In Colorado Springs, KOAA has reaction from an area retiree’s group on the state’s plan for the Public Employee’s Retirement Association. The Colorado Springs Business Journal takes a look at gender bias in the cost of health insurance.

The Pueblo Chieftain looks at water exchanges on the Arkansas River.

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May 1, 2016 | NPR · The demonstrators are mostly supporters of fiery Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has had a fraught relationship with the U.S. They’re calling for the government to follow through on its promises.
 

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May 1, 2016 | NPR · Berrigan became emblematic of the opposition to U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He served time in jail for an audacious act of civil disobedience.
 

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May 1, 2016 | NPR · She’s going to take a gap year and begin at Harvard during fall 2017, according to a statement from the First Lady’s office.
 

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May 1, 2016 | NPR · Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares’ troubled pasts, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been forgotten. A new book gathers writers’ thoughts about famous squares around the world.
 

May 1, 2016 | NPR · Skottie Young’s comic may horrify (or delight) the parents of princess-obsessed kids. It’s the story of a not-so-little girl who’s gone a little violent after 27 years trapped in a sparkly fairyland.
 

May 1, 2016 | NPR · Rachel Martin talks with Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who brought the idea of “grit” as a marker of success into the American mainstream. Her book posits that achievement is about persistence.
 

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May 1, 2016 | NPR · People have talked about the lyrical themes of Beyoncé’s visual album. But Fuse.tv’s Emilee Lindner says the music too is notable for its blend of genres, and it sets an example for other musicians.
 

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May 1, 2016 | NPR · She says seeing Cline on TV as a child helped her rethink the possibilities for spirited women. Her new album, Detour, brings a country sound to the pop icon’s repertoire.
 

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April 30, 2016 | NPR · In a newly unearthed studio recording, a short-lived version of Bill Evans’ trio, with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette, shows just how fervent their musical conversations could be.
 

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