The Colorado House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a bill that would give commercial rafters the right to navigate the state’s rivers and limited rights to use the riverbanks to avoid obstacles…Colorado mountain towns whose lodging-tax collections have suffered along with the travel industry are trying to make sure homeowners who rent out rooms pay lodging taxes too…and, Ouray County sheriff’s officials say a 27-year-old backcountry skier killed in an avalanche near Ridgway was from Manitou Springs.

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there’s a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · The reliever is the first player to be banned permanently from Major League Baseball for failing three tests for performance-enhancing drugs.
 

February 12, 2016 | NPR · The U.S. and Cuba will sign a civil aviation agreement in Havana on Tuesday. The signing formalizes the arrangement reached in December, allowing for a limited number of U.S. flights to Cuba.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · A War is a contender for the best foreign film Oscar. It’s about a soldier in Afghanistan placed in an impossible situation, and NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it brings the big questions home.
 

February 12, 2016 | NPR · Bordertown is about two families on both sides of the immigration debate. One is a white border patrol agent and his family and the other is a Mexican-American immigrant family.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · Grappling with the event, the album and the artist, under different circumstances — none ideal.
 

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February 12, 2016 | WXPN · The L.A. band lays down songs from its new album, Give It Back To You, live in the studio.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · The Colbert bandleader sings “What A Wonderful World” in a 2011 session with guest host Jon Weber.
 

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