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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September 1, 2015 | NPR · A new book details that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women’s equality.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · The FAA has granted 1,300 permits that allow commercial firms to operate drones for everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But there’s concern over some recent close calls.
 

September 1, 2015 | NPR · Just a couple extra hours can make a real difference, a study shows. Adults who slept only five or six hours were four times more likely to get sick when exposed to a common cold virus.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · A new book details that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women’s equality.
 

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August 31, 2015 | KUT · At Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, people start lining up at 5 a.m. to get a taste of world-famous brisket. The line has become such a fixture that it’s become a business opportunity for locals.
 

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · Many in the wine and beer industry claim women have a keener sense of smell, and thus taste, than do men. Sensory scientists who’ve tackled this question say there’s something to this.
 

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September 1, 2015 | NPR · Singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore’s soul-infused rock songs are deeply personal. The New Zealand-born musician has been baring her emotions and personal life in her songs since she was a teenager.
 

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August 31, 2015 | NPR · Downwards and Sandwell District-associated songwriter returns with a chilling, exquisite examination of how lovers can tear each other apart.
 

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August 31, 2015 | WXPN · Buoyant and breezy with a beachy twang, the band serves up a reminder that summer isn’t over yet.
 

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