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Growing Gardens Through Summer Heat

Recent years have proven hard on local greenery, with heat waves and damaging storms. But there are steps you can take to ensure a healthy garden, from choosing local plants to well-timed watering.

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Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

The apple trees are heading for full blossom in Michigan, after a disastrous 2012 crop, when only 15 percent of the apples survived. But this year's harvest is expected to set records, as growers say they've had a chance to update equipment and the trees have stored up extra energy.
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Norfolk Southern Looking To Expand Ethanol Operation

Alexandria leaders are about to take a formal position against the expansion of operations at a hazardous materials facility.

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Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa

Demand for rhino horn, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is fueling a slaughter of the animals in Africa. In Vietnam, the sought-after commodity is fetching prices as high as $1,400 an ounce, or about the price of gold. There, some believe ground horn can cure everything from hangovers to cancer.
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Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Treated human waste has been used on farmland for decades, but the ick factor has not entirely faded. Some environmentalists think the treatment process may not get rid of all the harmful contaminants that could be in the waste.
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Frozen Lakes Cut Into Minnesota Fishing Tradition

Saturday is the opening of the walleye fishing season, and it's usually one of the busiest weekends for the state's resort communities. This year, many of the lakes in northern Minnesota are still iced over, putting a chill on the season.
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Atop A Hawaiian Mountain, A Constant Sniff For Carbon Dioxide

Since 1958, researchers have been measuring the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory. The remote outpost has just reported a carbon dioxide level of 400 parts per million — the highest it has climbed in the modern age.

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