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Mr. President, Now is not the time

Posted October 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

By Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

The primary Constitutional requirement of America’s federal government is to provide for the common defense. We must ensure the protection of our homeland by providing our men and women in uniform the resources they need to protect us from our enemies. The U.S. House and Senate have approved a bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to give our military the funding needed to do just that – but President Obama is vowing to risk our security by threatening to veto this important legislation.

The veto threat stems from his desire for more domestic spending. With

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    Parson reports more than $900,000 cash on hand

    State Senator Mike Parson, a Republican who is running for Lieutenant Governor in 2016, has reported raising more than $272,000 between July and September, increasing the campaign’s overall cash on hand to just over $907,000. This continues a strong fundraising record for a campaign that has amassed 539 contributors since Parson first announced his intent to seek statewide office.

    “I want to thank everyone who has so generously supported my campaign to be Missouri’s next Lieutenant Governor. It is truly humbling to know that I have the support of so many across

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    Savvy Senior®

    How to plan an affordable funeral

    Dear Savvy Senior

    When my brother died last year, my sister and I had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Can you recommend some funeral cost cutting tips or cheaper alternatives? I don’t want to stick my kids with a big funeral bill after I’m gone.

    Looking Ahead

    Dear Looking,

    With the average cost of a full-service funeral running over $10,000 today, many

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    Tips to recognize hoarding and get the help needed

    Think of that family member or friend whose home is nearly clogged with clutter; how do you describe them? How do you address the situation? The terms you use and actions you take can have a serious impact on that individual’s situation and mental state.

    Hoarding is more common than many realize. Recent estimates show that as many as five percent of Americans may meet the criteria for hoarding disorder, that’s up to 15 million people. Hoarding is also now recognized as its own mental health disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

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    Carotid artery ultrasound screening: is it beneficial?

    New research, appearing in The American Journal of Cardiology, shows non-invasive ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries in the neck is helpful in identifying patients at high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, even if they have few traditional risk factors and no symptoms.

    The research, which took place from 2007 to 2011, studied 1,464 asymptomatic adults between the ages of 23 and 87 – none of which had any previous signs heart disease. The research found the ultrasounds were good at finding patients with high levels of plaque in

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    Check out charity before you contribute

    In both good times and bad, Americans are generous givers to charitable organizations. Many of these organizations are legitimate and put the money to good use.

    However, there are some charitable organizations that spend the majority of the money donated on salaries and other administrative costs – and little if anything on those in need. How can a potential donor tell the difference?

    “Most charities and professional fund-raisers operating in Missouri are required to register with the Attorney General’s office,” said Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist, University

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    Missourians urged to stand up against nuclear arms

    Dear friend,

    I joined five other members of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to top Missouri officials, urging that they take steps to financially hamper Iran in light of the Obama Administration’s ill-conceived nuclear deal with the Tehran regime.

    The sad truth is that Senate Democrats have obstructed a vote on this important deal by refusing to allow an up or

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    Missouri joins the multi-state lawsuit against EPA’s clean-power regulations

    Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday, Oct. 9, that he will join 20 other states in a lawsuit against the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s rules that would limit carbon emissions from power plants.

    In a speech to the annual meeting of the Missouri Electric Co-op, Koster argued that the EPA restrictions would have adverse effects on the economy and electric rates.

    In a news release after his speech, Koster argued the restrictions on carbon-generated power would cost the state more than $6 million.


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    Creating and following a spending plan makes finances easier

    Creating a Spending Plan and following it is a simple way to take control of a person’s finances according to Nellie Lamers, family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “It is simple, but I would not say easy,” said Lamers. “There are a few things that are hard about creating a spending plan, including sitting down and doing it, figuring out your income and expenses, and sticking with it.”

    According to Lamers, five basic tips can make the process easier.

    First, take

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    Wealthy business executive enters the GOP campaign for governor

    by MDN Staff

    A retired St. Louis business executive who spent more than $7 million of his own money in a failed race for the U.S. Senate in 2012 announced Monday, Oct. 5, that he was running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2016.

    John Brunner formally announced his candidacy in emails Monday that contained a link to video of a private announcement speech Sunday night made to about 200 supporters.

    In his announcment, Brunner cited his background as a business executive. “I

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