- Rodeo royalty: In high school rodeo, Callaway girl is queen Updated: Jul-05-15 10:08 am
ROANOKE, Virginia - When most rising high school seniors start considering colleges, they look for schools that have great athletic training programs or study opportunities. For Jane Revercomb of Franklin County, the dream school must have a rodeo team.
- Poop-sniffing dogs work for wildlife researchers Updated: Jul-05-15 10:04 am
SPOKANE, Washington - Shelter dogs too intense or feisty to be adopted are helping wildlife scientists by doing what comes naturally - running through the woods and sniffing for the poop of other animals.
- For tobacco growers, farming is a family affair Updated: Jul-05-15 12:34 am
NEWBERRY, Florida - Trevor Bass walked among the rows of tobacco plants - the broad, green leaves up to his chest - and declared a good crop.
- Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders Updated: Jul-04-15 2:19 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.
- Indiana's unusual green dragon plant has a fervent following Updated: Jul-04-15 12:58 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - The name sounds like a kind of craft beer, or maybe a species of lizard. Actually, it's an unusual species of plant that has its own following in Indiana and elsewhere.
- Nashville student turns mom's death into passion to lead Updated: Jul-04-15 12:01 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - When Treasure West was eight years old, her mother died of a drug overdose. At the same time, her father was in jail.
- Mardi Gras business lasts all 12 months at Jefferson Variety Updated: Jul-04-15 11:04 am
JEFFERSON, Louisiana - All year long, Jill Schneider works to create the most coveted specialty throw of the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade, the decorative shoe. A member of the all-female krewe for 6 years, Schneider has transformed a workroom attached to her New Orleans home into a gallery of glitter, a studio of sequins, an art house of appliques and a sparkly shrine for her embellished high heel shoes.
- Des Moines Metro Opera deals with animal surprises on stage Updated: Jul-04-15 10:40 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - When Romeo pooped during his first rehearsal with the Des Moines Metro Opera, it was unclear who should clean it up.
- Black powder shooting game inspired by buffalo hunters Updated: Jul-04-15 10:07 am
RIPLEY, West Virginia - Boiled down to its essence, black powder cartridge silhouette shooting is all about making a bang and listening for a clang.
- Farmers go high-tech in bid to reduce bay pollution Updated: Jul-03-15 1:49 pm
DENTON, Maryland - The fields near here are lush and green, but farmer Kyle Hutchison wanted to give his corn crop one last dose of plant food before the chest-high stalks grew too tall to treat.
- World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges Updated: Jul-03-15 5:13 am
HONG KONG - World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent as government market stabilization measures failed to reassure panicky investors.
- 2 Texas girls take equestrian adventure training mustangs Updated: Jul-02-15 4:42 pm
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - It started with a 10-hour drive to Oklahoma.
- EXCHANGE: Music was a life-saver for man Updated: Jul-02-15 6:22 am
AMBOY, Illinois - It was the trumpet that saved his life.
- Grain higher and livestock mixed Updated: Jun-30-15 3:45 pm
CHICAGO - Grain futures were higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
- Daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey Updated: Jun-30-15 12:37 pm
PITTSBURGH - Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey back - and soon.
- Griffith 'renaissance' brings eclectic shops downtown Updated: Jun-30-15 9:07 am
GRIFFITH, Indiana - In the market for a mounted zebra head? An AR-15 assault rifle? A bag of popcorn that tastes like cinnamon rolls? A haircut from a former reality show star?
- EXCHANGE: Food truck appears in tiny, northern Illinois town Updated: Jun-30-15 6:34 am
CABERY, Illinois - A brand spanking new bright orange food trailer is a sight you might least expect to see on Main Street in Cabery, a country village of 262 on the northernmost edge of the Ford County panhandle, 25 miles southwest of Kankakee.
- Civil War soldier finally gets headstone in Brighton Updated: Jun-29-15 5:25 pm
BRIGHTON, Michigan - The Brighton Area Historical Society's headstone restoration team has honored the memory of Civil War soldier John Sylvan Prosser by installing a Veterans Affairs memorial headstone.
- Campers in Indiana learn about science at Marble Hill Farm Updated: Jun-29-15 9:26 am
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Hiking through a field, dodging cow droppings and carrying cowbells and clipboards, Kaitlyn White and Tina Patton, both 14, were practicing their moos as they followed Angus beef cattle at Marble Hill Farm.
- Making sorghum is a family affair for Boyle County teen Updated: Jun-28-15 11:04 am
GRAVEL SWITCH, Kentucky - Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Elliott understands the hard work and dedication that goes into making sorghum.
- Teens express themselves through summer hair color choices Updated: Jun-28-15 10:49 am
DOTHAN, Alabama - Summer often brings out sun-soaked blond streaks in hair, although sometimes with a little help from lemon juice or products like Sun-In.
- Washington's Phantom Planter reveals his latest project Updated: Jun-27-15 4:30 pm
WASHINGTON - This time around, Washington's "Phantom Planter" almost received permission for his guerrilla gardening tactics.
- Business card ultimately leads Ethiopia native to Iowa Updated: Jun-27-15 11:16 am
WEST BRANCH, Iowa - Six years ago, Wubetu Shimelash accepted a business card and money to buy a coat from Blake Mycoskie.
- Parkersburg gains VooDoo Dolls roller derby team Updated: Jun-27-15 9:46 am
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - For those old enough to remember, do you recall Saturday morning roller derby? Banked track, men and women on skates, flying elbow, hip check into the rail, and with just enough of an uppercut flying skaters. The WWE on wheels before there was a WWE.
- La. farmers brace for worst year since 2008 Updated: Jun-25-15 10:14 am
NEW ORLEANS - Flooded fields and fickle temperatures put Louisiana farmers and ranchers in a pensive mood as they gathered here Thursday for the Farm Bureau Federation Convention, the state's largest annual celebration of agriculture.