The second of two ballot measures Colorado Springs voters will decide in April’s election would increase pay for city Council members to $48,000. It would be a big increase for them, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, even some vocal opponents of the measure say Council members may be underpaid.

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Ten years after the start of the war in Iraq, veterans are increasingly struggling with substance abuse, which often goes hand in hand with post-traumatic stress disorder. A recent study shows that one out of five active duty service members say they drink heavily. As the numbers grow, so does the need for programs aimed at helping heal these invisible wounds. One of the places offering such programs is Haven Behavioral War Heroes Hospital in Pueblo, which opened in 2009. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis has this profile of the facility, which brings together staff with military backgrounds to focus on soldiers coming home from current wars.

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What if a gun could only be fired by its rightful owner? What if it recognized a grip or fingerprint, or communicated with a special ring? It’s been a fantasy for years, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, so-called smart gun technology is back in the spotlight.

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Despite fierce winds in and around Fort Collins, fire crews continue to make progress battling the Galena Fire in the foothills northwest of town.

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We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Jason Molina’s death from organ failure related to alcohol consumption at only 39 years old. Molina was a force in the indie revival in roots music in the 90s and 2000s that included bands like Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Whiskeytown, Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy, [...]

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Briffaut stopped by KRCC today to promote an upcoming benefit show at Stargazers. Listen to the performance and interview with Jeff Bieri after the jump.

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Over a long and sometimes troubled career with bands like Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., Jason Molina’s songs made pain tangible and less terrifying.

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Nataly Dawn stopped by the morning music mix today with Vicky. You can listen after the jump…

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State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.

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One of two measures Colorado Springs voters will decide in April’s election would allow the city to spend more money on park maintenance from TOPS, a fund that uses a 0.1% sales tax to buy land for outdoor recreation. The city has a big backlog of park maintenance and construction projects, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, one park advocacy group says this measure isn’t a great solution.

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In case you missed the premiere episode of Off Topic on Friday night at 7pm, we’ve posted it here for you to enjoy at your leisure.

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It was standing room only last night as El Paso County residents attended a town-hall style meeting with county officials on pending gun legislation. As KRCC’s Hannah Sohl reports, El Paso County officials are coming out strong against more gun regulations.

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A memorial service is scheduled tomorrow for the first African American graduate of the Air Force Academy. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl has more.

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But it’s likely that the Higgs Boson, a subatomic particle thought to give everything its mass, will be known by the moniker for a long time, Dick Teresi explained.

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The Middle Distance 3.15.13: An Old, Familiar Sleeplessness

On the road to the mountains, March clouds hang heavy with the promise of snow. Winding past Florissant and Lake George and across the flat expanse of South Park, columns of sunlight peek out then disappear. Hoosier Pass is windy and wet, and by the time [...]

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Hi, I’m Bandit, a 7-year-old black neutered Australian cattle dog. Named for the black mask of fur I wear over my eyes, this handsome little Bandit will sneak into your life and steal your heart! I’m a quiet, mellow boy, but I like to travel as part of a gang – [...]

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One of the most controversial Democratic gun bills at the statehouse is heading to the Governor for his signature. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is expected to be introduced tomorrow. It’s one of a host of issues likely to dominate the second part of the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Niko

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Hi there. I’m Niko, a 2-year-old neutered white and brown tiger cat. I can be a little shy when you first meet me, but if you let me get comfortable and confident with your attention, I will turn into a ball of love! I love sitting in laps and purring away. [...]

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Dramaturg of New York’s Public Theater, Oskar Eustis and Lyricist of the Broadway Musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Michael Friedman team up to present a lecture on the development of the Broadway Musical as part of THEATREWORKS’ popular Prologue Series.

In the following podcast, UCCS Theater Professor, Kevin Landis speaks with Eustis and [...]

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Civil unions will soon be a reality for gay and lesbian couples in Colorado. The state legislature passed a bill Tuesday allowing civil unions and its now off to the Governor for his signature. As Bente Birkeland reports, it marks the end of a long and often bitter legislative journey.

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Colorado Springs City Council yesterday rejected the oil and gas ordinance it’s been working on for 18 months. The regulations would have required drillers to get a city permit, but didn’t prevent hydraulic fracturing from any zone within the city. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

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Off Topic is a brand new weekly hour-long radio program hosted by Colorado College professors Steven Hayward and Kathy Giuffre. The intention of the show is to constellate ideas through witty, vibrant conversation and to provide a space to explore issues and ideas in greater depth and from a perspective often absent from [...]

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected. It is also being blamed for Monday’s bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Nigeria’s capital.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Iraq’s Justice Ministry made the announcement that it was moving the infamous prison’s 2,400 inmates due to fears that Sunni insurgents could overrun the complex.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren’t afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Libby Hill looks at the worlds of televised drag competition and professional wrestling, and finds that the flash, art and gender performance of the forms make them more alike than they might seem.
 

April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Few artists thrill and captivate live as much as Rodrigo y Gabriela. So it’s fitting that the duo’s new video, for “The Russian Messenger,” is a no-frills performance highlighting their guitar work.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.
 

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April 15, 2014 | WXPN · The North Carolina band’s new album is quite different from its previous projects. Past Life is stripped down, relies on more electronic elements and represents a major evolution for the band.
 

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