A new study ranks Colorado as the least obese state in the nation…The new Colorado Parks and Wildlife board is meeting for the first time today and tomorrow…and, the Air Force Academy is getting 19 new gliders for cadet training.

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The Air Force Academy estimates its impact on the Colorado Springs-area economy as up about 9 percent, largely because of construction spending…and, Republicans in Washington will soon begin a new push to limit how much money can be won in medical malpractice suits.

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Concerns are growing about a controversial federal immigration program aimed at deporting violent illegal immigrants…and, more than 1000 cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy today.

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An Air Force officer who was among nine Americans killed by an Afghan military pilot in Kabul was buried today at the Air Force Academy, where he taught foreign languages…Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn is taking aim at the Obama administration’s regulatory approach, blaming it for the country’s high gas prices…and, the Colorado Wildlife Commission [...]

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The state senate gave initial approval to a bill today that would require elementary school children in Colorado to have 30 minutes a day of physical activity…Religious tolerance will be the focus of a review at the Air Force Academy…and, a wildfire north of Boulder that’s prompted the evacuation of more than 200 homes [...]

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The EPA wants to “clarify” the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The group known as the Islamic State has fired its first violent salvo against the U.S. The group declared that the beheading is a retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show’s creator, writers and actors.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Dive into some deep ideas as you relax by the pool this summer.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
 

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August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.
 

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