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Christmas Tree Maintenance...With Cats

The Friday after Thanksgiving can be a busy day for many of Iowa’s roughly 100 choose-and-harvest Christmas farms, as many growers sell their first trees of the season. A number of Iowans still prefer buying a real tree, as opposed to an artificial one, though these trees require additional maintenance. One of the most important parts of Christmas tree maintenance is keeping the tree hydrated. "Adding warm water will soften the sap, " says Gary Harman, who runs Walnut Ridge Farm, with his...
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At least four officers, and an unknown number of civilians, were injured in a shooting at or near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., police say. Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee tells NPR's Ari Shapiro the latest on the active shooter situation.

Some financial experts want to introduce a tool to help people plan for retirement better. It's a very old tool, discarded and almost forgotten. But for centuries it was used to build bridges, fancy meeting halls and to provide people with income in their old age. That is, before it was undone by fraud and ghoulish portrayals in popular culture.

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Is daily fantasy sports a game of skill or one of chance? Just ask one of the industry's top winners, a Bostonian who treats daily fantasy sports as his day job.

The 27-year-old math and econ grad says he puts more than $100,000 at stake each day, and that he's up a cool three million so far this year. On a morning ahead of a day full of sports competitions, he analyzes his fantasy rosters, assesses his risk and submits multiple entries in a bid to beat everyone else who thinks they can put together a better fantasy team.

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While others are thinking about the holidays, in Florida November is the beginning of citrus season. Grower Jeff Schorner sells citrus fruit gift boxes by mail order and at his store, Al's Family Farm in Fort Pierce.

"We began our harvest about three weeks ago," he says. "And we'll harvest all the way about until the beginning of June." Right now, it's navel oranges. Next come tangerines, ruby red grapefruit and the popular honeybell tangelos.

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Join IPR's Studio One for a live broadcast of Christopher the Conquered. We're broadcasting live from the Basement of the Social Club Thursday, December 3. Be sure to stop by or tune in!

Studio One Featured Release

Featured Release This Week From Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper have told different tales regarding the origin of their name, but the most plausible in the one about vocalist/guitarist Eric Earley's Junior High girlfriend. She had a Trapper Keeper (loose-leaf binder) in school with pictures of Santa and his reindeer on it. Her favorite reindeer was Blitzen. Earley thought "hmmm, good name for my future band." Actually, when the group began in Portland, Oregon in 2000 they had a totally different name- Garmonbozia. By 2003 they had come to...
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