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5:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
Agriculture

Labeling Food GMO-Free Is Now A Multi-Billion Dollar Business

In a lab at Food Chain ID in Fairfield, Iowa, technician Tammy Raman works with samples that will be tested to determine if they contain any genetic modifications.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Demand for products that don’t contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding.  

Many food companies are seeking certification that their products don’t have any genetically modified ingredients, and not just the brands popular in the health food aisle. Even plain Cheerios, that iconic cereal from General Mills, no longer contains GMOs.

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5:00am

Fri December 19, 2014
Movies

Need An Xmas Flick? Here's A Few Holiday Picks From Howie

'Love Actually' is starting to make headway on many lists of favorite holiday films, Howie's list is no exception.
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There's no easy answer when people ask what movies to watch around Christmas. Some want them gooey, some don't. Here's a few suggestions that are simply the best Christmas movies that I know.

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5:00am

Fri December 19, 2014
Transportation

Feds To Review Train Horn Rule, Quiet Zones In 2015

A stretch of tracks on the east side of Greeley, Colorado.
Grace Hood

Colorado residents and businesses near railroad tracks can find train horns loud and disruptive. There's a way for cities to muffle the noise, but the process can be expensive and time-consuming. Now a growing chorus of dissatisfaction may lead to some change.

A spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration has told KUNC that they will review the train horn rule in 2015. The rule encompasses so-called quiet zones, a section of train tracks where engineers decrease the frequency at which they sound their horns.

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2:44pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Marijuana

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Recreational Marijuana

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says Colorado's marijuana laws should be struck down because they violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Two of Colorado’s neighboring states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the state’s recreational marijuana laws. Attorneys General for Nebraska and Oklahoma say Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws clearly conflict with federal law, and they want the country’s highest court to shut the industry down.

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5:00am

Thu December 18, 2014
Community

Flood Damage Restored, Chapel Of The Interlude Now Turns To Its Flock

Chapel of the Interlude includes a tiny sanctuary (left) and a fellowship hall (right) for gatherings. Both were severely damaged by 2013 floods in Colorado.
Grace Hood KUNC

Chapel of the Interlude is a fitting name for a church in the middle of a narrow, winding canyon. In 1969, benefactors built the intimate wood-paneled structure in Drake, Colorado to provide an oasis next U.S. 34 — one of the busiest roads leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.

In 2013, a raging river between Estes Park and Loveland Colorado deposited mud, sticks and debris inside the chapel's Fellowship Hall — a casualty of the state's historic floods. The structure has been restored, but as the aging members of the small mountain church return, the biggest challenge lies ahead.

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