On Monday, the state’s highest court ruled in favor of a controversial property tax proposal by the Governor that aims to put millions of additional dollars into the state budget. Republicans have long argued that the measure is unconstitutional. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Israel called up 16,000 reservists, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy tunnels built by Hamas “with or without a ceasefire.”
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The team’s effort had been thwarted for a week by heavy fighting. But the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said experts were finally able to reach the site using a new route.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · After talks with creditors broke down, the country has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 12 years. This could mean higher interest rates and higher inflation for Argentina.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who’ve transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the best of the month, including new music from Kyle Hall, Tessela, Cassy and more.
 

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July 30, 2014 | KCRW · L.A. house-music pioneers Doc Martin and Marques Wyatt share a six-song mix on Metropolis.
 

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