Colorado is now the 8th state in the country to allow civil unions for same sex couples. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission. She speaks with Linda Wertheimer about comedy, being in control and — now that her long-running sitcom, 30 Rock, has ended — why she really means it when she says she’s taking a pause to spend more time with her family.

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Showbiz info is everywhere now, making it harder to sustain Hollywood’s slang-filled must-read as a daily print publication. The magazine printed its last daily this week but will continue online and in a weekly edition. Cultural historian Neil Gabler explains why this shift is significant.

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Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, fell ill when fleas carrying the bacterial infection bit them in 2002. The plague is so rare in the U.S., they were suspected of being terrorists or bioterrorism victims.

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In 2007, NPR told the story of two sisters who had lost their parents. The older sister wore conservative clothes and recited poetry. The younger sister, just 13 at the time, appeared on the verge of becoming a prostitute. Now, 10 years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, we hear what happened to them.

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The Middle Distance 3.22.13:

Over the last 13 years, there have been three brief moments when the world grew so quiet I could nearly hear my own heartbeat. The first was in 2000 when I read Colorado author Kent Haruf’s deceptively simple and deeply humane novel Plainsong. The second was in 2004, [...]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Bianca

On March 22, 2013 By

Wanted: Calm, gentle pet parents to help stunning lab retriever get her confidence back and have an amazing life! Hi, I’m Bianca, a 5-year-old spayed tan Labrador retriever. I am a 50-pound pooch, and they tell me it’s 50 pounds of pure cuteness. I’m definitely a little more reserved about showing [...]

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Democratic sponsors of a bill to repeal the death penalty say they still plan to move the measure through the state legislature, despite concerns from Governor John Hickenlooper. The Denver Post reported that the Governor is hinting at a veto should it reach his desk. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Some Colorado doctors who’ve treated victims of recent mass shootings and everyday gun violence say they’re deeply disturbed by and opposed to guns. But other doctors don’t support the new gun restrictions lawmakers are talking about in Denver and Washington, D.C.

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed a trio of gun control bills yesterday, just hours after news broke that Colorado’s top corrections officer had been gunned down in his home. While the moment was overshadowed by the news of Tom Clements’ death, gun rights groups say they will use the gun legislation as part of a [...]

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Dunya Mikhail fled her homeland in the wake of the first Gulf War, after her writing was labeled subversive by Saddam Hussein’s government. She has never physically returned to Iraq, but she remembers it in her poetry.

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The Supreme Court hears two gay marriage cases next week. These will be the next major steps on a path the country has traveled for decades. Those who have been affected by the gay marriage battle reflect on the changes so far.

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Hello, darlings. I’m Miss Millie, a 6-year-old spayed brown long-hair tabby. Not to toot my own horn, dears, but I’m a strikingly attractive little queen who will purr non-stop when I have your captive attention. I am a lady; I’m dainty and I tend to get a little nervous if I [...]

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Investigators are hoping to talk to a woman described as a speedwalker who may have noticed details pertaining to the killing of the head of Colorado’s Department of Corrections. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin has more.

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed three key gun control bills into law today. The most controversial would ban high capacity magazines to just 15 rounds. Another bill requires universal background checks for all gun purchases. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Ms. Molly Boyles of Lipstick Voodoo, who performed at Blues Under the Bridge last year, stopped by KRCC’s studio today for a chat with Jeff during the Blue Plate Special. She and her band will perform at Pikes Peak Blues Community Blues Jam tonight at Stargazers, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. They’ll also be [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, who was killed last night at his Monument home. A gunman killed him when he opened his front door. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado got its first committee hearing at the capitol yesterday. The issue is especially personal for some lawmakers and is sure to be contentious as it moves through the statehouse. After a long debate the committee delayed a vote on the measure, and as Bente Birkeland [...]

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A measure to require more inspectors for oil and gas wells across the state is scheduled for a public hearing at the capitol tomorrow. It was the first drilling related bill introduced this session, and the sponsor hopes it will begin to address public concerns about hydraulic fracturing. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Otis

On March 20, 2013 By

Hello there. I am Otis, an 8-year-old neutered buff Chihuahua. What’s that? You’ve noticed my fangs, I see. Not to worry! I’m a very friendly little vampire, and I only ever feast on dog food and treats. Plus, I fully enjoy the sunlight and will spend many happy hours frolicking with [...]

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Photos I Guess We Took

On March 20, 2013 By

There’s a great little chapbook of poems by the poet Ron Padgett called Poems I Guess I Wrote comprised of poems that the author claims with great sincerity to have no recollection of having written. We take a lot of photos for The Big Something, most of which just get dumped onto my [...]

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This April, voters in Colorado Springs will select six councilors from a field of more than 20 candidates. Voters will also decide on two ballot measures: a usage adjustment to the TOPS tax, and council pay. Ballots are due on April 2nd. Click here for more information from candidates and ballot issues.

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Wyoming has the highest suicide rate in the U.S., and two thirds of the state’s suicides are by firearm. Like much of the West, Wyoming’s gun ownership rates are high, and gun culture is strong. The state’s relationship with guns has made suicide prevention efforts tough, but that may be changing.

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Abhina Aher is a member of the country’s storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India’s highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It’s an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
 

Arts & Life

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Dean’s “Paul Robeson” originally starred James Earl Jones when it opened on Broadway in 1978. It would go on to several revivals in New York and Europe.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit “Josie” and standards “Mood Indigo” and “Hesitation Blues.”
 

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April 18, 2014 | WXPN · Today we’ve got a live performance with the Philadelphia-based band. We’ll also learn about perfectionist Adam Granduciel’s creative process and relationship with early band member Kurt Vile.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Singer-songwriter Gina Chavez may be a Texan, but on her latest album she reconnects with her Latin roots, singing in both English and Spanish. Up.Rooted blends Latin folk and American pop.
 

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