Like the rest of the nation, Colorado and its cities are facing tough decisions in this economic recession, but Colorado Springs has faced national attention over its budget issues. Among the pieces included in this month’s Western Skies, we’ll have a conversation about the complexities of the city budget, an upside to what some may see as a downside, and, we’ll talk about how some residents are taking matters into their own hands.

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · An expert told federal agents, “if someone had been bitten by one of the cobras, they likely would have died as there is not a ready source of anti-venom” nearby.
 

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July 26, 2017 | KERA · Cyberattacks and data breaches are common at health care facilities, and they can put patients’ health at risk. Hospitals are behind the curve in beefing up defenses, industry analysts say.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · A dengue fever outbreak has left some hospitals so full that they’re turning away patients.
 

Arts & Life

July 26, 2017 | FA · Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.
 

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July 26, 2017 | FA · Lawrence P. Jackson’s biography tracks the writer’s course from prison to published novelist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Himes’ life story is well worth reading.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · The “surprising” success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn’t particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this “out-of-nowhere” hit came from.
 

Music

July 26, 2017 | FA · Tenor saxophonist JD Allen has been leading a trio with the same musicians for 10 years now. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that their familiarity helps them hit their groove on Radio Flyer.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · The dynamic Bay Area group projects a sweet, melodic vibe, driven by the peaceful sound of the 10-string Peruvian charango.
 

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July 26, 2017 | WXPN-FM · Based in Austin, this harmony-based group melds the whiskey-soaked spirit of the barroom with the country-rock of Gram Parsons and the Eagles.
 

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