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Forget Disneyland: I'm Going to Santa Teresa

Posted May 12, 2015 1:48 p.m. CDT

Waitress Adria Jaglowitz takes an order at Penny's Diner in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Like an oasis among the warehouses that crowd the dusty streets of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, sits Penny's Diner. The tiny restaurant, right next door to the Oak Tree Inn, was designed to look like a relic out of the '50s, though it opened just over a year ago.

Inside, a waitress is busy hustling tables amid the crowded pleather booths and shiny Formica counters, while a fry cook mans a hot flat-top griddle sizzling with eggs and sausage for the morning crowd. Penny's assistant manager Irma Alvarez, who also runs the hotel, says the restaurant serves breakfast 24 hours a day, but that the house specialty and customer favorite is still the Monster Burger, which comes with an egg and double meat patties.

"Our burgers are really popular here," Alvarez said. "As are the shakes."

Business is brisk. The restaurant's patrons are mostly Union Pacific railroad employees who work at the nearby Santa Teresa Fueling Facility and Intermodal Terminal. In fact, the restaurant and the hotel originally were built to meet their lodging and dining needs. But lately the clientele has become more diverse.

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Bee Whiz! Sacramento Garden Sprouts Hope

Apr. 24, 2015 9:57 a.m. CDT

Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, California, is in the process of installing a garden to educate a community of 550,000 about food.

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UP and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Help Girls Develop a Crush on IT

Apr. 06, 2015 10:00 a.m. CDT

Code Crush, a component of the University of Nebraska's Women in Technology Initiative, is designed to introduce girls to information technology in a secure, friendly and engaging environment.

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Long Rail Is a Game Changer

Mar. 27, 2015 9:18 a.m. CDT

A dream more than a decade in the making is now reality. Union Pacific is the rail industry's first to import long rail from Japan to its custom facility at the Port of Stockton, California, setting a new standard for rail reliability.

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Union Pacific Pays it Forward with 'What Did You Build?' Social Media Campaign

Mar. 02, 2015 2:05 p.m. CST

Beginning March 2, Union Pacific invites everyone to show off something they’ve built. The best submissions will appear on Union Pacific’s Instagram page, and the Union Pacific Foundation will donate $100 to the participant’s choice of four charities.

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