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  Drivers this weekend: Park your phones
Drivers this weekend: Park your phones
Nov. 24, 2017 - Nearly 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). And the vast majority of travelers will be driving. That means millions of drivers need to park their cell phones before getting behind the wheel.
 
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circuitous: adjective;not direct, in regards to a route; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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By the numbers: Flu vaccine prevents the fluBy the numbers: Flu vaccine prevents the flu
Nov. 15, 2017 - The flu vaccine prevents millions of cases of influenza, millions of medical visits, and thousands of hospitalizations.
 
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Week of November 20

analyzing: verb; the action of studying data and/or events to determine future actions and to produce an analysis;
Irma makes first landfall in the Florida Keys

colliding: verb; running into, hitting something or someone;
Scientists study bird migration and artificial light

empowered: verb; strengthened, having power and ability to handle something;
Happy Halloween!

transmitted: Select Part of speech...; sent;
ESA releases new image

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1963: Library of Congress: Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed President John F. Kennedy's accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a Dallas police station. Broadcasting live from the scene, television cameras captured Oswald's murder and shocked television viewers became unwitting witnesses to the crime. President Lyndon Johnson appointed the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. Chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission, as it was commonly known, investigated the circumstances surrounding the shootings of Kennedy and Oswald. Commission members included Michigan Congressman and future President Gerald R. Ford. In September 1964, the commission reported it found no evidence that Oswald and Ruby were involved in a conspiracy to assassinate the president.



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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.

 

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1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?" 


INSPIRE Day was an exciting and educational field trip for students.


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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
 
 
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Drivers this weekend: Park your phonesDrivers this weekend: Park your phones
Nov. 24, 2017 - Nearly 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). And the vast majority of travelers will be driving. That means millions of drivers need to park their cell phones before getting behind the wheel.
Spotlight: rare 1784 U.S. map Spotlight: rare 1784 U.S. map
Nov. 21, 2017 - Abel Buell (1742-1822) drew the first map of the United States in 1784. Only seven copies are known to exist.
Firefighters gearing up for ThanksgivingFirefighters gearing up for Thanksgiving
Nov. 17, 2017 - More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, according to NFPA.
Test well water for arsenicTest well water for arsenic
Nov. 8, 2017 - About 44 million people use private wells for fresh drinking water. A new USGS study reports some wells may have too much arsenic.
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