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Love note from Jeff City

Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

On Friday, Feb. 6, I spent some time in Appleton City at the Farm House Kitchen Coffee caucus and delivered two flags to the Appleton City School. I discussed the progress being made on the demolition of old vacant properties and the sidewalk projects with Mayor Stephanie Donnohue.

On Monday, I had a phone conference with St. Clair County Commissioners about SB 384. This act requires each county office holder to receive a minimum five percent increase in salary at the beginning of each term of office starting in 2016 until the office has met the statutory maximum salary and unless the county commission votes to disapprove the increase. This act increases the salary schedule for county sheriffs and provides that, starting in 2016, the maximum allowable compensation of sheriff shall be no more than two

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    by Matt Kalish

    Gov. Jay Nixon repeatedly refused to rule out issuing bonds without legislative approval to build a new NFL football stadium in St. Louis “I would only say we’ve had good communications and we’re going to continue to do that,” he said.

    The comments came during a Wednesday, Feb. 11, news conference just one day after the governor announced a deal to move power lines and railroad tracks to build the stadium along the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

    Nixon’s Office of

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    Neale named commissioner for Office of Quality Schools

    The Missouri of Elementary and Secondary Educators (DESE) has chosen Chris Neale, Ed.D., to fill the recently vacated position of assistant commissioner for the Office of Quality Schools. Dr. Neale will assume his new duties on July 2, 2015.

    Dr. Neale currently serves as superintendent of the Gasconade County R-I School in Hermann and has worked in Houston R-I and Lebanon R-III school districts in Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Methodist College in Fayette, a master’s degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University and education

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    Data Centers and Municipal Court Reform

    State leaders from FFA traveled to Jefferson City this week. I was pleased to present Claire Silvers-El Dorado Springs with a Senate Resolution honoring her accomplishments.

    I was pleased to welcome my job shadows. FCCLA members Ashley Yeater-Cole Camp, Addison Stewart-Bolivar.

    The Senate took a good first step in moving our state forward in hopes of attracting new business to Missouri. My colleagues and I gave first round approval to Senate Bill 149, which would

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    Nixon defiant over his failure to deploy Guard

    by Matt Kalish and Chris Mathews

    At separate news conferences on two consecutive days, Gov. Jay Nixon defended his administration’s decision to not deploy National Guard troops to prevent widespread looting and unrest following the decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict a Ferguson police officer.

    He told reporters Wednesday, Feb. 11, the loss of buildings was less important than assuring no loss of life. “It’s a lot better than the discussion after Kent State,” Nixon said referring to the 1970 shooting deaths of

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    Republican candidates for governor present similar, yet different cases for election in 2016

    by Steven Anthony

    The two Republicans vying to be the party’s nominee for governor argued about campaign funding at a session sponsored by the Missouri Press Association and The Associated Press Thursday, Feb 12.

    State Auditor Tom Schweich touted his work to root out corruption in local and state government while former-House Speaker Catherine Hanaway touted her record.

    “We’ve found 33 public officials stealing money and we’re about to announce some more,” Schweich said. Schweich then criticized Hanaway for the amount of money she’s

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    Senate passes bill limiting revenue from court fees

    The Missouri Senate gave unanimous approval to legislation lowering the percentage of income cities can receive from traffic fines. The measure would cap the amount of money cities can take from fines from the current limit of 30 percent.

    The measure’s sponsor argued some cities were using enhanced traffic tickets to finance budgets without having to seek voter approval for tax increases. “Finding new ways to reach into our pockets, and it’s happening, it’s under our noses and we can address it,” said Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-St. Louis County.

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    Savvy Senior®

    How to make your bathroom safer

    Dear Savvy Senior

    What tips do you recommend for making a bathroom safer and more functional for seniors. My 79-year-old mother slipped and fell getting out of the shower last month, and I’d like to modify her bathroom a bit with some safety features that can help protect her.

    Searching Daughter

    Dear Searching,

    Because more accidents and injuries happen in the bathroom than any other room in the house,

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    Today’s rising health care costs can feel out of control. Fortunately, prescription drugs are an exception. Consider these five simple ways to save money on your prescriptions so you can stay healthy and maintain your budget.

    1. Ask about generic or lower-cost equivalents.Your health plan has a list of covered prescription drugs, called a formulary. Within that list are preferred drugs, which have a lower copayment cost for the patient. These are clinical or therapeutic equivalents to higher-priced brand drugs.

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My In-District Day began last Friday in Hermitage. I conferenced with Mel Gilbert about HCR 29, a Resolution I filed that encourages the United States Congress to make the Butterfield Overland Trail part of the National Historic Trails system. Mel has been involved with the feasibility study on this effort since 2009. He provided me copies of seven Resolutions from area communities and organization that have endorsed this endeavor.

    I stopped by the McCarty Senior Center at Wheatland for a fine fish dinner. My purpose for eating and visiting with seniors is

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