Some state lawmakers and hunting and fishing groups aren’t sold on Governor John Hickenlooper’s idea to consolidate two of the biggest divisions in the Department of Natural Resources: wildlife and parks. Hickenlooper says the merger will save money and avoid future park closures, while opponents say it needs a closer look. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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December 17, 2017 | NPR · What were the memorable moments in television this year? NPR’s TV Critic Eric Deggans runs through his list with guest host Ray Suarez.
 

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