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Despite their exotic beauty, water lilies are vigorous and easy to grow

Many admire them. Few grow them. Water lilies are the final frontier of the gardening world, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. While they may appear exotic and fragile, water lilies are tough and durable, Trinklein said. Many gardeners think they’re difficult to grow, but Trinklein says that is not the case. “Once

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Bee buzzes could help save them

According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led

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Savvy Senior®

How to hire a home helper Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical

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Ashcroft launches Missouri’s new voter ID law

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on June 1 announced Missouri’s new voter ID law is now in effect. Ashcroft began a statewide Voter ID Informational Tour on Monday, June 5, starting in Columbia, to meet with the public and media to inform and publicize Missouri’s Photo Voter ID law. In November 2016, Missourians passed

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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: This past Saturday I had the experience of a lifetime attending and speaking at the 100th Anniversary of the re-dedication of the refurbished Missouri Monument at the Vicksburg National Park in Vicksburg, MS. This monument commemorates the Missourians that served on both sides of the Civil War. It is hard to describe

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Variable speed limits could reduce crashes, ease congestion

As the summer months approach, most people turn to thoughts of sunshine, outdoor barbecues and destination trips. Yet travelers often are greeted by detours, lane closures and delays for road repairs that generally are reserved for warmer weather. Researchers at the University of Missouri have studied systems to alleviate inevitable backups and delays. Researchers found

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

The summer month of June is a great time to celebrate the health and flavor that fresh fruits and vegetables offer according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “Variety can be as important as quantity because each vegetable or fruit has its unique signature of healthy components –

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Master Gardener’s Big Italian tomato goes national

A national tomato growers supply company honors a Missouri Advanced Master Gardener this spring by selling tomato seeds she saved for decades. On the cover of its 2017 catalog, the Tomato Growers Supply Co. features “Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian,” an heirloom beefsteak tomato prized for its flavor. The dark pink tomato is the result of

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Gardening and Your Health

Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors for any age.  It stimulates all of the senses, awakens our connection with nature and with each other, and rewards us with fresh flowers and juicy tomatoes. According to the CDC, gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity in our daily routine.  Active

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