Governor John Hickenlooper signed seven bills into law today, the first of his administration…An Army led investigation into a helicopter crash in Colorado’s mountains last summer cites operator error among its causes…The Pueblo City Council plans to issue a letter opposing closure of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas, according to the Chieftain…and, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service plan to launch a two-year research project this month on Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Ouray area.

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bi-partisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · The controversial death of Eric Garner was captured in a video that showed his confrontation with police on a Staten Island sidewalk.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · Like the U.S., Mexico is struggling with a surge in illegal migrants. Mexico criticizes how the U.S. treats its migrants. But it faces similar criticism from Central American migrants in Mexico.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith’s legendary career.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through the complicated action offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. Here’s who’s involved — with perspective on disputes that aren’t new.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Friend shares his love of New Orleans “jass” by playing “Sweet Lorraine” on six-string banjo.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In ’80s and ’90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.
 

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