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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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Citing the $1 million bond required by the court, Stein’s lawyer discontinued the request Saturday. Stein had raised nearly $7 million for recount efforts in three states.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U.S. relations with China.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba.
 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He’s now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, “Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery,” a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called “Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?”
 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.
 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Saariaho isn’t the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York’s Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L’Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.
 

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