Colorado lawmakers say they’re making progress on bills as they near the halfway point of their 120-day session, but large issues like the state budget still loom…The Colorado Senate has approved an amendment to a bill that would strip Division of Real Estate Director Erin Toll of her authority to regulate mortgage lenders and give that job to a board…and, Xcel Energy plans to spend $1.5 million to muffle a high-pitched whine coming from a power plant in Pueblo.

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May 25, 2016 | NPR · It’s the latest chapter in a long campaign against wage theft by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office has already recovered millions of dollars in wages for low-income workers.
 

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May 24, 2016 | NPR · Forty years ago, the top names in French food and wine judged a blind tasting pitting the finest French wines against unknown California bottles. The results revolutionized the wine industry.
 

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