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The ‘7% guaranteed’ annuity myth

One of the most common things I see when someone comes into our office for the first time if they own or have been pitched an annuity is the belief that the ...

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Tofu for Christmas?!

christmas tofu

Thinking of the increased stress we can feel during the holiday due to the attacks on Christmas itself, in particular the push to wipe out the focus of Christ.  This movement to ...

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New book is about the ‘Characters of Christmas’

christmas

With its sparkly lights, piles of gifts, and heartwarming sentiments, it’s easy to become caught up in the flurry of activity at Christmas, forgetting about Who is at the center of it ...

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The profound loneliness of Christmas

Christmas loneliness

If you are blessed with a generally happy Christmas, treasure it enough to share it with someone who might not be. Consider this my public-service announcement, one for all the grinches, the ...

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“Choose LIFE” Kansas license plates available through end of year

choose life plates

There’s only a few days left! Kansans can pre-order the new “Choose LIFE” Kansas license plates through the end of the year. In 2002, the Kansas legislature approved the Choose Life license ...

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What was so significant about the virgin birth?

virgin birth

The centerpiece of the Christmas season is the birth of Jesus.  Popular Christmas songs, various figurine displays and holiday sermons all make it prominent.  But what is it about Jesus’ birth specifically, ...

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Preparing for a Healthy and Happy Christmas

The Christmas holiday: many of us look forward to this time of year with hearts of excitement as we anticipate time spent with loved ones. But just as the excitement and joy ...

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Washburn University School of Law praised by College Gazette

In an article published in October called “10 Incredible Law Schools Outside the Ivy League,” College Gazette praised the Washburn University School of Law, located in Topeka. The article noted that there are ...

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Worship singer Kari Jobe in tears after visiting the White House

After several Pastors and worship leaders prayed for President Trump in the oval office, Kari Jobe, who was among them, couldn’t help but share the remarkable experience. It left her in “tears all day” ...

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FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – College Football Rankings controversy

College Football Rankings

The College Football Rankings are at it again. Every year there seems to be some controversy on which teams should be included in the four team playoffs that battle for the National ...

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How to have happy, healthy holidays

healthy holidays

Happy Healthy Holidays! A time for all the family, friends, gifts, and …the food. THE FOOD. How many times have you regretted eating too much during a Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holiday ...

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Need to amend a tax return? Here’s what you should know

Taxpayers may discover an error after filing their taxes. They shouldn’t panic, they just need to correct it by filing an amended tax return. Here are some common reasons to file an ...

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Today’s Chiefs game will be a homecoming for Broncos QB Drew Lock

On Sunday, rookie quarterback Drew Lock will make his third NFL start as the 9-4 Kansas City Chiefs host the 5-8 Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Lock, 24, grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, as a “pretty passionate’’ ...

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Redbud Park dedicated in NOTO Arts District

The NOTO Arts District recently dedicated the newly constructed Redbud Park, located at the southeast corner of N. Kansas Avenue and N.E. Gordon Street. Thomas Underwood, NOTO executive director and project manager, ...

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Can chiropractic care benefit us as we age?

For decades, chiropractic care has proven to be one of the safest and most natural forms of healthcare out there. With dramatic results and minimal side effects, many individuals, of all ages, ...

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New website to assist Kansans coping with ag-related stress

Agriculture producers have faced significant challenges in recent years, including the stress of market uncertainties, natural disasters, ongoing trade wars and other setbacks. These stressful situations have led to heightened focus on ...

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Celebrate Christmas in Auburn Saturday Dec. 14

Christmas will be celebrated early in Auburn on Saturday, December 14, beginning with the annual Christmas Cookie Sale at the Auburn Community Library. From 9 a.m. to noon, you can purchase a ...

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The mysterious staircase St. Joseph built in New Mexico

The staircase of Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico is well known for being surrounded by at least two mysteries: the identity of its builder and the physics of its structure. No ...

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Blue Christmas Services to be held for those experiencing loss

It may be a “Blue Christmas” for many of those who have experienced loss in their lives or who are needing support during the holidays. Blue Christmas, a service of hope and ...

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When NFL success doesn’t make you happy – Austin Carr

Early one morning after an NFL win last season, I sat in my chair during my quiet time with God feeling empty and despondent. It was odd to be feeling this way ...

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Despite negative media coverage, Rasmussen poll shows President Trump at 51% approval

President Trump Rasmussen poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday Dec. 6 shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove. This week, it was announced that ...

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5 questions to ask when planning for long-term care

You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning ...

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Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest now accepting entries

First grader Addison Maxwell of Larned photographed his family’s wheat harvest last year, showing vivid blue skies and golden grains. He received first place in his category in the Happy Birthday, Kansas! ...

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Jobs report breaks expectations, unemployment at 50-year low

U.S. employers added 266,000 jobs for the month of November, surging past expected gains and continuing growth from October, adding fuel to the economic expansion. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching the lowest ...

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Chiefs players lift kids’ spirits with visit to the University of Kansas Health System Pediatric Wing

The three Chiefs players made their way down the hallway, a cart loaded with toys and hats in tow. Spending weeks in the hospital can be heartbreakingly hard on a child, but ...

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