The state senate cleared a bill today that would create a smart phone app for locally owned businesses…Colorado Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to allow businesses to use deadly force against suspected intruders…and, President Barack Obama will speak to graduating Air Force Academy cadets at the school’s commencement in May.

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Sixteen-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped, beaten, doused in gasoline and burned to death in 2014. It escalated tensions during the lead-up to that summer’s Gaza war.
 

May 4, 2016 | NPR · Rachel Martin speaks with the CBC’s Marion Warnica about the wildfires in Alberta, Canada, where authorities have issued a mandatory evacuation order for the 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray.
 

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Explaining his veto, Gov. Nathan Deal cites Antonin Scalia — as well as a college rules meeting attended by Thomas Jefferson back in 1824.
 

Arts & Life

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where’s Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds.
 

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Adam Haslett’s new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.
 

May 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.
 

Music

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · In a video for the contemplative post-punk song, a dancer holds a mirror to the hallways, bedrooms and parks where our plainest, loneliest experiences occur.
 

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Reunited after three decades, the pan-African “cosmic jazz” experimentalists throw an extended and ecstatic dance party, with throwback funk vibes and multiculti merger.
 

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · The Grindmother is a Canadian metal band that’s just released its debut album. It’s also what the group’s 67-year-old lead singer prefers to be called.
 

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