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Master Gardener’s Big Italian tomato goes national

A national tomato growers supply company honors a Missouri Advanced Master Gardener this spring by selling tomato seeds she saved for decades. On the cover of its 2017 catalog, the Tomato Growers Supply Co. features “Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian,” an heirloom beefsteak tomato prized for its flavor. The dark pink tomato is the result of

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Gardening and Your Health

Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors for any age.  It stimulates all of the senses, awakens our connection with nature and with each other, and rewards us with fresh flowers and juicy tomatoes. According to the CDC, gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity in our daily routine.  Active

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Navigating Summer Travel with Kids

by Diane Olson Are we there yet? Mom he’s looking at me. It’s my turn to sit by the door. Why do I always have to sit in the middle? Summer travels can be both fun and challenging with young riders on board. Even a short trip can seem like an eternity, especially when your

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Grilling meat may increase cancer risks

With summer approaching, people are going outside and firing up their grills. Grilling meat over open flame can produce tasty meals. But it can also produce harmful chemicals, especially if the temperature is above 300 degrees Fahrenheit. These chemicals are known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), says Lydia Kaume, a nutrition

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Savvy Senior®

How to spot and fix medical billing mistakes Dear Savvy Senior After a recent hospital stay, I have a stack of confusing medical bills at home I need to decipher. I’ve heard these bills frequently contain mistakes. How do I spot them to ensure I’m not paying more than I need to be? Cautious Carol

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Expect Japanese beetles earlier this year

Japanese beetles are back in full force in Missouri. Expect them two weeks earlier than normal, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Ben Puttler. Puttler traps Japanese beetles and other pests. He already sees larger-than-normal counts of Japanese beetles this year. Wet weather creates conditions favorable for earlier emergence. The gregarious eaters chomp holes in

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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: “O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” (lyrics from our National Anthem) comes to my mind as we approach Memorial Day. Another song that comes to mind is by Billy Ray Cyrus. The lyrics are: “All gave some. Some gave all. Some stood through the red, white,

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The people sent A message loud and clear: They want to work

The Missouri Senate passed the “Steel Mill Bill” to help bring jobs back to the state on Friday, May 26. It will now be sent to Governor Eric Greitens for his signature. The closure of the Noranda plant in New Madrid led to hundreds of Missourians losing their jobs. A bill aimed at attracting companies

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Obamacare is collapsing

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announced that it will no longer offer plans on the Obamacare exchanges, leaving approximately 31,000 Missourians across 25 counties with no insurer option on the exchanges next year. “Obamacare is collapsing and Missouri families are paying the price,”

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