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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August 31, 2015 | WCPN · Ohio has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in the state have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.
 

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August 31, 2015 | WNYC · Plenty of buildings still boast Donald Trump’s name in Manhattan, where he became famous as a real estate developer. But he doesn’t actually own most of them and never has.
 

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · A man who helped flood Washington, D.C., with drugs in the 1980s wants to reduce his sentence using guidelines that help drug offenders secure early release. A federal judge doesn’t seem convinced.
 

Arts & Life

August 31, 2015 | NPR · Many of his fans saw Dyer’s own life story — he grew up an orphan in Detroit — as proof of the power of his ideas.
 

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw “infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations” during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.
 

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · Go ahead, use this article to justify binge-watching Orange Is the New Black all weekend.
 

Music

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · Downwards and Sandwell District-associated songwriter returns with a chilling, exquisite examination of how lovers can tear each other apart.
 

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August 31, 2015 | WXPN · Buoyant and breezy with a beachy twang, the band serves up a reminder that summer isn’t over yet.
 

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · Music by New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America’s first musical superstar, is a gumbo of styles including pop and classical.
 

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