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Heavy spring rains mean that area residents might need the services of a waterproofing company to help them with water-logged basements. Better Business Bureau advises consumers to check contractors out before signing a contract or paying any money.

Gov. Mike Parson is crediting the growth in Missouri to President Donald Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

In a news release, Parson’s office said 64% of Missouri taxpayers have seen an increase in take-home pay. That’s about $6 billion more than last year around the state.

“More Missourians are going back to work, seeing an increase in take-home pay, and keeping more of their hard-earned money,” said Parson. “Missouri conservatives have long championed the fundamental principle of reducing the tax burden for individuals of all incomes.”

Workforce development programs - like Fast Track - have been a big priority this legislative session for Governor Mike Parson.

A House committee heard a bill Monday for another workforce development initiative called the Missouri One Start Program - which modifies the current Missouri Works Training program for businesses across the state.

Senator Wayne Wallingford is the bill’s sponsor. He says this bill would enhance economic development and add more flexibility to the current Missouri Works Training Program.

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In 2015, the St. Louis metropolitan area was ranked top in the nation for identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission. While the number of ID theft reports are not as high as they were that year, there’s still a need for consumers to safeguard personal information in as many ways possible.

Better Business Bureau’s “Shred Day” offers one easy way to safely dispose of outdated, sensitive materials. This year’s Shred Day is Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Cape Girardeau.

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A recent College Board survey revealed that one year of college education can cost more than $45,000. With rates for higher education continuing to rise, high school students and their families often scramble to manage the financial responsibility.

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