Colorado’s economy is weak and losing momentum according to a revenue forecast released today. State economists say violence in the Middle East, the recession in Europe, and a lack of personal spending are all driving the lackluster growth…

A new conservation plan to help the Rio Grande watershed is getting the backing of state and federal officials. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar say they’ll work with local governments and landowners to protect air and water quality and prevent erosion.

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · In the U.S., people often spend the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs and wearing their patriotic clothing. But there’s more to this annual holiday than fireworks.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · They laughed, they jeered, and no one helped when she had to haul her belonging up a hill in New York. But in Ghana, people are more than eager to lend a hand.
 

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July 3, 2015 | NPR · From a low of about 20, the population of Florida’s state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · Daniel José Older’s new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it’s full of music, flavor and color.
 

July 3, 2015 | NPR · This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.
 

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July 3, 2015 | NPR · A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR’s Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · He’s from New York City; she’s from rural Tennessee. But the husband and wife, each known for backing up roots music’s biggest stars, make it work on their new album.
 

July 3, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.
 

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