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'Do Nothing Senate' needs to do something

Posted August 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Good Day,

With summer winding down and an in-district work period underway, it is a good time to share some of the proposals I am pursuing on behalf of the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

While we have had success in addressing many of the concerns of the citizens of MO-4, challenges remain. But I am committed to continuing to find solutions to the problems confronting our country and our state, supporting policies that help build a healthy economy and create jobs.

There are still too many job-seeking Americans out of work. I am working with colleagues to try to help employers create good-paying jobs, grow a healthy economy,

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    Program to explore history of Kansas City organized crime

    Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, will host a program exploring the history of organized crime in Kansas City. The program, to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, will feature Terence O’Malley speaking about his new book and documentary, Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City.

    From 1900 through the 1980s, Kansas City was home to one of the most effective crime organizations in the United States. Black Hand Strawman explores this history, from the early years

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    Statement on Amendment #1 from Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst

    “Thanks to the thousands of Missouri family farmers who made this victory possible. In my 35 years of involvement with FB, I’ve never, ever, seen this much enthusiasm and work from our members. We’ve always prided ourselves on being a grassroots organization, and tonight we celebrate what true grassroots participation can accomplish.

    This was truly a team effort, and we were proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends from other agriculture organizations, members of the Missouri Congressional delegation, statewide elected officials and members of the Missouri General Assembly.

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    Beware of hungry bears


    Black bears normally are shy and elusive, but the Missouri Department of Conservation urges those few Missourians lucky enough to see bears to keep them at arm’s length. Keeping bears wild not only protects people and property – it protects bears, too.

    Throughout most of the year, Missouri’s black bear population is nearly invisible. Naturally fearful of humans, they prefer to mind their own business, foraging for natural foods in fields and forests. But summer can be a lean time for bears. They lose most of their fat reserves during the winter

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    E – The Environmental Magazine

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars aren’t really any greener than conventional gas-powered internal combustion cars? – Michelle Adamo, Portland, OR

    A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many analysts now think otherwise.

    These futuristic cars run on hydrogen fuel and emit only heat and water vapor. Their engines mix hydrogen, stored

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    MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic can help ailing plant

    If you have the sniffles or a bad infection, a visit to your doctor can usually put things right. Plants can get sick too and the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic is where you can turn for help.

    “Homeowners can put a lot of time, energy and care into choosing plants for their yard and garden. So if those plants get sick, the clinic is a good place to come to learn what’s going on and to learn how to control or

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    Savvy Senior®

    Programs can help seniors in need

    Dear Savvy Senior

    I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this underutilized benefit?

    Reaching Out

    Dear Reaching,

    It’s hard to imagine that a government program serving more than 46 million Americans each month is considered severely underutilized. But that’s the

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    Living each moment of life with hospice

    Life is about living each moment to the fullest. A father’s wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the World War II Memorial and the opportunity to bring a newborn grandchild home … these are only some of the moments made possible thanks to hospice care.

    Many people are confused about what hospice really means. They think hospice patients are simply lying in bed, waiting for the end to come. However, the goal of hospice care is to help patients enjoy the remaining moments

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    3 serious medical conditions associated with hearing loss

    Think you might have hearing loss? It turns out procrastinating about that hearing test appointment may put more than just your hearing at risk. Primary care doctors now know hearing loss may be a symptom of another, more serious medical condition.

    Over the past decade, studies have linked hearing loss to three concerning co-morbidities:

    Cardiovascular disease

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Poor cardiovascular health causes inadequate blood flow

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    Sweater weather in July

    The jet stream brought Canadian air into the Midwest during July, along with record-setting temperatures.

    “It’s going to come very close to, and maybe beating, July of 2009, which would make it the second-coolest July on record,” said Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

    According to Guinan, the preliminary numbers show last month’s average statewide temperature was 72.7 F, which is nearly 5 degrees below normal. He says the July 2009 average was

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