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Bill Monroe’s Estate Sale: The Stuff Of Bluegrass Legend

It’s an estate sale for the ages. Stuff belonging to Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass,” is on sale this weekend just outside of Nashville. As the patriarch of a genre and of a passionate musical family, artifacts from his rise to prominence are in high demand.Now, 20 years after his death, the Monroe family is cleaning out the closets. Some of the relics from Monroe’s life have become almost priceless — like his Gibson mandolin, which he played almost exclusively and famously sold for a million dollars. But that’s at the Country Music Hall of Fame, not here at the Monroe family studio in Gallatin, Tenn. The place is surrounded by horse pastures, and some old favorites are playing through the speakers.As Monroe’s “high lonesome” sound rings out, shoppers pick through items that are a little more garage-sale-grade. Hannah Fitzpatrick, snagging some deer antlers, says she’s not even much of a bluegrass fan. But another customer, John Vaughn, is, and he’s already wearing his funky

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Growing Food For Better Health On Wind River Indian Reservation

Out under the cottonwoods in her backyard near Fort Washakie, Northern Arapaho member Pat Bergie shows off her new raised-bed garden. “Those are the tomatoes, strawberries,” she says, pointing at the rows of small seedlings. “Over here, I’d done some cabbage inside. I brought them out and planted them and those are what’s gone.” Gone because birds came and gobbled them up. “The big ones, the magpies are the ones that went out,” she says, laughing. “They’re the hoggy ones.” Bergie inherited high blood pressure and hopes to bring it down with the kind of exercise and healthy food you get from vegetable gardening. She says to monitor those benefits, researchers put her through a lot of health tests. “Well, they took blood for diabetes, blood pressure, and I think cholesterol, I’m not sure. Anyway, I remember the one with the blood!” she says with that same infectious laugh. And she’ll take those same tests three more times over next two years. The project is called Growing Resilience,

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For Venezuela’s ‘Millionaire’ Contestants, Winnings Amount To A Few Bucks You know the TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Typically, winners get big money — like $1 million — but it’s a little different in the version played in Venezuela.Nervous contestants gather at a Caracas TV studio to tape an episode of Quien Quiere Ser Millonario? Some borrow fancy clothes from the studio wardrobe. Others get last-minute touch-ups to their hair and makeup.Then the show begins.Host Eladio Larez welcomes contestants and viewers. “Ready to start?” he says. He challenges contestants to answer multiple-choice questions about geography, history and Venezuelan culture for escalating cash prizes. Contestants must correctly answer 15 questions to win the jackpot.But this turns out to be a poor man’s version of the game. The problem is Venezuela’s currency. The bolivar has collapsed amid a severe economic crisis. Now, the grand prize of 2 million bolivars amounts to just $2,000.Most of the prizes are much smaller. Getting past

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Over Half Of Wyoming’s Republican Voters Undecided In House Seat Race

A poll commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS says 52 percent of Wyoming’s Republican voters are undecided in the race for the state’s lone U.S. House seat. The seat is being vacated by Representative Cynthia Lummis, who has decided not to seek a fifth term. The poll shows that Liz Cheney is supported by 21 percent of those contacted, while 9 percent support State Representative Tim Stubson and 4 percent support State Senator Leland Christensen. But with 52 percent of the voters undecided, Cheney’s lead is not as firm as it could be. University of Wyoming Political Scientist Jim King says it is easier for candidates to draw support from undecided voters than it is to try to change the minds of decided voters. “There are still an awful lot of voters out there who need to be convinced, whether it’s by Ms. Cheney, Mr. Stubson, Mr. Christensen, or by one of the other candidates. So there’s a lot to go in the three weeks before the primary.” But King says candidates with

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