Supporting High School Dual Enrollment Program

Posted April 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

The Senate passed a measure to make college more affordable for students in Missouri. Senate Bill 857 creates the Access Missouri Dual Enrollment Program, which allows students to receive funds during their high school career to pay for dual enrollment credits and dual credit courses from an approved private or public institution of higher education. It creates the Missouri Dual Enrollment Scholarship Act, which creates a tax credit to those who make a donation to a participating school.

To qualify for the funds, the student must meet certain criteria, such as tutoring and demonstrating economic need. These programs help prepare students for college by granting them credits at a reduced price and showing them what is necessary to succeed in higher education. It’s a wonderful option for families and students.

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    by MDN Staff

    Planned Parenthood will be cut off from state family planning funds under the 2017 fiscal year budget passed by Missouri lawmakers Thursday, April 21.

    It represented one of the few contentious issues during legislative debate.

    “I’m going to vote no on this bill because I believe it is irresponsible for us to reduce access to women’s health care, to reduce access to reproductive contraception,” said Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City.

    “We are potentially increasing the number of

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    Finally the Spring showers of warm rain have arrived. I could actually sight rows of newly planted corn as I drove to the Capitol on Monday. Plus there were lots of trucks parked alongside the roads which I’ll bet were turkey hunters out calling the gobblers on opening day of season.

    I am thankful for the much needed rain, but thankful that we are not getting the floods like the Houston, TX, area. We still haven’t recovered from the

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    Farming on Mars and in Missouri

    by Rebecca French Smith

    In the movie “The Martian,” actor Matt Damon’s character gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive until he can be rescued. His chief issue: food. As a botanist (because NASA sends scientists to Mars), his immediate resolve is, “I’m gonna have to science the s*!t out of this.” Well, of course. How else is he going to figure out how to grow potatoes in human poo in a completely uncaring, inhospitable alien environment with water he has to create from rocket fuel? Science.

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    Get money to help Monarch Butterflies

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funds across 10 states, including Missouri, for financial and technical assistance through the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project. Missouri farmers, ranchers and landowners can apply for funding for monarch habitat establishment and restoration at local NRCS offices. Applications for the initial round of funding must be submitted by May 20.

    “We’re excited to be one of the 10 states nationally where funding is available to improve monarch butterfly habitat,” NRCS State Conservationist J.R. Flores said. “Monarch butterfly numbers have decreased significantly over the

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    Senate committee hears bills designed to establish a statewide prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri

    by Allison Pecorin

    Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program and on Wednesday, April 20, the Senate Public Safety Committee heard two bills that would implement different kinds of programs in the state.

    The House version of the bill would establish a statewide drug monitoring program that could be accessed by pharmacists and physicians

    The bill sponsor — Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston — said the House version of the bill allows physicians to work with one another to provide preventative

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    Savvy Senior®

    Chossing an appropriate walking cane

    Dear Savvy Senior

    I have severe arthritis in my knee and could use a walking cane to help me get around. Is there anything I should know about canes before I buy one?

    Limping Linda

    Dear Linda,

    When it comes to choosing a cane for balance and support most people don’t give it much thought, but they should. Walking canes come in hundreds of different styles, shapes and sizes

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    Risks of prolonged sitting could outweigh benefits of exercise

    Findings from a recent study in the “Annals of Internal Medicine” suggest that sitting for prolonged periods of time increases a person’s risk of several diseases and conditions according to Lindsey Stevenson, nutrition and health specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “This finding is consistent with information from the World Health Organization that ranks physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for death for all people around the world,” said Stevenson

    For American’s, more than half of the average person’s waking life is spent sitting watching television,

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    Hartzler honored by American National Cattlewomen

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    Organ Donation: The Gift of Life


    Organ donation is one of the greatest gifts we can give others. It’s a recognition of our shared humanity, and a selfless acknowledgment that after we’re gone, we can still give back to our fellow men and women.

    As an elected official, I meet with countless people. Sometimes, those meetings can be incredibly humbling, which was the case this week when I met with the families of organ donors and recipients, along with the

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