The Medano Fire in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has been burning for over a month…Republican Party Chair Michael Steele is heading to Colorado afterall. The announcement comes one day after pulling out of the Aspen Ideas Festival, where he was supposed to appear today…and, US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is in Denver to discuss how women are influencing the economy during a forum with other world figures. Tomorrow, Solis is expected to visit Pueblo Community College.

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June 18, 2018 | NPR · The U.S. lags behind other countries in workforce participation because more opioids are prescribed in this country, says a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
 

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June 18, 2018 | FA · Critic Maureen Corrigan says Tommy Orange’s novel, which centers on a cast of native and mixed-race characters whose lives intersect at a powwow, features “a literary authority rare in a debut.”
 

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June 18, 2018 | NPR · Mary Shelley’s timeless novel gave us not only an enduring trope — the misunderstood monster — but an equally enduring way to talk about what happens when human knowledge outpaces responsibility.
 

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June 18, 2018 | NPR · The Floridian first gained attention in 2016, when his SoundCloud single “Look At Me” went viral. He released two popular albums after, but was awaiting trial on charges brought by an ex-girlfriend.
 

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