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  New agreement announced between Alexander Cairo Port District, shipping container company

The Alexander Cairo Port and the Plaquemines Port have both agreed to provide intermodal container-handling services for American Patriot Container Transport.

  Price of gold soaring; good time to sell unwanted jewelery

  Music lessons continue during pandemic

Kroger cashiers to stop giving customers coin change

  Historically low fertilizer prices could save farmers money in the future

  Missouri AG, state AG’s file lawsuit against companies for illegal robocalls

Task force warns of work-from-home scams

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Social media quiz scam warning

Schmitt working with Facebook to combat price gouging

Gov. Beshear, attorney general warn Kentuckians about coronavirus scams

Yamaha recalls digital wireless equipment for electric guitars

Kichler Lighting recalls ceiling fans due to injury

Chests of Drawers sold online, at Home Depot recalled for entrapment hazards

BBB: What to watch for in rental scams

Scams usually use beautiful pictures, great amenities and low rent to lure in victims.

This stinks: Garlic prices are going up

The outbreak is causing garlic supply disruptions in China, the world’s largest garlic producer.

Parents, consider this before choosing a summer camp

Parents may want to avoid the enticing brochures and pretty website pictures when doing research on summer programs.

BBB: Consumers say Taylor Tots company failed to deliver items, give refunds

Consumers have complained to BBB officials that the company failed to deliver items, did not issue refunds and cut off communication with them.

Gas-powered off-road vehicles recalled due to fire hazard

Ceiling fan recalled due to blades possibly breaking off

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

Be prepared, don’t be a victim of tax ID theft

Scammers may use coronavirus to hook victims

Inclined baby sleepers, rocking seats recalled due to risk of suffocation

Be aware of scams as you prepare to file taxes

Don’t be shy about asking a preparer what certifications they hold

Better Business Bureau warns of US Census scams

Scammers are posting about open census jobs on the web and social media, then asking to be paid fees for applications or training.

Hunting store opening at Sikeston outlet mall

This is the second location for the store with the first being in Fruitland, Mo.

Powerball jackpot up to $343M

Officials said, the overall odds of winning the jackpot are 1:292,201,338

Fake meat industry enjoys meaty success

Fake meats sales grew astronomically between 2018 and 2019. Their sales strategies have a lot to do with it.

  Heartland farmers “cautiously optimistic” about new China trade agreement

Heartland farmers are calling the trade agreement a great step forward, but want to see if China will uphold their commitment to buy more in U.S. goods.

  Looking ahead to the 2019 tax season

One change has come when filing your 2019 tax returns.

Mo. Attorney General announces top 10 consumer complaints of 2019

These are the top 10 complaints in 2019.

BBB: “Give, but give wisely” when donating to crisis victims

Before you donate, carefully check out charities.

Premo, Fresh Grab deli sandwiches recalled for Listeria concerns

Consumers should discard the products or return them to the point of purchase.

  Are milk bankruptcies impacting Heartland dairy farmers?

In two months, two of the largest U.S. milk producers have filed for bankruptcy, but how are the changes impacting Heartland dairy farmers?

  What’s the farm forecast for 2020?

Most growers are coming off a rough and wet 2019 growing season.

IRS 2019 tax filing season opens soon

More than 150 million individual tax returns for 2019 is expected to be filed.

Two Ill. sheriff’s departments warns of phone scam

The sheriff's office is warning of a scam in the area.

What you need to know about the new nutrition label from the FDA

The FDA has updated the Nutrition Facts label to help make understanding it easier.

Subaru recalls over 250k cars that could lose power while driving

Many newer Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, and Impreza vehicles are included in the recall

Mo. Treasurer’s Office receives ‘excellent’ audit rating

An overall performance rating of “excellent” is the highest audit rating available.

Cece’s® Veggie Co. brand ramen recalled for potential Listeria contamination

Company officials said no other Cece’s brand products are subject to this recall.

Know what you’re getting into before joining a gym, fitness club in the new year

Before you invest in fitness plans or products, BBB offers these tips:

Last minute gift shopping? Read this before buying a gift card.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a gift card.

Legislation raises age requirement for tobacco purchases

New legislation passed by President Trump on Friday will now make it harder for teens to get a hold of any tobacco products.

Scammers take advantage of holiday season, don’t be a victim

Some scams are more common than others.

Company issues voluntary recall of Levetiracetam Oral Solution 100mg/mL

Levetiracetam is used to treat several types of seizures.

J. Crew denim pants recalled due to aspiration, choking hazard

One incident of the stones being found in the waistband extension of the pants was reported. No injuries were reported.

5-drawer chest recalled due to tipping, entrapment hazard

This poses a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.

Aeria Ultimate carbon aerobars recalled

rofile Design’s Aeria Ultimate carbon aerobars were recalled late Wednesday night.

55,000 pounds of El Monterey breakfast burritos recalled

Before you bite into that breakfast burrito, make sure it hasn’t been recalled.

Recall Alert: Bass Pro recalls Mr. Steak Gas Grills

Bass Pro have received nine reports of fires.

Mo. treasurer kicks off “12 Days of Unclaimed Property” social media campaign

Posts will be made to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #12DaysofUCP.

BBB gives do’s and don’ts for Cyber Monday shopping

According to CNN Business, Americans spent more than $7 billion online on Black Friday.

Avoiding holiday shopping scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is hoping to help you stay away from potentially phony deals.

Stanley Black & Decker recalls hammer due to injury hazard

Around 211,000 hammers were sold at Walmart stores nationwide

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods before planning your holiday meals.

  Don’t get caught in a Cyber Monday scam, tips for shopping online

A total of 56 percent of holiday shoppers plan on clicking to shop.

Some essential oils recalled, fail to meet child resistant packaging requirements

According to CPSC officials, the packaging of the product is not child resistant and poses a poisoning risk

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Social Security Administration announces new online reporting form for scam calls

The Social Security Administration has launched an online reporting form to combat the recent wave of social security scams and increased amount of robocalls across the nation.

Expect to pay a little more at the pump this Thanksgiving

This year, the average price for regular unleaded gasoline is expected to be $2.56 per gallon.

Arm yourself with information before Black Friday shopping

The BBB said to research the sales, go in with a budget and bring your ability to resist unnecessary items.

Heartland businesses to receive training assistance funds

Through the Missouri One Start program, more than $7.8 million dollars have been awarded to 226 projects.

Snapper riding mowers recalled for faulty blade lever, injury hazard

Red and black Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers with rear engines and a 33 inch mower deck are involved in the recall.

Kenmore Microwave Ovens recalled due to burn hazard

The model number of the recalled microwaves is “204.77603610”.

Burn pads recalled for risk of poisoning, packaging is not child resistant

The pads contain lidocaine. This could result in poisoning to young children.

Want to get paid for watching Christmas movies? There’s a job for that!

Tech company CenturyLink is hiring one person for the “Hallmark Movie Dream Job.”

Low propane supply prompts emergency declaration in Mo., Ill.; southern parts of the states not affected

Propane is in high demand due to early winter weather conditions and a wet harvest.

  Memphis is now home to a giant vending machine for cars

Located at 7201 Appling Farms Parkway, Carvana’s new car vending machine stands eight stories tall and holds 27 vehicles.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

  Thanksgiving turkey weigh-in

To make sure you're getting what you're paying for this holiday season, Heartland News went along with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to see what inspectors are doing to keep businesses and manufactures in check.

BBB warning: Beware of the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ on social media

If you’ve seen the viral “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on social media, beware. It could cost you more than just your personal information.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

McDonald’s celebrates 40th anniversary of Happy Meal with throwback toys

The Surprise Happy Meal will include some of the most popular toys from the last four decades, starting on Thursday, November 7.

Recall Alert: Frozen berries possibly contaminated with Hepatitis A

Packages of frozen raspberries and mixed berries sold at Aldi stores throughout the country are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Ceramic Mugs recalled by Hit Promotional Products due to burn, laceration hazards

The mugs crack or break when used with or exposed to hot liquids.

Tassle keychain mobile power banks recalled due to fire hazard

The recall is due to a fire hazard from the lithium battery.

With the Census approaching, BBB warns about scams

Census forms will hit mailboxes in the spring of 2020.

  $3M lottery ticket sold in Cape Girardeau

The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at Schnucks.

More than 50K school buses recalled by NHTSA

The NHTSA said the seat backs in the buses could be lacking in sufficient impact absorption.

BBB: Avoid buying Halloween costumes, decorations from unfamiliar sources

According to the BBB staff, shoppers should rely on trusted merchants and websites.