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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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The set of three stamps commemorates Bashar Assad’s recent presidential election victory. But what seems like a mundane occurrence says a lot about power in the war-torn country.
 

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July 24, 2014 | ProPublica · A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · Why do we call them “French fries” even though they aren’t French? When you’re done pondering that question, you’ll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · There’s a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet’s travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!
 

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July 24, 2014 | KCRW · Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. Watch him perform “Mana” at KCRW.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Join us as we walk through New York’s Spanish Harlem alongside DJ Turmix. He gives us a tour of El Barrio and one of the amazing musical genres born there: Boogaloo.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae’s first single, “Girl In A Country Song,” cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.
 

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