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Poverty level in state moving in right direction

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

Do you keep hearing conflicting reports about our economy? Is it improving fast enough or are the words ‘slightly’ disturbing to you? When you hear these reports, do you reflect on your position or possession of wealth? The United States Census Bureau released statewide data indicating that Missouri’s poverty rate decreased slightly for the first time since 2007 – from 16.2 percent to 15.9 percent. In real terms, it means

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    Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Elaine and Donald Watson, Sept. 21, 1979.

    Just two short months ago my dad called me asking for a favor. He wanted us (his kids) to throw my mom a surprise 35th wedding anniversary party. With only two months until the big day, I went into crazy planner mode, drove my siblings crazy with questions and made the plans. Originally, my dad just asked for something small at my house but we wanted to surprise him as

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  • My experience as a casino dealer in St. Louis

    Posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I dealt blackjack and craps in the worst casino in St. Louis. It was in a rundown riverboat called the Admiral, located in a not particularly vibrant and less than bustling area on the St. Louis riverfront. This was back when Missouri still had $500 loss limits and our casino closed every morning. But even in the worst casino, in probably one of the worst gambling markets in America, it

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  • Living in a darker and more depraved world

    Posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

    We live in a dark and depraved world with the beheadings of humans in the Middle East and the senseless killing of two Highway Patrol members in Pennsylvania. How about the deaths and abuse of infants. Just Friday, how many awoke to the news of the grandfather in Florida who murdered his daughter, six grandchildren and himself? How about the continued cases of abuse by players in the National Football

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  • Rice domestic assault case continues national discussion

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, the President’s speech on how to handle the threat of ISIS and the Missouri General Assembly’s actions at its veto session all garnered headlines last week. However, maybe the issue garnering the most attention was the handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case by the National Football League. A video surfaced on TMZ showing the NFL player knocking his then fiancee out with

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  • Thirteen years later, may we never forget

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

    The first time I had ever remembered hearing the word terrorist was September 11, 2001. That day will be forever burned into my memory as the day my carefree eighth grade self became more aware of my surrounding and what was actually happening in the world. I was in music class when it happened. When whispers started becoming more frequent and teachers began to look worried, we (the students) started

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  • There’s a troll that lives in Lincoln County

    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Gary James 2

    Property owner Barry Scroggin recently had to cut down a tree on the lawn of his property on Highway Y in Foley, and was surprised to find there had been a troll living inside. Well, he wasn’t surprised. He put it there. Well, he didn’t put it there. That was Gary James. Okay, let me back up. Scroggin took a trip to Norway, and that was the genesis of the

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