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Missourians should demand drug monitoring

EVERY now and then, state governments get a chance to do the right thing -- and sometimes they actually do it. In the state of Missouri, though, a crisis has been brewing for a number of years in the form of an opioid epidemic, and every time the General

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Greitens, Missouri Senate should end standoff now

AFTER weeks of engaging in often-contentious political gamesmanship, it's time for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and leaders in the Missouri Senate to end their standoff and reach a compromise on appointments to the Missouri State Board of Education. The ei

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Public asked for opinions on how to fix Quincy budget shortfall

QUINCY residents who have ever felt their voices were not heard should turn out to help decide how the city will handle a budget crisis. A rare "meeting of the whole" by the Quincy City Council will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. They want to let

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Shifting Illinois pension burden to school districts is no budget solution

GOV. Bruce Rauner is again proposing sweeping changes to Illinois' public employee pension system in an effort to shore up a state budget that continues to hemorrhage red ink.

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School shooting reminds us to be vigilant for threats

FOR YEARS we have been told to be vigilant, that our help is necessary to avoid tragedies like the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday that ended with the slaughter of 17 people. As it turns out, the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had been flashing p

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Congress must not ignore river system that is vital to U.S. economy

THINK you wouldn't be affected if Mississippi River barges were stalled for a few months? Researchers say you should think again. When a University of Wisconsin-Madison study recently looked at what would happen if any of the 25 aging locks on the upper M

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Quincy returnees tell what makes this community their home

THERE'S something special about a community that makes people feel at home. A small sampling of Quincy residents who moved away and then returned, recently shared thoughts with The Herald-Whig about what makes the community special. The list of reasons is

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'100 Who Care' organizers put imagination to work

IMAGINE what a nonprofit group could do with an unexpected $10,000 donation. Organizers who are launching an Adams County chapter of the 100 Women Who Care want to do more than imagine. If the organization is a success, it will give out a $10,000 check ea

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Winter Olympics create historic opportunity for divided Koreas

TIGHTLY choreographed opening ceremonies welcomed the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday, kicking off 16 days of competition on snow and ice. An audience of billions will watch the best athletes in the world, hoping the games also will

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With funds identified, future of Veterans Home is clearer

BEYOND the glare of a second legislative hearing on the status of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy last week, several significant and positive developments have occurred.