US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is praising a plan to protect four-point-two million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado. The Secretary joined Governor John Hickenlooper and others to unveil a 7-year-in-the-making Colorado Roadless Rule today…

A large overhaul of a subsidy for telephone providers is in doubt during the last days of the Colorado legislative session.

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · A report from the surgeon general warns that “nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults,” and notes e-cigarettes are increasingly popular among people under 25.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · New satellite photos suggest Russia is preparing to base new nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The missiles are likely meant as a warning to the West.
 

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December 8, 2016 | WVPB · A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it’s time to act.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · The ban applies to ticket sales for any public event that can be attended by 200 or more people.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it’s a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that’s loved by locals and tourists alike.
 

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December 8, 2016 | FA · Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there’s one word that characterizes her list this year, it’s “serious.” These books certainly aren’t grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · White originally co-wrote and sang the song for a 2011 album by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi. Here, he plays a live acoustic version and discusses his role in its creation.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · What better way to soundtrack the fraying of nerves of America than with a new At The Drive-In song?
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Emerson Lake & Palmer’s singer and co-creator, who died Wednesday, was at the forefront of a movement that took rock in a new literate — and liberating — direction.
 

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