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 22, 2019 | NPR · Meanwhile, President Trump and his allies say he has committed no wrongdoing in his communications with the leader of Ukraine.
 

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September 22, 2019 | NPR · All the victims were wearing orange wristbands and are believed to have attended the same event Saturday night, but authorities say they overdosed afterward at a private residence.
 

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September 22, 2019 | NPR · Amber Guyger, who is white, said she entered the wrong apartment thinking it was her own, and shot Botham Shem Jean, 26, because she thought he was a burglar. Her trial begins on Monday.
 

Arts & Life

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September 22, 2019 | NPR · Rutendo Tavengerwei’s YA debut is a glimpse into the lives of two struggling teens: Shamiso, who moves to Zimbabwe after her father dies in a suspicious car accident, and cancer survivor Tanyaradzwa.
 

September 22, 2019 | NPR · NPR’s Melissa Block speaks to Ann Patchett about her new novel, “The Dutch House.” The author talks about her fascination with family bonds and how she maps her intricate plots.
 

September 22, 2019 | NPR · NPR’s Melissa Block speaks with Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern from the movie “Downton Abbey,” based on the award-winning series about the owners and workers at a great English estate.
 

Music

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September 22, 2019 | NPR · Nearly 10 years ago, an earthquake devasted Haiti, destroying a legendary music school. A youth choir and orchestra have been touring the US and hope to rebuild their school in Port-au-Prince.
 

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September 21, 2019 | NPR · How do you inhabit the world’s most well-known Latin singer? For singers and actresses AymĂ©e Nuviola and Jeimy Osorio, playing Celia Cruz meant staying in touch with pain, joy and destiny.
 

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September 20, 2019 | NPR · New York rapper Kemba speaks with NPR’s Audie Cornish about the themes of his debut album, Gilda, and the emotional labor that went into making it.
 

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