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(BPT) - With cooler days and temperate weather, fall is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, as well as prep your home for winter.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
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Updated: August 18, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - In the fall of 2017, Elissa Reynolds was shocked by a stage four colorectal cancer diagnosis at 35 years old. Almost two years later, she has hope for the future thanks to innovative tests on her living tumor tissue, which revealed personalized treatment options for her specific cancer.

Wednesday 08/14/2019
Historical Fiction, Real-Life Thriller And Lovable Characters To Round Out Your Reading List
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

“The Ticket” by Karen Schutte (Green Spring Publishing)

Ease Kids Back into School with Confidence
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) There’s nothing like a major milestone in a child’s life to test a parent’s confidence. Big changes like a new school or classroom can be trying for kids and adults alike, but tackling the transition a little at a time can make it easier on everyone.

Back-to-School Bus Safety
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Another school year means millions of children across the country are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day, and it provides an appropriate opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and students themselves to practice and enforce safety guidelines in and around the school bus.

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Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Finding new clothes and gathering pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are always part of the back-to-school fun, but there are other needs and wants to consider when another school year rolls around.

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Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

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Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

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Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Whether your child's stance on heading back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, by working together your family can gear up for a successful school year.

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

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Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Severe weather events, like hurricanes, are powerful and can come on quickly, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Because power outages are also common with strong storms and natural disasters, preparing your family ahead of time can help ensure safety.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Keep Summer Movie Season Going at Home
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your enjoyment of films outside the theater.

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Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Posted: August 14, 2019

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy from Kindergarten to College
Posted: August 14, 2019

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Tuesday 08/13/2019
Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Posted: August 13, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.

Friday 08/09/2019
Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors
Posted: August 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.

Taking Control of Distressing Low Sexual Desire: A Patient's Journey
Posted: August 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - For Amy, living with acquired generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was stressful. Acquired, generalized HSDD means that you have not had low sexual desire in the past and that you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.

Wednesday 08/07/2019
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Updated: August 18, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Parents spend over $500 per student for those in grades K-12 during the back-to-school season, according to a new survey from Deloitte. But back-to-school shopping doesn’t mean your wallet needs to take a heavy hit! With just a little extra time and effort, generic backpacks and supplies can be customized into a personality-reflecting fashion statement.

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Updated: August 13, 2019 - 2:36 am

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Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

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Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When pets are present, people and communities thrive. The benefits of pets have long been discussed, but surveys and studies have started to prove their positive impact.

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Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

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Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

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Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features)When it's hot outside, heat can seep into your home and make it unbearable. However, there are sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to maximize comfort and cooling when the thermometer creeps upward without racking up an outrageous electric bill or large carbon footprint.

Monday 08/05/2019
6 Play Activities That Can Help Manage ‘Bad Behavior’
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) When children misbehave, there’s often a reason for it, according to experts, who point out that understanding the behaviors can help you manage them more effectively, especially during play time.

Friday 08/02/2019
3 Ways to Save Time and Money on Back-to-School Shopping
Posted: August 02, 2019

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Thursday 08/01/2019
3 Great Ways to Get Kids Motivated to Move More
Posted: August 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Getting regular physical activity helps children meet developmental milestones and promotes mental and physical wellness. However, forming this healthy habit works best when you get started early. To motivate your kids to move more, consider the following ideas:

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Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year.

Tuesday 07/30/2019
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Posted: July 30, 2019

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Monday 07/29/2019
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Posted: July 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It's no surprise that more companies are paying attention to their impact on their environment. However, some stand out by going beyond reducing their carbon footprints, to cultivating socially conscious corporate cultures in which making a positive impact is as important as making a profit.

Wednesday 07/24/2019
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Posted: July 24, 2019

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Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:41 am

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Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) The human-animal bond can be a powerful connection with pets providing positive impacts on the lives of their owners. Mars Petcare works to create a more pet-friendly world so that more people and pets can live happily together. A survey on behalf of its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlighted what people love about their pets and the benefits of making four-legged friends more welcome. For tools and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit

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Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) The smash hit “Toy Story 4” helped raise the 2019 summer box office even higher than last year’s record-breaking summer. That trend looks to continue in July with highly anticipated releases such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Lion King” on deck. However, the local theater isn’t the only place for movie fans to get in on the big screen excitement.

Tuesday 07/23/2019
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Updated: August 18, 2019 - 2:44 am

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Monday 07/22/2019
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Posted: July 22, 2019

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Friday 07/19/2019
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Posted: July 19, 2019

(NewsUSA) - August: the dog days of summer are still long and warm, and there's still time to indulge in an adults-only vacation before the pace picks up in the fall with a return to school schedules and the impending holidays.

Thursday 07/18/2019
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Posted: July 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It's undeniable that teachers are considered to be some of the most significant and respected people in our lives. In fact, about 80 percent of Americans feel strongly so, according to the Global Teacher Status Index.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
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Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

How Medicaid Expansion Can Benefit North Carolinians
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) North Carolina will gain 37,000 more jobs and insure 365,000 more people by expanding Medicaid. In addition to the new jobs and newly insured North Carolinians, according to a report from researchers at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the state would increase its business activity by $11.7 billion in communities statewide in just three years, between 2020-2022, by expanding Medicaid.

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