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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: 2017 Session reaches final week with several unresolved priorities: As the Missouri House comes down to the final days of the 2017 legislative session, legislators have seen several of their top issues cross the finish line, but continue to wait for several other bills to receive approval from both chambers. To date

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Blunt now accepting U.S. Service Academy applications

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) recently announced that he is accepting applications to U.S. Military Service Academies from young Missourians. Nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy are available for qualified applicants. Applicants must be between 17 and 23 years of age, U. S.

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Blunt’s HIRE Vets Act Headed to the President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, today touted Senate passage of his Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act. The bipartisan measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment. “Each year, nearly 200,000

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Be Smart; Be Brave; Be a Good Friend

Don’t let anyone drink and drive May 4-15 marks the annual Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety will take that time to encourage Missouri’s youth to be smart, be brave, and be a good friend by not letting anyone drink and drive. In 2016, 201 people were killed and 652 were

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Savvy Senior®

Choosing the best assisted living facility Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for choosing a quality assisted living facility for my mom? Her health and mental abilities have declined to the point that she can’t live alone anymore but isn’t ready for a nursing home either. Looking Around Dear Looking, If your mom

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MDC measures a new state record American elm tree

An American elm tree in western Missouri now holds the state champion crown for its species. The elm in northeast Johnson County entered the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) record book with a total score of 353 based on height, circumference and crown spread. The Kansas City area tree toppled the old record of an

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Blunt restores year-round Pell Grants

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Education, today announced that the omnibus appropriations bill restores eligibility for year-round Pell Grants. This measure would provide an estimated 20,000 students at Missouri colleges and universities who take classes year-round an additional $1,650 per year, on average, to

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Creating a Drug-Free Missouri

This second of two in-district work weeks included the final event of my Drug-Free Missouri anti-drug initiative, an event with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a visit to Windsor, a talk with students in Camden County, and a chance to congratulate the MO-4 winner of the Congressional Art Competition. Lebanon High School hosted

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Blunt, Casey introduce legislation to make adoption tax credit fully refundable

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) announced they have re-introduced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, which makes the current adoption tax credit fully refundable. Making the tax credit fully refundable will ensure that more families can benefit from this critical support. “Millions of children in our country and around the world

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