Thanksgiving

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Missourians will spend more money on their Thanksgiving Day meals than the average American, according to data gathered by the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Based on this year's survey, it costs $50.52 in Missouri to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people, or $5.05 a person, that contains the following:

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Today is Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year.  But many large retailers were open yesterday, on Thanksgiving.

One Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.

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First of all - Happy Thanksgiving!

With all of the great Turkey Day stuff out there, we couldn't pick just one thing to share with all of you.

Here are a few fun, interesting, useful or otherwise-awesome things to make your day a little bit more enjoyable:

Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table's annual live call-in show, designed to bail you out of any last-minute kitchen emergencies and provide a backdrop as you and your family prepare for Thanksgiving.

St. Louis Public Radio will air Turkey Confidential on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the ins and outs of cooking the Thanksgiving meal with Five Bistro owner/chef Anthony Devoti, his mother Bonnie Devoti and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

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Today is the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can prefile bills for next year’s regular session.

One bill in particular comes in the wake of the annual holiday shopping surge that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday weekend:  HB 37 would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.  The proposal is sponsored by State Representative-Elect Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart).  He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays.

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Officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration are preparing for a boost in travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Between Friday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 25, the airport is expected to see a 10 to 15 percent increase in passengers.

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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has decided to let state employees take the day after Thanksgiving off work this year.

The state’s latest general revenue report show that Missouri collected 7.5 percent more money last month than it did in October of last year, and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says that’s part of the reason why state workers will get to stay home on November 23rd.

Take it from emergency room doctors, Thanksgiving can be dangerous.

I learned the hard way that plumbers' busiest day comes on Black Friday, when pipes are groaning from too many flushes from Thanksgiving guests and too much garbage shoved down the kitchen sink.

How about hospitals? Yep, the emergency room can be a pretty busy place, too, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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On this day before Thanksgiving, a constant, steady flow of passengers are making their way through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Airport officials say about 23,000 passengers are going through checkpoints today.

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says so far the busy travel day has gone smoothly. She says one reason why is because children under 12 years old do not have to remove their shoes when they go through airport security.

A cook's secrets are meant to stay in the kitchen. An off-recipe substitution, a unique addition, an improvised technique — they often come from inspiration, or just a sense of craft, that can make a home chef both proud and protective. Luckily for us, Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen is happy to share the secrets he's picked up in more than 30 years of cooking.