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A fifteen-year-old boy was shot at an Arkansas school

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A teenager has been allegedly shot by a fellow student at their school in Arkansas. The shooting occurred at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff around 10 a.m. Only one student was hurt. The injured teen has been hospitalized in serious condition. Reports that the teen has died are false.

Police said that a motive isn’t clear. The shooting is believed to be targeted and an “isolated incident.” The suspect, a fifteen-year-old boy, has been taken to the Juvenile Justice Center. He is awaiting charges.

Here’s the rest of what we know so far…


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Stock futures appeared to be settling down this morning after all three major benchmarks marked the beginning of March with stellar performances yesterday.

On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.95%, while the S&P 500 climbed 2.38% for its best day since June, and the Nasdaq Composite increased more than 3%.

This morning, futures tied to the Dow slipped about 50 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures each dipped 0.3%.

Target saw its shares increase this morning after sharing an impressive earnings report, and investors will keep an eye out for Senate testimony from the nominee for Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard will also speak about the economic forecast this morning.

What else should you be paying attention to as you start your day?


These 20 food swaps help make snacking healthy

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Snacking can be good for you if you swap certain foods out with healthier options.

If you like potato chips and tend to snack on those, they are full of calories, high in sodium and fat, and are cooked in unhealthy oil. Instead of reaching for chips, try air-popped or light oil-popped popcorn. This snack can not only satisfy your crunchy cravings, but it is also full of fiber and healthy polyphenols. Just be sure not to coat your popcorn with butter and salt.

Another healthy swap is instead of sugary candy, try frozen grapes. This unique frozen treat can help satisfy your sweet tooth, but has no added sugar and is great for your health. What other food swaps can make snacking healthy?  


Do you always have an excuse for not getting something done? Do you find yourself constantly putting things off to the last minute? Congratulations, you’re a procrastinator.

Thankfully, this inefficient mindset can be changed if you take the time to get rid of the bad habit.

First things first: admitting you’re a procrastinator and that the behavior is acceptable is a good start. You can’t fix something if you don’t realize it’s broken.

Blocking off your time into groups of work time and break time can help get you out of procrastination. It allows you to remain focused on work for a few minutes, followed by a break. That way, you don’t push yourself too hard.

Creating a timetable for your tasks is absolutely critical to becoming an organized worker. Procrastination hates order and schedules, so be sure to use both regularly.

Since procrastination is just a bad habit, it can be changed. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to become a more efficient and productive worker!


It's not just about the sexiness factor - here's the right way to decide where you'll retire

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When it comes to deciding where you’ll ultimately retire, there is no shortage of potential destinations. In fact, there are entire websites and YouTube channels dedicated to just this aspect of planning for retirement.

Because let’s face it – deciding where you’ll retire may be one of the most fun components to plan. Heck, you might already think you’ve got a retirement destination locked down. And even if you haven’t selected a winning city, you probably at least have an idea of the climate and region you’re looking to settle down in.

But until you actually make your move, nothing is set in stone. And as we all learned in 2019/2020, there are just some things out there you can’t exactly plan for.

So, in the end, you’re going to have to rely on two things to figure it all out. One of those things is your emotional reaction to your ultimate retirement destination and the other is the financial resources you’ll have to fuel all of your fun and adventure.

These financial planning and lifestyle experts know exactly what you’re up against, and they have a few tips on how you can arrive at the best retirement location for you and your specific needs while accounting for everything from the cost of living to the local nightlife you hope to experience.

Stay Informed,


Rex Jackson

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