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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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren’t doing as well as they used to. There’s more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · Many have dreamed of taxing Cheetos and soda. The Navajo Nation is now doing both. The first-in-the U.S. tax measure aims to raise revenue for health programs and make wholesome food more affordable.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · At issue is whether the former IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement proclaiming her innocence over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
 

Arts & Life

Vineyard Gazette
April 1, 2015 | NPR · Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, “You can imagine how quiet they were.” Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It’s illuminating and by no means a puff piece.
 

Music

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Fiona Ritchie selects some of the best new sounds from artists both rising and well-established.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · The mostly instrumental cuts draw on salsa, funk, soul and rock from vintage and new performers.
 

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April 1, 2015 | WXPN · The Canadian singer discusses his new album, which was produced by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.
 

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