The board that oversees Colorado’s troubled state pension plan has approved a proposal by lawmakers to try and fix it…Democratic state Representative Edward Casso of Commerce City is relieved of his committee vice chairmanship…Amtrak suspends service between Denver and Chicago, due to the weather…and, the Colorado Department of Tourism declares winners of its “Snow at First Sight” contest.

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The FBI is evaluating a video posted online Tuesday that claims to show the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamic State fighters. The American was abducted while working in Syria in 2012.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Tiny Singapore imports almost all its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
 

Arts & Life

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the “Lioness of Iran,” has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · David Connerley Nahm’s debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls “anti-nostalgia,” the pain of intrusive memories that come when you’re least prepared.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.
 

Music

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world’s biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
 

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August 19, 2014 | WXPN · Christian Gregory is a British singer who immersed himself in the grooves and style of vintage soul and R&B.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The fuzz-rock mastermind joins host Robin Hilton to share new music and explain how he changed his entire process to make his terrific new album Manipulator.
 

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