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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October 20, 2017 | NPR · An early goal was to eradicate the disease by the year 2000. Watch a livestream of experts discussing where we now stand — and what obstacles remain.
 

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · A new study shows students’ self-image suffers in middle school and junior high. And it’s not just hard on low-income kids. Having a teacher who understands the teenage brain can help.
 

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · If Democrat Danica Roem succeeds in unseating Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, she’d become the nation’s first openly transgender state lawmaker.
 

Arts & Life

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs to beg for money from rich people.
 

Michael Lavine
October 20, 2017 | NPR · Union has graced screens big and small since the ’90s. Now she’s written a frank, funny essay collection that’s not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger’s dreaminess).
 

October 19, 2017 | NPR · Weinstein has been dogged by a litany of allegations of sexual misconduct ever since the New York Times reported earlier this month that he has paid off accusers for decades.
 

Music

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October 20, 2017 | WXPN-FM · His self-released, self-titled debut EP captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.
 

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · Watch hip-hop veterans Mr. Lif and Akrobatik team up behind the Tiny Desk.
 

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October 20, 2017 | NPR · Taylor Swift’s third single from Reputation is a slightly understated, minor-leaning slice of radio pop that sees her being honest about leaning on her cats after going unrequited.
 

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