A new website offers state rankings of public schools as letter grades (Denver Post).

In Colorado Springs, three area school district earn the state’s top accreditation honors (Gazette). The Business Journal starts a three-part series on downtown rejuvenation*. Postal workers plan a rally today to show the effects of possible cuts (KKTV, KXRM). A homeless program is in danger of losing funding (KOAA). Police confirm the city’s 30th homicide (KOAA). And, in case you missed it, the task force for branding the city plans to scrap the “Live it Up!” slogan (CSBJ).

Officials say a new snow fence on Hwy. 160 between LaVeta and Walsenburg is effective (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat).

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News

December 20, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · With the help of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator. But youth in that country are unenthused about elections on Sunday.
 

Arts & Life

December 20, 2014 | NPR · A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O’Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · One of Britain’s best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR’s Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.
 

Music

December 20, 2014 | NPR · A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O’Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.
 

Mountain Stage
December 19, 2014 | NPR · The bassist and singer based her latest album on memories of running away from home as a teenager.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · After more than a decade offstage raising his daughters, the singer is touring. “It’s like nothing is being held back,” he says. “You get to eat mashed potatoes with both hands instead of one.”
 

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