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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May 4, 2015 | NPR · Shuttered pharmacies and concerns about public safety in Baltimore contributed to health problems ranging from unfilled prescriptions to people delaying care for asthma and diabetes.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · “If you’re standing for the freedom of expression, you can’t be at one moment for this freedom of expression, and, two or three minutes later, against that,” film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret says.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · Yoda, Chewbacca and a phalanx of stormtroopers are all over the Internet today, as fans celebrate Star Wars Day — drawn from a pun on May 4. We’ve collected some of our favorite postings.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air’s David Bianculli says that David Letterman’s humor “provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show.”
 

May 4, 2015 | NPR · Baseball’s Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · Mad Men‘s third to last episode was a hard one for Joan, a better one for Peggy, and perhaps a pivotal one for Don — or the man we know as Don.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · An ethereal voice and the sparkle of electronics introduce a new singer from Norway whose avoids the trap of some electronic production — repetition.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · This confident, sunny romp of a song proves Monroe’s ready to take on the bro-country establishment.
 

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May 4, 2015 | KEXP · With “Baby Bye Bye,” performed live in the studio, the sibling trio puts a fresh face on a classic rockabilly sound.
 

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