Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper says if elected as the state’s next Governor he would ask oil and gas companies for a voluntary increase in severance taxes to help fund college scholarships. Hickenlooper made the comments to the Durango Herald earlier this week. The suggestion took many energy companies by surprise. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · Bouvier’s red colobus monkey — thought to have disappeared for good from the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo sometime in the 1970s — has been photographed by two researchers.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · For each word starting with “W,” think of another word, also starting with “W,” that can follow the first to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.
 

April 19, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · The band is performing in its ethnic homeland for the first time, on the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Singer Serj Tankian says that as historical events go, this one couldn’t be more personal.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · As graduation nears, the four students of The Howard Project share the songs that have carried them through the past four years — from “He Has His Hands On You” to India.Arie’s “Beautiful Surprise.”
 

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