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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: My wife, Marla, and I took off last weekend to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in Branson. On the way, I attended the MoDOT Southwest District Winter Legislative Forum in Springfield. This meeting had been rescheduled from a previous cancellation due to icy weather conditions. We were briefed on current winter work

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Learning All We Can

Last Friday, the lieutenant governor’s office visited Branson to continue our goal of recognizing and promoting Missouri. Branson is one of our state’s premier touring destinations. The area is home to quality entertainment and tourist attractions, a thriving economy, and thousands of our country’s veterans. I take pride in calling Branson part of our state.

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Cyclamen: the houseplant with an amorous history

The cyclamen is Cupid’s flowering love child. For centuries, cyclamens have been associated with matters of the heart, making it a perfect Valentine’s Day choice, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Cultivars of this flowering houseplant bear heart-shaped leaves and fragrant red, pink, white or bicolored flowers. The flower of cyclamen has petals

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Walking the hill: Advocating for veterans’ rights and services

Eva Wallace never enlisted in the U.S. military, has never been on active duty and never endured life-altering injuries protecting American freedoms. However, as a military spouse she has found another important way to serve our country – advocating for veterans’ rights. Each February, Wallace and more than 500 other members of The American Legion

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The perfect houseplant needs the perfect location to thrive

Houseplants should be a part of every home according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Houseplants add a note of beauty, they improve the indoor environment, and they have proven emotional benefits,” said Byers. So how should you choose the proper houseplant? First, evaluate the light, temperature and humidity conditions

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Blunt Honored with National Education Service Award

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, recently received the National Education Service Award from the Association of Community Colleges Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges. The award recognizes leaders for their efforts to support post-secondary education and training. “As

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Savvy Senior®

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8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications

Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more prescription and over-the-counter drugs than any other age group,

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Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed

Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a million lives a year and leaving 16

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