Colorado is cutting its medical marijuana enforcement staff by more than half because the state isn’t collecting enough licensing fees to pay for them…and, despite the current cold and snowy conditions, recent abnormally high temperatures and a lack of precipitation means increased fire danger.

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December 29, 2014 | NPR · Steve Inskeep’s wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care and extending democracy in the Middle East.
 

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December 29, 2014 | NPR · The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.
 

NPR
December 29, 2014 | NPR · President Obama begins his administration’s final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He’s striving to show he won’t be a lame duck.
 

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December 29, 2014 | NPR · Whiskey was long considered a man’s drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it’s women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent English-Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · In the new year we’ll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
 

Music

December 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath presents the work of a few musicians who died in 2014 but didn’t get enough recognition, including a rockabilly forefather, an Indian mandolin player and a leading Texas bluesman.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · Saul Zaentz only made a dozen films, but three of them won Best Picture Academy Awards. As a record label owner, his biggest success — and worst relationship — was with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · British soul singer Joe Cocker died last week at age 70. In his memory, we rebroadcast parts of his 2012 interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin.
 

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