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Over the years, Hollywood has given us numerous pandemic-themed television shows and films that typically conclude with the hero developing a treatment at the last moment that is rapidly adopted. As a result, humanity is saved in an instant.

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Daily life has changed to an amazing degree in the last few weeks. As individuals and communities work to contain the spread of COVID-19, one major adjustment for most of us personally is that we now spend much more time at home. This form of physical distancing, or sheltering in place, limi…

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You already have seen how efforts to thwart the spread of the coronavirus have led to significant jobs loss. Early forecasts see it getting worse before it gets better. All areas of the country or the state will not, however, suffer the same employment losses.

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Current estimates of the federal government’s aid package to offset the effects of the coronavirus epidemic exceed $1 trillion, significantly more than the $787 billion response to the recession and financial crisis in 2009. Let’s consider some key components to the package.

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Editor’s note: Today wraps up Sunshine Week, the 20th annual nationwide celebration of access to public information, and what it means for the press and the community it serves. From local governments and school boards to state and federal governments, we at the Quill take seriously our job …

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Workers in the Region VII U.S. Small Business Administration states of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa are receiving their statements from the Social Security Administration and other retirement investment accounts during these early months of the year. Additionally, they are assessing w…

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The Show Me a Brighter Future Scholarship Program (Senate Bill 581), is a program designed to assist low-income Missouri students and those who qualify for Individual Education Programs (IEP) to have access to a quality education that fits their learning needs.

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What an upturn in optimism and small business growth I have been honored to witness over the last two years as Administrator over SBA’s Region 7 states of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. I worked with small businesses for many years prior to my current position. I am now seeing firsthan…

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To be a part of the modern world, high-speed internet access is no longer optional. We’ve been saying this since at least the 1990s, yet Missouri continues to lag behind other states. Somehow we have entered the third decade of the 2000s with more than 1.2 million Missourians still lacking a…

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Disparities between urban and rural health care are a nationwide crisis, and Missouri is no exception. The overwhelming majority of Missouri counties have shortages in primary or mental health care providers, and rural residents are significantly more likely to die from accidents and disease…

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The West Plains Lady Zizzers freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams picked up road wins over the Bolivar Lady Liberators Thursday night. The freshman team opened the night with a dominant 45-18 victory, the junior varsity then won 46-25 and the varsity team wrapped up the night with a 47…

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A common magic trick is to make something disappear right in front of the audience. We know it’s just an illusion, but a good magician makes the act entertaining.