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Congress must lead fight against opioid abuse

REPUBLICANS and Democrats find little to agree on these days, but a number of recent studies gives them every reason to work together on the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously estimated that 91 Am

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Alumni pay it forward for another generation

THE Pikeland School District received a timely and generous donation from an alumni group last week that will assist with the advancement of a variety of educational initiatives. The Pittsfield High School Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund, which began provi

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Gardner Denver IPO a positive stroke for Quincy

GARDNER Denver Inc. is being traded on the New York Stock Exchange after a four-year hiatus, and about 6,000 employees globally are now sharing in company stock valued at more than $100 million.

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Everybody wins as Bridge the Gap race raises funds for charities

BRIDGE the Gap to Health walkers and runners will help establish some records on Saturday as the event's 17-year fund-raising total exceeds $700,000. About 2,000 participants are expected to run or walk across Quincy Memorial Bridge.

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National seat belt campaign makes annual effort to change habits, save lives

DRIVERS in Illinois and Missouri will be observed closely during the next couple of weeks as part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers in both states will be issuing tickets to drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts or ot

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Electoral College is going to be around for the foreseeable future

A FEW very committed activists have been telling anyone who will listen that the Electoral College is likely to be abandoned soon. The facts, and the legislative landscape, prove the would-be reformers wrong.

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Hannibal garden project taking root

THERE'S something healthy growing these days at the corner of Adams and Sycamore streets in Hannibal. A group of volunteers with the Victory Over Hunger Garden committee worked last weekend planting carrots, cucumbers, green onions, lettuce, peppers and s

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Cybersecurity efforts have not been adequate

TENS of thousands of computers were hit by hackers last week, using a virus apparently stolen from the National Security Agency. Cybersecurity experts say a ransomware tool named Eternal Blue took control of thousands of computers in Russia, Ukraine, Taiw

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Mother's Day a perfect day to offer thanks for all that moms do

MOTHER'S Day weather should be perfect this year for the cookouts, trips to restaurants and visits that have come to typify the holiday.

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Punishment alone won't halt underage drinking

EIGHTEEN members of a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University were criminally charged this month after an underage member died during an initiation ceremony that involved alcohol. The tragic death is a recent and visible example of a national problem