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Special Olympics Missouri receives designation as an official Healthy Community

On Thursday, July 18, Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) received designation as an official “Healthy Community!” SOMO is now one of 19 organizations internationally recognized by Special Olympics International (SOI) with this distinction. This is a huge accomplishment for SOMO. “Special Olympics Missouri is committed to ensuring those with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to thrive

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Huglekultur: A Different Type of Berm in the Community Garden

Huglekultur (pronounced Hoogle, like Google) is a German word meaning mound culture or hill culture and has probably been used in German and Eastern European societies for hundreds of years.  In its basic form, mounds are constructed by piling logs, branches, plant waste, compost and additional soil directly on the ground.  The pile usually has

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Governor Parson signs criminal justice reform, public safety bills

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed 11 pieces of legislation into law, including two major criminal justice reform bills. “As a former sheriff and law enforcement officer, I understand the challenges facing those working within the criminal justice system, and we have to do a better job,” Governor Parson said. “These bills bring bipartisan reform to

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians In an effort to maximize available resources and to extend the life of roadways, the Missouri Department of Transportation uses a pavement repair process called chip sealing to maintain some of the state’s lower volume roads. Chip seal operations are in full swing and MoDOT has prepared a series of videos

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Hold Tight

By Cassie Downs Christian blogger Toss and turn, toss and turn. I lay wide awake, my mind spinning in circles, battling and wrestling with my thoughts, the situation surrounding me, and the Lord. Maybe you’ve been there before, up all night wrestling through your struggles; whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. Some nights it feels like

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Largest snake in captivity

Medusa, the Reticulated Python, holds the official world record breaking measurement of 25 feet 2 inches long (7.67 meters) from October 12, 2011. This makes Medusa the largest snake ever in captivity. She has not had her new official length reported since this time. Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Missouri, USA owns this approximately

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BBB tips finding trustworthy child care

For working parents, finding reliable care for their children can be a tall order. Better Business Bureau advises parents to take plenty of time interviewing caregivers and visiting child care centers before settling on one. Parents need to determine first what kind of care they need: Full or part-time, in-home or facility-based. Consider the location

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Hartzler Missouri Task Force 1 bill heads to White House

At the end of July, the Senate passed my legislation supporting Missouri Task Force 1, H.R. 639 the National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act. This bill passed the House in April and establishes clear policy allowing federal employees to serve on FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Forces. Specifically, my bill clarifies a

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