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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/

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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PHOTO: Missouri food banks serve nearly 1.2 million people each year, according to a new study from Feeding America and the Missouri Food Bank Association. Photo courtesy of Missouri Food Bank Association.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The face of hunger in Missouri may not be what many picture it to be, according to a new study which aims to show just how deep the problem runs in the state. Monica Palmer, communications manager with the Missouri Food Bank Association, says the Hunger in America report breaks many...Read More

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PHOTO: Experts say the recent protests in Ferguson highlight the need for better understanding that the right to record events in public extends to both working journalists and everyday citizens. Photo credit: Alvimann/Morguefile.

FERGUSON, Mo. - Tensions continue to run high in Ferguson following last week's clashes in which protestors and journalists were assaulted, arrested, and tear-gassed. Experts caution what happened in Ferguson could happen anywhere. David Cullier is the president of the Society of Professional Journ...Read More

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PHOTO: Along with their major and minor courses, many students at Missouri colleges and universities will be learning how to handle their finances this fall. Photo credit: shannontanski/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As students across Missouri prepare to head off to college, many will be learning important debt-management skills thanks to grants from the Department of Higher Education. Liz Coleman, the department's communications director, said the default-protection grants awarded to 31 ...Read More

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PHOTO: Cyclists and walkers are moving closer to transforming the defunct Rock Island rail corridor into a trail, as a decision to sell a key portion of the corridor is expected soon. Photo courtesy of Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Plans to transform a defunct stretch of railroad into a second cross-state bicycle-and-walking path are picking up speed, and could be finalized within the next few weeks. Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, said turning the Rock Isl...Read More

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PHOTO: More Missouri homes and businesses are turning to solar energy, according to a new report, but there is no clear consensus on how to keep that growth going. Photo credit: pedrojperez/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It's been a bright few years for solar energy in Missouri, with a new report detailing the state's triple-digit growth in solar capacity several years in a row. But experts caution the outlook won't be so sunny if the state doesn't support the policies in place. P.J. W...Read More

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