• February 21, 2017

Online Features

  • Real Estate

    Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

    (BPT) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can be. In fact, nine out of 10 natural disasters include flood, making it the number one disaster in the United States according to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). However, only 15 percent of homeowners have flood insurance. From 2006 to 2015, total flood claims cost more than $1.9 billion per year and the average claim was more than $46,000 during that time.

  • Real Estate

    Buying a Home? What to Know about Down Payments

    (StatePoint) If you're in the market to buy a home, your down payment is probably top of mind. However, it’s important to understand all your options, particularly if you’ve heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't pursue homeownership unless you can put 20 percent down.

  • Real Estate

    Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows

    (BPT) - Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here’s a hint: step outside.

  • Pets

    Sound Or Lame: It's Often Found In The Health Of The Sole

    (NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot. A lack of sufficient ground contact and stimulation limits circulation, which causes soles to shrink, which can lead to numerous problems. By contrast, an unshod foot uses the hoof wall, internal hoof cavity and sole to absorb and dissipate shock. However, adding the weight of the horse and a rider can sometimes wear the hoof down faster than it grows. In these cases, shoes or boots can be a good short-term alternative, as well as polyurethane pour-in pad materials to help limit sole wear and provide the necessary support.

  • Home Decorating

    5 fun ways to decorate for spring

    (BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you’re probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the results will add touches of springtime throughout the house.

  • Bridal

    Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    (BPT) - With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes time to move into a new home together. However, managing your move can be your first big DIY home project together, and it’s one that’s very doable on a budget.

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5 fun ways to decorate for spring

(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you’re probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the results will add touches of springtime throughout the house.

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Monday 02/20/2017
Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?
Updated: February 21, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can be. In fact, nine out of 10 natural disasters include flood, making it the number one disaster in the United States according to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). However, only 15 percent of homeowners have flood insurance. From 2006 to 2015, total flood claims cost more than $1.9 billion per year and the average claim was more than $46,000 during that time.

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La salud dental es importante para los ‘dientes de leche’ de los niños
Updated: February 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Los padres y personas responsables de cuidar a los niños podrían estar subestimando la importancia de la atención dental para los “dientes de leche” de los niños. De acuerdo a los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades, sólo el 63% de los niños entre 2 y 4 años de edad ven el dentista al menos una vez al año.

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Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'
Updated: February 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Parents and caregivers may be underestimating the importance of dental care for children’s “baby teeth.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 63 percent of children ages two to four see the dentist at least annually.

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month by 'Putting Your Best Fork Forward'
Updated: February 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Are you finding it difficult to keep up with your healthy New Year’s habits? Tackle those resolutions with renewed energy in March during National Nutrition Month and remember that small changes, made over time, can add up.

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Coffee Can Be Good or Bad for Your Health: What to Know Now
Updated: February 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) A majority of Americans drink coffee daily, with an average of about three cups a day, according to Harvard School of Public Health.

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Saturday 02/18/2017
The Many Loves of American Lamb
Updated: February 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Eat Healthy with Easy Meal-Planning Tricks
Posted: February 18, 2017

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Snack Facts
Updated: February 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Baby and beauty contests to be held at Killeen Mall
Posted: February 21, 2017

Local babies, children, teens and young adults are invited to participate in the Sunburst USA Beautiful Baby Contest on March 25 at the Killeen Mall.

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No new information in boat-crushing death
Posted: February 21, 2017

Police have no new information about the man who was found dead trapped under a boat and a trailer Friday, according to KPD spokeswoman Tina Amerson.

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