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Rural broadband funding now available

Did you know that over half of rural Missourians still lack access to broadband internet? It’s an issue I have been working hard to address in multiple pieces of legislation during my time in Congress. In the spending bill that I voted for and Congress passed last year, we allocated $600 million specifically to rural

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MU Extension’s “Vegetable Planting Calendar” a must for all gardeners

Both first time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide available from University of Missouri Extension. The guide provides a complete list of planting dates and varieties that do well in southwest Missouri. “Everything from asparagus to zucchini that is listed in the planting calendar represents the varieties that provide

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Swarm season has arrived

Honey bees swarm during the spring as a natural means of reproduction. They are usually not aggressive during this time as they are just “shopping for a new home”. They will stay a short amount of time in a temporary location as the scouts look for a suitable new home for the 60% or so

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BBB online safety tips for your kids

Keeping kids safe today goes far beyond looking both ways before you cross the street and keeping sharp objects out of reach. Parents also worry about keeping their kids safe online. The explosion of apps, games and entertainment for children through computers and hand-held devices is mind-boggling. Some of them are educational or harmless –

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MDC and rural fire departments are partners in fighting wildfires

Smokey Bear lends an assist in his 75th anniversary year Kansas City, Mo. – One of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) partners in fighting or preventing wildfires turns 75 this year, while the others are of greatly varying ages. All are valuable, as is MDC’s role in protecting private property and wildlife habitat from

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MoDOT says motorists aren’t in the clear this spring

Wednesday marks the official end to a relentless winter season that brought numerous snow and ice storms and accompanying hazardous road conditions. Although the threat of winter weather might be diminishing, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to drive each day like it’s a snow day. “Smart drivers use extra caution in wintry

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It’s time to stop pruning oak trees

The arrival of spring means it’s time to stop pruning oak trees! That’s right, if you love that oak tree in your yard, remember this important rule: Don’t prune mid-March through June! Oaks become more vulnerable to oak wilt a couple weeks before budbreak occurs in the spring. During this time, fresh wounds on trees

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Seat Belts Save Lives

Wearing a seat belt is your best defense in a traffic crash. Give yourself a chance to live. Always buckle up, everyone, every trip, every time. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind teens how dangerous a car ride can be if they don’t take wearing their seat belt seriously. Law enforcement will

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BBB tips on hosting a safe garage sale

Whether you’re getting ready to sell a house, move or just want to make more room where you live, a garage sale can be a good way to get rid of unwanted items while realizing some cash. Start by attacking one closet or room at a time. If you decide to do it all it

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