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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September 1, 2014 | KUOW · Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they’re classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they’re well compensated for unskilled labor.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, “In Summer.” The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · After a three-year hiatus, the singer’s 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who’s only recently relearned what it’s like to walk on steady footing.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Madman shows Rowe mixing his folk and junk-shop rock styles together with new elements: soul, blues, gospel, R&B. The upshot, surprisingly, is his most coherent record yet.
 

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