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BBB tips how to shop smart with layaway programs

You might think layaway is a throwback to the last century. But for consumers who don’t have access to a credit card, layaway can be a money-saving alternative to short-term installment loans. Layaway programs allow buyers to space out payments on an item over time, without using a credit card. A buyer claims an item

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Medical Associations oppose medical marijuana ballot questions

The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA), along with multiple medical associations, oppose the three medical marijuana ballot questions that will be offered to Missouri voters in November 2018. MSMA acknowledges there are a limited number of patients who may receive limited relief from minor pain and nausea, but numerous studies have identified negative health effects

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Humor and ingenuity evident in life of early Ozarkers

“The rural and Scot-Irish influence on the Ozarks is seen in the region’s philosophy which has often been couched in humor,” said David Burton, county engagement specialist in community economic development with University of Missouri Extension. For example, in Jim Owen’s manuscript called “Hill-osophy,” there are these sayings about life. On gardening: “The easiest way

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A buzz-worthy surprise during the total solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, at 16 points along the path of last year’s total solar eclipse, tiny microphones—each about the size of a USB flash drive—captured a unique biological phenomenon. As Earth fell into complete darkness, the bees stopped buzzing, according to researchers at the University of Missouri. “Getting dark in the middle of the

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How to send winter pests packing

Six-legged pests want to share your warm home this winter. University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Tamra Reall tells how to send crawling freeloaders packing. These unwelcome visitors are mostly a lethargic nuisance. They do not bite, suck blood or spread disease. They like nice, dry spots, usually between your home’s walls. They go dormant and

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Report of Cedar County MU Extension Council meeting

University of Missouri Extension Council of Cedar County met on the evening of Oct. 8 in the Stockton High School Agriculture Building for the monthly council meeting. Members in attendance were Randy Langsten, Glenda Pate, Jim Phillips, Jordan Richner, Joy Rutledge, Rachel Stauffer, and Amy French. University of Missouri Extension staff present was Patrick Davis

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Time to put gardens to bed for winter

To prepare for the 2019 growing season, Kelly McGowan, a horticulture field specialist with University of Missouri Extension, says a number of chores need to be done this fall prior to cold weather. For starters, vegetable garden clean up is important to reduce the incidence of over wintering insects and diseases. “Residues of diseased plants

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians It is with a very sad heart I reflect upon last week’s tragedy in El Dorado Springs with the loss of El Dorado Springs Volunteer Fireman Russell Hayes.  He accepted the noble call in 1976 to serve as a volunteer fireman, committing 42 years to preserving the safety and quality of

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BBB offers spooktacular tips for Halloween

Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but shopping for decorations and costumes shouldn’t be a scary experience. Shoppers should rely on trusted merchants and research unfamiliar stores or websites before buying. Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives dozens of complaints annually about costume stores and websites. Complaints range from deliveries that were late or

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Missouri ranks 17th in the nation for obesity

The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released their report on obesity in America. Missouri is one of 38 states that has an adult obesity rate above 25 percent. Missouri is ranked number 17 for obesity with 37.1 percent of adults being classified as obese. To be classified as obese

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