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BBB: investigate pool contractors before diving in

Taking a dip in a backyard pool is a great way to cool off on a hot day in the Four State Region. If you don’t have one and you aren’t the do-it-yourself type, you may need to find a contractor to install your pool – and it’s important to do your homework before you

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Blunt, colleagues introduce bill to make summer meal programs more flexible

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators John Boozman (Ark.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), and 11 other colleagues to introduce the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act. The bill would add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, which offers children free lunch and snacks in the summer. “The federal government’s

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PSC local public hearings in Spire rate case start June 21

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold six local public hearings to receive customer comment in a natural gas rate case filed by Spire Missouri, Inc. (Spire). These local public hearings will be conducted virtually by WebEx and telephone conference. They will also be streamed live on the Commission’s website (psc.mo.gov). To facilitate an orderly

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BBB warns of fly-by-night roofing contractors

When spring storms cause roofs to spring a leak or the house needs a new roof altogether, a roofer is one of the most critical contractors you can hire — which is why it’s important to do your due diligence when hiring a roofing contractor. Better Business Bureau (BBB) received more than 5,000 complaints about

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Biden’s border initiatives are cruel, not compassionate

When I landed in El Paso, I had an idea what to expect. With each passing month, Americans learn more and more about the growing number of illegal border crossings our U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encounter. April saw a 20-year record: more than 178,000 illegal immigrants in one month. This brought the five-month

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Final Destination

Cassie Downs, Christian Blogger Collect moments, not things. This is the Downs mantra. This is what we aim to live by on this side of heaven. It’s been several years now since we shifted the way we live, creating more moments rather than collecting more things. And so we’re clear, I love things, but what

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Discovering the Wild Horses of The Ozarks

The wild horses of Echo Bluff State Park are born black but gradually turn gray, then stark white, due to an ancient gene that is thought to have originated in Europe. By Meghan Overdeep Credit: Facebook/Kelly Cosby From the ponies of Assateague Island, to the untamed beauties of Cumberland Island, Georgia, and all the Outer

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BBB: look out for grandparents scams this busy summer travel season

A busy travel season often presents opportunities for scammers to attempt the so-called “grandparent scam.” Receiving a frantic phone call may scare people into letting their guard down, but Better Business Bureau (BBB) encourages everyone to make sure they know signs of this scam as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and travel increases. If you get

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Old Farmer’s Advice

Paul Warner Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumblebee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled. Meanness don’t just happen overnight. Forgive your enemies;

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Hemp growers to receive additional flexibility and remediation options

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced federal approval of the state’s amendment to the Industrial Hemp Plan. With the approval, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service affirmed that Missouri’s amended plan complies with federal law and regulations. Key changes include: Increasing the pre-harvest window for compliance sampling from 15 to 30 days Allowing

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