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    Medical marijuana bill passes house committee

    A proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes was passed April 8 with a unanimous vote by Missouri House General Laws Committee. Under the proposed law, House Bill 2238, the State Department of Agriculture would be authorized to produce, manufacture and distribute cannabis extract...

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    Missouri Department of Revenue

    One of my jobs as a state senator is to make sure that constituents who are dealing with the Missouri government are treated fairly. We deal with dozens of cases a year, some of which we have shared in earlier Capitol Reports. I consider this task to be one of the most important as your state senator...

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    Meeting with parents - Part III

    “The parents on our youth team will either make or break our season.” This is something I’ve heard from people for many years now and I tend to agree with this. I’ve witnessed firsthand how the culture and attitudes of parents can affect a team. Sadly, most of the negative...

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    Learning in the Capitol, Part II

    Hello 8th District. My name is Daniel Duffeck, and I have been interning part-time for Sen. Will Kraus since January. This internship has been immensely exciting and rewarding, and I am more than happy to share with you what I have experienced so far.

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    What you’ll need: Part 2

    So you want to coach youth sports? There’s more to it than just putting on your whistle and leading kids through exercises. This is a huge responsibility and cannot be taken lightly. You have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of kids and effective coaches are those who...

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    Community product improvement for I-470 corridor

    The Interstate 470 corridor through Lee’s Summit is fast becoming our foremost jobs corridor and a source for major development activities. Current and planned development portends good things for our community. City leaders had the foresight to work for multiple interchanges/exits from I...

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    Vote yes, Question 1

    A couple times a week, I get the pleasure of tackling the madness that is the southbound Missouri 291 and U.S. 50 Highway intersection.

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    Why coach Part 1

    I recently had a conversation with someone unfamiliar with youth athletics. During the conversation, my friend brought up several key phrases such as “burn-out,” “ultra competitiveness” and “parents pushing their kids.”

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    Vote yes on the no-tax-increase bond issue

    Having served the last eight years as a city council member, elected by the people, I have learned a core value of the people. Any time we, the elected members of council, put a “no-tax increase bond issue” on the ballot it must warrant respect for the taxpayers’ dollars and...

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    Simplify charitable giving paperwork for tax season

    There are just a few more weeks until April 15 arrives and tax season is officially over. For people who support a number of charities one typical tax time task is tracking down all your tax receipt letters required for any contribution of $250 or more. If you are in this boat right now you might...

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