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U.S. birthrate drops to lowest level in more than 40 years

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The U.S. birthrate in 2020 fell to its lowest level in more than four decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say the country and much of ...

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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 tax filing and payment deadline extended

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Governor Mike Parson announced today that the Missouri Department of Revenue is extending the state individual tax filing and payment deadline for the 2020 tax year from April 15, 2021, to May ...

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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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Dave Says – This lady’s getting it done!

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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.   This lady’s getting it done! ...

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Don’t play politics with your portfolio

Did the outcome of the election make you really happy and excited? Or did it leave you concerned, especially when it comes to your investments? Either way, you shouldn’t play politics with ...

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Giving Tuesday sees more than $2.5 billion raised

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Some 35 million Americans gave a total of $2.5 billon on Giving Tuesday to causes of all kinds, including $808 million in donations made online. Donations increased overall by 25% from the ...

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Why we need to stop making New Year’s Resolutions – and what to do instead

New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year seems like the perfect time to begin anew and make New Year’s Resolutions. The world is celebrating, emotions are high, and the very earth is poised ...

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Numbers are in: How Covid killed the box office

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CNBC reports that movie box office sales plummeted by 80% during 2020. The data, gathered by Comscore, found that U.S. revenues came in at just $2.28 billion, down from $11.4 billion in ...

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End of the year is a good time for a financial review and tune-up

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People who are home with a little free time between now and the end of the year may want to get a handle on personal finances for 2021. CBN News made these ...

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Dave Ramsey forges ahead with financial advice despite pandemic

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Christian financial guru Dave Ramsey is not letting the pandemic interfere with his mission or his Christmas celebrations. Ramsey Solutions, the company founded by the bestselling author and radio host, plans to ...

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Missouri ranks fifth in the nation in economic recovery from pandemic

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The Missouri recovery is full steam ahead as the economy comes back strong from the pandemic. The state had the nation’s fifth-best employment recovery in November, according to a report released last week. ...

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Tips to help taxpayers avoid post-disaster scams

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The IRS is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers often try to take advantage of generous taxpayers who want to help disaster victims. Everyone should be vigilant. These scams often pop up ...

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Survey: 66% of all nursing homes at risk of closing

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A new survey conducted by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has returned startling results. Nursing home providers across the U.S. state the majority are at ...

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Christmas ‘wish list’ for area adoption, foster and pro-life ministries

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Each year Metro Voice highlights area ministries and their Christmas “Wish List.” It’s an opportunity for the community to give back to specific needs or causes that these organizations need assistance with. ...

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Dave Says – A very generous offer

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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.   A Very Generous Offer Dear ...

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Creative ways to make generous giving a family activity

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Despite the many challenges of 2020, Americans are pausing this week to give things. The period of Thanksgiving through the new year traditionally sees the highest giving levels among individuals of all ...

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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

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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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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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Should you change investments ahead of the election? Maybe.

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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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IMF: US recovery 50% stronger than expected

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The U.S. economy is recovering faster than anyone thought. That assessment is not from the Trump administration but from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF has issued a “significant upgrade” to ...

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

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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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Presbyterian Church USA scales back General Assembly over finances

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Mainline Protestant denominations continue to face tough decisions because of dwindling membership and financial contributions. The Presbyterian Church USA recently announced that it might have to limit or even end its tradition ...

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