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Mike Parson receives MCA Cattleman of the Year award

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) named Mike Parson, Bolivar, the Cattleman of the Year during the 49th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Parson is a longtime member of MCA and a true advocate of Missouri’s agricultural industry. Parson was raised on a farm in Hickory County and currently owns a cow calf

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Rep. Love receives MCA Legislator of the Year Award

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) honored three legislators during the 49th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show Jan. 9. One senator and two representatives received the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award. From the Missouri House of Representatives, two legislators were recognized. MCA Past-President Keith Stevens said Rep. Warren Love (R-125) knows the

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Savvy Senior®

How to create a safe ‘aging-in-place’ home Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put Dear Staying, Many retirees,

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Pension plan funding shortfalls threaten retirees in all 50 states

Everyone knows it is important to save for retirement in order to build a nest egg and enjoy the “golden years.” So why is it that state and local governments many times act irresponsibly when it comes to saving for the future of public employees? Government pensions are the way in which state and local

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Your family’s guide to cold and flu season

Every year in the U.S., there are more colds than people. Annually, nearly 320 million Americans catch 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Seven in 10 people will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help them feel better – and many of these medicines may contain acetaminophen. In fact, acetaminophen

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Managing osteoarthritis: What you don’t know is hurting you

Twenty-seven million Americans suffer every day from chronic discomfort and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been limited advancements in osteoarthritis therapies, leaving patients with fewer options and worsening symptoms. Because daily activities can be such a struggle,

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Capitol Perspectives: Courage

by Phill Brooks Navy SEALS are known for their courage in training and combat. So when Missouri’s governor-elect, Eric Greitens, gives his inaugural address, I’ll be listening to hear how he demonstrates that courage in governmental leadership. Does he directly address the major, but politically dangerous problems facing this state? Or, does he give an

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Eric Greitens thank you tour announced

We’re just a few days away from the inauguration! Because of your effort and commitment, Missouri will soon have a Navy SEAL and an outsider as governor. Eric is hard at work preparing to change politics as usual and shake up the status quo. In the days leading up to the inauguration, he’ll be traveling

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Savvy Senior®

Tax help for caregivers of elderly parents Dear Savvy Senior Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son Dear Supporting, There are actually several tax deductions and credits

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The truth behind 2 popular ‘health’ foods

Did you dance in delight the first time you heard that dark chocolate is good for you? Did you think that your favorite indulgence just became an official “health food?” Popular culture often makes too much of health benefit claims, especially when it comes to food and drink that many people consider guilty pleasures. It’s

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