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4 simple steps toward better heart health

A single choice doesn’t matter most of the time. Having dessert one night, taking a walk on another and deciding to skip an outing with friends aren’t life changing choices. A daily choice is small, like a pebble. But like pebbles, when you keep reaching for the same choices, they can amass into something significant.

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Slow cooker tips for tasty meals

As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing like coming home to a hot meal. A slow cooker, also known as a crockpot, can be an economical, timesaving way to feed your family, says Susan Mills-Gray, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist. “Most households have a slow cooker, but most rarely use it

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4 Tips for Better Sleep

It’s no secret sleep is critical to one’s overall health and well-being. We’ve all heard getting six to eight hours of sleep is recommended, but busy work schedules and ongoing personal commitments make it difficult to make sleep a priority. So how can you ensure you’re getting quality shuteye? Next time you’re ready to crawl

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Curing what ails us

With over 10,000 diseases in the world and only 500 known cures, it is important we work to foster new and innovative approaches to finding cures and delivering hope for patients. After a three-year-long journey through Congress, I am happy to tell you the 21st Century Cures Act became law last week. This legislation is

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Love note from Jeff City

This is that joyous time of the year when we come together with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and to reflect on the many blessings we have been given. It’s a time to delight in the wonderment of our children and grandchildren as they open their presents, and it’s a time to slow down

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Governor-elect Eric Greitens opposes taxpayer funded stadium

On Monday, Governor-elect Eric Greitens announced his opposition to taxpayer funding for a new soccer stadium in St. Louis. “I’m opposed to spending taxpayer money to build a soccer stadium in St. Louis,” Greitens said. “This project is nothing more than welfare for millionaires. Right now, because of reckless spending by career politicians, we can’t

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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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