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Missouri electric linemen to the rescue

Missouri linemen heading to Georgia and Florida for Hurricane Irma help. Missouri’s electric cooperatives are responding to a call for help from electric cooperatives in the path of Hurricane Irma with 146 linemen from 26 systems. The Missouri crews plan to leave on Tuesday, Sept. 12. They will be split between Flint Energies, Reynolds, Georgia,

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Hartzler statement commemorating sixteenth anniversary of Sept. 11

On the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement: “The United States of America is the most powerful, prosperous, and free country in the world. We have built our nation on trust in God, faith in the individual’s ability to govern their own affairs, and an unrelenting commitment

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Capitol Perspectives: An Unusual Summer

by Phill Brooks This summer was one of Missouri government’s most unusual for a time when state government usually slows down. It began when Gov. Eric Grietens called two special sessions in a row — one to work on utility breaks for smelting plants and the other for anti-abortion bills. There have not been two

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Child Passenger Safety – Safety Counts

Statewide campaign urges proper safety restraints for children. Do you know if your child is in the right safety seat? While they may be old enough, they still may not weigh enough, or be tall enough to buckle up and skip the booster or car seat. National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 17-23. The

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Being the ant not the grasshopper

by Rebecca French Smith If I never see another Japanese beetle it will be too soon. Working with Mother Nature this summer in the garden has not been easy. In addition to weed pressure, we had our first major run-in with this horrible pest. While I’ve heard it prefers ornamental trees and shrubs, apparently it

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Mum’s forgotten cousin bursts with fall color

The fall beauty, aster, gets its name from the ancient Greek word for star. And a bright and shining star it is, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Asters’ petite, daisy-like flowers burst with bloom when other flowers fade. It comes in rare true blue, coveted by gardeners, as well as vibrant pinks

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians Saturday night, I was totally caught off guard and surprised to be honored with a presentation of a Commendation Medal & Plaque at the 17th Annual Confederate Heritage Dinner in Osceola.  It was presented because of my efforts to get legislation passed for a Heritage Protection Act in Missouri, and for

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24 tips for packing a healthy, affordable lunch

You probably go to great lengths during the school year to ensure your child has the right equipment — pens, notebooks, clothing — to make it through the day. “Proper nutrition is a key ingredient for school success because it fuels brain cells and gives your child the energy and nutrients he or she needs

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Long overdue tax reform would be a win

by Eric Bohl Living in Missouri, it’s not often that the leader of the free world comes to town.  There’s nothing quite like the buzz that surrounds a Presidential visit.  When President Trump landed in Springfield on Wednesday to kick off his tax reform pitch, fast food restaurant marquees welcomed him and encouraged him to

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Savvy Senior®

How to help seniors addicted to opioids Dear Savvy Senior I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do. Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, The

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