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5 ways to improve your heart health

heart health

  If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable. Heart health is even more important in these times of ...

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Improve your lifestyle with bathroom renovations

bathroom renovations

Adding additional space or other bathroom renovations to your home can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your bathroom ...

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When good men do nothing

good men do nothing

What happens when good men do nothing? Edmund Burke said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” In the 1930’s, the likes of ...

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Ways to avoid the new tax increase on retirement accounts

retirement accounts

Last month we discussed the SECURE Act and its projected $15.7 billion tax increase on beneficiaries of tax deferred retirement accounts (like 401(k)s, 403(bs), TSPs, IRAs, etc.). The only ones excluded from ...

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Kansas state parks & lakes remain open; licenses & permits available online

Kansas state parks

During this time of social distancing and isolation, Kansas state parks, fishing lakes and wildlife areas will remain open to the public. But effective March 23, 2020, all Kansas Department of Wildlife, ...

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Topeka small businesses want to help those affected by the coronavirus

small businesses

Now that we are all “social distancing,” it’s obvious from time spent on social media (what else can we do?) that many small businesses in Topeka are hurting. From restaurants and bars ...

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Online church attendance spiked last weekend as members watched from home

church attendance

Many people turn to religion in times of crisis, if only temporarily. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, church attendance across the country briefly spiked, as people sought community and meaning in ...

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Faith-based movie “I Still Believe” has strong box office opening before theaters closed

Faith-based movie I Still Believe

If last weekend was the final time that movie theaters are open for a while, the faith-based movie “I Still Believe” left a lasting impression. “I Still Believe” was No. 2 at ...

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Saints QB Drew Brees to return in 2020 as he seeks to love God and others

Drew Brees return

The NFL’s all-time leader for passing touchdowns and yards (and many other records) will make “another run at it.” New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shared an Instagram post recently announcing he ...

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Results posted for point-in-time count of homeless in Topeka

count of homeless

The point-in-time count of homeless persons in Topeka took place on January 29th. This one-day event produces a snapshot of the individuals in the community experiencing homelessness as defined by Housing and ...

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Dave Says: Landlords and duplexes

dave ramsey

Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey.   Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave, ...

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When your boy wants to identify as a girl

trans girl

I have been writing this column since 2006 and there is one topic I have never written on – transgenderism. What do you do if your boy wants to identify as a girl? ...

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‘Happy Birthday, Kansas!’ Photo Contest winners receive prizes at Kansas State Capitol

photo contest

Winners of the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest received prizes on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in celebration of Kansas’ 159th birthday at the Kansas State Capitol. Governor Laura Kelly presented awards ...

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Kansas girl Makayla Brownlee wins over American Idol judges with impressive Dixie Chicks cover

Makayla Brownlee

Makayla Brownlee, a 17-year-old from Wellington who comes from a family of musicians, appeared on “American Idol” March 15 and wowed the judges. “You’ve got this little yodel cry, that’s a real ...

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Raiders QB Derek Carr: ‘Today is the day to get it right’ with God

derek carr

The tragic death of former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in January caused people to start thinking about their own mortality. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr ...

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She’s 105. He’s 106. The world’s oldest living couple celebrates 80 years of marriage

oldest living couple

The story of the world’s oldest living couple celebrates started in a zoology class in 1934. Students were seated alphabetically in the tiered lecture hall, so John Henderson, 21, sat directly behind ...

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Diagnosed cases of Wuhan Virus likely to skyrocket, due to increase in testing

Wuhan Virus coronavirus

Right now the numbers are still relatively low for those who have been diagnosed with the Wuhan virus. But get ready for it now, because when many more tests are readily available ...

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Special exhibit on Kansas women opening at the Kansas Museum of History

kansas women

The next special exhibit at the Kansas Museum of History commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the courageous women who made it possible. A special ...

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How to turn Lent into a joyful season

lent

Instead of gloomy and repulsive, Lent can be transformed into a season of joy. What is your view of Lent? Do you think of it as a long, torturous season, full of ...

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Israeli scientists: We have developed a coronavirus vaccine

coronavirus vaccine

The coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the globe. There have been more than 81,000 cases and nearly 3,000 deaths. With six continents infected, experts are predicting that it’s a matter of ...

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‘Women Where They Belong: In Government and Politics’ is new museum exhibit

women

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is featuring a temporary exhibit, “Women Where They Belong: In Government and Politics,” which features 9 women ...

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Washburn Rural schools to host Special Olympics Kansas State Tournament

Special Olympics Kansas

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The annual Special Olympics Kansas State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament takes place March 14 and 15 at Washburn Rural High School for ...

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Elizabeth Anne Mall releases two Contemporary Christian singles

Elizabeth Anne Mall

Kansas native Elizabeth Anne Mall has released two Contemporary Christian singles with producer and sound engineer James Kocian through Firstcom Music.  Firstcom Music is a division of Universal Publishing Production Music that ...

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C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon to be held at Thornton Place

c5alive

The March C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon will be held March 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Thornton Place.  The featured speaker will be Tabitha Petefish. The meeting will feature information on options ...

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Former boxing champion Evander Holyfield passionate about sharing his faith

Evander Holyfield faith

Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield used to let his fists do the talking. Now he is eager to tell people about his Christian faith. “Because, without Jesus, I wouldn’t be who ...

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