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7 steps to prepare for a home remodel

A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ...

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How low can interest rates go?

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Looking back to the start of the century, interest rates have been in decline. Back then the Aggregate Bond Index was paying over 7%. Today? Just 1%. This means in order for ...

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Kansas and Missouri in bottom half of most charitable states: study

As the giving seasons begins, Missouri and Kansas have a ways to go to catch up with the most charitable states in the nation. Missouri ranked No. 24 and Kansas came in ...

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U.S. divorce rate hits 50-year low, but marriage rates plummet

The U.S. divorce rate is the lowest it has been in a half century, according to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The new data show that 14.9 marriages per ...

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Alternative social media sites Parler, MeWe, Gab becoming popular in wake of election

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Many conservatives are switching to other social media platforms such as Parler, MeWe or Gab instead of Facebook or Twitter. These social networking services have been around for several years and classify themselves ...

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Chick-fil-A again tops customer satisfaction rankings

Christian-owned Chick-fil-A continues to dominate the fast-food rankings. The 2020 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), based on interviews with 23,312 customers, placed Chick-fil-A No. 1 in customer satisfaction among fast-food restaurants, followed ...

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Festival of Lights will open this weekend at Powell Gardens

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Although the pandemic is putting a damper on many holiday traditions, the Festival of Lights will open this weekend at Powell Gardens, located east of Lee’s Summit on 50 Highway. Festivalgoers will ...

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5 seasonal DIY home improvement projects

The calendar pages may be turning fast, but it’s not too late to do some work around the house. Now is the time to wrap up home improvement projects before the weather ...

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Dave Says – Are utilities included?

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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.   Are utilities included? Dear Dave, ...

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Economy breaks all records, grows at 33 percent

The U.S. economy grew at an astounding rate this fall surpassing the previous record set in 1950.  Department of Commerce announced Oct. 29 that U.S. economic output in the third quarter grew ...

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Greetings from Springfield, your fall getaway destination

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With a summer that most agree passed too quickly, many people feel cheated in their passion for travel this year. If you feel the same, you’re not alone. But have hope! There’s ...

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How monasteries and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

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As a scholar who researches and designs learning and workspaces, I’m aware how the modern-day workplace was shaped over several centuries. But few people may know that the origins of the office can ...

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Should you change investments ahead of the election? Maybe.

Worried about what might happen to financial markets and your investments if we have the first contested election in 20 years, or if your candidate doesn’t win? You aren’t alone. Unfavorability ratings ...

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Does a $15 minimum wage help workers? Target experiment hurts loyal employees

Bonnie Furlong started working at Target more than seven years ago. Today, however, she’s making the same as new hires and less than she was before the Minneapolis-based retailer raised its minimum ...

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Pre-pandemic economy reached unprecedented heights for black, Hispanic Americans, new data shows

New data from the Federal Reserve show that the pre-pandemic economy was reaching unrivaled heights of prosperity for Americans across all walks of life. Then it was interrupted. The isolated life many ...

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Unemployment drops to 7.9 percent as economy adds 600K jobs

Unemployment falls to 7.9% in September with the addition of 661,000 jobs was the good news announced by the Labor Department on Friday. The rate is just above that reported in the ...

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Good news: COVID is not destroying marriages

The media is telling two different stories on marriages and how they’re coping with the stress of the COVID pandemic. Here’s what’s really going on. While some news stories say divorce from ...

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Thanks to financial grant, Missouri folklore being put on the map

Every community in Missouri seems to have its own folklore that is passed down from generation to generation. A recent grant will enable the state to erect signs commemorating some of those ...

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Upgrade your outdoor living space

Home improvement projects aren’t limited to indoors. In fact, not only can upgrades to outdoor living space expand your livable space, they can also increase your home’s value. Outdoor living projects account ...

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Dave Says – Many benefits to budgeting

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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, Some friends recently ...

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Hobby Lobby stores announce plan to increase minimum wage to $17 an hour

The Christian-owned Hobby Lobby retail chain is increasing its starting wage for all full-time employees to $17 an hour beginning on October 1. “Because this year has presented so many challenges to ...

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New Museum of the Bible exhibits focus on health and racial healing

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Christians believe the Bible has the answers to the challenges facing the nation. A new exhibit at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is highlighting solutions to health and race ...

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Unemployment compensation is taxable; Have tax withheld now and avoid a tax-time surprise

With millions of Americans now receiving taxable unemployment compensation, many of them for the first time, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding people receiving unemployment compensation that they can have tax withheld ...

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Regional economy is improving as unemployment dips to 5.8%

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Although the economies of Missouri and Kansas were hit hard by the pandemic, things are improving as unemployment drops across the area. Creighton University’s August survey of supply managers and business leaders ...

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Palestinian leaders call planned Israeli wheelchair ramp a ‘war crime’

Palestinian leaders are being accused of stooping to a new low, this time over their criticism of Israel’s plans to make a biblical sight handicap accessible with wheelchair ramps and an elevator. ...

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