In a unanimous vote, El Paso County Commissioners have approved a no-camping ordinance (Gazette, KRDO). Liquor stores in unincorporated El Paso County can now provide free tastings (KRDO). In Colorado Springs, the Urban Renewal Authority has voted in opposition to Copper Ridge redevelopment (Gazette). D-2 has approved a “coherent governance policy” (KRDO).

In Pueblo, Xcel Energy has announced the temporary shutdown of a noisy power plant (Chieftain). D-70 teachers offer their own cost-saving proposals for the school district (Chieftain). Lake Pueblo State Park and Black Hills Energy is looking to partner on a project that could create jobs in the renewable energy sector (Chieftain). The library is seeing an increased use (KOAA).

The tourism board in LaJunta has made a proposal on how to use funds generated from the lodging tax (Tribune-Democrat). Parents in Penrose spoke on a proposed four-day school week (Canon City Daily Record). Trinidad State Nursing Home may stay in the state’s operation (Trinidad Times Independent). In Woodland Park, voters have reelected Mayor Steve Randolph and said no to a tax that would have helped fund a new recreation center (Gazette, KOAA). Also, more regional election results…(KKTV).

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn’t constitutional.
 

NASA
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.
 

AP/Paramount Pictures
December 18, 2014 | NPR · One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.
 

Arts & Life

Film Movement
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Ahead of The Colbert Report‘s last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. “I didn’t realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices,” he said.
 

Music

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

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