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Ruby Slippers fading
Oct. 20, 2016 - In the 1939 movie classic, The Wizard of Oz, after a magical and frightening journey through the Land of Oz, Dorothy clicked her ruby red heels to return to her home in Kansas.
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luster: noun;shine; Find it in blue in today's top story!
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'Wounded Warrior Dogs' wins ArtPrize'Wounded Warrior Dogs' wins ArtPrize
Oct. 17, 2016 - The Grand Prize winner of the ArtPrize Eight Public Vote was James Mellick for his 3-D entry – Wounded Warrior Dogs.
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Week of October 17

exhausted: verb; worn out; severely tired, fatigued;
'Final Five' earns gold

impacted: verb; to be affected with consequences;
Hurricane Matthew will be 'catastrophic'

malfunctioning: verb; not able to function (prefix: mal = negative, bad);
Elevator woes close Washington Monument

recedes: verb; to move backwards, to pull back;
Cedar River to crest today

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1803: Library of Congress: The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven. The agreement, which provided for the purchase of the western half of the Mississippi River basin from France at a price of $15 million, or approximately four cents per acre, doubled the size of the country and paved the way for westward expansion beyond the Mississippi. Spain had controlled Louisiana and the strategic port of New Orleans with a relatively free hand since 1762. However, Spain signed the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800. News of the agreement eventually reached the U.S. government. President Thomas Jefferson feared that if Louisiana came under French control, American settlers living in the Mississippi River Valley would lose free access to the port of New Orleans. On April 18, 1802, Jefferson wrote a letter to Robert Livingston, the U.S. minister to France, warning that, "There is on the globe one single spot, the possessor of which is our natural and habitual enemy.  It is New Orleans…"

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RAGBRAI rolls on through historyRAGBRAI rolls on through history
July 26, 2016 - The heat dome over the Midwest is dissipating just in time for thousands of bicyclists riding RAGBRAI XLIV – the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.



1. After watching the video, how did RAGBRAI evolve to become an international event for bicyclists?

2. What are the challenges of participating in RAGBRAI?

3. Describe some of the factors that make RAGBRAI an overall safe event in which many people participate?


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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. 
'Wounded Warrior Dogs' wins ArtPrize'Wounded Warrior Dogs' wins ArtPrize
Oct. 17, 2016 - The Grand Prize winner of the ArtPrize Eight Public Vote was James Mellick for his 3-D entry – Wounded Warrior Dogs.
Study Hispanic heritage all year Study Hispanic heritage all year
Oct. 13, 2016 - There is a plethora of educational resources available that can be used throughout the year to study Hispanic heritage.
Digitally disconnect this weekendDigitally disconnect this weekend
Oct. 11, 2016 - Put on hiking boots, pack some outdoor gear, and plan to visit a national wildlife refuge this weekend.
Hurricane Matthew hugging coast, now Cat 3Hurricane Matthew hugging coast, now Cat 3
Oct. 7, 2016 - The eye of Hurricane Matthew is staying just offshore as it moves north on a parallel path along the Florida coast.
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