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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 law.
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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9:52am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Salt

Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:03 am

Aurora Leveroni, 91, is also known as "Nonna Marijuana."
Vice

On Sunday, my mother sent me an email: "OMG! Watch this unbelievable cooking show!"

It wasn't spam, and my mother, who's 65, does not use OMG lightly.

The fuss was over a 20-minute video about a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks Italian classics in marijuana-infused butter.

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6:14am

Wed December 17, 2014

5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Water

Drought Of 2012 Took Big Toll On Ogallala Aquifer

A center pivot irrigation system in Northeast Colorado
Greg Goebel Flickr-Creative Commons

In Northeastern Colorado, farmers growing food like corn and potatoes depend for water on a giant, underground reservoir. Called the Ogallala, or High Plains aquifer, this water source spreads across eight high plains states like a giant, underground lake.

In times of drought, farmers who use the aquifer for water take more of it. A report from the U.S. Geological Survey, published December 16, shows the 2012 drought significantly diminished the Ogallala's water.

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