Colorado voters are one step closer to deciding whether to change the process of how state employees get hired. A house committee has passed two measures to reform Colorado’s personnel system. The bipartisan proposals are among the Governor’s top legislative priorities and took months of negotiations. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Our writer hated it as a child. Now she loves it: Fill pitcher, pour over head. It’s a great way to stay cool in a place where water isn’t always running. Maybe you should put it on your bucket list.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Luc Besson’s Lucy isn’t a smart movie, but you have to respect — sort of — the high energy and commitment it puts into being ridiculous.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Try your hand at our puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros hand-picked by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Hear the fill or intro and match it to the song.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Thirty years ago this week, Prince’s mythmaking movie showed the world a new philosophy of what it meant to be a pop artist. NPR’s Michele Norris and Eric Deggans remember the moment vividly.
 

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