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Identifying parents easier now for adoptees

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In the past few weeks, I have written about a number of bills the Missouri legislature passed in the 2016 session.  These capitol reports have covered Step Therapy, Livestock Liability and Civics Education.  This week, the report is about House Bill 1599 sponsored by Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City), which covers the subject of child adoption.

There are over 500,000 adoptees in Missouri (about 8%

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Poosey Digest: Air-conditioning


Greetings from Poosey.

I can remember driving through Kansas looking for the magic words. We’d motored all day across the Sunflower State with our windows down, gasping for anything resembling cool air, and when the sun started to sink we’d look desperately at motel signs, yearning to see the words “Air Conditioned.” Air-conditioning wasn’t standard equipment in all 1950’s motels. So, when a roadside inn installed an air-cooling system, it

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FY 2016 revenue totals mark impending tax cuts as reckless

Final state general revenue numbers for fiscal year 2016 show that Missouri simply cannot afford tax cuts passed by the legislature in 2014.

While poor revenue growth has put off the pain of steep cuts to services for at least an additional year, the combination of unmet needs and new budget restrictions to be announced this week indicate that lawmakers should revise the tax cuts before it’s too late. Lawmakers

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The thing about tightwads

Spike_WPMaybe you’ve heard of Tightwad, MO. Lots of folks have by now.

A U.S. Post Office marked the spot since the turn of the 20th Century. I’m so old I recall breezing through the little wide spot in the road en route to the Ozarks and missing it altogether.

The name supposedly comes from an episode in which a store owner cheated a customer, who was a postman, by charging

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The Shepherd Calls: What About Those Blessings

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

Matt was buying his groceries at the “rich people’s” store in Memphis, Tennessee. A hungry teen approached his cart and asked if he could carry out the groceries when he finished in exchange for the box of donuts in the cart. Overcome with the disparity between his (Matt’s) overflowing cupboard and the teenager’s empty refrigerator, the two guys got to know each other. Matt spent

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Declaring Independence

by Pastor Steve Ellison

Without question, the signers of the Declaration of Independence understood the gravity of their action. Surely they understood enough of the possible consequences that they must have agonized over the decision. Certainly they must have envisioned that most of them would lose their money and property. They must have also realized that many of them would give their very lives and that the lives of their

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s money matters: $27 billion budget begins 

by Mark D. Hughes

For most Missourians, the first of July brings plans and preparation to celebrate Independence Day — one of America’s biggest holidays. For all Missourians — and usually with much less fanfare and fireworks — July 1 also brings the beginning of a new state fiscal year and the start of a $27.4 billion spending plan that bankrolls every service and expenditure the state will make in

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Poosey Digest: No escape confronting the bee

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.
If your blood needs a bit of curdling you can always skip the next horror picture out of Hollywood and simply get your car washed.

Not many folks wash their own vehicles nowadays with automatic carwashes on every block. So, Herb and I have happily joined the lazy legions who’ll pay 10 bucks to get a soak, shine and chamois without streaks. Fact

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Graves Issues Statement After Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Amnesty

U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled that President Obama’s 2014 executive order on amnesty is unconstitutional. The ruling confirms that the Obama administration does not have the authority to prevent four million illegal immigrants from being deported.

“This ruling is a win for the Constitution and the rule of law,” Rep. Graves said. “But it’s also a win for American workers and

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