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U.S. government subsidies are swelling growth of solar sector

THERE'S a curious statistic in January's 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment report that says solar employment represents 43 percent of the electric sector's workforce. The solar sector employed more Americans in oil, gas and coal combined, but only produced

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GatesAir celebration is one for Quincy as well

THERE'S good reason to celebrate at GatesAir, which has been in existence for 95 years and is poised for growth in the years ahead. The Quincy business is a leader in the global broadcast industry.

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Missouri should disclose details of lawsuit settlements

MISSOURI legislators would like to make sure the state reveals the costs and deals with the problems that result in lawsuits. We agree that transparency is the best policy and encourage Gov. Eric Greitens to sign the bill.

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Soap Box Derby offers great youth opportunity

EIGHTEENTH Street near Bob Mays Park will be the site Friday and Saturday of the 13th running of the Breakfast Optimist Club Soap Box Derby, an annual event that continues to grow in popularity and prestige.

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Habitat for Humanity making difference in lives

A SINGLE mother and her two children will soon be moving into a new home in Hannibal, Mo., thanks to efforts by the Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity chapter. Nearly 40 volunteers and professional contractors worked last weekend as part of a "blitz bui

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Time to stop putting money in Afghanistan

ONE more lethal, multi-casualty bomb attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, marked the approaching 16th anniversary of America's war in that country. At the same time that Wednesday's attack occurred, the U.S. was trying to decide whether t

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Crackdown on government abuse worth the cost

FRAUD, abuse and errors in government programs had a cost of $136.7 billion in 2015, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a nation where $2.8 trillion in annual assistance is paid out, that 95.6 percent accuracy rate is not good enough.

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Heroes at Heartland purpose is simple: Thanks

MILITARY veterans and active-duty personnel are national treasures. Hundreds live and work among us in West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa, and they deserve recognition and support.

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Alzheimer's Awareness Month a good time to focus on life-stealing disease

MORE than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, including 220,000 residents of Illinois. Those and other sobering facts will be shared during June, which is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

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Supreme Court backs consumers' ownership rights against over-broad patent protections

OWNERS of consumer items may use or resell their possessions as they see fit -- at least that's at the heart of a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down Tuesday. Lexmark International, which manufactures printers, was the loser in the case. The co