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Congressman discusses benefits of stimulus package

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The massive stimulus package passed by Congress last week will help small businesses keep employees on the payroll, according to Rep. Sam Graves. “And as long as they continue to keep them ...

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When you care enough: Hallmark Cards donating two million greeting cards

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Hallmark Cards is donating two million free greeting cards to encourage people to send to friends, family and others who now, more than ever, need to feel loved and supported. The company ...

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Jewish congregations adapt to new reality of online services

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As most Christians transition to online services, traditional Jewish congregations also are adjusting to the new reality. Although many have livestreamed Shabbat services for years — mostly for the benefit of shut-ins ...

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Improve your lifestyle with bathroom renovations

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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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Ways 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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Early American History you should know…but probably don’t: ‘In God We Trust’

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Since the concept of God’s superintending care in the founding of America is so often mentioned in the writings of the Founding Fathers and the Pilgrims and Puritans who preceded them, it ...

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With St. Patrick’s Day parades cancelled, Christians focus on the real story

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With most parades and celebrations cancelled, it may be a good time to reflect instead on the spiritual roots of St. Patrick‘s. Although it has become widely secularized over the centuries, it ...

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Dave Says: Landlords and duplexes

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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.   Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave, ...

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How to turn Lent into a joyful season

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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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What’s the best religious museum in America?

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What’s the best religious museum in the nation? That question was posed to USA Today readers who responded by choosing the Ark Encounter. It comes just in time as families’ talk turns ...

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Kansas City icon Winstead’s files for bankruptcy

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Winstead’s, a staple of burgers and Skyscraper floats for Kansas Citians since the 1930s, has filed for bankruptcy. Just three locations remain open. At one time the chain had about a dozen ...

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DQ is turning 80 with deals on Blizzards

Metro Voice is supported by many businesses across the region and nation. One of those is a local Dairy Queen franchise (see ad). DQ is turning 80 years old this year and ...

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Missouri bill to give private and public schools same minimum wage exemption

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The Missouri House this week passed a bill that would exempt religious and private schools from the state’s minimum-wage law. In 2018, Missouri voters approved incrementally raising the state’s minimum wage to ...

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Four good reasons to keep up with home maintenance

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After a busy work week, it can be hard to get motivated to complete chores and home maintenance around the house. And knowing what tasks to do and when to do them ...

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The new $15.7 billion tax on retirement accounts

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We have a saying around our office that retirees are one of the highest and most unfairly taxed groups out there and with the recent passage of the SECURE Act things are ...

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Son of pastor John MacArthur charged in investment scheme

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Mark MacArthur, son of pastor and radio host John MacArthur, has been charged with defrauding clients in a $16 million investment scheme. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the California-based investment advisory ...

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New Kansas attractions coming in 2020

In 2020, get set to “play ball” when Wichita’s new $75 million baseball stadium and its upstart Wind Surge team celebrate opening day on April 14. All year long, Kansas’ all-star lineup ...

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A break up IS hard to do, especially in the Facebook age

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Moving on from a failed romantic relationship is rarely easy. Memories and passionate feelings don’t just disappear overnight, and many people go through a significant mourning period after a break up. While ...

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Don’t be victim to ‘ghost’ tax return preparers

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With the start of the 2020 tax filing season near, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to avoid unethical “ghost” tax return preparers. According to the IRS, a ghost preparer does ...

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Longest Married Couple Project accepting nominations

Beginning on Valentine’s Day, nominations are being accepted for the 10th annual Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Nominations will continue through May 15, with state and national ...

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2020 interior design trends on the horizon

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according ...

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Dave Says: Teaching the value of work…and money

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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.   Dear Dave, Is it okay ...

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Trump donates salary to opioid treatment

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While most politicians actually become millionaires while in office, Donald Trump continues to be the only President who donates all of his salary. As has been the case since he became president, ...

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National Marriage Week USA observed now through Valentine’s Day

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, National Marriage Week USA begins on February 7 and continues through February 14. National Marriage Week USA is a national movement promoting education about the benefits ...

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New Yorkers banned from future Global Entry passport participation

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New Yorkers applying for the Global Entry program and other trusted traveler programs have a new reality. They’re no longer considered “trusted.” That’s because the Department of Homeland Security is suspending enrollment ...

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