Pueblo City Council last night voted to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees. The Pueblo Chieftain reports council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision, with council president Chris Kaufman casting the lone no vote. The paper reports Kaufman dissented because he says he was siding with voters who have said repeatedly that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Dozens of personnel and several fire engines are at work containing a 400-acre wildfire on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park…

About 1800 enthusiastic supporters turned out at the Fountain Middle School gymnasium as First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Colorado in support of the President (story post).

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April 23, 2018 | NPR · The CIA director faces a narrow path through a closely divided Senate, but Republicans are confident he has the votes to win confirmation on the floor later this week.
 

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April 23, 2018 | NPR · It’s little known that the CIA uses Amazon Web Services to store its data, and, now, it’s the favorite for a big-money Pentagon contract to do the same. Amazon’s tentacles go to other agencies, too.
 

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April 23, 2018 | NPR · An exhibit at the National Building Museum has been adapted from Matthew Desmond’s 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City into an “immersive” experience.
 

April 22, 2018 | NPR · Kathleen Belew’s new book explores the impact of the Vietnam War on America’s white power movement; Belew says that movement was behind a lot of domestic terror attacks attributed to “lone wolves.”
 

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April 23, 2018 | NPR · Hear a triumphant fusion of jazz, rock and blues that moves with momentum and fresh anticipation. Logan Richardson plays with a lyrical intensity that is both focused and free.
 

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April 22, 2018 | NPR · The renowned folk songwriter stops by NPR’s Washington D.C. headquarters to play two songs from her latest album and discuss the historical African-American roots of her music and of her instrument.
 

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