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New Year, New You? BBB urges caution with weight loss products

Losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution, but consumers should use caution when buying diet and weight loss products to aid them on their journey, especially products that advertise a free trial. “Miracle” products that promise easy weight loss are ubiquitous on the internet, and you may be enticed to try these products through

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Love says new meat processing facility will provide vital jobs

State Rep. Warren Love is highlighting the state’s efforts to help the meat supply chain overcome the severe interruptions, and in some cases shutdowns, that happened because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Love joined Missouri Prime Beef Packers in announcing a beef processing facility that will open at the end of January 2021 in Pleasant Hope.

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Hartzler applauds proposal for USDA to lead agricultural animal biotechnology regulatory framework

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), a member of the House Agricultural Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in streamlining the regulatory oversight of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering, seeking to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture the lead agency for certain farm

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Holiday greetings from Sandy Crawford

The holidays are here. During this joyous season, it is my sincere hope that you are able to spend time with those you cherish the most. While you are celebrating this holiday season, please remember all the military men and women serving our country. Many of them will not be able to come home for

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians I am out on the road again driving a great big circle through the district. My first stop was Lakeland High School to drop of Resolutions to the 2020 American FFA Degree recipients. Congratulations to theses hard working students from Lakeland! Due to the Covid-19 virus, I was not able to

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Japanese Christmas

by Pastor Larry Sorrells, Rockville, Trinity UMC I’ve been reading about how Japan celebrates Christmas, which has become a significant event over there. They put up decorations, exchange presents, send cards, sing yuletide songs, decorate trees, and serve special seasonal treats. Especially popular treats are strawberry-decorated cakes. The Japanese make a big fuss over St

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Minimum wage rate set for private employers for 2020

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announces the state minimum wage rate for 2021 has been established, according to state law, at $10.30 per hour, effective January 1, 2021. Pursuant to Proposition B, which was approved by Missouri voters on November 6, 2018, the minimum wage will increase 85 cents per hour each

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OATS, Inc. appoints new officers for the Board of Directors

New officers were appointed to the OATS, Inc. Board of Directors at their meeting on Dec. 1. Krissy Sinor of Walnut Grove was elected President and will being her reign in January 2021. She will replace outgoing Board President Mel Sundermeyer of Holt Summit, who served the previous two years. OATS, Inc. will be celebrating

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration continue according to Missouri’s vaccination plan

During Wenesday’s briefing at the state Capitol, Governor Mike Parson provided an update on the initial distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. “We have been preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine for many months now, and everything has gone according to our state vaccine plan,” Governor Parson said. “Hospital administrators, health care workers, and Missourians from

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Governor Parson grants 24 pardons, commutes four sentences

Monday, Governor Mike Parson granted pardons to 24 individuals who have demonstrated a changed lifestyle and desire to move on from past behaviors. “If we are to be a society that believes in forgiveness and second chances, then it is the next chapter in these individuals lives that will matter most,” Governor Parson said. “We

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