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Hartzler update: Combating China, standing for freedom

Knowing of your interest in fighting Chinese aggression, I wanted to update you on recent legislation that I cosponsored to deter China from invading Taiwan. As America’s twelfth-largest trading partner and a top importer of American agricultural products, Taiwan remains vitally important to American interests. Now, in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive

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Governor Parson calls special session to address funding for MO HealthNet program

Governor Mike Parson announced a special session beginning Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m., to focus on extending the Federal Reimbursement Allowances (FRA) and related allowances, taxes, and assessments necessary for funding MO HealthNet before cost-savings measures are needed on July 1. “After laying out the grim reality of our state’s financial future if FRA

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BBB: beat the heat with help from a trustworthy HVAC contractor

When the heat index reaches the 100s, the last thing anyone wants is for the air conditioning to stop working – least of all when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has many consumers spending most of their time at home. But when the air conditioning does fail, you need a reliable contractor – and fast. “Good

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BBB: investigate pool contractors before diving in

Taking a dip in a backyard pool is a great way to cool off on a hot day in the Four State Region. If you don’t have one and you aren’t the do-it-yourself type, you may need to find a contractor to install your pool – and it’s important to do your homework before you

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Blunt, colleagues introduce bill to make summer meal programs more flexible

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators John Boozman (Ark.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), and 11 other colleagues to introduce the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act. The bill would add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, which offers children free lunch and snacks in the summer. “The federal government’s

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PSC local public hearings in Spire rate case start June 21

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold six local public hearings to receive customer comment in a natural gas rate case filed by Spire Missouri, Inc. (Spire). These local public hearings will be conducted virtually by WebEx and telephone conference. They will also be streamed live on the Commission’s website (psc.mo.gov). To facilitate an orderly

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BBB warns of fly-by-night roofing contractors

When spring storms cause roofs to spring a leak or the house needs a new roof altogether, a roofer is one of the most critical contractors you can hire — which is why it’s important to do your due diligence when hiring a roofing contractor. Better Business Bureau (BBB) received more than 5,000 complaints about

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Biden’s border initiatives are cruel, not compassionate

When I landed in El Paso, I had an idea what to expect. With each passing month, Americans learn more and more about the growing number of illegal border crossings our U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encounter. April saw a 20-year record: more than 178,000 illegal immigrants in one month. This brought the five-month

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Final Destination

Cassie Downs, Christian Blogger Collect moments, not things. This is the Downs mantra. This is what we aim to live by on this side of heaven. It’s been several years now since we shifted the way we live, creating more moments rather than collecting more things. And so we’re clear, I love things, but what

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Discovering the Wild Horses of The Ozarks

The wild horses of Echo Bluff State Park are born black but gradually turn gray, then stark white, due to an ancient gene that is thought to have originated in Europe. By Meghan Overdeep Credit: Facebook/Kelly Cosby From the ponies of Assateague Island, to the untamed beauties of Cumberland Island, Georgia, and all the Outer

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