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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 22, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Belgium.On this date:In 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.In 1787, inventor John Fitch de...

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Dr. Harold Pease Columnist

Many may not realize that Congress had prayer today before they deliberated. In a typical workweek, Monday through Friday, prayer is said every morning in the U. S. Senate and in the U. S. House of Representatives. Each House invites and pays a Christian minister to pray each day for a week that they are in session.Ministers apply for this privilege and they come from every sector of the country. This has been so since the 1st Congress in 1789 some 225 years ago and will continue a...

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State must reassess marijuana policies

In July, Washington became the second state where marijuana could be purchased legally for recreational use.Folks have been buying pot legally in Colorado since the first of the year, and Reuters reported in April the state expects recreational sales to generate $98 million in revenue this year.Earlier this month, the District of Columbia Board of Elections voted to put a recreational use initiative on the ballot in November. Alaskans will also be voting on the issue thi...

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Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)On this date:In 1614, T...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.On this date:In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally ...

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More jobs available, many paying less

Two new reports are out this week that, taken together, provide a pretty good picture of how the U.S. labor force has fared since the economic recovery began in June 2009.On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released a report, prepared by IHS Global Insight, noting that U.S. payroll employment reached an all-time high this spring, finally surpassing the prerecession peak of 138.4 million jobs, reached in the first quarter of 2008.Then, the Labor Department reported T...

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‘Warrior’ mentality under fire

Photos of officers bearing assault rifles and wearing head-to-toe battle armor this week in Ferguson, Mo., are raising questions over the blurred lines between police and soldiers.Many look like they were snapped in an Afghanistan war zone, with local police in camouflage and combat helmets as they respond to unrest over the death of an unarmed black teen at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.One picture features law enforcers staging behind a mine-resistant vehic...

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Why we still need coal

Even while hundreds of coal-fired electric power plants are being retired or converted to natural gas on account of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations — 361 units so far according to Americaspower.org over the coming years — an odd thing happened this winter.Coal electricity production increased dramatically, by 8.5 percent, to 543.4 billion kilowatthours (kWh) for the months of January through April compared to the same period in 2013. The culprit? T...

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Today in History

B the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, August 19, the 231st day of 2014. There are 134 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 19, A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius.On this date:In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere ...

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A look at Senate candidates

It’s been a critical week in the U.S. Senate race, with a long-anticipated faceoff of the candidates, an advertising war about women, and a bid by the last federal candidate who won Kentucky, Bill Clinton, to return the state’s eastern coalfield to the Democratic column.Alison Lundergan Grimes needed a win at Fancy Farm, and she got it. She had been on defense about President Obama’s anti-coal policies, struggled with reporters’ questions and slipped behind ...

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In solidarity with Michael Brown

The scenes and reports coming out of Ferguson and some of the other hardscrabble parts of north St. Louis County are ugly and surreal, like something happening in another time or a different part of the world.This urban swath of Missouri has suddenly come to resemble a military zone, as heavily armed riot police face off against civilians, many of whom stand their ground with hands in the air and rage on their faces.The fury that began on Saturday when a Ferguson police ...

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Plant lore: Nature’s plush carpeting

Anyone who has walked in the woods has seen areas of rock or soil covered with a thick, green carpet. Moss has few features that call it to our attention, but it is an old and venerable life form unique to most plants you find in the forest.

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Part II: Divorce

As mentioned last week I received a question from a reader of the Murphysboro American in Murphysboro, Ill. about divorce in the situation of abuse. Last week, I responded with the Biblical relationship between a husband and wife, emphasizing how they should treat one another. This week, to further answer the question we will look at the subject of divorce as outlined in the scripture. Remember, the Bible also uses the term “to put away” in speaking of divorce.

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We are fishers of men

There is a parable in the Bible about casting a fishing net. The meaning of parables can be challenging even for those with ears to hear. As a minister, pastor, speaker, teacher, often the challenge is to get folks to listen and be engaged. If an individual has a hearing difficulty it is easy to understand why they might not always hear everything being said. Whereas, if one has ears the perception is that there are no hindrances. The Bible often encourages those with ears to hear so this mak...

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Plant lore: Nature’s plush carpeting

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