Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has voted in favor of increasing the drilling setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes statewide. But the move doesn’t go far enough for the environmental community and goes too far for industry. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · Samar Minallah Khan makes documentaries about the Pakistani custom of handing over a daughter to settle a score. Her films have convinced the government to ban the practice.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · The lifting of the decades-old ban was announced on Instagram by Michelle Obama. The White House urged people to share their experience using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour. Selfie sticks aren’t allowed.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · Julie Hamp was accused of importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country’s narcotics laws. She was arrested June 18 but has not been charged.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · This oral history of the Back to the Future movies offers a wealth of fascinating historical trivia — but critic Genevieve Valentine says it’s carefully broad scope can mean a lack of sharp analysis.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.
 

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June 30, 2015 | NPR · Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It’s called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · The indie rock band sets “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box” in an over-the-top Game of Thrones-inspired world.
 

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July 1, 2015 | NPR · Before its tour with Modest Mouse, the band releases a mysterious, surprising, fatalistic new song.
 

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June 30, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The saxophonist’s latest album is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. His quartet performs the genre-spanning music in concert.
 

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