The Colorado Department of Corrections says the proposed budget cuts announced for their department, including the closure of two state prisons and delaying the opening of another, are about what they expected given the economic climate. A department spokeswoman says the cuts won’t effect public safety. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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December 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about some of the challenges facing the United Nations in a difficult 70th year.
 

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December 28, 2014 | NPR · In the new year we’ll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
 

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