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Ashcroft announces “Rooted in Agriculture” photo contest

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the 2017-2018 Missouri Official Manual Photo Contest theme — “Rooted in Agriculture.” First published in 1889, the Official Manual (or the “Blue Book”) provides the people of Missouri with historical, statistical and political information about their state and its government. Since 1965, each biennial edition has included photographs

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Tips to reduce your health care expenses

Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you’re with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make. Fortunately you’re not helpless when it comes to

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5 simple steps to be your best at any age

They say you’re only as young as you feel, and if you’re an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can’t ignore the importance of solid physical health. To improve your physical

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Proper nutrition is key to senior health

Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehydration, falls, fractures, cognition

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Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs

Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who’s had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in the past seven years, according to a new report

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Iris: Divide and conquer now for a beautiful kingdom in spring

Most of the year, irises grow easily without a care in the world. Rarely do they need attention to thrive. But gardeners should give the carefree beauty their undivided attention in August. By dividing and replanting clumps that have grown too large, gardeners can increase spring displays of the bearded beauty, said University of Missouri

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Bill delivers decades-overdue relief to veterans exposed to mustard gas

Capping a two-year battle on behalf of a Missouri veteran and his fellow service members, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has successfully passed into law her bill to deliver decades-overdue relief to veterans intentionally exposed to mustard gas during World War II. McCaskill’s Arla Harrell Act—named for the last living Missouri veteran exposed to those mustard

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