Colorado’s proposal to protect millions of acres of roadless national forest lands has taken another twist now that one of the state’s leading advocates for the rule is slated to head the U.S. Forest Service. Some conservationists are divided over the rule and say this move puts Colorado in a unique situation. Bente Birkeland reports from the Capitol.

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn’t pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
 

November 20, 2014 | NPR · The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel remembers director and film icon Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 83.
 

November 20, 2014 | NPR · In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
 

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November 20, 2014 | WXPN · KRVS’ Diego Martin makes the Cajun-Latin connection for World Cafe.
 

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