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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: This past Saturday I sat in with Austin Shelby at Carney’s Five Star Supermarket in Osceola.  The month of May is National Beef Month.  Both of us are members of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association; and representing St. Clair County, we were ‘riding for the brand’ and promoting beef. On Sunday, Marla and

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Capitol Perspectives: A Bizarre Legislative Session

by Phill Brook This has been one of the more bizarre legislative sessions I’ve covered. The strange developments began in January when Gov. Eric Greitens sought to move the inauguration to Columbia. The legislature killed the idea. The inauguration, after all, is a joint session of the General Assembly. The next abnormality came a few

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Republican split leads Senate to fully fund K-12 formula

The General Assembly had a historic moment Tuesday when a bipartisan coalition of senators agreed to fully fund a state formula that allocates money to school districts. Ten Republicans joined all nine Senate Democrats to amend the recommendation of the Senate Appropriations Committee and fund the formula, over the objections of Republican leadership. Senators forcefully

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Senate approves “Real ID Fix”

The Senate gave approval this week to a measure that will allow Missourians the option of choosing a Real ID-complaint license. Without final passage of this bill, starting Jan. 22, 2018, Missouri state driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted as identification to board a plane, whether domestic or international. Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin,

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It’s Time for Regulatory Accountability

by Zippy Duvall Regulations protect Americans from unfair business practices, protect our health and safety and help protect our environment. Some regulation is needed to hold everyone accountable for doing things the right way. But the government agencies that do the regulating also must be held accountable. They should not regulate more than Congress gave

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McCaskill’s statement on Trump administration executive order

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on cybersecurity: “I was pleased to see President Trump’s Executive Order on cybersecurity and believe that we need to continue aggressively addressing this emerging threat. I stand ready

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Rare fish, found only in Perry County, sheds light on improved water quality

A rare cave-dwelling fish is shedding new light on how farmers are improving water quality through cover crops and nutrient management. University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) say new nests of grotto sculpin are growing in caves in southeastern Missouri. The small, endangered fish lives only in Perry County caves.

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Do not be nervous about cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy, watercress, radish, arugula, horseradish, wasabi, Swiss chard, and Chinese cabbage. Does this list cause any unpleasant olfactory-related memories? “The good news is, that smell and slightly bitter taste is a sign these veggies contain health-promoting sulfur-containing phytochemicals call

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Seniors can sell their life insurance policies

If you’re struggling to make ends meet in retirement, you’re not alone. And when your income is limited and fixed, you do your best to cut out unnecessary expenses. One expense that can be tough for some seniors to manage is the premiums on their life insurance policies. Perhaps your carrier raised your premium unexpectedly,

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Hartzler votes to repeal, replace Obamacare

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler voted to advance the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill represents the first step in a three-step plan to overturn the Obamacare law. The AHCA passed the House and now heads to the Senate for approval. “Since Obamacare was implemented, it has been on

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