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PHOTO: If approved, the Grain Belt Express transmission line would bring wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and points east. Supporters say it would also carry environmental and economic benefits to the state. Photo credit: Kevin_P/morguefile.com.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It appears the winds of change are blowing in Missouri, as more people speak out in favor of a plan to build a high-voltage wind energy transmission line through the state. Jim Turner, executive committee chair of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the line, whi...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The frustrating indicator of a slow download, known by many computer users as the spinning wheel of death, will be seen all over the Internet today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online fast lanes and slow lanes. Graphic courtesy FreePress.org.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare o...Read More

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PHOTO: Missourians looking for a way to help out this tax season can volunteer their time and services as greeters, tax preparers, or translators for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Photo credit: R. Benter.

KANSAS CITY - With summer just winding down, tax season might not yet be on your mind, but it definitely is for those who help recruit and train volunteers to provide free tax preparation assistance to tens of thousands of low-to-moderate income Missourians. Bob Juergens, central region coordinato...Read More

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PHOTO: More empty plates? The number of Missouri households struggling to put adequate food on the table continues to rise at one of the fastest rates in the nation, according to the USDA's annual food=insecurity survey. Photo credit: ladyheart/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There's a hunger crisis in Missouri and it's only getting worse, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study found that the state is losing ground despite efforts to help families put food on the table. When it comes to feeding its most vulnera...Read More

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PHOTO: The Big Spring area, which lies within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, could become the ninth federally protected wilderness area in Missouri, if Congress designates it as such. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been a busy and productive half-century for the federal Wilderness Act, and environmentalists say today's anniversary of the signing of the landmark legislation offers a chance to protect more Missouri land for future generations. Thanks to the Wilderness Act, said John H...Read More

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PHOTO: Missourians are urged to brush up on the importance of oral health care this month, as the state has declared August as the state's first Oral Health Care Awareness Month. Photo credit: cohdra/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - When many Missourians think of August, they think of heat and humidity, but health advocates hope the month soon will come to be associated with toothbrushes and dental floss. For the first time, the Missouri Legislature officially recognized August as Oral Health Awareness Mo...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Missouri. Doug Inkley, senior scientist at NWF, emphasizes what hunters, anglers, bird watchers...Read More

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PHOTO: Tensions may have cooled somewhat in Ferguson, Missouri, but protesters continue to take to the streets, leaving many to wonder what it will take to put the city back together. Photo credit: LoavesofBread/Wikimedia Commons.

FERGUSON, Mo. - The unrest in Ferguson over the past two weeks since the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has deeply moved Missourians and people across the U.S. Experts and politicians are now weighing in on what caused the community's problems, and how to fix them. Many have quest...Read More

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