Medical Association condemns court ruling

July 31, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY --- The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) strongly condemns the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that eviscerates one of the nation's most successful tort reform laws.Complete news release belowFROM: Missouri Press Flash News! ServiceTO: News DeskJuly 31, 2012Note: This Flash News! item is being distributed by Missouri Press Service. MPS is not the source of the news. If you need further information or verification, contact the person listed in the news release, do not "reply" to this message.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------News ReleaseMissouri State Medical AssociationJuly 31, 2012Contact:Liz Fleenor, Director, Communications/Managing Editor,Missouri Medicinelfleenor@msma.org/573-636-5151Physicians Decry Supreme Court Ruling on Tort ReformJEFFERSON CITY --- The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) strongly condemns the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that eviscerates one of the nation's most successful tort reform laws.  In Watts v. Cox Medical Center, the Court ignored more than 25 years of precedent by striking down the state's cap on non-economic damages in medical liability lawsuits.The caps were part of a sweeping tort reform package that passed the General Assembly with bi-partisan support in 2005.  "The ruling is an immeasurable disappointment," said MSMA President Stephen Slocum, M.D.  "It turns back the clock to a time when a medical lawsuit crisis had pushed Missouri doctors to the breaking point.  Scores of physicians moved away, and access to health care was threatened in every corner of the state."Prior to the legal system reforms in 2005, Missouri... continued...
 
 

University of Missouri Flagship Council honors legislators

July 31, 2012

The University of Missouri Flagship Council honored Senator Kurt Schaefer, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair and Representative Chris Kelly, member of the House Appropriations Committee at the Flagship Council Board meeting on July 30th.Complete news release below FROM: Missouri Press Flash News! ServiceTO: News DeskJuly 31, 2012Note: This Flash News! item is being distributed by Missouri Press Service. MPS is not the source of the news. If you need further information or verification, contact the person listed in the news release, do not "reply" to this message.  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWSUniversity of Missouri Flagship CouncilFor Immediate Release: July 31, 2012The University of Missouri Flagship Council honored Senator Kurt Schaefer, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair and Representative Chris Kelly, member of the House Appropriations Committee at the Flagship Council Board meeting on July 30th.  The Flagship Council presented plaques recognizing their exemplary leadership and extraordinary determination and commitment to Missouri Public Higher Education and their willingness to go above and beyond in their support of the Council and Higher Education in our state.The Flagship Council also recognized Senator David Pearce, Chair of the Senate Education Committee for his exemplary leadership and support for Higher Education in our state.The Flagship Council was formed in 2005 as a private non-profit corporation of some 500 business and professional people, organized to support the University of Missouri (the Flagship campus).For further information please contact:Dave Griggs, Flagship Council Chair at... continued...
 
 

Guardianship Reform Task Force

July 30, 2012

A group calling itself the Missouri Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (MO-WINGS) has been convened by Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council to review and recommend statutory changes to update Missouri's adult guardianship law.NOTE: The complete news release is below.Complete news release belowFROM: Missouri Press Flash News! ServiceTO: News DeskJuly 30, 2012Note: This Flash News! item is being distributed by Missouri Press Service. MPS is not the source of the news. If you need further information or verification, contact the person listed in the news release, do not "reply" to this message.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PRESS RELEASEFor immediate releaseMissouri Establishes Guardianship Reform Task ForceMembers tasked with modernizing 30-year-old statute    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (July 30, 2012) — A group calling itself the Missouri Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (MO-WINGS) has been convened by Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council to review and recommend statutory changes to update Missouri's adult guardianship law.     MO-WINGS has met bi-monthly in 2012 and will continue into 2013 with a goal to draft comprehensive recommendations for introduction in the 2014 Missouri legislative session. The guardianship law defines the roles and responsibilities of court-appointed guardians of persons with incapacity and conservators to manage their property.    "Since our present law in effect since 1983, Missouri has enacted durable powers of attorney laws for health care and financial/property purposes, a... continued...
 
 

Spiritual Leaders Endorse Amendment 2

July 30, 2012

Spiritual leaders from various religious denominations in Missouri have announced their endorsement of Amendment 2, a proposed constitutional amendment on the August 7th ballot.Complete news release belowFROM: Missouri Press Flash News! ServiceTO: News DeskJuly 30, 2012Note: This Flash News! item is being distributed by Missouri Press Service. MPS is not the source of the news. If you need further information or verification, contact the person listed in the news release, do not "reply" to this message.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Missouri Family Policy CouncilA Voice for Truth for Missouri FamiliesFor Immediate ReleaseJuly 30, 2012Contact:Joe Ortwerth(636) 536-0014Religious Leaders AnnounceEndorsement of Amendment 2Spiritual leaders from various religious denominations in Missouri have announced their endorsement of Amendment 2, a proposed constitutional amendment on the August 7th ballot.  The religious leaders have gone on record publicly supporting the Missouri Prayer Amendment, which would protect the religious free exercise rights of Missouri citizens and schoolchildren.Amendment 2 would make it clear that children have the right to pray on a voluntary basis in the public schools.  The proposal also clarifies that citizens have the right to pray and acknowledge God in public settings and on public property.  The Amendment also safeguards the right of elected officials to have invocations before public meetings.The practice of government invocations is the focus of a recent lawsuit filed against county commissioners in Franklin County.  The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit in U.S... continued...
 
 

Area suppliers on Propane Gas Board

July 26, 2012

(JEFFERSON CITY) -- The Missouri Propane Gas Association installed its new Board of Directors on Thursday, July 26. The ceremony took place at the organization's annual meeting in Branson and included several representatives from the area.NOTE: This news is for release on THURSDAY, JULY 26.Complete news release belowFROM: Missouri Press Flash News! ServiceTO: News DeskJuly 23, 2012Note: This Flash News! item is being distributed by Missouri Press Service. MPS is not the source of the news. If you need further information or verification, contact the person listed in the news release, do not "reply" to this message.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Missouri Propane Gas Assn.EMBARGO: FOR RELEASE ON: July 26, 2012Contact:Steve Ahrens(573) 893-7655 ext 301Steve@MissouriPropane.comLocal propane supplier elected to industry leadership(JEFFERSON CITY) -- The Missouri Propane Gas Association installed its new Board of Directors on Thursday, July 26. The ceremony took place at the organization's annual meeting in Branson and included several representatives from the area.MPGA is a not-for-profit trade association organized to promote the safe and efficient use of propane. According to the U.S. Census, approximately 13% of Missouri's households use propane for heating, hot water and cooking. Recognized for its environmental benefits, propane is also widely used in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and transportation as a safe and versatile energy source.Association OfficersElected OfficersPresident: Barry Oden, MFA Oil, EldonVice President: Quentin Salley, Salley's Propane, Bates CityTreasurer: Stephen Huffstutler, Delta Growers Assn.,... continued...
 
 



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