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The flood of 2019 has impacted almost everyone in north Missouri. Even those whose homes, farmland and businesses were spared have friends, neighbors and family who were far less fortunate. Some places along the Missouri River have been underwater going on four months now. We have seen recor…

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Let's give the highest praise possible to President Donald Trump: He didn't mortify his country on Independence Day.

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Depending on who you speak with, nerds and geeks are two pejorative words. For others, it is a world-class badge of honor. It’s one that I wear with pride.

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The 12th Senatorial District covers a large area of northwest Missouri that encompasses many rural communities. As your senator, I have been a strong champion of increasing access to high-speed broadband internet in our region. By securing broadband internet access, we can prepare our small …

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Parades, carnivals, fireworks, food, family and friends are part of traditional Fourth of July festivities. As we commemorate the independence of our country this month, consumers can add stable food prices as another cause for celebration.

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We’ve all been in a position where we just don’t know what questions to ask. Yet, it seems a lot of us have similar questions on our minds.

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The worry was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then the next week President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren't a big deal.

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He actually said it! While talking to reporters on his way to Camp David, he used the phrase "Make Iran Great Again"! Does this mean that President Donald Trump has ordered that Iran will join America in the Greatness Club? "MIGA" as opposed to "MAGA"? Of course, Trump insists that since he's taken over, he's already accomplished that for America. Could it be he's branching out and that it's Iran's turn? Will there be new baseball caps with the slogan embroidered in Farsi? What will we do about the fact that Iranians call the United States "The Great Satan"?

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You may not be ready for next year’s elections, but in political time, they’re coming up fast. Even politicians who aren’t running for president are crafting their stump speeches. Which means that at some point you’re almost certain to hear someone announce, sternly, “I. Will. Not. Compromise.” And if you’re there in the crowd and agree with his or her position, you may even join the applause.

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The Missouri Farm Bureau’s mission statement is “Advocating for farmers, the rural way of life and all Missourians.” I was recently invited to make a presentation to the Missouri Farm Bureau’s State Resolutions Committee at the invitation of Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. As I prepared, I found myself reflecting on the similar challenges faced by our state’s farmers and rural health care providers.

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For many, the Fourth of July is holiday in the middle of summer that signals barbecues, fireworks and wearing all things red, white blue. While many may give a passing thought to the massive undertaking of us in the colonies defiantly declaring our independence from tyrannical British rule a…

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For small businesses, finding workers today is a challenge due to our 50-year historically low unemployment rate and existing job skills and placement gaps. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a $1 million grant competition for small entities in the workforce development arena…

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Just more than a year ago, President Trump and his health secretary, Alex Azar, stood in the White House Rose Garden and told the American people they were going to start putting American patients first and lower prescription drug prices. The president announced a bold blueprint that would m…

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced two federal agriculture research agencies would be moving their headquarters to the Kansas City region: the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Together, they will bring more than 500 jobs to the area.

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Gov. Parson recently signed legislation that is meant to protect the state’s No. 1 industry: agriculture. The bill, which was approved by the Missouri General Assembly during the 2019 regular session, will provide consistency in the way farm operations across the state are regulated.

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Summer is almost officially here, give or take about a week. As a reporter, it’s a time where activities in the community take us all outdoors and for the most part, it’s enjoyable.

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Back in March, when the first round of flooding occurred in Nebraska, Iowa and Northwest Missouri, a reporter asked me if consumers would see an increase in food prices. I replied that while the situation was a tragedy for the local area and a huge inconvenience and expense because of the lo…

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“When you are issued a driver’s license, you are also issued a great deal of responsibilities” (Drivers Ed). On July 25, 2009, 19-year-old Eric Okerblom, a marathon cyclist, was struck while on his bike traveling on a road near his home in Santa Maria, California, according to businessinsider.com. The teen responsible for this accident was traveling in her truck at a speed of 60 miles per hour and did not swerve or brake before hitting and killing Eric. She was distracted, texting on her phone instead of watching the road.

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Abigail Chaney, 18, a senior at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy in Jefferson City, and Kate Freitag, 18, a senior at Washington High School in Washington, are the statewide winners of the It Can Wait (distracted driving) Essay and Video Contest, sponsored by Missouri newspapers, the Missouri Press Association and AT&T Missouri.

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