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BBB urges caution when considering taking out payday loans

When cash runs short and bills are looming, some consumers look to payday loans. If not approached with caution, these loans can snowball into a significant debt obligation of their own, with high interest rates and high-pressure collection tactics. Payday loans involve borrowing money against your next paycheck. Borrowers write a check for the amount

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, my fellow Missourians On Thursday, I traveled to Jefferson City and sat in on a Joint Ag Committee. Due to the passage of SB 391 during the 2019 legislative session, an annual Joint Committee made of the House and Senate is required to meet to review CAFO’s. The committee received annual reports from various

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Governor Parson extends Phase 1 of “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan

During the COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31, 2020, through Monday, June 15, 2020. “We are very pleased with how well Phase 1 has gone so far,” Governor Parson said. “Businesses, communities, and Missourians across the state

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Sandy Crawford Capital report

We reached the end of a historic and unforgettable legislative session last Friday. Despite the effects of the coronavirus on the 2020 legislative session, I am proud of the work the General Assembly accomplished during the past five months. In my opinion, there were several legislative victories this year, including my Senate Bill 653. Most

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BBB Tips: what to consider when choosing a financial institution during COVID-19

With a vast variety of financial institutions at their fingertips, many consumers are choosing online-only banks or credit unions. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has closed many bank and credit union offices to person-to-person transactions, the appeal of an online-only bank has grown. However, financial institutions that operate only online aren’t without their pros and

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians On Wednesday, I had the honor of presenting a Resolution to Dr. Mark Beem at Skyline Public School. Dr. Beem is retiring after thirty-one years of serving Missouri’s young citizens through tireless endeavors as an educator. Dr. Beem served as Superintendent of the Wheatland R-II School District, as Principal and coach

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Missouri looks to continue recent increases in seat belt use

Click It or Ticket encourages everyone to always buckle up. With seat belt usage in Missouri steadily rising over the past three years, highway safety professionals are hoping for continued progress and eventually seeing the state reach the national average of 90.7%. The most recent survey in Missouri conducted in 2019 indicated a usage of

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BBB: Protect your credit, know your debt obligation

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the global economy, disrupted countless companies’ operations and shaken many Americans’ personal finances. If the coronavirus crisis has affected your finances to the point that you’re having difficulty repaying a loan, you should reach out to the lender right away to discuss your options. At the same time, don’t

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Governor Parson requests damage assessments for 19 Missouri counties

Friday Governor Mike Parson announced he has begun the process to obtain federal disaster assistance for Missouri in response to severe storms and tornadoes that swept across the state on May 3 and 4, leaving behind a trail of destruction and extensive damage to electric power systems. Governor Parson is requesting the Federal Emergency Management

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