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GOVERNOR SIGNS FOSTER CARE BILL OF RIGHTS

GOVERNOR SIGNS FOSTER CARE BILL OF RIGHTS – On Thursday, Governor Eric Greitens signed the Foster Care Bill of Rights at The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association. At the signing, Governor Greitens said, “Our state has 13,000 children in the foster care system. They are, both in law and spirit, Missouri’s children. Our

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Watch for oak wilt symptoms now

Oak wilt is one of the most destructive diseases of oaks in Missouri. Symptoms begin to appear in late June and early July. Look for wilting and rapid leaf drop beginning in the upper crown of red oak species like black, northern red, pin, scarlet, and shingle oak. While a single tree may be affected

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Key retirement milestones everyone should know about

Retirement can seem like a very distant destination in your early working years. However, as you age, that once distant destination starts to become more real. As you enter your 50s you can really start to think about how much you have saved and how that will translate into retirement income. You can also start

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Garden critters: ‘frenemies’ in grow places

Cute critters by day. Thieves by night. Every gardener knows the frustration of having a beautiful flower or vegetable garden decimated by four-legged critters, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Wildlife can be more formidable garden foes than insects, diseases and weeds. A garden is the wildlife equivalent of a fast food drive-thru.

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5 smart steps to preserving brain health

Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do. As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may begin sooner than you think. “We tend

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Savvy Senior®

Should all baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C? Dear Savvy Senior I’ve recently read that all baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C. Is this really necessary, and if so, what are the testing and treatment procedures? Healthy Boomer Dear Healthy, It’s true. Both the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers

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Ashcroft flies Betsy Ross flag on Flag Day

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft paid tribute to the American flag in honor of Flag Day, flying the “Betsy Ross” flag at the historic James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center on Flag Day. Betsy Ross, the now famous seamstress in Philadelphia is said to have presented her version of the original 13-star flag to General

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Hartzler offers prayers and honors officers after tragic shooting

After the tragic shooting at Congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement: “My fervent prayers are with Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Congressional staffer Zachary Barth, former staffer Matt Mika, as well as David Bailey and Krystal Griner, the two officers who were injured this morning in the shooting at

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Ag workers at high risk of heat illnesses

Agriculture workers are 20 times more likely than other workers to die from heat. Heat deaths are 100 percent preventable with water, rest and shade, says University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. That is why she encourages everyone to support the “Summer 2017 Beat the Heat” campaign from the U.S. Agricultural

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