimited lawsuit payouts.

    Currently in Missouri, there are no caps on the amount of money plaintiffs can receive in medical malpractice lawsuit cases. Having an uncapped malpractice litigation environment leads to higher medical malpractice insurance costs for all physicians, making Missouri a less appealing place to practice medicine. This situation has existed since 2012, when the state’s Supreme Court released a decision

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    Dog breeders contribute to state economy

    A new study from the University of Missouri Commercial Ag Program shows Missouri’s dog breeders contribute significantly to the state’s economy. The first-of-its-kind study illustrates the fiscal impact of dog breeding in Missouri.

    Every year, economic statistics are gathered on what Missouri farmers grow and raise. However, the release of the Missouri Licensed Dog Breeding Industry Economic Contribution Study was a first for Missouri dog breeders.

    “Prior to this study being completed there simply was no professional accredited economic statistics available in regards to the value of Missouri’s

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    Bill calling for U.S. Constitutional Convention passes Senate

    by Hannah Knight

    The Senate passed a measure that would allow Missouri to join other states in calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention in order to amend the U.S. Constitution.

    The resolution states that a convention be called in order to deal with issues involving federal government term limits, decreasing federal power and the bureaucracy and fixing the federal budget.

    “We are weaker now than we have ever been and there has never been a more important time than right now for states

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    Introducing Saralee Jameison…

    This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

    Name/title: Saralee Jamieson, human development specialist

    Headquartered: Headquartered in St. Clair County, but also does programming in Barton, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Hickory, Polk and Vernon Counties.

    Education Background: Bachelors in education with an emphasis in home economics from Southwest Missouri State; Masters in education

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    MO governor raids other agencies for his office budget

    by MDN Staff

    Deputy State Auditor Henry Otto reported Wednesday, Apr. 22, that Gov. Jay Nixon continues to take money from other agencies to finance travel and extra staff for his office.

    In the past three budget years, the audit of the governor’s office reported $1.9 had been used from appropriations for other agencies to cover costs of the governor’s office and mansion.

    The audit noted that diversion of funds for the governor’s office violated specific restrictions in the budgets that had been approved

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    Proper road etiquette

    by Rebecca French Smith

    When our kids learn to drive, part of their instruction in today’s world of connectedness includes appropriate times to text and call. One moment of distracted driving could mean a lifetime of regret. As rural citizens, we also make a point to include proper road etiquette when approaching a piece of farm machinery — do not crowd, tailgate or otherwise rush a tractor driver.

    Spring is a particularly busy time for farmers as they plant the year’s crop. The United States Department of Agriculture

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    Missouri’s legislature sends the governor the state’s budget early

    by MDN Staff

    The General Assembly passed a $26 billion spending plan Thursday, Apr. 23, early enough that Gov. Jay Nixon will be forced to act on the budget before the legislature adjourns in mid-May.

    From the start of the legislative session, legislative leaders said they wanted to force Nixon to be able to override any budget vetoes before the legislature adjourns.

    House Speaker John Diehl, R-St. Louis County, said the objective was to prevent the governor from spending the entire summer campaigning against

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    A 100% calf crop worthy goal

    Achieving a 100 percent calf crop is very difficult, unless a farmer has only one cow. But a 100 percent calf crop is a great goal according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “The percent calf crop weaned or weaning percentage is not always calculated the same way. That’s the reason some boast of a 100 percent calf crop,” said Cole.

    The number of cows exposed is divided into the actual number of calves weaned at seven months of age to figure the true

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    Who will speak up?

    by Jeremie Nothdurft

    In January, my wife, Laura, and I extended our trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual conference

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