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2 area groups embody spirit of holiday giving

THE Quincy area continues to benefit from the generosity of those dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities throughout the region.

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New blood pressure guidelines can save lives

THE American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines last month defining high blood pressure as 130 over 80 rather than 140 over 90. Medical professionals say that change is expected to add 30 million Americans to t

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Pearl Harbor Day provies us an annual lesson

IT HAS been 76 years since the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, an event described the following day by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in an address to Congress as "a date that will live in infamy." The bra

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Renovations brighten Ursa Retreat House's future

People connected with the ongoing renovation of the Ursa Retreat House deserve a tip of the hat. Their efforts in upgrading the popular summer camp and retreat used by area churches -- not to mention the public for weddings and family events -- will enhance

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JWCC Southeast Education Center is product of 'good marriage'

JOHN Wood Community College's efforts to increase its presence and strengthen educational opportunities for those in the southeast portion of the college district have been definitive successes.

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FCC shouldn't play favorites with internet rules

The following editorial appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune: IT wasn't broke, so why "fix" it? That's how Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, the University of Chicago-trained lawyer who is a passionate apostle of free-market capital

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Voters' foresight in expanding U.S. 36 pays off

THE development of U.S. 36 into a four-lane highway across Missouri that now carries two national corridors and connects to a third continues to fuel economic growth and improve traffic safety in the more than seven years since the final 52-mile segment b

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Study shows that engaged citizens helped drive crime rate down

RESEARCHERS believe they have solved the 20-year-old mystery -- saying everyday citizens who decided to improve their communities deserve much of the credit for falling crime rates. Between the early 1990s and 2015, the U.S. homicide rate was cut in half.

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NEMO schools get good 2017 report cards

SCHOOL districts in Northeast Missouri received annual performance reports for 2017 that ranged from good to outstanding. Eight of the 12 school districts in the region scored above 90 percent on the reports compiled by the Missouri Department of Elementa

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Section 702 should be amended, not ended

CONGRESS is currently deciding whether to let the National Security Agency continue to eavesdrop on electronic communications of foreigners abroad. This foreign intelligence program -- Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- expires at