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Popeye and our parents have been valiantly trying to persuade us to eat our veggies for decades now.

But Americans just don't eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should. And when we do, they're mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Living with a mental illness is difficult – not only for the sufferer, but for caregivers, friends and family.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk how it can be isolating and disheartening to interact with someone who has depression, dementia or any other mental illness – and they offer some ideas that can help.

One of the struggles in caring for friends and family with mental illness is that we have no idea what we’re really dealing with. Unlike seeing someone with a broken bone, we don’t see mental illness. It's more like a cancer in that it affects the whole family and it lasts for a long time.

Baylor Sophomore Shoots For Amateur Rocket Record

May 9, 2014
Kevin Healy

A Baylor sophomore is trying to break the record for the highest amateur rocket flight: 72 miles, that’s 10 miles into outer space. It’s called the Horizon Rocket project. Kevin Healy says the rocket science isn’t the hard part…it’s the fundraising.

A scientist's ambitious plan to create an early detection system for eye cancer using people's home cameras is coming along.

Protecting the Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken

Mar 13, 2014

Protecting the Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken

The Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken has caused a lot of drama for West Texas ranchers over the years. Agricultural, wind and oil development on the plains has threatened the species, and could force landowners to change their practices. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deciding whether to list the bird as an endangered species.

Lake Waco Boating Restrictions To Prevent Zebra Mussels' Spread 

Mclennan County has been added to a list of counties where boaters will have to drain water from boats and fishing buckets after being out on the lake. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, the rule goes into effect this Sunday.