The first wave of Colorado voters will begin casting their ballots for the November election this week. County clerks sent out mail ballots to thousands of voters across the state on Monday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · A 10-year-old boy was slightly injured when the object landed. It is the latest incident in the Japanese prefecture that have emboldened calls from locals to close down U.S. military bases there.
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · Sixty-six university presidents took home more than $1 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We’ve got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
 

December 12, 2017 | NPR · Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, talks about his top 10 quotes for 2017. The quotes span politics, Hollywood, sports and international affairs.
 

December 12, 2017 | FA · Fresh Air‘s book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. “These books zing off in all directions: They’re fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived.”
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · This comes close to the quietest Tiny Desk Concert we’ve ever had. The music Cigarettes After Sex makes is incredibly hushed. It’s a sound so minimal it barely exists.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · Blame the Youth, a North Carolina band, is getting ready to embark on its first tour. Lead singer and bassist Amber Daniel talks to Kam Franklin of The Suffers, who began touring three years ago.
 

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