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Hot Springs’ Tunnel Challenges Engineers

By Luke Jones HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – The darkness is absolute. Steam fogs your vision as it curls off the surface of water that rushes past your feet. Your boot slips on stone made slick by the rushing water. The ceiling is far above your head and sometimes, in your flashlight’s glare, you spot [...]

‘Deep Winter’ Greenhouse Grows Veggies Year-Round

By Dan Gunderson ASHBY, Minn. (AP) – Nothing should be growing this winter day on these frozen, rolling hills. Yet here are green vegetables, kale and lettuce, growing in near-90 degree temperatures. They’re thriving in a specialized “deep winter” greenhouse, letting farmers Tom Prieve and Sue Wika grow fresh vegetables year round – without a [...]

Robot Doctor On Duty At Ohio Hospital ER

By Marlene Harris-Taylor TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – There is a new physician’s assistant in the emergency room at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, but this one is not human. A robot named Vincent by the hospital staff, or Vinnie for short, is breaking ground in medical treatment in northwest Ohio. The remote-presence robot, RP7, can [...]

Effort To Protect Historic Barns Gains Traction

By Maribeth Vaughn FORTVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Hidden gems mark six generations of family history on a farm owned by Brendon Hartnett of Fortville. Two barns at the 1836 homestead could have been lost were it not for those who maintained them over the years. Sliding open the bright white door of his main barn, [...]

Detroit’s Water Drains Away From Ravaged Pipes

By Corey Williams DETROIT, Mich. (AP) – Torrents of water spew from broken pipes in Detroit’s Crosman School, cascading down stairs before pooling on the warped tile of what was once a basketball court. No one knows how long the water has flowed through the moldy bowels of the massive building a few miles north [...]