Houston boutique owner gets help during cancer treatment

HOUSTON (AP) - Operating a clothing boutique normally requires long hours and stamina. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2pgaRLk ) reports Alexandra Kaldis Venzke had neither of those last year when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Venzke, 31, owns a clothing boutique called Sultana's Daughter in River Oaks. It's ... More...

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Devereux Gardens in South Texas offers vocational training

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - Johnnie Johnson, 46, watches her co-worker carefully trim plants at Devereux Gardens. "I don't do that," she said. She points out the sections of plants in the garden that she's responsible More...

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Hummingbird Coffee Co. elevates Lafayette’s java scene

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - It's always been a dream of Patrick Boes' to roast and supply coffee for Lafayette's Fuel Coffee Shop, where he's been a barista for several years. His dream became a reality earlier this More...

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EXCHANGE: Therapist teaches 5½-year-old to climb stairs

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - "The ball is scary," pediatric physical therapist Jillian McGriff said as she sat Hunter Trefzger, 5½, on an exercise ball. She steadied him as he reached, one by one, to grab rings held out More...

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White County family recognized for 150 years of agriculture

IDAVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Covering roughly 80 acres near the town of Idaville, there sits a tiny piece of heaven for Perry Godlove. The rural White County farm has been in the Godlove family for over 150 years, and More...

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Austin High’s “Cinderella” fairytale end of teacher’s career

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Scanning the faux fireplace and royal chamber transforming Austin High School's stage into a castle, Susan Thompson pointed out set pieces recycled from past productions - "The Music Man," ''Big More...

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Grow your green thumb through Wholistic Gardens

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Right now, they're a collection of wooden rectangles, but soon they will hold vegetable plants and their produce, an opportunity open to anyone who wants to be a gardener. The 34th Street More...

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Dubuque teen looks to help others after 18 surgeries

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - As she looks back on her 19 years, Betsy Till is grateful for the surgeries, medical stays and physical therapy that marked much of her childhood. Betsy was born with a limb deficiency that More...

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Nebraska man transforms rural steakhouse

SACRAMENTO, Neb. (AP) - Drive the 4 miles down Polyline Road out of Holdrege, Nebraska, and it feels like you're on a road to nowhere. The lonely two lanes stretch past cornfields, past cows, past towering industrial More...

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Arkansas US National Cemetery looks to improve regulations

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The new U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith director commands respect for the nation's veterans and their families. Gerard Lyons, a 32-year-old Iraq War veteran who served as an Army forward More...