A new push to try and save Colorado schools and colleges from additional budget cuts faces an uphill battle, according to several insiders at the state capitol. A coalition of education advocates are asking lawmakers to send a ballot question to voters this fall. It would give the legislature the flexibility to raise taxes to help pay for education funding. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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June 28, 2017 | NPR · Cardinal George Pell, a key adviser to Pope Francis, has been ordered to appear in a Melbourne court next month. The Archdiocese of Sydney says he will return from Rome to fight the charges.
 

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June 28, 2017 | NPR · The charges against the agent were brought amid lingering animosity over the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest restrictions on use of federal lands.
 

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June 28, 2017 | NPR · Michael Bond, creator of the beloved Paddington Bear books, died Tuesday at 91. The classic children’s book character is a scruffy little bear prone to accidents, but he means well.
 

June 28, 2017 | FA · Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.
 

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June 28, 2017 | NPR · “Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform” — and readers first met Paddington with those words in 1958. Bond, who died Tuesday, turned that bear into an unforgettable friend.
 

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June 28, 2017 | WXPN-FM · While making City Music, Morby looked to Lou Reed’s legacy for the confidence to experiment. He tells World Cafe about the album and the role New York has played in his story.
 

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