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College Costs More Than Ever, But Can You Afford To Skip It? Consider These 5 Things

Life is expensive. Rent, health care, raising a family, saving for retirement — it adds up. But so does college debt. In fact, the cost of college shot up many times faster than typical U.S. earnings in recent decades. So, what to do after high school? Here’s what you need to know.

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You might think the world's biggest bee would be easy to find. But that's not the case: Until recently, the last time anyone had reported seeing Wallace's giant bee living in the wild was in 1981. That changed in January, when the rare bee was spotted on an island in Indonesia.

Wallace's giant bee — Megachile pluto — towers over European honey bees. The female's size has been recorded as at least an inch and a half long, with a tongue that's nearly an inch long. Add to that a pair of gigantic mandibles, and it's a bee like no other.

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The St. Louis Chess Club played host to 10 of the finest female chess players in the world for the last couple of weeks. The brand-new event, the Cairns Cup, saw the participants face each other in a nine-round, all-play-all-format event for a whopping prize fund of $150,000.

Commentary was broadcast on the internet featuring the familiar trio of Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade and Maurice Ashley. In addition, there were two other all-female commentary duos: Almira Skripchenko and Anastasiya Karlovich did Russian-language commentary for online audiences, while Tania Sachdev and Tatev Abrahamyan did on-site commentary at the Kingside Diner next to the Chess Club. Suffice it to say, this event was a big deal, and it was treated as such.

Life is expensive. Rent, health care, raising a family, saving for retirement — it adds up. But so does college debt. In fact, the cost of college shot up many times faster than typical U.S. earnings in recent decades.

So, what to do after high school? Here’s what you need to know.

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Robyn Schelp and Molly Myers sitting inside Robyn’s home.
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Robyn Schelp and Molly Myers are both moms of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities here in Columbia.

Robyn has three sons, and her 11-year-old has an unknown genetic disorder. Molly has an 8-year-old son who is missing a part of his brain, twin girls who were born prematurely and another three-year-old daughter.

They spoke about their ongoing fight to get their children the therapies they need because, in Missouri, legislation only requires insurance companies to cover diagnosis and treatment for people with autism spectrum disorders.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

Monica Palmer, left, has short brown hair and wears a blue shirt under a black blazer. Melanie Hickcox, right, has short blonde hair and wears a gray sweater.
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Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer both work at Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks. Melanie is the SNAP project manager, and Monica is the communications manager.

During the partial government shutdown in January, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamp benefits, distributed February benefits at the end of the month in January.

Melanie and Monica spoke about how this disruption of normal benefits is still impacting food insecure Missourians and local food pantries.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

Sure, it's still February, but it's never too soon to start planning for which of the Columbia Art League's many summer camp options your child should attend. Maybe try them all! Guest: LOUISE SARVER | Also, WALLY PFEFFER and SCOTT JOFFE invite everyone to come watch basketball, win prizes and eat pizza at the Mizzou Alumni Association's Founder's Day luncheon this Saturday in Columbia. RSVP encouraged. (4:18) February 21, 2019

Rocheport Bridge Slated for Repair in Spring 2020

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The Rocheport Bridge on I-70 is slated for an upgrade.

The bridge was originally built in 1960 and it shows. MoDOT plans on shutting down parts of the bridge in the spring of next year to make repairs. MODOT Area engineer Mike Schopp said the salt and chemicals put on the bridge due to recent winter storms are deteriorating the paint and steel.

"You have deterioration of the steel structural elements. We know we’ve got joints that need work and we know we’ve got structural steel members that need work. Now the bridge is still safe, but we know that even doing this rehab project that that bridge only has about ten years’ worth of life left in it."