A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with the alleged murder of a fellow soldier found in her barracks in early January…Students at Trinidad High School staged a protest today as around 200 of them walked out of class for about 45 minutes…and, a Democratic bill that would pump money into universities to market their research in the private sector gets its first hearing in the capitol early next week.

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said “James Flacco” when referring to James Franco – on a Friday before the holidays, no less – the slip was eagerly received online.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let’s find out why.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh’s earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That’s a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He’s a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.
 

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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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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Three decades after her first interview with him, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the Scottish musician, who’s known for a long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.
 

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