Universal background checks for all gun purchases, and a ban on high capacity magazines are among the five Democratic backed gun bills clearing the state senate after a vigorous debate yesterday…Amidst possible gun legislation at the statehouse and in Washington, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa and County Commissioner Peggy Littleton have scheduled a public town hall-style meeting Thursday…A teacher from Center High School in rural Southern Colorado has been awarded a prestigious national teaching award for science and technology.

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A teacher from Center High School in rural Southern Colorado has been awarded a prestigious National teaching award for science and technology. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl reports.

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced a deal that will permanently protect nearly 170,000 acres of land in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Dubbed the Sangre de Christo Conservation Area, the new national wildlife refuge is in part on a large private ranch.

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A jobs proposal from Democrats that would give state bidding preferences to companies that hire Colorado workers has cleared the Senate, but appears headed to certain death in the Republican-controlled House…

Attorney General John Suthers says Colorado is joining a multistate lawsuit against electronic book publishers and Apple…

The Bureau of Land Management’s San [...]

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Who could resist the intrigue of a novel about a young idealistic lefty learning the messy lessons of life during the 1960s against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the San Luis Valley, especially when the book is illustrated by none other than Colorado Springs’ own ultra-conservative political cartoonist [...]

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.
 

April 18, 2015 | NPR · The new head of the World Health Organization’s Africa region predicts the Ebola outbreak will end by this fall. But the world must remain vigilant until transmission has completely stopped, she says.
 

April 18, 2015 | NPR · Gazing into your dog’s eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties – suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Susan Stamberg is an NPR “founding mother” and the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program. But her radio debut was not so glamorous: A fake weather report on a local radio station.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Universal says the movie is the studio’s first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting it above films such as Jurassic Park and Despicable Me.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · George Lucas doesn’t have a lot left to say about Star Wars, but Stephen Colbert does, and so does a guy in the crowd who just wants to help George Lucas out.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of their favorite albums and record stores Saturday.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · “I like all kinds of music, and nobody ever told me you gotta pick one, so I never did,” lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard says.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Tipping is customary for good service, but not all performances (and performers) are created equal.
 

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