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Greetings from Springfield, your fall getaway destination

springfield

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

monasteries

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.

stocks, investments

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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Nation’s first memorial to human trafficking to be unveiled Oct. 24 in Kansas City

Kansas City is the crossroads of many things, from the trails that led pioneers west, the country’s rail and Interstate highway systems, to 21st Century fiber optics. It’s also the crossroads of ...

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

minimum wage

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

economy, unemployment, 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

marriage covid

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

folklore

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

outdoor living

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

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.   Dear Dave, Some friends recently ...

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

hobby lobby coronavirus wage

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

bible health

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

taxes, umemployment

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%

unemployment economies

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’

Palestinians wheelchair

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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How school will look in the age of Covid

covid school

Before Covid, the question of the relative value of digital versus face-to-face instruction in a school setting never came up. Children were learning face-to-face while still spending a certain amount of time ...

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Who believes in the S&P 500 rally?

S&P 500

Last month the S&P 500 reached a new all time high. Crazily this has come at the same time that retail investors have been piling out of mutual funds and ETFs at ...

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Study finds pets more important than ever during covid lockdowns

pets covid

Lockdowns, depression and other consequences of the Covid pandemic are helping people to realize the special place their pets hold.  A new survey finds most pet owners say they’ve helped them get ...

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Dave Says – Teachable moments are valuable at any age

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.   Teachable moments are valuable at ...

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Ark Encounter opens high-tech ‘Truth Traveler’ virtual reality experience

ark encounter

Many Americans will be eager to travel again after the pandemic, and the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky., will be ready for them. The popular attraction has opened a high-tech $3 million ...

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Apps that might be worth a download for yourself or family

apps

Let’s face it, new apps are being cranked out for you and your kids’ phones every day. And, of course, being a careful parent, the job is left to you to keep ...

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As economy roars back, S&P Index regains all covid losses

economy trade s&P

Viewed as one indicator of the overall health of the U.S. economy and equities market, the benchmark S&P 500 stock index surged to close at 3,389.78 points on Tuesday. The numbers set ...

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How to do home upgrades, energy usage downgrades

home upgrades

The best home upgrades not only make spaces more livable and energy-efficient but are also cost-effective. Making energy-efficient improvements is a savvy way to save money on utility bills, curb energy usage ...

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Who’s gonna pay for the ‘free’ lunch

free lunch

The saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” has been attributed to many people over the years. Someone must produce and someone must pay for what we consume. There has ...

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