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BBB: think twice before taking out a reverse mortgage

Reverse mortgages are widely advertised to seniors as a popular way to access the equity of their home, which may be attractive to consumers seeking a quick source for cash during tough financial times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeowners should fully understand all the costs, terms and conditions before applying for a reverse mortgage. A

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Washington Times (Op-Ed): ARPA-H: Building on the lessons of fighting COVID

Over the past year, we have faced what we hope will be a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. The United States responded, through the expertise and leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), its nationwide community of researchers, and partnerships with the private sector. We were able to create two vaccines, two treatments, and 23 diagnostic tests

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Sandy Crawford Capitol report

The Missouri Senate met during the extra session and sent Senate Bill 1 to the Missouri House of Representatives on June 26. This measure extends the Federal Reimbursement Allowance, or FRA, for Missouri hospitals. Having this extension was critical for starting Fiscal Year 2022 on July 1; otherwise, the governor would had to have made

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You got mail? BBB warns impostors pretend to be with USPS

If you’re in the process of moving, you need to be careful when it comes to filling out a change of address request. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to be aware of a scam where people are directed to websites that charge significantly more for a service offered by the United States Postal Service

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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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