Democratic leaders at the statehouse hope to introduce bills dealing with the impacts of hydraulic fracturing by the end of the month. This comes as Governor John Hickenlooper is touting Colorado’s current regulations on fracking as a national model. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · Graduated driver’s licenses that impose restrictions like no driving at night have reduced crashes and deaths. But it looks like putting a learner sticker on teens’ license plates doesn’t help.
 

June 30, 2015 | NPR · New Jersey’s Republican governor says he is ready “to fight for the people of the United States of America.”
 

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Frank Langfitt is offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world’s most dynamic cities. In his latest installment, he meets a woman whose work surprises him.
 

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · A massive new anthology collects the impressive and varied work of the Montreal-based publisher Drawn And Quarterly, whose comics and graphic novels represent a deeply human kind of storytelling.
 

June 30, 2015 | NPR · Naomi Jackson’s first novel follows a pair of Brooklyn sisters sent to live in their mother’s small Barbados hometown. Critic Michael Schaub says “it’s not a perfect book, but it’s a lovely one.”
 

June 30, 2015 | NPR · The second volume of Jo Walton’s trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it’s an expectation-shattering read.
 

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · This month, very old songs from India and England rub shoulders with new sounds from Madagascar and Japan — along with one emerging Hawaiian hit, courtesy of Pixar and Disney.
 

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · This week’s All Songs Considered features our favorite music from debut albums released in the first half of 2015.
 

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · Hear the first song (and watch a video) from the Frames and Swell Season veteran’s new album, Didn’t He Ramble, out Sept. 18.
 

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