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Missouri public employees now safe from pension advances

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Missouri public employees now safe from pension advances House Bill 1217 goes into effect, marking a huge win for consumers   JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) announced House Bill 1217 goes into effect today, meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from the predatory lending practice known as pension advances. Retired public employees who are drawn into these misleading agreements can now take legal action against

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  • Solar Capacity in Missouri Tripled

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      New Report:  Solar Capacity in Missouri Tripled in 2013 Stronger Programs Necessary to Ensure Continued Progress   JEFFERSON CITY – Today, Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center released a new report, Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, showing strong solar growth across the nation, including a more than triple increase in Missouri in 2013. The report emphasizes that it

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  • Corn crop looking best in years

    Posted on July 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

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    COLUMBIA, Mo. ­– “I’ve never seen Missouri corn looking this good,” University of Missouri Extension corn specialist Brent Myers said Tuesday, July 22. In their weekly teleconference on Tuesday, MU Extension agronomy specialists across the state echoed Myers’ outlook. The July 18 USDA Missouri Crop Progress and Condition report shows 84 percent of Missouri corn in good to excellent condition. Corn silking progressed to 79 percent statewide—51 percent ahead of

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Sports

Ag Rowers Racing on the Missouri River to Highlight Agriculture

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

COMMODITY GROUPS PADDLING 340 MILES FOR A CAUSE Ag Rowers Racing on the Missouri River to Highlight Agriculture   (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Missouri American Water 340 (MR340), a statewide endurance race on the Missouri River, kicks off July 8. Competitors will start in Kansas City and have 88 hours to paddle across the finish line in St. Charles. In the mix of 400 registered kayaks and canoes, one

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THE 2014 DMACC MID-AMERICAN WINE COMPETITION AWARDS 100 GOLD MEDALS!

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

  Adam Puchta Winery received 3 Gold medals, which included a Sweepstakes nomination for Signature Port, 10 Silver medals, and 5 Bronze medals in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, IA. “The quality of Midwestern wines continues to improve,” said Bob Foster, Director of the Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC).  These are high quality wines that wine lovers should seek

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  • 4th of July in Hermann MO

    Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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    4TH OF JULY SCHEDULE AT RIVERFRONT PARK 3:00 PM –FOODSTAND OPENS Brush & Palette Club 4:00 PM – PARADE BEGINS AT 8TH & WASHINGTON TO 1ST & GUTENBERG THEME: LET’S GET EXCITED 4:00 PM – VENDOR BOOTHS OPEN 4:30 PM SIGN UP – KIDS’ TRACTOR PULL & TURTLE RACE PULL STARTING AT 5:30 PM TURTLE RACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER PULL BRING YOUR OWN TURTLE &/OR BRING EXTRA 7:00 PM – HERMANN

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Horsin’ Around

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

2014 Horsin’ Around Fun Show The third annual Horsin’ Around Fun Show, held June 7, 2014, was a shining success despite severe storms and heavy rain during the event. The show took place in Rhineland at the City Park. With the help of many volunteers from the local community, kids and adults from the region participated in more than 40 competitive courses throughout the day.   Mr. Wolff, St. George’s

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Improving Medicare

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

TMF Health Quality Institute Wins Contract to Improve Medicare Patient Care in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Awards Competitive Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization Contract to TMF   Austin, TX – TMF Health Quality Institute has secured the five-year Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In

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  • Missouri General Assembly Restores Funding for Public Defender System

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Missouri General Assembly Restores Funding for Public Defender System   September 11, 2014 (Columbia, MO) – Yesterday the Missouri State General Assembly voted to restore critical funding to the Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD).  By an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives and a unanimous vote in the State Senate, the Legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of $3.47 million that will allow the public defender system to

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  • Protecting Seniors

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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      “Today, Missouri became the first state in the nation to shut its doors to these predatory businesses,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “House Bill 1217 will ensure that pensions earned by our teachers, fire fighters, police officers and other public servants are protected. I am proud that yet again Missouri is leading by example, and I thank Governor Nixon for signing this bill into law.”   Victims of pension advance schemes

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Lottery back on Ballot?

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

Floor Leader John J. Diehl, Jr. Proposes Putting State Lottery Back On The Ballot; Calls Games ‘Dishonest Way To Fund Public Education’ JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state Rep. John Diehl, R-Town & Country, Wednesday proposed having voters statewide decide whether Missouri should continue to have a state lottery or whether its 30-year run should come to an end.   “We aren’t being honest with Missourians when we make them

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  • Tips for Missouri in wake of storms

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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    Department of Insurance offers guidance to Missourians in wake of storms Offers tips for filing claims, preventing further damage Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Insurance reminds Missourians with property damage as a result of recent storms to contact their insurance agent or company as soon as possible. In the past 24 hours, storms impacted much of Missouri with strong winds, hail and heavy rain. Some properties sustained

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Area philanthropists, non-profits gather for 4th MRCF Annual Meeting

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

              ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) celebrated four years of local philanthropy and planned giving in the Meramec Region during its annual meeting July 30. Community Foundation of the Ozarks Senior Vice President of Philanthropy Michael Chatman served as guest speaker and aimed to inspire the philanthropists, non-profit organizations and MRCFboard members in attendance. Chatman was recently named one of the Top 50 Power and Influence Philanthropists

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  • Ag Rowers Racing on the Missouri River to Highlight Agriculture

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    COMMODITY GROUPS PADDLING 340 MILES FOR A CAUSE Ag Rowers Racing on the Missouri River to Highlight Agriculture   (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Missouri American Water 340 (MR340), a statewide endurance race on the Missouri River, kicks off July 8. Competitors will start in Kansas City and have 88 hours to paddle across the finish line in St. Charles. In the mix of 400 registered kayaks and canoes, one

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