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(Jefferson City) (AP) – Health care plans would have to cover eating disorder treatments under proposed Missouri legislation.

State Sen. David Pearce of Warrensburg recently filed a bill requiring coverage for diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of the disorders. Coverage would include specialist services recommended by a patient’s treatment team.

Under the measure the Department of Insurance would be required to make an annual report to lawmakers regarding those insured and treated for eating disorders.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says that the Missouri Department of Agriculture received high marks on a recent audit.

In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Good, which is the highest ranking it can receive.

The MDA provided significant salary increases to six employees during fiscal year 2013 and four employees during fiscal year 2014, representing an annual total increase in salaries of $51,864 (ranging from six to 20 percent for these employees).

As noted in a prior audit, various program fees of the MDA do not cover the related costs of the program, forcing the programs to be more dependent upon funding appropriated from the General Revenue Fund. Some program fees have not been adjusted in more than a decade.

To read the full report, visit auditor.mo.gov.

Joleen and Brian Durham stand with pints of their award winning beers in front of the BARn—the current production facility and tasting room of the farm-based brewery. (Jason Jenkins/provided)

Joleen and Brian Durham stand with pints of their award winning beers in front of the BARn—the current production facility and tasting room of the farm-based brewery. (Jason Jenkins/provided)

(Bucyrus) – Piney River Brewing will soon be available to more craft beer fans across the Ozarks after the completion of a $1.2 million expansion that began this week at the Bucyrus, MO farm-based brewery.

The expansion includes a 12,000 square foot barn located near the current “BARn” production facility and tap room.

The new building will house a custom built 15-barrel three-vessel brew house, four 60-barrel fermentation vessels and two 60-barrel bright beer tanks, and a Series Three eight-head automatic canner.

This expansion is the third expansion since the company opened its doors in March 2011 as a nanobrewery, brewing 10 gallons of beer at a time. The brewery was also the first microbrewery in the state of Missouri to can beer on site in November 2011.

Piney River is on track to produce 1,800 barrels of beer in 2014, having produced 1,100 barrels in 2013 and 525 barrels in 2012. The new brew house and cellar will give Piney River the capacity to brew up to 9,000 barrels, with room for additional growth. The new equipment is slated to come on line by May 2015.

In October 2013 Piney River won a Great American Beer Festival gold for their Old Tom Porter, followed in April by a World Beer Cup gold for their Float Trip Ale. Both beers were seasonal brands until they claimed top accolades in their style.

Currently the brewery is distributed in all of central and southern Missouri and in Arkansas.

For more information on Piney River Brewing visit their website at www.pineyriverbrewing.com.

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(Washington)- Last week U.S. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt went before the U.S. Senate floor to discuss the impact of costly federal regulations on Missourians.

During Senator Blunts’ speech he began by explaining that there is a lot of concern that Congress is not doing their part to keep the regulators under control:

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Senator Blunt continued by breaking down his thoughts on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan:

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Blunt will be running for a second term in office in 2016.

(Washington) – During a televised address from the White House last month, President Barack Obama outlined a plan to provide administrative relief and work permits to as many as 3.7 million illegal immigrants,  as well as an additional 300,000 young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

U.S. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill recently spoke with media outlets across the state where she shared that she wasn’t sure if President Obama’s new plan would last:

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According to the Washington Post, during the address President Obama portrayed his action as a “common-sense, middle-ground approach” that will allow otherwise law-abiding immigrants to “come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”

(Jefferson City) – Ten law enforcement officers from across the state, included two from the Troop G Willow Springs Headquarters, will be awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor by Gov. Jay Nixon in a ceremony in the state Capitol on Thursday December 18.

The officers will receive the medal for extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism to save the lives of Missourians during 2013. Two of the recipients are from Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, headquartered in Willow Springs: Trooper Daniel J. Johnson and Trooper Jason W. Philpott.

The other recipients of the medals are: Deputy Michael C. Hoefle, of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department; Officer Brock E. Kelley, of the Independence Police Department; Deputy Justin G. Wooten, of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department; Officer Kyle Weiss, of the Pevely Police Department; Deputy Michael T. Toombs and Deputy Nina M. Osia of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and Officer Jay Brad King and Officer Jason Sederwall, of the Jefferson City Police Department.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council will be holding a regular session council meeting on Wednesday, December 17, at 6PM at the Willow Springs City Hall.

On the agenda for existing business is the 2015 Budget Approval Bill Number 07-14 to become Resolution Number 14-07.

In new business the council will look to approve bills concerning the 2015 library contract, the 2015 YMCA contract, and the 2015 rural fire contract. The council will also discuss the possibility of a city limit extension, having City Hall closed the day after Christmas, and the destruction of records.

(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, January 7, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room, 750 W. Broadway.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance include area families with children ages birth through 18 who live within Howell County. Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center also are eligible, provided they meet income guidelines. Missouri State students must present their student identification cards in person, as well as a current class schedule; they may not send them with a family member. Families will receive only one voucher per family.

Those who apply should bring a photo ID, proof of income, proof of Howell County residency, names and ages of children, and a telephone number to the prequalification. Proof of Howell County residency does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating, contact officials at the American Red Cross office in West Plains at 417-257-0018.

(Gainesville) – A Gainesville resident suffered moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident Tuesday evening.

A report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol states that 32-year-old Tonya Burkepile was injured after the vehicle she was driving ran off-road and hit a bluff.

Burkepile was taken from the scene of the 5:50 PM accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

The report states the accident happened a mile east of Gainesville on Hillside Drive.

(Jefferson City)- The Joint Committee on Government Accountability recently held its first hearing. The panel’s job is to look into alleged inefficiencies, fraud and misconduct in state government, in this case, related to the state’s role following a police shooting and subsequent grand jury decision in Ferguson.

Senator Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, points out that the group has been in existence for nearly a decade, but has never been activated:

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Senator Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, says the response to the protest there comes down to the decisions made by the Executive Branch:

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By statute the panel can meet four times next year, and have a final report issued to the full legislature no later than January 15, 2016.