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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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A contractor for the airline failed to perform repairs properly and Southwest put some jets back into service despite their not being in compliance with federal regulations, the agency alleges.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · An American-owned company that supplies meat to fast food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a subsidiary. An expose revealed that some of the products were mishandled and expired.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Adler joined NPR in 1979 and covered everything from the emergence of the AIDS epidemic to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was 68.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami’s new book; notable books coming out this week.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn’t dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

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July 28, 2014 | WXPN · Hear two songs by a young Southern songwriter who drew inspiration from his struggle with addiction — and the insights of its aftermath.
 

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July 28, 2014 | KEXP · Everyone’s favorite asthma-ridden Australian performed a special show for KEXP fans in Seattle. Watch Barnett perform her hit song, “Avant Gardener,” live at The Triple Door.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · At first glance, there’s not much to the new video for the song “No Werewolf,” from the Los Angeles garage rock band Allah-Las. But the longer you watch, the more mesmerizing it becomes.
 

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