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Capital Report: The Need for Tort Reform

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Nearly a decade ago, Missouri lawmakers passed one of the most comprehensive tort reform packages in the nation. With the passage of this legislation, which was signed in to law by Gov Matt Blunt, the legislature had taken an important step towards improving the state’s business climate. One component of that legislative package was the limiting of certain punitive damages to fair and reasonable levels.

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Increase in Respiratory Illness Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

What you need to know

Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 104 cases of Enterovirus D68 in 10 states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri and New York. Another state, Montana, also has one confirmed case.

In response to increasing numbers of this respiratory illness, the Daviess County Health Department wants you to know the facts so you can protect your family.

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Troop H to Host Memorial Blood Drive

ST. JOSEPH, MO — Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H — which covers Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, and Worth counties — will host the Red Cross, Troop H Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive on Oct. 2, 2014, at the MoDOT Northwest District Office (3602 North Belt Highway). The drive runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and honors Corporal

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3rd Annual Wright Run is Scheduled

TRENTON, MO — Five and ten kilometer runs around the Trenton Lake area are scheduled for 8 a.m. on October 4 (registration at 7), in conjunction with the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation. Participation costs $25 and includes a t-shirt. Monies raised will go toward an OB centralized monitoring system and a 3-D ultrasound machine for Wright Memorial Hospital. This is the 3rd Annual Wright Run. Previous years have generated over

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Capital Report: The 2014 Veto Session

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the Missouri General Assembly convened the 2014 veto session. The constitutionally directed session provides the legislature the opportunity to override bills vetoed by the governor. Unlike regular session when a simple majority vote is enough to approve a bill, it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers to overturn a veto. This means any measure that is ultimately overridden requires broad support,

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Flu Shots Offered Starting Sept. 30

Daviess County Health Department (DCHD) will begin giving flu shots Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the DCHD office at 609 A South Main, Gallatin, and every Tuesday thereafter. One clinic will be offered with expanded hours to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Flu vaccine is available for ages six months and up while supplies last. Infant and child flu shots will only be given

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Capitol Report: Affordable Healthcare Act

U.S. Representative Sam Graves, the House Small Business Committee chairman, released the following statement last Friday after voting in favor of H.R. 3522, the Employee Healthcare Protection Act:

“We all remember President Obama’s promise that if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Unfortunately for the American people, this has turned out to be yet another in a long line of empty promises at

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Wiffle Ball Tournament for Patrick McBroom

A wiffle ball tournament and silent auction will be held for Patrick McBroom at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Gallatin’s Dockery Park.

ribbonPatrick McBroom, 17, Gallatin, is currently battling cancer for the third time. Join his sponsors in honoring his continued fight.

Wiffle ball team entry fee is $100. Minimum of seven players per team. Number of teams will be limited. Contact Rusty Hendricks to register a team

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PEPPI Comes to Gallatin AARC

PEPPI is Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence, and its goal is to maintain or improve a person’s level of fitness and independence. PEPPI is an evidence-based physical activity program, specifically designed for individuals who are at least 60 years of age, and adults with a disability. PEPPI includes strength training using resistance bands, and walking. It will teach older adults how to exercise correctly in a safe environment and increase

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