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    Freedom from my past

    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs cost our nation 428 billion dollars in related costs from crime, lost work, productivity and healthcare each year. In 2012 an estimated 23.1 million Americans needed treatment for a problem related to drugs...

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    Community of character: Perseverance

    “Failure is not falling down, but staying down.” – Mary Pickford

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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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