Colorado earned bragging rights yesterday, but not the good kind. The state has the fastest growing childhood poverty rate in the country for the third year in a row. The data was released in a new report from the non-partisan Colorado Children’s Campaign. Bente Birkeland takes a look behind the numbers.

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Several hundred people who’ve been living in Colorado Springs’ parks will soon have to find a new address. That’s after, as the Gazette reports, the city council officially passed an ordinance yesterday to ban camping on city property. The city’s charities and police department have worked for months to get ready for the change. Continue Reading


On October 20, 2009 By

Colorado School of Mines holds an oil shale symposium…Colorado lawmakers consider proposals aimed at reducing poverty…and, unionized grocery workers and Safeway head back to the bargaining table.

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A state task force aimed at cutting poverty in half over the next decade held it’s first working meeting at the state capitol on Monday. Lawmakers were briefed on different ways to measure poverty and combat it. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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On July 27, 2009 By

A committee meets for the first time to study poverty in Colorado…another committee looks at waste tires…a federal agency plans to look into phone subsidies…and, the Department of Energy and Bureau of Land Management extends a public comment period for studying where to build solar power plants.

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On June 17, 2009 By

Colorado holds the highest growth rate for children living in poverty…Gov. Bill Ritter attends the Western Governors’ Association meetings…a subcommittee approves extending a spending ban on the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site…and, Representative Betsy Markey testifies for wildfire mitigation.

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October 7, 2015 | WLRN · The wave of migrants trying to reach the U.S. hasn’t stopped. But in a major change, Mexico is rounding them up and sending them home before the reach the U.S. border.

From The Thousand Dollar Dinner
October 7, 2015 | NPR · Americans of the past were fascinated by luxurious dining experiences — or at least by the tales of such extravagant exploits.

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October 7, 2015 | NPR · California wineries use between 2.5 to 6 gallons of water to make a gallon of wine, not including irrigation water and other needs. But drought is forcing the industry to conserve in new ways.

Arts & Life

October 7, 2015 | NPR · Maris Kreizman’s clever, slyly provocative book suggests that what we think of as art and what we think of as entertainment have much to say to each other.

October 7, 2015 | NPR · The first installment in Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes’ new graphic novel series uses goofy art — and four-eyed robotic birds — to get kids excited about learning to code.

October 7, 2015 | NPR · Kenzaburo Oe’s new novel is a literary mystery in no rush for a solution. It follows an aging novelist, a stand-in for Oe himself, who returns home in search of clues to his father’s drowning.


Courtesy of the artist
October 7, 2015 | NPR · Nial Mannon’s heartfelt and abstract electronic-pop winner is a song made for people who are at home in a club, yet universal in the way they search for connection with others.

Sony Classical
October 7, 2015 | NPR · Sample the musically omnivorous cellist’s wide-ranging work — from J.S. Bach to modern invocations of ancient folk traditions.

Courtesy of the artist
October 7, 2015 | NPR · Watch the striking, animated video for David Gilmour’s “The Girl in the Yellow Dress,” from his new album Rattle That Lock. The song features lyrics by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson.

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