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BBB: Scammers take advantage of COVID-19, selling consumers fake masks

As the United States tries to halt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), scammers look to make money off the global pandemic. Better Business Bureau (BBB) Scam Tracker has received more than two dozen reports from consumers about surgical mask scams being perpetrated online. Most reported losing money to companies who failed to ship them

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Gov. Parson signs Executive Order 20-06 to begin mobilizing Missouri National Guard to assist with COVID-19 response

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, and MO HealthNet Division Welcome Enhanced Collaboration with Missouri National Guard Governor Mike Parson has signed Executive Order 20-06 to begin mobilizing the Missouri National Guard to assist in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This will increase the

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Celebrate Missouri trees with MDC through April Arbor Days

by Joe Jerek The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care. This year’s Missouri Arbor Day is Friday, April 3. Missouri has been observing the state’s official Arbor Day on the first

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MPA applauds efforts to keep the food chain intact

The Missouri Pork Association (MPA) applauds the efforts of Governor Mike Parson, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and their entire team for its leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. During his March 23 press conference, Governor Parson commented on the importance of agriculture and reassured people will continue to be fed. “Many of you have seen

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U.S. Attorney urges public to report suspected COVID-19 fraud

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison today urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or writing to the NCDF email address at disaster@leo.gov. The Department of Justice is committed to preventing, pursuing, prosecuting, and punishing individuals and businesses that take

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BBB warns of price gouging during coronavirus pandemic

The snowballing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has led to skyrocketing prices for high-demand items like hand sanitizer and face masks. Price gouging is not only deeply unethical, but likely illegal. Recent media reports of price gouging — when a seller seizes on crisis-driven demand to spike the cost of goods, services or commodities to unreasonable levels

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Plan before plant shopping

by Linda Geist and Pat Miller You might feel like a kid in the candy store when you go to the plant nursery this spring. “There are so many plants to pick from with gorgeous colors and interesting textures,” says Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension field specialist in agronomy. Go slow before you grow

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Food Safety and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Cedar County Health Department knows that the public has many questions about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  We endeavor to pass on information as it becomes available to us and hope you find the following information on food safety from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention useful. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be

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COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Veterans

As Missouri’s advocate for seniors and veterans, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe encourages individuals and family members to utilize the following resources for COVID-19 related-health information and reporting related scams. “It is both an honor and a privilege to advocate for Missouri’s seniors and veterans,” commented Kehoe. “Unfortunately, during challenging times there will be those

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BBB Tips: Choosing a trusted lawn service company

Winter has probably left your yard with some sticks or unsightly leaf litter to clean up. And grass already is turning green. Neighbors already may be mowing their lawns, disturbing your afternoon nap. Some people love to work in the yard. They can’t wait to bring out the rakes, shovels and other tools to clean

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