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Posted at 2:00 PM

Numerous new cases of avian influenza were discovered this week, including Iowa’s largest egg producing facility with 3.8 million hens. The count for affected chickens and turkeys is now over 8 million in the Midwest, with the hardest-hit being the states of Iowa and Minnesota, where Governor Mark Dayton just declared a state of emergency.Experts are concerned that the disease is being transmitted by migratory wild birds, which could accelerate the disease’s...

Posted Apr 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

"Seeing is believing," or so the saying goes.We certainly can "see" more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police "body cams" and cell phone video — and that fits nicely into the First Amendment's...

Updated Apr 24, 2015 at 3:07 PM

In the same week back in October of 2004 Southeast Kansas took a one-two punch in the gut with the deaths of longtime eatery owners Bob Maier and Ray Barto.

Posted Apr 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

As a new mother I heard it constantly. As a mother of 3 partially grown children I say it constantly. “They sure do grow up fast!” As a new parent, most of us had no concept of how true that statement really is. We know having...

Posted Apr 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

In the Ozark and Ouachita mountains of Arkansas, hunting gobblers was a challenge. Except for a few old wagon roads you didn’t see much civilization, until the National Forest Service devastated so much of it in their quest for pine...

Posted Apr 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Probably nothing you do in the outdoors involves less skill than turkey hunting. If you are really patient, you can become an expert turkey hunter in a hurry. Despite wariness that will rival about any wild creature, a spring gobbler will...

Posted Apr 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Are your favorite breads, cereals and crackers whole grain? Not sure? You are not alone! Some foods that advertise they are “made with” whole grains do not have enough whole grain to count as a serving.What is a whole...

Posted Apr 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

In another of his patented truth-to-power moments, Pope Francis triggered international debate this week by having the temerity to call genocide "genocide."Speaking at Sunday Mass on April 12, the pontiff described the killing of 1.5...

Posted Apr 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A few months ago my family and I were looking all over the area for our perfect house. We searched high and low. We finally settled on one in Frontenac.We purchased a house that was really good for our needs. Across the street from us is a...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 9:36 AM

This week, Grammy Award winner John Legend announced an initiative, Free America, a movement to bring attention to the ills of mass incarceration. He has scheduled a series of performances at correctional facilities in various states,...

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

“You know, next time you’re going to have to do better, Mr. President.”That was former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, talking with successor John F. Kennedy about the devastating failed invasion of Cuba at the...

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