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Waters of the United States – Big Government’s largest land grab yet

Posted August 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

Anyone who has been following the EPA’s proposed Waters of the United States rule is well aware of its desire to expand the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) jurisdiction over “navigable waters” by extending that classification to small ditches and even rainfall-created puddles. Now that the final version of the Waters of the U.S. rule is out, our worst fears have been confirmed: the overreach is massive and unprecedented.

Particularly troublesome for Missouri’s farms and ranches, the final version–if interpreted like most expect–expands CWA control so much that commonplace farming and ranching practices would require a

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    Missouri Chamber will push for override of right-to-work veto

    In less than a month, Missouri lawmakers will have a chance to make Missouri the 26th state to pass right-to-work protections. Projected vote tallies show an increasing likelihood of a successful override vote of House Bill 116. The Missouri Chamber will continue to push for this opportunity to expand workplace freedom and improve the state’s business climate.

    “We need this reform to compete with states that already allow this freedom to their workforce,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “We are nearly surrounded by right-to-work states and we are told

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    Savvy Senior®

    Roadside assistance services for older drivers

    Dear Savvy Senior

    I would like to get my wife and I set up with some type of roadside assistance service in case we get a flat tire or our battery conks out. Can you recommend some good and affordable services for retirees on a budget?

    Too Old to Fix a Flat

    Dear Too Old,

    Getting set up with a roadside assistance service you can call on day

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    Woman excited about new patient-led arthritis database

    Rachelle Crow, of Chesterfield, Michigan, is living proof that autoimmune and rheumatic diseases can affect people of any age. She was, surprisingly, first diagnosed with osteoarthritis when she was a 19-year-old college student and in the years since, her symptoms were more accurately diagnosed as inflammatory arthritis (along with several other co-morbid illnesses). Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune illness that causes your body’s immune system to start attacking tissues instead of germs, virus or other foreign substances, which can cause pain, stiffness, joint damage and many other complications due to widespread inflammation. It can occur at

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    Seniors often in denial about hearing loss: Are you one of them?

    “Excuse me, can you say that again?” If this sounds typical, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S. with more than 40 million people suffering from it to some degree. Despite all this, only 30 percent of Americans with hearing loss (most of whom are seniors) seek treatment.

    To find out why, the manufacturer of Siemens hearing aids polled several hundred seniors at a national conference. Despite most of them admitting to having hearing loss, the survey found seniors are quite passive about their

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    Customized knee implants offer advantages to patients

    By 2030, the number of people turning to knee replacement surgery to end pain and regain mobility will likely increase to 3.5 million annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For many patients, recovery from knee replacement surgery is painful and slow, and the results are often not what people expect. Multiple clinical studies have found that on average one in five patients who have a knee replacement are dissatisfied with the result because of pain after surgery or because their new knee feels unnatural.

    Seventy-two-year-old Ohio resident Tedd Boomershine

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    FB’s Cut to the Chase

    by Robert Giblin

    Though in their infancy, rapidly evolving Unmanned Arial Systems, commonly known as drones, are stimulating new visions for farms of the future.

    Some visions may seem almost cartoonish – tractors with no drivers, the air above farm fields abuzz with little drones closely monitoring the health of individual animals or plants, or even little bee drones pollinating crops.

    Drones and their integration with other technologies and management tools are stimulating a new agricultural revolution, with opportunities not only for farmers and

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    Proper e-mail etiquette sends the right message

    E-mail is easy, it arrives fast and recipients can answer at their convenience. At the same time, not following proper e-mail etiquette can send some negative and unintended messages.

    “Business e-mail is like any other form of business communication. Use the same rules you would if writing a business letter,” said Nellie Lamers, a family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    Like other communications, e-mail should be well thought out and composed with care.

    “The e-mail message you send may be the

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    Putting common sense into the school lunch program

    By Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

    Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

    I have written and spoken often of federal government mandates and how so many of them are harmful to individuals and local governments in our Fourth Congressional District. I am pleased to share with you the fact that I am sponsoring a bill, the School Lunch Affordability Act, to eliminate one of these costly mandates

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    Obama’s clean power grab

    By Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

    Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

    The Obama Administration’s sweeping new rules and regulations for existing power plants are a harmful attack on families in Missouri and across the country. These ill-conceived rules will raise energy costs, reduce jobs, and hurt our fragile economic recovery.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), coal supplied Missouri with 83 percent of its net electricity generation in 2013. For the good people of Missouri’s Fourth District and those elsewhere in the state, coal is

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