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Tips for fall exterior clean up

As leaves begin to fall and garden plants go to seed, homeowners may be thinking about hiring a lawn or landscape firm to clean up yards before winter. Better Business Bureau advises homeowners to check companies out carefully before hiring them, and ask for a contract that says what will be done and when. Some

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Governor Parson’s 100 Days of Accomplishments

Last week marked Governor Mike Parson’s 100th day as the Governor of Missouri after being sworn in June 1, 2018. During the first 100 days in office, Governor Parson signed a balanced state budget, appointed Mike Kehoe as the new Lieutenant Governor, signed the state’s largest single-year income tax cut, led Missouri’s drought relief efforts,

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House passes Hartzler provision to address student loan crisis

Last night the House passed H.R. 1635, the Empowering Students Through Financial Counseling Act, which included a provision by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) that encourages schools to offer in-person counseling to students when they take out federal loans. The Empowering Students Through Financial Counseling Act ensures borrowers of a federal student loan receive interactive counseling

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MU Extension to offer leadership online

University of Missouri Extension has developed an innovative online program with the focus on building better leaders beginning Jan. 21, 2019 and ending April 8, 2019. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Leadership Online For Today is an interactive program that allows participants to improve communication skills, build relationships and networks, and develop a

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Critical basement repairs call for careful research on contractors

If your basement is leaking or suffering from foundation issues, it can affect your whole house’s integrity, including structural decay, high humidity levels, and mold and mildew growth. It’s critical that you find a quality and trustworthy contractor to make these repairs — particularly after a storm, when unscrupulous contractors sometimes prey on homeowners in

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VICKY’S VIEW: The Best & Worst

Dear Friend, Last week I had the chance to see the best and worst of humanity when I traveled to Poland as part of a Congressional delegation. Some of the best of humanity came in seeing our U.S. troops stationed in Poland, partnering with a multinational group called the “Battle Group Poland” to act as

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians This past week the citizens of Wheatland have been struck with tragedy. Wheatland Mayor Harold “Rowdy” Rempfer and his wife, Julia, were killed in a vehicle accident on Saturday evening. Harold and Julia have been very active, giving members of their community and will be greatly missed. There will be a

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Governor Parson praises MO State Fair

It was a joy to see so many smiling faces while attending the Missouri State Fair. It was even more rewarding to see the large crowds of folks having fun, despite having to deal with the drought. This was a great time to remind ourselves, and the rest of the state, how important agriculture is

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Buy native trees and shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

Need trees and shrubs for your landscape? Go native with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. MDC’s George O. White State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and

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House Bill 1355 includes the most sweeping changes in more than a decade

A law reforming Missouri’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Program to make it simpler for victims to apply for assistance and which expands eligibility for compensation took effect Tuesday, Aug. 28. The changes include allowing victims more time to report the crimes committed against them and removing a cap on payments for counseling services provided to victims.

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