A search team has found two empty fuel tanks that were jettisoned from an F-16 jet fighter during an in-flight emergency over Colorado…The Bureau of Land Management is looking to open a public comment period on artist Christo’s proposed “Over the River” project…and, federal scientists say an exotic fungus spreading through Rocky Mountain forests is […]

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The two Republican candidates running for El Paso County Sheriff came together last night for a debate about issues facing the department. KRCC was a media sponsor of the event. Knox Graham was there, and has this report.

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Ballots for the August primary election start going in the mail today to voters affiliated with major political parties…and, river otters are thriving in Colorado, and state wildlife officials say they’re considering lifting protections because the species is doing so well.

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Pueblo City Council is expected to decide tonight on whether to put the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries up to voters. The Chieftain reports that in addition, the council is also expected to decide whether or not to ask for sales tax for medical marijuana and paraphernalia…The El Paso […]

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The bomb squad was called in this morning to the Colorado Springs police department after a box of blasting caps was dropped off at the Nevada Avenue location. KKTV reports the situation as secure as of late morning, and the Gazette reports the explosives posed no danger to the building…Colorado residents […]

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The Medano Fire in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has been burning for over a month…Republican Party Chair Michael Steele is heading to Colorado afterall. The announcement comes one day after pulling out of the Aspen Ideas Festival, where he was supposed to appear today…and, US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is in Denver […]

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A new health insurance plan aimed at covering residents with pre-existing conditions in now available in Colorado…Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele has canceled a planned appearance in Aspen..and, ski traffic jams along I-70 are actually not the most congested times on the highway.

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Another public face of the difficult budget crunch in the city is that of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in Garden of the Gods. Site manager Andy Morris lives at the ranch, so KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin asked him to take us through a typical summer day.

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Colorado Springs residents are getting the first chance to hear about plans for a major thoroughfare in the city…and, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is in Denver for the group’s 27th annual conference with speakers that include U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Five schools in the Colorado Springs area have made Newsweek‘s annual America’s Best High Schools list…Peterson Air Force Base is repairing the roof of a damaged hangar that was torn by high winds last month…and, a hiker has died while trying to climb a 14,000-foot mountain in southern Colorado near Alamosa.

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About 100 people are marching from the Colorado state capitol to the federal courts in downtown Denver to call for changes in the country’s immigration laws…Dave Munger, a retired small businessman in Colorado Springs, and the current president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, says he’s entering the race for mayor, according to the […]

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Las Animas County and Trinidad city officials have commissioned a feasibility study on the prospects of acquiring Trinidad State Nursing Home…and, Gubernatorial candidates weigh in on the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site and the Army’s proposed expansion.

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The Bureau of Land Management is reassessing how the agency manages wild horses and burros…and, the four Senate candidates from the two major parties spoke on health care at a trade group meeting.

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Emergency responders are participating in a full-scale exercise tomorrow in El Paso County…and,the Colorado snowpack is melting more quickly than usual, boosting reservoir storage above average across the state.

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The White House says President Barack Obama was unaware one of his top advisers may have suggested job opportunities to a potential Colorado Senate candidate in hopes of persuading him not to run…Colorado’s 4th District Representative Betsy Markey (D) hit the road today by kicking off a so-called “Blue Collar Jobs Tour”…and, Colorado Supreme Court […]

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El Paso County could soon acquire three buildings in the northwestern part of Colorado Springs…Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard says he’s starting a new church in Colorado Springs..and, researchers at Colorado State University are predicting a very active hurricane season.

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Colorado is taking another shot at winning millions of dollars in federal education funding…and, the Colorado Springs Streetcar Task Force is winding down their feasibility study.

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Senator Mark Udall says he’s pleased to see Congress one step closer to repealing the so called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military…A military-style boot camp at Colorado’s Buena Vista prison is shutting down after disappointing recidivism rates and because of rising costs…Area firefighters are preparing for the coming summer months, and the […]

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State workers take the last of eight furlough days tomorrow…Two of Colorado’s mountain highways are reopening…and, the high-altitude cousin of the black-tailed prairie dog has been denied federal protection.

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Downed power lines are being blamed for a rash of brush fires in Manitou Springs…A retired UCCS dean of students has died after a biking accident…Attorney General John Suthers will temporarily take on prosecutorial duties in the state’s 22nd Judicial District…and, Republican Tom Wiens drops out of the race for Senate.

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · An Indiana union official says Donald Trump overstated the number of jobs he saved at a Carrier plant. He soon found himself on the receiving end of Trump’s Twitter feed and harassing phone calls.
 

December 8, 2016 | NPR · Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar.
 

Arts & Life

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it’s a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that’s loved by locals and tourists alike.
 

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December 8, 2016 | FA · Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there’s one word that characterizes her list this year, it’s “serious.” These books certainly aren’t grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · We take a moment to chat with KQED pop culture writer Emmanuel Hapsis about the TV Land series Younger, which just closed its third season.
 

Music

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Until his dying day, Clark saw himself as a working artist. Both his biographer and co-songwriter Holly Gleason illuminate this late-career demo.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · The SoCal psychedelic-soul band’s new album, Freedom Is Free, is due out in March. Watch a video for its new single, “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm).”
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · This year, pop critic Ann Powers offers something a little different — 10 deserving albums that might have topped lists in any other year.
 

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