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Update at 9:04 a.m.:

NPR just reported that at least 900 people in one Russian community have sought medical help following Friday's meteor hit.

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A meteor slammed into the Ural Mountains in Russia Friday, reportedly injuring hundreds. The Associated Press says at least three people are hospitalized in serious condition.

This comes on the same day NASA is tracking an asteroid the size of an office building that will fly by Earth today.

Still, scientists say there is no link between the two events.

Middle Tennessee State University has signed a deal with the Army and Marine Corps to study how to coordinate robots on the ground with unmanned vehicles in the air.

TVA is unveiling a new program, designed to encourage paper and aluminum recycling at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The facility in the bluegrass state is the first of  four in the Southeast starting such programs.

The USDA Forest Service is extending mine and cave closures to help protect bats, in the fight against white nose syndrome. The disease is expected to spread to caves and abandoned mines in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Mammoth Cave National Park is making use of some new propane-fueled vehicles, thanks to a partnership between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program. The vehicles are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the park.