There’s broad agreement at the state capitol that more needs to be done to help Colorado’s homeless and mentally ill. There’s also agreement that southeastern Colorado could use some economic development. But a proposal by Governor John Hickenlooper to do both in one project isn’t getting much traction. CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney looks [...]

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The El Paso County Department of Human Services is changing its practice to try and reduce the number of young people in care outside the home, or congregate care. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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The Colorado Department of Human Services is asking state lawmakers to help the agency become more transparent and accountable to the public. The head of the department testified before lawmakers yesterday about the number of children who die after having contact with the child welfare system. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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As the economy continues to sputter, more people are finding they need assistance making ends meet. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the programs, organizations, and issues facing the Pikes Peak region with a look at social services.

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The magazine’s story centered on a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012. Several discrepancies were found in the story.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Carmen Martinez Ayuso was evicted from her apartment due to a loan her son took out and couldn’t repay. Now she’s been the recipient of unexpected kindness this holiday season.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but “it’s not exactly Exodus; it’s panorama and pageantry, which is what film does.” And, he adds, why not?
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Fueled by Naseem Khuri’s songwriting, the folk-rock band is releasing an EP for each season in 2015.
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Hear a mix of old and new music in this session, recorded at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as “Feelin’ Alright” and “Up Where We Belong,” has died, his management agency says.
 

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