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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May 26, 2015 | NPR · The move sets up a showdown Wednesday with lawmakers in the state’s unicameral legislature. A close vote is expected as lawmakers try to override the veto.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Most of the deaths have occurred in southern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. But high temperatures persist across much of the country of 1 billion people.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Analysts have noted that dividing districts based on eligible voters rather than total population would tend to shift representative power to localities with fewer children and fewer immigrants.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Perhaps no one did more to show us the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photos of farm workers and others have become iconic of the era.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.
 

May 26, 2015 | NPR · Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don’t Bite The Sun and Death’s Master – the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.
 

Music

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Watch the hydration-obsessed Chicago rapper’s new video for the Kaytranada-produced single from his upcoming EP, Wave[s].
 

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May 26, 2015 | WXPN · The country star performs songs from her most recent album, last year’s The Way I’m Livin’.
 

May 26, 2015 | NPR · In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.
 

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