• Trees offered for joining group

    Nebraska City, NEB. — National Arbor Day is April 26, and the Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free shade trees to anyone who joins the foundation in April. The trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, bald cypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river …

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  • Deadline to be extended for filing

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture in past decades. All claims must now be filed by the first of …

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  • USDA taking applications grants

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking applications for $3 million worth of health care projects for communities of up to 50,000 people in the eight-state Delta region. Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager says the Delta Health Care Services Grant …

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  • As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?

    NEW YORK  — To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer. Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook friends. Then those friends shared with their friends. …

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  • The South: A near-solid block against ‘Obamacare’

    ATLANTA (AP) — As more Republicans give in to President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, an opposition block remains across the South, including from governors who lead some of the nation’s poorest and unhealthiest states. “Not in South Carolina,” Gov. Nikki Haley declared at the recent …

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  • Pryor thanks Diamond T 4-H

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — After receiving nearly two dozen handmade cards for Arkansas troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is thanking the Diamond T 4-H Club of Independence County for its show of support for our men and women in uniform. Over the past few …

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  • Congress fixes Conservation Stewardship Program funding

    LYONS, Neb. — Farmers and ranchers will again have the opportunity to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which rewards producers for conservation practices on working lands, thanks to passage of legislation that replaces the funding for 2013 CSP enrollment that was accidently cut off …

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  • Christians mark Jesus’ crucifixion

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City today, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus’ steps along the Via Dolorosa, …

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  • However Supreme Court rules, gay marriage debate won’t end

    NEW YORK — However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come. In oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on two cases involving gay couples’ rights, the justices left …

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  • Vet with local ties assists in ground breaking procedure

    WYLIE, Texas — Former Batesville resident and veterinarian Dr. Toby Wallis assisted with a never-before-performed procedure in America — surgical bilateral denervation of the coxofemoral joints. The procedure to block nerve signals from the hip joints to the brain was performed on Tacoma, a 13-year-old …

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  • USS Boston reunion planned

    The USS Boston shipmates, crew members and all U.S. Navy ships named Boston are planning a July reunion of all USS Boston officers, crew, U.S. Marine Corps and flag personnel. The reunion will be held July 11-14 in Albuquerque, N.M. For details, write USS Boston …

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  • Diemer named president-elect

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Don Diemer, former Batesville resident and program director of the physician assistant program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale, has been elected to the position of president-elect of the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA). His term began in …

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