A handful of Republicans joined Democrats at the statehouse to defeat a bill that would’ve required people applying for public welfare to take a drug test in order to receive their monthly benefits…Governor John Hickenlooper took a helicopter tour of the Lower North Fork Fire that continues to burn southwest of Denver…and, warm temperatures and a general lack of spring snow are causing Monarch Mountain ski resort to close one week early. Colorado has had a particularly dry March. The statewide snowpack is 60 percent of average.

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Thousands of supporters of the Spanish anti-austerity party, Podemos, marched through Madrid on Saturday. Polls show they could defeat Spain’s mainstream parties in elections this year.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with John Boyne about his novel, A History of Loneliness, which addresses the difficult subject of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
 

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