Newly elected state lawmakers are going through freshman orientation at the state capitol this week. They’re learning everything from how to present a bill and debate on the floor, to where they can walk inside the house and senate chambers. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.

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October 9, 2015 | NPR · The Catholic sisters known for their blue and white habits say they have asked the government to de-register 13 orphanages over religious objections to the country’s new adoption guidelines.

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