A bill authorizing the creation of a state firefighting air tanker fleet is on its way to the governor. But as KUNC’s Nathan Heffel reports, there’s no guarantee the fleet will be in the air anytime soon.

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Amidst a charged atmosphere of students and civic and government leaders at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Colorado ASSET bill into law today. KUNC’s Nathan Heffel has more.

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A bill that would allow people who’ve entered the country illegally to receive a Colorado driver’s license passed its first hearing by a state senate committee yesterday. Nathan Heffel has more from the State Capitol.

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State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year…Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has introduced a bill in the House to end prohibition of marijuana at the federal level…Pueblo’s City Council is considering a proposal that would allow Fort Carson’s HAMET program, or High Altitude Mountain Environment Training, to rent space at the Pueblo Memorial Airport.

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Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives yesterday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires…Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall is urging the US Forest Service to accelerate their acquisition of eight new firefighting air tankers ahead of this year’s wildfire season…Three Chinook helicopters have been delivered to Fort Carson for a new combat aviation brigade.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a fracking ban approved by Longmont voters. COGA says the ban illegally prohibits the ‘safe and responsible development of oil and gas.’ Earlier this month the state decided against filing a similar lawsuit, but says it supports the action taken by [...]

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The vast Niobrara shale formation, which covers much of northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, is now estimated to be a third bigger than first thought. Two of the largest companies drilling the field, Noble Energy and Anadarko, say the area may be capable of producing as much as 3.6 billion barrels of oil over [...]

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From wildfires to ranching and farming to next year’s water supplies, everyone is wondering what kind of winter Colorado is going to have. Over the next few weeks Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner stations are going to take a look at how snow, or the lack of it, will impact the state going into 2013. [...]

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Southern Colorado’s Congressmen are re-elected…County-wide measures in El Paso County pass…and more results.

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Vestas Wind Systems has announced it is closing its research and development office in Louisville. As KUNC’s Nathan Heffel reports, this comes after announcing the closure of two other such Vestas offices in Texas and Massachusetts.

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The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs….AAA says Coloradans are paying less at the gas pump than last week…Two of the four candidates in the race for the 3rd congressional seat will take part in a debate tonight night in Pueblo…Thirty-seven years after he was declared missing during the rescue of an American ship crew that was seized by the Khmer Rouge, a Colorado Marine native to LaJunta has been buried with military honors.

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Coloradans across the state turned out for watch parties last night, as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor squared off in their first debate at the University of Denver. Statehouse reporter Bente attended a watch party in downtown Denver. She talked to fellow reporters and voters about the debate’s impact and whether it [...]

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to Colorado’s strategy to reduce air pollution, which relies heavily on switching some coal fired power plants to natural gas…Pueblo City Council voted last night to postpone indefinitely a decision on city employee benefits for domestic partners, the Chieftain reports…Colorado government leaders have marked 11 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a service that also recognized the victims of the Aurora theater shooting and historic summer wildfires.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to Colorado’s strategy to reduce air pollution, which relies heavily on switching some coal fired power plants to natural gas. The Regional Haze Plan is being praised by Governor John Hickenlooper for meeting national air quality standards. Tisha Schuller is President of the Colorado Oil and [...]

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Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

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Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says a list of nearly 4,000 registered voters he suspects are not citizens is not subject to public inspection because it is part of an investigation…Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development yesterday at his monthly media conference…Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is hosting a preparedness meeting tomorrow for residents regarding the post Waldo Canyon fire flood risk…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon fire.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development today at his monthly media conference…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon blaze…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race started in Montrose this morning.

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The Arizona senator said he believes in the death penalty, but that was not “an acceptable way of carrying it out.”
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre’s 2008 novel. The movie isn’t a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Luc Besson’s Lucy isn’t a smart movie, but you have to respect — sort of — the high energy and commitment it puts into being ridiculous.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.
 

Music

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Try your hand at our puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros hand-picked by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Hear the fill or intro and match it to the song.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The doom metal band sure has been busy since 2011. Hear the leadoff track from its third LP, Mobile of Angels. It’s indebted to heavy blues and — surprisingly — Fairport Convention.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Thirty years ago this week, Prince’s mythmaking movie showed the world a new philosophy of what it meant to be a pop artist. NPR’s Michele Norris and Eric Deggans remember the moment vividly.
 

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