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The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Posted May 28, 2015 at 10:41 am




By Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

As we celebrated Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer vacation and barbecue season, it is important that we took time to pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes who gave their last full measure of devotion preserving our freedoms.

In Congress, we have made our nation’s veterans a priority, having passed bills to get more veterans hired, prevent veteran suicide, improve access to and quality of medical care and ensure the VA remains accountable and provides the best care possible to those who have served.

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    Gov. Nixon signs the GOP-passed budget with few changes

    Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed only one wording mistake in approving the legislature’s $26 billion spending plan.

    There was not one dollar in spending reductions.

    “The budget provides recording funding for the best economic development tool there is – public education,” the governor said. The governor’s approval comes after he suffered a series of overrides to budget-spending cuts last year.

    This year, the legislature’s Republican leadership accelerated the budget process to give them the opportunity to override any vetoes before their May 15 adjournment.

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    Missouri’s legislature overrides the welfare veto

    by MDN Staff

    By a near party-line vote, Missouri lawmakers voted Tuesday, May 5, to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that will impose restrictions on one of the state’s major welfare programs, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF).

    Nixon said the cuts would throw more than 3,000 families off the program starting in January 2016, affecting more than 6,000 children.

    Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, handled the bill in the House and said the bill sets out a plan to

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    Kick off the grilling season safely

    This is a great time to cover basics on food safety as the summer picnicking and grilling season begins according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Whether you are at the lake, picnicking at the park or having friends over for a barbecue, the last thing you want is food poisoning. However, like many folks just wanting to have fun, it could be that you are taking chances,” said Duitsman. “Foodborne bacteria can multiply rapidly in summer temperatures.”

    According to Duitsman,

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    How to find and choose a new doctor

    Dear Savvy Senior

    What resources can you recommend to help me find and research some doctors in my area? I’m looking for a good primary care doctor or internist for my elderly parents, and need to locate a good orthopedic doctor for me.

    Shopping for Doctors

    Dear Shopping,

    Thanks to the Internet, finding and researching doctors is a lot easier than it use to be. Today, there’s

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    Determining roof hail damage

    Spring storms can bring strong winds, tornadoes and large hail that damage home roofs.

    “Be wary of out-of-town roofing companies that offer free roof inspections but leave you still wondering if your home has hail damage,” said Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “That question is best answered by an insurance adjuster, since all companies can have somewhat different standards.”

    According to Schultheis, insurance adjusters are usually looking for missing granules on the asphalt or fiberglass shingles, relative to the expected life of the

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    What you need to know about multiple myeloma

    Multiple myeloma is the third most common type of blood cancer affecting more than 83,000 Americans. Since the disease affects each person differently, people with multiple myeloma can better understand their treatment journey by building strong relationships and learning how to effectively communicate with their health care team.

    Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cell. Common symptoms may include bone pain or fatigue due to anemia, but the disease can be difficult to identify if symptoms are delayed, appear similar to other conditions or there are none at all. Over

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    Regular session ends

    The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly ended on Friday, May 15, 2015. What started out as a relatively calm return to the Capital City, ended in a flurry of turmoil and gridlock. However, many important pieces of public policy were passed and signed into law, and I am pleased to share with you some of the highlights from my perspective.

    The General Assembly approved a $26.1 billion state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016, with a funding increase of

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    Hartzler, House Approve FY16 Defense Bill

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have approved the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund America’s national defense and to provide our men and women in uniform with the resources they need.

    “One of the primary constitutional responsibilities of Congress is to provide for the common defense,” said Hartzler. “This bill provides the resources needed to address existing national security threats as well as developing threats from rogue nations and terrorist

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    Love note from Jefferson City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    My In-District Day on Friday, May 8, started at the Osceola Elementary School. I got to talk to 3rd graders about my experience attending a one-room school for my elementary grades. Also, presented a brief report about the Kansas/Missouri Border War that led up to the atrocities of the War Between the States.

    State Rep. Patricia Pike and I joined together and gave a presentation of our “Discover More on Route 54” Project to the Nevada Chamber luncheon. Friday

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