For Fastrack Award

Posted July 2, 2015 at 11:03 am

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling for nominations for its 2015 Fast Track Awards, a program designed to recognize Missouri’s fastest growing companies.

The Missouri company’s revenue growth over the last four years. Past Missouri Chamber Fast Track award winners represent an impressive list of companies from all across the state. Companies that have earned these awards have come from a diverse range of industries, yet all have a common thread – the ability to see market opportunities and inspire their workforce to achieve them. Nominations can be submitted online by going to and clicking on “Membership” and then clicking on the “Fast Track Award Application.” The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2015.

Award winners will be recognized at the 2015 Missouri Chamber Annual Meeting

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    Hartzler launches informational webpage

    The confusion regarding Trade promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was compounded last week with a convoluted series of votes taken in the House on Friday, June 12. To mitigate this confusion, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has launched a website, Setting the Record Straight on TPA(, to explain what TPA is and why it so important for the United States.

    “President Obama has continued to show a disregard for our Constitution’s separation of powers and the legislative process. TPA provides Congress

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    Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Amendment #1 Election Results

    Statement from Blake Hurst

    President of Missouri Farm Bureau

    “We are pleased the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the election results for Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, approved last August. This was a desperate attempt by the opponents to thwart the will of a majority of Missouri voters by retrospectively claiming the ballot language was inadequate.

    As Missourians we now have in our state constitution a much needed protection for the right of consumers to have adequate and affordable

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    VA eliminates net worth as health care eligibility factor

    In a recent news release, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is changing eligibility for VA health care by eliminating net worth as a determining factor that will result in more Veterans having access to health care benefits.

    According to the release, this change makes VA health care benefits more accessible to lower-income Veterans by only looking at a Veteran’s gross income and expenses from the previous year instead of combining income and assets to make a determination of eligibility.

    “Everything that we do and every decision

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    Mike Parson’s bill doubling compensation from crime victims’ fund, signed into law

    On Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon signed Senator Mike Parson’s bill, Senate Bill 141, into law.

    SB141 will increase the maximum compensation from the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund to victims of crimes that result in loss of employment, injury, or death from $200 per week to $400 per week. It will also give the state’s Department of Public Safety the ability to negotiate directly with care providers on behalf of crime victims to ensure that victims are receiving the best possible rates for healthcare.

    “Senate Bill 141 is a

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    Hartzler: 'Ruling bolsters a bad law'

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement in regards to the June 25 Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case:

    “Obamacare has been a disaster since its inception. This ruling does nothing to help the American people get out from underneath the clutch of an onerous federal mandate and bolsters a bad law, making it more difficult for Congress to work towards real, patient-centered reform to our broken health care system. Moreover, it sets an extremely dangerous precedent that the executive can unilaterally alter laws – a job constitutionally

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    Body image in children crucial

    Children are developing concerns with weight at younger ages now, more than ever before according to Janie Emery, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Research shows that half of girls and one-third of boys as young as age six think their ideal weight is thinner than their current size,” said Emery.

    By age seven, one in four kids has engaged in some dieting behavior. By age 10, 80 percent of American girls say they have been on a diet.

    “With these

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    Missouri AG sues EPA

    Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding Today’s Announcement of Koster’s Lawsuit against EPA.

    “We applaud Attorney General Koster for filing this lawsuit against EPA and hope the courts will act quickly to halt implementation of the WOTUS rule as the issue works its way through the legal system. The EPA is guilty of a massive overreach, and we fully expect the courts will once again instruct the EPA to follow the intent of Congress.”

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    Helping seniors learn new technology

    Dear Savvy Senior

    What teaching resources can you recommend to help seniors learn how to use computers, tablets and smartphone devices? At age 72, I am interested in joining the technology revolution so I can keep up with my kids and grandkids a little better, but I need help.

    Technology Novice

    Dear Novice,

    There are lots of different technology teaching tools available to boomers and seniors today, but what’s available

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    3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare

    Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.

    “A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthcare journal, estimated that more than 20 percent of people are paying at least $500 too much each year for their prescription drug Part D plans,” says Tricia Blazier, director of the Allsup Medicare Advisor.

    Blazier says the study found that only five percent of Medicare

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