The U.S. Postal Service is closing four mail processing centers in Colorado as part of a broader plan to consolidate or close facilities around the country, including centers in Colorado Springs, Alamosa, and Salida…Governor John Hickenlooper says he’s sympathetic to the legislature’s plans to give more money to rural lawmakers who have to stay in Denver during the legislative session, but says state lawmakers will have to make the ultimate decision…Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting a hunting seminar this weekend in Lamar as part of the tenth annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival…and, the western tiger salamander is closer to being named Colorado’s official state amphibian.

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama’s 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · The United Nations special representative in Iraq describes the situation in Amerli, besieged by Islamic State militants, as one of “unspeakable suffering.”
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Pentagon officials have identified the Chinese interceptor that made a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft as an Su-27.
 

Arts & Life

Fox
August 23, 2014 | NPR · The Fox animated show Bob’s Burgers, which won the Emmy last weekend for Outstanding Animated Program, brings nuance and style to its female characters – particularly young Tina, who almost never was.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad’s Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, “so that’s what I did.”
 

August 22, 2014 | NPR · The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
 

Music

NPR
August 23, 2014 | NPR · A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the ’30s.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · You’re more likely to catch a reality show on MTV, than any music these days. As Spin editor Craig Marks tells NPR’s Scott Simon, the VMA awards on Sunday will play homage to television from the past.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · In song after song on the Detroit artist’s genre-hopping full-length debut, one thing is consistent: a powerful, undeniable voice.
 

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