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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July 30, 2016 | NPR · As conventioneers head home after a dramatic DNC, here are 5 takeaways from Philadelphia.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · The hot air balloon was carrying at least 16 people. The county sheriff said “it does not appear there were any survivors of the crash.” Investigators are trying to determine the victim’s identities.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · Anti-poverty activists organized a tent city in one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods to protest the Democratic National Convention.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · We’ve invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called “Let’s shake on it.”
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · Bell’s new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.
 

July 30, 2016 | NPR · Last week on the show author Dave Eggers and Scott Simon agreed that they couldn’t think of any protagonists in fiction who are dentists. This week we have a correction, and literary dentist readings.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · A chaotic week of fractured loyalties surged into buoyant affirmations for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But are all those left-leaning musicians just singing into an echo chamber?
 

July 30, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to La Marisoul and Juan Manuel Caipo, two of the musicians on a new collection of covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s called Quiero Creedence.
 

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July 30, 2016 | NPR · British composer John Powell swore off working on action movies for years, unsettled by their violence. The latest in the Bourne series, for which he’s scored every film, marks his return.
 

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