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PHOTO: While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, too many Missouri kids still go without. There is hope that could change, with a successful federal program expanding to the state starting this fall. Photo credit: Infographe_Elle/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This fall, a new program available in Missouri will offer nutritious breakfasts and lunches for free to all students at qualifying schools – as long as administrators do their homework by the end of August. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility...Read More

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PHOTO: While many Missourians agree that the state's roads and highways could use some work, not everyone thinks a sales tax hike to fund road repairs is the best way to drive the state forward. Photo credit: Enapov/

ST. LOUIS - Missouri voters will decide next week whether to pass the largest sales-tax increase in the state's history to fund road projects, but some environmental advocates feel the proposal is a dead-end street. Chloe Ames, a Washington University student and Sierra Club intern, relies on publi...Read More

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PHOTO: Supporters of new limits on carbon pollution say significant health benefits will be the result. Detractors say the new rules on power plants will slow the economy. Both sides weigh in at EPA hearings this week. Photo credit: Analogue Kid / Wikimedia Commons.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) is taking public comments on new rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. While supporters say the proposed regulations will save thousands of lives a year, critics say limits on carbon pollu...Read More

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PHOTO: Most Americans underestimate the amount of sodium in their diets, which could lead to major health issues, according to the American Heart Association. Photo credit: lvimann/

ST. LOUIS – Even if you've put down the saltshaker, there's a good chance you're still getting too much sodium in your diet, which could be putting you at risk for serious health issues. Registered dietician Lori Jones says many Missourians have done a good job cutting back on salt in foods ...Read More

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PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est...Read More

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PHOTO: July is National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative designed to encourage people to spend more time taking in the fresh air and scenery of the great outdoors. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missourians and others are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices and head outdoors during "National Park and Recreation Month" in July. Lauren Hoffman, director of marketing and communications at the National Recreation and Park Association, said her organ...Read More

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PHOTO: AmeriCorps volunteers helped construct a sandbag wall to protect Clarksville's historic downtown, but they say more needs to be done to find a long-term solution to flooding in this Mississippi River community. Photo credit: Clare Holdinghaus.

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - A municipal decision put one historic Missouri city in danger as the Mississippi River began to rise. While volunteers stepped in to save the town, they say a permanent solution is needed to keep Clarksville's history from washing away. The Clarksville City Council said it couldn...Read More

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PHOTO: New research finds drivers of 2014 model vehicles are saving about 20 percent more on gasoline than those who drive a 2008 model. Photo credit: John Sense/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missourians who have hit the road this summer have likely felt the pinch at the gas pump. But some spend a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America found that the average fuel economy of new cars has improved by 20 percent in four y...Read More

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