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Governors ending federal unemployment bonus to get people to work

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Ongoing federal unemployment benefits are discouraging many workers from returning to work. Several Republican governors are ending these benefits early to help businesses struggling to find help. A recent analysis by University ...

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Mothers and Mother’s Day: the real story

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Mother’s Day is the one day a year when children make a point to visit their moms. Hanging baskets, cards, flowers, candy, a picnic, or some other special meal commemoration ensues. But ...

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Businesses are closing for lack of workers. Here’s why

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Across the country an unintended consequence of Covid relief are having serious repercussions in both big and small businesses. It’s now at a crisis level as a shortage of workers grows. For ...

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Famous NUTmobile will help you crack a smile this week

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The iconic Planters NUTmobile will make a stop in the area this week. Planters fans will be able to grab a sample, take a “shell-fie” with the NUTmobile, and even meet Mr. ...

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Why your grocery bill will continue to get bigger

Americans spent a lot of money on grocery bills over the past year—and it isn’t just because they were eating more meals at home. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food ...

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Planning a vacation? Here’s the states that still have mask mandates

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If you’re planning a summer vacation you are probably wondering which states have mask mandates. More and more states are dropping the regulations as Covid rates decline and pushback from the public ...

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How people end up living at airports for months or … years

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Are people really living in airports? In January, local authorities arrested a 36-year-old man named Aditya Singh after he had spent three months living at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Since October, he ...

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Silver Dollar City offers ‘Tasting Passport’ during Street Fest

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In an encouraging sign of the easing of the pandemic and the coming of spring, Silver Dollar City in Branson is open for business. Something new this year is a “Tasting Passport” ...

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Hallmark giving away a million cards to help encourage people

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Hallmark Cards is giving away one million cads from its Real Stories collection to inspire people to support their loved ones throughout life’s ups and downs and strengthen their relationships through regular ...

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3 ways to make your yard a safe haven for beautiful birds

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Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors. Garden organically: Conventional ...

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How to avoid the new tax increase on retirement accounts

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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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Peace Valley Ministries invite the weary

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Kenneth and Vickie Campbell searched for 30 years for a peaceful place on the river. Nothing felt right until Kenneth picked us a local ad sheet and saw an ad for acreage ...

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Biblical Israel: Garden of Gethsemane

Mark and Matthew identify Gethsemane as the place Jesus went with his disciples after eating the Passover meal within the city of Jerusalem. This was just prior to his arrest (Matthew 26:36; ...

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Bill Gates wants you to eat fake beef to save the world

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said rich countries like the United States should move to “synthetic beef” to address the so-called global protein problem. The co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ...

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Conception Abbey welcomes you as Christ

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St. Benedict tells us that “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Conception’s Abbey Guest ...

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How to Have a Successful Retreat

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A retreat is a great way to bring your church or organization together. There are numerous themes you can choose. From women’s and men’s retreats to youth, leadership, couples, 50 plus, worship and more. ...

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Dave Says – Push the pause button

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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.   Push the pause button Dear ...

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Missouri Explorers program encourages families to travel state during bicentennial year

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A new Missouri bicentennial program is underway to encourage individuals, families and groups to travel the state and participate in fun challenges and learn more. Participants in the Missouri Explorers Program will ...

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Multi-generational homes are back. Here’s why

The housing market is not keeping up with the supply needed to meet demand, and as a result prices are skyrocketing, in part because of record high lumber prices that have driven ...

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Southwest flight crew finds Navy sailor’s wallet, adds $100 before returning it

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A story about Southwest Airlines, a navy sailor and his wallet proves kindness is not dead. This reminder is becoming more imperative as stories of conflict and hate saturate the media cycle. ...

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Native tree seedlings available from Missouri Department of Conservation

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Don’t let spring go by without planting a tree! You can now order native tree and shrub seedlings for as little as 22 cents each from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). ...

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Home sales dip as uncertainty grows over taxes, spending

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Is the 4-year housing boom coming to an end? That possibility has some worried as home sales fell more than expected in February and the Biden administration moves forward with a massive ...

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Attorneys general from 21 states challenge part of Democrat stimulus bill

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Attorneys general from 21 states are challenging the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill as an “unprecedented and unconstitutional infringement” on state sovereignty. Deep in the bowels of the 5,500-page bill is language that ...

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Is it a good time to sell my house? Tips for homeowners

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Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to ...

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Where does your state compare to those with highest tax rates?

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A new report lists the states with the lowest and highest tax rates. A survey by WalletHub  found that four blue and one red state topped the list. Illinois came in as ...

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