Some state lawmakers spent time at the former Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas today, considering whether to repurpose the prison under a proposal from Governor John Hickenlooper…Colorado’s Latino and black residents are falling further behind the state’s white residents in some of the most important measures of social progress…and, Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. marade in Denver today.

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The federal government is cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado for the first time, today ordering 23 dispensaries near schools to shut down within 45 days or face criminal prosecution and seizure of their property.U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent warning letters to the unidentified dispensaries and said in a news release that many are closer than 1,000 feet to K-12 campuses.

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · An independent investigation found that the school’s Afro and Afro-American Studies Department used the “paper classes” to inflate grades for more than 3,000 students, nearly half of them athletes.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · Latinos make up 9 percent of the state’s population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.
 

October 23, 2014 | NPR · Most of those killed — 464 — were fighters with the Islamic State. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also counted 32 civilians among the dead.
 

Arts & Life

October 23, 2014 | NPR · On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.
 

Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen
October 23, 2014 | NPR · The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn’t you pack your burgers too tight? Two America’s Test Kitchen editors explain.
 

Tarcher
October 23, 2014 | NPR · Rock ‘n’ roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal’s new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.
 

Music

Library Of Congress
October 23, 2014 | WXPN · Producer Aaron Luis Levinson shares some of his favorite music on World Cafe‘s Latin music series.
 

Mountain Stage
October 23, 2014 | NPR · The band, which won the NewSong Contest in 2013, crafts sturdy pop hooks with a soulful foundation.
 

NPR
October 23, 2014 | NPR · We asked the romantic London band to perform a song from its album Present Tense in The Campbell Apartment, an antique bar tucked into the corner of New York’s bustling Grand Central Station.
 

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