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  Carr Fire now 72 percent contained
Carr Fire now 72 percent contained
Aug. 17, 2018 - The Carr Fire that has forced the closure of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, a national park site, is now 72 percent contained but it is unknown when full containment will be achieved, according to last evening's update from officials. (UPDATE: 10:05 a.m. EDT)
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Soar to new heights on National Roller Coaster Day Soar to new heights on National Roller Coaster Day
Aug. 16, 2018 - Thirteen amusement parks have been in operation for 125 years or more.
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Week of August 13

conterminous: adjective; sharing a boundary, contiguous;
USGS announces wildfire mapping service

imperative: Select Part of speech...; absolutely necessary; can also be a noun: a mandate, need;
Pentagon: Testing begins on remains from North Korea

infectious: adjective; able to cause an infection, an illness caused by a microorganism;
Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and Illinois

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1946: William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd president, was born in Hope, Arkansas.

1871: Orville Wright, one of the famous Wright Brothers, was born in Dayton, Ohio. Orville and Wilbur, his older brother, owned a bicycle shop in Dayton. Part of owning a shop was repairing bicycles so it was here that their ideas for how to build a vehicle to fly took shape. After years of building models and engines, on December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (Outer Banks), Orville flew their first airplane (heavier-than-air and powered) for 12 seconds at a speed of 34 miles per hour in the air and 6 mph on the ground. They chose Kitty Hawk, located on the Atlantic Ocean, because of the winds. The Wright Brothers National Memorial is located there. In Dayton, visitors can tour many Wright Brothers sites including the bicycle shop as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park (National Park Service, NPS).

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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.


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, informative and educational field trip for students.

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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