• January 25, 2015

Living

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    Tips for strengthening the mother-daughter bond

    (BPT) - Mom. It's a very important title; one that establishes you as a role model for your young daughter. Being a mom is a tough job, always challenging you to find ways to create and strengthen that special bond. The good news is it doesn't have to be complicated. Just find activities you both like, so you can spend time together developing special memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Family Living

    Keep Up the Good Work this Winter

    (Family Features) While the winter may make for a tempting time to curl up on the couch, adapting your routine is essential for year-round well-being, whether you’re a professional athlete or an average person looking to stay on top of your game.

  • Family Living

    Recognize Warning Smells of Your Vehicle

    (Family Features) From burning rubber to gasoline, know the warning smells of your vehicle to keep your family safer while driving and extend the car’s lifespan.

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Monday 12/29/2014
7 chapters to create a fairytale wedding
Posted: December 29, 2014

(BPT) - Do you follow tradition or do you tend to blaze your own path? Every bride is faced with this question when it comes to planning her fairytale wedding. And while you may face pressure from friends or family to make one choice or another, try to remember that your wedding day is whatever you make of it. You have the ability to create your own fairytale, and that’s one of the reasons your wedding day may be the biggest and best day of your life.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Wedding trend alert: More couples choose enchanting winter themes
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The glittering icicles, crisp white snow and a simple unspoken elegance – the wonder of winter has suited weddings well for many years. Today, Disney’s Frozen has renewed interest in winter weddings, with more couples choosing a sophisticated theme that is inspired by the style and storyline of the popular film.

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Want to celebrate your marriage? Hold a vow renewal ceremony
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your wedding might have been 50 years ago, 20 years ago, or even just last year. Each year on your anniversary, you and your spouse might give each other cards and a special gift. But this year, why not consider renewing your vows?

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Pint-sized wedding guests: Yay or nay?
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s one of the most debated aspects of any wedding: Should children be invited? Some argue children add to the magic of the event while others prefer to keep the potential tantrums far from their big day. Ultimately it’s up to the couple to decide what is right for them, and with the proper etiquette, it’s simple to communicate to guests exactly what they want without offending anyone.

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Invitations are the best way to set the style and tone for your wedding
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You might be a fairytale-style bride or a more professional bride who doesn’t tolerate frilly. You might even be the girl next door with a laid-back attitude. Whatever your personal style, your tastes will set the look and feel of the wedding you’re planning.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Wedding smarts: Before the 'I do's' remember these important insurance to do's
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 3:31 pm

(BPT) - Congratulations, you're engaged. Once the excitement of sharing the news with your loved ones and Facebook friends dies down, there are several important issues to consider. This includes building your guest list, setting a budget, picking a venue, DJ versus band and other to do’s. However, there are also some vital details pertaining to insurance that many prospective newlyweds overlook. True, it's not the most exciting topic, but it is, nonetheless, something that should be considered before marriage.

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Monday 01/05/2015
Providing children with a balanced diet of vitamins and nutrients
Updated: January 06, 2015 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Whiplash Sufferers Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - It's one of the most common injuries from a car crash, and those who've experienced it know it can be even more painful than watching a C-SPAN hearing on waste management.

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How Veterans Help Other Veterans
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—A look at one man’s story may inspire many people, veterans or not, to help others overcome difficulties such as blindness.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Ten Tips From Survivors to Inspire Giving Back
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) The motivation to give back can come from many places: from within, from seeing someone else struggle or maybe from fighting a personal battle.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Top 5 reasons people donate to charity
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In our current economy, when many live paycheck to paycheck, why do so many choose to give some of it away to charity? The fact is helping others is part of what makes us human. It doesn’t matter the age or background of the donor – it feels good to make a difference, and that starts by donating to a worthy cause close to your heart. But making a difference isn’t the only reason for donating. There are additional drivers for giving that go beyond funding a particular cause, and understanding these reasons will help you get the most out of your annual donations this year.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
The Most Dangerous Time of the Year? Safety Tips for the Holidays
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are here, and while you're admiring all of the beautiful presents wrapped and sitting under your tree, or getting excited about travel plans, it's also the perfect time for burglars and muggers to steal some seasonal cheer. (Remember the movie Home Alone?) It's enough to cast a Scrooge-like pall over what is traditionally "the most wonderful time of the year."

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Monday 12/01/2014
Women Veterans And Their Long Journey Home
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Many Americans don’t realize it, but one out of every five new military recruits in the United States is a woman—and 2.5 million veterans are women.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Lifestyle Apparel Brand Recognizes The Contributions Of Everyday Heroes
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—A company that manufactures outerwear has created a campaign to honor everyday heroes.

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Don't Misplace Your Trust—Or Your Money
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Do you research a charity before you donate? Chances are you don’t, and you’re not alone. According to Hope Consulting, 65 percent of Americans fail to research before donating their time and money—but they’re donating a lot. In 2013, Americans gave a staggering $335 billion to charities, notes Giving USA Foundation.

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Kids Can Learn Life Skills
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—There could be good news for parents who want their children to grow up to be independent, fiscally responsible adults. A digital curriculum that offers students a chance to explore personal finance topics through interactive learning has been updated and improved.

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Friday 01/23/2015
Tips for strengthening the mother-daughter bond
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Mom. It's a very important title; one that establishes you as a role model for your young daughter. Being a mom is a tough job, always challenging you to find ways to create and strengthen that special bond. The good news is it doesn't have to be complicated. Just find activities you both like, so you can spend time together developing special memories that will last a lifetime.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Keep Up the Good Work this Winter
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the winter may make for a tempting time to curl up on the couch, adapting your routine is essential for year-round well-being, whether you’re a professional athlete or an average person looking to stay on top of your game.

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Recognize Warning Smells of Your Vehicle
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From burning rubber to gasoline, know the warning smells of your vehicle to keep your family safer while driving and extend the car’s lifespan.

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Top Tips for New Drivers
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Getting a first car is a proud and exhilarating moment for many teens. But before you hand the keys over, take some time to go over some important aspects of car ownership.

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Americans and Their Finances
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Financial management is a big part of life for the average American. From unexpected setbacks to future goals, this snapshot covers the main money issues.

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Snacking Done Right
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) What makes a healthy and satisfying snack for children? A well-balanced snack with good nutrition can help kids grow and provide them with the proper support and energy needed for school, sports and other daily activities. Parents have the best intentions when looking for nutritious options for their children, but challenges related to lack of access or knowledge of nutritious foods have contributed to an alarming trend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled in the past 30 years, with over one-third of children currently overweight or obese.

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Food Allergies Can Cause Nutrition Gaps
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O’Neil, a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Holding On To Your Car
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While driving a new vehicle off the lot may sound tempting, the financial commitment it brings is not an option for most families.

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How Flexible Spending Accounts Make Healthcare Affordable
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help make healthcare more affordable and yet they have gotten a bad rap due to the common misconception that you forfeit what you don’t use. But did you know that the IRS modified the “Use It or Lose It” rule in 2013, and now allows up to $500 in unused funds to be rolled over to the following year? You can now experience the benefits of this great pre-tax benefit without risking the loss of any of your hard earned money.

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Make 2015 Your Year to Improve Financial Fitness
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Lose weight, quit smoking, find a new job and get out of debt…does this sound familiar? Millions of Americans will resolve to change their lives in the New Year, but few will stick with their goals. 

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Friday 01/23/2015
What's your path to retirement happiness?
Updated: January 24, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Retirees have a message for people still working but wondering what life might be like once they retire: “Come on in, the water’s warm.” But they also say that it pays to plan, the earlier the better, because retirement might come sooner than you expect.

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
Why women need to reassess retirement planning
Updated: January 24, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Men and women are not the same when it comes to retirement planning. Consider this: A husband and a wife of the same age, earning the same salary and looking to retire during the same year need to account for different factors in retirement planning. This is true even if they share a household, hold joint responsibility for their finances and equally contribute to the amount of incoming funds.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
5 tips to fall-proof your home and keep seniors safe
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 2:31 am

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Friday 12/19/2014
New Technology Improving Outcomes for Heart Failure Patients
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Heart failure is costing Americans a fortune. The estimated cost of the disease in the U.S. was $31 billion in 2012. That number is estimated to swell to $70 billion by 2030, according to the American Heart Association -- which means that by 2020, every U.S. taxpayer could pay $244 each year for heart failure expenses.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Diabetes Discussion: Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating and physical activity, patients living with diabetes should discuss blood sugar monitoring, medication, and options for taking their medication with their health care providers.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Answering the biggest unmet need in cancer care today
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years to live, but because of a once-a-day pill developed by Dr. Brian Druker, director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Jim is now sharing his story through artwork.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Brain Health Of Older Adults Focus Of Holiday Campaign
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family. For this reason, an annual campaign called Home for the Holidays was established to provide families with information to help stimulate a dialogue about major issues affecting their older loved ones. This year’s campaign focuses on the risks to brain health for older adults and offers some simple strategies to help mitigate those risks.

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The key to getting the most out of your rheumatoid arthritis therapy
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you are one of the 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know the pain can sometimes be debilitating. While there is no cure for the autoimmune inflammatory disease often called RA, early intervention and treatments can help you maintain a high quality of life.

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Monday 12/08/2014
With diabetes, don't overlook yearly eye exams
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Learn how you can help your retirement plan in just 30 minutes
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When is the last time you checked in on your retirement plan? A month? A year? Can you even remember? If you can’t, you’re not alone. Many people find the idea of reviewing their retirement plan intimidating, so they put it off. You can’t avoid reviewing your plan forever, though, and there are some real benefits to doing so right now.

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Friday 01/23/2015
February is Heart Month: Innovations in Heart Failure Care
Updated: January 24, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Heart failure affects more than 5 million Americans. It is a chronic, progressive disease in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced and the heart does not pump enough blood for the body’s need for oxygen. Knowing a few facts can be important to the health of heart failure patients.

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Suggestions From Two Big Losers
Updated: January 24, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve long felt you have a slim chance of getting fit, the inspiring story and useful tips from one father and daughter pair may help in a big way.

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5 reasons to get your kids' hearing checked this year
Posted: January 23, 2015

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"Dancing with the Stars®*" Finalist Amy Purdy Shares Her Story to Help Protect Teens from Meningococcal Meningitis
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - World class snowboarder, Paralympic®** medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” finalist Amy Purdy and her mother, Sheri, have teamed up to launch Take Action Against Meningitis. The campaign encourages parents to take a pledge to talk to their healthcare providers about helping to protect their teens from meningococcal meningitis.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Exploring The Link Between Obesity And Cancer
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Emerging research suggests a link between obesity and the risk of developing and dying from many common cancers. Obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer, with as many as 84,000 cancer diagnoses attributed to obesity each year in the United States. It is also estimated that obesity or excess weight contributes to as many as one in five cancer-related deaths.

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Reducing Your Risk Of Stroke
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—While strokes are a leading cause of death and disability in adults in the United States, there are ways to reduce your risk of having one.

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Three Easy Changes You Can Make Today to Meet Your Long-Term Diet Goals
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The biggest hurdles to sticking to a new diet are convenience and flavor. Who wants to eat food that doesn't taste good or is hard to make? You and your family are more likely to stick to your commitments if the changes you make suit your schedule and your palate.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Keep Up the Good Work this Winter
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the winter may make for a tempting time to curl up on the couch, adapting your routine is essential for year-round well-being, whether you’re a professional athlete or an average person looking to stay on top of your game.

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Recognize Warning Smells of Your Vehicle
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From burning rubber to gasoline, know the warning smells of your vehicle to keep your family safer while driving and extend the car’s lifespan.

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Top Tips for New Drivers
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Getting a first car is a proud and exhilarating moment for many teens. But before you hand the keys over, take some time to go over some important aspects of car ownership.

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Friday 01/23/2015
Top 5 reasons you're a cat owner
Posted: January 23, 2015

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Fascinating felines: The surprising truths about 5 common cat myths
Updated: January 24, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Americans’ love affair with pets continues to grow with approximately 69 million households owning a pet, according to American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, and today there are 74.1 million owned cats alone. Felines are great companion animals, but there is still a surprising amount of widely accepted misinformation about cats – and it’s causing a multitude of issues.

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Tips for determining pet food quality
Updated: January 24, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Because pets are such beloved members of the family, it isn’t a surprise that pet parents want what is right for the health of their furry friends. In fact, nearly four out of five pet owners say they choose a pet food based on how nutritious or how healthy they think it will be for their pet, while only 10 percent say they make a selection based on how their pets may like the taste, according to the Buying & Choosing Pet Food survey recently conducted by PetMD and Pet360.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Winston Deserves An Active Life!
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for pet parents looking for a way to soothe their pet’s aches and pains. For over 20 years, pet parents have relied on ArthriSoothe-Gold Advanced Joint Formula to help keep their pets healthy and active. But NaturVet has taken ArthriSoothe-Gold to the next level by conducting a double-blind, clinical trial to ensure pet parents that ArthriSoothe-Gold is the best solution for their pet.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
Live and let live: Americans favor a kinder approach for managing cat populations
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Shocking statistics show that nearly three-quarters of the cats who enter our nation’s animal shelters each year, most of whom are free-roaming and un-owned, are killed. Fortunately, Americans’ love of animals doesn’t end with the pets that live in their homes; their care extends to the millions of cats who do not have owners and simply live throughout towns and cities. Across the country a growing number of communities are adopting humane ways to manage these populations and reduce the number killed in shelters.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
German shepherds to gerbils: How to choose the best pet for your family
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you’re looking for, or a Garfield–like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched decision can lead to a happy home life for both you and your pet.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Supporting Your Pet's Liver Health
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Many may be surprised to learn that a disease commonly associated with humans can also put your dog or cat at risk. Fortunately, there are management options.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Give Your Dog Comfort And Security
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time or any time you and your family are busy, it’s important to remember that pets can get stressed out, especially if they spend a lot more time alone than normal.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
A New Kind Of Love Story
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Your adopted pet could be named in an upcoming novel, thanks to a unique contest.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Keep Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season can mean new routines, new décor and new foods in your home. While these temporary changes can be exciting for people, they can be hazardous to pets.

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Information sought in Belton homicide
Posted: January 23, 2015

BELTON — Crime Stoppers and the police department are asking for the public’s help to solve a case involving the Dec. 19 death of John Hayes Hill Jr., 62, of Belton, a Crime Stoppers news release said.

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Wet roads, speeding drivers cause accidents
Posted: January 23, 2015

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY — A string of accidents Thursday morning on Interstate 35 near mile marker 318 in McLennan County not only delayed traffic but also caused minor injuries to Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean and totaled his vehicle.

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