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BBB warning: college students are identity theft targets

For college freshmen leaving home for the first time, summer can be a frenzied time of shopping for dorm room essentials, packing up clothes and saying goodbye to high school friends. In the midst of this hustle and bustle, parents need to make time to talk to their students about money and protecting themselves against

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Rep. Long applauds passage of the MEDIA Diversity Act

The United States House of Representatives passed Representative Long’s MEDIA Diversity Act. “I am thrilled to have led this effort to get this important piece of bipartisan legislation through the House of Representatives,” said Congressman Long. “There are simply too many barriers to entry into media for those who are socially disadvantaged. This is an

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Trust The Whisper

by Cassie Downs, Christian Blogger I can hear it. The soft whisper of the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart. A whisper penetrating deep in my heart, my soul, and my bones. It’s like a fire burning on my insides. That feeling of knowing, really knowing. There is no guesswork needed because I’m SO sure

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Ozark man pleads guilty to assaulting postal carrier

An Ozark man pleaded guilty in federal court today to assaulting a postal carrier who was delivering his mail. Peter Harrington, 55, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of assaulting an employee of the United States. By pleading guilty today, Harrington admitted that he assaulted a U.S. Postal carrier

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Carl Junction man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child

A Carl Junction man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to the sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old victim. Damion Spillman, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the sexual exploitation of a child. By pleading guilty, Spillman admitted  to enticing a 14-year-old victim to give him a pornographic video and

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BBB Tips: Finding a trustworthy storage unit when it counts

Unemployment, evictions, foreclosures: The economic uncertainties COVID-19 created for many families have countless consumers on the move. Many may be looking for storage units to facilitate these changes in living situation. It’s important to find a trustworthy storage facility, especially for prized possessions or antiques. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises doing careful research before committing

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Blunt, colleagues introduce Bipartisan Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, helped introduce the Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act of 2021. Currently, active duty members of the military can deduct certain moving expenses from their federal taxes, but that benefit does not extend to intelligence community professionals. The bipartisan bill

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Love Letters

by Cassie Downs, Christian Blogger Today marks twenty years since my first official date with Dustin. We were just kids who were clueless about life and love. I can remember hours spent getting to know one another over the phone. Definitely not a cell phone. We still had a few years before those became popular

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BBB warns scammers offering student loan “forgiveness”

As COVID-19’s impact on daily life lessens, student loan borrowers whose repayments were paused due to COVID-19 may be considering their options for resuming payments on this potentially life-altering debt. This may lead some borrowers to look into debt consolidation. Better Business Bureau (BBB) cautions borrowers to research these options carefully and not give in

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Governor Parson Signs SB 51

Governor Mike Parson signed SB 51 into law, which protects health care providers, businesses, religious organizations and others from being held liable in COVID-19 exposure civil actions. “When COVID-19 first struck Missouri, health care providers, manufacturers, businesses, churches, schools, and other entities quickly altered their operations to protect public health and accommodate the needs of

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