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Missouri’s high school graduation rate goes up again

Gov. Jay Nixon applauded data from the U.S. Department of Education showing that Missouri’s four-year high school graduation rate increased to 87.8 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, up from 87.3 percent in the previous school year. Missouri’s graduation rate is significantly above the national average of 83.2 and ranks in the top 10 in

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler announced deputies will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to reduce substance–impaired driving fatalities Dec. 15, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017. The crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement throughout St. Clair County and deputies will be aggressively looking for

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MDC says frost flowers can be part of landscaping

Frost flowers appear like magic in woods and fields when winter brings sub-freezing temperatures. But people can make them appear with the right choice of native plants in landscaping designs. The recent cold spell created icy blooms on the stems of white crownbeard, a native wildflower, at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Anita B.

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Mull over this: Spice up holidays with aroma and flavor

It’s not just the sights and sounds of Christmas that can put us in the holiday spirit. For many, the aroma and flavor of certain spices are an essential part of the season. “The holiday season simply would not be the same without certain traditional foods and beverages associated with it,” said University of Missouri

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Savvy Senior

How much you’ll pay for Medicare in 2017 Dear Savvy Senior I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our Part B monthly premiums in 2017? Inquiring Beneficiary Dear Inquiring, Considering the rising cost

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What to do when a senior loved one wanders

Virtually all parents have experienced the terror of looking up from what they were doing only to realize their child has wandered off. Your pulse races, your heart pounds and you can’t relax until your child is back in sight. As children grow up, they learn to stay put – or at least let you

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Amaryllis: A showstopping holiday bloomer

Amaryllis is the perfect last-minute gift for young and old, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Plants make thoughtful gifts at this time of the year, or simply represent a good way of rewarding yourself for an accomplishment,” he said. Buyers can choose amaryllis that are already bursting in bloom, but Trinklein prefers

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Stress at work linked to increased risk of heart disease

Stress results from our brain’s response to a demand but the degree of the response varies in individuals. Unfortunately, our bodies do not differentiate between routine stresses brought about by daily responsibilities, stress due to sudden change and traumatic stress brought about by a major event like assault or natural disaster. Previous studies demonstrate that

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Protect against colds and flu with vitamin E

Cold and flu season is in full swing. One defense against them is to get plenty of vitamin E. Researchers at Tufts University’s USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging found that vitamin E improves the body’s response to the flu vaccine and reduces the risk of upper respiratory infections, says Janet Hackert, regional nutrition

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New irrigation app from MU Extension helps increase yields

Farmers using irrigation will benefit from a new University of Missouri Extension web application. MU Extension agronomist Gene Stevens says producers can register for the free Crop Water Use (CWU) web app at www.cropwater.org. In several watersheds in Missouri, the application will help growers qualify for financial incentives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service by

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