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Capitol Perspectives: Random campaign thoughts

by Phill Brooks Missouri is in the middle of one of the most unusual fall election periods I’ve covered. Step back from the daily campaign rhetoric and look at the broader picture. It’s a fascinating landscape with the potential of historic ramifications as the year winds down. One element of that landscape involves the recent

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Missouri’s fall foliage is about to burst into its full glory

Colors usually peak around the third weekend of October, but Mother Nature is a woman of mystery. “It’s always questionable until the last minute what will happen,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Fall color is like Christmas morning. You don’t know if you are going to get an orange or a lump

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Pumpkin: jack-o’-lantern of all trades

This fall millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable that, unfortunately, they are very unlikely to eat, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. While many people throughout the world use pumpkin as a staple in their diet, in the United States this colorful member

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Savvy Senior®

Flue vaccines designed specifically for seniors Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific flu shots that are better suited for seniors? I just turned 65 and would like to find out what’s recommended and how Medicare covers it. Semi-Healthy Senior Dear Semi-Healthy, There are actually two different flu vaccines available this year that are designed

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A silent health risk every woman should know about

Silent strokes, ones that happen in your brain without you even knowing, can lead to full-blown strokes as well as cognitive impairment and dementia. The most common depiction of a stroke is a person unable to move on one side of their body with slurred speech, but studies show that many stroke victims had silent

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A four-point plan for joint health

Keep on cruising with a regular maintenance schedule for your joints Whether it’s a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they’re lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they’re going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping

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MFA Oil acquires Ozark County LP Gas

MFA Oil Company has acquired Ozark County LP Gas Company, Inc., a propane retailer with offices in Gainesville, MO. and Mountain Home, AR. “The acquisition of Ozark County LP fills a market void in our southern Missouri territory and builds on our growing presence in Arkansas,” says Jon Ihler, MFA Oil vice president of sales

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New tool can help ID failing kindergarteners early

Kindergarten is an important developmental year for children because they will face many challenges and risk falling behind if they are not successful early in the year. Now, University of Missouri College of Education researchers have developed a one-item readiness test that can accurately predict kindergarteners’ success in school. Melissa Stormont, a professor of special

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Cedar County MU Extension Council meets

The Cedar County MU Extension Council Meeting took place on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital Health Complex in Stockton. Chairwoman Nedra Fox called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. and Maranda Spangler, vice chairwoman, took meeting minutes in absence of council secretary Kelly Hendricks. Roll call was taken. Present was:

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State releases September 2016 general revenue report

Acting State Budget Director Dan Haug announced that 2016 fiscal year-to-date net general revenue collections increased 3.6 percent compared to 2015, from $2.10 billion last year to $2.17 billion this year. Net general revenue collections for September 2016 increased by 5.8 percent compared to those for September 2015, from $842.1 million to $891.1 million. Gross

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