Pueblo’s City Council decides to vote October 9th on benefits for domestic partners…The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $200-thousand dollar grant to conduct a feasibility study on locating a spaceport in Denver.

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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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Some politicians are already calling for stricter gun laws nationally in the wake of last week’s deadly shootings in Aurora, but several Colorado lawmakers say it’s still too soon to say what the policy impacts could be….and, the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation says the death of astronaut Sally Ride means the loss of a truly inspiring leader.

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The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation says the death of astronaut Sally Ride means the loss of a truly inspiring leader.

The nonprofit organization advocates for the space industry, and calls the first American woman in space a trailblazer and brilliant scientist.

Ride eventually went on to create Sally Ride Science, which works to encourage young [...]

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Colorado wants to go “where no man has gone before”–by throwing its hat into the ring to try and become a hub of commercial space flight. The Colorado Spaceport is expected to be in place next year. But as Bente Birkeland reports, the journey is just beginning and Colorado does have competition.

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The inmates were sent home on a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. It is the latest in a series of moves to draw down the prison population by sending prisoners abroad.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The reaction comes after President Obama signed an executive order on Friday slapping economic sanctions on Crimea, a day after the EU approved similar measures.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Inspired by the snails’ spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
 

Arts & Life

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she’s met and the stories they’ve shared with her. She remembers her ‘Top 5′ moments of 2014.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O’Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · One of Britain’s best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.
 

Music

Whitney Curtis for NPR
December 20, 2014 | NPR · Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she’s met and the stories they’ve shared with her. She remembers her ‘Top 5′ moments of 2014.
 

NPR
December 20, 2014 | NPR · She came to the desk a little unsure, and left singing “West Memphis” with intensity and passion. Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 20, 2014 | NPR · From Aphex Twin’s unmistakable return to Leon Vynehall’s emotional faculty with samples, distinctive voices dominate the list of electronic albums that made an impression this year.
 

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