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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January 23, 2018 | WAMU-FM · The Children’s Health Insurance Program drew bipartisan support for two decades. After brinkmanship over the federal budget, an agreement to end the shutdown has assured CHIP funding for six years.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · In a setback for Rupert Murdoch family, British regulators said the planned $15 billion takeover of Sky was not in the public interest and would be blocked unless there is a way to prevent the tycoon from influencing the network’s news output.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · At least two people are dead and 12 others injured after a shooting at a school in western Kentucky on Tuesday. NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with reporter Matt Markgraf of member station WKMS about the latest.
 

Arts & Life

January 23, 2018 | NPR · The Oscar Nominations have arrived. NPR’s Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello discuss the whys and wherefores behind both surprises and snubs from this year’s contenders.
 

January 23, 2018 | NPR · Last year’s historic Best Picture debacle prompted the accounting firm responsible for the security of envelopes to come up with new fail-safes. Most important: Stop tweeting and put away that phone.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong-based bookseller with Swedish citizenship, was on a train to Beijing for medical treatment when police detained him. Now, Swedish authorities are demanding answers.
 

Music

January 23, 2018 | NPR · Hugh Masekela burst on the world pop scene in the 1960s, playing alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The legendary jazz musician died on Tuesday at age 78.
 

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January 23, 2018 | FA · Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned fashion designer. Phantom Thread landed six Oscar nominations, but Anderson says making sewing look dramatic wasn’t easy.
 

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January 23, 2018 | NPR · This week’s mix of essential new music includes the mind-bending sounds of pianist Nils Frahm, Sylvan Esso’s electro-pop romp for the end of the world, the gorgeous harmonies of Darlingside and more.
 

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