October 26, 2006

Missouri Voters Being Asked To Raise States Minimum Wage

Proposition B on the November 7th ballot in Missouri will ask voters to consider raising the states minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50.

The ballot language states that a yes vote will amend Missouri statutes to increase the state minimum wage rate to $6.50 per hour, or to the level of the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher. Every year thereafter, the state minimum wage rate will be adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

This is great news for the hard-working people of this state, said John Bowman, Treasurer of the Give Missourians a Raise Coalition. We dont have to wait for the politicians to address this issue anymore. Now, the people of Missouri can take matters into their own hands and vote yes on Proposition B to raise the minimum wage.

In May, the Coalition submitted signatures from over 210,000 Missouri voters more than twice the number required in order to place the initiative on the ballot.

However not everyone is in favor of the proposal.

S.O.S. Jobs (Save Our States Jobs) Coalition is opposing Proposition B. Its members, consisting of Associated Industries of Missouri, the Missouri Restaurant Association, the Missouri Retailers Association, NFIB Missouri, the Missouri Grocers Association and the Missouri Merchants and Manufacturers Association, believe any effort to adjust the minimum wage should be initiated at the federal level. The SOS coalition says through federal action, Missouri businesses would be on a level playing field with surrounding states, and not be at a disadvantage in competing for new business opportunities.

By dealing with this on a state basis instead of at the federal level, stated Pat Bergauer, Treasurer of the S.O.S. Jobs coalition, businesses in Missouri will be fighting to maintain jobs and employees against surrounding states with one hand tied behind their back. Raising the minimum wage will leave many employees without a job and no financial means to support their families.

Proponents of the proposition point to a report from the non-partisan Economic Policy Institute, that shows that approximately 256,000 Missourians will receive a raise if Proposition B passes, including 120,000 Missourians who currently make less than $6.50, as well as an additional 136,000 who make slightly more than that, but who will see a bump in their wages due to a spill-over effect.

Supporters also believe that a raise in the minimum wage will generate between $3.3 million and $4.3 million more each year in state revenue, and would pump over $21 million in new spending into the economy.

Opponents are attacking this report, stating that while The Economic Policy Institute managed to find 650 economists who supported raising the minimum wage, the Employment Policies Institute differs in opinion. It points to a survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire revealing that 77 percent (13,860) of labor economists with the American Economics Association believe minimum wage hikes have a negative effect on employment.

Minimum wage opponents could release a thousand studies predicting job loss if Missouri raises the minimum wage. It doesnt change the facts states that have raised the minimum wage have seen no job loss, even in the low-wage industries directly impacted by a raise in the minimum wage, said Sara Howard, Communications Director for the Give Missourians a Raise coalition.

No one can survive on $5.15 an hour, Howard continued. Raising the minimum wage is a long-overdue step that is going to help thousands of Missouri families who are struggling to get by.

Still, opponents of the bill fire back that job loss experienced by low-skilled adults, in particular, is substantial following a minimum wage hike. They site research from Cornell and the University of Connecticut that found a 10-percent increase in the minimum wage results in an 8.5-percent increase in unemployment among adults lacking a high school diploma. Research from economists at Duke, Boston University, and Michigan State University all confirm that low-skilled adults suffer considerable job loss following minimum wage hikes.

Proponents of minimum wage hikes contend that the attendant job loss is minimal and worth it, but theyre ignoring the fact that it is almost exclusively low-skilled adults who lose their job, said Mike Flynn, director of Legislative Affairs at the Employment Policies Institute. Minimum wage hikes end up hurting the very people they are intended to help by jeopardizing the jobs of those most in need of assistance.

Opponents also are questioning the ballot language, specifically how the minimum wage calculations in years following the proposed raise to $6.50

The SOS Coalition asks voters if they understand what the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is, and more importantly what the CPI-W, which is the index identified in Proposition B, is?

They explain that the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups, CPI-W and CPI-U:

The CPI-W (Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) comprises approximately 32 percent of the total population. Not included in this population are technical workers, self-employed persons and all agricultural jobs. This is the annual increase being identified for Missouri to use in Proposition B.

The CPI-U (All Urban Consumers) covers approximately 87 percent of the total population and includes all lines of work and populations including agriculture, the self-employed, etc. The SOS Coalition states that, while its not being used in our states calculation, this percentage increase better reflects the national increase in the cost of living and runs considerably less than the CPI-W. The group also notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a break down of the CPI-W, looking specifically at four regions of the nation, the northeast, south, west and midwest. With the Midwest being 25 percent lower for the past year than the other three.

Simply stated, Missouri will be forced to use the cost of living adjustments for large urban areas such as New York City and Los Angeles to calculate our minimum wage increases every year, said Gary Marble, president of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), which is part of the Save Our States Jobs Coalition. Not included in those calculations are 68 percent of the population, including agriculture and the self-employed. That certainly isnt clearly stated on the ballot.

Marble questions whether Missouri should have a minimum wage for low skill, entry level, jobs of $8 per hour, which is what proponents are predicting the amount to be in only five years. He adds that it will continue to increase at a rate of over $.25 to $.30 per hour every year thereafter.

He and fellow SOS Coalition members say Proposition B will force Missouris minimum wage to increase annually as the cost of living increases which they feel means that year after year, Missouri companies will find it harder and harder to compete and Missouri will lose jobs.

They point out that Missouri consumers and employees likely will pay the additional costs of a higher minimum wage. Businesses will be forced to increase prices to consumers and employees could have to pay more for health insurance and other benefits to offset the additional costs.

For small businesses, raising prices is not always an option. stated Brad Jones, state director of NFIB Missouri. Having to compete with bigger companies often means operating on razor thin margins just to survive.

Local Students Graduate From Truman State University 

KIRKSVILLE, MO — Jordan Dunn of Bible Grove and Emily J. Ebeling of Memphis were among the students to graduate from Truman State University during spring commencement. Truman conducted graduation ceremonies May 12.

KatRina Burgess of Memphis also graduated with a Masters Degree in education.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report has rated Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for 21 consecutive years, and Washington Monthly ranked Truman as the No. 4 master’s university in the nation.

CPWSD#1 Announces Billing Changes

The Scotland County Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 recently announced changes to its billing system as part of the recent meter upgrades for the rural water service provider.

CPWSD#1 of Scotland County would like to notify all of our customers they will now be receiving a monthly bill for their water service,” said office manager Kelly Frazier. “If you do not receive your bill by the 10th of the month, please call the office at 465-7200.

The company is also now offering online payment options through Payment Service Network (PSN).

CPWSD#1 will no longer accept debit or credit card payments in the office. Those types of payments will need to be made online through the Payment Service Network.

The company also noted there is no charge to pay by check in the office. Payment Service Network does charge a $1 check fee to use its electronic bill pay services.

Frazier noted that PSN had mailed information to customers, and while the mailer indicated the wrong state, the other information was accurate, including the website for registration. Customers can go online to register their account or can call PSN to set one up.

In addition to the billing changes, the rural water district announced it is now offering leak alert services. Customers can register their cell phone number with CPWSD#1, either by calling the office or submitting the cellular phone number and the service provider with their next payment. Once registered, customers will be able to receive text alerts if a water leak is detected in their service.

The rural water board expressed its appreciation for their customers patience and understanding during the recent transition to the new electronic meters and new billing system.

Scotland County Elementary School Releases 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Scotland County R-I Elementary School has released the fourth quarter honor roll for students in third through sixth grade.

Students named to the A honor roll in class 3A were Layla Baker, Kelsey Buckallew, Katelyn Burkholder, Kenna Campbell, Kwayde Hamilton, Javis Hauk, Morgan Jackson, Emery Kirchner, Elizabeth Lamb, Marshall McKee, Aria Mishra, Payden Rulon, Lily Wheeler, Hannah Whitney, and Sadie Williamson.

Named to the B honor roll were Emily Bergheger, Matyson Buford, Ian Dawson, Gavyn Dodge, Eddie Koser, Kallee Kratzer, Craig Pflum, and Silas Williams.

Students in class 3B earning A honor roll status included Braylon Campbell, Avery Cowell, Alexys Davis, Laney Doster, Colin Hatfield, Deana McKinney, Kenzington Miller, Ava Remley, Nathan Seaver, Cohen Small, Ciara Smith, Jacob Stott, and Maezy Swearingen.

The B honor roll included William Green, Kaley Kerkman, Sadie Soltis, and Cason Talbert.

The A honor roll for fourth grade class 4A consisted of Austin Ambrose, Evan Arnold, Keeley Brown, Lillian Frederick, Charlee Holland, Eleena Justice, Drayven Koser, Wesley McSparren, Lane Pflum, Levi Stott, and Letha Ward.

Named to the B honor roll were Kadence Burnett, Elizabeth Butler, Kamdyn Forest, Jayden Gerren, Mathew Heck, and Tayte Richmond.

Earning a spot on the A honor roll in class 4B were Dane Blessing, Carter Clatt, Kahlee Justice, Mason Myers, Lillian Reese, and Kaleab Stewart.

The B honor roll recipients were Landon Blake, Clinton Hale, Ryan Harvey, Autumn Huber, Sadie Jackson, Zada Ketchum, Trent Mallett, Macy Nolt, Carman Robinson and Haven Stoddard.

The A honor roll for class 5A consisted of Casidey Altobelli-Frederick, Hannah Campbell, Will Darland, Sadie Dilliner, Emma Gist, Jaci Knupp, Merit Miller, Layne Stott, Makyla Swearingen, and Beau Triplett.

Named to the B honor roll were Grayson Chance, Aden Drummond, Kwyn Hamlin, Owen Hassell, Karimah Jebreel, Mason Mallett, Kayden Miller, Caiden Nichols, and Destynee Small.

Earning a place on the A honor roll in class 5B were Cody Briggs, Taylor Egenberger, Brooklynn Fuller, Cherakee Hancock, Kassidee Jack, Brenna Phillips, Kendall Small, Marcus Smith, and Serina Vickers.

Logan Buford was named to the 5B B honor roll along with Reese Cook, Ariana Edwards, Megan Frederick, Kevin Henn, and Mason Parsons.

In class 5C, the A honor roll consisted of Bristol Alexander, Owen Brown, Larkyn Justice, Kennedy Middleton, Paton Miller, Jack Siegfried, Kylie Small, and Megan Wolfe.

Named to the B honor roll were Austin Curry, Vince Dale, Dylan Dawson, Holly Mauck, Rylee Pflum, and Desera Sweezer.

The class 6A A honor included Hugh Baker, Jadin Fuller, Kallen Hamlin, Clarence Koser, Hattie Mumford, Tori Peterson, Carlee Smith, and Fawntana Wells.

Named to the B honor roll were Mazy Dodge, Kaiden Foster, Madigan Frederick, Payton Frederick, Elias Hatfield, Nicholas Holt, Graydon Justice, Chloe Krise, Charlotte McRoberts, Janail Miller, Hailey Small, Matison Tinkle, and Alexis Wolfe.

In class 6B the A honor roll recipients were Emma Anders, Kendal Anderson, Corbin Blessing, Mariah Buckallew, Hunter Holt, Makynlee Jack, Taydem Morton, Carson Miller, Kennady Sapp, Emma Tinkle, and Mariah Vaughn.

Earning a spot on the B honor roll were Brooke Campbell, Chason Campbell, Kyndra Cochran, Alice Darland, Cynch Davis, Amiah Durham, Emma Harvey, Kaylee Hobbs, Lathan McAfee, Breyonna Mitchell, Piper Thompson, and Tanner Valle.

JOHN W. EGGLESTON (2/16/1948 – 6/15/2018)

John W. “Johnny Bill” Eggleston, 70, of rural Memphis, Missouri passed away Friday morning, June 15, 2018, at his home in the Brock community. The son of Austin Evert and Mildred Lough Eggleston, he was born February 16, 1948 at Ottumwa, Iowa.

He grew up on the family farm and attended the Scotland County R-1 School system graduating with the class of 1965.

John met and married Diane Kaye “Dee Dee” Schlotter on November 6, 1971 and he found a team player that helped him throughout his entire lifetime.

After he graduated from high school he went on to attend the Northeast Missouri State College and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Industrial Education. He had completed continuing education and accreditation in engineering, cooperative leadership and agriculture. John served in the U. S. Army from 1969 – 1971 serving a one year tour in Vietnam. Upon his discharge from the Army they moved to Kansas City and went to work as a certified structural engineering technician for the Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers there. In 1974, John and Dee Dee returned to Memphis, MO where John and his brother Stan were owner/ operator of Eggleston Farms. A corn, soybean and hay operation and owner/operator of John and Dee Enterprises, LLC., a seed and electronics sales business.

John joined the Board of Directors of Tri-County Electric Coop in Lancaster, MO in 1976 and completed his tenure there in 2011 serving as president of the board. He served as a director and past Chairman of the AMEC District II Rural Electric, Vice-President of Northeast Power Cooperative, director and secretary/treasure of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperative and director on the State Rural Electric Legislative Committee. He earned the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and also the NRECA Board Leadership Certificate. He was a member of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification and the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives Political Action Committee. He was well known by both legislative parties at the state and national levels.

John was president of the POET Biorefining-Macon (Missouri’s first ethanol plant) and Northeast Missouri Grain Processors, LLC, vice-president of POET Biorefining- Ladonia and manager on the POET Biorefining- Cloverdale, Indiana LLC board from 1994 and until retiring in August 2017. He was the past director of the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives and was founding director of the Missouri Renewable Fuel Association. He also served as a director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Soybean Association.

He was preceded in death by his son, Damen Eggleston, his parents, grandmother-in-law, Mary Drake, his father-in-law, Robert Schlotter and his brother-in-law, Bob Cox.

Survivors include his wife: Dee Dee Eggleston of the home; a brother: Stan (Patty) Eggleston; a sister: Jane Eggleston; a sister-in-law: Sharon Cox; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Schlotter; 3 nieces: Sara Eggleston, Julie (Micheal) Monroe and Jada Eggleston; a nephew Eric (Deb) Cox along with many other relatives and close friends, including his special friends Bob Henselman and Jimmy Curry.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are suggested to the Wallace W. Gillespie, V.F.W Post # 4958 of Memphis and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, Missouri 63555.

A visitation was held Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. with the family receiving friends. As per his wishes cremation rites were accorded and there are private disposition plans at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the Eggleston family by logging onto www.paynefuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Hite Named to Missouri S&T Honor List

ROLLA, MO – Missouri University of Science and Technology announces the names of students who made the honor list for the Spring 2018 semester.

Evan R. Hite, a sophomore engineering student from Memphis, was named to the list.

To be included on the honor list, students must have carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0.

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a research university of more than 8,800 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 98 degree programs in 39 areas of study and awards bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, the humanities, and the liberal arts.

Show-Me State All Stars Fall Short in Classic All Star Games

Lane Pence, (front row , left) represented Scotland County in the McDonald’s/Herald Whig Classic All-Star game on the Missouri team.

It was the final showing for Scotland County R-I graduates Lane Pence and Ashleigh Creek, and unfortunately the Show-Me State didn’t fare well as Illinois picked up a pair of victories in Saturday’s McDonald’s/Herald-Whig Classic all-star basketball games.

Pence suited up for the Missouri boys who were 76-68 losers to Illinois. The Land of Lincoln continued its dominance in the boys action, improving to 33-2 overall in the 35th Annual event.

Pence scored five points and grabbed five rebounds for the Missouri squad, which trailed by as many as 16 points before closing out with a late run. Six-foot-five center Ben Amos of Quincy High School was crowned the games’ outstanding player, with a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds.

Peyton Plunkett of Palmyra won the Show-Me State top player award, posting a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Show-Me State girls did not fare any better, falling to Illinois 71-58 in the games played at the Student Activity Center in John Wood Community College after a HVAC issue forced a venue change from Quincy University’s Pepsi Arena.

Creek finished with six points and eight rebounds for the Missouri squad.

Molly Penn, a 5-10 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after posting a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Clark County’s Carrisa Bevans was named Missouri’s Outstanding Player after scoring 11 points to go with six rebounds.

Memphis UMC Welcomes Reverend Mary Lou Toft as New Pastor

The United Methodist Church in Memphis is excited to welcome and introduce Reverend Mary Lou Toft who will be serving as their new pastor beginning July 1st.  Rev. Toft is currently serving in Mt. Vernon, MO.

Reverend Toft is a Divinity School graduate with a degree in Theology.  She has been an Ordained Elder for the past fifteen years and has pastored and been in mission work for three years in Australia and New Zealand.  She was the first woman in Texas to be the Field Representative of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has developed her ministry with years of being a Youth Pastor in United Methodist Churches in Missouri.

Reverend Toft’s earlier education includes a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Missouri.  She also earned a degree from Baylor University in Guidance and Counseling.  Her work experience includes 11 years as a high school guidance counselor, as well as coaching basketball, softball, and soccer.  Her hobbies include scuba diving and working with her three Alaskan Husky dogs.

DEBRA L. MARTIN (7/23/1964 – 6/9/2018)

Heaven opened and Debra Martin returned to God’s arms on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8 p.m., passing away at South Hampton Nursing Home in Columbia, MO at 53 years of age from prolonged degeneration of the heart and lungs.

Debra was born July 23, 1964 at Keosauqua, IA, the daughter of Charles Downing of Memphis and Carol Ann Rockhold of Arbela.

Debra was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nori and Beulah Rockhold of Arbela, MO and Victor and Irene Downing of Memphis.

Those surviving to cherish Debra’s memories are her mother, Carol of Clark County; her father Charles and family of Memphis; sisters Lorinda Murphy of Salem, IA, and Tammy of Memphis; plus a host of aunts, cousins and friends.

At Debra’s request, she has been entrusted to Gerth Funeral Service of Memphis for cremation. A short graveside memorial service will be held Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at the Memphis Cemetery for family and friends.

KENNETH LEE BEELER (10/30/1935 –  6/13/2018)

Kenneth Lee Beeler, 82 of Kirksville, Missouri, formerly of Lancaster, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

The son of Herbert Orville and Mary Pearl (Elschlager) Beeler, he was born on October 30, 1935 in rural Lancaster, Missouri.  On May 28, 1954, Kenny was united in marriage to Marilyn Adams and to this union four children were born, Marcia, Kevin, Kurt and Lana.  On February 8, 1996 in Laughlin, Nevada, Kenny was united in marriage to Lucille Margaret (Hurd) Branscomb.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Beeler of Kirksville, Missouri; his children, Marcia Vanlaningham and husband, Bobby of Kirksville, Missouri, Kevin Beeler of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kurt Beeler and wife, Roberta of Lancaster, Missouri and Lana Ridgeway and husband, Jim of Kirksville, Missouri; two stepchildren, Donna McElroy of Kirksville, Missouri and Brian Branscomb and wife, Sissy of Jacksonville, Missouri;  17 grandchildren, Dustin, Cody and husband, Jared, Amanda, Kristen, Marissa, Tyler and wife, Whitney, Cecily, Chelsea, Natalee, Allison, Zane, Mandy and husband, Thomas, Hannah, Harley, Becca and husband, Darin, Kara and husband, Robert and Beth and husband, Chris; eight great grandchildren; Gage, Harper, Taryn, Allison, Lucas, Marshall, Caroline and Benjamin; one nephew, Jim Beeler and wife, Mary Ellen Beeler of Lancaster, Missouri; one niece, Trina Feuerborn of Blue Springs, Missouri; other family members and a host of many good friends.

Kenny is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilyn on May 30, 1994; one grandson, Zachary Ridgeway; one brother, Forrest Junior Beeler; one nephew, David Eugene Beeler and one beloved cat, “Messo”.

Kenny enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge. While he was in the United States Army, Kenny worked as a land surveyor.

Kenny was employed by Dial Printing where he did printing press work.  He was located in the Quad Cities, Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska areas.  He was later an owner of an auto parts store located in Unionville, Missouri, Princeton, Missouri and Lancaster, Missouri for a number of years.

Kenny loved his family, was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and was a hardworking man. His hobby was working on and restoring old cars not only for himself but for friends as well, one piece at a time!

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Sonny Smyser, Pastor of the Schuyler County Church of Faith officiating.  Music was special CD selections of “One More Day”, “One Piece At A Time” and “When I Get Where I’m Going”.  Visitation was held prior to the funeral services at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.

Pallbearers were Tim Welte, Thomas Bridgeman, Randy Whitlow, David Lamb, George Kethe and Steve Pearson.   Honorary pallbearers were Rex Beeler and Edward Lanham.

Burial was in the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri with military rites being conducted by the Schuyler County American Legion Post 0784.

Memorials have been established for the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com. Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

CATHERINE RALPH (8/17/1934 – 6/17/2018)

Catherine Faye Ralph, 83, of Memphis died Sunday morning, June 17, 2018 at the Scotland County Care Center.

She was born the daughter of Wayne and Edith May (Couch) Ralph on August 17, 1934 at the family home in Scotland County.   She lived on the family homestead until moving to the Scotland County Care Center in October 2009.

Catherine attended the South Barker rural school.  She was a valuable helper to her parents, assisting in the hayfields and gardens.    She took care of all her family and was a good friend to many.   Catherine had a great love for cats and cared for many during her lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Lowell V. Jackson.

She is survived by her sister, Beulah Jackson of Memphis; nephew, Larry and wife Shellie Jackson of Memphis; great-nephew, David and wife Jodie Jackson of Memphis; great nieces Sadie, Morgan and Brooke Jackson, all of Memphis; and a special friend, Diane Kight, of Memphis.

Funeral services were held June 20 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with burial in the Memphis Cemetery.   Officiating the service was Leon Buford.   Gene Brown, Jed Jutte, Tony Martin, Brian Briggs, Richard Briggs and Jake Briggs served as pallbearers.

Memorials are suggested to the McAdow Cemetery or the Scotland County Care Center Activity Department and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Catherine Ralph by signing the online guest book at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

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