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Editor’s note: Following is part two of a story series by award-winning print and broadcast journalist, historian and public relations professional Brent Engel of Louisiana.

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is a major health issue, and it’s getting worse. The current national adult obesity rate is 29.7%, but almost half of adults are projected to be obese, not just overweight, by 2030, according to Harvard researchers estimates published in December 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine. While […]

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan, overturning a lower court's ruling that the constitutional amendment would wrongfully force lawmakers to set aside additional money.

More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, a nearly 30% surge from 2019 and the most ever recorded in a single year, according to recently released data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Addiction experts say the increase in overdose deaths was largely driven by the increased […]

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CLAYTON, Mo., July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Olin Corporation's (NYSE: OLN) Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 on each share of Olin common stock. The dividend is payable on September 10, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 10, 2021. This marks the company's 379th consecutive quarterly dividend.

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ST. LOUIS, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Global packaging leader TricorBraun announced today that it has acquired New Jersey-based SGB Packaging Group, Inc., strengthening the company's presence in the fast-growing cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care industries. Additionally, the acquisition further expands TricorBraun's robust global supplier network.

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ST. LOUIS, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Build-A-Bear Workshop announced today that the popular "NO LINE, ON-LINE Bear Building Sale!" will return on Tuesday, July 27.  This fun virtual event was introduced in 2020 as a digital alternative to the iconic Pay Your Age promotion and is planned as a one-day sale this year.  Available exclusively for members of the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club rewards program ,the "NO LINE, ON-LINE Bear Building Sale!" offers the best deals of the year and a special version of the Build-A-Bear experience from the comfort of home! 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- EDCare is pleased to announce the opening of its second Adolescent Treatment Center. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, EDCare's Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) is designed to support patients and their families confronting the challenges of an eating disorder. Open to teens 14-17 years old, and utilizing Family Based Treatment (FBT), the unique program is designed to help adolescents address, discover, and resolve their eating disorder triggers. EDCare's empowerment-based treatment model empowers individuals with the skills, support, and resources they need to move toward lasting recovery and lifelong wellness.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Elms Capital, a leading global growth private equity firm 100% focused on investing in world class B2B software, today announced the closing of Five Elms V with $780 million in capital commitments.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 22, 2021 /CNW/ -- Five Elms Capital, a leading global growth private equity firm 100% focused on investing in world class B2B software, today announced the closing of Five Elms V with $780 million in capital commitments.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Elms Capital, a leading global growth private equity firm 100% focused on investing in world class B2B software, today announced the closing of Five Elms V with $780 million in capital commitments.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- CentricMIT, a leading provider of managed IT services in the greater Springfield area today announced the appointment of Orrin Rohrer as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Rohrer brings 20 years of experience to the CentricMIT team of business technology experts serving clients in the 417 area. Centric MIT is the managed IT services division of Paperwise, Inc. a document management and process automation software provider headquartered in Springfield, MO.

ST. LOUIS, July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced Judge David D. King of the New Hampshire Circuit Court as the Innovator of the Year Award recipient during the seventh-annual Justice Innovation Awards ceremony at the NCJFCJ's 84th Annual Conference. Judge King was recognized for his work and efforts to innovatively rethink, reimagine, and redefine justice for children and families, thus advancing the NCJFCJ's vision—a society in which every family and child has access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice.

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More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, a nearly 30% surge from 2019 and the most ever recorded in a single year, according to recently released data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Addiction experts say the increase in overdose deaths was largely driven by the increased […]

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More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, a nearly 30% surge from 2019 and the most ever recorded in a single year, according to recently released data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Addiction experts say the increase in overdose deaths was largely driven by the increased […]

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SAINT LOUIS, July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chess history will be made this year at induction ceremonies recognizing exceptional contributors to the iconic game as the newest members of the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame. The first ceremony will honor the 2021 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductees during the 2021 U.S. Open Chess Championship, an open national tournament held in the United States annually since 1900 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on August 6, 2021. The second ceremony will honor the 2020 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductees and the 2021 World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) inductees during the opening reception of the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Chess Championship featuring the strongest chess players in America—held at the Saint Louis Chess Club (STLCC) in Saint Louis, Missouri, on October 5, 2021. The STLCC has hosted these tournaments for the past 12 years.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- KnowledgeLake, a leading provider of intelligent document capture and processing solutions, today announced the company's customers now have the ability to leverage its platform in concert with the Microsoft Azure for Government platform to securely automate critical business processes while ensuring regulatory compliance in the cloud.

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BALLWIN, Mo., July 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- 1847 Goedeker Inc. (NYSE American: GOED) ("Goedekers" or the "Company") and its Appliances Connection Business, the largest pure-play online retailer of household appliances in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Maria Johnson will be joining the company as Chief Financial Officer effective July 26, 2021. Maria Johnson will be assuming the CFO role from Bob Barry, who has been appointed as the Chief Accounting Officer effective the same day.  

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I had the honor of attending a bill signing ceremony in the state capitol. I was invited to attend the ceremony for Senate Bill 26 and Senate Bill 53, two large public safety bills passed by the General Assembly. During session, my amendments were successfully added to both bills. I’m a strong supporter of law enforcement, and I applaud Governor Parson for signing these two public safety bills into law.

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ST. LOUIS, July 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As many people adjusted to the extended work-from-home conditions over the last year, our four-legged friends served as our ever-present companions, favorite new colleagues, and a source of happiness during a time of uncertainty. In fact, new research from Purina found that 76% of pet owners working from home report they've been happier doing so with their pet by their side. Yet, many are hesitant about the transition back to the workplace without their pets, with 73% expressing concern about how their pets will react to their sudden absence. With office reentry plans top-of-mind for many employers, employee safety and mental health should be at the center of all return-to-office tactics – and those plans should include pets.