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August 18, 2018

Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now
(BPT) - Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 — but that’s pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA’s individual tax provisions are ex... More >>

Donating to your favorite public school classroom is as easy as buy, get, give
(BPT) - Ask any public school teacher, and they'll tell you the same thing: There's never enough money in the school budget for everything they need, and they often reach into their own wallets to make up the difference. They're not talking about extras or nice-to-haves; often it's basic school sup... More >>

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
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Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere — thanks to smart devices and a WiF... More >>

Take control of your personal information
(BPT) - Understanding and managing your personal information is essential to achieving your life goals such as owning a home, financing an education, getting your next job or simply having the convenience of credit cards for everyday purchases.Banks, landlords, employers and many others need to aut... More >>

Cancer care costs on the rise: How to get help
(BPT) - Cancer patients face skyrocketing costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease. As an unapologetically patients-first organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is finding ways to lessen the burden. “When cancer patie... More >>

Switching gears and succeeding: Inspiration to find your next career
(BPT) - It's never too late to feed your passion and discover a new career. Take, for example, Julia Child, who left OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, to become a chef; Sara Blakely, a door-to-door sales woman who went on to create Spanx; and Andrea Bocelli, a former attorney who left the courtroom f... More >>

4 habits for fit finances
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52 weeks of growth: 4 ways Puerto Rico is key to world agriculture
(BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture.Many people are unaware, for example, that the 5,335-square-mile commonwealth is the research and development headquarters for up to 85 percent of the commercial corn, ... More >>

3 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate - And Why You Should Care
(BPT) - As you stand in the chocolate aisle of the grocery store, have you ever stopped to think about the story behind each bar?Knowing that your choice of chocolate has a positive impact on the farmers who cultivated the cocoa beans can sweeten the entire experience. When choosing your favorite t... More >>

Paying for college: It pays to have a cosigner when applying for student loans
(BPT) - Adding a cosigner to your student loan application can be a smart financial move, according to a new analysis from online student loan marketplace Credible.com. The research found that borrowers who added a cosigner to their private student loan applications were more than five times more l... More >>

Keep your family safe: Get rid of unused prescription opioids
(BPT) - Want to help keep your family and community safe? Get rid of any unused prescription opioids that may be in cabinets, drawers or anywhere else you store medicine.What are opioids? Prescription opioids are powerful, pain-reducing medicines. You can find them in pill forms, syrups or even pre... More >>

5 simple tips to stay connected during back-to-school season
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both students and parents, but it can be a stressful time as well. For students, it can be intimidating taking on new classes and settings, all while juggling extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, parents face added financial and emotional stre... More >>

Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.For military families, that challenge can be recreated many times over. Due to the nature of the work, the average U.S. military family relocates every two to three years — 10 times more than civilian fami... More >>

The proactive parent's checklist for back-to-school success
(BPT) - A new school year is quickly approaching, and while you probably have supply lists and bus schedules in hand, there are a few other things parents should tackle to get a head start on the back-to-school season. Prepare kids for the best school year yet by handling these important tasks that... More >>

Kids and screens: Not all screen time is created equal
(BPT) - Screen time. You’ve heard the phrase before, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child’s wants, need... More >>

6 ways nonprofit public broadcasting strengthens local communities
(BPT) - In a time when consumers have more information and entertainment options than ever before, one resource continues to deliver high-quality, well-researched news and engaging entertainment programming that bridges the divide between national events and local activities.Whether you are braving... More >>

This 70-year-old program prepares young women for leadership
(BPT) - A record number of women are running for public office this year. In the near future, we can expect more female public servants representing the American people — from local chambers to Capitol Hill. In light of this exciting trend, it is important to highlight programs that help deve... More >>

Brendan Looney: A life of service before self
(BPT) - The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of our nation. It’s an opportunity to celebrate patriotism with fireworks and parades.But it can also be an opportunity to show your appreciation for the brave servicemen and -women who pr... More >>

Got stress? Bringing your pet to work can help
(BPT) - If you’ve ever felt tense, anxious or simply unable to relax while performing your job, you’re far from alone.A recent survey by the American Institute of Stress found 80 percent of U.S. workers across industries have felt stress in the workplace; nearly half say they could use ... More >>

Small businesses and the benefits of conscious capitalism
(BPT) - What drives someone to take the risk and start their own business?In many cases, it’s the knowledge that they can offer a great product or introduce new solutions to old problems. Passion and determination put entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation.What’s remarkable about ... More >>

Protecting your peace of mind, and your bottom line
(BPT) - How big is your retirement nest egg? Is there a chance you could outlive it? Even if you're socking money into your 401(k) every paycheck like clockwork, that's a question worth pondering. Americans are living longer, more active, younger lives. They say that 60 is the new 40, and if you lo... More >>

Simple ways to earn extra money without owning a car
(BPT) - Whether you’re new to a city and are getting on your feet, or you don’t want the commitment of a longtime lease or loan, there are countless ways to put some dough in your pocket without the need to purchase a car. Working with a flexible schedule doesn't necessarily mean that y... More >>

5 things you probably didn't know about women's baseball and the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
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Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes wi... More >>

Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valu... More >>

5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they’re using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.The generation of workers ages 22 to 37 is an important segment for employers as baby boomers retire in huge numbers to create what&... More >>

4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don’t have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.“A great way to get into crafting is by ‘upcycli... More >>

Future of agriculture grows at fairs
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Take control of your social media experience in 3 easy steps
(BPT) - Does all this talk about data and sharing on social media have you confused? Is your feed too noisy and you're not seeing posts from the people and brands you care about? Social media should be a fun place for you to have meaningful interactions with friends and family. Here are three simpl... More >>

Achieving balance: 5 tips to manage work, school and family
(BPT) - It may not be easy, but many are doing it, balancing school, work and family. It’s a difficult task and those who do it will tell you they sometimes feel as though they are being pulled in three directions at the same time. If you are already struggling to achieve balance, or are cons... More >>

One school's impact on the city of Chicago
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the “hog butcher of the world,” and the “nation’s freight handler.” The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years.Chicago has established itself as an educa... More >>

Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it’ll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as t... More >>

5 tips to prepare for college when you have allergies
(BPT) - Going to college is the first time many young adults will be away from their parents and their home. With this newfound freedom comes new responsibilities, especially for those with allergies and asthma.“For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living on their own,... More >>

New technology will define the future of farming
(BPT) - When you think of automated vehicles, you probably think of driverless cars. While that particular movement is certainly in the news, it’s not the only place where driverless technology is gaining momentum. Did you know that driverless technology innovations are occurring every day in... More >>

Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of broken bones a year. Do you have it?
(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass, which can cause them to be brittle, weak and easily broken.Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, answers questions about osteop... More >>

5 reasons to use a financial professional
(BPT) - True or false: You need to be wealthy to use a financial professional. It's a common misconception, but in fact there are financial professionals that can help at various stages in life, whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement. It can be a huge benefit to sit down with ... More >>

5 tips when buying a car for a teen
(BPT) - With graduation season and summer break upon us, many parents may be on the hunt for a new car for their graduate. Memorial Day deals offer some of the best incentives of the year, so it's crucial to know how to navigate what can be an overwhelming and exhausting process.“USAA helps m... More >>

Alternative financing options work for growing small businesses
(BPT) - How businesses access working capital has shifted, as traditional methods haven’t kept pace with the speed of business.Growth is one of the biggest indicators of small business success. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), more than 500,000 businesses have between 20 ... More >>

Unlocking amino acid potential and building lean muscle
(BPT) - While the global protein category is nearing $6 billion annually, there are many conflicting theories and reports about the best combination of ingredients for success as it relates to building muscle. In addition, many consumers are easily confused by the wide variety of products available... More >>

The benefits of child's play extend beyond exercise
(BPT) - When you think about the most important part of a child’s school day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about recess?Children will likely mention recess as their favorite part of the day, and new research shows that this free time is actually a fundamen... More >>

Wearing a poppy supports veterans
(BPT) - For Ann Fournier, it started with a train ride. She has taken the same train at 5 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. daily for 30 years. She spends her hour-long commutes piecing together tiny petals of red crepe paper to assemble poppies to support veterans.Fournier’s work has made her a symbol on t... More >>

Looking ahead: 4 tips for scaling your small business
(BPT) - As the U.S. economy continues to move at a healthy pace, many analysts are projecting a 2.5 percent growth for 2018, which would represent the best two-year run since 2005.A big contributor to this growth, and to the high U.S. consumer confidence, which reached a 17-year high in Nov. 2017, ... More >>

If an injury or illness kept you out of work, could you pay your bills?
(BPT) - You helped friends move their furniture; now your back is so sore you can’t move. You could be out of work and unable to collect at least three paychecks.Your doctor says you’ve eaten your last bacon-wrapped hot dog, or your health could keep you out of work for four paychecks.Y... More >>

Are you 'in tune' with AFib-related stroke risk?
(BPT) - In 2017, nearly seven million Americans were estimated to have AFib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. This condition increases the risk of having a stroke by five times. ‘Tune in to AFib,’ an educational campaign from the Bristol-Myers Squibb a... More >>

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers
(BPT) - For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone’s moving proc... More >>

Why small businesses need to think big this summer hiring season
(BPT) - Finding great employees hasn’t been easy for small businesses lately. And this summer, the competition could heat up even more.Thanks to a healthy economy, unemployment levels are low across the country. Many companies will be adding even more jobs as the weather warms up — espe... More >>

Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns
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5 tips for a memorable, stress-free graduation party
(BPT) - The nation’s high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics is expecting t... More >>

Young 4-H leader makes STEM fun and accessible
(BPT) - Cassandra Ivie is the founder and creator of the Incredible Machine, a curriculum and activities kit that teaches chemical, mechanical, software and electrical engineering to students in her community — and she is only 17 years old! Ivie is a 4-H leader from West Jordan, Utah, who bri... More >>

4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project.DIY home improvement projects are popular ea... More >>

Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what’s meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a... More >>








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