No growth on the fire today, and it’s now 30% contained. Mop-up is underway.

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Homes with Highway 83 address that have direct access off Hwy 83 are now on pre-evacuation status. El Paso County Public Health is opening what it’s calling a Public Health Convenience Center for water testing kits, tetanus vaccinations, and public health information.

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U.S. 50 has reopened, and all evacuated residents are allowed home. Officials say those residents will remain on a pre-evacuation notice, pending fire conditions. The Royal Gorge Tourist Train can begin running again, once the railway determines they’re ready. River access on the closed sections of the Arkansas River will be re-evaluated on Friday. Containment of the fire is listed at 40%.

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The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is offering another round of free sandbags today to residents affected by potential flooding, starting at 5 PM.

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Colorado’s elected officials have issued statements regarding today’s school shooting in Connecticut. Click inside for statements from Governor Hickenlooper, as well as a statement from Colorado’s Congressional Delegation.

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This Saturday, sandbags will be distributed free of charge to residents who could be affected by flooding in aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire. Click for the full press release.

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As cyclists prepare to race into Colorado Springs Friday, some road closures are already taking effect. Click on this post for information regarding road closures due to the USA Pro Challenge.

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Colorado Springs’ Office of Emergency Management is hosting a resident preparedness meeting Thursday evening, focusing on updated information and current flood related issues. Read more for the full press release.

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April 20, 2018 | NPR · The governor’s plan to raise teachers’ salaries by 20 percent is meeting with resistance from critics who say it is unrealistic.
 

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · The Justice Department has sent Congress redacted, unclassified copies of some of the memos drafted by then-FBI Director James Comey recounting his meetings with President Trump.
 

April 19, 2018 | NPR · A lot of the stories in the memos have been previously reported, but there is greater detail than seen before, and some new conversations.
 

Arts & Life

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · The director of The Exorcist compiles footage of an exorcism he filmed for a magazine article. The bizarre result “seems to have been made by someone who’s never seen a movie before.”
 

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · Michel Hazanavicius’ film about the romance (and breakup) of director Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anne Wiazemsky adopts many of that director’s signature flourishes, to lesser effect.
 

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with “the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves.”
 

Music

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · Hip-hop has been everywhere this week, with the genre’s biggest stars teasing surprise album releases — oh, and winning historic Pulitzer Prizes.
 

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · Bernie Dalton had a dream to make music, but when he was diagnosed with ALS, he was even more determined. Without the use of his limbs or his voice, Dalton and his friends made one of the most moving entries in this year’s Tiny Desk Contest.
 

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April 19, 2018 | NPR · The hip-hop duo of Farid Bang and Kollegah, whose lyrics have been described as anti-semitic, won the Germany equivalent of a Grammy, prompting several to return their own awards in protest.
 

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