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About 3,500 animals are taken in at the Humane Society in Cape Girardeau, Mo., every year. To help benefit animals, the organization is holding its first grocery shopping spree giveaway.

“We’re really excited, “ office manager Tracy Poston said. “This is our first ever grocery shopping spree and we’ve teamed up with Food Giant. The raffle tickets are going to be $10 a piece or three for $25.”

The winner of the raffle will have eight minutes to load their shopping cart full of food.

Some restrictions apply.

St. Francis Medical Center is developing a new facility in Dexter, Mo.

With more than 45,000 square feet, the facility will contain oncology care with an infusion center, radiology care, cardiology care, laboratory services, an urgent care center, outpatient physical therapy services and a health and wellness center.

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The Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization have been selected to become an affiliate community of the Missouri Main Street Connection.

This program aims at enhancing “the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.” It provides communities with the tools they need to revitalize their downtown or uptown historic areas.

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Rock salt is not the only solution to take on icy roads during winter. A southern Illinois company is producing a mixture made from organic beets and salt water to fight ice and snow.

Environmental Remediation & Recovery in Mounds, Illinois began making the product in 2013 and found it to be quite successful.

“The people that have use it really love it,” said Edward Doss, president and CEO of the company.

Online shopping is an excellent way to avoid crowded stores and get holiday shopping done without leaving the home. However shoppers should be careful when buying from certain sites.

The Better Business Bureau encourages shoppers to check the website's security settings. If the site is secure, its address should start with “https://” or there will be a picture of a small closed lock in the lower right hand corner of the screen.