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UW scientists help to fight warming climate with altering plant genes

MADISON, Wis. — Climate change is an issue that scientists across the globe have been trying to combat since the late 1800s.  Warming temperatures and increased rainfall over the past few decades have brought uncertainty to Wisconsin’s agricultural sector. One of the major causes of this erratic weather is the greenhouse gasses that continue to warm […]

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Investigators: Stress, heavy caseloads drive DCF’s high turnover rate

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly half of all the state’s child protective investigators left their jobs between 2020 and 2021, according to an annual status report published by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). What You Need To Know Report shows nearly half of DCF investigators quit between 2020 and 2021 500 CPIs responded to […]

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NJoy distillery in Spring Hill offers nature, tours and spirits

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Life on the farm often seems to move a little slower than life in a city, or so most people would say. But not for Natalie Goff, whose farm has plenty of lively animals.  What You Need To Know Natalie and Kevin Goff own NJoy Spirits Distillery They will show visitors […]

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New study gives hope that coral can recover

SAN DIEGO — A new 10-year study from Palmyra Atoll in the remote central Pacific Ocean shows that reefs outside the reach of local human impacts can recover from bleaching. Dr. Jennifer Smith is a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. With support from The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Smith […]

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Discovery in Buffalo attic leads to return of Purple Heart documents

Saturday is Purple Heart Day, a day to remember veterans who were wounded or died in the line of duty. This year, one family has a special reason to remember. It started when someone in Buffalo discovered the original Purple Heart documents for U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Adam Strauch in their attic. And, with […]

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Doorbell camera captures deputies serving eviction notice at wrong home

A Land O’ Lakes woman says her doorbell camera captured Pasco County deputies attempting to serve an eviction notice at the wrong address. “Whenever somebody rings the doorbell, you actually get a notification,” said Jennifer Michele, who was not home at the time.  The doorbell camera recorded the following exchange between Michele and deputies :  “Hello? […]

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Officials: Housing issues lead to mass pet surrenders in Central Florida

On Friday, several Central Florida animal shelters announced in unison that their facilities had reached, or were very near, capacity. What You Need To Know  Several Central Florida animal shelters announced Friday that they were at, or near, capacity  Housing issues and rental increases were among the most common reasons given by pet owners surrendering […]

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New platform tennis center brings ‘paddle’ downtown

CLEVELAND — Sean Richardson is one founder of The Flats Platform Tennis Center. What You Need To Know The Flats Platform Tennis Center opened in December 2021 Sean Richardson is one founder of the center He said there wasn’t a place to play platform tennis in downtown or on Cleveland’s west side “It’s called platform tennis […]

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Engineer hopes to fight food insecurity building community green space

AKRON, Ohio — It might confuse some to see a person focused on conservation and sustainability cutting down a tree, but Kashava Holt said it’s part of a bigger plan to help an area in a food desert. What You Need To Know Kashava Holt is the engineer behind Akron Urban Agriculture He said he’s […]

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Mobile veterinary clinic helps homeless pets across state

LOS ANGELES — The ElleVet Project has helped thousands of homeless pets since it launched during the pandemic. The team drives around California in a 32-foot RV and parks in places with the highest need. Living in Skid Row without much of anything to call his own, Kevin Robinson says his dog “A-Baby” makes life worth […]