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Indiana maple syrup-producers reporting slow sap production

The South Bend Tribune reports many maple syrup-producers believe cold weather in February is to blame for the low sap production. They say trees still aren’t producing sap at a normal rate now that temperatures are beginning to climb.

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States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

The grants come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year — twice its cost in 2008. Some in the GOP have proposed stricter work requirements as a way to do that.